Barack Obama’s Dirty Chicago Senate Seat

Who is to blame for the Illinois Senate Seat mess? Barack Obama is to blame.

Other than here, at this Pink website, few, if any, took notice when Barack Obama resigned his senate seat in early November. At the time we made several points regarding the Obama resignation: (1) Obama accomplished nothing in the U.S. Senate other than advance himself; (2) Obama demonstrated once again that he will “flick off the burden of responsibility” when responsibility, as it usually does, counters self-advancement; (3) Obama knew he was not qualified to run for president from the very beginning (see video below); (4) there was much work to do in the U.S. Senate post-election and every Democratic vote was needed; (5) dumping his responsibilities Obama resigned the day before the current U.S. Senate reconvened; (6) Obama’s is the earliest resignation ever after a presidential election win; (7) Joe Biden won’t resign from the Senate until after the new Senate convenes.

Today’s New York Times confirms that Joe Biden will be sworn in as a U.S. Senator in the new U.S. Senate. Like Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton has also retained her Senate seat. Both Joe Biden and Hillary do not flick responsibility off as if they were in a Jay-Z video.

The Obama Chicago senate seat is soiled by Obama’s irresponsibility. There was no need for Obama to resign from the U.S. Senate so early due to transition needs. Obama was elected to the U.S. Senate and immediately started his presidential run. The duties of a U.S. Senator never came to Obama’s mind while he was campaigning. For two years Obama ran for president while still a U.S. Senator so it is clear that transition pressures were not the reason for Obama to resign.

Obama knew that Governor Blagojevich was likely to be impeached. Obama knew that Blagojevich would name the Obama successor to the U.S. Senate. But Obama did not care. Obama had reasons to get out of the Senate and fast. An ethics complaint citing the Stevens conviction had recently been filed in the Senate against Obama and might have been a reason for Obama to scurry along. Obama had to stay one step ahead of the law.

Antoin “Tony” Rezko is without doubt cooperating with federal prosecutors. Rezko’s testimony against Blagojevich is not particularly needed now with so many witnesses, according to Prosecutor Fitzgerald coming forward to testify against Blagojevich. If Rezko wants a big sentence reduction Rezko is going to have to turn over something or someone big – someone much bigger than Blagojevich. As we asked in an earlier article “What does Tony Rezko know and when will he say it?”

A Special Prosecutor is needed to stop the Obama crime lords from setting up shop in Washington and nationwide.

John Kass knows the deep-set corruption at the heart of Obama. John Kass gets it, and gives it right back to Big Media outlets that continue to protect the irresponsible, corrupt, and unqualified Barack Obama:

Because, finally, despite all the willful cheerleading of national media types who prattled cherubically about the new Camelot, Americans are finally realizing that Chicago politics is no fairy tale.

President-elect Barack Obama was not found as an infant, floating in a reed basket along the banks of the Chicago River. He is not the gentle faun, the Mr. Tumnus, of the Daley machine. Obama could have forcefully and publicly demanded that Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and fellow Illinois Democrats support legislation for a special election to fill his vacated Senate seat. Obama had a responsibility to the people of Illinois to do so. But he kept his mouth shut. As always, he avoided conflict with machine political bosses, a consistent character trait stubbornly ignored by his media cheerleaders.

His top White House strategist and his chief of staff are creatures of the Daley machine, and Democrats didn’t want to risk the Senate seat. What happened to the promise of transcending the old politics?

So when the freak show comes to Washington next week and political hack Roland “I’m a tool of the people” Burris is denied entry to the Senate, and the national political class shrieks in fake outrage and Blagojevich surrounds himself with African-American ministers and he sings “Let my people go!” remember who could have stopped all this: Obama, Madigan, Daley and the Illinois Democrats.

Kass does not forget Antoin “Tony” Rezko and the Obama mansion when he discusses Blagojevich’s wife Patti:

One guy who would know how she’s doing is the mysterious Amrish Mahajan, a big-time political fundraiser and boss of the Mutual Bank of Harvey. It was Amrish’s bank that financed the questionable purchase by Tony Rezko’s wife of the Obama side lot, in the kinky deal allowing the Obamas to get their dream house. Patti also received oodles of real estate commissions on deals with Amrish’s bank. Amrish’s wife is also under investigation, charged with running a drug-testing company that allegedly bilked state government out of millions of dollars by administering phony drug tests to state employees.

I met Amrish years ago. We were introduced by Roland Burris.

Kass, the Chicago corruption expert, leaves out for the most part the national Dimocrats. The U.S. Senate Dimocrats’ leadership is complicit in the Obama irresponsibility now, just as they were during the primaries.

It was the national Dimocrats who blocked legislation to have an election to fill the Senate seat. Let’s not forget that it was national Dimocrats who blocked elections in Florida and Michigan from being respected and who then refused to allow new primary elections because they knew Hillary would win those elections. The national Dimocrats have become anti-Democracy.

National Dimocrats also cheered when the rule of law was mocked by Lisa Madigan, the attorney general of Illinois, as she abused a law regarding physical incapacity of a governor to try to have the courts of Illinois declare the governor politically incapacitated. The court laughed at her suit.

It is also national Dimocrats who aid and abet the Obama corruption by trying Lisa Madigan style tricks to prevent Roland Burris from replacing Obama in the U.S. Senate. National Dimocrats have threatened to have Burris physically blocked from entering the Senate or trying parlimentary ruses involving the Rules Committee. Hillary supporters well remember the respect for Rules and Bylaws demonstrated by the Dimocratic leadership.

And long ago we predicted that the Obama race-baiting woud become a common staple. Roland Burris will play the Obama race card now and national Dimocrats will not be cheering along. The now discovered and confirmed Harry Reid calls to Governor Blagojevich opposing certain Obama replacements – all of them African-Americans – will assist Governor Blagojevich and Roland Burris in their shouts of “racism”. The race-baiting chickens are coming home to roost in the U.S. Senate:

Days before Gov. Blagojevich was charged with trying to sell President-elect Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate seat to the highest bidder, top Senate Democrat Harry Reid made it clear who he didn’t want in the post: Jesse Jackson, Jr., Danny Davis or Emil Jones.

Rather, Reid called Blagojevich to argue he appoint either state Veterans Affairs chief Tammy Duckworth or Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, sources told the Chicago Sun-Times.

Duckworth was an Axelrod client. Lisa Madiigan, the Caroline Kennedy of Illinois, has a dad who is the Illinois Speaker of the House. In Chicago and Massachusetts, blood is thicker than mud.

According to reports Rahm Emanuel earlier advised Blagojevich that Reid would be a-calling. It Reid made any offers to Blagojevich we might have a series of overt acts useful to Prosecutor Fitzgerald.

We and real Democrats have for years excoriated the Bush crime family due to their contempt for the rule of law. Now it is national Dimocrats who display contempt for the rule of law. National Dimocrats and assorted Hopium addicts are estatic that the Illinois Secretary of State is refusing to sign a certificate to be sent to the U.S. Senate which acknowledges that corrupt Blagojevich has legally appointed Roland Burris. But the Illinois Secretary of State has a ministerial duty to sign the certificate. There is no discretion allowed. In future any official who does not like something can simply refuse to do their job – screw the rule of law.

There was a time when Democrats cared about the rule of law. But now Dimocrats see it is their time to wet their beaks. The Republican crime lords from Texas are simply replaced with Dimocratic crime lords from Illinois.

Barack Obama is to blame for the disenfranchisement of Illinois voters just as Obama was responsible for disenfranchising Florida and Michigan voters during the primary. Dogs repeat their old tricks rather than learn new ones.

Obama is responsible and must be held to account for how he has dirtied his Senate seat. But many, almost all Dimocrats, share in the blame and have aided and abetted Obama. Big Media is complicit too in protecting Obama from his irresponsibilities and corruptions.

There are no good guys to cheer for in the Drama of Barack Obama’s Dirty Chicago Senate Seat.

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169 thoughts on “Barack Obama’s Dirty Chicago Senate Seat

  1. When a child or person finds that they don’t have rules or discipline, they continue to break more and more rules. This is the Dimocrats who learned how to not follow the Rules, and let us face it the consitution, as the American People have allowed them to get away with it. So they will continue to break the rules.

    Amen Admin, again.

  2. “I pledge allegiance” …

    “And to the republic” (a state in which sovereign power is invested in representatives chosen by the people to govern. And government is the people and it’s from the people to the leaders, not from the leaders to the people.)
    ….

    Source: Red Skelton long ago, and recently from a rerun of Lawrence Welk PBS special: God Bless America

  3. Great tracking, Admin-

    It’s time for Harry Reid to start packing his bags. I can only hope Pelosi is on tape somewhere speaking candidly passing along her ideas of righteous indignation to Reid.

    I do have one question though. Who found Burris for Blagovich? I’m sensing there is a brain behind a brain advising Blogojevich besides his attorney.

  4. Bravo Admin. another gem of reporting and reminding that there is high class and high office corruption generated every day by those we trusted and voted into office and our great country’s political system are vermin of the worst kind.Traitors by the dozens and the numbers keep growing and the diversions are flowing in a steady stream.”Keep them moving and keep them hungry” is their secret agenda to insure them a long and profitable career in the den of thieves of Congress.
    The FOX POX network is back again accusing Bill and Hill of financial tricks to promote her career as SOS with His foundation
    funds.With Colmes gone Hannity and the self loving Bill O are going to compete for Slime #1 of TV.
    We have great big problems people.The news is being arranged for us full of lies and inuendos about honest political figures that really care for our country and are doing their best and bravest efforts to keep us informed but the well greased palms of the political hacks makes it a difficult and almost hopeless job.We must all keep the faith for patriots like our Clintons will rally good people to join the ground roots level for a battle to save our democracy and our now poor country.

