Treachery And Danger: What Every Israeli Voter Should Know About Netanyahu, Israel’s Election And Egypt

Update IV: Bibi Netanyahu has more Irish in him than Lizzie Warren has Cherokee. Yup, Netanyahu has the luck of the Irish, Begorrah:

The Israeli elections took a dramatic turn in the early morning hours on Wednesday as official tallies from nearly all precincts indicate that Likud has opened up a significant lead over Zionist Union, a far cry from the virtual dead heat that television exit polls had reported Tuesday evening.

With nearly 95 percent of precincts reporting before dawn on Wednesday, the Likud has emerged as the clear, undisputed victor in the elections.

Merlin’s Beard Harry!, that’s our Bibi:

4:44 A.M. With 99.5 percent of the ballots counted, Likud is increasing its lead with 29 Knesset seats, compared to the Zionist Union’s 24.

That’s our Bibi boy! More Irish in him than the Cheekbone Charlatan, the Cherokee “one drop” from the Codfish State has Native American blood in her. Yup, Bibi should get dual citizenship from the Emerald Isle now that the Blarney Stone kissed him. But if Bibi is the winner, who is the boob?:

Bibi wins big

As Netanyahu seems set to return to power, his relations with the Obama White House appear to reach a new low. [snip]

“Sure loser: Obama,” tweeted Weekly Standard editor William Kristol, a major Netanyahu booster.

In particular, defending a nuclear deal with Iran would have been easier for Obama absent the protests of Netanyahu, who has warned Congress that Obama is striving for “a very bad deal” with Iran. Herzog also questioned the pending deal with Iran, but in more muted tones.

Obama thought he could bypass the American congress and instead have his “executive to executive” agreement passed by the Security Council at the United Nations. Without Netanyahu to protest Obama would have had the UN lift sanctions against his pals in Iran and thereby be able to ignore the Constitution and the American congress would have been unable to stop Obama as they watched the world-wide sanctions against Iran lifted and Israel eventually obliterated.

Netanyahu’s reelection (a record fourth term) as Prime Minister of Israel has just thrown Obama’s plots into the crapper.

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Update III: Open thread: Israeli election results; Update: Exit polls show Likud lead:

The polls close there at 4 p.m. ET. Here’s your thread for following results, which should be updated regularly at the Jerusalem Post, Haaretz, the New York Times, the BBC, and, well, pretty much every other major western news outlet with a decent international section.

Israeli voters have spoken. We’ll find out soon what they said. A Channel 2 exit poll has it Likud (Bibi) 28, Zionist Union (Herzog) 27. Channel 10 and Channel 1 have it at 27 for both. If Likud loses expect a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. Obama’s legacy will be Armageddon.

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Update II: Netanyahu smiling. This seems to qualify as a “bombshell” in the Israel election. It’s Israeli politics so confusing as ever. But anytime an opposition party denies something is going to happen that then happens and the word “panic” is flung around, it’s probably not a good thing and this appears to be the case for the Netanyahu opposition coalition:

Livni forgoes rotating premiership with Herzog
Zionist Union’s No. 2 drops bombshell 12 hours before election; Netanyahu, Herzog accuse each other of ‘panicking’

The Zionist Union’s Tzipi Livni announced Monday evening that she would give up the rotation of the premiership with the slate’s leader, Isaac Herzog, an agreement the two made months ago when her Hatnua party merged with his Labor Party. [snip]

The bombshell came 12 hours before polling stations were set to open, in an apparent last-ditch effort to garner additional votes. [snip]

In a response to the announcement, Netanyahu told Channel 2 that the decision reflected the Zionist Union’s “panic” — an accusation echoed by Herzog, who in turn said Netanyahu was the one “panicking.”

Netanyahu told the TV station that the move proved two things: “One, that they’re lying. Either they lied earlier [when they announced the rotation], or they’re lying now. And the second thing is that they can’t deal with any pressure. They can’t deal with the pressure of the polls, how will they be able to deal with international pressure?” [snip]

On Sunday, Haaretz reported that during a Zionist Union campaign meeting, Livni said she was willing to forgo the rotation. But strategist Reuven Adler opined that such a move, announced so close to the election, would be detrimental.

Two hours before the announcement, Herzog emphatically denied that the two were set to cancel the rotation agreement. “There was no discussion about [whether to cancel the rotation] in the past week. It’s not on the agenda, period. The partnership between Livni and me brought us to [where we are] today. It is an important partnership,” Herzog told Army Radio.

“It’s not on the agenda, period.” Sounds like an Obama “period”. Watch out Israel!

We’re not experts on Israeli politics but this appears to be good for Netanyahu and bad for Herzog. “Two hours before the announcement…” Hmm.

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Update: Democrat Tim Kaine to White House: This Iran deal will need to be reviewed by Congress.



Obama’s gonna need a bigger bus as number of opponents grows.

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Benyamin Netanyahu is under threat by Barack Obama. The stories seep out daily. Obama used American government resources to destroy Netanyahu’s election chances. Obama operatives are in Israel to mobilize against Netanyahu and defeat him.

Tomorrow, election day in Israel, Netanyahu will need the luck of the Irish. It will be St. Patrick’s Day so Netanyahu might pull out a win. Israeli politics are complicated so it is difficult to know who will win. Netanyahu might “lose” but his coalition might “win” so he might “win”. Netanyahu might “win” but his coalition might “lose” so he might “lose” or “win” or something as the last polls on Friday the 13th came in:

Opinion polls released in Israel today show the left-wing “Zionist Union” party (a combination of the venerable Labor party and Tzipi Livni’s group) holding a 3-4 seat lead over the right-wing Likud party. However, the total size of the right and left wing blocs in the Knesset would be equal. Thus the nature of the government that will be formed will ultimately depend on the center-right, brand-new Kulanu party, and the two mainstay haredi parties.

Add to the multi-party complications the ban on published polls close before an election – so we are somewhat flying blind – those Friday 13 polls are the last that will be published. Netanyahu might win or lose or win/lose or lose/win:

The results echoed surveys released earlier Friday — the final day that opinion polls could legally be published before Tuesday’s election — which both predicted a win for the Zionist Union.

But Israel’s complex electoral system, where many parties are vying for power, means the task of forming a new government does not automatically fall to the winning candidate or list.

Israel’s new premier will be the one who can build a coalition commanding a majority of at least 61 seats in the 120-strong Knesset.

That task will be all the harder as there are at least 11 party lists to reckon with from across the political spectrum as well as ultra-Orthodox and Arab parties.

Under the proportional system, voters choose party lists rather than individual candidates, with seats distributed according to the percentage of the vote received.

Analysts believe the next three days will be crucial, as 20 percent of voters have said they are undecided.

Netanyahu wants the election to be about security issues and the opposition wants to highlight economic issues about which the Israeli public is unhappy:

Netanyahu has run a campaign focused squarely on security issues, arguing that only he is capable of protecting Israel from an Iranian nuclear threat and warning that security will be at risk in case of victory for his rivals, the centre-left Zionist Union.

But on the street, voters appeared more concerned by the increasingly unmanageable cost of living and the Jewish state’s housing crisis.

With the last opinion polls showing a consistent erosion in support for his rightwing Likud, Netanyahu on Sunday launched a last-ditch charm offensive to lure the support of centre-right Kulanu.

Barack Obama might score a Chicago style St. Valentine’s Day style massacre hit against Netanyahu on St. Patrick’s Day. But there is another….

Netanyahu is not the only one in the Middle East Obama hates. Egyptian President Al-Sisi is also on Chicago Obama’s hit list. We praised Al-Sisi in our first article of this year. We’ve also previously noted how Obama has attacked Al-Sisi and favored his foes, the Muslim Brotherhood.

Today Lally Weymouth, former owner/publisher of the Washington Post, former Special Diplomatic Correspondent of Newsweek magazine, and currently the Senior Associate Editor of the Washington Post published an astonishing interview every Israeli voter should read:

Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi, who talks to Netanyahu ‘a lot,’ says his country is in danger of collapse

CAIRO Since the army took power from Mohamed Morsi in 2013 with popular support, Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi says he’s been fighting to keep the forces of anarchy at bay. On the eve of a large investment conference this weekend, he invited The Washington Post’s Lally Weymouth to the massive white presidential palace for a conversation about Egypt’s problematic relationship with Washington, how to defeat the Islamic State, and his fears and hopes for his country. Edited excerpts follow.

Sissi: Do you remember the last time we met [in August 2013], what I said?

Yes, you said you felt the U.S. had turned its back on Egypt. What is your opinion today?

I believe we have a miscommunication. It seems we can’t convey our voice in as clear a fashion as it should be. However, the dangers surrounding this region are clear, and I believe the United States is following closely how terrorism is threatening [it].

What do you think the U.S. should do?

Support Egypt, support the popular will of the Egyptians.

Do you mean the U.S. should stand by you?

Sissi reflects the popular will of Egyptians.

In 2013, President Obama withheld F-16s and other arms until Egypt moves toward a “sustainable, inclusive and nonviolent transition to democracy.” Your reaction?

I just want to ask, who is resorting to violence here in Egypt? Those who did not want to participate constructively in the path to democracy in the wake of the 30th June [when the Sissi-led army ousted Morsi].

You mean the Muslim Brotherhood?

[Nods.] They chose confrontation with the state. Have you seen the state of Egypt taking actions against anyone in Sinai except those who carry arms, threaten and kill members of the military and police and even innocent civilians? We are facing violence inside Sinai and on our western border with Libya and even within parts of [this] country. There is no security in Libya to prevent the flow of weapons and foreign fighters who come into Egypt and threaten our national security. Who is bombing electric grids, putting explosives at the bus and train stations? Who is killing civilians in the streets?

What is the answer?

The extremists.

Do you mean extremists like the Muslim Brotherhood?

The Muslim Brotherhood is the parent organization of extreme ideology. They are the godfather of all terrorist organizations. They spread it all over the world.

Are they the godfather of ISIS?

All extremists derive from one pool. This extreme mind-set is nurtured by religious rhetoric that needs to be reformed.

You made a speech on that subject on Jan. 1.

It was the truth. Religious rhetoric is a problem. It has certain ideas that just promote confused thoughts about religion when adopted by people. People resort to violence when they adopt these wrong religious ideas.

We praised Al-Sisi’s January 1 speech and suggested Congress invite him to speak. The Congress invited Netanyahu instead. Al-Sisi’s voice still needs to be heard in the halls of Congress.

Barack Obama wants to punish American ally Egypt with economic and military sanctions yet wants to lift sanctions against American enemy Iran. Obama protects the murderous Muslim Brotherhood and attacks American ally Al-Sisi.

Al-Sisi is sending a strong message in barely veiled language which does nothing to hide contempt for Barack Obama and support for Netanyahu and Israel:

You feel there is a vacuum of U.S. leadership?

I didn’t say that.

But do you feel that way?

Egypt has a population of 90 million. If this country fails, the whole region will slide into a cycle of anarchy that will represent a grave danger to all countries in this region, including Israel, and would extend to Europe.

How do you see the threat from Iran? Do you agree they should not have a nuclear weapon?

We understand that President Obama is engaged in a lot of actions in order to tackle this issue. We should give him time. . . . Meanwhile, we have to understand the Israeli concern.

Make no mistake, especially if you are a voter in Israel, Al-Sisi wants a Netanyahu win because Netanyahu understands the security interests of all in the region. Israel’s Netanyahu and Egypt’s Al-Sisi are on the same team:

How are Egypt’s relations with Israel right now?

We have been honoring the peace treaty with Israel since the day it was signed. . . . One example that reflects the magnitude of trust and confidence between the two parties is that the [treaty] does not allow Egyptian troops in the middle and eastern sections of the Sinai — the area that overlooks the joint border. But the Israelis said it was fine to have Egyptian troops in those areas. This means the hostile mood and skepticism have diminished with peace with Israel. This can happen with the other Arab countries and Israel if a two-state solution is reached.

You speak to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a lot?

A lot.

Israel’s voters should know that Barack Obama hates Netanyahu and Al-Sisi and is for all appearances by his actions in love with the Muslim Brotherhood and those who hate Israel. Obama’s treacheries against Israel and for Iran multiply daily. Netanyahu and Al-Sisi know of Obama’s treacheries against Israel and Egypt and on behalf of Iran. Obama’s treacheries are such that even Obama Dimocrats are prepared to fight Obama.

Al-Sisi of Egypt is on a campaign to reelect Netanyahu. The Washington Post interview is one in a series of public pronouncements and interviews to discuss security issues in the Middle East and to warn of the danger. Al-Sisi knows Netanyahu’s message to Israel’s voters is about security. Al-Sisi is trying to help elect Netanyahu. Will Israel’s voters listen?

