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Kirsten Powers Defends the Tea Party: Is Her Fall to the Dark Side Reversing?
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Posted on 09/18/2010 4:19:30 AM PDT by Michael van der Galien

When I last commented on Fox News Democrat analyst Kirsten Powers, I blasted her for abandoning her once-moderate posture and fully embracing the vile, smear-mongering ways of the hard Left. But in a new post on the Daily Beast, Powers issues a strong defense both of the moral seriousness and political potency of the Tea Party movement, begging the question: is there good left in her?

The Washington establishment has its nose out of joint because a rag-tag group of misfits have deigned to challenge the entitled incompetents who run the U.S. Congress. Somehow, because a few of the Tea Party candidates support abstinence training, or other garden variety right-wing notions, they are more dangerous than the people who were actually in charge of our country as it was being run into the ground economically.

We’ve been treated to obsessive coverage of Christine O’Donnell’s opinions on masturbation, and whether she had premarital sex, because we all know that these are the Very Important Issues facing our country.

Indeed. Why should a then-private citizen expressing her beliefs about sexual morality, making no mention whatsoever of government in doing so, be anywhere near as concerning as what the politicians she seeks to replace have done in office? Believing in the importance of teaching self-control to the young is no mark of insanity, and it’s nice to see someone on the other side speaking truth to power for a change.

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TOPICS: Government; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: fox; foxnews; kirstenpowers; powers

1 posted on 09/18/2010 4:19:33 AM PDT by Michael van der Galien
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To: Michael van der Galien

A “rag tag group of misfits”. Sounds like that bunch of men who fought the British elite.


2 posted on 09/18/2010 4:22:44 AM PDT by Terry Mross
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To: Michael van der Galien

“Rag Tag”, “Gung Ho!”, “Lock & Load”, “Ba-da-Bing!”, “Presto Change-O!”


3 posted on 09/18/2010 4:29:28 AM PDT by CharlesThe Hammer
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To: Michael van der Galien

Did anybody see Mort Kondracki last night on Special report? Talk about a guy going over to the “dark side”. I always knew he was aa border line liberal but he semed somewhat moderate when he was on Beltway Boys. Last night, he sounded like a left wing loon.


4 posted on 09/18/2010 4:30:08 AM PDT by Old Retired Army Guy (tHE)
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To: Terry Mross

Yeah, I was with that ragtag bunch of misfits Tuesday night at Christine O’Donnell’s victory rally.

Looked like ordinary Americans to me.

And they had just bounced out a 45 year politician who never lost a statewide election.

On a shoestring.

A political Lexington and Concord, if you will.


5 posted on 09/18/2010 4:33:51 AM PDT by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: exit82

After Rove was on Hannity I made the first political donation in quite a while. At the time her goal was $300K. I was hoping she’d hit am million. Now it’s close to 2 million. Way to go, Rove!

On that note, he says it’s not his job to be a cheerleader. I wish someone would ask him “Is it your job to lambast the candidates who won but you didn’t endorse?”


6 posted on 09/18/2010 4:37:10 AM PDT by Terry Mross
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

Mort has always been the “left” side of The Beltway Boys.

It really is funny watching these guys, Barnes included, in a snit because the unwashed masses didn’t do what they were told to do.


7 posted on 09/18/2010 4:39:02 AM PDT by Terry Mross
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To: Michael van der Galien

Why when asked or charged about extraneous issues like masterbation, racism, personal issues doesn’t a candidate simply just dismiss them as “political stategies”?

We all know the deal. Why not say it?

If I were O’Donnell, Tea Partiers or other politicians, when asked about diplomas, masterbation, racism etc. I would simply reply that these are not issues but a “political strategy” that I would assume you as a reporter, commentator, pundit would be sophisticated enough to see through and not be an unwitting accomplice to political warfare on my opponent’s behalf.


8 posted on 09/18/2010 4:40:45 AM PDT by Outrance
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To: Terry Mross

Gee, and what will Rove say about Murkowski. So far, all I have heard is crickets.

Rove did not disclose that he approached the Delaware Tea Party groups about working for Mike Castle and not going on their own.

They politely told him to get lost.

LAst night and all day yesterday, Rove’s meme was: “I’m just an analyst for FoxNews”.

Bullsh@t! He was somehow working on Castle’s behalf, and has never disclosed that.

On Tuesday night, Russ Murphy of the Delaware 9-12 Patriots spoke after Christine and told the story of his run-in with Rove.

Rove. Some Architect! I call him the “Architect of the Lost Decade”.

