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.]

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174 thoughts on “A New York Story – Governor Paterson, Governor Blagojevich, Caroline Kennedy, Charles Schumer, Part I

  1. Admin> fantastic article. As always you are way ahead of Big Media in putting the critical pieces of the puzzle together. I am still reading the article, but if I were the prosecutor and Obyrnes attorney called this the late filing syndrome, I would turn around and call it the Al Capone syndrome since I am sure big Al had every intention of paying his taxes too–eventually. And I would remember whatever else he did in life he worked for Coward Dean and that is more than enough to discredit him.

  2. I have no idea whether Patterson is a lawyer, but the cannons of ethics admonish those who are to avoid not only impropriety, but the appearance of impropriety in the course of legal representation. By analogy, the proximity of O’Byrne to Patterson, coupled with Pattersons knowledge of O’Byrne’s tax problem, coupled with the lobbying O’Byne undoubtedly did on behalf of the Princess, and now this revealation that a substantial sum of money was paid to O’Byrned by the Kennedy raises an appearance of impropriety. A Sergeant Schultz I know nothing denial is not credible. The only way to protect his own crediblilty in this embarassing circumstance is to not appoint Kennedy. In short, if he values his own political future then the princess has just become radioactive. This on top of her gaff prone performance. Maybe he can appoint Jarrett. Just kidding. Speaking of radioactive.

  3. Encountered this gem while doing a quick internet fly-by. wow Wow WOW. All the connections; I think of them as incest. Cannot wait to get back here when I have more time. Thanks for all you do.

  4. Guilt by association again, Gov Paterson ‘should’ avoid the princess like the plague. Her ineptness and lack of experience is undeniable as is her sense of entitlement. I wonder when CK will appear on the annointing platform that oprah passes off as entertainment.

    Another piece of work on Admin’s part. Excellent. All the pieces to the puzzle come together.

  5. Well, when would we have ever found this out, if not for Big Pink. Thank You.

    Such behavior, much like Os, smacks of disrespect for Government, and this country, and respect only for who you can bribe or pay off.

  6. And thanks to Admin, the story starts to unravel…the plot thickens…the true is revealed!

    Admin,

    Brilliant! Absolutely brilliant!

  7. wbboei Says:
    December 30th, 2008 at 9:55 am
    I have no idea whether Patterson is a lawyer…
    **********
    JD, Hofstra, 1983.

  8. This is interesting. If everyone had kept their mouths shut, played their little parts, and that halcion state of unity bambi blathers about had only prevailed then we would have gotten exactly what the Chicago Machine and the Kennedy Machine (speaking of weddings there is a marriage made in hell) desperately wanted here namely the princess and the voters they are so contemptious of that they find creative ways to bamboozle and disenfranchise them would have been none the wiser. Just like it was in 1960. The more I think about it the more I realize the Capone analogy is not as far fetched as it first seemed.

  9. Great article as usual….To think I once held the Kennedy’s in such high esteem only second to Bill and Hillary makes me ashamed….As Joe Lieberman stated, ‘I didn’t leave my party, they left me”.

  10. Admin: WOW! What a tangle web we weave…..The rot is thick and deep, and its tentacles are far reaching.

    I wonder, what is going on in Chicago with the replacement for BO? I read on this site, or elsewhere (Wiki), that if Lt. Gov. Quinn is given the power to appoint the replacement for BO, his likely choice might be Chris Kennedy, one of RFK’s sons. Just reading Chris Kennedy’s bio on Wiki, is enough to give pause. His relationship with the Chicago Combine is deep, and his wife used to work for the same law firm as MO and BO. Interesting………..

  11. I admire the Kennedy clan for the work they have done in the past. However, Joe Sr. made his fortune on moonshine and then bought his way into power.

    What the Kennedy clan has done with that power is a disater for our democracy, is the template for newcommers and unfortunately is systemic throughout our government.

    What we see is the tip of the iceberg with this bunch.

    Downright scary indeed.

    What we have handed to us and are allowed to see is only what those willing to do the research and report the findings want us to see.

    It is our blessing that we have Admin who has dug to the depths of those icy cold waters.

  12. # marie3548 Says:
    December 30th, 2008 at 1:05 pm
    Blago to try to appoint Roland Burris to Obama senate seat. News conference coming.
    ************
    http: / / abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/politics&id=6578202

  13. Excellent info, Admin-

    Don’t you just love it when the painters paint themselves into their own corner. 🙂

  14. Gallup: Obama, Hillary Clinton [and Palin] Share “Most Admired” Billing
    [….]
    This is the seventh consecutive year that Hillary Clinton has secured top billing as Americans’ Most Admired Woman — and the 13th year she has made the top ten since her first appearance on the list in 1993. The 20% naming Clinton this year is comparable to what she received in 2007 (18%), but falls short of the 28% naming her in 1998.
    [….] Palin, McCain’s 2008 vice presidential pick and the first woman ever to run on a Republican presidential ticket, makes a strong second place debut, named by 11% of Americans. Her entrance on the list crowds Oprah Winfrey out of second place, a position she held each year from 2002 through 2007. Winfrey now ranks third [….]

    Add the usual h / w stuff
    .gallup.com/poll/113572/Obama-Hillary-Clinton-Share-Most-Admired-Billing.aspx

  15. wbboei Says: After the vile, evil and vainglorious hatchet job big media did on our Hillary in this past election, it is remarkable that she ends up as the most admired woman.
    ================

    Even more remarkable that Palin was the second most admired! Hillary has been visible for decades and speaks for herself. Palin is new and has only spoken nationally for McCain and Chmbliss, not for herself.

  16. COULD SOMEONE EDUMACATE ME ABOUT THIS…

    What is TNA (aside from what guys want at a strip club) – The New Agenda?
    Who is Amy Siskind?
    Who is Betty Jean Kling?

    &&&&&&&&

    Emjay Says:

    December 30th, 2008 at 12:17 am
    Why do we continue to eat our own?

    This from a friend who writes a lot of comments at Puma pac:

    A Message from Harriet Christian
    by murphy on December 21, 2008

    in PUMA, holy smokes

    I received this in email a moment ago. I’m sharing it because Harriet wants everyone to know what is going on at TNA, as do I. And please don’t think this is about me. I couldn’t care less what TNA or any individual there thinks about me. This is about YOU — what power-hungry people say behind your backs about you; how dismissive elitists are toward people who don’t have as much money or the right sort of education or profession or accent.

    If you’re too refined to care about Betty Jean Kling, too Upper West Side to stand beside Harriet Christian, and too polite for Puma, then what the HELL are you good for Amy?

    Amy Siskind, why don’t you take a long walk off a short pier.

    “Dear Friends,

    On Friday, December 19th, two colleagues and I resigned as Founding members of The New Agenda. Due to a conflict of interest we professionally and politely tendered our resignation.

  17. The effect of this revealation is not only to prevent Patterson (or should I say O’Paddy) from doing what he and the Kennedys undoubtedly intended to do in the first place, whereas now by not doing it he is now able to create the impression that he is not for sale. Suddenly, he is a pillar of political rectitude with a great career in front of him and a dual protected class stautus. A credible candidate for Man of the Year. I get goose bumps just thinking about it. Also, it gives him a credible way off the hook with Chicago. As for Caroline, well as the song goes Miss Otis regrets shes unable to lunch today.

  18. DOES OBAMA HAVE AN IDEA OF WHAT IT IS TO BE PRESIDENT???
    CAN HE HANDLE BEING UNDER A MICROSCOPE???
    NEED A CIGARETTE? OR TWO??

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1208/16882.html

    Obama bristles as the bubble closes in
    By CAROL E. LEE | 12/28/08 7:05 AM EST

    HONOLULU – The media glare, the constant security appendage and the sheer production that has become a morning jog or a hankering for an ice cream cone – it’s been closing in on Barack Obama for some time.

    Now the president-elect appears increasingly conscious of the confines of his new position, bristling at the routine demands of press coverage and beginning to chafe at boundaries that are only going to get smaller.

    Obama even took the unusual step Friday morning of leaving behind the pool of reporters assigned to follow him, taking his daughters to a nearby water park without them. It was a breach of longstanding protocol between presidents (or presidents-elect) and the media, that a gaggle of reporters representing television, print and wire services is with his motorcade at all times.

    Then when reporters finally caught up with Obama at Koko Marina Paradise Deli and he acknowledged them for one of few times since arriving in Hawaii last Saturday, he sounded resigned.

    After ordering a tuna melt on 12-grain bread, Obama approached reporters and placed his hand on the shoulder of pool reporter Philip Rucker of The Washington Post, who was scribbling away in his notebook.

    “You don’t really need to write all that down,” Obama said.

    All presidents and would-be presidents struggle with “the bubble” – the security detail and the always-there reporters that impose barriers to any spontaneous interaction with the outside world.

    But Obama seems to be struggling particularly hard, particularly early.

    As rapid as Obama’s political rise has been, so too has his family’s introduction to the bubble.

    Four years ago Obama was an Illinois state senator who was on his way to the U.S. Senate. Next month, he will become one of only a handful of modern presidents who has not endured a similar bubble as a governor or top U.S. official before taking office.

    Already, Obama no longer gets out for an impromptu lunch or a haircut. The barber he’s gone to for 15 years now comes to him, and he mostly orders out. Soon Obama likely will be forced to give up the BlackBerry he often kept attached to his hip during the campaign.

    “There’s still some things we’re not adjusted to,” Obama said in a “60 Minutes” interview after the election. “You know, the small routines of life that keep you connected, I think some of those are being lost.”

    Bill Clinton grew frustrated that he couldn’t go out any time he wanted, and once went Christmas shopping without the pool. After he became president, George W. Bush stopped sending e-mails to his daughters because he didn’t want the personal notes to become public one day.

    “It’s just hard to know that there’s somebody with you all the time,” said Steve Elmendorf, who was deputy campaign manager for John Kerry in 2004. “Being able to get up and go biking or go for a walk, or hold hands with your wife — everything you do is not just under the scrutiny of the press or the pool.”

    For Obama, who received a Secret Service detail earlier than any presidential candidate since the practice began, the scrutiny is much more intense.

    The glare on his family is shaping up to be unprecedented, both because Obama assumes the presidency amid a 24-hour, Web-dominated media age where many traditional boundaries don’t exist and because of what he represents. He’s the first African-American to be elected president. At 47, he’s a young guy – as presidents go. He also has a youthful, attractive family that is social and active.

    During the first week in Hawaii, Obama has had to deal with paparazzi waiting in the distance, photographing him shirtless outside his beachfront vacation home and later while spreading his grandmother’s ashes at the Pacific coast.

    And even though the pool photographers remained out of sight and without an image of these private moments, Obama seems to be tiring of the journalists who have followed him daily since the campaign.

    “OK, guys, come on,” Obama said last Sunday, looking toward photographers clicking away as he warmed up before a round of golf. “How many shots do you need?”

    It’s been a progression. And Obama’s frustration shows in waves.

    On Halloween, Obama grew testy with a Polish media crew as he took his daughter Sasha to a party at his campaign treasurer Marty Nesbitt’s Chicago home.

    “All right guys. That’s enough. You’ve got a shot. Leave us alone. Come on guys. Get back on the bus,” Obama said before breaking into a trot with Sasha still holding his hand.

    The day before Thanksgiving, a sixth grader at a Chicago school asked Obama about his new life.

    “You don’t have a lot of privacy,” Obama told some 200 children, adding that going to Walgreen’s and riding a bicycle are now far more involved than before.

    Those close to the Obamas have spoken to the media less and less since the election. Calls and e-mails to close friends and associates of the Obamas were not returned.

    “My husband and I have been asked not to speak with the press about the Obamas,” one of them wrote in an e-mail. “They would prefer that we stay out of the papers for now.”

    It seems the narrower the gap between transition and reality gets, the more private Obama has tried to become.

    “You can see how he chafes at it,” Elmendorf said. “It’s hard for people who like to do outdoors things. It’s also hard for people with young kids. … You decide at 9 in the morning, I’m not going out anymore, then at 2 p.m. you decide, ‘Hey let’s get some ice cream.’”

    “Normal people can do that. The president or president-elect can’t do that,” he said.

    Friday was only the second time since the election that Obama has traveled without the press pool. Reporters also were left behind in Chicago once when they couldn’t gather fast enough after Obama decided to return home from his transition office.

    Obama spokesman Ben LaBolt issued a statement Friday saying that because the president-elect had no further events scheduled as of 9:30 a.m., aides sent reporters back to their Waikiki Beach hotel 30 minutes away from his vacation home. But then Obama changed his mind.

    “The president-elect decided to take the girls to a water park and we assembled the pool as quickly as possible,” the statement said.

    Later, when paying attention to his press pool and ordering treats for his daughters and their friends at Kokonuts Shave Ice & Snacks, Obama went so far as to offer reporters some shave ice.

    “Guys, here’s your chance,” Obama said. “No? I’m telling you, this is really good.”

    “I don’t think this is against policy,” he continued. “You want one, I can tell.”

    Reporters declined the president-elect’s offer. But, perhaps in a sign of defiance, Obama made it while standing in one of his hometown spots with his BlackBerry clipped to his hip.

  19. wbboei Says: December 30th, 2008 at 7:06 am DOWNSTAIRS:
    w: This excessive reliance on credit is one thing that will probably change in the years ahead. Today, our economy is 70% consumer spending. And that spending is financed through consumer loans which will be the next shoe to fall on the defalut train. This economy will need to be rebuilt from the bottom up. We need manufacturing. … So much of the spending I do is done to relieve boredom.

    ;; GOOD POINTS. IT WOULD BE INTERESTING TO ANALYZE THE CURRENT SITUATION IN TERMS OF REAL STUFF VS ENTERRAINMENT. HOUSES WERE BUILT AND ARE NOW FALLING TO PIECES VACANT WITH THEIR BUYERS HOMELESS.

    w: The other thing we need to do is ween ourselves off of big media. That is a critical imperative. We need information and it must be truthful information not propaganda.

    ;; THUS MIDSTREAMNEWS.BLOGSPOT.COM which is a drop in the ocean but I hope will inspire many similar projects. I can’t vouch for the accuracy of the recommended stories but at least hope to keep alive a standard of style.

    w: We need access to world media to figure out what is really happening. I would rather read the Economist than Newsweek or Time.

    ;; Iirc Economist is the only or one of a few that Palin finally named that she reads. When you see a good story there, will you send me the link for midstreamnews?

    tdo@turndownobama.com

  20. From today’s New York Post:

    http://www.nypost.com/seven/12302008/news/regionalnews/bloomberg_aide_cools_on_kennedy_146537.htm

    Mayor Bloomberg’s top political aide is pulling back on his lobbying campaign to propel Caroline Kennedy into the U.S. Senate because “it wasn’t working,” according to sources.

    “Everything was backfiring,” said one source of the intense behind-the-scenes effort by Deputy Mayor Kevin Sheekey.

    “He’s not out front any more.”

    The source said that Sheekey had hoped to round up overwhelming support for Kennedy very quickly so she would become the inevitable choice when Gov. Paterson selects the successor to Hillary Clinton.

