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Open Thread Friday Night!

It’s about time for one….

Posted by Dave at 8:09 pm
Filed under: General | Comments (260)

260 Responses to “Open Thread Friday Night!”

  1. Bitterlaw says:

    Thank you, Wizard.

    First.

  2. Tina says:

    Can I take the blog over as a guest writer? I am retired.

  3. Tina says:

    Republican Congress: Few Results.

    Yes, drudge, they are incompetent.

  4. Cash Cow TM says:

    I sent out a light in the sky to Dave the Wizard, similar to how they call Batman–pleading for a new thread.

  5. Walt says:

    Two ducks walked into the yard this evening.

    Wife says they might be looking for a nice place to nest and lay eggs.

    She thought that would be wonderful.

    I chased them off with a broom.
    Twice.

  6. Tina says:

    Any opossums? I have some, walt.

  7. Robbie says:

    Multiple reports say Jim DeMint is out as head of the Heritage Foundation and Daily Beast says Sebastian Gorka, a Breitbart ally of Steve Bannon, is going to be moved out of the White House.

  8. Wes says:

    DeMint and his colossal Ego just need to retire from public life altogether. DeMint lost any and all credibility back in 2010 when he endorsed Delaware’s Corruption Queen, Christine O’Donnell, for Senate. This kind of egomaniacal shortsightedness made him a backbencher in the Senate and sparked his resignation.

    It’s finally forced him out at Heritage as well.

  9. JC says:

    @Wes

    Christine O’Donnel again?

    She’s been out of the spotlight for 6 year, yet you can’t stop talking about her.

    Maybe you got a thing for her…

  10. Wes says:

    For those who are going to tell me O’Donnell isn’t corrupt, the FEC sued her, and she offered to settle. She’s corrupt:

    http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/politics/2016/09/29/odonnell-offers-fec-settlement-campaign-finance-lawsuit/91260056/

  11. Tina says:

    Schiff for Brains cannot tie trump and russia.

    http://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/pj-gladnick/2017/04/28/adam-schiff-goes-long-wind-explain-why-no-trump-russia-results

    Waste of time. It is over, schiff for brains, never trumpeters, mcgoobers, and jebots.

  12. Wes says:

    Or maybe, JC, she came up as part of a discussion of why Jim DeMint–who’s currently in the news–is as much on the political sidelines as she.

  13. Tina says:

    Cod news is realky dated. Nearly 10 years?

    Castle shoukd have ran a better race.

    Sadly, he did not, and neither did she when it counted.

    Nuff said.

  14. Wes says:

    Interesting tidbit about Adam Schiff:

    His wife is actually named Eve.

    There was never anything yo the Trump-Russia story, Tina. It was judt the Left’s way to try to deligitimize and undermine Trump.

    It’s like what the Republicans tried on Clinton with Whitewater:

    It’s too byzantine to understand for casual observers, so voters ignore.

    Only, Whitewater was legitimate while the Trump-Russia thing looks like something out of a Borges story or a Vonnegut novel.

  15. Tina says:

    Maybe we can send bj to north korea to calm the tensions. Rumour is that he loved the chubby ones over there.

  16. Wes says:

    I genuinely wish I had spellcheck or an editing feature to clean up grammatical mistakes.

  17. Tina says:

    Yesh, that is and was the goal, wes, re the russia trump ties.

    None, zilch, nada.

    More russianhillary ties.

    Or pooty poot bush ties.

    Or piglosi, pooty poot.

  18. Wes says:

    I guess sometime after the 2012 elections, someone on the Left read Honey for the Bears and decided Russia was a threat to the US with Trump as its Manchurian puppet in the White Jouse.

  19. Wes says:

    House*

  20. Robbie says:

    I, for one, support and admire Wes’ continuing hatred for COD. Every time I see Chris Coons on TV, I mutter to myself, “Thanks COD”.

  21. Robbie says:

    While I’m glad to see DeMint out at Heritage, some reports suggest Michael Needham is expected to take over at some point down the road. If anything, he’s worse than DeMint.

  22. Tina says:

    I hope farkas, never trumoeree leakers, the jebot,comedy, clap trap, et.al get locked up.

  23. Chicon says:

    20 – why, is he conservative?

  24. Chicon says:

    Meant 21.

  25. Tina says:

    Lets put goiber or mcamnesty at heritage, whater heritage is.

  26. Bitterlaw says:

    McCain earned the right to be wrong. Tina? Maybe.

  27. Bitterlaw says:

    Walt – The Eagles drafted WV CB Rasul Douglas in the 3d round. What do you know about him? Good pick?

  28. Tina says:

    Yes, bl great war hero

    Terrible senator

    He is a biter ahole with all due respect to bitter aholes.

  29. JC says:

    McCain and Graham are obsessed with getting us into costly and unnecessary wars. It’s like their fetish.

  30. Walt says:

    “Any opossums? I have some, walt.”

    No new possums since last summer.

    I can see ahead of what would happen if the damn pair of ducks set up a nest here and hatched the eggs. They would imprint on me, my wife, the cat or Cash Cow and be following us around endlessly.

  31. Walt says:

    1. Did catch the wily mouse in the garage last night.

    The cat now spends all inside hours in the garage (digestive problems caused banning from the house).
    The cat is scared of mice, and cannot be bothered with trying to catch and kill them.

    2. Rainy, so I can’t do the rest of the 30 cu. yds. of mulch today.

    Starting off to be a good day…
    ______________________________________
    …Until I get me daily list of other chores…

  32. Walt says:

    “WV CB Rasul Douglas”

    I am not a close follower of all the ins and outs, but…
    ***************************

    Bitter,

    Was a JUCO transfer into WVU.
    Special teams in year 1 at WVU, and starter in 2016 season. Had 8 interceptions.

    Even though he was from NJ, he has had no arrests for any shenanigans that I know of while a college player. So he either has Small Town Values, or is cagey enough to know how to fly under the radar.

    Good size and speed, good nose for playing the ball, has a 9 1/4 hand. From what I read, he is a team player and has his head on straight.

    The scouting reports say he has some negatives (naturally), such as not a hard hitter. But we all have negatives we need to work on and overcome.

    I hope he makes it in the bigs.
    ______________________________
    Hat Tip to Cash Cow for doing the research on him.

  33. Robbie says:

    Chicon says:
    April 28, 2017 at 10:56 pm
    20 – why, is he conservative?

    – Needham is a more aggressive version of DeMint. The two played a key role in taking Heritage from a conservative policy think tank to a hard right pressure group.

    As Brit Hume noted, they made heritage more about politics and less about policy, which was its original mission.

  34. Robbie says:

    Tina says:
    April 28, 2017 at 11:03 pm
    Lets put goiber or mcamnesty at heritage, whater heritage is.

    – Bless your heart. You must have been sundowning when you wrote this.

  35. Cash Cow TM says:

    Today is “Sharon Day” on Facebook, if anyone is interested.

    You are supposed to say a FB hellow to anyone you know named Sharon.

    Each day FB has a different name for the day. It is tiring me out keeping up with all that and sending FB messages…

  36. Chicon says:

    Cow, you must possess a large keyboard in order to type with the hoof.

  37. Cash Cow TM says:

    Chick-On,

    Many things I have are large.

  38. Tina says:

    Harrisburg pa tally, jason are you going?

    It is the 100 day rally.

  39. Tina says:

    Macaroni appears to be dropping a bit in the polls. A bad few days for him.

  40. Tina says:

    Rally time.

  41. jason says:

    Traffic is going to be horrendous but I am considering it.

  42. jason says:

    Walt is screwing around with ducks?

    Zzzzzzzz…..

    We have had bear sightings here…. that’s a real wild animal.