    By ABM90 This old dog will never be silent.Join me.

  5. • NewMexicoFan Says:
    January 4th, 2009 at 9:55 am
    holdthemaccountable
    I think we are afraid or we have forgotten how to hold them accountable.
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    Oh, I don’t think so, NMF! WE on the blogs are learning how to hold them accountable! That’s the great GOOD thing that happened during this election cycle. Our ADMIN is holding their feet to the fire. And so are many other more recent blogs which have followed ADMIN’s protest. YOU, NMF are holding them accountable and all of us who rose up in outrage over the massive wrongs. Look at PUMA – only 6 months old and think of the impact it has had. How many people do you meet who are devoted readers of 44 – I am always surprised at how many there are! A huge boil has broken on Uncle Sam’s bottom – as it drains, it’s an ugly mess, but I believe that’s the way to better health. Don’t lose hope!

  6. lil ole grape

    But we are the under current the thorn in their side, but when do people of the democracy finally say, enough is enough, I want my Democracy back. Bush should have never taken office, and neither should O, but still it happens.

    We need to be more than the undercurrent, and a thorn.

    Admin, just out of curiousity, how many hits is this site getting a day, on average?

  7. NMF “when do people of the democracy finally say, enough is enough”
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    When enough of them are well informed as to what is really going on! And that’s what we do, you and I and all of us — we try to learn all we can day by day and pass it on.

  8. For this naive person here, why would Reid, et al., not want Jackson Jr., Davis, or Jones? Are they considered a threat to BO? Are they part of a different Chicago machine? Interesting Reid wanted white women, but not AA men. Just a coincidence?

  9. For example, I print copies of information from the web for people who work long hours and have little or no time to seek it out for themselves. I always include references of course, especially, credit to blogs so that readers can check it out for themselves. Have been doing this everyday for over a year. I think lots of us do this — it’s important. Most recipients are very grateful.

  10. For this naive person here, why would Reid, et al., not want Jackson Jr., Davis, or Jones? Are they considered a threat to BO? Are they part of a different Chicago machine? Interesting Reid wanted white women, but not AA men. Just a coincidence?
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    They are closely tied to Obama, who is dirty enough. I think Reid knows that a scandal is coming and all of them would be removed.

  11. [Note to self: do not type out and send off a comment without checking first to see if Admin has put up a new article]
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    January 4th, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    turndown
    several overseas locations.

    [Note to self: never sit down, quick type and submit a comment without checking first to see if Admin has put up a new article.]

    Therefore a repost:

    January 4th, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    turndown

    Knew them slightly thru Dem fundraising-campaigns when I was much younger, more as I got more involved in regional politics. Got to know Burlean as we each moved through university administrations.

    He was just a working constant in political life in IL. Others came and went, but like Bob Ray, R or Tom Harkin, D in Iowa, Paul Simon (died in late 2003) and Burris have just always been there in IL.

    Yes, BHO endorsed Sec. Burris in the 2002 Dem gubenatorial primary the last time Burris ran.

    IL, MO, MN, NE, Dakotas are our neighboring states. Everyone knows everyone else’s business around here. In addition, IA is much closer to IL than IL is to IN.

    We share the Mississippi River and the Quad Cities, early Mormon history and a dislike of all things Bobby Knight.

    I graduated in IL, live now in IA, after a stint in OH, TDYs and several overseas locations.

  12. Turndown

    This is really puzzling. Blago drives everyone nuts by appointing someone HONEST? So Reid and all oppose the honest man?
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    Reid and all, including BHO, have overstepped their authority and are now trying to do a combo of holding their position and backpedal at the same time.

    They are hating Blago because he outfoxed them, and the repubs are going to take advantage of the Dem boo-boo…you can bet on it.

    Just listen to Mitch McConnell…he’s already throwing out demands about the stimulus pkg, like “help to states should be loans, not grants.”

    Rep will extract a pound of flesh for every supporting vote they lend to the Dems in this fight, mark my word.

    Also, there are 58 Dem Senators, but only 50 signed that stupid demand. I wonder who the holdouts were.

  13. S Says:

    January 4th, 2009 at 1:37 pm
    richardson to withdraw his name as commerce secretary

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    Chickens are coming home to roost.

  14. Freckles–thank you for the eloquent rebuttal. It is balanced and well reasoned.

    Let me give you a little more information on why my feelings toward Uncle Ted run as deep as they do, at the risk of appearing unbalanced.

    He killed two women. One through negligent homicide–where he chose to save himself and leave a young woman to die. The other through years of spousal abuse.

    He has used public power to advance his own private ends and those of his family. Beneathe the convenient facade of public service is a true Machiavellian.

    Example 1: I have a friend who is a player in the pharmaseutical industry. Uncle Ted has vast holdings. So does W. I am informed that over the years Ted has used public power to punish companies who compete with those he owns. Others have told me that he was punitive toward Epjohn for that reason.

    Example 2: in 1960 the Chicago Machine did his family a favor. In 2008 he did the Chicago Machine a favor. And now he is demanding a new favor from the Chicago Machine, that they use their influence to give the NY senate seat to his family–and he covers it up through lies. This would be politics as it usual except for the fact that she is the least qualified candidate, and these are desparate times for that state.

    Example 3: Uncle Ted is a left wing demogogue. He has been instumental in displacing the centrist coalition of the party with a coalition of left wing elites and economic underclass. The tax and spend policies he promotes plus the inflation they produce will undermine the middle class. Hillary and Bill are champions of the middle class.

    Uncle Ted has been in the public eye for half a century. Yet there is no definitive biography on him–that gives us the unvanished truth. At least none that I am aware of. Why not?

    I can understand the reluctance to call him evil. Demonic might be a better word. But that is just my opinion. I could be wrong.

  15. I have been surprised at the lack of response to what I posted last evening:
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    from JanH’s comment copying Lynn Sweet’s article in the Chicago Sun Times:
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    Pending final resolution, it’s possible Burris will get some office space, a limited staff and maybe even be put on some kind of payroll. Though the senators may allow him on the floor, to hang around in the back, Burris could not vote or sit behind one of the desks in the Senate chamber.
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    Burris also revealed that Durbin advised him — before it was offered — not to take a Blagojevich appointment.

    Durbin, said Burris, “said don’t take the seat, he had said that, certainly, and I took that into consideration.” Burris said a reason he accepted the offer from Blagojevich was “to take this issue off the plate of the people of Illinois, and they can go on with other problems.”

    He also ruled out a caretaker role; Burris said he would likely run in 2010 to keep the seat if his appointment sticks.

    =========================

    Excuse me, but doesn’t that first paragraph sound like something straight out of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. It is straight out of segregation, the south, the southwest, and the southeast…clear up to southern IL, northern MO and northern VA.

    It smacks of separate drinking fountains, lunch counters and bathrooms.

    And it is disgusting.

    I have sent an email with this paragraph quoted, plus my comments, to Reid, Durbin and my two senators…Grassley and Harkin.

    Feel free to template if you want…just tell the rest of us if it makes you mad too.
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    Does not that kind of treatment smack of discrimination?

  16. Emjay, if Burris is treated in that manner he will speak out about it don’t you think? I can’t imagine anyone going along with such treatment and remaining silent.

    Can the senate legally deny the man the privileges and duties of other senators? Is that constitutional?

  17. Breaking News Alert
    The New York Times
    Sunday, January 4, 2009 — 1:54 PM ET
    —–

    Richardson Said to Withdraw as Commerce Secretary Nominee

    Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico has withdrawn his name as
    the commerce secretary nominee because of an investigation
    and President-elect Barack Obama has accepted, NBC News and
    The Associated Press reported. According to The A.P., a
    federal grand jury is investigating how a California company
    that contributed to Mr. Richardson’s political activities won
    a lucrative New Mexico state contract

  18. Richardson withdraws bid to be commerce secretary

    Associated Press Writer Nedra Pickler, Associated Press Writer – 3 mins ago

    WASHINGTON – New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson says he is withdrawing his nomination to be President-elect Barack Obama’s commerce secretary amid a grand jury investigation.

    Obama said in a statement Sunday that he accepted Richardson’s withdrawal “with deep regret” but that the governor was putting the nation first to avoid any delay in filling the Cabinet post.

    A federal grand jury is investigating how a California company that contributed to Richardson’s political activities won a New Mexico state contract worth more than $1 billion.

    Richardson said in a statement issued by Obama’s transition office that the investigation could take weeks or months and he couldn’t ask Obama to delay the Commerce Department’s work. Richardson said the investigation will show that he “acted properly in all matters.”

  19. I hope the pieces of silver Judas accepted from the Messiah will be enough to keep him in cowboy boots from now on because he is tainted goods from here on out.

  20. Emay: sorry, I did not see your post on Richardson when I posted mine or I would have stepped back. This is interesting isnt it. What does this say about the ability of Obamas intergalactic transition team, and the depth and accuracy of their work. This is a big turd in the punch bowl/

  21. Bravo.

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    Emjay Says:

    January 4th, 2009 at 2:08 pm
    Richardson withdraws bid to be commerce secretary

  22. Yours was faster…well done

    Mine had a quote added from Bobo.
    Big deal.

    S beat us both by 40 mins…very well done.

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    I am crying for real. Oh, happy day.

    Not supposed to gloat. Oh well. Have hardly ever done the right thing.

  23. Sounds like a Big Shakeup is coming. That or the wheels are coming off before they pass GO! Everyone that was promised something for helping Obama get elected IS on notice. More Buses pulling into the Terminal and are ready to accommodate the next wave of (no longer necessary) comrades going for that final trip, UNDER the BUS!

