Axelrod: Senate Dems haven’t passed a budget in three years because, er, “the theater of politics,” or something

posted at 12:45 pm on March 21, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

How long have Republicans attacked Senate Democrats for not producing a budget? Probably for at least a third of the 1,040 days since they last passed one, nearly three years ago now. One might think that Barack Obama’s political team would have prepared some kind of defense when challenged on this point by now.  As Daniel Halper discovered while watching Fox’s Bret Baier interview David Axelrod, that clearly isn’t the case, as Axelrod fumbles while trying to defend the indefensible:

Axelrod attempts to lay the blame on “procedural” obstacles, but Baier stops him short:

Baier interrupted to remind Axelrod that only 51 votes are needed to pass a budget in the Senate (and, of course, there are currently 53 Democratic senators in the Senate, and only 47 Republicans).

“Understand,” Axelrod countered, before again not answering the question. “But we’ve got — we’ve got deep divisions in the Congress between the House and the Senate, and that’s complicated our ability to get these things done. And one hope is that when we win this election that there’ll be a greater spirit of cooperation moving forward.”

Baier said, “You know, people sit home and say, I have to do a budget. I have to do a budget about my family spending. Why can’t Senate Democrats do a budget if they control the Senate and they need 51 votes to put it through?”

Yet again, Axelrod punted. “Because they also don’t have to deal with the theater of politics in making their budgets. We obviously have to budget and we do budget and deal with our budgetary challenges. The president has cut domestic spending, discretionary spending, by $1.2 trillion in order to accommodate the budget and the demands of our budget. And we’re going to continue to do the things to live within our means while still moving our economy forward.”

At least Barack Obama can’t be blamed for this failure, at least not directly.  He produces the budget proposals required by tradition of presidents.  Unfortunately, Obama proposes budgets that even Senate Democrats can’t support.  Last year’s budget proposal went down to a 0-97 defeat in the chamber controlled by his party, which in parliamentary systems would have forced his resignation.

Senate Democrats are the ones perpetrating the very “theater of politics” about which Axelrod complains.  They want to manipulate issues without ever getting pinned down to a position, which is traditionally the role of the minority party in Congress.  Democrats have completely abdicated leadership in the Senate, and even more than a year after the budgetary shirking became a national issue, Axelrod and the Obama team still have no defense for it.


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Sleazeball Axlerod.

ObamatheMessiah on March 21, 2012 at 12:47 PM

It’s simple really.

Budgets are for adults.

“War on Women” is for children.

MNHawk on March 21, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Axelrod is an apparatchik.

This is what apparatchiks do and say.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 21, 2012 at 12:50 PM

If it was a Republican led Senate…the cover-up media would be parked at the Senate steps every day and counting the days and hours to the American public.

KOOLAID2 on March 21, 2012 at 12:50 PM

“We don’t need no stinking Senates.” –Barackalos Obamanista

SD Tom on March 21, 2012 at 12:50 PM

“Once we reorganize the country into the New Empire, we won’t need to pass a stupid budget.”

-Liberals

search4truth on March 21, 2012 at 12:53 PM

What are you going to do, when you have a teaparty loon crew, even the legendary do nothing crosses of old world be embarrassed of this crowd.

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 21, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Senate Democrats are the ones perpetrating the very “theater of politics” about which Axelrod complains. They want to manipulate issues without ever getting pinned down to a position, which is traditionally the role of the minority party in Congress. Democrats have completely abdicated leadership in the Senate, and even more than a year after the budgetary shirking became a national issue, Axelrod and the Obama team still have no defense for it.

Yep. It’s really pathetic. It’s also sad that Dem voters do not care -at all-.

visions on March 21, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Yet again, Axelrod punted. “Because they also don’t have to deal with the theater of politics in making their budgets.

Previous congresses passed budgets. Did they not have to deal with the “theater of politics”.

I DARE any of our resident libs to defend Axelrod’s statement. He is a liar and a fraud just like his boss. Admit it to yourselves.

Kataklysmic on March 21, 2012 at 12:54 PM

What are you going to do, when you have a teaparty loon crew to work with? Even the legendary “do nothing Congresses” of old world be embarrassed of this crowd.