  43. jason says:

    Macaroni appears to be dropping a bit in the polls. A bad few days for him.”

    Two socialists pretending they aren’t socialists…

    Zzzzzzz….

    Macron will win and France will still be screwed.

  44. Chicon says:

    42 – not if said bear is named Cutler.

  45. Cash Cow TM says:

    Told Wa;lt about this DRUDGE headline:

    “SURVEY: One in 10 travelers has sex in airport…”

    Walt said he needs to travel by air more often.
    __________________________________________
    As for me I am wondering WHERE do they have sex at the airport?

    In all my years I have seen 0 people having sex at the airport. Never seen an exposed ding-dong or a ho-ha there.

  46. Cash Cow TM says:

    “We have had bear sightings here…. that’s a real wild animal.”

    Guess you have never been bitten and nmauled by a gang of ducks.
    *************************
    If the ducks came to this property and hatched ducklings and they imprinted on me and followed me around everywhere, people would say: “There goes milk and quackers!”

  47. Mr.Vito says:

    “42 – not if said bear is named Cutler.”

    The Bears finally realized that and disowned him.

  48. Mr.Vito says:

    The Big 12 has had the same number of picks as Conference USA and AAC.

    Sad!

    MB12GA

  49. jason says:

    Huh, Cash Cow, I will put the York bears against the Martinsburg ducks any time, with a little wager on the side on who eats who.

  50. SanDiegoCitizen says:

    Fox News poll, 67% of the voters think the Democratic Party is out of touch.

    Meanwhile, even some Democrats are critical of Obama being paid $400,000 for a Wall Street speech.

  51. Wes says:

    If that poll is accurate, SDC, it underscores why Democrats will likely have a hard time recapturing the House next year. It’s not rnough to be a bellicose opposition party. The out-of-power party must tap into the zeitgeist of the electorate.

    Republicans did this in 1994, 2010, and 2014. Democrats did it in 2006.

    Republicans and Democrats grossly misread the electorate in 1998 and 2002 respectively.

    The damage Obama did to the Democrat Party by effectively making it anathema to moderates and even some conservatives who once supported it has been tremendous. Democrats used to be able to count people such as Ed Zorinsky and Mike McIntyre among their ranks. They have no replacements currently in Congress, and Colin Peterson is the only Democrat currently serving on Capitol Hill without a leftist voting record.

    This kind of full embrace of moonbats at the expense of the broader electorate is why I think even if Democrats crack double-digit gains in the House next year because of GOP missteps, they will fall short of achieving a majority.

    You have to be able to say something to voters besides “The other side is evil.” Democrats have nothing positive to say now and so will have a hard time reaching critical persuadable voters.

  52. Wes says:

    I still laugh when I read Facebook messages I see from friends of mine who like Obama and clsim the 44th President is only center left. Had that been the case, then Democrats would still have a cadre of rather moderate members in Congress rather than only one with a voting record remotely resembling that of a typical Republican.

  53. jason says:

    The same people who think Obama is center left believe Sky Queen is a “centrist”.

    Of course, Corey thought Hillary was a “compromiser”

  54. jason says:

    The contortions poor Corey went through to justify that Hillary “was better” than Trump were epic. Poor bastard must have twisted himself into a pretzel.

  55. SanDiegoCitizen says:

    51. Totally agree, Wes. The Democrats are badly divided, and their leftists are beginning to take over the party. When Warren starts taking shots at Obama, you know the Democrats are in for a rough ride.

  56. Bitterlaw says:

    The Democrats are badly divided

    Not really. They will incredibly united in 2018 and 2020. Every candidate in every race will be running against Trump.

  57. Robbie says:

    Just to demonstrate what a clown show Le Pen’s party, the National Front, is, Le Pen had to name a second interim leader this week after her first choice was found to have made ridiculous comments questioning the Holocaust. To be honest though, Holocaust denial has been part of the National Front for decades.

  58. JC says:

    @56 Bitterlaw

    I think they’ll have about the same amount of luck with that strategy as they did last November.

    Unless the economy tanks – which I don’t see happening – what more can they say about Trump that hasn’t been said already? The problem for dems is that once you’ve decreed your opponent to be a literal fascist/racist/nazi/ect… what is there left to say?

  59. Wes says:

    Yes is finally receiving a much-deserved induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

  60. SanDiegoCitizen says:

    “Not really. They will incredibly united in 2018 and 2020. Every candidate in every race will be running against Trump.”

    The extremist in the party are already threatening to mount primary challenges against incumbents they view as too moderate, Heitenkamp as an example. Extremists just blasted Bernie Sanders for supporting a mayoral candidate was felt to be anti-abortion. The leftists want purity, and a purge of the Clinton supporters. There going to have their own “tea party” type battle.

  61. Tina says:

    I think pocahantas and cccp were not receptive towards the obumblers $400000 speech. Even Moochelle is in on the gsme.

  62. Wes says:

    Dems may be united. That doesn’t mean they’ll be successful next year. They were united in opposition to GWB in 2002 and 2004 but, having nothing constructive to say, came up short both times.

  63. Robbie says:

    SanDiegoCitizen says:
    April 29, 2017 at 8:56 pm
    “Not really. They will incredibly united in 2018 and 2020. Every candidate in every race will be running against Trump.”

    The extremist in the party are already threatening to mount primary challenges against incumbents they view as too moderate, Heitenkamp as an example. Extremists just blasted Bernie Sanders for supporting a mayoral candidate was felt to be anti-abortion. The leftists want purity, and a purge of the Clinton supporters. There going to have their own “tea party” type battle.

    – It didn’t hurt Republicans in 2010 when primary challenges were mounted against the impure.

    I think the energy Democrats have right now is very much like what Republicans had in 2009 and 2010.

    That said, I think the way the Senate map and the rural/urban divide will greatly mute what Democrats can accomplish.

  64. Wes says:

    It didn’t hurt Republicans in 2010 when primary challenges were mounted against the impure.

    Ever heard of Ike Castle, Robbie?

  65. Wes says:

    Mike Castle, I mean of course.

  66. Cash Cow TM says:

    Bitter,

    Rumor has it that Shepherd University Rams standouts Billy Brown and Tre Sullivan were both drafted by the Eagles.

    Shepherd University-Philly Eagles connection!
    #########################################
    I heard wvally helped broker the deal…

  67. jason says:

    I watched Trump’s rally on TV. The crowd was big and loved it.

    I didn’t like most of it. A lot of it was campaign rhetoric. There was a dumb poem about a snake and a gratuitous attack on Schumer. Some of it seemed beneath the dignity of the office.

    There were good parts too. Energy, taxes, deregulation. Rebuilding the military.

    I give it a C.

    It was probably better than the dinner.

  68. Cash Cow TM says:

    I hear the Eagles also drafted 3 from WVU, as well as 2 from Shepherd Univ.

    Need confirmation…

  69. SanDiegoCitizen says:

    For what its worth, the Zogsby poll has Trump’s approval at 48%, disapproval at 43%. This represents a 5% gain for Trump since their last poll.

  70. SanDiegoCitizen says:

    Emerson poll for Montana special election on may 25. Republican has 15% lead.

    “A new poll says Greg Gianforte is leading Rob Quist by 15 percentage points in the race for Montana’s U.S. House seat.

    Emerson College conducted the survey last week.

    A representative sample of voters said they prefer the Republican candidate by a margin of 52 to 37 percent. It has a margin of error of 3.8 percent.

    The poll was not commissioned, but conducted independently by Emerson.”

