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 heard it through the grapevine.

jaime on May 21, 2012 at 11:47 PM

Man I hope Obama keeps beating this dead horse. If he wants to drive independents right out of his orbit, he couldn’t pick a better way to do it. How can you be against a private equity? That’s like being against feet, or against wheels. You can’t run this economy without private equity firms. Without Bain there would be no Staples or Sports Authority. Without Hambrecht & Quist there would be no Apple. Get with it, Skippy, you sound like an ignoramus, here.

smellthecoffee on May 21, 2012 at 11:48 PM

Obama is adding more words to the dictionary than Sarah Palin, first their was Seamused then Fluked, now Bookered…

SWalker on May 21, 2012 at 11:37 PM

..she has a certain home-spun charm, don’t she? Even though she does wear K-Mart pantyhose.

(Disclaimer: It’s not a dig on Sarah, whom I adore and revere, but rather a tremendously tardy zinger directed at the McLame campaign who b|tched about the cost of her wardrobe.)

The War Planner on May 21, 2012 at 11:45 PM

I’m a blue collar middle class guy, I like K-Mart.

SWalker on May 21, 2012 at 11:48 PM

Bookered™

Schadenfreude on May 21, 2012 at 10:54 PM

; )

Bmore on May 21, 2012 at 11:33 PM

..would this work as a QOTD track tonight?

The War Planner on May 21, 2012 at 11:49 PM

I’m a blue collar middle class guy, I like K-Mart.

SWalker on May 21, 2012 at 11:48 PM

..nuthin’ wrong with it! I always get my pantyhose there!

The War Planner on May 21, 2012 at 11:50 PM

..would this work as a QOTD track tonight?

The War Planner on May 21, 2012 at 11:49 PM

Perfect, ; )

Bmore on May 21, 2012 at 11:50 PM

Bookered™

Schadenfreude on May 21, 2012 at 10:54 PM

; )

Bmore on May 21, 2012 at 11:33 PM

..would this work as a QOTD track tonight?

The War Planner on May 21, 2012 at 11:49 PM

Ummm, wouldn’t this be more appropriate?

SWalker on May 21, 2012 at 11:51 PM

Hit the road, Jack.

jaime on May 21, 2012 at 11:53 PM

What I say

jaime on May 21, 2012 at 11:58 PM

Ummm, wouldn’t this be more appropriate?

SWalker on May 21, 2012 at 11:51 PM

Nicely done! ; )

Bmore on May 22, 2012 at 12:00 AM

..nuthin’ wrong with it! I always get my pantyhose there!

The War Planner on May 21, 2012 at 11:50 PM

Just checked out your blog… very cool, do I remember correctly that you are a fellow Californian?

SWalker on May 22, 2012 at 12:01 AM

America the beautiful

jaime on May 22, 2012 at 12:01 AM

Ummm, wouldn’t this be more appropriate?

SWalker on May 21, 2012 at 11:51 PM

..um..yes! But boy does that take me back to the 60s: SanMo Civic, Bruce Brown narrating his own movies live, Rendezvous Ballroom in Balboa, County Line, Secos, Latigo, Malibu, Topanga, Sunset, State Street, Redondo Breakwater, Haggarty’s, PV, Ray Bay, HB Pier, Newport Beach, The Wedge, Brooks Street, Poche, Doheny, Riff Raff Reef, Cotton’s Point, Trestles..

..oh to be young again!

:-(

The War Planner on May 22, 2012 at 12:01 AM

Just checked out your blog… very cool, do I remember correctly that you are a fellow Californian?

SWalker on May 22, 2012 at 12:01 AM

..at present a very nostalgic one. See above. We suffer together, my brother!

The War Planner on May 22, 2012 at 12:02 AM

Over the Rainbow

jaime on May 22, 2012 at 12:07 AM

Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake

“isn’t willing to entirely walk back his comments”

Bmore on May 22, 2012 at 12:08 AM

Booker’s Timeline:

During his 2002 campaign

His state of mind after his fellow travelers got to him

His YouTube post

Oops, where is Booker?

