Quotes of the day

posted at 8:01 pm on February 16, 2014 by Allahpundit

Conservatives in Iowa and New Hampshire are preparing a hero’s welcome for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) after he showed up Senate Republican leaders during a crucial vote on the debt limit…

“A tickertape parade,” said Steve Deace, a conservative radio host based in Iowa when asked what kind of reception Cruz will receive from activists next month…

Chip Saltsman, a Republican strategist who managed Huckabee’s 2008 presidential campaign, predicted Cruz would have a difficult challenge trying to explain his procedural moves in the Senate to voters in Iowa and New Hampshire.

“At the end of the day Ted Cruz made McConnell have a 60-vote limit and the debt ceiling still passed. It’s not like he stopped the debt limit from being passed,” he said.

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Watching the chaos from the side of the chamber was the man who caused it: Cruz, his hands in his pants pockets and a satisfied grin on his face. The Texas Republican strolled to the clerk’s table to check on the vote count and was met with a look of disgust from Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.). And the feeling was widespread: Moments after Cruz walked into the Republican cloakroom, four senators emerged from it and changed their votes to “aye.”…

His actions suggest Cruz has put himself before his party and even the nation’s solvency. And in this sense his actions are typical of the 2016 GOP presidential field. Cruz, Sen. Marco Rubio and Sen. Rand Paul are mucking up the gears of government in ways that will earn them favorable attention in the primaries…

To nobody’s surprise, Paul and Rubio sided with Cruz in Wednesday’s debt-ceiling filibuster. Had they prevailed, and had 12 of their GOP colleagues not been more responsible, the likely default would have added far more to the national debt than the legislation did. It also would have caused markets to crash, the economy to swoon and American standing to decline.

But for Messrs. Paul, Rubio and Cruz, those aren’t the top considerations.

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“We were confronted with a clean debt ceiling in the Senate or default. I believe I have to act in the best interests of the country, and every time we’ve been confronted with a potential crisis, the guy you’re looking at is the one who stepped up to solve the problem,” McConnell told reporters, according to Associated Press video.

McConnell then explained his leading roles in evading the fiscal cliff two years ago and his work with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to reopen the government and avert default last October.

“It was clear that we needed to produce enough procedural votes to get to a debt ceiling vote in order to avoid a default. My job is to protect the country when I can, and to step up and lead on those occasions when it’s required. That’s what I did,” said McConnell, who faces both primary and general election opponents in a tough path toward reelection.

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DeMint argued Cruz was merely holding to normal procedure: ”The normal rule is you take 60 votes to move to a final vote, [which] they call cloture. I think that several members, including Ted Cruz, were simply asking, ‘Let’s keep the normal rules here.’ And that didn’t suit some folks.”

“The reason there’s a 60-vote rule in the Senate, and the reason Republican leadership fought so hard to keep it for nominations, is it requires some bipartisan working-together to pass something,” DeMint said. “The debt limit and just giving the president a blank check is an important vote, and to say we’re going to waive the rules to make it easier — if Ted Cruz hadn’t required standard procedure, there are several others [Republican senators] who would.”

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Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn are cowards. They were in a conundrum. Their constituents did not want the debt ceiling raised. But McConnell and Cornyn wanted the debt ceiling raised. So they shut down Ted Cruz’s filibuster knowing the Democrats would raise the debt ceiling without their votes. They, like their House counterparts, enabled this to happen.

In all their moral preening about what’s good for the country and economy, they were too chicken to actually vote their conscience — they were too chicken to do what they thought was right.

And that is why people hate Washington. Here are two of the most senior Republicans in the Senate who both believed the right thing to do was raise the debt ceiling, but were too chicken to actually cast that vote themselves. Insteaad, they arranged the deck chairs on the Titanic so the Democrats could do it without them. They threw Ted Cruz under the bus only to vote the same why he did on final passage…

We need boldness. We need principled leaders. We have too many moral cowards in Washington.

