Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on August 14, 2012 by Allahpundit

During the 2008 election, conservatives tried their darnedest to convince the American public that Barack Obama was radical. They pointed to his work as a Saul Alinsky-inspired community organizer; his background in Chicago politics; his associations with the likes of Bill Ayers and Rashid Khalidi and Jeremiah Wright; his liberal policy positions; and the fact that his voting record was rated the most liberal in the Senate by National Journal. In the end, their efforts failed. Many conservatives like to pin the blame on a complicit media or a weak-kneed McCain campaign. The honest truth, though, is that a big reason why the American public didn’t perceive Obama as a radical was that he didn’t come across that way. Whenever he spoke, gave interviews, or debated, he was calm and reasonable sounding. He wasn’t a wild-eyed. He didn’t use extremist language. So, conservative warnings about him often fell on deaf ears. I suspect that liberals will run into similar problems if they think they’re going to convince people that Paul Ryan is a radical

Much like Obama in 2008, Ryan comes across as reasonable, thoughtful and earnest. He’s heard all of the attacks on his budget proposal and has become deft at fending them off. Democrats can spend all the time they want attempting to define him as an anti-woman, granny tossing firebrand. But the actual Paul Ryan that Americans will see in speeches, interviews and the vice presidential debate will be a stark contrast.

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[T]hey don’t understand that Ryan’s conservatism is not going to hurt him anymore than Ronald Reagan’s did in 1980. Bearing, like Reagan, a specific plan of action for difficult times, Ryan may be just the man to ride his conservatism straight into the West Wing.

Because Ryan is the king of the Reagan babies. The one that most resembles dad…

Ryan also exudes the Midwestern sunniness Reagan could project, while harboring the same capacity to respond sharply when challenged…

[T]he earnest Ryan, a complement to the avuncular Reagan, will be hard to demonize. He’ll also get credit for trying to solve the problem.

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Paul Ryan has a plan to fix it. It is not a feel-good plan, but we don’t live in a feel-good time. It is a tough plan, but tough times require tough plans. The fact that he has a plan is a good starting point for discussion. And for many voters, a starting point is better than more mindless political demagoguery.

Ryan is an earnest guy, a good family man. He looks younger than his 42 years, and his flat Wisconsin accent doesn’t exactly boom across an arena. But because he looks so young, he speaks for the next generation, the poor suckers who have to clean up the mess after the baby boomers are done partying.

The Democrats will seek to define him as an affable but dangerous ideologue. But Paul Ryan is too clean-cut, too fresh, too well-spoken to paint as an extremist. He is the Boy Scout who lives next door who now wants to clean up our nation’s fiscal problems. Who could be against the Boy Scouts?

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Ryan’s success has come, in no small part, from his good manners and understanding of the Capitol’s culture at an ugly, tense time. He’s charmed many of the people who might be expected to like him least, like Rep. Gwen Moore, a fiery Milwaukee representative who grew up in Ryan’s district and, in contrast with the typical home-state enmities, has been friendly with him for years.

“He’s very, very friendly, very respectful,” Moore told BuzzFeed of Ryan, noting that once when they encountered each other in an airport “he quickly grabbed my suitcase” and carried it to her car for her. Moore one of the most outspokenly partisan members of the Democratic Party, beloved by the press corps for her willingness to take unflinching aim at Republicans on women’s and civil rights issues.

But she has nothing bad to say about the presumptive Republican vice presidential nominee.

“He doesn’t have harsh words for anyone,” she said.

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Erskine Bowles is not backing away from his previous praise of Rep. Paul Ryan now that the Wisconsin congressman is on the Republican presidential ticket.

“I like him,” Bowles, the former chief of staff to President Bill Clinton and co-chairperson of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, told The Daily Caller in a phone interview.

“I think he’s smart. I think he’s intellectually curious. I think he is honest, straightforward and sincere. And I think he does have a serious budget out there — it doesn’t mean I agree with it by any stretch of the imagination. But I’m not going to act like I don’t like him or that I don’t have some real respect for him.”

