Quotes of the day

posted at 8:31 pm on March 15, 2013 by Allahpundit

Should the Republican party abandon social conservatism? Take a turn toward non-interventionism? Moderate on taxes and spending? While a number of pundits and politicians have said ‘yes’ to one or more of these questions, especially since Mitt Romney’s loss in November, Marco Rubio answered with a resounding ‘no’ during his speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday…

“There’s this fear that America has changed, that our people have changed, that we’ve reached this point in time where we have too many people who want too much from government and maybe the changes that happened are irreversible and we’ll never be the same again,” Rubio said. “I want you to understand that’s not true.” Speaking of one economically struggling family he knows, Rubio said, “They’re not freeloaders. They’re not liberals.” But if they don’t see Republicans offering solutions, they might conclude government is the only answer.

Rubio has been in the news for the past couple of months making a push for immigration reform–a stance that, although squarely in line with the only Republicans to win the presidency in the past 40 years, puts him at odds with many conservatives. But during his CPAC speech, Rubio didn’t mention immigration. Rather Rubio argued that the three-legged stool of the conservative movement is as sturdy as ever.

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Paul’s positions may sound refreshing today, but they would have been much more in keeping in a bygone era. It wasn’t until Republicans embraced the more Rubio-esque ideas that they began winning elections. That’s why his ideas are now considered “old.”

That’s not to say past is prologue. Maybe the world has changed? But it is to say that the old versus new paradigm is more complicated.

The reason the Rubio vs. Paul contrast is so exciting is that on one hand, both are young senators elected in 2010 during the tea party zeitgeist. But on the other hand, they really do represent an ideological clash over the heart and soul of the GOP.

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Before Paul spoke, his supporters had distributed STAND WITH RAND posters that featured a cool, “Mad Men”-style rendering of the senator. (Indeed, a large number of people stood the entire time Paul spoke.) But there’s no doubt that many of those cheering Paul were doing so mostly because he had the courage and the smarts not just to stand up to the White House but to back the Obama administration into a corner over presidential power. To them, the specific issue involved in the filibuster — drone warfare — was less important than the fact that Paul took a stand…

Rubio, nearly a decade younger than Paul, delivered a smoother and easier message. “What I sense from a lot of people that I’ve been talking to is this fear that somehow America has changed, that our people have changed,” he said. “I want you to understand that’s not true. Our people have not changed.” Americans still work hard, still pay their taxes, still volunteer in their hometowns, Rubio said. Yes, the world has changed, particularly the world of technology. But traditions — traditional marriage, traditional values — are still good…

One serious problem for the party is that there is no living embodiment of the our-values-live-on message. There’s no beloved former president who can stand before the crowd and remind them of the greatness of their cause. Reagan is gone, and George H.W. Bush, respected but not loved like his predecessor, is fading from the scene. The natural candidate for the job, of course, would be George W. Bush, but that’s just not possible. While conservatives respect Bush for the job he did protecting the country from terrorist attack after Sept. 11, in many ways they are still struggling to climb out of the hole he dug for them.

Those Democratic events where a beloved Bill Clinton wows the crowd? That can’t happen for Republicans. Not until the new leader steps out of the pack.

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How long can the lovefest last? Once the mass Republican audience—especially Mitt Romney voters—really thinks about the implications of Rand Paul and his ideas, the post-filibuster love may sour. Paul’s chief of staff Doug Stafford told Business Insider, “Rand is one of the only people who can speak to libertarians, social conservatives, as well as your average mainstream Republican voter.” In theory, yes.

But even in areas where Paul’s libertarianism shouldn’t be too controversial—like his five-year path to a balanced budget—hardly any of his political colleagues are willing to play along, and there’s no mass constituency forcing them to. It’s not likely the rest of his party – whether rank-and-file voter or office-seeking politician – will get enthusiastic about his attempts to curb the federal drug war either.

Paul’s problems with Republican orthodoxy run deeper still. In order to keep her head from exploding from cognitive dissonance while remaining on the new right side of Republican history, the Washington Post’s right-wing columnist Jennifer Rubin praised Paul’s filibuster by claiming that he “wasn’t attacking the war on terror.”

But Paul absolutely was attacking the war on terror…

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No issue better illustrates Rubio’s connection to the failed Republican Washington establishment than his embrace of President Bush’s last great policy failure: amnesty for the millions of illegal immigrants currently in the United States. He is currently working with McCain on another immigration bill right now.

In contrast to his free enterprise rhetoric, however, Rubio’s immigration plan is just a continuation of the crony capitalist policies that so compromised Bush’s big government compassionate conservatism. As The Washington Examiner‘s Tim Carney notes today, Rubio’s immigration plan includes a permanent guest worker program that allows farmers to inflate their workers wages by offering something no other employer can: a path to citizenship…

Do conservative activists want to go back to the big government compassionate conservatism policies of Bush and McCain? Or do they want to explore the libertarian path being paved by Paul?

