Hard-right heros West, Bachmann and King face a test

Three of the most virulently conservative voices in the House are facing tough re-election campaigns. All three are leading, but not by much, and in two of the races the GOP candidates are attempting to separate themselves from the harsh personas that they themselves had manufactured.

U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Fla.

U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Fla.

In Florida, there’s Allen West, who was up by anywhere from one to nine points in October, depending on which poll you believe. As Politico reports:

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“Rep. Allen West’s GOP primary opponent endorsed the controversial Floridian’s Democratic challenger Wednesday and is slamming West.

“As a Republican for over 30 years, I’m embarrassed by the radical fringe that has taken over the party,” Martin County Sheriff Bob Crowder said in a statement released through Democrat Patrick Murphy’s campaign.

“Sadly, Allen West is their poster child, and the hateful, divisive comments he’s made throughout this campaign make it clear to me he’s the wrong choice for our district. I’m endorsing Patrick because he has the right temperament and respect for others – including people he doesn’t agree with. Unlike his opponent, Patrick will be able to work with both parties to make a difference for our community.”

West defeated Crowder in August with almost 75 percent of the vote.”

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In Minnesota, there’s Michele Bachmann, who’s running in a district redrawn to be safe for a Republican. Even with that advantage and a huge campaign treasury, she’s only up by somewhere between two and six points, depending on which October poll you believe. And as the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports, the previously strident Bachmann has adopted a different strategy for keeping her job, trying to portray herself as moderate, responsible and bipartisan.

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“I’ve worked with Democrats across the aisle to get a lot of things done and it’s important we do that,” Bachmann said (in a Thursday debate). “I’m a very independent person.” She used the debate to tout the times she had bucked her own party, saying “I didn’t believe George Bush … that we were looking at financial Armageddon,” and stressing her work with Democrats on the St. Croix River bridge.”

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And in Iowa, U.S. Rep. Steve King is taking much the same survival tack to hold onto his lead of two to seven percentage points in his newly drawn district:

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“Iowa State University political science professor Steffen Schmidt said the race has proven tighter than expected.

“They’ve both been pretty smart in how they’ve run their campaigns,” Schmidt said.

Schmidt said King has “adjusted his campaign rhetoric somewhat,” and tacked away from far right positions that were popular among voters in the former 5th congressional district.

“He hasn’t really run on that pure, true tea party conservative agenda,” Schmidt said. “That is probably smart, because the district is more complicated now. You’re not going to appeal as much with your hard-core positions on things like illegal immigration to a new bunch of voters in parts of the district who are moderate.”

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In the end, all three GOP candidates may win their races, but the narrowness of their apparent margins and — in the case of Bachmann and King — the necessity to tack back toward the center to stay viable says a lot about the mood of the American voter.

– Jay Bookman

522 comments Add your comment

USinUK - not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

November 2nd, 2012
1:17 pm

I liked the clip from earlier this week when Bachmann said she wasn’t one for “political speech” … the entire audience erupted into laughter.

classic!

(need to find that video)

Joe Hussein Mama

November 2nd, 2012
1:17 pm

How fortunate we are to have the all-seeing eye of the Internet, whereby we can recall and disseminate the fevered rantings of these three conservative lunatics.

Sucks to be you, con ranters.

USinUK - not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

November 2nd, 2012
1:17 pm

USinUK - not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

November 2nd, 2012
1:18 pm

ooooooooo … Friday firsties.

Joe Hussein Mama

November 2nd, 2012
1:20 pm

For me, Allen West is a serious case of respecting the office or rank, but not respecting the man.

I respect West’s Army service and rank, and I respect him as a Congressman.

But when it comes to him as a person, he falls somewhere below a wad of gum on the sole of my shoe on the Respect-O-Meter.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

November 2nd, 2012
1:21 pm

The fact that the 3 are barely hanging on as incumbents already suggests their problems, especially given the voting tendencies of their districts. :lol:

southpaw

November 2nd, 2012
1:23 pm

“West defeated Crowder in August with almost 75 percent of the vote.”

How does a “fringe” candidate outpoll one who likely considers himself more “moderate” by almost 3 to 1? Sounds like a sore loser to me. Maybe the sheriff should stick to enforcing current laws, rather than trying to help make new ones.

