Obama’s People

Today the New York Times Magazine is devoted exclusively to pictures of Obama’s People. We are surprised that with the title Obama’s People there have not been shouts of “racism”.

Now that we are assured it is not racist, we thought we would take the opportunity to discuss Obama’s People too.

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Evangelical neanderthal Dr. Richard Land had this illuminating comment regarding Hillary Clinton and Obama People – homophobe Rick Warren:

“It has certainly helped the president-elect to get more of a hearing from evangelicals when he invited Rick Warren,” said Richard Land, a well-known social conservative and chief of the Southern Baptist Convention’s public policy arm. “I don’t think that would have happened had Hillary Clinton been elected.”

You betcha! Rick Warren, homophobe, would not be provided with a national, nay – a worldwide, bully pulpit to polish his homophobia and glory in heightened visibility – in Hillary Clinton’s decent and respectful world. But, Rick Warren is one of Obama’s People.

The Hopium addled and addicted will not like the reminder that Rick Warren, homophobe, is one of Obama’s People. The Hopium addled and addicted don’t like to be remined that

Obama simply cannot be trusted. Obama cannot be trusted on any issue. Obama cannot be trusted by his friends. Obama cannot be trusted by his enemies. Obama cannot be trusted.

The Hopium addled addicts are finding the Obama knife stuck deep in their backs. Yesterday at The Confluence there was chortling as the Hopium addled addicts have begun to whine against Obama (innocent and sweet Big Pink was enemy #1 in all the whiny posts by PINOs even as they weep at the realization we have been correct all along and they were duped).

The Hopium addled addicts should learn from a McCain voter quoted in the New York Times. As Hillary Clinton public approval climbed to 65% in the Gallup poll, Obama’s approval in NYTimes/CBS’ poll was at 60%. A John McCain voter said this in the survey which should clutch and chill the heart of true Democrats and true progressives:

I think those of us who voted for McCain are going to be a lot happier with Obama than the people who voted for him,” Valerie Schlink, 46, a Republican from Valparaiso, Ind., said in an interview after participating in the poll.

Valerie Schlink is making lemonade from a tall lemon. She too will learn that Obama can’t be trusted – by friend nor foe. Valerie Schlink will learn her lesson, and soon. The Hopium addled addicts, who knows? The Hopium addled addicts refuse to learn from history but history cannot be ignored.

The New York Times spun the results of their poll to suggest that Obama has a deep pool of American support and a patient public that will excuse his bumbling. But the data do not support that conclusion. Americans are ever optomistic but patience is not particularly an American trait with bumbling politicians – even ones from Chicago.

As the New York Times was spinning for Obama, hoping things will change and they will finally get their usual interviews, the L.A. Times was unspinning Obama’s cult of personality organization.

PINOs, Hopium addled addicts, and true Democrats have a situation on their hands which will end only with a program of Democratic Entnazifizierung to rid us of the dangerous cult of personality.

As Barack Obama builds his administration and prepares to take office next week, his political team is quietly planning for a nationwide hiring binge that would marshal an army of full-time organizers to press the new president’s agenda and lay the foundation for his reelection.

True Democrats and progressives know the Hopium addled addicts who are Obama’s People are a dangerous cult of personality:

Concerns about Obama’s ambitions are coming from state party leaders as well as from Capitol Hill.

The party needs to be rooted not just around one individual, but it needs to have a grass-roots base that can survive the times and even endure past whoever may be in office,” said Jerry Meek, chairman of the North Carolina Democratic Party.

Obama’s People cult of personality has more than a strong whiff of die partei bin ich und ich bin die partei; which PINOs and the Hopium addled addicts will soon discover.

Understand, the Obama’s People cult of personality, funded with more than $75 million, is not directed primarily at Republicans. the Obama’s People cult of personailty is directed, the dagger is held at the throats of Democrats:

One key difference, however, is that the Republicans used their network to target Democrats and win elections, whereas the Obama system will be used at least in part to influence members of the president’s own party.

For example, Democratic lawmakers in Republican-leaning districts might resist voting for an Obama-backed global warming bill. In that case, the White House or DNC could use the new network for phone campaigns, demonstrations or lobbying trips to push lawmakers to stick with Obama. [snip]

Another Capitol Hill strategist, however, said some lawmakers in closely contested districts were anxious about the Obama plan, “watching very carefully to see whether or not they’re going to be pressured at home.”

Obama’s People will sell the cult of personality organization as an issues organization. History teaches us differently. A cult is a cult.

Antoin “Tony” Rezko, Emil Jones, Bill the Bomber Ayres, Jeremiah Wright, and the rank air of corruption Barack Obama has breathed all his political life merely describe the amniotic fluid Obama thrived in. The latest batch of Obama’s People are a more toxic mix.

Already PINOs are discovering Obama (as we have previously written) will be the third Bush term and is currently a Bush revisionist.

Except for Richard Nixon, no president since Harry Truman leaves office more unloved than George W. Bush. Truman’s rehabilitation took decades. Bush’s will come sooner. Indeed, it has already begun. The chief revisionist? Barack Obama.

Vindication is being expressed not in words but in deeds — the tacit endorsement conveyed by the Obama continuity-we-can-believe-in transition. It’s not just the retention of such key figures as Secretary of Defense Bob Gates or Treasury Secretary nominee Timothy Geithner, who, as president of the New York Fed, has been instrumental in guiding the Bush financial rescue over the last year. It’s the continuity of policy.

It is the repeated pledge to conduct a withdrawal from Iraq that does not destabilize its new democracy and that, as Vice President-elect Joe Biden said just this week in Baghdad, adheres to the Bush-negotiated status of forces agreement that envisions a U.S. withdrawal over three years, not the 16-month timetable on which Obama campaigned.

It is the great care Obama is taking in not pre-emptively abandoning the anti-terror infrastructure that the Bush administration leaves behind. While still a candidate, Obama voted for the expanded presidential wiretapping (FISA) powers that Bush had fervently pursued. And while Obama opposes waterboarding (already banned, by the way, by Bush’s CIA in 2006), he declined George Stephanopoulos’ invitation (on ABC’s “This Week”) to outlaw all interrogation not permitted by the Army Field Manual. Explained Obama: “Dick Cheney’s advice was good, which is let’s make sure we know everything that’s being done,” i.e., before throwing out methods simply because Obama campaigned against them.

Torture? Glenn Greenwald details the Obama hogwash regarding torture and how Obama will violate the U.S. ratified, now legally embedded, U.N. conventions on torture. In short, the Greenwald article advises: Obama can’t be trusted.

Earmarks?

The former Republican congressman chosen by President-elect Barack Obama to direct billions in federal highway spending has been an unapologetic advocate of earmarks, a practice Obama now opposes, and has used his influence to win funding for projects pushed by some of his largest campaign contributors.

Ray LaHood, who represented Illinois in the House for seven terms, sponsored $60 million in earmarks last year, steering at least $9 million in federal money to campaign donors, a Washington Post analysis shows. An opponent of earmark reform efforts in Congress, LaHood ranks roughly among the top 10 percent in the House for sponsoring earmarks in 2008, according to a watchdog group.

Social Security? Obama’s People will follow marching orders from on high to dismantle Social Security while using flowery language.

The Hill asked, using the word “reform” in the same way George W. Bush used the word “reform” – as a substitute for “dismantle”: Obama says he wants to reform Medicare and Social Security–will he have more success with Social Security than Bush did?

Obama’s People are the ones who gambled and lost and now want American taxpayers to pay the bill with “bailouts”.

Obama’s People are the Hopium addled addicts who deride history and ignore Obama’s actions preferring to be lulled by flowery words.

Obama’s People got us into the mess we are in.

Obama’s People will deify and excuse Obama’s lies.

Obama’s People are the mirror image of Bush’s People.

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  1. Admin: to your point about hillarys rising approval rating and the corresponding leveling off of Obamas this article today from the hillary hating rag that never had a good thing to say about her and financed greg birnbaums site Just Hillary which hardly ever had a good thing to say about her when it mattered. Still it is a good omen from the standpoint of grand strategy–one big media outlet reversing course. The Republican rag the New York Post had this to say about her.
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    Hillary Rodham Clinton came to New York nine years ago with her eye on the US Senate seat then held by a legend named Daniel Patrick Moynihan.

    Her roots were in Arkansas and Illinois – and she carried the baggage of many a White House scandal.

    Yet New York welcomes immigrants, and she worked hard for the public’s approval; presently, she won it.

    In the Senate, she brought her usual tenacity to representing the state – charming many previously hostile Republicans.

    The 1-2 punch of heavy-hitters Chuck Schumer and Hillary Clinton produced more federal dollars than this bluest of blue states had a right to expect with Republicans controlling the White House and Congress for most of her tenure.

    Following 9/11, Sen. Clinton was also a pleasant surprise on the critical issue of the day – national security.

    Rather than the wide-eyed liberal that her ’90s health-care debacle suggested, she turned out to be a mostly level-headed centrist, providing bipartisan support in the early days of the war on terror.

