Quotes of the day

posted at 8:01 pm on April 11, 2014 by Allahpundit

There’s a brute test of a policy: If you knew then what you know now, would you do it? I will never forget a conversation in 2006 or thereabouts with a passionate and eloquent supporter of the decision to go into Iraq. We had been having this conversation for years, he a stalwart who would highlight every optimistic sign, every good glimmering. He argued always for the rightness of the administration’s decision. I would share my disquiet, my doubts, finally my skepticism. One night over dinner I asked him, in passing, “If we had it to do over again, should we have gone in? would you support it?”

And he said, “Of course not!”

Which told me everything.

There are very, very few Democrats who would do ObamaCare over again. Some would do something different, but they wouldn’t do this. The cost of the blunder has been too high in terms of policy and politics.

***

During the darkest days of the website meltdown, Obama made it clear to those who asked that it was crucial for him not to fire any high-ranking administration officials. Sebelius and McDonough both reasonably feared they would be shown the door.

Numerous business executives, even those who wish Obama well, criticized Obama publicly and privately for failing to “hold someone accountable” and using the power of a bureaucratic beheading to demonstrate his fury. Whether this is a sign of strength or weakness, it is characteristically Obama…

In ways they’ve never discussed before, senior administration officials now admit they feared late last fall that the entire law might collapse under the weight of Democratic defections and aggressive Republican calls for repeal.

***

Sebelius brought two main assets to her job. She had experience regulating insurers and, as a successful Democrat in Kansas, she knew how to work with Republicans. But what Obamacare needed more was a deft, aggressive manager. Case in point: By all accounts, Sebelius did not grasp the severity of tech problems at healthcare.gov until the day it went live and crashed. If she got the warnings, then she should have heeded them. If she didn’t get the warnings, then she should have appointed people who would have kept her better informed. Either way, that’s a serious management failure.

Still, it’s not as if Obamacare’s implementation difficulties are entirely, or even mostly, the fault of HHS. It’s a typical, if predictable, failure of Washington to demand a fall guy when things go wrong. But responsibility rarely lies with just one person. (That’s one reason Obama resisted calls to fire her.) And this case is no exception.

Implementing Obamacare was never going to be easy. The law is full of compromises that, however politically necessary, weakened regulations and depleted funding that would have made introducing the new insurance system a lot easier. And Sebelius never had the kind of control a chief executive officer would. She was always dealing with a host of other players—from superiors at the White House to underlings at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to Democrats on Capitol Hill to lobbyists for the health care industry. And that’s to say nothing of her war with the congressional Republicans, who were trying actively to sabotage the law through repeal votes, funding cuts, and intimidation of would-be allies.

***

But I will say this. Behind the scenes, they did get to work. I could tell just from the way people talked, the things they said were happening there, that it really was getting better. They were (and I guess still are) sitting on this battery of IT stats about response times and how long a person had to wait to be logged in and so on and so forth, and those were being cut quickly. So Sebelius and the rescue team really did do their jobs once they were up against the wall.

Think of it this way. Did you think, last fall, that they’d actually hit the 7 million? Did you think they’d even come close? In a year-end column I wrote with my 2014 predictions, I said they’d make 5.8 million. And I thought that would be respectable. The latest report is that they’re approaching 7.5 million. So yes, there was utter failure. But there was one hell of a nice recovery. As time goes on, I think Sebelius will start getting less blame for the former, and more credit for the latter.

***

In a sense, the development of the Obamacare website offered a window into the thinking behind the program as a whole. The federal government spent three years building a system in an intensely centralized and consolidated way (refusing even to hand over the basic project management tasks) that is characteristic of the technocratic mindset of Obamacare’s larger approach to American health care. That system failed on launch and turned out to have been ill-designed, retrograde, and sclerotic. It seemed almost beyond repair, but a group of private sector engineers from Silicon Valley firms were able to come in at the lowest point in the crisis and essentially do in six weeks what the government couldn’t do in three years (and was probably never going to be able to do). And yet somehow, the president and others are trying to have people draw from this the lesson that the government actually can handle huge, complicated projects well after all…

Now, as the new insurance arrangements created by the law begin their real-world trials, Democrats argue that the fact that the system survived its earliest self-inflicted wounds should end all debate about its prospects.

That seems a pretty odd conclusion to draw from the past six months.

