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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What is so great about Hillary Clinton?

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

Benghazi proved that she’s as dumb as Obama at 3:00a.m.

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2013 at 11:59 PM

Awww, thanks.

Rusty Allen on March 18, 2013 at 11:59 PM

Here and Now

KCB on March 19, 2013 at 12:02 AM

The only ideology that should be the “test” is does the candidate believe in individual freedom and liberty over submission to an all powerful central government? If you consider that rigid, then you are in the wrong party.

karenhasfreedom on March 19, 2013 at 12:02 AM

bluegill on March 18, 2013 at 11:51 PM

Ever stop to think that you would be a better fit as a Democrat? You seem to philosophically align with them and since Democratic female politicians are fugly, you won’t go “batcrap crazy” with envy any more.

It would be a win for everyone except the Democrats.

bw222 on March 19, 2013 at 12:03 AM

What is so great about Hillary Clinton?

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

That she’s proved fake amnesia works better than iced tea under oath?

viking01 on March 19, 2013 at 12:03 AM

Here and Now

KCB on March 19, 2013 at 12:03 AM

Smelly fish

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2013 at 12:03 AM

Never listen to Rinos with gills or Rinos without gills.

SparkPlug on March 19, 2013 at 12:04 AM

Now the Republican National Committee is returning to Bush’s original vision.

Then they’ve learned nothing.

rickv404 on March 19, 2013 at 12:05 AM

Benghazi proved that she’s as dumb as Obama at 3:00a.m.

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2013 at 11:59 PM

The months leading up to Benghazi proved that she’s as incompetent and irresponsible as he is, too.

Hey, Alice, What Does A Timeline Look Like At The Bottom Of A Rabbithole?

It’s 3 AM, The Phone Is Ringing, And No One In The Obama Administration Is Answering

Resist We Much on March 19, 2013 at 12:05 AM

Never listen to Rinos with gills or Rinos without gills.

SparkPlug on March 19, 2013 at 12:04 AM

Or loaded to the gills.

Resist We Much on March 19, 2013 at 12:05 AM

For Jackie…

Somewhere in an old growth glade
A woman smoothly moves amidst
Shadows of the pines and hardwoods
Her mossy gown is verdant green
Her hair twinkles with stars
And her soul, deep as midnight sky
Scattered with star clusters beaming
She guards the ruins of an holy site
Amidst a bed of ferns and roses
Many a wanderer passing through
Is revived by her grace and goodness
Though we can’t lay hands on her
She wanders free within our grasp
For the ancient ruin beguiles us still
In the labyrinths of our minds.

Scrumpy on March 19, 2013 at 12:06 AM

thatsafactjack on March 18, 2013 at 11:45 PM

Thanks for that. The ignoramuses will find out the hard way.

Thanks also to RWM and Scrumpy, for sharing the first hand experiences of the British socialist disaster in health, teeth and bum-care.

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2013 at 12:07 AM

karenhasfreedom on March 19, 2013 at 12:02 AM

Yes. That is the cornerstone difference. Democrats build on government. A true republic builds on freedom and leases the govt limited powers to do the will of freedom.

Rusty Allen on March 19, 2013 at 12:07 AM

Has everyone voted at NRO on who you support in the GOP fight?

Rove 19%

Palin 81%

14,242 votes

:D

INC on March 19, 2013 at 12:07 AM

Ode to the Glade.

KCB on March 19, 2013 at 12:08 AM

Thank you all…and good night!

CoffeeLover on March 19, 2013 at 12:08 AM

KCB on March 19, 2013 at 12:03 AM

Beautiful tune, Ken :)

thatsafactjack on March 19, 2013 at 12:08 AM

Scrumpy on March 19, 2013 at 12:06 AM

And she has a nice rack. Don’t forget that part. (:

SparkPlug on March 19, 2013 at 12:09 AM

Resist We Much on March 19, 2013 at 12:05 AM

Bmore, note to photoshop him, in bed, catching is much needed ZZZZs, after golfing, and put Hillary in that bed.

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2013 at 12:09 AM

Never listen to Rinos with gills or Rinos without gills.

SparkPlug on March 19, 2013 at 12:04 AM

Do I have to contact your agent to get the “No comment” as to whether or not that was your bum in the “Pop! Goes My Heart!” video?

You’ve gone radio silent.

hehehehe

Video Killed The Radio Star

Resist We Much on March 19, 2013 at 12:09 AM

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2013 at 12:03 AM

LOL! :)

thatsafactjack on March 19, 2013 at 12:09 AM

Scrumpy on March 19, 2013 at 12:06 AM

That’s really cool.

