Quotes of the day

posted at 8:30 pm on December 31, 2011 by Allahpundit

“What a waste of a year. What a year for doing nothing and going nowhere

“For me, the payroll tax battle is yet another indication of just how dysfunctional our political process remains. Let’s keep in mind, of course, that this year’s economic stagnation was bankrolled by a $1.3 trillion budget deficit, the continuation of the Federal Reserve’s zero-interest policy, as well as a Fed balance sheet that now amounts to an incredible $2.3 trillion. (As a point of comparison, non-residential, private sector investment as measured by gross domestic product will print at roughly $1.9 trillion this year.) Put simply, our political class still lacks the capacity to do anything about the structural problems in our economy, beyond the same old stuff that has not worked so far.

“This is why I say: Good for President Obama that his job approval numbers have ticked up from just-plain-awful to not-awful-but-still-pretty-bad, but this does not change the fact that, if more politicians are going to lose their jobs because of this mess, he will be the next one kicked off the island. That’s just the way these things go. You don’t run a huge deficit, produce nothing for it, and get to keep your job.”

***

“Amid this month’s payroll tax fracas, few noticed that Congress passed a 1,200-page, $1 trillion omnibus spending bill for fiscal 2012. Maybe no one in Washington boasted because it’s a victory for spending as usual. Republicans—in the House and Senate—need a better strategy…

“The news is that after accounting for last-minute unemployment insurance extensions, ‘emergency’ spending and higher Medicare physician payments, total federal outlays are estimated to be $3.65 trillion in fiscal 2012, up slightly from $3.6 trillion in 2011. The last year has seen no major reforms in any of the big entitlement programs—Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security. Spending on food stamps alone is scheduled to reach $80 billion in 2012, more than double the amount as recently as 2007…

“There has to be a better way. Tea party expectations of major reforms were always unrealistic with Democrats controlling the Senate and White House. But that’s no reason that Republicans in Congress can’t use their power to fight for their priorities.”

***

“‘In terms of the president’s relationship with Congress in 2012 — the state of the debate, if you will — the president is no longer tied to Washington, D.C.,’ spokesman Josh Earnest said in a news briefing in Honolulu.

“The assertion is striking given that Obama, as president for nearly three years, is the symbol and personification of the federal government. It also offers a glimpse into an Obama reelection strategy that will target a ‘do-nothing’ Congress much in the style of Harry S. Truman’s reelection campaign in 1948…

“Earnest said that the White House’s goal was to contrast the image of a ‘gridlocked, dysfunctional Congress’ with ‘a president who’s leaving no stone unturned to try to find solutions to the difficult financial challenges and economic challenges facing this country.’…

“[He] said that now that Obama was ‘sort of free from having to put out these fires, the president will have a larger playing field, as it were. And if that playing field includes working with Congress, all the better. But I think my point is that that’s no longer a requirement.’”

***

“At the end of 2011, America, like much of the rest of the Western world, has dug deeper into a cocoon of denial. Tens of millions of Americans remain unaware that this nation is broke — broker than any nation has ever been. A few days before Christmas, we sailed across the psychological Rubicon and joined the club of nations whose government debt now exceeds their total GDP. It barely raised a murmur — and those who took the trouble to address the issue noted complacently that our 100 percent debt-to-GDP ratio is a mere two-thirds of Greece’s. That’s true, but at a certain point per capita comparisons are less relevant than the sheer hard dollar sums: Greece owes a few rinky-dink billions; America owes more money than anyone has ever owed anybody ever…

“Underneath the patchouli and pneumatic drumming, the starry-eyed young share the same cobwebbed parochial assumptions of permanence as their grandparents: We’re gayer, greener, and groovier, but other than that it’s still 1950 and we’ve got more money than anybody else on the planet, so why get hung up about a few trillion here and a few trillion there? In a mere half century, the richest nation on earth became the brokest nation in history, but the attitudes and assumptions of half the population and 90 percent of the ruling class remain unchanged.

“Auld acquaintance can be forgot, for a while. But eventually even the most complacent and myopic societies get reacquainted with reality. For anyone who cares about the future of America and the broader West, the most important task in 2012 is to puncture the cocoon of denial.”

***

“By comparison, Europe’s democratic leaders look woolly and vacillating, just as they did back in 1932. Indeed, for the democratic West, this was a truly terrible year

“Sadly, there seems little point in looking across the Atlantic for inspiration. In 1932, President Herbert Hoover, beleaguered by rising unemployment and tumbling ratings, flailed and floundered towards election defeat.

“Today, Barack Obama cuts a similarly impotent, indecisive and isolationist figure. The difference is that in 1932, one of the greatest statesmen of the century, the Democratic politician Franklin D. Roosevelt, was waiting in the wings.

“Today, American voters looking for alternatives are confronted only with a bizarre gaggle of has-beens, inadequates and weirdos, otherwise known as the Republican presidential field. And to anybody who cares about the future of the Western world, the prospect of President Ron Paul or President Newt Gingrich is frankly spine-chilling.”

