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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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

Do me a favor and just ignore that whole friggin comment.

That;ll teach me to pipe in before I’ve even had so much as a chance to eat today.

I’ll be the one in the corner, gnawing om a piece of beef jerky.

Eric in Hollywood on February 16, 2014 at 9:28 PM

I’m a Democrat first and foremost.

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:24 PM

I didn’t know there were still any of those around.

crankyoldlady on February 16, 2014 at 9:29 PM

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

Scrumpy on February 16, 2014 at 9:25 PM

Sorry it’s a 404 ):

Scrumpy on February 16, 2014 at 9:29 PM

Dedicated to Doc ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on February 16, 2014 at 9:29 PM

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:27 PM

It isn’t that you’re lying-it’s just that you’re saying many things that aren’t true.
*Borrowed from the Gipper.*

annoyinglittletwerp on February 16, 2014 at 9:29 PM

crankyoldlady on February 16, 2014 at 9:29 PM

Nice Bishop!! Woohoo!!

Scrumpy on February 16, 2014 at 9:29 PM

How ’bout letting them come to y’all?

cozmo on February 16, 2014 at 9:27 PM

I have a problem with that for several reasons.

- the poor may not have the funds and resources to just uproot.

- the undereducated may not be aware of their options.

- some Texans are there for family or ancestral reasons. I don’t want us to be like North/South Korea.

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:30 PM

I have a problem with that for several reasons.

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:30 PM

That is so funny in so many ways.

Hypocrite.

cozmo on February 16, 2014 at 9:31 PM

Projection is a nasty thing.

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:06 PM

Speaking of which: why did you avoid the TEAparty/racism thread?

And then show up here – where you’re not wanted – to call everyone a racist?

and why aren’t you hanging out at Hillbuzz? They seem a lot more your type.

Solaratov on February 16, 2014 at 9:31 PM

I didn’t know there were still any of those around.

crankyoldlady on February 16, 2014 at 9:29 PM

Democrats outnumber Republicans in this country.

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:31 PM

I’m a Democrat first and foremost.

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:24 PM

I didn’t know there were still any of those around.

crankyoldlady on February 16, 2014 at 9:29 PM

There aren’t any around anymore, they either converted to R or dropped out. The majority went full socialist.

VegasRick on February 16, 2014 at 9:32 PM

Eric in Hollywood on February 16, 2014 at 9:28 PM

[Tosses Eric a new can of halo burnishing cream...]

Newtie and the Beauty on February 16, 2014 at 9:32 PM

Democrats outnumber Republicans in this country.

That explains this: http://www.usdebtclock.org

Murphy9 on February 16, 2014 at 9:33 PM

Hypocrite.

cozmo on February 16, 2014 at 9:31 PM

So you can rail against North Korea, but you want to turn Texas into it? Separating families from their homelands.

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:33 PM

I’m a Democrat first and foremost.

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:24 PM

So you’re a LIAR first and foremost?

Good for you.

ToddPA on February 16, 2014 at 9:33 PM

I’d vote for him again.

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

I wouldn’t.

davidk on February 16, 2014 at 9:33 PM

Democrats outnumber Republicans in this country.

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:31 PM

There are more idiots than smart people in this country as well.

VegasRick on February 16, 2014 at 9:33 PM

Speaking of which: why did you avoid the TEAparty/racism thread?

And then show up here – where you’re not wanted – to call everyone a racist?

and why aren’t you hanging out at Hillbuzz? They seem a lot more your type.

Solaratov on February 16, 2014 at 9:31 PM

So I’m not welcome here? How clique. And in light of the whole Texas leaving the USA sentiment, it seems appropriate coming from a ‘winger.

You can’t win an argument, can you?

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Somebody, maybe Carl, needs to change that ‘Hitch hikers may be escaping convicts’ sign to ‘Hitch hikers may be ZOMBIES!’.

Lanceman on February 16, 2014 at 9:34 PM

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:30 PM

My husband is a college-educated USMC veteran.
We weren’t born in Texas-but we got here as fast as we could.
*My son lived w/ his dad-in Illinois-during high school. The DAY after he graduated me and my son were headed back to Texas.
He’s a sophomore in college now-and TEXAS is his home.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 16, 2014 at 9:35 PM

Democrats outnumber Republicans in this country.

