Quotes of the day

posted at 10:40 pm on January 11, 2012 by Allahpundit

“‘I don’t want America to be a nation that’s primarily known for financial speculation,’ the president said during the event in the East Room. ‘I want us to be known for making and selling products all over the world stamped with three proud words: ‘Made in America.’

“To be sure, the president made no mention of Romney directly, but he has been critical of Wall Street before and the tenor of his remarks neatly complimented Vice President Biden’s assail on the former Massachusetts governor Tuesday, when he told New Hampshire Democrats via teleconference that Romney cares more about stockholders than employees.”

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“Rick Santorum took a nameless swipe at Republicans who have been criticizing Mitt Romney’s time at Bain Capital.

“‘It’s this hostile rhetoric, which unfortunately – I don’t want to stand here and be a defender of Mitt Romney,’ Santorum said to a friendly crowd here tonight, ‘but unfortunately some in our party now, even some running for president will engage in with respect to capitalism. It is bad enough for Barack Obama to blame folks in business for causing problems in this country. Its one other thing for Republicans to join him.’”

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“Jon Huntsman on Wednesday joined the chorus of Republicans urging Mitt Romney’s opponents to tone down their attacks on the former Massachusetts governor over his time at the investment firm Bain Capital.

“‘If you have creative destruction in capitalism, which has always been a part of capitalism, it becomes a little disingenuous to take on Bain Capital,’ Huntsman told reporters Wednesday after a campaign appearance at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. ‘I think it’s more instructive to look at governor Romney’s record as governor.’”

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“We have heard a lot over the last couple months about the anti-Romney sentiment in the Republican party. However, this statistic suggests that, in New Hampshire at any rate, Romney is the only candidate with whom a majority of the party is satisfied. The rest of the candidates seem to have alienated more than half of the GOP.

“That is Romney’s biggest advantage, far and away.”

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“‘He’s going to have to defend this,’ Perry said in an interview on ‘Fox and Friends’ on Wednesday morning. ‘And better in January than September if he’s going to be our nominee and have to explain.’”

Via Breitbart TV.

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“‘I think their argument fell flat here in New Hampshire. They tried it very hard, ran ads here, were up and down the state campaigning, and people in the state here said, ‘look, we want a guy who spent some time in the private sector, not someone who spent their entire life in Washington.’ So I think it’s working for my benefit,’ the former Massachusetts governor said.”

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“Perry began the segment attacking President Obama, but Hannity quickly shifted gears to the ‘very harsh words’ Perry has had for Romney. ‘It almost sounds like Occupy Wall Street,’ he noted, ‘it doesn’t sound like someone who is governing Texas as a conservative.’”

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What’s scary is how this dogmatic, really thought-less attitude has pervaded rank-and-file on our side.

avgjo on January 12, 2012 at 3:32 AM

You are correct. If we follow the logic of Romney’s defense, we are also accepting that “conservatism is nothing but a heartless dogma”.

And that’s the greatest mistake of many Republicans and the main reason why GOP has been losing elections except in traditionally republican states. Republicans enjoying the blessings of and defending monopolistic corporations in disguise for free enterprise and false capitalism have made a great disservice to the Great Party of Lincoln. They have also belied Adam Smith’s Wealth of the Nations.

TheAlamos on January 12, 2012 at 4:02 AM

Malachi45

I think you are the most informed, intelligent and forthright poster on Hot Air.

Am I lying again? You be the judge. But, don’t forget – you yourself said you don’t know if I’m lying or not.

Horace on January 12, 2012 at 3:59 AM

Really? That’s your retort?

Malachi45 on January 12, 2012 at 4:03 AM

Mitt Romney, as the nominee, could split the party if the rank-and-file are railroaded into supporting him, and then in the general election, they find out that Mitt’s unelectable due to his Bain background.

Why the rush to declare the race over after one caucus and one election?

Is there a fear that Mitt won’t be able to sustain scrutiny?

JonBGood on January 12, 2012 at 1:54 AM

After reading the comments on this thread, I’d say your prediction is pretty spot-on.

At this point my only hope of us having any chance of removing Obama from office, is to pray that the very loud and vocal voices here at HA does not represent the whole of the Republican party.

Flora Duh on January 12, 2012 at 4:05 AM

Mitt Romney, as the nominee, could split the party if the rank-and-file are railroaded into supporting him, and then in the general election, they find out that Mitt’s unelectable due to his Bain background.

Why the rush to declare the race over after one caucus and one election?

Is there a fear that Mitt won’t be able to sustain scrutiny?

JonBGood on January 12, 2012 at 1:54 AM

After reading the comments on this thread, I’d say your prediction is pretty spot-on.

At this point my only hope of us having any chance of removing Obama from office, is to pray that the very loud and vocal voices here at HA does not represent the whole of the Republican party.

Flora Duh on January 12, 2012 at 4:05 AM

I think most of us will vote for him. But we won’t do it enthusiastically or complaint free.

Malachi45 on January 12, 2012 at 4:07 AM

Well, it’s been real.

But, gotta go get make sure everything is ready for the minstrel show this evening.

So Long and Thanks for All the Fish!

