Is The GOP Going To Confirm A Woman As Attorney General Who Thinks Illegal Aliens Have "A Right" To Work In This Country? Spoiler: Of Course They Are.

During yesterday's confirmation hearing for Loretta Lynch to be Attorney General, Jeff Sessions of Alabama asked her if she thinks illegal immigrants have the right to work in the US.

Well, Senator, I believe that the right and the obligation to work is one that’s shared by everyone in this country regardless of how they came here. And certainly, if someone here, regardless of status, I would prefer that they be participating in the workplace than not participating in the workplace…

She'd prefer that people who are here illegally continue to break the law by working? Fantastic!

Surely this, and her support for the legality of Obama's executive amnesty program (the one Republicans say violates the Constitution), is disqualifying. I mean, you can't have a someone who doesn't support enforcing the law serving as Attorney General. Wasn't stopping this kind of lawlessness one of the main campaign promises of Republicans less than three months ago?

Here's the new Chairman of the Judiciary Committee bringing the hammer down on the idea an amnesty supporter like Lynch can be confirmed by the new GOP Senate.

“As far as I know, Ms. Lynch has nothing to do with the Justice Department problems, but as the new attorney general, she can fix them,” said Grassley (R-Iowa).

Oh.

It's not the hill to fight on guys. But the next one? Oh you bet they'll ready to fight! You know, unless there's another hill and a better fight to keep their powder dry for.

Of course Team GOP apologists have a perfectly reasonable argument for supporting Lynch...conservatives are stupid.


Here's the problem with the "and keep Holder" argument that GOP officials other than Rubin are already floating.

One of the arguments in favor of a GOP Senate was that it would serve as a check on Obama should he have another Supreme Court nomination or two. Sure a Republican Senate would cave and confirm his picks but at the least it would force him to send up more moderate candidates. Well, if you're argument is "we'll stop the extremists" you've kind of given away the game that you won't if you confirm Lynch. Here's a woman who is saying that the policy the GOP is supposedly most upset about (spoiler: they aren't really), what's Obama's motivation to send up a moderate Supreme Court nominee? You really think he'll be so afraid of the GOP that he'll give up his last chance to send a hard core leftist to SCOTUS for life after the GOP gives Lynch a pass?

And remember the GOP complained about eliminating the filibuster for executive nominations but they didn't put it back in. It's almost as if Mitch McConnell and crew were more interesting in making sure Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Mike Lee, and the rest couldn't make their lives unpleasant by forcing confrontations with Obama. Almost.

Posted by: DrewM. at 09:35 AM




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1 The Stupid Party

Posted by: Y-not on the phone at January 29, 2015 09:28 AM (9BRsg)

2 How many votes are needed to block Lynch?
How many votes do Republicans have?

Exactly.

Posted by: Costanza Defense at January 29, 2015 09:30 AM (ZPrif)

3 Why have passports again?

Posted by: EC at January 29, 2015 09:30 AM (GQ8sn)

4 Who did these chumps ever not confirm?

Posted by: Boss Moss at January 29, 2015 09:31 AM (5+sBB)

5 Yo quiero moi.

Posted by: Barack Obama at January 29, 2015 09:31 AM (Moh0M)

6 Heh, let's dice up her quote as an anti-union thing.

She believes in "Right to work."

That'll get her excluded

Posted by: tsrblke, PhD(c) and exhausted! new father! at January 29, 2015 09:32 AM (HDwDg)

7 Absolutely, she did of course backtrack and say "yeah I guess citizens have more right to work than newcomers" BUT I will bet my right nut she would never say "and illegals have less right to welfare"...

Being a citizen means you are a second class citizen.

Posted by: Sven S Blade a.k.a. El Assassin@sven10077 at January 29, 2015 09:32 AM (/4AZU)

8 The next reference to Jennifer Rubin as anything other than a demonstrable idiot will result in my pulling the blog over and initiating beatings.

Posted by: Circa (Insert Year Here) at January 29, 2015 09:32 AM (659DL)

9 How do you get them to notice that they are doing it wrong? Melt down their phone lines and be explicit about voting them out next time.

Posted by: Decaf at January 29, 2015 09:32 AM (skc4m)

10 Republican party does not exist. There is nothing "republic" about this damn party. We have leftists and leftist-lite. Kinda like Catholics and Episcopalians. (Disclaimer...I was raised Episcopal)

Posted by: Russkilitlover at January 29, 2015 09:32 AM (qP1Yy)

11 Republicans won't vote against a black nominee.
That's how terrified they are of the "Racism!!" accusation.

Same reason Romney and McCain fought like psychotic knife-fighters in the primary, and sedated coma patients in the general.

Posted by: Costanza Defense at January 29, 2015 09:32 AM (ZPrif)

12
5
Yo quiero moi.

Posted by: Barack Obama at January 29, 2015 09:31 AM (Moh0M)
**That's right, Barky. Mix up a couple of languages. You're a "citizen of the world," after all.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at January 29, 2015 09:33 AM (rU4wn)

13 tsrblke!


How's life as a dad treating you?

Posted by: EC at January 29, 2015 09:33 AM (GQ8sn)

14 Her background indicates she supports the continued politicization of the bureaucracy, which our nation cannot long endure (and remain a republic).

While amnesty should be enough, this is worse.

(looks at clock) Dammit.

Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith at January 29, 2015 09:34 AM (bLnSU)

15 I guess this means the plan to fine employers who hire illegals is off the table being they have to hire these illegals as not to violate they're rights.

Posted by: Drider at January 29, 2015 09:34 AM (gVb/I)

16 We love being Borked, but never return the favor.

Posted by: AE at January 29, 2015 09:35 AM (sSKe8)

17 "Heh, let's dice up her quote as an anti-union thing."

There it is, a sound bite for the next election right there, just emblazon it with "Dem policy".

Posted by: Decaf at January 29, 2015 09:35 AM (skc4m)

18 Barack Obama is a SCOAMT.

Posted by: AllenG (DedicatedTenther) - TrueCon at January 29, 2015 09:36 AM (kff5f)

19 "The stupid party."

The other statist party?

Posted by: teej at January 29, 2015 09:36 AM (ur9nk)

20 #sixyears

...y'know what, eff it. Everybody always says "one more election" and never gets around to doing anything.

Enjoy the boil, froggies. Deal me out. I'm done with it.

Posted by: Brother Cavil, Unrepresented at January 29, 2015 09:36 AM (DT3rQ)

21 You know... I really wish I could say Drew was wrong.

Heck. I really wish I could say *I thought* Drew was wrong.

Posted by: AllenG (DedicatedTenther) - TrueCon at January 29, 2015 09:36 AM (kff5f)

22 Well, I need to go to confession again because I genuinely hate these motherfcukers.

Posted by: Mandy P., lurking lurker who lurks at January 29, 2015 09:37 AM (KkVB6)

23 Having a Senate majority means the Republicans will block radical leftist nominees -- as long as Obama is stupid enough to nominate a white guy. If he nominates a Noble Person of Color or Brave Vagina-America then the Republicans will, of course, cave and confirm them.

Doubly so if Obama nominate a Noble and Brave Vagina of Color, like Lynch.

Posted by: Costanza Defense at January 29, 2015 09:37 AM (ZPrif)

24 Well, I need to go to confession again because I genuinely hate these motherfcukers.

Posted by: Mandy P., lurking lurker who lurks at January 29, 2015 09:37 AM (KkVB6)

25 The idea that any Republican in office is better than a Democrat holding that office is flat wrong.

A Republican acting like a Democrat is far worse than an actual Democrat. It rots the conservative foundation... what there is left of it.

Posted by: Bat Chain Puller at January 29, 2015 09:38 AM (SCcgT)

26 "21 You know... I really wish I could say Drew was wrong.

Heck. I really wish I could say *I thought* Drew was wrong."

No, Drew is never wrong.

Posted by: Decaf at January 29, 2015 09:38 AM (skc4m)

27 Point of order, Drew - unless it's conservatives they're facing, hills are for laying on.

And yes, I mean it in that way.

Posted by: steveegg at January 29, 2015 09:38 AM (cL79m)

28 *slams head against desk repeatedly*

Annnnd don't I feel like an idiot for giving credence to the argument to vote GOP no matter what so as to control rules and committee chairmanships and the like. STOP MAKE ME LOOK LIKE AN IDIOT, GOP. I DON'T NEED THE HELP, OKAY?

I do not comprehend this willingness, nay, eagerness to cede power from the Legislative to the Executive that has been underway for the last, what, 20 years or so?

These are people who want power. You don't run for office, any office, unless you want power. Why the Legislative branch is giving up it's Constitutionally mandated powers to the Executive branch without clawing and screaming the entire way is beyond me to explain.

I sure as hell wouldn't do it. FFS, I don't like it when other people take my pens.

Posted by: alexthechick - My preeecciiiooouuusss at January 29, 2015 09:38 AM (mf5HN)

29 And remember the GOP complained about eliminating the filibuster for executive nominations but they didn't put it back in. It's almost as if Mitch McConnell and crew were more interesting in making sure Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Mike Lee, and the rest couldn't make their lives unpleasant by forcing confrontations with Obama. Almost.

What's with the "almost"? There's no qualifier needed in the last paragraph.

Posted by: steveegg at January 29, 2015 09:40 AM (cL79m)

30 Who makes the rules of the Senate?

Exactly.


How any conservative cannot see the political damage being done by not voting as a block against such a terrible nominee, irrespective of passage, is beyond me.

Full speed ahead into obscurity, GOP!

Posted by: Y-not at January 29, 2015 09:40 AM (9BRsg)

31 Thank GOD Republicans were elected to keep extremist radicals from being confirmed!


Yes, I remember the arguments - that voting RINO was important not so much for the legislative stuff, but to keep bad judges and other nominees from being confirmed.

Turns out that was a shit argument too.

Posted by: @JohnTant at January 29, 2015 09:40 AM (eytER)

32 Why the Legislative branch is giving up it's Constitutionally mandated powers to the Executive branch without clawing and screaming the entire way is beyond me to explain.

The delusion that they'll be back in the WH someday?

That's all I've got.

Posted by: Brother Cavil, Unrepresented at January 29, 2015 09:40 AM (DT3rQ)

33 GOP is supposedly most upset about (spoiler: they aren't really), what's Obama's motivation to send up a moderate Supreme Court nominee? You really think he'll be so afraid of the GOP that he'll give up his last chance to send a hard core leftist to SCOTUS for life after the GOP gives Lynch a pass?


we just cannot make any compromises anymore for a long while

look at what is happening to Rick Perry

Rick Perry Indictment Stands--Again

Rick Perry may have had a successful political weekend in Iowa, but when it comes to legal issues, the former Texas Governor's troubles are just as real as ever.

Last year, a grand jury indicted Governor Perry on two felony counts over abuse of power allegations; since then, Perry and his legal team have made several futile attempts to convince a judge to dismiss the indictment--and they just lost another round, meaning that for the time being, the indictment stands, and the criminal case will be allowed to drag on.


http://legalinsurrection.com/2015/01/rick-perry-indictment-stands-again/


He may really be convicted of a felony. He sounded optimistic on ... Hannity? last night, but this last refusal to drop the case is bad news.

These are the courts and judges we are dealing with now.

America is being attacked from all sides, and it's ugly trying to defend it all from the American haters.

The judicial system is so corrupt.

yeah, I used all the buzz words
no compromise
haters
corrupt

If we don't fight, we are losing incrementally. There is no denying this. The GOP enables this.

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at January 29, 2015 09:41 AM (IXrOn)

34
How to catch a monkey.
First, make a large jar with an opening just big enough that the monkey can get its open hand inside the jar.

Next, put a cookie (fruit, food, bait) inside the jar. The monkey will reach into the jar and grasp the bait, but can't get its closed fist out of the jar, and it will not release the bait to withdraw its hand.

Now that you have the monkey immobilized, you have to subdue the creature without getting bitten. Once that has happened, and you have confined the monkey you can begin training it.

How does this apply to the problem above? Simple, one or two conservative sounding voices in the GOP are the bait, and you are the monkey with your closed fist trapped by the small opening in the jar.

Posted by: Ned Grunchlk at January 29, 2015 09:41 AM (PKOtf)

35 We have hit the point where the commies are so comfortable in their control that they no longer feel the need to lie.

Posted by: Buzzsaw at January 29, 2015 09:41 AM (tf9Ne)

36 Well, I need to go to confession again because I genuinely hate these motherfcukers.


Posted by: Mandy P., lurking lurker who lurks at January 29, 2015 09:37 AM (KkVB6)


You know... there's just something about Catholic girls with a mouth on 'em...

Posted by: Washington Nearsider, Keeper of the Guards, returned from 1080 exile at January 29, 2015 09:41 AM (fwARV)

37 Where's Nip?

I know he can share some insight on the Judiciary Committee now that the staunch conservative Thom Tillis in on board.

Nip will tell us that the nomination will never leave the committee. Thom will see to that. Obama will be publicly shamed and teh one will have to come back with a less radical choice.




ROFL.

Posted by: Golfman in NC at January 29, 2015 09:42 AM (GqEzX)

38
Why the Legislative branch is giving up it's Constitutionally mandated powers to the Executive branch without clawing and screaming the entire way is beyond me to explain.

Accountability? Just a guess.

Maybe the critters want the trappings of power rather than power per se.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at January 29, 2015 09:42 AM (JtwS4)

39 You know... there's just something about Catholic girls with a mouth on 'em...

Posted by: Washington Nearsider, Keeper of the Guards, returned from 1080 exile at January 29, 2015 09:41 AM (fwARV)



*Slingblade voice*


Mmmmm...hmmmm....

Posted by: EC at January 29, 2015 09:43 AM (GQ8sn)

40 The GOP are giving me more and more reasons to stay home on election day. That's what it comes down to. If I pay someone to fix my roof, and they flat out refuse to either fix it or return my money, I won't use them again and I will make sure everyone I know will hear about it.

Posted by: Null at January 29, 2015 09:44 AM (xjpRj)

41 ty Bander.

Posted by: willow at January 29, 2015 09:44 AM (nqBYe)

42 I know he can share some insight on the Judiciary Committee now that the staunch conservative Thom Tillis in on board.

Nip will tell us that the nomination will never leave the committee. Thom will see to that. Obama will be publicly shamed and teh one will have to come back with a less radical choice.
Posted by: Golfman in NC at January 29, 2015 09:42 AM (GqEzX)



Will he throw in some free veiled racism too?

I always hang around for that.

Posted by: Sean Bannion at January 29, 2015 09:44 AM (/kVvc)

43 >>>These are people who want power. You don't run for office, any office, unless you want power.

I no longer look at them that way. Instead, I think of them as another type of FSA

Posted by: Bigby's Shadow Puppets at January 29, 2015 09:45 AM (3ZtZW)

44 Posted by: EC at January 29, 2015 09:33 AM (GQ8sn)

Life is pretty good.

We've hit 3 weeks and the 'ette in training has developed some fussiness. At first it frustrated and confused us, but since it follows a rough schedule we've adapted to it.

One adjustment is that the wife and I also have shifts now to make things a bit easier on us. It's actually my shift right now (but she's asleep, which sounds great, except I also have the 9PM-12AM shift when she's in full fuss mode.)