(Hope all of the links worked!)

4Grace on May 22, 2012 at 12:09 AM

Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake

“isn’t willing to entirely walk back his comments”

Bmore on May 22, 2012 at 12:08 AM

..and this.

The War Planner on May 22, 2012 at 12:12 AM

Georgia on my mind

jaime on May 22, 2012 at 12:12 AM

Get back on the plantation, boy!*

*No need for Dowd to assume what I meant to say “boy”.

SouthernGent on May 22, 2012 at 12:12 AM

Gregory Wallace

“that particular argument simply doesn’t work.”

Bmore on May 22, 2012 at 12:13 AM

..or this.

The War Planner on May 22, 2012 at 12:13 AM

..or this.

The War Planner on May 22, 2012 at 12:14 AM

Dang, my comment was eaten. So, I’ll break it up.

Booker Timeline:

When he ran his 2002 campaign

4Grace on May 22, 2012 at 12:14 AM

Booker Timeline cont’d:

After his Meet the Press appearance

4Grace on May 22, 2012 at 12:15 AM

Is Booker clearing the way for Hillary by taking this portion of the reelection strategy off the table?

ted c on May 22, 2012 at 12:16 AM

Booker Timeline cont’d

His YouTube posting

4Grace on May 22, 2012 at 12:17 AM

and by “clearing the way for Hillary”, I mean in 2016.

ted c on May 22, 2012 at 12:17 AM

My girl

jaime on May 22, 2012 at 12:17 AM

Booker Timeline cont’d:

Oops, where did Booker go?

4Grace on May 22, 2012 at 12:18 AM

Walkback or not, the Booker done did the damage. The issue is out there and he can say “sorry” and Obama still loses and Booker has himself a VP slot in the HRC administration of 2016.

Dems are starting to play longer ball.

I sense a billy jeff in the mix. Anyone else?

ted c on May 22, 2012 at 12:18 AM

..and this.

The War Planner on May 22, 2012 at 12:12 AM

Better than this.

Bmore on May 22, 2012 at 12:20 AM

Grasshopper always knew she was the real deal.

SparkPlug on May 21, 2012 at 11:23 PM

Love is different from infatuation.

————-
Theme for being bookered.

Schadenfreude on May 22, 2012 at 12:21 AM

Better than this.

Bmore on May 22, 2012 at 12:20 AM

..bested! I bow to you! You’re aces, old son! Completely forgot about that one.

The War Planner on May 22, 2012 at 12:23 AM

When a man loves a woman

jaime on May 22, 2012 at 12:24 AM

Theme for being bookered.

Schadenfreude on May 22, 2012 at 12:21 AM

Ha, good one.

4Grace on May 22, 2012 at 12:26 AM

Just checked out your blog… very cool, do I remember correctly that you are a fellow Californian?

SWalker on May 22, 2012 at 12:01 AM

..at present a very nostalgic one. See above. We suffer together, my brother!

The War Planner on May 22, 2012 at 12:02 AM

Here’s my blog, you might find it amusing.

The Wilderness of Mirrors.

SWalker on May 22, 2012 at 12:26 AM

Theme for being bookered.

Schadenfreude on May 22, 2012 at 12:21 AM

LOL!LOL!LOL! ; )

Bmore on May 22, 2012 at 12:28 AM

Obama eats puppies and throws like a girl.

SparkPlug on May 22, 2012 at 12:29 AM

Just the two of us

jaime on May 22, 2012 at 12:29 AM

SparkPlug on May 22, 2012 at 12:29 AM

Truer words are seldom spoken.

Bmore on May 22, 2012 at 12:30 AM

Let’s stay together

jaime on May 22, 2012 at 12:36 AM

“And that makes a lot of Democrats uncomfortable and Cory Booker’s one of them.”

Bmore on May 22, 2012 at 12:33 AM

Good one. Must keep everyone in line, no?

4Grace on May 22, 2012 at 12:36 AM

jaime on May 22, 2012 at 12:36 AM

Were you thinking of Rita Rudner on the comedienne thread?

John the Libertarian on May 22, 2012 at 12:38 AM

Dems are starting to play longer ball.

