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Thune: Obama's oil spill address "should have happened a lot earlier"

South Dakota Sen. John Thune, a potential contender for the GOP presidential nod in 2012, took aim at President Obama in an ABC/Washington Post "Top Line" interview today over the Administration's response to the oil spill off the Gulf Coast.

"The president, I think right now, is feeling a lot of pressure, obviously, politically, and his people thought they needed to get him out there, get him in front of the American public on this," Thune said, referring to Obama's Oval Office address on the oil spill last night. "But it probably should have happened a lot earlier."

Thune has been stepping up his profile in recent months. In May, he addressed a meeting of state Republican Party chairs in Maryland and also spoke at the National Rifle Association's annual meeting, an event attended by several other potential 2012 candidates including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Pailn (R).

Thune has also been stepping up his criticism of Obama, contending today that the president "has sort of reached the limits in terms of his ability to influence Democrats on Capitol Hill" due to his record on spending.

"I think Congressional Democrats are concluding that their electoral prospects are very much in jeopardy if they continue to vote for and support spending that's not paid for and adding more and more to the federal debt," Thune said.

But Thune also sounded a bipartisan tone, predicting that energy and climate legislation could move through Congress this year "if it were done the right way."

"I think they could move an energy policy if they structured it the right way, but it would involve, you know, reaching out to Republicans and trying to get something that Republicans would vote for," Thune said.

Despite the growing buzz about a potential White House candidacy, Thune, who faces no major-party opposition in his re-election bid this fall, has tamped down on speculation about his future plans.

Asked today about a potential 2012 bid, Thune responded that "at the moment, we aren't anywhere on that."

-- Felicia Sonmez

By The Fix  |  June 16, 2010; 3:27 PM ET
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“And what rough beast, its hour come round at last slouches toward (Miami Beach) to be born”

Posted by: thecannula | June 17, 2010 6:55 AM | Report abuse

cannula, I am very interested in the way pop culture spills over into politics, and I can see a media consultant advising Thune to stop being such a stick and smile more.

I think I am identifying an intersting trend in conservative politics. They don't want the best resume (that Vaughn guy Palin backed), or the person who has slaved their way up through the party (Nevada), or seniority (Florida). They know their conservative voters will be there with their votes. Young, attractive candidates will attract votes from a demographic that isn't paying much attention and doesn't think much of politicians or government. I think this demographic also skews young, and resents taxes because they aren't using most social service yet.

And cannula, I especially avoid calling other people racist. I don't know what is going on in anyone's heart but my own.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | June 17, 2010 6:48 AM | Report abuse

"Plus, with the big grin and the comb-over, he's making me think of Mike "Dirty Job" Rowe. Is this a subliminal thing to win the stay-at-home-mother vote for the GOP, because we'd all tap Mike Rowe"
margaretmyers

ohmyohmyohmyohmyohmyohmyohmyohmyohmyohmyohmyoh

Wow, I wonder what all you liberals would have written about us if we judged your last presidential candidate on the size of his grin, hair style, and appeal to women?

Actually I don't wonder- you'd be calling us Racists- well let's see if you call out one of your own for being sexist!?!

Posted by: thecannula | June 17, 2010 12:43 AM | Report abuse

"gush, pant, thump thump thump"
Oh you mean like that nugget?-brillant

Come on You didn't read my observation that in 2012 an empty suit wil be a welcome relief from an oily suit?

...or were you addressing your comment to 37th?

How about simplifying those National Guard Requiring BP applications so the Guard can clean the beaches? Can your favorite prexy at least get that done?

Posted by: thecannula | June 17, 2010 12:16 AM | Report abuse

"gush, pant, thump thump thump"
Oh you mean like that nugget?-brillant

Come on You didn't read my observation hat in 2012 an empty suit wil be a welcome relief from an oily suit?

...or were you addressing your comment to 37th?

How about simplifying those National Guard Requiring BP applications so the Guard can clean the beaches? Can your favorite prexy at least get that done?

Posted by: thecannula | June 17, 2010 12:16 AM | Report abuse

Too bad your leader-dar didn't equip you to refrain from repeating the same "teleprompter" tBS that exposes you as just another limbaugh twit

Posted by: Noacoler | June 17, 2010 12:03 AM | Report abuse

Obama tar balls (Obama-balls) are now ruining the ecosystem of the Gulf of Mexico.