***

“More than anything else, you are the ones who make me hopeful about 2012. Because we’ve got some difficult debates and some tough fights to come. As I’ve said before, we are at a make-or-break moment for the middle class. And in many ways, the actions we take in the months ahead will help determine what kind of country we want to be, and what kind of world we want our children and grandchildren to grow up in.

“As President, I promise to do everything I can to make America a place where hard work and responsibility are rewarded – one where everyone has a fair shot and everyone does their fair share. That’s the America I believe in. That’s the America we’ve always known.”

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He got the opponent he wanted though. sigh..

Flapjackmaka on December 31, 2011 at 8:33 PM

What the hell are we payin’ you for?

Rational Thought on December 31, 2011 at 8:35 PM

He want’s Romney…

idesign on December 31, 2011 at 8:37 PM

One year left of this insufferable imbecile.May God be with us in 2012.

hillsoftx on December 31, 2011 at 8:40 PM

He got the opponent he wanted though. sigh..

Is it wrong that I almost think it would be better for Obama to win reelection at this point?

What is the alternative? Four years of Romney pushing the status quo that we see in the quotes above? Then what? Hillary? Eight years of Romney?

It’s almost sounding better to me to have 4 more years of Obama and hold out for Rubio in 2016. It is sickening that conservatives don’t have any better options for 2012, considering how beatable Obama really is.

jodisue on December 31, 2011 at 8:40 PM

Happy New Year, Allahpundit, and all of Hot Air!

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on December 31, 2011 at 8:41 PM

…You don’t run a huge deficit, produce nothing for it, and get to keep your job”

Ah, but this is the Age of “Affirmative Action Presenty SippyCups”, where only Excuses exceed the National Debt. Watch for a non-stop campaign of talk-show appearances where it’s Everything-but-Obama’s fault. The Sheeple-Audiences will coo at poor JugEars’ predicament and blissfully re-elect him out of sympathy.

SnarkySam on December 31, 2011 at 8:43 PM

Going from Obama to Romney, the Obama-Lite in 2012.

What a shame. This is the UNhappy new year!

Sparky5253 on December 31, 2011 at 8:44 PM

Well, PBHO is starting off the year by lying to the American public, again.

What a loser. We have to suffer because he is President.

NaCly dog on December 31, 2011 at 8:44 PM

Is it wrong that I almost think it would be better for Obama to win reelection at this point?

He!! to the yes.

Listen, I’m not thrilled about Romney either, but I’ll take anyone but Barry at this point. Meanwhile we need to keep the House and get the Senate back, preferably by electing Tea Partiers who will do their best to keep Mitt honest.

salmonczar on December 31, 2011 at 8:46 PM

You don’t run a huge deficit, produce nothing for it, and get to keep your job.”

the lsm is sure going to help him out…

cmsinaz on December 31, 2011 at 8:47 PM

Happy New Year, AP, and all of Hot Air!

To the HA community: May the next year be as bright as your best dreams.

NaCly dog on December 31, 2011 at 8:48 PM

What an ugly bastard. Sorry, but people who say he is handsome, are blind sir, bline.

carbon_footprint on December 31, 2011 at 8:48 PM

“The assertion is striking given that Obama, as president for nearly three years, is the symbol and personification of the federal government

and yet, they are not outraged…lsm propping dear leader up

Happy New Year

cmsinaz on December 31, 2011 at 8:49 PM

Midnight miniature golf for Barack in Oahu!

profitsbeard on December 31, 2011 at 8:49 PM

In terms of the president’s relationship with Congress in 2012 — the state of the debate, if you will — the president is no longer tied to Washington, D.C.,’ spokesman Josh Earnest said in a news briefing in Honolulu.

At least as a state senator, Mr. Obama voted “present.”

As president, it seems, he has chosen to be absent.

While the prospect of a part time Congress is appealing, we are in dire need of a full time president. I hope the American people will realize this in time and vote Barrack Obama out of office in 2012.

MessesWithTexas on December 31, 2011 at 8:49 PM

Bline equals blind. Too much New Years cheer, too early.

carbon_footprint on December 31, 2011 at 8:49 PM

Thanks for watching, and from Michelle, Malia, Sasha, Bo and myself, Happy New Year.

Happy New Year, genius, from myself.

No Niks on December 31, 2011 at 8:49 PM

jodisue on December 31, 2011 at 8:40 PM

I’m almost with you but the damage the thug could do with four more years would be irreperable.

arnold ziffel on December 31, 2011 at 8:50 PM

everyone does their fair share…

excluding those making below $250,000

cmsinaz on December 31, 2011 at 8:50 PM

It’s almost sounding better to me to have 4 more years of Obama and hold out for Rubio in 2016. It is sickening that conservatives don’t have any better options for 2012, considering how beatable Obama really is.

salmonczar on December 31, 2011 at 8:46 PM

Sadly, you’re not alone in this thought. If the Republicans take the Senate and are able to hogtie Obama for 4 years, we can see someone like Rubio in 2016. As much of a disaster Obama’s been — and would continue to be — Romney’s not the answer. If he’s President, nothing will change. Nothing.

