Obama’s Year End Circus Big Top

Updated: Video added – New Year’s Eve, New York 2008-2009.

This last day of the year is the whole political year condensed.

Let’s review the past 24 hours as it relates to the past year:

Race-baiting Obama-style (meaning charges of racism as a political ploy which insults the real civil rights movement as the charges are devoid of any substance, indeed those yelling “racism” are the race-baiters) is back in the headlines; Obama is on a cushy Bushy vacation, again; national Dimocrats are stumbling and bumbling and full of corrupt intentions; Illinois has a scam African-American senator (to replace a scam African-American senator who never did anything for the citizens of Illinois but rather used the office only for his own personal advancement); Obama engaged in guilt by association after bogus years long complaints protesting guilt by association (meaning Obama does not like those who remember his 20 years plus associations with people like bomber Bill Ayres, Jeremiah Wright, Reverend Meeks, and our favorite Antoin “Tony” Rezko); a Big Pink serial is interrupted by breaking corruption news from Chicago (the New York Story Part II will continue with the Chuck Schumer portion in the New Year); Hillary and Bill Clinton are proving once again they are a class act loved by New Yorkers; Caroline Kennedy is invisible and nowhere to be found, again; and more and more of the Hopium addled are realizing that … Obama can’t be trusted… Obama simply can’t be trusted.

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In the past 24 hours Governor Blagojevich, pal to the wheeler-dealer corrupt of Illinois, proved again how corrupt Illinois politicians and Dimocrats nationally are. Blagojevich appointed a replacement for Obama’s senate seat and the hypocrite Dimocrats yelped.

But it is the Dimocrats who authored this ugly comedy. It was Illinois Dimocrats who called a special session of the legislature to strip Blagojevich of the appointment power but then, once they realized the Republicans could possibly win the senate seat in Obama Culture Of Corruption Illinois, the Dimocrats abandoned the purpose of the special session.

It was Majority Leader Senator Harry Reid who wrote and sent a letter -which the ENTIRE Senate Democratic caucus signed as well – which torpedoed the scheduling of a special election to allow the citizens of Illinois to elect the Senator who would replace do-nothing Obama.

Blagojevich acted after he saw the Dimocrats would do nothing in order to maintain their own power to dictate appointments.

Blagojevich is annoying the Dimocrats and Obama because he is stealing headlines which ordinarily be used to praise Obama – the selected.

And the Obama Drama with Blagojevich will not end anytime soon. Patrick Fitzgerald is seeking a 90 day extension of time to indict Blagojevich.

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald has filed a motion seeking a 90-day extension to return of an indictment against Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Federal prosecutors normally have 30 days to file an indictment against a defendant. That deadline would have been Jan. 7, and the extension would give prosecutors until April 7 instead.

Authorities arrested Blagojevich on Dec. 9 on corruption charges that accuse him of trying to sell President-elect Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat to the highest bidder.

Blagojevich has denied any wrongdoing.

In the motion filed Wednesday, prosecutors ask for more time because ”multiple witnesses” have come forward in recent weeks and investigators have to review ”thousands of intercepted phone calls.”

And every day finds Obama running away from his past.

While Obama vacationed, some of the main characters from his political past took turns starring in a bizarre Chicago news conference. First to the lectern was embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was arrested this month on federal corruption charges, and from whom Obama has worked to distance himself. Blagojevich then introduced Roland Burris, his appointment to fill Obama’s seat in the U.S. Senate. Burris once held a fundraiser at his house for Obama and calls the president-elect “somebody whose career I really helped launch.”

Then, near the end of the news conference, Rep. Bobby L. Rush was beckoned to the front of the room, where he asked the public not to “lynch” Burris because of the charges against Blagojevich. Rush defeated Obama in a 2000 House race and chided him as an “educated fool” before eventually endorsing him for president and asserting that “I helped teach him.”

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Those who Caroline Kennedy stabbed in the back this past year – New Yorkers and especially Hillary and Bill Clinton – will be celebrating tonight. For New Yorkers, especially Hillary and Bill Clinton, this will be a special night as Hillary and Bill Clinton will be bringing in the New Year at Times Square. Hillary has also been named by the Daily News as the New Yorker Of The Year.

For carrying the banner of a history-making candidacy with a resolve and class worthy of this city — in victory and defeat — we today salute Hillary Clinton as the Daily News New Yorker of the Year for 2008.

We salute Hillary Clinton too. Whatever optimism we have for what looks to be a bleak next year is due primarily to Hillary Clinton. So thank you once again to Hillary.

To all our readers, with resolve, joy, and determination, not blind hope:

Happy New Year!


A New York Story – Governor Paterson, Governor Blagojevich, Caroline Kennedy, Charles Schumer, Part I

Caroline Kennedy’s ride with Uncle Ted to the U.S. Senate is not going very well. In fact, you could say it’s jumped the bridge.

We’ve privately heard two major, behind the scenes reasons, why the Caroline campaign is losing air and sinking fast.

Reason 1: Governor David Paterson has a potential Blagojevich problem.
Reason 2: Senator Chuck Schumer is A, if not THE, secret hand against the Caroline power grab.

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Governor David Paterson’s potential Blagojevich problem:

In Caroline Goes Plouffe we stated that the “Caroline Kennedy power grab is running out of air due to the resistance from Hillary supporters and because of the stench fouling out from Chicago.” Since that writing Caroline Kennedy has made repeated ridiculous public appearances which have severely damaged her.

More ridiculous however have been the denials by the Kennedy machine that Uncle Ted is the main force pushing the Caroline Kennedy selection – the man behind the wheel.

The denials are so obviously false the question becomes “Why bother?” The answer might lie with Governor David Paterson’s former chief of staff.

Upstate New York journalists have not been fooled as to who is behind the wheel. They know Ted Kennedy is once again in the driver’s seat:

There is much that is off-putting about this trial balloon. It’s being pushed exclusively in Washington, in Hyannis by her uncle, Sen. Ted Kennedy, and in New York City. There is no indication from any upstate political voices that Caroline Kennedy has a grasp of the problems afflicting our 62 counties, or up to now, done much to find out. She hasn’t spoken out on issues, or policy, or even personalities except for Obama’s. [snip]

So whose agenda is satisfied by appointing Caroline Kennedy the improbable junior senator from New York? Obama’s and Ted Kennedy’s, certainly. Senator Kennedy’s endorsement of Obama came at a critical time in the war with Hillary, and may have tipped the balance. Another Senator Kennedy would be a nice payback. Except, of course, it was our senator who got burned by the Kennedy maneuver. I can’t imagine if Hillary has anything to say in the matter that she would go along, because it would be a kick in the teeth for Caroline to follow her in office.

Before Caroline Kennedy made her power grab overt, reports had Uncle Ted on December 8 making moves for her selection. The Kennedy machine has been active in denying Uncle Ted is behind the wheel:

Senator Edward M. Kennedy’s office on Tuesday denied a report in The Times that said he had been working behind the scenes to have his niece Caroline Kennedy appointed by Gov. David A. Paterson to fill the seat that will be vacated by Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton when she is confirmed as secretary of state.

Citing Democratic aides, the report on Tuesday said that Mr. Kennedy, 76, a Democrat from Massachusetts, had made calls to the governor and two fellow Democratic senators, Charles E. Schumer of New York and Robert Menendez of New Jersey, to talk up Ms. Kennedy for the post. [snip]

Democratic aides told The Times on Monday that Mr. Kennedy had spoken with the three men and talked up Ms. Kennedy’s capacity to mount consecutive costly statewide Senate races in 2010 and 2012 by tapping into her family’s extensive fund-raising network.

Uncle Ted promised Governor Paterson and Senator Schumer that Caroline Kennedy would not financially “seek help from Mr. Paterson or Mr. Schumer”.

The New York Times noted that “The ability to raise significant money is a key concern for Mr. Paterson” in part because the Governor will also be running for re-election in 2010 along with whomever he appoints to the U.S. Senate.

Governor David Paterson inherited the Governorship when Governor Spitzer was forced to resign following the discovery of his relationship with a high priced sex worker. This means that Governor Paterson was not elected on his own as Governor due to a statewide network of relationships and fundraising but rather because he won election in a strong Democratic year (2006) while on the ticket with a very popular candidate Eliot Spitzer.

Once he became Governor, Paterson wisely exposed the skeletons in his own life. Since then Governor Paterson has been a good Governor. Governor Paterson is no fool. He realizes that a governor forced to balance budgets, cut services and raise taxes due to a recession is a governor in peril of losing.

The Governor, who is legally blind, can also be said to have lost his right hand this past year. That right hand is called Charles J. O’Byrne.

Gov. David A. Paterson’s top aide resigned on Friday, stripping the governor of his right-hand man just as he prepares to tackle a worsening fiscal crisis that could make or break his first term.

For the sake of brevity we will forego, at this time, a full exploration of Charles J. O’Byrne. Suffice to say O’Byrne was extremely close to Governor Paterson and O’Byrne wielded a great deal of power in New York State.

“He’s the secretary, the counsel and the spokesman,” said one administration official in an interview earlier this week. “He kind of holds all three of the top jobs in the Paterson administration.”

Some allies of Mr. Paterson saw Mr. O’Byrne as the glue that held the administration together.

O’Byrne was forced to resign because he did not pay his taxes:

The news of Mr. O’Byrne’s departure came just five days after The New York Post reported that he had failed to file federal and state tax returns for the years 2001 to 2005. [snip]

As Mr. Paterson’s top assistant, Mr. O’Byrne has been central to the administration’s decision-making and has been an important Albany gatekeeper. The governor, who took office in March after his fellow Democrat, Eliot Spitzer, resigned in disgrace, defended Mr. O’Byrne after The Post reported on Mr. O’Byrne’s tax problems over the weekend.

Mr. Paterson said that he first learned of Mr. O’Byrne’s tax problems in 2004, when Mr. Paterson, then the leader of the Democratic minority in the State Senate, was in the process of hiring Mr. O’Byrne, a former Jesuit priest whose career has included corporate law and speechwriting for Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential campaign.

The story of Charles J. O’Byrne took a comic turn when his lawyer claimed he failed to pay his taxes from 2001 to 2005 because he suffered from “late-filing syndrome” a hitherto unknown condition in the medical and/or legal community.

Unfortunately, the novel and dubious “late-filing syndrome” defense by O’Byrne’s lawyer, Richard Kestenbaum, drew attention to the odd story.

According to documents released by Mr. Kestenbaum, Mr. O’Byrne did not finish paying off his roughly $300,000 tax debt until Tuesday, three days after his tax delinquency was revealed by The New York Post.

That payment timetable contradicts statements by Mr. Paterson and Mr. O’Byrne that the debt had been settled.