  71. Wes says:

    While voting GOP every time for President since 1952 except 1964 and 1992, Montana has been notoriously fertile ground for Dem congressional candidates. If Gianforte wins this race as decisively as polls suggest, the results could presage a sea change in local congressional politics in Big Sky Country and cause a strong Republican such as Tim Fox to enter the Senate race to take down Jon Tester next year.

  72. Mr.Vito says:

    I liked the speech. He highlighted several things I hadn’t heard much about, and he reclaimed his positions on the border, health care, and taxes from the media. I hadn’t heard the snake poem before, and thought it was funny.

    The Schumer bit was a little over the top, but I won’t shed any tears for that dope, since I would have said worse.

  73. Bitterlaw says:

    Cash Cow – Tell Walt that the Eagles did not take any players from Shepherd University. They did select a wide receiver and cornerback from WV. Unfortunately, their small town values probably don’t translate well to the NFL but we’ll see.

    http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/eagles/nfl_draft/Philadelphia-Eagles-2017-draft-picks-at-a-glance.html

  74. JC says:

    Crowd breaks into ‘CNN Sucks’ chant during rally: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7bCThU4Wf0

  75. jason says:

    David Gergen called it the most divisive speech ever given by a sitting president.

    Gergen has missed a lot of good opportunities to retire.

  76. Robbie says:

    Wes says:
    April 29, 2017 at 10:10 pm
    It didn’t hurt Republicans in 2010 when primary challenges were mounted against the impure.
    Ever heard of Ike Castle, Robbie?

    – I was speaking about the big picture. Despite some insanely stupid nominees, Republican still picked up 63 seats in the House and 7 in the Senate.

  77. Robbie says:

    I echo the comments Jason made about Trump’s rally last night. Trump’s routine just isn’t my cup of tea and it probably never will be.

    These Trump rallies almost seem as if they’re designed to solidify his base, but his base needs no solidifying. There hasn’t been a single crack in that group.

    A normal politician would be using this time to try and expand his base to include “gettable” Independents and moderates. Of course, Trump isn’t a normal politician.

  78. Cash Cow TM says:

    Bitter.

    Eagles DID sign the two Shepherd Feetsball payers–free agents..

  79. Bitterlaw says:

    Thanks, Cow. Good luck to them. I hope they make the team. Of course, if they are devout Christians, they are banned from the NFL. I read it on HHR.

  80. Bitterlaw says:

    Cash Cow – Here is a list of the free agents. You are correct.

  81. jason says:

    I echo the comments Jason made….”

    Another scurrilous attack by Wobbie seeking to besmirch my character.

    I have been agreed with by worse people than Wobbie, however, so I will overcome this as well.

  82. SanDiegoCitizen says:

    Greg Gutfeld’s take on Trump’s 100 day rally.

    http://insider.foxnews.com/2017/04/30/greg-gutfeld-monologue-president-trump-rally-white-house-correspondents%E2%80%99-dinner

    Yesterday was all about Trump, he dominated the news and sent the liberal press into a tizzy. The correspondence dinner became a non-event.

  83. SanDiegoCitizen says:

    73. “If Gianforte wins this race as decisively as polls suggest, the results could presage a sea change in local congressional politics in Big Sky Country and cause a strong Republican such as Tim Fox to enter the Senate race to take down Jon Tester next year.”

    The Democrats really have a lousy candidate in Montana. He is the beginning of probably a wave of far-leftist Sanders supporters who will be running in the future.

    Tester will be a stronger candidate. Wish Zinke would leave the cabinet to run against him.

  84. Chicon says:

    Ros-Lehtinen not running for reelection in Florida. She can read the tea leaves of doom. It’s all over – we’ll have Speaker Pelosi, unless she loses her primary to the Bernie-ite.

  85. jason says:

    It’s all over.

    I suggest the deadenders take the honorable way out.

    Ritual suicide.

  86. Wes says:

    Chicon, Ros-Lehtinen is 65 and has served in Congress for 28 years. Barring actual evidence, I don’t see this as an attempt to escape a building Dem wave.

  87. Wes says:

    SDC, Tim Fox is mulling a bid. Fox was the only Republican to win a state constitutional office in Montana in 2012 and won reelection with nearly 70% of the vote last year. He can beat Tester.

  88. Chicon says:

    No worries, Wes, just keeping in touch with my inner Robbie.

  89. jason says:

    Congratulations Chicon, you reeled in a wesfish…

  90. jason says:

    Montana is one of the states where the Dems strategy of a “non-white” coalition could backfire.

    There are still states where Dems rely on a significant white vote to get elected.

    In states like MT you can only bleed so many white votes before a candidacy loses viability. The American Indian vote can decide close elections, like it did once for Tester, but first it has to be close.

  91. Robbie says:

    Sebastian Gorka, a counter terrorism analyst from Brietbart, is leaving the White House because, among other things, he couldn’t get a security clearance. In a Washington Examiner article, one person in the White House said Gorka’s duties included giving tours and peeling out of the parking lot in his Mustang! Hah, pretty funny.

    Another Washington Times’s story today suggested that Steve Bannon could replace Jim DeMint as the head of Heritage Foundation. What a joke that would be. Why give the premiere conservative policy think tank to a populist con artist who has never concerned himself with policy? It’s a strange idea until you realize Rebecca Mercer, who is Bannon’s sugar mommy, is on the board of Heritage.

    As for Ros Letinan, she doesn’t like Trump and doesn’t want to be part of the Republican Party he leads. Had she run again, she’d have won. I’m disappointed she’s quitting though. It’s a lost seat now.

  92. Robbie says:

    The Montana race probably should have been a lot closer than it currently is, but Democrats picked a clownish candidate who performed at a nudist colony.

    I’d like to think an easy special election win will nudge Tim Fox into the race, but he seems rather indifferent about running. Honestly, I think he’s like a lot of potential Senate candidates. They’re waiting to see how Trump performs on the job.

  93. SanDiegoCitizen says:

    Looks like Tim Fox is doing the things you would expect of a future candidate:

    “Montana Attorney General Tim Fox sent a letter Thursday to U.S. Senator Jon Tester, urging him to support the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch as the next Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. In his letter, General Fox, an adopted member of the Crow Tribal Nation, cites Judge Gorsuch’s expertise in Federal Indian Law, and broad support from tribal leaders in Montana, as well as his exemplary qualifications, which have been regularly demonstrated throughout the confirmation process.”

    “Republicans in Montana and in Washington, D.C., are now courting the state’s attorney general, Tim Fox, to step up and run against Tester next year. Fox is a popular incumbent who won re-election with 67 percent of the vote last year.
    Fox was recently U.S. Sen. Steve Daines’ guest for Trump’s joint congressional address. While he was in Washington, Fox said he met Trump, Zinke, Vice President Mike Pence and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, among others.
    Fox didn’t rule out a run against Tester next year but said his main concern now is making sure his office’s budget and bills move through the legislative session.”

  94. Walt says:

    On Skyline Drive having dinner.

    I have discovered blackberry pink lemonade. Consumed 6 glasses so far.

    It is so good it could solve world problems.

  95. Tina says:

    Yesterday was all about Trump, he dominated the news and sent the liberal press into a tizzy. The correspondence dinner became a non-event.

    Yes, and the jebots too.

  96. Tina says:

    Put gergen, who skinny dipped, and frank dunce together and what fo you get?

    Dumb and dumber

  97. Bitterlaw says:

    C

  98. Phil says:

    Odds are if we can recruit Fox we can get rid of Tester once and for all.

  99. wraith says:

    Tina says:

    April 28, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    Republican Congress: Few Results.

    Yes, drudge, they are incompetent

    Few results thanks to the dem filibuster of any legislation they don’t like.

  100. Robbie says:

    Dumb and Dumber are actually Jim Hoft and Mike Cernovich, two of Tina’s guiding lights.

