Quotes of the day

posted at 11:07 pm on October 20, 2011 by Allahpundit

“‘God did not create this country to be a nation of followers,’ Mitt Romney said in what was billed as a major foreign policy address. ‘America is not destined to be one of several equally balanced global powers. America must lead the world — or someone else will.’

“William Kristol and Robert Kagan, in a 1996 essay, dubbed this unipolar approach the ‘neo-Reaganite’ foreign policy of ‘benevolent global hegemony.’

“Then, as now, the Republican Party’s interventionist consensus was being challenged. GOP politicians were balking at the Clinton administration’s humanitarian adventures in Bosnia, Haiti and elsewhere. The Republican Congress later denied authorization for the Kosovo war and, in some cases, filed suit against the White House’s unilateral military action.

“Fast-forward to today, and we see Republicans refusing congressional approval for President Barack Obama’s ‘kinetic military action’ in Libya. No fewer than 87 House Republicans voted with Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) to invoke the War Powers Resolution, long derided by conservative hawks, against this mission.”

***

“Call him the billion-dollar man. One billion for one dictator.

“According to the Pentagon, that was the cost to U.S. taxpayers for Muammar el-Qaddafi’s head: $1.1 billion through September, the latest figure just out of the Defense Department.

“And that’s just for the Americans.

“The final totals will take some time to add up, and still do not include the State Department, CIA, and other agencies involved or other NATO and participating countries. Vice President Joe Biden said that the U.S. ‘spent $2 billion total and didn’t lose a single life.’ NATO does not track the operational costs to each member country, but the funds directly taken from a common NATO account for Libya operations have totaled about $7.4 million per month for electronic warfare capabilities and $1.1 million per month for headquarters and command staff, a NATO spokesman said.”

***

“What was good about President Obama’s cautious, back-seat approach to Libya was that it denied Gaddafi the final, apocalyptic confrontation with the United States that he craved. Sorry, Moammar, but America was just part of a NATO coalition this time. Indeed, the denouement in Libya has been a good argument for halfway measures (or at least, half-visible ones).

“This was an instance when Mr. Cool had it pretty much right. Obama saw that a no-fly zone wouldn’t be enough and lobbied for tougher United Nations language authorizing ‘all necessary measures’ to protect the Libyan people. But he opted for limited U.S. involvement, front-loaded into the first week and under the protective cover of NATO and the Arab League.

“Obama deliberately kept the United States in the background even when critics began howling for a show of American ‘leadership.’ And most important, he was patient through the summer, rejecting the counsel of those who argued that he must escalate U.S. military intervention to break the stalemate or, alternatively, bail out.”

***

“Have you had any difficulty discerning Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney’s precise position on the US involvement in the NATO mission in Libya?

“The one consistency has been criticism of President Obama.

“But beyond that, he’s seemed a bit all over the Libyan map

“Position 1: Obama was weak in not doing this sooner…

“Position 2: [Silence]…

“Position 3: Obama is being too aggressive…

“Position 4, after Gadhafi fell: Hooray! Now release the Lockerbie bomber…

“Position 5 – (Somewhat similar to position 1): It’s about time! The world is a better place without him!”

***

“You’ve got to hand it to Ron Paul. Whether you agree with everything that he says or not, at least he is one there in Congress trying to make our president stick to the law and understand that Congress does have a role to play in these foreign-policy decisions that are made. And Ron Paul, I think, has hit the nail on the head when he came out and said Obama had better be careful when he interjects himself and our country in other nations’ business.”



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Again speaking of Mark Steyn – will he be saying this after a while, if he is not already?

“Lybia resolved nothing other that the removal of Qaddaffi. The Lybian government is already turning on us and whoever eventually comes to power may be worse than Qaddaffi. The whole Muslim world is like continuing to pour money down a rat hole.”

InkyBinkyBarleyBoo on October 21, 2011 at 12:57 AM

Damn skippy!

annoyinglittletwerp on October 21, 2011 at 12:57 AM

That is demonstrably untrue. I didn’t read what she said. She isn’t running. I don’t care what she said, so I didn’t read what she said.

Bugler on October 20, 2011 at 11:21 PM

Uh huh. But still you seem determined to s**t all over Palin and her supporters. You know, we can choose to support your candidate or stay home.

ABPer’s seem to have some kind of suicide complex, in that they would rather lose to Obama rather than win Palin supporters to their side.

