Quotes of the day

posted at 10:21 pm on May 21, 2014 by Allahpundit

Matt Bevin reaches into the breast pocket of his jacket and extracts a wrinkled, yellow piece of paper. “Fraud Alert,” it reads, in alarming, official-seeming font. “Sensitive Materials Enclosed. Please Open Immediately.”…

“This information is provided as a public service,” the notice explains. It’s an attack mailer from McConnell’s re-election campaign, dressed up to look like an official government notice and sent to thousands of GOP primary voters across Kentucky…

“It’s all made-up lies about me,” Bevin complains, his voice rising as he vents about the negative tone of the primary contest. “It’s unbelievable. It’s crap. This is how he has run his entire race. He’s attacking me for being a member of the tea party while threatening to crush these people and punch them in the nose. All of this is just absolute horse pucky.”…

After two straight election cycles in which Republicans fumbled winnable Senate races by nominating flawed conservative candidates, McConnell vowed early this year to beat back tea party-backed candidates and their supporters wherever they surfaced.

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“We were able to sneak up on people in the past. There’s no sneaking up on people anymore,” said Chris Chocola, the former Indiana congressman who now heads Club for Growth. “If there’s an incumbent in a benign to helpful political environment, they’re very, very hard to beat. An incumbent in an adversarial political environment is easier but still tough to beat.”…

This year, Republican campaign committees put their members on notice at the start of the cycle. Staffers at the National Republican Congressional Committee held a series of briefings for lawmakers about how to prepare for tough primaries. On the Senate level, senior National Republican Senatorial Committee strategists held one-on-one meetings with sitting senators to emphasize the importance of working actively to lock down the party nomination.

For many Republicans accustomed to running in conservative states and House districts, the very idea of running a full-scale reelection effort was something of a novelty. But the results speak for themselves, as untested challengers have watched their political platforms disintegrate under the withering pressure of a competitive statewide campaign.

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Republican infighting is far more common and more brutal than that experienced by Democrats, egged on by a constellation of rabble-rousing conservative groups who pour money into ginning up the base. These battles, it hardly needs to be said, inevitably push the nominee far to the right in ways that may alienate moderate voters. North Carolina’s Republican Senate nominee, Thom Tillis, sought to reassure primary voters of his anti-Obamacare bona fides by boasting about how he worked to prevent the state from expanding Medicare; now his Democratic opponent, Senator Kay Hagan, is attacking him for his opposition to the expansion, which is generally popular.

When McConnell’s victory was declared on Tuesday night, national conservative groups rushed to embrace McConnell. The Senate Conservatives Fund, the Madison Project, FreedomWorks, and the Tea Party Patriots all issued statements calling for unity. (Only Bevin was not on board; embittered by his rough treatment at the hands of a wily political operator, he complained about having been “lied about” and “ridiculed.”) But the question remains whether the groups will throw themselves into the effort to reelect McConnell with as much gusto as they devoted to trying to take him down. For many on the right, attacking Republicans has become the only thing they know how to do.

***

“Unfortunately, I think this race, like some other races this cycle, tell a different story,” Walker said. “And the story it tells is the establishment is willing to spend what is necessary to defend their people.”…

One conservative strategist, who requested anonymity to speak candidly, said years of bad press for tea-party candidates has eroded the group’s appeal to just about everybody—Republicans included. In polls this strategist has seen, with the exception of the most conservative states, a majority of GOP voters no longer identify themselves as members of the tea party. Yet many conservative challengers still insist on labeling themselves part of the tea party.

“The tea party as a brand is dead in general elections,” the operative said. “It’s on death’s door in primaries.”

***

In an NBC News/Marist poll earlier this month, [Mitch McConnell] was beating Matt Bevin 53–33 among Republicans who consider themselves tea partiers. A Bluegrass poll had him ahead of Bevin 58–35 among conservative voters.

So did the Tea Party lose last night? Some tea-party groups did. Looking at the Tea Party as a bottom-up phenomenon, though, it looks like tea partiers got the candidate they wanted.

