Quotes of the day

posted at 8:31 pm on October 13, 2012 by Allahpundit

There are two possibilities. Either the intelligence community had a detailed picture of what happened in Benghazi that night and failed to share it with other administration officials and the White House. Or the intelligence community provided that detailed intelligence picture to others in the administration, and Obama, Biden, Clinton, Susan Rice, and others ignored and manipulated the intelligence to tell a politically convenient—but highly inaccurate—story.

If it’s the former, DNI James Clapper should be fired. If it’s the latter, what happened in Benghazi—and what happened afterwards—will go down as one of the worst scandals in recent memory.

It seems far more likely that it’s the latter. After all, is it conceivable that White House officials at the highest levels were not actively engaged in interagency meetings to determine what happened in Benghazi? Is it conceivable that intelligence officials, knowing there was no evidence at all of a link between the film and Benghazi, would fail to tell the president and his colleagues that their claims were unfounded? Is it conceivable that somehow the latest intelligence on the 9/11 attacks was left out of Obama’s intelligence briefings in the days after 9/11? It would have been a priority for every professional at the CIA, the State Department, and the National Security Council to discover exactly what happened in Benghazi as soon as possible. Is it conceivable that the information wasn’t passed to the most senior figures in the administration?

No, it’s really not. And therefore, the fact that these senior figures misled us—and still mislead us—is a scandal of the first order.

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The administration desperately needs a scapegoat to keep this scandal as far from the White House as possible. And that is why I think that, beyond Biden’s fact-challenged statements, the more consequential thing he did last night was to try to make the intelligence community (IC) the scapegoat (and I am not the only one who picked up on this). Based on this interview with Obama’s deputy campaign manager, the fingering of the IC appears to be a deliberate, coordinated strategy by the politicos — and it is very risky.

First, as numerous fact-checkers have already pointed out, the administration did not merely go with whatever the IC told them. They went with whatever was the most politically useful story at the time. The Obama campaign keeps complaining about how Romney-Ryan have politicized this issue, but in fact the Obama campaign has played this as a political issue from the very start.

Second, the IC can fight back. Frustration has been mounting for years within the IC over the way the administration has politicized intelligence. At some point, that frustration could bubble over into retaliatory leaks and damaging revelations.

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Former CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden has joined the chorus of GOP voices slamming Vice President Biden’s comments on the White House’s inconsistent explanation of the Sept. 11 assault on the American Consulate in Libya…

“It is clear that any failure was not on the part of the intelligence community, but on the part of White House decision-makers who should have listened to, and acted on, available intelligence,” Hayden said in a joint statement with former Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff issued Friday.

“Blaming those who put their lives on the line is not the kind of leadership this country needs,” Hayden added.

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It sure looks like Vice President Joe Biden put the blame on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, his potential 2016 rival, for the security failings Benghazi. “We weren’t told they wanted more security,” Biden declared. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney backed Biden up, saying it’s a State Department (i.e. Hillary) issue.

Will Hillary now retaliate and protect herself by leaking word that the White House did too know? Will her husband continue to tour the country trying to pull Obama’s bacon out of the fire (as he did at the convention) even as Obama points a finger at his wife? Will they all cut some sort of deal in which Hillary agrees to take the fall and Bill soldiers on … in exchange for, what? Have they already cut a deal? Is the White House going to try to hang its hat on the idea that Obama and Biden didn’t know, but maybe their staffs knew? Will that really fly? Aren’t they responsible for their staffs? Will the staffs fight back?

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To “politicize” means “to give a political character to.” It is a reductive term, capturing the peculiarly shrunken horizons of politics: “Gee, they nuked Israel. D’you think that will hurt us in Florida?” So media outlets fret that Benghazi could be “bad” for Obama — by which they mean he might be hitting the six-figure lecture circuit four years ahead of schedule. But for Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, and Tyrone Woods, it’s real bad. They’re dead, over, gonesville. Given that Obama and Secretary Clinton refer to Stevens pneumatically as “Chris,” as if they’ve known him since third grade, why would they dishonor the sacrifice of their close personal friend by peddling an utterly false narrative as to why he died? You want “politicization”? Secretary Clinton linked the YouTube video to the murder of her colleagues even as the four caskets lay alongside her at Andrews Air Force Base — even though she had known for days that it had nothing to do with it. It’s weird enough that politicians now give campaign speeches to returning coffins. But to conscript your “friend”’s corpse as a straight man for some third-rate electoral opportunism is surely as shriveled and worthless as “politicization” gets…

In the days before the attack Joe Biden had been peddling his Obama campaign slogan that “bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive.” The first successful terrorist attack on U.S. sovereign territory since 9/11, and on the very anniversary and by al-Qaeda-linked killers, was not helpful to the Obama team. And so the nature of the event had to be “politicized”: Look, over there — an Islamophobic movie! “Greater love hath no man than this,” quoth the president at Chris Stevens’ coffin, “that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Smaller love hath no man than Obama’s, than to lay down his “friend” for a couple of points in Ohio.

