Quotes of the day

posted at 11:05 pm on September 4, 2012 by Allahpundit

President Barack Obama says his Republican challenger has the “wrong vision” for the country. So what’s his?

Some of his agenda for a second term is a continuation of the first. He’d raise taxes on annual family incomes above $250,000. He’d continue to spend on education and green energy. He’d implement the health care law and financial regulations already enacted. And he’d continue to withdraw U.S. combat troops from Afghanistan with a goal of getting them all out by the end of 2014.

Much of his plan is an open question, though, rendered all the more mysterious when he was caught on an open microphone telling Russian President Dmitry Medvedev earlier this year that he’d have “more flexibility” after the November election. To do what isn’t yet clear. Though he’s offered broad themes on the campaign trail, Obama has yet to flesh out the details.

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What should Mr. Obama push for? The richest American earners must pay more taxes on personal incomes, but the president should also propose comprehensive tax reforms to level the business playing field and encourage growth. A modest carbon tax should also be part of the mix—and I would strongly favor using the revenues to pay equal dividends directly to each American. Dividends would do more for low- and moderate-income families, buffering them against higher energy costs and boosting consumer demand. They also would give all citizens a visible and easily understood stake in the transition to a greener economy…

Perhaps the GOP will remain grumpy about the Affordable Care Act through 2014 and refuse to cooperate on routine legislative fixes. But a second Obama administration can move full speed ahead with the states. With repeal no longer possible, governors of both parties will have strong incentives to accept most Medicaid expansions and get the new health-insurance exchanges right. Mr. Obama should continue to welcome state-level experimentation, so that the best solutions can be found and spread across the land.

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Above all, we need to slow, stop and reverse climate change. A generation ago, as we faced another man-made global threat, the United States provided the leadership that produced an international agreement to ban chlorofluorocarbons from consumer products. Those chemicals had been destroying Earth’s life-protecting ozone layer.

The coming 25th anniversary of that Montreal Protocol serves as a timely reminder as we confront this generation’s planetary crisis: The world can come together. We can conquer climate change.

Doing so starts with presidential leadership, and the Obama administration has made a good start—most notably through carbon-reducing performance standards like the auto fuel-efficiency standards it issued last week. Fundamentally, though, Americans will need to finally put a price on carbon pollution.

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The president should approach the Republican leadership with an outstretched hand on a broad front of issues and be prepared to consider steps he has resisted. By doing so, he’ll seize the political high ground. And if the Republicans join him, his second administration would have the best chance to leave the country in better shape than he found it in 2009.

Here’s some of what this might mean:

Reaching a long-term fiscal agreement somewhere in the zone demarcated by the Simpson-Bowles and Domenici-Rivlin commissions.

Stabilizing the long-term finances of Social Security within the framework of the current program, which could be achieved through modest and well-understood changes in both revenues and benefits. For example, earnings subject to the Social Security payroll tax could be gradually raised to 90% from 85%, while benefits for upper-income beneficiaries could be indexed to inflation rather than wages.

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If Barack Obama wins re-election, Republicans will accept the fruitlessness of strategic obstruction. Unencumbered by the imperative to defeat Obama, who will be a lame duck president anyhow, they will begin to work with him on matters of urgent importance to the country.

That’s the White House’s operating theory, anyhow. In their words, the GOP’s fever will break. Or, as Obama himself recently put it, the “blister” will pop, and a new birth of good will will ooze forth into our politics.

There’s just one problem with the theory. Republicans and conservative thought leaders both openly say Democrats are kidding themselves. Even if Obama wins, the GOP is prepared to stymie him all over again — unless he more or less adopts a Republican governing agenda. Some have even used the promise of ongoing obstruction as an argument for a Romney president: Better to let us run the whole show than to keep government divided, because we won’t work with Obama if that happens.

It’s a brazen admission, and one the White House doesn’t really have an answer for.

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Thursday that if President Barack Obama is reelected, there would be potential under a divided government to make real progress on tax reform and entitlements.

With one caveat.

“I think it depends on whether Obama has an epiphany,” McConnell said in an interview…

“People ask me all the time to kind of psychoanalyze the guy, because I know him pretty well. I have no idea what he really is like,” McConnell said. “I can only assess what he has done. And what he has done so far is neither Reagan-like or Clintonian. And I can’t predict what he would be like in a second term. But I know this: he will not be able to do anything like what he did in the first two years.”

