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(The New York Times)   Obama trolls the GOP even harder by nominating a former Bush staffer to head up the FBI   (nytimes.com) divider line 61
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2013-05-29 06:49:11 PM  
Mr. Comey, who was serving as the acting attorney general and had been tipped off that Mr. Gonzales and Mr. Card were trying to go around him, rushed to Mr. Ashcroft's hospital room to thwart them. With Mr. Comey in the room, Mr. Ashcroft refused to reauthorize the program. After the episode, Mr. Bush agreed to make changes in the program, and Mr. Comey was widely praised for putting the law over politics.

Oh my god this guy is perfect
 
2013-05-29 06:49:59 PM  

SnakeLee: Mr. Comey, who was serving as the acting attorney general and had been tipped off that Mr. Gonzales and Mr. Card were trying to go around him, rushed to Mr. Ashcroft's hospital room to thwart them. With Mr. Comey in the room, Mr. Ashcroft refused to reauthorize the program. After the episode, Mr. Bush agreed to make changes in the program, and Mr. Comey was widely praised for putting the law over politics.

Oh my god this guy is perfect


Damnit, and I am not.  I meant to include this first paragraph:

As deputy attorney general in the Bush administration, Mr. Comey was a critical player in 2004 in the dramatic hospital room episode in which the White House counsel, Alberto Gonzales, and Mr. Bush's chief of staff, Andrew H. Card Jr., tried to persuade Attorney General John Ashcroft - who was ill and disoriented - to reauthorize a warrantless eavesdropping program.
 
2013-05-29 07:50:52 PM  
Hedge fund executive, huh? I'd say he's trolling 99.999999% of humanity.
 
2013-05-29 07:55:21 PM  

SnakeLee: SnakeLee: Mr. Comey, who was serving as the acting attorney general and had been tipped off that Mr. Gonzales and Mr. Card were trying to go around him, rushed to Mr. Ashcroft's hospital room to thwart them. With Mr. Comey in the room, Mr. Ashcroft refused to reauthorize the program. After the episode, Mr. Bush agreed to make changes in the program, and Mr. Comey was widely praised for putting the law over politics.

Oh my god this guy is perfect

Damnit, and I am not.  I meant to include this first paragraph:

As deputy attorney general in the Bush administration, Mr. Comey was a critical player in 2004 in the dramatic hospital room episode in which the White House counsel, Alberto Gonzales, and Mr. Bush's chief of staff, Andrew H. Card Jr., tried to persuade Attorney General John Ashcroft - who was ill and disoriented - to reauthorize a warrantless eavesdropping program.


This dooms a quick painless confirmation.
Well that and him being Obama's nominee.
 
2013-05-29 08:19:08 PM  
That damned liberal FBI.
 
2013-05-29 08:51:22 PM  
FTFA: Mr. Comey will inherit a bureau that is far different from the one Mr. Mueller took over a week before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. ...While working in Richmond, Mr. Ashcroft asked Mr. Comey in 2001 to take over the government's foundering investigation of the 1996 terrorist bombing atKhobar Towers in Saudi Arabia that killed 19 American service members....United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, one of the highest profile jobs in the Department of Justice. In that position, Mr. Comey oversaw the prosecutions of Martha Stewart, WorldCom executives and international drug dealers.

Ah, well done then. Overall, I don't think a small time in the private sector as counsel for a hedge fund should be held against him. Might have done him some good as far as white-collar crime is concerned. Sounds fairly qualified and broad in experience and training. If he's the most appropriate person at this time, then onward and upward, ever twirling towards freedom, regardless of his party affiliation. Sounds like he hasn't held especially partisan positions anyway.
 
2013-05-29 08:59:14 PM  

God-is-a-Taco: Hedge fund executive, huh? I'd say he's trolling 99.999999% of humanity.


Obama is a 1980s Republican who is slightly to the right of Reagan.  The only reason he looks like anything else is that the GOP have gone completely insane and are now slightly to the right of Francisco Franco, Benito Mussolini, and Genghis Khan.
 
2013-05-29 09:05:45 PM  

FloydA: God-is-a-Taco: Hedge fund executive, huh? I'd say he's trolling 99.999999% of humanity.