KGB on December 31, 2011 at 8:51 PM

And in many ways, the actions we take in the months ahead will help determine what kind of country we want to be, and what kind of world we want our children and grandchildren to grow up in.

…and what kind of country is that, Mr President? A country where there is no oil, no heat in the winter, no electricity because it has all been prohibited by government experts who claim it damages the environment?

A country where half the available labor force has given up looking for employment and spends their time looting? A country where speaking freely means using the right words in the right way to avoid giving offense while at the same time the oppressed minorities loot, shoot, and intimidate with flash mobs?

A country that looks like Zimbabwe, not Rhodesia, where special friends of the President are gifted with private property confiscated from those who don’t deserve great wealth? Where laws apply in those cases and only in the manner chosen by your Department of Justice?

A country where opposition to your Presidential decrees means banishment to the gulags or re-education camps, where economics means justice for the poor, not free participation in trade and the market place? Where an underground economy operates in the dark to avoid taxes or regulations? Where regulations are waived for certain groups? Where health care is a ‘right’, that doctors and medical specialists are required by law to provide at salaries set by government decree to anyone who demands it, to be paid for by some vague third party?

A country where education is under the direction of the national government, paid for by the national government, curriculum established by the national government, provided by government employees in a manner set by government decree?

Why, Mr President, do you NEVER describe this hypothetical great country you envision for the rest of us?

Skandia Recluse on December 31, 2011 at 8:52 PM

Is it wrong that I almost think it would be better for Obama to win reelection at this point?

YES it’s wrong! VERY wrong.

No matter HOW weak Romney will be, no matter how many times we will find ourselves in opposition to his conciliatory, middle-of-the-road nature, NOTHING can convince me that Obama would choose better Supreme Court judges than Romney. The next President will get 4 or 5 judges to choose. It’s the opportunity to change the court. We can NOT let Obama do that.

Over the next 4 years the Islamists will push and push and push. We need a President who will push back. Four more years of being the “weak horse” and not only will all of our friendly despots be gone (Egypt and Libya) but many of our friends will be gone as well – Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Israel.

Obama must not have 4 more years.

I know that the economy is the “me me me” thing to worry about, but a decent Congress will help that. The President CAN dictate foreign policy and supreme court appointments (mostly). THOSE things get people killed and a nation destroyed for EONS, not just a budget cycle.

Less on December 31, 2011 at 8:52 PM

Skandia Recluse on December 31, 2011 at 8:52 PM

hear hear SR

cmsinaz on December 31, 2011 at 8:53 PM

I pray to God that we’re about to enter the FINAL full year of the Obama Regime, and that a year from now Obama is on his way to being a screeching voice on MSNBC.

wildcat72 on December 31, 2011 at 8:54 PM

wildcat72 on December 31, 2011 at 8:54 PM

tingles and morning joe would be absolutely giddy

cmsinaz on December 31, 2011 at 8:55 PM

Also from AP’s first quote:

Beyond these sorts of pathetic PR stunts by the commander in chief, there were actual bipartisan solutions suggested to solve our problems – the Simpson-Bowles plan and the Wyden-Ryan proposal – but they went nowhere because this president refused to get behind them. Most precious to him is the fiction that the Republican party is now so extreme that he cannot work with it, despite his promises during the campaign of 2008 to do just that. Obama’s bottom line: crafting some grand entitlement/deficit/tax bargain just will not help his reelection; accordingly, there was no grand bargain in 2011, and there will not be one in 2012.

The “grand bargain” will be Obama’s exit.

Rovin on December 31, 2011 at 8:58 PM

The great thing about Mitt Romsney being elected, is that we can count on all of his blunders and failures being blamed upon the GOP twenty four seven, courtesy of the MSM. Oh well. The Establishment will be happy, right Mr. Rove? Krauthammer?

carbon_footprint on December 31, 2011 at 8:58 PM

Listen, I’m not thrilled about Romney either, but I’ll take anyone but Barry at this point. Meanwhile we need to keep the House and get the Senate back, preferably by electing Tea Partiers who will do their best to keep Mitt honest.

Just watching this past year I don’t have confidence that any of that will actually happen. An awful lot has to coalesce around those people keeping Mitt honest, and Congress isn’t giving me that kind of faith, even if some new conservatives are voted in. Think about it – the GOP now can’t even stand up to some of the worst legislation of all time without looking incompetent, disorganized, and falling prey to the media characterizing them as heartless obstructionists. They cave every time. How does that play out when you get a GOP president in there who is ostensibly on the same side as that GOP Congress but is pushing for the same amount of spending, programs, and awfulness as that of our current president?

I used to be firmly in the Anyone But Obama camp, but thinking long term I’m not so sure that is a good idea anymore, especially if ABO = Romney.

jodisue on December 31, 2011 at 9:00 PM

But that’s no reason that Republicans in Congress can’t use their power to fight for their priorities.”

Apparently their priorities are in line with the funding bills they helped to pass.

chemman on December 31, 2011 at 9:01 PM

Most of us here will ring in the new year long before King Putt. As usual, he’ll be late once again.

TXUS on December 31, 2011 at 9:04 PM

Why, Mr President, do you NEVER describe this hypothetical great country you envision for the rest of us?

