Quotes of the day

posted at 10:36 pm on May 22, 2012 by Allahpundit

This brings on the second Willis stare — eyes narrowed, brow wrinkled. “I’ve been through enough of these,” he says. Just that — enough of these, not “enough of these to know.” Enough of these. Then he explains: “I get cranked up, I start talking about Hollywood and what’s wrong with what. Or politics. I might start in on Mitt Romney.”

Romney?

And with that one simple follow-up, Willis gets mildly cranked up. “Yeah, Romney. He’s just such a disappointment, an embarrassment. Chin up, hair up. He’s just one of those guys, one of those guys who says he’s going to change everything,” he is saying. “And he’ll get in there, and they’ll smile at him and introduce themselves: ‘We’re Congress, we make sure nothing changes.’ He won’t do it. He can’t. Everybody wants to be Barack Obama. And what did he change?”

***

Now that Mitt Romney has clinched the Republican nomination, a lot of partisans are urging conservatives to bury the hatchet and refrain from criticizing him, warning that doing so will hurt his chances of beating President Obama. But in a new ebook, Conservative Survival in the Romney Era, I argue that this is the exact wrong approach. Sure, it’s one thing for to vote for Romney over the much worse Obama, but that doesn’t mean conservatives should carry water for him in every instance and let conservatism morph into some sort of Romneyism. Doing so would represent a repeat of the mistake conservatives made when they set aside their principles to consistently defend Bush even as he pursued big government policies, and would make it far less likely that Romney pushes a conservative agenda if elected. It’s important to remember that conservatism and the Republican Party, while at times allied, are entirely separate things.

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Ironically, one of the most frustrating aspects of Romney’s character — a calculating political nature that has enabled him to effortlessly reverse prior statements and positions — could prove essential to conservative efforts to pressure him into doing the right thing.

Critics of Romney who argue that he’s really a liberal and boosters who claim that he’s a true conservative both err by attempting to understand Romney through an ideological prism. In reality, he’s a businessman who wants to apply his well-honed management skills to the public sector. If one is to be successful in the business world, the important thing is to satisfy customers and maximize profits.

If Romney is convinced that conservatives will enthusiastically support him no matter what, then he’ll make the calculation that he has room to migrate left during the general-election campaign and throughout a potential presidency. But if he feels uneasy about his support among conservatives, he’s much more likely to run and govern from the right.

Rather than resting on their 2010 laurels, conservatives should work hard this year to put as many principled lawmakers as possible into Congress — people who won’t merely talk tough about shrinking government when a Democrat is in the White House, but who will be willing to resist calls for party unity and stand up to a Republican president if he tries to expand government.

***

Congress, though, would be the least of President Romney’s troubles. The real threat will come from the Republican Party’s very core, which likes him little and trusts him less. The moment he shows the slightest moderate or rational tick, someone such as Rick Santorum will barrel out of the GOP’s piney woods, screaming oaths, and enter the 2016 Iowa caucuses that, you might remember, Santorum won in 2012. He must be itching for such a fight, having already called Romney “the worst Republican in the country to put up against Barack Obama.” That, folks, is not a fudge…

It’s hardly conceivable that, as president, Romney will become the Romney some think he is. The forces that shaped him in the primaries and caucuses will not go away. He has been clay in the hands of the political right, and this will not change. After Romney recently disparaged Carter’s political courage, Gerald Rafshoon, once Carter’s communications director, shot back with this via Bloomberg View: “Scour Romney’s record for a single example of real political courage — a single, solitary instance, however small, where Romney placed principle or substance above his own short-term political interests. Let me know if you find one.” Rafshoon’s phone has not been ringing.

***

[I]t’s increasingly looking like Paul, 76, and his passionate loyalists are consolidating clout in state party organizations and laying the groundwork for a presidential run in 2016 by the congressman’s son, freshman U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.

