Kirsten Gillibrand And The Emerging NObama Coalition, Part II

The Hopium narco-traffickers and their fellow Hopium addled addicts are angry at those of us who not only predicted but also advocated and agitated against Caroline Kennedy’s appointment to the U.S. Senate. The Hopium addled addicts are now making threats which we do not believe should be taken seriously.

The Hopium addled are correct about one thing: they and their religion, the Church of Obama, have suffered a defeat. How big that defeat is remains to be seen but it is potentially a very big defeat that portends even greater defeats in the short and long term. The Hopium addled are shaken and fearful and in denial about 2010. They might not know exactly why they feel the way they do but they are right to have a sense of dread about what is coming. We’ll ‘splain it to them today.

As promised, today we will discuss Kirsten Gillbrand and the possibility of defeat for the fake Obama “stimulus” bill as well as the emerging NObama coaltion; Senator Schumer’s role in the swatting of Caroline Kennedy; and the unlikely but possible primary revolt against Gillibrand and Paterson in 2010.

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Two strong Hillary supporters, new Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and new Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire might be the backbone the U.S. Senate needs to bring responsibility to the congress and restrain the drunken spending of Barack Obama and block the looting called the Obama “stimulus” bill. The looting “stimulus” bill will likely pass, it is almost a “done deal”. But now there is a possible chance to stop the looting if Gillibrand sticks to her principles.

Lawrence O’Donnell wrote in that Huff n’ Puff website about our two Women Jedi in the Senate:

The governor obviously has no idea that this means he has just delivered a Democratic senator who is committed to voting against the first Obama bill to come her way–the stimulus package that will push the federal budget at least 800 billion dollars farther away from balance. Indeed, the Gillibrand simple-minded devotion to balancing the federal budget above all else means that she must oppose everything on the Obama agenda. Everything President Obama wants to do costs money, money that the federal government doesn’t have. Obama, as he made crystal clear in the campaign, plans to do it with deficit spending, something that Congresswoman Gillibrand opposes and something we now discover the governor of New York opposes even though New York state will be one of the biggest beneficiaries of that spending.

To her everlasting credit, Kirsten Gillibrand voted in the House (on January 22, 2009) against the looting of the American economy. She voted against the $350 billion which benefits the gamblers who gambled and now want to be bailed out. She voted against the second $350 billion of the $700 billion Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP). Kirsten Gillibrand voted for sanity and non-release of the funds.

The money will unfortunately be spent because the U.S. Senate had earlier voted to release the second $350 billion in TARP loot. But our heroine in the other congressional wing, Senator Jeanne Shaheen, sensibly voted “no”.

The vote in the House of Representatives was 270 NO – 155 yes. Consider: the bailout bill was the #1 priority of Barack Obama and Obama lobbied relentlessly for the money and yet the House of Representatives with all those newly elected Democrats overwhelmingly told Obama to shove… er… off.

Barack Obama did not do much better with the big Dimocratic majority in the U.S. Senate. Obama pummelled Senators to give him the loot of the bailout bill. The Senate voted to give Obama the loot, but the numbers are not very impressive -52 YES, 42 no.

Obama huffed and puffed to get the money, and barely managed to get a majority vote in an overwhelmingly Democratic Senate. Senator Merkley of Oregon proved to be a hypocrite or a liar or both in this vote. Merkley campaigned a few months ago against the bailout bill but his vote was to surrender the money. Merkley lied to his constituents.

Democrats voting against giving Obama the TARP loot were: Bayh of Indiana, Cantwell of Washington, Dorgan of North Dakota, Feingold of Wisconsin, Lincoln of Arkansas, Nelson of Nebraska, Shaheen of New Hampshire, Wyden of Oregon and Bernie Sanders the Independent who typically votes with Democrats from Vermont.

Kristen Gillibrand will now join the Senate and quite possibly join with Jeanne Shaheen (maybe add Hillary friend Blanch Lincoln of Arkansas) to block Obama’s looting of the American economy in the same way George W. Bush looted the American economy.

Kristen Gillibrand will have to run for election in 2010 to finish Hillary Clinton’s term, then seek a full term for herself in 2012. Gillibrand will win in 2010 if she sticks to her stated principles and votes against the looting of the American economy. If Gillibrand becomes a hypocrite or a liar and votes flop-flips like hypocrite and liar Merkley, she will deserve to lose – and likely will lose.

Gillibrand might become the light saber wielding fighter against Obama and a leader in the emerging NObama coalition.

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Let’s deal with the nonsense of a primary revolt against Governor Paterson and Senator Gillibrand in 2010.

Governor Paterson and Senator Gillibrand (as well as all Democrats) do face potential defeat in 2010 because of the economy. But if defeat comes to Paterson/Gillibrand it will be in the general election not in the primaries.

The Hopium addled threaten that New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, son of former Governor Mario Cuomo, has sufficient support and popularity as well as a strong fundraising operation, and will challenge Governor Paterson in the Democratic primary. This is foolishness.

Because of Obama’s race-baiting during the 2008 primaries, African-American politicians know they now can have friends and allies shout “racism” when in trouble and thereby defeat their white opponents. These fake shouts of “racism” in the age of fake demean the long and well documented history of racial bigotry. But like Obama and Burris the “racism” shouters (some like Bill The Bomber Ayres shout “racism” to scare off scrutiny and they are not even African-Americans) know they will not be punished for their bogus, politically motivated, claims of racism.

Andrew Cuomo knows he cannot run against a black man in a Democratic primary. Andrew knows this, not because of Obama’s race-baiting during the 2008 primary, but because Andrew has been there, done that.

But as we’ve mentioned here before, that line of analysis seems to ignore the impact of Cuomo’s disastrous 2002 challenge to Carl McCall for the Democratic nomination. Aside from running an immature campaign, Cuomo’s decision to try to take the nomination away from a longer-serving official striving to become the first African-American elected governor in NY was badly received from the start.

Challenging an incumbent in a primary involves the same kind of too-much-in-a-hurry chutzpah. Challenging an African-American appointed incumbent who is trying, again, to become the first black man elected governor would arouse the same resentments.

A Paterson vs. Cuomo primary would devastate Cuomo. First of all there is no love between the Kennedy Dynasty and the Cuomo Dynasty, what with that messy divorce business. Second, Paterson will most likely have the African-American community united behind him. More importantly Paterson would have Cuomo’s former vanquisher, Carl McCall, doing whatever “work” needs to be done. McCall is on board with Paterson and has recently defended him.

H. Carl McCall, the former state comptroller and a Democratic candidate for governor in 2002, defended Mr. Paterson’s handling of the appointment, pointing out that Ms. Kennedy’s own uneven performance and the intense worldwide scrutiny of her bid were factors beyond the governor’s control.

“I think that to look at his governorship in the light of this situation would be terribly unfair,” said Mr. McCall.

As to a potential Gillibrand challenger, she already has one. Carolyn McCarthy, the Long Island Representative who ran for congress as a gun control advocate because her husband was killed on the Long Island Railroad in 1993 is running against Gillibrand. Other than on the gun issue McCarthy is to the right of Gillibrand so her candidacy makes no sense on the issues balance test.

Recall that McCarthy was a Republican. Her congressional representative, Dan Frisa, voted to ban a ban on semiautomatic firearms. McCarthy wanted to run as a Republican against Frisa but was rebuffed by the Republicans. McCarthy turned to the Democrats in the Republican district and beat Frisa by 17 percentage points.

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, yet another male from New York City, is weighing a challenge to Gillibrand. The usually sensible Stringer appears to be losing his sense – as others have. The usually sensible Michael Tomasky is not making much sense either:

She’s an odd choice. Two years in Congress, against all those members of the state’s House of Representatives Democratic delegation with many years experience? In these cases, one smell test that ought to be passed is that a governor should be able to say “X was the best person for the job” with at least some degree of plausibility. I don’t think Paterson can do that here. Even Blago could say that about Roland Burris, kinda-sorta. She was an obviously political choice: woman and upstater. Those are fair considerations of course, but when it’s this obvious, it invites trouble.

Now they worry about experience? Has Caroline Kennedy ever won an election? Gillibrand has won an election in a difficult district. Gillibrand is a woman. Gillibrand is not from Manhattan but rather from upstate New York which brings some balance to a downstate exclusive Democratic ticket. Is diversity relegated to the dumpster now?

McCarthy needs to remember that the Democratic Party she won election to has all but abandoned gun control as an issue. The successful Republican strategy of God, Guns, and Gays caused the Democrats to abandon, or rather embrace God (Obama kissey kissey Rick Warren), ignore Guns, and hide Gays. This is not the Democratic Party you remember Carolyn.

McCarthy and Stringer and any other potential challengers also have to consider Senator Schumer.

We revealed in December what others are writing about now in late January – that Chuck Schumer was either A factor or THE determining factor taking the appointment from Caroline Kennedy and giving it to Gillibrand.

Senator Schumer:

And Schumer is not the same senator he was nine years ago. He has amassed real and undeniable power in the chamber after two incredibly successful cycles as the chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Senators elected on his watch are indebted and loyal to him. He is a trusted adviser to majority leader Harry Reid, whose job Schumer is often discussed as eventually being in line for.

McCarthy, Stringer and the rest will have to fight Chuck Schumer if they want to replace Senator Gillibrand. And whatever Schumer thinks of them Chuck Schumer does not want to again be the senior senator from New York that lives in the shadow of the junior senator from New York – no matter if that name is Caroline, Stringer, or McCarthy. That “shadow” factor helped Gillibrand greatly in the Paterson primary:

“She won’t really present a threat to him in any way,” said one former Schumer staffer, speaking on background. “She’s new. She’s young. She’s not going to start out with any profile as opposed to a Cuomo or a Kennedy. She will give him no competition. I’m sure she’s going to be deferential.” [snip]

“Chuck will respect the fact that she beat Sweeney and that she is a brawler,” said another former Schumer staffer, referring to the Republican incumbent Gillibrand took out in 2006.

One of the staffers also said that Gillibrand’s strong contacts in New York City, where she worked as a lawyer for several white-shoe law firms, made her a more attractive addition to the 2010 ticket because of her ability to raise money. That’s a skill that Schumer especially prizes.

Howard Dean, like Gillibrand received an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association. Gillibrand’s position on gay issues is much for socially progressive than gay-bashing Obama, for all his flowery words.

Democrats in 2010 have to fear increased Republican turnout. Contrary to what the Hopium addicts believe, it was low Republican turnout that determined the results of the 2008 election. It is likely that in the 2010 off year elections, Republicans will be motivated and the Hopium addicts will be in political methadone clinics.

In The Mess-iah Complex we explained the 2008 election results. What Democrats have to really worry about in the 2010 elections is the B.O., stinky, economy.

Governor Paterson will be particularly hard hit. On January 1, 2009 New York State’s unemployment funds ran out – too many claims, no money. New York State is borrowing $90 million a week from the federal government to pay unemployment checks. Imagine what the economic landscape will be as Democrats run for election or reelection in 2010.

It was not the Hopium brigades that determined the 2008 election. In 2010 “historical electoral patterns suggest that Republicans could pick up a passel of Senate and House seats”. It was not a “wave of black voters and young people” that determined the 2008 presidential election.

More importantly, “you see a heavy influx of moderate to conservative members in the incoming freshman Democratic class, particularly in the House.” Democrats who want to loot the economy along with Obama might not be as easy to find as we suppose.

The fact that roughly a third of the Democratic House majority sits in seats with Republican underpinnings (at least at the presidential level) is almost certain to keep a liberal dream agenda from moving through Congress. The first rule of politics is survival, and if these new arrivals to Washington want to stick around, they are likely to build centrist voting records between now and 2010.

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We will be writing with great frequency about the upcoming looting bill which might be as high as $900 billion.

If Paterson and Gilibrand want to win in 2010 they should fight for economic justice and not the looting of the American economy by Barack Obama, the Third Bush Term.

There is a future for the emerging NObama coalition.

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181 thoughts on “Kirsten Gillibrand And The Emerging NObama Coalition, Part II

  1. I posted this yesterday on the previous article, it didn’t get any comment
    but I see that wbboei posted at the end of the last article something about this so i am bringing it forward to this new article

    # djia Says:
    January 25th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Sunday, January 25, 2009
    And on the fifth day, subpoenas were served to Obama’s senior staff

    On Saturday morning, the list of subpoenas served by the U.S. Attorney’s office in the Governor Rod Blagojevich case was made public. The list included one major surprise for the new administration.

    SNIP:

    And, once again, the mainstream media is AWOL, unwilling to report on this very newsworthy story.

    Among those served with subpoenas were:

    David Axelrod, Obama’s “Karl Rove” and the biggest surprise on the list. Obama’s team issued a report in December that said his staff had no “inappropriate contact” with Blago, so the inclusion of Axelrod is a bit of a shock.

    Valerie Jarrett, Blago’s “Senate Candidate 1″, a real estate management executive and political hack of the first order. Her ties to failed and fraudulent real estate deals in Chicago were the subject of numerous investigations and should have instantly disqualified her for any public office.

    Rahm Emanuel was already deeply involved in the case with some reports describing as many as 21 conversations with Blago’s office during the period in question.

    Tony Rezko, Obama’s first advocate, fundraiser and adviser, was convicted last year on numerous charges related to kickbacks, and is now awaiting sentencing. Rezko is “cooperating with authorities, FBI Agent Daniel Cain said in an affidavit.”

