Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on March 7, 2013 by Allahpundit

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has friends all over the spectrum — from establishment conservatives to the freewheeling libertarian devotees of his father — after a nearly 13-hour filibuster of John Brennan’s CIA nomination on Wednesday. He’s also managed to make two of the Senate’s most establishmentarian figures, John McCain and Lindsey Graham, look like outliers, and Republicans are privately grumbling about them…

“This marks [Paul's] arrival as a serious national figure in the Republican party, said Steve Schmidt, McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign manager, who said Paul would be a “formidable candidate” in 2016…

The strategist called the filibuster “big beyond it just being a big moment for Rand Paul. It was kind of a big moment for the party because you suddenly had people rallying together on a cause of principle.”

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“It was one of the first examples in a long time of messaging that made the base feel like we had control of the day,” said Rick Wilson, a Florida-based Republican strategist. “Rand Paul’s stock price rose sharply today, and being the guy who set Obama on his heels — even for a day — will pay dividends for Paul in the short term, at least.”…

By the time the 2016 Republican presidential race rolls around, the Paul filibuster will be a distant memory — even to the grassroots of the party. But, the motivation behind the filibuster — a combination of genuine conviction and a sense for the dramatic — will still burn strongly in Paul.

It’s why we continue to believe no one should underestimate Paul’s ability to have a major impact on the 2016 race. While his beliefs — particularly on foreign policy — are outside the mainstream of current Republican thought, Paul will get points among the base for actually believing what he says.

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Republicans off Capitol Hill clearly were using Paul’s filibuster to their political advantage. It instantly galvanized the warring factions of the Republican Party in a fight against Obama, including the NRSC and the Tea Party Patriots, two groups that have been at odds in recent years over GOP candidates in Senate races. Both were quick to call on their supporters to unify behind Paul.

“People appreciate that someone is finally standing up and playing hardball with the president and his administration,” said Greg Mueller, a Republican strategist. “The party has been far too much seen as a party of capitulation and deal-making with a radically liberal president. Conservatives, tea party, mainstream Republicans want a fighting opposition party in Washington.”

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Fueled in large part by support from a Twitter political class that flexed its muscles on policy issues, Republicans rallied around Paul in a way that hasn’t been seen on the national stage in years and could provide a glimmer of hope for a listless party.

“There was a hell of a lot of team play tonight,” a senior GOP leadership aide said Thursday morning, acknowledging that Paul’s filibuster had given the GOP a much needed jolt of energy. “Everybody’s in a three-point stance, helmets on and ready to fight,” the aide said.

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The pace of politics and policy is mind-blowing. Paul is a junior senator from Kentucky, a darling of the tea party and libertarians who thrives on the margins of the political establishment. And yet he was able to cow the White House by harnessing Twitter and other social media to rally public support. Sen. John McCain, a Republican from another era, sniffed at Paul’s appeal to young voters in “dorm rooms.” Like the anti-piracy legislation thwarted by online activists last year, the Paul drone filibuster may mark a turning point in American activism. For better or worse, public opinion is now more democratized than ever.

Paul is a force. What started as a Paul-only affair quickly turned into an after-midnight gathering of GOP senators who were literally summoned to Capitol Hill by supporters via Twitter and e-mail. This burst of exposure and influence will help Paul’s prospects for 2016, when he could seek the GOP nomination and, possibly, as many Republicans fear, divide the party.

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GLENN: A man who is I believe going to be the logical choice for president of the United States because he is reasonable, polite, and a ‑‑ I believe in a teaching mode right now, teaching the American people, not throwing around firebombs, not calling anybody names but speaking about principles, and the principles are those basic human rights that we all know naturally we’re born with. One that he spoke about last night, the right to live and to have a trial and to have a warrant, not just be killed, gunned down in the streets, or in this case killed by a drone because this president or any president says, “Yeah, take him out.”

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CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: Stroke of political genius. He will be remembered. This raises his image, and he’s completely sincere about this. This will be a moment that people will say has launched him as a national figure.

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Paul chipped away at the Democratic Party’s monopoly on romance yesterday. His actions broke through traditional firewalls that keep politics out of the homes of the nation’s marginally interested voters. He showed that the struggle for personal freedom is an idealistic pursuit. For a moment, the pervasive cynicism that has hardened voting patterns over the last two decades melted away. The political class will miss it, but the apolitical citizenry who could care less for what a consultant or a pundit says or thinks will not. The shift that Paul’s actions have ushered in will not remain imperceptible for long.

