Say What? The July 17th, 2012 edition [Reader Post]



Barack Obama: “If you ask me what’s frustrated me the most over the past 4 years, it’s not the hard work, the enormity of the decisions; it’s not the pace.  It is that I haven’t been able to change the atmosphere here in Washington.”

President Obama on Hugo Chávez, socialist dictator of Venezuela: “We’re always concerned about Iran engaging in destabilizing activity around the globe. But overall my sense is that what Mr. Chávez has done over the last several years has not had a serious national security impact on us.”  It wasn’t very long ago that the U.S. had a lot of oil interests in Venezuela and a good relationship with that country that was beneficial for both countries.

Senate leader Harry Reid of the U.S. Olympic Team’s uniforms that were made in China: “They should take all the uniforms, put them in a big pile and burn them.”

Former Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi: “I’m an insatiable beast.”  Okay, I admit; this was taken out of context.

Vice President Joe Biden: “It is not an exaggeration, were it not for the leadership of the NAACP, for the men and women who educated me when we`d sit over in Reverend Wright’s church as we’re talking about desegregating the Rialto and the Queen movie theater. Remember Mouse, those days? I learned so much, I learned so much.”

Prof. Robert F. Shedinger in the beginning of a book he published this year entitled Was Jesus a Muslim?, asks: “`Was Jesus a Muslim?  I will answer with a very qualified yes.”

Shedinger, in an interview about his book: “I had to rethink what Islam is. . . I came to the conclusion that it was a social justice movement and I think that’s who Jesus was in the first century so I conclude Jesus is more like a Muslim.”

Liberals on the economy:

President Obama: “If you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own…If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business – you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

A federal government pamphlet on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (the government food stamps program): “Each $5 dollars in new SNAP benefits generates almost twice that amount in economic activity for the community…Everyone wins when eligible people take advantage of benefits to which they are entitled.”  Any question as to why these people are not fit to oversee any sort of economy or business?

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney: “The entire purpose of the Recovery Act was to grow the American economy and grow American jobs here at home, and that’s what it did. It’s widely recognized to have broken the back of the recession.”  The Stimulus worked!   A 2010 CNN poll on the stimulus found that 21% of people questioned in the poll say nearly all the money in the stimulus has been wasted, with 24% feeling that most money has been wasted and an additional 29% saying that about half has been wasted. 21% say only a little has been wasted and 4% think that no stimulus dollars have been wasted.

President Obama, a day after removing the work seeking requirement from welfare: “Americans can’t be looking for handouts.”  His reference was to the Clinton tax policy.   So, I guess what he is saying is, government not taking enough money from you ought to be seen as a government handout?

Senate leader Harry Reid: “More than 99 percent of business would qualify for this extravagant tax break even if they don’t create a single new job or raise wages for one single new employee.  In fact, fabulously rich so-called `small-business owners’ like Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton could qualify for these wasteful giveaways even though three-quarters of Americans oppose tax breaks for the wealthiest few – nearly half the benefits of this $46 billion proposal would go to millionaires and billionaires.”  So there is no misunderstanding, this is not a tax break, it is continuing the tax rates as they have been for the past 7 years, which are too high right now.  If these tax rates are raised, that will allow the government to run for an additional 8 days every year.

Hot, hot, hot:

Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley: “A grid that was resilient for the weather of [the past] is not resilient enough to withstand violent storms that climate change and global warming in our atmosphere are causing today.”  Everything that O’Malley is doing is fine; it is that gosh-darned global warming that is destroying his power grid.

Liberals on Obamacare:

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.): “As you know, yesterday, once again for the thirtieth-some, I don’t know, thirty-something time, the Republicans tried to take away protections for patients in our country: whether the little baby born with a birth defect, a child with a disability, or asthma, cancer, diabetes; there’s the senior who’s getting prescription drugs much less expensive because of the Affordable Care Act, or free wellness examinations once a year.”

President Obama: “By the way, if you’ve got health insurance, you’re not getting hit by a tax.  The only thing that’s happening to you is that you now have more security because insurance companies can’t drop you when you get sick.”  Oops……

Liberals on the 2012 election:

Barack Obama: “We’re gonna win this election; we’re gonna win Virginia; we’re gonna put this country on [the] right track.”

Barack Obama: “This campaign’s still about hope…it’s still about change.  Washington feels as broken as it did 4 years ago.”

Dem Rep. James Clyburn: “The fact of the matter is unless we see some transparency in Mr. Romney, none of it we’ve seen thus far, I don’t think he really can be considered honorable enough to serve in office.”

David Axelrod: “[Republicans] have had a policy of obstruction from the day the president arrived. When the president is reelected, it will be a rejection of the politics of obstruction. There’s this reign of terror going on in the Republican Party.”

Deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter: “Either Mitt Romney, through his own words and his own signature, was misrepresenting his position at Bain to the SEC, which is a felony.  Or he was misrepresenting his position at Bain to the American people to avoid responsibility for some of the consequences of his investments”

Harry Reid: “His father, George Romney, set the precedent that people running for president would file their tax returns, let everybody look at them. But Mitt Romney can’t do that because he’s basically paid no taxes in the prior 12 years.”  According to the Washington Post’s fact-checker, Romney pays roughly $3 million per year in taxes and donates $3 million to charity.

