Quotes of the day

posted at 10:26 pm on March 12, 2013 by Allahpundit

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is leading an online poll being conducted by Contract From America as the conservative pick for president in 2016.

With 190,000 votes cast as of Monday morning, Paul leads, with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio rounding out the top three. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush are running in last place, ranked 32 and 31 respectively…

Rand Paul leads the poll, winning 80 percent of his match-ups, with Walker winning 76 percent and Rubio winning 73 percent…

Hecker said that Rand Paul was the clear favorite from day one of the poll, even before the senator’s dramatic filibuster last week, but “given Rand Paul’s passionate performance … it’s understandable that the base is so supportive of him.”

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“Under duress and under public humiliation,” Mr. Paul said with a smile, “the White House will respond and do the right thing.”

Yet there was more than just a simple answer to an elementary question. The stand taken by the spry young pups of the Senate, while the fat old dogs dined with the president, proves there are some new pack leaders in town. No longer will a president chew up the Constitution — not as long as we’re here, the alpha pups said. And we don’t need to ask nicely over and over and over — we’ll just stand here, all of us, until the president answers.

So if old dogs really can learn new tricks, they better learn ’em, and quick, ’cuz these new dogs are growling and showing their teeth. And one thing is clear: Their bite is worse than their bark.

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That means picking the right battles, something Paul especially has done well, demonstrating a political savvy that his more combative father never achieved, nor seemed to care about. Paul launched his filibuster in search of an answer to an extremely narrow question about the limits of executive power — whether the president can authorize the killing of American citizens, via drone, on American soil, even if they don’t represent a truly imminent threat. In doing so, he rallied Republicans to his cause even though they might otherwise be hesitant to support his broader, more libertarian, views on foreign policy.

“I think Rand demonstrated last week that when you stand for principle it can unify Republicans,” Cruz says. “The filibuster captivated a great many people across the country, who were heartened to see Republicans standing up, not rolling over, in the face of this administration.”

Constitutional conservatism may not be the sexiest strain in American politics, but these three are intent on bringing it back, and are uniquely suited to do it. Lee and Cruz are both lawyers deeply versed in the Constitution, as well as talented interrogators, capable of bringing out important points through relentless and logically vigorous questioning during committee hearings. Paul, an ophthalmologist by trade, is not a lawyer. But he clearly is no intellectual slouch on these issues either — as the son of Ron Paul, he was reared on the Constitution. “Rand Paul is the heart, Mike Lee is the head, he brings the intellectual, constitutional heft, and Ted Cruz is a little bit of both,” says a conservative aide.

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Paul doesn’t want his filibuster of John Brennan’s nomination for director of the Central Intelligence Agency to be remembered as a random moment, but as the beginning of his push to shift the party.

To Paul, now is the right time to push within the GOP for less foreign intervention. “When you saw the debate between President Obama and Romney on foreign policy, they sounded pretty similar. In the vice-presidential debate, Biden was more assertive, but Ryan didn’t disagree with most of his positions,” Paul observes. “It was sort of like, ‘We’ll either come a little bit slower out of Afghanistan, or we’ll do this.’ But Biden had a good response, ‘We’re coming home.’ And I think that’s what people want; I think that’s what people are ready for, that we’re coming home.”

When asked to explain why many Republicans are open to moving away from the Bush-Cheney approach to foreign policy, Paul offers two words: “war weariness.” After more than a decade at war, offering only slight modifications to the Bush agenda — in his view, what the Romney-Ryan platform amounted to — will not be enough to win new voters. Many Republicans, he adds, have privately complained about the direction of the party for years, but only now, after the Romney defeat and five years after Bush, are they willing to consider fresh perspectives on the Republican worldview.

Paul’s filibuster of Brennan was based on a specific issue — the White House’s drone policy — and he says that made a difference. As much as he is eager to make a case for a new GOP foreign policy on several fronts, he predicts that his fight, and any victories, will be incremental. “There will be a place for people in the party who believe in a less aggressive foreign policy,” he says.