    Clinton has been nominated to become Secretary of State in the Obama Administration.

    “They tried to take everybody else out,” said the source. “It didn’t work. They were out there way, way too early.”

    In addition to promoting Kennedy, Sheekey also set her up with Knickerbocker SKD, the political consulting firm that also counts Bloomberg as a client.

    Kennedy, a political novice, didn’t help matters when she started granting interviews that demonstrated her inexperience, according to the source.

    “She wasn’t prepped enough,” said the source. “She wasn’t ready to do this.”

  21. DOES OBAMA KNOW WHAT THE JOB ENTAILS???
    IS HE TOO THIN-SKINNED TO HANDLE IT??
    NEED A CIGARETTE? OR TWO?

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1208/16882.html

    Obama bristles as the bubble closes in
    By CAROL E. LEE | 12/28/08 7:05 AM EST

    HONOLULU – The media glare, the constant security appendage and the sheer production that has become a morning jog or a hankering for an ice cream cone – it’s been closing in on Barack Obama for some time.

    Now the president-elect appears increasingly conscious of the confines of his new position, bristling at the routine demands of press coverage and beginning to chafe at boundaries that are only going to get smaller.

    Obama even took the unusual step Friday morning of leaving behind the pool of reporters assigned to follow him, taking his daughters to a nearby water park without them. It was a breach of longstanding protocol between presidents (or presidents-elect) and the media, that a gaggle of reporters representing television, print and wire services is with his motorcade at all times.

    Then when reporters finally caught up with Obama at Koko Marina Paradise Deli and he acknowledged them for one of few times since arriving in Hawaii last Saturday, he sounded resigned.

    After ordering a tuna melt on 12-grain bread, Obama approached reporters and placed his hand on the shoulder of pool reporter Philip Rucker of The Washington Post, who was scribbling away in his notebook.

    “You don’t really need to write all that down,” Obama said.

    All presidents and would-be presidents struggle with “the bubble” – the security detail and the always-there reporters that impose barriers to any spontaneous interaction with the outside world.

    But Obama seems to be struggling particularly hard, particularly early.

    As rapid as Obama’s political rise has been, so too has his family’s introduction to the bubble.

    Four years ago Obama was an Illinois state senator who was on his way to the U.S. Senate. Next month, he will become one of only a handful of modern presidents who has not endured a similar bubble as a governor or top U.S. official before taking office.

    Already, Obama no longer gets out for an impromptu lunch or a haircut. The barber he’s gone to for 15 years now comes to him, and he mostly orders out. Soon Obama likely will be forced to give up the BlackBerry he often kept attached to his hip during the campaign.

    “There’s still some things we’re not adjusted to,” Obama said in a “60 Minutes” interview after the election. “You know, the small routines of life that keep you connected, I think some of those are being lost.”

    Bill Clinton grew frustrated that he couldn’t go out any time he wanted, and once went Christmas shopping without the pool. After he became president, George W. Bush stopped sending e-mails to his daughters because he didn’t want the personal notes to become public one day.

    “It’s just hard to know that there’s somebody with you all the time,” said Steve Elmendorf, who was deputy campaign manager for John Kerry in 2004. “Being able to get up and go biking or go for a walk, or hold hands with your wife — everything you do is not just under the scrutiny of the press or the pool.”

    For Obama, who received a Secret Service detail earlier than any presidential candidate since the practice began, the scrutiny is much more intense.

    The glare on his family is shaping up to be unprecedented, both because Obama assumes the presidency amid a 24-hour, Web-dominated media age where many traditional boundaries don’t exist and because of what he represents. He’s the first African-American to be elected president. At 47, he’s a young guy – as presidents go. He also has a youthful, attractive family that is social and active.

    During the first week in Hawaii, Obama has had to deal with paparazzi waiting in the distance, photographing him shirtless outside his beachfront vacation home and later while spreading his grandmother’s ashes at the Pacific coast.

    And even though the pool photographers remained out of sight and without an image of these private moments, Obama seems to be tiring of the journalists who have followed him daily since the campaign.

    “OK, guys, come on,” Obama said last Sunday, looking toward photographers clicking away as he warmed up before a round of golf. “How many shots do you need?”

    It’s been a progression. And Obama’s frustration shows in waves.

    On Halloween, Obama grew testy with a Polish media crew as he took his daughter Sasha to a party at his campaign treasurer Marty Nesbitt’s Chicago home.

    “All right guys. That’s enough. You’ve got a shot. Leave us alone. Come on guys. Get back on the bus,” Obama said before breaking into a trot with Sasha still holding his hand.

    The day before Thanksgiving, a sixth grader at a Chicago school asked Obama about his new life.

    “You don’t have a lot of privacy,” Obama told some 200 children, adding that going to Walgreen’s and riding a bicycle are now far more involved than before.

    Those close to the Obamas have spoken to the media less and less since the election. Calls and e-mails to close friends and associates of the Obamas were not returned.

    “My husband and I have been asked not to speak with the press about the Obamas,” one of them wrote in an e-mail. “They would prefer that we stay out of the papers for now.”

    It seems the narrower the gap between transition and reality gets, the more private Obama has tried to become.

    “You can see how he chafes at it,” Elmendorf said. “It’s hard for people who like to do outdoors things. It’s also hard for people with young kids. … You decide at 9 in the morning, I’m not going out anymore, then at 2 p.m. you decide, ‘Hey let’s get some ice cream.’”

    “Normal people can do that. The president or president-elect can’t do that,” he said.

    Friday was only the second time since the election that Obama has traveled without the press pool. Reporters also were left behind in Chicago once when they couldn’t gather fast enough after Obama decided to return home from his transition office.

    Obama spokesman Ben LaBolt issued a statement Friday saying that because the president-elect had no further events scheduled as of 9:30 a.m., aides sent reporters back to their Waikiki Beach hotel 30 minutes away from his vacation home. But then Obama changed his mind.

    “The president-elect decided to take the girls to a water park and we assembled the pool as quickly as possible,” the statement said.

    Later, when paying attention to his press pool and ordering treats for his daughters and their friends at Kokonuts Shave Ice & Snacks, Obama went so far as to offer reporters some shave ice.

    “Guys, here’s your chance,” Obama said. “No? I’m telling you, this is really good.”

    “I don’t think this is against policy,” he continued. “You want one, I can tell.”

    Reporters declined the president-elect’s offer. But, perhaps in a sign of defiance, Obama made it while standing in one of his hometown spots with his BlackBerry clipped to his hip.

  22. Here is some excerpts from the above article:

    Obama bristles as the bubble closes in
    By CAROL E. LEE | 12/28/08 7:05 AM EST

    HONOLULU – The media glare, the constant security appendage and the sheer production that has become a morning jog or a hankering for an ice cream cone – it’s been closing in on Barack Obama for some time.

    Now the president-elect appears increasingly conscious of the confines of his new position, bristling at the routine demands of press coverage and beginning to chafe at boundaries that are only going to get smaller.

    Obama even took the unusual step Friday morning of leaving behind the pool of reporters assigned to follow him, taking his daughters to a nearby water park without them. It was a breach of longstanding protocol between presidents (or presidents-elect) and the media, that a gaggle of reporters representing television, print and wire services is with his motorcade at all times.

    Then when reporters finally caught up with Obama at Koko Marina Paradise Deli and he acknowledged them for one of few times since arriving in Hawaii last Saturday, he sounded resigned.

    After ordering a tuna melt on 12-grain bread, Obama approached reporters and placed his hand on the shoulder of pool reporter Philip Rucker of The Washington Post, who was scribbling away in his notebook.

    “You don’t really need to write all that down,” Obama said.

    All presidents and would-be presidents struggle with “the bubble” – the security detail and the always-there reporters that impose barriers to any spontaneous interaction with the outside world.

    But Obama seems to be struggling particularly hard, particularly early.

    As rapid as Obama’s political rise has been, so too has his family’s introduction to the bubble.

    Four years ago Obama was an Illinois state senator who was on his way to the U.S. Senate. Next month, he will become one of only a handful of modern presidents who has not endured a similar bubble as a governor or top U.S. official before taking office.

    Already, Obama no longer gets out for an impromptu lunch or a haircut. The barber he’s gone to for 15 years now comes to him, and he mostly orders out. Soon Obama likely will be forced to give up the BlackBerry he often kept attached to his hip during the campaign.

    “There’s still some things we’re not adjusted to,” Obama said in a “60 Minutes” interview after the election. “You know, the small routines of life that keep you connected, I think some of those are being lost.”

    Bill Clinton grew frustrated that he couldn’t go out any time he wanted, and once went Christmas shopping without the pool. After he became president, George W. Bush stopped sending e-mails to his daughters because he didn’t want the personal notes to become public one day.

    “It’s just hard to know that there’s somebody with you all the time,” said Steve Elmendorf, who was deputy campaign manager for John Kerry in 2004. “Being able to get up and go biking or go for a walk, or hold hands with your wife — everything you do is not just under the scrutiny of the press or the pool.”

    For Obama, who received a Secret Service detail earlier than any presidential candidate since the practice began, the scrutiny is much more intense.

    [snip]

  23. Like we really feel bad for BO…Hillary well knew what to expect and how to handle the pressures of being a POTUS….BO is already showing the stress of the job before he is even in office…a complete fraud that was enabled by the DNC, MSM, Kennedy’s, and Oprah…(whom Hillary beat out as most admired!!!). I hope Oprah hits 300 lbs….

  24. Turndown: I agree. It is also remarkable that 0prah came in third. I wonder what people admire most about 0prah: her racism (as reported though people who work with her) or her elitism (like when they shut down Harrods so she could have the place to herself while she shopped).

  25. wbboei said: the Chicago Machine and the Kennedy Machine (speaking of weddings there is a marriage made in hell)
    ==============

    Speaking of incestuous … isn’t Chicago where the Kennedy Machine was born?

    Still to be annoyingly fair as usual (maybe I should name a blog that), I did like JFK’s moon shot and didn’t RFK (and JFK?) go after the mob?

  26. Maybe Paterson should ask Carville to take up a collection to pay for a special election in NY right now.

  27. The politicos promoting Caroline Kennedy for the post should have been wise enough to never allow Kennedy behind the wheel. There are too many bridges to cross between Hyannis and Albany, and his record isn’t too good with that situation.

  28. admin Says:

    December 30th, 2008 at 2:18 pm
    From today’s New York Post:

    I particularly liked the last line: “She wasn’t prepped enough,” said the source. “She wasn’t ready to do this.”

    Duh! No s*** Sherlock. She is woefully unprepared.

  29. rgb44hrc Says:
    December 30th, 2008 at 2:01 pm
    COULD SOMEONE EDUMACATE ME ABOUT THIS…
    ================

    You’d be sorry. There was a horrifying real life crime. TNA blundered about it. For details see DailyPuma.com and Betty Jean’s own blog which is excerpted there.

    Really it was such a horrifying tragic real life thing that imo no one could be expected to blog sensibly about it and we shouldn’t spread the story, just pray for them all.

  30. debbie said: What we have handed to us and are allowed to see is only what those willing to do the research and report the findings want us to see.
    It is our blessing that we have Admin who has dug to the depths of those icy cold waters.
    =================

    Hey, I wonder if we’ll end up with the idea of Gentlemen Amateurs as the only reliable sources of information.

  31. Yikes! It all makes me wonder why I’ve bothered to vote all these years. None can be trusted, except Hillary and possibly Sarah.

    Makes me think about never bothering to vote again, except for those two.

  32. Sorry about the repeat posts. I’d submit it, but it didn’t show. Tried refresh, nada. Resubmit..didn’t show, you get the idea.

    admin, if you care to clean up the extraneous postings, I’m cool with that.

  33. Pro-Palestinian protesters at Obama’s Hawaii house 30 Dec 2008 18:56:50 GMT Source: Reuters By Ross Colvin KAILUA, Hawaii, Dec 30
    (Reuters) – A small group of placard-waving pro-Palestinian demonstrators gathered near U.S. President-elect Barack Obama’s vacation retreat in Hawaii on Tuesday to protest against the Israeli airstrikes in Gaza. Obama has made no public comment on the strikes, which Israel launched on Saturday.

    http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N30347600.htm
    Snip-
    Obama has made no public comment on the strikes, which Israel launched on Saturday. Aides have repeatedly said he is monitoring the situation and continues to receive intelligence briefings but that there is only one U.S. president at a time.
    Some critics, however, say Obama did choose to speak out after the attacks on the Indian city of Mumbai in November in which gunmen killed nearly 180 people, condemning them as acts of terrorism.

    Snip-
    He is talking about how many jobs he is going to create but he is refusing to speak about this,” said one of the protesters, Carolyn Hadfield, 66.
    Hadfield was one of eight protesters standing with placards reading “No U.S. support for Israel” and “Gazans need food and medicine, not war” near Obama’s rented vacation home in Kailua, an upmarket suburb on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, where Obama is in the second week of a vacation with his family.
    Obama had not left the compound on Tuesday morning and did not see the protest.
    The protesters were rebuffed when they tried to hand a letter signed by dozens of U.S. activist groups to a Secret Service agent guarding the access road to Obama’s beachfront compound.

  34. wbboei Says:

    December 30th, 2008 at 2:34 pm
    Turndown: I agree. It is also remarkable that 0prah came in third. I wonder what people admire most about 0prah: her racism (as reported though people who work with her) or her elitism (like when they shut down Harrods so she could have the place to herself while she shopped).
    &&&&&&&&

    She’s just a humble, sweet lady. Just like you and me, only different, and richer.

  35. After ordering a tuna melt on 12-grain bread, Obama approached reporters and placed his hand on the shoulder of pool reporter Philip Rucker of The Washington Post, who was scribbling away in his notebook.
    —————————————
    Another great job of reporting by WashPo. But how does this tripe help the American people understand the big picture and the challeges that lie ahead. I take that back. If it were not for Phil Scribble (dribble?) I would never have suspected much less known Prescious is partial to tuna melt on 12 grain bread. All we need now is that idiot Robin Givhan weigh in with a few mindless gems.

  36. wbboei Says:

    December 30th, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    —————————————————————————————–

    Another “Let me eat my waffle” moment. Placing his hand on the reporter was very condescending and disrespectful. He really needs to get over himself.