I sense a billy jeff in the mix. Anyone else?

ted c on May 22, 2012 at 12:18 AM

Hmm. Very interesting.

smellthecoffee on May 22, 2012 at 12:38 AM

..she has a certain home-spun charm, don’t she? Even though she does wear K-Mart pantyhose.

(Disclaimer: It’s not a dig on Sarah, whom I adore and revere, but rather a tremendously tardy zinger directed at the McLame campaign who b|tched about the cost of her wardrobe.)

Obama has to wear Michelle’s pantyhose.

Gladtobehere on May 22, 2012 at 12:40 AM

Here’s my blog, you might find it amusing.

The Wilderness of Mirrors.

SWalker on May 22, 2012 at 12:26 AM

..looks intriguing; some interesting posts there. I shall visit at greater length when time permits.

Seems you’re just down the road from me in SD. (I’m in O.C.) You might want to check out Left Coast Rebel:

http://www.leftcoastrebel.com/

He’s up in Carlsbad and we have tipped a few in our mutual quest to unseat the POTUS pretender. Send me a PM when you have a chance. I need an excuse to get to see LCR and maybe we can hang out at The Ocean House some time.

..anyway, good to make your acquaintance. Gotta scoot; Mrs War Planner beckons and, in this household, she is known as “She Who Must Be Obeyed” as John Mortimer’s Rumpole is wont to say.

The War Planner on May 22, 2012 at 12:41 AM

Stand by me

jaime on May 22, 2012 at 12:41 AM

Were you thinking of Rita Rudner on the comedienne thread?

John the Libertarian on May 22, 2012 at 12:38 AM

Let me go check. The name is familiar, but I don’t know if it’s her.

jaime on May 22, 2012 at 12:42 AM

Obama eats puppies and throws like a girl.

SparkPlug on May 22, 2012 at 12:29 AM

Obama is a stuttering clusterfark of a miserable failure.

Uh-oh, am I going to get arrested for slandering da presidentz?

John the Libertarian on May 22, 2012 at 12:43 AM

Stand by me

jaime on May 22, 2012 at 12:43 AM

Let me go check. The name is familiar, but I don’t know if it’s her.

jaime on May 22, 2012 at 12:42 AM

I gave you a link in that thread.

John the Libertarian on May 22, 2012 at 12:44 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.

Gobbledygook!

smellthecoffee on May 22, 2012 at 12:44 AM

Tangential but obligatory:

Hawaii Five-O: Sheriff Joe sends detectives to Honolulu
Cold Case Posse seeks to crack mystery of Obama’s birth 50 years ago

And, of course, there’s this.

The War Planner on May 22, 2012 at 12:21 AM

The story of the century is unfolding right under everyone’s noses, including the management.

The Dept. of Justice is suing the Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, and trying to drive him from office.

Meanwhile, the Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, has dispatched a team to Hawaii to possibly drive the President of the United States of America from office.

In bygone days of journalistic integrity, this would be the headline of every blog and newpaper in America.

Popcorn is ready.

cane_loader on May 22, 2012 at 12:46 AM

Maybe I’m over-reading this but a lot of Obama’s tactics seem to be backfiring. From Seamus the roof-riding dog to the “war on women” and gay marriage and now Cory Booker punctures his main attack against Romney. Romney doesn’t have to do anything but sit back and watch the Dems implode. Of course, it doesn’t help that Obama can’t defend his record, has no agenda for a second term and is a cynical opportunist who can only attack his opponent and deploy distractions. It also doesn’t help that Romney has no real obvious vulnerabilities and is widely regarded as moderate and competent. If Obama doesn’t have a plan B beyond Bain capital that Dems can actually support he is in big trouble.

breffnian on May 21, 2012 at 11:30 PM

You are not overreading anything. He has no plan other than to try to tear Mitt down because He has no positive accomplishments of His own to point to.

There was nothing to decipher in His reversal on SSM – everything is about politics with our Pretender-in-Chief. His maneuver after the NC vote cost Him any remaining trust the general public had in Him as a politician who was different than they’re used to, and it’s finally realizing that playtime with 0bamessiah has to end ASAP or this country will collapse like Greece.

