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Cecil Turner

Lookin' like an uphill battle for Rick. I was gonna curb my enthusiasm . . . but it wasn't really necessary.

Captain Hate

OMG ABO

Jane

OT: I saw a little of James InHofe on TV this morning. He has a new book where he says global warming is nothing but a hoax begun in 1072 to redistribute wealth.

He also warned that Obama is implementing what didn't pass by law in regulations.

clarice feldman

With gas prices rising and people now being forced to buy more expensive bulbs, the timing is right for the Reps to start hammering on the AGW hoax.

jimmyk

So I guess once again the Republicans are going to go for the least "scary" guy, as opposed one who might really fight for conservative causes. Well, maybe it will work this time. ABO.

jimmyk

So I guess once again the Republicans are going to go for the least "scary" guy, as opposed one who might really fight for conservative causes. Well, maybe it will work this time. ABO.

Jane

I was amazed that he said what so many believe so succinctly.

narciso

Time to laugh at the silly Ezra person, although he will likely be athread on his own

narciso

Btw, rebelpundit pointed out the open primary
was Mittens minions doing

Captain Hate

narc, if our Duke and Duke betters think open primaries aren't worth fighting over, who are we peons to complain?

narciso

Add to that the new jobs bill that the White House gave thumbs up to, just pack them in the gorillas;


http://rebelpundit.com/2012/02/surprise-it-was-romney-backers-that-pushed-for-open-primary-in-michigan/

A Casual Observation

Rush Limbaugh was saying 20 years ago that when the Soviet Union collapsed, many hardcore Communists in the Americas and in western Europe went underground as deceptive environmentalists, aka, as Greenies, of which he cited considerable evidence on his talk shows. That's only partly true. Many Communists in the USA and Canada were members of environmentalist groups already. In fact, the Obama Administration is deliberately and systematically destabilizing the entire Middle East to advance their evil Greenie and insideous Socialist agenda. Wake up America!

bunkerbuster

communists? oh no! freakout time!! maybe you should fund some mujahideen terrorists to take them out. worked brilliantly last time.

Janet

With gas prices rising and people now being forced to buy more expensive bulbs, the timing is right for the Reps to start hammering on the AGW hoax.

Amen. Here is that short Boehner video again -It's about damn time!

Chubby

((Well, maybe it will work this time. ABO.))

If Mitt is the candidate, the biggest obstacle he will face will be the negativity vibes many Reps send his way, which range from lukewarm to hostile. Not a good thing. I hope that in the spirit of ABO, they can get over that. I found a way to get over my antipathy toward Santorum by focusing on what he's really good at, and Newt as well. We really need not to poison our own well and focus on their respective strengths and not magnify their weaknesses.

Chubby

((communists? oh no! freakout time!!...blah blah blah))

says a poster who is freaking out about the word "communist" being directed at the left

Captain Hate

Here's the thing to remember, Chubby:

If Willard loses (which I don't think he will) it will be the base's fault.

If Willard wins it will be because of the wonderful Independents.

The base is in a no win situation.

GMAX

Bunkerbusted debunked, LOL

Chubby

((The base is in a no win situation))

I don't give a fig about who gets credit for electing ABO

Jim Ryan

OT: I heard one of the best concerts I've ever heard last night: The Alexander String Quartet. The balance and intonation created the effect that one person was playing all four instruments. They're on tour.

narciso

Look they have made it quite clear, their attitude toward the base, is FTW as you would put it Captain, and he says it with almost every actual unguarded statement, AGW may be happening, we shouldn't be so upset at Obamacare, they bought and paid for their support, like Batista's army, (they were running Godfather part 2, last night)

Threadkiller

Bunker, this is for you:

" How Many People Did Communism Kill?"

http://www.battleswarmblog.com/?p=1191

narciso


I know consider the source, but this is why Maverick is regarded with much disdain;

http://wikileaks.org/gifiles/docs/347043_insight-mccain-5-internal-use-only-pls-do-not-forward-.html

Janet

If Willard wins it will be because of the wonderful Independents.

Which will validate the RINOs moving left, left, left. The secular left will keep pushing their social agenda with the MFM cheerleading them...& the RINOS will be told that social conservatives need to shut up.
So the 2012 election will be a Democrat vs. a Communist again.
I'm in search of a political party....

Chubby

I disdain him for a lot of reasons, but mostly because he ran such a terrible campaign. I will never forget visiting his Web site looking for vital information and finding the site out of date with moths flying around. Pray God the next Rep candidate will do a better job in that area.