    And, throughout an impressive, though ultimately unsuccessful, presidential bid, she never fully repudiated her vote for the Iraq War – even as it proved to be a major political drag with the left-wing of her party.

    She stuck to her guns – and New Yorkers appreciate that.

    That resolve should serve Mrs. Clinton well as she departs to represent America as its secretary of state.

    As she said Thursday in her farewell address to the Senate, “I may not have always been a New Yorker, but I know I always will be one. New York, its spirit and its people will always be part of me and of the work I do.”

    We know. Good luck, Hillary.

  2. Obama’s People are the mirror image of Bush’s People
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    Their masters serve the same master which is not the american people but global elites. Twice bamboozled and still they do not learn.

  3. Amazing she has a 65% approval rating in spite of the total negativity of the media, and O has a 60% approval rating when they are shXXing themselves all over the place to make him KING, distancing him from thieves, and Judases, covering his smoking, looking the otherway on his BC, and ignorning some significant health problems he could have based on his genetics, stress, and smoking.

    One has to wonder what the % would be if the Media were reporting the truth.

  4. Admin says:
    “True Democrats and progressives know the Hopium addled addicts who are Obama’s People are a dangerous cult of personality: Concerns about Obama’s ambitions are coming from state party leaders as well as from Capitol Hill.”

    “The party needs to be rooted not just around one individual, but it needs to have a grass-roots base that can survive the times and even endure past whoever may be in office,” said Jerry Meek, chairman of the North Carolina Democratic Party.”

    “Understand, the Obama’s People cult of personality, funded with more than $75 million, is not directed primarily at Republicans. the Obama’s People cult of personailty is directed, the dagger is held at the throats of Democrats:”

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    Yes, Obama can’t keep his agenda hidden forever. He slowly digresses to another persona, a ruthless Chicago persona, that Democrats and party loyalists are feeling is the beginning of The Big Chill. Obama will pick and choose those who will stand with his immoral self through thick and thin. (Example: Rahm Emanuel) He is the prototype, as well as the Joe Biden, fatherly, type- Blah, Blah, Blah filling the air with superfluous platitudes to soothe and quiet the masses when the going gets rough.

    It was good of you Admin. to write this piece where indirectly Democrats who gave their full support to Obama are feeling the negative distance growing between them and their idol. It speaks volumes to what I have not written and why the need to find a way to contact Hillary or Bill. If in fact you have direct access, an e-mail contact would be most appreciated.

    My e-mail is: smithmrs41@yahoo.com

  5. ““I think those of us [Republicans] who voted for McCain are going to be a lot happier with Obama than the people who voted for him.”

    With that edit, she’s probably right. I’m a McCain Democrat and so far Obama is even worse than I bargained for.

    The NY Times is running subscription ads on the internet featuring Obama’s face – ‘buy a piece of history.’ Selling Obama-biased news coverage to Obama-biased customers.

  6. Hey how are you all doing? Ready for Clinton to be our Secretary of State? I sent the state department an email saying, “youre in good hands in two days with Clinton,” and shared that I’m willing to work for Clinton for the state department.

  7. Howard Dean is returning to private life, since he has not been offered a position in the new administration. Hmmm……… Didn’t his 50 state strategy contribute to the strong caucus showing?

  8. i buy the Sunday paper for the TV schedule. Today, it was absolutely disgusting. BO was all over the place, including the cover of Parade magazine “A letter to my daughters.” I threw almost the entire paper out. The frenzy is out of control, and everyone is out to make a buck. QVC’s TSV on Tuesday, will be r/t to the inauguration. Out of control.

  9. Canaan, Big Media outlets will soon be asking for “bailouts”. The NYTimes hocked its building in order to get funding and lots of other newspapers are in danger of going out of business.

    In order to get those “bailouts” Big Media will help Obama. Plates, coins, soon we’ll see velvet paintings of Obama sold by Big Media beggars.

    Republican Valerie, the one who voted for McCain and made the statement we quoted, will soon be in agreement with you and grow totally disgusted with Obama, as will the cold turkey ex-Hopiates.

  10. birdgal

    As those who supported the fraud get betrayed one by one, surely someone has something on him. The more enemies you make, the more you have to watch your back.

  11. NO BAILOUTS FOR BIG MEDIA. LET THEM RAISE THE PRICE ON THEIR NEWSPAPER SO THOSE WITH A STOMACH FOR THEIR DRIVEL CAN PAY FOR IT TO CONTINUE. LEAVE THE REST OF US OUT. LET THEM DO WHAT THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR HAS DONE, OR LET BLOOMBERG FINANCE THEM OR LET PATERSON DO IT, BUT NOT THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER. THEY WILL GET A TAX REVOLT OUT OF THIS IF THEY ARE NOT CAREFUL. SHOULD ANYONE BE FORCED TO SUBSIDIZE THE BILE AND VITRIOL OF A SNAKE LIKE MODO? NEVER.

  12. “The party needs to be rooted not just around one individual, but it needs to have a grass-roots base that can survive the times and even endure past whoever may be in office,” said Jerry Meek, chairman of the North Carolina Democratic Party.”
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    If I am correct this is the same guy who told the african americans in north carolina not to vote for any white politicians. Being the soul of reason and common sense, the forever honest and always affable Howard Dean condemned the comment, two weeks after he cut loose with a similar comment of his own. Returning to private life? Resuming his profession perhaps. I would rather have Clause Von Buelow as my private physician that this bainless example of the theory of evolution gone wrong.

  13. Wbboei, this about the NYTimes:

    http://www.nypost.com/seven/01182009/news/regionalnews/brother__can_you_spare_a_times_150654.htm

    excerpts:

    The Times is under the gun to raise cash as a $400 million credit line expires in May. The recession has squeezed the paper, which reported a 21 percent drop in ad revenue in November.

    The newspaper has made some drastic moves recently to increase cash flow and to raise the needed money, including:

    * An ongoing attempt to raise $225 million by selling its 58 percent stake in the new 52-story Midtown skyscraper and then leasing the office space.

    * Putting its 17.5 percent stake in New England Sports Ventures, the parent of the Boston Red Sox, on the block. That could raise about $150 million.

    * Layoffs and buyouts at the flagship New York Times and its Boston Globe property.

    * Cutting back its dividend to investors for three years.

    * The recent move to reduce the number of standalone sections and to sell advertising for the first time on Page 1 of the Times.

  14. The Times is under the gun to raise cash as a $400 million credit line expires in May. The recession has squeezed the paper, which reported a 21 percent drop in ad revenue in November.
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    Oh Admin–you make my day, my week, my month, and as I beat a strategic retreat back to a dark bar with no television somewhere in Canada in preparation for January 20, I will think of the unfortunate New York Times and the following verse:

    Happy days are here again
    The skies above are clear again
    So lets sing the song of cheer again
    Happy days are here again

    Altogether sound it now
    There’s no one who can doubt it now
    So lets tell the folks about it now
    Happy days are here again

    I want to be there when the NYT shuts their doors. There should be a price paid for dishonest journalism and that price should never be paid by the American People. Let them lay off modo, patrick healey, adam nagorney, fat frank rich, boston charlie, tom friedman. But please save Jason Blaire, and Judith you know who. The only difference between them and the aforesaid is they got caught. Give them all a Pulitzer and kick their ass down the road for betraying their readership.

  15. I wonder whether the Associated Press is in the same financial boat. I certainly hope so. Next to msnbc and cnn they are the most corrupt news source in the business.

    No-more-taxpayer-bailouts. Their business model is obsolete. Their output is defective. We should open the market to foreign jounalists and let these corrupt outlets go the way of the dinosaur. They had no problem with the free market when factory jobs went off shore. Right Tom Friedman–the world is flat. But now that their own jobs are in jeopardy they are ready to make whatever faustian deal they can to reach into the taxpayers pocket.

    Read my lips–no big media bailouts. (Note: but if John Kass needs a job we must find him one). He is an honest journalist.

  16. Thanks for this essay, Admin. This is what happens when personality substitutes for principles in our society.

  17. Are the New York Times and other media outlets blaming their financial problems solely on the recession?

    Are they refusing to admit responsibility for biased and poor journalism, boycotts by those who refused to drink their form of kool aid/homage to their messiah while destroying the Clintons, McCains, Palins, and anyone else who stood in the way of annoiting their chosen one?

    I would like to think that some of their losses are due to their unfair, unbalanced, and trash mag styles that overtook what little common sense and professionalism they once might have stood for.

  18. wbboei: The Trib is laying off thousands, too – entrepreneur Sam Zell just bought the company some few months ago. What an interesting investment.

  19. Jan, when I cancelled our Trib and NYT last November, that’s exactly what I told them (that phone call “may have been recorded for customer service purposes” – I can only hope) that it was because of their shoddy and biased reporting during the election cycle. I told them that they were worse than Fox News.

