Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on June 11, 2014 by Allahpundit

One would have to be pretty far gone in spin to deny the obvious about yesterday’s defeat of House majority leader Eric Cantor in a primary: Republican voters were rejecting the idea of “comprehensive immigration reform.” To be sure, it was not the only reason he was defeated. A sizable number of voters thought he had grown inattentive to the district. David Brat, who beat Cantor, assailed him for being too tight with Wall Street and big business on a range of corporate-welfare issues. A lot of tea partiers are unhappy with a Republican hierarchy that they see as insufficiently willing to fight for conservative principles. Immigration, though, was indisputably the top policy issue in the race, and it was a symbol of everything else that motivated Brat’s candidacy.

A lot of Republicans, disproportionately those in Washington, D.C., harbor the fantasy that the party could make great gains among Hispanic voters if it would only offer legal status to millions of illegal immigrants, create large guest-worker programs, and refrain from insisting that enforcement of the existing laws be shown to work before taking these steps. Cantor refused to shut the door on this approach, so primary voters shut the door on him.

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Here’s my favorite Eric Cantor story. At the Republican Convention in 2008, I approached Cantor after an event, introduced myself as a constituent, and told him where I lived. It’s a tiny place, more of a wide spot in the road than an actual town, so this was partly a test to see how well Cantor knew his own district. I turns out that he did recognize the town, and to prove it, he started to tell me about how he had worked on getting us an earmark for a local Civil War battlefield park. An earmark, mind you, just after Republicans had officially renounced earmarks in an attempt to appease small-government types. Cantor suddenly realized this and literally stopped himself in mid-sentence. Then he hastily added: “But we don’t do that any more.”

That, ladies and gentlemen, was Eric Cantor: the soul of an establishment machine politician, with the “messaging” of the small-government conservatives grafted uneasily on top of it.

So yes, you can now tear up all those articles pronouncing the death of the Tea Party movement, because this is the essence of what the Tea Party is about: letting the establishment know that they have to do more than offer lip service to a small-government agenda, that we expect them to actually mean it. Or as Dave Brat put it in one of his frenzied post-victory interviews, “the problem with the Republican principles is that nobody follows them.”

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But if you are a nervous Republican member of Congress, the lesson you’re going to take is the one that keeps you alive: Don’t fall out of favor with your activist base.

If you do get into trouble, even the traditional weaponry might not save you. Cantor outspent his opponent 20-to-1. Cantor had the power to deliver things to his district. Cantor was seen as next in line to replace John Boehner as speaker of the House, which would have meant even more power and prestige for his district. This is an undiluted version of the lesson being taught in Mississippi where Sen. Thad Cochran’s incumbency—and the funnel of federal spending that goes with it—aren’t protecting him from a Tea Party challenger. Expensive pollsters aren’t going to save you, either. Cantor’s told him he was up by 35 points going into the election…

If the House leadership needed a member to take a tough vote, they could convince him that his fears of being targeted were overblown. Members no longer had to worry as much about well-financed groups with communications departments harnessing grass-roots anger and pointing it at them. The problem is that’s not what happened in the Cantor race. Those outside groups didn’t play the role in this race that they have in other races that have been labeled as Tea Party vs. Establishment fights. (Though that didn’t stop them from pretending they had a hand in Brat’s victory.) So the message is the refreshing and reaffirming one that it’s the voters who can turn on you. Brat’s win will encourage more attempts, and whether the Cantor defeat can be replicated elsewhere doesn’t matter. All incumbents will think there is a monster hiding under their bed—and maybe they’re right.

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Brat made a broader case that used opposition to Cantor on immigration as a policy centerpiece. His campaign did not solely consist of frothing denunciations of “amnesty.”

