Quotes of the day

posted at 8:01 pm on February 14, 2016 by Allahpundit

This idea of the imperial judiciary — that the Supreme Court had become too strong, too central, too powerful — animated much of Scalia’s justice philosophy and writing…

But on the day of his death, the Supreme Court and its role could not be more exalted…

The path forward: Obama will offer up a nominee; the Republicans in the Senate will refuse to move the nomination forward; and the politics of the Supreme Court could take center stage in a way no one alive today has ever seen, in the midst of an already unconventional presidential primary, at a time when social media rapidly changes the way people, interest groups, and grassroots movements interact with politics.

In death, Scalia has created an unprecedented situation in American politics.

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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death Saturday highlighted the stakes not just of the presidential campaign but of the razor-close battle for control of the Senate, where Republicans’ 54-seat majority is in serious danger in 2016. The Court vacancy won’t remake the political map, but it will intensify the fight over it.

GOP Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Saturday night that the Supreme Court vacancy “should not be filled until we have a new president,” a call that presidential candidates like Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio joined. But while McConnell’s tack might take the decision out of President Barack Obama’s hands, it may also hand consent of the new appointment to a new Democratic Senate next year…

Republicans are already fighting to defend seats in six states Obama carried twice: Florida, Illinois, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Wisconsin. Democrats not only have fewer seats to defend, but the ones that are most at risk come from Colorado and Nevada, territory that has leaned Democratic in recent years…

The purple hue of those battleground states — compared to the 2014 Senate map, which was heavier on red states — may split the priorities of GOP senators preparing for tough November races from those worried about primaries earlier in 2016.

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It is “standard practice” to not confirm nominations to the Supreme Court in an election year, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said Saturday, following news of the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

As a result, he said the Senate shouldn’t confirm President Obama’s nominee to replace Scalia.

“The fact of the matter is that it’s been standard practice over the last 80 years to not confirm Supreme Court nominees during a presidential election year,” Grassley said.

“Given the huge divide in the country, and the fact that this president, above all others, has made no bones about his goal to use the courts to circumvent Congress and push through his own agenda, it only makes sense that we defer to the American people who will elect a new president to select the next Supreme Court Justice.”

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“Senator McConnell is right that the American people should have a voice in the selection of the next Supreme Court justice. In fact, they did — when President Obama won the 2012 election by five million votes,” Ms. Warren, a former Harvard Law School professor, said in a statement.

“Article II Section 2 of the Constitution says the President of the United States nominates justices to the Supreme Court, with the advice and consent of the Senate,” she wrote. “I can’t find a clause that says ‘…except when there’s a year left in the term of a Democratic President.’”

She added: “Senate Republicans took an oath just like Senate Democrats did. Abandoning the duties they swore to uphold would threaten both the Constitution and our democracy itself. It would also prove that all the Republican talk about loving the Constitution is just that — empty talk.”

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“If I were a Republican — whether the Majority Leader all the way down to the county clerk — and every nominee I would say no hearings. No votes. Lame ducks don’t make lifetime appointments.”

“There is no precedent,” [Hugh Hewitt] continued. “And I will simply add, the base will not forgive anyone. Senators will lose their jobs if they block the blockade. There should be an absolute blockade on this.”

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Whatever the merits of the constitutional argument, the Republicans’ political strategy here is extremely risky. It makes some sense at first blush—better to roll the dice that a President Rubio or Bush will get to appoint Scalia’s successor—but completely falls apart upon further analysis. There are serious compromise candidates on the current shortlist, extraordinarily qualified moderates like Sri Srinivasan who would likely refuse to overturn treasured conservative precedents like Heller (establishing an individual right to bear arms) and Citizens United (allowing unlimited corporate electioneering). If the Senate confirmed a Srinivasan-type now, it might have to swallow a slight liberal SCOTUS tilt—but it could, by and large, avoid dramatically altering the balance of the court.

If the Senate holds out until January 2017, however, it will be taking an astonishing gamble. Should voters send another Democrat to the White House in November, they just may turn the Senate blue again at the same time. At that point, the president could nominate a true liberal, in the vein of Justice Sonia Sotomayor—and Senate Democrats could revise the nuclear option and push him or her through over staunch GOP opposition. Once a Justice Goodwin Liu takes the bench, no conservative precedent would be safe. Goodbye Heller, goodbye Citizens United, goodbye McCutcheon and Hobby Lobby and maybe even the death penalty itself.

