Do conservatives keep “falling in love with bad boys” in politics?

posted at 4:01 pm on February 22, 2014 by Jazz Shaw

This is essentially the question that Matt Lewis is asking this weekend in his Daily Caller article, The enemy of my enemy is my friend: Why conservatives are always defending the indefensible. In it, Matt puts forward the question of whether or not somebody is worth defending – even if they have the potential to do more long term harm than good – just because they are also the enemy of someone we oppose. He delves into a few different examples, citing Donald Trump, Ted Nugent and … Matt Bevin?

Political candidates who pick the right enemies are too often supported, regardless of their failings. Most recently, we have seen this in the effort to oust Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. McConnell, of course, is no conservative hero, but conservatives were too quick to latch onto a flawed replacement.

Matt Bevin’s campaign has been plagued with mistakes and odd revelations (did he really go to MIT?), the most recent of which is that he signed a letter in support of TARP. Bevin’s in a different category from Trump and Nugent, but conservatives are supporting him for many of the same reasons, including the fact that he has the right enemy. For a lot of conservatives, it’s better the devil you don’t know than the devil you do.

I’m really not sure I’d lump Bevin in with the rest of the cast of characters in this article. While he has turned out to be a less than productive candidate, many of the “charges” listed against him are largely superficial, and this may be nothing more than yet another case of insufficient vetting rather than some sort of dangerous wolf in sheep’s clothing. In the end, Bevin’s opposition to McConnell is surely still just as valid as the protests expressed by many conservatives who wished to see McConnell removed. He apparently just wasn’t the best candidate to carry the message to the polling stations.

As to the rest of the subjects listed, Lewis has a point to make which is rather hard to argue with in general terms.

It’s time to break the cycle. Having the right enemies is hardly a qualification for robust support. That’s because you and I will (fairly or not) be associated with the people we support. When we endorse the wrong person, their actions reflect on us.

So here’s my modest proposal: When conservatives vet someone (assuming they do), they should consider some additional criteria, including: “Is this personal really a conservative?” — “Is this person just using us?,” and (just as importantly) — “Do they have the character and integrity worthy of our support?”

No matter how much you may love to hear some people set their own hair on fire and spout out some really over the top, world class invective, Matt’s point is a fair one. Winning in politics involves, well… winning, and there are still some lines that are only crossed at significant risk. Some actors on the political stage tend to cross – or completely shatter -those lines, and while the entertainment value is high, they risk becoming clowns in the eyes of many voters who may be more cautious. And when you endorse the clown, you become part of the circus by default. The enemy of your enemy may indeed be your friend, but we probably all have had a few friends that you really wouldn’t want to bring home for Sunday dinner with the family.


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So here’s my modest proposal: When conservatives vet someone (assuming they do), they should consider some additional criteria, including: “Is this personal really a conservative?” — “Is this person just using us?,” and (just as importantly) — “Do they have the character and integrity worthy of our support?”

It is far past time for Jazz and people like him to pose these same questions to multi-termers in D.C., and keep hitting until answers are forthcoming.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on February 22, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Matt Lewis suffers from “Hey, look at me I am being different” disease, always looking for that kewel thang that will make him seem different. In other words, he stretches so far for a point that he is in danger of snapping in half.

Warner Todd Huston on February 22, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Conservatives do just fine…establishment republicans keep nominating losers.

trs on February 22, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Matt Lewis is a pasty little pretend conservative, who has found a niche attacking Tea Party conservatives.

His last article was (laughably) titled: Palin-endorsed candidate Katrina Pierson was arrested for shoplifting in ’97

kevinkristy on February 22, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Donald Trump is not conservative, he’s a blowhard who calls himself a conservative, Ted Nugent has freedom of speech, so stop pissing yourselves. I can report that Obama has been called much worse things around this house, and if we stopped falling in love with pansies who wilt at the first sign of opposition, we might just win an election.

HillC Liver Spot on February 22, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Warner Todd Huston on February 22, 2014 at 4:05 PM

You beat me to it.

celtic warrior on February 22, 2014 at 4:10 PM

No matter how much you may love to hear some people set their own hair on fire and spout out some really over the top, world class invective, Matt’s point is a fair one. Winning in politics involves, well… winning,

I suspect it has a lot to do with the loss of confidence in institutions. When the Presidency, the courts, and the Congress are held in such contempt then anyone who takes a stick to the skunks is seen as ‘OK in my books‘.