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 21, 2012 at 12:54 PM

It’s more like a puppet theater…

right2bright on March 21, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Bret Baier had Axelrod on the ropes for the entire interview especially when the scumbag blamed the Republicans for Keystone being shut down.

OT….

Tebow goes to the Jets.

JPeterman on March 21, 2012 at 12:55 PM

“Because they also don’t have to deal with the theater of politics in making their budgets.

Does this guy have teenaged kids???

taznar on March 21, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Budgets are raaaaaaaacist.

Dark Star on March 21, 2012 at 12:56 PM

That worthless gosh horrible spineless worm dingy harry won’t even let a bill come up for vote! That is who is stopping anything being done in the senate!
L

letget on March 21, 2012 at 12:56 PM

BHWahahahahahahaha !! If you have seen the movie UP, we have just been given the squirrel treatment. Axeldork thinks we are dumb enough to focus on something else when this gang of thieves him and Little Barry lead shout “SQUIRREL” It isn’t working

stormridercx4 on March 21, 2012 at 12:56 PM

The president has cut domestic spending, discretionary spending, by $1.2 trillion in order to accommodate the budget and the demands of our budget.

Hahahahahaha!!!!!! Well that explains the continuing TRILLION DOLLAR DEFICITS.

Axelrod, you are a supreme BULLSHITTER!

GarandFan on March 21, 2012 at 12:57 PM

What are you going to do, when you have a teaparty loon crew to work with? Even the legendary “do nothing Congresses” of old world be embarrassed of this crowd.

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 21, 2012 at 12:54 PM

LOL. You do realize this “no budget” stuff was going on before the midterms, right?

Kataklysmic on March 21, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Wait just a stinkin’ minute! I saw Kent Conrad say yesterday that congress had a passed a budget for 2012 and 2013 and it was law for the next ten years. He said it twice and added he was going to submit deeming legislation later that very day to authorize it.

Do these guys even talk to each other any more?

DanMan on March 21, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Sucks when you have two chances at it and you still fail.

As I was saying, on the other hand you have the children, waging their war on women against the crosses of the old world…or something.

MNHawk on March 21, 2012 at 12:58 PM

And one hope is that when we win this election that there’ll be a greater spirit of cooperation moving forward.

So Axxwholerod acknowledges that the Dims won’t cooperate unless it’s with other Dims? So much for bipartisansh!t.

… don’t have to deal with the theater of politics in making their budgets

Harry Reidiculous is the star, perpetrator and perpetuator of this long-running farcical production. I’m pretty sure the Dims don’t want a budget bcuz as long as there’s no budget limit for anyone to point to in criticizing them, they can just continue to spend, spend, spend and blame the opposition.

stukinIL4now on March 21, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Liar.

I believe there is a little thing called the Constituion that you idiots are supposed to follow. Impeach the lot of them.

D-fusit on March 21, 2012 at 12:59 PM

What are you going to do, when you have a teaparty loon crew, even the legendary do nothing crosses of old world be embarrassed of this crowd.

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 21, 2012 at 12:53 PM

What are you going to do, when you have a teaparty loon crew to work with? Even the legendary “do nothing Congresses” of old world be embarrassed of this crowd.

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 21, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Please post this a few more times.

Del Dolemonte on March 21, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Axelrod fumbles while trying to defend the indefensible

That’s it in a nutshell. They can’t come up with a defense because there just is no defense.

Bitter Clinger on March 21, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Axelrod punted. “Because they also don’t have to deal with the theater of politics in making their budgets. We obviously have to budget and we do budget and deal with our budgetary challenges

I mean, the budgeting budget issues require a budget oversight to budget the time the budgeting process takes in order to produce an effective budget.

Axelrod then stared at the camera for one minute, blinked twice, and followed up with.

Clearly this is Bush’s fault. Did you know Republicans are Republicans? Ewwww!

Gatsu on March 21, 2012 at 1:00 PM

If it was a Republican led Senate…the cover-up media would be parked at the Senate steps every day and counting the days and hours to the American public.