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If Obama wins, he will almost certainly win with a smaller majority of the vote than he got in 2008, in defiance of the usual trend: Incumbents who win re-election usually do better the second time around. Republicans will almost certainly add to their ranks in the Senate, and may take a majority. No way would they see this set of election results as a “decisive” statement of support for Obama’s views…

The Republicans aren’t going to change. Judging from the interview, neither will the president. He said that after the election he would tell Republicans “you no longer need to be focused on trying to beat me; what you need to be focused on and what you should have been focused on from the start is how do we advance the American economy.” He would reiterate that he has always been open to compromise. And he would “look at how we can work around Congress,” if needed…

If the public renders a split verdict — returning Obama to the presidency and giving Republicans more power in Congress — both parties will insist that it’s the other that needs to “listen to the American people.” The choice before those people is looking more and more like one between Romney and a unified Republican government, or Obama and four more years that look a lot like the last two.

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Personally, I wish Obama would use this convention to embrace Bowles-Simpson. That would lay the foundation for decades of prosperity. It would galvanize a new center-left majority.

But, mostly, I wish he’d be for something. I wish he’d rise above the petty tactical considerations that have shrunk him over the past two years. I wish he’d finally define what he stands for. A liberal populist? A Clintonian moderate? At some point, you have to choose.

Four years ago, Obama said we could no longer postpone tackling the big problems. But now he seems driven by a fear of defeat. His proposals seem bite-size. If Obama can’t tell us the big policy thing he wants to do, he doesn’t deserve a second term.

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Nevertheless, the Obama team remains cautiously confident that they are on track to win reelection for the President. As David Plouffe put it in an interview with me, while Obama advisers fully expect the race to be extremely close until the end, as long as he maintains a small but persistent lead in the battleground states, “we’re right on the cusp of victory.”

The Romney camp seems to be hoping for a big, late break of undecided voters his way. But Dems remain convinced they understand who these voters are and what motivates them better than the Romney team does — and don’t see a way that these voters break to Romney in large enough numbers to overcome a two or three point deficit in the key battlegrounds.

“The question is, Is Romney going to get enough of the undecided vote to overcome a two or three point deficit in the battle ground states?” Plouffe told me. “Most assuredly not.”

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Luther Allison

thatsafactjack on September 4, 2012 at 11:44 PM

I was waiting for you to show..got near nauseated on the other thread.
Tune fits nicely. Unless you find Moochelle Hot. ;)

bazil9 on September 4, 2012 at 11:49 PM

Thats what democrats said in 2004, that enthusiasm would bring them to the top. Not to mention Obama’s GOTV

this election isnt something you can win by national enthusiasm numbers. All that matter are Ohio, Virginia, Florida and if Virgil Goode siphons even 3% in VA, it’s in obama’s court.

Flapjackmaka on September 4, 2012 at 11:45 PM

Read my analysis again… I showed you by the NUMBERS how Romney is going to win… and win he will…

mnjg on September 4, 2012 at 11:49 PM

it’s looking extremely probable. :”””””(

andy85719 on September 4, 2012 at 11:45 PM

Nope. The only indicator to look at is disposable income. It’s way down. So is median household income.

John the Libertarian on September 4, 2012 at 11:50 PM

r keller on September 4, 2012 at 11:46 PM

Is the twitter feed more pro or con for Moochelle?

texgal on September 4, 2012 at 11:50 PM

The rumors of my death and/or untimely disappearance have been exaggerated.

Manly Rash has returned to Hot Air.

ManlyRash on September 4, 2012 at 11:46 PM

Was the EST as terrible as I’ve always heard? *_+

Rio Linda Refugee on September 4, 2012 at 11:50 PM

I am not a “main writer” on this forum… I do not post articles, I just reply. My first name is Joseph…

mnjg on September 4, 2012 at 11:46 PM

Whaddya know, Joe? :-D Kidding. Welcome.

minnesoter on September 4, 2012 at 11:50 PM

bazil9 on September 4, 2012 at 11:49 PM

Good evening, B9! Its great to see you this evening. :)

thatsafactjack on September 4, 2012 at 11:51 PM

Stay classy: Michelle Obama fans celebrate speech by cursing Ann Romney

Speechless.

pambi on September 4, 2012 at 11:47 PM

pambi:)
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Transcript: Michelle Obama’s Democratic Convention Speech
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http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/transcript-michelle-obamas-democratic-convention-speech/story?id=17155898#.UEbKjSLKEuc

canopfor on September 4, 2012 at 11:46 PM

canopfor on September 4, 2012 at 11:51 PM

Flapjackmaka on September 4, 2012 at 11:45

You’d love that, wouldn’t you?

wargamer6 on September 4, 2012 at 11:51 PM

The rumors of my death and/or untimely disappearance have been exaggerated.

Manly Rash has returned to Hot Air.

