Quotes of the day

posted at 9:31 pm on August 11, 2012 by Allahpundit

After a week marred by a not-ready-for-prime-time staffer who had movement conservatives questioning Team Romney’s competence, sanity, and willingness to fight the brass-knuckles White House and Chicago thug operatives, the Romney campaign made the right decision.

And the Right decision

Paul Ryan is fresh, young, energetic, smart, courageous, and ready for prime time.

Paul Ryan is a policy wonk AND a front-line warrior whose budget and long-term entitlement reforms have the entire Dem-Soros-lapdog media machine unhinged…

Paul Ryan won’t cut and run when the going gets tough.

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Romney-Ryan are firmly offering to complete the Reagan Revolution by a) modernizing the social safety net so that it is fiscally sustainable and increases economic mobility and true economic security, and b) reforming the tax code so that it boosts economic growth and reduces crony capitalism. The 21st century would be the American Century, led by a growing, prosperous, confident nation whose government enables the private sector to innovate rather than crowding it out. The American Experiment would be revitalized, fueled by the spirit of democratic capitalism.

As Ryan said earlier today when announced as Romney’s pick, “We can turn this thing around. We can.”

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Ryan refutes the Democratic Party’s bogus arguments. He knows that our domestic spending trajectory is unsustainable and that liberals who fail to get it under control are leading their constituents over a cliff, just like in Europe. Eventually, you can’t borrow enough money to make good on your promises, and everyone’s screwed. Ryan understands that the longer we ignore the debt crisis and postpone serious budget cuts—the liberal equivalent of denying global warming—the more painful the reckoning will be. There’s nothing compassionate about that kind of irresponsibility…

Screw the polls. Republicans will be on the right side of the spending debate. They’ll be on the right side of the substance debate, too. Instead of bickering about Romney’s tax returns and repeating the obvious but unhelpful observation that the unemployment rate sucks, we’ll actually have to debate serious problems and solutions. That’s great for the country…

It speaks enormously well for Romney that he made this choice. It tells me he’d run the country the same way he ran Massachusetts: as a prudent, numbers-oriented businessman.

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Romney’s decision to tap Ryan, the idea man of the Republican Party, is a challenge to President Obama.

In 2008, the central component of Obama’s meteoric rise was that politics had become too cynical and small, and that it was important to have a more substantive debate on the pressing issues facing the nation. His appeal to independents was rooted in this very idea. In the current campaign, Obama has decided that in the face of a weak economy and tepid approval ratings, his path to victory rests on destroying Romney. But with the Ryan pick, Obama has been given a chance to have a substantive debate. After all, it was Obama that helped elevate Ryan in January 2010, when he picked him out of the crowd to acknowledge the congressman had produced a “serious proposal” to address entitlements, even though he disagreed with it.

Ryan is effectively holding a mirror up to Obama.

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It is true that Democrats are licking their chops. And that they will claim a vote for them is a vote to save Medicare. But that’s misguided.

Put another way: Because Obamacare already messes with entitlements, there is greater urgency for reforming the entitlement system. That is, Obama and Biden are the ones who touched entitlements, and Romney and Ryan are coming in to fix them…

Romney has been hinting at this message for some time: Under the presidency of Barack Obama, the United States has fallen into decline. The entitlement problem hasn’t just remained the same; the problems have been exacerbated.

The country needs real changes to restore American greatness. A vote for Obama-Biden is a vote for unsustainability. A vote for Romney-Ryan is a vote for change, and therefore hope that America’s best days are ahead. Or, we might say, Team Romney is all about hope and change — a campaign theme that is known to work rather well!

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Ryan will help Romney govern. If the Republican ticket triumphs in November, having Ryan on-side will help Romney, a non-Washingtonian, navigate the complexities of Capitol Hill. But here it’s important to keep in mind that Ryan is an ideologue and a Beltway wheeler-dealer, attuned to both the possibilities for bipartisanship (recall that his latest Medicare proposal is co-sponsored with a Senate Democrat) and the need to sometimes swallow hard and take one for the team (hence those Bush-era votes for TARP and Medicare Part D). Thus if Romney wants to push an aggressive agenda in his first hundred days or year in office, Ryan will be a natural point person — but if the Romney White House then needs to compromise well short of conservative objectives, Ryan will be capable of negotiating the deal and ready and willing to sell it to a reluctant base. What’s more, having Ryan as a loyal administration foot soldier (whose own presidential ambitions are bound up in Romney’s success) will prevent the Wisconsin congressman from setting up a rival center of power within the party, or becoming a locus of conservative dissent. Some conservatives may think that the Ryan choice brought Romney permanently on-side for their ambitions. But it’s also possible that the choice will ultimately be remembered as the moment when Romney co-opted conservatives instead.