KOOLAID2 on March 21, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Every evening newscast would have the “days without a budget” counter in the right hand corner.

msupertas on March 21, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Democrats won’t pass a budget for one very simple reason. They do not want to formally own multiple-year trillion dollar annual deficits. They were quick to “own” the first one by blaming it on Bush because they know their base had no idea that Democrats held the purse strings since 2006.

They are banking on their own voters to be too disinterested or stupid to look up this information.

Mord on March 21, 2012 at 1:05 PM

What are you going to do, when you have a teaparty loon crew, even the legendary do nothing crosses of old world be embarrassed of this crowd.

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 21, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Democrat controlled Senate hasn’t passed a budget since 2009. Teaparty congressmen elected in 2010.

Try again. You get two more shots at it.

dirtseller on March 21, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Every evening newscast would have the “days without a budget” counter in the right hand corner.

msupertas on March 21, 2012 at 1:02 PM

No doubt. Not only that they would be running “interviews” where they do nothing but hammer that point home.

But only when its the “wrong side” doing it of course.

Gatsu on March 21, 2012 at 1:06 PM

What are you going to do, when you have a teaparty loon crew to work with? Even the legendary “do nothing Congresses” of old world be embarrassed of this crowd.

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 21, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Oh, those loony tea partiers with their insane ideas about reducing spending, taxing us less and reducing government. We so much more want this current bloated government that is spending out future grandchildren in to infinite debt and most importantly giving away free contraceptives to all thos horny college kids.

ObamatheMessiah on March 21, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Bush’s fault!

Ukiah on March 21, 2012 at 1:08 PM

No doubt. Not only that they would be running “interviews” where they do nothing but hammer that point home.

But only when its the “wrong side” doing it of course.

Gatsu on March 21, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Media: “Holding a Democrat President accountable? Never heard of it.”

Bitter Clinger on March 21, 2012 at 1:09 PM

That is the most dishonest man I have ever seen.

NeoKong on March 21, 2012 at 1:10 PM

For two years Democrats controlled both the House and Senate. And yet no budgets. This is entirely on them.

rbj on March 21, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Democrats won’t pass a budget for one very simple reason. They do not want to formally own multiple-year trillion dollar annual deficits. They were quick to “own” the first one by blaming it on Bush because they know their base had no idea that Democrats held the purse strings since 2006.

They are banking on their own voters to be too disinterested or stupid to look up this information.

Mord on March 21, 2012 at 1:05 PM

True. Ask a friend that votes for Dems about it. They will: A. have no idea what you’re talking about or B. deny it (you’re lying, etc.).

Remember, Dems are the “good guys.” Therefore anything this obviously bad must be the fault of someone else (a “bad” guy) or just a lie.

visions on March 21, 2012 at 1:11 PM

I was glad to see Baier not let Axelrod get away with the out and out lies the other networks do. He finally was forced to admit there is no filibustering a budget.

I know why the Democrats won’t bring up a budget, because they’re afraid it just might pass. They have to power to control something that can be filibustered, they don’t have the power to control a simple majority. If the Republicans pass a budget, the Democrats whole house of cards is likely to fall apart.

I hope the Republicans are smart enough to play this budget in the 23 elections the Democrats have to defend.

bflat879 on March 21, 2012 at 1:12 PM

I mean, the budgeting budget issues require a budget oversight to budget the time the budgeting process takes in order to produce an effective budget.

Axelrod then stared at the camera for one minute, blinked twice, and followed up with.

Clearly this is Bush’s fault. Did you know Republicans are Republicans? Ewwww!

