Quotes of the day

posted at 8:01 pm on September 23, 2012 by Allahpundit

Three days after he was killed, CNN found a journal belonging to late U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens. The journal was found on the floor of the largely unsecured consulate compound where he was fatally wounded…

A source familiar with Stevens’ thinking told CNN earlier this week that, in the months leading up to his death, the late ambassador worried about what he called the security threats in Benghazi and a rise in Islamic extremism.

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But in reality, the fiasco appears to be largely — if not entirely — a State Department botch. It was the State Department that failed to provide its ambassador adequate security; it was the State Department that fled Benghazi in the aftermath of the attack, apparently failing to clear or secure the scene, leaving Stevens’ diary behind; and it was State that had taken the lead on the ground after the Libya intervention.

“When it comes to specific critiques about the attack, if either [the White House or State] should be getting blamed, it seems to me the primary one to be getting blamed should be State itself more than the [White House],” says one former State Department official with extensive experience in the region. “I mean if you take away the ‘buck stops here’ parsing of this stuff, if Stevens was issuing warning or expressing concerns he was doing so primarily through his own chain of command. The security on the ground belongs to State.”

And though the Department of State savaged CNN for reporting on the diary, BuzzFeed has learned that the department wasn’t even aware that Stevens’ personal diary existed before the cable channel told them about it.

***

Senate Republicans are furious the Obama administration rebuffed their attempts to learn details of the Benghazi attack, only to give the coveted information to The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal…

“It was like pulling teeth to get information yesterday,” [Lindsey] Graham said of the meeting with Clinton and other administration officials. “A lot of senators were frustrated. And you pick up major newspapers in the country and you find details not shared with you.”

“We were told nothing. We were told absolutely nothing,” said Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), ranking Republican on the Armed Services Panel…

“If that isn’t an incredible disrespect to the members of the United States Senate, I don’t know what is,” he said. “It’s an example of the disdain with which this body is held by the administration, including, I’m sorry to say, the secretary of state.”

***

The House GOP ought to use its power of subpoena to bring before it top administration officials to answer difficult questions about their conduct. Here’s where they should start:

Libya. The State Department’s disgraceful handling of the security situation at the Benghazi consulate led directly to the death of our ambassador, along with three other Americans. The State Department has stonewalled Freedom of Information Act requests regarding its security procedures, and continues to avoid answering basic questions as to whether unarmed British contractors were in fact providing “security.” President Obama and company continue to maintain the fiction that the attacks in Libya were “spontaneous” and therefore unforeseeable. In the end, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is charged with embassy and ambassador security. If it is found that the State Department had advance warning, that Ambassador Stevens feared that he was on the al Qaeda hit list, and that the State Department did nothing to give him armed protection, she should resign.

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National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor previews the president’s speech to the UN General Assembly next week…

“As he has in recent days, the President will make it clear that we reject the views in this video, while also underscoring that violence is never acceptable – a message that has been echoed by the leaders he has personally reached out to in places like Libya, Egypt and Yemen. He will also send a clear message that the United States will never retreat from the world; will bring justice to those who harm Americans; and will stand strongly for our democratic values abroad.”

***

On the latter point, after a week and a half of peddling an utterly false narrative of what happened in Libya, the United States government is apparently beginning to discern that there are limits to what even Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Susan Rice can say with a straight face. The official line — that the slaughter of American officials was some sort of improvised movie review that got a little out of hand — is now in the process of modification to something bearing a less patently absurd relationship to what actually happened. That should not make any more forgivable the grotesque damage that the administration has done to the bedrock principle of civilized society: freedom of speech

Last year Hillary Clinton went to see the Broadway musical Book of Mormon. “We reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others”? The Book of Mormon’s big showstopper is “Hasa Diga Eebowai” which apparently translates as “F*** you, God.” The U.S. secretary of state stood and cheered.

Why does Secretary Clinton regard “F*** you, God” as a fun toe-tapper for all the family but “F*** you, Allah” as “disgusting and reprehensible”? The obvious answer is that, if you sing the latter, you’ll find a far more motivated crowd waiting for you at the stage door. So the “leader of the free world” and “the most powerful man in the world” (to revive two cobwebbed phrases nobody seems to apply to the president of the United States anymore) is telling the planet that the way to ensure your beliefs command his “respect” is to be willing to burn and bomb and kill. You Mormons need to get with the program.