The powerful Charles O’Byrne, right hand to Governor Paterson up to very late October, is a very interesting man – “late-filing syndrome” or not. O’Byrne is also a close friend to the Kennedys.

Mr. O’Byrne officiated at the wedding of John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette and, three years later, said Mass at Mr. Kennedy’s funeral, after the couple died in a plane crash. He has been close to the family of Jean Kennedy Smith, Senator Edward M. Kennedy’s sister, having befriended Ms. Smith’s son Stephen Smith Jr. when they attended Columbia Law School. He also counseled the family during the 1991 rape trial of another son, William Kennedy Smith, who was acquitted.

The former right hand to Governor Paterson found himself in need of money. The former right hand reached out to Kennedy pockets.

Gov. David A. Paterson’s top aide turned to the Kennedy family, as well as his own family, a college friend and a number of banks, to raise money to pay off delinquent state and federal taxes and penalties of more than $200,000, according to state records. [snip]

Senator George H. Winner Jr., Republican of Elmira and the chairman of the Senate’s investigations panel, said: “There are now serious financial and ethical questions being raised, and these questions warrant a closer examination by appropriate, independent government authorities.”

“The best course of action in Mr. O’Byrne’s case, for everyone involved, must be a full public airing and disclosure of the facts,” he added. [snip]

Ms. Smith has lent Mr. O’Byrne at least $5,000, according to state financial disclosure forms. Mr. O’Byrne also received gifts worth at least $1,000 last year from Ms. Smith and her daughter, Kym M. Smith, according to Mr. O’Byrne’s form. Mr. O’Byrne has also served as a trustee of three Smith/Kennedy family trusts, receiving at least $1,000 annually in income.

The above report of Ted Kennedy’s sister lending $5,000 to Governor Paterson’s former right hand man was published on October 20, 2008. By October 22, 2008 that $5,000 figure rose:

Two family members loaned him $5,000 to $20,000 each, while Jean Kennedy Smith, the sister of Senator Edward M. Kennedy, and Brian Krisberg, a college classmate, loaned Mr. O’Byrne $60,000 to $100,000 each, according to his lawyers.

Governor Paterson will run for election/re-election in 2010. Governor Paterson should not burden himself with associations that will hurt his 2010 campaign. Governor Paterson is thus far not implicated in any way in any dealings or business relationships between O’Byrne and the Kennedy machine. Already O’Byrne will prove to be a burden however:

Gov. David A. Paterson was aware for years that a top aide had a continuing tax problem, his communications director said on Sunday night, though a key unanswered question is whether Mr. Paterson knew that the aide failed to file and pay taxes even after assuring him that he would resolve the problem. [snip]

Mr. Paterson became aware of the matter again during a background check in early 2007, when Mr. O’Byrne was following him to the lieutenant governor’s office. Mr. Paterson has said he kept Mr. O’Byrne on even after he offered to step aside.

The revelations will almost certainly complicate the administration’s efforts to close a $1.2 billion budget gap in a special legislative session next month. Mr. O’Byrne is the governor’s chief negotiator and has functioned as the administration’s enforcer — a role that will be needed in contentious budget negotiations.

Republicans have largely held their fire, though Liz Feld, the Republican candidate for the 37th Senate district in Westchester County, called on Sunday for Mr. O’Byrne to resign.

“Voters are exasperated with the double standards coming out of Albany,” she said. “They further undermine our confidence in government at the very time when confidence is most needed. Mr. O’Byrne’s resignation would be appropriate for the good of the state.”

Governor Paterson of New York needs to rid himself of any Blagojevich type conflicts. Thus far Governor Paterson is completely clear of any even slight impropriety. However in an election questions will be raised about how and why he selected the next U.S. Senator from New York. Any question that “financial assistance” to his “right hand” came from the Kennedy machine in exchange for an appointment to the U.S. Senate must be drowned now.

Caroline Kennedy refuses to disclose any financial information to the public.

Governor Paterson for his own good must reject the Kennedy machine’s myriad attempts, however subtle or distant, to be gifted a Senate seat.

The Obama crime lords are already moving to Washington, D.C. They must not be allowed to open a field office in Albany, New York via Hyannis.

[Next: Schumer’s secret opposition to Caroline.]


The Talented Mr. Obama

For Hillary Supporters this has been a disappointing year. We lost something very valuable. Because of that loss we have also gained something very valuable.

The loss is not what the Hopium addled chortle about. The loss is not about a candidate nor an election. The loss is of those we thought were like-minded, those we thought friends, those we lost respect for.

In short, we lost yet another bit of innocence. In short, we gained a firmer grasp of reality.

In an earlier generation, when a President was slaughtered in Dallas, a writer of the time said “We’ll never laugh again.” The writer was wrong of course. But after that Mannilicher-Carcano fired its deadly shots Americans never viewed their government in the same way again.

Americans later learned of Operation Mongoose, C.I.A. wet jobs, coups, Vietnam, Watergate, and their not-so-virginally-clean government.

For Hillary Supporters, election 2008 taught us about how ugly our Party, the Democratic Party, could be. The blinders came off, eyes opened wide – sometimes in disbelief – at the similarities between the ugliest Republicans and the “best” Democrats. Democrats we had supported through thick and thin, like Ted Kennedy and Nancy Pelosi, proved to be as adept at double dealing and vileness as the most rancid Republicans.

We also saw how some of our fellow Democrats could be led by the nose in the same way we used to laugh at “mindless” Republicans. There are a lot of lessons learned.

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For Hillary Supporters, the stink of a B.O. administration will not be a surprise.

We will not wake up having to apologize for the latest Obama blunder or the latest Obama flim-flam. We will nod our heads and acknowledge the reality of the great American blunder of 2008. We lost another bit of our innocence in 2008 but we are armed with reality in 2009.

The Hopium addled Obama supporters have a world of hurt coming to them.

Today pro-Obama hack Frank Rich glimpses into the future and sees the reality we began to write about in April 2007.

Frank Rich is one of those writers we used to admired Like many of our former brethren Frank Rich was someone we shared a great deal with. We laughed along with Frank as he skewered the Republicans and Bush.

In 2008 Frank Rich, and many of the writers we used to admire, became like those they hated – like those they once attacked. They were either silent as a great woman was attacked in the most sexist of ways or were complicit in those sexist and misogynistic assasinations.

As 2008 ends, Frank Rich begins to confront the ugly reality he has helped to create – just as much as Republican shills are responsible for the horror that is George W. Remember our warnings of Obama the flim-flam man who is the third Bush term as well as an anti-gay bigot? Today’s Frank Rich Bushwah:

But for the first time a faint tinge of Bush crept into my Obama reveries this month.

As we saw during primary season, our president-elect is not free of his own brand of hubris and arrogance, and sometimes it comes before a fall: “You’re likable enough, Hillary” was the prelude to his defeat in New Hampshire. He has hit this same note again by assigning the invocation at his inauguration to the Rev. Rick Warren, the Orange County, Calif., megachurch preacher who has likened committed gay relationships to incest, polygamy and “an older guy marrying a child.” Bestowing this honor on Warren was a conscious — and glib — decision by Obama to spend political capital. It was made with the certitude that a leader with a mandate can do no wrong. [snip]

Warren, whose ego is no less than Obama’s, likes to advertise his “commitment to model civility in America.” But as Rachel Maddow of MSNBC reminded her audience, “comparing gay relationships to child abuse” is a “strange model of civility.” Less strange but equally hard to take is Warren’s defensive insistence that some of his best friends are the gays: His boasts of having “eaten dinner in gay homes” and loving Melissa Etheridge records will not protect any gay families’ civil rights.

Equally lame is the argument mounted by an Obama spokeswoman, Linda Douglass, who talks of how Warren has fought for “people who have H.I.V./AIDS.” Shouldn’t that be the default position of any religious leader? Fighting AIDS is not a get-out-of-homophobia-free card. That Bush finally joined Bono in doing the right thing about AIDS in Africa does not mitigate the gay-baiting of his 2004 campaign, let alone his silence and utter inaction when the epidemic was killing Texans by the thousands, many of them gay men, during his term as governor.

Rich’s particular interests in gay issues forced him to speak out about the Warren invitation even as he still deludes himself about Obama the anti-gay bigot. Frank Rich for all his intelligence does not want to admit he has bamboozled and flim-flammed for Obama. Obama’s words do “not mitigate the gay bashing of his 20048 campaign”. Rich retreats to swips about the Obama ego instead of acknowledging that Obama’s pro-gay rights words are meant only in the service of flim-flamming white liberal ears. Rich (and Maddow and Etheridge) continues to bamboozle Americans by defending Obama and pretending Obama is anything but an anti-gay bigot.

Unlike Bush, Obama has been the vocal advocate of gay civil rights he claims to be. It is over the top to assert, as a gay writer at Time did, that the president-elect is “a very tolerant, very rational-sounding sort of bigot.” Much more to the point is the astute criticism leveled by the gay Democratic congressman Barney Frank, who, in dissenting from the Warren choice, said of Obama, “I think he overestimates his ability to get people to put aside fundamental differences.” That’s a polite way of describing the Obama cockiness. It will take more than the force of the new president’s personality and eloquence to turn our nation into the United States of America he and we all want it to be.

Again and again the Hopium addled live outside reality when they think that the great issues are a matter of personality. Americans are divided and many around the world hate America because of our interests and beliefs, not our personalities nor the personalities of our leaders.

Obama may not only overestimate his ability to bridge some of our fundamental differences but also underestimate how persistent some of those differences are. The exhilaration of his decisive election victory and the deserved applause that has greeted his mostly glitch-free transition can’t entirely mask the tensions underneath. Before there is profound social change, there is always high anxiety.

The success of Proposition 8 in California was a serious shock to gay Americans and to all the rest of us who believe that all marriages should be equal under the law. The roles played by African-Americans (who voted 70 percent in favor of Proposition 8 ) and by white Mormons (who were accused of bankrolling the anti-same-sex-marriage campaign) only added to the morning-after recriminations. And that was in blue California. In Arkansas, voters went so far as to approve a measure forbidding gay couples to adopt.

Frank Rich will eventually be forced to express the reality of Obama as we have so accurately described it. Andrew Sullivan and John Kerry sold Obama’s “black face” as the great hope. Opposition governments and terrorists HOPING for our demise will not be disuaded by a black face in the White House. Obama knows exactly what he is doing. Obama is anti-gay and his Warren invitation is not “too cute by half” it is purposeful policy-making.

Warren’s defamation of gay people illustrates why, as does our president-elect’s rationalization of it. When Obama defends Warren’s words by calling them an example of the “wide range of viewpoints” in a “diverse and noisy and opinionated” America, he is being too cute by half. He knows full well that a “viewpoint” defaming any minority group by linking it to sexual crimes like pedophilia is unacceptable.