***

The pressure for further health care reform to “fix” Obamacare’s mess is already rising, and that political pressure will actually increase given the number of people enrolled in either plans they view as too expensive or in Medicaid programs which strain state budgets and fail to deliver access to care. The more those costs burden states and working families with higher costs, worse coverage, and restricted access, the louder the clamor to pass further reforms. Every candidate in 2016 is going to have a health care plan, and the people will decide which direction they want to go.

Why on earth do some on the left think Obamacare ended the health care reform process? There is no end zone in which to spike this football. And when the 2014 election is through, we can really start talking about what big health care reform is going to come next.

***

From the outside, then, Sebelius mostly seemed to play the role of a glorified flack for the president’s health care policies, dutifully making the rounds and mouthing talking points as necessary. And she wasn’t even good at this. Her responses at congressional hearings were so canned that they might have come from a phone-mail system, and they occasionally revealed that she didn’t quite know what she was talking about. Her speeches were ho-hum pablum, when they weren’t being quietly edited after the fact due to unverifiable claims.When she went on offense during the 2012 campaign, she was often wrong or misleading. She engaged in ethically dubious fundraising for outside groups that support Obamacare.

In the last few months, as a spokesperson for the health law, she’s made a fool of herself and the administration. She kicked off the launch of the exchanges with a disastrous, embarrassing interview on The Daily Show, hosted insurance sign-up events where no one could sign up for insurance, and responded to basic questions about Obamacare’s continued poor poll numbers with blank silence. Fitting, I suppose, given that Sebelius has never been one for worthwhile answers.

Maybe—probably—Sebelius doesn’t deserve all or even the majority of the blame for the administration’s health law screw-ups. But regardless of her impact, as the most visible official associated with the law aside from President Obama, she deserved to be shown the door—or at least be given the opportunity to show herself out.

***

Supporters of The Affordable Care Act are quick to brush aside the early problems with implementing the president’s “signature legislative achievement” as old news. “Kathleen Sebelius is resigning because Obamacare has won,” crows Ezra Klein at Vox, the new “deep journalism” website that is supposed to be beyond ideology. But, in fact, Sebelius is hustling out of town before any of the most important questions about Obamacare have been answered.

Among them: Of the 7.1 million people who reportedly signed up for health care in the individual market, how many were previously uninsured? How many have actually paid for coverage? Are they the right mix of young and old, healthy and sick? We know none of this information, which is not simply incidental to whether Obamacare is “winning.”

Sebelius’s abrupt resignation, then, is the fitting capstone of a cabinet tenure that did nothing to inspire feelings of competency and trust in government in a century that is so far replete with revelations of bipartisan secret surveillance, financial mismanagement of the nation, and failed foreign policy.

We deserved better than Kathleen Sebelius.

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Jay Carney stole my finger!

Gingotts on April 11, 2014 at 8:02 PM

If we tell Obama the lie he wants to hear and say he’s a rousing success, will he resign too?

Meh, still couldn’t bring myself to say it….

Gingotts on April 11, 2014 at 8:04 PM

There are very, very few Democrats who would do ObamaCare over again. Some would do something different, but they wouldn’t do this.

There are very, very many Democrats who routinely lie to stay in power. Most would do something different, only if “something different” grabbed more unconstitutional power and corrupt money for the USA’s party of crooks and thieves than the current scam.

Gingotts on April 11, 2014 at 8:08 PM

Oh goody. wasn’t sure how late I was going to stay up tonight.

Um, what was the subject?

cozmo on April 11, 2014 at 8:09 PM

Good evening ladies and gentlemen. Anybody know anything about Geronimo?

crankyoldlady on April 11, 2014 at 8:09 PM

Is Dingy Harry Behind The Siege At The Bundy Ranch?

The smell is very, very strong with this one.

Resist We Much on April 11, 2014 at 8:09 PM

Is Dingy Harry Behind The Siege At The Bundy Ranch?

The smell is very, very strong with this one.

Resist We Much on April 11, 2014 at 8:09 PM

That is really, really, really, really, really good, Soph.

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2014/04/is-dingy-harry-behind-seige-at-bundy.html

Axe on April 11, 2014 at 8:11 PM

That is really, really, really, really, really good, Soph.

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2014/04/is-dingy-harry-behind-seige-at-bundy.html

Axe on April 11, 2014 at 8:11 PM

TYVVM, luv. :-)

Resist We Much on April 11, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Um, what was the subject?

cozmo on April 11, 2014 at 8:09 PM

What to do with 245 pounds of cole slaw?