    Others served include:

    • Patricia Blagojevich, first lady
    • River Realty, her former employer
    • Friends of Blagojevich, the governor’s campaign committee
    • Citizens for Blagojevich, his former committee
    • Robert Blagojevich, the governor’s brother and campaign chairman
    • Christopher Kelly, former adviser and fundraiser for governor
    • Alonzo Monk, former Blagojevich chief of staff, now a lobbyist
    • Milan Petrovic, lobbyist and campaign fundraiser
    • John Wyma, former Blagojevich adviser, now a lobbyist
    • Paul Rosenfeld, lobbyist
    • J.B. Pritzker, wealthy Chicagoan whom Blagojevich might have considered to replace Obama in U.S. Senate
    • Gery Chico, former Chicago school board president and one-time U.S. Senate candidate
    • Doug Scofield, former Blagojevich adviser, now a consultant
    • Scofield Communications
    • Service Employees International Union
    • Tom Balanoff, SEIU Illinois president
    • Change to Win, an SEIU-affiliated activist group
    • Sam Zell, owner of the Chicago Tribune
    • Nils Larsen, an adviser to Zell
    • The Chicago Tribune
    • The Tribune Co., the newspaper’s parent company
    • Michael Vondra, owner of asphalt and construction companies
    • Gerald Krozel, vice president of a concrete company
    • John Johnston, president of Balmoral Park racetrack
    • Fred Yang, Washington, D.C.-based Blagojevich consultant
    • Garin Hart Yang Research Group, Yang’s firm
    • William Knapp, Washington, D.C.-based Blagojevich consultant
    • Squire, Knapp & Dunn, Knapp’s firm
    • Doug Sosnick, political consultant

    Blago’s “Senate Candidate 3″, Jan Schakowsky, was not served with a subpoena, but will have some questions of her own to answer in the days to come.

    Let’s recap, shall we? In the first week, Obama has not cut taxes — the only proven way to revive the economy — despite promising to do so for “95% of working Americans” (which was almost certainly a lie, but let’s wait and see); signed an order to close Gitmo, certain to make America less safe; and promoted abortion on a global scale.

    Oh, and most of his senior staff was served with subpoenas.

    I can hardly wait for week two.

    directorblue . blogspot . com /2009/01/and-evening-and-morning-were-fifth-day.html

  2. admin…. LOL!!

    I always like to feel better, especially would like to get rid of this cold….can you do anything about that??? LOL!!

  3. Jesus, I know Bush was bad but if I have to listen to Obama give speeches like that for 4 years, i might just have to keep replacing tvs after my foot goes through them.

    The new drinking game is a shot for every Ummm. You’ll be piss drunk in a minute flat.

  4. Oh and new memo to the WH, you cannot call dictating a speech and not answering questions a press conference, it just doesnt live up to the term.

    Come on Media get a spine.

  5. just reading over at BMERRY’S site RBO [ therealbarackobama.wordpress. com]

    they have all the blago interview you tubes if anyone is interested along with transcript quotes etc.

    here is the one i loved the most!!

    “And for me to just quit because some cackling politicians want to get me out of the way because there’s a whole bunch of things they don’t want known about them and conversations they may have had with me ….. would be to disgrace my children when I know I’ve done nothing wrong,”Blagojevich said in a transcript of the interview.

    Blagojevich also maintained that some of the state senators who will decide his political fate don’t want him to present defense witnesses.

    “Let me say there are some of those that are sitting in on judgment of me on Monday in the state Senate that were on telephone calls with me during that period of time” when his phones were tapped, Blagojevich said.

    HOPE BLAGO YELLS FROM THE ROOF TOPS!!
    GO BLAGO GO!!

    BLAGO SHOULD SAY ” I AM IN THE MIDST OF WRITING THE BOOK NOW”
    that would really shake em up LMAO!!

  6. Imagine Oprah as a Senator, even more useless than CK. Imagine her massive ego competing against all the other massive ego’s in the senate, it would be open warfare.

    First day in the Senate :

    Oprah : Look under under your seats senators, you all have keys to a new lexus.

    Reid : Sorry Oprah thats against the rules, however if you donate it to the govt offices that our families run, then we would be honoured.

  7. Oprah would not have done it anyway, she would have had to give up her crappy show, put her holdings in blind trusts and then we’d all get a look at who of Obama’s scummy friends she has been bankrolling for years through her taxes.

  8. Djia, you must mean SING, Blago SING.

    As for your cold removal, we recommend bedrest under a thick pink comforter, on a thick pink pillow, some pink champagne, and a madeleine with a light spread of raspberry jam.

  9. “Democrats voting against giving Obama the TARP loot were: Bayh of Indiana, Cantwell of Washington, Dorgan of North Dakota, Feingold of Wisconsin, Lincoln of Arkansas, Nelson of Nebraska, Shaheen of New Hampshire, Wyden of Oregon and Bernie Sanders the Independent who typically votes with Democrats from Vermont.”

    Bravo!!!

    And thank you Admin for discussing the race-baiting going on.

  10. http://www.politico.com/blogs/scorecard/0109/Gillibrand_creates_Senate_campaign_committee.html
    Even though she hasn’t been sworn in yet, Senator-designate Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) isn’t wasting any time in preparing for her 2010 election.

    Gillibrand informed the Federal Election Committee today that she will be closing her House campaign committee and creating a Senate fundraising committee, which allows her to begin raising money to seek a full term.

    Gillibrand will be transferring the $272,000 she has on hand into the new Senate campaign committee.

    She will be sworn into the Senate on Tuesday.

    UPDATE: And she’s already fundraising for her 2010 campaign, sending an e-mail to her supporters:

    As this is an appointment, and a special election follows in just 2 short years, I will need your help and dedication right away. I hope I can count on your most ardent support. With the right resources, I will be able to reach every family in our great state and offer my positive message of service.

    Such outreach will cost a substantial amount of money. I hope you remain, as I do, undeterred by this challenge. I hope you will join me in building a well-funded campaign.

    Please make your initial donation today to my Gillibrand for Senate campaign. Every dollar counts, from $48 to the $4,800 maximum.

  11. admin Says:
    As for your cold removal, we recommend bedrest under a thick pink comforter, on a thick pink pillow, some pink champagne, and a madeleine with a light spread of raspberry jam.

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

    LOL!

  12. # admin Says:
    January 26th, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Djia, you must mean SING, Blago SING.

    like a canary!!! lmao!

    *****
    As for your cold removal, we recommend bedrest under a thick pink comforter, on a thick pink pillow, some pink champagne, and a madeleine with a light spread of raspberry jam.

    Sounds heavenly Admin…… now to convince my dear hubby the bedroom needs to be redone[again] and it has to be in big PINK fashion LMAO!

  13. admin Says:
    January 26th, 2009 at 2:07 pm
    h…..w.
    politico.com/blogs/scorecard/0109/Gillibrand_creates_Senate_campaign_committee.html
    Even though she hasn’t been sworn in yet, Senator-designate Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) isn’t wasting any time in preparing for her 2010 election.

    Gillibrand informed the Federal Election Committee today that she will be closing her House campaign committee and creating a Senate fundraising committee, which allows her to begin raising money to seek a full term.

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

    Good. So, what about Paterson? Any place to donate to him?

  14. And for me to just quit because some cackling politicians want to get me out of the way because there’s a whole bunch of things they don’t want known about them and conversations they may have had with me ….. would be to disgrace my children when I know I’ve done nothing wrong,”Blagojevich said in a transcript of the interview
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    Remember what happened to Allen Dorfman and get it into affadavits protected by attorney work product. A better life insurance policy he could never buy. I know that sounds far out but this is Chicago after all and there is a great deal at stake for alot of people who would like to see the whole problem just go away.

  15. I can’t speak for NY politics, but anyone other than CK was a good choice. The real issue for me is when/if Obama loses in four (4) yrs, will Hillary run in 2016?

  16. If the next four years bring us the peace and prosperity everyone is hoping for and if Fitzgerald does not indict the people around him then he will get a second term with no problem. In that case people will say he promised constructive change and he delivered. Throw away the Bible we have found the Messiah–a touchable god.

    On the other hand, if we encounter bumps along the way like 15% unemployment and some of the things Joe Biden alluded to, if he cannot sustain this high wire act, if his relationship with the corrupt big media does not continue, if there is pain then people will say okay we had ourselves a black president so thats no big deal any more and if we look at the hard core metrics of his performance things aint so rosey. Then he may not run in 2012. I think that will be her opening.

    By 2016, a new generation of political leaders will have emerged. I wish I could believe otherwise but it just seems to me like a bridge too far. The world will be very different then.

  17. jbstonesfan:Hillary will not have to run.She will be drafted by the disgusted and fed up citizens of this country.Hope and change are a cheap new name for ‘Bait and Switch”

    By ABM90 She is on the roll and awesome in the rapid pace she has shown to get this mess cleaned up and once again have peace in the world.

  18. More on Blago subpoenas from Lyn Sweet.
    blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2009/01/feds_supoena_blagojevich_about_1

    Newly released subpoenas that Gov. Blagojevich fought to keep secret show federal prosecutors are looking at potential criminal wrongdoing that would go beyond charges he already faces — involving everything from state road contracts awarded to campaign donors to his wife Patti’s real estate dealings.
    The subpoenas also seek information about any contacts the governor’s administration had with two top advisers to President Obama, David Axelrod and Valerie Jarrett.
    “It’s clearly beyond matters in the criminal complaint, which was sweeping in its own right,” said Jay Stewart, executive director of the Better Government Association, whose legal fight forced Blagojevich to make the subpoenas public late Friday. “It demonstrates the feds have been looking for a long time. And, up to a relatively recent time, they’ve been gathering more information.”
    Responding to open-records requests, the governor’s office released 44 subpoenas it had been swamped with since 2005. Two have been issued since Blagojevich’s Dec. 9 arrest.
    The most recent subpoenas went to the state Capital Development Board and the Illinois Department of Transportation on Dec. 11. They sought records on “bid proposals submitted by and/or awarded to” 22 contractors, including several who have contributed large sums to the governor’s campaign fund.
    Two other subpoenas to the governor’s office came on Dec. 8, the day before the governor was arrested on corruption charges that accused him of, among other things, trying to sell an appointment to replace Obama in the U.S. Senate.
    Those subpoenas asked for records relating to Patti Blagojevich; her business, River Realty; the governor’s brother, Robert Blagojevich; the governor’s campaign fund, and 30 other people and companies, including Axelrod and Jarrett. Jarrett was alluded to in the Dec. 9 criminal complaint against the governor as a potential Senate candidate Blagojevich was considering. Axelrod did not surface in the complaint. Neither is charged with any wrongdoing.

  19. wbboei siad:
    Then he may not run in 2012. I think that will be her opening.

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

    Makes sense. Obama is out for Obama, not for doing work. He’s got his honor and would not like risking defeat. What do you think he would do instead?

    I agree about things changing too fast to predict even a few years ahead. There’s a wonderful book by Chernev, THE BRIGHT SIDE OF CHESS. Instead of trying to plan too many moves ahead, concentrate on getting your pieces into positions of power, now, so they will be ready for whatever turns up.

    I’m not sure this translates literally into getting your allies into certain offices now, because in chess the board stays firm; whereas in politics the whole cabinet may collapse at once. Or the whole party get swept out with the bathwater, as the GOP in 2008.

  20. Not sure if this was posted in the last few days, but it made me smile…lol…

    Hillary Clinton Brings Change to the State Department

    January 23, 2009 By Bonnie Erbe from usnews.com:

    Things aren’t only changing at the White House. Harper’s Magazine reports there’s a whole new tone at the State Department:

    There are great hopes for Hillary at State. I met last week with a number of career State Department employees and was surprised when one said she was looking forward to the “Glinda Party” next week. I asked her: If Hillary was Glinda, the Good Witch of the South from the Wizard of Oz, did that make Condoleezza Rice the Wicked Witch of the West?

    “You’re on to it,” she said.

    Another person pointed out to me that after Rice’s arrival in 2005 the tone of official State Department publications changed; they began to praise and glorify Rice. “No prior secretary,” said the 20-year veteran, “did anything like this.”

    Funny that Condoleezza Rice was as widely disliked by careerists at State as one might have guessed she was. Does the name “Imelda Marcos” ring a bell? Working for Rice as a career government worker must have been tantamount to serving the Philippine shoe queen.

    When Hillary Clinton delivered her opening speech to State employees as the incoming secretary, she said, “This is a team.” That must have been soothing to hear after years of divisive politicization at State.

    Link to follow.

  21. :OOPS:
    Forgot to say Awesome article, Admin! Reading this site is an education in real politics!
    About Blago, I’m seriously beginning to think this has been a huge set-up against him from the start. The way he’s fighting back reminds me of those men who have been wrongly convicted of rape but decades later, when DNA evidence becomes available, are proven innocent.

    Some of the comments on the Lyn Sweet post hint at this. The posters have the inside track and a ringside seat just like us new Yorkers have had a daily play-by-play of Paterson.
    Here’s a sample of the comments about Blago. What do you think?

    “Sounds like Fitzgerald has been after Blago in a witch-hunt for years. This seems like blatant harassment and an effort to drive the man out of office, by any means necessary. Fitzgerald didn’t want to have Blago to have the benefit of the Governor’s position and state funds to defend himself, so he held that grandstanding press conference to set of a mass media publicity lynching of Blago. Looks like Fitzgerald is getting the lynching he wanted.

  22. basil9,

    Isn’t it absolutely mindboggling how many lunatics are connected to obama?

    Definitely something for the record books!

  23. January 23, 2009 By Bonnie Erbe from usnews.com:
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    Bonnie is an excellent journalist.

  24. Jan H,

    I’m rooting for Blago. They’re trying to make him the fall guy and he ain’t having none of it! I don’t blame him. I’m sure he’s guilty of something, most politicians are, sad to say, but I don’t believe the allegations and I think the Illinois Senate has been strong-armed into impeaching him.

