Quotes of the day

posted at 10:44 pm on May 16, 2012 by Allahpundit

“This election is going to create a stark and fundamental choice between two different economic philosophies,” Biden will say at an address in Youngstown, Ohio, according to prepared remarks released by the campaign.

“There’s Obama Economics, which values the role of workers in the success of a business, and values the middle class in the success of the economy. A philosophy that believes everyone deserves a fair shot and a fair shake, and everybody should play by the same rules,” Biden will say.

“There’s Romney Economics, which says as long as the government helps the guys at the very top do well, workers and small businesses and communities can be left to fend for themselves,” he continues.

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Pennsylvania is also well-known as a state with a large number of working-class whites, particularly in northeastern (Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and Hazleton, for example) and western Pennsylvania (Erie, Johnstown and Pittsburgh) — the kind of people one GOP strategist says “have their names on their shirts when they are at work.”…

These voters don’t have an automatic cultural connection to Obama (or to presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney), and the president’s recent announcement supporting same-sex marriage isn’t likely to be a plus with them. Jobs, of course, remain a big issue with these voters, and whatever hope they had that Obama would turn the economy around has almost certainly evaporated…

These kinds of voters are likely to be conflicted in November. They often identify more with the Democratic Party’s working-class positioning and rhetoric, and Romney’s background and style isn’t appealing to them. But they have little in common with the president, have some differences with Democrats’ positions on cultural issues and are disappointed with the performance of the economy.

These voters were once loyal members of Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal Coalition. But will they back Obama? Will they support Democratic Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin in Wisconsin, or even Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts?

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A new poll of Arkansas Democrats shows Barack Obama receiving support from only 45 percent of Democratic primary voters in Arkansas’s Fourth Congressional District, while 38 percent support his underfunded and relatively unknown primary challenger, Tennessee lawyer John Wolfe, Jr. Seventeen percent are undecided in the district poll.

In an interview with THE WEEKLY STANDARD, Wolfe said the poll results were “unbelievable” and said a defeat for Obama in the Arkansas primary would be “politically cataclysmic.”…

Wolfe has criticized Obama for being too close to Wall Street and its interests (for example, Obama’s latest fundraiser with private equity lenders last night in New York City) and seeks to be a more principled Democrat than the 44th president.

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Sabato sees other potential benefits [in Obama's gay-marriage announcement], besides renewed enthusiasm, for Romney in his newfound status with social conservatives. “It probably gives him a little more flexibility, even with the ticket,” he observes.

And the issue isn’t likely to disappear. “It’s going to come up throughout the campaign. Both the president and the governor will be asked about it,” one Republican strategist predicts.

It’s an issue that will further define Obama as a candidate out of sync with many religious voters. Reed notes that support for same-sex marriage is just the latest in a series of decisions Obama has made that have rankled conservative religious voters, including his decisions to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act and to force religious employers to offer health-insurance plans covering contraceptives.

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Despite generally favorable coverage from the MSM (something the Tea Party has never had), OWS has essentially fallen apart. It is not a significant presence on the streets; it is not a significant presence in Democratic Party politics; it is not a significant presence in the national conversation. Its vaunted strategy of shunning conventional politics in favor of self organizing groups making decisions from day to day more or less evanesced into space while the Tea Party, equally anarchic, did in fact spawn the kinds of movements and political changes that the OWS crowd did not.

To the extent that OWS had any influence at all, it was at the level of slogans: “one percenters,” “the 99 percent” and “occupy x” have entered our language. But as a populist left wing fight back against the biggest economic disaster since the 1930s, it was dismally lame. At its height it failed to match levels of popular mobilization and outreach that earlier movements achieved in past episodes in American history– and it fell quickly from that height.

To some degree, it was killed by its “friends.” The tiny left wing groups that exist in the country jumped all over the movement; between them and the deranged and occasionally dangerous homeless people and other rootless wanderers drawn to the movement’s increasingly disorderly campsites, OWS looked and sounded less and less like anything the 99 percent want anything to do with.

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Lugar’s landslide loss is a sign of the maturation of the tea party, a loosely defined confederation of conservative activists in 2010 who have banded together and threaten to have a defining impact in 2012. Because they’re not conducting mass protests, Occupy Wall Street-style, many pundits naïvely presumed their strength had subsided. But in reality, the masses of disaffected conservatives are a sleeping giant…

Take a close look at the scoreboard: A well-respected senator suffering a historic primary loss, a once-popular former four-term governor being rebuked by party activists, a Republican establishment favorite losing despite a significant organizational advantage, and another one at serious risk of being defeated. If the tea party hasn’t already won, I don’t know what victory looks like.