  101. Robbie says:

    Don’t confuse Tina’s singular mindset with facts like the Democrat’s use of the filibuster. She has an alt-right agenda and she’s going to push it no matter the facts.

  102. Chicon says:

    Agendas are like arse holes, we all have one…

  103. Tina says:

    My agenda is conservstism, jebots is liberalism.

  104. Tina says:

    John Kasichs book has fallen way down to #237. Nobody is buying it. I dislike this journey left after 2016.

  105. Bitterlaw says:

    The correspondence dinner became a non-event.

    Became? It is always a non-event except for political junkies. Always remember – more than 300 million people are NOT following politics at any given moment.

  106. NYCmike says:

    Wes says:
    April 29, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    Yes is finally receiving a much-deserved induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

    -One of the dad’s of a scout in my son’s troop has been to 55 YES shows over the years.

    We all keep an eye on him, has to be something wrong…….

  107. NYCmike says:

    “She has an alt-right agenda”

    -She disagrees with JEB!2016 = “an alt-right agenda”?

  108. Bitterlaw says:

    YES had 55 shows? Who knew? I only remember the video where the guy turns into a bird and flies away.

    Of course, being able to remember when MTV showed videos makes me old.

  109. Bitterlaw says:

    When you want news about American politics, go to British newspapers.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4461738/Hillary-sat-stone-faced-election-night-loss.html

  110. Mr.Vito says:

    “Of course, being able to remember when MTV showed videos makes me old.”

    After “Smack my B*tch up” there was nothing left to put in a music video.

  111. Mr.Vito says:

    I like the drunk tantrum account better, Mr. Bitter.

  112. messy says:

    113. they still do…early in the morning…

  113. Bitterlaw says:

    Nothing? I disagree, Mr. Vito.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-u5WLJ9Yk4

  114. jason says:

    Hard to believe Hillary was that composed in losing.

    I would have preferred it if she threw a platter of crab rangoons at Bill’s head and screamed at Huma that her scumbag husband had cost her the election.

  115. jason says:

    That was Huma’s husband, not hers, I know the shoe fits.

  116. Tina says:

    Yup, bl is right. Best articles and pics.

  117. jason says:

    Messy is having a hard time coping with reality.

    Have you considered professional help?

  118. jason says:

    The British Press doesn’t seem limited to a certain amount of words or pix in a story like the US does. They don’t seem to have the soundbite culture.

    They put it all out there with all the pix they have.

  119. Bitterlaw says:

    They also have the best articles on models wearing bikinis on vacation.

  120. Walt says:

    Uggh.

    Revenge of the 6 glasses of BlackBerry Pink lemonade last night.

    Enough gas to float the Hindenberg.q

  121. NYCmike says:

    I’ll have to make that lemonade with our camp chili this weekend.

    We won’t need to worry about tending the fire all night….

  122. Robbie says:

    Le Pen is gaining! She’s gone from being down 61-39 to down 59-41.

  123. NYCmike says:

    Why, on GOD’s green Earth, would Robbie be worrying about France? Jeez Louise….

  124. Bitterlaw says:

    I think that Robbie is joking. I disagree with Robbie on many things but the fact that the poster Trump hates him makes me respect Robbie.

  125. Robbie says:

    Can anyone make the case it was ever smart for Trump to grant an all-access interview to John Dickerson of CBS?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=93&v=-TCR5oC5ZQs

  126. Robbie says:

    NYCmike says:
    May 1, 2017 at 10:22 am
    Why, on GOD’s green Earth, would Robbie be worrying about France? Jeez Louise….

    – Simple. The same bozo political commentators who claim populism is sweeping America and the world, and in the process supplanting traditional conservatism, are hailing Le Pen as some sort of savior for Western values.

    Turn on FoxNews and you’ll see the usual suspects fellating Le Pen. Laura Ingraham, Nigel Farrage, and a whole host of other “Trump populists” sing her praises and make it seem as if Le Pen is someone to value.

    The simple fact is Le Pen and her National Front party have a long history of anti-Semitism and socialist views. She actually favors nationalizing the banks in France. On top of that, Le Pen pushes a harsh immigration policy which is little more than a cover for anti-Muslim viewpoints.

    The conservative movement, which looks to Foxnews for a lot of guidance, is now force fed garbage claiming populism is the “new conservatism” and figures like Le Pen and Farrage are real conservatives while Ryan and others are closet Democrats.

  127. Robbie says:

    As the CBS interview shows, Trump’s wiretap tweet is the gift that keeps on giving for the press and Democrats.

    Cue Evelyn Farkas comments.

  128. Bitterlaw says:

    Robbie – It is the “Enemy of my enemy is my friend” theory. Le Pen hates the never defined establishment? Well, of course she has to be a conservative. She’s a socialist? Impossible because she hates terrorists. I think Le Pen is a terrible person.

    I have always said that not all Muslims are terrorists but all Muslim terrorists are Muslims. Le Pen seems to think that they are all terrorists.

  129. Robbie says:

    I agree, Bitter. It just irks me that conservative outlets in America are misinforming conservative viewers in such a terrible way.

    In 2015, I would have thought Nigel Farrage and UKIP were about to sweep to power in Great Britain given the amount of positive press they got here. Instead, he didn’t even win a seat in Parliament and UKIP was humiliated with just 1 or 2 seats!

  130. Robbie says:

    While the French right squandered an amazing opportunity, Teresa May in Great Britain seems to be well on her way to a landslide election win. All of the current polling shows the Tory Party with a double digit lead and some analysts believe they could capture as many as 56 seats from Labour.

  131. Chicon says:

    Hello, Robbie. I agree Le Pen is a kook. However, the fact that she’s gotten this far means something, imo. My opinion is that it relates to a nationalist (as opposed to globalism) trend in parts of the world. She won’t win because of the reasons you cite, but the it does show the natives are restless. And in democracies, the natives matter…

  132. Chicon says:

    135 – she’s an example of a “my country first” politician, who is without the significant baggage of Le Pen.

  133. Robbie says:

    Chicon

    I wrote back in February Teresa May should be the governing guidepost for Trump. By staying on message and focused on economic goals, she’s about to guide the Tory Party to its biggest win since Thatcher’s win in 1983.

  134. Robbie says:

    Trump just gave yet ANOTHER interview. This time it was to Bloomberg. So far, he said he’d be “honored” to meet Kim Jong Un under the right circumstances, he’s considering breaking up the big banks, and he might raise the gas tax for infrastructure. Geesh.

  135. Chicon says:

    139 – hints of Teddy Roosevelt.

  136. Robbie says:

    Chicon says:
    May 1, 2017 at 1:11 pm
    139 – hints of Teddy Roosevelt.

    – TR had a vision. Trump, well, …….

  137. BobbuBrowne says:

    Hello! Cool post, amazing!!!

  138. Bitterlaw says:

    Great. The Spam mers like us!

  139. jason says:

    The fact Fillon, the only conservative in the race, failed to make the runoff by about 2 points is tragic for France.

    Le Pen is no conservative and Macron didn’t get appointed Finance Minister by a leftist like Hollande because he was a “centrist”.

    Macron will win easily and France will continue to be screwed.

    Looks like there is still hope for the Brits though.

  140. jason says:

    Agendas are like arse holes, we all have one…”

    Speak for yourself, I’m an A-hole without an agenda.

  141. Bitterlaw says:

    Speak for yourself, I’m an A-hole without an agenda.

    I was worried that Jason was going to let the A-hole’s agenda slip out.

  142. Robbie says:

    I watched a bit of today’s press briefing. Sean Spicer is quickly becoming the new Scott McCellan.