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I think Poulos is onto something regarding younger voters – charitably defined as anyone under 45 years old – regardless of political ideology. The expectations for government are changing in all sorts of unanticipated ways. A majority of Americans continues to say that government is doing too much but a majority also wants the government to provide basic safety net functions. Folks such as Ryan and Barack Obama seem to read that situation as one in which the state can and should continue to provide not simply for the poorest among us but for the vast “middle class” that usually includes about 90 percent of people. That was George W. Bush’s compassionate conservatism – and Ryan voted for No Child Left Behind, Medicare drugs, and TARP and auto bailouts – and it’s Obama’s expansive notions as well. I think it’s credible to see Ryan (and many conservative Republicans, Obama, and the Senate Democrats (who have zero pulse among them) as in the same basic camp of still expecting the government to be a warm blanket that pretty much covers everything you do in your regular day.

What’s different now is that there is an alternative out there – in the form of characters such as Rand Paul, Justin Amash, and other “wacko birds” – that is looking increasingly viable. When you’ve got conservative and libertarian Republicans attacking the garrison state for 13 hours straight and also championing copyright and IP reform, gay marriage, pot and hemp legalization, even self-styled “Young Guns” such as Paul Ryan and historically youthful presidents such as Barack Obama start looking pretty old pretty quickly.

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As for predictions on who will win the CPAC straw poll on Saturday, Bob Beckel said he is “willing to wager any amount of money” that it will be Rand Paul. And after the enthusiasm that greeted his speech earlier today, that seems like a fair assumption. Dana Perino argued that the winner of CPAC straw poll almost never goes on to win the Republican presidential nomination, so the importance of that honor, especially this far from 2016, may be insignificant…

“Rand Paul is the one guy that worries me very much and most Democrats,” Beckel answered. “In fact, there is some real fear the guy could actually take off.” His colleagues weren’t buying that he was being sincere, but there is some truth to what Beckel was saying. If there’s one Republican who’s riding high from his filibuster and now CPAC, it has to be Rand Paul.

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Another Friday night date.

Hmmmm.

Is it serious?

eyesky on March 15, 2013 at 8:35 PM

Hey! Its Friday…you know what that means.

cozmo on March 15, 2013 at 8:36 PM

Should the Republican party abandon social conservatism? Take a turn toward non-interventionism? Moderate on taxes and spending?

Yes, yes, and no. Any more questions?

Archivarix on March 15, 2013 at 8:39 PM

Ted Cruz.

He has the speech slot tomorrow.

INC on March 15, 2013 at 8:40 PM

One issue that is a thorn in our side, of course that’s abortion.
Romney did a clumsy job trying to neutralize that issue, but Akin, and then the double boiler, Mourdoch insured that it came horribly to the fore. Probably without the uproar over Mourdoch, Romney would have won.
But it’s not just extremism on abortion that is killing us. Just the issue of abortion is hurting us badly. And if ever people begun to seriously fear that Roe v Wade would be overturned, there would be no chance we would win. I don’t know how to say it any other way but that the abortion issue is not good for us.

anotherJoe on March 15, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Dana Perino argued that the winner of CPAC straw poll almost never goes on to win the Republican presidential nomination

Translation: Dana the Neo-Con believes that Rand Paul will win the straw poll and she’s pi$$ed about it.

HondaV65 on March 15, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Soon to be “Quotes of the Afternoon”….

hillsoftx on March 15, 2013 at 8:47 PM

I don’t know how to say it any other way but that the abortion issue is not good for us.

anotherJoe on March 15, 2013 at 8:44 PM

That may be true. But, it doesn’t negate the fact that Roe was a right made up by an activist court.

cozmo on March 15, 2013 at 8:48 PM

If there’s one Republican who’s riding high from his filibuster and now CPAC, it has to be Rand Paul.

It doesn’t take much to gain the excitement of the base. All you have to do is FIGHT!

Sarah Palin did it and she became very popular. She was more popular than McRage was on that ticket because she fought – and because people saw that campaign repeatedly trying to “reign her in” and get her to stop fighting.

Rubio won’t shape the future because he doesn’t fight – or rather – he fights half-heartedly.

HondaV65 on March 15, 2013 at 8:51 PM

What no photo of Ted Cruz?

Bmore on March 15, 2013 at 8:52 PM

…I’m becoming a “wacko bird” !

KOOLAID2 on March 15, 2013 at 8:59 PM

I’m shocked to read that the Weekly Standard wants us to stay the course on losing with Big Government, warmongering Bush “conservatism”.