How are those greek columns at the Denver stadium working for you now?


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Obama's people AT MMS DID NOT MAKE SURE THE SAFETY INSPECTIONS WERE CONDUCTED PROPERLY - OBAMA IS DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE OIL SPILL AND THE EXPLOSION.


How is electing an inexperienced an unqualified person working for you now ???

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 16, 2010 11:32 PM | Report abuse

"Plus, with the big grin and the comb-over, he's making me think of Mike "Dirty Job" Rowe. Is this a subliminal thing to win the stay-at-home-mother vote for the GOP, because we'd all tap Mike Rowe"
margaretmyers

ohmyohmyohmyohmyohmyohmyohmyohmyohmyohmyohmyoh

Wow, I wonder what all you liberals would have written about us if we judged your last presidential candidate on the size of his grin, hair style, and appeal to women?!!!!!?

Posted by: thecannula | June 16, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Obama's plans to expand offshore drilling were years in the future and had nothing to do with this leak.

Get a grip on your zeal, would you?

Posted by: Noacoler
???????????????????????????????

Once Again Noacoler you are "gush, pant, thump thump thump"
Wrong!:


Obama to Open Offshore Areas to Oil Drilling for First Time

The New York Times

By JOHN M. BRODER
Published: March 30, 2010
"Mr. Obama said several times during his presidential campaign that he supported expanded offshore drilling. He noted in his State of the Union address in January that weaning the country from imported oil would require “tough decisions about opening new offshore areas for oil and gas development.”

Perhaps in anticipation of controversy, the new policy has been closely held within the administration. White House and Interior Department officials began briefing members of Congress and local officials in affected states late Tuesday.

It is not known how much potential fuel lies in the areas opened to exploration, although according to Interior Department estimates there could be as much as a three-year supply of recoverable oil and more than two years’ worth of natural gas, at current rates of consumption. But those estimates are based on seismic data that is, in some cases, more than 30 years old.

The first lease sale off the coast of Virginia could occur as early as next year in a triangular tract 50 miles off the coast that had already been approved for development but was held up by a court challenge and additional Interior Department review, officials said."

Posted by: thecannula | June 16, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Plus, with the big grin and the comb-over, he's making me think of Mike "Dirty Job" Rowe. Is this a subliminal thing to win the stay-at-home-mother vote for the GOP, because we'd all tap Mike Rowe.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | June 16, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Drindl, we've talked about the recent success of the conservative wing of the GOP placing youngish, photogenic, healthy-looking candidates in races in small markets or in competitive primaries. I feel like Thune may have been their prototype.

SD has such a small electorate that it was easily brought into line for Thune -- he's a big good looking guy: identify with him, vote for him. MA was a loser until they found a big good looking guy. McCain was gonna lose no matter what -- give him a young, good looking woman to run with and at least give the race some energy. Christ has angered us so lets get tall dark and handsome Rubio. Angle is a similar story -- a certifiably attractive conservative-backed candidate taking out the party-backed candidate. Smiley Liar McDonnell, too. I feel like the conservatives understand that a big % of voters are NOT paying attention and simply having a good-looking candidate gets you a high % of their votes.

I know there are plenty of GOP toads out there -- Chritie, Whitman, MacMahon. 2 out of 3 are paying their own way and that makes them attractive even if they aren't. But I'm just wondering if Thune wasn't the test market back in 2004.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | June 16, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

An empty suit come 2012 will be a welcome relief from an oily suit!

(sorry, if you don't care to be bipartisan, so be it)

Posted by: thecannula | June 16, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Proof would consist of stopping it, not in writing a screed.

Only an idiot tosses around "proof."

Posted by: Noacoler | June 16, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Bipartisanship in congress? We can't even get bipartisanship going on The Fix Blog-

I posted this this morning with no takers all day- I guess in politics, there is no such thing as COMMON sense?


Is there one Democrat out there who sees my logic in suggesting that the BP forms should be rewritten by the federal government in order to allow a simpler process of applying for assistance from BP, so that the National Guard is no longer required to help people fill out forms and can be instead put to better use cleaning up the oil?

Posted by: thecannula | June 16, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

This article by investigative journalist proves Gulf oil spill can be stopped within any 72 hour period.