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Sen. Ted Cruz didn’t want to let McConnell and the rest of the Senate GOP Conference get away with this approach. Cruz and allies say this maneuver is all about misleading the conservative base. If Republicans really oppose a suspension of the debt limit, then they should use the filibuster to block it. Republicans who are fine with such a suspension, Cruz reasons, ought to vote for it…

But Vote No; Hope Yes has featured prominently in Tea Party tactics. These days, you’ll hear Cruz and Mike Lee, along with Heritage Action and the Club For Growth, praising and defending automatic budget cuts known as sequestration. But when sequestration passed, the Tea Party warriors voted against it as a sellout compared to their balanced-budget plan. Lee, Jim DeMint, Marco Rubio, Pat Toomey, and Rand Paul all voted no on sequestration. But they were all glad it became law…

Democrats played this game last decade — railing against debt-limit hikes (think Senator Obama) and holding votes to defund the Iraq war — while happily letting the GOP win in the end. The result: a pacified Democratic base, and Democratic victories in 2006 and 2008.

McConnell would like to repeat that play. Cruz won’t let him.

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Reagan also said that many of Cruz’s colleagues are facing difficult reelection bids in 2014 and that Cruz appears to have no concern about alienating them.

“He seems to want to run for president, but has it occurred to him that he might enjoy the help of his Senate colleagues?” Reagan said.

Reagan also agreed with a panelist who suggested the GOP is headed towards a civil war and added that Ted Cruz is at the center of creating the tension.

“Ted Cruz apparently thinks that somebody has got to rise out of the smoking ruins that is the Republican Party… and apparently he feels that somebody can be him. He first has to create the smoking ruins, of course, and he’s doing a pretty good job of that,” Reagan said.

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As was the case in last fall’s CR/shutdown battle, this week Senator Cruz did not have a legislative strategy with an endgame. He neither presented an alternative strategy to his colleagues nor pursued one as a lone wolf on the Senate floor. In both cases he simply made a single aggressive tactical legislative move that didn’t point toward an alternative outcome, then accused his colleagues of being cowardly, unprincipled, and deceptive for not following his lead into a blind canyon.

Some will say, “At least Senator Cruz was willing to fight!” Unfortunately, this argument always stops there, and never explains how a willingness to fight without a strategy translates into a policy win. Legislative conflict is not a schoolyard tussle in which the bigger or tougher guy usually wins. It’s not a Hollywood movie in which the hero triumphs simply because he is virtuous. Legislative conflict is more like chess in that the battle is waged according to strict rules. Those who favor bigger government know how to play chess and some of them are quite good at it. Many of those who favor smaller government now seek praise for tipping over the board or eating the pieces. While momentary rebellion is flashy and can feel good for a moment, it’s not a strategy to win, not how you change policy. And the goal is to change policy for the better, not just to build a bigger mailing list, right?…

But having the right policy goal isn’t enough to succeed, to change policy. You also need a legislative strategy with an endgame and some chance of success. As best I can tell Senator Cruz didn’t have one last fall and he didn’t have one earlier this week. His tactical legislative moves, then and now, need to be considered in that context. The same is true for his public comments surrounding those legislative moves. His objection this week served only to expose that Republicans were boxed in, forced to choose between facilitating passage of a bill they didn’t like and an even worse policy outcome. And they were boxed in because they could not build sufficient support for a unified legislative strategy that had a chance of success.

I hope that in the future Senator Cruz can use his intellect, political savvy, and external base of support to produce effective strategies that produce the good policy results we both support, instead of using his prodigious skills and resources only to assign blame for the bad outcomes.

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Via NRO.

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Watch the birdy, Lance.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 16, 2014 at 8:50 PM

Hill ARE We! Yes we can! Hope And Change! Hill ARE We!

Lanceman on February 16, 2014 at 8:52 PM

What nation is that? Zimbabwe?

Lanceman on February 16, 2014 at 8:46 PM

Uh. The Africa fixation.

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 8:53 PM

Dayum, Lanceman but you’re fast.

davidk on February 16, 2014 at 8:53 PM

libfreesMom on February 16, 2014 at 8:41 PM

Oh snap!

Flora Duh on February 16, 2014 at 8:50 PM

Yeah, that one needs to be replayed EVERY time the hagfish starts her crap.

cozmo on February 16, 2014 at 8:53 PM

csdeven? getalife? lib4life?

libfreesMom on February 16, 2014 at 8:50 PM

cdseven. You got it.

