Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on May 16, 2013 by Allahpundit

Republicans must guard against the temptation to count on scandal to deliver election victories in 2014 and 2016.

It is a lesson they should have learned in 1998.
 Republicans expected to make large gains in Congress that year but ended up losing five House seats and standing pat in the Senate. The problem was not so much that Republicans “overreached” in pursuing the impeachment of President Clinton, as the conventional wisdom has it. The Republicans that year did not really run on a promise to remove Clinton from office — or on any other agenda. Their strategy was to assume that the scandal would redound to their benefit, and that they merely had to sit back and let victory rain o’er them. It didn’t.

The current lot should not make the same mistake. Democratic scandal does not take the place of a Republican agenda. It does not reform the tax code or reduce the debt or ease regulatory burdens on small business. It cannot substitute for a strategy to replace Obamacare.

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As Domenech noted this morning:

“Here’s the hard thing Republicans have to do if they don’t want this crisis to go to waste: they have to ignore their id, the temptation of the sugar high of partisan point-scoring. They must willfully set aside Obama’s presence in the fray, leaving the short term personalized attacks on the table, and go after the much bigger prize. Obama isn’t running for office again. Liberalism is. Making this about him is a short term boost to the pleasure center of the conservative brain. Making this about the inherent falsehood of the progressive project will help conservatism win.”…

Republicans must remember that the problem is not Democrats in charge of government, but government itself. The argument falls flat if Republicans revert to “big government conservative” arguments of “put us in charge” and we’ll do better with the same. No they won’t.

Government is the problem. The vastness, complexity, and nefarious encroachment into our personal lives should be fought, not just blamed on the other side.

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It’s fine if there is at some point political hay to be made out of this — that’s a key part of the adversarial nature of accountability in democratic politics, not a defect within it — but it would be a far better thing for the country if the president were to adopt such an aggressively reformist agenda for the IRS that there would be no hay to be made, no room to get to the right of him on the issue. The important thing is to make sure that the administration does the right thing here, even if it does so only because it is in the president’s political interests. When political incentives produce desirable outcomes, we should let them work. If the president wants to take the lead in this matter, fine: That’s what we have presidents for. That does not mean that Congress steps away from its oversight responsibilities or conducts anything less than a full and deep investigation: That’s why we have separation of powers.

I myself doubt very much that the president or any of his immediate circle had a hand in this — it is in the nature of the Left (and in the nature of political power itself) that no marching orders from the top are necessary. University presidents do not tell hiring committees to discriminate against conservative academics, they just do it. No president or Treasury secretary had to tell the IRS to do this.

In some ways, the received version of events is worse than would be a top-directed cabal of rogue IRS agents acting on orders from political superiors. A corrupt element within an agency can be rooted out, and a criminal conspiracy can be unraveled. When the agency is the criminal conspiracy, then the challenge of reform becomes that much greater.

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Policy-wonks dismiss scandal because it’s not in their specialty wheelhouse of policy. But governance is not just policy — it is also governance, that is to say, it is also management, and all the requirements of sound management, such as focus to detail, ethics, integrity, and honesty.

Why is it somehow “less” to knock the White House and the Democrats for failing at these things? Are they not important as well?

Policy matters, but so does personnel. And, let’s recall — policy is personnel.

Let’s be honest here: 40% of the voters have no idea what policies are in play in any specific election, and 70% of them don’t know the specifics of policies under consideration. We tend to know broad strokes…

So yes, I do wish to run on scandal, at least partially, because You cannot trust them is a very effective campaign theme, and has won more elections than any policy-based theme.

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[A]s much as congressional Republicans are enjoying their schadenfreude, they would be well advised to think long and hard about their next steps. Even the most cursory look at opinion polls or focus groups reveals that the public is convinced we have an ineffectual and out-of-touch Congress that spends too much time backbiting, grandstanding, and Monday-morning quarterbacking while the country’s problems fester. Arguably, showboating for the cameras and holding hearings are what Congress does best; the temptation is unavoidable.

Republicans would be much wiser to pursue a third option: Dig up as much damaging information as they can about the Obama administration and leak it to reporters they know will write tough stories that won’t be traced back to the source. That way, the public won’t see the GOP as being obsessed with attacking the other side and playing gotcha at the expense of the big issues facing the country—the ones voters really care about.

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”The area we have to avoid is to not use the ‘I’ word — impeachment,” said Bolger. “It is far too early for that, and talking about impeachment now means you are not serious about the issue — you are just trying to score political points.”

Bolger’s advice? Use the IRS and AP stories to make a broader point about the differing views the parties have of the role of government. “AP and IRS are what happens when you elect people who worship at the altar of unfettered government,” explained Bolger. “Big, powerful government is not the answer.”

Another Republican consultant, granted anonymity to speak candidly, added that his party has to double track — investigating wrongdoing while also pushing its own positive agenda. ”This is part of my concern about the GOP being the poster child of Washington dysfunction because all we ever do is block legislation, we never pass anything,” the source wrote in an e-mail to The Fix. “We need to deal with immigration, budget, tax reform, etc. etc. while we’re doing this.”

