Startling news came today from a Newt, a Dodd, and the New York Times with respect to a certain BOob.
The news on the Chris Dodd front is that the 2010 elections have started, advertisements included. Hillary backstabber Dodd is in trouble and the Dimocrats are in damage control and on the attack.
Connecticut Sen. Christopher Dodd trails former U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons, a possible Republican challenger, 50 – 34 percent in the 2010 Senate race, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today, as voters disapprove 58 – 33 percent of the job the Democratic incumbent is doing, his lowest approval rating ever.
Matched against two other possible Republican challengers, Sen. Dodd trails both State Sen. Sam Caligiuri 41 – 37 percent and former ambassador Tom Foley 43 – 35 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. [snip]
A total of 35 percent of voters say they definitely or probably will vote for Dodd for reelection next year, while 59 percent say they probably won’t or definitely won’t vote for him.
“A 33 percent job approval is unheard of for a 30-year incumbent, especially a Democrat in a blue state. Sen. Christopher Dodd’s numbers among Democrats are especially devastating.
Dimocrats are already attacking Simmons in an advertisment. The ad is a joke because it attacks Simmons for the Dodd reality – being too close to the financial services industry.
Any doubt that the 2010 elections are in full swing are shattered in Pennsylvania where “stimulus” bill Republican Arlen Specter is already airing advertisements statewide. The Specter ads attack Pat Toomey, a Republican conservative, as being too close to the financial services industry. The last Quinnipiac poll showed Specter losing to Toomey 41 to 27 percent.
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Newt Gingrich agreed with us today that Barack Obama is the Third Bush Term. Newt also warned Republicans to get honest or get out. This is refreshing news. The Republicans must admit their errors if Americans are ever to take them seriously. Some day, Newt will also have to admit his utter hypocrisy in persecuting Bill Clinton and waging a sex witch hunt. But for today, Newt startled Americans and his Republican friends with the truth.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is warning fellow Republicans that conservatives may leave the GOP for a third party in 2012.
“If the Republicans can’t break out of being the right wing party of big government, then I think you would see a third party movement in 2012,” Gingrich said Wednesday during a speech at the College of the Ozarks in Missouri, the local television station KY3 reported.
Gingrich thrashed Republicans for allowing increased spending during the Bush administration and for not doing enough to block President Barack Obama’s early initiatives.
“Remember, everything Obama’s doing, Bush started last year,” Gingrich said. “If you’re going to talk about big spending, the mistakes of the Bush administration last year are fully as bad as the mistakes of Obama’s first two, three months.”
Obama, in other words, is the Third Bush Term.
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The most startling news of the day came from the New York Times. The New York Times, stepping into Big Pink shoes, went behind the curtain and discussed Obama’s bamboozling words, words, words:
When President Obama briefed Congressional leaders at the White House last week on his plans to send more troops to Afghanistan, Senator Harry Reid offered some advice: Whatever you do, he told the president, don’t call it a “surge.”
Not to worry. Mr. Obama didn’t and wouldn’t. The exchange, confirmed by people briefed on the discussion, underscored the sensitivity about language in the new era. Mr. Obama and his team are busily scrubbing President George W. Bush’s national security lexicon, if not necessarily all of his policies.
It took the New York Times this long to finally publish what has been evident for oh so long. It’s another way of saying Obama is the Third Bush Term.
They may be sending 21,000 more troops to Afghanistan, much as Mr. Bush did to Iraq, but it is not a “surge.” They may still be holding people captured on the battlefield at the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, but they are no longer “enemy combatants.” They may be carrying the fight to Al Qaeda as their predecessors did, but they are no longer waging a “war on terror.”
So if not a war on terror, what then? “Overseas contingency operations.”