Aquagirl

November 2nd, 2012
1:26 pm

ahhhhh … here it is

Hey Ms. Bachmann, you’re not at a Tea Potty meeting where nobody laughs at crazy $%!^.

stands for decibels

November 2nd, 2012
1:27 pm

Not much to say about the topic at hand, except that while I know re-taking the House isn’t possible, it would be a serious consolation to see at least a couple of the most bug-nutty members tossed out.

stands for decibels

November 2nd, 2012
1:28 pm

And now off topic–am I the only one noticing that it’s looking somewhat more likely that Obama will win Virginia, than Romney will win Florida?

USinUK - not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

November 2nd, 2012
1:31 pm

“Hey Ms. Bachmann, you’re not at a Tea Potty meeting where nobody laughs at crazy $%!^.”

which is the best way to handle batspit crazy people … mock them.

drives them nutty

deegee

November 2nd, 2012
1:33 pm

I hope that the voters in Steve King’s new “complicated” district kick that bigot out of congress. It’s disgusting to see these pathetic, spineless wimps pander to a crowd.

The most disturbing part of the Bachmann debate was how she made such an absurd statement with total conviction. She didn’t even change her expression when the audience was laughing loudly at her.

http://gnli.christianpost.com/video/audience-roars-in-laughter-when-bachmann-claims-she-doesnt-do-political-speeches-7181

indigo

November 2nd, 2012
1:33 pm

Demographics in America are not standing still. The far-right Republican base is steadily shrinking with each passing year. Smart Republicans will see the hand writeing on the wall an adjust their rhetoric accordingly. Flip-flop Romney, master of the 180, has shown his fellow Republicans how it’s done.

Maybe, someday, we’ll find a way to put some honesty and moral fiber in Republican politicians. And, maybe pigs will fly, too.

Thomas Heyward Jr

November 2nd, 2012
1:34 pm

I really liked Allen West traveling to Tel Aviv and pledging American lives ………………not.
But anyhow,
.
Historically, peace candidates always win.
Unfortunantly…..any true Democrat peace candidate is tainted with the War criminal Obama.
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Live it, love it,OWN it.

stands for decibels

November 2nd, 2012
1:35 pm

She didn’t even change her expression when the audience was laughing loudly at her.

You’d hope she had become used to it some time ago.

stands for decibels

November 2nd, 2012
1:36 pm

I rarely do this, but I gotta quote a commenter over at Nate’s for the afternoon shift:

Rasmussen has the national race a dead heat today. Getting in line before the election just like everybody said they would.

Wingnut nation has a sad.

Mighty Righty

November 2nd, 2012
1:36 pm

I have just been watching Obama bragging on his accomplishmnet of noy yet returning the economy to what it was when he was elected. How anyone whoes policies have created more unemployed than he inherited, more poverty than he inherited, more food stamps than he inherited, lower wages than he inherited, in spite of spending six trillion dollars borrowed from our childrens future with no, zip, zero permanent solutions is amazingly dishonest. In addition he continues to ignore his death watch on Benghazi, his death squads in Obamacare, his destruction of our healthcare system, while continuing his flat our lying character assassinations. The man is absent any morality at all.

USMC

November 2nd, 2012
1:36 pm

Illegal immigrant seeks to scrap Georgia driver license law…
http://www.ajc.com/news/news/illegal-immigrant-seeks-to-scrap-georgia-driver-li/nSt8D/

More INSANITY from JAY BOOKMAN’s HARD-Leftwing Swamp! :-)

Joe Hussein Mama

November 2nd, 2012
1:36 pm

southpaw — “How does a “fringe” candidate outpoll one who likely considers himself more “moderate” by almost 3 to 1?”

I don’t know anything about the Sheriff, but given West’s public comments of late, I think that anyone would be hard-pressed to seriously call him ‘mainstream.’ When you assert that fifty-odd members of Congress are Commies and that you know who they are, you’re in serious Joe McCarthy territory.

willie lynch

November 2nd, 2012
1:38 pm

The country has grown weary of the Tea Bag line. As I figured when they came into office they have had nothing but a negative effect on the policies of our country as evidenced by the inability of the Congress to get anything done. The 7% approval rating can be largely attributed to the Teabagger’s agenda of stalemating any legislative progress.

