Celestial Dirge

We opened up our windows today to let in the sounds from the celestial choirs and the peaceful murmurs heralding the end of partisanship. We waited and listened for indications that there was an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics (such as civil rights, women’s rights, gay rights, and economic justice).

What we heard instead was crashing sounds from Wall Street and Hillary Hate in the Senate.

Regarding Hillary Clinton and the Senator Cornyn silliness of holding up her confirmation vote, we were not too exercised. Yes, Cornyn is a Hillary Hater and his is an ugly partisan example of hate and irrational loathing of Hillary of the sort we have witnessed by Dimocrats, but on the other hand we like votes. We are not fond of votes cast by intimidating mobs, whether in caucuses or under the cover of “unanimous consent”. We are not fond of forced unity or fake consent. We like voting. We like open voting by our representatives.

Hillary will be confirmed after the U.S. Senate votes. The Hillary Hate will be exposed. Cornyn will look the clown. The Hillary Haters and Traitors will have to vote for Hillary or face ridicule. We like votes. Unlike the Obama Dimocratic Party – we like votes.

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The Wall Street choir sang Obama’s arrival in a minor key. The choir there was more a screech. Wall Street greeted Obama with the worst inauguration day selloff in history.

We doubt the selloff on Wall Street (but maybe the selloff on Main Street) was only due to the dud Obama speech. That rambling mess of samples from previous speeches taken from truly great men showed no signs of mature understanding of the words and triggered buyers remorse. But markets go up and down and the economic cycle goes up and down. That cycle is something to remember. History is a teacher.

A review of history should warn the new policy makers away from the disasterous course they are on. We opposed repeatedly the late 2008 bailouts. We recognize that conventional economic policy does suggest lower taxes and raised spending during a recesssion. But adding trillions of dollars in each yearly budget to an already large debt and additional obligations for a short lived “stimulus” attempting to repeal the economic cycle is dangerous. That is the type of advice a flashy, rarely seen uncle, gives when he says to bet the family fortune on a racetrack horse he has a tip on.

These days the solid mother and father waving off the foolish advice of a flashy uncle are derided as “deficit hawks”. We’ll see. We do note that in previous economic downturns neither the debt, the deficit, the increasing and already great economic obligations, as well as the international challenges and potential natural disasters loomed so large as they do now.

We’ll look to history for answers.

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Last year, on September 19, Kevin Phillips spoke about the historical moment. Phillips was interviewed by Bill Moyers. Not many took note of the interview. We did. History is a teacher. [Section 3 discusses Obama, the Dimocrats and the Ripublicans. The complete original video with better quality is HERE.]

Transcript of the Bill Moyers interview of Kevin Phillips excerpts:

BILL MOYERS: If you read only one book on the route to this financial meltdown, I recommend this one: BAD MONEY: RECKLESS FINANCE, FAILED POLITICS, AND THE GLOBAL CRISIS OF AMERICAN CAPITALISM. The author, Kevin Phillips, has a history of being way ahead of the curve. As a young man working for Richard Nixon, he wrote THE EMERGING REPUBLICAN MAJORITY, a book that uncannily predicted how the GOP would regain power in Washington. Kevin Phillips saw our current crisis coming a long time ago. And in one book of historical insight after another, laid out the clues he was tracking. As recently as last spring in the AMERICAN PROSPECT magazine, Phillips wrote that what he thought was about to happen would be “unusual and potentially tragic.”

In the preface of his book, he has written that these things usually come to fruition in August and September. And sure enough, here we are coping in September with the effects of bad money. Kevin, it’s good to see you again.

KEVIN PHILLIPS: Nice to be here.

BILL MOYERS: Is there any consolation in being right when the conditions are so bad?

KEVIN PHILLIPS: Well, I guess there is in one narrow, little niche. But I do have the feeling that this is going to be a big one, that I hate to use the term “innings.” But let’s say I don’t think we’re too far into the ballgame. I think we have more of a ballgame to go than we’ve had. So, yes, I think it’s going to be a real problem.

BILL MOYERS: In a ballgame, there are referees. There are umpires. Who are the referees now? Who are the umpires in this critical game?

KEVIN PHILLIPS: Well, in a sense, I think some of the umpires are investors. Some are people overseas who wonder what they have to think of the United States. Do they want to keep investing here? Do they want to support the dollar? Do they believe in the government here and know what it’s doing?

But Americans, ordinary Americans don’t have much of a role in this partly I think because they don’t really know the dimensions of what’s involved here. This is the denouement of the 25-year debt buildup which was undertaken mostly by the financial sector putting themselves on steroids to get bigger and bigger and bigger. And we’ve finally gotten to the point where the bubble isn’t sustainable anymore but a lot of Wall Street is dedicated to minimizing the spattering of thebubble, so to speak.

BILL MOYERS: Give me a quick definition of “bad money.”

KEVIN PHILLIPS: Well, “bad money” has a triple connotation. The first is “bad money” in the sense of bad capitalism drives out good capitalism.

BILL MOYERS: That’s sort of a historical-

KEVIN PHILLIPS: That’s right. We’ve had-

BILL MOYERS: I don’t understand why it is. But-

KEVIN PHILLIPS: Well, because you have to compete with sleaze. Get a little more sleaze in your own operations. And you look at all these lies, these deceptions, these frauds that have been going on. But, I mean, there aren’t too many people that would say back two or three years ago that the way to prosper more was to do less of the cheating. You had to do what the others were doing. And that’s the way these things — it was true in the Twenties. It’s been true in plenty of other bubbles. You have to do it. So just the question of what’s been bubbling here and the hugeness of the problem hasn’t been revealed to people.

BILL MOYERS: You say it’s the greatest story never told.

KEVIN PHILLIPS: Well, the greatest story never told in several senses. The first sense and when I do bad money, it’s bad capitalism and bad money in the sense of the dollar and bad money in the sense of bad dog, bad Wall Street. But what’s here that doesn’t get the attention is the United States in the last 20 years undertook an enormous transformation of itself with no attention paid. And what it means is and what makes all this so frightening is the country is at risk because of the size of the financial sector that has never been graded on its competence and behavior in any serious way. They are the economy at this point. And we are now seeing what happens when a 20 to 21 percent of GDP financial sector starts to come unglued.

BILL MOYERS: But there are people, Kevin, who disagree with us, who say that this financial industry has created great wealth for America in the last 25 years.

KEVIN PHILLIPS: Oh, it’s created great wealth for a small slice of America. But if you go back and we remember the manufacturing heyday, the auto workers in Michigan had fishing cabins up on the lake. And the middle class had been fattened by the rise of the blue-collar middle class. Well, there’s no rising blue-collar middle class now. The middle class is shrinking.

The pie in a financial economy goes to the one or two percent — or even less- that have capital skills and education. We have never had so much polarization and wealth disparity and just groaning wealth right at the top of ladder as we have now under finance. [snip]

BILL MOYERS: You’re very hard in here on Alan Greenspan’s tenure at the Fed.

KEVIN PHILLIPS: Well, I know Alan from the Republican campaign back in 1968. He was always a very scholarly, data-driven guy. But I think, for some reason or other, his chairmanship will be remembered as turn on the spigots.

BILL MOYERS: Turn on the spigots?

KEVIN PHILLIPS: Turn on the spigots. He started in 1987 with a crash that was a wicked one in one day in 1987. And he turned on the spigots. And they had the huge growth of the tech bubble in the 1990s. And then right after the tech and the stock market bubble blew up in 2000, you had 9/11. So there was a need for more stimulus. And they ginned up the stimulus again hugely.

And the upshot is that during Greenspan’s tenure from 1987 to 2006, what they call total credit market debt in the United States quadrupled, quadrupled from about $11 trillion up to $44, $45, $46 trillion. And finance got the great bulk of it. And Greenspan would do nothing to disturb finance.

He wouldn’t puncture a bubble. He wouldn’t crack down on the exotic mortgages. He really wouldn’t do much of anything except give obscure speeches in which, you know, he mumbled the different directions so nobody would know what he meant. But basically he gave finance what they wanted.

BILL MOYERS: And you write also that during this period the Clinton Administration aided and abetted this kind of speculation. Bill Clinton’s economic advisor, Bob Rubin, who later became Secretary of Treasury — wanting to fuel this, right?

KEVIN PHILLIPS: It’s been a bipartisan phenomenon. You can go back to the 1980s and say Reagan and George Bush, Sr., got a bubble started. Clinton got in and got an even bigger bubble going. And then George W. Bush with the biggest bubble of all. But it’s not that the Clintonites didn’t play. They did. Bob Rubin as Secretary of the Treasury — I mean, if he was a Hindu and he was being reincarnated, he’d come back as a pail because this guy bailed out everything you can imagine. They had the Mexican loan bailout. They had the long-term capital management bailout, the Russian Southeast Asian currency bailouts.

BILL MOYERS: All of which, however, kept them from coming into this economy, into our economy, coming to our continent.

KEVIN PHILLIPS: Well, except that a lot of the liquidity they created and the momentum and the borrowed money produced the implosion of the bubble in 2000.And a lot of what was imploding was the $2.5 trillion in new debt that was tied to energy and telecommunications, that’s Enron, WorldCom, and Global Crossing. So there was a lot more of a bubble blown up there.

Rubin was also central — Democrats more than Republicans in a lot of ways with the Clinton Administration — in getting rid of Glass Stiegel, was the old restriction that the banks couldn’t tie up with brokerage firms and insurance companies. Well, basically after they made their reform led by Clinton and by Bob Rubin, you had like four-color linguini here in a bowl. It’s all mixed up together.

BILL MOYERS: So you have it — for this disaster has bipartisan parentage.

KEVIN PHILLIPS: Absolutely. [snip]

BILL MOYERS: But as we speak, central banks are pouring billions of dollars into the global economy. Is this a palliative or is this a panacea?

KEVIN PHILLIPS: Oh, I think it’s a tricky game. In one respect, they want to make a lot of money available to make it easier to get lending unfrozen. The second thing they want to do is support the dollar, which is under enormous pressure now because people say it’s not a store house of anything. If you want to keep your money safe, put it in gold. So they’re worried about the huge rise that gold had in this week.

So I think what we’re looking at here is an attempt really like a drunk will feel better and get over his hangover better sometimes just by having more liquor. And I think what we’re seeing with the actions of the Federal Reserve Board is the people who are the arsonists, the people who pumped it all up, who blew up the bubble are now racing to show up in firemen’s hats and say, “We’re gonna solve it. We’re gonna take care of all this. Oh, and by the way, we’re gonna keep pumping in the gasoline that we pumped in before that made a good flame.” But, you know, nobody knows that.