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:31 PM

Most have become socialist but don’t want to admit it. I still hear about some Democrats once in awhile but they’re a dying breed.

crankyoldlady on February 16, 2014 at 9:36 PM

My husband is a college-educated USMC veteran.
We weren’t born in Texas-but we got here as fast as we could.
*My son lived w/ his dad-in Illinois-during high school. The DAY after he graduated me and my son were headed back to Texas.
He’s a sophomore in college now-and TEXAS is his home.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 16, 2014 at 9:35 PM

This doesn’t answer my question.

Do you have a better paying job? Have you somehow been more productive?

Or have you just convinced yourself your better off because you don’t have a Republican governor?

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:36 PM

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:34 PM

The sooner Texas leaves the union-the better.
MOLON LABE!

annoyinglittletwerp on February 16, 2014 at 9:37 PM

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

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:09 PM

Nah. We’re just waitin’ for the shootin’ to start over aztlan. That’s gonna be some fun times.

Solaratov on February 16, 2014 at 9:37 PM

There are more idiots than smart people in this country as well.

VegasRick on February 16, 2014 at 9:33 PM

That’s an insult to we the people.

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:37 PM

The sooner Texas leaves the union-the better.
MOLON LABE!

annoyinglittletwerp on February 16, 2014 at 9:37 PM

Keep throwing those ‘winger catch phrases around. They won’t convince me that Texas should be allowed to punish the rational residence of their state.

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:37 PM

Science!:

Dr. Marshall Shepherd, the former head of the American Meteorological Association, appeared Sunday on CBS’ Face the Nation to opine on winter weather affecting the East Coast while a drought impacts the West. He said that the public has largely forgotten how to cope with severe winter weather because those events have become rarer as global warming accelerates.

Shepherd began by criticizing climate skeptics who have said that the existence of cold weather in winter controverts the theory of man-made global warming. He said that this reaction was like saying “because it’s nighttime, the sun doesn’t exist anymore.”

Shepherd added that winter weather is also the result of climate change in the same way that as warm weather is the result of climate change. “We know that climate change is happening and humans are contributing,” he asserted.

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/fmr-head-of-meteorological-assoc-weve-forgotten-how-to-be-cold-because-of-global-warming/

davidk on February 16, 2014 at 9:38 PM

I have a problem with that for several reasons.

- the poor may not have the funds and resources to just uproot.

- the undereducated may not be aware of their options.

- some Texans are there for family or ancestral reasons. I don’t want us to be like North/South Korea.

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:30 PM

Translation: NIMBY

Newtie and the Beauty on February 16, 2014 at 9:38 PM

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:37 PM

Leeches are an insult to the people being described in “We the People”.

cozmo on February 16, 2014 at 9:38 PM

There are more idiots than smart people in this country as well.

VegasRick on February 16, 2014 at 9:33 PM

That’s an insult to we the people.

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:37 PM

So, you consider yourself an idiot, Hilly?

Solaratov on February 16, 2014 at 9:38 PM

Translation: NIMBY

Newtie and the Beauty on February 16, 2014 at 9:38 PM

Yep, she realizes that leeches end up killing the host.

cozmo on February 16, 2014 at 9:39 PM

That’s an insult to we the people.

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:37 PM

No it isn’t. It’s a fact. Have you ever tried to have a conversation with a LIV or a No information voter?

VegasRick on February 16, 2014 at 9:39 PM

Leeches are an insult to the people being described in “We the People”.

cozmo on February 16, 2014 at 9:38 PM

So now the Constitution only applies to Republicans?

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:40 PM

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:36 PM

Haven’t you got some traffic to play in?

307wolverine on February 16, 2014 at 9:41 PM

So, you consider yourself an idiot, Hilly?

Solaratov on February 16, 2014 at 9:38 PM

I consider myself an American. I think condescending talk like yours just further isolates the GOP from the majority of voters.

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:41 PM

bluegill on January 24, 2012 at 7:35 PM

libfreesMom on February 16, 2014 at 8:41 PM

You have been quite an addition to this site ma’am.

bluegill, if you want respect, you need to earn it.

arnold ziffel on February 16, 2014 at 9:41 PM

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:36 PM

I was UMEMPLOYED for the last 2 1/2 years that we were in Illinois.

Texas has no state income Texas and is right-to-work. It has low Taxes on businesses.
My husband’s paycheck-he requested and received a transfer from Chicago to Texas-goes farther…and I’m actually getting a paycheck.

My son is also working-and pays us rent.
Is life better her than in HELLinois-HELL YES!

annoyinglittletwerp on February 16, 2014 at 9:41 PM

rational residence of their state.

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:37 PM

Did you, perhaps, mean residents?

Yep. More idiots than smart people.