Obama is a 1980s Republican who is slightly to the right of Reagan.  The only reason he looks like anything else is that the GOP have gone completely insane and are now slightly to the right of Francisco Franco, Benito Mussolini, and Genghis Khan.


Pretty much this, but I don't see how this is trolling the GOP. It kind of reaffirms the fact that Obama is what the GOP was and that a political party can get their way if they just derp the derp long enough.
 
2013-05-29 09:08:16 PM  

Mugato: That damned liberal FBI.


And the guy he's replacing is a Bush appointee.

That sneaky Fartbongo.
 
2013-05-29 09:12:37 PM  
So kowtowing to avoid the hysteria congressional investigations the GOP brings to, well, everything?

That's trolling?
 
2013-05-29 09:15:09 PM  

jaytkay: So kowtowing to avoid the hysteria congressional investigations the GOP brings to, well, everything?

That's trolling?


Yeah, because the GOP will reject his nomination JUST BECAUSE.
 
2013-05-29 09:19:16 PM  
This is pretty impressive it's nice to see a man of principle actually come out ahead for once rather than get crushed for standing up for what's right
 
2013-05-29 09:19:38 PM  

FloydA: God-is-a-Taco: Hedge fund executive, huh? I'd say he's trolling 99.999999% of humanity.

Obama is a 1980s Republican who is slightly to the right of Reagan.  The only reason he looks like anything else is that the GOP have gone completely insane and are now slightly to the right of Francisco Franco, Benito Mussolini, and Genghis Khan.


That's why I hate the idea of the GOP splitting. America doesn't need three conservative parties - it needs actual balance in the political spectrum.

oi50.tinypic.com
 
2013-05-29 09:22:27 PM  
Obama's not trolling, just following the unwritten DC rule that Democrats aren't allowed to head national security-related agencies because they're pussies. Oh, and bipartisanship.
 
2013-05-29 09:24:11 PM  

jaytkay: kowtowing


lol
 
2013-05-29 09:32:05 PM  
In August 2005, Comey left the DOJ and he became General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Lockheed Martin. In 2010, he became General Counsel at Bridgewater Associates. In early 2013, he left Bridgewater to become Senior Research Scholar and Hertog Fellow on National Security Law at Columbia Law School. He also joined the London-based board of directors of HSBC Holdings.

Oh good, he got his military industrial complex and Wall Street internships done.  He's ready now.
 
2013-05-29 09:32:53 PM  

clkeagle: FloydA: God-is-a-Taco: Hedge fund executive, huh? I'd say he's trolling 99.999999% of humanity.

Obama is a 1980s Republican who is slightly to the right of Reagan.  The only reason he looks like anything else is that the GOP have gone completely insane and are now slightly to the right of Francisco Franco, Benito Mussolini, and Genghis Khan.

That's why I hate the idea of the GOP splitting. America doesn't need three conservative parties - it needs actual balance in the political spectrum.

[oi50.tinypic.com image 387x461]


Wait the rest of the world sees the Republican party as not as far right as the media portrays them, I'm calling a foul on this visual aid.
 
2013-05-29 09:35:01 PM  
I think Obama should go balls to the wall all in and appoint Michele Bachmann to the federal judiciary.   Let's just see just how the batshiat flies when the derpmongers have to decide between filibustering a conservative hero or explaining why they let her appointment go through but not actual qualified appointees.  And there's bound to be a bench open in Texas or Florida where who the hell cares what she might do.
 
2013-05-29 09:36:04 PM  

SnakeLee: SnakeLee: Mr. Comey, who was serving as the acting attorney general and had been tipped off that Mr. Gonzales and Mr. Card were trying to go around him, rushed to Mr. Ashcroft's hospital room to thwart them. With Mr. Comey in the room, Mr. Ashcroft refused to reauthorize the program. After the episode, Mr. Bush agreed to make changes in the program, and Mr. Comey was widely praised for putting the law over politics.

Oh my god this guy is perfect

Damnit, and I am not.  I meant to include this first paragraph:

As deputy attorney general in the Bush administration, Mr. Comey was a critical player in 2004 in the dramatic hospital room episode in which the White House counsel, Alberto Gonzales, and Mr. Bush's chief of staff, Andrew H. Card Jr., tried to persuade Attorney General John Ashcroft - who was ill and disoriented - to reauthorize a warrantless eavesdropping program.