BILL MOYERS: Are you suggesting that the best thing to do is let the house burn down and build it over again?

KEVIN PHILLIPS: I would say, first of all, you never should have blown the bubble this way. If we could invent a time machine and go back and cure it that would be the best economics of all. Having blown it up, I think the case is that they should have accepted more of the tough medicine beginning last year and not tried to rescue every stray tentacle of the financial octopus

BILL MOYERS: But they didn’t. We don’t have a time-

KEVIN PHILLIPS: They didn’t. No.

BILL MOYERS: So here we are. Where are we?

KEVIN PHILLIPS: Where we are, in my opinion, is about halfway through. Halfway through the serious part.

BILL MOYERS: Halfway to the bottom?

KEVIN PHILLIPS: It depends what you use in terms of bottom. I mean, in some ways, real estate prices were lower in 1936, ’37 than they were in 1929 or ’30. So I’m not sure exactly what you use as the measurement, real estate, the stock market. But it’s a package which Americans have to understand is going to be awful. We’re probably going to wind up nationally losing 20 to 30 percent of the average value of homes.

The stock market will — right now it’s in the middle 10,000s. The people who were nervous but not super bears expect that the Dow will go back down into the 9,000s. But what people have to remember is that in 2000 the Dow was 11,700. If you take off where it’s lost since then and you adjust for inflation, you’re looking at a 30 to 40 percent decline. So houses are matched in a way by what’s happening in stocks.

BILL MOYERS: So we’re all going to be poor? Well, not all-

KEVIN PHILLIPS: Well, we’re not all going to be poor because there are people in Wall Street who’ve used all this new technology basically to bet the other way. I mean, one of the things that finance can do now, it can bet on anything. It’s like Las Vegas merged with insurance and real estate people. And they have figured out new ways to gamble. And they can gamble on how many people in Ohio are going to lose their shirt.

BILL MOYERS: So who do you trust anymore? I mean, you write in your book that the most worrisome thing is the extent of official understatement and misstatement, the preference for minimizing how many problems there are and how interconnected they are.

KEVIN PHILLIPS: Well, just to give you an example of how many there are, Alan Greenspan has finally decided to admit, you know, this may be one of those once-a-century biggies. Well, what makes it fascinating is that I sometimes use the description “seven sharks.” There are seven sharks in the tank with the economy.

And the first is financialization because we’re so dependent on this industry that’s sort of half lost its marbles. The second is that you have this huge buildup of debt, absolutely unprecedented anywhere in the world. The third is you’ve now got home prices collapsing. The fourth is you’ve got global commodity inflation building up.

The fifth is you’ve got flawed and deceptive government economics statistics. The sixth is that you’ve got what they call peak oil where the world is, to some extent, running out of oil. So it’s not just commodity inflation, it’s a shortage of oil. And then the last thing is the collapsing dollar. Now, whenever you get this sort of package in one decade, you got a big one. And when Greenspan says it’s a once a century, I think it’s another variation but on a par with the Thirties. [snip]

BILL MOYERS: No, I was going to say Obama’s trademark rhetoric of inspiration seems to desert him when he talks about economic affairs.

KEVIN PHILLIPS: He doesn’t seem to have anything very specific to say. That’s part of the problem. A second problem is, for me at least, you know, just as I can’t believe that John McCain ever wanted to get his economic advice from Phil Gramm. I mean, Phil Gramm, a former Texas Senator, appalling. He and his wife were known as Mr. and Mrs. Enron because they were so flagrant, that’s McCain.

But then you’ve got Obama with Bob Rubin and he doesn’t have any problem with the hedge fund types. I mean, one of the Chicago people was a major financer of his. He gets a guy to pick his vice-president. Turns out to be somebody who was part of the Fannie and Freddie mess.

So I don’t exactly see Obama as this fellow riding in on a horse who represents all kinds of reformism. It’s an important thing probably to have to change from the Republicans but I don’t see that he is free of the ties to finance and Democratic Party financial types.

BILL MOYERS: I’ve known you a long time. Are you reaching the point where you’re leaving yourself and us despairing?

KEVIN PHILLIPS: Well, I’m not despairing because one of the things, as you know, when you get to be more or less our age, you’ve got grandchildren you can feel young with. But I’m sick of Washington. It really deserves the fact that 81 percent or 85 percent of the people think we’re on the wrong track. I mean, we are on the wrong track. I wish I could say that there’s a blueprint that would get us back on the right track. But my sense of histories previous goes to the one or two percent leading world economic power is you don’t get back on the right track.

BILL MOYERS: So what happens?

KEVIN PHILLIPS: You go through a painful adjustment process. The British were absolutely top dog in the world in 1914. Two world wars and 35 years later, they were having, after World War II, they were having food rationing, the pound sterling crashed, dukes were giving guided tours of their castles because they couldn’t afford to maintain them otherwise. Doesn’t take long. And I’m afraid the United States is coming right into that period which marks a couple of decades coming up that are going to be very difficult for America.

BILL MOYERS: You wrote in that AMERICAN PROSPECT piece that some people, particularly in the reform community and among progressives, see this as a great opportunity for returning to the New Deal regulatory period instigated by Franklin Roosevelt in the pits of the Depression. You don’t think that’s happening.

KEVIN PHILLIPS: Well, I mean, there’s several difficulties here. First of all, at this point, what you’ve got are the Democrats are the party right at this point that’s getting most of the financial money. When Franklin D. Roosevelt won in 1932, we know he wasn’t getting most of the financial money.

The second thing is I don’t think we’re more than partway through. The Democrats think it’s going to be another 1933, they get in there, they can do all the New Deal stuff. My feeling is that they’re coming in halfway and they’re going to have to make hard decisions that are going to eat the Democratic coalition like a bologna sandwich. They’re going to start civil wars

BILL MOYERS: How come? What do you mean?

KEVIN PHILLIPS: Well, if you’re going to bail out Wall Street while you’re saying oh, the Social Security recipients, maybe they don’t even need that money. A lot of people in the financial community basically want to push Social Security on some sort of voluntary basis and needs test it and get rid of it. Now, a lot of Democrats in the labor movement are very nervous about Obama. They put out press releases talking about Rubin-nomics because they see that the flesh of the Democratic Party carries a lunchbox. But the new soul of the Democratic Party wears a pinstripe suit.

BILL MOYERS: And the Republicans, what do they do?

KEVIN PHILLIPS: Well, they’re-

BILL MOYERS: More of the same? I mean-

KEVIN PHILLIPS: Well, different flavors. I can’t imagine anything worse than having another four years of George W. Bush. I think he’s probably the biggest disaster at the worst period of time that we could ever have a disaster in modern history. But could the Republicans be different and better? Oddly enough, I think they might have a small bit of integrity as opposition people, whereas subordinate to Bush and all the people that control national Republican politics, the Republicans were a waste of time.

But, for example, Senator Grassley of Iowa was ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee. He opposed the Fannie/Freddie Bill and said it was a payoff to Wall Street and K Street. That’s the lobbyists in Washington. You now have the Senator of Alabama, Shelby, who’s the ranking Republican on Senate Banking, totally opposed anymore bailouts. We’ve got to let the markets do it. Well, the National Republican Party doesn’t believe that for one minute.

BILL MOYERS: Because they get their money from the same people.

KEVIN PHILLIPS: That’s right. The same money goes to the Democrats.

BILL MOYERS: Right.

KEVIN PHILLIPS: But what these people develop a bit more of a sense of ordinary Americans and live up to some of your 4th of July speeches if they don’t have a Republican White House, yes, I think they — some of them might be helpful in talking about how the Democrats just want to move in and get the money so that, you know, they can get the bigger checks.

BILL MOYERS: So we at least finally have an election about something, don’t we? I mean, with the Fed and the economy at the heart of the debate now?

KEVIN PHILLIPS: The people who have the connections with the lobbies and the big donors have absolutely no problem with all these bailouts and rescues. But they don’t dare admit it because who’s rescuing the laid off worker? Nobody’s rescuing them. The fact that the Democrats don’t want to talk about what they’re going to do if they get the chance, that’s dishonesty. But the Republican Party is thoroughly dishonest in the same way.

BILL MOYERS: But we are going to have a new president in January, no matter how despairing people may be about that. What is the first thing you would find convincing if he did it to meet this meltdown, this issue, this crisis?

KEVIN PHILLIPS: Well, I guess I would without talking out of school particularly, Obama told me one time he read some of my books. So I would be very interested and impressed if he in January started to say something has really gone wrong in this country. And I’m not sure that I or anybody else can turn it around. But we borrowed so much money.

We’ve let this Las Vegas version of what used to be ordinary banks in our ordinary hometowns go berserk. Our currency is having enormous problems. People are losing their homes. We’ve got to face up to what our problems are and talk about how this happened. Who did it? Why? Who made the money?

Well, I think if he were to start talking about I’d take him seriously. But I think half of Washington would have a problem in their stomach needing quick relief, let me put it that way. Cause you don’t rock that boat. You pretend that it’s a sound economy. And if it’s not sound, it’s nothing that the old Democratic elixir can’t fix, you know? Old New Deal in a bottle. We’ll have a couple of swigs and you’ll be happy again. I don’t expect him to level.

BILL MOYERS: But is it conceivable to you that a John McCain might have gotten the message now to see what’s at stake in the presidency that he would hold if he is elected and that he might actually turn out to be a reformer?

KEVIN PHILLIPS: Well, I think there’s some element there in contrast to what you’ve sort of osmose at the Harvard Law School, what you osmose in a naval family I think would be much less sycophancy toward Wall Street and the money crowd. So I think McCain has that. On the other hand, he doesn’t have any knowledge. Anybody who thought that Phil Gramm was somebody who could instruct you in fairness to ordinary people and your — this is the guy, “Nation of Whiners” remember Phil.

BILL MOYERS: Yeah.

KEVIN PHILLIPS: So I’m very dubious. I think part of McCain would probably feel like his father and grandfather, the naval officers. But, you know, he’s a Republican. He’d have a Republican package.

BILL MOYERS: The book is BAD MONEY: RECKLESS FINANCE, FAILED POLITICS, AND THE GLOBAL CRISIS OF AMERICAN CAPITALISM. And as I said at the beginning of this interview, if you have to read one book, this is the one to do it. Kevin Phillips, thanks very much for being with me.

KEVIN PHILLIPS: Good to see you.