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Via Mediaite.

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Bishop.

Paul-Cincy on October 13, 2012 at 8:31 PM

HEY!

thatsafactjack on October 13, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Cool, first on a new QOTD

AZfederalist on October 13, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Bishopism?

predator on October 13, 2012 at 8:32 PM

The buck stops here there.

And the bleeding stops in January.

cozmo on October 13, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Carp! Third. :-(

AZfederalist on October 13, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Nope. Fourth place. *sigh*

predator on October 13, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Cool, first on a new QOTD

AZfederalist on October 13, 2012 at 8:32 PM

And you only missed by that (mental image of 0bama’s integrity) much.

cozmo on October 13, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Do you mean to say people are really starting to say that the failures related to Benghazi and the resultant cover up is a horrendous scandal?

Maybe there’s still hope for this country after all.

thatsafactjack on October 13, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Hi Scrumpy.

SparkPlug on October 13, 2012 at 8:35 PM

O/T Mitt Romney has introduced me to peanut butter and honey sandwiches and I can’t get enough of them now. Rock on.

taternuggets on October 13, 2012 at 8:35 PM

I decided to start training to compete in the QOTD First competition. Top 20 to start. Someday I dream of the prize. Someday…

anotherJoe on October 13, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Barack Obama must be ousted as president in this upcoming election.

Onnacounta we can’t have a president that has been sentenced to federal prison for his crimes – we kindasorta have to have one living at 1600 Penna. Ave.

Really, there is no fate too terrible for these treasonous usurpers.

May they all rot in hell for what they are doing.

turfmann on October 13, 2012 at 8:35 PM

The administration desperately needs a scapegoat to keep this scandal as far from the White House as possible.

Calling Brian Ross. Calling Brian Ross? Is there a Tea Party chapter in Benghazi?

Brian Ross–”Well, I do know for a fact that they have tea there.”

predator on October 13, 2012 at 8:35 PM

taternuggets on October 13, 2012 at 8:35 PM

I grew up eating peanut butter and honey sandwiches. :)

thatsafactjack on October 13, 2012 at 8:36 PM

It looks like you folks have pulled it off. Mitt Romney is going to run the exact same campaign as John Kerry, but this time it will work. I, for one, can’t wait to see what working class and middle class voters will do once Mitt Romney first announces that middle class families will have to get rid of their home interest or student loan deduction. I predict that it will not go well.

libfreeordie on October 13, 2012 at 8:36 PM

I get my Bishops without even trying because I have good karma and a nice chakra too.

SparkPlug on October 13, 2012 at 8:37 PM

I would like a reporter, any reporter, to ask Jay Carney the following 2 questions:

Did the president know Amb. Stevens was missing when he went to bed on 9/11?

Did he think flying to Las Vegas for a fundraiser hours after being notified that his ambassador was killed was the proper thing to do?

lilredhen on October 13, 2012 at 8:37 PM

thatsafactjack on October 13, 2012 at 8:36 PM

I’ve wasted years of my life not knowing about them. :/

taternuggets on October 13, 2012 at 8:38 PM

I predict that it will not go well.

libfreeordie on October 13, 2012 at 8:36 PM

I see this turning out like all your other predictions.

cozmo on October 13, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Hillary just sounds weird in that clip. Almost as if she’s a hostage being forced to read a ransom note.

mpthompson on October 13, 2012 at 8:40 PM

I like PB and J.

But sometimes the PB rips the bread. So if you put butter on first and then PB it goes on as smoothly as PB on butter bread.

Then the jam goes on next.

