Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on March 18, 2013 by Allahpundit

A blunt self-critique by the national Republican Party concludes that while the GOP is flourishing in many state capitals, it is “increasingly marginalized” and out of touch at the federal level.

In focus groups, voters who had left the Republican Party said they found the GOP to be “scary,” “narrow-minded,” “out of touch” and the party of “stuffy old men.”…

To grow as a party, the RNC assessment points out, Republican policy makers must realize that economically struggling voters “don’t care if the help comes from the private sector or the government—they just want help.”

The report notes that “instead of connecting with voters’ concerns, we too often sound like bookkeepers.”

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A new poll for the Hill newspaper finds that “more voters trust the Democratic Party than the Republican Party on budgetary issues . . . even though a strong majority actually prefer Republican fiscal policies.”…

Even Democrats demonstrated that they prefer what are normally considered GOP budget ideas. Only 44 percent of Democrats polled said deficits should be primarily reduced mostly through raising taxes, versus 40 percent who felt it should be done largely by trimming spending.

That’s the good news for the GOP. The bad news was that, when the two competing budget plans had the labels “Republican” and “Democrat” attached to them, there was a clear change in preference. A full 35 percent of respondents backed the Democrat plan in that case, while only 30 percent trusted the GOP more (the rest said they trusted neither party).

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Ari Fleischer said on Monday that the RNC’s autopsy report is an attempt to “blow a whistle” on the GOP in a bid to make it more inclusive

“We’ve lost that ability to be persuasive with people who don’t agree with us on every issue. And what Republicans need to do I think to have a bright future is to do what the governors have done, which is if someone doesn’t agree with us on every issue – we can still work with them and get things done,” he said. “That’s part of what historically Republicans have done. We need to get back to doing that again.”…

“There is a genuine generational split in the Republican Party on that issue. Many, many young conservatives are for gay rights, are for gay marriage and we openly talk about that, acknowledge that and welcome that,” he said. “That is part of what a big tent should be about. You don’t find that in the Democratic Party.”

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But while the new RNC document may move past Reagan Republicanism, it marks a different kind of restoration: of the campaigns of President George W. Bush, and in particular to his first campaign, which promised “compassionate conservatism.”

And at its core, the report is a glimpse of the party Karl Rove and George W. Bush, assisted by figures like Fleischer and Gerson, sought to create starting in the late 1990s. This was the party in which George W. Bush was elected, but one whose message shifted dramatically on Sept. 11, 2001. From there, Bush ran almost exclusively as a national security president, and by the time he began pitching elements of Social Security privatization in his second term, the move was a non-sequitur and came with none of the halo of compassion of the earlier Bush years. The Tea Party represented a wing of the party — which included some, but certainly not all, of Bush’s own aides — who saw the ostentatious push for “compassion” as a veneer over policies that ought to, they thought, triumph on the merits; and who believed that the contrast with President Barack Obama meant that the veneer was no longer needed. Romney’s private suggestion of a class war between 53% of makers and 47% of takers in the American economy represented a particularly pure version of that.

Now the Republican National Committee is returning to Bush’s original vision. The question is which policies — and in particular, what vision for solving poverty — will accompany that push.

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How to get there? Make the national party, and its nominee, less vulnerable to eruptions from the base. The report calls for the primary debate schedule to be cut back to pre-2008 levels, with maybe a dozen televised forums, and more control over who moderates them…

Missouri’s failed Senate candidate Todd Akin, patron saint of gaffes, mused about the female body’s power to nullify rape because he came out of hard-right religious politics and really believed that stuff. The RNC debuted a way to shut that whole thing down. In the report, they call for “inviting as many voters as possible into the Republican Party by discouraging conventions and caucuses for the purpose of allocating delegates to the national convention.” Take away the caucus system and there’s no Ron Paul movement; there’s no stubborn Rick Santorum candidacy for social conservatives to rally behind.

Do that, and maybe the party can be as conservative as it likes in the states without the national candidate having to sweat it.

