Open thread: Sunday morning talking heads

posted at 8:01 am on April 13, 2014 by Allahpundit

Time for a round of “hawk or dove?” with the least predictable man in the GOP. Rand Paul will be on “This Week” to chat up his idea to arm America’s pilots in the cockpit but Stephanopoulos will be more interested in quizzing him on the stuff Mother Jones dug up from his 2009 campaign. Does he really think Dick Cheney supported invading Iraq because it would benefit Halliburton? Is his position on torture these days the same as it was when he was running for Senate? Paul can get testy when he’s pressed on subjects he doesn’t want to talk about so this one could be fun.

Your best bet besides that is “Face the Nation,” where Elijah Cummings will be on to try to explain why his staff was quietly seeking information on a conservative nonprofit from Lois Lerner. Marsha Blackburn will be on too to preview the Blackburn 2016 campaign. (Really!) The full line-up is at Politico.


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Marsha Blackburn will be on too to preview the Blackburn 2016 campaign.

She is on left wing shows because she is an idiot.

faraway on April 13, 2014 at 8:06 AM

Goodness why doesn’t HOTAIR put Pauls mug on the banner. I would vote for Blackburn before Paul any day.

KBird on April 13, 2014 at 8:16 AM

Yeah, that Cheney/Haliburton comment sounds like his Dad. Which oft times sounds like the left.

hawkdriver on April 13, 2014 at 8:25 AM

What I find amazing is that like Obama, Rand Paul is an international man of mystery. Yet, there are many who find it is acceptable with Paul being a mystery than Obama. People kept saying look into this Ayers thing etc, but these same people will just ignore Paul’s problems. If you can’t come clean on who you really are, then you don’t get my vote

Brock Robamney on April 13, 2014 at 8:28 AM

Rand Paul is a,’riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma’.

celtic warrior on April 13, 2014 at 8:37 AM

What I find amazing is that like Obama, Rand Paul is an international man of mystery. Yet, there are many who find it is acceptable with Paul being a mystery than Obama. People kept saying look into this Ayers thing etc, but these same people will just ignore Paul’s problems. If you can’t come clean on who you really are, then you don’t get my vote

Brock Robamney on April 13, 2014 at 8:28 AM

Where do you see mystery surrounding Rand Paul? He grew up in the fishbowl that was his father’s public life. His college experiences, grades, and associations are well known. Where are the blank spots?

massrighty on April 13, 2014 at 8:43 AM

Where do you see mystery surrounding Rand Paul? He grew up in the fishbowl that was his father’s public life. His college experiences, grades, and associations are well known. Where are the blank spots?

massrighty on April 13, 2014 at 8:43 AM

The unknowns, as Rumsfeld would call them, are the questions about how much he actually agrees with his dad’s more outrageous statements/beliefs and whether or not he’s just better at hiding it.

thebrokenrattle on April 13, 2014 at 8:47 AM

People kept saying look into this Ayers thing etc, but these same people will just ignore Paul’s problems.

Brock Robamney on April 13, 2014 at 8:28 AM

I didn’t see libertarians saying “look into the Ayers thing” at all; I saw conservatives raising red flags about Obama and the MSM ignoring the red flags. Rand, like his father, is a libertarian who runs as a republican because that is the only way he can win an election in a two-party system. But like his father, Rand believes everyone, including social dictators, is entitled to the same liberties we exercise as a nation, including the development of advanced weapons systems. We should be preserving individual freedom and liberty for ourselves and let others do the same for themselves. War ensues when it comes time to protect our freedoms and liberties from those who try to take them from us, and unfortunately, that is the way it will always be…that is the cost of freedom.

ThePainfulTruth on April 13, 2014 at 8:49 AM

Let’s elect another freshman senator with no executive experience to the presidency…cause it worked so well last time.

workingclass artist on April 13, 2014 at 8:57 AM

Not tuning in…

OmahaConservative on April 13, 2014 at 9:05 AM

The question about being a hawk or dove is at least a bit unnecessarily polarizing. Does he have to be either?

To me, the reasonable leader would be the man or woman that takes appropriate action when a military solution is the best (or maybe even only only) option for some situation where the US or an allies interests are affected, but never uses military action because of politics. “Hawk” and “dove” are terms for both sides of the extreme.