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“Going big has risks, but fewer than going small,” a top Romney adviser told POLITICO early Saturday, after news of the decision broke. “Now this is a race about what the future’s going to look like. … This was all Mitt’s decision. These are two guys who love data, and have a similar way of looking at the world. … Mitt isn’t thinking about Ohio or the Hispanic vote. He’s thinking: ‘I’m gonna be president. Who’s going to help me succeed?’”…

Perhaps so, but Romney and his aides have a lot of questions to answer: If being ready to govern on Day One was the chief criteria, how did Romney, who has scant foreign policy and national security experience himself, overcome the objection that his vice president would have even less? If the basis of Romney’s campaign is that he is a business-minded Washington outsider, what attracted him to someone like Ryan, who has been in Washington since his twenties and has no business or executive experience?

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One Obama backer privately said — not the least bit in jest — that the campaign could now siphon off cash donations for margarita machines, because there was so much to celebrate between now and Election Day.

Another Democratic operative declared the election effectively over — that Ryan was the self-hammered nail in Romney’s own coffin.

“They chose a candidate who is 42, but looks 22, and is a professional Washington politician,” said Democratic strategist Chris Kofinis, a top adviser to John Edwards’ 2008 campaign and former chief of staff to Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. “He helps Romney with not a single state, not a single demographic and he won’t turn a single undecided vote around. He also destroys Romney’s argument that professional Washington insiders and politicians aren’t qualified to govern. He’s a disastrous pick that proves the Romney and Republicans are stuck in some kind of time capsule where they think they can win elections by debating obscure conservative theory.”

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This probably improves Obama’s chances of winning. The Ryan plan doesn’t exactly have a great track record winning elections: It played a large role in the Republicans’ defeat in a special election in upstate New York in early 2011. Romney’s path to victory involves winning an outsized share of downscale white voters, and this plan presumably makes that task more difficult. Again, maybe the focus-group testing shows that opposition to the president is so strong among these voters that it just doesn’t matter, but I don’t think I’d bet the farm on this.

In fact, it opens up an Obama landslide scenario for the first time. I’ve always thought that Obama wouldn’t be able to win more than a two-to-three-point re-election victory, mainly because a president almost never wins the votes of people who disapprove of the job that he is doing, and Obama’s approval rating is unlikely to be much above 50 percent on Election Day. But, while I don’t think it’s guaranteed, this really does give Democrats an opportunity to make Romney so radioactive that people who don’t like the president nevertheless vote for him. If the white working class revolts at the prospect of the Ryan plan, Obama really could match, or even exceed, his 2008 showing.

These types of picks rarely end well. When we think back on the “bold” or “unexpected” picks in history, they rarely have good outcomes.

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Democrats will have to be smart. They should show respect for Ryan for being a serious guy, but then just explain to people, urgently but not over-heatedly, what he’s proposed. It’s just very hard to imagine that middle-of-the-road voters want harsh future cuts to Medicare, massive tax cuts for the rich, and huge reductions to domestic programs that most swing voters really don’t hate. Does this choice work in Florida, with all those old people? If Romney just sacrificed Florida, he’s lost the election already.

And why? To placate a party that doesn’t even want him as its nominee anyway. It’s psycho-weird. But at least it will carry the benefit, if this ticket loses, of keeping conservatives from griping that they lost because their ticket was too moderate. Conservatism will share — will own — this loss.

Is all that “daring”? Well, Thelma and Louise were “daring” too, but they ended up at the bottom of a canyon. If the Democrats handle this situation properly, that’s where this ticket will end up too, and then the rest of us—the people who don’t want federal policy to be based on Atlas Shrugged—can finally and fully press the case to the right that America is not behind you, and please grow up.

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Romney has all but put a neon sign above his campaign headquarters saying, “We are terrified.” There is no other reason for Mr. Play-it-Safe to take such a risk, unless the campaign was desperate. He clearly felt pressed to make a “bold” choice that would be a game changer, and he fell under the sway of the conservative intelligentsia who are in love with Ryan. In short: He got rolled. Conservatives persuaded him to choose their man, a choice that is great for the conservative movement and for Ryan, who will now be set up for a future presidential run, but terrible for Romney…

Ryan’s boosters say he is a great pick because he excites the base. Who cares? Obama has more than taken care of that. Conservatives are voting for Romney not because they love him, but because they hate Obama. Romney’s strongest appeal was that he is really a pretty moderate governor from Massachusetts who could appeal to swing voters who are unhappy with Obama. No more: Moderate voters in focus groups have been repelled by the Ryan plan.