"Shocking Facts: Oil Spill Stoppable"
http://xelanbonn.com/2653/shocking-facts-oil-spill-stoppable/

Posted by: XelanBonnCom | June 16, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse


How many times removed should the BP claims/liabilities be? VOTE

http://www.youpolls.com/default.asp

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Posted by: usadblake | June 16, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Obama tar balls (Obama-balls) are now ruining the ecosystem of the Gulf of Mexico.


How are those greek columns at the Denver stadium working for you now?


___________________________________

Obama's people AT MMS DID NOT MAKE SURE THE SAFETY INSPECTIONS WERE CONDUCTED PROPERLY - OBAMA IS DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE OIL SPILL AND THE EXPLOSION.


How is electing an inexperienced an unqualified person working for you now ???


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 16, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

how is being a total burnout working for you now?

Posted by: drindl | June 16, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Obama tar balls (Obama-balls) are now ruining the ecosystem of the Gulf of Mexico.

How are those greek columns at the Denver stadium working for you now?


___________________________________

Obama's people AT MMS DID NOT MAKE SURE THE SAFETY INSPECTIONS WERE CONDUCTED PROPERLY - OBAMA IS DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE OIL SPILL AND THE EXPLOSION.


How is electing an inexperienced an unqualified person working for you now ???

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 16, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

This guy, especially, Margaret, is like some hollow, smiley-face icon.

Posted by: drindl | June 16, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

"Typical R empty suit. All whining, no ideas."

I second that drindl. Standing on the side gritching and moaning, just like a Republican will.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | June 16, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

The new estimates puts the total oil leaked at 105 million gallons of crude up to today.


Half of that probably evaporated.


So you have 52.5 million gallons of weathered oil / tar balls left.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 16, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

"Was he also the Cigar and Bongos President?"

Are non-sequitars your specialty?

Posted by: drindl | June 16, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

"But Thune also sounded a bipartisan tone, predicting that energy and climate legislation could move through Congress this year "if it were done the right way."

"I think they could move an energy policy if they structured it the right way, but it would involve, you know, reaching out to Republicans and trying to get something that Republicans would vote for," Thune said."

Oh yeah, that's really 'bipartisan' -- 'reaching out' -- don't you mean 'bending over'? and doing whatever Repulicans want?

Puhleeze, get real.

Posted by: drindl | June 16, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Get Real.

Thune and crew wouldn't have been satisfied unless BHO had delivered the speech...before the spill even happened. Why is the Post fronting this foolishness? Enough with the free Thune ads; let Thune BUY web space to promote his candidacy.
_________________________

@ Fix Intern: Ask Fix why Thune, Pawlenty, Dan Coats (the "anti-Obama"), "Racist Rand" Paul, Angle, Meg Whitman, Phalin, and similar baggers get regular shout outs on this blog, but the first black President of the United States has gotten only two positive mentions here in the last two years.

What's up with that?

Posted by: broadwayjoe | June 16, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Obama's people AT MMS DID NOT MAKE SURE THE SAFETY INSPECTIONS WERE CONDUCTED PROPERLY - OBAMA IS DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE OIL SPILL AND THE EXPLOSION.


How is electing an inexperienced an unqualified person working for you now ???


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 16, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Try concentrating
JD will not beat McCain and you have Zero
idea what will happen in 29 months(it could be a R or D landslide,understand) unless
you are psychic old gal
Ask zouk. He still insist that McCain will beat Obama.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 16, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Conway will likely lose and the Texas Governor's race has not yet engaged ask anyone living in Texas who is not a political junkie.
As to polls none will matter except to extreme partisans like you until after Labor Day. Never has mattered to anyone that knows a lick about politics which you obviously don 't.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 16, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

and you also guaranteed us that you
were absolutely certain that John McCain will lose to JD
Obama could win 50 states or lose 50 states.
You have no better idea than zouk telling us in Nov 2008 that he was sure there would be a POTUS McCain
All of your insults in the world don 't make your predictions true.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 16, 2010 6:40 PM
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You really need to lay off the hard stuff, old boy. That post doesn't make a lick of sense.

Posted by: Brigade | June 16, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Obama threw 20,000 people out of work - apparently without unemployment benefits.


They are acting to fix the problem now -

But is Obama a complete incompetent or what ???

How in the world could he do that ?

