Quotes of the day

posted at 8:01 pm on February 14, 2014 by Allahpundit

Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell will inevitably take a beating from his primary opponent for his vote yesterday for cloture on the debt-ceiling hike. But among many of his Capitol Hill colleagues and peers, he’s seen as a hero.

After the late-afternoon vote, McConnell headed to a meeting with senior adviser Josh Holmes. Then the two went to a National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) fundraiser at its offices on Capitol Hill. They arrived late to a room that — surprising to many, given the terrible weather — was packed with dozens of attendees. Sources say about 50 to 100 people were present and tell NRO that when the minority leader entered, he was greeted with an eruption of cheers, and that many attendees stood to applaud him.

***

Not coincidentally, activist groups allied with Mr. Cruz announced they will use those votes in GOP primaries this year against Messrs. McConnell and Cornyn. Mr. Cruz claims to be neutral in Senate primaries, but he knew exactly what he was doing.

We’re all for holding politicians accountable with votes on substantive issues, but Mr. Cruz knew he couldn’t stop a debt increase the House had already passed. He also had no alternative strategy if the bill had failed, other than to shut down the government again, take public attention away from ObamaCare, and make Republicans even more unpopular.

Democrats beat the odds and retained their Senate majority in 2010 and 2012 in part because they stuck together. If Republicans fail again this November, a big reason will be their rump kamikaze caucus.

***

I remember that Senator Cruz championed legislative tactics that resulted in the shutdown of the federal government last October. He apparently wanted another high-stakes showdown–this time over raising the debt ceiling–that would produce essentially the same result.

I remember the move he helped engineer last fall was a disaster for the GOP and harmful to the conservative cause. I remember that nothing was gained substantively. I remember that the American people, by large margins, hated the shutdown–and that the American people, by large margins, blamed Republicans for it. I remember how, thanks in good part to the shutdown, the GOP received the lowest favorable rating measured for either party since Gallup began asking this question in 1992. And I remember that Senator Cruz’s tactic deflected attention from the awful rollout of healthcare.gov for several weeks, until the shutdown ended…

I remember that Senator Cruz, in the months leading up to the shutdown, accused those who disagreed with his approach of being part of the “surrender caucus.” I remember that he and those he was allied with said that if you didn’t agree with their approach you were a de facto supporter of ObamaCare. And I remember that Senator Cruz did what he did because he cared so much about being praised by populist parts of the Republican base.

I remember it was obvious the tactic Mr. Cruz was pushing was destined to fail, that he went ahead with it anyway, and that now he’d like reporters to talk about things other than his role in the government shutdown.

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[M]any conservatives have of late demonstrated a worrying tendency to believe that the virtue of their grievances and the legitimacy of their pursuits must automatically translate into political victory — and that if these do not, that this is the fault of the leadership of the Republican party. I appreciate that this is difficult for some to hear, but I would venture that the opposite is the case. In my estimation, the only thing of which Mitch McConnell and John Boehner have been guilty in the past few years is to have worked tirelessly within political reality and to have reacted sensitively to the hands that they were dealt. The hysterical epithets and acronyms, the witless talk of the amorphous “Establishment,” and the lucrative fundraising e-mails all to one side, there is little that either man could have done differently while their party controlled just one half of one branch of government…

As during last October’s shutdown, much of the current griping from the right is predicated upon a false dichotomy of precisely the sort that those of a Burkean disposition are supposed to abhor. When a progressive stands up and compares the status quo to his best intentions — or suggests that anybody who disagrees with his preferred tactics must be against his aims, too — conservatives rightly roll their eyes and sigh knowingly. Alas, of late a number of us have fallen into precisely the same trap as tends to ensnare our friends on the Left — comparing difficult reality to promised (often wholly imagined) future victories, and celebrating how brave we are for opposing the way things currently are without outlining a workable means of changing it. There is, I’m afraid, a touch of Occupy Wall Street about much of the Right’s insurgency — an unlovely propensity to believe that if a small group just wishes hard enough for a particular outcome, it will be able to achieve it. The most risible thing I saw during my time in Zuccotti Park was the participants’ perpetually misguided belief that they were representing a silent majority. “The people united shall not be defeated,” they would cry, without doing anything at all to indicate that they were indicative of anything of the sort. I have recently encountered a similar tendency among people with whom I politically agree.