Instead, he argued that Cantor’s position on immigration was representative of an agenda that would lower American wages, pervert the free market, and undermine the rule of law. Brat wove opposition to mass legalization and expanded guest-worker programs into a broader narrative of defending the middle class, restoring opportunity, and advancing the cause of economic liberty (which is deeply connected, according to Brat, to the rule of law)…

By making opposition to the White House’s immigration agenda part of a broader narrative about defending the middle class and advancing freedom, Brat was able to build a grassroots movement into a winning coalition. Many proponents of Republican reform have been very skeptical about what the Beltway calls “comprehensive immigration reform” (i.e., bad-faith open borders) because they fear that this set of policies undermines the average American worker, damages economic opportunity, and harms the civic fabric of the nation.

Far from a defeat for conservative reformers (as some have alleged), Brat’s victory could instead be seen as a sign of the growing viability of a conservatism that synthesizes beliefs in decentralized power, economic opportunity and growth, middle-class uplift, the rule of law, the protection of civil liberties, and a strong national defense.

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Many responses to the reform conservative agenda have applauded the impulse to bring more policy innovation to the conservative arsenal, but have almost all done so from a perspective where to “reform” the Republican Party is to make it “more moderate”, and more “moderate” in the specific sense of (although those critics would never phrase it that way, perhaps even to themselves) more responsive to the interests and aspirations of America’s elite

Most #reformocons I know, and myself certainly, believe that this is a terrible error in political judgement. The GOP, if it can be America’s majority party, must ally itself with the aspirations and interests of America’s broad middle generally, and its working families in particular. These people do not have the same views or interests as inside-the-Beltway and Park Slope types, to say the least.

The reform conservative agenda is an agenda that is populist, that is to say, it is clearly, unabashedly, and thoroughly, on the side of the broad swaths of Americans who have been victimized by long-standing trends in American life, both social and economic. But it does so in an intelligent way–not through sure-to-fail big government programs and handouts. Not through sure-to-fail big government programs and handouts with a GOP veneer. Not through sure-to-fail utopian attempts to blowtorch all of the Great Society and the New Deal and the Progressive Era right now. Not through budgetary or monetary austerity. Through intelligent, conservative, populist policy.

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A violent revolution is unconscionable. But what may be in the air is a peaceful populist revolt—a bottom-up, tech-fueled assault on 20th-century political institutions. In a memo to his fellow Democrats, former Clinton White House political director Doug Sosnik writes persuasively about “an increasing populist push” across the political spectrum.

At the core of Americans’ anger and alienation is the belief that the American Dream is no longer attainable. Previous generations held fast to the promise that anyone who worked hard and played by the rules could get ahead, regardless of their circumstances. But increasingly, Americans have concluded that the rules aren’t fair and that the system has been rigged to concentrate power and wealth in the hands of a privileged few at the expense of the many. And now the government is simply not working for anyone.

Americans’ long-brewing discontent shows clear signs of reaching a boiling point. And when it happens, the country will judge its politicians through a new filter—one that asks, “Which side of the barricade are you on? Is it the side of the out-of-touch political class that clings to the status quo by protecting those at the top and their own political agendas, or is it the side that is fighting for the kind of change that will make the government work for the people—all the people?”

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The problem is that the incentives pushing Republicans to take positions against immigration reform (or, even worse, as Eric Cantor seemed to do, to flip-flop on the issue) in order to win primaries probably also sow the seeds for future national general election losses. (No, I don’t think Hispanics are solely focused on immigration reform, but I do think tackling this problem is a sine qua non.)

Even more frustrating is the fact that Republicans seem to have chosen to create this sort of vicious cycle, whereby perceived antagonism toward immigrants has led to Republicans losing Hispanic votes — which, in turn, has led other Republicans to argue that immigration reform is electoral suicide… Repeat.

This seems to have become a self-fulfilling prophesy of the GOP’s own choosing; Democrats now “own” the immigration reform “brand,” which has all sorts of long-term consequences and implications, including the fact that conservatives now reflexively oppose even moderate reforms like the DREAM Act. And frankly, I suspect, Democrats are perfectly happy with that.