***

According to a senior Western official who recently met with opposition leaders in liberated areas of Syria, the diplomatic arguments between the U.S. and France on one hand, and Russia, a longtime Assad ally, on the other, increasingly focus on this point, especially as the Assad regime grows weaker. Each side draws different conclusions from the massive protests and attacks in Libya, Egypt, Tunisia and other countries in recent weeks against U.S. and Western interests that took the lives of a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans. “The Russians argue that we must stick with Assad to prevent the rise of the Islamists. We say any continuation of Bashar’s policies [the bloody suppression and mass killings] will only cause a more Islamic outcome.”

There may be no getting around such an outcome in any case. “In the last four decades, Islamists brilliantly positioned themselves as the alternative to the failed secular ‘authoritarian bargain,’ ” Fawaz Gerges, director of the Mideast Center at the London School of Economics, writes in a new essay, “The Islamist Moment.” “They have already won majorities of parliamentary seats in a number of countries, including Tunisia, Egypt, and Morocco, and will likely make further gains in Libya, Jordan, and maybe even in Syria after the dust settles on the raging battlefield there.”

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At home, [Obama's] personal story as the son of a mother from Kansas and a father from Kenya symbolized hopes of overcoming America’s racial divides. Might his personal story as an American-Christian descended from East African Muslims achieve a similar resonance abroad?

Now we have the answer, delivered by rocket launchers. No.

Again, this is not to blame Obama. He didn’t make the anti-Americanism, and he faces few easy answers in responding to that anti-Americanism. But it does suggest that greater humility might have been in order back in 2008-2009. And it suggests that the problems faced in the Muslim world today go way deeper than suggested by the glib answer, it’s all about Israel — or all about Bush. The anger goes back way further and lies way deeper. And it probably won’t be allayed by anything much that the United States or Israel or the larger Western world can do. It will be allayed by changes inside the Muslim world — changes that remove the incentives for local power-seekers to agitate mobs with stories about offenses against Islam; changes that reduce the receptiveness of ordinary people to the demagoguery of local power-seekers. Economic development, the advance of education, the rise of forms of Islam that are less political and more spiritual — these are the forces that will bring change. They’ll be slow. And they are bigger than any one man, no matter how unusual his life story; how eloquent his tongue; or how grand his self-image.

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“Absolutely no one intentionally or unintentionally misled anybody involved in this,” said Gibbs.

Asked about why Ambassador Susan Rice told the nation that the attack was spontaneous, when it now appears to have been a planned terrorist attack, Gibbs will only say that Rice answered the question based on the intelligence available to her.

“No one wants to get to the bottom of this more than the president and secretary of state,” Gibbs said.

***

The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said Sunday there’s no proof indicating this month’s consulate attack in Libya – which killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans – was related to protests over an anti-Islam video.

“I have seen no information that shows that there was a protest going on as you have seen around any other embassy at the time. It was clearly designed to be an attack,” Rep. Mike Rogers said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”…

Rogers said Sunday the administration’s statements have been “confusing.” He criticized President Barack Obama for attending a campaign event in Colorado the night after the attacks.


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My head hurts with all of this. It’s one facepalm moment after another.

gophergirl on September 23, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Way too early, but, BISHOP!

Lanceman on September 23, 2012 at 8:04 PM

It’s certainly a good thing that most Americans will never, ever hear about any of this.

cynccook on September 23, 2012 at 8:04 PM

“It was like pulling teeth to get information yesterday…”

Paybacks are a biotch. I hope we get a GOP executive that freezes out the Dems as much as they’ve done to us, and finally shows it has a pair.

What I don’t want to see is another Dubya “reach across the aisle” executive and legislature. How about a bit of “we won, so deal with it” governance like we get?

Wino on September 23, 2012 at 8:05 PM

“Absolutely no one intentionally or unintentionally misled anybody involved in this,” said Gibbs.

Suuuurrrreeee…. lying comes so easily to this White House that it is not intentional or unintentional any more, just the way they think and do things. That is business as usual there.

ajacksonian on September 23, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Last year Hillary Clinton went to see the Broadway musical Book of Mormon. “We reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others”? The Book of Mormon’s big showstopper is “Hasa Diga Eebowai” which apparently translates as “F*** you, God.” The U.S. secretary of state stood and cheered.

God always gets the last laugh Hillary.

SparkPlug on September 23, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Did you hear about the bad week that Romney has had..?

d1carter on September 23, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Still waiting for someone to explain what Hillary’s “Qualifications” were to be the Junior Senator from a state she never lived in, much less to be Secretary of State.

Where’s AnninCA? She’d straighten me out on this!

Del Dolemonte on September 23, 2012 at 8:10 PM

My head hurts with all of this. It’s one facepalm moment after another.

gophergirl on September 23, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Meh. I was listening to some panel on Fox a few hours ago. They all said Romney’s running a horrible campaign and that he doesn’t even have as much money on hand as previously thought.