    After all, the Lieutenant Governor, Pat Quinn, is a Kennedy devotee and I’ve read that Patrick (?) Kennedy wants the seat.

  25. Clinton hater extroadinaire Maureen Dowd, with yet another article blaming, among others, Bill for CK’s not getting appointment.

  26. basil,

    LOL…I’m not sure what to think of the guy. I guess I’ll take a wait and see attitude. So far though, he has seemed a bit strange to me.

  27. Clinton hater extroadinaire Maureen Dowd, with yet another article blaming, among others, Bill for CK’s not getting appointment.
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    Dowd is a paranoid schitzophrenic.

  28. Dowd needs some heavy duty psychotropic medication
    _____________________________
    Used to be Modo would lunge at passersby with a knife–for no discenable reason. So they put her in therapy.

    They took away the knife and gave her a pen. There was a picture of Bill Clinton on the wall. For some reason her demented brain focused on that.

    Whereupon, she wielded the pen like a knife to the alarm of all concerned. Coincidentally, her mental condition deteriorted further.

    Now of course none of this is proveable. But neither are the inuendo and lies that modo prints in her collumns. They are the maunderings of a sick mind.

  29. BTW,

    Speaking about the ‘maunderings of a sick mind.’

    How about pooplosi’s comments today that birth control will help the economy ‘coz with fewer people being born the government’s health and welfare bills will decrease.

    Too bad someone didn’t come up with that plan about 60 years ago before pooplosi burst onto the planet. 👿

  30. # basil9 Says:
    January 26th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    I’m rooting for Blago. They’re trying to make him the fall guy and he ain’t having none of it! I don’t blame him. I’m sure he’s guilty of something, most politicians are, sad to say, but I don’t believe the allegations and I think the Illinois Senate has been strong-armed into impeaching him.

    basil, the FBI wiretapped him. He was heard pretty much selling the Senate seat to the highest bidder. If a governor shouldn’t be impeached for abusing his power, then when should impeachment be utilized?

    As Hillary supporters, what do we gain by making excuses for this crooked Chicago politician? What I hope will come out of all of this is the indictment of high-ranking officials from the Obama Admin, namely, Rahm Emanuel.

  31. Bloody Monday: Over 68,000 jobs lost
    Six companies announce massive job cuts in a scary start to the week.
    http: / / money.cnn.com/2009/01/26/news/economy/job_cuts/index.htm

    And it’s just the beginning…I wonder if Obama will last four years. He has no psychological stamina…How many vacations did he take during the campaign because of the hard work and stress?

  32. ‘basil, the FBI wiretapped him. He was heard pretty much selling the Senate seat to the highest bidder.’

    yes Filbert, I know that. What I’m saying is that his crimes probably don’t hold a candle to anything BO and Axelrod did. I want Blago to keep talking and uncovering the corruption in BO’s past. If it doesn’t come out now, in the senate impeachment, I expect to hear about it during the criminal trial assuming he manages to stay alive.

    So, in that snes, i am rooting for Blago and I’m sure he wasn’t the only one talking about ‘selling’ a senate seat. i’m pretty sure BHO, Emanuel, Jarrett, Jackson, Axelrod etc. knew exactly what was going on.
    So I say go, Blago go and bring them all down with you.

  33. ‘How many vacations did he take during the campaign because of the hard work and stress?’

    i was thinking the same thing, today.

    BTW, my accidental Gov Patterson is heading off to Switzerland this week. Guess he wants a break from caroline-gate.

  34. This sounds interesting.

    “The Obama Deception,” a film by Alex Jones available on DVD in March.

    I would post the link but the spam filter won’t let it through.

  35. basil,

    I’m not disputing that others are higher on the unethical scale than Blago. I just refuse to be numbed to the point that I actually think he is a good guy. He’s done his share of corrupt actions and needs to account for them.

    I live in hope that Obama et al will also be held accountable at some point.

  36. It’s only the likes of Hillary that don’t need vacation after vacation. I’m waiting for Obama to call in sick for a hangnail.

  37. Well, I don’t think he’s a good guy but I sure like his fighting spirit and I’m thrilled he’s giving Bo-land a bad case of heartburn.

  38. admin Says:

    January 26th, 2009 at 2:01 pm
    Djia, you must mean SING, Blago SING.
    &&&&

    Maybe he’s one of those people with an annoying speaking voice, but a rich deep baritone when he sings.

    “Now playing in downtown Chicago: The tune-astic stylings of Rodney Blagojevich. With his rendition of Jailhouse Rock”.

  39. Hey, I can post again so let me write this quick.

    Here’s an interesting film due out on DVD in March about you-know-who called The you-know-who Deception.

    can’t post link but do a search for details.

  40. Here’s the blurb.

    ‘Alex Jones The Obama Deception will be the first hard-hitting film to expose Obama, his agenda & handlers cutting through all the media hype, side-issues and Left/Right rhetoric. Alex has made several films exposing the Bush agenda and will approach the Obama Administrations plans from the same non-partisan point of view looking past the frontman in the White House to the real owners on Wall Street, in the Bilderberg group and at the Federal Reserve.’

  41. wbboei Says:

    January 26th, 2009 at 4:05 pm
    Clinton hater extroadinaire Maureen Dowd, with yet another article blaming, among others, Bill for CK’s not getting appointment.
    &&&&&

    I read Dowd’s piece from 1/25. I have no idea why she is so adamant that CK was THE RIGHT CHOICE for Jr. Senator to replace Hillary. Well, Dowd actually wrote this feeble excuse:

    &&&&&&&&
    “Then the Democrats would have had another Kennedy in the Senate representing New York — Bobby’s niece and a smart, policy-oriented, civic-minded woman to whom the president feels deeply indebted in an era when every state has its hand out.

    Instead they have Gillibrand, who voted against the Wall Street — as in New York — bailout bill. And who introduced a bill to balance the federal budget annually, which suggests she would oppose the $825 billion in deficit spending that President Obama proposes to rescue the country, not least New York.

    Paterson’s five weeks of dithering let the jealous vindictiveness of the Clintons and friends — still fuming over Caroline’s endorsement of Obama and Teddy’s blocking Hillary from a leading health care role in the Senate — poison the air. With his usual sense of entitlement and aggrievement, Bill Clinton of Arkansas did not want Caroline Kennedy of New York to have the seat that Hillary Clinton of Illinois held.
    &&&&

    So apparently, the only “skill” CK brings to the table is that Obama is deeply indebted to her, for I guess her make or break endorsement. I suppose Dowd may be implying that without CK, Obama would have lost? Come on, the conspiracy was much larger than a couple of Kennedy’s here and there. She was just following the tide, and waiting for her hand out as repayment. And she got one kinda okay favor, being one of the three in the Veep selection committee.

    What about all those other qualified New York politicians, who have run for office, who actually live in NY State?

    Modo, you a fool. And you’re not even funny/witty any more.

    Modo: “Hmmmm, let’s go back to my snarky columns from the late 90’s, keep the nasty Hillary and Bill references, change President from “Bill” to “Barack”, and swap in a few topical references. There. I’m done. In under an hour. Plenty of time for cocktails. Woohoo”.

  42. Dowd is so flat on her back for Obama she’s giving the whore of Babylon a run for her money.

    She really needs to have her journalistic licence revoked because as far as I can see, journnalism is something she has’nt written in years.

    Maybe if she used her hands to type a proper piece she could relax them from jerking Obama off.

  43. moon, at first I thought, MO might say, “Back off, woman, he my man”.

    But I think she’d say: “I glad that she-b#tch is taking care of that. The Queen should not have to do a concubine’s job”.

  44. Where’s Dowd’s outrage about this?

    From the Weekly Standard.
    Barack Obama’s administration may be promising the “greatest ethical standard ever administered to an executive branch,” and increased transparency over his predecessor, but it seems to be forgoing at least one transparency practice that was routine in the Bush White House— transcripts of the daily press briefing.
    *******************************
    It’s been four days since Press Secretary Robert Gibbs’ first (and widely panned) appearance before the White House press corps, but no transcript, summary, or video of the event has shown up on WhiteHouse.gov.
    In contrast, the Bush White House provided a transcript of every daily briefing, searchable and accessible in its own section on their web site. The archive, available via the Wayback Machine.
    ***************************************The decision to withhold transcripts is not a departure from the Obama Team’s online posture during the campaign, and signals that’s exactly the posture they intend to take for the next four years. Team Obama got a lot of credit for being an active online presence, which indeed it was, but that presence was built for message control, not openness.
    Of the 1,800 YouTube videos at Obama’s channel……most are vehicles for Obama’s speeches and commercials, not questions or debate.
    ****************************************************
    WhiteHouse.gov looks like it will have a similar philosophy. The “briefing room,” which ironically has no information on White House briefings, offers Obama’s “Weekly Video Address,” photo slideshows, text of executive orders, and press releases on nominees, and a blog updated only with Obama statements and official proclamations.

  45. rgb44hrc Says:
    January 26th, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    moon, at first I thought, MO might say, “Back off, woman, he my man”.

    But I think she’d say: “I glad that she-b#tch is taking care of that. The Queen should not have to do a concubine’s job”.

    …………………………………

    rgb from what we know a few “queens” have been taking care of Obama for years. Sorry it was just too obvious to miss. I tried to hold back but no, it just flew out my mouth.

  46. So Geithner is confirmed…..

    The irony in this is the man who is now responsible for chasing up taxes from you doesnt pay them himself, Change you can believe in.

  47. So Geithner is confirmed…..

    ———————-

    no worries, moon. Obama’s lip service to new ethical reforms just got it’s second dent. It’s amazing how he can doubletalk himself into anything and make it seem okay.

    This may just end up being the most corrupt president yet. Wonder how long and how many impeachment proceedings we will get…

  48. basil9 Says:
    How about pooplosi’s comments today that birth control will help the economy ‘coz with fewer people being born the government’s health and welfare bills will decrease

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

    Haven’t read the original but imo it’s a good idea. Think of it on a small scale: Here’s a family that sees trouble ahead so they decide to postpone having a baby till their own budget is more secure. But they need some help with birth control.

    Good idea, large or small scale.

  49. Moonpluto,
    I am far more afraid of what’s going to happen in this country now than I ever was with GWB despite his color-coded terror-alert warnings.
    I fear BO is intent on destroying the country. From agreeing to talk with Iran, to cutting military spending (he hasn’t done that yet but I expect it will come) to starting the mandated 3-month ‘service for young people, his policies are chilling.
    Now he confirms a a tax-cheat to oversee US tax policy, probably so he can get more control over the money.
    When I taught in the urban public schools I NEVER went into work when i was sick. Any sign of weakness by the teacher invited chaos and violence.
    The classroom is a miniature model of world society (IMHO). Showing weakness, whether in a classroom or on the world stage invites aggression. It’s human nature. We all know that.

  50. MoDo has shit for brains. She has the nerve to say Bill Clinton acts like he’s entitled when entitlement was the whole underpinning of CK’s pursuit of that seat? And if CK’s so wonderfully qualified, let her run for the seat like Hillary did.

  51. Dowd:

    Paterson’s five weeks of dithering let the jealous vindictiveness of the Clintons and friends — still fuming over Caroline’s endorsement of Obama and Teddy’s blocking Hillary from a leading health care role in the Senate — poison the air.

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

    Hey, that’s us! In the NY Times! “Bill Clinton’s friends”. That’s us! Yay us!

  52. Basil our joke about “The USSA, The United Soviet States of America” isnt too far out it would seem.

  53. basil9 Says:

    January 26th, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    ———————

    My God! I couldn’t get through twenty seconds listening to the fraud and looking at his criminal face.

  54. # moononpluto Says:
    January 26th, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    So Geithner is confirmed…..

    The irony in this is the man who is now responsible for chasing up taxes from you doesnt pay them himself, Change you can believe in.

    So disappointed in the Senate. I don’t expect much from the Obama Admin, but for the Senate to keep kowtowing to the executive branch is depressing.

    The rationale for the quick confirmation was because “Obama and others supporting Geithner’s nomination said the nation couldn’t afford to wait for Obama to search for another nominee to run the Treasury Department.” Really?

    Sort of reminds me of how Bush rushed us to war with his mushroom clouds dire prediction. If Geithner isn’t confirmed, America should expect a depression to hit harder and sooner. That’s the ultimatum I’m hearing.

  55. Interview with Bernard Goldberg about his book on the media’s embarrassing pro-Obama bias. Says it cost Hillary the nomination and the presidency.

    /townhall.com/columnists/BillSteigerwald/2009/01/26/liberals_in_love_-_interview_with_bernard_goldberg

  56. This is interesting, if only for the overall tone and the sites mentioned:

    Blog of the #1 News Site
    The Yahoo! Newsroom
    We’re watching you, Mr. President

    Mon Jan 26, 3:47 pm ET

    If life were a Disney movie and the White House and Congress were inhabited by Pinocchios, it’s entirely possible that many noses would be dragging on the ground by now.

    In this cynical day and age, it’s hard to blame voters who believe that when politicians make promises, they’re making them with their fingers crossed. And despite the incredible wave of goodwill that President Obama is riding in his first days, the pundits already have their scorecards out. Here’s a roundup of the folks who have their eye on the president:

    – The St. Petersburg Times launched “The Obameter: Tracking Obama’s Campaign Promises,” part of the paper’s PolitiFact project, which promises to “help you find the truth in American politics.” The Obamater keeps track of Obama’s progress on more than 500 promises he made during his campaign.