David Axelrod, the senior strategist for President Obama‘s reelection bid on Romney: “I’m not suggesting that, based on what we know, that he’s done anything illegal.”

President Obama: “In case of friends like Uncle Jim who watch Fox News.. let’s be clear, I’ve lowered taxes.”  This is a distortion of language; Democrats believe that, when they give a new tax write-off (or, loophole, if you will), that is the same as a tax cut.  The President has not lowered anyone’s tax rates.  He has, so far, supported, the Bush tax cuts.

Rep. Henry Waxman about Mitt Romney:  “Let’s not go back to a time – to the years when people acted like they’re entitled to keep everything secret, that they’re entitled to run the government and the American people are not to be permitted to know what’s going on because they know better than the rest of us.  This is an elitism. It’s a sense that they’re better than anybody else – they’re entitled to all of the money they have and the rest of us should just grin and bear it because they’re the ones in charge.”

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Mitt Romney: “He not only couldn’t be confirmed as a cabinet secretary, he couldn’t be confirmed as dog catcher. As a dog catcher, you’d at least want to get a look at his tax returns.”

Eliseo Medina, SEIU‘s international secretary-treasurer: “Romney‘s dismissive rhetoric regarding the concerns of middle-class and the Latino community clearly indicate how out of touch he is with real people, and the kinds of policies he would champion.   He comes from a world that broke the economy and made him a millionaire, and he has no interest in helping us repair and regain the American Dream.”  I believe this is a part of the $4 million worth of ads being run on Spanish language television with Spanish subtitles.

Vice President Joe Biden of President Barack Obama before the NAACP: “He has put country first.”  This was the McCain slogan in 2008. This is at least the 2nd time Biden has used this in a campaign speech.

The Liberal agenda:

Planned Parenthood head Cecile Richards: ”Many Republicans support Planned Parenthood and they have for decades. Frankly our work is consistent with the conservative Republican values of individual responsibility and government staying out of people’s personal lives.”  Planned Parenthood derives more than 80% of its revenue from abortions and does not provide mammograms, they are simply a referral service.

The campaign trail:

Joe Biden to the National Council of La Raza in Las Vegas: “For middle class folks like me and most of you, owning a home is maybe the single most consequential element of our existence to be able to provide for our families.”  Biden and his wife Jill had an adjusted gross income of $379,000 last year.

It’s all about racism…

Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) Of Mitt Romney speaking at the NAACP: “I think it was a calculated move on his part to get booed at the NAACP convention.”

Vice President Joe Biden: “Republicans have changed the law so you get arrested if you do vote.”

Joe Biden to the NAACP: “Children should be educated to the degree they are educable.”  Just imagine if Romney had said this.   He would be excoriated for the implication.

Frances Fox Piven: “And you know what they [TEA party people] yell? `Take It Back! Take It Back! Take It Back!’ And you know what they’re talking about? They’re talking about taking the country back from those dark skinned foreign-looking people who threaten to become a demographic majority.”

Vice President Joe Biden at the NAACP convention: “Imagine what the Romney Justice Department will look like.  Imagine when his senior advisor on constitutional issues is Robert Bork. Imagine those incredibly important positions of justice. Imagine, and I mean this, this to me is one of the most critical issues in this election, imagine what the Supreme Court will look like after four years of a Romney presidency.”

MD Rabbi Alam, an Obama campaign ally and Missouri-based Democratic activist who chairs the National Democratic Party Asian American Caucus (NDPAAC), a Democratic National Committee-sponsored organization that liaises with Asian minorities.  Alam has speculated about Jewish involvement in the September 11th terrorist attacks and participated in an event with a Muslim cleric who has accused Israel of terrorism and alleged that the U.S. invented the HIV disease: “Why [was] 9/11 was a official holidy [sic] for all jewish [sic] people worked in the the [sic] WTC?”  He has since walked back this statement, when he found out that many Jews died in the 9/11 attack.

The Compliant Obama Press Corps:

PBS NewsHour, liberal analyst Mark Shields: “There is one great strength here that Romney does have, and I think it’s been overlooked. And that is, the Republican position has been, we want to increase revenue without raising the rates. So that means closing tax loopholes or tax expenditures. There’s nobody who knows more about tax loopholes and tax expenditures than Mitt Romney.” (Laughter) Every business and every businessman seeks to pay as little taxes as possible.  Duh.

Newsweek‘s Michael Tomasky: “Until yesterday, I thought of Mitt Romney as a spineless, disingenuous, and supercilious but more or less decently intentioned person who at least wasn’t the race-mongering pyromaniac that some other Republican candidates of my lifetime have been. Then he gave his speech to the NAACP, and now I think of him as a spineless, disingenuous, supercilious, race-mongering pyromaniac who is very poorly intentioned indeed, and woe to us if this man sets foot in the White House as anything but a tourist.”  Tomasky determined that Romney was a racist because he used the term Obamacare (which is now commonly used by both Democrats and Republicans) and that he got intentionally booed at the NAACP in order to gin up his “mostly white” base.”