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[G]iven how Republican foreign debates have proceeded in the recent past, I still tend to think the legitimization of Rand Paul as a right-wing folk hero has implications that extend beyond the narrow hypothetical where he chose to plant his filibuster flag. That’s because, as I’ve argued before, the relative sterility of the foreign policy conversation on the right doesn’t reflect a deep conservative uniformity on national security questions; rather, it mostly reflects the fact that the potential standard-bearers for a less interventionist worldview have been relatively easy for hawks to delegitimize as cranks, Israel-haters, RINOs, etc. And so the fact that a lot of the support for Paul from his fellow Republicans is opportunistic and confined to a narrow policy hypothetical matters less than the fact that the support exists at all — that a politician who has consistently advocated a more militarily-restrained foreign policy is suddenly being supported, elevated, and extolled at the expense of his more interventionist critics within the party.

None of this means that the entire party is about to tilt dramatically toward realism. But legitimizing, as Real Conservatives (TM), politicians who advocate restraint is a necessary precondition to broader policy change. Opportunism follows influence, and creates it — and right now Paul has more influence within his party than every other realist, paleoconservative and libertarian Republican of the last decade put together.

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Ron Paul vaulted to prominence and jump-started a political movement by lobbing rhetorical bombs against war from the foreign policy margins, then watching as the bipartisan consensus recoiled in horror and a new coalition of fed-up anti-war voters came out of the woodwork. The single most frequent question longtime Republicans would ask about Dr. No was one that showed they fundamentally did not understand either him or his appeal: Couldn’t he, you know, just tone down the blowback rhetoric a bit?

That’s where Rand Paul comes in, to the occasional chagrin of Ron Paul’s fan base. While Sen. Paul has fought to de-authorize the War on Terror and explicitly delink sanctions from war as a response to Iran’s nuclear ambitions, he also voted yes on the sanctions. While he repeated Ron Paul’s position about ending foreign aid to Israel, he has prioritized ending foreign aid and military sales to Israel’s enemies first and even declared in January that an attack on the Jewish state should be treated as an attack on the United States. In a major foreign policy address in February, he made clear he was not a carbon copy of his father. “There are definite differences,” he declared.

Paul’s speech, in which he advocated a George Kennan−style “containment” to cope with “radical Islam” and stressed the constitutional separation of war powers between Congress and the president, was not the kind of anti-imperialist critique that audiences have come to expect from Ron Paul. He framed it as an attempt to seek a third way between “isolationism” and constant intervention. But his vision of a smaller overseas commitment and greater skepticism about American omniscience, however vague, represents one of the most radical foreign policy rethinks the Senate has seen in decades.

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Given its track record since 9/11, the Rush Limbaugh right is obviously totally unreliable when it comes to civil liberties, executive power, and foreign-policy realism. At the same time, its capacity for cognitive dissonance, hatred of Democrats, mistrust of Obama, war-weariness, paranoia about tyrannical government, and ideological predisposition to Constitution-citing rhetoric makes the block as suited to following Rand Paul as John McCain or Bill Kristol, especially if the latter men are ultimately arguing — as they must if they want to be coherent — that Obama should be trusted to wield extreme power, in secret, with good judgment and moral rectitude…

I don’t want to exaggerate the size of the Rush Limbaugh right, which seems to end up every four years with the GOP presidential nominee they least desire. The behavior of moderate Republicans matters more. What I do want to make is the modest claim that Limbaugh giving this treatment to the “Paul vs. McCain” divide — even highlighting rather than glossing over the larger foreign-policy divisions at play — shows that the whole GOP is already in a very different place than it was prior to Election 2012, when every primary candidate with any chance of ultimately leading the party competed to stake out the most bellicose, hawkish positions possible, led by Mitt Romney, the eventual victor. I can’t help but wonder how events might’ve unfolded if the GOP hadn’t wasted four years on the wrong critique of Obama’s foreign policy.

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Paul’s chances of winning the Republican nomination are probably far better than many would think. Paul’s main appeal is based on positions and an ability to articulate those positions in a way that brings people over to his side. One can see this not only in the willingness of fellow Republicans to praise his filibuster, but Paul’s 2010 senate victories.

In 2010, Paul overcame establishment opposition to win the Republican primary by an astounding 23 points. He then went on to defeat a solid opponent in Jack Conway in the general election by a solid 12 points…

Rand, in my opinion, will likely inherit much of his father’s organization. Assume that can give him 21% of the vote in Iowa and 23% of the vote in New Hampshire. It’s quite possible that only high 20s are needed to win both states. One has to think that given Rand’s political abilities, which his father failed to posses, he can win that extra 5% of the vote in each state to put him over the top.