“I’d be willing to risk losing the Senate if we could keep America,” Mitch McConnell’s primary challenger, Matt Bevin, told Glenn Beck this morning. What an astonishingly incoherent and misguided sentence that is. “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” asks the King James Bible. A fair question, yes, but politics is a different game altogether, and, in this case, the alternative isn’t an otherworldly victory or spiritual advancement but simply more loss. The question for Bevin must be “for what shall it profit a man if he shall lose another debt-ceiling fight and lose his party’s shot at the Senate as well?” And the answer is “not at all.” If this is what we are to expect from the revolution — a host of nihilistic, suicidal, performance artists who would rather be outside of the control room screaming than inside and in charge — then give me the cynical calculations of a Mitch McConnell any day of the week.

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Yet there’s not much McCain, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell or other Republicans can do to change Cruz’s behavior

In decades past, leaders could rein in such behavior by threatening to take away coveted committee assignments, withdrawing financial support, or shunning lawmakers. None of those tactics are effective in a political era in which campaign cash flows freely from outside the party machinery and cable outlets offer many ways to grab attention and influence.

In addition, the potential 2016 presidential aspirant who is aligned with the small-government Tea Party movement has demonstrated scant interest in cultivating Senate allies or building legislative coalitions, making him even more impervious to pressure from his colleagues…

For their part, Senate Republicans are “getting used to Senator Cruz’s style of operating, which is to continue to put them in very difficult positions,” said Republican strategist Ron Bonjean, who was an aide to former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott. “He is in it for a variety of reasons, but most likely in it for his future presidential ambitions.”

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[W]hy are people dumping on Ted Cruz for the debt ceiling vote? He didn’t spend weeks saying the GOP would refuse to hike it without any strings attached. That’s what McConnell, Boehner, Ryan and the rest of the “establishment” were saying. Why is Cruz the bad guy for trying to make them live up to their commitment? It seems rather strange to get mad at the guy who pointed out the lie rather than the liars…

I looked back at the debt ceiling hikes during the Bush years (that’s as far back as I had time to check) and there were seven of them totaling $5.85 trillion in increases. Mitch McConnell voted for each and every one of them. Only in 2009 did he begin to vote against hiking the debt ceiling. I find it hard to believe that McConnell suddenly found a principled objection to ever increasing debt. It seems pretty clear his biggest problem with debt is that it’s now political expedient to be against it. Remember, then Senator Obama said hiking the debt ceiling “is a sign of leadership failure”.

***

What’s Cruz’s sin here? That he forced the GOP to be transparent about its position — a position that seems pretty reasonable considering the political realities of the situation. According to Betsy Woodruff’s reporting, most Republicans had no interest in voting for an increase. It’s preposterous to claim, no matter how often the Tea Party does, that moderate GOPers are “no better” than liberals simply because they’re losing on this issue. But if the debt ceiling isn’t a hill worth dying on – and it certainly isn’t – leadership should have explained this explicitly rather than leading on the base. It was only back in January when McConnell told the faithful on national television that some of “the most significant legislation passed in the past 50 years has been in conjunction with the debt limit. I think for the president to ask for a clean debt ceiling when we have a debt this size of our economy is irresponsible.” What McConnell should have added then is: but there’s nothing we can do about it right now. We have to work on winning more seats, and then we can stop this endless cycle of irresponsible spending

McConnell and Boehner don’t lead, they manage. And they’re about to lose the party. All fresh conservative ideas in the Senate are coming from Mike Lee, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio (who’s on thin ice, I know). They, like Ted Cruz, and like Senator Barack Obama before him, understand the appeal of idealism over pragmatism to those out of power. Obama voted against what is the now-sacred debt ceiling hike because he had nothing to lose and everything to gain. If you’re going to surrender, at the very least don’t make it look easy. And don’t try to cover up the terms of surrender.

