Open thread: Sunday morning talking heads

posted at 8:01 am on March 9, 2014 by Allahpundit

How do you like your foreign policy? Hawkish or non-interventionist? “Peace through strength” or “avoid foreign entanglements”? There’s something on the menu for you this morning either way. Dick Cheney will be on “Face the Nation,” no doubt to blame Russia’s expansionism in Crimea on Obama’s provocative weakness. (Another Republican eminence, James Baker, will follow Cheney.) Meanwhile, Rand Paul will headline “This Week” and “Fox News Sunday” to warn against letting a regional dispute over Ukraine launch a new Cold War between nuclear powers. And if that contrast doesn’t grab you, Ted Cruz will also be on “This Week” to argue that there’s a third, more classically Reagan-esque way between the Cheney/Paul poles.

The full line-up is at Politico.


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Meaty line up, but I think I’ll pass…

OmahaConservative on March 9, 2014 at 8:03 AM

The Sunday Morning Liberal Media Propaganda Show(s)

Now – with Grades!

“Meet the Press” on NBC
D (Par for MSLSD)
• Cardinal Timothy Dolan – Actual Catholic
• Karen Bass – Kook Fringe
• NSA Tony Blinken – Know-nothing lefty clown

“Face the Nation” on CBS
A (Be still my heart)
• Dick Cheney – Arch-conservative
• James Baker – RINO
• Gen. Jim Jones – DC Pensioner
• Paul Ryan – Amnesty RINO

“This Week” on ABC
C (A Personal Best for ABC)
• Rand Paul – Rock Star Libertarian
• Ted Cruz – Rock Star Conservative
• Mike Rogers – Somewhat Conservative
• Joaquín Castro – Race-victim Lib
• David Pouffe – Pouffe Lib

“Fox News Sunday” on Fox
A solid B+
• Paul – Libertarian
• Robert Gates – DC Pensioner
• Rick Santorum – Social Conservative, economic RINO
• Jane Harman – Lib (pretend Hawk)

“State of the Union” on CNN
D- (Par for CNN)
• Blinken – Liberal
• Žygimantas Pavilionis – Other
• Marina Kaljurand – Other
• Charlie Crist – Ass-Clown Lib

“Political Capital” on Bloomberg TV
A
• Rick Perry — Conservative

“Newsmakers” on C-SPAN
A-

• Kevin Brady — Conservative

“Al Punto” on Univision, “The Racist Station”
F

• Barack O’Bozo – Ass-Clown Lib
• Robert Menendez – Race-Victim Lib
• Eduardo Medina Mora – Other

Probably the most philosophically diverse lineup in my memory of scoring these dopes. Leaves me wondering what they’re up to…or is it just the CPAC effect?

Jaibones on March 9, 2014 at 8:07 AM

Good morning, boys and girls!

Jaibones on March 9, 2014 at 8:08 AM

Happy Spring…Lean Forward, and all that.

Jaibones on March 9, 2014 at 8:09 AM

“A leader, once convinced a particular course of action is the right one, must have the determination to stick with it and be undaunted when the going gets rough.” — Ronald Reagan

Flora Duh on March 9, 2014 at 8:18 AM

Good morning, boys and girls!

Jaibones on March 9, 2014 at 8:08 AM

Good morning, and thank you for the lineup.

Flora Duh on March 9, 2014 at 8:21 AM

• Rand Paul – Rock Star Libertarian
• Ted Cruz – Rock Star Conservative

What differences do you see in their policy positions and/or ideology?

How often are these two going to agree? I’d love to see a debate between the two(real academic debate) about their worldview and approach to governance.

Murphy9 on March 9, 2014 at 8:23 AM

Maybe some of those people should join me and tens of millions of others this morning by going to Church and begging God’s forgiveness. I never watch that drivel.

deimos on March 9, 2014 at 8:26 AM

Obama’s gonna get out his pen and phone today…cause that will fix everything….

“US President Barack Obama is expected to hold further talks with world leaders on Sunday in a bid to ease tensions over Crimea and what’s being described as the worst stand- off since the Cold War.

After speaking with the heads of France, Britain and Italy, he assured the three ex-Soviet Baltic states that NATO would protect them if necessary.

At the same time, diplomacy is set to continue between the US Secretary of State and his Russian counterpart for a fifth day.

In a telephone call, John Kerry told Sergei Lavrov that “annexing Crimea would close any available space for diplomacy”.