(see last nights QOTD

viking01 on April 11, 2014 at 8:12 PM

crankyoldlady on April 11, 2014 at 8:09 PM

A little bit.

I had a drink and a cigar standing at his grave site with a couple of Indians. Its something worth seeing.

cozmo on April 11, 2014 at 8:13 PM

The cost of the blunder has been too high in terms of policy and politics.

The AMERICAN PEOPLE be damned !
Why worry about them ?

burrata on April 11, 2014 at 8:14 PM

What to do with 245 pounds of cole slaw?

(see last nights QOTD

viking01 on April 11, 2014 at 8:12 PM

No.

No, no, no. :)

I’m going outside. BBL. Beep me if anything important happens (if you don’t mind).

Axe on April 11, 2014 at 8:17 PM

Sebelius brought two main assets to her job.

Nope.
She’s a flatty ;-)
both ventrally and dorsally

burrata on April 11, 2014 at 8:17 PM

Is Dingy Harry Behind The Siege At The Bundy Ranch?

The smell is very, very strong with this one.

Resist We Much on April 11, 2014 at 8:09 PM

Great work Miss Sophie!

Now we know why he’s been doing the “shiny objects” thing on thing on the senate floor, talking about the Koch brothers.

31giddyup on April 11, 2014 at 8:17 PM

A little bit.

I had a drink and a cigar standing at his grave site with a couple of Indians. Its something worth seeing.

cozmo on April 11, 2014 at 8:13 PM

At the museum we have a shadow box with what purports to be artifacts that belonged to Geronimo. The glass is framed in and one can hardly see in. I think I’m going to try to take a picture through the glass. I haven’t had much result with that before. There are a couple of photos in there. I’m a skeptic. I have to prove everything.

crankyoldlady on April 11, 2014 at 8:19 PM

One psycho praising another psycho.

VorDaj on April 11, 2014 at 8:21 PM

The endorsements could help Osborn on the money trail, but they are unlikely to motivate Nebraska voters the way former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will help Ben Sasse, a university president and former George W. Bush aide she endorsed.

McCain seemed to realize his imprimatur may not be a godsend for Osborn in a primary that has emerged as a key proxy battle between the national Tea Party groups and the GOP Establishment.

Asked about his Nebraska travel plans, McCain jokingly uttered a string of expletives to express his displeasure that Graham had told a reporter about the issue.

“I haven’t gone yet. I hadn’t had plans to go yet. I am supporting him,” McCain said, adding that he was in the process of donating funds to Osborn.

“This really has a lot to do with my respect for his military service,” McCain said, going on to rip “ridiculous” Osborn critics who say he should not have landed a Navy spy plane in China, exposing U.S. technology to the Communist nation.

“Frankly, for people who have never been in that situation to critique it is really absurd,” McCain said.

Osborn came under heavy fire when it was discovered that a letter he gave the press on official Navy letterhead clearing his actions turned out to have been authored by a personal friend who was doing him a favor. Osborn distributed the fake memo to media on the campaign trail.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/04/10/McCain-Graham-Helping-Osborn-In-NE

davidk on April 11, 2014 at 8:21 PM

Now we know why he’s been doing the “shiny objects” thing on thing on the senate floor, talking about the Koch brothers.

31giddyup on April 11, 2014 at 8:17 PM

Is this stuff being made public or is it only us that hear about it?

crankyoldlady on April 11, 2014 at 8:21 PM

Is Dingy Harry Behind The Siege At The Bundy Ranch?

The smell is very, very strong with this one.

Resist We Much on April 11, 2014 at 8:09 PM

Maybe we’d better start calling Dingy’s clan “The Reid Crime Family”.

slickwillie2001 on April 11, 2014 at 8:22 PM

crankyoldlady on April 11, 2014 at 8:19 PM

Where is the museum?

Geronimo was as famous in captivity as he was while on the run.

Fort Sill is the place to go for Geronimo.

cozmo on April 11, 2014 at 8:22 PM

I have to get in here in the beginning of the
quotes of the the day . Not ashamed to say
I can’t keep up with ” music and videos and
” hello ” , nice to you , etc ” .
I’m afraid we’re losing our country bit by bit .
Nothing has scared me more than the justice
department ignoring the laws of the land and
decimating our freedoms .
Yup , I’m still here but just barely .