Whats reasonable and what’s an appropriate response?

hawkdriver on April 13, 2014 at 9:06 AM

Let’s elect another freshman senator with no executive experience to the presidency…cause it worked so well last time.

workingclass artist on April 13, 2014 at 8:57 AM

Worked out pretty well for the Left now, didn’t it…?

JohnGalt23 on April 13, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Let’s elect another freshman senator with no executive experience to the presidency…cause it worked so well last time.

workingclass artist on April 13, 2014 at 8:57 AM

Exactly.

scalleywag on April 13, 2014 at 9:17 AM

I want a leader that cares about us and doesn’t give a damn what other countries think.
won’t find that too often in todays political climate.

dmacleo on April 13, 2014 at 9:20 AM

Congressman Levin on Fox News Sunday won’t answer Chris Wallace’s questions on the IRS scandal. He brought out the Koch brothers and Karl Rove. It is a typical case of obfuscation. The non answers are really stupid. Obviously the talking points were put out.

statsmanblack on April 13, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Like or dislike Rand, he is having the conversation about individual liberty that transcends political parties. That is why it is atractive you all ages and races.

Tater Salad on April 13, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Let’s elect another freshman senator with no executive experience to the presidency…cause it worked so well last time.

workingclass artist on April 13, 2014 at 8:57 AM

I’ll roll that dice on Cruz, but not on Paul.

BuckeyeSam on April 13, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Think anyone will be asked what they think about the standoff in Nevada?

scalleywag on April 13, 2014 at 9:33 AM

The GOP has enough evidence to politically eviscerate Harry Reid. Will one GOP senator make the case? Not a chance.

These are our champions.

rrpjr on April 13, 2014 at 9:34 AM

I didn’t see libertarians saying “look into the Ayers thing” at all; I saw conservatives raising red flags about Obama and the MSM ignoring the red flags. Rand, like his father, is a libertarian who runs as a republican because that is the only way he can win an election in a two-party system. But like his father, Rand believes everyone, including social dictators, is entitled to the same liberties we exercise as a nation, including the development of advanced weapons systems. We should be preserving individual freedom and liberty for ourselves and let others do the same for themselves. War ensues when it comes time to protect our freedoms and liberties from those who try to take them from us, and unfortunately, that is the way it will always be…that is the cost of freedom.

ThePainfulTruth on April 13, 2014 at 8:49 AM

Ah! Thanks for the common sense approach. I find it interesting
that other posters blather on and on about Rand Paul being a “dove”, when what he is really saying is that we shouldn’t jump
to go to war; and when in a war we should be in it to win it and
not utilize our resources for a war lasting a decade, etc.
Let’s not use US taxpayers dollars to (other) nation build.
What’s wrong with that? Seems sound to me.

A lot of posters do not perform their own research; they just repeat what is stated on lefty or repub estab media; often mixing
up the opinions of Ron Paul and Rand Paul. It is pure laziness.

Some (mostly supporters of other candidates; Mitt
Romney, Ted Cruz, etc.)jump to post whenever there is any commentary on Rand Paul. I suspect they don’t read about the
subject matter; just jump in to post something negative.

No wonder the repubs get the candidates they run.

Amjean on April 13, 2014 at 9:58 AM

Aw crap

Jaibones on April 13, 2014 at 9:59 AM

Your best can bet besides that is “Face the Nation,” will softball where Elijah Cummings will be on to try to explain while he explains why his staff was quietly seeking information on a conservative nonprofit terrorists group from Lois Lerner.

Walter L. Newton on April 13, 2014 at 10:01 AM

Aw crap

Jaibones on April 13, 2014 at 9:59 AM

…no!…or is that the really really short analysis of todays talking heads!
(:->)

KOOLAID2 on April 13, 2014 at 10:04 AM

Ah! Thanks for the common sense approach. I find it interesting
that other posters blather on and on about Rand Paul being a “dove”, when what he is really saying is that we shouldn’t jump
to go to war; and when in a war we should be in it to win it and
not utilize our resources for a war lasting a decade, etc.
Let’s not use US taxpayers dollars to (other) nation build.
What’s wrong with that? Seems sound to me.

What’s wrong is you inventing comments. Where did anyone in this thread call Paul a dove? Talk about blathering on.