Skandia Recluse on December 31, 2011 at 8:52 PM

Very eloquently stated sir! You nailed it.

kenny on December 31, 2011 at 9:06 PM

I’m almost with you but the damage the thug could do with four more years would be irreperable.

arnold ziffel on December 31, 2011 at 8:50 PM

It’s repairable.

It would be ugly and violent, but it’d be repairable.

Who is John Galt on December 31, 2011 at 9:08 PM

As much of a disaster Obama’s been — and would continue to be — Romney’s not the answer. If he’s President, nothing will change. Nothing.

KGB on December 31, 2011 at 8:51 PM

That’s all I’m trying to say.

I can’t reconcile Congress actually doing one iota to keep Romney accountable.

Would Romney pick better judges? Maybe. In terms of overall ideology, probably, but in terms of how they would fall out on a yes/no decision? I have my doubts.

jodisue on December 31, 2011 at 9:08 PM

He got the opponent he wanted though. sigh..

He wanted to face Rick Perry or Newt Gingrich or Herman Cain or Sarah Palin.

The one person he desperately did not want to face from this field was Romney.

I’m not saying that Romney is 100% guaranteed to win, but I am saying that you’re smoking PCP if you think that Obama “wanted” to face the most formidable candidate in the field in terms of crossover appeal.

Esoteric on December 31, 2011 at 9:12 PM

Less on December 31, 2011 at 8:52 PM

The SCoTUS argument no longer holds water. The two 2nd amendment decisions have scared the spittle out of the progressives. Think the Bork nomination and elevate the vitriol a couple of exponents of 10. No way the Dems in the Senate will allow a Romney to appoint anything more than a squish to the Court. He may even be forced to replace a lib with a lib. The GOP has never been good at defending their conservative judges while they willingly role over and allow the dems to appoint libs to the court.

chemman on December 31, 2011 at 9:13 PM

One year left of this insufferable imbecile.May God be with us in 2012.

hillsoftx on December 31, 2011 at 8:40 PM

Uh…don’t bet your house on it, Scooter.

Long haired country boy on December 31, 2011 at 9:15 PM

Happy and Blessed New Year to all! Keep a good and positive thought. God knows we need it! :) Be safe everyone!

sicoit on December 31, 2011 at 9:19 PM

OK maybe I am totally hammered or maybe it’s the booze speaking in my head,
but
why is everyone assuming that there will be elections in 2012 and we will be fortunate enough to get rid of the commoozie in the WH by a simple election process ?
He is not going anywhere..deal with it my fellow Americans.
Communists are like dandruff

burrata on December 31, 2011 at 9:22 PM

The so-called true-conservatives are so stupid, it’s not even funny. If you are wishing for Obama to win, then by all means go join your ilk on the Huffington Post. Nonsense.

Romney will win, and will be the next president, and I hope it pisses all of you off.

Happy New Year to every person of goodwill out there, including the self righteous and self important true-conservatives. May your evil wishes for Romney’s candidacy never come to pass.

Chudi on December 31, 2011 at 9:24 PM

He may even be forced to replace a lib with a lib. The GOP has never been good at defending their conservative judges while they willingly role over and allow the dems to appoint libs to the court.

chemman on December 31, 2011 at 9:13 PM

Are you people really this stupid?

Chudi on December 31, 2011 at 9:25 PM

Are you people really this stupid?

They’ve got a narrative and they’re goddamn determined to stick with it, no matter what happens.

Seriously, no joke, that’s what it’s about: they need to continually invent ever more ridiculous justifications for the “Romney will be WORSE than Obama” proposition. So this is the new line.

Esoteric on December 31, 2011 at 9:26 PM

burrata on December 31, 2011 at 9:22 PM

I’m really suprised we had elections in 2010. The dems in congress knew they were going to take a beating. Also, I thought maybe Pelousy and Ooga Booga would declare a national emergency and postpone/delay/abolish the election process for the good of the country.

Long haired country boy on December 31, 2011 at 9:28 PM

Romney will win, and will be the next president, and I hope it pisses all of you off.

Chudi on December 31, 2011 at 9:24 PM

And your basis for this statement is…..? DO YOU REALLY THINK THE MSM WILL ALLOW anyone TO BEAT THE BAMSTER!!!!!???? Do you?
The GOP nominee will be dog meat by the time they get through with him/her.

Long haired country boy on December 31, 2011 at 9:32 PM

chemman on December 31, 2011 at 9:13 PM

If the GOP get 60 in the Senate, a Republican president can appoint all the Borks he wants. Like a lot of conservatives, I’m ready to support Romney as both inevitable and electable, but if he appoints a squish to the court, it’ll be the end of his presidency. I realize he did so in Mass., but he had a liberal legislature there. He is likely to have both houses of Congress, and I know Kennedy is itching to retire but waiting for a Republican president. I think Scalia and Thomas want to retire, too. And sooner or later someone’s gonna poke Ginsburg and realize she died three or four years ago. Romney has a chance to make a conservative court that lasts a generation. He had better do just that. The ideal situation would be two or even three retirements all at once. Toss in a bunch of conservatives while the dems are frothing and be done with it.

