Quotes of the day

posted at 10:38 pm on May 21, 2012 by Allahpundit

In Washington, there’s an old cliche: A gaffe is when a politician is accidentally honest.

That’s what happened to Newark (N.J.) Mayor Cory Booker during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday. Booker, who is widely regarded as a fast riser in Democratic politics, veered badly off message when he defended Bain Capital — the longtime employer of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney — and described the negative tone of the campaign as “nauseating”…

Watch Booker’s video; it’s obvious he doesn’t like the negativity of the campaign — on both sides — and despite what we can only assume was heavy pressure by the Obama team to fix the glitch, he isn’t willing to entirely walk back his comments.

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Gingrich said Booker “described what I think is a big reality for him as the mayor of Newark, that that free enterprise system has been creating jobs, paying taxes, improving his city.”

Romney’s work at Bain is open for inspection as part of his record, Gingrich said, but Democrats would be wise to stay away from it, lest they be seen as critical of the free market…

“One thing we discovered we could never make clear an attack on a particular case, and Romney’s ability to say no this is about free enterprise” he said. “And the average American looked up and said, ‘it’s about free enterprise.’ And it turned out that particular argument simply doesn’t work.”

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One prominent business official, who asked not to be identified, put it this way: “It’s demonization of capitalism. And that makes a lot of Democrats uncomfortable and Cory Booker’s one of them. … I think that anybody with half a brain knows that the story is far more complicated and in fact Bain and private equity generally have made some positive contributions.”

“You know, they’re known as a very good company,” one Democratic operative said of Bain. “[They] help a lot of businesses around the country. Smart Dems don’t want to be anti-business.”…

The Obama campaign, meanwhile, continued dominating the latest in its string of mini-news cycles with the comments from Booker and then his YouTube walk back of his indictment of the Bain critiques on “Meet the Press.”

One Democratic operative wondered aloud whether “he was sending signals using finger-taps or blinks” as Booker delivered a message he appeared to have been pressured into. Obama insiders denied pushing Booker to apologize.

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“See it’s not a surprise to me because, if people don’t understand it now by paying attention to Cory traveling throughout the country, the people he meets with, people he supports and all the stuff happening in Newark with hedge funds and investors, if they don’t understand he’s completely beholden to them, there’s something wrong with them,” Rice said today. “It should not come as a shock to Obama, who understands [Booker] has these relationships and is going to play both ends to the middle as he always does.”

Referring to the video statement Booker posted for his “social media followers” after the “Meet the Press” appearance in which he reiterated his support for Obama, Rice said, “You can’t have it both ways. You can’t clean up something you truly believe in.”

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A ThinkProgress examination of New Jersey campaign finance records for Booker’s first run for Mayor — back in 2002 — suggests a possible reason for his unease with attacks on Bain Capital and venture capital. They were among his earliest and most generous backers.

Contributions to his 2002 campaign from venture capitalists, investors, and big Wall Street bankers brought him more than $115,000 for his 2002 campaign. Among those contributing to his campaign were John Connaughton ($2,000), Steve Pagliuca ($2,200), Jonathan Lavine ($1,000) — all of Bain Capital. While the forms are not totally clear, it appears the campaign raised less than $800,000 total, making this a significant percentage.

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Baldwin pressed LaBolt. “Hang on, I know Cory Booker is a rising star, he’s a superstar on Twitter. You’re telling me no one within the Obama 2012 campaign in any way reached out to Cory Booker to fix this?”

“He released that video of his own volition,” LaBolt responded. “We did not ask him to do so. We did not, no.”

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The president, speaking to reporters in Chicago at the conclusion of a NATO summit there, said that it’s perfectly fair to pore through Romney’s record at Bain Capital, the private equity firm he had cofounded, since the former Massachusetts governor had made his private sector experience a cornerstone of his campaign.

“This is not a distraction. This is what this campaign is going to be about,” Obama said.

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Via Newsbusters.

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“I’m very upset I’m being used by the GOP this way.”


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I do wish my wireless network adapter would cooperate a bit more.

(It’s hard to test the adapter, ’cause you can’t be sure whether it’s the ISP, the router, or the adapter.)