Posted by: tsrblke, PhD(c) and exhausted! new father! at January 29, 2015 09:45 AM (HDwDg)

45 I think that people have a couple of choices:

To complain about this -which we can all do quite well- including myself. :^)

To complain and to call your Reps and express concern over Lynch while realizing that's probably a futile effort bu t needs to be done anyway.

To complain and to do nothing and to say, "I hate the GOP". I'm not crazy about them either but I have called my reps or some others reps so many times they probably get my number on the phone and say "Oh, dear Mother Gaia; It's Fenelon AGAIN!!"

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at January 29, 2015 09:45 AM (DXzRD)

46 Next, put a cookie (fruit, food, bait) inside the jar. The monkey will
reach into the jar and grasp the bait, but can't get its closed fist out
of the jar, and it will not release the bait to withdraw its hand.

Doh!

Posted by: homer simpson at January 29, 2015 09:45 AM (L6/+u)

47 It's so much nicer getting raped by Republicans, isn't it?

Posted by: Tex Lovera at January 29, 2015 09:46 AM (wtvvX)

48 OK, Drew. I'm with you - I hate the GOP. What party do you recommend?

Posted by: adolfo_velasquez at January 29, 2015 09:46 AM (FFIoe)

49 ....and, if congresscritters *are* FSA, then the whole tripartite system of checks and balances *cannot* work

Posted by: Bigby's Shadow Puppets at January 29, 2015 09:46 AM (3ZtZW)

50 Surely this, and her support for the legality of Obama's executive amnesty program (the one Republicans say violates the Constitution), is disqualifying. I mean, you can't have a someone who doesn't support enforcing the law serving as Attorney General

----

exactly, Will GopE do the right thing?
or are they so enamored of money thrown at their election kitties by COC they will join the lawbreakers non Anonymous?

Posted by: willow at January 29, 2015 09:46 AM (nqBYe)

51 One adjustment is that the wife and I also have shifts now to make things a bit easier on us. It's actually my shift right now (but she's asleep, which sounds great, except I also have the 9PM-12AM shift when she's in full fuss mode.)
Posted by: tsrblke, PhD(c) and exhausted! new father! at January 29, 2015 09:45 AM (HDwDg)



I'll bet breast feeding at that time is a bitch for you, huh?

Posted by: Sean Bannion at January 29, 2015 09:46 AM (/kVvc)

52 We've hit 3 weeks and the 'ette in training has developed some fussiness. At first it frustrated and confused us, but since it follows a rough schedule we've adapted to it.



Glad to hear!

Posted by: EC at January 29, 2015 09:47 AM (GQ8sn)

53 So, this not a hill to die on? What hill is then? Power not used is not power. The GOP has an opportunity to spin this little nugget as Obama hates unemployed Americans. Freakin' use it like that.

Posted by: Penfold at January 29, 2015 09:47 AM (Fbt5B)

54 WHAT IS THE POINT OF YOU GOP?

Posted by: Agent Moustafa from the BATF at January 29, 2015 09:47 AM (Kcl6C)

55 They're all Pod People now. The GOP is Donald Sutherland pointing at you and doing that screeechy thing.

Posted by: Bat Chain Puller at January 29, 2015 09:47 AM (SCcgT)

56 The pro-GOPe folks are consulting Mighty Orca, their AI oracle for spiffy rebuttals.

Posted by: eman at January 29, 2015 09:47 AM (MQEz6)

57 It's so much nicer getting raped by Republicans, isn't it?
My legal counsel have advised me against answering this question.

Posted by: lena d. at January 29, 2015 09:47 AM (L6/+u)

58 Posted by: alexthechick - My preeecciiiooouuusss at January 29, 2015 09:38 AM (mf5HN)

Well that's because you're not a "Reasonable, Moderate, Electable Republican" silly.

Oh, and RE: the Perry Indictment. I really think Governor Abbott should just pardon him "Because f*ck you."

Posted by: AllenG (DedicatedTenther) - TrueCon at January 29, 2015 09:48 AM (kff5f)

59 >>I no longer look at them that way. Instead, I think of them as another type of FSA


Yeah, the insecure homely girls kissing up to the the (Democrat) mean girls just so that they get invited to the popular DC kids' parties and tv shows.
Standup to the executive branch? But then the cool kids will point and call us racists AND women-haters!

Posted by: Lizzy at January 29, 2015 09:48 AM (ABcz/)

60 Have the usual suspects showed up yet to slam Drew and claim that McConnell and the GOPe braintrust are real fighters who have a super duper smart plan that we serfs can't comprehend yet?

Posted by: kbdabear at January 29, 2015 09:48 AM (GrXXa)

61 48 Posted by: adolfo_velasquez at January 29, 2015 09:46 AM (FFIoe)

The Hurricane Party...

if I wanted Eric Holder in drag confirmed easily I could have stayed home on election day rather than go home to vote.

Posted by: Sven S Blade a.k.a. El Assassin@sven10077 at January 29, 2015 09:48 AM (/4AZU)

62 Off dirty sock.

Posted by: Kreplach at January 29, 2015 09:48 AM (Kcl6C)

63 We've hit 3 weeks and the 'ette in training has developed some
fussiness. At first it frustrated and confused us, but since it follows a
rough schedule we've adapted to it


The funny thing is, you'll still be saying that in 16 years.....

Posted by: Tex Lovera at January 29, 2015 09:48 AM (wtvvX)

64 Posted by: tsrblke, PhD(c) and exhausted! new father! at January 29, 2015 09:45 AM (HDwDg)

Good to hear your news. I've missed your posts Yes, babies are fussy and you will get little sleep for a while, but you have a beautiful little girl and you'' discover resources you never thought you had. in taking car we of Sophia I understood in theory the idea of God as a parent but it took on a while new meaning when we had our son. God bless your family.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at January 29, 2015 09:48 AM (DXzRD)

65 I do not comprehend this willingness, nay, eagerness to cede power from the Legislative to the Executive that has been underway for the last, what, 20 years or so?

Posted by: alexthechick - My preeecciiiooouuusss at January 29, 2015 09:38 AM (mf5HN)

Far longer than that.

The rise of government by bureaucracy dates back at least to the New Deal. All the alphabet regulatory agencies Congress created and empowered was the beginning of the end.

As for power, yes, legislators want that. Responsibility? Um, not so much.

So they are happy to do the rough drafts and let the executive and courts take the heat for how it works out in the real world.

Posted by: DrewM. at January 29, 2015 09:49 AM (2OdVw)

66 The delusion that they'll be back in the WH someday?

That's all I've got.
Posted by: Brother Cavil, Unrepresented at January 29, 2015 09:40 AM (DT3rQ)



That might be it. That and the accountability and FSA thingys too.

It's just that I am so tired, so very very very very very tired, of being told that I'm the stupid one when I'm the literate one who can, I don't even fucking know, read the Constitution and go "ummm wait you can't do that".

Yeah, I'm the stupid one. I'm the idiot. I'm the terrible, evil, awful, stupid, naive, pathetic child who doesn't understand, poor dear, that this isn't how the world works now.

At least buy me a steak first, GOP, sheesh.

Posted by: alexthechick - My preeecciiiooouuusss at January 29, 2015 09:49 AM (mf5HN)

67 I'll bet breast feeding at that time is a bitch for you, huh?

Posted by: Sean Bannion at January 29, 2015 09:46 AM (/kVvc)



Pffffftttttt.....
Welcome to the future man, we have science to feed kids these days.
(Nah, we abandoned breastfeeding, or, as some people call it, "began engaging in horrific child abuse." after the anemia my wife had made it basically impossible.)

Posted by: tsrblke, PhD(c) and exhausted! new father! at January 29, 2015 09:49 AM (HDwDg)

68 And you think you've got a dirty sock?!

Posted by: lena d. at January 29, 2015 09:49 AM (L6/+u)

69 The Republican 'Leadership" have NO BALLS

Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 29, 2015 09:49 AM (LJcWW)

70 meant "Taking care of Sophia." darn typos.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at January 29, 2015 09:49 AM (DXzRD)

71 Posted by: FenelonSpoke at January 29, 2015 09:48 AM (DXzRD)

For all humanities sake I'm going to hope God has more patience than I do .

Posted by: tsrblke, PhD(c) and exhausted! new father! at January 29, 2015 09:51 AM (HDwDg)

72 And, once more I'm forced to point out- and Conservative Republican? YOU are the RINO.

When all the GOP leadership are Leftists in disguise- that's the the Party. The Republican Party is now a "Slightly to the Right of full Socialism" party.

Posted by: AllenG (DedicatedTenther) - TrueCon at January 29, 2015 09:51 AM (kff5f)

73 Have the usual suspects showed up yet to slam Drew and claim that McConnell and the GOPe braintrust are real fighters who have a super duper smart plan that we serfs can't comprehend yet?

Posted by: kbdabear at January 29, 2015 09:48 AM (GrXXa)


The plan is to become Bill Clinton DemocRATs (I have no idea whether it's the 1993 version immediately or the 1993 version after a short stop at the 1996 version).

Posted by: steveegg at January 29, 2015 09:51 AM (cL79m)

74 Amnesty isn't a winning issue. It just appeals to the base and to swing voters.

Posted by: andycanuck at January 29, 2015 09:52 AM (L6/+u)

75 tsrblke, sometimes a certain formula will not agree with a baby. so if fussy continues or mind numbing cries start, check for a new formula.

Posted by: willow at January 29, 2015 09:52 AM (nqBYe)

76 Amnesty isn't a winning issue. It just appeals to the base and to swing voters.

And a large number of Democrats.

Other than that? Absolutely no support. Losing issue, like you said.

(yes, I'm merely adding to the sarcasm)

Posted by: AllenG (DedicatedTenther) - TrueCon at January 29, 2015 09:52 AM (kff5f)

77 Posted by: Sean Bannion at January 29, 2015 09:44 AM (/kVvc)

Veiled?

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at January 29, 2015 09:52 AM (Zu3d9)

78 Pickpockets also have a job to do.

Posted by: toby928(C) at January 29, 2015 09:53 AM (evdj2)

79 66 Posted by: AlexTheChick at January 29, 2015 09:49 AM (mf5HN)

If the GOPe thinks they will EVER get to inhabit the office they have allowed Bronko Bama to inhabit they are idiots of a higher order than I think...

1) the newsies will screech when the PotUS signs BILLS sent to him by both GOP houses....

2) the newsies will screech as they did when Bush fired the US Attys when he fires ANY SES or high level GS that broke the law under the glorious reign of Sidam...

3) the courts will suddenly get a LOT more concerned about executive overreach... shameless donkey judges no less

4) the Libertarians will suddenly find their big boy cranks and get real hard about EO overreach...

Now I don't doubt the McCain gang is dumb enough to think "just you wait until *we* get the ring of power"

but even if they got it they'd never use it.

Posted by: Sven S Blade a.k.a. El Assassin@sven10077 at January 29, 2015 09:53 AM (/4AZU)

80 #74 Addendum: Oh. And the poor.

Posted by: andycanuck at January 29, 2015 09:53 AM (L6/+u)

81
These are people who want power. You don't run for office, any office, unless you want power. Why the Legislative branch is giving up it's Constitutionally mandated powers to the Executive branch without clawing and screaming the entire way is beyond me to explain.
---------------
I really don't understand it, except that they are terrified to do anything, lest they be thrown out?

Posted by: Lea hates Peppa Pig but will watch it for freedom (not really) at January 29, 2015 09:53 AM (lIU4e)

82 Veiled?
Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at January 29, 2015 09:52 AM (Zu3d9)


I was being ironic

You know, in order to maintain my hipster credentials.

Hey, you got any PBR in that cooler?

Posted by: Sean Bannion at January 29, 2015 09:53 AM (/kVvc)

83 And, once more I'm forced to point out- and Conservative Republican? YOU are the RINO.

When all the GOP leadership are Leftists in disguise- that's the the Party. The Republican Party is now a "Slightly to the Right of full Socialism" party.

Posted by: AllenG (DedicatedTenther) - TrueCon at January 29, 2015 09:51 AM (kff5f)


I submit that no later than 2020, and quite possibly by 2016, they will be the "Full Socialism and Slightly to the Right of Full Communism" Party as the Rats complete their transformation to Full Communist.

Posted by: steveegg at January 29, 2015 09:53 AM (cL79m)

84 I don't really have anything to add that would improve the thread, I'm just looking for compliance picks at this point.

Posted by: Methos at January 29, 2015 09:54 AM (A6vWB)

85 One more reason to spend my time prepping and not think about voting.

Posted by: Thin veneer of civility at January 29, 2015 09:54 AM (XzRw1)

86 Well then they'll need drivers licenses too, and health care, and subsidized housing and....

Posted by: Boner the red faced pussy at January 29, 2015 09:54 AM (klaU/)

87 Posted by: DrewM. at January 29, 2015 09:49 AM (2OdVw

Your last point there is a bit off though Drew, by only doing the rough drafts, congress basically has no power.
Is the argument that they're just now discovering that?
It is being made abundantly clear, but surely some power hungry politician would have realized that earlier.

I think the answer is different actually. I think that on the balance they don't actually want power. That is to say they want power less than they don't want responsibility. So what you get is a bunch of feckless grandstanders who are perfectly happy to be feckless grandstanders.

Posted by: tsrblke, PhD(c) and exhausted! new father! at January 29, 2015 09:54 AM (HDwDg)

88
I'm the literate one who can, I don't even fucking know, read the Constitution and go "ummm wait you can't do that".

That's so cute.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at January 29, 2015 09:55 AM (JtwS4)

89 Y'know what, when the time comes that I rule as Warlord of the Wastes, my throne of skulls will include zero GOP skulls. They are far too mushy to properly support the weight of a grown man sitting upon 'em.

Posted by: Brother Cavil, Unrepresented at January 29, 2015 09:55 AM (DT3rQ)

90 "45 I think that people have a couple of choices: "

You can also realize, as an individual, the only thing you have control over is your own life and home. IMO the government is beyond repair. I am doing my best to insulate my family from the coming storms, of which there will be many.

Posted by: jjod at January 29, 2015 09:55 AM (0r7PZ)

91 "tsrblke...check
for a new formula."

Posted by: willow at January 29, 2015 09:52 AM (nqBYe)

Agreed.

Move from rye to bourbon. It's sweeter and the baby will like it. And use a sweeter vermouth.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at January 29, 2015 09:55 AM (Zu3d9)

92 These are people who want power. You don't run for office, any office, unless you want power. Why the Legislative branch is giving up it's Constitutionally mandated powers to the Executive branch without clawing and screaming the entire way is beyond me to explain.

Go look up the history of titles like Marquis and Viscount.

Then you might understand.

Posted by: AllenG (DedicatedTenther) - TrueCon at January 29, 2015 09:55 AM (kff5f)

93 Sven, also....you allow massive amnesty and you've allowed the Democrats to bring in enough newly minted-Americans to win most (all?) future presidential elections.

Posted by: Lizzy at January 29, 2015 09:55 AM (ABcz/)

94 @tsrblke, PhD(c) and exhausted! new father! Don't let anyone give you any shit about that.