Winning is part of the problem. Winning what exactly? Democrats? Republicans? Does it even matter? If the political choices will not allow what people want then they are seen as less legitimate.

This may be less about politics and more about peoples anger and frustration with the entire system of governance.

sharrukin on February 22, 2014 at 4:10 PM

The NFL may penalize players 15 yards for racial and homophobic slurs and eject them from the game after a second offense.

If thats the case, then half the league won’t be able to speak in public or on the field………at all.

Personal foul, Using Foul Language, numbers 23, 24, 25, 38, 45, 56, 57, and 58 on the kicking team……..

Personal foul, Using Foul Language, numbers 11, 18, 21, 38, 45, 64, 67, and 78 on the receiving team……..

Penalties will offset, reset the clock to 15 minutes, ball will be placed on the receiving teams 20 yard line. First Down.

BobMbx on February 22, 2014 at 4:13 PM

I’m really not sure I’d lump Bevin in with the rest of the cast of characters in this article.

I’m sure, it is absurd. Who outside of Kentucky has even heard of Bevin? And asking the limits when states are sanctioning sodomite relationships as normal is legitimate. If we are not to deny two men or women of expressing their love for one another… who is to deny other types of relationships that are not traditional. Does there really have to be man-goat pride parades to get the same legitimacy that the gays are legislating into existence one court case after another (mostly despite the will of the people)?

If two dudes can “marry” in the eyes of the state then any sort of relationship should be legal. Because it all becomes meaningless.

Happy Nomad on February 22, 2014 at 4:14 PM

As a woman, I resent the headline. Some of the biggest balls come from the GOP’s women. :)

melle1228 on February 22, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Matt Lewis is a pasty little pretend conservative, who has found a niche attacking Tea Party conservatives.

His last article was (laughably) titled: Palin-endorsed candidate Katrina Pierson was arrested for shoplifting in ’97

kevinkristy on February 22, 2014 at 4:07 PM

THIS!

idesign on February 22, 2014 at 4:18 PM

A better question might be: Why do conservatives and conservative pundits believe the oppo attacks on their candidates? Their candidate gets alinskied and they all go “gee, I guess he or she wasn’t all that good”. Conservatives 0, progressives 1, yet again.

Glen Beck, among others, went over the Bevin issue to their apparent satisfaction. But some people won’t let it rest. I wonder why?

Right now we know there is a well funded and extensive effort to defend the GOP establishment candidates from any primary attacks. The good old boys who have given us the last several decades of GOP rule (when they could) are not going to go gently into that good night. You might think after what they have rendered over that time period they would be ready to try something new. We sure are.

Well get ready because the Hillary/Soros machine is going to throw any opposition to her into a meat grinder. We better be ready to fight back.

Viator on February 22, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Matt Lewis? Isn’t he the little scumbag who attacked Pierson minutes after Palin endorsed her? That one?

And I’m supposed to care for what he’s saying?

No, thanks, I’ll pass.

BabyGrace on February 22, 2014 at 4:22 PM

No one with a brain puts any stock in anything that Matt Lewis says about anything.

Pork-Chop on February 22, 2014 at 4:22 PM

So here’s my modest proposal: When conservatives vet someone (assuming they do), they should consider some additional criteria, including: “Is this personal really a conservative?” — “Is this person just using us?,” and (just as importantly) — “Do they have the character and integrity worthy of our support?”

Good lord….if you apply that simple test to the GOP, there won’t be a GOP.

BobMbx on February 22, 2014 at 4:23 PM

The writing of Jazz Shaw and Matt Lewis are exhibits A & B on why Republicans always play Charlie Brown to the Dems Lucy. A couple of dupes who take themselves way too seriously.

Is Trump myt guy? No. But he speaks for me when he says Obama is a “disaster” and tweets to his million followers that Chuck Todd is a hack POS. I don’t care if he’s a blowhard. And I don’t care if Nugent is over the top with his language. He stands up to the commie gun grabbers.

But according to these two blogging squishes. We should run and hide when the media does its drive by hit. No thanks.

kevinkristy on February 22, 2014 at 4:23 PM

He delves into a few different examples, citing Donald Trump, Ted Nugent and … Matt Bevin?

Did he leave out:

Snowden
Cruz
Ukraine’s oppo
Venezuela’s oppo
Etc?

Schadenfreude on February 22, 2014 at 4:24 PM

“Is this person just using us?,” and (just as importantly) — “Do they have the character and integrity worthy of our support?”

