Updated: Video added – New Year’s Eve, New York 2008-2009.
This last day of the year is the whole political year condensed.
Let’s review the past 24 hours as it relates to the past year:
Race-baiting Obama-style (meaning charges of racism as a political ploy which insults the real civil rights movement as the charges are devoid of any substance, indeed those yelling “racism” are the race-baiters) is back in the headlines; Obama is on a cushy Bushy vacation, again; national Dimocrats are stumbling and bumbling and full of corrupt intentions; Illinois has a scam African-American senator (to replace a scam African-American senator who never did anything for the citizens of Illinois but rather used the office only for his own personal advancement); Obama engaged in guilt by association after bogus years long complaints protesting guilt by association (meaning Obama does not like those who remember his 20 years plus associations with people like bomber Bill Ayres, Jeremiah Wright, Reverend Meeks, and our favorite Antoin “Tony” Rezko); a Big Pink serial is interrupted by breaking corruption news from Chicago (the New York Story Part II will continue with the Chuck Schumer portion in the New Year); Hillary and Bill Clinton are proving once again they are a class act loved by New Yorkers; Caroline Kennedy is invisible and nowhere to be found, again; and more and more of the Hopium addled are realizing that … Obama can’t be trusted… Obama simply can’t be trusted.
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In the past 24 hours Governor Blagojevich, pal to the wheeler-dealer corrupt of Illinois, proved again how corrupt Illinois politicians and Dimocrats nationally are. Blagojevich appointed a replacement for Obama’s senate seat and the hypocrite Dimocrats yelped.
But it is the Dimocrats who authored this ugly comedy. It was Illinois Dimocrats who called a special session of the legislature to strip Blagojevich of the appointment power but then, once they realized the Republicans could possibly win the senate seat in Obama Culture Of Corruption Illinois, the Dimocrats abandoned the purpose of the special session.
It was Majority Leader Senator Harry Reid who wrote and sent a letter -which the ENTIRE Senate Democratic caucus signed as well – which torpedoed the scheduling of a special election to allow the citizens of Illinois to elect the Senator who would replace do-nothing Obama.
Blagojevich acted after he saw the Dimocrats would do nothing in order to maintain their own power to dictate appointments.
Blagojevich is annoying the Dimocrats and Obama because he is stealing headlines which ordinarily be used to praise Obama – the selected.
And the Obama Drama with Blagojevich will not end anytime soon. Patrick Fitzgerald is seeking a 90 day extension of time to indict Blagojevich.
U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald has filed a motion seeking a 90-day extension to return of an indictment against Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
Federal prosecutors normally have 30 days to file an indictment against a defendant. That deadline would have been Jan. 7, and the extension would give prosecutors until April 7 instead.
Authorities arrested Blagojevich on Dec. 9 on corruption charges that accuse him of trying to sell President-elect Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat to the highest bidder.
Blagojevich has denied any wrongdoing.
In the motion filed Wednesday, prosecutors ask for more time because ”multiple witnesses” have come forward in recent weeks and investigators have to review ”thousands of intercepted phone calls.”
And every day finds Obama running away from his past.
While Obama vacationed, some of the main characters from his political past took turns starring in a bizarre Chicago news conference. First to the lectern was embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was arrested this month on federal corruption charges, and from whom Obama has worked to distance himself. Blagojevich then introduced Roland Burris, his appointment to fill Obama’s seat in the U.S. Senate. Burris once held a fundraiser at his house for Obama and calls the president-elect “somebody whose career I really helped launch.”
Then, near the end of the news conference, Rep. Bobby L. Rush was beckoned to the front of the room, where he asked the public not to “lynch” Burris because of the charges against Blagojevich. Rush defeated Obama in a 2000 House race and chided him as an “educated fool” before eventually endorsing him for president and asserting that “I helped teach him.”
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Those who Caroline Kennedy stabbed in the back this past year – New Yorkers and especially Hillary and Bill Clinton – will be celebrating tonight. For New Yorkers, especially Hillary and Bill Clinton, this will be a special night as Hillary and Bill Clinton will be bringing in the New Year at Times Square. Hillary has also been named by the Daily News as the New Yorker Of The Year.
For carrying the banner of a history-making candidacy with a resolve and class worthy of this city — in victory and defeat — we today salute Hillary Clinton as the Daily News New Yorker of the Year for 2008.
We salute Hillary Clinton too. Whatever optimism we have for what looks to be a bleak next year is due primarily to Hillary Clinton. So thank you once again to Hillary.
To all our readers, with resolve, joy, and determination, not blind hope:
Happy New Year!