My wife could not produce enough milk and we had to switch to formula. With our first kid, we were somewhere in Manhattan (a restaurant, this was 10 years ago) and some smug condescending b*tch told my wife it would be better for our son if he was breastfed. I said, as a way of providing reciprocal advice, that you should use a water based lubricant for anal sex, since KY is petroleum based. No further comments made. I have used that comment on several people who offered unsolicited advice. It works remarkably well in any situation. And the one time someone said "excuse me!" I said "you seem to think you can offer unsolicited and unwanted advice, i figured you would not mind receiving some".

Posted by: Penfold at January 29, 2015 09:56 AM (Fbt5B)

95 Well, think about the Pope.

He's going to try to come over the border in with our undocumented visitors from Espana South.

Let's not go all Anti-Catholic here. These are important voters in 2016.

And another thing. We're going alienate every Persun of Colour in America with resistance to Loretta Lynch.

And if we don't vote for Loretta Lynch, we keep Eric Holder on as Attorney General. And we are all ever so mad at him.

So it's all good. Vote for Loretta. It's a vote for being a Republican, really.

Posted by: Jennifer Rubinoo, smaht writer at January 29, 2015 09:56 AM (RFeQD)

96 93 Posted by: Lizzy at January 29, 2015 09:55 AM (ABcz/)

Si Si Puedre Mi Amiga....

F**k it'd be nice if the goddamned majority demographic of the nation were allowed political representation.

Posted by: Sven S Blade a.k.a. El Assassin@sven10077 at January 29, 2015 09:56 AM (/4AZU)

97 Posted by: tsrblke, PhD(c) and exhausted! new father! at January 29, 2015 09:51 AM (HDwDg)

You will develop patience. My kid is 15 there are days where I don't have a lot of it. It's really the hardest job I've ever done. What till she becomes a hormonal teen. ;^)

I was caring for the boy one day carrying him around because he had a little bit colic after he was born and I was so tired I fell when coming down the stairs. Fortunately everybody was o.k.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at January 29, 2015 09:57 AM (DXzRD)

98 tsrblke, sometimes a certain formula will not agree with a baby. so if fussy continues or mind numbing cries start, check for a new formula.

Posted by: willow at January 29, 2015 09:52 AM (nqBYe)


Already tried that. Spent a bit on a hypoallergenic formula, didn't do much.

Compared to some of our friends kids it's not really that bad, she just really wants to be held between like 4PM and midnight. As long as someone is holding her she'll either be calm and awake or sleep.

Put her in a crib though and...well...yeah.

Given that she is my wife and my kid she also gets gas. Doc recommended gas drops and they do a pretty good job too as long as we don't shirk on giving them to her with the evening feedings (she seems fine all morning and afternoon, so we can pass on it then.)

Posted by: tsrblke, PhD(c) and exhausted! new father! at January 29, 2015 09:57 AM (HDwDg)

99 MSNBC says she's to the right of Holder. Apparently because she's against marijuana legalization and she's for moar NSA spying.

The latter of which, according to MSNBC, is a Right-ist position.

I'd say support for moar NSA spying is about evenly split between the Left and the Right.

And they're all wrong.



Posted by: Citizen X at January 29, 2015 09:57 AM (7ObY1)

100 Have any of the usual suspects shown up to get all pissy at Drew for daring to gin up this "fake outrage" at our GOP betters?

Posted by: buzzion at January 29, 2015 09:57 AM (zt+N6)

101 Well then they'll need drivers licenses too, and health care, and subsidized housing and....

Posted by: Boner the red faced pussy at January 29, 2015 09:54 AM (klaU/)


I take exception to that. I worked hard to get my face orange.

Posted by: Jean Bo(eh)ner at January 29, 2015 09:57 AM (cL79m)

102 That's so cute.
Posted by: Bandersnatch at January 29, 2015 09:55 AM (JtwS4)



That thing you were patting?

Not. My. Head.

Posted by: alexthechick - My preeecciiiooouuusss at January 29, 2015 09:58 AM (mf5HN)

103 Kbdabear....I think they've crawled under a rock....or they should.

Posted by: Russkilitlover at January 29, 2015 09:58 AM (qP1Yy)

104 Hey, you got any PBR in that cooler?

Posted by: Sean Bannion at January 29, 2015 09:53 AM (/kVvc)

Interesting that that is exactly how my mind's eye sees you.

Hipster glasses, pork-pie hat, some ironic facial hair, probably a tattoo with an arcane and inscrutable saying or graphic. And of course some impossibly cool clothing such as a hemp vest.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at January 29, 2015 09:58 AM (Zu3d9)

105 tsrblke

You also have a built in opportunity for prayer here too. Your daughter's name is Sophia. You can pray for the "wisdom" you and we all need to be parents. :^)

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at January 29, 2015 09:59 AM (DXzRD)

106 Hilarious to see Rubin using the Hillary defense - What difference does it make? If the GOP refuses to fight anything because Obama is president, then why did we elect them before 2017? Their excuse is always, "Elect more of us, THEN we'll fight."

But that fight never comes.

P.S. - Gabe was siding with Jenn Rubin on this? This is my shocked face.

Posted by: Wyatt Earp at January 29, 2015 09:59 AM (cnS/F)

107 I saw Hemp Vest open for REM, Kleinhan's Music Hall, Buffalo, 1989

Posted by: Citizen X at January 29, 2015 09:59 AM (7ObY1)

108
Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!


This is awesome!


Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Posted by: naturalfake sliding into the future destruction of the middle class at January 29, 2015 09:59 AM (KBvAm)

109 The GOPe wants Amnesty.

The Conservative fraction of the GOP does not want Amnesty.

The Federal Empire wants Amnesty.

The Democrats want Amnesty.

Two thirds of Americans do not want Amnesty.

Expect more of this madness until the time for talking and voting comes to an end.

Posted by: eman at January 29, 2015 10:00 AM (MQEz6)

110 I know you're good people. I know you mean well. But you just didn't think it through. There is only one path to peace... your extermination.

Posted by: Ultron at January 29, 2015 10:00 AM (136wp)

111 That thing you were patting?

Not. My. Head.



That's okay, it's not my hand either.

Posted by: Washington Nearsider, Keeper of the Guards, returned from 1080 exile at January 29, 2015 10:00 AM (fwARV)

112 a tattoo with an arcane and inscrutable saying or graphic.

MA SPECTARE NON MANVS

Posted by: AllenG (DedicatedTenther) - TrueCon at January 29, 2015 10:00 AM (kff5f)

113 Does anyone know when the vote to confirm/reject will be held?

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at January 29, 2015 10:00 AM (vPh3W)

114 Not voting for Loretta Lynch just proves that you support rape.

Posted by: Sabrina Ruben Erdely at January 29, 2015 10:00 AM (9GG/0)

115 "Hey, don't give the GOP a hard time. They only control 100% of the legislative part of the government. It's not like they have any real power to stop anything Obama does. Just be sure to vote GOP for president in 2016! Because that will fix everything. Trust us." - Your lying GOPe shills

Posted by: physics geek at January 29, 2015 10:00 AM (MT22W)

116 That's okay, it's not my hand either.
Posted by: Washington Nearsider, Keeper of the Guards, returned from 1080 exile at January 29, 2015 10:00 AM (fwARV)



DAMMIT NEARSIDER.

*wipes tea off everything*

I really should do some work at work today.

Posted by: alexthechick - My preeecciiiooouuusss at January 29, 2015 10:01 AM (mf5HN)

117
Hipster glasses, pork-pie hat, some ironic facial hair, probably a tattoo with an arcane and inscrutable saying or graphic. And of course some impossibly cool clothing such as a hemp vest.

Ahem.

Posted by: Skinny Jeans at January 29, 2015 10:01 AM (JtwS4)

118
Is the GOP supposed to hold out for a nominee who says Obama is breaking the law? I don't think that's realistic.

Posted by: CJ at January 29, 2015 10:01 AM (9KqcB)

119 a tattoo with an arcane and inscrutable saying or graphic.

Mine says 'inveniam viam aut faciam'

Posted by: Washington Nearsider, Keeper of the Guards, returned from 1080 exile at January 29, 2015 10:01 AM (fwARV)

120 tsrblke-is your laundry room large enough for you to pull a chair in? If so, you might try putting the little 'ette in her car seat, and putting the car seat on the dryer while it is running. The combination of the warmth, the vibration and the white noise works wonders for fussy babies-I used it for my daughter, who was constantly sick as a baby, and it was one of the few things that helped to calm her. My washer/dryer was in the kitchen at the time, so it worked out great-she could get some sleep, and I could cook meals, do laundry, and tend to my 2 year old.

The mommy sway is also good-holding her on your shoulder and gently swaying. If you can put a warm towel on your shoulder, that can help too.

Many blessings to you and your lovely wife and daughter. It's an amazing adventure!

Posted by: Moki at January 29, 2015 10:01 AM (bAB8f)

121 *wipes tea off everything*


Yeah. Not tea either.

Posted by: Washington Nearsider, Keeper of the Guards, returned from 1080 exile at January 29, 2015 10:02 AM (fwARV)

122 Ripping defeat from the mouth of victory.

During TFG's regime when was the last time they (GOPe) were nice and got something in exchange? Never. This Commie Bitch shouldn't have a law license let alone be AG.

But, I'm not surprised.

Posted by: Misanthropic Humaniatrian at January 29, 2015 10:02 AM (F2IAQ)

123 I loved Loretta Lynch in Coal Miner's Daughter!

Posted by: Joey Biden at January 29, 2015 10:02 AM (9GG/0)

124 >>>>Yeah, the insecure homely girls kissing up to the the (Democrat) mean girls just so that they get invited to the popular DC kids' parties and tv shows.

That, and "I want to grease my way through life at the taxpayers expense, so I'll just say whatever and then do hookers and blow"

Posted by: Bigby's Shadow Puppets at January 29, 2015 10:02 AM (3ZtZW)

125 I really don't understand it, except that they are terrified to do anything, lest they be thrown out?
Posted by: Lea



By whom? The base wants red state legislators to fight, to do something. Who are THEY afraid of?

Posted by: rickb223 at January 29, 2015 10:03 AM (Vs6vA)

126 MSNBC says she's to the right of Holder.
---------------------

When I read "MSNBC says..", a red warning light starts flashing on my mental dashboard.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at January 29, 2015 10:03 AM (vPh3W)

127 Remember men with courage who actually died on hills? And fields. And farms. And towns.

Posted by: Seems Legit at January 29, 2015 10:03 AM (A98Xu)

128 Posted by: alexthechick - My preeecciiiooouuusss at January 29, 2015 10:01 AM (mf5HN)

You are rarely one-upped in this game.

I think nearsider deserves some accolades, or maybe those tasteful photos.....

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at January 29, 2015 10:03 AM (Zu3d9)

129 Article V, phase one: ALL perks will be revoked from ALL branches of government. No retirement plans, no security after term is up, no housing or other allowances, no franking priveleges, not even custom effing business cards. They get median US income while in office and basic health benefits from lowest bidder. Only person in gov't who gets housing is the President, and he and his get billed for any damages or restoration work that has to be done when he leaves. All travel is out-of-pocket (reimbursed if legit official business, natch).

If we're going to keep anything like this system (and I am dubious we should), these frakkers have to live like the rest of us.

Oh, and zero tolerance on gifts. And your assets still go in a blind trust!

Posted by: Brother Cavil, Unrepresented at January 29, 2015 10:03 AM (DT3rQ)

130 Oh FFS!

Seriously!? Everyone is obligated to work. For the good of the state; I'm sure. So I guess the state is gonna set minimum work requirements that EVERYONE will be obligated to adhere to? Well, except for the Politburo, the apparatchik and the FSA.

This woman is not only a fool, but a dangerous fool at that.

Posted by: CrotchetyOldJarhead at January 29, 2015 10:03 AM (Ma5u/)

131 Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at January 29, 2015 09:55 AM (Zu3d9

Did I mention the imperial stout homebrew I started last June in honor of the baby?
One of the benefits for the wife of the formula is she can drink to her hearts content and she is very happy that was on hand. (It turned out quite good. I'm having trouble getting an Alcohol count on it, somewhere between 9 and 12%.)

Posted by: Penfold at January 29, 2015 09:56 AM (Fbt5B)

I had a few fears about a couple of friends, but they didn't mention it. If they're talking behind my back, that's not my problem. (And they may not be.)
Actually a whole swath of our friends had similar problems, so they've been great help too.

Funny thing is my dissertation mentor just had a kid too. And we were talking and I mentioned that in the hospital they basically lie to you about the benefits of breast feeding (in that the oversell would be fraudulent in any other industry.)

Mentor brings that idea up as an anecdote in a class we teach researchers/doctors.
What does one of the researchers do? Researches how to get more women to breast feed.
Seriously.

She didn't give no flack though, in fact I think she feared for a second she just walked into a minefield.

Posted by: tsrblke, PhD(c) and exhausted! new father! at January 29, 2015 10:03 AM (HDwDg)

132 Posted by: tsrblke, PhD(c) and exhausted! new father! at January 29, 2015 09:57 AM (HDwDg)

Good to see you here. And congrats on the new addition.

Posted by: Misanthropic Humaniatrian at January 29, 2015 10:04 AM (F2IAQ)

133 As I said last night:

If you actually thought that winning the Senate would put any sort of brakes on the selection of positions like the AG or a possible SCOTUS vacancy, as opposed to the lower court appointments that caused the dems to end the filibuster, then you are a fucking dumbass who has not been paying attention.

Posted by: buzzion at January 29, 2015 10:04 AM (zt+N6)

134 >>...some smug condescending b*tch told my wife it would be better for our son if he was breastfed.

That never ceases to amaze me. Never received any flak on food choice, but when my son was around 6 mos old he was a delightfully roly-poly chunk (which is *normal*) and total strangers felt compelled to make comments like. "My, isn't he...healthy" or "Aren't you well fed?!"
Like, WTF, you think we should put him on a diet when he's tripling his birth weight in the 1st 12 mos. of his like?
I would give them a big grin and say. "Yes, he is well fed!" and totally ignore their none too subtle jab.

Posted by: Lizzy at January 29, 2015 10:04 AM (ABcz/)

135 This Commie Bitch shouldn't have a law license let alone be AG.

------

This is my thought also.

Our standards for politicians (and believe me, she's a politician) are so incredibly low.

Posted by: Seems Legit at January 29, 2015 10:04 AM (A98Xu)

136 Her background indicates she supports the continued politicization of the bureaucracy"

So we're going to be a new version of "China" then...

and by China, I mean roughly two thousand years or so of a distinctly layered society - much like one can see rising here.

Posted by: anon a mouse at January 29, 2015 10:04 AM (/jpU8)

137 Expect more of this madness until the time for talking and voting comes to an end.

Thinking that was that sign we blew past several months back.

Posted by: Brother Cavil, Unrepresented at January 29, 2015 10:05 AM (DT3rQ)

138 I think I understand the high alcoholism rate in Russia now.

Na zdorovje

Posted by: Buzzsaw at January 29, 2015 10:05 AM (tf9Ne)

139 No retirement plans, no security after term is up, no housing or other allowances, no franking priveleges, not even custom effing business cards. They get median US income while in office and basic health benefits from lowest bidder.