SparkPlug on October 13, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Do I detect some sour grapes consumption coming from left of center?

thatsafactjack on October 13, 2012 at 8:40 PM

libfreeordie on October 13, 2012 at 8:36 PM

Your predictions are worth crap. Go smoke some more hopium, fool.

wargamer6 on October 13, 2012 at 8:41 PM

SparkPlug on October 13, 2012 at 8:37 PM

And you skip all the material in the QOTD.

cozmo on October 13, 2012 at 8:41 PM

“It is clear the Obama Team had the VP lie about an event that killed 4 Americans, including an Amb.” Newt says it like it is! This is just becoming a total lack of respect to the American people, as well as, a criminal cover up! How can people not be going crazy about the Deaths from a terrorist attack on 9/11, let alone the idiotic cover up? It’s mind boggling!
Update on:How to take on the Obama Enemy media: http://paratisiusa.blogspot.com/2012/09/an-open-letter-to-those-who-should-know.html?spref=tw

God Bless America!

paratisi on October 13, 2012 at 8:41 PM

I am still angry about the deaths of Amb Stevens and 3 other Americans in Libya.

Good questions lilredhen but sadly MSM moderators would never allow them to be asked.

CoffeeLover on October 13, 2012 at 8:41 PM

When a troll tries to Predict they really just end up dict.

SparkPlug on October 13, 2012 at 8:41 PM

SparkPlug on October 13, 2012 at 8:40 PM

I like elderberry jelly, and I also like elderberry liqueur, but I’ve never tried elderberry liqueur with peanut butter and elderberry jelly sandwiches.

thatsafactjack on October 13, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Bishop.

Paul-Cincy on October 13, 2012 at 8:31 PM

And by Bishop I mean, of course, JOEY Bishop. Because re: Benghazi, all the Obama admin does is deny, deny, deny any fault or failure, in any way. This is how it’s done:

Deny, Deny, Deny
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pmBC_CrQS4

Paul-Cincy on October 13, 2012 at 8:42 PM

SparkPlug on October 13, 2012 at 8:41 PM

lol!:)

thatsafactjack on October 13, 2012 at 8:43 PM

I’ve been reading some of the posts from 2008 around this time. Man, what a change in the overall mood since then.

wargamer6 on October 13, 2012 at 8:43 PM

It looks like you folks have pulled it off. Mitt Romney is going to run the exact same campaign as John Kerry, but this time it will work. I, for one, can’t wait to see what working class and middle class voters will do once Mitt Romney first announces that middle class families will have to get rid of their home interest or student loan deduction. I predict that it will not go well.

libfreeordie on October 13, 2012 at 8:36 PM

You mean the home loan interest deduction the Dems have been trying to get rid of for the past 4 years.

RickB on October 13, 2012 at 8:43 PM

This administration may try to deny, but they don’t have plausible deniability on this issue, and that makes all the difference.

thatsafactjack on October 13, 2012 at 8:44 PM

thatsafactjack on October 13, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Well, whats keeping you?

cozmo on October 13, 2012 at 8:44 PM

It looks like you folks have pulled it off. Mitt Romney is going to run the exact same campaign as John Kerry, but this time it will work. I, for one, can’t wait to see what working class and middle class voters will do once Mitt Romney first announces that middle class families will have to get rid of their home interest or student loan deduction. I predict that it will not go well.

libfreeordie on October 13, 2012 at 8:36 PM

You will still be welcome here, libdie.

If Romney doesn’t repeal obakacare, we will be whining.

We will commiserate at times.

Lanceman on October 13, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Every time I read the QITD first some piker Bishops me out of the fame and glory I deserve.

SparkPlug on October 13, 2012 at 8:44 PM

After all, is it conceivable that White House officials at the highest levels were not actively engaged in interagency meetings to determine what happened in Benghazi?

Is it conceivable that the CIC attended a fund raiser and went to bed while an American outpost was under attack?

Sadly, yes.

AZfederalist on October 13, 2012 at 8:45 PM

Second, the IC can fight back. Frustration has been mounting for years within the IC over the way the administration has politicized intelligence. At some point, that frustration could bubble over into retaliatory leaks and damaging revelations.

And, count on them doing so, in the last few days of October, if not before. They have seen classified info leaked at will by political functionaries, which has led to deaths and/or torture of sources, which has comprised ongoing and planned missions, and which has led to the deaths of more than 30 SEALs on that helo in Afghanistan, among others.

The sea rages, and the sea takes no prisoners.

TXUS on October 13, 2012 at 8:45 PM

SparkPlug on October 13, 2012 at 8:44 PM

You coulda been a contendah!