Rational Thought on December 31, 2011 at 9:36 PM

And your basis for this statement is…..? DO YOU REALLY THINK THE MSM WILL ALLOW anyone TO BEAT THE BAMSTER!!!!!???? Do you?
The GOP nominee will be dog meat by the time they get through with him/her.

Do you really think the MSM was going to allow John Kerry to lose in 2004?

Do you really think the MSM was going to allow Scott Brown to win a “filibuster proof majority”-shattering seat in Massachusetts, Ted Kennedy’s seat of all things, in January 2010?

Do you really think the MSM was going to allow the Republicans and those hateful Tea Party barbarians to take back the House of Representatives in November of 2010?

Guess what: the MSM is not some combination of Jesus, Voldemort, and Sauron. It can exert influence, but it can’t wholly alter the national will. The national will is seeking a replacement for Obama who 1.) is competent; 2.) is not a crazy-eyed “burn it all down” Tea Party nihilist; 3.) seems to have something creditable to say about jobs and the economy.

As it turns out, the GOP has exactly one candidate who fits this bill. And I know that he’s not who most Hot Air denizens would pick, mainly because he embodies #1 and #2 on the list mentioned above, but again and again the point needs to be reemphasized that Hot Air posters have little if any relationship whatsoever to mainstream of either conservatism, the Republican party, or the voting electorate as a whole. Stop acting as if YOUR opinions are the only orthodox ones. You aren’t the Pope and this isn’t Catholicism: you don’t get to excommunicate and anathematize anyone anymore.

Esoteric on December 31, 2011 at 9:39 PM

Skandia Recluse on December 31, 2011 at 8:52 PM

Wow. That was good. Really bad—but good.

IrishEi on December 31, 2011 at 9:43 PM

Chudi on December 31, 2011 at 9:25 PM

Explain where I am wrong. Calling me stupid doesn’t prove anything

chemman on December 31, 2011 at 9:44 PM

Long haired country boy on December 31, 2011 at 9:28 PM

Just look at the latest orders being given to the tinglers in the media by the marxislamists:

Congress is a pesky inconvenience and the US Constitution is a hinderance


This whole ” Obama is detached from DC” is just a play on words of the reality which is that Obama wants to vacay for the rest of his life and rule like a dictator with no accountability and he wants absolute obedience from his subjects .
The next round of fatwas..I mean EOs will be fascinating , but I’m sure blacks, latinos, gays and illegals will still serve as human shields for this dangerous regime.

burrata on December 31, 2011 at 9:45 PM

The one person he desperately did not want to face from this field was Romney.

I’m not saying that Romney is 100% guaranteed to win

Are you smoking? Romney has been hit with kid gloves and the Bain and MA stuff will be coming fast and hard 24/7. I bet you Obama and his union thugs have prepared opponent info miles high on romney since 2008. But Romney supporters support him because “he might win”. Not because of anything else.

Flapjackmaka on December 31, 2011 at 9:47 PM

Rational Thought on December 31, 2011 at 9:36 PM

I understand that but I don’t see a reasonable route to 60 at this point lacking a black swan event. Lacking 60 all h*ll will break loose if an attempt is made to replace a retiring liberal with a conservative.

chemman on December 31, 2011 at 9:47 PM

Esoteric on December 31, 2011 at 9:26 PM

I have never said Romney would be worse than Obama. I have clearly said he will stake his claim on managing the administrative state in a more efficient manner than Obama. If in your opinion that is what we need at this time in history so be it. I just don’t happen to agree.

chemman on December 31, 2011 at 9:50 PM

There has to be a better way. Tea party expectations of major reforms were always unrealistic with Democrats controlling the Senate and White House. But that’s no reason that Republicans in Congress can’t use their power to fight for their priorities.

If that were so, then why are socialists democrats telling the Tea Party to go to hell?

Happy New Year!!!

Kini on December 31, 2011 at 9:52 PM

Who’s the guy on Obama’s hand?

Schadenfreude on December 31, 2011 at 9:53 PM

Barack Obama cuts a similarly impotent, indecisive and isolationist figure.

The photo of Obama in this article is a classic.

Schadenfreude on December 31, 2011 at 9:55 PM

Compare this to Obama’s address.

Schadenfreude on December 31, 2011 at 9:59 PM

“Today, American voters looking for alternatives are confronted only with a bizarre gaggle of has-beens, inadequates and weirdos, otherwise known as the Republican presidential field. And to anybody who cares about the future of the Western world, the prospect of President Ron Paul or Newt Gingrich or President Willard Mittens Romney Romneycare is frankly spine-chilling.”

Happy New Year, Allahpundit, and everyone here at Hot Air/Hot Gas!

Green eyed Lady on December 31, 2011 at 10:08 PM

Rick Santorum will win the Presidency in 2012. It’ll start by shocking everyone in Iowa and then with Palin endorsing him to lead to a big win in SC.

We can’t afford to get this one wrong. We need a real conseravative. Santorum is getting some much deserved push right now, time for all good conservatives to support him!