Tactically speaking, playing defense forever is no long-term strategy. Yes, the establishment works tirelessly within the political realities of the day. Cruz, it seems, is more interested in changing the reality of his situation. Forcing a 60-vote threshold on the debt ceiling wasn’t only about the debt ceiling (which Cruz surely understood would be hiked), and it wasn’t only about his presidential ambitions (which he surely has), but about helping bring a bunch of Matt Bevins into the Senate and solidify his position. It’s difficult to imagine the Senate not getting more conservative.

***

At a Monday conference hosted by Heritage Action, conservatives presented the policy agenda for a center-right Republican Party.

Over nearly eight hours, Sens. Mike Lee, Ted Cruz and Tim Scott, as well as Reps. Phil Roe, Tom Graves, Tom Price, Jim Jordan, Matt Salmon, Raul Labrador and Jeb Hensarling, joined with conservative scholars and leaders to present solutions for college, health care, marriage, energy, privacy, cronyism, education, federalism and, of course, the welfare state.

Republican leadership was conspicuously absent…

“They say they want to focus on Obamacare, then push amnesty,” the strategist continued. “They say they want to tackle spending and debt and then push bills to raise both. It’s been the conservative members, outside groups and grassroots that have shown the only real leadership since Obama was elected.”

***

Many in the GOP believe Cruz is just out for himself. But even if that’s true, they have to remember that he represents more than just Ted Cruz. There are a lot of Republicans — it’s not clear how many, but a significant portion of the party’s base — that cheers Cruz on when he battles with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. They want to see a Republican throw a wrench in the Washington spending machine, even if it creates chaos and damages the GOP’s standing with independent voters. And it is that conviction that is really behind the party’s problems; it is why Republicans would not enjoy smooth sailing even if Cruz were to retire tomorrow…

In the end, the gambit accomplished nothing for Senate Republicans. Some GOP lawmakers who already disliked Cruz now dislike him even more. But the episode did remind the Republican leadership, as if it needs any reminding, that there are conservatives around the country who are deeply frustrated by the GOP and want it to show some fight.

To them, Cruz represents that fight. Maybe they’ve been misled. Maybe they’re living in a fantasy land. But that’s what they believe. Republican leaders have to keep them in mind as November approaches.

***

“If we wait on the entrenched politicians in Washington, hell will freeze over before that happens.”

Via the Right Scoop.


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He turns 90 in June. That might have something to do w/ it.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 14, 2014 at 10:05 PM

You meant to address that to Omaha.

Lanceman on February 14, 2014 at 10:09 PM

predator on February 14, 2014 at 10:08 PM

I’m on the other side of the state–Tampa Bay area.

Newtie and the Beauty on February 14, 2014 at 10:09 PM

Good luck. It’s been awhile since I had to interview for a job.

crankyoldlady on February 14, 2014 at 10:07 PM

Thanks. Me too. I’ve had 2 but they have both been within the company. This interview will be totally “cold” and I imagine with a team of interviewers.

ladyingray on February 14, 2014 at 10:09 PM

I’m sorry, what was the original question?

PUTZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ladyingray on February 14, 2014 at 9:58 PM

You, sir, are a DUMDUM!

Lanceman on February 14, 2014 at 9:59 PM

Mkay..I figured you were “implying” Meredith was a Tranny.

ToddPA on February 14, 2014 at 10:09 PM

Winston says it’s cold outside. Supposed to go down to 7 but it should be the last of the extremes for awhile. Much warmer next week if they’re right.

crankyoldlady on February 14, 2014 at 10:09 PM

ladyingray on February 14, 2014 at 10:01 PM

Prayers ascending for you…

OmahaConservative on February 14, 2014 at 10:09 PM

Prayers ascending for you…

OmahaConservative on February 14, 2014 at 10:09 PM

Thanks

ladyingray on February 14, 2014 at 10:10 PM

Mkay..I figured you were “implying” Meredith was a Tranny.