TROLLBAMA STRIKES AGAIN~!

Seriously, that's a damn smart pick.  I wonder how the Republicans will try to sully this guy's rep.
 
2013-05-29 09:37:28 PM  
HURR how you like-un that hope un change libs? DURRRRR
 
2013-05-29 10:00:28 PM  
The ultimate troll for Obama will be when Kennedy finally kicks it and he nominates John E. Jones III to the Supreme Court.  Friend of Tommy Thompson & Tom Ridge, appointed to the Middle District of Pennsylvania by George W. Bush in 2002...and then rules against intelligent design being taught in schools in Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, to become a pariah of the evangelical right that was banking on his neocon heritage to get that foot in the door.  That is the kind of man I want to have on the Supreme Court; even if he rules in a way I don't like, I'll know it's not because of politics.

/Of course, there are probably several minority candidates higher up on the list than Jones.
 
2013-05-29 10:01:46 PM  

spongeboob: clkeagle: FloydA: God-is-a-Taco: Hedge fund executive, huh? I'd say he's trolling 99.999999% of humanity.

Obama is a 1980s Republican who is slightly to the right of Reagan.  The only reason he looks like anything else is that the GOP have gone completely insane and are now slightly to the right of Francisco Franco, Benito Mussolini, and Genghis Khan.

That's why I hate the idea of the GOP splitting. America doesn't need three conservative parties - it needs actual balance in the political spectrum.

[oi50.tinypic.com image 387x461]

Wait the rest of the world sees the Republican party as not as far right as the media portrays them, I'm calling a foul on this visual aid.


Global spectrum - I assumed third-world theocracies were on the far right when I made it. Hopefully those look further to the right (generally speaking) than the US GOP.
 
2013-05-29 10:17:33 PM  
i.chzbgr.com
 
2013-05-29 10:17:56 PM  

clkeagle: FloydA: God-is-a-Taco: Hedge fund executive, huh? I'd say he's trolling 99.999999% of humanity.

Obama is a 1980s Republican who is slightly to the right of Reagan.  The only reason he looks like anything else is that the GOP have gone completely insane and are now slightly to the right of Francisco Franco, Benito Mussolini, and Genghis Khan.

That's why I hate the idea of the GOP splitting. America doesn't need three conservative parties - it needs actual balance in the political spectrum.


That's a bunch of BS. Dhimmycraps like me have been perfectly comfortable with the parties center right status since the Scoop Jackson days.
 
2013-05-29 10:19:33 PM  

clkeagle: spongeboob: clkeagle: FloydA: God-is-a-Taco: Hedge fund executive, huh? I'd say he's trolling 99.999999% of humanity.

Obama is a 1980s Republican who is slightly to the right of Reagan.  The only reason he looks like anything else is that the GOP have gone completely insane and are now slightly to the right of Francisco Franco, Benito Mussolini, and Genghis Khan.

That's why I hate the idea of the GOP splitting. America doesn't need three conservative parties - it needs actual balance in the political spectrum.

[oi50.tinypic.com image 387x461]

Wait the rest of the world sees the Republican party as not as far right as the media portrays them, I'm calling a foul on this visual aid.

Global spectrum - I assumed third-world theocracies were on the far right when I made it. Hopefully those look further to the right (generally speaking) than the US GOP.


Your point taken and I would think that the Republicans are considered to be a little left of let's say Iran, but I think we need a ruling from an impartial observer.

Any of you international Farkers willing to give us a ruling here?  Who do you see as the farthest right the Republicans of the USA or some other governement/party?  Currently active not historical.
 
2013-05-29 10:20:06 PM  
Admins,

I would like to report this thread for deletion from the Fark.com Politics tab for violating the submission rules. I have been operating under the impression that all greenlights had to pertain to guns and/or Benghazi and/or the IRS and/or come from fair and balanced websites.

Please correct post haste.
 
2013-05-29 10:23:15 PM  
Hey what happened to all of Uranus Is Huge's posts? I think he was on to something.
 
2013-05-29 10:28:20 PM  

Mitch Taylor's Bro: FloydA: God-is-a-Taco: Hedge fund executive, huh? I'd say he's trolling 99.999999% of humanity.