VidOmnia on October 21, 2011 at 1:00 AM

Herman Cain Abortion Stance Is ‘Quintessentially Pro-Choice,’ Rick Santorum Says

Spathi on October 21, 2011 at 12:59 AM

Alright, Sperm Bank. YOU win. I’m voting for Ron Paul.

/s

HornetSting on October 21, 2011 at 1:04 AM

Herman Cain Abortion Stance Is ‘Quintessentially Pro-Choice,’ Rick Santorum Says

Spathi on October 21, 2011 at 12:59 AM

Go back under your rock, Mansquito.

annoyinglittletwerp on October 21, 2011 at 1:05 AM

Alright, Sperm Bank. YOU win. I’m voting for Ron Paul.

/s

HornetSting on October 21, 2011 at 1:04 AM

Got a flyswatter?

annoyinglittletwerp on October 21, 2011 at 1:05 AM

Alright, Sperm Bank. YOU win. I’m voting for Ron Paul.

/s

HornetSting on October 21, 2011 at 1:04 AM

Got a flyswatter?

annoyinglittletwerp on October 21, 2011 at 1:05 AM

I don’t want to dirty it swatting at Sperm Bank.

HornetSting on October 21, 2011 at 1:07 AM

annoyinglittletwerp on October 21, 2011 at 1:05 AM

BTW, Happy Birthday, Twerp!

HornetSting on October 21, 2011 at 1:11 AM

I’m just dropping into this…. LOL!!!

Kini on October 21, 2011 at 1:12 AM

BTW, Happy Birthday, Twerp!

HornetSting on October 21, 2011 at 1:11 AM

Thanks! It’s great being 31.
Yeah I am 31-and if you doubt it-well byte me…and don’t ask my son neither.
The little illegitimate child is just gonna lie and add 10 years to my age.
*ducks*

annoyinglittletwerp on October 21, 2011 at 1:15 AM

annoyinglittletwerp on October 21, 2011 at 1:05 AM

alt are you trying to dodge us on telling us it is your birthday?..:)

Dire Straits on October 21, 2011 at 1:17 AM

annoyinglittletwerp on October 21, 2011 at 1:15 AM

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!..:):)

Dire Straits on October 21, 2011 at 1:18 AM

listens2glenn on October 21, 2011 at 12:53 AM

Eat me.

Bugler on October 21, 2011 at 1:19 AM

VidOmnia on October 21, 2011 at 1:00 AM

I have no interest at all in “shitting” on Palin’s supporters.
I uses to be one of Palin’s supporters. I wanted her to run, and I wanted to vote for her. She ain’t running. I have no further interest in her.

Bugler on October 21, 2011 at 1:23 AM

alt are you trying to dodge us on telling us it is your birthday?..:)

Dire Straits on October 21, 2011 at 1:17 AM

Dude! I’m Forty-Effing-One!
41!
I have friends from high school that have MORE THAN ONE grandchild.
Spawn the idiot savant who’s starting to like the Chief Ronulan turns 18 in April.
The music I used to listen to in school is now being played on OLDIES stations.
My momma is pushing 70.
I’m a freaking’ dinosaur.
*pouts*

annoyinglittletwerp on October 21, 2011 at 1:23 AM

This one’s for all the girls about 42…or 41. *grin*

annoyinglittletwerp on October 21, 2011 at 1:27 AM

annoyinglittletwerp on October 21, 2011 at 1:23 AM

heh!..You are young!!!..Enjoy it alt..enjoy..:)

Dire Straits on October 21, 2011 at 1:28 AM

Ugh,while I’m re-arming(Call of Duty),I can’t let this one slide,
maybe the Iranian/Taliban/AQ might jump on this brilliant idea(NOT)!
——————————————————————-

You can Buy a Green Card if this bill passes……
9 hours 36 minutes ago
*************************
**************************

Two Senators have come up with a plan to boost the moribund U.S. housing market:
***************

Give residence visas to foreigners who spend at least $500,000 to buy a home in the U.S.
***********************

A report in The Wall Street Journal says Sens. Charles Schumer (D., N.Y.) and Mike Lee (R., Utah) are preparing to introduce the idea as part of a larger package of immigration measures. The idea is to help make up for the lack of American buyers in the housing market, according to the report.

The Journal notes that foreigners now account for a growing share of the homes purchased in South Florida, Southern California, Arizona and other hard-hit housing markets.

“Chinese and Canadian buyers, among others, are taking advantage not only of big declines in U.S. home prices and reduced competition from Americans but also of favorable foreign exchange rates,” the paper said.