It is even more toxic in a year when that group has been marginalized and stripped of its rights by ballot initiatives fomenting precisely such fears. “You’ve got to give them hope” was the refrain of the pioneering 1970s gay politician Harvey Milk, so stunningly brought back to life by Sean Penn on screen this winter. Milk reminds us that hope has to mean action, not just words.

By the historical standards of presidential hubris, Obama’s disingenuous defense of his tone-deaf invitation to Warren is nonetheless a relatively tiny infraction. It’s no Bay of Pigs. But it does add an asterisk to the joyous inaugural of our first black president. It’s bizarre that Obama, of all people, would allow himself to be on the wrong side of this history.

Rich proceeds to then attack the courageous Bill Clinton. Obama is a “sweet talking swindler”. Bill Clinton showed leadership on the issue of gay rights at a time when Americans were not so tolerant. As in his column today Frank Rich will use any opportunity to insult the Clintons and felate Obama.

It was not always thus.

Frank Rich is an astute observer. We cannot excuse him as a stupid man for the columns he writes. In the same way Obama’s actions cannot be excused as “bone-headed”. Obama’s actions too are purposeful, if dangerous and deceptive.

Before he was an Obama shill writing deceptive propaganda, before he wrote political columns, Frank Rich was the Drama Critic for the New York Times. He reviewed movies too. One film Frank Rich reviewed back in December 1999 was The Talented Mr. Ripley.

Frank Rich’s review, American Pseudo, demonstrates his intelligence as it is warped by his Clinton hate. Frank Rich really hates the Clintons and anyone he associates with them. Frank Rich will aid and abet any scam designed to attack the Clintons. In 1999 Frank Rich was reviewing a film and expressing his Bill Clinton hate. But we can now read that 1999 review as the American future. American Pseudo is soon to be the American President:

In this age of rampant reinvention when political candidates, entrepreneurs and criminals change selves like quicksilver ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’ may be Hollywood’s most chilling and up-to-date portrait of our national character.

At this late date in the century — the century defined by the American success story — the two men considered most likely to succeed to the presidency are both running away from their pasts. One, brought up in a ritzy hotel by a Washington political family, has reinvented himself as a down-home Tennessean; the other, a political prince educated at Andover, Yale and Harvard, is now a man of the people in cowboy boots. The man whose job they covet, of course, is the former Bill Blythe, son of a traveling salesman and product of the disreputable gambling town of Hot Springs, Ark., who, via Georgetown, Oxford and Yale, long ago remade himself (for a while anyway) into the Man From Hope. [snip]

Our youth culture is dominated by hip-hop, which has become a means for white kids to reconfigure themselves as black. The god of adult commerce is Martha Stewart, who, like Ralph Lauren before her, instructs us all on how to be old-school white.

Frank Rich was reviewing a film but is there a better discription of Obama than 1999’s “outlaws come in the cameleon guises“? The Talented Mr. Obama:

It’s into this fluid turn-of-the-century America — when even outlaws come in the chameleon guises of Andrew Cunanan and Martin Frankel — that a new, nightmarish and highly apt movie called “The Talented Mr. Ripley” is being released just in time for the holidays. [snip]

With appropriate fin de siecle melancholy and the relentlessness of a thriller, “Ripley” nails both the wonder that has attended our century’s celebratory version of the American dream and the anxiety that is stirred up by that dream’s stealthy doppelganger, the American tragedy that befalls the Gatsbyesque dreamer who goes too far.

“Ripley” asks us to identify with an American man who, like so many before him, believes in the democratic ethos that says anyone can jettison the past, wipe the slate clean and with pluck and luck be whoever he or she wants to be. The earnest, upwardly mobile Tom Ripley, played by Damon, isn’t particularly greedy or ambitious, but he does want to rise above his drab circumstances to grab the right, socially acceptable lifestyle, along with love and money. By the time he takes a wrong turn in pursuit of his fantasy, we’re already along for the ride, rooting for his success and happiness as we might for our own, even if that means we become locked with our outlaw hero in a very dark and solitary place — even if, to our extreme discomfort, we find ourselves, in our secret heart of hearts, rooting for him to get away with murder.

Frank Rich rooted for Obama to get away with a political murder. The hero of the 1999 film bears an eerie resemblance to Rezko’s pal.

When we first meet its title character, he’s a pallid, immaculate young man, with Clark Kent glasses and the fastidious manners of a manservant or corporate accountant. [snip]

I always thought, Better to be a fake somebody than a real nobody,” Tom says, and no matter what the human cost, including the annihilation of his own self, he will not be denied. Clark Kent wills himself into Superman, but a Superman as ruthless as Macbeth. [snip]

Tom is the intelligent, poor and shy nerd who craves only to be part of the “in” crowd, and what American, from junior high school on, does not know that desperate feeling of wanting to mortgage one’s soul in order to fit in?

“Everybody’s not been invited to the dance at one time or another,” says Damon, who took on the gutsy and demanding assignment — for which he lost weight, studied piano and modulated his vocal pitch and posture — in part because of his identification with the character’s “total discomfort in his identity” and his compassion for the character’s “deep, intense loneliness.” [snip]

When Tom is mocked for his square corduroy sport jacket or his “bourgeois” taste in furnishings or his inability to ski — or is literally left to stand on the outside looking in through a window as Dickie and a condescending society pal or Dickie and Marge exchange intimacies he can never share — it’s hard not to feel the character’s panicked sense of exclusion and isolation, of envy and rejection, his aching hunger to be chosen, to be part of the club, to be wanted, to be loved.

The first time we had an extended look at Barack Obama was as he stood alone in the elegant side lobby, by the stairs, in the Four Seasons Hotel during the Boston 2004 Democratic convention. He stood, nerdishly alone, well apart from the Hollywood stars like Rob Reiner and the fabulously wealthy Democratic elite. He appeared desperate for a cigarette and attention.

The writer of Ripley, according to Rich, said about her character “He could be called psychotic,” “But I would not call him insane because his actions are rational. . . . I consider him a rather civilized person who kills when he absolutely has to.” If there’s “not much to be admired” about him, she added, he was also “not entirely to be censured.”

Obama has come a long way from that afternoon at the Four Seasons. He has displayed a remarkable talent for deceit.

Americans suffered much for their willful delusions in this and the last half of the past century. Our scam artists and scam writers turn American Pseudo into American Psycho.

It appears we Americans will suffer even more in the coming years. Hillary supporters will not be surprised however. We spotted Mr. Obama’s talent long ago.


Frankincense, Hopium, & Myrrh

Still groggy from the celebrations, Whoville began to stir.

All that consumed Hopium, in its myriad varieties, had its effect. At dawn, heads throbbed, bodies ached. Reality’s beams broke through the blinds. Whoville had a hangover.

The Grinch, busy as ever, during the night had taken the under-the-tree presents and drained the oil lamps dry.

Not much was left for Whoville to enjoy, save for the sweet sickly resin smell of the Frankincense and Myrrh which the Grinch dabbed behind his ears, like an annointing cologne. Whoville’s Hopes were dashed. It would be a long year a-coming.

Poor Whoville. The Grinch had suckered them all save for a very few.

And this Grinch was not coming back with returned gifts.

This Grinch was Hawaii bound.

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More news from Whoville:

Who knew? Hillary sent back Caroline’s check:

This decade, other than a $1,000 donation to City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, the Camelot heiress has not financially supported any Democrat seeking city or state office in New York, records reveal.

Some say Kennedy, who is worth at least $100 million, missed an opportunity to curry favor among Democratic pols to establish herself as a serious political player as she lobbies Gov. Paterson for Hillary Clinton’s Senate seat.

She has already been asked to explain a spotty Election Day voting record over the past 20 years. [snip]

Kennedy gave to Clinton’s Senate and presidential campaigns. The former First Lady returned $2,300 of Kennedy’s cash after she endorsed Barack Obama. [snip]

In 2005, Kennedy did not publicly back Mayor Bloomberg’s Democratic challenger, Fernando Ferrer. An aide contended she voted for Ferrer, though she had worked for Bloomberg.

Like the Cole Porter song, Mrs. Otis Regrets Caroline Kennedy regrets.

On reports that she has missed votes in several elections: “I was dismayed by my voting record.

Krugman hopes for a clean government (from Chicago?) and is checking his list:

So what are the lessons for the Obama team?

First, the administration of the economic recovery plan has to be squeaky clean. Purely economic considerations might suggest cutting a few corners in the interest of getting stimulus moving quickly, but the politics of the situation dictates great care in how money is spent. And enforcement is crucial: inspectors general have to be strong and independent, and whistle-blowers have to be rewarded, not punished as they were in the Bush years.

Second, the plan has to be really, truly pork-free. Vice President-elect Joseph Biden recently promised that the plan “will not become a Christmas tree”; the new administration needs to deliver on that promise.

Finally, the Obama administration and Democrats in general need to do everything they can to build an F.D.R.-like bond with the public. Never mind Mr. Obama’s current high standing in the polls based on public hopes that he’ll succeed. He needs a solid base of support that will remain even when things aren’t going well.

And I have to say that Democrats are off to a bad start on that front. The attempted coronation of Caroline Kennedy as senator plays right into 40 years of conservative propaganda denouncing “liberal elites.” And surely I wasn’t the only person who winced at reports about the luxurious beach house the Obamas have rented, not because there’s anything wrong with the first family-elect having a nice vacation, but because symbolism matters, and these weren’t the images we should be seeing when millions of Americans are terrified about their finances.

Krugman winced at the luxurious beach house? What about the luxurious Rezko financed house? And “clean government” from Chicago???

Prosecutor Fitzgerald has already questioned Obama. Ordinarily a federal prosecutor questioning a political figure is a huge story. But Obama kept it quiet until just before Christmas. Big Media doesn’t want to disturb the wafting scent of Frankincense and Myrrh.

But the stench of Chicago corruption is not going away.

An attorney for Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has asked a panel of Illinois state lawmakers who are considering impeaching the embattled governor to subpoena two of President-elect Barack Obama’s top aides.

The attorney, Ed Genson, requested that incoming chief of staff Rahm Emanuel and longtime Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett testify before the 21-member panel. [snip]

Obama, Emanuel and Jarrett were each interviewed by FBI agents and federal prosecutors last week about their dealings with the Illinois governor, a fact first made public in the transition’s report, issued the days before Christmas Eve as Obama vacationed in Hawaii and Emanuel visited Africa. None of the three have spoken to the press about the interviews or Blagojevich since the report’s release.

No amount of Frankincense, Hopium, or Myrrh will replace or remove the stench of Chicago corruption.



It’s not Camelot. It’s not even Camelittle. It’s full of rot… CamelRot.