Depressing, especially after this fiasco in the Middle East.

JPeterman on September 23, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Did you hear about the bad week that Romney has had..?

d1carter on September 23, 2012 at 8:07 PM

http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2012/09/22/gallup-on-romneys-terrible-month/

Del Dolemonte on September 23, 2012 at 8:10 PM

OT: Literally just saw 4 political commercials in a row (Northern VA) CBS right before 60 minutes. Romney Campaign, Crossroads GPS, Obama Campaign, American Crossroads.

The Count on September 23, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Where’s AnninCA? She’d straighten me out on this!

Del Dolemonte on September 23, 2012 at 8:10 PM

She morphed into DrTesla.

Lanceman on September 23, 2012 at 8:12 PM

David Frum makes me want to barf. Please just become a Democrat, write some crap about how you love Obama on your hands and go away.

Cindy Munford on September 23, 2012 at 8:12 PM

If CNN hadn’t read the diary and reported that he was anticipating an attack on his life—would we ever hear about it?

dragondrop on September 23, 2012 at 8:13 PM

You would think that Hillary has a Muslim advisor on her staff..? oops.

d1carter on September 23, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Del Dolemonte on September 23, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Same qualifications she has had most of her life, married to Bill.

Cindy Munford on September 23, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Where’s AnninCA? She’d straighten me out on this!

Del Dolemonte on September 23, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Hooma Abbadon?

Lanceman on September 23, 2012 at 8:17 PM

What do you call someone who lies in order to cover their mistakes, lies in order to aggrandize themselves, someone who will not willingly admit to their errors, someone who’s actions are those of a dissembler?

THIS is what you call them.

NOMOBO on September 23, 2012 at 8:17 PM

If CNN hadn’t read the diary and reported that he was anticipating an attack on his life—would we ever hear about it?

dragondrop on September 23, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Nope.

Hence attacking CNN over it — because of course the really bad thing here is reading the dead man’s journal (which, btw, we only have the State Dept’s word that it was a “private” or “personal” journal) to reveal facts to the public about what was going on in Libya leading up to the terrorist attack, not the fact that the Obama administration sent the man to Libya with inadequate security which lead directly to his death.

Dark Star on September 23, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Whoops.

You would think that Hillary has a Muslim advisor on her staff..? oops.

d1carter on September 23, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Hooma Abbadon?

Lanceman on September 23, 2012 at 8:17 PM

The ‘journal’ story is fake.

Hillary hid the journal for 4 days, now it’s permanently hidden.

What’s in the journal?

faraway on September 23, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Meh. I was listening to some panel on Fox a few hours ago. They all said Romney’s running a horrible campaign and that he doesn’t even have as much money on hand as previously thought.

Depressing, especially after this fiasco in the Middle East.

JPeterman on September 23, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Fox isn’t what it used to be.

Romney is going to shock everybody in the beltway as the rest of us say “we told you so”.

UGH just saw a Michelle Bachman commercial – not good she can do better.

gophergirl on September 23, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Frum is nutty. BTW, What has Honey Boo Boo been up too?

SparkPlug on September 23, 2012 at 8:19 PM

“As he has in recent days, the President will make it clear that we reject the views in this video, while also underscoring that violence is never acceptable [...]“

This echoes the leaders of Egypt and other Muslim countries, the dual condemnation of the video, and of the killings, which is no condemnation at all. It’s like asking Palestinian leaders about bombing innocent Israeli civilians, women, and children. Said leaders reply, they condemn the killing of all innocent life, whether it’s Israeli or Palestinian. They won’t unequivocally condemn the killings of infidels, just as Obama won’t unequivocally uphold, protect, and defend the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. He has to tie it together with “the video was offensive”. In fact, recently, on this issue, like the PSA Obama and Hillary ran for $70,000 in Pakistan, they’re even leaving out the part about how in America there’s something called “freedom of speech”.

Obama isn’t acting like the leader of our country. To me, in his rhetoric he’s indistinguishable from the leaders of Egypt, Libya, and other Muslim countries. How is he any different?

Paul-Cincy on September 23, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Romney should answer the ‘is 14% a fair tax rate?’ charge with…

“This is Obama’s tax policy. If he wanted to change it, he could have.”

faraway on September 23, 2012 at 8:19 PM

What’s in the journal?

faraway on September 23, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Rose Law firm records.

Lanceman on September 23, 2012 at 8:21 PM

Betcha that journal will some how materialize inside Vince Fosters brief case in a shredded state.