ToddPA on February 14, 2014 at 10:09 PM

No. She’s just a douchebag. But nowhere near as bad as redgill.

Lanceman on February 14, 2014 at 10:10 PM

Coffee Lovers friend? Welcome!

OmahaConservative on February 14, 2014 at 10:08 PM

I’ll second that “Welcome.” CL is a good’n.

predator on February 14, 2014 at 10:10 PM

SparkPlug on February 14, 2014 at 10:08 PM

OmahaConservative on February 14, 2014 at 10:08 PM

Y’all are so sweet and kind! :-D

Newtie and the Beauty on February 14, 2014 at 10:10 PM

Sources say about 50 to 100 people were present and tell NRO that when the minority leader entered, he was greeted with an eruption of cheers, and that many attendees stood to applaud him.

Sad or sickening? Both?

rrpjr on February 14, 2014 at 10:10 PM

Hi Todd. Had a telephone interview that will hopefully turn into a face to face interview next week.

This economy sucketh!!

ladyingray on February 14, 2014 at 10:01 PM

Good luck!

ToddPA on February 14, 2014 at 10:10 PM

bazil9 on February 14, 2014 at 10:04 PM

How close are you to Hallandale Beach?

predator on February 14, 2014 at 10:08 PM

3 hours or so. It’s down in S Fl. Near Hollywood -on the way to Miami.
Why, you taking a trip?

bazil9 on February 14, 2014 at 10:10 PM

I didn’t see the date. I had thought that Cindy was generally very polite and didn’t get involved in the squabbling, so I was surprised to see that. But, like you point out, it was an old comment, and who knows what was going on in the thread at that time.

Now this time I really am leaving. Bye, everyone!

bluegill on February 14, 2014 at 8:29 PM

You were stinking up the place crapping all over the thread spewing your vicious and venomous unhinged batshit crazy hatred. That is what was going on in that thread at the time…

OmahaConservative on February 14, 2014 at 8:41 PM

Reposting for hagfish on page 4…

OmahaConservative on February 14, 2014 at 10:11 PM

predator on February 14, 2014 at 10:10 PM

Thank you!

Newtie and the Beauty on February 14, 2014 at 10:11 PM

Scrumpy on February 14, 2014 at 10:07 PM

It was nothing compared to what they’re going through, but I do know something of the emotional toll. Don’t worry about being distracted.

INC on February 14, 2014 at 10:11 PM

Where is Oscar? Prolly beta testing a guitar.

SparkPlug on February 14, 2014 at 10:13 PM

Hi Newtie!

Here’s a song for you, since you’re rocking’ tonight.

ELVIS, AND JXL, A LITTLE LESS CONVERSATION

Doc Holliday on February 14, 2014 at 10:13 PM

Where is Oscar? Prolly beta testing a guitar.

SparkPlug on February 14, 2014 at 10:13 PM

Nevermind that! Where are spritely ones, Merms, MGs and Palladini?

Lanceman on February 14, 2014 at 10:13 PM

3 hours or so. It’s down in S Fl. Near Hollywood -on the way to Miami.
Why, you taking a trip?

bazil9 on February 14, 2014 at 10:10 PM

Three things that are still on my bucket list:

Saratoga on Travers day. (Doing that this year, I think.)

Del Mar in San Diego.

Gulfstream Park for the Florida Derby.

I’m hoping to do Gulfstream in the next year or two. So, yes, I may be headed that way before too long.

predator on February 14, 2014 at 10:13 PM

Thank you!

Newtie and the Beauty on February 14, 2014 at 10:11 PM

You’re welcome. Have you ever been to Tampa Bay Downs?

predator on February 14, 2014 at 10:14 PM

ladyingray on February 14, 2014 at 10:01 PM

I hope things work out for you. I’ve been through those panel interviews. They’re kind of like group think. Few seem to have the guts to go out on a limb and actually do a one-to-one interview and be solely responsible for the hiring decision.

INC on February 14, 2014 at 10:14 PM

I’m on the other side of the state–Tampa Bay area.

Newtie and the Beauty on February 14, 2014 at 10:09 PM

I’m in Cocoa Beach- *waves*
Cool..more Fl peeps in da house!