  37. This just in… *** Guv to appoint Burris *** White says No ***
    Tuesday, Dec 30, 2008
    * 1:58 pm – Letter from US Senate Democrats on the pending Blagojevich action…
    It is truly regrettable that despite warning from all 50 Democratic senators and public officials throughout Illinois, Gov. Blagojevich would take the imprudent step of appointing someone to the United States Senate who would serve under a shadow and be plagued by questions of impropriety. We say this without prejudice toward Roland Burris’s ability, and we respect his years of public service. But this is not about Mr. Burris; it is about the integrity of a governor accused of attempting to sell this United States Senate seat. Under these circumstances, anyone appointed by Gov. Blagojevich cannot be an effective representative of the people of Illinois and, as we have said, will not be seated by the Democratic Caucus.
    Next week we will start one of the most important debates of the year outlining an economic recovery plan to create jobs and invest in America. And in the coming weeks, we will be working to protect homeowners and consumers, make America more energy independent, strengthen our national security, and improve health care and educational opportunities. There is much work to do and a lot at stake. It is thus critical that Illinois and every other state have two seated senators without delay.
    We again urge Gov. Blagojevich to not make this appointment. It is unfair to Mr. Burris, it is unfair to the people of Illinois and it will ultimately not stand. The governor must put the interests of the people of Illinois and all Americans first by stepping aside now and letting his successor appoint someone who we will seat.
    * 1:58 pm – Jesse White statement…
    As I have previously stated publicly, I cannot co-sign a document that certifies any appointment by Rod Blagojevich for the vacant United State Senate seat from Illiois.
    Although I have respect for former Attorney General Roland Burris, because of the current cloud of controversy surrounding the Governor, I cannot accept the document.

  38. Hi, Marie and all: Greetings! I just heard, too. Bobby Rush stood on the podium and blatently played the race card on the US Senate. Story on Yahoo:
    news.yahoo.com/i/716

  39. IL SOS Jesse White is part of the Madigan machine (aka the “Madigangstas”) White likely will not do anything to support this appointment – although Blago probably has the law on his side right now. At least we live in interesting times.

  40. marie3548 Says:
    December 30th, 2008 at 2:56 pm
    Obama had not left the compound on Tuesday morning and did not see the protest.
    &&&&&&&&&

    Obama: “I don’t understand this strange feeling…people, who are not enrapture with me.. ???”

  41. Greeting All

    He sure did

    Rush has thrown down the racial gauntlet! “let the senators go on record and try deny an AA a senate seat”….this is priceless!!”

  42. Burris didnt even look like he knew what the hell was happening….the gov called him sunday night?! 2 nights ago?!!

    Burris didnt even look like he knew what the hell was happening…

    LOL
    The man was flustered and confused.

  43. birdgal Says:
    December 30th, 2008 at 3:05 pm
    Another “Let me eat my waffle” moment. Placing his hand on the reporter was very condescending and disrespectful. He really needs to get over himself.
    &&&&&&&&&

    He is constantly doing this heavy handed “I’m controlling you, controlling the situation” body language. I believe he is uder the illusion that it is conveying confidence.

    I think it comes off as showing hubris. He did it to McCain, to Hillary. Can’t wait to see him put a love clench around Putin; Putin will karate chop him and put the KGB moves on him.

    Obama is weak. He therefore needs to puff himself up. Just like the little birdies in the cold.

  44. Hm. If special elections by the voters for these vacant seats would cost too much, why not ask the current Senate (or the House and Senate both) to do a vote (non-binding resolution or something) and the governors agree to abide by it. That’s how a lot of groups work, boards of directors etc; when there’s a vacancy between elections, the current members choose.

    Of course that would give Reid (and/or Pelosi) a lot of influence. But better openly than in a Governor’s back room.

  45. alexis14a // December 30, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    you saw how Burris kept calling Rush’s name when he was still in the back of the room? after a few times Rush came and spoke…this was planned…..Blago knew that once Rush spoke everyone in the room would shut the hell up….Rush has that much clout in Chicago? Rush also said that if this appointment is blocked he will go to the Congressional Black Caucus and “do whatever it takes” to get Burris in the senate

  46. alexis14a December 30, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    you saw how Burris kept calling Rush’s name when he was still in the back of the room? after a few times Rush came and spoke…this was planned…..Blago knew that once Rush spoke everyone in the room would shut the hell up….Rush has that much clout in Chicago? Rush also said that if this appointment is blocked he will go to the Congressional Black Caucus and “do whatever it takes” to get Burris in the senate

  47. you saw how Burris kept calling Rush’s name when he was still in the back of the room? after a few times Rush came and spoke…this was planned…..Blago knew that once Rush spoke everyone in the room would shut the hell up….Rush has that much clout in Chicago? Rush also said that if this appointment is blocked he will go to the Congressional Black Caucus and “do whatever it takes” to get Burris in the senate

  48. birdgal Says: Placing his hand on the reporter was very condescending and disrespectful.
    =====================

    I agree. It’s a deliberate manipulation (possibly also sexual harrassment) and Obama has been using it all his life (according to excerpts from DREAMS at Steve Sailer’s blog).

  49. turndownobama-com Says:
    December 30th, 2008 at 3:39 pm
    birdgal Says: Placing his hand on the reporter was very condescending and disrespectful.
    —————
    I agree. It’s a deliberate manipulation (possibly also sexual harrassment) and Obama has been using it all his life (according to excerpts from DREAMS at Steve Sailer’s blog).
    ===============

    wbboei, as a lawyer, how do you advise clients and their allies to handle such manipulative physical gestures from the opposition? Sure it couldn’t happen in a courtroom I hope, but when they are meeting informally?

  50. PS to my own earlier:

    For that matter, why not let the legislative body of NY state, or the NY caucus in the House and/or Senate, vote on a recommendation to fill the seat and Paterson commit to follow it?

  51. BOBBY RUSH WANTS SOME KIND OF QUOTA SYSTEM? HOW ABOUT WOMEN? HISPANICS? “PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED?

    OBVIOUSLY, BEING A SENATOR NO LONGER HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH EXPERIENCE AND BRAINS…

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/

    Blago: “Please don’t allow the allegations against me to taint this good and honest man.”

    [snip]

    Rush also dived into the issue of race.

    “We need to have not just one African-American in the U.S. Senate, we need to have many African-Americans in the U.S. Senate, ” he said, calling the Burress choice an issue of “tremendous national importance, and asked listeners “not to hang or lynch the appointee as you try to castigate the appointor.”

  52. turndownobama-com Says:

    December 30th, 2008 at 3:48 pm
    On Obama’s manipulative touches, how did Hillary handle them?

    ——————————————————————-

    I always wondered about that. Overtly, she seemed to take it, but I wonder, what she felt inside. I hated it, when he did it to her, or anyone else. Very, very controlling gesture.

  53. The natives are getting restless in IL and it is hard to believe the chaos that is building up all due the big “R” card being introduced into the current political cycle.We need a reappearence of Elliot Ness to clean up this mess and start a new Presidential campaign.DNC you are responsible for much of the turmoil that is occuring.You stole our integrity and respect for the democracy we have enjoyed in this great country’s history.

    By ABM90 Stop this world I want to get off if this is our future.

  54. Birdgal, the year end is full of Blagojevich and Chicago corruption and Caroline Kennedy machine manipulations, and Bobby Rush and the race card and Burris and much else – but you said the magic word: Waffles.

  55. wbboei, as a lawyer, how do you advise clients and their allies to handle such manipulative physical gestures from the opposition? Sure it couldn’t happen in a courtroom I hope, but when they are meeting informally?
    —————————————
    It all depends on how aggressive you want to be. Here is one way to calibrate it.

    1. first, ask him to please remove his hand. That puts him on notice that it is non-consensual.

    2. second, if that does not work then put your hand on his shoulder as well and ask him in viva voche shall we dance?

    3. third, if that does not work grab him by the nuts and say now Prescious we wont hurt each other will we? (joke)

  56. I always wondered about that. Overtly, she seemed to take it, but I wonder, what she felt inside. I hated it, when he did it to her, or anyone else. Very, very controlling gesture.
    ——————————————-
    Birdgal: do you recall the press conference bambi called to announce his key cabinet appointees. After he introduced them, they made speeches and he took questions from the brain dead press corp. At the conclusion of that meeting bambi and hillary walked off the stage together and the others followed them. Richardson of course slithered on his belly as serpents are want to do. But to your point an interesting thing happened. Bambi put his arm Hillary’s shoulder and she put her arm around his and the incident passed without comment. That is like option 2.

  57. BTW, Blagojevich is playing his weak hand brilliantly. He knows the Dimocrats don’t want to risk a Republican getting Obama’s former Senate seat. That fear of losing to Republicans is a big reason why the legislature decided not to strip the Governor of the power to name replacements.

    The Dims in the U.S. Senate are equally afraid. They will lose a court challenge if they refuse to seat Burris. With Bobby Rush playing the race card the Dims will be afraid to challenge Burris.

    Also, Blagojevich steals the headlines at the end of the year and also throws the U.S. Senate into a panic when it convenes early next year. Someone should ask Caroline if she would move to refuse to seat Burris.

    Blagojevich also messes with the Madigans who wanted Lisa to become the Governor and appoint a crony to the U.S. Senate.

    Blagojevich appointed someone who can get beaten in an election so he gets further revenge at re-election time.

    Blagojevich played his cards right – although it would have been interesting if he had appointed Caroline Kennedy. 🙂

    Chicago Rules when it comes to Corruption.

  58. admin Says:

    December 30th, 2008 at 4:01 pm
    ———————————————–

    LOL! That clip brings back many memories. I noticed at the end of the clip, that it is available as a ringtone. Perhaps, the Obamas should consider using it, then they could just play the clip, when the press wants to speak with them.

  59. Admin: excellent analysis. Also, it is a good move in terms of his defense on the criminal charge. And best of all—jesse3 gets no reward for all his misbegotten labors.

    It must be hard to be an Obama loyalist, to pretend to speak for all AAs and to watch another AA get the spot you coveted. Loves labors lost. But he may not go away entirely empty handed. He may still get an indictment out of it–and then we can find out if he weeps harder over that than he did for the people of New Orleans. Every racebaiter has his day.

  60. BURRIS IS A GENEROUS DONOR TO A WHOLE RANGE OF SCUM (INCLUDING PRECIOUS):

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081230/ap_on_re_us/illinois_governor

    (excerpt from end)

    Burris has been a consistent donor to Blagojevich, giving thousands of dollars to his campaign in recent years. Burris donated $1,000 to the Friends of Blagojevich fund in 2005, $1,500 in 2007 and $1,000 in June 2008, according to Illinois campaign finance data.

    On a national level, Burris has given to Barack Obama and Joe Biden, as well as several members of the Illinois congressional delegation, including Sen. Dick Durbin and Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.

  61. SO NOW WE KNOW HOW MUCH A SENATE SEAT COSTS…

    $3,500 (if we add up the donations to Blago above)

    $3,750 if you want the Corinthian Leather option

  62. Admin, I agree – Rotten Rod played his cards brilliantly. And, I don’t feel sorry for the IL Dims at all – they are all just as corrupt as he. I reckon that he has the law on his side – The IL Supremes likely will direct the IL SOS to execute paperwork is required – I haven’t read the statute, but like election certification, his role is probably minesterial. Similarly, the remonstrations of the US Senate Dims are bluster – they will have to seat a lawfully appointed US Senator, won’t they? It will be interesting to see which IL Republicans answer the call for leadership during 2009. It will be fun to sort the reformers from the Combine hacks.

    Hope you all had a very happy holiday. Thank you for your friendship in 2008, Hillfriends. You greatly enriched my understanding of this election and our times. I so enjoyed celebrating Hillary’s victories together, but also appreciate your knowledge and support that help me deal with the disappointment and outrage that still occasionally overwhelm. I wish you all the best for a healthy and happy 2009.

  63. Happy New Year…Good News!

    Clintons to help ring in new year in Times Square
    The Charlotte Observer Tue, 30 Dec 2008 8:03 AM PST
    (The Associated Press)

    Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and former President Bill Clinton will join Mayor Michael Bloomberg in New York City’s Times Square to help lower the New Year’s Eve ball. The former first couple will help lead revelers in the final 60-second countdown and push the ceremonial button that lowers the ball…

  64. Also, more tidbits, fyi:
    – Burris has actually donated more than the $3,500 mentioned above – he is reported to have donated at least $14,000 from his company, Burris & Leben
    – He already received his pay-to-play payback with a sweetheart minority consulting gig with the IL Dept of Transportation
    – Burris also is a state and federal lobbyist; his clients include the IL Assoc of Mortgage Bankers (you know, the guys who brought us the financial meltdown), Comcast, MicroSun Technologies, and the IL Funeral Directors Association, among others (don’t know how he could be working for the state while a registered lobbyist.)
    – Black activists actually posed as media reps and attempted to shout down Pat Quinn in his press conference
    – More inside gossip at http://www.thecapitolfaxblog.com
    What a hot tranny mess!

  65. …and the hits just keep coming!

    Not that I approve of Blagoevich, but that was a stroke of genius – – – appointing a replacement AND having the race card played – – – first time I ever thought the card should be played, but against the powers that be, not for them.

    I too have been sickened by how the Huckster does the power play touchy thing – makes me think of a molester. I also was sick to my stomach literally when Pelosi and the Huckster did an inappropriate clutching of each other. I so wanted Hilary and McCain to b!tchslap him and say, “Now, we will have no more of that!”

    Happy news that Hill and Bill will bring in the new year with Bloomberg.

    Admin, so much so quickly and yet you stay ahead of the news. We are so grateful to you.

  66. “Midway Airport in Chicago will be renamed Barack H. Obama International Airport”

    http: / / hillbuzz.wordpress.com/2008/12/30/midway-airport-in-chicago-will-be-renamed-barack-h-obama-international-airport/

  67. a “quota system?” I think I’m going to be sick. Never mind if someone is capable and deserving…sigh…

    —————————————
    SHV Says:

    December 30th, 2008 at 6:18 pm
    “Midway Airport in Chicago will be renamed Barack H. Obama International Airport”
    ______________________________-

    Next we will be hearing that Queen Elizabeth has petitioned the courts to change Charle’s name to Obama in honor of the puppet president in waiting.

  68. Obama added that the best resolution would be for Blagojevich to resign office and “allow a lawful and appropriate process of succession to take place. While Gov. Blagojevich is entitled to his day in court, the people of Illinois are entitled to a functioning government and major decisions free of taint and controversy.”
    (snip)
    In a statement released Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, said it was “truly regrettable that … Gov. Blagojevich would take the imprudent step of appointing someone to the United States Senate who would serve under a shadow and be plagued by questions of impropriety.
    http: / / http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/12/30/illinois.senate/index.html
    **********
    What happened to the “presumption of innocence”????

  69. Having missed my calling in PR, I will give some free advice here:

    Never, and if you’re female, NEVER chew gum in public. It can’t be done gracefully and looks declasse.

    When the economy is in tatters, and a bloody and potentially disastrous war has broken out in Gaza, if this will all be your problem in 3 weeks, do not be seen playing golf (badly) in Hawaii. Try looking like Hillary who is on the mainland looking serious, as if she knows how critical these problems are. Look and learn, Obama.

    BTW, does he have any interest in any of what’s going on or is he just going to show up on 1/20 and then make it all up from there?

  70. wbboei Says:

    December 30th, 2008 at 4:38 pm
    ——————————————

    wbboei, I didn’t see that press conference, but the touching during the debates was obviously a power play, IMHO. I used to cringe, when I saw that. The example you gave sounds more appropriate.