NY Times writer Bill Keller of voter ID laws: “Well I think what you’re getting at is this is not about voter fraud. It’s about disenfranchising specific constituencies who tend to vote Democratic. Nobody’s going to say that who supports it, but that what it’s really about.”

New York Times liberal reporter turned liberal columnist Timothy Egan: “But Romney has a longer list of people who may be disinclined to vote for him. Latinos. Gays. Gay soldiers. People who were bullied as kids. Dog lovers. People who like sex. People who use contraception during sex. People who want “free stuff,” as Romney classified those without health care on Wednesday. People who believe in science.”

Linda Greenhouse, former Supreme Court reporter for the New York Times: “…the breathtaking radicalism of the other four conservative justices. The opinion pointedly signed individually by Justices Kennedy, Thomas, Antonin Scalia and Samuel A. Alito Jr. would have invalidated the entire Affordable Care Act, finding no one part of it severable from the rest. This astonishing act of judicial activism has received insufficient attention, because it ultimately didn’t happen, but it surely got the chief justice’s attention as a warning that his ostensible allies were about to drive the Supreme Court over the cliff and into the abyss.”

Former CBS news anchor Dan Rather, of very liberal show The Newsroom: “Well, absolutely. The Newsroom, which is on HBO, is terrific. For a lot of reasons. For those who haven’t watched it, it’s a story of the battle for the soul of a big-time big network anchorman, the soul of his newscast, and on a broader scale, the soul of news itself.”

Peter Alexander on NBC: “A story that gives Americans a sense of “unity” and “optimism,” the President said. But Romney, who’s relentlessly attacked the President for mishandling the economy, quickly pounced: “Being president is not about telling stories,” Romney said in a statement, “Being president is about leading.” Still, with this campaign becoming bitterly personal Thursday, both sides accusing the other of lying, Romney was once again forced to defend his business experience, responding with this new ad.”

Bloomberg View‘s Margaret Carlson – formerly of Time magazine, speaking of Romney at the NAACP convention: “He’s not speaking to the group in the room. He wanted the boos. He’s taking those boos to his fund-raiser with Dick Cheney in Wyoming. He put the boos in the overhead bin, carrying them out there. He’s so proud of them.”

MSNBC‘s Toure: “Why would he bother going to the NAACP convention to get booed? Because the real audience wasn’t in the room. He wanted to be booed by that black audience so that white conservatives – who still don’t see him as one of them – and white undecideds would see that he’s unafraid to talk down to black people, to offend them, to be their villain, to make them boo. The result is that he comes off looking tough or gains sympathy. Either way, he gets a soundbite that will bounce through the cable news echo chamber and elicit an emotional reaction from white voters. Romney‘s performance wasn’t intended to win more black votes, it was intended to help win more white votes.”

Rev. Al Sharpton, an MSNBC host: “He had a hard audience for him.  But I think that what was interesting to me is, I think it was calculated, Tamron, that he was going to attack the president’s Affordable Health Care Act, call it `Obamacare‘ and expect that he would get some kind of displeasure from the audience.”

Howard Fineman on MSNBC: “By showing up, by going to the NAACP, he might get some credit. Although, he took a lot of it away with the use of the word ‘Obamacare,’ which is a loaded word. With some independent white voters in suburbs, they may say, ‘Look he went to the NAACP, isn’t that nice?’  But there are other parts of the white voting community, the conservative part in the South who have their doubts about Mitt Romney, as a conservative, who, sadly, perhaps will have their views strengthened about him as a conservative by watching him being booed by that audience.”  Isn’t that weird?  All of these news commentators just happened to come up with the same explanation. And just an interesting, one component of it is simply false; many Obama supporters use the term “Obamacare” including the President’s campaign committee.
Donny Deutsche on MSNBC: “Here’s the bottom line: there are two kinds of rich guys.  There’s Mike Bloomberg, who’s 20 times, 100 hundred times richer than Mitt Romney, but is a man of the people and then there’s a rich guy who’s a private equity guy, who won’t show his tax returns — “

Mika Brzezinski, MSNBC host: “Who has a car elevator.”

Deutsch: “Who has got a car elevator.  Who is playing fudgy, fudgy ball as far as when he was and when he wasn’t CEO and that’s a rich guy who plays outside the lines that I can’t trust.  And that’s not an electable figure.”

Ron Reagan Jr., MSNBC political analyst: “…there might be a variety of reasons why he’s [Obama] been less than successful at telling his story, as he put it…I think there also might be some personal reticence on his part.  You know, George H.W. Bush was famously averse to using the “I” word. So there might be a little of that.”  Yep, Obama is adverse to using the word I.  Now, that is expert analysis.

Excerpts from DailyKos articles:

Alex Budarin: …and (figuratively) devour them

…It hasn’t been a 100-year conspiracy of progressives to create a “socialist utopia.”  It is the result of a progressive, pragmatic evolution of human relations…[T]he majority of us do not subscribe to the Donner Party ethics of contemporary conservatism…

Trenz Pruca: Loser white guys are quintessential right-wingers

…[W]hite males from the middle and lower classes especially in the mid-West and the South…persist in their decline from the economic and social backbone of our nation to become hate-filled failures in life spewing venom born of their frustration and ignorance upon those who have begun to supplant them.