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Obama does have the press on his side, and we should expect them to carry his water relentlessly on this issue. We have seen time and time again that this bunch of weak-kneed quislings in the Senate need to feel their backs against the wall before they are willing to show even the slightest bit of backbone.

The surest way to shut this nonsense down quickly is to get your Senator on the record, publicly, saying that they will not vote to confirm any of Obama’s judicial nominees. I don’t care if Obama nominates Mike Lee to the Supreme Court, the Senate should publicly say that they will not confirm him. If Obama nominates anyone, McConnell should know that he has at least 54 united votes behind him so that he can schedule an immediate floor vote, without even hearings, to promptly get a “no” vote and send a message…

[G]et on the horn to your Senator. Call their office directly, or hit the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. Keep calling back every day until your Senator is on record stating categorically that they will not vote to approve any Obama judicial nominee. Be relentless. Let them know that capitulating here will be a sin that will not be forgiven. Make sure that they are constantly hearing from their staff about the number and urgency of the calls they are getting on this issue.

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[T]he Senate does have an obligation to fulfill its “advice and consent” obligation. Says the Constitution, the president “shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court…” A preemptive rejection of any possible Supreme Court appointment is self-evidently in conflict with that obligation. The phrase “do not let it become about whoever Obama names” makes that explicit.

A man as versed in the Constitution as Senator Cruz should be embarrassed to posit that the nation could owe a debt to Scalia, that a “debt” to a dead man should play any role in a process governed by the Constitution, or that a sitting president’s nominee should be preemptively rejected before his or her identity is known. There is no agreed upon standard of what legitimate advice and consent entails. But any standard that rejects a nomination before it is even made fails the laugh test.

James Madison’s Constitution is not a living, breathing document that changes in meaning as an election approaches. A president is no less legitimate as a lame duck. The Framers intended for the Senate to give up-or-down votes based on a nominee’s merit, however it’s defined. The timing of an election should play no role.

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Consent means the Senate is under no obligation whatsoever even to hold a vote on any presidential appointment. The Senate’s obligation is to do what the Senate wants, and only what the Senate wants. Those are the rules. To try to hold senators to a different rule is to try to change the rules on them–and people tend to resent that. Everyone is free to disagree with the positions individual senators or the Senate as a whole take on individual nominations or prospective nominations. But there is no question that senators individually or collectively can deny their consent to any actual or prospective nomination for any reason–just as the American people can vote for whomever they want, for whatever reason they want.

Indeed, President Obama isn’t even entitled to nominate a replacement for Justice Scalia–or at least, Congress can deny him that right. The Constitution gives Congress the power to decide how many seats there are on the Supreme Court. In 1789, there were only six. Given sufficient congressional support (i.e., veto-proof majorities in both chambers), Congress could reduce the number of Supreme Court justices from the current nine to eight. McConnell, Cruz, and Rubio could propose doing so right now. It seems strange to criticize senators who are merely expressing in what circumstances they will withhold their consent when Congress has the power to deny the president the ability to fill this vacancy entirely by itself eliminating this vacancy.

At the same time Democrats turn a blind eye to President Obama repeatedly ignoring constitutional limits on his power, they claim Republicans would dishonor the Constitution if they use powers the Constitution clearly grants them. That is unlikely to dissuade Senate Republicans from delaying a vote on Scalia’s successor until 2017. Nor should it.

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Our institutions are failing us. The Senate leadership has dismissed, out of hand, any presidential nominee as unacceptable. This, despite a closely divided court which is suffering from low evaluations from the public, and a Congress perceived as being incapable of governing in the general interest. On the left, the tasteless, shrill howls of glee over Scalia’s demise only deadens moderate ears to the legitimate complaint that conservative lawmakers have abandoned their larger mission of governing.

And, Scalia’s passing at 79 becomes, immediately, a defining debate point for the presidential campaign. Unfortunately, this campaign is lacking anyone of sufficient statesmanlike quality to articulate with any legitimacy either the importance of Scalia as a jurist, or the need for the constitutional order to act accordingly to fill his seat consistent with the needs of these times.

We are failing because there is no desire to place governing ahead of tactical politics. America functions, barely, without a legislature capable of governing. It defies the reconstitution of a court which will be shaped by the combined legitimacy of a Senate of one party, chosen by the people, and a president who has twice commanded the majority of the electorate and who retains relatively strong approval ratings for a seventh year in office.

