Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on May 28, 2014 by Allahpundit

Liberal Democrats feel the wind is at their backs, making it all the more irksome for them that Hillary Clinton could be their presidential nominee in 2016.

For many on the left, Clinton is the woman who supported the Iraq War, ran to the right of President Obama and is associated with the Wall Street-friendly centrism espoused by her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

Progressives feel they are in a political golden age in which questions about income inequality are growing louder, anti-gay marriage laws are falling and the growing Hispanic electorate regards the GOP with skepticism. Given all that, they don’t want to be stuck with a standard-bearer they see as too centrist…

“Every candidate who thinks about running will be faced with a whole set of questions, on holding Wall Street accountable, on combatting student debt, on expanding social security,” said Ilya Sheyman, the executive director of MoveOn.Org Political Action. “Whether it’s Secretary Clinton or Sen. Warren or others, all of them are going to have to address the issues that progressives really care about.”

***

In recent weeks, Hillary Rodham Clinton has begun a calculated transition from respected diplomat to fierce advocate for the 99 percent, using a “haves versus have-nots” message to build support among progressives who are desperate for a strong voice to battle Wall Street, protect entitlement programs such as Social Security and promote income equality.

But for Mrs. Clinton, a rich, successful woman and part of one of America’s most powerful political families, there are questions about how effectively she can carry that banner if she runs for president in 2016…

“If Hillary Clinton campaigns on reforming Wall Street, jailing Wall Street bankers who broke the law, expanding Social Security benefits and investing in government jobs — and fights those fights in a way that shows her heart is in it — voters will reward her,” [Adam Green, co-founder of the increasingly powerful Progressive Change Campaign Committee] said. “If it sounds like lip service, a more genuine-sounding populist, Democrat or Republican, may capture the imagination of voters.”

***

Hillary Clinton is by her own admission months away from deciding on whether or not she will run for president. But even before any other would-be candidate can do so much as set up an exploratory committee or cook up an excuse to visit to Dubuque County Democrats Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner, Democratic officials are stumbling over themselves to announce that they support Hillary Clinton for president in 2016.

And it just so happens that many of those Democrats were the very same ones who in 2007 were among the first to breach conventional wisdom and line up behind up the little-known Illinois senator…

Political observers have various theories about what is at play here. Although no one contacted for this article would admit to being pressured to get on board early after last cycle’s betrayal, in HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton, the authors, Washington-based correspondents Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, revealed that the Clintons kept an “enemies list” of who had not been loyal during the campaign. Clinton loyalists downplayed the significance of the document, but it has been hard to not notice that over the last six years Bill Clinton especially has vigorously campaigned on behalf of those who supported Hillary.

“They certainly know that the Clintons take note and keep score,” said Larry Sabato, a political historian at the University of Virginia. “This is not a couple that easily forgives and forgets. So this is kiss-and-make-up time for most of these people.”

***

Everyone knows about the “Ready for Hillary” Democrats — the rapidly proliferating parade of elected officials and activists getting behind Hillary Clinton’s increasingly likely 2016 presidential campaign.

But there’s also a smaller but increasingly vocal group making its presence felt lately — call it the “Wary of Hillary” Democrats. They’re not outwardly opposing a Clinton candidacy. But they are anxious about the spectacle of a Clinton juggernaut, after seeing what happened when she ran a campaign of inevitability last time…

“She is an enormously capable candidate and leader, but I do worry about the inevitability, because I think it’s off-putting to the average voter,” Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, a longtime Obama ally, told CNN earlier this month. “And I think that was an element of her campaign the last time. As an enthusiastic Democrat, I just hope that the people around her pay attention to that this time around.”

***

Burned by disappointment, many liberals want to vote with their heads, not their hearts, this time around.

And the Hillary-Industrial Complex is ready to exploit that sentiment. The HIC is the vast network of loyalists, retreads, activists, pols, hacks, fans (in and out of the press), Friends of Bill, and, of course, Friends of Hillary who want to see a Clinton restoration. They are waiting for her to run like 19th-century land speculators anticipating news that the railroad will go past their lots…

In her first campaign-style speech on the economy last week at the New America Foundation, Clinton mentioned Obama exactly once. (He’s worked hard, she said.) She referenced her husband a half-dozen times and talked at great length about how we need to return to the policies of the 1990s. (The Clintons remain convinced that the 1990s boom was a function of Bill’s expert tweaking of the dials and knobs on the master control board of the economy.) It wasn’t even subtle. No mention of the stimulus, cash-for-clunkers, Obamacare, or Dodd-Frank. As economics writer James Pethokoukis noted, “It was like Hillary was placed in suspended animation in 2008 and just recently revived to give a stump speech about the evils of the Bush tax cuts.”