***

“I’m probably considered to be from the tea party, but I supported Sen. McConnell because I like, you know, that he’s a conservative,” Paul told reporters Wednesday in the Capitol. “I don’t know that that’s a defeat of the tea party necessarily when he wins. I think he stands for conservative principles, and him winning is consistent with the tea party.”

“It’s not always, I think, as clear cut who is — since the tea party has no membership,” Paul continued. “It’s sort of like everybody — or a lot of people — say they’re in it, some people say they’re not.”

***

Throughout the early part of this year, there has been one political narrative above all others: tea party vs. Republican establishment, or a Republican Party at war with itself. It is both a real and a flawed concept, as the first rounds of primaries have demonstrated.

Real because there are important differences between hard-charging tea party conservatives who believe there is still too much business as usual, even among Republicans in Washington and the more cautious establishment types. Flawed because the Republican Party of 2014 is still more united by its deep dislike of President Obama and his policies, and by the prospect of winning control of the Senate in the fall, than by those differences…

[E]very establishment figure in the party, with rare exceptions, sees tea party activists as an essential part of a winning coalition. They need the tea party running at full strength this fall and are being careful not to do anything to push that wing of the party away.

“The tea party is a part of the Republican majority coalition at this point,” said David Winston, a GOP pollster.

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[I]t is a sign that all of this talk about the tea party’s demise is a bit premature and misplaced precisely because no Republican is willing to speak ill of it. Sure, plenty of GOPers will criticize this or that self-appointed leader or spokesman, but the criticism is almost always that they are breaking faith with the true spirit of the tea parties. Unlike Democrats and Occupy Wall Street (which the MSM celebrated rather than pilloried), Republicans need to say nice things about the the tea-party movement, because the tea-party movement is very powerful within the GOP. Indeed, nearly all of these “establishment” conservatives won by coopting or embracing tea-party messages. As someone who works at a magazine that has been trying to have a similar rightward pull on Republicans for over a half-century, that doesn’t look like failure so much as remarkable success. As commented on Twitter last night, for all the talk about a GOP civil war, there’s been a whole lot more civil than war…

It was a smart and — by my lights — deeply patriotic decision not to become a third party. And it’s being vindicated. Yes, there have been some big and nasty fights. And yes there are some hard feelings. And that will continue. But that happens in politics, which ain’t beanbag.

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In the beginning, the GOP establishment had grown old and fat and corrupt, and the tea party bench was full of young and talented and pure candidates. And so, when quality candidates like former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio and former Rep. and Club for Growth head Pat Toomey challenged moderate GOP candidates like then-Gov. Charlie Crist (Fla.) and then-Sen. Arlen Specter (Pa.) — both of whom later became Democrats — it was like picking low-hanging fruit.

But there are only so many Rubios and Toomeys (and only so many Crists and Specters). So it gets increasingly harder to replicate this success. The well of quality tea party candidates goes dry, and eventually, you’re scraping the bottom. What’s more, the early victories send a message to the old guard that they’d better clean up their act.

And so, the tea party message gets co-opted by the establishment — which, for tea party conservatives, ought to be cause for celebration; incumbents who want to survive either get religion, or get ousted.

If the tea party is having a bad year, it’s only because they are a victim of their own success.

***

First, Kentucky is a huge win for the Tea Party because Bevin’s defeat will greatly increase the odds that the general election race will be a referendum on Tea Party principles rather than animal cruelty. (In a campaign low point, Bevin attended a cockfight rally and later fumbled his explanation about his attendance.)

Second, the transformation of McConnell’s campaign from 2008 to 2014 shows the overwhelming persuasive and redemptive power of the Tea Party. In 2008, the Senate minority leader ran a series of ads touting his success at bringing home the bacon. In 2014, his campaign had lost that aroma. McConnell himself helped end earmarks in 2010 and recently said no to Majority Leader Harry Reid’s call to restore the disgraced practice. McConnell’s evolving message shows how the real Tea Party can co-opt and win over the GOP establishment when it sticks to its principles…

Across the country, the Tea Party is leading a great and historic corrective. It is pulling both parties not to the right but to the middle — to a place of fiscal sanity and sustainability. The Tea Party is slowly but surely reversing an 80-year trend in which a center-left governing coalition in Washington has imposed its will on a center-right country. With the Tea Party’s help, the country is pushing back and saying “enough” to D.C.’s decadence that has given us a $17 trillion debt, an economy with zero wage growth since 1989 and safety net programs that are on the verge of collapse.

