Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on January 15, 2014 by Allahpundit

Nearly 70 percent of Americans say the bridge-closure scandal engulfing Chris Christie has not changed their opinion about the New Jersey governor, according to a new NBC News/Marist poll. In addition, 44 percent of respondents believe he’s telling the truth about his knowledge of the events surrounding the controversy.

And far more Americans view him as a strong leader rather than as a bully…

When Republicans voters were asked whom they support if the GOP primary or caucus were held today, 16 percent picked Christie, 12 percent sided with 2012 running mate Paul Ryan, 9 percent said Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and 8 percent said former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

Those percentages are virtually unchanged from last month.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, battling an ongoing political scandal in his home state, has quietly communicated with several of his fellow governors to reassure them that the situation in Trenton is under control and express appreciation for their support, Republicans familiar with the conversations said…

Christie’s position at the RGA is not in jeopardy, according to senior party leaders — for the immediate future it is likely to be a significant asset for Christie as he seeks to maintain his standing as a national figure. The committee’s communications apparatus has already helped handle the media uproar around the affair known as “Bridgegate.” And unless more gravely damaging facts emerge from an investigation in New Jersey, Republicans would be unlikely to break ranks and criticize a man who controls tens of millions of dollars in political spending for the 2014 election…

Within the corridors of the RGA, there’s not currently any doubt about Christie’s strength as a chairman for the organization. Fred Malek, the longtime Republican fundraiser who helms the group’s powerful finance operation, said Christie had handled the crisis “as well as anybody possibly could.”

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[G]iven the governor’s immediate reaction to the personal crisis that has engulfed him, it isn’t too soon to wonder when the accusations and media frenzy crossed the line from inquiry and investigation to political lynching…

I’ve been skeptical that Christie will sell to enough GOP caucus attendees and primary voters around the country to win his party’s nomination, though I certainly haven’t said that he can’t win. The more Democrats make their attacks on him resemble a partisan witch-hunt, the better Christie’s chances become — as long as his opponents don’t find a smoking gun.

The governor is a controversial figure who has stepped on toes over the years, so it is no wonder some are gleeful about his current situation and others are looking to pay him back. But the smell now emanating from the Garden State isn’t merely the pure sweetness of good government. It also includes a pungent odor of partisan politics and pettiness coming from Christie’s detractors.

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The same national press that conducted a blackout of the trial of Philadelphia murderer Kermit Gosnell as lawyers exposed his horrific late-term abortion mill – that was dismissed as a “local story” – decided a few autumn days of traffic jams in Bergen County to be the hottest outrage for everyone from Jacksonville to Boise. In fact, their burst of reporting indicated they believed this was the most important story in the world – by far.

In the first two days of the story after the e-mails on the manufactured traffic jams came to light, ABC, CBS and NBC devoted 88 minutes of breathless coverage to the story. To put their transparently partisan aggression into perspective, that’s 88 minutes in two days compared to two minutes of coverage in the last six months of the IRS-Tea-Party-targeting scandal.

In less than a week, there was 44 times as much coverage of The Bridge than to the IRS in six months. Had Christie absolutely zero national potential or ambitions, the traffic jams would have remained a local story. But he’s a presidential hopeful who would challenge the presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton – and so, it was time to take him down.

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The Democrat Media Complex is doing it again. With a few ill-placed traffic cones, the press has turned on Governor Chris Christie with a partisan vengeance. Jumping over the bodies of Benghazi, the empty bank accounts of IRS victims, and the twitching circuitry of Obamacare, the Fort Lee lane closures are being treated as the scandal of the century.

Sunday shows featured wall-to-wall coverage, CNN is excavating boxes of Trenton documents, and MSNBC has practically rebranded themselves as The NYC Commuter Report. By the weekend, I expect a Maddow-hosted documentary titled “Blurred Lanes” or “All the Governor’s Cones.”

As I’ve said before, any abuse of power is serious and should be investigated thoroughly. But it’s impossible not to notice the MSM’s toggle from eye-rolling dismissal to political colonoscopy depending on the D or R after an executive’s name.