ManlyRash on September 4, 2012 at 11:46 PM

A grand patriot is back.

Schadenfreude on September 4, 2012 at 11:51 PM

Whaddya know, Joe? :-D Kidding. Welcome.

minnesoter on September 4, 2012 at 11:50 PM

Thanks :)

mnjg on September 4, 2012 at 11:52 PM

Yeah, I think Obama will get a considerable bump from this convention. The media is having multiple orgasms and Michelle basically described Obama as Jesus. I feel like retching at the thought of Obama winning, but it’s looking extremely probable. :”””””(

andy85719 on September 4, 2012 at 11:45 PM

Relax. All of the propaganda and flowery speeches in the world are not going to change Barry’s record.

TarheelBen on September 4, 2012 at 11:52 PM

You’d love that, wouldn’t you?

wargamer6 on September 4, 2012 at 11:51 PM

what’s wrong with you?

Flapjackmaka on September 4, 2012 at 11:52 PM

It is really pathetic… Notice that he is the only main writer on HotAir who is afraid to use his real name, this should tell you a lot about his character…

mnjg on September 4, 2012 at 11:38 PM

Anyone else want to do the brief bio for mnjg?

INC on September 4, 2012 at 11:53 PM

Onyango Obama’s got his drunk on, freak flag flyin’ and Governor Deval Patrick has made sure that he is, once again, licenced to drive drunk!”

Resist We Much on September 4, 2012 at 11:49 PM

Cool man cool..lets coexist or something. Peace sign* Glad the public is safe.
Laws don’t apply for some.

bazil9 on September 4, 2012 at 11:53 PM

Read my analysis again… I showed you by the NUMBERS how Romney is going to win… and win he will…

mnjg on September 4, 2012 at 11:49 PM

No need for numbers (or damn lies). Just read the writing on the wall.

minnesoter on September 4, 2012 at 11:53 PM

I’m surprised no one called me a concern troll yet. Look, I’m 21 years old and this is my senior year in college. The market looks bleak as heck and the prospect of Obi winning another opportunity to spread the wealth makes me physically ill. (Sob)

andy85719 on September 4, 2012 at 11:53 PM

Dire Straits on September 4, 2012 at 11:17 PM

Anybody who can explain that accurately needs to be banned immediately…and flushed from the interwebz forever.

Solaratov on September 4, 2012 at 11:54 PM

Relax. All of the propaganda and flowery speeches in the world are not going to change Barry’s record.

TarheelBen on September 4, 2012 at 11:52 PM

Exactly… On November 6 2012 the majority of voters are going to ask the simplest but most important question: “Do we want four more years of this misery and failure?”… Their answer would be “No, hell No”…

mnjg on September 4, 2012 at 11:54 PM

Guess we’ll have to see who gives up the unfettered consumption of oxygen.
Carbon tax…
From my cold dead lungs!

dirtengineer on September 4, 2012 at 11:55 PM

Cold Cold Feeling

thatsafactjack on September 4, 2012 at 11:55 PM

Read my analysis again… I showed you by the NUMBERS how Romney is going to win… and win he will…

mnjg on September 4, 2012 at 11:49 PM

alright then.

Flapjackmaka on September 4, 2012 at 11:55 PM

Solaratov on September 4, 2012 at 11:54 PM

+ 100..You make a good point!..:)

Dire Straits on September 4, 2012 at 11:55 PM

Thats what democrats said in 2004, that enthusiasm would bring them to the top. Not to mention Obama’s GOTV

this election isnt something you can win by national enthusiasm numbers. All that matter are Ohio, Virginia, Florida and if Virgil Goode siphons even 3% in VA, it’s in obama’s court.

Flapjackmaka on September 4, 2012 at 11:45 PM

Republicans have an 800,000 vote advantage in voter registration in the swing states and all of the recent polling data that I’ve seen has the GOP with at minimum a +19 enthusiasm advantage.

Voter registration for Democrats, especially for African-Americans and Hispanics, has fallen since 2008 and the GOP has the greatest voter id affiliation advantage over the Democrats that it has had in decades.

So, while Obama has some built-in advantages — as do all incumbents — he is not where he either wants or needs to be. A 5% decrease in voter turnout amongst blacks, Hispanics, and the 18-29 vote means that Romney wins. Obama’s numbers with white, blue-collar men are dreadful. A +23 advantage or higher for Romney in this bloc would make it nearly impossible, mathematically, for Obama to win. He would have to get GREATER TURNOUT than he did in 2008 and that’s not going to happen. The last numbers that I saw showed Romney with a +21 and +25.

