Today’s Phrase for Latin Lovers

Rex in Regno suo superiores habet Deum et Legem.

Translation:
The King in his Realm hath two superiors: God and the Law. -- Henry Care (1646-1688) on English liberties and the Magna Carta

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|Caturday | Prudence Potpourri

Political Caturday Videos

I was going to inaugurate Caturday videos at PrudencePaine.com today, but with CPAC going on, there’s too much good video to pass up.

So here’s CPACturday video. No, that doesn’t work. Here’s three of my favorite conservative women getting catty with the GOP establishment and/or the Obamas. Enjoy!

Phyllis Schlafly lays out some hard-hitting lines here. Unfortunately, it sounds like the room had cleared out after Sarah Palin left the stage just moments before. If you missed it, here’s a chance to see it (along with the introduction by Steven Crowder):

Schlafly has recently joined Twitter. You can follow her here, and follow her Eagle Forum and EagleForumPAC here and here. I recently bought her The Flipside of Feminism: What Conservative Women Know — and Men Can’t Say(co-authored with Suzanne Venker) and her No Higher Power: Obama’s War on Religious Freedom. I look forward to finding the time to read them.

Then there was Sarah Palin‘s speech. Watch her outdo Marco Rubio’s speech drink break with a Bloomberg-busting 32-ounce Big Gulp.

 

And last but not least, this isn’t from CPAC, but I love Michelle Malkin‘s recasting of Michelle Obama’s recasting of the old Evolution of Dance viral video. Get down, gurl.

Be sure to sign up for Michelle’s YouTube channel so you don’t miss any of her videos.

Oh, and I almost forgot, there’s my recasting of the original Peanut Butter Jelly Time classic Caturday video using the Buzzfeed still’s from Beyonce’s SuperBowl performance to create Beyonce Jelly Time. (Not viral yet, but there’s always hope!)

 

Go Like it!

|Campaign 2012 | Political Prudence

The Candidates All Get Prettier at Closing Time

Ah. What a relief that the presidential candidacy announcement season is over. I’ve been acting like one of those guys who sits at a table with a bevy of beautiful women but still can’t help scanning the room to check out all the other tables.

As one of those who has been finicky in looking over the crop of GOP candidates, I’ve felt something, someone, has been missing, but I couldn’t say specifically what or who.

I’ve anxiously watched Chris Christie being wined and dined out of the corner of my eye. I say anxious, because no matter how much I adore his no-nonsense approach to combating naysayers, I have little faith that a Republican governor of New Jersey can be anything other than a centrist. (His endorsement today of Mitt Romney rather proves my point.)

Christie’s lurking presence distracted me not because I hoped he would saunter over and take a seat at my table, but because I worried he would. So I breathed a sigh of relief when Christie gave his final “no” and walked out of the room.

I’ve also watched people trying to drag Marco Rubio into the room by his arm. The Tea Party managed to select and elect a stalwart group of young conservatives that can form a powerful core to lead the legislative branch back to sanity. I do find Rubio a very attractive presidential possibility, but we can’t have our true conservatives abandon the Senate before we even gain a majority there.

Fortunately, the freshman Florida Senator put the kibosh on that, eloquently declaring last week that he wouldn’t even accept a VP offer for 2012. Bless him for that.

And then, there was the one I had been awaiting. As my dining companions have jostled for my attention, I kept rudely craning my neck every time Sarah Palin walked by. Here she comes! Maybe she’ll take a seat this time. Aw, there she goes. But she did wink as she passed! Here she comes again. Aw, there she goes. And so on.

The poor candidates already at the table vying for my affection could do little more than talk a little bit louder, be a little bit quippier, move a little bit righter, to try to get me to focus on them.

Therefore, it surprised me that I wasn’t as disappointed as I thought I would be by Palin’s announcement that she would not run this time. She would make a superb president. But oh, what a battle that would have been.

The frenzy that the media would have gone into immediately to rip her to shreds would have been massive and passionate. The internecine war between the Tea Party and the Establishment GOP would have gone nuclear.