Not only was there precious little talk of Obama, there was precious little talk of her four years on Obama’s once-vaunted “team of rivals.” She listed none of her major accomplishments as secretary of state, probably because she had none. (She did open with a reference to some bureaucratic reshuffling on her watch.) No serious student of foreign policy thinks our strategic standing in the world improved on Clinton’s watch as America’s chief diplomat. That alone doesn’t mean she was a terrible secretary of state — lots of people in that job tread water. But it doesn’t inspire either. Meanwhile, the most famous thing she did in that job was nothing — on the night of the Benghazi attack. She also traveled a lot, which is nice.

***

A broad array of Democrats — including Hillary Clinton’s allies — are meeting this week to hammer out a united front on national security issues, including a clear response to Republicans over the Benghazi controversy.

They see an opportunity to wrest control of a narrative that some allies fear could be damaging to Clinton if she moves ahead with a 2016 presidential campaign…

Some of the expected attendees of the briefing have been communicating over the past few weeks in calls and through an email listserv, with the goal of keeping the broad-based group informed about the news accounts of the committee’s anticipated activities.

A wide range of people are on the listserv, including people who work for groups like Media Matters, former Hillary Clinton foreign policy adviser Andrew Shapiro, former National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor and several current and former Hillary Clinton aides.

***

Republican praise of the Clinton era over the last several years could reverberate in the 2016 presidential race, giving the Democratic front-runner a core talking point…

On many occasions, Republicans have touted Bill Clinton’s administration as a way to bash Obama. They maintain the 42nd president negotiated in good faith, and Obama doesn’t…

“If Hillary Clinton does indeed run in 2016, one of the most powerful weapons she will have in her campaign arsenal is ‘Republicans, in their own words.’ It’s a treasure trove of sound-bites and footage that could leave Republicans kicking themselves when it is all said and done.”…

O’Connell said, “Need to distance yourself from the albatross known as Obama? Roll the tape. Want to tout your bipartisan credentials to woo independents? Roll the tape. Have to show that you’re a pragmatic problem solver? Roll the tape.”

***

Rove, however, was on to something. He exposed a Clinton weakness that has nothing to do with her brain and everything to do with her skin. It is too thin. She despises the media and trusts us not at all. This is a theme of the Auletta piece and a similar one by Glenn Thrush and Maggie Haberman of Politico. One veteran of Clinton’s campaigns put it this way to them: “Look, she hates you. Period. That’s never going to change.”

I suppose she’s entitled. The press has investigated her, pummeled her, poked into her personal life, questioned her sexual orientation, accused her of adultery, said she had thrown a White House lamp at her husband (I wonder why?) and is responsible in some fuzzy way for the four deaths at Benghazi. Presumably, her link to the VA scandal has yet to be uncovered…

What gave Rove’s speculation legs was Clinton’s penchant to roll into a defensive ball and act as if she’s hiding something. Had she a reputation for openness and candor, no one could possibly think she has suffered a grievous head injury. It was this allergic reaction to the press that hurt her so much when she lost the Democratic nomination to Barack Obama. If she runs in 2016, it will hurt her if she does not get over it.

***

Put it all together, and you start to get a picture of what a Clinton challenger might look like: probably male, moderate and anti-establishment.

Who matches that profile?

Webb, for one. He has been both a Democrat and Republican. Maybe Brian Schweitzer, the former Montana governor who mixes liberal and conservative positions and is not a fan of the Washington, D.C., establishment. A candidate like Joe Biden, who has been in Washington for over 40 years – probably not…

What should be noted is that early major Clinton endorsements also seem to be coming from the left, according to University of Stanford professor Simon Jackman‘s ideal point estimates. Of the 21 senators who have endorsed Clinton, 13 are to the left of the median Democratic senator, and only eight are to the right. The book “The Party Decides” tells us that this group holds a large sway over who gets the nomination, because they tend to represent the various interest groups within the party. Therefore, this hints at a potential challenger having more room for support on the right than the left.