A run even — and, perhaps, especially — if Romney is the incumbent president. It’s a scenario that the younger Paul, 49, a Tea Party favorite, has not tamped down…

“Since the Republican Party is the vehicle through which this action is happening now, it’s probably better if Romney wins [this year] and is as bad as the libertarians expect him to be,” Brian Doherty, senior editor of the libertarian Reason magazine, said recently at a Cato event to promote his book, Ron Paul’s rEVOLution.

That scenario, Doherty argued, would allow a “convincing primary challenger to make very real to the party that there are two wings to the party fighting for supremacy — the Romney wing vs. the Paul wing.”

***

For more than a decade (not just the Great Recession but going back to 2000), economic growth has been far below its postwar average, and too low to keep the old regime afloat. You can’t have low taxes, high spending, and low deficits when the economy can’t break 3 percent growth.

This is something the D.C. establishment still does not seem to get. For years, their “farsighted,” bipartisan compromises were possible because the guys with the green eyeshades told them that the economy would grow to fill the gaps that they couldn’t fill. But now the economy can’t do that – so we have a mind-bogglingly large deficit and increased polarization in the political sphere.

That’s why the Beltway establishment has fundamentally misunderstood the nature of the Tea Party. That’s why they think the GOP battle over the debt ceiling was just plain rude. That’s why Mann and Ornstein have come back with these four sorry ideas. They don’t understand that the old way does not work anymore.

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House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan predicted Tuesday that November’s elections could bring a broad mandate for the Republican Party to enact aggressive reforms to the nation’s finances.

In a nearly 30-minute speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Ryan, a top name in the Republican Party, repeatedly evoked the Gipper as he called for changes to taxes and entitlements that Ryan said would parallel Reagan’s first year in office.

“We will not only win the next election — we have a unique opportunity to sweep and remake the political landscape,” he Wisconsin congressman said in a speech occasionally punctuated with applause and laughter.

***

“During the Bush administration, they had four years where the Republicans controlled the House, the Senate and the executive branch. We had a great opportunity to do great reform to fix what was wrong with this country. We didn’t do it — that’s where careerism comes in,” Coburn told TheDC.

“Careerism isn’t just a problem for Democrats. It’s a problem for Republicans too. When the number one goal is to make yourself look good at home, rather than fulfill your oath and fix what the country needs to have fixed, you’re actually adding to our downward spiral, and so I think it was a missed opportunity of tremendous proportions that the Republicans didn’t embrace what they said they believed in during those times.”


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Gohawgs on May 23, 2012 at 2:46 AM

Speaking of other Spacey roles, did you ever watch Wiseguy (TV series)? He played the best, wackiest, sickest bad guy. It was a scream. Actually, I think that’s the first time I saw his acting.

4Grace on May 23, 2012 at 2:52 AM

Anyone think that the team o staff plays this behind Axelturd and Obmaie’s back?

uncommon sense on May 23, 2012 at 2:53 AM

Thanks for that, I do have to sleep sometime, this will take lots of therapy to remove :)

uncommon sense on May 23, 2012 at 2:51 AM

Lolz, sorry about that. It was pretty bad of me.

4Grace on May 23, 2012 at 2:55 AM

If he does, it would be in his Mom briefs (that he wears underneath his Mom jeans). Ack, my eyes!

4Grace on May 23, 2012 at 2:49 AM

Thanks for nothing

Gohawgs on May 23, 2012 at 3:00 AM

Anyone think that the team o staff plays this behind Axelturd and Obmaie’s back?

uncommon sense on May 23, 2012 at 2:53 AM

That’s a good question, actually. Who on his staff isn’t just as twisted as he is? I would love to be a fly on the wall, just to know if they all truly worship him, or if they gossip about how weary they are of trying to save his sorry butt.