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The left and right Twittersphere lavished Paul with praise for his integrity (which, I guess, is what you could call it coming from a man who has questioned the constitutionality of the Civil Rights Act and Medicare). But at a certain point, Paul refused to take yes for an answer. The CIA doesn’t operate the military drones, so holding up Brennan’s appointment didn’t make sense. And I suspect Paul didn’t want to hold up, say, a defense authorization, which would have not been as popular. Attorney General Eric Holder’s response wasn’t as absolutist as Paul wanted, but it did make it clear that drones were not going to whack people out of the blue in Los Angeles, Houston, and Bowling Green, Kentucky, as Paul cited last night in a nod to his home state. At a certain point, you have to take yes for an answer, and if you don’t, then you’re engaging in the kind of lamentable politics you seem to disdain.

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It was heartening to see Republicans — several joined the filibuster — take the initiative and put the administration on the defensive, but Paul’s filibuster was an ambling affair. Chalk it up to having to talk for hours on end. Paul’s case against the targeted killing of American citizens designated as terrorist combatants marshaled rhetorical support from sources as diverse as our own Kevin D. Williamson and hard-left scold Glenn Greenwald, broke the proscription on reductio ad Hitlerum early and often, and included lengthy and occasionally insightful excurses on everything from counter-majoritarianism to Alice in Wonderland to the French Revolution…

Holder told Senator Ted Cruz at a Judiciary Committee hearing — after persistent questioning — that attacking on our soil an American citizen who is an enemy combatant in the absence of such a threat would be unconstitutional. We are not sure he is right about that. It would be possible to craft extreme scenarios — involving invasions, domestic insurrections, or other outlandish circumstances — in which such an attack would pass muster. But we would be testing the boundaries of the plausible, and of the Constitution…

The Rand Paul filibuster was great entertainment and will probably mark a new stage in his emergence as a national figure. We salute his brio, even if we suspect he is ultimately fighting a phantom menace.

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Asked why more Democrats didn’t come to Paul’s aid, Sen. Max Baucus of Montana said, “Each has his own view. To be honest, I haven’t been focused as much on that issue, an da lot of others probably haven’t either. I assume that’s the reason.”

One Senate staffer, said Democrats were privately “amused by the whole thing.”

“There was a sense the Paul filibuster was a distraction from the real issues of privacy and civil liberties, and was just not an issue worth spending an entire day on in the Senate,” said the Democratic staffer. “When Senators are getting ready to break ranks, you feel these tremors before it actually hits, and we didn’t hear any of that yesterday.”

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Where Rand Paul led, other Republicans followed: some out of conviction, some out of opportunism, and some out of fear.

Since 2008, the party has executed a huge about-face on issues of executive power and national security. Yesterday marked an important pivot in that complex maneuver. I worry it won’t be the last…

Something more than ordinary partisanship is driving this switcheroo. The alienation and fear to which Rand Paul spoke in the Senate yesterday – the alienation and fear that shapes the political environment to which Marco Rubio and Mitch McConnell must adapt – comes from some deeper and more tangled place than disappointment at the outcome of an election.

Executive assassinations, hyperinflation leading to populist dictatorships, ordinary Americans protecting themselves by launching insurgencies against the state – these are themes of Rand Paul’s politics, now endorsed by his Republican Senate colleagues. Out of what doom-haunted imagination are such dark fantasies born? The Republican party used to be the party more serious about defending America. Now it provides a home to those more doubtful that America is worth defending.

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Paul himself seemed to appreciate that this was an important moment for himself, confidently acknowledging to POLITICO in an interview that he was “seriously” considering running for president in 2016.

“I think our party needs something new, fresh and different,” he said. “What we’ve been running — nothing against the candidates necessarily — but we have a good, solid niche in all the solidly red states throughout the middle of the country.”…

“I don’t think you can underestimate how big of a moment this was. If the Iowa Caucuses were tomorrow, he would win in a landslide,” said conservative talk radio host Steve Deace, who lives in Iowa. “Imagine taking what Scott Walker did in Wisconsin and combining it with what Mike Huckabee did with Chick-fil-A, that’s how big this is.”