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150 thoughts on “Treachery And Danger: What Every Israeli Voter Should Know About Netanyahu, Israel’s Election And Egypt

  1. Some hope:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/15/us/politics/more-democrats-are-going-their-own-way-and-thats-away-from-obama.html?_r=0

    More Democrats Are Going Their Own Way, and That’s Away From Obama [snip]

    WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans may be singularly focused on unraveling President Obama’s executive orders and actions, but when it comes to what is left of his viable policy agenda on Capitol Hill, Mr. Obama’s biggest problems are now often with Democrats.

    The administration’s most pressing goal, expansive trade legislation, is adamantly opposed by scores of Democrats in the House and Senate even as most Republicans support it. Mr. Obama’s formal request for congressional authorization to fight the Islamic State is deeply imperiled, in no small measure because Senate Democrats find it wanting.

    The president’s dismissal of the role of Congress in approving any nuclear agreement with Iran was facing a potential veto override before Republicans scrambled the political dynamic by sending a letter directly to the Iranian leadership. But if international negotiators reach an accord this month, Democrats’ concerns are all but certain to roar back.

    On the matter of Iran, many Democrats were standing with Republicans in favor of two bills, one that would impose tougher sanctions and another that would mandate congressional approval for any lifting of sanctions as part of a nuclear deal by the administration.

    Support for both bills wavered when Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, tried to push them through and after Senator Tom Cotton, Republican of Arkansas, introduced the letter to Iran, which was widely viewed as trying to undercut any accord.

    Yet a bipartisan, veto-proof majority may still be in the offing, especially on the congressional authority bill on Iran. “The bottom line is this is a bipartisan bill that reflects the reality that any significant undoing of congressional sanctions should get a congressional review,” said Senator Tim Kaine, Democrat of Virginia.

    Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, Democrat of Maryland, noted that increasing sanctions could also enjoy Democratic support down the line. “We are giving the president all the support he needs,” he said, “but cautioning him that none of us want to see a bad agreement.”

  2. My fear, and my sense, is that this will be hope and change all over again.

    With equally, if not more, disastrous results.

    A week ago, I noted that the Israeli Times, a blog written by an American Jew who made a fortune in real estate was part of the cabal seeking to oust Bibi. His putative issue? The west bank settlements. That is a political disagreement, but the larger issue is security and he is willing to look past that issue. Too many people with too much money and too little common sense. He believes in the fiction fiction of the moderate Mullah.

    To stay the course requires something which the American Public lacks completely: knowledge, commitment and strength of purpose. The western elites have lost faith in Western civilization and their writings and public utterances reflect as much. The most succinct expose of that was a comment I made a few days ago:

    The rift in western civilization is between those who believe that the United States is a great nation which has brought prosperity and liberty to generations of citizens vs. those who believe it is a deeply flawed nation which must atone for its supposed sins even if it kills it. Substitute the word Israel for the United States and we are talking about the same thing.

    And it is precisely because people cannot see where the latter trail leads that they are more likely than not to vote in this Hertzog character who promises—hope and change. This is why Plato described democracy as the worst form of government. It is always vulnerable to the demagogue. And when that demogogue is able to control the press, as Obama does big media, the end result is always oppression an tyranny.

    Obama’s interest in this issue is not for the jewish people. He is their enemy–and his affiliations with radical Islam suggest as much. His interest is transactional. He wants Bibi out of the way, and a puppet he can manipulate.

  3. Kaine is a metrosexual man, according to his wife. To me he looks like what they called in the 1950s a rat fink. And until I laid eyes on Kaine, I never really understood what the term meant.

  4. Going back a few days to the broughaha over Rudi’s observation that Obama does not love America—the evidence of that is clear, cogent and convincing to any objective observer. There is no point in recounting all of it–everyone knows in his heart that this is true. Why then the vesuvian eruption across big media? If you go back to the hate America half of the country—they can be triaged as: the ideologues, the ignoranti, and he radical chic opportunists. The political class and the new rich fall into this third group—to be seen as bold, progressive, enlightened–without having to put anything at risk. A cheap investment–a vote and with a big return–social advancement. But now that all the objections raised by skeptics are coming home to roost and the world sees what a joke they embraced–they are left with only two choices: confession or denial. Confession (of their ignorance) is just too painful. They thought they could ride his stock when it rose and get out before it went down, but that has proven to be difficult if not impossible.

  5. From the last thread:

    freespirit March 16, 2015 at 10:35 am

    Jes, I’m speechless – and that’s not a frequent occurrence.

    I know it’s not a frequent occurrence for you; but I hope it doesn’t become a permanent state any time soon, because you’re a nice lady when you’re speechless but I like you even more when you speak out.

    Speechless as you are at this moment, you remind me of both my grandmothers, who are both permanently speechless now, since Death put an end to their dreams of reaching the age of 100, and by the same token rendered them speechless forever, thereby depriving me of the wisdom of the ages.

    When you speak out, you are the sister I never had; the wife I never had; the daughter I never had; and the mother I should have had.

    In my mother’s permanent speechless state, now, her black soul may learn some important lessons in Purgatory, if such a place exists in an alternate virtual universe, and may her soul stay there at least until Death silences me too. Only then may she join my grandmothers at the right hands of The Almighty Gods Inc. in Heaven, where I know they are speaking once again — they speak to me often.

  6. wbboei March 16, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    … hope and change all over again.

    American Jew…. His putative issue? The west bank settlements. That is a political disagreement, but the larger issue is security and he is willing to look past that issue.

    Yes, sadly, I can only agree with you. Sadly, because the west bank settlements are an issue in my eyes too. But the larger issue is indeed security. The “American Jew” is a carbon copy of Obama.

    Makes me wanna get in touch with my Jewish friends and relatives in NJ and Staten Island, who are “modern” reform Jews or even atheists. Last I heard, they generally supported the West Bank Settlements, but they voted Obola and aren’t crazy about HRC. A lot of contradictions, there. Somebody’s got to straighten out their heads.

  7. foxyladi14

    March 16, 2015 at 12:19 pm

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    foxy…as we know the media covers for O…and ‘covers up’ for him…

    if Hillary wins and becomes President…every single failure O leaves in his path will become front and center for Hillary to deal with…

    no longer will the press ‘fluff’ his pillows and ignore the outrageous amount of money O and MO have wasted…the shallow presidency that jokes and dances its way through two terms while the world is falling apart

    …and the barbarians are ‘literally’ at the gate and destroying populations all over the world…

    with Hillary…or even a repub in office…all of a sudden the sleeping press will ‘awaken’ and every single, tiny, little O flaw will be thrust upon the next President to correct…

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    all the more reason for Hillary to beat them to the punch and start exposing all of it now…so it will not be identified as her doing…

  8. said it before and bears saying it again…(even though I do not support this admin negotiating with Iran, especially during these turbulent times…)

    what is the big deal with a letter to iran…

    if O and Kerry felt secure in what they were doing they would have it, the letter, in their arsenal as a negotiating tool…and play freaking hardball…

    instead O, Kerry and the Dims are so hyper sensitive that they will go against their fellow americans, repub or not, to get a deal with the Iranians…instead they come home to the USA whining and crying about the big bad repubs and their letter…

    boo, hoo…

  9. In negotiation, there is something called the best alternative to a negotiated settlement. If the proposed deal is worse than the status quo then it is foolish to make the deal. Nevertheless, bad deals get made, all the time. But big deals must not be bad deals because in that case the consequences can be not merely bad, but catastrophic. What causes bad deals to be made in the first place? A loss of perspective on the part of the parties to the negotiation, otherwise known as “deal heat.” Big media, with its passion for omnibus deals that suck the nation’s wealth into Washington DC where they reside is so thick on the Iran deal, that you could cut if with a knife. The headline reads will there be an agreement? The headline should be A Good Deal or A Bad Deal or No Deal: Which Should It Be?

  10. Update II: Netanyahu smiling. This seems to qualify as a “bombshell” in the Israel election. It’s Israeli politics so confusing as ever. But anytime an opposition party denies something is going to happen that then happens and the word “panic” is flung around, it’s probably not a good thing and this appears to be the case for the Netanyahu opposition coalition:

    Livni forgoes rotating premiership with Herzog
    Zionist Union’s No. 2 drops bombshell 12 hours before election; Netanyahu, Herzog accuse each other of ‘panicking’

    The Zionist Union’s Tzipi Livni announced Monday evening that she would give up the rotation of the premiership with the slate’s leader, Isaac Herzog, an agreement the two made months ago when her Hatnua party merged with his Labor Party. [snip]

    The bombshell came 12 hours before polling stations were set to open, in an apparent last-ditch effort to garner additional votes. [snip]

    In a response to the announcement, Netanyahu told Channel 2 that the decision reflected the Zionist Union’s “panic” — an accusation echoed by Herzog, who in turn said Netanyahu was the one “panicking.”

    Netanyahu told the TV station that the move proved two things: “One, that they’re lying. Either they lied earlier [when they announced the rotation], or they’re lying now. And the second thing is that they can’t deal with any pressure. They can’t deal with the pressure of the polls, how will they be able to deal with international pressure?” [snip]

    On Sunday, Haaretz reported that during a Zionist Union campaign meeting, Livni said she was willing to forgo the rotation. But strategist Reuven Adler opined that such a move, announced so close to the election, would be detrimental.

    Two hours before the announcement, Herzog emphatically denied that the two were set to cancel the rotation agreement. “There was no discussion about [whether to cancel the rotation] in the past week. It’s not on the agenda, period. The partnership between Livni and me brought us to [where we are] today. It is an important partnership,” Herzog told Army Radio.

    “It’s not on the agenda, period.” Sounds like an Obama “period”. Watch out Israel!

    We’re not experts on Israeli politics but this appears to be good for Netanyahu and bad for Herzog. “Two hours before the announcement…” Hmm.

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  11. Adam Rawnsley has the story:

    Iraqi and Shia militia forces have been taking back ground from Islamic State, pushing the jihadist fighters out of much of the town of Tikrit.

    But in a sign of Tehran’s growing military presence in the Iraq, Iranian weapons were a nearly ubiquitous sight in images and videos coming out of the offensive to take the mostly Sunni city.

    Ever since Islamic State shocked the region with its capture of Mosul last summer, Iran has opened up its arsenals and flooded clients, proxies and friends in Iraq with arms and vehicles.

    Now, as Iraqi forces have brushed off their American advisers during the push into Tikrit, Iranian weapons — and advisers — are helping to spread the Islamic Republic’s influence.

    Now that the Iranians are in, who is going to make them leave? The Iraqis? Us? Don’t be silly — as I’ve been forced to remind you on several occasions now, the Obama Doctrine is objectively pro-Iranian.

    Iraq’s fate was sealed in 2011, when the Obama Administration sabotaged its own Status of Forces Agreement negotiation. Iraq died last year, when ISIS invaded. The only question remaining is how much of non-Kurdistan Iraq will Iran annex, and will the annexation be de jure or merely de facto?

    Read more: http://pjmedia.com/vodkapundit/#ixzz3Ua4t7gwN

  12. Interesting read…

    A Young Manager for Clinton Juggles Data and Old Baggage

    [snip]

    Meanwhile, far from the television lights, Robby Mook, the 35-year-old who is likely to manage Mrs. Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, kept his head down and worked the phones from his standing desk to build a field operation in Iowa, set up technology to collect data to target voters and hire a campaign staff in a handful of key states. Mr. Mook was 12 and auditioning for school plays in Vermont when Bill Clinton was first elected president. He was a popular high school freshman when Kenneth W. Starr investigated Whitewater.
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    Hillary Rodham Clinton at a rally in Belpre, Ohio, in 2008. Robby Mook, the 35-year-old who is likely to manage Mrs. Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, was first inducted into the Clinton family during the 2008 presidential primary. Credit Todd Heisler/The New York Times

    The uproar over Mrs. Clinton’s use of personal email as secretary of state, which shielded her correspondence from public records requests, has presented the first media firestorm in her pursuit of the White House. But it has also revealed the stark generational divide that confronts her budding 2016 campaign.

    Over more than two decades in national politics, the Clintons have amassed an army of well-meaning defenders who will bring to 2016 old battle wounds and axes to grind that date back to the White House and Arkansas — perhaps not the ideal message in a presumptive campaign that seeks to reintroduce the 67-year-old Mrs. Clinton as a fresh, forward-looking candidate.