The Dimocratic Party made a disasterous selection when it selected Barack Obama. The Hopium addeled addicts fell for the razzle dazzle and cared not to look at the issues. Hillary intended to protect Social Security and keep Social Security away from the gambling houses on Wall Street.

Hillary knew her husband had made some mistakes but Bill Clinton saved Social Security and Hillary knew how to avoid the economic traps and mistakes from earlier years. Obama is and was prepared to hand over Social Security to the robber barons. As Phillips notes it is difficult to stop a country when it is determined to commit suicide. We noted earlier, before the Denver funeral, that it is difficult to stop a Party when it is determined to commit suicide.

The United States needed a president with courage and experience and knowledge of who is who and what is what. That was the way to avoid an even greater disaster than George W. Bush. Hillary was the way to get back on the right track.

But my sense of histories previous goes to the one or two percent leading world economic power is you don’t get back on the right track.

Martin Luther King in 1963 when he was a very young man said:

Success, recognition, and conformity are the bywords of the modern world where everyone seems to crave the anesthetizing security of being identified with the majority.

It would do well for the currently Hopium Happy majority to take heed of “deficit hawks” and those they deride. It would do well for the currently Hopium Happy majority to recognize how severe the problems are and how fatally flawed Barack Obama is, who his friends are, and what his history is.

History is a teacher. In the current case, History is singing a celestial dirge.

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202 thoughts on “Celestial Dirge

  1. Admin, should I start planning for a retirement in India? I would invite you all too — it is not a bad place to be. Lots of good food!

  2. Kevin Phillips used to be an unrepentant conservative but he has come to Jesus. He is exceedingly bright and certainly has revealed the ugly side of reality in this interview. He was prescient enough to see it last September too. Good job, Admin.
    Just to keep us from spasms of depression, here is a link to a piece by a bot who thought he had a ticket to the inauguration. What he got was a bit different and he may be re-evaluating his adoration of Beloved Leader now.

    http://firedoglake.com/2009/01/20/worst-inauguration-ever/

  3. I saw a blog at American thinker which was quoting an article from Pravda which thinks that Obama is a scapegoat for all the economic woes and that the Repubs will unveil their real (as opposed to McCain who was fake) candidate in 2012 especially if Obama does not pull a miracle. I kind of agree with that — McCain and the repubs withdrew from the race as it were.

  4. Blue, the Hopium addicts are beginning to learn that when Obama says “We won” Obama does not include the Hopium addicts. The Hopium addicts are one by one learning we were right when on the day after the election we wrote:

    http://www.hillaryis44.org/?p=773

    Last night Obama kool-aid drinkers think they won, but they did not. It was a win for Big Media and the Obama strategy, as betrayed by his history, of picking an unsavory actor and doing his (in this case, its) bidding in order for Obama to advance himself.

    Obama kool-aid drinkers will swagger in confidence and proclaim themselves winners. But they will soon learn they are not part of the “we” in “we won”. Americans who, battered by years of Bush and his myriad disasters, cast aside their doubts about Obama in desperate hope for “change” will also discover they are not part of the “we” of “we won”.

    Sports teams that decide to abandon the city of their triumph (think Brooklyn Dodgers) do not bother to look back to the city that nurtured them. The fans who deliriously shouted “We’re #1″ after a triumphal season at that point learn that it wasn’t “we” but rather the business owners of the franchise who are the winners. That, in short, is the Obama franchise history that is about to be repeated. Big Media won.

  5. I am amazed Admin at your article. I had just finished a conversation with a relative in which I had expressed some of the view of Phillips before I had even read the article.

    I had to cut and paste some of the key statements into am email and send it to my relative. Here is a man that really knows, and his projections confirm and frighten me.

  6. Joke.Sen Cronyn using a NYT news hit article on Hillary to lessen his transparent image of a partisan,jealous and woman hater to backtrack instead of an apology to her.He needs to resign his senate seat and join orealy morris hannity and miller on the FOX unbalanced network.
    Hillary received many glowing positive remarks from both sides of the aisle including cronyn.As far as the the critter vitter,no comments.

    By ABM90.. This I believe is the best position that Hillary could have.As we have seen, being CIC would not be a pleasant job with all the race cards swirling in the present atmosphere in our capitol and throughout our divided country.

  7. NewMexicoFan, the article posted today is rather bleak. In a sense it is a welcome change from the hopey-dopey. But don’t get frightened. Think Pink thoughts. 🙂

    Freckles, fools like Cornyn make smarties like Hillary look good. Vitter’s lone “no” vote in Committee highlighted the fact that Bill Clinton’s work had disproportionately helped Louisiana.

    Frankly, we think any attention paid to Hillary, good or bad, is better than one moment spent contemplating B.O. We would be happy if the Senate discussed Hillary every second for a whole month or several months. Hearing about Hillary’s full life of experiences is ambrosia.

    Your letter to Cornyn should make him feel shame, and the answer you will receive is probably that “no” Cornyn is not yet finished making a fool of himself.

  8. Admin,

    What a learning curve I have been on thanks to you. It’s great to get everything straight up instead of sideways like on hopium blogs/news programs.

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    freckles Says:

    January 21st, 2009 at 1:16 pm
    I just sent the following fax to Sen. Cornyn since their phone lines are all busy:

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    Bravo!

  9. I just sent the following fax to Sen. Cornyn since their phone lines are all busy:
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    Has Senator Cornyn finished making a fool of himself? He should take a course in logic to discover the disconnect between a global charity and an American “conflict of interest”.

    He can then defend his partisan delay of a desperately needed Sec. of State doing her job for his 15 minutes of publicity.

    Disgraceful behaviour, Senator.

    __________________________________

    I just heard that a meeting between O and Gen. Odierno and Petraeus etc. will either be held up or will go ahead without the sec. of state. Good going, Cornyn.

  10. The line up for church this morning
    as follows

    That woman, That one (as John MCcain says), Joe Biden, Dr. Biden, President Clinton, Secretary of State Designate Hillary Clinton.

    hillary.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2009/01/21/clintons_confirmation_happening_now

  11. JanH Says:
    Now that the dust has settled somewhat, do you still think Obama never wanted or expected Hillary to accept his SOS offer? Is there more to this story?
    =================

    Maybe he’d offered it to so many other people that he didn’t want to show favoritism by actually giviing it to any of them.

  12. Admin — fascinating interview with Kevin Phillips. He certainly has been prescient and should be listened to.

  13. JanH, I think she’d be there if she’d been confirmed yesterday.

    Here’s another pic of Hillary’s dress.

    news.yahoo.com/nphotos/slideshow/photo//090121/480/74fff60308b5485bab619b7189fd6f10/

    BTW, everyone should check out the photos of her today at the prayer service. She looks absolutely wonderful. I believe she has a new ‘do, and it’s very flattering.

    Also, how is the debate going on her confirmation? Is Cornryn being the only jerk?

  14. marie, you could feel the emotion on MO’s face in that picture, ha? God, she can’t even fake a smile.

    On another note, who put Cornyn up to this? is it all his own idiocy?

    Why can’t I find a picture of Hillary in her beautiful gown? Admin, you may have more influential powers than Google?

  15. I think Hillary was at the top or near the top of Obama’s list to be SoS. He know he needs all the help he can get to succeed, and he can count on her to always come through.

  16. Admin: WOW! What an article. I need to read Phillips book. We are in for some very scary times, and our president may not be on our side. Not only that, but I truly believe that he is not up to the task.

  17. Last night during the fashion discussion about the bandages Michelle Obama was wearing we also stated that something was odd fitting about B.O.’s suit – it appeared ill fitting or something (we also thought he should have worn a colored light rotating bow tie). Today Wired is reporting that B.O. was wearing a bullet resistant suit. Maybe that explains his extra clunkiness of last night.

  18. Paula, it’s possible the hearings have not resumed. They are having lunch after all, and feeding themselves is much more important.

  19. Admin, thank you for the depressing refresher of Phillips’ prescient interview. I guess I’ll have to get his book – he seems to have untied the Gordian knot of the today’s international financial Combine. Might be more instructive at this point than “Freakonomics” – although that one painted an excellent portrait of present-day human motivation – and it was hugely entertaining.

  20. Our article today is a real downer with more articles on the economy to come.

    Those needing relief should visit the evil folks at Hillbuzzzzzz.

    http://hillbuzz.wordpress.com/2009/01/21/for-the-record-this-is-how-you-wear-a-one-shouldered-gown-with-style-and-class/#comments

    There are pictures galore of Wilma Flintstone (comparing stylish Wilma to Michelle – Wilma wins) and Bjork. Naughty, Naughty, Hillbuzzzz — How dare you make us laugh on such a seriious day!

    Do not, Do not miss the picture of Michelle on/and the sofa.

    Naughty, Naughty evil Hillbuzz.

  21. ADMIN, you’re a blessing and the light of truth in this very bleak and misleading world!! thank you!!

    I feel bad that i have not been participating much here lately, but do know i am here every day to get my dose of reality !

    today’s article reminded me of this one that read earlier by none other than our favorite toe sucker dick morris
    although i try not to listen to dick morris or read his articles etc….but his today falls inline with big pinks new article
    and amazingly I found it to be an interesting read.

    http://realclearpolitics.com/articles/2009/01/the_obama_presidency_here_come.html

  22. Jan, I agree: looking over first lady gowns, by far the most noteworthy were Laura Bush’s beautiful red lace and our Hillary’s blue lace.

  23. Viva la voice vote!

    John McCain has just come to the rescue of his old drinking buddy Hillary Clinton, bucking his colleague John Cornyn by calling for an immediate voice vote on her confirmation as Secretary of State.

    In his first maverick-y move of the 111th Congress, McCain took to the Senate floor to call for unanimous consent to skip the 4:30 p.m. roll call on her nomination.

    And he pressed John Kerry, who was deeply amenable, to deal with the matter right after lunch.

    “I just talked to with Sen. Cornyn and he doesn’t object,” said McCain, who once bonded on an overseas trip with Clinton by doing shots.

    “Sen. Cornyn is happy to yield back time and go to a voice vote once everybody has had their chance to speak,” said spokesman Kevin McLaughlin.

    So far, every Republican except Cornyn has risen to say they want her confirmed as quickly as possible.