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The conventional wisdom among Republican elites about the election congealed seemingly the instant Mitt Romney lost. It was that the party needed to tone down its social-issues talk, embrace comprehensive immigration reform, improve its get-out-the-vote operation, highlight more nonwhite and female spokespersons, shorten the presidential primaries, and take greater control over the primary debates. These recommendations come naturally to Republican elites. Compared to rank-and-file Republicans, they are more likely to favor same-sex marriage and comprehensive immigration reform on principle, and those who are opposed to one or both generally don’t care much about the issues. They don’t, however, tend to have any major problems with the Republican economic agenda and do not believe it needs to be rethought in any serious way. The Republican report reflects this elite conventional wisdom perfectly, just perfectly. That doesn’t mean everything in the report is wrong. I’m inclined to think its suggested reforms of the primary process would be marginally helpful for conservatism. And I have nothing against highlighting Republicans who aren’t white men. The report does not, however, engage in the thorough data-driven analysis of what has gone wrong for Republicans that the party needs.

Take the most explicit policy recommendation the report makes: that Republicans embrace comprehensive immigration reform. The report doesn’t even try to demonstrate that this step would win the party more voters than it loses–which, you might think, is pretty important when political advice is being handed out. It ignores all of the political arguments made by critics of comprehensive reform, let alone the policy arguments.

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For decades, opposition to the Soviet Union was the glue that held the disparate elements of the movement together. For a brief time, it was believed that the Global War on Terrorism might take its place. That hasn’t happened. And it seems the much-needed soul-searching that occurred after Romney’s loss has resulted in a sort of tacit agreement that an amicable divorce might be preferable to the status quo…

It’s going to be a very interesting couple of years. The 2016 primary won’t just be about selecting a standard bearer, it’ll be about picking which standard to bear.

It’s possible we could see radical change that might even lead to the rise of a third party. That could happen if the GOP nominates a candidate deemed unacceptable by any one wing of the movement. On the other hand, if the GOP selects a more traditional conservative, such as, say, Rubio, the re-ordering might be more subtle. Some elements of the conservative movement might have to accept a demotion, of course, but it’s possible they would reluctantly accede to the demands of modernity.

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Note, though, how the report doesn’t actually call for the party to change its position. Just being more “tolerant” of other views doesn’t really seem like it’s going to get the party much of anywhere with young voters. If the party’s platform is still hostile to these issues, then that’s exactly what people will focus on.

As for the sections on immigration and women: It seems like even the RNC has forgotten its own 2012 convention. Much of the advice here to be more inclusive of minorities and women was on full display at the convention, for all the good it did them. The report acknowledges that the party must tackle its reputation with ethnic minorities and “champion comprehensive immigration reform,” but this is not a policy paper and the most important question – What that immigration reform should look like – goes unanswered.

This isn’t to downplay the report. That this kind of messaging is coming directly from the Republican National Committee is important. Fundamentally, though, the only component of the report that actually feels new is its ability to mention the existence of gays without immediately retreating into “traditional marriage” talk.

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[W]hat about those folks who really only vote GOP not because they’re generally conservative but because they have traditional values — as this Twitter exchange shows:

“@MichaelBD: Once the GOP follows Charles Murray’s advice it frees people like me up to vote for Dems on foreign policy, basic competence.”

“@Joncoppage: Not to mention evangelicals concerned about the poor/social justice, increasingly environmental stewardship, etc”

“@MichaelBD: there may be a winning GOP coalition out there, but it isn’t built on Bloomberg voters.”

I like to refer to social conservatives as battered wives, but even battered wives eventually wake up and realize that leaving their man is preferable to what they’re enduring. Well, that or they end up dead…

Are we sure that a) the GOP can be sufficiently liberal enough to compete with honest-to-goodness liberals and b) it will bring in more people than it will lose?

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The only certainty is that the candidate who comes forward as a cookie-cutter “three-legged-stool” (strong defense, economic conservative, social traditionalist) conservative is going to wind up pleasing no one and running into the same limitations that Mitt Romney did: There are not enough of those voters who follow those prescriptions to win the White House.

So where does this lead the party? I believe it will sort itself out in the primary itself, which becomes more akin to constructing a parliamentary majority (alliances, concessions, truces, compromises of convenience). Rand Paul will go for a libertarian majority, while Marco Rubio will present a pro-life, pro-immigration, domestic reform and internationalist agenda. The candidate who can both win the biggest share of and recruit more supporters to the GOP is the winner, and at the end factions agree to disagree on some items in common cause against an opponent devoted to the domineering welfare state.

This is a very attractive proposition. Fitting the party to a real candidate rather than forcing the candidate to contort himself to fit a static platform makes a lot of sense. For one thing, you’ll get a more genuine party leader. For another, the primary will determine where a substantial coalition can be formed. And most important, this puts a premium on policy…

So 2016 wanna-be’s get going: Shape your own agenda, find and recruit your own coalition, and determine how you are going to fund it. But don’t spend any time trying to be all things to all parts of a coalition that for all intents and purposes no longer exists.

