Quotes of the day

posted at 9:26 pm on January 21, 2013 by Allahpundit

President Barack Obama’s second inaugural address was the most liberal speech he has delivered as president — a blunt summons to wage war on poverty, defend entitlements for the middle class, end “perpetual war” overseas and move past the calibrated progressive agenda of his first term.

Gone were the pleas for bipartisanship of his first inaugural, vaporized by years of partisan battle and Obama’s own sense of a new mandate — achieving bipartisan results through force, not conciliation

The language came as a relief to liberals, who have long decried Obama’s caution and unwillingness to make a larger case for their views. Atlantic Editor James Fallows, a former White House speechwriter, tweeted that the address was “the most sustainedly ‘progressive’ statement Barack Obama has made in a decade.”

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Even that word—progressive—doesn’t quite do the speech justice. That is a euphemism taken on for defensive purposes, when the traditional word for an ideology that believed in robustly using federal power for humanitarian ends—liberalism—came to be used primarily as a weapon against its adherents.

That was one of the most striking elements of Obama’s address: There was nothing defensive about it. He clearly believes that the 2012 election, for all its snarling and divisive tone, served a useful purpose. By his reckoning, it demonstrated that there are more people on his side— immigrants, minorities, liberal-minded young people and women, beneficiaries of big government—than there are on the other side—older whites, cultural traditionalists, wealthy and upper-middle class earners who recoil at what they see as the remorseless expansion of government and resent being stuck with the bill.

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President Obama’s second inaugural address won’t be remembered for stirring lines, but then its purpose seemed to be more political than inspirational. Mr. Obama was laying down a marker that he has no intention of letting debt or deficits or lagging economic growth slow his plans for activist, expansive government.

Inaugurals usually include calls for national unity and appeals to our founding principles, which is part of their charm. With the election long over, swearing in a President is a moment for celebrating larger national purposes. But Mr. Obama’s speech was notable for invoking the founding principles less to unify than to justify what he called “collective action.” The President borrowed the Constitution’s opening words of “we the people” numerous times, but his main theme was that the people are fundamentally defined through government action, and his government is here to help you.

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For Abraham Lincoln, even the gravest national crimes involved shared fault. For Obama, even the most commonplace policy disagreements indicate the bad faith of his opponents. In his first inaugural address, George Washington described the “sacred fire of liberty.” In his second, Obama constructed a raging bonfire of straw men.

This will, no doubt, please the president’s strongest supporters, who are grateful that he has given up the pious balderdash of bipartisanship. They welcome his sharper political edge. They describe him as “wiser,” “wary” and more realistic about the unchangeable obstructionism of his opponents…

This is not a problem if the president is merely one participant among many in a series of zero-sum political battles. But this approach has serious drawbacks if a president is called to play a leadership role in reforms that require both parties to trust each other and take simultaneous risks.

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Even so, you could see why comparisons with Ronald Reagan are not so far-fetched. It is not so much that Obama can deliver a decent speech (though he’s not as good a communicator as Reagan was) rather the manner in which he couches his argument. Obama, more than most politicians but rather like Reagan, talks in such a fashion that you suspect he finds it hard to believe that anyone could truly and honestly and decently disagree with him and certainly no intelligent or generous person could. The goodness of his ideas and his intentions is presumed; opposition to them must be predicated upon something sinister. Reagan could speak like this too and, like Obama, he made it seem as though there might be something disagreeable about disagreeing with the President.

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So, what does all of this mean, particularly as applied to the Reagan era?

It means that a self-described conservative, Reagan-loving electorate has twice voted for a hardcore leftist, Barack Obama, to, in effect, end the Reagan era. That wasn’t the intent, but that’s the result.

Thus, it also means — and this would shock Ronald Reagan — that we conservatives really cannot trust the American public. Reagan, of course, insisted just the opposite; he was the quintessential optimist, with an unflagging faith in the American people. He had the greatest confidence in his fellow Americans.