Resist We Much on September 4, 2012 at 11:56 PM

No need for numbers (or damn lies). Just read the writing on the wall.

minnesoter on September 4, 2012 at 11:53 PM

Yes and the writing on the wall says “Romney is going to win”….

mnjg on September 4, 2012 at 11:56 PM

andy85719 on September 4, 2012 at 11:53 PM

Don’t sweat the petty stuff, pet the sweaty stuff.

Rio Linda Refugee on September 4, 2012 at 11:56 PM

Is the twitter feed more pro or con for Moochelle?

texgal on September 4, 2012 at 11:50 PM

I think his end message said it all: Michelle got a bump…but not as big as Ann Romney.

Highlar on September 4, 2012 at 11:57 PM

Anyone want to give it a shot at explaining this??!!??..:)

Dire Straits on September 4, 2012 at 11:17 PM

I will give it a shot.
You see when a catcher wants to …..sorry, I tried :(

burrata on September 4, 2012 at 11:57 PM

andy85719 on September 4, 2012 at 11:53 PM

Hang in there ..We (GOP) can do this!..:)

Dire Straits on September 4, 2012 at 11:58 PM

Relax. All of the propaganda and flowery speeches in the world are not going to change Barry’s record.

TarheelBen on September 4, 2012 at 11:52 PM

The party that controls the dissemination of information controls the masses. Never forget that.

Rio Linda Refugee on September 4, 2012 at 11:58 PM

Its been awfully hot and humid lately.

These are the climes that fry men’s soles.

SparkPlug on September 4, 2012 at 11:59 PM

bazil9 on September 4, 2012 at 11:53 PM

Precious, ain’t it?

On the other hand, George Obama was denied a visa to visit the United States in 2010.

I guess Obama doesn’t like when he makes statements like this:

“[At the time of its independence in the early 1960s] Kenya was on an economic par with Malaysia or Singapore. Look where we are now, and where they are. They’re practically developed and industrialized, while Kenya is still a basket case. What’s our excuse for failure? We don’t have one. We’ve only got ourselves to blame.”

Resist We Much on September 4, 2012 at 11:59 PM

Got To Be Some Changes

thatsafactjack on September 5, 2012 at 12:00 AM

A grand patriot is back.

It warms my heart that I have not been forgotten. Thank you, Schadenfreude.

ManlyRash on September 5, 2012 at 12:00 AM

For Typhoid Fever-
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivtRU1BSVeY

Think with your top head if possible bro. Opps..thats empty 2′z.

bazil9 on September 5, 2012 at 12:01 AM

…oh oh!…they may be uncovering a body at the sandy base of Mount Obama!

KOOLAID2 on September 4, 2012 at 11:34 PM

.
Ha! You think that crowd is going to clean up after themselves??

;)

PolAgnostic on September 5, 2012 at 12:03 AM

http://www.soopermexican.com/2012/09/04/michelle-obamas-speech-in-word-cloud-guess-what-word-she-used-most/

He has a word clouds comparing Michelle’s speech to Ann Romney’s.

You won’t be surprised.

INC on September 5, 2012 at 12:03 AM

I have been contributing to this site for months now and not one time has anything I ever said appeared as a QOTD. Not once.

No, we get endless prattle from a bunch of back-benchers appearing every night but nothing from ole Sparky. Guess I just not good enough. Is that it?

Well who ever runs this site can go pound sand. Not sure why I have been black listed but I think 4Grace has something to do with why I am never quoted.

SparkPlug on September 5, 2012 at 12:04 AM

MeanWhile………..Mittens Strikes Back……

September 4, 2012 3:46 PM
Romney: Democrats “shameful” for omitting Jerusalem from platform
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(CBS News) CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Mitt Romney is attacking President Obama and Democrats for their “shameful refusal to acknowledge that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital” in their party platform.

The platform released by Democrats Monday evening dropped a clause included in the 2008 platform that read: “Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel.” That platform went on to say, however, that “[t]he parties have agreed that Jerusalem is a matter for final status negotiations. It should remain an undivided city accessible to people of all faiths.”

Israel maintains that its capital is Jerusalem, but the United States and other nations maintain embassies in Tel Aviv because East Jerusalem is contested by the Palestinians, who see it as a potential capital for their state.

Romney called Jerusalem “the capital of Israel” in July, prompting criticism from the Palestinians as well as China. Senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat called the comment “absolutely unacceptable.”