It came shortly after reports of warning shots being fired when the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s unarmed military mission tried for a third day to enter the peninsula.

They had been turned back twice before by pro-Russian forces, but this was the first time shots were fired.

Crimea’s pro-Moscow authorities have ordered all remaining Ukrainian troop detachments in the province to disarm and surrender, but at several locations they have refused to yield.

Moscow denies that Russian speaking troops in Crimea are under its command but a convoy of hundreds of Russian troops were filmed pulling into a military base north of Simferopol on Saturday.

Elsewhere at Novoozernoye, about 100 armed Russians are keeping watch over the Ukrainians at the base. A Russian ship has been scuttled at the harbour’s entrance to keep the Ukrainians from sailing out with three ships of their navy…”

http://www.euronews.com/2014/03/09/us-warns-russia-not-to-close-doors-for-diplomacy-by-annexing-crimea/

workingclass artist on March 9, 2014 at 8:28 AM

Maybe some of those people should join me and tens of millions of others this morning by going to Church and begging God’s forgiveness. I never watch that drivel.

deimos on March 9, 2014 at 8:26 AM

We wouldn’t be in this mess if that were the case!

Murphy9 on March 9, 2014 at 8:28 AM

How often are these two going to agree? I’d love to see a debate between the two(real academic debate) about their worldview and approach to governance.

Same here. But I’m not looking forward to the rabid Ron Paul crowd attacking Cruz. Mark it. It will happen.

hawkdriver on March 9, 2014 at 8:29 AM

Ukraine’s Military Mobilizes, Prepares For Combat: Trucks, APCs, SAMs, Howitzers, Tanks Rolling Out
Tyler Durden’s pictures at the link:

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-03-08/ukraines-military-mobilizes-prepares-combat-trucks-apcs-tanks-rolling-out

workingclass artist on March 9, 2014 at 8:30 AM

My friend and his family are in the Embassy in Kiev. :( I hope that this corrupt Regime isn’t going to sacrifice them like they did Amb Stevens.

Murphy9 on March 9, 2014 at 8:32 AM

“On Thursday a senior Indian official appeared to endorse Russia’s position in Ukraine in recent days, even as Delhi urged all parties involved to seek a peaceful resolution to the diplomatic crisis.

When asked for India’s official assessment of the events in Ukraine, National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon responded:

“We hope that whatever internal issues there are within Ukraine are settled peacefully, and the broader issues of reconciling various interests involved, and there are legitimate Russian and other interests involved…. We hope those are discussed, negotiated and that there is a satisfactory resolution to them.”

The statement was made on the same day that Crimea’s parliament voted to hold a referendum for secession from Ukraine.

Local Indian media noted that Menon’s statement about Russia’s legitimate interests in Ukraine made it the first major nation to publicly lean toward Russia. As my colleague Shannon has reported throughout the week, many of China’s public statements could be interpreted as backing Russia in Ukraine, despite Beijing’s own concerns about ethnic breakaway states and its principle of non-interference.

However, at other times, including at the UN Security Council, Beijing has appeared to be subtly rebuking Moscow by suggesting that its unilateral path threatened regional and global stability. At the very least, however, Beijing has characteristically not gone as far as the U.S. and the West in publicly scolding Vladimir Putin for the military intervention in Crimea.

Ukraine certainly appeared to interpret India’s endorsement of Russia’s legitimate interests as far more hostile than Beijing’s position on Russia’s actions. According to the Telegraph India, a Ukrainian embassy spokesperson stationed in Delhi responded to Menon’s comments by saying: “We are not sure how Russia can be seen having legitimate interests in the territory of another country. In our view, and in the view of much of the international community, this is a direct act of aggression and we cannot accept any justification for it.”

The larger question, of course, is why India decided to take such a relatively pro-Russian stance on the Ukraine issue? There are a number of possibilities.

First, India and Russia have long-standing ties and Moscow is Delhi’s top arms provider. Moreover, Russia and the former Soviet Union has been nearly alone in the international community in continue to back India during crucial moments such as following its 1974 and 1998 nuclear tests.

It’s also possible that Delhi believes Russia’s intervention offers the best chance of stabilizing Ukraine. India’s Foreign Ministry on Thursday also released a statement noting that there are “more than 5,000 Indian nationals, including about 4,000 students, in different parts of Ukraine.” At the same time, India’s overall interest in Ukraine is fairly negligible—certainly less than China’s, for instance—and thus Delhi might assess that it has more to gain by publicly sticking by Moscow at a time when it desperately needs support.