    UPDATE: Former Clinton ’08 alumni are now sending around the following E-mail, according to Parnes:

    “I just thought some of you would like to have Sen. Cornyn’s office phone number to call and tell him to CONFIRM HILLARY NOW!! [Cornyn’s office number]

  24. ADMIN – thanks for re-visiting that Moyers chat w Kevin Phillips. I ignored it out last fall because for such a long time after the dem convention, I just could not tolerate anymore bad news, but one day I happened to see that Helen Thomas said it’s time to call this thing what it is – no bump in the road, no recession, but a bad trip into a big-time Depression, so I started paying attention, reading, reading, feeling more and more ignorant – wishing I had paid attention to that Moyers and whosis thing…haha – didn’t help that I kept thinking his name was Phillip Kendell – anyway BINGO! And what a good time to trot it out again!

    re fashion comments: .MO, even when she wears suitable clothes, is never going to look graceful because she leads with her shoulders, stoops a bit, is angular and self-conscious. Unless she goes to a finishing school, or to movement classes for actors, she’s never going to compare with former first ladies. Of course, charm schools can’t teach grace to the mind and soul from whence cometh real beauty, charm and ease of movement. The woman’s body tells us she is tied up in knots., so no matter what she wears…

  25. How many million mini bottles of ketchup does the Heinz company provide to hotels which are sealed in plastic and often discarded unused?

  26. Never mind that, think of the damage to the ozone with the copious gas amounts that escapes when Kerry opens his flatulent gob.

  27. the vote bean at 410pm insted of 430 and giving 5 mintues extra to come and vote…everyone write sen cornyn corny..and tell him what a Jerk he is i hope he gets elected out of office.

  28. they all ran to vote for her to get on tv ..so they can all stay in office..thats why there all showing up in droves now..

  29. Thank God she left the Senate….I have never watched a more incompetent body of blowhards imo,…or wait, I forgot BO, MO,and the MSM.

  30. moon and jbstones lol….birgal…blowhards thats is the right word

    The most powerful woamn in the WOrld I feel alott safer and I wil sleep at night

  31. jbstonesfan Says:

    January 21st, 2009 at 4:34 pm
    Thank God she left the Senate….I have never watched a more incompetent body of blowhards imo,…or wait, I forgot BO, MO,and the MSM
    ————————————————————————————————–

    No wonder, nothing gets done, or it takes forever.

  32. CONGRATULATIONS Secretary o f State HIllary R. Clinton I know you will be by OUR sides every step of the WAY….tO keep us safe and out of that backbitin jealous Senate

  33. From “Stately Hillary Clinton”:

    http://www.hillaryis44.org/?p=849

    “We do hope Hillary is thoroughly questioned about Barack Obama’s “naive” views and statements on foreign policy. The Senate should explore fully how unqualified Barack Obama is to be president. Hillary of course is supremely qualified. It is Hillary we trust to answer the 3:00 a.m. emergency call[s] when it comes.

    Hillary should make it clear that Obama will not interfere with his harebrained schemes and plots in foreign policy. Hillary Clinton should make it clear that Obama will be too busy making a mess in the U.S. to get in her way.”

  34. January 21, 2009
    Categories: Clintons

    Two “no” votes on Hillary roll call

    Turn out there’s a roll call after all on Hillary Clinton’s confirmation as Secretary of State — but so far only two Republicans are voting “no.”

    Jim DeMint expressed his intention to vote no on Clinton’s appointment as Secretary of State and Louisiana Republican David Vitter repeated the nay he cast in the Foreign Relations Committee last week.

    The roll call is proceeding right now — when it was announced there was a burst of applause in the gallery and the clerk had to shush the crowd.

    Earlier it seemed that John McCain had come to the rescue of Clinton, his old drinking buddy, bucking his colleague John Cornyn by calling for an immediate voice vote on her confirmation as Secretary of State.

    In his first maverick-y move of the 111th Congress, McCain took to the Senate floor to call for unanimous consent to skip the 4:30 p.m. roll call on her nomination.

    “I just talked to with Sen. Cornyn and he doesn’t object,” said McCain, who once bonded on an overseas trip with Clinton by doing shots.

    “Sen. Cornyn is happy to yield back time and go to a voice vote once everybody has had their chance to speak,” said spokesman Kevin McLaughlin.

    Later, Cornyn took the floor to say, “I intend to vote for Sen. Clinton’s confirmation,”

    A short while later, South Carolina Republican Jim DeMint, also speaking on the floor, saying he’d vote no, which scotched a quick voice vote.

    Earlier in the afternoon, former Clinton ’08 alumni sent around the following E-mail, according to Amie Parnes:

    “I just thought some of you would like to have Sen. Cornyn’s office phone number to call and tell him to CONFIRM HILLARY NOW!! [Cornyn’s office number]

  35. We will all sleep better knowing Hillary’s light is shining throughout the world. Rejoice, Hillfriends!

  36. NYT:

    Clinton Is Approved, but Vote on Holder Is Delayed

    By DAVID STOUT

    Published: January 21, 2009

    WASHINGTON — Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York was overwhelmingly confirmed by the Senate as President Obama’s secretary of state on Wednesday, but the new president will have to wait at least a week for a vote on his choice to lead the Justice Department.

    The vote on Senator Clinton, who was waiting for confirmation before resigning her seat, was 94 to 2. (She did not vote.) When the result was announced, there was a hearty round of applause in the chamber.

    The only senators opposing the nomination were David Vitter of Louisiana and Jim DeMint of South Carolina, both Republicans. Mr. Vitter was the only member of the Foreign Relations Committee to oppose her last week, when she won the panel’s endorsement, 16 to 1. Mr. Vitter has asserted that former President Bill Clinton’s fund-raising activities create too many possible conflicts of interest.

    Senator Clinton’s confirmation, which was never in doubt, was a consolation of sorts for the Obama White House. The action came not long after a Senate committee vote on the nomination of Eric H. Holder Jr. to be attorney general was delayed for a week after Republicans insisted they needed more time to question him.

    The Senate Judiciary Committee, which heard testimony from the nominee last Thursday, met on Wednesday afternoon with the panel’s chairman, Senator Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont, pushing for a vote. But the panel’s ranking Republican, Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, said Republican members were unanimous in wanting more time.

    “I am extremely disappointed,” Mr. Leahy said, even as he conceded the Republicans’ right to ask for a postponement of what he called “this historic nomination.”

    The delay in voting on Mr. Holder probably does not threaten his confirmation by the full Senate, given the Democrats’ majority and the Senate’s tradition of giving a new president the team he wants. (A notable exception to that tradition occurred early in 1989, when the Senate narrowly rejected the nomination of John G. Tower to be defense secretary under President George H. W. Bush.)

    In any event, President Obama and his allies on Capitol Hill would surely have preferred a committee vote on Wednesday, followed by quick confirmation.

    No one has questioned Mr. Holder’s qualifications. But he has come under fire from some Republicans, Mr. Specter prominent among them, for agreeing to a controversial pardon of the fugitive financial Marc Rich by outgoing President Bill Clinton in 2001 after Mr. Rich’s former wife had contributed generously to Democratic causes.

    Mr. Specter has also suggested that Mr. Holder aided then-Vice President Al Gore by refusing to seek an independent counsel to investigate accusations that Mr. Gore violated campaign finance laws in a 1996 fund-raiser.

    Mr. Holder, who would be the first black attorney general, has years of experience as a federal judge, prosecutor and Justice Department official, and Mr. Leahy observed that the committee had heard “an outpouring” of support from people in both major political parties, law enforcement organizations and civil rights groups.

    “The need for leadership at the Department of Justice, by anyone’s standard, has never been greater,” Mr. Leahy said. The senator was a frequent critic of the department as it was run under former President George W. Bush.

    Link to follow.

  37. Dumb question: Do Cabinet officials get sworn in?

    BTW, love that Hillary got only two no votes. BTW, why the heck did Cornryn bitch about Bill’s foundation and then end up voting yes? All that grandstanding for nothing, huh.

  38. Paula, perhaps he was saving a place for Vitter and DeMint to grandstand and/or have their votes recorded.

  39. Hilarious – Do you think the IRS would have bought this story from us, NO, we’d be in jail right now.

    WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary-designate Timothy Geithner said Wednesday he was careless in failing to pay $34,000 in Social Security and Medicare taxes earlier this decade but declared “I have paid what I owed” and apologized to Congress.

    He told the Senate Finance Committee he was sorry that his past transgressions were now an issue in his confirmation at a time of deepening economic crisis and urged Congress to act quickly. A top administration priority is to foster economic recovery and “get credit flowing again,” Geithner testified.

    As to his failure to pay the payroll taxes from 2001 to 2004 while he worked for the International Monetary Fund, Geithner said: “These were careless mistakes. They were avoidable mistakes.”

    “But they were unintentional,” he said. “I should have been more careful.”

  40. Moon – Waffles probably coached him, “Just say it was a boneheaded mistake. Take it from me, it works! Don’t worry….you won’t be held accountable.”

  41. What a wonderful outcome of a sad chapter in our history when the DNC took votes from Hillary and delivered them to our now new president.I am so glad that she is out of that dead end position in the senate.The good old boys are going to miss her and will be back working for their next campaign money funds and serving pork as an incentive to motivate their stocking stuffers.
    Hillary is now the most important experienced and brave person in that we are offering to the world to ease tensions and bring us all to the table of peace seekers.

    By ABM90 Take the world stage girl. It is all yours from now on.

    By ABM90 Center Stage Girl it is all yours now and we are with y

  42. Blue, the Hopium addicts are beginning to learn that when Obama says “We won” Obama does not include the Hopium addicts.
    —————————–
    It is a little bit like the old joke where the Lone Ranger and Tanto are under seige by a hostile group of Souix braves, and running out of bullets faster than the braves are running out of arrows, and suddenly the masked man turns to Tanto and says well my good friend looks like this time we have had it and Tanto replies: “What do you mean ‘we’ paleface?”

    This of course was only a joke and the tv serial a betrayal of this nature would not happen-given the sensibilties of the young office. But in real life and perhaps in the hopium den this is de riguer.

  43. haha Daschle’s confirmation is in trouble, there is a god…..

    Meanwhile, how about this sentence from the Wash Post (in the same piece):

    But another high-profile Obama pick, former Senate majority leader Thomas A. Daschle, will not become health and human services secretary in the short term, as members of the Finance Committee are taking longer than expected to review his tax records, according to a senior committee official.

    This might not necessarily be a signal of big trouble abrew. But Daschle’s wife was for many years a high-powered and well-remunerated airline industry lobbyist. Could be the two are related.

    Maybe it’s nothing. But if something hobbled Daschle’s nomination, that would be a serious blow to healthcare reform. Worth keeping an eye on.

  44. ADMIN – scary stuff…I have always respected Kevin Phillips…even way back when…he has always been honest and unafraid to tell it like it is…even if no one would listen…

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

    on a much happier note…

    CONGRATULATIONS, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton…oh happy day!

