March 31, 2014

Analysts: Factoring in Candidate Experience, GOP Now Has 80% Chance of Recapturing the Senate
— Ace

Which would be good.

Democrats’ prospects for 2014 do not look rosy. There is little chance that they will retake the House, and a good chance they will lose seats. Even worse, there is a significant chance that they will lose control of the Senate. Our forecasting model said as many as two months ago. That forecast continues to square with the sense of many analysts — even those who mocked the forecast.

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One key piece of information is whether candidates have held an elective office before and, if so, which one. Unsurprisingly, political science research has long shown that candidates who have held elective office and higher levels of office tend to do better on Election Day. They usually run better campaigns and make fewer mistakes, if only because they’ve done it before.

As we have begun to incorporate candidate experience into the model, our initial sense is this: Republicans may have a far better chance of winning control of the Senate than we or other analysts previously thought. Here is a preliminary estimate: The GOP could have as much as a 4 in 5 chance of controlling the chamber.

Numerous factors could upset this analysis, such as unexpected, weak candidates winning where the analysis assumes more experienced, stronger candidates.

Of course, none of that really matters anymore, because Chuck Todd has declared Obamacare "unrepealable."

ppearing on Monday's Today, NBC's chief White House correspondent and political director Chuck Todd seized on ObamaCare hitting the six million sign-up mark by the March 31 deadline, proclaiming: "So at a minimum, the importance of hitting the six million....it means the law is unrepealable....It means that it's here to stay." Todd made no mention of only 26% of Americans supporting ObamaCare in a new poll. [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

Co-host Matt Lauer accepted Todd's declaration and wondered about the political impact of the health care law: "You can't repeal it, but does that mean seven months down the road, as the midterm elections come around, that this will be any less of an issue in terms of close races in congressional districts?"

I have no idea how Chuck Todd would get to this "unrepealable" notion, apart from pure fanboism.

Posted by: Ace at 02:49 PM | Comments (370)
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1 Maybe Todd Akin will come back to screw things up

Posted by: Avi at March 31, 2014 02:51 PM (Vxe+6)

2 I don't think the GOP has the nads to repeal Obamacare, even if they do take the Senate.

Posted by: Insomniac at March 31, 2014 02:51 PM (mx5oN)

3 Sh-t was I first?

Posted by: Avi at March 31, 2014 02:51 PM (Vxe+6)

4 Of course, if it's the GOPe that recaptures the Senate, it hardly matters. How did they do last time they had the Senate, hmm?

Posted by: rickl at March 31, 2014 02:52 PM (sdi6R)

5 Why wouldn't the pubes repeal obamacare?

Posted by: Avi at March 31, 2014 02:52 PM (Vxe+6)

6 I want two things out of this election:

I want the Democrats to get SPANKED.

and

I want the Republicans to actually do something with the power given to them holding the House and Senate.


I'll be lucky to get one.

Posted by: DangerGirl at March 31, 2014 02:52 PM (GrtrJ)

7 1 Maybe Todd Akin will come back to screw things up


Posted by: Avi at March 31, 2014 07:51 PM (Vxe+6)


My friends, who needs Todd in order to do *that*?

Posted by: John McCain (R) at March 31, 2014 02:54 PM (M5T54)

8 Did I read that correctly....I'm supposed to watch the video after I take a dump?

Posted by: Guido at March 31, 2014 02:55 PM (15qFH)

9 In his stupid defense, how many entitlement programs ever get repealed once they start?

Posted by: HoboJerky, Hash Hunter at March 31, 2014 02:55 PM (E8IHS)

10 GOP has six months to step on their dick and screw this up.

Posted by: real joe at March 31, 2014 02:55 PM (xXhgd)

11 The R's will win.  They'll even win big.  Then they'll do absolutely nothing meaningful at all, for fear of losing their newfound majority.


Posted by: innominatus at March 31, 2014 02:55 PM (tq6K2)

12 Technically, yes you can repeal since any bill is repealable.

But let's be real, there is a 0.00001% Obamacare is ever repealed. It will fucked with for the next 50 years, but there will never be a bill signed by a president that repeals the law.

Posted by: Mr. Moo Moo at March 31, 2014 02:55 PM (0LHZx)

13 Dick Morris says a GOP takeover is a shoe-in.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at March 31, 2014 02:55 PM (8ZskC)

14 I heard someone on some show yesterday say that repubs, if they retook the Senate, would need 60 votes to repeal the law.  I laughed and laughed.  Why wouldn't they just change the rules, like Harry the pedo did?  Of course, Barry would never sign such a bill.

Posted by: huerfano at March 31, 2014 02:56 PM (bAGA/)

15 Prohibition was unrepealable too.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at March 31, 2014 02:57 PM (8ZskC)

16 Nothing to see here. Look a plane!

Posted by: msm at March 31, 2014 02:57 PM (WCnJW)

17 Magic number,6 million means you can't repael.11 million illegals means you have to have amnesty.

Posted by: steevy at March 31, 2014 02:57 PM (zqvg6)

18 5 Why wouldn't the pubes repeal obamacare? Posted by: Avi at March 31, 2014 07:52 PM (Vxe+6) Same reason the British Tories never repealed the National Health Service. It allows them to run on the platform that they can administer it better than the Democrats. You think politicians from either party will voluntarily reduce their power?

Posted by: rickl at March 31, 2014 02:57 PM (sdi6R)

19 13 Dick Morris says a GOP takeover is a shoe-in.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at March 31, 2014 07:55 PM (8ZskC)


_

FUCK!

Posted by: Mr. Moo Moo at March 31, 2014 02:57 PM (0LHZx)

20 13 Dick Morris says a GOP takeover is a shoe-in.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at March 31, 2014 07:55 PM (8ZskC)


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Of course he did.  Now I have my doubts. 

Posted by: Dave S. at March 31, 2014 02:57 PM (UvR6d)

21 But... it is unrepealable.

It gives power to the State. It employs State personnel. It pays off State clients. And it is a fait accompli, which automatically makes repeal extremist.

The GOP gets the Senate, the first order of business will be to ensure that it does not lose the Senate in 2016. That means not "scaring the horses", said livestock being the American voter.

To repeal Obamacare is to repeal America, as the (real) American system is today.

Posted by: boulder toilet hobo at March 31, 2014 02:57 PM (30eLQ)

22 The sooner Texas secedes, the better. And speaking of Sooners they are welcome to join us.

Posted by: Mr. Dave at March 31, 2014 02:57 PM (n+8FE)

23 Prohibition was unrepealable too. Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at March 31, 2014 07:57 PM (8ZskC) This!

Posted by: Velvet Ambition at March 31, 2014 02:57 PM (R8hU8)

24 I have no idea how Chuck Todd would get to this "unrepealable" notion, apart from pure fanboism.
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If there's another source of liberal "notions" when it comes to Obama, I haven't see it.

I'm just hopin' some Democrats will take the defeat so hard, they drink the hemlock. Way too many of these idiots running around for my tastes.

Posted by: Socrates at March 31, 2014 02:58 PM (A9F3C)

25 When taking experience into account I suspect the chance of a blind squirrel finding an acorn also goes up substantially.

Posted by: S. Muldoon at March 31, 2014 02:58 PM (g4TxM)

26 And if and when the Republicans take the Senate, they have two years to show that they are serious about changing the direction of this country.  If they do not, they will lose badly in 2016.  People want to see action, even "moderates".

Posted by: DangerGirl at March 31, 2014 02:58 PM (GrtrJ)

27 6. I want the Democrats to get SPANKED Oh yeah I was a bad boy I need punished

Posted by: Navycopjoe at March 31, 2014 02:58 PM (rRol4)

28 "unrepealable" That's how it is with these jagoffs. Just say it until it's believed to be true. Just say it and say it and say it and who knows? Maybe it'll become true. I think maybe Oprah taught them that or something, I don't know.

Posted by: Mike in the Hinterlands at March 31, 2014 02:58 PM (DNpio)

29 Well isn't this another fine mess, and as you may guess, the GOP could care less.

Posted by: Killerdog at March 31, 2014 02:58 PM (ld2OA)

30 What does Meatball say about this?

Posted by: GnuBreed at March 31, 2014 02:59 PM (wNF3N)

31

The Dems might as well just lay back and enjoy it. 

Posted by: Todd Akin at March 31, 2014 02:59 PM (pmsMR)

32 And that it may actually only be 4 million is unimportant,6 million is the number they will stick to.

Posted by: steevy at March 31, 2014 03:00 PM (zqvg6)

33 Absolutely. The R's will run on Nothing and the Congressional seats will magically flip to their control.

Posted by: Soothsayer, corn bread assassin at March 31, 2014 03:00 PM (fWEL6)

34 We could let the six million people who got policies stay on those policies if they chose, and repeal Obamacare for the other 300 million of us.

Our slogan could be "If you like your Obamacare, you can keep your Obamacare!"

Hey, it worked before, didn't it?

Posted by: Joshua at March 31, 2014 03:00 PM (oCZ4e)

35 28 That's how it is with these jagoffs. Just say it until it's believed to be true. Just say it and say it and say it and who knows? Maybe it'll become true. I think maybe Oprah taught them that or something, I don't know. Posted by: Mike in the Hinterlands at March 31, 2014 07:58 PM (DNpio) I thought that was Goebbels.

Posted by: rickl at March 31, 2014 03:00 PM (sdi6R)

36 "unrepealable", yeah ok. They're about to hang over this this law in November, but we should just accept that we won't ever be able to get rid of it, or something.

Posted by: crrr6 at March 31, 2014 03:00 PM (EQnci)

37 I'm not holding my brief for this.

Posted by: Darth Randall at March 31, 2014 03:00 PM (6n332)

38

They won't be able to repeal Ocare until an R is in the White House.

 

But if that happens....yeah, it's repeal-able.

Posted by: wheatie at March 31, 2014 03:01 PM (m7/Sn)

39 Obamacare-unrepealable

2d Amendment-Not Really binding

//Chuck Tard reporting

Posted by: sven10077 at March 31, 2014 03:01 PM (TE35l)

40
Remember the predictions of a Republican Senate tsunami in 2012....

2014: Republican Senate Net Gain: 0

Posted by: Laurie David's Cervix at March 31, 2014 03:02 PM (kdS6q)

41 "unrepealable", You Keep Using That Word, I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means

Posted by: Inigo Montoya at March 31, 2014 03:02 PM (0Pgv3)

42 Break out the jaws of life boys and girls... time to go out and pry defeat from certain victory.

Posted by: The GOP at March 31, 2014 03:02 PM (08jH8)

43 I have no idea how Chuck Todd would get to this "unrepealable" notion, apart from pure fanboism.

He took one look at the leadership of the GOP.


Posted by: Anon Y. Mous at March 31, 2014 03:03 PM (IN7k+)

44 Right now I'm 99.9% certain I'm right, but I'll be 100% certain when the Fat Lady-Man sings. When Dick Morris chimes in and sings in our ears about big R gains, I'll know it's over.

Posted by: Soothsayer, corn bread assassin at March 31, 2014 03:04 PM (fWEL6)

45 "Which would be good."

Hypothetically, I guess it's possible. But, remember, this is the GOP we're talking about. Not Conservatives.

I have zero faith that the party as constructed will do sh*t about sh*t because, well, not the hill to die on, and comity, and musn't upset the delicate middle, and we only have 1/3 of the government.

No confidence whatsoever in the machine. In fact I'll start calling it anti-confidence. The GOP wins. Yippee. And then, should the same players overall remain, the great purging of the "Tea Party" proceeds as planned.

Posted by: AnonymousDrivel at March 31, 2014 03:04 PM (1CroS)

46

27 6. I want the Democrats to get SPANKED

 

Oh yeah
I was a bad boy
I need punished 

 


Posted by: Navycopjoe at March 31, 2014 07:58 PM (rRol4) 

 

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*cracks whip

 

Bend over and assume position, you bad boy.

 

Posted by: mistress wheatie at March 31, 2014 03:04 PM (m7/Sn)

47 The GOP take control (thats control) of the Senate?
Impossible.

They might manage a slime majority but the GOP will never control that body. The GOP leadership doesn't have the ability to face down rabid democrats, or the news media.

It's like Caesar Milan says all the time "you have to be the pack leader" and the GOP wimps can't do it, wont' do it, can't take the pressure. The democrats will continue to run that body even as the minority party.

Posted by: Smith, Simply Smith at March 31, 2014 03:04 PM (2PpZF)

48 Boner, McClownal, and Obambi in charge of the government - what could possibly go wrong?

Posted by: Queequeg the Harpooner at March 31, 2014 03:05 PM (1mtKP)

49 Obamacare is not the hill to fight on

Posted by: Mitch McConnell at March 31, 2014 03:05 PM (kFxpe)

50 Prohibition was unrepealable too.

Yeah, but look at what a motivating factor booze is.

Most of the people here can't enjoy themselves without some good booze.

It's probably right up there with sex as far as most people's priorities go.

It's not the same.

