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Don’t Get Cocky, But Do Note The Aroma Of Fear Wafting From The Left

Posted on | October 20, 2012 | 44 Comments

by Smitty

Two weeks is a long time in politics, but the Romney campaign seems to have done the homework.
Don’t be afraid to say a prayer for Mitt as he heads into the final debate. I don’t care who you are: that’s some stress.

via American Power

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  • Tregonsee

    Desperation, when combined with irrationality, can lead to drastic measures. IE, watch the ballot boxes very carefully!

  • mkfreeberg

    It’s good, but all by itself it doesn’t directly counter the lefty narrative, which is “Obama needs more time to fix this mess but that doesn’t mean we should put the guys in who made it in the first place.”

    But paired up with this video, it does.

    Bacon-n-eggs. They go together.

  • rosalie

    Also, Gloria Allred is supposed to be coming out with something.

  • Adobe_Walls

    This is why the Republicans need to answer for their Caligula period from 2000 to 2008. Having some misgivings wasn’t enough to fulfill their duty. It’s like having a party and wondering to yourself if there might be too many people on your deck and then going to get another cup full from the keg while it collapses. They should have been fighting to rein in the GSEs instead of passing No Child Left Behind and creating DHS.

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  • CalCon10

    Well, she got Herman Cain. Now it’s Mitt’s turn.

  • CalCon10

    Bush’s Legacy: the Obama Administration (all–it’s looking like–8 years of it).

    Bush destroyed the GOP brand of small government and limited spending. He refused to veto anything. He never stood up to Democrats and the media; instead, he was scrupulously polite to them while standing by as they destroyed conservatives, including his own nominees and members of his administration.

    Barack Obama is the bitter fruit of Republican treachery.

  • rosalie

    I hope Krauthhammer’s right about Romney not have skeletons in his closest or even a closest.

  • rosalie

    I hope that Krauthhammer’s right about Romney not having any skeletons in his closest or even a closest.

  • EBL

    Change! As in change the Democrats’ diaper!

  • EBL


  • EBL

    Expect some Mormon bashing…it is all they got.

  • rosalie

    Just saw a guy wearing a t-shirt that said: I’d rather vote for a Mormon than a moron. He looked big and tough so I doubt if anyone would have the nerve to say anything.

  • NeedMyCoffee

    Allred is a joke even among libs. She’s just gone to the outrage well a few many times.

  • NeedMyCoffee

    “(all–it’s looking like–8 years of it)” ??? You better look again.
    I know that Paul-bots want Romney to lose because they think it will teach him some kind of lesson, but all it does is put their extreme selfishness on display.

  • Adjoran

    When the sitting President spends the final weeks of his reelection campaign talking about Big Bird, binders, and “Romnesia,” he is desperate, all right. But he can’t really talk much about his record, because it objectively sucks butt, or his plan for the future, which is more of the same.

  • garymrosen

    Bush *and* McCain (John not Stacy) are on record as warning about Fannie and Freddie several years before the meltdown. Efforts to rein them in were blocked by Senate Dems with the full support of BO. There may be plenty of ammo against the last two Republican candidates but let’s not forget who the real enemy is now.


    “Caligula Period?” I think you neither know Roman history nor the recent past.

  • Gringao

    There’s something to be said for that, but Democratic opposition to reforming what was a major source of campaign and party cash at the time was too strong to overcome. Fannie and Freddie were essentially Democratic Bank and Trust, along with being a major employer of Dem administration washouts like James Johnson, Franklin Raines, Jamie Gorelick and Rahm Emmanuel.

  • Fifty Ville

    How many Obama Democrats does it take to change a lightbulb?

    None. They keep insisting nothing’s wrong with it and we need to keep using it.

  • SongDog

    George W. Bush was not everything we could have wished for, but we did have some pretty good years from about 2003 until the crash, and it’s hard to pin the responsibility for the housing crash on the executive. He doesn’t control the interest rates that make a bubble happen. And the bubble affected all sorts of housing, not just the stuff financed with junk mortgages. I sold a house in 2010, because I started trying to sell it in 2008, and it was free and clear — no mortgage at all.

  • Conrad Baylor

    If we don’t cover 10 yards in three more downs, the other team gets the ball.

    No! Wait! We’re not there yet. Change the rules! Give us four more downs.

    Who is that keeps saying he wants a country where “everybody plays by the same set of rules”?

  • Francis W. Porretto

    Prayer is always good; I’m for it unconditionally. But more will be required. If the margin is thin, the race could be tipped by:
    — Vote fraud;
    — Voter intimidation;
    — Legal machinations;
    — Vote counting chicanery and “found” ballots.
    Help your local GOP chapter get the vote out, which includes getting voters to the polls. Also, poll watchers are still needed in hundreds of districts. If you can arrange to be available for either duty, it would be a mighty stroke in the cause of freedom.

  • Adobe_Walls

    The Bush period was a massive fiscal and regulatory debauch, validating the characterization. It is also illustrative of how contagious and destructive the spending of other peoples money can be validating my understanding of the recent past. Caligula was pretty comfortable spending frivolously. Add the cascade of regulatory tyranny under Dubya and I say “Caligula period” nails it.
    PS If you’re looking for the element of madness associated with the emperor how about humoring Globull warming.