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As a candidate, the telegenic, articulate Ryan could play another much-needed role. He could be a great communicator, educating the public about policy challenges and Republican plans to address them…

We’re in another anxious period, and voters are again primed to consider serious policy talk. To play up its team’s strengths as numbers guys, countering the self-congratulatory idea of Democrats as the party of intellect, the Romney campaign could make a gutsy move. It could deploy Ryan to talk to the public at length about the looming fiscal crisis, producing a series of long-form, Perot-style videos. Nowadays the Republicans wouldn’t even need to spend money for prime-time television (although that would certainly get attention). They could rely on YouTube…

The American public is in the appropriately desperate frame of mind for a serious policy discussion. The Ryan pick suggests that Romney might be willing to offer one. The alternative is three more months of sniping about tax returns and college transcripts (not to mention how dogs are treated) — attacks on the candidates’ identities rather than their ideas. The times demand better.

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The Republican vice-presidential candidate, Congressman Paul Ryan, is the Democrats’ political version of the Antichrist. He believes in self-reliance; the Left believes in reliance on the state. His moral values are shaped by religion (Catholicism); the Left is frightened by religious Christian politicians (and athletes, and members of the armed forces, and talk-show hosts, and, for that matter, clergy). He believes in individualism; the Left believes in collectivism. He believes in small government and powerful citizens; the Left believes in large government and dependent citizens…

Since the Democrats could not win any national election with the votes of liberals alone — according to Gallup, self-described liberals constitute just 21 percent of the electorate — the great question of the 2012 American presidential election is this: Have the Left and Democratic party sufficiently weakened the character of enough Americans to enable the demonization of Paul Ryan to lead Barack Obama to victory?

I don’t believe so. But given the enormity of the national debt incurred by this administration, its spectacular failure to improve the nation’s economy, and its commitment to weakening American defense, if there were a better explanation for a Democratic victory, I would welcome it.

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Obviously, my feelings wouldn’t be hurt if you guys said no. It’s not a vanity offer. Just an alternative offer to avoid FB tyranny.

:-) G’nite!

Resist We Much on August 15, 2012 at 3:21 AM

Book marked it… just in case… ;p

SWalker on August 15, 2012 at 3:24 AM

Enjoyed hangin with you guys tonight!

KCB on August 15, 2012 at 3:25 AM

Good Night All.

Bmore on August 15, 2012 at 3:27 AM

Wait, what about facebook?

I don’t like facebook, no everyone uses facebook. What gives? I choose not to comment on sites that require a facebook or twitter login. I don’t like how facebook has spillover from “friends” onto your own facebook space. I just consider that pollution.

And some people have to keep a neutral public profile because of business. They can’t be having their comments plastered all over facebook.

I guess I have to go find the headlines thread to find out what you guys are talking about here.

karenhasfreedom on August 15, 2012 at 3:27 AM

Resist We Much on August 15, 2012 at 3:21 AM

A kind and generous offer RWM,I bookmarked it. Thanks.

thatsafactjack on August 15, 2012 at 3:27 AM

KCB on August 15, 2012 at 3:25 AM

Goodnight, Ken. Sleep well. See you soon.

thatsafactjack on August 15, 2012 at 3:28 AM

Bmore on August 15, 2012 at 3:27 AM

Goodnight, B. Sleep well, my friend.

thatsafactjack on August 15, 2012 at 3:29 AM

I bid you all a fond goodnight. Its been a real pleasure as always. Sleep well. See you soon.

thatsafactjack on August 15, 2012 at 3:31 AM

I bid you all a fond goodnight. Its been a real pleasure as always. Sleep well. See you soon.

thatsafactjack on August 15, 2012 at 3:31 AM

And a pleasant night to you as well Jack…

SWalker on August 15, 2012 at 3:34 AM

Night, jack.

John the Libertarian on August 15, 2012 at 3:34 AM

If this place goes Facebook, you’d have to create another entire Avatar identity on FB to register here. I’d create some imagined identity so false and fanciful it could actually be fun. Though I rarely use FB and never post political stuff there anymore because of all the damn crazies on there, I should probably take down my real identity page anyhow. I’m not crazy about the surveillence society we live in now.