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KCB on June 11, 2014 at 11:20 PM

I really thought that was going to be Carter in my lifetime but O has definitely ratcheted up the crapper meter 100 fold.

If all this news today wasn’t bad enough I just finished an article at WFB —Russian Bombers Fly Within 50 Miles of California Coast.

The hits just keep on coming :(

CoffeeLover on June 11, 2014 at 11:26 PM

’s a very key piece of information. Has to be mentioned when I comment about such things. It’s fo the benefit of HotAir’s many other readers, not just those who comment. Sometimes people here forget that many, many more people read this site than comment. bluegill on June 11, 2014 at 11:18 PM

Yea,, the world is watching your every word…

How do you spell it,, sado masocist? Is that right?

wolly4321 on June 11, 2014 at 11:26 PM

You know, I’ll be glad when the whole Cantor thing blows over. I’m already tired of seeing his geeky, pinched face all over the interwebs.

I’d much rather look at Dave Brat.

CommonSensical on June 11, 2014 at 11:26 PM

Attempts to intimidate me will only have the opposite effect.

blueballs on June 11, 2014 at 11:24 PM

…you probably say that to your physiatrists…how many shrinks have you blown through?

KOOLAID2 on June 11, 2014 at 11:27 PM

Today is the 70th birthday of Battleship Missouri (BB-63). Now docked right near where Arizona sits at Pearl Harbor.

The fine folks who have volunteered to restore the ship have been doing a great job-some friends and I took the tour a few years ago and they have been lovingly restoring the ship deck by deck. They just completed the wardroom restoration this past week.

http://www.ussmissouri.com/

Del Dolemonte on June 11, 2014 at 11:06 PM

And it’s nice to know that it’s sitting there fully armed, fueled, and manned (with really old guys) – ready to go into battle against alien invaders if needed……

dentarthurdent on June 11, 2014 at 11:27 PM

Attempts to intimidate me will only have the opposite effect. You aren’t dealing with petunia here.

bluegill on June 11, 2014 at 11:24 PM

Who intimidated you?

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 11:27 PM

hey I did a Bishop LOL

CoffeeLover on June 11, 2014 at 11:27 PM

Attempts to intimidate me will only have the opposite effect. You aren’t dealing with petunia here.

bluegill on June 11, 2014 at 11:24 PM

No, we are dealing with an annoying hagfish.

captnjoe on June 11, 2014 at 11:27 PM

The Arab Spring is the biggest nightmare possible.

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 11:27 PM

Says here she has 180 followers.

Bmore on June 11, 2014 at 11:27 PM

Hi ya, cranky. How’s it down there?… I’m up in the Great Lakes working a contract.

captnjoe on June 11, 2014 at 11:28 PM

…how many shrinks have you blown through?

KOOLAID2 on June 11, 2014 at 11:27 PM

About as many twitter handles as she has blown through.

cozmo on June 11, 2014 at 11:28 PM

wolly4321 on June 11, 2014 at 11:26 PM

Did you e-mail Omaha like he asked you to the other night?

Judge_Dredd on June 11, 2014 at 11:28 PM

bluegill on June 11, 2014 at 11:24 PM

What happened to petunia? I didn’t know her well, but she seemed fine to me.

jaime on June 11, 2014 at 11:28 PM

Active calls for illegals to over run the borders.

No action to slow the over running of the borders.

In fact the other side, active in the use of these illegals to cause harm to American Citizens, the States, County and City Goverments along the border.

These new ones will kill.

There are zetas, young deadly zeta members who are in these new border jumping illegals.

Obama knows, the Border Patrol knows, the CIA knows, the DEA knows, the FBi knows, many in the liar MSM know.

Speaker of the House John Boehner knows.

Gov. of Texas Rick Perry knows.

Who acts to defend U.S.?

The lack of action is the treason from Obama.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on June 11, 2014 at 11:29 PM

Best name ever.