Rand Paul winning either Iowa or New Hampshire, let alone both, would make him a big time power player for the 2016 primary season. It might even put him in a position to, dare I say, win the nomination.

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He then called for an end to the war in Afghanistan: “I think we’ve accomplished our goals there. We got [Osama] bin Laden. We disrupted the Taliban that was harboring him. We disrupted the government that was harboring him. I think we’ve achieved our goals, and I think it is time to come home.”

Asked what sort of withdrawal schedule he desires, the libertarian-leaning senator flatly said, “We’ve been there nearly 12 years. I think it’s time to come home,” adding that an expedited timetable would have to be formed in conjunction with the generals involved in the process.


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ccrosby on March 13, 2013 at 12:01 AM

Next month, we’ll have been here 2 years-and I STILL get worried looks when I admit to people that I’m a former Chicagoan.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 13, 2013 at 12:03 AM

annoyinglittletwerp on March 12, 2013 at 11:49 PM

That’s dissappointing. Unfortunately, Reagan did too. The last president to deal with the issue properly was Eisenhower.

Tripwhipper on March 13, 2013 at 12:04 AM

KCB’s story is heartbreaking. How sad to decide there is no other way out.

I’ll take any combo of Rubio/Ryan/Rand/Cruz/Ron Johnson/etc. While we’re at it, I’ll take GProud guy over Lindsey Graham, and I’ll take a fence post over McCain.

Jackalope on March 13, 2013 at 12:04 AM

Next month, we’ll have been here 2 years-and I STILL get worried looks when I admit to people that I’m a former Chicagoan.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 13, 2013 at 12:03 AM

Hell ya, they think you’re going to flash gang signs or get your gat out just for GP.

arnold ziffel on March 13, 2013 at 12:08 AM

The Glenn Beck video was great! I only started watching his show a few weeks ago but I like the direction he’s been going and hope he keeps up the liberty angle until the end. There are other good shows on The Blaze, too, and a new program starting tomorrow called For the Record that I look forward to seeing. Dish channel 212.

Krauthammer sounds like a member of the aristocracy mocking the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Teach him a lesson, watch The Blaze instead.

FloatingRock on March 13, 2013 at 12:11 AM

arnold ziffel on March 13, 2013 at 12:08 AM

When I tell them that I’m a JEWISH conservative, they get wide eyes and huge grins. Yes Virginia-we do exist. LoL

annoyinglittletwerp on March 13, 2013 at 12:11 AM

annoyinglittletwerp on March 13, 2013 at 12:03 AM

best kept secret in America. WY. constitutional carry and we feed libs to the wolves for entertainment on weekends.

Fred

jrsrigmvr on March 13, 2013 at 12:14 AM

Yes, you? I am a big Art Nouveau guy. Have kin buried where the movement was started. ; )

Bmore on March 12, 2013 at 11:57 PM

Jugendstil

You should visit Vienna – entire city quarters have buildings in the style.

Plus, the museum

I have a collection of objects from a variety of Klimt anniversaries but am not a fan.

I’m sure they’ll celebrate 100 years since his passing, in 2018. They celebrated 150 years since his birth, in a big way. They use any occasion to take it easy over there :)

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2013 at 12:15 AM

KCB’s story is heartbreaking. How sad to decide there is no other way out.

Blew my mind.

KCB on March 13, 2013 at 12:16 AM

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2013 at 12:15 AM

Good evening, Schadenfreude. Which period, including architecture and furnishings, do you prefer?

thatsafactjack on March 13, 2013 at 12:22 AM

Goo evening..:)

Dire Straits on March 13, 2013 at 12:22 AM

best kept secret in America. WY. constitutional carry and we feed libs to the wolves for entertainment on weekends.

Fred

jrsrigmvr on March 13, 2013 at 12:14 AM

+ a gazillion.

Jackalope on March 13, 2013 at 12:23 AM

Goodnight Hot Air!