Harbingeing on August 15, 2012 at 3:45 AM

No Facebook. The ones who don’t want it are the ones who comment. So those who don’t read or post comments won’t be affected, and those who do will leave in substantial numbers.

Adjoran on August 15, 2012 at 3:58 AM

Against individualism, the progressive Obama conception is for the progressive State; and it is for the individual only in so far as he coincides with the progressive State. Obama conceives of the progressive State as an absolute, in comparison with which all individuals or groups are relative, only to be conceived in their relation to the progressive State. The Obama conception of the progressive State is all-embracing; outside of it no human or spiritual values can exist, much less have value.

VorDaj on August 15, 2012 at 4:48 AM

PAGING ALLAHPUNDIT!

What’s the real reason behind these quotes coming from the trumpeters of RnR/GOP-E Team?

Does Ryan still need such kind of promotion/selling strategy to … the conservative base?

So sad.

But on the other hand, it’s really becoming laughable!

RnR = Rest n’ Recreation for the RINOs

TheAlamos on August 15, 2012 at 5:30 AM

Morning everyone.
Travel day for me.
But I am INCREDIBLY ENJOYING the first moments of Moaning Schmoe. The internals from the Obama campaign must be awful. Oh poor poor Mika. And there’s that little Miss Priss black guy in the coke-bottle glasses hilariously trying to defend Biden and Willie Geist couldn’t take it anymore:

“If it was the Romney campaign using racial talk like that, the New York Times would be calling on the front page for Romney and Ryan to withdraw from politics!”

Marcus on August 15, 2012 at 6:17 AM

Against individualism, the progressive Obama conception is for the progressive State; and it is for the individual only in so far as he coincides with the progressive State. Obama conceives of the progressive State as an absolute, in comparison with which all individuals or groups are relative, only to be conceived in their relation to the progressive State. The Obama conception of the progressive State is all-embracing; outside of it no human or spiritual values can exist, much less have value.

VorDaj on August 15, 2012 at 4:48 AM

Barack Obama is micromanaging the country down to telling schools what type of milk they have to serve your children, but he can’t show where he values the safety of seniors’ healthcare enough to not take 716 billion from a proven if unsustainable system to hide the cost of a new risky scheme called Obamacare.

Obama has told Radical Leftists through people in his administration that the goal is single payer, meaning Barack Obama a man whose judgement is so risky he took 716 billion from Medicare wants to keep costs down by making YOUR health decisions.

Take back control.

Let America work.

harlekwin15 on August 15, 2012 at 6:26 AM

That sums it up pretty well, Marcus. Fun to watch!

Naturally Curly on August 15, 2012 at 6:27 AM

PAGING ALLAHPUNDIT!

What’s the real reason behind these quotes coming from the trumpeters of RnR/GOP-E Team?

Does Ryan still need such kind of promotion/selling strategy to … the conservative base?

So sad.

But on the other hand, it’s really becoming laughable!

RnR = Rest n’ Recreation for the RINOs

TheAlamos on August 15, 2012 at 5:30 AM

Obama: There’s a problem with healthcare, and that problem is Medicare has TOO MUCH FUNDING so Imma gona take at least 716 billion from it and start another unsustainable program thata show them…..

yeah “genius”

harlekwin15 on August 15, 2012 at 6:27 AM

Morning everyone.
Travel day for me.
But I am INCREDIBLY ENJOYING the first moments of Moaning Schmoe. The internals from the Obama campaign must be awful. Oh poor poor Mika. And there’s that little Miss Priss black guy in the coke-bottle glasses hilariously trying to defend Biden and Willie Geist couldn’t take it anymore:

“If it was the Romney campaign using racial talk like that, the New York Times would be calling on the front page for Romney and Ryan to withdraw from politics!”

Marcus on August 15, 2012 at 6:17 AM

Mitt Romney does not need to use the bully pulpit to separate America into any group other than people who have paid into Medicare and people who have taken 716 billion from Medicare.