Rusty Allen on March 19, 2013 at 12:09 AM

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2013 at 12:07 AM

I know you said to stay away from red. I’m really stubborn.

Bmore on March 19, 2013 at 12:09 AM

karenhasfreedom on March 19, 2013 at 12:02 AM

Absolutely! And I dig your posts!

KCB on March 19, 2013 at 12:10 AM

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2013 at 12:07 AM

I have been following the disaster in the UK closely…

I should have posted links… it’s a tragedy…

My hearts breaks for all those lost within what is called a health care system, they died needlessly… and families, now so broken and torn to discover the truth…

Liverpool Pathway, a disgrace to humanity… and for what, numbers and costs…

Scrumpy on March 19, 2013 at 12:10 AM

Bmore on March 19, 2013 at 12:09 AM

nice!!

KCB on March 19, 2013 at 12:11 AM

We should write a Chrissy poem.

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

There once was a man from Mass who like to talk out his ass. He thought he was bright and always right. One day he awoke and realized he was a joke as the thrill up his leg was just his warm piss.

OK, I tried.

arnold ziffel on March 19, 2013 at 12:11 AM

Liverpool Pathway, a disgrace to humanity… and for what, numbers and costs…

Scrumpy on March 19, 2013 at 12:10 AM

There have been a lot of cases of people being put on LCP with NON-life-threatening illnesses like broken limbs and skin rashes.

Resist We Much on March 19, 2013 at 12:11 AM

I know you said to stay away from red. I’m really stubborn.

Bmore on March 19, 2013 at 12:09 AM

1. see note I just left, just a few comments, above, about photoshopping RWM’s link, of oaf getting ZZZs, but putting Hillary in that bed, with the 3:00a.m. call. Just save for now. Will need in 2015 and after.

2. That is great, what you did with el diablo. I meant to stay away from blood, but typed red, and you knew it too.

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2013 at 12:11 AM

SparkPlug on March 19, 2013 at 12:09 AM

As a woman, I don’t notice that so much as you would! Lol…

Perhaps you should dedicate a few lines to Jackie eh? ;-P

Scrumpy on March 19, 2013 at 12:12 AM

Scrumpy on March 19, 2013 at 12:06 AM

You really are the Spritely One, Scrumpy. There’s something magical about you. Thanks for that piece, it’s lovely. :)

thatsafactjack on March 19, 2013 at 12:13 AM

Resist We Much on March 19, 2013 at 12:11 AM

The suffering has to have been unbelieveable hon…

What has our homeland turned into?

Where is the compassion?

It boggles my mind…

Scrumpy on March 19, 2013 at 12:14 AM

You really are the Spritely One, Scrumpy. There’s something magical about you. Thanks for that piece, it’s lovely. :)

thatsafactjack on March 19, 2013 at 12:13 AM

Girl’s got skills!

KCB on March 19, 2013 at 12:14 AM

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2013 at 12:11 AM

Lol! ; ) Saw your note at 1002, did you see my reply?

Bmore on March 19, 2013 at 12:15 AM

There once was a man from Mass who like to talk out his ass. He thought he was bright and always right. One day he awoke and realized he was a joke as the thrill up his leg was just his warm piss.

OK, I tried.

arnold ziffel on March 19, 2013 at 12:11 AM

I thought he was from Philly. Close enough. :-)

Resist We Much on March 19, 2013 at 12:15 AM

Resist We Much on March 19, 2013 at 12:09 AM

I could be sued if I admit it was my bum. Everyone is supposed to think it was Hugh. Anyway I had do butt clinching exercises for almost a month to get ready. It would have been a breach of contract if my butt failed to clench on cue and I would have been thrown out of Hollywood on my useless keister that wouldn’t clench for the camera.

SparkPlug on March 19, 2013 at 12:16 AM

SparkPlug on March 19, 2013 at 12:16 AM

That would have been some mean butt-hurt.

Resist We Much on March 19, 2013 at 12:16 AM

Hey BedBug was/is here. How are ya BedBug?

Bmore on March 19, 2013 at 12:16 AM

KCB on March 19, 2013 at 12:08 AM

You’ve set the mood. :)

thatsafactjack on March 19, 2013 at 12:17 AM

Saw your note at 1002, did you see my reply?

Bmore on March 19, 2013 at 12:15 AM

No. Help me out. I don’t know what you mean by 1002.