  20. Illiois: Zell has sure got the midus touch. I have seen so many examples of people who have no experiece in a business but think just because they are smart, went to harvard (I am not being redundant) and have money to burn, they can take over a business and run it profitably only to fail.

    Does this remind you of anyone we know in the political world. Today the passing headline said O told a group of delusionals “anything is possible”–which thrilled them to no end. But it made me think of the Outer Limits episode ot the extraterrestial who comes to earth with a book entitled To Serve Man. Bots assume it is an ethical tome, but we find out at the end that it is really a cookbook. Someone should ask him whether his statement is a threat or a promise.

  21. I was a lifetime reader of the NYT and cancelled it during the campaign as did two more of my friends. I was thrilled to tell them why when they called to ask why I was cancelling.

    I know there must be more of us. I live in New Yiork and this is Hillary territory. There will be payback! Paterson won’t pick CK. I think he hs gotten the message loud and clear. He does not have enough political capital to shove her down New Yorkers’ throats and get away with it.

  22. admin, this caught my eye on the left side of the blog screen and just may be relevant for the times.
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    “Funnies” Jon Stewart

    …….Whatever the American public may feel about this war, one thing is certain — it doesn’t matter [on screen: Cheney saying ‘So’ when told by ABC’s Martha Raddatz that two-thirds of Americans say it’s not worth fighting]. So? … [on screen: Asked if he doesn’t care what the American people think, Cheney saying, ‘No, I think you cannot be blown off course by the fluctuations in the public opinion poll’]. Yes, always let your incompetence be your guide….
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    This will sound very familiar to the hopium addicts very soon

  23. Admin, that NYTimes poll was so obviously spinned for Obama. They tried to make it look like Americans were optimistic despite losing their jobs and homes and patient for Obama to take his time, learn the ropes (that’s what you do in the Congress and Senate), and everything would be okay. NOT. I HOPE we’re not the only ones peeved that he is spending $150 million on one day of partying when that money could go to good use for the country.

    Here is one interesting fact from the poll. Fewer people believe he is liberal:
    “In this latest poll, 40 percent described the president-elect’s ideology as liberal, a 17-point drop from just before the election.”

    I guess that will help him with the foolish Republicans who believed he was a socialist but for those of us who were hoping that we’d get a liberal who would push the liberal agenda – like finally having universal health care – well, I guess those who believed Obama was a secret liberal were bamboozled.

  24. Watching all this hoopla tonight is making me sick and I will ony be getting sicker the closer we get to noon on Tuesday as this was suppose to be our time to celebrate. People still acting like Obama can walk on water and are really letting themselves in for a big let down. We should start a pool for who can pick the month Obama’s approval rating drops below 50%.

  25. rjk, It will happen soon enough. Once the Hopium wears off and people are still unemployed and homeless, Obama’s numbers will drop below 50%. I’m predicting that at the end of his first (and hopefully last) term, he’ll be around 35-40% and I’m giving him such a high number because of the African-American population who will overwhelmingly root for him and support him when he runs in 2012 and the Obots in the media and the blogosphere who won’t admit that they were wrong. Rich liberals will likely support him too. It’s the working and middle class who will be pissed because they are the ones without health insurance, a job, and a home.

  26. sorry wbboei and all… this in the NYT

    ….By ANDREW ROSS SORKIN Carlos Slim Helú, the Mexican billionaire, is near a deal to invest about $250 million in The New York Times Company, helping to shore up the publishing company’s struggling finances, according to people briefed on the transaction …

  27. debbie, I don’t even go to the NYT unless I need to read Krugman. PUMAs and Hillary supporters are constantly being called worthless but can you imagine if 1 million or even just 500K PUMAs in the United States stopped reading the NYT last year because of their biased reporting? That’s a big part of the $250 million that they need so badly that they are asking a foreigner to help with their bills.

  28. I’m staying away from all media. I made a mistake and bought the Sunday paper today. I threw most of it away, as it was centered around BO. Even a Kohl’s ad said, “Our Yes we can attitude…..”

    The bots see nothing wrong with the 150 million dollar price tag. I was on a different board, earlier today, and when I mentioned something about spending 150 million dollars, once responder made a snide comment, that I was “sour grapes” because my candidate didn’t win. In addition, many other bots don’t see the problem. After all, more people want to attend the inauguration celebrations for Bo, than they did with Bush, so the added cost is warranted. More people=more security=higher price tag. The hopium is thick. I wonder, if they have used hyponosis on people. Whenever bots speak of Bo, they get this starry eyed look, that is quite frightening.

  29. birdgal, I rely on bloggers to do the dirty work and report back the type of trash they read in the NYT that day. Bloggers like admin, Riverdaughter at the Confluence, Falstaff-falstaff, Anglachel’s Journal, Tennessee Guerilla Women, Reclusive Leftist, and many others listed under The Confluence blogroll – I go to their pages and if they have links to the NYT I’ll follow the link and read the lies in the article. Sometimes with columnists like Maureen Dowd, I don’t even bother giving NYT a hit. I know I’m not missing any important news by skipping Dowd.

    Can you imagine if ANYONE other than Obama – Republican or Democrat – spent $150 million on Inauguration Day? If Hillary had spent that much, she’s be criticized by every single publication in America – even though her presidency would’ve been just as historic as Obama’s. The hypocrisy of it all just disgusts me.

  30. HighlyEducatedHillarySupporter

    I didn’t go to NYT either, it was a headline I found on google or someother place.

    I think this country lost it’s voice when these “news outlets” forgot their beginnings. At one point in our history they were welcomed everywhere. the writers and reporters now are more interested in recognition than telling the facts without bias. the bosses are more interested in ad revenue than being the voice of the people.

    I’m so glad we have a place like this!!!

  31. HighlyEducatedHillarySupporter Says:

    January 18th, 2009 at 11:27 pm
    rjk, It will happen soon enough. Once the Hopium wears off and people are still unemployed and homeless, Obama’s numbers will drop below 50%.
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    I think he will lose altitude sooner if the economic picture deteriorates after he takes office.

    He will blame Bush and so will big media will cover for him for the reasons discussed. But the public will say you were elected to solve it oh Messiah.

    If the economy tanks on him and it adversely affects his supporters then I think many of them will turn against him out of economic self interest unless he provides them with relief–which will tank the ecomomy more– its a vicious cycle.

    What he is doing right now is the exact opposite of what he should be doing if he wants to survive. This lavish, wasteful, self serving, cecil b de mille cast of millions production is a big mistake in these economic times. He should be doing the opposite.

    After this spectacle how does he hold an fdr fireside chat and tell the American People that they must make sacrifices and be patient. It will be a joke. And bots who rise to support him will have to explain why he does not practice what he preaches.

    The American People in their infinite wisdom do not dig very deep into the character and background of politicians. Rather they decide elections based on how they feel economically.

    It is no accident that Reagans question in 1980 was are you better off now then you were four years ago, or that Carvelle said in 1992 its the economy stupid–and both of them beat the incumbent.

    That is his problem and right now he is digging himself a deeper hole.

  32. HEHS: The hypocrisy of this debacle, is very apparent, if one looks at it. Admin’s article speaks to this fact. The dims complained about the expenses of the Bush inaugural, but not a word about Bo’s ode to himself. Honestly, his arrogance and narcissism are right there, if one is open to seeing it. How many candidates spend 6 million dollars on Grecian columns for a nomination celebration, or take a victory lap in Europe? Plus, 150 million freaking dollars on inaugural celebrations? Inclusive, historic or not, it is way over the top.

    If Senator Clinton or McCain had done this, either one would have been crucified from one end of the country to the other end. The press would be merciless. I don’t know, when this is going to decrease, but it is going to be awhile. There has been way too much money invested in this, for the adulation to go away anytime soon.

    I also get my news via the same sources, as yourself. I cannot watch the news shows. They sicken me.

  33. “I rely on bloggers to do the dirty work and report back the type of trash they read in the NYT that day. Bloggers like admin, Riverdaughter at the Confluence, Falstaff-falstaff, Anglachel’s Journal, Tennessee Guerilla Women, Reclusive Leftist, and many others listed under The Confluence blogroll – I go to their pages and if they have links to the NYT I’ll follow the link and read the lies in the article.”

    I beg to differ… The reason I come here is because it is not a round table of group think like it is in the other blogs you mentioned. Admin’s essays are composed in mind from a lengthy background in politics. Theres a big difference in what you are reading here and what you read at other blogs. Not that they do not have their entertainment value, they do… with the exception of the last year or so, google is a best friend.

  34. Watching the coverage today, I realized what it must feel like to be a minority. Seemingly. the entire country, sans me, is thrilled about the upcoming coronation. I am about as depressed as I was when Hillary “lost” the nomination and the next few days will be unbearable.

  35. jbstonesfan Says:

    January 19th, 2009 at 12:56 am

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    I agree. I’ve learned what it must feel like, to be disenfranchised. I won’t watch any of the coverage. Luckily, Tuesday is my long day at work, so I’ll be busy. Most of the country has lost its collective mind, IMHO. The expectations are too high and unrealistic.

