Posted: 9:51 am Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Johnny Isakson to Michelle Nunn: ‘You can’t have it both ways’ 

By Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway

U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., left, and U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., at a press conference earlier this month outside the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta. AP/Augusta Chronicle, Michael Holahan.

U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., left, and U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., at a press conference earlier this month outside the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta. AP/Augusta Chronicle, Michael Holahan.

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., has a message for Democrat Michelle Nunn, who would like to become his colleague – and has hinted that she wouldn’t be a sure vote for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. From Walter Jones of Morris News Service:

“The oldest rule in politics … is you can’t have it both ways,” [Isakson] said. “You can’t say, ‘I might,’ and say, ‘I might not,’ and expect the people of Georgia to believe it one way or another. You’ve got to ultimately declare what you’re going to do.”

Your daily jolt on politics from the AJC's Political insider blog***

In yesterday’s post on citizen-journalist Nydia Tisdale, Attorney General Sam Olens and that weekend GOP rally in Dawsonville, we wrote this:

A county deputy was summoned. As we said, Tisdale is driven. She did not go quietly. Her screams punctuated the event.

“I’ve had a lot of things happen as a speaker…” state Labor Commissioner Mark Butler gamely told the crowd over the noise, to nervous laughter.

Last night, we received an email from Butler, who made this point:

I take exception to your “gamely” description of my remarks at the Dawsonville rally. My remarks were not aimed at her but to a person in the crowd who was apologizing for the incident and I was not trying to be funny. I told Mrs. Tisdale that I had no problem with her recording me and I told the organizers the same thing right before [I] went up to speak.

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U.S. Senate hopefuls David Perdue and Michelle Nunn are meeting separately with the Georgia Farm Bureau today in Macon, as the agriculture community takes measure of who will succeed U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss — an unquestioned friend to the industry.

Chambliss, a former ag lawyer from Moultrie, spent his entire congressional career on agriculture committees and was chairman of the Senate one for a time. He left his mark on a series of Farm Bills and was a consistent voice to protect subsidy programs for cotton and peanut farmers.

Perdue and Nunn are both working to arouse suspicion in the farm crowd that the other is not a worthy heir.

Nunn plans a news conference after the meeting to point out Perdue’s “hypocrisy” because he would have opposed this year’s Farm Bill. Perdue took the stand during the primary, siding with conservatives who blasted the bill — which was the subject of two years of contentious negotiation — for not cutting food stamps enough, among other reasons.

But both Chambliss and Georgia Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson voted for the bill, and farm communities lobbied hard for it to avoid a crisis if farm policy were allowed to lapse. Chambliss bent Perdue’s ear on farm issues during Perdue’s recent Washington visit, and he has said he wants to join the Agriculture Committee if elected.

Nunn, meanwhile, talks often of her family farm in Perry — and does interviews there — but Republicans are fond of pointing out she grew up mostly in Bethesda, Md., rather than Middle Georgia like Perdue. And her leaked internal campaign memos ranked farm issues low on the totem pole, while detailing plans to pose with “her family in rural settings with rural-oriented imagery” for campaign materials.

So both can expect to have some explaining to do this morning.

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In April the U.S. Supreme Court broke down the cumulative maximum for donors to give to candidates and party committees per election cycle in the McCutcheon v. FEC case. Democrats denounced the decision, but now have joined the fray — just as they did for Super PACs.

From the Center for Public Integrity:

Paperwork recently filed with the Federal Election Commission indicates 26 Democratic candidates and party committees stand to benefit from money raised collectively through the Grassroots Victory Project 2014.

This means that thanks to the McCutcheon ruling, donors this year may give more than $178,000 a piece to the new Grassroots Victory Project 2014, which would distribute the funds among its 26 members.

The Georgia Democratic Party and Michelle Nunn are among those who will benefit. The piece helpfully reminds readers that Nunn said the McCutcheon decision is “bad news for anyone who believes that democracy should be about the voices of the many — not a few billionaires.”