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We should write a Chrissy poem.

Rusty Allen on March 18, 2013 at 11:19 PM

For Electron God.
In HISTORY.

BedBug on March 18, 2013 at 11:11 PM

Eh, the masses are being led away from their own history, much less everyone else’s. How many of the people who took that poll could identify Mother Theresa, Marie Curie, or Anne Frank in a one-woman lineup? I’m putting odds at 15%.

Bishop on March 18, 2013 at 11:20 PM

Rubio’s a despicable worm.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 18, 2013 at 10:53 PM

Why is that?

AshleyTKing on March 18, 2013 at 11:21 PM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on March 18, 2013 at 11:21 PM

The more our cultural institutions continue to be controlled by hardcore Leftists, the more the Democrat Party can get away with going further and further to the Left. The more the Democrat Party goes further and further to the Left, the worse off the country becomes. The worse of the country becomes, the more important it is for the GOP to present a clear contrast to what the Democrats are offering.

We’re now at a point where winning elections is less important than giving the people a clear choice between two different ideologies, and letting them make that choice. If they want more economic misery and more cultural decay, that’s their choice to make. But to not give them a clear choice is much worse than losing elections.

ardenenoch on March 18, 2013 at 11:21 PM

Too much betrayin’ goin’ on here…

Lanceman on March 18, 2013 at 11:22 PM

Hi – you need stronger coffee.

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2013 at 11:19 PM

LOL, I’ve heard that before but for today, I can’t believe the crap I am hearing. And I thought I was old enough to have heard it all!

CoffeeLover on March 18, 2013 at 11:22 PM

And, bedbug, had to be dragged, screaming/kicking, and be held down to vote for Romney, with a mask on my nose and a shield to my brain.

I did so because I saw Obama laughing, narcissistically, at the joy of further living it up, getting rich, while destroying the land. It wasn’t easy at all.

May the water in the pan get really hot, so the frogs jump out of the pan, or may the water heat up slowly, so all the frogs get killed. It’s still a choice.

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2013 at 11:22 PM

The RNC doesn’t need rebranding so much as it needs an enema.

VorDaj on March 18, 2013 at 11:22 PM

Hi Everyone

CoffeeLover on March 18, 2013 at 11:19 PM

Hello Coffee…..

Electrongod on March 18, 2013 at 11:22 PM

Good evening Dire!!

Scrumpy on March 18, 2013 at 11:22 PM

Bishop on March 18, 2013 at 11:20 PM

LoLz..)

Dire Straits on March 18, 2013 at 11:22 PM

The RNC doesn’t need rebranding so much as it needs an enema.

VorDaj on March 18, 2013 at 11:22 PM

Obama’care’ will deny the cost. He likes the disease.

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2013 at 11:23 PM

RasThavas on March 18, 2013 at 10:51 PM

Rubio couldn’t even deliver Florida for Romney.

bw222 on March 18, 2013 at 11:23 PM

Dire…

KCB on March 18, 2013 at 11:24 PM

AshleyTKing on March 18, 2013 at 11:21 PM

Hi, I have never seen you post before. Not that that means anything because I operate in a parallel universe.

Rusty Allen on March 18, 2013 at 11:24 PM

Eh, the masses are being led away from their own history, much less everyone else’s. How many of the people who took that poll could identify Mother Theresa, Marie Curie, or Anne Frank in a one-woman lineup? I’m putting odds at 15%.

Bishop on March 18, 2013 at 11:20 PM

Thanks..

I missed that post..

Electrongod on March 18, 2013 at 11:24 PM

Scrumpy on March 18, 2013 at 11:22 PM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on March 18, 2013 at 11:24 PM

Hello coffee, hello schadenfreude.

Rusty Allen on March 18, 2013 at 11:24 PM

BedBug on March 18, 2013 at 11:15 PM

You’re not going to get anywhere. Reread what I typed. Not voting is my still free person option. I will not vote for Ron Paul.

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2013 at 11:18 PM

Okay. So, you will be like the other three million GOP voters who stayed home and gave the election to Obama? Worked so well in 2006 as well.

BedBug on March 18, 2013 at 11:24 PM

Hi Coffeelover!