LevinFan on December 31, 2011 at 10:18 PM

“Today, American voters looking for alternatives are confronted only with a bizarre gaggle of has-beens, inadequates and weirdos, otherwise known as the Republican presidential field. And to anybody who cares about the future of the Western world, the prospect of President Ron Paul or Newt Gingrich or President Willard Mittens Romney Romneycare is frankly spine-chilling.”

Happy New Year, Allahpundit, and everyone here at Hot Air/Hot Gas!

Green eyed Lady on December 31, 2011 at 10:08 PM

RuPaul would be the worst choice.

Mittens would be the second.

LevinFan on December 31, 2011 at 10:19 PM

Are you smoking? Romney has been hit with kid gloves and the Bain and MA stuff will be coming fast and hard 24/7. I bet you Obama and his union thugs have prepared opponent info miles high on romney since 2008. But Romney supporters support him because “he might win”. Not because of anything else.

Flapjackmaka on December 31, 2011 at 9:47 PM

Well said.

Mittens had been treated with kid gloves all along. He couldn’t even handle a Bret Baier interview!

LevinFan on December 31, 2011 at 10:20 PM

For those who think a Republican President will necessarily appoint a conservative Justice, I give you two words:David Souter.
Now that Romney has been anointed the official Republican candidate, will someone tell many votes he received? I keep forgetting.

FirelandsO3 on December 31, 2011 at 10:24 PM

They’ve got a narrative and they’re goddamn determined to stick with it, no matter what happens.

Esoteric on December 31, 2011 at 9:26 PM

Mitt Romney is a master of fictional narratives.

FloatingRock on December 31, 2011 at 10:33 PM

Romney will win, and will be the next president, and I hope it pisses all of you off.

Chudi on December 31, 2011 at 9:24 PM

He might win the nomination but he won’t be the next president, and neither will Obama.

FloatingRock on December 31, 2011 at 10:36 PM

Mitt Romney is a master of fictional narratives.

No fan of Ron “The New Money is a government control plot!” Paul has any right to be lecturing ANYONE else about “fictional narratives.”

Esoteric on December 31, 2011 at 10:39 PM

He might win the nomination but he won’t be the next president, and neither will Obama.

FloatingRock on December 31, 2011 at 10:36 PM

Who will be the next Potus?

LevinFan on December 31, 2011 at 10:40 PM

Who will be the next Potus?

LevinFan on December 31, 2011 at 10:40 PM

My Magic Eight Ball says ask again later. : )

FloatingRock on December 31, 2011 at 10:43 PM

I had forgotten this putz will be giving another SOTU address on Jan. 24. I don’t think I’ll be able to stomach listening to it. The only speech I want to hear from him is his ‘So Long, Suckas’ speech.

Flora Duh on December 31, 2011 at 10:45 PM

My Magic Eight Ball says ask again later. : )

FloatingRock on December 31, 2011 at 10:43 PM

LOL. Way to go out on a limb there :) What are you afraid of being wrong?

LevinFan on December 31, 2011 at 10:49 PM

Who will be the next Potus?
LevinFan on December 31, 2011 at 10:40 PM

No potus for USA anymore, we have the Emir now

burrata on December 31, 2011 at 10:50 PM

jodisue on December 31, 2011 at 8:40 PM
Then vote for your man “jug ears”!
The damage will not be repairable after 4 more years!
Bork is one of the judges advising Romney – so who in the heck do you think he would pick as a judge?
For heavens sakes jug ears will change the country forever with his appointments.
Wake up!
We have to get rid of him……………

Bambi on December 31, 2011 at 10:50 PM

Esoteric on December 31, 2011 at 10:39 PM

Whatever. Ron Paul warned the American people about the looming collapse of the housing bubble back during the ’08 primaries while Romney and his conceited supporters scoffed at him. Your claim of superior wisdom is belied by the evidence.

FloatingRock on December 31, 2011 at 10:50 PM

the point needs to be reemphasized that Hot Air posters have little if any relationship whatsoever to mainstream of either conservatism, the Republican party, or the voting electorate as a whole

Stop acting as if YOUR opinions are the only orthodox ones. You aren’t the Pope and this isn’t Catholicism: you don’t get to excommunicate and anathematize anyone anymore.

Esoteric

Do you see anything contradictory in those two statements? Anything at all?

For what it’s worth, I don’t think Romney could possibly be worse than Obama, but I don’t think Romney is so much better than he’s going to make any measurable differences where it counts. And looking long term, past this one election, I can see that all is not lost of he doesn’t win in 2012.

jodisue on December 31, 2011 at 10:51 PM

Electing O for a second term would be very bad.

Read the quote from his spokesman.

As the year unfolds, Obama will use executive authority to roll out more initiatives designed to boost the economy and assist struggling families, the White House aide said. Obama has already unveiled 20 such measures under the White House’s new slogan, “We can’t wait.”

Barry thinks he and his leftist friends and cronies stand to transform our country even more…maybe making a little $$$ along the way. he thinks he’s right and the pipsqueaks on this blog are hopless lumpen-proletariat.