Many pundits are claiming this choice is going to make the election about “big ideas.” If only. Perhaps the political class will continue to argue about how to deal with the fiscal calamity that is our country, but the campaign will be fought mostly through vicious micro-targeted advertising, which hasn’t generally been known for fostering rich debates among the electorate.

So long, Mitt. We hardly knew ye.

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FIRST,

Eat your Heart Out Bishop,for the second time…..haha….

canopfor on August 11, 2012 at 9:33 PM

AP’s QOTD will be about Ryan…

Prove me wrong AP….

Electrongod on August 11, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Bold call there Electrongod

29Victor on August 11, 2012 at 9:08 PM

:)

Electrongod on August 11, 2012 at 9:33 PM

FIRST,

Eat your Heart Out Bishop,for the second time…..haha….

canopfor on August 11, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Not fair..
You pushed me…
:)

Electrongod on August 11, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Some pretty good stuff there.

I was in OKC all day, how did the libiots and ABR nutballs fare in what looks like almost all Ryan stories today?

cozmo on August 11, 2012 at 9:34 PM

This is both a referendum on OBAMA anc a choice election.

The voters who want Obama out will vote him out.

The ones who need it to be a choice now have a choice.

People who say it’s just a choice election are incorrect.

It’s both.

gerrym51 on August 11, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Easy shorthand for Romney-Ryan = Rsquared.

Alma on August 11, 2012 at 9:36 PM

So AP is for Obama … good to know …

conservative tarheel on August 11, 2012 at 9:36 PM

With the HealthCare Summitt sting that Hopey recieved from
Ryan,me thinks,its now….personal,for Obama!!

Let the games begin!!

canopfor on August 11, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Eat your Heart Out Bishop,for the second time…..haha….

canopfor on August 11, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Nicely done my friend. Nicely done.

Bmore on August 11, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Mark Levin (via The Right Scoop) gave the choice his blessing. So those criticizing it can take the steel plates out of their heads and get off the phone, ya morons.

Marcus on August 11, 2012 at 9:38 PM

This pick has already become a damp squib. There’s hardly any excitement anywhere. Romney was already way below and now whatever air was left in his campaign has been punctured by this disappointing pick. If Ryan is not removed at the convention, expect this ticket to lose by a landslide. Obama for 4 more years. Sigh.

promachus on August 11, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Easy shorthand for Romney-Ryan = Rsquared.

Alma on August 11, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Or as pambi and I shared in coming up with. The 3 R’s, Romney Ryan Responsibility 2012!. Did you see what I did there pambi?

Bmore on August 11, 2012 at 9:39 PM

I love that Romney was talking about how much character matters today. I hope it means they’ll be putting the squeeze play on Barack’s sleaziness and his failed, Communist policies.

SouthernGent on August 11, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Mark Levin (via The Right Scoop) gave the choice his blessing. So those criticizing it can take the steel plates out of their heads and get off the phone, ya morons.

Marcus on August 11, 2012 at 9:38 PM

Does Mark Levin think for you?

libfreeordie on August 11, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Easy shorthand for Romney-Ryan = Rsquared.

Alma on August 11, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Did you think that up?

Rio Linda Refugee on August 11, 2012 at 9:40 PM

This pick has already become a damp squib. There’s hardly any excitement anywhere. Romney was already way below and now whatever air was left in his campaign has been punctured by this disappointing pick. If Ryan is not removed at the convention, expect this ticket to lose by a landslide. Obama for 4 more years. Sigh.

promachus on August 11, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Lets’ see…
Summer…
Saturday….
.
.
Monday…
At least wait until then…

Geeze.

Electrongod on August 11, 2012 at 9:40 PM

This pick has already become a damp squib. There’s hardly any excitement anywhere. Romney was already way below and now whatever air was left in his campaign has been punctured by this disappointing pick. If Ryan is not removed at the convention, expect this ticket to lose by a landslide. Obama for 4 more years. Sigh.

Polling your 3 cats doesn’t count.

wargamer6 on August 11, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Some pretty good stuff there.

I was in OKC all day, how did the libiots and ABR nutballs fare in what looks like almost all Ryan stories today?

cozmo on August 11, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Let’s just say the “concern” has been all over the board today.

gophergirl on August 11, 2012 at 9:41 PM

I’m never first in a thread, because I actually read the entire article before posting.

Corporal Tunnel on August 11, 2012 at 9:41 PM

AP’s QOTD will be about Ryan…

Prove me wrong AP….