*QITD=Quotes In The Day, no?*

predator on October 13, 2012 at 8:47 PM

It looks like you folks have pulled it off. Mitt Romney is going to run the exact same campaign as John Kerry, but this time it will work. I, for one, can’t wait to see what working class and middle class voters will do once Mitt Romney first announces that middle class families will have to get rid of their home interest or student loan deduction. I predict that it will not go well.

libfreeordie on October 13, 2012 at 8:36 PM

middle class will do just fine under romney. No worries whatsoever. The real miracle is that the middle class survived 4 years of obama. well they emerged poorer from this bizarre experiment, but they will do better in the years to come, no doubt, once obama and his clueless and incompetent clique get out of the way.

jimver on October 13, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Every time I read the QITD first some piker Bishops me out of the fame and glory I deserve.

SparkPlug on October 13, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Yeah. And what burns my ass is that that clown Bishop ain’t even tryin’ no more!

Lanceman on October 13, 2012 at 8:47 PM

cozmo on October 13, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Good evening, Cozmo. You’re right, I’m going to take the plunge and have them both together. Its time. :)

thatsafactjack on October 13, 2012 at 8:48 PM

If someone from the IC wants their 15 secs. of fame and wants to author a book “How I Ended Obama’s Chance for Reelection” that would bring them milion$, NOW is the time to step forward….

hillsoftx on October 13, 2012 at 8:49 PM

The arrogance of this administration is shocking…they forgot the number one rule…Don’t mess with the spooks!

d1carter on October 13, 2012 at 8:49 PM

thatsafactjack on October 13, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Jelly can make or break a jelly sammich.

And choosey mothers choose jiff.

Potato chips stick nicely to the PB and make your sammich nice and crunchy.

Gummy worms muffle the crunching sound.

SparkPlug on October 13, 2012 at 8:49 PM

thatsafactjack on October 13, 2012 at 8:48 PM

Good, I don’t want to be the only one here getting shnockered.

cozmo on October 13, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Message to Mitt:

After you are sworn in, appoint a very aggressive, hardass, AG (Liz Cheney will do nicely) and go after the people responsible for this, F&F, etc.

predator on October 13, 2012 at 8:50 PM

cozmo on October 13, 2012 at 8:49 PM

This evening, I join you with great abandon and count myself in very good company! :)

thatsafactjack on October 13, 2012 at 8:51 PM

And choosey mothers choose jiff.

SparkPlug on October 13, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Though cool dads serve Skippy Super Chunk.

cozmo on October 13, 2012 at 8:51 PM

I wonder if Val Jarrett is talking with Jame Clapper about his early retirement this weekend?

d1carter on October 13, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Every time I read the QITD first some piker Bishops me out of the fame and glory I deserve. – SparkPlug on October 13, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Needless to say, His Grace will not be pleased by any of this nonsense.

ManlyRash on October 13, 2012 at 8:51 PM

I watched Special Report the other night and the NYTimes thought that a story about Lance Armstrong was more fitting for the front page than Benghazi. I know that there are a few reporters doggedly following this but I no longer trust the media for information.

Cindy Munford on October 13, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Team Obama: Romney-Ryan are “politicising” Benghazi

“That’s why I said we will get to the bottom of this. You know, usually when there’s a crisis, we pull together. We pull together as a nation. But as I said, EVEN BEFORE WE KNEW WHAT HAD HAPPENED TO THE AMBASSADOR, the governor was HOLDING A PRESS CONFERENCE — was holding a press conference. That’s not presidential leadership.”

- Joe Biden, debate

Huh?

Tuesday, about 6 AM, before the attack in Benghazi (all times Eastern): BLAMES VIDEO

Tuesday, about 6:30 PM, in Twitter message, U.S. Embassy stands by statement

Tuesday, 10:08 PM: Clinton Confirms Death of One American in Libya (BLAMES VIDEO)

Tuesday, 10:10 PM: Politico reports Obama Administration disavows Embassy Statement

Tuesday, 10:24 PM: Romney criticizes Administration’s response

Wednesday, 7:22 AM: President Confirms Death of the Ambassador and Three Others

Wednesday, 10:17 AM, ROMNEY’S FIRST PRESS CONFERENCE

“Americans woke up this morning with tragic news and felt heavy hearts as they considered that individuals who have served in our diplomatic corps were brutally murdered across the world. This attack on American individuals and embassies is outrageous, it’s disgusting. It breaks the hearts of all of us who think of these people who have served, during their lives, the cause of freedom, and justice and honor. We mourn their loss and join together in prayer that the spirit of the Almighty might comfort the families of those who have been so brutally slain.