SparkPlug on September 23, 2012 at 8:21 PM

Twice on Sundays…

Pic of the Day: Someone Youtubed!

M2RB: A Change Of Pace

Resist We Much on September 23, 2012 at 8:21 PM

If CNN hadn’t read the diary and reported that he was anticipating an attack on his life—would we ever hear about it?

dragondrop on September 23, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Do we know the details of the attack? AQ? When? What did Hillary say about it? What were the security measures?

This is a huge coverup of epic proportions.

faraway on September 23, 2012 at 8:22 PM

So who’s going to be on the Sunday shows next Sunday to spin the lies that Gibbs told today to spin the lies that were told by Rice last Sunday. Outrage over the assassination of a U.S. ambassador by AQ has been replaced by a farce.

Curtiss on September 23, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Best Righteous Rant against Muzzies ever.

SparkPlug on September 23, 2012 at 8:24 PM

Three days after he was killed, CNN found a journal belonging to late U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens. The journal was found on the floor of the largely unsecured consulate compound where he was fatally wounded…

…and what bar was Shillary having a ‘night out’ in?

KOOLAID2 on September 23, 2012 at 8:24 PM

White House + State Department + DOJ = Consistent load of Hooey delivered by Criminally Incompetent Moonbats!

workingclass artist on September 23, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Romney is knocking the 60 minutes interview out of the park

faraway on September 23, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Meh. I was listening to some panel on Fox a few hours ago. They all said Romney’s running a horrible campaign and that he doesn’t even have as much money on hand as previously thought.

Depressing, especially after this fiasco in the Middle East.

JPeterman on September 23, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Let me guess — Bill Kristol was on the panel? This whole “how great a campaign Obama is running/how sucky a campaign his opponent is running” meme is the same one they used in 2008 against Hillary in the Dem primary. It’s psy-ops.

As to the money thing, Obama has “more” than Romney because he keeps it all to himself without sharing with the DNC. In fact, right now Romney & the RNC together have about $30 million more than Obama & the DNC do — and Obama’s burn rate just to keep the lights on is twice as much ($3 million a day) — so their saying Romney doesn’t have as much money is just creative accounting from people who don’t think a $16 trillion deficit is something we need to worry about “in the short term.”

Dark Star on September 23, 2012 at 8:26 PM

OT: Literally just saw 4 political commercials in a row (Northern VA) CBS right before 60 minutes. Romney Campaign, Crossroads GPS, Obama Campaign, American Crossroads.

The Count on September 23, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Romney campaign tv ad spending for 09/10-16 was just about double the amount spent the week before, 09/01-09. $5.2 million in DC/MD/NoVA region, another $1.5 in Richmond/Petersburg, and $1.2 million Roanoke/Lynchburg. ($2.2 million in adjacent Raleigh, NC market.) Total $10.1 million in VA area. Those were ad buys of a week ago… and that’s what you’re seeing now. Oh, and they’re running about 79% negative ads, attacking Obama.

de rigueur on September 23, 2012 at 8:26 PM

They will never be held accountable.

Key West Reader on September 23, 2012 at 8:26 PM

White House + State Department + DOJ = Consistent load of Hooey delivered by Criminally Incompetent Moonbats!

workingclass artist on September 23, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Media Matters.

Soros.

/they’ll never be called out.

Key West Reader on September 23, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Way too early, but, BISHOP!

why does everybody ask for Bishop. just wondering

gerrym51 on September 23, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Romney is outstanding on 60 Minutes, and Pelley is a petulant child. Obama is going to get his ass handed to him in the debates.

The Count on September 23, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Let me guess — Bill Kristol was on the panel?

“I think basically for the last three or four weeks the skeptics have been proven to be too skeptical. The naysayers who said it could never happen, it’s going to be violent, his departure would mean the Muslim Brotherhood taking over with total chaos in the streets of Egypt, they have been proven wrong. And the notion that the Egyptian people have managed to pull off this democratic, peaceful removal of a dictator, and now have a seemingly a pretty stable situation in the streets of Cairo and the other big cities, with the guarantee or at least a promise of a transition to free and fair elections and no real sense that those elections are — yet that the elections are going to go in some terrible direction for the U.S. or for Egypt itself.

I think this may be a case where the normal worldly pessimism is too pessimistic and the normal cynicism is too cynical, and one has a right to actually be hopeful about these developments in Egypt.”

– Bill Kristol, 13 February 2011

How’s that Arab Spring working out for ya, Billy?