Obama is a 1980s Republican who is slightly to the right of Reagan.  The only reason he looks like anything else is that the GOP have gone completely insane and are now slightly to the right of Francisco Franco, Benito Mussolini, and Genghis Khan.

Pretty much this, but I don't see how this is trolling the GOP. It kind of reaffirms the fact that Obama is what the GOP was and that a political party can get their way if they just derp the derp long enough.


But, is he setting up a true liberal for the long ball in 2016 to see people truly blow their lids?? I for one, would like a front row ticket to that show! (and complimentary plastic like Gallagher gives out)
 
2013-05-29 10:37:50 PM  
The president should start thing bigger... trollier. Don't nominate a W staffer; nominate W... for the Supreme Court, or as Biden's replacement (I know pedants, he's ineligible). If nothing else, we'll get to spend a month hearing Ann Coulter and Sarah Whatshername call W a RINO, commie, liberal.
 
2013-05-29 10:39:28 PM  
The word "thing" should be "thinking" in my previous post.

Damn, it's still not as funny as it was in my head.
 
2013-05-29 10:41:39 PM  

Sliding Carp: I think Obama should go balls to the wall all in and appoint Michele Bachmann to the federal judiciary.   Let's just see just how the batshiat flies when the derpmongers have to decide between filibustering a conservative hero or explaining why they let her appointment go through but not actual qualified appointees.  And there's bound to be a bench open in Texas or Florida where who the hell cares what she might do.


OK, something like that would be funnier than hell. Only appoint her to something she's completely unqualified for. Like Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff or somesuch.
 
2013-05-29 10:42:11 PM  
Obama appoints someone, trolls GOP.

Obama gives press conference, trolls GOP.

Obama eats cereal for breakfast, trolls GOP.

Obama times his scandals to troll GOP, trolls GOP.

Trollbama trolls troll, trolls troll trollOP.

We get it, he's playing troll while everyone else is playing trollkers.
 
2013-05-29 11:03:35 PM  

Gyrfalcon: Sliding Carp: I think Obama should go balls to the wall all in and appoint Michele Bachmann to the federal judiciary.   Let's just see just how the batshiat flies when the derpmongers have to decide between filibustering a conservative hero or explaining why they let her appointment go through but not actual qualified appointees.  And there's bound to be a bench open in Texas or Florida where who the hell cares what she might do.

OK, something like that would be funnier than hell. Only appoint her to something she's completely unqualified for. Like Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staffm membership on the intelligence committee or somesuch.

 
2013-05-29 11:12:37 PM  
See? Obama never reaches across the aisle. He is totally as much to blame for gridlock.
 
2013-05-29 11:14:44 PM  
That isn't trolling.
It is okay that Obama is coming around and recognizing the good decision of Bush.
He started that a while ago when he agreed to extend the Bush tax cuts.
 
2013-05-29 11:23:06 PM  

tenpoundsofcheese: That isn't trolling.
It is okay that Obama is coming around and recognizing the good decision of Bush.
He started that a while ago when he agreed to extend the Bush tax cuts.


Wow, I've never seen you go straight for the direct troll there.  You're slipping bro.
 
2013-05-29 11:28:59 PM  

tenpoundsofcheese: It is okay that Obama is coming around and recognizing the good decision of Bush.


Bush also appointed Gonzales and Card.  Should Obama give them jobs, too?
 
2013-05-29 11:31:33 PM  

Lionel Mandrake: tenpoundsofcheese: It is okay that Obama is coming around and recognizing the good decision of Bush.

Bush also appointed Gonzales and Card.  Should Obama give them jobs, too?


Well somebody does need to take care of the White House lawn.


I didn't say which one now did I?
 
2013-05-29 11:41:06 PM  

SnakeLee: SnakeLee: Mr. Comey, who was serving as the acting attorney general and had been tipped off that Mr. Gonzales and Mr. Card were trying to go around him, rushed to Mr. Ashcroft's hospital room to thwart them. With Mr. Comey in the room, Mr. Ashcroft refused to reauthorize the program. After the episode, Mr. Bush agreed to make changes in the program, and Mr. Comey was widely praised for putting the law over politics.