November 2012 is going to be an uglier repeat of November 2010 for the antagonistic, do-nothing, no-solution Dems.

Bizarro No. 1 on May 22, 2012 at 12:46 AM

Tommy Christopher

“We did not ask him to do so.”

Bmore on May 22, 2012 at 12:46 AM

Gobbledygook!

smellthecoffee on May 22, 2012 at 12:44 AM

One of my favorite movies! I thought of it a LOT when Obama ran in 2008.

4Grace on May 22, 2012 at 12:47 AM

This is a mammoth political collision, and a bonafide constitutional crisis.

cane_loader on May 22, 2012 at 12:47 AM

Ain’t no sunshine

jaime on May 22, 2012 at 12:48 AM

..would this work as a QOTD track tonight?

The War Planner on May 21, 2012 at 11:49 PM

Why yes it would, and when I finish up my time machine’s backinateur repair I’m headed that way.

arnold ziffel on May 22, 2012 at 12:50 AM

I gave you a link in that thread.

John the Libertarian on May 22, 2012 at 12:44 AM

Thanks. I just checked it out. No, it’s not her. I’ll keep looking. She was really witty, whoever she was. And the thing about it was that she sounded kind of stupid, like she didn’t know what she was talking about. Part of the act, but excellent.

Was anyone else over there making suggestions that I might want to go back and check out?

jaime on May 22, 2012 at 12:51 AM

Michael O’Brien

“what this campaign is going to be about”

Bmore on May 22, 2012 at 12:52 AM

..nuthin’ wrong with it! I always get my pantyhose there!

The War Planner on May 21, 2012 at 11:50 PM

Do you know how unsettling it is to read about someone naming themselves “The War Planner” talking about buying pantyhose?

AZfederalist on May 22, 2012 at 12:52 AM

Superstition

jaime on May 22, 2012 at 12:54 AM

So Obama is on defense over Bain. What a loser.

rubberneck on May 22, 2012 at 12:55 AM

Or

Michael O’Brien

“what this campaign is going to be about”

Bmore on May 22, 2012 at 12:56 AM

The GOP will betray you!!..:)

Dire Straits on May 22, 2012 at 12:57 AM

Dire Straits on May 22, 2012 at 12:57 AM

Evening, Dire! How are you?

4Grace on May 22, 2012 at 12:58 AM

Land of 1000 dances

jaime on May 22, 2012 at 1:00 AM

Or

Michael O’Brien

“what this campaign is going to be about”

Either way 0 is done!

Bmore on May 22, 2012 at 1:01 AM

The GOP will betray you!!..:)

Dire Straits on May 22, 2012 at 12:57 AM

: )

Bmore on May 22, 2012 at 1:01 AM

America the beautiful

jaime on May 22, 2012 at 12:01 AM

Outstanding sir, and on the night of Nov 6, I hope to be drunk with beer and happy and sing that song along with the Irish

Maybe by then someone will have written a GTFO song.

arnold ziffel on May 22, 2012 at 1:02 AM

Was anyone else over there making suggestions that I might want to go back and check out?

jaime on May 22, 2012 at 12:51 AM

Nope. But I pointed out to wildcat there’s Lucille Ball, Madeline Kahn, Carol Burnett, etc.

John the Libertarian on May 22, 2012 at 1:03 AM

What’s going on

jaime on May 22, 2012 at 1:03 AM

Superstition

jaime on May 22, 2012 at 12:54 AM

O/T but made me think of Suspicion

arnold ziffel on May 22, 2012 at 1:04 AM

The GOP will betray you!!..:)

Dire Straits on May 22, 2012 at 12:57 AM

Don’t taze me, bro.

Some more modern music for your purveyance.