Lanceman on February 16, 2014 at 8:53 PM

DBrayam, Lanceman but you’re fast.

davidk on February 16, 2014 at 8:53 PM

FIFM

Lanceman on February 16, 2014 at 8:54 PM

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 8:53 PM

Well, historically speaking, we are all Africans.

Or, are you ignorant of that?

cozmo on February 16, 2014 at 8:55 PM

It isn’t important if the nation respects Cruz-because the nation didn’t send Cruz to Congress.
Texans did-and WE respect him- because he’s doing what we voted him in to do!!

annoyinglittletwerp on February 16, 2014 at 8:47 PM

And this here is a perfect example of why the GOP is a regional, Southern party. Just wait till we pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Texas will turn blue and you’ll like it!

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Well, historically speaking, we are all Africans.

Or, are you ignorant of that?

cozmo on February 16, 2014 at 8:55 PM

rolling my eyes

And we all have a relative from the Mayflower.

My point clearly zipped right over your head.

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 8:56 PM

Screwy! Answer comes before the post!!

My ‘ead is spinnin’

Scrumpy on February 16, 2014 at 8:45 PM

I noticed that.

I blame global warming.

MichaelGabriel on February 16, 2014 at 8:56 PM

csdeven? getalife? lib4life?

libfreesMom on February 16, 2014 at 8:50 PM

getalife

OmahaConservative on February 16, 2014 at 8:56 PM

Yeah, Antwerp! You just wait until they turn Texas blue! You’ll be begging to get back inta Chicago!

Lanceman on February 16, 2014 at 8:56 PM

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Bless your heart. You mainline that Koolaide.

cozmo on February 16, 2014 at 8:57 PM

Just the headline photo of the two is striking.

Cruz: Straight on, legs and feet firmly on the ground and arms in full offense mode.

McConnell: sissy pose. Legs crossed, arms crossed tucked in crouch. Coward mode.

katy on February 16, 2014 at 8:57 PM

And we all have a relative from the Mayflower.

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 8:56 PM

We do?

Lanceman on February 16, 2014 at 8:57 PM

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 8:53 PM

Well, historically speaking, we are all Africans.

Or, are you ignorant of that?

cozmo on February 16, 2014 at 8:55 PM

…no easy… trick questions tonight!…it’s a lib!

KOOLAID2 on February 16, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Where are the rest of the usual bunch of rude buffoons?

OmahaConservative on February 16, 2014 at 8:24 PM

You rang?

Be back later–still at work….

Doc Holliday on February 16, 2014 at 8:58 PM

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 8:56 PM

Nah, we all ain’t racist like you.

cozmo on February 16, 2014 at 8:58 PM

cdseven. You got it.

Lanceman on February 16, 2014 at 8:53 PM

Oh man. The list of old time trolls is long in the Hotair Hall of Shame. But csdeven has a wall all to itself.

Abdicate! LOL.

libfreesMom on February 16, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Lanceman on February 16, 2014 at 8:56 PM

If that happens-I’m movin’ to Israel!

annoyinglittletwerp on February 16, 2014 at 8:59 PM

Doc Holliday on February 16, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Whassup, Doc?

OmahaConservative on February 16, 2014 at 8:59 PM

Hill ARE We!
Yes we can!
Hope and change!
Hill ARE We!

Lanceman on February 16, 2014 at 8:59 PM

OmahaConservative on February 16, 2014 at 8:59 PM

Patients,patients, everywhere…one to go…

Doc Holliday on February 16, 2014 at 9:00 PM

OK shut up now, trolls.

Walking Dead is on.

Lanceman on February 16, 2014 at 9:01 PM

Peggy Noonan is a useless phony.

bluegill on February 16, 2014 at 8:06 PM

Actually, you’re overrating her. But, if so-called conservatives like Noonan, Will, etc. didn’t play the liberals’ game, they wouldn’t be invited back. Bring a “faux conservative” is a well-paying cottage industry.

bw222 on February 16, 2014 at 9:01 PM

davidk on February 16, 2014 at 9:01 PM

Ooops.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 16, 2014 at 9:03 PM

What a loon John Kerry is. A dangerous loon. Proud skeptic and flat earther here!

And Kerry on Sunday framed increasingly volatile weather as an issue of national security.