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In early 2010, Kate O’Beirne and I looked at detailed polling of Tea Party attitudes for the National Review. We argued that unifying the Republican Party would be easier than it was when Christian conservatives or supporters of Ross Perot joined the coalition: Unlike those earlier groups, Tea Party advocates already believed the same things that regular Republicans did. They basically were regular Republicans, just, if you will, more so.

The differences between the Tea Party and “establishment Republicans” have largely concerned style and attitude rather than program and ideology, and these are easily finessed — especially because moods change…

Mitch McConnell, the Senate Republican leader whom self-proclaimed spokesmen for the Tea Party have loudly denounced, almost certainly won most Kentucky Republicans who consider themselves Tea Partiers in his re-election primary this week. Some of the denouncers are warning that McConnell will lose in November unless he gets his challenger’s Tea Party supporters to turn his way. Some of those supporters tell pollsters they’re so disgusted with McConnell that they’ll back his Democratic opponent. They won’t.

That’s not because the Tea Party movement is dead. It’s because the movement the pundits imagined — a bitter enemy of the existing, pretty conservative Republican Party — was never truly alive.

***

Sometimes it is not possible to go from a position of extreme weakness to one of great power in one fell swoop. We must realize that getting people into office who agree with us 90 percent of the time is far superior to ending up with someone who opposes you at every opportunity at the behest of their party leaders. With patience and good leadership, the 90 percenters could be moved in the right direction and would be great allies in redirecting our country toward common-sense solutions for our multitude of problems…

If a ship is about to suffer massive destruction by sailing over Niagara Falls, why devote energy to scraping the barnacles off the bottom? There will be plenty of time for that once the ship is saved. Worrying about the barnacles before reversing course detracts from critical action. Enough said.

This rationale will anger some who feel that their important issue, be it homosexual marriage, abortion, illegal immigration, or Second Amendment rights, should never be anywhere except front and center. I sympathize with those sentiments, but as a pragmatist, I realize that if conservatives continue to be fragmented over issues on which there will never be unanimous agreement, they will never get the chance to address these issues down the road. Principles are important — but so are wisdom and savvy when building consensus with people with different principles.

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Bishop!

KCB on May 21, 2014 at 10:22 PM

Ratso!

OmahaConservative on May 21, 2014 at 10:22 PM

Good one Ken…

OmahaConservative on May 21, 2014 at 10:23 PM

yo

burrata on May 21, 2014 at 10:23 PM

Mitt!

steebo77 on May 21, 2014 at 10:24 PM

The GOPe will betray you…

OmahaConservative on May 21, 2014 at 10:24 PM

“Obama isn’t detached he’s just coked up,” spokesman Carney continued.

and Ratso!

viking01 on May 21, 2014 at 10:24 PM

Did you hear, the TEA movement is dead.

RickB on May 21, 2014 at 10:24 PM

What now?

To continue on of course. Ever Onward!

Bmore on May 21, 2014 at 10:25 PM

OmahaConservative on May 21, 2014 at 10:23 PM

Thank you Sir. How are you and Hot Air’s most famous cat?

KCB on May 21, 2014 at 10:26 PM

Cock-fighting!

Cheese Wheel on May 21, 2014 at 10:26 PM

Ratso!

OmahaConservative on May 21, 2014 at 10:22 PM

Who’s cat tonight?

Newtie and the Beauty on May 21, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Newtie!

KCB on May 21, 2014 at 10:27 PM

LIKE BLUEGILL, I AM VERY OFFENDED BY ALL THE CHILDISH ANTICS AND JUVENILE BEHAVIOR ON QOTD!

*sips Capri Sun

PointnClick on May 21, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Ratso is pissed at me tonight, hiding under the bed…

OmahaConservative on May 21, 2014 at 10:28 PM

LIKE BLUEGILL, I AM VERY OFFENDED BY ALL THE CHILDISH ANTICS AND JUVENILE BEHAVIOR ON QOTD!