Good lord….if you apply that simple test to the GOP, there won’t be a GOP.

BobMbx on February 22, 2014 at 4:23 PM

Washington DC would be a ghost town.

sharrukin on February 22, 2014 at 4:25 PM

I, for one, am fed up with these wrong person/right person and electable/non electable gambits. More often than not the people offering these false choices are the very ones that would have us grin and bear the McConnells and Boehners of the world. After all, they say, “the devil you know is better than the devil you don’t know.”

I call BS. The squishes of the Republican party that are in power are the very ones that have continued to support the go-along-to-get-along tactics that have placed our republic in the terrible position it is in — with no relief in sight.

We need a change. So what if some replacement representatives (they are representatives and NOT leaders) are not ideal. They can’t possibly do any more harm than what we have now.

tominsd on February 22, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Good lord….if you apply that simple test to the GOP, there won’t be a GOP.

BobMbx on February 22, 2014 at 4:23 PM

Yeppers, how many of them actually do what the promise.? Heck, how many of them actually follow the GOP’s platform?

melle1228 on February 22, 2014 at 4:25 PM

As a woman, I resent the headline. Some of the biggest balls come from the GOP’s women. :)

melle1228 on February 22, 2014 at 4:15 PM

No kidding and look how they are treated vis-a-vis the Democrat nags. Pelosi is a strong independent woman. Michelle Bachmann is a political whore so far as the media is concerned.

Happy Nomad on February 22, 2014 at 4:27 PM

And I thought this was going to be a hit on Cruz. Almost disappointed.

nobar on February 22, 2014 at 4:28 PM

anyone that reads and listen to lewis needs to just vote party line from now on.
D party.

dmacleo on February 22, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Hilarious. So conservatives are clowns? I refuse to believe that all current GOPe and Democrat politicians were choir boys/girls until their election to office. How many of these pieces of filth are guilty of insider trading? How about election fraud?

We have example after example of current members of congress, and the president going out and making complete jack asses of themselves, but these conservative candidates just aren’t cut from the correct cloth.

Please.

For some odd and mysterious reason, true conservative candidates flaws are pounded into the public eye relentlessly. This is being done by the GOPe/Dem parties.

There are people who want real change enacted in the way our country is run, and the trees in D.C. are not about to let that happen.

(Trees – been there so damn long they have grown roots. JIC)

JAGonzo on February 22, 2014 at 4:33 PM

Anyone who defends whack-job Matt Lewis is defending the indefensible. Lewis is living proof that all media scumbags aren’t liberals.

I find it interesting that the RINO authors at HA (don’t mean to offend you Jazz, because you are far left of RINO)are always quoting David Frum, David Brooks and Matt Lewis types.

bw222 on February 22, 2014 at 4:34 PM

As a woman, I resent the headline. Some of the biggest balls come from the GOP’s women. :)
melle1228 on February 22, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Yes to this. Sharon Angle comes to mind. The GOP didn’t support her and I have since heard may have siphoned funds from here campaign which has never been accounted for. But we have the NRA backed Harry Reid because he supports the 2nd amendment you know.

CW20 on February 22, 2014 at 4:35 PM

No offense, Jazz, but people are really sick of this shite. It’s non stop scolding, nagging, lecturing, etc.,conservatives on their alleged faults. Why don’t you and others try making cogent arguments AGAINST the left?

Blake on February 22, 2014 at 4:36 PM

No kidding and look how they are treated vis-a-vis the Democrat nags. Pelosi is a strong independent woman. Michelle Bachmann is a political whore so far as the media is concerned.

Happy Nomad on February 22, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Unfortunately it isn’t just Democrats.. Look at how some of our HotAirians treat Palin and Bachmann.

melle1228 on February 22, 2014 at 4:37 PM

Matt Lewis? Isn’t he the little scumbag who attacked Pierson minutes after Palin endorsed her? That one?

BabyGrace on February 22, 2014 at 4:22 PM

Yes, Matt Lewis is a real piece of garbage, isn’t he. That’s probably why Jazz likes him.

As Palin said, Ms. Pierson has had some ups and downs in her life, but especially considering she’s the daughter of a 14 year old unwed mother, I think she can be damn proud of what she’s accomplished in life … far more so than that @$$hole Lewis.

bw222 on February 22, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Jazz and Matt clutch their pearls or something…

workingclass artist on February 22, 2014 at 4:42 PM

No offense, Jazz, but people are really sick of this shite. It’s non stop scolding, nagging, lecturing, etc.,conservatives on their alleged faults. Why don’t you and others try making cogent arguments AGAINST the left?