And a special “Koo-Koo-Ka-Choo” to you, Malachi45. “Fish in a barrel,” as they say.

Horace on January 12, 2012 at 4:08 AM

This is just the beginning salvo against out most electable candidate.

tonotisto on January 12, 2012 at 3:58 AM

It’s going to be very, very, long summer of our discontent.

Alas, at the hour of our greatest need, we are about to nominate the Massachusetts Moderate with the Liberal record and technocratic mien – a man who will say anything to win and, unfortunately, have it immortalized in video.

JonBGood on January 12, 2012 at 4:09 AM

G’Nite Horace! It’s been fun chatting with you!

JonBGood on January 12, 2012 at 4:10 AM

I think most of us will vote for him. But we won’t do it enthusiastically or complaint free.

Malachi45 on January 12, 2012 at 4:07 AM

As will I. Whoever coined the phrase that getting Republicans to agree on something is like herding cats, sure knew what they were talking about.

Flora Duh on January 12, 2012 at 4:16 AM

At this point my only hope of us having any chance of removing Obama from office, is to pray that the very loud and vocal voices here at HA does not represent the whole of the Republican party.

Flora Duh on January 12, 2012 at 4:05 AM

I’m hoping that Mitt’s surrogates and supporters realize that to have a unified party, Mitt has to explain his Bain experience. He has to go through the vetting, just like everyone else. And if it takes time, then he should make the time to do it. If there are questionable activities in his background, then he has to deal with it before he’s the nominee.

Telling the grassroots to sit down and shut up, doesn’t give off a very confident vibe.

JonBGood on January 12, 2012 at 4:17 AM

Romney is not a McCain redux.
In 2008 Romney was presented as the Not McCain. Inarticulate ‘won’t go after Obama with gusto’ ‘doddering’ McCain couldn’t raise $, and had a conceptually horrible campaign to boot.
Romney will raise $, and with an excited base, huge $. And this is huge… I just a Romney Banner Ad (Donate), with his picture & it said “Let’s fight for the America We Love.” It was moving. And I thought… this will do it. This sort of thing. In exciting the base, and raising the huge $ needed. I can see the the fight that will be. And it will be a big fight.

anotherJoe on January 12, 2012 at 4:19 AM

Romney is not a McCain redux.

McCain capitulated as soon as the Convention ended. Surely, no one could be that bad.

It seemed as if McCain was spooked by the specter of being branded a racist; and so, he threw his punches in a wild over-reaction.

JonBGood on January 12, 2012 at 4:23 AM

JonBGood on January 12, 2012 at 4:17 AM

My hesitation about whole-heartedly supporting Governor Romney is not really related to the Bain situation, though I would like to know for certain that the jobs he’s said to have created were here or overseas.

As the video that tonotisto linked to shows, it’s his instability on issues that has me holding back.

Flora Duh on January 12, 2012 at 4:27 AM

As the video that tonotisto linked to shows, it’s his instability on issues that has me holding back.

Flora Duh on January 12, 2012 at 4:27 AM

I would like to add that I realize people change their position on issues over the years as we mature or situations change. I do find that to be an admirable trait. But Governor Romney has been shown at times to change his position from one week to the next.

Flora Duh on January 12, 2012 at 4:35 AM

As the video that tonotisto linked to shows, it’s his instability on issues that has me holding back.

Flora Duh on January 12, 2012 at 4:27 AM

I understand. But, so far, among primary voters, it has not really mattered. Of course, the General Election is another matter.

Perhaps, Republican voters have already factored this into their calculations? His flippity-floppety nature was known in 2008.

But, when it is put together in a sequence like that in the video, it is devastating. It paints the picture of a man with no core principles or compulsions – a man that will say anything to get ahead.

JonBGood on January 12, 2012 at 4:41 AM

I would like to add that I realize people change their position on issues over the years as we mature or situations change. I do find that to be an admirable trait. But Governor Romney has been shown at times to change his position from one week to the next.

Flora Duh on January 12, 2012 at 4:35 AM

I agree. As one ages, I would hope that one’s positions evolve to reflect the additional insight that life experience can provide.

One of the problems with a Mitt Romney candidacy is that his changes of position reflect a strategic or tactical change more than one of conviction or life experience.

I tend to think of it as “positions of convenience.” Unfortunately, that’s what we get with Romney as the nominee.

JonBGood on January 12, 2012 at 4:47 AM

tonotisto on January 12, 2012 at 3:58 AM

Wow. That’s going to make even John-Flip-Flopper-I-was-for-it-before-I-was-against-it-Kerry look steady!

If Bush, who had the unpopular Iraq war against him, was able to win re-election by showing Kerry wind-sailing, just imagine how easily Obama might win.

But, Mitt, Mitt, he’s our man! He’s the most electable!!eleventy11

UGH.