Resist We Much on September 23, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Let me guess — Bill Kristol was on the panel? This whole “how great a campaign Obama is running/how sucky a campaign his opponent is running” meme is the same one they used in 2008 against Hillary in the Dem primary. It’s psy-ops.

bill kristol inherited the business from his father.

Mitt did not inherit his business from his father.

he’s jealous

gerrym51 on September 23, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Mitt looking very presidential on 60 minutes …….

angrymike on September 23, 2012 at 8:29 PM

why does everybody ask for Bishop. just wondering

gerrym51 on September 23, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Number one, Bishop is always first. Even when he’s not, and number two, I will thank you to give me credit on my post!

Lanceman on September 23, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Did you hear about the bad week that Romney has had..?

d1carter on September 23, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Gee, I missed that.

Did you ever, I mean EVER, imagine than in the days following an outbreak of violence in the mid-East against the United States with murdered citizens that “Meet the Press” would devote an entire hour to someone else, not even mentioning the current President?

Newsbusters has a nice clip of Bey Buchanan slapping down Joe Scarborough and David Brooks, but especially Joe Scarborough, as useful Democrat Idiots. Scarborough practically cries. “I’m just like Laura Ingraham! I’m just like Rush Limbaugh!!!” I can’t WAIT for Rush to rip him a new one tomorrow. Although Rush’s policy is to never acknowledge a MSNBC host, this was Meet the Depressed so he should be on fire.

Marcus on September 23, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Key west reader
good to *see* ya ……..;-)

angrymike on September 23, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Senate Republicans are furious the Obama administration rebuffed their attempts to learn details of the Benghazi attack, only to give the coveted information to The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal…

And why were the Senate Democrats equally appalled and vocal about this cover-up, whitewash?

onlineanalyst on September 23, 2012 at 8:32 PM

In other news, Peggy Noonan is at it again:

Yet, the candidate (Romney) may have startled even his closest loyalists by professing in an interview with CBS’s 60 Minutes last night that all remains well with his campaign. That has hardly been the verdict of some pundits even in the Republican camp like Peggy Noonan of the Wall Street Journal, who clarified at the weekend what she had said earlier last week about the 47 per cent debacle. “The Romney campaign has to get turned around. This week I called it incompetent, but only because I was being polite. I really meant ‘rolling calamity’,” she wrote.

Yes, Peggy. That remark hurt Romney SOOO MUCH…

http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2012/09/22/gallup-on-romneys-terrible-month/

Seriously. Is she an idiot or does she just play one on TV?

UnderstandingisPower on September 23, 2012 at 8:33 PM

WTH, Scott Pelley keeps saying Republican Congress. Romney finally said something about the first two years of the democratic congress but said nothing of the do nothing senate currently.

brut4ce on September 23, 2012 at 8:34 PM

why does everybody ask for Bishop. just wondering

gerrym51 on September 23, 2012 at 8:28 PM

To bless the QOTD…

idesign on September 23, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Too bad no one is reporting on this. The story is how terrible of a week Romney had and how badly Romney botched his statement on the attacks. Its pathetic.

Jack_Burton on September 23, 2012 at 8:34 PM

It’s very interesting watching the interviewer’s body language with Romney… and with Obama. It looks like he’s scared to death of Obama. Grimacing, looking away.

faraway on September 23, 2012 at 8:36 PM

Um, I think Obama is the one who has had the BAD WEEK–he just doesn’t know it yet.

Must Read article:

The Magnitude of the Mess We’re In

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303561504577497442109193610.html

mountainaires on September 23, 2012 at 8:36 PM

Marcus on September 23, 2012 at 8:30 PM

All pretense of “journalism” has been ditched…they are freaking over the polls and their inability to move the needle. Propaganda at its worst.

d1carter on September 23, 2012 at 8:36 PM

gerrym51 on September 23, 2012 at 8:28 PM

It’s like “First” on other sites but no matter how late he comes into a thread or if he comes into a thread at all, Bishop is always first. Some kind of union contract deal.

Cindy Munford on September 23, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Let me guess — Bill Kristol was on the panel? This whole “how great a campaign Obama is running/how sucky a campaign his opponent is running” meme is the same one they used in 2008 against Hillary in the Dem primary. It’s psy-ops.

As to the money thing, Obama has “more” than Romney because he keeps it all to himself without sharing with the DNC. In fact, right now Romney & the RNC together have about $30 million more than Obama & the DNC do — and Obama’s burn rate just to keep the lights on is twice as much ($3 million a day) — so their saying Romney doesn’t have as much money is just creative accounting from people who don’t think a $16 trillion deficit is something we need to worry about “in the short term.”