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 16, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

and you also guaranteed us that you
were absolutely certain that John McCain will lose to JD
Obama could win 50 states or lose 50 states.
You have no better idea than zouk telling us in Nov 2008 that he was sure there would be a POTUS McCain
All of your insults in the world don 't make your predictions true.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 16, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Sounds to me like the Grand Old Party is
enabling and defending the indefensible BP.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 16, 2010 5:51 PM
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Paul, Bachman, Barbour. All holding up pretty well. How are Conway, Reid, and White doing? Still upside down in the polls? Oh, wait, polls only matter if the Dem is ahead, right? And if the Dem loses the election it will be because the Repubs rigged the voting machines, right?

Posted by: Brigade | June 16, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

yeah, funny they never noticed it when we had bush, the Golf and Bicycling President, who never 'worked' more than 3 hours a day.

Posted by: drindl | June 16, 2010 5:52 PM
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Was he also the Cigar and Bongos President?

Posted by: Brigade | June 16, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

It is very doubtful that any D will challenge Obama in 2012, and certainly not Hillary.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 16, 2010 5:18 PM
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If it looks like he'll lose in 2012, he'll have a challenge.

Posted by: Brigade | June 16, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

37thand0street | June 16, 2010 4:06 PM |

is spamming the boards with this same thread over and over again.

guess his small penis is in need of some reassurance

Posted by: newagent99 | June 16, 2010 4:21 PM

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Spit it out then and see if you've helped.

Posted by: Brigade | June 16, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Bush left office with an 18% approval rating; he would have salivated to have poll ratings fluxuating b/w 48% and 52%.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 16, 2010 4:54 P
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But Bush wasn't running for re-election. He made out pretty well when he was. We'll see how 40% works for Obama in November of 2010 and 2012.

Posted by: Brigade | June 16, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

The democrats are desperate

They are lying -

and grasping at weakness - trying to make it seem like a good policy.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 16, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

"that was a really lame response, we would call the Texas Two Step.

And suddenly the GOP has ab.u.t.a. when it comes to that dreaded sport called golf since they now slam it in their every post.

Posted by: leichtman1"

yeah, funny they never noticed it when we had bush, the Golf and Bicycling President, who never 'worked' more than 3 hours a day.

Posted by: drindl | June 16, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

read and listened to every last word in his speech.
Absolutely nothing he ever says would EVER
please you, no one cares since you make
such idiotic comments like his desk was
clean he must resign.

Actions speak louder than words and obtaining
$20 billion from BP was no small accomplishment that the GOP will not even acknowledge.

And where does the GOP stand on this situation:

Rand Paul claims its UnAmerican to criticise BP.

Michelle Bachman claims its redistribution of wealth to take $20 bln from BP and use it to
help fishermen and the Gulf businesses who
have been damaged. Apparently the families who lost loved ones and the fishermen who have lost their livelihoods deserve zip; remember Govs. Riley and Barbour pushed for corp tort libility shields.

Another R Congressman said today that the federal govt should keep their hands off
of poor BP and just take them to court; but
certainly not Fed Cts in Fla, Alabama or Miss where BP is hated, more likely a much friendlier locale would be preferred.

Sounds to me like the Grand Old Party is
enabling and defending the indefensible BP.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 16, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA-MAN CONQUERS BP, EARNS CHANCE OF CRISIS REDEMPTION

Barack Obama became Obama-man today, a sudden superhero who fought off corporate Kryptonite to vanquish a hated geopolitical enemy of the state.


FOR THE FULL STORY:

http://nowpublic.com/world/obama-man-conquers-bp-earns-chance-crisis-redemption OR Facebook -- Vic Livingston ("Notes")

Posted by: scrivener50 | June 16, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

leichtman1


If you would like to read about the speech, read the posts from last night - you have a whole set of them there.

Obama looked weak -

Even MSNBC was not happy with Obama's speech

The democrats do not have much to defend Obama at this point - he is messing up so badly.

REMEMBER - the original plan was to jam through health care - and then blame the Republicans for everything Obama could think of for the entire summer - so everyone would forget about the health care plan that the country didnt want.

That pland has been interrupted by Obama's incompetence in the oil spill.

Obama's people AT MMS DID NOT MAKE SURE THE SAFETY INSPECTIONS WERE CONDUCTED PROPERLY - OBAMA IS DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE OIL SPILL AND THE EXPLOSION.

How is electing an inexperienced an unqualified person working for you now ???

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 16, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/right-now/2010/06/oreilly_grills_palin_on_oil_sp.html

Palin goes on O'Reilly. He asks her what she would be doing about the oil spill. Obviously she has no answer. Can't even come up with a good BS answer.