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2013 at 12:17 AM

Where is the compassion?

It boggles my mind…

Scrumpy on March 19, 2013 at 12:14 AM

They claim to be doing it in the name of compassion. Orwellian for sure.

Resist We Much on March 19, 2013 at 12:17 AM

KCB on March 19, 2013 at 12:11 AM

KCB, you know the Palin gulp one I did? Went pretty viral apparently. Lots and lots o hits. ; )

Bmore on March 19, 2013 at 12:18 AM

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

You remind me of Rachel Maddow. Why not just vote democrat?

BedBug on March 19, 2013 at 12:19 AM

Hey BedBug was/is here. How are ya BedBug?

Bmore on March 19, 2013 at 12:16 AM

Hi Bmore.
I love your portraits. Very nice work.

BedBug on March 19, 2013 at 12:20 AM

Resist We Much on March 19, 2013 at 12:17 AM

When I read Berwick’s statement about how he intends to see that the patient is put first… and then enumerated the ways… including ‘ treated with dignity and compassion’ when he was discussing the elderly…and then segued right into his plans for a ‘panel’… I felt nauseous. We’ve seen what passes for ‘dignity and compassion’, particularly toward the elderly and disabled, in the NHS.

thatsafactjack on March 19, 2013 at 12:20 AM

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2013 at 12:17 AM

. Sorry its up to 1007 now. ; )

Bmore on March 19, 2013 at 12:20 AM

Light up!

KCB on March 19, 2013 at 12:21 AM

BedBug on March 19, 2013 at 12:20 AM

Thank you BedBug, just having some fun. Everything good with you I presume?

Bmore on March 19, 2013 at 12:21 AM

KCB on March 19, 2013 at 12:14 AM

Mad skills!!! Lol ;-D

Scrumpy on March 19, 2013 at 12:22 AM

Scrumpy on March 19, 2013 at 12:12 AM

Ok. I’ll do a poem for Jackie and you and some other hotties. Will have to consult my Spark Notes first.

SparkPlug on March 19, 2013 at 12:23 AM

Bmore on March 19, 2013 at 12:18 AM

Sweet! It was almost as badazz as the Bluegill. That was too awesome!.

KCB on March 19, 2013 at 12:23 AM

Bmore on March 19, 2013 at 12:18 AM

Good evening! That is fantastic news!!

You do fab work… they will all eventually go viral!

Scrumpy on March 19, 2013 at 12:23 AM

KCB on March 19, 2013 at 12:23 AM

A real keeper. Lol!

Bmore on March 19, 2013 at 12:24 AM

SparkPlug on March 19, 2013 at 12:23 AM

Okie dokie!!

Scrumpy on March 19, 2013 at 12:24 AM

Heh, Bmore, maybe the link you provided depicts the establishment on the left, trying to pull us donkies their way. Maybe they are that delusional, thinking that we are donkeys.

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2013 at 12:24 AM

BedBug on March 19, 2013 at 12:20 AM

Thank you BedBug, just having some fun. Everything good with you I presume?

Bmore on March 19, 2013 at 12:21 AM

Doing well, Bmore. I’m troubled that the GOP is eating itself.
I voted for Romney and now, they are doubling down. I like Hillary, but I am intrigued with Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, a new party, a fresh breeze.

BedBug on March 19, 2013 at 12:24 AM

bluegill on March 18, 2013 at 11:51 PM

Post flagged as SPAM. If you wish to read anyways go to Sarahstinks.com.

Ed M.

arnold ziffel on March 19, 2013 at 12:25 AM

More red libertarian, less social right wing.

Speakup on March 19, 2013 at 12:25 AM

You remind me of Rachel Maddow. Why not just vote democrat?

BedBug on March 19, 2013 at 12:19 AM

She loves Romneycare.

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2013 at 12:26 AM

I like Hillary, but I am intrigued with Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, a new party, a fresh breeze.

BedBug on March 19, 2013 at 12:24 AM

Are you just messing with the folks or are you serious?

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2013 at 12:27 AM

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2013 at 12:24 AM

The funny part for me was if you wiki your nom the painting is there. Lol!

Bmore on March 19, 2013 at 12:28 AM

You remind me of Rachel Maddow. Why not just vote democrat?

BedBug on March 19, 2013 at 12:19 AM

She loves Romneycare.

