The Barack Obama Death Certificate

Instead of health care, Obama is courting a political death for his inexperienced, unqualified, self and for the Obama Dimocratic Party.

As Obama courts political death, Bill Clinton celebrates his birthday. Today we celebrate along side good ol’ Bill. Happy Birthday Bill.

As Bill celebrates alongside Hillary, with big smiles and some giggles, followed by several hearty laughs; Barack Obama sees the approach of the high priests of the Obama church, laden with incense, accompanied by medical practioners – ready to administer last rites and sign the political death certificate for the Chicago incompetent who race-baited his way to the White House.

* * * * *

Political death approaches. Today not only has Obama slipped to 51% approval, the Dimocrats see Death’s scyth too.

Americans are in an increasingly sour mood about Washington. Barack Obama’s approval ratings continue to inch downward… [snip]

In the same vein, the new poll finds favorable ratings of the Democratic Party have declined sharply since spring. Just 49% now say they have a favorable view of the Democratic Party. [snip]

Public opinion about the national economy also is stuck, and on balance remains negative. Fully 90% rate economic conditions negatively – 52% say they are poor and 38% only fair. [snip]

However, the public’s personal financial assessments have become more bearish in the new poll than they were two months ago; currently, 55% say they expect their financial situation to improve over the next year, down from 63% in June. Since June, the decline in personal financial optimism has been particularly pronounced among middle-income and affluent Americans, as well as among Republicans and independents. [snip]

51% now approve of Obama’s job performance while 37% disapprove.

The most recent Gallup daily tracking poll also shows Obama at 51%.

As Obama loses even some of those that were foolish enough to vote for him the situation in Iraq is deadly.

A series of blasts in Baghdad killed 95 people and wounded 536 in Iraq’s bloodiest day this year, prompting a rare admission of culpability from Iraqi security forces struggling to cope without U.S. help.

At least six blasts struck near government ministries and other targets at the heart of Iraq’s Shi’ite-led administration, weeks after U.S. combat troops withdrew from urban centres in June, thrusting Iraq’s security forces into the lead role.

Death stalks Americans fighting in Afghanistan too:

As of Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009, at least 708 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan as a result of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to the Defense Department.

On the health care front Obama Big Media Thugs began to call Republicans “terrorists”. “They’ve become political terrorists” writes Steven Pearlstein in the Washington Post. Pearlstein apparently has not heard that Dimocrats have a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate and absolute control in the House of Representatives.

Perhaps “terrorist” is in the eye of the beholder. We do recall the howls from the Hopium addled when Obama the Obama besotted New Yorker published a certain cartoon.


Today, tired of abusing the word “terrorist”, Pearlstein attacks Dimocrats who want a public option.

Enough already with the public option!

It is not the be-all and end-all of health-care reform. It is not the long-awaited safety net for the uninsured. And if, as many liberals hope, it turns out to be nothing more than Medicare for All, it won’t do anything to hold down long-term growth in health spending.

The public option is nothing more than a political litmus test imposed on the debate by left-wing politicians and pundits who don’t want to be bothered with the real-life dynamics of the health-care market. It is the Maginot Line of health-care policy, and just like those stubborn French generals, liberal Democrats have vowed to defend it even if it means losing the war.

The White House is busy attacking the PINO dupes who actually attacked Hillary to support The Joker from Chicago.

“I don’t understand why the left of the left has decided that this is their Waterloo,” said a senior White House adviser, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “We’ve gotten to this point where health care on the left is determined by the breadth of the public option. I don’t understand how that has become the measure of whether what we achieve is health-care reform.” “It’s a mystifying thing,” he added. “We’re forgetting why we are in this.”

Obama was the one who pretended he thought the public option was a must-have. But that was when Obama PINO dupes believed everything he said, or that he actually cared about those suffering due to the health care system.

* * * * *

Pearlstein of course is right that the public option is dead. We of course have been saying all along that health care reform died in Denver amidst a temple erected by Dimocrats to worship at their golden calf.

By the way, the co-op idea is dead too.

Our Unified Theory of Dimocrats and all things Obama still holds.

Why won’t the Dimocrats do what they have been saying they would do for decades? Because the fundraising must go on. The money must flow. The promises must be broken.

Dimocrats also understand that accomplishments must meet expectations and that trying sometimes means failure – which could cost them at the ballot box.