Electrongod on August 11, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Bold call there Electrongod

29Victor on August 11, 2012 at 9:08 PM

:)

Electrongod on August 11, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Electriongod:)
===============

Thats Loony-Tic Speak!!(sarc):)

canopfor on August 11, 2012 at 9:13 PM

canopfor on August 11, 2012 at 9:42 PM

, but the campaign will be fought mostly through vicious micro-targeted advertising, which hasn’t generally been known for fostering rich debates among the electorate.

Thanks to people like you, Kirsten and scumbag Democrats that you are so in love with.

JPeterman on August 11, 2012 at 9:42 PM

Does Mark Levin think for you?

libfreeordie on August 11, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Do you call into his show and shriek liberalism in a non-cognisant way?

Electrongod on August 11, 2012 at 9:42 PM

Some pretty good stuff there.

I was in OKC all day, how did the libiots and ABR nutballs fare in what looks like almost all Ryan stories today?

cozmo on August 11, 2012 at 9:34 PM

The butthurt Palinistas and Paulbots are up to their usual tears.

wargamer6 on August 11, 2012 at 9:43 PM

This pick has already become a damp squib. There’s hardly any excitement anywhere. Romney was already way below and now whatever air was left in his campaign has been punctured by this disappointing pick. If Ryan is not removed at the convention, expect this ticket to lose by a landslide. Obama for 4 more years. Sigh.

promachus on August 11, 2012 at 9:39 PM

I’ve been reading your bellyaching here all day long. Just shut up and go vote for Obama already.

Corporal Tunnel on August 11, 2012 at 9:43 PM

With the pictures and reports from the stops in VA today – I am regenerated that’s for sure. Ryan is going to be a great pick.

gophergirl on August 11, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Thats Loony-Tic Speak!!(sarc):)

canopfor on August 11, 2012 at 9:13 PM

canopfor on August 11, 2012 at 9:42 PM

Carry over from the last post.

You caught me..:)

Electrongod on August 11, 2012 at 9:43 PM

One Obama backer privately said — not the least bit in jest — that the campaign could now siphon off cash donations for margarita machines, because there was so much to celebrate between now and Election Day.

I’m saving this for November 7th.

midgeorgian on August 11, 2012 at 9:44 PM

canopfor on August 11, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Nicely done my friend. Nicely done.

Bmore on August 11, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Bmore:Hehe,ahem,

*looks around nervously for Bishop*,ya,were both going to H*ll:)

canopfor on August 11, 2012 at 9:44 PM

This pick has already become a damp squib. There’s hardly any excitement anywhere. Romney was already way below and now whatever air was left in his campaign has been punctured by this disappointing pick. If Ryan is not removed at the convention, expect this ticket to lose by a landslide. Obama for 4 more years. Sigh.

promachus on August 11, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Butt hurt Palinista, still butt hurt.

JPeterman on August 11, 2012 at 9:45 PM

The parents of these idiots writing mockingly about Ryan were the same ones laughing openly at the chance Reagan had against super smart Jimmy Carter.
Trust me- I remember this attitude…it fosters laziness and hubris that only helps us.

jjshaka on August 11, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Romney/Ryan 2012: This is what “FORWARD” really looks like
Share
By Michelle Malkin
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Yup,

My Freinds,this time were going to Fight,,Fight..Fight…like H*ll!

canopfor on August 11, 2012 at 9:47 PM

This pick has already become a damp squib. There’s hardly any excitement anywhere.

promachus on August 11, 2012 at 9:39 PM

I beg to differ and this is just two campaign stops today

http://twitter.com/dgjackson/status/234400980156960768/photo/1
http://twitter.com/dgjackson/status/234364028783300609/photo/1
http://instagram.com/p/ONCuVlR5nx/

gophergirl on August 11, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Butt hurt Palinista, still butt hurt.

JPeterman on August 11, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Seeing libs gasp for air just before their demise…
It beings at tear to my eye..

NOT!

Electrongod on August 11, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Its a beautiful day…..

R2!

cmsinaz on August 11, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Let’s just say the “concern” has been all over the board today.

gophergirl on August 11, 2012 at 9:41 PM

It will all be new to me if they start it again. Its been a long day, but I’ve been unplugged from all news. Tonight could be fun.

cozmo on August 11, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Its a beautiful day…..

R2!

cmsinaz on August 11, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Did you see Jim DeMint tweeted the R&R theme. Made me laugh.

gophergirl on August 11, 2012 at 9:50 PM

You missed putting in your eeyore commentary, AP.

bayview on August 11, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Does Mark Levin think for you?
libfreeordie on August 11, 2012 at 9:40 PM

No but it’s pretty clear Stalin and Mao think for you you pathetic trotskyite scumbag.

jawkneemusic on August 11, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Does Mark Levin think for you?

libfreeordie on August 11, 2012 at 9:40 PM

.
You don’t get it,
If you love Levin, then you have to vote for him.