Now it’s election time and it’s funny how many of them have turned heels to get re-elected realizing their polarizing views have gotten them nowhere. This is the reality that those on the right fail to understand.

The hard line espoused by the right is the cause for the countries continued slowdown. In spite of the roadblocks President Obama has still managed to make progress.Get on board Teapeople or your going to get left behind.

Joe Hussein Mama

November 2nd, 2012
1:38 pm

SfD — “Wingnut nation has a sad.”

L0Lz0Rz :D

Joe Hussein Mama

November 2nd, 2012
1:39 pm

Righty — “I have just been watching Obama bragging on his accomplishmnet of noy yet returning the economy to what it was when he was elected. How anyone whoes policies have created more unemployed than he inherited, more poverty than he inherited, more food stamps than he inherited, lower wages than he inherited, in spite of spending six trillion dollars borrowed from our childrens future with no, zip, zero permanent solutions is amazingly dishonest. In addition he continues to ignore his death watch on Benghazi, his death squads in Obamacare, his destruction of our healthcare system, while continuing his flat our lying character assassinations. The man is absent any morality at all.”

Okay, and what kind of sauce did you want for your McNuggets? :D

Jack

November 2nd, 2012
1:39 pm

“….pathetic, spineless wimp pander to a crowd”. Perfect description of Obama.

indigo

November 2nd, 2012
1:41 pm

Mighty Righty – 1:36 “The man is absent any morality at all”

And your 1:36 post is absent any truth at all.

kimmer

November 2nd, 2012
1:43 pm

“Virulently conservative” Wow Jay, to borrow a liberal standard, why must you hate?

Incidentally, it seems your hard-left hero Obama has turned a 7 point victory 2008 into a dead heat election in 2012. By the same reckoning I suppose it must be due to his ‘virulent liberalism’.

USinUK - not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

November 2nd, 2012
1:44 pm

“You’d hope she had become used to it some time ago.”

:lol:

Get Real

November 2nd, 2012
1:44 pm

Ahh…the latest edition of Republicans BAD Democrates GOOD

Joe Hussein Mama

November 2nd, 2012
1:47 pm

Jack — ““….pathetic, spineless wimp pander to a crowd”. Perfect description of Obama.”

You must be watching the election coverage in Opposite Land. On my TV, Obama’s telling the Republicans to stop being Richard and work with him, while Romney changes his tune every time someone at one of his rallies cuts a loud f**t.

indigo

November 2nd, 2012
1:48 pm

USMC – 1:36

Why would someone here illegally even be allowed to file any kind of lawsuit? Why hasn’t this person been deported? How many other Nations of the Earth would allow this?

ITS ALL BUSH"S FAULT

November 2nd, 2012
1:48 pm

Jack, Your a typical CON all hat and no cattle…..JACK WAGON…LOL

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

November 2nd, 2012
1:49 pm

Those three should have been tested for an extra chromosome ages ago.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

November 2nd, 2012
1:50 pm

Ahh…the latest edition of Republicans BAD Democrates GOOD

Nope…… the latest edition of Hard Right Republicans CRAZY and worse, Democrats– 99% wingnut free.

Now if you prefer, I am sure your whine can get some traction over at Kyle’s.

southpaw

November 2nd, 2012
1:50 pm

JHM @1:36

Rep. West wasn’t the one I was describing as “mainstream;” he himself might very well reject the label. I was figuring (and I could be wrong) that Sheriff Crowder considers himself more “mainstream” than Rep. West, and yet West destroyed him head to head in the election. If West is such a “fringe” candidate, how does he win so handily against Crowder?

Commonscents

November 2nd, 2012
1:51 pm

@ Mighty Righty……..ooooooooooooo.kkkkkkkkkkkkkkk.(as I back out the door slowly without any sudden moves)

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

November 2nd, 2012
1:52 pm

“Fears that Barack Obama would use a lame duck second term to eviscerate gun rights are fueling record firearms sales once again, with gun store owners labeling Obama, “the best gun salesmen we’ve had.”

jconservative

November 2nd, 2012
1:52 pm

UMC at 1:36

See this from the AJC article.
“Gwinnett Solicitor General Rosanna Szabo denied Castillo-Solis’ arguments in court papers, calling them unfounded and misleading.”