  36. An Obot friend excused Obama’s extravagent spending by emailing this: not taxpayer money, boost to hotel industry, construction industry. Don’t hate because you’re missing the party.

    Are these people idiots or do they choose to ignore the truth? Much of that money came from the District of Columbia. And even if part of it was raised, shouldn’t that money go to a more worthy cause other than feeding Obama’s ego? He’s already spent enough money buying the election. When will it end and when will his followers stop making excuses for him?

  37. I have not been to mardi gras in New Orleans, Carnival in Buenos Aires or these other public celebrations of this nature, but most people I know have a skeptical reaction to this nonsense and have tuned it out. It is not the whole country–these are his supporters you are seeing in dc. False hopes run riot at times like this, liqour flows freely and no one believes the truth which is that all glory is fleeting. It the end, this will not mean much. If the economy does not improve and he is seen as ineffectual he will be on a steep downward trajectory. The one he is on now is unsustainable.

  38. Mrs. Smith, I agree that admin is much more knowledgeable in politics and historically accurate than the other sites. However, I still recommend visiting a few like Falstaff which doesn’t get as many comments and Anglachel if or when she ever posts again. The more obscure blogs tend to be the hidden gems with a lot of great commentary. The Confluence is a lot of group think but if you ignore the comments section, some of their posts are good.

  39. HighlyEducatedHillarySupporter Says:

    January 19th, 2009 at 1:15 am
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    Apparently, there has been close to 50 million raised by private donors, which will be used for the inaugural balls. The maximum amount has been capped at 50,000 dollars per person. No lobbyists, but friends and relatives of lobbyists may contribute and bundle contributions. If you go to open secrets.org, you can see the breakdown for the contributions from the various industries. Interestingly, the finance sector, which is being bailed out, has contributed 7.1% to the love fest debacle. Tax payers are footing the bill for the security costs, which means more money is being borrowed from China. Bush declared a state of emergency in DC, which allows for federal funding. See Admin’s article.

  40. An Obot friend excused Obama’s extravagent spending by emailing this: not taxpayer money, boost to hotel industry, construction industry. Don’t hate because you’re missing the party.
    ———————————–
    The question is this: who are the private interests financing this orgy, what do they expect to get back from him in return and how much will it cost the American People. Anyone who claims the taxpayers will not ultimately foot the bill need only follow the money.

  41. add on: VA and other states, will be submitting bills to the federal government for costs incurred. Whether they get paid or not, is another question. Yes, the increased demand for service will help the economy of DC, but I don’t think, it warrants this kind of expenditure.

  42. wbboei Says:

    January 19th, 2009 at 1:30 am

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    opensecrets.org has the breakdown of private donors and industries that have contributed to this debacle. The Soros family has contributed 250,000, as well as the entertainment industry. CA donors have contributed the highest percentage. Many prominent people have contributed 50,000 dollars, which gains one admission to the balls.

  43. HEHS:

    Yes, most of us have already been there and done that. Like I said earlier they are entertaining but tend to be very personalized. I’ve seen the breakouts of intrablog fighting, it’s very distracting to me any way. It takes away from informational sharing and sort of leaves people with a bad taste in their mouths
    when they have to choose sides. I know they are always looking for new people to participate. Thats another reason I like it here. This is a no pressure environment. We bring information here for dissemination and discussion.

    Actually, I think Pink is pretty unique in that respect..

  44. Right on. Yes, a cult is a cult and we do not want the target demographic for video game companies becoming the ruling majority.

  45. Obama’s cult had better watch out! When he is through the plaque on the Statue Of Liberty will no longer read:
    Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
    I lift my lamp beside the golden door.

    It will be changed to:

    Give me all your hard earned money as I will make you poor.
    You’ll huddled in masses outside soup kitchens begging for more.
    I will make you all homeless while I reside in luxury.
    I lift my glass of champagne and thank you all.

  46. I agree that Hillary is 44 is a very special site. It should be more popular but most people don’t want to read the straightforward facts with evidence, which is what admin provides. Regardless of what side people are on, they always want a distortion of the truth and a large community of people to affirm your beliefs. That’s what most political blogs have become.

  47. Some heavy contributors to the festivities are show biz magnates and they will be asking Washington for a stimulus package.

    They have some arguments but when they show up to make them, why is this NOT a conflict of interest for Obama? If they gave the same amount to charity, it would be a conflict of interest for Hillary. sigh

  48. freckles, there have been so many unanswered questions that have been ignored by the media and Obama supporters concerning the money Obama raised during the primaries and election to the money he’s raising now for the Inauguration. The Clintons continue to be asked about their donors, but NO ONE in the media questions Obama about his donors and how he’s raised more money than anyone else in history. $150 million for the inauguration? If it was anyone other than Obama, we’d have heard questions about this every night for the last week. Admin seems to be one of the few people who are willing to see the truth. Admin, you should seriously think about doing more investigative work during your spare time and write a book about all of this.

  49. admin Says:
    January 18th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Wbboei, this about the NYTimes:

    http://www.nypost.com/seven/01182009/news/regionalnews/brother__can_you_spare_a_times_150654.htm

    The newspaper has made some drastic moves recently to increase cash flow and to raise the needed money, including:

    * An ongoing attempt to raise $225 million by selling its 58 percent stake in the new 52-story Midtown skyscraper and then leasing the office space.

    ~~~~~~~
    Admin, whenever I walk by the new NYTimes skyscraper in Midtown, I wonder why in the heck they decided to build something that extravagant when they are going broke. I guess most people didn’t predict the economic meltdown but you’d think the NYTimes would have had better judgment than most people and took the economy into account when deciding to build this skyscraper. Their old building several blocks away in Midtown was just fine.

  50. Thanks again admin.
    Gosh! This is looking even scarier than I thought!

    ——————————————-
    Here’s an interesting new Hillary blog I just discovered, called “Madame Secretary”

    hillary.foreignpolicy.com/

    Madam Secretary is an obsessive blog about all things Hillary Clinton. From her policies to her pantsuits, Madam Secretary delivers up-to-the-minute news, analysis, and gossip about America’s (next) top diplomat.

  51. Morning all>Yesterday was Steelers day and I took time out to give them my undivided attention and they came thru and it is now on to Super Bowl.Now Hillary is the one to watch and admire on her way to the most powerful and admired and awaited woman to assume her mantle as SOS and sorts out the deadly problems facing the world.I t will be a very huge task but she will prevail as she is subjected to the jealous partisan and racial attempts to obstructs her efforts for world peace.We must stand with her and become her partners in the fight to resist the false hopes and changes that are being structured to build a house of cards by her opponents.We must realize that this country even now has evolved into a fragile racist and polarized center of greed and power seeking political and journalistic dominance to shape our future and milk our treasury.Let us stay alert and well organized in our efforts to thwart an unprecedented assault by our enemies within.
    A false ruler will eventually fall by his own sword and a house of cards will fall within its self.
    Your day is now here Hillary and the good people of this country will stand with you and we will survive and once again prosper in peace and good fellowship that has served us well in the past.

    BY ABM90 Hillary my hope for your success is eternal.

  52. Tireless’ advocate Clinton lauded:

    By Dan Chapman

    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    Sunday, January 18, 2009

    U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton was lauded as a champion of social and racial justice at the King Center’s “Salute to Greatness” dinner Saturday in Atlanta.

    The New York Democrat and U.S. secretary of state-designate was among the featured guests at the civil right’s center major fund-raiser, held at the Hyatt Regency.

    The banquet is one of a number of weekend events honoring the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Monday is a federal holiday given over to remembrances of the civil rights icon, who was assassinated in 1968.

    “It’s not just remembering and celebrating; we must also act,” Clinton told the audience of 1,000 people. “Until every vote is counted and every American has health insurance and jobs, then it is up to all of us. As we commemorate MLK Day, we are called upon to treat this day as a day of service. We all have a part to play.”

    Isaac Farris Jr., president of the King Center, lauded Clinton for her leadership, humanitarianism and “as a champion of needed social reforms.”

    “Sen. Clinton has worked tirelessly throughout her career to advance racial justice, child welfare and health security for all Americans and human rights worldwide,” Farris said in prepared remarks.

    Clinton, who the U.S. Senate will likely confirm next week as the nation’s top diplomat, has vowed that human rights will be a cornerstone of American foreign policy.

    The wife of former President Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton ran unsuccessfully against U.S. Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois for the Democratic nomination for president last year.

    Obama will be sworn in Tuesday.

    Hillary Clinton said the King Center remains a special place to her husband.

    “That’s why it is so fitting that this dinner this evening should be on the eve of this unprecedented historic event —- the inauguration of Barack Obama. The election of Barack Obama is a big step closer to the realization of that dream. But that doesn’t let us off the hook. There is still more work to be done.”

    The King Center also presented the corporate Salute to Greatness Award to S. Truett Cathy, the founder and chairman of the Chick-fil-A restaurant chain.

    Farris cited Cathy’s “remarkable example of active compassion for young people through more than $25 million in scholarships, along with vital youth support programs, including camps and foster homes.”