Dark Star on September 23, 2012 at 8:26 PM

No Bill Kristol. Pat Caddell and some former Congressman from New York who was a Republican. They both kept saying that Romney needs to get tougher and won’t accept any outside help/suggestions.

And Romney is not using Ryan enough and that Mitt is only doing one campaign event per day and that he’s ignoring the swing states.

Depressing or I’m being sucked into the brainwashing :(

JPeterman on September 23, 2012 at 8:37 PM

This cover-up would really be hurting Zero. You know, if anyone knew about it. But they don’t. Ask 10 people at work tomorrow why the Libyan embassy was attacked. All 10 will tell you it was over an “anti-Mohammed video.” The lie worked.

Rational Thought on September 23, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Obama: “Nobody’s more concerned about the employment situation than I am”

No, Barry, 30 million unemployed people are much, much more concerned.

faraway on September 23, 2012 at 8:38 PM

And Romney is not using Ryan enough

JPeterman on September 23, 2012 at 8:37 PM

I agree.

SparkPlug on September 23, 2012 at 8:39 PM

“No one wants to get to the bottom of this have this go away more than the president and secretary of state,” Gibbs said.

onlineanalyst on September 23, 2012 at 8:40 PM

ppp poll florida Obama 50 Romney 46

BUT OF COURSE DEMOCRAT 44 REP 36

D+8 big surprise

gerrym51 on September 23, 2012 at 8:40 PM

In an interview to air tonight on CBS’s 60 Minutes, President Barack Obama will refer to Israel’s concern over Iran’s march toward a nuclear program as “noise.”

Romney, who also is interviewed on 60 Minutes tonight, will say, that Obama not meeting with Netanyahu “is a mistake and sends a message throughout the Middle East that somehow we distance ourselves from our friends and I think the exact opposite approach is what’s necessary.”

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obama-refers-israel-concern-over-iran-noise_652967.html

workingclass artist on September 23, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Too bad no one is reporting on this. The story is how terrible of a week Romney had and how badly Romney botched his statement on the attacks. Its pathetic.

Jack_Burton on September 23, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Man, I hope he keeps being pathetic. Please. Please. Please. Please!

UnderstandingisPower on September 23, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Romney is knocking the 60 minutes interview out of the park

faraway on September 23, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Oh, well, it will be destroyed by 8 pm tonite never to be seen again!

Hopefully, some independents saw it.

mountainaires on September 23, 2012 at 8:40 PM

No Bill Kristol. Pat Caddell and some former Congressman from New York who was a Republican. They both kept saying that Romney needs to get tougher and won’t accept any outside help/suggestions.

i saw it former congressman showed why he’s a FORMER congressman

gerrym51 on September 23, 2012 at 8:41 PM

“in this 3 years in the gridlock that we’ve had”

hahahahahaha

Push the meme.

2007-2011 Dem controlled Congress

faraway on September 23, 2012 at 8:42 PM

SparkPlug on September 23, 2012 at 8:24 PM

Yep. I saw this yesterday and saved it in my YouTube account.

Needs to go viral: A Word to Rioting Muslims

PatriotGal2257 on September 23, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Meh. I was listening to some panel on Fox a few hours ago. They all said Romney’s running a horrible campaign and that he doesn’t even have as much money on hand as previously thought.

JPeterman on September 23, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Romney’s doing fine. He is out-raising and under-spending Obama. As of the end of last month he had accumulated another $50 million to spend in the October homestretch, which he is starting to spend on tv ads now. And this is just the Romney organization, not the combined GOP-Romney effort. And not the Super-PACS which overwhelmingly favor Romney.

As of the last monthly campaign committee filing (FEC monthly report for September, period ending August 31):

Romney Campaign
Cash on hand: $30 million
Raised: $86.6 million
Spent: $66.3 million
Cash on hand: $50.4 million

Obama Campaign
Cash on hand: $87.7 million
Raised: $84.7 million
Spent: $83.7 million
Cash on hand: $88.7 million

de rigueur on September 23, 2012 at 8:42 PM

It’s like “First” on other sites but no matter how late he comes into a thread or if he comes into a thread at all, Bishop is always first. Some kind of union contract deal.

Thanks-I think-lol

gerrym51 on September 23, 2012 at 8:43 PM

The lie worked.

Rational Thought on September 23, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Except for the Stevens’ diary. Somehow that changes everything, and maybe the First Amendment will be spared.

clnurnberg on September 23, 2012 at 8:44 PM

No lie is too big, no constitutional right too sacred: Obama and his supporters will do anything to win in November, and I mean anything. If Obama wins its lights out for America.