  143. jason says:

    Spicer is doing a good job. It’s a tough job but he is up to it.

  144. jason says:

    I was worried that Jason was going to let the A-hole’s agenda slip out.”

    Won’t happen except in the case of an emergency evacuation.

  145. jason says:

    I am glad Wobbie is watching all the Trump interviews, maybe he will come to his own conclusions instead of just parroting the MSM’s interpretations.

    Nahhh…….

  146. Chicon says:

    145 – an A-hole without an agenda… Nothing beats an indiscriminate A-hole!

  147. Mr.Vito says:

    “I was worried that Jason was going to let the A-hole’s agenda slip out.”

    Wouldn’t be the worst thing to slip out of an A-hole…

  148. Robbie says:

    Jason

    After reading and watching the latest round of Trump interviews, I feel much the way I have since he was inaugurated. His presidency presents a lot of positive opportunities in terms of policy and appointments (SCOTUS), but he, himself, remains the biggest obstacle to success.

    His desire to talk to anyone about anyone in private is one thing. His desire to talk to any reporter about any topic is whole different scenario. The press with whom he’s talking is not the tabloid NYC press that cooed over him. They are only interested in embarrassing him. Why he hasn’t figured that out astounds me.

    His interview with John Dickerson was a microcosm of why he should severely limit his press access. First, Dickerson was not there to get information from Trump. He was there to entrap Trump and make him look dumb. Thus, the finale about wiretapping. Second, Trump’s belief he can outsmart these reporters is wrongheaded. He needs to learn when to be quiet and let his administration’s accomplishments speak for themselves.

    Trump should not play the role of communications director. These comments about Kim Jong Un, Duterte, or the Civil War stepped all over the push for tax reform and Obamacare repeal. Less is more.

  149. Bitterlaw says:

    I try to not listen to Trump. I’m just happy that Hillary is not President. That is enough for me.

  150. Walt says:

    At DMV.
    Got last parking spot.
    Othet vehicles parked hither and yon.

    20 people in line for the gatekeeper and 40 more seated and waiting. 6 of the 12 windows manned.

    30 minutes til closing.
    Just shoot me.

  151. NYCmike says:

    ” Sean Spicer is quickly becoming the new Scott McCellan.”

    -Is this the correct Jeopardy answer?

    What made 315 million Americans say “WHO?”.

  152. NYCmike says:

    ” First, Dickerson was not there to get information from Trump. He was there to entrap Trump and make him look dumb. Thus, the finale about wiretapping. Second, Trump’s belief he can outsmart these reporters is wrongheaded. He needs to learn when to be quiet and let his administration’s accomplishments speak for themselves.”

    -Agreed.

  153. NYCmike says:

    “What made 315 million Americans say “WHO?”.”

    -Actually, correct question would be:

    “What made 315 million Americans say “WHO, WHO, and zzzzzzzzzzz?”.

  154. DW says:

    118, 127 – The book doesn’t have to give all the details, and given their posture to put the Clintons in as good of light as possible, I doubt she was composed all through the evening. Not given the testimony we heard from different sources saying she was hitting the sauce, and was cussing, swearing and throwing things.

  155. Robbie says:

    Wow. Sean Hannity might be out at Fox by the end of the week? I’m dubious, but his chief ally, Bill Shine, was forced out/resigned today.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/05/01/sean-hannity-eyes-fox-news-exit-insiders-say

  156. SanDiegoCitizen says:

    Agree with Trump’s comments regarding President Jackson and the Civil War. Jackson acted decisively during the Nullification crisis caused by South Carolina — threatening to hang the rebels from trees.

    “In the face of South Carolina’s challenge, Jackson responded with both toughness and responsibility. The commander in chief reinforced the garrisons of Fort Moultrie and Castle Pinckney in Charleston harbor and dispatched two armed revenue cutters to the scene. People both within and without South Carolina started to fear civil war. Eight thousand armed South Carolina Unionists enrolled, ready to answer a presidential call to oppose the state militia. The president ordered General Winfield Scott to prepare for military operations, but like Lincoln a generation later he cautioned that if violence broke out, the federal forces must not be the aggressors. To deter the nullifiers from attacking the Unionists in their midst, Jackson warned a South Carolina congressman that ‘if one drop of blood be shed there in defiance of the laws of the United States, I will hang the first man of them I can get my hands on to the first tree I can find.’ When Robert Hayne ventured, ‘I don’t believe he would really hang anybody, do you?’ Thomas Hart Benton replied, ‘Few people have believed he would hang Arbuthnot and shoot Ambrister . . . I tell you, Hayne, when Jackson begins to talk about hanging, they can begin to look out for ropes!’”

  157. Robbie says:

    Is it possible tonight will be Hannity’s last on FoxNews? He’s not happy Bill Shine was forced out today.

    Yashar?
    @yashar

    Fox News producers are telling contributors that tonight’s edition of Hannity is “very important.”

  158. Robbie says:

    Hannity has a “key man” clause in his contract that allows him to leave at any time if certain people are no longer at FoxNews.

  159. Wes says:

    Hannity has seen declining ratings since Colmes (RIP) left the show. There was nothing left to vheck his ego, so quality went out the window.

    If Fox is smart, someone less snnoying snd grating will take his plsce.

  160. Wes says:

    Place*

  161. Wes says:

    Both the South and New England threatened to secede when Jackson was President. In an alternate universe, Bitterlaw–who despises the South passionately–has to begrudgingly praise a Southern President for making New England look like Northern China after Genghis Khan invaded for the cardinal sin of secession.

  162. Wes says:

    I erred. New England threatened secession under Madison, not Jackson. Bitterlaw would still have to support a Southern President against New England.

  163. SanDiegoCitizen says:

    Comfortably Smug? @ComfortablySmug Apr 29
    “I’m not mad at Obama getting a $400k check. Tricking millennials and getting paid by financial services companies should be applauded.”

  164. Robbie says:

    On April 20, I said, if Trump’s presidency was a stock price, I’d be a buyer in the short term. After Trump’s Saturday pep rally, his multiple interview comments today, and the fact Bannon seems to have his ear again, I am at best neutral on Trump’s poll numbers in the short term. And when you add into the mix the healthcare bill vote tally looks flimsy at best, the near term looks like it may be rough.

    Trump’s at 42.9% in RCP so it will be interesting to see where he stands in two or three weeks.

  165. Chicon says:

    169 – lol. Bannon has his ear again. Sez who? And who sez he ever lost his ear. Your biases cause you to make wild swings.

  166. Robbie says:

    One thing I don’t care about or have any problem with is Trump speaking to or meeting with strongmen leaders like Duterte, Al Sisi, or Xi. I prefer the Kissinger approach to foreign policy. We should deal with the leaders who exist and not take it upon ourselves to bring Jeffersonian democracy to those who don’t want it.

  167. Robbie says:

    Chicon says:
    May 1, 2017 at 7:18 pm
    169 – lol. Bannon has his ear again. Sez who? And who sez he ever lost his ear. Your biases cause you to make wild swings.

    – There were plenty of stories by all sorts of outlets which said Bannon’s influence had been reduced. Today though, Trump said Bannon was staying. And if you listen to the comments Trump made at his pep rally Saturday, they were pure Bannonism.

    My bias is to make a judgment based on what I’m seeing and hearing. When he was doing well, I talked about it and credited him for it. The month of April was very, very good for him. In Gallup, he went from the mid 30’s to 43% the other day.

    Right now, I think he’s teetering on falling back into the routine that helped take his approval down to 40% or lower in the RCP average. It will be interesting to see where his job approval is in two or three weeks.

  168. PresidentPaul! says:

    “But the House budget includes language that FORBIDS the President of the United States of building a border wall with Mexico.”