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Broadly dismissed and ridiculed, he must do much more to achieve national prominence. The advocate of the devil would ask, did the 13 hours of speaking mirror the easy response provided by the White House?Rusty Allen on March 7, 2013 at 11:06 PM

Who “broadly dismissed and ridiculed” him? McCain & Graham don’t count, since they are known backstabbers and always against Conservtives and Tea Party supporters.

Do you think Holder would have sent that letter had Rand Paul not filibustered? If so, how and who would have forced him?

bluefox on March 8, 2013 at 12:07 AM

Bmore on March 8, 2013 at 12:06 AM

I think yo know Ed and Allah better than I do!

It’s your call hon…

Scrumpy on March 8, 2013 at 12:07 AM

a capella on March 8, 2013 at 12:04 AM

Right on.

Rusty Allen on March 8, 2013 at 12:07 AM

Waste, fraud and US-taxpayer-abuse.

The final Special Inspector General’s Iraq Report (SIGIR) is out this week. Curl up with it and find out where $60 billion taxpayer dollars went in Iraq (spoiler alert: down the drain). Boosters point to the relative success of Iraqi security forces in “keeping order” (trained at a cost of $20-plus billion) — and Petraeus and Crocker, in their introduction to the report, still burble on, old Western-serial-style, about providing “new opportunity to the citizens of the Land of the Two Rivers” — although somehow it seems relevant to note that Iraqi security forces under dictator Saddam Hussein also “kept order,” sans such costly US training.

Out of Afghanistan, the waste, fraud and abuse story is even more grotesque. Afghanistan’s Special Inspector General estimates that Americans have spent $100 billlion (and counting) on construction projects. After all, there was little to re-construct, except the Kajaki Dam, which we first built back in the 1950s. Now, USAID is pulling the plug on it.

Enough said? Not on your life.

VorDaj on March 8, 2013 at 12:07 AM

Rusty Allen on March 7, 2013 at 11:49 PM

Good evening, Rusty. :)

thatsafactjack on March 8, 2013 at 12:08 AM

The latest collaborative effort and I am issuing a SPEW ALERT so no whining about computer screens, keyboards and carpets…

Pic of the Day: Maaaae-see-naa-ma-ma-see-na-ma-ma-see-na

M2RB: The Kinks

Resist We Much on March 8, 2013 at 12:08 AM

Scrumpy on March 8, 2013 at 12:07 AM

Ed wouldn’t, but Allah can get a wee bit cranky over the darndest things sometime. He once deleted my comment and three others because I used the word kneepads. Lol!

Bmore on March 8, 2013 at 12:09 AM

Rusty Allen on March 8, 2013 at 12:04 AM

What do you say you and me go chase Scrumpy?! Sparky won’t like it…All the better!

KCB on March 8, 2013 at 12:09 AM

HOBBITS OF THE WORLD, UNITE!!!

Resist We Much on March 7, 2013 at 11:10 PM

LOL, I’m in!!

bluefox on March 8, 2013 at 12:09 AM

Resist We Much on March 8, 2013 at 12:08 AM

That looks nice. I’ll link it now, so if they ban, it will be the both of us. ; )

Bmore on March 8, 2013 at 12:10 AM

Resist We Much on March 8, 2013 at 12:08 AM

UMMMM… OH MY!!!

KCB on March 8, 2013 at 12:10 AM

.

Bmore on March 8, 2013 at 12:11 AM

Bmore on March 8, 2013 at 12:07 AM

Oh yes I get it, the red tie :-)

Scrumpy on March 8, 2013 at 12:11 AM

May Schmidt choke on a ham sandwich.

RickB on March 7, 2013 at 10:46 PM

I will second!

KCB on March 7, 2013 at 10:46 PM

Put me down for number three.

NeoKong on March 7, 2013 at 10:49 PM

I’m # 4 or # whoever is the latest:-)

bluefox on March 7, 2013 at 11:56 PM

…ok!…maybe not bluefox…but, come on guys!…we got something else beside a ham sandwich…we really… want him to choke on!

KOOLAID2 on March 8, 2013 at 12:11 AM

thatsafactjack on March 8, 2013 at 12:08 AM

Hey, how was your day?