Lucano on April 11, 2014 at 8:23 PM

Do a google image search on sylvia burwell.

You thought sebilious was hard on the eyes?

This chick had to start life as a dude.

wolly4321 on April 11, 2014 at 8:24 PM

During the darkest days of the website meltdown, Obama made it clear to those who asked that it was crucial for him not to fire any high-ranking administration officials. Sebelius and McDonough both reasonably feared they would be shown the door.

Hussein kept Syphilius and the other McD around to keep the focus AWAY from the real criminal, the patient-dumper’s A K A the Mooch’s GF who made millions with the no bid contract for the lousy website.
It worked .

burrata on April 11, 2014 at 8:24 PM

COL,
I’ve only seen the Ranch issue on Drudge and a little bit on FNC.

31giddyup on April 11, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Where is the museum?

Geronimo was as famous in captivity as he was while on the run.

Fort Sill is the place to go for Geronimo.

cozmo on April 11, 2014 at 8:22 P

Our museum is in a small town in Ohio. I won’t be going to Ft. Sill. It will have to be the internet. From the little bit I’ve read he was really something. He had 9 wives. Not all at once. Nowadays he would be a big celebrity.Thanks.

crankyoldlady on April 11, 2014 at 8:26 PM

31giddyup on April 11, 2014 at 8:17 PM

TY and, yes, we do.

Maybe we’d better start calling Dingy’s clan “The Reid Crime Family”.

slickwillie2001 on April 11, 2014 at 8:22 PM

Maybe, he should be forced to wear the logos of all of the developers, trial lawyers, casin0s, unions, and China on HIS back. Oh, and don’t forget Federal inmate, Harvey Whittemore, who is serving 2 years in prison for funneling illegal campaign contributions to, ta-da, Dingy Harry Reid!

Resist We Much on April 11, 2014 at 8:27 PM

AF Thunderbirds hit the skies over Tuscon tomorrow.

Airshow. No admission charge, free parking..

Way cool.

wolly4321 on April 11, 2014 at 8:28 PM

What to do with 245 pounds of cole slaw?

viking01 on April 11, 2014 at 8:12 PM

Boxer/ Feinstein cole slaw wrestling match?

Chuck Schick on April 11, 2014 at 8:28 PM

I have to get in here in the beginning of the
quotes of the the day . Not ashamed to say
I can’t keep up with ” music and videos and
” hello ” , nice to you , etc ” .
I’m afraid we’re losing our country bit by bit .
Nothing has scared me more than the justice
department ignoring the laws of the land and
decimating our freedoms .
Yup , I’m still here but just barely .

Lucano on April 11, 2014 at 8:23 PM

Me too kid. I don’t know how many people know how close we re to a police state. I’ve been warning for a long time. they will not allow us to win the senate whatever anybody says.

crankyoldlady on April 11, 2014 at 8:29 PM

Been out of the loop a bit but I haven’t see any coverage here about the Bundy ranch issue. Why is HotAir ignoring it?

Firefly_76 on April 11, 2014 at 8:30 PM

Evenin’.
Tomorrow is RABBIT DAY!

annoyinglittletwerp on April 11, 2014 at 8:30 PM

Evenin’.
Tomorrow is RABBIT DAY!

annoyinglittletwerp on April 11, 2014 at 8:30 PM

I guess you’ll explain that eventually.

crankyoldlady on April 11, 2014 at 8:32 PM

Maybe we’d better start calling Dingy’s clan “The Reid Crime Family”.

slickwillie2001 on April 11, 2014 at 8:22 PM

Yep.

From now on, I think I’m going to refer to the Democrat Party by a far more accurate label: the Democrat Criminal Conspiracy

ShainS on April 11, 2014 at 8:33 PM

Jay Carney stole my finger!

Gingotts on April 11, 2014 at 8:02 PM

You can have one of mine, they just pull off.
Go ahead and pull this finger, then.

whatcat on April 11, 2014 at 8:33 PM

Boxer/ Feinstein cole slaw wrestling match?

Chuck Schick on April 11, 2014 at 8:28 PM

Only if held in the dark and welding masks and ear protectors are provided to the audience.

viking01 on April 11, 2014 at 8:33 PM

I’ve only seen the Ranch issue on Drudge and a little bit on FNC.