Seriously, is she soooo used to being handled with kid gloves that she can't even be bothered to come up with an answer to this obvious question beforehand?

And this is Bill O'Reilly. Is he a part of the lamestream gotcha media now?

Posted by: DDAWD | June 16, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

It is very doubtful that any D will challenge Obama in 2012, and certainly not Hillary.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 16, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

JRM2 to your comment at 4:52


You really should read Bob Baer's books on the intelligence situation in the Middle East in the 90s.



I wholly disagree with you - the general effect of Clinton's policies was to leave us blind in the Middle East from an intelligence point of view.


In addition, Clinton never fought back forcefully enough - Clinton left Bin Laden with the impression that the US was a paper tiger which would never stand and fight.

How many terrorist incidents were there under Clinton - which were only responded to with only a cruise missile or two ????

Clinton's policies in the Middle East were a complete failure.

You are a complete fool.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 16, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

leichtman1,

If Obama is to be challenge, it most likely will not come from another senator since Obama could use their lack of executive experience against them. Obama was fortunate to have faced another senator with a fail presidency in the other party. I think the only people who could seriously challenge him are governors who have a record to show.

Posted by: sliowa1 | June 16, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

we leave the predictions to blimpy and 37th here. POTUS McCain, 160 GOP pickup, 20 minute
BP meetings, you get the drift. No one knows what will happen tomorrow in politics much less
this Nov or 2012. A day is a lifetime in politics. Blimpy was insisting that all the media would be talking about this summer
would be H.C. reform. How is that prediction working out 4 U?

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 16, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Andy3,

Everybody thought Bush I was unbeatable following the first Gulf War and then a recession hits and Clinton is the next president. I would say 2012 is a long time away to predict what will happen with Obama’s presidency. If I remember correctly you predicted unemployment would be falling fast and the economy would be in over drive by summer, not to mention this is just what Obama predicted would happen with the stimulus bill. Be careful when you make predictions they might come back and haunt you. Obama won’t be making any more 8% unemployment statements after spending close to a trillion dollars. If he gets a second stimulus bill, I am sure he will tone down his rhetoric

Posted by: sliowa1 | June 16, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Bush left office with an 18% approval rating; he would have salivated to have poll ratings fluxuating b/w 48% and 52%.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 16, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Bsimon, I saw the Pawlenty interview on Jon Stewart. He tried to act as if he weren't running for President. Then Pawlenty started talking about common sense solutions for something or other. Stewart told him that only people who are running for President say things like "common sense solutions" People in day to day conversation never say things like "you know what would be a good common sense solution to..."

And yeah, Pawlenty is definitely planning on running. I think his exploratory committee is going to have to give him some REAL deterrent to keep him out of the race.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 16, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

"Bush never blamed Clinton for 9/11 - even though Clinton spent years pulling our intelligence assets out of the Middle East.

Posted by: 37thand0street"
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Clinton decreased the MILITARY budget and increased the counterterrorism budgets. That is why they were able to warn the incoming administration about Al Qaeda.

Posted by: JRM2 | June 16, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

that was a really lame response, we would call the Texas Two Step.

And suddenly the GOP has ab.u.t.a. when it comes to that dreaded sport called golf since they now slam it in their every post.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 16, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

If Obunglers ratings continue in the direction they are headed, a rented mule will be able to beat him. He will be in the 30s next week.

It took years of liberal lies to get Bush down to that level. It only took a little over a year of the truth for Obammy to arrive.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 16, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Obama will beat this guy like a rented mule if Thune is stupid enough to run against him. Thune has been listening to his own hype way too much.

Posted by: AndyR3 | June 16, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

saying he is out playing golf and must have a tv in his golf cart,

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

How else could he have deduced, in such a lightning fast way, that there was a spill in the gulf? It is unimaginable that a mere human could have figured this out in less than two months and planned such an eloquent speech in that short time. He had to have been notified while doing his day job - playing golf some nine or more times during that period.

In fact he is so powerful and immense, I predict he will have this leak stopped well before his run for reelection in 2012. I would not be surprised if Obama swam down there himself or sucked up the oil with a straw.