“In a sense, climate change can now be considered the world’s largest weapon of mass destruction,” he insisted, “perhaps even, the world’s most fearsome weapon of mass destruction.”

http://washingtonexaminer.com/john-kerry-calls-climate-change-deniers-members-of-flat-earth-society/article/2544106.

sadsushi on February 16, 2014 at 9:03 PM

Lanceman on February 16, 2014 at 8:56 PM

If that happens-I’m movin’ to Israel!

annoyinglittletwerp on February 16, 2014 at 8:59 PM

I’m going to go coyote and smuggle Americans into Mexico.

davidk on February 16, 2014 at 9:03 PM

This bites: http://news.yahoo.com/snake-handling-ky-pastor-dies-snake-bite-224035822.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

davidk on February 16, 2014 at 9:01 PM

Third times the charm.

RickB on February 16, 2014 at 9:04 PM

Murphy9 on February 16, 2014 at 9:03 PM

Since that little guy is obviously a rescue of some kind…I wanna HUG him!

annoyinglittletwerp on February 16, 2014 at 9:04 PM

This bites: http://news.yahoo.com/snake-handling-ky-pastor-dies-snake-bite-224035822.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

davidk on February 16, 2014 at 9:01 PM

Strange fire.

Murphy9 on February 16, 2014 at 9:04 PM

Reagan also agreed with a panelist who suggested the GOP is headed towards a civil war and added that Ted Cruz is at the center of creating the tension.

This is effin’ rich.

BabyGrace on February 16, 2014 at 9:04 PM

Nah, we all ain’t racist like you.

cozmo on February 16, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Projection is a nasty thing.

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:06 PM

http://tinyurl.com/l8du6q4

davidk on February 16, 2014 at 9:06 PM

You’ll be begging to get back inta Chicago!

Lanceman on February 16, 2014 at 8:56 PM

Obviously you have not been to Chicago in the past 25 years. Many parts of the city and some suburbs are more Hispanic than Tijuana.

bw222 on February 16, 2014 at 9:07 PM

davidk on February 16, 2014 at 9:06 PM

EEK!!

You owe me a new display screen… :o

Newtie and the Beauty on February 16, 2014 at 9:07 PM

Obviously you have not been to Chicago in the past 25 years. Many parts of the city and some suburbs are more Hispanic than Tijuana.

bw222 on February 16, 2014 at 9:07 PM

Last time I was in Chicago, Halley’s comet was high in the sky.

Lanceman on February 16, 2014 at 9:08 PM

Projection is a nasty thing.

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:06 PM

Then why have you done that non-stop while you’ve been here?

Though, I AM a proud racist.
.
.
.
The human race, that is.

cozmo on February 16, 2014 at 9:08 PM

Strange fire.

Murphy9 on February 16, 2014 at 9:04 PM

Exactly.

(I bet a half-dozen, or no more than six, people here understands that.)

davidk on February 16, 2014 at 9:08 PM

I should soften my tone. I guess I’m channeling too much Frank Underwood.

When we finally legalize the hard working immigrants from other countries that desperately want to live here to make a better life for their family, those of you that work in low-skill jobs can quit (let’s face it, you aren’t making much anyway).

Then you can get on a subsidy program. Relax. Take better care of yourself. Help your kids with their school work so they can get higher skilled jobs later in life.

This is why you want states like Texas to turn blue.

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:09 PM

Craigslist killer Miranda Barbour: ‘I’ve killed 22 more as part of Satanic cult’

Miranda Barbour, 19, of Pennsylvania said she killed at least 22 others across the US as part of her involvement in a Satanic cult.

Speaking to Pennsylvania’s Daily Item newspaper from jail, Barbour said: “When I hit 22, I stopped counting,” adding that she was coming clean now as she wanted to be honest.

Murphy9 on February 16, 2014 at 9:09 PM

Obviously you have not been to Chicago in the past 25 years. Many parts of the city and some suburbs are more Hispanic than Tijuana.

bw222 on February 16, 2014 at 9:07 PM

This isn’t really surprising given how culturally rich Chicago is.

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:10 PM

cozmo on February 16, 2014 at 9:08 PM

Well, I should apologize if I strong armed you all.

Sometimes I just get caught up in the debate.

See my post above about the benefits of embracing the Democratic Party.

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:10 PM

This is why you want states like Texas to turn blue.