***

In the 2008 battle with Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton won Latinos and the white working class overwhelmingly. She lost black voters overwhelmingly and liberal whites by a good margin. She split the unions and the Robert Rubin Democrats. Importantly, her coalition was probably large enough to win, had she run a better campaign. Obama’s victory among pledged delegates was a scant 127 out of a total of 3,424. His entire margin of victory rested upon his superior organization of low-turnout caucus states like Idaho and Maine, where Clinton’s potential coalition was probably stronger. So, assuming that Team Clinton learns the rules of its own party this time around, a would-be challenger will actually have to build a bigger coalition than Obama’s…

In the end, Clinton’s greatest advantage might be the continued political weakness of Obama. History is not on the side of the Democrats as they try to win the White House for a third consecutive term. A party has only done so once in the postwar era—in 1988, when Ronald Reagan’s job approval was in the mid-50s by Election Day. Currently, Obama’s is mired in the mid-40s. Yet Clinton has a personal reputation that might transcend Obama’s unpopularity, and she polls extremely well at the moment. So long as that continues, risk-averse Democrats of all demographic stripes might be inclined to put aside their internecine battle to prevent a Republican victory, something they all equally oppose.

***

There is tremendous momentum swirling around Mrs. Clinton that will begin to gather steam as soon as she announces her candidacy. A Hillary win would seem like a glorious victory for feminism, one of the 20th century’s greatest social movements. Remember how much difficulty 2008 GOP nominee John McCain had running against a freshman senator with a thin résumé who managed to position himself as the triumphant final act of the Civil Rights movement…

Furthermore, do not underestimate how many millions of Independent and even Republican baby-boomer women who helped sow the seeds of the feminist movement in the ‘60s and ‘70s will be cheering her on.

How does the male Republican presidential candidate maneuver around this movement? By persuading voters that an issue or personality flaw in the movement’s leader is more important than the triumph of the movement.

In the case of Hillary Clinton, that issue and personality flaw is “trust.”

This is where the gloves come off and all the past Clinton scandals of both Bill and Hillary come back to life. The campaign must come down to a simple question: “Can we trust the Clintons in the White House again?”


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Now I feel kind of guilty. One shouldn’t speak ill of the dead. I don’t know why.

crankyoldlady on May 28, 2014 at 10:55 PM

They outnumber us.

kcewa on May 28, 2014 at 11:25 PM

Unless you believe in reincarnation. Then she’s just trying to be nice to someone that she’ll meet again.

Alien on May 28, 2014 at 11:28 PM

RATSO!

Alien on May 28, 2014 at 11:28 PM

Alien on May 28, 2014 at 11:26 PM

[sends Alien a double-doubleshot of Whatchudrinkin'...enters on AP's tab under "Twofer"...]

Newtie and the Beauty on May 28, 2014 at 11:28 PM

Oh, ho! Who is THIS guy who just crashed the VA hearing??

Newtie and the Beauty on May 28, 2014 at 11:23 PM

Haven’t seen it.

There was a powerful editorial cartoon in a local newspaper but don’t remember by whom:

It is of someone standing by a military grave stone with a flag flying over it.

The person says: “I’m from the VA… your appointment is Tuesday.”

viking01 on May 28, 2014 at 11:29 PM

That was fun — almost like a “Bishop.”

Alien on May 28, 2014 at 11:29 PM

Ok, my arms are REALLY tired !!
One buffoonish loony wench signing off !

He smiles at y’all.

Love.

pambi on May 28, 2014 at 11:29 PM

True, but Doc needs to decompress from his medical exam cramming sessions ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on May 28, 2014 at 11:23 PM

I’m fine now, but I have to say I absolutely despise “type K” questions–the ones that give you 5 or 6 choices, then the instructions to pick “all the correct answers”–on this test, if you got 4 out of 5, they counted the whole thing wrong.

Doc Holliday on May 28, 2014 at 11:29 PM

Hi BigBullets, Alien, Viking -
ARRRGH, puts a bit of everything, it’ll help grow hair on me chest!
Wait! o_O
I don’t want to be a pirate anymore.
Passes drink to Ken.

31giddyup on May 28, 2014 at 11:30 PM

Newtie….it was some undersecretary LAWYER who just happened to be in the peanut gallery.

CoffeeLover on May 28, 2014 at 11:30 PM

Alien on May 28, 2014 at 11:26 PM

Heh…

OmahaConservative on May 28, 2014 at 11:30 PM

OmahaConservative on May 28, 2014 at 11:20 PM

See? I knew it! You all have a secret “Ignore” button, and you used it on me. OC doesn’t even know I’ve been over here in the corner, chattering away like a mad squirrel …

Alien on May 28, 2014 at 11:26 PM

Alien Ugh,…..I’ve been shamed,….Evening Alien:)

canopfor on May 28, 2014 at 11:30 PM

Unless you believe in reincarnation. Then she’s just trying to be nice to someone that she’ll meet again.

Alien on May 28, 2014 at 11:28 PM

You never know.

crankyoldlady on May 28, 2014 at 11:30 PM

bazil9 on May 28, 2014 at 11:26 PM

Wasn’t this Randy Rhoads?