The 13-month fight to get Palin over the finish line would have been exhausting, and it would have sucked much of the oxygen out of the down-ticket races. Yet, with Palin now in the midst of the crowd with us instead of up on the debate stage, we have an exciting, unpredictable weapon in her to push for electing true conservatives.

All three, Christie, Rubio and Palin, seem to have found the right path for themselves and for us. With their announcements, they cleared the room of all the stragglers and re-considerers.

Now it’s just me and my table. The night is growing late. There’s no one left to distract me from giving my dining companions my full attention. It’s finally time to pit them against one another and choose my favorite from among them. They’re not all beautiful, but each does have attractive qualities.

With the 2012 election deciding the fate of our country, I don’t want to make a mistake and pick the wrong candidate. Therefore, I’m going to give them all a chance again, even those I’d previously knocked out of consideration (hint, hint, Mitt Romney, Jon Huntsman, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul and Gary Johnson).

Herman Cain and Rick Perry will be under extra scrutiny now, because if they stay at the top of the pack, there’s no one new that can swoop in and bump them off the hill. I do hope that Rick Santorum and Michele Bachmann can make a strong showing in the debate and move up in the set field. I think they got dismissed too early. It didn’t matter so much before because I was still hoping the perfect candidate would enter the race. But in the post-Christie, post-Rubio, post-Palin world, they might hold the best balance of qualities those candidates would have brought.

And if my wandering eye gets to itching, it turns out I can give a once-over to a bunch more declared GOP presidential candidates I’ve never heard of or have forgotten: Fred Karger, Andy Martin, Jimmy “The Rent Is Too Damn High” McMillan, Tom Miller, Buddy Roemer (yes, the former Democrat Governor of Louisiana) and Vern Wuensche.

So the Dartmouth debate will be a very important date. Each candidate has another chance to woo me. I’m looking to avoid the “dud” from the old board game Mystery Date.

I want a long-term plan, not some short-term stimulating fling. I’m not interested in someone who will beguile me with gifts and flattery or whisper sweet nothings in my ear. That’s how we got to where we are. I want a commitment to honesty and straight talk. No gamblers need apply. Baby does need a new pair of shoes, but rolling the taxpayer dice isn’t the way to get them.

All right, candidates, sweep me off my feet. I’m ready to be taken off the candi-date market. Let’s hear your best proposal.

Bonus: If the website links and debate performances still leave doubt on who is the best candidate, Reason Magazine has just hung out a matchmaker shingle to act as e-Harmony for the GOP with its Find Your True Love quiz.

|Campaign 2012 | Political Prudence

Bachmann Campaign Starts Rollins Downhill

Michele Bachmann has hired Ed Rollins to run her 2012 presidential campaign, a sign that she will be taking this seriously. However, her selection worries me. Rollins was a heavy hitter, who has fallen in my eyes.

I gained respect for him in the Reagan-Bush years. But the winding, not-very-conservative path he has followed, working with Ross Perot, Christine Todd Whitman and Mike Huckabee, has left me unsettled about him. His last major political act was running the Huckabee campaign in 2008, which shows how far he can take whom I thought to be a very weak candidate. (Huckabee was/is weak as a limited-government conservative. However, I think one segment of the Republican Party overlooked that because of his Christian bona fides.)

Because of the success Huckabee nearly had with Rollins at his side, a Rollins hire could be considered a coup for Bachmann to get him on her team. Many of his previous candidates have been known as quirky outsiders (and many of them have been women). That fits with Bachmann’s status, so maybe that will help her use those attributes to their loveable best.

Be careful, though, Michele. He has a tendency to not be very loyal, and to speak out of school. I simply don’t trust him, and I worry that he is as likely to damage her campaign as he is to benefit it.

And Allahpundit at Hot Air adds his take by focusing on the faux pas of the Bachmann campaign making a attack on Sarah Palin via Ed Rollins saying Palin’s not a serious person. What a pity. I like both Palin and Bachmann, and I’m not going to take sides at this early date. If Palin decides not to run, Bachmann is a superb choice for all of her followers. It’s quite an idiotic move to start alienating them before either woman has actually declared a candidacy. Read Allah’s post for more.