Point&click is from your area.

bazil9 on February 14, 2014 at 10:14 PM

Doc Holliday on February 14, 2014 at 10:13 PM

LOVE IT!! Thank you, Doc!

Newtie and the Beauty on February 14, 2014 at 10:15 PM

Lanceman on February 14, 2014 at 10:13 PM

Palladini is cooking me some fetachini AL Fredo without the boat ride.

SparkPlug on February 14, 2014 at 10:15 PM

This just in:

Former NFL player Darren Sharper charged with rape
in 4 states…..no doubt Nonpartisan will set us straight
that this is no big deal…

ToddPA on February 14, 2014 at 10:15 PM

This just in:

Former NFL player Darren Sharper charged with rape
in 4 states…..no doubt Nonpartisan will set us straight
that this is no big deal…

ToddPA on February 14, 2014 at 10:15 PM

Wow…

OmahaConservative on February 14, 2014 at 10:15 PM

Coffee Lovers friend? Welcome!

OmahaConservative on February 14, 2014 at 10:08 PM

I’ll second that “Welcome.” CL is a good’n.

predator on February 14, 2014 at 10:10 PM

And she likes coffee.

crankyoldlady on February 14, 2014 at 10:15 PM

bazil9 on February 14, 2014 at 10:14 PM

Coolness! We Floridians have to stick together–and cut back on the bragging about our Most Bodacious Weather (considering ;-) )

Newtie and the Beauty on February 14, 2014 at 10:16 PM

I’m hoping to do Gulfstream in the next year or two. So, yes, I may be headed that way before too long.

predator on February 14, 2014 at 10:13 PM

Will you drive down or fly?

bazil9 on February 14, 2014 at 10:16 PM

Palladini is cooking me some fetachini AL Fredo without the boat ride.

SparkPlug on February 14, 2014 at 10:15 PM

And I saw merm in the beginning and the spritely one is in and out.

Lanceman on February 14, 2014 at 10:17 PM

But among many of his Capitol Hill colleagues and peers, he’s seen as a hero.

Great; let his Capitol Hill cronies and peers (especially liberal democrats, which seem to be his true peers) vote for him. I hope and pray that his actual constituents, the ones whose future he destroying with his runaway spending, vote for his opponent.

RoadRunner on February 14, 2014 at 10:17 PM

crankyoldlady on February 14, 2014 at 10:15 PM

We have that in common ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on February 14, 2014 at 10:17 PM

Will you drive down or fly?

bazil9 on February 14, 2014 at 10:16 PM

Not sure yet. If I have enough time off, I may drive it. I love to drive. If not, I’ll probably fly into Lauderdale.

predator on February 14, 2014 at 10:18 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on February 14, 2014 at 10:16 PM

Ha-Ha!

bazil9 on February 14, 2014 at 10:18 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on February 14, 2014 at 10:12 PM

Two of the Runaways, I think I’m gonna’ like you. And I usually don’t like anybody.

cozmo on February 14, 2014 at 10:18 PM

INC on February 14, 2014 at 10:14 PM

I have a feeling this is a “team” and if that is the case, it wouldn’t surprise me if it was a group interview. However, at my previous employment (and another interview I didn’t get the position), I interviewed with multiple people (4 at least), but one at a time.

ladyingray on February 14, 2014 at 10:19 PM

predator on February 14, 2014 at 10:18 PM

Stay at the Hard Rock if you can..freakin awesome!
Wish I was closer-be totally cool to meet you.

bazil9 on February 14, 2014 at 10:19 PM

Let’s take a vote.

A.) Lanceman is a piker
B.) Lanceman is a slacker
C.) Lanceman is a hoser.
D.) Lanceman loves trolls.

SparkPlug on February 14, 2014 at 9:55 PM

E.) Lanceman rocks

307wolverine on February 14, 2014 at 10:20 PM

Scorpions – Rock You Like a Hurricane

Newtie and the Beauty on February 14, 2014 at 10:18 PM

Its settled..your my fave newbie!
=]

bazil9 on February 14, 2014 at 10:21 PM

cozmo on February 14, 2014 at 10:18 PM

I would consider that an honour, Cozmo. I’m humbled.