When you go back to the point in the road where the GOP went wrong, Rove was there holding the sign.


9 posted on 09/18/2010 4:43:11 AM PDT by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: Michael van der Galien

I suspect that many of the political establishment are finally realizing that the Tea Party is real, is grassroots and is a force to be reckoned with this election cycle.

Don’t forget, these people went right along with dismissing the Tea Party as a front for conservatism. It is not. It is a union of those opposed to over-reaching, ever-growing government.....conservatives are just a part of this.

By the way, do you notice we do not hear the term “Tea Bagger” anymore? That tells me the reality is setting in.


10 posted on 09/18/2010 4:45:35 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy
Last night, he sounded like a left wing loon.

Eventually, the truth always comes out.....

11 posted on 09/18/2010 4:50:19 AM PDT by Thermalseeker (Stop the insanity - Flush Congress!)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy
Did anybody see Mort Kondracki last night on Special report? Talk about a guy going over to the “dark side”. I always knew he was aa border line liberal but he semed somewhat moderate when he was on Beltway Boys. Last night, he sounded like a left wing loon.

He was awful
Fred Barnes is useless too...Remember their Fox show the Beltway Boys? That only lasted one or two years

I liked this duo a lot better on the old John McLaughlin show which was revolutionary for its time. Fred&Mort have become more squishy soft while I have become more Tea Party....you too I think.

Mort's wife died of MS Parkinson's in 2004 and that always happens slow and gradual so lots of care taking needed. I think this toned him down a lot and made him more liberal

12 posted on 09/18/2010 4:54:53 AM PDT by dennisw (-He who will not economize will have to agonize----- Confucius)
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To: exit82
Rove was there holding the sign.

The Country Clubbers were there long before Rove was born. They were content to sit in the minority for 40 years while Socialism (Medicare, Medicaid, Welfare, minimum wage, etc) was ushered in bit by bit. Rove had nothing to do with any of that. What we are seeing is the Country Clubbers realizing that their days are numbered and they don't like it one bit.

13 posted on 09/18/2010 4:55:02 AM PDT by Thermalseeker (Stop the insanity - Flush Congress!)
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To: Michael van der Galien

No I don’t trust Kirsten Powers - I saw her dismiss the New Black Panther’s case as unimportant - I saw her tell America to “get over” 9/11. She sneers at the TEA Party.


14 posted on 09/18/2010 4:55:45 AM PDT by 30Moves
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To: Michael van der Galien
"Rag tag" - - - Right!

8-28-2010


15 posted on 09/18/2010 4:58:20 AM PDT by Islander7 (If you want to anger conservatives, lie to them. If you want to anger liberals, tell them the truth.)
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To: Thermalseeker

Oh, I remember those days. The forty year period where the GOP was in the minority, and the Rockefeller Republicans.

I was referring to the period of 2000-2009, where Rove was advising Bush II, and the GOP.

We had the House and the Senate and could have fixed the country. Instead Rove lost the decade, lost the party, lost the majority, and lost Congress in 2006 and 2008.

Rove is highly over-rated. He and Bush II had “book reading” contests.

I wonder if they ever read a book about fighting back.

The only thing I’ve ever seen Mr. Whiteboard get excited about is beating up on a little girl from DE.


16 posted on 09/18/2010 5:01:59 AM PDT by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: 30Moves
No I don’t trust Kirsten Powers

Powers obviously doesn't know what she believes. I've heard her contradict herself a half dozen times in less than five minutes of blather on numerous occasions in a desperate search for a coherent thought. I cannot believe that Fox employs her to give her opinion on anything. As Rush would say she is a "glittering gem of colossal ignorance"....

17 posted on 09/18/2010 5:02:04 AM PDT by Thermalseeker (Stop the insanity - Flush Congress!)
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To: exit82
I wonder if they ever read a book about fighting back.

I wonder if either of them ever read Atlas Shugged?

18 posted on 09/18/2010 5:04:12 AM PDT by Thermalseeker (Stop the insanity - Flush Congress!)
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To: Thermalseeker
make that Atlas Shrugged.....
19 posted on 09/18/2010 5:05:01 AM PDT by Thermalseeker (Stop the insanity - Flush Congress!)
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To: Michael van der Galien
“Can the Kirsten Powers who says “the Tea Partiers care deeply about the future of their country” really be the same Kirsten Powers who, just a month ago, wrote that Republicans were consumed by a “long, hot summer of hate”? Is Powers simply trying to play both roles to keep her image up ....?”