The plan aims to fuel this demand by offering visas to any foreigners making “a cash investment of at least $500,000 on residential real-estate — a single-family house, condo or townhouse,” the Journal reported.

“Applicants can spend the entire amount on one house or spend as little as $250,000 on a residence and invest the rest in other residential real estate, which can be rented out,” the paper added

http://www.trackitt.com/usa-discussion-forums/i485-eb/842712283/you-can-buy-a-green-card-if-this-bill-passes/page/last_page
========================

Foreigners’ Sweetener: Buy House, Get a Visa
Oct 20 201
***************
***************

The reeling housing market has come to this: To shore it up, two Senators are preparing to introduce a bipartisan bill Thursday that would give residence visas to foreigners who spend at least $500,000 to buy houses in the U.S.

The provision is part of a larger package of immigration measures, co-authored by Sens. Charles Schumer (D., N.Y.) and Mike Lee (R., Utah), designed to spur more foreign investment in the U.S.
(More…….)
===============

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203752604576641421449460968.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

Otay,this time i’m going—:)

canopfor on October 21, 2011 at 1:28 AM

whatcat on October 21, 2011 at 12:08 AM

You’re an idiot.

Bugler on October 21, 2011 at 12:12 AM

Com’n Bubba, you can do better than that – open your trailer-park home door, keep thinking of all the women who’ve “teased” you, then rejected you and let the real vulgarities fly!

whatcat on October 21, 2011 at 1:31 AM

heh!..You are young!!!..Enjoy it alt..enjoy..:)

Dire Straits on October 21, 2011 at 1:28 AM

I’m gettin’ that damn tattoo next week.
The moment I start cowering in safety rather than being willing to do something out of my comfort zone is the moment my soul is truly old. I refuse to let that happen.

annoyinglittletwerp on October 21, 2011 at 1:31 AM

annoyinglittletwerp on October 21, 2011 at 1:31 AM

Good deal!..:)

Dire Straits on October 21, 2011 at 1:34 AM

whatcat on October 21, 2011 at 1:31 AM

You’re still an idiot.

Bugler on October 21, 2011 at 1:34 AM

Good deal!..:)

Dire Straits on October 21, 2011 at 1:34 AM

My dumb-azz son(who’s half-Jooo but looks all joooo) is starting to like Ron Paul.
good thing his sorry butt will turn 18 about 2-3 weeks after the Illinois primaries. *evil laugh*

annoyinglittletwerp on October 21, 2011 at 1:38 AM

It was but a dream.

oldyeller on October 21, 2011 at 1:41 AM

I have no interest at all in “shitting” on Palin’s supporters.

Bugler on October 21, 2011 at 1:23 AM

Really trying to grok exactly how the dreaded spam filter here works.

roy_batty on October 21, 2011 at 1:45 AM

annoyinglittletwerp on October 21, 2011 at 1:38 AM

I hear you!..:)

Dire Straits on October 21, 2011 at 1:45 AM

roy_batty on October 21, 2011 at 1:45 AM

Heh.

Bugler on October 21, 2011 at 1:55 AM

whatcat on October 21, 2011 at 1:31 AM

You’re still an idiot.
Bugler on October 21, 2011 at 1:34 AM

Aw, com’n, think of all the girls who’ve mocked you and laughed at you, even after your all your thoughtful offers to take them on Jerry Springer to discuss your issues with females. You can do it – after all, you can take the bubba out of the bad upbringing, but you can’t take the bad upbringing out of the bubba!

whatcat on October 21, 2011 at 2:02 AM

whatcat on October 21, 2011 at 2:02 AM

Please continue. Idiot.

Bugler on October 21, 2011 at 2:04 AM

I have no interest at all in “shitting” on Palin’s supporters.

Bugler on October 21, 2011 at 1:23 AM

Really trying to grok exactly how the dreaded spam filter here works.

roy_batty on October 21, 2011 at 1:45 AM

Fortunately, if you can get him to elaborate on his issues with women, we have at least one commenter who is willing to test the obscenity filter to the max and thus yield some clues as to it’s workings.

whatcat on October 21, 2011 at 2:06 AM

whatcat on October 21, 2011 at 2:06 AM

Dude. Saints like you really shouldn’t mix with us mere mortals.