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The National Republican Senatorial Committee’s $2.5 million investment in bashing Michelle Nunn through Sept. 15 includes more than just the first TV ad we showed you.

This alternative spot is similar in invoking Nunn’s words from the Democratic primary debate on working with Obama and vowing that she will be “Obama’s senator, not yours.”

But the digital ad below goes in a different direction, perhaps inspired by the animal-themed 12th Congressional District ads.

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California Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed a bill mandating kill switches in smart phones, a popular measure seen as a way to reduce theft.

But in the wake of events in Ferguson, Mo., some libertarians are rethinking their support. From an article by Jake Laperruque of the Center for Democracy and Technology:

[T]he California bill is especially troubling on the issue of police using the feature to shut down phones. The legislation states that government agents may use the kill switch so long as their activities comply with Section 7908 of the Public Utilities Code. This law allows governments to disrupt communications under certain guidelines with judicial authorization, but also includes an “emergency” exception that requires no independent approval.

This means that police could use the kill switch to shut down all phones in a situation they unilaterally perceive as presenting an imminent risk of danger….

This week’s events in Ferguson, Missouri highlight the risks of abuse all too clearly. Police have repeatedly attempted to disrupt protests and ordered both demonstrators and press to turn off recording devices. If the California bill were in place in Missouri, these officers might deploy the government kill switch alongside tear gas and rubber bullets, using the mandated technology to stop coordination between protesters, cut off access to outside information, and shut down video recordings that can deter police misconduct.

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On Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball, Emory University political scientist Alan Abramowitz has a piece on why libertarians aren’t a solution for a Republican party in search of younger voters. A taste:

One of the most important reasons why the libertarian philosophy holds little appeal for most younger voters is that a disproportionate share of voters under the age of 30 are nonwhite. According to the 2012 ANES, nonwhites made up 40% of voters under the age of 30 compared with 25% of voters age 30 and older. Moreover, the nonwhite share of younger voters is almost certain to increase over the next several election cycles based on the racial composition of the age cohorts that will be entering the electorate in the future.

The libertarian philosophy of limited government holds very little appeal to nonwhite voters in general, and it holds even less appeal to younger nonwhite voters. Only 4% of nonwhite voters under the age of 30 were classified as libertarians compared with 23% of white voters under the age of 30.

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Jason Carter wasn’t the only Democrat to earn the Georgia Association of Educators endorsement yesterday.

In another not-so-shocking move, the teachers group also backed Valarie Wilson, the Democratic candidate for superintendent. Sid Chapman, the group’s president, said he looked forward to a Carter-Wilson education tag-team in January, and confirmed after the event that she, too, would earn the group’s backing.

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Gov. Nathan Deal’s camp is pushing back against Democratic criticism of his run-in with immigration activists.  The video portrays members of a group called the Undocumented Student Alliance in a back-and-forth with the governor over a policy banning undocumented students from attending UGA.

When Deal said, “I presume you probably fit the category,” a student named Lizbeth Miranda got upset.

“I don’t. I’m not an illegal immigrant. I’m not undocumented. And I don’t know why you thought that I was undocumented. Is it because I looked Hispanic?” she asked.

The governor apologized, and his spokesman said he was aiming his remarks at a white male who asked the initial question. But last night, Deal spokesman Brian Robinson offered that the student’s outrage setting was far too sensitive:

Nonetheless, Democrats see an opening. The Democratic Party of Georgia’s Latino Caucus chair said he’s shocked that the governor would “profile young students based on their appearance and presume that they are undocumented. Such a presumption is at the very heart of racial profiling.”

The chair, Antonio Molina, added:

“In order for Georgia to thrive, our leaders must ensure that we live in an inclusive Georgia—a Georgia that welcomes diversity, rewards hard work, and provides opportunity for all. It is apparent that Nathan Deal cannot provide this kind of leadership.”

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State lawmakers were told Wednesday that House Clerk Bill Reilly, who is in charge of day-to-day chamber operations at the state Capitol, has undergone successful heart surgery at Emory University and will be out for the next several weeks.

