Quotes of the day

posted at 10:37 pm on May 15, 2012 by Allahpundit

Fifty-six percent of Americans think Barack Obama will win the 2012 presidential election, compared with 36% who think Mitt Romney will win. Democrats are more likely to believe that Obama will win than Republicans are to believe Romney will. Independents are nearly twice as likely to think that Obama, rather than Romney, will prevail.

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The marginal factors in the past four or six weeks have looked slightly better for Mr. Romney than Mr. Obama. The recuperation in Mr. Romney’s favorability numbers, for instance — if it was somewhat to be expected — also reduces the risk that his personal qualities might cause him to lose an election that he otherwise would have won, as during another economic downturn.

Meanwhile, the tumultuous situation in Greece may increase the chance of an economic downside case for Mr. Obama. And data from the domestic economy has not been as strong lately. (Although it might also be mentioned that the situation in the Middle East is thought to be improving, and oil pries have receded somewhat.)

Put another way, if you are being very detail oriented, there is a case to be made that Mr. Romney’s odds of being elected have improved somewhat over the past six weeks.

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When pollsters call these voting blocs now, many people will likely proclaim their continued loyalty to the president.

They won’t be lying to pollsters about whom they really want to vote for. The issue will be whether they actually go to the booth and vote for Obama.

Many voted in 2008 with the desire to see racism and racists humiliated by having a qualified black man elected president. Especially after eight years of what was not, and still is not, perceived as a successful presidency.

Now, many of these same voters still feel an allegiance to Obama — and he’s their theoretical choice in the election. But along with feeling some allegiance, they also may be left feeling disappointment. And that can lead to a disconnect with what pollsters hear compared with the voters who actually show up on Election Day.

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But when I look at the data, a slightly different question comes to mind: Why is Obama even close? If you look at the fundamentals, the president should be getting crushed right now

The key is his post-boomer leadership style. Critics are always saying that Obama is too cool and detached, arrogant and aloof. But the secret to his popularity through hard times is that he is not melodramatic, sensitive, vulnerable and changeable. Instead, he is self-disciplined, traditional and a bit formal. He is willing, with drones and other mechanisms, to use lethal force.

Normally, presidents look weak in these circumstances, overwhelmed by events. But Obama has displayed a kind of ESPN masculinity — postfeminist in his values, but also thoroughly old-fashioned in style — hypercompetitive, restrained, not given to self-doubt, rarely self-indulgent. Administrations are undone by scandal and moments when they look pathetic, but this administration, guarded in all things, has rarely had those moments.

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In that view, the primary fundamentals are these: Obama is the incumbent. The economy is growing at a moderate pace. There’s no serious third-party challenge. We’re not losing massive numbers of soldiers in a foreign war. And when you look at those fundamentals, the reality is this: Incumbent presidents very, very rarely lose under those conditions

If I seem pedantic on this point, it’s because this is one of my pet peeves in political commentary: Pundits take political situations that can be explained through the fundamentals and then attribute them, without any evidence, to the telegenic characteristics of individual politicians or the messaging decisions made by their campaigns. Then, a few years later, the fundamentals turn around, and suddenly our great communicator has forgotten how to give a speech or run a campaign — or vice versa. Remember that in 1982, Ronald Reagan was under 40 percent in the polls. Then the economy rebounded, and he romped to victory in the election.

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There has been nothing very cool about the past 7 weeks for Obama. The president has twisted himself into a policy and rhetorical pretzel to win the support and money he needs from the members of the Democratic coalition.

The Times poll tells the tale: Obama’s nuzzling of the base, beseeching of donors and policy contortions have given Romney the chance to start winning over the narrow band of undecided persuadable voters.

If Democrats don’t want to see Obama defeated, they had better suck it up. Obama is not the superman they believe him to be, nor is his campaign the masterwork they have been led to believe.

The president knows how tight a spot he is in. His supporters are just now realizing it.