Newtie and the Beauty on February 14, 2014 at 10:21 PM

E.) Lanceman rocks

307wolverine on February 14, 2014 at 10:20 PM

BRAYAM!

A little Emeril lingo for you there.

Lanceman on February 14, 2014 at 10:21 PM

Stay at the Hard Rock if you can..freakin awesome!
Wish I was closer-be totally cool to meet you.

bazil9 on February 14, 2014 at 10:19 PM

You will. Even if I fly, I’ll rent a car and find ya. ;)

predator on February 14, 2014 at 10:21 PM

Nice tribute to Bush 41. Britt beats the insufferable Hannity any ol’ day…

OmahaConservative on February 14, 2014 at 10:21 PM

bazil9 on February 14, 2014 at 10:19 PM

Thank you! :-D

Newtie and the Beauty on February 14, 2014 at 10:22 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on February 14, 2014 at 10:16 PM

Cozmo is the one without pants. Ken has a thong and a Ralf Macchio head Band. He wants to be the Chippendale karate kid.

SparkPlug on February 14, 2014 at 10:22 PM

reposting for hagfish on page 4… OmahaConservative on February 14, 2014 at 10:11pm

I like this new feature. The beauty of it is it’s a guaranteed repeatable exercise off page 1, every damned night.

wolly4321 on February 14, 2014 at 10:22 PM

E.) Lanceman rocks

307wolverine on February 14, 2014 at 10:20 PM

Twerpy won’t like that. Prepare to receive a nerve pinch from her.

SparkPlug on February 14, 2014 at 10:23 PM

reposting for hagfish on page 4… OmahaConservative on February 14, 2014 at 10:11pm

I like this new feature. The beauty of it is it’s a guaranteed repeatable exercise off page 1, every damned night.

wolly4321 on February 14, 2014 at 10:22 PM

I wouldn’t continue that. It could piss off Allah and you’ll get a nastygram.

Lanceman on February 14, 2014 at 10:23 PM

E.) Lanceman has rocks in his head!

307wolverine on February 14, 2014 at 10:20 PM

FIFY

ladyingray on February 14, 2014 at 10:23 PM

bazil9 on February 14, 2014 at 10:21 PM

Oh great, give her a big head whydoncha’.

cozmo on February 14, 2014 at 10:24 PM

Scorpions – Rock You Like a Hurricane

Newtie and the Beauty on February 14, 2014 at 10:18 PM

Excellent!
But do you remember this…
Cinderella, Gypsy Road

Doc Holliday on February 14, 2014 at 10:24 PM

Where the hell is my girl Pickles?

She must have a date.

Lanceman on February 14, 2014 at 10:24 PM

kcewa

top row, 2nd one

from me to you

31giddyup on February 14, 2014 at 10:25 PM

I like this new feature. The beauty of it is it’s a guaranteed repeatable exercise off page 1, every damned night.

wolly4321 on February 14, 2014 at 10:22 PM

Lolz! i could do it every night on QOTD. Dunno how hagfish will take it though…

OmahaConservative on February 14, 2014 at 10:25 PM

I am heading out good peeps…

God Bless, and keep the noise down eh? ;D

See you all on the flip side…

* swoosh *

Scrumpy on February 14, 2014 at 10:25 PM

B9 looks like Belinda Carlisle. If B9 had a toe fungus it would look like Belinda Carlisles toe fungus.

SparkPlug on February 14, 2014 at 10:26 PM

sentinelrules on February 14, 2014 at 10:23 PM

That is excellent news. Wither on the vine, UAW.

predator on February 14, 2014 at 10:26 PM

I wouldn’t continue that. It could piss off Allah and you’ll get a nastygram.