The deeper truth, however, is that the American voter cannot be trusted; the American voter cannot be depended upon to vote rationally. Other elements, far more decisive, influence their voting behavior, such as (among others) the personalities and personas and public images of presidential candidates, the campaigns run by the candidates and their advisers (the David Axelrod factor), and, most critically of all, the liberal mainstream media that serves as a 24/7 full-time partisan/propaganda arm of the Democratic Party. In fact, related to that media point: what Ronald Reagan actually said was that if the American public is presented with both sides, it will always make the right choice.

Well, maybe.

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Finally, to all the centrist wise men and reasonable-sounding conservatives — how do you like me now? You said I couldn’t get re-elected unless I was more bipartisan, more moderate, more Clintonian. You blamed me for Washington’s gridlock and assumed the country would as well. You said I should campaign on Simpson-Bowles, of all things, instead of social issues.

Well, guess what? I did it my way, and it worked. I got tax increases without entitlement cuts, I flipped the script on the culture war, and now Marco Rubio is going to help me pass an immigration bill. I’m still up for a grand bargain, but I don’t need one: The economy’s limping back, the deficit should stabilize in the short run, and the long term — well, that’s my successor’s problem. I’d like to win on gun control and climate change, but I’ll settle for making the case and seeing whether a Biden administration (you only think I’m kidding) can finish the job…

And oh, you centrist chin-strokers who kept saying I was no Clinton? You were absolutely right.

I’m the liberal Reagan. Deal with it.

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“This man has already done an absolutely remarkable job,” Biden explained praising Obama for passing his healthcare initiative, ending the war in Iraq and supporting gay marriage.

“I want you to know something else about this guy Barack Obama — he’s just getting started,” Biden added. “He’s just getting started.”

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Via Mediaite.

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Via Greg Hengler.

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Actually – to accurately quote a friend of mine:

“Get Over Your CHEAP self!!”

williamg on January 22, 2013 at 1:11 AM

RWM, just a tad up I just posted a link for your blog’s work.

Schadenfreude on January 22, 2013 at 1:13 AM

The liberals who brought this on our country can’t suffer enough, far as I’m concerned. A pox on them all! And when it’s done, may they all go to Hades.

Liam on January 22, 2013 at 1:10 AM

Now THAT is a sentiment I couldn’t agree with more…..

williamg on January 22, 2013 at 1:13 AM

williamg on January 22, 2013 at 1:09 AM

Did I strike a nerve somewhere?

This site gets infested with liberals all the time, most sounding like Conservatives when they aren’t.

Normally, the decent people here respect another man’s wishes. Only trolls and other liberals go to screaming so fast–like you just did.

Quite telling…

Liam on January 22, 2013 at 1:13 AM

This site should be Posting things like THIS – it’s the Truth!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=FeTCkoXslsE

williamg on January 22, 2013 at 1:31 AM

The liberals who brought this on our country can’t suffer enough, far as I’m concerned. A pox on them all! And when it’s done, may they all go to Hades.

Liam on January 22, 2013 at 1:10 AM

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Now THAT is a sentiment I couldn’t agree with more…..

williamg
on January 22, 2013 at 1:13 AM

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The fate you’re describing is reserved for all those who fail to accept Jesus as Lord.

When that day comes, there will be conservatives and liberals on both sides.

listens2glenn on January 22, 2013 at 1:42 AM

DBear on January 21, 2013 at 11:08 PM

Aren’t you the one who managed to lose a government job?

Chuck Schick on January 21, 2013 at 11:10 PM

How in the world is that possible?

kim roy on January 22, 2013 at 1:43 AM

The fate you’re describing is reserved for all those who fail to accept Jesus as Lord.

When that day comes, there will be conservatives and liberals on both sides.

listens2glenn on January 22, 2013 at 1:42 AM

True. Atheists abound, the Great Falling Away is in full swing and on its prophesied course.

Liam on January 22, 2013 at 1:45 AM

How in the world is that possible?

kim roy on January 22, 2013 at 1:43 AM

He must have been really really really bad.

Which explains a lot, given the ungrateful–almost spiteful–attitude DBear displays around here.

Liam on January 22, 2013 at 1:47 AM

He must have been really really really bad.

Which explains a lot, given the ungrateful–almost spiteful–attitude DBear displays around here.