4Grace on May 23, 2012 at 3:01 AM

4Grace on May 23, 2012 at 2:55 AM

Are you a fan??..:)

Dire Straits on May 23, 2012 at 3:03 AM

4Grace on May 23, 2012 at 2:52 AM

I think “Midnight” was when I first became aware of him, never watched Wise Guy…

Gohawgs on May 23, 2012 at 3:03 AM

Thanks for nothing…

Gohawgs on May 23, 2012 at 3:00 AM

Again, my apologies. No one should have to go to bed with that image in their mind.

4Grace on May 23, 2012 at 3:04 AM

If he does, it would be in his Mom briefs (that he wears underneath his Mom jeans). Ack, my eyes!

4Grace on May 23, 2012 at 2:49 AM

You should really like this!!..:)

Dire Straits on May 23, 2012 at 3:05 AM

Gohawgs on May 23, 2012 at 3:03 AM

I thought The Negotiator was a pretty good movie with Spacey..:)

Dire Straits on May 23, 2012 at 3:08 AM

Are you a fan??..:)

Dire Straits on May 23, 2012 at 3:03 AM

Only some of his stuff. I have always liked that one, though. :)

4Grace on May 23, 2012 at 3:08 AM

Dire Straits on May 23, 2012 at 3:03 AM

So, you don’t like that Gov. Palin endorsed Sen. Hatch?

Cindy Munford on May 23, 2012 at 3:10 AM

I think “Midnight” was when I first became aware of him, never watched Wise Guy…

Gohawgs on May 23, 2012 at 3:03 AM

Oh, you’ve got to see him in that role. Don’t imagine it’s on YouTube, but I’ll look around and see what I can find.

4Grace on May 23, 2012 at 3:10 AM

endorsed Sen. Hatch?

Cindy Munford on May 23, 2012 at 3:10 AM

Tonite wasn’t the first time she’s spoke highly of Hatch…

Gohawgs on May 23, 2012 at 3:14 AM

On a darker note, I think this does relate to our TFGP!

uncommon sense on May 23, 2012 at 3:14 AM

I can’t believe that a comparison of where Obama has invested confiscated tax payers money and where Gov. Romney invested willing investor monies is going to look very good for The Won.

Cindy Munford on May 23, 2012 at 3:15 AM

You should really like this!!..:)

Dire Straits on May 23, 2012 at 3:05 AM

Oh my gosh, I’m laughing so hard. I’m going to keep that one!
(Love that show, BTW. Those guys are nuts.)

Have you heard them do THIS ONE?

4Grace on May 23, 2012 at 3:16 AM

Cindy Munford on May 23, 2012 at 3:10 AM

I don’t have a problem one way or the other..:)

Dire Straits on May 23, 2012 at 3:16 AM

Gohawgs on May 23, 2012 at 3:14 AM

I’ve always liked him. And I’m pretty sure he’s gotten the message about where we need to be.

Cindy Munford on May 23, 2012 at 3:16 AM

Dire Straits on May 23, 2012 at 3:16 AM

We live in interesting times. Since I’m awake, I’m going to watch Red Eye. The stupid cable was out for a bit. The only thing more annoying than that is power outages. I’ll still hit the light switch every time.

Cindy Munford on May 23, 2012 at 3:19 AM

I can’t believe that a comparison of where Obama has invested confiscated tax payers money and where Gov. Romney invested willing investor monies is going to look very good for The Won.

Cindy Munford on May 23, 2012 at 3:15 AM

And that’s it in a nutshell, Cindy. Personal money v. Taxpayer money.

4Grace on May 23, 2012 at 3:19 AM

FloatingRock on May 23, 2012 at 3:18 AM

FR, so how’s it going? must be kind of a let down for you?

uncommon sense on May 23, 2012 at 3:19 AM

Dire, I’ve only seen that movie once and it’s hazy…

Gohawgs on May 23, 2012 at 3:21 AM

4Grace on May 23, 2012 at 3:16 AM

LOLZ..That is funny..:)

Dire Straits on May 23, 2012 at 3:21 AM

Cindy Munford on May 23, 2012 at 3:19 AM

Amen..We do live in interesting time!!..:)

PS..OC said he would probably stop back in..Just don’t let Jenfidel know..:)

Dire Straits on May 23, 2012 at 3:24 AM

I’ve always liked him. And I’m pretty sure he’s gotten the message about where we need to be.