A lot of posters do not perform their own research; they just repeat what is stated on lefty or repub estab media; often mixing
up the opinions of Ron Paul and Rand Paul. It is pure laziness.

A lot of posters pull sentiment of other commenters out of their ass too.

Some (mostly supporters of other candidates; Mitt
Romney, Ted Cruz, etc.)jump to post whenever there is any commentary on Rand Paul. I suspect they don’t read about the
subject matter; just jump in to post something negative.

No wonder the repubs get the candidates they run.

Amjean on April 13, 2014 at 9:58 AM

What thread are you reading? Geez, straw man much?

hawkdriver on April 13, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Walter L. Newton on April 13, 2014 at 10:01 AM

Your premises aren’t getting any easier to understand.

hawkdriver on April 13, 2014 at 10:07 AM

The Propaganda Parade is on the air!

What would happen if the news industry all put on a show on Sunday morning, each show run by liberals and addressing the issues with guests and subjects nearest and dearest to their nitwit liberal hearts?

Have a gander:

“Meet the Press” on NBC
• Ed Markey – Kook Left Liberal
• Donna Edwards – Kook Left Liberal
• Ed Davis – Tool of the Boston Kook Left

“Face the Nation” on CBS
• Marsha Blackburn – Conservative!
• Elijah Cummings – Kook Left Liberal

“This Week” on ABC
• Rand Paul – Libertarian rock-star
• Deval Patrick – Kook Left Liberal
• Samantha Power – Kook Left Liberal

“Fox News Sunday” on Fox
• Tim Scott – Conservative!
• Sheldon Whitehouse – Kook Left Liberal
• Sander Levin – Kook Left Liberal
• Charles Boustany – GOPer
• Mike Huckabee – What do you call this jackass these days?

“State of the Union” on CNN
• Steve Israel – Kook Left Liberal
• Greg Walden – GOPer

“Political Capital” on Bloomberg TV
• Zbigniew Brzezinski – Liberal Clown

“Newsmakers” on C-SPAN
• Bob Goodlatte – Conservative

“Al Punto” Racist TV on Univision
• Mario Diaz-Balart – GOP Race-victim
• Luis Gutierrez – Kook Left Liberal
• Arianna Huffington – Kook Left Liberal

Note: 2013 continues to mystify me. Look at ACU Ratings for Boustany (LA) and Walden (OR) in 2013. One is an 88% lifetime mostly conservative; one is a 79% RINO-leaner. Both put up a Kirk-life 64% in 2013. Anyone know why?

As for the lineup, it is an appalling blizzard of Kook Left fringe liberals. Pathetic even for our DNC media.

Get outside and enjoy the day!

Jaibones on April 13, 2014 at 10:15 AM

The unknowns, as Rumsfeld would call them, are the questions about how much he actually agrees with his dad’s more outrageous statements/beliefs and whether or not he’s just better at hiding it.
thebrokenrattle on April 13, 2014 at 8:47 AM

Bingo! We have a winner. People have a tendency to take the easy road and not do their own research. If Rand Paul is so much for individual rights, then why does he support John McCain and Mitch McConnell? Why does he attack Ted Cruz for speaking out on Obamacare? Why does Rand Paul come out against the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments? I am not going to ignore somebody’s qualifications for higher office just because they have an ‘R’ after their name

Brock Robamney on April 13, 2014 at 10:17 AM

…no!…or is that the really really short analysis of todays talking heads!

KOOLAID2 on April 13, 2014 at 10:04 AM

I might have just left it at that; that’s how crappy this lineup is. But it really meant that I spent 20 minutes writing this up and *poof!*…it disappeared. Gone. Damn…had to start over.

Jaibones on April 13, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Aw crap

Jaibones on April 13, 2014 at 9:59 AM

…no!…or is that the really really short analysis of todays talking heads!
(:->)

KOOLAID2 on April 13, 2014 at 10:04 AM

I suspect Jaibones’ comment goes beyond his usually salient post into State of the Union territory. Because it is that accurate.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on April 13, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Your premises aren’t getting any easier to understand.

hawkdriver on April 13, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Kinda of early for you to be drinking… isn’t it. I’ll explain and then you re-read my comment. I was being sarcastic. Cumming will be soft balled by the network and by the time the segment is over, it will all be Bush’s fault.