We’ve called for a Special Prosecutor to investigate Barack Obama and the entanglements/potential crimes of his government funded transition team. Today, the Obama transition team’s lawyer exonerated the Obama transition team. The honesty of the Obama team can be measured by its level of transparency. Until today the team said not a word about the fact that Obama was interviewed, or was it deposed, by Patrick Fitzgerald last week. Zero transparency = zero trust.

It also appears another Special Prosecutor is needed to investigate what exactly George W. is responsible for doing and what congressional Democrats are responsible for doing. It appears that Dimocrats have some ‘splaining to do.

Our political system is in a state of severe rot. Republicans can’t be trusted. The Naderites are irresponsible and have taken over the Democratic Party. And what used to be the Democratic Party is, after primary season, more like a bad nursery rhyme :

There was a crooked man,
And he walked a crooked mile,
He found a crooked sixpence
Upon a crooked stile;
He bought a crooked cat,
Which* caught a crooked mouse,
And they all lived together
In a crooked little house.

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First up, Caroline Kennedy:

The embarrassment called Hendrik Hertzberg misses the point on Caroline Kennedy. Hertzberg dismisses the “dynasty” argument (during the primaries this was a main argument in the Hillary Haters catechism), there is contempt for the “experience” argument, there is zero curiosity about her positions – Hertzberg assumes Caroline is to the right of Uncle Teddy and to the left of Barack Obama.

Hertzberg’ and other “appoint Caroline” cadres appear to be concerned about Caroline. We’re concerned about the people of New York State. Caroline is and will be a shill for Obama. The people of New York need someone who will represent them and fight the untrustworthy Obama if need be. Has Caroline ever “fought” for anything? Has Caroline every “fought” for anyone outside of her family interests?

We do know that Caroline has raised money for her pet projects as they enter her mind. But has she ever had to butt heads with anyone to get something done? Would Caroline call out Obama or her own party if their actions would harm New Yorkers?

It’s the people of New York that matter not the fate of Caroline Kennedy.

A Kennedy. Camelot. Ah! The greatness of it all? Not.[snip]

Paterson has taken a tack much unexpected by challenging all to tighten belts, cut spending, pay more fees to the state and get rid of waste after Wall Street’s collapse and the subsequent free fall in tax collections from the financial services business.

Paterson could have a tough time. Voters don’t like losing money, they hate losing services, and all the earnest explanations about fighting the good fight together won’t put better food on the table or pay the bills.

He needs someone who can help him win, and he needs someone who can win. He and the senator he chooses will both face the voters together. With that in mind, is Caroline Kennedy the correct choice?

On the issues of the day, Kennedy has been mighty silent. Financial cretins stealing for fun, profit and because they can? Not a word.

The wars? Syllable-less. Millions of humans evaporated in Africa’s inner madness? Quiet and silent.

The auto bailout? Nada. The printing of a trillion soon-to-be inflated dollars that will further sap our savings? On such matters, Kennedy remains absolutely silent.

What about the destruction of the economy of western New York?

Does she know that there is a deeply pained world beyond the Westchester County border just a bit north of New York City that benefited little from some fairy-tale place called Camelot and less from well-orchestrated and timed public relations campaigns afforded only by the rich?

Why should Caroline Kennedy be named a U.S. senator? Is it because merit no longer matters?

Hillary Clinton campaigned for months with Chuck Schumer in upstate New York, then spent at least a year in her “listening tour” of upstate New York before asking voters for a vote. When Hillary Clinton runs for office the yells start for “disclosure”. After the data is disclosed, the Hillary Haters grimace and wait for the next opportunity to yell “disclosure”. Of course for the Dimocrats and the Republicans “disclosure” is restricted to the Clintons.

Caroline, regrets:

If she were applying to be, say, an undersecretary of education in Barack Obama’s new administration, Caroline Kennedy would have to fill out a 63-item confidential questionnaire disclosing potentially embarrassing text messages and diary entries, the immigration status of her household staff, even copies of every résumé she used in the last 10 years.

If she were running for election to the Senate, Kennedy would have to file a 10-part, publicly available report disclosing her financial assets, credit card debts, mortgages, book deals and the sources of any payments greater than $5,000 in the last three years.

But Kennedy, who has asked Governor David Paterson to appoint her to succeed Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton — and who helped oversee the vetting process for Obama’s possible running mates — is declining to provide a variety of basic data, including companies she has a stake in and whether she has ever been charged with a crime.

Disclosure? Let them eat cake. Caroline Kennedy sends her regrets:

Kennedy declined on Monday to reply to those and other questions posed by The New York Times about any potential ethical, legal and financial entanglements. Through a spokesman, she said she would not disclose that kind of information unless and until she becomes a senator. [snip]

“Precisely because there is no campaign or election, she should be more willing to disclose and subject herself to a greater level of public scrutiny than is required,” said Dick Dadey, executive director of Citizens Union, a nonpartisan watchdog group. He noted that other major contenders for the Senate seat — officeholders like the attorney general, Andrew Cuomo, and Representative Kirsten Gillibrand — have mounted runs for office and filed public disclosures before. [snip]

Kennedy also avoided disclosing any information about her finances while working as chief fund-raiser for the New York City Department of Education. She took the three-day-a-week job — director of the Office of Strategic Partnerships — in October 2002 at $1 a year, intending at the time to step up to a $90,000-a-year salary, but she later decided to forgo the salary. Taking it would have required her to file disclosures with the city’s Conflicts of Interests Board, officials said.

Since then, Kennedy has been a vice chairwoman of the Fund for Public Schools, the nonprofit arm of the strategic partnerships office. A 2006 state law required that the board members of all nonprofits “affiliated, sponsored by or created by” a city government submit detailed disclosure forms. But on Dec. 10, the city told an Assembly committee that the Fund for Public Schools would be exempt from the law, reasoning that the Department of Education is, legally speaking, a school district, not a city agency — even though the mayor has control over the schools.

The upshot: Kennedy, for now, is not subject to those disclosure rules, either.

The financial world is getting special favors from congress but Caroline Kennedy has been successful in keeping her financial transactions secret from the public she proclaims she wants to represent.

Not much is known about what she would fight for. Not much is known about what she has done.

During the two years Caroline Kennedy worked as a fundraiser and goodwill ambassador for New York City’s schools chancellor, Joel Klein, co-workers would frequently drift by her workspace for a glimpse of the department’s most famous $1-a-year employee.

As often as not, they were greeted by an empty chair. [snip]

A passionate commitment to public education is one of Kennedy’s three main selling points in her bid to win appointment to Hillary Rodham Clinton’s soon-to-be-vacated Senate seat, along with her platinum pedigree and a reputation for above-the-fray rectitude.

Yet because she has taken so few public positions, her education record – or what passes for it – has become just about the only public policy issue on which the 51-year-old political rookie can be judged.

The problem is, she hardly left a vapor trail.

Caroline Kennedy “sat out the epic legal battle to secure billions in state funding for low-income students” and hardly left a vapor trail. How can she be expected to fight for New Yorkers? If Obama and the Dimocrats want to hurt New York with their policies the Caroline history is that she would be their shill – not a fighter for the people of New York State.

After spending a few hours a day for two years Caroline Kennedy had a book to sell so she went on a book tour.

When she left, The New York Times wrote: “For months after she started, even some high-level education officials said they were not quite sure what she did. In an interview about eight months into her tenure, she would not say how often she worked at the department headquarters or how many hours she spent on the job, saying only, ‘I put in as much time as I can.'”

Like Obama’s “community organizing”, Caroline Kennedy was given credit for the work of others.

When Klein, speaking to the Times, credited Kennedy with securing $51 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for small schools, Wayne Barrett of the Village Voice tracked down officials who claimed the grant was actually set up by Klein deputy Michele Cahill.

Tom Vander Ark, former education director for the Gates Foundation, told Barrett that Kennedy “didn’t have anything to do” with obtaining the $51 million.

If opinions differ on Kennedy’s role as an administrator, her positions on several major education issues have proven even harder to nail down.

Maybe if Caroline Kennedy voted more often she would be up to date on the issues when it mattered to the people of New York. The gaps in voting (1989, 1993, 1994, 1997, 2002, 2005) remind us of “present” Obama and his excuses and chicanery (not to mention the “mistaken” votes).

Governor David Paterson must make a serious Senate, not social calendar, appointment. There are other, actually qualified and vetted, candidates.

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What did the Dimocrats know and when did they know it? We’ve spent months berating George W. while the Dimocrats hid their own rot and complicity.

CHRIS WALLACE: Let’s drill down into some of the specific measures that you pushed — first of all, the warrantless surveillance on a massive scale, without telling the appropriate court, without seeking legislation from Congress. Why not, in the aftermath of 9/11 and the spirit of national unity, get approval, support, bring in the other branches of government?

CHENEY: Well, let me tell you a story about the terror surveillance program. We did brief the Congress. . . . We brought in the chairman and the ranking member, House and Senate, and briefed them a number of times up until — this was — be from late ’01 up until ’04 when there was additional controversy concerning the program.

At that point, we brought in what I describe as the big nine — not only the intel people but also the speaker, the majority and minority leaders of the House and Senate, and brought them into the situation room in the basement of the White House.

I presided over the meeting. We briefed them on the program, and what we’d achieved, and how it worked, and asked them, “Should we continue the program?” They were unanimous, Republican and Democrat alike. All agreed — absolutely essential to continue the program.

I then said, “Do we need to come to the Congress and get additional legislative authorization to continue what we’re doing?” They said, “Absolutely not. Don’t do it, because it will reveal to the enemy how it is we’re reading their mail.”

That happened. We did consult. We did keep them involved. We ultimately ended up having to go to the Congress after the New York Times decided they were going to make the judge to review all of — or make all of this available, obviously, when they reacted to a specific leak.

But it was a program that we briefed on repeatedly. We did these briefings in my office. I presided over them. We went to the key people in the House and Senate intel committees and ultimately the entirely leadership and sought their advice and counsel, and they agreed we should not come back to the Congress.

If Cheney is telling the truth, a big if, then the Dimocrats are complicit in the Bush rot.

Maybe that is why Obama is keeping the George W. Bush war team.

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, who has been named to the same Cabinet post in the incoming administration of President-elect Barack Obama, is asking experienced members of the Bush war team to stick around to smooth the transition in the Pentagon.

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has asked most Bush administration political appointees except those targeted for dismissal to stay on in the Pentagon until replaced by the Obama administration in the coming months.

“I have received authorization from the president-elect’s transition team to extend a number of Department of Defense political appointees an invitation to voluntarily remain in their current positions until replaced,” Mr. Gates said in an Dec. 19 e-mail to political appointees.

If the George W. hold-overs are not troubling enough, the Dimocratic rot is.