  24. Is the democratic party leaders going to call Bill Richardson to resign? Is NM going to impeach Bill Richardson?

  25. Mr Otis regrets he’s unable to lunch today–Madam . . . .

    Dear President Elect Obama,

    I am honored that you have chosen me to be the next Secretary of Commerce. It marks the highlight of my long and distinguished political career. I can hardly find the words to express my gratitude. I am (sob–wheeze) . . forgive me.

    It it with profound regret that I must now inform you that certain matters have now reached a stage where I can no longer devote my attention soley and exclusively to the needs of our great nation and your presidency.

    Therefore, it is with the greatest reluctance that I must now withdraw my name from consideration as secretary of commerce. My duty to you and to this great country of ours requires nothing less. God bless you and this great country.

    Very truly yours,

    WR

    P.S. by the way, does Axelrod have any dirt on the prosecutor?

  26. That is a billion dollar scandal. Now NM needs to impeach him and take him out of office. Yes, Amen. Now the crooks in this state who stood behind him, and did his fraudulant bidding need to start stepping away. There are other things here he is guilty, now will the people that know come forward.

    We need to put the Hillary supporter, LTG in office ASAP.

  27. lil ole grape Says:
    January 4th, 2009 at 11:46 am
    For example, I print copies of information from the web for people who work long hours and have little or no time to seek it out for themselves. I always include references of course, especially, credit to blogs so that readers can check it out for themselves. Have been doing this everyday for over a year. I think lots of us do this — it’s important. Most recipients are very grateful.
    ==============

    This sort of gives me a tingle. If I trust my next door neighbor’s judgement about local things, then I can trust him to know which bloggers to trust — and on up the line.

  28. emjay,

    Your posts are all so good and informative that they should always be posted twice. 🙂 Someone might have missed it on the previous thread.

    {{{hug}}}

  29. Crying with laughter!
    Judas gets his!
    Who’s keeping score about the next BO supporter slated for the guillotine? Edwards; disgraced for life. Rezko; in jail. Blago; under impeachment. JJ; no political future. Oprah: named another fraud book to her bestsellers list and is scammed again. Dodd; embrroiledin the Fannie/Freddie mess. Where’s Rhambo? I heard he’s in Africa???? Reid’s racism showing.

    NYS (TK) is doing his damndest to smear HRC with leaks about a Syracuse developer who supported her (senate run?) and then donated 100G bu we all no they ain’t got nothing on her.

    I predict next week is gonna be very interesting. Pass the popcorn.

    👿

  30. AmericanGal Says:
    January 4th, 2009 at 2:00 pm
    Emjay, if Burris is treated in that manner he will speak out about it don’t you think?
    ==================

    Dunno what Burris will say, but some Black politician is already complaining about ‘lynching’ Burris. So I expect that one would continue to speak out. 😉

    What an idiotic mess for Reid etc to get themselves into.

  31. 😳

    Stupid comment box won’t let me correct OR see below line 16.

    no = know
    bu = but
    embrroiledin = embroiled in

  32. Is the democratic party leaders going to call Bill Richardson to resign? Is NM going to impeach Bill Richardson?
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    An excellent question. He will be asked to resign privately. He should do so immediately. The longer he stays around the more the dims have two bagos to worry about, plus a trembling tower of tapioca. Three front wars are hard to manage when you are looking for unity. Oh what tangled webs we weave. How will big media choose to ignore this one. Is it a one day story or will it sit there and fester. Lets hope he stays around as governor–and twists in the wind.

  33. S beat us both by 40 mins…very well done
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    Congratulations S. You got there firstest with the mostest.

  34. Trying again without the smilellys:

    emjay,

    Your posts are all so good and informative that they should always be posted twice. Someone might have missed it on the previous thread.

    {{{hug}}}

    AmericanGal Says:
    January 4th, 2009 at 2:00 pm
    Emjay, if Burris is treated in that manner he will speak out about it don’t you think?
    ==================
    Dunno what Burris will say, but some Black politician is already complaining about ‘lynching’ Burris. So I expect that one would continue to speak out.

    What an idiotic mess for Reid etc to get themselves into.

  35. 1 Billion, I am told on the news is 1 Million. They collect their slight error, as if that makes any difference. I will watch NM with interest to see how the politicians I have seen groval at his feet behave.

  36. I’m laughing my ass about Richardson. Bitchell keeps saying how much Judas wanted SOS .. poor baby. NOT

    Hey Judas FUCK you

  37. Looks like the stealth pre elect has a new game plan.It is called
    ” Shuttleboard “.What a way to run a country.

    By ABM90 Thank God we have Hillary ready and able.

  38. The crime lords are coming! The crime lords are coming!

    Can we have another Special Prosecutor please?

    And Bill Clinton’s New Year starts in a spectacular fashion with the Obama Drama (that is what Drudge is calling it) of the Judas forced and humiliating resignation. Now Hillary does not have to sit in the same cabinet room with Judas.

    Next up – Michelle. Then B. Obama.

    (Thanks wbboei, for the Mr. Otis Regrets mention – it was a good laugh. Congrats to S for being first on the beat with the Judas hanging.)

    And let’s not forget this is another Obama Culture Of Corruption Pay-to-Play scandal (from Bloomberg News, December 15, 2007):

    http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=aL0GGUluJeT8&refer=us
    A federal grand jury is investigating how a company that advised Jefferson County, Alabama, on bond deals that threaten to cause the biggest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, did similar work in New Mexico after making contributions to Governor Bill Richardson’s political action committees.

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

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation asked current and former officials from the state agency if any staff members in the governor’s office influenced CDR’s hiring, said the people, who declined to be identified because the proceedings are secret. Richardson, who is President-elect Barack Obama’s designate for Commerce Secretary, has a staff of at least 30 people.

    “They’re looking at everything related to CDR,” William Sisneros, the finance agency’s chief executive officer, said of the FBI probe. “They’re just trying to evaluate all the relationships to see what CDR was doing for the money.”

  39. don’t you reckon Hillary is feeling some sort of satisfaction right about now? She should have been the one taking the oath in a couple of weeks .. Judas and his backstabbing lies along with Kerry started the whole snowball. I’m anxiously awaiting karma to visit upon kerry’s ass.

  40. If Big Media does what I suspect they will, which is to say that Richardson worked in the Clinton Administation, whereas he was merely proposed by Bambi, then the rebuttal has to be this:

    1. first, the alleged transgressions took place AFTER the Clinton Administration left office therefore they could not disqualify him from working in that administration.

    2. second, the alleged transgressions took place BEFORE he was vetted by people like Caroline Kennedy and appointed by Obama. They were at issue at that time. Why then was he appointed?

    Since Kass and Sweet are the only honest reporters left in the media today, perhaps they should ask that question to the Messiah–without the benefit of a teleprompter.

  41. don’t you reckon Hillary is feeling some sort of satisfaction right about now? She should have been the one taking the oath in a couple of weeks .. Judas and his backstabbing lies along with Kerry started the whole snowball. I’m anxiously awaiting karma to visit upon kerry’s ass.
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    Amen.

  42. Richardson withdraws bid to be commerce secretary
    By NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press Writer Nedra Pickler, Associated Press Writer
    11 mins ago

    WASHINGTON – New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson on Sunday announced that he was withdrawing his nomination to be President-elect Barack Obama’s commerce secretary amid a grand jury investigation into how some of his political donors won a lucrative state contract.

    Richardson’s withdrawal was the first disruption of Obama’s Cabinet process and the second “pay-to-play” investigation that has touched Obama’s transition to the presidency. The president-elect has remained above the fray in both the case of arrested Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and the New Mexico case.

    A federal grand jury is investigating how a California company that contributed to Richardson’s political activities won a New Mexico transportation contract worth more than $1 million. Richardson said in a statement issued by the Obama transition office that the investigation could take weeks or months but expressed confidence it will show he and his administration acted properly.

    “I have concluded that the ongoing investigation also would have forced an untenable delay in the confirmation process,” Richardson said. “Given the gravity of the economic situation the nation is facing, I could not in good conscience ask the president-elect and his administration to delay for one day the important work that needs to be done.”

    Richardson said he will remain as governor and told Obama, “I am eager to serve in the future in any way he deems useful.”

    The announcement came ahead of Obama’s Monday meetings with congressional leaders on a massive economic recovery bill he wants lawmakers to pass quickly.

    Obama said he has accepted Richardson’s withdrawal, first reported by NBC News, “with deep regret.”

    “Governor Richardson is an outstanding public servant and would have brought to the job of Commerce Secretary and our economic team great insights accumulated through an extraordinary career in federal and state office,” Obama said. “It is a measure of his willingness to put the nation first that he has removed himself as a candidate for the Cabinet to avoid any delay in filling this important economic post at this critical time. Although we must move quickly to fill the void left by Governor Richardson’s decision, I look forward to his future service to our country and in my administration.”

    A person familiar with the proceedings has told The Associated Press that the grand jury is looking into possible “pay-to-play” dealings between CDR Financial Products and someone in a position to push the contract through with the state of New Mexico.

    State documents show CDR was paid a total of $1.48 million in 2004 and 2005 for its work on a transportation program.

    Richardson ran against Obama in the Democratic presidential primary, but withdrew after a poor showing in the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary.

    He is one of the most prominent Hispanics in the Democratic Party, having served in Congress and as President Clinton’s ambassador to the United Nations and energy secretary. As governor, he has kept up an international profile with a specialty in dealing with rouge nations. Obama also considered him to be secretary of state.

    CDR and its CEO, David Rubin, have contributed at least $110,000 to three political committees formed by Richardson, according to an AP review of campaign finance records.

    The largest donation, $75,000, was made by CDR in June 2004 — a couple of months after the transportation financing arrangement won state approval — to a political committee that Richardson established before the Democratic National Convention that year.