FlaMurph on August 11, 2012 at 9:51 PM

It will all be new to me if they start it again. Its been a long day, but I’ve been unplugged from all news. Tonight could be fun.

cozmo on August 11, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Oh it will. I had to tear myself away this morning because it was so entertaining.

Don’t forget to catch Ryan’s speech if you haven’t seen it – it was very very very good.

gophergirl on August 11, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Its a beautiful day…..

R2!

cmsinaz on August 11, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Tech tip. There has been an update to R3 . See comment above. ; )

Bmore on August 11, 2012 at 9:52 PM

i love that the left openly brags about how many votes they’ve bought….and to quote one famous leftist, their votes are not for sale.

well, maybe.

barry was heralded as a historic figure although he failed to understand the presidency to such an extent that he bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia, and the head Chi-com…and sent a piece of commonplace electronics with his speeches to the Queen of England

and these guys still brag about how their ‘vision’ of a bought voting population works so well

but, then, i know, it has nothing to do with what he does, it has only to do with the Power he has….that is all

r keller on August 11, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Ryans Ammunition
================

Assessing President Obama’s Fiscal Record

Key Points:

 Spending surged 18% in 2009 reaching 25% of GDP – the highest since World War II

 Deficits exceeded $1 trillion in each of the four years of the President’s term

 Gross debt has increased over $5 trillion since the President was inaugurated

 Even adjusting for a weak economy and Bush-era policies, President Obama has signed
legislation increasing deficits by $1.6 trillion over his term

 Republicans in the 112th Congress have stopped the spending spree and have forced the
President to accept over $2.3 trillion in future deficit reduction

Figure 1
President Obama’s Spending Record
(in billions)

(More….)
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http://budget.house.gov/uploadedfiles/presidentobamasfiscalrecord.pdf

canopfor on August 11, 2012 at 9:52 PM

This pick has already become a damp squib. There’s hardly any excitement anywhere.
promachus on August 11, 2012 at 9:39 PM

My son is a NYC school teacher and registered Independent. He was not happy at all with Romney but a big Ryan fan. He was ecstatic this morning and told me he was going to volunteer to help the campaign. So…you are clueless.

BeachBum on August 11, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Obama for 4 more years. Sigh.

promachus on August 11, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Good lord. Give it a rest.

Oh, you didn’t answer my question in the other thread.

The choices are set. It’s R-Squared or Obama.

Which is it?

BacaDog on August 11, 2012 at 9:54 PM

It will all be new to me if they start it again. Its been a long day, but I’ve been unplugged from all news. Tonight could be fun.

cozmo on August 11, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Here, have a beer. I started at 10:00 a.m. in celebration.

JPeterman on August 11, 2012 at 9:54 PM

FIRST,

Eat your Heart Out Bishop,for the second time…..haha….

canopfor on August 11, 2012 at 9:33 PM

.
Not fair..
You pushed me…
:)

Electrongod on August 11, 2012 at 9:34 PM

.
The Junior High antics just won’t quit tonight. : )

listens2glenn on August 11, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Missed it gg

Thanks bmore :)

cmsinaz on August 11, 2012 at 9:55 PM

What’s with these full page ads when first coming onto the site? And I’m running Firefox with Adblock Plus…

d1carter on August 11, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Do you call into his show and shriek liberalism in a non-cognisant way?

Electrongod on August 11, 2012 at 9:42 PM

The few times I’ve listened to Mark Levin I couldn’t last more than 5 minutes, the shrieking, screaming, bellowing rage was one of the most toxic things I have ever heard in my entire life. I just imagine that you have to be extremely angry person to be able to enjoy what he does. And to follow his every word? I can’t even imagine.

libfreeordie on August 11, 2012 at 9:56 PM

If Ryan is not removed at the convention, expect this ticket to lose by a landslide. Obama for 4 more years. Sigh.

promachus on August 11, 2012 at 9:39 PM

I’ll play along. Ryan removed and replaced by who? Leave Romney at the top? Or remove Romney and leave Ryan. Funny you whine and cry but never have names to name.

Marcus on August 11, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Marcus on August 11, 2012 at 9:38 PM

.
Does Mark Levin think for you?

libfreeordie on August 11, 2012 at 9:40 PM

.
Does Keith Olbermann think for you?

listens2glenn on August 11, 2012 at 9:57 PM

libfreeordie on August 11, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Mark Levin is God Jr. Go away pest.