RedCrow on May 22, 2012 at 3:26 AM

uncommon sense on May 22, 2012 at 1:59 AM

I don’t know if you noticed this yet on the iPad thingy. You can move between app, i.e. youtube/safari by using all four fingers together or the palm of your hand to swipe side to side. The apps that are open will slide back and forth that way.

Bmore on May 22, 2012 at 2:24 AM

Wait…what? Is that when you are on the screen with all the apps on it?
Do you know how to save power? Double click your home button. The screen will “lift” and all your open apps will appear below. Touch one hard, so it “bounces”, an X will appear on all open apps. Close them, they chew through your battery life.

herm2416 on May 22, 2012 at 3:27 AM

de rigueur on May 22, 2012 at 3:26 AM

Yeah. Heh. I used “ridiculous” properly, we think.

The “SpaceX” people (broadcasting semi-live) were explaining that NASA was “their client” for the mission.

18.5 minutes left!

RedCrow on May 22, 2012 at 3:30 AM

18.5 minutes left!

RedCrow on May 22, 2012 at 3:30 AM

This is cool. Why, if they’re successful and revive the aerospace industry in SoCal, we can tax them and build the stupid high-speed rail to nowhere!

de rigueur on May 22, 2012 at 3:37 AM

Well, that’s good.
All Systems Go!

RedCrow on May 22, 2012 at 3:38 AM

de rigueur on May 22, 2012 at 3:37 AM

If this mission is successful, I hope the very next is sending Sean Penn into low Earth orbit……by himself.

After all, what’s the chances of a catastrophic failure after a successful mission. It’s only space, people!

RedCrow on May 22, 2012 at 3:41 AM

T minus 4 minutes.

de rigueur on May 22, 2012 at 3:41 AM

Why am I nervous?

RedCrow on May 22, 2012 at 3:41 AM

T minus 4 minutes.

de rigueur on May 22, 2012 at 3:41 AM

I guess I’m on a four minute delay.
I’m at 7 minutes.

RedCrow on May 22, 2012 at 3:42 AM

Launch Director: Go for launch.

de rigueur on May 22, 2012 at 3:43 AM

I’m at 5 minutes.

RedCrow on May 22, 2012 at 3:44 AM

We have two computers running. Hers is a full fifteen seconds ahead of mine.
T minus 30 seconds. Hold my hand.

de rigueur on May 22, 2012 at 3:44 AM

LIFTOFF!!!

DarkCurrent on May 22, 2012 at 3:45 AM

Falcon 9 has launched.

de rigueur on May 22, 2012 at 3:45 AM

Beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

lovingmyUSA on May 22, 2012 at 3:46 AM

2nd stage separation confirmed

DarkCurrent on May 22, 2012 at 3:48 AM

Second stage separated. They did it.

de rigueur on May 22, 2012 at 3:48 AM

Thrilling. T+05:30 and the Falcon is already over Europe. Which is why we need missile defense.

de rigueur on May 22, 2012 at 3:51 AM

That is amazing. Hard to believe that a little over 100 years ago we were just learning to fly

RedCrow on May 22, 2012 at 3:54 AM

Dragon has successfully separated from the 2nd stage. Solar array deployment begins in about 2 minutes.

DarkCurrent on May 22, 2012 at 3:54 AM

What blasted off?

tom daschle concerned on May 22, 2012 at 3:57 AM

WHOA! Solar array deployment initiated!

de rigueur on May 22, 2012 at 3:57 AM

Solar arrays have deployed successfully.

From the SpaceX press kit:

Day 1 On-Orbit Operations/Initial Demonstrations Timeline

0:11:53 Start sequence to deploy solar arrays
0:54:49 Demonstrate absolute GPS
2:26:48 Start GNC Bay door deployment, this door holds sensors necessary for rendezvous
2:40:49 Relative navigation sensors checkout, checks LIDAR and Thermal Imager
8:46:52 Demonstrate full abort, demonstrates Dragon’s ability to abort with a continuous burn
9:57:58 Pulsed abort demonstration, checks Dragon’s ability to perform abort using pulsating burns
10:37:58 Demonstrate Dragon’s ability to free drift.

DarkCurrent on May 22, 2012 at 3:58 AM

Well, now it’s 4am local, and I’m in for a helluva day tomorrow.

Still that was pretty sweet. Thanks DarkCurrent.

Night all.