Aslans Girl on January 12, 2012 at 4:58 AM

but he has been critical of Wall Street before

from the person who has received the most monies for his re-election…

liar

cmsinaz on January 12, 2012 at 6:03 AM

It is really ironic that the HA/WSJ and many of their readers when approaching this discussion do so based on emotion vs facts and numbers. The defenders of Romney Bain call the questioners, lefties, idiots, etc…really not the stuff of the Oxford debate teams. So lets look at it this way, like a multiple choice question:

Q. Republican candidate for president as a business person took over Company A that, while not perfect, had solid products, a good market position and strong opportunities for growth. What would have been the best approach of the business person to that company:

A. Identify the salable assets to maximize the short term investors ROI then sell of those assets and dispose of the remainder of the company in the most efficient way

B. Hire some very smart managers who understood the business and who could exploit its opportunities to grow the business, the companies capital and the long term viability of the company, then execute with excellence and achieve strong business success story.

C. Let the current company management operate and hope it does well but when/if it does not, then move to a liquidation or sale strategy to attempt to maximize the investment return.

All three are legal and all three are part of capitalism. Now if you are a voter assessing whether or not someone would be a good president of the United States, which answer would like to see the candidate choose?

georgealbert on January 12, 2012 at 6:09 AM

So Mitt’s seeing some negative ads about coming from Perry, Newt and Huntsman for, gasp, earning a good living by transforming dying in to profitable ones.

What does it mean? It means they’re losing, that’s all.

There is no and never has been any doubt, since no alternative entered the race, that Mitt is the man. And there is no doubt that he’ll be our next POTUS.

Don’t get me wrong here, I see nothing wrong with the rotten fruit flying his way. That’s politics. What’s more, forcing Romney to deal with it now will only leave him stronger for when the donkeys take their shots in the general election and that’s a good thing for all of us.

MJBrutus on January 12, 2012 at 6:14 AM

not alot of early birds this am….

cmsinaz on January 12, 2012 at 6:35 AM

georgealbert on January 12, 2012 at 6:09 AM

First I want someone who knows what the charter of the business actually is. A company founded to make the best widgets available and then deciding, years later, that they want to do gadgets which they have never made before isn’t sticking to the charter of the company. Why a company exists is more than just to make a profit, although that is a happy circumstance, and if it is to fill a niche or set of niches for a given set of markets then those running the company should stick to its charter.

Secondly the actual plan for the business making widgets, and then adding gadgets needs to have it recognized that when the making of gadgets isn’t going so well, then they need to drop the gadget departments and stick to widgets, which they have been hiring for long before they got the lovely idea of making gadgets.

When it comes to the US federal government those two are rolled into one: the US Constitution.

A capitalist should be able to recognize a charter and business plan outlay when it is presented to him, and then start to see what parts of a business are necessary and which they got stuck with as ‘good ideas’ that just aren’t according to the main task of the company involved. That then must get applied to the US Constitution where, although it had signers, they were not the ones enacting the thing: the States and the people did. Therefore the US federal government is chartered by the States and the people to do a very limited set of tasks. Not to take on extras because they are ‘nice’ or ‘good’ but to stick to its knitting like it is chartered to do.

That means I would happily vote for a Chainsaw Al Dunlap.

If Mitt Romney had governed like a business owner or corporate raider who understands this concept, then I would support him. He did just the opposite in MA. Therefore I cannot support him based on his capitalist record as he refused to apply the underpinnings of it while in political office.

If Mitt Romney wants to make a last minute conversion back to being the ruthless corporate raider that can ID useless or counterproductive parts of a company that do not fit its charter, then he is well nigh able to make the case. This is manifestly NOT the case he has been making and firing a few people doesn’t solve the problem of entire sections and divisions of an organization that aren’t part of its charter, don’t work well, are drags on the overall prospects of the organization and piling up a huge debt to no good end. This requires not pruning here and there, but the chainsaw. And a Chainsaw Mitt Romney would have made this case by now.

ajacksonian on January 12, 2012 at 6:37 AM

cmsinaz on January 12, 2012 at 6:35 AM

Morning darlin’

OmahaConservative on January 12, 2012 at 6:43 AM

OmahaConservative on January 12, 2012 at 6:43 AM

mornin’ OC :)

cmsinaz on January 12, 2012 at 6:45 AM

georgealbert on January 12, 2012 at 6:09 AM

Excellent point.

Capitalism can’t be practiced by businessmen who have no moral compass without greed being the driving force behind it. When right and wrong goes out the window and situational ethics are embraced, the result is never good. Unfortunately, many in the business world can justify any decision as long as a profit is turned. Unfortunately for Mr Romney, he is being portrayed as the poster boy for corporate greed. It is a serious problem for him and if he is the nominee, Obama and the OWS crowd will use it as a hammer and pound him daily.

JannyMc on January 12, 2012 at 6:47 AM

At this point my only hope of us having any chance of removing Obama from office, is to pray that the very loud and vocal voices here at HA does not represent the whole of the Republican party.

Flora Duh on January 12, 2012 at 4:05 AM

I think most of us will vote for him. But we won’t do it enthusiastically or complaint free.

Malachi45 on January 12, 2012 at 4:07 AM

I won’t be wearing out shoe leather or working the phones or doing any fundraising for him, but I will hold my nose and vote for him…

OmahaConservative on January 12, 2012 at 6:48 AM

Why a company exists is more than just to make a profit, although that is a happy circumstance, and if it is to fill a niche or set of niches for a given set of markets then those running the company should stick to its charter.

ajacksonian on January 12, 2012 at 6:37 AM

Really? Profits are just a laudable side effect? Should IBM have stuck to making typewriters?