Bugler on October 21, 2011 at 2:08 AM

whatcat on October 21, 2011 at 2:06 AM

Dude. Saints like you really shouldn’t mix with us mere mortals.
Bugler on October 21, 2011 at 2:08 AM

Trust me, there are some mortals not worth associating with – if nothing else their lack of education beyond elementary school, total lack of manners and foul mouth is just too embarrassing for others to be around. I mean, most folks probably wouldn’t even want to be around the family just to avoid the dimwit’s introductions: “This is my f—g mother, here’s my s—–t sister, that thar is my Aunt, the ho”. Must be a real charmer at Thanksgiving get togethers. So you’re totally right, I’d definitely pass on mixing with you, “dude”.

whatcat on October 21, 2011 at 2:26 AM

whatcat on October 21, 2011 at 2:26 AM

Are you a Palinista???..:)

Dire Straits on October 21, 2011 at 2:37 AM

whatcat on October 21, 2011 at 2:26 AM

Are you a Palinista???..:)

Dire Straits on October 21, 2011 at 2:37 AM

LOL, no, but I don’t appreciate hateful dirty talk against women, moreso when it’s a good woman that’s the target. I don’t think Palin had a big chance, at least this time around, and I correctly pegged her as being more fond of the idea of being a footloose leader of sorts and perhaps a kingmaker. Since I won’t really have any say in who is nominated- like most of I suppose – I’ll have to wait to see what the party ends up with and go with whomever that may be. Of the lot, maybe Newt would be good if he can handle the baggage problem. But it’s still some slim pickins that we’re stuck with this time around.

whatcat on October 21, 2011 at 2:54 AM

whatcat on October 21, 2011 at 2:54 AM

Nice post..:)

Dire Straits on October 21, 2011 at 2:59 AM

I’ve said for a while that the GOP’s failure to get a consistent narrative on Libya was poisonous.

The problem with the Libya intervention was that it was 3 weeks too late. That was it. Besides that, there was nothing to say for or against the intervention.

ninjapirate on October 21, 2011 at 3:13 AM

All hail dear leader….

Let the love fest continue.

cmsinaz on October 21, 2011 at 4:01 AM

WOW!

I didn’t know that many of the existing bloogers here in HA are instrisically jealous of Palin!

bwahahahaha!

PALIN FOREVER!

TheAlamos on October 21, 2011 at 4:01 AM

And the idiocy of many HA commenters are simple.

What do you want to tell the world? America’s strategy is to assassinate all its perceived enemies?

Gosh! You, people, are asking for more 9-11 tragedy.

TheAlamos on October 21, 2011 at 4:05 AM

Drudgereport, apparently ABC ran a story of ANOTHER Obama taxpayer $$ energy loan to campaign bundlers (very familiar names in the story), for electric cars that will be built in FINLAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

/facepalm

karenhasfreedom on October 21, 2011 at 4:06 AM

You beat me to it Karen, was just going to post about the boondoggle

Crickets chirping except at abc

cmsinaz on October 21, 2011 at 4:09 AM

Before my time… but not anymore.

John the Libertarian on October 21, 2011 at 4:10 AM

What do you want to tell the world? America’s strategy is to assassinate all its perceived enemies?

Gosh! You, people, are asking for more 9-11 tragedy.

TheAlamos on October 21, 2011 at 4:05 AM

America’s chickens are coming home to roost

Is that you Jeremiah Wright?

sharrukin on October 21, 2011 at 4:20 AM

It really is a riot to watch and listen to any politician trying to squeeze out a little credit for themselves when an enemy is terminated. Read the accounts of Seal Team Six and the aftermath, it’s hysterically the same. Pretty soon it’s going to be like watching the credits roll after watching a movie.

mixplix on October 21, 2011 at 5:09 AM

Hooray! A Flat Tax! Go Perry! :) :) :)

Theophile on October 21, 2011 at 5:29 AM

America does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy.
-John Quincy Adams

Removal of a tyrant by a Nation’s own people is forever a good thing, yes, and we have plenty of those who seek tyranny at home to keep a watchful eye over so we do not end up like Libya in the first place.

Taking down Saddam was done to keep him to his cease-fire agreements during wartime – any leader who will not keep his word given under fire to rescue himself is not trustworthy for anything and those he has lied to are allowed, indeed must, end such agreements and resume the war. To do other is to reward tyranny, dishonesty and corrode what it means to have Nations.

If Ronald Reagan had declared Kaddafy to be outlaw and his government illegitimate, and that he was just a pirate using an enclave that was once a Nation as his base, then continued action against him would be required of a President, any President, so as to remove that actor and his organization from the face of the earth as they are a threat to all people.

We did not do that as a Nation via our President or our elected representatives with Kaddafy.