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Had this been an isolated event, Democrat campaign professionals might not be all that concerned. Mistakes, after all, are made. But this was hardly a “one off.” There are, in the view of many Democratic pros, far too many other examples of the Obama campaign making a hash of fairly straightforward political matters…

The mishandling of the President’s endorsement of same sex marriage sent the president’s re-election prospects into a tailspin; electoral college handicappers busily moved North Carolina from “toss-up” to “likely Republican.” And it necessitated today’s “let’s-get-the-media-talking-about-something-else” news event (the Bain attack ad).

Because we have been told for so long that Team Obama is the very model of the modern campaign operation, we have come to sort of believe it. In reality, they’ve been surprisingly inept since they set up shop last year. They’ve been through three slogans and four over-arching re-election “themes.” They’ve made a big deal out of Romney’s dog. They’ve introduced us to “Julia,” which seemed like a right-wing parody of the perfect constituent of the nanny state. One could on (and on).

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Interesting that so many think Obama will win again. Is it the same 56% that are for gay marriage in the polls but vote against it at the ballot box?

Cindy Munford on May 16, 2012 at 12:53 AM

Exactly. Obama and gay marriage always poll well, and better than the reality. Who, when surveyed on a poll, is going to voice a position these days that they think will make them look like a racist or a homophobe or worse?

It’s going to be a blow out, no pun intended.

TXUS on May 16, 2012 at 2:00 AM

Bmore Thanks for linking to the beautiful pictures for us Moms (Sunday. That was sweet.

4Grace on May 16, 2012 at 1:47 AM

Roger me on that as well – saved to my fav’s
Thanks, Bmore

I just saw these guys on CMT, the other night.

MontanaMmmm on May 16, 2012 at 2:00 AM

bazil9 on May 16, 2012 at 1:57 AM

When my son was about 10-11 months old, he caught a stomach virus. I must have changed 25 diapers that day. That night, I called my Mom and thanked her for every diaper she ever changed. LOL

4Grace on May 16, 2012 at 2:01 AM

Dang it, still ain’t found Dave yet huh? We’ll find him one day, I hope anyway…..
I think I will come back as Dave if anything ever happens to old angrymike ..,…

angrymike on May 16, 2012 at 2:01 AM

Cindy, I was kinda surprised, but neither of them like me much if at all. So there’s that. ; )

Bmore on May 16, 2012 at 2:02 AM

The War Planner on May 16, 2012 at 1:58 AM

Thumbs up!!..Dylan rules!!..:)

Dire Straits on May 16, 2012 at 2:02 AM

4Grace on May 16, 2012 at 2:01 AM

:) Yes, we eventually “get it” once we go through it.

Did your mom laugh?

bazil9 on May 16, 2012 at 2:02 AM

Nice one…fits. I feel trampled…

bazil9 on May 16, 2012 at 1:28 AM

turtles are small, but sometimes have a nasty bite.

MontanaMmmm on May 16, 2012 at 2:03 AM

test

burrata on May 16, 2012 at 2:03 AM

TXUS on May 16, 2012 at 2:00 AM

I sure hope so, I am really tired of The Won.

Cindy Munford on May 16, 2012 at 2:03 AM

Spark Plug…where u been? Don’t be self banning…I would miss u.

Who is Dave?

bazil9 on May 16, 2012 at 2:04 AM

The War Planner on May 16, 2012 at 1:58 AM

Brothers in Arms is one of their best. LOVE that song.

P.S. Lolz on the “amber nectar.”

4Grace on May 16, 2012 at 2:04 AM

Bmore on May 16, 2012 at 2:02 AM

I bet angryed likes me more than BD does.

Cindy Munford on May 16, 2012 at 2:06 AM

Well my friends this O/T is kicking my behind so I’m out. Have a pleasant night and a better tomorrow …………;)

angrymike on May 16, 2012 at 2:06 AM

turtles are small, but sometimes have a nasty bite.

MontanaMmmm on May 16, 2012 at 2:03 AM

Oh I know, not all of them are small.

A big snapping turtle was in my back yard once. Nasty thing.
The dog was barking and going nuts. I took a stick and guided him out of my yard…big claws..he dug under my fence from a conservation area/swampy area. Dont mess with a snapper.

bazil9 on May 16, 2012 at 2:06 AM

4Grace on May 16, 2012 at 2:04 AM

..ain’t it though? Like I said, the after effects generally cured me of being terminally maudlin.