The Dimocrat rot includes Nancy Pelosi, Jane Harman, Jay Rockefeller and Tom Daschle. Obama, Pelosi, Harman and Rockefeller all voted for the FISA bill Obama had promised to filibuster.

The passage of the FISA bill with its telecom immunity provision means Pelosi, Harman, and Rockefeller will not undergo investigation. We need a Special Prosecutor to get rid of the Republican and Dimocratic rot.

Special Prosecutors need to investigate the fact that there is a crooked man who is about bring his crooked friends to Washington. Chicago and Washington are about to be renamed CamelRot.


Blagojevich Fights, Obama Sweats

Barack Obama repeatedly hosts homophobes at his events and has decades long friendships and business relationships and actual personal business transactions with slumlords and now convicted felons – but the Hopium addled denounce our reciting these facts as “guilt by association”. “Facts” are now denounced in Bush/Obama world as “guilt by association”.

Hypocrite Democrats meanwhile tie this Saturday’s coming birth of Governor Sarah Palin’s daughter’s baby to the recent arrest of Governor Sarah Palin’s daughter’s in-the-future mother-in-law. Lesson for Hypocrite Democrats: that is “guilt by association”.

We suppose the Hopium addled will take out their “guilt by association” trumpets and be unhappy with the latest reporting from Chicago corruption watchers:

President-elect Barack Obama’s incoming chief of staff Rahm Emanuel had a deeper involvement in pressing for a U.S. Senate seat appointment than previously reported, the Sun-Times has learned. Emanuel had direct discussions about the seat with Gov. Blagojevich, who is is accused of trying to auction it to the highest bidder.

Emanuel talked with the governor in the days following the Nov. 4 election and pressed early on for the appointment of Valerie Jarrett to the post, sources with knowledge of the conversations told the Sun-Times. There was no indication from sources that Emanuel brokered a deal, however. [snip]

But sources with knowledge of the investigation said Blagojevich told his aides about the calls with Emanuel and sometimes gave them directions afterward. Sources said that early on, Emanuel pushed for the appointment of Jarrett to the governor and his staff and asked that it be done by a certain date.

As Sherlock Holmes would say “The game is afoot!” The investigations will continue. Any “overt acts” will be uncovered.

Meanwhile the Illinois legislature, controlled by Democrats, is in session. Earlier, they had said they would legislate a special election to replace the very replaceable Barack Obama. Now, aware that the Democrats might lose the election due to the Obama Chicago Culture Of Corruption, the Democrats have decided not to risk asking voters to decide who the next Illinois Senator will be.

The problem is that Blagojevich is not going away. Blagojevich will fight. Blagojevich might even talk – or is it “Sing”.

The “reform” and “change” Governor of Illinois will fight.

Gov. Rod Blagojevich said Friday that he was not guilty, that he is not stepping down as governor and that he will “fight until I take my last breath.” [snip]

He said he will not step down or resign from office and intends to address the allegations against him in court.

He said he expects to be vindicated.

“I’m here to tell you right off the bat that I am not guilty of any criminal wrongdoing, that I intend to stay on the job, and I will fight this thing every step of the way. I will fight, I will fight, I will fight until I take my last breath,” Blagojevich said. “I have done nothing wrong.”

He cast himself as a victim in the case, and said he will not let a “political lynch mob” force him from office. [snip]

Prosecutors say FBI wiretaps caught Blagojevich scheming to deal President-elect Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat for campaign cash or a plum job. He is also accused of attempting to withhold funding to the facilitate the Tribune Company sale of Wrigley Field if editorial writers for the Tribune paper weren’t fired, and attempting to shake down Children’s Memorial Hospital. [snip]

The document indicated that the impeachment committee plans to accuse Blagojevich not of the charges in the criminal complaint, but of abuse of power charges. Among them are entering the Family Care Program into law with no legislative approval, illegal spending on flu vaccines, hiring of consultants and contractors, and giving $1 million to the Loop Lab School that later vanished.

Blagojevich will not be impeached for the charges in the criminal complaint. The charges in the criminal complaint are just really the Chicago Way.

Yup, it’s the Chicago Way. John Kass discusses Jesse Jackson, Jr.:

The Junior G-Man thing began after the governor was charged with trying to sell the Senate seat of President-elect Barack Obama to the highest bidder, including emissaries of an unidentified Candidate 5, who later was identified as Jackson.

The Tribune then reported that a group of Indian businessmen held a fundraiser for Blagojevich—with Jackson’s brother Jonathan in attendance—and quoted several businessmen that they raised the money hoping Blagojevich would make Jackson the next senator.

“I never sent a message or an emissary to the governor to make an offer, plead my case or propose a deal about a U.S. Senate seat, period,” Jackson said.

Jackson was in a bind. He wasn’t being accused of a crime, but people who wanted him in the Senate were willing to pony up, and things were getting sticky. You could imagine the Jackson brain trust pacing the floor in fear, stroking their chins, muttering, “What to do? What to do?”

Just sweat it out Jesse. That’s what Obama’s doing. Just sweating it out and hoping the Governor does not decide to become the Singing Governor.

In Obama’s Chicago – “Change” and “Reform” are just words.


The Shame Of The Democratic Left, Part III

The Democratic Left, and yes, Gay-American leaders, threw Gay-Americans under the bus this past year in order to worship at the unworthy Barack Obama’s altar. Now the Democratic Left and Gay-American leaders are whining that Obama has stabbed them in the back.

Not once during the primaries nor during the general election did these leaders hold Obama to account. Not once did these leaders threaten to withhold votes the only language political thugs like Obama understand. Now they are whining.

Barack Obama has indeed stabbed Gay-Americans in the back. Barack Obama can’t be trusted… by friend nor foe… Obama simply can’t be trusted. But the very late protests by the Democratic Left are whines from hypocrites.

One of the issues on which we prominently opposed Obama was the issue of gay rights. We prophetically wrote:

Gay-Americans must realize that Obama has gay-bashed in the past. If it comes down to getting votes from evangelical voters, socially conservative African-Americans or any constitutency group – Obama will betray Gay-Americans:

Now gay leaders and the Democratic Left are whining that Obama is not being nice. Where were these leaders when it counted? Hypocrites. Gay-Americans – Black Gay Americans too – will be the ones hurt because the so-called gay leadership and the Democratic Left sold them out.

The hypocrites are whining because, as we wrote, Obama sold Gay-Americans out in order to court evangelicals.

Barack Obama’s choice of a prominent evangelical minister to perform the invocation at his inauguration is a conciliatory gesture toward social conservatives who opposed him in November, but it is drawing fierce challenges from a gay rights movement that – in the wake of a gay marriage ban in California – is looking for a fight.

Rick Warren, the senior pastor of Saddleback Church in southern California, opposes abortion rights but has taken more liberal stances on the government role in fighting poverty, and backed away from other evangelicals’ staunch support for economic conservatism. But it’s his support for the California constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage that drew the most heated criticism from Democrats Wednesday.

“Your invitation to Reverend Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at your inauguration is a genuine blow to LGBT Americans,” the president of Human Rights Campaign, Joe Solomonese, wrote Obama Wednesday. “[W]e feel a deep level of disrespect when one of architects and promoters of an anti-gay agenda is given the prominence and the pulpit of your historic nomination.”

Hypocrites or fools.

Gay-American leaders protesting now, are either hypocrites or fools. Gay-American leaders well knew that when Obama needed to win the South Carolina primary Obama appealed to the anti-gay prejudices of South Carolina African-Americans. It wasn’t just Donnie McClurkin. It was also Mary Mary, and Hezekiah Walker. Before that gay-bashing tour there was Obama’s long history of support for virulent gay-bashers such as Reverend James Meeks. And as we noted, Obama has never even bothered to march in a Gay-Pride day parade. Did we mention the snub of San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom?

These same hypocrite/fools knew that Obama surrounded himself with homophobes such as the repugnant Sam Nunn.

These same hypocrite/fools also knew that the Proposition 8 (Gay Marriage Ban) proponents were using Obama’s anti gay-marriage words in their literature and using Obama’s anti gay-marriage words in their automatic phone calls – particularly targeting African-Americans. Yet these hypocrite/fools did not demand that Obama personally campaign prominently against Proposition 8. On election day most California African-American voters celebrated by denying Gay-Americans a basic civil right and applauding ugly prejudice.

The Democratic Left was silent. The Democratic Left blamed evangelicals but took no responsibility. The Democratic Left absolved Obama.

“It’s a huge mistake,” said California gay rights activist Rick Jacobs, who chairs the state’s Courage Campaign. “He’s really the wrong person to lead the president into office.

“Can you imagine if he had a man of God doing the invocation who had deliberately said that Jews are not going to be saved and therefore should be excluded from what’s going on in America? People would be up in arms,” he said. [snip]

“His presence on the inauguration stand is a slap in the faces of the millions of GLBT voters who so enthusiastically supported him,” Naff wrote, referring to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people. “This tone-deafness to our concerns must not be tolerated. We have just endured eight years of endless assaults on our dignity and equality from a president beholden to bigoted conservative Christians. The election was supposed to have ended that era. It appears otherwise.”

Obama can’t be trusted these fools are discovering only now. Now more hypocrites/fools are chiming in. They are denouncing Obama now that it does not matter. Where were these hypocrites/fools when it mattered?

In the same interview, he [Rick Warren] compared the “redefiniton of a marrige” to include gay marriage to legitimizing incest, child abuse, and polygamy.

The Democratic Left does not care about “gonadal politics”. The Democratic Left applauded the sexism and misogyny during the primaries against Hillary Clinton and during the general election against Sarah Palin. The Democratic Left will not bat an eyelash when Gay-Americans are thrown under the Obama bus.

President-elect Barack Obama will not move for months, and perhaps not until 2010, to ask Congress to end the military’s decades-old ban on open homosexuals in the ranks, two people who have advised the Obama transition team on this issue say.

Repealing the ban was an Obama campaign promise. However, Mr. Obama first wants to confer with the Joint Chiefs of Staff and his new political appointees at the Pentagon to reach a consensus and then present legislation to Congress, the advisers said.

Gay-American leaders will sell out Gay-Americans in order to support Barack Obama. Hypocrites and fools.

Gay-American leaders will also make every excuse possible as Obama refuses to pass a federal civil unions bill, let alone a federal gay-marriage bill.

The Democratic Left will sell every principle out in order to whoreship Obama.

The Democratic Left is increasingly proving itself to be a misogynistic anti-gay coalition. The words are “progressive”. The actions contradict the words. We know actions speak louder than words.

The Democratic Left will sell Gay-Americans out. Where is Caroline Kennedy on Gay Rights issues? Has anyone bothered to ask? Has anyone on the Democratic Left demanded that New York State keep its promises?