Despite the unhinged press coverage, Christie should send each network a bouquet. As with Jan Brewer, suspicious Republicans are rallying to the moderate’s side. While the New Jersey governor’s overall approval rating has dipped ever-so-slightly, it has actually gone up among Republicans. The prevailing attitude is “if the liberal media hates this guy so much, how bad can he be?”

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Christies’s problem is that he’s 2016′s Acela Republican…and he believes his own press…

In 2012, it was Jon Huntsman. Most famous of all, of course, was John McCain. They’re not entirely new, but in an age of rising conservatism, the Acela Republican is just the kind of candidate America’s media class pretend they could almost possibly contemplate thinking of voting for in the general election. The Acela Republican is the one Republican who shares their contempt for the GOP broadly, and modern conservatism specifically…

The big, genuine, authentic personality the press adores today? Watch the speed with which he’s reframed as a corrupt bully, a thug, a sweaty jerk with his finger wagging in the face of the little people. Those fiery, fun videos of him smacking around whiny teacher union reps will suddenly be windows into media analyses of a deeply angry, perhaps violent man. All it will take is one Vine of Christie losing it with some little old lady in New Hampshire, and we have the 47% story of 2016.

You can understand why the Acela Republican is blinded by the adulation and praise. You can see the cycle of addiction to the cheering and the media rewards that are given to him every time he scolds and chastises the Republican party, and the conservative movement. It will be too late when he understands that the price of the glowing coverage is a slow accretion of betrayal and insult to the very people who are necessary to win the Republican primary.

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There’s nothing unusual about moving to the middle as reelection approaches—that’s common for politicians in both parties. What’s remarkable about Christie, though, is that the scandal now threatening his political future was borne of his obsession with winning Democratic support. Christie was already coasting to a second term when his staff pressured Democratic mayors for endorsements that were needed only to run up the score and build his bipartisan brand…

These scandals are so damaging to Christie’s presidential ambitions because they hit at the heart of what animates the tea-party movement: concern over government overreach. Tea-party-aligned Republicans have criticized the Obama administration and Republicans alike over earmarking, wasteful spending, and cronyism. Now Christie’s administration has given an all-too-vivid illustration of the dangers of out-of-control government. Even if Christie had no direct connection to the George Washington Bridge scandal, it’s becoming clear that his administration reveled in a play-to-pay culture where his government wielded outsized influence in picking winners and losers…

Christie’s path to the presidency was running as a straight-talking outsider who accomplished a number of conservative reforms in a blue state. He still may have a shot. But in his zeal to raise his national profile, he lost what propelled him into the spotlight in the first place. It’s becoming harder to imagine Republican voters will be eager to trade in Washington wheelers-and-dealers for the Trenton variety in 2016.

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[S]horn of the bluster and reduced to a calm advocate of good government, the new Chris Christie is not as interesting as the old one.

Having risen to the top of the polls of future Republican presidential contenders largely on the strength of being a media darling, it’s far from clear that the Christie who has been transformed in the space of a few days into a press piñata can stay afloat in the conversation about 2016. The problem is not only that he is taking a pounding from liberals who rightly feared him as the GOP’s best threat to derail a Hillary Clinton presidency. It’s that a Christie who is on the defensive and must now worry about appearing to be a bully will be hard-put to distinguish himself from other Republicans with similar ideas but without the baggage that the governor must now carry as he goes forward.

Unless Democrats and their press auxiliaries can dig up something that directly incriminates Christie in the bridge lane closings, he will survive this rough patch. Polls show he has retained, at least for the moment, his support in the state. But the chastened Chris Christie who must now adopt a more generous tone toward his foes is not the same man who rocketed to fame as the tough guy who wasn’t afraid to abuse the press or tell voters that it was none of their business where his kids went to school or what they did. Even if everyone forgets about the bridge a year or two from now (and given the Democratic interest in making sure we won’t, don’t expect that to happen) Christie can never be quite the same politician again. In some ways that might even turn out to be an improvement since a bit more humility and restraint when torching anyone who isn’t a cheerleader would be a good thing for the governor. But the Christie who emerges from this crisis isn’t the kind of candidate who is likely to become the Republican nominee in 2016.