India also has plenty of interests in certain regions along its peripheral, and at certain times—such as during the Sri Lanka Civil War—has intervened to protect various societal groups with strong ties to India. Unlike China, then, India may assess it has an interest in an international precedent in which major powers can intervene in countries along their borders. At the same time, such an international precedent could be used by Pakistan to justify intervening in Kashmir.

Telegraph India offers another reason. According to the report cited above, Indian officials have told Telegraph India that, in the newspaper’s words, Delhi is “convinced that the West’s tacit support for a series of attempted coups against democratically elected governments — in Egypt, Thailand and now Ukraine — has only weakened democratic roots in these countries.”

This rationale would be consistent with India’s long-standing, deep-seated abhorrence to anything that merely resembles Western imperialism. At the same time, India has not historically made supporting democracy abroad a central tenet of its foreign policy…”

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-03-08/india-backs-russias-legitimate-interests-ukraine

workingclass artist on March 9, 2014 at 8:34 AM

Murphy9 on March 9, 2014 at 8:32 AM

Prayers ascending…

OmahaConservative on March 9, 2014 at 8:36 AM

“The U.S. Department of Defense released the 2014 version of its Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) yesterday, declaring the threat of climate change impacts a very serious national security vulnerability that, among other things, could enable further terrorist activity.

Released every four years, the QDR is a broad outline of U.S. military strategy discussing how to maintain global U.S. military hegemony. Like the 2010 document, the 64-page 2014 QDR again highlights the threats posed to national security by ever-worsening global climate disruption.

“The impacts of climate change may increase the frequency, scale, and complexity of future missions, including defense support to civil authorities, while at the same time undermining the capacity of our domestic installations to support training activities,” the report details.

“Climate change poses another significant challenge for the United States and the world at large. As greenhouse gas emissions increase, sea levels are rising, average global temperatures are increasing, and severe weather patterns are accelerating.”

http://www.defense.gov/pubs/2014_Quadrennial_Defense_Review.pdf

workingclass artist on March 9, 2014 at 8:40 AM

Jaibones on March 9, 2014 at 8:07 AM

High-larious as always — thanks!

Happy Spring…Lean Forward, and all that.

Jaibones on March 9, 2014 at 8:09 AM

“No We Won’t!” — Greetings from Arizona ;-)

ShainS on March 9, 2014 at 8:40 AM

What differences do you see in their policy positions and/or ideology?

How often are these two going to agree? I’d love to see a debate between the two(real academic debate) about their worldview and approach to governance.

Murphy9 on March 9, 2014 at 8:23 AM

Good morning, Flora Duh.

Murph – I see Rand as straying from classic libertarianism only modestly. It shows up most often in foreign policy, where he has alligator arms when it comes to reaching outside our borders. I don’t link people to Politico (retch), but there was a column there yesterday (Glueck) suggesting that Rand slapped Cruz on foreign policy adventurism at CPAC.

Jaibones on March 9, 2014 at 8:41 AM

“No We Won’t!” — Greetings from Arizona ;-)

ShainS on March 9, 2014 at 8:40 AM

I knew I had that wrong. It’s just “Forward!“, isn’t it?

Jaibones on March 9, 2014 at 8:42 AM

My friend and his family are in the Embassy in Kiev. :( I hope that this corrupt Regime isn’t going to sacrifice them like they did Amb Stevens.

Murphy9 on March 9, 2014 at 8:32 AM

Hope they stay safe.

workingclass artist on March 9, 2014 at 8:42 AM

( I hope that this corrupt Regime isn’t going to sacrifice them like they did Amb Stevens.)

Whoa. Prayers, indeed. This U.S. regime will have exactly Zero influence in the outcome for your friend. Pray they find the safe path.

Jaibones on March 9, 2014 at 8:44 AM

Politico is a joke. Its loaded with far lefties that are so brainwashed its hard to make a coherent argument that they can understand. But it is fund to roam through there when they do accidently put up something current, that’s not two or three days old and just blast out the lefties. Kinda like sport blogging.

rodguy911 on March 9, 2014 at 8:50 AM

“Unidentified sources have launched denial of service (DoS) attacks which are intended to make a machine or network unavailable to its legitimate users.