Walter L. Newton on April 13, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Kinda of early for you to be drinking… isn’t it. I’ll explain and then you re-read my comment. I was being sarcastic. Cumming will be soft balled by the network and by the time the segment is over, it will all be Bush’s fault.

Walter L. Newton on April 13, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Have you noticed nobody gets your sarcasm? FO worm.

CW on April 13, 2014 at 10:22 AM

I suspect Jaibones’ comment goes beyond his usually salient post into State of the Union territory. Because it is that accurate.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on April 13, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Heh. Just frustrated. All good now. Can you believe the lineup of idiots they trotted out? What dreck.

Jaibones on April 13, 2014 at 10:24 AM

Have you noticed nobody gets your sarcasm? FO worm.

CW on April 13, 2014 at 10:22 AM

And what?

Walter L. Newton on April 13, 2014 at 10:26 AM

…no!…or is that the really really short analysis of todays talking heads!

KOOLAID2 on April 13, 2014 at 10:04 AM

I might have just left it at that; that’s how crappy this lineup is. But it really meant that I spent 20 minutes writing this up and *poof!*…it disappeared. Gone. Damn…had to start over.

Jaibones on April 13, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Really appreciate your dedication. It’s worth way more than these actual shows themselves.

ncinca on April 13, 2014 at 10:30 AM

I am becoming quite the Marsha Blackburn fan.

Jaibones on April 13, 2014 at 10:32 AM

ncinca on April 13, 2014 at 10:30 AM

You know I do it for fun, but it rarely fails to startle me – how awful the media’s bias is. Just awful. A civilized society would be embarrassed to claim that this is an objective media.

Jaibones on April 13, 2014 at 10:36 AM

The perfect is the enemy of the good. There is much to admire in Rand, and we have a dire need to boot the socialists out of the White House.

John the Libertarian on April 13, 2014 at 10:38 AM

This is long, but I got it through a chain of person e mails and I don’t have the original link. It looks at the political donations of two physicians who billed outrageous amounts to Medicare. I think it is of interest to Hotair readers.

Political Ties of Top Billers for Medicare
(NY Times)

MIAMI — Two Florida doctors who received the nation’s highest Medicare reimbursements in 2012 are both major contributors to Democratic Party causes, and they have turned to the political system in recent years to defend themselves against suspicions that they may have submitted fraudulent or excessive charges to the federal government.

The pattern of large Medicare payments and six-figure political donations shows up among several of the doctors whose payment records were released for the first time this week by the Department of Health and Human Services. For years, the department refused to make the data public, and finally did so only after being sued by The Wall Street Journal.

Topping the list is Dr. Salomon E. Melgen, 59, an ophthalmologist from North Palm Beach, Fla., who received $21 million in Medicare reimbursements in 2012 alone. The doctor billed a bulk of his reimbursements for Lucentis, a medication used to treat macular degeneration made by a company that pays generous rebates to its doctors.

Dr. Melgen’s firm donated more than $700,000 to Majority PAC, a super PAC run by former aides to the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada.
The super PAC then spent $600,000 to help re-elect Senator Robert Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey, who is a close friend of Dr. Melgen’s. Last year, Mr. Menendez himself became a target of investigation after the senator intervened on behalf of Dr. Melgen with federal officials and took flights on his private jet.

Another physician, Dr. Asad Qamar, an interventional cardiologist in Ocala, Fla., has sent at least $250,000 in donations over the last decade to the political campaigns of President Obama and other prominent Democrats; he has become the target of scrutiny related to cardiovascular treatment centers he runs in Central Florida.

Dr. Qamar was paid more than $18 million in 2012, making him and Dr. Melgen by far the largest payment recipients nationwide, according to the data. A pathologist from New Jersey received the third largest Medicare reimbursement, $12.6 million.

In an interview on Wednesday, Dr. Qamar said any questions about his Medicare bills were unjustified.

“Just looking at the sheer volume of work and billings from a single physician is not a sign of wrongdoing,” Dr. Qamar said, noting that his practice handles cardiac procedures in its outpatient clinics that would be done inside a hospital in many other states, which he said explained the large billable amounts.

Data released Wednesday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services show Dr. Salomon E. Melgen received $21 million in Medicare reimbursements in 2012 alone.