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Those of us who agree with Scalia’s view should keep it in mind as we consider how to respond to the vacancy on the Supreme Court. The Constitution gives President Obama the power to nominate someone to fill it, and gives the Senate the power to decide whether to hold a vote on his nominee. Those who want Obama to have another Supreme Court appointment are going to make their arguments that time-honored norms militate in favor of what they want, and those who don’t will find time-honored norms that militate the other way. The fact that this president has repeatedly stretched the Constitution will doubtless also be part of the debate, as it should be.

But the norms surrounding the Court also need to be rethought in light of the role it has come to play in our national life over the last few decades. Senators—first the Democrats, then the Republicans—have already largely abandoned the old norm of “deference” to a president’s nominees: the idea that a nominee should be confirmed so long as he is ethical, has the relevant credentials, and is respected by other lawyers. As the Court has taken on more legislative authority, senators have begun to evaluate nominees as potential lawmakers…

If the Supreme Court were a fundamentally apolitical body in the relevant sense—if the justices were engaged in the interpretation of legal texts in as neutral a manner as possible, letting the chips fall where they may; if, because they were neutrally interpreting a Constitution that does not grant them significant authority to decide nearly as many policy questions as they do, their decisions mattered less for the dirction of public policy; if the justices disagreed merely on the close and technical questions that even a sound judicial philosophy would leave open—then it would be entirely reasonable for senators who disagree with Obama on most issues to vote for his judges anyway. And it would be entirely reasonable to facilitate Obama’s replacement of Justice Scalia, even in a presidential-election year.

But that is not the situation we are now in, and Republicans should have no compunctions about acting accordingly.

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Americans will not vote for a new president for nine months, and they will not have a new president inaugurated for 11 months. The GOP argument is that the president enters a no-confirmation zone nearly a year before the end of his or her term. From here, both sides will eventually have cause to argue that the Senate should ignore presidential nominees in the run-up to all federal elections, which occur every two years, rather than just before presidential votes. That could zone out half of every president’s time in office, rather than just a quarter of it.

That is not the only way the coming Supreme Court brawl could escalate. Suppose: Republicans block Obama’s coming nominee pending the election results. If the next president is a Republican, Senate Democrats argue that the GOP illegitimately denied their president a Supreme Court confirmation, so Republicans deserve to have their president’s pick blocked, too. As Linda Hirshman pointed out in December, Democrats will no doubt find the prospect of an eight-member Supreme Court to be appealing — it would give lower courts, now filled with Obama appointees, more influence. And so forth.

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As far as I can see, President Obama has at least two good options before him. The first would be to try to drive out turnout in 2016 by nominating someone who a) will agree with his party on pretty much everything, and b) can be spun easily into a martyr. As we learned with the Sotomayor nomination in 2009 (and as I learn each time I criticize her), it is extremely easy to pretend that Republican opposition to unacceptable judicial philosophies is “really” opposition to the immutable characteristics of whoever happens to hold them. If Obama is worried that his party might lose the election in November, he’d be smart to choose a radical candidate who reflects one or more of the Democrats’ key minority constituencies, and then to demagogue the hell out of the resultant contretemps for as long as he feasibly can. In truth, conservative opposition to this candidate would have no more to do with his identity than progressive opposition to Clarence Thomas has to do with his being black. But this is politics, not physics, and nonsense flies cleanly through the air these days. If Obama is so minded, he can give that nonsense a push.

Obama’s second good option would be to heighten the civil war within the GOP by offering up a nominee that could feasibly be approved. If the president were to propose, say, the D.C. Circuit’s Sri Srinivasan, he would be able to point out repeatedly that Srinivasan had served in the Bush administration’s Office of the Solicitor General, and to note that, last time the Senate had been asked to vote on his nomination, it did so 97-0. (Among those who voted for Srinivasan in 2013 were Mitch McConnell, Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz, all of whom have suggested that the Senate should wait to replace Scalia until the next president is in office.) As far as I can see, a Srinivasan-type appointment would provoke a serious fight within the Right, potentially weakening it ahead of November. In one quarter, you would hear the go-along-get-along types arguing that the president has a right to choose whomever he wants as long as they are “qualified,” and warning that a Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton nomination might yield someone much worse. In another quarter, you would hear the firebrands terming anybody who was so much as considering acquiescence to be a traitor to the cause. If Obama wants to see a public spat between the Republican nominee and some of the party’s elders in the Senate, this course strikes me as a clever way of doing it.

All in all, the President has the upper hand here.

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A Senate recess from February 12 (at noon) until February 22 (at noon) is a recess of exactly 10 days. Thus, under Noel Canning, the Senate is potentially in recess, and President Obama’s recess appointments power may be exercised.