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Another Casualty of Sarah Palin Rhetoric

Unfortunately there is no new clever, or serious, or boring post on The Prudence Paine Papers tonight. In honor of the determination of the Left and the media to blame Sarah Palin’s “violent rhetoric” for the mass murders in Tucson, the right wing of Twitter was all atwitter today with a new hashtag game: #BlamePalin.

And so, I spent the evening fishing through the entertaining Twitter stream of all the numerous events and items for which Sarah Palin is surely to blame—according to the laws of liberal logic.

As a result, there is one thing for which I know Sarah Palin’s rhetoric is definitely to be blamed: no new Prudence post. #BlamePalin

Therefore, in substitution, I present some of my more favorite #BlamePalin hashtag game entries:

From @PruPaine:

  • the asteroid that killed all the dinosaurs #blamepalin
  • oops… broken link [in that last tweet]. sorry! #blamepalin

From @SooperMexican:

  • @BarackObama‘s failure as a President #blamepalin
  • Fall of Rome #blamepalin

From @leahblizz:

  • Naked Rahm yelled at me in the shower #blamepalin

From @Dtindle:

  • Snuggies, Chia Pets and Mr. Microphone. #BlamePalin

From @ZephyrK9:

  • Continental Drift #BlamePalin

From mybrandieb:

  • The toilet seat was left up and I #BlamePalin

From JonahNRO:

  • My annoying habit of tapping my ballpoint pen against my glass eye when doing crossword puzzles? #blamepalin

From @iowahawkblog:

  • Driving troubled lunatics into insane fits of rage, causing them to get primetime host jobs at MSNBC #BlamePalin
  • Destruction of the Aztecs, Creation of Pontiac Aztek #BlamePalin
  • [NYTimes columnist] Paul Krugman’s confusion whether this hashtag game is sarcastic or not #BlamePalin
  • 36 of Keith Olbermann’s last 43 nervous breakdowns #BlamePalin

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Another clever hashtag game that was popular earlier in the day was #NewTone: gentle mockings of the media’s and the left’s hypocritical call to eliminate all “vitriolic” language, to adopt a new politically correct, Big Brother double-speak tone for public discourse.

From @PruPaine:

  • All episodes of William F Buckley’s “Firing Line” to undergo editing to rename as “Skip Thru the Meadow With Bill” #newtone
  • “screen capture” will now trigger an Amber alert (in reply to @LHphotog: oops, I used “ScreenShots” in my last #tech tweet #NoMeta4s #Dupnik #newTone)

From @rsmccain:

  • I just hit deadline for American Spectator. But I guess “hit” and “deadline” are both violent rhetoric. #NewTone

From @jimgeraghty:

  • U2’s album [War] will now be called, “Disagreement.” #NewTone

From @BrewingAle:

  • “Crosshairs” are now to be referred to as “Orthogonally aligned filamentous biomaterial” #NewTone

From @alexashrugged:

  • In the spirit of a #newtone and getting rid of violent, overheated rhetoric, I call on Rep. Louise Slaughter to change her name

From @diskinetic:

  • WiffleBall, with Chris Matthews! #newtone
  • “Give me liberty, or deeply inconvenience me!” #newtone

From @iowahawkblog:

  • Johnny Cash rewrite: “I hugged a man in Reno / just to watch him smile” #newtone

From @SooperMexican:

  • @KeithOlbermann‘s “Not the best person in their general vicinityyyyyy” #newtone
  • “Death Panels” to be referred to as “life-challenged panels” #newtone
  • White House will be repainted and renamed Off-White House to dissuade ‘black and white” thinking… #newtone
  • UN passes resolution for Islamists to use Environmentally-Friendly and Low-Decibel Suicide Bombs #NewTone

Th-th-th-that’s all, folks.

|I Told You So

ITYS #2: Mark Kirk, RINO, Joins 'Mod Squad'

Ugh. Mark Kirk is still more than two weeks away from being sworn in as the new Senator, and already he’s making no bones about wanting to align himself with those who will tear down any conservative momentum in the 112th Congress. He’s even gone so far as to coin a new term for the old tattered “Gang of 14.”