Scrumpy on March 18, 2013 at 11:25 PM

Who’s going to help with the Chrissy poem?

Rusty Allen on March 18, 2013 at 11:25 PM

KCB on March 18, 2013 at 11:24 PM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on March 18, 2013 at 11:26 PM

For Electron God.
In HISTORY.

BedBug on March 18, 2013 at 11:11 PM

Eh, the masses are being led away from their own history, much less everyone else’s. How many of the people who took that poll could identify Mother Theresa, Marie Curie, or Anne Frank in a one-woman lineup? I’m putting odds at 15%.

Bishop on March 18, 2013 at 11:20 PM

Doesn’t matter, sir. She’s the top now and 2016 is already an uphill battle for the GOP.
She decides to run and it’s over with that kind of popularity

BedBug on March 18, 2013 at 11:26 PM

Rusty Allen on March 18, 2013 at 11:25 PM

I think you can manage that!! ;-)

Sorry but my mind is elsewhere this evening hon…

Scrumpy on March 18, 2013 at 11:26 PM

Unless you’re ready to jump on Team Hillary?

BedBug on March 18, 2013 at 11:15 PM

Forget about Republicans. Why would you jump on Team Hillary?

She voted to go to war in both Afghanistan and Iraq. She pushed Obama to go into Libya for oil for France-UK-Italy. She put climate change and debt purchases with China above human rights. She completely dropped the ball in Benghazi. She is pro-EU, which means anti-democratic. She’s anti-Second Amendment. She’s been for eminent domain, restrictions on speech, higher taxation, illegal immigration (which hurts African-Americans, according to the US Civil Rights Commission). She’s for transnationals and globalism. She believes that international law should trump the Constitution. She supports criminalisation of blasphemy.

What is so great about Hillary Clinton?

That she was married to Bill and would be the first woman POTUS?

Please. I’m a woman and I wouldn’t vote for her because of either of those reasons.

Resist We Much on March 18, 2013 at 11:26 PM

Who’s going to help with the Chrissy poem?

Rusty Allen on March 18, 2013 at 11:25 PM

I don’t have your poetic skills. No Sarc. You and Chrissy are pretty good.

KCB on March 18, 2013 at 11:27 PM

MR then and MR now..will the real slim shady please stand up?
Tell me when the GOP quits “evolving”. Amnesty and Libya told me what he is about. Arbusto dos, Si.

Less well known is the equally dramatic pivot by Marco Rubio, from 2010 candidate who dismissed McCain’s proposal as “amnesty,” to U.S. senator who on Monday championed reforms McCain said had “very little difference” from his previous plan, which became the blueprint for failed legislation in 2006 and 2007.
During a March 28, 2010 Fox News debate against then-Gov. Charlie Crist, Rubio said: “He would have voted for the McCain plan. I think that plan is wrong, and the reason I think it’s wrong is that if you grant amnesty, as the governor proposes that we do, in any form, whether it’s back of the line or so forth, you will destroy any chance we will ever have of having a legal immigration system that works here in America.”

bazil9 on March 18, 2013 at 11:27 PM

You’re not going to get anywhere. Reread what I typed. Not voting is my still free person option. I will not vote for Ron Paul.

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2013 at 11:18 PM

Ron Paul is not going to be running.

Resist We Much on March 18, 2013 at 11:27 PM

We should write a Chrissy poem.

Rusty Allen on March 18, 2013 at 11:19 PM

How do you make a poem that wide?

VorDaj on March 18, 2013 at 11:28 PM

Scrumpy on March 18, 2013 at 11:26 PM

Fair enough, but you’re stuck with it.

Rusty Allen on March 18, 2013 at 11:28 PM

Did I just see the beautiful B9?

KCB on March 18, 2013 at 11:28 PM

And, bedbug, had to be dragged, screaming/kicking, and be held down to vote for Romney, with a mask on my nose and a shield to my brain.

I did so because I saw Obama laughing, narcissistically, at the joy of further living it up, getting rich, while destroying the land. It wasn’t easy at all.

May the water in the pan get really hot, so the frogs jump out of the pan, or may the water heat up slowly, so all the frogs get killed. It’s still a choice.

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2013 at 11:22 PM

I was happy to vote against Obama, even for Mitt Romney. But, I still believe in the affordable care act. The bugs need to be worked out and Hillary was the grandmother of that legislation, to answer your question, Resist.