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CHRIS MATTHEWS: Okay, David, you’re a journalist. I know you are an advocate but you’re also an journalist. Why do Tea Party crackpots keep winning elections out in the country?

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uncommon sense on May 17, 2012 at 2:31 AM

Nice one..:)

Dire Straits on May 17, 2012 at 2:34 AM

Good Night listens2glenn, Sleep Well.

Bmore on May 17, 2012 at 2:35 AM

annoyinglittletwerp on May 17, 2012 at 2:31 AM

Good one..alt!!..:)

Dire Straits on May 17, 2012 at 2:35 AM

Good one..alt!!..:)

Dire Straits on May 17, 2012 at 2:35 AM

Think that this is the Administrations and HHS official song?

uncommon sense on May 17, 2012 at 2:38 AM

alt, did you ever see this? A theory for American Pie.

Bmore on May 17, 2012 at 2:41 AM

Ooops.

alt, did you ever see this? A theory for American Pie.

Bmore on May 17, 2012 at 2:41 AM

As Dire would say. Fixed..:)

Bmore on May 17, 2012 at 2:43 AM

As Dire would say. Fixed..:)

Bmore on May 17, 2012 at 2:43 AM

fixed!

uncommon sense on May 17, 2012 at 2:46 AM

Ooops.

alt, did you ever see this? A theory for American Pie.

Bmore on May 17, 2012 at 2:41 AM

Holly’s widow-I think her name’s Elena-is NOT well liked in Lubbock.
Because she was only married to him for 6 months and has since remarried-she’s considered to be an attention wh*re to uses the Holly name to make a buck

annoyinglittletwerp on May 17, 2012 at 2:47 AM

This is good.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 17, 2012 at 2:48 AM

annoyinglittletwerp on May 17, 2012 at 2:47 AM

Here is one that you can always play when you get home.

uncommon sense on May 17, 2012 at 2:50 AM

annoyinglittletwerp on May 17, 2012 at 2:48 AM

Have linked this a few times now, but you should like it.

uncommon sense on May 17, 2012 at 2:52 AM

They played a my HS before they were big time, but ALT should like this.

uncommon sense on May 17, 2012 at 2:56 AM

Hello, is anyone left out in the HA cyberspace?

uncommon sense on May 17, 2012 at 2:57 AM

Hello, is anyone left out in the HA cyberspace?

uncommon sense on May 17, 2012 at 2:57 AM

I’m sorry, I’ve done that a few times this evening, I’m working on a blog. I was thinking about linking it to my moniker. Dire kinda gave me second thoughts about doing it. Dire knows best when it comes to this place. So for now I’m just building it and getting used to it. Not much of a place yet, but maybe one day it will be. I was just thinking it might be a nice way to share some stuff with the folks that I like. Crap its 3, I have more saw work tomorrow. I’d better crash.

Bmore on May 17, 2012 at 3:02 AM

Bmore on May 17, 2012 at 3:02 AM

Be good Bmore, and let us know when you are ready to share, cause I’ll check it out, I think it will be interesting

uncommon sense on May 17, 2012 at 3:05 AM

Oh……..
Good Night All.

Bmore on May 17, 2012 at 3:05 AM

uncommon sense on May 17, 2012 at 2:57 AM

How about one called,’You’re 18 and an adult now-so quit whining!’.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 17, 2012 at 3:09 AM

Bmore on May 17, 2012 at 3:05 AM

Good night Bmore, and this is for you! :)

uncommon sense on May 17, 2012 at 3:09 AM

How about one called,’You’re 18 and an adult now-so quit whining!’.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 17, 2012 at 3:09 AM

Well there is this or this.

uncommon sense on May 17, 2012 at 3:12 AM

Well there is this or this.

uncommon sense on May 17, 2012 at 3:12 AM

lets us split it up a little, there a little, there is this, or there is this

uncommon sense on May 17, 2012 at 3:14 AM

Dire, you are falling behind on the tunes… aren’t you feeling well? :)

uncommon sense on May 17, 2012 at 3:16 AM

Well, I guess everyone has fallen off the face of the earth!

uncommon sense on May 17, 2012 at 3:31 AM

Well, I guess everyone has fallen off the face of the earth!