Then only people in it for The Power will apply, or the Rich.


Let me have men about me that are fat,
Sleek-headed men and such as sleep a-nights.
Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look,
He thinks too much; such men are dangerous.

Posted by: toby928(C) at January 29, 2015 10:06 AM (evdj2)

140 Yeah. Not tea either.
Posted by: Washington Nearsider, Keeper of the Guards, returned from 1080 exile at January 29, 2015 10:02 AM (fwARV)


It's possible that I realized the set up on that after hitting post.

Eh, my skin needs all the help it can get right now so that's okay then.

Posted by: alexthechick - My preeecciiiooouuusss at January 29, 2015 10:06 AM (mf5HN)

141 a tattoo with an arcane and inscrutable saying or graphic

Mine says 'Klaatu barada necktie'

Posted by: Penfold at January 29, 2015 10:07 AM (Fbt5B)

142 Interesting that that is exactly how my mind's eye sees you.

Hipster glasses, pork-pie hat, some ironic facial hair, probably a tattoo with an arcane and inscrutable saying or graphic. And of course some impossibly cool clothing such as a hemp vest.
Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at January 29, 2015 09:58 AM (Zu3d9)



Hey, whatever works for you.

Posted by: Sean Bannion at January 29, 2015 10:08 AM (/kVvc)

143
Eh, my skin needs all the help it can get right now so that's okay then.

*elbows way to front of line*

Posted by: Bandersnatch at January 29, 2015 10:08 AM (JtwS4)

144 Well, I need to go to confession again because I genuinely hate these motherfcukers.
Posted by: Mandy P., lurking lurker who lurks at January 29, 2015 09:37 AM (KkVB6)

Of itself, hatred is neither good nor bad. Depends on the object of that hatred. God, for example, hates witchcraft. Hates it. Says so in Deuteronomy 18. Thus, even God can hate. So it follows hatred cannot--of itself--be necessarily a bad thing. Some people, places, things and ideas are worthy of hatred. They deserve it. They got it coming.

You know, like those asshole sellout Country Club Republicans we were stupid enough to put in office.

Posted by: troyriser at January 29, 2015 10:08 AM (CAJL/)

145 Then only people in it for The Power will apply, or the Rich.

Objection, statement does not imply conditions different from the status quo. At least mine makes 'em suffer.

Posted by: Brother Cavil, Unrepresented at January 29, 2015 10:08 AM (DT3rQ)

146 tsrblke, sometimes a certain formula will not agree
with a baby. so if fussy continues or mind numbing cries start, check
for a new formula.

Posted by: willow at January 29, 2015 09:52 AM


You talking about tsrblke's baby or the 535 whiny teat-suckers in Congress?

Either way, it's advice the whole country should heed.

Posted by: MrScribbler at January 29, 2015 10:08 AM (P8YHq)

147 And of course some impossibly cool clothing such as a hemp vest.

Are Birkenstocks still a thing?

Posted by: toby928(C) at January 29, 2015 10:08 AM (evdj2)

148 Tsrblke, when my first kid was a baby, my MIL used to massage chamomile oil (aceite de manzanilla) onto my baby's tummy when she was gassy/colicky/ fussy). Just very gently, going left to right in an upside down U
I'd do it for my second baby too. They loved it.

Posted by: @votermom at January 29, 2015 10:09 AM (cbfNE)

149 At least mine makes 'em suffer.

A great attraction that but, I'd rather pay them well and term-limited them out to live under the laws they have passed.

Posted by: toby928(C) at January 29, 2015 10:09 AM (evdj2)

150 142 Posted by: Sean Bannion at January 29, 2015 10:08 AM (/kVvc)

I see you as a scuffed up M-60A3 Sean....

the web is a funny place...

I see Yector as a particularly turbulent 3day after you final MRE 36 pound cannonball of effluvia....

Posted by: Sven S Blade a.k.a. El Assassin@sven10077 at January 29, 2015 10:10 AM (/4AZU)

151 28 *slams head against desk repeatedly*

New trampoline for Christmas AtC?

Posted by: wrg500 at January 29, 2015 10:10 AM (C278+)

152 That's okay, it's not my hand either.
Posted by: Washington Nearsider, Keeper of the Guards, returned from 1080 exile at January 29, 2015 10:00 AM (fwARV)



Oh, good to see that mushroom stamping is back in vogue.

Posted by: Sean Bannion at January 29, 2015 10:10 AM (/kVvc)

153 So if we care about our children, we'll get them into white collar jobs. Being blue collar is gonna suck!

Posted by: Draki at January 29, 2015 10:11 AM (0eidE)

154 94

I said, as a way of providing reciprocal advice, that you should use a water based lubricant for anal sex, since KY is petroleum based.

Posted by: Penfold at January 29, 2015 09:56 AM (Fbt5B)


Wait--what?!?

Posted by: Sandra Fluke at January 29, 2015 10:11 AM (AFsCH)

155 Oh, good to see that mushroom stamping is back in vogue.

Posted by: Sean Bannion at January 29, 2015 10:10 AM (/kVvc)


This reminds me of a story.

Posted by: Washington Nearsider, Keeper of the Guards, returned from 1080 exile at January 29, 2015 10:11 AM (fwARV)

156
"And keeps Holder?!!!!"


The Republicans confirmed Holder 75-21, so -- that's a problem now?

Posted by: Laurie David's Cervix at January 29, 2015 10:12 AM (kdS6q)

157 I see you as a scuffed up M-60A3 Sean....
Posted by: Sven S Blade a.k.a. El Assassin@sven10077 at January 29, 2015 10:10 AM (/4AZU)


My first tank was an M-60A1 RISE PASSIVE.

My second was an M-48A5.

Then we went to the M-1.

Talk about learning curve.

Posted by: Sean Bannion at January 29, 2015 10:12 AM (/kVvc)

158 Take names. Forms the basis for the primary ouster list.

Posted by: dogfish at January 29, 2015 10:12 AM (1vYi0)

159 This reminds me of a story.

..we called them Bees then ..Give me five bees for a quarter, you'd say. ...

Posted by: toby928(C) at January 29, 2015 10:12 AM (evdj2)

160 Fight on a hill? I doubt Boner and McCavein could even find one on a map.

The electorate goes to lengths, votes in for real change, and the GOP goes all Sandra Dee, weak in the knees, with the resolve of jello.

SMOD, where are ye when we need ye???

Posted by: Ibin Pharteen at January 29, 2015 10:12 AM (zL/eJ)

161 Posted by: Moki at January 29, 2015 10:01 AM (bAB8f

Eh, dryer is in the basement, we have a vibrating bouncer it works pretty well.

In any case, the wife's shift just started .

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at January 29, 2015 09:59 AM (DXzRD


SHHHHHH. Don't tell the wife that the Philosopher may have snuck one by her on that name .

Posted by: tsrblke, PhD(c) and exhausted! new father! at January 29, 2015 10:13 AM (HDwDg)

162 My kid is 15 there are days where I don't have a lot of it. It's really the hardest job I've ever done. What till she becomes a hormonal teen. ;^)

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

Fine. Whatever.

*rolls eyes, sulks, stares at phone for hours*

Posted by: Daughter of Bob's House of Flannel Shirts and Wallet Chains at January 29, 2015 10:13 AM (vgIRn)

163 >>No retirement plans, no security after term is up, no housing or
other allowances, no franking priveleges, not even custom effing
business cards.,,,

I think each state should purchase DC housing for its legislators (like governor's mansions, but obviously nothing too fancy) so that they never actually invest in DC area property, set down roots, etc. When their term is up they have to move out. None of this fancy Georgetown or Potomac mansions, becoming a big shot in DC, etc.

Posted by: Lizzy at January 29, 2015 10:14 AM (ABcz/)

164 New trampoline for Christmas AtC?
Posted by: wrg500 at January 29, 2015 10:10 AM (C278+)



*glares*

Yes.

*glares more*

Posted by: alexthechick - My preeecciiiooouuusss at January 29, 2015 10:14 AM (mf5HN)

165 P.S. - Gabe was siding with Jenn Rubin on this? This is my shocked face.
=========

No way. You lie.

<snort>

Posted by: RoyalOil at January 29, 2015 10:14 AM (5yHi1)

166 I have no idea what you people think opposing Lynch will get us, other than giving Democrats ammunition and evidence for their "obstruction" and "racism" accusations.

Even if Republicans block Lynch, does anyone believe that Obama will follow up with a less radical nominee? He will send one (preferably black) leftwinger after another to the Senate, to have them all voted down and Republicans will look like clownish troublemakers. But that seems to be all some people care about.

Posted by: Begonia at January 29, 2015 10:14 AM (8G8r2)

167 I've never heard a progressive say "right to work" without spitting.

Posted by: jd at January 29, 2015 10:15 AM (wa3LG)

168 Employers! Chamber of Commerce!!! Froth - foam - thunk...

Posted by: Chris M at January 29, 2015 10:15 AM (k3w9p)

169 I think each state should purchase DC housing for its legislators (like governor's mansions, but obviously nothing too fancy) so that they never actually invest in DC area property, set down roots, etc. When their term is up they have to move out. None of this fancy Georgetown or Potomac mansions, becoming a big shot in DC, etc.

Posted by: Lizzy
-------------------

Just find Section 8 housing for them.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at January 29, 2015 10:15 AM (028dR)

170 In before the Republican toadys.

Posted by: toby928(C) at January 29, 2015 10:15 AM (evdj2)

171 I wonder if Grassley knows the unemployment rate in his state for those...aaahhh...Real Americans. You know, the ones who were born here and live in Iowa...legally.

Posted by: Diogenes at January 29, 2015 10:15 AM (08Znv)

172 Posted by: @votermom at January 29, 2015 10:09 AM (cbfNE

We tried some gentle stomach massage, she did not like it. Maybe I'll try the upside down U path.

Also, she does not like Tummy time, but that's non optional for the development of the neck muscles so we just let her cry that one out.

Posted by: tsrblke, PhD(c) and exhausted! new father! at January 29, 2015 10:15 AM (HDwDg)

173 Yes Yes they are going to confirm the RACIST DOJ....
Because

1 She is female
2 She is Black
3She fits the agenda.

Now when you try to get rid of this deck of agendas Jeh, Johnson, etc etc
You will be called Racist...

In this game it is just as well to kick over the table.

Posted by: Klondike Cat at January 29, 2015 10:16 AM (/WmRg)

174
I think each state should purchase DC housing for its legislators (like governor's mansions, but obviously nothing too fancy) so that they never actually invest in DC area property, set down roots, etc. When their term is up they have to move out. None of this fancy Georgetown or Potomac mansions, becoming a big shot in DC, etc.

Posted by: Lizzy at January 29, 2015 10:14 AM (ABcz/

I hear FEMA has some awesome mobile homes just sitting about.

Posted by: Misanthropic Humaniatrian at January 29, 2015 10:16 AM (F2IAQ)

175 I would be more impressed with the arguments about how the GOP is a bunch of spineless wimps unable to accomplish anything if some of the critics would keep the long game in mind.

Fighting tooth and claw, against what is still a very powerful executive, for the next two years is basically a deliberate poisoning of the public relations well. The fact of the matter is that American Presidents have a LOT of power, and unpopularity doesn't do anything to it. Total executive mastery and the veto; they're not going anywhere.

So fine, throw down the gauntlet and deny Ms. Lynch her position. There's no gain. The current AG is already a racist asshole who actually contemplated the legality of using drone strikes against Americans in America. But now the Democrats will be able to jump up and down and wave their arms about how the evil Republicans enforced a racist, sexist glass ceiling against poor, qualified Lynch, and that will be echoed and repeated for the next 22 months. And he'll nominate someone else just like her.

What, praytell, is the point? Assuaging your feelings? Making it seem like your side is "fighting?" The bottom line is that any AG appointment will do exactly what Obama wants. That's their fucking job, and they wouldn't be nominated in the first place if they weren't loyalists.

So no gain, and giving the enemy a "Republicans are still sexist and racist" weapon to help force their broken down old crone of choice into the presidency in 2016.

Fighter-types might argue that a best-case scenario is where every single radical nominee is voted down. What do you have then? Eric fucking Holder in office for eight years, and a legitimate argument of obstructionism. Fantastic. And the ESTABLISHMENT is stupid?

Confirm her. Let the firebrands breathe their fire and score points with conservatives, and even make good arguments about how much Obama sucks. Play it up, and try to get good sound bites. But there's a reason Congressional leadership isn't eager to "die on these hills." They're strategically worthless.

Perhaps you history buffs will recall that a major contributing factor to the Germans' eastern front defeat was Hitler's orders to never retreat. Entire corps were surrounded and destroyed because they were forbidden from moving backwards. What might have been a stalemate turned into total collapse. This is the same foolishness. "Fightfightfightdiediedie!" does not win wars.

The party leadership wants to win in 2016. They have to, or they cannot undo Obama's damage. Can. Not. Even if the Republicans lose ZERO seats in Congress in 2016 (basically impossible), they HAVE to have the Presidency. They cannot override vetos themselves, and the Democrats won't break ranks in sufficient numbers (socialists are like that). And so every piece of shit policy, regulation, and law enacted from 2009-2016 will remain intact and become a permanent part of the fabric of this once-great nation. American decline will be permanent, and people will begin to speak more seriously of secession and civil war.

The 2016 Presidency is what matters. That's it. That is everything. That is, honest to God, the last chance for America. Everything else is subordinate to that. The person elected in 2016 will likely get two or more Supreme Court appointments; including liberal seats. If something will theoretically help a Republican win in 2016, do it. If it will theoretically hurt, don't do it.

And I can't believe I need to say this to a bunch of free-marketeers, veterans, and other assorted hard-jawed types, but your *feelings* don't matter. If you stamp your feet and huff and refuse to vote for those dumb Republicans, with their dumb rational long-term political calculations and dumb national strategies that don't pay enough attention to your feelings, and just want to watch the country burn under President Hillary... you deserve an ass kicking.

2016 could be the dawn of a conservative renaissance. The Reagan revolution came after only four years of Jimmy Carter's incompetence, helped along by the fact that Jimmah wasn't black and the USSR was still around. If we don't fuck it up, the rebirth of opportunity in this country after Obama could be glorious. We would have total control of the federal government. Obama will be relegated to the shit-heap of history as a totally repudiated, failed executive. The discrediting of the blue model will be almost total, the Democrats' political bench will be empty, and we will have a true mandate to rip the socialist guts out of the government and remake it in our own image.

Just think about that for a minute. Destroy the EPA. Re-write the tax code and eliminate the global taxation regime. Re-invigorate Defense with a new strategic stance. Purge the IRS of everyone who ever even heard of using it as a political weapon and said nothing. Repeal Sarbanes-Oxley, Obamacare, and about fifty thousand ridiculous regulations. Get federal idiots out of college campus matters of justice. Kill Common Core. Get spending under control. If you're feeling petulant, limit the deductions for state income taxes (squeeze rich blue voters, the bastards). RE-WRITE LAWS GOVERNING UNIONS.

It's the fucking promised land.

But some people are ready to burn it all down for the sake of their feelings. It's ridiculous.

I wrote this like an essay because I'm going to work and can't stick around to debate this. Sorry for anyone who wants to call me an asshole. But I think dumb idea have to be called dumb ideas, and then explained in detail why they are dumb, for polemics to have an effect.