FOUR DIPLOMATS LOST THEIR LIFE (sic)….”America will not tolerate attacks against our citizens and against our embassies. We will defend also our constitutional RIGHTS OF SPEECH and assembly and religion…

I also believe the Administration was wrong to stand by a statement sympathizing with those who had breached our embassy in Egypt instead of condemning their actions. It’s never too early for the United States Government to condemn attacks on Americans, and to defend our values. THE WHITE HOUSE FINALLY DISTANCED ITSELF LAST NIGHT FROM THE STATEMENT, saying it wasn’t ‘cleared by Washington.’ That reflects the mixed signals they’re sending to the world.”

– Statement of Mitt Romney, 12 September 2012

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/09/12/us/politics/libya-statements.html

Resist We Much on October 13, 2012 at 8:52 PM

I’m a Jiff Extra Chunky peanut butter fan.

thatsafactjack on October 13, 2012 at 8:53 PM

thatsafactjack on October 13, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Then we get special dispensation on our spelling and grammatical errors tonight.

cozmo on October 13, 2012 at 8:53 PM

And therefore, the fact that these senior figures misled us—and still mislead us—is a scandal of the first order.

boom!

ted c on October 13, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Bmore

iPadthingy…so…Bishop!

KOOLAID2 on October 13, 2012 at 8:53 PM

@ppppolls: Our full Ohio poll, which finds Barack Obama leading Mitt Romney 51-46, is now posted: http://t.co/YPBUbDiV

mrscullen on October 13, 2012 at 8:54 PM

The whole Libyan mess began with Obysmal’s support AlQuaeda-affiliated “rebels” under the misguided, non-Congressionally approved deposing and eventual murder of Quaddafi. The Obysmal policy is one clusterfark from the get-go.

Andy McCarthy spells out why the Obysmal administration should have been on alert for the Benghazi attack. There were plenty of warnings prior to 9/11.
http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/330318/denying-libya-scandal-andrew-c-mccarthy

onlineanalyst on October 13, 2012 at 8:54 PM

can’t wait to see what working class and middle class voters will do once Mitt Romney first announces that middle class families will have to get rid of their home interest or student loan deduction. I predict that it will not go well.

libfreeordie on October 13, 2012 at 8:36 PM

… and your basis for the assertion that they will attempt this is based upon what, exactly? Other than the fact you had Taco Bell beans for lunch.

…or could it be that you aren’t telling the whole story? Like maybe there’s just a bit more to this than merely cutting out the home mortgage deduction? Hmmm? You wouldn’t be lying to us now, would you?

AZfederalist on October 13, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Nakoula Basseley Nakoula is unavailable for comment.

Rode Werk on October 13, 2012 at 8:54 PM

cozmo on October 13, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Oh, absolutely! I’m a writer, not an editor! lol!

thatsafactjack on October 13, 2012 at 8:55 PM

mrscullen on October 13, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Obama’s getting 12% of GOP voters, and Romney’s winning indys by 5.

wargamer6 on October 13, 2012 at 8:55 PM

It looks like you folks have pulled it off. Mitt Romney is going to run the exact same campaign as John Kerry, but this time it will work. I, for one, can’t wait to see what working class and middle class voters will do once Mitt Romney first announces that middle class families will have to get rid of their home interest or student loan deduction. I predict that it will not go well.

libfreeordie on October 13, 2012 at 8:36 PM

What can one say? You morons seem to have a fine talent for selecting pseudo-elitist America-hating willfully inhuman jackasses that make multimillionaire sons of privilege look like salt-of-the-earth men of the people by comparison. Kudos on your idiocy.

ebrown2 on October 13, 2012 at 8:55 PM

“Or the intelligence community provided that detailed intelligence picture to others in the administration, and Obama, Biden, Clinton, Susan Rice, and others ignored and manipulated the intelligence to tell a politically convenient—but highly inaccurate—story.”

People forget that not too long ago…

… the United States and NATO were supplying air and missile support to the ‘rebels’ that over threw Donald Duck.