Rubio has been in the news for the past couple of months making a push for immigration reform–a stance that, although squarely in line with the only Republicans to win the presidency in the past 40 years, puts him at odds with many conservatives. But during his CPAC speech, Rubio didn’t mention immigration. Rather Rubio argued that the three-legged stool of the conservative movement is as sturdy as ever.

It’s not.

No one is buying what neoconservatives are selling anymore. The middle class is tired of fighting the wars and taking the hit for two solid Democrat constituencies: the very rich and the underclass looking for Obamaphones; someone to “bring home the bacon”; and cheap, Third World labor.

We need change now — real change.

Punchenko on March 15, 2013 at 8:59 PM

What no photo of Ted Cruz?

Bmore on March 15, 2013 at 8:52 PM

…we like him!…so they will ignore him!

KOOLAID2 on March 15, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Ted Cruz.

He has the speech slot tomorrow.

INC on March 15, 2013 at 8:40 PM

Sarah Palin speaks tomorrow, too.

Tomorrow should be veeeeerry interesting here. Bmore, you might have to stock up on breadballs.

theotherone on March 15, 2013 at 9:01 PM

Rubio won’t shape the future because he doesn’t fight – or rather – he fights half-heartedly.

HondaV65 on March 15, 2013 at 8:51 PM

Why, that would make Rubio just perfect in the eyes of the Establishment desperately trying to protect their privileges and power.

I’m watching Jeb Bush right now make the case for why he should never be allowed to run for higher office… ever.

Punchenko on March 15, 2013 at 9:02 PM

Dana Perino argued that the winner of CPAC straw poll almost never goes on to win the Republican presidential nomination

Translation: Dana the Neo-Con believes that Rand Paul will win the straw poll and she’s pi$$ed about it.

HondaV65 on March 15, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Dana is too dim to be upset about anything. Tomorrow she will make the rounds praising Jeb Bush for a wonderful speech. She’s the Keeper of the Bush Flame.

Punchenko on March 15, 2013 at 9:06 PM

Take a turn toward non-interventionism?

How about just not getting into seemingly never ending quagmires in Muslim crap hole countries so much? Reagan never did.

VorDaj on March 15, 2013 at 9:07 PM

Rand Paul is going to run away with the CPAC straw poll. He gets all his father’s supporters and then some.

And the GOP establishment will downplay it.

commodore on March 15, 2013 at 9:08 PM

Rubio has been in the news for the past couple of months making a push for immigration reform

More accurately known as, Amnesty, or as Marco Orwell calls it “Earnistsy”.

VorDaj on March 15, 2013 at 9:08 PM

Congrats to Ace of Spades HQ

John the Libertarian on March 15, 2013 at 9:09 PM

Today we must all be aware that political expediency and ethnicity takes precedence over constitutional procedure. However you say – WHAT THE – what does this mean… in relation to the tabulation whereby we must once again realize that the great reconquesta story is now being rehearsed before our very eyes, in the rise of Marco Rubio… indicating that only a two-faced, I mean a bi-faced, I mean a bi-lingual hombre can receive…the award for reconquesta, unlike Kenyan Hussein Obama whose reconquesta plans don’t drink water.

Amigos – comrades – friends, we are gathered here not only to acknowledge one man without any borders – one who has found that the world in itself seems to be a time of the toad. This in itself is an edifice of the great glory that has gone beyond, and the intuitive feeling of the American people, based on the assumption that the intelligence not only as Mencken once said, “He who underestimates the American voter will not go broke.” This is merely a small indication of this vast throng gathered here to once again behold and to perceive that which has gone way into the behind and to that which might go forward out of the future…we’ve got to rip up the constitution so we can rip down those outdated borders!.

This is the main deterrent upon which we have gathered our strength and all the others who say, “What the hell did that get?” – We don’t know. We’ve got to perforce support the binational .. i mean bilingual Messiah… And as Miller once said in one of his great novels- what did he … that language is only necessary when bilingual communication is endangered. And you sit there bewildered, and Pinter who went further said “It is not the lack of communication but fear of communication.” That’s what the damn thing is that we fear – communication – especially Spanish communication that’s even on a box of Wheaties now. Damn it! But we have no paranoia,. and Senator McCain has attained, and has created for himself serenity, and it is only his insanity that has kept him alive in his senility.

Alright, moving right along here in my brief remarks. We speak of the organ…of the orgasm…Who the hell wrote this !!!??? And the bi-lingual, I mean the bi-partisan panel, has determined to give the prize to Marco Rubio for his EARNESTY’S RAINBOW. Now EARNESTY’S RAINBOW is a token of this man’s genius…he told me so himself and repeatedly …that he could change perceptions by calling his plan for knocking down those pesky borders EARNESTLY …in other words, he could have been more specific, but rather than to allude to an articulation of the mundane, he has come to the conclusion that brevity is the importance of our nation’s shallow first world existence. God damn!