We did not do that with Hezbollah. Nor Hamas. Nor al Qaeda. Nor FARC. Nor the Tamil Tigers. Nor the PLO.

This concept of not calling an enemy for what he is means we let vicious savages endanger not just us but the community of all Nations. Naming a monster and saying that by his actions he makes what he is self-evident is what a President must do as the commander of the armies and the navies to safeguard this Nation from those seeking to bring down the order of all Nations. We are too refined to say this, too delicate in our sensibilities to want to deal with the creatures that no longer just roam around other places but now feel emboldened to come to our doors and start battering at them to gain entrance.

There are plenty of tyrants in the world. Few of them are actual enemies of the US, for all that they are enemies of their own people’s liberty we are not their safeguard to that liberty: they are. There are a handful of men and their organizations that are seeking to destabilize the world so as to take tyrannical power in their own hands or to just bring down civilization because it isn’t what they want. Do we say that they are savages or do we offer them a place at a negotiating table that is reserved for those that are civilized?

Yes Kaddafy attacked the US and Nato. Yes we responded. Did we declare his regime outlaw, null and void, and that it was illegitimate for waging war like savages? NO we did not do that. Instead our allies started to treat with him as if he was civilized… and we did? Nothing. That is not strength but cowardice. Not naming that regime of the late tyrant illegitimate and that land of Libya in need of legitimate governance is not an act of strength but an abdication of duty. Duty to the people of the United States and duty to our fellow civilized Nations, both friend and adversary, to show that we uphold the understanding that one cannot be a savage attacking without proper declaration of war and have no penalty put upon that Nation for not finding a way to be legitimately governed.

I see no great victory here and the momentary triumph of the Libyan rebels is based as solidly as the shifting sands of the Sahara. A desert that has the remains of civilizations in it and, apparently, is ready, willing and able to cover up yet another one in due course.

ajacksonian on October 21, 2011 at 6:22 AM

Tell that to these 10,000+….

http://www.twitvid.com/D5NTD

tencole on October 20, 2011 at 11:30 PM

The HONEST TRUTH is that every one of those tickets was purchased during her “D-tease”.

Which is why she took so long to “decide” – to ramp up the interest, only to tell us she wants to be a cheerleader.

stenwin77 on October 21, 2011 at 6:43 AM

Right. Everything she ever did was wrong. Even if it was right at the time, it’s wrong now. Sometimes she did right but her motive was wrong. Got it.

SurferDoc on October 21, 2011 at 7:20 AM

Okat. The Madman’s dead. Now what?

kingsjester on October 21, 2011 at 7:28 AM

Wait until Palin says “it’s frustrating when the President won’t …….

…….when she took a pass at the chance to impact the US for generations by appointing SCOTUS justices, etc.

……..the luster is gone. Fox News leadership knew she wasn’t running (that’s why they didn’t cut her loose like Newt and Santorum. That bus tour, the Iowa trip, the trip to New Hampshire, the early primary states, all that was just a joke?

Not funny.

Moving on to people that count in 2012…….how about that pizza guy and that Romney fella?

PappyD61 on October 21, 2011 at 7:43 AM

She said she would reduce the corporate rate as a separate issue, and the corporate tax in the 9-9-9 plan is the one I believe that people are worried will be essential a VAT so it does need tweaking.

sharrukin on October 21, 2011 at 12:27 AM

I don’t understand why the chicken littles are running around frantic about this as though we don’t have 50 laboratories to look to see how tax reform can be implemented most efficiently. I would think you would treat the sales tax just like it’s treated in the states that have it. You would exempt certain purchases, specifically those that are characterized as wholesale transactions. You could, also, if you wanted to, exempt other transactions, like the sale of “necessities” such as food or medicine. That ought to calm all of those barking that this will be a new burden on the poor.

There are going to be compliance costs with ANY tax system, so we might as well get used to that fact. I want to pay for the compliance system that works to tax me the least!

NoLeftTurn on October 21, 2011 at 7:46 AM

Wait until Palin says “it’s frustrating when the President won’t …….

…….when she took a pass at the chance to impact the US for generations by appointing SCOTUS justices, etc.

……..the luster is gone. Fox News leadership knew she wasn’t running (that’s why they didn’t cut her loose like Newt and Santorum. That bus tour, the Iowa trip, the trip to New Hampshire, the early primary states, all that was just a joke?

Not funny.

Moving on to people that count in 2012…….how about that pizza guy and that Romney fella?