John the Libertarian on May 22, 2012 at 1:05 AM

4Grace on May 22, 2012 at 12:58 AM

Good to see you!!..:)

Dire Straits on May 22, 2012 at 1:05 AM

Maybe by then someone will have written a GTFO song.

arnold ziffel on May 22, 2012 at 1:02 AM

Hank Williams jr? “Are You Ready For Some GTFO!??!!”

jaime on May 22, 2012 at 1:05 AM

Meenal Vamburkar

“used by the GOP”

Bmore on May 22, 2012 at 1:05 AM

Hank Williams jr? “Are You Ready For Some GTFO!??!!”

jaime on May 22, 2012 at 1:05 AM

A Tuesday night par-tay. LOL, that’s great.

4Grace on May 22, 2012 at 1:07 AM

Snake eating crow

Schadenfreude on May 22, 2012 at 1:07 AM

So if Obama had a son he’d look like Cory?

rubberneck on May 22, 2012 at 1:09 AM

So if Obama had a son he’d look like Cory?

rubberneck on May 22, 2012 at 1:09 AM

No, but if Obama had any he’d be like Booker, bef. Obama cut Cory’s balls off.

Schadenfreude on May 22, 2012 at 1:10 AM

Nope. But I pointed out to wildcat there’s Lucille Ball, Madeline Kahn, Carol Burnett, etc.

John the Libertarian on May 22, 2012 at 1:03 AM

Yeah, the commenter who said there were no funny female comedians must have no sense of humor.

jaime on May 22, 2012 at 1:11 AM

John the Libertarian on May 22, 2012 at 1:05 AM

LoLz..That is an excellent tune!!..I like that..:)

Dire Straits on May 22, 2012 at 1:11 AM

and by “clearing the way for Hillary”, I mean in 2016.

ted c on May 22, 2012 at 12:17 AM

Move that date to 2012, and I’m with you.

I do not believe that 0bamessiah will be on the ballot in November. I think many Dems are seeing the writing on the wall and realizing that, barring some miracle, He doesn’t have what it takes to win.

They already started throwing 0bamessiah under His own bus with their F&F vote a few weeks back, and this sure looks like another attempt to get Him under there!

btw, Booker’s walkback doesn’t bother me much – he served his purpose, and now he’s gotta save face with the Dems. His complaints about the GOP aren’t going to swing anyone’s vote towards 0bamessiah, so why care that he’s complaining? :)

Bizarro No. 1 on May 22, 2012 at 1:12 AM

Scott Whitlock

‘Betrayed’ and ‘Sabotaged’

Bmore on May 22, 2012 at 1:13 AM

A Tuesday night par-tay. LOL, that’s great.

4Grace on May 22, 2012 at 1:07 AM

Every election we go across the street to the neighbors for a party, some are better than others. They are teachers but very conservative as are their friends. Last election 08, I told her this party really sucked—kidding of course as it wasn’t her fault the election turned out bad for US. Then I went home and laid in bed like Brian.

arnold ziffel on May 22, 2012 at 1:13 AM

O/T but made me think of Suspicion

arnold ziffel on May 22, 2012 at 1:04 AM

Good song. I’d never heard it before.

jaime on May 22, 2012 at 1:16 AM

“used by the GOP”

Bmore on May 22, 2012 at 1:05 AM

Interesting. A symphonic, operatic Nirvana-lite.

John the Libertarian on May 22, 2012 at 1:16 AM

What the fools saw 4 years ago.

Schadenfreude on May 22, 2012 at 1:17 AM

Shout

jaime on May 22, 2012 at 1:17 AM

arnold ziffel on May 22, 2012 at 1:13 AM

That was great, arnold. I do believe there was a run on straight jackets Nov., 2008. And ammo. Straight jackets and ammo.

4Grace on May 22, 2012 at 1:19 AM

I like that..:)

Dire Straits on May 22, 2012 at 1:11 AM

Thank goodness for having kids. They force you to stay current!

John the Libertarian on May 22, 2012 at 1:19 AM

Do you know how unsettling it is to read about someone naming themselves “The War Planner” talking about buying pantyhose?

AZfederalist on May 22, 2012 at 12:52 AM

It is used to filter out sand in the desert or trade to the goat boys when they want to play dress up.

arnold ziffel on May 22, 2012 at 1:19 AM

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