Ladies and Gentlemen. The time will come when a first world America will outlive its usefulness. Marx, either Groucho or Karl, I can’t remember which, maybe it was both or maybe it was Harpo, once said that America is the opiate of the people. I say that when America outlives its usefulness and becomes a majority Spanish speaking nation, then opium…will be the opiate…Ahh that’s not a bad idea… we are going to need that especially when the booze runs out …

All right…However, I want to thank Mr. PUNDIT, ALLAH PUNDIT of the HOTGAS Press, who has made it possible for you people to be here this afternoon to enjoy the Reconquesta Citation – Marco Rubio’s . EARNESTY’S RAINBOW – a small contribution to a certain degree, since there are over seven billion people in the world today. 450 of them … million live in the United States and Mexico which is a very, very small amount compared to those who will be miserable and dying elsewhere…Well, I say that you will be on the road to new horizons, for we who live in a society where citizenship is a commodity and a politician can become a TV personality, it’s not easy to conform if you have any morality…I, I, I said that myself many years ago…

But I do want to thank la Raza…I mean the DNC, the organization for the $1,000 in affirmative action scholarships they’ve given out…tonight they took in over $4,000,000, but they do have expenses you know, and I think that I have another appointment. I would like to stay here, but for the sake of brevity I, I must leave. I do want to thank you, I want to thank Mr. Allah Pundit. I want to thank Mr. Morrisey, who just ran through the auditorium and out a fire exit, and I want to thank Marco Rubio – acting el Presidenta of la Raza Mexiamerica and also Mr. Obama – acting Pharaoh and Drone Commander of the World – and also I want to thank Professor Irwin Corey and thank you.

RasThavas on March 15, 2013 at 9:11 PM

Screw the 11th commandment.

Lets eat all of our own we can.

Why let our Liberal Marxist-loving socialist friends have all the fun trashing our side?

FlaMurph on March 15, 2013 at 9:17 PM

It’s amusing to listen to the dinosaurs at the Weekly Standard and in the McCain wing desperately try to marginalize Rand Paul. The “endless war everywhere, forever” crowd is losing the party, and they know it.

The rest of us are ready to stand with Rand!

Inkblots on March 15, 2013 at 9:18 PM

Time to cast off the Crackpot Bush foreign and military policy and it’s underpinning Mad Hatter insanity about Islam and Muslims. This means casting off Crackpot Bush’s heirs, Crackpot McCain, Crackpot Graham and Crackpot Rubio.

“Islam brings hope and comfort to millions of people in my country, and to more than a billion people worldwide. Ramadan is also an occasion to remember that Islam gave birth to a rich civilization of learning that has benefited mankind. Islam is a faith that brings comfort to people. It inspires them to lead lives based on honesty, and justice, and compassion. Islam is a faith that brings comfort to a billion people around the world. It’s a faith that has made brothers and sisters of every race. It’s a faith based upon love, not hate. Mohammad’s word has guided billions of believers across the centuries, and those believers built a culture of learning and literature and science. All the world continues to benefit from this faith and its achievements. The Islam that we know is a faith devoted to the worship of one God, as revealed through The Holy Qur’an. It teaches the value and the importance of charity, mercy, and peace.”
George W. Bush, The Crackpot!!!

VorDaj on March 15, 2013 at 9:23 PM

John McCain is gucking foofy.

SparkPlug on March 15, 2013 at 9:26 PM

The rest of us are ready to stand with Rand!

Inkblots on March 15, 2013 at 9:18 PM

If his last name wasn’t Paul, that thought wouldn’t scare me as much as it does. But until Rand does anything crazy like his dad, yea, you can count me in the Stand With Rand crowd.

SWalker on March 15, 2013 at 9:26 PM

Lets eat all of our own we can.

Why let our Liberal Marxist-loving socialist friends have all the fun trashing our side?

FlaMurph on March 15, 2013 at 9:17 PM

It’s getting a bit difficult to determine who on “our side” is really on “our side.”

McCain, Bush family, do you feel they are on “your side?” Because I’m not so sure. At times, perhaps, but not often enough to suit me.

Jeffords, Specter, Christ, Chafee. Were they on “our side.” Sure doesn’t look like it.

predator on March 15, 2013 at 9:27 PM

I’m in the stand with Rand band plan cause he is the man who can.

SparkPlug on March 15, 2013 at 9:31 PM

It’s amusing to listen to the dinosaurs at the Weekly Standard and in the McCain wing desperately try to marginalize Rand Paul. The “endless war everywhere, forever” crowd is losing the party, and they know it.