Gatsu on March 21, 2012 at 1:00 PM

:-)…I saw this yesterday on FN and I was sitting there watching in disbelief and wondering how come this patented idiot who can’t articulate two coherent sentences won an election for 0…I mean something doesn’t compute…I also thought that his excuses for Maher and his offensive language (as opposed to Limabaugh who of course had no excuse for his :-) was lame and pathetic too..how can a PR person be so bad at choosing his words and arguments is beyond me…

jimver on March 21, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Here is the talking point Conrad is standing behind. He says because repubs agreed to incur a certain amount of debt in 2013 they can’t come back and lower that level.

http://news.yahoo.com/senate-democrats-accuse-house-republicans-reneging-deal-ryan-173747989–abc-news.html

“We will be moving forward with appropriations bills at the level everyone agreed to just last year,” Senate Budget Chairman Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., said at a news conference this morning., “House Republicans, I hope, will do the same. If they fail to do so, they will once again threaten to shut down the government and needlessly imperil the economic recovery.”

Savor that threat of shutdown he is introducing too.

DanMan on March 21, 2012 at 1:13 PM

The Senate also has Murkowski. And McCain.

williampeck1958 on March 21, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Joseph Goebbels speaks…

d1carter on March 21, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Too bad this isn’t an election year…

… or else the GOP candidates could use this to use against Obowma and all Democrats running for office in a national debate.

What…?

… Oh.

Seven Percent Solution on March 21, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Axelrod is just the latest face of Progressivism.

He’ll be replaced by some other devil soon enough.

PappyD61 on March 21, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Democrats have completely abdicated leadership in the Senate, and even more than a year after the budgetary shirking became a national issue, Axelrod and the Obama team still have no defense for it.

Just how do Democrats defend the indefensible? What excuse to they raise that would make the public say “oh! okay.” to three years of not passing a budget even when the Democrats had both houses of Congress? In short, I’m not really how Axlerod or anyone can justify what has occurred.

That being said, Team Obama needs to come up with something less lame than the theater of politics thing.

Happy Nomad on March 21, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Seven Percent Solution on March 21, 2012 at 1:16 PM

They’re just in over their heads.

de rigueur on March 21, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Last year’s budget proposal went down to a 0-97 defeat in the chamber controlled by his party, which in parliamentary systems would have forced his resignation.

the first time i ever contemplated that the usa might be better off with a parliamentary system….. kinda like the first time michelle obama was proud of her country…..

Dr. Demento on March 21, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Wish he would have reminded him that one of those years it was Democrats controlling the House and the Senate by a wide margin.

Why couldn’t they pass a budget then?

ButterflyDragon on March 21, 2012 at 1:20 PM

I swear I saw Axelrod’s nose grow even longer as he was scrambling to think of something to say.

Mallard T. Drake on March 21, 2012 at 1:20 PM

“An Election Document”
———————–BentAxleBrokenRod!

Spin baby spin!!

canopfor on March 21, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Democrats on Paul Ryan’s Budget: “The sky is falling! He wants old people to die quickly after eating cat food and for women to die on the floor!”

Democrats on Obama’s Last Budget: “We’re joining with Republicans to shoot this sucka down in flames!”

Harry Reid on a Senate Budget: “(Yes, it has been 1,057 days since we passed a budget) No, I don’t plan to bring a budget to the floor this year!”

Obama on his Budget: “My new ‘A New Era of Responsibility: Renewing America’s Promise’ budget ‘only’ jacks up Federal spending by a stunning 18% — a rate of increase ‘nearly 3 times the average growth rate of Federal outlays over the previous 10 years,’ according to the CBO, but it is totally responsible. I swear. Would I lie to you?”

Democrats to Americans on their failure to pass a budget: “It’s Boooooosh’s fault! It’s the Republicans’ fault! It’s the Tea Party’s fault! It’s the Arab Spring’s fault! It the Japanese Tsunami’s fault! It is the euro’s fault! It is the Delta Smelt’s fault! It’s “smelly tourists’” faults! It’s the Party of No’s fault! It’s the Do-Nothings’ fault! It’s the Know-Nothings’ fault!

Democrats to each other on their failure to pass a budget: “Listen, we can’t pass a budget. We would have to put down all of this crazy spending down on paper. Remember, we made a conscious decision not to pass a budget going into the 2010 elections when we controlled both chambers of Congress. We can’t afford to give our opponents that kind of ammunition. Obama has already spent more money in 3 years and 2 months than Booooooosh did in 8 years. If we put numbers to paper, we have to take responsibility. It is far better to just demonise Paul Ryan while claiming to want to protect old people even though we have cut $500 billion from Medicare. Blame them! We’ll have that mega-sized gavel back in no time!”