MJBrutus on January 12, 2012 at 7:04 AM

Not so much laudable. Somewhere along the line, we went from a nation that celebrated profit and admired those who worked hard and built profitable businesses to this idea that a corporation is an altruistic organization in existence only to good works in the world. And idiots like Gingrich and Perry are speaking just like socialists when they attack captialism in their quest for political office.

I agree with the Army Reservist who took Gingrich to task pointing out that this plays right into the hands of Obama and those that support our jug-eared dictator.

Happy Nomad on January 12, 2012 at 7:13 AM

I see nothing wrong with the rotten fruit flying his way.
MJBrutus on January 12, 2012 at 6:14 AM

Except it is coming from people who just a month ago never said anything about it and a year ago would be all over the left for saying the same things. I am embarrassed.

Really? Profits are just a laudable side effect? Should IBM have stuck to making typewriters?

MJBrutus on January 12, 2012 at 7:04 AM

Quit making sense dammit.

Obama and the OWS crowd will use it as a hammer and pound him daily.

JannyMc on January 12, 2012 at 6:47 AM

And you think anything would prevent them? Their playbook has been written for years and to think not is pure naivete.

CW on January 12, 2012 at 7:17 AM

Happy Nomad on January 12, 2012 at 7:13 AM

Precisely. Our individual interests are best served when we and others work to advance our own interests via the voluntary choices we make. We cooperate because it is in our interests to. We make products because customers express interest in having them. The more they are willing to pay, the more the suppliers are informed they should produce through the supply and demand signals known as market price. The pursuit of profits is the goal of individuals and businesses and through that motive resources and effort are allocated efficiently. Employment and availability of products and services are the laudable side effects of that pursuit.

MJBrutus on January 12, 2012 at 7:19 AM

I have to leave for work soon so I can’t look through Internet archives but Romney, as governor, was a member of this organization…

Main Street Republicans

It’s a squishy list…

catquilt on January 12, 2012 at 7:27 AM

Jailbreak on January 12, 2012 at 12:29 AM

Is this a meltdown? Should we call someone?

HerneTheHunter on January 12, 2012 at 7:27 AM

Don’t think so, at least until after the SC primary. Then those who are barely registering, e.g. Huntsman and Perry, really can’t justify staying in. It should be the end for Newt, too, unless he’s stuck too deep in stupid with his crazed Captain Ahab act to extricate himself.

whatcat on January 12, 2012 at 1:05 AM

Even if Romney and Paul slit most of the delegates through Super Tuesday and Perry won most of Texas it would be pretty much a way tie.

workingclass artist on January 12, 2012 at 7:47 AM

allahpundit, thanks for putting this video up from Breitbart TV:

Palin To Romney: Show Us Your Tax Returns, Prove You Created 100K Jobs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=dEwGvyGFGfQ

Even though I’ve pretty much given up on Fox News, I did happen upon this Hannity interview with Sarah Palin last night.

I think she’s absolutely right. The whole ‘attack on capitalism’ excuse to obfiscate Romney’s record at Bain is ridiculous. His time at Bain is part of his record, and it’s definitely fair game. He needs to be held accountable and prove how many jobs he created, and if they were created in this country. Who does he think he is, Obama?

Too much secrecy going on ie his MA governership hard drive records that were destroyed, refusing to release tax returns etc. Who does he think he is, Obama?

IndeCon on January 12, 2012 at 7:50 AM

OY the Irony…

“The pious baloney. . . being put out by Mitt Romney’s defenders in the establishment conservative press is pure hokum. For all their garment-rending over the “Occupy”-like nature of the attacks on the awkward, French-speaking Massachusetts Republican who, by the way, didn’t serve in Vietnam, it amounts to a boatload of unmitigated horsepucky. A quick look at the video in my previous post, just below this one, reveals the origins of the “Vulture Capitalist” meme (as it relates to political ads) to have been the brainchild of Mitt Romney’s chief ad strategist, Stuart Stevens.

If you want to see a little bit more of Stevens’s knife work, just have a look at the video below in which he makes the case for his candidate in this campaign cycle…
(video)

So how about all you whiners in the establishment conservative press and on talk radio doing your damned jobs for once? How about holding the Romney campaign accountable for their sins for a change?”

http://www.damndirtyrino.com/2012/01/11/the-pious-baloney/

workingclass artist on January 12, 2012 at 7:51 AM

Heard Steve Forbes talking about mitts VAT tax , very scarie stuff .
Still don’t trust the guy .

Lucano on January 12, 2012 at 7:55 AM

Even if Romney and Paul slit most of the delegates through Super Tuesday and Perry won most of Texas it would be pretty much a 3 way tie.

workingclass artist on January 12, 2012 at 7:47 AM

rotten keyboard and I need more coffee.