Posted by: Df82 at January 29, 2015 10:16 AM (Ya+kV)

176 Will he throw in some free veiled racism too? I always hang around for that.
Posted by: Sean Bannion at January 29, 2015 09:44 AM (/kVvc)


Ah yes the veiled racism. The outright hatred of all homosexuals. The constant whining about ace not wanting us to cuss so Goddamned much. He's either a very poor representative of the South or he's one that Huckabee would call trashy.

Posted by: buzzion at January 29, 2015 10:16 AM (zt+N6)

177 obama really is a giant dickhead in all this.
even if Republicans do block Lynch, he will just pull his unconstitutional recess appointment crap and appoint Al Sharpton or something as AG.

Posted by: chemjeff at January 29, 2015 10:17 AM (9GG/0)

178 2016 could be the dawn of a conservative renaissance.

The triumph of hope over experience.

Posted by: toby928(C) at January 29, 2015 10:17 AM (evdj2)

179 ATC>> I do not comprehend this willingness, nay, eagerness to cede power from the Legislative to the Executive that has been underway for the last, what, 20 years or so? These are people who want power.


I don't think it is really the power they want anymore. It's the plundered lcure and the exemption from the rules.

Posted by: dogfish at January 29, 2015 10:18 AM (1vYi0)

180 Tom Brady's balls. That's the hill to die on.

Posted by: t-bird at January 29, 2015 10:18 AM (U3A87)

181 Your cannabis rations have been increased, comrades! And even more Victory Gin for every bo-[Hic!]-bong! Rejoice!

Posted by: Cryin' John Boner at January 29, 2015 10:18 AM (4uxf8)

182 166
I have no idea what you people think opposing Lynch will get us, other
than giving Democrats ammunition and evidence for their "obstruction"
and "racism" accusations.
Even if Republicans block Lynch, does anyone believe that Obama will
follow up with a less radical nominee? He will send one (preferably
black) leftwinger after another to the Senate, to have them all voted
down and Republicans will look like clownish troublemakers. But that
seems to be all some people care about.
===========
Cute.

One of McConnall's throne-sniffing staffers has rolled out of bed.


Posted by: RoyalOil at January 29, 2015 10:18 AM (5yHi1)

183 lcure --> lucre

When you *want* spellchecker, he's nowhere to be found.

Posted by: dogfish at January 29, 2015 10:18 AM (1vYi0)

184 He will send one (preferably black) leftwinger after another to the Senate, to have them all voted down and Republicans will look like clownish troublemakers. But that seems to be all some people care about.
Posted by: Begonia
-----------------

I think that is rationalization. It justifies the continuing sacrifice of constitutional process to political expediency.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at January 29, 2015 10:18 AM (028dR)

185
170 In before the Republican toadys.
Posted by: toby928(C) at January 29, 2015 10:15 AM (evdj2)


Hmmmm. Looks like you missed it by about 4 comments. Or you beat it by 5. Depending on your definition of toadys.

Posted by: buzzion at January 29, 2015 10:19 AM (zt+N6)

186 A great attraction that but, I'd rather pay them well and term-limited them out to live under the laws they have passed.

Ah, but that's how it works, see? They get what we get--so if it sucks for us, it sucks for them. They get paid what we do and have to live on it in DC--so they have incentive to make sure it can be done.

Term limits become moot if we make sure they don't even want to be there.

...besides, phase two builds the dormitories for lobbyists.

On Guam.

Which they can leave one day a year.

Posted by: Brother Cavil, Unrepresented at January 29, 2015 10:19 AM (DT3rQ)

187 Just think about that for a minute. Destroy the EPA. Re-write the tax code and eliminate the global taxation regime.

Aww, isn't that cute? I heard something similar back when the GOP held the House, the Senate and the Presidency. How did that work out for us? Go ahead and look. I'll wait.

Posted by: physics geek at January 29, 2015 10:20 AM (MT22W)

188 We tried some gentle stomach massage, she did not like it. Maybe I'll try the upside down U path.



Also, she does not like Tummy time, but that's non optional for the
development of the neck muscles so we just let her cry that one out.

Posted by: tsrblke, PhD(c) and exhausted! new father! at January 29, 2015 10:15 AM (HDwDg)
I remember our first kid had what we thought was "cholic" something awful. (In retrospect, it was probably the acid reflux she was diagnosed with years later.)
I remember spending many a night, carrying her in a football hold, walking around her room in circles, wearing a path in the carpet, slowly getting her to calm down so she could sleep.I honestly don't know where I found the patience, and I doubt I could do that now.

Posted by: Tex Lovera at January 29, 2015 10:20 AM (wtvvX)

189 >>Even if Republicans block Lynch, does anyone believe that Obama will follow up with a less radical nominee?

Why not make Obama work for it? If he's busy getting new nominee(s) selected and prepped for hearings he's not working on something else.

Seriously, this is like saying don't send any legislation that Obama has promised to veto because he said he'll veto it. So what? Make him do it you you think it is a bad nominee (or necessary legislation), make him explain why, PUSH BACK instead of simply surrendering by being nothing more than a rubber stamp.

Posted by: Lizzy at January 29, 2015 10:20 AM (ABcz/)

190 Loretta Lynch is BFF since college with Holder's wife who in turn is BFF with ValJar. Holder wants to leave now so be can cash in while he can. The Repubs can and should put Holder's actions on trial

Posted by: Ignoramus at January 29, 2015 10:20 AM (H635x)

191 Strangers still say that to me. Directly.

Posted by: andycanuck at January 29, 2015 10:21 AM (L6/+u)

192 Is comment length an embarrelling offense?

Posted by: Brother Cavil, Unrepresented at January 29, 2015 10:21 AM (DT3rQ)

193
I would be more impressed with the arguments about how the GOP is a bunch of spineless wimps unable to accomplish anything if some of the critics would keep the long game in mind.

I wrote this like an essay because I'm...

Posted by: Df82



...A student intern in Thom Tillis' office and I'm also gonna submit this for my PolSci 315 class.

Go Gamecocks!

Posted by: Laurie David's Cervix at January 29, 2015 10:21 AM (kdS6q)

194 I walk away from the thread for a bit and I managed to miss my own forts double post!


"These are people who want power. You don't run for office, any office, unless you want power. Why the Legislative branch is giving up it's Constitutionally mandated powers to the Executive branch without clawing and screaming the entire way is beyond me to explain. "

Empress,

The only logical reason I can think of is that they want the **trappings** of power- the pension, the staff, the doting press, the title, the money that comes with all the speaking engagements and graduation ceremonies and book releases, etc and so on- without having to accept the *responsibility* for anything that happens. I mean, how nice is it to be treated like a lord or a lady without having to actually oversee and manage the land you're supposed to be in charge of?

The politicians are our new "landed" class- our very own aristocracy- and they want that life where they can live in luxury and leisure and never have to actually *do* anything outside of initially obtaining that title of Senator or Congressman.

Posted by: Mandy P., lurking lurker who lurks at January 29, 2015 10:21 AM (KkVB6)

195
Term limits become moot if we make sure they don't even want to be there.

George Fwill had a piece years ago about air conditioning being the undoing of the Republic.

Washington D.C. is a fetid swamp and Congress went home in the summer to get away from it. Since the advent of AC they can stick around and do more damage.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at January 29, 2015 10:21 AM (JtwS4)

196 Is anyone else getting redirected to Apple apps site. Immediately upon enter ing this site (Ace of spades) only happening to me here

Posted by: NativeNH at January 29, 2015 10:22 AM (N0ogG)

197 O/T but did anyone catch Boehner in the interview with Brett Baier saying he was the Tea Party before there was a Tea Party.

Maybe he meant "Low-T Party." I dunno.

Posted by: bicentennialguy at January 29, 2015 10:22 AM (vg8iE)

198 Its the typical whip up xenophobia post.

People here are being played for suckers.
The bloggers here post hate filed rants to make money on you.
If the people here researched what they used to believe 10 years Go, you will see how reactionary you have become.
Are you not sick of always being outraged?

Besides, Lynch will get confirmed anyway.
You are powerless and have no influence.

Posted by: Don't worry, be Happy! at January 29, 2015 10:23 AM (3kqww)

199
df82, soffee soffee katchie monkey.

Posted by: Ned Grunchlk at January 29, 2015 10:23 AM (PKOtf)

200 Is comment length an embarrelling offense?
Posted by: Brother Cavil, Unrepresented at January 29, 2015 10:21 AM (DT3rQ)


Would you like it to be?

Posted by: The Barrel at January 29, 2015 10:23 AM (/kVvc)

201 When you *want* spellchecker, he's nowhere to be found.
He's out getting shitfaced with Clippy(R).

Posted by: andycanuck at January 29, 2015 10:23 AM (L6/+u)

202 Repubs should say Lynch won't be approved unless she promises to do x y and z in order to have DOJ stop breaking the law including by not intimidating journalists and whistleblowers

Posted by: Ignoramus at January 29, 2015 10:23 AM (H635x)

203 And keep Holder? She's the same thing.

Posted by: ejo at January 29, 2015 10:24 AM (rsGj7)

204 Posted by: Df82 at January 29, 2015 10:16 AM (Ya+kV)

What you say sounds good, but as of yet the GOP has not demonstrated that is capable of cohesive action or strategic thinking let alone tactical thinking or even successful tactical action.

Fuck them.

Posted by: CrotchetyOldJarhead at January 29, 2015 10:24 AM (Ma5u/)

205
196 Is anyone else getting redirected to Apple apps site. Immediately upon enter ing this site (Ace of spades) only happening to me here
Posted by: NativeNH at January 29, 2015 10:22 AM (N0ogG)


It has been happening on my iPhone. Its not every time though. So it might be a bug in one of the ads.

Posted by: buzzion at January 29, 2015 10:24 AM (zt+N6)

206 Posted by: Lizzy at January 29, 2015 10:20 AM (ABcz/


Yeah thankfully this is a step below colic. She's harder to calm than she was just a week ago, but not at all impossible.

She's sorta not linking the swing lately (which was her favorite thing before) but the bouncer still works a chunk of the time. And if we're feeling tired we can sit it on the floor, bounce it with our foot and watch TV .

(At first it made me feel like a bad parent, then I realized one of us was holding the kid for upwards of 6-8 hours per day. I felt less bad after that )

Posted by: tsrblke, PhD(c) and exhausted! new father! at January 29, 2015 10:24 AM (HDwDg)

207 Just think about that for a minute. Destroy the EPA. Re-write the tax code and eliminate the global taxation regime. Re-invigorate Defense with a new strategic stance. Purge the IRS of everyone who ever even heard of using it as a political weapon and said nothing. Repeal Sarbanes-Oxley, Obamacare, and about fifty thousand ridiculous regulations. Get federal idiots out of college campus matters of justice. Kill Common Core. Get spending under control. If you're feeling petulant, limit the deductions for state income taxes (squeeze rich blue voters, the bastards). RE-WRITE LAWS GOVERNING UNIONS.



There is not a single Republican presidential candidate who would do any of this.

Posted by: Washington Nearsider, Keeper of the Guards, returned from 1080 exile at January 29, 2015 10:24 AM (fwARV)

208 Let the music play ...

Posted by: toby928(C) at January 29, 2015 10:25 AM (evdj2)

209 198 Posted by: Don't worry, be Happy! at January 29, 2015 10:23 AM (3kqww)

and on cue after enough prunes and miralax out scream Yector....

flush on Yector flush on

Posted by: Sven S Blade a.k.a. El Assassin@sven10077 at January 29, 2015 10:25 AM (/4AZU)

210 Even if Republicans block Lynch, does anyone believe that Obama will follow up with a less radical nominee? He will send one (preferably black) leftwinger after another to the Senate, to have them all voted down and Republicans will look like clownish troublemakers. But that seems to be all some people care about.

Posted by: Begonia at January 29, 2015 10:14 AM (8G8r2)


If I wasn't suffering from a goddamned ear infection, I would post a screed about this imbecility. I would say that it is the job of the Republicans to prevent 'radical nominees' from being appointed, that it is the job of the Republicans to make sure the appointee to the post of AG actually be someone who respects both the law and the Constitution. I would also say that it is this motherfucking concern with optics and what the ought-to-be-swinging-from-lammposts Dems are going to say - as if they would ever applaud a GOP-er for anything - is precisely what is wrong with the party. I would finish by noting that apparently the better part of valor is now defined as confirming whatever lawless leftwinger the coke-snorting dog-eater in the WhiteHouse, regardles of their fidelity to laws, because heaven forbid the GOP be perceived by the LIV as "clownish troublemakers."

Oh, and I would note that I am as sick unto death of these bandy-legged, spavined, gonorrhea-addled, cringing, crawling, weak-as-water homunculi infesting Capitol Hill as I am of their apologists.

If I didn't have this damned ear infection.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at January 29, 2015 10:25 AM (zF6Iw)

211 207 Posted by: Washington Nearsider, Keeper of the Guards, returned from 1080 exile at January 29, 2015 10:24 AM (fwARV)

YOU EXPECT ME TO RISK BAD PRESS ACTUALLY DOING SOMETHING?

//Jebba Romney Rubio IIId GOP Renaissance Prezzy

Posted by: Sven S Blade a.k.a. El Assassin@sven10077 at January 29, 2015 10:26 AM (/4AZU)

212 I have no idea what you people think opposing Lynch will get us, other than giving Democrats ammunition and evidence for their "obstruction" and "racism" accusations.

Even if Republicans block Lynch, does anyone believe that Obama will follow up with a less radical nominee? He will send one (preferably black) leftwinger after another to the Senate, to have them all voted down and Republicans will look like clownish troublemakers. But that seems to be all some people care about.
Posted by: Begonia at January 29, 2015 10:14 AM (8G8r2)



Personally, I care rather deeply that the Attorney General of the United States believe that his/her role is to enforce the laws of the United States. That's what I care about. If 1,000 nominees get rejected, so be it. That, after all, is why that pesky advise and consent provision exists. The Senate is not there to rubber stamp nominees. It is there to prevent those who are unqualified from being sworn into office.

What do I intend to accomplish? Here. I'll type slowly so that you can understand it.

I want the foundations of this country not to be destroyed. I want our elected officials to do their jobs of preventing the foundations of this country from being destroyed. I want the party that demands fealty from me to show that it will exercise the power given to it to prevent the foundations of the country from being destroyed. That is what I want to be accomplished.

But hey mean people will say mean things omg we can't have that. Because that's what's important.

Spare me the oh oh oh but then the Senators won't get reelected and the Republicans will lose control of the Senate again and see see even worse people will get put through!

What possible motivation do I have to care if people who refuse to take seriously their position get voted out of office? If an elected official refuses to use the power given to him/her to push forward the positions that said elected official was elected to move forward, then I have no obligation, morally or practically, to continue my support of said elected official.

The sky will fall arguments would be more persuasive if the Republicans would ever bother to point out that what fell was an acorn.

Posted by: alexthechick - My preeecciiiooouuusss at January 29, 2015 10:26 AM (mf5HN)

213
There is not a single Republican presidential candidate who would do any of this.

Second look at Rand Paul?