    – Reporters at the National Journal are keeping score with “The Promise Audit,” which breaks down the president’s promises in more than 20 categories, complete with the date and location of each promise Obama made.

    – The New York Times dissects 17 of Obama’s proposals, both domestic and international, with a Magic 8-Ball-esque “outlook” that assesses the viability of each his promises.

    As inauguration day approached, pundits and even Obama himself acknowledged that he would have to back down from some of his campaign promises. The New York Times characterized Obama’s step back from his pledge to end the war in Iraq as “reality” intruding:

    But as he moves closer to the White House, President-elect Obama is making clearer than ever that tens of thousands of American troops will be left behind in Iraq, even if he can make good on his campaign promise to pull all combat forces out within 16 months.

    In an interview with ABC just a week before he was inaugurated, Obama conceded that some things just might not get done due to the gloomy economy:

    “I want to be realistic here — not everything that we talked about during the campaign are we going to be able to do on the pace that we had hoped.”

    Mount Holyoke history professor Joseph Ellis explains that politicians going all the way back to Thomas Jefferson have gone back on their campaign promises, but has a two-pronged theory about why they do it, and how it may be unavoidable. From the L.A. Times:

    “First, campaigns are inherently exercises in propaganda and posturing, the posing of melodramatic choices usually defined by candidates’ contorted exercises against stereotypical versions of the opposition…Second, the world has a way of generating unforeseen predicaments that require unrehearsed choices.”

    The global economic recession definitely fits the bill as an “unforeseen predicament” that will “require unrehearsed choices.” The sheer enormity of the crisis may force Obama to put some of his promises on hold, perhaps indefinitely.

    With tens of thousand of jobs lost just today, and doubts that the stimulus will even work, Americans may be willing to give Obama a pass on his campaign promise to “change standards for determining broadband access.” (promise No. 27 on the Obameter).

    But make no mistake: The people are watching, Mr. President.

  57. Paula Says:

    January 26th, 2009 at 6:57 pm
    ————————————————————

    We knew that.

  58. Geithner Vote was 60 Yea 34 Ney, actually pretty humiliating for Obama, practically no republican support unlike Hillary’s 96 to 2 vote, lol.

  59. The one thing I can truly say is this, what the media giveth, the media can take away, seriously, now they got what they wanted getting him up there, they are going to have great fun taking him back down again.

    The msm can turn on you in a second.

  60. NYT:

    By SHARON OTTERMAN

    Published: January 25, 2009

    Two days before she will be sworn in as New York’s junior senator, a smiling Kirsten E. Gillibrand said Sunday that she planned to “hit the ground running.”
    You will see me everywhere in the state. You will see me wherever you want to see me.”

    Ms. Gillibrand spoke to reporters after finishing a congratulatory lunch at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York with the newly minted Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Charles E. Schumer, the state’s senior senator, and New York Governor David A. Paterson, who appointed Ms. Gillibrand on Friday to fill Ms. Clinton’s vacated senate seat.

    Ms. Gillibrand said that the four discussed foreign policy and how to best stimulate the flagging economy, and Ms. Clinton had offered her some practical advice on how to be an effective senator. The governor joined Ms. Gillibrand at the news conference that followed, but Ms. Clinton and Mr. Schumer did not appear.

    “The senator knows that she has very big shoes to fill,” Governor Paterson said, adding that while the state would miss Ms. Clinton, “we will be in a position where we are well served, because Ms. Gillibrand, as a congresswoman, has been outstanding.”

    Mr. Paterson hand-delivered the paperwork for Ms. Gillibrand to become senator to the Secretary of Senate in Washington on Sunday afternoon, said Marissa Shorenstein, a spokeswoman for the governor. Her actual swearing in, however, won’t take place until Tuesday, an aide to the Congresswoman said.

    At the news conference, Ms. Gillibrand defended her pro-gun legislative stance, saying that she “very much believes in protecting hunter’s rights” and that the pastime is part of “heritage and culture” of New York state.

    But she also said that now that she represented the entire state, urban gun control issues would become part of her advocacy work.

    “There’s a lot of concerns in many of our city communities about gun violence, about keeping our children safe and keeping guns out of the hands of criminals,” she said. “Those are concerns I share.”

    One of her immediate priorities, she said, is making sure the state benefited from President Obama’s $825 billion stimulus plan that is due to come before Congress this week.

    With Ms. Clinton and Mr. Schumer, Ms. Gillibrand said she discussed the possibility of creating a high-speed rail line that would run north up the New York State Thruway corridor, cross the state to Buffalo, then head back south, forming a triangle that would allow more jobs to move to the state’s northern regions.

    While much of the high-speed rail plan would not be “shovel ready” within a few months’ time —a requirement to be considered under the Obama stimulus bill, she said — “there are some things we can do.”

    The bulk of Ms. Clinton’s advice to her, she said, was about how to organize her office to best serve the many requests that come from constituents across the state. She said she would follow Ms. Clinton’s example so that she could “hit the ground running.”

    On Saturday, Ms. Gillibrand went to Harlem and southeast Queens, meeting with black leaders and seeking to win over a constituency that might have been skeptical of an upstate congresswoman whose district is 2.7 percent black. Her down-to-earth style seemed to make a good impression on those she met face to face.

    Mr. Paterson also broadly addressed the ongoing speculation over why Caroline Kennedy had withdrawn her name from contention for the Senate seat, but he did not say whether she would have been his choice had she remained in the running.

    “She had gotten no signal from me that she had to withdraw, and no signal from me that she wouldn’t be selected,” he said. “The reality is that she is a great New Yorker, a great friend of mine, and there was nothing that would have prohibited her from serving.”

    Joel Stonington contributed reporting.

    link to follow.

  61. Why can’t Doodoo just relish in her blow jobbing of Barky. She should be happy but instead she has to carry on her vendetta.

    Bill Clinton must have brushed off her advances at some time in the past and Hill probably told her to get lost bitch.

    She makes me wanna break tables

  62. moononpluto Says:
    January 26th, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    Basil our joke about “The USSA, The United Soviet States of America” isnt too far out it would seem.
    *************
    That is going to be a legacy of the Bush/Cheney years…”Privatize” the profits and “Socialize” the debt. Bank and hedge fund managers are making up to $1.5 billion dollars a year while racking up$2.7 trillion in bad loans..that the tax payers are gong to eat. In China managers who screw up that badly, become organ donars.

  63. Susan Rice made head lines for about 4 hours today by giving a little presser saying the U.S. was going to initiate “direct diplomacy” with Iran.
    ———————————————

    This is what she got for her trouble:

    January 26, 2009
    Gibbs: Rice stated previous policy on Iran
    The Associated Press

    President Barack Obama’s top spokesman says the administration’s new U.N. ambassador was restating Obama’s policy on Iran when she said the United States plans “direct diplomacy” with Tehran.

    Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was asked at a news briefing about comments that Ambassador Susan Rice made earlier Monday in New York. Gibbs told reporters at the White House he believes what Rice did “was simply to restate the message” that the administration is “going to use all elements of our national power” to address concerns about Iran’s nuclear program.
    ———————————————-

    Smackdown and touche’ Ms. Ambassador.

  64. Susan rice and her greasy hair can go to hell, she slated Hillary very badly and frankly Susan Rice has no business in the UN.

  65. The more I read about Susan’s little back office power move this morning, the more I am convinced she is supposed to raise her little hand and ask, “Hillary (or Bambi), please may I?”

  66. Sorry, JanH, here’s the link without the slash in front:

    townhall.com/columnists/BillSteigerwald/2009/01/26/liberals_in_love_-_interview_with_bernard_goldberg

    BTW, 34 no votes for a Treasury secretary is pretty embarrassing indeed.

  67. filbertsf Says:
    January 26th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    […]

    If a governor shouldn’t be impeached for abusing his power, then when should impeachment be utilized?
    ——————————————–
    filbertsf

    Impeach him only when he raises his right fore finger, points it at the camera and says “…I never……………………..with that woman,
    nor did I ever, ever offer Bambi’s Senate seat
    to her or anyone else important.”

  68. Monday, January 26, 2009

    Conyers subpoenas Rove, again

    Democrat John Conyers of Michigan, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, today subpoenaed former White House aide Karl Rove to testify a week from today before the committee.

    It’s the second time Conyers has tried to get Rove to appear in connection with what he calls the politicization of the Justice Department during the Bush administration, including the firing of U.S. attorneys and the prosecution of former Alabama governor Don Siegelman.

    Conyers said in a press release that while the Bush administration said Rove had immunity, President Obama disagreed with that claim. “Change has come to Washington, and I hope Karl Rove is ready for it. After two years of stonewalling, it’s time for him to talk,” Conyers said.

    It’s unclear if Rove will be compelled to appear next week. Eric Holder, Obama’s choice for attorney general, has not yet been confirmed. And Obama has said he wants to look forward, not backward.

    http://blogs.usatoday.com/onpolitics/

  69. Anyone else hear that BO did his first formal TV interview as president with Al-Aribiya press????

    The talk shows are all over this.

    WTF does that say about his loyalties, his interests?
    He’s also signed more executive orders in his first week than any other prez.

    You’d think his first official TV interview would be with the US!

  70. The next time Rice takes it upon herself to set a new direction in US policy contrary to the wishes of the Administation and Congress she should be canned. For this monumental breach she should be on placed on probation. She is not a team player, has no sense of the chain of command and has terrible judgment. She is dealing with problems that are way over her pointy little head and making Obamas team look to allies around the world that the gang that cannot shoot straight. The admistration must speak with one voice and it aint hers. If I were a member of the Israeli cabinet and her this I would be deeply concerned. I am not kidding you, she needs to be put on probation. The stakes are too high for this kind of egomania and incompetence. This is not the way for the US to resume its leadership position in the world.

  71. I am telling you Rice is a loose cannon on the gundeck. Very dangerous to have around in these troubled times.

  72. wbboei,

    I think she is just one of a few loose cannons that obama should be worried about. The woman just doesn’t have any commonsense at all.

  73. I think she is just one of a few loose cannons that obama should be worried about. The woman just doesn’t have any commonsense at all.
    ———————————-
    Correct Jan. This is what happens when you give power to a bot. It is madness.

  74. rgb44hrc Says:

    January 26th, 2009 at 5:40 pm
    admin Says:

    January 26th, 2009 at 2:01 pm
    Djia, you must mean SING, Blago SING.
    &&&&

    Maybe he’s one of those people with an annoying speaking voice, but a rich deep baritone when he sings.

    “Now playing in downtown Chicago: The tune-astic stylings of Rodney Blagojevich. With his rendition of Jailhouse Rock”.

    * * * * * ****
    Greetings from Byzantia, Hillfriends. First a bit of Chicago/Serbian trivia: “Rod” Blagojevich isn’t “Rodney,” he’s “Milorad.”

    And, we sure do hope he SINGS! As RGB and many have noted here, Blago is a rabid Elvis fan. So, before he starts in on Jailhouse Rock, he’ll do a number for the Illinois legislature, “A Little Less Conversation” while drumming up more sympathy at the talk shows with, “In the Ghetto.” Pat Fitzerald will be treated to “Suspicious Minds” followed by “Love Me Tender.” For his pal BHO: “You Ain’t Nothin’ but a Hound Dog.”

  75. hey Im curious anyone here good with iPhone? Just wondered if anyone is good at downloading applications… reason I’m asking is because all I see is Obama, Obama, and Obama…. I want to see if we can get to add more applications for Hillary our true 44th president even while serving as the secretary of state….. ideas/suggestions?

  76. Paula, I thought it might be apporpriate to post some of the more salient segments of that interview with Goldberg insofar as it shows how mawkish they are, how they did in our girl and how in a real crisis nobody will listen to them. Matthews is the mascot of big media and they can be very proud of the traitors to the country which they have become:
    ———————————–
    I mean, Chris Matthews saying he had “a thrill running up his leg” when he heard Barack Obama speak. And Matthews said “You’re not an American if you don’t cry when you hear Obama speak.”

    This isn’t political commentary. This is a man crush. This is embarrassing. He is by far the most embarrassing commentator on television. I want to make it clear — commentators are allowed to comment. I get that. But the commentary has to have a semblance of intelligence to it, and Chris Matthews has become the single biggest embarrassment in all of the media in terms of this campaign coverage.

    Q: So is he the most egregious example –

    A: Let me give you two. Chris Matthews is the most egregious example of media slobbering I have ever seen…. Chris Matthews is an embarrassment of the first order. But I’ll tell you something else — and this is the single most embarrassing sentence I have ever seen in the Washington Post. This is a story on Christmas morning, Page 1, Washington Post, about Barack Obama’s exercise regimen. I’m going to read you the line and I don’t blame you if you think I am making it up. I swear to God I’m not: “The sun glinted off chiseled pectorals sculpted during four weight-lifting sessions each week and a body toned by regular treadmill runs and basketball games.”

    Let me tell you something. If there has been a more embarrassing sentence ever published in the Washington Post, please, somebody tell me what it is. You’d read something like this in a romance novel with Fabio on the cover. This is the kind of slobbering I’m talking about. This is not the same old, same old. They jumped the shark this time. They really took sides and they didn’t care who knew it. That’s different from anything that happened in the past.

    Q: You already knew the way the media tilts, so were you just waiting for this to happen or did it shock even you?

    A: That’s a very interesting question. It’s the latter. I figured it was going to be the same old thing. Of course they were going to root for the Democrat. They always root for the Democrat, the more liberal the better. That I expected. And believe me, I wasn’t going to sit down and write a book about that. But the more I looked at it, the more I watched, I said, “I can’t actually be seeing what I am seeing. I can’t believe I’m reading what I’m reading.” What pushed me over the edge in terms of wanting to write a book about it was the incredible lack of concern for what anybody thought. Even Howard Kurtz in today’s Washington Post said it’s not just conservatives who think the media rolled over for Barack Obama — and they better change.