(From Noah’s old pals at Mediaite. I think we just haven’t figured out his dry sense of humor, yet.)

Fallon on June 11, 2014 at 11:08 PM

So that leads me to ask, which of our trolls seems to me missing in action today?

slickwillie2001 on June 11, 2014 at 11:29 PM

bluegill on June 11, 2014 at 11:24 PM

Wow, how disrespectful to petunia.

Cindy Munford on June 11, 2014 at 11:30 PM

Ooops, sorry forgot to quote.

cozmo on June 11, 2014 at 11:21 PM

Says here she has 180 followers.

Bmore on June 11, 2014 at 11:30 PM

http://www.ussmissouri.com/

Del Dolemonte on June 11, 2014 at 11:06 PM

And it’s nice to know that it’s sitting there fully armed, fueled, and manned (with really old guys) – ready to go into battle against alien invaders if needed……

dentarthurdent on June 11, 2014 at 11:27 PM

Umm, yeah, about that …

We have been receiving your television transmissions beamed into space. We have taken care of the Missouri. We viewed an animated short feature that described the activities of a coyote pursuing one of your species of desert birds.

So we tied a big rubber band to the back of the ship. Tied the other end to the dock.

It will be a BIG surprise.

Alien on June 11, 2014 at 11:31 PM

wolly4321 on June 11, 2014 at 11:26 PM

Did you e-mail Omaha like he asked you to the other night?

Judge_Dredd on June 11, 2014 at 11:28 PM

I hope that OC will remind wolly/Bill to get new glasses.

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 11:31 PM

Fallon on June 11, 2014 at 11:08 PM

I think the ones of us who have bothered following him a bit get him.

Bmore on June 11, 2014 at 11:31 PM

I’m baaaack!
captnjoe on June 11, 2014 at 11:09 PM

Welcome back, Captain!

[sends Captain a Double Whatchudrinkin'...enters under "Sailing Lessons"...]

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

Every post he makes, jaimie. SusanT hates him and makes it known. He ignores her and his threads are doing good business and live goes on.
Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 11:24 PM

Criticizing a post is not “hating.”

Pro-amnesty Noah Rothman was assisting GOP establishment in pushing the idea that Brat wasn’t read for primetime. I posted what I thought of that.

Unlike some, I choose not to take a sycophant approach to commenting to bloggers here. I give my honest take every time. And I don’t have to get personal to do it. I prefer to focus on their work and their arguments.

For some commenters here, that is a heinous crime. Oh well.

bluegill on June 11, 2014 at 11:31 PM

Bmore on June 11, 2014 at 11:27 PM

The horror, you outed her…again.

cozmo on June 11, 2014 at 11:31 PM

Iraqi request for airstrikes was rebuffed because WH did not want to reopen Iraqi chapter.

coolrepublica on June 11, 2014 at 11:30 PM

obama’s always with his brothers, and it shows.

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 11:32 PM

It’s a very key piece of information. Has to be mentioned when I comment about such things. It’s for the benefit of HotAir’s many other readers, not just those who comment. Sometimes people here forget that many, many more people read this site than comment.

bluegill on June 11, 2014 at 11:18 PM

You are one scary piece of work you know that?

gophergirl on June 11, 2014 at 11:32 PM

Example:

A Army platoon, in a fire fight with say the NVA along the DMZ.

They see another unit that is cut off by an ambush, they know they are the olny hope to save the other unit.

They do not act, in fact the Lt. and or E-7 says lets do nothing.

What should the punishment be?

How little difference now with Obama and the borders.

Fact is his actions are even worse.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on June 11, 2014 at 11:32 PM

Alien on June 11, 2014 at 11:25 PM

message recieved

captnjoe on June 11, 2014 at 11:32 PM

For some commenters here, that is a heinous crime. Oh well.

bluegill on June 11, 2014 at 11:31 PM

You are an idiot.

cozmo on June 11, 2014 at 11:32 PM

Says here she has 180 followers.