Posted by: bonhomme[/i][/b][/i][/b][/s][/s] at March 31, 2014 03:05 PM (4QSOR)

51 Where the hell did the state Dept dig up Marie Harf?

Posted by: Avi at March 31, 2014 03:05 PM (oj+wN)

52 In order of preference: 1. Texas secession. 2. Make a serious 10th Amendment challenge to all extra-constitutional power grabs. 3. Keep winning at the state level and get the Article V convention in gear.

Posted by: Mr. Dave at March 31, 2014 03:06 PM (n+8FE)

53 Heeding the warning of Winston Wolf, even if we do take back the Senate by a couple of seats in 2014, there's bad news ahead in 2016.
 
Without any deaths/resignations/etc., there will be 34 seats up for grabs in 2016 with 10 of those Dem and 24 R.
 
So a victory in 2014 could be a very short lived thing.
 
Ditto for The Republic.

Posted by: GnuBreed at March 31, 2014 03:06 PM (wNF3N)

54 Oh yeah I was a bad boy I need punished

Posted by: Navycopjoe at March 31, 2014 07:58 PM (rRol4)



Trust me, you don't want me to spank you the way I want to spank the Democrats.

Posted by: DangerGirl at March 31, 2014 03:06 PM (GrtrJ)

55 I have no idea how Chuck Todd would get to this "unrepealable" notion, apart from pure fanboism. It's the same business model as a drug dealer. Get people hooked with no other alternative and then they say those other guys will take your goodies away.

Posted by: AmishDude at March 31, 2014 03:07 PM (T0NGe)

56 This is funnier than an SNL skit. Which, of course, isn't saying much.

Posted by: jakeman at March 31, 2014 03:07 PM (vH4YP)

57 Posted by: Smith, Simply Smith at March 31, 2014 08:04 PM (2PpZF) Yes, the Repubs might just get a slime majority, but mainly because they will keep Boner and Bitch as "leaders"!

Posted by: Hrothgar at March 31, 2014 03:07 PM (o3MSL)

58 >>>5 Why wouldn't the pubes repeal obamacare?

Posted by: Avi at March 31, 2014 07:52 PM (Vxe+6)<<<

 

Obama will veto a repeal and there won't be the votes to override it (maybe).

 

 

Posted by: rich@gmu at March 31, 2014 03:07 PM (RhQvZ)

59 Is there some ceremony where a gavel exchanges hands like in the House. Because if there is, and that gavel is promptly smashed over Harry Reid's head, I'll know something will get done. Otherwise meh.

Posted by: Dack Thrombosis at March 31, 2014 03:07 PM (oFCZn)

60 Oh yeah, 2016 is gonna be a bloodbath. hillary clinton, (I know, I know, everyone hates that woman), will break the record for votes in 2016.

Posted by: Soothsayer, corn bread assassin at March 31, 2014 03:08 PM (fWEL6)

61 34 I thought that was Goebbles. That's right, that was it. I was close.

Posted by: Mike in the Hinterlands at March 31, 2014 03:08 PM (DNpio)

62 47 Boner, McClownal, and Obambi in charge of the government - what could possibly go wrong?

Posted by: Queequeg the Harpooner at March 31, 2014 08:05 PM (1mtKP)

Don't forget Roberts (I don't have your talent for nicknames).

Posted by: Anon Y. Mous at March 31, 2014 03:08 PM (IN7k+)

63 ...slime majority, eh? Is spellcheck becoming sentient?

Posted by: S. Muldoon at March 31, 2014 03:08 PM (g4TxM)

64 It also doesn't help that a simple majority will be insufficient because of cockholsters like McCain, Murkowski and Collins (among others) who never fail to cross the aisle and vote with their Demofucker comrades.

Posted by: DangerGirl at March 31, 2014 03:09 PM (GrtrJ)

65 "What does Meatball say about this?"

And will there be plaid maps?

Posted by: torquewrench at March 31, 2014 03:09 PM (noWW6)

66 Come for the content Stay for the bondage

Posted by: Navycopjoe at March 31, 2014 03:09 PM (MMpL5)

67 62 It seems like a fitting typo to describe them to me.

Posted by: ManWithNoParty at March 31, 2014 03:09 PM (ojnk6)

68 Maybe McCain will go along with us if we let him blow up Monaco or something.

Posted by: Dack Thrombosis at March 31, 2014 03:09 PM (oFCZn)

69 I have no idea how Chuck Todd would get to this "unrepealable" notion, apart from pure fanboism. *** Maybe because the Republicans have rolled back one government give away program in my lifetime? And in that case lifetime welfare seems to have come back in the last few years, just under other names...

Posted by: 18-1 at March 31, 2014 03:10 PM (M3hAT)

70 Oh yeah, 2016 is gonna be a bloodbath.
hillary clinton, (I know, I know, everyone hates that woman), will break the record for votes in 2016.


I just thought it was time for a female President.
--Jon Stewart fan

Posted by: bonhomme[/i][/b][/i][/b][/s][/s] at March 31, 2014 03:10 PM (J79eW)

71 heh
slime majority

ya, that was a typo. Still works though.

Posted by: Smith, Simply Smith at March 31, 2014 03:10 PM (2PpZF)

72 >>Because if there is, and that gavel is promptly smashed over Harry Reid's head, I'll know something will get done. >> A big fucking axe would be better. Viking style.

Posted by: Mr. Dave at March 31, 2014 03:10 PM (n+8FE)

73
gonna be a bloodbath. hillary clinton....
Posted by: Soothsayer



Tell me something I don't know.

Posted by: Vince Foster

Posted by: Laurie David's Cervix at March 31, 2014 03:11 PM (kdS6q)

74 These analyst are all missing the fact that the GOP base doesn't really give a shit about the GOP anymore.

Posted by: mugiwara at March 31, 2014 03:11 PM (3a584)

75

49 Prohibition was unrepealable too.

 

 

Yeah, but look at what a motivating factor booze is.

 

Most of the people here can't enjoy themselves without some good booze.

 

It's probably right up there with sex as far as most people's priorities go.

 

It's not the same.

 

 

Posted by: bonhomme at March 31, 2014 08:05 PM (4QSOR) 

 

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You're right...it's not the same.

 

It's even *more* motivating than booze was.

 

Buying booze was always optional.

 

And...you can do without booze, but you can't do without healthcare.

At least, not if you want to live.

 

Posted by: wheatie at March 31, 2014 03:12 PM (m7/Sn)

76 It's definitely repealable, but I'm not going to be delusional and deny the longer it's with us, the harder politically it's going to be to wean the "winners" of ObamaCare off the gravy train, just like any entitlement. 

ObamaCare repeal is going to need to accompany a dramatic overhaul of MediCaid.  The GOP also needs to have some sort of conservative solution for those with prexisting conditions.

Posted by: McAdams at March 31, 2014 03:12 PM (dZ1C9)

77 A big fucking axe would be better. Viking style. Posted by: Mr. Dave at March 31, 2014 08:10 PM (n+8FE)


Where do I go to vote yes for this?

Posted by: DangerGirl at March 31, 2014 03:12 PM (GrtrJ)

78 Posted by: Anon Y. Mous at March 31, 2014 08:08 PM (IN7k+) Robberts! Because he stole the Constitution.

Posted by: Hrothgar at March 31, 2014 03:12 PM (o3MSL)

79 You know how we know the Senate is still doomed? John Cfukin' McCain. He's the GOP wrecking ball. Pure poison. If there's a bad plan, he'll be in on it.

Posted by: AnonymousDrivel at March 31, 2014 03:12 PM (1CroS)

80 I think I've come to the point where I dont much care if the Republicans take the Senate or not. I have no expectations of them doing anything remotely conservative if they are in the majority.

Posted by: grammie winger at March 31, 2014 03:13 PM (oMKp3)

81 Obamacare is not the hill to fight on

Posted by: Mitch McConnell at March 31, 2014 08:05 PM (kFxpe)

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Apparently, the only hill the Senate R's want to die on is fighting the conservatives/tea party within their own base.  I'm pretty confident in believing that if the R's take the Senate and Mitch McConnell reigns supreme, things will not change.  Certainly not enough to right this ship.  Things aren't going to change until the people already there are replaced.

Posted by: Lady in Black at March 31, 2014 03:13 PM (tsGZY)

82 We have a great many problems for which the hard solution is more legislation but the easy solution is to repeal existing bad legislation (BIRM).  I doubt future senator majority leader McConnell would ever embrace this truth.

Posted by: SpongeBobSaget at March 31, 2014 03:14 PM (L02KD)

83 Meh.  To what end?  Will they use their majority to reign in Teh JEF?  I don't think they will.

Posted by: Truck Monkey, Gruntled New Business Owner at March 31, 2014 03:14 PM (jucos)

84 The important thing is to get Harry Reid's criminal ass out of control.

Posted by: --- at March 31, 2014 03:14 PM (MMC8r)

85 Play this out...

Unless you get 67 votes in the senate and 292 votes in the house to override a veto, O-care is not getting repealed in 2015 or 2016.

Now let's say that a miracle happens and Hillary doesn't win in 2016. Well OK, then President Christine or Bush or whatever RINO is elected will repeal it right?

One can dream I suppose.

Posted by: Mr. Moo Moo at March 31, 2014 03:15 PM (0LHZx)

86 >>>13 Dick Morris says a GOP takeover is a shoe-in.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at March 31, 2014 07:55 PM (8ZskC) <<<

 

damn so you are telling me the dems might not do too badly this election.

Posted by: rich@gmu at March 31, 2014 03:15 PM (RhQvZ)

87 83 The important thing is to get Harry Reid's criminal ass out of control. I guess that's something, at least.

Posted by: grammie winger at March 31, 2014 03:16 PM (oMKp3)

88 My irrepressible nature and the sheer force of my iron will shall carry the day.

Posted by: Prez'nit 404 at March 31, 2014 03:16 PM (Dwehj)

89 "Maybe because the Republicans have rolled back one government give away program in my lifetime? And in that case lifetime welfare seems to have come back in the last few years, just under other names..."

If you nose around the statistics, you will notice that "ending welfare as we know it" correlated with an absolutely huge spike in claims of permanent disability. The dependent classes smoothly shifted from one set of benefit programs to another set.

Posted by: torquewrench at March 31, 2014 03:16 PM (noWW6)

90 I think a Republican majority would ensure that the GOPe maintain and improve their current set of perks and their ability to avoid being subject to any and all laws!

Posted by: Hrothgar at March 31, 2014 03:16 PM (o3MSL)

91 It also doesn't help that a simple majority will be insufficient because of cockholsters like McCain, Murkowski and Collins (among others) who never fail to cross the aisle and vote with their Demofucker comrades.

--

Don't forget Ayotte.  One of the biggest disappointments to come out of the Senate. 

Posted by: Lady in Black at March 31, 2014 03:17 PM (tsGZY)

92 Prohibition repeal was good but even during Prohibition you could make your own booze. My grandad and his brothers did it. I don't trust me to dislodge two pounds of bacon and a pack of Marlboros from my heart.

Posted by: Mr. Dave at March 31, 2014 03:17 PM (n+8FE)

93 The only person I plan on casting a vote for this November is Scott Walker.

Posted by: grammie winger at March 31, 2014 03:17 PM (oMKp3)

94 It's even *more* motivating than booze was.

Buying booze was always optional.

And...you can do without booze, but you can't do without healthcare.
At least, not if you want to live.


Sure, it's optional.  But I'm talking about priorities.  Pre-Obamacare MILLIONS of people went without health insurance because they just didn't prioritize it.  They felt like it wasn't that important. 

Just look at what people talk about for fun.  On these boards it's guns and sex and booze.  Do people talk about health insurance for fun?  I don't think so.  People talk about it because it concerns them.

Posted by: bonhomme[/i][/b][/i][/b][/s][/s] at March 31, 2014 03:18 PM (J79eW)

95 "The important thing is to get Harry Reid's criminal ass out of control."

As bad as Mitch often is, he's infinitely preferable to Dingy Harry.

Obama's life will get a whole lot more complicated without Reid running the Senate.

Also: SCOTUS and other federal court nominations. Without the filibuster, getting Senate control becomes of enormous importance, to stop Obama's court-packing.

Posted by: torquewrench at March 31, 2014 03:19 PM (noWW6)

96 Some of you may remember that I was accepted to be an election Judge for the midterm.

A friend of mine just called to say that she was accepted as well.

Not saying that it would be a good thing to have Morons as election judges.
But, it certainly wouldn't be a bad thing.

If you have the time, consider checking with your County Election Officials, and see if they have openings.

Posted by: Pipe fitting for sale at March 31, 2014 03:20 PM (si68n)

97 The GOP are *absolute masters* at pulling defeat from the jaws of victory.

If I were the type to bet on such events, I'd put money down that the Dems will consolidate their Senate majority.

It's obvious to me at this point people: this batch of Republicans in DC have that complex that leaves them in bootlickin' love with their kidnappers/torturers. They're happier thinking of themselves as hapless victims than winners.

Posted by: qdpsteve at March 31, 2014 03:20 PM (HVI5a)

98
cubs lost, so chicago is out.

Posted by: Guy Mohawk at March 31, 2014 03:21 PM (0Kobm)

99

Former Senate Majority Leader Hairy Reed.

 

That has a nice ring to it.

 

And while nothing major, like a Repeal-of-Ocare, would be signed by Barky...