KCB on May 28, 2014 at 11:28 PM

Yes, why yes it is…

oscarwilde on May 28, 2014 at 11:31 PM

Youth won the last two, why change the formula.

Mr. Pibb if you don’t like booger green soda.

Pickle on May 28, 2014 at 11:25 PM

Yep. After Reagan it has been mostly been the younger candidate winning, with the exception of Al Gore losing to GW. However, GW came off younger because he more energetic and so wooden.

terryannonline on May 28, 2014 at 11:28 PM

But Al Gore invented the interwebs plus he is concerned with the environment, and most democrats believe the election was stolen.

Pickle on May 28, 2014 at 11:31 PM

Alien on May 28, 2014 at 11:29 PM

:-)

KCB on May 28, 2014 at 11:31 PM

crankyoldlady on May 28, 2014 at 11:25 PM

Oh, COL! You have the Internet!

Tonight’s VA hearing is still going on. You have two choices:
Live
Memorex

Newtie and the Beauty on May 28, 2014 at 11:31 PM

Well since it is an open thread….can I just say how cool is Denzel Washington?

terryannonline on May 28, 2014 at 11:12 PM

Mom loves him in “The Bone Collector“… ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on May 28, 2014 at 11:15 PM

Damn, Damn good movie right there….I always thought
he was not only a good actor, but a decent human being…

ToddPA on May 28, 2014 at 11:31 PM

pambi on May 28, 2014 at 11:29 PM

Good Night Dear!

KCB on May 28, 2014 at 11:31 PM

Cool thing is, you’ll answer questions. I appreciate that.

Ed should still shoot you a $50 Red Lobster gift card sometimes, though.

wolly4321 on May 28, 2014 at 11:27 PM

I’ll say this – if I had to try to duplicate Ed/AP’s output, I wouldn’t be able to play in the comments.

Steve Eggleston on May 28, 2014 at 11:32 PM

See? I knew it! You all have a secret “Ignore” button, and you used it on me. OC doesn’t even know I’ve been over here in the corner, chattering away like a mad squirrel …

Alien on May 28, 2014 at 11:26 PM

I figured you were wearing your invisibility cloak?

viking01 on May 28, 2014 at 11:32 PM

31giddyup on May 28, 2014

Was SFO the usual freak show?

OmahaConservative on May 28, 2014 at 11:32 PM

Alien Ugh,…..I’ve been shamed,….Evening Alien:)

canopfor on May 28, 2014 at 11:30 PM

I’m never ashamed to show up here. Evenin’!

Alien on May 28, 2014 at 11:32 PM

Newtie….it was some undersecretary LAWYER who just happened to be in the peanut gallery.

CoffeeLover on May 28, 2014 at 11:30 PM

Thank you, CL!

[sends CL a double Whatchudrinkin'...puts under "TV Consultation"...]

Newtie and the Beauty on May 28, 2014 at 11:33 PM

31giddyup on May 28, 2014 at 11:30 PM

Smooch! and a tip!

KCB on May 28, 2014 at 11:33 PM

I can’t believe I’ve lasted this long!!

Jeremy Herb @jeremyherb · 1m

This House VA hearing has now surpassed four hours…

canopfor on May 28, 2014 at 11:33 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on May 28, 2014 at 11:31 PM

Imagine…it started at 7:26pm and still going.

CoffeeLover on May 28, 2014 at 11:33 PM

Steve Eggleston on May 28, 2014 at 11:32 PM

Are you blogging anywhere these days?

OmahaConservative on May 28, 2014 at 11:33 PM

See? I knew it! You all have a secret “Ignore” button, and you used it on me. OC doesn’t even know I’ve been over here in the corner, chattering away like a mad squirrel …

Alien on May 28, 2014 at 11:26 PM

I figured you were wearing your invisibility cloak?

viking01 on May 28, 2014 at 11:32 PM

Wrong movie. That was Predator, not Alien.

Alien on May 28, 2014 at 11:33 PM

Oh, COL! You have the Internet!

Tonight’s VA hearing is still going on. You have two choices:
Live
Memorex

Newtie and the Beauty on May 28, 2014 at 11:31 PM

So I should be able to get it on the internet?

crankyoldlady on May 28, 2014 at 11:33 PM

Passes drink to Ken.

31giddyup on May 28, 2014 at 11:30 PM

Careful, Ken. I’d check that parrot drink for garnishes.

viking01 on May 28, 2014 at 11:33 PM

Has anyone seen ole Sparkplug lately?

oscarwilde on May 28, 2014 at 11:34 PM

I figured you were wearing your invisibility cloak?

viking01 on May 28, 2014 at 11:32 PM

That’s Predator’s cloak, man. Get your human devouring extraterrestrials straight…

Doc Holliday on May 28, 2014 at 11:34 PM

KCB on May 28, 2014 at 11:28 PM

Si’

bazil9 on May 28, 2014 at 11:34 PM

Newtie….it was some undersecretary LAWYER who just happened to be in the peanut gallery.