    Trump really going to sign that?

    Why not just shut down government for the entire term and call it quits.

  169. jason says:

    Poor Wobbie….

    Floats at the whim of the MSM….

    Pathetic.

  170. jason says:

    Only sheep like Wobbie are impressed by MSM hacks like Dickerson.

    The idea that Trump should be afraid of interviews with these media hacks is ridiculous.

    Most people who can think for themselves (I know, there ARE a lot of Wobbies) understand the nature of “gotcha” questions.

    Trump should continue to tweet and do interviews, he doesn’t need any filters. It’s the only way he get HIS message out.

    Under Wobbie’s theory, the MSM will have a field day. They are used to controlling the narrative. With Trump, it’s more difficult.

    This is not to say I agree with Trump on every thing he says, I don’t. But I like the fact he doesn’t shy away from confronting the MSM.

    Wobbie’s theory about the MSM is the same as Rand Paul’s theory on terrorists, that if you are nice to them they might be nice to you.

    Wrong. Be nice to them and they will see it as weakness and eat your lunch.

  171. jason says:

    Another thing.

    Wobbie’s MSM driven theory that somehow Bannon is a master puppeteer pulling the strings on Trump is unmitigated BS.

    What else does Trump have to do to prove he is his own man? Bannon is not running the show. Bannon is an isolationist, so far Trump has taken an interventionist position both in the Middle East and Korea and has become more pally with the Chinese, not less. Trump has been more supportive of NATO, not less. Bannon has lost power in the WH, not gained.

    Let’s get real here.

  172. Mr.Vito says:

    “…they were pure Bannonism.”

    Sounded like the same Trump I’ve heard last week, last month, last summer, and for almost two years now…

    Can you link to the source that planted this one on you, so I can at least read a summary or something?

    At least, maybe I can figure out where exactly you picked up the notion that Trump doesn’t have his own mind, since that’s a new one.

  173. Wobbles says:

    My bias is to make a judgment based on what I’m seeing and hearing”*

    At MSNBC, Huff Post, NYT, LAT, WaPo, DKos…

    You know, my usual sources for anything Trump.

  174. Mr.Vito says:

    In less than a year, Trump has gone from a danger to the planet because he won’t listen to any advice to a danger to planet because he listens top much to other people’s advice.

    Neat trick.

  175. Robbie says:

    I’m pretty certain nothing I wrote suggested I was impressed with John Dickerson. In fact, I was pretty clear Dickerson’s only goal was to embarrass Trump. That hardly qualifies as impressed.

    As for Trump and his interviews, I think he does too many. I think he’s making the same mistake Obama made in his first year when he was on TV every day commenting about everything in the news. Remember the beer summit?

    Obama became popular, according to polling anyway, last year precisely because he was out of the public view. A few weeks ago, Drudge made a similar point to Michael Savage. He said Trump was “out there” too much and over exposed. He suggested he go a vacation for a while and let everyone cool off.

    I would simply encourage Trump to not feel as though he needs to overwhelm every single news cycle with interviews about this or that. A little goes a long way. Let his accomplishments speak for themselves.

  176. Robbie says:

    Mr.Vito says:
    May 1, 2017 at 8:04 pm
    In less than a year, Trump has gone from a danger to the planet because he won’t listen to any advice to a danger to planet because he listens top much to other people’s advice.

    Neat trick.

    – If you’re sub-commenting me, that’s not what I said. I have no problem with him soliciting advice from his friends and associates. Frankly, I think it’s smart to break the DC bubble.

    OTOH, I think it’s a mistake for him to be willing to be interviewed by almost anyone at any time and answer every question they ask. The DC press doesn’t operate the same as the tabloid NYC press.

  177. Mr.Vito says:

    “…that’s not what I said.”

    You’re kidding right? You have a dozen comments per day on the latest scuttlebutt of who may or may not be running the show. It’s like a gossip column.

  178. Chicon says:

    172 – implicit in your back and forth re: Bannon (or any other advisor) is that Trump is completely pliable to whoever has his ear at the moment. That he doesn’t have a mind of his own. Like they used to say about Reagan. Trump is acting how he’d like.

  179. SanDiegoCitizen says:

    “Obama became popular, according to polling anyway, last year precisely because he was out of the public view”

    Obama became “popular” when his term was up and he was going away. Prior to that his approval was in the low 40s.

  180. SanDiegoCitizen says:

    Donald J. Trump: “President Andrew Jackson, who died 16 years before the Civil War started, saw it coming and was angry. Would never have let it happen!”

    Trump is right on this one, the liberal press wrong.

  181. Mr.Vito says:

    Obama became “popular” because he was being constantly contrasted by his fawning media to “the two worst candidates in presidential history.”

  182. Bitterlaw says:

    Wes – Please be more precise. I despise the slave-owning states – North, South and Border during that period. The non-seceding states earn contempt but they were a necessary evil during the war. If New England had tried to seceded, it should have been invaded and crushed.

    My current view of the South is one of disdain. I hate the weather, the fake friendliness, and the grating accents. My brother is thinking of someday moving to North Carolina. I will miss him. I have no interest in ever going below D.C. again. There is no circumstance that would ever make me move there. If my wife moved to the South, I would get divorced and move into a house with my cat and start collecing newspapers.

  183. Mr.Vito says:

    That’s why everyone would rather have a Jackson in their wallet than a Lincoln…

    isn’t it?

  184. Mr.Vito says:

    “I hate the weather, the fake friendliness, and the grating accents.”

    Funny… that’s why I hate the North.

  185. Bitterlaw says:

    Mr. Vito – The rare friendliness in the North is genuine. Rare but genuine. We don’t say “bless his heart” to mean he is stupid. We say, “he is stupid” to mean that he is stupid.

  186. Bitterlaw says:

    For some reason, Wes wants me to love the South. I don’t care if anybody likes where I live. I think people ae allowed to live wherever they want. Pennsylvania is perfect for me.

  187. Mr.Vito says:

    190 I have experienced plenty of fake friendliness from northerners. I know very few people that say bless your heart unless they mean it, and then only to close family.

    I think you watched too much Mamas Family or something.

  188. Robbie says:

    Not sure I understand why he’s wasting his time tweeting about this when he’s got healthcare, tax reform, and the budget on his plate. Then I realized he tweeted this at the same time CNN was discussing the issue.

    Donald J. Trump?
    @realDonaldTrump

    President Andrew Jackson, who died 16 years before the Civil War started, saw it coming and was angry. Would never have let it happen!

  189. Mr.Vito says:

    Not possible. Trump only reads Breitbart and listens to Levin…

  190. Robbie says:

    Mr.Vito says:
    May 1, 2017 at 8:13 pm
    “…that’s not what I said.”

    You’re kidding right? You have a dozen comments per day on the latest scuttlebutt of who may or may not be running the show. It’s like a gossip column.

    – Of course, this isn’t even remotely close to the topic I was discussing earlier today.

  191. Mr.Vito says:

    “Of course, this isn’t even remotely close to the topic I was discussing earlier today.”

    I was only one of several people to respond this way to your posts. I suggest you get more sleep… turn twitter off. The notifications must be keeping you up at night.

  192. Proud Obamacon says:

    So is Obamacare repeal back on? Come on y’all. Repeal it already! 17% support you LOLLLLL

  193. Wes says:

    I hate…

    This comes from Bitterlaw regarding his perception of the South, yet he tries to claim not to hate the South.

    You really should aim for consistency in your posts, Bitter.

  194. Bitterlaw says:

    I hate the history of the South up to and including the Civil Rights struggles.

    I toned it down to “disdain” for the current South. Damn, Wes. I’m trying to warm up to your region.

