Good Days For A Blood Feud – Hillary Clinton v. Barack Obama, Rangel v Espaillat, Tea Party McDaniels v GOP Establishment Thad Cochran, Part I

Update II: AP calls the Mississippi race for Cochran. Questions now:

(1) Will McDaniels demand a recount? Mississippi primary runoff elections allow for any voter to vote in a party primary but the voter may not have voted in an earlier primary. The likelihood is that many of Cochran’s voters voted in the primary and therefore their votes are not legal. The vote is close so will McDaniel demand a recount?

(2) After reelection how soon will Cochran retire to make room for a Haley Barbour relative?

Big question: Why did Obama Dimocrats go all out to help reelect Cochran? According to them they had a small chance to win if McDaniel was the nominee but absolutely none if Cochran won. So is the hatred by the establishment of both parties so great for the Tea Party that the establishments of both parties got together to deny the Tea Party another victory?

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Update: Polls are still open in New York for Harlem’s Charliedämmerung. Polls just closed (at 8:00) in Mississippi for Cochrandämmerung. There’s also that race for the Republican nomination in Oklahoma which our emails indicate people are angry at us for not discussing.

Put on your sports bra and take off that lacy thing because its gonna be a bumpy night.

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Tonight in Harlem, New York, the oldest and bloodiest of the blood feuds will be settled. More ironies and rhythms than a Duke Ellington score in tonight’s Harlem Shuffle.



Clash down on the hi-hat cymbal ’cause Harlem ain’t the capital of black America no mo’. Swirling demographics that Obama minions promised would mean an Obama Dimocratic thousand year Reich have only led to Harlem now majority Latino. Whither minority majority districts when the minority is booted out by another minority? As a race-baiter would say ‘a majority Latino district must have a Latino representative.’ Ha! Those like Charlie Rangel that boasted about the power of majority minority districts are now on the firing line, literally. Charlie Rangel might lose his job – to a Latino:

Through immigration and redistricting, what is now New York’s 13th Congressional District — a seat Rangel has held since 1971 and viewed as the center of New York’s modern black political power structure — has experienced a seismic demographic shift from majority black to majority Hispanic.

Hoping to seize on those demographics as well as the perception of Rangel’s waning political power in the years since Congress formally censured him in 2010 for ethics violations, state Sen. Adriano Espaillat is mounting a spirited challenge to the 22-term incumbent — a rematch of the 2012 race in which Rangel topped Espaillat by just 1,000 votes. [snip]

In recent years, Rangel’s district has been recarved, turning what has for years been a majority-black district into one that is 52 percent Hispanic and adding new parts of the Bronx where Rangel is not as well-known or as well-regarded. [snip]

On Wednesday, the New York Times editorial board endorsed Espaillat:

“After a humiliating censure by Congress four years ago for failing to pay taxes and other ethical lapses, Representative Charles Rangel has steadily lost power in Washington. After nearly 44 years in office, it is now time for him to yield to the next generation.”

John Samuelsen, president of the Transit Workers Union Local 100, said: “Everybody is tired of Rangel. We need a champion that will stand up for us. That’s not Charlie Rangel.” The union has said Rangel has not done enough to bring federal money to the district to fund transit worker jobs.

It’s all about the money for some people. Somehow the unions have yet to wake up to the reality that the gravy train doesn’t stop for them anymore. It’s not that Rangel couldn’t deliver it’s that there’s not much left to deliver.

For Rangel the tax cheat it was always about the money as he now tries to outrun the History Train. The changing demographics he thought would transform America are transforming him out of a job and Harlem into Santo Domingo. There was a time that Charlie Rangel fought for his country with honor. There was a time when Charlie Rangel did the right thing. There was a time when Charlie Rangel could beat the odds:

When Rangel held a demographic revolution at bay

The parallels between what Charlie Rangel insists will be his final campaign for Congress and his first one are obvious: an entrenched, aging incumbent revered for his civil rights record but diminished by ethical misconduct scrambling to beat back a primary challenge from an ambitious state legislator who promises to bring new vitality to the position.

The twist, of course, is that Rangel’s present-day challenger, Adriano Espaillat, is now cast in the role that Rangel himself played when he stunned Adam Clayton Powell in a 1970 Democratic primary. But 44 years of incumbency, the loss of a powerful committee chairmanship to scandal, and a humiliating rebuke from his own House colleagues have created for the 84-year-old Rangel many of the same vulnerabilities that he exploited when he knocked off Powell all those decades ago.

As appealing as this narrative is, though, the bigger threat to Rangel may be simple demographics. When he wrested the seat from Powell in 1970, his Harlem-based district was arguably the center of black political power in America, but today that same district is barely one-quarter black, with a growing Latino population that now accounts for 55 percent of its residents.

Once again we see that often what we fought against in youth we become in dotage. The Charlie Rangel promise to fight corruption and privilege became the congressman tax cheat of established privilege.

The Charlie Rangel race is also a warning to those that talk about “demographic destiny” as if it is a religion that will smite only in one direction. The Robespierres who believe “demographic destiny” rings in doom only for Republicans/conservatives better prepare themselves for the unintended consequences that will lop off their heads too.

Charlie Rangel might survive tonight because he is the establishment candidate. But survive or not, Rangel won’t thrive. Rangel’s days are numbered.

In Mississippi tonight another blood feud will be settled. The McDaniel v Cochran primary runoff election is bathed in scarlet from the earlier GOP establishment loss in Virginia. The Tea Party outsiders scored a big win Eric Cantor was forced from the stage. Much of Cantor’s loss was due to the lawlessness on the southern border. And as with the Rangel race, the unintended consequences are only now looming for Obama supporters:

The Cantor defeat and the surge of Central American teens make it unlikely that House Republican leaders will advance much in the way of immigration legislation.

Two trends in polling also point in this direction. One is that Hispanic voters don’t seem hugely preoccupied with immigration. The Pew Research Center reports that many more focus on education, the economy and health than the one-third who say immigration is “extremely important” to them personally.

The other is that the president’s job approval among Hispanics has been falling sharply. He got 71 percent of their votes in 2012, but fewer than half approve his performance today.

It’s not hard to see why. The sluggish economy has hurt Hispanics more than most Americans. Obamacare and big government policies have not helped them as they apparently have hoped.

This suggests that non-passage of comprehensive legislation won’t hurt Republicans as much as predicted.

For Republicans/conservatives the problem is not the “demographic destiny” mirage adored by Obama “creative class” loons. The problem is more like that confronting Charlie Rangel in Harlem: exposed hypocrisy and ruling political class privilege and arrogance.

American governance is premised on “consent of the governed”. But now “democratic consent” is usurped by a political class – Republicans/Democrats/Liberals/Conservatives that believe themselves to be a ruling class with a mandate from Hell.

Enter the Tea Party. Enter Occupy Wall Street. Occupy Wall Street was an Obama election year scam. These liars and their dupes fooled enough people enough of the time to re-elect the flim-flam scam man from Chicago while at the same time genitally mutilating any hope for change from the left.

The moment the Tea Party emerged, on April 15, 2010, we immediately recognized it as the potent antidote to Obama’s Hopium narcotic. Most of the Republican establishment either secretly mocked the costumed Tea Party activists or openly sought to water the tea into piss water. Tonight we will once again witness the failure of the Republican establishment. The fire will spread and consume then something new will sprout through the ashes to blossom.

Todd Cochran might survive tonight’s blood feud reckoning. His tactic to entice Obama supporters to the polls to vote for the winsome Republican might work (“I used to be a Democrat.) We doubt it. But it might work.



Whatever tonight’s election results we already know who has won this Tea Party v. GOP establishment blood feud. McDaniel won more votes than Cochran in the primary. More importantly McDaniel destroyed the Big Media inspired myth that the Tea Party was over as a political force.

There is another blood feud with origins in 2007 and 2008. That blood feud won’t be resolved tonight. But a reckoning is coming in that one too. More on that one… soon.

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290 thoughts on “Good Days For A Blood Feud – Hillary Clinton v. Barack Obama, Rangel v Espaillat, Tea Party McDaniels v GOP Establishment Thad Cochran, Part I

  1. In our previous article we told the Republican leadership to put up or shut up.

    It’s possible they are somewhat putting up:

    http://www3.blogs.rollcall.com/218/obama-lawsuit-boehner-house/

    Boehner Planning House Lawsuit Against Obama Executive Actions

    Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, told Republicans Tuesday he could have an announcement within days on whether the House will file a lawsuit against President Barack Obama, challenging the executive actions that have become the keystone of the administration.

    The lawsuit could set up a significant test of constitutional checks and balances, with the legislative branch suing the executive branch for ignoring its mandates, and the judiciary branch deciding the outcome.

    Boehner told the House Republican Conference during a closed-door meeting Tuesday morning that he has been consulting with legal scholars and plans to unveil his next steps this week or next, according to sources in the room. [snip]

    The president has a clear record of ignoring the American people’s elected representatives and exceeding his constitutional authority, which has dangerous implications for both our system of government and our economy,” Steel said. “The House has passed legislation to address this, but it has gone nowhere in the Democratic-controlled Senate, so we are examining other options.”

    It remains unclear which executive action or actions the House would challenge, but Obama has given Congress ample targets. In the last several years, he has issued executive actions halting deportations of hundreds of thousands of immigrants who came to the country as children, extending the family and medical leave benefits to gay couples and raising the minimum wage for federal contractors. He has also worked around legislative deadlines for enacting provisions of the Affordable Care Act and issued other executive actions relating to the environment and the gender and race pay gap.

    Obama has said he takes executive action because of a divided Congress’ inability to pass laws targeting important issues of the day. Congressional Republicans contend such actions are unconstitutional and thwart Congress’ power.

    But individual members of Congress do not have standing to sue because they are not legally recognized as injured parties. Congress as an institution, on the other hand, may sue on the grounds that there has been institutional injury done because their legislative powers have been nullified.

    One path Boehner could take would be to convene the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group, a panel of leaders created in 1993 that votes on whether or not to sue on behalf of the House. The group consists of the speaker, the majority leader, the majority whip, the minority leader and the minority whip, and it would act on a majority vote. [snip]

    Boehner’s legal theory is based on work by Washington, D.C., attorney David Rivkin of Baker Hostetler LLP and Elizabeth Price Foley, a professor of law at Florida International University College of Law.

    Rivkin said in an interview that in addition to proving institutional injury, the House would have to prove that as an institution, it has authorized the lawsuit. A vote by the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group would do so.

    The suit would also have to prove that no other private plaintiff has standing to challenge the particular suspension of executive action and that there are no other opportunities for meaningful political remedies by Congress, for instance by repeal of the underlying law.

    “Professor Foley and I feel that if those four conditions are met, the lawsuit would have an excellent chance to succeed. This is particularly the case because President Obama’s numerous suspensions of the law are inflicting damage on the horizontal separations of powers and undermine individual liberty,” Rivkin said.

    Rivkin and Foley have argued in op-eds that most of Obama’s executive orders have been benevolent — that is, they have exempted classes of citizens from the law, for instance through deferred action for childhood arrivals. Therefore, no individual has standing to sue because the actions have helped people. Congress as an institution, however, can sue because the actions flout the laws they have passed.

    They have argued that short of impeachment, there is no other check to the president’s issuance of executive actions.

    It’s not enough but something is better than nothing.

  2. admin
    June 24, 2014 at 5:51 pm
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    I recommended that they pursue a lawsuit as well. It needs to go to the Supreme Court asap. The court has neither the power of the purse (congress) or the sword (executive), but they have the power, indeed the responsibility to enforce the Constitution, and the separation of powers which lies at its foundation. Once again, Roberts is the wild card, and he is regarded as a traitor by most people on the right. So it is imperfect. But standing still is not an option. Not when dark movers are destroying this country. And the public is too stupid to realize what is going on. We may reach the point when they do wake up, but frankly by electing this dictator twice they have rendered themselves irrelevant. I would venture to say that 80% of the Germans who knew what Hitler was up to disapproved, 80% of the Russians disapproved of what Stalin did, and I have heard tell that 75% of the 1.8 billion Muslims in the world do not approve of Shariah law. But they are irrelevant, just as the American People are irrelevant, when a substantial militant majority is bent on destroying the world. And so it is here. The time for the American People to have stopped this cancer from menastasizing has passed. If it is going to happen now it is up to the elites. It is out of our hands, I am afraid, until there is widespread systemic failure.

  3. Update: Polls are still open in New York for Harlem’s Charliedämmerung. Polls just closed (at 8:00) in Mississippi for Cochrandämmerung. There’s also that race for the Republican nomination in Oklahoma which our emails indicate people are angry at us for not discussing.

    Put on your sports bra and take off that lacy thing because its gonna be a bumpy night.

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  4. If you look back on the history of the Mafia, you will find certain similarities between them and the two political parties.

    The mustache petes refused to change with the times, and to give power to the next generation, therefore they were eliminated violently by in the Castellemaze War which culminated in the death of fat Joe Massino and the coronation of a new capo di tutte de capo the cultured and deadly Salvatore Maranzo, who was subsequently eliminated by Lucky Luciano for the same reasons, which resulted in the establishment of the Commission to settle turf wars and authorize hits. But then the cycle continued, with the assassination of Gambino godfather Albert Anastasia in the fifties at the Sheraton barber shop in 1957, the demise of Columbo godfather Joe Profaci and the demise of big Gambino godfather Paul Castellano at Sparkes Steak House by John Gotti in the late eighties. In each case, the boss refused to yield power, and to recognize the changes taking place in the world.

    The old guard of the Republican Party and the Democrat Party suffer from the same disease. Right now, the old guard is pouring millions of dollars into Mississippi to salvage the career of a senile walking anachronism, and preserving the old system of Washington centered access and influence that rewards insiders at the expense of the American People. The practical effect is to preclude the smooth transition of power, and to keep the long cocktail line in Washington operating. But the world has changed, and the big government schemes which defined the post war era have run their course and are now impinging on the liberty and security and survival of the nation. Change will come, and if we do not see it tonight in Mississippi, god help the party. In any negotiation, it is a mistake to hold on to your concessions for too long.

  5. McDaniel winning in a landslide! 🙂 But that’s with only 0.1% of the vote in. The good news is the votes are finally being tabulated.

  6. Cochran ahead now with a measly 3% of the vote in. We generally like to look at 10% 30% 50% and 70% of the vote to see where things are headed.

  7. 55% of the vote in and Cochran is still ahead:

    Cochran 52.%
    McDaniel 48.%

    Those are precise numbers of where the race stands. The race appears to be tightening.

  8. I don’t k now where you are looking Admin but the numbers I see are widening in favor of coch…THE Man Who does strange things With Animals and …Business as usual. He will owe the Dems big time.

  9. Gonzotx, 80% of the vote in

    Cochran 50.8
    McDaniel 49.2

    The Cochran people are saying his strongholds will be coming in soon. We’ll see.

  10. 5% in the Rangel race. Still too early

    Espaillat 52.6
    Rangel 40.3

    with 83% of the vote

    Cochran 50.9
    McDaniel 49.1

  11. Behind on the blog…

    Wbb
    I recommended that they pursue a lawsuit as well. It needs to go to the Supreme Court asap.

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    So let’s say the suit went before the Supremes, and by some miracle the majority voted on the side of the Constitution’s sep. of powers, what then? They Tell Obama to not do it again, or they what? Charge him damages of not having funds to play golf for a week?

    I wonder where the teeth are in this drama?

  12. Tight as a tick’s butt:

    With 84.4% of the vote in

    Cochran 50.6%
    McDaniel 49.4%

    Charlie barely behind with 6% in.

  13. Tick’s butt tightens even further. At 87% of the vote in:

    Cochran 50.4
    McDaniel 49.6

    Charlie behind 42 to 50 with 10% of the vote in.

  14. 92% of the vote in. Recount time?

    Cochran 50.7
    McDaniel 49.3

    not much of a vote difference and a lot of the Cochran vote probably can be thrown out because it is mostly black voters that likely voted in the Dem primary which is not a valid vote.

    BTW, 12% in NY and Charlie is still behind.

  15. Hmmm. Coch..roach… just went up further again. Probably crooked Haley holding back till he knows exactly what he needs to fix.

  16. Lankford in Oklahoma is the clear winner with well over 50% of the vote so not even a run-off and Lankford is the next senator from Oklahoma.

    Beauprez wins in Colorado over Tancredo.

    Rangel about 10 points behind with 17% of the vote in.

  17. GonzoTx, vote totals have slowed to almost nothing. You’re right. They’re probably in a basement somewhere printing ballots and filling them out to make the quota. 🙂

  18. Do any of these primary’s have caucuses?

    We know how well Obama did in some caucus states in 2008, using corruption to take the majority.

  19. Update II: AP calls the Mississippi race for Cochran. Questions now:

    (1) Will McDaniels demand a recount? Mississippi primary runoff elections allow for any voter to vote in a party primary but the voter may not have voted in an earlier primary. The likelihood is that many of Cochran’s voters voted in the primary and therefore their votes are not legal. The vote is close so will McDaniel demand a recount?

    (2) After reelection how soon will Cochran retire to make room for a Haley Barbour relative?

    Big question: Why did Obama Dimocrats go all out to help reelect Cochran? According to them they had a small chance to win if McDaniel was the nominee but absolutely none if Cochran won. So is the hatred by the establishment of both parties so great for the Tea Party that the establishments of both parties got together to deny the Tea Party another victory?

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  20. He NEEDS to demand a recount. Make the establishment bleed bad faith. Stay home in November. Let the dim have the seat. Force the creation of a third party. Let the establishment republican party die on the vine. No support from the grass roots. Let the grass roots go in a different direction. They are not welcome in the republican party. This case is all the proof they need.

  21. All Tea Party lost tonight, didn’t they? And for the most part, they were good candidates but couldn’t raise the money in comparison.
    But the change is in the air. We shouldn’t have thought the old guard would give up their seat of powers easily.

  22. gonzotx

    June 25, 2014 at 12:03 am
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    I mark this as a serious thing. It is a message from the establishment to the grass routes that you have no place at the table. No I know that’s true. And you know its true. And a recent study at Princeton University confirmed it. But what happens to the party when this arrogance and the trashing of the constitution they stand for becomes common knowledge. The response should be let them rot in hell, and there is no difference between Obama and establishment republicans. Both stand four square against the American People. And because the are held in such contempt by the party, they should return the favor. Stay home in 2014, third party in 2016. Have a nice life, Rove et al. Third party. You cannot reform the party from within.

  23. From Breitbart:

    McDaniel, a 41-year-old Tea Party-backed conservative, zig-zagged across Mississippi over the past several months out-campaigning the aging 76-year-old Cochran. Running on a populist anti-Washington message—including opposition to amnesty, bailouts and the status quo in the nation’s capital—McDaniel narrowly beat Cochran in the primary, forcing the runoff.

    Over the course of the campaign, the establishment poured millions of dollars in to back Cochran—and Tea Party leaders did the same for McDaniel.
    Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign manager Stuart Stevens, the Chamber of Commerce, Facebook founding president Sean Parker, Karl Rove’s American Crossroads, former Rep. Steven LaTourette’s group and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) poured support into Mississippi to back Cochran, while the Club For Growth, Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund, FreedomWorks, Senate Conservatives Fund, radio host Laura Ingraham, Fox News’ Sean Hannity, former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), former Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Madison Project and the Tea Party Express backed McDaniel.

    The campaign has been one of the nastiest in recent memory, after a blogger—Clayton Kelly—was arrested back in May for entering the nursing home and photographing Cochran’s wife Rose. Cochran’s team—which sat on evidence for three weeks before approaching police about the incident—seized on the issue, providing Cochran a moment of sympathy heading into the primary. three other conservative activists—including one key Tea Party leader—have also been charged in connection with Kelly’s alleged activities.

    During the campaign, Cochran’s relationship with his longtime executive assistant came under scrutiny. Cochran lives in the basement apartment of a house she owns and lives in, and she accompanied him on dozens of taxpayer-funded trips overseas. DC authorities are investigating whether Webber filed required paperwork to rent the apartment commercially to Cochran, and Cleta Mitchell, a high-profile conservative lawyer representing the Tea Party Patriots, has alleged that the duo ran afoul of campaign finance rules when Cochran’s campaign paid Webber to use the house as a venue for fundraisers.

    On the primary night, after three McDaniel supporters including one key staffer were found locked inside a courthouse, allegations from Cochran’s team flew that McDaniel’s campaign was “full of criminals”—although a subsequent pair of investigations the Hinds County Sheriff’s Department and the District Attorney cleared the McDaniel supporters.

    Attention in the wake of the race is likely to focus on Cochran’s efforts to drive Democratic turnout. A top election law expert, J. Christian Adams, as well as top Democratic party officials, said that Mississippi law prohibits individuals from voting in the Republican primary unless they intend on voting for the winner of the primary in the general election. However, some Cochran supporters openly said they planned to vote for the Democratic nominee in the fall.

    Additionally, allegations flew that Cochran allies were using “walking around money” to incentivize Democrats to the polls.

    Democratic Party chairman Rickey Cole, for instance, said Cochran operatives were paying people in the black community to donate to Cochran.

  24. A clear case of election fraud by establishment Republicans and Democrats. He NEEDS to file charges, and make this as uncomfortable for the establishment as possible. Otherwise, they will use this tactic elsewhere. They need to feel the lash.

    1. A top election law expert, J. Christian Adams, as well as top Democratic party officials, said that Mississippi law prohibits individuals from voting in the Republican primary unless they intend on voting for the winner of the primary in the general election.

    2. However, some Cochran supporters openly said they planned to vote for the Democratic nominee in the fall.

    3. Democratic Party chairman Rickey Cole, for instance, said Cochran operatives were paying people in the black community to donate to Cochran.

  25. Great reporting of the election happenings by all here (I’d like to single out admin and gonzo for a really nice play-by-play). Had to work late, so I am playing catch-up.

    No more respect for Charlie Rose. He is trying to paint Dick Cheney in the worst light and trying to paint the administration as without fault – and he has failed miserably. Don’t get me wrong – Cheney IS the dark lord of the Sith, no doubt. But he is also a very smart man, AND a foreign policy wonk on, if not surpassing, Bill’s level.

    Have a good night all.

    Hillary 2016

  26. Only après le deluge do the stupid ass voters wake up. Cold comfort, that. It is too damned late to make a difference. Its over. The only bright spot I see is the possibility that the tea party refuses the olive branch which establishment republicans will desperately offer. Tough to win elections when the base stays home. Cheating will take the establishment republicans only so far. They need to shine the light on the dirty tricks of the establishment in Mississippi. If that is done correctly, it will have a chilling effect on 2014 and 2016. Why should the base support a party that eats its own, and agrees with Obama? There is nothing here to support, other than the long cocktail line in DC which is all that establishment Republicans stand for. A great opportunity here for Hillary, unless she goes down the path alluded to by one of my favorites Dorothy Rabinowitz in the Wall Street Journalism, and succumbs to gender politics, like Obama promoted racial politics, which has divided and destroyed this nation.
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    A week after an NBC News poll showed that the American people had lost faith in Obama’s competence and ability to lead, a new CBS News/New York Times poll has even worse news for a president embattled by his own incompetence, arrogance, and failed policies.
    In just one month, the president’s job approval rating has shifted a full 9 points against him. Though Obama was still upside on approval by 5 points (43-48%) back in May, he now faces a 14 point deficit of 40-54%.
    In just one month, disapproval of Obama’s foreign policy has skyrocketed a full 10 points to a record high of 58%. With only 36% approving, that ties this poll’s record low in this category.
    In the run up to his re-election, when the president was triumphantly declaring the Iraq issue settled and Al Qaeda decimated, foreign policy was one of the president’s strengths. At the time, the president’s approval ratings on this front hovered at or near 50%.
    Now that both of those boasts have been proven a lie; the infamous Russian “reset” has resulted in Putin seizing Crimea, and Obama’s infamous “red line” resulted in the use of chemical weapons against civilians becoming acceptable again as a full-blown human rights disaster unfurls in Syria, the Emperor is buck naked.
    On the question of the president’s handling of Iraq, Obama’s standing has flipped entirely. Back in October of 2011, the last time the Times asked about Iraq, Obama stood at a healthy 60% approval, 30% disapprove.
    Today, with an al Qaeda affiliated terrorist group creating its own country by seizing large parts of Iraq (and Syria), only 37% approve of the president’s handling of Iraq while 52% approve.
    This has to be especially frustrating for the White House. Though they did so prematurely and based only on wishful thinking, the Administration had deluded themselves into believing Iraq could be checked off as Mission Accomplished.
    On the larger question of whether his policies have made the country more or less safe, Obama has earned his worst numbers yet. Currently 36% believe we are “less safe.” The previous high in this poll was 28%. Only 29% believe we are safer under Obama, while 31%believe his policies have had “no effect.”
    Though time and again we have been assured by his fans in the media that Obama is the greatest orator of his time, the American people are overwhelmingly unhappy with the president’s ability to communicate his goals in Iraq. Despite repeated statements made by the White House and even by the president himself, only 23% believe Obama has “clearly explained” our goals. A whopping 67% disagree.
    On his handling of the economy, Obama remains in the same trouble he has been in since late last year. Currently, the president is 13 points underwater at 41 – 54%.