Under S. Con. Res. 31, the only way to recall the Senate back into business before February 22 is with the “concurrence [of] the Minority Leader of the Senate,” Harry Reid (D-NV). Somehow I doubt Sen. Reid will grant such concurrence to reconvene, should President Obama decide to use this 10-day recess to make a recess appointment and replace Justice Scalia…

If this is indeed the case, the Senate is presently in the midst of a 10-day recess (not a pro forma session), and under Noel Canning, President Obama currently possesses the power to make a recess appointment to the Supreme Court until noon on February 22, when the Senate comes back in session.

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Half of Republican voters in the New Hampshire primary on Feb. 9 said they had been betrayed by their own party. Any path but obstruction would almost certainly lead to depressed Republican turnout in November and losing the White House for the GOP, if not the Senate. Even South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican who has long supported the qualified Supreme Court nominees of Democratic presidents, made clear that his vote was far from certain. “President Obama is not going to get the benefit of the doubt from me,” he told reporters before the debate began.

For Democrats, who are hoping to keep the White House in November by casting Republicans as extreme, reckless and rigid, the incentives were similarly alluring. The coming obstruction will give Democrats a talking point through the general election, a fresh example that the other party, which less than one in four Americans identify with, has gone off the rails. “The Republicans in the Senate who are calling for Justice Scalia’s seat to remain vacant dishonor our Constitution,” said Democratic frontrunner for the nomination, Hillary Clinton, in a talking point that will be repeated endlessly in the coming months. Obama has little reason to appoint a compromise candidate, like a Republican nominee who would infuriate his own base before an election year. It is not even clear if such a candidate could get confirmed…

“Modern politics is a long succession of social norms giving way to power,” tweeted New York magazine writer Jonathan Chait, after the Scalia news came through. There is an important corollary to that. The democratic experiment has the power to sabotage itself. When factions divide in a way that makes breakdown and collapse mutually beneficial, breakdown and collapse become possible.

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If there is to be a liberal replacement for a figure as towering as Scalia, if the court is about to swing sharply to the left, it’s far better for the judicial branch’s legitimacy if that swing follows a democratic election, a campaign in which the high court stakes are front and center in the race.

But because they will be front and center, Scalia’s death promises a war like none other between here and November, and an extra layer of insanity in a campaign already defined by radicals and demagogues.

The irony is that this kind of high-stakes collision of law and politics is precisely the thing that Scalia’s legal philosophy strained to curb and check and roll back, by promoting a more limited and humble vision of the Supreme Court’s role in our republic.

But for all of his importance, all his influence, in this effort he clearly failed — and what’s about to come will prove it.

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“We should not allow a lame duck president to essentially capture the Supreme Court in the waning months of his presidency.”

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Good morning everybody.

Racistanyway on February 15, 2016 at 3:54 AM

Good morning everybody.

Racistanyway on February 15, 2016 at 3:54 AM

Good morning, RA. How many muslims did you shoot today?

Who is John Galt on February 15, 2016 at 4:22 AM

Good morning everybody.

Racistanyway on February 15, 2016 at 3:54 AM

Since you’re racistanyway?

Who is John Galt on February 15, 2016 at 4:24 AM

Bah… Once you have seen on boring highly pretentious show about zombies, you seen them all.

oscarwilde on February 15, 2016 at 3:47 AM

Whatever you say Dr. Science.

Daryl just blew a bunch of posers with an RPG. Awesome stuff :D

DarkCurrent on February 15, 2016 at 4:28 AM

They have too much tech, too many ways to break communications, there’s no way to coordinate anything. Matt Bracken has it right, it’s gotta be individual “domestic terrorists”, hundreds of thousands of them, saying “screw this” and fixing the problem.

No way to coordinate against the federal pig (drones? choppers? tanks? data fusion centers?)

Who is John Galt on February 15, 2016 at 1:29 AM

If you try to stand alone as an “individual domestic terrorist” (hundreds of thousands of them)…they will kill us all – one individual domestic terrorist at a time.
When civil war comes again to America – and it won’t be in twenty years – it will be the longest, bloodiest war ever fought, with casualties in the millions. It most assuredly will not be a time and/or place for the “gallant lone wolf operating from the shadows against the forces of evil”. There will be a place for that, of course; but you had better have allies and a supply base if you intend to survive.

Solaratov on February 15, 2016 at 4:31 AM

but you had better have allies and a supply base if you intend to survive.