uncommon sense on May 17, 2012 at 3:31 AM

Guam is lovely this time of year…

Gohawgs on May 17, 2012 at 3:52 AM

Posted earlier on the Headline thread…Beebe says the obamanation will lose Arkansas in November…

Gohawgs on May 17, 2012 at 4:04 AM

Only “they” know…

Gohawgs on May 17, 2012 at 4:21 AM

Wicked

Gohawgs on May 17, 2012 at 4:33 AM

AKUS

Gohawgs on May 17, 2012 at 4:44 AM

OT Obama’s budget goes down again 0-99 in the Senate and 0-414 in he House. Finally some compromise he’s been asking for!

moo on May 17, 2012 at 5:44 AM

BiteMe is one of the richest people in government. The scion of a rich family. I don’t know how in the world the GOP let’s him get away with his class warfare and populist crapolla with calling him on it. He’s a limo liberal like Kerry, Pelosi, Edwards and so many other blowhards.

MJBrutus on May 17, 2012 at 6:02 AM

These kinds of voters are likely to be conflicted in November. They often identify more with the Democratic Party’s working-class positioning and rhetoric, and Romney’s background and style isn’t appealing to them. But they have little in common with the president, have some differences with Democrats’ positions on cultural issues and are disappointed with the performance of the economy.

These are the people who walked out of the party in ’68, and their children and grandkids. They still feel some allegiance to the D party, but the break with them in ’68 and drift from party-line voting meant a lost post-War majority, backing Reagan and the beginning of the great U-Turn in US politics.

These are voters from rural counties, small towns and who have pushed all the way to the edge of cities to be in suburbia or who fled the cities during the ’50s to get a slice of land in new neighborhoods to go their own way. They still work in blue collar jobs and they also form up small businesses and see the greatest joy in those when they can add ‘& Sons’ to its name.

Now they no longer owe allegiance to the D party, only vote for it as a default when nothing else is presented to them… and now see the D party drifting further down the path of ’68. These people are scaring the D party apparatchiks and elite to the core as putting together ‘wins’ from big city populations is starting to get really tough. Abandoned on principles, faith, and the understanding that hard work is its own reward, this swath of the US electorate now appears ready to change its mind on party politics. They want someone to carry out the Reagan promises of getting government out of their wallets, their bedrooms and their lives.

Mind you that bit isn’t heartening to the R party elites, either.

Soon politics in America will be torn down, reshaped, and put back up in a more common sense fashion by those who are more than willing to listen to you but would you, please, get off their lawns? These are really scary people to the urban elite. This is a good thing.

ajacksonian on May 17, 2012 at 6:44 AM

good morning HA!

cmsinaz on May 17, 2012 at 6:44 AM

I’ll be on a NINETEEN hour bus ride today. Chat with y’all tomorrow.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 17, 2012 at 7:07 AM

so the mitt is out of touch meme is going strong on morning joe…biden is the everyman, mitt not so much

according to them this am…

they are in a bubble…

cmsinaz on May 17, 2012 at 7:07 AM

“This election is going to create the result of a stark and fundamental choice between two different economic philosophies,” Biden

They don’t get us”, he says? Listen, dummy, I have yet to meet the Liberal who can articulate his or her political philosophy in a coherent manner without having to resort to talking points.

The average Liberal has no idea how they got to where they are philosophically. They just KNOW that Conservatives are evil.

Cleombrotus on May 17, 2012 at 7:08 AM

annoyinglittletwerp on May 17, 2012 at 7:07 AM

safe travels ALT

cmsinaz on May 17, 2012 at 7:12 AM

MJBrutus on May 17, 2012 at 6:02 AM

Larry Kudlow did a short segment on the John Bachelor show on how Obama is “up to his eyeballs” in people who are awash in money from the Derivatives market in his administration.

He himself is now a multi-millionaire. The hypocrisy is thick with this crowd.

Cleombrotus on May 17, 2012 at 7:13 AM

One several bricks short of a load.

petefrt on May 17, 2012 at 7:15 AM

He himself is now a multi-millionaire. The hypocrisy is thick with this crowd.

Cleombrotus on May 17, 2012 at 7:13 AM

indeed

cmsinaz on May 17, 2012 at 7:19 AM

Larry Kudlow did a short segment on the John Bachelor show on how Obama is “up to his eyeballs” in people who are awash in money from the Derivatives market Equity funds in his administration.