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  27. The law of nature degrees that the lion does not sit down with the lamb just because Messiah Obama decrees that it be so. The law of nature says that the lion eats the lamb, the strong conquer the weak, therefore it is hardly surprising that Obama’s foreign policy which projects weakness at every turn, as Kissinger noted, would come down to chaos.

    Oh love let us be true to one another
    For the world which seems to lie before us
    So vast, so beautiful
    Hath really neither joy nor hope nor help for pain
    And we are prisoners on a darkling plain
    Where ignorant armies clash by night

    Matthew Arnold (Dover Beach)

  28. Langford, a very solid guy, will be taking Tom Coburns seat upon his retirement. Coburn is one of the finest men in Congress, and Langford will carry on that tradition. That is one minor victory, amid all the carnage. If the tea party plays its cards right then the victory achieved by the RINO in Mississippi will be a pyrrhic one. In other words they win the battle, but lose the war.

  29. All Tea Party lost tonight, didn’t they? And for the most part, they were good candidates but couldn’t raise the money in comparison
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    It is not just that. It is the way they used the money:

    3. Democratic Party chairman Rickey Cole, for instance, said Cochran operatives were paying people in the black community to donate to Cochran

    That is dirty tricks, and it must be remembered when the RINO turns around and asks the very people he fucked over and made a Faustian pact with to support him.

    It is very important that they not support him, because if they do that they are really supporting whoever the corrupt Haley Barbour and Karl Rove have secretly selected to replace him when he retires after January 20, 2015. This is a voter nullification strategy and the grass roots should reject it root and branch.

  30. To put a finer point on what I said above, in 2008 Hillary was clear that she was not running because she is a woman, but because she was the most qualified candidate. If she makes the message of 2016 that I am running because I am a woman and now is the year of the woman, a message sure to be promoted by big media, and certain interests within the party, I think that is a losing strategy. I think Michelle Bachman is right that there is not that pent up demand for a woman president that there was for a black president, but now that tide has receded, thanks to Obama. The race angle will still work, but the gender angle is not the same. Gender was used against Hillary and against us in 2008 by the Obama campaign and big media. They will look foolish if they try to promote it now. If people want to support her because she is a woman, then that is their decision. But to suggest that everyone must do it whether that resonates with them or not, will backfire.

  31. The most consequential leader of the latter half of the twentieth century was Lady Margaret Thatcher–don’t go wobbly on me now Ronnie over the Falkin Islands confrontation. She restored Britain’s greatness and that of her party. She never made a big deal about being a woman. Her vision for Britain and the world, a clear eyed vision grounded on sovereignty and the rule of law–that was her forte.

  32. wbboei June 25, 2014 at 3:11 am

    … in 2008 Hillary was clear that she was not running because she is a woman, but because she was the most qualified candidate. If she makes the message of 2016 that I am running because I am a woman… I think that is a losing strategy.

    wbboei June 25, 2014 at 3:17 am

    Margaret Thatcher … restored Britain’s greatness and that of her party…. never made a big deal about being a woman. Her vision for Britain and the world, a clear eyed vision grounded on sovereignty and the rule of law–that was her forte.

    I fully agree with your prognosis and historical reference and thank you for stating it so cogently.

    I don’t think, though, that HRC or her campaign will put gender forward as a selling point. Rather, they will sell her as the “best candidate” as they did in 2008.

    I say this for two reasons:

    Watching HRC over the years, she has inspired women to do better just by being herself. She has never used herself as an example and has never made a point of the fact that she is a woman, even when using her perch as Secretary of State to promote women’s rights worldwide. That way, Kerry was able to state the same commitments in the same terms without being a woman (not that he really takes those commitments to heart…)

    Also, while the race issue was the 800 gorilla in the 2008 race, note that Obama and his campaign said or even implied that his skin color qualified him for the presidency. They left that to the shills in the media.

    In sum, there will be plenty of adulation and also flak in the media about HRC being a woman, and almost all of ReadyForHillary will be women. The campaign itself will steer well clear of the issue, though.

  33. The establishment may have outsmarted itself. Its dirty tricks in the primary will cause the base to stay home in the general election. When the base stays home, the democrat challenger will win. And when the democrat challenger wins, the Republicans will fail to take the senate by a single seat, the one in Mississipi that they fucked the base to keep in the primary and then lose in the general election. Daniels and his people know they got fucked by their own party, and as you can see from the article they will not vote for Thad. If I lived there, I would vote for the democrat even if he was Beelezabub prince of devils, and I have no doubt he will be, but this would show the Republican Party that they may be dumb, but they are not stupid.
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    By ANNA PALMER | 6/25/14 12:24 AM EDT Updated: 6/25/14 1:45 AM EDT

    HATTIESBURG, MISS. — A defiant Chris McDaniel walked up to the podium at his election night headquarters here after the Republican runoff was called for his opponent Sen. Thad Cochran — and then he didn’t concede.

    “We had a dream and the dream is still with us,” said McDaniel to an increasingly vocal crowd, telling them that the fight is not over. “Today the conservative movement took a backseat to liberal Democrats in Mississippi.”
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    Cochran’s strategy Tuesday was to expand the electorate by ginning up votes from voters who don’t typically participate in Republican primaries, including blacks and Democrats. Mississippi voting rules allow anyone to participate in a primary runoff.

    (Full primary election results here)

    But the tea party-backed McDaniel camp cried foul, sending in poll monitors and questioning the final outcome of the race.

    The more than 200 supporters gathered in the Hattiesburg Lake Terrace Convention Center were just as angry as McDaniel about the loss to Cochran, which virtually assures the 76-year-old an easy win toward a seventh term in the general election.

    They cheered his defiance and chanted “Write Chris In!” as he took the stage and calling out “It’s not over Chris” and “We’re not going with Thad.”

    McDaniel supporters quickly moved to consider legal challenges based on reported voting irregularities.

    (Also on POLITICO: Rangel leads; Espaillat won’t concede)

    Senate Conservatives Fund’s Ken Cuccinelli hung up on a POLITICO reporter when asked if they would consider challenging the result in court.

    McDaniel said that Republicans must find their “backbone again” and called out voting irregularities at polling operations.

    Cochran’s win was a major victory for the GOP Republican establishment that included heavy investment by the National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

    McDaniel had tried to position Cochran as a Washington insider with a history of pork barrel projects. His loss was the second major tea party defeat of the evening: Rep. James Lankford bested opponent T.W. Shannon in the Oklahoma Senate GOP primary.

    (Also on POLITICO: Lankford wins Okla. GOP Senate nod)

    It’s a major loss for national tea party groups, who had hoped to capitalize on Dave Brat’s upset in Virginia of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor earlier this month. FreedomWorks put an aggressive ground game together, holding rallies and blanketing the state with yard signs. Club for Growth also put in financial resources during the run-off for an ad buy, following about $2.5 million the group dumped into Mississippi to aid McDaniel and attack Cochran before the June 3 primary.

    Still, playing Pharrell’s “Get Lucky” over the loudspeaker system as McDaniel closed the gap within a few thousand votes wasn’t enough to put the tea party favorite over the top.

    The mood quickly soured as word that Cochran had bested McDaniel in the run-off. Some hugged, others shook their heads while yet others headed for the exits before McDaniel even took the stage to address the crowd.

    What had started as a confident evening with McDaniel supporters predicting a victory quickly turned into a vent session over dirty politics.

    “This is such a perverting of a fair election system that we are outraged the Secretary of State hasn’t stepped in,” said Ray Nicholson, the founding and past chairman of the Mississippi Tea Party. “I think it is going to badly hurt the Republican Party in Mississippi.”

    Barry Neyrey, chairman of the South Mississippi Tea Party on the Gulf Coast, blamed Cochran’s move to try and expand the electorate and increase Democratic turnout in the primary as “dirty politics.”

    “That is corruption, that is Washington corruption on full display and that is what Chris McDaniel was trying to fight, is trying to fight against, the corruption of Washington,” Neyrey said.

    The political activist said McDaniel’s loss is making him rethink his involvement.

    “It makes you want to quit being involved. I never believed a third party would work, maybe that’s the only way to get rid of the corruption of Washington, the corruption of the Democratic Party, the corruption of the Republican Party,” Neyrey said. “These people do not exist to serve the public, they exist to serve themselves and each other.”

    —Alexander Burns contributed to this report.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/06/chris-mcdaniel-declines-to-concede-108273.html#ixzz35dpuf8qW

  34. “It makes you want to quit being involved. I never believed a third party would work, maybe that’s the only way to get rid of the corruption of Washington, the corruption of the Democratic Party, the corruption of the Republican Party,” Neyrey said. “These people do not exist to serve the public, they exist to serve themselves and each other.”

    Not being a whackadoodle conservative myself, or just plain conservative, or even tolerating conservatives, I still have to respect what the Tea Party stands for on the above issue of corruption.

    As this civil war wages on in the Republican Party, I can only hope the Democrats take advantage of it this year. I know this will raise a lot of eyebrows here, but my gut feeling is that the Democratic Establishment is more open to change than the Republican Establishment: “the people” have always counted more to the Democrats; it’s just a matter of determining what “the people” think and leading them to greener pastures.

  35. On Sen. Cochran, Chris McDaniel has not conceded yet, although there’s no recount procedure in Mississippi and no way he’s going to make up the approximately 4,500 vote deficit with uncounted absentee ballots. McDaniel’s speech last night was an angry rebuke to the Republican Party and to liberal Democrats. Here’s the video.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/posttv/politics/chris-mcdaniel-this-is-not-the-party-of-reagan/2014/06/25/0b1759de-fc28-11e3-b8bf-54b8afb537b6_video.html

    Gov. Palin was also bemoaning the state of the GOP on Hannity

    I’m sure we’ll have more on this later.

  36. jeswezey
    June 25, 2014 at 6:06 am

    You have been gone too long. There is only one party in America now.

    We need a new party, The American Party. I named it in 2008, Lets roll…

  37. The IRS is a cesspool of corruption. And it does not stop with the targeting of conservative groups and the recruitment of the FBI to do their dirty work in order to sideline them.

    We now know that some person or persons at the IRS intentionally and maliciously leaked confidential tax records of a non-profit organization so that gay rights activists could target the donors of the organization for harassment.

    Once again the stupidity and arrogance of the American People is obvious. No point in running a phony poll to find out what they are thinking. It is clear they are not thinking nor do they have the capacity to think, when bad people put bright shiny objects in front of them.

  38. UNPRECEDENTED: U.S. Economy Shrinks By Most Ever Outside Recession | Fox Business http://fxn.ws/1pALz0p via @foxbusiness Nother 1st 4 Bambi

    [Fox used the word unprecedented & that inspired me to add what I did at the end.]

  39. Thanks Admin and Gonzo for the reporting. Real Clear Politics (realclearpolitics.com) showed McDaniel 2 points up on Friday, and 8 points up on Sunday and Monday. Not a significant lead, but apparently, the gap was widening slightly. The crossover voting, with many people voting in both races won it for Coch.

    Even with the T-Party losses, one could argue that support for that party is growing. The people in power have the advantage – more money, more exposure, a network of supporters already in place, and easily accessed. Those are pretty significant obstacles. I spoke to a couple of people in MS about this race last week. One was a Dem. He is a self-described liberal, but not really involved or knowledgable. This person characterized McDaniel as “nut” a “fringe candidate”. This liberal’s will now vote for Cochran over the Dem candidate in November.

    The other person tries to be pretty well informed, generally, but all of her news comes from CNN, FOX, and print media. As we know, one can’t expect to get real news, or even objective reporting from these sources (with the exception of a few individual reporters). This voter absolutely hated the thought of a McDaniel win. She is not loyal to any particular party, though generally conservative. Her stated reason for antipathy toward McDaniel was the very negative ads his side ran.

    Like many Americans, both of these people look at Third Party challengers as kooks. They reflect the power of MSM influence as well as the fear of moving away from what has always been – even if what has always been sucks.

    I’m not a huge fan of the T-Party itself, although I do like the idea of a viable third party. Had T-Party not been overtaken by the far right, it would have been much more successful. When you look at the people who are rabid T-Party supporters – Hannity, Malkin, and a few other of their mindset, it’s damn hard to get past that level of crazy.

    IMHO, a third party needs to focus primarily on recovering and maintaining economic strength, national security, and sufficient military power to remain a force for good in the world. It needs to stay the hell out of social issues like abortion, gays, etc., and it need to leave religion out of the mix. When you have high-profile nut jobs like Hannity supporting a movement, the low info, moderate leaning voter is going to move the other way.

    That said. The McDaniel “loss” will probably turn out to be much like Hillary’s “loss” in 2008 – It’s not that they lost. They were defeated by those playing very fast and lose with election laws and regulations.

  40. Tea Party leaders told Fox News early Wednesday that McDaniel campaign operatives had been up all night weighing whether to challenge the results on the grounds that Democratic voters allegedly crossed over from the Democratic primary to vote for Cochran. Under Mississippi law, voters in one party’s primary must intend to support that party’s nominee in the general election.

    Of particular interest to the McDaniel campaign was the turnout in Hinds County, which Cochran won by nearly 11,000 votes Tuesday. By contrast, Cochran won the county by 5,300 votes on June 3. Just under 25,000 total ballots were cast in Hinds County Tuesday, while 16,640 total ballots were cast on June 3.

    Following the shocking ouster of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in Virginia June 10, Tea Party groups focused their energy on the Mississippi race — backing McDaniel — as the next test of their own influence.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/06/25/polls-close-in-mississippi-gop-runoff-race-between-veteran-lawmaker-thad/

  41. Scott Cameron said this on Facebook 🙂

    The only good news tonight is Dan Bongino won with 84% of the vote in MD-6 and hopefully Chris McDaniel, who hasn’t conceded, will run as an independent or Write-in or his campaign will expose the voting fraud by Cochran’s campaign in MS.

  42. Cant blame it on Bush as

    AP: BREAKING: US economy actually shrank by 2.9 percent in first quarter. Lowest 1Q in 50+ years.

    Obama officially the worst President ever….

  43. Even with the T-Party losses, one could argue that support for that party is growing

    US economy actually shrank by 2.9 percent in first quarter. Lowest 1Q in 50+ years

    Half the country believes this is Bush’s fault because that is what big media says

    The formula for manipulating the public mind is simple and straightforward.

    1. seduce them with bright shiny objects, and–

    2. frighten them with imaginary things that go bump in the night.

    And best of all, none of this has to be real.

    Just as long as big media trumpets it over the airways.

    Whatever big media tells them half the country believes.

    They are beyond pathetic.

  44. Oops. typo above re: poll numbers. That should have been a 6 point lead on Friday – not 2. http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/latest_polls/

    wbb, regarding whether Hillary will focus on the gender angle, I agree that she should not do so. Although she is the best person to represent the interests of women, she has the knowledge, experience, and competence to appeal to voters on a wide range of issues.

    I heard a female pundit on NPR (don’t know her name) making some pretty negative comments about Hillary, her book, her campaign in 2008. This woman was clearly an Obamanut. Her advice to Hillary was to run on the gender issue. I thought at the time – yeah, that’s one way encourage her defeat. The Obama progressives will mislead Hillary if she let’s them. They cannot think outside of that limited worldview.

    ____________

    “I think Michelle Bachman is right that there is not that pent up demand for a woman president that there was for a black president, but now that tide has receded, thanks to Obama.”

    I hate to agree with Malkin, who, incidentally would put a slightly different slant on that idea, were Palin considered a frontrunner for President. Nevertheless, her statement is correct.

    The fact that there’s not “that pent-up demand for a woman …) reflects the lack of regard for gender equality that has always been present in this country. Tragically, most men and a large number of women fail to see this as the travesty it is.

    Maybe the lesson for those of us who really want women to advance on all fronts is that gains won’t be made unless we get a little rougher. I’m not necessarily advocating violence, but it may have come to some very rigorous activism. I’m aware this sounds a little crazy, but truthfully, change is born out of chaos. I think we need to create a little.

  45. The only good news tonight is Dan Bongino won with 84% of the vote in MD-6 and hopefully Chris McDaniel, who hasn’t conceded, will run as an independent or Write-in or his campaign will expose the voting fraud by Cochran’s campaign in MS.
    —————-
    That would be grand. And when the establishment GOP cried foul that a republican who lost the primary can run against the republican who won the primary, I would throw that useless RINO Lisa Murkowski back in their face as precedent. Her father was an uber corrupt politician in bed with big oil, and he resigned and gave her the job. And it wasn’t because of her intellect. As a matter of fact she flunked the bar exam, not once, not twice, but three times. Not even the third time was the charm–a real mental basket case, but there she is, a key RINO. And if precedent alone will not suffice when the establishment cries foul, you have the doctrine of unclean hands, i.e. he who seeks equity must do equity. And the establishment spits in the face of equity when it breaks its own rules about who can vote, and consorts with the enemy to deprive the tea party candidate of the position he earned. They would call this bipartisanship, whereas I would call it treason of a different kind. If McDaniel does not run as an independent, wouldn’t it be rich if his supporters crossed over and voted for the democrat, just to give mush mouthed Haley Babour what he deserves. One bad turn deserved another.

  46. freespirit

    June 25, 2014 at 11:16 am
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    Agreed. If people want to vote for her solely on the basis of gender that is their business, because the threshold of competence is satisfied. I simply do not think the campaign should market itself that way, because under Obama we have seen what happens when we divide the nation on the basis of race. Society has a meltdown. Left wing media will try to market her this way, with their eye on the 52%. But she must resist that trap, and say I will represent all the people, and then do exactly that.

  47. Let’s be honest. The net effect of Karl Rove’s machination is that the party will lose the senate seat, and with a little bit of luck, they will fall one seat short of taking back the senate. Do the math.
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    Let’s be honest. Chris McDaniel didn’t lose the Republican primary runoff in Mississippi last night.

    There is no Republican primary in Mississippi.

    That’s because state law allows any Democrat who didn’t vote in the Democratic primary (which means most Democrats) to vote in the Republican primary…and they did. In fact, Sen. Thad Cochran vigorously pursued Democrat votes, and if anecdotal turnout figures are correct, he got them in numbers adequate to squelch the insurgent campaign of state Sen. McDaniel.

    Now, perhaps it’s time to jettison the illusion of a two-party system, but (if preliminary data proves accurate) let’s not pretend that the majority of Republicans in Mississippi embrace the status quo, cronied-up bacon-bringer Cochran, nor that they reject McDaniel’s limited-government views.

    The Democrats who voted for Cochran yesterday will reliably vote for his Democrat opponent in November. Cochran did not win one for the party, for the movement, or for any particular principles. Cochran merely protected his flanks by making a temporary alliance with his rivals in order to sustain his profitable business venture called “Senate career

  48. freespirit June 25, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Maybe the lesson for those of us who really want women to advance on all fronts is that gains won’t be made unless we get a little rougher. I’m not necessarily advocating violence, but it may have come to some very rigorous activism. I’m aware this sounds a little crazy, but truthfully, change is born out of chaos. I think we need to create a little.

    “Change born out of chaos” is the man’s road to creation – you have to break eggs to make an omelet. There is some factual basis for believing this; but then again, it’s not the only way to create things. For instance, could you seriously say that when gestating a fetus, giving birth, raising a child, a woman is not creating something? And yet, she destroys nothing – no chaos needed – to create the child.

    Women operate differently. It’s hard to define exactly how it’s different in general terms, but it’s obviously different. And my argument for women in politics or business is simply that “Different” may be better than “Same Old Shit” going forward.

    In light of which, I would strongly recommend avoiding violence or the threat of it because that is the Same Old Shit and a mark of the masculine approach to politics and its degradation into “we-they” and thereby into war.

    “Vigorous activism” is the way to go: Fight Like A Girl!!

  49. And if the end game of the establishment Republican sedition in Mississippi is what I believe it will be, then that is one more nail in the coffin of the elites, because the grass roots can then say the Republican Party does not care about party principles or their constituents and does not even care about winning election or the Senate. All they are concerned about is keeping their gravy train moving. Why then should the base affiliate with them, when they know they will get raped in the end? Because the other side is worse? Actually, the reverse is true.

  50. Diane Sawyer Stepping Down As ‘ABC World News’ Anchor; David Muir New Anchor In ABC News Talent Re-do

    ——
    That’s odd timing, especially since she just had that ‘exclusive’, “…asking tough questions” of Hillary.

    Is it that she is an ‘aging beauty’, or is something else up???

  51. A good wrap-up of last night:

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/06/25/bad-night-for-democrats/

    A BAD NIGHT FOR DEMOCRATS
    If you can divine a national trend from a runoff election in Mississippi, be our guest. But rather than pondering the motives of 3,188 Mississippi voters who made the difference in a bitter, hyper-local election, there’s a more useful consideration today. What’s at stake nationally this year is control of the U.S. Senate, and Republican chances of taking the majority went up significantly Tuesday night.

    [During New York Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel’s victory speech, the stage nearly collapsed. Rangel asked “heavier people on the stage… to take safety over ego” and step down.]

    From Natchez to Norwood to Naples – Not only will Democrats be denied the opportunity to rummage through Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel’s past and present statements in a bid to make him the Rep. Todd Akin of 2014, but Colorado Republicans lined up behind a very electable ticket. Colorado Democrats had hoped to ruin the chances of Rep. Cory Gardner, the GOP Senate challenger who is threatening incumbent Sen. Mark Udall, by associating Gardner with former Rep. Tom Tancredo. Democrats spent money to bolster the gubernatorial bid of Tancredo, an immigration hardliner, whose policies and rhetoric would have posed constant challenges to Gardner as Democrats tarred them with the same brush. Instead, Colorado Republicans picked the more temperate former Rep. Bob Beauprez to take on Gov. John Hickenlooper. A flawed gubernatorial candidate hurt GOP Senate chances in Colorado in 2010, but this time the red team will have a clear lane to challenge a very vulnerable incumbent. Down in Florida, a Republican deemed “too radical” handily won a special House election to replace a scandal-soaked member booted after a drug bust. Democrats hardly tried to stop the rise of Rep.-elect Curt Clawson. Meanwhile, other potentially damaging primary contests in other states all flopped the right way for the GOP to have the advantage in November.

    Lessons, schmessons – Whatever it is that happened in Mississippi is important, no doubt. Political professionals will debate for years to come the strategies and tactics in the race. But we already knew the larger lesson from Mississippi three weeks ago: The voting public is deeply frustrated with the Washington power structure. And if there was any question about that, outgoing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s shocking stumble removed all doubt. But ultimately what matters in 2014 is control of the Senate. As the new Fox News polls show, the overall climate could hardly be worse for Democrats. The president continues to find new lows and the ongoing international crises are taking a deepening toll. Add to that today’s news about the skidding economy – the nation’s economic output was worse in the first three months of the year than any time since the immediate aftermath of the Panic of 2008 – and the picture becomes clear: Democrats will have their hands full preventing another “shellacking” like the one they took in 2010, let alone holding their Senate majority.

    MCDANIEL MAY CONTEST RESULTS
    After Cochran sealed the GOP nomination Tuesday night, McDaniel spoke to supporters, but did not concede. Instead he spoke of “dozens of irregularities” in Tuesday’s voting. Supporters told Fox News today that McDaniel’s team was up all night looking into whether his campaign should challenge last night’s results. McDaniel backers accuse Cochran of pandering to black Democrats, an incendiary charge in the state with a freighted recent history on race relations. But Cochran’s outreach to black voters is nothing new. In a piece from 1984, NYT reports, “Mr. Cochran assiduously courted the black vote, flooding black radio stations with advertisements featuring ‘The Harrises, Mississippi’s Favorite Family,’ a fictional black family. To the strains of soap opera music, they debated the campaign and concluded that ‘Thad’s all right’ and ‘the other side is lying about him.’”

    “There is nothing strange at all about standing as people of faith for our country that we built, that we believe in. But there is something a bit strange, there is something a bit unusual about a Republican primary that is decided by liberal democrats.” –Challenger Chris McDaniel’s election night speech.

    Fight continues elsewhere – Immediately after Cochran was declared the winner, tea party insurgents vowed the McDaniel fight will continue in their primary contests. “Reports of efforts to court Democrats reveal how desperate so-called ‘Republicans’ are to hold on to power – even at the expense of our own ideology,” said Joe Carr in a statement. Carr is challenging Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., in the Volunteer State’s Aug. 7 primary. “Make no mistake about it – the fight that Chris McDaniel started in Mississippi will continue here in Tennessee.” Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, also faces a challenger from the right, by physician Milton Wolf on Aug. 7. After outgoing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s upset, Wolf and Carr got excited for a GOP establishment upset. Now after McDaniel’s loss, they will need to work to keep the energy up until August.

    [Matt Bevin, the former Senate candidate who conceded to incumbent Mitch McConnell in the Kentucky GOP Senate primary in May, reportedly may jump into Kentucky’s 2015 gubernatorial contest.]

    Lankford walks away with win in Oklahoma – Fox News: “Oklahoma Rep. James Lankford emerged victorious from a crowded Republican field Tuesday night to win the nomination to replace retiring Sen. Tom Coburn. Lankford captured over 50 percent of the vote in the seven-candidate GOP primary to avoid a runoff. He will face the Democratic nominee and an independent in November. … Lankford, the longtime director of one of the nation’s largest Christian youth camps, faced fierce competition from … T.W. Shannon, who last year became both the youngest and the first African-American speaker of the Oklahoma House.”