Liam on January 22, 2013 at 1:47 AM

No kidding. And to have to go on welfare/food stamps or whatever it was? That means no layoffs as that would indicate severance or other bennies. Fired or quit. So either some kind of malcontent or not too bright. You don’t quit without having a back up or $$ unless you’re a kid. Or a liberal. *snork*

To your other comment re: crime: Be prepared. ;) It’s what we are good at!

kim roy on January 22, 2013 at 1:53 AM

kim roy on January 22, 2013 at 1:53 AM

I guess DBear’s union didn’t work out quite so well for him, did it?

Maybe it’s me, maybe I’m getting more cynical, but I’m seeing an increasing malevolence among the trolls here. They’re not even graceful winners of late. Every time they invade, it’s first with an attempted slap across our faces. They never even try to get in on the discussion at hand. They first condemn, then attack. Out the outset.

Something is very seriously wrong with them, worse than ever before.

Liam on January 22, 2013 at 1:58 AM

Liam on January 22, 2013 at 1:58 AM

Have to be a real stinker to lose a unionized gov job.

But to the trolls – they’re short sighted thinking they’ve won something and full of hubris. They have nothing else to be proud of so here they are trying to knock us down to their level.

No matter. They’re the ones who will be the most entertaining to watch when reality sets in.

Hang in there. My pillow calls – goodnight!

kim roy on January 22, 2013 at 2:04 AM

kim roy on January 22, 2013 at 2:04 AM

The Left is going to throw the biggest hissy fit in all human history when the reality they don’t expect kicks in. Lay in the popcorn; it’s going to be blast!

Safe dreams!

Liam on January 22, 2013 at 2:07 AM

I’m protesting today’s inaug by not posting.

SparkPlug on January 22, 2013 at 2:07 AM

I am SO going to yak…Yahoo is just gushing over Obama and all those ‘stars’ looking to kiss his azz.

The only thing I’m going to remember of this three-ring circus is how liberals assailed ‘that white girl who had no business being there’: Kelly Clarkson.

Liam on January 22, 2013 at 2:15 AM

What drives Obama is his inborn nature, which is similar to that of a Vampyroteuthis Infernalis, lit. “Vampire Squid from Hell“, ramming his blood funnel into every part of America to suck dry all remaining individual freedoms. His blood lust and pyromania will not be satiated unless the United States Constitution, especially including it’s Bill of Rights, and most especially the First, Second and Fourth Amendments, is a incinerated corpse. As this throwback fascist monstrosity was reelected this past November the mask will now come completely off and he will go into a rabid freedom killing totalitarian frenzy such as this nation has never before even imagined.

VorDaj on January 22, 2013 at 2:20 AM

How in the world is that possible?

kim roy on January 22, 2013 at 1:43 AM

For ripping on unions? Denying that 0dumba is the Christ? Making fun of Michelle “Aunt Esther” 0dumba’s dining manners?

Anti-Control on January 22, 2013 at 2:24 AM

I am SO going to yak…Yahoo is just gushing over Obama and all those ‘stars’ looking to kiss his azz.

The only thing I’m going to remember of this three-ring circus is how liberals assailed ‘that white girl who had no business being there’: Kelly Clarkson.

Liam on January 22, 2013 at 2:15 AM

Where did you see them say that about her? I know before the election she said she liked Ron Paul…

Anti-Control on January 22, 2013 at 2:26 AM

I am SO going to yak…Yahoo is just gushing over Obama and all those ‘stars’ looking to kiss his azz.

The only thing I’m going to remember of this three-ring circus is how liberals assailed ‘that white girl who had no business being there’: Kelly Clarkson.

Liam on January 22, 2013 at 2:15 AM

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Most of the “gushing” (there are exceptions) is a temporary sensation of VICTORY in defiance towards God.

This kind of celebrating will go on till about half-way through the “Seven Year Tribulation”.

At the end of the seven years, when Jesus returns in body, there will be a GREAT groaning among survivors who still rejected him.

listens2glenn on January 22, 2013 at 2:28 AM

Where did you see them say that about her? I know before the election she said she liked Ron Paul…

Anti-Control on January 22, 2013 at 2:26 AM

Someone linked to the Twitter comments on another thread. Those liberals really ripped on her, saying she shouldn’t have been there because she is white. She sang “My Country Tis of Thee” on the steps where Obama was to be inaugurated.