KCB on March 13, 2013 at 12:23 AM

KCB on March 13, 2013 at 12:16 AM

Good evening, Ken. I’m sorry you had such a bad experience.

thatsafactjack on March 13, 2013 at 12:24 AM

Speaking of stupid and corrupt generals

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2013 at 12:24 AM

KCB on March 13, 2013 at 12:23 AM

Goodnight, Ken. Sleep well. :)

thatsafactjack on March 13, 2013 at 12:24 AM

Thanks Jackie! You are the best of HA!

KCB on March 13, 2013 at 12:24 AM

Nite Ken. It’ll be hard to sleep.

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2013 at 12:24 AM

annoyinglittletwerp on March 13, 2013 at 12:11 AM

Do you wear a “cubbies” hat??..:)

Dire Straits on March 13, 2013 at 12:25 AM

Good evening, Ken. I’m sorry you had such a bad experience.

thatsafactjack on March 13, 2013 at 12:24 AM

Hi Jackie, indeed, for Ken.

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2013 at 12:25 AM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on March 13, 2013 at 12:22 AM

Sorry..:)

Dire Straits on March 13, 2013 at 12:26 AM

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2013 at 12:15 AM

Good evening, Schadenfreude. Which period, including architecture and furnishings, do you prefer?

thatsafactjack on March 13, 2013 at 12:22 AM

THERE you are, Jackie! Hey – I really loved your John Cippolina/Quicksilver/Grateful Dead “spin” last night……Arleen!

williamg on March 13, 2013 at 12:26 AM

When I tell them that I’m a JEWISH conservative, they get wide eyes and huge grins. Yes Virginia-we do exist. LoL

annoyinglittletwerp on March 13, 2013 at 12:11 AM

Went to the Doc today. The pickup parked in front of mine had a USN aviation sticker on the left side of the bumper, an NRA sticker in the middle, “God is great” and a small flag of Israel on the right side. If the owner/s would have come out while I was going in I would have shook their hand.

arnold ziffel on March 13, 2013 at 12:27 AM

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2013 at 12:24 AM

When I read that headline earlier today, I immediately wondered two things: Is he stationed in Hawaii… and… was he ‘asked’ to say that by someone in the administration. Seems like a peculiar and singularly stupid statement to come from a General, since it’s entirely out of his realm of expertise.

thatsafactjack on March 13, 2013 at 12:27 AM

Do you wear a “cubbies” hat??..:)

Dire Straits on March 13, 2013 at 12:25 AM

Nope. Stopped wearing ball caps when I went ‘reformadox.’.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 13, 2013 at 12:28 AM

O/T…Saw a girl jump off of an overpass today. Kinda messin with my head.

KCB on March 12, 2013 at 10:51 PM

O_O..

Dire Straits on March 13, 2013 at 12:29 AM

williamg on March 13, 2013 at 12:26 AM

lol! Good evening, williamg. :) I’m delighted that you enjoyed the tune.

thatsafactjack on March 13, 2013 at 12:29 AM

KCB on March 13, 2013 at 12:24 AM

:) Goodnight, my friend. See you soon.

thatsafactjack on March 13, 2013 at 12:31 AM

annoyinglittletwerp on March 13, 2013 at 12:28 AM

I hear you..:)

PS..Saw where your son posted on HA a few days ago..:)

Dire Straits on March 13, 2013 at 12:31 AM

The plague on the Republican Party continues…….

George P. Bush announced for Texas Land Commish today (stepping stone for Lt. Gov).
Viva Prince George P!!!!
BUSH 47!!!
PappyD61 on March 12, 2013 at 10:52 PM

Sounds like you have issues. You hate someone because of their last name?

bluegill on March 13, 2013 at 12:32 AM

still

Fred

jrsrigmvr on March 13, 2013 at 12:32 AM

Goo evening..:)

Dire Straits on March 13, 2013 at 12:22 AM

LOL! Possibly… at least somewhere. :)

Good evening to you, Dire! :)

thatsafactjack on March 13, 2013 at 12:33 AM

Which period, including architecture and furnishings, do you prefer?

thatsafactjack on March 13, 2013 at 12:22 AM

Hobbit homes and cave dwellings/homes, but for normal size people.

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thatsafactjack on March 13, 2013 at 12:27 AM

All the fools live for any longer is not what they swore to uphold, but the 4th star, which Obama bestows upon them at retirement. I grew to hate them all.