Rusty Allen on March 8, 2013 at 12:12 AM

I’m just mad. It will pass.

Rusty Allen on March 7, 2013 at 11:58 PM

It c/b non-HA related, though we do know that the fish lady is HA.

Schadenfreude on March 8, 2013 at 12:12 AM

KCB on March 8, 2013 at 12:09 AM

I’m game!! ;-D

You’ll not catch me tho…I have a broom!! hahahahahaha…

Scrumpy on March 8, 2013 at 12:12 AM

Resist We Much on March 8, 2013 at 12:08 AM

Good tune selection. ; )

Bmore on March 8, 2013 at 12:13 AM

Does thismean Rand is a “shoo in” to win the CPAC straw poll??..:)

Dire Straits on March 7, 2013 at 11:20 PM

Hmmm, I think it’s a great possibility. Rubio won’t be pleased:-)

bluefox on March 8, 2013 at 12:13 AM

Rand and Marco are speaking at CPAC with Cruz being the closer..I will be interested to hear all three..:)

Dire Straits on March 8, 2013 at 12:14 AM

Schadenfreude on March 8, 2013 at 12:12 AM

(:

Rusty Allen on March 8, 2013 at 12:14 AM

Bmore and RWM, you two are terrific.

O bama
F lukes
A merica

Work the Messina photoshop in.

Schadenfreude on March 8, 2013 at 12:14 AM

Bmore on March 8, 2013 at 12:11 AM

Oh if you could get his head on that with a dreamy look!!

Oh boy!!

You are brave :-)

Scrumpy on March 8, 2013 at 12:14 AM

Scrumpy on March 8, 2013 at 12:12 AM

Two of us. We have already set a trap.

KCB on March 8, 2013 at 12:15 AM

Good evenin’, all.

Here’s a little treat for you:

ANATOMY OF AN AWKWARD MOMENT-.McCain and Paul share an unplanned, post-rebuke, elevator ride. #randstand #filibuster pic.twitter.com/ksgHHWY5e2

novaculus on March 8, 2013 at 12:15 AM

Rusty Allen on March 8, 2013 at 12:12 AM

Very good. I was busy, as usual, and accomplished much. Thanks for asking.:) How did your day go, Rusty?

thatsafactjack on March 8, 2013 at 12:15 AM

bluefox on March 8, 2013 at 12:13 AM

I’m not so sure..Rubio might squeak it out..:)

Dire Straits on March 8, 2013 at 12:16 AM

KCB on March 8, 2013 at 12:15 AM

I had better be on watch…

Over here!! lol…

Scrumpy on March 8, 2013 at 12:16 AM

thatsafactjack on March 8, 2013 at 12:15 AM

Glad to hear. I managed my ADHD long enough to compete a few projects and then watched tug boats out the window for a couple hours. Overall, pretty good.

Rusty Allen on March 8, 2013 at 12:17 AM

You guys are tricksy ;-D

Scrumpy on March 8, 2013 at 12:17 AM

O bama
F lukes
A merica

Work the Messina photoshop in.

Schadenfreude on March 8, 2013 at 12:14 AM

M & A?

Resist We Much on March 8, 2013 at 12:17 AM

Sophie and Bmore, I swear that I wrote this

Schadenfreude on March 8, 2013 at 12:14 AM

just from Bmore’s photoshop link. I then realized that you two had already worked together. You are way ahead. Make it go viral tomorrow (yes, viral was chosen on purpose).

Schadenfreude on March 8, 2013 at 12:18 AM

novaculus on March 8, 2013 at 12:15 AM

Awkward!!

Scrumpy on March 8, 2013 at 12:18 AM

novaculus on March 8, 2013 at 12:15 AM

I was glad Blue Buddha got on the elevator with the traitor. Screw Johnny Mac, he’s an ass.

Bmore on March 8, 2013 at 12:19 AM

Rusty Allen on March 8, 2013 at 12:17 AM

Tug Boats!!? How nice… where do you live?

Scrumpy on March 8, 2013 at 12:19 AM

Schadenfreude on March 8, 2013 at 12:18 AM

; )

Bmore on March 8, 2013 at 12:20 AM

Tug Boats!!? How nice… where do you live?

Scrumpy on March 8, 2013 at 12:19 AM

Sounds like Hong Kong.