  71. freckles says:

    When the economy is in tatters, and a bloody and potentially disastrous war has broken out in Gaza, if this will all be your problem in 3 weeks, do not be seen playing golf (badly) in Hawaii. Try looking like Hillary who is on the mainland looking serious, as if she knows how critical these problems are. Look and learn, Obama.

    BTW, does he have any interest in any of what’s going on or is he just going to show up on 1/20 and then make it all up from there?

    *************************************************

    I’m with you Freckles…now the hard work begins instead of the constant worship…and he’s already snippy about the media instrusion…when all is said and done…Hillary will prove what a leader of substance she is…the rest are all in her shadows…following…

    oh, and that backward baseball cap…time to grow up, Mr. Prez…this is not going to be all fun and games and hero worship…

    seems like the illinois karma link is already rearing its head…the dims are beginning to look foolish…childish…

  72. birdgal,

    I remember how disgusted I was when he kept touching O’Reilly’s knee during that smarmy interview. Getting into someone’s personal space like that is very creepy.

  73. Jan, the way BO touched McCain was also creepy and controlling. It is a way to assert control and superiority. I think, it is extremely manipulative and swarmy (your word).

  74. From Chicago Trib – Especially check out 9th par. from end……

    Blagojevich snubs Senate, taps Burris for seat
    December 30, 2008 at 4:54 PM

    Brushing aside charges that he tried to sell Illinois’ vacant U.S. Senate seat, Gov. Rod Blagojevich appointed former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris to the post today in defiance of Senate leaders who said they would not admit anyone he selected.

    It was an abrupt about-face for Blagojevich, who had said after his Dec. 9 corruption arrest that he favored a special election to find a successor to President-elect Barack Obama. But Blagojevich said he acted after the Democratic-controlled General Assembly declined to approve legislation for a special election.

    “Please don’t allow the allegations against me to taint this good and honest man,” Blagojevich said while introducing Burris at a downtown news conference.

    Obama issued the following statement in which he disagreed with the appointment:

    “Roland Burris is a good man and a fine public servant, but the Senate Democrats made it clear weeks ago that they cannot accept an appointment made by a governor who is accused of selling this very Senate seat. I agree with their decision, and it is extremely disappointing that Governor Blagojevich has chosen to ignore it. I believe the best resolution would be for the Governor to resign his office and allow a lawful and appropriate process of succession to take place. While Governor Blagojevich is entitled to his day in court, the people of Illinois are entitled to a functioning government and major decisions free of taint and controversy.”

    Blagojevich’s move seemed designed to trump fellow Democrats who control the U.S. Senate and have unanimously warned him against making the appointment because of the criminal charges. His choice of Burris, Illinois’ first African-American elected statewide, presents senators with the dilemma of saying no to a replacement for Obama, who was the nation’s only black senator.

    That point was driven home at the news conference by Democratic U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush of Chicago, who said it’s a matter of national importance that an African-American replace Obama in the Senate.

    “Let me just remind you that there presently is no African-American in the Senate…this is just not a state of Illinois matter,” Rush said.

    “I would ask you to not hang or lynch the appointee as you try to castigate the appointer,” Rush also said. “Roland Burris is worthy.”

    The governor’s announcement came less than an hour after U.S. Senate Democratic leadership issued a statement saying the Senate will not seat anyone Blagojevich chooses to fill Illinois’ vacant Senate post. The statement also is signed by U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, who has repeatedly urged Blagojevich not to name a replacement for the seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.

    “This is not about Mr. Burris; it is about the integrity of a governor accused of attempting to sell this United States Senate seat,” the statement read. “Anyone appointed by Gov. Blagojevich cannot be an effective representative of the people of Illinois and, as we have said, will not be seated by the Democratic Caucus.”

    The decision was made during a 10-minute conference call that included Reid, Durbin and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), as well as representatives of Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). There was little discussion and no dissent in reaching the position, a Senate aide said.

    “The goal was to get this statement out before Blagojevich made his announcement,” the Senate source said.

    Reid previously warned Blagojevich, following the governor’s Dec. 9 arrest that Senate Democrats would not seat any appointment he made. Reid’s warning was contained in a letter signed by all 50 sitting Democratic senators.

    The senate statement came as Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, an African American who is one of the state’s most popular vote getters, said he would not certify Burris.

    But White aides acknowledged the lack of a signature on the form is symbolic and the office doesn’t believe it will have any practical impact on Blagojevich’s appointment.

    “We feel the governor can still take the appointment to the Senate,” White spokesman David Druker said.

    In accepting Blagojevich’s appointment, Burris said he would deal with both White’s action and the Senate Democratic leadership’s vow not to seat him.

    “Faced with these challenges and challenged with these crises, it is incomprehensible that the people of the great state of Illinois will enter the 111th Congress short handed,” Burris said. “We need leadership in Washington.”

    Shortly after Obama’s Nov. 4 victory, Burris made known his interest in the Senate appointment but was never seriously considered, according to Blagojevich insiders. In the days following Blagojevich’s arrest–and despite questions over the taint of a Senate appointment–Burris stepped up his efforts to win the governor’s support.

    Burris said he spoke with Blagojevich Sunday night about the appointment.

    “I was asked if he would appoint me would I accept and the answer is yes,” said Burris, who offered no comment on the governor’s legal situation.

    Blagojevich praised Burris for his “unquestioned integrity” and “extensive experience,” calling him a senior statesman.

    “To not fill the vacancy would be to deprive the people of Illinois of their appropriate voice” in the U.S. Senate, Blagojevich said.

    The governor’s announcement came three weeks after his arrest on political corruption charges. Federal authorities, citing secret wiretap recordings, allege Blagojevich sought a Cabinet position, an ambassadorship or a high-paying job from the incoming Obama administration in exchange for naming a candidate favored by Obama to the vacancy. An internal report by the Obama transition team found no offers of any quid pro quo in conversations held by incoming White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel and Blagojevich and the governor’s staff regarding the seat.

    Burris has given more than $20,000 to Blagojevich’s campaign fund on his own and through his consulting and law firms, state campaign finance records show. Burris’ consulting company received about $290,000 in state contracts with the Illinois Department of Transportation a few years ago, according to state comptroller records.

    Burris became the first African-American to win statewide office in 1978, when he won the first of his three terms as comptroller. But Burris repeatedly stalled in his quest for bigger political office. He failed in three consecutive runs for governor–1994, 1998 and 2002, when he ran against Blagojevich–in the Democratic primaries.

    A special state House committee is weighing whether to recommend impeaching Blagojevich, and a leading member of the panel today called the news “incredibly ill-advised.”

    Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie) said he believed his colleagues on the panel “will take the position that the timing is so wrong as to put a cloud over the appointment.”

    “It certainly wouldn’t be a legal cloud,” Lang said. “It would be more of a political cloud.”

    Rep. Jim Durkin, the Republican spokesman on the impeachment panel, said he is drafting a letter to Burris calling for him to reject the appointment.

    “I think the governor can do what he wants, but I think that Roland Burris should not accept it,” Durkin said. “He left government under a good standing, and this is not a way to re-enter it. If he does accept it, I will take any means necessary to have him testify before the special (impeachment) committee.”

    Durkin, citing the federal probe into Blagojevich’s alleged attempt to sell the Senate seat, said the matter is at the heart of the impeachment investigation and the federal criminal charges against the governor. Durkin said he wants to know when Burris talked to the governor or any of his aides about the Senate appointment, what was discussed and what, if any, material was submitted.

    “If he does accept this,” Durkin said, “I want to know the circumstances on which his name rose to the top in the last 24 hours.”

    Durkin said he knew of nothing that Burris had done improper, noting “he’s a good and decent man.”

    — Ray Long, Rick Pearson, John Chase, Mike Dorning and Monique Garcia

    http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2008/12/blagojevich-to-name-burris-to-senate.html

  75. Sorry – 10th from end.
    “Burris has given more than $20,000 to Blagojevich’s campaign fund on his own and through his consulting and law firms, state campaign finance records show. Burris’ consulting company received about $290,000 in state contracts with the Illinois Department of Transportation a few years ago, according to state comptroller records.”

  76. Illinois Underground Says:

    December 30th, 2008 at 9:37 pm
    ————————————————-

    Is there ANYONE in IL politics that is not corrupt? A clean Chicago pol, sounds like an oxymoron.

  77. Hi, Bird: There are a few honest people of goodwill I’ve met around here who sought public service for all the right reasons – I’ve also known many such people who became disgusted or frustrated and gave up.

    By the way, the paragraph at 9:37 was excerpted from a Trib article posted a little earlier – still awaiting moderation. Here’s the link, without the h**p. See if this gets through.

    h**p.*www.*chicagobreakingnews.com/2008/12/blagojevich-to-name-burris-to-senate.html

  78. Bambi: gather ye rosebuds while ye may. You will find that governing is a different experience from campaigning. Six months from now all the baubles and bullshit wont mean much. It will be all about results. You like it that way because you are a Messiah. The difficult you can do on the spot the impossible takes awhile. Just look at what is happening to the princess. Life has begun to imitate art–the Saturday Night Live skit where you have to call Hillary to find out what to say and do. Never before in history has someone who has accomplished so little of record up to now promised to do so much for mankind and gotten people to believe it will actually happen. Here is looking at you kid. Gametime approaches.

  79. December 27th, 2008 at 3:41 am, wbboei Says:
    ————————————-
    “ Ms Kennedy Regrets”
    Ms Kennedy regrets she’s unable to run today, madam…..”
    * * * * * * *
    Hi, wbboei! Happy new year to you. Hey, terrific spoof on Admin’s musical selection in 12/27 post! Have you been moonlighting with the Capitol Steps? LOL!

    * * * * * * *
    Local news reporting right now that there’s already settled case law re Adam Clayton Powell that will require the Senate to seat Burris. IMHO, Pat Quinn sounded pretty simpleminded about “representing the will of the people” – excuse me, but the people’s will was expressed in 2006 when they re-elected that idiot Blago. And, we don’t have recall as a recourse. Opinion polls are not official expressions of the electorate.

    I wonder if the idiots who elected Bambi will be talking this way when his true colors are finally exposed – or if it is proved that he is unqualified to serve?

  80. “Local news reporting right now that there’s already settled case law re Adam Clayton Powell that will require the Senate to seat Burris.”
    **********
    In my non-lawyer reading of POWELL v. MCCORMACK, the majority opinion says that Congress only has the exclusive authority to judge the qualifications of its members as specified in Art. 1 sec 2 of the Constitution. Exclusion for any other reason was reviewable. In Powell’s case the exclusion was unconstitutional. Expulsion is not reviewable.

    So it looks as if the Dems can vote not to seat with majority vote but Burris can ask for judicial review and will probably be seated.

  81. Illinois Underground: Happy New Year to you! I totally agree that Pat Quinn and other Dimocrats really should avoid phrases like the will of the people. The reason I say that is because for them the name of the game is finding new and creative ways not to respect and honor the will of the people but to thwart it. Thus, the will of the people should never be advanced to justify what they do, because that would be hypocritical. Dimocrats would be more honest if they simply repeated the famous retort of William Vanderbilt (New York Central Railroad) to newspaperman Clarence Dresser in 1872: “the public be damned”.

  82. I found it unsettling that the Lt. Gov. of Ill. was guaranteeing that the Gov would be gone by Feb.
    What happened to innocent until proven guilty? What happened to waiting to see the evidence? Does he already know what it is and how did he come by that knowledge? How about resisting self-serving pronouncements? Guess that doesn’t happen in Ill.

  83. # freckles Says:
    December 31st, 2008 at 12:06 am

    I found it unsettling that the Lt. Gov. of Ill. was guaranteeing that the Gov would be gone by Feb.
    What happened to innocent until proven guilty? What happened to waiting to see the evidence? Does he already know what it is and how did he come by that knowledge? How about resisting self-serving pronouncements? Guess that doesn’t happen in Ill.
    *************
    I think that “they” forgot to tell Blago.

  84. Happy New Year Everyone!!!!
    It is my hope that the Chicagopera takes all the sheen off of the selected’s inauguration.

  85. Speaking of waffles if I am not mistaken I think that moniker was first used here immediately after the diner episode.

  86. Here are a lot of stories with comment strings. One has no login, the other one login works for all the stories.

    More stories on CK at Politickerny – EASY POSTING no login
    h t t p : / / w w w .
    politickerny.com/taxonomy/term/9251

    More stories on CK at NY Daily, pretty easy registration/login.
    h t t p : / / w w w . nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/caroline-kennedy/

  87. Admin: great article!! I wish Admin and all my good friends here at the big pink a Happy New Year!

    I have to say that Blago has huspa!! He got them over a barrel, another black senator, who will say no to this. He is a smart man, too bad he’s dirty.

    The Kennedy crime family are in full force now and trying to become more powerful, I think the rug is being pulled out from underneath them. I hope so!

  88. Who else has done more for NY,our country and world humanity than these two in these troubled times since their first days in AR.and taken so much abuse from the MSM.Bloomberg knows quality people and has the highest respect for their talents efforts and patriotism for all peoples of our world.To sum it up,He knows what the DNC did to Hillary to steal the election.

    By ABM90 “To think we now have Hillary and she is ready able and eager to take on meet and stand firm for world peace.The world is her stage now and all eyes and hopes will be her allies for the awesome task ahead.These are my hopes and fulfilling dreams for our new year with Hillary at the helm of the ship of state.For the new CIC,Sit at your desk relax have a few coffin nails turn on the exhaust fan and watch her work for all the world.Thank you for being part of the grand theft agenda to steal her presidency with the “R” card.The world is much better off having her as the SOS while you act out that old movie character Brian Dunlevy played in “The Great McGinty”.Thank the Lord we are going to be saved by The Belle Hillary

    Happy NEW YEAR my band of brothers and sisters.

  89. HRC named the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS NEW YORKER of the YEAR.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/2008/12/30/2008-12-30_hillary_clinton_a_woman_of_resolve_and_c.html
    Hillary Clinton: A woman of resolve and class
    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.
    And conceding defeat with her head high.
    “Although we weren’t able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you, it’s got about 18 million cracks in it,” she told her troops. “And the light is shining through like never before, filling us all with the hope and the sure knowledge that the path will be a little easier next time.”
    Not that they (the right) are in love with her, but Clinton did prove her mettle in the campaign while taking more muscular international stances than Obama did. Her greater firmness on Iran and Iraq and other matters helped give the Obama foreign policy team a much-noted centrist, pragmatic cast. So much so that the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Richard Lugar of Indiana, called Obama’s choices, which would include Clinton, “excellent.”
    Obama gave her the planet as her portfolio at the very moment when the world is pleading for America to lead

  90. Touching in certain ways is a sign of dominance in the animal world. Our dominate cat has a way of curling his tail over people and other cats which indicates he is top cat. People do the same thing by controlling the situation, and getting in your face or taking over you. They move forward to you and act athoritative. When they find people they cannot intimiate, they treat them as equals, or so thay would pretend. As I remember the Chicago mobs might have alliances, but wipe you out at a moments notice.

  91. ABM – well put!

    Not much has changed in this ‘new era’ since I first started work in show biz in that other ‘new era’: the ’60s. The men got the fancy titles, the women were called secretaries but did most of the work.