AliceH

I'd be delighted but very surprised if 2/3rds of registered voters could name 4 candidates running this year. Negativity at this stage doesn't necessarily carry anything over come the real push post-convention. People paying close attention now are in a small minority.

narciso

Yes Janet, the David Cameron administration is
the preview, from across the pond, they were embarassing clueless in the last campaign, and worse yet they backstabbed the only one who has ever gave a tinker's darn, about what's at stake,

Chubby

wow, that is something narciso. I often wonder what happened to him in that prison in 'Nam.

Danube of Thought

Minus 15 at Raz today.

Annoying Old Guy

ACO;

Someone should write a book on that.

- Obama Ex Oficio

Chubby

narciso, referring to your wikileaks post

Danube of Thought

"the GOP nominated Nixon twice"

Three times.

narciso

I think he went 'over to the dark side' after the Keating episode, when the Soros and co,
cultivated him as their poster child, an interesting detail though, around the time
he was 'dropping the ball' in 2008, he was
groveling before Quadaffi,.

centralcal

Bah humbug.

Danube of Thought

Gallup: 72% say individual mandate unconstitutional.

narciso

Yes, and the '60 race was instructive, he was to Ike's right, but the 'fnork' of their day, told him, he had to get the scintillating Henry Cabot Lodge, who had been blown out by
Kennedy in 60, in order to seal the deal.

narciso

Sorry '52, so one has to go to a confidential file in Stratfor's archive, to find out what
was obvious to anyone with any understanding,

narciso

Next up, the macrame and fine arts, available at that Saudi rehabilitation center;

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/02/28/guantanamo-detainees-get-new-750g-soccer-field/print

Threadkiller

Ben Bernanke will appear before the House Financial Services Committee today at 10:00.

http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/304613-1

I wonder what Ron Paul will ask him.

pagar

If you like the new soccer field for the people who are trying to blow us us, you'll love the plans to harass the ones who tried to protect us.

"By squeezing service members and veterans out of Tricare and into ObamaCare through significantly higher Tricare premiums, the Obama Administration believes it can pinch $1.8 billion from Tricare in fiscal 2013 and $12.9 billion by 2017.

By comparison, Mr. Obama spent $20.5 billion on his Department of Energy green energy grants and loans program, 80 percent of which went to companies owned or tied to Mr. Obama’s top fundraisers."

LUN

marlene

Just a quick update on the Maine political situation,this morning everyone is still wondering about Snowe's decision.There are so many names(on both sides) being suggested.The Democrats probably will want Rep.Pingree to run.The Republicans?? Pingree is a progressive and an interesting FYI,her husband owns a 5% equity stake in the Maine Today Media,Inc.(Portland,Augusta,Waterville) You may also remember her as a former head of Common Cause. Thanks again for the welcome,its very intimidating to make a first post!

A Casual Observation

I hope that they elect another ditz to replace Snowe, so that I can continue to refer to Maine's senators as The Ditzy Twins. Funny, everybody always knows to whom I'm referring.

narciso

Great update, marlene,so they are going for the most leftward candidate, a more seasoned
Elizabeth Warren,

Danube of Thought

"he was to Ike's right, but the 'fnork' of their day, told him, he had to get the scintillating Henry Cabot Lodge"

To the right of Ike? Wage and price controls? EPA? OSHA? Hell, Nixon WAS the fnork.

narciso

In 1960, Danube, before he was polished up by his stint at Mudge Rose, sheesh, and he was following the Rockefeller mindset with that
and 'the negative income tax, et al.

Captain Hate

Marlene, Cornyn was on Laura Ingraham this morning after having warm compresses put on his fevered brow all night. The only person who will miss Olympia more will be El JEFe, who mentioned her yesterday doubtlessly for how she helped Bammycare pass (although he can't mention that while in the perpetual campaign mode).

GMAX

72% say individual mandate unconstitutional.

The other 28% are either unable to read or dont know what the reference to Constitution means...

Porchlight

If Mitt is the candidate, the biggest obstacle he will face will be the negativity vibes many Reps send his way, which range from lukewarm to hostile. Not a good thing.

So Mitt's obvious disdain for conservatives in the party couldn't have anything to do with that? Nor should he take any of the blame for their response in kind - is that correct?

The candidate sets the tone. The patrician, clean toga tone for this campaign was set a long time ago.