Solaratov on February 15, 2016 at 4:31 AM

True.

Who is John Galt on February 15, 2016 at 4:38 AM

but you had better have allies and a supply base if you intend to survive.

Solaratov on February 15, 2016 at 4:31 AM

It’s called Texas.

Who is John Galt on February 15, 2016 at 4:39 AM

unny because it’s true :D

DarkCurrent on February 15, 2016 at 2:06 AM

Now that was funny, DC. :)

Solaratov on February 15, 2016 at 4:51 AM

Wow.

Talk about stoking the flames …

Yes We Can! Yes He Can (he’s got a Pen and a Phone, doncha know)

Yikes.

hillbillyjim on February 15, 2016 at 5:02 AM

Wow.

Talk about stoking the flames …

Yes We Can! Yes He Can (he’s got a Pen and a Phone, doncha know)

Yikes.

hillbillyjim on February 15, 2016 at 5:02 AM

President Barack Obama will not rush through a Supreme Court choice this week but will wait to nominate a candidate until the U.S. Senate is back in session, the White House said on Sunday.

“Given that the Senate is currently in recess, we don’t expect the president to rush this through this week, but instead will do so in due time once the Senate returns from their recess,” White House spokesman Eric Schultz said.

kcewa on February 15, 2016 at 5:15 AM

President Barack Obama will not rush through a Supreme Court choice this week but will wait to nominate a candidate until the U.S. Senate is back in session, the White House said on Sunday.

“Given that the Senate is currently in recess, we don’t expect the president to rush this through this week, but instead will do so in due time once the Senate returns from their recess,” White House spokesman Eric Schultz said.

kcewa on February 15, 2016 at 5:15 AM

“If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.”

I put nothing past this these lying sacks.

hillbillyjim on February 15, 2016 at 6:05 AM

Morning all. On a lighter note a headline ripped right out of November 1941…

“We can’t find the Japanese Fleet”

Yamamoto laughs.

Limerick on February 15, 2016 at 6:11 AM

All the romantic crap sprinkled throughout this thread is just sad. You’d never catch me sighing and going on and on about some chick.

This is a serious political blog.

Axe on February 15, 2016 at 6:22 AM

You shouldn’t be calling dames “some chick”.

Racistanyway on February 15, 2016 at 6:40 AM

Morning SL, cmsinaz, esr1951, Fallon, INC-34F with a high of 38F, with a drop in temperature which will turn rain into freezing rain then back to rain.

More than a foul ball.
Moral victory in losing?
The RedNeck Yoda Matchmaker.

When I was young, baseball was my love and I had a bunch of books on baseball humour. I cherished those books as books were expensive and not needed in our family’s daily struggle to survive. I was too ignorant to know we were dirt poor, I thought we were like most folks.

Anywho, one funny story, well funny to me at the time, was about a scout who was sent to grade a pitcher playing minor league. The scout excitedly called the manager saying that the picture was outstanding and in the 27 batters he faced, only one batter even got close to hitting his pitching and that was a foul ball. The manager interjected into this conservation and asked the scout if he had the name of the batter who hit the foul ball. The scout was stunned with the question and the manager told him that he had plenty of good pictures and needed batters. They signed up the batter. Dumb story I know, but it has stuck with me for more than 5 decades.

Red was accepted to play in an important tournament this weekend and her older sister Big Girl was not selected, but was an alternate. To say Big Girl was bummed would be an understatement. In the past I would have given some encouragement like “if you would practice more you would have made the cut?, but I have learned that if you have taught your kids well, sometimes it is best to just shut the heck up. I shut the heck up this time for once.

Being an alternate means if for what ever reason someone cannot play, you then get picked in order of ranking. Since the tournament was 8 hours away, and if she was not picked; Big Girl would have to hang around. All the girls know each other and it is embarrassing to be at a tournament and not play because all the girls make a point to ask “when is your next match”, knowing she would not be playing.

Big Girl asked me what to do. I told her there was no wrong or right answer I could give her and this one was all on her to do what she wanted. She decided to go and if not able to play, to accept the embarrassment that would be forthcoming. The Wife sent me a text saying Big Girl was selected to play and would be playing opposite a blue chip (top 25 in the country) and would have her hands full.

Red placed in her tournament and sent me a text that I could tell she was grinning like a jackarse eating briers. Good for her. After Big Girl’s match, that she lost, the mother of the “Blue Chip” sought out Big Girl to let her know that that was her daughter’s toughest match in over two years and they now know to watch out for Big Girl. Seems Big Girl did not hit a home run, but did better than a foul ball.