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2013 at 12:26 AM

I wish the democrats would have allowed for a host of choices for healthcare, and I’m not an idiot, I know the healthcare bill is a monster, but it’s a start for those without healthcare and facing cancer or a needed surgery. I know the bill needs to be cleaned up, but it’s a starting point.
Rachel Maddow is a disgrace. She picks and chooses her points and cheats at that.
If the senate goes GOp in 2014, I hope they give us another plan that works with our current healthcare system, makes it better, not just a power grab.
And, no death panels as Sarah Palin would say. She was right.

BedBug on March 19, 2013 at 12:32 AM

The only ideology that should be the “test” is does the candidate believe in individual freedom and liberty over submission to an all powerful central government? If you consider that rigid, then you are in the wrong party.

karenhasfreedom on March 19, 2013 at 12:02 AM

The falseness of this “test” is the 14th Amendment, which was passed at a time when local governments and state governments were not associated with individual freedom and liberty — it was designed to assure that individual freedom and liberty denied by more local governance would henceforth be guaranteed by the federal government.

I am wary of the feds, but I’m just as wary of my city council, my state government — as well I should be, for I live in California. My city has an “arts tax” — anyone who builds something worth more than $250,000 must provide public art of some type acceptable to the city. My state just raised its sales tax and has passed propositions which assure that no Republican will be on the ballot in vast portions of the state — including where I live.

Better merely to say that the government which governs best governs least — where least is certainly nowhere near the zero of anarchy.

unclesmrgol on March 19, 2013 at 12:32 AM

BedBug on March 19, 2013 at 12:24 AM

Well the little in house skirmish has been a long time coming. It may or may not end well, like all things. Its a fight I’m glad to have. Conservatives have been treated poorly for far too long. Just look at the mess we are all in. No more to being the doormat. Taking it back one seat at a time. You would do well to embrace what Cruz and Rand are going for. Also, listen very carefully to b9. She is an expert and knows far too well what 0 care is doing to ruin the healthcare and healthcare insurance system that has work very well for us by comparison to where it is going. Trust her on these things. Very smart.

Bmore on March 19, 2013 at 12:33 AM

I like Hillary, but I am intrigued with Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, a new party, a fresh breeze.

BedBug on March 19, 2013 at 12:24 AM

Are you just messing with the folks or are you serious?

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2013 at 12:27 AM

I like their independent thinking. Especially Cruz. He doesn’t muzzle his points.

BedBug on March 19, 2013 at 12:33 AM

work=worked

Bmore on March 19, 2013 at 12:33 AM

KCB on March 19, 2013 at 12:31 AM

Too cool. Me, too. :)

thatsafactjack on March 19, 2013 at 12:33 AM

Rubio’s a despicable worm.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 18, 2013 at 10:53 PM

Project, much?

John the Libertarian on March 19, 2013 at 12:34 AM

I’m sorry BedBug, b9 is bazil9.

Bmore on March 19, 2013 at 12:35 AM

I like their independent thinking. Especially Cruz. He doesn’t muzzle his points.

BedBug on March 19, 2013 at 12:33 AM

Indeed, but how does that square with Hillary?

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2013 at 12:36 AM

KCB on March 19, 2013 at 12:31 AM

Indeed indeed what a night!! :-)

Scrumpy on March 19, 2013 at 12:36 AM

Dang did I spell bazil9 correctly? Its been so long since I have called her by that nom. Lol! Sorry b if I didn’t. xoxo

Bmore on March 19, 2013 at 12:36 AM

I really want the “Keep calm …” tee shirt in the photo.

jix on March 19, 2013 at 12:36 AM

Gladys

KCB on March 19, 2013 at 12:37 AM

Bmore on March 19, 2013 at 12:28 AM

It’s a word with deep meaning, hardly ever explained well. It actually can’t be explained perfectly…why it’s adopted into all languages, as is.

However, I only comment here and take no responsibility for any other references, any place.

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2013 at 12:38 AM

I’m sorry BedBug, b9 is bazil9.

Bmore on March 19, 2013 at 12:35 AM

I got an earful from B9.
I just know many without insurance, don’t qualify for Medicaid, not old enough for Medicare, and no hope for even an appointment for a health check. And, they own their own businesses. They need the exchanges for affordable insurance.

BedBug on March 19, 2013 at 12:38 AM

The months leading up to Benghazi proved that she’s as incompetent and irresponsible as he is, too.