Bmore on June 11, 2014 at 11:30 PM

“She slimmed me” ;D

Judge_Dredd on June 11, 2014 at 11:33 PM

did you e-mail Omaha like he asked you to the other night? Judge_Dredd on June 11, 2014 at 11:28 PM

Yep. ;)

wolly4321 on June 11, 2014 at 11:33 PM

hey I did a Bishop LOL
CoffeeLover on June 11, 2014 at 11:27 PM

Well done, CL!

Newtie and the Beauty on June 11, 2014 at 11:34 PM

For some commenters here, that is a heinous crime. Oh well.

bluegill on June 11, 2014 at 11:31 PM

You imagine things. We just laugh at you. So does Noah, btw.

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 11:34 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on June 11, 2014 at 11:34 PM

lol

We had rain down here. How’s your sinus holding up?

CoffeeLover on June 11, 2014 at 11:35 PM

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

Beauty!!!!!! Hi ya :D

captnjoe on June 11, 2014 at 11:35 PM

You are one scary piece of work you know that?

gophergirl on June 11, 2014 at 11:32 PM

Her ridiculousness and self-importance doesn’t scare me, it makes me laugh. And just wait to see her in a one-on-one conversation with coolrepublica, who’s an even bigger dip lol

non-nonpartisan on June 11, 2014 at 11:35 PM

cozmo on June 11, 2014 at 11:31 PM

I never outed her in the first place. She did. She should do everyone a favor and recommend to the mods she seems to hate so that they ban her. I had always presumed she would eventually run out of slime. Lord knows I have been wrong about many things. Thought sure I was right about the slime. Anyway I hope she stays. I have a blog to maintain. Hers. Its getting all the traffic as of late. ; )

Bmore on June 11, 2014 at 11:35 PM

You’re right. You are an insane lying attention beggar.

cozmo on June 11, 2014 at 11:26 PM

An attention whore…

OmahaConservative on June 11, 2014 at 11:35 PM

coolrepublica on June 11, 2014 at 11:33 PM

liberal

jaime on June 11, 2014 at 11:35 PM

Is gay a filtered word here? Test

coolrepublica on June 11, 2014 at 11:35 PM

Obama set up this border ambush.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on June 11, 2014 at 11:35 PM

Wow, how disrespectful to petunia.
Cindy Munford on June 11, 2014 at 11:30 PM

Tell me, Cindy. How many times did you criticize the horrible behavior directed at petunia from commenters here? Did you ever? Surely you saw it. Or did you just stay silent?

What bravery. What character.

bluegill on June 11, 2014 at 11:35 PM

I’m drinkin Fleur de Cana, neat, want some?

captnjoe on June 11, 2014 at 11:36 PM

Beware a cornered dictator.

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 11:22 PM

His last two years could finish us. I believe that.

KCB on June 11, 2014 at 11:36 PM

So we tied a big rubber band to the back of the ship. Tied the other end to the dock.

It will be a BIG surprise.

Alien on June 11, 2014 at 11:31 PM

Doesn’t matter. We have navy personnel so incredibly skilled, just 4 of them can operate an entire destroyer – or the Missouri – and perform security, search and rescue and everything else necessary for a Navy ship – and they even know how to get a battleship going fast enough to “drift” it into position….
We fart in the general direction of your rubber band, you dirty Antarean kaaaaaanighit….

(Ok – was that over the top? I can never tell. Too many mixed genres perhaps…)

dentarthurdent on June 11, 2014 at 11:36 PM

bluegill on June 11, 2014 at 11:31 PM

I think the point of blogs is to discuss the articles offered, not critique the authors. Oh, and MKH apologized to you for her life on her thread.

Cindy Munford on June 11, 2014 at 11:36 PM

Neat (from the bottle, like a pirate) *weg*

captnjoe on June 11, 2014 at 11:36 PM

Tell me, Cindy. How many times did you criticize the horrible behavior directed at petunia from commenters here? Did you ever? Surely you saw it. Or did you just stay silent?