As a presidential candidate, Mr. Obama said in 2008 that “Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel and it must remain undivided,” though he later softened his stance and said he is not trying to “predetermine” the final status of the city. As president, he has maintained that, as his campaign put it to CBS News, “the capital is something that should be determined in final status negotiations between the parties.”(more….)
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http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57505876-503544/romney-democrats-shameful-for-omitting-jerusalem-from-platform/

canopfor on September 5, 2012 at 12:06 AM

http://www.soopermexican.com/2012/09/04/michelle-obamas-speech-in-word-cloud-guess-what-word-she-used-most/

He has a word clouds comparing Michelle’s speech to Ann Romney’s.

You won’t be surprised.

INC on September 5, 2012 at 12:03 AM

Brilliant!

faraway on September 5, 2012 at 12:06 AM

Resist We Much on September 4, 2012 at 11:59 PM

Soo precious..
Equality my a$$. And putting people in harms way..sweet.

Boo to George..-you must live in squalor my betrayer-Zero.

bazil9 on September 5, 2012 at 12:06 AM

SparkPlug, thank you for the smiles.

Schadenfreude on September 5, 2012 at 12:06 AM

andy85719 on September 4, 2012 at 11:45 PM

Barry winning is quite possible, not extremely probably. I have factored that in and formulate my path forward. I do understand and sympathize with your concern of being hosed if Barry won a second term, when you are just starting out as a young adult.

bayview on September 5, 2012 at 12:07 AM

SparkPlug on September 5, 2012 at 12:04 AM

I was born in the wagon of a traveling show
My mother used to dance for the money they throw
..:):)

Dire Straits on September 5, 2012 at 12:07 AM

4Grace has something to do with why I am never quoted.

SparkPlug on September 5, 2012 at 12:04 AM

She is my humble servant. ;)

bazil9 on September 5, 2012 at 12:07 AM

The party that controls the dissemination of information controls the masses. Never forget that.

Rio Linda Refugee on September 4, 2012 at 11:58 PM

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If that were true, every ad the SCOAMF’s campaign is running would be about unicorns and pixies and …

… since they don’t even try to peddle that crap to the “masses” – I think the folks folks running his campaigndon’t believe in that statement anymore.

Just sayin’

PolAgnostic on September 5, 2012 at 12:08 AM

canopfor on September 4, 2012 at 11:49 PM

Tomorrow(Today if you/re on Eastern time).

annoyinglittletwerp on September 5, 2012 at 12:08 AM

Well who ever runs this site can go pound sand. Not sure why I have been black listed but I think 4Grace has something to do with why I am never quoted.

SparkPlug on September 5, 2012 at 12:04 AM

You have now been quoted. And, your welcome.

TXUS on September 5, 2012 at 12:08 AM

A grand patriot is back.

Schadenfreude on September 4, 2012 at 11:51 PM

Been a while. I’ve never been sure what the self ban, or rather the committment to self ban, accomplished.

a capella on September 5, 2012 at 12:08 AM

i remain totally agnostic on the election outcome. Rs do not act in a vacuum. leftists know their weaknesses.

Ds/leftists/media types have a peculiar fixation on emotional themes. They are story tellers, artists, fickle people…who if you give them some free stuff will vote for you every time…and laud you as the golden one.

so this convention is about making it Feel good to vote for barry again. Sure, there’s lots of bad stuff…but there’s also a lot of free stuff to help you out. No, you won’t get rich off of the free stuff (unless you are a Pol)…but life isn’t all that bad.

but maybe you do feel a little grumpy about barry…but that michelle boy she is a great person, makes me feel better…in fact, barry and michelle together..wow, well, maybe i will vote. and all those problems…well, the rich caused ‘em all…let them suffer for a while

and who knows, maybe barry will forgive my loan in the next term…

r keller on September 5, 2012 at 12:09 AM

Right Place Wrong Time

thatsafactjack on September 5, 2012 at 12:09 AM

The rumors of my death and/or untimely disappearance have been exaggerated.

Manly Rash has returned to Hot Air.

ManlyRash on September 4, 2012 at 11:46 PM

About damn time you got your azz back here.
*grin*

annoyinglittletwerp on September 5, 2012 at 12:10 AM

canopfor on September 5, 2012 at 12:06 AM

Great link!..This is going to hurt Obie big time!!..:)

Dire Straits on September 5, 2012 at 12:10 AM

canopfor on September 5, 2012 at 12:06 AM

I agree with Gretta on this: its a form of political suicide. And like her guest also said when she asked him WHY they would do something (so stupid): I think its what they really believe. This will stand a good chance of slaughtering Obama’s support among the Jewish community, along with how well Romney did in Israel and the great speech and endorsement he got when he was over there.