    Illness kept Cathy from attending.

    link to follow…

  53. Over at Drudge right now, just above the main headline is picture of O speaking in front of Lincoln (statue). Hard to tell if the teleprompter is there for O or for Lincoln…. Just kidding; however it is a good reminder of his big ego; he cannot see the big picture … is looking only at himself.

  54. Hope is the eternal flame that should never be dimmed by anyone that rejects it.

    Change is a course correction that we must use wisely and slowly to maintain a balance of power and fairness.

    Vigilance is the one common safeguard we must all share in the days ahead.

    BY ABM90 My view of what is needed for our survival as a great nation ready to make this world the finest but the only home we share.God Bless It.

  55. Admin, the media matters article by Boehlert debunks the cost of the love fest, stating that security costs were not figured into the cost of Bush’s festivities. Also, the orgin of the article is from Newsmax. So, what is the real truth, or is it too early to know for sure?

  56. Monday, January 19, 2009, 9:15am EST

    Sen. Clinton says goodbye

    Sen. Hillary Clinton has sent a thank you letter to New Yorkers, saying they gave her the “opportunity of a lifetime” in electing her to the U.S. Senate.

    Clinton’s resignation is imminent, scheduled to come after her expected confirmation as U.S. secretary of state by the Senate.

    Gov. David Paterson, who is charged with picking Clinton’s replacement, has said that he will announce his choice soon, probably two or three days after the outgoing senator submits her resignation.

    Recent polls have indicated that New York voters favor Attorney General Andrew Cuomo for the Senate seat, but at least 10 politicians are believed to be under consideration, including Caroline Kennedy, daughter of the late President John Kennedy.

    U.S. Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-Saratoga Springs, is also mentioned as a potential candidate for the seat.

    Clinton, in her farewell statement, said, “Serving the people of New York has been the opportunity of a lifetime to continue what has been the work of my life. It is been an honor and a privilege to be your advocate and to make real strides for those who have for too long felt as if they were invisible.”

    link to follow:

  57. From USA Today

    Monday, January 19, 2009

    McCain: Proud of Palin, and he won’t run again

    Arizona Sen. John McCain, last year’s Republican presidential nominee, had a chat recently with Fox News’s Sean Hannity. Among the topics were his political future and his controversial choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his runningmate.

    McCain, 72, will be honored tonight at one of three bipartisan dinners thrown by President-elect Barack Obama’s inaugural committee. Today at 5 p.m. ET, Palin is the first guest on the new Glenn Beck Show on Fox News.

    Here’s the exchange between McCain and Hannity:

    HANNITY: Speaking of Governor Palin, do you speak with her often?

    MCCAIN: Oh, yes.

    HANNITY: She’s still under fire.

    MCCAIN: I know.

    HANNITY: She’s still getting criticized.

    MCCAIN: I know.

    HANNITY: Do you think it hurt her in any way personally?

    MCCAIN: I think it hurt her feelings, of course, you know, particularly a lot of the family stuff. But I think most Americans now, really, most Americans, are moving on. We’re moving on.

    We’ve got two severe problems facing us, she’s back being governor of the state of Alaska, she’s got issues there as you well know, in fact, accommodating to the cut-off of the earmarks and pork barrel spending that used to go to her state.

    No, I — I have great respect and admiration for her and her family.

    HANNITY: That was your choice, you’re proud of.

    MCCAIN: I’m very proud.

    HANNITY: Do you think she could be president one day?

    MCCAIN: Sure, sure. But I’d also like to point out that it’s very early in this whole season.

    HANNITY: Are you thinking of running again?

    MCCAIN: I was — no, no, no, but I — you know, my political corpse is still warm, as you know, but I — you know, there’s going to be, I think, a spirited contest for the nomination of our party, and I think there are also other governors that will be competitive.

    Link to follow:

  58. JanH Says:
    January 19th, 2009 at 10:28 am
    ***
    thanks for that…
    “Today at 5 p.m. ET, Palin is the first guest on the new Glenn Beck Show on Fox News”.

    I’m recording it just so I have something to watch while all the other hoopla is going on. I don’t much like Glenn Beck, didn’t like him on Headline news, but I adore Palin.

    As for Fox, with the exception of a few shows it’s too extreme right for me. It’s just as bad a s watching Matthews and Olberman. Eewwy, sickening. I will give them credit for offering a more balanced view of the election, but I will never say Fox is fair.

  59. debbie,

    it’s getting harder and harder. Even our Canadian channels are going with the innaugural garbage.

    I’m hopeful that the History Channel, Mystery Channel, and even the Food Network…lol…will be okay.

  60. It’s like a nightmare that you just can’t wake up from…and it’s going to last at least at least four(4) and probably eight (8) yrs. Moroeover, the attacks on the Clintons’ seem to never end. Yesterday, some democratic official stated Obama “was smarter than Bill Clinton and more disciplined”. I would suggest Obama was simply lucky to be following the disaster that was George Bush and and the partisan tilt in his favor by virtually the entire media made this possible. The record is pretty clear that so far, other than making a few good speeches, and bringing about a false sense of unity”, he has not done anything significant since holding office at any level. A master manipulator, yes, but far from being even in the same league as Bil and Hillary.

  61. jbstonesfan Says:

    January 19th, 2009 at 12:02 pm
    ———————————————————–

    BO is not in the same league as Bill Clinton, in regards to intellect and accomplishments. Discipline? I don’t know, but BO has not as much with his life, as Bill Clinton had, at a similar point in their lives. BO is for himself, only.

  62. iirc…at this time in his life, Bill Clinton had governed a state for 12 years. Arkansas must have loved the service to their state the Clintons gave them, because they gave hillary 70% of their vote in the primary!!! What has bo done the past 12 years?

    Oh yeah…he was busy writing biographies, creating and developing the life he wanted to present to “The People” (the fiction) while scrubbing, burying and sealing
    his REAL life! And…here we are with a fictional pResident King for the WhiteHouse

  63. I’m upset about this coverage too! I’m not even a television person, but it’s ticking me off anyway! it’s WAY over the Top.

  64. Obviously the “discipline” thing is a cheap shot at President Clinton’s human failures , which should be between he and his wife. Unlike most of these pundits, despite what they have been through, Bill and Hillary remain together after 3 decades, raised a beautiful, intelligent, and well adjusted daughter, and continue to serve the country they love. Now, I will say Obama gives the appearance of being very calm, allof, or whatever you want to call it. He apparently , unlike Bill, does not lose his temper( at least not yet). The difference, off course, is that he has been treated to a virtually love feast for over 2yrs, while long before Bill took office, the rethugs/ and many dems, already had it in for he and Hillary. When, god forbbid, Obamam faces a real challenge, not his over blowing of the current economic situatiom which will inevitably rsolves itself, we’ll see how cool under pressure he is.

  65. I refuse to watch MSM. The History Channel is great: MLK, 1968, The Presidents, etc.

    Getting some laundry done. Checking on my favorite blogs for moral support is also helping.

  66. One of the few major media writers who is the consistently reliable is Paul Krugman. He has a fine piece on the Wall Street Three Card Monte slime regatta at —
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/19/opinion/19krugman.html?ref=opinion
    The one ingredient lacking is connecting the dots — a simple correlation of the names of big donors and the names of big recipients of the stupefying federal bailouts. It is plainly apparent that this represents an immense payoff to the big money who have been buying politicians like sacks of spuds. What it means is that Soros buys Obama, then Obama facilitates a big federal bailout/payoff for institutions which benefit Soros and Wall Street. The payoff always has a lot more zeroes behind it than the campaign donation — and then, ta DAH! – the taxpayers pay the bill. Why in hell can’t we stop this mad and corrosive system? If we could shine the bright lights of publicity on it and show the specifics of who it is who is getting rich and why, it might help.

  67. jbstonesfan

    I disagree about losing his temper. I think we have seen that a few times when he has dismissed questions from reporter miffed by their audasity to continue to question him, and cried about finishing his breakfast. I am sure there have been more instances covered up.

    Second, I think we have little knowledge of his personnel life. He was a social blade in college, and those habits don’t always go away. Anyway with the power he is now perceived to have, there will be temptations. We saw a little secret talk of that during the primaries and general election. Will they cover all that up until his biography is written 10 years from now? Who knows. Obviously no one protected John Edwards, after he was used.

    As to his intellegence, as I remember his transcripts have been sealed. So we have no knowledge of how he did. He never really functioned much as a lawyer, and there were people that said he could not negotiate well, a skill one would think you needed as President. However, that is OK as HRC should handle that for him.

  68. JanH Says:

    January 19th, 2009 at 11:52 am
    debbie,

    it’s getting harder and harder. Even our Canadian channels are going with the innaugural garbage.

    I’m hopeful that the History Channel, Mystery Channel, and even the Food Network…lol…will be okay.

    LOL I’m watching Animal Planet!!