CoffeeLover on May 28, 2014 at 11:30 PM

COL: Evening CL::)

canopfor on May 28, 2014 at 11:34 PM

Has anyone seen ole Sparkplug lately?

oscarwilde on May 28, 2014 at 11:34 PM

Wasn’t he on last night?

crankyoldlady on May 28, 2014 at 11:34 PM

pambi on May 28, 2014 at 11:29 PM

Niters and sleep well, Pambi!

Newtie and the Beauty on May 28, 2014 at 11:35 PM

Yes, why yes it is…

oscarwilde on May 28, 2014 at 11:31 PM

He died way to young. Mad skills…Good evening Mr. Wilde! I like what you have done with the hair…

KCB on May 28, 2014 at 11:35 PM

Oh praise the Lord the VA Hearing,…is Over!!

canopfor on May 28, 2014 at 11:35 PM

And tonight’s C-Span entertainment is over.

Newtie and the Beauty on May 28, 2014 at 11:35 PM

Can’t think of a weak Denzel movie… Vituosity was kinda lame, but I still liked it… Book Of Eli was epic, as was Training Day.

PointnClick on May 28, 2014 at 11:35 PM

Are you blogging anywhere these days?

OmahaConservative on May 28, 2014 at 11:33 PM

A weekly piece for DaTechGuy, an occassional piece for RightWisconsin, and I really should do pieces for Liberty Unyielding (where the original Green Room gang went – link in the sidebar).

Steve Eggleston on May 28, 2014 at 11:35 PM

Careful, Ken. I’d check that parrot drink for garnishes.

viking01 on May 28, 2014 at 11:33 PM

LOL! You’re killing me tonight. Zing Zing

bazil9 on May 28, 2014 at 11:36 PM

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH, calls for Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign; says he ‘has been unable to solve other fundamental problems that plague the agency’ – statement via @NBCNews
===================================================================

Leo Shane IIIVerified account ‏@LeoShane

With @RepTimWalz on the list, I’m now counting 17 Dems calling for Shinseki to step down, 36 GOPers. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1dqnJ4WIj1XtaqxFYgjAaOK6km4WiMogzMQ1WJMScAmY/edit#gid=0

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1dqnJ4WIj1XtaqxFYgjAaOK6km4WiMogzMQ1WJMScAmY/edit?pli=1#gid=0

canopfor on May 28, 2014 at 11:16 PM

Hate to see this.

Shinseki is an incompetent fool, but I’d wager he was completely unaware of this scandal.

People were directed from Washington how to fake the numbers and qualify for bonuses. They all need to go to prison, but most of all the one behind it.

And if Shinseki is made the public scapegoat, the bureaucracy will close ranks and we may never find out.

Adjoran on May 28, 2014 at 11:36 PM

Wrong movie. That was Predator, not Alien.

Alien on May 28, 2014 at 11:33 PM

That’s Predator’s cloak, man. Get your human devouring extraterrestrials straight…

Doc Holliday on May 28, 2014 at 11:34 PM

Or Harry Potter up to sneaky wizard’s mischief…

viking01 on May 28, 2014 at 11:36 PM

Has anyone seen ole Sparkplug lately?

oscarwilde on May 28, 2014 at 11:34 PM

Wasn’t he on last night?

crankyoldlady on May 28, 2014 at 11:34 PM

I’m looking for much more recently.

oscarwilde on May 28, 2014 at 11:36 PM

[sends Alien a double-doubleshot of Whatchudrinkin'...enters on AP's tab under "Twofer"...]

Newtie and the Beauty on May 28, 2014 at 11:28 PM

“Honesh, Ossifer, nobody was driving! We was all sittin’ in the back seat, singin’ …”

Alien on May 28, 2014 at 11:36 PM

And tonight’s C-Span entertainment is over.

Newtie and the Beauty on May 28, 2014 at 11:35 PM

NATB: Man,..that was a whole lot of noth’n!!:)

canopfor on May 28, 2014 at 11:36 PM

crankyoldlady on May 28, 2014 at 11:33 PM

Yes COL….

+++

canopfor

Hi great northern friend

CoffeeLover on May 28, 2014 at 11:36 PM

So I should be able to get it on the internet?

crankyoldlady on May 28, 2014 at 11:33 PM

Oh yes, Dear Lady! The archived (Memorex) version should be posted shortly.