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:09 PM

Yes, I’m sure, that’s, u, it. Yes. Quite. We want Texas to be more like California. Yeah.

Might wanna save that one for your wife, Morgan Fairchild.

Lanceman on February 16, 2014 at 9:10 PM

Nah, we all ain’t racist like you.

cozmo on February 16, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Projection is a nasty thing.

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:06 PM

Your inability to “project” explains why your girlfriend is inflatable.

viking01 on February 16, 2014 at 9:10 PM

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:09 PM

It’s called being a leech sweetheart. The country is already 47% leech. The rest of us cannot afford to support any more.

See Venezuela.

cozmo on February 16, 2014 at 9:11 PM

This isn’t really surprising given how culturally rich Chicago is.

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:10 PM

Heh. Yeah. Detroit is full of ‘culture’ too.

Lanceman on February 16, 2014 at 9:11 PM

Murphy9 on February 16, 2014 at 9:09 PM

OMG! 19 and a serial killer and a female…

Must read now :)

Scrumpy on February 16, 2014 at 9:11 PM

Sorry you got pasted in that cozmo… the great pants-less one!

viking01 on February 16, 2014 at 9:12 PM

Yes, I’m sure, that’s, u, it. Yes. Quite. We want Texas to be more like California. Yeah.

Might wanna save that one for your wife, Morgan Fairchild.

Lanceman on February 16, 2014 at 9:10 PM

OK. Try this. Republicans always get excited about the economy. California has a bigger GDP than Texas.

Something to sleep on.

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:12 PM

Well, I should apologize if I strong armed you all.

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:10 PM

No need. You ain’t smart enough to strong arm folks here.

But, bless your heart, you do provide us with some comic relief.

cozmo on February 16, 2014 at 9:13 PM

Janet “Barbecue” Reno still has Miranda Barbour beat by a mile.

viking01 on February 16, 2014 at 9:13 PM

Your inability to “project” explains why your girlfriend is inflatable.

viking01 on February 16, 2014 at 9:10 PM

I don’t need dolls for lovers ;)

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:14 PM

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:10 PM

I lived in Chicago until 2011.
It would be more accurately described as a big- government, low-freedom ghetto.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 16, 2014 at 9:14 PM

OK. Try this. Republicans always get excited about the economy. California has a bigger GDP than Texas.

Something to sleep on.

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:12 PM

You know what you need to do now? Find a link to Jerry Brown’s ‘budget’ and show how CA is in the black for the next fifty years.

Lanceman on February 16, 2014 at 9:15 PM

Janet “Barbecue” Reno still has Miranda Barbour beat by a mile.

viking01 on February 16, 2014 at 9:13 PM

I just ended an x-files marathon. Skinner’s office had a picture of Clinton and Reno on the wall.

Murphy9 on February 16, 2014 at 9:16 PM

It’s called being a leech sweetheart. The country is already 47% leech. The rest of us cannot afford to support any more.

See Venezuela.

cozmo on February 16, 2014 at 9:11 PM

You might call it a leech. I call it a correction. Too many people didn’t pick careers that were of value. Nothing is going to get them back on their feet (really back on their feet).

We could try to re-skill them. But many are too old. It’s probably more cost effective to just have them “leech” a few years until retirement age.

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:16 PM

See my post above about the benefits of embracing the Democratic Party.

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:10 PM

That would be the very definition of “Embracing the suck.”

307wolverine on February 16, 2014 at 9:16 PM

Something to sleep on.

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:12 PM

Considering the resources and population California has, it should be more.

cozmo on February 16, 2014 at 9:17 PM

I lived in Chicago until 2011.
It would be more accurately described as a big- government, low-freedom ghetto.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 16, 2014 at 9:14 PM

For the oppressed, I’m sure it felt that way.

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:17 PM

I just ended an x-files marathon. Skinner’s office had a picture of Clinton and Reno on the wall.

Murphy9 on February 16, 2014 at 9:16 PM

They’re still “out there.”

viking01 on February 16, 2014 at 9:17 PM

Considering the resources and population California has, it should be more.

cozmo on February 16, 2014 at 9:17 PM

Oh. Stop moving the goal posts.

Everyone complains about the “blue states.” Without California, New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts; Texas would be in the dark ages.