I believe she has a thyroid problem. If she's irrational when expressing negative feelings about the Tea Party she's apt to be just as irrational and irritating when expressing the opposite view. Either that, or she's tailoring the opinions she presents on television based upon peer (e.g. Megyn Kelly) and audience reactions. Either way, her opinions reveal far more about her than the subject under discussion.

If info babes are going to be irritating, flighty, and inconsistent air heads, they should at least be beautiful so that I don't feel compelled to change channels and not just turn down the sound whenever spoil my field of view.

20 posted on 09/18/2010 5:06:58 AM PDT by Mobties (Let the markets work! Reduce the government footprint!)
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To: Islander7

Great graphic—but add an ‘n’ to “tyranny”.


21 posted on 09/18/2010 5:12:07 AM PDT by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: Thermalseeker

“Shugged”? Having you been hitting that “Reardon Steel” again?

Only kidding!


22 posted on 09/18/2010 5:13:42 AM PDT by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: Outrance
Reporter:
"Can you tell our listeners, did you actually say those tings about masturbation?"

Candidate:
"Let's see... can you tell your listeners, are you still in junior high school? I'm serious. My opinions as a private citizen about something so purient are more important than this country being flushed down the drain by a Ruling Class Elite? Really?! We rabble can be treated to the yummy tidbit that our president was "Editor of the Harvard Law Review," but we can't be allowed to see one, not one! of his Editorials from that period? Why? We aren't fit to view his college trascripts? Why is that?"

"It's your infantile insistance on focusing on these juvenile matters from my past, while refusing to address the substantive issues about the man who would be our President and the Leader of the Free World that has you and your fallen ilk wondering if you'll still have your jobs next year. Which do you think is really more important to 'your listeners,' assuming you still have any? Which is more important to you?"

"While I could, if I chose to, spend hours answering questions which would tittillate your sophomoric ego and play along with this mindless, no-win game of personal destruction, I not only have a serious job to do here, I actually know what that job is. Take a lesson, kid."

"Next question..?"

These newbie candidates need some better interview coaches. They could really do some good if they thought about their replies to the drooling Leftie Misleadia.

;-/

23 posted on 09/18/2010 5:14:59 AM PDT by Gargantua (Palin-Bachman 2012... just call it "Pa-Bach" :-)
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To: Michael van der Galien

More and more moderate republicans are realizing that they can either stand with the TEA party, or they can face oblivion alone.

It doesn’t really matter anymore if the TEA party is right or viable to the center. The TEA party owns the loyalty of too much of the core of the Republican party to be ignored.

If the TEA party is driven off they will take the base of the republican party with them.

This is not a republican Civil War this is an almost entirety one sided massacre.

You can go with us or you can go with the democrat/socialist.

One way or the other an epic storm is gathering, one so epic that the very fabric of our union may be shattered.

We have 2 completely incompatible forces on a collection course, I know at least one of them is determent to fight for freedom to the death. I don’t know what the determination the leftist have, but if it is anything like ours, and they are unwilling to peacefully separate, there will be a real shooting War.

A war in which those loyal to freedom(Captilsim) will forced to put everything on the line to defend it from hoses fascist leftist loyal to totalitarianism/total state/Communism.

Who wins this war depends entirely upon the make up and preparation of the sides. If our advantage is large enough there will never be a shot fired(Tyrants are nothing if they are not cowards), if it is too small then we will all be “removed” for simply speaking of our opposition or being potent future threats.

If it is somewhere in between the tyrant might be able to muster enough forces to wage an actual military campaign against us.

It is our job to see to it that this never comes to actual fight. That means we must build a force of patriots so form-able as to make confrontation on their side too risky for the tyrants.

Remember our key objective in this is raising the risk, and decreasing the likelihood that the tyrant will come out of this alive should they choose to tempt fate.

They must be “convinced” that it is in their best interest to pick anther day, and anther people.

Inevitably as with all things we will simply be buying time before we or our decedents must face this evil again.

The expansion of the state and the greed of tyrants to rule without the consent of the governed(individually) is an evil that can-never be truly or permanently defeated. Such is the course of human events, such is a product of our nature which condemns us and our posterity to endlessly re-fight this battle.

It is essential that we equip our children to win this battle when it comes to be their time to fight it.

They must know of the inherit but necessary evils of government. They must know why, and they must know how to fight this evil.

This is part of living in a free society, constant vigilances.

Our advantage is the inherently human truths of individualism and liberty.

Theirs is the greed for power, and the fear of anarchy.


24 posted on 09/18/2010 5:16:37 AM PDT by Monorprise
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To: exit82
Having you been hitting that “Reardon Steel” again?