How you been, by the way?

The War Planner on May 16, 2012 at 2:06 AM

Dire Straits QOTD song. It just seems appropriate giving the nature of the topics in the thread.

Bmore on May 16, 2012 at 1:58 AM

Good choice!

4Grace on May 16, 2012 at 2:06 AM

angrymike on May 16, 2012 at 2:01 AM

I think you would make a great Dave. But you might have to pretend to support Ron Paul to stay in that character role.

SparkPlug on May 16, 2012 at 2:07 AM

Nite angrymike-
Sleep tight~

bazil9 on May 16, 2012 at 2:07 AM

bazil9 on May 16, 2012 at 2:04 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6wV7rAKMNE

Cindy Munford on May 16, 2012 at 2:07 AM

Dont mess with a snapper.

bazil9 on May 16, 2012 at 2:06 AM

..FL? VA? NC? SC? AL? MS? Where?

The War Planner on May 16, 2012 at 2:08 AM

Bmore on May 16, 2012 at 2:02 AM

Who doesnt like you?

Everyone likes Mr B.

Let me atta’em ;)

bazil9 on May 16, 2012 at 2:08 AM

The War Planner on May 16, 2012 at 2:08 AM

I am a Fl girl.
We have some interesting critters here.

bazil9 on May 16, 2012 at 2:09 AM

I bet angryed likes me more than BD does.

Cindy Munford on May 16, 2012 at 2:06 AM

LOL. It is so much fun gettin’ under the pastry peddlers thin upper crust.

SparkPlug on May 16, 2012 at 2:10 AM

Cindy, I’m not taking that bet, you are correct. LOL! ; )

Bmore on May 16, 2012 at 2:10 AM

The reason unemployment numbers are going down is that they are using Social Security disability as extended unemployment for hundreds of thousands. They slide off the radar screen but the inevitable crash is drawing nearer.

halfbaked on May 15, 2012 at 11:03 PM

Exactly, and actually the number is roughly 5.4 million who have been added to the Social Security disability insurance program since O became president. He’s building his army of government dependents … who conveniently aren’t counted for unemployment purposes.

My husband sees patients day in day out trying to get disability for every conceivable imagined problem. It’s a sad commentary on the loss of work ethic in America.

I realize some folks need it, but many are just gaming the system.

Nicole Coulter on May 16, 2012 at 2:11 AM

WOW Bazil9
You really don’t know who Dave is? Get some cheech and Chong C/D’s, I think it’s the their first one, you’ll know Dave…..;) night……..

angrymike on May 16, 2012 at 2:11 AM

Good Night angrymike, Sleep Well.

Bmore on May 16, 2012 at 2:11 AM

Cindy Munford on May 16, 2012 at 2:07 AM

lol, thanks.

Apparently, I had missed the joke.

bazil9 on May 16, 2012 at 2:11 AM

These threads have topics? Who knew?

SparkPlug on May 16, 2012 at 2:11 AM

MontanaMmmm on May 16, 2012 at 2:00 AM

Montana, thanks for link to the Trampled by Turtles song earlier. The group is still pretty new to me, but I really loved that song, and their sound in general. Good job!

4Grace on May 16, 2012 at 2:13 AM

bazil9 on May 16, 2012 at 2:08 AM

You’d be surprised. ; ) Here is Dave.

Bmore on May 16, 2012 at 2:13 AM

A big snapping turtle was in my back yard once. Nasty thing.
The dog was barking and going nuts. I took a stick and guided him out of my yard…big claws..he dug under my fence from a conservation area/swampy area. Dont mess with a snapper.

bazil9 on May 16, 2012 at 2:06 AM

It’s funny, depending on where you live what type of wildlife you have.
I used to be more in town but moved to a more rural area last year, now coyotes… the deer(in town and out)are populating so much you can’t have flowers or a garden unless it’s fenced off like Gitmo.