Dimocrats also understand that fulfilling a promise to a constituency means that constituency might become satisfied and walk away to other pursuits and other fundraisers.

Dimocrats also understand that fulfilling a promise to one constituency often means angering another constituency. Money might then flow to opponents.

Dimocrats also understand that they didn’t really mean all that stuff they said – that was only meant for the gullible.

Republicans know the game, and they are rolling on the floor – laughing:

“We were forced into this by Republicans,” one official said. [snip]

Ken Spain, a spokesman for the National Republican Campaign Committee, said blaming the GOP is “laughable.”

“Apparently having a filibuster-proof majority, a 40-seat advantage in the House, and a president who was once really popular isn’t enough,” Spain said in a statement. “Maybe if people actually liked the bill, Democrats’ wouldn’t have such a tough time whipping up bipartisan votes, much less vulnerable Democrats within their own party.” [snip]

A Senate Republican leadership aide said Democrats are trying to blame the opposition for their own problems.

“It’s nice spin to try and pin their problems on the GOP,” the GOP aide said. “But they have such big majorities in Congress that they don’t need a single Republican vote to move their agenda. We could all stay home and they would still have 60 votes in the Senate. This is about getting around the reasonable wing of the Democrat party, and the clearest indication yet that their own party is divided on government health care, cuts to Medicare and taxes on small business.”

Republicans plan to accuse Democrats of strong-arm tactics if they try to pass health care with simple-majority reconciliation procedure. White House aides say this is an option but not the desired one, because of potential blowback in next year’s midterms.

And guess which birthday boy Obama wants to infect with unpopularity? Why it’s that mean old racist, relic from the forgettable past – Bill:

In a report sure to cause a stir online and on talk shows, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos reported on “Good Morning America”: “White House officials have talked privately about whether to use the Clintons more on health care.

Former President Bill Clinton spoke in Pittsburgh this weekend to Netroots Nation, a huge progressive bloggers’ convention.

“There have also been discussions about whether to deploy Secretary of State Clinton,” Stephanopoulos said. “No final decision on that yet.”

We have a better idea which we wrote about a while back: have Michelle, and the dog (if it has not already made a successful getaway) along with Barack, go back to Chicago – let Hillary run American foreign policy and Bill can take over the domestic portfolio.

* * * * *

We do know who is signing the Obama Death Certificate. It’s Warren Buffet. Buffet was a big Obama supporter who was trotted out during the election to made the distasteful Obama palatable. Warren Buffet is now filling his Montblanc fountain pen ready to sign the Death Certificate. Today Buffet writes this smorgasbord:

To understand this threat, we need to look at where we stand historically. If we leave aside the war-impacted years of 1942 to 1946, the largest annual deficit the United States has incurred since 1920 was 6 percent of gross domestic product. This fiscal year, though, the deficit will rise to about 13 percent of G.D.P., more than twice the non-wartime record. In dollars, that equates to a staggering $1.8 trillion. Fiscally, we are in uncharted territory.

Because of this gigantic deficit, our country’s “net debt” (that is, the amount held publicly) is mushrooming. During this fiscal year, it will increase more than one percentage point per month, climbing to about 56 percent of G.D.P. from 41 percent. Admittedly, other countries, like Japan and Italy, have far higher ratios and no one can know the precise level of net debt to G.D.P. at which the United States will lose its reputation for financial integrity. But a few more years like this one and we will find out.

Buffet notes that their are three ways to finance federal debt. The first two ways are to borrow money either from foreign governments/entities/individuals, or from Americans. The third way is to print money.

Buffet states that this year America will “force-feed” approximately $400 billion in debt purchases to the world. Buffet, assumes Americans will provide $500 billion to buy Treasuries. (Buffet puts aside the questions of whether other countries will continue to buy our debt as well as how much Americans save.)

Even with these heroic assumptions, the Treasury will be obliged to find another $900 billion to finance the remainder of the $1.8 trillion of debt it is issuing. Washington’s printing presses will need to work overtime.

Slowing them down will require extraordinary political will. With government expenditures now running 185 percent of receipts, truly major changes in both taxes and outlays will be required. A revived economy can’t come close to bridging that sort of gap.