Solaratov on February 16, 2014 at 9:42 PM

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:40 PM

No silly, it applies to the huddled masses yearning to breathe free without the yoke of government imposed slavery.

Not leeches coming here to suckle from the government teet.

cozmo on February 16, 2014 at 9:43 PM

Shocker: NBC Debate Featuring Man Who Plays a Scientist on TV Crashes and Burns

Yeah Yeah davidk already linked a related story, I just liked this headline.

Murphy9 on February 16, 2014 at 9:43 PM

Democrats outnumber Republicans in this country.

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:31 PM

and since Jimmy Carter, we’ve had two Democrat Presidents

Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama, both Serial Liars.

Fire when ready Grizzly.

ToddPA on February 16, 2014 at 9:43 PM

So now the Constitution only applies to Republicans?

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:40 PM

Using the original meanings of the clauses in the Constitution, kindly show us how your socialist agenda is supported.

I’ll wait…

Newtie and the Beauty on February 16, 2014 at 9:43 PM

Hello my babies!

How’s that for an entrance? Good evening, room!

Alien on February 16, 2014 at 9:43 PM

I was UMEMPLOYED for the last 2 1/2 years that we were in Illinois.

Texas has no state income Texas and is right-to-work. It has low Taxes on businesses.
My husband’s paycheck-he requested and received a transfer from Chicago to Texas-goes farther…and I’m actually getting a paycheck.

My son is also working-and pays us rent.
Is life better her than in HELLinois-HELL YES!

annoyinglittletwerp on February 16, 2014 at 9:41 PM

This doesn’t answer my question at all.

Like I said, poor in blue states are going to be better taken care of than the working poor in red states. But somehow being taken care of in a humane way is the same as being a leech – your words not mine.

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:43 PM

Parasites cannot afford to be anything other than democrats. The rich can easily afford to pay lip service to that philosophy.

Like Warren Buffet. Poor secretary pays sooo much more in taxes than he does (untrue, but irrelevant), but does he alleviate her ‘suffering’? Nah. Better to deal with those in power at the moment and get better deals for himself. Keystone XL.

I find it funny that fools come here telling us how the rich Wall Street democrats support obama & the ‘rats.

Yet it was not so long ago, all those eevil rich Wall Street ‘democrats’ were in the pocket of George Bush and the Republicans.

How times have changed..

Lanceman on February 16, 2014 at 9:44 PM

I consider myself an American.

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:41 PM

Earlier, you admitted to leaning socialist.

cozmo on February 16, 2014 at 9:44 PM

Don’t know; don’t wanna know:

GAGA NEWS INDONESIA ‏@GagaNewsINDO 9m

#BREAKINGNEWS Lady Gaga dikabarkan merayakan hari valentine di Cafe Italia Spiaggia beberapa waktu yang lalu.

davidk on February 16, 2014 at 9:44 PM

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:37 PM

Freedom/ states rights/individual rights are irrational now? got it. ///

And we Texan patriots don’t give a flying f*ck what you think.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 16, 2014 at 9:44 PM

Alien on February 16, 2014 at 9:43 PM

Greetings, Alien! And how is Dear Naturalized Alien and all of the offspring?

Newtie and the Beauty on February 16, 2014 at 9:44 PM

No silly, it applies to the huddled masses yearning to breathe free without the yoke of government imposed slavery.

Not leeches coming here to suckle from the government teet.

cozmo on February 16, 2014 at 9:43 PM

So the constitution only gets to apply to the people you like. You’re proving my point!

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:45 PM

So now the Constitution only applies to Republicans?

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:40 PM

Is that a joke? The way your party treats the Constitution with disdain? You need to pull your head out of your butt.

VegasRick on February 16, 2014 at 9:45 PM

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 8:56 PM

Did you ever get the stain out of that blue dress?

msupertas on February 16, 2014 at 9:45 PM

So basically the talking point here is that by not caving on the debt ceiling, Cruz is for more spending? Never mind that a majority of Americans support his position, the lying GOP pretends to stand for

Brock Robamney on February 16, 2014 at 9:45 PM

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:43 PM

MY county has a sub 5% unemployment rate. I think it’s around 4.3%.
You fail.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 16, 2014 at 9:46 PM

Full USA Vs. Russia shootout

First shot at 1:21

Murphy9 on February 16, 2014 at 9:27 PM

Thanks for posting that — awesome!

[We killed our TV six years ago and I do miss watching some sports ...]

ShainS on February 16, 2014 at 9:46 PM

I don’t need dolls for lovers ;)

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:14 PM

…you’re all thumbs?