And, if truth be known, they chose this path…

This group that has chosen to be left behind are the heart and soul of the modern conservative movement…

occams hatchet: Repeal or be haunted

…The Republicans are well and truly f#*ked. They HAVE TO repeal “Obamacare.”

Here’s why:

Unless the Republicans can erase from the public record all vestiges of the Affordable Care Act, they will have to spend the rest of their lives – literally, the rest of their lives – hearing Americans refer to their medical insurance plans as “Obamacare”…

Yes, that’s right: The man the neoracist oligarchic xenophobic tribal other-haters want to light their hair on fire about will be named every time anyone in their gott-blessid United States of Amrka mentions health insurance…

bfrederk: The Founders’ vision is obsolete

We can govern ourselves in the exact way the Founders intended, or we can adequately govern an interdependent 21st century society. We cannot do both…

Limited government in the 21st century means our food will not be safe. It means that college will be unaffordable for millions. It means that 50 million people will not have health insurance. It means that an unregulated Wall Street can tank the global economy…

…The Teapublicans are building a bridge to the 19th century…


Liberal hypocrisy:

Radio liberal Ed Schultz: “It’s not, is it unpatriotic to have a Swiss bank account? The question is, is it the patriotic thing to do? Is it patriotic to put your money offshore? How would he answer that — it doesn’t matter? How could he say, yes it is, yes it’s the patriotic thing to do? It simply isn’t.”  Ed Schultz bought a Canadian fishing lodge in 2010.

Liberal Celebrities:

Roseanne Barr: “…if Romney gets in there—if that happens, I don’t think there will be another election.  I think that if he wins, we won’t have another election.  We already have a pretty fixed and rigged system as it is, but it’ll just keep going that way…I’m terrified that Romney already has the receipt for the White House; I’m terrified because Romney has enough money to buy it—the Supreme Court put it up for sale.  He might have already bought it, and if it is true, it’s just a return to the confederacy.”

Oliver Stone: “The Iraq War had something to do, I believe, with the new violence in Mexico…it gave license to the world to become more brutal.”

Actor John Leguizamo: “It’s terrifying that they [people who want to stop illegal immigration] think that it’s okay to take kids out of schools, to stop a person and profile them because they look Latin. . . I don`t think that’s cool. It’s like Nazi Germany time. It’s terrifying.”

Comedian Chris Rock: “I mean, if I want to talk to him, I can call him. Dude, being the first black anything sucks. But the country was in shambles, and he’s cleaning it up. If you properly clean a room, it gets dirtier before it gets cleaner. Ever come back to your hotel room before the maids are finished? My G___! Republicans are complaining. Romney‘s complaining. But Romney‘s rich. He doesn’t know s__ about cleaning.”

Comedian George Lopez doing a bit: “Mitt Romney wants the Latino vote. He ain’t going to get it. He ain’t going to get it. And you know why? Because Mitt Romney is a f–king Latino and he won’t admit it. His father was born in Chihuahua, Mexico. Mitt Romney is a Chicano. But he won’t admit it.”

James Earl Jones: “I think I have figured out the Tea Party I think I, I do understand racism because I was taught to be one by my grandmother. My grandmother was part [tribal affiliation] Indian part black, she hated everybody and she taught all of her children and grandchildren to be racist to hate white people and to distrust black people.”

Liberals from the past:

President Obama in 2010: “The last thing you want to do is to raise taxes in the middle of a recession.”

President Obama in 2010: “I am just listening to the consensus among people who know the economy best. And what they will say is that if you either increased taxes or significantly lowered spending when the economy remains somewhat fragile, that that would have a destimulative effect and potentially you’d see a lot of folks losing business, more folks potentially losing jobs. That would be a mistake when the economy has not fully taken off.”

Liberal civility:

George Lopez: “And while we’re at it Sheriff Joe in Arizona – f–k you you f–king puto. How about that? F–k you. You fat mother f–ker. F–k you. I said I was going to talk some s–t. F–k you Sheriff Joe you f–king puto. F–k you. F–k you.”  This is HBO comedy.   This is a comedy bit, just in case you did not recognize what it was.  “Puto” is Spanish for male prostitute. In Mexico it’s used for cowards and traitors.

Actor Michael McKean calls Michelle Malkin: “d___ of the week”

Brad Pitt’s mom wrote a letter to the editor, which was in favor of Romney.  One of the kinder tweets from rabid liberals was, “Brad Pitt’s mom, die.”  See some more.

Occupy this:

The chants of 1500 socialists who convened in suburban Chicago at the International Socialist Organization’s annual conference: “disarm the police; Free, free Palestine; Long live Palestine; Long live the intifada; Intifada, intifada; Free abortion on demand; Can we do it? Yes we can!”  Sessions during the conference included, “The battle for the soul of teacher unionism,” “After Wisconsin: The battle for public sector unions,” “Education and revolution,” “Education and capitalism,” as well as “Prison reform or prison abolition?”