 

They could still make life miserable for the Dems.

They could Pass a Budget...finally.

 

They could de-fund a lot of things.

 

And guys like Ted Cruz and Mike Lee could really cause some trouble for the GOPe...if there was an R-majority.

 

Posted by: wheatie at March 31, 2014 03:21 PM (m7/Sn)

100 bonhomme: "On these boards it's guns and sex and booze."

I saw Guns And Sex And Booze open for pretty much every band I ever saw.

Posted by: Morons by the Horde at March 31, 2014 03:21 PM (1CroS)

101 Speaking of healthcare, we removed the staples from the husband's arm today.  Too soon.  Two staples went back in.  He'll have a nice scar if his arm doesn't fall off.

Posted by: DangerGirl at March 31, 2014 03:22 PM (GrtrJ)

102 Be off, you cross threaded pipe fitting sock.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at March 31, 2014 03:22 PM (si68n)

103 If you nose around the statistics, you will notice that "ending welfare as we know it" correlated with an absolutely huge spike in claims of permanent disability.

If you watch any of the daytime judge shows, all the slugs are on disability.  The judge will ask each person probing questions.  Without fail the ones that are clearly very dumb and attempting an outrageously stupid scam will be on disability.

Posted by: bonhomme[/i][/b][/i][/b][/s][/s] at March 31, 2014 03:23 PM (J79eW)

104 Can't you just feel the love for the GOP? I really wonder if the analysts are factoring in the utter lack of interest from the base in electing this batch of Republicans. 2010 this ain't.

Posted by: mugiwara at March 31, 2014 03:23 PM (3a584)

105 "Don't forget Ayotte. One of the biggest disappointments to come out of the Senate."

And one of Sarah Palin's endorsement misfires.

SP is so keen to bolster the ranks of conservative women in office, her "mama grizzlies", that she sometimes gets overenthusiastic and throws her support behind women who aren't necessarily all that conservative but who are women. Ayotte is emblematic.

Perhaps a return to "pick the most electable conservative candidate" is in order, and doing so without gender weighting the scale.

Posted by: torquewrench at March 31, 2014 03:23 PM (noWW6)

106 It won't happen, but three things that I would predict would happen if the Repubs retake the Senate:

- Chris Matthews will become a full-fledged alcoholic.

- Harry Reid will absolutely refuse to give up his gavel and majority leader's cush office suite. He *wants* their to be video of him being literally dragged out of his office, where he can do his "oh poor me, I'm just a weak old man" schtick.

- Obama will go on vacation, and *never* come back.

Posted by: qdpsteve at March 31, 2014 03:24 PM (HVI5a)

107
The miracle would be a Prez Cruz or Perry or Paul signing an exec order saying implementation of Odeathcare is delayed indefinitely.

Posted by: Guy Mohawk at March 31, 2014 03:25 PM (0Kobm)

108 Eight months of propaganda/mud slinging by the MSM will invert the odds.

Posted by: Mike Hammer at March 31, 2014 03:26 PM (aDwsi)

109 insult me not

Posted by: slime at March 31, 2014 03:26 PM (hn5v5)

110 Oh it will be repealed, but not by the government. It will be repealed by math. Once the debt to GDP starts increasing 25% and up every year the shit will come crashing down. We'll be lucky to able to pay  half of our Medicare and SS commitments in 15 years that's assuming we strip our discretionary and military spending to bare bones. If the liberals think we'll be able to keep funding this boondoggle at that time, they're dreaming.

Posted by: lowandslow at March 31, 2014 03:27 PM (IV4od)

111 Judge me by my viscosity, do you?

Posted by: slime[/i][/b][/i][/b][/s][/s] at March 31, 2014 03:27 PM (J79eW)

112

93...Just look at what people talk about for fun. On these boards it's guns and sex and booze. Do people talk about health insurance for fun? I don't think so. People talk about it because it concerns them.

 

Posted by: bonhomme at March 31, 2014 08:18 PM (J79eW) 

 

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People talk about fun things...because they're fun to talk about.

 

Health Insurance is not fun.

But it is talked about a helluva lot here...just about as much as the fun stuff...since Ocare was forced on us.

 

With each passing month, Retailers are feeling the bite that Ocare is taking out of people's pockets.

 

The economy was already shitty...but it will get worse and worse, as more of people's spending money is being taken from them and poured into higher premiums.

 

Posted by: wheatie at March 31, 2014 03:27 PM (m7/Sn)

113 btw, what's goin on in Ohio? Isn't that shitbag scared-rabbit governor John Kasich pretty much running on obamacare?

Posted by: Soothsayer, corn bread assassin at March 31, 2014 03:28 PM (fWEL6)

114 Truck Monkey, if you're still here, there's a reply in a previous thread to your question about healthcare bill sharing.

Posted by: Mindy at March 31, 2014 03:28 PM (Ew9Pv)

115 Even with majority,R's will never repeal O'care...power baby power. Maybe Jeb will do it...LOL!

Posted by: Neverhappen at March 31, 2014 03:29 PM (IlFzi)

116 If Reps. take Senate, retain House, and then Ocare begins to collapse, the LIVS (encouraged by the MSM) will hold Reps. responsible. Hillary a shoo-in for 2016, and...., coat tails.

Posted by: Mike Hammer at March 31, 2014 03:29 PM (aDwsi)

117 After sending in fifty seven Kaboom cereal box tops and my social security number and credit card number and one liter of blood I got my deluxe Chuck Todd X-ray specs with the fun-laser option. They work great. Chuck is right.

Posted by: eman at March 31, 2014 03:29 PM (u9sBG)

118 Which would be good.-ace Love the sarcasm, right? What happened last time the GOP had all 3 branches?

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at March 31, 2014 03:29 PM (HVff2)

119
Harry Reid will absolutely refuse to give up his gavel
Posted by: qdpsteve



I'd kinda like to see a 50/50 split, just because I know Mccain will vote for the Democrat.  Bi-partisan effective government demands we give the President's party a voice ect. Which just happens to include a committee chairmanship for John, of course.

Posted by: Laurie David's Cervix at March 31, 2014 03:29 PM (kdS6q)

120 With each passing month, Retailers are feeling the bite that Ocare is taking out of people's pockets. ----------------- Republicans should run ads regarding 30 hr. weeks.

Posted by: Mike Hammer at March 31, 2014 03:30 PM (aDwsi)

121 Incidentally, did you know... there's an Alabaster, Alabama?

Posted by: Soothsayer, corn bread assassin at March 31, 2014 03:31 PM (fWEL6)

122

McAdams, the "solution" for pre-existing conditions is called welfare.  Or any other name that people might like, but that's what it is.  "Insurance" is an actual business model - one of the foundations of the modern developed world, in fact.  It is the simplest business model in the universe, as it is literally nothing more than applied math, based on long-term data.  I know you know this - but in a country so dumbed-down (as always, I speak here strictly of "educated" people), probably beyond repair, recapturing the meaning of words is actually a big part of any probably-futile attempt to right the ship.

 

Pre-existing conditions cannot be "insured".  Various schemes might succeed in spreading cost and risk around - though so far they have been tried and mostly failed, far as I know.

 

Posted by: non-purist at March 31, 2014 03:31 PM (afQnV)

123 The economy was already shitty...but it will get worse and worse, as more of people's spending money is being taken from them and poured into higher premiums.

I would like you to be right, but what does the public do during an economic downturn?  Do they want the gov't pared back, regardless of impact?  Or do they want it pared back as long as there is no personal reduction in government services.

Posted by: bonhomme[/i][/b][/i][/b][/s][/s] at March 31, 2014 03:31 PM (45N4D)

124 Judge me by my viscosity, do you? Posted by: slime
how you doin'?
it must be jam because jelly don't drip like that

Posted by: slime at March 31, 2014 03:31 PM (hn5v5)

125 It's true. And there's a Weiner, Arkansas.

Posted by: Soothsayer, corn bread assassin at March 31, 2014 03:31 PM (fWEL6)

126

117...What happened last time the GOP had all 3 branches?
 

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at March 31, 2014 08:29 PM (HVff2) 

 

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They cut Taxes.

 

But yeah...they also did some things that weren't so good.

 

Posted by: wheatie at March 31, 2014 03:32 PM (m7/Sn)

127 109 Oh it will be repealed, but not by the government. It will be repealed by math. Once the debt to GDP starts increasing 25% and up every year the shit will come crashing down. We'll be lucky to able to pay half of our Medicare and SS commitments in 15 years that's assuming we strip our discretionary and military spending to bare bones. If the liberals think we'll be able to keep funding this boondoggle at that time, they're dreaming.

Posted by: lowandslow at March 31, 2014 08:27 PM (IV4od)


______________


The Chinese will lend us money for many decades to come. And the military will be gutted long before welfare is reduced. Math eventually does trump politics but president Sasha Obama will be in power when this happens.

Posted by: Mr. Moo Moo at March 31, 2014 03:32 PM (0LHZx)

128 There are two ways to get rid of Obamacare. (1) If Obamacare is removed from the government budget, presented, and voted on as a separate bill, Obamacare can be defunded by the House. If that is the case, then the Senate and the President can vote yes or no and if the vote is no, then the Obamacare bill can sit in the House with no funding.(2) By ruling the thing a TAX, the Roberts decision makes Obamacare an ordinary budgetary matter that can be repealed by a simple majority vote in the Senate. No 60-vote supermajority needed. Now all we need are the 51 votes.

Posted by: mongoos at March 31, 2014 03:34 PM (Zk6dA)

129 "I have no idea how Chuck Todd would get to this "unrepealable" notion, apart from pure fanboism." I believe it's called wishcasting.

Posted by: Burn the Witch at March 31, 2014 03:34 PM (HLprW)

130 btw, what the hell is 'candidate experience' worth these days? Especially when it comes to R's.

Posted by: Soothsayer, corn bread assassin at March 31, 2014 03:35 PM (fWEL6)

131 re: sidebar story about the nifty creation of night-vision contacts Let me know when they create comfortable contact lenses.

Posted by: Soothsayer, corn bread assassin at March 31, 2014 03:36 PM (fWEL6)

132 Hahahaha...The RepubliFredos in charge....hahahaha that's a good one. Last time that happened Moe Green had to slap them around because they were banging cocktail waitresses two at a time and Ted Kennedy couldn't get a drink.

Posted by: IrishEd at March 31, 2014 03:36 PM (bfm04)

133

124 ...And there's a Weiner, Arkansas.

 

There's also a Toadsuck, Arkansas.

Posted by: wheatie at March 31, 2014 03:36 PM (m7/Sn)

134 And we are 100% screwed.

Posted by: f'd at March 31, 2014 03:37 PM (JdEZJ)

135 This would be the greatest gift from TFG, ever. All because of his absolute failure. We hold and take both House and Senate, then grab the WH. What a mess to clean up, though.

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at March 31, 2014 03:38 PM (IXrOn)

136 130 re: sidebar story about the nifty creation of night-vision contacts Let me know when they create comfortable contact lenses. Posted by: Soothsayer, corn bread assassin at March 31, 2014 08:36 PM (fWEL6) No such thing, at least for people with dry eyes. I haven't been able to wear contacts for thirty years.

Posted by: grammie winger at March 31, 2014 03:38 PM (oMKp3)

137 75 It's definitely repealable, but I'm not going to be delusional and deny the longer it's with us, the harder politically it's going to be to wean the "winners" of ObamaCare off the gravy train, just like any entitlement.

ObamaCare repeal is going to need to accompany a dramatic overhaul of MediCaid. The GOP also needs to have some sort of conservative solution for those with prexisting conditions.

Posted by: McAdams at March 31, 2014 08:12 PM (dZ1C9)

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

The thing about pre-existing conditions is that the very notion of "insuring" against them is absurd, so it plays into the Left's rhetorical construct.

That said, there have been various ideas floated for "pre-existing conditions insurance", where you buy insurance against the possibility of developing a pre-existing condition.


The only thing that Obamacare "accomplishes" that couldn't have been accomplished in the private insurance market is the redistribution of health care dollars from the healthy to the unhealthy. Given that the Left generally sides with scum, parasites and the other flotsam and jetsam that Nature has vomited up in the modern age, this is no surprise. And Obamacare isn't "private insurance". They are using private insurers as a distribution system, but the product design is pure government handiwork.



Posted by: Socrates at March 31, 2014 03:39 PM (A9F3C)

138 Nothing can surpass Joe Biden's gorgeous skin.

Posted by: f'd at March 31, 2014 03:39 PM (JdEZJ)

139 Yeah, right, they have an 80% chance of not looking too stupid ... but winning?! ha!!, we can forget about it. The leaches will vote overwhelmingly for the money pump. Why would they vote to have their lifestyle taken away? We are so screwed that the only thing left to do is to dig fox-holes and hope that Jesus comes sooner rather than later.

Posted by: and irresolute at March 31, 2014 03:39 PM (RqHWH)

140 No such thing, at least for people with dry eyes. Just wear an onion on your belt, as was the style once.

Posted by: Abe Simpson at March 31, 2014 03:40 PM (JSrm8)

141

140 Obamacare is here to stay ..just like a bad tattoo.

 

But even bad tattoos can be removed.

