Say What? 6/2/2011 Edition [Reader Post]



Newswoman Andrea Mitchell: “nobody on the Republican side is showing any courage on the tax front. And unless taxes are part of the mix, every grown-up knows it can't reach a solution.”

Newswoman Andrea Mitchell to Obama advisor: “I know you have been following the news about Sarah Palin launching this bus tour this weekend; is this the best political  news the Obama reelection committee has ever had?”

Newsman Joe Klein: “I'd say the relationship [between Obama and the military] is pretty good – very, better than it was with Bush because the military hated the fact that he wasn't really doing the job in Iraq.”

L.A. Times writer Meghan Daum: “But consider this: It's not that Obama can't speak clearly. It's that he employs the intellectual stammer. Not to be confused with a stutter, which the president decidedly does not have, the intellectual stammer signals a brain that is moving so fast that the mouth can't keep up. “

Debbie Wasserman-Schultz: “[Conservative believe] that, in fact, it [illegal immigration] should be a crime and that we should arrest them all.”  Perhaps she was confused about the meaning of the word “illegal.”

Just in case you thought he was moderate:
Michael Bloomberg: “If you ask the public `is there global warming,' is in '50 years the earth going to be dramatically different or perhaps uninhabitable,` their eyes roll. Nobody can think 50 years in advance.”

Michael Bloomberg: “Your job [as a political leader] is not to ask the public where they want to go and get behind them. Your job is to tell the public and convince the public where they should go, and lead from the front.”

Quentin Hardy (from Forbes on Fox):  “There is no basis for saying the private sector is more efficient than the public sector.”  [quoted from memory]

Princeton University professor Cornel West: “[Obama is] another Black mascot of these Wall Street oligarchy.”

Janette Barber on the Rosie O’Donnell show, (somehow being able to come off more nutty than Rosie): “I think if you want an abortion, you get an abortion. If you don't want to get an abortion, I would never force anyone to get an abortion, but I'd fight to the freakin' death for somebody's right to have an abortion. When I was a kid, I thought, 'If we lose this right, I'm leaving this country.'  I had plans [in the event of pregnancy]…I'm gonna wear a tent dress while I don't eat so I can get big and I can go in the woods, have it, kill it, and bury it, 'cause I didn't know how else I would get rid of it if I lost that right. I was pretty young when I had that plan, and I got over it.”

Liberals being civil:

Pornographer Larry Flynt: “Sarah Palin is the dumbest thing. But I made a fortune off of her. [He made a porn film called Nailin' Palin, based on her]… She did a disservice to every woman in America. She knew from the first month of pregnancy that kid was going to be Down's Syndrome. It's brain dead. A virtual vegetable. She carries it to all these different political events against abortion, she did it just because she didn't want to say she'd had an abortion. How long is it going to live? Another 12, 15 years? Doesn't even know it's in this world. So what kind of compassionate conservative is she? I don't think anybody will want her near the White House.”

Liberals making sense:

Bill Clinton: “The Democrats are going to have to be willing to give up maybe some short-term political gain by whipping up fears on some of these things if it's a reasonable Social Security proposal or a reasonable Medicare proposal.  We have to deal with these things. You cannot have healthcare devour the economy.”


Chris Wallace: “What else have you seen?”

Mike Gallagher: “Spider man; I saw Spider man 4 times.”

Chris Wallace: “What, you had trouble following the plot?”  [quoted from memory]


Ed Schultz on his radio show: “President Obama is going to be visiting Joplin, Mo., on Sunday but you know what they're talking about, like this right-wing slut, what's her name?, Laura Ingraham?  Yeah, she's a talk slut.”

Laura Ingraham: “I was surprised to learn that Ed Schultz actually hosted a radio show,”

Schultz has since apologized (a sincere sounding apology) and Ingraham accepted it.


Joe Schoffstall: “What do you think about the first amendment in general?”

Respondent (as she signs a petition to stop free speech for certain conservatives): “Um, I’m actually for it, but I think some people abuse it.”

Joe Schoffstall: “So you think they should be silenced?”

Respondent: “As with every other amendment, I feel like there’s, uh, certain limits.”

Joe Schoffstall: “So, cut it off with these people?”