“If Vulture Capitalism is wrong . . . to use against a fellow Republican, why on earth did one of Mitt Romney’s chief ad strategist, Stuart Stevens, use it against Meg Whitman in her gubernatorial campaign in California?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDETjJu_X4o

And why does Mitt Romney employ an obvious Castro-ite anti-capitalist as his chief strategist?”

http://www.damndirtyrino.com/2012/01/11/if-vulture-capitalism-is-wrong/

workingclass artist on January 12, 2012 at 7:57 AM

Gingrich is proving that, despite his claims that years have wizened him, he is the same man who tried to impeach Clinton. An act which cost the GOP a place in government and elevate Nancy Pelosi to prominence. He’s still the same arrogant, spiteful, irresponsible dude he always was. We should be very happy that nowadays he is in position to hurt no one but himself. So go ahead Newt, add another piece of luggage to your marvelous baggage collection.

MJBrutus on January 12, 2012 at 7:58 AM

Pretty smart Workingclass artist ,
Thanks for the links .

Lucano on January 12, 2012 at 8:03 AM

” There are legitimate criticisms…

I would, however, note that a great many of the people (but not all) screaming at Perry and Gingrich for attacking Romney “from the left” on Bain were staggeringly silent when Romney was attacking them from the left on entitlements.

Then there is Mitt Romney. The best defense he has so far offered about his time at Bain is that he did what the President did with General Motors. Except few on the right agree with what the President did and think the free market should have done it. In fact, that’s probably the best criticism of Romney — he seems to see no difference in the private sector and the public sector and has been all too willing to commingle money and responsibility between the two.

This isn’t Mitt Romney’s first time headed down this road. Back in 2003, he attacked the very position he’s now wrapping himself up with to defend himself. At the time, he said

“There are some, if you will, classical Republicans, and I don’t want to be political here. The classical Republican approach is to say you know what makes America so great is our great corporations. And if we just clear the decks so that corporations can be more successful and give them more money, and make it easier for them to succeed. Well, then we will do even better on the world stage. I don’t happen to subscribe to that traditional Republican caricature.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NC1ZNyCpV-g&feature=player_embedded

So all you people defending Mitt Romney’s corporate activity as unassailable because by God the business of America is business and what not, remember he once made clear he didn’t much care for you guys…

The GOP has gone off the reservation. Capitalism should be defended. That does not mean everything Romney did at Bain Capital must be defended. And it sure as heck does not mean we should suddenly be okay with the President’s handling of General Motors…”

http://www.redstate.com/erick/2012/01/12/in-defense-of-capitalism/

workingclass artist on January 12, 2012 at 8:07 AM

Pretty smart Workingclass artist ,
Thanks for the links .

Lucano on January 12, 2012 at 8:03 AM

:)

workingclass artist on January 12, 2012 at 8:08 AM

Even if Romney and Paul slit most of the delegates through Super Tuesday and Perry won most of Texas it would be pretty much a way tie.

workingclass artist on January 12, 2012 at 7:47 AM

Wishful thinking or typo?!!! :0

Seriously, it is unrealistic to think that Paul and Romney are going to maintain an equilibrium but even if that were to happen; it doesn’t matter. Paul is unelectable (I will not pull the lever for this racist homophobic isolationist nutjob). His hatred of the military alone makes him unfit for office (i.e. the CINC needs to support the troops not say they should be subject to international tribunals if accused of “war crimes”). Some of Paul’s ideas may be incorporated in the GOP platform but the nutty hate-filled troll will never be on any national ticket.

Happy Nomad on January 12, 2012 at 8:10 AM

MJBrutus on January 12, 2012 at 7:58 AM

Angry warthog perfectly sums things up! I also have to laugh that Newt said John Bolton would be asked to be his SECSTATE and Bolton came out yesterday and endorsed…….Romney.

Happy Nomad on January 12, 2012 at 8:12 AM

Bain Capital owns clear channel…so there’s that

workingclass artist on January 12, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Bain Capital owns clear channel…so there’s that

workingclass artist on January 12, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Otherwise known by radio folk and listeners as “The Evil Empire” for their disregard of the fans in making programming decisions.

kingsjester on January 12, 2012 at 8:15 AM

Wishful thinking or typo?!!! :0

Seriously, it is unrealistic to think that Paul and Romney are going to maintain an equilibrium but even if that were to happen; it doesn’t matter. Paul is unelectable (I will not pull the lever for this racist homophobic isolationist nutjob). His hatred of the military alone makes him unfit for office (i.e. the CINC needs to support the troops not say they should be subject to international tribunals if accused of “war crimes”). Some of Paul’s ideas may be incorporated in the GOP platform but the nutty hate-filled troll will never be on any national ticket.

Happy Nomad on January 12, 2012 at 8:10 AM

The media has backed off Paul…in fact they’re pumping his “popularity” cause it makes good TV. Jim DeMint said we should all listen to Ron Paul & in 2008 he didn’t drop out till June.

Texas has 155 delegates and voter ID at the polls. It might be moved back up to March if SCOTUS rules soon.

So no…it’s not wishful thinking. Perry campaigned in all 254 counties in Texas a little over a year ago.

workingclass artist on January 12, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Go back to questioning Palin’s fertility.
Midwestprincesse on January 12, 2012 at 1:36 AM

With that idiotic statement you demonstrated once again what a bleeping idiot you are. I did not question Palin’s fertility. I asked if a commenter was using satire because, gosh, discussing her fecundity strikes me as a very odd thing to talk about. But hey, if you think the topic is appropriate, by all means pile on. I can’t wait to hear what you have to say on this bizarre topic/.