    It falls largely on Mr. Mook, and the band of young operatives he has assembled (called the Mook Mafia), to move the grievance-laden Clinton machine into the modern political age. The success of Mrs. Clinton’s campaign will rest in part on whether this younger generation of earnest, data- and social-media-savvy operatives can prevail.

    “They are going to be the first ones to hit the beach on D-Day,” said Chris Lehane, a Democratic operative and former aide to Mr. Clinton. “To get the campaign off the beach while under fire, the front-line troops will need to be in charge and empowered to run a modern-day, forward looking, smart campaign.”

    The Clintons anointed Mr. Mook as much for his ease with data and technology as for his calm temperament. They value his rare ability to charm and include the abundant advice-givers without allowing them to become too intrusive. Still, asserting himself among so many influential veterans will not be easy.

    Even as Mr. Mook was starting to build the infrastructure of the campaign, a crowded circle of advisers joined him in deliberating over how Mrs. Clinton should respond to the email controversy. They included John D. Podesta, her presumptive campaign chairman, who has known the Clintons since George McGovern’s presidential campaign in 1972; the former Clinton administration officials Cheryl D. Mills and James E. Kennedy; Huma Abedin, a longtime aide to Mrs. Clinton; and Mandy Grunwald, who has advised the Clintons since 1992.
    Continue reading the main story

    Ultimately, the strategy they settled on — having Mrs. Clinton publicly address the controversy on Tuesday — harked back to the approach used in 1994, when Mrs. Clinton, wearing a blush-colored sweater set, held a lengthy news conference to address the Whitewater inquiry and a 1970s commodities trade in Arkansas. Comparisons quickly erupted. “Mrs. Clinton is stuck in the ’90s,” declared the conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh.

    The next day, the operation took its first coordinated step toward wrangling the Clintons’ old friends and former aides, like Mr. Carville. Mrs. Clinton’s 31-year-old press secretary, Nick Merrill, hosted a conference call with about 25 far-flung surrogates to make sure they delivered the same message about the emails.

    Part of why Mr. Mook landed the job was that in 2013, as the campaign manager for Terry McAuliffe — a close friend to Mr. Clinton who is now governor of Virginia — he deftly nurtured the Clintons’ vast network of friends with frequent phone calls, but did not get distracted by the noise and drama that often attaches itself to the couple.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/15/us/politics/a-young-manager-for-clinton-juggles-data-and-old-baggage.html?_r=0

  13. I sure hope Israel does not catch a bad case of Obola. It is definitely being spread around. Bibi does have more chutzpah than any of our politicians.

  14. admin 7:48PM whoa
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    Hope I’m not repeating what’s already been said:
    Hillary Clinton inducted into Irish America Hall of Fame
    JILL COLVIN, The Associated Press
    Posted: Monday, March 16, 2015, 2:09 PM
    NEW YORK (AP) – Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday that bringing women to the table is crucial to establishing peace agreements that last.
    The former secretary of state and likely Democratic presidential contender addressed a luncheon in New York where she was inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame by Irish America magazine. On the eve of St. Patrick’s Day, the magazine praised Clinton for her work on the Irish peace process.
    Clinton SNIP spoke about her experience meeting women in Northern Ireland and made the case that their involvement was crucial to cementing lasting peace in the region, along with the Good Friday agreement.
    She described sitting at a table in Belfast with women from both sides of the conflict and watching as they discovered how much they shared, over cups of tea.
    “You cannot bring peace and security to people just by signing an agreement,” she said. “In fact, most peace agreements don’t last.” She said that when “the work of peace permeates down to the kitchen table, to the backyard, to the neighborhood, around cups of tea, there’s a much greater chance the agreement will hold.”
    Previous inductees of the hall of fame include former President Bill Clinton, SNIP
    http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/20150316_ap_c3c55ff76b574e8598bc1cc45b409b9b.html

  15. Holy leprechaun Batman, we Irish love our Hillary.

    It takes a village, and sitting down over tea with Hillary has to be something women can relate to.

    Men polish their guns, women talk and get to know each other.

  16. Oh-my-god . . . just when you thought . . . over, never mind . . . in the administration of the stupid the intellectually deficient is king . . . or in this case, queen.

    Gibbs was no rocket scientist

    Carney was a standing joke

    Earnest is a blithering idiot

    But to find brain dead you need to go to the Kerry State Department

    John Kerry Heinz fits the bill.

    But on the time proven principle that shit (and descending grey matter) flows down hill—

    Sorority sister and Obama infatutuae Jen Psaki takes the cake.

    Like that line from the Leader of A Big Time Band by Cole Porter

    About rum ridden debutramps nearly coming to

    But never in a press conference–

    In the days when Casanova was the tops
    All his rivals with the femmes were famous flops,
    But today who’s got that extra monkey gland?
    Why, the leader of a big-time band.
    When Goodman, champ of champs,
    Goes blowin’ blue,
    Rum-ridden debutramps
    Nearly come to.
    ‘Cause there’s nothing, when you’re out, like being fanned
    By the leader of a big-time band.

  17. OMG . . . I have sold her short—Warren I mean.

    Previously, I merely assumed that she was not fit for public office because she lied about being a woman of color 1/32 Cherokee according to a family legend. And, of course, those over educated idiots at Harvard fell for it hook line and sinker. But I never realized that she also purloined recipes from an upscale Manhattan restaurant and claimed they were 100 percent Cherokee, from the non existent Cherokee side of the family. Obviously, this would rise to the level of an impeachable offense—if the word has any meaning. but a pre emptive statement by the stately Mitch the Bitch McConnell that impeachment and the power of the purse are off the table, and whatever Lola wants Lola gets—Lola in this case being the scumbag Obama.

    “Senator Fauxcahontas Crockagewea Warren’s got her own scandal – in that she got hired as Harvard Law School’s “first woman of color” on the basis of a dubious claim to be one thirty-second Cherokee and having contributed Cole Porter and the Duchess of Windsor’s favorite crab dish from an upscale Manhattan restaurant to a cookbook of authentic tribal recipes.”

  18. Nice article by Pat Buchanan. It confirms my own impression that the Republican Party is the party of buffoons. You have Dr. Strangelove McCain spouting off his usual kill them all and let god sort them out nonsense. You have got Tom Cotton senator for two months showing the rest of them he has the biggest balls and Ron Paul and Marco Rubio pulling down their own pants to show theirs are just as big. You have the reprobate of Washington Boehner sticking a sharp stick in Obama’s eye by inviting Bibi to rip Obama a new one as Congress rose to its feet and cheered and the entirety of big media screaming ouch, that is . . . unconstitutional, a new word they just learned, Mitch the bitch dithering over whether to support Holder clone Lynch, and you just know in the end, that when this deal is finalized those two menches will fold like a cheap watch, after all the sound and fury. They get kicked in the teeth and come back for more. The only fight they want is to destroy the base of their party. I would liken it all to that line in Shakespeare: A tale told by an idiot full of sound and fury signifying nothing ad infinitum.

    ————–

    Do Republicans really believe that America wants a return to the Cold War with Moscow and new and larger hot wars in the Middle East?

    With President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry seemingly about to conclude a deal to freeze Iran’s nuclear program, House Speaker John Boehner invited Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu to use the State of the Union podium to call Obama and Kerry naive and trash their deal as paving the ayatollah’s way to an atomic bomb.

    For the U.S. House to invite a foreign leader to come into its chambers and see that leader, on national television, mocking U.S. foreign policy to wild cheering was something few of us expected to see in our lifetimes.

    Came then the astonishing letter drafted by Tom Cotton, a 2-month-old senator who makes Ted Cruz look like Ramsey Clark, that was signed by 47 Republicans. Sent to the ayatollah and mullahs, the Cotton letter instructed Iran that any deal signed by Kerry might not be worth the paper it was written on.

    Congress could reject the deal, said the 47, and a new president in 2017 could cancel it with “the stroke of a pen.”

    The letter’s purpose was the same as Bibi’s purpose — to scuttle, sabotage and sink any U.S. nuclear deal with Iran. But if there is no deal and Iran returns to enriching uranium to 20 percent, we are on the road to war.

    Is this what America has to look forward to if it votes GOP?

    Another Middle Eastern war, with a country twice the size of Iraq, to strip the country of weapons of mass destruction it does not have?

    Didn’t we just do that at a cost of 4,500 dead, 35,000 wounded warriors and $1.7 trillion?

    GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham, mulling a presidential run, has called Kerry “delusional” and charged Obama with timidity. Why? Because, said Lindsey, “he didn’t call Putin the thug that he is.”

    Is this what America wants, a president who will call the ruler of Russia, who has thousands of nuclear weapons and is supported by 85 percent of its people, a “thug”? Is that presidential leadership?

    How does name-calling at that level advance U.S. interests?

    At the Munich security conference in February, Sen. John McCain compared the negotiations in Minsk, Belarus, among German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Vladimir Putin to what happened in Munich in 1938.

    Yet the Minsk truce is holding. Ukrainians are not dying, as of today. And the Germans are meeting to bail out Ukraine and prevent that bankrupt country from going belly up.

    Yet last week, McCain said German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier belongs “in the Neville Chamberlain school of diplomacy.”

    Said McCain, this “is the same guy that refuses — and his government — to enact any restrictions on the behavior of Vladimir Putin, who is slaughtering Ukrainians as we speak. He has no credibility.”

    A former presidential nominee, McCain is chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Does he speak for the party?

    Will America applaud an arms airlift to prod a destitute Ukraine into fighting Russia to reimpose Kiev’s rule over the Russian-speaking Donetsk, Luhansk and Crimea, in a war Ukrainians cannot win and NATO Europe will not fight?

    If Putin should respond to U.S. weapons pouring into Ukraine by seizing Mariupol on the Sea of Azov and establishing a land bridge from Russia to Crimea, what would the Republicans do?

    Yet undeniably, inside the GOP, the day of the hawk is again at hand. Sen. Cotton, whose tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan give him a street cred that other GOP hawks do not have, is making no apologies, not backing down, driving the debate and being emulated by the GOP presidential hopefuls. Sen. Rand Paul signed his letter, as did Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio.

    And the Republicans are betting, probably correctly, that the invitation to Bibi to dis Obama and elevate the menace of Iran will sit well with a Jewish community that historically votes Democratic.

    But short-term gains could be canceled out by long-term losses.

    If Kerry comes home with a deal to which Germany, Britain, France, Russia, China and the U.N. Security Council have signed on, will Congress spend two years trying to scuttle it? Will Congress refuse to lift sanctions on Iran even if all our principal allies have done so?

    In addition to bellicosity, the GOP seems to suffer from inconsistency. Even as it seeks to strip Obama of his power to close a deal with Iran, it is trying to give him a blank check to fight ISIS.

    And who is fighting the Islamic State today in Tikrit, Iraq?

    The Shiite militia and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.

  19. Paul B is not in Israel working against Bibi without Hillary approval, and you can take that to the bank.
    I stand with Bibi…

  20. You know the fraud thugs are over in Israel instructing Bibi’s opponents on their time honored cheating algorithms.

  21. 4:01 wbb,

    And you wouldn’t have invited Bibi? And you trust the fool on the hill to treaty with Iran?
    I See No alternative, The Road Leds To War With Iran, the question is, is it before it has nuclear power, or after?

  22. http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2015/03/16/israeli-elections-march-madness-in-middle-east/

    There are 120 seats in the Parliament, all elected at the same time, nationally, on a proportional basis. After the votes are counted, the parties who have won seats (probably a dozen of the 26) begin trying to put together a majority coalition. The first one to get the endorsement of a majority of sixty one members of the Knesset is the winner.

    No single party ever gets an outright majority and none will this time. Israeli polls are notoriously unreliable but they make this clear enough. At the moment, the left-center challenger, Yitzhak Herzog is leading the right-center incumbent, Benjamin Netanyahu, by a narrow margin. “Herzog ahead 24 to 20” is a neat headline, but even if that it is the count on Tuesday night, it will tell you no more about the final outcome than a report that Duke is leading UCLA by six at the end of the first quarter.

    To get to a coalition of sixty one requires weeks of horse-trading among the parties.

    Compromises mean fragmenting power. No prime minister comes to office with a personal mandate, and certainly neither Herzog nor Netanyahu will have one.

    During these negotiations, parties emit all sorts of mating calls to one another, and strange bedfellows can emerge. Still, some coalitions are more likely than others, and this favors Netanyahu. Three right-wing parties have already committed to joining him, and three others are leaning in his direction. If they all sign on, it should give the prime minister enough for a narrow coalition.