*sips Capri Sun

PointnClick on May 21, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Damned Rude Buffoon…

OmahaConservative on May 21, 2014 at 10:29 PM

“It’s unbelievable. It’s crap.”

Where I come from we say, “Its all part of it” You should have worked harder. My only answer to you.

Bmore on May 21, 2014 at 10:29 PM

*sips Capri Sun

PointnClick on May 21, 2014 at 10:27 PM

I ran out of wine. care you spare Capri Sun?

KCB on May 21, 2014 at 10:29 PM

KCB on May 21, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Ken!

[grabs Hoveround keys...hikes up skirt and perches on Queen riser...tosses keys to Ken...waits expectantly...]

Newtie and the Beauty on May 21, 2014 at 10:30 PM

What is Capri Sun?

OmahaConservative on May 21, 2014 at 10:30 PM

What now?

Democratic supermajority.

The stupid party manages to find every way to shrink.

FrankT on May 21, 2014 at 10:31 PM

OmahaConservative on May 21, 2014 at 10:28 PM

You don’t want a pithed puddy-tat, OC…

What. Did. You. Do.

Newtie and the Beauty on May 21, 2014 at 10:31 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on May 21, 2014 at 10:30 PM

Let’s do this!

KCB on May 21, 2014 at 10:31 PM

FreedomWorks, and the Tea Party Patriots

Frauds who sought to steal a movement they cannot define.

Bmore on May 21, 2014 at 10:31 PM

Ken!

[grabs Hoveround keys...hikes up skirt and perches on Queen riser...tosses keys to Ken...waits expectantly...]

Newtie and the Beauty on May 21, 2014 at 10:30 PM

What, is he a Mormon?

PointnClick on May 21, 2014 at 10:31 PM

…ATONEMENT for Applehead…!!!

KOOLAID2 on May 21, 2014 at 10:32 PM

What. Did. You. Do.

Newtie and the Beauty on May 21, 2014 at 10:31 PM

He got out the screen door and ran down the porch stairs to the grass, so I spit beer on him until he hauled as$ back up the stairs and inside…

OmahaConservative on May 21, 2014 at 10:33 PM

DOTD:
Green tea slushy with cardamom whipped cream .

burrata on May 21, 2014 at 10:33 PM

Yet another “The Tea Party Is Dead” cycle? We’ve been here a few times before…

http://hotair.com/archives/2012/02/07/the-tea-party-is-dead-long-live-the-tea-party/

I like Jonah Goldberg’s take on this:

First of all, people only ask obsessively, “Is it dead? Is it dead?” when they are really afraid the thing might not be. No one is filled with panic that the fly they just swatted may only be unconscious. But if you’re not sure if you killed a bear, you hide behind a tree asking your expendable buddy to poke it with a stick while you keep asking, “Is it dead? Make sure it’s dead!” No one is asking whether the Whigs are dead because the Whigs are dead.
http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/378458/tea-parties-dead-mostly-dead-or-what-jonah-goldberg

cs89 on May 21, 2014 at 10:33 PM

BTW… my wife told me I can not teach my daughter to say, “So stick that in your juice box and suck it!”

<– Going for that Dad Of The Year trophy…

PointnClick on May 21, 2014 at 10:34 PM

PointnClick on May 21, 2014 at 10:31 PM

Just another Happy Camper, PnC… ;-)

Oh Ken–watch out for the TURBO CHArger….

Newtie and the Beauty on May 21, 2014 at 10:34 PM

untested challengers have watched their political platforms disintegrate under the withering pressure of a competitive statewide campaign.

Kinda goes without saying. Men and Women who step forward to offer up their service are not professional politicians and not in the pocket of anyone.

Bmore on May 21, 2014 at 10:35 PM

And so, the tea party message gets co-opted by the establishment — which, for tea party conservatives, ought to be cause for celebration; incumbents who want to survive either get religion, or get ousted.

Yeah, they talk the talk for exactly as long as it takes to get elected and then immediately burn it all down in front of our eyes.