 

It leaves a scar...but they can be removed.

Posted by: wheatie at March 31, 2014 03:41 PM (m7/Sn)

142 The only thing that Obamacare "accomplishes" that couldn't have been accomplished in the private insurance market is the redistribution of health care dollars from the healthy to the unhealthy. Given that the Left generally sides with scum, parasites and the other flotsam and jetsam that Nature has vomited up in the modern age, this is no surprise. I wouldn't put the unhealthy in the same category as scum and parasites.

Posted by: grammie winger at March 31, 2014 03:42 PM (oMKp3)

143 I have no idea how Chuck Todd would get to this "unrepealable" notion, apart from pure fanboism.

That's about the 5th  time I've heard this in the last few days.  Before that, never.  This is clearly a push by the Dems to convince people that repealing OCare is impossible, so don't try.  Methinks they protest too much.


Posted by: pep at March 31, 2014 03:43 PM (4nR9/)

144 It won't be just Rachel Ray crying if this dream comes true. Cher's twitter account will probably bring down the grid.

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at March 31, 2014 03:43 PM (IXrOn)

145

For the GOP to take the Senate, after the damage caused by the shutdown, the only solution is amnesty.

 

(OK, rather than get a surprising number of enraged responses that assume the idiotic statement above is anything but sarcasm ...... IT'S SARCASM!  Probably only because I've given up any real hope, I enjoy reprising some of the astonishingly clueless stuff that comes out of the mouths of Beltway/GOPe types ...... and also, incomprehensibly, out of the keyboards of some our smartest commenters here)

 

Posted by: non-purist at March 31, 2014 03:43 PM (afQnV)

146 "The Chinese will lend us money for many decades to come. And the military will be gutted long before welfare is reduced. Math eventually does trump politics but president Sasha Obama will be in power when this happens."

Why cause you believe it to be so? We don't have any basis to assume that, we are in uncharted territory here, maybe something magical will happen but there's no evidence it will. We have country after country with the debt to GDP ratio over 200% and we'll be there soon. To think the world can continue for decades that way is insane.

Posted by: lowandslow at March 31, 2014 03:43 PM (IV4od)

147 We are so screwed that the only thing left to do is to dig fox-holes and hope that Jesus comes sooner rather than later. Amazingly, that is pretty much my exact plan.

Posted by: grammie winger at March 31, 2014 03:44 PM (oMKp3)

148 The GOP will screw this up, royally.  I bet they lose the House, and lose seats in the Senate.  The Media will be overjoyed:  "Obamacare is here to stay!"

Even if they do manage to gain control of congress, as many here have pointed out, they won't do anything.  How many government programs, once put in place, are then removed?  I can think of one:  Prohibition. 

The rest have remained like inoperable tumors.

Posted by: Null at March 31, 2014 03:44 PM (xjpRj)

149 That's about the 5th time I've heard this in the last few days. Before that, never. This is clearly a push by the Dems to convince people that repealing OCare is impossible, so don't try. Methinks they protest too much. Posted by: pep at March 31, 2014 08:43 PM (4nR9/) This has been going on longer with the paid trolls on various sites. They *laugh* and say, there's no going back, it's impossible, etc. They want to us to give up. Even after seeing the precedent that TFG set in the WH with EO's.

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at March 31, 2014 03:44 PM (IXrOn)

150

"The important thing is to get Harry Reid's criminal ass out of control."

As bad as Mitch often is, he's infinitely preferable to Dingy Harry.

Obama's life will get a whole lot more complicated without Reid running the Senate.

Also: SCOTUS and other federal court nominations. Without the filibuster, getting Senate control becomes of enormous importance, to stop Obama's court-packing.

Posted by: torquewrench at March 31, 2014 08:19 PM (noWW6)

 

Yeah, well, the Retarded Turtle McConnell already said he's going to restore those filibuster rules that Pedo Harry shat on.

 

If only one good thing came out of the 2014 elections, I would want it to be McConnell's defeat.  Well, that and we take back the senate. Pure joy.

Posted by: joanne at March 31, 2014 03:45 PM (s/quq)

151 142 grammie winger at March 31, 2014 08:42 PM (oMKp3)

I'd put any unhealthy person who felt they had the right to enslave the majority to give them functionally free insurance perhaps not scum but definitely a "symbiotic" if I am in a generous mood.

They want "gifts" not "insurance"....there is no actuarial based paradigm that says "er uh get outta jail free card"....

I have pre-existing conditions tricare deftly avoids....

you know the "govt ran" health insurance of benign unicorns....?

Posted by: sven10077 at March 31, 2014 03:45 PM (TE35l)

152
It's definitely repealable
Posted by: McAdams



Well, Reince and Co. took a number of items off the table, saying the Republicans will keep the prior conditions, 26 year old kid and other provisions.  And there is no way the Republicans will vote to cut back the expanded Medicaid.


Posted by: Laurie David's Cervix at March 31, 2014 03:45 PM (kdS6q)

153 "unrepealable" ? The word you're looking for is "wishcasting".

Posted by: sock_rat_eez at March 31, 2014 03:46 PM (jNNWD)

154 "This is clearly a push by the Dems to convince people that repealing OCare is impossible, so don't try."

Come January 2015 the "pragmatists" in the GOP will be preaching the same shit.

Posted by: lowandslow at March 31, 2014 03:46 PM (IV4od)

155 This would be the greatest gift from TFG, ever. All because of his absolute failure.

We hold and take both House and Senate, then grab the WH.

What a mess to clean up, though.

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at March 31, 2014 08:38 PM (IXrOn)


What do you mean "we", conservative TEA Party interloper?

Posted by: Boehner/Cantor/McConnell/McCain/Ayotte/ at March 31, 2014 03:46 PM (o3MSL)

156 150 joanne at March 31, 2014 08:45 PM (s/quq)

Yup ONLY donkey gets to play "do whatever the fuck I want"...

I'm donating at least a hundred to Bitch McDonald's opponent.

Posted by: sven10077 at March 31, 2014 03:46 PM (TE35l)

157 Friendsh, you have nothing to fear from a Republican majority in the Senate.

Posted by: Juan McCain at March 31, 2014 03:48 PM (JQuNB)

158 149 That's about the 5th time I've heard this in the last few days. Before that, never. This is clearly a push by the Dems to convince people that repealing OCare is impossible, so don't try. Methinks they protest too much. Posted by: pep at March 31, 2014 08:43 PM (4nR9/) This has been going on longer with the paid trolls on various sites. They *laugh* and say, there's no going back, it's impossible, etc. They want to us to give up. Even after seeing the precedent that TFG set in the WH with EO's. Posted by: artisanal -------------------------- Remember "It's the law"? That was the onset.

Posted by: Mike Hammer at March 31, 2014 03:48 PM (aDwsi)

159 Come January 2015 the "pragmatists" in the GOP will be preaching the same shit.

Posted by: lowandslow at March 31, 2014 08:46 PM (IV4od)


We aren't going to wait that long!

Posted by: Boehner/Cantor/McConnell/McCain/Ayotte/ at March 31, 2014 03:48 PM (o3MSL)

160 This has been going on longer with the paid trolls on various sites. They *laugh* and say, there's no going back, it's impossible, etc.

Something's very different now.  It isn't just the obvious loons saying this.  The heavy hitters are doing it now.  They're clearly scared. 

(I've really gotta stop watching House of Cards.  I get all the cynical backstabbing with none of the hot journalist action.)

Posted by: pep at March 31, 2014 03:49 PM (4nR9/)

161 Guy Mohawk, good thinking (EOs to legislate/decree policy).  Of course, as you probably agree, there's about a 3% chance that any GOP president (if there is another one) would actually do that.  It's "the ratchet" times 1,000.  We know have de facto extra-constitutional government in DC, in any area the executive (or judiciary) decides to rule by whim.  But the vestigial scruples/instincts of any GOP prez would likely prevent using that very tool to help repair the massive const. and practical damage being done.

Posted by: non-purist at March 31, 2014 03:50 PM (afQnV)

162 Which is going to be worse for our collective blood pressure:  Senate majority leader Reid continuing to be the delusional pederast we all know and love, or senate majority leader McConnell?

Posted by: SpongeBobSaget at March 31, 2014 03:52 PM (L02KD)

163 Posted by: lowandslow at March 31, 2014 08:46 PM (IV4od) We aren't going to wait that long! Posted by: Boehner/Cantor/McConnell/McCain/Ayotte/ at March 31, 2014 08:48 PM (o3MSL) Hey, where is Paul Ryan in this mess?

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at March 31, 2014 03:53 PM (HVff2)

164

Good point, LDC.  Which confirms that this particularly stupid chapter in our national history will in fact lead to absolutely no gains or lessons learned.  Just keep the massive dysfunction of the previous medical finance system (distorted by federal tax code, mangled beyond recognition by federal and state mandates, cartelized by state regulation), tack on the particularly stupid pre-existing condition crap, season with the jaw-dropping 26-yr olds as "children" dependents, and top off with massive subsidies so that more people can flush more national money down the toilet.

 

Posted by: non-purist at March 31, 2014 03:54 PM (afQnV)

165 yeah, seeing Dirty Harry go will be sooooo wonderful. & the tingle leave Chris' life

Posted by: kelley in virginia at March 31, 2014 03:54 PM (H01/i)

166
Which is going to be worse for our collective blood pressure: Senate majority leader Reid continuing to be the delusional pederast we all know and love, or senate majority leader McConnell?
Posted by: SpongeBobSaget



How about Senate Republican who gets it if McConnell isn't re-elected, which could happen.

And I don't really know who that would be.


Posted by: Laurie David's Cervix at March 31, 2014 03:55 PM (kdS6q)

167 I'm busy dumping vets into the Obamacare exchanges.

Posted by: Paul Ryan at March 31, 2014 03:55 PM (Aif/5)

168 >>>89 I think a Republican majority would ensure that the GOPe maintain and improve their current set of perks and their ability to avoid being subject to any and all laws!

Posted by: Hrothgar at March 31, 2014 08:16 PM (o3MSL)<<<

 

My friends.

Posted by: rich@gmu at March 31, 2014 03:55 PM (RhQvZ)

169 He's tan. He's rested. He's ready.

Posted by: K. Rove, Chairman, Committee to Elect Jeb Bush at March 31, 2014 03:56 PM (1mtKP)

170 "We hold and take both House and Senate, then grab the WH. What a mess to clean up, though." Mess? Nah, just needs a little tweaking and the right people in charge. Because...comity...or something.

Posted by: Burn the Witch at March 31, 2014 03:56 PM (HLprW)

171 msnbc viewership will skyrocket

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at March 31, 2014 03:56 PM (IXrOn)

172 167 I'm busy dumping vets into the Obamacare exchanges. Posted by: Paul Ryan at March 31, 2014 08:55 PM (Aif/5) Thanks Paul.

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at March 31, 2014 03:56 PM (HVff2)

173 171 msnbc viewership will skyrocket


Right into the sun. 

Posted by: pep at March 31, 2014 03:56 PM (4nR9/)

174 ...the we can finally get something done around here!

Posted by: John Boehner at March 31, 2014 03:57 PM (FJL/j)

175 (I've really gotta stop watching House of Cards. I get all the cynical backstabbing with none of the hot journalist action.) How YOU don'?

Posted by: Zombie Helen Thomas at March 31, 2014 03:57 PM (HLprW)

176 Don't. Stop. Thinkin about tomorrow. Ready for Hillary. Forward!

Posted by: f'd at March 31, 2014 03:58 PM (JdEZJ)

177 Harry Reid forcibly ejected from his office? I'm fine with this. I'm also fine with some boots being put into his ribs in the process.

Posted by: Dack Thrombosis at March 31, 2014 03:59 PM (oFCZn)

178 Can we win by enough to throw McCain out on his goiter?

Posted by: garrett at March 31, 2014 03:59 PM (FJL/j)

179 "
I wouldn't put the unhealthy in the same category as scum and parasites.

Posted by: grammie winger at March 31, 2014 08:42 PM (oMKp3)"


If those unhealthy vote for Democrats, that's exactly where I'd put them. Fair point, though, there are unhealthy people with enough of a sense of social responsibility to understand that just because they were dealt a bad health hand doesn't give them the right to reach into some other person's pocket to pay the bills.

Posted by: Socrates at March 31, 2014 03:59 PM (A9F3C)

180 Analysts: Factoring in Candidate Experience, GOP Now Has 80% Chance of Recapturing the Senate

Which would be good.


It would? Getting a lot more of the same GOP we have now, the GOP that is pushing amnesty as hard as it can, the GOP that has declared war on the Tea Party, that GOP, would be good?

I'm skeptical.

Posted by: OregonMuse at March 31, 2014 03:59 PM (I8YZX)

181 >>>99 bonhomme: "On these boards it's guns and sex and booze."

I saw Guns And Sex And Booze open for pretty much every band I ever saw.