What bravery. What character.

bluegill on June 11, 2014 at 11:35 PM

Fuk off skank…

OmahaConservative on June 11, 2014 at 11:37 PM

Pro-amnesty Noah Rothman was ..

bluegill on June 11, 2014 at 11:31 PM

No, it’s “NoahRothmanwhofavorsillegalalienamnesty”

Alien on June 11, 2014 at 11:37 PM

coolrepublica on June 11, 2014 at 11:35 PM

liberal

jaime on June 11, 2014 at 11:37 PM

Who intimidated you, blue?

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 11:37 PM

bluegill on June 11, 2014 at 11:35 PM

Never. I don’t actually care, I just like messing with you.

Cindy Munford on June 11, 2014 at 11:37 PM

“She slimmed me” ;D

Judge_Dredd on June 11, 2014 at 11:33 PM

I was corrected and informed it should read. slimed. Hold it. Is that right. Or was it sliming? Crap. Now I have to go back and check.

Bmore on June 11, 2014 at 11:37 PM

We had rain down here. How’s your sinus holding up?
CoffeeLover on June 11, 2014 at 11:35 PM

So far, I’m hanging in there, GF! Almost got me, though… :o

Newtie and the Beauty on June 11, 2014 at 11:38 PM

Her ridiculousness and self-importance doesn’t scare me, it makes me laugh. And just wait to see her in a one-on-one conversation with coolrepublica, who’s an even bigger dip lol

non-nonpartisan on June 11, 2014 at 11:35 PM

I think it’s more fright that people without that type of self-awareness exist in this world. It’s creepy.

gophergirl on June 11, 2014 at 11:38 PM

Eddie Floyd – Knock On Wood

RickB on June 11, 2014 at 11:38 PM

Oh, and MKH apologized to you for her life on her thread.

Cindy Munford on June 11, 2014 at 11:36 PM

Wait, what? Linky please?

Judge_Dredd on June 11, 2014 at 11:38 PM

What character.

bluegill on June 11, 2014 at 11:35 PM

…YOU!…have no idea!…WHAT THAT IS!

KOOLAID2 on June 11, 2014 at 11:38 PM

What bravery. What character.

bluegill on June 11, 2014 at 11:35 PM

Highlight reel. Going up right away!

Bmore on June 11, 2014 at 11:38 PM

I think the point of blogs is to discuss the articles offered, not critique the authors. Oh, and MKH apologized to you for her life on her thread.

Cindy Munford on June 11, 2014 at 11:36 PM

I am hoping MKH, Noah or jazz will swing the hammer soon at Hagfish…

OmahaConservative on June 11, 2014 at 11:38 PM

Beware a cornered dictator.

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 11:22 PM
His last two years could finish us. I believe that.

KCB on June 11, 2014 at 11:36 PM

I do believe he is at his most dangerous…but it may just get worse if the Ds lose the Senate this November…if the Rs win…Katy bar the door!!!

CoffeeLover on June 11, 2014 at 11:38 PM

Del’s dial is on.

Blue, who intimidated you, and did you report them to Ed, yet?

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 11:39 PM

Criticizing a post is not “hating.”

Pro-amnesty Noah Rothman was assisting GOP establishment in pushing the idea that Brat wasn’t read for primetime. I posted what I thought of that.

Unlike some, I choose not to take a sycophant approach to commenting to bloggers here. I give my honest take every time. And I don’t have to get personal to do it. I prefer to focus on their work and their arguments.

For some commenters here, that is a heinous crime. Oh well.

bluegill on June 11, 2014 at 11:31 PM

I read this, and the adjective “haughty” immediately comes to mind.

captnjoe on June 11, 2014 at 11:39 PM

hey I did a Bishop LOL
CoffeeLover on June 11, 2014 at 11:27 PM

Well I’d never admit to doing Bishop….
Oh, A Bishop….. my mistake…. nevermind…..

dentarthurdent on June 11, 2014 at 11:39 PM

Bmore on June 11, 2014 at 11:35 PM

If it weren’t for this place, she would have no life.