    Q: Hillary Clinton has to be pretty annoyed at the media.

    A: She’s the biggest single loser in all of this. If the media had done its job early on, Hillary Clinton would have been the nominee for president of the United States and probably elected president of the United States.

    Q: What are you trying to prove and who are you trying to persuade with this book?

    A: Because I am a journalist, I want to document things that I think are important. And since the only group mentioned in the Constitution with constitutional protections that is a real business is the press, the media. I think they are worth taking a look at. It’s not what I am trying to prove; it’s that as a reporter, as a journalist, I like to write about things that I think are important. And I think how the media behaves in a free society is very important. It’s not enough to simply have a free press; you have to have a fair press. That’s what I am trying to document.

    Q: What you said is absolutely true – I’ve seen it: even if journalists recognize it, they don’t care.

    A: They don’t care because the press is also liberal like they are. But what they don’t understand — because they haven’t even thought about this for a second — is that the only institution in America that has constitutional protections is the media; but that is for only one reason – to keep an eye on a very powerful government.

    Well, if nobody trusts the media anymore – and one poll indicated that 90 percent of Republicans thought that the press wanted Obama to win and 62 percent of Democrats and independents thought the very same thing – what’s going to happen when they sound a real alarm for a real crisis? …

    That’s the danger that these idiots put us into this time around, with what went way beyond bias and was actually media activism…. We’re not going to listen to them when they bark the next time. They’re the watchdogs? When the watchdogs bark, nobody’s going to be paying attention.

  77. I think Golberg is an optimist. This generation of big media stars have a fatal and incurable disease. There is no cure for this except termination.

    They are direct threat to the future of our country and our ability to respond in a sensible way to a crisis. They are rumormongers, witchhunters and liars of the worst order.

    No wonder nobody trusts them.

    But that is all the more reason why we must develop a reliable source of information because people still need to know the truth. People still need information but not this . . .

    I laugh aloud at the notion that these bastards will see the error of their ways and become journalists.

    Does a cat bark?

  78. CK would be a good ambassador in the way that Shirley Temple was. She is a name globally and a country will feel honored to have a ‘name’ as their ambassador. I have no objection to that — she would be an improvement over a rich old man who gave money to the campaign and gets Brazil or Denmark as their reward. Remember Perle Mesta?

    The press is filled with self-aggrandizing opportunists who are willing to risk our curtailment of their liberties. It would be cutting off our noses to do that but richly deserved.

  79. wbboei: Good morning.In my humble opinion,If you are not Admin you could be.Your knowledge of insider politics and how and why it happens ,is amazing and icontinue to read absorb and enjoy this late in life education you offer in your comments.You are the glue that keeps us all involved.Emjay you also inspire and stoke the fire of love for country and our Hillary the new SoS..THere are so many others to thank for the huge success of our group in our fight to restore honesty,justice and honor to our great country that is reeling in a sea of hate,fraud,greed,and averice that our political system has become.Thank you all my friends.

    BY ABM90 state.gov is a must to get the truth on the new career of our girl.The e-mails are complete and a fresh and honest flow of info on her hard work and current activities.

  80. I find this chilling.
    In BHO’s first formal TV interview, NOT with the US but with Al-Aribiya, he stressed his Muslim heritage . . . “in this interview, Obama mentioned that many members of his famiy are Muslims and that he spent part of his youth in Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim country.”

    We weren’t permitted to even hint at that during the primaries and the (s)election. Nor were we permitted to say his middle name, Hussein.

    This is disturbing.

  81. admin, what on earth are you talking about? There isn’t anything remotely liberal about Obama’s policies so far. Corporate, or “centrist” Dem’s must be tickled pink by Obama thus far. I hope Gillibrand will outflank him on the left not the right. On domestic issues, I can’t see how he could be further right without being a republican.

  82. he stressed his Muslim heritage . . . “in this interview, Obama mentioned that many members of his famiy are Muslims and that he spent part of his youth in Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim country.”
    —————-

    basil, the media whores will rationalize it to say he hid it to win and his minions will buy it. But we know he is a coward and lacks political courage and convictions.

    This kind of duplicity should strengthen Nobama coalition. But without the media talking about it, how many will even know this happened?

  83. Good Morning all

    His first interview with the British Press, the second with Al-Aribiya, and the American press only given a courtesy visit with no questions allowed.

    I guess you reap what you sow. How long before someone in the Press goes after him. Or does he know that the American Press never will.

  84. news.aol.com/main/obama-presidency/article/obama-interview-arab-tv/318769

    H stuff no w.

    This was posted at AOL two hours ago. I guess some of the press is taking notice.

  85. CALL CONGRESS re Family Planning vote Tues

    Officials: Family planning money may be dropped
    WASHINGTON – House Democrats are likely to jettison family planning funds for the low-income from an $825 billion economic stimulus bill, officials said late Monday, following a personal appeal from President Barack Obama at a time the administration is courting Republican critics of the legislation.

    Several officials said a final decision was expected on Tuesday [….]

    Several Democrats said Monday night that Obama had spoken personally with Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., about removing the provision. Waxman is chairman of the committee with jurisdiction over Medicaid and a close ally of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

    Waxman’s contacts:
    h……w
    henrywaxman.house.gov/contact.htm
    (202) 225-3976 (phone)
    (202) 225-4099 (fax)

    (323) 651-1040 (phone)
    (818) 878-7400 (phone)
    (310) 652-3095 (phone)
    (323) 655-0502 (fax)

  86. I don’t feel at all bad for the American press. They deserve all the put downs they get.

    However, obama should be very careful when it comes to throwing them under the tracks. Ths could come back to bite him. Then again, given the subliminal brainwashing that has taken them over, they just might jump as high as he asks every time he throws a crumb their way.

    The House of Judas is getting bigger and bigger.

  87. I wonder how NOW feels about this. After all one would think when they endoresed O, the interest of women, especially poor women would be protected. So what is the objective of NOW.

  88. What is his purpose for removing funding for family family for low income people? Catering to the right? Very short sighted, since the long term costs of poor family planning are enormous.

  89. NewMexicoFan Says:

    January 27th, 2009 at 10:37 am
    I wonder how NOW feels about this. After all one would think when they endoresed O, the interest of women, especially poor women would be protected. So what is the objective of NOW.

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

    I wonder, what PP, Naral, and NOW think about this? Any noise from them?????

  90. Clinton names US climate change envoy

    Tuesday, 27 January , 2009, 09:17

    Washington: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced a new climate change envoy on Monday as part of a bolstered US presence on the international stage to address global warming.

    Todd Stern will become the country’s chief climate negotiator with the international community, which is hoping to agree to a new climate treaty by the end of this year. Stern will also be involved in domestic US efforts to reduce pollution.

    Clinton said Stern would “vigorously pursue negotiations” with the world’s other major polluters to reach a deal that will cut emissions of greenhouse gases considered the chief cause of global warming.

    “We have no shortage of evidence that our world is facing a climate crisis,” Clinton said. “No solution is possible without all major emitting nations joining together and playing an important part.”

    Stern served as a senior advisor to former president Bill Clinton and led the US delegation to the Kyoto talks in 1997, which established the first ever global climate treaty. World leaders have set a deadline of December to work out a successor to the Kyoto Protocol, which the US never joined.

    Obama earlier said the US was prepared to take a new leading role in confronting the threat of climate change and using renewable energy to help wean the country off its dependence on foreign oil.

    “We will make it clear to the world that America is ready to lead,” Obama said at the White House.

    Link to follow.

  91. New York Times:

    January 26, 2009, 5:09 pm

    At the C.I.A., a Wait to Meet the New Boss
    By Mark Mazzetti

    With President Obama’s national security team nearly all in place, there is one high-level appointee who could still be weeks away from walking into his new office: Leon E. Panetta, the White House choice to become director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

    The Senate Intelligence Committee has postponed Mr. Panetta’s confirmation hearing, originally scheduled for Tuesday, because Mr. Panetta had yet to provide the necessary paperwork, including answers to specific questions about policies he will implement at the C.I.A.

    Mr. Obama only selected Mr. Panetta to lead the C.I.A. in early January, and administration officials said the delay was simply a matter of needing more than a couple of weeks to finish the questionnaire and for the Federal Bureau of Investigation to complete a background check for Mr. Panetta’s security clearance.

    “This is very much on track,” said one Obama administration official.

    The hearings are now scheduled for next week, and it could be mid-February before Mr. Panetta takes over at C.I.A. headquarters, in Langley, Va. Until then, the departing C.I.A. director, Michael V. Hayden, will stay on as the chief.

    Mr. Panetta is expected to be easily confirmed, and he will arrive at Langley after Mr. Obama had ordered the C.I.A. to close down its overseas prisons and banned the harsh interrogation methods that the agency used during the Bush administration. Eric H. Holder Jr., the White House choice to become attorney general, has said that one of those methods — waterboarding, the simulated drowning technique — was torture.

    In an interview on Monday, former Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales expressed concern that Mr. Holder’s statements could have a chilling effect on America’s intelligence agencies.

    “I don’t know what Mr. Holder did or didn’t know in making that statement,” Mr. Gonzales told National Public Radio. “And I think that one needs to be careful in making a blanket pronouncement like that, if you don’t have all the information, because of the effect it may have, again, on the morale and the dedication of intelligence officials and lawyers throughout the administration.”

    Link to follow.

  92. JanH Says:
    “We will make it clear to the world that America is ready to lead,” Obama said at the White House.

    Link to follow.

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

    Everyone, I have a request. When people post an article, I wish they’d at least give some hint of what publication it appeared at. THen I’d know whether it was worth tracking down for PumaResponders or Midstream News.

    As for getting through the spam filter, cutting off the h’s and the w’s and the initial slashes and period seems to do it.

    Like, hillaryis44.org/2009/01/26/kirsten-gillibrand-and-the-emerging-nobama-coalition-part-ii/#comment-233492 would probably get through.

    (Now watch THIS get caught… )

  93. the media whores will rationalize it to say he hid it to win and his minions will buy it. But we know he is a coward and lacks political courage and convictions.

    This kind of duplicity should strengthen Nobama coalition. But without the media talking about it, how many will even know this happened?
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    pm, I wonder whether they dismiss it that easily. The point is he did not come to them but went instead to a competitor.

    Remember how Bill Plante got insensed when he gave that first interview to ABC who financed the coronation and had the audacity to imply that this might be yet another pay to play scheme by the messiah. By the same token the Arab stations are a competitor, and it is unlikely that he got bm permission to do this.

    On the other hand, perhaps he bought them off with revealing photos of himself. Frankly that is all it takes to keep our pre pubiescent Big Media happy:“The sun glinted off chiseled pectorals sculpted during four weight-lifting sessions each week and a body toned by regular treadmill runs and basketball games.”–WashPo.

  94. As for getting through the spam filter, cutting off the h’s and the w’s and the initial slashes and period seems to do it.

    Like, hillaryis44.org/2009/01/26/kirsten-gillibrand-and-the-emerging-nobama-coalition-part-ii/#comment-233492 would probably get through.

    (Now watch THIS get caught… )

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

    Okay, that got through the first time. I don’t dare smiley about it, though.

  95. jANh,

    tHANKS. I didn’t mean to single you out, yours was just a neat post to quote from.

    So was this delayed also?

    JanH Says:
    January 27th, 2009 at 11:09 am
    sify.com/news/fullstory.php?id=14844906

  96. yes it was delayed.

    the second article is from: thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/01/26/at-the-cia-a-wait-to-meet-the-new-boss/

    LOL…from now on I will leave the first part out. Thanks for the tip.

  97. wbboei, for the big media to go against him, they will have to implicitly admit that they were wrong which they will not do, at least not now.

    Susan at NQ has the videos and post on that interview. My sense is that he is playing a dangerous game by placating to the Muslims. They are already well versed in playing victimhood but if 0bama starts to say we need to take better care of Muslims, extremists among them will feel even more emboldened. What the world needs right now is an honest and objective broker who won’t play to one side as opposed to the other. I will repeat my comment at NQ here (I don’t know why Susan et al are cheering him on) :

    He lacked political courage and conviction to embrace his Muslim heritage during the campaign. Disregarding that, what does his latest maneuver suggest? Instead of telling the Muslims to grow some spine against extremists in their midst, he is saying “that the language we use has to be a language of respect.” When has the US not done that? Were there hate crimes, riots against Muslims here after 9/11? Were there riots in India against Muslims after 11/26? He is creating a new attitude and a new problem by saying that. It is as though he is redefining the problem for which he has a solution. His solution is to throw a bone to the Muslims worldwide and to say can’t we all get along? These Muslims are already pathetic in feeling they are victims of the western world when they are victims of their own army/extremists, woeful leadership. He is making himself (and the US) weak by assuming some kind of new responsibility for their own woeful behavior.

  98. “He lacked political courage and conviction to embrace his Muslim heritage during the campaign.”

    ————–

    Hmmm but isn’t it convenient now, that as his envoy arrives in the Middle East, for him to cosy up to his Muslim friends.

    Mark my word, every single breath this guy takes will be orchestrated to his advantage.

  99. HILLARY’S INSIDE JOB:

    JanH Says:

    January 27th, 2009 at 10:49 am
    Clinton names US climate change envoy

    Washington: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced a new climate change envoy on Monday as part of a bolstered US presence on the international stage to address global warming.