  45. Admin. thanks for posting the Kevin Phillips video with Moyers. Phillips was an insider with integrity and knew where the train was heading. I really think Greenspan should be held accountable since he abandoned his von misces principles and became a delusional keynsian when he got into a seat of power. Sad Allan and the malignant dwarf should be personna non grata in the country now.

    The elevation of the financial sector and the simultaneous destruction of the manufacturing sector was obvious to many of us, but no one has put a finer point on it than Kevin does. Obama was the clear choice of the financial sector and contributed to his candidacy mightily. And we all know that he who pays the piper calls the tune.

  46. haha Daschle’s confirmation is in trouble, there is a god…..
    ———————————
    Maybe he should try his Barney Fife schict which served him so well when he was Majority Leader. He is a spellbinder. But the people of his state liked Thune better. Now thats gratitude–or maybe just plain common sense.

  47. that austrailian prime minister is very happy for Hillary also

    yIPPPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
    —————————–
    Good. They are imporant ally. At another time and another place we fought a major naval battle with the Imperial Japanese Fleet to save them. They have not forgotten the Battle of The Coral Sea. They will stand beside a great American leader like our girl come hell or high water.

  48. FOXNews.com

    Wednesday, January 21, 2009

    Bush Appointees Holding Down the Fort While Obama Nominees Await Confirmation:

    As President Obama’s nominees for eight Cabinet posts await Senate confirmation, appointees of President Bush have agreed to continue the day-to-day operations of the departments.

    As Eric Holder and Timothy Geithner await Senate confirmation as President Obama’s attorney general and secretary of the treasury, veterans of the Bush administration are continuing to run the day-to-day operations of those and other Cabinet-level departments.

    Seven departments — Justice, Treasury, Commerce, Labor, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development and Transportation — are still without newly confirmed leaders.

    And so as of noon on Tuesday, as Obama was taking the oath of office, a holdover from the Bush administration took those departments’ reins, agreeing to keep things running smoothly until the president’s choices are confirmed.

    While Holder waits for his confirmation, Bush appointee Mark Filip is acting attorney general. A former U.S. District Court judge in Illinois, the native Chicagoan holds a law degree from Harvard and a was a lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School. Holder was supposed to have faced a confirmation vote on Wednesday, but scheduling conflicts necessitated a delay in the Senate.

    New York Federal Reserve Board Chairman Timothy F. Geithner’s placeholder at the Treasury Department is Stuart Levey, under secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence. Geithner’s confirmation has been mired in controversy since revelations surfaced about unpaid taxes and an illegal housekeeper. Geithner was having his confirmation hearing with the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday; he is expected to be confirmed.

    New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson’s withdrawal as nominee for commerce secretary means that the department’s chief financial officer, Otto J. Wolff, will remain a while longer than the other Bush holdovers. Wolff joined Commerce in 2001 and has overseen its $5.6 billion budget. Obama has not yet named a nominee to replace Richardson, who is being investigated on a pay-to-play deal with a California contractor.

    Howard Radzely, the deputy secretary of labor, assumed daily duties Tuesday as California Rep. Hilda L. Solis awaits her confirmation. Bush appointed Radzely to his deputy post in 2007 and has been with the department since 2001. Solis’ confirmation has been held up over her support for the Employee Free Choice Act, which would remove the secret ballot requirement for employees seeking to form unions.

    As former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle awaits his appointment as the secretary of health and human services, Charles E. Johnson is acting secretary. Johnson, who was appointed by Bush in 2005 as the assistant secretary for budget, technology and finance, was a public accountant for 31 years before joining the department.

    New York City housing department chief Shaun Donovan’s wait for confirmation as Housing and Urban Development secretary puts Federal Housing Commissioner Brian D. Montgomery in charge at HUD. Montgomery joined the agency in 2005 after serving in the White House under the Bush administration.

    Finally, Transportation Secretary-designate Ray H. LaHood will take the reins from an undisclosed official when he is confirmed by the Senate. Former Transportation Secretary Mary Peters has vacated her post, and an acting official is not listed on the department’s Web site. A call to the Transportation Department was not immediately returned.

    And for those who wondered, Hillary Clinton hadn’t been confirmed as secretary of state until Wednesday afternoon. While her appointment was in limbo, Under Secretary for Political Affairs William Burns held down the fort. The department’s normally third-ranking official is a career diplomat who joined the foreign service in 1982 and was ambassador to Russia from 2005 to 2008.

    Link to follow.

  49. # CJ Says:
    January 21st, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    caroline kennedy she withdrew her NAME YIPEEE she must have heard on tv she was not qualified.yipeeeeeeeeee
    **************
    ww.nypost.com/seven/01212009/news/politics/caroline_kennedy_ends_senate_seat_bid_151234.htm

  50. he was sick before she even began to do anything so why did she want that seat..to get her name reconize again or what…maybe because she probably does not want to lay out her finaicial doduments..

  51. I also think that her reputation took a few direct hits recently so maybe this is just a “save face” moment for her.

    No matter, just glad she’s gone.

  52. cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/01/21/clinton.confirmation/index.html

    She looks wonderful in blue with Bill beside her.

    WASHINGTON (CNN) — Hillary Clinton was sworn in as the 67th U.S. secretary of state Wednesday afternoon after the Senate approved her nomination by a vote of 94-2.

    Former President Clinton and her Senate staff looked on as Clinton’s childhood friend and D.C. appeals court Associate Judge Kathleen Oberly swore her in on a Bible belonging to the former first lady’s late father, in a ceremony in her Senate office.

    The senators who opposed Clinton’s confirmation were Jim DeMint, R-South Carolina, and David Vitter, R-Louisiana.

    Keeping with tradition, America’s new chief diplomat will be treated to a welcoming ceremony with employees Thursday morning in the State Department, agency officials said.

    Immediately after the ceremony, Clinton submitted her resignation from the Senate with identical one-sentence letters to Vice President Joe Biden, who serves as president of the Senate, Secretary of the Senate Nancy Erickson and New York Gov. David Paterson.

    Paterson must appoint a replacement in the Senate. The governor, who had said he would not name his choice until after Clinton’s confirmation, told CNN’s “American Morning” on Monday that he had not made a decision.

    “I’m actually, I think, narrowing the field to about half of the people who are involved, and then I would hope, in the next few days, to get down to one,” he told CNN’s John Roberts.

  53. CJ Says:

    January 21st, 2009 at 7:30 pm
    he was sick before she even began to do anything so why did she want that seat..to get her name reconize again or what…maybe because she probably does not want to lay out her finaicial doduments..

    —————————————————————————————–

    BINGO!

  54. S, that is the gown I saw by Oscar, but it was Strapless. I know HRC made him redo the top. I think she should have left it strapless. She has great shoulders.

    Yes, no one could have taken a worse photo. Even at that, she looks more elegant than MO. Yes, they are gushing about MOs dress. I wonder what the People and Us magazine sections that do they should not have worn that would do with her outfits. Of course they are not going to touch this with a ten foot pole.

  55. From New York Post :

    http://www.nypost.com/seven/01212009/news/politics/caroline_kennedy_ends_senate_seat_bid_151234.htm

    Last updated: 7:43 pm
    January 21, 2009
    Posted: 6:43 pm
    January 21, 2009

    Caroline Kennedy last night withdrew her name from consideration to replace Hillary Clinton in the U.S. Senate after learning that Gov. David Paterson wasn’t going to choose her, The Post has learned.

    Kennedy’s decision removes the highest-profile name in the ring to step into Clinton’s now-vacant seat, as she departs after getting confirmed yesterday as President Obama’s Secretary of State yesterday.

    Sources said the reason Paterson had decided not to tap the daughter of John F. Kennedy was her poor performances in media interviews and in in private sessions with various officials.

    Aides to Kennedy couldn’t be reached for comment.

    Paterson has said he is not yet sure who he will select, but plans to announce his pick by this weekend – and an announcement press conference is expected either tomorrow or Saturday.

    For the first time on Tuesday, shortly after Obama was inaugurated, Paterson acknowledged publicly that he is considering state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo for the slot.

    Cuomo, who has soared in public polls over Kennedy in the past two weeks in popularity for the seat, has not said whether he’s interested in the job, but has not tamped down speculation that he’s making a play for it.

    Kennedy’s entrance into the bidding for Clinton’s seat was intended to have the effect of clearing the field, and forcing other contenders to see her as the inevitable choice for the post once held by her uncle, Robert F. Kennedy.

    Mayor Bloomberg privately backed her and publicly praised her abilities, and his top deputy, Kevin Sheekey, worked the phones aggressively on Kennedy’s behalf, and set her up with powerhouse consulting firm Knickerbocker SKD.

    But her rollout received stiff criticism, as she ducked press questions during her first trip upstate, fared poorly in her initial round of media interviews – and several critics said she had a lack of a clear rationale for her candidacy.

    The decision to appoint Clinton’s successor is solely Paterson’s, and he has offered conflicting comments about where he is in the process over the past few days – suggesting almost simultaneously that he’d made up his mind, and then that he hadn’t.

    The surprise decision leaves a crowded field of about 15 people, mostly elected officials, vying to replace Clinton – including Long Island Rep. Steve Israel, Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi, upstate Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand, Rep. Carolyn Maloney and teachers union head Randi Weingarten.

    Kennedy’s brief foray into politics lasted just under a month, from the time she roiled New York politics shortly before Christmas to say she was interested in being picked for the seat to yesterday.

    Kennedy, who attended Obama’s inauguration on Tuesday, campaigned aggressively for the new president – and infuriated Clinton loyalists by dissing her during the primary races – and her relationship with him was often cited by her boosters as a value add if she had been picked.

    Several sources said Obama was pulling for Kennedy as the pick, and Kennedy herself said the president had been “encouraging” about her making a play for it.

    Clinton, meanwhile, was confirmed by the Senate yesterday almost unanimously, in a vote of 94-2.

  56. CK should feel free to put her name in the hopper for Rep. With her aversion to politics in the past, she needs to prove she can take the scrubbing these people get. She also needs some training in how the political system works in NY and at the national level.

    I wonder if she will do that, or it is Senator now or nothing.

  57. Well she certainly just made Patterson’s job a little easier.

    —————————–

    On another note, CNN is reporting that Obama took the oath of office again tonight, because of the slip up yesterday. CNN reporter of course blaming chief justice for the slip up.

  58. I am tearing up looking at the swearing in picture of Hillary. Well, in the end she got something meaningful where she can work to make a difference. I am still sad about everything that happened.

