Say What? December 26th, 2011 Edition [Reader Post]



President Obama in Best Buy: “Let’s see if my credit card still works.”

President Obama wanting Congress to pass the 2–month extension of many people not having to pay FICA taxes: “The issue right now is this:  The clock is ticking; time is running out.  And if the House Republicans refuse to vote for the Senate bill, or even allow it to come up for a vote, taxes will go up in 11 days.  I saw today that one of the House Republicans referred to what they’re doing as, “high-stakes poker.”  He’s right about the stakes, but this is not poker, this is not a game – this shouldn’t be politics as usual”

White House site posted question: “What does $40 mean to you?”

President Obama’s statement on the payroll tax deal that was worked out: “For the past several weeks, I’ve stated consistently that it was critical that Congress not go home without preventing a tax increase on 160 million working Americans. Today, I congratulate members of Congress for ending the partisan stalemate by reaching an agreement that meets that test…I urge them to keep working to reach an agreement that will extend this tax cut…And I want to thank every American who raised your voice to remind folks in this town what this debate was all about. It was about you.”

President Obama, before going on a $4 million vacation in Hawaii: “Giving of ourselves; service to others – that’s what this season is all about. For my family and millions of Americans, that’s what Christmas is all about. It reminds us that part of what it means to love God is to love one another, to be our brother’s keeper and our sister’s keeper. But that belief is not just at the center of our Christian faith, it’s shared by Americans of all faiths and backgrounds. It’s why so many of us, every year, volunteer our time to help those most in need; especially our hungry and our homeless.“

Reggie Love, also known as the President’s “body man” in a fund-raising email about getting a dinner with the Obama by donating $3: “You should know this practically never happens.  While Barack wants to do these dinners throughout his campaign, I know that dinner with Barack and Michelle is something that usually only happens with the girls, and no one else. The fact that this dinner is with the two of them should tell you how much it matters to them to know that you have their backs out there.”

DNC chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz: “And if they [House Republicans] vote against a middle class tax cut and extending that middle class tax cut right at the holidays and they know that that is going to cause the economy some harm, they don’t want to be in that situation. So the Republican Leadership, I think, can’t defeat this bill tomorrow if they bring it up for a vote. So they’re not going to bring it up. That’s just shocking. It’s outrageous. It’s not letting the democratic process work its will. It shows us they really don’t want to be supportive of the needs of the middle class. It’s 160 million Americans that would face “

Joe Biden Op-ed: “Romney also misleadingly suggests that the president and I are creating an `Entitlement Society,’ whereby government provides everything for its people without regard to merit, as opposed to what he calls an “Opportunity Society,” where everything is merit-based and every man is left to fend for himself.”

Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on why Democrats will not appoint any conferees to a House-Senate conference the payroll-tax-cut extension: “We are not falling for that stunt again.  He is not Lucy and we are not Charlie Brown.”

Obama advisor, David Axelrod: “You have to wonder whether some folks over there think somehow — think screwing up the economy, throwing a wrench in the works is a good political strategy for them,” Axelrod told Fox News. “Somehow if they can slow the recovery down, if they can cost a half million or delay a half million jobs, that that will hurt the president.”

Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi: “Maybe the principle at stake here is the anti-government, ideological warfare that the Tea Party Republicans, in the extreme, have taken us to. They alone are standing in the way of a tax cut for the middle class.”

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY): “What began with the debt ceiling and now continues with this issue, people – you know, the American people have pretty good sniffers and they’re beginning to smell that this Tea Party is extreme and not really interested in what’s good for Americans. Not simply that they might have a different viewpoint, they want to cut government more than others but rather that they’re basically trying to paralyze government and get nothing done.”

Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn explains why there is gridlock in Washington: “All of this is about President Obama; it’s not about anything else.”

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas): “It is extraordinary, don’t get me wrong. But I’m feeling the pain of the constituents I left [at] home.  I consider this a crisis. I consider leaving Americans without unemployment insurance for January and February a crime. I consider not extending the payroll tax cut … a crime.”