Newtie and the Beauty on May 28, 2014 at 11:37 PM

Liberty Unyielding (where the original Green Room gang went – link in the sidebar).

Steve Eggleston on May 28, 2014 at 11:35 PM

Yeah, I have looked for you over there…

OmahaConservative on May 28, 2014 at 11:37 PM

A weekly piece for DaTechGuy, an occassional piece for RightWisconsin, and I really should do pieces for Liberty Unyielding (where the original Green Room gang went – link in the sidebar).

Steve Eggleston on May 28, 2014 at 11:35 PM

http://sketchbook.ercles.com/stuff/the-free-market.html

^ :(

Axe on May 28, 2014 at 11:37 PM

Or Harry Potter up to sneaky wizard’s mischief…

viking01 on May 28, 2014 at 11:36 PM

I do solemnly swear that I am up to no good…

Doc Holliday on May 28, 2014 at 11:37 PM

Has anyone seen ole Sparkplug lately?

oscarwilde on May 28, 2014 at 11:34 PM

Wasn’t he on last night?

crankyoldlady on May 28, 2014 at 11:34 PM

He gets here late. But where has KOOLAID2 been?

Judge_Dredd on May 28, 2014 at 11:38 PM

Book Of Eli, by the way, is what all of America will look like two weeks after all EBT cards stop working…

PointnClick on May 28, 2014 at 11:38 PM

OmahaConservative on May 28, 2014 at 11:17 PM

So-Did the jackazz that currant occupies the Oval Office demand that the flags be lowered for yet?
Of course he’d be willing to lower the flags for her-she was black.
Lowering the flags for a former ambassdor to Guam and the last US ambassador to Czechoslovakia…nah she wasn’t important. ///

annoyinglittletwerp on May 28, 2014 at 11:38 PM

but a decent human being…

ToddPA on May 28, 2014 at 11:31 PM

He’s been married to the same lady for over 30 years….in Hollywood that’s a huge feat.

terryannonline on May 28, 2014 at 11:38 PM

Careful, Ken. I’d check that parrot drink for garnishes.

viking01 on May 28, 2014 at 11:33 PM

LOL! You’re killing me tonight. Zing Zing

bazil9 on May 28, 2014 at 11:36 PM

Plop, plop
taint, taint,
Oh, what a relief it ain’t!

(apologies to Alka-Seltzer fans)

viking01 on May 28, 2014 at 11:38 PM

crankyoldlady on May 28, 2014 at 11:34 PM

I’m looking for much more recently.

oscarwilde on May 28, 2014 at 11:36 PM

And by much more recent, I mean, I received a very cryptic message just a few minutes ago, that read… Sparky was banned…

oscarwilde on May 28, 2014 at 11:38 PM

Careful, Ken. I’d check that parrot drink for garnishes.

viking01 on May 28, 2014 at 11:33 PM

I trust 31giddyup. She has my back. And she makes a nice cocktail.

KCB on May 28, 2014 at 11:39 PM

Oh yes, Dear Lady! The archived (Memorex) version should be posted shortly.

Newtie and the Beauty on May 28, 2014 at 11:37 PM

Apparently I didn’t miss anything anyway. I’ll wait until morning for the report.

crankyoldlady on May 28, 2014 at 11:39 PM

Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 22s

House #VA hearing ends after 4 hours and 36 minutes of testimony.

canopfor on May 28, 2014 at 11:39 PM

canopfor on May 28, 2014 at 11:36 PM

understatment. Just a lot of posturing/frustration from the Congresscritters and obfuscation, passing the buck and trying to look contrite from the panel. Nobody knows nothing. Nothing new to fix the problem, no accountability, nothing/nada.

CoffeeLover on May 28, 2014 at 11:39 PM

And by much more recent, I mean, I received a very cryptic message just a few minutes ago, that read… Sparky was banned…

oscarwilde on May 28, 2014 at 11:38 PM

?!?!?!?!

bazil9 on May 28, 2014 at 11:40 PM

He gets here late. But where has KOOLAID2 been?

Judge_Dredd on May 28, 2014 at 11:38 PM

Yeah. Where is KA2?

OmahaConservative on May 28, 2014 at 11:40 PM

It was this allergic reaction to the press that hurt her so much when she lost the Democratic nomination to Barack Obama. If she runs in 2016, it will hurt her if she does not get over it.

Leopards don’t change their spots. If you recall, Barack Obama didn’t suddenly become a ball of energy. He spouts the same clap-trap as he did when a hack Ill. pol. And has achieved just as many positive results……….none.