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“This is the exact same dynamic that sunk Charlie Crist,” says Hasner. “He abandoned the right to appeal to independents and Democrats, and when it came time, the left abandoned him and the right had already written him off.”…

Another political maxim is to always “keep a secure home base.” As they say, “there’s nothing in the middle of the road except yellow lines and dead armadillos.” But so many of these clichéd warnings seems to have escaped Christie. So much so that his friend, Joe Scarborough, now says Christie “has to get right with the right.”

The point here is that “Bridgegate” may not be the existential problem for Christie that some suspected. Instead, it may have simply been a sort of canary in the mine that revealed the real danger lurking underneath it all.

Is Christie going to end up like Crist? “Ironic that both began by hugging Obama,” says Hasner. “What’s next, Christie running as a Democrat?

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Via Newsbusters.

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http://www.space.com/24049-mars-rover-curiosity-wheel-wear.html

the Curiosity rover may need a NASCAR style pit stop..
six wheels n gas…

going2mars on January 16, 2014 at 12:43 AM

Bmore

Schadenfreude on January 16, 2014 at 12:45 AM

Evening J. – background music for writing :)

Schadenfreude on January 16, 2014 at 12:49 AM

quote of the day: “Phil Robertson fired!”

tlynch001 on January 16, 2014 at 12:50 AM

Waltz – Dyens

Good evening, Paladin. :) Wonderful to see you, as always.

Thanks so much for the beautiful music.Much appreciated. :)

Here’s a little something for you.

thatsafactjack on January 16, 2014 at 12:51 AM

quote of the day: “Phil Robertson fired!”

tlynch001 on January 16, 2014 at 12:50 AM

LoLz..:)

Dire Straits on January 16, 2014 at 12:52 AM

Midnight Waltz – Hurst

thatsafactjack on January 16, 2014 at 12:53 AM

thatsafactjack on January 16, 2014 at 12:51 AM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on January 16, 2014 at 12:53 AM

Nite Everyone,….Two for the road:

Night as well Scrumpy!!

going2mars: A stuck wheel eh!

Inside the Milky Way National Geographic Documentary | HD 720p
(1:35:49)
*********

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDaFQsdNNgU

MARS Images:

http://global-data.mars.asu.edu/bin/hirise.pl

http://themis.asu.edu/maps

canopfor on January 16, 2014 at 12:53 AM

some Curiosity wheel info…
each wheel is milled out of a solid billet of 6061t6 alum ally…
that are lifted to the mill with a forklift and
taken off after machining with one finger…
and
in the prototype phase of the project the first machined wheels
had the letters JPL JPL JPL on them…thus leaving the imprint
in the sand as it rolled by…this angered NASA and we were told to remove it
and put the zig-zag patters you see now….
but….each wheel has what look like random square holes in them…
one would think to lighten them…but no..it is Morris Code for..
you guessed it JPL JPL JPL…
and that’s the rest of the story…

going2mars on January 16, 2014 at 12:53 AM

Dire Straits on January 16, 2014 at 12:53 AM

Good evening, Dire. :)

I hope all is well with you and yours. :) A pleasure to see you.

thatsafactjack on January 16, 2014 at 12:53 AM

canopfor on January 16, 2014 at 12:53 AM

stuck wheel is on the earlier rovers wheel..
this rover isn’t of that breed…its nuke powered for one not solar..
but this ones wheels are wearing a bit…after like 6 miles of travel….
you’d think for 3 billion you could get some good rims n tires..!!!

going2mars on January 16, 2014 at 12:56 AM

Ugh,…..one more,..gnashing of teeth tomorrow I bets
by the State Department!

Israel Gaza rockets
Gaza, PS
6m
4 children among 5 injured in series of Israeli air raids on Gaza Strip, Palestinian medics say -@BBCNews
read more on bbc.co.uk
======================

Gaza, PS
2d
Israel strikes in Gaza in response to rocket fire that exploded near security fence – @Haaretzcom

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/israel-gaza-rockets/

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/gaza-ps/

canopfor on January 16, 2014 at 12:57 AM

but….each wheel has what look like random square holes in them…
one would think to lighten them…but no..it is Morris Code for..
you guessed it JPL JPL JPL…
and that’s the rest of the story…

going2mars on January 16, 2014 at 12:53 AM

You crazy engineers!