Congressman Barney Frank: “As to the Stimulus, they over argued; it is quite clear, thinks are better than they would have been.  I understand, it is not a good political slogan to say, things would have been worse without me.”

Democratic Reps. Jan Schakowsky of Illinois, Pete Stark of California, Yvette Clarke of New York, Lois Capps of California, Gwen Moore of Wisconsin, Barbara Lee of California, Donald Payne of New Jersey, Lynn Woolsey of California, Diana DeGette of Colorado, Maxine Waters of California, Louise Slaughter of New York, and Jesse Jackson Jr of Illinois in a letter to President Obama: “We are concerned that improper implementation of current foreign-assistance restrictions may be impeding our ability to provide even more effective and life-saving information and services.  In particular, we are concerned that the Helms Amendment – which restricts but does not prohibit abortion funding – is being implemented as though it were an absolute ban.”  In case you don’t get the gist of this, according to these and many other Democrats, we are not spending enough taxpayer money on foreign abortions nor are we promoting it as much as we should.

Gov. Jerry Brown, speaking at the Capitol Menorah Lighting this morning: “[This is a good time to reflect on the whole idea that we’re running out of oil so we need a miracle.  Today’s miracle is not to find more oil, but to utilize the sun…We need a lot of miracles here in Sacramento to get our problems solved.”

Democrat pundit James Carville on a robo-call: “Something remarkable happened this weekend. Democrats and Republicans in the Senate worked together to stop a $1,000 payroll tax hike on 160 million middle class families.”  Since the bill being pushed for by the Democrats runs for 2 months, it is approximately a $180 tax cut.

MoveOn Executive Director Justin Ruben: “Imagine if MoveOn disappeared and the work so many people do through MoveOn stopped happening altogether. Not to get technical, but it would be bad. To avoid that – to keep MoveOn going and growing – costs money, even though we keep our staff small and work from home to keep overhead low. Right now, to make ends meet, we need to raise $400,000 by the end of the year.”

A disappointed Matt Damon: “I’ve talked to a lot of people who worked for Obama at the grassroots level. One of them said to me, `Never again. I will never be fooled again by a politician.’  You know, a one-term president with some balls who actually got stuff done would have been, in the long run of the country, much better.”

Alec Baldwin on why he is not going to run to be New York City’s mayor: “I’ve lost my appetite. Plus the people that are running for mayor – I know this is terrible – I look at them and I don’t see myself in that crowd. They’re like a guy on a date that you can tell he just can’t wait to get his hand up your blouse before even the lights go out in the theatre. They’re all just so horny for it. Horny for their own ascension. Whereas for me, I’ve got a job now – which, I’ve got a good job. Is the most creative thing in the world?”

Michigan atheist Douglas Marshall wants this sign put up next to the nativity scene at Warren’s City Hall: “At this season of the Winter Solstice, let reason prevail. There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell. There is only our natural world. Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds.”  This is the same sign put up in Washington state (I assume, year after year).

Adam Nicolson in an article about the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible in the December 2011 issue of National Geographic magazine: “[the Book of Leviticus’s condemnation of homosexual acts is a] troubling part of the King James inheritance: a ferocious and singular moral vision that has become unacceptable in most of the liberal, modern world.”

Occupy Wall Street Protester on being named Person of the Year by Time Magazine: “Time Magazine is a 1% magazine and just for protesters to be on it is pretty much a big slap in their face.”

Another OWS protester: “We gonna be on the cover or sumthin?”

A 3rd OWS dude: “I’ve been occupying reality for a long, long time…steal from the rich and give to the poor, because they stole our money, those rich bastards.”

A 4th OWS guy: “I know, man, right?  Yeah!  YEAH!”

A 5th protester (with a genuine Spanish accent): “Occupy D.C. has been very good to me.”