If this is correct, why on earth did the Georgia Supreme Court agree to hear the case?

I do not know. But the Court did agree to hear the case. So there is a question of law.

Anyone?

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

November 2nd, 2012
1:52 pm

Hummmm ……….. well, I’d just let them stay cold a little longer then !

“Angry residents pelted utility crews with eggs as they tried to restore power in Bridgeport, Conn., after the mayor claimed the local power company had “shortchanged” the state’s largest city as it tries to recover from superstorm Sandy.”

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/11/02/bridgeport-utility-workers-report-having-objects-thrown-at-them-by-residents/#ixzz2B5XfblUz

kayaker 71

November 2nd, 2012
1:52 pm

So, we are to believe that all three of these candidates are going to suffer a loss with a one to nine percent advantage in the polls. West is a true American and should carry his district easily. First black man to have ever won a seat in this district of mostly white people. Liberals just can’t stand it when a black person is a conservative. Must be an Uncle Tom or perhaps an Oreo. His message must resonate with someone…..his constituents seem to like him even though Bookman doesn’t and they seem to be the ones that will send him back to Congress. Close election? Yeah, right.

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

November 2nd, 2012
1:53 pm

RF

November 2nd, 2012
1:53 pm

All three may, and I say may, make it through this election. I can’t believe Bachmann might, and she’s not convincing anybody she’s a moderate. She is one scary individual!

Joe Hussein Mama

November 2nd, 2012
1:53 pm

southpaw — “Rep. West wasn’t the one I was describing as “mainstream;” he himself might very well reject the label. I was figuring (and I could be wrong) that Sheriff Crowder considers himself more “mainstream” than Rep. West, and yet West destroyed him head to head in the election. If West is such a “fringe” candidate, how does he win so handily against Crowder?”

Voters respond to negative campaigning. It’s unfortunate, but it’s true. Perhaps Crowder tried to avoid negativity and got blown away by West in the primary.

FWIW, I haven’t seen any of the primary ads for either man. I’m just speculating.

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

November 2nd, 2012
1:53 pm

“I do not know. But the Court did agree to hear the case. So there is a question of law.

Anyone?”

Courts will hear anything ………… keeps them in business.

F. Sinkwich

November 2nd, 2012
1:54 pm

I’m sure that if the Mittster somehow wins next week the Dems will show the wing nuts how to reach out to get things done.

Oh wait.

“Five days before the election, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has ruled out trying to work with Mitt Romney should he win next week. “Mitt Romney’s fantasy that Senate Democrats will work with him to pass his ’severely conservative’ agenda is laughable,” Mr. Reid said in a statement on Friday…”

getalife

November 2nd, 2012
1:54 pm

Instead of mindlessly burying the middle class, lets bury the gop instead.

The wealthy will be just fine without them bowing down.

Get Real

November 2nd, 2012
1:55 pm

Keep Up the Good Gerbil!

At one point for your sake I sure hope you snap out of yout trance and WTFU…talk about La La land

kayaker 71

November 2nd, 2012
1:55 pm

Seems also that powerline crews that drove all the way from Alabama to lend a hand are being turned away in NY because they don’t belong to a union. Now that’s liberal Bull Sh*t at its best/worst.

getalife

November 2nd, 2012
1:55 pm

It is laughable filky.

Not real.

Joe Hussein Mama

November 2nd, 2012
1:55 pm

0311 — “Hummmm ……….. well, I’d just let them stay cold a little longer then !”

Remember, New Englanders got hosed last Halloween by that early snowstorm. Some folks didn’t get power back for close to a MONTH.

If they’re getting screwed again, it’s a wonder they’re not taking farming implements down to the power company’s billing office!

Doggone/GA

November 2nd, 2012
1:55 pm

“If West is such a “fringe” candidate, how does he win so handily against Crowder?”

“You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time…but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time”

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

November 2nd, 2012
1:56 pm

Headline (CBS): “Outrage grows over decision to run NYC marathon”

“(NYC) Marathon runners among those who say going ahead with race would be insensitive at a time when many are suffering.”

