I’m finally back from jury duty (don’t even get me started), so let’s see what I missed.
It’s been over a month since the now infamous debut of the indefatigable genius that is Chuck Hagel before the Senate Armed Services Committee. And it’s been more than two weeks since Chris Matthews set out to rescue his fellow genius by leveling charges of McCarthyism against Ted Cruz – thus proving that when it comes to comedic timing there is such a thing as an un-pregnant pause.
(This remark comes from the commentator who took a look at somebody’s tax returns and boldly proclaimed a cover-up. Maybe when Romney speaks at CPAC next week a few intrepid reporters can ask Chris Matthews if he still thinks Mitt’s “hiding something”.)
For the benefit of the aforementioned MSNBC host, henceforth when I refer to the Hagelian brilliance of the Obama administration it is not some misspelled reference to the intellectual foundations of Marxism.
I am not simply speed walking away from Chuck Hagel. I’m a fat man who isn’t looking back. Whatever you choose to call it, this is the closest I’ll ever get to running.
The country’s greatest social progressives silenced or reduced to fawning over a man they do not like or even respect was a development that dashed none of my expectations this February. Moreover, their decision to leave all the truth telling about Hagel’s ability to head the Defense Department to Rick Santorum proved the cherry atop the cream of this particularly rich sundae. It was almost as if somebody stole my dream journal and flipped straight to the chapter outlining how the left could best embarrass itself with reckless abandon.
And how did Chuck Hagel beat out Michele Flournoy and Ashton Carter to become Obama’s point man at the Pentagon?
Now be sure to read this article in its entirety. Its author also includes the president’s characterization of Senate Republicans; I don’t want to get both myself and him in trouble merely for linking to part of the piece (since DEFCON 1 seems to be the default setting for this White House each time it senses the tiniest morsel of criticism anyway).
On having friends in high places, Glenn Thrush writes:
“The president feels personally invested in the nomination of Hagel. The Nebraska Republican is one of the few politicians he’s truly friendly with, and Obama plans to see the fight through, barring some major unforeseen development.”
So giving people jobs because you like them (my words, not his).
Strange how (before Barack Obama rolled into town) this is something we used to refer to in the vernacular as C-R-O-N-Y-I-S-M.
Mister President, when you pick a guy to head the Pentagon who can barely articulate your (apparently nominal) opposition to Iran’s acquisition of atomic weapons it doesn’t matter whether you’re true intimates or just friends on Facebook.
Granted, I didn’t speak up until I saw that nominee in action. I’m sure you’re a peach for sticking with your friend after that confirmation hearing Mister President, but let the record show once I got a good look at that Choo Choo train I turned around and hopped away before it left the station.
And if confirmation hearings don’t matter I’m confused about why we even bother having them.
So fair warning everybody: Jump off the boat and start swimming away from the wake. The RMS Hagel is officially floating in open waters and you are kidding yourselves if you don’t think there’s an iceberg or two somewhere in that man’s future.
In fact, it looks like the main reason his nomination made it out of the Senate Armed Services Committee was that Carl Levin got “fed up” with the GOP asking questions about Libya.
Good to see we’re all mad at the right people because (funny story) the Republicans attacked the US consulate in Benghazi. That was the big secret.
Terrorism, sequestration, anemic economic growth – sometimes I wonder how the Democratic Party comes by all these opportunities to blame the GOP.
It must be the stork that brings them.
This edition of Hump Day Humor includes Rush Limbaugh, Bill Bennett with Mark Mills, Laura Ingraham with Tucker Carlson and Raymond Arroyo, Mike Gallagher with Chris Wallace, Ben Shapiro as guest host for Hugh Hewitt, Mark Levin, Chris Stigall, Larry Kudlow with Robert Costa, and Dennis Miller with Nick DiPaolo – a small sampling of quips, non sequiturs, sarcastic commentary, and anything else that might put a smile on your face.
Rush Limbaugh Show 03/06/13 on Philadelphia’s 106.9 FM WWIQ
Regarding drones and Senator Rand Paul’s filibuster of the nomination of John Brennan to head the CIA
Rush: You know, the media made a big deal out of Obama personally choosing targets on the drone kill list…So they want to make him look like a big, tough guy, John Wayne. ‘He's got the kill list. He's not afraid!’
Rush: Well, now it's been learned that this Brennan guy at the CIA and others in the regime want to fly drones over the United States for the purposes of killing people. Rand Paul has actually taken to the floor of the Senate right now, as we speak, and he's vowing to stay there at length in order to filibuster Brennan. I hope he means it and I hope they bring in a Port-A-Potty, which has happened.