We know Buffet shamed himself by bamboozling Americans that Obama was in any way qualified to lead this nation. But what Buffet writes is accurate. Here is the ominous portion of the Buffet warning:

Legislators will correctly perceive that either raising taxes or cutting expenditures will threaten their re-election. To avoid this fate, they can opt for high rates of inflation, which never require a recorded vote and cannot be attributed to a specific action that any elected official takes. In fact, John Maynard Keynes long ago laid out a road map for political survival amid an economic disaster of just this sort: “By a continuing process of inflation, governments can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens…. The process engages all the hidden forces of economic law on the side of destruction, and does it in a manner which not one man in a million is able to diagnose.

The Obama Death Certificate is being written for his political death.

Obama unchecked, Obama unstopped, threatens to sign the American Death Certificate.


88 thoughts on “The Barack Obama Death Certificate

  1. And admin does it again. GrandSlam.

    And yes, Hillary and Bill need to get the fuck away from that coward and thief who occupies our White House.

  2. “Apparently having a filibuster-proof majority, a 40-seat advantage in the House, and a president who was once really popular isn’t enough….”

    Am rolling on the floor with laughter. When the reality of this sets in, tears will replace the laughter, but for now it is very humorous. Appreciate the irony of this post’s title as well. The concern has always been of his birth certificate.

  3. “It’s nice spin to try and pin their problems on the GOP,” the GOP aide said. “But they have such big majorities in Congress that they don’t need a single Republican vote to move their agenda.”


    Get used to it! The dims will continue to blame their failures on anyone but themselves. They overbloated ugly egos won’t allow them to do anything else.

    Great work, Admin!

  4. Happy Birthday, Bill.

    admin- please embed.. we can all look back at what we missed-

  5. He is definitely flailing, admin. Oh, and Happy birthday, Big Dawg!

    BTW, I have part two of my healthcare series up at The Confluence, if anyone is interested. It’s waaaay too long, but I was trying to explain a lot of sort of “inside baseball” stuff.

  6. Ok, well, what I said was Hillary must be laughing her a** off. Obama wins a sweeping election with huge majorities and he’s worried about his image! Bwahahahaha! He wants indies to know he has bipartisanship in his bones(no kidding, Marc Ambinder really reported this). What a fool!

  7. Jan

    If you notice in the video. The issues Obama is having trouble promoting, Hillary was prepared with a Plan all the while she was campaigning.

  8. Ex-ACORN Vegas director to testify against group

    By OSKAR GARCIA Associated Press Writer

    A former Las Vegas director for a political advocacy group accused of illegally paying canvassers to register voters during last year’s presidential campaign has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge and agreed to testify against the group and another employee.

    Christopher Edwards pleaded guilty this week to two gross misdemeanor counts of conspiracy to commit the crime of compensation for registration of voters. He agreed to testify against the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, known as ACORN, and Amy Busefink, a former regional voter registration director.

    The case threatens the group’s ability to operate in Nevada, with the possibility that the group could have its status as a nonprofit corporation revoked, said Conrad Hafen, chief deputy attorney general for Nevada.

    Hafen’s said Edwards’ testimony strengthens the state’s case against ACORN and Busefink.

    “It adds to the evidence that we already have,” Hafen said Wednesday. “It makes a strong case that much stronger.”

    Busefink’s lawyer, Kevin Stolworthy, said she plans to fight the charges. A lawyer for ACORN did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment from The Associated Press.

    Prosecutors said in court documents that Edwards, Busefink and ACORN created a bonus incentive program that paid canvassers an extra $5 per shift if they turned in at least 21 voter registration cards at the end of the day. Prosecutors said violates state laws that prevent a system that pays workers based on the number of registrations they turn in.

    Stolworthy said Busefink, now living in Seminole, Fla., told Edwards not to use the so-called “blackjack” plan but he did anyway.

    “When she found out about it she told him to stop,” Stolworthy said. “This guy was the instigator of this and the person who dreamed it up and they’re giving him a break to go after others who told him not to do it.”

    Edwards is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 17. Under the plea deal, prosecutors are recommending that he receive informal probation, pay a $500 fine and perform 16 hours of community service.

    The case is the result of an investigation that began last year into the group that works to get low-income people to vote.

    In October, the secretary of state’s office raided an ACORN office in Las Vegas after complaints surfaced that the group was turning in bogus voter registration forms. Secretary of State Ross Miller said at the time that some of the registrations included forms for football stars Tony Romo, Terrell Owens and the Dallas Cowboys starting lineup.

    ACORN officials at the time said they separated and identified registrations that they thought were fraudulent when they turned them into the Clark County registrar. The group said the law prevented them from withholding registrations they thought were fake.