Marcus on August 11, 2012 at 9:58 PM

the shrieking, screaming, bellowing rage was one of the most toxic things I have ever heard in my entire life. I just imagine that you have to be extremely angry person to be able to enjoy what he does. And to follow his every word? I can’t even imagine.

libfreeordie on August 11, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Bambi gave a speech today?

BacaDog on August 11, 2012 at 9:58 PM

The few times I’ve listened to Mark Levin I couldn’t last more than 5 minutes, the shrieking, screaming, bellowing rage was one of the most toxic things I have ever heard in my entire life. I just imagine that you have to be extremely angry person to be able to enjoy what he does. And to follow his every word? I can’t even imagine.

libfreeordie on August 11, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Mark Levin’s rage is but a tatse of what many American’s feel. you’ve brought it upon yourself troll.

GhoulAid on August 11, 2012 at 9:58 PM

I beg to differ and this is just two campaign stops today

http://twitter.com/dgjackson/status/234400980156960768/photo/1
http://twitter.com/dgjackson/status/234364028783300609/photo/1
http://instagram.com/p/ONCuVlR5nx/

gophergirl on August 11, 2012 at 9:47 PM

gopgergirl:Excellent,I put this one up earlier!:)
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Supporters in Manassas, Va. hold new Romney/Ryan placards at rally – @kasie

http://instagram.com/p/OM-GeVDBW-/

canopfor on August 11, 2012 at 9:58 PM

Here, have a beer. I started at 10:00 a.m. in celebration.

JPeterman on August 11, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Thanks, but I think I’ll go mellow tonight, frozen Strawberry Daiquiri.

Only a little scratching so far. Not really enough to notice.

Did the better nutballs explode already?

Levin gave his seal of approval? Wasn’t he the last ABR media holdout?

cozmo on August 11, 2012 at 9:59 PM

If you haven’t already, take the time to watch Ryan’s CPAC speech that AP embedded above. Mitt and Ryan are going to make the conservative case. They aren’t just going to run on the fact that Obama sucks. Mitt must have realized what many of us have been saying for a while–he has to give people a reason to vote for him and not just against Obama. It looks like that is what R2 is preparing to do.

Kataklysmic on August 11, 2012 at 10:00 PM

If Ryan is not removed at the convention, expect this ticket to lose by a landslide. Obama for 4 more years. Sigh.

promachus on August 11, 2012 at 9:39 PM

What???

Gohawgs on August 11, 2012 at 10:01 PM

The few times I’ve listened to Mark Levin I couldn’t last more than 5 minutes, the shrieking, screaming, bellowing rage was one of the most toxic things I have ever heard in my entire life. I just imagine that you have to be extremely angry person to be able to enjoy what he does. And to follow his every word? I can’t even imagine.

libfreeordie on August 11, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Randi Rhodes more to your taste.

RickB on August 11, 2012 at 10:01 PM

The few times I’ve listened to Mark Levin I couldn’t last more than 5 minutes, the shrieking, screaming, bellowing rage was one of the most toxic things I have ever heard in my entire life. I just imagine that you have to be extremely angry person to be able to enjoy what he does. And to follow his every word? I can’t even imagine.

libfreeordie on August 11, 2012 at 9:56 PM

It’s called love for the Country…

You should try it some time..

Electrongod on August 11, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Does Mark Levin think for you?

libfreeordie on August 11, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Somehow, I doubt that you could make it through the first chapter of Ameritopia.

Resist We Much on August 11, 2012 at 10:02 PM

What’s with these full page ads when first coming onto the site? And I’m running Firefox with Adblock Plus…

d1carter on August 11, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Its the old ammo vs, armor fight. You develop a defense, the opposition ups the powder charge or hardens the projectile. It goes on, and on, and on…

cozmo on August 11, 2012 at 10:02 PM

frozen Strawberry Daiquiri.

cozmo on August 11, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Very Texan I hear. Lol! At least its not a mint julep. ; )

Bmore on August 11, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Easy shorthand for Romney-Ryan = Rsquared.

Alma on August 11, 2012 at 9:36 PM

After the crap we’ve had to endure since 2009, we could use a little R & R, dontcha think?

TXUS on August 11, 2012 at 10:03 PM

What’s with these full page ads when first coming onto the site? And I’m running Firefox with Adblock Plus…

d1carter on August 11, 2012 at 9:55 PM

I had the same problem a few days ago. “Something” installed some bogus toolbar onto my machine that turned out to be a trojan.

I had to uninstall FireFox (using revo uninstaller) and do a clean re-install. It fixed the problem after I got rid of the trojan using super-antispyware to flush out the bug.