Saying “I own a book” isn’t a Freudian Slip in this universe, BD. You’re just being an ass.
Good Solid B-Plus on January 12, 2012 at 1:48 AM

I didn’t say it “is” a Freudian Slip; I said it’s “like” a Freudian Slip. It was a snarky remark based on what I know about her brain power, or lack thereof. That’s all. Why you think it’s necessary to apply laboratory standards to this is baffling to me.

And please, no one at Hot Air is more of an “ass” than the idiot Princesse, something which is clear if you read her comments, all the way up to the grand finale I respond to above^.

Buy Danish on January 12, 2012 at 8:19 AM

Otherwise known by radio folk and listeners as “The Evil Empire” for their disregard of the fans in making programming decisions.

kingsjester on January 12, 2012 at 8:15 AM

Yeah…I know a lot of people who lost their jobs in radio when Clear channel showed up & turned radio into sameville.

workingclass artist on January 12, 2012 at 8:20 AM

Angry warthog perfectly sums things up! I also have to laugh that Newt said John Bolton would be asked to be his SECSTATE and Bolton came out yesterday and endorsed…….Romney.

Happy Nomad on January 12, 2012 at 8:12 AM

I saw the rumor at WSJ online.

got a link to the actual endorsement?

workingclass artist on January 12, 2012 at 8:23 AM

Hey Romney fans, check out this video from 2003 (the link says 1993, but it is actually from 2003):

http://www.riehlworldview.com/carnivorous_conservative/2012/01/romney-channels-obama-in-1993.html

It looks like Captain Capitalism Romney isn’t so pro-capitalism after all. Also notice how Romney mocks the Republican view, while being sympathetic to the Democrat view.

Romney, still progressive after all these years.

IcedTea on January 12, 2012 at 8:28 AM

Rush Talks About Romney’s LAME Defense Of His Activities At Bain: “LORD Help Us!”

http://townhall.com/tipsheet/greghengler/2012/01/12/rush_talks_about_romneys_lame_defense_of_his_activities_at_bai

NPR is interviewing South Carolinians about when “Mitt came to Town”

and hey…It’s not old news to them.

workingclass artist on January 12, 2012 at 8:29 AM

It looks like Captain Capitalism Romney isn’t so pro-capitalism after all. Also notice how Romney mocks the Republican view, while being sympathetic to the Democrat view.

Romney, still progressive after all these years.

IcedTea on January 12, 2012 at 8:28 AM

Another example of the Poster Boy for Wet Noodle Politicians

Mitt = I never met a political position I didn’t like!

workingclass artist on January 12, 2012 at 8:31 AM

As the video that tonotisto linked to shows, it’s his instability on issues that has me holding back.

Flora Duh on January 12, 2012 at 4:27 AM

I would like to add that I realize people change their position on issues over the years as we mature or situations change. I do find that to be an admirable trait. But Governor Romney has been shown at times to change his position from one week to the next.

Flora Duh on January 12, 2012 at 4:35 AM

I agree with your assessment. While watching the debate on Saturday night, I about fell over when Romney said he would repeal Roe v.Wade! This from the same man who mandated that a rep from Planned Parenthood be placed on a board for Romneycare. Two glaringly obvious diametrically opposed statements. THAT is why I can never support Mitt.

herm2416 on January 12, 2012 at 8:32 AM

Angry warthog perfectly sums things up! I also have to laugh that Newt said John Bolton would be asked to be his SECSTATE and Bolton came out yesterday and endorsed…….Romney.

Happy Nomad on January 12, 2012 at 8:12 AM

I saw the rumor at WSJ online.

got a link to the actual endorsement?

workingclass artist on January 12, 2012 at 8:23 AM

He was on Greta last night. Does anyone know why he was a controversy and had to be recess appointed? I can’t find any info on it.

herm2416 on January 12, 2012 at 8:35 AM

workingclass artist on January 12, 2012 at 7:51 AM

Thank you, I hadn’t checked in at Damn Dirty RINO yet. I ALWAYS appreciate your posts. They are always brimful with useful info!

Aslans Girl on January 12, 2012 at 8:36 AM

Rush Limbaugh has ties to Romney’s venture capital firm. Bain owns Clear Channel Communications, whose subsidiary inked a $400 million, eight-year syndication deal with Limbaugh in 2008…

Probably add to that the rest of the nattering nabobs…Levin…Ingraham…etc…

so there ya go…

workingclass artist on January 12, 2012 at 8:38 AM

workingclass artist on January 12, 2012 at 7:57 AM

That Stuart Stevens info is GOLD, wca!

Aslans Girl on January 12, 2012 at 8:38 AM

Mitt Romney’s tenure at Bain Capitol is his Achilles heel. This isn’t a record of job creation – it’s the record of an investment banker.

When was the last time we elected a Banker to the White House?

Ignore that man behind the curtain, there is nothing to see here.

Dr Evil on January 12, 2012 at 8:45 AM

Better for Romney to face this now.