    Herzog has a steeper climb. His natural allies are far fewer. But his party is itching to unseat Netanyahu, and he may be able to outbid the Likud for the support of a couple of the less ideological right-leaning groups.

    The third scenario is that Netanyahu and Herzog will join forces and form a broad government, with some smaller parties along for the ride. There are places (the Obama administration is one) that portray this election as a contest between the forces of extremism (the Likud) and moderation (Herzog’s Zionist Camp) but this is wishful thinking. [snip]

    If the last polls are close to accurate, the odds of Netanyahu being the next prime minister are 3:2. Herzog is 4-1.

    As for the final government, I have it 3-1 for a right-center coalition led by Bibi, 6-1 for a left-center coalition headed by Herzog and 2-1 for a unity government between the Likud and the Zionist Camp.

    The polls close on Tuesday at 10:00 P.M., marking the end of the voting and the start of coalition building.

  23. GonzoTx, did you see this?

    https://twitter.com/therealroseanne/status/577570266798166016

    #Israel if u capitul8 2 Obama &elect his puppet,Herzog, #BDS will gain more power on US campuses. Obamaites r pro #BDS. #IntellectualJihad.

    and

    https://twitter.com/therealroseanne/status/577573802604822528

    @zombiemarcus I think #likud should win-it’s needed4 th last2 yrs of obama kerry’s lame duck devastation of th middle east-

    Both tweets from Roseanne Barr who is as far left American politics as you can get.

  24. gonzotx
    March 17, 2015 at 8:15 am
    4:01 wbb,

    And you wouldn’t have invited Bibi? And you trust the fool on the hill to treaty with Iran?
    I See No alternative, The Road Leds To War With Iran, the question is, is it before it has nuclear power, or after?

    ——
    I would have invited him, of course. But the point is, the end game here will be another cave or end run, so why not see the comedy in it. I have admired Bibi 100 times on this blog. He is not the issue. The issue is the spineless gutless RINO who attacks his base, offers token resistance to Obama, and grows fat by betraying his constitutents for his donors. That is the protection we have against these barbarians who were previously at the gate and now entered and are taking over with the RINO’S blessing, just as long as he gets his pound of silver. Furthermore, I note their reliance on that 90 pound weakling Roberts to do the heavy lifting and that Judicial Watch has done more to get to the bottom of these scandals than all these RINO bloviators, including Trey Gowdy. The only hope is Tednado.

  25. Wbb

    “Senator Fauxcahontas Crockagewea Warren’s got her own scandal – in that she got hired as Harvard Law School’s “first woman of color” on the basis of a dubious claim to be one thirty-second Cherokee

    —–
    To be hired at HLS, strictly because of claiming to be Native American is a big effin’ deal.

    Her whole effin’ career, financial and social status is based on a LIE.

    All the money she has made, all the kudos and having her ass kissed, is based on an effin’ lie.

    I go nuts when I think of what a sham artist she is.

  26. Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Big Pink. To mark the occasion BBC.Com posted some little known Irish sayings. All were new to me, but most of them well worth knowing.

    ______________

    (snip)

    25 Irish Sayings to Live By
    By Fraser McAlpine | Posted on March 17th, 2015
    Share on Tumblr The Irish tricolor (Pic: Jeremy O’Donnell/Getty Images)
    The Irish tricolor (Pic: Jeremy O’Donnell/Getty Images)

    This week, the rivers of major cities all over the world will run green, the bars will be filled with people wearing fake beards, green top hats and sunglasses fashioned into the shape of twin four-leaved clovers, and there will be much talk of blarney, of begorrah and of craic.

    So, as our own contribution to the festivities, why not take a look at some of the less well-known idioms and sayings that the Irish nation has given the world? There’s a lot of wisdom here—some of it clearly learned the hard way—and if nothing else, you’ll come away with a couple of good put-downs and an arsenal of good toasts to try out the next time glasses are raised and clinked in your general direction:

    • May you have the hindsight to know where you’ve been, the foresight to know where you are going, and the insight to know when you have gone too far.

    • You’ve got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your father was.

    • It is often that a person’s mouth broke his nose.

    • May the roof above you never fall in and those gathered beneath it never fall out.

    • Lose an hour in the morning, and you’ll be looking for it all day.

    • (When a friend can’t change a stubborn person’s mind) You might as well be whistling jigs to a milestone.

    • Honey is sweet, but don’t lick it off a briar.

    • If you buy what you don’t need, you might have to sell what you do.

    • Forgetting a debt doesn’t mean it’s paid.

    • It is better to spend money like there’s no tomorrow than to spend tonight like there’s no money.

    • (To be said of someone who is unhelpful) She’s fit to mind mice at a crossroads.

    • It’s easy to halve the potato where there’s love.

    • Where the tongue slips, it speaks the truth.

    • A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures.

    • You’ll never plow a field by turning it over in your mind.

    • (To be said of someone who outstays their welcome) If that man went to a wedding, he’d stay for the christening.

    • Drink is the curse of the land. It makes you fight with your neighbor. It makes you shoot at your landlord—and it makes you miss him.

    • If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at who He gives it to!

    • No man ever wore a scarf as warm as his daughter’s arm around his neck.

    • A family of Irish birth will argue and fight, but let a shout come from without, and see them all unite.

    • (To be said of an unfortunate friend) She is always in the field when luck is on the road.

    • You can accomplish more with a kind word and a shillelagh than you can with just a kind word.

    • In every land, hardness is in the north of it, softness in the south, industry in the east, and fire and inspiration in the west.

    • (To be said of someone who is very organized) If he’s not fishing, he’s mending his nets.

    • Here’s to a long life and a merry one. A quick death and an easy one. A pretty girl and an honest one. A cold pint and another one!

    http://www.bbcamerica.com/anglophenia/2015/03/25-irish-sayings-to-live-by/?utm_source=bbc.com&utm_medium=promo%20module&utm_campaign=Channel%20Module

    ___________

    Jes, just wanted to thank you for your response. Sounds like you had a double whammy in terms of a self-esteem destroyer (not to mention a buzz kill) – A toxic mother and a punitive religious influence, both of which can be pretty stiff challenges for anyone. The voice of neither is easy to extinguish – even harder to benefit from , in some cases. Having a creative, intelligent mind is frequently as much a challenge as a blessing – as we have seen throughout history in artists, poets, musicians.
    You’re right. This knowledge of you background explains a lot.

  27. Happy Saint Patty’s Day. May the luck of the Irish be with you.

    Loved some of those quotes you posted Free, this one reminds me of my family. Italian dad and Irish mom:

    • A family of Irish birth will argue and fight, but let a shout come from without, and see them all unite.

  28. The whiney little bitch is whinging again……

    http://www.politico.com/story/2015/03/hillary-clinton-email-john-boehner-server-116147.html#ixzz3UfpXebhf

    John Boehner to Hillary Clinton: Turn over server

    Speaker John Boehner has joined a growing number of Republicans who are calling on Hillary Clinton to turn over her personal server to an independent arbitrator for investigation.

    The Ohio Republican told reporters on Tuesday that the former secretary of state needs to give a “neutral third party” access to the server housed in her New York residence so Congress can gain access to a trove of emails from her tenure at the State Department.

    …………………

    Maybe when the republicans all hand over theirs? Jeb? Dubya?

  29. Update III: Open thread: Israeli election results; Update: Exit polls show Likud lead:

    The polls close there at 4 p.m. ET. Here’s your thread for following results, which should be updated regularly at the Jerusalem Post, Haaretz, the New York Times, the BBC, and, well, pretty much every other major western news outlet with a decent international section.

    Israeli voters have spoken. We’ll find out soon what they said. A Channel 2 exit poll has it Likud (Bibi) 28, Zionist Union (Herzog) 27. Channel 10 and Channel 1 have it at 27 for both. If Likud loses expect a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. Obama’s legacy will be Armageddon.

    ————————————————–

  30. Re. the Lynch nomination—AS PREDICTED

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has caved again. Now he has promised to hold a vote to confirm Loretta Lynch as Attorney General.

    This is a huge mistake.

    In her confirmation hearings, Lynch could not identify any limits on the president’s executive power and said she believes executive amnesty is legal and constitutional.

    The only difference between Loretta Lynch and Eric Holder is that Lynch has told everyone that she will ignore the law BEFORE her confirmation vote.

    Voting to confirm Lynch now would be a clear violation of a senator’s oath to support and defend the Constitution.

    Senator McConnell should either prevent the nomination from reaching the floor, get 51 of the 54 Senate Republicans to defeat the nomination on an up-or-down vote, or, if necessary, reverse Harry Reid’s “nuclear option” and filibuster the nomination.

    McConnell should defeat the nomination or, at the very least, block it until executive amnesty has been stopped. He’s already surrendered the power of the purse; there’s no reason to surrender the Senate’s ‘advice and consent’ authority too.

    Unfortunately, we all know that Senator McConnell will do none of these things. He’s not interested in standing up to the president or the Democrats in the Senate.

    Instead, he will cave just as he has caved countless times before.

  31. Channel 2 in Israel is reporting the following for their exit polls. (Note: These are the channel’s own polls.) Last week, Zionist Union held a lead over Likud in the final pre-election poll.

    Likud 28

    ZU 27

    TJL 13

    YA 12

    Kulanu 9

    BY 8

    Shas 7

    UTJ 6

    YB 5

    Meretz 5

    And Channel 10 has the following numbers:

    Likud 27

    ZU 27

    Arab list 13

    Lapid 11

    Kahlon 10

    Bennett 8

    Shas 7

    UTJ 7

    Lieberman 5

    Meretz 5

    And Channel 1:

    Zionist Union 27

    Likud 27

    Joint Arab List 13

    Yesh Atid 12

    Kulanu 10

    Bayit Yehudi 9

    Shas 7

    United Torah Judaism 6

    Meretz 5

    Yisrael Beytenu 5

    The Times of Israel reports on the Israeli reactions to the exit polls. Safe to say that the country supports their accuracy:

    TV exit polls show Netanyahu set to retain premiership

    Likud ahead or level with Zionist Union in all three exit polls, better placed to build coalition; Netanyahu’s efforts in final days drew him level with Herzog; delight in Likud, dismay in Zionist Union; Jewish Home slips

    Zionist Union’s Shelly Yachimovich is trying to claim in a Channel 2 interview that there’s still room for a left-wing government, based on the Arab list and Moshe Kahlon’s Kulanu.

    But the stark fact is Netanyahu’s natural coalition is much larger according to exit polls.

    To seal the consciousness of a Netanyahu victory, Netanyahu has already called Jewish Home’s Naftali Bennett in the last few minutes, and is slated to call Avigdor Liberman in the coming minutes.

    The call to Moshe Kahlon could be among his last. Kahlon will take some convincing. His 10-seat showing makes him a decisive factor in the new coalition, and his demand was already clear in the campaign: to be finance minister.

    Read more: http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2015/03/17/breaking-netanyahu-holds-on-in-israel-election/#ixzz3Ug47Za2E

  32. But the stark fact is Netanyahu’s natural coalition is much larger according to exit polls.
    ————
    So.

    The dirty fucking Obama pollsters who push polled the hell out of it, and if they are like our pollsters took money from Obama were proven to be as wrong as the douchebags like Rasmussen who shamelessly shill for Obama. Looks like the grease and the bribes and all the other crap that destroys the integrity of our election process was shot down in this election.

  33. The choice between Obama and Armageddon was easier for Israeli voters than it is for the fools in this country. Obviously, they had a better option, i.e. Bibi—-as opposed to that nutcase McCain, or that plutocrat who just wanted to be nice the Mittster. Or, next time around Jebediah–Pugsley if you prefer.

  34. What I see loud and clear in the maunderings of fat boy Christie, and this replacement of Obamacare is a move by the Republican Party to cap and bleed social security/medicare. Obama simply wanted to bleed it–dry. Christie is a hatchetman and his goal is to slash entitlements. It is obvious.

  35. Bibi declaring victory – others say it’s too early to do so.

    ________________

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared victory after the first exit polls released following Tuesday’s elections showed the Likud ahead of, or tied with, the Zionist Union.

    Netanyahu wrote on his Facebook page: “Against all odds, a great victory for the Likud, for the nationalist camp led by the Likud, and for the people of Israel.”

    http://www.jpost.com/Israel-Elections/Netanyahu-declares-victory-in-election-Herzog-says-Likud-celebration-is-pre

  36. Thank God. I mean it. I so prayed for the people of Israel. They are a special people. They have actually stood up to the evil Obola Empire. Those totalitarian toads were out there censoring Bibi and he got out there and told it like it is. Bussing Arabs. They were doing in and he said what they were doing. Now they are trying to make it like it was a racial issue. How fooled do they think people can get?