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2013 at 12:34 AM

jrsrigmvr on March 13, 2013 at 12:32 AM

Good evening, Fred. Very good to see you. :)

thatsafactjack on March 13, 2013 at 12:34 AM

Still here. I have people in my life fighting for every inch of life. Then to see someone so ready to give up just…I don’t know. Seen people die before. Just now on purpose.

KCB on March 13, 2013 at 12:34 AM

thatsafactjack on March 13, 2013 at 12:22 AM

Anything that’s best suited for gulching.

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2013 at 12:35 AM

Now=not

KCB on March 13, 2013 at 12:35 AM

arnold ziffel on March 13, 2013 at 12:27 AM

Hear!..Hear!..:)

Dire Straits on March 13, 2013 at 12:39 AM

thatsafactjack on March 13, 2013 at 12:33 AM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on March 13, 2013 at 12:41 AM

BUSH 47!!!
PappyD61 on March 12, 2013 at 10:52 PM

Sounds like you have issues. You hate someone because of their last name?

bluegill on March 13, 2013 at 12:32 AM

i know dynasties are popular in state/local politics..but honestly it get’s a little tiresome. The Kennedys had the advantage of being iconic among all good Ds and Leftists.

The Bushes lack any icon status. Cuomo is another dynastic family. So it is not the name, it is dynastic politics I don’t like. Save that for other countries.

r keller on March 13, 2013 at 12:41 AM

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2013 at 12:34 AM

Hobbit homes and cave dwellings/homes. I’ve seen photos of some remarkable examples, but I don’t have them handy to link here. One of them was a large cave home, I believe it is in Arkansas, if memory serves. It was very beautiful. It had a natural stream and a pool in it. I also recall a ‘hobbit’ styled home with a wavy roof of weathered split shingles and the home had a large and wonderful flower garden around it.

However, I love long views…like the ones from mountain chalets. :)

Yes… the career military has become a major disappointment, for a multitude of reasons. particularly those in the highest echelons.

thatsafactjack on March 13, 2013 at 12:43 AM

KCB on March 13, 2013 at 12:34 AM

It’s shocking and profoundly sad, and there is that in it which provokes our anger as we think of friends and loved ones who are departed or who are fighting for their very lives, just as you say, to see someone throw it all away.

There is no reasonable answer.

thatsafactjack on March 13, 2013 at 12:48 AM

thatsafactjack on March 13, 2013 at 12:43 AM

Speaking of cool pics..:)

Dire Straits on March 13, 2013 at 12:49 AM

Dire Straits on March 13, 2013 at 12:49 AM

That’s gorgeous, Dire. :) What a view.

thatsafactjack on March 13, 2013 at 12:51 AM

The Kennedy’s also had the many political benefits of Papa Joe’s many friends (including FDR), customers and colleagues in organized crime. They knew which people to pad when Teddy killed Mary Jo, how to keep things quiet when Marilyn Monroe died or was silenced, even how to sugarcoat Mary’s demise only months ago. Skakel was free as a bird until Mark Furhrman began peeling back the layers of Kennedy cover-up.

It wasn’t until the past couple years ago that Teddy’s activities with the Commies in South America, Mexico and his cooperation with the USSR in attempts to harm Reagan were more fully revealed in Chappy’s still heavily redacted FBI file.

viking01 on March 13, 2013 at 12:52 AM

like the ones from mountain chalets. :)

Sounds good too. I meant to convey that I don’t care so much for styles, so long as they fit into the natural surroundings and are private and practical. Views are nice, so long as the homes are private too.

Yes… the career military has become a major disappointment, for a multitude of reasons. particularly those in the highest echelons.

thatsafactjack on March 13, 2013 at 12:43 AM

Indeed, and most are sold to this admin. It is disgusting.

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2013 at 12:57 AM

The new Blue Buddha I have in the works. It is a very very old tsonka. One of my favorites. I have four. Blue Buddha!!! After all I want to be on topic. ; )

Bmore on March 13, 2013 at 12:58 AM

Gonna crash. Good night Jackie. Good night Hot Air.

KCB on March 13, 2013 at 12:59 AM

KCB on March 13, 2013 at 12:59 AM

Goodnight, Ken. Get some rest and dream only of wonderful things. See you soon. :)

thatsafactjack on March 13, 2013 at 1:02 AM

The new Blue Buddha I have in the works. It is a very very old tsonka. One of my favorites. I have four. Blue Buddha!!! After all I want to be on topic. ; )

Bmore on March 13, 2013 at 12:58 AM

Holy Moly!