31giddyup on April 11, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Don’t worry, everyone will be covering it once the gunfire starts. The Feds are itching for a fight. The result will be used for another massive push for gun control.

climbnjump on April 11, 2014 at 8:34 PM

Maybe, he should be forced to wear the logos of all of the developers, trial lawyers, casin0s, unions, and China on HIS back. Oh, and don’t forget Federal inmate, Harvey Whittemore, who is serving 2 years in prison for funneling illegal campaign contributions to, ta-da, Dingy Harry Reid!

Resist We Much on April 11, 2014 at 8:27 PM

I’ve been “talking” to a ” few” people about Pelosi’s financial interests in the Central Valley desertification .
We know that her BIL is profiting big time from the BrightSource Solar thingy which is roasting birds in the Mojave desert.
Will have real some heavy evidence this wknd.
:O

burrata on April 11, 2014 at 8:35 PM

I can get rabbit at my butcher shop.

But shotgun shells are cheaper.

wolly4321 on April 11, 2014 at 8:36 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on April 11, 2014 at 8:30 PM

I guess you’ll explain that eventually.

crankyoldlady on April 11, 2014 at 8:32 PM

ROTFLMAO… It’s the day she wears her bunny suit at work… (don’t mess with that bunny, she has a .38 snuggling her boobies)

oscarwilde on April 11, 2014 at 8:36 PM

I’ve been “talking” to a ” few” people about Pelosi’s financial interests in the Central Valley desertification .
We know that her BIL is profiting big time from the BrightSource Solar thingy which is roasting birds in the Mojave desert.
Will have real some heavy evidence this wknd.
:O

burrata on April 11, 2014 at 8:35 PM

I repeat. Will any of this be advertised or is it only us that know about it.

crankyoldlady on April 11, 2014 at 8:37 PM

Do a google image search on sylvia burwell.

You thought sebilious was hard on the eyes?

This chick had to start life as a dude.

wolly4321 on April 11, 2014 at 8:24 PM

at least kin to the horsefaced Lurch John Kerry.

ProudinNC on April 11, 2014 at 8:37 PM

crankyoldlady on April 11, 2014 at 8:32 PM

I’m playing the Easter Bunny @ my Walmart tomm. I hand out candy and pose for photos.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 11, 2014 at 8:37 PM

Is Dingy Harry Behind The Siege At The Bundy Ranch?
The smell is very, very strong with this one.
Resist We Much on April 11, 2014 at 8:09 PM
That is really, really, really, really, really good, Soph.
http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2014/04/is-dingy-harry-behind-seige-at-bundy.html

Axe on April 11, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Thank you both for the info

Firefly_76 on April 11, 2014 at 8:37 PM

COL,
I’ve only seen the Ranch issue on Drudge and a little bit on FNC.

31giddyup on April 11, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Drudge linked a c n n article earlier. I don’t know if it stillup.

davidk on April 11, 2014 at 8:38 PM

I’m playing the Easter Bunny @ my Walmart tomm. I hand out candy and pose for photos.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 11, 2014 at 8:37 PM

That’s so neat. I’ll bet you’re good at it.

crankyoldlady on April 11, 2014 at 8:38 PM

oscarwilde on April 11, 2014 at 8:36 PM

My department manager was makin’ wisecracks about ‘pistol packin’ bunnies’.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 11, 2014 at 8:39 PM

Tomorrow is RABBIT BUNNY DAY!

annoyinglittletwerp on April 11, 2014 at 8:30 PM

cozmo on April 11, 2014 at 8:39 PM

AF Thunderbirds hit the skies over Tuscon tomorrow.

Airshow. No admission charge, free parking..

Way cool.

wolly4321 on April 11, 2014 at 8:28 PM

I love our Flyboys, both the AF Thunderbirds and Navy Blue Angel’s. Seeing the Blue’s perform over the San Francisco Bay is the only thing I miss about the Bay Area.

This weekend in Oakdale is Cowboy Up time. The parade starts at 9 a.m.. The rodeo starts later in the afternoon. There’s something about seeing cowboys/girls, horses, and our flag occupying a street in California. It’s becoming a rare event in other towns, needless to say.