In that effort, the intelligence community provided a detailed intelligence picture to the ‘Commander in Chief’ and his administration…

… After the fall, with all the unrest in the area, a US Ambassador with boots on the ground, retired SEALs looking for the missing shoulder fire missiles, drones patrolling the skies, what would make you think that they would have stopped, especially since their lives depended on it?

Seven Percent Solution on October 13, 2012 at 8:56 PM

Second, the IC can fight back. Frustration has been mounting for years within the IC over the way the administration has politicized intelligence. At some point, that frustration could bubble over into retaliatory leaks and damaging revelations.

This would be the same IC which was sure about WMDs in Iraq and then scrood Bush ?

burrata on October 13, 2012 at 8:56 PM

“Ultimately Mr. Romney, I think, is going to have to answer those questions, because if he aspires to being president, one of the things you learn is, you are ultimately responsible for the conduct of your operations, but again that’s probably a question that he’s going to have to answer and I think that’s a legitimate part of the campaign,” Obama said.

pambi on October 13, 2012 at 8:56 PM

libfreeordie on October 13, 2012 at 8:36 PM

“And by the way, at the time we were told exactly — we said exactly what the intelligence community told us that they knew. That was the assessment. And as the intelligence community changed their view, we made it clear they changed their view.”

- Joe Biden, at the debate

On the morning of the 12th of September — that would be the morning after the evening President Obama had been briefed that there was an ongoing assault on the Benghazi consulate and the Ambassador was missing and went to bed to get his beauty sleep – the President was told that Stevens and 3 others were dead…evidently, he did not answer the 3 AM phone call or his staff didn’t think it was important enough to tell him…he canceled his PDB and made a statement in the Rose Garden.

The significance of his statement is that, standing next to him, was one Hillary Clinton – THE SECRETARY OF STATE.

Now, why is this important?

The Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Charlene Lamb, has already testified that she was able to follow what happened “in almost real time” from a command centre in Washington. She KNEW what had happened.

Do you/they really think that we are stupid enough to believe that the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State did not tell the Secretary of State what she witnessed “in almost real time” from a command centre in DC and the Secretary of State didn’t tell the President of the United States before she joined him in the Rose Garden for his address to the nation?

Really?

Resist We Much on October 13, 2012 at 8:57 PM

I predict that it will not go well.

libfreeordie on October 13, 2012 at 8:36 PM

Considering you seem to think things are going swimmingly right now for the middle class, I’m going to put this assessment in the circular file.

mrscullen on October 13, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Haven’t you noticed — Mitt’s not going to need Ohio. With or without it, Obama’s going to lose anyway.

Dark Star on October 13, 2012 at 8:57 PM

Smaller love hath no man than Obama’s, than to lay down his “friend” for a couple of points in Ohio.

OH BRUTAL!!!!

ted c on October 13, 2012 at 8:57 PM

libfreeordie on October 13, 2012 at 8:36 PM

You’re just bitter because Barack Hussein Obama is finally being seen by the entire world for the perpetual abject failure and repugnant disingenuous bald-faced liar that he has always been.

Get over it.

It was inevitable.

FlatFoot on October 13, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Every time I read the QITD first some piker Bishops me out of the fame and glory I deserve.

SparkPlug on October 13, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Yeah. And what burns my ass is that that clown Bishop ain’t even tryin’ no more!

Lanceman on October 13, 2012 at 8:47 PM

…HA!…when he does come here….he still is able to preform though!

KOOLAID2 on October 13, 2012 at 8:58 PM

libfreeordie on October 13, 2012 at 8:36 PM

… and your basis for the assertion that they will attempt this is based upon what, exactly? Other than the fact you had Taco Bell beans for lunch.

…or could it be that you aren’t telling the whole story? Like maybe there’s just a bit more to this than merely cutting out the home mortgage deduction? Hmmm? You wouldn’t be lying to us now, would you?

AZfederalist on October 13, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Yeh Libfree would lie. I see it all the time. Pathetic. Scare tactics commence…the marching orders are in.

CW on October 13, 2012 at 8:58 PM

This is a massive scandal. And Hillary can’t hide from it either.

AshleyTKing on October 13, 2012 at 8:58 PM

HEY!

thatsafactjack on October 13, 2012 at 8:32 PM

HEY! I summoned you on the cali enviro thread. :)

bazil9 on October 13, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Daily Breakdown: Romney’s Best Polling Day Yet

http://www.tnr.com/blog/electionate/108546/daily-breakdown-romneys-best-polling-day-yet

Resist We Much on October 13, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Resist We Much on October 13, 2012 at 8:57 PM

Agreed. RWM.

bazil9 on October 13, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Where has Brayam been?