PappyD61 on October 21, 2011 at 7:43 AM

It’s agonizing why she left many of her supporters in this doubt.I cant see the motive or purpuse.

the_nile on October 21, 2011 at 8:02 AM

She decided you a-holes weren’t worth fighting for after you told her not to run and that 2/3rds of you wouldn’t support her if she did run.

SurferDoc on October 21, 2011 at 8:17 AM

She’s run a two-year dicktease about running for President. I very well could have voted for her. I won’t invest one more second of my time listening to anything she has to say.

Bugler on October 20, 2011 at 11:26 PM

You’re making a mistake. As badly as Obama would have beat her, she will still help us elect local, state, and national Tea Party candidates. That will help us damping any progressive policies from Obama if he wins and will dampen any liberal policies Romney tries to enact when he wins. She needs our 100% support now.

csdeven on October 21, 2011 at 8:38 AM

Right. Everything she ever did was wrong. Even if it was right at the time, it’s wrong now. Sometimes she did right but her motive was wrong. Got it.

SurferDoc on October 21, 2011 at 7:20 AM

Sarah Palin’s whatever it was.. was the perfect example of how never to not run for President.

You finally get elected to a powerful office and then quit half way through after a failed VP run… but you now have a massive fan/supporter base due to that VP run and so… you quit your Governor’s position but… but because you’ve got this massive support/fan base it gives the strong appearance that you’re doing it out of necessity to pursue the Presidency.
You start a PAC, write books, make little movies, give little speeches all with the appearance you are headed in a certain direction. As other candidates within your party make their decisions, you remain evasive and yet flirtatious. You get in a bus with the words “We the People…” brilliantly blazing across the side and begin a national tour visiting American landmarks and giving speeches. You put together a mini movie and commercial with “Mamma Grizzlies” as your theme. You visit primary states. You do the things the other announced candidates do, visiting the places they do, commenting about national events the way they do. You repeatedly put out little twitters saying “you’ll make your decision soon” dragging it out until the last possible moments and then when you are finally in a corner and there is no time left… we get a little twitter that almost seems like “Naw.. I don’t think so.. I never promised anything to anyone and it’s all your fault for believing me and I can be a nobody and still give speeches and do bus tours and write books.”

Well.. whatever.
I am sure someone could put it altogether better than I did. I know she gives good speeches and all. She has good principles and all… but this wasn’t the way to not run. You don’t do it the way she did. She profited financially here and it wasn’t because she was just a mom without a title. She profited off of supporters and fans who thought she had a purpose other than just writing books and giving speeches.
A lot of people didn’t go to her book tours and send her PAC money because she wasn’t going to run.. they did it thinking she’s going to take on Obama…. and she never did one thing to discourage those thoughts and hopes among her supporters.. but she did do everything possible to encourage it! It would be one thing if she hadn’t, at least, been encouraging people. But she was… and she dragged the party out for as long as possible.

So whatever.. in the end, if she’s not going to run for anything than who is she really? Somebody who quit as Governor to make a lot more money writing books and giving speeches. Nothing wrong with that, though. I’d just rather hear from someone who is putting their iron in the fire.

JellyToast on October 21, 2011 at 8:39 AM

No. I think she decided not to run when there was dissension in her family against running. That was her primary reason for not running. I grant you she screwed that up big time; that was something she should have figured out and settled in June when Huckabee got out, but there you have it.

Secondly, she was smartly outmaneuvered by the Romney people who fronted Florida and made it very difficult for her to compete. Staying out as long as she did was a rookie mistake by a rookie Presidential candidate. The Romney guys have been around the block a few times. Palin and her people, only once, and then as second fiddle to McCain.

So Palin, facing a GOP firewall and a threat of no support even if she did win, decided to support conservatives this year and let the A$$clown party have its Viking Funeral with Romney. Palin, like Nixon before her, will faithfully support the nominee of the party as he loses his a@@ to Obama. It won’t be pretty.

There are really good reasons conservatives can’t stand Mitt Romney; he reminds them of all the Rockefeller Republicans who stabbed Goldwater in the back in 1964 and then tried to sabotage Reagan.

As for Sarah Palin? Like Nixon, she’ll be around to pick up the pieces after the disaster the Establishment and her opponents walked us into. She’ll be damned if she’ll take the blame for this upcoming cock-up.

Romney, after all, is the kind of monied, Bushite Republican who knows how to fight other Republicans better than he knows how to fight Democrats. You Romney supporters are about to find out how true that is.