Schadenfreude on March 8, 2013 at 12:20 AM

Beemer, if you’re about, this one is for you:

The Miserable Adventures of McCain and Graham in History

via SooperMexican

novaculus on March 8, 2013 at 12:20 AM

Good tune selection. ; )

Bmore on March 8, 2013 at 12:13 AM

I started off in another direction and landed on Lola, which easily became Maaaae-see-naa-ma-ma-see-na-ma-ma-see-na. lol

Resist We Much on March 8, 2013 at 12:20 AM

Its the red tie I tell ya. ; )

Bmore on March 8, 2013 at 12:20 AM

Resist We Much on March 8, 2013 at 12:20 AM

It worked well , glad you did. I feel like you and I just jumped of the ledge of a very tall building. I like it. ; )

Bmore on March 8, 2013 at 12:21 AM

Heads up Rusty! Scrumpy is coming your way!

KCB on March 8, 2013 at 12:21 AM

Bmore on March 8, 2013 at 12:21 AM

Might be your best work.

KCB on March 8, 2013 at 12:23 AM

RWM, always reminds me of this. Sorry about the ad, its the only one of the clip I saw. ; )

Bmore on March 8, 2013 at 12:23 AM

novaculus on March 8, 2013 at 12:20 AM

Took this comment off there, it is so on the money in many respects.

Hope Mr Caruso doesn’t mind:

Rick Caruso March 7, 2013 at 2:41 PM

Senator Graham, as a lifelong Republican, US Army Veteran, and a businessman, I have followed you and Senator McCain’s career in politics. Although I do not always agree with your views or what I view as trade-offs, I understand there has to be compromise in politics. Last night, I watched a group of your collegues stand up to what I honestly believe is an evil tyrant ( you had supper with him) with a distructive, non-American agenda. They asked a pointed question to the AG, who repeatedly gave various answers until today. And NOW, you and McCain don’t like it. Recently, I really believed you and Senator McCain were going to finally do something FOR the American Citizens with your investigation on Bengazi. I’ve watched for hours as you and your commitee grilled, rice, clinton, and anyone else you could ‘subpeona’ and thought you would find and prosecute ‘those’ responsible (including the traitor obama). Now, after what has been apparent lies, cover-ups and the omission of getting obama in front of your commitee, you and McCain have FAILED the American People for not doing your jobs. And YOU want to blast Paul for standing up for us? Are you nuts? I respectfully suggest you, McCain, and any other Republican Senator who did not join the brave Republican Representatives last night either resign immediately or apologize and join the ranks to make our GOP great again. My father always told me to either ‘lead, follow or get the hell out of the way’ – I suggest you people grow up and unite against what millions of Americans are concerned about…the dictator barack hussein obama and the direction ‘he’s’ trying to take our Great Nation. Thank You,

Rick Caruso: Colorado Springs, CO.

Scrumpy on March 8, 2013 at 12:25 AM

novaculus on March 8, 2013 at 12:15 AM

Notice how the guilty coot can’t even look up.

Schadenfreude on March 8, 2013 at 12:26 AM

Sounds like Hong Kong.

Schadenfreude on March 8, 2013 at 12:20 AM

lolz..:)

Dire Straits on March 8, 2013 at 12:26 AM

Silver whiskers
Untold tales
Battles wagered
Winter gales
Scars of ages
Love long lost
Faded pages
Daybreak frost
Silver whiskers
Weary feet
Onward longing
Till we meet

Rusty Allen on March 8, 2013 at 12:27 AM

Might be your best work.

KCB on March 8, 2013 at 12:23 AM

What? The little quickie? HaHa!!!

Bmore on March 8, 2013 at 12:27 AM

Rusty Allen on March 8, 2013 at 12:17 AM

I envy you the reverie watching the tugs. Sounds wonderful. :)

thatsafactjack on March 8, 2013 at 12:28 AM

Rusty Allen on March 8, 2013 at 12:27 AM

There you go! That’s our Rusty!! Beautiful!!

Scrumpy on March 8, 2013 at 12:28 AM

bluefox on March 8, 2013 at 12:13 AM

I’m not so sure..Rubio might squeak it out..:)

Dire Straits on March 8, 2013 at 12:16 AM

It might be a squeaker!!

bluefox on March 8, 2013 at 12:29 AM

Sounds like Hong Kong.