Lanceman on October 13, 2012 at 9:01 PM

I think Obama made a really bad mistake by throwing Petraeus under his ObamaBus(tm)

A really, really bad mistake.

Key West Reader on October 13, 2012 at 9:01 PM

MeanWhile,Aruba Jamaca,ooooooooo baby I wanna take ya..(sarc)

State Dept. Confirms: Marines on 9/11/12 Were Protecting U.S. Embassy–in Barbados
October 12, 2012
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(CNSNews.com) — When terrorists attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11 of this year and killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans, there were no U.S. Marines deployed in Libya to defend U.S. diplomats, diplomatic facilities and classified information and equipment.

However, says the State Department, a Marine Security Detachment was deployed on that day to carry out those duties at the U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados.

“U.S. Marine Security Guards serve at the U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown, and at other diplomatic missions around the world, to protect and safeguard American diplomacy,” Rebecca Ross, the U.S. Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Counselor for Public Affairs, said in a statement to CNSNews.com.

“On September 11, 2012, our U.S. Marine Security Detachment carried out its regular duties which include providing internal security, preventing the compromise of classified information and equipment, and providing protection for U.S. citizens and property located within official U.S. facilities,” Ross said.

On August 16, less than a month before the terrorists struck the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, the U.S. Marine Security Guard Force in Barbados led

a physical fitness test for young athletes.

U.S. Embassy Marines and BDF Athletes Tackle a Combat Fitness Test
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canopfor on October 13, 2012 at 8:57 PM

canopfor on October 13, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Why did I click on that stupid Maher show? Ben Affleck I would rather have my eyes spooned out than to ever watch another movie you are in. What Hollywood filth. I bet if someone you knew and cared about was killed because Obama was neglegent you would want answers. Or maybe not.
And do these silly leftists consider anything to be Obama’s responsibility?

magicbeans on October 13, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Dark Star on October 13, 2012 at 8:57 PM

Don’t get ahead of yourself. It would be easier if he carried Ohio. I just don’t get how 12% of GOP can vote for Obama.

mrscullen on October 13, 2012 at 9:02 PM

bazil9 on October 13, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Good evening, B9! Very good to see you.

You did? I had a peculiar feeling that I was supposed to be some where! :)

thatsafactjack on October 13, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Justice on Fox is skewering the admin over Benghazi…Opening Statement

CoffeeLover on October 13, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Considering you seem to think things are going swimmingly right now for the middle class, I’m going to put this assessment in the circular file.

mrscullen on October 13, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Less income and less jobs….yeh I think that has already hurt America enough.

CW on October 13, 2012 at 9:03 PM

@ppppolls: Our full Ohio poll, which finds Barack Obama leading Mitt Romney 51-46, is now posted: http://t.co/YPBUbDiV

mrscullen on October 13, 2012 at 8:54 PM

That poll is crap. It shows Willard surging with indies but has Obama expanding his lead anyway. How that works? Because Obummer wins more than 10% of GOPers of course!

Valkyriepundit on October 13, 2012 at 9:03 PM

Yeah, I haven’t seen Bishop for a few days.

But good evening to
Paul-Cincy
Jackie
AZfederalist
predator
cozmo
SparkPlug
taternuggets
anotherjoe
turfmann
lilredhen
mpthompson
wargamer6
paratisi
CoffeeLover
RickB
gumbyandpokey
Lanceman
TXUS
jimver
hillsoftx
d1carter
ManlyRash
Cindy Munford
RWM
and all of the other good guys

one of these things is not like the other things
one of these things doesn’t belong

22044 on October 13, 2012 at 9:04 PM

This is just becoming a total lack of respect to the American people

I see no convincing evidence that this lot has ever had any respect for us, going back to their childhood(s).

as well as, a criminal cover up

paratisi on October 13, 2012 at 8:41 PM

At the very least, criminal negligence roughly on a par with Les Aspin’s refusal to authorize proper support for the attempt to arrest Mohamid Fara Aidid in Mogadishu. That cost him his job; it should have cost him his pension and ten to twenty as well.