    We’ve checked out Mississippi law and it is so badly written that the possibility of challenging and throwing out the votes of voters who voted in the earlier primary are tough even though it is the law. McDaniel will have to challenge those not registered to vote who voted which cuts down his pool of potential challenges.

    Charlie Rangel telling fat people to get off the stage is the funniest moment of the night although if a Republican or Hillary did that no doubt Big Media would scream “discrimination”.

  52. Shadowfax June 25, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Diane Sawyer Stepping Down As ‘ABC World News’ Anchor

    That’s odd timing, especially since she just had that ‘exclusive’, “…asking tough questions” of Hillary.

    Yeah, maybe they thought she was too soft on HRC because they’re both Wellesley alumnae and almost from the same year…

    She could be HRC’s press attaché!

  53. How hungry was this guy?

    http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2014/06/24/stabbing-victim-walks-into-queens-mcdonalds-with-knife-in-his-back/

    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – It was a harrowing scene at a McDonald’s in Queens after a man walked into the restaurant with a knife sticking out of his back.

    The incident occurred around 10 a.m. Tuesday at the McDonald’s on Sutphin Boulevard and 91st Street in Jamaica.

    The victim was stabbed in the back, but managed to walk down the block and into the restaurant, witnesses said.

    “I heard everybody screaming and it was a lot of commotion,” witness Tromaine Yancey told CBS 2′s Don Champion. “The guy came and he was standing there with a knife in his back and it was a kitchen knife.

    Those burgers must be really good.

  54. Jes, I used to believe as you. But, unfortunately the proof is in the pudding – very old, tiresome, never-changing pudding that tastes like the “same old shit”. For me, getting that pudding down is becoming increasingly difficult. I agree that violence should always be the last resort, and I’m not saying we should mount an armed campaign – although violence against women has been commonplace and accepted since time began. I’m saying that women won’t advance until they, as a gender, are respected. Unfortunately, when people are unenlightened, the only way secure equality and respect is to demand it, take it, and if necessary, force people to give it to you.

    It has been almost a century since Alice Paul and her followers were incarcerated for peacefully protesting the refusal of government to allow women to vote. She was arrested a total of seven times. When she went on a hunger strike to protest and raise public awareness about her illegal arrest, she was violently force-fed. Women did get the right to vote, but we have mad few advances since that time.

    Don’t say it, jes. I can feel your fingers poised to write that the African American struggle for civil rights has been longer than that. For several reasons, that is untrue. Globally, with few exceptions women have been denied equality from the beginning of time. They suffered gross maltreatment, which was considered perfectly acceptable by the male rulers. In our own country, women have been executed for witchcraft, raped, beaten, and killed (which went unpunished), considered possessions of their fathers and husbands, denied education…. Hell, you know the history, the list goes on and on. And, yes. I know of the travesties perpetrated against African Americans.

    But, thankfully, people in power recognized that something must be done. The African American struggle eventually gained huge support from people with the power to make changes. Public opinion followed their lead.

    The women’s movement has had no such support – probably, in part because some women are opposed to gender equality. The attitude toward women can be attributed, in large part IMHO to the manner in which some Christians have interpret the verse in the Bible that talks about women being submissive, as well as other verses. Americans throughout history, have embraced the Christian religion. Many of them embraced a fundamentalist interpretation of the Bible, which in a number of books (written by men, I might add) portray being women as secondary to men.

    I’m not slamming Christianity – just saying that some of the interpretations for the Bible have (in the minds of multitudes) made gender equality sinful and against God’s law.

    Point is – for whatever reason, the men in charge and a whole lotta women, don’t give a damn about supporting gender equality. Some downright oppose it. That needs to offing change – and it needs to change rapidly.

  55. Freespirit, a little history about women termed by John Lennon as “slave to the slave”:

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2014/06/22/why_hillary_clinton_will_win_in_2016_123058.html

    At the end of the Civil War, but before the pernicious reach of Jim Crow undermined the Union Army’s battlefield victory, former slaves and free blacks found themselves in possession of a most precious right — the right to vote.

    It didn’t matter if a man had been a war hero in the famed, all-black 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment or a house servant on a Southern plantation. All that mattered was that he was a man.

    To say that this development didn’t sit well with the progressive-minded women of this country is an understatement. Before the war, the abolitionist movement and the suffragist movement had been fused at the hip — or so women believed. They weren’t allied causes so much as they were the same cause, demanded in the same lecture halls by the same people in the same speeches.

    After four years of burying their husbands, fathers, and sons — the Union men who’d donned their country’s blue uniforms and sang John Brown’s Hymn as they marched to the killing fields — American women thought they had earned some consideration. They thought they had earned the right to be heard, the right to vote, and the right to hold political office.

    When this assumption was proven wrong — when Frederick Douglass, of all people — figuratively patted them on their heads and said in essence, “Not now, little lady, not yet. Your time will come,” they couldn’t have felt more disillusioned.

    Betrayal by the men who had made “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” the unofficial national song — its lyrics written by a woman — had lasting repercussions in the nation’s collective female consciousness. One of them was the idea that war is rarely the answer, and to this day American women are more pacifist than men. Politically aware women also came to realize that racism and sexism were not identical maladies. A big part of their problem was men — of all races.

    Your time will come? They wondered: when, exactly? Women didn’t get the vote nationally, and only after a great struggle, until 1920. The first female governors came five years later, in Wyoming and Texas, but only on the heels of deceased husbands. The next one, Lurleen Wallace, also the spouse of a former governor, didn’t assume office until 1967. So change was slow in coming.

    Exactly 40 years later, it seemed, women’s time had come. As the presidential field formed up in 2007, the best-funded, best-known, and most widely admired potential candidate in the Democratic Party was New York’s junior senator, Hillary Rodham Clinton. Then, it was stolen from her — at least that’s how it seemed to many Democratic women — by a man. He was a freshman senator from Illinois with far less national experience, but an even better storyline than Hillary. And women had to stand behind a man again. They don’t want to wait any longer.

  56. Admin, thanks so much for posting that rcp article and the lennon song. Compelling, inspirational, infuriating and so true.

  57. Its WAR…

    Boehner Announces House Will Sue Obama Over His Unconstitutional Arrogation of Power

    It’s not about impeachment, he says, but about forcing the lawless president to obey the law.

    He did not detail his plans at the press conference, but elaborated in a memo to House Republicans sent later Wednesday. In it, he said he plans to bring legislation authorizing the suit to the floor in July, citing concerns that Obama’s executive actions could shift the “balance of power decisively and dangerously” in favor of the White House — giving the president “king-like authority.” He cited concerns over policies on health care, energy, foreign policy and education.

    “On one matter after another during his presidency, President Obama has circumvented the Congress through executive action, creating his own laws and excusing himself from executing statutes he is sworn to enforce — at times even boasting about his willingness to do it, as if daring the America people to stop him,” he wrote.

    Nancy Pelosi called it “a subterfuge,” which sounds suspiciously like she doesn’t know what “subterfuge” means, and new White House Gangster Mouthpiece Josh Earnest called it a partisan lawsuit “at taxpayer expense,” and you know how carefully the Obama team watches those taxpayer dollars.

    http://thehill.com/homenews/house/210532-boehner-house-will-sue-obama

  58. admin
    June 25, 2014 at 1:24 pm
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    I find this entire business of walking into a McDonald’s with a knife sticking out of your back vastly overrated. If this victim donated his body to science, no one would care. But when he donates it to the MacDonald’s chef its supposedly a story. The end product will be called the Donner Party burger. Obama supporters are drooling with anticipation. Yes, one small step for a mankind, one giant leap for progressivism.

  59. We are so used to seeing Trey in his “prosecutor” mode, I thought it would be fun to see him in a different mode.

  60. Free

    It has been almost a century since Alice Paul and her followers were incarcerated for peacefully protesting the refusal of government to allow women to vote. She was arrested a total of seven times. When she went on a hunger strike to protest and raise public awareness about her illegal arrest, she was violently force-fed. Women did get the right to vote, but we have mad few advances since that time.

    —–
    I love that you brought up Alice Paul.

    Women being passive or tearing each other down to side up with men is just plain STUPID!

    Women are not asking for the right to be treated fairly, they must demand it. It’s not ladylike, too Fu@king bad!!!

    We are not some hybrid specie of the human race, we make up 51% of the population of the planet, and damn it, it’s time to be treated fairly.

    This is one of the main reasons I will go to the end of the earth for Hillary. She is the Alice Paul in America for women. It isn’t some political fad for her, it’s what she has worked on her whole career.

    Hillary will never use the gender card, but she does represent for her gender and I am darn proud of her for it and all the hard work she has done.

    It’s Hillary’s time if she wants it.

    Screw the right haters, screw the Kooks, screw the nitwits.

  61. freespirit
    June 25, 2014 at 3:33 pm
    Admin, thanks so much for posting that rcp article and the lennon song. Compelling, inspirational, infuriating and so true.


    I agree, thank you admin.

    I’ve always loved that song by John.

  62. Kudos to the CCN Producer that managed to make Anderson Cooper want to crawl under a rock………

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    Only Anderson would make such a stupid story seem even more silly than the event itself.

    Odd this sculpture would be outside of a school in Germany.

  63. Pretty much what I have been saying about the need to get even with the RINO for what they did in Mississippi:

    Establishment Republicans paid democrats to nix the conservative candidate and vote for the establishment candidate in the primary election.

    Accordingly, it is only fair that conservatives nix the establishment candidate and vote for the Democrat in the general election.

    If that means that establishment Republican lose the senate seat they now hold in Mississippi, and that in turn causes them to fail to take over the senate, and let Mitch McConnell become Senate Majority leader, well, Lenin said it best: to make an omelette, an egg must be broken.

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    Friends don’t let friends vote for Thad Cochran

    By: streiff (Diary) | June 25th, 2014 at 10:39 AM | 190

    The outcome of the Mississippi primary was disappointing in many ways. A senile, adulterer whose sole value is providing government largess to the trough from which his donors feed won the nomination to be US Senator. To do this he surrounded himself with a coterie of dishonest and dishonorable individuals who enthusiastically did or said anything in order to win the election.

    In a way Thad Cochran’s life is a metaphor for the way the GOP treats conservatives. We are locked away in a nursing home while the GOP lives large — and in an open and notorious manner — with its “executive assistant.” We are ignored and disrespected except on those occasions when Thad shows up for a visit to demonstrate his loyalty.

    Earlier in the year the GOP and especially the NRSC made no secret that conservatives, not Democrats, were the enemy. They’ve been able to do this in the past because we’ve played the role of an abused spouse, loyally coming home because we just know that he won’t dot our eyes again yet we know in our heart of hearts there will be a next time and a next and a next.

    Cochran offers a chance to make a clean break with the past.

    Strategically, a Cochran loss means nothing. Mississippi is a deep red state and a Democrat senator will be good for only one term.

    Granted a Cochran loss could mean a Senate without Mitch McConnell as Majority Leader but having seen a Senate with Mitch McConnell as Majority Leader I’m not all that clear on how it differs from a Senate with Harry Reid as Majority Leader.

    Mississippi conservatives should vote in November, they should turn out in massive numbers, and they should either vote Democrat for senator — and this is not disloyalty as Cochran was hauled across the finish line by trolling for Democrat votes — or not vote at all for senator. But it is important that the vote against Cochran and what he and his allies represent be easily identified.

    I’m not yet at the point of advocating for a third party, I think conservatism’s best hope of becoming the dominant political movement in the nature rests on an symbiotic relationship with the GOP. Otherwise we risk becoming the Libertarians. But I am at the point of saying that it is wrong strategically and wrong morally to vote for a reprehensible individual or a man who allies himself with reprehensible individuals. In this case, a vote against Cochran is a two-fer.

    I don’t believe that conservatives should win all elections but what I do believe is that the NRSC (if is can’t be hit by an asteroid or outbreak of Ebola) and the NRCC should stay completely neutral during primaries. The utter lack of integrity on display by the NRSC and other Cochran allies should make it impossible for anyone with a conscience, much less a conservative, to vote for Thad Cochran.

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    Comment:

    Comment:

    explodinghead • 10 hours ago

    I totally agree, if the establishment wants to play the scorched earth game, then we should play it too. Thad Cochran and his corporate crony buddies (Haley Barbour etc) showed their true colors. Time to get rid of them once and for all. If Mc Daniels doesn’t run as a write-in,(can the people write his name in without his active participation?) then I believe Conservatives should vote for the Democrat in Mississippi in order to get a Conservative elected next time. I suppose expressing this opinion will get me banned, but I have gone along with vote Conservative in the primary and toe-the-line in the general, for too long. What exactly is the difference between not voting or staying home and voting for the opposition in this particular case? Our country is going to hell at warp speed and Cochran and co. are willing to keep driving the bus.

  64. Wbb, I can only hope that they do indeed, vote Democrats if the primary vote is not found illegal.

  65. They’ve been out of DC for awhile and still have not a clue.
    Former Senate leaders to Congress: Hang out more
    6/26/14. Three former senators, two who served as majority leaders, a former Clinton cabinet secretary and a former governor worked a year and a half on a 120-page report explaining why U.S. politics is so polarized and Congress is so gridlocked. They came up with a host of wide-ranging recommendations to make it better.
    Among them? Lawmakers need to spend more time in Washington.
    Snip [LOL]
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/in-the-loop/wp/2014/06/26/former-senate-leaders-to-congress-hang-out-more/

  66. freespirit – admin – Shadowfax:

    Thank all of you for your blowback to my arguments, with the realclearpolitics article and Lennon’s song. Actually, I don’t see this as blowback, but more of a deepening and extension of the debate, because you haven’t contradicted anything I said on June 25 at 11:57 am.

    First of all, I remind you that, in one of my wild-eyed moments a few months back, I said I was ready to vote for any woman for president, ranging from Michele Bachmann to Angela Davis with their diametrically opposed world views and stands on issues.

    At the time, Shadowfax, freespirit and wbboei in particular reprimanded me, saying that voting on the basis of gender was as superficial as voting for skin color. I contend that it is not, because there are intractable differences between men and women in terms of physiology and life experience that simply do not exist between people of different skin color or ethnicity.

    One of the lesser of those differences is the fact that women are of slighter stature, weight and physical strength than men. Any exceptions to that rule can be neglected, in my view, because whenever a male-female relationship degenerates into violence, it is a win-lose situation in which the woman is always the loser.

    This is borne out by your reference to Alice Paul. Violence was done to Alice Paul: She was arrested many times, was diagnosed crazy, jailed and force-fed. Her followers were beaten too. She was the loser in the violence game; but she was a Quaker and would not fight violence with violence, and thus went on to champion the 20th amendment.

    Since you reference the Civil Rights movement too, I underscore that MLK Jr, who won in the end just as Alice Paul did, also used Alice Paul’s and Gandhi’s “strategy” of peaceful, passive, non-violent protest. MLK Jr won the fight against Jim Crow — just as Gandhi won independence for India — by turning the other cheek.

    Another historical figure who braved violence and inspired the multitudes was Joan of Arc, who was not even a woman but a girl. She bore a sword into battle, but rarely wielded it. What she did was to lead her faithful soldiers into the fray, visible to all on her steed with her head bared and banner flying high. Violence eventually got the best of her; but, for the 25 years of war that remained after her death, her soldiers found even more inspiration from the legend of “our girl” than they had from the reality of the thing.

    The “vigorous activism” (fighting like a girl) that I preach implies that we demand respect, as you say; and also that, somewhere along the line, we may run into violent conflict. We should, however, follow Alice Paul’s route and take violence on the chin but never go looking for it, because then we lose.

    As for the other gender differences that I think are obvious, I’ve spent decades trying to define them exactly and figure out what makes women tick differently, especially in key executive jobs. Aside from the purely intellectual interest of this question, it has been of professional concern because about 60% of the people I’ve hired over the years have been women, but only a few of those have shown the executive skills I originally perceived in them. Those with the skills do superb work; but generally, the women take home less pay than the men and it’s not because of any gender bias on my part.

    Lastly but most of all, I would point out that HRC inspires by the example she sets, by awareness of what’s happening on the ground, by assuming responsibility for mistakes, and by giving credit to others for success. These are not strictly feminine qualities — I can say that WJC had those qualities too — but they are qualities I’ve known in many other women and not so many men because, so often, their ego gets in the way. Ego gone awry seems to me to be a male disease.

  67. wbboei
    June 26, 2014 at 3:32 am
    Friends don’t let friends vote for Thad Cochran

    Voting for another candidate irregardless of party to get rid of an incumbent historically is called a “whipsaw” election. Using the opposite or off the wall minority party candidate and then “whipsawing” back to the other party in the next election (if an acceptable candidate is put forth) is historically notable when corrupt parties are in place and cannot be dislodged though normal means such as grand juries, primaries, or caucuses. Examples of village idiots and town drunks being elected sheriff and then resigning for a suitable appointment to overcome local machine bullies used to be an acceptable method when law and order was broken. Until McConnell is removed the Republican party is useless. This one stunt in Mississipi may break the Republican party in two.

  68. Mormaer
    June 26, 2014 at 7:21 am
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    Very cogent observation/

    Time will tell, but I think what happened in Mississippi will prove to be a tactical victory, and a strategic defeat for the RINO faction of the Republican party. The conservative faction of the party is decentralized across the nation, whereas the RINO establishment is a creature of Washington and has been a Quisling to Obama. The bully tactic is what was in evidence here, plus the willingness to conspire with their institutional opponent to beat back a credible conservative challenger to a corrupt, senile, parasite ridden RINO incumbent.

    There was an article I saw, inspired by the NYT that called Cochrane “The Last Southern Gentleman”. Senator foghorn leghorn is more like it. A Senile adulterer who conspires with the enemy, and brings home the bacon to his contributors but not his constituents is the antithesis of what I consider to be a southern gentleman. But if I am wrong in that assessment, then I find some comfort in the qualifying word “last”, effective November 2014.

  69. Red Smith: Willie Mays’glove is where triples go to die.

    Bernie Goldberg: Big Media newsrooms and Eric Holders’Justice Department are where Obama scandals go to die.

    The non reporting of Benghazi, the IRS scandal, the VA scandal, and the failure of Obama’s foreign policy as the cause in fact of the implosion of the Middle East, are all subject to a big media black out.

    They used to be partisan, whereas now they are activist. But it is no longer effective, because the bad news keeps rolling in. It is getting through the big media screen and the justice department black hole.

    Otherwise, the Potemkin Village image promoted by big media would prevail and he would be around 51%.

    Big media is the prime agent in perverting our democracy. Anyone who fails to understand that is a rube.

    http://video.foxnews.com/v/3642750747001/subverting-american-democracy-/#sp=show-clips

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  70. On the killer question of why mainstream media persists in their promotion of Obama, and have orchestrated a concerted black-out of his multiple scandals which rise jointly and severally to the level of impeachable offenses, Roger Simon at PJMedia taps his way to the answer. It happens to be the answer I have been talking about for nearly six years. It is far more than the liberal bias commonly which is commonly assumed. It is about a grand lifestyle and the perverse egotism that goes with it. But as reality converges on illusion, their credibility is shattered. This allows us to accurately predict where they (and no less we) are likely to go from here.
    ——————————–
    The conventional explanation is that the media is in the tank for the Democratic Party and, by extension, for Obama. Well, sure.

    But it is far more than that. Political parties and politicians come and go. The media doesn’t. They may be in the tank for Obama, but much more than that they are in the tank for themselves — a whole lifestyle and world view that has been going on for decades, moral narcissism distilled to its purest essence.

    The real reason these media folks cannot face reality is that to do so would mean to see their very persons, everything they have ever stood for, or thought they stood for, or pretended to themselves they stood for, dissolving in a puddle like the Wicked Witch of the West.

    Obama is beside the point. They don’t even like Obama anymore. Nothing could be more obvious. Almost nobody does. But they won’t say so in public because that would mean that they would be revealed as fools who believed the most banal tripe imaginable.

    It would also mean admitting Barack Obama never really existed, that they invented him. He was their projection. Barack Obama is the creation of the New York Times, et al. Without them he would never have happened and they know it. (snip)

    Get ready for endless tantrums of many sorts. When moral narcissism of the level we have been experiencing breaks down, anything can happen. The media will do almost anything to preserve their fragile selves. Evasion, distraction and outright lies will be continuous and may reach unprecedented levels.

    The mainstream media has been in trouble for years, but their silence about the ills of the Obama administration has finished them off as never before. They will stumble on, but from here on in they will be, as was said of the U.S. during the Vietnam era, a “pitiful, helpless giant.”

    —————————-

    http://pjmedia.com/rogerlsimon/2014/06/25/irs-shame-and-loathing-on-the-media-trail/2/

  71. holdthemaccountable June 26, 2014 at 6:22 am

    Three former senators, two who served as majority leaders, a former Clinton cabinet secretary and a former governor worked a year and a half on a 120-page report explaining why U.S. politics is so polarized and Congress is so gridlocked. They came up with a host of wide-ranging recommendations to make it better.
    Among them? Lawmakers need to spend more time in Washington.
    Snip [LOL]

    Interesting report! Among other things (after your Snip):

    The five co-chairs of the the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Commission on Political Reform, which produced the report, said there is blame to share: The Obama White House is also detached.

    One of their suggestions is that President Obama should meet with members of Congress monthly and attend joint congressional caucuses twice a year.

    Imagine Pelousy and Reid signing on to that statement!

  72. wbboei June 26, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Big media is the prime agent in perverting our democracy. Anyone who fails to understand that is a rube.

    Whew! At least I escape your “rube” epithet!

    But seriously, there is some hope: big media is stagnant, even declining. Witness the evaporation of the Sunday talk show audience. Those talk shows used to be prime time for pundits.

    Also, don’t you think people are catching on to the fact that “news” has become “infotainment” and is less and less entertaining?

    The mainspring of TV is the advertisers. That’s where all the money comes from. The returns on TV advertising are declining with the ratings. Eventually this is going to hit home. It isn’t for the time being because Obama needs them and throws them bones to gnaw on and feed off.

    I contend that if HRC, who hates the media, becomes president, she is going to be very partial toward serious journalists who don’t earn a living twisting the questions and spinning the answers and throwing sound bites and gotchas back in her face. Infotainment will die a death quicker than with Obama, who thrives on these “journalists”.

  73. WaPo has a good slap-down, by law professor Jonathan H. Adler, of the criticism of HRC in the 1975 rape case reported by Washington Free Beacon and hyped by the anti-HRC crowd:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2014/06/20/is-hillary-clintons-conduct-as-a-young-attorney-fair-game/

    Adler concludes with:

    “The Washington Free Beacon may be correct that it’s not a winning political argument to defend the work that defense attorneys do. If so, that’s a sad commentary on our political system, and not something thoughtful commentators should celebrate or exploit.“

  74. Networks Let Obama Escape Blame for Yet Another Crisis of His Making
    On Tuesday, Univision’s Jorge Ramos did something his colleagues at the Big Three networks have been reluctant to do. He pinned the blame for the ongoing border crisis squarely on Barack Obama’s immigration policies. Writing in the June 24 edition of Miami’s El Nuevo Herald (translation courtesy of MRC Latino’s Ken Oliver-Mendez), Ramos blasted the President: “This crisis of children is an unfortunate consequence of the immigration policies of President Obama. Snip http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/networks-let-obama-escape-blame-yet-another-crisis-his-making

    Ted Cruz held a presser of similar message several days ago. What did Rumsfeld say, something about a tough slog?

  75. The mainspring of TV is the advertisers
    ———————
    If you ask the people in the media who know they are abusing their power, they will tell you that they are strictly on the defensive against corporate interests, by which I assume they mean advertisers, and political pressure groups. Of the two, they recon that political pressure groups are more of a concern. And included in that category are politicians from whom they want access and influence. Current talk tends to excuse this as a move toward entertainment especially in the case of CNN. But the root cause is the things Roger Simon spoke of. Today, those are the prevailing considerations, as much as Nielsen ratings. On a personal level, we find cowardice, indolence, and a desire to twist the truth. Dana Milbank is simply one example. They were worried that they would go out of business, and wanted a taxpayer bail-out. Obama promised to give them one, but to date nothing further has been done. At the most basic level, however, big media insults the intelligence and compromises the political power of the public. They infantize the electorate by providing a steady stream of bright shiny objects, and things that go bump in the night.

  76. I can think of no better example of how the media operates than the way they have played the race card, and given a low life like Sharpton the microphone. Think back to the Travon Martin episode–the white Hispanic meme which they tried to shoe horn into their legacy of racism and Obama is the solution bullshit. Much like Obama, they divide the nation and for that I hope NBC, CNN, ABC and CBS all rot in hell.

  77. And this is how the Dims win. 😡

    An April 2014 North Carolina study revealed 35,750 people likely voted in North Carolina and one other state in 2012. Based on this study the national voter fraud numbers from the 2012 election may have reached one million or more.