GarandFan on May 28, 2014 at 11:40 PM

I do solemnly swear that I am up to no good…

Doc Holliday on May 28, 2014 at 11:37 PM

Also now the official QOTD pledge.

viking01 on May 28, 2014 at 11:40 PM

“Honesh, Ossifer, nobody was driving! We was all sittin’ in the back seat, singin’ …”

Alien on May 28, 2014 at 11:36 PM

Uh-huh

Newtie and the Beauty on May 28, 2014 at 11:40 PM

So I’m guessing Quotes of the Day are now open threads?
terryannonline on May 28, 2014 at 11:07 PM

Pretty girls are always welcome. :)
Judge_Dredd on May 28, 2014 at 11:08 PM

Pretty girls and open threads… Ok, here’s one:

There was a young lass from Hot Gas,
When fishing she preferred large mouth bass,
But during Quote of the Day,
She had much to say,
While wearing open threads that exposed her cute – sass!

climbnjump on May 28, 2014 at 11:40 PM

Also now the official QOTD pledge.

viking01 on May 28, 2014 at 11:40 PM

Mischief managed

Newtie and the Beauty on May 28, 2014 at 11:40 PM

And by much more recent, I mean, I received a very cryptic message just a few minutes ago, that read… Sparky was banned…

oscarwilde on May 28, 2014 at 11:38 PM

WTF????????????????

OmahaConservative on May 28, 2014 at 11:41 PM

I’m looking for much more recently.

oscarwilde on May 28, 2014 at 11:36 PM

Check his new shop vac. :)

And by much more recent, I mean, I received a very cryptic message just a few minutes ago, that read… Sparky was banned…

oscarwilde on May 28, 2014 at 11:38 PM

What!?

Axe on May 28, 2014 at 11:41 PM

And by much more recent, I mean, I received a very cryptic message just a few minutes ago, that read… Sparky was banned…

oscarwilde on May 28, 2014 at 11:38 PM

?!?!?!?!

bazil9 on May 28, 2014 at 11:40 PM

That’s why I’m asking if anyone has seen him…

oscarwilde on May 28, 2014 at 11:41 PM

And by much more recent, I mean, I received a very cryptic message just a few minutes ago, that read… Sparky was banned…

oscarwilde on May 28, 2014 at 11:38 PM

Why would anybody ban Sparky? All he does is talk about wood.

crankyoldlady on May 28, 2014 at 11:41 PM

John Anderson: Seminole wind

RickB on May 28, 2014 at 11:41 PM

I really hope we won’t have wall to wall coverage of Maya Angelou’s funeral. I have no desire to see any of it. At. All.
OmahaConservative on May 28, 2014 at 11:17 PM

Good to know.

coolrepublica on May 28, 2014 at 11:22 PM

You’ll never guess how @BarackObama marked Maya Angelou’s death

“Has Obama tweeted a picture of him reading Maya Angelou’s work yet?” -@BiasedGirl

Not quite … but you’re getting warm.

Celebrated author poet Maya Angelou passed away this morning at the age of 86. Tributes are pouring in from all over the world.

But let’s face it: There’s only one tribute that truly matters. This one:

Leave it to President Narcissist’s OFA flunkies to remind us what Maya Angelou’s life — and her death — are really about:

OFA’s shameless glorification of Dear Leader stopped being a surprise a long time ago. But it’s still as irritating as ever. Is there anything in this world that isn’t ultimately about Obama?

non-nonpartisan on May 28, 2014 at 11:42 PM

And by much more recent, I mean, I received a very cryptic message just a few minutes ago, that read… Sparky was banned…

oscarwilde on May 28, 2014 at 11:38 PM

From who? Sparky ain’t getting banned!

KCB on May 28, 2014 at 11:42 PM

He gets here late. But where has KOOLAID2 been?

Judge_Dredd on May 28, 2014 at 11:38 PM

Yeah. Where is KA2?

OmahaConservative on May 28, 2014 at 11:40 PM

How about HonestLib?

Alien on May 28, 2014 at 11:42 PM

He gets here late. But where has KOOLAID2 been?

Judge_Dredd on May 28, 2014 at 11:38 PM

Yeah. Where is KA2?

OmahaConservative on May 28, 2014 at 11:40 PM

Out of town on vacation.

Bmore on May 28, 2014 at 11:42 PM

OC,sometimes the airport can be highly amusing. Other times, I think I’ve been transported to a Twilight Zone. Today was a Zone day.