    Todd Stern will become the country’s chief climate negotiator with the international community, which is hoping to agree to a new climate treaty by the end of this year. Stern will also be involved in domestic US efforts to reduce pollution.

    Clinton said Stern would “vigorously pursue negotiations” with the world’s other major polluters to reach a deal that will cut emissions of greenhouse gases considered the chief cause of global warming.
    &&&&&&&&&&&&&

    So without being president, she can still maximize the hand she’s dealt for causes near and dear to her heart. You know, global warming, women’s right, reproductive rights, world peace, fighting hunger, fighting disease.

    While Barky is out smoking or body-surfing (ahem, “being President”), the real grown ups will be conducting back channel business.

    Just like Bush “was President”, posing as The Man, who exercised and cleared brush and acted goofy on the world stage, and made snarling noises at dictators while secretly letting Uncle Dick make deals with them. And Cheney, a mere shadow, seldom caught on camera, seldom heard, doing what he though ahem, “was best”.

    But what Cheney fought for and what Hillary fights for are the two polar opposites, as can be recalled from the fractuous Clinton administration fought the Gingriches and assorted Repub Gestapo hit squad.

  100. wbboei, for the big media to go against him, they will have to implicitly admit that they were wrong which they will not do, at least not now
    ———————————-
    Or they could say he changed from what he was in the primary and then the general election. They could, but will they? Not now, not yet, but when he screws up or fails to live up to his promise of peace and prosperity that is when the second guessing will start. On the other hand, maybe they will just go on forever singing his praises and be marginalized by thinking people. They are perfectly capable of that.

  101. turndownobama-com Says:
    January 27th, 2009 at 10:16 am

    CALL CONGRESS re Family Planning vote Tues

    Officials: Family planning money may be dropped
    ——————————-

    There he goes again! Speaking from both sides of his mouth — he lifted the gag rule but won’t give them any money. Again, he makes me sick.

  102. From obamacrimes.com:

    01/26/09: PRESS RELEASE – New Issue of GLOBE Magazine [Feb. 2nd] Highlights
    Philip J. Berg, Esq. Efforts to Expose Obama not being “qualified” to be President.
    Also, Berg states U.S. Supreme Court denied Injunction request but Berg has three [3] cases still open and Berg states he will prove Obama “ineligible” to be President

    (Lafayette Hill, PA – 01/26/09) – Philip J. Berg, Esquire, the first Attorney who filed suit against Barack H. Obama challenging Senator Obama’s lack of “qualifications” to serve as President of the United States and his cases that are still pending, Berg vs. Obama [2 cases – 1 under seal] and Hollister vs. Soetoro a/k/a Obama announced today that the new issue of GLOBE Magazine [2/2/09 issue] highlights his efforts to expose Obama not being “constitutionally qualified” and therefore, Obama should be removed from office.

    Berg also stated that the U.S. Supreme Court denied his request for an Injunction from the Conference that was held on January 16, 2009. However, the case that was denied by the U.S. Supreme Court, Berg vs. Obama is still pending in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals where Berg just filed a Brief on 1/20/09. Berg said I had bypassed the Third Circuit hoping that the U.S. Supreme Court would hear our case on an expedited basis because of the significance of the case.

    The two [2] other cases are in Federal Court and I will advise you shortly about the status of each.

    Berg said, “This is the 5th time GLOBE Magazine has highlighted the question of Obama’s lack of ‘constitutional qualifications’ to be President. The new story about Obama is the center spread and two [2] other pages. More and more people are aware of the fact that Obama does not meet the constitutional ‘qualifications’ and that this is the biggest ‘Hoax’ perpetrated on the citizens of the United States in 230 years.”

    Berg concluded, “I am proceeding for the 305 + million people in ‘our’ U.S.A., for ‘our’ forefathers and for the thousands and thousands that have died defending our Constitution with the legal fight to prove that Obama is not constitutionally qualified to be President.”

    Berg vs. Obama, Third Circuit Court of Appeals No. 08 – 4340
    Berg filed Brief on 1/20/09

    Berg vs. Obama, U.S. District Court
    Case filed under seal on 11/07/08 – cannot be discussed

    Hollister vs. Soetoro a/k/a Obama,
    U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, No. 08-cv-02254
    Response to Hollister Complaint due 1/26/09 by Soetoro/Obama and Biden

  103. ABM 90: I look forward to the day when big media is no longer the gatekeeper of information but an irrlevant side show. If I were advising them I would say that there are many places people can turn for information and the one thing they have had going for them until fairly recently was the perception of objectivity, backed by journalism. Today they have neither and it is only a matter of time before they are reduced to utter irrelancy or become a de facto organ of the state, and we look elsewhere for the watchdogs we need to protect ourselves against those in power.

  104. rgb: I would feel better if this were not in Globe. They are the ones who set up Frank Gifford with a prostitute to embarrass his wife Kathy Lee. The case here has merit and it is unfortunate that Berg has gone to them. How bad are they? Damned near as bad as Politico.

  105. pm317 Says:
    January 27th, 2009 at 11:31 am
    turndownobama-com Says:
    January 27th, 2009 at 10:16 am

    CALL CONGRESS re Family Planning vote Tues

    Officials: Family planning money may be dropped
    ——————————-

    There he goes again! Speaking from both sides of his mouth — he lifted the gag rule but won’t give them any money.

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

    To be fair, these are two different things. What we need to phone about now is taking Family Planning out of the Stimulus bill, which is about US money goign to US organizations.

    Lifting the ‘Gag Rule’ is about the UN and organizations outside the US, partially funded through US ‘foreign aid’.

  106. Secretary Clinton Greets the Press
    Email
    Share January 27, 2009 11:24 AM

    ABC News’ Martha Raddatz and Jennifer Duck report: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton walked through the press area in the State Deptartment Tuesday and said, “It’s much bigger than the White House press area.” Then, the woman who seems far more comfortable with policy talk than small talk sat down at a small table with reporters and took questions for fifteen minutes.

    Clinton said that there has been “a great exhalation of breath around the world” since President Barack Obama has become president. She added that this was clear from her conversations with foreign leaders.

    The secretary said after a followup that this was not necessarily a “repudiation” of prior policies, but an “excitement” that there is a new direction. Although she did say “there is a lot of damage to repair.”

    As for the situation in Israel and Gaza, Clinton said that today’s action by Hamas and the attack on the IDF means that the ceasefire “has receded somewhat.” She was highly critical of Hamas, and very supportive of Israel.

    On Iran, she said there was “a clear opportunity” for the Iranians to engage meaningfully. She said Ambassador Susan Rice’s comments Monday were a restatement of the Obama policy.

    As for the missile strikes on Pakistan, Clinton would not confirm the strikes, but did say that in a call to Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistani President Zardari she “personally expressed concern about civilian casualties.”

    And her first trip abroad?

    “We’ll let you know as soon as we get it organized. I’m looking forward to it,” Clinton said with a smile.

  107. hillarygirl Says:

    January 27th, 2009 at 11:51 am
    Secretary Clinton Greets the Press

    —————————-

    Obama is damn lucky to have Hillary in his corner. I think he should get her to tutor Rice and Biden.

  108. wbboei, if big media is no longer the gatekeeper of information then who will fill that void? For a democracy to function you do need a fair and free media that can reach masses. In fact, in this election we saw the potential as well as the limitation of alternate sources of information, thanks to the Internet. But it is still a long way of off in garnering the kind of audience that the mainstream media has. I think at some point, there has to be a revolution among journalists to go back to their true function in a democratic society and fulfilling their obligations to people and not the corporations. The scale has tilted toward their irrelevance if not their demise but when will they wake up? But for them to wake up, the public at large has to wake up and reject these bastards. For instance, for Chris Matthews to have any audience still, is just plain tragedy.

  109. JanH Says:
    January 27th, 2009 at 11:55 am
    hillarygirl Says:

    January 27th, 2009 at 11:51 am
    Secretary Clinton Greets the Press

    —————————-

    Obama is damn lucky to have Hillary in his corner. I think he should get her to tutor Rice and Biden.

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

    Right. Does anyone else remember the tv show “Remington Steele”? I’ve got an image of BO and Hillary at one debate looking just like that.

  110. Reading that ABC non story I would say Hillary is being very . . . diplomatic. And it is in the nature of diplomacy that serious discussions take place in private with the right people in place and do not get leaked. We will never know for sure what Hillary told Obama about Rices comments, but you can be certain the message was received. Compare Hillary’s cautioness with Rices carelessness and the difference is clear. They are not going to have time to keep saving Rice from the consequences of there words and deeds. I fear we have not seen the last of it.

  111. wbboei, if big media is no longer the gatekeeper of information then who will fill that void?
    ————————-
    That is the right question. Hopefully a new media not controlled by big business or the state, not joined at the hip to any politician, but dedicated to investigative journalism and the proposition that power corrupts and must therefore be scrutinized not worshipped like Big Media always does. This new media would not seek to be a courtier at court all wrapped up in the petty intrigues and powerplays, but one that stands back at a distance and asks the right questions. There enough stirrings of this for me to believe it will happen and I also believe there will come a point where the public finally throws up their hands in disgust. There is a dialectic here and in order for it to get better it must first get worse and we are seeing signs of this all around. Ninety percent of the global news gets censored by big media. In fact if you asked me what business they are really in I would be tempted to say the business of censorship to support their narrative which is partly laziness and partly an exercise in power. Before this is all over they will go down.

  112. Wasn’t it the Examiner that outed Edward before main media finally got involved? If it takes the Globe to push the issue of obama’s birthplace, then so be it.

  113. Right. Does anyone else remember the tv show “Remington Steele”? I’ve got an image of BO and Hillary at one debate looking just like that.
    ————————–
    Pierce Bronson did not have flying saucers for ears.

  114. Wasn’t it the Examiner that outed Edward before main media finally got involved? If it takes the Globe to push the issue of obama’s birthplace, then so be it.
    ——————————–
    Yes, you are probably right. When mainstream media wont touch it where else is there to go–besides the court. (Note:I think it was the National Enquirer re. Edwards).

  115. GOP’s King: Killing Bush Tax Cuts ‘Absolutely Wrong Thing to Do’

    Monday, January 26, 2009 8:26 PM

    By: Jim Meyers Article Font Size

    U.S. Rep. Peter King tells Newsmax that President Barack Obama’s plan to allow the Bush tax cuts to expire is “absolutely the wrong thing to do” in these financial times.

    The New York Republican also says that Democrats are seeking to exploit the economic stimulus package to further liberal causes.

    [Editor’s Note: Watch the interview with Rep. Peter King – Go Here Now]

    Newsmax’s Ashley Martella noted that Obama has promised to “modernize” 10,000 schools and “weatherize” 2.5 million homes in five years as part of his $825 billion stimulus package, and asked if King — a member of the House Financial Services Committee — believes that’s good medicine for a poor economy.

    “No. These are issues that could all be addressed separately,” King asserted. “There are good aspects to them and negative aspects to them, but they have no place in a stimulus package bill.

    “The fact is, they should go through the ordinary process and be debated. What Democrats are doing here too often or in too many places is taking issues or causes that they have and including them in the stimulus bill.

    “The stimulus bill to the extent we do it should be limited to matters that have a direct impact on the economy and not just liberal causes. [Democrats are] using this as an excuse to bring them in by the back door.”

    Asked if the government is in the position of creating private sector jobs, Rep. King responded:

    “It’s very difficult. To me the best way the government could do it is by giving tax incentives or by cutting marginal tax rates. Other than sustaining people through a rough time, the government is actually not very good at creating jobs, other than by giving incentives to small businesses and to individual entrepreneurs, and that’s done by cutting marginal tax rates.”

    As for Obama’s plan to let the Bush tax cuts expire, Rep. King observed:

    “Letting tax cuts expire is the same as a tax increase and the last thing you should be doing in a time of recession is to be increasing taxes in any way whatsoever.

    “It’s going to make it very difficult to allow businesses to expand or even plan to expand when they know taxes could be going up in several years … It’s absolutely the wrong thing to do. It couldn’t be more wrong, and it’s totally counterproductive.”

    Martella pointed out that Citigroup, which has received $45 billion in bailout money from taxpayers, was purchasing a $50 million corporate jet.

    King responded: “I am demanding that that money be returned. It is absolutely a disgrace that taxpayers’ money is being used in any way to subsidize corporate luxury.”

    Martella asked for King’s take on the appointment of “conservative Democratic” Kirsten Gillibrand to fill Hillary Clinton’s seat representing his home state.

    “I wouldn’t say she’s conservative,” King answered. “On most issues she is liberal…

    “To me her appointment raises real issues as to why she was selected. She’s a one-term member of Congress. There were a number of other Democrats apart from Caroline Kennedy who did have significant experience and are much more in the Democratic mainstream…

    “I’ve demanded that the governor provide a full and complete timeline as to how he selected Kirsten Gillibrand, why he selected her, whom he spoke with, and if there any offers of campaign contributions.”

    King, the ranking Republican on the Homeland Security Committee, added that Obama’s plan to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center is “absolutely wrong. It’s damaging to America’s national security, and he is, I think, satisfying the desires of the left-wing base of the Democratic Party.”

  116. I think some of that pork in the stimulus package was meant for organizations like planned parenthood here in the US…

    ————————-

    # turndownobama-com Says:
    January 27th, 2009 at 11:46 am

    pm317 Says:
    January 27th, 2009 at 11:31 am
    turndownobama-com Says:
    January 27th, 2009 at 10:16 am

    CALL CONGRESS re Family Planning vote Tues

    Officials: Family planning money may be dropped
    ——————————-

    There he goes again! Speaking from both sides of his mouth — he lifted the gag rule but won’t give them any money.