Senator Tom Coburn on this year’s report on government waste: “This report confirms what most Americans assume about their government. We are spending trillions of dollars every year and nobody knows what we are doing. The executive branch doesn't know. The congressional branch doesn't know. Nobody knows.”

Karl Rove: “[Obama will run] the most negative re-election campaign ever mounted by … a president”

Israeli PM Bibi Netanyahu: “You don't need to do nation-building in Israel. We're already built. You don't need to build democracy in Israel. We got it. And you don't need to send troops to Israel. We defend ourselves.”

Netanyahu: “ You don't negotiate with people who want to kill you.”

Dick Cheney: “I worship the ground Paul Ryan walks on”  Okay, perhaps a bit much.

Rush Limbaugh: “When people meet me in person some of them are genuinely shocked.  They're expecting me to be whatever they've heard the media portray me as.  So at some point people are gonna realize the media has been lying about Palin.”

Rush Limbaugh: “The public supports conservatism.  The public lives their lives, a majority of them, as conservatives.  Conservatism is a force.  It is a powerful force and it frightens the left more than any other enemy.”

Rush: “We're gonna have to learn to accept the fact that no matter what happens in politics, the media is not going to be on our side, and they are going to distort it.”

Rush: “Here we've got a sitting president who cannot run for reelection by saying, 'You want more of what I've already done?'  They can't promise more of the same, because nobody wants more of the same.”

Rush: “The stimulus bill was to protect and build and shore up the infrastructure of the Democrat Party almost exclusively.”

Conservatives from the Past:

Ronald Reagan (who took this from Senator James F. Byrnes): “The nearest earthly approach to immortality is a bureau of the federal government.”

From the Conservative Review #180 (HTML)  (PDF)

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On May 17th Obama applauded enthusiastically after hearing a song from the Jewish acapella Maccabetas singing group performing for him at a reception in the White House in honor of American Jewish Heritage Month.
“They just did an outstanding number for me. It was good,” Obama said. “I really liked it. So thank you.”
That was then.
This is now.

The White House DEMANDED both You Tube AND the Maccabetas own site REMOVE a video of him applauding these Jewish singers!

It is not clear, though, why the Office of the President found the harmless, innocuous video of the Jewish acapella choir performing to President Obama’s applause problematic.

Who is Obama afraid of?
Who is Obama kowtowing to?
Did Obama think Jewish-American voters would not notice this insult?

“Mordy Prus, a baritone with The Maccabeats, told that following the President’s request, the group removed the video from Youtube.”

Why did they do that? Is this another example of the Jewish Martyr Syndrome?

That was a great mix of hodge podge if I have ever saw one! Good job! My favorites were Coburn, and Reagan. I think I must hear something similar everyday to the “no one knows anything up there, and then they try to convince us that they do”., or “we just keep voting the idiots into office so they can keep doing what they always do, nothing.” Great Post!

Joe Klein is either an absolute IDIOT or in a drug induced state of mental derangement.

@another vet: Its also quite possible he’s BOTH.

@Gary G. Swenchonis: Thanks, I do one each week.

The only reason that additional revenue has to be a part of the mix is that Medicare is the third rail of politics. Even if it were cut in half, we will still need to make up the revenue. Further, 30 years of supply-side globally has not only created the mess that we are in, but also has produced a wealth of data regarding tax cuts and their result on the economy and their impact on revenues. A cut in taxes of 1 dollar results in 0.3 to 0.7 in GDP growth. This in turn results in results in revenue decrease of 0.7 and 0.9 cents on that dollar (i.e. supply-side is pure fantasy). Further, we can cut the rest of the government to the bone and we still won’t balance the budget unless someone touches Medicare. Which won’t happen in any serious way. So, what will it be … a default on US debt or an increase in taxes. Just trying to be pragmatic here. Because the Paul Ryan plan went down in flames … during a period where the Republicans where enjoying the highest level of popularity in over 15 years. Even Tom Colburn’s plan to balance the budget over 10 years by eliminating Medicaid, Welfare, Tricare with significant cuts to Medicare and discretionary spending will still result in deficits after year 11, even though it cuts spending by 9 T over ten years and modestly increases taxes by eliminating some loopholes and reducing deductions. Something to think about.