President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: “Today the ugliest form of suppression is ruling the U.S. where you see that a group of Zionist capitalists are ruling over 300 million Americans from behind the scenes.”

Liberals making sense:

President Obama: “And right now, there’s a big debate going on in Washington over two fundamentally different paths we can take as a country to do that.”

Liberals being honest:

Washington Post fact checker on the accusation that candidate Romney might be a felon: “The Obama campaign is blowing smoke here.  We realize that Bauer gets to the word “criminal” by mentioning “investigation,” but that distinction might be lost on most listeners.” 3 Pinocchio’s.

James Carville‘s campaign advice to Obama:  “The more that he focuses on the first term, the worse he’s going to do; the more he focuses on the second term, the better he’s going to do.”

Moderates/Affiliation Unknown:

CBS’s Mark Knoller tweet: In a prayer at start of Obama event, local pastor asks God to give Pres. Obama a second term “so he can finish his great visionary work.”

Reid Epstein tweet: Obama is sorry for the rain. “Ladies, I do apologize for your hairdos being messed up.”

Jay Leno, doing a bit, and after speaking of Senator Griffin as a possible veep choice for Romney, and getting scattered applause for Griffin: “There is no Senator Griffin—you get the government you deserve.”


Charlie Rose: “He clearly will say, let’s look at your record; let’s look at the fact that unemployment is 8.2%—it is unlikely to change.  Uh, let’s look at how effective the stimulus was.  Let’s look at your management of the economy—yes, it was a bad hand you were dealt, uh, but you have not made it to what it ought to be—that is the centrality of their campaign.”

Barack Obama: “Exactly.  That is his argument and you don’t hear me complainin’ about him makin’ that argument because if I was in his shoes, I’d be makin’ the same argument.”


President Barack Obama: “When I think about what we’ve done well and what we haven’t done well, the mistake of my first term – couple of years – was thinking that this job was just about getting the policy right. And that’s important. But the nature of this office is also to tell a story to the American people that gives them a sense of unity and purpose and optimism, especially during tough times.”  Is he saying, he did not give enough speeches?

Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney jumped on this: “President Obama believes that millions of Americans have lost their homes, their jobs and their livelihood because he failed to tell a good story. Being president is not about telling stories. Being president is about leading, and President Obama has failed to lead. No wonder Americans are losing faith in his presidency.”


Q    Jay, can the President do more to show leadership on being transparent with regard to documents, records, his own background?  That’s another sort of underlying theme here that the campaigns are clearly going at.

Jay Carney:  Are you talking about Donald Trump?  (Laughter.)

Q    Not talking about Donald Trump.

Carney:  Well, you’d have to ask me a specific question. I think the President’s record of unprecedented levels of transparency in the White House is well established.  His record as a candidate, both when he ran for the Senate and when he ran for President in 2008 and now as a candidate for reelection, in terms of transparency is a solid one and reflects a long tradition of being an open book, as I think he described it when he was asked this question not long ago.

That’s part of the process.  It’s not always pleasant or comfortable, but it has become a well-established tradition in our country to make available information about one’s private dealings.  That just comes with the territory.  So he not only accepts that but practices and believes that it’s the right thing.

Q    I know this has been asked for years, but one thing that people — at least on the — among his opponents, continue to bring up is the — his college records.

Carney:  Right.  This is a Donald Trump question, which I think —

Q    That’s the Donald Trump.

Carney:  — he’s the one who brings it up the most.

Q    But what’s the answer to that particular question?

Carney:  I would refer you to the campaign.  It is preposterous — this is from the guy who insisted that he didn’t believe the President was born in the United States.  And it is funny, every once in a while when I sit back in my office and remember all the things that seemed to be the most important issue of the day, and there were briefings after briefings where that was the most important issue of the day, to the point where we had to solicit the long form of the President’s birth certificate.

And again, the President’s record on transparency is extremely sound.  He has provided the kind of documentation that candidates for President have now, by tradition, provided for 30 years.  And he believes it’s the right thing to do.

Clayola Brown, the member of the NAACP‘s National Board of Directors who invited Romney to speak, said the presumptive Republican presidential nominee should not have used unemployment numbers to try to turn the crowd against Obama: “It was insensitive and quite demeaning as a matter of fact.  Certainly we are aware of what the numbers are and the impact is in our communities. It’s the dialogue used that we find insulting.”

What did Romney say?  “If equal opportunity in America were an accomplished fact, then a chronically bad economy would be equally bad for everyone.  Instead, it’s worse for African Americans in almost every way.”

Clayola?  Really?

CNN host Wolf Blitzer: Well, obviously they’ve got something to say. He’s got to answer these questions, why aren’t you releasing all of your income tax returns? When exactly did you leave Bain Capital, why did you appear on these SEC documents in 2000, 2001, saying you were still there when you were running the Olympic games in Utah?

Howard Kurtz: All legitimate questions, Wolf, but I think this may be overkill on the part of the Obama campaign. All the megatonnage it has dropped on Mitt Romney‘s head over the many events that happened 14, 15 years ago. And I’ve increasingly been worried about whether the media which have been pushing a lot of these stories, The Boston Globe, the Washington Post on outsourcing, Vanity Fair on Cayman Island accounts, seem to some people to be echoing the message of the Obama campaign by raising so many questions about Romney‘s business background.