    Jay DeLancy, executive director of the Voter Integrity Project of North Carolina, says the revelations will lead to prosecutions.

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2014/06/breaking-nearly-7-million-americans-are-registered-to-vote-in-two-or-more-states/

  78. This is more likely to harden resistance than put pressure on Republicans to precede. And who is to carry that message. Nobody listens to big media any more.

    —————–

    Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg’s pro-amnesty FWD.us group is calling for a national “Day of Action” on Thursday to pressure House Republicans to pass amnesty legislation.

    “This week marks one year since the Senate passed comprehensive immigration reform–and tomorrow, we are mobilizing supporters like you to tell House Republicans we cannot wait any longer to fix our broken system,” the group wrote in an email to supporters Wednesday. “It’s imperative Congress acts now and not later. That’s why we’re calling on reform’s biggest advocates to commit to calling Congress on the Day of Action tomorrow.”

    FWD.us is asking that supporters “commit to call House Republicans on Thursday and tell them the time is now for comprehensive immigration reform.”

    The high-tech group has been pushing amnesty legislation to get massive increases in the number of high-tech visas, even though scholars and studies have proven that America has a surplus–not a shortage–of high-tech workers.

  79. Heard on tv last hour: Espaillat has conceded to Rangel.

    Ted Cruz is shaking things up again.
    If Eric Holder Won’t Appoint a Special Prosecutor to Investigate the IRS, He Should be Impeached 41:26 vid min of Cruz @ Senate today

  80. http://radaronline.com/exclusives/2014/06/barack-obama-incompetent-joke-hillary-clinton-book/

    …no one will ever know what Hillary ever really said…but we sure as hell all know what she was probably thinking…along with many others…

    worth a good laugh

    **********************************************************************************

    one other thing…

    I don’t want to hear one freaking word out of any pundit or anyone else’s mouth about Hillary’s age…

    …especially after the “voters” just voted for Cochran and Rangel…these guys are pushing their 80’s and have been around forever…

    next time anyone asks her about age she should just tell them to go ask Charlie and Cochran…

  81. Dang it, another missed opportunity to see Hillary…work always get in the way. 😉


    In S.F., Clinton expands on possible 2016 presidential run

    Hillary Rodham Clinton, under an intense spotlight as a possible 2016 presidential candidate, told a San Francisco audience on Wednesday that a major reason to make a White House run would be “to advance the roles and opportunities of women and girls.”

    “If I decide to do it, I will talk about it every day,” she told a sold-out crowd of 2,200 at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco, during a tour promoting her new book, “Hard Choices,” a memoir of her years as secretary of state in the Obama administration.

    “I have a set of experience … and for my entire life, I’ve been an advocate for people who need a voice, need someone in their corner,” she told KQED host Scott Shafer.

    Clinton was greeted with a standing ovation and appeared at ease in a wide-ranging discussion, and she was unusually expansive about a possible White House run.

    “I’ve been on the front lines of all kinds of issues. … You might remember health care,” she said. “I understand the pressures. … I believe I have the skills and experience to do the job.”

    [snip]

    “We’re living in a time of real political angst,” she said. “There’s a lot of work to be done, and I believe it’s going to come down to people demanding that those who hold public office start making evidence-based decisions again.

    Clinton specifically mentioned working on gay rights, and said that some African leaders, for example, were “very far behind in their thinking” on that front.

    She said some of those conversations were “intense – and painful.”

    But it was the mention of speculation about Clinton’s political future that drew the most interest.

    “Part of the calculation is what you’re running for,” she said, “why you’re doing it, what you hope you can bring to the country in terms of a vision of what we can do together.

    “I’m at a stage in my life – I’ll be becoming a grandmother – that I want to be very sure that any decision I make regarding a future run is really rooted in the right reasons,” she said.

    “It’s also so personal. I want to be sure it’s truly, profoundly what I want to do.”

    http://www.sfgate.com/politics/article/In-S-F-Clinton-expands-on-possible-2016-5580339.php#photo-6514978

    Other than wanting to spend time with her grandchild, I don’t hear any more reasons why she doesn’t want to run…assuming she and Bill stay healthy.

  82. “We’re living in a time of real political angst,” she said. “There’s a lot of work to be done, and I believe it’s going to come down to people demanding that those who hold public office start making evidence-based decisions again.”

    _______

    Shadow, thanks for posting this. Sounds more and more like she’s gonna do it.

    I think in the above statement, when she said “real political angst” she meanest, “everyone knows Obama has botched the job of president, and the country is scared sh**less. I may have to run so I can straighten this mess out.”

  83. “one other thing…

    I don’t want to hear one freaking word out of any pundit or anyone else’s mouth about Hillary’s age…

    …especially after the “voters” just voted for Cochran and Rangel…these guys are pushing their 80′s and have been around forever…

    next time anyone asks her about age she should just tell them to go ask Charlie and Cochran”…

    ___________

    Hell yeah, S. spot-on.

  84. Jes, I still wouldn’t vote for a woman I didn’t think was qualified, reasonably honest (that’s about the best you can hope for), and with whom I agreed on basic ideology. I’m usually not one to reprimand others on how they vote – unless they do some reprimanding first. Honestly, what I have wanted since 2008 has been to see the Dem party lose every damn election from local dog catcher to US senator. I can hear you flipping out now. Yes, I know that may not be best for the country. No, I don’t think the Pubs would do the right thing.

    The thing is – and I’ll admit up front that this is not a smart, healthy, politically correct view – but I what really want is revenge. That’s what I have wanted since 2008. It’s what I still want. Yes, you’re right. The Pubs hate HRC, so it makes no sense to reward them by not voting Dem. But, again, my goal is plain old mean-spirited, small-minded, black-hearted, kick-ass revenge against the Dems. Their treatment of Hillary and of her female supporters was indescribably appalling. It shouldn’t be forgotten.

    ______

    “it is a win-lose situation in which the woman is always the loser.”

    Not if she has a Glock and knows how to use it.

    i really was not serious about inciting violence. I felt the statement conveyed a bit of humor, but I guess not. My reference to violence is just a reflection of my rage, I guess. Of course I’m aware of MLK espousing Ghandi’s views on peaceful change. I didn’t know that Alice Paul did. I’m sure HRC wouldn’t like it. Thing is – I don’t really give a damn what they would do. I’m a huge supporter of Hillary – but, she ain’t my Mama.

  85. freespirit June 26, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    I still wouldn’t vote for a woman I didn’t think was

    (i) qualified,

    (ii) reasonably honest (that’s about the best you can hope for),

    (iii) with whom I agreed on basic ideology.

    My reaction to this is that you may be setting the bar too high because you are using criteria that are only necessary when evaluating male candidates. Consider:

    (i) First of all, I’m not sure what you mean by “qualified,” but I guess that should be understood as “competence,” which I rank second, rather than first, among my concerns.

    In any case, now that we’ve been subjected to six years of Obama, it’s easy to see that a president with no qualifications whatsoever — no accomplishments, no sign of any prior activity, even failures — is not the route the follow. Compared to Obama’s less-than-tenuous qualifications, I regarded Sarah Palin as well qualified for higher office because she at least had several years of executive experience to her credit as mayor and governor. I had no trouble voting for her on that count (and actually had more qualms about voting McCain on that count).

    There is one hypothetical you might consider: Would I have voted for Palin if she were at the top of the ticket? My answer to this hypothetical is prosaic: She was not at the top, she did not run for president and probably never will.

    Furthermore, I contend that this is typical of women: They tend to go for a job only if they feel they are eminently qualified for it. I have witnessed this in professional life and HRC has noticed it among the men and women she has employed: Men will grab at opportunities for advancement, while women have to be pushed into them or will otherwise shy away from it. This is a generality, of course, but it is one reason for the wage difference in business — women get paid the same for the same work, but don’t get the high-paying jobs because they shy away from them.

    I conclude from this that any woman who runs for president or any other elective office has looked at what the job entails and feels she is quite able to handle it — that is, she does her own “self-vetting”. A man, on the other hand, tends to present himself as naturally qualified for the challenge and let the employer (in this case the people) decide who is the “best man for the job”.

    In the end, then, I don’t concern myself with a woman’s qualifications very much. They do their own self-vetting.

    (ii) Your second criterion of “reasonably honest (that’s about the best you can hope for)” is subsumed in my broader criterion of “Character,” which I place foremost and not in second place among my concerns. I gave top marks on Character to both McCain and Palin, thereby making a vote for them easy at the end. Obama got a zero in my book, and still does.

    Do women score differently on Character or honesty than men? I should point out that the American public has always split about evenly as concerns HRC’s honesty: the haters think she is fundamentally dishonest, driven by polls and political ambition or even greed. This is by far the most divisive aspect of HRC’s public profile.

    Of course, most of us at H44 are on the other side of this divide in public opinion; but for my part, I say it is not only HRC but women in general — in politics, business and even private life — who are fundamentally averse to getting their hands dirty, so to speak.

    I think this begins in childhood. Girls are the goody-goodies; they grow and mature more quickly than boys.

    When mothers, their whole existence revolves around the welfare of their husbands and families. They handle the family’s budget and health and generally do nothing that would tarnish the family’s image.

    When professionals, they aim for excellence rather than besting perceived opponents in competition (which is generally a handicap in the traditional business). But as a result, they are better than men at cooperation, partnering and networking, which is becoming more and more of an advantage in today’s world of business and especially in the legislative process.

    Men, on the other hand and contrary to women, have no other choice than to bring home the bacon for their families (they generally cannot play the secondary role). There is a great temptation to use any means available to increase the inflow of bacon. All it takes is a twist of the ego and the man will get involved in unethical but lucrative dealings. This is what I meant when I said “ego gone awry is a masculine disease.”

    In my view, women are less susceptible to ego games than men, to the point that I think ego diseases are almost strictly masculine in nature. That is why I tend to give women a pass on “reasonably honest” and apply that criterion only to men.

    We agree to place your criterion of “basic ideology” (which I call the “Issues”) as the last of our concerns. In fact, if I were faced with a decision between Michele Bachmann and Angela Davis as I suggested, I would have to do a lot of thinking to do because I oppose them both on an ideological level.

    But if Bachmann were up against most any Democratic man, or Davis against any Republican man whatsoever, the choice for me would be pretty clear: I’d go for the woman because of:

    (a) the first two counts (Character and Competence);

    (b) the fact that campaigning is different from governing and the ideologies will have to be fit to the circumstances;

    (c) women are generally more aware of the effects their policies have on the ground;

    (d) a woman is not likely to take herself to be the Messiah and expect others to follow her as a matter of course. She will explain and negotiate with Congress in a “networking” process.

    Of course, I’m getting into the intuitive realm here: not much of what I’ve just said can be proven scientifically, but my own experience supports all of these statements.

    In sum, in my book:

    (i) Character (or honesty): Women get a pass, men don’t.

    (ii) Competence (or qualifications): Women vet themselves and get a pass, men don’t.

    (iii) Issues (ideology): Nobody gets a pass, but I generally favor women’s networking process once in power rather than the control processes of men.

    So, the end result is that I would vote for any woman running for office if she was facing a man. A race between two women (as in WV this year) is ideal for me — there, I can forget about feminism and start talking about issues and worldviews and so forth.

    You’re rooting for Republicans this year to punish the unholy Democrats? Then at least support the Republican Senate nominee in WV (neither nominee is an incumbent).

  86. freespirit June 26, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    My reference to violence is just a reflection of my rage, I guess.

    Hey, I have enough rage myself to retail it and make a small fortune. But remember admin’s admonition: I over E, intelligence over emotion. We’ve got to channel our rage into something productive. It doesn’t seem to me you’re taking this to heart:

    … what I really want is revenge. That’s what I have wanted since 2008. It’s what I still want. Yes, you’re right. The Pubs hate HRC, so it makes no sense to reward them by not voting Dem. But, again, my goal is plain old mean-spirited, small-minded, black-hearted, kick-ass revenge against the Dems. Their treatment of Hillary and of her female supporters was indescribably appalling. It shouldn’t be forgotten.

    You’re really going wild here. I implore you to come to your senses.

    For one thing, the Pubs don’t hate HRC. Many congressional Pubs are quite comfortable with the idea of an HRC presidency, and 10-12% of their electorate are willing to vote for her.

    For another thing, it wasn’t all the Dems who engaged in misogyny and race card games. The biggest traitor — whom I take to be Ted Kennedy — did not engage in any of that nonsense. Most Dems simply made the mistake of buying into Obama’s fantasyland at the behest of their party leaders and, by now, realize they made mistakes, including choosing Obama, during the 2008-2010 cycle. This year, absolutely none of them want Obama to come and campaign for them or even to come anywhere near their constituencies. They know Obama is the radioactive ebola that admin says he is. Rather, they want to see as much of HRC and WJC as they can.

    HRC and WJC might save them from total destruction, and Obama can go golfing and vacationing for all they care.

    What I mean to say is that revenge is already at hand: the wheel has come full circle. The Democratic Party is back from its worship service to the plastic calf. By next year this time, it will be the Democratic Party of HRC and FDR.

    I’m a huge supporter of Hillary – but, she ain’t my Mama.

    I don’t know what to make of this statement. I had some pretty bad problems with my mother. Does “Mama” denote some sort of absolute loyalty on your part?

  87. S
    June 26, 2014 at 9:04 pm
    ______________________________

    Amen S and remember they pulled that on Mcshame and he is alive and well So is his Mama!!!!! 😀

  88. Jes, my post didn’t warrant that much thought, but I appreciate your thoroughness.

    The Mama comment was not to be taken too seriously., but I can see how it might have confused you. I meant that I support Hillary, but I don’t need to consider her example or look to her for guidance (as a mother would provide) in figuring out what I believe, or what course of action I think is required.

    I don’t give women a pass on character or competence, but I get your point, there.

    I know that the other side believes Hillary to be the devil incarnate, capable of anything. I would love to know on what they base their thinking. Most of them want to hate her, but not wanting to admit that, they just look for other reasons.

    Yes, Jes, “I’m going pretty wild”. But, I don’t really think it’s wild to want revenge against the backstabbing Dems. If you don’t agree, you probably won’t want to go wild. I’ll try to go wild enough for the both of us.

    “For another thing, it wasn’t all the Dems who engaged in misogyny and race card games. The biggest traitor — whom I take to be Ted Kennedy — did not engage in any of that nonsense. Most Dems simply made the mistake of buying into Obama’s fantasyland at the behest of their party leaders and, by now, realize they made mistakes, including choosing Obama ….”

    The Dem leaders certainly did nothing to defend her against the sexism. That cretin, Howard Dean, spoke out after it was all over. Too little, too late.

    The contingency of lying, scumbag, lowlife, shit-head, Dem party leaders in 2008, with the exception of a few, threw Hillary under the bus and her supporters with her. Yes, I think you’re right about their regret. I’d like for them to experience even more. I’ll admit that revenge is not a high-minded goal. I’ll tell you, jes, I have taken the high-road all of my life, and attempted to make thoughtful decisions with the greater-good in mind. I don’t even intend to try to do that when it comes to the Dim Party.

  89. wbboei
    June 27, 2014 at 10:20 am

    I know Daniels doesn’t want to burn all bridges with the Republican Party…yet..but I kind of wished he would have said, “I can’t embrace Thad Cochnut”

  90. freespirit June 27, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Maybe, instead of explaining myself in feminist terms, I should make a historical reference:

    Most historians now agree that Germany was responsible for WWI, not only because they entered neutral Belgium and fired first, but above all because they could have stopped the process but didn’t.

    But historians also agree that France was rip-roaring ready to get into a fight with Germany. Why? For revenge: for the war of 1871-2 when Bismarck extracted 50 billion francs in gold from the defeated French, and worse yet, took Alsace-Lorraine from them. For two generations, the French were outraged, bore a grudge for that, and wanted revenge.

    Now, I side with the French in this matter. Had I been involved at all, I would have been in the trenches alongside them. I understand outrage and a need for justice in terms of revenge.

    However, after four years of the deadliest conflict and savagery the world had ever seen, the French got what they wanted: They got their 50 billion francs back and they got Alsace-Lorraine too. Plus, they got reparations for a war they had technically not started.

    But the Treaty of Versailles did not stop there. It heaped open-ended reparations on Germany, confiscated its armaments industry, the Rhineland was occupied, and more. Historians also agree that the Treaty of Versailles was the beginning of WWII, which was an even bloodier conflict than WWI. It was revenge run amok.

    What is basically at play here? At some point, and historians agree that that point should have been the Armistice of 1918, the French should have shelved their revenge and said “OK, we got what we wanted. Let’s everybody go home and plow the fields.” Instead, we got Clemenceau’s “Peace is war carried on by other means.”

    What I’m driving at here is what I said at 8:37 am, that the Dem Party has admitted its mistake and is doing amends. The time for revenge is past. Pelousy cannot be unseated, Reid will probably retire in 2016, and both of them are aware of the empty chair in the White House. The Dems are running away from Obama and seeking out the Clintons. The only Dem I can think of who is worth spitting at is Donna Brazile, may she rot in hell; but we can’t vote for or against her. Her time will come.

    In the meantime, there are seats that the Democrats could and should take: Mississippi, Kentucky and West Virginia. The first two are important and the last two are being contested by women. I’m asking you to put your revenge aside for at least these three races.

  91. At Big Journalism, John Nolte explores how Hillary Clinton went from the populist in the 2008 Democrat primaries against radical elitist Obama to, in the left’s eyes, the second coming of Marie Antoinette, noting that “The mainstream media want Elizabeth Warren to run, which is why they are giving Hillary such a hard time. For now at least, the media have turned against Hillary in the same way they did Romney. It was more intense and dishonest with Romney, but the media’s goal is the same: prep the battlefield to put a hardcore Statist in office.”
    ————–
    My reaction: Her populism in 2008 against the elitism of Obama was what I responded to. It was also why I detested big media, and why they deserve to be written out of the book of life, in any serious future dialogue. They are hell bent on protecting the upper class, at the expense of everyone else. The great landscape artist who did Central Park in New York famously said he wanted to design parks for everyone–all social classes to briefly relieve the pressures of urban life. He was a strong opponent of slavery. And he made a timeless comment, that aristocracy, wherever you find it, needs a system of slavery to support it. Sadly, that is what will emerge from the destruction of the middle class which is being systemically engineered by Obama and his backers. There will be no return to the status quo ante so long as the uniparty is in control.

  92. holdthemaccountable
    June 27, 2014 at 7:49 am

    Nancy Pelosi to travel to border, meet detained minors

    …………………………..

    Take her passport and shove her across it with a few bottles of grey goose……..do us all a favor.

  93. I don’t blame Thad Cochran entirely because I truly believe he has no idea what’s going on. He didn’t even know Cantor had lost! I think he is mentally ill. The real tragedy is that the Mississippi Power Brokers are using him and don’t care about his health, legacy, or future of the GOP. Haley Barbour, Rove, Priebus, McConnell, etc played the race card on their own party!

  94. Jes, the time for revenge will have passed in 2016 when Hillary is elected president. I’m not putting my army boots away yet. We may have to fight those damn ObamaDims and MSM again if they start pushing Hillary out and someone they prefer in.

  95. warehouse553
    June 27, 2014 at 2:25 pm
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    He clearly has Alzheimer’s, but he does have lucid moments…yes he was taken advantage of…think how stupid the populous really is!

    They all need to be taken to the woodshed and no one comes out!

  96. What I’m driving at here is what I said at 8:37 am, that the Dem Party has admitted its mistake and is doing amends. The time for revenge is past.
    ______________________

    Jesus….it is actually best served cold…I am of the persuasion that is where they all belong…in a deep freezer.

    Reminds me of the term I hate so…””moving forward…

  97. Oh my yes!!!
    WE have too much money must share. 👿

    Obama sent Congress a $500 million request Thursday for a Pentagon-run program that would significantly expand previous covert efforts to arm rebels fighting both the Sunni extremists and forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad. The move that comes amid increased U.S. concern that the conflicts in Syria and Iraq are becoming an intertwined fight against the same Sunni extremist group.

    If approved by lawmakers, the program would in effect open a second front in the fight against militants with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, that is spilling over Syria’s border and threatening to overwhelm Iraq.

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/M/ML_OBAMA_SYRIA?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2014-06-27-12-49-37

  98. Richard Fernadez writes with a flair and an insight rarely found in today’s media. His insight reminiscent of the old slogan of the Bull Moose Party (spin-off of the Republican Party in 1912):

    “Ill fares the land.

    With hastening ills aprey.

    Where wealth accumulates.

    And men decay.”

    What does this have to our current political demise? Nothing. And, everything.

    The Washington establishment is run by degenerate aristocrats, for whom the welfare of the nation is irrelevant.

    They are too self absorbed to care about us.

    They want to be artists, painters and express themselves.

    That comment by Pelosi typifies this: those people who cannot get jobs can become authors and painters.

    And slowly but surely these degenerate aristocrats lose touch with reality.

    They are the people comprise the political establishment.

    Their contempt for the people is real and palpable.

    And their ranks have been augmented by these internet billionaires.

    Including that little prick Zuckerberg and his open borders bullshit.

    Their tailors know this well before they do.

    Napoleon said an army of lions led by a stag is not an army of lions.

    I would say a nation of freedom loving people, led by a ruling class bent on curtailing their freedom and imposing its will on them is no longer a free nation.

    ————————————————————-

    OUR RULING CLASS

    By Richard Fernadez

    There are two sorts of stock human dramas that play out in every age of history. The first concerns people who were once rich but are now discovering they are poor. The second is their opposite: people who were once poor who suddenly realize they are rich. (snip)

    To real aristocrats, position is simply the way things have always been. In the movie The Aviator, the Howard Hughes character sits down to dinner with Old Money, and his hosts don’t even know where their money came from.
    Ludlow: Then how did you make all that money?

    Mrs. Hepburn: We don’t care about money here, Mr. Hughes.

    Howard: That’s because you have it.

    Mrs. Hepburn: Would you repeat that?

    Howard: You don’t care about money because you have it. And you’ve always had it. My father was dirt poor when I was born…. I care about money, because I know what it takes out of a man to make it.

    It is always rude to inquire where money comes from. Among real royalty it should simply be there. The recompense for the burden of aristocracy is privilege. Aristocrats must do their duty from grace; now could we please get out of the way? The notion is captured in one of CS Lewis’ books, The Magician’s Nephew, where Uncle Andrew explains to Digory that truly important people are not bound by rules:

    “The moment I picked up that box I could tell by the pricking in my fingers that I held some great secret in my hands. She gave it to me and made me promise that as soon as she was dead I would burn it unopened, with certain ceremonies. That promise I did not keep.”

    “Well then, it was jolly rotten of you,” said Digory.

    “Rotten?” said Uncle Andrew with a puzzled look. “Oh, I see. You mean that little boys ought to keep their promises.

    “Very true: most right and proper, I’m sure, and I’m very glad you have been taught to do it. But of course you must understand that rules of that sort, however excellent they may be for little boys—and servants—and women—and even people in general, can’t possibly be expected to apply to profound students and great thinkers and sages. ”

    No, Digory. Men like me who possess hidden wisdom, are freed from common rules just as we are cut off from common pleasures. Ours, my boy, is a high and lonely destiny.”

    Morality is for the middle class. Gustave Flaubert knew that aristocrats valued the right to pursue their calling free of the niggling restraints of bourgeois respectability. “There was an air of indifference about them, a calm produced by the gratification of every passion; and though their manners were suave, one could sense beneath them that special brutality which comes from the habit of breaking down half-hearted resistances that keep one fit and tickle one’s vanity — the handling of blooded horses, the pursuit of loose women.”

    The problem of course is what happens when the long-rich go broke. The once-rich-now-bankrupt become worse than bust, they become ridiculous.

    A modern example is John Kerry, who is making a beggar’s tour of the Middle East. He still acts like King of the World, but his latest stop was Kurdistan, where he pleaded with those tribesmen to save Obama’s foreign policy from collapse. “Kerry urges Kurds to save Iraq from collapse.” The plea may have fallen on deaf ears, as the Kurds seem determined to have their way:

    Some senior Kurdish officials suggest in private they are no longer committed to Iraq and are biding their time for an opportunity to seek independence. In an interview with CNN, Barzani repeated a threat to hold a referendum on independence, saying it was time for Kurds to decide their own fate.

    But at least they received Kerry courteously. They could afford as the coming men to grant Kerry and his boss the former trappings of equality. The subtle change in power relations was evident in Poland. “Poland’s president says US still an important ally,” something he probably said out of politeness and sentiment more than hard calculation. It was at least an improvement on the judgment of the Polish foreign minister, who declared his country’s alliance with America as worthless:

    A Polish magazine said Sunday, June 22, 2014, it has obtained recordings of a private conversation in which Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski says the country’s strong alliance with the U.S. “isn’t worth anything” and is “even harmful because it creates a false sense of security.”

    Being SOS ain’t what it used to be. If Kerry were more perceptive, he’d notice what every aristocrat in decline might perceive: the increasing reluctance of tradesmen to take credit; the ever more frequent absence of his favorite tailor at Savile Row when he comes to order another suit on installment; the growing insistence of cash on the nail. Perhaps the most telling story of our aristocracy’s reduced circumstances comes from Alabama, which is eagerly anticipating jobs the Chinese are outsourcing to America. “Ni hao, y’all”:

    PINE HILL, Ala. (AP) — Burdened with Alabama’s highest unemployment rate, long abandoned by textile mills and furniture plants, Wilcox County desperately needs jobs.