Blake on February 22, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Because Jazz is part of the left. Salem puts him on HA every weekend to “give the finger” to conservatives.

bw222 on February 22, 2014 at 4:43 PM

White House on Ukraine: ‘We have consistently advocated a de-escalation of violence, constitutional change, a coalition government, and early elections, and today’s developments could move us closer to that goal’ – via @NBCNews

IOW, when’s T time?

davidk on February 22, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Jazz, you should know better than to troll hotair like this. Of course they would rather have some completely unelectable clown than a RINO. Because to the faithful, winning is not what matters if winning means making a deal with the devil. What matters to them is being “right with god” literally and figuratively.

I would purport that a majority here would give up democratic elections if doing so meant having leadership that would enforce all of their social and religious views. After all, the Bible doesn’t say anything about democratic elections.

HugoDrax on February 22, 2014 at 4:47 PM

bw222 on February 22, 2014 at 4:41 PM

But don’t worry. A pot smoking, coke head like the president is A O.K.!!!!

JAGonzo on February 22, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Yep Palin sure is the “bad boy”./

idesign on February 22, 2014 at 4:18 PM

You make me laugh. Ever hear of Pavlov’s dog?

CWchangedhisNicagain on February 22, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Because Jazz is part of the left.

bw222 on February 22, 2014 at 4:43 PM

No, he’s not.

Blake on February 22, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Ted Nugent called Obama a sub-human.

I’m not shocked to be honest.
A few years ago blacks were declared less than human in this very country.

Aligning with RACISTs is not a good idea….

liberalrules on February 22, 2014 at 4:53 PM

HugoDrax on February 22, 2014 at 4:47 PM

thats really retarded sur

dmacleo on February 22, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Unfortunately it isn’t just Democrats.. Look at how some of our HotAirians treat Palin and Bachmann.

melle1228 on February 22, 2014 at 4:37 PM

True. :(

But IMO it isn’t gender-based bias (as it is in the media). HA is surrender weasel central. They attacked Ted Cruz for filibustering. They celebrated when the GOP caved. They’ve never been fair to the TPM.

To their credit they allow dissenting opinions but HA is in favor of gay marriage, amnesty for illegals, legalization of pot, and relegating religion to the inside of churches and temples. HA is an establishment GOP organization that utterly makes a mockery to their claim of being “the leading conservative blog for breaking news and commentary” because their agenda is hardly conservative.

Happy Nomad on February 22, 2014 at 4:54 PM

I would purport that a majority here would give up democratic elections if doing so meant having leadership that would enforce all of their social and religious views. After all, the Bible doesn’t say anything about democratic elections.

HugoDrax on February 22, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Project much? The party that gave us Obamacare – enforced via the IRS, despised by a majority of the country. That, my little prog troll, is reality. Not some drive-by snark.

kevinkristy on February 22, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Bad boy:

Barry Bonds will join Giants as spring training instructor – @mercnews

davidk on February 22, 2014 at 4:58 PM

HugoDrax on February 22, 2014 at 4:47 PM

So, expecting Republicans to be conservative is some sort of religious right purity test?

How much did GWB decrease the debt when he had a Republican congress? Deficits? Removal of regulatory strong arms?

You are right about one thing though. I would much rather just let the socialists take this country right off the cliff than let Republicans like you try to pack a parachute full of holes for us.

JAGonzo on February 22, 2014 at 4:59 PM

Nugent?

Ok.

Bishop on February 22, 2014 at 5:00 PM

liberalrules on February 22, 2014 at 4:53 PM

You’re an idiot.

JAGonzo on February 22, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Aligning with RACISTs is not a good idea….

liberalrules on February 22, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Agreed. I mean can you imagine electing a dude over and over and over until he finally dies of old age while in office, and that same dude was a high ranking member of the Klan?

Seriously, you would need to be some sort of racist azzhat to do that.

Bishop on February 22, 2014 at 5:03 PM

You’re an idiot.

JAGonzo on February 22, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Tell someone who gives a f&^*

liberalrules on February 22, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Ted Nugent called Obama a sub-human.

I’m not shocked to be honest.
A few years ago blacks were declared less than human in this very country.