And terrorist attacks themselves? “Man-caused disasters.” [snip]
Now Mr. Obama is coming into office determined to sweep all that rhetoric away, even if he is keeping much of the policy that underlies it. [snip]
Indeed, for all the shifting words, Mr. Obama has left the bulk of Mr. Bush’s national security architecture intact so far. He has made no move to revise the Patriot Act or the eavesdropping program. He has ordered Guantánamo to be closed in a year but has not turned loose all the prisoners. The troop buildup in Afghanistan resembles the one Mr. Bush ordered in Iraq two years ago.[snip]
Gordon Johndroe, the last National Security Council spokesman for Mr. Bush, said he detected a great degree of overlap in actual policy between the two presidents that is not masked by different words. “A change in rhetoric is fine as long as they don’t lead people to believe the threat from violent extremists is over,” Mr. Johndroe said.
If it was anyone but “media darling” Obama, the outraged headlines and screaming cable pundits would attack the lies and hypocrisy without cessation.
“They seem more interested in the war on the English language than in what might be thought of as more pressing national security matters,” said Shannen W. Coffin, who served as counsel to former Vice President Dick Cheney. “An Orwellian euphemism or two will not change the fact that bad people want to kill us and destroy us as a free people.” [snip]
Still, the degree to which the Obama team seems intent on distancing itself from any language associated with Mr. Bush has drawn ridicule even from the left. On “The Daily Show” on Tuesday night, Jon Stewart vigorously mocked the Obama administration after Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said “the administration has stopped using the phrase” war on terror.
Mr. Stewart showed repeated clips of Mr. Obama’s budget director, Peter R. Orszag, referring instead to “overseas contingency operations.”
“Yeah, that’ll catch on like Crystal Pepsi,” Mr. Stewart joked.
Summoning one of the most memorable moments of the Bush presidency, Mr. Stewart then showed a mocked up photograph of Mr. Obama in a pilot’s flight suit on the deck of an aircraft carrier under a banner proclaiming, “Redefinition Accomplished.”
A federal judge this morning cleared the way for three detainees at a U.S. military prison in Afghanistan to challenge their confinements in the federal courts.
The ruling came in a series of lawsuits brought by detainees held at the prison at the Bagram Air Force Base. The detainees had been captured elsewhere in the world and brought to Bagram by U.S. authorities, their lawyers say. Some have been held there for at least six years. U.S. District Judge John Bates ruled in a 53-page opinion that three of four men suing the U.S. government may proceed with their cases under the centuries-old legal doctrine of habeas corpus. [snip]
“This is a great day for American justice,” Kassem said. “Today, a U.S. federal judge ruled that our government cannot simply kidnap people and hold them beyond the law.”
The Hopium addled will dispute what we say, but if they bother to try to understand what we are saying, if they have the capacity to understand what we are saying, they will begin to see that Obama is indeed the Third Bush Term:
The decision came as a blow to the Obama Justice Department, which had agreed with the position of the Bush administration that the Bagram prisoners were not entitled to question their detention in U.S. civil courts. On Jan. 22, the court invited the new administration to “refine” the Bush position, but a month later, Justice informed Bates that it would “adhere to its previously articulated position” that the men had no habeas rights.
Both administrations had argued that Bagram’s location in a “war zone” made it different from Guantanamo. Bates ruled that while the sites were “not identical,” the “objective degree of [U.S.] control” was not “appreciably different.”
Obstacles to resolving the detainees’ rights “are not as great as respondents claim,” Bates said of the U.S. position. “And importantly,” he wrote, the obstacles “are largely of the Executive’s choosing,” because the men “were all apprehended elsewhere and then brought (i.e. rendered) to Bagram for detention now exceeding six years.”
The Hopium addled are… um… addled – so we have to explain things to them clearly. This is not some brilliant three dimensional chess Obama is playing. Obama is simply more of the same, the Third Bush Term. The Obama lawyers have admitted this in a court of law. In an earlier rendition and state secrets privilege case the following exchange too place between a startled District court Judge and embarrassed Obama lawyers:
“Is there anything material that has happened” that might have caused the Justice Department to shift its views, asked Judge Mary M. Schroeder, an appointee of President Jimmy Carter, coyly referring to the recent election.
“No, your honor,” Mr. Letter replied. “The change in administration has no bearing?” she asked.
“No, your honor,” he said once more.
The “change” in administration has “NO BEARING” because Obama is the Third Bush Term. That is startling news at the New York Times and the Hopium dens.
We are startled that they are startled.