I sent all the kids an I love you text on Valentine’s Day and all sent me back the same, except for Big Girl. Of course she told me she loved me as none of the kids want to be left out of the will, but she added “you are right daddy, there are no moral victories in losing..I need to practice more to beat and be the best”.

Will she ever be the best at her sport, most likely not; but she will be the best she can be. I just grinned and shined like the sun yesterday. The score board is like a mirror, it only shows who you are at that moment in time. It does not show the path and what we have deep inside. Big Girl is learning. Must be lessons from her mom as I am all beer, chicks and stripper poles.

RedNeck Yoda matchmaker? I have typed way too much as is, another morning as I am still glowing a tad.

All me luv SL and wishing all here smack one out of the park soon.

Happy Birthday Rock Star!

HonestLib on February 15, 2016 at 6:43 AM

You shouldn’t be calling dames “some chick”.

Racistanyway on February 15, 2016 at 6:40 AM

I would never do that!

HonestLib on February 15, 2016 at 6:44 AM

Wonderful story, HL. Good morning everyone. Can this election season get any uglier?

esr1951 on February 15, 2016 at 6:51 AM

I would never do that!

HonestLib on February 15, 2016 at 6:44 AM

It’s great to find another guy that respects broads.

Racistanyway on February 15, 2016 at 7:13 AM

Wonderful story, HL. Good morning everyone. Can this election season get any uglier?

esr1951 on February 15, 2016 at 6:51 AM

We have, unfortunately, only seen the trailer for this movie. Tell the fella taking tickets to make sure you have a seat belt at your assigned chair.

It is an interesting year, you have to admit to that. The GOP implodes, the Donks implode, The Hill implodes, and we have only seek the sneak peek.

Limerick on February 15, 2016 at 7:16 AM

You shouldn’t be calling dames “some chick”.

Racistanyway on February 15, 2016 at 6:40 AM

Yeah, ya gotta show dem broads some respect, see?

hillbillyjim on February 15, 2016 at 7:34 AM

ha cult shrinks

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 15, 2016 at 7:35 AM

Limerick on February 15, 2016 at 7:16 AM

Yep… and we’re just now getting to the middle rounds of the undercard.

hillbillyjim on February 15, 2016 at 7:37 AM

Why is the Republican Establishment trying to commit Political Hari Kari?

My take: https://kingsjester.wordpress.com/2016/02/15/republican-establishment-stacks-sc-debate-audience-in-an-effort-to-derail-trump-and-cruz/

Republican Establishment Stacks SC Debate Audience in an Effort to Derail Trump and Cruz

kingsjester on February 15, 2016 at 7:39 AM

Yeah, ya gotta show dem broads some respect, see?

hillbillyjim on February 15, 2016 at 7:34 AM

Yup, skirts should always be honored.

Racistanyway on February 15, 2016 at 7:41 AM

And watch out for Ginsburg retiring. That would force the Senate into acting. I wouldn’t put it past her or Barry to turn the entire court and country on it’s collective head.

Limerick on February 15, 2016 at 7:56 AM

Why Donald Trump’s vicious attack on George W. Bush was so brutally effective — and brilliant

http://theweek.com/articles/606035/why-donald-trumps-vicious-attack-george-w-bush-brutally-effective–brilliant

will13smith on February 15, 2016 at 7:57 AM

It’s called Texas.

Who is John Galt on February 15, 2016 at 4:39 AM

speak for yourself i have “The Compound”

katee bayer on February 15, 2016 at 8:09 AM

Facebook?

Oh well, more time for beer and guitar playing. The strippers have missed me anyway!

HonestLib on February 15, 2016 at 8:37 AM

Facebook?

Oh well, more time for beer and guitar playing. The strippers have missed me anyway!

HonestLib on February 15, 2016 at 8:37 AM

Yeah, I don’t know whether or not I should clean up the HA kitchen, take my coffeepots and platters or just leave everything as is for the archeologists who find this deserted site in the future. So sad…

HL, do you want the bottle opener?

Fallon on February 15, 2016 at 9:14 AM

Fallon, Honest Lib..are y’all on FB?

bazil9 on February 15, 2016 at 9:17 AM

Happy Birthday Rock Star!

HonestLib on February 15, 2016 at 6:43 AM

I feel like Dorothy saying goodbye to the Tin Man, The Cowardly Lion and the Scarecrow. I’m gonna miss your stories, Big Guy.