He’s already shown that he doesn’t like the pipsqueaks in Congress…he’s much more of an Executive Authority kinda guy

SCOTUS will be his lasting legacy if re-elected. Reshaping America is his goal…remember positive rights?????

r keller on December 31, 2011 at 10:51 PM

I had forgotten this putz will be giving another SOTU address on Jan. 24. I don’t think I’ll be able to stomach listening to it. The only speech I want to hear from him is his ‘So Long, Suckas’ speech.

Flora Duh on December 31, 2011 at 10:45 PM

The speech I want to hear from him is like the LBJ speech of “In the best interests of the country, I have chosen not to run for re-election …” LBJ gave that address after the NH primary, BTW.

TXUS on December 31, 2011 at 11:03 PM

Rick Perry got into a battle of wits with a Fire Hydrant. The Fire Hydrant won and the Perry supporters cried foul.

Frobenius on December 31, 2011 at 11:03 PM

Happy New Year to the HotGas crew and commenter’s

angrymike on December 31, 2011 at 11:04 PM

Skandia Recluse

Excellent post. Your hammer done squashed that ol’ nail.

Horace on December 31, 2011 at 11:06 PM

The speech I want to hear from him is like the LBJ speech of “In the best interests of the country, I have chosen not to run for re-election …” LBJ gave that address after the NH primary, BTW.

You don’t want that. Can you say “sudden Hillary candidacy?”

Esoteric on December 31, 2011 at 11:08 PM

In spite of this accumulation of political felonies, you have had the temerity, the astonishing rind, to posit an intellectual and spiritual kinship with several of your distinguished predecessors. I note, with considerable relief, that you have not as yet presumed to impute to me the same act of bastardy with which you have sought to malign the honor of these illustrious gentlemen. I caution you never to do so, for, in the event, I would bargain with Almighty God that I should pass an hundred years in purgatory in exchange for the grace of an hour in which to call upon you…

Your most obedient servant,

George Washington

I had great fun reading this. Enjoy for yourselves.

Happy New Year – emphasis on the happy for 2012 because 2011 sucked out loud.

turfmann on December 31, 2011 at 11:11 PM

***********Happy New Year Team Hot Gas**************************

Breaking!
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Va. attorney general intervenes in ballot flap; Gingrich, Bachmann, Santorum, Huntsman join Perry’s suit – @FoxNewsStory metadata:
Submitted 54 mins ago from http://www.foxnews.com by editor

http://www.breakingnews.com/
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Virginia AG Intervenes in GOP Ballot Dispute as Blocked Candidates Join Suit

Published December 31, 2011
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Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is intervening in his state’s presidential primary dispute and plans to file emergency legislation to address the inability of most Republican presidential candidates to get their name on the ballot, Fox News has learned.

Meanwhile, four GOP candidates on Saturday joined fellow candidate Rick Perry’s lawsuit against the state, urging the Board of Elections to either allow them on the ballot or at least refrain from taking any action until a Jan. 13 court hearing.

Only Mitt Romney and Ron Paul qualified for the Virginia primary, a contest with 49 delegates up for grabs. Perry and the four candidates joining the lawsuit — Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum and Jon Huntsman — did not.

The failure of other candidates to qualify led to complaints that the 10,000-signature requirement is too stringent.

Cuccinelli, who is a Republican, shared the concerns and plans to take them to the legislature while the candidates work through the courts.

“Recent events have underscored that our system is deficient,” he said in a statement Saturday. “Virginia owes her citizens a better process. We can do it in time for the March primary if we resolve to do so quickly.”

Cuccinelli’s proposal is expected to state that if the Virginia Board of Elections certifies that a candidate is receiving federal matching funds, or has qualified to receive them, that candidate will upon request be automatically added to the ballot.

Two former Democratic attorneys general are backing the move, along with a former Democratic state party chairman and a former Republican state party chairman.

Former state Attorney General Tony Troy called the Virginia process a “legal and constitutional embarrassment.” Fellow former top Virginia prosecutor Steve Rosenthal said: “This is not a Democratic or Republican issue. If it takes emergency legislation, then we need to do it.”

A spokesman for Virginia Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell appeared to defend the state’s strict ballot rules, but opened the door to reexamining them.
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http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/12/31/virginia-attorney-general-intervenes-in-gop-primary-ballot-dispute/

canopfor on December 31, 2011 at 11:03 PM

canopfor on December 31, 2011 at 11:12 PM

Chudi

Happy New Year from this self-righteous and self-important person.

To All Hot Gas folks, including those who underappreciate me -

Happy New Year! No matter how things ebb and flow, let’s all hope that on this date next year we are all looking at 19 1/2 more days of the reign of the jug-eared jackass in the White House.

And to Allah and Ed for open registration and the opportunity it provided for Hot Gas posters to benefit from my wisdom,analytical analysis and insightful insightness.

And to annoyinglittletwerp – May have been some rock’em and sock’em times with you lately, but you’re on the right side and that counts alot.

Good 2012 on all y’all!