31giddyup on May 28, 2014 at 11:42 PM

I do solemnly swear that I am up to no good…

Doc Holliday on May 28, 2014 at 11:37 PM

Also now the official QOTD pledge.

viking01 on May 28, 2014 at 11:40 PM

And the official Motto is, I aim to misbehave…

oscarwilde on May 28, 2014 at 11:43 PM

bazil9 on May 28, 2014 at 11:40 PM

That’s why I’m asking if anyone has seen him…

oscarwilde on May 28, 2014 at 11:41 PM

We talked at like 3 am..last night/morning.

omg..I will truly be heart broken if true.

bazil9 on May 28, 2014 at 11:43 PM

And by much more recent, I mean, I received a very cryptic message just a few minutes ago, that read… Sparky was banned…

oscarwilde on May 28, 2014 at 11:38 PM

Can you link?

Judge_Dredd on May 28, 2014 at 11:43 PM

What on earth would get Sparky banned–not talking on topic on QOTD?!

Doc Holliday on May 28, 2014 at 11:43 PM

Unless you believe in reincarnation. Then she’s just trying to be nice to someone that she’ll meet again.

Alien on May 28, 2014 at 11:28 PM

That too. But they outnumber us, though they’re in the next life.

kcewa on May 28, 2014 at 11:43 PM

From who? Sparky ain’t getting banned!

KCB on May 28, 2014 at 11:42 PM

he may self ban. He does that.

KCB on May 28, 2014 at 11:43 PM

Why would anybody ban Sparky? All he does is talk about wood.

crankyoldlady on May 28, 2014 at 11:41 PM

Really… no one would be surprised if I got nuked, given some of the things I post after work and after 4 beers. Sparky is harmless…

PointnClick on May 28, 2014 at 11:43 PM

31giddyup on May 28, 2014 at 11:42 PM

Heh, I know what you mean…

OmahaConservative on May 28, 2014 at 11:44 PM

l say this –if I had to try to duplicate Ed/AP’s output I wouldn’t be able to play in the comments. Steve Eggleston on May 28, 2014 at 11:32 PM

MKH gets by with one or two per day, late.

Like a warning bell qotd is showing up soon.

I guess she’s not a morning person. Or even a middle of the day person.

You could pull that off easy.

wolly4321 on May 28, 2014 at 11:44 PM

John Anderson: Seminole wind

RickB on May 28, 2014 at 11:41 PM

I love that song.

crankyoldlady on May 28, 2014 at 11:44 PM

I trust 31giddyup. She has my back. And she makes a nice cocktail.

KCB on May 28, 2014 at 11:39 PM

Not to worry. It’s organic, freshly brewed and the vodka should cook it.

viking01 on May 28, 2014 at 11:44 PM

Bmore on May 28, 2014 at 11:42 PM

You know anything about this Sparky thing?

KCB on May 28, 2014 at 11:44 PM

He gets here late. But where has KOOLAID2 been?

Judge_Dredd on May 28, 2014 at 11:38 PM
Yeah. Where is KA2?

OmahaConservative on May 28, 2014 at 11:40 PM

Last week he said something about the family heading to Florida.

RickB on May 28, 2014 at 11:44 PM

And by much more recent, I mean, I received a very cryptic message just a few minutes ago, that read… Sparky was banned…

oscarwilde on May 28, 2014 at 11:38 PM

W. T. F??? o_O

Newtie and the Beauty on May 28, 2014 at 11:44 PM

Out of town on vacation.

Bmore on May 28, 2014 at 11:42 PM

Thank you Bmore. I haven’t seen him for 3 or 4 days I think.

Judge_Dredd on May 28, 2014 at 11:44 PM

oscarwilde on May 28, 2014 at 11:38 PM

Why would anybody ban Sparky? All he does is talk about wood.

crankyoldlady on May 28, 2014 at 11:41 PM

anon says:
May 28, 2014 at 20:07 Edit

Sparky was banned
Reply

This is why I’m asking…

oscarwilde on May 28, 2014 at 11:45 PM

Time to call it a night.

Steve Eggleston on May 28, 2014 at 11:46 PM

Andy Taylor- Take it Easy

non-nonpartisan on May 28, 2014 at 11:46 PM

He gets here late. But where has KOOLAID2 been?

Judge_Dredd on May 28, 2014 at 11:38 PM

Yeah. Where is KA2?

OmahaConservative on May 28, 2014 at 11:40 PM

Last week he said something about the family heading to Florida.

RickB on May 28, 2014 at 11:44 PM

Did someone send him out looking for HonestLib??

Newtie and the Beauty on May 28, 2014 at 11:46 PM

BTW, the powers that be don’t like it when we talk about bannings that didn’t really happen. I got admonished for joking about that.

KCB on May 28, 2014 at 11:47 PM

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