  69. NewMexicoFan Says:

    January 19th, 2009 at 12:4
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    Don’t forget about the finger scratching his temple episode, nor the scrapping off of his foot. I will never forget those obscene gestures.

  70. The guy is a major fraud and it just SICKENS me to see the masses and the MSM gushing over this fool. I’ll be watching HGTV, Style, VH1, et al until the madness is over. Wednesday morning cannot come quickly enough.

  71. Well…time will show…and very little will be needed…that obama can’t sling two thoughts together…make a decision on his own…or stop threatening to veto/have a temper tantrum whenever he doesn’t get his way.

    This idiot child will never be in Bill Clinton’s league. He won’t even be in Chelsea’s league.

  72. turned over more and more books on the weekend with this misfit and his wife’s pictures on the front covers.

  73. what drives me crazy is that the MSM is comparing BO to FDR, Lincoln and MLK…and he has not done ANYTHING yet…no major accomplishments of his own at all…surely, the thinest resume of accomplishments of any incoming Prez…

    …this is insanity…all this imagery, symbolism, branding and BRAINWASHING…

    the guy came from the State Senate where he did nothing of any positive and substantive repute, then on a fluke wins and becomes a US Senator and in less than one term, still does nothing of any legislative repute…but creates this train that used every strategy and trick possible and built up such a frenzy and momentum that nothing could stop it…

    …he has not done anything yet and as ADMIN is stating, he is such a blank slate that no one knows what he will do…but it does not matter, he can do no wrong…according to the MSM, he is the smartest person who ever lived and will go down as the best president in history…it does not matter that he has not done anything and no one knows what the hell he will do…the MSM is already writing his history and legacy…before he even is Prez

    …I (we) should be so happy today…but I am with Lady Jane…HGTV and escapism TV for as long as it isn’t pre-empted.

    …this coverage is way, way over the top…they are all frothing at the mouth…MSM, dems and repubs…objectivity and reality are gone…

    I hope the media returns to some sense of critical thinking otherwise we are in for trouble and big denial…

    oh, and we know Bill Clinton, BO will never compare to BC…not even close…that is the other thing that makes me so mad…we hear about FDR, Reagan, Lincoln, King…and does anyone show one bit of respect or deference to President Bill Clinton…they just ignore him…like they want to cut him out of history…they only mention him to throw jabs at him, never giving him credit for the turnaround and positive condition he guided the country to and the surplus and peace he left

  74. jbstonesfan

    Only have a minute and have to go back real quick.

    Only have time for 2 short seconds or so.

    The man who said that Obama was smarter than Bill Clinton and more disciplined” was Rep Jim Cooper from TN. a blue dog Dem from TN- very fiscally conservative and wants to bring entitlements for change.

  75. bring entitlements forward for change…also says that if the blue dogs join with Reps, they can defeat any BHO legislation.

  76. One wonders what Obama’s accomplishments thus far, apart from stealing the presidential election, would lead anyone at all to compare him to anyone higher than Mickey Mouse (apologies to Mickey).

  77. Thank you for the update….I feel like we (Hillary supporters) are the loneliest people in the world right now. I am walking around depressed while millions are “partying” in the streets….It’s like my team just lost the Superbowl and I have to walk out of the home teams stadium……depressing as hell, but we shall go on.

  78. Emjay Says:
    January 19th, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    “The man who said that Obama was smarter than Bill Clinton and more disciplined” was Rep Jim Cooper from TN. a blue dog Dem from TN- very fiscally conservative and wants to bring entitlements for change.”

    “Bring entitlements forward for change…also says that if the blue dogs join with Reps, they can defeat any BHO legislation.”
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Interesting, Emjay. Obama, “We all have skin in this game”, may be preparing to shed some, if he joins with Cooper!

  79. 100% correct “S”. Without Bill, their would be no opportunity for guys like BO….President Clinton took over after 12 yrs of Reagan/Bush and lead us to unprecedented peace and prosperity. The truth be told, the bar for BO will be very low, b/c Bush is viewed in such low regard…You could have elected a single cell amoeba and the country would welcome such “change”.

  80. I feel your pain, jbstonesfan…i feel the same…

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

    just thinking…imagine everything that BO is doing now with the symbolism, nonstop media, extravaganzas, etc…and the MSM is going along with all and rubber stamping it all while hyperventilating…tomorrow we can expect the MSM to be choked up and crying…any bets?

    now imagine if everything is the same, but Hillary is Prez…the MSM would be pulling everything apart, criticizing every move she makes, every bit of clothing she wears, every eyelash out of place…how could she spend so much money(of course she would not) when the country is in recession, bla, bla, bla…and of course, Bill would be attacked nonstop…if he just shows up, he gets accused of soaking up the oxygen…

  81. Warning: I ran into a neighbor of mine a few minutes ago. He spends most of the year in Mexico.

    I asked him how things were down there now. He said the crimes and burglaries are up. I asked him why that was.

    He told me it is because so many undocumented people are returning to Mexico.

    I asked him was that because of stiffer border enforcement. He gave me an emphatic no.

    He told me it is because there are no jobs up here any more.

    More evidence of a global economic retraction.

    More evidence that Hillary is in where we need her–at a place where she can bring her peerless leadership skills to bear on the problems of this country and the world.

    It is important for us to realize that the euphoria we are seeing now is not shared by many people in the country because it is so excessive, overblown and out of step with the cold realities of our time.

    If you have ever drank far too much alcohol and then woke up text morning and wished you were dead–I have courtesy of eight martinis (gin, shaken not stirred)–then you know for sure what a bad hangover feels like. I have not had a single martini since.

  82. # jbstonesfan Says:
    January 19th, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Thank you for the update….I feel like we (Hillary supporters) are the loneliest people in the world right now. I am walking around depressed while millions are “partying” in the streets….It’s like my team just lost the Superbowl and I have to walk out of the home teams stadium……depressing as hell, but we shall go on.

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

    I’m not depressed at all. I’m watching all my favorite shows I missed last week. The old tv finally gave out and was forced to purchase a new HDtv and Blue Ray player. The new tv has the ability to record any show you preset while you’re watching something else. It’s all Free- NO TIVO needed.. highly recommended, if you’re in the market..

  83. HighlyEducatedHillarySupporter Says:
    January 19th, 2009 at 4:26 am
    —————————————
    Admin and spare time in the same sentence?

    Bwahhahahahahahah !!!

  84. Just received daily email from Glenn Beck whose new show on Fox starts today. Not clear if the following is from his radio show, or early release of TV transcript. It is an interview with Thomas Sowell, African American (on the chance you did not know.) Now from the transcript: Glenn Beck talks with Thomas Sowell, Scholar in Residence at Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and author of Applied Economics: Thinking Beyond Stage One.

    SOWELL: Oh, heavens. I must tell you in all frankness I can’t bear to watch the television except for sports because of all the hoopla. I suppose those people who thought that all the problems that we have as blacks are due to the wrong policies, the wrong people in power and that changing that’s going to matter. I don’t. I don’t even think that this is a breakthrough in the sense of which some people are saying it. I don’t doubt for a minute that Colin Powell could have been elected, you know, eight years ago had he been so inclined. So that it doesn’t come as nearly as big a surprise to me as it does to some people.

    www dot glennbeck dot com/content/articles/article/196/20343/

  85. S Says:
    January 19th, 2009 at 3:29 pm just thinking…imagine everything that BO is doing now with the symbolism, nonstop media, extravaganzas, etc…and the MSM is going along with all and rubber stamping it all while hyperventilating…tomorrow we can expect the MSM to be choked up and crying…any bets?
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    The old harangue, the bigger they are, the harder they fall comes to mind. Bear this in mind. The Principles can pull the plug on Obama any time. He is an illegal alien and a fraud that has gained the highest seat in the land.

    The Principals have deliberately kept his true identity a secret. He screws up or starts to believe the Fairytale himself…

    Oh my goodness, we’ve made a mistake.

    Out he goes at the end of a boot. He’s NOT who we thought he was. Wah! Not our fault!

  86. One of admin’s references pointed to a post by Confluence, whose posting mentioned “Cheeto”. Is this DailyKos? Or who? And what is it derived from?

  87. What does everyone think of this?

    Another slap at HRC?

    On some show, Biden’s wife let it slip that Bo offered Biden either the VO or SOS, whichever he wanted!

    Biden tried to get her to shut up.

    :evil

  88. http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0109/17627.

    The wife of Vice President-elect Joe Biden let it slip to Oprah Winfrey Monday that her husband had a pick of two jobs in the Obama administration.

    Jill Biden said President-elect Barack Obama gave Biden the choice of being secretary of state or vice president. The vice president-elect tried to hush his wife as soon as the words came out of her mouth, with a loud “shhh!” that sent the audience into laughter.

    The Bidens made a surprise appearance on Winfrey’s show, recorded at the Kennedy Center for broadcast later Monday on the eve of the inauguration.

    The vice president-elect said he only accepted Obama’s offer to be his running mate after talking it over with “Jilly,” his pet name for his wife. Mrs. Biden said she told him vice president would be better for the family.