BedBug on March 18, 2013 at 11:29 PM

Rusty Allen on March 18, 2013 at 11:28 PM

I am sure it will be fabulous!!

Scrumpy on March 18, 2013 at 11:29 PM

We should write a Chrissy poem.

Rusty Allen on March 18, 2013 at 11:19 PM

Writing a poem about someone that fat is difficult to wrap ones arms around.

VorDaj on March 18, 2013 at 11:30 PM

How do you make a poem that wide?

VorDaj on March 18, 2013 at 11:28 PM

Didn’t get that. Maybe I’m slow.

KCB on March 18, 2013 at 11:30 PM

Doesn’t matter, sir. She’s the top now and 2016 is already an uphill battle for the GOP.
She decides to run and it’s over with that kind of popularity

BedBug on March 18, 2013 at 11:26 PM

And how does “OUR” fiscal account look?

Whether she is gay and you love it…

THe fact still is…..

Can you afford it?

Electrongod on March 18, 2013 at 11:30 PM

VorDaj on March 18, 2013 at 11:28 PM

LMAO!! Wrong Chrissy!! ;-P

Scrumpy on March 18, 2013 at 11:30 PM

In focus groups, voters who had left the Republican Party said they found the GOP to be “scary,”

LIV’s for sure..:)

Dire Straits on March 18, 2013 at 11:30 PM

Writing a poem about someone that fat is difficult to wrap ones arms around.

VorDaj on March 18, 2013 at 11:30 PM

OK, I got that, and that was very rude! POS!

KCB on March 18, 2013 at 11:31 PM

I am a sucker for charm.
Hi Ken. :)

A brief pit stop on the way to
never never land.

bazil9 on March 18, 2013 at 11:31 PM

KCB on March 18, 2013 at 11:30 PM

Chrissy as in the Guv’nor…

Scrumpy on March 18, 2013 at 11:31 PM

Ron Paul is not going to be running.

Resist We Much on March 18, 2013 at 11:27 PM

Thank God..:)

Dire Straits on March 18, 2013 at 11:32 PM

bazil9 on March 18, 2013 at 11:31 PM

Kisses and hugs for you!

KCB on March 18, 2013 at 11:32 PM

Hi RA.

BedBug, no more. They don’t learn. If we don’t either, we deserve to be raped by them, badly.

“Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.”
-Marie Curie

They need to learn/understand. Else, the land deserves the destruction.

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2013 at 11:32 PM

Sorry I’m late. Filming went longer than expected. Got a gig as Hugh Grants stunt man because of the resemblance.

SparkPlug on March 18, 2013 at 11:33 PM

bazil9 on March 18, 2013 at 11:31 PM

Nice to see you Bazil9!!

Scrumpy on March 18, 2013 at 11:33 PM

Rubio’s a despicable worm.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 18, 2013 at 10:53 PM

Why is that?

AshleyTKing on March 18, 2013 at 11:21 PM

Because he practices identity politics. Not only is he pushing amnesty, he also is supporting a Latino museum within the Smithsonian Museum (at taxpayer expense) along with other Hispanic members of congress. The last time I visited the Smithsonian, I don’t recall seeing an Irish museum, an Italian meseum or a Polish museum.

bw222 on March 18, 2013 at 11:33 PM

Ron Paul is not going to be running.

Resist We Much on March 18, 2013 at 11:27 PM

Indeed. I clarified, soon as possible…meant the independents’ roster.

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2013 at 11:33 PM

B9 has a cute behind.

SparkPlug on March 18, 2013 at 11:34 PM

But, I still believe in the affordable care act. The bugs need to be worked out and Hillary was the grandmother of that legislation, to answer your question, Resist.

BedBug on March 18, 2013 at 11:29 PM

LMFAO! If that’s the reason you would vote for Hillary, then you are a fool.

Obamacare will be the worst thing that ever happens to this country and, luv, I have firsthand experience with government-run healthcare, which is what it will become eventually.

Anyone, who supports Obamacare, deserves to be sentenced to a year in the Mid-Staff Trust.

Resist We Much on March 18, 2013 at 11:34 PM

Chrisse is fat as a redwood tree
Around him it is difficult to see
If he is the Republican nominee
Most of us will flee

VorDaj on March 18, 2013 at 11:34 PM

SparkPlug on March 18, 2013 at 11:33 PM

Welcome! Glad you had fun filming!! excitin’ innit!