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Republicans may feel greater effects. Even before these disclosures, congressional Republicans had dramatically escalated their resistance to Obama’s second term. While the House is voting yet again this week to repeal the president’s health care law, Senate Republicans have blocked consideration of Obama’s nominees for Labor secretary and Environmental Protection Agency administrator. As in Clinton’s era, the approaching cycle of investigation, media leak, and hearing-room confrontation over the IRS and Benghazi will deepen a sense of unstinting partisan conflict that will further narrow the space for serious legislative negotiations.

Davis, now director of federal affairs at the Deloitte consulting firm, says one critical difference from the Clinton years is that many GOP leaders still consider deals with Obama on immigration and the debt ceiling to be in the party’s self-interest. But to the extent Republicans believe scandal is bloodying Obama (and thus Democrats for 2014 and 2016), party leaders will face greater pressure not to buttress him with any policy agreements. “This makes it far more challenging for someone … who wants to do deals with a president who is just despised by the base,” says Gillon.

If these investigations ultimately impede deal-making on issues such as immigration, they will imperil Obama’s desire for a legislative legacy and stunt his second term. Yet such a breakdown would also endanger the GOP’s need to expand its unsustainably narrow electoral coalition. Republicans could find that stoking the flames of scandal may sear not only Obama’s hopes but also their own.

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“These guys are awfully frustrated right now,” Carville said, referring to the GOP. “They’re taking the anger out, and I understand that. I think the White House has just go to live with this for 30 days, get the truth out and you know, just roll with the punches here. They’re down to swinging pretty wildly here.”

He added, “That’s just going to be what we’re going to have to deal with here for the next month and I think the president needs to get ahead of it and probably put a new person in there and find out what happened and report to the American people and it will burn itself out, too. And it will move to the next thing.”

***

Yes, Democrats destroyed Richard Nixon and shook America’s faith in government. But for all that effort, they ended up controlling the White House for just four of the next eighteen years.

To be sure, there were many other consequences, and there were numerous reasons why Republicans continuing winning the White House, despite Nixon’s resignation. But at the end of the day, we’re still left with this: Even the model scenario for ousting a sitting president yielded, at best, mixed results for the party out of power.

But that’s not the point. This isn’t about politics, it’s about the rule of law.

It’s about doing what’s right. It’s about holding powerful people accountable. It’s about preserving liberty. It’s about sending a message to the next administration that we’re watching — that abuses of power won’t be tolerated.

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Via Mediaite.

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burrata on May 16, 2013 at 10:38 PM

I did

burrata on May 16, 2013 at 10:38 PM

Ugh, this new large text makes QOTD scrolling too hard. Darn it Ed, get better eyes.

nobar on May 16, 2013 at 10:38 PM

Republicans must guard against the temptation to

………..think the party doesn’t reek.

Limerick on May 16, 2013 at 10:40 PM

Now is the time to proceed with care.

Liam on May 16, 2013 at 10:41 PM

OT

The difference between Cruz and Rubio…

“WASHINGTON – Texas Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz have filed a number of amendments to the immigration bill being considered by a Senate committee on Thursday.

Both are pushing for more border security. Cruz wants to strip any possibility of citizenship for 11 million immigrants in the U.S. illegally. Cornyn is offering language to make it especially hard for people convicted of crimes to take advantage of the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” immigration overhaul plan.

One of Cruz’s amendment takes direct aim at that bill’s “path to citizenship” provision, the central point of contention. His change says that no person shall be eligible for citizenship who has been “willfully” in the U.S. and without legal status.

The criteria for “willfully” are not defined.

The junior senator also proposed an amendment that would triple the number of Border Patrol agents stationed along the U.S.-Mexico border and quadruple equipment, “including cameras, sensors, drones and helicopters,” within three years. And the 700 miles of border fence required by a 2006 law would need to be finished.

If the Department of Homeland Security fails to comply, 20 percent of its budget for the next year would be shifted as block grants to border states, giving state officials in Texas, Arizona, California and New Mexico more funds for their own border security efforts. One more penalty: a 20 percent salary cut for the Secretary of Homeland Security and all other political appointees at the department.

Ongoing non-compliance would cost the department another 5 percent of its budget each year.

Cornyn filed nine amendments, compared to Cruz’s five. He also hopes to amp up border security.

One Cornyn amendment authorizes hiring 5,000 more Customs and Border Protection officers. Another bars immigrants convicted of domestic violence, assault or driving under the influence from obtaining registered provisional immigrant status — the mechanism in the “Gang of Eight” bill that lifts the threat of deportation from people in the country illegally.

Another proposal would provide crime victims notice that the person convicted of a crime is being considered for an immigration waiver.

“The amendments filed today to strengthen border security and reform our legal immigration system will not only bring meaningful, effective improvements to our immigration system, but also have a chance of becoming law,” Cruz said in a press release.

Three hundred amendments to the immigration bill have been offered, mostly by opponents. More than a quarter come from Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley…”

http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2013/05/immigration-bill-sen-ted-cruz-wants-to-strip-path-to-citizenship-as-he-and-sen-john-cornyn-push-more-border-enforcement.html/

Link to press release:
http://www.cruz.senate.gov/record.cfm?id=342657

workingclass artist on May 16, 2013 at 10:42 PM

What a stupid question about Nixon. The press is going to roll over in the end. They just can’t quit their boyking.

jawkneemusic on May 16, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Republicans must guard against the temptation to count on scandal to deliver election victories in 2014 and 2016.