The Compliant Obama Press Corps:

Barbara Walters of ABC: “The Obamas’ marriage has always been a political asset. Not so for every politician, like Republican candidate Newt Gingrich, who has had to address questions of whether infidelity is fair game during a presidential campaign. This topic has come up recently  in the Republican debates.”

Barbara Walters to the President, reading a Middle school student’s question: “If you were a super hero and you could have one super power, what would it be?”

NBC co-anchor Amy Roach: “Presidential push: President Obama scores a win for some 160 million workers as Congress passes a measure to extend the payroll tax cut through February, ending the year on a high note, as the Commander-in-Chief looks ahead at his reelection campaign.”

TIME‘s Joe Klein: “Iowa Republicans are not neoconservatives. Ron Paul has gained ground after a debate in which his refusal to join the Iran warhawks was front and center…It’s one thing to just adore Israel, as the evangelical Christians do; it’s another thing entirely to send American kids off to war, yet again, to fight for Israel’s national security.”

Liberal magazine, the Nation: “Newt Gingrich…has been lobbing anti-SNAP bombs for months, but his most infamous, issued in May and repeated in December, was his slam calling Obama the food stamp president – a declaration of barely coded racism that harked back to decades of racially inspired attacks on food stamps, most notably Reagan’s slur about strapping young bucks dining out on T-bone steaks.”

One-time newsman, Tom Brokaw, who had nothing nice to say about the TEA party: “Certainly, they’ve landed on something that I think resonates with a lot of people, and that’s the one percent versus 99 percent. Most people, the overwhelming majority obviously, are in the 99 percent. And there is that great concern about income inequality in this country. In the course of the last three weeks, I’ve been all over America, 19 cities altogether. And I’ve had a lot of high-income people come to me and say we really do have to do something about income inequality because that could trigger a class war in this country. And the consequences are not very pretty to contemplate.”

Liberal civility:

Ed Schultz: “What these tea partiers are going to do right now, and I’m going to label them tonight as sewer rats. They have a sewer rat mentality. You know what sewer rats do? They go down in the hole and they don’t come out. And they all hang out together. And they’re comfortable in their environment. And that’s what these Tea Partiers are doing right now behind closed doors. They’re just sewer rats.”

Crazy Muslims:

Taliban  (not our enemy) spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid: “The nations of the world must put pressure on the United Nations and other international organizations to drag and put on trial those perpetrators of the American administration who had a role in burning the Iraqi people in the flames of gunpowder for nearly a decade under false pretexts.”

An article published on the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban’s shadow government) website: “The American Red Cross . . . Showed Its Astonishment as to Why the Dead Bodies of Taliban had Not Decayed or Gave Off a Foul Smell!”

Saudi Arabian textbook for 9th graders, paid for, in part, by U.S. tax dollars: “The hour (of judgment) will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews and kill them. … There is a Jew behind me come and kill him.”

Dr. Sabeel Ahmed, the Director of Gain Peace Project-Chicago, of recent commercials meant to eradicate Islamophobia: “It’s very important for us to realize that by watching these ads, we hope that the viewers could realize that Islam is not a faith to be feared but a faith that cherishes human values, a faith that encourages its followers to reach out to the neighbors and to the community.”  Weasel Zippers suggests the condemnation of violent jihad would be a nice start.

Moderates/Affiliation Unknown:

9-year-old girl after being pulled over by the police, her drunken father in the passenger seat: `What did you stop me for? I was driving good.’  And she was.

LA High school student’s evaluation of their new healthy lunch program: “Nasty rotty stuff.”