As much as I wanted Palin in the race, she took a pass this cycle for several reasons that seemed sound to her. Let’s watch it play out.

victor82 on October 21, 2011 at 8:50 AM

canopfor on October 21, 2011 at 1:28 AM

Actually, letting people buy green cards is probably a good idea–but it might be better if they were literally buying them from the government (along with some kind of background check). Then at least we would have some expectation of getting more productive immigrants. Historically, the cost of crossing the Atlantic posed such a hurdle.

Count to 10 on October 21, 2011 at 9:03 AM

At any rate, intervening in Libya was the proper course, but P.BO did little more than follow along while France took charge, and then contributed as little as possible afterward, something which clearly streched the conflict out, and left us with little influence over the resolution.
I am tired of hearing all of the “Muslims aren’t really human, so we should just kill them all” BS.

Count to 10 on October 21, 2011 at 9:12 AM

Who knew Palin was a closet Paulian?

Mutnodjmet on October 21, 2011 at 9:16 AM

At any rate, intervening in Libya was the proper course

Count to 10 on October 21, 2011 at 9:12 AM

Not really. Now we’ll have the same situation in Libya that we have in Egypt. Radical Islamists taking over imposing Islamic law and killing everyone who isn’t Muslim. Christians are being slaughtered left and right in Egypt yet Obama says nothing.

If Muslims were being killed by Christians he’d use tactical nukes.

Gadaffi was the lesser of two evils. Democracy will never work in tribal nations.

darwin on October 21, 2011 at 9:33 AM

So whatever.. in the end, if she’s not going to run for anything than who is she really? Somebody who quit as Governor to make a lot more money writing books and giving speeches. Nothing wrong with that, though. I’d just rather hear from someone who is putting their iron in the fire.

JellyToast on October 21, 2011 at 8:39 AM

She didn’t quit her Governor position just for fun , she was driven into bankruptcy by lawfare . In the end stepping down was the only sane move.

But whats confusing is her explanations why she chose not to run.

the_nile on October 21, 2011 at 9:34 AM

That will help us damping any progressive policies from Obama if he wins and will dampen any liberal policies Romney tries to enact when he wins. She needs our 100% support now.

csdeven on October 21, 2011 at 8:38 AM

You?! Wait.. You?! Why this change?

the_nile on October 21, 2011 at 9:38 AM

She didn’t quit her Governor position just for fun , she was driven into bankruptcy by lawfare . In the end stepping down was the only sane move.

But whats confusing is her explanations why she chose not to run.

the_nile on October 21, 2011 at 9:34 AM

You do have a point regarding her resignation.

JellyToast on October 21, 2011 at 9:55 AM

You do have a point regarding her resignation.

JellyToast on October 21, 2011 at 9:55 AM

Bankrupt mother of five/six or potential millionaire , those hard choices…

the_nile on October 21, 2011 at 10:02 AM

PALIN FOREVER!

TheAlamos on October 21, 2011 at 4:01 AM

Uh she quit Again. This is third time she has quit. See a trend?

CW on October 21, 2011 at 10:34 AM

Bankrupt mother of five/six or potential millionaire , those hard choices…

the_nile on October 21, 2011 at 10:02 AM

Kleenex?

CW on October 21, 2011 at 10:34 AM

Kleenex?

CW on October 21, 2011 at 10:34 AM

What?

the_nile on October 21, 2011 at 10:51 AM

Uh she quit Again. This is third time she has quit. See a trend?

CW on October 21, 2011 at 10:34 AM

What exactly did she “quit” again?

darwin on October 21, 2011 at 10:55 AM

I actually took the time to read all the supporting documents and I take issue with Tapper’s conclusions. I apologize in advance for the length of this response but it deserves a thorough parsing:

Tapper -

Position 1: Obama was weak in not doing this sooner

If you read the H.H. interview in full (which I recommend) you’ll see that’s not a correct synopsis of what he said. He didn’t make any direct statements about the time frame; Romney said Obama was weak (and made America appear weak) because he delegated action to the Arab League and U.N. and didn’t have a “clear and convincing” foreign policy (or any f.p. at all!) and was winging it on a situation by situation basis. Does anyone disagree that that is what O is doing?

Tapper:

“Romney attacked the president’s decision to rule out ground forces there…”

The use of the word “attack” is heavily editorialized. Romney was responding to H.H.’s assertion that it’s not wise to rule out the use of ground forces.