Wont happen. They will lurch from crisis to crisis and over reach as usual.

HotAirLib on May 16, 2013 at 10:42 PM

………..think the party doesn’t reek.

Limerick on May 16, 2013 at 10:40 PM

In my view, forget Party lines.

The Constitution is what we’re fighting for, if there be a fight.

Liam on May 16, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Government is the problem. The vastness, complexity, and nefarious encroachment into our personal lives should be fought, not just blamed on the other side.

But how many Rs truly believe that, and of those, who can articulate it?

questionmark on May 16, 2013 at 10:43 PM

Wont happen. They will lurch from crisis to crisis and over reach as usual.

HotAirLib on May 16, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Exactly. Which is why we Conservative hold to the Constitution.

Liam on May 16, 2013 at 10:44 PM

HotLips on May 16, 2013 at 10:42 PM

…BlowMe!

KOOLAID2 on May 16, 2013 at 10:45 PM

Now is the time to proceed with care.

Liam on May 16, 2013 at 10:41 PM

Or more lives will be lost to YouTube videos..

Feels like the Matrix movie..

Electrongod on May 16, 2013 at 10:45 PM

Wont happen. They will lurch from crisis to crisis and over reach as usual.

HotAirLib on May 16, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Then your life will be at risk..

Thank me.

Electrongod on May 16, 2013 at 10:45 PM

Making this about the inherent falsehood of the progressive project will help conservatism win.”…

lolololol. Worked really well last November didn’t it. Calling President Romney. President Romney where are you???

HotAirLib on May 16, 2013 at 10:46 PM

HotAirLib on May 16, 2013 at 10:42 PM

You have such a narrow vision. And you’re full of spite.

Realistically — WHY should anyone listen to YOU?

Liam on May 16, 2013 at 10:46 PM

OT from headlines- Paul Ryan tells Hewitt that DOJ didn’t have a court order prior to AP grab. I don’t think that had come out before.

HICON on May 16, 2013 at 10:46 PM

Republicans must guard against the temptation to count on scandal to deliver election victories in 2014 and 2016.

What¿ then how will they snatch defeat from the jaws of victory and bowl perfect strikes in the ninth inning.

SparkPlug on May 16, 2013 at 10:47 PM

Speaking of overreach…

Chicago Tribune: Obama and Overreach

Resist We Much on May 16, 2013 at 10:47 PM

The republicans need to start campaigning on abolishing the IRS, the Income Tax and instituting the Fair Tax.

Promote the idea that Washington should not be using the tax code to promote winners and losers and the IRS should not be the tool of the party in power to harass and suppress their political opposition.

With this scandal, we’ll never have a better chance.

trigon on May 16, 2013 at 10:47 PM

Republicans must guard against the temptation to count on scandal to deliver election victories in 2014 and 2016.

because those who vote once and have an IQ in 3 digits are substantially lesser in numbers to the herds with single digit collective IQs who vote multiple times for donks.

burrata on May 16, 2013 at 10:47 PM

lolololol. Worked really well last November didn’t it. Calling President Romney. President Romney where are you???

HotAirLib on May 16, 2013 at 10:46 PM

Irrelevant.

But you need your pacifier, don’t you?

Liam on May 16, 2013 at 10:48 PM

Republicans must remember that the problem is not Democrats in charge of government, but government itself.

Textbook case of a half-truth.

The formula s/b Degree of badness = Size of government times number of democrats in it.

VorDaj on May 16, 2013 at 10:48 PM

These guys are awfully frustrated right now,” Carville said, referring to the GOP. “They’re taking the anger out, and I understand that. I think the White House has just go to live with this for 30 days, get the truth out and you know, just roll with the punches here. They’re down to swinging pretty wildly here.”

30 days is way too long for these show trial republicans. I give it till next Friday.

HotAirLib on May 16, 2013 at 10:48 PM

It cannot substitute for a strategy to replace Obamacare.

That’s a LOSER. Our only hope is to first eliminate Obamacare entirely and by default return to the pre-Obamacare status quo, which looks pretty damn good in retrospect.

Anyone that thinks we can ‘replace’ it with something else is a fool or a RINO. The only way the democratics rammed their version of healthcare through is because they had a very rare once-a-generation-for democratics-only Supermajority. Republicans have never had a Supermajority and never will.

Without it the two parties will never agree on a replacement because we have very different principles. We can piss away ten years debating a replacement while Obamacare in the meantime grinds away at the nation. No thanks.

slickwillie2001 on May 16, 2013 at 10:48 PM

lolololol. Worked really well last November didn’t it. Calling President Romney. President Romney where are you???

HotAirLib on May 16, 2013 at 10:46 PM

Mortar explosions all around our Consulate in Benghazi..

There goes one on a roof top where laser painters were spotted by the enemy..

President Obama where are you???

Electrongod on May 16, 2013 at 10:48 PM

lolololol. Worked really well last November didn’t it. Calling President Romney. President Romney where are you???