Murphy9 on January 16, 2014 at 12:58 AM

What is the difference between mechanical engineers and civil engineers? Mechanical engineers build weapons. Civil engineers build targets.

going2mars on January 16, 2014 at 1:02 AM

canopfor on January 16, 2014 at 12:53 AM

stuck wheel is on the earlier rovers wheel..
this rover isn’t of that breed…its nuke powered for one not solar..
but this ones wheels are wearing a bit…after like 6 miles of travel….
you’d think for 3 billion you could get some good rims n tires..!!!

going2mars on January 16, 2014 at 12:56 AM

going2mars: Oh really, I got the rovers mixed up, and ya 3 Billion
one would think!

Btw, did you catch the tracks imaged from space!:)

Oyay,..Nite G2Mars:)

Curiosity spotted from SPACE:
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Nasa’s Orbiter captures the Mars rover and its tracks as it trundles along to Mount Sharp
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Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spotted Curiosity rover on December 11
It is due to reach the Mount Sharp’s foothills around the middle of this year
Once there, scientists want Curiosity to climb up the mountain, reading a record of the red planet’s changing environment on its way

By Ellie Zolfagharifard

PUBLISHED: 17:51 GMT, 13 January 2014 | UPDATED: 10:17 GMT, 14 January 2014
******

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2538719/Curiosity-spotted-SPACE-Nasas-Orbiter-captures-rover-tracks-trundles-Mount-Sharp.html

canopfor on January 16, 2014 at 1:03 AM

Gustav Holst – Mars

Murphy9 on January 16, 2014 at 1:04 AM

La Cygne – St Saens

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

Live in the moment.

“Keep yourselves where the light is.”

Goodnight, Nova. I’m hope you’re well. I think I understand your last post. Come back when you can.

thatsafactjack on January 16, 2014 at 1:05 AM

thanks canopfor..sleep well

going2mars on January 16, 2014 at 1:06 AM

Night Jackie. Hope you are productive in work or restful in slumber.

Murphy9 on January 16, 2014 at 1:07 AM

night jack..sleep well you too

going2mars on January 16, 2014 at 1:08 AM

Nite J.

Nite all rebels.

Nite America.

Schadenfreude on January 16, 2014 at 1:08 AM

Yup, and the HALO Dives, I wonder if they were packing
Nuke BackPacks, or , whats the reason to land nearly
on top of it:)

canopfor on January 16, 2014 at 12:29 AM

High Altitude Low Opening descents are used to avoid observation, radar and, most importantly, to reduce the time spent in slow descent when bad guys can walk tracer fire onto you.

My daughter saw it last night with her hubby. My wife and I are going to see “Lone Survivor” on Saturday. From everything I hear, it should be mandatory viewing for everyone. This whole “only cut the veterans benfits” crap would evaporate like a snowball in hell and take Ryan’s political career with it.

PolAgnostic on January 16, 2014 at 1:09 AM

wow schad too…sleep well

I would have never posted stupid space stuffs if I had known it puts ppl to sleep…sorry

going2mars on January 16, 2014 at 1:11 AM

Nite all rebels.

Nite America.

Schadenfreude on January 16, 2014 at 1:08 AM

Night holmes!

Murphy9 on January 16, 2014 at 1:11 AM

Its the ISON debris field… could be bad folks ):

Fire balls have been reported since last week…

Scrumpy on January 15, 2014 at 11:18 PM

Scrumpy!!…

williamg on January 16, 2014 at 1:15 AM

Cry Baby Cry…..

williamg on January 16, 2014 at 1:17 AM

wow schad too…sleep well

I would have never posted stupid space stuffs if I had known it puts ppl to sleep…sorry

going2mars on January 16, 2014 at 1:11 AM

YOU PUT EVERYONE TO SLEEP WITH STUPID SPACE STUFF!

OMG!

Axe on January 16, 2014 at 1:18 AM

Nite pal, M9

Schadenfreude on January 16, 2014 at 1:18 AM

sorry

going2mars on January 16, 2014 at 1:11 AM

No way – read the article. Space is never boring.

Schadenfreude on January 16, 2014 at 1:19 AM

Cry Baby Cry…..

williamg on January 16, 2014 at 1:17 AM

Good one!