The Ukraine’s Security and Defence Council revealed: “There was a massive DoS-attack on communication channels of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine, which was apparently aimed at hindering a response to the challenges faced by our state. The Ukrainian state-run news agency, Ukrinform, has also suffered a similar attack.”

The country’s telecommunications system has come under attack, with equipment installed in Ukraine’s now Russian-controlled Crimea region used to interfere with the mobile phones of members of parliament.

Some internet and telephone services were also severed after Russian forces seized control of airfields and key installations in Crimea.

The government has told ministries to take urgent measures to prevent their websites being blocked and ordered law enforcement bodies to investigate “evidence of cyber attacks and punish those responsible in their implementation”.

Experts believe a destructive internet weapon called Snake has been used to attack Ukraine’s computer networks and could bring the country to a standstill.

Digital weapons are capable of shutting off civilian power or water supplies, crippling banks or blowing up industrial sites which use computer-controlled safety programmes….”

http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/463828/Cyber-attackers-target-Ukraine-s-government-departments

workingclass artist on March 9, 2014 at 8:51 AM

“Europe faces ‘shooting conflict’ if Russia enters east Ukraine, says Hague

British foreign secretary accuses Putin of major miscalculation but says pressure will not remove Russia from Crimea.

Europe would face the “great danger of a real shooting conflict” if Russian forces moved beyond Crimea to enter the main part of eastern Ukraine, William Hague has said as he accused Vladimir Putin of a major miscalculation.

As the foreign secretary warned of another “frozen conflict” in Europe, the energy secretary, Ed Davey, said gas prices could increase if the Ukraine crisis escalated into a military conflict.

But the foreign secretary, who said Putin had implemented carefully prepared plans to assume control of Crimea, acknowledged none of the options on the table – diplomatic pressure and economic sanctions – would be able to remove Russian forces from the Black Sea peninsula.

Asked by the BBC’s Europe editor, Gavin Hewitt, what would happen if Russian troops went beyond the Black Sea peninsula to enter “mainland” eastern Ukraine, Hague said: “There would be far reaching trade, economic and financial consequences. It would bring the great danger of a real shooting conflict. There is no doubt about that.”

Asked whether Britain and the EU would advise the Ukrainians not to take up arms against the Russians, Hague said: “We have commended all of their restraint so far. It is not really possible to go through different scenarios with the Ukrainians and say: in these circumstances you shoot and in these you don’t. We have commended their restraint. They have not risen to any provocation from Russia.”

The warning from Hague came shortly after Davey told Britain’s energy companies not to seek to make profits from the Ukraine crisis, though he acknowledged gas prices would increase if the crisis escalated.

The energy secretary told the Andrew Marr Show: “We use Norwegian gas and we have a lot of gas imported on ships – liquefied natural gas. So our security of supply on gas – people shouldn’t be worried about that.

“The companies who supply gas and electricity tend to buy their gas forwardly. They buy it 18 months in advance so they shouldn’t be using it as an excuse to put up people’s prices. They hedged quite rightly. But we have seen that when this crisis broke there was a spike in oil and gas prices. They have now come down.

“But if there was an escalation, if we saw military conflict, if that conflict went on for months and months and months, there could be an impact on prices.”

Hague said he believed Putin would eventually be seen to have made a “big miscalculation” as the EU pivots away from Russia, particularly in the energy sphere. But he admitted that none of the proposed EU measures against Russia, to be introduced on a graduated basis if Moscow refuses to change tack, would remove Russian forces from Crimea.

The foreign secretary said: “None of these things force a Russian withdrawal from Crimea. That is well understood. But they will raise the cost to Russia over time.”

But the foreign secretary, who rejected next Sunday’s planned referendum in Crimea, said there was no “tacit acceptance” of the Russian occupation of Crimea. Some of the sanctions identified in the first phase of the EU’s action will be triggered if Moscow refuses to discuss the long-term future of Crimea with Ukraine.

“This is the creation of another frozen conflict in Europe like Abkhazia, that is part of Georgia, like Transnistria, that is part of Moldova. There absolutely isn’t a tacit acceptance.”

Douglas Alexander, the shadow foreign secretary, said: “The priority in Ukraine must be a de-escalation and a diplomatic resolution to the crisis.