Trolls: Until you boys get serious and grow some ‘nads, just STFU, already.

Resist We Much on March 21, 2012 at 1:22 PM

I DARE any of our resident libs to defend Axelrod’s statement. He is a liar and a fraud just like his boss. Admit it to yourselves.

Kataklysmic on March 21, 2012 at 12:54 PM

This little nugget of wisdom is probably about the best you can hope for:

What are you going to do, when you have a teaparty loon crew, even the legendary do nothing crosses of old world be embarrassed of this crowd.

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 21, 2012 at 12:53 PM

To be fair, even this dolt realized how stupid their statement seemed (after clicking “submit”), and came back a short time later to make some adjustments in an attempt to appear somewhat intelligible:

What are you going to do, when you have a teaparty loon crew to work with? Even the legendary “do nothing Congresses” of old world be embarrassed of this crowd.

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 21, 2012 at 12:54 PM

But in the end, all you get are the usual regurgitated Democrat talking points.

Pretty pathetic.

UltimateBob on March 21, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Oh no…. the Senate and House are so inept,that they
are putting mythical door stops in Hopeys way !!
(sarc)

canopfor on March 21, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Progressive Procrastination sumpin sumpin!!

canopfor on March 21, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Because they also don’t have to deal with the theater of politics in making their budgets.

Translation: Because we know whatever budget our party comes up with will be politically toxic and will prove just how fiscally irresponsible we are. Hell, we couldn’t get one vote for BHO’s budget and anything a Democrat Senate proposes wont be much different, which would force us to commit political suicide in order to pass it. Working against the will of the people and the interests of the country requires a lot more subtlety, manipulation and treachery if we are to survive as a party.

RadClown on March 21, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Too bad this isn’t an election year…

… or else the GOP candidates could use this to use against Obowma and all Democrats running for office in a national debate.

What…?

… Oh.

Seven Percent Solution on March 21, 2012 at 1:16 PM

I darn sure hope this will be in one of the GOP candidate ads in the generals…no editing needed, just pure unadulterated Axelrod spinning why the Dems didn’t pass a budget…’coz of the theatre’ :-), saying that with a straight face while we all know they had a sufficient majority to do it, should insult the intelligence (sic!) of every liberal out there……too bad there isn’t any such video on record of 0 saying all this…

jimver on March 21, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Why can’t Scooter pass agudget by EO? That’s the way he does everything else.

a capella on March 21, 2012 at 1:30 PM

What are you going to do, when you have a teaparty loon crew to work with? Even the legendary “do nothing Congresses” of old world be embarrassed of this crowd.

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 21, 2012 at 12:54 PM

It would appear that the only Do-Nothings in this Congress are in the Democrat-controlled Senate.

Resist We Much on March 21, 2012 at 1:31 PM

agudget

s/b a budget

a capella on March 21, 2012 at 1:31 PM

I swear I saw Axelrod’s nose grow even longer as he was scrambling to think of something to say.

Mallard T. Drake on March 21, 2012 at 1:20 PM

any longer that it is, it would have gone straight through the TV monitor and into your living room :-)…

jimver on March 21, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Very funny! Let us see how this inside baseball budget BS affects the election in November.

Real Americans could care less about whether some party creates a budget or not. They want jobs and they want jobs now.

Uppereastside on March 21, 2012 at 1:34 PM

03/21/12 Axelrod: “Because they also don’t have to deal with the theater of politics in making their budgets.”

03/20/12 Biden: “This guy [Obama] is willing to do the right thing and risk losing.”

I see cognitive dissonance here. Is Obama about the theater of politics so he can win, or about doing the right thing and risk losing? Can’t be both. Political on odd-numbered days, “doing the right thing” on even-numbered days? Help me out here.

Paul-Cincy on March 21, 2012 at 1:35 PM

From reading the comments it has to be crystal clear to dems that the gig is up. They wouldn’t dare to propose, vote for and commit to what they have done for the last few years. Knock out the first two and you have their MO. Wasn’t that what Kathleen Sebelius said, “put nothing in writing”?