MontanaMmmm on May 16, 2012 at 2:14 AM

Bmore on May 16, 2012 at 2:10 AM

I love the smell of burnt Danish in the morning.

SparkPlug on May 16, 2012 at 2:14 AM

SparkPlug on May 16, 2012 at 2:10 AM SparkPlug on May 16, 2012 at 2:10 AM

The best comment ever was ktmol laughing at how tightly she was clutching her pearls. I’ll say this for her, she’s very smart and has a lot of great information. Delivery needs some work.

Cindy Munford on May 16, 2012 at 2:14 AM

These threads have topics? Who knew?

SparkPlug on May 16, 2012 at 2:11 AM

Crap, you’re right we are chit chatting again. ; )

Bmore on May 16, 2012 at 2:15 AM

Sparkplug
Thanks….err I think, now I am really going to bed, peace out…..;)

angrymike on May 16, 2012 at 2:15 AM

LOL. It is so much fun gettin’ under the pastry peddlers thin upper crust.

SparkPlug on May 16, 2012 at 2:10 AM

:)

MontanaMmmm on May 16, 2012 at 2:15 AM

I realize some folks need it, but many are just gaming the system.

Nicole Coulter on May 16, 2012 at 2:11 AM

Yep, lots of Fraud,Waste and Abuse going on all over the place.

I saw it when I briefly worked for the ST Gov.

We need some major cleaning-in every Gov agency…States and Fed.
Efficiency included…its a joke.

bazil9 on May 16, 2012 at 2:16 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6wV7rAKMNE

Cindy Munford on May 16, 2012 at 2:07 AM

*chortle*

órale, vato! Right now, boys and girls, this one here goes out to DBear y suyos primos y primas, ese:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biFPi0rSgaA&feature=related

The War Planner on May 16, 2012 at 2:16 AM

The best comment ever was ktmol laughing at how tightly she was clutching her pearls. I’ll say this for her, she’s very smart and has a lot of great information. Delivery needs some work.

Cindy Munford on May 16, 2012 at 2:14 AM

That really was classic, one for the HA history books for sure. I love ktmol!

Bmore on May 16, 2012 at 2:16 AM

bazil9 on May 16, 2012 at 2:02 AM

Oh yeah, she laughed. But, she’s pretty gracious about that stuff. Never gives me the “I told you!” stuff. Very supportive. Both of my parents are a blessing to me.

4Grace on May 16, 2012 at 2:16 AM

Montana, thanks for link to the Trampled by Turtles song earlier. The group is still pretty new to me, but I really loved that song, and their sound in general. Good job!

4Grace on May 16, 2012 at 2:13 AM

Completely new to me, luvin it. Where have I been?

MontanaMmmm on May 16, 2012 at 2:18 AM

bazil9 on May 16, 2012 at 2:04 AM

Hi. You have a very high fun rating in my book. Something like a totally raging triple A+

SparkPlug on May 16, 2012 at 2:18 AM

How you been, by the way?

The War Planner on May 16, 2012 at 2:06 AM

I’m good. Better than I deserve. ;)

How about yourself? Life treating you good?

4Grace on May 16, 2012 at 2:19 AM

MontanaMmmm on May 16, 2012 at 2:14 AM

True.

A year ago my mom had a baby gator walking down her sidewalk. Called animal control.

I had a water moccasin in my pool…snakes scare me to death…especially those. I do a double take now at night.

Yeah, many a coyote killed my cats growing up in Cali.

It can get out of control.

LOL@Gitmo.

bazil9 on May 16, 2012 at 2:20 AM

I am a Fl girl.
We have some interesting critters here.

bazil9 on May 16, 2012 at 2:09 AM

..used to scare the crap out of me when I was a kid in VA. Them and water moccasins and all of the other really mean beasts out there. You done right, ma’am. I mean with the stick and all.

The War Planner on May 16, 2012 at 2:21 AM

Good Night All.

Bmore on May 16, 2012 at 2:21 AM

(belated) Goodnight, angrymike.

4Grace on May 16, 2012 at 2:22 AM

How about yourself? Life treating you good?

4Grace on May 16, 2012 at 2:19 AM

..fingers and toes! Fingers and toes.