  9. I pray bill and Hillary stay the FUC* away from the Fraud’s disaster.

    You know that was the topic, save my ass…but i will still Fuc* you up EVERY given opportunity.

    Why did BC go the the WH? I would of made that fool crawl to Harlem, and then left a note, sorry, Hillary gave me a surprise BD party, maybe next time!

  10. I emailed Bill Clinton yesterday asking to stay out of the healthcare debacle. I reminded him that his legacy would be tarnished if he got involved & that Obama would shift the blame to him if it went wrong. I asked him to let Obama stand on his own two feet.

    Contact info for both Hillary & Bill:

    Clinton Global Initiative
    1301 Avenue of the Americas
    37th Floor

    New York, NY 10019-6022

    Tel: +1.212.397.2255
    Fax: +1.212.397.2256

    President Clinton’s Mailing Address:

    The Honorable William J. Clinton
    55 West 125th Street
    New York, N.Y. 10027

    Clinton Foundation Mailing Addresses
    New York Office:
    William J. Clinton Foundation
    55 West 125th Street
    New York, NY 10027

    Boston Office:
    William J. Clinton Foundation
    383 Dorchester Avenue, Suite 400
    Boston, MA 02127

    Little Rock Office:
    William J. Clinton Foundation
    1200 President Clinton Avenue
    Little Rock, AR 72201
    ————————————————————Hillary Clinton

    Contact Information
    •Main address:
    U.S. Department of State
    2201 C Street NW
    Washington, DC 20520

    •Main Switchboard:
    From Bitterpolitiz


    •Public Communication Division:
    PA/PL, Rm. 2206
    U.S. Department of State
    2201 C Street NW
    Washington, D.C. 20520

  11. official reason for Bill to be at White House was to FINALLY talk about the gals he rescued from the prison. I wonder WHY it took so long to talk to Bill and then he invites Bill to the big office for another chat.

    Bill stay the Fuck AWAY from the fraud and make him MAN up. Oh, I forgot teh one has no fortitude or balls.

  12. just looking over at Yahoo and they have the 100 most powerful women. Hillary is 35 and pukeosi is 34. I cannot believe that they’d choose pukeosi as a powerful woman PERIOD. That plastic face bitch makes me want to hurl. Of course in the article they champion MEschelle as a worker for women and children rights….HELLO, that is what Hillary has been doing all of her life! WTF has MEschelle’s EVER done besides figure how to dump poor people out of a hospital.

  13. That poll is a joke as Hillary is always in the top few places…..the internet tends to have younger, liberal bots, who skew these things.

  14. Admin:

    Thanks for embedding-

    When you posted the link to Hurricane Bill… I was just thinking the same thing and was tuning in to the Weather Channel seeing where’s “BILL”.

    Great headline caption:

    “Or Maybe God Doesn’t Like Obamacare”

    Obama leaves for Martha’s Vineyard this weekend — a visit that may coincide with the arrival of Bill. hahahaha!

  15. Report: Clintons on Bermuda getaway despite storm

    (AP) – 3 hours ago

    HAMILTON, Bermuda — As Hurricane Bill approaches Bermuda, another well-known Bill is reportedly paying a visit to the Atlantic island.

    The Bermuda Sun reports on its Web site that former U.S. President Bill Clinton and his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, were arriving on the British territory Wednesday for a 3- or 4-day getaway — depending on the weather.

    State Department officials and a spokesman for the ex-president declined to comment. A spokesman for Bermuda’s premier, Ewart Brown, said neither Clinton has meetings scheduled with Brown and he could not confirm they are visiting.

    Hurricane Bill, the first hurricane of the Atlantic season, is forecast to pass west of Bermuda on Saturday as a major storm.

  16. Nuptials not on the agenda for Chelsea Clinton

    by Mark Shanahan August 19, 2009

    Those rampant rumors notwithstanding, Chelsea Clinton is not – repeat not – getting married on Martha’s Vineyard this weekend. That’s the emphatic word from Matthew McKenna, spokesman for former president Bill Clinton, who’s none too happy about having to knock down tabloid reports about the former first daughter’s wedding plans. All summer, there have been whispers on the island that Chelsea and boyfriend Marc Mezvinsky are getting hitched at the Chilmark home of actors Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen. It wasn’t true three months ago, and it’s not true now, says McKenna. Reached at his home in Montana today, McKenna said he and Philippe Reines, a senior adviser to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, will bet on it. McKenna said he and Reines are each willing to wager our source $500 that Chelsea does not get married on Martha’s Vineyard this summer. “If we’re wrong, we’ll make Chelsea pay the $1,000,” he said. According to their schedules, the Clintons will be far from the Vineyard this weekend. The former first spouses are slated to spend four days in Bermuda. (That could change, however, considering that Hurricane Bill is headed that way.) But even without a wedding involving a former occupant of the White House, it’s about to get very busy on Martha’s Vineyard. President Obama arrives Sunday for a week of R&R with family and, doubtless, some of his famous friends.