Aligning with RACISTs is not a good idea….

liberalrules on February 22, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Yeah and Dan Savage wished all Republicans should die.. A Democrat, on the frickin House floor basically called Clarence Thomas an Uncle Tom and said he didn’t like him because he was married to a white woman..

So what’s your point?

melle1228 on February 22, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Agreed. I mean can you imagine electing a dude over and over and over until he finally dies of old age while in office, and that same dude was a high ranking member of the Klan?

Seriously, you would need to be some sort of racist azzhat to do that.

Bishop on February 22, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Brilliant!

melle1228 on February 22, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Happy Nomad on February 22, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Hot Air is going the way of National Review. Both are now run by establishment Republicans. The founders of both initiated initiated their downfall. William F. Buckley selected Rich Lowry as his successor and Michelle Malkin hired AllahPundit and Ed Morrissey and then sold HA to Salem. Capitalism trumps conservatism.

bw222 on February 22, 2014 at 5:05 PM

What matters to them is being “right with god” literally and figuratively.

Well yeah because all conservatives are rock-ribbed Christians, everyone knows that; you are spot on.

Bishop on February 22, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Aligning with RACISTs is not a good idea….

liberalrules on February 22, 2014 at 4:53 PM

The party of Robert Sheets Byrd, Klan member. That would be the Democrats.

kevinkristy on February 22, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Jazz, can you find something to write about that someone other than RINOs and trolls on HA gives a crap about?

Didn’t think so.

they lie on February 22, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Before I finish, I will have you know I have my asbestos underwear on.

Okay, here goes:

For all the money the IRS was giving the Tea Party crap about, couldn’t some of it go to, you know, CPAs and private investigators, for the purpose of vetting candidates? Or is that too much to expect?

Because folks, y’all know I’m gonna say it: How much drama involving Tea Party candidates is due to a poor job vetting the candidate before putting him/her forward for the seat? Ted Cruz, once he got through the primary, had little to no trouble from the Establishment. Mostly because he was a good, strong, and doubtless well-vetted candidate. You never need a bailout from someone else from your own good decisions. Just the less-than-good ones.

I suspect what happens is that opportunistic politicians, who have often screwed the pooch many moons ago, see the Tea Party as full of folks who don’t remember the pooch-screwing incident, and are unlikely to trust the ones who do. These opportunists then go to meetings of conservative newbies, throw them buckets of raw, bleeding, twitching red meat, and watch them fall in luuuuuvvv. These opportunists figure if the pooch-screwage hits the papers, they can blame the Establishment for leaking it and failing to drop everything and bail them out. This reinforces the trope in conservatives’ minds that the moustache-twirling evil ESTABLISHMENT! conspires against conservative candidates solely for their conservatism.

Okay, flame away, y’all

Sekhmet on February 22, 2014 at 5:08 PM

liberalrules on February 22, 2014 at 4:53 PM

I am starting to think you might be a parody sock puppet. I cannot believe that even a liberal could be that obtuse.

melle1228 on February 22, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Winning in politics involves, well… winning

There is winning by electing good strong Conservatives who will vote so and then there is “winning” where we elect a back stabbing de facto Democrat who betrays us on important issues when the vote is close.

I choose the true Conservatives. The traitors can become Democrats where they will have a lot of competition.

RJL on February 22, 2014 at 5:10 PM

liberalrules on February 22, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Awe. What’s the matter big guy? With all the cogent arguments you always put forward, I didn’t figure you would take offense. After all, I am just some racist Rethuglikkkan.

Stay above the fray. It is what your messiah would want from you.

JAGonzo on February 22, 2014 at 5:10 PM

There is certainly a segment of conservatives who rush to endorse someone who checks all the right boxes on the issues survey without asking too many questions about the sort of candidate they will really make and what their chances of winning may be.

The litmus test on that could be Christine O’Donnell, but she is hardly alone. Miller, Buck, Maese, Angle, and Mourdock may also fit the bill. They were all just awful candidates despite being “right” on most issues.

It really doesn’t matter how conservative a Republican is if the Democrat wins the election. The spectators in the gallery don’t get a vote on the floor, you have to win to make any difference. But there are still those among us who believe it is better to have Coons in the Senate voting 100% with Reid and Obama over Castle with his lifetime 53% ACU record (but 100% on party votes).

Bevin has lied or misled on significant items in his resume and record. The Purity Police would rather shoot the messenger, though.