  89. Basil: rumor has it he offered the job to alot of people. Same with the other cabinet jobs. I am sorry to disappoint you but not everything his minions say and do is targeted at the Clintons. But you would never know it by listening to big media whores, would you. The trick is to not fall into their trap. What we need to focus on is what will happen to the country. This hoopla now is a mistake on many levels. I will not dwell on this any more than I already have.

  90. LMFAO!!!!!!!!
    And I REALLY needed a laugh today!

    Ayers denied access at the Canadian border! 😀

    http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/573462

    An American education professor, one of the founders of a radical 1960s group known as the Weather Underground, which was responsible for a number of bombings in the United States in the early 1970s, was turned back at the Canadian border last night.
    Dr. William Ayers, a professor of education at the University of Illinois-Chicago and a leader in educational reform, was scheduled to speak at the Centre for Urban Schooling at University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. But that appearance has now been temporarily cancelled.

  91. 😳

    I tried linking the article but it’s in moderation.

    The wife of Vice President-elect Joe Biden let it slip to Oprah Winfrey Monday that her husband had a pick of two jobs in the Obama administration.

    Jill Biden said President-elect Barack Obama gave Biden the choice of being secretary of state or vice president. The vice president-elect tried to hush his wife as soon as the words came out of her mouth, with a loud “shhh!” that sent the audience into laughter.

    The Bidens made a surprise appearance on Winfrey’s show, recorded at the Kennedy Center for broadcast later Monday on the eve of the inauguration.

  92. BTW,

    I’ve also been trying to post this all day. Boy, I really got on the spam filter’s bad side. all my comments end up in moderation>

    Anyway, word is Patterson’s picking CK.

    Big article in the NYPost this morning, also on Drudge.

    :twisted;

  93. from hotair;

    ‘This was the PR strategy all along, of course: Turn Caroline into the presumptive appointee through sheer buzz so that Paterson’s forced to pick her lest he insult the Kennedys and break the heart of a princess who’s had her heart broken so many times before. In return, he gets re-election help from their cronies and those of Mike Bloomberg (one of whom’s already done yeoman’s work on her behalf), not to mention the gratitude of a certain risen Christ turned president who wants a cipher in the Senate who’ll reliably vote how he asks her to:’

  94. I have a friend who is an expert on finacial matters. He describes the current dilemma as a “collapse of the world financial system”.

    The open question is whether it will provoke an uptick in nationalism. That is what stands between the people and the desire of global elites to complete the integration of world economies and to subordinate soverignty through international institutions.

    I wish I was more of an expert on this myself, but maybe not.

    I am informed that Hillary is jumping into her new job with “lightening speed” according to a friend. Isnt that just like our girl. The greatest leader and problem solver of our era–whose best years lie ahead.

    But that is why it is so nuts for people like this Cornyn to be playing politics with our future. One David Vitter is enough, and if you ask me, one too many. Like Casey Stengel used to say: do the math (16-1).
    ————————————–

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Sen. John Cornyn may hold up the nomination of Hillary Clinton to become secretary of state if his concerns about foreign donations to her husband’s foundation are not resolved, a spokesman for the Texas senator said on Monday.

    “Senator Cornyn is a strong proponent of complete transparency and has fought for as much throughout his time in office. He is keeping all of his options on the table,” said his spokesman Kevin McLaughlin in an email reply to Reuters, when asked if Cornyn could block Clinton’s nomination.

    Democratic lawmakers had hoped to approve President-elect Barack Obama’s proposed Cabinet of top advisers within hours or days of his inauguration at noon (1700 GMT) on Tuesday, but Cornyn’s objections could stall approval of Clinton for the top U.S. diplomatic job by one or two days.

    Cornyn sent Clinton a letter on Friday congratulating her on her nomination, but reiterating his belief that the foundation headed by former President Bill Clinton, should refuse all pledges and donations from foreign sources during his wife’s tenure as secretary of state.

    “Like many others, I remain deeply troubled that America’s foreign policy and your diplomatic mission will be encumbered by the sweeping global activities of the Clinton Foundation unless tighter foreign fundraising restrictions and transparency protocols are adopted,” he said.

    Cornyn said he was willing to consider other options that would reduce “the likelihood of real or perceived conflicts of interest that will result from foreign donations,” but gave no details.

    He said he supported many of the disclosure requirements proposed by Sen. Richard Lugar, the top-ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and would “go further in several instances.”

    The Foreign Relations Committee last week sent Clinton’s nomination to the full Senate by a 16-1 vote, and many expected the New York senator to be the first Cabinet member to be confirmed.

    Any senator can put a hold on a nomination or piece of legislation, although given Democratic control of the 100-member Senate means that Clinton still remains certain to win approval eventually.

    However, her confirmation may be stalled by several days if Cornyn decides to put a hold on her nomination.

  95. basil9

    I am with you. She said it to disrespect Hillary. She is 100% Bitch. Biden is an idiot, can’t be trusted to open his mouth and not sound drunk.

  96. ‘This was the PR strategy all along, of course: Turn Caroline into the presumptive appointee through sheer buzz so that Paterson’s forced to pick her lest he insult the Kennedys and break the heart of a princess who’s had her heart broken so many times before. In return, he gets re-election help from their cronies and those of Mike Bloomberg (one of whom’s already done yeoman’s work on her behalf), not to mention the gratitude of a certain risen Christ turned president who wants a cipher in the Senate who’ll reliably vote how he asks her to:’
    ————————————
    True.

    But no battle plan survives the first engagement.

    I have written about this subject before. If Connie Francis were here she could put the make a song of it like “vacation”.

    The operative word is execution–as in:
    E-X-E-C-U-T-I-O-N.

    The listening tour she did was a bust. She refused to speak to reporters. And she conveyed the to the manor borne air.

    NOW governor moon beam has a problem:

    1. do I choose her, offend New Yorkers–and bite the hand that feeds me? or-

    2. do I choose someone else, offend the messiah et al-and bite the hand that feeds me.

    Hobsons choice. What a wonderful problem to have.

    We on this site oppose her nomination because we want what is best for New York and our country.

    But the devils advocate might want her because she would fail and thus expose the corrupting influence of big money.

  97. Peter King (R-NY) wants her to be appointed. He wants a weak opponent in 2010. He was not the devils advocate I was thinking of however.

    I am gonna take a flyer here and say there is no way he will appoint her.

  98. Excellent article, Admin. I’m honestly not sure why so many dems are just now playing catch up…afterall, it’s NOT like plenty of us haven’t been screaming the truth from the rooftops for well over a year now.

    In less aggravating news: I got to catch HRC’s farewell speech to the senate, as well as her speech at the Emily’s List luncheon this week. Just what I needed to “gird my loins” against the shitfest that’s going to smack me in the face tomorrow. 😉

  99. I didn’t hear Jill Biden say, what she said, on the person-who-should-not-be named show, but do you really think, it was meant to disrespect Senator Clinton? BO offered SOS and VP to Judas, Kerry, Biden, and who knows, who else.

  100. SOWELL: Oh, heavens. I must tell you in all frankness I can’t bear to watch the television except for sports because of all the hoopla. I suppose those people who thought that all the problems that we have as blacks are due to the wrong policies, the wrong people in power and that changing that’s going to matter. I don’t. I don’t even think that this is a breakthrough in the sense of which some people are saying it. I don’t doubt for a minute that Colin Powell could have been elected, you know, eight years ago had he been so inclined. So that it doesn’t come as nearly as big a surprise to me as it does to some people.
    _________________________________

    As always, Tom Sowell is on target. I met him at a local event for Hillsdale College. He has a remarkable intellect, a clarity of thought and a courage to express his enlightened views even when they go against the instincts of the herd. He is right by the way about Powell. We tried to get him to run, but I feel differently about that part now. The other thing about Tom is he has a great sense of humor. Very approachable and likeable. He signed eight books for me if that tells you anything. The only criticism I have is he was not a Hillary fan when I saw him which was ten years ago. But of course alot has changed since then.

  101. Basil, Gonzo: dont you think that maybe all she was trying to do was inflate the importance of her hubby, and to make it appear he did not want the job. The problem is it does not work because by that logic, he preferred the vp job since that is the one he got. But we know from his comment that he thought Hillary would be better as vp than he was. I believe Joe does like Hillary and there is plenty of evidence to support that statement. But maybe I am wrong–shit I dont know.

  102. birdgal
    *********************

    What planet have you been on for the past 16 years. Everything is meant to humiliate the Clinton’s and I have absolutely no doubt it was meant to say, “Hillary was second choice”. Biden said” I chose the VP because it was less travel”. You have to be kidding me. He was the head of the Senate Foreign Affairs (i believe that was it’s name) and I think felt slighted and wants to puff himself up as THE Foreign Affairs expert. I doubt we will see too much of “stand up Charlie” from tomorrow on out. I have heard it 3 times already on the radio, oh it is out there spinning to disrespect Hillary.