HotAirLib on May 16, 2013 at 10:46 PM

Romney was/is a conservative? That’s news to me.

nobar on May 16, 2013 at 10:48 PM

What¿ then how will they snatch defeat from the jaws of victory and bowl perfect strikes in the ninth inning.

SparkPlug on May 16, 2013 at 10:47 PM

lol

Resist We Much on May 16, 2013 at 10:48 PM

Republicans must guard against the temptation to

Do what they always do………..cave .

Lucano on May 16, 2013 at 10:49 PM

Ugh, this new large text makes QOTD scrolling too hard. Darn it Ed, get better eyes.

nobar on May 16, 2013 at 10:38 PM

Windows…

“Control” + “-”(or scroll wheel down)

elgeneralisimo on May 16, 2013 at 10:49 PM

Aw, go ahead and overreach. Current crop of Republicans is so timid it will seem plodding and unprovocative.

de rigueur on May 16, 2013 at 10:49 PM

The IRS once acted against Al Capone. Under Obama, the IRS acts like Al Capone.

VorDaj on May 16, 2013 at 10:50 PM

Some days,, I just unscrew the top on a bottle on Hoppes #9, and take a whiff.

I don’t think this can be saved.

They have taken the successful parts of every statist putsche and combined them. All of them. There are shades of them all.

wolly4321 on May 16, 2013 at 10:50 PM

30 days is way too long for these show trial republicans. I give it till next Friday.

HotAirLib on May 16, 2013 at 10:48 PM

And by what measure are YOU to set the timetable?

Liam on May 16, 2013 at 10:50 PM

burrata on May 16, 2013 at 10:47 PM

Meh….I did my party chores and voted my party lines and for what, glad handing? Never again. If it looks like a skunk, walks like a skunk and smells like a skunk I’m not ordering it from the menu.

Limerick on May 16, 2013 at 10:50 PM

Ugh, this new large text makes QOTD scrolling too hard. Darn it Ed, get better eyes.

nobar on May 16, 2013 at 10:38 PM

The larger font is for our trolls…

They keep missing the point..

Electrongod on May 16, 2013 at 10:51 PM

Some of you guys are wicked smart & funny. :) No sarc.

Here’s the headline:

Top Saudi religious cop: If you use Twitter, you’ve lost the afterlife

Here’s the comment:

#Bummer

29Victor on May 16, 2013 at 8:07 PM

:)

I still can’t stand “plus 1″ buttons, but — an LOL button might actually have some utility.

Axe on May 16, 2013 at 10:51 PM

Making this about the inherent falsehood of the progressive project will help conservatism win.”…

lolololol. Worked really well last November didn’t it. Calling President Romney. President Romney where are you???

HotAirLib on May 16, 2013 at 10:46 PM

Well see, the problem is Mittens played nice with Obama and didn’t ever take the above advice. Had he done so, he’d be president. Instead he played the establishment game.

Plus, oh yeah – Obama has an army of propagandists too shield him – We call them reporters and newscasters. IE Candy Crawly stepping in the one moment Mittens did have a spine…

Sharr on May 16, 2013 at 10:51 PM

President Obama where are you???

Electrongod on May 16, 2013 at 10:48 PM

He is actually in DC living in this wonderful place called the White House.

HotAirLib on May 16, 2013 at 10:51 PM

And by what measure are YOU to set the timetable?

Liam on May 16, 2013 at 10:50 PM

Cramps in the wrist..

Electrongod on May 16, 2013 at 10:51 PM

BTW: Where are the photographs of Obama on the night of Benghazi?

We’ve seen Obama in the Situation Room when Osama bin Laden was killed.

We’ve seen the moment that he was told about Newtown.

We’ve seen him shooting skeet bruising the hell out of his shoulder.

We’ve seen him trapped in a spider web.

We’ve seen him meeting with a pirate in the Oval Office.

We’ve seen him praying in the Oval Office after the Boston bombing.

Where are the photos of him on the night of Benghazi? Do they not exist because the official WH photog doesn’t take photos of the President while he is asleep? And, if so, what does that say about the Commander-in-Chief, who knew the first Ambassador in more than 3 decades was missing?

Resist We Much on May 16, 2013 at 10:51 PM

He is actually in DC living in this wonderful place called the White House.

HotAirLib on May 16, 2013 at 10:51 PM

Do you frequent there often?

Electrongod on May 16, 2013 at 10:52 PM

30 days is way too long for these show trial republicans. I give it till next Friday.

HotAirLib on May 16, 2013 at 10:48 PM

Show trial? There ain’t enough Fridays in all of eternity for you to ever get a real brain.

VorDaj on May 16, 2013 at 10:52 PM

HotAirLib on May 16, 2013 at 10:48 PM

Really — who are YOU to come here and lecture us all the time?

Tell us YOUR credentials.

Liam on May 16, 2013 at 10:53 PM

What¿ then how will they snatch defeat from the jaws of victory and bowl perfect strikes in the ninth inning.

SparkPlug on May 16, 2013 at 10:47 PM

I see your joke and make it funnier.

What¿ then how will they snatch defeat from the jaws of victory and bowl perfect touchdowns in the ninth inning hole.