RedCrow on May 22, 2012 at 3:58 AM

Here’s an animation of the mission

DarkCurrent on May 22, 2012 at 4:00 AM

What blasted off?

tom daschle concerned on May 22, 2012 at 3:57 AM

Here. The Dragon. Falcon is the private enterprise launch vehicle headed for the space station.

de rigueur on May 22, 2012 at 4:00 AM

Good night RedCrow. I should have taken your bet…

DarkCurrent on May 22, 2012 at 4:00 AM

Good night RedCrow. And DarkCurrent. Thanks.

de rigueur on May 22, 2012 at 4:02 AM

Good night RedCrow. I should have taken your bet…

DarkCurrent on May 22, 2012 at 4:00 AM

“Indeed.” –Mr. Spock.

Lol. Bloody amazing stuff!!

Except that it really makes me wish there were no politicians on the planet to screw things up. (Mission 3, after Sean Penn?)

(As an aside, I’d like to give the blond lady a congratulatory hug. Think she’d mind? Lol.)

RedCrow on May 22, 2012 at 4:06 AM

Here’s an animation of the mission

DarkCurrent on May 22, 2012 at 4:00 AM

Incidentally, why didn’t they launch during the day?

I’m not a dummy in science, and I do know that there are lots of factors that go into the launch window. Was it just the position of the space station relative to the launch site?

RedCrow on May 22, 2012 at 4:10 AM

Too bad Dragon’s splash down is several hundred miles off the SoCal coast. But looks like the recovery barge will bring it home through the Port of Los Angeles. They should give it a parade up the 110/405 to Hawthorne.

de rigueur on May 22, 2012 at 4:16 AM

Incidentally, why didn’t they launch during the day?

I’m not a dummy in science, and I do know that there are lots of factors that go into the launch window. Was it just the position of the space station relative to the launch site?

RedCrow on May 22, 2012 at 4:10 AM

Right, the timing was determined by the position of ISS in its orbit. There was only a 1 second window for this flight.

DarkCurrent on May 22, 2012 at 4:24 AM

Was it just the position of the space station relative to the launch site?

Exactly. They had to launch at a precise moment to intercept the ISS, and since the orbit of the ISS was over the Cape at night during this period, they had to launch at night.

By the way, I suggest you go to heavens-above.com and check out whether there are visible passes of the ISS over your location in the next few days. As the Dragon approaches the ISS, it may be visible as a dim “star” near the very bright ISS, especially if you use binoculars, but it might be a longshot.

drunyan8315 on May 22, 2012 at 4:29 AM

that is incredibly cool. I would love to see private industries replacement for the retired shuttle.

tom daschle concerned on May 22, 2012 at 4:37 AM

As the Dragon approaches the ISS, it may be visible as a dim “star” near the very bright ISS, especially if you use binoculars, but it might be a longshot.

drunyan8315 on May 22, 2012 at 4:29 AM

It might not even be that dim with the solar arrays extended 54 feet from end to end.

DarkCurrent on May 22, 2012 at 4:40 AM

ISS & Dragon sighting opportunities for worldwide locations can be found here: http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/sightings/index.html

DarkCurrent on May 22, 2012 at 5:05 AM

One Democratic operative wondered aloud whether “he was sending signals using finger-taps or blinks” as Booker delivered a message

Yes, like a POW or hostage. Democratic operative showing a bit of guilty conscience when one of their more “unmanageable” plantation hands is brought to heel. Any big city mayor with an iota of common sense will look at Detroit and say, unh uh. Some of them know what the private sector does for a locality. Some of them also know what their national party has become.

curved space on May 22, 2012 at 5:43 AM

While I like the idea of the capitalist market being involved in space flight, I think what Odumbo’s done to NASA is ridiculous.

RedCrow on May 22, 2012 at 3:17 AM

Friend of mine was just out here at JPL in Pasadena. He’s a NASA engineer, and they’re testing all the private enterprise engines at the NASA facility (Stennis Space Center) in Mississippi. He had nothing kind to say about Obama and NASA’s Muslim Self-Esteem Mission.

de rigueur on May 22, 2012 at 3:26 AM

@de rigueur — that is good news.