Hector Gabino / The Miami Herald, via Associated Press

The state of Florida was home to many of the physicians who received the largest payments, 28 out of the top 100. California, with a much larger population, was second, with 10 of the top 100.

Doctors in Florida have been frequent targets of Medicare fraud investigations, based on irregular patterns of bills or extremely high bills.

Just last month, two Florida medical clinic owners were sentenced on charges of Medicare fraud, both in cases involving more than $20 million in fraudulent payments. In addition, the Halifax Hospital Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Fla., agreed to pay the government $85 million to resolve allegations that it had billed Medicare for care based on referrals from doctors who had a financial relationship with the institution, a forbidden practice.

Dr. Melgen appeared on investigators’ radar when a Medicare contractor noticed that he, a single practitioner, was billing for Lucentis at a significantly higher rate than his peers, Justice Department lawyers wrote in response to a suit the doctor filed against the Health and Human Services Department.

Dr. Salomon E. Melgen and Dr. Asad Qamar, above, were the nation’s top recipients of Medicare reimbursements in 2012.

Each vial of the medication comes with up to four times the amount that a patient requires. Investigators said the doctor was using one vial to treat three or four patients, and billing as if he had purchased a new vial each time. The doctor would be reimbursed $6,000 to $8,000 for a vial that cost him $2,000.

The investigation concluded that in 2007 and 2008 alone, he overbilled by $9 million, which he was forced to pay back.

The doctor, federal lawyers said, “seeks to game the system by seeking reimbursement of three to four times its actual costs.”

Dr. Melgen hired the former head of the Justice Department’s Medicare fraud task force, Kirk Ogrosky, to defend him. In a lawsuit that sought to recover the $9 million, Mr. Ogrosky argued that Dr. Melgen’s billing practice was not illegal and that even if the doctor had not spread the medication out, the government would not have saved any money.

Interactive Map | Medicare’s Most Reimbursed Ophthalmologists Nearly 3,000 ophthalmologists fell in the top 2 percent of Medicare Part B recipients, each receiving more than $470,000 in payments in 2012.

As the dispute dragged on, the doctor reached out to his longtime friend, Mr. Menendez, for help. Mr. Menendez’s aides acknowledged that the senator called the Medicare director at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services in 2009 and brought it up at a meeting with the acting administrator in 2012. Now both Dr. Melgen and Mr. Menendez find themselves under federal scrutiny. F.B.I. agents have raided Dr. Melgen’s clinics twice.

“At all times, Dr. Melgen billed in conformity with Medicare rules,” Mr. Ogrosky said in a statement. “While the amounts in the CMS data release appear large, the vast majority reflect the cost of drugs. The facts are that doctors receive 6 percent above what they pay for drugs, the amount billed by physicians is set by law, and drug companies set the price of drugs, not doctors.”

He declined to discuss the doctor’s relationship with the senator or his campaign contributions.

Dr. Qamar and his Institute of Cardiovascular Excellence in Ocala, Fla., have for at least the last 16 months been subject to what is known as a “prepayment review,” he said on Wednesday. Medicare officials typically take this step, which requires a detailed examination of all Medicare bills before they authorize payment, after they have detected patterns that lead them to suspect there may have been inappropriate or excessive bills.

A Disproportionate Share

The money paid to Dr. Qamar in 2012 — $18.2 million — is much more than to any other cardiologist in the United States. The second-highest total is listed as $4.5 million, paid to Dr. Ashish Pal of Davenport, Fla.

Dr. Pal said in an interview on Wednesday that his billing was entirely appropriate and fair, although he acknowledged it was high because he has multiple cardiology-related specialties, and because he works in an outpatient setting and bills the government for facility fees.

Dr. Qamar said his payments were high because his practice, which has 150 employees and a caseload of 23,000 patients, routinely handles complicated procedures like opening blocked arteries in the legs of older patients, which normally would be billed by a hospital.

Dr. Qamar has sent more than $100,000 to the Democratic National Committee and other state-based branches of the Democratic Party around the United States, and has donated to President Obama’s presidential campaigns and groups with ties to Mr. Obama, federal records show. He has also made donations to congressional candidates — almost all of them Democrats — from Nevada, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Iowa and Florida, among other states, the records show.