172 comments
AvailableName
AvailableName

I haven't read the many comments and may come late to the point that I assume that Senator Isaakson won't be voting for Mr. Perdue who quite clearly said that he wouldn't, not just might not, and then switched his opinion that he would, not just might, support the current Minority Leader.  Johnny, school me here, isn't your bud Perdue trying to have it both ways?

peewilly
peewilly

The fact of the matter is if you vote for Moochelle None it is a vote for Obozo, the liberal agenda,  and terrorism

which she supports.


She is not from around here, she has no platform, she will not make comments on any issues. She knows she  has a cold chance in Hell of winning this election.


Her best bet and hope would be if the find Nathan Deal somehow connected to Jerry Sandusky. I don't believe that is gonna happen, by the way, but who knows?

Bernie31
Bernie31

Look who is Talkin, if ain't New York Johnny! De one who keeps de People in Georgia going to de doctor wit WHIPLASH!


Johnny Yew is gittin as old as yer LOOK!  Yer look like yer had a Fight wit de UGLY STICK and you was de LOSER!


Folks back Home done noticed Yew ain't wearin dem Cheap Suits and Ties No MO! De word is you is now seein de same Tailor in New York like ole Kuntry Club Hollywood Saxby!


Yer show come along way ain't yer? 

dat Turkey Gobbler hangin from yer Neck looks awful!


When folks looks at Yew, you remind dem of everything Bout politics dey Hate!


How yer goin tell somebody not ta be so wishy washy...when it is YEW is WHO invented it?

WISHY WASHY MAN!


YEW has been Yella all yer LIFE! now yer goin try ta sell sumpin yer ain't!


Dem Wrankles in yer Face makes me wants to go an IRON sumpin...Boy yew is UGLY!


Yer HURT muh feelins Jest lookin at yer....Yer LOOK OLD an Tired! Worn OUT! 

Spect yew is goin be givin it up soon too...Like Hollywood Saxby.


De two of yer we is goin have ta take care of yer and de Mrs til de day of DE WORMS!


We pray for a Early Party for de Worms...


uh..huh

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

They don't make a Hallmark card for this -- as far as we know -- but for nine days starting Saturday, a small but persistent group of activists will flock to overpasses and street corners across the country for "National Impeach Obama Week.  Impeach Obama Week has a small list of regional and local tea party, libertarian, and otherwise anti-Obama activist groups backing them."~~~Washington Post, August 21, 2014.  Apparently the tea party has a small amount of tea leaves that will be at the state capital this week end with their birther ideology.  The signs are still the same "Ilegal Prez", "Obama Bin Lyin" all of which are red meat and dog whistle politics.  The circus is back in town.  Now tell me again why the tea party is relevant to US politics?  

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

Perdue took the stand during the primary, siding with conservatives who blasted the bill for not cutting food stamps enough, among other reasons.~~~~ The United States government gives out $9 billion plus dollars a year in farm subsidies to rich farmers, which of course includes my tax dollars,  but according to the republican party food stamps should be cut and the recipients pee tested before they eat.  Greed and gluttony are two of the seven deadly sins.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

The episodes that have split the grassroots (Tea Party) from the base have a different element in common. They are all cases where activists opposed bipartisan cooperation. On TARP, on the debt ceiling, and on the government shutdown – these are all the major episodes pitting activists (Tea Party) against the Republican business elite – the activists (Tea Party) demanded confrontation, which threatened to unleash economic chaos.~~~New York News and Politics March 18, 2014

GA-Sen: Millionaire David Perdue (R) Loves Bailouts For Wall Street


Note to Jack Kingston, Johnny Isakson and the tea leaves ‘You can’t have it both ways’.  There is nothing like using your own advice prior to trying to give it to someone else.