The War Planner on May 16, 2012 at 2:22 AM

Cindy Munford on May 16, 2012 at 2:14 AM

ROTF. Thanks for the memories. BD really needs to unclench everything, not just the pearls.

And KTMOL can really deliver a nice smack down.

SparkPlug on May 16, 2012 at 2:22 AM

Who knew?

SparkPlug on May 16, 2012 at 2:11 AM

Apparently the occasional thread monitor who bemoans the passing of HotAir’s relevance as a premiere Right wing blog. At 2:00 in the morning!

Cindy Munford on May 16, 2012 at 2:24 AM

SparkPlug on May 16, 2012 at 2:18 AM

Why thanks Spark. I have a small fan club. I will notate that you are high on the list. ;)
Glad I add to your fun meter.

I am more fun on qotd..when I am OT-otherwise I am angry B9.

bazil9 on May 16, 2012 at 2:24 AM

The War Planner on May 16, 2012 at 2:16 AM

I give it a 45, nice beat and easy to dance to. Hat tip to Dick Clark.

Cindy Munford on May 16, 2012 at 2:25 AM

You done right, ma’am. I mean with the stick and all.

The War Planner on May 16, 2012 at 2:21 AM

Thx, I didnt know what to do. I didnt want my lab to get bit.
That thing was nasty.
I was in a new house that had a protected conservation area behind it. Some weird things came outta there.
I didnt want to call animal control-so told him to go back home.

bazil9 on May 16, 2012 at 2:27 AM

Change the subject, someone is going to p.o.’d tomorrow and give us all a tongue lashing.

Cindy Munford on May 16, 2012 at 2:27 AM

Cindy Munford on May 16, 2012 at 2:14 AM

ROTF. Thanks for the memories. BD really needs to unclench everything, not just the pearls.

And KTMOL can really deliver a nice smack down.

SparkPlug on May 16, 2012 at 2:22 AM

I’m glad I was reading that night, this is the image that came to my mind.

MontanaMmmm on May 16, 2012 at 2:27 AM

Nite Mr Bmore.

Till we meet again.
Take care

bazil9 on May 16, 2012 at 2:28 AM

Change the subject, someone is going to p.o.’d tomorrow and give us all a tongue lashing.

Cindy Munford on May 16, 2012 at 2:27 AM

oops, too late… I just added my 2 cents, but in that regard she made some comments today that I agreed with, I should have told her.

MontanaMmmm on May 16, 2012 at 2:30 AM

Apparently I missed the fun with ktmol and BD…see always miss everything.

Was quiet here tonight.

Ahhhhh…it is late. I must get my butt to bed soon.

bazil9 on May 16, 2012 at 2:30 AM

Goodnight, Bmore. Have a great Wednesday.

4Grace on May 16, 2012 at 2:30 AM

Change the subject, someone is going to p.o.’d tomorrow and give us all a tongue lashing.

Cindy Munford on May 16, 2012 at 2:27 AM

..AP? Ed? I always thought QOTD was more or less a free-for-all where we could all get wide and have some fun.

Bazil9: it does get kinda scary when the pets go after those things. I remember my dog Duffy taking on a 5 foot rattle once. Talk about conflicted. But he scared the damn thing back into he brush.

The War Planner on May 16, 2012 at 2:31 AM

rattle == rattler, of course.

The War Planner on May 16, 2012 at 2:33 AM

The War Planner on May 16, 2012 at 2:31 AM

LOL, no, BD is going to be mad at the gossiping.

Cindy Munford on May 16, 2012 at 2:36 AM

I always thought QOTD was more or less a free-for-all where we could all get wide and have some fun.
The War Planner on May 16, 2012 at 2:31 AM

LOL. Did you mean wild? Or was that a Cheech & Chong reference that I’ve forgotten? LOL

Heyyy, man. Let’s get wiiiiide.

4Grace on May 16, 2012 at 2:36 AM

The War Planner on May 16, 2012 at 2:31 AM

I think she means BD….