  • Adobe_Walls

    Efforts were made, I’m not impressed.

  • Adobe_Walls

    The CRA and the Bolsheviks who passed it are the single greatest cause of the bubble and the crash and they will rot in hell for it. But the Republicans were at best ambivalent about ending the party. They knew about the danger even as they benefited from the side effects. There was cheap money every where and revenues were rising yet they still spent it faster than it came in. One ripen big party and the hangover isn’t half over. What it would have taken to rein in the excesses would have ended or at least dampened the party and that’s why they did nothing.

  • SDN

    You and Bill Quick.

    The only way Bush could have done something would have been to rule as an actual dictator and ignore the law. If that’s what you’re advocating then at least be honest enough to admit it.

  • CapnAngus

    Sub titled No Sh!t Sherlock…

  • Adobe_Walls

    What a silly response. How in the hell would Bush get dictatorial power?
    Every president gets to accomplish a few things and a few things only. He squandered his opportunities on the Department of Homeland Security, Prescription Drugs and No Child Left Behind and that stupid immigration reform effort. He traded what he wanted for some of the things the commies wanted. The problem is he wanted the wrong things, because neither he nor his father nor his brother are conservatives. He knew McCain-Feingold was unconstitutional but signed it anyway hoping the SCOTUS would make it right. That was his job. He at least could have traded away his veto for something. In the end he and the Republicans on the Hill would probably have failed to avert disaster, but they could have tried. They didn’t even do that because the party was too much fun.

  • class_enemy

    It would have been simple for Bush to say loud and clear in 2005 or so (when the incipient housing bubble was apparent to anyone with three functioning brain cells), that there would be no bailouts, that banks investing in mortgage-backed tranches were doing so 100 percent at their own risk. No dictatorial powers required at all.

  • cabensg

    I’m not feeling cocky but I’m sure feeling determined. Like many millions of Americans I’m determined to rid this country of the the most divisive, American hating president it’s ever been our misfortune to experience.

  • McGehee

    “Don’t get cocky” is good advice, but am I the only one who thinks we’ve advanced to the part of the movie where Han says, “Let’s blow this thing and go home”…?

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  • SDN

    Naivete is so touching. Bush did say that. The instant response from the Copperhead Party (essentially the same thing they used to make the TSA Fedgov instead of Bush’s proposal for a private entity) was to say, “Fine. We will pass a budget that links funds to defend the country with funds for this. We will filibuster any budget that doesn’t have it, and we and our friends in the media will lie our asses off and blame you for the problems.

    And fools like class_enemy and Adobe Walls and Bill Quick will buy it and wonder why Bush can’t act unilaterally when he can’t even get rid of the bureaucrats who are leaking classified info to the NYT in the face of Civil Service Rules and whistleblower laws he isn’t willing to ignore.”

    Bush’s mistake was not realizing he was dealing with a Disloyal Opposition, and making declaring that Fifth Column “Those Who Are No Longer Our Countrymen” priority one.

  • Adobe_Walls

    So Bush and the Hill Republicans caved to those rascally Social Democrats for the good of the country,.. heartwarming. Even now I doubt Bush sees the Social Democrats as Disloyal. In any case where we were in 08 isn’t all on Bush. As I wrote earlier the Republicans not just Bush have to answer for their Caligula Period. After all it takes the better part of 536 people to totally fail in their responsibilities in any given year or in all the years of the better part of a decade.

  • David M. Brown

    A prayer?

  • Bob Belvedere

    Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more,
    Or close the wall up with our English dead!
    In peace there ‘s nothing so becomes a man
    As modest stillness and humility;
    But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
    Then imitate the action of the tiger:
    Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood.

    Henry V Act iii, Scene 1.

  • garymrosen

    With all due respect, I don’t plan on losing a lot of sleep over whether I’m impressing you or not.

  • Quartermaster

    Unless you can show that the constitution allows FedGov to set up the GSEs like Freddie, Fannie, and TVA, then you are left with the fact that Bush and his predecessors, back to FDR, did ignore the law. And that is exactly what they did.

  • Quartermaster

    I’m not “Paulbot” but I think Obama is going to win. I hope I’m wrong, but there it is.

    I know several “Ronulans” but not one of them wants Obama to win. I stipulate that many of Paul’s supporters are idiots, but I’ve also noted that many who oppose him are more than willing to propagate lies lies about Paul, and his supporters, as well.

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  • Adobe_Walls

    Nor should you lose sleep, one should be comfortable with ones inadequacies. However it was Bush and the Hill Republicans rather epicene efforts I remain unimpressed with. It wasn’t enough to go ” on record as warning about Fannie and Freddie” it was their responsibility to avert or at least make a robust effort to avert catastrophe.

  • garymrosen

    “one should be comfortable with ones inadequacies”

    Ooooooh!! Bwahaha, your a legend in your own mind.

  • Adobe_Walls

    At least.