Highlar on September 5, 2012 at 12:10 AM

Hey mnjg, Lighten up Francis Joseph, this isn’t HuffPo, the average age here is probably twice that of HuffPo. Allah throws up bait for discussion. He lives in New York. I’m pretty sure that if he used his actual name, that some rabid douchebag would have acted on that knowledge.

bigmike on September 5, 2012 at 12:10 AM

I’ve never been sure what the self ban, or rather the committment to self ban, accomplished.

a capella on September 5, 2012 at 12:08 AM

He needed the time to sew a new tri-corn for this election.

Rio Linda Refugee on September 5, 2012 at 12:10 AM

a capella on September 5, 2012 at 12:08 AM

He’s a man of his word.

Schadenfreude on September 5, 2012 at 12:11 AM

Ann Romney is ten times the person Michelle Obama will ever be.

Ann is a real person who has experienced real life. Michelle is a media creation, who has shtruggled for NOTHING since she skipped through college and briefly dabbled in “community service” to the poor, stupid, and easily manipulated. She is a made woman. All she needs to do now is SKIM the cream. The leftist elite will pay her well for her services to date to the cause.

minnesoter on September 5, 2012 at 12:11 AM

Been a while. I’ve never been sure what the self ban, or rather the committment to self ban, accomplished.

It meant only that I kept my part of the bargain.

ManlyRash on September 5, 2012 at 12:11 AM

Manly Rash has returned to Hot Air.

ManlyRash on September 4, 2012 at 11:46 PM

Where is Grue?

Rio Linda Refugee on September 5, 2012 at 12:12 AM

SparkPlug on September 5, 2012 at 12:04 AM

She is my humble servant. ;)

bazil9 on September 5, 2012 at 12:07 AM

Oh so you were behind this. I should have known. I turn my back for two seconds and there is a traitors conspiracy forming to usurp my power. Well you can go pound sand and the horse you rode in on.

See if I will ever want anymore of your flan. I’ll just make my own and at least won’t have a butcher knife sticking out of my back courtesy of two seditious traitor co-conspirators, one who is in rehab fr food-throwing.

SparkPlug on September 5, 2012 at 12:12 AM

bazil9 on September 5, 2012 at 12:06 AM

The two ILLEGAL relatives, who are on the dole — one of which is a proven danger to the public — get to stay in the US.

The relative, who only wanted to VISIT legally, is denied.

Cloward & Piven would be so proud.

Resist We Much on September 5, 2012 at 12:12 AM

Hey manlyRash, Dude! long time, welcome back.

bigmike on September 5, 2012 at 12:12 AM

andy85719 on September 4, 2012 at 11:53 PM


Poof! You are a concern troll.

Now do you feel better?

;)

PolAgnostic on September 5, 2012 at 12:12 AM

while Obama advisers fully expect the race to be extremely close until the end

I don’t know many campaigns that have said this and won. This is normally said when you want to keep your campaign alive even though you’re losing.

MrX on September 5, 2012 at 12:13 AM

Super depressing:

Michelle Obama’s primetime speech peaked at 28,003 tweets per minute at its conclusion, nearly double Mitt Romney’s at 14,289 at peak.

So much for us controlling twitter.

andy85719 on September 5, 2012 at 12:13 AM

My first name is Joseph…

mnjg on September 4, 2012 at 11:46 PM

So, “mnjg”…is that Eastern European?

Solaratov on September 5, 2012 at 12:13 AM

Heh…Gretta’s lib guests are ALL trying to walk back their Democrat Platform…after spending all last week trying to link Romney to the Republican Platform in toto! What hypocrites!

Highlar on September 5, 2012 at 12:13 AM

He lives in New York. I’m pretty sure that if he used his actual name, that some rabid douchebag would have acted on that knowledge.

bigmike on September 5, 2012 at 12:10 AM

Gulp! Hey, Allah, I’m sorry I ever chided you.

minnesoter on September 5, 2012 at 12:15 AM

Here is a little tidbit on Castro that some of you Texans might find interesting.

Castro was born in San Antonio on September 16, 1974 to Maria “Rosie” Castro and Jessie Guzman.He is the identical twin brother of politician Joaquín Castro. His mother was a Chicano political activist who helped establish the chicano political party La Raza Unida. She ran unsuccessfully for San Antonio City Council in 1971. Known for being a firebrand, she regards The Alamo as a symbol of bad times and has stated, “I can truly say that I hate that place and everything it stands for.”

Yeah, he’s really going to go far in Texas politics! /

texgal on September 5, 2012 at 12:15 AM

ABOUT TO BE BANNED FOR THE C-WORD, but I’ve got to use it after Moochelle Obama’s speech. Here it goes, love y’all …

CONTEMPTUOUS.