Inkblots on March 15, 2013 at 9:18 PM

Very true. Every neocon has trashed Rand Paul within the past 10 days. With the exception of John McCain, neocon’s kids don’t join the military, but they are more than happy to see others’ children die on behalf of their nation-building and adventurism.

bw222 on March 15, 2013 at 9:33 PM

Even an actual isolationist policy, not just what the McCains call “isolationism”, would be far preferable to the cluster frack our foreign and military policy have become over the last 10 years.

VorDaj on March 15, 2013 at 9:33 PM

Good shabbos…and I’m standing with Rand.
*Rubio is a pander bear.*

annoyinglittletwerp on March 15, 2013 at 9:35 PM

bluegill is lurking again!… Can someone put a link to a big picture of Mitt in here?
…*meanwhile*…I’ll draw her out!…she was down in the Gulch just now…
P A L I N
P A L I N
P A L I N
…PRESIDENT PALIN…!!!

KOOLAID2 on March 15, 2013 at 9:35 PM

VorDaj on March 15, 2013 at 9:23 PM

George Bush knows Islam is the Religion of Peace. Grover Norquist told him so and Grover wouldn’t lie … unless he could make money off it.

bw222 on March 15, 2013 at 9:36 PM

predator on March 15, 2013 at 9:27 PM

.
Exactly.
You can never be to sure.

Trash them all- every single one of them. They all have something to deserve it.

Survival of fittest.

FlaMurph on March 15, 2013 at 9:37 PM

I gotta, say, IDK what it is, but the Republican party NEEDS the supporters of the Paul’s to be supporting their candidate for the president. For some reason they are RIDICULOUSLY good at marketing. Those Stand With Rand posters are just amazing looking in the style of Mad Men, and the American people would eat that @*(@ up.

thphilli on March 15, 2013 at 9:38 PM

they are more than happy to see others’ children die on behalf of their nation-building and adventurism.

bw222 on March 15, 2013 at 9:33 PM

American troops in Afcrapistan (bar only the first few months there which was over 10 years ago now) have done about as much to make America safer as me standing on one leg and baying at the moon, and at a far far far greater cost in lives, limbs, hundreds of billions and rationality. Not only that but our Mad Hatter Generals’ (under both Bush and Obama) mission of “Winning [Muslim] Hearts and Minds”/”Partners In Peace”/COIN/”Serving the [Muslim] People” in Afcrapistan, the Trillion Dollar Bridge To Nowhere, has had the perverse effect of working to whitewash and absolve Islam and Muslims, something that is not only not protecting America, but that is anti-American and anti-Western Civilization and anti-Enlightenment in the extreme. All our troops are in Afcrapistan is Human Sacrifices on an Alter of PC Insanity, Lab Rats in a “Moderate Muslim” Sociology Experiment being conducted by Lunatics.

VorDaj on March 15, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Lets eat all of our own we can…

FlaMurph on March 15, 2013 at 9:17 PM

…we need to munch on ‘mavericks’!…bullsh!t causes bile!…we eat too much of what they feed us!

KOOLAID2 on March 15, 2013 at 9:41 PM

RasThavas on March 15, 2013 at 9:11 PM

My sides are splitting and my stomach is hurting.

Vince on March 15, 2013 at 9:42 PM

Trash them all- every single one of them. They all have something to deserve it.

Survival of fittest.

FlaMurph on March 15, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Trashing them all is not where I’m coming from. I have simply lost faith in most, sad as that is. I have to agree with Caddell. The left plays to win, to their credit. They serve their base better than the right.

Too many on this side try to get along rather than win. Playing for a tie, so to speak, and that is a guaranteed loser. Screw compromise. I want to win–resoundingly.

predator on March 15, 2013 at 9:42 PM

Very true. Every neocon has trashed Rand Paul within the past 10 days. With the exception of John McCain, neocon’s kids don’t join the military, but they are more than happy to see others’ children die on behalf of their nation-building and adventurism.

bw222 on March 15, 2013 at 9:33 PM

I don’t see Bill Kristol’s son-in-law, Matthew Continetti, fighting any wars. Nope, Matt is instead pushing Daddy-in-law’s POV at the Washington Free Beacon.

Punchenko on March 15, 2013 at 9:43 PM

Ted Madison or James Cruz.

Bmore on March 15, 2013 at 9:40 PM

…N I C E !
…I’m going to print that…and hang it behind my desk at work!

KOOLAID2 on March 15, 2013 at 9:43 PM

Good shabbos…and I’m standing with Rand.
*Rubio is a pander bear.*

annoyinglittletwerp on March 15, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Rubio panders here
He panders there
To America it just ain’t fair
It’s much too much for me to bear
I will have to start to swear

VorDaj on March 15, 2013 at 9:43 PM

“The Future.”