Jackalope on March 13, 2013 at 1:02 AM

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2013 at 12:57 AM

Yes. Privacy is imperative. And quiet, too. A wonderful view helps me when I’m working. It becomes a canvas for my waking dreams. :)

thatsafactjack on March 13, 2013 at 1:04 AM

KCB on March 13, 2013 at 12:59 AM

Later..:)

Dire Straits on March 13, 2013 at 1:05 AM

Bmore on March 13, 2013 at 12:58 AM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on March 13, 2013 at 1:06 AM

Bmore on March 13, 2013 at 12:58 AM

That’s fascinating. :)

thatsafactjack on March 13, 2013 at 1:06 AM

Evening Dire! ; )

Bmore on March 13, 2013 at 1:08 AM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Barns_grand_tetons.jpg

I have pic of one of my trucks with this background.

Fred

jrsrigmvr on March 13, 2013 at 1:09 AM

jrsrigmvr on March 13, 2013 at 1:09 AM

Wow! Fred, that’s magnificent. The bare bones of the Earth jutting right up into the blue sky. Remarkable. :)

thatsafactjack on March 13, 2013 at 1:11 AM

Holy Moly!

Jackalope on March 13, 2013 at 1:02 AM

That’s the small file just to upload. Think of it as a sketch.

That’s fascinating. :)

thatsafactjack on March 13, 2013 at 1:06 AM

The large file of it is 1/3 of a gig big.The detail is quite stunning. Like the Bosh I mentioned the other evening, its imperative to have large files to see the small details. When I finish it, ( some weeks from now), I am going to upload a fairly large version for those who are interested in studying the detail. ; )

Bmore on March 13, 2013 at 1:12 AM

Fred

jrsrigmvr on March 13, 2013 at 1:09 AM

I love old barns. The modern ones out of steel can never hold a candle to the old wooden ones.

Bmore on March 13, 2013 at 1:14 AM

Fred

jrsrigmvr on March 13, 2013 at 1:09 AM

P.S. I have been checking around for opinions on the supper. So far no one has voiced any reservations about using the old art so long as its not vulgar and in bad taste. Not exactly sure what that means precisely.

Bmore on March 13, 2013 at 1:16 AM

jrsrigmvr on March 13, 2013 at 1:09 AM

Very cool..:)

Dire Straits on March 13, 2013 at 1:17 AM

Bmore on March 13, 2013 at 1:12 AM

I’ll be very interested to see it. :)

Did you see my musings about playgrounds, mafioso, and political figures? I’d definitely include Rahm Emanuel in that one.

I also thought of one with Obama as the acolyte, kissing Soros’ ring.

thatsafactjack on March 13, 2013 at 1:19 AM

thatsafactjack on March 13, 2013 at 1:19 AM

Yes, I have to copy everything down these days or I’m bad to forget. I’m keeping all the ideas in an idea page. ; )

Bmore on March 13, 2013 at 1:22 AM

Bmore on March 13, 2013 at 1:16 AM

could be a powerful image or it could be a bust. tough call. I know people on both sides of this one. Oh my where do we go from here? flip a quarter?

Fred

jrsrigmvr on March 13, 2013 at 1:23 AM

At first, Obama’s plan seemed to be working. Then his overkill on the dangers of the sequester backed him into corners, sent his poll numbers down into the 40s and forced him to pretend that he wanted a bargain. All at once, two critical things became evident: first, that he wasn’t a god, just the same politician who blew a still bigger lead four years earlier. And second, that at long last, after much deprivation, the long talent drought in Republican circles seemed to be reaching its end.

The day the party grew a pair.

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2013 at 1:27 AM

Bmore on March 13, 2013 at 1:16 AM

My mother would have objections I’m sure. She’s an ordained minister and a bible scholar. She says O is the precurssor for the anti-christ. i.e. he’s setting the table for el diablo.

Fred

jrsrigmvr on March 13, 2013 at 1:28 AM

Having been whipped twice by Obama, who ran on the romance of biography plus cultural relevance, the Republicans felt like whipped dogs, having been schooled since Nov. 6 by pundits and panels in their irrelevance, their impermanence and their hopeless debility. Now they are facing a false god whose clay feet are showing, and a bench that has both a pulse and a future.