Posted by: Bandersnatch at January 29, 2015 10:26 AM (JtwS4)

214 In before the Republican toadys.
Missed it by that much.

Posted by: andycanuck at January 29, 2015 10:26 AM (L6/+u)

215 Press 2 for English.

Posted by: Super Creepy Rob Lowe at January 29, 2015 10:27 AM (oDCMR)

216 The sky will fall arguments would be more persuasive if the Republicans would ever bother to point out that what fell was an acorn.
Posted by: alexthechick - My preeecciiiooouuusss at January 29, 2015 10:26 AM (mf5HN)


IT WAS THE SKY!!!!

Posted by: Henny Penny at January 29, 2015 10:27 AM (/kVvc)

217 So. Hector, has a 'study period' at this hour?

Really..., I'm thinking H.S. Junior. Probably in CA, though possibly the NE.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at January 29, 2015 10:27 AM (l1zOH)

218 Dems vote as a bloc. The GOP "leadersip" invariably adjusts tgeir plans accordingly.

In contrast, the GOP villifies their vocal conservatives and their base voters. Unsurpringly, the Dems take this into acct when they make their plans.

It is time to change that dynamic.

Posted by: Y-not on the phone at January 29, 2015 10:27 AM (9BRsg)

219 204 Posted by: CrotchetyOldJarhead at January 29, 2015 10:24 AM (Ma5u/)

DF82 lives in a world where if the GOP rolls over constantly the voters will be inspired to rush the barricades and grace the GOP with gains for no effort.

Fuck the GOP cannot even be bothered to point out the insanity of Barack Obama incentivizing the hiring of illegals "who have the right to work as much as citizens" by 3 grand each b/c of Ogabecare...

We literally are the dumbest political alliance I have ever seen in 35 years of reading political history.

Posted by: Sven S Blade a.k.a. El Assassin@sven10077 at January 29, 2015 10:28 AM (/4AZU)

220 Why not make Obama work for it? If he's busy getting new nominee(s) selected and prepped for hearings he's not working on something else.

Seriously, this is like saying don't send any legislation that Obama has promised to veto because he said he'll veto it. So what? Make him do it you you think it is a bad nominee (or necessary legislation), make him explain why, PUSH BACK instead of simply surrendering by being nothing more than a rubber stamp.

Posted by: Lizzy at January 29, 2015 10:20 AM (ABcz/)
------------------------------
Im all for sending Obama legislation, because if he vetoes it, he is the obstructing party. He would be the one making trouble and hindering progress. But with this confirmation business Republicans would wield a veto.

You can complain about LIVs all day long, but the reality of the matter is, that the average American doesnt wanna hear from DC and especially not political, partisan bickering. And what Drew wants is setting Republicans up to be perceived as instigating exactly that!

Posted by: Begonia at January 29, 2015 10:28 AM (8G8r2)

221 "Oh, and I would note that I am as sick unto death of these bandy-legged, spavined, gonorrhea-addled, cringing, crawling, weak-as-water homunculi infesting Capitol Hill as I am of their apologists. "

Otherwise known as the "political class" or "mandarins"...

Posted by: anon a mouse at January 29, 2015 10:28 AM (/jpU8)

222 You would think conservatives would applaud our efforts to be the Democrat Party of five years ago.

Posted by: GOPe at January 29, 2015 10:29 AM (U3A87)

223 Thanks Buzzion

Posted by: NativeNH at January 29, 2015 10:29 AM (N0ogG)

224 Whomever Obama appoints is going to toe the Obama line that illegals have a right to American jobs. Even if Lynch is rejected we will get someone else who will say the exact same thing.

So, I don't know.

Posted by: chemjeff at January 29, 2015 10:29 AM (9GG/0)

225 166 I have no idea what you people think opposing Lynch will get us,

-----

You don't get an F'ing communist as an AG?

How hard is this to figure out?

Posted by: Seems Legit at January 29, 2015 10:29 AM (A98Xu)

226 2016 could be the dawn of a conservative renaissance.

----

DF82, what in the past 25 years or so has made you think the GOP is interested in conservatism?

They aren't.

And honestly, I'm getting tired of GOP apologists telling me "this is the last chance." 2012 was supposed to be the absolute last chance for America and we got...Romney.

So I find your essay, lovely as it is, unpersuasive. Sorry.

Posted by: @JohnTant at January 29, 2015 10:29 AM (eytER)

227 147
And of course some impossibly cool clothing such as a hemp vest.



Are Birkenstocks still a thing?

Only in Brattleboro.

Posted by: Thin veneer of civility at January 29, 2015 10:30 AM (XzRw1)

228 Reject them all. Make Holder stay on until the end of Barry's term.

Posted by: toby928(C) at January 29, 2015 10:30 AM (evdj2)

229 Nood. And bright.

Posted by: HH at January 29, 2015 10:30 AM (Ce4DF)

230 175,

In other words, you can't win the Presidency by opposing the Democrats and advocating Conservatism and the rule of law.

Got it.

Here, you won a marshmallow.

Posted by: eman at January 29, 2015 10:30 AM (MQEz6)

231 Damn, who plugged the toilet? It's overflowing in here again...

Posted by: Tex Lovera at January 29, 2015 10:30 AM (wtvvX)

232 He will send one (preferably black) leftwinger after another to the
Senate, to have them all voted down and Republicans will look like
clownish troublemakers. But that seems to be all some people care about.

Posted by: Begonia

-----------------



I think that is rationalization. It justifies the continuing sacrifice of constitutional process to political expediency.
============
Or the Republicans could quit being fucking retards and send Obama a list of acceptable, BLACK nominees.

Make that JEF explain to the public why the nominee has to be a far-left, communist asshole.

And every time they try to cry "RACIST!!!!!111!!" calmly point to the list and say, "Every one of those names are African Americans--the real problem here is that Obama wants to nominate someone so far out of the mainstream of American political thought that we'd violate our oath of office confirming them."

Posted by: RoyalOil at January 29, 2015 10:30 AM (5yHi1)

233 228 Posted by: toby928(C) at January 29, 2015 10:30 AM (evdj2)

Absolutely....

have Ogabe have to pardon that sack of shit even as he sits on the AG stool.


Posted by: Sven S Blade a.k.a. El Assassin@sven10077 at January 29, 2015 10:31 AM (/4AZU)

234 @219
You are here everyday bitching and nothing changes. Why get angry over events you have no influence over?

Posted by: Don't worry, be Happy! at January 29, 2015 10:31 AM (3kqww)

235 "Unsurpringly, the Dems take this into acct when they make their plans."

You mean like how the followers of a sixth century pig, er, lover are able to make huge gains in territory over what should be impassable defenses?

(re: earlier thread)

Posted by: anon a mouse at January 29, 2015 10:31 AM (/jpU8)

236 Just sit there and take your shocks, Experiment #101.

Posted by: The Skinner Box at January 29, 2015 10:31 AM (4uxf8)

237 Why does Obama want his Attorney General to announce to all the world that there is no Rule of Law in the United States and that US citizenship means nothing?

Posted by: Feh at January 29, 2015 10:31 AM (m0x6E)

238 Posted by: alexthechick


*High five*, oops *Low five*

Posted by: dogfish at January 29, 2015 10:31 AM (1vYi0)

239 Posted by: tsrblke, PhD(c) and exhausted! new father! at January 29, 2015 10:24 AM (HDwDg)

I've got two under ten. My advice is do not feel bad about relaxing a little bit. Take a rest when you can. And seriously, so long as she's clean, dry, and fed, letting her cry a little bit won't kill her. You're going to feel awful about it to begin with, but trust me she will be fine and your sanity and your body will thank you for the much needed rest.

That was my biggest mistake with my oldest when he was a baby. Hubby and I just couldn't let him cry, so we'd spend all our time holding him and as a result it took him a very long time to learn how to self-soothe and to fall asleep on his own. And I was half nuts because of it. Things it exponentially better once I figured out it was ok to let him work it out on his own.

Posted by: Mandy P., lurking lurker who lurks at January 29, 2015 10:31 AM (KkVB6)

240 The 2016 2012 Presidency is what matters. That's it. That is everything. That is, honest to God, the last chance for America. Everything else is subordinate to that. The person elected in 20162012 will likely get two or more Supreme Court appointments; including liberal seats. If something will theoretically help a Republican win in 2016 2012, do it. If it will theoretically hurt, don't do it.


Hmmmmm. *taps chin* Hmmmmm.

You know how we mock the environmentalist Left for always having the same policy positions, no matter if it's global cooling or global warming or climate chaos or whatever?

Just throwing that out there. No reason.

Posted by: alexthechick - My preeecciiiooouuusss at January 29, 2015 10:32 AM (mf5HN)

241 This is precisely the hill to fight on and backing down shows the GOP has no intention to fight.

Holder's out. If I'm on the Committee and Obama said "then we'll keep Holder" I'd demand to re-confirm him in light of his track record and turn it into the mini-impeachment hearing we all want for him. Obama wouldn't want to weather the flak.

Rubin's FoS on this one. "Keep Holder" is a false dichotomy. The third option she's trying to sneer past is "wait to confirm until Obama puts forth a nominee who isn't openly hostile to enforcing existing US law"

In that Obama will hardly appoint someone who will admit his exec amnesty is illegal, he's stuck with a Faustian choice - if the GOP would hold the line.

They won't. They are frauds.

I'm open to suggestions for the name of a third party. Sessions is welcome to join up. Saving guys like Sessions and Cruz from being marginalized by Team GOP leadership is one thing

Get a third party presence in Congress then lets start talking about the SCOTUS case for carving out a mandatory role for them on committees, limits the ability of the chair to marginalize dissenters, etc.. No, it won't be heard - SCOTUS will cite Congress' power to control its own affairs (the only power Boehner might still care to exercise, and only against enemies on the Right, of course). But it would make for a helluva debate in which to beclown the kabuki opposition and air some dirty laundry about how the Uniparty makes the sausage.

Posted by: SocietyIs2Blame at January 29, 2015 10:33 AM (QKIQb)

242 I've got two under ten. My advice is do not feel bad about relaxing a little bit. Take a rest when you can. And seriously, so long as she's clean, dry, and fed, letting her cry a little bit won't kill her.

Yep.. Hard as it is to do, come bedtime, into the crib, lights out, close the door.

Posted by: toby928(C) at January 29, 2015 10:33 AM (evdj2)

243 When will you u all acknowledge that tea party/ socons are a fringe group in America?

Posted by: Don't worry, be Happy! at January 29, 2015 10:33 AM (3kqww)

244
Lonely.......so lonely.

Posted by: The Hill To Die On at January 29, 2015 10:34 AM (TIIx5)

245 Posted by: Mandy P., lurking lurker who lurks at January 29, 2015 10:31 AM (KkVB6


At night we have a policy of waiting a few minutes before we do anything when she cries. Sometimes she gets herself back down.

But she's also only 3 weeks, we're going to definitely start the training around month 3.

Posted by: tsrblke, PhD(c) and exhausted! new father! at January 29, 2015 10:34 AM (HDwDg)

246 Hey, ace was quoted by Geraghty. Mainstream, baby!

Posted by: joncelli at January 29, 2015 10:34 AM (RD7QR)

247 *

Posted by: Edmund Burke's Shade at January 29, 2015 10:34 AM (cmBvC)

248 Im all for sending Obama legislation, because if he vetoes it, he is the obstructing party. He would be the one making trouble and hindering progress. But with this confirmation business Republicans would wield a veto. You can complain about LIVs all day long, but the reality of the matter is, that the average American doesnt wanna hear from DC and especially not political, partisan bickering. And what Drew wants is setting Republicans up to be perceived as instigating exactly that!
Posted by: Begonia at January 29, 2015 10:28 AM (8G8r2)


But even if Obama vetoes it, the Republicans will be the ones accused of making trouble and being obstructionist. And you have made that the criteria. "We can't do X because the GOP will look bad." So based on your criteria we can't even allow them to send a bill that will be vetoed.

Posted by: buzzion at January 29, 2015 10:35 AM (zt+N6)

249 Work calls mid-posting make for bad tense matching and incomplete sentences in comments. My bad. It's frickin 745 here, people don't know about time zones, FFS?

Posted by: SocietyIs2Blame at January 29, 2015 10:35 AM (QKIQb)

250 I hereby nominate the GOPe to be on "Ow! My Balls"

Posted by: MikeH at January 29, 2015 10:35 AM (136wp)

251
NC Morons

Tillis, Thom - (202) 224-6342

Burr, Richard -(202) 224-3154

Just pick up the damn phone. Call them, identify yourself as an NC constituent (this is very important, tell them where you live, etc.), and say something like "I *very* strongly oppose the confirmation of Loretta Lynch to the position of Atty. General, and I am paying close attention to how Sen. Burr/Tillis are going to vote."

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at January 29, 2015 10:36 AM (l1zOH)

252
Gabe was siding with Jenn Rubin on this? This is my shocked face.
Posted by: Wyatt Earp

Gabriel Malor
Pretty much everyone is praising Lynch's performance yesterday. So, Sen. Cruz is demanding that no vote be taken on her nomination. #sigh




"Well, everyone I know, and that's who matters."

Posted by: Laurie David's Cervix at January 29, 2015 10:36 AM (kdS6q)

253 Ace, your decimation idea operates in a target rich environment.

Posted by: The roost aint what it used to be at January 29, 2015 10:36 AM (fC+Kl)

254 The hate here is hysterical. A few of my friends are reading this thread and laughing uncontrollable. The hate has consumed you and now you are all deranged freaks. Keep it up, my friends are I need good laughs.

Posted by: Don't worry, be Happy! at January 29, 2015 10:37 AM (3kqww)

255 Why does that Netenyahoo guy from Isreal hate persons of color? What has Presdent Oblama done to hurt him? Presdent Obama has done everything to protect his racist country over the past 8 years yet he spits in our President of Colors face. Probably is good friends with that idiot Bush and Bush probably told him to insult our President of Color. Bush is from a ex-confederate state that still is fighting the Civil War and probably would put persons of color back in the cotton fields in Tex-Ass if he could.

Posted by: Mary Clogginstien from Brattleboro, VT at January 29, 2015 10:37 AM (Sd++4)

256 Partisan bickering!


*sob!*


*ack!*

Posted by: eman at January 29, 2015 10:37 AM (MQEz6)

257 What do I intend to accomplish? Here. I'll type slowly so that you can understand it.



Am I the only one that intentionally slowed down my reading speed?

Posted by: rickb223 at January 29, 2015 10:37 AM (Vs6vA)

258 Jeff Sessions is my Senator. I have thanked him today for his stance in favor of the rule of law.

Posted by: toby928(C) at January 29, 2015 10:37 AM (evdj2)

259 But even if Obama vetoes it, the Republicans will be the ones accused of making trouble and being obstructionist. And you have made that the criteria. "We can't do X because the GOP will look bad." So based on your criteria we can't even allow them to send a bill that will be vetoed.

Posted by: buzzion at January 29, 2015 10:35 AM (zt+N6)
----------------------------
I dont think that writing laws and sabotaging Obamas efforts to staff his administration can be used against Republicans equally. That is utter nonsense.

Posted by: Begonia at January 29, 2015 10:38 AM (8G8r2)

260 "Lonely.......so lonely."