    The men insisted on approving everything and putting their signatures on it all. Orson Welles and Clint Eastwood are geniuses — the multi-talented Barbra Streisand is just a controlling yenta. One of the things I like best about Bill Clinton is that he knows how bright and talented Hill is and will tell you. How lucky for us that she put it all aside to work for all of us.

  92. HA! – the formidable Kass strikes again! He writes here about the flagrant racism that Blago is employing to confound the dimocrats — and unfortunately seems to be succeeding —

    w w w.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/chi-kass-burris-31-dec31,0,1367315.column

  93. Amen freckles well put.we men are a useless waste of human tissue without God’s wonderful creations WOMEN.In this fast and furious world we live in today we tend to neglect our duties as husbands.just as a flower needs water a woman needs kindness understanding support and of course everlasting never ending LOVE.I was fortunate to have all these hidden in my soul and it took my beautiful wife to bring them out and our life together never dimmed for one moment.Life is precious,the world is magical and life can be rewarding.So let us stop look and listen to what Hillary can and will do save our villages.

    BY ABM90 Keep your eye on the NY Ball Tonight and our real first couple

  94. HA HA! – Here is another beauty by Carol Marin to add to this rich Chicago stew..

    w w w.suntimes.com/news/marin/1355795,CST-EDT-carol31.article

  95. HRC named the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS NEW YORKER of the YEAR.

    /30/2008-12-30_hillary_clinton_a_woman_of_resolve_and_c.html
    Hillary Clinton: A woman of resolve and class
    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.

    I have given up trying to post links – they don’t go through.

  96. Speaking of HRC, it turns out she was misquoted (see No Quarter) when she made those remarks in the primary about LBJ and civil rights – you know, the ones that got Teddy’s knickers in a twist.

    BTW, I agree with wbboei and others here who say she’ll be the best SoS since George Marshall. Her performance as SoS will just confirm to anyone paying attention that she should be the one in the WH, not Obama.

  97. Perhaps, in this schmaltzy end-of-year mood, we unreconstructed Clinton supporters can be forgiven just a smidge of schadenfreude as the Chicago gang administers another goosing to Obama. Their treachery and double crossing should be no surprise to one who was nourished by the same cast of characters. His meteoric ascension has been undertaken with the clear knowledge of the risk these associations created – but that did not stop Precious from being THE ONE. The Chicago mess just steams ahead, those hits keep coming. The One is probably working on a serious case of dyspepsia right now and I cheerfully say, “You’ve had it coming, pal”

    All this even before the coronation ceremony is going to take the vile edges off the Bush years.

  98. The primaries, BO!, Ohio! Texas!, June concession, DNC convention, connecting with like minded people on His44, SOS, Woman of the Year, Most powerful woman in the world……dropping the ball at midnight on Times Square…..WHAT A YEAR!!!!!!!!

    Wishing you all the best of New Years. 🙂

    And thank you to all.

    I raise my glass to 2009. On we go…

  99. rgb44hrc Says:
    December 30th, 2008 at 5:24 pm
    SO NOW WE KNOW HOW MUCH A SENATE SEAT COSTS…
    $3,500 (if we add up the donations to Blago above)
    $3,750 if you want the Corinthian Leather option
    &&&&&&

    From blues’s 10:01am entry:

    At Tuesday’s news conference, Burris wasn’t particularly knowledgeable when asked how much he had given to the governor. When a reporter suggested it was as much as $14,000 in the last six years, Burris acted surprised. The actual amount, by the way, if you count Burris’ personal contributions and that of his lobbying and law firm, is more than $20,000. The most recent contribution was a grand in June. Contributions to Blagojevich by Burris’ lobbying clients will provide another area of questioning.
    &&&&

    Okay, so Senate seats are more expensive than $3,500. But the Corinthian leather option is still extra, even at 14K or 20K. For Heaven’s sake, it’s Corinthian leather!

  100. blue, your 10:01am url is worth listing out here, it’s got lotsa juicy material:

    BY CAROL MARIN Sun-Times Columnist

    Back off, bleepin’ Blagojevich bashers. Rockin’ Rod just showed us where to stick our outrage.

    On Tuesday, Illinois’ Elvis exhibited the testicular virility he brags about with the decision to barrel ahead — despite certain indictment and impeachment — and appoint Roland Burris to fill the Senate seat of Barack Obama. He sent a screamingly loud message that the King isn’t dead and quite happy to inflict pain on those who currently afflict him.

    Admit it. It was a brilliant move. Here we have cable television’s Goat-of-the-Moment putting everyone else on notice.

    Let’s begin with Blagojevich’s fellow Democrats. By appointing Burris, he chose one of their own. Burris is a “regular” in the classic Chicago tradition, supported in elections past by pols named Daley, Stroger and Madigan.

    Burris is an African American who made history by becoming Illinois’ first black elected comptroller and attorney general.

    Who dares, asked Rep. Bobby Rush, former Black Panther and onetime congressional victor over Barack Obama, to deny a qualified (and, important to note in Illinois, never indicted) appointee as the lone black to replace the lone black in the nearly lily-white U.S. Senate?

    Illinois politicians, few of them profiles in courage, better tread carefully with their African-American constituency.

    That might include President-elect Obama, who has endorsed his fair share of regular Chicago Democrats. In the beginning, Obama said this appointment belonged solely to the governor. But later we learned his chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, had been arguing for the selection of Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett.

    Obama, though, quickly weighed in Tuesday, praising Burris but urging once again that the governor resign and leave an appointment to someone else.

    Obama knows that as long as Rod Blagojevich continues to star in his own version of the “Sopranos,” this soap opera trumps discussion of the economy and foreign policy at his upcoming news conferences. It’s like having a Blagojevich ball and chain around his leg.

    Blagojevich, meanwhile, puts the special house investigative impeachment inquiry in its own special trick bag. Republicans on the committee will want to call Burris as a witness to ask what kind of conversations he might have had with the governor before his appointment. After all, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald has already said the governor was auctioning off the Senate job to the highest bidder. Why, they might inquire, has Burris continued to give Blagojevich campaign contributions as late as June of this year when everyone knew the governor has been the subject of a five-year federal probe?

    At Tuesday’s news conference, Burris wasn’t particularly knowledgeable when asked how much he had given to the governor. When a reporter suggested it was as much as $14,000 in the last six years, Burris acted surprised. The actual amount, by the way, if you count Burris’ personal contributions and that of his lobbying and law firm, is more than $20,000. The most recent contribution was a grand in June. Contributions to Blagojevich by Burris’ lobbying clients will provide another area of questioning.

    Will Democrats, who control all witness subpoenas, permit Burris to be called for questioning?

    Either way, Republicans win. What sweet revenge since the Democrats refused to support a special election to fill Obama’s seat for fear a Republican might get elected.

    Democrats should be asking themselves who’s the goat now.

    Let’s face it, the nation is mesmerized by us. We are like one of those television specials on National Geographic featuring a newly discovered, strange and self-destructive tribe that somehow still endures through the wacky cult of personality exhibited by its leaders.

    Watching the governor and the aspiring senator smile smugly and jockey for what Blagojevich lightly referred to as the “limelight,” cable commentators looked genuinely amazed.

    We’re not. That’s because we know who the real goats are. Us.

  101. YAHOO/POLITICO ANALYSIS/STORY:

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/politico/20081231/pl_politico/16952

    Obama: Between a Rod and a hard place
    ———————————————
    Carrie Budoff Brown, Jonathan Martin
    Tue Dec 30, 9:13 pm ET

    Barack Obama doesn’t need this, not right now.

    Already, Obama’s Hawaiian vacation has been interrupted by news of an Israeli incursion into Gaza. He faces a mounting economic crisis even before he takes office.

    And now, just as Obama was starting to distance himself from the machinations over filling his Senate seat, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s surprise pick is dragging him back in to the home-state mess – along with the kind of hard-edged racial politics Obama tries to avoid.

    Blagojevich, who has been charged with attempting to sell the Senate seat, announced Tuesday he was tapping Roland Burris, the first African-American to win statewide election in Illinois and the closest thing in the state to a black elder statesman.

    But Obama is backing efforts led by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to block Burris, saying Blagojevich is too tainted by corruption charges to make the pick.

    It’s not clear Reid can block Burris. But Obama’s bigger headache could come from a longtime South Side congressman and one-time rival – Rep. Bobby Rush – who is unmistakably daring officials not to block the ascension of an African-American to replace Obama.

    “I would ask you to not hang or lynch the appointee while you castigate the appointer,” Rush said at Blagojevich’s news conference. “Let me just remind you that there presently is no African-American in the U.S. Senate.”

    Until now, Obama and other Democrats have been able to isolate Blagojevich. But Rush’s blessing leaves Obama caught between the Senate leadership and two leading, old-guard African-Americans politicians in his home state.

    Rush’s move isn’t the first time he’s made life difficult for Obama. The president-elect ran in a primary against the veteran congressman in 2000. Rush easily held his seat, winning 61-30 and temporarily sidetracking then state Sen. Obama’s ambitions.

    In that campaign for a seat on Chicago’s heavily black South Side, Rush, a Baptist minister and former Black Panther, mixed a familiar message of race, class, and generation of the sort that is often used by older African-Americans against upstart primary rivals.

    “Barack is a person who read about the civil-rights protests and thinks he knows all about it,” Rush said to a Chicago paper at the time.

    Democrats familiar with Obama’s thinking suggest that he’ll stay as quiet as possible about the matter. The president-elect believes the Senate is well within its bounds not to seat Burris that it would be difficult for him to work effectively under the cloud that would come with being appointed by a governor facing federal charges.

    One thing could short-circuit the controversy – Jesse White, the Illinois secretary of state, said he will not certify Burris as the replacement for Obama’s seat. White is an African-American.

    For his part, Burris said it’s inconceivable that the state of Illinois should start the new Congress “shorthanded,” with just one senator.

    Burris also said he has “no relationship” to charges that Blagojevich tried to sell Obama’s Senate seat for personal gain and said of the governor, “In this legal process, you’re innocent until you’re proven guilty.”

    “I ask the people of Illinois to place the same faith and trust in me as they have in the past,” said Burris, 71, who has promised to serve the remaining two years of the Senate term and not run for reelection.

    Burris was the first African American to be elected to statewide office in Illinois, serving as comptroller from 1979 to 1991 and as attorney general from 1991 to 1995.

    He also ran against Blagojevich for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2002 – winning the support of much of Illinois African-American political establishment, including then-state senator Barack Obama, who attended Burris’s press conference announcing his bid.

    Burris has given $4,500 to Blagojevich’s gubernatorial campaigns since 2004, according to Illinois state records.

    “When Blagojevich beat me, I told Barack to get on board with him,” Burris said told the Washington Post earlier this month. “It was kind of like swallowing his pride a little bit, because he didn’t really see that they had anything in common.”

    Another complication in the selection is that Burris is a registered lobbyist in Illinois and Washington, D.C. His Chicago-based firm, Burris & Lebed, is registered in Springfield to represent clients ranging from Comcast to the Illinois Funeral Directors Association. In 2007, the firm was also registered to represent the Illinois Association of Mortgage Bankers. The firm is registered in both Springfield and Washington to represent MicroSun Technologies LLC, an Illinois-based maker of battery and power supplies.

    The firm also once represented the Ho-Chunk Nation, a Wisconsin-based Indian tribe. The Ho-Chunks, formerly known as the Winnebagos, operate numerous casinos in Wisconsin and hired Burris’s firm in 2003 to help them lobby to build one on property they purchased in suburban Chicago. The plan has became controversial, with local residents opposing the development. The matter now is in front of the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs. Illinois state lobbying records show that Burris represented the tribe from 2003-2005.

    In the same period, Burris also had another controversial client: the Richmond, Va.-based Council of Independent Tobacco Manufacturers of America, otherwise known as “Small Tobacco.” CITMA is a trade association comprised of local tobacco makers.

    Burris’ lobbying partner is Fred Lebed, a veteran Democratic political operative who once served as executive director of the Cook County party and has also held a number of state government posts.

    Blagojevich has been under pressure to resign from office, or at least relinquish his gubernatorial authority to fill Senate vacancies. He has remained in office, however, as he fights a federal corruption investigation and a legislative effort to impeach him.

    The two-term governor has denied any wrongdoing.

    It’s unclear whether Reid has the power to block Burris’ appointment. Senate leaders discussed the impending announcement on a conference call Tuesday afternoon.

    John Fortier, a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, wrote in a Politico Ideas piece this month that the Senate doesn’t have the power to reject the appointment.

    “The Senate would have little recourse but to seat Blagojevich, as he meets the minimum constitutional qualifications for office,” Fortier wrote of the possibility that the governor might appoint himself. “But after seating Blagojevich, the Senate could then expel him by a two-thirds vote. The seat would be vacant again, and the new governor could make an appointment. Or by then, the Legislature might have changed the law to do away with appointments, in which case the seat would sit vacant until a special election was held.

    In announcing the appointment Tuesday, Blagojevich may have surprised even his lawyer, who had said earlier that the governor did not plan to defy the Senate leaders and impose an Obama successor on them.

    Blagojevich’s lawyer, Ed Genson, had told a news conference Dec. 17 that the governor did not plan to try to make the appointment. “Harry Reid said that they’re not going to accept anybody, so why would he do that?” Genson said.

  102. Has anyone else posted this story? If so, I am sorry for the duplication. But I have not seen it.

    How can we call ourselves a Democracy. They quote they will not over rule the will of the people, when she won the election and exit poll of the GE. O is not the will of the people, he is a fraud, and the Supreme Courts somewhere should be taking care of our Democracy. Where are they.

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    OBAMA WATCH CENTRAL
    Eligibility case finds ‘standing’?
    New suit claims unique state law enables citizens to demand proof

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    Posted: December 30, 2008
    9:54 pm Eastern

    By Drew Zahn
    © 2008 WorldNetDaily

    Attorney Stephen Pidgeon

    A new case challenging Barack Obama’s natural-born citizenship and, therefore, constitutional eligibility to serve as president has the potential to clear a hurdle that caused several other similar cases’ dismissal: the issue of “standing.”

    In the case brought by Pennsylvania Democrat Philip Berg, for example, a federal judge ruled against the lawsuit in deciding Berg lacked the “standing” to sue, arguing that the election of Obama wouldn’t cause the plaintiff specific, personal injury.

    In Washington state’s Broe v. Reed case, however, plaintiff’s attorney Stephen Pidgeon says a unique state statute grants everyday citizens the required standing.

    “These lawsuits have pointed their fingers at the various secretaries of state and said, ‘You handle the elections, it’s your job [to verify Obama’s eligibility],'” Stephen Pidgeon told WND, “and the secretaries of state have said, ‘No, it’s not our job. You the voter have to prove he was ineligible.’ But when the voters try to do it, the courts tell them they have no standing. So it presents a catch-22.

    “Here, we have standing by means of statute,” Pidgeon continued. “This particular statute provides for any registered voter to challenge the election of a candidate if the candidate at the time of the election was ineligible to hold office.”