Bill Bennett’s Morning in America 03/06/13 on Philadelphia’s 990 AM WNTP
Speaking with the Manhattan Institute’s Mark Mills regarding the nomination of Ernest Moniz to lead the Department of Energy
Mills: This is – I think – only the second time in history that a physicist has ascended to cabinet level. It’s kind of like affirmative action for physicists.
Bill: There you go, you like this?
Mills: Well, I am a physicist. I mean come on, how can I not like it?
Bill: Yeah I know. But I think I’m still the only philosophy Ph.D. there.
Laura Ingraham Show 03/04/13 on Philadelphia’s 1180 AM WFYL
Speaking with The Daily Caller’s Tucker Carlson regarding Barack Obama’s campaign appearances against sequestration
Laura: Obama meanwhile is saying I never said this was going to be an apocalypse with this sequester. He’s trying to backtrack.
Carlson: So it’s pretty funny. He said ‘it’s not an apocalypse as some have claimed’ – wait, I’ve been watching TV for the past ten days. You’ve claimed it.
Mike Gallagher Show 03/01/13 on Philadelphia’s 990 AM WNTP
Speaking with Fox News’ Chris Wallace regarding donations to the Salvation Army during Salem Radio’s Red Kettle Campaign
Mike: Again many thanks to B.K. Boreyko and the team at Vemma for making this great donation to the Salvation Army – as Chris Wallace has done. He didn’t – he made a nice, significant contribution to the Salvation Army a year or so ago. Do you remember that Mr. Wallace?
Wallace: I do indeed and I did indeed.
Mike: It wasn’t $25,000, but it was nice. It was a nice – you know you didn’t step up like B.K. Boreyko did of vemma.com – but you stepped up, which is always impressive.
Wallace: You’re a charmer.
Hugh Hewitt Show 02/26/13 on Philadelphia’s 990 AM WNTP
Guest host Ben Shapiro regarding sequestration
Shapiro: If sequestration is averted Obama comes out, he holds his hand in the air, and he says ‘look what I did. I was able to avert the greatest fiscal catastrophe since like two weeks ago…’
Laura Ingraham Show 02/25/13 on Philadelphia’s 1180 AM WFYL
Speaking with her staff and Raymond Arroyo regarding Kristen Stewart's appearance with Dan Radcliffe at the Oscars
Laura: Come on! You all were mean. First of all you were mean about Kristen Stewart needing to wash her hair and to get a comb. That was a mean tweet that I saw last night. That ‘did you see the bugs’ –
Arroyo: Yeah. You sent it.
Laura: Oh that’s right.
Arroyo: You sent the tweet. The tweet was ‘I hope Harry Potter can turn his wand into a comb for the vampiress.’ I read that. I saw that.
Mark Levin Show 02/22/13 on Philadelphia’s 106.9 FM WWIQ
Regarding Barack Obama’s campaign appearances against sequestration
Mark: ‘Despite pleas from Obama’ – do we know what Obama’s doing this weekend Mister Producer? Did they put out any kind of a schedule this weekend or – nothing? I can’t tell his weekends from his weekdays anyway.
Chris Stigall Show 02/18/13 on Philadelphia’s 1210 AM WPHT
Regarding SNL’s parody of Senator Rubio drinking water during his response to Barack Obama’s State of the Union address
Chris: I said glibly Marco Rubio sees water; he drinks it. Barack Obama sees water; he’d like to walk on it.
Larry Kudlow Show 02/16/13 on New York’s 770 AM WABC
Speaking with National Review’s Robert Costa regarding Obama’s nod to “cap-and-trade-and-tax” during the State of the Union and the improbability of legislative action
Costa: And so what I think the president is doing by talking about climate change and cap-and-trade is he’s throwing what I call tofu to his liberal base…
Dennis Miller Show 02/14/13 on Lehigh Valley’s 1100 AM WGPA
Speaking with comedian Nick DiPaolo regarding Valentine’s Day
Dennis: Hey, Happy Valentine’s Day my friend. How you celebrating it?
DiPaolo: You know, same way I [always] do it – taking the wife to Fuddruckers at 4 o’clock.
Speaking with comedian Nick DiPaolo regarding Marco Rubio’s response to the State of the Union
Dennis: Can you believe the frabba-jabba they’re making about Rubio grabbing at the H2O the other night? God.
DiPaolo: What’s with the people on the left – their obsession – first of all he took a sip of water. He wasn’t pouring it over a detainee’s head to get answers.
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