But it’s o.k. to go ahead with everything else (NFL, World Series, etc.) when our troops are dying overseas.

Hummmmm …………………….

Fly-On-The-Wall

November 2nd, 2012
1:56 pm

My son and I just spent 2 hours in line waiting to cast our early ballot here in Cobb County. It was his first presidential election and I’m proud that he has fulfilled his civic duty regardless of who he voted for.

getalife

November 2nd, 2012
1:57 pm

west is the right’s Grayson.

One and done.

JohnnyReb

November 2nd, 2012
1:57 pm

The mood of the American voter was manifested in the last mid-term. There has been no earth-shaking event to make a rational person believe that has changed.

Next Tuesday we will see if it continues the same course. My money bets it will.

Romney by a landslide. We hold the House and take the Senate.

Good by Obama – take the squirrel tail off AF-1, and Obamacare into the round file.

RF

November 2nd, 2012
1:57 pm

“Seems also that powerline crews that drove all the way from Alabama to lend a hand are being turned away in NY because they don’t belong to a union. Now that’s liberal Bull Sh*t at its best/worst.”

Proof please, other than Fox, brietbart.com or wnd.com

Hurst

November 2nd, 2012
1:58 pm

Kayaker that story was debunked hours ago.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

November 2nd, 2012
1:58 pm

I do not know. But the Court did agree to hear the case. So there is a question of law

Unlike the nonsensical childish response from Senior Digits, the fact is that the generally everyone is entitled to their day in court and consititutional questions, which is how the AJC is reporting the case as being framed, are some of the most serious questions to be addressed. That does not suggest for a minute that the party appealing has a winning case or that the substantial weight of the law is not against them.

USMC

November 2nd, 2012
1:59 pm

Hard-LEFTwing hero Barak Hussein Obama faces a test! :-)

getalife

November 2nd, 2012
1:59 pm

” I’m proud that he has fulfilled his civic duty regardless of who he voted for.”

Awesome :)

Regnad Kcin

November 2nd, 2012
1:59 pm

“Why would someone here illegally even be allowed to file any kind of lawsuit? Why hasn’t this person been deported? How many other Nations of the Earth would allow this?”

Only democracies – maybe you don’t like them.

Consider a hypothetical case where a paperwork snafu causes YOU to be deemed a non-citizen. By YOUR logic, you should be arrested, prosecuted, and deported with no recourse. Sound American to you?

DannyX

November 2nd, 2012
1:59 pm

“Romney by a landslide. We hold the House and take the Senate.”

You poor thing, JohnnyReb. Be sure to check in with us on Wednesday so we know you’re ok.

flagboy?

November 2nd, 2012
2:00 pm

she could have said Guam was going to tip over. . .

But, in honesty, Bachmann scares the bejesus out of me.

and extra chromosome . . .hahahahaaa! classic! Down Syndrome jokes are the best!

Joe Hussein Mama

November 2nd, 2012
2:00 pm

K71 — “West is a true American and should carry his district easily. First black man to have ever won a seat in this district of mostly white people. Liberals just can’t stand it when a black person is a conservative. Must be an Uncle Tom or perhaps an Oreo.”

I’ve never criticized West on the basis of his race. He’s quite simply a violent f**khead who disobeyed orders and got a career-ending Article 15 for it.

I think you’d agree, Kayaker, that if you got Article 15d, your career as a military officer would have come to a screeching halt as well.

Regnad Kcin

November 2nd, 2012
2:01 pm

“Fears that Barack Obama would use a lame duck second term to eviscerate gun rights are fueling record firearms sales once again, with gun store owners labeling Obama, “the best gun salesmen we’ve had.”

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Lotta mis-informed gun-lovers out there, huh?

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

November 2nd, 2012
2:01 pm

And I was hoping Paul Ryan would be on this list but it sounds like he has a pretty good hold.

DannyX

November 2nd, 2012
2:01 pm

“Hard-LEFTwing hero Barak Hussein Obama faces a test!”

Hard LEFTwing hero? More like “Reagan Democrat” hero Barack Obama.

willie lynch

November 2nd, 2012
2:02 pm

kimmer

November 2nd, 2012
1:43 pm

Weren’t you fired, canceled and run out of town once already?