At the same time some of those donations were being made, the prominent law and lobbying firm Greenberg Traurig — and a former Justice Department official and Capitol Hill aide from the firm named Gregory W. Kehoe — helped Mr. Qamar contact more than a dozen members of Congress asking them to help him address why he was subject to such intense scrutiny from Medicare auditors.

The political donations, Dr. Qamar said, are unrelated to the Medicare scrutiny, but he acknowledged he had reached out to lawmakers in Congress to persuade the federal government to back down.

“The auditors put an astronomical burden on us, in terms of manpower,” he said. “I would just hope there is some end to it.”

Both Dr. Qamar and Dr. Melgen are still certified to receive Medicare payments, although Dr. Melgen at one point was suspended from the Medicare program, which accounts for 70 percent of his practice. He has been reinstated. And an official at the Department of Health and Human Services declined to comment on either physician or to confirm that they were a subject of special scrutiny.

The New Jersey pathologist ranked third among doctors nationwide in terms of Medicare billing, Dr. Michael C. McGinnis, is the medical director of the Pathology Corporation of America in Wrightstown, N.J., which performs analytical work on medical specimens for other doctors, perhaps explaining his high ranking on the list. Dr. McGinnis could not be reached for comment.

Frances Robles reported from Miami, and Eric Lipton from Washington. Michael Strickland contributed research.

Correction: April 9, 2014

An earlier version of this article misidentified a political action committee to which Dr. Salomon E. Melgen contributed more than $700,000. It was Majority PAC, a super PAC run by former aides to the Senate majority leader Harry Reid, not the political action committee of Senator Robert Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat.

Hopefully, jail is in their future.

talkingpoints on April 13, 2014 at 10:38 AM

Kinda of early for you to be drinking… isn’t it. I’ll explain and then you re-read my comment. I was being sarcastic. Cumming will be soft balled by the network and by the time the segment is over, it will all be Bush’s fault.

Walter L. Newton on April 13, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Don’t bother.

hawkdriver on April 13, 2014 at 10:38 AM

race pimp cummings has been ask on the war on women and another softball on sebelius. now its obamacare with its 7.5 million.

not a word about the IRS

scumbag

renalin on April 13, 2014 at 10:45 AM

…Topping the list is Dr. Salomon E. Melgen, 59, an ophthalmologist from North Palm Beach, Fla., who received $21 million in Medicare reimbursements in 2012 alone. The doctor billed a bulk of his reimbursements for Lucentis, a medication used to treat macular degeneration made by a company that pays generous rebates to its doctors.

Dr. Melgen’s firm donated more than $700,000 to Majority PAC, a super PAC run by former aides to the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada….
talkingpoints on April 13, 2014 at 10:38 AM

What a coincidence!!!! Same name as that other senator from the same state who just got outed at the center of the unmentionable heliocentric scandal first broken by a certain web site and involving a 3-letter agency and this safely linked creature.

Medicare and BLM scandals break in the same weekend for the majority leader of the senior legislative body of the world’s most powerful nation — the stars have aligned at last! But will any TV “news” show bring it up????

fred5678 on April 13, 2014 at 10:58 AM

The perfect is the enemy of the good. There is much to admire in Rand, and we have a dire need to boot the socialists out of the White House.

John the Libertarian on April 13, 2014 at 10:38 AM

It’s more than that. Rand seems like the only one who can rise above the MSM talking-points and actually be the first POTUS to go after the leftist managerial class that is entrenched within the federal bureaucracy.

Punchenko on April 13, 2014 at 11:38 AM

It’s more than that. Rand seems like the only one who can rise above the MSM talking-points and actually be the first POTUS to go after the leftist managerial class that is entrenched within the federal bureaucracy.

Punchenko on April 13, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Can you articulate what makes him the only one? Considering the field, I see quite a few doing … exactly that.

hawkdriver on April 13, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Medicare and BLM scandals break in the same weekend for the majority leader of the senior legislative body of the world’s most powerful nation — the stars have aligned at last! But will any TV “news” show bring it up????

fred5678 on April 13, 2014 at 10:58 AM

LOL! Never.