“So I welcome that the foreign secretary made this clear to the BBC this morning when he confirmed that all economic and diplomatic options should remain on the table in seeking to achieve that.

“It is also vital that the UK, along with EU allies, sets out a clear timetable for taking further economic and financial measures if Russia fails to change course in the days ahead.

“The UK should also work with the group of the worlds seven largest economies to agree to suspend Russia from the G8 if it refuses to agree a diplomatic resolution to the crisis…”

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/09/hague-europe-conflict-russia-ukraine-putin-crimea

workingclass artist on March 9, 2014 at 8:56 AM

O/T But indicative of what that worm Obysmal is trying to pull. Note the name of the program that the money-laundering daughter of Rev. Wright was promoting:
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2014-03-07/news/chi-rev-jeremiah-wrights-daughter-found-guilty-money-laundering-20140307_1_money-laundering-jeri-wright-regina-evans

onlineanalyst on March 9, 2014 at 9:02 AM

O/T But indicative of what that worm Obysmal is trying to pull. Note the name of the program that the money-laundering daughter of Rev. Wright was promoting:
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2014-03-07/news/chi-rev-jeremiah-wrights-daughter-found-guilty-money-laundering-20140307_1_money-laundering-jeri-wright-regina-evans

onlineanalyst on March 9, 2014 at 9:02 AM

ACORN

workingclass artist on March 9, 2014 at 9:09 AM

The Hot Gas bloggers seem to be mailing it in lately. What is going on behind the scenes that’s causing the Half-Ass Punditry? (That’s supposed to be my game, not theirs)

Inquiring minds want to know.

h a p f a t on March 9, 2014 at 9:12 AM

I don’t link people to Politico (retch), but there was a column there yesterday (Glueck) suggesting that Rand slapped Cruz on foreign policy adventurism at CPAC.

Jaibones on March 9, 2014 at 8:41 AM

Found that article, and found it very lacking.

Thanks for the thoughts about my friends in Kiev everyone.

Murphy9 on March 9, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Jane Harmon, too cute by two thirds, partisan wagging tongue, as usual.

ExpressoBold on March 9, 2014 at 9:21 AM

Rana Foroohar: babe and TIME’s assistant managing editor in charge of economics and business, so probably insufferably liberal.

ExpressoBold on March 9, 2014 at 9:26 AM

“Climate change poses another significant challenge for the United States and the world at large. As greenhouse gas emissions increase, sea levels are rising, average global temperatures are increasing, and severe weather patterns are accelerating.”

http://www.defense.gov/pubs/2014_Quadrennial_Defense_Review.pdf

workingclass artist on March 9, 2014 at 8:40 AM

They are never at a loss are they?

crankyoldlady on March 9, 2014 at 9:34 AM

Our ship of state is populated with fools, knaves, and outright crooks, enabled by those pretend journalists who hate America with every fiber of their being.

Lee Jan on March 9, 2014 at 9:34 AM

Shorter Gates: should be fun to watch Øbama fluster and dither about, making nonsensical statements on what the advanced nations ought to do because Putin sent forces into Crimea. Paper Tiger indeed, although we should be referring to a Paper Eagle, the American symbol.
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“Nobody criticized Dubya over Putin’s incursion into Georgia… or called him weak” – Gates. Well where the hell were you, buster?

ExpressoBold on March 9, 2014 at 9:39 AM

“This Week” on ABC
C (A Personal Best for ABC)
• Rand Paul – Rock Star Libertarian
• Ted Cruz – Rock Star Conservative
• Mike Rogers – Somewhat Conservative
• Joaquín Castro – Race-victim Lib
• David Pouffe – Pouffe Lib

C? Waaay too harsh Jaibones.

kcewa on March 9, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Found that article, and found it very lacking.

Murphy9 on March 9, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Heh. Of course it was lacking, Murph…it was on Politico, the political version of The HuffHo. One has to read Politico like one might sift gravel in the gold miner’s creek — always seeking something of value, but fully prepared for endless failure.

Jaibones on March 9, 2014 at 9:46 AM

C? Waaay too harsh Jaibones.

kcewa on March 9, 2014 at 9:39 AM

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Don’t forget to add in George Stephanopoulos, uber-liberal media maven who worships at the altar of progressive hagiography.

ExpressoBold on March 9, 2014 at 9:49 AM

Heh. Of course it was lacking, Murph…it was on Politico, the political version of The HuffHo. One has to read Politico like one might sift gravel in the gold miner’s creek — always seeking something of value, but fully prepared for endless failure.