Happy Birthday, Dorian Gray!

Fallon on February 15, 2016 at 9:22 AM

Fallon, Honest Lib..are y’all on FB?

bazil9 on February 15, 2016 at 9:17 AM

I am, but I won’t post here under my real name.

Fallon on February 15, 2016 at 9:22 AM

Wait..what am I missing? Why Fallon are you saying your gonna miss HL?
Wheres he going?
And is it Oscars B-Day?

bazil9 on February 15, 2016 at 9:24 AM

bazil9 on February 15, 2016 at 9:27 AM

Will do.

I will be leaving when the comments turn to FB only. And, yes, it’s Oscar’s birthday. He’s not going to be happy. :-(

Fallon on February 15, 2016 at 9:35 AM

bazil9 on February 15, 2016 at 9:27 AM

Will do.

I will be leaving when the comments turn to FB only. And, yes, it’s Oscar’s birthday. He’s not going to be happy. :-(

Fallon on February 15, 2016 at 9:35 AM

What?! I just got up and haven’t changed pages from qotd last night..HA is going to FB only? DAMN…I’m not using my FB to post here-no way.
OMG..you stunned me. I’m sure we arent the only ones..HA will dive quickly.
If I see OW I’ll wish him a HB.
Just damn.

bazil9 on February 15, 2016 at 9:39 AM

Fallon, I just refreshed and went to the home page and see the FB post.
Just phuck.

bazil9 on February 15, 2016 at 9:41 AM

Fallon on February 15, 2016 at 9:22 AM

i do not post political stuff on my FB but if you wanna send me a request (tag me in private message your from HA or i will ignore it)i would love to be able to still talk with you or others from this site in private chat if for no other reason than to get tips on new sites to go read !
https://www.facebook.com/kate.bayer1

katee bayer on February 15, 2016 at 9:44 AM

Hot Air just shot themselves dead. This site is over now.
I guess I’ll be saying good bye too. I won’t use FB to participate here.
Man..this is depressing.

bazil9 on February 15, 2016 at 9:48 AM

Man, my RedNeck Yoda Matchmaker stunt with my oldest son yesterday was a classic. Dang, some things are best left unsaid. I will hang around till the end.

HonestLib on February 15, 2016 at 9:50 AM

bazil9 on February 15, 2016 at 9:48 AM

Yea, next thing you will tell me is that you were staring to lick like me.

Dang broken keyboard!

HonestLib on February 15, 2016 at 9:52 AM

HonestLib on February 15, 2016 at 9:52 AM

I like you. :)
I’m depressed….

bazil9 on February 15, 2016 at 9:53 AM

Moderators? Please delete Katee’s post.

Katee, I know B9 is using a throwaway email. Please don’t put real info here. Seriously, I like you and don’t want you to get bothered by crazies.

Fallon on February 15, 2016 at 10:02 AM

HonestLib on February 15, 2016 at 9:52 AM

I like you. :)
I’m depressed….

bazil9 on February 15, 2016 at 9:53 AM

Depressed chicks are like drunk chicks and are easier to….well, better stop typing. See what you will miss! Chuckle.

HonestLib on February 15, 2016 at 10:03 AM

Katee, I know B9 is using a throwaway email. Please don’t put real info here. Seriously, I like you and don’t want you to get bothered by crazies.

Fallon on February 15, 2016 at 10:02 AM

hehe ill just ignore them . i ignore everyone… matter of fact i got a phone call from my mother the other day asking me why i dont respond to her posts. i just don;t post on it. like 1 time every few months ill post something and its usually happy birthday to someone or such crap. and most of my crap is for me only to see

katee bayer on February 15, 2016 at 10:04 AM

Because the other FB post is moving so fast…

Facebook doesn’t allow puppies. Where can I comment now? Looks like hotair is circling the bowl.

SpongePuppy on February 15, 2016 at 9:48 AM

Oh dear, as I said on QOTD, I feel like Dorothy saying goodbye to The Tin Man, The Cowardly Lion and The Scarecrow, but Toto? I can’t say goodbye to Toto, too.

*tears*

There’s no place like home. There’s no place like home. There’s no place like home…

Fallon on February 15, 2016 at 10:19 AM


Puppy!!!!!…

Fallon on February 15, 2016 at 10:40 AM

Sorry I missed you Ms. Jackie. During the brief times we spoke I really enjoyed your company. Glad you gave an old RedNeck like me the time of day.