It was really disgusting to read, even though it’s typical and expected of liberals.

Liam on January 22, 2013 at 2:29 AM

Ok, I’m outta’ here till morning . . . . . I luv y’all, bye bye.

listens2glenn on January 22, 2013 at 2:30 AM

listens2glenn on January 22, 2013 at 2:28 AM

I know what’s coming down the pike. And it’s not going to be pretty for those who reject the Lord Jesus. Even at the worst of it, they will still slander His Name before He finally comes back to keep them from destroying themselves.

Liam on January 22, 2013 at 2:33 AM

Anti-Control on January 22, 2013 at 2:26 AM

Here is the link.

http://twitchy.com/2013/01/21/feel-the-post-racialism-obama-fans-review-white-girl-kelly-clarksons-performance/

Liam on January 22, 2013 at 2:39 AM

Here is the link.

http://twitchy.com/2013/01/21/feel-the-post-racialism-obama-fans-review-white-girl-kelly-clarksons-performance/

Liam on January 22, 2013 at 2:39 AM

T/y.

I just got back from Twitchy, where I first went after I saw you mention Twitter.

This one caught my eye: http://twitchy.com/2013/01/21/are-you-a-random-person-in-america-meghan-mccain-would-like-to-drink-beer-with-you/

lol

Anti-Control on January 22, 2013 at 2:48 AM

Anti-Control on January 22, 2013 at 2:48 AM

Meghan has a pretty face and a nice deck. That’s about it.

And I don’t drink beer at all, let alone with insane spoiled snooty liberals.

Liam on January 22, 2013 at 2:51 AM

Anti-Control on January 22, 2013 at 2:48 AM

Worse is the detail she’ll drink beer with random people. And God knows what else she’ll do at random and with however many.

To be polite, I’ll avoid writing the first term that comes to mind.

The second one is, “BLECH!”

Liam on January 22, 2013 at 2:55 AM

B9 I am saying some prayers to help your hand get better.

SparkPlug on January 22, 2013 at 3:05 AM

One party believe in something, the other doesn’t. Guess who’s going to win?

rickyricardo on January 22, 2013 at 3:17 AM

He sold big liberal ideas with a big vision.

Obama gets it; he knows how to win: believe in something and have a vision.

Reaganesque indeed.

rickyricardo on January 22, 2013 at 3:22 AM

He sold big liberal ideas with a big vision.

Obama gets it; he knows how to win: believe in something and have a vision.

Reaganesque indeed.

rickyricardo on January 22, 2013 at 3:22 AM

That’s right. We need someone who believes in limited government. All the gravitas stuff is loser dust. It’s a rare politicians who serves an ideal – Reagan did and Obama does. To beat an ideology you need an ideology – not some sure thing, tricky game plans cooked up by a clever staff in DC, Boston…

Ancient history.

BoxHead1 on January 22, 2013 at 5:14 AM

another campaign speech….pathetic…

and he expects the gop to work with him???

tell him to pound sand…

time to eat YOUR peas there dear leader…

yeah, i know, we have a squishy gop leading us in congress

*sigh*

cmsinaz on January 22, 2013 at 5:38 AM

yep. despite obamas victory the squishy gop continues its same strategy. move further to left. they have become infested with progressives.

how is a leader going to arise from that sludge? if obama is bush 3, then the gop has bush 4 waiting in the garage for sure.

renalin on January 22, 2013 at 5:40 AM

renalin on January 22, 2013 at 5:40 AM

*sigh*

morning renalin…i’m sure morning joe will do their usual praise dear leader in his awesomeness of a speech and trash gop the rest of the show (they are so extreme thanks to the nra yada yada yada)

cmsinaz on January 22, 2013 at 5:48 AM

cmsinaz on January 22, 2013 at 5:48 AM

joe has descended to utter idiocy. now saying the only way gop wins elections is by gerrymandering.

renalin on January 22, 2013 at 5:58 AM

renalin on January 22, 2013 at 5:58 AM

what an idiot…him and powell should just switch parties now and be done with it…

the lsm wants to focus on what the GOP should do to compromise with dear leader, nevermind the divisive rhetoric he spews…there is no way to work with his idiot…

cmsinaz on January 22, 2013 at 6:05 AM

and morning joe didn’t disappoint
gop will become weaker and weaker if they go against climate change and gay marriage…they’re too extreme

cmsinaz on January 22, 2013 at 6:12 AM

dear leader is on the right side of history!!!!!
-morning joe crew

ok, turning it off…
blech

cmsinaz on January 22, 2013 at 6:13 AM

B9 I am saying some prayers to help your hand get better.