Jaibones on March 9, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Politico is the jumping off point to Daily Kos la la land.

Flora Duh on March 9, 2014 at 9:50 AM

“This Week” on ABC
C (A Personal Best for ABC)
• Rand Paul – Rock Star Libertarian
• Ted Cruz – Rock Star Conservative
• Mike Rogers – Somewhat Conservative
• Joaquín Castro – Race-victim Lib
• David Pouffe – Pouffe Lib

C? Waaay too harsh Jaibones.

kcewa on March 9, 2014 at 9:39 AM

I hear you, kcewa. But feel me: in the (ABC) world we know, this looks like a clean A, right? As good as anyone could ever dream of for this liberal propaganda operation?

But put it in a rational world: it is CPAC Weekend, and they bring out two major stars from that world, representing the Libertarians and the Conservatives (admitting the GOP-centric nature of both). They bring out a middling GOPer, Rogers, whose 2013 ACU rating is 63, watering down a lifetime 87 rating. Can’t call him anything right now but a moderate.

They pair these three with a kook-left race victim and a closeted gay Obama campaign jerkoff, and then “moderate” with a hard-left propaganda spinner. Yes, a wide range of ideological viewpoints are aired, as they should be every week. So I give them a C. Could have gone C+ / B- if I were more charitable. Not my strong suit.

Jaibones on March 9, 2014 at 9:52 AM

Jane Harmon is a shrill partisan skank.

ExpressoBold on March 9, 2014 at 9:57 AM

Heh, Dennis Miller’s radio show started about the same time as politico. He used to have on a few of their writers for interviews. Politico launched as a nonpartisan endeavor(so they said). After maybe 5-10 interviews with politico editors, Miller called them out as being definitely partisan, and thus ended politico’s participation on Miller’s show. I can’t remember who it was that Miller had on when he called them out for their blatant partisanship, but the interview went nuclear. It was hilarious!

It couldn’t have been a week o two later that I was exposed to a hyper-annunciating, slow and deliberate thinking and talking man from Hollywood filling in for Dennis named Andrew Breitbart. I kinda felt bad wanting Dennis to never come back to host his own show, just so I could hear Andrew everyday instead. :)

Murphy9 on March 9, 2014 at 9:58 AM

Great… Santorum took up for racist Cummings after he and the rest of the Democrats excluded Republicans from any substantive input or subcommittee meetings regarding PPACA. This is the kind of Republican “leadership” that ought to be nipped in the bud as ineffective and pusillanimous. I’d never vote for Santorum.

ExpressoBold on March 9, 2014 at 10:02 AM

They bring out a middling GOPer, Rogers, whose 2013 ACU rating is 63, watering down a lifetime 87 rating. Can’t call him anything right now but a moderate.

Jaibones on March 9, 2014 at 9:52 AM

Y’know, that’s kinda weird. One would think that with this Congress and POTUS, 2013 would have been an opportunity to boost one’s conservative cred.

I wonder what happened here…

JohnGalt23 on March 9, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Jaibones on March 9, 2014 at 8:07 AM

Good Morning!!! As always thank you very much! ; )

Bmore on March 9, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Not one of the shows brought up a serious issue facing the nation this Sunday. Technological inequities. Due to Daylight Saving Time. My GPS watch, thermostat timer, and alarm clock made the adjustment but my stove, microwave, and answering machine did not. Two whole minutes of my life taken by dumb appliances! ;0

Seriously, Bob Gates was wrong to give the lazy stupid coward a pass on choosing this weekend to go on a long vacation weekend with his vile disgusting yeti-spouse. It does send a message.

Happy Nomad on March 9, 2014 at 10:41 AM

Great… Santorum took up for racist Cummings after he and the rest of the Democrats excluded Republicans from any substantive input or subcommittee meetings regarding PPACA. This is the kind of Republican “leadership” that ought to be nipped in the bud as ineffective and pusillanimous. I’d never vote for Santorum.

ExpressoBold on March 9, 2014 at 10:02 AM

But some GOP experts, they subscribe to the old saying, you know, don’t interrupt while they’re in the process of destroying themselves. Maybe true, but you do interrupt when they are in the process of destroying your country.