Wallis T. Cofer
Wallis T. Cofer

nunn is a obamo puppit what will try an give more wellfare, to the colerds an allegal mexicos, mark my words if you alleck her, and realleck obamo this, county will become soshaliss, we must vote for someone smart an, that is a fact that wites are smarter then colerds or mexicos, it is sinetific evidance, thank you my frends, help me take are county back, an vote out obamo, god bless the u,s,a, 

GaBlue
GaBlue

"Johnny Isakson to Michelle Nunn: ‘You can’t have it both ways.’"


Johnny's mistress says "WHAAAAAT?"

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

I would not pay any attention to any advice Johnny Isakson might give Michelle Nunn regarding how to win the upcoming senate race.  He obviously is hoping for another Republican senator from Georgia to join him in the U. S. Senate.


Roots go deep, going back for many generations. The family farm roots of Michelle Nunn are part of her blood and history, and Georgians respect both.   Moreover, Nunn will advocate stronger for the farmers' interests in Georgia than will David Perdue, and they will trust her on this issue, considering her roots.  Besides that, she is a stronger advocate for the people's interest, overall, than is David Perdue.

DawgDadII
DawgDadII

I see where the Nunn campaign and supporting media is trying to hang the Romney tag on Perdue. Is she actively running AGAINST herself? They might want to check the 2012 election results!

lithoniaguy
lithoniaguy

I wonder how much the Nunn campaign will pay the big time black ministers to lie for her? But she fails to understand that, ministers don't get the vote out.

Quandry
Quandry

Overall the Republicans have very good ideas on lowering our taxes and reigning in the government spending.

I like their message on these issues – but I have a very negative perception of the party overall.

I believe many Republican candidates will express views that they personally don’t agree with – but have to express them in order to get votes from their “base” supporters.

Hats off to Sam for speaking out and standing up for Tisdale – but I don’t know if his stance will help his political aspirations (probably not).

The reason I believe the Republicans don’t want some events recorded is because these events are meant for hard line Republican supporters only.

This means – there will be “frank” conversations that could raise some eyebrows of those not welcome and thus not in attendance (but they still need some of the “outsiders” to vote for them in November).

This is the Republican Party – and they have very conservative views that may make some folks uncomfortable.I say let them have their privacy, like it or not, good or bad – that’s the American way.

FREEDOM OF SPEECH……

peewilly
peewilly

I think the Lithonia guy likes to hear himself talk and likes to read what he post's.Easy to Entertain himself


But I do like how he disses Mary Martin  aka Moochelle None/ Mrs Doubtfire/ The outsider

Bernie31
Bernie31

@AvailableName Seems Ta Me New York Johnny and David "The JOB KILLER" Perdue is Both tryin to have dey Cake and Eat it TOO!

Yer see New York Johnny done learned how to be SLICK like dem New YORKERS on de street. Wit dey 3 card MOLLY. Dey hands be jest a movin and dey mouf a jest a Flappin.

Yer dunno what is what...an like dat... Dey gone with ALL de Money!

A Game de De JOB Killer luvs ta Play and He is GOOD at it too!  De Best like dat Mormon MITT. Yer gots ta keep yer EYE on em, All de Time an even den yer can't be to Sure...cause  dey is SLICK!

uh..huh

Bernie31
Bernie31

@peewilly - Well De Deal is gots dem Moaning Dollars in his Pockets from de Porn King from Sodom & Gomorrah....I mean California.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@Astropig  - Jest who are you KIDDING? The Washington Post is the left hand of FOX News!


Bernie31
Bernie31

@StraightNoChaser - Get a Life! fer Git it! Losers remorse is all it is! Yer Losers could not carry his Jock Strap!

td1234
td1234

@StraightNoChaser $76.4 billion for SNAP with rampant fraud (according to the IG report).


Obama signed an executive order to require most verification as (accept clients statement). 


Yes, Republicans are doing the right thing.  

EdUktr
EdUktr

@Wallis T. Cofer

You and "Bernie" (real name Olivia) are genius wits. And Olivia, this Stepin Fetchit gag isn't original and doesn't hide your immense self-hatred. But it does keep you off the streets for the hours(?) it takes you to compose it. 