    In the Illinois case, Blagojevich is accused of trying to sell the Senate seat that Obama gave up to become president. Obama and two of his top aides have been interviewed by the U.S. attorney’s office pursuing the case but have denied any knowledge of such a scheme and have not been accused by prosecutors of any wrongdoing.
    ___
    (This version CORRECTS `$1 billion’ to `$1 million’ in third paragraph.)
    http:*//news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090104/ap_on_el_pr/richardson

  43. I’m so happy that Richardson got what was coming to him. I can see Hillary, Bill and Carvell laughing there asses off. What goes around comes around and tag your it.

    Who’s next?? please let it be Nancy, Harry, Donna, Howard or do I dare say Omaba.

    At last the games are afoot.

  44. The Hillary haters are pushing back with this:

    “A Donor’s Gift Soon Followed Clinton’s Help”

    By CHARLIE SAVAGE
    Published: January 3, 2009

    nytimes.com/2009/01/04/washington/04clinton.html?hp

  45. Will the Dimocrats now demand that Richardson be impeached or at the very least resign? – like they have with corrupt Blagojevich? Goose meet gander.

    Let’s be the first: Richardson Must Resign or be Impeached!

  46. News reports are that Judas has already told the Lt gov of NM that he’ll be returning as the Gov. Lets hope the legislature there deems to start impeachement.

  47. Dot, Kerry mayhave received some of his karma, by not being chosen to be SOS. He is Chairman of the Foreign Relations committe, but he really, really wanted SOS.

    Now, people are trying to smear Clinton again? It will never stop.

  48. admin Says:

    January 4th, 2009 at 3:26 pm
    We posted a comment on December 19 about Richardson here (from the article “Blagojevich Fights, Obama Sweats”:

    http://www.hillaryis44.org/?p=821&cpage=1#comment-228605

    The comment contained a video of Richardson avoiding questions about his pay-to-play scandal.
    —————————————–
    Admin> you are the very best. Any honest descent courageous member of the media–as opposed to the business controlled big media who deals in propaganda and lies will see this site as an oasis of truth in a desert of lies.

    You back up your cogent analysis with solid evidence–which is always the key. You are weeks, months and sometimes even years ahead of the pack in undersanding the situation.

    In sum, you are a very constuctive force in the current debate which will determine the fate of our country. The international press understands this, whereas big media in this country does not want to know the truth.

  49. Burris is gonna be the BURR up Bambi and the Dimwits ass.

    We need to start a support campaign for him with email, fax,phone etc.

  50. Hey it’s not even 1-20-09 and the house of cards is already falling down.

    I love it Obama Drama’s coming to a theater near you!!!!

  51. AmericanGal

    I have never heard Sec Burris use race, or his treatment as a man,
    as a defensive or offensive point in speech, or as a defensive or offensive weapon in political battles.

    He spent the 25 year “rights” battle
    period as a bank examiner and state comptroller…not exactly sites for civil rights fights.

    He was involved in politics, but not a politician…just as are many of us.

    And he has to be “done unto” before he can respond…he usually uses the law and the court system, not the media, to settle the legality of an issue. It takes longer and grinds more finely, but he is a former State Atty after all, and loves the law.

    That does not mean what the paragraph said is not planned discrimination or racial. Would the senate threaten the same kind of treatment for ck, even if she were an IL resident and named by Blago.? I doubt it.

  52. Awww Turndown

    Nice to have a place to come to where I can be my political junkie, policy pushing self.

    I have actually lost friends in the last 2 years…one who said she would never go with me again, “because you talk about politics and even fight with MEN about Hillary….”

    so thanks, and {{{tdo}}} back.

  53. Woooo Hooooo Hooooo, Judas is finally getting his just desserts for turning on us and our girl, Hillary.

    IIRC, this scam involving Judas reached into my home state of Alabama as well.

    Come here and get your spanking, Judas. It will be just what you deserve!!!!

  54. Andrea Mitchell shilling for Obama regarding Richardson:

  55. The Hillary haters are pushing back with this:

    “A Donor’s Gift Soon Followed Clinton’s Help”

    By CHARLIE SAVAGE
    Published: January 3, 2009

    nytimes.com/2009/01/04/washington/04clinton.html?hp
    ——————————————–
    I suspect it is a case of correlation as opposed to causation. But I have not given my eyes to the article.

    Frankly, I was more interested in the author. Charles Savage. His cv says he got the Pulitizer. I am impressed. Robin Givin has one too. She writes stories about . . . cleavage.

    Nevertheless, I must assume that dubious honor carries some weight within the trade. Notice I did not say profession. The small town newspaper of the past which was committed to the truth, and had investigative skill–that was a profession. Propanda is a sorry excuse.

    If you were a newspaper– like say the Boston Globe, you had a pulitzer prize winning reporter–like say Charlie Savage, you had to reduce your workforce (a emphemism if there ever was one), would you be inclined to lay off a pulizter prize winning reporter so that one of your major competitors–like the New York Times did last May–all other things being equal??? So what is the real story there.

    And if you Savage, you were glad to have a job, and you knew your editor was out to get the Clintons (despite their original endorsement by the full board), would you bite the hand that feeds you or would you be inclined to put the worst interpetation on events and conflate corrolation with casuation. It has been known to happen.

  56. wbboei Says:
    January 4th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Frankly, I was more interested in the author. Charles Savage. His cv says he got the Pulitizer. I am impressed.
    *********
    So did Judy Miller.

  57. BTW, one of the fun items in this Richardson scandal is that in the pay-to-play allegations it appears that Richardson demanded money so he could go to the Boston Democratic convention in 2004. Richardson formed a political action committee to get play-to-pay money. The name of the PAC? The PAC was called “Si Se Puede! (Boston 2004)” which translates to – “Yes We Can”.

  58. admin Says:

    January 4th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    The name of the PAC? The PAC was called “Si Se Puede! (Boston 2004)” which translates to – “Yes We Can”.

    —————————————————-

    LOL! There is nothing orginal about BO. Even his slogan came from someone else.

  59. SHV: I have considered the possiblilty that I went into the wrong profession. During the 80s I saw financial people make fortunes while I struggled to make ends meet. And now we see propandists masquerading as jouranlists, getting Pulitzers by the bushel. If I had it all to do over I would become a financial reporter, lie with the best of them and get me a pulitzer–before someone had the good sense to lay me off–like they did with Bastan Chahlie.

  60. LOL! There is nothing orginal about BO. Even his slogan came from someone else.
    —————————————-
    He is a big business cut out. A sleeper.

  61. Figure skating fans: Stars on Ice is on NBC RIGHT now. Great to see Sasha Cohen again.
    —————————————-
    How about Richardson tabogoning down a steep grade into a snow bank. The name of the tabogon? No, not rosebud. Si se puede!

  62. Si se puede hurtar, porque yo soy Bill Richardson. Tiene usted una problema?

    Yes I can steal, thieve, rustle and extort money, because I am Bill Bichardson. You got a problem with that?

  63. Did I just hear on CNN Sunday Late Edition that next week is Wolfie’s last week on Late Edition with John King taking over the slot?

    This day is just getting better and better, even though today is the one year anniversary of the Iowa caucus.

    If you are reading Celiff , still love ya babe…

  64. did you hear? FlimFlam gonna give a BIG speech on his stimulus plan.

    He’s reverted to plan #2 now. First plan of his when some shit hits the fan .. run and vacation.

    2nd .. have some dork ink a speech and go out in front of his ass kissing msm and let them rewrite history.

    What a bunch of losers. They make me wanna hurl ..

  65. I just wanna forget all of last year .. Hillary came into her own and became a hero but still .. she had the fucking nomination stolen from her by a bunch of backstabbing assholes.

    Still missing Stephanie Tubbs Jones.

  66. This article brought back the sting of the primary for me, Admin. I will not live long enough to forget those who voted me half a person here in Florida. Nor do I choose to forget, for to forget is to allow a possible repeat.

    The way the senate evidently plans to treat Burris is much like the treatment of the minority before affirmative action. I so hope that Burris and his helpers force an implosion of the dimwitted leadership of the undemocratic Democratic Party on that basis alone. This is SOOOOOO UnAmerican!!!

    IMPEACH Judas New Mexico and do it NOW!!!!

    Funny how Edwards and Richardson have gone down so hard and yet payback for trying to cause our Hillary’s demise has not even started yet. Even Kerry has felt it a little. When will Biden and the Huckster go down??????

    SPECIAL PROSECUTOR NOW, PLEASE!!!!!

  67. lilolegrape said…How many people do you meet who are devoted readers of 44 –i know of 15 who read admin site…they dont poat though..they cant stand bo they voted hillary and she should be president…

    Oh that Bill richardson RESIGN TAINTED>>>for NEW mexico..he isnt even from there he is from back east …..bunch of scammers they all should be locked up..and never be near money or power…… harry reid ,showing he doesnt like black men jj emil jones ..these men were there in illinois before obama thats why they know illnois inside and out …remember obama is not a true Illinoian…i always wonder how obama axelrod and rezko got into the daily machine …money from overseas to Illinois..pay to play…I will always do my research before i ever vote for anyone..and never watch that lying media ..the news station can go bankrupt fox cnn msnbc ..i watch hannity and greta thats it..

  68. did you hear? FlimFlam gonna give a BIG speech on his stimulus plan
    ————————————–
    Anyone can propose a plan. Will it pass? Will it work? My guess is it will pass without Republican help. My guess it will not work because of the forces in play. It may even exacerbate them. If it fails to work–makes matters worse in terms of the failure small business and inflation then the country will realize that he is no more of a Messiah than Bush was. Patriotism and love of country requires he be held accountable. To be clear, I do not want our country to fail. But the countrys failure and his are not the same. In fact they are at cross purposes.