It is not the Republican party’s fault if one group is a LOT smaller than the other.

harlekwin15 on August 15, 2012 at 6:29 AM

My take.

kingsjester on August 15, 2012 at 6:38 AM

Funnies & 3 Expressos: The Breakfast of Political Junkie Champions

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/08/funnies-breakfast-of-political-junkie.html

M2RB: America

Resist We Much on August 15, 2012 at 6:50 AM

No Facebook. The ones who don’t want it are the ones who comment. So those who don’t read or post comments won’t be affected, and those who do will leave in substantial numbers.

Adjoran on August 15, 2012 at 3:58 AM

A potential shift to the Facebook comment plug-in offers next to no benefit to current/longtime HotAir commenters. You all SHOULD make your voices heard.

A few points:

1) The AJAX/Javascript Facebook comment plug-in loads much more slowly than HTML with basic forms for comment input. Ugh.

2) Using your Facebook profile to comment means that your comments fall under Facebook’s ever-changing privacy rules. Every “like” you click, every link you post and everything you write will be recorded, linked with your name and potentially made available to advertisers. Facebook is notorious for changing privacy controls without notice. Though today you may be able to keep your comments private (and not posted on your Facebook “timeline” or whatever they’re calling walls or profile newsfeeds these days), that option could change in the blink of an eye, if Facebook so chooses. The controls for changing your privacy settings change frequently, and sometimes it can require jumping through hoops to make sure you are getting the level of privacy you desire. Even if you do manage to prevent your Facebook comments from being advertised (and the site you commented on pimped out) to everyone on your friends list, Google now indexes Facebook plug-in comments, so anyone (regardless of whether they have a Facebook account or not) doing a Google search could see all your comments by searching for the name you use on your Facebook profile.

3) An obvious solution would be to create a Facebook profile simply for commenting purposes. However, you would have to be very careful not to be signed into the wrong Facebook profile (e.g., one with all your personal info and friends included) when you’re making your comments. Facebook WANTS users to remain signed into the site so that they can continue to collect as much information about you (via Facebook plug-ins on various non-Facebook sites, etc.) as you go about your business.

4) You have less room for creativity in the way you choose to post your comments and quote others. You would need to fit your comments into the Facebook system format accordingly.

5) Your comments would carry less weight and influence to the site’s readers. As it is now, commenters on HotAir are a relatively small group of people who have the privilege of posting their thoughts on web pages read by a very large number of people. If things changed to allow anyone with a Facebook profile to comment, your comments could more easily get lost in the mix.

This is all about targeted advertising and collecting information about you! What do you like, what kinds of news stories do you comment on, etc. Advertisers pay more to reach potential customers they believe are more inclinced to be interested in their product.

I’m a bit annoyed because I remember the assurances right after HotAir was sold that TownHall/Salem would go out of its way to keep things going as usual. Ed Morrissey even had a post about how optimistic he was about the new ownership.

Why Else Could This Be Bad for HotAir?

With a switch to Facebook comment plug-in, this site will lose some control over how its content is displayed, from both design and technical standpoints. You will now be at the behest of Facebook and will have to go along with whatever changes it decides to implement to its comment plug-in feature. You will be throwing away a base of long-time readers and commenters that you have built up over the last 4 or 5 years.

Hopefully the site’s managers decide NOT to go with the Facebook comment plug-in because it may be more trouble than it’s worth. But, if they do, hopefully we will still have this non-Facebook comment option available on the same page as the annoying Facebook plug-in. No Facebook comment plug-in would be best, though!

By completely doing away with the non-Facebook commenting (PLEASE DON’T LET THAT HAPPEN), you would be drastically changing this site and discarding an aspect of the site that has helped make it so popular.

bluegill on August 15, 2012 at 6:50 AM

bluegill on August 15, 2012 at 6:50 AM

Well said. I don’t do Facebook because I don’t want my personal information available for co-workers/upper management at work to see. I agree that you’d have long-time HA posters leaving in droves.

Is anyone else having trouble loading the comments? I had to refresh about 7 times before they showed up. This has been happening for the last two weeks or so.