[snip]

The GOP establishment, again, just going along to get along. You need another ‘come to Jesus meetin.’ It’s time, and the bottom line is today/ The Democrat’s agenda is a lost cause. President Obama, though, he is nothing if not poll-tested, so even he knows that the deep issue of our time is that pressing stagnation facing the middle class. Those good working class families, just can’t get ahead and that’s why he baits the GOP establishment into a kind of tit-for-tat, things to distract, and then they pander, and in the White House they do such damage, but their agenda is failure and fiasco on steroids.

Excerpt from Sarah Palin’s CPAC 2014 speech.

Flora Duh on March 9, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Jaibones on March 9, 2014 at 8:07 AM

…thank you Jaibones!

• Joaquín Castro – Race-victim Lib

…wtf is Castro on for?

KOOLAID2 on March 9, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Karen Bass is an idiot…

OmahaConservative on March 9, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Jaibones on March 9, 2014 at 8:07 AM

…thank you Jaibones!

• Joaquín Castro – Race-victim Lib

…wtf is Castro on for?
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…1st comment and HA is telling me I’m ‘detecting a duplicate comment’ that I already posted!…wtf?…I’m not bluegill !!!!

KOOLAID2 on March 9, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Those good working class families, just can’t get ahead and that’s why he baits the GOP establishment into a kind of tit-for-tat, things to distract, and then they pander, and in the White House they do such damage, but their agenda is failure and fiasco on steroids.

Excerpt from Sarah Palin’s CPAC 2014 speech.

Flora Duh on March 9, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Unfortunately the pander and distraction works. Issa asked that worthless partisan whore ten legitimate questions. When it became clear that she was not going to answer, Issa shut the hearing down. That was when Cummings, who clearly had a long rant “question,” was unable to do any of the damage control that he was told to do by those who own him in the Democrat plantation. Massa wasn’t going to be happy that he didn’t make his statement about how there wasn’t a smidgen of corruption within the IRS and he was not going to go back without something.

In short, Massa is well pleased that the whole narrative shifted from the worthless partisan whore to the rant by the worthless racist.

Happy Nomad on March 9, 2014 at 11:01 AM

The Hot Gas bloggers seem to be mailing it in lately. What is going on behind the scenes that’s causing the Half-Ass Punditry? (That’s supposed to be my game, not theirs)

Inquiring minds want to know.

h a p f a t on March 9, 2014 at 9:12 AM

I’ve been wondering the same thing. Corporate shake up?

DrStock on March 9, 2014 at 12:01 PM

ExpressoBold on March 9, 2014 at 10:02 AM

What chaps my hindquarters about all of this is that they are allowing the media to overlook some very provocative Lerner emails to worry about little Elijah’s hurting feelings! Come on Republicans stop being stupid and make the media do it’s dang job!!!!

Cindy Munford on March 9, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Good morning afternoon Bmore and Koolaid2.

I wonder what happened here…

JohnGalt23 on March 9, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Complete mystery to me, JG. I asked about this last week…2013 has conservatives with Rogers-like 85-90% lifetime ratings getting below 75% ratings.

Anyone have insight into the voting peculiarities last year?

Jaibones on March 9, 2014 at 1:18 PM

…wtf is Castro on for?

KOOLAID2 on March 9, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Karen Bass is an idiot…

OmahaConservative on March 9, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Each of you make powerful points here. Heh. The Democrats have a pathetic cast of lowlife know-nothings, which they have voted into office to represent them. Liberalism is a mental disorder.

Jaibones on March 9, 2014 at 1:20 PM

my policy.
speak softly and very little and annihilate those who try to harm us.
I’ll never be a politician since I put the lives of our soldiers/citizens above anyone else.

dmacleo on March 9, 2014 at 1:20 PM

• Joaquín Castro – Race-victim Lib

…wtf is Castro on for?

KOOLAID2 on March 9, 2014 at 10:55 AM

The DNC is warming up Julian Castro (to make him a household recognition name) for the VP nomination to appeal to the Hispanic vote. This is intended to balance the war-on-women Hillary vote.

onlineanalyst on March 9, 2014 at 1:39 PM

Whoops, that’s Joaquin Castro, not Julian.

onlineanalyst on March 9, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Off topic perhaps, but I’m glad to see one of the best VPs ever doing so after the heart transplant.

JinJin on March 9, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Doing so WELL after the transplant.

JinJin on March 9, 2014 at 4:12 PM