JPeterman on August 11, 2012 at 10:03 PM

wargamer6 on August 11, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Talking about one’s self in 3rd person is a sign…

Gohawgs on August 11, 2012 at 10:04 PM

I LOVE ROCK & ROLL

thatsafactjack on August 11, 2012 at 10:04 PM

What’s with these full page ads when first coming onto the site? And I’m running Firefox with Adblock Plus…

d1carter on August 11, 2012 at 9:55 PM

You should only be getting those when you start the browser. One time. Are you getting it with each new page or tab?

Bmore on August 11, 2012 at 10:04 PM

Resist We Much on August 11, 2012 at 10:02 PM

There is language in there that LFOD just wouldn’t grasp! Why trouble yourself with it eh?

Scrumpy on August 11, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Does Mark Levin think for you?

libfreeordie on August 11, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Good to see you. Watched an infomercial today for “Luminess” makeup system, try it.

arnold ziffel on August 11, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Bmore on August 11, 2012 at 9:39 PM
Good’n !! Sharing is fun !

pambi on August 11, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Mark Levin is God Jr. Go away pest.

Marcus on August 11, 2012 at 9:58 PM

Holy balls that’s creepy. Just don’t feed him, or he might eat the whole world.

libfreeordie on August 11, 2012 at 10:05 PM

why do I feel so good today? oh yeah, Paul Ryan

Slade73 on August 11, 2012 at 10:05 PM

I can’t even imagine.

libfreeordie on August 11, 2012 at 9:56 PM

We don;’t have to imagine. A Levin screech is only half as bad as what you spew every time you are here.

cozmo on August 11, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Bmore on August 11, 2012 at 10:04 PM

Thanks heartily for the tech tip earlier about how to block the autoplay!! It works like a charm!!

Scrumpy on August 11, 2012 at 10:06 PM

promachus on August 11, 2012 at 9:39 PM

actually, if anyone is removed it will be Biden…for personal reasons. barry/axe can’t be looking forward to biden/ryan…unless they can ‘work’ with the moderators to ask questions about sports, and amtrak

r keller on August 11, 2012 at 10:07 PM

If Ryan is not removed at the convention, expect this ticket to lose by a landslide. Obama for 4 more years. Sigh.

promachus on August 11, 2012 at 9:39 PM

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What???

Gohawgs on August 11, 2012 at 10:01 PM

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Gloom, despair, and agony on me . . . Ohhhhhhhhhhhh . . . .

listens2glenn on August 11, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Tech tip. There has been an update to R3 . See comment above. ; )

Bmore on August 11, 2012 at 9:52 PM

R-cubed?

Rio Linda Refugee on August 11, 2012 at 10:07 PM

libfreeordie on August 11, 2012 at 10:05 PM

liberal

jaime on August 11, 2012 at 10:08 PM

Bmore on August 11, 2012 at 9:39 PM
Good’n !! Sharing is fun !

pambi on August 11, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Its what friends do. ; ) Sharing the revenue. Lol!

Bmore on August 11, 2012 at 10:08 PM

How is everyone this delightful evening?

I am just basking in the sheer poetry of R&R squared!! :-)

Scrumpy on August 11, 2012 at 10:08 PM

i love the pic with ryan sticking his right forefinger out. was he noodling at the time?

renalin on August 11, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Thanks, but I think I’ll go mellow tonight, frozen Strawberry Daiquiri.

Only a little scratching so far. Not really enough to notice.

Did the better nutballs explode already?

Levin gave his seal of approval? Wasn’t he the last ABR media holdout?

cozmo on August 11, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Frozen strawberry daiquiri?????????????????????????

I haven’t paid attention to the nutballs today, been out riding the pony………….and drinking beer. :)

JPeterman on August 11, 2012 at 10:09 PM

This is cool

Comments on VP pick

gophergirl on August 11, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Very Texan I hear. Lol! At least its not a mint julep. ; )

Bmore on August 11, 2012 at 10:02 PM

That’s a Texan for you. Very comfortable in their skin.

A Texan could even have a mint julep and not feel threatened.

Its those easterners who have a problem.. I think it has to do with the sweet tea and sweet barbeque.

cozmo on August 11, 2012 at 10:10 PM

Bmore on August 11, 2012 at 10:04 PM

Thanks heartily for the tech tip earlier about how to block the autoplay!! It works like a charm!!

Scrumpy on August 11, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Good deal. Sometimes you just can’t please folks. I heard back that a couple of folks were a bit upset the ads were gone. Take note of how many places track you here. Its interesting.