Resist We Much on March 19, 2013 at 12:05 AM

Shrillary proved to the world that she’s an imbecile who shouldn’t be allowed near sharp objects YEARS ago. The RESET OVERCHARGED Button was the final nail in the coffin of any rumor that Shrillary had a brain. Not only was she unable to have State accurately translate one simple word into a language that State had to eavesdrop in for over half a century but she was dumb enough to present it to Lavrov and then launch into this stunningly idiotic exchange:

“We worked hard to get the right Russian word. Do you think we got it?” Clinton asked Lavrov.

“You got it wrong,” Lavrov said. “This says ‘peregruzka,’ which means overcharged.”

The two top diplomats, who met in Geneva, laughed and Clinton explained: “We won’t let you do that to us, I promise.”

The idiot Clinton didn’t even understand that “overcharged” didn’t mean to bill too much but to overcharge a battery, as in “about to explode”. But, she pushed on, anyway. Clearly, one of the most retarded diplomatic transactions in all of human history. I was amazed she wasn’t run off the public stage right then and there. The fact that Shrillary stayed in her job (in any job) after that proved to me that there was nothing left. Barky’s mind-numbing idiocy was bad enough, but he had his skin to hide behind.

Anyway, after that pathetic event no one could ever argue that Shrillary had more than two brain cells, or that either of those was even in working order. She was proven an idiot beyond any question, whatsoever. Her very existence is an embarrassment to mankind.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 19, 2013 at 12:39 AM

I wish the democrats would have allowed for a host of choices for healthcare, and I’m not an idiot, I know the healthcare bill is a monster, but it’s a start for those without healthcare and facing cancer or a needed surgery. I know the bill needs to be cleaned up, but it’s a starting point.
Rachel Maddow is a disgrace. She picks and chooses her points and cheats at that.
If the senate goes GOp in 2014, I hope they give us another plan that works with our current healthcare system, makes it better, not just a power grab.
And, no death panels as Sarah Palin would say. She was right.

BedBug on March 19, 2013 at 12:32 AM

Those without healthcare and facing cancer or a needed surgery have always had options in the public healthcare system. What they now have is the ability to force someone to give them top quality care using your tax dollars. This is a new entitlement which will cost us dearly.

Consider this — the penalty for not having insurance is so low that a healthy person can pay that penalty (or tax as the Government would have it) and have far less expense out of pocket then they would paying for an actual insurance policy. Now, when they do get sick — get diagnosed with cancer or whatever — they can then force an insurance company to sell them a policy which will cover completely top notch treatment — and, when they are well again, they can drop the coverage and go back to paying the “tax”.

The solution, of course, is either to go back to our previous system in which you pay for your own healthcare, or to go to a new system of universal healthcare — where the Government provides the healthcare. Well, you said that you don’t want universal health care, but remember — nothing is ever free, and when something is free, there are many who will take advantage.

unclesmrgol on March 19, 2013 at 12:39 AM

Project, much?

John the Libertarian on March 19, 2013 at 12:34 AM

No.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 19, 2013 at 12:40 AM

Bright Lights

KCB on March 19, 2013 at 12:40 AM

I like their independent thinking. Especially Cruz. He doesn’t muzzle his points.

BedBug on March 19, 2013 at 12:33 AM

Indeed, but how does that square with Hillary?

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2013 at 12:36 AM

I respect her. She’s a strong woman.

BedBug on March 19, 2013 at 12:40 AM

BedBug on March 19, 2013 at 12:32 AM

But you see, IF the intent of the bill was for HC, how many was it? Some 39 to 45 million, why write such a HUGE bill?

Why not open the rolls to the very same HC that the pols themselves have eh?

Because it is NOT about HC it is all about control…

Or easier still have an open enrollment into Medicare/aid?

Say what? Things that make you go hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…

How many pages of regs are we up to now?

Lawyers Have Already Drafted 13,000 + Pages of Regulations for New Obama Tax Law…

Scrumpy on March 19, 2013 at 12:42 AM

I like their independent thinking. Especially Cruz. He doesn’t muzzle his points.

BedBug on March 19, 2013 at 12:33 AM

Indeed, but how does that square with Hillary?

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2013 at 12:36 AM

I respect her. She’s a strong woman.

BedBug on March 19, 2013 at 12:40 AM

Further, I see the GOP imploding and Hillary is popular and will be a force in 2016. All I’m saying is you cannot fight all that when you are fighting each other and have a leadership who wants to play follow the leader to the democrats.

BedBug on March 19, 2013 at 12:43 AM

Benghazi proved that she’s as dumb as Obama at 3:00a.m.