Cindy Munford on May 23, 2012 at 3:16 AM

I have two problems with Hatch. 1) He gained his seat by running against a “lifer” of 18 years and has gone on to hang around 36 yrs himself. That’s a bit hypocritical of Hatch. 2) His being so buddy buddy with Kennedy when Teddy stood for the polar opposite of what Hatch professed to stand for…

Gohawgs on May 23, 2012 at 3:25 AM

4Grace on May 23, 2012 at 3:19 AM

I don’t think it’s going to hurt to compare how the companies fared either. Even with his “glorious” record on the auto industries, he shut down a ton of dealerships and put a lot of people out of work. And I don’t know about anyone else, but I’ve not seen any revenue from my investments in GM or Chrysler.

Cindy Munford on May 23, 2012 at 3:25 AM

Gohawgs on May 23, 2012 at 3:21 AM

It was pretty good..Samuel L Jackson does a good job also..:)

Dire Straits on May 23, 2012 at 3:26 AM

Dire Straits on May 23, 2012 at 3:24 AM

Good grief, did she show back up?

Cindy Munford on May 23, 2012 at 3:26 AM

LOLZ..That is funny..:)

Dire Straits on May 23, 2012 at 3:21 AM

No, what is funny is the drive by we just had from Floating Rock… can’t imagine why he hasn’t responded to my questions :)

uncommon sense on May 23, 2012 at 3:28 AM

Gohawgs on May 23, 2012 at 3:25 AM

I hope he will make this his last term. As for his friendship with Kennedy, I don’t get that either but at least he didn’t vote with him or make any waitress sandwiches.

Cindy Munford on May 23, 2012 at 3:29 AM

uncommon sense on May 23, 2012 at 3:28 AM

He seems to be having a particularly hard time as the primaries come to an end. I think he has pinned all of his hope on a Miracle Convention.

4Grace on May 23, 2012 at 3:32 AM

Good grief, did she show back up?

Cindy Munford on May 23, 2012 at 3:26 AM

No..OC was picking about it!..:)

Dire Straits on May 23, 2012 at 3:32 AM

uncommon sense on May 23, 2012 at 3:28 AM

LoLZ..Did Ru Paul beat Santorum in Arkansas tonight??..:)

Dire Straits on May 23, 2012 at 3:35 AM

He seems to be having a particularly hard time as the primaries come to an end. I think he has pinned all of his hope on a Miracle Convention.

4Grace on May 23, 2012 at 3:32 AM

Yeah, must leave one hell of a mark when you come crashing down to earth and realize that your boy is just another politician who will sell his soul so that junior can have a chance at glory.

uncommon sense on May 23, 2012 at 3:35 AM

Adding to my 3:32 post.

Very few of us wound up with our candidate of choice. The difference between FR (and a few others) and the rest of us, is that we see a very real difference between Romney & Obama. Romney has many flaws, but he is pro-business, is proud of his country and would not seek to do her harm. We are ABO. Others are “They are all exactly the same, except for my candidate.”