Lanceman on February 14, 2014 at 10:23 PM

been there, done that…

OmahaConservative on February 14, 2014 at 10:26 PM

VW workers at Tennessee plant reject union (UAW)

Workers at a Volkswagen factory in Tennessee have rejected the United Auto Workers union. The 712 to 626 vote is a devastating blow to the union and its efforts to organize other Southern plants run by foreign automakers.

sentinelrules on February 14, 2014 at 10:23 PM

Great news! We have a lot of those producers here in Alabama. Go away, UAW. We don’t want to be the next Detroit.

Doc Holliday on February 14, 2014 at 10:26 PM

predator on February 14, 2014 at 10:21 PM

That would be awesome Pred!

bazil9 on February 14, 2014 at 10:26 PM

VW workers at Tennessee plant reject union (UAW)

Workers at a Volkswagen factory in Tennessee have rejected the United Auto Workers union. The 712 to 626 vote is a devastating blow to the union and its efforts to organize other Southern plants run by foreign automakers.

sentinelrules on February 14, 2014 at 10:23 PM

WOOT!!!!!!

ladyingray on February 14, 2014 at 10:26 PM

VW workers at Tennessee plant reject union (UAW)

Workers at a Volkswagen factory in Tennessee have rejected the United Auto Workers union. The 712 to 626 vote is a devastating blow to the union and its efforts to organize other Southern plants run by foreign automakers.

sentinelrules on February 14, 2014 at 10:23 PM

Good for them, and I say this as a dues paying UAW member. lol

Murphy9 on February 14, 2014 at 10:26 PM

Except she has nicer hooters.

SparkPlug on February 14, 2014 at 10:26 PM

SparkPlug on February 14, 2014 at 10:22 PM

Sounds like some neighbors I used to have… [insert suspicious look here]

Newtie and the Beauty on February 14, 2014 at 10:27 PM

B9s are nicer.

SparkPlug on February 14, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Are you a little green alien.

RickB on February 14, 2014 at 10:02 PM

Hey, I resemble that remark!

Alien on February 14, 2014 at 10:27 PM

sentinelrules on February 14, 2014 at 10:23 PM

Freaking awesome…

OmahaConservative on February 14, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Doc Holliday on February 14, 2014 at 10:24 PM

YES! And your link is now my bookmark :P

Newtie and the Beauty on February 14, 2014 at 10:28 PM

Lanceman on February 14, 2014 at 10:23 PM

I dunno’, I see it as similar to waving a cross at a vampire. Or putting a puppies nose in her mistakes.

It might keep hagfish from stinking the place up further.

cozmo on February 14, 2014 at 10:28 PM

Scrumpy on February 14, 2014 at 10:25 PM

Niters and sleep well, Scrumpy!

Newtie and the Beauty on February 14, 2014 at 10:28 PM

ladyingray on February 14, 2014 at 10:19 PM

I’m glad you’ve had some experience with it. The only advice I can give is that the person you’d work under is not necessarily the one who would swing the interview your way. Watch out for the one who seems to have a sour attitude and try to sweeten that one up. These group interviews frequently seem to be sort of everyone wants to see if they “like” you rather than if you’re qualified.

INC on February 14, 2014 at 10:29 PM

One of the ultimate southern rock songs…

Blackfoot, Train Train.

Enjoy! Be back after while…

Doc Holliday on February 14, 2014 at 10:29 PM

It might keep hagfish from stinking the place up further.

cozmo on February 14, 2014 at 10:28 PM

BWAHAHAHAHAHAAA!!!!!!!

If the cops couldn’t get rid of it, what chance do we have???

Lanceman on February 14, 2014 at 10:29 PM

sentinelrules on February 14, 2014 at 10:23 PM

Get outta my state union thugs!

ladyingray on February 14, 2014 at 10:29 PM

Are you a little green alien.

RickB on February 14, 2014 at 10:02 PM

Hey, I resemble that remark!

Alien on February 14, 2014 at 10:27 PM

SHHHHH! You’re gonna blow your cover…

Doc Holliday on February 14, 2014 at 10:30 PM

Twerpy won’t like that. Prepare to receive a nerve pinch from her.

SparkPlug on February 14, 2014 at 10:23 PM

I have no idea what a nerve pinch is, but you’re not making it sound appealing.