TxAnn56 on August 15, 2012 at 7:03 AM

TxAnn56 on August 15, 2012 at 7:03 AM

I have, too.

kingsjester on August 15, 2012 at 7:07 AM

Good morning HA

cmsinaz on August 15, 2012 at 7:16 AM

Boy, I could not have been more wrong about what the Ryan pick meant for this campaign. I thought the GOP strategy was going to be about proposing bold entitlement reform and hoping seniors wouldn’t vote for Obama because on social issues. Turns out they are engaging in “mediscaring” via Obamacare in an attempt to maximize the senior vote. Talk about rope-a-dope. Ryan is going to sit there with a smile and pretend he never once advocated turning medicare into a coupon program. It seems like a disastrous strategy in the long run.

libfreeordie on August 15, 2012 at 7:19 AM

I thought the GOP strategy was going to be about proposing bold entitlement reform and hoping seniors wouldn’t vote for Obama because on social issues. Turns out they are engaging in “mediscaring” via Obamacare in an attempt to maximize the senior vote.

Who said it had to be one or the other? We can do both (although there is so much more going for Romney/Ryan than simply “hoping seniors won’te vote for Obama because of social issues”), we have the money and the right people to get the message out, and we will win. Just wait and see. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander. :-)

bluegill on August 15, 2012 at 7:29 AM

Boy, I could not have been more wrong about what the Ryan pick meant for this campaign. I thought the GOP strategy was going to be about proposing bold entitlement reform and hoping seniors wouldn’t vote for Obama because on social issues. Turns out they are engaging in “mediscaring” via Obamacare in an attempt to maximize the senior vote. Talk about rope-a-dope. Ryan is going to sit there with a smile and pretend he never once advocated turning medicare into a coupon program. It seems like a disastrous strategy in the long run.

libfreeordie on August 15, 2012 at 7:19 AM

Aww, you got your today talking points from Axelturd Central early in the morning, I see….methinks you want to appear as productive and dedicated to the turd in chief…but then you know HA is the wrong place for your affirmation, you and your robotic talking points are mocked here as a rule, but if you want to ad masochism to your portfolio, be my guest…PS you and your gang of turds sound a bit desperate and all over the place ever since Ryan was announced…hmm, I wonder why :)…

jimver on August 15, 2012 at 7:32 AM

PS you and your gang of turds sound a bit desperate and all over the place ever since Ryan was announced…hmm, I wonder why :)…

jimver on August 15, 2012 at 7:32 AM

Yep. Oh, how they miss having Sarah Palin and GW Bush to endlessly mock and feel superior to. However are they going to find enough material to fill their self-superior tirades now?

It’s going to be a challenge for them to discredit or define Paul Ryan as they did with Palin. Their only hope is to try to brand him as “evil” (as the piece posted the other day pointed out, Democrats invariably try to portray conservatives as dumb, stupid or evil). Good luck with that.

bluegill on August 15, 2012 at 7:37 AM

Their only hope is to try to brand him as “evil” (as the piece posted the other day pointed out, Democrats invariably try to portray conservatives as dumb, stupid or evil). Good luck with that.

bluegill on August 15, 2012 at 7:37 AM

Oops, they try to portray conservatives as OLD, dumb or evil.

bluegill on August 15, 2012 at 7:39 AM

Ive been waiting forever for the pubs to adapt the official language of the left and star calling spending increases “cuts” and ramming it down their throats.

rickyricardo on August 15, 2012 at 7:41 AM

The left’s silly season rages on

http://twitchy.com/2012/08/14/mitt-romney-declares-love-of-papaya-on-cuban-american-radio-twitter-melts-down/

Apparently, papaya is used in Spanish slang for “v*gina”, and the silly and immature lefties are having a field day with it. Does Barry’s taste for hot dog reflects his fond memory of Reggie Love?

bayview on August 15, 2012 at 7:44 AM

good morning hotaiR!

ted c on August 15, 2012 at 7:48 AM

I don’t want anything to do with Facebook.

/commenter for ~4 years

ted c on August 15, 2012 at 7:49 AM

Yep. Oh, how they miss having Sarah Palin and GW Bush to endlessly mock and feel superior to. However are they going to find enough material to fill their self-superior tirades now?