  69. oh emjay cceliff..yep that hard worker..for Our hillary ..and the buses that came in to iowa and fraudster’s who move from illinois to iowa so they could vote i think valerie jarrett and madigan had a hand in that tooo..moving women to iowa ..pay to play…

  70. ShortTermer Says:

    January 4th, 2009 at 5:14 pm
    big>speech>telepromper>Favreau???>puke>double puke.
    LOL…yeah and uhh andn uhh uhhhs and ohh;;s and you can tell when he LIES>>>getting him down with his eyes if they blink and sort of a frown with it he LIES>>> ..i hope the telepromter breaks down..lol.

  71. Bill Richardson, was only born in the US, because his Mother came across the Border to make that happen. He then went back across the boarder, and was raised in Mexico. Yes, he did get his advanced education in the NE. However, his poltical experience was made possible because the Clinton selected him. He then kicked them in the Teeth.

    His Bio here in NM, until he wanted to run for President, did not even tell you where he was born. When he decided to run, they revised his bio.

    IT IS TIME THAT GOV RICHARDSON RESIGN, AND GOES BACK ACROSS THE BORDER. HE HAS LIED TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND NEW MEXICO, AND USED THIS COUNTRY.

  72. IT IS TIME THAT GOV RICHARDSON RESIGN, AND GOES BACK ACROSS THE BORDER. HE HAS LIED TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND NEW MEXICO, AND USED THIS COUNTRY.

    NewMexicoFan, I second that! Wait a minute, it would feel so much better if he were IMPEACHED!!!!!!

  73. and to think I’ve been spending $10 at the theatre

    Hollywood aint got nuttin on these folks

    pass the popcorn please

  74. birdgal, what did you think of Sasha’s new program. Just 13 months till the games. I don’t see a comeback for anybody from Turino in the ladies. Slute is show skating, hosting shows, doing fun skating shows, Kwan is just out of college. Cohen looks to be getting in shape but IMO she didn’t look too happy today — most likely remembering the pressures of the competition stage vs skating for the crowd. If I was here, I’d stay with SOI and fuhget about it!

  75. Dot: I thought the same thing. During the first number, she looked bored, and acted like she was going through the motions. No passion. A comeback may not be in the cards. The number that she did to the classical music, seemed like the old Sasha, but her jumps are not up to par. The artistry is still there, as evidenced by the butterfly routine. Frankly, I was bored through most of the show. Weiss still has energy and passion. Ilia is amazing, and is as good artistically and technically as ever. He is always a joy to watch. D and L were mesmerizing.

  76. Obama Team Feels Richardson Wasn’t Forthcoming About Investigation Before Being Offered Commerce

    blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2009/01/obama-team-feel.html

  77. Admin

    This was in your article this morning. To what are you referring re ethics complaint against Obama?

    “An ethics complaint citing the Stevens conviction had recently been filed in the Senate against Obama and might have been a reason for Obama to scurry along. Obama had to stay one step ahead of the law.”

  78. hillarygirl Says:
    January 4th, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    Obama Team Feels Richardson Wasn’t Forthcoming About Investigation Before Being Offered Commerce
    ————————————-
    As more than one smart hillfriend on this site would exclaim…

    “no sh!t Sherlock!”

  79. Va. Governor Kaine to Become DNC Chairman

    By Michael D. Shear
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Sunday, January 4, 2009; 4:35 PM

    Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine will become chairman of the Democratic National Committee later this month, serving as the top political messenger for Barack Obama’s administration even while he finishes his final year in the governor’s mansion, several sources said.

    Kaine, who emerged as one of Obama’s vice presidential finalists this summer, will operate from Richmond in a part-time capacity until January 2010, when he will become the full-time DNC chairman. Kaine is constitutionally barred from running for reelection.

    A personal friend of the president-elect, Kaine is a gregarious chief executive who is known to relish political combat and helped put Virginia in the Democratic column for the first time in almost 50 years.

    snip

    The decision will make Kaine a regular face on Sunday morning talk shows and cable news programs during his final year in office. Obama plans to install a veteran operative to run the DNC’s day-to-day operations, including fundraising. But it will be Kaine’s job to defend Obama against the Republicans, who are struggling to find their voice after losing the White House and control of Congress.

    snip

    For Obama, Kaine will be a true loyalist who can carry out the new president’s political agenda during the upcoming battles over the economy, foreign policy, health care and the environment. Kaine was one of the very first governors to endorse Obama after forging a close relationship during Kaine’s 2005 governor’s race.

    rest of article:

    washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/04/AR2009010401139.html?hpid=topnews

  80. Emjay and Hillfriends: Respectfully, I disagree with your overall assessment of Burris.

    In a strange paradox, I think Blago has the right to make the appointment to the Senate seat, and barring documented quid-pro-quo I think that Burris (or anyone else) should be allowed to serve on that basis alone. The Dims (Reid, etc.) are just worried that another black candidate will be unelectable as the pendulum swings back here in Illinois.

    But, I can’t agree with you about his fitness to serve, ethics or motivations. True, he has been a fixture in Illinois politics and has been elected to statewide office (hardly a positive credential), but since then has been a kind of gadfly, unsuccessfully attempting to be elected to higher office time after time and cutting deals. He has parlayed this into cushy crony consultant gigs and lucrative lobbying assignments – especially with the current governor.

    But, my opinion is based on the fact that Burris played a prominent role in Blago’s nomination – possibly by design. He threw his hat in the ring for governor, without much statewide support, taking the black vote from Paul Vallas who was (at least up until that time) very well regarded in the black community because of school reform. With the black vote split off, Blago was able to round up a plurality with some votes from downstate, the city and suburbs. Vallas would have been a terrific governor. Perhaps this appointment may be additional payback.

    On the wacky side, Roland Burris has a strange George Foreman style vanity: his son and daughter are named Roland and Rolanda.

  81. emjay,

    My understanding is that Burris contributed major funds to Blago’s campaigning over the years. I am not trying to denigrate the man, simply stating as well that he is Blago’s pick. Those were the connections I referred to. If I’m mistaken I apologize.Your support of him is backed by very
    convincing evidence.

  82. The only thing I will say about Judas is: It couldn’t have happened to a better man. While it doesn’t make up for all the crimes committed on the Clintons in recent months, it certainly is one small step towards balancing the scale.

    I would hazard a guess that many more “political family tree” members of obamalite will start to fall like dominoes. The chickens are coming home to roost.

  83. lil ole grape Says:
    January 4th, 2009 at 11:46 am
    For example, I print copies of information from the web for people who work long hours and have little or no time to seek it….
    ————————————
    grape,

    that’s one of the things that is so valuable about this site- the sharing

  84. # JanH Says:
    January 4th, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    emjay,

    My understanding is that Burris contributed major funds to Blago’s campaigning over the years. I am not trying to denigrate the man, simply stating as well that he is Blago’s pick. Those were the connections I referred to. If I’m mistaken I apologize.Your support of him is backed by very
    convincing evidence.
    —————————————
    JanH

    You are right. it was posted here as about $200000 since Blago first started running in IL. That is the total from Burris and his family, his partner and his family, and from their firm and its employees. I believe it totaled 30 or so individuals plus the law firm, over18 years.

    Burris’ last contribution was listed here as info from the FEC, as $1000, in June I think, which would fit with the IL primary.

  85. Illinois siad: On the wacky side, Roland Burris has a strange George Foreman style vanity: his son and daughter are named Roland and Rolanda.

    =============

    Now that’s something I’d tend to tolerate as cultural difference! Son with father’s name is accepted. Who knows why the daughter had a similar name? Maybe his wife wanted that. Burris is 70+, name conventions in his culture 50 years ago….???

    A Black of that vintage who had his kind of success before Affirmative Action … deserves to display his achievements on his tombstone imo.

  86. Don’t know if this is news to anyone but me … Terry Mccauliff is running for Va governor.

    Go Terry. What a cheerleader for our gal he was.

    Keep hearing snippets of Harry Reid and his smug ass remarks about the Burris appointment. That man burns me. I hope a tape comes out with him on it

  87. dot48

    Re Terry- wanna contribute? He’s only asking $5.

    I’ll send you the site if you want… he is using google.

  88. as well Emjay,

    I agree 100% that the anticipated treatment of Burris when he attempts to take his place as the jr. senator from Illinois, is reprehensible.

    I pray that this cruel behavior does not get off the ground.

  89. ADMIN: BRAVO!!! you’re always awesome!!

    S:

    Thanks for the update on Judas…….the wheels on the bus go round and round…..round and round.. LMAO!!!

    YES!! Dimorcrats must IMPEACH BILL [Judas/si se puede] RICHARDSON!!

    SPECIAL PROSECUTOR NOW, PLEASE!!!!!

    Wbboei: Si Se Puede! LMAO!!!!

  90. From the New York Times:

    From the Sidelines, Top Contenders for Clinton’s Senate Seat Emerge:

    By DAVID M. HALBFINGER
    Published: January 3, 2009

    Handicapping the contenders for Hillary Rodham Clinton’s seat in the United States Senate is a perhaps dubious exercise, given that the choice will be made by Gov. David A. Paterson alone and he has largely been keeping his own counsel. But with the focus on Caroline Kennedy, other legitimate contenders have received far less attention. The list of those overlooked includes Representative Brian Higgins of Buffalo; that city’s mayor, Byron W. Brown; Representative Jerrold Nadler of Manhattan; and Randi Weingarten, the head of the teachers’ union. Atop the list, however, are five politicians with a broad range of governmental experience and — equally important to an appointee who will face two campaigns in three years — a track record of winning elections.