Lauren Ashburn, editor in chief, I don’t agree with you. I think that when it comes to this kind of stuff, the more questions the better. This is a man who’s running for President of the United States of America. Ask the questions, answer the questions, if you want to live at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Blitzer: Because if you want to be President, you know this Howie, I’m a little surprised to hear what you’re saying, because no more secrets. Everything basically becomes an open book if you want to be the President of the United States.

Kurtz: I am not saying, Wolf, that journalists shouldn’t be asking these questions, probing Romney‘s business background. It is, after all, his principal credential for running and saying he’s going to fix the economy. What I am saying, is that when you combine all the stories, all the airtime, all the column inches, it looks to many people, I’ll just say this bluntly, like the press is giving much more aggressive scrutiny to Romney and his background than it ever gave to Barack Obama.

Bltizer: So when I hear you saying, and correct me if I’m wrong, that the so-called “mainstream media,” “liberal media,” or whatever, doing the work of the Obama campaign just like four years ago the conservative media doing the work of the McCain campaign, going after Barack Obama and the Reverend Wright issues and the other issues that were out there?

Kurtz: I don’t think journalists are intending to do that, but I think it may – that may be the perception of many folks because of the 24/7 nature of these questions about Romney. There hasn’t been basically another story that’s broken through in the last ten days.


E! Host Chelsea Handler: Ann Coulter must hate you. Does she?

Meghan McCain: I think she has a little voodoo doll she sticks needles in every day.

Handler: She probably sees you as coming in and stealing her thunder.

McCain: If anybody compares me to Ann Coulter, I got to go away for awhile because I don’t want to be anything like that woman.

[A bit later, Handler defended President Obama’s job performance and declared that “I really do hope” he gets reelected:]

Handler: Honestly, there’s been like three million jobs created since Obama was elected. I mean, there has been.

McCain: Do you think Obama’s going to get reelected?

Handler: I don’t know. I hope that he does. I really do hope that he does. I don’t know. I’m not good a predicting stuff like that. I think that four years is not enough time for anybody to make a huge impact on any country. I think you need a long period of time. But I understand that, I also understand, and I’m no politico, but I understand that people are very upset with Obama. I’m not one of those people, though. I just love black guys too much.

[The liberal comedienne then went on to praise McCain’s willingness to admit she uses marijuana:]

Handler: Now, do you smoke pot ever, on occasion?

McCain: Yeah.

Handler: Good for you, good.

McCain: I’m so high strung. I’m just alpha, type A, as I’m sure you are as well. It mellows me out, so I do on occasion.

Handler: It’s good for people to admit that they do stuff like that. That’s what I’m asking you for because I hate when people lie about stuff and like, “No, I never do that.” Well, who cares? Just say what you do and stand behind what you do unless what you’re doing is really bad.


Sean Hannity of one of the possible Romney veeps: “He has more experience than Obama.”

James Taranto: “Okay, but that’s a low standard.”


David Limbaugh, of Obamacare: “This is an adversarial system, the IRS versus the citizens.”

Rep. Allen West: “Conservatives believe that ever person who comes to America or is born here, they have a ladder that they are given as their birthright or becoming a citizen.  Sometimes you fall off of that ladder, but we believe that there is a safety net that is there, and that safety net is to catch you and get you to bounce back up and continue to climb on the ladder. That’s what conservatives believe.  But liberals tend to believe that the safety net is a hammock, so you can stay there the rest of your life.”

Woman on Hannity-Luntz focus group: “How insulting that they [liberals] picture women on bended knee to the government for free birth control and free abortions.”

Rep. Allen West (R-Fla) said about the response to his comments about slavery and liberal racism: “I don’t care about my critics.  I understand that my country is at a very perilous situation and I’m going to use the type of words that are necessary to get the attention of the American people.  I want to make sure that the United States of America, that has been around for 236 years as the beacon of liberty, freedom and democracy, continues on for our subsequent generations. Our children and grandchildren.  And I really don’t care about critics. I really don’t care about the liberal media.”

Former Virginia first lady Susan Allen handing out Krispy Kreme donuts at a new Romney campaign office: “We’re gonna fill you up on sugary doughnuts today because Michelle Obama‘s not here to tell you, `No.'”

Mitt Romney: “Early on, one of their insiders said that their campaign was going to be based upon the strategy of, quote, ‘kill Romney.’ …it’s something the president should take responsibility for and stop.”


Former chief Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson: “Well, it’s the Obama campaign that made this not just about outsourcing, but accusing Mitt Romney personally of lying on government documents, which is a felony. That’s what — campaign officials did this. For that kind of charge, you need significant evidence in the context of a presidential campaign, which so far has not just been lacking, but fact-checking organizations of The Washington Post and have said, well, you know, this case is really quite weak. There’s very little evidence here.  And so that, you know, is, I think, a — it shows a tendency on the part of the Obama campaign, not just to criticize, but to vilify. So it’s not enough for Romney to do outsourcing and have a debate on outsourcing. He has to be a felon. It is not just enough that he won’t disclose his tax returns.  They compared him to Richard Nixon in the level of secrecy. I don’t think these are a particularly set of credible charges. Mitt Romney has a lot of problems, a lot of challenges on these issues. But he doesn’t come across as a Nixonian criminal figure. He’s more like a wealthy Boy Scout. So I think that this doesn’t meet the minimal levels of credibility. In my view, this particular swift boat sinks.”