Adjoran on February 22, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Ted Cruz, once he got through the primary, had little to no trouble from the Establishment.

Sekhmet on February 22, 2014 at 5:08 PM

What color is the sky in your world?

sharrukin on February 22, 2014 at 5:11 PM

Aligning with RACISTs is not a good idea….

liberalrules on February 22, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Nope, it isn’t. Find mirror, hypocritical dummy.

Schadenfreude on February 22, 2014 at 5:11 PM

No offense, Jazz, but people are really sick of this shite. It’s non stop scolding, nagging, lecturing, etc.,conservatives on their alleged faults. Why don’t you and others try making cogent arguments AGAINST the left?
Blake on February 22, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Exactly.

bluegill on February 22, 2014 at 5:11 PM

liberalrules is almost weaker than the greasyhair poster. Almost.

CWchangedhisNicagain on February 22, 2014 at 5:12 PM

No offense, Jazz, but people are really sick of this shite. It’s non stop scolding, nagging, lecturing, etc.,conservatives on their alleged faults. Why don’t you and others try making cogent arguments AGAINST the left?
Blake on February 22, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Because the RINOs are NO different than the D-rats.

2010 was fun.

2014 will be even more so.

Schadenfreude on February 22, 2014 at 5:13 PM

liberalrules on February 22, 2014 at 4:53 PM Well you associate with racists every day. The Democrat Party has been host to throngs of racists for centuries. C’Mon, I dare you to call out Biden for his comment about Indians working at 7/11 or your heartthrob Hillary’s “I ain’t no ways tahred” line. If you can’t do that, then shut the f*** up.

Bitter Clinger on February 22, 2014 at 5:14 PM

It really doesn’t matter how conservative a Republican is if the Democrat wins the election.

Adjoran on February 22, 2014 at 5:10 PM

It also really doesn’t matter how Republican the candidate is if the progressive (Republican or Democrat) wins the election regardless of who you vote for.

sharrukin on February 22, 2014 at 5:14 PM

I’m pretty sure I’m developing precognition. Here’s my prediction: I’m going to sleep through the election this year. What’s the point to participating? Nobody and i mean nobody is offering to represent me in exchange for my vote.

ElectricPhase on February 22, 2014 at 5:14 PM

No offense, Jazz, but people are really sick of this shite. It’s non stop scolding, nagging, lecturing, etc.,conservatives on their alleged faults. Why don’t you and others try making cogent arguments AGAINST the left?
Blake on February 22, 2014 at 4:36 PM

New masters
WSJ
Most media

The traitors from the left/right will destroy the land and her kids, equally. I blame the RINOs more because the enable the thuggish D-rats.

What happened to the Ukrainian guy, who lied to get elected, should happen to every ‘leader’, from the left to the right.

Expose them all and send them fleeing.

Schadenfreude on February 22, 2014 at 5:14 PM

No offense, Jazz, but people are really sick of this shite. It’s non stop scolding, nagging, lecturing, etc.,conservatives on their alleged faults. Why don’t you and others try making cogent arguments AGAINST the left?
Blake on February 22, 2014 at 4:36 PM

If Thomas Sowell can do it, so can Jazz.

Schadenfreude on February 22, 2014 at 5:16 PM

There are also those of us who don’t see much difference between the slow motion national suicide of the aisle-jumping GOP or the much quicker pace of the demorats; the end result is the same.

So Castle and his ilk vote with the ‘rats only half the time, awesome, is this where we all jump and down in glee because they’re only half Nazi?

Bishop on February 22, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Sekhmet on February 22, 2014 at 5:08 PM

We Texans lucked out with Cruz. He had been Solicitor General here, so he had to keep the image as clean as possible. He came out of nowhere when he forced Dewhurst into a run off.

JAGonzo on February 22, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Ted Nugent called Obama a sub-human.

I’m not shocked to be honest.
A few years ago blacks were declared less than human in this very country.

Aligning with RACISTs is not a good idea….

liberalrules on February 22, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Well, obama isn’t black, so, what’s your point?

Pork-Chop on February 22, 2014 at 5:16 PM

liberalrules is almost weaker than the greasyhair poster. Almost.

CWchangedhisNicagain on February 22, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Your party is aligning with someone who calls a black person a subhuman mongrel

A word which has nasty historical implications no one wants to be reminded off.

Why are republicans associating with this bigot?
Shouldn’t he have been disavowed by now?