Still, not voting for the lifer fud who just got done telling you to shut yer yap and toe the line is unpatriotic and makes you a whiny baby.

Bishop on May 21, 2014 at 10:35 PM

What is Capri Sun?

OmahaConservative on May 21, 2014 at 10:30 PM

Juice box. What did you do to your cat?

Cheese Wheel on May 21, 2014 at 10:35 PM

OmahaConservative on May 21, 2014 at 10:33 PM

From between your teeth, no less…talented…

Maybe Ratso’s not pithed so much as schnockered…

Newtie and the Beauty on May 21, 2014 at 10:35 PM

What now?

To continue on of course. Ever Onward!

Bmore on May 21, 2014 at 10:25 PM

Yep…Levin was trying to rally the troops today! Telling us not to be discouraged and never stop fighting to defend/preserve the Constitution.

wolverinefan on May 21, 2014 at 10:35 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on May 21, 2014 at 10:33 PM

Nice tune.

KCB on May 21, 2014 at 10:35 PM

These Tea Party obituaries are going to look awfully silly if McDaniel wins his primary in a couple weeks.

An incumbent party leader has never been successfully primaried, yet from the stories today, you would think McConnell getting only 60% of his own party was a crushing victory.

commodore on May 21, 2014 at 10:36 PM

KCB on May 21, 2014 at 10:35 PM

One of my favourite cruisin’ tunes ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on May 21, 2014 at 10:36 PM

The Tea Party is slowly but surely reversing an 80-year trend

Patience is indeed a virtue.

Bmore on May 21, 2014 at 10:37 PM

Cheese Wheel on May 21, 2014 at 10:35 PM

Spewed beer all over him. He spent an hour licking it out of his fur…

OmahaConservative on May 21, 2014 at 10:37 PM

BTW… my wife told me I can not teach my daughter to say, “So stick that in your juice box and suck it!”

<– Going for that Dad Of The Year trophy…

PointnClick on May 21, 2014 at 10:34 PM


Pressing Question Of The Day: Do Juice Boxes Make You Gay?

lolz.

Resist We Much on May 21, 2014 at 10:37 PM

Bmore on May 21, 2014 at 10:35 PM

They also tend to be a bit more blunt in their speech

Newtie and the Beauty on May 21, 2014 at 10:38 PM

Spewed beer all over him. He spent an hour licking it out of his fur…

OmahaConservative on May 21, 2014 at 10:37 PM

Did he b3come tipsy?

Judge_Dredd on May 21, 2014 at 10:39 PM

Cheese Wheel on May 21, 2014 at 10:35 PM

Spewed beer all over him. He spent an hour licking it out of his fur…

OmahaConservative on May 21, 2014 at 10:37 PM

He’s not mad, he’s drunk. Maybe he’s against drinking alcohol. He could be a Jehovah’s Witness or something. Does Ratso bang on people’s doors way too early on Saturday mornings? You have ruined his relationship with his God or something.

Cheese Wheel on May 21, 2014 at 10:39 PM

40% of Kentucky Republicans voted against who is expected to be the next Senate Majority Leader, yet the establishment claims victory.

36% of Kentucky Republicans voted for an individual who has never been in politics and zero name recognition against one of Kentucky’s most well known politician, yet the establishment claims victory.

The Tea Party is a collection of people who strongly support constitutionalism, free markets, individual liberty, and are sounding the alarm of the federal government spending this nation into fiscal collapse. Those issues are not dead, therefore the Tea Party is not dead. To assume otherwise is fool hearty.

Meat Fighter on May 21, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Did he b3come tipsy?

Judge_Dredd on May 21, 2014 at 10:39 PM

Probably. He knocked an empty over and was licking at the mouth when he got done licking himself. Stupid applehead…

OmahaConservative on May 21, 2014 at 10:41 PM

That’s not because the Tea Party movement is dead. It’s because the movement the pundits imagined — a bitter enemy of the existing, pretty conservative Republican Party — was never truly alive.

Lolz!!! We are the dead? No you aborted. Lolz! A little tune to go with that?