At the very least, this should be the final nail in the coffin of this “administration”, which for four years has been living in fantasyland while the rest of us had to live with the consequences of their delusions. Ideally, it would also land at least some of them in the Iron Bar Hotel.

clear ether

eon

paratisi on October 13, 2012 at 8:41 PM

eon on October 13, 2012 at 9:04 PM

but I no longer trust the media for information.

Cindy Munford on October 13, 2012 at 8:52 PM

I havent in years..in fact besides not providing information they twist it to their liking. Its like a propaganda machine.I banned them long ago. Sad really in this country.

bazil9 on October 13, 2012 at 9:04 PM

The key finding on this poll may be how the early voters are breaking out. 19% of people say they’ve already cast their ballots and they report having voted for Obama by a 76-24 margin. Romney has a 51-45 advantage with those who haven’t voted yet, but the numbers make it clear that he already has a lot of ground to make up in the final three weeks before the election.
We’ve found a major improvement in Mitt Romney’s image in most of the states that we’ve polled since the Presidential debate, but Ohio is an exception. His favorability now is a 45/51 spread, showing no improvement from his 45/49 breakdown two weeks ago. Obama meanwhile has seen a small spike in his approval rating, from 48/49 to 50/48.

mrscullen on October 13, 2012 at 9:04 PM

Did the president know Amb. Stevens was missing when he went to bed on 9/11?

lilredhen on October 13, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Yes, he did.

Obama: “I’m Going To Bed. You Can Let Me Know About Our Ambassador In The Morning.”

Did he think flying to Las Vegas for a fundraiser hours after being notified that his ambassador was killed was the proper thing to do?

Oh, my dear, the fundraiser was a cover. You don’t know the real story.

Resist We Much on October 13, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Poor Obama has himself between a rock and a hard place. He knows perfectly well that neither the Republicans nor the public will accept a low level State Dept. official as the scape goat or sacrificial lamb (no pun intended). Nor can he throw Hilliary Clinton under the bus. He needs Bill out on the stump and pitching Hilliary at this point would cause his already shrinking margin with women voters and Clinton supporters to shrink even further. That leaves this big stinking turd ball right in the middle of his desk, where it belongs. He’ll try putting ribbons on it and even changing the colors when each new one doesn’t work, but it’s still gonna stink no matter what.

LCT688 on October 13, 2012 at 9:05 PM

22044 on October 13, 2012 at 9:04 PM

You forgot me..I will take note. ;)

bazil9 on October 13, 2012 at 9:05 PM

This is a massive scandal. And Hillary can’t hide from it either.

AshleyTKing on October 13, 2012 at 8:58 PM

The “speaking lies to power” media will do all they can to cover it up. Alternative media has to get the word out.

ebrown2 on October 13, 2012 at 9:05 PM

“Ultimately Mr. Romney, I think, is going to have to answer those questions, because if he aspires to being president, one of the things you learn is, you are ultimately responsible for the conduct of your operations, but again that’s probably a question that he’s going to have to answer and I think that’s a legitimate part of the campaign,” Obama said.

pambi on October 13, 2012 at 8:56 PM

Good catch, Pambi.

If we only had a prez who actually believed those words.

Oh, wait…we will.

Romney/Ryan

GrannyDee on October 13, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Oh, absolutely! I’m a writer, not an editor! lol!

thatsafactjack on October 13, 2012 at 8:55 PM

As a writer, are you really comfortable using the “lol!” acronym? I would think you might prefer, “I’m laughing uproariously, not unlike Joe Biden with his “One-Flew-Over-the-Cuckoo’s-Nest” guffaw.” Or something along that line. ;-)

TXUS on October 13, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Obummer wins more than 10% of GOPers of course!

Valkyriepundit on October 13, 2012 at 9:03 PM

I call bullsh!t. NO GOPeR is gonna vote obama.

one of these things is not like the other things
one of these things doesn’t belong

22044 on October 13, 2012 at 9:04 PM

I call bullsh!t. gutmeandpokeme is a conservative. He said so!

Lanceman on October 13, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Remember last week when we got that ‘amazing’ jobs report, with the unemployment claims dropping by over 35k?

Remember the week before that when the unemployment rate magically declined to 7.8%?

Remember the stimulus bill that afforded unemployment benefits to the long term unemployed if the unemployment rate stayed at 8% or above?

Well, my mom is a seasoned citizen and her unemployment was cut without notice. She is devastated.

Obama sucks.

Key West Reader on October 13, 2012 at 9:07 PM

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