KOOLAID2 on February 16, 2014 at 9:46 PM

Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama, both Serial Liars.

ToddPA on February 16, 2014 at 9:43 PM

One would never have been elected but for one H. Ross Perot siphoning conservative votes. Never once got 50% of the vote.

Lanceman on February 16, 2014 at 9:47 PM

I don’t need dolls for lovers ;)

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:14 PM

More a guys type, huh?

Well, that seems to be the popular thing.

Solaratov on February 16, 2014 at 9:47 PM

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:43 PM

I work for Walmart.
I was hired less than a month after we arrived in the state. I’ve been there almost 3 years.
Fail-again.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 16, 2014 at 9:47 PM

I consider myself an American. I think condescending talk like yours just further isolates the GOP from the majority of voters.

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:41 PM

I too, consider myself an American, and I think the
condescending Lying from you and this President further
alienates the Jackazz Party from the majority of the
American people.

ToddPA on February 16, 2014 at 9:48 PM

Greetings, Alien! And how is Dear Naturalized Alien and all of the offspring?

Newtie and the Beauty on February 16, 2014 at 9:44 PM

She is a bit tired, soaking in the tub — she had to work today so I took her to dinner.

We ate the offspring.

Alien on February 16, 2014 at 9:48 PM

Thanks for posting that — awesome!

[We killed our TV six years ago and I do miss watching some sports ...]

ShainS on February 16, 2014 at 9:46 PM

You are welcome. Oshie is fun to watch every night he wears the Bluenote!

Murphy9 on February 16, 2014 at 9:48 PM

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:45 PM

Um, no. I dislike yankees and Amish.

Though I won’t bother them if they don’t bother me.

I even know a socialist guy that is all right as long as we stay away from politics.

Its leeches I don’t care for. I’ll let you have all of those.

cozmo on February 16, 2014 at 9:48 PM

So the constitution only gets to apply to the people you like. You’re proving my point!

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:45 PM

Why do you care? It doesn’t mean much to obama.

Lanceman on February 16, 2014 at 9:49 PM

I consider myself an American.

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:41 PM

How can you consider yourself an American when your platform, ideals and talking points go against what our country has historically stood for?

Newtie and the Beauty on February 16, 2014 at 9:50 PM

I’m a Democrat first and foremost.

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:24 PM

I’m an American before party, you’re a useless waste of space. Phucking tool.

msupertas on February 16, 2014 at 9:50 PM

Strange fire.

Murphy9 on February 16, 2014 at 9:04 PM

I think I get your reference.

22044 on February 16, 2014 at 9:50 PM

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.

And that’s that.

libfreeordie on February 16, 2014 at 9:50 PM

I consider myself an American. I think condescending talk like yours just further isolates the GOP from the majority of voters.

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:41 PM

Why don’t you just come see us in November.

Lanceman on February 16, 2014 at 9:50 PM

All the CRUZ naysayers can go screw themselves.

This nation does NOT have a bottomless bank account.

TX-96 on February 16, 2014 at 9:50 PM

Earlier, you admitted to leaning socialist.

cozmo on February 16, 2014 at 9:44 PM

So?

I’m not allowed to be both?

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:51 PM

Does anyone else think that HillAREwe just misspelled it nic, was supposed to be HellAREwe?

VegasRick on February 16, 2014 at 9:51 PM

I work for Walmart.
I was hired less than a month after we arrived in the state. I’ve been there almost 3 years.
Fail-again.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 16, 2014 at 9:47 PM

Socialists don’t consider working hard a smart thing to do. You should be sitting around writing poetry and collecting welfare and they would have more respect for you.

crankyoldlady on February 16, 2014 at 9:51 PM

She is a bit tired, soaking in the tub — she had to work today so I took her to dinner.

We ate the offspring.

Alien on February 16, 2014 at 9:48 PM

Well done, Alien! That should ensure a peaceful night’s sleep. ;-)

[passing Alien and Dear Naturalized Alien two new boxes of toothpicks]

Newtie and the Beauty on February 16, 2014 at 9:52 PM

Ted Cruz, John Cornyn and Mitch McConnell” The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

VorDaj on February 16, 2014 at 9:52 PM

How can you consider yourself an American when your platform, ideals and talking points go against what our country has historically stood for?

Newtie and the Beauty on February 16, 2014 at 9:50 PM

Let’s assume your premise is correct.

Country’s change. This is the evolution of politics.

We used to be English colonies. Do you want to go back to that?

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:52 PM

I’m not allowed to be both?