For anyone paying close attention, a lot of Bain’s success stories come in retail. Bricks and Mortar retail is an expensive startup which is why so many go to venture capital funds for money.

The next line of attack from the democrats will be all the mom and pop businesses, the fabric of our American culture, that companies like Staples put out of business.

It’s coming and Romney better be ready for it.

monalisa on January 12, 2012 at 8:53 AM

monalisa on January 12, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Yep. Even Mitt’s successes like Staples will be pilloried by O. We don’t have to have Mitt as our nominee. We don’t have to settle for a weak candidate who’s lost more elections than he ever won.

Aslans Girl on January 12, 2012 at 8:56 AM

I’ve just seen frobenius’s cute little map.
I’ve had enough of his harassment and just shot an e-mail off to Ed/AP requesting his banning.
I’m tired of his sh*t and shouldn’t have to put up with it!!!

annoyinglittletwerp on January 12, 2012 at 9:11 AM

annoyinglittletwerp on January 12, 2012 at 9:11 AM

If you need back-up, let me know. There are a some others than need to feel the Ban Hammer, also.

kingsjester on January 12, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Better for Romney to face this now.

For anyone paying close attention, a lot of Bain’s success stories come in retail. Bricks and Mortar retail is an expensive startup which is why so many go to venture capital funds for money.

The next line of attack from the democrats will be all the mom and pop businesses, the fabric of our American culture, that companies like Staples put out of business.

It’s coming and Romney better be ready for it.

monalisa on January 12, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Yep.

Most of Romney’s campaign contributions are tied up in the Wall St. firms and Coporations like Obama.

A lot of Perry’s support comes from small businesses because those thrive in Texas.

workingclass artist on January 12, 2012 at 9:18 AM

annoyinglittletwerp on January 12, 2012 at 9:11 AM

If you need back-up, let me know. There are a some others than need to feel the Ban Hammer, also.

kingsjester on January 12, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Horace and frobenius are MY targets.
There are quite a few Wal-marts in lubbock but him putting up that map ‘as a joke’ is ….
I’ll accept your offer of ‘back-up’, kind Sir.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 12, 2012 at 9:22 AM

monalisa on January 12, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Yep. Even Mitt’s successes like Staples will be pilloried by O. We don’t have to have Mitt as our nominee. We don’t have to settle for a weak candidate who’s lost more elections than he ever won.

Aslans Girl on January 12, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Mitt has positives, but they aren’t what he claims they are, it’s like a person who pads their resume for a job. I think his positives come from his accomplishments like Staples and the Winter Olympics. When you strip down his stump speech, Romney’s not any more qualified to be President than anyone else running, he’s just got the money to saturate the media with his – my tenure in the business community makes me “The” job creator. Closer look at Bain Capitol just makes him some kind of Investment Banker.

Corporate media likes Romney, because he’s the corporate friendly candidate.
Fox News meme, Gingrich and Perry are attacking the Free Market and Capitalism! No they aren’t, they are attacking Romney’s job creation record, he keeps highlighting in his stump speech.

Dr Evil on January 12, 2012 at 9:26 AM

monalisa on January 12, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Yep. Even Mitt’s successes like Staples will be pilloried by O. We don’t have to have Mitt as our nominee. We don’t have to settle for a weak candidate who’s lost more elections than he ever won.

Aslans Girl on January 12, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Oy the irony

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_election,_1932

Obama will tie Romney into the Wall St. crowd who created the economic crisis and ruined America on jobs…Look at what FDR did to Hoover in 1932.

Obama will fold the Texas jobs numbers into his national numbers and say “Look folks I’m turnin’ things around…I just need more time”

The media will pump that story up and voters will buy it.

Texas Has Added More than 200,000 Jobs in 2010; Has the Fastest Employment Growth Rate of All States

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_7jykVQ83dk4/TQ9imVMQCoI/AAAAAAAAAJY/Eej0Xkbcti8/s1600/employ%2Bgrow%2B2010.jpg

Obama will use this data remove Texas and say “Folks We added over 200,000 jobs in 2010…”

Obama went to El Paso and lied about the border saying it was safer than it’s ever been…and Perry called him on it then.

The only candidate who can fight that is the Governor of Texas which is why he says he looks forward to debating Obama and Perry has been solid in the last 9 debates.

workingclass artist on January 12, 2012 at 9:39 AM

“‘I don’t want America to be a nation that’s primarily known for financial speculation,’ the president said during the event in the East Room. ‘I want us to be known for making and selling products all over the world stamped with three proud words: ‘Made in America.’ – B. Hussein Obama

Oh?
Then why is ØbaMaØ forcing manufacturers to re-locate to Commie China?
Oh, wait, I think ØbaMaØ knows exactly what he is doing with his growth-strangling regulations and sucking up to a Communist dictatorship that holds even more of our debt.

Why hasn’t BIG Labor made a huge issue of this? How many jobs have been lost over the decades due to shipping jobs to Maquilladoras in Messiko and sweat shops in China? Too many to count anymore.
Thugs, Liars, and Wimps, the whole lot of ‘em.

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on January 12, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Corporate media likes Romney, because he’s the corporate friendly candidate. Fox News meme, Gingrich and Perry are attacking the Free Market and Capitalism! No they aren’t, they are attacking Romney’s job creation record, he keeps highlighting in his stump speech.