SparkPlug on January 22, 2013 at 3:05 AM

I am touched SP. You have a good heart.
Thank you! I was speechless for a minuet.
A big squeeze to u>>>>
Have a wonderful day. xo

bazil9 on January 22, 2013 at 6:20 AM

I have created my own reality.
Yesterday’s festivities didn’t exist.

Morning cms..clink* coffee mug
(out of creamer..grrr)

bazil9 on January 22, 2013 at 6:23 AM

bazil9 on January 22, 2013 at 6:23 AM

morning b9 :)
*clink*

cmsinaz on January 22, 2013 at 6:28 AM

I wonder what Obama promised Putin after O’s reelection. Expect a major concession to Russia soon. America has relinquished her worldwide leadership. Soon, troublespots and chaos will increase manifold across the world, while America gets weaker and weaker. Other players will try and fill the vacuum. Be it the Chinese, Russians or the consolidation of radical Islamic forces. Hope has turned into a mirage. Also, on a spiritual plane, the dropping of ‘under God’ ain’t gonna make the Almighty happy. Combine that with the introduction of the word ‘gay’, and we’re looking at a very tough 4 years ahead, domestically, internationally and spiritually. Sorry, I’m rambling on and on.

tommy71 on January 22, 2013 at 6:31 AM

Mornin’, y’all! Obama sworn. Continues campaigning. One-trick pony. My take.

kingsjester on January 22, 2013 at 6:45 AM

what Ronald Reagan actually said was that if the American public is presented with both sides, it will always make the right choice.

Well, maybe.

Ronny was correct at the time, but he didn’t foresee America becoming such a weakminded populace, the majority infantile ignorant moochers.

ROCnPhilly on January 22, 2013 at 6:51 AM

kingsjester on January 22, 2013 at 6:45 AM

morning kj

you’re not kidding…nothing but campaigning and disses the gop…yeah, that will help during talks(if there will be)
/

cmsinaz on January 22, 2013 at 7:06 AM

Good morning, everybody. Four more years of this. Oy vey.

Naturally Curly on January 22, 2013 at 7:12 AM

Naturally Curly on January 22, 2013 at 7:12 AM

morning NC

all hail dear leader

cmsinaz on January 22, 2013 at 7:16 AM

listens2glenn on January 22, 2013 at 1:42 AM

BOTH my parents died as Jews. Neither of them believed in Jesus-because Jews don’t need to believe in Jesus. They’re in ‘Heaven’ too.
I luv ya, but I TOTALLY believe that. If that makes me a ‘heretic’-oh well.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 22, 2013 at 7:29 AM

williamg on January 22, 2013 at 12:23 AM

AP and Ed DID NOT vote for Zero. Get your head outta your azz.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 22, 2013 at 7:35 AM

all hail dear leader

cmsinaz on January 22, 2013 at 7:16 AM

*clink*

renalin on January 22, 2013 at 7:40 AM

It was 58 degrees here on Sunday. This morning, 18 degrees. I think there’s a disturbance in The Force. Or something.