31giddyup on April 11, 2014 at 8:40 PM

crankyoldlady on April 11, 2014 at 8:38 PM

I’m so short that the costume doesn’t fit correctly. I look like a lop-eared shar pei. LoL

annoyinglittletwerp on April 11, 2014 at 8:40 PM

I repeat. Will any of this be advertised or is it only us that know about it.

crankyoldlady on April 11, 2014 at 8:37 PM

Oh I’m sure no one in the traditional media will even want to touch these issues with a 10 ft pole.
They all remember what happened to Glenn Beck.

burrata on April 11, 2014 at 8:41 PM

I look like a lop-eared shar pei. LoL

annoyinglittletwerp on April 11, 2014 at 8:40 PM

And that makes you different from any other day in what way?

cozmo on April 11, 2014 at 8:43 PM

been out of the loop a bit but I haven’t see any coverage here about the Bundy ranch issue. Why is HotAir ignoring it? Firefly_76 on April 11, 2014 at 8:30 PM

I emailed the tips. Asking them to cover it. Told them to check out Sophies posts.

Just the whorehouse harry aspect is compelling enough.

But it’s a much larger issue. The feds using force on State land. Over a fvcking turtle?

Hollowpoints are waiting for all of us.

wolly4321 on April 11, 2014 at 8:46 PM

COL,
I’ve only seen the Ranch issue on Drudge and a little bit on FNC.

31giddyup on April 11, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Hannity interviewed the guy on his radio show which means he probably will do it again at 10 on the TV; Greta did a spot on him as well.

slickwillie2001 on April 11, 2014 at 8:46 PM

Is Dingy Harry Behind The Siege At The Bundy Ranch?

The smell is very, very strong with this one.

Resist We Much on April 11, 2014 at 8:09 PM

So, Herr Obama has apparently turned the BLM into Harry Reid’s private army, and I think we can be rather sure Herr Obama himself will get his share of kick backs one way or another, with it’s mission now to further enrich Harry Reid’s bank accounts. Our tax dollars at work.

VorDaj on April 11, 2014 at 8:49 PM

I’m playing the Easter Bunny @ my Walmart tomm. I hand out candy and pose for photos.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 11, 2014 at 8:37 PM

Make sure the photog gets your good side… ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on April 11, 2014 at 8:51 PM

ccrankyoldlady on April 11, 2014 at 8:29 PM
We ” know ” but we all will be shocked when it happens .
Glad you’re here . Thank you .

Lucano on April 11, 2014 at 8:52 PM

Wow, so early…

OmahaConservative on April 11, 2014 at 8:52 PM

1giddyup on April 11, 2014 at 8:40 PM

We have a rodeo every year, and it’s awesome. Kids have off from school.

They serve Jack Daniels, and kickass food.

I dig smoking hot cowgirls. ;)

And as a Navy guy,, I prefer the Blue Angels, too.

wolly4321 on April 11, 2014 at 8:52 PM

I emailed the tips. Asking them to cover it. Told them to check out Sophies posts.

Just the whorehouse harry aspect is compelling enough.

But it’s a much larger issue. The feds using force on State land. Over a fvcking turtle?

Hollowpoints are waiting for all of us.

wolly4321 on April 11, 2014 at 8:46 PM

It has nothing what=so-ever to do with turtles. Unless you consider Harry Reid a turtle.

oscarwilde on April 11, 2014 at 8:52 PM

been out of the loop a bit but I haven’t see any coverage here about the Bundy ranch issue. Why is HotAir ignoring it?

Firefly_76 on April 11, 2014 at 8:30 PM

Anything that even slightly hints at any possibility of a R—-evolution gives hotair the willies and the shivers.

VorDaj on April 11, 2014 at 8:53 PM

Skid Row – I Remember You

Newtie and the Beauty on April 11, 2014 at 8:52 PM

Now you’re just messin with me… And here I thought you liked me.

oscarwilde on April 11, 2014 at 8:53 PM

OmahaConservative on April 11, 2014 at 8:52 PM

You from Joisey by any chance, OC? You never seem to be happy with when QOTD’s posted… [insert suspicious look here]

:-D

Newtie and the Beauty on April 11, 2014 at 8:53 PM

Evening All.

ALT….I’m sure you make an awesome bunny :)

RWM….great piece on Bundy Ranch. Even though it makes me so angry that the background you write about is not mentioned even with Hannity or Greta. That’s what I miss about Beck’s “connecting the dots” segments. Thanks for your work.

CoffeeLover on April 11, 2014 at 8:54 PM

I’m so short that the costume doesn’t fit correctly. I look like a lop-eared shar pei. LoL

annoyinglittletwerp on April 11, 2014 at 8:40 PM

Little early to be bragging about the Brazilian Bunny wax.