Don’t count on it. These are just a few.

rickv404 on March 15, 2013 at 9:46 PM

P A L I N
P A L I N
P A L I N
…PRESIDENT PALIN…!!!

KOOLAID2 on March 15, 2013 at 9:35 PM

I like the way you think..

Electrongod on March 15, 2013 at 9:46 PM

…Mr. Obama – acting Pharaoh and Drone Commander of the World

RasThavas on March 15, 2013 at 9:11 PM

Heh. I’m stealing that one.

Curtiss on March 15, 2013 at 9:48 PM

KOOLAID2 on March 15, 2013 at 9:43 PM

I’ll replace it with a more printer friendly version, give me just a minute.

Bmore on March 15, 2013 at 9:49 PM

P A L I N
P A L I N
P A L I N
…PRESIDENT PALIN…!!!

KOOLAID2 on March 15, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Bluegills are often found nearer to the shore around some submerged brush. Move your boat closer to land. ;)

predator on March 15, 2013 at 9:50 PM

Cruz with Palin
2 0 1 6 !
(new bumper sticker)

KOOLAID2 on March 15, 2013 at 9:50 PM

KOOLAID2 on March 15, 2013 at 9:35 PM

I like the way you think..

Electrongod on March 15, 2013 at 9:46 PM

Rand Paul would make a good VP for her… (well, at least it looks that way right now)

SWalker on March 15, 2013 at 9:50 PM

Bluegills are often found nearer to the shore around some submerged brush. Move your boat closer to land. ;)

predator on March 15, 2013 at 9:50 PM

True, they are after all bottom feeders…

SWalker on March 15, 2013 at 9:51 PM

P A L I N
P A L I N
P A L I N
…PRESIDENT PALIN…!!!

KOOLAID2 on March 15, 2013 at 9:35 PM

I’m there..:)

idesign on March 15, 2013 at 9:52 PM

KOOLAID2 on March 15, 2013 at 9:43 PM

There you go. When the page loads, click the image, when the image loads, download it.

Bmore on March 15, 2013 at 9:52 PM

KOOLAID2 on March 15, 2013 at 9:50 PM

Let me know when you have downloaded the print version so I can put the screen version back up. ; )

Bmore on March 15, 2013 at 9:53 PM

I’ll replace it with a more printer friendly version, give me just a minute.

Bmore on March 15, 2013 at 9:49 PM

…it’s ok…have a color printer at work that will copy just the frame showing…I love that one…it’ll get them talking!

KOOLAID2 on March 15, 2013 at 9:54 PM

Cruz with Palin
2 0 1 6 !
(new bumper sticker)

KOOLAID2 on March 15, 2013 at 9:50 PM

I want to see the video..:)

idesign on March 15, 2013 at 9:54 PM

Why are we fishing?

Bmore on March 15, 2013 at 9:54 PM

Bmore on March 15, 2013 at 9:54 PM

Because the fish are biting?

cozmo on March 15, 2013 at 9:55 PM

“He honestly did look longingly at it, but apparently he has to have essentially a food taster

A food taster!!!

Now, we know why Obama has been so hysterical about budget cuts!!! It wasn’t because he was going to have to shut down the White House tours for children. No, not our noble prince. Rather, Obama has been peeved because Sequestersquatch ate the money he was going to use to pay for his new Groom of the Stool, Keeper of the Wardrobe, Grand Falconer, and Lord Privy Seal.

**eyeroll**

Everybody sing!

I’m Obama The Great, I am!
Obama The Great, I am, I am!

O – B – A – M – A
Obama (Obama)
Obama (Obama)
Obama The Great, I am, I am!
Obama The Great, I am!

Yeah!

Second verse, same as the first!

I’m Obama The Great, I am!
Obama The Great, I am, I am!

O – B – A – M – A
Obama (Obama)
Obama (Obama)
Obama The Great, I am, I am!
Obama The Great, I am!

Yeah!

Resist We Much on March 15, 2013 at 9:55 PM

Resist We Much on March 15, 2013 at 9:55 PM

Let me guess the band–Vermin and the Varmints, right?

predator on March 15, 2013 at 9:58 PM

I want to wish a co-worker(NOT using any name that any one might recognize…except for him) a happy FIFTIETH birthday. Happy 5-0, Squidward the Malevolent of TLE!

annoyinglittletwerp on March 15, 2013 at 9:58 PM

KOOLAID2 on March 15, 2013 at 9:50 PM

Okay, you had your chance and you let it go. ; )

Bmore on March 15, 2013 at 9:59 PM

RasThavas on March 15, 2013 at 9:11 PM

…oh that was good!