Bmore on May 21, 2014 at 10:41 PM

I’m not looking for a third party…..but I am looking for second.

d1carter on May 21, 2014 at 10:42 PM

Cheese Wheel on May 21, 2014 at 10:39 PM

Ratso is a Lutheran who sleeps in on Saturdays nursing his hangovers. Lutherans are the most thoroughly wet denominations out there. Martin Luther’s wife Katie was a Braumeister…

OmahaConservative on May 21, 2014 at 10:43 PM

BTW… my wife told me I can not teach my daughter to say, “So stick that in your juice box and suck it!”

<– Going for that Dad Of The Year trophy…

PointnClick on May 21, 2014 at 10:34 PM

You might make it as long as you don’t give her these juice boxes.

RickB on May 21, 2014 at 10:43 PM

ATONEMENT for Applehead…!!! KOOLAID2 on May 21, 2014 at 10:32 PM

Agree.

How stupid is it to let him post in headlines all day, but not down here?

wolly4321 on May 21, 2014 at 10:44 PM

These Tea Party obituaries are going to look awfully silly if McDaniel wins his primary in a couple weeks.

commodore on May 21, 2014 at 10:36 PM

Sure hope he does.

cat_owner on May 21, 2014 at 10:44 PM

getting people into office who agree with us 90 percent of the time is far superior to ending up with someone who opposes you at every opportunity at the behest of their party leaders

Ends to means. The good Dr. is a fine Man by almost any measure. Not a proper fit for POTUS, especially if your main reason is race. Race should never factor in front of principle.

Bmore on May 21, 2014 at 10:44 PM

“Mitch McConnell got 60%of the Republican vote, meaning 40% of voting Republicans opposed him. This is being cheered in and around Washington as a wonderful victory for McConnell and incumbents generally, and a crushing defeat for the Tea Party. Labels and agendas aside, when a 30 year incumbent senator,who is minority leader of the Senate, spends $9 million to defeat an unknown small businessman running a first-time campaign against him, and that senator receives only 60% of the Republican vote, he has some serious problems going into the general election. This was no landslide. After 30 years in the Senate, McConnell is not popular in Kentucky, even within Republican ranks, and he used every tool available to an incumbent, with a massive funding advantage, to win the primary. McConnell goes into the general election as a weak Republican incumbent, one of the weakest candidates among all the races. Should he win, it won’t be because he is a worthy national leader or an effective voice for Kentuckians, but a clever and ruthless Washington politician funded by crony capitalists, among others,who overwhelms his opponents. Yes, that’s politics. Nothing illegitimate about it. But some of us want better for the party and the nation.” -Mark Levin

Meat Fighter on May 21, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Cheese Wheel on May 21, 2014 at 10:39 PM

Ratso is a Lutheran who sleeps in on Saturdays nursing his hangovers. Lutherans are the most thoroughly wet denominations out there. Martin Luther’s wife Katie was a Braumeister…

OmahaConservative on May 21, 2014 at 10:43 PM

We never know the secret lives of cats. He’s going to need AA.

Cheese Wheel on May 21, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Look, this is all moving the goalpost BS! You don’t beat an incumbent in a primary. Especially The Minority leader. To do that is a herculean lift. The fact that they are being made to fight is important. Even if you don’t beat them, you can make them a little better. This is a big boat. Gonna take a little while to turn it.

These writers act like each of these is a 50/50 proposition. The real fact is if you peel off any it is a mighty blow.

KCB on May 21, 2014 at 10:45 PM

I do not watch the clips from that joint.

Bmore on May 21, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Agree.

How stupid is it to let him post in headlines all day, but not down here?

wolly4321 on May 21, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Are we sure the mods are on the ball and smart enough to realize he is still upstairs?

OmahaConservative on May 21, 2014 at 10:45 PM

I’m glad I don’t live in KY. I can’t stand McConnell.

lineholder on May 21, 2014 at 10:46 PM

Ratso is a Lutheran who sleeps in on Saturdays nursing his hangovers. Lutherans are the most thoroughly wet denominations out there. Martin Luther’s wife Katie was a Braumeister…

OmahaConservative on May 21, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Ratso might be an apostate now, you, you, you…what’s the word?…Corrupting Influence, You!