  195. Bitterlaw says:

    CC

  196. jason says:

    “As for Trump and his interviews, I think he does too many. I think he’s making the same mistake Obama made in his first year when he was on TV every day commenting about everything in the news. Remember the beer summit?”

    Zzzzzz…. worst possible analogy.

    Obama had 99% of the MSM fawning all over him. He could his message out any time he wanted, free of criticism. The WH Communications Office and the MSM worked hand in hand. The Journolists made sure everyone was on the same page.

    Trump needs twitter, rallies, and interviews to get his side out.

    Completely different.

  197. jason says:

    So is Obamacare repeal back on?”

    Hey Soviet toady, you should be grateful someone is trying to save it before it self destructs on its own.

    That way you can still say, look, socialism works!

    Say, btw, I hear they need volunteers to save Maduro in Venezuela. You should hurry down there. He already closed down Congress maybe you can make it sure it doesn’t reopen.

  198. jason says:

    I can understand Proud ObamaCON’s pain.

    With Castro dead and Maduro teetering, he is pretty much left with Kim Jon Un to showcase his socialist dream.

  199. Proud Obamacon says:

    What pain? I”m lovin’ it. The pussy grabber has been the greatest motivator for Democrats LOL… So when are yall gonna repeal Ocare? Really need it gone yalllllll

  200. Tina says:

    Drudge is showing a hapoy piglosi. The rs appear to have bent again.

  201. Tina says:

    On April 20, I said, if Trump’s presidency was a stock price, I’d be a buyer in the short term. After Trump’s Saturday pep rally, his multiple interview comments today, and the fact Bannon seems to have his ear again, I am at best neutral on Trump’s poll numbers in the short term. And when you add into the mix the healthcare bill vote tally looks flimsy at best, the near term looks like it may be rough.

    Trump’s at 42.9% in RCP so it will be interesting to see where he stands in two or three weeks.

    Lol, what a joke.

  202. Tina says:

    So now the kos kiddos are going after spicer?

  203. Tina says:

    It is clear that faux has gone hardcore left with shunes departure. That is a loss for faux.

  204. Tina says:

    Kos kiddo was triggered. What did trump do?

  205. Proud Obamacon says:

    You know, if Andrew Jackson been a little later you wouldn’t have had Obamacare…

  206. NYCmike says:

    “start collecing newspapers.”

    -You sure they will still be printing them?

  207. NYCmike says:

    “The rs appear to have bent again.”

    -Easy to see it coming. When you have “tough” guys like jason, MD, Author, “CG”, etc who are ALWAYS saying that you can’t cut off this subsidy, or can’t rescind that program, etc, etc, etc, it is clear that congressional Republicans will NEVER act like a Scott Walker-led legislative body. Trump is not enough of a political ideological conservative to lead, and you have seen how impotent Ryan is when faced with some dissension in the ranks.

  208. NYCmike says:

    http://hotair.com/archives/2017/05/01/rush-spending-bill-anybody-voting-republican-happens-win/

    -He will be called a “deadender”.

    Somehow Trump was elected, yet “moderates” keep Congress sticking with the status quo, instead of breaking eggs, ESPECIALLY early in the term.

    “Trump” will look like a seer, considering that he says repeatedly “this is how majorities are lost!”.

  209. Mr.Vito says:

    “Easy to see it coming.”

    Indeed. When you have 40 people who refuse to bend and 200 willing to make a deal, odds are you are going to make a deal.

    On the bright side, they can use it as ammunition to try to get more than 40 votes for Daniel Webster to be Speaker.

    The hard truth is that the house is not currently operating under a two party system… it is a coalition government…

    You have the Democrats… about 190 led by Pelosi; a few rogue conservative Democrats… say 5; republicans led by Paul Ryan… about 200; and the Freedom caucus, led by Jim Jordan… about 40.

  210. Mr.Vito says:

    If it is easier to work with Democrats than Jim Jordan to pass legislation, Ryan has a choice to make.

    He cannot get any Democrats on health care regardless, so he must deal with Jordan and hope to thread a needle and hold moderates.

    He doesn’t need to have Jordan on the budget and thread a needle.

  211. NYCmike says:

    Mr Vito,

    Maybe you are right. Either way, we are still passing month to month spending packages, instead of going back to the original way that budgets are supposed to be debated and passed thru Congress.

    Why can’t a Republican Congress start from scratch, and highlight EVERY SINGLE PROGRAM? Tom Coburn did exhaustive work on all of the programs that are duplicated throughout government. Start there.

  212. Mr.Vito says:

    If you are upset with the moderates elected by their district, you can primary them and replace them with conservatives, though you risk replacing them with Democrats.

    If the moderates are upset with the Freedom Caucus, they can do the same, and risk replacing them with a Democrat.

    Until then, you can expect what you see now.

  213. Mr.Vito says:

    “Why can’t a Republican Congress start from scratch, and highlight EVERY SINGLE PROGRAM?”

    If Daniel Webster were speaker, maybe they would. He should work on getting elected.

  214. Sheeple,Jr. says:

    New GA CD-6 poll by a Democrat pollster shows St. Ossoff stuck at 48% and +1 on Karen Handel.

    http://www.11alive.com/news/politics/elections/ballot/race-to-replace-tom-price-democratic-pollster-shows-ossoff-leading-handel/435822815

  215. NYCmike says:

    “If Daniel Webster were speaker, maybe they would. He should work on getting elected.”

    -So, wasteful spending is NOT an issue that a “moderate” Republican, or Democrat, would worry about?

    Good to know.

  216. Mr.Vito says:

    “He should work on getting elected.”

    He could start by chairing talks between the two factions to come to a consensus.

  217. Mr.Vito says:

    “So, wasteful spending is NOT an issue that a “moderate” Republican, or Democrat, would worry about?”

    Having a cutthroat fight between moderates and conservatives on every federal budget item when there is other work to do is not going to happen. If there was some hope of compromise and consensus, then you might actually get your wish.

    I see no signs that there is any hope of that.

  218. Mr.Vito says:

    If the Freedom Caucus knew how to work like the far left, they would get somewhere. Take this and keep that status quo… next time they need you, take that too.

  219. Mr.Vito says:

    The far left works incrementally. The far right wants all or nothing… that would be fine if the far left hadn’t already succeeded beyond their wildest dreams under everyone’s noses.

  220. Mr.Vito says:

    For example, pass the health care bill with our changes, and we won’t grandstand on the budget this time.

  221. Mr.Vito says:

    …or we will support Congressman x,y, and z against primary challenges.

    You know… faith building.

  222. NYCmike says:

    Makes sense for both sides to do that…..neither one seems to budge…..still don’t understand why the “moderates” are against a shutdown. You can still pay out certain programs. You have all 3 branches, pay out SS/Medicare, military, essentials…close the rest of it down, call the Dems bluff just once…..BUT have a communications strategy lined up BEFORE you do this.

  223. Wes says:

    Oddly enough Mike sees no connection between the Deadenders and the GOP’s lack of ability to do what he wants.

    Curiouser and curiouser.

  224. Mr.Vito says:

    “Makes sense for both sides to do that…..neither one seems to budge…”

    No it doesn’t… I just explained that. Ryan has 200 from a wide spectrum willing to deal, and Jordan has 40 from a narrow spectrum to wrangle. Ryan has two factions to compromise with and Jordan has one.

  225. Mr.Vito says:

    Instead of increasing support for the Freedom Caucus, Jordan just lost two members.

  226. Mr.Vito says:

    “….still don’t understand why the “moderates” are against a shutdown.”

    Do you understand why moderate’s CONSTITUENTS are against a shutdown?