It’s going to be a challenge for them to discredit or define Paul Ryan as they did with Palin. Their only hope is to try to brand him as “evil” (as the piece posted the other day pointed out, Democrats invariably try to portray conservatives as dumb, stupid or evil). Good luck with that.

bluegill on August 15, 2012 at 7:37 AM

It’s knda ironic that 4 years later they are now in the position to be mocked, with Biden sounding and looking more and more like the crazy-insane uncle, compared to ‘an articulate and clean’ Ryan :)…not too mention that he’s the new, kool kid on the block now, with Obama, by contrast being old and alas, bad news…ah, the wheel of fortune…

jimver on August 15, 2012 at 7:50 AM

This year the passion is NOT on Obama’s side. Not even close.

The typical Obama follower’s excuse-making for our failed president sounds like this: “But, but, you can’t expect him to get everything done after only 1 2 3 4 years! He inherited such a bad situation when he started. Blame Bush! People are racist! The Republicans are preventing him from passing what he needs to pass in order to make everything better. Obama is only human, people!”

Hardly a ringing endorsement or a stirring clarion call to action.

Members of the Obama worship cult have been reduced to making excuse after excuse for what everyone knows is a failed presidency. They have taken to blaming their fellow delusional Obama cultists for having too high of expectations. Oh, and what Obama did manage to force through (e.g., Obamacare), the country can’t wait to throw out.

Things aren’t looking so great for Obama. No wonder all he can do is try to defame, in the most vile and reprehensible ways, two good men like Mitt and Paul Ryan.

bluegill on August 15, 2012 at 7:52 AM

http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/08/enter_eliot_ness.html

Pamela Gellar considers Paul Ryan as Eliot Ness.

interesting!

ted c on August 15, 2012 at 7:54 AM

The left’s silly season rages on

http://twitchy.com/2012/08/14/mitt-romney-declares-love-of-papaya-on-cuban-american-radio-twitter-melts-down/

Apparently, papaya is used in Spanish slang for “v*gina”, and the silly and immature lefties are having a field day with it. Does Barry’s taste for hot dog reflects his fond memory of Reggie Love?

bayview on August 15, 2012 at 7:44 AM

Aww,, the gheys on the left must be bummed that Romney likes papaya :)…oh, well….

jimver on August 15, 2012 at 7:56 AM

College professorizering must not pay very well. Then again why would you pay someone to teach diversity studies, i.e. “I want to be a barista for the rest of my life”.

Bishop on August 15, 2012 at 7:58 AM

Anyhoo, I just wanted to raise the possible alternative. Obviously, my feelings wouldn’t be hurt if you guys said no. It’s not a vanity offer. Just an alternative offer to avoid FB tyranny.

:-) G’nite!

Resist We Much on August 15, 2012 at 3:21 AM

I’m in! I despise Facebook! Too much tracking–now there is a company developing cameras for retail that does face recognition based on your FB profile.

Creepy.

The last thing I want for HA is FB. If they honestly think FB would help the traffic, hey will have another think coming. They would lose so much traffic that MAKES HA, HA. Then it just becomes townhall.

Meh!

herm2416 on August 15, 2012 at 7:59 AM

Aww,, the gheys on the left must be bummed that Romney likes papaya :)…oh, well….

jimver on August 15, 2012 at 7:56 AM

You spelled “guys” wrong.

Bishop on August 15, 2012 at 7:59 AM

Resist We Much on August 15, 2012 at 3:21 AM

You’re not hitting on us, are you? I won’t do the FB posting thing, too many weirdos out there who stalk FB, and personally that dude’s shark eyes creep me out. So I’d be there.

Bishop on August 15, 2012 at 8:02 AM

At some point I want to see the Romney/Ryan campaign have a series of ads with the theme of what the next 4 years under an unrestrained-by-reelection-concerns Barack Obama would look like. Now that we know what Obama stands for, it’s worth reminding voters just exactly what Obama would be able to do if reelected.

Gosh knows we’re going to have the money for the tv ads. I look forward to overwhelming the other side with what will hopefully be an at least somewhat significant spending advantage. Oh, what a difference 4 years make. 2008 this is not.

bluegill on August 15, 2012 at 8:05 AM

Aww,, the gheys on the left must be bummed that Romney likes papaya :)…oh, well….

jimver on August 15, 2012 at 7:56 AM

You spelled “guys” wrong.