After a pledge from New York Democratic leaders that their party would legalize same-sex marriage if they won control of the State Senate this year, money from gay rights supporters poured in from across the country, helping cinch a Democratic victory.

But now, party leaders have sent strong signals that they may not take up the issue during the 2009 legislative session. Some of them suggest it may be wise to wait until 2011 before considering it, in hopes that Democrats can pick up more Senate seats and Gov. David A. Paterson, a strong backer of gay rights, would then be safely into a second term.

Hypocrites and/or Fools. Democratic elected officials will continue to take their money and votes but still come up with the excuse that they need even more money and more votes to get even bigger majorities. Majorities they do nothing with when they have them.

Democrats have majority control of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate and the White House but all they will come up with is excuses. Democrats have majority control of the New York Senate and the New York Assembly and there is a Democratic Governor but all they come up with is excuses and Caroline Kennedy.

Since when are fixing the economy and civil rights mutually exclusive?” said Daniel J. O’Donnell, an assemblyman from the Upper West Side who led the push for the bill in the Assembly.

Mr. O’Donnell added that expectations are high in the gay community that New York will be able to deliver the movement’s next victory. “The leadership of the Senate and others in our community collected a lot of money from a lot of people with the promise — spoken and unspoken — that if the Democrats won the Senate, they would take a vote,” he said.

Mr. O’Donnell plans to introduce a bill relatively early in the 2009 session, setting up a possible confrontation with the Senate.

Daniel J. O’Donnell is not a hypocrite or an Obama whoreshiping fool. O’Donnell is representing his constituents.

Only now are white liberals beginning to see an ugly side of the African-American church. But these white liberals still will not see let alone condemn how Obama exploited anti-gay prejudice. These white liberals will make excuses for the ugliness in the same way they excused the ugliness of Jeremiah Wright’s “God Damn America” remarks. The Democratic Left has a soft bigotry towards African-Americans even if that bigotry sacrifices the rights and self-respect of African-American-Gay-Americans.

THE attitude of white, liberal Hollywood toward African- American churches has long been one of almost participatory respect. [snip]

It was only recently that the A-list discovered that this love is unrequited. Last month, Proposition 8 passed, making gay marriage illegal in California, and the demographic that lent insult to injury was the state’s African-American voters.

They came to the polls in record numbers to support Barack Obama, and they brought with them a fiercely held and enduring antipathy toward homosexuality: 7 in 10 blacks voted in support of traditional marriage. Whether that was the game-changer or not is a question for near-constant debate. Many gay activists have begun quietly to suggest that had Hillary Clinton been the Democratic nominee, Prop 8 would not have passed.

Hypocrites and fools. The problem is not the black church it is how Obama exploited for his political benefit African-American anti-gay prejudice while making a show at white liberal venues of his tolerance. It was a flim-flam performance and the Democratic Left ignored it. Now Gay-Americans, including Black Gay-Americans, are paying for the Obama exploited bigotry.

“It’s their churches,” somebody whispered to one of us not long after the election; “It’s their Christianity,” someone else hissed, rolling her eyes. Apparently the religion espoused by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is now the enemy, at least among the smart set, and if this sounds like a regional issue, it’s not. [snip]

“At some point in our lifetime,” said George Clooney, “gay marriage won’t be an issue, and everyone who stood against this civil right will look as outdated as George Wallace standing on the school steps keeping James Hood from entering the University of Alabama because he was black.”

To the opponents of Proposition 8, this kind of analogy is a rallying cry; but as white Hollywood has recently discovered, to the blacks who voted for the measure, it’s galling. Comparing the infringement on civil rights that gays are experiencing to that suffered by black Americans is to begin a game of “top my oppression” that you’re not going to win. The struggle for equality — beginning with freedom from human bondage (see: references to the book of Exodus at the Gospel Brunch) — has been so central to African-American identity that many blacks find homosexual claims of a commensurate level of injustice frivolous, and even offensive.

Furthermore — and perhaps even more painfully for those of us who support gay marriage and all that it represents — Christian teaching on marriage is not the only reason so many blacks supported Proposition 8. Although it has come as a shocking realization to many in this community, a host of sociological studies confirm that many blacks feel a significant aversion to homosexuality itself, finding it morally and sexually repugnant.

White Liberal Intellectuals like Hendrik Hertzberg played the “top my oppression” game by saying black oppression was much worse than misogyny therefore Hillary vs. Obama meant Obama should win. Hertzberg ignored Black women and the suffering of Shirley Chisholm who stated she suffered more as a woman than as an African-American. The Democratic Left is an increasingly misogynistic anti-gay coalition.

Black Gay-Americans will suffer for the Obama exploitation of prejudice. The Democratic Left stood silently as Obama exploited prejudice.

Obama continues to exploit anti-gay prejudice.

The Democratic Left is silent, occasionally whining, in shame.


TIME’s Flim-Flam Man Of The Year – Madoff Obama

It’s been a big year for flim-flam con artists. Barnard Barack Madoff Obama. It’s been a year of something for nothing. It’s been a year when Hopium became the drug of choice. The scams have been many.

Time Magazine’s Washington bureau chief Jay Carney dictated the magazine’s 2008 election coverage and now he announces he will work as Joe Biden’s flack and that Obama is the “Time Magazine Person of the Year“. Obama meanwhile tutors respected reporters as to what questions to ask. This is truly the year of the flim-flam.

The $50 billion fraud by Bernard Madoff is more proof, not that any is needed, that supposedly smart people are capable of doing the dumbest things. No doubt many of Bernard Madoff’s dupes will turn out to be Barack Obama dupes too.

Madoff’s scam further threatens banks and severely exposes hedge funds. HSBC, Fortis, Royal Bank of Scotland, BNP Paribas, Banco Santander, Nomura, Man Group, EIM Group, Tremont (MassMutual), Fairfield Greenwich, all fell into a financial Hopium daze.

Some of the “brightest” are dupes. A Steven Spielberg charity, a foundation set up by Mort Zuckerman, dozens of Jewish organisations, sports team owners and Senator Lautenberg of New Jersey all fell under Madoff’s (and Obama’s) spell.

City analysts said that even banks who invested only on behalf of clients could end up on the hook, because clients are almost certain to sue for bad advice.

Mr Madoff confessed last week that his business was “all one great big lie”. The investment returns were fake, and he had been paying old clients with money from new ones. In its conception, the scam is a classic. In its size, it is breathtaking, eclipsing anything seen before.

Madoff was one of Wall Street’s best-respected investment managers, able to harvest money from a vast network of contacts and to trade on his name as a former chairman of the Nasdaq stock exchange.

These allegedly smart people accepted what Madoff told them at face value. They did not look at the reality behind the big smile and the backslapping. The big smile and the backslapping, to hide the lack of experience and substance, are the hallmarks of the scam artist.

In Illinois, Democrats continue to scam the public. Realizing that a genuine election could result in voters awarding the former Obama senate seat to a Republican, Democrats with their 67-51 majority in the Illinois House, have decided not to strip Governor Blagojevich of the appointment power. Democrats also will not schedule a special election which potentially will repudiate or at least embarrass Barack Obama.

Today the Illinois Supreme Court laughed Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan out of court. Lisa Madigan and her dad Mike Madigan who runs the Illinois House tried to scam the courts into a declaring Blagojevich “nuts” and thereby pave her way to the Governor’s mansion and absolve non-nuts Illinois politicos. It didn’t work. Blagojevich is not nuts. Blagojevich is business as usual in Obama’s Chicago.

Illinois Democrats have made their scam clear: it’s better to deny the 13 million Illinois residents representation in the U.S. Senate than risk listening to voters.

Without a special election or an appointment by Blagojevich Illinois will simply not have their full representation rights in the U.S. Senate.

Another potential scam implicates Governor Bill (Judas) Richardson.

A federal grand jury is investigating how a company that advised Jefferson County, Alabama, on bond deals that threaten to cause the biggest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, did similar work in New Mexico after making contributions to Governor Bill Richardson’s political action committees.

The grand jury in Albuquerque is looking into Beverly Hills, California-based CDR Financial Products Inc., which received almost $1.5 million in fees from the New Mexico Finance Authority in 2004 after donating $100,000 to Richardson’s efforts to register Hispanic and American Indian voters and pay for expenses at the Democratic National Convention in 2004, people familiar with the matter said.

The potential Commerce Secretary might require another Special Prosecutor to determine the truth in yet another potential pay-to-play scam.

The investigation reflects another front in nationwide efforts by U.S. prosecutors to investigate so-called pay- to-play in the municipal bond market. The term refers to banks and advisers who make political contributions or personal gifts to public officials in return for fee-paying financing assignments.

It all seems all too familiar.

One of the people called to testify before the Albuquerque grand jury said federal investigators asked if Richardson’s office directed the state agency to select CDR. Investigators also asked about how responses to a request for investment advisory services were scored.

Another person familiar with the probe said the thrust of the investigation is whether people in Richardson’s office influenced the selection of CDR. The person said the U.S. Attorney identified subjects of the investigation, not targets, which means prosecutors have yet to gather substantial evidence linking anyone to a crime.

The Richardson related potential scam involves municipal derivatives and whether some banks consipired to scam the cities of Atlanta, Fargo, and Johnson City, Tennessee. Philadelphia, North Carolina, are just a few other places in the national investigation of bid-rigging and price fixing in the municipal derivatives market.

The Obama crime lords, preparing their move to Washington, will have lots of company in skullduggery.

The wheels of justice grind slowly, but they grind forward. Lot’s of people are going to squeal.

When it comes to coming clean, nothing is as motivating as a wiretap.

Last week’s revelation that Gov. Blagojevich was secretly recorded in his campaign office and on his home phone has prompted more than a dozen potential witnesses in recent days to come forward. They’ve been calling investigators and defense lawyers to talk about deals or discussions they’ve had with Blagojevich.

One prominent criminal defense attorney, who asked not to be named, said he alone received calls from three potential clients claiming to be victims of pay-to-play schemes under the governor.

“This is something they’ve been carrying around that they finally want to talk about,” the attorney said.

Other lawyers say they’ve been contacted by potential witnesses or subjects of the investigation who believe they are discussed in the complaint or who believe they may have been recorded.

The scams are huge. The scams are nationwide. The scams are many. The scams involve many players. There is one huge story that has not been discussed much. It involves, once again, the SEIU. In Illinois, Blagojevich wanted a union to help him by establishing some sort of charity for him to run. In California:

A nonprofit organization founded by California’s largest union local reported spending nothing on its charitable purpose — to develop housing for low-income workers — during at least two of the four years it has been operating, federal records show.

The charity, launched by a scandal-ridden Los Angeles chapter of the Service Employees International Union, had total expenses of about $165,000 for 2005 and 2006, and all of the money went to consulting fees, insurance costs and other overhead, according to its Internal Revenue Service filings.