SparkPlug on May 16, 2013 at 10:47 PM

nobar on May 16, 2013 at 10:53 PM

Scandalous Hat Trick

Mr. President, when it rains it pours, but most Americans hold their own umbrellas. Today in the Rose Garden you dismissed the idea of a Special Counsel to investigate the IRS scandal. With that, your galling political hubris shined bright in the midst of today’s dark clouds.

Mr. President, how can we trust your Justice Department to conduct an independent investigation when there is a systemic violation of the Hatch Act throughout your administration?

Surely you are aware that the Hatch Act prevents certain federal employees from engaging in political activity. Specifically, it’s illegal for these federal employees to engage in action in support of or in opposition to a political party, a candidate for partisan political office, or a partisan political group.

Yet that is exactly what’s happened within the IRS, the Justice Department, and in the Benghazi cover-up. This scandalous hat trick is on your watch. It is not believable that you knew nothing about Obama administration actions in dealing with these scandals. And in regards to Benghazi, when you should have taken appropriate action to save American lives – for instance by calling in the Marines – you were AWOL. Just weeks before the election your team scrubbed the Benghazi talking points in 12 different versions, lied to the American people about some YouTube video being to blame for the deaths of brave Americans who put our country first, and you prove Michael Barone right when he writes, “What actually happened in Benghazi was out of sync with the Obama campaign line.” That’s why you all did what you did. Pure raw politics were at play during a horrific time of loss.

For more evidence of Hatch Act violations right under your nose, simply consider DOJ’s “massive and unprecedented intrusion” into the free press. Do you think they picked up some political talk when tapping the phones in the House press gallery?

Your team is out of control. Those who cannot remember the past and learn from it are doomed to repeat it, and that is exactly what is happening. Look back exactly 40 years ago this week and apply that disheartening chapter of American history to the team you’ve chosen and lead today.

Some of us warned America; we cautioned voters in 2008 that a community organizer with no executive experience and no sense of accountability would be a very poor choice for the nation’s top management position.

Mr. President, you said today that you have “complete confidence” in the Attorney General. America doesn’t. Eric Holder needs to appoint an unbiased Special Counsel to investigate the illegal political action of this administration. And then Eric Holder needs to resign.

Most Americans see ominous dark clouds looming beyond the White House Rose Garden, Mr. President. They’ll roll away only when light is shined on the Obama administration’s antics, and America will only recover when you cease avoiding responsibility in this mission of yours to fundamentally transform America. For that to happen, the press had better learn from their experiences of being duped and provide a deserving public fairer, more intelligent coverage.

Speaking of coverage, glad you finally called in the Marines… shame it was just to hold your umbrella.

- Sarah Palin

btw GOPE THIS is how you attack and use this issue to destory the dems and obama and save the country.

unseen on May 16, 2013 at 10:53 PM

Axe on May 16, 2013 at 10:51 PM

You just made my epitaph: “He knew not Twitter”.

Limerick on May 16, 2013 at 10:53 PM

Well see, the problem is Mittens played nice with Obama and didn’t ever take the above advice. Had he done so, he’d be president. Instead he played the establishment game.

Plus, oh yeah – Obama has an army of propagandists too shield him – We call them reporters and newscasters. IE Candy Crawly stepping in the one moment Mittens did have a spine…

Sharr on May 16, 2013 at 10:51 PM

Whatever makes you sleep at night bud.

HotAirLib on May 16, 2013 at 10:54 PM

SparkPlug on May 16, 2013 at 10:47 PM

lol

Resist We Much on May 16, 2013 at 10:48 PM

O, you. :) I have an OT update. It’s on page two, though.

Axe on May 16, 2013 at 10:54 PM

Cramps in the wrist..

Electrongod on May 16, 2013 at 10:51 PM

~falls over laughing~

Perfect call!

Liam on May 16, 2013 at 10:54 PM

Last time I saw that much over reach was when Moochelle Obama lunged so far for more free buttered lobster to cram into her woodchipper mouth that her arm pit hair dipped into the chowder.

SparkPlug on May 16, 2013 at 10:54 PM

Top Saudi religious cop: If you use Twitter, you’ve lost the afterlife

Axe on May 16, 2013 at 10:51 PM

Too late. I lost the afterlife after I jiggled my cleavage and caused the Iranian earthquake.

Resist We Much on May 16, 2013 at 10:54 PM

Tell us YOUR credentials.

Liam on May 16, 2013 at 10:53 PM

Knee pads and lipstick..

Electrongod on May 16, 2013 at 10:54 PM

btw GOPE THIS is how you attack and use this issue to destory the dems and obama and save the country.

unseen on May 16, 2013 at 10:53 PM

Agreed Unseen!

Sharr on May 16, 2013 at 10:54 PM

What a stupid question about Nixon. The press is going to roll over in the end. They just can’t quit their boyking.

jawkneemusic on May 16, 2013 at 10:42 PM

If things go south for Obama – not likely, but possible – the Press will have to decide if they want to go south with him. They still have to make a living when he’s gone.

Curtiss on May 16, 2013 at 10:55 PM

Wont happen. They will lurch from crisis to crisis and over reach as usual.

HotAirLib on May 16, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Like Obama?

His over reaching on guns?