Bishop on August 15, 2012 at 7:59 AM

Oh, yeah, they”re all betas over there :)… So much for ‘diversity’. :)…

jimver on August 15, 2012 at 8:05 AM

Is anyone else having trouble loading the comments? I had to refresh about 7 times before they showed up. This has been happening for the last two weeks or so.

TxAnn56 on August 15, 2012 at 7:03 AM

I thought it was just me. I’ve had trouble too. I’m getting fed up with it. At some point, it won’t be worth it.

BuckeyeSam on August 15, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Is anyone else having trouble loading the comments? I had to refresh about 7 times before they showed up. This has been happening for the last two weeks or so.

TxAnn56 on August 15, 2012 at 7:03 AM

Everytime I saw Gabby’s little head in the P&G ad, I knew I had to reload the page. That ad is/was messing up the comment section for days.

Fallon on August 15, 2012 at 8:28 AM

Reagan increased taxes, increased spending, increased the debt and deficit, granted amnesty, increased protectionism … and was no conservative.

Ryan voted for TARP, the bailouts, confiscating CEO bonuses, Medicare Part D, expansion of SCHIP, stimulus, and allowing the president to make appointments without Senate approval (and absolutely did so knowing he was going to be Romney’s VP candidate).

Peas in a pod.

Vote big government and be called a conservative, just as long as you look good on tv.

Dante on August 15, 2012 at 8:29 AM

By completely doing away with the non-Facebook commenting (PLEASE DON’T LET THAT HAPPEN), you would be drastically changing this site and discarding an aspect of the site that has helped make it so popular.

bluegill on August 15, 2012 at 6:50 AM

Bluegill , mostly you’re an ass , but your anti facebook rant is a masterpiece.

Facebook and Google needs to be shunned as much as possible.

the_nile on August 15, 2012 at 8:31 AM

Vote big government and be called a conservative, just as long as you look good on tv.

Dante on August 15, 2012 at 8:29 AM

That ain’t workin’ that’s the way you do it
Get your money for nothin’ get your checks for free…

the_nile on August 15, 2012 at 8:37 AM

Boy, I could not have been more wrong about what the Ryan pick meant for this campaign. I thought the GOP strategy was going to be about proposing bold entitlement reform and hoping seniors wouldn’t vote for Obama because on social issues. Turns out they are engaging in “mediscaring” via Obamacare in an attempt to maximize the senior vote. Talk about rope-a-dope. Ryan is going to sit there with a smile and pretend he never once advocated turning medicare into a coupon program. It seems like a disastrous strategy in the long run.

libfreeordie on August 15, 2012 at 7:19 AM

Sounds like you need a wwwhhhaaambulance!

Resist We Much on August 15, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Bishop on August 15, 2012 at 8:02 AM

Just offering an alternative. I don’t make any money off of my blog (so no irksome pop-ups and auto-plays) and, if I set up a companion community site, then people could register to post articles, too. As a community, we could police it ourselves.

I won’t join FB and hate to see HA go that route because I waited years to get admitted to the club, but I also would not like to see everyone leave and have no place to congregate in the future.

I’m not a techie so I may not be the best person for the job, but I just thought that I’d throw out the offer.

Hopefully, HA will read the comments of the posters here and realise that going FB is going to result in many commenters leaving in droves. In the end, it may cost them much more than its worth.

:-)

Resist We Much on August 15, 2012 at 10:25 AM

thatsafactjack on August 15, 2012 at 3:27 AM

herm2416 on August 15, 2012 at 7:59 AM

Thx. Let’s just hope that they get the message. I refuse to use FB and it’s sad that we would have to be forced to pad the pockets of big Libs in order to comment on a conservative site.

Resist We Much on August 15, 2012 at 10:32 AM

FB down twinkles.

Bmore on August 15, 2012 at 10:37 AM

OMG he is wearing an American Flag pin!!!!

Crucify him!

rightConcept on August 15, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Resist We Much on August 15, 2012 at 3:21 AM

I refuse to join Facebook also. Wouldn’t it be smarter to just have open commenting like Ace and Daily Caller if you want more comments?