    They’re coming, and from a most unlikely place: Henan Province, China, 7,600 miles away….
    “Jobs that pay $15 an hour are few and far between,” says Dottie Gaston, an official in nearby Thomasville.
    What’s happening in Pine Hill is starting to happen across America
    .
    After decades of siphoning jobs from the United States, China is creating some. Chinese companies invested a record $14 billion in the United States last year, according to the Rhodium Group research firm. Collectively, they employ more than 70,000 Americans, up from virtually none a decade ago.

    None of this, of course, is evident to the men in Washington, who give their occupations as “artist” or “lightworker,” “messiah” or “nonprofit activist.” They are above it all, or at least the eviction notice hasn’t arrived yet. These individuals are still surrounded by their Nobel prizes, plaques, best-selling ghostwritten books and hoary old oil portraits: fat, dumb and happy.

    They still think they’re rich, and grandly raise the minimum wage to a level they can’t afford; order the servants to let in the thousands swarming the southern borders to sup at the remembered feast long picked clean; promise subsidized health care to all and sundry; and — as an ultimate beau geste – order the un-MIRVing of the U.S. strategic deterrent so as not to upset that nice man, Mr. Putin, who lives next door.

    Kerry is almost a central-casting perfect picture of a degenerate aristocrat. Kerry is wealthy beyond belief thanks to his wife. Ergo, he does not do money. Nor does he do foreign policy. He at least does artistic gestures. Only the other day Kerry made an important announcement. Speaking at a the Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies Pride event at the State Department, he declared: “I’m working hard to ensure that by the end of my tenure, we will have lesbian, bisexual and transgender ambassadors in our ranks as well.”

    By contrast, the parvenus are on the move, killing off American allies, grabbing money and arms, positioning themselves for the attack. Marcus Luttrell’s Afghan savior is being hunted by the Taliban. ABC News cites sources who say that new-generation terror groups have developed novel explosives that are undetectable by airport screeners and may soon target passenger planes bound for Europe and America. NBC News warns to get ready for the blitz. “With ISIS forces nearing Baghdad’s city limits, U.S. officials don’t believe the relatively small, ill-equipped army of Islamic militants will be able to take the city by a frontal assault. Instead, they fear that ISIS will terrorize Baghdad by launching a wave of suicide bombings and possibly cutting off water and electricity to the city of 7.5 million.”
    Why, if this keeps up Kerry and Obama might even notice, especially if they unleash the car bomb blitz on New York City or Los Angeles. The contrast between the frivolous Western aristocrats and the hard-charging, innovative terror entrepreneurs could not be more striking.

    What Old Money and Power find hardest to accept is that perhaps their scruffy, uncredentialed and coarse opponents might not only be their equals, but their superiors. One is beginning to suspect that the terror masters are better men — not better or more capable men than normal Americans — but better men than the aristocrats. The terror men are the sort who buy the cheapest acceptable limousine, not because they like it, but simply to make fun of the manners of their decadent victims before they detonate it as a car bomb.

    The men in the White House are like grifters who inherited a great fortune and have unexpectedly come into clothes, cars, houses and jets without the slightest clue how they were earned. Not Downtown but Chitown Abbey. Amazed at their good fortune, they entertain hangers-on, clowns and toadies at lavish parties; they dispense tawdry gifts to the favored and Obamaphones to anyone who shows up at the door.

    “Give him a handful and tell him to go away.”

    And when one day it comes crashing down, they won’t even know why or have the quality to dignify it with the pathos of tragedy. It will just be sad. “Oh look, the beer’s gone.” F. Scott Fitzgerald, who chronicled the rise and fall of the rich perhaps better than anyone ever did, remarked that “it takes a genius to whine appealingly.” By the looks of it, the grifters will be low-class to the end: sans talent, sans grace and sans a clue.

  99. gonzotx
    June 27, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Do you know if his adult children are involved in caring for him. If so, how can they allow this to continue? It has to be illegal on some level. Isn’t mental competence and awareness required to be US Senator? I wonder if Childers will challenge Cochran to a debate in attempt to expose the state of his health.

  100. Free

    You aren’t the only one with rage from 2008. I may not talk about it much, may even smile while I do everything I can to make sure my enemies take a big dive.

    My rage is bipartisan though, rage against the cheaters, the liars, the talkers that just promote themselves and pretend to have the American people in their best interest.

    As far as politics, I feel rage against most of the people that are in the news, in congress and steal votes from other people.

    I know being a gun owner would not be wise for me, only if the government trys to pin me down and takes away our American freedoms.

    Screw ‘um all I say. I am tired of voting for the ‘best’ of the worst.

  101. The time for revenge is past.

    ———
    The time revenge will pass is when Hell freezes over.

    Forgiveness has to be earned, and the Dims haven’t even begun to earn it from Hillary and her supporters.

  102. Screw ‘um all I say. I am tired of voting for the ‘best’ of the worst.
    ______________

    Amen!!

  103. I just heard that the T-Party leader in Mississippi, who was accused in the photographing of Chochrans wife in a nursing home had shot and killed himself.

    Has anyone else heard that?

    If true, What a waste of life.

  104. This is not my math, but seems logical.

    The odds of winning the Florida lottery are 1 in 22,957,480.

    The odds of winning the Powerball is 1 in 175,223,510.

    The odds of winning Mega Millions is 1 in 258,890,850.

    The odds of a disk drive failing in any given month are roughly one in 36. The odds of two different drives failing in the same month are roughly one in 36 squared, or 1 in about 1,300. The odds of three drives failing in the same month is 36 cubed or 1 in 46,656.

    The odds of seven different drives failing in the same month (like what happened at the IRS when they received a letter asking about emails targeting conservative and pro Israeli groups) is 37 to the 7th power = 1 in 78,664,164,096. (that’s over 78 Billion) In other words, the odds are greater that you will win the Florida Lottery 342 times than having those seven IRS hard drives crashing in the same month.

  105. Set aside rage? Not a chance. The use of these illegal children for political gain turns my gut. It was orchastrated.

  106. Here is an excellent article on the economics and “phony populism” of the last 20 years that HRC should take seriously as a shot across her bow. That is, HRC recently referred to today’s economy as “a throwback to the Gilded Age of the robber barons.” The author (Thomas Frank) agrees, but points out with historical detail that WJC ran on the same platform but did a number of things that made the situation worse:

    http://www.salon.com/2014/06/22/hillary_clinton_forgets_the_90s_our_latest_gilded_age_and_our_latest_phony_populists/

    The article ends with:

    The original Gilded Age {of the late 19th century} ended when Democrats and Republicans came together around the old populist program of financial regulation, antitrust enforcement, income tax, and legitimacy for organized labor. This time around there is no end in sight, because Republicans and Democrats have come together on a program that is almost the opposite—dismantling the regulatory state at the behest of the One Percent while assuring an ever angrier public that they feel our pain, that they’re Putting People First, that they’d be great to have a beer with, that Yes We Can. The heart sickens at the thought of these many long years of fake populism, and the stomach turns to imagine how little time there is before we are swept up in it all over again.

    Thomas Frank is a Salon politics and culture columnist. His many books include “What’s The Matter With Kansas,” “Pity the Billionaire” and “One Market Under God.” He is the founding editor of The Baffler magazine.

  107. freespirit June 27, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    the time for revenge will have passed in 2016 when Hillary is elected president…. We may have to fight those damn ObamaDims and MSM again…

    (i) If we contribute to Pub victory this fall, there will be less or no chance of HRC running in such an environment, and zero chance of her winning.

    (ii) If you think losing the three races I mentioned will help fight the “damn ObamaDims,” consider that the Democrats in those three races are all newcomers — non-incumbents — who had nothing to do with 2008.

    Exacting revenge now is a suicide bombing.

  108. Shadowfax June 27, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    The time revenge will pass is when Hell freezes over. Forgiveness has to be earned.

    When a journalist asked HRC what a person’s most important quality was, she shot back “Forgiveness” without batting an eyelash.

    I may not be a Methodist like HRC, but I’m a convinced Christian and I know that forgiveness is not earned by the transgressor. It is given by the transgressed.

    Furthermore, since Hell is never going to freeze over, I assume that your need for revenge will go on and on forever. Won’t you ever be satisfied? Do you really want Bitch McConnell to be re-elected, Cochran too? Does every Democrat have to be driven out of Congress and their seats filled with the fat bottoms of Republicans? And if you get that far, how much more damage can you inflict?

  109. I want the GOP to win the Senate but I think the Mississippi Seat can and should be sacrificed to teach these people a lesson

  110. I want the GOP to win the Senate but I think the Mississippi Seat can and should be sacrificed to teach these people a lesson!

  111. Me: The time for revenge is past.

    gonzotx June 27, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    ….it is actually best served cold…I am of the persuasion that is where they all belong…in a deep freezer.

    Well, that’s a good sign because that’s all I’m asking for: a cool head.

    Reminds me of the term I hate so…”moving forward…”

    I guess that’s why you have problems with HRC — she’s always resolutely looking forward. Just sayin’…

  112. Here’s some more from The New Republic about what HRC’s economic agenda should be. Good details without too much economics jargon at:

    http://www.newrepublic.com/article/118275/democratss-2016-economic-agenda-needs-rebranding

    The article ends with:

    “I see absolutely no reason why a candidate couldn’t or shouldn’t run on a full employment agenda,” Bernstein said. “Maybe those aren’t the right words. I’m not a pollster. The idea that the absence of a robust job market that helps channel the benefits of growth fairly to the middle class strikes me as important. I don’t see why that couldn’t be the core of an effective campaign.” In other words, Democrats will have to convince voters that much of the Obama agenda is still the right prescription for the economy, despite the weak results over the past five-plus years. That’s not easy.

    In contrast, Republicans will have a policy agenda that seems substantial and is untested. Whoever the GOP nominee is for 2016, their economic platform will almost certainly contain spending and tax cuts along with a deregulatory plan—the same policies they have supported throughout the Obama presidency. As the minority party, the GOP does not need to change that platform, and it might just appeal to voters if Democrats can’t find a better way to sell their economic ideas.

  113. Shadowfax: Forgiveness has to be earned, and the Dims haven’t even begun to earn it from Hillary and her supporters.
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    Spot on in my book. The moral values taught by Christian churches which encourage love and peace are the values I choose, but there is an exception for me which includes self-defense. And I don’t look at it as revenge. I see it as protection for my way of life.

    Pastor Lori S. (top 2 of clergy I’ve worshipped with and admire) once told me that protecting oneself is an acceptable response in the Biblical sense. Even if it were not, I’d still be fighting against the sins of immoralityas they affect this Republic. Only other choice would seem to be lie down, roll over.
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    And henry 8:15 pm – your outrage should flood the land: This IS orchestrated and is absolutely human trafficking for political gain. Ought to be a special place below for all including Pelosi for her part as typified above.

  114. Being merely of Twitter mentality, I take note of mother and daughter possibly at cross purposes, but leave that for others to decide.

    Alexandra Pelosi, the daughter of the House minority leader is promoting a new documentary about the crisis at the southern border. Her mother, Nancy Pelosi, will be at the border today welcoming illegals as they cross into our country against our laws.
    http://hotair.com/archives/2014/06/27/alexandra-pelosi-obama-admin-media-enabling-human-trafficking-at-the-border/

  115. “RENT SEEKING PARASITES”–what an inspired description of the RINO.
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    Scorched Earth: Eric Cantor’s Staff, Supporters Drain Cash From Virginia GOP, Dave Brat

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    After the skin-crawling exploitation of black voters in Mississippi, the GOP’s current leadership wing gives a second demonstration, this time in Virginia, of just how committed they are to “a big tent,” or to the GOP’s vitality in general. The Senate majority matters, the House majority matters. But this party’s leadership is infested with the same disregard for Washington’s intended purpose as any Clintonian.

    Third parties fail. But what cost does remaining aligned with this generation of GOP leadership take from the cause of liberty and transparency?

    Recall, last week Eric Cantor said: “Of course I’ll vote for David Brat … I want a Republican to hold this seat.” Video:

    This week? He sends Ray Allen — read anything I’ve published at PJM the last few months for background on this Tammany Hall-style thug — to proxy a budget vote for the seat Cantor really really earnestly hopes the GOP holds. On the next page is local Virginia blogger and grassroots organizer Jamie Radtke with the details. Do read to the end — as a member of the GOP, of any stripe from McCain to Cruz, I do hope Radtke’s coverage encourages you to reclaim your party from these rent-seeking parasites…

    http://pjmedia.com/davidsteinberg/scorched-earth-eric-cantors-staff-supporters-drain-cash-from-virginia-gop-dave-brat/

  116. By the way, this is why I have maintained that it is a snare and a delusion to think that grass roots conservatives have a fighting chance in the Republican Party. It has become a shell of what it was under Reagan, and the race to the bottom began with his successor whose family were scions of Wall Street.

  117. In my younger days I adopted the live and let die attitude towards attaining conventional forms of success only to find them empty. As my perspectives turned from the short term to the long term and my values more and more to the intrinsic, I came to understand the essential nature of the Christian philosophy for a successful, healthy society. I believe the “turn the other cheek” nature of forgiveness is what makes Christianity better than other religions. In practice, you can have all kinds of wakoes make of whatever religion they have, whatever they want. It is the fundamental idea of forgiveness that makes Christianity better. It is a matter of focus.

    One needs to pick ones fights and properly identify the enemy. I would consider the enemy the apathy, greed and corruption that are causing the decline of a great nation. Yes, I still believe that revenge can be a delight best served cold, but if it does not target the real enemy, it is just a distraction. I think Hillary is focused. I think she want real success. That requires forgiveness.

  118. I have long admired Christopher Hedges, because he is not goaded and deluded by bright shiny objects, and is willing to speak the truth. I would say the same thing about Glenn Greenwald plus he has immense courage. Both of them are HONEST men of the left and the world sorely needs them to call bullshit on the corporate state.

    But this guy Thomas Franks quoted above is strictly a poseur, and lord knows we have seen more than enough of his kind in the progressive camp. He blames Bill for opening the door to the corporate state, and he claims that the Tea Party is an engine of the corporate state, and that they are the beneficiaries of the welfare state.

    This is a guy who claims to have once been a Republican but left the party as an act of conscience and is now a harsh critic. He is a pip squeak, peddling a series of faulty premises, hoping to endear himself to the Washington who feed off of big government, and the corresponding transfer of wealth from the American People into their corrupt pockets. He is, in short, a pale imitation of that scumbag for all seasons David Brock (Media Matters/Soros).

    His argument, as I understand it is two-fold ad infinitum, ad nauesum: first, that Bill Clinton is responsible for creating the corporate state we see today; and, second, the Tea Party is a tool of the corporate state. The former argument is pure poppy cock. The later argument shows an abysmal ignorance of the bitter dispute which is raging within the Republican Party between the grass roots and the establishment. If the Tea Party was part of the corporate state, then why would they primary establishment figures like Cantor and Cochrane? The question never occurs to him.

    The reality of the current situation was laid out succinctly by one of the great thinkers of our time, Nial Ferguson, in the following passage. This is something that Thomas Frank, and his fellow jurnolisters cannot afford to comprehend because they aspire to be part of that corrupt bureaucratic elite as faux jurnolisters.
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    Westerners are justly proud of their various democratic systems, and Americans in particular regard their Constitution as the world’s best. Yet every comparative study of institutional quality — from the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index to the World Bank’s Worldwide Governance Indicators — tells the same depressing story. In many Western countries there has been a perceptible decline in the rule of law. Among the worst cases are South European “cradles of democracy,” Greece and Italy, which receive shockingly bad scores from the World Economic Forum. In the United States, meanwhile, the World Bank reports marked declines since 2000 in the control of corruption, regulatory quality, accountability and government effectiveness.

    This “great degeneration” helps explain the slowdown in growth and productivity we have witnessed in the West in the past decade. We cannot blame it solely on the financial crisis, nor on the fact that (as the economist Robert Gordon recently argued) the information technology revolution has delivered much less than its own hype led us to expect. The world is changing not just because the Rest have got better, but also because — quite independently — the West has got worse. Indeed, much of the developed world today reminds me of what Adam Smith said about China in “The Wealth of Nations”: It has reached a “stationary” state in which growth is near zero and prosperity is enjoyed only by a corrupt bureaucratic elite.

  119. I believe the “turn the other cheek” nature of forgiveness is what makes Christianity better than other religions. In practice, you can have all kinds of wakoes make of whatever religion they have, whatever they want. It is the fundamental idea of forgiveness that makes Christianity better.
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    If this is an argument that we should forgive the Democrats who threw their support to Obama, a man who has wrecked this nation, then I think forgiveness is not the answer. I am more inclined to favor drumshead justice which was metted out to Nazi collaborators in post war Paris. But assuming I am wrong about that, at a minimum, Christian theology presumes a confession by the sinner which precedes absolution and forgiveness. I see no sign of it within the party. All that I see is a bunch of cockroaches scurrying for cover when the kitchen light goes on in November. The notion of forgiveness is central to the New Testament, inasmuch as Christ died for our sins. The Muslim religion prefers to kill the infidel rather than forgive him. Therefore, I would be reluctant to go to the middle east at this moment, and try to tell anyone that Christianity is a superior religion. That could have fatal consequences.

    On a related topic, one of the points made in the new Kline book, Blood Feud is that the State Department does not control the ambassadors, and the entire foreign policy of the Obama Administration has three architects: Jarrett, Axelrod and Brennan. In other words, Dr. Strangelove and two campaign operatives with a shady past. Now there are three good cases for the drumshead justice I spoke of above. Failure should be stamped on each of their heads and hey should be consigned to the realm of political oblivion and historical villains.

  120. One of the worst things you can say about someone is they have no honor. That statement applies in spades to most of the people in the Obama Administration and surely to the three grifters noted above.

  121. This was the quote by Ferguson that aligns with the term ‘rent seeking parasites’ used to describe the RINO:

    The third driver of change (in the world) — nearly always overlooked by political scientists is:

    –the tendency of even the best systems

    –to degenerate over time

    –as rent-seeking special interests grow on the body politic like barnacles on a ship’s hull,

    –and civic virtue yields to human frailty

  122. Lu4PUMA June 28, 2014 at 9:43 am

    One needs to pick ones fights and properly identify the enemy…. Yes, I still believe that revenge can be a delight best served cold, but if it does not target the real enemy, it is just a distraction. I think Hillary is focused. I think she want real success. That requires forgiveness.

    Spot-on and cogently expressed. Thank you for your thoughts.

  123. wbboei
    June 28, 2014 at 10:13 am

    I believe the “turn the other cheek” nature of forgiveness is what makes Christianity better than other religions. In practice, you can have all kinds of wakoes make of whatever religion they have, whatever they want. It is the fundamental idea of forgiveness that makes Christianity better.
    __________________________

    I see it as righting a great wrong. 🙂

  124. wbboei June 28, 2014 at 10:13 am

    … I think forgiveness is not the answer. I am more inclined to favor drumshead justice which was meted out to Nazi collaborators in post war Paris.

    Then you would have found yourself opposed to Leclerc and his Division, to De Gaulle and the Fourth Republic, to the Resistance, and to the American forces that arrived in Paris. All of them strenuously conspired to end the mob justice that was going on.

    Makes me wonder about the different worldviews you and I supposedly have. You have often decried the bloodshed of “the Left” during the Revolution, which was also mob justice.

    The Muslim religion prefers to kill the infidel rather than forgive him.

    And you take that as a good example of the kind of justice we need now in the west? Come now…

  125. jeswezey

    June 28, 2014 at 11:22 am
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    You are too serious. Some things are said in satire to make a larger point. Try reading A Modest Proposal.

    As far as drumshead justice is concerned, it was mob rule at its worst, like the Rodney King riots on steroids.

    You may wish to read the biography of Coco Chanel. It says that 40,000 people were slaughtered, many on the mere suspicion that they had consorted with the enemy, while Coco who had slept with them literally escaped thanks to the intercession of her friend Churchill, proving once again that the elites may cause or contribute to major catastrophies, but they have their rat line to escape punishment.

    Every woman alive loves Chanel #5, provided they do not know this history.

  126. Leclerc and his Division, to De Gaulle and the Fourth Republic, to the Resistance, and to the American forces that arrived in Paris. All of them strenuously conspired to end the mob justice that was going on.
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    And Sherman strenoulously to avoid the rape and pillaging of civilians after he had burned Atlanta. He could have but he didn’t. And just to prove it, history cites the counter example of Wilson, who restrained his troops.

    It is revisionist history to suggest that the people you cite conspired strenuously to end mob justice. Their armies were fully mobilized. The mob justice was being metted out in the streets. They let it happen and then told the world they tried to stop it. The only thing missing in the debacle was Liar Jay Carney.

  127. jeswezey
    June 28, 2014 at 6:07 am

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    Well you have your beliefs and I have mine.

    Giving out free forgiveness passes to those that still wrong me, that still try to deceive me and are not sorry for what they did…is just ridiculous to me.

  128. wbb

    If this is an argument that we should forgive the Democrats who threw their support to Obama, a man who has wrecked this nation, then I think forgiveness is not the answer.

    [snip]

    But assuming I am wrong about that, at a minimum, Christian theology presumes a confession by the sinner which precedes absolution and forgiveness. I see no sign of it within the party. All that I see is a bunch of cockroaches scurrying for cover when the kitchen light goes on in November.

    I agree with you 100%.

  129. Every woman alive loves Chanel #5

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    Not this woman, I have never liked it…just based on it’s odor.

  130. The DNC and the ObamaDims among party leaders along with media were responsible for Obama’s installation . Both committed travesties against the democratic process and manipulated voters and the election in 2008. The Dims are reaping some of what they sowed. They still have the ability and the propensity to select the nominee for the party, as they did then, thwarting the will of the majority of voters. Unpunished caucus fraud, removing Hillary’s votes, bribing and intimidating super delegates to get their votes. The players in that whole tragedy will change, but none of them will regret their actions. They will possibly regret that they commandeered the primary process for the wrong guy, and installed an incompetent into office. But Pelosi, Kerry, and the rest will think nothing further about the manner in which they did it.

    Of course, people accept that “politics is a dirty business”, and that we have to expect and accept dirty tricks. Well, we may have to, but we don’t have to be contributing members of the group. Many Hillary supporters responded by resigning from the Dem Party and refusing to contribute another penny. Did it impact the party? Only to a small degree. But on a personal level, it made me feel a damn site better, and the whole sorry, slimy mess taught me a damn good lesson about blind allegiance to a party. Granted, it was something I should have known all along. Lesson learned.

    The concept of government elected by the people is basic to freedom. If the winner has been pre-determined by a a few , and MSM throws its support behind that candidate, manipulating the minds of voters, as happened with O, freedom gets the shaft. The country does as well, of course. But the greater damage is that democratic process ceases to exist, as does freedom when the people no longer have a voice. It’s true, of course, that or in too many cases, people are poorly informed, or they no longer care. The comparatively small number of people who do know and care, and who recognize the seriousness of the matter can fight and work to repair the process, but when MSM wants to prevent their success, the likelihood is that MSM will prevail.

    Regardless of who is in charge of government – Republicans or Democrats – if those elected officials were not fairly elected by citizens whose decisions were based in some semblance of truth about the candidate – not propaganda from MSM, repeated over and over and over again, in a form of brain washing – freedom has been denied . Those citizens have not freely and fairly elected their government.

    The 2008 Democratic primary, was a heinous event. A few people determined that they would place a particular man in the WH. They wanted to beat the moderate faction, who was expected to run a female. What better way to defeat her and the moderates than by running an African American male? They had to rig the game and to get the propaganda machine on board in order to accomplish their goal, but they did it. They not only struck a blow against freedom, they installed an incompetent who has perpetrated damage on the country that will not soon be undone – if ever.

    I hope the Dem party has paid the price, as jes said, but I have seen no repentance, which is the prerequisite for forgiveness. Some of MSM lost a few viewers, but no lesson learned, there. They still support Obama and his wing of the Dim Party. No real repentance from them, either.

    Hillary’s detractors say that she fought so had to win in 2008 because of ego and ambition (so the hell what, if that were the case?) I think she did, in part, because she actually was winning, in terms of votes cast and counted. But, I think she also knew that her opponent was not competent to do the job of president, and that his agenda would do great damage to the country.

    I admire her for continuing to fight. And, honestly, I admire for accepting the SOS job. I think in both actions, although she may have been motivated by a number of factors, one of those motivators was to do what she could for the country – knowing that we were about to fact a sh** storm.

  131. Captured illegal immigrants heard saying,

    “That’s okay, Obama’s gonna let me go.

    I can think of several places to send these children, drug dealers, wolves etc.

    So the elites, and the political class would not have to fly down to the Texas border

    And so they can understand the dire consequences of playing politics with our nation’s security.

    By their Messiah.