  17. Kosovo composer dedicates piece to Bill Clinton

    20/08/2009, Prishtina – The most known composer among Albanians, Mendi Mengjiqi has dedicated a classic music piece to the former US president William Jefferson ‘Bill’ Clinton in appreciation to the freedom he brought to Kosovo in 1999.

    “Clinton has brought peace to Kosovo and the whole Western Balkans. He is part of our freedom and our history. The ‘POPULUS’ is my modest way of thanking him personally for what he has done for my country and my people. He is the American Prince of Peace for Kosovo and the region. May God bless him”, the author of the national anthem of Kosovo (2008), Mengjiqi (58) told

    The ‘POPULUS’ , composed last month by Mengjiqi, the former student of well known Polish Professor Krzysztof Penderecki, is another appreciation of Kosovo Albanians to Bill Clinton. One of the biggest avenues in Kosovo capital, Prishtina, is also named after the former US president.

    Clinton is considered by Ethnic Albanians of Kosovo one of the main contributors to the 78 day NATO air strikes against Serb forces drawn out of the new country in June 1999.

  18. Hello, Big Pink. I, TOO, AM REAL TIRED!!!!!

    I had a computer to become toast and since then I have been reading, but not posting. The video of “Simply the Best” and the video of my hero Harold Ickes “Ickes – Hijacked” put a tear in my eye and a knot in my stomach. Oh, what we have been through the last few years; and what our nation will become in the next few years.

    On Greta tonight the guest stated that she would NOT believe what was in the Senate bill, iirc, and he had only read about half of it. There was a bicycle trail and one other nonsensical things in there…neither related to healthcare. What a thousand page or better pile of sh!t.

    I got this email forwarded to me recently and wanted to share it here. It expresses my feelings and informed opinions exactly:

    “I am Tired”
    by Robert A. Hall
    Robert Hall is a Marine Vietnam veteran who served five terms in the Massachusetts State Senate.

    This man makes so much sense that it is hard to believe he has served as a politician from Massachusetts. Never, ever have I heard anyone from that state speak with such lucid common sense and a grasp of what exactly is going on in today’s world. I would echo every word he says.


    “I’m Tired” by Robert A. Hall

    I’ll be 63 soon. Except for one semester in college when jobs were scarce, and a six-month period when I was between jobs, but job-hunting every day, I’ve worked, hard, since I was 18. Despite some health challenges, I still put in 50-hour weeks, and haven’t called in sick in seven or eight years. I make a good salary, but I didn’t inherit my job or my income, and I worked to get where I am. Given the economy, there’s no retirement in sight, and I’m tired. Very tired.

    I’m tired of being told that I have to “spread the wealth around” to people who don’t have my work ethic.

    I’m tired of being told the government will take the money I earned, by force if necessary, and give it to people too lazy or stupid to earn it.

    I’m tired of being told that I have to pay more taxes to “keep people in their homes.” Sure, if they lost their jobs or got sick, I’m willing to help. But if they bought Mansions at three times the price of our paid-off, $250,000 condo, on one-third of my salary, then let the left-wing Congress-critters who passed Fannie and Freddie and the Community Reinvestment Act that created the bubble help them with their own money.

    I’m tired of being told how bad America is by left-wing millionaires like Michael Moore, George Soros, and Hollywood entertainers who live in luxury because of the opportunities America offers. In thirty years, if they get their way, the United States will have the economy of Zimbabwe, the freedom of the press of China, the crime and violence of Mexico, the tolerance for Christian people of Iran, and the freedom of speech of Venezuela. Won’t multiculturalism be beautiful?