*Printing out tabs*

Murphy9 on January 16, 2014 at 1:21 AM

Quick — go through their pockets.

Axe on January 16, 2014 at 1:21 AM

I’ll do Jackie.

Axe on January 16, 2014 at 1:22 AM

Dear Prudence……in context….

williamg on January 16, 2014 at 1:26 AM

Feeling canopfor-ish tonight:

Reuters Exclusive: U.S. government failed to secure Obamacare site: experts

PolAgnostic on January 16, 2014 at 1:38 AM

Axe on January 16, 2014 at 1:18 AM

sorry ..I still haven’t read your ‘lord of the flying rings’
or what ever it was…
its on the list…I promise…

going2mars on January 16, 2014 at 1:39 AM

yesterday we were ‘pikers’ that needed a babysitter
because we didn’t up our game…
so today I try to ‘up’ my game by sharing a lil space news
(a topic I know a little about)
and you club me like a harp seal on a iceberg..
if I didn’t know you loved me…id start to wonder..
you are reminding about a beautiful redhead I once knew…
but that’s a different story..

going2mars on January 16, 2014 at 1:55 AM

Where’s the miscreant? –And furthermore, I’m not unleashed at all. I’m completely and happily tied in leather knots of blissful enslavement, thank you very much, and also the horse upon which in you rode.

sorry ..I still haven’t read your ‘lord of the flying rings’
or what ever it was…
its on the list…I promise…

going2mars on January 16, 2014 at 1:39 AM

Ash nazg durbatulûk,
Ash nazg gimbatul,
Ash nazg thrakatulûk,
Agh burzum-ishi krimpatul.

^ Soon.

Axe on January 16, 2014 at 1:55 AM

Ash nazg durbatulûk,
Ash nazg gimbatul,
Ash nazg thrakatulûk,
Agh burzum-ishi krimpatul.

^ Soon.

Axe on January 16, 2014 at 1:55 AM

well…your mother was a hamster
and your father smelled of elderberries..!!
(if that was an insult)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSo0duY7-9s

going2mars on January 16, 2014 at 2:09 AM

thatsafactjack on January 16, 2014 at 12:41 AM

That post proves you are the best MG ever. You cured me.

SparkPlug on January 16, 2014 at 2:14 AM

Looks like a bunch of piker miscreants showed up tonight.

I’ll have to teach you piker miscreants how to be a real miscreant if you dare. Hosers.

SparkPlug on January 16, 2014 at 2:17 AM

yesterday we were ‘pikers’ that needed a babysitter
because we didn’t up our game…
so today I try to ‘up’ my game by sharing a lil space news
(a topic I know a little about)
and you club me like a harp seal on a iceberg..
if I didn’t know you loved me…id start to wonder..
you are reminding about a beautiful redhead I once knew…
but that’s a different story..

going2mars on January 16, 2014 at 1:55 AM

1. Ah — now I get it. Now I see why that went so badly. :) Day before yesterday, I think; it’s sort of all blurred together though.

Eh.

2. Do you really think I clubbed you? If so, I apologize. You didn’t kill the thread. I actually wanted to kill the idea that you killed the thread by inflating it, sort of a reductio ad absurdum deal. But — if you aren’t screwing around — if you feel clubbed — I’m sorry.

3. I don’t love any of you people.

. . . flippin’ Island of Misfit Toys up in this place . . .

Axe on January 16, 2014 at 2:18 AM

MG, he is doing it again.

SparkPlug on January 16, 2014 at 2:18 AM

B9 + M9 = G2M – B + G – 16

SparkPlug on January 16, 2014 at 2:20 AM

. . . flippin’ Island of Misfit Toys up in this place . . .

Axe on January 16, 2014 at 2:18 AM

…..indeed, we are…….

williamg on January 16, 2014 at 2:21 AM

opps

+ 16

freakin Magic * Ball.

SparkPlug on January 16, 2014 at 2:21 AM

Magic 8 Ball = M8B = M9 + B9 -10

SparkPlug on January 16, 2014 at 2:24 AM

going2mars on January 16, 2014 at 2:09 AM

Have you seen Gravity?..Pretty Good flick..:)

PS..Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on January 16, 2014 at 2:25 AM

3. I don’t love any of you people.

. . . flippin’ Island of Misfit Toys up in this place . . .