Scrumpy on March 18, 2013 at 11:35 PM

Sorry I’m late. Filming went longer than expected. Got a gig as Hugh Grants stunt man because of the resemblance.

SparkPlug on March 18, 2013 at 11:33 PM

Did they let you keep the leather pants with the bum-lift pads?

Resist We Much on March 18, 2013 at 11:35 PM

But, I still believe in the affordable care act. The bugs need to be worked out and Hillary was the grandmother of that legislation, to answer your question, Resist.

BedBug on March 18, 2013 at 11:29 PM

Idiot on display

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2013 at 11:36 PM

Resist We Much on March 18, 2013 at 11:34 PM

Bed doesn’t know about Mid Staff, give him/her a linky!!

Scrumpy on March 18, 2013 at 11:36 PM

But, I still believe in the affordable care act. The bugs need to be worked out and Hillary was the grandmother of that legislation, to answer your question, Resist.

BedBug on March 18, 2013 at 11:29 PM

lmao..I believe in it too..
It will be epic..
I predict a fury on a colossal level.
Just this week handed 3 small businesses increases
that they cannot sustain. 1 at 38.9%.
They are thrilled.
Sadly, I will over see the collapse. My hand will only
be free to help a few I give a damn about.
Enjoy.

bazil9 on March 18, 2013 at 11:36 PM

Did they let you keep the leather pants with the bum-lift pads?

Resist We Much on March 18, 2013 at 11:35 PM

I heard that after filming they tried to get them back. That didn’t happen.

KCB on March 18, 2013 at 11:36 PM

Because he practices identity politics. Not only is he pushing amnesty, he also is supporting a Latino museum within the Smithsonian Museum (at taxpayer expense) along with other Hispanic members of congress. The last time I visited the Smithsonian, I don’t recall seeing an Irish museum, an Italian meseum or a Polish museum.

bw222 on March 18, 2013 at 11:33 PM

That’s because an Irish or Italian or Polish museum would take up too much space. They should be able to get a museum of latino accomplishments in a broom closet.

VorDaj on March 18, 2013 at 11:38 PM

Writing a poem about someone that fat is difficult to wrap ones arms around.

VorDaj on March 18, 2013 at 11:30 PM

OK, I got that, and that was very rude! POS!

KCB on March 18, 2013 at 11:31 PM

Sorry. Thought you were messin with Scrumpy.

KCB on March 18, 2013 at 11:40 PM

Brighter than daybreak
Cooler than a snowflake
Yet warmer than a preheat
What ice cream would order
If it wanted a real treat
Stronger than glue
Softer than cotton
Sweet like candy
Yet never rotten
Warmer than June
So don’t be prissy
It’s easy to see
I’m talking bout Chrissy.

Rusty Allen on March 18, 2013 at 11:40 PM

XO Back Ken!
Hi Scrumps, xo Spark!
Hi Shad, rwm- all!
Now goodbye…lol
I gotta hit the hay.

bazil9 on March 18, 2013 at 11:41 PM

First, the odds are that Rs won’t be competitive until 2020…which gives them some time to rebrand themselves.

But..the primary problem is that they lack skills that should be prerequisites to running. Akin is less an example of the hard right than an strategic decision of McCaskill and a moronic GOP.

Contrary to the leftist meme Akin’s district is MO-02 which is R +7. Solid, but hard right? Well other MO districts are more solidly R…and then you have gems like MO-01 which is D+27….so Moron pundits of the world, if R+7 is hard right…what is D+27

So the multi-term Akin and McCaskill (big barry buddy) managed to wound the national GOP

but that’s ok. The GOP is not robust enough to have a strategy. So as many have predicted, for many years, we will wind up with a left party and a mod lib party….just like Europe.

in fact just today I was reading a thing about a new Charter in the UK about press behavior…protocols, etc. where a press person (bloggers, yes) would be scrutinized for violations. The Queen will have to approve it (being the UK and all)…and yes…the ‘conservatives’ were in on the deal.

and, btw, that Mickey Kaus piece on barry.Power for years and years makes sense to me…power is the name of their game. And to those who say that parties don’t rule forever…I say BS. Look at history, maybe not forever forever…but it might as well be for any one person

r keller on March 18, 2013 at 11:41 PM

Hey, b9!