    I’m tired of being told that Islam is a “Religion of Peace,” when every day I can read dozens of stories of Muslim men killing their sisters, wives and daughters for their family “honor”; of Muslims rioting over some slight offense; of Muslims murdering Christian and Jews because they aren’t “believers” ; of Muslims burning schools for girls; of Muslims stoning teenage rape victims to death for “adultery”; of Muslims mutilating the genitals of little girls; all in the name of Allah, because the Qur’an and Shari’a law tells them to.

    I believe “a man should be judged by the content of his character, not by the color of his skin.” I’m tired of being told that “race doesn’t matter” in the post-racial world of Obama, when it’s all that matters in affirmative action jobs, lower college admission and graduation standards for minorities (harming them the most), government contract set-asides, tolerance for the ghetto culture of violence and fatherless children that hurts minorities more than anyone, and in the appointment of US Senators from Illinois.

    I think it’s very cool that we have a black president and that a black child is doing her homework at the desk where Lincoln wrote the emancipation proclamation. I just wish the black president was Condi Rice, or someone who believes more in freedom and the individual and less arrogantly of an all-knowing government.

    I’m tired of a news media that thinks Bush’s fundraising and inaugural expenses were obscene, but that think Obama’s, at triple the cost, were wonderful. That thinks Bush exercising daily was a waste of presidential time, but Obama exercising is a great example for the public to control weight and stress, that picked over every line of Bush’s military records, but never demanded that Kerry release his, that slammed Palin, with two years as governor, for being too inexperienced for VP, but touted Obama with three years as senator as potentially the best president ever.

    I Wonder why people are dropping their subscriptions or switching to Fox News ? Get a clue.

    I’m tired of being told that out of “tolerance for other cultures” we must let Saudi Arabia use our oil money to fund mosques and madrassa Islamic schools to preach hate in America, while no American group is allowed to fund a church, synagogue, or religious school in Saudi Arabia to teach love and tolerance.

    I’m tired of being told I must lower my living standard to fight global warming, which no one is allowed to debate.

    My wife and I live in a two-bedroom apartment and carpool together five miles to our jobs. We also own a three bedroom condo where our daughter and granddaughter live. Our carbon footprint is about 5% of Al Gore’s, and if you’re greener than Gore, you’re green enough for me.

    I’m tired of being told that drug addicts have a disease, and I must help support and treat them, and pay for the damage they do. Did a giant germ rush out of a dark alley, grab them, and stuff white powder up their noses while they tried to fight it off? I don’t think Gay people choose to be Gay, but I damn sure think druggies chose to take drugs.

    And I’m tired of harassment from cool people treating me like a freak when I tell them I never tried marijuana.

    I’m tired of illegal aliens being called “undocumented workers,” especially the ones who aren’t working, but are living on welfare or crime. What’s next? Calling drug dealers, Undocumented Pharmacists”? And, no, I’m not against Hispanics. Most of them are Catholic, and it’s been a few hundred years since Catholics wanted to kill me for my religion. I’m willing to fast track for citizenship any Hispanic person, who can speak English, doesn’t have a criminal record and who is self-supporting without family on welfare, or who serves honorably for three years in our military… Those are the citizens we need.

    I’m tired of latte liberals and journalists, who would never wear the uniform of the Republic themselves, or let their entitlement-handicapped kids near a recruiting station, trashing our military. They and their kids can sit at home, never having to make split-second decisions under life and death circumstances, and bad mouth better people than themselves. Do bad things happen in war? You bet. Do our troops sometimes misbehave? Sure. Does this compare with the atrocities that were the policy of our enemies for the last fifty years-and still are? Not even close. So here’s the deal.

    I’ll let myself be subjected to all the humiliation and abuse that was heaped on terrorists at Abu Ghraib or Gitmo, and the critics can let themselves be subject to captivity by the Muslims who tortured and beheaded Daniel Pearl in Pakistan, or the Muslims who tortured and murdered Marine Lt. Col. William Higgins in Lebanon, or the Muslims who ran the blood-spattered Al Qaeda torture rooms our troops found in Iraq, or the Muslims who cut off the heads of schoolgirls in Indonesia, because the girls were Christian. Then we’ll compare notes. British and American soldiers are the only troops in history that civilians came to for help and handouts, instead of hiding from in fear.

    I’m tired of people telling me that their party has a corner on virtue and the other party has a corner on corruption. Read the papers-bums are bipartisan. And I’m tired of people telling me we need bipartisanship. I live in Illinois, where the “Illinois Combine” of Democrats has worked to loot the public for years. Not to mention the tax cheats in Obama’s cabinet as well.