Dr Evil on January 12, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Romney ran away from his governing record and touted his Bain record…so it’s fair game.

workingclass artist on January 12, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Romney ran away from his governing record and touted his Bain record…so it’s fair game.

workingclass artist on January 12, 2012 at 9:42 AM

FNC has gone into Romney overdrive this morning with the inevitable Romney nominee meme. Looks like this attack on his tenure at Bain Capitol is having an effect, if his fluffers are out in full force defending him by never mentioning it’s his record and not the free market being attacked. What happens to FNC if Romney isn’t the nominee and doesn’t win in November 2012? They expect to get access to the wouldbe Republican President after they shamelessly humped Romney’s campaign?

Fox & Friends had Newt Gingrich on this morning, and he didn’t let them get away with accusing him of attacking Capitalism, and the Free Market. They are definitely shilling for Romney. I find myself watching more CNN these days.

Dr Evil on January 12, 2012 at 9:55 AM

If Newt and Perry pointing out business practices they do not agree with are attacking the core of capitalism and endangers capitalism then attacking Newt and Perry for campaigning practices Romney and his supporters may not agree with is nothing less than a full on frontal asault on Democracy itself, and if you do not stop it, our entire way of life will cease to exist!

Worth repeating

astonerii on January 12, 2012 at 10:01 AM

AP: It’s great that you pulled the map-but frobenius still needs to be banned sooner rather than later.
Enough.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 12, 2012 at 10:10 AM

astonerii on January 12, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Are you high? You think “Investment Bankers” are held in high regard in this country? Yeah sure, and trial lawyers are Saints. Bain Capital doesn’t = The Free Market Capitalist System. This is the dumbest straw man created to date in this primary race. Sure Banksters are really popular in post TARP, post Bail Out, post Porkulus, post Too Big To Fail.

Speaking of watching CNN, they just had an evangelical on from South Carolina that won’t support Mitt Romney because of his record on Abortion during his tenure of Governor of Massachusetts.

It definitely is Mitt Romney’s turn. It’s Mitt Romney’s turn to finally get the vetting the rest of the republican primary candidates have already gone through.

Dr Evil on January 12, 2012 at 10:25 AM

FNC has gone into Romney overdrive this morning with the inevitable Romney nominee meme. Looks like this attack on his tenure at Bain Capitol is having an effect, if his fluffers are out in full force defending him by never mentioning it’s his record and not the free market being attacked. What happens to FNC if Romney isn’t the nominee and doesn’t win in November 2012? They expect to get access to the wouldbe Republican President after they shamelessly humped Romney’s campaign?

Fox & Friends had Newt Gingrich on this morning, and he didn’t let them get away with accusing him of attacking Capitalism, and the Free Market. They are definitely shilling for Romney. I find myself watching more CNN these days.

Dr Evil on January 12, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Speaking of watching CNN, they just had an evangelical on from South Carolina that won’t support Mitt Romney because of his record on Abortion during his tenure of Governor of Massachusetts.

It definitely is Mitt Romney’s turn. It’s Mitt Romney’s turn to finally get the vetting the rest of the republican primary candidates have already gone through.

Dr Evil on January 12, 2012 at 10:25 AM

The media pundits will lose this one…and I hope they do.

workingclass artist on January 12, 2012 at 10:59 AM

AP: It’s great that you pulled the map-but frobenius still needs to be banned sooner rather than later.
Enough.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 12, 2012 at 10:10 AM

If that map has you so upset, maybe you should think twice next time you feel the urge to share the tiniest minutiae of your life on the internet. We all know your name. We all know where you live. We all know where you work. We all know where you go to school. We all know your mode of transportation. We all know significant chunks of your medical history. We all know significant chunks of your marital history. We know where you were born. We know where you have lived. We know what your husband does for a living. We know where your son goes to school. That is all your fault. Maybe you should ask Ed/AP to ban you for your own safety and the safety your family.

steebo77 on January 12, 2012 at 11:29 AM

BTW, why isn’t Palin demanding that Newt release his tax returns now? He has said he’ll release them if he’s the nominee, but not before. What’s he hiding?/

Buy Danish on January 12, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Dr Evil on January 12, 2012 at 10:25 AM

I am trying to point out how stupid and pathetic an argument Romney and supporters are trying to make.

It is the defense of the progressive left of the worst kinds.

For example, if you say anything bad about Obama, your racist. That argument is made to make you shut up and shut down any debate about it.
For example, if you have anything negative to say about the global warmists, you are anti-science, a denier (holocaust
implied). That argument is also intended to make you shut up and shut down any debate about it.
Now apparantly, saying that any business practice at all means you are anti-capitalist, and again, this is not a defense of the normal kind, but the defense of shut up or we will call you vulgar names and shame you into silence. It is made to shut down debate, as they know if the facts fully come out, they have no defense.
My argument that attacking Newts campaigning is anti-democratic is intended to show just how poor of an argument those defending Romney are using by saying it is anti-capitalist to argue against some of Romney’s business dealings.

astonerii on January 12, 2012 at 1:57 PM

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