    Where’s the proof Barack Obama was born in the U.S. or that he fulfills the “natural-born American” clause in the Constitution? If you still want to see it, join more than 200,000 others and sign up now!

    Further, Pidgeon explained, “In Washington we also have a constitutional clause in Article 1 that says the U.S. Constitution is the supreme law of land, so it’s very much a state issue that the secretary of state has a duty to enforce the U.S. Constitution.

    “He doesn’t think he does; we think he does. That’s really the issue before the court,” Pidgeon said.

    (Story continues below)

    Washington’s secretary of state, Mr. Sam Reed, has opposed the lawsuit, brought by a group of 12 registered Washington voters with Pidgeon’s representation, on several grounds, including the argument that the issue is moot now that Obama has been voted upon by the people.

    Pidgeon argues, however, that even if Obama remains in office two years from now, the issue will not be moot.

    “The Constitution’s criteria for president are never moot,” Pidgeon explained. “Article 2, Section 1 says ‘eligible to the Office of President’; it doesn’t say ‘eligible for candidacy to the Office of President.”

    Therefore, Pidgeon argues, the Constitution’s natural-born citizen clause specifically and expressly addresses the man sitting in the Oval Office, not just the main elected and waiting to get in.

    “If, at any time during his tenure, a birth certificate actually surfaces showing [Obama] born in Kenya,” Pidgeon said, “he is disqualified from the presidency at any time. And the constitutional crisis that is rising out of this – the longer he’s in that office, the greater the problem becomes, because everything he does will be illegal.”

    The Washington Supreme Court is set to hear Broe v. Reed on Jan. 8, but the entire case may be delayed intentionally, as the plaintiffs wait to see if the court will rule first on a requested subpoena of Obama’s birth certificate from Hawaii.

    Unlike other states where lawsuits challenging Obama’s natural-born citizen status were required to move through lower courts, Washington law grants the case “original jurisdiction” at the state Supreme Court, which means the plaintiff can present new evidence, including – if the court will indeed subpoena it – Obama’s birth records.

    “We have opportunity to present facts before the Supreme Court, where you wouldn’t have that normally,” Pidgeon told WND. “With original jurisdiction, we have the opportunity to present factual argument, and so what we have said to the court is, ‘At no time did Senator Obama produce a single piece of evidence upon which the secretary of state could rely to establish that he was a natural born citizen, or that he was even an American citizen, or that he was running under his legal name.’ Those are the three facets of our lawsuit.”

    Pidgeon also told WND that the case’s primary hurdle now is the natural predisposition judges have toward complying with the democratic will of the people. They rarely “upset the apple cart,” Pidgeon said, by overturning the results of an election.

    Still, Pidgeon believes pursuing Broe v. Reed is necessary.

    “I expect the truth of Senator Obama’s birth is going to come out,” Pidgeon told WND. “It may not be today, it may not be tomorrow, but the truth of his birth is going to come out, and when that true fact comes out that he was born in Kenya, we will have an unprecedented constitutional crisis in this nation.

    “The question is,” Pidgeon figures, “will the Washington Supreme Court stand for the rule of law or are they going to stand for an overthrow of the constitutional republic by the will of the electorate?”

    Last month, WND reported on the potential complications an ineligible president could create.

    “Should Senator Obama be discovered, after he takes office, to be ineligible for the Office of President of the United States of America and, thereby, his election declared void,” argues a similar case brought by Alan Keyes and pending in California, “Americans will suffer irreparable harm in that (a) usurper will be sitting as the President of the United States, and none of the treaties, laws, or executive orders signed by him will be valid or legal.”

    With such high stakes potentially at risk, WND earlier launched a letter campaign to contact Electoral College members and urge them to review the controversy.

    That followed a campaign that sent more than 60,000 letters by overnight delivery to the U.S. Supreme Court when one case contesting Obama’s eligibility for the Oval Office was pending.

    A separate petition, already signed by more than 200,000 also is ongoing asking authorities in the election to seek proof Obama was born in the U.S. or that he fulfills the “natural-born American” clause in the Constitution.

    WND senior reporter Jerome Corsi had gone to both Kenya and Hawaii prior to the election to investigate issues surrounding Obama’s birth. But his research and discoveries only raised more questions.

    The biggest question was why, if a Hawaii birth certificate exists as his campaign has stated, Obama hasn’t simply ordered it made available to settle the rumors

    The governor’s office in Hawaii said there is a valid certificate but rejected requests for access and left ambiguous its origin: Does the certificate on file with the Department of Health indicate a Hawaii birth or was it generated after the Obama family registered a Kenyan birth in Hawaii?

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  103. All I can say is thank god this horrible year will be over…Our nation was duped by a Chicago politician enabled by the extreme left, MSM, DNC, et al….we lost an opportunity to elect not only the first female President in Senator Clinton,, but someone who is experienced, ready and able to lead this nation out of one of it’s most challenging times. While Hillary, unquestionably will do her best as SOS, she will be limited by BO , the media, and woman haters throughout the world. What a depressing yr.

  104. Obama knows that as long as Rod Blagojevich continues to star in his own version of the “Sopranos,” this soap opera trumps discussion of the economy and foreign policy at his upcoming news conferences. It’s like having a Blagojevich ball and chain around his leg.

    Nonsense. It’s like armor, nice glittering armor, to trump the economy and the wars and keep waffles from having to talk about his OWN job.

  105. Now Sits Expectation In the Air
    By Tony Blankley

    As President-elect Obama vacations with his family in Hawaii and publicly complains about the intrusiveness of the press pool and the intense scrutiny of his Secret Service team, I suspect about now Obama may be recalling George Bernard Shaw’s heartless observation that: “There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart’s desire. The other is to get it.”

    This last week of December 2008 is a strange moment for the country. It must be positively bizarre for our president-elect. It seems as if all the problems of the world are lining up and just waiting for our new president to handle. For every American but one, we are merely waiting to see what Obama will do in three weeks. For that one — Obama — he, presumably, is puzzling over finding the right policies — if there are any right policies. Probably there are only terrible and catastrophic policies to pick from.

    There are media reports that he is smoking more than usual. Who could blame him? For many of the rest of us, we wake up at 2 in the morning worried about our family’s or our business’s finances. Obama has to worry about the nation’s and the world’s finances — and wars and threats of yet more wars.

    Americans continue to not shop (until recently the world, including citizen of the world Obama, condemned Americans for shopping to the tune of 25 percent of world consumption. Now the whole world is begging us to buy more stuff to keep the world from going broke.) How long will it be before President Obama repeats Bush’s advice to Americans after September 11 to go shopping.

    The economy continues its downward track. The bankruptcies of General Motors and Chrysler have been delayed a couple of months — to give Obama time to be sworn in as president before the real unpleasantness begins (or the really big bucks are spent to delay the unpleasantness by a few more months).

    As Pelosi and her colleagues get ready to spend about a trillion dollars to try and stimulate the economy, Obama is going to have to start saying no to his friends on the Hill. Left to their own devices, that $1 trillion will fall well short of the spending urges that get larger by the day. It must be tough to spend a trillion dollars you don’t have — and be called cheap.

    But even as he must worry whether even a trillion dollars of stimulus can ameliorate the precipitous economic contraction, he must also worry about the real possibility of double digit inflation hitting our economy in six to 18 months — as a result of all these trillions of freshly conjured-up dollars that will be flooding our currency supply.

    Beyond the little matters of either deflation or hyper-inflation, Hamas broke its ceasefire with Israel, and Israel started defending herself again last week. Muslims worldwide and our many anti-semitic European friends are crying out for Israel to show “restraint.”

    Nobody cares what lame duck Bush says about this anymore, but the whole angry world awaits the first presidential utterance of Barack H. Obama on the matter of putting the Jews in their place. Will he speak for all the Jew haters in Europe and the Middle East — or will he speak as every American president since Harry Truman has, and defend Israel’s right to exist and militarily protect itself when its civilians are attacked by yet more fanatic, Islamist bombs and rockets?

    Down the road a piece from Gaza, the Pakistani and Indian fanatics in the subcontinent are gearing up for another of their regular flirtations with nuclear annihilation. As I write, the Pakistanis and Indians are rushing troops up to their mutual border — but, of course, hope to avoid war. Unless they have backed down by Jan. 20 at noon, stopping war while not antagonizing either of those needed allies will fall to Obama and his vastly experienced Secretary of State (who once rode foreign elephants with Chelsea — so is superbly equipped to manage Hindu/Muslim fanaticism).

    And, oh, by the way, the Chinese are talking of building their first aircraft carrier to compete with our blue water navy.

    To add to the burdens of our young president elect, reports from around the world suggest that the instinct to protect local economies is growing, thus putting more pressure on free trade. While strong arguments can be made in individual trade cases, history is unambiguous about the result of increased protectionism during a period of world economic contraction.

    Economically beggaring thy neighbor is a sure path to depression. Contrary to Obama’s prior words and union allies’s desires, he fails to champion world trade at the serious risk of repeating Herbert Hoover’s catastrophic Smoot-Hawley protectionist mistake.

    With history before Obama, I think of Shakespeare’s young King Harry — Henry V, the duties of fateful war falling on his inexperienced shoulders, the chorus early recites:

    “For now sits Expectations in the air, and hides a sword from hilts unto the point With crowns imperial. Crowns and coronets, Promised to Harry and his followers.”

    Let us hope that the inexperienced Obama — now with crowns and coronets and followers — rises to his duty as young Harry did six centuries ago.

    Copyright 2008, Creators Syndicate Inc.

  106. 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.
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    I must tell you my 10 second reaction is to this was one of blind rage, since this newspaper was at the forefront of the effort to drive Hillary out of the race and to destroy her as a person.

    You may recall the spectacle last May when our girl appeared before the editorial staff of the South Dakota newspaper Argus Leader and made an innocent reference to the RFK assassination. Immediately thereafter their lead writer Michael Goodwin took her comment totally out of context. In his column and on Lou Dobbs, he imputed murderous motives and screamed at the top of his lungs–get out–get of the race etc. while the other vultures were circling.

    And now they say: (she) carried the banner of a history-made pursued her candidacy with a resolve and class worthy of this city — in victory and defeat. They belong in the boobie hatch.

    But then I realized its summer rules, dont move the golf ball, play where it lies. When you do that you realize that some members of big media are hoping we will forget what they said when it counted– in the moment of decision, and are now engaging in something akin to rehabilition of someone they previously tried to destroy. I caught a sense of this from some commentor on another site and dismissed it as pure poppycock. But seeing is believing.

    For those of us who hope and pray Hillary will have her to be President in 2012 if she wants it, this is good news. For that to happen three things are necessary: he fails as president, she succeeds as sos, and enough members of bit media decide there is no profit in being a whore any longer.

    Speaking of whores, I will send a copy of my comments to my pen pal Goodwin. I have deleted my last comment–it is too vivid.

  107. These are interesting times we live in, if we can live through them and if our children’s children’s children can live with them and the effect of them.

    I am so very very proud of Hill and Bill. And I salute Bloomberg for recognizing them in such a joyous manner. The Huckster, DNC, MSM and the Chicago Corruption Combine have sucked all the joy out of the year ending today for those who refuse[d] to drink the Kool-Aid.
    And I find myself almost rooting for Blagojevich and his brilliance in thwarting those who do the same things but now are damning him. As someone said above, it is a shame he may be so corrupt – his brilliance could have made such a difference if it were used for the common good of our nation.
    We have much work to do. May Hillary save our country despite the Huckster and those who chose him to be ‘The One.’
    Happy New Year to all.

  108. Now Sits Expectation In the Air
    By Tony Blankley

    “For now sits Expectations in the air, and hides a sword from hilts unto the point With crowns imperial. Crowns and coronets, Promised to Harry and his followers.”
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    correct except for three things

    1. obama is the purveyor of those promises and the guarantor of those expectations

    2. obama is a Chicago thug whereas prince harry managed to avoid the daley machine.

    3. obama is a Messiah, whereas Prince Harry was a mere mortal. For O the difficult he will do now (why procrastinate), the impossible will take awhile.

  109. Most interesting read Admin. Hats off to you again .. keep em coming. I’m excited to hear Bill and Hill will be ringing in the New Year in New York. Ask yourself, who seems to be the one who is interested in what’s happenning in the country. Everytime the friggin going gets tuff FlimFlamWaffleMan goes off on a vacation. I suppose he’ll set up an “Hawaiin White House”??? Fuck him and MESchelle. Give me Hill anyday

  110. And I find myself almost rooting for Blagojevich and his brilliance in thwarting those who do the same things but now are damning him.
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    Shortermer: that statement is true. I will prove to you today how true it is. I just spoke to a dear friend who is light years ahead of big media in terms of understanding the ebb and flow of Chicago politics. As she explained to me is the Governor has made the master move on the chessboard. Her insight is so brilliant as usual and we need to get it to Kass or Sweet.

  111. I sincerely hope Hillary and Bill never forget the betrayals they suffered at the hands of so many whom they gave opportunities(Richardson et al ., ) and and that payback will be a “bitch”.

  112. jb .. me too. Hill and Bill deserve to give payback. Richardson is the ultimate Judas but there were many. Bill and Hill have hearts of gold though and they have always only wanted to help our country and the people. Some day soon America will realize what a mistake it was to crown FlimFlamMan. This citizenship thing seems to be growing legs. If it’s not a big deal why won’t he just release a copy of the damn birth certificate.

  113. qualifications for age, citizenship and residency…?

    NYTimes article (my comments preceded by $$$)

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/31/washington/31congress.html?_r=1&ref=politics

    Democrats Seek to Block Appointee to Obama’s Seat

    WASHINGTON — Within an hour of learning on Tuesday that Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich of Illinois was about to name a Senate successor to President-elect Barack Obama, the Senate Democratic leadership drew a clear line in the sand: Anyone appointed by Mr. Blagojevich, the embattled Illinois chief executive, would not be accorded Senate membership.

    But that declaration has touched off questions of whether Democrats have the power to keep out Mr. Blagojevich’s pick, Roland Burris, a former state attorney general. It is likely that the issue will end up in court.

    Democrats said they were confident of their standing under Article I, Section 5 of the Constitution, which says “each House shall be the Judge of the Elections, Returns and Qualifications of its own members.” On rare occasion, the Senate has denied seats to candidates whose election outcome was in doubt or who were caught up in corruption.

    Yet constitutional experts question the extent of that authority, particularly in light of a 1969 Supreme Court decision in the case of Adam Clayton Powell Jr. of New York. The court found that the House could not bar Mr. Powell, who had been accused of financial impropriety, if he met the constitutionally determined qualifications for age, citizenship and residency.

    $$$ Okay, so a candidate could be barred if they do NOT meet all qualifications for age, citizenship and residency. Except for the office of president, where apparently no one meets the criteria for “standing” to bring law suits to ensure qualifications are verified, because they can’t prove “… that the election of Obama wouldn’t cause the plaintiff specific, personal injury.” (from NewMexicoFan’s December 31st, 2008 at 12:53 pm posting). If Obama sends someone to war, or enacts rules such as environmental rules or health/safety rules, Obama’s decision as president could have direct specific causes of personal injury…we just don’t know what yet. Now, take a driver’s license. It is assumed that **anyone** commanding a one ton plus vehicle is **capable** of causing personal injury. The state doesn’t have to wait for you to kill someone with your car in order to ensure you have a driver’s license.