  37. The only one who you can count on to save social security and Medicare is Hillary.


    I agree, wbb!!

  38. JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has declared victory after a tight national election appeared to give him the upper hand in forming the country’s next coalition government.

    In a statement released on Twitter, Netanyahu says that “against all odds” his Likud party and the nationalist camp secured a “great victory.”

  39. wbboei
    March 17, 2015 at 4:44 pm
    The truth is you cannot have an honest election in this country. Not any more.

    ____________

    I’ve come to think you never could – at least not in the last 100 years. If a REAL third party were formed focusing on national security, the economy, and a return to fair, legal elections and democratic process – leaving the social issues out of the mix, at least for the time being, many Americans would rally behind such an effort. The fact that there has already not been a viable effort toward this end is a testament to the strength, corruption, and no doubt collusion of the Republicans and Dimocrats. Those two parties have thrown this country to the dogs – or at least done their damndest to do so. They have succeeded in locking out any narratives other than those which benefit them. With MSM supporting whatever the libs wan and FOX supporting whatever the conservatives want – other views don’t have a outlet.

    At this point, IMHO, the social issues including racial problems, abortion, gay rights, etc. won’t matter if we can’t get a grip on the very structure of our political system and the basic economic and physical safety of this nation.

  40. http://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog_entry/why-netanyahu-likely-won-the-election/

    Why Netanyahu likely won the election

    Isaac Herzog has no stable coalition in tonight’s exit polls, so Benjamin Netanyahu’s victory is almost complete.

    Zionist Union lost the ability to force a unity government. Netanyahu’s right-wing coalition of Likud, Jewish Home, Yisrael Beytenu, Kulanu and the ultra-Orthodox parties come to a majority of 63. The only hope that the Labor party (which leads the Zionist Union list) has to leave the opposition after 14 years is if Netanyahu, Herzog and Kulanu’s Moshe Kahlon (or other party leaders with similar numbers of seats) all want a unity government. Why would Netanyahu share power if he doesn’t have to? And why would Kahlon work toward a unity government in which his own party’s influence would be dramatically diluted?

    Herzog’s last hopes lie with the remaining unknowns: the gaps between tonight’s exit poll results and the official results that will be published Thursday; the votes of soldiers, prisoners and diplomats; the vote-sharing agreements that might give Labor another seat or take away one from Likud (or vice versa, of course). If all those go dramatically in Herzog’s favor, a very unlikely scenario, then things might yet be different.

  41. The crew at the WH will be the Yeti ripping sleeves and seething tonight if Bibi wins….Val Jar will be like a bear with a sore head and the big smelly one’s face will be tripping the floor.

  42. The sleeves. We weep for them. They live in fear hidden in closet corners. Every growl from Michelle as she stomps outside, getting closer to the closet, her breathing like a locomotive engine, sends fear through the seams of the sleeves.

    Won’t someone help the sleeves? Won’t someone stop Michelle? Doesn’t anyone care about the sleeves?

  43. Admin…give MO a break…she is the first to admit how difficult life is in the WH:

    after dancing up a storm on Ellen, she said:

    Life is hard for First Lady.

    First Lady Michelle Obama went on Ellen yesterday. The poor woman lamented about the “hard life” she endures at the White House

    “The one thing people don’t realize is, we can’t do little things like open windows… I haven’t been in a car with the window open for like seven years…

    ….poor MO, bet she cannot wait to leave…

  44. Aaah poor Michelle, not allowed near windows……probably scared someone would shove her out of one……….if only.

  45. First Lady Michelle Obama went on Ellen yesterday. The poor woman lamented about the “hard life” she endures at the White House

    “The one thing people don’t realize is, we can’t do little things like open windows… I haven’t been in a car with the window open for like seven years…

    ________________

    If being FLOTUS is hard for Meechelle, she really doesn’t need to run for president.

  46. Bibi needs to be particularly careful right now. This is about the time when these tugs turn to murder.

  47. First Lady Michelle Obama went on Ellen yesterday. The poor woman lamented about the “hard life” she endures at the White House

  48. Wbb,

    What makes you sure Hill a would protect SS and Medicare? She has gone to the dark side repeatedly. I don’t think know we know.
    We don’t know what she really thinks, and we don’t know what we think we know.
    White is Black…

  49. gonzotx
    March 17, 2015 at 8:53 pm
    Wbb,

    What makes you sure Hill a would protect SS and Medicare? She has gone to the dark side repeatedly. I don’t think know we know.
    We don’t know what she really thinks, and we don’t know what we think we know.
    White is Black…
    ——-
    You are wise to be skeptical.

    However, in her case, she was emphatic about this in 2008, whereas Russert, Obama and the elites were not.

    Yes, she has a tendency to blow with the wind on a number of issues.

    But on this one I think (but I cannot guarantee) we are on safe ground.

    She has presented herself as a Roosevelt liberal, and she is a member of our generation.

    The entire appeal of Christie to the elites is he is a hatchet man–and his history in New Jersey confirms this.

    Judge Stern seems to support him, and I have tremendous respect for Herb (Stern)–as does jbstonefan.

    But this may have more to do with Chrisie’s roots as a prosecutor.

    The guy I liked as a prosecutor–apart from Herb who was by far the best in his generation is Sam Alito.

    They are all Herb’s protogees—they all came from his stable.

    But to me someting is missing in Christie.

    On the first day of law school over forty years ago our Dean said something that stuck with me.

    Quoting St. Paul he said, if you have not charity you have nothing.

    That is an attribute of character, and I do not see it in Christie.

  50. Shadowfax
    March 17, 2015 at 6:45 pm
    For Moon and Admin on this St. Paddy’s Day…

    GREEN sleeves
    ——–
    Thank you for this beautiful rendition of this beautiful Elizabethan era song.

  51. I just do not know about Hillary these days, some of the things she does, like having Clinton Operatives in the Israel election thing. That could just be some of the Clinton “You got to be in it to win it” stuff and who’s who? With the current environment, you will not be able to know who she is. I am just another hopium fool, waiting and watching and hoping we may get a champion who recognizes the value of a strong middle class and a nation that is healthy and functional instead of a nation of have nots that are chattel for the elite.

    Obola count down 601 days.

  52. The thing about Christie is he does not even bother to hide his elitism. One minute he is kissing the ring of Bernie Adelstein in Las Vegas whose donations come with a big price tag. The next minute he is winging his way to Dallas to sit with the owner of the Dallas Cowboys in the VIP booth. Forgive my ignorance. I did not realize those cities were in New Jersey. The best we can realistically hope for is Hillary and Tednado. That would be bad for big media and good for the country. The rest of these jamokes forgettabouit. Pugsley can retire to Mexico and be a grandee down there. That is where he belongs.

  53. Obola count down 601 days.
    ————
    Well, not exactly.

    Like Casey Stengel said do the math—like the CBO does it:

    Fact: during his 6 year imperious reign the big media beloved messiah has treated himself to 38 vacations, 219 rounds of golf at a cost to taxpayers of $40 million.

    Assume the average vacation compliment was 5 days.

    Then the math is: 38 x 5 = 190 days missing in action over a 6 year period for vacations.

    Plus those 219 rounds of golf a half day per round = 110 days on the golf course during that 6 year period.

    Three hundred days of fucking off over a six year period.

    Assuming he does stays the course, he will be off the job for an additional 120 days between now and the time he gets the bums rush.

    So then the math looks like this: 601 days remaining – 120 comp days = 480 days in the White House, or off campaigning.

    Lets say he spends 120 more days on the campaign trail collecting IOUs from donors for his pac.

    Put it all together and what have you got?

    360 days, barely a year left to destroy the country.

    Bippity Boppity Boob.

  54. Thank you for this beautiful rendition of this beautiful Elizabethan era song.

    You’re very welcome Wbb.

    These Celtic women have wonderful voices and I love their Christmas songs too.

  55. Shadow, i agree – thank you. I love their singing.

    ________

    Former UN Ambassador, John bolton calls Obama out for surrendering to Iran.

    ____

    Former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton said Saturday that President Obama is negotiating “an unprecedented act of surrender” with Iran in discussions over its nuclear weapons program.

    “This deal is fundamentally flawed,” Bolton said at the South Carolina National Security Action Summit in West Columbia. “There really is no deal I’d trust Iran with. It is a regime determined to have nuclear weapons and this deal will give it to them.”

    The Obama administration is hoping Iran will slow or stop its nuclear armaments research in exchange for removing economic sanctions. Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia are aiding U.S. efforts to bargain with Iran. The two sides will resume talks in Lausanne, Switzerland, next week.

    Controversy erupted over an open letter Republicans sent Iran’s leadership Monday. It vowed Congress can void any deal it finds unsatisfying and was signed by 47 GOP senators.

    President Obama said Friday he was “embarrassed” for the message’s signers. The move has drawn swift criticism from social media, with the hashtag #47Traitors a recurring trend online last week.

    Bolton rebuked the president’s response as unjustified Saturday. He said the senators were not traitors, but rather lawmakers who “stood up for the Constitution.”

    “The president coddles the Iranian ayatollah and attacks his own countrymen and our closest allies over this deal,” Bolton said Saturday. “The danger we hope to avoid is now imminent. This is just one example of how the president doesn’t care about America’s national security.”

    (snip)

    http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/235733-bolton-calls-iran-deal-unprecedented-surrender

  56. Exit Polls say Likud tied or better in 2015 Israeli Elections

    [Updated: Likud up 23-19 with 95% in]

    By: Neil Stevens (Diary) | March 17th, 2015 at 11:00 PM | 23

    The exit polls are breaking as the the 2015 Israeli elections to the Knesset have finished. While pre-election polls predicted the left-wing alliance, the Zionist Union, was set to be the leading party and form a coalition, the exit polls say that didn’t happen.

    With the American President, the Israeli left, and the Arabs all aligned against him, Benjamin Netanyahu and the Likud party have beaten the polls, according to the exits. Every major exit poll has Likud tied or ahead.

    Notably, two religious parties underpeformed the pre-election polls: Jewish Home and Yachad. That leads one to speculate whether some religious voters were concerned that a Zionist Union-led government would be a threat to Israeli security, and the future of the Jewish homeland.

  57. Like Yogi Berra said–deja vu all over again–for scumbag Obama.

    Battleground Israel Turns Out Like Battleground Texas

    By: Erick Erickson (Diary) | March 17th, 2015 at 10:18 PM | 7

    Team Obama poured amazing resources into Battleground Texas to help Abortion Barbie, Wendy Davis, win and to turn Texas blue. Arguably, the Obama team had so many resources directed at Texas that they weakened themselves elsewhere. But they had a tremendous media operation and their acolytes in the press wrote hagiographic story after hagiographic story on how awesome Battleground Texas was.

    The media even lumped Battleground Texas’s money with Wendy Davis’s money to build the narrative that she was financially competitive with then Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. It all went down in flames. Reporters who were openly cheering for Battleground Texas put a pillow over it and held down till there was no pulse.

    And then they did the same in Israel.

    A bipartisan investigation in the United States Senate is now uncovering evidence that Team Obama used federal tax dollars to try to influence the Israeli election against Benjamin Netanyahu. Team Obama went to the mats to defeat Bibi. Not only that, like with Battleground Texas, Battleground Israel also produced a media narrative that Netanyahu was in serious trouble.

    On election day in Israel, the American media continued to push a “too close to call” narrative long after Netanyahu had declared victory and long after the Israeli media agreed. But Battleground Israel persisted into the night with the story that it was too close to call.

    Congratulations Prime Minister Netanyahu on your win. Battleground Israel will now, hopefully, get in line behind former congressman Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL)45% and reimburse the American taxpayer for a misuse of government funds.

    Meanwhile, the petulant, thin-skinned men who squat to pee are behaving exactly as you’d expect of men who squat to pee.

  58. At this point, IMHO, the social issues including racial problems, abortion, gay rights, etc. won’t matter if we can’t get a grip on the very structure of our political system and the basic economic and physical safety of this nation
    ———
    Yes. That is the highest priority.

    It is why these citizens of the world need to get out of this country.

    Starting with Soros.

  59. Shadowfax
    March 18, 2015 at 12:07 am
    Obama-linked nonprofit filed for new IRS status after accusation of meddling in Israeli election
    ——
    That is an admission of guilt.

    At the very least, they must reimburse taxpayers.

    This is embezzlement.

  60. It is clear as a bell: just like New Hampshire–the Obama forces rigged the polls, and the exit polls proved it. Shades of New Hampshire. Res ipsa locitur. Never trust a poll when Obama is in the picture.