  227. Wes says:

    In 1995, the shutdown helped Clinton align himself against the GOP Congress as a defender of the little man against government attempts to keep him down and win reelection.

    In 2013, the shutdown was the final nail in Ken Cuccinelli’s q ui xotic bid for VA-Gov.

    Now with Republicans running everything, Mike wants another shutdown.

    Some people just lack perceptive abilities.

  228. Mr.Vito says:

    You should go to their districts and hold town halls on why a shutdown will be just fine… if enough agree, then maybe you can win another supporter.

  229. NYCmike says:

    Mr. Vito,

    The budget keeps GROWING. The duplications keep GROWING.

    A pretty straightforward issue like Planned Parenthood/abortion funding keeps GROWING (or at least is not touched). How does that happen? There are no other organizations that do family planning w/o abortion services?

    During campaigns, Repeal and Replace are used to get votes, then relegated to the Chump file.

    When do the “moderates” stick to what was campaigned on?

  230. Mr.Vito says:

    If they disagree, then the moderate can disown you and win even bigger against the Democrat next time.

    WIN-WIN

  231. Tina says:

    Trump wants reforms or a shutodwn in seotember.

    Overall, this spending bill is not conservatkve. It is a rino drat luvfest.

  232. Tina says:

    either elect more Republican Senators in 2018 or change the rules now to 51%. Our country needs a good “shutdown” in September to fix mess!
    6:07 AM · May 2, 2017

    Trumps tweet, that will trigger jebots.

  233. Wes says:

    Chuck Schumer wants a shutdown so as to maximize his chances of becoming Majority Leader.

    Mike is a Schumer constituent and also wants a shutdown.

    Could Mike also possibly want Schumer to become Majority Leader?

    It seems that way given the identical nature of their desires.

  234. NYCmike says:

    A shutdown due to Democratic intransigence……MUST be accompanied by a communications strategy, which is what I already wrote.

    It should not be done haphazardly. It should be organized, unanimous, and a full implementation of every possible medium should be used to get a specific message out.

  235. Mr.Vito says:

    “During campaigns, Repeal and Replace are used to get votes, then relegated to the Chump file.”

    Incorrect.

    They wanted to vote to repeal and replace gradually, the Ryan way… a series of steps as was outlined. To their constituents, they were keeping their promise… their constituents trust them. You don’t trust them… you didn’t like that approach. You want the Jim Jordan way.

  236. Tina says:

    After budget debacle, Trump needs Big Win on one of his 4 big promises NOW…

    ObamaCare
    Wall
    Refugee vetting
    Tax reform

    Not likely, many rs love obama care and want open borders.

  237. Mr.Vito says:

    “It is a rino drat luvfest.”

    Voila! They decided it was easier to compromise with the Dems than the Freedom Caucus.

    My points in action.

  238. Mr.Vito says:

    And of course they found it easier to compromise with the Dems on the budget… as Mike and Tina have demonstrated, they do not want to compromise… they want a shutdown.

    So it was probably an easy decision from a legislative standpoint.

  239. Mr.Vito says:

    Now, if Trump steps in, perhaps he can force a compromise between Ryan and Jordan.

  240. NYCmike says:

    Wes,

    It would have been interesting to see your comments back in the ’80’s when the government shutdown under Reagan several times.

    Repeat: TRUMP WON. A different approach is needed. Either you believe in the message that voters were trying to send, or you ignore……kind of like JEB!2016.

  241. NYCmike says:

    Mr Vito,

    I do not WANT a shutdown.

    I do WANT the option of a shutdown to be on the table, recognizing that Republicans control both chambers of Congress and the White House.

    Organize, and communicate, the reasons why Democrat intransigence is the reason for this. Highlight things like Schumer being against funding for the wall NOW, while voting for it in 2006, when it was politically advantageous to him and the Dems.

    There is plenty of ammunition out there to cut these Dems to shreds, if used wisely. A unified Republican congregation would be powerful, as opposed to this feeble group we have now.

  242. Mr.Vito says:

    “TRUMP WON. A different approach is needed. Either you believe in the message that voters were trying to send, or you ignore……kind of like JEB!2016.”

    Back to 245. This is where you CAN get your way, like Reagan. Veto, and force a compromise… if the House moderates are against a shutdown, they will have to decide whether a compromise package is less acceptable.

  243. NYCmike says:

    ” You don’t trust them… you didn’t like that approach.”

    -Mr. Vito,

    I did not like it BECAUSE there was no communications strategy…..they just unveiled it, after having it locked in a room publicly for several days, and just about said “You need to sign it, to see what is in it.”.

    I was open to voting for it, but the darn thing was polled at 17%, so somewhere along the line, a lot of “non-deadenders” also thought it was a cr*p sandwich.

    Unless the number of “deadenders” is growing…..again…..

  244. Mr.Vito says:

    A shutdown is not going to be on anyone’s table but Trump’s.

    His tweet should be a sight for your sore eyes.

  245. NYCmike says:

    Ok, good comments.

    Thanks for your responses, Mr Vito.

    Wes, thanks for being your usual snarky, omnipotent self. Have you spoken out against modern-day slavery today? Is it evil, or simply bad?

  246. Mr.Vito says:

    I did not like it BECAUSE there was no communications strategy…..they just unveiled it, after having it locked in a room publicly for several days, and just about said “You need to sign it, to see what is in it.”.

    You forgot the part before that where it was done publicly and pieces kept getting leaked by HFC to derail it. Also, as Newt said on a clip I saw recently from Hannity, Ryan had at least eight meetings with HFC on the package, and thought that was good faith. The “sign it to see what’s in it” was malarkey grandstanding. It was a very short bill.

  247. Wes says:

    I read the message and understood it quite well, Mike:

    Hillary is an elitist who despises anyone who disagrees with her.

    Democrats are increasingly anti-white, particularly anti-white male.

    Trump plans to makeAmerica great again.

    Thus, we’ll vote for Trump.

  248. Mr.Vito says:

    Ryan is doing health care correctly the second time… I guarantee Trump went to Ryan and said something like, “you told me you had this done… now I look dumb… I’m really pissed… do it again.” Now HFC is involved in the process instead of observing… if that is who you must compromise with, it is better to involve them directly, then to make a plan and sell it to them.

  249. Wes says:

    Hey, Mikey, Bitterlaw’s the guy whose only problem with slavery extends to antebllum and Civil War-era salvery in TX, AR, LA, MS, AL, FL, GA, SC, NC, and VA. Take the slavery issue up with him.

    By the way, have you washed that yellow stripe off your back and decided to enlist for the next war you declare to be absolutely necessary in Iraq yet?

  250. Mr.Vito says:

    Shutdown should come through POTUS… he is not up in the midterm. Congress is always less popular than POTUS. If Republicans and Democrats pass a budget together, Trump has the opportunity to flex some muscle and say. Make cuts, or I veto, and we have shutdown… then the game of chicken begins.

    If HFC is smart, it can make incremental demands every day until Trump and the house agree. Cut a deal today with Trump, or we’ll demand something you’ll hate even more tomorrow to get our votes.

  251. Mr.Vito says:

    For example, if they want the HFC vote, demand a promise of X billion in cuts for each day the leadership cannot make a compromise with Trump instead.

  252. Wes says:

    What Mike and the HFC don’t understand is that Trump is not a fiscon but a populist. He’s not going to prioritze budget cutting unless it plays into his political ideology.

  253. Mr.Vito says:

    Right. So in 257, HFC either gets their cuts, or Trump doesn’t prioritize them.

  254. Chicon says:

    Vito’s point about coalition governance is absolutely correct. Viewing issues through the lens of two parties will lead to poor analysis. Wishing it wasn’t the case does absolutely nothing.