Robert Reich: “Well, I — let’s just be clear about the facts. I mean, right now, the top 1 percent is claiming in terms of their pay, a larger share of total income than has been at any time since before the Great Depression. And their tax rates — and their tax rates are lower than they have been in 30 years.  You look at that period. I mean, George, you say that, you know, big — rich people and big corporations have undue influence. Yes, I agree with you. But the answer is not to shrink government and not even to have government attempt to invest in education, in job training and all of the ways in which we traditionally have generated upward mobility. The answer is to get money out of politics, to make sure that those who are at the top reaches, that is both individuals and corporations, don’t have the untoward influence they now have.  One final point. In the first three decades after the second world war, we had in this country much more of an equal distribution of the fruits of economic growth. And yet what happened? It turned out that in those days, the economy grew faster than it has grown since. There was, under President Dwight D. Eisenhower, whom nobody accused of being a socialist, a marginal tax rate on the top of 91 percent. I’m not advocating we go back to 91 percent. I’m just saying that for conservatives to say that we cannot tax the wealthy, when all of the nation’s wealth and income, virtually speaking, is at the top, to invest in people and education and training and everything else we need to invest, it’s absurd on its face.

George Will: “Bob, You are a pyromaniac in a field of strawmen. No one is arguing against government investing in education.”

Christiane Amanpou:  “You talked about what the government should be doing. So let me ask you, one of the big issues obviously that we have been debating all year is election. This election is jobs, the jobs crisis. There are something like nearly 23 million people who are either unemployed, underemployed or out of the work force. And of course during the Great Depression the government created big programs to get people back to work. Why shouldn’t they do right now? Why shouldn’t they be that kind of…”

George Will: “First of all, because it didn’t work during the depression. The cardinal aim of the New Deal was to put the country back to work. Unemployment never came below 14 percent until we geared up to be the arsenal of democracy in the Second World War. We have had a remarkably clear test under the Obama administration. They said, pass the stimulus and by 2011, the economy would be growing at 4% and unemployment would be 7.1 percent and falling.  I don’t fault the president for having his economic projections wrong. This is a complicated society. John Kenneth Galbraith, one of your liberal friends was once said, that the purpose of economic projections is to make astrology to look respectable.”

Christiane Amanpour, Host: “Can government, should government do what the congressman is doing and allow upward mobility, which stalled?”

George Will: “Big government inevitably exacerbates the problem of inequality. Big government inevitably is a servant of the strong. I’ll give you two examples. The tax code has been changed 4,500 times in the last decade. Every one of those times at the service of a group strong enough and attentive enough and wealthy enough to hire a Washington lawyer to represent them to game the tax code.  The welfare state exists to transfer wealth basically from the working young and retired elderly — working young and middle aged to the retired elderly. The elderly are, according to the CBO study, the net worth of a family of a household on average, household headed by someone 65 years old or older is 47 times larger than that of the net worth of a household of someone 35 or younger. That’s a record, and has doubled in the last five years. Big government is responsive to big, muscular interest groups.”

Gordon Peterson, Host: That anticipates my next question. After two months, what happens?

Charles Krauthammer: Well, they’re going to have two months of arguing over this. They will get the one year extension. It is not a great economic idea. It’s not going to create jobs. Nobody is going to hire, and hiring a person involves a lot of long, it commits a person, an employer, to many years. He is not going to do it on the basis of a one year or two month tax holiday. However, it will pass because there is no way you can make a political argument in an election year against putting money in the pockets of working people.

Margaret Carlson, Bloomberg: But unlike the Bush tax cuts, it’s a tax cut that could actually help the economy, not because these are people the employers will necessarily hire people, but the tax cut is going to people who will actually spend the money and fuel the economy.

Krauthammer: The way last year’s payroll tax holiday actually helped our economy?

Carlson: And the hiring the way the Bush tax cuts resulted in?

Krauthammer: You are saying that it’s going to help the economy. There is no evidence it’s helped the economy.


Barbara Walters: “What’s the biggest misconception about you?”

President Obama: “Me being detached, or Spock-like, or very analytical. People who know me know that I am a softie. I mean, stuff can choke me up very easily. The challenge for me is that in this job I think a lot of times the press or how you come off on TV people want you to be very demonstrative in your emotions. And if you’re not sort of showing it in a very theatrical way, then somehow it doesn’t translate over the screen.”