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2013 at 11:59 PM

+ 100..:)

Dire Straits on March 19, 2013 at 12:43 AM

BedBug on March 19, 2013 at 12:38 AM

You will know many, many more now that it has been done in the corrupt fashion, we will all be seriously harmed by this maleficence.

Bmore on March 19, 2013 at 12:43 AM

BedBug on March 19, 2013 at 12:40 AM

I beg to differ. A strong woman would have told Bill years ago that it was time to get out of politics and go to marriage counseling. She would never have made it to the Senate but for the fact Bill was president. She’s shown neither wisdom, grace nor moral courage.

INC on March 19, 2013 at 12:44 AM

I respect her. She’s a strong woman.

BedBug on March 19, 2013 at 12:40 AM

Strong women don’t let their ambassadors be in weird places on 9/11, let them die, then lie about it. It’s just one but very powerful example.

She NO less socialist than Obama.

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2013 at 12:45 AM

I respect her. She’s a strong woman.

BedBug on March 19, 2013 at 12:40 AM

She should use deodorant.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 19, 2013 at 12:45 AM

She is NO less socialist

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2013 at 12:45 AM

She’s shown neither wisdom, grace nor moral courage.

INC on March 19, 2013 at 12:44 AM

Indeed, nor independence of any kind.

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2013 at 12:47 AM

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

I always hate when a Hillary supporter shows up, because then I feel like I have to try to be nice to her instead of pointing out what a mean, vicious, deceitful, shameless, power-hungry lowlife she is.

This is the woman who deliberately smeared and falsely accused bureaucrats at the White House Travel Office of the crime of fraud so she could fire them and replace them with her own cronies.

This is the woman who used insider connections to make 100K in the cattle futures market. There’s no real debate about that. There’s simply no way she could make out so famously the first time she ever tried unless someone was feeding her deals.

This is the woman caught in so many lies that William Safire — hardly a partisan rhetorical bombthrower — finally settled for describing her as a congenital liar.

And after her disastrous run at State culminating in the disgrace at Benghazi, we can add incompetent to the rest of what’s wrong with her.

And how is she ever described as a feminist hero? She didn’t rise on her own merits, but because she was married to a Democrat president. Hardly the feminist ideal.

There Goes The Neighborhood on March 19, 2013 at 12:48 AM

I respect her. She’s a strong woman.

BedBug on March 19, 2013 at 12:40 AM

Strong women don’t let their ambassadors be in weird places on 9/11, let them die, then lie about it. It’s just one but very powerful example.

She NO less socialist than Obama.

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2013 at 12:45 AM

Yes. Except, unless you are a political junkie, Benghazi is a new cologne by Calvin Klein. The media will only sell what they want you to buy.
Women will see her as a victim that deserves her day in the sun.
Count on it.
And the GOP is still shooting in the tent.

BedBug on March 19, 2013 at 12:48 AM

I respect her. She’s a strong woman.

BedBug on March 19, 2013 at 12:40 AM

She should use deodorant.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 19, 2013 at 12:45 AM

That’s funny.

BedBug on March 19, 2013 at 12:49 AM

If the republicans support amnesty for illegal immigrants I’ll never vote for another national republican as long as I live. I don’t care if he/she voted for amnesty or not.

In 1986 the government promised its citizens that they would give amnesty to illegal aliens and fix the border/immigration system.

They granted the amnesty. They fixed neither the borders nor the immigration system. Somehow, the government thinks it is more important to pander to people who break our laws and come here illegally than to provide security for its citizens.

It’s easy to see why democratics want amnesty, because people who come here illegally from the third world are big-government socialists and fit the liberal profile. But for the republicans it will be self destructive to support amnesty. Self destructive not only by supplying the left with millions of new voters, but by alienating voters on the right.

Maybe an accommodation can be reached for dealing with the people who are already here illegally, but nothing should be done in that regard until the borders and immigration system (overstays, biometric id, workplace enforcement) are well and truly secure.

We had a “comprehensive” immigration reform in 1986 and it lead us to where we are today. Another “comprehensive” reform will cause me to divorce myself from the republican party.

jaime on March 19, 2013 at 12:49 AM

Good night Hot Air!

KCB on March 19, 2013 at 12:49 AM

I am sorry but Hillary is a poor excuse for a woman…

No woman in her position or in her right mind would do or say or allow the things that have happened around her to have happened or continued…

She is a liar…

If being the woman she is makes her strong in your eyes Bedbug, then you do not see her as she truly is.

Take your blinders off…

Come back into the real world…

Scrumpy on March 19, 2013 at 12:50 AM

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