Regnad Kcin

November 2nd, 2012
2:02 pm

“Courts will hear anything ………… keeps them in business.”

Yeah – they’re in it for the money… *rolls eyes*

kayaker 71

November 2nd, 2012
2:03 pm

Those pampered liberal New Yorkers are really steamed that they can’t get their latte two days after the flood. Stand in line for gas? I’ll be damned if I will. No electric power? How dare they deny me my right to all of the conveniences that I have a “right” to. Hell, they ought to live on the Gulf Coast and they can join all of the Southerners who brave these storms every hurricane season. Meanwhile Bloomberg kicks New Yorkers out of hotels to make room for NY marathon runners. That ought to go over pretty well.

Doggone/GA

November 2nd, 2012
2:03 pm

“Why would someone here illegally even be allowed to file any kind of lawsuit”

Because our laws cover ALL, not just citizens.

RF

November 2nd, 2012
2:04 pm

kayaker: from FOX BUSINESS (I cringed and went there and lived through it):

Decatur said that as it waited for clarification, “we became aware that Seaside Heights had received the assistance they needed from other sources. To be clear, at no time were our crews ‘turned away’ from the utility in Seaside Heights.”

Decatur said it tried to contact other areas that needed help, but “based on the uncertainty of union requirements that we could not agree to and the uncertainty of whether a resolution could be reached, we ultimately” decided to return the crew to Alabama.

“There have been reports that a nonunion crew was turned away from work in New Jersey,” Hill said. “At this stage, it is not clear who is alleged to have turned the crew away and the company that employs the affected workers has denied the claim.”

Earlier reports indicated two other Alabama utilities — Huntsville Utilities and Joe Wheeler Cooperative — were turned away from New Jersey due to union discrimination. However, those utilities have since denied those reports.

“It is unfortunate that at a time when skilled line workers are working around the clock to help devastated communities, sketchy reports should cast a pall over these efforts,” Hill said. “The real story is that our members and others are working side by side to help people in New Jersey and all affected states get their power back and recover from the effects of the storm.”

Read more: http://www.foxbusiness.com/government/2012/11/02/union-red-tape-in-nj-causes-alabama-recovery-crew-to-head-home/#ixzz2B5c9TQLV

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

November 2nd, 2012
2:04 pm

Ho Donald, once more you’ve weighed in;
Raised your whine in the midst of the din;
“I’m SIGNIFICANT . . . .PLEASE!”
Twenty-four carat sleaze. . .
And a brain to embellish a pin.
JF Stover
Hill City, Kan.

DannyX

November 2nd, 2012
2:04 pm

“she could have said Guam was going to tip over. . .”

Michelle is not really the Guam tipping over type.

Michelle is more of a “3 Commandments” conservative Christian Republican type.

getalife

November 2nd, 2012
2:05 pm

Our President won the economic argument.

That ends it.

Doggone/GA

November 2nd, 2012
2:05 pm

“Fears that Barack Obama would use a lame duck second term to eviscerate gun rights are fueling record firearms sales ”

You CAN fool some of the peole all of the time

getalife

November 2nd, 2012
2:06 pm

Where are the scandals with our President?

Why change leaders?

Keep Up the Good Fight!

November 2nd, 2012
2:06 pm

This week Mitt Romney’s son Matt traveled to Moscow for business and, reports say, allayed any concerns the Russian government had about his father’s harsh stance on Russia. When it comes to Russia, Mitt Romney has been brash, at one point labeling Russia “without question our number one geopolitical foe” and “a geopolitical adversary.” He’s also repeatedly lashed out at President Obama for allegedly being weak on Russia. But according to a New York Times report, Matt Romney is trying to convince Russia that the tough talk is just talk:

“But while in Moscow, Mr. Romney told a Russian known to be able to deliver messages to Mr. Putin that despite the campaign rhetoric, his father wants good relations if he becomes president, according to a person informed about the conversation.”

Better not let the wingnuts on the right know about this….. what will remain of their pouts.

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

November 2nd, 2012
2:07 pm

Col. Alan West is a black Col. David Hackworth.

God bless him.

flagboy?