Charity watchdogs say that nonprofits should never have zero program expenses in two successive years and that well-performing charities direct at least 70% of their annual spending to their charitable purpose.

This apparent scam was granted exemption from taxes by the I.R.S.

The watchdogs were snorting Hopium.

Now Caroline is starting her scam.

The watchdogs are snorting Hopium.

The Flim-Flam men and women are in charge.

It’s the year of the Flim-Flam.


Obama’s Rezko Rodeo Roundup, Part I

The Obama Chicago Culture of Corruption today reminds us of a rodeo – bucking broncos and riders flying up in the air.

Americans need a Special Prosecutor to investigate Barack Obama and the Chicago gang and Patrick Fitzgerald needs another six-gun helping him out in Washington.

As we have mentioned in our earlier calls for a Special Prosecutor [see HERE and HERE] Big Media never vetted Obama and now his crime lords are moving in on Washington, D.C.

Big Media is doing its utmost to protect Obama and his Chicago Culture of Crime and Corruption. Big Media is trying to label Governor Blagojevich as somehow deranged and nuts. The idea is to paint Blagojevich as odd and extraordinary instead of what we know is true. Blagojevich is not nuts he is the norm in Chicago politics.

Big Media is also trying to portray Obama as a victim, as somehow hunted, the opposite is true. Obama has been pampered by Big Media. Today we learned how in the bag, as they say in gangland, Big Media is for Obama as Jay Carney the “news” bureau chief of Time Magazine signed up to be Joe Biden’s communications flack.

Some in Big Media tried or are just now beginning to try to vet Obama. Sarah Baxter of the London Times came to this website to trash us. [See HERE.] Sarah Baxter wrote in regards to Rezko we had “taken up the scandal with gusto“. Now Sarah Baxter once again writes a very good summary of the Obama Chicago Culture Of Corruption.

Baxter reports on the many conversations between John Harris and Rahm Emanuel. Baxter writes that questions remain over what Emanuel said when and how much he know about the governor’s “pay to play” scheme and the raising of $15 million for a “charitable” organization for Blagojevich to run.

Baxter also asks Did Emanuel receive the news, and if so, how? Did he report his suspicion of illegal activity to the FBI or did he treat it just as a normal part of wheeler-dealing in the corrupt Windy City?

Baxter notes the hostility to Fitzgerald from Obama’s gang which makes the need for a Special Prosecutor urgent:

Fitzgerald is a much-resented figure among Obama’s advisers. David Axelrod, the Chicago mastermind behind Obama’s campaign, once complained: “He goes after fleas and elephants with the same bazooka. At some point there is a line . . . where you begin criminalising politics in its most innocent form.”

Obama is “embroiled” in the scandal. Witnesses are lining up to squeal:

As Fitzgerald widens his inquiry across Chicago, witnesses will be lining up to talk – if only to save their own necks. Harris, who has been accused with his boss of planning to sell the Senate seat, resigned last Friday, prompting speculation that he intends to cooperate with federal investigators.

Ominously for Obama, Antoin “Tony” Rezko, the property dealer and fixer who helped him to buy his $1.65m house in Chicago by purchasing an adjacent plot on the same day, has also been talking to investigators in an attempt to reduce a prison sentence following his conviction for fraud and bribery. Rezko is expected to be a key witness in the corruption case against Blagojevich but he also knows more than anybody about the house purchase and other deals with Obama.

When the house came on the market, the seller insisted that both plots were sold at the same time. But while Obama bought his part of the property for $300,000 under the asking price, it has emerged that Rezko’s wife not only paid the asking price for their slice of land – $625,000 – but that the extra piece of property may have been deliberately overvalued.

A valuer who made an initial lower estimate, only to be overruled, is believed to be giving evidence to Fitzgerald’s team.

Rezko also appears to have helped Blagojevich with his domestic affairs. Investigators have been trying to find out whether he charged the governor for $90,000 worth of improvements to the family room and deck of his house.

The governor’s wife, Patti Blagojevich, a Lady Macbeth figure who may face charges herself for encouraging her husband to behave corruptly, received $47,000 in commission from a property deal involving Rezko.

In a further disturbing connection, Rezko regularly supplied Blagojevich with a “clout list” of names of people he thought the governor should appoint to state boards and jobs.

Obama made use of Rezko’s clout list on at least one occasion, when he recommended that Eric Whitaker, an old Harvard friend and doctor, be hired as director of Illinois’s public health department.

Whitaker, Obama said, “had expressed an interest in that job. He did contact me, or Tony contacted me, and I gave him a glowing recommendation because I thought he was outstanding”.

Fitzgerald made it clear that Obama is not a target of investigation. Emanuel is thought to be free from any threat of charges. But that will not be the end of the matter.

Welcome to the fight Sarah Baxter.

Meanwhile John Kass is ripping his Big Media friends for their complete protection of Obama. Kass knows that the ‘Blagojevich is nuts’ narrative is a scheme to protect Obama by making Blagojevich an exception and not the rule in Chicago. Kass writes with a bloody sword:

As everybody knows by now, Dead Meat was caught on federal tape, allegedly trying to sell President-elect Barack Obama’s Senate seat to the highest bidder. So Dead Meat was declared insane.

They pointed to those f-bombs on the federal tape and that crazy hair of his. The other paper in town even ran a hair “expose” on its Page 2, saying the governor’s ample hair helmet proved he was mentally unstable.

But that same day, I diagnosed Blagojevich as quite sane, because all he did was act like just another corrupt Chicago politician. He squeezed people. That’s how things are done in the city that is not Camelot.

Still, Illinois Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan asked the state Supreme Court on Friday to declare Blagojevich “disabled.” She called on the justices—some of whom are there by grace of the Chicago machine—to remove Blagojevich, pronto.

“State government is paralyzed by a governor who is incapable of governing,” Madigan insisted. “We would look to the fact that the term ‘disability’ legally is very broad, that it is not simply isolated to a physical or mental disability.”

Incapable of what? Signing his name to bills? He can sign his name, to bills, or to a federal witness list, which would be much nicer. But they don’t want that, or another week or two of Gov. Dead Meat leading the nightly news.

After stubbornly refusing to see Chicago politics as it really is, the national media are finally paying attention. That’s great news for most everybody, except for our politicians.

Kass bludgeons state Attorney General Lisa Madigan as a self-interested Chicago pol and just another Caroline Kennedy, Chicago-style:

Madigan’s stunt was treated as legitimate jaw-dropping news by the national networks. She declared herself “the people’s lawyer,” over and over. [snip]

What they didn’t report on the evening news is this: Lisa Madigan is more than just “the people’s lawyer.” She’s a candidate for governor and Dead Meat is in her way. Her daddy is Mike Madigan, powerful boss of the machine’s 13th Ward and speaker of the Illinois House who hates Dead Meat.

Her dad wants to make her governor. She wants to be governor. And the best way to get there is to whisk Dead Meat into a political straitjacket and lock him in the political version of a padded cell.

This business about the governor’s sanity didn’t begin when he was charged. It began during the state budget battle last summer, when Mike Madigan’s spokesman, Steve Brown, told reporters in Springfield that the governor was a psycho.[snip]

That was funny. And now, Jay Leno and Dave Letterman and Conan O’Brien repeat variations of it, buttressing the Democratic mantra that what comes out of a madman’s mouth cannot be believed.

Why is Big Media desperate to sell the narrative that Blagojevich is nuts? To protect Obama.

But just imagine if Dead Meat talks to the feds, or stands up on his hind legs to fight back if fellow Democrats impeach him in the Illinois legislature. The governor might actually mention a few of the legislators’ deals. Ouch.

Obama, though not personally implicated in any of this, wouldn’t like it much. The national media outlets were desperate to portray him as someone about to transcend our politics. But in Chicago he was just a smooth guy on the way up, looking the other way.

Blagojevich, to quote Hyman Roth from the film The Godfather, is just small potatoes. Rezko and his pal Obama is at the center of the Obama Chicago Culture of Crime and Corruption. The Wall Street Journal does the honors:

The pay-to-play case against Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich puts another Chicago political figure back in the spotlight: developer Antoin Rezko, a onetime fund-raiser for Barack Obama who was convicted in June of influence peddling.

Mr. Rezko appears to be playing a key role in the case against Mr. Blagojevich, which, coupled with an unrelated, recently filed lawsuit in that state, could give Obama critics grist for their attempts to tie him to corrupt Chicago politics.

The lawsuit filed in Illinois has been ignored by many, but not here, not in this pink website. The lawsuit will finally seek answers to Obama favors for Rezko in exchange for the mansion Obama calls home. Rezko at the time was torturing Obama constitutents but Obama sided with the slumlord – a preview of what Obama will do in Washington.

Earlier this year, Mr. Rezko wrote a letter to the judge in his own criminal case in which he complained that federal prosecutors in the office of U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald “are pressuring me to tell them the ‘wrong’ things I supposedly know about Governor Blagojevich and Senator Obama.” [snip]

Mr. Rezko this week seems to have changed his mind about Mr. Blagojevich, who was accused by Mr. Fitzgerald of attempting to auction off Mr. Obama’s vacant U.S. Senate seat to the highest bidder, among other misdeeds. [snip]

“Rezko has proffered [information] with the government in hopes of receiving a recommendation from the government for a reduced sentence,” the affidavit says. On Thursday, the federal judge in Mr. Rezko’s case abruptly suspended his sentencing proceedings. People familiar with the case said this was a clear signal that Mr. Rezko’s cooperation was moving forward. Because cooperating witnesses use their testimony to get lighter sentences, judges delay giving them prison terms until their assistance to prosecutors has been completed.

Mr. Obama’s other connection to Mr. Rezko revolves around a patch of land adjacent to Mr. Obama’s Chicago home that he bought in early 2006 from the disgraced developer’s wife for about $100,000. Mr. Obama has since called the deal “boneheaded” on his part. Obama representatives have said that the purchase of the adjacent properties by the Obamas and Ms. Rezko weren’t related.

In October, a lawsuit was filed in Illinois state court by Kenneth Conner, a former employee of an Illinois bank called Mutual Bank. His suit says he was fired after raising questions in connection with a $500,000 loan that largely financed Ms. Rezko’s purchase of the vacant lot, a portion of which she later sold to the Obamas.

The suit includes an internal bank email from October 2006 discussing the receipt of a federal grand jury subpoena seeking information about the Rezko lot loan. The suit alleges important information was removed from the loan file before it was turned over to authorities. There is no evidence Mr. Fitzgerald has been looking specifically at the Obama-Rezko transaction.

If Fitzgerald is not examining at all, not specifically, but rather not at all, the “Obama-Rezko transaction” then perhaps a Special Prosecutor will have the time to do so.