  103. gonzotx Says:

    January 19th, 2009 at 5:44 pm
    birdgal

    ———————————————————————

    Well, I have been on a media blackout, so I haven’t heard the snide innuendos. I remember hearing of Biden, Kerry, and Judas possibly, being offered SOS. It sounds like the Biden’s may be puffing themselves up. I don’t know, but I wish the media would leave Sen. Clinton alone. She is an excellent choice for SOS.

  104. Senator Cornyn

    Jesus, I live in Texas and I am going to call this fools office. Nobody cares that the Fraud got huge donations from the Middle East and his best friends are terrorists and/or support terrorism in the US/World, his wife has only been proud to be American ONCE in her life, he let his constituents freeze to death on the South side of Chicago, but God forbid the Clinton’s help millions of poor thru their Foundation…

  105. wbboei Says:

    January 19th, 2009 at 5:39 pm
    Basil, Gonzo: dont you think that maybe all she was trying to do was inflate the importance of her hubby, and to make it appear he did not want the job.

    ——————-

    And if you go a step further, the proof will be in the pudding. Hillary will quickly prove herself to be much more adept at the job than her husband would ever be. He will try to push his way into her decision making and achievements, but Hillary is nobody’s fool. As far as being v.p., I don’t think his tenure will be a memorable one at all.

  106. wbboei and others,

    If we ignore the anonymous source stories and look at just the stories that claim direct quotes from Paterson (especially at a known time and place) the picture looks different.

    He has insulted the press. Insulted CK. Complained that the press is blowing her up and she would otherwise have no more attention than anyone else. Talked about merit and record. Said he’d like to balance the ticket (upstate?). Said this is not a popularity test. Said what matters is not who is popular now but who will be popular in 2010.

    If he were bowing to Kennedy pressure, why insult them?

  107. gonzotx Says:

    January 19th, 2009 at 5:02 pm
    basil9

    I am with you. She said it to disrespect Hillary.

    ————————

    I didn’t watch, but what brought that statement on in the first place? Was he asked about Hillary and SOS and she just had to put her foot in her mouth?

  108. Obama’s challenges…

    Well, he DOES have alot of challenges. Telling the truth…keeping former friends quiet…keeping Michelle out of the public eye…being upstaged at every turn by HRC…

  109. Well, I’m sorry to hear that Jill Biden was disrespecting Senator Clinton. I didn’t hear it, but it really annoys me, that people cannot be gracious winners.

    As far as Dr. Phil, blah, blah. I never listen to him.

  110. basil,

    I saw an article in the NY Post about CK but didn’t even bother to put it at PumaResponders.blogspot.com

    It was all just anonymous sources with unsophisticated complaints.

    I’ve been putting some stories with real direct Paterson quotes at midstreamnews.blogspot.com

  111. Emjay Says:
    January 19th, 2009 at 3:50 pm
    HighlyEducatedHillarySupporter Says:
    January 19th, 2009 at 4:26 am
    —————————————
    Admin and spare time in the same sentence?

    Bwahhahahahahahah !
    ================

    We ARE admin’s spare time.

  112. As I saw the clip with Jill Biden, she was blathering about how she was so glad that he was VP and not SOS where she would never see him.

    She said, “Joe had the chance to be VP or SOS and I said to him………..” She was interrupted by the reaction but kept going. She didn’t seem the brightest bulb because she was the only one in the room who didn’t realize what she had said. Joe looked agonized but grinned and leaned over to kiss her. I assume he whispered, “Shut up” or something like that.

    I think her motive was to say that Joe could have been SOS and wasn’t upset that he was VP. It was self-serving and when O reacted she insisted it was true.

  113. # HighlyEducatedHillarySupporter Says:
    January 18th, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    debbie, I don’t even go to the NYT unless I need to read Krugman. PUMAs and Hillary supporters are constantly being called worthless but can you imagine if 1 million or even just 500K PUMAs in the United States stopped reading the NYT last year because of their biased reporting? That’s a big part of the $250 million that they need so badly that they are asking a foreigner to help with their bills.
    &&&&&&&

    Yes to Krugman. And I need the crossword puzzle. But I have been boycotting the Sunday paper, saving $4 / week. I used to skip certain “useless” sections, which now includes the news and op-ed sections.

  114. jbstonesfan

    Something nagged at me all day…and I figured it out.

    This weekend was not the first time Rep Cooper made that “intelligent/disciplined” crack about Bill Clinton.

    BC took him golfing and talking back in the 90s about the health plan…there was a falling out then. Cooper made almost the exact same statement in 2007 during an interview with a Nashville paper:

    Cooper says Obama best choice to reform America
    By: By John Rodgers, jrodgers@nashvillecitypaper.com

    Posted: Friday, July 18, 2008 2:34 am

    Despite substantial policy differences, fiscally conservative Rep. Jim Cooper says Sen. Barack Obama best choice to reform entitlement spending.

    While both are Democrats and Harvard Law graduates, Jim Cooper and Barack Obama don’t share many similarities.

    Cooper is a fiscally conservative congressman representing Nashville and Obama, by Cooper’s own admission, has “sterling liberal credentials” hailing from Chicago, serving as Illinois senator and heading the Democratic ticket.

    Stylistically, Obama packs arenas with his soaring oratory, inspiring millions. Conversely, Cooper employs a quick wit while training his spectacles on line items in the federal budget in his ongoing quest to trim wasteful spending.

    Policy-wise, the gulf between the two is almost as wide, especially on fiscal issues.

    For example, unlike Obama, Cooper thinks the likely Democratic presidential nominee’s Social Security plan is “way too specific” and “way too premature,” his trade policies too “protectionist” and Obama’s opposition to expanded offshore drilling “mistaken.”

    Yet, for all of their differences, the conservative fiscal hawk Cooper thinks a President Obama is the only one who could fix Washington and its spendthrift ways.

    “Opposites attract in politics, like only Nixon could go to China,” Cooper said this week, recalling the strident anti-communist president’s trip to China. “Well probably only a liberal and an African-American could reform runaway entitlement program spending. Now there’s no guarantee of that, but I don’t see a Republican doing it.”

    Cooper’s fiscal reputation and fervent support for Obama has even spurred some speculation that Cooper would be considered for a position in an Obama administration, possibly as budget director — something Cooper for now is downplaying.

    Early supporter

    Cooper was one of Obama’s earliest Congressional supporters, backing him in May 2007 when Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) appeared to be the Democrats’ inevitable presidential pick.

    Cooper said his first extended discussion with Obama occurred in January 2007, which left him with a “very positive impression.” He wasn’t sure, however, if Obama could raise money or run an efficient campaign.

    But by May, he was convinced. His choice was aided, as Cooper acknowledges, through what he knew of Hillary Clinton. In the 1990s, Clinton and Cooper’s relationship ran aground over competing health care reform plans in the early days of her husband’s administration.

    “Part of that was (Obama’s) own intelligence and ability but part of it was also my familiarity with Hillary Clinton,” Cooper said of his Obama endorsement. “The combination convinced me that Barack was by far the best choice for the party.”

    In June 2007, Cooper organized a Nashville fund-raiser for Obama, one of the few times the Illinois senator has trekked to Tennessee. On the flight back, Cooper had time alone with Obama where he saw that Obama was “as intelligent as Bill Clinton is” but “much more disciplined.”

  115. As a gay man I can tell you this doesnt suprise me one bit. I knew he was a homophobe from his associations early on during the South Carolina primary. Hillarys second highest voting demographic was the LGBT community. What an awful slap in the face to my community on the first day of his presidency- a stolen one at that.
    We will all come to find he has more in common with Bush then meets the eye.
    I did not regret my vote for McCain-Palin both had better records of support for the LGBT community then the talk Obama spewed to get our votes. I will also most likely be voting Republican again in 2012.

  116. Thanks for your continued pro LGBT stories Admin,,, The truth will come out,
    Mc Cain-Palin did better with our community then Bush did the only demographic the ticket ran better with then Bush did in 2004. Hmm wonder why?…..

  117. It hit me on the way to work Saturday. I got a pit in my stomach and felt awfully depressed. Obama is going to be president.

    I know it sounds funny, but I did not feel like this on election night when I had high hopes that McCain would squeek it out.

    When I get a pit in my stomach as if I had taken to many Aspirin, something is wrong. Something is very wrong.

    Those above who have mentioned the fanfare of Obama being everywhere all day all the time makes me sick. Reagan and Clinton were elected by a wider margin in the Electoral College and never had this kind of media promotion.

    I hope Obama does something productive and gets the hell out in four years.

    We all need to pray for our country, because we are now heading into uncharted territory.

  118. My patient is quiet now, for a few minutes at least,,,

    Cronyn, Lugar and Bitter-Vitter were not part of the high powered team that agreed to the Obama-Clinton transition team State Dept resolution re the CGI.

    That made then feel “not included”. Now the babies are acting thusly — like babies. Once Bobo wakes up Wednesday am, phone calls will be made and the Rep Senate kindergarten will be quiet once again.

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