Lourdes on May 22, 2012 at 6:37 AM

Good Morning!

mika not too happy this am….heh

cmsinaz on May 22, 2012 at 6:41 AM

Here’s an animation of the mission

DarkCurrent on May 22, 2012 at 4:00 AM

That Graboid-Arm process on the Space Station with latch-on hookup by the incoming craft is a very cool method.

Lourdes on May 22, 2012 at 6:43 AM

Booker’s equivalization of Obama’s Bain ads to attacks on Rev. Wright comes at a difficult time for the president’s campaign. Obama needs to get Romney on the defensive on the economy and is spending big bucks to turn him into Gordon Gecko.

The president is certainly helped the more the discussion stays on Romney’s record. The Republican is mounting a spirited defense, but that’s still better for Obama than Romney staying on offense. Even so, Obama doesn’t want to be identified with the kind of heavy-handed attacks that even his supporters say are unfair.

The question is whether the damage he’s doing to Romney is worth the damage Obama is doing to his donor base and his brand. Source

Flora Duh on May 22, 2012 at 6:47 AM

mika not too happy this am….heh

cmsinaz on May 22, 2012 at 6:41 AM

What else is new. Who or what’s got her panties in a bunch this morning? Booker?

Flora Duh on May 22, 2012 at 6:48 AM

Evidently, Democrats are beginning to figure out that he can’t make the oceans rise and fall.
My take.

kingsjester on May 22, 2012 at 6:54 AM

That Graboid-Arm process on the Space Station with latch-on hookup by the incoming craft is a very cool method.

Lourdes on May 22, 2012 at 6:43 AM

Yeah it is!

DarkCurrent on May 22, 2012 at 6:56 AM

Flora Duh on May 22, 2012 at 6:48 AM

i came in the tail of end them talking about booker…

someone made a good point…
dear leader has made several attack ads against mitt on bain but where is the first attack re: wright?…not one…just one proposal that got tossed before anything occurred….

booker comparing bain with wright does not meet the smell test

cmsinaz on May 22, 2012 at 6:57 AM

the morning joe crew finally figured out the hypocrisy of dear leader attacking private equity during the day and asking for their money at night….

cmsinaz on May 22, 2012 at 6:58 AM

Nice to see the media falling over themselves to spin Booker’s words. Fittingly, an anniversary of one of the MSM’s darkest hours comes up next month – though something tells me we won’t be hearing much about it … http://bit.ly/qVdDUt

ombdz on May 22, 2012 at 6:59 AM

kingsjester on May 22, 2012 at 6:54 AM

good one KJ

wapo pretty desperate to prop up dear leader

cmsinaz on May 22, 2012 at 7:00 AM

cmsinaz on May 22, 2012 at 6:57 AM

Other than Sean Hannity, who on the right is still talking about Wright?

Seems to me its mostly the nutcases at MSDNC who aren’t letting the story die.

Flora Duh on May 22, 2012 at 7:02 AM

cmsinaz on May 22, 2012 at 7:00 AM

Thank you, ma’am! Yes, they are. And it’s going to get worse.

kingsjester on May 22, 2012 at 7:02 AM

@iowahawkblog

In the old days, the insane Democrats embarrassed the sane Democrats. Now it’s the other way around. #CoryBooker

Flora Duh on May 22, 2012 at 7:05 AM

kingsjester on May 22, 2012 at 6:54 AM

Mornin’ KJ. Another spot on blog post.

Flora Duh on May 22, 2012 at 7:06 AM

Flora Duh on May 22, 2012 at 7:02 AM

true

kingsjester on May 22, 2012 at 7:02 AM

yepper

cmsinaz on May 22, 2012 at 7:06 AM

the morning joe crew finally figured out the hypocrisy of dear leader attacking private equity during the day and asking for their money at night….

cmsinaz on May 22, 2012 at 6:58 AM

They are brain-dead hacks, it takes them a little longer than people of moderate intelligence. Of course, that doesn’t mean they won’t do their all to defend the hypocrisy.

Happy Nomad on May 22, 2012 at 7:09 AM

lsm touting the poll that almost half of folks still blame bush for the economy…cripe…like these past 4 years meant nothing…

and the character issue is the way dear leader is going to go…

cmsinaz on May 22, 2012 at 7:10 AM

Whoa!

@VanJones68

An urban mayor who nearly DIED saving neighbor from a fire, has earned right 2 demand integrity & courage from other leaders. @corybooker

Yes, that Van Jones.