TXUS on September 5, 2012 at 12:15 AM

Moochelle’s speech read off the teleprompter almost made everyone forget her imperial ways in the past 4 years, her taking off in a separate jet to Martha Vineyard a couple of hours early to begin her vacation, the half a million dollar jaunt to Spain, etc, etc. When you are concerned about losing all those perks, you’ll be crying too.

bayview on September 5, 2012 at 12:16 AM

Watching Greta with the panel. They are talking about feelings and Barack being empathic to the plight of the common man. Can they really be so wrapped up in that, that they think people will forget this man has been inept for the last four years? Or am I giving the public too much credit.

Cindy Munford on September 5, 2012 at 12:16 AM

andy85719 on September 5, 2012 at 12:13 AM

But the “tweet master” said Ann Romney topped Michelle, so how does THAT look?

Highlar on September 5, 2012 at 12:16 AM

The rumors of my death and/or untimely disappearance have been exaggerated.

Manly Rash has returned to Hot Air.

ManlyRash on September 4, 2012 at 11:46 PM


Wait a minute! …. Whose body did we put in that shallow grave?

PolAgnostic on September 5, 2012 at 12:16 AM

Got To Be Some Changes

thatsafactjack on September 5, 2012 at 12:00 AM

Love that.

a capella on September 5, 2012 at 12:16 AM

SparkPlug on September 5, 2012 at 12:12 AM

You haven’t taken me out in a long time, showing chicks at the bus stop your new shirt-I had to use my power. Even with food fight addicts in treatment. ;)
You have a small stab wound..next time..beware. Slit from appetite to a$$. ;)

Luv ya dude.

bazil9 on September 5, 2012 at 12:16 AM

a capella on September 5, 2012 at 12:16 AM

Glad you’re enjoying it. You know your blues. :)

thatsafactjack on September 5, 2012 at 12:18 AM

SparkPlug on September 5, 2012 at 12:04 AM

I was born in the wagon of a traveling show
My mother used to dance for the money they throw..:):)

Dire Straits on September 5, 2012 at 12:07 AM

lolz. This place won’t even quote Cher. We have to do it ourselves. Apparently the management is just too damn lazy. Now if they won’t even quote famous celebs like Cher how can I have a chance to get up there. Maybe B9 and 4Grace hate Cher too. That could be why. Well screw them. Read this

Poppa would do whatever he could
Preach a little gospel
Sell a couple bottles of doctor good

SparkPlug on September 5, 2012 at 12:18 AM

Hey manlyRash, Dude! long time, welcome back.

bigmike on September 5, 2012 at 12:12 AM

manlyRash reunites with bigmike. This is really touching.

minnesoter on September 5, 2012 at 12:19 AM

ManlyRash on September 4, 2012 at 11:46 PM

Welcome back, dear Sir! Please, no guarantees.

Cindy Munford on September 5, 2012 at 12:20 AM

Blues At Sunrise

thatsafactjack on September 5, 2012 at 12:20 AM

Welcome back, dear Sir! Please, no guarantees.

Cindy Munford on September 5, 2012 at 12:20 AM

That was my initial thought too.

Rio Linda Refugee on September 5, 2012 at 12:21 AM

Or am I giving the public too much credit.

Cindy Munford on September 5, 2012 at 12:16 AM

That day may come, but not yet. Obama will go down in a landslide this Fall.

minnesoter on September 5, 2012 at 12:22 AM

andy85719 on September 5, 2012 at 12:13 AM

I hope you don’t think your shtick is fooling anyone.
Pretty transparent,….. and, I don’t mean just this post.

a capella on September 5, 2012 at 12:22 AM

This man, Allahpundit, is a typical case of knee jerk reactionary who who believes by the crap that liberals and some other knee jerk reactionaries on our side say and gets very intimidated by them… It is really pathetic… Notice that he is the only main writer on HotAir who is afraid to use his real name, this should tell you a lot about his character…

mnjg on September 4, 2012 at 11:38 PM

You’re still kind of new here aren’t you? You don’t have a clue about Allahpundits character. The man is an absolute legend in the blogging world. His anonymous nic hails from his early days when he mercilessly ridiculed the Islamic Terrorist set of the world. Allahpundit doesn’t get intimidated by ANYONE.

The QOTD comes entirely without any parsing, spin or judgement, it is simply a collection of things said that day around the internet. Allahpudit post’s them so that you, the individual reader, can see them and make up your own mind about what other people are saying and thinking.

SWalker on September 5, 2012 at 12:22 AM

SparkPlug on September 5, 2012 at 12:18 AM

rofl..:)

Dire Straits on September 5, 2012 at 12:22 AM

bazil9 on September 5, 2012 at 12:16 AM

I guess you are right honey. Well with all the loitering at the Bus station and Bowling nights (MTWTFS) plus printing your T-Shirts on Sundays I haven’t had much time for a Date night with the little lady.