KOOLAID2 on March 15, 2013 at 9:59 PM

Because the fish are biting?

cozmo on March 15, 2013 at 9:55 PM

; )

Bmore on March 15, 2013 at 10:00 PM

Restored 1980 GL1100 Interstsate Goldwing about to hit the road. I cleaned engine parts in my bathtub to get this thing running. 1,000 lbs of fun. Chrome. She’s a Caddilac.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChDLBS3V3S0&feature=youtube_gdata_player

wolly4321 on March 15, 2013 at 10:01 PM

Hey! Its Friday…you know what that means.

cozmo on March 15, 2013 at 8:36 PM

Night Court?

viking01 on March 15, 2013 at 10:02 PM

viking01 on March 15, 2013 at 10:02 PM

Don’t tease me. This is a solemn occasion. I am packing up a dear old friend tonight.

cozmo on March 15, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Everybody sing!

I’m Obama The Great, I am!
Obama The Great, I am, I am!

O – B – A – M – A
Obama (Obama)
Obama (Obama)
Obama The Great, I am, I am!
Obama The Great, I am!

Yeah!

Second verse, same as the first!

I’m Obama The Great, I am!
Obama The Great, I am, I am!

O – B – A – M – A
Obama (Obama)
Obama (Obama)
Obama The Great, I am, I am!
Obama The Great, I am!

Yeah!

Resist We Much on March 15, 2013 at 9:55 PM

…I was doing it this morning to the Monkees Hen-e-ry the eight…I am…I am
…I got some strange looks at work!

KOOLAID2 on March 15, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Good evening, Friday nighters!

Rusty Allen on March 15, 2013 at 10:06 PM

cozmo on March 15, 2013 at 10:04 PM

And enjoying him with a side of fava beans and a nice Chianti.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 15, 2013 at 10:07 PM

…I got some strange looks at work!

KOOLAID2 on March 15, 2013 at 10:04 PM

What makes that different from any other day?

cozmo on March 15, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Hey! Its Friday…you know what that means.

cozmo on March 15, 2013 at 8:36 PM

Night Court?

viking01 on March 15, 2013 at 10:02 PM

Don’t be silly, it means were all drinking on predators credit card…. AGAIN…. <—– Insert evil cackling laughter here…

SWalker on March 15, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Are kids still singing songs about our great 5 mile higher?

Cough..cough

Electrongod on March 15, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Sweet my high school is going to state in basketball. The Gophers may suck but my high school is at least good.

gophergirl on March 15, 2013 at 10:09 PM

Hey! Its Friday…you know what that means.

cozmo on March 15, 2013 at 8:36 PM

Yet another pants free weekend at cozmos place?

SparkPlug on March 15, 2013 at 10:10 PM

Rubio easily. Daddy Ron is Rand’s reason he’ll never expand.

Flapjackmaka on March 15, 2013 at 10:11 PM

Cruz with Palin
2 0 1 6 !
(new bumper sticker)

KOOLAID2 on March 15, 2013 at 9:50 PM

+1

SparkPlug on March 15, 2013 at 10:11 PM

SparkPlug on March 15, 2013 at 10:10 PM

Sparky is on the Tesla ball tonight.

cozmo on March 15, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Don’t be silly, it means were all drinking on predators credit card…. AGAIN…. <—– Insert evil cackling laughter here…

SWalker on March 15, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Like this?

predator on March 15, 2013 at 10:12 PM

I think we’re making a mountain out of a molehill out of Rand Paul’s supposed isolationism. It’s just for the most part an idea to stop crazy interventions in places like Libya to prop up our enemy and in African hell-holes to support the Muslims against Christians. Just don’t take sides on that one.

On Iran, it’s true that Rand stood up as the only senator to oppose a resolution apparently committing us to war if Iran got nukes. They’re going to say that this means he’s weak and wants a nuclear Iran. But he says simply that you don’t won’t to absolutely rule out not going to war. Anyway, it took a lot of courage and confidence to stand up alone, and he has said that the last thing he wants is Iran with nukes, and he himself would probably take military action if required.

anotherJoe on March 15, 2013 at 10:13 PM

Let me guess the band–Vermin and the Varmints, right?

predator on March 15, 2013 at 9:58 PM

Herm…

Obama as Henry the VIII

Resist We Much on March 15, 2013 at 10:13 PM

SWalker on March 15, 2013 at 10:08 PM

(whispers)

I was tweaking AP’s wild evening.

viking01 on March 15, 2013 at 10:13 PM

SWalker on March 15, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Like this?

predator on March 15, 2013 at 10:12 PM

O_O… Indeed… ;)

SWalker on March 15, 2013 at 10:16 PM

And if ever people begun to seriously fear that Roe v Wade would be overturned, there would be no chance we would win. I don’t know how to say it any other way but that the abortion issue is not good for us.

anotherJoe on March 15, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Why? If RvW were overturned, its not like that would overturn abortion. It would just give it to the states to decide. Which is where it should be imo.