    1) Washington DC (Georgetown)

    2) Virginia (Alexanderia)

    3) Maryland (Chevy Chase)

    4) Florida (Palm Beach, Kennedy Compound)

    5) Massachusetts (Hyannis Port, Cape Cod)

    6) New York (The Hamptons)

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    I’ve had a 7-year-old little girl from El Salvador with her mother come to my front door just in dire need, lost, needing help,” says Linda Vickers, who owns a Ranch in Brooks County.

    “They wanted to get a ride to Houston; they didn’t want me to call border control. This ranchland is ruthless. It’s deep sand; it’s hot; it’s humid; it literally sucks the life out of a person.”

    Vickers says even though her ranch is about 60 miles north of the border, bands of illegal immigrants are still crossing onto her land by circumventing border patrol check points.

    “I have a set of dogs here that are a deterrent and they tend to put some of these people in trees. I’ve even had an MS-13 gang member in a tree up here in front,” says Vickers.

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is scheduled to travel to South Texas on Saturday to meet with immigrant children at a detention facility and be briefed about the ongoing humanitarian crisis along the Texas-Mexico border.
    Vickers wishes Pelosi or a member of her staff would come to her ranch to see first hand what everyday Texans are going through.

    “I’d have to ask my husband if he’d have Nancy Pelosi on the property first,” says Vickers, who’s also a member of Texas Border Volunteers. “No. We’d have her here.”

    Vickers goes onto speak about the things Pelosi might see.
    “On one hand, I have women and children and young people in distress — and then on the other hand, I’ve had a criminal element of gang members,” says Vickers. “Young men that have had multiple deportations and do not want to get caught.

    I’ve heard them tell border patrol as they’re loading them into their vehicle ‘That’s okay, Obama’s gonna let me go.’

    http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2014/06/27/border-resident-nancy-pelosi-should-visit-my-ranch/

  132. Another place I would send them would be to Pelosi’s district in California. Maybe they could all stay at her multi million dollar estate. She is the prototype of the decadent aristocrat totally out of touch with reality.

  133. MEXICAN MILITARY CHOPPER CROSSES INTO USA, FIRES AT BORDER AGENTS…
    AMNESTY ADVOCATES STORM CONGRESS…
    Activists arrested at Rep’s office…
    PELOSI TO GREET NEW ARRIVALS AT BORDER…
    First Lady Of Honduras To Tour TX Shelters…
    ‘OBAMA GOING TO LET THEM GO’…
    Illegals bankrupting border towns…
    PAPER: Central America Economies Dependent on Remittances…
    SURPRISE: FEDS TO FLY MIGRANTS TO CALIFORNIA…
    BORDER PATROL AGENTS TEST POSITIVE FOR DISEASES…
    Ranchers say criminal illegals ‘everywhere’…
    Militia members form human chain to stop…

    HIV FEARS AS MIGRANTS EXPOSED ON JOURNEY NORTH
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    Obama: this is not may fault. I did nothing to encourage this. I called the heads of the Latin American countries and told them in no uncertain terms that I did not authorize this massive migration. I had to give amnesty to Dreamers because Congress did not act. Its Bush’s fault.

  134. Come on elites. Show some compassion, with your own money. To whom much is given, much is expected. Besides, you helped cause the problem. Tell these “new Americans” as jolt’n joe biden called them that: mi casa es su casa.

  135. I guess that’s why you have problems with HRC — she’s always resolutely looking forward. Just sayin’…
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    Gosh, that’s a relief. Then there will be no rear guard action to be fought over Benghazi. But in the event that is not the case then she had better turn around, and deal with it. And when you say she is always looking forward, shades of her concession speech when you hear footsteps just keep walking, the question arises in 2016 looking forward to what? I could have answered that question in 2008. Now however, the answer is unclear. Therefore, she needs to tell us, and let us hope that it is more than what we have seen thus far which has been running interference for Obama.

  136. Thanks, Shadow.

    wbb, thanks for posting this story. It’s pretty telling. I have an acquaintance who was talking with an hispanic farm worker some months ago. The farm worker had been in the US 12 or 14 years. When asked if he were a legal immigrant, he said, “no …. someday.” Then smiled made a thumbs-up gesture and said, ” Obama”. The implication was, of course that the great O would take care of everything.

    No one wants people to suffer and live in dire conditions. But we cannot use only emotion in looking at this issue. Logic and intelligence must be employed, as well. Eventually, the country will implode from the overload on the system. It’s not a long term solution to have any and every one in bordering countries just moving over. Again, no one wants to see other humans suffer. Our nature is to help alleviate suffering, when possible, but that’s not what Pelosi is worried about. She is trying to get more voters for Dems just as Obama is.

  137. Check Out Obama’s Weaselly Message to Illegal Aliens

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    BRYAN PRESTON
    Bio
    June 27, 2014 – 5:38 pmPage 1 of 2 Next –

    The Texas-Mexico border is being overrun at least in part because residents of Central America believe that if their kids get to the border, the United States will take care of them.

    President Obama could shut that off with an unequivocal message telling parents that America will enforce its laws, so don’t bother coming here and don’t bring or send your kids here.

    But that’s not the message that the president delivered today.

    ABC’s George Stephanopoulos asked the president to deliver a strong message to the residents of Central America.

    This is what he got.

    “Our message absolutely is don’t send your children unaccompanied on trains or through a bunch of smugglers,” the president said. “That is our direct message to families in Central America. Do not send your children to the borders. If they do make it, they’ll get sent back. More importantly, they may not make it.”

    There are enough holes in that for a convoy of coyote-driven trucks to drive through, as I’ll show on the next page

  138. Don’t send your kids here…but the president didn’t say anything about not bringing them here.

    Don’t send your kids here…via the specific means of trains or through smugglers.

    Obama didn’t say anything to suggest that America will now enforce its laws, either.

    And he has no message for the governments of any Central American country where the people are coming from, or for Mexico, which appears to be letting them cross its border on their way here.

    Now, some might say “Give the buy a break. He’s saying what you want and he’s sending the right message.” Nope. The man is a lawyer who forces you to parse every syllable of every word he says.

    This president is still lawless and he has no intention of enforcing immigration law as it stands. He has no intention of implementing real security. He and his Democrat cohorts keep saying as much, in all that noise about him “borrowing” power to re-work the law without Congress.

    He can’t do that. But he is signaling that he will, and he will do it to benefit his party, and the potential illegal aliens out there.

  139. A Carthaginian Peace with the Republican establishment is unacceptable. It is tantamount to slavery. They must be made to pay dearly for what they did in Mississippi. They proved to their base how much they hate them. And for that, they deserve to lose the only thing that matters to them: the Senate.
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    (In the Mississippi primary) the NRSC, establishment Senators (RINOS), and their soulless consultants employed a new strategy:

    Tea Party Delenda Est

    It is actually a rather apt analogy when you think about it. The Romans wanted to destroy Carthage not only because it was a threat, but because Carthage had humiliated them. This led to the attitude that Carthage needed to be more than defeated, it needed to be totally destroyed. Vengeance would be meted out. Those who survive, would become slaves. The land would be sown with salt, just as safe measure.

    There is no victory except total victory and any means necessary to accomplish victory will be deemed ethical by the victors.

    So it is now with the establishment fight against the Tea Party. We have seen both McConnell’s and Cochran’s staff engage in race baiting in order to destroy their opponents. In Cochran’s case, fliers were sent out to African American Democrats that implied State Senator Chris McDaniel was a racist who was coming for their food stamps and welfare.

    Should the Republican establishment in Washington get away with tarring its own voters as racists? Should the Republican establishment in Washington get away with comparing its own base to Klansmen?

    If there is no penalty for doing so, they will keep doing it. If there is no consequence, they will attack their own base to preserve their power. They will learn no lesson. In fact, some of you may want to donate to Travis Childers, Thad Cochran’s Democrat opponent. I cannot say that I blame you.

    Cochran will now put the highest bidders first. The GOP will carry out this tactic of calling you racist klansmen Nazis everywhere it works. I would like to see the GOP get the majority and oust Harry Reid as leader. But I understand if you think Mississippi can still be sacrificed.

    All true. If Cochran trounces Childers in the general election, the lesson learned by Republican incumbents will be that there’s no cost to beating conservative challengers by any means necessary. You guys will always turn out for them in November on the theory that the Democrat is worse, no matter how nasty to you they are in the primary, so they might as well be as nasty as they like. The question is, is the Democrat worse this time? He may be worse than Cochran on policy, but is he worse than the filthy patronage system that supports Cochran and which he supports in turn? That’s what you’re voting for, whether you like it or not, if you vote for Thad.

    There are risks here. Electing Childers could give the Democrats the 50th Senate seat they need in the fall to preserve their majority. (Biden would cast the deciding vote in case of 50/50 ties, of course.) That’s not a big risk on legislation given that Republicans will control the House but it’s a huge risk on Supreme Court nominations, if/when Harry Reid ends up nuking the filibuster and allowing confirmation by simple majority vote. If O knows he can get a nominee through with just 51 votes, he’ll feel safer nominating someone who’s further left. Also, the more seats you hand to Democrats now, the better position they’ll be in come 2016, when they’re expected to clean up in battleground states. Sean Trende thinks there’s even a (small) chance that Democrats will win a filibuster-proof majority. If you sacrifice Mississippi now, you’re making that marginally more likely.

    The counterargument is simple, though: If not now, when? The GOP might do well enough in the fall to retake the Senate even if they lose Mississippi. If they don’t retake it, that’s not a disaster — this is, by Nate Silver’s estimate, the “least important election in years” because control of the upper chamber matters so little. The GOP will have more leverage over Court confirmations if they have a majority, but who knows if there’ll even be a vacancy on the Court? And gridlock on legislation is a fait accompli given Obama’s standoff with the Republican House regardless of what the Senate does. If you’re unwilling to risk a protest vote for a Democrat after the grotesque spectacle of a group of GOP cronies using liberal votes to prop up an elderly man whose heart isn’t in it anymore, you’ll never be willing. And if you’re unwilling, maybe it’s time to stop complaining about Cochran and cronyism and the rest of it and accept that this is who we are and who we’re going to be.

    Tea Party and conservative activists need to make a choice, you can choose hope or despair. You can believe that our voice matters and our votes are not a given, or you can vote for the establishment candidate in November. If you choose the latter, then Carthage has already been destroyed and you’ve already been made a slave.

    http://www.redstate.com/2014/06/27/hope-despair-choice/

  140. Perhaps you noticed how closely our situation as Hillary supporters in 2008 parallels the situation facing Tea Party candidates? Many Hillary supporters chose to be slaves, and switched to Obama. We on the other hand did not. And as the true nature of Messiah Obama becomes obvious to a nation of dummies, we have nothing to apologize for, whereas those who made the fatal leap to Obama have been shown to be not party loyalists, not political sophisticates, just rubes.

  141. For my money, it is imperative that McConnell, who I have had in my home, NOT become senate majority leader. The only way that can happen is if conservatives support democrats, with all the bad that entails, starting with the fact that the most corrupt man in Congress, Harry Reid, remains majority leader. The scenario is hideous but the alternative is even worse. No Thad, no Mitch, and the cosmic order is restored. They are guilty of the same race baiting techniques as a scumbag like Clyburn. A distinction without a difference.
    ________________________

    5 Questions for Senators Mitch McConnell and Jerry Moran
    Friday, June 27th, 2014 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, Elections

    On June 3, Chris McDaniel stunned the nation by edging out Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) in the Mississippi primary, just barely missing the 50% threshold to avoid a runoff. This was no longer a long-shot pariah challenge within the party; McDaniel had topped a 42-year incumbent in a high-turnout election. Despite the inveterate dependency, the endless relationships and political connections Cochran had forged throughout the state, McDaniel broke through the political machine most pundits thought to be impervious just one year ago.

    Nonetheless, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and NRSC Chairman Jerry Moran (R-KS) dove into the Senate runoff full-throttle on behalf of the indolent incumbent. Despite the clear understanding that Cochran would only be able to win the runoff by turning out Democrat voters in an effort to overpower the GOP voters, McConnell and the NRSC raised $825,000 for the Cochran campaign. The NRSC also dumped in $175,000 in get-out-the-vote efforts in the final days of the campaign – a GOTV effort that was focused on turning out Democrat voters against the core principles of the GOP platform.

    Ultimately, their efforts, in conjunction with the local Super PAC headed by the Barbour gang, successfully turned out roughly 40,000 specifically targeted African-American Democrats. This was enough to overpower McDaniel’s robust turnout in heavily Republican counties and coming out 6,900 votes ahead. According to estimates from a New York Times data cruncher, McDaniel likely won the GOP vote by at least 8 points, roughly in line with the projections of pre-election polling.

    We now know that racist robo calls and flyers were deployed in black communities, which rallied support for Cochran through praising Obama, repudiating mainstays of the GOP platform, and insinuating bigotry against McDaniel and GOP base voters. The flyers look awfully similar to those sent out by Henry Barbour’s Super PAC, “Mississippi Conservatives.” While the robo calls were illegally placed without disclaimers, there is evidence that the Barbour Super PAC paid shady Democrat firms to place robo calls, although the content of those calls have yet to be identified.

    Hence, this is not your garden variety narrow victory in an acrimonious primary. There are a number of red lines that have been crossed here – disturbing questions that beg answers from Senators Jerry Moran and Mitch McConnell:

    1) Heading forward, is the NRSC and GOP leadership happy with a campaign designed to win with Democrat votes in a Republican primary? A number of states have open primaries, but do they believe it is good for the party to actively seek cross-over votes to overpower a clear GOP majority for one candidate?

    2) Are they content with winning a primary through race baiting against their own party by playing African American voters and President Obama against the GOP party faithful? Is this something they plan to replicate in the future?

    3) There are a number of sharp disagreements over policy issues within the party. Many in the establishment want conservatives to drop social issues and border security from our party’s platform. But bedrock issues such as cutting spending, welfare reform, and balanced budgets are the glue that holds all Republicans together. It represents the foundation of the GOP platform promoting upward mobility over dependency. Thad Cochran clearly came out ahead solely because he attracted Democrats on a message repudiating these ideals of the party. Is that Kosher? Do they condone such behavior and is that good for the party headed forward?

    4) Do they believe we should attract black voters by engaging in race baiting and promoting food stamps or should be promote the Republican message of school choice, upward mobility, economic growth, and cracking down on illegal immigrants who take their jobs? If the latter, will they repudiate Thad Cochran? If the former, do they plan to repeat that strategy in the general election?

    5) If it is this easy to turn out African American voters on an anti-Republican, pro-Obama message in a Republican primary, imagine how easy it is for Democrats to engage in the same race-baiting messaging. What lesson will Democrats in the south, such as Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Kay Hagan, (D-NC) and Michele Nunn (D-GA) learn from you condoning this strategy if they can now say you agree with their premise about Republicans?

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  142. Peggy Noonan is no great thinker but even a blind pig can find an acorn, and she was spot on when she reported comments by Republican insiders that there are no elder statesmen running the party, it is all poseurs like Ed Gillespee who ran the Romney campaign, lost and collected $36 million of his failure.

    If Trey were running the party, it would be different.

    I also find it interesting that now that the democrats have seen who they are up against, namely Trey, and how he castrated that arrogant IRS commissioner before the world and so deftly that the commissioner did not even miss his missing member and went on CNN and told the world he wants to restore trust in the IRS after having his testicles handed to him. Its a bloodless takedown when the target has no idea that he has been had. Pity he gave up the practice of law for Lent.

  143. I think what Putin just said was ‘Check.’

    Hillary 2016

    Russia will not sit idly by as jihadists press Iraq assault

    http://news.yahoo.com/russia-not-sit-idly-jihadists-press-iraq-assault-133213933.html

    From article……

    Damascus (AFP) – Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said in Damascus on Saturday that his country “will not remain passive” as jihadists push an offensive in Syria’s neighbour Iraq.

    “Russia will not remain passive to the attempts by some groups to spread terrorism in the region,” Ryabkov told journalists after meeting with President Bashar al-Assad.

    ……..

    “The situation is very dangerous in Iraq and the foundations of the Iraqi state are under threat,” he said.

    Ryabkov also reiterated Moscow’s position that the crises in Syria and Iraq must be resolved “through a genuine national dialogue”.

    Asked about Washington’s decision to support moderate rebels in Syria, Ryabkov said: “There can be no alternative to a political solution.”

    He added: “We reject this US policy. It is in everybody’s interest, including the Americans, to act responsibly on Syria.”

  144. wbb….

    You are a keen legal mind and a fantastic writer. Maybe you can shed light on a this.

    http://www.businessinsider.com.au/nlrb-decision-obama-mcconnell-supreme-court-boehner-lawsuit-recess-appointments-2014-6

    The article outlines how Mitch (we are on a first name basis) led a strategy to sue the president that was successful. Orange boy is looking to do the same thing, presumably as a result of this success. a) What are his chances? Can the House republicans pull off what the Senate republicans did? b)What strategy could they use? The article outlined the options Mitch had. What are the options that orange boy has? Which one would be the most effective? c) What kind of outcome can be expected? 9 – 0 is a tall order to expect for any case, but what argument could get the House a very positive result?

    Hillary 2012

  145. wbboei June 28, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    You are too serious.

    Yeah, I’ve been told that before. Sorry for missing your larger point.

    But I had a larger point too: The entities I named (Leclerc Division, De Gaulle, Resistance, US forces) were all engaged in the heat of the war itself and yet tried to impose restraint on the population, i.e., forgiveness for the wrongs borne during the war.

    The best analogy to today is the “special place next to the fire” set aside for Claire McCaskill in Clinton Hell. McCaskill was the first to endorse HRC for president, which earned her a call from the plucky blond lady herself. That is HRC’s way of forgiving. Are we ready to forgive McCaskill? Or are we too small for that?

  146. Well, a bloodless coup against the grass roots in Iowa, the barring of a review of ballots for evidence of fraud writ large in Mississippi, all orchestrated by the establishment, and now, perhaps, people will begin to understand why I have believed and maintained from the beginning, that there is no way the grass roots of the Republican party can live under the same roof as the elitist, Washington DC focused establishment that is Obama’s partner in crime. Most of them still believe they can take over the party, and that some voice is better than no voice. Well, again, what happened in Mississippi should be enough to make them realize that the only option is a third party, which is free to pick and choose candidates and issues, which candidate to support. At this point, the Democrat party owns the blacks, and keeps on the plantation now known as the welfare state. That will never change–ever. And the Republican Party owns the white rural vote, which has nothing in common with the elite crowds in Georgetown who drive Tesselas, sip dom Periogne, bask in their Harvard degrees, pick their nose, and ignore the general welfare. Let us hope that the grass roots says enough of this. The establishment has the right to do what they do and we have the reciprocal right to whipsaw the party to its death/

  147. The best analogy to today is the “special place next to the fire” set aside for Claire McCaskill in Clinton Hell. McCaskill was the first to endorse HRC for president, which earned her a call from the plucky blond lady herself. That is HRC’s way of forgiving. Are we ready to forgive McCaskill? Or are we too small for that?
    ————–
    Well, think about it in the context of marriage. When one spouse betrays his/her marital vows and engages in infidelity, is the spouse who was betrayed and sues for divorce too small to forgive? Occasionally, there are inducements to forgive, but McCaskill needs Hillary more than Hillary needs McCaskill. So I say forgiveness in this context is for suckers. A call now, gut the pig later.

  148. wbboei June 28, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    it is imperative that McConnell… NOT become senate majority leader. The only way that can happen is if conservatives support democrats, with all the bad that entails, starting with the fact that the most corrupt man in Congress, Harry Reid, remains majority leader.

    No, ditching McConnell doesn’t mean Reid remains majority leader. The Repugs may still win the Senate, but the Majority Leader would be someone other than McConnell. Or Cochran.

    Let’s just concentrate on getting rid of Mitch and Thad. Reid won’t be there much longer anyway.

  149. The other thing to recall about McCaskill is that she is the one who joked publicly during the primarty that she would not let Bill Clinton near her daughter. The implication was clear. She is also the one who tried to cop a feel with Obama, and he had to remove her hand from his private area. It was all just an accident. And the final thing is that her husband, or ex, a lawyer, committed suicide. To quote Charles Lawton in Witness for the Prosecution, when an equally obnoxious woman mentioned that her husband was killed in the war— “he was a lucky lawyer!”

  150. No, ditching McConnell doesn’t mean Reid remains majority leader. The Repugs may still win the Senate, but the Majority Leader would be someone other than McConnell. Or Cochran
    —————-
    No my point is if the Republicans win the senate then McConnell will be majority leader. He wants it and he has the votes. The question is whether Reid will remain Majority leader if the Democrats hold. There has been talk that he intends to step down in 2016, or sooner. But my guess is he will stay on until. If he leaves, the contenders–Deanna Durbin in drag, and greaseball Schumer, make you wonder whether the devil you know, who is now the most hated man in congress, is better than the devil you get, e.g. Schumer, who stabbed Hillary in the back, as you may recall.

  151. me: HRC — she’s always resolutely looking forward.

    wbboei June 28, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Gosh, that’s a relief. Then there will be no rear guard action to be fought over Benghazi.

    Yup, that’s right. With her book, she is putting the past behind her — including Benghazi.

    If she campaigns for Dems this year, and if she campaigns for president herself, there will be no looking back. That would, moreover, make for very bad campaigning. Her record is what it is, like it or not; what she needs in a new campaign is another vision for the country. She has said that herself, and it’s obvious, at least to me.

  152. What Hath God Wrought? That is the question that the ignorant 52% of the public should be asking–the rubes who voted for Obama in 2012, after seeing what a disaster he is. He is the messiah. After all, he has managed to create the most well funded terrorist army in all of history, and best of all he owns that legacy. It is one thing he cannot blame on Bush. This is what happens when you have a cloud cuckoo land understanding of foreign policy and appoint your campaign director (Axelrod), a corrupt political hack (Jarrett) and dr. Strangelove (Brennan) to run it. And remember, the Saudi royal family wrote letters to get Obama into Harvard–that is a proven fact, and contributed huge sums of untraceable money to his campaign. In politics as in life, you get what you pay for.

    Obama’s Legacy:

    At the zenith of its success, Osama Bin Laden’s Al Qaeda consisted of around 400 “devotees.” These were the men who swore BAYAT to Bin Laden. Keep that number in mind and consider what has emerged while Barack Obama has been President–the monster that is ISIL or ISIS. ISIL is the acronym for Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant or Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (aka ISIS). This group has at least 6000 fanatical adherents. What do I mean by fanatical? They murder other muslims who, in their judgment, do not mean their standard of purity and faithfulness. Quite subjective and very lethal.

    Apart for the numbers, they are the best funded terrorist group in the history of the world. They have looted between $500 million and one billion dollars. The last time the earth was shaken by a group like this was when Ghengis Khan swept thru Persia (now Iran) and Armenia in the 13th Centrury (around 1220 AD). One big difference–ISIL is an army of religious fanatics. Maybe this is a Muslim version of the First Crusade, which was a well-financed Army of fervent Christians who succeeded in capturing Jerusalem from the Muslims.

    But ISIL is far more dangerous than Ghengis Khan or the crusaders of Pope Urban.

    They have SAMs (surface to air missiles), anti-tank rockets, Anti-Aircraft batteries, tanks, armored personnel carriers and artillery. More importantly and more worrisome–they know how to use these weapons. Fortunately, they do not have an air force. Their lack of air power imposes some limits on their ability to wreak mayhem.

    ISIL appears to be consolidating its forces and preparing a three-pronged assault on Baghdad. If they bring the AA, the SAMs and the artillery to bear they should be able to close the Baghdad International Airport (BIAP) and shell the infamous Green Zone–you know, the ostensible safe haven for US and foreign diplomats.

    This one is not the fault of George W. Bush. ISIL/ISIS is a direct result of the failed policies of Barack Obama in the Middle East. It is a direct consequence of Obama backing the Saudi and Turkish move to oust Syria’s Bashir Assad. The blood to be spilt in the coming weeks is on Obama’s hands. This disaster will make Jimmy Carter’s failure in Iran a distant memory.

    http://www.noquarterusa.net/blog/77203/barack-obamas-terrorist-legacy/#more-77203

  153. book, she is putting the past behind her — including Benghazi
    ————-
    Do you really believe that is possible. When the media or her opponents raise the issue, as surely they will, what is her response? Read my book, I have nothing more to say on the subject, I am looking forward not back? That is a non-starter. The best way to take Benghazi off the political table is through a special counsel, because in that case they can also say I cannot comment on an ongoing investigation. That is why Lanny is calling for one now. But the truth is, she may want to go on, but the process will not allow that. She has staked out a claim to experience and competence, and by doing that she has opened the door to her tenure as SOS, which her opponents will examine in excruciating detail to determine whether the claim is accurate. It therefore follows that the real test of support is the ability to confront the evidence head on, and come up with plausible explanations, provided they exist. Failure to do that much leaves the charge unrebutted.

  154. At another level of analysis, forgetting for the moment that we are talking about Hillary, it is a well known fact among professionals who do hiring, that past performance is the best predictor of future performance, and that is why they want to find out as much as they can about what the candidate did in the past, and to verify those claims before any hiring decision is made. The problem in this case is charges and countercharges will be cast about recklessly since this is a political process. Having the facts at hand thus becomes the only way to handle the circus.