Had to give up caffeine......

25 posted on 09/18/2010 5:23:11 AM PDT by Thermalseeker (Stop the insanity - Flush Congress!)
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To: Monorprise
"If the TEA party is driven off they will take the base of the republican party with them."

Along with the vast majority of the Independents and more than a few moderate, fiscally conservative Democrats.

;-/

26 posted on 09/18/2010 5:39:04 AM PDT by Gargantua (Palin-Bachman 2012... just call it "Pa-Bach" :-)
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To: Terry Mross

He’s full of it. He was hired because he successfully helped propel George W. Bush, Republican, into the White House. If they didn’t want a partisan, they wouldn’t have hired him.


27 posted on 09/18/2010 6:00:38 AM PDT by PghBaldy (Like the Ft Hood Killer, James Earl Ray was just stressed when he killed MLK Jr.)
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To: Thermalseeker

Rove was active in Republican politics since the Nixon days (when he was college-age I think). Just like his ex-boss, Bush, they are both country-club Republicans. Bush just fooled a lot of us at first with his Texas ways.


28 posted on 09/18/2010 6:04:42 AM PDT by PghBaldy (Like the Ft Hood Killer, James Earl Ray was just stressed when he killed MLK Jr.)
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To: Gargantua

“These newbie candidates need some better interview coaches. They could really do some good if they thought about their replies to the drooling Leftie Misleadia.”

Right - but not just the newbies. Republicans across the board need to learn how to control the conversation. Reagan did this very well.


29 posted on 09/18/2010 6:08:42 AM PDT by ElayneJ
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

Yeah he straight out called her nuts and a wacko. His litmus test was wanting to dismantle the dept of education.


30 posted on 09/18/2010 6:09:46 AM PDT by normy (Don't take it personally, just take it seriously.)
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To: Terry Mross

And kicked A, took names...


31 posted on 09/18/2010 6:17:49 AM PDT by going hot (Happiness is a Momma Deuce)
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To: Outrance
an unwitting accomplice

Oh, they are witting, definately witting, they relish being an accomplice.

32 posted on 09/18/2010 6:20:35 AM PDT by going hot (Happiness is a Momma Deuce)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

Mort’s a nice guy, but I’ve always seen him as the most liberal faux-conservative/moderates out there.


33 posted on 09/18/2010 6:51:41 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Michael van der Galien

I have never liked her...in the past she always comes off as a vacuous bimbo mouthing illogical concepts.


34 posted on 09/18/2010 6:52:01 AM PDT by Dudoight
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To: Michael van der Galien
We’ve been treated to obsessive coverage of Christine O’Donnell’s opinions on masturbation, and whether she had premarital sex, because we all know that these are the Very Important Issues facing our country.

If asked about premarital sex, she should ask if the questioner supports homosexual marriage; then ask if the person followed up the convictions they have today by indulging in homosexual sex.

35 posted on 09/18/2010 6:55:07 AM PDT by trebb ("I am the way... no one comes to the Father, but by me..." - Jesus in John 14:6 (RSV))
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To: Michael van der Galien

I listened to her BS with Greta last night; the direct response to the question posed is NO.


36 posted on 09/18/2010 7:14:20 AM PDT by cranked
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To: Michael van der Galien

She has spotted what the rest of the vicious progressives hadn’t.

Continual vicious attacks on Mamma Grizzlies only make us dig in more and help those candidates...

The citizenry aren’t concerned about what color lipstick women are wearing, they are concerned about JOBS and out of control government!

And the lamestream media has lost a lot viewers. You can’t propagandize those who aren’t watching.


37 posted on 09/18/2010 8:08:09 AM PDT by Freddd (CNN is down to Three Hundred Thousand viewers. But they worked for it.)
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To: CharlesThe Hammer
“Rag Tag”, “Gung Ho!”, “Lock & Load”, “Ba-da-Bing!”, “Presto Change-O!”

Gung ho and Lock & Load are darn good. I like "Let's Roll" too!

38 posted on 09/18/2010 8:21:17 AM PDT by txnuke (Obama votes "PRES__ENT" because he has no ID.)
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To: PghBaldy
Bush just fooled a lot of us at first with his Texas ways.

A lot of people are still fooled despite Bush signing into law the largest entitlement program since the (not so)Great Society and nearly passing amnesty. I guess with some people it takes a brick upside the head.....

39 posted on 09/19/2010 6:15:29 AM PDT by Thermalseeker (Stop the insanity - Flush Congress!)
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