I am ABO but I don't see why I should have to take any responsibility for Mitt's long-known weaknesses, nor any blame for the damage caused by those weaknesses.

centralcal

Marlene, thanks for keeping us posted on Maine.

narciso

'Put some ice on that' Can we check his birth certificate, because he can't be a Texan with that attitude,

fdcol63

I want a GOP candidate who'll "get in their face" and "punch back twice as hard", and who'll "bring a gun to a knife fight".

marlene

Yes narciso,the Bangor Daily News is reporting that the Progressive Change Campaign Committee has launched an effort to draft Pingree.The PCCC was partly responsible for encouraging Elizabeth Warren to challenge Scott Brown in Mass. Snowe and Collins are RINOS but look at our other alternatives.(SIGH)

narciso

But you see, fd, they won't they will go the extra mile to carve up anyone who even tries,
they will support the likes of Lincoln Chaffee.

narciso

I must be psychic, marlene, I didn't even half
to read that piece, to figure out the dynamic.

Chubby

((So Mitt's obvious disdain for conservatives in the party couldn't have anything to do with that? Nor should he take any of the blame for their response in kind - is that correct))


if you want to go there, that's up to you. I just think it would serve the ABO cause much better if you could find even one teeny tiny thing that you like about him and focus on that ... I think that will serve the ABO much better. but if you can't, you can't

narciso

Three guesses, as to who is behind the PCCC, marlene, and the first two don't count;

Melinda Romanoff

PL-

Hair. I believe I'll go with the hair.

Porchlight

I think that will serve the ABO much better. but if you can't, you can't

It's not that I can't. In fact I'm sure I will. It's that once again, conservatives are asked to STFU in support of whichever doubletalking moderate mushmouth is the frontrunner. I don't recall any similar chiding of moderates to do the same when Santorum was looking strong.

GMAX

one teeny tiny thing that you like about him

His last name is not Obama?

A Casual Observation

Actually, compared to Santorum's record. Romney's record looks Conservative. Santorum was another Arlen Specter. In fact, Santorum endorsed Specter, instead of Toomy.

Of the four candidates remaining, Gingich is [thee] most conservative candidate. If he runs the table in the south, it will become a brokered convention, because no Republican can get the nomination without the south; e.g., I read somewhere that well in excess of 2,000,000 southern Republicans voted only for their local candidates and not for any top-of-the-ticket candidates in 2008, because they despised that slippery Rino, Arizona's Old Mr. Magoo.

GMAX

Helicopter Ben pours cold water on the QE 3 speculation, market promptly sells off. Sugar highs dont last, ask any mother of a 3 year old...

pagar

Marlene, would like to add my welcome and thanks for your reports. Hope you enjoy the JOM postings/comments.

Janet

if you could find even one teeny tiny thing that you like about him

That's the problem for me...I can't.

Chubby

((His last name is not Obama?))

iow, ABM?

narciso

So after all 'the sound and fury signifying little' the delegate count is nearly matched
out of Michigan, brilliant strategy, who thought of that again?

Chubby

I'm not a Mormon, but I do like that he has strong ties to his church and loves God.

Danube of Thought

Raz:

Most Wisconsin voters approve of the job embattled Governor Scott Walker is doing and oppose the effort to recall him from office before the next election.

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds that 52% of Likely Wisconsin Voters at least somewhat approve of Walker’s job performance to date, while 46% at least somewhat disapprove.

Chubby

I like that he's down to earth, didn't inherit any money but had to work for it, and hasn't spoiled his kids. I like that he's independently wealthy and won't use the WH as an opportunity to luxuriate on the taxpayers' dime. I like that he understands economics.

Ignatz

--He has a new book where he says global warming is nothing but a hoax begun in 1072 to redistribute wealth.--

Damned Normans. The French are to blame for everything.

Chubby

I actually like that he's changed his views on several matters as did Reagan, because I've always liked Emerson's "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines." --The current occupant of the WH is politically consistent all the way through, and has been since his youth.


there are many things about Santorum and Newt that I like as well.

AliceH

I like that he likes to be able to fire people that do not deliver.

narciso

Really he understands economics, one would assume a venture capitalist would, however how to explain this;

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/romney-taxes-i-want-make-sure-we-maintain-progressivity-code

Captain Hate

That's the problem for me...I can't.

Oh c'mon; sure you can. I'm as far from a Romney shillboy as you can get and I would vote for him over the Indonesian based on his previous executive experience; first as a governor, which puts him ahead of all the 2008 candidates save one, but also the Olympics and at Bain Capital. One of the things that bugs me about Santorum was his time in the Senate, which produces some of the most worthless dipshits imaginable.

Chubby

ABM, narciso?

If Mitt is the candidate are you going to vote for him? why one earth would you do that if there is not one good thing about him that makes him better than the incumbent?

Porchlight

I am not at all convinced that he's changed his views on anything, Chubby - only that he's found reasons to say that he's changed them.

I respect your motivation in doing this but "he doesn't spoil his kids" while probably true, and worthy, seems like damning with faint praise.

Surely there are some bedrock principles or something we can get behind? Demonstration of executive toughness in elected office? Ability to connect with voters and win them over? Anything like that?