November 2nd, 2012
2:07 pm

the guam tippers and the bachmanns of the political world are as bad as each other in my opinion.

USMC

November 2nd, 2012
2:08 pm

“Hard LEFTwing hero? More like “Reagan Democrat” hero Barack Obama”–DannyX

I say Mitt Romney needs to pass a Healthcare law in his first year of office to help out the mentally ill and delusional Socialist Wingnuts like Dannyx. :lol:

USinUK - not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

November 2nd, 2012
2:08 pm

“More INSANITY from JAY BOOKMAN’s HARD-Leftwing Swamp! ”

darling, it’s a news story. it’s neither right nor left. it is what it is.

sheesh.

DannyX

November 2nd, 2012
2:08 pm

Wow, Keep, it seems Matt Romney is on an apology tour.

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

November 2nd, 2012
2:08 pm

Worth repeating:

Washington Post Editorial – “THE CHOICE” By Charles Krauthammer – 11/1/12 :

“An Obama second term means that the movement toward European-style social democracy continues, in part by legislation, in part by executive decree. The American experiment — the more individualistic, energetic, innovative, risk-taking model of democratic governance — continues to recede, yielding to the supervised life of the entitlement state.

If Obama loses, however, his presidency becomes a historical parenthesis, a passing interlude of overreaching hyper-liberalism, rejected by a center-right country that is 80 percent nonliberal.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/charles-krauthammer-the-choice/2012/11/01/59b5bed0-2445-11e2-9313-3c7f59038d93_print.html

I'm a liberal and believe everything I read and nothing the other side comes up with...cause we're smart and they are not

November 2nd, 2012
2:09 pm

alabama power turned away from Jersey trying to help because THEY ARE NOT UNION. Reason #246 why WE ALL HATE UNIONS.

Regnad Kcin

November 2nd, 2012
2:09 pm

“Those pampered liberal New Yorkers are really steamed that they can’t get their latte two days after the flood. Stand in line for gas? I’ll be damned if I will. No electric power? How dare they deny me my right to …”

Yeah, Kayaker loves him some disasters, discomfort, and death! How dare the victims of a disaster be anything other than happy, happy, happy!

The wierdness is strong today…

willie lynch

November 2nd, 2012
2:09 pm

“Fears that Barack Obama would use a lame duck second term to eviscerate gun rights are fueling record firearms sales ”

Wasn’t that the same line they used in 2008? What has President Obama done on gun rights since coming into office?

You know, you try to be nice but these people really are just dumb.

getalife

November 2nd, 2012
2:10 pm

Sandy is probably our new normal so Mother Nature creates jobs.

Better keep investing in renewables.

kayaker 71

November 2nd, 2012
2:10 pm

Joe, 2:00,

If I had been the CO of that unit and my men were in danger, all of the political correctness in the world would not have stopped me from protecting them just as he did. Statements from his men were in solid support of his actions. Political correctness has ended the career of many a good soldier and West was the poster boy. Just like Bozo, he acted with the intelligence at hand. Sound familiar?

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

November 2nd, 2012
2:11 pm

1) Bookman: “Hard-right heros West, Bachmann and King face a test”

“Three of the most virulently conservative voices in the House are facing tough re-election campaigns.”

2) 0311/8541/5811/1811/1801: “Hard-left hero Obama faces test”

“The most virulently liberal voice in the history of the presidency faces tough re-election campaign.”

JohnnyReb

November 2nd, 2012
2:11 pm

“Michelle is more of a “3 Commandments” conservative Christian Republican type.”

Michelle is a black liberation theology type just like her husband. She set beside Barry in Jereimiah’s pew for 20 years and embraced him into their family. She and Barry threw him under the bus in order to move into the White House. Anyone who does not see that should be reminded of her never been proud to be American reference.

hsn

November 2nd, 2012
2:11 pm

It will be great and yes, very patriotic, to get rid of all these incalcitrants who possess less than high school level of professionalism from the US Congress.
They scream and incite unnecessary anti-government sentiments on mere speculations, rumor, and cooked up theories. They have no leadership skills, and won’t hesitate to get into the gutter in a heartbeat with the birthers, conspiracy theorists, right-wing nutcases, and frankly, plain idiots to create the impression that that they are “fighting” for the people.