Romney: “If they (Obamacare supporters) want more stuff from government tell them to go vote for the other guy – more free stuff. But don’t forget nothing is really free.”

Jodi Miller: “CNN’s ratings have sunk to a 21-year low, which explains their new slogan: ‘at least we’re not MSNBC.’ ”

Paula Priesse: “One thing is clear, President Obama doesn’t like people who work for a living. First he (once again) thumbs his nose at the Constitution by gutting welfare reform work requirements. Then O said this Friday, “If you’ve got a business – you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” Unbelievable, this from a guy whose hand calluses come only from playing golf. Right O, dis everyone who put in 80-hour workweeks getting their businesses off the ground. This is getting tiresome, a president belittling those who risked everything in pursuit of the American dream. Or those who still find dignity in a hard day’s work. Depressing to have a leader so totally clueless on what made this country great. P”

Conservative snark:

Dennis Miller of single women supporting Obama in the polls: “Young single women always have bad taste in men.”

From Rush Limbaugh’s Pearls of Wisdom:

Rush: “Nobody starts a business to create jobs. Nobody starts a business to provide health care for the community. Nobody starts a business so that the economy or the climate is safe. Nobody starts businesses for these reasons.”

Rush: “Who gives a flying whatever when Romney left Bain? The media does and Obama does because that’s all they’ve got. What a pathetic bunch of losers.”

Rush: “Obama wants to be elected president by the takers. Obama wants to be the president of the nonproducers. And I’m here to tell you that our country has not gotten to the point where there are a majority of them. Now, when it comes to turnout, that’s a whole different thing.”

Rush: “I have to share with you the quote of the day, and it comes from Charlette Stoker Manning of the NAALCP. She told the website BuzzFeed after Romney‘s speech at NAALCP yesterday, ‘You can’t possibly talk about jobs for black people at the level he’s coming from. He’s talking about entrepreneurship, savings accounts. Black people can barely find a way to get back and forth from work.'”  Let me add, this is the essence of Democratic paternalism.  ‘Blacks are inferior; they know nothing about business or savings accounts; they are unable to better themselves without being given a hand up.  They can barely drive to work and back.  That is what the Democratic party believes about Black Americans.’  What do conservatives believe?  Black Americans are just as capable as any other kind of American.

Rush: “That’s the express reason for the NAACP‘s existence. It’s the primary objective, is to make sure that blacks don’t vote Republican. That’s all it’s for, ’cause it’s certainly not accomplishing anything else. Is it?”

Rush: “You know, one of the biggest lies that the news media and the rest of the Democrat Party is foisted on us for the past 50-years-plus is the lie that the Democrat Party is the savior of blacks and all minorities.”

Rush: “The KKK was a wing of the Democrat Party. It was the militant wing of the Democrat Party. The KKK was created to stop blacks and whites from voting for Republicans. The earliest targets of the KKK were Republicans!”

Rush: “We all know who tore up the black family. The American welfare state tore up the black family.  The American welfare state, as personified by the federal government, assumed the role of father and husband.  That’s how the black family got torn up.”

Rush: “Romney came off as a guy who wasn’t pandering to his audience.  He thinks Obamacare ought to be repealed. He knows that audience doesn’t want to hear that. He said it, he stuck with it, and when they booed him he smiled about it.  He didn’t change one thing he believes in. He didn’t make one alteration in a policy that he has planned. He didn’t pander in any way, shape, manner, or form.”

Rush: “If you try something and it doesn’t work, why would you try it again? All this stuff that never worked in the world before, you’re trying it again, Obama. You’re the definition of insane and we’re the ones in the freaking asylum.”

Rush: “There is no recession in Washington. That’s where all the money is. Everybody there is doing just fine. They have no clue what’s happening outside the Beltway, and I’m not just speaking euphemistically. They really don’t know.”

Rush: “Raising taxes on the rich slows down the economy by 1%. It’s amazing that there are people who think it’s a good idea. ‘Cause it’s all about getting even with people! It’s all about being fair and getting even with people. It’s about making sure some people suffer as long as everybody else is.”

Rush: “The welfare rolls were reduced by 50% in four years with the passage of welfare reform. Half of the people on welfare found work in the first four years. And yesterday Obama guts it. Mr. Jobs. Mr. Work. Mr. Worried About Outsourcing. Mr. American Dream talking about working hard and getting someplace in life is what his administration’s all about. All Obama wanted to do was double government dependency, which he’s done.”

Rush: “Let there be no doubt what Obama’s main intentions are. Let there be no doubt that all of this economic disaster is not coincidence and not an accident. There is no way.”

Rush: “Stephanie Cutter‘s got a long track record as a professional disinformationalist. She is perhaps the most qualified disinformationalist in all of the Democrat Party.”