His leaping from crisis to crisis because that is his ONLY model of governance.. scare the Hell out of people in a demagogues utopian quest to get that next crisis to finally rain gold..

not very aware of Obama’s style are you?

The BoyKing, who only knows how to campaign but never how to lead. His use of the IRS and EPA to stiff his enemies will break him.. even should he make it to 16.. he’ll be a boat anchor around the neck of every democrat who stands with him.

mark81150 on May 16, 2013 at 10:55 PM

O, you. :) I have an OT update. It’s on page two, though.

Axe on May 16, 2013 at 10:54 PM

OK, so I’ll wait for page 2…I guess.

Resist We Much on May 16, 2013 at 10:55 PM

Republicans must guard against the temptation to count on scandal to deliver election victories in 2014 and 2016.
===============================================

Me thinks,this Temptation should be curtailed
to CULLING the Donkey herd,

coupled with,

a good ole’ fashioned RINO PURGATION!!!!

canopfor on May 16, 2013 at 10:56 PM

Oh, goody,,, it’s HAL’s shift. As he salutes his generations short attention span.

How glorious it must be to be ignorant of history.

wolly4321 on May 16, 2013 at 10:56 PM

Well see, the problem is Mittens played nice with Obama and didn’t ever take the above advice. Had he done so, he’d be president. Instead he played the establishment game.

Plus, oh yeah – Obama has an army of propagandists too shield him – We call them reporters and newscasters. IE Candy Crawly stepping in the one moment Mittens did have a spine…

Sharr on May 16, 2013 at 10:51 PM

Is this fierce reaction warranted? Am I wrong to speak up? Both questions raise interesting issues.

……The ferocity, I believe, comes from fear. Throughout the campaign, the Romney organization was relatively successful in keeping its secrets to itself. Although the problems of the campaign were visible to the world, a code of silence prevailed, and continues to prevail, in its ranks. It exists for reasons of self-protection, to evade responsibility for a loss that was avoidable. Those warning me off publishing have not even read my book, but their anxiety about what I might say is a measure of how much they have to hide.

My book exposes incompetence, yes. Too often, incompetence is blithely excused in politics. “That’s how campaigns always are,” the experts assure us. For one, if the Republican party hopes to win, that lackadaisical attitude needs to change. Exposing incompetence is a start.
But my book also explores a more fundamental dysfunction of the Romney campaign: a misunderstanding of the very nature of democratic politics itself.

Romney’s top strategists saw the campaign not as a battle for the hearts and minds of Americans, but as a massive marketing and advertising challenge. On November 6, 2012, consumers would be asked to choose between two products. The key task was creating a start-up company called Romney for President, Inc., that, using every available marketing technique, would do what was necessary to ensure that the Romney brand was better known, better liked, and a better seller. The ad men running the campaign thus believed that politics consisted not of leadership by a candidate speaking difficult truths to the American people, but of carefully matching Mitt Romney’s positions to the preferences of voters as they were revealed in polls.

Scripting Romney from morning to night with words favored by focus groups, the strategists running the campaign transformed a man noted for geniality and earnestness into a “severe conservative” who radiated insincerity. Along the way, they created a candidate who, despite his firm convictions on many matters, appeared to the public to have no convictions. Unfortunately, all too often, Mitt Romney willingly helped them along.
…….

http://nationalreview.com/article/348220/loyalty-truth

unseen on May 16, 2013 at 10:56 PM

Do you frequent there often?

Electrongod on May 16, 2013 at 10:52 PM

I actually live a few blocks from him. Wonderful city. Would invite you to DC but there is a no tea-billy rule there.

HotAirLib on May 16, 2013 at 10:57 PM

. I give it till next Friday.

HotLips on May 16, 2013 at 10:48 PM

…to BlowMe?

KOOLAID2 on May 16, 2013 at 10:57 PM

Where are the photos of him on the night of Benghazi? Do they not exist because the official WH photog doesn’t take photos of the President while he is asleep? And, if so, what does that say about the Commander-in-Chief, who knew the first Ambassador in more than 3 decades was missing?

Resist We Much on May 16, 2013 at 10:51 PM

They don’t take pictures of his “meetings” with Reggie Love either, or other rim shots.

TXUS on May 16, 2013 at 10:57 PM

Whatever makes you sleep at night bud.

HotAirLib on May 16, 2013 at 10:54 PM

Strong counter-point! /sarc

Seriously — you think YOU are better than anyone else around here? Do you even read you’re own posts?

Liam on May 16, 2013 at 10:57 PM

Really — who are YOU to come here and lecture us all the time?

Tell us YOUR credentials.

Liam on May 16, 2013 at 10:53 PM

His credentials are being a Class A Idiot on account of personal experience and heredity.

VorDaj on May 16, 2013 at 10:57 PM

Everyone needs to look at the bright side, in 4.5 billion years the sun will have high cholesterol and global warming and RINOs will be mute.

Limerick on May 16, 2013 at 10:58 PM

30 days is way too long for these show trial republicans. I give it till next Friday.