DanMan on March 21, 2012 at 1:37 PM

They want jobs and they want jobs now.

Uppereastside on March 21, 2012 at 1:34 PM

At this moment in Cincinnati, the unions are demonstrating in front of Boehner’s office in support of passing a highway bill to fix bridges. They said it would create jobs, and protect the safety of our children. Sasha and Malia were not mentioned by name, which surprised me.

Paul-Cincy on March 21, 2012 at 1:37 PM

What a tool

cmsinaz on March 21, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Slightly off topic: Paul Ryan did a great job of defending his budget today on FOX & Friends, after some brain dead leftist came out trashing it.

Even more off topic: Juliet Huddy’s chest was looking quite fantastic today.

But, IMHO, she should have spent the money on getting that nose job fixed. Her plastic surgeon must have botched it, she always sounds like she’s congested when she talks.

UltimateBob on March 21, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Meanwhile……it appears Team Lefty Blue is InEpt,h*lls/bells,
even England can pull it off!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

UK government release complete budget document – HM Treasury

Submitted 1 min ago from http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk
http://www.breakingnews.com/
============================

canopfor on March 21, 2012 at 1:42 PM

What a tool

cmsinaz on March 21, 2012 at 1:38 PM

cmsinaz:Ubetcha CMS:)

canopfor on March 21, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Hey Canopfor :)

cmsinaz on March 21, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Real Americans could care less about whether some party creates a budget or not. They want jobs and they want jobs now.

Uppereastside on March 21, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Um, the issue isn’t whether a “party” creates a budget, moron. We elect people to Congress and one of their duties is to pass a budget.

And, people most certainly care about the dire fiscal problems facing the country. In fact, I remember a certain person calling lesser problems “unpatriotic and irresponsible.”

“The problem is that the way Bush has done it in the last eight years is to take out a credit card from the Bank of China in the name of our children, driving up our national debt from $5 trillion from the first 42 presidents. No. 43 added $4 trillion by his lonesome. So we now have over $9 trillion of debt that we are going to have to pay back. $30,000 for every man, woman, and child. That’s irresponsible, that’s unpatriotic.”

- Democratic Presidential nominee, Barack Obama, 3 July 2008

“The problem is that the way Obama has done it in the last 1,151 days is to take out a credit card from the Bank of China in the name of our children, driving up our national debt from $10,628,881,485,510.23 from the first 43 presidents. No. 44 added $4,939,693,780,832.86 by his lonesome. So we now have over $15,566,570,829,745.94 of debt that we are going to have to pay back. $50,214.75 for every man, woman, and child. That’s irresponsible, that’s unpatriotic.”

- Me, 16 March 2012

Resist We Much on March 21, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Pretty pathetic.

UltimateBob on March 21, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Thank you. And, might I add, nearly illiterate as well. You can be ashamed of, or embarrassed by, but embarrassed of? Gotta love our gov’t run schools.

waterytart on March 21, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Ax doesn’t have an answer because he doesn’t need one for any other media outlet, since they won’t ask about anything that makes the dimmycrats squirm.

n0doz on March 21, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Real Americans could care less about whether some party creates a budget or not. They want jobs and they want jobs now.

Uppereastside on March 21, 2012 at 1:34 PM

They sure do. Would you like to explain to them why Obama is blocking the Keystone Pipeline which would create thousands of jobs?

Kataklysmic on March 21, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Somewhere there is a porn king shaking his head at how sleazy Axelrod is…

Marcus Traianus on March 21, 2012 at 1:54 PM

OK, why am I seeing “Stop the Koch Brothers” ads at HotGas? And, no, they’re not sponsored by libertarians trying to protect the Cato Institute’s integrity….