Punchenko on April 13, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Disgrace The Nation:

Elijah Cummings on: And, now done. NOT ONE WORD about IRS investigation.

aquaviva on April 13, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Sander Levin — what a dolt! He is an embarrassment.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on April 13, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Sander Levin: “There is zero proof of White House involvement” in the IRS issue. Just blithely ignores Lerner’s taking the Fifth, or the lack of documents being provided by the IRS. Ridiculous.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on April 13, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Let’s elect another freshman senator with no executive experience to the presidency…cause it worked so well last time.

workingclass artist

Because the problem with Obama isn’t that he’s a left wing nut, it’s that he just didn’t have enough experience before becoming president. If only he’d had more experience governing as a liberal, his liberal beliefs would work much better.

xblade on April 13, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Let’s elect another freshman senator with no executive experience to the presidency…cause it worked so well last time.
workingclass artist on April 13, 2014 at 8:57 AM

Because electing a governor worked out so well the 4 times before a senator was elected?

iwasbornwithit on April 13, 2014 at 12:09 PM

It’s more than that. Rand seems like the only one who can rise above the MSM talking-points and actually be the first POTUS to go after the leftist managerial class that is entrenched within the federal bureaucracy.

Punchenko

I suspect he might be more concerned with investigating Bush and Cheney’s role in carrying out 9/11.

xblade on April 13, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Because electing a governor worked out so well the 4 times before a senator was elected?

iwasbornwithit on April 13, 2014 at 12:09 PM

I can’t wait to find out what “it” is.

VegasRick on April 13, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Hawkdriver – read between the lines, moron!

Amjean on April 13, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Against my own advice I am watching the re-run of Fox News Sunday, and I am so glad I did. Bless Chris Wallace’s little heart, he is absolutely gutting Sander Levin like the fat, stupid, socialist fish that he is.

Jaibones on April 13, 2014 at 2:23 PM

I respect Marsha Blackburn…but who on this site really thinks she running for president? Never in a million years…if she does, she will be the token female GOP …as Bachman was

I hope the GOP gets smart earlier than last go around…but I don’t expect it. Another seasoned WHITE man will get the nomination and we will lost to whomever the Dem is…won’t matter who the Democrat is…since Hillary won’t be the name

Redford on April 13, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Walter L. Newton on April 13, 2014 at 10:21 AM

This is the second thread I’ve come upon where you claim your comment was sarcasm. Is there something in the font you use that would clue the average reader to that fact or should we just assume every comment of yours is sarcasm? And maybe it’s just me, but insulting people seems counterproductive.

Cindy Munford on April 13, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Amjean on April 13, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Moron?

Cindy Munford on April 13, 2014 at 4:42 PM

It was lovely to see Sen. Scott on television discussing policy rather than address some insult not worthy of notice. I don’t think he gets enough air time and suggest the Republicans buy a clue.

Cindy Munford on April 13, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Amjean on April 13, 2014 at 2:15 PM

…he’s no moron…my friend!

KOOLAID2 on April 13, 2014 at 5:41 PM

It was lovely to see Sen. Scott on television discussing policy rather than address some insult not worthy of notice. I don’t think he gets enough air time and suggest the Republicans buy a clue.

Cindy Munford on April 13, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Trotting out Scott to address the latest racist attack from liberals is stupid and I agree, a waste of his talents. I would like to see him on TV talking about all of the issues important to conservatives, and not just black conservatives.

Jaibones on April 13, 2014 at 5:51 PM

It was lovely to see Sen. Scott on television discussing policy rather than address some insult not worthy of notice. I don’t think he gets enough air time and suggest the Republicans buy a clue.

Cindy Munford on April 13, 2014 at 4:45 PM

I totally agree. I seldom see or hear from Sen Scott…..I wonder why that it is. GOP needs a good slap upside their heads. The old white man is done. I suppose the party lives in their own little bubble and are clueless to what us regular folks already know

Redford on April 13, 2014 at 8:10 PM

Hawkdriver – read between the lines, moron!

Amjean on April 13, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Hmmm, read between the lines?

Or, or how bout maybe, you could just comment on what is actually written without inventing our comments for us. Just a thought.

Not a single comment in the thread referred to Paul as a Dove. The premise of your entire rant. Odd that.

hawkdriver on April 13, 2014 at 8:42 PM

And your next President.
Filled with confidence yet?
CW on April 13, 2014 at 10:21 AM

It looks like a still from Nosferatu…the 1922 edition.

AppraisHer on April 13, 2014 at 9:26 PM