Schadenfreude on March 8, 2013 at 12:20 AM

The ‘harbor of blossoms’ :)

thatsafactjack on March 8, 2013 at 12:30 AM

RWM, always reminds me of this. Sorry about the ad, its the only one of the clip I saw. ; )

Bmore on March 8, 2013 at 12:23 AM

:-)

Resist We Much on March 8, 2013 at 12:34 AM

Takes thick skin to be on HA. But it’s the best site to be on.

KCB on March 7, 2013 at 11:39 PM

Agree on both points..:)

Dire Straits on March 8, 2013 at 12:04 AM

Wait, you mean when they say “you worthless piece of shit” it’s just constructive criticism? I can relate, boot camp was like summer camp for me.

arnold ziffel on March 8, 2013 at 12:35 AM

Notice how the guilty coot can’t even look up.

Schadenfreude on March 8, 2013 at 12:26 AM

He’s lucky it wasn’t me. I’m old enough that I can usually work up a fart, and I have no shame.

novaculus on March 8, 2013 at 12:35 AM

I suggest you people grow up and unite against what millions of Americans are concerned about…the dictator barack hussein obama and the direction ‘he’s’ trying to take our Great Nation. Thank You,

Rick Caruso: Colorado Springs, CO.

Scrumpy on March 8, 2013 at 12:25 AM

Good words.

INC on March 8, 2013 at 12:36 AM

arnold ziffel on March 8, 2013 at 12:35 AM

Exactly!

KCB on March 8, 2013 at 12:36 AM

You think they’d ban me?

Bmore on March 8, 2013 at 12:06 AM

No. Likely they won’t see. If they do they’ll laugh.

May it go viral. You two are treasures. They must be mocked, mocked, mocked.

Should do a series. Chris Mathews, next in line.

Schadenfreude on March 8, 2013 at 12:37 AM

Might be your best work.

KCB on March 8, 2013 at 12:23 AM

What? The little quickie? HaHa!!!

Bmore on March 8, 2013 at 12:27 AM

…HEY!…don’t be using ‘periods’ in your sentences anymore!…krap!…everytime I see you… I’m clicking your name and every ‘period’ I see…EVERYTIME…frantic, that I’m going to miss something!

KOOLAID2 on March 8, 2013 at 12:37 AM

Rusty Allen on March 8, 2013 at 12:27 AM

I disagree; explain yourself :)

Schadenfreude on March 8, 2013 at 12:38 AM

For silver linings
We were pining

A hero stands
It was grand

We have hope
He’s no dope

Mr Rand Paul
Fights for all

Let us rejoice
With one voice

He’s our fighter
No one’s brighter

His light shines
Thru the grime

Lets not sorrow
There is tomorrow

A brighter day
It’s on the way!

Scrumpy on March 8, 2013 at 12:39 AM

Should do a series. Chris Mathews, next in line.

Schadenfreude on March 8, 2013 at 12:37 AM

Lol! Tingles would be easy, he already has the droll down the chin. ; )

Bmore on March 8, 2013 at 12:41 AM

You think they’d ban me?

Bmore on March 8, 2013 at 12:06 AM

…heck no!…it’s a self portrait you found… of our own Hot Air poster….HotLips!…the one who can’t sing DAISY!…and now we know why!

KOOLAID2 on March 8, 2013 at 12:41 AM

bluefox on March 8, 2013 at 12:29 AM

Probably will be..:)

Dire Straits on March 8, 2013 at 12:41 AM

Ken Rusty! Ohhhhhhhhhh you guys are good!
I didn’t think you’d get me… ;-D

Scrumpy on March 8, 2013 at 12:43 AM

HOBBITS OF THE WORLD, UNITE!!!

Resist We Much on March 7, 2013 at 11:10 PM

LOL, I’m in!!

bluefox on March 8, 2013 at 12:09 AM

Is this Elven discrimination I see before my eyes?

SWalker on March 8, 2013 at 12:46 AM

…ok!…maybe not bluefox…but, come on guys!…we got something else beside a ham sandwich…we really… want him to choke on!

KOOLAID2 on March 8, 2013 at 12:11 AM

fish bones so it will be exceptionally unpleasant. I like it though.

arnold ziffel on March 8, 2013 at 12:48 AM

You are badazz on that broom!