Fuckin A,' bro.

"I'm just a hill, yes I'm only a hill, and I'm lonely cuz' the Pumpkin's a shill..."

Posted by: SocietyIs2Blame at January 29, 2015 10:38 AM (QKIQb)

261
alextc's observation about the Senate losing even the appearance jealously guarding their prerogatives is very important. This is an extraordinary development - and is not simply more of the same since the New Deal, though it's true that there's beena systematic transfer of power to the administrative state since that time.

The recess appointment thing in the first term was a jaw-dropper and eye-opener (did I forget any other expressions like this?). Not a chance of any president trying to pull that in recent history - both parties in the Senate would have crushed any WH that tried. This time? The Dems just sat there in silence. Those who have not spent years actually working in the Senate cannot easily appreciate how amazing that whole chapter was, and what a completely different world it represented then the long historic norm.

Posted by: rhomboid at January 29, 2015 10:39 AM (afQnV)

262 @243 - You are so full of shit, I can smell you through the monitor.

Posted by: bicentennialguy at January 29, 2015 10:39 AM (vg8iE)

263 259 Posted by: Begonia at January 29, 2015 10:38 AM (8G8r2)

I think you underestimate the power of my fully operational smirk buddy...


//J Stu on Duh Daily Show

Posted by: Sven S Blade a.k.a. El Assassin@sven10077 at January 29, 2015 10:39 AM (/4AZU)

264 Posted by: tsrblke, PhD(c) and exhausted! new father! at January 29, 2015 10:34 AM (HDwDg)

Good deal. The cry it out thing isn't really a good idea until three or so months, so you're on. Just don't do what my dumb ass did and wait until she's 18-months to try it. Man, I was a miserable mommy for a good year.

Posted by: Mandy P., lurking lurker who lurks at January 29, 2015 10:39 AM (KkVB6)

265 Hey, ace was quoted by Geraghty. Mainstream, baby!
Posted by: joncelli
--------------

Today? That would be twice this week...

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at January 29, 2015 10:39 AM (l1zOH)

266 Possible help for a baby with gas:
Try laying her face down over your knees and rub her back. My mother tried this trick with our daughter and got immediate results.

Posted by: Blue Hen at January 29, 2015 10:40 AM (Spluw)

267 Drudge headlines a NYTimes article.

Question: Since when does someone need the permission of the president of the United States to speak to congress?

Posted by: Ned Grunchlk at January 29, 2015 10:40 AM (PKOtf)

268
He will send one (preferably black) leftwinger after another to the
Senate, to have them all voted down and Republicans will look like
clownish troublemakers. But that seems to be all some people care about.
Posted by: Begonia




If I fight back, he'll only hit me harder!

Posted by: Gals at Battered Women's Shelters -- and U

Posted by: Laurie David's Cervix at January 29, 2015 10:40 AM (kdS6q)

269 Posted by: Mandy P., lurking lurker who lurks at January 29, 2015 10:39 AM (KkVB6

Yeah, right now one of our biggest problems is that she wakes up moving from arms to crib (or bassinet or whatever we're using at that moment.)

So the whole "see if she stops thing" is mostly because once she's out, she's usually pretty good for a while. But if we pick her up there's only a 50% chance or so we can get her into the crib successfully.

Which is also why if we're just watching TV or something and not uncomfortable we often just let her be.

Posted by: tsrblke, PhD(c) and exhausted! new father! at January 29, 2015 10:41 AM (HDwDg)

270 Fringe groups are by definition minorities. The rights of minorities should be respected and their voices heard.

Don't think and be a turd is a bigot.

Posted by: Blue Hen at January 29, 2015 10:41 AM (Spluw)

271 The Common Sense Party seeing as an American "Reform Party" already exists if I'm not mistaken. The Common Sense Revolution.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Sense_Revolution
Note: "Red Tories" are RINOs and moderates; the NDP is a leftist party.

Posted by: andycanuck at January 29, 2015 10:42 AM (L6/+u)

272 I dont think that writing laws and sabotaging Obamas efforts to staff his administration can be used against Republicans equally. That is utter nonsense.
Posted by: Begonia at January 29, 2015 10:38 AM (8G8r2)


No, the utter nonsense is every line you've written on this thread.

Posted by: buzzion at January 29, 2015 10:42 AM (zt+N6)

273 Posted by: Df82 at January 29, 2015 10:16 AM (Ya+kV)

Oh, yeah, right: the long game. Not this hill, is that right? So when and where, exactly, does the opposition party oppose? You know: oppose, that thing which the Republicans in this Congress were elected to do? Name that hill, please. Any hill.

I'm guessing the Whigs were playing the long game in 1852 when they refused to oppose the Fugitive Slave Act or obstruct the expansion of slavery into the territories. The problem with the long game is that it seems to be predicated ongiving ground and then--in a dramatic, come from behind sweep--miraculously vanquish all that stands before it.

I call bullshit on the Whig strategy. You don't win by losing.

Posted by: troyriser at January 29, 2015 10:42 AM (CAJL/)

274 @254 - Then your friends are just as socially inept as you are. There is a reason that it used to be said to never discuss the following subjects in polite company: religion, politics and money as all are rooted in passion/emotion.

Posted by: bicentennialguy at January 29, 2015 10:42 AM (vg8iE)

275 I'm convinced a large part of the reason the GOP never fights is the idea that "this will play into the media's hands and make us look bad," with corruption being the other greatest factor.

Buzzion's right - if you filter every tactic with that qualifier, you end up doing what this Congress has done since 2010 - which is damned close to nothing. That's not what anyone sent those majorities there to accomplish. They've Lucy'd the base again. Some of us told you so before last November.


Posted by: SocietyIs2Blame at January 29, 2015 10:42 AM (QKIQb)

276 "Why does that Netenyahoo guy from Isreal hate persons of color? What has
Presdent Oblama done to hurt him? Presdent Obama has done everything to
protect his racist country over the past 8 years yet he spits in our
President of Colors face. Probably is good friends with that idiot Bush
and Bush probably told him to insult our President of Color. Bush is
from a ex-confederate state that still is fighting the Civil War and
probably would put persons of color back in the cotton fields in Tex-Ass
if he could."
** ** ** **

Why do I feel the need to channel Dan Akroyd http://tinyurl.com/bpfohjk

Posted by: Ibin Pharteen at January 29, 2015 10:43 AM (zL/eJ)

277 You think your alleged leaders weren't all bought out years ago? You have no seat at the table, and your Jesusland trailer park voices go unheard with good reasons. Suck it, teatards.

Posted by: Mary Cloggenstein from Brattleboro, VT at January 29, 2015 10:43 AM (/0fQX)

278 @175
The people here are crazy, why bother reasoning with them.

Posted by: Don't worry, be Happy! at January 29, 2015 10:44 AM (3kqww)

279 "I dont think that writing laws and sabotaging Obamas efforts to staff
his administration can be used against Republicans equally. That is
utter nonsense."

Filibustering his appointments would be sabotage. I'm against that. But we're the damned majority.

Are you arguing that we have to confirm whatever he puts in front of us when we hold the majority ? What the hell is the point of confirmation hearings if that's the case?

Posted by: SocietyIs2Blame at January 29, 2015 10:45 AM (QKIQb)

280 #262 It's a frequent troll, bicentennialguy. Ignore it.

Posted by: andycanuck at January 29, 2015 10:45 AM (L6/+u)

281
Begonia, you and dt whatever ought to just use the Cloggenstein sock, it's funnier stuff.

Sheer idiocy. And igorance of the basics of politics, much less constitutional governance.

And Gabe? No surprise. Has always come off like a Beltway lightweight. Andincompetent or unserious in his "own" area (legal and judicial) - in the currently fashionable way - all sorts of meaningless trivial focus on process and procedural precedent (or style - e.g. Lynch's "performance") - and no understanding of substance, which is the point of all this.

Posted by: rhomboid at January 29, 2015 10:45 AM (afQnV)

282 You can't do risky things because risk, but once you get more power by doing mushy things you can then do risky things because power, but, oh crap, you still can't do risky things cuz could lose power and law of land and time to move on and we'll make it work better.

*falls off tricycle*

Posted by: eman at January 29, 2015 10:45 AM (MQEz6)

283 Don't think and be a turd: Which is why I shit in the treads repeatedly.

Posted by: Blue Hen at January 29, 2015 10:45 AM (Spluw)

284 262 @243 - You are so full of shit, I can smell you through the monitor.

Posted by: bicentennialguy at January 29, 2015 10:39 AM (vg8iE)

and the stuffed animals in your bedroom at *NOT* your friends, they're stuffed animals

Posted by: MikeH at January 29, 2015 10:45 AM (136wp)

285 Ignore it.

Sadly, for some, negative attention on the web is better than no attention in meatspace.

Posted by: toby928(C) at January 29, 2015 10:46 AM (evdj2)

286 Double check with your pediatrician, but a warm "bucky bag" (fabric bad filled with buckwheat that you heat in the microwave) might help soothe baby. Get the unscented kind. The buckwheat itself gives off a soothing earthy aroma when warm.

Not a mom, but that helps me.

Also, this may be silly but maybe a mattress cover that smells like Mom would help.

Posted by: Y-not on the phone at January 29, 2015 10:46 AM (9BRsg)

287 When will you u all acknowledge that tea party/ socons are a fringe group in America?

Posted by: Don't worry, be Happy! at January 29, 2015 10:33 AM (3kqww)


When they stop sweeping historic majorities into elected office all across the country.

Posted by: Washington Nearsider, Keeper of the Guards, returned from 1080 exile at January 29, 2015 10:46 AM (fwARV)

288 @274
I took my laptop to the bar a fee months ago. I was showing people the comments here and they were laughing. A few Republicans were telling me the people here do not represent them. Since that time many of my friends read this place and crack up.

You all come across crazy to normal people.

Posted by: Don't worry, be Happy! at January 29, 2015 10:47 AM (3kqww)

289 So.....was it cowboy night or biker night at that bar?

Posted by: Blue Hen at January 29, 2015 10:48 AM (Spluw)

290 You all come across crazy to normal people.


Posted by: Don't worry, be Happy! at January 29, 2015 10:47 AM (3kqww)


"Starbucks" isn't 'the bar,' no matter how cool you want to be.

Posted by: Washington Nearsider, Keeper of the Guards, returned from 1080 exile at January 29, 2015 10:48 AM (fwARV)

291 @287
The Republican party won those victories, not the tea party/socons who were crushed in the primaries. That victory came also at a weak moment for Obama. Since then, the economy has taken off and the people love Obama again.

Posted by: Don't worry, be Happy! at January 29, 2015 10:49 AM (3kqww)

292 "Starbucks" isn't 'the bar,' no matter how cool you want to be.
Posted by: Washington Nearsider, Keeper of the Guards, returned from 1080 exile at January 29, 2015 10:48 AM (fwARV)

Correction, "Chuck E. Cheese" isn't a bar

Posted by: MikeH at January 29, 2015 10:49 AM (136wp)

293
Filibustering his appointments would be sabotage. I'm against that. But we're the damned majority.

Are you arguing that we have to confirm whatever he puts in front of us when we hold the majority ? What the hell is the point of confirmation hearings if that's the case?

Posted by: SocietyIs2Blame at January 29, 2015 10:45 AM (QKIQb)
------------------------
If you are engaged in a fight that simply cant end well for you, you get it over with as quickly as you can. It makes no sense to draw public attention to a battlefield where the GOP can at the very best stall, but never actually win.

Posted by: Begonia at January 29, 2015 10:49 AM (8G8r2)

294 Can someone summon the regular GOPe apologists? This begonia and dt something come off like very naive youngsters (or they're being sarcastic), our regulars are definitely older and somehow their utterly unpersuasive (becoming comical) apologetics have a deeper, richer tone to them.

Posted by: rhomboid at January 29, 2015 10:49 AM (afQnV)

295 @290
I don't drink coffee.

Posted by: Don't worry, be Happy! at January 29, 2015 10:49 AM (3kqww)

296 @ 288

What a compelling and believable anecdote you told us.

Posted by: Chet Cognomen, Thinking about CS Lewis for Some Reason at January 29, 2015 10:50 AM (RwwCT)

297 I don't drink coffee.

Posted by: Don't worry, be Happy! at January 29, 2015 10:49 AM (3kqww)


Which confirms you were in a Starbucks, where they serve frappes and other such nonsense.

Posted by: Washington Nearsider, Keeper of the Guards, returned from 1080 exile at January 29, 2015 10:50 AM (fwARV)

298 I know this will I just simply amaze you (not). I just phoned each Republican senator's DC office requesting he/she not vote for Loretta Lynch. Senator McConnell's office told me they had no idea how he was leaning! I said wow--you are his staff and you work for him, and yet when a supporter calls you have no idea about his views? She said have a nice day and hung up on me. Is anyone discouraged that we worked hard and spent money to send the biggest Republican majority to Congress in time memorable only to have them do nothing? Lindsey Graham's office said they had to follow tradition (translate vote for Lynch) (sorta like the Democrats follow traditions, right?). Are these people living under a rock? Am I a polyAnna. I need to get out the Peace and Calming Oil LOL.

Posted by: AnnaS at January 29, 2015 10:50 AM (P+I7L)

299 Failing to even attempt what your voters elected you to do is not the fast-track to future victory.

Posted by: toby928(C) at January 29, 2015 10:50 AM (evdj2)

300 I think catpiss is back. Lots of references to imaginary friends.

Posted by: Y-not on the phone at January 29, 2015 10:50 AM (9BRsg)

301 He's just there for..........the whipped cream.

Posted by: Blue Hen at January 29, 2015 10:51 AM (Spluw)

302 Posted by: Begonia at January 29, 2015 10:28 AM (8G8r2)


Ah, nice to see the "we're just one, maybe two, ten tops, surrenders away from victory" crowd hasn't changed.

Posted by: DrewM. at January 29, 2015 10:51 AM (2OdVw)

303 When will you u all acknowledge that tea party/ socons are a fringe group in America?
------------------

Well, now, that is just amusing. Odd that such 'fringe' groups attract so much attention from the media, Lefty politicians..., and sophomoric trolls.

Irony, it's what's for breakfast.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at January 29, 2015 10:51 AM (l1zOH)

304 will include zero GOP skulls. They are far too mushy

If you're Warlord you're going to need toilet paper.

Posted by: DaveA at January 29, 2015 10:51 AM (DL2i+)

305 Watching Detroit news this morning. Several years ago, the Detroit police raided a house that was harboring a wanted drug fugitive. When the cops kicked in the doors and entered, there were women, grandmas, and a couple of little kids in addition to the gang bangers. One of the officer's gun discharged , killing a little girl who was lying on the couch.

The house members, including the little girl, were black. The officer was white.

This raid was being filmed by a reality TV show, but they were on the sidewalk when it went down, so no film.

The officer said that the grandma came over to him and grabbed his gun, causing him to inadvertantly fire. Grandma, of course, says no such thing happened, that officer just fired his gun off, killing the girl.