4Grace on May 23, 2012 at 3:36 AM

LoLZ..Did Ru Paul beat Santorum in Arkansas tonight??..:)

Dire Straits on May 23, 2012 at 3:35 AM

Last I saw, he was only up by 3 or 4 against the Newt and Santorum…pretty sad really.

uncommon sense on May 23, 2012 at 3:37 AM

4Grace on May 23, 2012 at 3:36 AM

Very true, I’m more ABO than anything else :)

uncommon sense on May 23, 2012 at 3:38 AM

.Did Ru Paul beat Santorum in Arkansas tonight??..:)

Dire Straits on May 23, 2012 at 3:35 AM

By 125 votes, at last update…

Gohawgs on May 23, 2012 at 3:38 AM

Gohawgs on May 23, 2012 at 3:38 AM

O_O..:)

Dire Straits on May 23, 2012 at 3:40 AM

The same update shows Wolfe with 41.5% of the vote…heh heh

Gohawgs on May 23, 2012 at 3:42 AM

The same update shows Wolfe with 41.5% of the vote…heh heh

Gohawgs on May 23, 2012 at 3:42 AM

That too, has to leave a mark :)

uncommon sense on May 23, 2012 at 3:42 AM

My eyes are crossing. Guess that’s a hint that I’m sleepy. :)

Goodnight, all.

4Grace on May 23, 2012 at 3:43 AM

The same update shows Wolfe with 41.5% of the vote…heh heh

Gohawgs on May 23, 2012 at 3:42 AM

That is funny..:)

Dire Straits on May 23, 2012 at 3:43 AM

4Grace on May 23, 2012 at 3:43 AM

Good night Tx Bell, sleep well and pleasant dreams.

uncommon sense on May 23, 2012 at 3:44 AM

4Grace on May 23, 2012 at 3:43 AM

Enjoyed it!!.Later..:)

Dire Straits on May 23, 2012 at 3:44 AM

Enjoyed it!!.Later..:)

Dire Straits on May 23, 2012 at 3:44 AM

my official song till Nov and the 0 is gone LOL!

uncommon sense on May 23, 2012 at 3:48 AM

uncommon sense on May 23, 2012 at 3:48 AM

+ 100..Sounds good to me..:)

Dire Straits on May 23, 2012 at 3:57 AM

All right, I’m done. You all be good. :)

uncommon sense on May 23, 2012 at 4:16 AM

there are two wings to the party fighting for supremacy — the Romney wing vs. the Paul wing.”

And no place at all for the millions of active social conservatives who also believe in small government and fiscal responsibility?

Don L on May 23, 2012 at 6:12 AM

“During the Bush administration, they had four years where the Republicans controlled the House, the Senate and the executive branch. We had a great opportunity to do great reform to fix what was wrong with this country. We didn’t do it — that’s where careerism comes in,” Coburn told TheDC.

Bush believed, after 9/11, that his war on terror initiatives were paramount and he was willing to turn everything else over to the Democrats or accede to their idiotic demands to get his WOT initiatives into law. Many of these were freedom-killers, but Bush the “compassionate conservative” calculated that his fantasy of national security was more important than freedom. Doing the wrong thing is never justified even if your intentions are good.

swinia sutki on May 23, 2012 at 6:39 AM

good morning!

so mika thinks karl rove’s campaign ads are full of lies but seems to have NO PROBLEM with the lies in obama’s campaign ads….

double standard there mika?

cmsinaz on May 23, 2012 at 6:53 AM

uncommon sense on May 23, 2012 at 3:48 AM

good one

cmsinaz on May 23, 2012 at 6:54 AM

joe and mika touting the skewed nbc poll with chuck

*shaking the head*

keep the delusion alive

cmsinaz on May 23, 2012 at 7:05 AM

cmsinaz on May 23, 2012 at 7:05 AM

It’s pretty fun watching them flail about :-)

MJBrutus on May 23, 2012 at 7:15 AM

Romney won, his competitors lost…the ones who even bothered to run that is.

At least Romney tried..that is more than can be said for Bruce Willis…Sarah Palin…Chris Christie…Mike Huckabee and a lot of other people out there.

Terrye on May 23, 2012 at 7:21 AM

MJBrutus on May 23, 2012 at 7:15 AM

yepper

:)

cmsinaz on May 23, 2012 at 7:27 AM

So Andrea Mitchel reported the silver lining to this messed up Bain attack business. She says that it did have the virtue of diverting media attention away from the failure of the NATO meeting, in which Pakistan nixed an agreement for use of supply routes. Yep, quite the silver lining there Andrea.