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

    To be fair, these are two different things. What we need to phone about now is taking Family Planning out of the Stimulus bill, which is about US money goign to US organizations.

    Lifting the ‘Gag Rule’ is about the UN and organizations outside the US, partially funded through US ‘foreign aid’.

  117. Secretary Clinton Greets the Press

    January 27, 2009 11:24 AM

    no comments [except mine so far]

    easy to post comments

    blogs.abcnews . com/politicalradar/2009/01/secretary-clint.html?cid=146339282#comment-146339282

  118. Anyone else get a robocall to phone your congressperson urging to help pass the bambi stimulas package? It offered the choice of pressing a button during the call to be linked directly to my congressman toll free. Unforunately its probably a very effective tool.

  119. Henry

    That means the nationwide lobbying list of 13 million, developed during Obama’s 2 year campaign, has been put to use.

    I wonder when the uproar will start about this practice?

  120. A little more on Clinton’s remarks to the media today:

    From the New York Post:

    CLINTON: US NEEDS OPEN APPROACH TO IRAN

    January 27, 2009

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s intent to change the direction of U.S. foreign policy gives Iran a “clear opportunity” to engage more productively on its nuclear program and other issues, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday.

    In her first remarks to reporters at the State Department, Clinton said Obama’s first days in office have made it clear that a more open Iranian approach to the international community could benefit Iran. She said this was reflected in statements Obama made in an interview Monday with an Arab TV network.

    “There is a clear opportunity for the Iranians, as the president expressed in his interview, to demonstrate some willingness to engage meaningfully with the international community,” she said. “Whether or not that hand becomes less clenched is really up to them.”

    Obama told the Al-Arabiya news channel that he wanted to communicate to Muslims that “the Americans are not your enemy.” He condemned Iran’s threats to destroy Israel and its pursuit of nuclear weapons, but said “it is important for us to be willing to talk to Iran, to express very clearly where our differences are, but where there are potential avenues for progress.”

    Clinton, who criticized Obama for his willingness to speak without conditions with leaders of rogue nations like Iran during their contest for the Democratic presidential nomination, told reporters that the administration is undertaking a wide-ranging and comprehensive survey of U.S. policy options toward Iran.

    “There is just a lot that we are considering that I’m not prepared to discuss,” she added.

    Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Mehdi Safari, speaking in Athens, Greece, said Tuesday that it was too early to say whether relations with the United States would improve with Obama as president.

    “We will wait and see (if there is) actual change or just slogans,” he said.

    Clinton’s comments came one day after U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said the Obama administration will engage in “direct diplomacy” with Iran. Not since before the 1979 Iranian revolution are U.S. officials believed to have conducted wide-ranging direct diplomacy with Iranian officials. Rice said Iran must meet U.N. Security Council demands to suspend uranium enrichment before any talks on its nuclear program.

    More broadly, Clinton said her initial round of telephone calls with world leaders has yielded positive signs.

    “There’s a great exhalation of breath going on around the world as people express their appreciation for the new direction that’s being set and the team that’s (been) put together by the president,” said the former New York senator and first lady.

    “In areas of the world that have felt either overlooked or not receiving appropriate attention to the problems they are experiencing, there’s a welcoming of the engagement that we are promising,” she said. “It’s not any kind of repudiation or indictment of the past eight years so much as an excitement and an acceptance of how we are going to be doing business.”

    She dismissed suggestions that Obama’s foreign policy team will find it difficult to work together. She said all are determined to find the best way to execute the president’s foreign policy objectives.

    “We have a lot of damage to repair,” she said, referring to U.S. foreign relations as they stood when President George W. Bush left office Jan. 20.

    Clinton said she spoke by telephone Tuesday with top Iraqi officials to make clear that there will be continuity in U.S. policy.

    She said her call was intended to “reinforce our commitment to a democratic and sovereign Iraq and the importance of their provincial elections.” Iraqis are scheduled to vote on Saturday in a set of elections that U.S. and Iraqi officials hope will further solidify progress toward national political reconciliation.

    nypost.com/seven/01272009/news/politics/clinton__israel_has_right_to_defend_itse_152272.htm

  121. And Henry, while you are on the site:

    henry Says:
    January 24th, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    Me thinks we should bombard Chris Mathews with love letters attributed to the one on valentines day.
    —————————————————

    I think that is a great idea – lmao. Here is a site where one can get and send free e-cards:

    MyFunCards.com

  122. eah, Democrat John Conyers of Michigan, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, today subpoenaed former White House aide Karl Rove to testify a week from today before the committee.

    And the Conyers’ of Michigan, do not seem to give a white about the 93-year-old man who died of hypothermia when the utility company limited his service for unpaid bills. What is this world coming to????

    Mr. Conyers, clean up your own house [state] and take a proactive approach to preventing the killing off of seniors in your state!!!!

  123. ABM90

    Here is a way for you to watch Hill’s USAID speech with no breaks, no parts…

    h p : / / w w w . c-span.org/Watch/watch.aspx?MediaId=HP-A-14662

  124. Correction:
    Yeah, Democrat John Conyers of Michigan, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, today subpoenaed former White House aide Karl Rove to testify a week from today before the committee.

    And the Conyers’ of Michigan, do not seem to give a whit about the 93-year-old man who died of hypothermia when the utility company limited his service for unpaid bills. What is this world coming to????

    Mr. Conyers, clean up your own house [state] and take a proactive approach to preventing the killing off of seniors in your state!!!!

  125. Shorttermer

    I found some more writing on the RBC’s Michigan decision: this is not, in general, a pro Hillary article:

    Decision on Michigan, Florida delegates
    Democratic Party establishment lines up behind Obama
    By Patrick Martin
    2 June 2008
    A panel of Democratic Party leaders came down on the side of Barack Obama, the frontrunner for party’s presidential nomination, in a battle with supporters of Hillary Clinton over how to seat delegates to the presidential nominating convention from two contested states.

    The Rules and Bylaws Committee of the Democratic National Committee voted to seat full delegations from Michigan and Florida, but to give each delegate only half a vote rather than a full vote, the penalty imposed because the two state parties violated national party rules by scheduling their primaries too early.

    The agreement to seat the Michigan and Florida delegations with half-votes means that 4,235 delegate-votes will be cast at the Democratic convention, raising the total required for a majority from 2,026 to 2,118. After the allocation of the two states delegates, Obama had 2,057 to Clinton’s 1877, leaving him only 61 delegates short of the nomination.

    While Clinton won Sunday’s primary in Puerto Rico easily, taking two-thirds of the vote in an extremely low turnout, Obama picked up at least 14 more delegates there, out of a total of 55. He is expected to win a narrow majority of the 31 delegates to be selected Tuesday in South Dakota and Montana, and enough votes from as-yet-uncommitted superdelegates to claim the nomination by Wednesday.

    Clinton’s principal spokesman on the rules committee, campaign adviser Harold Ickes, denounced the Michigan decision bitterly and declared that Clinton reserved the right to challenge the action at the national convention in Denver.

    However, Howard Wolfson, a top Clinton advisor, suggested to the New York Times that the campaign has no stomach for taking the fight to Denver. “Our focus is on securing the nomination for ourselves in the near term,” he said. “I don’t think anybody is looking toward the convention to end this process.”

    The Democratic Party establishment by-and-large rallied to Obama. After the committee meeting, a parade of top Democrats announced their support for its decisions, including DNC chairman Howard Dean and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi suggested that Obama would likely clinch the nomination June 3.

    There was an enormous degree of political posturing over the rules committee hearing. All of the Democratic presidential candidates had supported the national party in the dispute and agreed not to campaign in either state. Clinton declared last fall that any votes cast in either state primary “would not count,” but she reversed herself after falling behind Obama in the race for delegates in February.

    Clinton had won both states, taking 50 percent of the vote in Florida compared to 33 percent for Obama and 16 percent for John Edwards, who was still in the race at the time of January 29 primary. She won 55 percent of the January 15 vote in Michigan, while 40 percent voted for an unpledged slate, the only alternative available for Obama or Edwards supporters since both candidates had taken their names off the ballot.

    Under rules approved by the Democratic National Committee last year, the two state parties were to be penalized by the loss of all their delegates to the convention, 300 pledged and 67 unpledged, for a total of 367. Each state party appealed and the Rules and Bylaws Committee heard arguments on Saturday and then made its decision.

    In each case, the state party organizations proposed a penalty of the loss of half their votes—the same penalty imposed by the Republican National Committee on its Michigan and Florida delegations—rather than a reduction to zero. The Obama campaign backed this approach, since it cut Clinton’s delegate margin in the two states by half.

    Clinton supporters initially sought to seat the Florida delegates with full votes, eliminating any penalty, but this was defeated by a 15-12 vote on the Rules and Bylaws Committee. This was followed by a unanimous 27-0 vote to seat Florida with half votes, with the delegates divided among Clinton, Obama and Edwards according to the primary results.

    The case of Michigan produced protracted wrangling over how to divide up the state’s 128 pledged delegates (who will cast 64 total votes), because Obama’s name was not on the ballot. There were three different plans.

    The Clinton campaign demanded 73 delegates based on its share of the popular vote, with the remaining 55 delegates unpledged rather than awarded to Obama. The Obama campaign proposed an even split of the delegation, 64 for each campaign, essentially arguing that the primary was invalid. The Michigan state party—where Clinton’s supporters outnumbered Obama’s—proposed a compromise between the two, with 69 delegates for Clinton and 59 for Obama. This was the plan adopted, by a 19-8 vote of the rules committee.

    Since 13 of the members of the rules committee are publicly committed to support Clinton for the nomination, this result was a debacle for her campaign. At least five of her own supporters refused to back her position on Michigan. According to several members of the rules committee, Obama supporters on the committee actually had a narrow majority for their plan to split the Michigan delegation 50-50, but decided to make an overture to the Michigan state party by accepting its plan instead.

    The decisiveness of Clinton’s defeat is indicated in the following figures: Clinton’s initial demand, for full votes for both states and denying the uncommitted Michigan vote to Obama, would have given her a net gain of 111 delegates. Obama’s initial position, half votes for both states, and a 50-50 split in Michigan, would have left Clinton a net gain of 19 delegates. The actual result hewed very closely to the Obama position, giving Clinton a net gain of only 24 delegates, far too little to change the outcome of the race.

    *The prominent Democrats on the rules committee who sided with Obama Saturday*

    included former national chairman Don Fowler of South Carolina, a Clinton supporter; former Secretary of Labor Alexis Herman (in the Bill Clinton administration), who chaired the committee; James Roosevelt, grandson of President Franklin Roosevelt, the committee co-chair; and Donna Brazile, the campaign manager for Al Gore in 2000. The last three are still formally uncommitted.

    The usually obscure rules panel met under conditions of unprecedented media attention, largely because of the spurious and demagogic effort by the Clinton campaign to suggest that enforcing party rules to which she herself had agreed was the equivalent of the Republican Party’s theft of the 2000 presidential election in Florida.

    In a series of campaign appearances in Florida leading up to the rules committee hearing, Clinton outlandishly compared her demand for delegates to the civil rights movement, the nineteenth century struggle for the abolition of slavery, and the current political crisis over the presidential election in Zimbabwe.

    The only similarity between the 2008 primary dispute and the 2000 presidential vote is the geographic accident that Florida is involved in both cases—a fact that was flogged endlessly by the same Democratic politicians who capitulated spinelessly to the electoral coup by the Supreme Court and the Republican Party in 2000.

    Moreover, Clinton was using the “every vote counts” mantra to justify a primary election in Michigan in which Democratic voters had no alternatives because her main rivals were not even listed on the ballot.

    There were no issues of democratic principle involved in this internecine conflict, which simply confirms Clinton’s defeat and the coalescing of the Democratic Party apparatus behind the Obama campaign.
    About the WSWS

  126. What is with our comment section?

    The comment does not show, is resubmitted, and I get a wordpress note telling me it is a duplicate.

    Will try again. It is for Shorttermer.

  127. Shorttermer

    Here is some more about the RBC meeting and its participants. It is not a totally positive article.

    Decision on Michigan, Florida delegates
    Democratic Party establishment lines up behind Obama
    By Patrick Martin
    2 June 2008
    A panel of Democratic Party leaders came down on the side of Barack Obama, the frontrunner for party’s presidential nomination, in a battle with supporters of Hillary Clinton over how to seat delegates to the presidential nominating convention from two contested states.

    The Rules and Bylaws Committee of the Democratic National Committee voted to seat full delegations from Michigan and Florida, but to give each delegate only half a vote rather than a full vote, the penalty imposed because the two state parties violated national party rules by scheduling their primaries too early.

    The agreement to seat the Michigan and Florida delegations with half-votes means that 4,235 delegate-votes will be cast at the Democratic convention, raising the total required for a majority from 2,026 to 2,118. After the allocation of the two states delegates, Obama had 2,057 to Clinton’s 1877, leaving him only 61 delegates short of the nomination.

    While Clinton won Sunday’s primary in Puerto Rico easily, taking two-thirds of the vote in an extremely low turnout, Obama picked up at least 14 more delegates there, out of a total of 55. He is expected to win a narrow majority of the 31 delegates to be selected Tuesday in South Dakota and Montana, and enough votes from as-yet-uncommitted superdelegates to claim the nomination by Wednesday.

    Clinton’s principal spokesman on the rules committee, campaign adviser Harold Ickes, denounced the Michigan decision bitterly and declared that Clinton reserved the right to challenge the action at the national convention in Denver.