Ooops. There I did it. I accidentally used the word sucked and Obama in the same sentence.

and now back to our regular programming - the idiotic stylings of Finance whiz.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 16, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

you inisisted that McCain would win in Nov 2008,tell us that the BP meeting ended after 20 minutes (are you denying you posted that this a.m.?) you critique the POTUS's speech by saying he is out playing golf and must have a tv in his golf cart,and your side kick says his desk was clean he must resign, and from those brilliant assessments you call me names?

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 16, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

37thand0street | June 16, 2010 4:06 PM |

is spamming the boards with this same thread over and over again.


guess his small penis is in need of some reassurance

Posted by: newagent99 | June 16, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Bush was POTUS b/w 1-20-01 and 9-11-01.

You stated: "Bush set the standard for being a man and not blaming anyone else - taking responsibility"

so he took responsibility for being asleep
at the wheel b/w 1-20-01 and 9-11-01? That is
truly breaking news 37th. He took responsibility for appointing the Arabian horse trainer?
He must resign.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 16, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

must have been a pretty good speech for 37th
and blimpy since this is the best that they have got:

"People who do work have alot of paper on their desk - that desk was completely clean - there was nothing there"

I have read some lame posts by 37th but this tops the list.
Why not "his desk was clean, he must resign"?

or maybe this lame assessment: "Maybe his golf cart has a television" by blimpy


a $20 bln BP payout and the best they can say
is that his desk was clean and the POTUS has
a television. brilliant.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 16, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse


Bush never blamed Clinton for 9/11 - even though Clinton spent years pulling our intelligence assets out of the Middle East.


Bush set the standard for being a man and not blaming anyone else - taking responsibility.

I guess that is way too much to ask from the metrosexual we have in there now.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 16, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Why Obama's EPA Turned Down the Dutch Offer to Help

Bureaucratic Idiocy at its most facepalmtastic.


The U.S. Government has apparently reconsidered a Dutch offer to supply 4 oil skimmers. These are large arms that are attached to oil tankers that pump oil and water from the surface of the ocean into the tanker. Water pumped into the tanker will settle to the bottom of the tanker and is then pumped back into the ocean to make room for more oil. Each system will collect 5,000 tons of oil each day.
The Dutch offered to fly their skimmer arm systems to the Gulf 3 days after the oil spill started. The offer was apparently turned down because EPA regulations do not allow water with oil to be pumped back into the ocean. If all the oily water was retained in the tanker, the capacity of the system would be greatly diminished because most of what is pumped into the tanker is sea water.

Get it? The EPA wouldn't let them suck lots of oil out of the ocean because they would be returning small amounts of oil into the ocean.

But don't worry, Bammy's Energy Secretary won a Nobel Prize

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 16, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of presidential longshots, Pawlenty has opened up some PACs in New Hampshire and Iowa, to work in conjunction with his federal PAC. Of course, he still says he hasn't decided whether he's going to run for president or not.

Riiiiggghhhtttt....

That Thune has apparently not yet taken such steps implies that if he gets involved in the 2012 race, it will be to jockey for the 2nd banana role & position for 2016/2020, rather than being a serious run in 2012.

Posted by: bsimon1 | June 16, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Thune has been stepping up his profile in recent months. In May, he addressed a meeting of state Republican Party chairs in Maryland and also spoke at the National Rifle Association's annual meeting, an event attended by several other potential 2012 candidates including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Pailn (R).

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yeah and this is just more groping for visibility. A boring lackluster nonentity with no ideas who has ambitions. Zzzzzzz.

Only this blog gives him ink.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 16, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

"Thune said, referring to Obama's Oval Office address on the oil spill last night. "But it probably should have happened a lot earlier."

Which would have changed exactly what? Would there be any less oil? Would it have made any difference at all? No.

Typical R empty suit. All whining, no ideas.

Posted by: drindl | June 16, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Obama looked really weak


Maybe they should have panned the camera out more and showed more of the Oval Office

Obama looked like it was a Saturday Night Live skit.

Maybe it was that Obama didn't have any papers in his hands -


Instead Obama was throwing his hands around

People who do work have alot of paper on their desk - that desk was completely clean - there was nothing there.

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 16, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Somehow I don't think America is looking for a president (Thune? don't think so) who nitpicks political strategy at this level. Not exactly a visionary with an idea of America's future. Just spiteful and petty. Or so I read from this except.

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | June 16, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

From the guy who took almost a year to choose a dog, I am surprised he even realized there was spill. Maybe his golf cart has a television.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 16, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

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