Heretofore it appears they will be known as the “Mod Squad.” Get it? Moderate, Mod. Clever, yes, but repulsive to the core of every conservative heart.

Here’s the start of the dismal news as reported by The Hill‘s Blog Briefing Room:

Centrist Senate Republicans are likely to get a new ally in Sen.-elect Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), according to Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine).

Collins, one of the most visible centrist Republicans in the Senate, told the Kennebec Journal that the newly elected senator punned to her that he wanted to be a part of the Senate GOP’s “Mod Squad.” Columnist David B. Offer wrote:

The day after the election, Collins told me she had received a post-election telephone call from Mark Kirk, the Illinois Republican elected to fill the Senate seat once held by President Barack Obama.

“I can’t wait to join your Mod Squad,” Kirk told her.

The Maine senator’s comments highlight the potential tension between centrist and conservative Republican senators in the next Congress.

If you’ve got a strong stomach, go ahead and click on the link to also read the original story at Maine’s Kennebec Journal to see squishy, noodle-spined, media-attention-craving moderation being glorified.

Gem #1:

I think — and I certainly hope — that they are wrong. If politicians of both parties have the sense of a Maine moose, they will recognize that the election returns show that people want Congress and the president to do what it takes to turn the economy around. That can’t be done by government gridlock.

Gem #2:

Sen. Susan Collins is optimistic that the middle-of-the-road reasonable lawmakers from both parties will find a way to work together. Moderates may find answers that elude hard-core partisans, left and right.

Gem #3:

Kirk, Maine’s two senators, Collins and Olympia Snowe and moderates of both parties are a welcome contrast to Rand Paul, the new Tea Party-Libertarian-Republican senator from Kentucky, who continued to express his right-wing go-it-alone views in a post-election speech. I think he and others of his ilk will find that approach won’t work in the real world and that voters will not stand for it.

You get the gist of it. It goes further downhill from there, concluding with a multi-paragraph slap-down of Sarah Palin by Collins—including her desire to see Lisa Murkowski win, just to take down Palin.

This next six years is not going to be pretty.

Here we have my “I Told You So” #2:

h/t SisterToldjah tweet

|Campaign 2010 | Political Prudence

Levi for Murkowski?

No need to watch the following, unless you wish to have a lobotomy-by-video. It’s Levi Johnston appearing on Bill Maher’s show. Think Alvin Greene but with less to say.

Johnston’s apparently trying to be nice again and not give up anything more on the Palins, despite half of Maher’s efforts. Maher spends the other half just outright ridiculing Johnston, who merely smiles and takes it while guests Nicole Wallace and Rob Reiner get their own digs in and Jake Tapper looks uncomfortable. I almost felt sorry for Johnston. If I didn’t know he was a proven lowlife, I’d have thought he was a nice, modest guy.

Johnston does say that this is his last interview for a while (perhaps because the media’s interest is waning due to his reluctance to provide any new excitement). He’s going back to Wasilia. His mayoral campaign sounds rather unfocused right now, as he hasn’t yet decided whether he’s Republican or Democrat.

Sounds like he’s a natural Murkowski supporter to me. A little backstabby. A lot unprincipled.

Just think, Levi. You could start the endorsement war between Alaska’s two political titans. Take on Sarah, mano a mano.

Come on and do us a favor. Endorse Lisa. Make a campaign commercial for her, showing how you know how to spell, and not just an easy word, but a really hard one. You could fill out the ballot while taking a shower. The media will come running back again, ready to oil you up with limelight and hang on your every monosyllabic word.

It will add another minute to your fame–and six years’ to Joe Miller’s. Pretty please.

Update: Oops. Misspelled Johnston as Johnson. Corrected. {irony! “easy word.” doink!}

|Campaign 2010 | Political Prudence

O'Donnell Victory Explained on Taiwan TV

(Hat tip: Daily Caller)