HonestLib on April 11, 2014 at 8:55 PM

oscarwilde on April 11, 2014 at 8:53 PM

I thought about this one, but said “Nah”…

Newtie and the Beauty on April 11, 2014 at 8:55 PM

oscarwilde on April 11, 2014 at 8:36 PM

My department manager was makin’ wisecracks about ‘pistol packin’ bunnies’.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 11, 2014 at 8:39 PM

You should have wiggled your boobs at him and asked him if he thought they might go all scary on him… <— Insert evil laughter here…

oscarwilde on April 11, 2014 at 8:56 PM

CoffeeLover on April 11, 2014 at 8:54 PM

CL!! ODS went back to work today!!

Newtie and the Beauty on April 11, 2014 at 8:56 PM

oscarwilde on April 11, 2014 at 8:53 PM

I thought about this one, but said “Nah”…

Newtie and the Beauty on April 11, 2014 at 8:55 PM

But I didn’t write that one…

oscarwilde on April 11, 2014 at 8:57 PM

Wow, so early…

OmahaConservative on April 11, 2014 at 8:52 PM

Omaha, I left you a not this morning but I don’t think you went back.I wanted to tell you what you could do with the cabbage Call the county agriculture extension. Some farmers are looking for stuff like that to feed livestock. One of them advertises in our local penny saver. Cows couldn’t eat it but pigs could.

crankyoldlady on April 11, 2014 at 8:57 PM

I meant note.

crankyoldlady on April 11, 2014 at 8:57 PM

I’ve only seen the Ranch issue on Drudge and a little bit on FNC.

31giddyup on April 11, 2014 at 8:25 PM

The Blaze, Breitbart and Gateway Pundit all have it. I’m wondering why Hot Air has not even mentioned it.

TarheelBen on April 11, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Good evening ladies and gentlemen. Anybody know anything about Geronimo?

crankyoldlady on April 11, 2014 at 8:09 PM

My girlfriend and I were on a cross county road trip. After spending the night in a quaint hotel in Bisbee, Arizona, we were driving north on Arizona highway 80, when we saw I tortoise in the middle of the highway. Knowing it probably wouldn’t make it, we stopped to send it along it’s way safe into the desert. Looking up at where we had stopped, we realized we were at the monument that commemorates where Geronimo surrendered.

Would have driven right past it if it hadn’t been for that tortoise.

MichaelGabriel on April 11, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Patrick Roberts @cubsforever
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@CharlieDaniels it is a very tense over there both sides are building up, gov has just moved in a tank today on top of all other fire power.

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CoffeeLover on April 11, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Hannity interviewed the guy on his radio show which means he probably will do it again at 10 on the TV; Greta did a spot on him as well. slickwillie2001 on April 11, 2014 at 8:46 PM

He was on last night. Hannity usually puts them on tv the first night, radio the next day.

wolly4321 on April 11, 2014 at 8:59 PM

TarheelBen on April 11, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Tepid Air.
RINO Air.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 11, 2014 at 9:00 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on April 11, 2014 at 8:56 PM

awesome…I bet he’s happy!

CoffeeLover on April 11, 2014 at 9:00 PM

Evenin’.
Tomorrow is RABBIT DAY!

annoyinglittletwerp on April 11, 2014 at 8:30 PM

Have a great time with the kids ALT.

31giddyup on April 11, 2014 at 9:00 PM

One Post Turtle

Horrible crap I ran across whilst searching for post turtles. Supreme Court Rules That People, Who Accept Social Security, May NOT Decline Medicare Benefits.

Axe on April 11, 2014 at 9:01 PM

Megyn Kelly is covering Bundy as I type!

CoffeeLover on April 11, 2014 at 9:01 PM

He was on last night. Hannity usually puts them on tv the first night, radio the next day.

wolly4321 on April 11, 2014 at 8:59 PM

Megyn Kelly is leading her show with it. She’ll do a good job I’m sure.

TarheelBen on April 11, 2014 at 9:01 PM

oscarwilde on April 11, 2014 at 8:57 PM

Neither did I, but I was playing “Six Degrees of Youtube”…

Is my hair longer than yours now? Or then?