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:51 PM

Except you ain’t honest about it.

cozmo on February 16, 2014 at 9:52 PM

Does anyone else think that HillAREwe just misspelled it nic, was supposed to be HellAREwe?

VegasRick on February 16, 2014 at 9:51 PM

SmellAREwe?

msupertas on February 16, 2014 at 9:52 PM

But now a new Congressional Budget Office report identifies another culprit driving workers out of the workforce: the Affordable Care Act (ACA, often referred to as “Obamacare.”) CBO finds that the ACA is deterring Americans from holding jobs – and will do so much more in the future. An already frequently-cited statistic from the CBO report is that the ACA will by itself reduce the effective number of workers by2.0 million by 2017, and by 2.5 million by 2024.

Murphy9 on February 16, 2014 at 9:53 PM

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:51 PM

The cognitive dissonance is strong with this one…

Newtie and the Beauty on February 16, 2014 at 9:53 PM

Socialists don’t consider working hard a smart thing to do. You should be sitting around writing poetry and collecting welfare and they would have more respect for you.

crankyoldlady on February 16, 2014 at 9:51 PM

How many socialists do you know personally?

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:53 PM

How many socialists do you know personally?

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:53 PM

Been watching them destroy nations for about 50 years now.

msupertas on February 16, 2014 at 9:54 PM

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:53 PM

Three. And all three of them know socialism won’t work in the presence of leeches.

cozmo on February 16, 2014 at 9:54 PM

Does anyone else think that HillAREwe just misspelled it nic, was supposed to be HellAREwe?

VegasRick on February 16, 2014 at 9:51 PM

LOL.

No. Hillary’s my girl!

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:54 PM

And that’s that.

libfreeordie on February 16, 2014 at 9:50 PM

This is hardly a Hollywood movie, libdie, and the game is hardly over, so to speak.

If we don’t get rid of the status quo Republicans, it is over.

And I hate to be the bearer of bad tidings, professor, but unless you are personally inside the power structure, we’re eventually going to run out of money to pay you to fill the youths’ minds full of something.

Lanceman on February 16, 2014 at 9:54 PM

Does anyone else think that HillAREwe just misspelled it nic, was supposed to be HellAREwe?

VegasRick on February 16, 2014 at 9:51 PM

that was the Indian tribe on F-Troop.

davidk on February 16, 2014 at 9:55 PM

No. Hillary’s my girl!

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:54 PM

More ways than one, looks your type.

msupertas on February 16, 2014 at 9:55 PM

Ah yes, the rapist’s spouse.

Murphy9 on February 16, 2014 at 9:55 PM

Been watching them destroy nations for about 50 years now.

msupertas on February 16, 2014 at 9:54 PM

That’s right.

The lazy socialist leeches have all the power to destroy the country. Oh the contradiction!

Now how many socialists do you know personally?

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:56 PM

I asked this in the headline thread but I’ll repeat it here. What is the practical (non political) effect of not raising the debt ceiling? Is it similar to my credit card company refusing to raise my credit limit? There’s always talk about the government not being able to pay the bills but wouldn’t it just mean they can’t borrow any more money?

hopeful on February 16, 2014 at 9:56 PM

We used to be English colonies. Do you want to go back to that?

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:52 PM

If it means you pack your shit for Cuba…phucking A.

msupertas on February 16, 2014 at 9:56 PM

Does anyone else think that HillAREwe just misspelled it nic, was supposed to be HellAREwe?

VegasRick on February 16, 2014 at 9:51 PM

What difference, at this point, is there between the two?

ShainS on February 16, 2014 at 9:56 PM

No silly, it applies to the huddled masses yearning to breathe free without the yoke of government imposed slavery.

Not leeches coming here to suckle from the government teet.

cozmo on February 16, 2014 at 9:43 PM

So the constitution only gets to apply to the people you like. You’re proving my point!

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:45 PM

Contrary to the beliefs, hopes and aspirations of the Marxist democrats, the United States Constitution is not a suicide pack. Believe it or not their are quiet a few groups and individuals for whom the United States Constitution is applied against, rather than too.

People who willfully, intentionally and with a full forethought of malice attempt to subvert or otherwise overthrow the Constitution of the United States of America find, and will find, that their are a number of very specific Articles contained within the United States Constitution that deal with their actions.

oscarwilde on February 16, 2014 at 9:57 PM

HillAREwe on February 16, 2014 at 9:56 PM

Name a country where socialism works.

cozmo on February 16, 2014 at 9:57 PM

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