Axe on January 16, 2014 at 2:18 AM

Queens Of The Stone Age – Misfit Love

kcewa on January 16, 2014 at 2:26 AM

Dire Straits on January 16, 2014 at 2:25 AM

evening DS..
sorry didn’t see it….I haven’t been to the movies in over 30 years..
I was 21 when I went to LA to design DOD toys..
Hollywoods always hated me…protesters outside my workplace n all…
so I return the favor..

going2mars on January 16, 2014 at 2:33 AM

flippin’ Island of Misfit Toys up in this place . . .

Axe on January 16, 2014 at 2:18 AM

yes …but…a finer set of Misfit Toys than you’ve ever known..
and that…is why you love us….
I mean look at lil SP in the eyes…that face…his brow…that haircut…
who else but you could love a face like that…
common now…damit it..

going2mars on January 16, 2014 at 2:35 AM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alien_(film)

the last time I was at a first run film…1979

going2mars on January 16, 2014 at 2:44 AM

going2mars on January 16, 2014 at 2:33 AM

I hear you..:)

Dire Straits on January 16, 2014 at 2:44 AM

I dunno. Maybe the mermaid. And b9. Maybe Dire, in a non-pajama-boy sense.

Anyway, maybe a few people — so they’ll go last.

Axe on January 16, 2014 at 2:46 AM

Axe on January 16, 2014 at 2:46 AM

you have a cold black heart my friend…

going2mars on January 16, 2014 at 2:50 AM

and yes I know where that quote came from…
its why I picked it..

going2mars on January 16, 2014 at 2:51 AM

Any word from RWM?

bluegill on January 16, 2014 at 2:56 AM

good morning!

i love how the lsm claims that bridgegate is going to kill christie, but this drip drip drip of benghazi will not hurt hillary at all….she’ll be fine

yeah, they are going to protect her at all costs….
pathetic

cmsinaz on January 16, 2014 at 5:27 AM

Off topic: Went to the doctor yesterday for the first time this year with my ACA compliant insurance. The visit cost 3X what the same visit cost in December, for the same doctor, same procedures. Have to pick up some regular medications later today. Wonder what they will cost this year, compared to last.

Thanks, Mr. Obama!

esr1951 on January 16, 2014 at 5:50 AM

Unless strong evidence of Christie having been directly involve shows up, this scandal will not hurt him, even with such a massive effort by the Propaganda Wing of the Democratic Party (PWDP also known as the MSM).

The purpose of this exercise is not to bring down Christie. It is to distract from Obamacare.

fadetogray on January 16, 2014 at 5:56 AM

mj starts off with the benghazi report….mika is not there thats why….

cmsinaz on January 16, 2014 at 6:02 AM

esr1951 on January 16, 2014 at 5:50 AM

yikes!

cmsinaz on January 16, 2014 at 6:03 AM

The purpose of this exercise is not to bring down Christie. It is to distract from Obamacare.

fadetogray on January 16, 2014 at 5:56 AM

and everything else about this administration…

cmsinaz on January 16, 2014 at 6:04 AM

report contradicts the nyt piece….politico hack defends rice and the talking points…dude, they had 5 days from the attack to her appearances…they KNEW it was a terrorist attack…no fog of war crapola in this instance…

cmsinaz on January 16, 2014 at 6:11 AM

HotAir has veered to the left. For example, Ed, Guy Benson, AllahP and MKH have all expressed support for amnesty at some point now. It’s sad to see. And let’s not even mention Jazz. Only Erika hasn’t, that I’ve seen. Michelle Malkin’s HotAir this isn’t.

This site needs a shakeup. I don’t know if a few old-time bloggers will be put out to pasture, but I would love to see some actual passionate conservative bloggers as replacements if that happens.

bluegill on January 15, 2014 at 7:45 PM

The GOP will betray you

True_King on January 16, 2014 at 6:31 AM

I never thought I would say this….hotair, with the exception of the commenters, has become boring, insipid, and bland, very middle-of-the-road and barely a breath of conservatism—as though the writers are afraid of conservatism. We have Chris Christie AGAIN, and not a word about what transpired in the senate report about Benghazi?

C’mon.

