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.