The likes of Bachmann, King, and West are a big reason why the US Congress is so polarized and can’t get things done. I think Cantor is another “culprit” and needs to be voted out.

Lord Help Us

November 2nd, 2012
2:11 pm

‘If I had been the CO’

You are the CO of your one-man keyboard brigade…that’s about it…

Doggone/GA

November 2nd, 2012
2:12 pm

“Wasn’t that the same line they used in 2008? What has President Obama done on gun rights since coming into office?”

Not the right question…the question is what the hell do they think he CAN do without the cooperation of Congress?

Mary Elizabeth

November 2nd, 2012
2:12 pm

It also says a lot about the fact that portraying oneself as “principled without engaging in compromise” has never been real strength, only a kind of caricatured performance of what strength is. It is interesting that that kind of outward “strength” bluster – also valued and overtly displayed by George W. Bush and Mitt Romney – is what has gathered many supporters within the Republican Party.

Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and Hillary Clinton have authentic strength because their strength springs from innate resources within. At least half of the nation’s population can see that. My hope is that, as time evolves, more Americans will expand their awareness of what genuine strength entails. Mother Teresa had authentic strength although she was a small, fragile, older woman who preferred deeds to words. Pilot C.B. “Sully” Sullenberger, who landed safely his crippled airplane on the Hudson River a couple of years ago, thereby saving his crew and passengers, had authentic strength. George Washington, who had an aversion to partisan politics, embodied such genuine strength that he carried the weight of winning the Revolutionary War on his shoulders for eight years, and he would have been executed as a traitor to Britain, had he lost that war against the formidable and outnumbered British navy and army. After he had lead others in winning that war and after he had been hailed throughout the nation and world for his fortitude and character, Washington laid down his power to return to civilian life. The Father of Our Country modeled genuine strength, and the value of the “sevant leader,” for his peers and for leaders of future generations.

My prayer is that that half of this nation, who still see the bluster of not compromising with others – either at home or abroad – will, in the coming months and years, come to understand what genuine strength entails and will recognize that intransigence is never strength, only weakness disguised as strength.

I'm a liberal and believe everything I read and nothing the other side comes up with...cause we're smart and they are not

November 2nd, 2012
2:12 pm

We have learned in since 9/11/12 that protecting a liberal ideology and agenda is more important than saving and protecting American lives. The main stream media ought to be charged with treason.

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

November 2nd, 2012
2:12 pm

kayaker 71:

In a tough combat situation I’d rather have West than Powell as my commander anyday.

Don't Tread

November 2nd, 2012
2:12 pm

Too bad the electorate isn’t in the mood to force Pelosi to “tack back towards the center”.

Hmmmmmmm

November 2nd, 2012
2:12 pm

“Five days before the election, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has ruled out trying to work with Mitt Romney should he win next week. “Mitt Romney’s fantasy that Senate Democrats will work with him to pass his ’severely conservative’ agenda is laughable,” Mr. Reid said in a statement on Friday…”

That statement says it all… Harry Reid is a HACK and an embarrassment… This statement only validates his total incompetency! It’s not just on the democratic side, but there are more loons on the left than right.. simply pathetic that some people would support people like this. Obama has been a COMPLETE failure! Period… I think this country has had enough of Obama and his cronies like Reid, but if by chance this country should re-elect these clowns…. Well, we get what we deserve!

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

November 2nd, 2012
2:13 pm

flagboy?

November 2nd, 2012
2:00 pm
she could have said Guam was going to tip over. . .

But, in honesty, Bachmann scares the bejesus out of me.

and extra chromosome . . .hahahahaaa! classic! Down Syndrome jokes are the best!

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Let me apologize…

I was trying to come up with some test that would prove whether or not they were actually HUMAN, with no thought of Downs.

I am very sorry if anyone was offended.

willie lynch

November 2nd, 2012
2:13 pm

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

November 2nd, 2012
2:07 pm

Col. Alan West is a black Col. David Hackworth.

God bless him.
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Col. Alan West is a dumber version or Col. Klink.

USinUK - not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

November 2nd, 2012
2:13 pm

wow.

Krauthammer doesn’t like Obama.

color me shocked.