    “I think the best reading of the text of the Constitution and the Powell case together is that the Senate has to seat Burris,” said Abner S. Greene, the Leonard F. Manning professor of law at Fordham University School of Law.

    The turmoil engulfing the Illinois seat added to an air of uncertainty surrounding the Senate, which convenes next week, after Democrats were only a few weeks ago celebrating an expanded majority of at least 58.

    But with the session days away, the result of the Senate race in Minnesota remains to be determined, the status of the Illinois seat is up in the air and appointments have yet to be made for seats in New York and Colorado that are to be vacated when those holding them join Mr. Obama’s cabinet.

    Senior Democratic aides said the party leadership decided to respond forcefully after first learning from Senator Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, that Mr. Blagojevich was ready to move despite earlier warnings from the Senate that he should step aside and allow his successor to name a new senator.

    The majority leader, Senator Harry Reid, convened a call of his aides from his home in Searchlight, Nev., followed by a conference call among Mr. Reid, Mr. Durbin, Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey and others. The unquestioned consensus, aides said, was that Democrats should make their position known before the governor’s announcement. Mr. Burris is an African-American, and the idea that Democrats would be preventing a respected black politician from taking a seat was raised. It was not considered a deterrent, however, since the issue they were focused on was the inquiry over the handling of the Senate appointment by Mr. Blagojevich.

    $$$ That’s what they’re saying, but the reality is that they are now trapped by Blago into trying to thwart an AA appointee, and be branded as “racists”. Sweet move, Gov. Blago.

    “It had nothing to do with Burris,” said Jim Manley, Mr. Reid’s top spokesman. “Anyone picked by this guy would be tainted.” A statement issued by the Democratic leadership said bluntly that anyone appointed by Mr. Blagojevich “will not be seated by the Democratic caucus.”

    Still, the pointed statements made in Chicago on Tuesday by Representative Bobby L. Rush, who is black, left little doubt that Democrats would be accused by some of racism should they deny Mr. Burris his seat.

    “There are no African-Americans in the Senate,” Mr. Rush said. “And I don’t think that anyone, any U.S. senator who’s sitting in the Senate, right now, want to go on record to deny one African-American from being seated in the U.S. Senate.”

    $$$ So Mr. Rush now admits there is a precise quota for AA’s in the Senate. What is the quota for women? 3? 50? What is the quota for “handicapped”? For Eskimos? For Asian Americans? For foreign born individuals?

    Senator John Cornyn of Texas, the new leader of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, joined other Republicans in agreeing that Mr. Burris should not be seated. But Mr. Cornyn pressed for a special election, which would let Republicans compete for the seat rather than see an appointed Democrat fill it for the next two years. “There is no other appropriate way for this process to move forward without the stench of corruption or political gamesmanship attached to it,” Mr. Cornyn said in a statement.

    $$$ Cute seeing Repubs act all righteous about The Process, and The Voice of the People”. Touching.

    One rough parallel to the current situation arose in 1947 in a Senate dispute over whether the white supremacist Theodore G. Bilbo of Mississippi should be seated after accusations of voter suppression and campaign corruption. In that case, the Senate found itself deadlocked, and Mr. Bilbo died before the disagreement could be resolved.

  114. NY TIMES REPORTS NY TIMES BEING SUED…HA, HA

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/31/us/politics/31suit.html?ref=politics

    Lobbyist Sues Times, Citing Report of McCain Ties
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    By DAVID JOHNSTON
    Published: December 30, 2008
    WASHINGTON — A Washington lobbyist sued The New York Times and several of its reporters and editors Tuesday, charging that the newspaper had falsely created an impression that she had engaged in an improper romantic relationship with Senator John McCain.

    The suit, filed in the Federal District Court in Richmond, Va., said that a front-page article on Feb. 21 “falsely communicated” that the lobbyist, Vicki L. Iseman, and Mr. McCain “had an illicit ‘romantic’ and unethical relationship in breach of the public trust in 1999.” At that time, Ms. Iseman was representing clients before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, then headed by Mr. McCain.

    “Ms. Iseman did not engage in any behavior toward him that was anything other than professional and appropriate,” said the suit, which seeks damages of $27 million.

    The article, published at a time when Mr. McCain had clawed his way back from early setbacks to emerge as the all but certain Republican presidential nominee, examined his stated efforts to maintain high ethical standards even as he sometimes edged close to potential conflicts of interest. With its focus on the details of his Washington life behind the scenes, it provoked immediate debate and angry protest.

    The article did not directly say that Ms. Iseman and Mr. McCain had had a romantic relationship. But it did say several aides of his had been “convinced” that he had grown too close to Ms. Iseman and that he might be damaged if the relationship became known.

    The article quoted Ms. Iseman and Mr. McCain as denying that they had ever had a romantic relationship or engaged in any inappropriate behavior.

    Abbe R. Serphos, a spokeswoman for The Times, said in a statement: “We fully stand behind the article. We continue to believe it to be true and accurate, and that we will prevail. As we said at the time, it was an important piece that raised questions about a presidential contender and the perception that he had been engaged in conflicts of interest.”

    [SNIP]

  115. WAFFLING AND SMOKING

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/29/us/29smoke.html?ref=politics

    Lessons for Other Smokers in Obama’s Efforts to Quit
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    Will one of President-elect Barack Obama’s New Year’s resolutions be to quit smoking once and for all?

    His good-humored waffling in various interviews about smoking made
    ………………………..^^^^^^
    it plain that Mr. Obama, like many who have vowed to quit at this time of year, had not truly done so.

    He told Tom Brokaw of NBC several weeks ago, for example, that he “had stopped” but that “there are times where I’ve fallen off the wagon.” He promised to obey the no-smoking rules in the White House, but whether that meant he would be ducking out the back door for a smoke is not known. His transition team declined to answer any questions about his smoking, past or present, or his efforts to quit.

    [snip]

    Falling off the wagon is typical. Three months, six months and a year are major milestones, and most people who can quit for a year will be able to stay off cigarettes for good, Dr. Benowitz said. But about 10 percent relapse even after a year or more.

    “It’s generally prompted by a stressful situation, when they’re fatigued and they need to concentrate and focus,” Dr. Benowitz said. “Obama talked about that. People are used to having a cigarette in that situation.”

    [snip]

  116. NOW OUT OF POWER, REPUBS ADVOCATE “OPENNESS”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/30/washington/30congress.html?ref=politics

    Republicans Seek Recovery Plan Details
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    By CARL HULSE
    Published: December 29, 2008
    WASHINGTON — Republican Congressional leaders sought Monday to pressure Democrats to be more open about the drafting of a huge economic recovery bill that Democrats hope to pass in the first days of the Obama administration.

    In a coordinated effort, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Representative John A. Boehner of Ohio, the Republican leaders of the two chambers, called on Democrats to hold hearings on the emerging legislation and not schedule any votes on the bill until it had had at least a week of public review.

    “A trillion-dollar spending bill would be the largest spending bill in the history of our country at a time when our national debt is already the largest in history,” Mr. McConnell said in a statement. “As a result, it will require tough scrutiny and oversight. Taxpayers, already stretched to the limit, deserve nothing less.”

    Both he and Mr. Boehner were careful not to say they would oppose a measure that some economists have said is necessary to prevent an even deeper recession. But they warned Democrats against loading the legislation with provisions they called wasteful.

    [snip]

  117. OBAMA: EQUALLY DISAPPOINTING TO ALL SORTS OF GROUPS

    http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSTRE4BT36O20081230

    Obama’s silence on Gaza confirms low Arab expectations
    Tue Dec 30, 2008 12:21pm EST

    By Jonathan Wright – Analysis

    CAIRO (Reuters) – U.S. President-elect Barack Obama, with his silence on Israel’s attacks in Gaza, has confirmed Arab expectations that foreign policy changes will come small and slow when he moves into the White House next month.

    On the fourth day of Israeli air strikes which have killed more than 380 people in Gaza, the U.S. President-elect has yet to take a position, though he spoke out after militants’ attacks in Mumbai and has made detailed statements on the U.S. economy.

    “He wants to be cautious and I think he will remain cautious because the Arab-Israeli conflict is not one of his priorities,” said Hassan Nafaa, an Egyptian political scientist and secretary-general of the Arab Thought Forum in Amman.

    “Obama’s position is very precarious. The Jewish lobby warned against his election, so he has chosen to remain silent (on Gaza),” added Hilal Khashan, a professor of political science at the American University of Beirut.

    “If Obama continues to remain silent … his silence will be seen and will have the operational effect of providing an endorsement for Israel’s war on Gaza,” said Paul Woodward of Conflicts Forum, an organization aimed at changing Western policy toward Islamist movements such as Hamas.

    The Arab world was largely enthusiastic about Obama’s election victory in November, in the belief that a fresh face in the White House must be better than outgoing President George W. Bush, who invaded Iraq and gave strong support to Israel.

    “BEST FRIENDS OF ISRAEL”

    But his choice of a foreign policy team, especially Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State and Rahm Emanuel as chief of staff, have raised doubts that much will change.

    Mustapha el-Sayed of Cairo University said: “I am really pessimistic … because when I see the kind of people who surround President-elect Obama I find they are the best friends of Israel who do not dare to distance themselves from the positions of the Israeli government.”

    Unlike most major governments, the Bush administration has not called for an immediate ceasefire between Israel and the Islamist movement Hamas, which runs Gaza, adopting an approach similar to that it took when Israel invaded Lebanon in 2006.

    It opposed a ceasefire in Lebanon until it became clear that Israel could not achieve its war aims against Hezbollah guerrillas and that Israeli casualties were becoming too high.

    Nafaa said the Israeli government chose this time to attack Hamas partly because it was not sure that it would have Obama’s support if it waited until he takes office on January 20. “But it knows it has the unconditional support of Bush,” he added.

    The outcome of the Gaza campaign will, however, have a big impact on the geostrategic landscape which Obama inherits.

    If Israel fails to defeat Hamas, the Islamist movement could emerge stronger, at the expense of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and the Egyptian government — the Arabs on whom the United States most depends in its Arab-Israeli policy.

    If Israel succeeds and eliminates the threat from rockets fired from Gaza, Obama could more easily revive direct talks between Israel and Abbas on a peace agreement based on two states living side by side.

    WANING INFLUENCE

    The main Arab expectation from Obama is that he will at least take more interest in Middle East peace than his predecessor, who began to give it priority only in the latter stages of his presidency .

    “Certainly having an Obama who will urge the players to talk, as opposed to a Bush who did not, makes a difference,” said Paul Salem, director of the Carnegie Institute’s Middle East Center in Beirut.

    “But Obama will not force Israel (into concessions). Politically he will not put large amounts of pressure on the Israelis,” Salem added.

    Walid Kazziha, a professor at the American University in Cairo, said Obama would have to take bold steps if he wants to restore U.S. influence in the Middle East, widely seen as having greatly declined during eight years of Bush.

    But the first signs do not suggest Obama will do that, he added. “If he was going to take a stand he would have said something. When he wants to say something, he can,” he said.

    Sayed said he expected a tug of war between Obama advisers in favor of the status quo, closely allied with Israel, and between those who think differently.

    “My impression is that the good friends of Israel will prevail at the end and this will contribute to a further erosion of U.S. influence in the area,” he added.

  118. “I think the best reading of the text of the Constitution and the Powell case together is that the Senate has to seat Burris,” said Abner S. Greene, the Leonard F. Manning professor of law at Fordham University School of Law.”
    ************
    The Powell case says if a person is excluded for reasons other than Art. I, sec 2, the decision is reviewable by the court. The SCOTUS said that the refusal to seat Powell, who was directly accused of corruption, was un-constitutional then there is no way in hell that Burris won’t be seated. Since it looks as if the Republicans are on board to keep Burris out of the Senate, Reid could seat him and then call for a vote to expel. This stupidity and double standard by Reid et al, brings to mind sayings about roosting chickens and geese and ganders.

  119. Over at Dailykos, “Bill of Portland Maine” writes:

    For New Years:

    I resolve to give President Obama a full 30-day trial period and, if not satisfied, exchange him for Joe Biden.
    &&&&

    It would be nice if that could work that way. But it’s a one-way deal, “you broke it, you bought it”.

  120. what gets my goat is that Harry Reid and the “elite” think they know what is undoubtedly the “best”. If its completely legal that Mr. Burris become the Senator and it seems it is .. this is going to look like a witch hunt. As long as Blago is in office he can do what ever is in his legal scope of responsibiltity.

    The MSM has given the Dems help along its way of being the know all of everything.

    Hey, Harry Reid you and Pelosi don’t know every damn thing.

    BTW .. Fuck you Pelosi too. and Reid…and Kerry.

  121. COMEDY MINUTE: DONNA BRAZILE PROMOTES ETHICAL BEHAVIOR.

    Brazile: “Promote ethics in public service. This should be simple enough. Thou shall abide by the laws of the land. Thou shall not do anything to shame your office or embarrass your family.”

    But did she act ethically?
    Was she a fair and impartial media analyst?
    Was she a fair and impartial DNC leader?
    Did she avoid conflict of interest?

    Here’s her whole spiel:

    http://edition.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/12/30/brazile.new.year/

    Commentary: Please, no more scandal in 2009
    ————————–

    Editor’s note: Donna Brazile, a Democratic strategist,
    is a political contributor for CNN. <== Job 1 (my comments inserted)

    She also serves as the chairwoman of the
    Democratic National Committee’s Voting Rights Institute, <== job 2

    an adjunct professor at Georgetown University <== job 3

    and founder of Brazile & Associates, a Washington-based political consulting firm. <== job 4

    Brazile, the campaign manager for the Al Gore-Joe Lieberman ticket in 2000, wrote “Cooking with Grease: Stirring the Pots in American Politics,” a memoir about her life in politics.
    ++++++

    As poll after poll quantifies the public’s immense admiration for Barack Obama as the incoming 44th president of the United States, other politicians, especially those elected to serve in the U.S. Congress, continue to yield approval numbers low enough to flash-freeze an elephant (or a donkey) in under a minute.

    They have only themselves to blame.

    Their troubles come against the backdrop of the seemingly endless scandals involving elected officials from across the nation and both sides of the political aisle, from New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer to Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to Idaho Sen. Larry Craig to Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to U.S. Rep. Tim Mahoney of Florida, who only two short years ago was voted into office as a moral crusader to replace disgraced former Congressman Mark Foley.

    But scandals alone did not drag down the honorable profession of governance. What makes “politician” a particularly dirty word today is the increasing number of elected public servants who make the public their servant and self-interest their master. Too many of our political leaders are there not to serve, but to be served. And that stinks.