307wolverine on February 14, 2014 at 10:30 PM

Doc Holliday on February 14, 2014 at 10:29 PM

Great tune!

Catch you on the flip side, Doc!

Newtie and the Beauty on February 14, 2014 at 10:31 PM

Liberals will spin UAW defeat as red state idiots who don’t know what’s good for them.

Mark1971 on February 14, 2014 at 10:31 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on February 14, 2014 at 10:28 PM

Hey, Newtie! I neglected to respond to your mention of Ringgold. You brought back a flood of memories of Thanskgiving dinners of years past, when the family would gather at a relative’s farm in Washington. ((shudder)) One T-day it snowed like you-know-what and the 2 1/2 hour drive home took six.

Alien on February 14, 2014 at 10:31 PM

Where the hell is my girl Pickles? She must have a date. Lanceman on February 14, 2014 at 10:24 PM

I wouldn’t do that. AP is watching.

(who we kidding? They’re all alseep)

wolly4321 on February 14, 2014 at 10:32 PM

Liberals will spin UAW defeat as red state idiots who don’t know what’s good for them.

Mark1971 on February 14, 2014 at 10:31 PM

Liberalism: ideas so good, they’re mandatory.

307wolverine on February 14, 2014 at 10:33 PM

Thought y’all would enjoy this:

Awesome Toy Gun TV Commercial From The 1960s (WARNING – Politically Incorrect)

Rare early 60s tv commercial for Mattel’s Tommy Burst submachine gun detective set. Load in some fresh caps, pull the bolt back, and it made a God-awful noise as it produced a small cloud of smoke around the barrel tip. It was fantastic!! Guaranteed to take your friends & relatives down, one at a time.

I’m surprised it’s still up on YouTube.

INC on February 14, 2014 at 10:33 PM

Alien on February 14, 2014 at 10:31 PM

No problem, Alien–this thread moves FAST!!

Heard tonight the 27th state was the only one without the white stuff :o

Newtie and the Beauty on February 14, 2014 at 10:34 PM

Mountain – Mississippi Queen

Newtie and the Beauty on February 14, 2014 at 10:24 PM

Best one you’ve linked since you came here.

That song was actually on the soundtrack in a movie
titled “Vanishing Point” from 1971.

cheers to the late, great Felix Pappalardi.

ToddPA on February 14, 2014 at 10:34 PM

Going out for a smoke. Keep the homefires burnin’

OmahaConservative on February 14, 2014 at 10:34 PM

Who is this fool who keeps saying “I remember” at the start of each blah, blah, blah and does he/she think it gives his/her spin more weight? Who does he/she think is going to fall for that old “I remember” trick?

VorDaj on February 14, 2014 at 10:35 PM

have no idea what a nerve pinch is, but you’re not making it sound appealing. 307wolverine on February 14, 2014 at 10:30 PM

It feels like a bad case of herpes.

(going for two)

wolly4321 on February 14, 2014 at 10:35 PM

Are you a little green alien.

RickB on February 14, 2014 at 10:02 PM

Hey, I resemble that remark!

Alien on February 14, 2014 at 10:27 PM

SHHHHH! You’re gonna blow your cover…

Doc Holliday on February 14, 2014 at 10:30 PM

It’s okay. I only get that way when I’ve had a little too drink too much. (urp)

Alien on February 14, 2014 at 10:36 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on February 14, 2014 at 10:32 PM

That is a great song. Too bad she’s not done anything else I liked.

I like this one, too.

predator on February 14, 2014 at 10:36 PM

One of the ultimate southern rock songs…

Blackfoot, Train Train.

Enjoy! Be back after while…

Doc Holliday on February 14, 2014 at 10:29 PM

Another great song.

ToddPA on February 14, 2014 at 10:37 PM

Ratt – Round and Round

Newtie and the Beauty on February 14, 2014 at 10:36 PM

Yep, you’re a keeper! =]
(gettin spoiled tonight)

bazil9 on February 14, 2014 at 10:37 PM

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