Caroline Goes Plouffe

(1) The Caroline Kennedy power grab is running out of air due to the resistance from Hillary supporters and because of the stench fouling out from Chicago. Meanwhile, (2) the Obama campaign admits it was not the caucuses but rather a big election theft that robbed Hillary Clinton of the nomination. And (3) Pat Buchanan thinks its Special Prosecutor time too.

Pat Buchanan has an idea as to how to get a Special Prosecutor – make it a requirement for the Attorney General job. We think the pressure has to come from the Republicans NOW, while they still have some clout left in Washington, before the Chicago Culture Of Corruption grows its Hydra head in Washington. Here’s Pat Buchanan (and yes Pat is talking about Rahm’s and Obama’s talks with Blagojevich):

No one is yet convicted of anything. But if this scandal touches any member of Obama’s White House staff, who may have spoken with Blagojevich and listened to his solicitation of a bribe without reporting it, we are going to have a new special prosecutor in Washington, D.C.

Indeed, the U.S. Senate should probably make the confirmation of Eric Holder as attorney general, the Clintonite who midwifed the pardons of Marc Rich and the Puerto Rican terrorists, contingent on his naming an independent counsel in the Senategate scandal.

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Many Obama Hopium Eaters lullaby themselves (see our item below this one) with the fairy tale about how Obama and the Dimocratic leadership did not steal the nomination and that the process was not fixed. Well, the process was fixed and they can start to wake themselves up from the fairy tale. Not only did Obama get delegates from an election he was not even running in, the Dimocrats stole Hillary votes to give them to Obama in Michigan. In Florida… well here’s Plouffe:

This might not fall in the category of things that make Hillary Rodham Clinton feel better about how the Democratic presidential contest turned out. But David Plouffe, the campaign manager for Barack Obama’s campaign, said at a campaign manager’s forum here at Harvard University tonight that things might have been a lot different had the disputed Florida primary actually counted in the Democratic race.

“In fact, we might not have been the nominee,” Mr. Plouffe said at a forum sponsored by the Kennedy School of Government.

Mr. Plouffe said that he was surprised – and relieved – when the Clinton campaign bowed to pressure from early primary states, including Iowa and New Hampshire, and agreed not to campaign in Florida after the state defied the Democratic National Committee and scheduled its primary before Feb. 3. That spared the Obama campaign the burden of running in a state where all sides agreed Mrs. Clinton was very strong.

“The Florida primary was always of concern to us,” Mr. Plouffe said. “When they agreed to do it in the Clinton campaign, I was really surprised.”

(The vote was held, and Mrs. Clinton won, but the Democratic National Committee said that delegates won there would not count in determining the outcome of the race.)

The way it turned out, Mr. Obama crushed Mrs. Clinton in South Carolina on Jan. 26 and rolled into Super Tuesday on Feb. 5, when there were more than 20 states holding contests. Florida’s primary on Jan 29, Mr. Plouffe argued, could have made everyone forget South Carolina if the Democratic party had not stripped it of its delegates.

“If we hadn’t had that moment of velocity coming out of South Carolina — particularly after losing New Hampshire – I don’t know if we could have survived Feb. 5,” he said.

Read that quick, before Plouffe is forced to take it back. Even if Hillary would have campaigned in Florida she would have been attacked by the Dimocratic leadership and they still would not have counted the votes. The nomination was gifted to Obama and when the Florida theft was not enough to get Obama the nomination, the Michigan theft was dragged in. Grassroots Democrats resisted up to the last primaries, but hey, it’s hard to beat the Chicago Way without subpoena power.

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The Obama nomination was gift-wrapped in Massachusetts [The real story of the Obama nomination gift is yet to be told. The Godfather fans will remember Godfather telling Tom Hagen Obama’s Tattaglia’s a pimp…. But I didn’t know until this day that it was Ted Kennedy Barzini all along].

Like Barzini, Ted is getting bad payback. Caroline will not replace the irreplaceable Hillary Clinton.

It’s been a week since Caroline Kennedy’s name vaulted to the top of the list of candidates to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Senate, and already the bloom is coming off the boomlet. [snip]

Rivals — including at least three members of the New York congressional delegation — are starting to doubt Kennedy’s viability and experience, and Paterson is said to be less than enthusiastic about picking her, people close to him say. Critics are even questioning the substance of her accomplishments in education, her most high profile issue.

There is no frontrunner – period,” snapped a person close to Paterson, when asked about Kennedy’s prospects.

Other than insult the memory of her father by comparing the accomplished John Kennedy with the Chicago flim-flam artist, Caroline has not done much.

Kennedy faces several obstacles for her candidacy. She has a low public profile in New York, and beyond her name, the most robust element of her public record is a part-time, unpaid fundraising position in New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s Department of Education.

She’s never demonstrated much appetite for the folksy, repetitive rituals of retail politics. The most potent argument being used against her, however, is the little matter of Kennedy’s backing of Barack Obama in the primary over New York’s native (if adopted) daughter Clinton, a genteel betrayal many Clinton supporters haven’t quite forgotten.

“This isn’t a jihad or anything, but I’d be lying to you if I said that supporters of Hillary don’t remember where she was in the primary,” said Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner, a possible mayoral candidate who is close to the former first lady.

A senior Democrat said Clinton supporters had expressed their resentment over a possible Kennedy pick to people around Paterson, and that tacit resistance has opened the door to other members of the congressional delegation to violate party taboos and directly criticize a Kennedy.

“I don’t know what Caroline Kennedy’s qualifications are, except that she has name recognition, but so does J.Lo,” another Queens congressman, Gary Ackerman, quipped during a radio interview Monday. “I wouldn’t make J.Lo the senator unless she proved she had great qualifications, but we haven’t seen them yet.”

Manhattan Rep. Carolyn Maloney, who has hired a one-time Paterson consultant to lobby for the Senate appointment, was overheard complaining about Kennedy’s “complete lack of experience” to friends on the floor of the House on Wednesday, according to a member who was within earshot.

Kennedy worked briefly as a journalist. She has a law degree, but has not practiced extensively. She has co-written two books and edited others, raised money for charities, and served at times as a family spokeswoman, with her highest profile role coming earlier this year when she bestowed the Kennedy mantle on Obama.

“The question is experience,” said Hank Sheinkopf, a veteran New York Democratic consultant. “Can she do what needs to be done?”

He also questioned whether the Kennedy name, so potent in the past, would enthrall 21st century New Yorkers.

“So they decided to rename the [Triboro] Bridge [after Robert F. Kennedy],” he said. “But if you went to the street and asked ten people under 50 who this guy was, they wouldn’t know what you’re talking about.”

Caroline Kennedy “worked” for 2 years as a “chief executive” raising money. She is now the “chairwoman” of a partnership which raises money.

A former colleague at the Department of Education described Kennedy as a pleasant, low-key part-timer who appeared at the agency’s downtown office for partial days two or three times a week and sat in on meetings, but was rarely a driving force, and who insistently avoided media attention and interview requests.

Her appointment to this job raised eyebrows at the time because it was structured to avoid her having to disclose her family income on city conflict of interest forms that are required for all city officials.

Caroline Kennedy will not be the next senator from New York. Upstate New York opposition will prevent Governor Paterson from naming her as will the influence peddling stench from Chicago.

Hillary Clinton, before she ran for the Senate seat, spent over a year visiting upstate New York on a “listening tour”. Many also forget that well before there was an empty senate seat to consider Hillary had spent months campaigning with Charles Schumer in upstate New York when Schumer was running for the Senate. Hillary knew the region well by the time she even began to consider running in a state that had NEVER elected a woman to statewide office.

Caroline Kennedy knows nothing about upstate New York and the upstate columnists will not let Patterson forget that:

When it comes to politics, we New Yorkers surely do love the odd, the improbable, even the outrageous. Apparently our threshold for amusement is well over the top. [snip]

And where else would Caroline Kennedy be seriously considered for a U.S. Senate seat, even for a millisecond? Have we lost our collective minds? [snip]

As soon as her name popped up as a possibility, in some minds she became a front-runner. It’s absurd. What, in heaven’s name, are her credentials, her applicable experience? It’s all wrapped up in a name, and it isn’t heaven’s. That simply isn’t enough, not in New York. Not everyone who carries the Kennedy name is automatically adept at politics. Please, show us proof.

We’re told Caroline Kennedy is apparently a bright, wonderful person, who is soft-spoken, intensely private and, given her enormous celebrity, has miraculously avoided the limelight. New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg says she’s been terrific at raising money for city schools. He supports her. On what basis, he doesn’t elaborate.

OK, but she’s never run for political office, and before becoming deeply involved in the Obama primary against Hillary, didn’t show us an overt interest in the political process at any level. Now she’s become the close friend and adviser of President-elect Obama, who says she’s a warm and terrific person and would make a great senator. But, Obama added, he declines to get involved in New York’s political process. As if he just didn’t.

There is much that is off-putting about this trial balloon. It’s being pushed exclusively in Washington, in Hyannis by her uncle, Sen. Ted Kennedy, and in New York City. There is no indication from any upstate political voices that Caroline Kennedy has a grasp of the problems afflicting our 62 counties, or up to now, done much to find out. She hasn’t spoken out on issues, or policy, or even personalities except for Obama’s.

It was Barzini all along:

So whose agenda is satisfied by appointing Caroline Kennedy the improbable junior senator from New York? Obama’s and Ted Kennedy’s, certainly. Senator Kennedy’s endorsement of Obama came at a critical time in the war with Hillary, and may have tipped the balance. Another Senator Kennedy would be a nice payback. Except, of course, it was our senator who got burned by the Kennedy maneuver. I can’t imagine if Hillary has anything to say in the matter that she would go along, because it would be a kick in the teeth for Caroline to follow her in office.

Governor Paterson would have to run for office carrying Caroline while upstate New York throws rocks.

Governor Paterson makes the appointment, and will do so at the beginning of a troublesome period in state history that could well negatively affect his popularity. So what’s in it for him to appoint Caroline over more capable candidates? Perhaps a shamrock to wear at the St. Patrick’s Day parade, but not much else. It’s only conjecture, but I would imagine the incursion of the Kennedy clan into New York politics is bound to make many of the governor’s downstate friends and supporters more than a tad nervous anyway.

And finally, appointing Caroline Kennedy out of celebrity and not merit doesn’t do much for the state of New York. Oh that. At this critical juncture in dealing with a federal bailout for New York, and the intricate needs in Congress of restructuring our just deserts, a wonderful, soft-spoken person with little political experience is not what we need. We don’t need nice, we need the quintessential, stereotypical New Yawker. A super-smart, overbearing extrovert who knows his or her way around Washington.

Plouffe goes the weasel.