He himself is now a multi-millionaire. The hypocrisy is thick with this crowd.

Cleombrotus on May 17, 2012 at 7:13 AM

Cleombrotus on May 17, 2012 at 7:20 AM

Like Shirley said: “The stupid one, he is stupid, yes?”.

Extrafishy on May 17, 2012 at 7:27 AM

I am so tired of being insulted by these people.

JPeterman on May 16, 2012 at 10:51 PM

Really? I always find it quite amusing. It tells me that the progress conservatism is making again is pi$$ing them off. I’ll worry when they stop. That would be the sign that we have become insignificant.

lynncgb on May 17, 2012 at 7:38 AM

The Obama and Administration and their sycophants, and even the REpublican Establishment (as Rush said yesterday), know quite well that Conservatism is making a comeback, because Americans in the Heartland are fed up. They are becoming desperate.

A prime example is David Letterman’s rant Tuesday night.

kingsjester on May 17, 2012 at 7:46 AM

so the mitt is out of touch meme is going strong on morning joe…biden is the everyman, mitt not so much

according to them this am…

they are in a bubble…

cmsinaz on May 17, 2012 at 7:07 AM

They must have missed yesterday’s story about Obama’s net worth. $10 million, wasn’t it?

Oh, and Bill Clinton did MUCH MORE to get Bin Laden than George Bush ever did.

Naturally Curly on May 17, 2012 at 7:47 AM

I’ll be on a NINETEEN hour bus ride today. Chat with y’all tomorrow.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 17, 2012 at 7:07 AM

.
C’mon, HA can’t survive without our favorite mascot.

Don’t you have some portable device for accessing the internet?

Oh golly-geewhiz-wow . . . : (

Safe journey.

listens2glenn on May 17, 2012 at 7:51 AM

I am so tired of being insulted by these people.

JPeterman on May 16, 2012 at 10:51 PM

.
Really? I always find it quite amusing. It tells me that the progress conservatism is making again is pi$$ing them off. I’ll worry when they stop. That would be the sign that we have become insignificant.

lynncgb on May 17, 2012 at 7:38 AM

.
As annoying as it is, you’re EXACTLY right.

This level of insulting betrays desperation.

Dislike having to tolerate it, but it’s a good sign. : )

listens2glenn on May 17, 2012 at 7:58 AM

Michelle Malkin on Fox and Friends at 8 a.m.

Flora Duh on May 17, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Oh, and Bill Clinton did MUCH MORE to get Bin Laden than George Bush ever did.

Naturally Curly on May 17, 2012 at 7:47 AM

my jaw dropped when I heard that…he must be a clinton crony…

cmsinaz on May 17, 2012 at 8:03 AM

I don’t get anybody that only gives 1% of their income to charity.

Wagthatdog on May 17, 2012 at 8:13 AM

I’ll be on a NINETEEN hour bus ride today. Chat with y’all tomorrow.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 17, 2012 at 7:07 AM

We’ll have people lined up on the highways in Illinois holding signs welcoming you back, Twerp!

Fallon on May 17, 2012 at 8:30 AM

Soon politics in America will be torn down, reshaped, and put back up in a more common sense fashion by those who are more than willing to listen to you but would you, please, get off their lawns? These are really scary people to the urban elite. This is a good thing.

ajacksonian on May 17, 2012 at 6:44 AM

Just a thought. It’s funny that the last place politicians look to abscond money is their own war chests.

Fallon on May 17, 2012 at 8:33 AM

A Howard Dean moment

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDwODbl3muE

jaboba on May 17, 2012 at 8:34 AM

We get you. We just don’t want you.

Sterling Holobyte on May 17, 2012 at 8:38 AM

This guy teamed with Obama would be hysterical if it was a make-believe sitcom.

Hening on May 17, 2012 at 8:58 AM

As annoying as it is,
listens2glenn on May 17, 2012 at 7:58 AM

Don’t even be annoyed. Revel in it and make merry.

lynncgb on May 17, 2012 at 9:02 AM

MJBrutus on May 17, 2012 at 6:02 AM

But, but he takes the train!!!!!!!

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Biden: My parents had dreams of being millionaires as much as any RICH GUY dreams. (growling the words “rich guy”).

But don’t call me jealous. You heartless SOB RICH GUY. And don’t play the “class-envy” card on me, you RICH bast@rd. You hateful futher muckers…every one of ya’s.

connertown on May 17, 2012 at 10:52 AM

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