GaltBlvnAtty on September 23, 2012 at 8:44 PM

gerrym51 on September 23, 2012 at 8:43 PM

I think that last part about the union contract is a joke but you can never quite be sure with Bishop.

Cindy Munford on September 23, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Romney is knocking the 60 minutes interview out of the park

faraway on September 23, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Romney is outstanding on 60 Minutes, and Pelley is a petulant child. Obama is going to get his ass handed to him in the debates.

The Count on September 23, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Mitt looking very presidential on 60 minutes …….

angrymike on September 23, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Good…I had hoped for that when I saw the spot for the interview.

I’ll catch the replay later.

workingclass artist on September 23, 2012 at 8:45 PM

BuzzFeed has learned that the department wasn’t even aware that Stevens’ personal diary existed before the cable channel told them about it.

Talk about epic fail. State Dept should’ve been crawling all up in that place bagging and tagging every shred of paper in there. Did they? Faaaack No! So, not only did they lose the ambassador, they lost all the intel and it will be now used against them to illuminate their Epic Fail: Benghazi Edition.

ted c on September 23, 2012 at 8:45 PM

de rigueur on September 23, 2012 at 8:42 PM

That is some interesting math for the Obama campaign. Is Bernanke printing money for his campaign also?

Cindy Munford on September 23, 2012 at 8:46 PM

All pretense of “journalism” has been ditched…they are freaking over the polls and their inability to move the needle. Propaganda at its worst.

d1carter on September 23, 2012 at 8:36 PM

Wish some of our own pundits would start framing this race as a referendum on the national media as much as on Obama’s presidency. After all, they’re joined at the hip. With apologies to anyone who tries to visualize that.

de rigueur on September 23, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Obama on Arab Hangover: “we should.. align ourselves with universal rights”

Ask Arab women how that’s working out?

faraway on September 23, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Depressing or I’m being sucked into the brainwashing :(

JPeterman on September 23, 2012 at 8:37 PM


Did you see this the other night?

cynccook on September 23, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Obama gave a good interview… at least on the edited clips that we saw :) Let’s see he full interview.

faraway on September 23, 2012 at 8:49 PM

That is some interesting math for the Obama campaign. Is Bernanke printing money for his campaign also?

Cindy Munford on September 23, 2012 at 8:46 PM

As you know, the Obama campaign took a $20 million bank “loan” from an SEIU-owned bank to keep up.

de rigueur on September 23, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Depressing or I’m being sucked into the brainwashing :(

JPeterman on September 23, 2012 at 8:37 PM

You are being sucked in.

Did they also tell you that they had to lie that the Pres had 18,000 people at a rally in Wisconsin, when there were empty seats in the 5,000 seat arena?

Did they also tell you that all of the national polls now show the two tied, when Romney was down at least a point or two last week?

Did they also tell you that Obama spoke in Wisconsin–a very blue state last time?

UnderstandingisPower on September 23, 2012 at 8:50 PM

That is some interesting math for the Obama campaign. Is Bernanke printing money for his campaign also?

Cindy Munford on September 23, 2012 at 8:46 PM

Yeah, and he gave 0bama a wad to carry around on his little french-fry buying expedititions, too.

cynccook on September 23, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Romney Campaign
Cash on hand: $30 million
Raised: $86.6 million
Spent: $66.3 million
Cash on hand: $50.4 million

Obama Campaign
Cash on hand: $87.7 million
Raised: $84.7 million
Spent: $83.7 million
Cash on hand: $88.7 million

de rigueur on September 23, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Two important things to remember:

1. A lot of Romney fundraising was joint with the RNC, so if you add what the RNC has $ 68 million cash on hand then Romney/RNC have $ 118 million cash on hand. DNC has only $ 8 millions cash on hand so Obama/DNC have $ 97 millions cash on hand.

2. The Conservative/Republican Super PACs may have more money than Romney or Obama and that is probably our most potent money weapon in this election.

mnjg on September 23, 2012 at 8:51 PM

de rigueur on September 23, 2012 at 8:42 PM

It seems incredible i keep having posting this.

in may when nomiation wrapped Mitt did several money things.

1. established victory committee with RNC. can accept 75000 donations.most RNC money is mitts.

2. established 4 state victory comittees.NH and 3 in deep Red states.
Why? because his people controll these 4 state committees. they can also accept big donations and his people then can direct where it goes.they can contribute to other states committees for Mitt that he directs.