I was about to give you a Vulcan nerve pinch with my Rock-Lobster Oven Mitt. But instead how about a hug? And then some foreplay?

hehe

SparkPlug on September 5, 2012 at 12:23 AM

minnesoter on September 5, 2012 at 12:22 AM

From your keyboard to God’s ear!! Come on, America!!!

Cindy Munford on September 5, 2012 at 12:23 AM

The party that controls the dissemination of information controls the masses. Never forget that.

Rio Linda Refugee on September 4, 2012 at 11:58 PM

If that’s all there was to it, Reagan, Bush 41 and Bush 43 would never have been elected. The Republicans would have never taken Congress in 1994. At some point, the propaganda no longer works. I pray we are at that point right now. If not, and Jugears gets the next four years, we will no longer have a free country; it’s as simple as that.

AZfederalist on September 5, 2012 at 12:24 AM

You’re still kind of new here aren’t you? [snip]

SWalker on September 5, 2012 at 12:22 AM

Uh oh …

minnesoter on September 5, 2012 at 12:25 AM

ManlyRash on September 4, 2012 at 11:46 PM

I thought you were an urban legend! :-). Welcome back. HA just got a little bit better.

Somebody get Doc Zero on the line, stat! Could be fun!

KCB on September 5, 2012 at 12:25 AM

Is the twitter feed more pro or con for Moochelle?

texgal on September 4, 2012 at 11:50 PM

sorry, i just saw that

Most every one liked michelle’s speech. Kulow thougt it was.

Gergen fell in luv all over again, said that barry would win nov because of it

todd loves her and her speech…he luvs her…and hates respublicans..they didn’t have any speaker that moved him

jonah thought it was a good speech, definitely enuf to fire up the base and to sucker some wavering people

but my conservative links laughed at her

so the media will fire up its engines in pure love.

(however, one repeater, can’t remember, said this could have been given four years ago, without change)

the cult of personality, v. the truth

we will see what this county is all about

r keller on September 5, 2012 at 12:26 AM

Somebody get Doc Zero on the line, stat! Could be fun!

KCB on September 5, 2012 at 12:25 AM

I miss the good Doctor…

SWalker on September 5, 2012 at 12:26 AM

Or am I giving the public too much credit?

Cindy Munford on September 5, 2012 at 12:16 AM

Yes

Schadenfreude on September 5, 2012 at 12:26 AM

If that’s all there was to it, Reagan, Bush 41 and Bush 43 would never have been elected. The Republicans would have never taken Congress in 1994. At some point, the propaganda no longer works. I pray we are at that point right now. If not, and Jugears gets the next four years, we will no longer have a free country; it’s as simple as that.

AZfederalist on September 5, 2012 at 12:24 AM

I’m not saying that that is all there is to it, just that we should remain vigilant and keep our powder dry.

Rio Linda Refugee on September 5, 2012 at 12:26 AM

Michelle Obama’s primetime speech peaked at 28,003 tweets per minute at its conclusion, nearly double Mitt Romney’s at 14,289 at peak.

andy85719 on September 5, 2012 at 12:13 AM

.
And don’t look for a People Magazine or ET interview from Super Mitt either.

Reality TV awaits the fraud occupying the WH.

FlaMurph on September 5, 2012 at 12:27 AM

The only way Obie wins is if the dead turn out in huge numbers, no sane American will put up with this idiot for four more years……. They steal it or lose it………….

angrymike on September 5, 2012 at 12:27 AM

Here is a little tidbit on Castro that some of you Texans might find interesting.

Castro was born in San Antonio on September 16, 1974 to Maria “Rosie” Castro and Jessie Guzman.He is the identical twin brother of politician Joaquín Castro. His mother was a Chicano political activist who helped establish the chicano political party La Raza Unida. She ran unsuccessfully for San Antonio City Council in 1971. Known for being a firebrand, she regards The Alamo as a symbol of bad times and has stated, “I can truly say that I hate that place and everything it stands for.”

Yeah, he’s really going to go far in Texas politics! /

texgal on September 5, 2012 at 12:15 AM

Sounds like his mother and Obama’s had a lot in common. No wonder they’re touting Julian Castro as the Latino Obama. No, he won’t go anywhere in Texas politics beyond being Mayor of SA (WTH were they thinking?) but the national Dems so want complete destruction of the USA, their current one failing them, Castro will be their next Messiah. It never stops, nor can we in defending against them.

TXUS on September 5, 2012 at 12:27 AM

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