Allah, it may be time for a break for you….or retirement from HotAir. The fascinating stories of the day day seem to elude you lately. I say this not as a rebuke, but as a comment that you need to step away and recharge yourself away from the mire that QOTD seems to have become. QOTD is my favorite part of the political day and it has become stale and tiresomely predictable…a shame. I come for the commenters now, not the stories.

herm2416 on January 16, 2014 at 6:51 AM

Good Morning, Patriots! And, Trolls.

All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.

- Edmund Burke

My take: Obama Declares Himself Big Kahuna… Announces He Will Rule By Royal Diktat

By the way, you guys do realize that the only people who believe that Christie is a viable Presidential Candidate are the Vichy Republicans and Northeastern Moderates/Liberals, don’t you?

kingsjester on January 16, 2014 at 6:56 AM

bluegill on January 15, 2014 at 7:45 PM

This may come as quite a shock to you, but there are plenty of “Conservatives” who think something has to be done about illegal immigrants, including a work-amnesty program. I know that shocks you because you decide what’s “Conservative” and not.

Marcus on January 16, 2014 at 7:07 AM

Excellent take KJ

Imagine if a gop president said this…..

To your last question yepper

cmsinaz on January 16, 2014 at 7:15 AM

QOTD is my favorite part of the political day and it has become stale and tiresomely predictable…a shame. I come for the commenters now, not the stories.

herm2416 on January 16, 2014 at 6:51 AM

I say the same thing about every single article that Jazz writes. Like hell I’d want to watch videos with irrelevant pols like Karl Rove or Scarborough. The comments keep the site relevant.

Myron Falwell on January 16, 2014 at 7:15 AM

HotAir has veered to the left. For example, Ed, Guy Benson, AllahP and MKH have all expressed support for amnesty at some point now. It’s sad to see. And let’s not even mention Jazz. Only Erika hasn’t, that I’ve seen. Michelle Malkin’s HotAir this isn’t.

This site needs a shakeup. I don’t know if a few old-time bloggers will be put out to pasture, but I would love to see some actual passionate conservative bloggers as replacements if that happens.

bluegill on January 15, 2014 at 7:45 PM

Just wait until Twitchy and RedState all fall under the same Townhall banner that LukewarmGas is in.

Myron Falwell on January 16, 2014 at 7:18 AM

cmsinaz on January 16, 2014 at 7:15 AM

Thank you, ma’am!

Y’knopw, seems to me, if you are a NE ModerateSocial Liberal/Full-Blown Liberal who believes themselves smarter than all of us “hicks” in “flyover country” and able to pick the Republican Presidential Candidate for the rest of the nation, what makes your hubris any different than that of Democrats like Obama, who believe themselves to be “the smartest people in the room”?

Just curious.

kingsjester on January 16, 2014 at 7:19 AM

So tired of Christie…

OmahaConservative on January 16, 2014 at 7:36 AM

Indeed KJ

2nd that OC

cmsinaz on January 16, 2014 at 7:43 AM

KJ, although I don’t see all of your morning posts, you are big reason I jump on in the morning! Today’s post was so well written! Coming from Chicago, I could see BO’s modus operandi vis a vis the Comstitution, a long way off.

He disgusts me beyond measure.

His, once covert now overt, plan is to bring down a great nation. He has stocked his Cabinet and his advisory panels with like-minded people. People who just look at citizens and refuse to tell the truth in many instances; or accuse us of being racist, misogynist, or homophobic if we dare call them out on something.

Hence, reading about Christie on QOTD once again……far be it from HA writers to talk about anything remotely relevant these days. Anything that we, as conservatives, can do to stir the pot against tyranny.

herm2416 on January 16, 2014 at 8:06 AM

herm2416 on January 16, 2014 at 8:06 AM

Thank you so very much. Your readership is greatly appreciated!

kingsjester on January 16, 2014 at 8:39 AM

As I predicted. He’ll even end up stronger and more popular than before.

rrpjr on January 16, 2014 at 9:19 AM

Any word from RWM?

bluegill on January 16, 2014 at 2:56 AM

I asked this same question last night (page 1 comments of this post), but the answer, apparently, is no.

I really hope she is OK.

ITguy on January 16, 2014 at 9:57 AM

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