(What have I done to make my net-tracker cookies think I would respond to such an ad?)

notropis on March 21, 2012 at 1:54 PM

O/T
Allah
Tebow traded to the JETS?
Maybe the good lord will be looking down on us JETS fans!!!!!!!!!

angrymike on March 21, 2012 at 1:57 PM

o/t

Congressman Keith Ellison Says The Nazis Bombed Pearl Harbor

Resist We Much on March 21, 2012 at 1:56 PM

Why in the world does Bill O’Reilly make statements like this to his guests when they are flat out lying in his face?

O’REILLY: Congressman, the reason we like you as a guest is because you’re an honest man, But I will point to history.

Ellison is NOT an honest man. And O’Reilly is a braying idiot.

UltimateBob on March 21, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Resist we must
haahaa
We sure have some bright congressmen, I thought O would say something like this.
to funny and so sad at the same time!

angrymike on March 21, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Axelrod likes being on that pole showing off his butt.

Every time Mr. Axelrod opens his mouth, it is quite fitting to put his own shoe in his mouth, thus every time he says something, it is fitting to call him a monkey up a pole showing off his butt, just as he claimed Gingrich was.

Logus on March 21, 2012 at 2:09 PM

One must axe, does anyone in the “admministration” have a clue? Before election, they will run out of dough again. Think a budget might have provided some plan? We must be the dumbest electorate on the plant to have put “smartest guys in the room” in the White House. Surrounded by the collection of thugs (Rahm), thieves (Tim) and dim bulbs (Dave), things can only get worse. Obama fatigue, feeling it?

StevC on March 21, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Why haven’t the dems passed a budget in the last three years?

It’s actually quite simple. The dems passed their budget at the start of Obama’s term when they had control of the presidency and both houses of congress. Because they were able to ignore the republicans this budget reflects only their priorities. The Dems can use continuing resolutions to keep spending at those levels.

If they were to pass a new budget they would have to make compromises. Why would they want to do that when they already have what they want?

agmartin on March 21, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Brier let Axelrod off easy

he should have mentioned congress was held by the democrats since 2006 – two years to get an uncontested budget

when he claimed a $1.2 trillion discretionary spending reduction under O. What?

Axwlrod was angry and raised his voice a few times
still it won’t be news anywhere other than fodder for the GOP primary campaign

audiotom on March 21, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Democrats do not want a budget. Crimps their “style”.
They even turned down Obama on one.
Axelrod should not be allowed in public.

Jabberwock on March 21, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Burn in hell, Axisrod.

S. D. on March 21, 2012 at 2:36 PM

I like how the little punk tries to sound like an adult, using big boy terms like “discretionary spending” and “dealing with the theater of politics” but seriously, these talking points he’s using are as stale as a two day old tuna sandwich. He needs a new playbook, seeing as how he’s supposed to be the big shot political genius chosen to reelect a failed president. He sounds like a wind up doll. He also needs a history lesson and perhaps he could even take a tour on Capitol Hill to see if he can refresh his memory about how things work up there.

scalleywag on March 21, 2012 at 2:38 PM

The senate hasn’t published a budget because the American people haven’t held them accountable and the media has betrayed the people they claim to benefit, us.

Speakup on March 21, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Me, 16 March 2012

Resist We Much on March 21, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Listen doofus, go ahead and keep campaigning on how the senate is yet to create a budget. You have been bitching about that for over 3 years now and last time i checked, the dems still control the senate.

There is a reason why Americans now prefer the democrats were in charge of the house.

Uppereastside on March 21, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Axelrod: Debate=Demagoguery

Speakup on March 21, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Axelrod, thy name is Weasel.

RebeccaH on March 21, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Listen doofus, go ahead and keep campaigning on how the senate is yet to create a budget. You have been bitching about that for over 3 years now and last time i checked, the dems still control the senate.

Yep, and Democrats are defending 23 seats in November. Good luck with that.

There is a reason why Americans now prefer the democrats were in charge of the house.

Uppereastside on March 21, 2012 at 2:47 PM

I am not a Republican, tool, nor am I a Conservative. 2010 was a restraining order on the runaway spending. You keep telling yourself that everyone wants Democrats in charge and luv dem sum Obama agenda, but you can’t explain stuff like these numbers (scroll down to my commentary):

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/03/npr-repeal-obamacare-is-code-for-white.html

But, hey! Thanks for admitting that deficits and the national debt don’t matter to you except when a Republican is in the White House. I stood alongside you Obama Firsters when Bush was running up the red ink. Now, your hypocrisy is clear for the world to see.