Barbara Walters: “What’s the trait you most deplore in yourself, and the trait you most deplore in others?”

President Obama: “Laziness. Nothing frustrates me more than when people aren’t doing their jobs. The thing actually that I most dislike is cruelty. I can’t stand cruel people. And if I see people doing something mean to somebody else, just to make themselves feel important it really gets me mad. But, with myself, since I tend not to be a mean person, you know, if I get lazy, then I get mad at myself.”

Barbara Walters, ABC News: “What is your biggest peeve of each other?”

President Obama: “I don’t have one.”

Walters: “Aww.”

Michelle Obama: “My list is too long.”

Barbara Walters, ABC News: “Mrs. Obama, you’ve recently said something that I thought was very interesting for other women to hear. You said `you put your own self highest on your priority list.’ That sounds selfish?”

Michelle Obama: “No, no, it’s practical. It’s something that I found I needed to do for quite some time, even before the presidency. And I found it other women, in similar situated balancing career family, trying to do it all and a lot of times we just slip pretty low on our own priority list because we’re so busy caring for everyone else. And one of the things that I want to model for my girls is investing in themselves as much as they invest in others.”

Vice President, Joe Biden: “Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy. That’s critical. There is not a single statement that the president has ever made in any of our policy assertions that the Taliban is our enemy because it threatens U.S. interests.”

Taliban operative: “Biden is talking both sense and nonsense – if we are not your enemies, then what are you doing in Afghanistan?  Is this some kind of joke, to say we are not your enemy after you occupy our country, imprison us in cages and kill tens of thousands of our people? We didn’t invite you here, and we never wanted to become your enemy.”

30ish Taliban subcommander from southern Afghanistan: “When I first heard the statement I laughed.  I wondered if this was an American joke.” He and others are far from ready to forgive and forget. “You are only saying we are not enemies now because we have put up such a strong and unbeatable resistance.  Before 9/11, I didn’t hate America, But after ten years of war, after the bombings and atrocities, I now think the U.S. is enemy No. 1. And I’m proud to say that.”

Attorney General Eric Holder, concerned about the attacks against him over Operation Fast and Furious: “This is a way to get at the president because of the way I can be identified with him, both due to the nature of our relationship and, you know, the fact that we’re both African-American.”

Representative Allen West: “It is a slap in my face as a professional African American member of Congress and a career military officer, that this gentleman who is the head of the Department of Justice is going to resort to that very nefarious theme of the race card”

CNN‘s Lisa Desjardins, after Hoyer and Van Hollen called an impromptu press conference after Wednesday’s brief House session: You were saying that Democrats want the politics to end here and get to business and Republicans the same; with all due respect, this is the second partisan dog and pony show that we have all attended in the past hour.  So if you want the partisan gimmicks to end, why is it that you still doing partisan gimmicks?  A partisan dog and pony show, with all respect?

Steny Hoyer: “With all respect, I think your premise  is—dog and pony show—this is democracy. We are saying we believe very importantly we ought to pass what the senate—no dog and pony show—overwhelming bipartisan support—sent to this house.


Desjardins: “You expected that you weren’t going to get recognized.  Also, the house republicans have pseudo conf committee when they know there’s not going to be a conference committee.  It seems like game playing while both parties are calling for the games to end.

Hoyer: “We’re not playing a game. We’re prepared to have bill come back and pass it and send it to president and we can do it today.  That’s not a game.  None of 160 million people, who are going to lose their tax cut, think it’s a game. None of the 48 million Americans who are concerned about having continued access to their doctors think it’s a game.   None of folks on unemployment who are relying on that unemployment to feed themselves, to help support their families,  think this is a game.  This is not a game.  Why are you [reporters] all here?  Why are we now able to communicate to the American public?  Why have you [inaudible]; because we went to the floor.  We went to the floor to speak to the American people and to the members of the House of Representatives.  Unfortunately, the Speaker walked off.   Not Speaker Boehner, the Speaker Pro Tem walked off the floor.  They shut off the cameras.  They wanted to shut us down.  We’re here on very serious business.  No game.”