Posted by: Morons by the Horde at March 31, 2014 08:21 PM (1CroS)<<<

 

wasn't their biggest hit "...in my ass"

Posted by: rich@gmu at March 31, 2014 04:00 PM (RhQvZ)

182 178 Can we win by enough to throw McCain out on his goiter? Posted by: garrett at March 31, 2014 08:59 PM (FJL/j) My, you are kind & generous tonight.,

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at March 31, 2014 04:00 PM (HVff2)

183 I'm fine with this.

I'm also fine with some boots being put into his ribs in the process.


Someone here order a cat'o'nine tails?

Posted by: Fed Ex guy at March 31, 2014 04:00 PM (4nR9/)

184 How about Senate Republican who gets it if McConnell isn't re-elected, which could happen. And I don't really know who that would be. Posted by: Laurie David's Cervix at March 31, 2014 08:55 PM (kdS6q) "My friends..."

Posted by: Juan McCain at March 31, 2014 04:00 PM (oFCZn)

185 The Norks are firing rockets at South Korea and earthquakes indicate more nuclear tests. Meanwhile Barky is signing baseballs.

Posted by: WalrusRex at March 31, 2014 04:01 PM (BJSAO)

186

Anyone here think that amnesty is not essentially guaranteed in the lame duck, whatever the final score the day after Election Day?  For obvious reasons. 

 

So any sane, intelligent GOP supporters won't have to actually wait until the next Congress for their disappointment/horror.  The disastrously stupid, incredibly offensive assault on rule of law and fairness, and genuflection to racism and clueless greed will probably follow within a week or two.  As in 2010, when the stunning election results were immediately followed by GOP surrender of a strong procedural hand, allowing DADT repeal, the new nuke arms agreement, and other stupid crap to be passed in the lame duck.

 

Posted by: non-purist at March 31, 2014 04:01 PM (afQnV)

187 Would that the GOP was able to win elections on their own merits instead of the Donks ass raping themselves.

Posted by: Burn the Witch at March 31, 2014 04:01 PM (HLprW)

188 I gave up on the contacts and just stuck with the spectacles. Getting Lasik correction is on my "List." Some day..

Posted by: Soothsayer, corn bread assassin at March 31, 2014 04:03 PM (fWEL6)

189 As much as I detest Bitch McConnell I fucking loathe John McLame with every fiber of being. I haven't liked that fucker since the Keating 5

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at March 31, 2014 04:04 PM (HVff2)

190 I think I've come to the point where I dont much care if the Republicans take the Senate or not. I have no expectations of them doing anything remotely conservative if they are in the majority.

This.

Posted by: OregonMuse at March 31, 2014 04:04 PM (I8YZX)

191 Do they do Lasik one eye at a time? Maybe I'll just do one eye, and wear a unicle until I do the other eye.

Posted by: Soothsayer, corn bread assassin at March 31, 2014 04:05 PM (fWEL6)

192 148 How many government programs, once put in place, are then removed? I can think of one: Prohibition. Posted by: Null at March 31, 2014 08:44 PM (xjpRj) And Prohibition was actually enacted the proper way, by Constitutional amendment. It was likewise repealed by the same method. Imagine that. Today, that seems to be about as antiquated as Congress declaring war. It's much easier to just pass laws and resolutions.

Posted by: rickl at March 31, 2014 04:05 PM (sdi6R)

193 "Getting a lot more of the same GOP we have now, the GOP that is pushing amnesty as hard as it can, the GOP that has declared war on the Tea Party, that GOP, would be good? I'm skeptical. Posted by: OregonMuse at March 31, 2014 08:59 PM (I8YZX) " Yeah, me too. And I'm not voting for it, either. I want my Opposition Party !

Posted by: sock_rat_eez at March 31, 2014 04:06 PM (jNNWD)

194 At this point what difference does it make?

Posted by: f'd at March 31, 2014 04:06 PM (JdEZJ)

195 Maybe I'll just do one eye, and wear a unicle until I do the other eye. Unicle? I think a monocle would look classier, myself. Not even sure what a unicle looks like...

Posted by: Grey Fox at March 31, 2014 04:06 PM (6o11m)

196 Senate trivia, with the passing of the Democrat KKK Grand Wizard Robert Byrd, who became the Senate Pro Tempore?

Posted by: Soothsayer, corn bread assassin at March 31, 2014 04:06 PM (fWEL6)

197 The PPACA has displaced or negatively affected about 100 million people. But for 6 million, it needs to stay in place? Total nonsense.

Posted by: navybrat at March 31, 2014 04:07 PM (JgC5a)

198 191 Do they do Lasik one eye at a time? I'm not sure. I would think they would do both. I've had two cataract operations, each time both eyes at once.

Posted by: grammie winger at March 31, 2014 04:07 PM (oMKp3)

199 At first I thought, hey, 80%, awesome.  Then I remembered that no one has ever been better than the crapweasels of the "GOP" at snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.  Just call me debbie downer . . .

Posted by: Peaches at March 31, 2014 04:07 PM (8lmkt)

200 Unicle. Monocle. Potato. Tomato.

Posted by: Soothsayer, corn bread assassin at March 31, 2014 04:07 PM (fWEL6)

201 Posted by: Peaches at March 31, 2014 09:07 PM (8lmkt) Hi Debbie

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at March 31, 2014 04:08 PM (HVff2)

202 Hey, Mis!  How you doin'?  My apartment was not burglarized today, so that's a big win. 

Posted by: Peaches at March 31, 2014 04:09 PM (8lmkt)

203 Evening Horde. We piss anyone off in the last couple hours?

Posted by: BCochran1981 - Credible Hulk at March 31, 2014 04:10 PM (GEICT)

204 I was hoping Lasik would be flat screen tv's and be like $300 by now.

Posted by: Soothsayer, corn bread assassin at March 31, 2014 04:10 PM (fWEL6)

205 And, if that didn't work, try this: “As you know, and I think it’s very important and I look forward to everybody making this clear in their reports, we’re talking about private insurance. This is not a government program. The contract that you sign if you get health insurance through healthcare.gov or through a state marketplace is a private contract between you and an insurance company.” jay carney therightscoop

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at March 31, 2014 04:10 PM (IXrOn)

206 Electability isn't the most important thing. It's the only thing.

Posted by: Jeb "Packer Fan" Bush at March 31, 2014 04:11 PM (JQuNB)

207 Doin well Debbie Peaches Downer Good news about the crib

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at March 31, 2014 04:11 PM (HVff2)

208 Hillary vs Condi. Bet on it.

Posted by: Dick Morris at March 31, 2014 04:12 PM (/Nxsb)

209 So ace, what the WaPo is saying is that candidates that have served in office have a better chance of winning the general election? Someone tell Hammer his candidate(Brannon) has NEVER been elected to ANYTHING.

Posted by: Nip Sip at March 31, 2014 04:12 PM (0FSuD)

210 203 Evening Horde. We piss anyone off in the last couple hours? Posted by: BCochran1981 - Credible Hulk at March 31, 2014 09:10 PM (GEICT) I have :-)

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at March 31, 2014 04:12 PM (HVff2)

211 Hey, I'm still severely conservative!

Posted by: Mitt Rombley at March 31, 2014 04:13 PM (JQuNB)

212 who cares if the GOP wins the Senate?

those RINO fucks will still play reach around with the Demonrats in the name of "bipartisanship" and continue to screw us all.

Let.
It.
Burn.

Posted by: redc1c4 at March 31, 2014 04:13 PM (q+fqH)

213 Oh, and for the "we're doomed, it's unrepealable, we're stuck with it forever" Eeyore types, I give you Exhibit A of the contrary case, of a widely hated intrusive federal law that finally was gotten rid of.

The goddamned 55MPH speed limit. Remember that?

Of course, if we would simply adopt the sensible policy that all legislation must automatically sunset and be renewed at some reasonable interval, say, ten years, the 55 would probably have been gone by the early Eighties.

Posted by: torquewrench at March 31, 2014 04:13 PM (noWW6)

214 Jeb "Packer Fan" Bush I read that as "Pucker Fan", which is still oddly appropriate.

Posted by: Burn the Witch at March 31, 2014 04:13 PM (HLprW)

215 Hey, I'm still severely conservative! ------- We're pulling for you Mitt!

Posted by: N.H. Primary Voters at March 31, 2014 04:14 PM (Aif/5)

216 those RINO fucks will still play reach around with the Demonrats in the name of "bipartisanship" and continue to screw us all.

Let.
It.
Burn.

Posted by: redc1c4 at March 31, 2014 09:13 PM (q+fqH)


this right here

Posted by: Peaches at March 31, 2014 04:14 PM (8lmkt)

217 I'm every bit as conservative as Mitt Rombley!

Posted by: Chris Christie--A Bridge Too Far at March 31, 2014 04:14 PM (JQuNB)

218 I have :-) Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at March 31, 2014 09:12 PM (HVff2) Excellent work. Was it "just a little pissed off"? "Red face anger"? "Incandescent rage"?

Posted by: BCochran1981 - Credible Hulk at March 31, 2014 04:14 PM (GEICT)

219 Someone tell Hammer his candidate(Brannon) has NEVER been elected to ANYTHING. These days, that's a plus in my book. Bonus points if he didn't graduate from college.

Posted by: grammie winger at March 31, 2014 04:14 PM (oMKp3)

220 My optometrist gave we some good news. I don't need Lasic. If I just wait a while, they'll give me correcting lens when they do the cataract surgery. I don't need cataract surgery. She was just looking forward to the day I become even more old and decrepit.

Posted by: WalrusRex at March 31, 2014 04:15 PM (SztpP)

221 203 Evening Horde. We piss anyone off in the last couple hours? Posted by: BCochran1981 - Credible Hulk at March 31, 2014 09:10 PM (GEICT) Ha ha. Just got here and I am trying to get Mike worked up! See @209

Posted by: Nip Sip at March 31, 2014 04:15 PM (0FSuD)

222 I feel myself slipping, slowly turning back to the establishment...

Posted by: Peggy Nooner at March 31, 2014 04:16 PM (JQuNB)

223 Bonus points if he didn't graduate from college. Posted by: grammie winger at March 31, 2014 09:14 PM (oMKp3) Tillis didn't for 20 years, finished at U MD correspondence school.

Posted by: Nip Sip at March 31, 2014 04:16 PM (0FSuD)

224 Can't see where more of the GOP is a good thing unless it Tea Party people, and that shit for brains Speaker and his boot licking minions get tossed from their 'leadership' assignments in the house; and that bitch Mitch gets an assignment a the toilet scrubber in the Senate.

Posted by: CrotchetyOldJarhead at March 31, 2014 04:17 PM (60Vyp)

225 Both sides are screaming their spin on the the next election and pointing to various number and statistics but the bottom line for me is this - does it help people who have struggled with government in the past? I've always been a staunch rock-ribbed concerned conservative christian Republican voter and one time BO'R junkie whose life just got too busy for worrying about politics.

I knew the coming election would affect me directly since I am self-employed as a survivalist/prepper instructor and have always had to pay taxes out-of-pocket. Sure enough I get huge tax bill this year. Naturally I was pretty steamed. At the IRS. At Washington. Even at Obama himself for promising I could keep my hard-earned money.

Then I start hearing all these horror stories from the Republicans in Congress and on Fox about the coming election. Millions are losing their representation (like me!), the voter registration is difficult to use, the candidates are more aggressive, the policies are insane. I was getting angrier by the day.

But in my line of work results are all that matter so I decided to try voting Democrat. Lo and behold there were no problems voting absentee. I'm going to be honest, I'm paying $14 a month more in taxes. But that's with a free phone and thanks to the Democrats we no longer have to worry about employment or retirement savings.

I'm fortunate enough in life I don't qualify for EITC but I can only imagine what a great deal the handouts must be for those who aren't as fortunate.

Voting Democrat turned out to be a great deal for me despite my initial skepticism and anger. SSDI works. But don't take my or anyone else's word for it. Go to the polling booth and see for yourself.

Posted by: Gunnar Hammersmith at March 31, 2014 04:17 PM (r0+v0)

226 191
Do they do Lasik one eye at a time?

Maybe I'll just do one eye, and wear a unicle until I do the other eye.

Posted by: Soothsayer, corn bread assassin at March 31, 2014 09:05 PM (fWEL6)

++++

Damn! Grey Fox beat me to it. I wanted to be first to mock you.

I'm sure they would be happy to Lasik you one eye at a time, as long as you are willing to pay the premium. I suspect they will want close to double the price if they need to do two separate procedures on you.

Posted by: Anon Y. Mous at March 31, 2014 04:17 PM (IN7k+)

227 This shit is easy.

Posted by: Gunnar Hammersmith at March 31, 2014 04:17 PM (r0+v0)

228 Lesson learned, make sure the box "E-mail alerts for follow-on comments" at WUWT is NOT checked.

Posted by: Burn the Witch at March 31, 2014 04:17 PM (HLprW)

229 Evening. So some jihadist is on the loose who was suppose to enlist in the ARMY? Outstanding. I bet he almost got a security clearance also ha?

Posted by: Nevergiveup at March 31, 2014 04:18 PM (t3UFN)

230 Posted by: WalrusRex at March 31, 2014 09:15 PM (SztpP) I got lens implants with my cataract surgery but I still need glasses. Maybe things have improved in the last few years. Good luck!