Resist We Much on March 18, 2013 at 11:41 PM

Rusty Allen on March 18, 2013 at 11:40 PM

Awwwwwwwwwwwww that’s so sweet!! {{HUGS}}!! :-D

Scrumpy on March 18, 2013 at 11:43 PM

Resist We Much on March 18, 2013 at 11:35 PM

No. I blame my agent. Next time I will insist on getting free bum lift pads. Those Hollywood people are vultures.

SparkPlug on March 18, 2013 at 11:43 PM

I heard that after filming they tried to get them back. That didn’t happen.

KCB on March 18, 2013 at 11:36 PM

lol

Resist We Much on March 18, 2013 at 11:43 PM

bazil9 on March 18, 2013 at 11:41 PM

God Bless you! and sleep good!!

Scrumpy on March 18, 2013 at 11:43 PM

Doesn’t matter, sir. She’s the top now and 2016 is already an uphill battle for the GOP.
She decides to run and it’s over with that kind of popularity

BedBug on March 18, 2013 at 11:26 PM

And how does “OUR” fiscal account look?

Whether she is gay and you love it…

THe fact still is…..

Can you afford it?

Electrongod on March 18, 2013 at 11:30 PM

Instead of calling me gay, which is not the insult you think it is, because I’m not a bigot, but Hillary’s husband did great work WITH the GOP and the 90′s were financially beautiful. They said Hillary wore the pants in that family, so I’m betting she will work to right the sinking ship.

BedBug on March 18, 2013 at 11:44 PM

How on earth could those dolts on that committee miss the number one issue here? The average American is being CRUSHED by the weight of a completely out of control government. A government that wants to control CO2 for gawd’s sake, a NATURAL thing. A government that wants to control the size of our soft drink, whether salt can be on a restaurant table, having doctors ask us about guns in the home, etc. etc. etc.

How can they miss the fact that our basic liberty and freedom from an oppressive government is the main issue here?

As Levin said on his show today, what can we expect from a document written completely by the “bushies”.

Disgusting.

karenhasfreedom on March 18, 2013 at 11:44 PM

Resist We Much on March 18, 2013 at 11:41 PM

So many americans have no idea what is about to befall them…

Scrumpy on March 18, 2013 at 11:44 PM

Thousands MORE deaths could have been prevented in NHS trust hospitals according to government adviser

It’s a lot bigger than Mid Staff and the 1200 people who died miserably and needlessly.

Now 40 people have come forward as whistleblowers who tried to warn about the willful neglect and abuse of patients in NHS trust hospitals, all in the name of budgets and quotas, but they were silenced by the issuance of gag orders… until now.

Cameron named DONALD BERWICK, former director of Medicare under Obama who wanted to institute age based rationing of health care in this nation and was a major proponent of the IPAB ( aka death panel) as the heath care Tsar who’s is tasked with ‘saving the NHS’.

Also, look up the Liverpool Pathway and see how the elderly and disabled, including children, are treated in the NHS system. Keep in mind that about half of those patients drugged into a coma and denied food, water, and medical treatment until they died, were not told they were going to be put on ‘the Pathway’ nor were their families. 130,000 of them. Some physicians object to this practice, and have taken people OFF of ‘the Pathway’ after their attending physician certified that the patient was in such critical condition that they were ‘near death’ and would doubtless die within four days ( a self fulfilling prophecy if a patient is already in critical condition and denied medical treatment, water, and food ) and those patients have recovered.

thatsafactjack on March 18, 2013 at 11:45 PM

But, I still believe in the affordable care act. The bugs need to be worked out and Hillary was the grandmother of that legislation, to answer your question, Resist.

BedBug on March 18, 2013 at 11:29 PM

lmao..I believe in it too..
It will be epic..
I predict a fury on a colossal level.
Just this week handed 3 small businesses increases
that they cannot sustain. 1 at 38.9%.
They are thrilled.
Sadly, I will over see the collapse. My hand will only
be free to help a few I give a damn about.
Enjoy.

bazil9 on March 18, 2013 at 11:36 PM

I didn’t say it was perfect, but a healthcare exchange is a great start for the uninsured.

BedBug on March 18, 2013 at 11:46 PM

:)

Rusty Allen on March 18, 2013 at 11:47 PM

Scrumpy on March 18, 2013 at 11:35 PM

Sure was. In one scene, during a high speed chase I got run over by a garbage truck and that wasn’t even in the script.

I (or Hugh rather) was supposed to almost get his by a bus.