  61. Lu4PUMA
    March 17, 2015 at 9:10 pm
    I just do not know about Hillary these days, some of the things she does, like having Clinton Operatives in the Israel election thing. That could just be some of the Clinton “You got to be in it to win it” stuff and who’s who? With the current environment, you will not be able to know who she is. I am just another hopium fool, waiting and watching and hoping we may get a champion who recognizes the value of a strong middle class and a nation that is healthy and functional instead of a nation of have nots that are chattel for the elite.

    Obola count down 601 days.
    ___________

    I don’t think it can be assumed that Hillary sent Begalla and other to Israel. It is likely, I believe, that he would not have gone if asked not to do so by Hillary. So, yeah. He’s there with her knowledge I’m sure. That said, I would be very surprised if her reason (if she indeed had a reason and actually approved of “operatives” in Israel for the purpose of defeating Bibi, I believe it’s unlikely that her reasons for this goal (if indeed it is her goal) would be to facilitate O’s plan to bend over and kiss Iran’s ass. She’s tougher than that. She has always maintained that we must come from a position of strength in dealing with other world leaders and especially with countries whose interests run counter to those of the US.

    I hope if and when Hillary announces she will clarify her position on a number of issues that have bothered us and others. I find it hard to believe that at least a few of her advisers have not strongly urged her to say to hell with O and the latte libs who HATE her, as Admin and Big Pinkers have done. The country is clearly worn out with the man and his dictatorial style. Even those who agree with O on principles and policies should condemn the manner in which he has chosen to govern – as an entitled monarch. The fact that they’re willing to let democratic process and the constitution violated in order to accomplish a policy goal or an initiative speaks to their lace of care and concern for this country. If a Repub is elected president, these O supporters will be the first to scream “foul” when he/she takes the same approach to law making and dictating that Obama has.

    Anyway, I believe that the email non-issue is less likely to cost Hillary votes in GE, should she get that far, than her alignment with Obama and his supporters, if she, in fact, does align herself with his initiatives and plans.

    Hopefully, if she announces, she or a surrogate will agree to approach her about the concerns of her 2008 supporters. I can’t believe we are the only Hillary supporters who are concerned.

  62. Update IV: Bibi Netanyahu has more Irish in him than Lizzie Warren has Cherokee. Yup, Netanyahu has the luck of the Irish, Begorrah:

    The Israeli elections took a dramatic turn in the early morning hours on Wednesday as official tallies from nearly all precincts indicate that Likud has opened up a significant lead over Zionist Union, a far cry from the virtual dead heat that television exit polls had reported Tuesday evening.

    With nearly 95 percent of precincts reporting before dawn on Wednesday, the Likud has emerged as the clear, undisputed victor in the elections.

    Merlin’s Beard Harry!, that’s our Bibi:

    4:44 A.M. With 99.5 percent of the ballots counted, Likud is increasing its lead with 29 Knesset seats, compared to the Zionist Union’s 24.

    That’s our Bibi boy! More Irish in him than the Cheekbone Charlatan, the Cherokee “one drop” from the Codfish State has Native American blood in her. Yup, Bibi should get dual citizenship from the Emerald Isle now that the Blarney Stone kissed him. But if Bibi is the winner, who is the boob?:

    Bibi wins big

    As Netanyahu seems set to return to power, his relations with the Obama White House appear to reach a new low. [snip]

    “Sure loser: Obama,” tweeted Weekly Standard editor William Kristol, a major Netanyahu booster.

    In particular, defending a nuclear deal with Iran would have been easier for Obama absent the protests of Netanyahu, who has warned Congress that Obama is striving for “a very bad deal” with Iran. Herzog also questioned the pending deal with Iran, but in more muted tones.

    Obama thought he could bypass the American congress and instead have his “executive to executive” agreement passed by the Security Council at the United Nations. Without Netanyahu to protest Obama would have had the UN lift sanctions against his pals in Iran and thereby be able to ignore the Constitution and the American congress would have been unable to stop Obama as they watched the world-wide sanctions against Iran lifted and Israel eventually obliterated.

    Netanyahu’s reelection (a record fourth term) as Prime Minister of Israel has just thrown Obama’s plots into the crapper.

    ——————————————-

  63. The Saudi Royal Family wrote a letter that got Obama into Harvard Law School and to him the Editor of the Law Review position. They funneled millions into his campaign. And now, through his full throated support for their arch enemy, after he split his trousers bowing to the late king, under the bus they go too. The most dangerous position to be in is to be an ally of the United States, the most advantageous position to be in is an enemy, the most dangerous position to be in domestically is a US citizen, and the most advantageous position to be in is an illegal, drug lord or terrorist. No security for the American People or their allies while Obama the traitor is in power. Bolton is right.

  64. Well, hell. My post above is damn unreadable so don’t bother. I’m chalking it up to a lack of oxygen to the brain, since I have had pneumonia for more than a week, and brain function is even more impaired than usual.

    Suffice to say. I don’t believe Hillary agrees with O on Iran. She may or may not have wanted to see Bibi defeated – most of the libs did, here and abroad. Almost all of the Guardian UK and BBC.com articles about Israel have been critical of Netanyahu, especially his recent expressed disagreement with the two state issue. Of course, for some reason many in Brit media still seem to think O’s wonderful so they must be taken with a grain of salt on this issue.

  65. Netanyahu’s reelection (a record fourth term) as Prime Minister of Israel has just thrown Obama’s plots into the crapper.
    ———–
    This reminds me of a true story.

    An Obama loving Muslim went to the doctor and told him he was not feeling well.

    Whereupon the doctor was flummoxed and sent him to a Muslim doctor.

    The Muslim doctor told the Obama loving Muslim go stick your head in the crapper and flush.

    The Obama loving Muslim did so, came back to the Muslim doctor in a week and said I am cured.

    Whereupon the Muslim doctor told the Obama loving Muslim, there is nothing wrong with you.

    You are just homesick—and sick as we all are of Obama.

  66. freespirit
    March 18, 2015 at 12:31 am
    —–
    The liberals posit a false choice: a bad agreement or war.

    How about a third option—a good agreement, backed with real sanctions.

    We do not need Iran to fight ISIS for us.

    The enemy of my enemy is my enemy.

    They are the largest supporter of terrorism in the world.

    And Obama is anxious to jump in bed with them and give them anything they please.

    I agree with the Iranian who said life will go on if there is no agreement.

    Translation: we are not desperate for this agreement—like Obama is.

    The truth is they want this deal, because it represents a total surrender to a terrorist nation.

    Which is classic Obama, right after he apologizes for the 43, 000th time for the American assault on people of color.

    What a Judas goat he is.

    Anyone who cannot see it by now is blind as a bat.

  67. Smart ass and dumb shit Sheiffer asked Tom Cotton whether he would also write a letter to North Korea. He dodged the question, but he could have said, unfortunately I was not around when Bill Richardson gave the store way, and got his ass handed to him. Now, that ship has sailed. I wonder who is crazier: the head of North Korea, or Biden. Yes, I know, how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. There is no definitive answer.

  68. Now we can gainsay that the people of Israel are smarter than the people in our country.

    They saw through Obama and his puppet Hertzog.

    Our electorate did not.

    Plus, they failed the test not once but twice.

    Sheer stupidity.

    The angry ossified child behind the Obama mask is starting to emerge.

  69. Translation: we are not desperate for this agreement—like Obama is.

    The truth is they want this deal, because it represents a total surrender to a terrorist nation.

    Which is classic Obama, right after he apologizes for the 43, 000th time for the American assault on people of color.

    What a Judas goat he is.

    Anyone who cannot see it by now is blind as a bat.

    ____________

    Yes. Iran does not respect acquiescence. Obama just looks weak and small to them – and to most of us.

    You just have to wonder just how low O would be willing to bow in order to please those he seeks to please. He refuses to work with Republicans, doesn’t give democrats the time of day. But, he will bend over backwards to give our enemies what they want. And, the Dims in congress, are damn slow about going against him, even those who really don’t approve of the manner in which he is dealing with this issue. Maybe they’re scared Holder will investigate them.

  70. What the Republican Party can learn from Bibi:

    “Netayahu’s stunning victory demonstrates that the strategy of alienating no one, talking about everything the left wants you to talk about, and running to the center may not spell victory. It may simply spell lack of principle.”

    (Note: don’t worry. Like the Bourbon dynasty, the RINO has leaned nothing and forgotten nothing. When the RINO passes to the other side, his final thoughts will not be of the country, of the Constitution, or of the welfare of the American People. In death as in life, the final thoughts of the RINO will be of his donors, and his donors-and-his-donors.)

  71. Bambi oh Bambi
    Bambee don’t let us down
    Read me your Commie script
    And I’ll be homeward bound

    —–a love sick big media

    (or maybe just sick)

  72. Netanyahu’s reelection (a record fourth term) as Prime Minister of Israel has just thrown Obama’s plots into the crapper.

    Hooray for Bibi!!!
    ————
    Flush, flush…and away goes O’Turd down the drain.

    I would love to see a spy cam in the Obama whitehouse tonight and tomorrow. All Hell is breaking lose and the Iranian princess just lit her hair on fire.

  73. Flush, flush…and away goes O’Turd down the drain.

    I would love to see a spy cam in the Obama whitehouse tonight and tomorrow. All Hell is breaking lose and the Iranian princess just lit her hair on fire.
    —–
    Iranian princess?

    More like The Whore of Babylon who appears in the end times, and controls all the other prostitutes.

  74. How will Bambi pick up the pieces after stabbing Bibi in the back.

    Do you think he has picked up the phone and called to congratulate him?

    Now that would be an interesting conversation to listen in to.

    That little organ grinder monkey Joshua Erst will undoubtedly say something patronizing like the president called to congratulate.

    And Bibi said:” Why thank you Mr. President. . . .

    Without your interference in our election . .

    I never could have done it.”

  75. If so, where’s the burka?

    Is Josh Ernst the burka?

    Is Josh Ernst a muslim?

    Is Josh Ernst perchance a paid liar?

  76. Why GOP ‘Insiders’ Thwart Conservative Reformers

    by Jay Cost

    Tom Cotton’s letter to the Iranian regime has spurred furious blowback from liberals. They want the president to cut a deal with Iran, and Cotton’s letter gets in the way; thus, they’ve engaged in a specious fight over inter-branch protocol. Never mind that the president is looking to sign an agreement with an enemy without the advice and consent of the Senate. And never mind that Democrats have made similar overtures to foreign governments before.

    It’s like that old lawyer’s adage: If you have the facts on your side, pound the facts. If you have the law, pound the law. If you have neither, pound the table. Tut-tutting over Cotton’s letter is a classic example of pounding the table.

    Which is why this item from Friday’s Politico was so striking:

    One-third of Republican insiders believe that Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton and his GOP colleagues — including several potential presidential candidates — crossed the line when they published an open letter to Iranian leaders warning about a possible nuclear deal….

    “The GOP letter — while sound in substance — caused the debate to shift from the administration’s wrongheadedness to the GOP’s tactics,” said a New Hampshire Republican, who — like all 92 respondents this week — completed the survey anonymously in order to speak candidly. “That’s not helpful.”

    It manifestly did not “cross the line,” as Steve Hayes’s editorial in this week’s WEEKLY STANDARD makes clear. What it did was rock the boat, which is something that a wide swath of Republican “insiders” never want to do.

    This has been a persistent pattern. Conservatives come forward with bold proposals to reform the way government works — or at least stop some egregious abuse — and GOP insiders warn of dire consequences. We’ve seen that on the farm bill, on the Export-Import Bank, on the Paul Ryan budget plan, on executive amnesty, and now on Iran. Don’t make waves, they warn, lest we risk the majority!

    But what is the point of a majority, if not to reform the government? That is the conservative attitude, at any rate, but there is a different view that, unfortunately, has wide purchase in quarters of the Republican party. It is the belief that the majority is a good thing because it means Republicans get to decide how the government pie gets sliced up. Upsetting the apple cart threatens the chairmanship of the Energy and Water Development Subcommittee of Appropriations, which simply cannot be risked under this view. Otherwise, Democrats will get to decide how all that tasty government cheese is allocated! (snip)

    This is still a common occurrence in the Republican party. When conservatives try to reform government in ways that upend the established order, they end up getting undermined by . . . Republicans.

    What can we possibly do about this? Three things.

    First, we have to stop focusing so relentlessly on the personalities of politicians. Edmunds and Blaine are long gone, after all — yet the same dynamic persists. That suggests the problem has more to do with the rules of the game than with its players.