Posted by: grammie winger at March 31, 2014 04:18 PM (oMKp3)

231 This unicle makes me virtually unmockable.

Posted by: Soothsayer, wearing a unicle at March 31, 2014 04:18 PM (fWEL6)

232 I hear de commio got booed off the mount at the Mets game today?

Posted by: Nevergiveup at March 31, 2014 04:18 PM (t3UFN)

233 *scans through thread* If mama winger is around tell her to email me.

Posted by: CAC at March 31, 2014 04:18 PM (hEN3E)

234

WR-

 

M 5.0 - 132km SW of Ongjin, North KoreaDYFI? - IVTime2014-03-31 15:48:36 UTC-04:00Location36.953°N 124.511°EDepth15.9km

crap. too deep so maybe it was just an earthquake.

Posted by: rich@gmu at March 31, 2014 04:19 PM (RhQvZ)

235 Posted by: Gunnar Hammersmith at March 31, 2014 09:17 PM (r0+v0) Pro moves right there.

Posted by: Burn the Witch at March 31, 2014 04:19 PM (HLprW)

236 I got lasiks years ago. Best thing I ever did

Posted by: Nevergiveup at March 31, 2014 04:19 PM (t3UFN)

237 It's great to see the Republican party regaining its senses.

Posted by: Peter King at March 31, 2014 04:19 PM (JQuNB)

238 Posted by: CAC at March 31, 2014 09:18 PM (hEN3E) Here i be, CAC

Posted by: grammie winger at March 31, 2014 04:20 PM (oMKp3)

239 Posted by: CAC at March 31, 2014 09:18 PM (hEN3E) Boss man, you see the email I forwarded about Crist and Scott?

Posted by: BCochran1981 - Credible Hulk at March 31, 2014 04:20 PM (GEICT)

240 I saw Unicle open for Triumph at the Palladium East in 1981.

Posted by: Dack Thrombosis at March 31, 2014 04:20 PM (oFCZn)

241 "This unicle makes me virtually unmockable." You gotta get a top hat now.

Posted by: Burn the Witch at March 31, 2014 04:20 PM (HLprW)

242 "“As you know, and I think it’s very important and I look forward to everybody making this clear in their reports, we’re talking about private insurance. This is not a government program. The contract that you sign if you get health insurance through healthcare.gov or through a state marketplace is a private contract between you and an insurance company.”

-------------
Private insurance is when I decline or purchase collision on my auto policy once the car is paid off. The Obamacare products were designed around necessitating the purchase of coverage at actuarially-unjustifiable prices to facilitate the transfer of dollars which could have been used for any purpose by the healthy to the unhealthy for their use in purchasing health care procedures. The government is using the private sector as a distribution mechanism, but all of the important decisions are out of the private sectors hands and in the hands of HHS. Carney is an idiot, so he has plausible deniability here, but I'm betting he's just blowing smoke for the mouth-breathers that hang on every word coming out of the White House or the DNC.

Posted by: Socrates at March 31, 2014 04:20 PM (A9F3C)

243 Meanwhile the mystery surrounding the Malaysian Mystery gets murkier.  A judge in Cook County dismissed a discovery petition filed against the airline and Boeing.

Where it gets murky is, the petition was filed by someone claiming to be the father of one of the missing people.  But someone else who claims to be part of the same family says none of them authorized anyone to file any legal claims and the person is not the father of the victim.

From CNN - http://tinyurl.com/lbomgbj

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at March 31, 2014 04:20 PM (YV5Kj)

244 No more spectacles? No more ocular degeneration?

Posted by: Soothsayer, wearing a unicle at March 31, 2014 04:20 PM (fWEL6)

245 I'm not Mr. Peanut.

Posted by: Soothsayer, wearing a unicle at March 31, 2014 04:21 PM (fWEL6)

246

rickl, actually, the AUMF for the post-9/11 period and Iraq were very detailed and long-winded declarations of war, in effect.   Suppose it would have been (out place, but funny) humor if someone had tacked on to each resolution "We hereby declare war".  Funny mostly to see what the Luap Nor idiots would then say.

 

OregonMuse, the one not-implausible claim for a GOP Senate I have read is that it could choke off the pipeline of absurdly un-American soft-fascist authoritarian "judges" being appointed by these stupid fringe freaks in the WH.  Maybe.  The kook from Philly was recently sidelined, but that might have been because the notoriety of his bad connections is high on the scale.

 

To darken everyone's day, as a near life-long Beltway denizen who spent many many years working in the Senate and other institutions in DC - thus with as practical and first-hand a perspective as anyone - I see very little changing/being prevented from a GOP Senate.  That is, one dominated by the incredibly tiny characters that make up the GOP (and most of the Beltway, in general) today. 

 

Posted by: non-purist at March 31, 2014 04:23 PM (afQnV)

247 Analysts: Factoring in Candidate Experience, GOP Now Has 80% Chance of Recapturing the Senate Oh, great. This means that there's even less incentive for the establishment GOP to refrain from putting their stupidity front and center before November...

Posted by: Blacque Jacques Shellacque at March 31, 2014 04:23 PM (rakCv)

248 Unicles are for cyclopeans.  Monocles are reserved for German counts.  Unless you're either one, you are not permitted to wear a single lens.  It's the law.

Posted by: pep at March 31, 2014 04:24 PM (4nR9/)

249 I had you tagged as Rich Uncle Pennybags (the Monopoly man).

Posted by: Anon Y. Mous at March 31, 2014 04:24 PM (IN7k+)

250 Endorsing Chris Christie was the second-dumbest thing I ever did.

Posted by: Ann Coulter at March 31, 2014 04:25 PM (JQuNB)

251 We're sure Todd Akin or Sharon Angle's previous campaigns can still be blamed for our failure to meet expectations.

Posted by: The Gee Oh Pee at March 31, 2014 04:25 PM (HLprW)

252 I see very little changing/being prevented from a GOP Senate. That is, one dominated by the incredibly tiny characters that make up the GOP (and most of the Beltway, in general) today.
Posted by: non-purist at March 31, 2014 09:23 PM (afQnV)



Welcome to the party, pal.

Posted by: DangerGirl at March 31, 2014 04:26 PM (GrtrJ)

253 I get a "plus" and "bonus points" from grammie! EeeeeeYES!!! **waves** **leaves to do a search for a company who removes skeletons from closets** Love each other fellow babies Almost forgot. The GOP "leadership" is sucking worthless.

Posted by: teej at March 31, 2014 04:27 PM (AoY8i)

254 Posted by: teej at March 31, 2014 09:27 PM (AoY8i) . LOL Big hugs to you teej

Posted by: grammie winger at March 31, 2014 04:28 PM (oMKp3)

255 I have no idea how Chuck Todd would get to this "unrepealable" notion, apart from pure fanboism. William of Ockham nods.

Posted by: Sean Bannion [/i][/s][/u][/b] at March 31, 2014 04:29 PM (yz6yg)

256

Socrates, I hereby deputize you to make my comments on insurance matters.  Pithy and accurate.

 

Interesting idea for all here:  quiz your acquaintances and family as to their understanding of what "insurance" is?  The devastatingly poor results from that little exercise should flush out any last little ray of hope you might - inexplicably - still have ....

Posted by: non-purist at March 31, 2014 04:30 PM (afQnV)

257 Colonel Klink looks stunning in his monocle.

Posted by: Bertram Cabot Jr. at March 31, 2014 04:30 PM (/Nxsb)

258 "Numerous factors could upset this analysis,..."

... such as the MSM carrying the Democrats over the finish line.

Posted by: Bob-O at March 31, 2014 04:32 PM (PXnNl)

259 250 Endorsing Chris Christie was the second-dumbest thing I ever did. Posted by: Ann Coulter at March 31, 2014 09:25 PM (JQuNB) Hey, you talking about me?

Posted by: Bob Guccione, Jr at March 31, 2014 04:32 PM (0FSuD)

260

You are so stooped if you think that the racist party (Republicans) will take the senate. The people so love our black president!!!!

 

Posted by: Richard Cranium at March 31, 2014 04:33 PM (hRHQJ)

261

No, DangerGirl, I was setting up the keg for the party, I'm not just getting there.

 

Just figured I'd toss my little weak appeal-to-authority comment in, for fun.

 

To an alarming degree, I find the tactical and substantive commentary here by some who don the mantle of practical realism to be plain silly, based on my own long and direct experience.

Posted by: non-purist at March 31, 2014 04:33 PM (afQnV)

262 You are so stooped if you think that the racist party (Republicans) will take the senate. The people so love our black president!!!! Posted by: Richard Cranium at March 31, 2014 09:33 PM (hRHQJ) Great sock.

Posted by: Sean Bannion [/i][/s][/u][/b] at March 31, 2014 04:34 PM (yz6yg)

263 "I don't need cataract surgery. She was just looking forward to the day I become even more old and decrepit."

I had to have cataract surgery when I was in my late 30's. Strange.

Posted by: lowandslow at March 31, 2014 04:34 PM (IV4od)

264 Colonel Klink looks stunning in his monocle. He does make it a little hard to watch Judgment at Nuremburg.

Posted by: The Gee Oh Pee at March 31, 2014 04:34 PM (HLprW)

265 Someone tell Hammer his candidate(Brannon) has NEVER been elected to ANYTHING. Posted by: Nip Sip ------------------------------ Raleigh GOP meet tonight. The 2A community feels different about Tillis. Some of the guys were there to meet Brannon. Tillis is not a shoe in. And Brannon won the straw poll.

Posted by: Tobacco Road at March 31, 2014 04:35 PM (4Mv1T)

266 such as the MSM carrying the Democrats over the finish line. Posted by: Bob-O ------------- Ballot stuffing.

Posted by: Mike Hammer at March 31, 2014 04:35 PM (aDwsi)

267 Posted by: non-purist at March 31, 2014 09:33 PM (afQnV)


Personally, my friend, I think the majority of the posters here are on the same page as you and I.  And the rest are either lying to themselves or traitors to the party in their own right.

Posted by: DangerGirl at March 31, 2014 04:35 PM (GrtrJ)

268 Raleigh GOP meet tonight. The 2A community feels different about Tillis. Some of the guys were there to meet Brannon. Tillis is not a shoe in. And Brannon won the straw poll. Posted by: Tobacco Road at March 31, 2014 09:35 PM (4Mv1T) OMG!!!11!!! The Republic is DOOMED!!!!!!!!!!1111!!!

Posted by: BCochran1981 - Credible Hulk at March 31, 2014 04:36 PM (GEICT)

269 And Brannon won the straw poll. Posted by: Tobacco Road ---------------- Do tell.

Posted by: Mike Hammer at March 31, 2014 04:36 PM (aDwsi)

270 I have no idea how Chuck Todd would get to this "unrepealable" notion, apart from pure fanboism. Remember when Al Gore went to the UK and called W a traitor in public in a big political speech? Remember when Dirty Harry Reid went on TV just before the surge and said the Iraq war was over and the United States had lost? Remember the NYTs like, ever? They say this shit because it is illegal to punch their lights out.

Posted by: Daybrother at March 31, 2014 04:37 PM (DAcmg)

271 225 I knew the coming election would affect me directly since I am self-employed as a survivalist/prepper instructor Voting Democrat turned out to be a great deal for me despite my initial skepticism and anger. Posted by: Gunnar Hammersmith at March 31, 2014 09:17 PM (r0+v0) *golf clap* Well played.

Posted by: rickl at March 31, 2014 04:39 PM (sdi6R)

272

Amnesty.  By Thanksgiving. 

 

And if for some unforeseen reason that fails to happen, even better:  the most brazen and aggressive EO yet, one that will expand the already-broad de facto repeal of most immigration law with an in-your-face directive to ICE to suspend ALL deportations, cease even the laughable fake background checks for DREAMERs, and cease co-operation with all state govts. (a la AZ).

 

Like some here, part of me *almost* wants to see something like that happen.  The country is a huge car wreck scene, and while make a habit of never rubber-necking at real crash scenes, this one is irresistible (aside from directly hugely negatively affecting me personally).  Would be interesting to see if there is ANY life left in the constitutional system, at all.

 

Most likely outcome:  "it's dead, Jim"

 

Posted by: non-purist at March 31, 2014 04:39 PM (afQnV)

273 Off smelly party sock

Posted by: Burn the Witch at March 31, 2014 04:40 PM (HLprW)

274 259 250 Endorsing Chris Christie was the second-dumbest thing I ever did. Posted by: Ann Coulter at March 31, 2014 09:25 PM (JQuNB) Hey, you talking about me? Posted by: Bob Guccione, Jr at March 31, 2014 09:32 PM (0FSuD) Yeah, that's the ticket.

Posted by: Bill Maher at March 31, 2014 04:41 PM (JQuNB)

275
  Certainly encouraging to see all the unbridled optimism displayed here.

  gives a fella a warm feeling.

Posted by: irongrampa at March 31, 2014 04:43 PM (SAMxH)

276 No, Ace. It would be great. Harry Reid is an evil man and has to go.

Posted by: Teh Most Interesting Man at March 31, 2014 04:45 PM (dTh2r)

277 Certainly encouraging to see all the unbridled optimism displayed here. gives a fella a warm feeling. Posted by: irongrampa at March 31, 2014 09:43 PM (SAMxH) Optimism is for RINOs.