KCB on March 8, 2013 at 12:48 AM

well, this pretty much sums up the Lindsey and John

And Prof. Stephen Clark emails: “Rand Paul did the unforgivable: He upstaged ‘The Dinner.’ Worst of all, though thinking about it for a while, Paul decided to do it on his way into the Senate yesterday morning more-or-less on the spur of the moment. For god’s sake man, he torpedoed a whole news cycle focused on the two of them and the mysteries of conversations unheard but lovingly hinted at by both McCain and Graham.”

So funny (in a sad way). And Althouse piing on with a post about their narcissist injury

the press will have to heap yet more praise on the progressive Rs….but as barry is fond of saying…maybe the fever is broken.

oh, and btw…i do hope that Paul, et al. are clean as whistles. barry’s oppo machine is no doubt in high gear. Paul bigfooted the Dinner, the Outreach, the Club

r keller on March 8, 2013 at 12:48 AM

arnold ziffel on March 8, 2013 at 12:35 AM

LoLz..I hear you.:)

Dire Straits on March 8, 2013 at 12:50 AM

KCB on March 8, 2013 at 12:48 AM

Not bad enough ;-p

Scrumpy on March 8, 2013 at 12:51 AM

Rusty Allen on March 8, 2013 at 12:27 AM

I took the time to do a little browsing before I log off. It’s not you who are thin skinned, Rusty. It’s those who cannot abide anyone who won’t simply join the echo chamber. as you pointed out, who are truly thin skinned and fragile.

As Schadenfreude mentioned, open debate and the healthy expression of opinion are the hallmarks of a free society. It takes courage to express an opinion that may not be ‘in sync’ with the majority. I admire those who are willing to take that risk.

thatsafactjack on March 8, 2013 at 12:51 AM

You are badazz on that broom!

KCB on March 8, 2013 at 12:48 AM

You weren’t looking at her broom. (:

SparkPlug on March 8, 2013 at 12:52 AM

Is this Elven discrimination I see before my eyes?

SWalker on March 8, 2013 at 12:46 AM

Only against McShamesty, Scarlett, and their fellow Trolls…

“I’d rather be a Hobbit than a Troll.”

- Senator Rand Paul to Senator John McShamesty after his infamous speech on the floor of the Senate where the senile, crotchety, old coot reversed Tolkien and condemned the “Tea Party Hobbits.”

Someone should have bought McShamesty a clue! The Hobbits are THE GOOD GUYS!!!

Resist We Much on March 7, 2013 at 10:53 PM

Resist We Much on March 8, 2013 at 12:52 AM

With the White House closing its doors to public tour groups in order to save money for the sequester, it’s worth remembering some of the other costs the White House incurs annually.

Like the “Chief Calligrapher,” Patricia A. Blair, who has an annual salary of $96,725, and her two deputies, Debra S. Brown, who gets paid $85,953 per year, and Richard T. Muffler, who gets paid $94,372 every year.

In all, the White House appears to employ 3 calligraphers for a yearly total of $277,050.

Despite sequestration, there’s been no announcement of the White House scaling back on calligraphers.

INC on March 8, 2013 at 12:52 AM

KCB on March 8, 2013 at 12:09 AM

I recharging my taser batteries. I will protect scrumpydoodles unless she doesn’t want me to mess up her action.

SparkPlug on March 8, 2013 at 12:54 AM

r keller on March 8, 2013 at 12:48 AM

I am pretty sure they know what’s coming…would be wise to clear up any skels in their closets…

These days tho it’s only Conservatives who have to be snow white clean, same standard doesn’t hold for dems…

Scrumpy on March 8, 2013 at 12:54 AM

Scrumpy on March 8, 2013 at 12:51 AM

Experts have reviewed your flight using smartview software. Preliminary results indicate that code name “Scrumpy” had at least two points in which a broom rider with her demonstrated skill and intellect could have easily escaped without detection. Care to explain yourself, Chrissy?

KCB on March 8, 2013 at 12:55 AM

SWalker on March 8, 2013 at 12:46 AM

Good display of mono-tasking. How’d ya do that?

SparkPlug on March 8, 2013 at 12:57 AM

Resist We Much on March 8, 2013 at 12:52 AM

He also said today “Of coure Obama won’t drone Jane Fonda”.