SparkPlug on March 18, 2013 at 11:48 PM

thatsafactjack on March 18, 2013 at 11:45 PM

I am on top of that also Jackie, and good evening!!

Scrumpy on March 18, 2013 at 11:49 PM

Hi, Jackie!

Rusty Allen on March 18, 2013 at 11:49 PM

Hello Miss Jackie. Always a pleasure to see you!

KCB on March 18, 2013 at 11:49 PM

Must be reposted, courtesy of RWM.

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2013 at 11:50 PM

People like Mark Levin are the problem.

He encourages so much division and in-fighting among Republican ranks it’s not even funny. He often makes good points, but ends up hurting Republicans in the long run.

The rigid ideological purity test applied to all candidates, no matter which state they’re from, has gone too far and needs to be rejected.

bluegill on March 18, 2013 at 11:51 PM

We should write a Chrissy poem.

Rusty Allen on March 18, 2013 at 11:19 PM

A seedy limerick would be more suitable.

There once was an MSLSD host; dreams of humping Zero’s leg he would boast…

…perchance bigfoot burst in with a smirk and a grin saying “never him but of lobster I’ve loved most.”

viking01 on March 18, 2013 at 11:51 PM

Hahahahaha!

Rusty Allen on March 18, 2013 at 11:51 PM

bluegill on March 18, 2013 at 11:51 PM

Who left the gate open??????

KCB on March 18, 2013 at 11:52 PM

Hi B9 – you missed so much in the last few days.

We’re all gay now!

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2013 at 11:52 PM

Scrumpy on March 18, 2013 at 11:49 PM

Good evening, Spritely One. It’s great to see you. :)

thatsafactjack on March 18, 2013 at 11:52 PM

Did someone fart?

Scrumpy on March 18, 2013 at 11:52 PM

No. I blame my agent. Next time I will insist on getting free bum lift pads. Those Hollywood people are vultures.

SparkPlug on March 18, 2013 at 11:43 PM

I saw you doubling for him in the movie “Music & Lyrics” when he needed a shaking bum during the video of his one-hit-80s-wonder “Pop! Goes My Heart”

Also, I think that was your bum in the scene when he is performing his at the “Battle of the 80′s Has Beens” at Adventureland Amusement Park.

A little lighter on the bum-lifts….

Resist We Much on March 18, 2013 at 11:53 PM

Rusty Allen on March 18, 2013 at 11:49 PM

Good evening, Rusty. It’s wonderful to see you this evening. :)

thatsafactjack on March 18, 2013 at 11:53 PM

Did someone fart?

Scrumpy on March 18, 2013 at 11:52 PM

Smells like it…

KCB on March 18, 2013 at 11:53 PM

Rusty Allen on March 18, 2013 at 11:19 PM

Please put viking straight eh?

viking01 on March 18, 2013 at 11:51 PM

Scrumpy on March 18, 2013 at 11:53 PM

KCB on March 18, 2013 at 11:49 PM

Good evening, Ken. It’s always a pleasure to see you. :)

thatsafactjack on March 18, 2013 at 11:54 PM

bluegill on March 18, 2013 at 11:51 PM

Yes, but we are friends, right?

Rusty Allen on March 18, 2013 at 11:55 PM

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2013 at 11:52 PM

Good evening, Schadenfreude. :)

thatsafactjack on March 18, 2013 at 11:55 PM

Rusty is a trusty fellow
He really is quite mellow
His words are spoken in hushed
Tones like whispers in the night
Poems he does write so well
From deep within his heart

Scrumpy on March 18, 2013 at 11:55 PM

The rigid ideological purity test applied to all candidates, no matter which state they’re from, has gone too far and needs to be rejected.

bluegill on March 18, 2013 at 11:51 PM

Yeah, ‘cuz, like, eeerybuddy lums dem sum ur Mid Rumnie!

Resist We Much on March 18, 2013 at 11:55 PM

thatsafactjack on March 18, 2013 at 11:54 PM

You bring the class to HotAir! It’s always better when you are here!

KCB on March 18, 2013 at 11:55 PM

KCB on March 18, 2013 at 11:55 PM

You’re far too kind, Ken. :)

thatsafactjack on March 18, 2013 at 11:56 PM

Scrumpy on March 18, 2013 at 11:53 PM

Wha’choo talkin’ ’bout Willis?

viking01 on March 18, 2013 at 11:57 PM

Hi Jackie

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2013 at 11:58 PM

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