I have been here off and on since 09. qotd always became a free for all. Unless the topic is something that riles people up…usually quiet because it is late for people and rehashed news.

No one usually complains until recently. Some newbies all mouthy and dictator like. Just Bluefish and his crew..whining.

Oh yes..the pets. Our bud recently banned here..DHC…his dog just survived a rattle snake bite to the leg. Barely made it.

I dont miss the rattlers…but we have some other really poisons snakes here. I keep my cats indoor only now, so I dont worry as much.

bazil9 on May 16, 2012 at 2:37 AM

Good thing I took a nap, I need to get up at 5:50 and the pupplies are telling me they are sleepy. Good night everyone, it feels really good to be back long enough to have a couple of coherent (so to speak) thoughts. Sweet dreams!!!

Cindy Munford on May 16, 2012 at 2:38 AM

I always thought QOTD was more or less a free-for-all where we could all get wide and have some fun.
The War Planner on May 16, 2012 at 2:31 AM

LOL. Did you mean wild? Or was that a Cheech & Chong reference that I’ve forgotten? LOL

Heyyy, man. Let’s get wiiiiide.

4Grace on May 16, 2012 at 2:36 AM

LMAO- dude..I dont want to get any wider.

bazil9 on May 16, 2012 at 2:39 AM

Sweet dreams Miss Cindy!
See ya soon.

bazil9 on May 16, 2012 at 2:40 AM

I’m turning in nite all.

MontanaMmmm on May 16, 2012 at 2:40 AM

Meltdowns can be fun to watch although I would never intentionally try to provoke one.

*evil grin*

SparkPlug on May 16, 2012 at 2:40 AM

MontanaMmmm on May 16, 2012 at 2:30 AM

Probably not a bad example but in the much younger years.

Cindy Munford on May 16, 2012 at 2:41 AM

bazil9 on May 16, 2012 at 2:37 AM

Cindy Munford on May 16, 2012 at 2:38 AM

..good night, ladies. But before you go, who’s “BD”?

Anyway, have a great day tomorrow and stay away from them rattler!

The War Planner on May 16, 2012 at 2:41 AM

Looks like I am still up with the California peeps.

Bad sign…I took a late evening nap..screwing me up.
Work tomorrow will be a sleepy haze.

bazil9 on May 16, 2012 at 2:41 AM

I’m turning in nite all.

MontanaMmmm on May 16, 2012 at 2:40 AM

..g’nite, mate!

The War Planner on May 16, 2012 at 2:41 AM

Goodnight, Cindy.

4Grace on May 16, 2012 at 2:42 AM

*evil grin*

SparkPlug on May 16, 2012 at 2:40 AM

It is sadly and regrettably entertaining sometimes. I hate myself the next day. A little.

Cindy Munford on May 16, 2012 at 2:42 AM

‘Night, Montana.

4Grace on May 16, 2012 at 2:43 AM

4Grace on May 16, 2012 at 2:42 AM

..good night, Grace. I have to go as well. (Guess I’ll never know who “BD” is.)

The War Planner on May 16, 2012 at 2:43 AM

*evil grin*

SparkPlug on May 16, 2012 at 2:40 AM

*evil grin* >>B9 has one too.

I enjoyed one once…because it was a poster I detest. She got the smack down she deserved…*wicked laugh* ;)

bazil9 on May 16, 2012 at 2:43 AM

Probably not a bad example but in the much younger years.

Cindy Munford on May 16, 2012 at 2:41 AM

Yes, no reference to age just attitude.
give puppies hugs. :)

MontanaMmmm on May 16, 2012 at 2:44 AM

War Planner… Buy a Danish for breakfast. :)
There ya go…now figure it out.

Good night and have a good hump day.

bazil9 on May 16, 2012 at 2:45 AM

The War Planner on May 16, 2012 at 2:41 AM

*whispers* Buy Danish

4Grace on May 16, 2012 at 2:45 AM

bazil9 on May 16, 2012 at 2:41 AM

And one Texas peep. :)

4Grace on May 16, 2012 at 2:45 AM

The War Planner on May 16, 2012 at 2:41 AM

We are trying (sort of) to be circumspect check out this comment for a hint. SparkPlug on May 16, 2012 at 2:14 AM. A long time valued and knowledgeable member of HotAir who is a devout supporter of Gov. Romney.