Sub-human? Really?

liberalrules on February 22, 2014 at 5:18 PM

liberalrules on February 22, 2014

You’re sub-human and I don’t know or care your color.

CWchangedhisNicagain on February 22, 2014 at 5:18 PM

The Purity Police would rather shoot the messenger, though.

Adjoran on February 22, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Again, I will ask you, someone who spouts nonsense– When did wanting to have you elected officials keep their promises or even follow their OWN party platform make you a “trucon’ “purist?”

melle1228 on February 22, 2014 at 5:18 PM

RINO creeps

Schadenfreude on February 22, 2014 at 5:19 PM

No offense, Jazz, but people are really sick of this shite. It’s non stop scolding, nagging, lecturing, etc.,conservatives on their alleged faults. Why don’t you and others try making cogent arguments AGAINST the left?
Blake on February 22, 2014 at 4:36 PM

…noticed that too…did you?

KOOLAID2 on February 22, 2014 at 5:19 PM

Beat the creep who lives in FL, but runs for the 20+ time in TX, with this.

Schadenfreude on February 22, 2014 at 5:19 PM

The Purity Police would rather shoot the messenger, though.

Adjoran on February 22, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Again, I will ask you, someone who spouts nonsense– When did wanting to have you elected officials keep their promises or even follow their OWN party platform make you a “trucon’ “purist?”

melle1228 on February 22, 2014 at 5:18 PM

About the same time a majority of the American people, Dems and Republicans alike, decided they would rather hear what they wanted to hear from their politicians, even if that meant embracing lies.

gryphon202 on February 22, 2014 at 5:19 PM

Well, obama isn’t black, so, what’s your point?

Pork-Chop on February 22, 2014 at 5:16 PM

OK if you say so….

Thanks for YOUR opinion.

liberalrules on February 22, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Liberalrules, you saucy little slut:

My sugar daddy, Bill Clinton, said that Obama would be “carrying their bags” and “fetching them coffee” back in 2008, during the democrat primary. He’s a racist and my host should not be able to run in 2016 because he will campaign for her and he is racist!
Jesse Jackson said he would cut Obama’s balls off. He didn’t know at the time that Obama didn’t have any balls, but he too is racist and anyone he campaigns for is also racist by default.

HillC Liver Spot on February 22, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Your party is aligning with someone who calls a black person a subhuman mongrel

A word which has nasty historical implications no one wants to be reminded off.

Why are republicans associating with this bigot?
Shouldn’t he have been disavowed by now?

Sub-human? Really?

liberalrules on February 22, 2014 at 5:18 PM

Psst, Ted Nugent was a star who was relevant in the 70′s. Your party just this week had an ELECTED official say that he hated Clarence Thomas because he was married to a white woman.

melle1228 on February 22, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Your party is aligning with someone who calls a black person a ******
liberalrules on February 22, 2014 at 5:18 PM

Oh please. Do I need to share some classics from Robert Byrd and Joe Biden?

Say you liked Ted Kennedy right?

Yeh. You’re weak.

CWchangedhisNicagain on February 22, 2014 at 5:22 PM

OK if you say so….

Thanks for YOUR opinion.

liberalrules on February 22, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Umm, you do realize that Obama is mixed, correct? In fact, he was raised almost solely by that white half.

melle1228 on February 22, 2014 at 5:22 PM

Why are republicans democrats associating with this these bigot(s)?
Shouldn’t he have been disavowed by now?

Sub-human? Really?

liberalrules on February 22, 2014 at 5:18 PM

Just for you

Again, for you

Schadenfreude on February 22, 2014 at 5:22 PM

My sugar daddy, Bill Clinton, said that Obama would be “carrying their bags” and “fetching them coffee” back in 2008, during the democrat primary. He’s a racist and my host should not be able to run in 2016 because he will campaign for her and he is racist!
Jesse Jackson said he would cut Obama’s balls off. He didn’t know at the time that Obama didn’t have any balls, but he too is racist and anyone he campaigns for is also racist by default.

HillC Liver Spot on February 22, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Don’t forget Biden who had to specify that Obama was an “articulate” black man who was clean.

melle1228 on February 22, 2014 at 5:23 PM

For you liberaldummy

Schadenfreude on February 22, 2014 at 5:24 PM

The enemy of your enemy may indeed be your friend, but we probably all have had a few friends that you really wouldn’t want to bring home for Sunday dinner with the family.