Newtie and the Beauty on April 11, 2014 at 9:01 PM

oscarwilde on April 11, 2014 at 8:36 PM

My department manager was makin’ wisecracks about ‘pistol packin’ bunnies’.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 11, 2014 at 8:39 PM

You should have wiggled your boobs at him and asked him if he thought they might go all scary on him… <— Insert evil laughter here…

oscarwilde on April 11, 2014 at 8:56 PM

Back in the day caught a lot on snow bunnies with an 8 ball.

HonestLib on April 11, 2014 at 9:01 PM

Megyn Kelly is covering Bundy as I type!

CoffeeLover on April 11, 2014 at 9:01 PM

They read HA you know.

Axe on April 11, 2014 at 9:02 PM

Would have driven right past it if it hadn’t been for that tortoise.

MichaelGabriel on April 11, 2014 at 8:58 PM

That’s so cool. I wish I could make that trip again. I stop all the time and help turtles across the road. I live by a lake.

crankyoldlady on April 11, 2014 at 9:02 PM

Nope.
She’s a flatty ;-)
both ventrally and dorsally

burrata on April 11, 2014 at 8:17 PM

C’mon now, be nice. She makes a good bed board if your back is out. The ice cold might hamper sleeping though.

arnold ziffel on April 11, 2014 at 9:02 PM

Change the politically damaged face of the policy, but keep it, advance it, continue to grow the power of the Progressive Ruling Class.

Sebelius is now a saint to the Progressive left, as will Eric Holder be if he is forced out.

This is an old (and very successful ploy of both the gop and the Democrats.

Above all else…..the Ruling Class must grow their power and influence.

PappyD61 on April 11, 2014 at 9:03 PM

oscarwilde on April 11, 2014 at 8:57 PM

Neither did I, but I was playing “Six Degrees of Youtube”…

Is my hair longer than yours now? Or then?

Newtie and the Beauty on April 11, 2014 at 9:01 PM

Cough cough, but I DID write that other song.

oscarwilde on April 11, 2014 at 9:03 PM

Axe on April 11, 2014 at 9:02 PM

lol, I do wonder though.

CoffeeLover on April 11, 2014 at 9:04 PM

slickwillie200 on April 11, 2014 at 8:46 PM

Thank you!

Looking at a report right now on The Kelly file.

31giddyup on April 11, 2014 at 9:05 PM

CoffeeLover on April 11, 2014 at 9:00 PM

I’ll say! He was already to go at 2.30 and then remembered that he had to call the Personnel Manager to make sure it was OK! It was and he wasted NO time boot-scootin’ outtahere!

He gets off at 11pm…and works tomorrow and Sunday, too!

Newtie and the Beauty on April 11, 2014 at 9:05 PM

oscarwilde on April 11, 2014 at 8:56 PM

Back in the day caught a lot on snow bunnies with an 8 ball.

HonestLib on April 11, 2014 at 9:01 PM

ROTFLMAO… Back in the day, a lot of snow bunnies caught me the same way… <— Insert embarrassed look here…

oscarwilde on April 11, 2014 at 9:05 PM

CoffeeLover on April 11, 2014 at 8:54 PM

A few more dots which stand to profit from the desertification of CA’s Central Valley :
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/04/30/Sen-Diane-Feinstein-s-Husband-Bags-CA-High-Speed-Rail-Construction-Contract

The smelt has to be saved. The tortoise has to be saved .
For Reid, Feinstein and Pelosi .

burrata on April 11, 2014 at 9:05 PM

But I didn’t write that one…

oscarwilde on April 11, 2014 at 8:57 PM

Be honest……breakout a little Richard Simmons and tell us about your YMCA song!

HonestLib on April 11, 2014 at 9:05 PM

Axe on April 11, 2014 at 9:02 PM

And Miss Megyn has cited Real Clear Politics by name.

Newtie and the Beauty on April 11, 2014 at 9:06 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on April 11, 2014 at 9:05 PM

I’m sure he’s going to like those paychecks returning too. I’m thrilled for him.

CoffeeLover on April 11, 2014 at 9:06 PM

that’s what I miss about Beck’s “connecting the dots” segments. Thanks for your work. CoffeeLover on April 11, 2014 at 8:54 PM

We sure could use a chalkboard about now.

Not only on this. But also on IRS->Lerner->Cummings

wolly4321 on April 11, 2014 at 9:07 PM

COL, I found a church that took it all this morning. Thanks for the suggestions, everyone. All I have left are a few onions, some Chard & lettuce which will go to the chickens in the morning…

OmahaConservative on April 11, 2014 at 9:07 PM

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