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:18 PM

You might call it a leech. I call it a correction.

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:16 PM

The dictionary calls that socialism.

Thanks for showing your true colors.

cozmo on February 16, 2014 at 9:19 PM

For the oppressed, I’m sure it felt that way.

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:17 PM

And who is oppressing them?

Scrumpy on February 16, 2014 at 9:20 PM

Oh. Stop moving the goal posts.

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:18 PM

Um, you make stuff up, I only shoot it down.

Texas would be in the dark ages.

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:18 PM

Please, cut Texas loose. and show those cowboys.

cozmo on February 16, 2014 at 9:21 PM

Considering the resources and population California has, it should be more.

cozmo on February 16, 2014 at 9:17 PM

And let me get this straight: California has 13 million more people than Texas, A crapload of fertile land and the best they can do is a lousy $600 mil more in GDP than Texas?

Lanceman on February 16, 2014 at 9:21 PM

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:17 PM

You’re right we were-but then we finally escaped to Texas.
Now we’re not being oppressed anymore.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 16, 2014 at 9:21 PM

…so you’re here?…giving yourself an enema?

KOOLAID2 on February 16, 2014 at 8:43 PM

If Bayam gave himself an enema, there would be nothing left.

bw222 on February 16, 2014 at 9:21 PM

With the early rush of trolls in QOTD and now the most recent headline thread (Romney 2016?), I have a sneaking suspicion that AllahPundit is having trouble sleeping tonight …

ShainS on February 16, 2014 at 9:22 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on February 16, 2014 at 9:21 PM

5^ ^5 Yeah!!

Scrumpy on February 16, 2014 at 9:22 PM

I lived in Chicago until 2011.
It would be more accurately described as a big- government, low-freedom ghetto.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 16, 2014 at 9:14 PM

Hey. Cabrini Green was a ‘cultural’ Mecca.

Lanceman on February 16, 2014 at 9:22 PM

lol

Murphy9 on February 16, 2014 at 9:23 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on February 16, 2014 at 9:23 PM

Thanks. Much better than what the lib is shoveling.

cozmo on February 16, 2014 at 9:24 PM

He’s got it all backwards. The three went to the university because that’s where all the marxists are in the USoA:

Venezuela’s president says he’s ordering the expulsion of three U.S. consular officials.

President Nicolas Maduro made the announcement during a televised speech Sunday night that comes amid rising tensions in Venezuela over anti-government protests.

Maduro hasn’t identified the officials but accuses them of infiltrating Venezuelan universities under the cover of doing consular work involving student visas.

The president has accused the U.S. of working with the opposition in trying to topple his socialist government. Washington denies it is trying to undermine Maduro.

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/venezuela-expels-3-us-consular-officials

davidk on February 16, 2014 at 9:24 PM

The dictionary calls that socialism.

Thanks for showing your true colors.

cozmo on February 16, 2014 at 9:19 PM

shrugging

You outed me. I’m not really a hardcore socialist. I’ve just never had a problem with the label.

I’m a Democrat first and foremost.

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:24 PM

The Republicans are back in the go along to get along mode. I can’t believe how they’ve been neutered by the Democrats and Obama. For God’s sake, John Boehner is the Speaker of the House, 3rd in line to the Presidency, and he acts like some newby representative that just got there. Cruz has show more of an understanding about what it will take to change this place than many others. Mike Lee, Cruz, and Rubio know things have to change and are willing to stick their necks out. What did McConnell do? He did what the Republicans always do, he caved. He wanted a clean debt limit because he THINKS the voters don’t want conflict. Well, we’ll see what the voters want, but if McConnell loses, we’ll know they don’t want his wimpyness in the Senate.

Harry Reid has completely screwed up the Senate and Obama is hijacking the Constitution and we, as a country, are stuck with Boehner and McConnell allowing it to happen. We need some fighters, but fighters with a clue. Someone who has a plan, knows how to execute the plan, is willing to execute the plan, and doesn’t want to lose. Boehner should have been working on this debt ceiling 2 months ago. Instead, he waits til the last minute and caves. Things need to change or we’re going to be Greece.

bflat879 on February 16, 2014 at 9:24 PM

With the early rush of trolls in QOTD and now the most recent headline thread (Romney 2016?), I have a sneaking suspicion that AllahPundit is having trouble sleeping tonight …

ShainS on February 16, 2014 at 9:22 PM

I read the article before coming to QOTD tonight. I wish he’d run. I’m not a big fan of The Establishment, but I feel Romney is an honorable man and has the skill set that the country most needs right now. He just needs to humanize himself a little more.