Resist We Much on March 21, 2012 at 3:20 PM

I took over a company that was in shambles. The previous management embezzled over 150g’s from the owners. The bills were behind, the bank was yelling, and the morale was low. The two owners (brothers) were at each others throat, and the customers were not happy. Generally, a real mess. I explained two words:
1. responsibility – I was taking responsibility for the company and would sit with them anytime anywhere to explain to them steps that I was going to take to bring the company around to pay them. I explained to the owners how I would increase moral and make cuts where necessary to “trim the fat”. I talked to the customers and told them that the focus was on quality, not quantity and their paperwork would be clean and any questions would come through me.
2. Authority – I would have control, with the owners approval, of all expenditures. We three would agree on all checks written, no matter the amount, prior to issuing. I threw out the company manual and rewrote authority lines for the owners, myself, and staff to follow. Authority would be delegated as needed for an issue, then resend to previous level. No delegation of authority would be issued without written documentation.
See, the two words are not synonymous with each other. They work hand in hand, however the core of the situation is both together in unison. Children want authority without responsibility. Adults understand the difference and how they work together.

Responsibility without authority is servitude.
Authority without responsibility is tyranny.

Molonlabe2004 on March 21, 2012 at 3:37 PM

“If this were the last debt ceiling increase you could ask for, the final one, and you had to make it large enough for all current and future obligations, what would the request need to be?” Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) asked Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner at a Capitol Hill hearing on Wednesday.

“I don’t know how to answer that question,” Geithner said to Gowdy.

After being prodded by the Congressman, Geithner eventually told him, “it would be a lot.”

“It would be a lot,” Geithner finally said. “It would make you uncomfortable,” he added.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/03/21/geithner_asked_what_would_be_very_last_debt_ceiling_request_says_a_lot_would_make_you_feel_uncomfortable.html

Resist We Much on March 21, 2012 at 3:39 PM

The Party of NO!

KOOLAID2 on March 21, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Hey Canopfor :)

cmsinaz on March 21, 2012 at 1:45 PM

cmsinaz:Sorry for the late response..*Waves*!:)

canopfor on March 21, 2012 at 4:02 PM

I am not a Republican, tool, nor am I a Conservative.
Resist We Much on March 21, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Very funny. Keep telling yourself that okay.

Let’s make a friendly bet right now. Even if your party manages to take the senate and the WH, i bet you $500 your party will lose the house and the sename in 2014.

Name your charity of choice. I will kindly ask you to donate the funds to any Plan Parenhood.

And if either of us reneges, we get banned by Ed.

Are you game?

Uppereastside on March 21, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Ax-uh-uh-uh-rod

MD11Fr8Dog on March 21, 2012 at 4:36 PM

WHAT A FREAKIN’ DOUCHBAG…I CANNOT STAND TO HEAR HIM SPEAK…

Ltlgeneral64 on March 21, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Uppereastside on March 21, 2012 at 4:10 PM

I am a Libertarian and I already give to Planned Parenthood…I have a long-standing policy of buying Progs gift certificates for all of the PP services that they want

By the way — since you have probably assumed other ‘facts’ not in evidence – I am also an atheist and from the UK. We also happen to be neighbours, but don’t worry, I would never deign to stop and say, “Hello!”

Resist We Much on March 21, 2012 at 5:17 PM

PS, UES, Dems have 21 seats to defend in the Senate in 2014.

I won’t bet you a ban, but name your $ figure. Money is nothing. Posting privileges are more important to me.

Resist We Much on March 21, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Harry Reid clearly understands that to submit a budget is to reveal your intentions and your spending priorities. America would not tolerate those ambitions for a minute. And they know it – remember November 2010. So they kick the can down the road and do reconciliations so they can slither along under the radar.

Yep, real leadership from these chickenshits.

jb34461 on March 21, 2012 at 5:27 PM

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