Oh my god this guy is perfect

Damnit, and I am not.  I meant to include this first paragraph:

As deputy attorney general in the Bush administration, Mr. Comey was a critical player in 2004 in the dramatic hospital room episode in which the White House counsel, Alberto Gonzales, and Mr. Bush's chief of staff, Andrew H. Card Jr., tried to persuade Attorney General John Ashcroft - who was ill and disoriented - to reauthorize a warrantless eavesdropping program.


For doing that, I nominate Comey for the Hero tag...
 
2013-05-29 11:42:26 PM  

SnakeLee: Mr. Comey, who was serving as the acting attorney general and had been tipped off that Mr. Gonzales and Mr. Card were trying to go around him, rushed to Mr. Ashcroft's hospital room to thwart them. With Mr. Comey in the room, Mr. Ashcroft refused to reauthorize the program. After the episode, Mr. Bush agreed to make changes in the program, and Mr. Comey was widely praised for putting the law over politics.

Oh my god this guy is perfect


Holder will quaking in his boots.  Nominating someone not fond of wiretaps is not the guy Holder wants looking at him.
 
2013-05-29 11:55:57 PM  

SnakeLee: As deputy attorney general in the Bush administration, Mr. Comey was a critical player in 2004 in the dramatic hospital room episode in which the White House counsel, Alberto Gonzales, and Mr. Bush's chief of staff, Andrew H. Card Jr., tried to persuade Attorney General John Ashcroft - who was ill and disoriented - to reauthorize a warrantless eavesdropping program.


Well isn't that nice.
 
2013-05-30 12:59:33 AM  

GoldSpider: SnakeLee: As deputy attorney general in the Bush administration, Mr. Comey was a critical player in 2004 in the dramatic hospital room episode in which the White House counsel, Alberto Gonzales, and Mr. Bush's chief of staff, Andrew H. Card Jr., tried to persuade Attorney General John Ashcroft - who was ill and disoriented - to reauthorize a warrantless eavesdropping program.

Well isn't that nice.


www.pbs.org

No. Not quite. It has a warm center. Like apple filling. Flaky crust. Right amount of tart. WOOOOO!

/exactly
//that moment in history was weak
 
m00
2013-05-30 01:13:29 AM  
the REAL story:

"...a former hedge fund executive..."
 
2013-05-30 01:29:11 AM  

Sliding Carp: I think Obama should go balls to the wall all in and appoint Michele Bachmann to the federal judiciary.   Let's just see just how the batshiat flies when the derpmongers have to decide between filibustering a conservative hero or explaining why they let her appointment go through but not actual qualified appointees.  And there's bound to be a bench open in Texas or Florida where who the hell cares what she might do.


Bricks would be sh@t. Billions and billions of bricks.
 
2013-05-30 01:32:38 AM  

Kittypie070: appoint Michele Bachmann to the federal judiciary.


www.reactionface.info
 
2013-05-30 01:35:05 AM  

Fista-Phobia: Kittypie070: appoint Michele Bachmann to the federal judiciary.

[www.reactionface.info image 251x251]


Sorry. Monicker malice unintended.
 
2013-05-30 01:38:06 AM  

Fista-Phobia: Kittypie070: appoint Michele Bachmann to the federal judiciary.

[www.reactionface.info image 251x251]


Hells, don't blame ME!! It was Sliding Carp who thunk that one.

I just added the bricks.
 
2013-05-30 01:51:01 AM  

Kittypie070: Fista-Phobia: Kittypie070: appoint Michele Bachmann to the federal judiciary.

[www.reactionface.info image 251x251]

Hells, don't blame ME!! It was Sliding Carp who thunk that one.

I just added the bricks.


Stack em' !!
 
2013-05-30 02:02:28 AM  

Fista-Phobia: Kittypie070: Fista-Phobia: Kittypie070: appoint Michele Bachmann to the federal judiciary.

[www.reactionface.info image 251x251]

Hells, don't blame ME!! It was Sliding Carp who thunk that one.

I just added the bricks.


Stack em' !!


That'd be enough bricks to reach Jupiter, I'd say.
 
2013-05-30 02:19:50 AM  

clkeagle: That's why I hate the idea of the GOP splitting. America doesn't need three conservative parties - it needs actual balance in the political spectrum.

[oi50.tinypic.com image 387x461]


Both sides are conservative, so vote conservative? Careful now, you're going to upset people.
 
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