    ANDREW M. CUOMO (Attorney General)

    WOULD BRING TO THE JOB Experience and relationships across New York and Washington … Has made headlines in salient issues: curtailing bonuses at the American International Group, uncovering a student-loan scandal, investigating health insurers … Would seem to be hard to reject if he asks for the post.

    WOULD BRING TO THE TICKET High approval ratings, statewide popularity among Democrats, name recognition unmatched by any rival except Caroline Kennedy … Appointing him could remove him as a primary threat to Mr. Paterson.

    IN HIS OWN WORDS On the Senate vacancy: “My position is, I have a job. I’m the attorney general of the State of New York. I have my hands full doing it. I enjoy doing it.”

    USED TO WORK AS Secretary of housing and urban development, 1997-2001.

    CARRIES AS BAGGAGE If he is appointed, the next attorney general would be chosen by the Legislature, effectively giving Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver veto power over Mr. Cuomo’s successor.

    ALSO KNOWN FOR His father, Mario Cuomo, the three-term former governor, to whom he was a top adviser … Founding the Housing Enterprise for the Less Privileged, a nonprofit devoted to homelessness and housing issues.

    BIOGRAPHY Born Dec. 6, 1957, in Queens … B.A., Fordham; J.D., Albany Law School … Marriage to Kerry Kennedy ended in an acrimonious divorce in 2003 … Three daughters, Cara and Michaela, both 13, and Mariah, 11 … Lives in Lower Manhattan.

    KIRSTEN E. GILLIBRAND (Representative, 20th District)

    WOULD BRING TO THE JOB No need for an upstate listening tour (her district includes the cities of Hudson, Saratoga Springs and Glens Falls) … Has experience with rural agricultural issues; fought for higher subsidies for dairy farmers and loans to transition to organic farming … Member of the House Armed Services Committee … Co-founded the Congressional High Tech Caucus.

    WOULD BRING TO THE TICKET Gender balance; broad upstate appeal; fund-raising muscle; political stripes earned in two tough, nationally watched campaigns … Her stance on the Second Amendment could help Mr. Paterson show ideological openness and balance.

    USED TO WORK AS Corporate lawyer, first at Davis Polk & Wardwell, later at Boies, Schiller & Flexner.

    CARRIES AS BAGGAGE Her 100 percent voting record with the National Rifle Association will be an obstacle to overcome with downstate, city and liberal primary voters … Her district, where Republicans outnumber Democrats by some 85,000 voters, could easily revert to Republican control, though the next round of Congressional reapportionment could make that issue moot.

    BIOGRAPHY Born Kirsten E. Rutnik, Dec. 9, 1966, in Albany … B.A. in Asian studies from Dartmouth, magna cum laude, 1988 … Fluent in Mandarin Chinese … J.D. from U.C.L.A., 1991. Lives in Hudson, N.Y., with her husband, Jonathan, a consultant, and sons Theo, 4, and Henry, who was born in May after a late House markup session.

    STEVE ISRAEL (Representative, Second District )

    WOULD BRING TO THE JOB Reputation as a dogged worker; Newsday called him “rookie of the year” in his first term … Has a coveted post on the House Appropriations Committee … Previously served on the House Armed Services Committee … Has focused on energy policy and national security.

    WOULD BRING TO THE TICKET Fund-raising strength and upstate ties developed as a leader of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s recruiting efforts in the Northeast … Was heavily involved in helping insurgents win House seats in the Southern Tier, the Syracuse area and the Albany and Schenectady region.

    INTERESTING TIES Well liked by Mr. Paterson; the two traveled to Iraq together last month.

    USED TO WORK AS Town Council member in Huntington, N.Y.; Congressional aide; public relations executive.

    CARRIES AS BAGGAGE A Long Island resident; his appointment would make both of New York’s senators white Jewish men from the city and suburbs … Has not faced a serious challenge since his first race to succeed Rick Lazio in 2000.

    BIOGRAPHY Born May 30, 1958, in Brooklyn … Raised in Levittown and Wantagh … Associate’s degree, Nassau Community College; B.A., George Washington University, 1982 … Married Marlene Budd, once a fellow Huntington council member, now a family court judge in Suffolk County, in 2003 … Two daughters from a previous marriage, Carly, 21, and Elana, 18, both college students.

    CAROLYN B. MALONEY (Representative, 14th District )

    WOULD BRING TO THE JOB A quarter-century’s experience as a legislator — 10 years on the New York City Council, 16 in the House … Longstanding focus on women’s issues.

    WOULD BRING TO THE TICKET Gender balance … Known as an energetic and enthusiastic campaigner … Well liked by her colleagues … Respected by women’s groups, some of which have already endorsed her.

    IN HER OWN WORDS Would be “deeply honored” to be selected: “Women are so underrepresented at the table.”

    USED TO WORK AS Teacher and school administrator.

    CARRIES AS BAGGAGE Relatively unknown outside her district … Is from Manhattan … Has not faced a tough race in over a decade … Has not pursued any political goals this openly or aggressively in years.

    ALSO KNOWN FOR Was the first City Council member to give birth while in office … Author of “Rumors of Our Progress Have Been Greatly Exaggerated: Why Women’s Lives Aren’t Getting Any Easier — and How We Can Make Real Progress for Ourselves and Our Daughters.”

    BIOGRAPHY Born Carolyne Jane Bosher, Feb. 19, 1948, in Greensboro, N.C. …Graduated from Greensboro College … Dropped the E in Carolyne in 1982 … Lives on East 92nd Street with her husband, Clifton H. W. Maloney, an investment banker … Two daughters: Christina, 28, a lawyer at Ropes & Gray, and Virginia, 21, a junior at Princeton.

    THOMAS R. SUOZZI (Nassau County Executive)

    WOULD BRING TO THE JOB A strong fiscal and managerial record in Nassau, where he led a turnaround in county finances … As head of a state commission on property tax relief, he has called for a tax cap, a “circuit breaker,” which would freeze taxes when they exceed a certain percentage of income, and consolidation of local school districts.

    WOULD BRING TO THE TICKET Appeal to white ethnic (particularly Roman Catholic) voters, a force in western New York and Southern Tier, and proven strength on Long Island … Cultivated ties to political and interest-group leaders … Charismatic, if inexperienced on a broad public stage.

    INTERESTING TIES Mr. Paterson’s father, Basil, is a partner in Mr. Suozzi’s father’s Garden City law firm … Another partner there, Mr. Suozzi’s former deputy, William J. Cunningham III, is Governor Paterson’s secretary and close adviser.

    USED TO WORK AS Mayor of Glen Cove, N.Y., on Long Island, 1993-2002.

    CARRIES AS BAGGAGE Would be third Italian-American man from downstate on the ticket, with Mr. Cuomo and Thomas P. DiNapoli, the state comptroller … His quixotic run against Eliot Spitzer in 2006 led some to see him as a bit naïve.

    BIOGRAPHY Born Aug. 31, 1962, in Glen Cove … Graduated from Chaminade High School, Boston College and Fordham Law School … Third of four Suozzis to be Glen Cove mayor … worked as C.P.A. and lawyer before entering politics … Lives in Glen Cove with his wife, Helene, and children Caroline, 13; Joseph, 10; and Michael, 5.

  91. Bon Jovi to sing at NYC Hillary Clinton fundraiser
    01/04/2009 | 04:29 PM

    NEW YORK – The final note of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign may very well be sung by Jon Bon Jovi.

    The musician is performing at a fundraiser for the former presidential candidate as she tries to close out her campaign debt, which stood at $6.3 million as of last month.

    The Jan. 15 performance at Manhattan’s Town Hall is being billed as “a final evening in support of Hillary Clinton for President Debt Relief.” Ticket prices range from $75 to $1,000.

    The former first lady and New York senator has been working to pay down her debt to clear the way for confirmation as President-elect Barack Obama’s secretary of state. Federal ethics rules prohibit Cabinet officials from actively soliciting campaign contributions.

    Clinton wrote off $13.1 million in personal loans to the campaign. – AP

  92. Hey guys 😉 Did you hear about Richardson? Withdrawing his nominee because of federal invesigation…. hmmm doesnt anyone hear any water dripping?

  93. Emjay .. yes, post a link.

    I’d be interested in trying to help some with his campaign too.

    I’m going back to work. :):( Mixed emotions. A new lawyer has come to town and I’ve been hired as front office receptionist. This office is an offsite so it’ll just be me. The main duties I will have are receptionist, setting up conference video, setting up appointments, etc. Not too stressful but I haven’t worked since 1995. It’s great money, 6 miles from home, good hours and I figure it won’t hurt to put some more $ in my Social Security retirement and I’m going to try to pay some bills off first hand.

    It’s not something I have to do but I want to do it. It’s just gonna take some getting back into the routine of getting up and going out. Lots of days I lounge in jammies or sweats. I’m already starting to gear myself up to the old routine of knowing I”ll have to get my clothes ready at night .. I used to get my bath at night and prepare my lunch….

    Big adjustment.

  94. Also, I’m sure the office attire will be pretty casual, it’s small, small town and the cases will be geared towards coal miners black lung, social security and disability. This attorney took care of my hubbies cases and his receptionists were attired in jeans..I don’t know if I want to wear jeans but I’m going to ask about it and if its pretty common in his other 6 offices I think I’ll be wearing jeans and nice sweaters and boots.

  95. More documentation that at best, Burris is a mediocre hack. Sorry, Emjay and Jan H – this Zorn column is not cruel or unusual, just underscores incompetence as usual that accompanies the other business as usual. The death penalty moratorium is one of the few good things that Illinois state leaders have accomplished. It is distressing that Burris was unwilling to do the right thing.
    * * * *
    Originally posted: December 31, 2008

    Burris failed his only major test in office as AG

    This is a reprint of my column of March 3, 1998

    Roland Burris had an astute answer when questions turned to capital punishment during a debate Thursday among the four Democratic gubernatorial candidates.