He totally misunderstood RP’s section of the speech on Fonda.

That elevator pic. must be worked over by the new RWM/Bmore duo.

You two are very talented.

Schadenfreude on March 8, 2013 at 12:57 AM

INC on March 8, 2013 at 12:52 AM

Disgusting…

So, 0 and m use people to write their stuff for them?

Sheesh… their own hadnwriting must really suck..

Scrumpy on March 8, 2013 at 12:58 AM

thatsafactjack on March 8, 2013 at 12:51 AM

I like the cut f your jib..:)

PS..Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on March 8, 2013 at 12:58 AM

Was that Jackie over at teh pool? My eyes almost popped out of my head and did a happy dance.

SparkPlug on March 8, 2013 at 12:58 AM

Good display of mono-tasking. How’d ya do that?

SparkPlug on March 8, 2013 at 12:57 AM

They say that Napoleon did 7 things, concurrently.

Schadenfreude on March 8, 2013 at 12:58 AM

You think they’d ban me?

Bmore on March 8, 2013 at 12:06 AM

If they ban you I’ll give you my password and we can both be Sparky.

Charge $15.

SparkPlug on March 8, 2013 at 1:00 AM

Care to explain yourself, Chrissy?

KCB on March 8, 2013 at 12:55 AM

She flew off the handle? errr broom-handle…. O_O lol lol ;p

SWalker on March 8, 2013 at 1:00 AM

thatsafactjack on March 8, 2013 at 12:51 AM

I like the cut of your jib..:)

PS..Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on March 8, 2013 at 12:58 AM

Sorry..Fixed..:)

Dire Straits on March 8, 2013 at 1:00 AM

Dire Straits on March 8, 2013 at 12:58 AM

Thank you, Dire. I like your jib, too. :)

Good evening to you my friend. :)

thatsafactjack on March 8, 2013 at 1:00 AM

SparkPlug on March 8, 2013 at 12:54 AM

Lol I can get away I think!!

Scrumpy on March 8, 2013 at 1:01 AM

SparkPlug on March 8, 2013 at 12:58 AM

Good evening, Spark. Keep your eyes in your head… they work better that way and they’re easier to keep track of that way, too. :)

thatsafactjack on March 8, 2013 at 1:02 AM

SparkPlug on March 8, 2013 at 12:58 AM

Common reaction. She is quite stunning.

KCB on March 8, 2013 at 1:02 AM

You think they’d ban me?

Bmore on March 8, 2013 at 12:06 AM

They ban the good ones :)

Schadenfreude on March 8, 2013 at 1:02 AM

Schadenfreude on March 8, 2013 at 12:58 AM

SWalker said he can do nothing at the same time as he does not much of anything.

SparkPlug on March 8, 2013 at 1:02 AM

You think they’d ban me?

Bmore on March 8, 2013 at 12:06 AM

Only the good get banned young.

KCB on March 8, 2013 at 1:03 AM

SparkPlug on March 8, 2013 at 1:02 AM

He fooled you :)

Schadenfreude on March 8, 2013 at 1:03 AM

SWalker on March 8, 2013 at 12:46 AM

Good display of mono-tasking. How’d ya do that?

SparkPlug on March 8, 2013 at 12:57 AM

Told ya, former Rock Stars must learn the ancient art of Noneotasking, once you have learned to noneotask, monotasking is easy as cake… ;p

SWalker on March 8, 2013 at 1:03 AM

thatsafactjack on March 8, 2013 at 1:02 AM

Well those legs of yours were pretty long so my eyeballs had to do some traveling to map them all out.

SparkPlug on March 8, 2013 at 1:04 AM

They ban the good ones :)

Schadenfreude on March 8, 2013 at 1:02 AM

Only the good get banned young.

KCB on March 8, 2013 at 1:03 AM

Schadenfreude on March 8, 2013 at 1:04 AM

thatsafactjack on March 8, 2013 at 12:28 AM

It’s peaceful work. I went on a tug boat once and worked a ship to the dock. Lots of fun. I have towed hundreds of small boats, sail, boats, fishing boats, charter, etc. and each is a separate challenge. The wind the river currents dynamic forces.

Rusty Allen on March 8, 2013 at 1:05 AM

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