    To that end, the second thing we need to do is reform Congress. Today, the institution is premised on a conflict of interest — members of both parties trade public policy to the private groups that subsidize their campaigns and provide for their post-political careers. This lends itself inevitably to the don’t-rock-the-boat mentality, particularly when it has to do with corporate welfare like the Ex-Im Bank, corporate tax loopholes, or the farm bill.

    Third, we have to reform the GOP nomination process, not just for the presidency but also the Congress. That’s the other end of the conflict of interest: politicians trade public policy because they believe (correctly) it will get them reelected. If we change the way those elections take place, we can change their incentives.

  77. GOOD MORNING H44 !! RISE AND SHINE !!

    My HRC Google Alert has brought up the following from WaPo’s top-notch Right Turn bullshitter: Caveat Emptor! Might or might not lighten your day….

    Right Turn

    “The Right Term”
    By Jennifer Rubin
    March 17, 2015

    There’s a story prancing around the Internet to the effect that the only way to stop Hillary Clinton from winning a third term for Obama is by killing her. This claim, as ridiculous as it seems to intelligent readers, was supposedly made in a telex received on March 16 by AP, AFP and Reuters from a mystifying source called The Almighty Gods Inc. in Heaven, Milky Way. It looks to me like some hacker succeeded in penetrating the Telex system.

    Of course, the agencies haven’t released the story without corroboration; but AFP says it succeeded in sending back questions and getting some more drivel in reply. In their place, I would have just one question I’d like to ask The Almighty Gods: “Is Allah in your midst?” I think they would answer “Yes” to that one, if they think they can predict a third Obama term.

    Anyway, believe it or not, the agencies say this story has credibility because, in answer to one of AFP’s questions, The Almighty Gods successfully predicted the Sun would rise over America on March 16, and the Sun did just that — and has continued to rise every morning since then. Holy Jesus! The Almighty Gods really know their science!

    Can they answer this one, though: “Will the Sun ever rise the day after someone wins a third Obama term?” I think we can safely say “No” to that; because if that ever happened, it would be the last day on earth for us humans.

    To be fair with these Gods, though, they did assert that no known Republican candidate can beat Hillary Clinton. On the basis of today’s polling, they seem to be right on this matter; but how can these divine beings be so sure that Hillary’s advantage will last until election day? Nineteen months is a long time in politics….

    They also assert that the Republicans have no one to drive home a “conservative” or any other kind of agenda. Maybe; but what, pray tell, is Hillary Clinton’s agenda, exactly? How could anyone be so sure that some nebulous, hypothetical Clinton agenda will stand up against anything the Republicans can find?

    And then consider all the legitimate concerns of Republicans and Americans generally — things that disqualify Hillary Clinton outright from becoming President, ever. I’m thinking of when she defended a rapist as a lawyer, Whitewater, of course, then Travelgate, the failed healthcare reform, Lewinsky, a less-than-exemplary career as Senator and Secretary of State, ending her dismal record with Benghazi, and now she’s deleted her own personal emails from her private server! State secrets anyone?

    No, Dear Gods, Republicans may be facing November 2016 with the same deck of cards, sure; but not everyone has been dealt their hands yet. Any smart American voter will still place his bets on the end of the Obama era on January 20, 2017, and an auspicious beginning of The Right Term.

  78. Here’s some more about the emails, plus Chinese contributions to the Clinton Foundation, this time from Breitbart, featuring Ron Fournier, Krauthammer, some other guy and a journalist (I’ve seen both before but don’t remember their names — they’re pretty good, though).

    The article quotes Fournier extensively (see below in pink). You can watch the video at:

    http://www.breitbart.com/video/2015/03/16/fournier-democrats-scared-to-death-over-hillary-clinton/

    The video also contains an analysis of HRC’s chances in light of the email “scandal” and Chinese contributions to the Clinton Foundation by Krauthammer ’s (see my transcript after the article).

    First, the article:

    National Journal Senior Political Columnist and Editorial Director Ron Fournier said that Democrats are “scared to death” over the scandals regarding donations to the Clinton Foundation and Hillary Clinton’s emails on Monday’s “Special Report” on the Fox News Channel.

    “Don’t buy the spin, they [Democrats] are scared to death. And there’s a lot of them who are already starting to think ‘is she really the best candidate for us?’…Their bench, compared to the Republican bench is awfully, awfully thin. And there’s a lot of Democrats, by the way, who are saying ‘follow the money.’ A lot of Democrats are really worried about the Foundation, that’s what they’re really worried about” he stated.

    Earlier, Fournier said that the Clinton Foundation’s acceptance of Chinese donations is “a big issue. There’s a lot of other ways the Chinese government, and the Saudis, and the [Qataris] — there are other ways that they can help the world if that’s what they want to do. They’re giving their money to the Clinton Foundation for a reason. They want something out of it. So I know, what I really want to see in these e-mails is any e-mail that mentions the Foundation and mentions one of the donors.”

    Fournier also commented on James Carville’s defense of Clinton, arguing that “what Carville did is give up the goods. What he admitted there was that this was not a matter of convenience, which is what the Secretary said. He admitted that the reason she did this was so she didn’t have to comply with the oversight of the House, and –and with the natural laws of transparency. He gave up the goods. He sold her out.”

    Fournier added that while Democrats are right that no one’s votes will be decided by the emails specifically, “what they don’t want you to understand is this is a matter of trust. And you can’t lead a country, you might not even be able to win an election if the people don’t trust you, and we already see her trust numbers coming down.” And “what the Clinton people think is going to happen here is they understand everything we’re saying is true. The way they want to turn to the page is to somehow show how transparent she can run as a campaigner, that she’ll overwhelm the media with her access, that she’ll overwhelm the public with social media. I’d like to see that actually happening, but that is their plan.” He also declared that such a plan “cuts against the kind of public servant she’s been, but any little bit she does would look transformational.”

    Krauthammer had this to say:

    The Chinese donation is particularly troublesome because Democrats went apoplectic in the previous campaign implying that Republicans were using foreign money that was infiltrating our elections and distorting our democracy because of the Citizens United ruling.

    Now, that was not true in the first place; but nonetheless, they made a big issue of the Chamber of Commerce being on the take from outside sources. So, now we have the Clintons admitting — and Bill himself is admitting — that he doesn’t see anything wrong with it. He’s the kind of charming scoundrel in all this who sort of says, “Aw, shucks.” She, of course, will deny that there was any impropriety.

    But this company is close to the Chinese government. It built the Chinese embassy in DC — which, as you know, when you build an embassy in a semi-hostile country, you’ve gotta be really careful about the security and the bugs and all that — that means it’s really close to the Chinese security apparatus. So it isn’t just some innocent entity in China that’s habitat houses.

    So this is the real issue for her; and as we heard from ***, she is not, as Secretary of State, a “normal” employee — which is exactly the charge against her. Everyone else has to sign a separation agreement, including David Petraeus, but she doesn’t. She’s a Clinton.

    So, where does it go?

    All the lawsuits, Judicial Watch, the subpoenas issued by Congress — and the AP, which is suing for information under the Freedom of Information Act — will keep it in the news. It’s not going to be in the news every day; but it will be in the news from now to election day.

    …. The Benghazi investigation will keep this tumultuous debate alive. Smoking gun? I’m not sure.

    But remember, she lost in 2008. When you’re a losing candidate and you run a second time, you try to run as a “new person”. Example: Nixon lost in 1960 but ran as the New Nixon in 1968 and won.

    It’s been 15 years since all the shenanigans in the 90’s. And there was a hope that the shadow would go away; but with the donations from the foreign entities and the emails — Benghazi’s a detail — there is no new Hillary she can run on; it is still the old Hillary and that greatly diminishes her chances.

    Ron Fournier concludes on the New Hillary: “We still think she can do it. But she’s got to step up and do it.”

    I agree with Fournier that Hillary has to step up and face the press as the New Hillary, taking the press doggedly as the Good Cop. I say this with confidence, because she showed the New Hillary at the press conference the other day. All she has to do is to keep up the good work.

    However, there are stakes larger than her manner of dealing with the press: It’s the question:

    “Did you delete any ‘private’ emails in which you spoke to the Chinese about the Clinton Foundation?”

    The question calls for a simple Yes/No answer and, either way, she had better come clean.

  79. wbboei March 18, 2015 at 4:18 am

    Why GOP ‘Insiders’ Thwart Conservative Reformers
    by Jay Cost

    … what is the point of a majority, if not to reform the government? That is the conservative attitude, at any rate, ….

    I was 0° in agreement with Cost’s whole article until I hit the above sentence. Why should “reform the government” apply to conservatives in particular, any more than it did to liberals when they had the majority in 2009-10, for example, or if HRC managed to bring back a Dem majority in 2016 or 2018? So since the whole article is based on this assumption, I guess I’m 90° out of phase with it.

  80. The spoiled man-chiod in the WH angers House Dims with more secret deals. I swear, he’s pathological. Such active disregard for governmental process and absolutely no concern about the impact of his actions even on his own party members

    _____________

    House Democrats angry over Obama’s classified trade meeting

    House Democrats are criticizing President Obama’s administration for holding a classified briefing on trade with top administration officials, saying it’s an attempt to push a trade program in secret.

    Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Michael Froman will meet with House Democrats on Wednesday in a classified briefing to discuss the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

    Members will be allowed to attend the briefing on the proposed trade pact with 12 Latin American and Asian countries with one staff member who possesses an “active Secret-level or high clearance” compliant with House security rules. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) told The Hill that the administration is being “needlessly secretive.”
    “Even now, when they are finally beginning to share details of the proposed deal with members of Congress, they are denying us the ability to consult with our staff or discuss details of the agreement with experts,” DeLauro told The Hill.

    Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) condemned the classified briefing.

    “Making it classified further ensures that, even if we accidentally learn something, we cannot share it. What is USTR working so hard to hide? What is the specific legal basis for all this senseless secrecy?” Doggett said to The Hill.

    “Open trade should begin with open access,” Doggett said. “Members expected to vote on trade deals should be able to read the unredacted negotiating text.”

    In an interview with The Hill earlier this year, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Obama could attract a lot of Democratic votes on trade — if handled in the right and “transparent” way.

    It’s not unusual for the administration to discuss trade negotiations in classified meetings. Leaks of information can give trading partners an advantage in the talks, and could also tip off lobbying groups.

    (snip)

    http://thehill.com/policy/finance/235848-house-dems-angry-over-obamas-classified-trade-meetings

  81. I’ve noticed that Real Clear Politics posts more that it’s share of anti-Hillary articles daily. One headline posted there today from Politico (what a shock!) is particularly scathing. The email deal is huge, huge I tell you. There are a couple more, as the light-weight Left team up with Repubs to try to take Hillary down. This one article from the hill posted at RCP declares Hillary unbeatable – or claims to be saying that. There are a coupe of jabs and an attempt to play the gender card.

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    March 12, 2015, 01:00 pm

    Ignore the noise — Clinton will win in 2016

    By Fernando Espuelas, contributor

    Hillary Clinton, Email, State Department

    Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic Party’s nominee, and she will win the 2016 election.

    When you analyze the objective conditions of the Republican Party today and most likely over the next two years and compare them to Clinton’s strengths, it’s hard not to make such a prediction with confidence.

    The email flap will be gone soon enough. Short of the State Department finding some grenade of an email, the release of some 55,000 Clinton emails from the government archives is more likely to reinforce Clinton’s formidable leadership and executive abilities than subtract from her decades-old image of an American Iron Lady.

    Republicans will wail at her desire for privacy in not turning over her personal emails, but look at America’s angst on this very topic. Many citizens feel that our privacy has been compromised, by everyone from the government to Russian hackers; that our private stuff is under threat. Hard to imagine that the citizenry will begrudge Clinton’s desire for some modicum of privacy even as her official emails are published on a State Department website.

    The Washington press corps has been foaming at the mouth, an expected reaction. At a recent networking event of political reporters, one 2016 campaign beat journalist, writing for a major national paper, was almost salivating. “It’s just like the Clintons!” he cried. “So typical! This is huge!”

    This would be his meal ticket for the next few weeks, and I could not help but feel happy for him. Washington journalists need scandal to thrive. The routine reporting of the minor personalities who haunt the halls of Congress or of obscure second-rank Cabinet secretaries makes for poor copy.
    And while the Benghazi Brigade in the GOP is still marching along in the desert, hoping to stumble on to a smoking gun, their political shenanigans in not releasing the voluminous collection of Clinton’s email that they possess will only further tarnish their credibility. And there is no polling that I’ve seen that shows that Benghazi is even a remotely relevant issue for the non-Tea Party majority of the electorate.