    “I’ve seen trial records where there’s been perjured testimony,” he said, alluding to his term as Illinois attorney general from 1990 to 1994. “There’ve been fraudulent investigations by local officials, and those types of things. And that’s what we have to be very careful about.”

    Emphatically, he went on: “I’m not calling for a moratorium on the death penalty. But I am calling for more time to make sure that we do not wrongfully put anyone to death in this state.”

    The response neatly appealed to those who are troubled that Illinois has sentenced nine innocent people to die since the death penalty was reinstated but who nevertheless count themselves among the strong majority of voters who continue to support capital punishment.

    “. . . We have to be very careful . . .” Yes. “. . . to make sure that we do not wrongfully put anyone to death. . . .” Very true.

    But six years ago, when Burris had the opportunity to be very careful when faced with a flimsy death penalty case, he failed.

    And it was not so much that he failed–everyone makes mistakes–but how he failed and how he explained it away that told me all I need to know about his leadership qualities.

    On Valentine’s Day 1992, Mary Brigid Kenney, the assistant attorney general whom Burris had assigned to fight the appeal of Death Row inmate Rolando Cruz, sent Burris a memo identifying numerous errors in the investigation and trial that had put Cruz on Death Row for the 1983 murder of 11-year-old Jeanine Nicarico in DuPage County.

    The memo concluded, “I cannot, in good conscience, allow my name to appear on a brief asking . . . to affirm this conviction.” Rather than re-examining the case, Burris took Kenney off it.

    She then resigned with a stinging letter to Burris. “I was being asked to help execute an innocent man,” she told him. “Unfortunately, you have seen fit to ignore the evidence in this case.”

    The evidence he ignored included apparent “perjured testimony” and “fraudulent investigations by local officials,” to use Burris’ words from last Thursday.

    Cruz’s many advocates and every journalist who had looked at the case had been saying just that for years. Today, no thanks to Burris, charges filed against former prosecutors and investigators in DuPage County say the same thing, and Cruz is a free man.

    But when reporters asked him about Mary Kenney’s allegations, the state’s then-top law enforcement official said:

    “It’s not for me to place my judgment over a jury, regardless of what I think. . . . A jury has found this individual guilty and given him the death penalty. It is my role to see to it that it is upheld. That’s my job.”

    Actually, no: “A prosecutor has the responsibility of a minister of justice and not simply that of an advocate,” according to the American Bar Association’s rules of professional conduct. A prosecutor’s proper interest “is not that (he) shall win a case, but that justice shall be done” the U.S. Supreme Court said in a 1935 opinion.

    Kenney urged Burris to confess that he committed an error–find that the case is sufficiently flawed and that a new trial is called for. Such a move is far from “unheard of,” as Burris told a TV reporter at the time, but well within the scope of an attorney general’s power.

    He certainly was entitled not to exercise that power and pursue the execution of Rolando Cruz based on the facts before his office–Illinois’ current attorney general, Jim Ryan, did so with unapologetic gusto when he was the state’s attorney of DuPage County. But he was not entitled to duck responsibility when confronted with a politically unappealing controversy.

    Rather than risk appearing soft on crime by confessing error or alienating the Hispanic and progressive constituency supporting Cruz by speaking out on behalf of the prosecution, Burris took a pass.

    So when he speaks today of the experience in office that makes him qualified to be our governor, I can’t help but imagine him sitting at a desk in 1992 behind a little sign that reads: “Stopping the buck is not my job.”

    –Eric Zorn

    blogs.chicagotribune.com/news_columnists_ezorn/2008/12/burris-failed-his-only-major-test-in-office-as-ag.html#more

  96. Illinois Underground,

    I have read both your posts and Emjay’s with interest. I daresay the man has done much good but has failed in some areas.

    That being said, as long as blag’s decision is lawful, I still hope that Burris does a good people for the people of your state. The alternative is too sad to contemplate. The people of Illinois deserves a new political direction that is both ethical and nurturing.

  97. …Burris does a good “people”…should be…Burris does a good “job”…

    lol…shouldn’t type so fast.

  98. Illinois Underground:

    I wonder why Vallas didn’t run again for 2006. He would have gotten Obama’s support, like Burris did in 2002…cause BO sure wasn’t going to give it to Blago.

    By then, Burris was saying he couldn’t afford to keep running on his own dime and was going to start saving for his and Berlean’s retirement and for college for their grandchildren, so he was staying out.

    I think that is when he started the consulting and lobbying firm and kept his other 3 jobs- counsel to a law firm, a board director and still a prof at SIU.

  99. Meet the new HEAD DIMOCRAT

    Va. Governor Kaine to Become DNC Chairman

    washingtonpost . com/ wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/04/AR2009010401139_pf.html

  100. Hi, Jan H: thank you for the good wishes for Illinois citizens. Despite slogans to the contrary, hope is in short supply around here these days.
    * * * * *
    Dot: congrats on your new job! Knock em dead!
    * * * * *
    Emjay:
    As you know, very few politicians challenge incumbents of their own party – goes double for Illinois Dims. After losing the nomination, Vallas was recruited to run Philadelphia’s school system, then New Orleans. Rumor has it that he may be coming back soon to run for office.

  101. djia Says:
    January 4th, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Meet the new HEAD DIMOCRAT
    ************
    If the ‘obots got into a twit with Warren, they will have a stroke with Kaine. His is against gay marriage, has a “faith based” opposition to abortion, is against embryonic stem-cell research, etc. and the “One” name him the head of the Dem party.

  102. Dot

    I am SOOO glad for you. Enjoy the small perks, for they are fun too.

    Terry’s addy:

    terrymcauliffe.com/home

    Will you be able to find help for yourself with your husband?

    I used to worry about how much responsibility you had, horses feed exercise grounds upkeep stables house housesale caretaker responsibilities packing moving and on and on.

    I wish you well, you formidable woman you.

  103. Meet the new HEAD DIMOCRAT

    Va. Governor Kaine to Become DNC Chairman
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    Well that move is sure aimed at the crotch of Hillary’s strongest supporters.

  104. Well that move is sure aimed at the crotch of Hillary’s strongest supporters
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    And that guarantees no dnc contributions.

  105. Hillarygirl, if the Obama syndicate is complaining about Richardson not being “forthcoming” it only means one thing: Richardson is under the bus.
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    Not the reverend wright, tony rezko, father phegar, william ayers, bill richardson etc etc etc I knew. That may or may not be true. And if it is true it is a per se case of benign neglect. We were aware of this and so was his vaunted transiton team. The truth is they chose to ignore it for political reasons and when the chickens come home to roost we hear the old Rykers Island hit song: I AM INNOCENT and the other side of that hit record the song NOT THE BILL RICHARDSON I KNEW. Sorry for the flashback to the 50s–I know it was before your time.

  106. “It’s not for me to place my judgment over a jury, regardless of what I think. . . . A jury has found this individual guilty and given him the death penalty. It is my role to see to it that it is upheld. That’s my job.”
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    Scarey. The prosecutors job is to seek justice for the victim and the accused. His responsibilities run in both directions. He is wrong about this–very wrong.

  107. It’s about time for some sanity:

    STEINEM TOUTS KENNEDY FOR NY SEAT – “IN HOUSE”

    Feminist icon Gloria Steinem yesterday said Gov. Paterson should appoint Rep. Carolyn Maloney to the Senate – and ask Caroline Kennedy to run for Maloney’s House seat instead of the Senate.

    Maloney, 60, who represents Manhattan’s East Side and part of Queens, has been quietly pushing her case for the seat being vacated by Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton even as Kennedy, 51, has received more attention.

    Steinem put forth her idea, unsolicited, as Maloney was honored in Midtown by a coalition that fights human trafficking.

    “I am only a voter and a constituent with no power here, but if I were the governor here, I would appoint Carolyn Maloney to the US Senate and ask Caroline Kennedy to run for [Maloney’s] seat,” Steinem said.

    “I think it’s logical. In my own terms, it’s logical in terms of the two records and a need for both of these women in Congress.”

    Steinem spoke as The Associated Press reported that the daughter of JFK is on the verge of being picked for the Senate.

    Asked if Kennedy is qualified for the job, Steinem replied, “She has a different set of qualifications. She can do different things. But I know that Carolyn Maloney is a champion of the issues that are the most important, and I know she has experience doing that.”

    nypost.com/seven/01032009/news/politics/steinem_touts_kennedy_for_ny_seat___in_h_147003.htm

  108. Bush III:

    Obama proposes massive tax cuts…reason? He wants Boehner and Mitch McConnell to be his friends.

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President-elect Barack Obama’s economic stimulus plan will propose business and middle class tax cuts of about $310 billion dollars, or 40 percent of the package, a senior Democratic aide said on Sunday.
    .reuters.com/article/politicsNews/idUSTRE50405820090105

  109. Cut taxes and give more benefits. So where will the money come from in a country that has a huge debt to China? Somehow, in my gut, I know something has to give. The question will be, is it Benefits, or taxes cuts. But then we can always borrow more from China to get us through his re-election, and then, like California, we will reach a gut renching crisis.

    Hope and Change everyone. However, you did not realize it would be less hope, and bad change.

  110. Hey all, just catching up on all the posts over the past two days. BTW, I had no idea Ted Kennedy asked Chelsea if she planned a political career (like it’s any of his business). When was this, and what was her answer?

    Also, I love the news about Judas, lol!

  111. Thanks admin, I missed a lot during the last two weeks of the general, still trying to sway votes toward a split ticket. GOTV was all I thought about for weeks.

    I missed so many articles, so many comments. I am so sorry.