I’d vote for him again.

307wolverine on February 16, 2014 at 9:25 PM

For HillAREwe…

Progressives and Democrats ‘Have Had a 100-Year Monopoly on Running That City Into the Ground’ – For more information, go to:

http://foxnewsinsider.com/2013/02/14/

Scrumpy on February 16, 2014 at 9:25 PM

Lanceman on February 16, 2014 at 9:22 PM

The closing of the projects is what destroyed my hometown-because the former occupants moved south. As a result,a neighborhood that was once integrated and middle class-is now full on south side of Chicago.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 16, 2014 at 9:26 PM

Please, cut Texas loose. and show those cowboys.

cozmo on February 16, 2014 at 9:21 PM

Easy to say if you’re a Republican voter in Texas (of course, you don’t even know what that would lead to).

But you can’t just let a state go when there is a sizable number of residents that don’t want to leave their partnership with the affluent blue states.

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:26 PM

shrugging

You outed me. I’m not really a hardcore socialist. I’ve just never had a problem with the label.

I’m a Democrat first and foremost.

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:24 PM

Correction: Grover Cleveland and JFK were Democrats. LBJ, Carter, Wilson, zero and FDR were socialist Democrats.

Newtie and the Beauty on February 16, 2014 at 9:27 PM

shrugging

You outed me. I’m not really a hardcore socialist. I’ve just never had a problem with the label.

I’m a Democrat first and foremost.

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:24 PM

You’d have earned more respect for copping to the socialism.

Just sayin.

Eric in Hollywood on February 16, 2014 at 9:27 PM

Newtie graduated from highschool in 1974…

So here ya go…Jungle Boogie, Kool and the Gang

Doc Holliday on February 16, 2014 at 9:27 PM

Full USA Vs. Russia shootout

First shot at 1:21

Murphy9 on February 16, 2014 at 9:27 PM

OK shut up now, trolls.

Walking Dead is on.

Lanceman on February 16, 2014 at 9:01 PM

Aha!

Proof that AP is still awake …

ShainS on February 16, 2014 at 9:27 PM

I’m a Democrat first and foremost.

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:24 PM

We could tell. The frontal lobotomy scar gave it away.

307wolverine on February 16, 2014 at 9:27 PM

But you can’t just let a state go when there is a sizable number of residents that don’t want to leave their partnership with the affluent blue states.

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:26 PM

How ’bout letting them come to y’all?

cozmo on February 16, 2014 at 9:27 PM

You’re right we were-but then we finally escaped to Texas.
Now we’re not being oppressed anymore.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 16, 2014 at 9:21 PM

So you’re all of a sudden a high-skilled worker? Raking in the cash?

The thing is, there are many studies that show it’s harder being poor in the red states than the blue states.

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:27 PM

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:26 PM

Romney won my county by almost 40 points. I’m not worried.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 16, 2014 at 9:28 PM

The closing of the projects is what destroyed my hometown-because the former occupants moved south. As a result,a neighborhood that was once integrated and middle class-is now full on south side of Chicago.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 16, 2014 at 9:26 PM

In other words, words that won’t get me banned, the fleas moved to a drier part of the dog.

Lanceman on February 16, 2014 at 9:28 PM

Nobody expects the Inquisition

oscarwilde on February 16, 2014 at 9:28 PM

Doc Holliday on February 16, 2014 at 9:27 PM

Yeah, Baby!! :-D

Newtie and the Beauty on February 16, 2014 at 9:28 PM

Heh. Yeah. Detroit is full of ‘culture’ too.

Lanceman on February 16, 2014 at 9:11 PM

I lived in the Chicago area until 1991, when I moved to the Detroit area. When I return to Chicago to visit, I am shocked by how it looks more like Detroit every visit. Chicago was successful because of two reasons: 1) businesses that pay taxes and 2) upper and middle class tax payers. It is losing both.

bw222 on February 16, 2014 at 9:28 PM

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