  59. Thanks for the link Alcina.

    Meanwhile:
    http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D95RS3EO0&show_article=1
    Obama was just re-sworn in. Roberts readministered the oath in the White House map room. Greg Craig there to oversee. Gibbs said: ‘One word out of sequence’…
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    http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/media_entertainment/nearly-378-million-watch-president-obamas-oath-and-speech/
    More Americans watched Reagan inauguration than the B.O.

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    Big Media selling of the flim-flam:
    http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSTRE50K6E320090121
    Barack Obama’s inauguration generated an unprecedented 35,000 stories in the world’s major newspapers, television and radio broadcasts over the past day — about 35 times more than the last presidential swearing-in — a monitoring group said on Wednesday.

    The Texas-based Global Language Monitor said there had also been 6 million new Obama-related mentions on the Internet since December 31.

    By comparison, the last U.S. presidential inauguration, of George W. Bush in January 2005, resulted in about 1,000 stories in major media worldwide, Paul JJ Payack, president of Global Language Monitor said.

  60. At least she can bring her staff up to another level, and she can reward the Democrats (otherwise referred to as Dims, but I want to honor the Dems that stood by her) that so faithfully supported her.

  61. Jan H., we missed your news of the Obama re-swear so we posted it too.

    Hillary had several good things happen today:

    1) confirmation and humiliation of her haters;

    2) Caroline Quits before being fired;

    3) Seeing Michelle show up at the prayer service in that dress borrowed from Ellie Mae Clampett.

  62. What a cover up. Oh, the flub was OK, and the Supreme Court Justice’s fault so he had to do it again today. MO’s fashion sense is so refreshing, ya sure.

    I have tried to keep away from the fashion stuff, but failed. What I think is so terrible here is if she did not choose these outfits that are so busy, she would be the focus, and I think she would look fairly stately. However, you are so busy looking at the clothes instead of her, you don’t even see her.

  63. NewMexicoFan Says:

    January 21st, 2009 at 7:51 pm
    ********************************

    I agree NMF re that photo…Hillary is such a beautiful woman with such a great smile and pretty eyes…Oscar did her wrong…blues, pinks, browns, etc she can wear so many colors but that dress had too much stuff going on and those lines were not for her…hillary shines in sleek sophisticated outfits…maybe alittle lace or glitz or a bit of signature jewelry…that is all she needs because she really does radiate from inside out…

  64. S

    It looked good on the model, but it was strapless, and did not have that braid on the edge. Of course the Model was a twig also.

    We use to be able to design for real women in past decades. Now it is either trying to put them in stuff designed for twigs or make them look matronly.

  65. I am troubled by a small problem I see with our new president and maybe someone can reassure me.

    BO is surrounded by literate, educated, smart people and has the services of any university department or think tank or ex-staffers at the touch of a button.

    So how in hell can he say in his inaugural world-broadcast speech that 44 Americans have taken the oath? Did nobody correct him that only 43 have served? 44 presidencies — 43 Americans.

    Here’s my worry. Is there nobody who can catch errors? — they will not all be insignificant.
    ___________________________

    CK will not be NY sen!!!

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    BO retook the oath from Supreme Roberts…..and stupidly wouldn’t do it in public. Why not?

  66. Freckles, maybe B.O. knew he would fumble the oath again so he decided to do it in private. Also, those pesky legitimacy questions keep popping up and Obama did not want to stir that pot too much more.

    Another reason: B.O. knows he is the Third Bush Term and does not want people to catch on via verbal fumbles. Soon Obama will say “I want to put food on America’s families.”

  67. wow i just heard on radio that they fired mrs blago she was a fundraiser for the homeless and made 100,000 dollars for that job … my lord..
    is this true..i wnder if mo and bo are in on anything too..

  68. admin Says:
    January 21st, 2009 at 7:51 pm
    From New York Post :

    h……w.nypost.com/seven/01212009/news/politics/caroline_kennedy_ends_senate_seat_bid_151234.htm

    Last updated: 7:43 pm
    January 21, 2009
    Posted: 6:43 pm
    January 21, 2009

    Caroline Kennedy last night withdrew her name from consideration to replace Hillary Clinton in the U.S. Senate after learning that Gov. David Paterson wasn’t going to choose her, The Post has learned.

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

    Now was it the NY Post saying just a day or two ago that the fix was in and Paterson was definitely going to choose CK and quoting lots of anon sources complaining about it?

  69. Turndownobama, your memory serves you well about the story. NYPost, to defend it a bit, actually relied on the non-Caroline’s for the “scoop” that it was Caroline Kennedy. It is possible that some of the candidates felt it was over and decided to go public.

  70. As to his failure to pay the payroll taxes from 2001 to 2004 while he worked for the International Monetary Fund, Geithner said: “These were careless mistakes. They were avoidable mistakes.”

    “But they were unintentional,” he said. “I should have been more careful.”
    ================

    It will be nice to have someone in charge of the IRS who can understand fallible humans making mistakes and be easier on the rest of us. Also maybe he will make the IRS simplify their rules so these mistakes won’t be so common — and we won’t have to pay so much money to accountants to figure it out for us (especially when the accountants disagree, as his did).

  71. Good day all round, Hills becomes the most powerful woman in America and the World, (up yours Pelosi), Caroline Kennedy withdraws before she gets humiliated.

    Hillary can now cement her position and rival power base to ready herself for 2012 or 2016, I can wait…….

    8 Years as First Lady
    8 Years as Senator
    4 – 8 Years as SOS

    Beat that Democratic party idiots, don’t dare stand in her way now.

    I do wonder though if she has made a deal with the DNC leadership and Obama, he gets his 4 or 8 years in return for her standing aside this time and she gets the 2012 or 2016 without opposition.

  72. Actually i have a feeling Hillary told Paterson in no uncertain terms, give that Kennedy bitch my seat and i’ll take you down myself.

  73. or better yet as a friend just pointed, it looks like Teddy will go soon, so she probably wants the Massachussets seat for life instead.

  74. she was a fundraiser for the homeless and made 100,000 dollars for that job

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    that is beyond disgusting!

  75. More news about the re-do re-oath:

    In CNN’s protect Obama version, the Chief Justice is solely to blame for the bungle (Headline: “Obama retakes oath of office after Roberts’ mistake”).
    http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/01/21/obama.oath/?iref=hpmostpop
    ———————-

    In Washington Post, they are both to blame for the bungle:

    Obama took the oath of office — again — on Wednesday, out of what a White House lawyer described as “an abundance of caution.”

    “We believe that the oath of office was administered effectively and that the president was sworn in appropriately yesterday. But the oath appears in the Constitution itself. And out of an abundance of caution, because there was one word out of sequence, Chief Justice Roberts administered the oath a second time,” said White House Counsel Greg Craig in a statement issued early Wednesday night.

    Obama and Chief Supreme Court Justice John Roberts had both seemingly stumbled over the 35-word oath during Obama’s swearing-in as president on Tuesday, leading some to question whether he had properly committed the Constitutionally-mandated speech act that made him president of the United States.

    A president is required by the Constitution to say: “I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

    At the inaugural, Roberts had mixed up the words, saying instead: “…that I will execute the office to President of the United States faithfully…”

    And so, at 7:35 p.m. today, according to the White House pool report, Roberts re-administered the oath in the Map Room of the White House.

    “We decided it was so much fun — ” the first time, Obama joked while sitting on a couch.

    Obama stood and walked over to make small talk with a reporter as Roberts donned his black robe.

    “Are you ready to take the oath?” Roberts asked.

    “I am, and we’re going to do it very slowly,” Obama replied.

    Obama raised his right hand, leaving his left at his side.

    The private swearing-in ceremony, sans Bible, took 25 seconds.

    After a flawless recitation, Roberts smiled and said, “Congratulations,
    again.”

    “Thank you, sir,” Obama replied, to a smattering of applause.

    “All right,” Obama said. “The bad news for the pool is there’s 12 more balls.”

  76. About CK, do you really believe she would be able to handle being a senator?

    Think about it. What has she actually done. Has she done any hard labor in her life. I don’t think she would be able to handle the job. She probably gets up at 12:00 noon. Takes her bubble bath, hands and feet manicured. The girl doesn’t know what real work is.

    Think about how Hill campaigned 24 7. Plus she is skinny as a scare crow. She wouldn’t last a day in the senate

  77. Neetabug, maybe she thought it was a part time job, or that she could have a nanny attend those unpleasant sessions.

    HWC would probably comment here and say something about fingerbowls too, but we are not sure what. 🙂

  78. Fran Drescher for Hillary’s senate seat? she is gonna run in 2010 What the heck are HER qualifications…she said it on that unbalanced channell

  79. I just heard about the re-do of the oath and the forgetting of the Bible, yeah right, he probably had the Koran and did not want anyone to know. That flub yesterday was probably planned. Never trust what you think they are trying to sell us. The media and gov. are in knee deep with this fraud!

  80. I wonder if ck was given a heads-up by Patterson that he wasn’t going to choose her…and gave her the opportunity to bow out gracefully.

  81. Yay! Confusion to keep the story alive. We’re sure Caroline’s goose is cooked but enjoy having this story still being chased. Caroline, “he’s just not that into you.”

    Here’s Politico:

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/glennthrush/0109/NYPost_Caroline_withdraws.html

    The New York Post, citing anonymous sources, says Caroline Kennedy has withdrawn her name from the running to replace ex-Sen. Hillary Clintion.

    The New York Times follows, saying she cited her uncle Ted Kennedy’s health scare as her reason for bowing out, and that her spokesman would release a statement late Wednesday.

    On its surface this explanation seems suspect: Wouldn’t her uncle’s frail condition make her more eager to carry on the family legacy?

    A perhaps related note: News vans were converging on Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand’s home, according to an aide.

    UPDATE: It’s the story that just keeps giving as “A Kennedy family source told NBC’s David Gregory that Caroline Kennedy has not withdrawn. Two sources hinted to NBC News that there may have been a miscommunication between Kennedy and Gov. David Paterson’s office and that initial reports of her withdrawing are incorrect.”

  82. What Caroline Kennedy can’t even phone an office and relay a sentence, She is definitely a Kennedy, thick through and through.

  83. More fun:

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0109/17778.html

    This time, the recitation jibed perfectly with the prescribed oath and took 25 seconds. Obama raised his right hand and kept his left at his side. There was no Bible, Lincoln or otherwise. [snip]

    The re-inauguration came just a few hours after Vice President Joe Biden mocked Roberts for his misstep.