Cindy Munford on August 15, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Cindy Munford on August 15, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Will you leave if they FB us?

Bmore on August 15, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Resist We Much on August 15, 2012 at 3:21 AM

Thank you for the consideration and ‘keep the door open’.

I don’t think HA will be that foolish.

Schadenfreude on August 15, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Bishop on August 15, 2012 at 8:02 AM

Same here. He is creepy looking but even more dangerously creepy-acting. What he and Google and others keep and do is down right illegal. However, they have the tacit blessing of the leftists in gov’t, and incredibly also of some rightists’.

In their ‘one-world’ ‘gloabal all’ Utopian aims they will cooperate with governments against the citizens. Some of it is already on-going and much more to follow.

Fluke them all, and later pitchfork them.

Schadenfreude on August 15, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Will you leave if they FB us?

Bmore on August 15, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Not Cindy, but “yes”, along with waaaaay many more.

Schadenfreude on August 15, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Not Cindy, but “yes”, along with waaaaay many more.

Schadenfreude on August 15, 2012 at 12:44 PM

You know, I’ll be gone. You will at least know of one place to reach me, should this occur.

Bmore on August 15, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Resist We Much on August 15, 2012 at 10:25 AM

I enjoy reading your blog, and I have it bookmarked. So, regardless of what happens here, I’ll continue to enjoy reading at your place. :)

MustLoveBlogs on August 15, 2012 at 1:03 PM

You know, I’ll be gone. You will at least know of one place to reach me, should this occur.

Bmore on August 15, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Indeed

Schadenfreude on August 15, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Hopefully this will not happen and even the old timers will come out of their gulches to comment, if only now and then.

Schadenfreude on August 15, 2012 at 1:15 PM

I refuse to join Facebook also. Wouldn’t it be smarter to just have open commenting like Ace and Daily Caller if you want more comments?

Cindy Munford on August 15, 2012 at 10:48 AM

I have open comments on my blog now. I was thinking about creating a companion community page where people could register to post their own articles. I am pretty sure that I can do that with blogspot.

So, right now, anyone can comment on my blog, but with a community companion page, you could post articles, too, and people could comment on them.

Sounds good?

I am hoping that HA wakes up because going the FB-route is not a smart business move.

AGAIN, I want to reiterate for anyone, who might have missed it. I have no advertising on my blog and make nary a cent from it. Thus, my offer is not financially-motivated in any way, shape or form. I just want to be clear so that everyone understands, especially HA. I am not their competition. I LOVE HotAir. I HATE Facebook. Thanks.

Resist We Much on August 15, 2012 at 2:07 PM

MustLoveBlogs on August 15, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Thank you very much. It is my creative outlet and primal scream against Progressivism, Socialism, anti-Semitism, Islamofascism, Christophobism, totalitarianism, conformity-in-diversity’s-clothing, etc. Also, I love to post the wacky and cheeky…and the flat-out, indisputable truth.

Where else can you read a pro-life article while listening to the Sex Pistols rant against abortion? LOL!

THE TRUTH IS NOT HATE SPEECH.™

Resist We Much on August 15, 2012 at 2:12 PM

You know, I’ll be gone. You will at least know of one place to reach me, should this occur.

Bmore on August 15, 2012 at 12:58 PM

I’d leave if it required FB to comment. Where can the rest of us find you, Bmore?

Fallon on August 15, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Resist We Much on August 15, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Why we love you.

Schadenfreude on August 15, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Fallon on August 15, 2012 at 2:41 PM

I keep a small place in the forest for just such an episode. When a friend had been mistakenly banned by HA, it occurred to me that there was no good way for us to communicate should it happen again. I made the place, once I had, it seemed a waste not to utilize it in some minor capacity. So I did by just putting up a bit about me and my interests. I never linked it to my moniker because of the possibility of folks going there that I didn’t want to have over. Many here have become my friends. All my friends are welcomed. Its not much and frankly as of late I have been neglecting it just a bit. There is a reason for that, that will hopefully soon pass. You are a friend Fallon without a doubt.

Bmore on August 15, 2012 at 6:01 PM

I heart you all, too, Schad.

Resist We Much on August 15, 2012 at 6:04 PM

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