Plus, it serves as a visible warning to children who might think schooling is over-rated, or that scapegoating "whitey" is a viable strategy for success in life.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@Wallis T. Cofer - Is yer Crazy or JEST Plain ole STUPID...Yew is one of dem PO White TRASH in Georgia dat Kan't read or RITE! Yew is  DUM as a Sack Of ROCKS! 

Yo DUM ARSE is why we is in de BOAT we is in NOW! Time fer yew an dat DUM COLLEEN ta git off yer Butts an clean up dat Trailer. I kiin smell de both ya'all miles de down road wen de wind Blows. Wen was de last time sum water seent Your Behind! 

Yer gran son came de down here de UDDER dey and he was scratchin up a storm. I toldd de wife not ta let de flea bitten Monster in de house!  she checked him out and he is gots Fleas an LICE everywhere. he said yall ain't gots no runnin water and he ain't had a bath in months. Why is ya'll so Filthy we jest don't Git it!


She gaves dee boy a sammage an he ate like a wild Dog! what is wrong wit yew Po white peoples in Georgia? can't Ya'll see dem Country club Republicans don't care bout YEW either. I sent de boy back to yer house wit a care Package cause he sed ya'll ain't gots no food and you don't balieve in food stamps. He said his mamma out back smokin dat Meth all de time and she ain't got no teefus now. 


when is yous goin wake UP Jeb an takes cares of yer family. Yer see we been knows what hards time is and we's knows whats ta do. dis yer furst time be in dis PO! It ain't Funny NO mo is it!


Yew is now PO'er dan JOES Turkey! an Drankin like yew is ain't goin HEP! he sey Colleen is real sick! 


Yer dum CLUCK! yer need sum Obamacare! But NAW yer keep on supportin dat DEVIL DEAL. He gots Cadilliac Insurance when his wife GIT Sick..she seed de best in ATlanta gots in Doctors! we gots ta start havving each udders back an fight dem LYIN Carpetbaggers like David Perdue and de rest of em. 


Dey don't care bout no DUM PO White Trash, HICK like Yew! de only thang ya'll gots in common is yer White skin...an DATS ALL!

He kin read an YEW can't! 

He got dat Green jesus an Yew ain't!

He kin see de doctor and you can't see nuthin!

He wants yew to keep on Hatin on me...dey do!

Dat is how dey keep us ALL wit dey FOOT on all our Necks, Yer FOOL!

when is Yew goin see de Light?

de boy sey yew aint gots no Gas fer yer truck!

if yer sen him bac, I will sen yer enough ta git ta dat foodstamp and welfare office ta git sum HEP!

Colleen can't be sick like dat long! bet she still smokin too!

Yew ain't too smart, yew never was cause yer always been next DOE!

I gots MO Land dan yew cause yer could not pay yer taxes and dey jest gave it ta me fer a little of NUTHIN..

Now I hates ta see yer dis Way...but dat Govenor ain't yer friend!

he ain't goin look after yer like me an de Wife!

we knowed each UDDER since we was youngins...now lets put dis away an work on sumpin ta git yer Wife sum HEP!

If not DEM worms out Back is Watin on HUR...an dem Buzzards..

Yer baby gurl used ta be real purdy..she ain't now..an dat is a shame..

My Baby is now a Doctor in Atlanta and dat is how we is makin it...

So when is yer goin wake UP? soon I hope..

tell colleen de Wife sed Hey!

an don't worry bout de POT..we is got plenty round here..





loran-whatayagot
loran-whatayagot

@MaryElizabethSings I doubt Michelle Nunn (not her real last name) has ever done anything "farm-like" since she grew up in Bethesda, MD. The fact that there was a farm in her family doesn't guarantee that she is aware of farm culture.

peewilly
peewilly

@MaryElizabethSings 


Ya Think?  Johnny wants a republican?


No one in their Right mind would vote for  an outsider like Moochelle None.

She does not know what the people of Georgia want because she is not from around here

She is a very weak candidate at best, she has NO platform, she will not take any stand on anything.

She can go back to Md? when this race is over and never be heard of again.