Trial #1 ended in hung jury. Trial #2 ended in hung jury, and included the judge(a black female) dismissing the prosecutor's charges of voluntary manslaughter. The jury was hung on whether officer had discharged the gun recklessly-officer is steadfastly sticking to his story that grandma grabbed his weapon. That possiibilty was bolstered by grandma coming unglued on the stand and screaming that officer was a murderer, that he killed her little baby while she was being escorted out(picture Hardcore Pawn). Trial almost ended in mistrial there.

Yesterday, the prosecutors office announced that they would not be seeking a third trial(imagine that) against the officer.

So this morning, a grandpa, or uncle or some related older male was interviewed by the local media. The family is filing a petition with the U.S Dept. of Justice asking Eric Holder(whom they say they have spoken personally with during the trials) to begin civil rights violation proceedings against the officer and DPD.

See what Eric Holder has done for our country? And I'm sure Loretta Lynch will do the same.....

Posted by: Jen the original at January 29, 2015 10:52 AM (peLB8)

306 293,

Your mushburger is up.

Jeebus, the run away gang is out in full force.

"We can't invade Normandy because if we do, the Germans will shoot guns at us. Big guns. And they have pointy sticks!"

Posted by: eman at January 29, 2015 10:52 AM (MQEz6)

307 @289
I told people who crazy the conservative blogosphere is. They wanted to see, so I took my laptop. They cracked up and found the comments here hysterical.

Posted by: Don't worry, be Happy! at January 29, 2015 10:52 AM (3kqww)

308 @307

Totes awesome! Sounds like you had a great time at our expense, you scamp.

Posted by: Chet Cognomen, Thinking about CS Lewis for Some Reason at January 29, 2015 10:54 AM (RwwCT)

309 No mention of cousin's rabbi's brother's barber's plumber yet.

Posted by: toby928(C) at January 29, 2015 10:54 AM (evdj2)

310 They wanted to see, so I took my laptop. They cracked up and found the comments here hysterical.

Posted by: Don't worry, be Happy! at January 29, 2015 10:52 AM (3kqww)


So. Rather than just click over themselves, you bravely volunteered to take your laptop to a bar (?!) where you showed them around the place?

More proof you were in Starbucks. People don't take laptops to bars.

Posted by: Washington Nearsider, Keeper of the Guards, returned from 1080 exile at January 29, 2015 10:54 AM (fwARV)

311
Begonia, enough of this upside-down nonsense. One always draws attention to a fight if it's important and in fact you can gain from it. The GOP gains from fighting on issues where it can take the correct and popular side in several ways (duh). It gives its own supporters some reason to thing there's a point to their (GOP's) existence and presence in govt. It organizes and generates and validates widespread popular sentiment (in this case, a very salient one, amnesty, opposed by super-majorities, and ardently so, of most demographics).

And why can't the GOP win a nomination fight? How many votes need to confirm again, Einstein?

You completely misrepresent the import of the LIV. They will be utterly indifferent to an AG nominee being rejected. Or two. Or three. The inattention of the populace is a license toact and govern and fight, not a bar to it.

Again - where are the older, savvier apologists? Could Jen Rubin drop in? Boy, she's always seemed like a lightweight since Hewitt used to put her on for her simplistic and amateurish observations. Now that she has been absorbed into the cretinous commentariat, she's picked up that nice shiny baseless arrogance of the Beltway types.

Posted by: rhomboid at January 29, 2015 10:55 AM (afQnV)

312 @309
It has to do with the fact the tea party/ socons are crazy. All they do is insult people and spread hysteria.

Posted by: Don't worry, be Happy! at January 29, 2015 10:55 AM (3kqww)

313 They cracked up and found the comments here hysterical.

The meowing was deafening no doubt.

Posted by: toby928(C) stop himself from abusing the gimp at January 29, 2015 10:55 AM (evdj2)

314 307 @289
I told people who crazy the conservative blogosphere is. They wanted to see, so I took my laptop. They cracked up and found the comments here hysterical.
Posted by: Don't worry, be Happy! at January 29, 2015 10:52 AM (3kqww)

Maybe they were laughing at all the Hello Kitty stickers on your laptop.

Posted by: eman at January 29, 2015 10:55 AM (MQEz6)

315 You all come across crazy to normal people.
Posted by: Don't worry, be Happy! at January 29, 2015 10:47 AM (3kqww)

I notice you never engage; that is, respond to reasoned argument with an argument of your own. You're just ad hominem all the time. It's the only trick you know, evidently.

Posted by: troyriser at January 29, 2015 10:55 AM (CAJL/)

316 "It makes no sense to draw public
attention to a battlefield where the GOP can at the very best stall, but
never actually win."

Good thing the Founders Ghandi, MLK, Goldwater, Reagan, Lech Walesa, John Paul II, Mandela, etc. didn't settle for that.

Politics is about persuasion and commitment to underlying values, higher principles than the expediency of the moment. Those are what create movements and change in the political landscape. The present GOP has no understanding of that - and neither do its supporters who accept that idea as "the best we can do."

Posted by: SocietyIs2Blame at January 29, 2015 10:56 AM (QKIQb)

317 You're just ad hominem all the time. It's the only trick you know, evidently.

Posted by: troyriser at January 29, 2015 10:55 AM (CAJL/)


It might be catpiss.

Posted by: Washington Nearsider, Keeper of the Guards, returned from 1080 exile at January 29, 2015 10:56 AM (fwARV)

318 @310
I have news for you, many bars have WiFi and places you can sit.

Posted by: Don't worry, be Happy! at January 29, 2015 10:56 AM (3kqww)

319 Yeah. Not tea either.

Dood, if it's that runny and brown you need to see a specialist. And WTF is that cardamom smell?

Posted by: DaveA at January 29, 2015 10:57 AM (DL2i+)

320 @314
They laughed at the apocalyptic hysteria around here.

Posted by: Don't worry, be Happy! at January 29, 2015 10:57 AM (3kqww)

321 Juice bar.

Furry hang-out.

Posted by: eman at January 29, 2015 10:58 AM (MQEz6)

322 @308
You guys are a riot at times.

Posted by: Don't worry, be Happy! at January 29, 2015 10:59 AM (3kqww)

323 Politics is about persuasion and commitment to underlying values, higher principles than the expediency of the moment.

And intensity. The base will respond intensely and favorably to a Republican stand on bedrock principles. The opposition LIV with much less intensity, if not outright indifference.

Posted by: toby928(C) can't stop himself from abusing the gimp at January 29, 2015 11:00 AM (evdj2)

324 Team GOP said Cruz's "shutdown of the whole government" was Armageddon for the party. Then they won the majority. And you think a nomination fight 2 years before the election is going to matter?

What's it going to take to make you at least start to question their judgment on this, if not their intentions?

Posted by: SocietyIs2Blame at January 29, 2015 11:01 AM (QKIQb)

325 And WTF is that cardamom smell?
Posted by: DaveA at January 29, 2015 10:57 AM


Coffee (actual coffee). Monitor.

Posted by: RedMindBlueState at January 29, 2015 11:01 AM (knoK7)

326 Fuck. Willowed by nood.

Posted by: RedMindBlueState at January 29, 2015 11:02 AM (knoK7)

327 Republicans will look like clownish troublemakers.

Because they look so dignified bent over Teh Barrel.

Ever notice how nobody who comments with a flower nic is worth reading?

Posted by: DaveA at January 29, 2015 11:03 AM (DL2i+)

328 'Happy' is just a child. It is obvious. Not much more than middle school. Fun to bat around, but cruel, in a way.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at January 29, 2015 11:06 AM (l1zOH)

329 Just caught my own fuckup from earlier- I'm against judicial filibusters, not cabinet appointments like AG. I missed the sad point that conservatives are functionally a minority within our Potemkin majority.

Judicial filibusters are using an elephant gun on fleas. AG is a different matter.

Posted by: SocietyIs2Blame at January 29, 2015 11:07 AM (QKIQb)

330 There's no home team in this game.

Posted by: Cloyd Freud, Unemployed at January 29, 2015 11:08 AM (lG2E3)

331 In response to the question of whether the GOPers will confirm this new AG, the resounding answer is: of course they will! Immigration is not a controversial issue in D.C.. When it comes to the GOP, it's the business elite that pushes the agenda. They want cheap labor. Come on now, slavery is no longer legal or acceptable, so yeah, they need a pool of cheap labor. The low skilled, poorly educated immigrants are being exploited by business, but to the immigrant, they are making more money than they did back home. Perhaps it is a win-win? As for the liberal leftists, they want immigration because they will get more voters. On average, immigrants from south of the border trend democrat and tend to be more socialist-leaning. The GOP sees cheap labor, the leftists see new voters. There is no one that is pulling the levers of power that wants to do anything to stop the flow of illegal immigrants into this country. There is no one. We might as well get used to the idea that there will be more and more immigrants streaming across the border. They may not have the de jure "right" to sneak into the country and work under the table, but it is going to happen anyway - de facto - because no one is going to do anything about it. Meanwhile, the immigrants that just want a better life for themselves will risk life and limb to sneak across the desert. Some will die on the journey. Some of them are good, decent people, and others are criminals that see the U.S. as a land of criminal "opportunity."

Posted by: Mistress Overdone at January 29, 2015 11:09 AM (2/oBD)

332 In the GoodThink world of modern progs "my friends laughed at you" is a debate-winning argument.

Lemmings.

Posted by: SocietyIs2Blame at January 29, 2015 11:09 AM (QKIQb)

333 318 @310
I have news for you, many bars have WiFi and places you can sit.

Posted by: Don't worry, be Happy! at January 29, 2015 10:56 AM (3kqww)

Also gloryholes.

Now get to work!

Posted by: RWC - Shopping for Justice! at January 29, 2015 11:09 AM (fWAjv)

334 Maybe Bobbie McVee will put down the Red Stripe, and his 'friends' will go to their 'happy place'

Note - Red Stripe is Jamaican lingo for 'cat piss'

Posted by: Ibin Pharteen at January 29, 2015 11:10 AM (zL/eJ)

335 All of us down at the Brattleboro Women's Reproductive Health Choice Clinic think President Obama should choose a gay or lesbianperson of color that is married and has not been tainted by Bush. Bush lied to our President of Color and the cuntry owes these people a lot of stuff. We believe that on persons of no color should pay taxes for the next 2 years and persons of some color and persons of color should be given the opportunity to advance in this country because Bush held persons of color and persons of some color back to make persons of no color rich on the backs of persons of color and persons of some color.

Posted by: Mary Clogginstien from Brattleboro, VT at January 29, 2015 11:11 AM (Sd++4)

336 Cloyd Freud, Unemployed basically just said what I said with just one sentence.

Posted by: Mistress Overdone at January 29, 2015 11:15 AM (2/oBD)

337 Does anyone think it's time to revive the tea party movement, at least with respect to keeping separate from the sellout GOP?

It just doesn't seem like they're representing their base voters on any issue.

I know Ace has talked about voting them out, but I don't feel that would be effective as they would still be there.

Posted by: Matt at January 29, 2015 11:19 AM (Ak1hS)

338 Does anyone think it's time to revive the tea party movement, at least with respect to keeping separate from the sellout GOP?

It just doesn't seem like they're representing their base voters on any issue.

I know Ace has talked about voting them out, but I don't feel that would be effective as they would still be there.

Posted by: Matt at January 29, 2015 11:19 AM (Ak1hS)

339 Coffee (actual coffee). Monitor.

You're welcome. I have to put chai on the shopping list.

And if anybody reads this late could we add Hector/AvgJoe/Don't worry to the MUMR auto-ban script. Their trolling is really the mean.

Posted by: DaveA at January 29, 2015 11:22 AM (DL2i+)

340 " If I pay someone to fix my roof, and they flat out refuse to either fix it or return my money, I won't use them again and I will make sure everyone I know will hear about it."

I am being told this is an extremely immature desire for "instant gratification".

Posted by: Chris_Balsz at January 29, 2015 12:05 PM (kTWS+)

341 " If I pay someone to fix my roof, and they flat out refuse to either fix it or return my money, I won't use them again and I will make sure everyone I know will hear about it."

I am being told this is an extremely immature desire for "instant gratification".

Posted by: Chris_Balsz at January 29, 2015 12:05 PM (kTWS+)

342 "Does anyone think it's time to revive the tea party movement, at least with respect to keeping separate from the sellout GOP? "

I'd enjoy seeing the rallies on Capitol Hill.

Posted by: Chris_Balsz at January 29, 2015 12:05 PM (kTWS+)

343 I said I'd be done with the GOP if they allow amnesty for illegals. Oh well! They can take a flying screw at a donut. Never again. I don't want to hear about would you rather have a dhim in office.

What's the difference? If they're not going to craft legislation or perform their congressional duties in a republican fashion, then I say, "get bent".

Posted by: hadoop at January 29, 2015 12:50 PM (2X7pN)

344 Im all for sending Obama legislation, because if he vetoes it, he is
the obstructing party. He would be the one making trouble and hindering
progress. But with this confirmation business Republicans would wield a
veto. You can complain about LIVs all day long, but the reality of the
matter is, that the average American doesnt wanna hear from DC and
especially not political, partisan bickering. And what Drew wants is
setting Republicans up to be perceived as instigating exactly that!

Posted by: Begonia at January 29, 2015 10:28 AM (8G8r2)


Seriously? Why bother having opposition parties? Did you eat Kaboom cereal as a youngster? Prolly never stopped!

Posted by: hadoop at January 29, 2015 12:53 PM (2X7pN)

345 "It makes no sense to draw public attention to a battlefield where the GOP can at the very best stall, but never actually win."

Establishment don't seem to get it.

If the GOP CANNOT move public opinion, then they're totally expendable and replaceable. I could not do worse than some jerk who nobody listens to anyhow.

Posted by: Chris_Balsz at January 29, 2015 01:02 PM (kTWS+)

346 I guess I'm just going to stop voting, since Republicans are wannabe Democrats.

Posted by: Miley's Tongue at January 29, 2015 01:18 PM (R+h7Q)

347 This makes me furious. We might as well invite Muslims in, at least that would shut up the feminists and gay rights warriors.

And with a burka, I won't need to bother with choosing outfits or looking nice when I go out of the house. Winwin

Posted by: Miley's Tongue at January 29, 2015 01:20 PM (R+h7Q)

348 I know this is really and this thread is pretty dead - but remember when Alberto Gonzalez was simply "too radical" for the Dems way back in, like, 2007 because he canned a half-dozen or so political appointees who, allegedly, "serve at the pleasure of the President"?

Yeah, those were good times, right?

But just keep voting for these same GOP crapweasels, we're told. Because otherwise the Dems win.

Posted by: DocJ at January 29, 2015 02:12 PM (zrsn3)

349 You know, since obstruction of justice is actually a crime, the Republicans have some say in whether Eric Holder can sit tight until his replacement is confirmed.

But actually governing is bad optics.

Posted by: Chris_Balsz at January 29, 2015 03:15 PM (kTWS+)

350 The RINOsaur leadership gains little power supporting and moving the easy common sense decisions that the Tea Party folks might desire.

Rather, the RINOsaurs thrive when there's opportunities to make crony deals with Ocrats on all sorts of nonsense stuff. Having more nutjobs in important positions means there will be more nonsense and power to leverage.

Caving for the sake of cronyism is pretty much all the RINOsaurs know about governing...

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