    However, Howard Wolfson, a top Clinton advisor, suggested to the New York Times that the campaign has no stomach for taking the fight to Denver. “Our focus is on securing the nomination for ourselves in the near term,” he said. “I don’t think anybody is looking toward the convention to end this process.”

    The Democratic Party establishment by-and-large rallied to Obama. After the committee meeting, a parade of top Democrats announced their support for its decisions, including DNC chairman Howard Dean and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi suggested that Obama would likely clinch the nomination June 3.

    There was an enormous degree of political posturing over the rules committee hearing. All of the Democratic presidential candidates had supported the national party in the dispute and agreed not to campaign in either state. Clinton declared last fall that any votes cast in either state primary “would not count,” but she reversed herself after falling behind Obama in the race for delegates in February.

    Clinton had won both states, taking 50 percent of the vote in Florida compared to 33 percent for Obama and 16 percent for John Edwards, who was still in the race at the time of January 29 primary. She won 55 percent of the January 15 vote in Michigan, while 40 percent voted for an unpledged slate, the only alternative available for Obama or Edwards supporters since both candidates had taken their names off the ballot.

    Under rules approved by the Democratic National Committee last year, the two state parties were to be penalized by the loss of all their delegates to the convention, 300 pledged and 67 unpledged, for a total of 367. Each state party appealed and the Rules and Bylaws Committee heard arguments on Saturday and then made its decision.

    In each case, the state party organizations proposed a penalty of the loss of half their votes—the same penalty imposed by the Republican National Committee on its Michigan and Florida delegations—rather than a reduction to zero. The Obama campaign backed this approach, since it cut Clinton’s delegate margin in the two states by half.

    Clinton supporters initially sought to seat the Florida delegates with full votes, eliminating any penalty, but this was defeated by a 15-12 vote on the Rules and Bylaws Committee. This was followed by a unanimous 27-0 vote to seat Florida with half votes, with the delegates divided among Clinton, Obama and Edwards according to the primary results.

    The case of Michigan produced protracted wrangling over how to divide up the state’s 128 pledged delegates (who will cast 64 total votes), because Obama’s name was not on the ballot. There were three different plans.

    The Clinton campaign demanded 73 delegates based on its share of the popular vote, with the remaining 55 delegates unpledged rather than awarded to Obama. The Obama campaign proposed an even split of the delegation, 64 for each campaign, essentially arguing that the primary was invalid. The Michigan state party—where Clinton’s supporters outnumbered Obama’s—proposed a compromise between the two, with 69 delegates for Clinton and 59 for Obama. This was the plan adopted, by a 19-8 vote of the rules committee.

    Since 13 of the members of the rules committee are publicly committed to support Clinton for the nomination, this result was a debacle for her campaign. At least five of her own supporters refused to back her position on Michigan. According to several members of the rules committee, Obama supporters on the committee actually had a narrow majority for their plan to split the Michigan delegation 50-50, but decided to make an overture to the Michigan state party by accepting its plan instead.

    The decisiveness of Clinton’s defeat is indicated in the following figures: Clinton’s initial demand, for full votes for both states and denying the uncommitted Michigan vote to Obama, would have given her a net gain of 111 delegates. Obama’s initial position, half votes for both states, and a 50-50 split in Michigan, would have left Clinton a net gain of 19 delegates. The actual result hewed very closely to the Obama position, giving Clinton a net gain of only 24 delegates, far too little to change the outcome of the race.

    The prominent Democrats on the rules committee who sided with Obama Saturday included former national chairman Don Fowler of South Carolina, a Clinton supporter; former Secretary of Labor Alexis Herman (in the Bill Clinton administration), who chaired the committee; James Roosevelt, grandson of President Franklin Roosevelt, the committee co-chair; and Donna Brazile, the campaign manager for Al Gore in 2000. The last three are still formally uncommitted.

    The usually obscure rules panel met under conditions of unprecedented media attention, largely because of the spurious and demagogic effort by the Clinton campaign to suggest that enforcing party rules to which she herself had agreed was the equivalent of the Republican Party’s theft of the 2000 presidential election in Florida.

    In a series of campaign appearances in Florida leading up to the rules committee hearing, Clinton outlandishly compared her demand for delegates to the civil rights movement, the nineteenth century struggle for the abolition of slavery, and the current political crisis over the presidential election in Zimbabwe.

    The only similarity between the 2008 primary dispute and the 2000 presidential vote is the geographic accident that Florida is involved in both cases—a fact that was flogged endlessly by the same Democratic politicians who capitulated spinelessly to the electoral coup by the Supreme Court and the Republican Party in 2000.

    Moreover, Clinton was using the “every vote counts” mantra to justify a primary election in Michigan in which Democratic voters had no alternatives because her main rivals were not even listed on the ballot.

    There were no issues of democratic principle involved in this internecine conflict, which simply confirms Clinton’s defeat and the coalescing of the Democratic Party apparatus behind the Obama campaign.
    About the WSWS

  128. Wbboei, Blue, Turndown, JanH, Shorttermer Admin and all others appalled by the state of investigative journalism and journalism in general:

    wbboei Says:
    January 23rd, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    They represent themselves as being a reliable source of “impartial news” around the world which is patently false. The truth is they suppress, distort and mangle the truth to their own ends. They are nothing like the small town newspaper of a bygone era- and more’s the pity for that.
    —————————————-
    That comment got us into a discussion about journalists vs PR boot lickers and I told you about the Iowa Public Radio interview with Stephen Berry, winner of deserved Pulitzers, a professor of journalism in the esteemed U of MO Columbia style and author of “Watchdog Journalism: The Art of Investigative Reporting.”

    Also on the program is the executive editor of the Cedar Rapids Gazette, a paper that practices Watchdog Journalism quite sucessfully.

    This is a link to a radio podcast. It is easy to do and it will be available through Friday. I just turned it on and went ahead with other work on my laptop because it plays in the background. Be patient. It takes a while to pull itself up and start.

    Enjoy. I wish I could record it, but I don’t know how.
    ———————————————-
    h t t p : / / w’s .publicbroadcasting.net/kuni/news.newsmain?action=article&ARTICLE_ID=1460716 -Stephen Berry about his book, “Watchdog Journalism: The Art of Investigative Reporting

    It looks too long, but it isn’t- it works.

  129. She dismissed suggestions that Obama’s foreign policy team will find it difficult to work together. She said all are determined to find the best way to execute the president’s foreign policy objectives
    ———————————-
    A sea change in US policy, but Big Media is more concerned about whether the foreign policy team can work together. . . . . .

  130. Anyone catch Gov Blag on Glenn Beck?
    Something about ILLinois getting no money from stimulas if Blag is in office. Had it on in background so wasn’t quite sure if I heard correctly?

  131. SMART WOMAN SMART LEADER SMART POWER. Here is what Hillary is working on while the press look for any ambiguous signal that the foreign policy team cannot work together. Big Media is beyond pathetic.
    ——————————–

    Hillary Clinton wants ‘comprehensive dialogue’ with China
    27 Jan 2009, 2237 hrs IST, REUTERS

    (published in The Times of India 1/27)

    WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday she would pursue a broad dialogue with China that extends beyond the economic
    concerns emphasized by former President George W Bush.

    “We need a comprehensive dialogue with China. The strategic dialogue that was begun in the Bush administration turned into an economic dialogue,” Clinton told reporters at the State Department.

    “That’s a very important aspect of our relationship with China but it’s not the only aspect of our relationship,” she said, without going into details about other issues she would bring up with Beijing.

    “Obviously our economic problems here at home mean people are being laid off not only here in America but also in China,” she said.

    “So the economy will always be a centerpiece of our relationship but we want it to be part of a broader agenda.”

  132. wbboei Says:

    January 27th, 2009 at 6:18 pm
    SMART WOMAN SMART LEADER SMART POWER. Here is what Hillary is working on while the press look for any ambiguous signal that the foreign policy team cannot work together. Big Media is beyond pathetic.

    ———————

    wbboei,

    “big media” (I hesitate to even given them that distinction) have reversed roles with the scandal rags out there. They are now more concerned with who hates whom and which knife is being stuck in which politician’s back.

    Hillary has accomplished more, in just the few days she has been SOS, than Obama will accomplish during his whole tenure. Anything he does accomplish will be on the coattails of those who did all the hard work behind the scenes so that he can look good.

  133. I was hoping Cuomo would run against Paterson because I am not too happy about the prospect of voting for P.
    I don’t understand why Paterson would get an uncontested run. He has never been elected….he was merely selected by Spitzer. When do we get democracy back?

    BTW I was very open to Paterson in the beginning. He did the right thing and a very important thing when he immediately killed Broadwater which would have destroyed Long Island sound as we know it. But I dislike his comments re Hillary etc.

  134. Carol, our point was that Cuomo will not commit political suicide by opposing another African-American for Governor – as the Obama supporters are saying. Won’t happen.

    Paterson will have a very difficult time getting elected. His opposition will have to come from Republicans however. Paterson has made many mistakes but they are essentially irrelevant. Paterson and all Democrats will have reelection problems because of the bad economy.

  135. Bambam stated on Arab TV that “…I have lived in Muslim countries…” countrIES ? plural ? Beyond the island of Java (Indonesia) what other Muslim country has he LIVED in?

    His need for puffery is going to get him in the same kind of “mission accomplished” doodoo in which his predecessor was mired.

  136. speaking of the economy, anyone hear that family planning aid has been scrapped, but faith-base programs are being increased from one office to 12 offices? Whatever happened to the separation of church and state? Gives me the creepers.

  137. I hope someone in NY is brave enough to primary Paterson. We voters deserve a chance to chose the strongest candidate.
    Maybe in 2010 people will be sick of the faux racism issue. I know I am and there yet be a backlash.

  138. Carol,

    I also read in the New York Post recently that the Kennedys are furious with Paterson.

    Not sure if it was just speculation or a little bit of truth to it. If it is true, their influence might bring him down should they so choose.

  139. I don’t want the Kennedys choosing my candidate either.
    Ny is a big powerful state and it is clinton country.
    We can do better than this.

  140. Thanks, Emjay.

    What is up with Fox News? I heard O’Reilly announce last night his radio show was ending and items would be transferred to the website. Why, if like he boasts he is the most watched tv program – was he not the most listened to radio host, except maybe for Rush?

    I listened intently once when the explanation was given about the titles for the various News network hosts. They all appear at first glance to be news shows, but many of them categorize themselves as: entertainers, commentators, etc. They are not ‘there’ to give news, just thier interpretations of news. But, does the population know how to distinguish between them.

    Maybe midstreamnews could provide the categories and which hosts fit under each heading; I would link to that.

    And the MSM have become the new scandalous rags. I guess the Globe, Star ,and the National Enquirer got too many things right for way too long so the ‘news’ media all joined them.

  141. Tax Refunds Now on Hold in California

    ABC News has learned that tax refunds are now on hold in California for the first time in state history, according to the state controller’s office.

    “Unfortunately, we have asked the California Franchise Tax Board not to send over tax refund claims beginning today because we will not be able to process them and have them out the door by Feb. 1 when a 30-day delay in tax refunds goes into effect,” Hallye Jordan, spokeswoman to California State Controller John Chiang, tells ABC News.

    During the 30-day delay, the controller’s office estimates that a combined 2.74 million California individuals and businesses will have their tax refund delayed.

    The controller’s office estimates that the delay in tax refunds will free up $1.99 billion over the next month to pay for education, debt service, and other payments that legally have first claim to state funds.

    California has had no money in its general fund for the past 17 months, and has been paying its bills by borrowing from Wall Street and special internal funds.

    If the state’s legislators and governor do not reach a budget agreement that brings immediate funds into the state’s coffers, the state’s borrowed funds will be entirely exhausted at the end of February, according to the controller’s office.

    blogs.abcnews.com/thenote/2009/01/tax-refunds-now.html

    Maybe, the bailout bill will bail out CA.

  142. Emjay Says:
    January 27th, 2009 at 3:51 pm
    What is with our comment section?
    The comment does not show, is resubmitted, and I get a wordpress note telling me it is a duplicate.

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

    Did the first one eventually show up? Mine usually do.

  143. USA Today reporting:

    Tuesday, January 27, 2009
    Sarah Palin launches political action committee
    Hillary, Caroline, Barack — now there’s another entry in the list of political figures instantly identifable by their first names. Sarah Palin, the Alaska governor and former GOP vice presidential nominee, has started a political action committee called SarahPAC.

    The website, complete with the governor standing against a gorgeous Alaskan landscape, says contributions “will make it possible for Gov. Palin to continue to be a strong voice for energy independence and reform. By supporting SarahPac, you will allow Gov. Palin to help find and create solutions for America’s most pressing problems; priority number one is building a strong and prosperous economy that recognizes hard work, innovation and integrity by rewarding small businesses and hard working American families. SarahPac will support local and national candidates who share Gov. Palin’s ideas and goals for our country.”

    go to: sarapac.com

  144. JanH Says: I also read in the New York Post recently that the Kennedys are furious with Paterson

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

    I saw that; it was a terribly trashy tabloidish article, all anon sources and sensationalism.

    And yet a long very substantive decently written article about Hillary’s foreign policy was attributed to NY Post upthread. Duh.

  145. Shorttermer said:
    I listened intently once when the explanation was given about the titles for the various News network hosts. They all appear at first glance to be news shows, but many of them categorize themselves as: entertainers, commentators, etc. They are not ‘there’ to give news, just thier interpretations of news. But, does the population know how to distinguish between them.

    Maybe midstreamnews could provide the categories and which hosts fit under each heading; I would link to that.

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

    I won’t do the research, but if you or someone does it, I’ll post it. Or I’ll link to you, which would be better, so you could keep it updated.

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