Newtie and the Beauty on May 21, 2014 at 10:46 PM

He’s going to need AA.

Cheese Wheel on May 21, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Nah. Just another twelve pack…

OmahaConservative on May 21, 2014 at 10:47 PM

First of all, people only ask obsessively, “Is it dead? Is it dead?” when they are really afraid the thing might not be.

cs89 on May 21, 2014 at 10:33 PM

Jonahs finger found a pulse.

Bmore on May 21, 2014 at 10:47 PM

The Texas GOP run-offs-specifically Dewhurst vs Patrick and Branch vs Paxton-are all about establishment candidates trying to stave off conservative challengers.
In both races that I mentioned-the conservatives are likely to win on Tuesday…and win in November.
We ain’t dead yet.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 21, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Don’t like McConnell much but, sorry folks, I’ll take a Republican Senate, even including him, over a Reid Senate, even if I have to hold my nose.

A liberal ideologue like Reid can kill everything coming from the House, as he’s done, but a McConnell will have to yield to the conservatives in most things. He certainly won’t have the ability to do the Christmas tree thing, where you propose so many amendments to a bill that there won’t be, under Senate rules, an ability to offer another one, including a bill-stifling amendment.

TXUS on May 21, 2014 at 10:47 PM

All I know is Ratso is passed out under the bed. I shook the kibble and filled the cat dish and that didn’t roust him. It usually does, so he is down for the count…

OmahaConservative on May 21, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Where is ALT? Lubbock might actually get some of that wet stuff that falls from the sky. (bad luck to use that word)

crankyoldlady on May 21, 2014 at 10:49 PM

There. Maybe being dead yet again will workout well since there is a Holiday weekend upon us. ; ) Have a lovely Holiday all!

Bmore on May 21, 2014 at 10:49 PM

I’m surprised Ratso isn’t homebrewing by now.

He It needs a hobby to take his its mind off his its loss.

viking01 on May 21, 2014 at 10:49 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on May 21, 2014 at 10:47 PM

I’m with you.

KCB on May 21, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Ratso is a Lutheran who sleeps in on Saturdays nursing his hangovers. Lutherans are the most thoroughly wet denominations out there. Martin Luther’s wife Katie was a Braumeister…

OmahaConservative on May 21, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Ratso might be an apostate now, you, you, you…what’s the word?…Corrupting Influence, You!

Newtie and the Beauty on May 21, 2014 at 10:46 PM

He might be Muslim, turned while he was in getting his balls chopped. Who couldn’t turn a cat whose owner sent him to be neutered? I’m betting there’s a prayer rug somewhere near his food dish.

Cheese Wheel on May 21, 2014 at 10:50 PM

probaby. He knocked an empty over and was licking at the mouth when he got done licking himself. Stupid applehead… OmahaConservative on May 21, 2014 at 10:41 PM

My neighbors dog and cat would share a bowl of Shlitz.

Gives you an idea of the neighborhood, no?

Eating a dead coon or groundhog made them thisty.

wolly4321 on May 21, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Whoa … the QOTD crowd gets rowdy right out of the shoot.

I’ve already got a headache … you’re all on your own.

Oregon selected their “R” senate candidate … Monica is the RINO we all expected to be our big shooter in this election. WTH are we supposed to do now? Support her I guess … Merkley is worthless.

ORrighty on May 21, 2014 at 10:50 PM

let repubican fihgt an than hilery become presidant the county need her to save us

dale1 on May 21, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Agree.

How stupid is it to let him post in headlines all day, but not down here?

wolly4321 on May 21, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Are we sure the mods are on the ball and smart enough to realize he is still upstairs?

OmahaConservative on May 21, 2014 at 10:45 PM

It’s a glitch in the system.

oscarwilde on May 21, 2014 at 10:52 PM

I say ignore it.

KCB on May 21, 2014 at 10:52 PM

let repubican fihgt an than hilery become presidant the county need her to save us

dale1 on May 21, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Um, huh?