Naturally Curly on January 22, 2013 at 7:42 AM

*clink*

Too early..

oh well…

Electrongod on January 22, 2013 at 7:47 AM

*clink*

I don’t even care why we’re drinking. lol

Fallon on January 22, 2013 at 8:30 AM

Heck yeah
*clink *
Renalin EG and fallon

;)

cmsinaz on January 22, 2013 at 8:39 AM

cmsinaz on January 22, 2013 at 8:39 AM

**clink”

My Diet Coke and I salute y’all from my office.

kingsjester on January 22, 2013 at 8:47 AM

As a general rule, I avoid “healthy” food whenever possible. I try to eat things with extra fat and lots of additives. This is a conscious strategy that should assure that I keel over before being left to the tender mercies of Medicare after the Obama administration has transformed it into a system that rations care based on a Byzantine formula that purports to measure how many “quality” years of life a patient has left. Moreover, if I consume enough chemical additives, I can save my family some money by arriving at the funeral home pre-embalmed. — John Mackey, Whole Foods CEO

J_Crater on January 22, 2013 at 10:25 AM

How in the world is that possible?

kim roy on January 22, 2013 at 1:43 AM

He must have been really really really bad.

Which explains a lot, given the ungrateful–almost spiteful–attitude DBear displays around here.

Liam on January 22, 2013 at 1:47 AM

Mmmm – being “really, really really bad” doesn’t explain losing a Union job.

They hold people like that up as Shining Heroes and Examples of how you should work to Maximize cost to the owner….

Now – doing something Anti-Obama might do it….

williamg on January 22, 2013 at 11:17 AM

williamg on January 22, 2013 at 12:23 AM

AP and Ed DID NOT vote for Zero. Get your head outta your azz.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 22, 2013 at 7:35 AM

So – PROVE IT……or go away.

You might be able to convince me that Ed voted for Romney, but you would have to Prove that Allahpundit voted for Romney…..

Oh – voting for ANYONE OTHER than Romney equated to “Voting for Obama”…..

williamg on January 22, 2013 at 11:21 AM

“Get Over Your CHEAP self!!”

williamg on January 22, 2013 at 1:11 AM

You’re kind of a pretentious little peckerwood, you know.

Solaratov on January 22, 2013 at 11:38 AM

This site should be Posting things like THIS – it’s the Truth!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=FeTCkoXslsE

williamg on January 22, 2013 at 1:31 AM

And just think…if you had your own blog, you could post things like that to your heart’s content……..

rather than trying to tell other people how to run their site.

How much time do you spend at dkos, democratunderground or huffpo telling them what to do? Not much, I’d warrant.
Yet you come here to run down the site, dis the owners and complain about the writers and the content.

Ballsy!

Solaratov on January 22, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Where did you see them say that about her? I know before the election she said she liked Ron Paul…

Anti-Control on January 22, 2013 at 2:26 AM

http://twitchy.com/2013/01/21/feel-the-post-racialism-obama-fans-review-white-girl-kelly-clarksons-performance/

Solaratov on January 22, 2013 at 11:51 AM

You’re kind of a pretentious little peckerwood, you know.

Solaratov on January 22, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Get OVER your CHEAP SELF!

williamg on January 22, 2013 at 2:15 PM

How much time do you spend at dkos, democratunderground or huffpo telling them what to do? Not much, I’d warrant.
Yet you come here to run down the site, dis the owners and complain about the writers and the content.

Ballsy!

Solaratov on January 22, 2013 at 11:44 AM

OH! — And to piss you off!! Don’t forget That – It’s My FAVORITE PART!

And – Thanks – yes, I do have “balls”…….you, much?

Oh – and, No – I spend Zero time at the two places you mentioned above. I don’t for the quality of people who hang out there. You?

williamg on January 22, 2013 at 2:19 PM

williamg on January 22, 2013 at 12:23 AM

AP and Ed DID NOT vote for Zero. Get your head outta your azz.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 22, 2013 at 7:35 AM

So – PROVE IT……or go away.

You might be able to convince me that Ed voted for Romney, but you would have to Prove that Allahpundit voted for Romney…..

Oh – voting for ANYONE OTHER than Romney equated to “Voting for Obama”…..

williamg on January 22, 2013 at 11:21 AM

How about you PROVE that YOU voted for Romney.

Anybody can say that they voted for someone…but we’re gonna need some proof.

So – PROVE IT…..or go away.

(works both ways, kid)

Solaratov on January 22, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Get OVER your CHEAP SELF!

williamg on January 22, 2013 at 2:15 PM

How about you just go pound sand up your butt, you pretentious little peckerwood.

btw; You’re an idiot.

Solaratov on January 22, 2013 at 6:28 PM

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