HotAirLib on May 16, 2013 at 10:48 PM

You have no problem with what was done to your fellow Americans?

hawkdriver on May 16, 2013 at 10:59 PM

Scripting Romney from morning to night with words favored by focus groups, the strategists running the campaign transformed a man noted for geniality and earnestness into a “severe conservative” who radiated insincerity.

yeap yeap yeap.

unseen on May 16, 2013 at 10:59 PM

Where are the photos of him on the night of Benghazi? Do they not exist because the official WH photog doesn’t take photos of the President while he is asleep? And, if so, what does that say about the Commander-in-Chief, who knew the first Ambassador in more than 3 decades was missing?

Resist We Much on May 16, 2013 at 10:51 PM

They are on Reggie’s IPhone.

KCB on May 16, 2013 at 11:00 PM

Page 2 may never happen. We could go from 1 to 3 and the universe would be none the wiser because of

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SparkPlug on May 16, 2013 at 11:00 PM

I actually live a few blocks from him. Wonderful city. Would invite you to DC but there is a no tea-billy rule there.

HotAirLib on May 16, 2013 at 10:57 PM

Then you don’t have a clue about real America..

Electrongod on May 16, 2013 at 11:00 PM

I wish there was a YouTube video of Hitler talking about these scandals.

Mirimichi on May 16, 2013 at 11:00 PM

His credentials are being a Class A Idiot on account of personal experience and heredity.

VorDaj on May 16, 2013 at 10:57 PM

Class A?

HAL is a common liberal, run of the mill.

Then again, he’s so full of fury most liberals won’t want him around.

Liam on May 16, 2013 at 11:01 PM

You have no problem with what was done to your fellow Americans?

hawkdriver on May 16, 2013 at 10:59 PM

If he didn’t have ribs or McDonalds with them..
Then they didn’t exist..

Electrongod on May 16, 2013 at 11:01 PM

Seriously — you think YOU are better than anyone else around here? Do you even read you’re own posts?

Liam on May 16, 2013 at 10:57 PM

Well i’m glad most Americans think my ideology is better than most here. That is all that counts to me.

HotAirLib on May 16, 2013 at 11:01 PM

Per Gallup:

74% of Americans believe that the IRS targeting of conservative groups is serious enough to warrant continuing investigation.

69% of Americans believe that Benghazi is serious enough to warrant continuing investigation.

Per Rasmussen:

* 57% Want IRS Offenders Jailed or Fired

* Just 16% of Likely U.S. Voters believe the IRS investigations of these groups were a coincidence

* 57% think the investigations were politically motivated

* 55% think it is at least somewhat likely that President Obama or his top aides were aware that Tea Party and other conservative groups were targeted by the IRS

* Only 7% of voters believe no disciplinary action should be taken against the IRS employees involved in the investigations

Resist We Much on May 16, 2013 at 11:01 PM

Nobody died in Watergate. But Obama is messiah, so whatever he does, it makes it OK when he goes to sleep while Americans are dying in a terrorist attack to later be blamed on a video/The First Amendment.

I hate bizzaro world, that we are now living in.

Sharr on May 16, 2013 at 11:01 PM

Someone more erudite and classy then me is, explain why you would shake hands with a suspect/a-hole/lying thug rather than a perfunctory “Let’s get this dog and pony show on–Eric, which is it for you today?”

arnold ziffel on May 16, 2013 at 11:02 PM

Speaking of coverage, glad you finally called in the Marines… shame it was just to hold your umbrella.

- Sarah Palin

Quote of the decade!!!

TXUS on May 16, 2013 at 11:02 PM

Too late. I lost the afterlife after I jiggled my cleavage and caused the Iranian earthquake.

Resist We Much on May 16, 2013 at 10:54 PM

JPeterman favorited my Tweet on that. Coincidentally. Given the subject matter of this QOTD. Which is apparently nowhere near topic. So I probably don’t need to wait to page two.

OK, so I’ll wait for page 2…I guess.

Resist We Much on May 16, 2013 at 10:55 PM

*sigh*

Always a power struggle with some women.

I jiggled my cleavage and caused the Iranian earthquake.

So much for the power struggle. I’ll go get it.

Axe on May 16, 2013 at 11:03 PM

Well i’m glad most Americans think my ideology is better than most here. That is all that counts to me.

HotAirLib on May 16, 2013 at 11:01 PM

myiq2xu you pos.

arnold ziffel on May 16, 2013 at 11:03 PM

love how the dems are still trying to say these scandals are a non-issue.

I think the White House has just go to live with this for 30 days, get the truth out and you know, just roll with the punches here.

really? The house bank scandal was small beans compared to the IRS bullying Americans who were politcally. And that scandal lasted months. Watergate is remembered and USED by dems 40 years later. this scandal if the GOP uses it correctly will last for the rest of my life and maybe my son’s life. The GOP has to use the LAW not politcs and they must show the illegal policies of Obama against the Laws put in place after nixon to stop this from happeening.

unseen on May 16, 2013 at 11:03 PM

He is actually in DC living in this wonderful place called the White House.

HotAirLib on May 16, 2013 at 10:51 PM

While you’re out trolling Dupont Circle in the middle of the night.

RickB on May 16, 2013 at 11:03 PM

Well i’m glad most Americans think my ideology is better than most here. That is all that counts to me.

HotAirLib on May 16, 2013 at 11:01 PM

Bwhahahahahahahahaha….the blind are blind after all.