Posted by: BCochran1981 - Credible Hulk at March 31, 2014 04:46 PM (GEICT)

278 I think Sooth is more the Topper type. The ghost on early TV. Get off my lawn.

Posted by: Mr. Dave at March 31, 2014 04:47 PM (n+8FE)

279 To an alarming degree, I find the tactical and substantive commentary here by some who don the mantle of practical realism to be plain silly, based on my own long and direct experience. Posted by: non-purist Did you call me? I got a message.

Posted by: SMOD at March 31, 2014 04:47 PM (ofpPn)

280 Raleigh GOP meet tonight. The 2A community feels different about Tillis. Some of the guys were there to meet Brannon. Tillis is not a shoe in. And Brannon won the straw poll. Posted by: Tobacco Road at March 31, 2014 09:35 PM (4Mv1T) Currently Brannon is polling 13%, same as Harris and the woman gets 10%. Tillis hopefully will break 40% so we can save our money to beat Hagan. You will see some VERY important endorsements for Tillis in the next few weeks. They will be the nails in coffins of the other candidates. I am not going to say what large organization with FIVE million members is going to endorse Tillis. I'll let you guess.

Posted by: Nip Sip at March 31, 2014 04:47 PM (0FSuD)

281 Do tell. Posted by: Mike Hammer ----------------------------- I confess I was not there. That was a post tonight from a friend at CSC who attended. Strong libertarian contingent there, too. That crowd seems to hate Tillis and love Brannon.

Posted by: Tobacco Road at March 31, 2014 04:48 PM (4Mv1T)

282

Posted by: non-purist at March 31, 2014 09:39 PM (afQnV)

 

guess i don't come here to be cheered up. is that the scuttlebutt on the hill or fingertipfeel?

Posted by: rich@gmu at March 31, 2014 04:49 PM (RhQvZ)

283 238 Posted by: CAC at March 31, 2014 09:18 PM (hEN3E) Here i be, CAC Posted by: grammie winger at March 31, 2014 09:20 PM (oMKp3) 239 Posted by: CAC at March 31, 2014 09:18 PM (hEN3E) ---Check your email! Boss man, you see the email I forwarded about Crist and Scott? Posted by: BCochran1981 - Credible Hulk at March 31, 2014 09:20 PM (GEICT) Yep. I'd like to see more, but you are taking a damaged incumbent and pitting a thoroughly unlikable alternative against him. Crist has the edge because Scott has been down in approval for so long, but it won't take much to remind Floridians why they didn't pull for him in '10.

Posted by: CAC at March 31, 2014 04:49 PM (hEN3E)

284 but it won't take much to remind Floridians why they didn't pull for him in '10.

I'll pull for him!

Posted by: Anthony "little" Wiener at March 31, 2014 04:50 PM (0AKks)

285 256

In case it wasn't obvious, I do work in the industry. You're right, it's very rare that someone understands what insurance is. In fact, there's a book called "Insurance & Behavioral Economics: Improving Decisions in the Most Misunderstood Industry" and I don't think the title is an exaggeration. Democrats play off of that misunderstanding to facilitate their political goal of control over health care spending and dumbasses who fancy themselves smartypants eat it up.

Posted by: Socrates at March 31, 2014 04:52 PM (A9F3C)

286 but it won't take much to remind Floridians why they didn't pull for him in '10. Posted by: CAC at March 31, 2014 09:49 PM (hEN3E) Because he's a slimy, backstabbing, flip flopping oompa loompa?

Posted by: BCochran1981 - Credible Hulk at March 31, 2014 04:52 PM (GEICT)

287 Never trust a tall Oompa Loompa, they are lying about something.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at March 31, 2014 04:54 PM (YV5Kj)

288 I don't think the GOP has the nads to repeal Obamacare, even if they do take the Senate. Agree...

Posted by: eleven at March 31, 2014 04:55 PM (fsLdt)

289 Never trust a tall Oompa Loompa, they are lying about something.

My ears are burning!!

Posted by: John Kerry at March 31, 2014 04:55 PM (HVI5a)

290 @  286

   Be fair, BC--list his bad points too.

Posted by: irongrampa at March 31, 2014 04:56 PM (SAMxH)

291 Be fair, BC--list his bad points too. Posted by: irongrampa at March 31, 2014 09:56 PM (SAMxH) Ambulance chasing, sour grape eating shitweasel.

Posted by: BCochran1981 - Credible Hulk at March 31, 2014 04:57 PM (GEICT)

292 281 Do tell. Posted by: Mike Hammer ----------------------------- I confess I was not there. That was a post tonight from a friend at CSC who attended. Strong libertarian contingent there, too. That crowd seems to hate Tillis and love Brannon. Posted by: Tobacco Road at March 31, 2014 09:48 PM (4Mv1T) Hello NC morons

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at March 31, 2014 04:57 PM (HVff2)

293 Have any of you seen the book by Crist? "How the Radical Right Took Over the Republican Party, and Why I'm now a Democrat".

Posted by: eleven at March 31, 2014 04:59 PM (fsLdt)

294 fanboism Considering that the root word is "fanboi" and the suffix is "ism," shouldn't that then be "fanboiism"? It's sort of like "skiing" -- a root word that ends in an "i" followed by a suffix that also begins with an "i": if you elide them together, as happens in other linguistic circumstances, you'd get "sking," as in "I'd like to go cross-country sking with the king as we cling to our bling." But we don't do that, do we? So, illogical at it may look on paper, we write "skiing," as in "As the snow monsters approached, the human being was fleeing via skiing." Thus, Ace's neologism "fanboism" rhymes with -- well, I don't think there is any word in English that ends with the "oism" sound (yet, at least.) Maybe if you said "orgasm" ten times in a row as fast as you can. I thereby propose "fanboiism" as the spelling of this new word.

Posted by: zombie at March 31, 2014 04:59 PM (mizYg)

295 I saw Oompa Loompa open for Chocolate, 2001.

Posted by: Mike Hammer at March 31, 2014 05:00 PM (aDwsi)

296 Hello NC morons Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at March 31, 2014 09:57 PM (HVff2) Finally some decent weather! Maybe Sugar Mt should have closed earlier so the warm weather would show up?

Posted by: Nip Sip at March 31, 2014 05:01 PM (0FSuD)

297 That fat cunt over at HA is hawking the new bullshit WaPo poll that shows how popular Obamacare is

Posted by: TexasJew at March 31, 2014 05:01 PM (U+u4A)

298 Hello NC morons Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian ---------------------------- 'Evening Wisconsin.

Posted by: Tobacco Road at March 31, 2014 05:01 PM (4Mv1T)

299 Name an incentive for the GOPe to get rid of ObamaCare.

Posted by: eman at March 31, 2014 05:02 PM (AO9UG)

300

rich-at-gmu:  no, do not work there now, haven't for years, but my perspective is based on many years of doing so - so my feeling may be completely wrong, but experience plus current data gives little reason for optimism.  I did note the plausible impact on judicial appointments.  A GOP Senate would, obviously, have at least the potential of being a speed-bump.   But the fairly anemic performance of the House after the tsunami of 2010 is a pretty damning indicator of likely performance by the GOP.

 

Socrates:  almost all of the most important shit in society and the world is, actually, extremely simple.  The basic business model of real insurance stands out, as few businesses are little more than applied math/statistics.  But that is quantum mechanics to today's dumbed-down "elite" types.  As is the key role that insurance has played in the modern economy of the world.  Clean water, secured debt, insurance - three factors without which today's world would not have been possible.  And two out of the three are under assault.  Mind-boggling.

 

Posted by: non-purist at March 31, 2014 05:02 PM (afQnV)

301 Finally some decent weather! Maybe Sugar Mt should have closed earlier so the warm weather would show up? Posted by: Nip Sip ---------------- Well, Wolf Lodge burned, so there's that.

Posted by: Mike Hammer at March 31, 2014 05:02 PM (aDwsi)

302 I don't think the GOP has the nads to repeal Obamacare, even if they do take the Senate.

If there are any nads there at all, they probably borrowed 'em from Rick Perry, who clearly has extra.

Posted by: Peaches at March 31, 2014 05:03 PM (8lmkt)

303 Optimism is for RINOs. Posted by: BCochran1981 - Credible Hulk And coffee is for closers!!

Posted by: Bossy Conservative riding Orca at March 31, 2014 05:03 PM (+1T7c)

304 302 If there are any nads there at all, they probably borrowed 'em from Rick Perry, who clearly has extra. then he should take them out of his mouth only The SARAH!!! can save us now

Posted by: navycopjoe at March 31, 2014 05:04 PM (Ft87j)

305 297 That fat cunt over at HA is hawking the new bullshit WaPo poll that shows how popular Obamacare is Could you narrow that down a bit?

Posted by: Nip Sip at March 31, 2014 05:04 PM (0FSuD)

306 297 That fat cunt over at HA is hawking the new bullshit WaPo poll that shows how popular Obamacare is Posted by: TexasJew at March 31, 2014 10:01 PM (U+u4A) Poppin' Fresh?

Posted by: eman at March 31, 2014 05:04 PM (AO9UG)

307 Hello TJ. How's the depletion rate up north? Sacking it like I hope?

Posted by: Mr. Dave at March 31, 2014 05:04 PM (n+8FE)

308 any Ohioans here? is Kasich gonna lose or what?

Posted by: Soothsayer, wearing a unicle at March 31, 2014 05:05 PM (fWEL6)

309 then he should take them out of his mouth only The SARAH!!! can save us now Posted by: navycopjoe at March 31, 2014 10:04 PM (Ft87j) This just in….the Chicago Cubs are already mathematically eliminated from the postseason.

Posted by: BCochran1981 - Credible Hulk at March 31, 2014 05:05 PM (GEICT)

310 only The SARAH!!! can save us now

Posted by: navycopjoe at March 31, 2014 10:04 PM (Ft87j)


yeah, she'll bring it like the cubbies . . .

Posted by: Peaches at March 31, 2014 05:05 PM (8lmkt)

311 Posted by: BCochran1981 - Credible Hulk at March 31, 2014 10:05 PM (GEICT)


Posted by: Peaches at March 31, 2014 05:06 PM (8lmkt)

312 @301 Wolf Lodge? The one in Concord? Haven't heard that.

Posted by: Nip Sip at March 31, 2014 05:06 PM (0FSuD)

313 It isn't a question of GOP nads. The problem is incentive, not courage. The GOP motive runs parallel to the Democrat motive.

Posted by: eman at March 31, 2014 05:06 PM (AO9UG)

314 309 damn cubbies play perfect until they bring in the reliever 10th inning, walk on homer same shit different year

Posted by: navycopjoe at March 31, 2014 05:07 PM (Ft87j)

315

eman, I am intrigued and wonder if you have a newsletter.

 

But really - do you mean Dem/GOP incentive of more power is the main one, and of course pulls in the direction of non-repeal?  (just guessing here)

 

Posted by: non-purist at March 31, 2014 05:07 PM (afQnV)

316 313 The GOP motive runs parallel to the Democrat motive. its all about power over the people and money same shit different parties

Posted by: navycopjoe at March 31, 2014 05:08 PM (Ft87j)

317 This just in….the Chicago Cubs are already mathematically eliminated from the postseason. Oh...funny 'cause it's true.

Posted by: eleven at March 31, 2014 05:08 PM (fsLdt)

318 any Ohioans here? is Kasich gonna lose or what? Posted by: Soothsayer Unknown. The Democrat running for the nomination is a nobody. The jam-job on the Medicaid expansion has irritated a lot of the Republican Party in Ohio, so it is not evident what the turnout will be like in November. Campaigning is minimal right now.

Posted by: Bossy Conservative riding Orca at March 31, 2014 05:09 PM (+1T7c)

319 Wolf Lodge? The one in Concord? Haven't heard that. Posted by: Nip Sip ---------- Crap. Sorry, Wolf Laurel.

Posted by: Mike Hammer at March 31, 2014 05:09 PM (aDwsi)

320 at least the world cup is near the glory of the Azzurri will be confirmed and all will bow down to the greatest race of people ITALIANS!!!

Posted by: navycopjoe at March 31, 2014 05:10 PM (Ft87j)

321

Posted by: non-purist at March 31, 2014 10:02 PM (afQnV)

 

I have to go with your judgment on this. Have a feeling Congress - in the middle of the night - some sort of amnesty lite is going to be passed. and I don't have much hope even with majorities in both houses.

Posted by: rich@gmu at March 31, 2014 05:11 PM (RhQvZ)

322 The main muthafuckin' problem with people who would kinda-sorta normally vote R is that way too many of them are staying home these last years.  Sure, the GOP sucks syphilitic donkey bawls but if you can't vote FOR somebody, surely you can find somebody to vote AGAINST.  That's my theory, anyway.  Plus, SMOD and LIB are never on teh ballot.

Posted by: Peaches at March 31, 2014 05:11 PM (8lmkt)

323 ITALIANS!!! Posted by: navycopjoe at March 31, 2014 10:10 PM (Ft87j) Yeah, the people that don't shower and piss in the streets. Riiiiight.