No small turn to take place in less than 12 hours. Not bad for a snow day in March.

Ms. Emery, count on the dummy Rs to blow up the opportunities, by falling for the false god’s charlatanry.

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2013 at 1:32 AM

he’s setting the table for el diablo.

Fred

jrsrigmvr on March 13, 2013 at 1:28 AM

It impulsively occured to me that he might be el diablo.

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2013 at 1:33 AM

Well very lonely and quiet here without my better half. If you check in on me to see what time I crashed. I Love You. xoxo

Good Night All.

Bmore on March 13, 2013 at 1:33 AM

http://youtu.be/46UFXQVSnKs

for jackie. I’ll finish my whiskey and call it a nite.

Fred

jrsrigmvr on March 13, 2013 at 1:38 AM

jrsrigmvr on March 13, 2013 at 1:38 AM

Thank you, Fred. A great tune, indeed.:)

Goodnight, my friend. Sleep well. :)

thatsafactjack on March 13, 2013 at 1:42 AM

My mother would have objections I’m sure. She’s an ordained minister and a bible scholar. She says O is the precurssor for the anti-christ. i.e. he’s setting the table for el diablo.

Fred

jrsrigmvr on March 13, 2013 at 1:28 AM

Sounds like my mom. She swears she is going to have a prison ministry sooner rather than later.

tom daschle concerned on March 13, 2013 at 1:42 AM

Bmore on March 13, 2013 at 1:33 AM

Goodnight, Bmore. I hope she sees it. :) Sleep well.

thatsafactjack on March 13, 2013 at 1:43 AM

Tenderly – Chet Baker

I bid you all a fond goodnight. It’s been a pleasure, as always. See you soon.

thatsafactjack on March 13, 2013 at 1:44 AM

Darn, I missed the main hottie MG.

SparkPlug on March 13, 2013 at 2:13 AM

…less than 200 comments?…where was everybody?…down in the GULCH?

KOOLAID2 on March 13, 2013 at 7:15 AM

Let’s liven things up. O/T: Hey, Bloomie. C’mon Down to Mississippi. I’ll Buy You a Barbeque Sammich and a Sweet Tea Big Gulp. My take.

kingsjester on March 13, 2013 at 7:21 AM

…less than 200 comments?…where was everybody?…down in the GULCH?

KOOLAID2 on March 13, 2013 at 7:15 AM

Nope, but everyone is invited to rest a spell if they need to, the Gulch is always open… Oh, I think we’re putting together a retrospective of Bmore’s political art. It should be amazing. We could serve little Barbeque Sammiches and a Sweet Tea (h/t KJ) at the openng.

Let’s liven things up.

kingsjester on March 13, 2013 at 7:21 AM

Nice take, KJ,

Nothing was said about how Bloomberg’s ludicrous ban was a out-of-bounds restriction on New Yorkers’ freedom as Americans.”

but I see tumbleweeds rolling through this thread. :)

Fallon on March 13, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Jugendstil

You should visit Vienna – entire city quarters have buildings in the style.

Plus, the museum

I have a collection of objects from a variety of Klimt anniversaries but am not a fan.

I’m sure they’ll celebrate 100 years since his passing, in 2018. They celebrated 150 years since his birth, in a big way. They use any occasion to take it easy over there :)

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2013 at 12:15 AM

Klimt is one of my favorites, as is Vienna itself. Visiting there for several days was part of a memorable trip to Austria.

I just finished reading A Death in Vienna (not the spy novel but one written by a man named Tallis), and the well-written locked-door murder mystery captured the essence of turn-of-the-century Vienna. The best elements were there: coffee houses, classical music reference, Art Nouveau references (including the scandalous Klimt), and Freudian pyschoanalysis. Great fun. Unfortunately, it was a time of rising anti-Semitism, too, and that aspect is not neglected.

onlineanalyst on March 13, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Why are we getting all excited? You know that a RINO will the the nominee again until primaries are CLOSED and we stop this stupid system where Iowa and a couple of other small states decide who the “winner” will be.

Decoski on March 13, 2013 at 11:48 AM

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