That goes for lourdes too.

OmahaConservative on June 11, 2014 at 11:35 PM

I am rotating insults.

Besides, when she first got on twitter, she was begging for followers.

cozmo on June 11, 2014 at 11:39 PM

A gun from the Fast and Furious illegal operation of Obama may well be used to kill a law enforement officer say Texas duing this current invasion enabled on purpose by Obama.

What will be the excuse then?

APACHEWHOKNOWS on June 11, 2014 at 11:39 PM

I think it’s more fright that people without that type of self-awareness exist in this world. It’s creepy.

gophergirl on June 11, 2014 at 11:38 PM

I doubt bluegill would aggressively wield any weapon other than her big dumb mouth lol

non-nonpartisan on June 11, 2014 at 11:40 PM

We fart in the general direction of your rubber band, you dirty Antarean kaaaaaanighit….

(Ok – was that over the top? I can never tell. Too many mixed genres perhaps…)

dentarthurdent on June 11, 2014 at 11:36 PM

Oh, no — I understood you perfectly.

Yeeeesh!

message recieved

captnjoe on June 11, 2014 at 11:32 PM

Good. Could you tell me what I said? Because I have no freeeekin’ idea.

Alien on June 11, 2014 at 11:40 PM

bluegill on June 11, 2014 at 11:35 PM

Besides being a lousy liar, you are completely clueless about sarcasm.

cozmo on June 11, 2014 at 11:40 PM

It’s a very key piece of information. Has to be mentioned when I comment about such things. It’s for the benefit of HotAir’s many other readers, not just those who comment. Sometimes people here forget that many, many more people read this site than comment.

bluegill on June 11, 2014 at 11:18 PM

I read and adore all your comments. I breathe them in as if they were secreted by a goddess. I relish them like chocolate jimmies on a cucumber.

If you ate a bowl full of meal worms one of your comments would wash a pallet clean like an open spigot fire hydrant loaded with abrasive exfoliant

Parmenides on June 11, 2014 at 11:40 PM

Judge_Dredd on June 11, 2014 at 11:38 PM

Next to the last comment.

Cindy Munford on June 11, 2014 at 11:40 PM

I was corrected and informed it should read. slimed. Hold it. Is that right. Or was it sliming? Crap. Now I have to go back and check.

Bmore on June 11, 2014 at 11:37 PM

I was kidding Bmore. Kidding. :P Besides I’m one to talk. Striking when I mean to quote.

Now off you go!

Judge_Dredd on June 11, 2014 at 11:40 PM

Nice

Bmore on June 11, 2014 at 11:41 PM

Besides, when she first got on twitter, she was begging for followers.

cozmo on June 11, 2014 at 11:39 PM

Yep, I remember. Until she was suspended…

OmahaConservative on June 11, 2014 at 11:41 PM

dentarthurdent on June 11, 2014 at 11:39 PM

lol :)

CoffeeLover on June 11, 2014 at 11:41 PM

I do believe he is at his most dangerous…but it may just get worse if the Ds lose the Senate this November…if the Rs win…Katy bar the door!!!

CoffeeLover on June 11, 2014 at 11:38 PM

Exactly. When you have nothing to lose….

KCB on June 11, 2014 at 11:41 PM

What bravery. What character.

bluegill on June 11, 2014 at 11:35 PM

What a load of crap.

captnjoe on June 11, 2014 at 11:42 PM

You can not make this shit up. Hollywood would pay big bucks!

Bmore on June 11, 2014 at 11:42 PM

captnjoe on June 11, 2014 at 11:39 PM

How odd. Stupid is what came to me.

Cindy Munford on June 11, 2014 at 11:42 PM

Did blue run away?