Posted by: BCochran1981 - Credible Hulk at March 31, 2014 05:12 PM (GEICT)

324 @319 So a "Fire"? I guess starting a flood in the mts was out of the question?

Posted by: Nip Sip at March 31, 2014 05:12 PM (0FSuD)

325 ncj, there is a free agent pitcher available in 2017 and he's from Hawaii.

Posted by: Mr. Dave at March 31, 2014 05:12 PM (n+8FE)

326
   Palin as president would cause the left to die of the fantods.

   Along with some of the right.

    And I would laugh and laugh.

Posted by: irongrampa at March 31, 2014 05:12 PM (SAMxH)

327 Posted by: non-purist at March 31, 2014 09:39 PM (afQnV)

I have been saying this over and over, the establishments in both parties have the votes for amnesty, they are just waiting (the GOP) until after the November elections to do it so there will not be any repercussions for them.

Because seriously, who ELSE are you gonna vote for? (In the mind of the GOP)

Posted by: NWConservative at March 31, 2014 05:12 PM (buZ/8)

328

Oh - standard disclaimer - no less than the ridiculous "president", the GOP and Dems are a symptom, not a cause.   Sure - the freaks of the Dem party and the empty suits in the GOP do not represent your average moron here - but they sure as hell, on average and over time, represent a working majority of the country. 

 

No excuse - press distortion, being busy, falling for the ridiculous pitches made by pols (in many Dems' cases, the gap between their campaigns and actual voting is breath-taking, esp. outside the northeast) - changes this.

 

So here we (rightly) whine and fulminate about individuals and the party, but as I always say, the proper target of your ire (well, most of it) is that in-law, that softball team member, that work colleague, that church member, that nice guy at the auto shop, et al.  THEY are what makes the current national debacle possible. 

Posted by: non-purist at March 31, 2014 05:13 PM (afQnV)

329 322 Posted by: Peaches at March 31, 2014 10:11 PM (8lmkt) Peaches I've voted in ever election since 80. However if a rino is the nominee I'm sitting out & checkbook is closed

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at March 31, 2014 05:13 PM (HVff2)

330 And I would laugh and laugh. Posted by: irongrampa at March 31, 2014 10:12 PM (SAMxH) ^^^THIS^^^

Posted by: BCochran1981 - Credible Hulk at March 31, 2014 05:13 PM (GEICT)

331 This just in….the Chicago Cubs are already mathematically eliminated from the postseason.>>

The might have a chance now that that goat similator came out.

Posted by: The Hickster at March 31, 2014 05:13 PM (TI3xG)

332 Speaking of fires, my club caught of fire this afternoon, when it was closed for the day. Stupid workman left shit on in a storage area.

Posted by: Nip Sip at March 31, 2014 05:13 PM (0FSuD)

333 horrible car accident on the freeway in Houston today. USPS 18 wheeler crushed an SUV against a Jersey barrier and landed on top of it. SUV burst into flames. SUV driver was trapped and hanging out of the vehicle over an over pass but couldn't get out He was asking for help but they couldn't get to him. He burned to death. Awful. I was stuck in traffic and saw the burned out SUV and the truck but I didn't know there was a person in it. Poor guy

Posted by: French Commie at March 31, 2014 05:14 PM (zOTsN)

334 315 eman, I am intrigued and wonder if you have a newsletter. But really - do you mean Dem/GOP incentive of more power is the main one, and of course pulls in the direction of non-repeal? (just guessing here) Posted by: non-purist at March 31, 2014 10:07 PM (afQnV) GOP big shots have no incentive to shrink government. Their act is to pretend they do. They are doing it party because it serves them well, partly because they are stupid cowards, and partly because they know the numbers as well as we do. That is, the runaway train can't be stopped. So why not ride the tran as it goes faster and faster Slim Whitman style yeehah! and hope you'll be long dead before the ride ends?

Posted by: eman at March 31, 2014 05:15 PM (AO9UG)

335 325 No problem we all knew they would blow this year their farm team on the other hand has some serious talent they will be on the team next year .....then the fun begins

Posted by: navycopjoe at March 31, 2014 05:16 PM (Ft87j)

336 Evening weirdos. Kinda cranky round these parts lately. Almost like everything is turning to shit around us. Oh well, this wine is good, and the O's won. Plus, I played hooky this afternoon to watch the game. So I got that going for me. Which is nice.

Posted by: DC in Towson at March 31, 2014 05:16 PM (Pvcl5)

337 thanks for the OH info

Posted by: Soothsayer, wearing a unicle at March 31, 2014 05:16 PM (fWEL6)

338

Dear Chuck Todd:

 

Of course it can be repealed. I got a pen and a phone.

Posted by: President Rick Perry, circa 2017 at March 31, 2014 05:16 PM (upBhR)

339 Wow French Commie ..... That's awful.

Posted by: eleven at March 31, 2014 05:16 PM (fsLdt)

340 off French commie sock meant to keep my number of posts down

Posted by: thunderb at March 31, 2014 05:17 PM (zOTsN)

341 299 Name an incentive for the GOPe to get rid of ObamaCare. Posted by: eman at March 31, 2014 10:02 PM (AO9UG) Er..Uh...Let me get back to you on that.

Posted by: John "Deeply Closeted" Boehner at March 31, 2014 05:17 PM (JQuNB)

342 340 off French commie sock meant to keep my number of posts down Posted by: thunderb at March 31, 2014 10:17 PM (zOTsN) It won't help Maeth uses your nick to count posts.

Posted by: Nip Sip at March 31, 2014 05:18 PM (0FSuD)

343 Did someone call for the goat stimulator???

Posted by: Mohammed Al Mohammed at March 31, 2014 05:18 PM (kFxpe)

344 Posted by: French Commie at March 31, 2014 10:14 PM (zOTsN)

holy shit, thunderb . . . every time I think I have it tough I think about stuff like this and soldier on.  hanging out of a truck while you're burning to death and no one can help you and you're still sentient?  fuck.

Posted by: Peaches at March 31, 2014 05:19 PM (8lmkt)

345 Posted by: DC in Towson at March 31, 2014 10:16 PM (Pvcl5) Evening brother.

Posted by: BCochran1981 - Credible Hulk at March 31, 2014 05:19 PM (GEICT)

346 If you like your unicle, you can keep your unicle.

Posted by: Barack Obama at March 31, 2014 05:19 PM (oFCZn)

347 a bunch of people saw him and tried to help but there wasn't anything they could do. And then some assholes filmed it with their phones. This guy prolly has family. I really hate that we have become a nation of rubber neckers. Its creepy

Posted by: thunderb at March 31, 2014 05:19 PM (zOTsN)

348 USPS 18 wheeler crushed


Had a job as a shipping clerk at a logistics company.  They were, by far, the worst carrier we worked with.

Posted by: Adam at March 31, 2014 05:20 PM (Aif/5)

349 I just think that has to be about the worst possible way to die

Posted by: thunderb at March 31, 2014 05:20 PM (zOTsN)

350 Nip - Heh. Trying to remember..., it's possible that my grandfather built Myers Park Country Club. He lived down the street.

Posted by: Mike Hammer at March 31, 2014 05:21 PM (aDwsi)

351 333 Saw the video of the wreckage on the news. Horrible.

Posted by: Countrysquire at March 31, 2014 05:22 PM (8FyP4)

352 Er, you said USPS, I read it as UPS.  Oops...  Damn rum.

Posted by: Adam at March 31, 2014 05:22 PM (Aif/5)

353 Hey BC. And irongrampa is here? Been way too long.

Posted by: DC in Towson at March 31, 2014 05:22 PM (Pvcl5)

354 Elimination of EPA, DOE, NEA alone would save trillions of $$$

Posted by: NCwoof at March 31, 2014 05:23 PM (aUQgu)

355

For a second, consider how incredibly stupid and naive amnesty would be.

 

Leave out that it would be a spectacular assault on the rule of law, and the essence of unfairness, not to mention a major victory for racism and top-down governance.  Ignore all that for a moment.

 

Amnesty will not solve a single problem.  It will - as surely as water runs downhill - in fact exacerbate every problem connected to illegal immigration.  Why?  Uh ..... because it will confirm that there never will be any immigration enforcement ("never" in a practical sense, from the perspective of rational would-be illegal immigrants).   Y'all come on down, 'hear?

 

The 1986 act, on which I worked, has its own disastrous legacy - due to amnesty.  Not only was amnesty guaranteed to make matters worse - absent enforcement of the other two elements of Simpson-Mazzoli - but even the amnesty ITSELF wasn't enforced/implemented properly.  The estimated fraud in that process was massive. 

 

Amnesty will tremendously exacerbate every related problem - public school and public welfare burdens, ERs closing, crime (I believe in recent years, at one point, over 90% - look at that number again - of outstanding felony warrants in LA County were for non-citizens), on and on.  Why?  Because it will only mean, that for every bit of economic growth/job availability that manages to emerge from the suffocating policy environment in the US, even more illegals will come.  Because easier, and really no prospect of law enforcement.

 

 

 

 

Posted by: non-purist at March 31, 2014 05:24 PM (afQnV)

356 Amnesty will tremendously exacerbate every related problem

so, what you're saying is, California will go nation-wide?  yup, hang onto your hats, kids, that is exactly where this train is headed.

Posted by: Peaches at March 31, 2014 05:26 PM (8lmkt)

357 About four miles from me today, we had a two year old mauled by a dog and she's currently fighting for her life. Guess the breed. (Hint, it wasn't a Golden Retriever).

Posted by: Countrysquire at March 31, 2014 05:26 PM (8FyP4)

358 Sorry thunderb.. That sucks.

Posted by: eleven at March 31, 2014 05:26 PM (fsLdt)

359 349 I just think that has to be about the worst possible way to die Posted by: thunderb at March 31, 2014 10:20 PM (zOTsN) My FiL was a LEO up in Maryland and was involved in a horrific crash while on duty. Responding to a call, comes across the top of a hill and there's a drunk driver hauling ass on the wrong side of the road. Head on collision. Then a second officer slammed into the back of my FiL's cruiser. Completely crushed him. He was awake the whole time. He said he could move his hands/arms and a little of his upper body. He could smell gas. First thing he said he did was make sure he could get to his gun. "I'm not gonna fucking burn to death. I'll shoot myself first."

Posted by: BCochran1981 - Credible Hulk at March 31, 2014 05:26 PM (GEICT)

360 I heard about that country squire. Sounds like the little girl got the worst of it. Awful

Posted by: thunderb at March 31, 2014 05:28 PM (zOTsN)

361 ONT up

Posted by: ManWithNoParty at March 31, 2014 05:29 PM (ojnk6)

362 They were dog-sitting for the mom's boyfriend. Just awful.

Posted by: Countrysquire at March 31, 2014 05:30 PM (8FyP4)

363 "Amnesty will tremendously exacerbate every related problem - public school and public welfare burdens, ERs closing, crime (I believe in recent years, at one point, over 90% - look at that number again - of outstanding felony warrants in LA County were for non-citizens), on and on. Why? Because it will only mean, that for every bit of economic growth/job availability that manages to emerge from the suffocating policy environment in the US, even more illegals will come. Because easier, and really no prospect of law enforcement." All problems the government will willingly take the power to "address" at a later time. Along with more taxes, regulation, and usurpation of authority.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at March 31, 2014 05:30 PM (m3zod)

364

"GOP Now Has 80% Chance of Recapturing the Senate"


And do what with the Senate?  See, this is my problem:  I no longer believe that the GOP will promote and fight for pro-liberty / limited government principals.


They just want power - they think they'd just be better managers of big government. 


I don't want big government.  I want freedom.


Posted by: Lily at March 31, 2014 05:51 PM (dXCcK)

365 "What happened last time the GOP had all 3 branches?"

They listened to their silly constituents.

Posted by: Shoot Me at March 31, 2014 06:10 PM (EQcfE)

366 a bunch of people saw him and tried to help but there wasn't anything they could do. And then some assholes filmed it with their phones. This guy prolly has family. I really hate that we have become a nation of rubber neckers. Its creepy

Posted by: thunderb at March 31, 2014 10:19 PM (zOTsN)

Practically every big rig on the road has a fire extinguisher in the cab, accessible from a small door on the outside. Usually bearing a painted-on sign: "Fire Extinguisher Inside". Of course it's possible the wreck made it inaccessible.



Everyone really should carry a fire extinguisher in every car they drive. Most of my drivers have one.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at March 31, 2014 06:14 PM (Kq88q)

367 Don't forget Ayotte. One of the biggest disappointments to come out of the Senate. If it's a northeastern Republican, then consider it suspect until proven otherwise.

Posted by: Blacque Jacques Shellacque at March 31, 2014 07:48 PM (rakCv)

Posted by: Vic[/i] at April 01, 2014 01:43 AM (T2V/1)

369 The GOP will eventually see how much $$$ is flowing through Obamacare. 

It will never be repealed.

Posted by: ThreePercent at April 01, 2014 04:25 AM (YPypU)

370

So when does Chuck Todd run for office?  Media - politicians - criminal - All the same thing.

Posted by: burt at April 01, 2014 04:51 AM (1+kJ5)

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