Bmore on August 11, 2012 at 10:10 PM

have you all seen this ad from American Crossroads called “Cancer”???

check it out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kSYT53NMug

ted c on August 11, 2012 at 10:10 PM

You should only be getting those when you start the browser. One time. Are you getting it with each new page or tab?

Bmore on August 11, 2012 at 10:04 PM

Yep, only the first time. Is there another filter list I can add to Adblock plus?

d1carter on August 11, 2012 at 10:10 PM

Bitterness in the Lib/Dem talking Points!
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Democrats React Swiftly To Romney’s V.P. Pick
Aug 11 2012
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Armed with talking points related to the House G.O.P. budget plan advanced by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., which includes sweeping proposed changes to Medicare, Democrats go on the attack.

USA Today: Democrats Say Ryan Is An Enemy Of The Middle Class

The Associated Press: Democrats Seize Upon Romney’s Choice Of Ryan
Democrats pounced on Mitt Romney’s selection of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate Saturday, saying the pick showed a commitment to “budget-busting tax cuts” for the wealthy and greater burdens on the middle class and seniors.

ABC News: Democrats Cast Paul Ryan Pick As ‘Extreme’

The Washington Post: Paul Ryan’s Budget: Democrats’ Ace In The Hole?

FOX News: Democrats Charge At Ryan, Targeting His Budget As Expected
Democrats wasted no time Saturday attacking GOP vice presidential pick Paul Ryan,

CNN: Democrats Quick To Criticize Romney’s Choice Of Ryan For Running Mate
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http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Daily-Reports/2012/August/11/democrats-react-to-ryan.aspx

canopfor on August 11, 2012 at 10:11 PM

cozmo on August 11, 2012 at 10:10 PM

; )

Bmore on August 11, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Gimme All Your Lovin’

thatsafactjack on August 11, 2012 at 10:12 PM

This is cool

Comments on VP pick

gophergirl on August 11, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Thanks for sharing…

OmahaConservative on August 11, 2012 at 10:12 PM

If the Democrats handle this situation properly, that’s where this ticket will end up too, and then the rest of us—the people who don’t want federal policy to be based on Atlas Shrugged—can finally and fully press the case to the right that America is not behind you, and please grow up.

Ah, no, it’s not where it will end up and no one is advocating an “Atlas Shrugged” federal policy (if only). No worry for you, fella. Romney/Ryan and Republicans in congress will be faithful to the welfare/regulatory state. They’ve amply demonstrated that by their recent records. You are the one that needs to grow up. The welfare state must be shrunk, or the economy of this country will continue to shrink. Romney will win and then lose in four years because he hasn’t learned that lesson either.

rickv404 on August 11, 2012 at 10:12 PM

If Ryan can attack with brass knuckles as Palin was willing to, and use his vast knowledge of the budget, he’ll be a great help to Romney.

But if Romney is unwilling to fight, if Romney brings a knife to a gunfight, then nothing Ryan can do will save Romney.

Every Palin person knows that the weakness here is at the top of the ticket, not at the bottom. Romney clearly allowed himself to get beaten up the past two weeks when he should have fought back like a junkyard dog and threw the kitchen sink at Chicago Jesus. He didn’t.

That was a bad sign that reminded me of what I didn’t like about McCain.

Now let’s see if any Bushie handlers are assigned by Team Mittens to undermine Ryan as a potential threat to La Familia. That will be your first clue as to how penetrated the Romney Campaign is.

victor82 on August 11, 2012 at 10:12 PM

thatsafactjack on August 11, 2012 at 10:04 PM

I’ll see your Joan Jett, and raise you…LITA FORD!

cozmo on August 11, 2012 at 10:12 PM

Here, have a beer. I started at 10:00 a.m. in celebration.

JPeterman on August 11, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Yeppers. I started early today myself. Cheers!

As for the QOTD I must say that Kirsten Powers never disappoints. Just when you think there’s a thinking lib out there, she goes into full freak mode. Oh, well.

Good days ahead!

Cody1991 on August 11, 2012 at 10:13 PM

There is language in there that LFOD just wouldn’t grasp! Why trouble yourself with it eh?

Scrumpy on August 11, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Exactly! You didn’t think that I was going to read it phonetically to him and explain the context, did you? To a liberal? LOLOLOLOL!

I don’t have the patience. I get irritated in the VIP express lane at the bank when there is only 1 person ahead of me.

Resist We Much on August 11, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Yep, only the first time. Is there another filter list I can add to Adblock plus?

d1carter on August 11, 2012 at 10:10 PM

I haven’t looked yet to see. It is only the one time so its not really a bother to me the way the auto play was. If I do find something, I’ll be sure to let you know. ; )

Bmore on August 11, 2012 at 10:13 PM

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