Cindy Munford on May 16, 2012 at 2:46 AM

Night Montana!

Guess it is bed time.

Later all- Have a good one!

Till next time.

bazil9 on May 16, 2012 at 2:46 AM

4Grace on May 16, 2012 at 2:45 AM

I forget your Tx..cause didnt you live in Cali?

I have to remember so many people here. I get confused as I age. ;)

Nite Grace.

bazil9 on May 16, 2012 at 2:48 AM

Sorry, ladies. I wasn’t as clever or subtle as you gals.

4Grace on May 16, 2012 at 2:48 AM

Night, B9. And yes, I spent a few years in Cali. Catch ya later, gal.

4Grace on May 16, 2012 at 2:49 AM

Cindy Munford on May 16, 2012 at 2:46 AM

..got it. (BD seems all right to me. But then again, the dynamics of HA threads swirl and swirl. Shadenfreude and I used to tangle viciously until one day we became the best of friends.)

Anyway, best to you both and have a wonderful day tomorrow!

The War Planner on May 16, 2012 at 2:51 AM

The War Planner on May 16, 2012 at 2:51 AM

I need to shut up but I will pass on this one last thing I figured out. No matter how much you admire any or all commenters here, you will not agree on everything. It’s just not possible. The thing I learned is that I don’t take it personally and almost everyone is truly nice and sincere. Except the lefty trolls of course.

Cindy Munford on May 16, 2012 at 2:55 AM

..you will not agree on everything. It’s just not possible. The thing I learned is that I don’t take it personally and almost everyone is truly nice and sincere. Except the lefty trolls of course.

Cindy Munford on May 16, 2012 at 2:55 AM

..er..agreed!

73s and 88s.

~TWP

The War Planner on May 16, 2012 at 2:57 AM

Doh!

stout77 on May 16, 2012 at 2:59 AM

The key is his post-boomer leadership style. Critics are always saying that Obama is too cool and detached, arrogant and aloof. But the secret to his popularity through hard times is that he is not melodramatic, sensitive, vulnerable and changeable. Instead, he is self-disciplined, traditional and a bit formal. He is willing, with drones and other mechanisms, to use lethal force.

Normally, presidents look weak in these circumstances, overwhelmed by events. But Obama has displayed a kind of ESPN masculinity — postfeminist in his values, but also thoroughly old-fashioned in style —

WTF is Brooks going on about? His very article is evidence of why Obama isn’t lower in the polls: sympathetic excuse making and fawning coverage in the media.

Daemonocracy on May 16, 2012 at 3:09 AM

SparkPlug on May 16, 2012 at 1:54 AM

Where have you been? We were worried.

Bmore on May 16, 2012 at 1:59 AM

Well I’m glad you are holding the fort down while the ole sparkplug misfires. I only have one cylinder so it really bad when that happens.

SparkPlug on May 16, 2012 at 3:19 AM

I have enyoyed it friends!!..:)

Dire Straits on May 16, 2012 at 4:51 AM

Romney will win this thing with more than 5% of the popular vote to spare. Romney doesn’t scare people and projects competence, particularly on the economy. PBHO’s only chance is to get people to believe that Mitt is unfit for office and that is not going to happen.

I can’t wait for November!

MJBrutus on May 16, 2012 at 6:18 AM

The War Planner on May 16, 2012 at 2:57 AM

LOL! On the other hand, disagreements can be fun.

Cindy Munford on May 16, 2012 at 6:35 AM

Cindy Munford on May 16, 2012 at 6:35 AM

Morning.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 16, 2012 at 6:38 AM

MJBrutus on May 16, 2012 at 6:18 AM

here’s james lipton telling mitt to quit pretending he’s a human being and to embrace his inner alien.

he also skewers him his ha-ha laugh.

First Deb Fischer propelled to victory by Sarah, now This.

its gonna be a great day.

renalin on May 16, 2012 at 6:43 AM

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