Good Riddance Mary Martin, or whatever your name is

DawgDadII
DawgDadII

@MaryElizabethSings  The roots and chokehold of the Democrat party go very deep, too, and are a primary concern for voters.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@DawgDadII - HANG? He is MITT Romney! Mr Golden Parachute MAN..always Smilin and STREWING de Little Peoples and walking away like a FAT RAT!..



Bernie31
Bernie31

@lithoniaguy - Not anymore they don't! In Georgia unfortunately for Hillary Shirley Franklin is running things here and Shirley ain't NO Prize at ALL!


Shirley is a selfish POS just like Kasim....born of the same cloth!

honested
honested

@Quandry 

Just how much of their form of Governance do you think should be 'private'?

If the somehow continue to win elections with their 'Private Government', should we eliminate Sunshine Laws?

If you want to stay 'private' you have no business in Government!

TheRealJDW
TheRealJDW

@Quandry "like it or not, good or bad – that’s the American way.  FREEDOM OF SPEECH……"


Indeed and that of Ms. Tisdale was violated. 

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@Quandry then don't call it a public event . . . and 'frank' conversations = what they really think rather than what they say in public. 

Bernie31
Bernie31

@td1234 @StraightNoChaser - Tiny Dog Jest like yer udder Hero New YORK Johnny says...Yer can't have it Both Ways....Love Deal and Love yer Asian WIFE!


Cause Deal Hates Race Mixing and makes No apology fer it cause dat is how he was raised.  its his Heritage!! How does it advances you in any way to worship and adore a Man who thinks yer Wife is FILTH! and Yew is Filth fer Marrying Her?


I don't Git how yer SQUARE dat one at ALL....


Maybe yer explain sumpin I don't understand. Please help me out with that one?

Bernie31
Bernie31

@EdUktr - Yer wife said that was Vagisil and not Toothpaste dis morning! 

what an Idiot! her words not mine...LOL!

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@loran-whatayagot @MaryElizabethSings The National Institute of Health is located in Bethesda which is doing a current study on the brain of misogynist women/men whose male-dominated societies place women in subordinate positions with limited access to power and decision making. Don't tell me I already know what your other half's position is at home, prone.

GaBlue
GaBlue

@peewilly


When you insert "moo" into a woman's name, disrespecting her with a cow metaphor, do you feel more like a man? Just curious, since it doesn't make you seem more manly to anyone else.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@CherokeeCounty @DawgDadII - i do want to Thank Mitt for pushing ole Hilliary Out today to speak on Ferguson. Late but well said...We are Still Boycotting Her...and she must Get on her Knees and Beg!

We ain't goin to be that easy of a Pawn for her...Hilliary Shot herself in the foot Twice over the past 3 weeks!

 

Bernie31
Bernie31

@CherokeeCounty @loran-whatayagot @MaryElizabethSings - The idiots are not aware of what they are doing....I just Laugh cause de Goobers are out of touch with Reality!


Keep it up with the Last Name bit....Its A WINNER! LOL!


Talk about LOSERS!....Good Grief!


i am praying for a commercial from ole Purdy MOUF! that one will be the icing on the Cake!

peewilly
peewilly

@GaBlue 


Absolutely. The woman is some kind of ugly. If she is a woman.?

Looks are everything in an election. She has NUNN.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@peewilly


Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  Michelle Nunn strikes me as an attractive woman.  You, however, strike me as quite ugly from the lack of wisdom you continuously write in your posts.

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

@consumedconsumer @peewilly LOL yeah you beat me to it - obviously a guy who chooses that moniker has issues with his manliness...

Somewhere there was a young lady who laughed him out of the room when he tried to hit on her.

peewilly
peewilly

@CherokeeCounty @consumedconsumer @peewilly 


Women vote for things that ARE NOT ugly. That's why women will NOT vote for her and the fact she is Obozo's rubber stamp.

You do have to admit your candidate is UGLY as the day is long.

Tears run down the back of her head to avoid her face.

Woooooo.