Mimzey on March 15, 2013 at 10:19 PM

Resist We Much on March 15, 2013 at 10:13 PM

0 on the phone.

Bmore on March 15, 2013 at 10:20 PM

Rubio easily. Daddy Ron is Rand’s reason he’ll never expand.

Flapjackmaka on March 15, 2013 at 10:11 PM

Hillary would steamroll over Rubio. She’ll carry Barry’s coalition and probably expand it with enough blue collar voters.

Punchenko on March 15, 2013 at 10:20 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on March 15, 2013 at 10:07 PM

If you knew how close this friend is to me you wouldn’t be so flipant.

Silence lamb bunny!

cozmo on March 15, 2013 at 10:21 PM

Good grief, my 11 year old niece is spending the night with grandma, making chicken and dumplings, and do her best to drive me crazy… I might not survive the night… O_O

SWalker on March 15, 2013 at 10:21 PM

…I was doing it this morning to the Monkees Hen-e-ry the eight…I am…I am
…I got some strange looks at work!

KOOLAID2 on March 15, 2013 at 10:04 PM

But, isn’t it the same song? That’s the song that I had in mind.

Resist We Much on March 15, 2013 at 10:22 PM

Hey! Its Friday…you know what that means.

cozmo on March 15, 2013 at 8:36 PM

…well I’m not taking off my pants…but I will
*clink*

KOOLAID2 on March 15, 2013 at 10:24 PM

Restored 1980 GL1100 Interstsate Goldwing about to hit the road. I cleaned engine parts in my bathtub to get this thing running. 1,000 lbs of fun. Chrome. She’s a Caddilac.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChDLBS3V3S0&feature=youtube_gdata_player

wolly4321 on March 15, 2013 at 10:01 PM

Beautiful ride. Easy to get the front wheel off?

tom daschle concerned on March 15, 2013 at 10:27 PM

*clink*
…well I’m not taking off my pants…but I will
*clink*
KOOLAID2 on March 15, 2013 at 10:24 PM

*clink*

bathrobe here..

I feel free..

Electrongod on March 15, 2013 at 10:27 PM

Helped get teh pipes and carb on my buddy’s ’79 KZ650 last weekend. Whoever designed the flanges for those pipes must’ve counted on them never being taken off. They are insane.

tom daschle concerned on March 15, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Why? If Roe v Wade were overturned, its not like that would overturn abortion. It would just give it to the states to decide. Which is where it should be imo.

Mimzey on March 15, 2013 at 10:19 PM

That’s the practical argument. It would seem to make sense, but the electorate wouldn’t (doesn’t) work that way.
The Democratic scare mongers would have a heyday. Voters wouldn’t even want to risk it, and many would feel repulsed (by Republicans I’m afraid in this case), and we would go down in flames in election after election until Roe is reinstated, in the meantime true socialists and communists would rise to the helm. To what price do we pay? It’s futile and counter-productive.

anotherJoe on March 15, 2013 at 10:29 PM

One issue that is a thorn in our side, of course that’s abortion.
Romney did a clumsy job trying to neutralize that issue, but Akin, and then the double boiler, Mourdoch insured that it came horribly to the fore. Probably without the uproar over Mourdoch, Romney would have won.
But it’s not just extremism on abortion that is killing us. Just the issue of abortion is hurting us badly. And if ever people begun to seriously fear that Roe v Wade would be overturned, there would be no chance we would win. I don’t know how to say it any other way but that the abortion issue is not good for us.

anotherJoe on March 15, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Agreed and I’ll go one more… Gay Marriage.. Let churches decide and get government the hell out of it.

3-2-1.. Let the name calling begin

theblacksheepwasright on March 15, 2013 at 10:30 PM

*clink*

bathrobe here..

I feel free..

Electrongod on March 15, 2013 at 10:27 PM

By Jove! I do believe you’ve requested a tune!

predator on March 15, 2013 at 10:31 PM

By Jove! I do believe you’ve requested a tune!

predator on March 15, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Cool..

I had have this album..

33 and..

1/3..

I don’t have any way to play it though..

Electrongod on March 15, 2013 at 10:34 PM

anotherJoe on March 15, 2013 at 8:44 PM

theblacksheepwasright on March 15, 2013 at 10:30 PM

You dang libertarian kids! Go do that on John McCain’s lawn.

cozmo on March 15, 2013 at 10:35 PM

Yummm,, chicken and dumplings…

OmahaConservative on March 15, 2013 at 10:35 PM

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