    “My memory is not as good as Justice Roberts,” Biden said at the swearing in of White House staffers Wednesday afternoon.

    The staffers in the room laughed, but Obama stood stone faced and visibly annoyed.

  84. # admin Says:
    January 21st, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    Jan H., we missed your news of the Obama re-swear so we posted it too.

    Hillary had several good things happen today:

    1) confirmation and humiliation of her haters;

    2) Caroline Quits before being fired;

    3) Seeing Michelle show up at the prayer service in that dress borrowed from Ellie Mae Clampett.

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

    Oh, MO’s house dress. At least Ellie May was appropriately dressed for her role.

    Have you seen MO’s stylist and desiginer? They look like they have about as much of a grasp on fashion for a First Lady United States as Carrot Top!

  85. Admin:

    Kevin Phillips is spot on. I wish he had mentioned though, Pres Clinton left office with a balanced budget and a record surplus.

  86. sniff…this is so sad…

    From theonion.com:

    Obama Inauguration Speech Ruined By Incessant Jackhammering

    January 21, 2009

    WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama’s Inauguration Day address—a speech that many believed would jumpstart the healing process of an ailing nation, foster hope and goodwill across the world, and serve as the ultimate stamp on the Democrat’s historic win—was ruined Tuesday by nearly two hours of nonstop jackhammering.

    Enlarge Image
    Obama paid tribute to those brave Americans who paved the something for something something faith something history.
    According to D.C. officials, the jackhammering interrupted the landmark address on 30 separate occasions and came from the nearby U.S. Botanic Garden, where it was being used to break up pavement for a new Heroes of Horticulture exhibit.

    “My fellow—,” began Obama, who then stopped when he and the 2.5 million citizens present, some of whom had traveled thousands of miles to experience the once-in-a-lifetime event, were startled by loud, metal-on-concrete banging. “My fell…my fell…my—.”

    “Is that a jackhammer?” Obama added.

    Though Obama first acknowledged the incessant jackhammering with an impromptu joke, saying, “Well, I know one guy who doesn’t need a job,” the typically poised orator grew gradually more annoyed as it became clear that the shrill thumping was not going to stop.

    Obama appeared most frustrated about halfway through the address when reverberations from the pneumatic drill set off several dozen nearby car alarms, drowning out the new president’s attempt to describe his vision for America’s future in a changing world.

    “If the person currently operating the jackhammer can hear me, please stop,” Obama said at approximately the eight-minute mark of his speech. “Seriously, please. Stop it now.”

    The unremitting pounding caused the first African-American president to sigh or roll his eyes a combined 17 times, most notably during an apparently eloquent passage conveying his “lifelong desire to [unify or commit] the United States to a [common goal, higher purpose, or challenge] by 2012.”

    During a particularly loud spell of thuds, Obama muttered, “Oh, come on.”

    Footage of the event shows that when the president tried to explain how perseverence and pride could help rebuild a better society for all, he was interrupted not only by the jackhammer, but by several audience members who shouted, “Speak up,” “Louder,” and “I can’t hear you over all this jackhammering.”

    At one point during the address, Obama stopped talking entirely and walked off the stage for nearly five minutes. When he returned, he asked the restless crowd for calm and understanding.

    “Okay, so, it looks like they’re not going to stop jackhammering. We’re just going to have to keep going, I guess,” Obama told the massive group, many of whom had already begun walking to their cars. “I’ll try to speed through it.”

    A transcript released by his campaign prior to the address revealed that Obama ultimately cut the speech short by six pages, omitting a section about the conflict in Afghanistan and a point-by-point explanation of his economic recovery plan.

    According to historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, one of the lasting images of the 2009 presidential inauguration will be Vice President Joe Biden, seated just 20 feet behind Obama, cupping his right ear in a desperate attempt to hear what the 44th president was saying.

    “Inauguration addresses have always brought us inspirational and defining moments,” Goodwin said. “FDR reminded Americans that all they had to fear was fear itself. John F. Kennedy encouraged citizens to ask what they could do for their country.”

    “And now President Barack Obama offers his own stirring message,” Goodwin continued. “‘Bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang.'”

    Those in attendance agreed that it was nearly impossible to make out a single sentence of the historic address.

    “I wanted to leave the speech with a feeling that this man was a beacon of hope, that he was going to lead us out of the doldrums and into a bold new beginning,” said Nathaniel Washburn, a 72-year-old African-American who brought his grandchildren to the inauguration. “But I couldn’t hear a goddamn thing.”

    “I thought it was really, really cool,” said Washburn’s 7-year-old grandson, Gregory. “When I grow up, I want to be a jackhammer operator.”

    Link to follow.

  87. Mrs. Smith, you bring up some good points. We included the Bill Clinton section in order to provide a full understanding of what Phillips is saying. But we disagree with Phillips, or perhaps it’s better to say there are other facts which Phillips leaves out (which you include).

    At the time we supported the Clinton bailouts (particularly the Mexico bailout, which was repaid with interest within 18 months, if we remember correctly). The difference, as you point out, was/is that Bill Clinton angered Dimocrats by being fiscally responsible and did balance the budget and started dramatically reducing the debt and as you say producing surpluses year after year.

    The situation now, as during the W. Bush administration, is that the economy is being looted by Chicago crimelords with no interest in fiscal sanity. The Chicago crimelords are acting under cover of emergency but they are looting the economy too – for their friends just as W. Bush looted the economy for his friends.

    Thanks for providing the opportunity to clarify this section of the article.

  88. Shall i do it Team America World Police Style.

    Paterson : You aint geting the job

    CK : ugh, ah, ugh, ahh, backa lacka dirka dirka, Caroline Kennnnnnnnnnnnedy.

    Paterson : What shit you on girl

    CK : Teddy’s neice, I want job.

    Paterson : sorry honey, no can do, Hills said she’s break my ass if I gave the job to a talentless tramp.

    CK : Was Nancy Pelosi wanting it too :

    Paterson : Listen, you are dumb on tv

    CK : Uh aah ugh ahh, hmmm ummm, Bobby was my papa you know.

    Paterson : Lordy woman, withdraw so i can name someone else

    CK : withdraw, me, Carolineeee Kennedyyyyyy, Massachusssssssets

    Paterson : Go run for Teddy’s seat

    CK : I love Ted, he taught me to swim

    Paterson : Lucky, you got out the river homegirl.

    CK : Must go save america now, fufu needs her manicure. I’m withdrawing some cash this afternoon, must find atm.

    Paterson : oh good you are withdrawing, excellent, i’ll tell everyone.

  89. A great day as Hillary is officially SOS, Caroline Kennedy “pulling out” upon learning Paterson WAS NOT going to annoint her, and Obama having to re-take oath as his first try , as they say in basketball,” went in and out of the rim” The only downer was seeing Clinton hater Bob Woodward on Larry “what’s the question” King’s show again questioning Hillary’s loyalty and Travis Smiley(?) to para-phase, saying the Clinton years were “alright”, but now we expect so much more .
    I have also noticed Maddox and Olberman trying to be more generosu to Hillary-probably want an interview in the next four (4) years, but Mathews, as always, trying to rain on the Clintons’ saying they must be upset that the mantle of civil righjts is seemingly being passed from LBJ to Obama. Anyway, overall a good day for us Hillary fans and expect much more to come in the near future.

  90. I think the N.Y. Times piece saying CK turned down the job because of her uncle’s illness is spin from her camp to make it look less embarrassing for her. Either way, I’m sure she’s not Paterson’s choice.

  91. So, he is worried he is not in compliance with the consitution because the oath was flubbed. However, he not at all worried about providing his BC to prove once and for all he is in compliance with eligibility to run for President.

    That seems really interesting.

  92. I was so pleased when I heard the news that the entitled backstabbing snob Caroline was out of consideration I wanted to almost the same dance I did when Hill won New Hampshire. This is the only good news Ive found out of this sham of an inauguration season. Now if Patterson can appoint a Hillary loyalist (not an unreasonable request CONSIDERING IT WAS HER SEAT) one should not be hard to find out of the New York delegation. Even Fran Dresher would be 10 times better sweet Caroline.

  93. Is She In or Out? Conflicting Reports on Caroline Kennedy
    Share January 21, 2009 10:35 PM

    ABC News’ Jonathan Karl reports: There are conflicting reports regarding whether or not Caroline Kennedy has dropped out of consideration for Hillary Clinton’s vacated U.S. Senate seat from New York.

    A source told of Kennedy’s decision told ABC News she was dropping out, echoing reports quoting anonymous sources in three New York City newspapers and, initially, The Associated Press.

    The source added that a formal statement confirming Kennedy’s decision was expected shortly.

    But the AP later rescinded its initial report, quoting another anonymous source who said Kennedy was staying in the running for the U.S. Senate seat after all.

    The New York Post, the New York Times and the New York Daily News all quoted unnamed sources saying Kennedy had told New York Gov. David Paterson Wednesday she did not want to pursue the Senate seat vacated by Clinton when she became secretary of state Wednesday.

    The Post reported late Wednesday that Kennedy told Paterson she wanted her name withdrawn from consideration due to a “personal reason.”

    The Times followed the Post, reporting Kennedy had withdrawn out of concern about her uncle Sen. Ted Kennedy’s, D-Mass., deteriorating health. Sen. Kennedy suffered a seizure Tuesday during the inaugural lunch. He was diagnosed with brain cancer last year.

    Paterson has said he will name a replacement for Clinton soon.

  94. Whatever. Caroline Kennedy is OUT whether she wants to be or not. The media reports, rumors, low poll numbers, and embarrassing interviews are more than enough for New Yorkers. She needs to go to Mass. and be with her uncle. If Patterson still gives the seat to her after all of this, both of them will be out of a job in 2010.

  95. So how do you think Paterson is taking Carolines staff stating he or his staff mis understood. She does not interview with the Press well, she does not interview with the locals well, and she does not get such an important message, such as I am pulling my name out right.

    Of course she would be great as a Senator who has to vote on key issue, and get it straight. But then, I guess she could vote present, like her mentor.

  96. Here-here! HEHS!
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    # admin Says:
    January 21st, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    Mrs. Smith, you bring up some good points. We included the Bill Clinton section in order to provide a full understanding of what Phillips is saying. But we disagree with Phillips, or perhaps it’s better to say there are other facts which Phillips leaves out (which you include).

    At the time we supported the Clinton bailouts (particularly the Mexico bailout, which was repaid with interest within 18 months, if we remember correctly). The difference, as you point out, was/is that Bill Clinton angered Dimocrats by being fiscally responsible and did balance the budget and started dramatically reducing the debt and as you say producing surpluses year after year.