3. The Romney campaign itself. it gets money but max of 2500 from each donor.

4. SUPERPACS obvious.

5. and the best reserve-MItt can donate 50 million to himself if he sees fit. I don’t think he would do it until october so it does not have to be reported until after the election. as far as i know he has not donated to himself.

except for his own campaign all these other entities do their own separate reporting

gerrym51 on September 23, 2012 at 8:51 PM

As you know, the Obama campaign took a $20 million bank “loan” from an SEIU-owned bank to keep up.

de rigueur on September 23, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Luckily that sort of thing is always “no strings attached,” isn’t it?

cynccook on September 23, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Obama can’t seem to get why Israel is a little upset…calls it noise…

“Amir Ali Hajizadeh, a brigadier general in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, made the comments to Iran’s state-run Arabic language Al-Alam television.

“Iran will not start any war but it could launch a pre-emptive attack if it was sure that the enemies are putting the final touches to attack it,” Al-Alam said, paraphrasing the military commander.

Hajizadeh said any attack on Iranian soil could trigger “World War Three”…”

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/23/us-iran-nuclear-israel-preemptive-idUSBRE88M09C20120923

workingclass artist on September 23, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Depressing or I’m being sucked into the brainwashing :(

JPeterman on September 23, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Just wake up and do not let your intelligence be insulted by these a**holes… Yes you are sucked into brainwashing so snap out of it…

mnjg on September 23, 2012 at 8:52 PM

de rigueur on September 23, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Thank you resident keeping tab’s on the cash person!

I just saw a link to new FEC filings over at Drudge and now I can’t find it.

JPeterman on September 23, 2012 at 8:52 PM

mnjg on September 23, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Aaaaand Obama is hogging most of the DNC money for himself.

workingclass artist on September 23, 2012 at 8:54 PM

“When it comes to specific critiques about the attack, if either [the White House or State] should be getting blamed, it seems to me the primary one to be getting blamed should be State itself more than the [White House],” says one former State Department official with extensive experience in the region. “I mean if you take away the ‘buck stops here’ parsing of this stuff, if Stevens was issuing warning or expressing concerns he was doing so primarily through his own chain of command. The security on the ground belongs to State.”

Let’s talk situational awareness. What was so damned urgent that Ambassador Stevens needed to be at a marginally protected facility on 9/11/12? I can understand State’s bleating that to go the next step would put their diplomats on lock down but that doesn’t mean the individual foreign service officers didn’t institute some common sense.

Happy Nomad on September 23, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Yes, Peggy. That remark hurt Romney SOOO MUCH…

http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2012/09/22/gallup-on-romneys-terrible-month/

Seriously. Is she an idiot or does she just play one on TV?

UnderstandingisPower on September 23, 2012 at 8:33 PM

The problem is a bunch of “nobodies” pundits think that they are so important and that Romney should beg for their wisdom and follow what they tell him… I think Romney should send these idiots a note saying “Go f*** yourself fools, you are nobody”….

mnjg on September 23, 2012 at 8:55 PM

Watch Pelly’s facial expressions.

faraway on September 23, 2012 at 8:55 PM

de rigueur on September 23, 2012 at 8:50 PM

A “loan” would indicate the need to pay back, I am sure there is a taxpayer bail out in this institutions very near future.

Cindy Munford on September 23, 2012 at 8:56 PM

Did you see this the other night?

cynccook on September 23, 2012 at 8:49 PM

I saw that. Who are those people?

JPeterman on September 23, 2012 at 8:57 PM

Aaaaand Obama is hogging most of the DNC money for himself.

workingclass artist on September 23, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Exactly… That is why the DNC only has $ 8 million cash on hand…

mnjg on September 23, 2012 at 8:57 PM

de rigueur on September 23, 2012 at 8:47 PM

I like that idea. Let’s start dropping that on any news site in comment section. Couldn’t hurt?

Referendum on the Legacy Media

d1carter on September 23, 2012 at 8:57 PM

I am sure there is a taxpayer bail out in this institutions very near future.

Cindy Munford on September 23, 2012 at 8:56 PM

You kidding? The SEC has called this ‘bank’ seriously undercapitalized.

Lanceman on September 23, 2012 at 8:57 PM

JPeterman on September 23, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Just remember that in 2010 the Tea Party was dead and the Democrats were going to hold all of Congress.

Cindy Munford on September 23, 2012 at 8:59 PM

No lie is too big, no constitutional right too sacred: Obama and his supporters will do anything to win in November, and I mean anything. If Obama wins its lights out for America.

GaltBlvnAtty on September 23, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Another four years of Obama and it’s all over. In fact, I can’t see a reason that the America that would reelect Obama would ever want to get rid of him. How about an EO that suspends the 22nd amendment. Sounds ridiculous but ….

Curtiss on September 23, 2012 at 8:59 PM

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