  155. Now I do not doubt that there are some people in Hillarland who think those questions can be avoided. But I think they are wrong. I would also say, based on that NPR interview that there are some questions, have you stop beating your husband questions, that Hillary would prefer not to answer, and when they are propounded repeatedly, she bristles, just as I would. But the way to defuse some of those is through humor, something that Reagan was good at. When he was shot he said I hope the surgeon is a Republican. And when Donaldson asked him if he was ever wrong, he said yes I was wrong once when I was a democrat. Hillary can turn things like that around on her interviewers and make republicans the prop. I am told that she has a terrific sense of humor privately. It needs to come out publicly in these situations.

  156. What we are seeing now in Mississippi reminds me of Alen Specter. When asked why he switched parties, and betrayed the principles he stood for, he blinked as if he did not understand the question, and then blurted out because I want to win. And when the head of Tammany Hall was asked about his nefarious activities, he dismissed the question entirely and said: I seen me opportunities, and I took em. The questions then becomes when he took those opportunities, from whom did he steal, and who did he leave holding the bag. And when the answer is, the base of your own party, a pyrrhic victory is in the offing.

  157. If Mississipi, Iowa and god knows where else, is any indication, then the Republican Party has become the Donner Party. No, not the donor party, the Donnor Party, who resorted to cannibalism against some of their members to ensure their own survival.
    ————————
    The Donner Party (sometimes called the Donner-Reed Party) was a group of American pioneers who set out for California in a wagon train. Delayed by a series of mishaps, they spent the winter of 1846–47 snowbound in the Sierra Nevada. Some of the immigrants resorted to cannibalism to survive, eating those who had succumbed to starvation and sickness.

    The journey west usually took between four and six months, but the Donner Party was slowed by following a new route called Hastings Cutoff, which crossed Utah’s Wasatch Mountains and Great Salt Lake Desert. The rugged terrain, and difficulties encountered while traveling along the Humboldt River in present-day Nevada, resulted in the loss of many cattle and wagons, and splits within the group.

    By the beginning of November 1846 the emigrants had reached the Sierra Nevada, where they became trapped by an early, heavy snowfall near Truckee (now Donner) Lake, high in the mountains. Their food supplies ran low, and in mid-December some of the group set out on foot to obtain help. Rescuers from California attempted to reach the emigrants, but the first relief party did not arrive until the middle of February 1847, almost four months after the wagon train became trapped. Of the 87 members of the party, 48 survived to reach California.

    Historians have described the episode as one of the most spectacular tragedies in Californian history and in the record of western migration.[1]

  158. Shadowfax June 28, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Well you have your beliefs and I have mine.

    Let’s not hide behind this “agree to disagree” stuff. I remind you that you were the first to broach the idea of “forgiveness” @ June 27, 2014 at 6:12 pm. Your comment that…

    Giving out free forgiveness passes to those that still wrong me, that still try to deceive me and are not sorry for what they did…is just ridiculous to me.

    … tells me that someone is still wronging you and deceiving you — and to my mind that would be big media, not the Dems — and that you need an apology first, which you’re never going to get from big media or anyone else, ergo we’re headed for the open-ended revenge mode I was talking about.

    Perhaps the key here is this semi-religious idea of ‘forgiveness’. Now, I notice that you are ‘100% agreed’ (June 28, 2014 at 12:37 pm) with wbboei when he says,

    at a minimum, Christian theology presumes a confession by the sinner which precedes absolution and forgiveness.

    You probably agree with this because you were brought up a Catholic. I was not (nor was HRC) and thoroughly agree with this ‘Christian theology.’ Protestants refer to the “Lord’s Prayer” on this matter, which clearly says:

    “{Lord} forgive us our trespasses just as we forgive those who trespass against us.

    In other words, for Protestants like HRC and me, we don’t go to Confession or seek absolution from any holy man who then intercedes with God for our forgiveness.

    For Christians, only God can forgive my own “trespasses”. If I don’t believe in God, then I have to ask others against whom I have “trespassed” or sinned. That is for my own sins.

    As for the trespasses of others against me, though, it is up to me to forgive them (especially if I don’t believe in God). According to the Lord’s Prayer, it is clearly up to me to forgive them in the same manner as God forgives me. Since God forgives me in his infinite Grace, it is up to me to show as much grace as I can muster in forgiving my enemies.

    This is why HRC shot back “Forgiveness” as the foremost quality of a human being. It’s rote Methodism, fundamental Christianity, direct from the Bible.

    I am not preaching at you here or trying to convert you. But you should understand that this chain reaction of Confession-absolution-forgiveness stems from the Church of the Middle Ages, was thrown out by Luther and others in the Reformation, and has succumbed to the above modern interpretation I gave above, based on the Lord’s Prayer.

  159. I was not (nor was HRC) and thoroughly agree with this ‘Christian theology.’

    should read:

    I was not (nor was HRC) and thoroughly disagree with this ‘Christian theology.’

  160. In a more pragmatic view of foreignness, it is something you do so you do not spend your time churning your guts feeling bad. It is a good practice. That is not to say forgiveness is not forgetfulness. And you have to know who Karma is. If you are not faithful, then you need to consider that, if you have your values and beliefs properly aligned with what is right and good and the offender does wrong, particularly if they do wrong on a regular basis, that it will eventually backfire on them. Otherwise, you might not be the proper authority on what is right and good and you should be more faithful.

    Seeking revenge is a poor practice and a bad policy. I think a good politician, a real leader, goes forward and leaves the trash behind.

  161. jeswezey
    June 29, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Let’s not hide behind this “agree to disagree” stuff. I remind you that you were the first to broach the idea of “forgiveness” @ June 27, 2014 at 6:12 pm. Your comment that…
    __________

    jeswezey, sometimes the only way in which the debate can be terminated is by agreeing to disagree. You’re not changing minds here, and I’m quite sure we’re not changing yours. Why continue beating an already mortally wounded horse?

    We Hillary supporters have varying reasons for our support of her, and varying reasons for our strong feelings about the Dims and the 2008 primary. Most of us have stated them on this blog at various times. My assumption is that you are arguing that we should not hold a grudge against the Dims, although at this point I’m not sure what the argument is. Shadow said she hates both Republicans and Dems. That pretty much covers it I would think.

    I can’t stand them either, but I have never expected a great deal of them anyway. I had expected more from the Dems. so disappointment in that party is amplified.

    You don’t agree. I get it, and am fine with it. You need to get that most of us still are furious with the Dims for 2008, and be fine with it. Agree to disagree. Not hiding. Just being honest.

  162. freespirit June 28, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    The DNC and the ObamaDims among party leaders along with media were responsible for Obama’s installation . Both committed travesties against the democratic process and manipulated voters and the election in 2008.

    I pretty much agree with this assessment; but since we’re talking about revenge or forgiveness in an electoral battle plan six years later, I think a sharper analysis is needed because a lot of skullduggery was involved but there were also a number of innocent people who simply made a dumb mistake and don’t deserve to be hammered now. On the other hand, there are also enemies still entrenched in the Party and we have no way of touching them: they’re not up for election.

    These latter “enemies” were and are the DNC. Obama’s team somehow loaded the DNC with his henchmen and they pulled off that stunt on 31 May 2008 that has kept up my rage meter reading off the charts for the last six years.

    Donna Brazile is emblematic of the sewage flowing in the veins of the DNC. She is not alone; but it is important to remember that, short of murder, there is no way of ejecting these people for the time being. They will not be dis-enthroned until HRC gets the nomination and names the DNC herself. Then they are sure to go; but in the meantime, we just have to put up with them.

    The grossest travesties during the 2008 primaries were committed by the vast Obama campaign thugs, and by big media. The thugs are no longer of any use to Obama so they have evaporated. Big media is on the wane but we’re not going to influence its sexism and racism any by supporting Republicans.

    Then we come to the “ObamaDims” as you say. I guess you mean by this the 800 or so superdelegates to the Convention, who “selected” Obama against what we saw as the popular will. You see this as un-democratic and one of the travesties of ’08. I don’t. My idea is that these “ObamaDims” were indeed dim. They did a really stupid thing selecting Obama. It was a tragic mistake for the country and for the D Party.

    But the superdelegates were created to act like a “senate” for the party – that is, a group of people who would think independently, hopefully for the better good of the party and country, and would not be constrained by the popular vote to endorse a given candidate.

    In May 2008, neither Obama nor HRC had enough primary plus superdelegate votes to take the nomination. Actually, even if the Florida and Michigan primaries had been counted (nothing for Obama in Michigan) and full strength instead of 50%, HRC would still have been trailing Obama. How does this hit the superdelegates? “Close, but no cigar.” The remaining superdelegates went almost entirely for Obama, and he was over the top.

    Now, I happen to favor the superdelegate “senate” and my idea is that the system itself operated like it was supposed to in 2008. The superdelegates are not bound to anybody by their votes.

    They voted the way they wanted and they made a mistake. Do I want them to pay for that mistake? Yes, of course. But paying for mistakes is a natural process called “Karma.”

    Karma kicked in hard in 2010.

    It wasn’t so bad in 2012, but why? Because WJC was on the campaign trail building up chits for the Clinton comeback while supporting Barry in ways that Barry couldn’t read off his teleprompter. Immediately — I mean, like days — after the 2012 elections, people everywhere and on both sides of the aisle starting talking about Hillary 2016. Obama, just re-elected, was already a dead duck.

    Hillary 2016 is all about the end of Obama and the Clinton comeback. There isn’t a single Democrat running for congress who wants to come any closer to Obama than the mile between the Hill and the White House. Even Reid and Pelosi have gone on record that Barry is “detached” and thus responsible for the partisan divide in DC, which in turn is why nothing is getting done.

    In this context, the Democrats are trembling in fear of yet another stroke of Karma in 2014. Do you think the Clintons are going to let the chance slip by to stave off another stroke of Karma and pile up another stack of chits for themselves? You bet your ass no.

    So what about us?

  163. jeswezey
    June 29, 2014 at 10:16 am

    ———
    Sounds like preaching to me.

    Do you really think you can convince me to forgive the people that wronged Hillary and her supporters by making the Lord’s Prayer your best example of what some of us should think in terms of moving on and being the bigger person, as you imply with your conversation to Wbb?

    Good luck, it isn’t working for me.

    Nothing turns me off more than someone using their own religious beliefs to try and change my thinking.

    I only forgive those that show sincere regret for their dishonesty or crappy deeds. Some people don’t change their stripes and their, “I’m sorry”, last as long as it takes to get the words out.

    You’re religious views may comfort you, they don’t work for me.

  164. freespirit June 29, 2014 at 11:00 am

    … sometimes the only way in which the debate can be terminated is by agreeing to disagree.

    “Agreeing to disagree,” for me, is not the end but the beginning of the debate. Agreement is the end.

    You’re not changing minds here, and I’m quite sure we’re not changing yours.

    Well now, don’t be so sure of that, because you’re changing my mind. Also, can you seriously say that you agree with nothing I’ve been saying?

    About my various debates here, my attitude at the outset is that I have a handle on a subject that interests the other person, and I want to make a contribution. I end the debate when I realize that I didn’t know as much as I thought I did.

    We Hillary supporters have varying reasons for our support of her, and varying reasons for our strong feelings about the Dims and the 2008 primary. Most of us have stated them on this blog at various times. My assumption is that you are arguing that we should not hold a grudge against the Dims, although at this point I’m not sure what the argument is.

    You’ve got it about right. My view is that the “grudge against the Dims” is a misguided distraction now, as Lu4PUMA said, because the essential battles of our war have already been won and we will be able to claim the final “Unconditional Surrender” when HRC claims the nomination two years from now. But this year, in my view, it is senseless to support the Republicans. That is just suicide bombing. Especially in the Mississippi and Kentucky races.

    You need to get that most of us still are furious with the Dims for 2008, and be fine with it.

    For me, it’s not a matter of the rage. That’s a constant I agree with. The question for me is one of tactics and strategy: You haven’t explained to me why I should throw my resources to McConnell and Cochran rather than their Democratic opponents who, by the way, are non-incumbents in no way connected with 2008.

  165. Shadowfax June 29, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Sounds like preaching to me.
    Nothing turns me off more than someone using their own religious beliefs to try and change my thinking.
    You’re religious views may comfort you, they don’t work for me.

    Well, I’m very sorry you took it that way. I told you I wasn’t trying to convert you. Look back at wbboei’s original statement, which was about “Christian theology”, then your 100% support of that statement, and tell me how I could have framed my reaction so that it didn’t sound like I was preaching some kind of religious dogma? In fact, it was wbboei’s statement that embodied Catholic dogma.

    The New Testament was a subject of study for me — I mean, I studied it like you would study math, psychology or art history — and so was the Reformation. The fact that I come out on the Protestant side, personally, necessarily affects my interpretation of the word “forgiveness.” You and wbboei have your own interpretation of it, and all I wanted to point out was that your interpretation was that of the historic Catholic Church (maybe not at the present time).

  166. Iraq has taken delivery of a batch of Russian fighter jets for its defense against Sunni militants, the Iraqi defense ministry announced on Sunday morning, accord to a report in the BBC.

    The first five Sukhoi Su-25 attack aircraft would enter service in “three to four days,” according to the report.

    The Sunni rebels launched their offensive against the Shi’ite-dominated government three weeks ago and currently control large swathes of the north and west of the country.

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/1.601852

  167. Okay, I can see what your saying about the Catholic/Protestant aspect of ‘forgiveness’, but like I said before…I no longer follow any religion, I apply what life has throw at me, over many decades and have come up with the most honest approach I can find, I repeat:

    “I only forgive those that show sincere regret for their dishonesty or crappy deeds. Some people don’t change their stripes and their, “I’m sorry”, last as long as it takes to get the words out.

    You’re religious views may comfort you, they don’t work for me.”

  168. jes, I’m not encouraging you to do that. You should support any candidate you wish. I won’t vote for the Dem candidate on principle, but I won’t necessarily vote for the PUB either.

    I haven’t joined the Republican Party, and have written in candidates or voted green party. Throwing away my vote? Maybe. But, that has been my choice. It’s my small way of protesting. Granted, it’s doesn’t bring a huge amount of satisfaction, but it’s better than getting violent. You don’t seem to feel violence is an appropriate response. Kidding. I did not and do not plan to become violent.

  169. Free

    Kidding. I did not and do not plan to become violent.

    ——-
    You’re like I am Free, my words are as violent as I get. Just joining the Tea Party protests were my form of ‘violence’ against the party I was loyal to all my life. I still haven’t turned in my Dem Card and yet have voted against Obama in both elections for a God forbid, Republican.

    If Trey doesn’t get all right wing in the future, he and Trump are about the only two Republican’ I would care to vote for, assuming they were not running against Hillary or another good Dem or Independent. I would have voted for Ron Paul if he had support by the Repubs instead of Mitt.

  170. I consider myself as being a political centrist, leaning left. I do not agree, with the Dems on amnesty, I want the borders closed, the budget balanced. No free handouts to the lazy, but support for those that are too sick or homeless to help themselves.

    I want religion left out of politics, experience of the candidate to matter, and for America to be led by a person that can work on both sides of the isle.

    This is my wish list…although I would also like a working form of healthcare that does not prop up Big Pharma and the Insurance Companies.

  171. Opinion

    No one is safe from IRS targeting, not even Republican senators

    Jay Sekulow

    By Jay Sekulow
    ·Published June 27, 2014
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    There’s an old saying in Washington, that the most damaging scandals are marked by a “drip, drip, drip” of new information, with new revelations emerging week by week until the scandal finally reaches a critical mass.

    But with the last two weeks of IRS revelations, culminating in this week’s news that Lois Lerner, the former Director of the Exempt Organizations Division of the IRS, suggested auditing Iowa senator Chuck Grassley, the “drip, drip, drip” has become something more like “flood, flood, flood.”

    Let’s place this latest revelation in context.

    Senator Grassley had long monitored the IRS Exempt Organizations Division. He was doing what legislators should do, investigating whether the IRS was doing its job:

    “This isn’t random,” said Dean Zerbe, a tax lawyer who helped Grassley investigate tax-exempt groups and reform the law governing them. “This is going after the senator most active in conducting serious reviews of charitable organizations as well as the IRS work in this area.”

    And also:

    Grassley was also one of a dozen senators who sent a letter to the IRS in March 2012 questioning whether Tea Party groups seeking tax-exempt status were being unfairly scrutinized.

    In other words, Grassley didn’t view the IRS as his ideological partner, but rather a federal agency that required oversight. This, apparently, made him an enemy of the IRS, one subject to audit at Lois Lerner’s whim.

    But Lerner did not have an adversarial relationship with all U.S. Senators. When one of them, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democrat from Rhode Island, suggested – without any evidence of wrongdoing – criminal prosecution of conservative nonprofits, she was enthusiastic. Here’s her own email to Nikole Flax, then Chief of Staff to the IRS Commissioner:

    I got a call today from Richard Pilger Director Elections Crimes Branch at DOJ. I know him from contacts from my days there. He wanted to know who at IRS the DOJ folk s could talk to about [Rhode Island Democrat] Sen. Whitehouse idea at the hearing that DOJ could piece together false statement cases about applicants who “lied” on their 1024s –saying they weren’t planning on doing political activity, and then turning around and making large visible political expenditures. DOJ is feeling like it needs to respond, but want to talk to the right folks at IRS to see whether there are impediments from our side and what, if any damage this might do to IRS programs.

    To which Ms. Flax responds, not with horror at the suggestion of initiating criminal investigations in the absence of any evidence, but with enthusiasm and a suggestion of enlisting the Federal Election Commission in the effort:

    I think we should do it – also need to include CI, which we can help coordinate. Also, we need to reach out to FEC. Does it make sense to consider including them in this or keep it separate?

    So, here’s the pattern: If you hold the IRS accountable – even a sitting U.S. senator will be targeted. If you cooperate in the IRS’s partisan, ideological crusade, then a senator’s illegal idea is enthusiastically adopted at the highest levels of the IRS and – apparently – the Department of Justice.

    It’s no wonder that hard drives are “crashing” all over the IRS.

    Computer experts are “suspicious” about these convenient crashes, for good reason. The emails produced so far, most of them inexplicably delayed for a year, are damaging enough – and they don’t even include the correspondence with other federal agencies that could show just how far the ideological corruption spread.

    And, the American public isn’t buying the IRS excuses that it “lost” two years’ worth of Lerner’s emails – her computer “crashing” just 10 days after Congressional investigators sent a letter asking if the IRS was engaging in targeting conservative groups. A Fox News poll reveals that 76% of voters believe the missing Lerner emails were deliberately destroyed.

    Our federal lawsuit against the IRS and key officials (including Lois Lerner), brought on behalf of 41 conservative groups in 22 states, continues, and these latest revelations are further bolstering our key contention: That the IRS engaged in partisan ideological crusade to target Americans simply because of their constitutionally-protected viewpoints.

    And it turns out that no one is safe from that crusade, not even one of the nation’s most powerful conservative politicians

  172. That IRS Commissioner is a poster child for the evils of big government. Arrogant, snaky and evasive, in a word corrupt as hell.

    I think he should be chained to Harpo Marx and before he is allowed to speak on any issue, he should be required to wait until Harpo has honked his horn three times.

    If you think that is metaphorical, or a Freudian slip then all I can say is:

    “Honi soit qui mal y pense”

  173. freespirit

    June 29, 2014 at 12:52 pm
    ————
    To paraphrase Shakespeare, neither a republican nor a democrat be if you wish to be your own person, and be true to yourself.

    If I had one wish it would be that people get wise to how the elites divide and conquer them. The two party system is an illusion which is controlled by the same people, to cover up the real divide which is between the privileged elites and the rest of us, whom they regard as peasants, serfs, etc.

    What is fundamentally wrong with this country today is the decadent aristocrats like Pelosi, are running it into the ground, as described in the Fernadez article yesterday.

  174. That IRS Commissioner is a poster child for the evils of big government. Arrogant, snaky and evasive, in a word corrupt as hell.
    ——————–
    And I wish I had a working link to an article which ran in spring 2008. Seems Barack had given speech at HIS TUCC church. Mentioned in it was his reference to if/when he became President. Also in the mix were his eternal voter registration tables set too close to the church property. Someone had the gall to bring this up to IRS which found in favor of the church (they were not responsible for what Obama said). And naturally the signup situation was ignored. His influence over IRS is at least that long.

    I included the publishing of this incident in one of the first postcards I sent specific to the stink of Obama.

    Ironically, that whole post card idea evolved from my wanting to thank 25 Democratic senators for standing against nomination of Samuel Alito. [Not prepared to debate that here tho. At the time I was still of a terribly naive mentality where politics is concerned.] It is just that that is how I got the first mailing list going. Soon I was using it to protest Democratic actions against Hillary and such. Then the list evolved to excluding Democrats when Obamacare was being crafted & eventually exploded to the whopper I have now – 530-some. At least now they all know they are getting the same complaint. But as is being brought to the forefront at this very time, the entire Hill remains mum regardless of the plethora and depth of Obama transgressions.

  175. Good job hold’um…how the heck can you afford all those stamps?

    I spend my protest money on art supplies to make protest posters, hang out and scream my lungs out at the nitwits, and wish I had the coconuts to put my car on blast with protest bumper stickers. 😉

    Just having Hillary bumper stickers on my car since 2007, my car has been hit 7 times since then. Is it a coincidence? I don’t know.

    My son thinks I should put on an old Obama sticker so I don’t have to keep supporting the repair shop.

  176. holdthemaccountable
    June 29, 2014 at 2:50 pm
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    Holdem: What was the problem with Alito? I had some business years ago with the prosecutors bar from New York city and also some dealings with the prosecutors bar from New Jersey from which he came. This was when Rudy was US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and was going after the Mafia. I felt that they were professional–the prosecutors, not so much the Mafia, because by then the leadership had been taken down and street thugs were running the families. Alito had some success in that venue, and it is not that difficult if the bench is predisposed to the same objectives, you have RICO and a warrant to wire tap. I think he has been fine on the court with the obvious exception of Citizens United. If you interpret free speech to mean money then you no longer have a level playing field and democracy becomes a hollow shibboleth. Other than that, how was the play Mrs. Lincoln. Other than that what is the problem with Sam Alito?

  177. Shadow – USPS clerk is real friendly when I step up to the counter. I don’t collect too much in retirement, but don’t need it either, so it pleases me to have extra for that purpose.

    If I’d joined the good fight at a younger age, I could see protest expenditures such as yours. I did once go alone in the summer of 2012. I’d printed up some business cards with political wisdoms I’d hoped to hand out. Wore a 3 corner hat and clothes on hand that were hopefully reminiscent of 1776. My mission was to spy on a Voter Registration Rally Obama was scheduled to have nearby, and spread the truth about him as I could. But when a little kid said “Mom, look. There’s a pirate” I “folded my umbrella” and left 🙁

    Your bumper sticker devotion to Hillary is admirable. It would seem tho that your son has a valid point.

  178. I think we know for a fact that Levin, Schumer and Durbin all crossed the line in making inappropriate demands on the IRS, demands that sounded not in fraud–there was no foundation laid for that, but in a concerted efforts to deprive political opponents of the very right guaranteed them under the First Amendment. Specifically, the right of the people to peacefully assemble to petition government for a redress of grievances. It will be a travesty of justice if the oily unctuous stain on the Senate Charles Schumer becomes majority leader. He makes Reid look like a choir boy.

  179. I have considered an Obama bumper sticker myself:

    OBAMA IN 2016!
    Prove you are not racist
    Re-elect Obama for a 3d term,
    Help him destroy the country

    Thanks to Obama and the civil rights thugocracy, there is now an irreconcilable conflict between the black and white races in this country. It is foolish to pretend otherwise. At some point in the discussion, many blacks see things through the racial prism, and feel that whites owe them because of it. Most whites on the other hand deplore slavery, but do not feel responsible for it, because they were not living at the time it existed, a bloody war was fought to eliminate it, affirmative action was introduced to advantage them over more qualified whites, the civil rights act and the 1972 amendments were enacted to advantage them further and they are the largest recipient of state benefits. What more can be done. Lastly, the civil rights thugorcracy uses the legacy of slavery to keep black people on the plantation. In sum, this is a running wound, there is no cure, Obama has exploited it to the hilt, and now in Mississippi the Republican Party is guilty of doing the same thing. This is another reason why we need a third party.

  180. Holdem: What was the problem with Alito?
    ————————————-
    Ah. It was truly a knee-jerk reaction on my part based solely on the idea that if Dubya wanted him he could not be a wise choice.
    It was not until the primary season of 2008 when HRC was obviously being jerked around, and finally an internet connection here, that I began to learn some of the realities of politics. I’ve never let go of the desire to right things, but there have been so many non-learning years until 08.

    Of that time when GWB tapped Alito I believe I do recall seeing news video of Clintons and HorseFace leaving the Davos meetings in Switzerland in response to the call for opposition. I guess it would have been HRC who’d have been involved in any official opposition. It was quirky that 25 Democrats responded and prescient that Obama was the last one to decide if he was going to join the protest. Anyway, I thought I would praise them. Feeling that emails are too cheap and easy to be seriously considered, I printed up some postcards….