Rush: “The fact that we’re even debating whether Barack Obama‘s qualified to be anywhere near the White House is obscene to me. If anybody has demonstrated their lack of qualifications, it’s Barack Obama.”

Rush: “I don’t care what Mitt Romney is doing with HIS money. Capital ‘H,’ capital ‘I,’ capital ‘S.’ HIS money. I don’t care what you are doing with YOUR money. I don’t care. What I care about is what Obama is doing with all of OUR money.”

Rush: “Barack Obama doesn’t want to change what’s going on.  He doesn’t want to improve the circumstances of this economy.  It’s altogether true. Barack Obama wants a bigger government, him in charge of it. He wants more people depending on it.  It really isn’t any more complicated than that.”

Snarky comments from Weasel Zippers:

I believe that Weasel Zippers this week was running on maximum snark.

Obama: “I am my brother’s keeper” – Obama’s Brother: “He’s got other issues to deal with”

“He was a handsome, roundheaded boy with a wary gaze.” – Bill Ayers, Dreams From My Father

Scam Begets Scam: FTC Warns That Frauds Are Using Obamacare to Scam Consumers.


21 People Faint During Obama Campaign Rally

And this is before anyone told them their share of the national debt.

Obama: Romney May Not Be “Qualified” To Think About “Economy As A Whole”..

You can fit Obama’s qualifications to run the economy on the head of a pin and still have plenty of room left over.

Liberal Non-Profit Group Sending Out Pre-Filled Voter Registarion Cards To Dogs, Dead People, Non-Citizens.

But . . . but . . . but . . . voter ID laws are raaaaacist!

Elizabeth Warren (D-Fauxcahontas) Still Insisting She’s Native American.
Typical leftist ego-maniac incapable of admitting she’s wrong.
Kukis—I admit, I feel a little sorry for her; perhaps her mother did tell her for years about having Indian in her family.  But, 1/32nd Indian?

Occupy LA Protesters Throw Rocks And Bottles At Police Officers After Being Told They Could Not Draw On The Sidewalk With Chalk.
I think I had the same argument with my 4-year-old the other day.

Tree-Rings Prove Climate Was Warmer During Roman And Medieval Times Than It Is Now, World Has Been Cooling For 2,000 Years.

Or as Al Gore calls it, an inconvenient truth.

DNC Chief Wasserman Schultz Calls Allen West “Unhinged” And “McCarthy-Esque”.
Are my eyes deceiving me or did Debbie Wasserman Schultz just call someone else “unhinged?”

Hollywood Lib James Earl Jones: The Tea Party Looks Racist To Me.
Dammit! Darth Vader is on to us.

Obama Compares Economy To A Hurricane During Interview With Katrina-Ravaged New Orleans Reporter.
Could he have picked a worse analogy?

Conservatives not making any sense:

Meghan McCain, giving her opinion on a number of issues:

On climate change deniers: “I can’t even touch that. Is climate change a liberal issue? We’re having the hottest summer on record, and wildfires for a reason.”

On gun control: “I’m a big second amendment rights supporter, but I’ve changed my mind about how much you need. There is no need to have more than 30 rounds at a time. Especially after Gabby Giffords.”

On gay marriage: “I think gay marriage is civil rights. This generation just wants their friends to have equal rights.”

On abortion: “I personally am pro-life, but I don’t want to repeal Roe v. Wade. I think there would be riots in the streets. It’s such a private choice for a woman and I don’t like telling people how they should live their lives. Talking about abortion makes me uncomfortable, the vaginal probe [issue] makes me uncomfortable, and it shames women.”

On marijuana legalization: “Look what’s going on with marijuana in this country. I just smoked it in this book.”

On Democrats and Republicans today: “Democrats have co-opted the Lady Gaga cool factor. I worry that Republicans are going to miss the boat on the young generation.”

On how she’s been received by the Republican party: “Old school Republicans [look at me and] it’s like I’m talking about killing Ronald Reagan.”

On who she’d like to see as a Republican president, other than her father: “Is Mitt Romney the wrong answer? [laughs] I’d like to see Lindsay Graham or Joe Lieberman.” (Lieberman, a former Democrat, still caucuses with Democratic candidates.)

These quotes come from a story titled: Meghan McCain Is A Democrat, She Just Doesn’t Know It I think you can add that to a fairly long list.

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I could care less what Mitt Romney does with his OWN MONEY [investors money]…. investments, create jobs, help companies that is his business…. NONE of this was done with TAXPAYER MONEY…

I DO CARE care a boat load MORE what OFraud uses ‘MY’ money for….failed stimulus – failed green companies, with failed green jobs – failed shovel ready jobs [ that were ‘never’ shovel ready], bribes for votes [Obama care]… bailing out failing companies and Banks…Crony Capitalism…and the DEBT he is placing on future Generations…. on and on and on and on and on…. This is NOT SUCCESS….this is a BIG FAIL- ure!

The Government needs to back off…they have the audacity to feel that somehow the working people in America OWE the Government – that our hard earned money IS the Governments Money!! Its not and this is one thing that REALLY NEEDS TO CHANGE IN WASHINGTON!!!

WE can now understand how OBAMA GOT ELECTED,