Judge_Dredd on May 21, 2014 at 10:52 PM

I’ll take a Republican Senate, even including him, over a Reid Senate, even if I have to hold my nose.

TXUS on May 21, 2014 at 10:47 PM

I’ll agree providing we have the energy to provide close oversight of them. Lest they return to their normal ways. Shame to have to keep chase after your own side that way. Is what it is I reckon.

Bmore on May 21, 2014 at 10:53 PM

wolly4321 on May 21, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Very Cool. I love hearing shit like that…

OmahaConservative on May 21, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Don’t like McConnell much but, sorry folks, I’ll take a Republican Senate, even including him, over a Reid Senate, even if I have to hold my nose.

A “Republican” congress will be business as usual. There is no advantage to voting for a RINO. You might as well vote for a Democrat. In fact if both houses are Repub. they can do more damage than is already being done.

crankyoldlady on May 21, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Um, huh?

Judge_Dredd on May 21, 2014 at 10:52 PM

That’s the it that I am ignoring. What’s up?

KCB on May 21, 2014 at 10:53 PM

KCB on May 21, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Hey! So, I found my spot for the weekend. Grayson County, VA. First minute or two of the video

lineholder on May 21, 2014 at 10:53 PM

This is now an Ex-Party? Gone to meet its maker?

We West Virginians make our own brew…

WestVirginiaRebel on May 21, 2014 at 10:53 PM

let repubican fihgt an than hilery become presidant the county need her to save us

dale1 on May 21, 2014 at 10:51 PM

???

burrata on May 21, 2014 at 10:54 PM

Democratic supermajority….

FrankT on May 21, 2014 at 10:31 PM

Wow, I’m buying gun and ammo manufacturer stock if that happens and I’ll be rich in a year!

Tard on May 21, 2014 at 10:54 PM

For many Republicans accustomed to running in conservative states and House districts, the very idea of running a full-scale reelection effort was something of a novelty.

I don’t know why the RINO’s think they have something to celebrate. They had to actually defend their seats for the first time ever. And we’re not talking a few small time republicans here… we’re talking about the leaders of the party. Long time incumbents.

They had to actually step out of their ivory towers and at least pay attention for a few moments to their primaries. Why do they think it will only get easier the next time around?

They may have still won big.. but the fact they had to pay attention and actually had opponents is not a plus. They shouldn’t have had any opponents at all! That’s the real story here!

JellyToast on May 21, 2014 at 10:54 PM

Hey! So, I found my spot for the weekend. Grayson County, VA. First minute or two of the video

lineholder on May 21, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Sweet!

KCB on May 21, 2014 at 10:54 PM

Um, huh?

Judge_Dredd on May 21, 2014 at 10:52 PM

Must be an 0bama voter…

OmahaConservative on May 21, 2014 at 10:55 PM

dale1 on May 21, 2014 at 10:51 PM

I hope that whatever you’re drinking or smoking is of quality.

Have a good night … and go to sleep soon … it’ll help.

ORrighty on May 21, 2014 at 10:55 PM

are we sure the mods are on the ball and smart enough to realize he is still upstairs? OmahaConservative on May 21, 2014 at 10:45 PM

They did it to me once, too.

Somehow, the posts are different up top. Every post I did down here got moderated, but not topside.

wolly4321 on May 21, 2014 at 10:55 PM

That’s the it that I am ignoring. What’s up?

KCB on May 21, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Oh. I didn’t see your comment. I’m actually debating whether to make a trip to Walley World for groceries. It’s no fun fighting the amateurs during the day.

Judge_Dredd on May 21, 2014 at 10:56 PM

let repubican fihgt an than hilery become presidant the county need her to save us

dale1 on May 21, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Please allow me to provide you with this short HA tutorial.

Bmore on May 21, 2014 at 10:57 PM

crankyoldlady on May 21, 2014 at 10:49 PM

I actually got down on my knees and prayed in front of our car. Smelled ozone. Saw lightning. We got a few sprinkles.
It still might rain-but right now I want to cry.
It needs to FLOOD!

annoyinglittletwerp on May 21, 2014 at 10:57 PM

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