Horace on December 31, 2011 at 11:14 PM

Raw Video: US Troops Ring in 2012 in Afghanistan
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Published on Dec 31, 2011 by AssociatedPress

US soldiers and those serving with the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan celebrated the New Year at the NATO base in Kabul, Afghanistan on Saturday. (Dec. 31)
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CM2pSaipa2s

canopfor on December 31, 2011 at 11:15 PM

And to annoyinglittletwerp – May have been some rock’em and sock’em times with you lately, but you’re on the right side and that counts alot.

Good 2012 on all y’all!

Horace on December 31, 2011 at 11:14 PM

Horace:*Sincerely*,Happy New Year———————:)

canopfor on December 31, 2011 at 11:16 PM

Yawn….
Streeetch.
Good. I didn’t miss New Years.
What did I miss????

“As President, I promise to do everything I can to make America a place where hard work and responsibility are rewarded – one where everyone has a fair shot and everyone does their fair share. That’s the America I believe in. That’s the America we’ve always known.”

Cripes!!! Leave me alone Barack!!!

Happy New Years to all..

Electrongod on December 31, 2011 at 11:26 PM

cmsinaz on December 31, 2011 at 8:47 PM

They did do a fantastic job of keeping the indefinite detention of US citizens on the down low.

gyrmnix on December 31, 2011 at 11:26 PM

You don’t want that. Can you say “sudden Hillary candidacy?”

Esoteric on December 31, 2011 at 11:08 PM

Yes, I do. If that happened and Hillary were the D’s choice, as no doubt she would be, it would be so late in the season that neither she nor anyone, could make that Phoenix fly. Worst case scenario: if our nominee loses, we get Billy Jeff back in the WH, and some degree of sanity from the scorched earth world to which Obama has delivered us. Again, this is all wishful thinking and not likely to happen. But, the sooner Obama is golfing each day in Chicago or wherever, with the regulatory and tax systems and the football and codes far removed from him, the safer all of us will be.

TXUS on December 31, 2011 at 11:27 PM

Evenin’ folks.

Got a screwdriver in hand (Absolut), and shrimp and champagne waiting in the wings.

Happy New Year to all, friends and adversaries alike.

predator on December 31, 2011 at 11:28 PM

Got a screwdriver in hand (Absolut), and shrimp and champagne waiting in the wings.

Happy New Year to all, friends and adversaries alike.

predator on December 31, 2011 at 11:28 PM

Best wishes…
I had a screwdriver in my hand earlier…
Just finished installing the over-the-range microwave for the wife.

Electrongod on December 31, 2011 at 11:35 PM

Other than the economy was most likely supposed to be improving just enough to breeze through to his next term and they didn’t expect to lose in 2010 so ugly, everything else is right on schedule, get the foundation for future citizen control in place the first two years and then cruise the last two giving the public the time it needs to forget all of the despicable corrupt activities rammed through earlier.

Its a plausible strategy, Americans have a terrible memory and the state owned media isn’t going to remind anybody how angry they were before.

That’s our job.

Speakup on December 31, 2011 at 11:51 PM

The hour is near. Got to attend my guests, some of whom I actually like. Some because they’re fun, some because they’re crazy, some because they’re a lot smarter than me. They will all be drunk in short order and not be allowed to drive themselves home, no matter their insistence to do so. It is all arranged.

Hope that we all see a better year than the last — no, the last three years in particular — and that November 2012 brings real hope and change.

A happy and healthy and bountiful New Year to all!

TXUS on December 31, 2011 at 11:52 PM

May 2012 bring Justice back into the world…

… Happy New Year everyone!

Seven Percent Solution on December 31, 2011 at 11:58 PM

I’ll turn the lights off tonight at HotAir….
On second thought….
Wife just opened a bottle of bubbly….
2 more hours to go until Mountain time 2012……

Electrongod on December 31, 2011 at 11:58 PM

Happy New Year!

Are we there yet?

By “there” I mean, November 6.

Flora Duh on January 1, 2012 at 12:00 AM

… Happy New Year everyone!

Seven Percent Solution on December 31, 2011 at 11:58 PM

Right back atcha…
Thank Barrack that I got Monday off.
I am going to need it…
Celebrating my fair share…
…OK….
Maybe a wee bit more…
2012!!!!!!!!!
May we see the end of wretched hive of scum and villainy.

Electrongod on January 1, 2012 at 12:03 AM

Happy New Year, Hot Gas’ers.

2011, Fuck You.

Darksean on January 1, 2012 at 12:05 AM

Happy New Year everybody.

Here’s to a better year for all of us which includes Obama getting his butt kicked by whomever is our nominee.

Less than one year to go!

gophergirl on January 1, 2012 at 12:15 AM

Happy Annus Novus to the East Coasters, who are probably too *elevated* to read the greeting ;-)

cane_loader on January 1, 2012 at 12:33 AM

Happy New Year to everyone on the East Coast! It’s afternoon here, and I just got my first New Year’s surprise in the form of a 4.0 magnitude earthquake. Yep, 2012 will be an interesting year. :)

Flotsam Jetsome on January 1, 2012 at 12:35 AM

Where was the quake??

cane_loader on January 1, 2012 at 12:47 AM

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