At this time, it would have been appropriate to ask Hoyer if there was much of a difference other than the Democrats want a 2 month bill and Republicans want a year bill; but the reporter did not ask that.

Reporter: “Okay.  And I hope this doesn’t affect my Christmas Day invitation, but if you feel like John Boehner and the House Republicans now are blocking the payroll tax cut extension – and many times at this podium you’ve said that the Republicans are out to stop him, practically at every turn – how is it then the President was able to tell CBS news that basically his accomplishments in three years are only beaten by three other Presidents in American history?”

Press Secretary Jay Carney:  “Well, he was talking about legislative accomplishments.”

President Obama: “It seems to me that the ties between Venezuela’s government and Iran and Cuba have not served the interests of Venezuela and its people.”

Hugo Chávez : “Focus on governing your country, which you’ve turned into a disaster.”

Newsweek: But they’re [the European Union] looking to us for something we can’t give anymore, which is cash to bail them out.

Joe Biden: We’re not going to. These guys at the end of the day are going to have to choose: they either lose now or lose later. And if they lose later, they lose real, real big.

Newsweek: And it’s got to be their bailout, not ours?

Biden: Exactly right. We did our bailout. They’ve got to do their bailout.

Actress Maria Conchita Alonso to actor Sean Penn at LA airport: `You are in favor of Hugo Chavez and [Iranian President Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad.’

Sean Penn: ‘I’ve never said that about Ahmadinejad.  You’re a pig.’

Alonso:`And you are a communist, Sean Penn!”

Alonso: You’re a communist a**hole

Alonso [later]: “I’m not apologizing for calling him a communist because that is what he is.”  The conversation is not on videotape and it is posted according to Alonso.


George Will: “It is axiomatic that if you want to reduce the role of money in politics, reduce the role of politics in allocating money and opportunity in this society, leave it to the market, private voluntary transactions between individual.”

George Will: “Some of us think that the big problem began in this country in the financial crisis because a lot of wizards in Washington decided they knew – they just knew how many Americans ought to own houses. And they were going to do whatever they needed to do to support banks, to subsidize banks, and to set interest rates that would encourage this.”

George Will (this bears repeating): “This is a complicated society.  John Kenneth Galbraith, one of your liberal friends was once said, that the purpose of economic projections is to make astrology to look respectable.”


Michele Bachmann: “And remember, the reason why President Obama proposed it in the first place was to create jobs. There isn’t one shred of evidence that that created jobs.”

Mitt Romney on the Joe Biden Op-ed this week: “Someone had written an op-ed in the Des Moines Register attacking me and blaming me for the economy.  I thought now, who would have the chutzpah – there you go – or the delusion to imagine that I was responsible for the decline of this economy over the last three years. And it was none other than Vice President Joe Biden.  You wonder in some respects what fantasy land he lives in.  He needs to get out and meet with people. He seems to think that he and the president have made things better.”

Steve Forbes, on kids rejecting healthy foods and the idea of reintroducing recess and P.E. to our schools: “Feed the kids; starve the lawyers.”  There have been enough lawsuits to eliminate P.E. from many public schools.

Greg Gutfeld, to the occupy young people: “Your parents have wisdom and knowledge that dwarfs your degree in gender studies.”

Newt Gingrich, after some Occupy types stormed his stage and were escorted out: “You just saw the one-tenth of one percent…all noise and no thought.”

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney on not calling Obama a socialist: “I prefer to use the term he’s over his head.”

Rush Limbaugh: “Imagine what it would be like if I were no longer on the radio. Picture the mourning in North Korea and multiply that times 20.”