Danube of Thought

The progressive income tax is pretty much taken for granted across the board in this country, and does not offend against economic principles. Reagan never quarreled with it.

Chubby

Porchlight, same question for you that I asked narciso.

If he is the candidate, and you can't find one good thing that makes him better than the incumbent, why on earth would you vote for him?

jimmyk

Some signs of sanity in academia,

Academia may have some similarity to Hollywood: Overwhelming leftwing culture, so that the conservatives have to keep a low profile. Especially if they don't have tenure.

Rick Ballard

"Surely there are some bedrock principles or something we can get behind?"

Is 'I can buy anything I want?' a principle? 'Cause that's as deep as he gets, now and forever. If Romney can't buy the general then it's 1000% Romney's fault for not writing more checks.

Gmax,

I'd toss in the paltry funding of the EUtopian LTRO on top of Bernanke's testimony. How much time does a lousy €500 billion buy in EUtopia? I'd say less than three months.

narciso

Take a look at the interviewer, might as well be Bob Schieffer;

centralcal

Surely there are some bedrock principles or something we can get behind?

Exactly, Porch.

I am perfectly prepared to have Mitt's name engraved upon by Garden Gnome's brass name plate. But, I will do so only because there is no other choice. Until then ...

The only positive I can come up with is that he and his wife will bring some dignity back to the White House.

centralcal

ack! by = my

jimmyk

Reagan never quarreled with it.

Maybe he didn't quarrel with it, but he moved dramatically in the direction of flatter with fewer deductions in both 1981 and 1986.

The whole idea of a flat tax is not to "increase the burden on the middle class," or whatever straw man Romney is knocking down, but to simplify and to eliminate distortions that favor some activities over others. High income people often end up paying more taxes under that system than under a supposedly "progressive" system.

But of course, Romney understands how the economy works, so I'll defer to him. /sarc

MarkO

If Obama is re-elected, it will matter little what one thinks of the "base" or the "moderates" or the other conceits we are permitting ourselves. The country will have changed in such a way that none of that will matter, and that's the point of Obama.

I digress, however, because I'm still in doom rehab, with other non-believers, where Obama simply cannot win. A notion redolent of the Keyser Söze maneuver.

Porchlight

Chubby, as I said, I can find reasons to vote for him, and I will. "He's better than Obama" is good enough for me in November. I also agree with centralcal that he and his wife will respect the office in ways our incumbent and his wife have not.

What I want is a SUBSTANTIVE reason to vote for him. The fact that even you don't seem to be able to offer one is making me even more depressed.

narciso

Could we stop pretending that ABO applies, how many times do we have disabused of that notion, except for Skincrawler, they have made
it quite clear, that you can have the Model A, in every color as long as it's black,

Chubby

((Anything like that?))

I'm stating why I like him and don't expect everyone to like him for the same reasons that I do. My opinions are *subjective* and if you can't find any reason whatsoever to like anything at all about Mitt, then it's not really ABO is it, it's ABM.

Rick Ballard

Porchlight,

Should Romney be unable to purchase the general, it will not fall on conservative shoulder for lack of enthusiasm. He will carry every Free State without exception. His problem will be in the border states and I believe that he will will carry those as well, although it is more accurate to say that BOzo will lose rather than Romney win.

Chubby

((could we stop pretending that ABO applies))


guess you didn't buy the bumper sticker

Porchlight

Actually I'll modify that a little. "He's better than Obama" is a substantive reason.

I would like there to be others. I would like to be able to vote *for* Romney rather than *against* Obama.

narciso

One of the reasons why the events of last year
scared the heck out of me;

http://althouse.blogspot.com/2012/02/you-can-use-name-of-your-choice-to.html

Porchlight

if you can't find any reason whatsoever to like anything at all about Mitt, then it's not really ABO is it, it's ABM

I will state for the third and last time that I can, and will, find things to like about Mitt before I vote for him.

narciso

Yes, I'll vote for Romney, but I didn't want to be in the place to vote against someone instead of affirmatively for someone, then again look at the district where I live,
beggers can't be choosers

caro

A good reason: SCOTUS.

Chubby

(("He's better than Obama" is good enough for me in November. ))

I'd be interested to know what specifically you think is better about him than Obama.

Porchlight

Should Romney be unable to purchase the general, it will not fall on conservative shoulder for lack of enthusiasm.

I hope you are right, Rick. I'm skeptical. As I see it, the narrative is already being established with conservatives as the goat (just as I'm sure Hillary supporters would have been the goat if Obama had lost).

However, currently I'm in MarkO's position with the handle no longer in my hand, so I'm not going to worry about it for the moment.

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