Blue, who intimidated you?

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 11:42 PM

Good Evening, HA crowd.

Doc Holliday on June 11, 2014 at 11:42 PM

I think the point of blogs is to discuss the articles offered, not critique the authors. Oh, and MKH apologized to you for her life on her thread.

Cindy Munford on June 11, 2014 at 11:36 PM

I can’t believe she felt she had to post that. I’m embarrassed and I didn’t even post anything nasty towards her.

gophergirl on June 11, 2014 at 11:42 PM

I can understand the White House gang doing nothing about the invasion on the border but I don’t understand the states doing nothing.

crankyoldlady on June 11, 2014 at 11:42 PM

Judge_Dredd on June 11, 2014 at 11:40 PM

Lolz! ; )

Bmore on June 11, 2014 at 11:43 PM

All this evil and what does Obama do.

Seeks to control/ban CO2, (a plant food).

Insane total.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on June 11, 2014 at 11:43 PM

Next to the last comment.

Cindy Munford on June 11, 2014 at 11:40 PM

Oh dear Lord!

Judge_Dredd on June 11, 2014 at 11:43 PM

Her ridiculousness and self-importance doesn’t scare me, it makes me laugh. And just wait to see her in a one-on-one conversation with coolrepublica, who’s an even bigger dip lol

non-nonpartisan on June 11, 2014 at 11:35 PM

Grams how are you? I hope you are well. :-)

coolrepublica on June 11, 2014 at 11:44 PM

ell me, Cindy. How many times did you criticize the horrible behavior directed at petunia from commenters here? Did you ever? Surely you saw it. Or did you just stay silent? What bravery. What character. bluegill on June 11, 2014 at 11:35 PM

You may run in to problems criticizing HER character.

There is not a poster I hold in higher regard.

None.

wolly4321 on June 11, 2014 at 11:44 PM

OmahaConservative on June 11, 2014 at 11:38 PM

For what? I don’t think view yourself as the perpetual victim is against the rules.

Cindy Munford on June 11, 2014 at 11:44 PM

I think the point of blogs is to discuss the articles offered, not critique the authors. Oh, and MKH apologized to you for her life on her thread.
Cindy Munford on June 11, 2014 at 11:36 PM

Did she? I don’t have the time to bother going to see such silliness. And I would hate to think I’m taking time away from her research for her next post.

Anyway, criticizing a blogger’s work is not criticizing them as people.

And I agree that blog comments should be somewhat related to the articles. Too bad not all here agree with you and me about that, Cindy.

bluegill on June 11, 2014 at 11:44 PM

Doc Holliday on June 11, 2014 at 11:42 PM

Hey *waving*

CoffeeLover on June 11, 2014 at 11:44 PM

Hi Doc!

KCB on June 11, 2014 at 11:44 PM

Bmore, I have something for you to consider for your collection…let me know what you think… ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on June 11, 2014 at 11:45 PM

Good Evening, HA crowd.

Doc Holliday on June 11, 2014 at 11:42 PM

Are you trying to start trouble? I wouldn’t call it a crowd.

More like a gathering. No, not a mob. Don’t play the mob card pal.

Parmenides on June 11, 2014 at 11:45 PM

Did blue run away?

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 11:42 PM

Maybe she will come back when she gets reinforcements.

cozmo on June 11, 2014 at 11:45 PM

gophergirl on June 11, 2014 at 11:42 PM

MKH’s call, I wouldn’t have.

Cindy Munford on June 11, 2014 at 11:45 PM

Her ridiculousness and self-importance doesn’t scare me, it makes me laugh. And just wait to see her in a one-on-one conversation with coolrepublica, who’s an even bigger dip lol

non-nonpartisan on June 11, 2014 at 11:35 PM

Grams how are you? I hope you are well. :-)

Hold on. Are you a lady non-non???

Judge_Dredd on June 11, 2014 at 11:46 PM

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