Rush Limbaugh: “All of a sudden Social Security at this point in time is not the third rail of American politics.  You put a Republican in the White House, you let a Republican talk about cutting the funding of Social Security by the amount Obama’s talking about, and you watch utter hell unleashed by the Democrat Party.”

Rush Limbaugh: “Can you name one important positive thing Romney accomplished as governor of Massachusetts? Can anyone?”

Rush Limbaugh: “What do the Democrats have to do? They’ve got a monumental charge here. They have to defend a large majority of the Senate seats that are up, plus Obama, they have to defend Obama. And what have they done? They have no budget. They have not done one thing towards deficit reduction. Despite what they say they have not done one thing toward job creation.”

Rush Limbaugh: “This is so damn topsy-turvy, the news media and the rest of the Democrats have managed to convince the American people that cutting Social Security funding by hundreds of billions of dollars is a good thing.”

Rush Limbaugh: “As we all know, most citadels of higher learning are the incubators of Marxism, liberalism, socialism, that’s where the indoctrination takes place. That’s where Obama’s educated elites are. That’s the group of people Obama goes after in his reelection campaign.”

Rush Limbaugh: “The uninformed voter is the Democrat target audience. The uninformed voter, the stupid, ignorant voter is the victim in American society. That’s who the Democrats go after.”

Rush Limbaugh: “The Republican Party does not want a conservative nominee. They’re not comfortable with conservatives.”

Rush Limbaugh: “I know what you people want. I’m fully aware you want a candidate who sounds like what you hear on this show.”

Rush Limbaugh: “There is no conservative movement in Washington. I hate to break it to you.”

Rush Limbaugh: “There’s nobody who is informed properly on capitalism in America who would vote for Obama unless they personally benefit from it and don’t care what happens to the country in the process.”

Conservatives being mean:

Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.), according to a Democratic operative who heard at the Delta Crown lounge at Reagan National Airport Sensenbrenner talking loudly on his cellphone, in reference to first lady Michelle Obama: “…she lectures us on eating right while she has a large posterior herself.”  Apparently he was set off by thinking about praise that some lady gave the first lady at a recent church auction.

Later, by Sensenbrenner: “I regret my inappropriate comment and I have sent a personal note to the First Lady apologizing.”

Conservatives not making any sense:

Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.): “It angers me that House Republicans would rather continue playing politics than find solutions.  Their actions will hurt American families and be detrimental to our fragile economy. We are Americans first; now is not the time for drawing lines in the sand.”  Do you recall the time that many spoke of Scott Brown as our next Republican Presidential candidate?

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TIME‘s Joe Klein: “Iowa Republicans are not neoconservatives. Ron Paul has gained ground after a debate in which his refusal to join the Iran warhawks was front and center…It’s one thing to just adore Israel, as the evangelical Christians do; it’s another thing entirely to send American kids off to war, yet again, to fight for Israel’s national security.”

So, I was reading up on just who are ”likely Iowa caucus attendees.”
Polling that shows Ron Paul at the front or near there usually looks at these people.

So, big surprise.

Most Iowan Republicans don’t attend their caucus.
They realize the caucus, in reality, does not have the cachet our media cracks it up to have.
People who work or have a child or elderly parent at home to care for must take a pass because it can last more than two hours.
Anyone can come to a Republican caucus and change his registration from Indy, Green, Dem to Republican and must be admitted.
So, it is a self-selected group.

I just saw where Paul’s support is mainly from independants and democrats. Supposedly only half of people who call themselves Republicans support RP. Remember, Iowa has an open caucus.
We should also understand that RP drones pretend to be Republicans as well, so even the 50% support from “Republicans” is highly suspect.

Hard Right
if they continue allowing the DEMOCRATS to decide on the REPUBLICAN nomination,
which he is sure to WIN many VOTES, and you know I think even CONSERVATIVES UNHAPPY WITH THE LAST ONE CHOSEN, would go with DONALD TRUMP,