MJBrutus on May 23, 2012 at 7:37 AM

nary a peep about the primaries last night and the uncommitted voters for dear leader…

hmmm

cmsinaz on May 23, 2012 at 7:39 AM

MJBrutus on May 23, 2012 at 7:37 AM

gotta make dear leader look good

cmsinaz on May 23, 2012 at 7:39 AM

There’s a similar reaction from me regarding Cider House Rules. Loved the acting and tried to ignore the offensive stuff. But that all went out the window when the screenwriter accepted his Academy Award and turned it into a celebration of abortion “rights.”

4Grace on May 23, 2012 at 1:44 AM

But the book from whence the film was adapted is ABOUT abortion. It’s the theme of the book, the story that is also in the film adapted from that.

Lourdes on May 23, 2012 at 7:45 AM

There’s a similar reaction from me regarding Cider House Rules.

4Grace on May 23, 2012 at 1:44 AM

I really liked Toby McGuire and Michael Caine in that movie. But c’mon, abortion rights? Seems those orphans we’re quite happy getting a chance to live, methinks.

John the Libertarian on May 23, 2012 at 1:47 AM

What I just wrote ^^ in comments (previous comments of mine)…

AND you missed or overlooked the character’s purpose (one played by Michael Caine). He was an abortionist, despite being a ‘lovable’ grandfatherly character to the orphans and in general in his demeanor. But the man was an abortionist and the underlying story of the book from whence the film was adapted was ABORTION. It was a film about abortion, the “ordinariness” of it in the film’s context, with witness by that allegedly “loving” grandfatherly doctor performed by Michael Caine.

I’m surprised how easily that primary issue of the book/film is overlooked. It’s either due to Michael Caine being a lovable kind of guy in real life (as an actor, also) who portrayed that character of the abortion doctor so well as to fool just about everyone, or, people were lulled into some sort of stupor by the overall orphanage environment that they took all that abortion work in the story as “just normal.”

Lourdes on May 23, 2012 at 7:51 AM

Adding to my 3:32 post.

Very few of us wound up with our candidate of choice. The difference between FR (and a few others) and the rest of us, is that we see a very real difference between Romney & Obama. Romney has many flaws, but he is pro-business, is proud of his country and would not seek to do her harm. We are ABO. Others are “They are all exactly the same, except for my candidate.”

4Grace on May 23, 2012 at 3:36 AM

Well put, 4Grace.

Lourdes on May 23, 2012 at 7:53 AM

Gohawgs on May 23, 2012 at 3:03 AM

I thought The Negotiator was a pretty good movie with Spacey..:)

Dire Straits on May 23, 2012 at 3:08 AM

I liked Spacey’s work in MARGIN CALL. And, of all things, in THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS — his performance of a guy “channeling his spirit guide, ‘Maude’” was very funny

Lourdes on May 23, 2012 at 7:55 AM

nary a peep about the primaries last night and the uncommitted voters for dear leader…

hmmm

cmsinaz on May 23, 2012 at 7:39 AM

As predicted by many of us…that is the real story, the lack of enthusiasm, the placid dems, the voters who did not show up…the inspiration of last election is gone.
I hold true to my prediction, this will be the lowest dem turnout in perhaps all of history…

We just have to make sure we show up…and right now it seems Mitt is doing everything possible to continue to turn off the conservative voters.

right2bright on May 23, 2012 at 8:24 AM

BREAKING NEWS FOR MITT CAMPAIGN!

If you cannot beat the WORST President in my lifetime……you worse than suck!!!!

How Obama can lead any friggin poll is amazing……and telling about the velvet glove approach of Romney.

We want to focus on destroying the record of the Cat 5 in the White House!!!!

PappyD61 on May 23, 2012 at 8:26 AM

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