    The situation now, as during the W. Bush administration, is that the economy is being looted by Chicago crimelords with no interest in fiscal sanity. The Chicago crimelords are acting under cover of emergency but they are looting the economy too – for their friends just as W. Bush looted the economy for his friends.

    Thanks for providing the opportunity to clarify this section of the article.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    You are right as rain, Admin- The looting of the Treasury will be non-stop until they annihilate Social Security. Presuming there IS anything left in the Social Security Treasury. They have been printing money like one armed paper hangers. I can truly understand why the Bushes were so angry when Bill Clinton, the Man from Hope, was elected. (not that they could ever be considered justified considering what the alternative was)

    What is happening now, was supposed to happen in 1992 when BushI was surprised he lost the election to BC.

    Bill ruined their plans for the irradication of the middle class! I hoped having Bill Clinton as president would have changed the minds of the Global Bankers and the vile Jay Rockefeller and the malignant Bush Co. Because BC proved that everyone can live in the equity of this country in harmony, dignity and with humanity.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Maya Angelou made a very stark statement today regarding Obama. She said: “Obama needs us more than we need him”…

    She is a woman of very few well chosen words. This doesn’t bode well for Obama if he doesn’t have her blessing. It’s too bad Oprah has lost her way and is drunk on her own racism and glut for MORE power.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Watching the movie Casino last week with DeNiro and Joe Pesci. It made me think of Biden and Obama. Just today it started. When I saw the clip of Biden mocking Roberts, BO was not amused..

    You really need to watch the movie again. The dynamics of egos flaring out at each other for wresting power and control. They destroy themselves from within… BO and Joe will repeat this same scenario. It’s an inevitable conclusion to this charade because everything about Obama is illusion. Obama is a very insecure individual.

  97. Good one, moononpluto..

    With the conflicting reports.. I’ll post my version tomorrow.

    It sounds like Obama is pressuring Caroline to go through with it and she’s crying. But they hate me!

    Paterson is happy as a pig in swill, she bowed out!

  98. MoonOnPluto, now we, you know, understand thanks to you, you know? – she was withdrawing cash. Duh. We shoulda knowed, you know?

  99. Maya Angelou made a very stark statement today regarding Obama. She said: “Obama needs us more than we need him”…

    —————————————————————————————

    What a powerful and prophetic statement. Illusion surrounds him, and his followers suffer from delusional thinking.

    ————————————————————————

    I sincerely wish for successes, for the well-being our country. The economic situation seems very stark, at the present time.

  100. Paterson needs to announce his decision. This is getting ridiculous and very unprofessional. He is playing games with people’s lives.

  101. moononpluto Says:
    January 21st, 2009 at 9:41 pm
    or better yet as a friend just pointed, it looks like Teddy will go soon, so she probably wants the Massachussets seat for life instead.
    ==================

    If TK has been given a different life expectancy after his recent collapse, that could fit. An elderly relative makes a last request “Carry on the family business.” If he has several months to live, the young relative might humor him. But if suddenly he has a much shorter time, she might want to spend the time with him instead.

  102. birdgal Says: Paterson needs to announce his decision. This is getting ridiculous and very unprofessional. He is playing games with people’s lives.
    ================

    Good thing he did wait, instead of choosing CK. I don’t see that a few more days lacking one Senator is playing games with people’s lives (as would be a delay in SOS or Treas Sec).

    I do think Paterson has been kind of uncool, talking so much about his decision and his changes of mind etc. But the things he has said were in themselves very sensible, imo.

  103. turndown: I’m glad that he didn’t make a snap decision about this, but this is turning into a 3 three ring circus.

  104. Admin, I went to the University Book Store here tonight and got a copy of Ken Phillips book Bad Money which I would have missed entirely had you not posted the comments and video with Moyers.

    1. His summation is insightful: “American financial capitalism at a pivotal point in the nations history calvalierly ventuered into a multiple gamble. First, financializing a hitherto diversified US economy. Second, using massive quantities of debt and leverage to do so. Third, following up a stock market bubble with an even larger housing and mortgage bubble (soon a consumer credit bubble). Fourth, quadrupling US credit between 1987 and 2007–a scale of excess that historically unwinds. Fifth, consumating these events with mixed bag of dishonesty, incompetence, and qualitative negligence.” (p. 207).

    2. This point is interesting as well: “even though financial stratgists can keep dreaming up new instruments it is a good idea because each innovation adds layers of complexity, tight coupling and risk.” (p. 207)

    3. Obama is the candidate of the financial side of the economy. He received far more money from then than any other candidate. That presumabley is part of the reason why the powers that be turned a blind eye to the flagrant abuses that occurred in this election. But where does that leave the American people? The other tip off is how quickly he retreated from his promise to reopen NAFTA to make sure it is working for the middle class.

  105. So much for the credibility of NBC/MSNBC (they had none anyway) and David Gregory who was the one who reported Caroline Kennedy was still in.

  106. wbboei, we will continue to explore the economic issues in future articles. As you know Big Pink opposed the bailouts last year. We did so knowing full well the conventional economic theories agreed with such a course. Our opposition stemmed from a bigger picture perspective. We’ll explain in the future our theory of what is really happening economically – we call it Capital Hurricanes.

    Phillips is a really smart guy we featured in an earlier article regarding an article he wrote in the late 60s about where the country was going and what should be avoided by the political parties. That’s an interesting article too. The Moyers interview is very good as is the book. Let us know what you think about it when you read it.

  107. Birdgal, we are enjoying the spectacle too. It’s like watching an opera or a ballet from a box seat – with all the performers and musicians really really drunk.

  108. Mr. Paterson has talked about the importance of selecting a woman to replace Mrs. Clinton, which could boost such candidates as Ms. Gillibrand, Representative Carolyn B. Maloney, and Randi Weingarten, the president of the United Federation of Teachers.

    h……/community.nytimes.com/article/comments/2009/01/22/nyregion/22caroline.html#postComment

  109. Admin: The debacle of the Burris nomination, and the spectacle of the NY process, does indeed make all the players and performers seem really, really drunk. But, the reality is, they are all power hungry and obsessed with themselves. It is scary to know, that these clowns are trying to govern our country. No wonder we are in such a mess. The players are incompetent nincompoops.

  110. A fine day it is for the Irish and fer those scumbags at Associated Press who cant seem to keep their lies straight even in the short expanse of twelve hours.

    1. First AP says she is out

    2. Then AP says no wait she is not out

    3. Then AP concedes she is out.

    Journalism you can rely on. Courtesy of people like Nedra Pickelbrain, Beth Phoney. And the rest of them. Zero credibility–as usual.

  111. turndownobama-com Says:

    January 22nd, 2009 at 1:16 am
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    Maloney or Gillibrand would be great. They have legislative experience, proven ability to win an election, and are strong advocates for women.

  112. Admin: The debacle of the Burris nomination, and the spectacle of the NY process, does indeed make all the players and performers seem really, really drunk. But, the reality is, they are all power hungry and obsessed with themselves. It is scary to know, that these clowns are trying to govern our country. No wonder we are in such a mess. The players are incompetent nincompoops.
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    Birdgal: well put.

    Back in the late 70s I was having lunch with a dem lobbyist who was telling me about the time he had breakfast with Senator Mike Gravels wife the day after it was disclosed that he had ventured into a trap set by a forerunner to the DC madam. She was in tears and he asked her why she was making a scene. After all, he said, you know Mike and what he is capable of. She got real mad and said yes I know what he is capable of but knowing it is one thing and reading about it on the front page of the Washinton Post is something else. Likewise here it is one thing to be a nincoop but its worse when it happens in plain view. I have no doubt Obama tried to talk her into continuing and then promising Patterson something since he had undoubtledly made a promise to Ted to get her in. It appears it was too little to late, and if Obama had acted sooner it might have made a difference.

  113. Do we have any idea why Carter snubbed Hillary at the inauguration?? Has anyone else read the post on that gov site that shows Hillary taking the oath of office?? There are some weird posts from Syria!

  114. Maloney or Gillibrand would be great. They have legislative experience, proven ability to win an election, and are strong advocates for women.
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    Agreed. I believe they were both Hillary supporters. Or am I wrong.

    Last night I leaned about how they make tequilla. They cut out a section of the cactus, boil it and the juice that is left is called white tequilla–you dont want to drink it. Instead you put it in a barrel and let it age however long and then it is drinkable-barley.

    I bet you tonight the deputy mayor of new york who was point man in the senator caroline kennedy campaign is sitting on a giant sequoia chugging white tequilla by the gallon and reflecting on what went wrong. And bloomberg is right there too helping him reflect.

  115. birdgal Says:
    January 22nd, 2009 at 12:54 am
    turndown: I’m glad that he didn’t make a snap decision about this, but this is turning into a 3 three ring circus.
    ================

    One less ring now, anyway (the NYT hopes).

  116. birdgal Says:
    January 22nd, 2009 at 1:20 am
    Maloney or Gillibrand would be great. They have legislative experience, proven ability to win an election, and are strong advocates for women.
    =====================

    So I’ve heard. Both are currently in Congress. If one of them is chosen, what happens to her Congressional seat? If another woman gets that (such as Weingarten) who is not currently in Washington, then that’s a net gain for women. (Not that I’m really into quotas.)

  117. I have to take pause and think the ck withdrawal was timed. Popped into a few non waffle eating non kool-aid drinking sites and everyone is going on about ck. very little bout bambi. timing is everything.

  118. wbboei said: I have no doubt Obama tried to talk her into continuing and then promising Patterson something since he had undoubtledly made a promise to Ted to get her in. It appears it was too little to late, and if Obama had acted sooner it might have made a difference.
    ===================

    Apparently some of the back and forth was in the CK camp rather than all of it being the fault of the media.

  119. wbboei Says:
    January 22nd, 2009 at 1:38 am
    Maloney or Gillibrand would be great. They have legislative experience, proven ability to win an election, and are strong advocates for women.
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    Agreed. I believe they were both Hillary supporters. Or am I wrong.
    ===============

    I think so, especially Maloney. And Bill campaigned for Gillibrand.

  120. Apparently some of the back and forth was in the CK camp rather than all of it being the fault of the media.
    ————————————–
    Turndown: true. but in that case they did not know who to talk to or who was calling the shots. This is what happens when they trade in gossip and inuendo. Their reporting is untrustworthy. The one they should be talking to is Caroline or her official spokesman instead of undisclosed sources. AP is a gossip mill and a spin machine. This time the joke was on them.

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