Flora Duh on May 22, 2012 at 7:11 AM

Happy Nomad on May 22, 2012 at 7:09 AM

oh they will defend it for sure…

cmsinaz on May 22, 2012 at 7:17 AM

If Romney lets Obama and the Lapdance media do it…….the campaign will be about Bain Capital.

But hey doofus leaders of the Mitt campaign…..TAKE OFF THE GLOVES.

Go after the “secrets of Obama” and use that ominous voice, and talk about his grades, HIS financial backers, and his probable use of “born in Kenya” on travel records, etc.

This campaign should be about one thing…..BARACKA HUSSEIN OBAMA.

Anything less and the Romney campaign is failing.

PappyD61 on May 22, 2012 at 7:21 AM

Evidently, Democrats are beginning to figure out that he can’t make the oceans rise and fall. My take.

kingsjester on May 22, 2012 at 6:54 AM

Good post, KJ. I’m enjoying watching as he and his cabal flail about. Next they’ll be blaming Romney for the sinking of the Lusitania.

Naturally Curly on May 22, 2012 at 7:27 AM

Flora Duh on May 22, 2012 at 7:06 AM

Thank you, ma’am. Somebody’s gotta say it.

kingsjester on May 22, 2012 at 7:28 AM

We need a Ted Cruz thread!

Cory who?

Baracka who?

Tingles who?

PappyD61 on May 22, 2012 at 7:29 AM

Naturally Curly on May 22, 2012 at 7:27 AM

This is starting to get interesting. Pappy’s right. Mitt and his campaign had better “man up” and attack, instead of pulling a John McCain.

kingsjester on May 22, 2012 at 7:30 AM

kingsjester on May 22, 2012 at 7:30 AM

please oh please

cmsinaz on May 22, 2012 at 7:32 AM

kingsjester on May 22, 2012 at 7:30 AM

I hope and pray he has it in him. NOTHING should be off the table in this target-rich environment.

Naturally Curly on May 22, 2012 at 7:44 AM

Black Democratic Stars Prove Fickle Allies For Obama

The “Joshua Generation” rose with the president, but some of the highest-profile have gone public with their doubts. “I’m not involved in supporting the Obama campaign,” says [Artur] Davis.

Powell not ready to endorse Obama for re-election

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Secretary of State Colin Powell is declining to renew the endorsement he gave Barack Obama four years ago, when he called Obama “a transformational figure.”

Flora Duh on May 22, 2012 at 7:45 AM

Andrea Mitchell: Romney Has Been Getting A “Free Ride” From The Media

hello, mcfly?

cmsinaz on May 22, 2012 at 7:54 AM

Flora Duh on May 22, 2012 at 7:45 AM

hmmm

cmsinaz on May 22, 2012 at 7:54 AM

Andrea Mitchell: Romney Has Been Getting A “Free Ride” From The Media

hello, mcfly?

cmsinaz on May 22, 2012 at 7:54 AM

Translation: Oh oh. The new media is exposing how little we vetted Obama last time so we’ve got to change the narrative a.s.a.p.

Flora Duh on May 22, 2012 at 8:05 AM

Flora Duh on May 22, 2012 at 8:05 AM

yep

cmsinaz on May 22, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Too bad Dragon’s splash down is several hundred miles off the SoCal coast. But looks like the recovery barge will bring it home through the Port of Los Angeles. They should give it a parade up the 110/405 to Hawthorne.

de rigueur on May 22, 2012 at 4:16 AM

Given the speed traffic moves on the 405, how would anyone know the difference?

JohnGalt23 on May 22, 2012 at 8:28 AM

One Democratic operative wondered aloud whether “he was sending signals using finger-taps or blinks” as Booker delivered a message he appeared to have been pressured into. Obama insiders denied pushing Booker to apologize.

Breitbart.com is referring to this as “The Hostage Video.”

Yet another attack completely blowing up in the Emperor Zero’s face.

Absolutely nothing goes right for Zero’s campaign. No wonder Mathews is so upset.

dogsoldier on May 22, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Given the speed traffic moves on the 405, how would anyone know the difference?

JohnGalt23 on May 22, 2012 at 8:28 AM

Extra helicopters hovering overhead. Like O. J.

de rigueur on May 22, 2012 at 11:33 AM

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