Limerick on May 16, 2013 at 11:04 PM

Liam on May 16, 2013 at 10:57 PM
Well i’m glad most Americans think my ideology is better than most here. That is all that counts to me.

HotAirLib on May 16, 2013 at 11:01 PM

You think most Americans agree with you than a political movement can be illegally denied their right to engage in the political process by an oppressive tyrannical administration?

By the way, you’re a bigot.

hawkdriver on May 16, 2013 at 11:05 PM

Whatever makes you sleep at night bud.

HotAirLib on May 16, 2013 at 10:54 PM

No worries, when the republicans hang the IRS around the dems and once petraues testifies and talks blackmail, the dem party will be hard to hold seats. Oh and when it is learned tht Obama was running weapons that you libs crucified Reagan for wont help. Thre will be another scandal shortly, and a lame duk priizzy.

Don’t bother replying anyone who supports the deth of 4 Americans and believes in what inference does it make, really cannot be considered a serious person. So here is a tip

A car drove off the bridge this week, splashed in the water, the passenger being the DNC and the driver being Hussein Obama.

Conservative4ev on May 16, 2013 at 11:05 PM

30 days is way too long for these show trial republicans. I give it till next Friday.

HotAirLib on May 16, 2013 at 10:48 PM

You have no problem with what was done to your fellow Americans?

hawkdriver on May 16, 2013 at 10:59 PM

None at all. He takes his depraved indifference lead from Obama after all.

VorDaj on May 16, 2013 at 11:05 PM

Well i’m glad most Americans think my ideology is better than most here. That is all that counts to me.

HotAirLib on May 16, 2013 at 11:01 PM

‘You must really think I give a f@$k. As long as Obama is doing all he can to investigate and rid America off these anti USA tea party groups, I am fine.’

- HotAirLib on May 14, 2013 at 7:23 PM

See above poll results.

Also:

Gallup: Conservatives Outnumber Liberals in 47 Out of 50 States

Resist We Much on May 16, 2013 at 11:05 PM

Well i’m glad most Americans think my ideology is better than most here. That is all that counts to me.

HotAirLib on May 16, 2013 at 11:01 PM

Most Americans as in uninformed?

You have a lot of praying to do..

Electrongod on May 16, 2013 at 11:06 PM

30 days is way too long for these show trial republicans. I give it till next Friday.

HotAirLib on May 16, 2013 at 10:48 PM

You have no problem with what was done to your fellow Americans?

hawkdriver on May 16, 2013 at 10:59 PM

Depends on the scandal you mean. Here’s HAL on the IRS:

You must really think I give a f@$k. As long as Obama is doing all he can to investigate and rid America off these anti USA tea party groups, I am fine.

HotAirLib on May 14, 2013 at 7:23 PM

Axe on May 16, 2013 at 11:06 PM

Explain to me your utopia HAL.

What’s you perfect American Socialist Superstate look like? (POP™)

Explain to me how it works. Sell it.

wolly4321 on May 16, 2013 at 11:06 PM

You have no problem with what was done to your fellow Americans?

hawkdriver on May 16, 2013 at 10:59 PM

If you are talking about trying to institute a universal background check that prevents crazy people from getting guns to kill us, YES i am happy with him.

If you are talking about rolling out a health care plan that hopefully will lead way to a single payer system, Yes i am happy with him.

If you are talking about instructing the IRS to target the crazy anti America tea party groups that are doing all they can to set this country back, Yes i am happy with him.

If you are talking about him firing some IRS hack to make believe he really respects the views of these irrelevant tea billies, Yes i am happy with him.

HotAirLib on May 16, 2013 at 11:07 PM

Well i’m glad most Americans think my ideology is better than most here. That is all that counts to me.

HotAirLib on May 16, 2013 at 11:01 PM

Ah, yes! That ideology over reality.

You know, HAL — I hope your ideology gets to you and yours, in reality.

I don’t mind that you ‘won’. What I want is for YOU to live under it.

And, far as ideology is concerned…we’re not done yet.

Liam on May 16, 2013 at 11:07 PM

I was too slow.

*sip*

Axe on May 16, 2013 at 11:07 PM

the IRS is the most HATED government agency in the country ALL aqmericans hate the IRS accept those that think paying taxes is the highest form of citizenship. (yeah few and far between but like Biden they are out there)

So you have Obama admin using the mnost hated agency against his politcal enemies and the dems think this will blow over?

ROFL…..the IRS and Nazis would be tied for most hated groups with the American people.

The GOP could see dividends from this scandal for generations. Of course the GOp has to want to lead and not be a minority party.

unseen on May 16, 2013 at 11:09 PM

Bwhahahahahahahahaha….the blind are blind after all.

Limerick on May 16, 2013 at 11:04 PM

Once again i ask, President Romney, President Romney, where are you President Romney? How about President McCain? President McCain, where are you?

HotAirLib on May 16, 2013 at 11:09 PM

Done before, but what the hell HAL bye bye

Limerick on May 16, 2013 at 11:09 PM

. That is all that counts to me.

HotLips on May 16, 2013 at 11:01 PM

…you can’t sing…and you can’t count… so BlowMe!

KOOLAID2 on May 16, 2013 at 11:09 PM

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