    As someone who has worked in government, I am disappointed in what passes for political leadership these days. It’s time for the public to demand more transparency, better accountability and true public servants.

    Most voters yearn for public officials who practice truth-telling on a daily basis, cultivate humility regarding their own wisdom and act always in the interest of the common good even if it helps their political opponents.

    This coming new year could truly be a season of new politics, as President-elect Obama offered in his announcement speech almost two years ago.

    What if politicians of all stripes, along with those who work for them, truly turned a new page? What would it look like? And would anyone be willing to risk their reputation by coming up with new rules of discourse and civility?

    It is long past due that both political parties find a way to work around their core principles to come together to implement solutions that benefit the millions of Americans who are unemployed, underemployed or merely hanging on by the tips of their fingernails. And since the new economic stimulus being talked about in Washington will be costly, the public must remind Congress and others that it’s our hard-earned dollars they are spending.

    High energy costs, health insurance and credit card interest rates have gobbled up people’s earnings for years. This year was the perfect storm in which these expenses reached their peaks together and helped push the economy over the edge.

    It was government policy that allowed all this. It’s time both major parties resolve to do what they were sent to do: serve the people.

    If our political leaders would follow three simple rules for 2009 and beyond, they, too, might find a reversal of fortune by 2010 when many of them will be up for re-election.

    1. Remember that you are elected to represent all your constituents: those who voted for you, against you and who didn’t bother to vote. The ordinary citizen working every day for less pay and almost no benefits should be valued more highly than the lobbyists and corporate CEOs who filled your campaign coffers.

    2. Promote ethics in public service. This should be simple enough. Thou shall abide by the laws of the land. Thou shall not do anything to shame your office or embarrass your family. Thou shall behave at all times as if a special prosecutor is building a case against you, or as if the words you often utter in private might some day make the national headlines.

    3. Improve the nature and civility of political discourse. With a country in crisis, it’s time to get beyond the petty recriminations of the past. Work together with your political opponents. We are one nation, one people. If you do something like Chip Saltsman, a candidate running for chairman of the Republican National Committee, have the good grace to be embarrassed and offer an apology when your Christmas message CD to members of your party includes a song called “Barack, the Magic Negro.”

    Will this be the year our political leaders strive to do better? Will they grab 2009 as the remarkable opportunity it is to think differently, act boldly and create something new without worrying about what party gets the credit?

    For the first time in recent memory, adults and children of diverse backgrounds are inspired and hopeful about the future. They like the incoming president, and they want him to succeed. Before returning to Washington next week to be sworn in to serve in the 111th session of Congress, it’s time those elected remember who they represent.

    It’s “we the people.”

    (The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Donna Brazile. )
    &&&&&&&&&

    Thanks for the lecture, Donna. You are an inspiring human being.
    Stop the hate.

  122. From above:

    She also serves as the chairwoman of the
    Democratic National Committee’s Voting Rights Institute, <== job 2
    &&&&

    Yes, you heard your eyes right. DNC Voting Rights Institute. The person who advocated disenfranchising Michiganders and Floridians. The person who had no problem with caucus fraud. Yadda yadda.

    Unbelievable.

  123. “Hi, this is CNN. We are conducting a telephone poll. Do you think Obama is a strong and decisive leader, or are you a racist?”

  124. Wbboei,

    Did Goodwin write the “HILLARY: A Woman of Class and Resolve” article?

    Authorship isn’t indicated so I thought it was an editorial.

    I know the Daily News is FOS and treated HRC horribly but it was good to see her praised, no matter how hypocritical it might be.

    Happy New Year everyone.

  125. Funny little story I just participated in an online discussion group helping a friend out for a graduate thesis.
    A small bit of a news clip was read followed by one question per person that they would want to know after hearing it.
    More than half were waffles related and positive. My question about the usurpers moving into a hotel in Dc. Was when? The moderator asked me why. I responded so I could be as far away as possible.
    Another was about Bambi shooting hoops In HI.
    My ? If he couldn’t go on SNL due to Ike how can he shoot hoops knowing he is being watched when their is strife in Gaza?
    To make a long story short I was told to contain my racism!!!!
    I replied racism? Go ahead and ask me about ck?

  126. BTW, that Tony Blankley column contains a cheap shot at Hillary, saying her foreign policy experience consists of riding elephants with Chelsea. Typical right-wing drivel.

  127. You are right . Paula. Blankley is a hard core right wingnut with a truly twisted sense of values. His contempt for the Clintons goes back for many semesters and we would be foolish to regard his views on ANYTHING to be worth serious consideration.

  128. From all I can gather, Burris is a Chicago democrat apparatchik whose distinction lies in his ability to still be standing around after years of Illinois politics. His scar tissue must be prodigious. Even if he is a cipher I don’t see how that disqualifies him from a Senate which is filled with similar nonentities and strutting capons.

    Looks like Blago made a diabolical move and the dims are choked up because it looks like he will get away with it. When you think about it, Burris probably is no worse than his predecessor (who produced a senate record of zero while keeping his eye on the Maine Chance).

  129. Hillary Voted New Yorker of the Year!

    and… The Most Powerful Woman on the Planet!

    Ms. Merkel, you’ll have to stand over there with Caroline. Hillary and Bill will be bringing in the New Year in Times Square tonite!

    Hillary Unleashed

  130. EX MALO BONUM (out of bad comes good)

    1. Mayor Richard Daley Sr. “served” (up) the voters of the fair city of Chicago for twenty one glorious years (1955-1976). He presided over the most corrupt political machine in the country. He played a decisive role in the national elections in 1960 (Kennedy) and 1968 (Convention debacle). He ruled the city with an iron fist, and relied on a white working class constituency of Irish, Polish etc to win election after election.

    2. He died in office on December 20, 1976 without naming a successor. He had a son named Richard Daley Jr. He thought enough of him to give him his name, but not enough to groom him as a successor. Evidently, he was not convinced that his son could carry on in his footsteps. Or, like every tyrant since Caligula he thought that death–natural or otherwise came to everyone but him. A vaccuum was thus created.

    3. Not surprisingly, the Daley Machine–partly a political apparatus and partly a way of life survived him and continued to operate during the years following his death. But it was slow to adjust to the changing demographics caused by white flight (an unintended consequence of HUD blockbusting practices), and the rise of black political power in the city.

    4. As a result, a political vaccuum was created. Reformers and disenfranchised groups stepped forward and jockeyed for power. The reform element was epitomized by Jane Byrne. The black element was epitomized by Harold Washington. Both became mayors but neither one had the experience, and acumen to get things done. The city suffered under their benighted leadership.

    5. Meanwhile, the old Daley Machine which continued to control the city managed to lose a succession of mayoral elections. Daley Jr. ran in a number of times and failed to win office. What he and his fellow thugs discovered in the process is they could no longer rely on their old constituency to win elections. Rather, they needed to expand their base.

    6. So they began reach out to the black community for new cronies who could help them win future elections. And they found their man in Jerimiah Wright a firey race baiting orator who could infatuate his paritioners, and put fire in their bellies. And through him they discovered their ultimate puppet Barack Hussein Obama.

    7. What each of these men offered the Machine was a charismatic black leader they could control, and a politican who would stay bought–which explains Rezko et al. That combination of character traits–some might say flaws is what propelled Obama to political stardom. And it is what seduced big media cretans to swallow the bait hook line and sinker. It was a myth they could build into a business plan around. For them the truth no longer mattered.

    8. But there is an important part of this story which is well known to insiders like the Governor, Axelrod and Daley. It is a story which the scions of Big Media they dare not tell, since it cuts against the myth they have spent so much time effort and money cultivating under their obama is the virgin in the whorehouse fantasy.

    9. Shakespeare wrote a play called Orthello. It is about an admirable high minded black hero who is undermined by the people around him. Barack Obama is not Othello. He is Iago. But there is an Orthello in the picture now. And he is the very man whom the governor has served up to the machine he was once a part of and is now saying if I am going down you are going with me.

    10. Following the death of Daley Sr. there as a brief shining moment when people acutally dreamed of a future when that the corruption which had stained their city for 100 years would end and their town would take its place among the legitimate metropolises of the world.

    11. Those fond, idealistic hopes were vested in a small group of black politicans and others. The man chosen by the Governor was one of them. Ex malo bonum. Despite his reserved appearance he is the real deal according to my friend. He is no friend of Obama and the man who rose to support him–Bobby Rush is the man who one who beat young Obama in an election.

    12. My initial reaction when Rush played the race card was disappointment because it sounded like the kind of thing Obama himself would say. But it was a warning to whites like Harry Reid who says he will not seat him as much as anything else. Furthermore it was a wake up call to the black caucus that there is a path to power that does not require corruption.

    13. In that very important sense he is the perfect counterpoint to Barack Hussein Obama. Obama is black and he is black but that is where the comparison ends. Barack is corrupt, he is honest. Barack is slick and he is humble. Barack does not care about reform, he does. He is an embarrassment to bambi, the dnc and uber corrupt big media. He makes them all look bad. Hence, they will fight this. Therein lies the brillance of he govenors move. Checkmate.

    13. Epiologue: if my friend is right about this then this is black candidate we can all support. Someone who will be a credit to the country. And if he is seated and Fitzgerald is successful then the city of Chicago can look in the mirror when it shaves and the Chicago crime lords who have taken their travelling minsteral show to Washinton and seek to menastesize into every corner of the country thoruough the dnc may find it much harder to do so. Time will tell.

  131. wbboei,

    I agree that out of bad comes good… sometimes. But it can also leave a terrible taste in your mouth given its modus operandi.

    In the future, I would like to see someone/anyone elected/chosen to replace a political position that isn’t wrapped or tainted with tricks like racism or corruption. With Obama at the rocky helm, I doubt we will see that for a long time to come.

  132. Jan- when it comes to obama stock, I am selling short. It will drop like a headshot goose once the hopim wears off. Time is the only variable.

  133. LOL…wbboei… Exactly!

    Happy New Year to you and all my favorite people on Hillary is 44! LOL…I guess that means all of you!

  134. Jan- the other point I would make is this: if caroline kennedy goes down in New York and if the governors appointee is seated in Illinois then those are two critical tests of obamas political strengths which he loses at ab initio–at the outset. Big media would say he isnt even fighting but we all know perfectly well that he is through corrupt surrogates–like he always does. If he loses in those venues others will rise to take him on. This is the nature of power and hardest of all is to retain it in periods of economic distress.

  135. wbboei,

    Right now obama thinks he rules the world. It will be a pleasure watching him fall flat on his face over and over again. I am praying that ck falls just as flat.

  136. Hillary Voted New Yorker of the Year!

    and… The Most Powerful Woman on the Planet!

    Ms. Merkel, you’ll have to stand over there with Caroline. Hillary and Bill will be bringing in the New Year in Times Square tonite!
    ————————————–
    Mrs. Smith: did you notice Huma is back in the picture assuming it is a current one. When it says nobody but Obama has greater “opportunity” to change the world, history will show that he was the first black president, but Hillary delivered a better world. I am not black myself, but if I were I believe I would know which of the two is most important–particularly if it does not turn out well for him. “For now sits Expectations in the air, and hides a sword from hilts unto the point .”

  137. If you think of the Obama phenomenon as a helium balloon floating far above the ground, by the time the innauguration is over he will be floating airless in outer space with astroids zipping by at terrible speed and gravitational pull. If he were not such messssssssiah, I might be a little worried for him. Question: do teleprompters work well in outer space. Question: how do you get an astroid to listen?

  138. wobbei says “EX MALO BONUM (out of bad comes good)” and provides the details. I could see the brilliance of Blagojevich’s move, but now you and your friend have filled in the details. I suspected from Burris’ grin that he thought he had accomplished something – now I am rooting for him!!

    Down with Brazile, Reid, Pelosi, Franks, Dodd, Judas, Dean and the list goes on and on and on.

    I was given Hillary’s book, “Living History” for Christmas and have re-read some of it. Some things make more sense now. Hillary deserves Woman of the Year, no Century, but we deserve her as POTUS!

  139. I justed visited hillaryclintondotcom,. There you can send a message to Hillary about her SOS nomination.

    HILLARY CLINTON DID SOMETHING VERY RARE FOR A POLITICAN: SHE WON WHILE LOSING!!!

    And a post by follows:

    by Caroline Adler11/14/2008 6:20:44 PM We’ve Moved! HillPAC and Friends of Hillary have returned to downtown DC. We are now located at 1825 K Street NW, Suite 1000; Washington DC 20006.

    Celebrating Glamour’s “Women of the Year 2008:” Glamour magazine honored Hillary Clinton at this year’s “Glamour Women of the Year 2008” Awards ceremony this week in New York. Entertainment Tonight caught up with Senator Clinton, America Ferrera and others. According to America Ferrera:

    “This has been a wonderful year for women and I think, you know, in large part due to Senator Clinton and I’m always honored to be in her company and I’m very honored to be here today.” Watch the segment here.

    Glamour calls Hillary Clinton “The Trailblazer,” writing: This year Hillary Clinton did something very rare for a politician: She won while losing. No, she didn’t reach the White House—but she motivated a new generation of women of every political stripe. Read more here. [SNIP]

    AND THEN IT CONTINUES WITH [PUKE!!!]:
    206 Votes in Minnesota: Senator Clinton e-mailed her supporters today re-emphasizing the importance of the recount in Minnesota and sending Al Franken to the Senate:

    Just 206 votes. That’s the difference separating Al Franken and Norm Coleman in the Minnesota Senate race — 206 votes out of about 3 million cast.
    In the coming days, Minnesota officials will carefully count every vote to make sure they get the most accurate count possible…

    This time we’re ready. The Franken Campaign is working hard to make sure every vote is counted — but they need our help…

    Help make sure this important election is decided fairly — contribute today to Al Franken’s campaign.

  140. just out of curiosity, where was m.o. on that gallop poll? Was she even on it?

    I bet she and the bots are spitting nails that Hillary got top honors…lol…I love it!

  141. #wbboei Says:
    December 31st, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    Hillary Voted New Yorker of the Year!

    and… The Most Powerful Woman on the Planet!

    Ms. Merkel, you’ll have to stand over there with Caroline. Hillary and Bill will be bringing in the New Year in Times Square tonite!
    ————————————–
    Mrs. Smith: did you notice Huma is back in the picture assuming it is a current one. When it says nobody but Obama has greater “opportunity” to change the world, history will show that he was the first black president, but Hillary delivered a better world. I am not black myself, but if I were I believe I would know which of the two is most important–particularly if it does not turn out well for him. “For now sits Expectations in the air, and hides a sword from hilts unto the point .”
    ——————————————————————-
    wbboei, I hope that is Huma, if so, tis` a good omen. I’ve never seen Hillary happier except of course, when Billy won the crown.

    “For now sits Expectations in the air, and hides a sword from hilts unto the point with crowns imperial. Crowns and coronets, Promised to Harry and his followers.”… rejoinder:

    “The ballerina rose gracefully en Pointe and extended one slender leg behind her, like a dog at a fire hydrant.”

    Happy New Year- wbboei, Admin, and all the wonderful posters who have found their way here.

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