  181. Rocky Mountain High………….Bill, you crack me up.

    He is saying the same thing Hillary said.

    Is that coincidence? 😉 😉

  182. The question you should ask yourself is from whom did Ed Klein get this information? That question will tell you whether it is propaganda or hard fact. I will tell you for a fact that Wall Street wants Hillary, and Wall Street does not want Warren on the left or Rand Paul on the right. In that case, this could be a ploy, to apply pressure on Wall Street to reign in the despicable press. If they think she is considering dropping out then that will be a call to arms to lean as hard on big media as it takes to those despicable motherfuckers back them off. You may think I am nuts, but that is how I read this. You may also recall that Klein is the one who reported that Hillary argued against the video excuse, but Obama ordered her to do this but Larry Johnson has disproved this story. Finally, with people in big media now saying that Hillary believes her nomination is inevitable, as in 2008, this will be a boring affair, and the last thing these maggots want is to be bored. Well, if they believe she could pull out, their narrative will have to change. In sum, I think this story is planted and it may be a ploy to push back against a corrupt media.

    Hillary down in the dumps: Is Clinton about to drop out of 2016 race?

    By Edward Klein
    ·Published June 29, 2014
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    During a recent break in her national book tour, Hillary Clinton sat at her kitchen table in Chappaqua, N.Y., rubbing her forehead. She had been experiencing splitting headaches and was finding it increasingly difficult to hide the throbbing pain in her head while doing television interviews.

    ABC News’ Diane Sawyer and NPR’s Terry Gross had asked Hillary some tough questions—about her wealth and her position on gay marriage—and Hillary had badly bungled her answers.

    Hillary has become increasingly frustrated — and even despondent — over the disastrous publicity rollout of her memoir and her stumbling performance in some of her interviews for the book.

    What’s more, sales of Hillary’s memoir, “Hard Choices,” for which she was paid a reported $14 million, were alarmingly disappointing. After selling 80,000 copies the first week, sales fell off almost 50 percent. It looked as though “Hard Choices” was going to become the Heaven’s Gate of the publishing industry—one of the biggest flops of a book rollout in recent history.

    While Hillary was nursing her headache, Bill Clinton and a family friend came into the kitchen. Bill poured Hillary a glass of green tea, and massaged her shoulders.

    “The media have me in their cross-hairs,” Hillary complained, according to the friend.

    “Everything I say is twisted and used against me. I can’t get any traction. They are pouncing on everything I say.”

    Hillary hesitated for a moment, and then continued: “I’m seriously losing my appetite for combat. I never thought I’d say that. I’ve been a fighter all my life. You guys have never seen me back down, but right now I am punch drunk.”

    Bill bit his lip and said, “We all have a right to feel sorry for ourselves from time to time. But you’ve got history to make.”

    “Right now I’m feeling like they can all go f**k themselves,” Hillary said, referring to the media.

    “I know the country needs us, but they aren’t acting like they deserve us. Just f**k ‘me.

    As this exchange between the Clintons reveals, Hillary has become increasingly frustrated — and even despondent — over the disastrous publicity rollout of her memoir and her stumbling performance in some of her interviews for the book.

    She has begun to question whether she wants to continue to run the tormenting media gauntlet that will be required of her if she throws her hat in the ring for the White House.

    Hillary’s current frame of mind has alarmed Bill Clinton, who probably wants to get back in the White House even more than she does. He has been doing everything in his power to buck up her spirits and help her get over her depression.

    “We’re going to fight and win the White House,” Bill told Hillary. “That will be our reward and our revenge.”

  183. There was a time when the mainstream media prided itself on speaking truth to power. But that all ended when international corporations bought them. In one of his books, that little prick Jack Welch describes the confrontation GE had with the NBC Newsroom, shortly after they bought them. What GE wanted and ultimately got was a captive news agency to advance its business matters. And the same is true of CNN which is owned by AOL Time Warner, ABC by Disney, CBS by Westinghouse, and today NBC owned by that corrupt conglomerate Comcast, which is a cesspool of predatory practices and restraint of trade. These are also big players on Wall Street. I point this out to suggest that these corporations can control big media, and they are the ones who also want Hillary. Therefore, I think the purpose of that story planted with Klein is to force them to get the deranged leftist media off Hillary’s back or else they will get the worst nightmare–Elizabeth Warren who is a stone cold socialist who routinely targets Wall Street. Now that is a credible threat. And believe me, big media as it exists today has no spine. If their bosses tell them to back off or lose their million dollar jobs they will not only back off, but run for the exits. It is so often the case that what we hear in politics is not what is really going on.

  184. The Republican establishment was insane to do what they did in Mississippi.
    ———————
    By: streiff (Diary) | June 29th, 2014 at 02:51 PM | 127

    Most of the 2014 primaries are behind us and the GOP establishment is crowing about its victory of conservatives. Lest you think it is unusual for a party establishment to celebrate winning the primary elections in its own party, you have to realize that the GOP establishment has become essentially the same as the Democrats: same goals, just different paymasters. As Ace says:

    The difference between the two parties is the difference between Android and Apple phones. They’re both selling the same product – More Government Solutions! – they just have different branding. They just target different segments of the market with somewhat different aspirational pitches — Apple targets people who think owning Apple products makes them better and more complete people, and Android targets people who think Apple people are silly.

    The exact mechanisms of the software and logic differs, but they both deliver the same service. Either way, you’re getting a phone, a camera, a videoplayer, and a map.

    Apparently the parties have decided the great ideological struggle of our time is whether the new social services building shall be called the John Murtha Social Wellness Center or the Thad Cochran Freedom & Independence Pavilion.

    The win came with a huge price tag, though:

    Establishment-aligned groups have already spent some $23 million on independent expenditures propping up favored House and Senate candidates in contentious primaries, according to a POLITICO review of Federal Election Commission records. By comparison, Republican nominees raised and spent that amount in the 2012 North Dakota, Indiana and Nevada Senate races combined — three of the most competitive campaigns fought that year.

    The scope of the effort to suppress activist-backed candidates has been broader and costlier than is widely understood, covering at least 20 House and Senate primaries from North Carolina to California, and from coastal Mississippi to the outer tip of Long Island. The loose coalition of establishment forces encompasses two dozen advocacy groups, industry associations and super PACs that have raised and spent millions on behalf of Washington’s chosen candidates.

    Pause and consider that for a moment. The GOP Establishment and the Chamber of Commerce has spent $23 million to vanquish conservatives. That is $23 million that they decided was better spent trashing the people who man their phone banks and do GOTV work than in actually winning elections. In fact, the GOP Establishment is treating these primaries like a general election campaign.

    But we are an insurgency and insurgencies are always outspent by the Ruling Class. And the Ruling Class always wins until it doesn’t. As Jay Cost notes:

    Establishment politicos often act superciliously toward these challengers, but in so doing they are missing a profound point: The Republican electorate is exceedingly angry and frustrated with their leadership. The fact that these second- or third-raters can give established leaders such a scare is proof positive. The party’s leadership can snicker at these challengers all it wants, but it had better understand that its own voters are so fed up with them that they are using these deeply flawed candidates to send them a message.

    And if they do not change their ways, they will eventually face credible threats. After all, elections are governed by the law of supply and demand. If a critical mass of primary voters demand quality candidates to challenge the establishment, sooner or later such candidates will appear.

    Erick pointed out a while back that the GOP Establishment and their paymasters have to win every battle in order to survive. We don’t. We only have to survive as an “army in being.” We will pick off incumbents (Cantor and Bennett) and prevent the elevation of establishment cronies (Dewhurst and Crist) and we will bleed them on a hundred battlefields in a war of attrition. The loss to senile adulterer Thad Cochran will be seen in retrospect as the time when the tide began to turn. The GOP establishment had to spend millions of dollars and they had to illegally recruit Democrat voters in order to haul Cochran’s moldering, putrescent near-corpse over the finish line. One has to wonder how many of their donors will pony up money in 2016 for another bloody round of primaries with the presidency in the balance.

  185. As Liddell Hart noted in his book Strategy, head on confrontations are bloody and inconclusive, as in the British Admiral at Galipoli, who watched his troops being slaughter as they stormed the enemy redoubt–gallant lads our soldiers. They always go for the thickest part of the wall. By contrast, the strategy that succeeds is the indirect approach, which is the one I believe Hillary is applying here. The direct approach would be to cut off the heads and shit down the necks of big media. The indirect approach would be to get the owners of big media to do that to them.

  186. Nobody But Hillary

    Jay Cost, The Weekly Standard

    June 27, 2014

    Despite Hillary Clinton’s disappointing book sales and publicity tour, she remains the prohibitive favorite for the Democratic nomination. If anything, the last few weeks have only confirmed her advantage. Despite these disappointments and mis-steps, there is no substantial anti-Clinton movement building in the party. All we hear are crickets.

    This is very peculiar, when we think about the role that the Clintons have long occupied in the Democratic party. They have long had a troubled relationship with the left wing. Bill Clinton left it on the outside looking in after the Republican wave election of 1994. He dealt with congressional Republicans on taxes, welfare, and entitlement reforms, with the left having little or nothing to do with it. Indeed, if you believe Steven Gillon’s account in The Pact, Clinton and Newt Gingrich were on the cusp of a grand bargain over entitlements and taxes that would have “privatized” Social Security, which liberal Democrats have harangued the GOP over. The only thing that killed the deal was the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

    After that, the left wing struck back against the Clintons two times. First, in 2000 Ralph Nader played the spoiler, arguing that there was not a dime’s worth of difference between Clintonian Democrats and the Bush-style Republicans. Then, in 2008, Barack Obama mobilized the left wing of the Democratic party to pull off one of the greatest upsets in presidential history.

    If anything, the Democratic party has only shifted toward the left, away from the Clintons, since 1996. How is it then that the Clintons are set for a major restoration, at least within their own party?

    There are a lot of answers, of course, but one that I think has gone under-reported is: fear. At the least, Democrats have good reason to be afraid that their position in the electorate is not what it was just a few short years ago, and that Clinton offers an advantage in her personal reputation that no other Democrat can provide.
    For a candidate who promised to undo the “mistakes” of the previous eight years, Barack Obama’s tenure looks awfully similar to his predecessor’s, at least insofar as their political trajectory goes. In his first term, Obama once had enormous political capital, lost it very quickly, and had to fight tooth-and-nail to win reelection, relying ultimately upon his core partisans. Sound familiar? In Obama’s second term, the parallels between the two have become downright eerie: external events have shattered an image of competent professionalism, exhausting their partisans and reducing their once-powerful political coalitions to a rump.

    Taken together, the parallels are striking. I pulled this image Despite Hillary Clinton’s disappointing from RealClearPolitics, and added a green line to signify 50 percent approval.

    This is a problem for Democrats, compounded by the fact that they will be seeking their third consecutive term next year. Most of the time, parties lose that bid, and have always lost when the term-limited incumbent president is under 50 percent approval. It is not hard to understand why. The opposition party inevitably tags the (previously unknown) nominee — whomever that may be — as a clone of the incumbent president. That attack might not work completely, but voters who approach elections with informational constraints are inclined to see the connection.

    Enter Hillary Clinton. Her partisans like to blather about how she is the most experienced candidate ever to run for office. This is nonsense, but she is probably one of the most well known. By the time 2016 rolls around, she will have been at the top of the national political heap for nearly a quarter century. Only a handful of presidential candidates can claim that sort of prominence; I can really only think of Thomas Jefferson in 1800, James Madison in 1808, and Ronald Reagan in 1980.
    Clinton is a known quantity, which means Democrats have reason to hope that her reputation is secure enough that she cannot be dragged down by an unpopular incumbent. People know her, seem to like her, and understand (so the hope goes) that she would be a change from Barack Obama. It helps on this score that she was his rival in 2008, and we still see frequent reports that their relationship remains chilly.

    Interestingly, it was the exact opposite sentiment that helped force Clinton’s defeat 2008. Democrats saw themselves — quite rightly — as the overwhelming favorites that year. So, why play it safe with another Clinton? This year, the smart ones among them must recognize that winning a third term with an unpopular incumbent is a dodgy proposition, and so Clinton’s personal reputation is probably their best asset.
    Democrats talk a robust game about how demographic changes are swamping the Republican party and leading to a permanent, left-wing majority. But, if that comes, it is years away. In 2016, the election will come down to the same handful of states and voters that have determined the outcome for the last 20 or so years: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and so on. Republicans remain competitive in all these states, as they all regularly feature statewide political leaders from both parties. Right now, Obama’s popularity is such that Democrats would struggle in all of them.

    Hillary Clinton might offer them an easy way around that problem, which is probably her greatest strength as she gears up for another run at the White House

  187. wbboei June 29, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    What a bullshitter that Klein is… what’s the point of quoting him here? Rather quote something from HRC’s memoir, n’est-ce pas?

  188. wbboei June 30, 2014 at 1:46 am
    … mainstream media prided itself on speaking truth to power. But that all ended when international corporations….

    The corporations bought up the media because the media was an easy way to make a fast buck. But as I said upthread, the media mainspring is the advertisers and the advertisers can’t make as much lucre as they used to by peddling their shit on TV.

    I had a college friend with a funny name who went into advertising and I came across him again a few years ago on Facebook as he neared the end of a very lucrative career. He confirmed to me that the same thing is happening in the US now as has been going on in Europe for the last 30 years: The population is increasing but the TV audience is declining. Whatever the cause, the media market is stagnant and advertisers are turning their attention elsewhere.

    Recently, he claimed to me that the corporations will soon regret their purchase of the media, sell them off and buy up hot dog and pretzel stands in Manhattan to recoup their losses (he lives and works in Manhattan).

    He is still making money hand over fist, but on other venues: Radio is holding up but has never been very lucrative. There are billboards, leaflets and other such stuff, and then there is the Internet, apparently the best venue for advertisers. That’s where he’s at.

    But the media? It’s done for.

    HRC’s relation to the media? Maybe it’s the way that you said — that Wall Street wants her and controls the media, and planted Klein’s story to get the media off her back. But I don’t think any of the million-dollar media execs are stupid enough to believe Klein’s bullshit or smart enough to connect the dots to Elizabeth Warren and from there to the padded bottoms of the rich and all that….

    No, I think HRC’s relation to the media and the media’s attitude towards her is more transparent than that: HRC hates the media because it’s superficial and stupid. She once said before Congress that Al Jazeera was on the rise because they had actual news, whereas US infotainment consisted of a stream of commercials interrupted by arguments between talking heads. That remark sent the media wild (“This is insane!” they yelped).

    There are only a few journalists and pundits that are worth her time. The rest are varieties of Tingles, whose show she’ll never be on. Poor Tingles.

    I intuit that the mass media ratings will nose-dive en bloc if HRC gets into the oval office. The international corporations will be running Manhattan’s pretzel stands.

  189. jeswezey
    June 30, 2014 at 5:24 am

    What a bullshitter that Klein is… what’s the point of quoting him here? Rather quote something from HRC’s memoir, n’est-ce pas?

    Because it is funny. Because it makes them sound like normal people which at heart they are. Because the Obama’s are awful, dreadful, dumb people. Because it bugs the hell out of you.

  190. “The international corporations will be running Manhattan’s pretzel stands.”

    And that, imo, is why they’re giving her a hard time.

  191. jeswezey June 30, 2014 at 5:24 am

    What a bullshitter that Klein is… what’s the point of quoting him here? Rather quote something from HRC’s memoir, n’est-ce pas?

    Mormaer June 30, 2014 at 7:32 am

    Because it is funny. Because it makes them sound like normal people which at heart they are. Because the Obama’s are awful, dreadful, dumb people. Because it bugs the hell out of you.

    You’re right about one thing: it bugs the hell out of me. But for the rest, no: It’s not funny; the Clintons are ‘normal’ but in a way Klein will never understand so it doesn’t come across; and I don’t get any positive or negative vibes about the Obamas at all.

  192. What a bullshitter that Klein is… what’s the point of quoting him here? Rather quote something from HRC’s memoir, n’est-ce passe.
    —————
    No, lets play this thing out. You do not care who Klein is, who his sources are, and you dismiss what he says out of hand. You seem to believe someone who hates the Clintons just made it up. I see it differently. I see it as tactical.

    Let’s begin with the first question which is asked in any murder investigation: qui bono? Who besides Klein himself benefits from an article which says the media is treating Hillary so unfairly that she may pull the plug?

    You might say the answer is obvious, the Republicans, who have been trying to knock off the Clintons for decades. And he went on FOX to spin this lie. Res ipsa locitur. It is heresy to suggest otherwise.

    Unfortunately, in politics things are seldom what they seen. And the Clintons are masters of it. And I do not believe for one minute that Klein just made this up. There is too much detail. I think he is a conduit.

    Now put yourself in Hillary’s position. Who is the party who is trying to kill her candidacy at the starting gate with a spate of attack interviews? Big media. And they are trying to make her unsympathetic.

    Think back to Iowa, when Big Media was pulling the same shit, was asked a question by an old lady and gave a teary eyed response. Over night there was public sympathy.

    If I were in her position, I would be looking for some way to get big media off my back, to project a human side, and to dispel the albatross of inevitability, so I could quietly win.

    Before you dismiss this theory out of hand, go back and read the follow-up article by Jay Cost. She has managed to shut down effective opposition in the party thus far, and for those who tell you that Elizabeth Warren is waiting in the wings if Hillary falters, bear one thing in mind:

    Wall Street will never allow Elizabeth Warren to capture the nomination. Any more than they allowed Howard Dean to do that. They need Hillary in the game. And they will muzzle big media if they need to.

  193. If I were running her campaign, I would portray Hillary as just a smidge short of “if nominated I will not run, if elected I will not serve”–that would be Act I. Act II would be more on the responsibility gene, and not allowing big media to define her candidacy. Act III would be separating herself from Obama, before he crashes completely. Act IV would be Hillary to the rescue.

    If you have ever been in protracted litigation, you know there is a back and forth to it where one minute you think you are winning and the next minute you believe the cause is lost. There as here, it is wise to not become too elated by good news, or too depressed by bad news, but what you may interpret as bad news may be tactically sound.

  194. The game that lights the fire of big media is David vs Goliath. Hillary must not allow them to portray her as Goliath, and Warren as David. Either way they can proclaim 2016 as the year of the woman–just as 2008 was the year of the black man. Stupid? Yes, but that is how their collective mind works. Hide the facts and give the public a simple morality play which as nothing to do with reality. She needs to pre-empt their game, and now rather than later is the time to do it. If all she says is they are treating her unfairly they will take that as a sign of success because they believe she is so obsessed with power that she will never quit. But by raising the specter of it, she changes the game on them, and generates back pressure on the monied interests who are as determined as they were in Mississippi to beat back the populist threat to their little heaven which in this case is sybolized by this came out of nowhere witch Warren.

  195. ISIS declares the ‘caliphate’ has been established
    ISIS declares the ‘caliphate’ has been established

    By: John Hayward
    6/30/2014 08:56 AM

    While Western analysts try to figure out whether ISIS is getting ahead of itself by essentially proclaiming strategic victory, only a few weeks into the blitzkrieg stage of its Iraq invasion, the al-Qaeda group once dismissed as terrorism’s “junior varsity team” by Barack Obama is plowing ahead and declaring the establishment of a new nation, a “caliphate” stretching from Syria into Iraq, with big plans for further expansion.

    Yes, Obama dead-enders, your man really made that crack about jayvee teams, and even friendly journalists thought he was being disturbingly flippant at the time. As it turns out, Obama’s ignorance of the ISIS menace was nearly absolute, and incredibly dangerous. Obama was still trying to make his campaign rhetoric about a decimated, routed al-Qaeda sound good. The price paid by victims of ISIS for the President’s campaign spin has already been horrific; if this “caliphate” holds up, the whole world will be getting the bill soon, in some cases hand-delivered by terrorist couriers.

  196. wbboei June 30, 2014 at 10:15 am
    wbboei June 30, 2014 at 10:24 am
    wbboei June 30, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Christ almighty, you come across a coupla shovelsful of bullshit and you make a blend of chess (3 games at once), poker and protracted litigation out of it all!

    I can’t even follow your thread back to the imagined Clinton shadow campaign, no less weave it through Warren’s supposed threat to Wall Street… and wherever else this cockamamie plot leads us.

    I thought my interpretation was already nutty enough: mass media doesn’t like HRC because HRC hates them and will drive their ratings down even more if she gets into the Oval Office without them. There’s some logic to that even if it is a little hairy….

    I’d give some credence to your yarn if the Klein piece had some credibility. But, Hillary depressive? Hillary haters and lovers alike know that Hillary is immune to depression. She never — repeat, NEVER — lets anything get her down. That’s what drives the critics and haters crazy!

    So who is going to believe Klein’s fairy tale?

  197. wbboei June 30, 2014 at 2:37 am

    Excellent by Jay Cost.

    wbboei June 30, 2014 at 1:59 am

    The direct approach would be to cut off the heads and shit down the necks of big media. The indirect approach would be to get the owners of big media to do that to them.

    The direct approach lol! Yeah, but I can see that indirect approach coming — it’s like I intuited upthread, Chris Matthews will be operating a pretzel cart on 5th avenue and the owners of big media will own it to recoup their losses.

  198. Shadowfax June 29, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    I consider myself as being a political centrist, leaning left. I do not agree, with the Dems on amnesty, I want the borders closed, the budget balanced. No free handouts to the lazy, but support for those that are too sick or homeless to help themselves.
    I want religion left out of politics, experience of the candidate to matter, and for America to be led by a person that can work on both sides of the isle.
    This is my wish list…although I would also like a working form of healthcare that does not prop up Big Pharma and the Insurance Companies.

    Thanks for your articles of political faith. They show that we are twins at that level, the only difference being that I would prefer that America be led by a person who can work across the “aisle”, rather than on both sides of some “isle” (I’ve already slapped your wrist for that one before…).

    Also I respect very much your decision not to turn in your Dem Card (June 29, 2014 at 1:08 pm). I remember people here at H44, at Taylor Marsh (she was respected up to a certain date) and on the upspring of PUMA sites where PUMAS were announcing their destruction of their Dem Cards with great pomp and wordy explanations to their party leaders.

    I have always been an Independent (D-leaning), but I implored those people not to turn in their cards or cancel membership. By turning in your card, whatever the reason, you lose your seat at the table. I told them that the tactic to follow was to make whatever minimum contribution was necessary, keep their seat at the table, express themselves, and vote Republican if necessary.

    So, I’m glad that’s what you actually did. Your membership gives you the right to be heard; and as far as voting goes, you own your vote. You don’t have to vote the way HRC or Obama or Dean or Brazile or Boxer or Feinstein advise you. On the contrary, you have the right to your secret vote and you have a right to divulge your vote too; but above all you have a seat at the table. You can talk to the activists, volunteer to be a delegate to the Convention, and still own your vote.

    In the meantime, we also agree on who we would vote for. Trey or Trump, yes, but I also voted willingly for McCain and Romney. They’re good people. Maybe there are some other Republicans: Scott Walker?

    But none can match HRC, and she has a coterie of possible VPs.

  199. wbboei
    June 30, 2014 at 10:15 am

    ——–
    There you go again, using all those fancy words…in Latin, French?

    Makes me feel like a dummy that I have to use the dictionary to follow some of your thoughts. 😉

  200. President Barack Obama says he’s sending about 200 more U.S. troops to Iraq to protect Americans and the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

    The announcement will bring to nearly 800 the total number of U.S. forces in and around Iraq to train local forces, secure the embassy and protect American interests.

    Obama notified House and Senate leaders in a letter on Monday. Obama says the additions include security forces, rotary-wing aircraft, and support for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

    Obama has ruled out sending combat troops back into Iraq. But he says the additional troops will be equipped for combat. He says their purpose is to protect U.S. citizens and property if needed.

    Obama says the troops will stay in Iraq until security improves so that the reinforcements are no longer needed.

    ………………………..

    So how many next week?

  201. MEGYN KELLY PRESSES WILLIAM AYERS ON CONTROVERSIAL PAST IN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW ON ‘THE KELLY FILE’ AT 9 PM ET.
    I hope she presses hard.

  202. 6/30/14. WASHINGTON, DC — House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement on the president’s immigration announcement today:
    “In our conversation last week, I told the president what I have been telling him for months: the American people and their elected officials don’t trust him to enforce the law as written. Until that changes, it is going to be difficult to make progress on this issue. The crisis at our southern border reminds us all of the critical importance of fixing our broken immigration system. It is sad and disappointing that – faced with this challenge – President Obama won’t work with us, but is instead intent on going it alone with executive orders that can’t and won’t fix these problems.
    “The president’s own executive orders have led directly to the humanitarian crisis along the Southern border, giving false hope to children and their families that if they enter the country illegally they will be allowed to stay. The White House claims it will move to return these children to their families in their home countries, yet additional executive action from this president isn’t going to stem the tide of illegal crossings, it’s only going to make them worse. As the Supreme Court reminded us this week, under our Constitution there are sharp limits to what the president can accomplish if he ignores the American people and their elected representatives.”

    http://www.speaker.gov/press-release/speaker-boehner-presidents-immigration-announcement

    [ Re your last statement above speaker: WTF? ]

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