Of course none of those people are pandering lifers currently in office, it’s only the upstarts who are rocking the boat. Thing is, that friend you don’t want to invite over might be the perfect, charming, dinner guest if you gave them the chance.

All I see in this screed is David Brooksian blowhardiness; the goofy smiling, glass clinking, pinkie in the air, condescension that embodies people who feel compelled to tell the rest of us that we need to shut up now.

I wouldn’t let Boehner in the front door much less give him a seat at the table, but Nugent has a standing invitation.

Bishop on February 22, 2014 at 5:24 PM

That’s right, Melle, another one who can’t run because he is racist.

HillC Liver Spot on February 22, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Hot Air is going the way of National Review. Both are now run by establishment Republicans. The founders of both initiated initiated their downfall. William F. Buckley selected Rich Lowry as his successor and Michelle Malkin hired AllahPundit and Ed Morrissey and then sold HA to Salem. Capitalism trumps conservatism.

bw222 on February 22, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Pretty much.

Hot Air now exists so we can hear about how conservatives are racists and mean.

Glad we have super genius Matt Lewis around to explain these things to us.

tetriskid on February 22, 2014 at 5:26 PM

bush Sr 2nd term (although being incumbent makes this one iffy)

dole
mccain
romney

damn good thing they were electable..

dmacleo on February 22, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Umm, you do realize that Obama is mixed, correct? In fact, he was raised almost solely by that white half.

melle1228 on February 22, 2014 at 5:22 PM

Again I will go by what Obama wants to be identified as…A black man.

It makes you uncomfortable? Well that’s your problem.

Deal with it.

As if somehow Obama being mixed makes the subhuman comment less racist….

liberalrules on February 22, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Hot Air is going the way of National Review. Both are now run by establishment Republicans. The founders of both initiated initiated their downfall. William F. Buckley selected Rich Lowry as his successor and Michelle Malkin hired AllahPundit and Ed Morrissey and then sold HA to Salem. Capitalism trumps conservatism.

bw222 on February 22, 2014 at 5:05 PM

That’s my take as well.

Conservative no more. Just with the conservative mantle earned by others.

CPAC is coming here to DC and the local radio is advertising. They mention speeches by Cruz and others. Guess what is missing- any mention of Christie. But yet he is supposedly our only hope against Dems in 2016. I would suggest the cancer of surrender weasel is also entering CPAC.

Happy Nomad on February 22, 2014 at 5:27 PM

I’d reserve the term “subhuman” for someone whose life is so void and meaningless that he/she has nothing better to do on weekends than troll opposition websites. That’s the true meaning of living (a term I use loosely) a subhuman existence.

bw222 on February 22, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Bill Clinton was the first black president, because he said so.

Schadenfreude on February 22, 2014 at 5:29 PM

calling white potus a monkey (lincoln, bush, probably many others) ok.
calling a black potus monkey racist.

calling jewish people sub human mongrels ok for some.
calling black person same thing racist.

funny how words change meaning due to the skin color of someone. why that phenomenon is almost…. racist…

anyone that lets a string of letters have power over them is a f*ing dumba**

dmacleo on February 22, 2014 at 5:29 PM

I just want a flippin opposition party, which we don’t have now, except for Cruz, Paul, the Tea Party and a handful of bloggers and one or two media people. I’d rather lose as a legitimate opposition party than win with Dems with ‘Rs’ by their name.

I’ve said it before: it is fundamentally unhealthy for any democracy to only have one party. I’d say this no matter what my party was.

WhatSlushfund on February 22, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Again I will go by what Obama wants to be identified as…A black man.

liberalrules on February 22, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Fine. Then I’ll make this statement. Blacks are unfit for the Presidency. They have proven themselves too stupid, lazy, and feckless to hold such a position of responsiblity.

Happy Nomad on February 22, 2014 at 5:30 PM

“Bushchimpey” totally ok!!!

Schadenfreude on February 22, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Geriatric Old Progressives Dictionary:

Bad Politician: pro-constitution, pro-liberty, pro-free markets
Good Politician: pro-Obamacare, pro-Amnesty, pro-NSA snooping, pro-Government control liberals

Brock Robamney on February 22, 2014 at 5:30 PM

liberaldrools do think Obama is clean?
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CWchangedhisNicagain on February 22, 2014 at 5:31 PM

Oh, and Palin too. I forgot her. Sorry for anyone else I missed.

WhatSlushfund on February 22, 2014 at 5:32 PM

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