    It’s no wonder, then, that the 2016 GOP pre-candidates have stayed largely silent on the Clinton email brouhaha. First, you can bet that more than one of those candidates has used multiple email accounts themselves while in office. The widespread ownership of email glass houses makes it awkward, if not outright dangerous, for these candidates to throw rocks at Clinton. Second, if any of these candidates think that Clinton’s email flap will both endure and be a factor in 2016, they are getting bad advice.

    As nonpartisan Charlie Cook in National Journal pointed out, there are much more real, politically relevant and resonant issues that will either result in Clinton presidency or an upset.

    Clinton has a built-in advantage — her gender. It now looks that she will use the glass-ceiling theme to connect with millions of people who think that the disparities in opportunity, income and talent-based achievement between men and women is not only unfair, but damaging to all women, two-income families and the economy in general.

    Some percentage of Americans, likely a large one, would like to cast a historic vote. When polling points to Americans wanting “change,” what bigger change than a woman as president?

    http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/presidential-campaign/235507-ignore-the-noise-clinton-will-win-in-2016

  82. Damn that Bibi. His win has the entire international community very worried, claims the article of this Guardian UK article. The source of this angst? Well, this article cites Netanyahu’s refusal to support a two-state solution is a big concern. However, as noted in the article, Bibi didn’t express his rejection of the two-state solution until a couple of days ago. If that’s the primary concern – which Bibi addressed only a few days prior to the election, what was the reason for the wide-spread anti-Netanyahu campaign in media and by some in the US, including the O WH?

    ____________

    Binyamin Netanyahu victory causes international concern.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/18/binyamin-netanyahu-victory-causes-international-concern

  83. This article was posted at Women’s State Blog, reveals even more treachery by the O WH and a determination of Barack to do as he pleases regardless of whether it’s legal. Nor does he give a damn about the impact of his actions on American citizens.

    Tuesday, March 17, 2015

    Border Patrols being punished for reporting Illegal Alien Groups of More Than 20

    WASHINGTON, DC — A U.S. Border Patrol agent from the Rio Grande Valley Sector in Texas told lawmakers today that his fellow agents are punished for reporting illegal alien groups of more than 20. “Agents who repeatedly report groups larger than 20 face retribution. Management will either take them out of the field and assign them to processing detainees at the station or assign them to a fixed position in low volume areas as punishment,” Border Patrol agent Chris Cabrera told a Senate panel. “Needless to say Agents got the message and now stay below this 20 person threshold no matter the actual size of the group.”

    Cabrera is the vice president of the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) Local 3307, a union for border agents. He testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee on behalf of NBPC.

    The border agent told lawmakers that the Obama administration is misleading the American people by manipulating border security data.

    Cabrera also told lawmakers that the 6 out of every 10 illegal aliens who attempt to cross the southwest border into the United States are not apprehended.

    (snip)

    http://womenstate.blogspot.com/2015/03/border-patrol-being-punished-for.html

  84. this is O’s jobs plan for the middle class…

    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/415535/it-worker-replaced-foreign-national-regrets-voting-obama-ryan-lovelace

    IT Worker Replaced by Foreign National Regrets Voting for Obama Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/415535/it-worker-replaced-foreign-national-regrets-voting-obama-ryan-lovelace

    Several information-technology workers provided anonymous testimony for today’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the immigration reforms needed to protect skilled workers. One former IT worker at multi-billion dollar utilities provider Southern California Edison, who chose to remain anonymous because of a non-disparagement agreement he signed with his former employer, wrote that he was recently replaced by a foreign worker with an H-1B visa. He is one of more than 400 people at Southern California Edison (SCE) who have reportedly lost their jobs to foreign workers in India. “I’ve paid my taxes, obeyed the laws and have been a good citizen supporting the community with donations,” the former SCE worker wrote. “I voted for President Obama and was appalled that he implemented a rule change, which allows work permits to H-1B spouses. My future votes will only go to candidates that support reforms to the H-1B visa program that preserve the American worker.”

    Hal Salzman, a professor at Rutgers University’s center for workforce development, testified that such guest workers are not needed to fill STEM jobs (careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). “The U.S. supply of top performing graduates is large and far exceeds the hiring needs of the STEM industries, with only half of new STEM graduates finding jobs in a STEM occupation,” Salzman testified. “Guest-worker supply is large and highly concentrated in the IT industry. It is likely a factor in the flat wage levels in the IT industry and, perhaps, for a [sic] substitution of young, entry-level guest workers for experienced, incumbent, U.S. workers.” And while SCE has gained attention for replacing American workers with foreign nationals, other tech companies are doing the same thing. In advance of today’s hearing, the national coordinator for IBM’s employees’ union, Lee Conrad, issued a statement about the company’s decision to replace American workers with guest workers from other countries.

    “In February, workers at IBM Dubuque lost their jobs as their work was off-shored to India,” Conrad said. “These tech workers are now in the unemployment line as Congress seeks to increase the use of guest workers by US corporations. This is outrageous and needs to cease. No U.S. tech worker should be in the unemployment line while tech jobs are filled with guest workers.”

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    put Americans out of work for immigrants that will work for lower wages…if the guest worker does get paid well…just take the job away from the American anyway and put the American on the unemployment line, food stamps and subsidies

  85. there is something reassuring about having someone like Netanyahu as a ‘hardliner’ for someone who will bluntly speak out on issues and let the chips fall where they may…

    someone not afraid to be NOT politcally correct and parse every other word in policies full of hypocrisy and contradictionsa…

    someone who who carries a big stick and is not so gulliable and naive…

  86. All the talking heads are so damn ‘worried’ that Hillary has broken some artificial rules that no one else has to comply with. That her time as a senator and SOS was completely worthless and that come 2016 she will take off her mask and Obama’s ugly ass face will appear.

    I’ve seen more honesty and sanity on a grammar school playground.

    So much fake angst.

  87. OBAMA BID TO BEAT BIBI BACKFIRES
    American liberals, presumably including those at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., just two days ago were fantasizing about a world that didn’t include Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister of Israel, or at least a Bibi in a substantially weakened fashion. The imaginings included Israel blessing a nuclear deal with Iran and the eventual establishment of a full Palestinian state. Netanyahu’s defeat was considered a done deal and counted as a double blessing because not only would his defeat put the liberal party in control in Israel, but also be an embarrassment for the Likud-loving Republicans at home who had just hosted the prime minister for a joint meeting of Congress. But today, a hard reality has fallen as Netanyahu not only won re-election, but did so handily. He faces a newly unified opposition and the rising clout of Arab groups, but Bibi is back and he’s been vindicated. And as they consider the comeback, American liberals would do well to consider the part President Obama played.

    While the question of U.S. taxpayer funds going to defeat Netanyahu and Likud remains in question, it is no secret that Obama has disdain for Netanyahu and was working publicly to undermine his position ahead of the election. And it turned out to be very helpful… for Netanyahu. Obama is not popular in Israel and foreign interference in elections is even less popular. Obama’s overt and covert actions to damage Netanyahu and install the liberal party gave Netanyahu and his party the perfect opportunity to warn of foreign meddling and tell his base voters to rally in order to defy Obama. As polls showed Netanyahu trailing, he moved right and fired up his base by agreeing with more hawkish factions to drop the pursuit of a “two-state solution.” So for Obama’s effort to undercut Netanyahu, Obama got Netanyahu not only returned to power, but with a rightward shift.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/03/18/obama-bid-to-beat-bibi-backfires/

    I’m surprised that jbstonesfan hasn’t chimed in on Bibi’s win.

  88. foxyladi14
    March 18, 2015 at 11:16 am
    Bibi and Walker both survived the Obama attempt to oust them.
    Let us pray Hillary will be another success story. 🙂
    ________

    Amen to that Foxy.

    Shadow, your grammar school playground analogy hits it on the head. This hand wringing and fake concern is too much. Just a way to keep this in the news. The Dims and Obama Kooks are an embarrassment.

  89. Free

    Just a way to keep this in the news. The Dims and Obama Kooks are an embarrassment.

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    Absolutely, and the GOP politicians are an embarrassment along with Congress.

    I can count on very few fingers, the people I respect that are ‘running’ our country.

  90. http://nypost.com/2015/03/18/netanyahu-gambles-his-career-and-scores-breathtaking-victory/

    He gambled his entire career and he won, just as he did with the speech in front of Congress earlier this month.

    The three-month election process was heart-stopping and melodramatic, like an old “Batman” episode from the 1960s without the camp — including the startling role played by Special Guest Villain Barack Obama doing everything in his power to take down the man he seems to have chosen as his Enemy No. 1.

  91. Obama’s overt and covert actions to damage Netanyahu and install the liberal party gave Netanyahu and his party the perfect opportunity to warn of foreign meddling and tell his base voters to rally in order to defy Obama. As polls showed Netanyahu trailing, he moved right and fired up his base by agreeing with more hawkish factions to drop the pursuit of a “two-state solution.” So for Obama’s effort to undercut Netanyahu, Obama got Netanyahu not only returned to power, but with a rightward shift.
    —–
    Like I said last night, if the Fraud calls Bibi to congratulate him on his landslide victory over the Obama puppet Hertzog Bibi might say:

    ” Why thank you Mr. President. . . .

    Without your interference in our election . .

    I never could have done it.”

  92. jeswezey
    March 18, 2015 at 8:53 am
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    It applies to both extremes in the political spectrum. The centrist view is don’t rock the boat, reap the spoils and screw the American People. Like RINO like DINO>

  93. This Is What It Comes To

    By: Erick Erickson (Diary) | March 18th, 2015 at 04:30 AM | 58

    I was an elected Republican official. Before that I was a Republican political consultant and campaign manager. I have been a lawyer for a number of Republican candidates.

    Today, I see Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)N/A collaborating with Democrats to line up votes to expand government.

    I see Republicans in Congress waffling on Obamacare and thinking of fixing it. I see Republican Governors slowly folding over expanding medicaid and state exchanges.

    I see John Kasich tell me Jesus wants him to expand government in Ohio.

    I see 300 Republicans beg the Supreme Court to impose gay marriage on the nation by unilateral fiat because they’re inconvenienced by it as a political issue and want to move on.

    In Georgia, I see the State GOP raising taxes and refusing to pass religious liberty legislation. I see a party in the pocket of millionaires giving the middle finger to the middle class. And I see a bunch of politicians prostituting themselves to billionaires and trying to repackage their policies as “conservative” when they are not.

    What the hell does the GOP stand for anymore other than “we’re not Obama”? No kidding. He’s more competent.

    The GOP, at this point, stands for nothing and the highest bidder at the same time.

    It is my hope that, at the RedState Gathering this year and on the campaign trail, the GOP Candidates will start painting the picture of what the GOP should stand for. I am frankly tired of the candidates throwing chum in the water. We already know Obama sucks.

    So tell us what the country will look like after four years of you. Tell us what the Republican Party will stand for. What fights are worth fighting even if you might lose? What hill is worth dying on?

    Right now, the GOP sees no hill worth dying on unless Sheldon Adelson or someone cuts them a check first. They see no cause worth fighting for unless they’ve mapped out their surrender strategy first.

    Frankly, I’m just tired of a party with a bunch of prostitutes in charge who’ll spread eagle for the highest bidder and run at the first hint of trouble.

  94. Sooner or later, Erickson will have to read and come to terms with what Jay Cost said in the article posted above, and then get to the point I am at, which is, it is a lifetime exercise in futility for conservatives (or liberals) to remain in their respective parties. Their interest is in reforming government, whereas establishment types are only interested in maintaining power and dividing the spoils of government. Frankly, it is amazing to me that the two party structure—the duopoly has held together long as it has. I think we have reached a tipping point, and it is only a matter of time before others reach the same conclusion, which should be obvious now, as we see what it means to put the RINO in power, and that the promises he made to voters mean absolutely positively nothing.

  95. Beyond awesome to have an election reflect values of majority.
    *
    I did not want to give particulars of the article, but even Glenn Beck has tossed GOP.
    *
    OT but so worth the click: FLOTUS and Caroline Kennedy surely will meet during FLOTUS’s trip to Japan. But it will not be their first time.
    http://www.superiorpics.com/pictures2/rally_sd4.jpg

  96. Bibi has show the world what a real leader looks and sounds like.
    He stood up to the World on principles and he won.

    Libtard’s and RINOS, beware…and Hillary, you need to open your eyes.
    Will be interesting to see her recent hand in this election. Paul B being there, c working against Bibi does bode well for her.

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