Tapper –

Position 2: On April 2, Romney traveled to Las Vegas to speak to the Republican Jewish Coalition, where he attacked the president’s foreign policy in the Middle East…”Romney was silent on Libya, the newest and stickiest military and U.S. policy problem as the United States and its NATO allies enforce a no-fly zone to help rebels oust Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

This conclusion came entirely from the Las Vegas Review story. This time it is fair to use the word “attacked”. What Romney did say (anyone care to criticize this?):

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on Saturday criticized President Barack Obama’s foreign policy in the Middle East, addressing a friendly GOP audience in Las Vegas in the run-up to his expected bid for the White House.

Romney said Obama hasn’t been tough enough on Iran and its suspected nuclear weapons program. And he said he was surprised Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Syrian President Bashar Assad “a reformer” even as he puts down protests.

“Obama is either unwilling or incapable of dealing with this,” Romney said, speaking about Iran and turmoil in the region at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s winter meeting. “Israel’s very existence may be at stake.”

It was to a Jewish audience and that was the focus of the speech, not Libya. The LVR editorializes:

After his speech, Romney refused to take questions from reporters about his position on Libya. Instead, he and his wife, Ann, fled down a hallway and escaped up an escalator at The Venetian, where the event was held. . ‘I’ve got a lot of positions on a lot of topics, but walking down the hall probably isn’t the best place to describe all those,’ Romney said, deflecting a Libya query as he walked quickly with half a dozen journalists trailing him.”

No bias in this story. Nope. None at all. Ya know, I’m wondering how many foreign policy questions Perry, or Newt (or Obama) has answered while leaving a venue accompanied by their wives after giving a speech . I’m not a fan of ambush journalism and Romney was wise not to respond to reporters under these circumstances. No doubt he’d be happy to sit down with them and answer questions. Oh wait! He did that in advance of Tuesday’s debate.

Later Tapper cites Daniel Larison of The American Conservative. For context, Pat Buchanan writes for them, and Wiki says: “In general, TAC represents an anti-war and Old Right voice against the dominance of what it sees as a neoconservative media establishment”. Larison, who writes a column based entirely on the heavily editorialized LVR story, begins by making this ludicrous suggestion about how Mitt should have responded in a hallway and elevator with his wife:

There were several ways that Romney could have handled this that wouldn’t have made him look ridiculous. He could have invoked the need to support a President in “kinetic action”-time.

Ha! Really? Let’s just say that if you read Larison’s “commentary” it goes downhill from there. And you know what else Larison has said?:

For a few voters, and I would class myself among these, the non-Christian character of Mormonism troubles us…For cultural conservatives for whom that Christian heritage is extremely important, it would be quite unhelpful and even damaging to the work of preserving and renewing a Christian culture to rally around a candidate for the most prominent office in the country who does not really believe in that heritage.

And -

If we are in a civilisational conflict, electing a Mormon President is a strange sort of vote of no-confidence in our own history and a repudiation of most of the heritage that at least some of us believe we are fighting to protect (from enemies here and abroad).

So, Jake, are you down with that too?

Tapper –

Position 3: Obama is being too aggressive

Again, this misrepresents what Romney said. He was responding to Obama/Sarkozy/Cameron’s op-ed – which was a change from Obama’s original synopsis of the mission. He wanted O to have clarity about the mission and not operate on an “ad hoc” basis. BTW, their Op-Ed included this helpful reminder in light of Moammar’s death:

Our duty and our mandate under U.N. Security Council Resolution 1973 is to protect civilians, and we are doing that. It is not to remove Qaddafi by force.

So, that drone which hit him belonged to the Libyan rebels? But I digress.

Tapper –

Position 4, after Gadhafi fell: Hooray! Now release the Lockerbie bomber

So what? This is not inconsistent with anything Romney has said.

Position 5 – (Somewhat similar to position 1): It’s about time! The world is a better place without him

Yes it is, but Tapper’s claims about alleged positions 2,3, & 4 are dubious as detailed above. I’ll be gone all day – any response to comments from Hot Air readers will have to wait until tomorrow…

Buy Danish on October 21, 2011 at 11:49 AM

Happy Birthday Twerp. Love me some Martina McBride!

Winebabe on October 21, 2011 at 12:31 PM

Annoying that I still have to see this womans face on HotAir. Can we let it go already?

You-Eh-Vee on October 21, 2011 at 1:11 PM

Annoying that I still have to see this womans face on HotAir. Can we let it go already?

You-Eh-Vee on October 21, 2011 at 1:11 PM

Have you tried other parts of the Internet?

the_nile on October 21, 2011 at 1:41 PM

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