  112. And just to a bit a spicy seasoning, Harry Reid dubbed a racist!

    Reid blocking 3 black replacements for Obama

    HARRY REID IS A RACIST! HE SHOULD RESIGN AS SENATE MAJORITY LEADER

    pumasunleashed.wordpress.com

  113. Mrs. Smith Says:

    January 4th, 2009 at 9:55 pm
    It’s about time for some sanity:

    STEINEM TOUTS KENNEDY FOR NY SEAT – “IN HOUSE”

    Feminist icon Gloria Steinem yesterday said Gov. Paterson should appoint Rep. Carolyn Maloney to the Senate – and ask Caroline Kennedy to run for Maloney’s House seat instead of the Senate.
    —————————

    That might just be a “save face” moment for all involved. Maloney has already proven herself. Let ck work for the job promotion one step at a time.

  114. Reid, Judas, et al…seem to be walking the plank, committing political suicide, being thrown under the bus…you name it. It’s almost as if they’ve all got self-destruction buttons.

    When will Obama’s poor judgement be questioned?

  115. JanH Says:
    January 4th, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    That might just be a “save face” moment for all involved. Maloney has already proven herself. Let ck work for the job promotion one step at a time.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Exactly- what Paterson should have done to give himself some wiggle room is offer the alternative as a condition to CK in the first place. He could have avoided the embarrassment to all concerned and reinforced his presence for 2010. Keep NY’ers happy! I wathched The Gangs of NY last night. History revisited.

  116. # JanH Says:
    January 4th, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    Reid, Judas, et al…seem to be walking the plank, committing political suicide, being thrown under the bus…you name it. It’s almost as if they’ve all got self-destruction buttons.

    When will Obama’s poor judgement be questioned?

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    As I said upthread, I’m getting a sense there is a shakedown afoot!

  117. Hey all, just catching up on all the posts over the past two days. BTW, I had no idea Ted Kennedy asked Chelsea if she planned a political career (like it’s any of his business). When was this, and what was her answer?
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    Paula: as I recall they ran into each other while he was campaigning for Obama and she was campaigning for her mom in California. Uncle Ted was out there doing Hispanic outreach giving Dolores Heurta a run for her money. I thought it was very strange because Huerta is the legitimate leader in that community while Uncle Ted is a fraud.

    From what I heard it was quite a spectacle. If you can imagine a drunken overweight politican like him carrying on like a Spanish troubador with a mariachi quartet and a big sombreo you will understand why everyone was laughing. The sight and sound of it were godawful.

    At or near that time ran into Chelsie at an event they both attended. What does a man like him say to a fine young lady at his age? He asked her whether she planned to follow her mothers and fathers footsteps into politics. She said no.

    That is my recollection of the incident. I was not there but this is what I was told. I think it was California but it could have been New Mexico. Freckles do you happen to recall?

  118. Another thing to keep in mind about CK: If I recall correctly, people appointed to Senate seats often lose reelection.

  119. I read on another blog, that Murdoch is ready to put big money behind CK’s run for the senate. Why is a Republican giving money to a dim?

  120. Good point, Paula.

    If anyone thinks BO is having a good day, here’s the latest on his arrival at Andrews AF Base tonight. He looks elated at Bush Sr’s announcement of Jeb for President (sarcasm)

    news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090105/ap_on_el_pr/obama

  121. I don’t know if this has been posted elsewhere but:

    “New Jersey rock legend Bon Jovi will help New York’s junior senator pay off the remaining debt from her presidential campaign.

    Jon Bon Jovi is set to headline a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton in Midtown Manhattan on January 15.

    The event, called “Thank You, Hillary: A Salute to Hillary Clinton,” will be held at Town Hall, a venue founded by suffragettes who fought for women’s right to vote.

    The Clinton campaign reported debts totaling $6.4 million at the end of November.

    Tickets for the event will range from $75 to $1,000.

    Former President Bill Clinton is also expected to attend.

    For more information, visit hillaryclinton.com/salute.

  122. If anyone thinks BO is having a good day, here’s the latest on his arrival at Andrews AF Base tonight. He looks elated at Bush Sr’s announcement of Jeb for President (sarcasm)
    ——————————————-
    A really good day for BO.

    And it isn’t even post time.

  123. Years ago I met the late Evel Kenevil. Well, the truth is I didnt really meet him. I just played behind him at Hangman Valley Golf Course. He wasnt much of a golfer but he sure could limp.

    As you know he was a stunt man who was forever pushing the envelope. His prop was a motor cycle. And it was always a longer jump than the last time–without a parachute.

    Toward the end of his career he was talking about hurling himself over the Grand Canyon until someone with more common sense than he had conviced him that was not such a good idea.

    The reason I thought of Kenevil is because I have been wondering what kind of stunt Obama can pull off at the innauguration to entertain his bamboozled followers.

    We all remember his Buck Rogers Act at Inveco field at the conclusion of the primary. Made you think he was an Olympian god. So I asked myself what could he possibly do for an encore?

    And then it hit me right between the eyes. How about an Evel Kinevil act. Suppose he gets on a motorcycle, revs the motor, takes off like a bat out of hell and soars over the reflecton pool an unto the podium in a perfect two point landing. Then he could dismount walk over to Chief Justice Roberts. When Roberts presents the Bible (Koran) and asks him do you solemly he can sayIcertainly do, and used controlled substances.

    The thing I am worried about is that all the fools who hawked everything they owned to get to the Convention not be disappointed and not go away empty handed. An Evel Kenevil Act might well relieve the excruciating boredom.

  124. wbb — I really appreciate your re-rebuttal. I recommend your post for its tone of respect, reasoned information, and persuasive powers.

    I give you the drug co. failures — I believe your allegations because you are thoughtful and informed. I am not so judgmental on his personal issues — for one thing, I never know about a marriage and which one behaved well or badly. I balance it out with his behaviour with all those children who admire and love him.

    I also think he’s courageous. Jackie gave up and went to a Greek island. Teddy knew that there were many people who wanted to complete the hat trick after Jack and Bobby.

    Not too long after Bobby’s assassination, Teddy was walking through a sea of people and there was a loud bang and Teddy flinched. He then kept going. I wondered how he could keep going knowing he was a target. I gave him points then.

    My husband and I used to debate whether Jack was a good president. Actually he would say he never met a president he admired. His first was Truman.
    He knew the rest, although Ike very slightly. He finally met one: Clinton. Bill was the first who was as smart as my husband. That doesn’t say much for our picks. And after Clinton, we followed with Pres. Stupid.

    At any rate, I can meet you halfway with TK. And you may be more right than me. Thanks for the debate.

  125. Admin — you certainly are correct. There is absolutely nobody to root for in this Obama-Blago-Burris-Reid et al debacle.

    So much is so offensive (Reid: “Blago is clearly corrupt.”) Is Reid a jury?

    OTOH, I remember Sen. Claiborne Pell: a rich gentleman who opened opportunities for millions (literally) of children through Pell grants. We don’t have many of those left.

    The Richardson thing must be bad if he gave up his appointment so quickly. After all, he sold his soul to get it.

  126. birdgal Says:

    January 4th, 2009 at 11:38 pm
    I read on another blog, that Murdoch is ready to put big money behind CK’s run for the senate. Why is a Republican giving money to a dim?

    —————————

    and once again big money corrupts.

  127. so just out of curiosity, remember when Obama got congressional earmark funds that he directed to his wife’s boss, who in turn gave her a huge pay raise soon after…

    Those throwing mud at Hillary should think twice about it.

  128. An interesting excerpt from Hillarygirl’s link upthread.

    The Abs ain’t impressed by BO’s pecs.

    The Al-Jazeera satellite television station recently broadcast footage of Obama on holiday in Hawaii, wearing shorts and playing golf, juxtaposed with scenes of bloodshed and mayhem in Gaza. Its report criticising “the deafening silence from the Obama team” suggested Obama is losing a battle of perceptions among Muslims that he may not realise has even begun.

    “People recall his campaign slogan of change and hoped that it would apply to the Palestinian situation,” Jordanian analyst Labib Kamhawi told Liz Sly of the Chicago Tribune. “So they look at his silence as a negative sign. They think he is condoning what happened in Gaza because he’s not expressing any opinion.”

    Regional critics claim Obama is happy to break his pre-inauguration “no comment” rule on international issues when it suits him. They note his swift condemnation of November’s terrorist attacks in Mumbai. Obama has also made frequent policy statements on mitigating the impact of the global credit crunch.

  129. As the circle of corruption widens, you keep wondering how many of them can continue to keep silent. Of course, until they go to jail or are sentenced, the reality will not set in. But by then, O will be in office. However, I would imagine very few people are pardon at the beginning of administration. But then Bush did take care of his guy.

    The question is which ONE might he take care of, as the rest of them might sit in the white collar jail for a while.

    The local news is spinning it like Richardson is coming back to lead his state, and that he it totally innocent (where have we heard that before), and he just did not want to hurt the O administration. It is hard to believe that he would think of someone other than himself, as that is what Richardson has always done in the past. One has to wonder if they are holding something over on him. The Illinois Gov, obviously, has more out in the open, and so the power to shut him up might be less.

    Having watched the county and state Dims office here, there were always these people coming in working on the data base that I had never seen before. As I understood it, this was our local voters data base. and I could not understand why they would be working on it, as we usually got a dump from the official voters office at intervals, and we did not input into their data base. O, however, had his own data base, as did HRC, so perhaps now it is obvious that they probably were feeding Os data base. Who was funding it, I have no idea. But as observed before, NM was stacking it state Dims office with O people long before the primary.

    But as should be noted in Os statement about Richardson, they have been working together for SIX years. I guess that was when the covert operations started. You should have seen the puppets fall in line here.

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