I wish you nothing but the best.

The kids take good care of the Ms. Jackie Rose Garden.

HonestLib on February 15, 2016 at 11:56 AM

My dear friend Schade, it has been fun and a relief I needed. I will miss you buddy and glad our paths crossed. I am the better for it. Still got a few more trips left in me.

khoda hafez.

HonestLib on February 15, 2016 at 11:33 AM

HonestLib on February 15, 2016 at 12:06 PM

Best wishes to all the folks here and I will miss starting off my days in the morning reading the night before QoTD.

Good-by SL, you touched many during your short stay here.

HonestLib on February 15, 2016 at 12:10 PM

Good-by SL, you touched many during your short stay here.

HonestLib on February 15, 2016 at 12:10 PM

Will not forget her name. I think of her every time you post. I wish I could have purchased one of her paintings…

Fallon on February 15, 2016 at 12:19 PM

I hope Newtie is getting help stocking the bar right now. Tonight’s QOTD going to be epic… until midnight. Then, we all turn into pumpkins and slowly rot away.

Fallon on February 15, 2016 at 12:28 PM

I’m going to miss the Night Crew so much.
Hubs is working on a throw away addy for me.
Hope to have it by tonight.
Will post it here too.
You all have been a blessing in my life and I feel so fortunate
to have spent so many nights with you.

{{{Hugs}}} and blessings

Luv,

Roni

31giddyup on February 15, 2016 at 12:50 PM

goodnight sweet HA peeps….

most of you I will miss dearly..
please be safe..

going2mars on February 15, 2016 at 1:01 PM

{{{G2M}}}
Thinking of you.
Hope your area begins to thaw out soon.
The birds are singing here. Spring just around the corner.

Our star COL will always shine brightly.

Hugs

31giddyup on February 15, 2016 at 1:46 PM

hey agent31…

thinking about you too..
and ms COL…
the gang…
QotD…

depressing..

I work for the DOD..
never had a FB account

where do we, who do not want to be tracked by that commie zuckerburg, post now??

going2mars on February 15, 2016 at 2:04 PM

what a disaster…

wonder what MM is thinking today..

going2mars on February 15, 2016 at 2:07 PM

I work for the DOD..
never had a FB account

where do we, who do not want to be tracked by that commie zuckerburg, post now??

going2mars on February 15, 2016 at 2:04 PM

So good to hear from you, G2M.
For conservatives, I don’t think there is anywhere to go.
Axe and Oscar’s blog sites are already having peeps sign up there.
One way to keep contact and will be nice to see if their blogging picks up. ; )
We have to be out Beale by March 22nd. Still a little too early to start the trek to Oregon.
May hang in the Redding/Mt. Lassen area for awhile.
The reservoirs and waterways are filling up nicely.
I really would like more snow though.

HotAir is the only social media I ever signed up for.
Family mocked me for not signing up with FB, when it first started.
Now, most of them have given up. Lots of wounding of each other.
Peeps not invited to this party or that house. Less than flattering pictures or
pictures of their children on there.
Being DOD, you were smart not to participate.
Have you been able to work

31giddyup on February 15, 2016 at 2:20 PM

what a disaster…

wonder what MM is thinking today..

going2mars on February 15, 2016 at 2:07 PM

Yes, it is.
I’m not trying to be snarky but I wonder if she vetted Salem before agreeing to sell.
Did they give her any insight where they planned to take this sight.

31giddyup on February 15, 2016 at 2:24 PM

Have you been able to work

31giddyup on February 15, 2016 at 2:20 PM

I have been drawing, everyday, since the 26th of Dec…
forty some days in a row now..

the new year brought new funding to the left coast…. jobwise..

going2mars on February 15, 2016 at 2:29 PM

31giddyup on February 15, 2016 at 2:24 PM

I bet when she sold, she had to sign a non-com pact..
but usually they only last for a few years…

‘I will not start a competitive site, blah blah blah”

which has probably expired by now…

going2mars on February 15, 2016 at 2:32 PM

This is a serious political blog.

Axe on February 15, 2016 at 6:22 AM

Quite true. Decorum should be maintained at all times.

I know that you, Axe, would never write any posts babbling on and on about some chick for whom you have the hots.

Amirite?

Solaratov on February 15, 2016 at 7:15 PM

I will miss you guys.

My family will miss you guys also.

Don’t miss your own family.

I made that mistake and forever will pay, even though I am forgiven.

HonestLib on February 15, 2016 at 10:04 PM

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