    I’m tired of hearing wealthy athletes, entertainers, and politicians of both parties talking about innocent mistakes, stupid mistakes or youthful mistakes, when we all know they think their only mistake was getting caught..

    I’m tired of people with a sense of entitlement, rich or poor.

    Speaking of poor, I’ m tired of hearing people with air-conditioned homes, color TVs and two cars called poor. The majority of Americans didn’t have that in 1970, but we didn’t know we were “poor.” The poverty pimps have to keep changing the definition of poor to keep the dollars flowing.

    I’m real tired of people who don’t take responsibility for their lives and actions. I’m tired of hearing them blame the government, or discrimination, or big-whatever for their problems.

    Yes, I’m damn tired. But I’m also glad to be 63. Because, mostly, I’m not going to have to see the world these people are making. I’m just sorry for my grandchildren.

    Robert A. Hall

  19. Hi everyone!

    I have not posted for a while. I was out doing yard work. Mowing, weed wacking. I didn’t use goggles, let this be a lesson to everyone. I got glass clippings and dust in my eyes. That night i came into the house turned on the TV there was this halo around the television. There were rings around the lights. I went to bed, the next morning my eyes were swollen and hurting. I went to the hospital. They said i had eye abrasion. Now i can finally see clearer.


    The video of Hillary brought tears to my eyes. I still can’t believe she is not our president. Instead those indiots voted for a con man

  20. Neetabug, maybe you have found the answer to a question we all ask ourselves. Maybe what the Hopium addled have is eye abrasion and they see halos around Obama. 🙂 Apologies for taking advantage of your troubles to mock the B.O.T.s.

    Glad to have you back with your clear head and improving eye health. Here’s wishing you a complete recovery. It seems a lot more people are getting sick. It’s possible that is because everyone is so worn out from what seems like 10 years of Obama in the White House.

    ShortTermer, the letter you posted is a ditto to our “more people gettting sick”. We’ll add: sick and tired. Sick and tired of 10 years of Obama in 7 months. Good to see you are O.K.

  21. The Clintons are not pawns for undisclosed white house hacks to be moving around a chess board. She is secretary of state and has a full schedule. The problem is, excluding the possibility of blackmail, they are senior party leaders, and when the party is imploding you do not have the luxury of walking away. But it seems to me there is little Hillary can do to save this albatross, unless he is going back again to the public option. I have got to believe Hillary signalled some willingness to help on this one. But I cannot see any upside and if I were asked to advise, I would say get as far away from it as possible. Where are all these other health care experts by the way? They have no depth on their bench. I would just say get away from it, and I suspect she will. With Bill, who knows maybe he wants to get involved in it. He does not have a full time government job. It is hard for me to read this.

  22. I guess Obama people would have to go to them on bended knee and beg them to help. It is a sure sign of their desperation. Obama has no clue what to do. These people are grasping at straws. Funny to see a little maggot like George S raising this possibility. It is funny in one sense. It would give Hillary more exposure state side, and make it harder for big media to continue their censorship campaign. I bet you that as much as anything else is what has got this corrupt White House dithering on what to do. They will not use them if they have any other choice. The main thing though is she has a very important job to do anyway, and does not have the time to be dragged into this mess. It is obvious his efforts at these townhall meetings have not worked for shit. They are very very very desperate to even think of turning to Hillary and Bill.

  23. I bet you she is pissed off to see how badly bambi has fucked this thing up. The warning by Buffet yesterday is important too. The debt to gdp ratio he warned is dangerously high. So is the deficit.

  24. Great article, Admin.

    I found this chilling.

    “Slowing them down will require extraordinary political will. With government expenditures now running 185 percent of receipts, …”

    I read somewhere less that half of the houses in LA County are underwater (owners owe more than they’re worth) and the commercial real estate market is about to implode. One poster said that we’re headed to Iceland’s fate. One day, the people there woke up, their banls were locked, they couldn’t get their money, which was now worthless, and the gov’t had collapsed.

  25. wbboei Says:
    August 20th, 2009 at 3:14 am

    I guess Obama people would have to go to them on bended knee and beg them to help. It is a sure sign of their desperation. Obama has no clue what to do. These people are grasping at straws. Funny to see a little maggot like George S raising this possibility.

    wbboei, I wrote a post for NQ last night echoing exactly what you say. How dare they!

  26. Senator Calls for Narrower Measure
    Republican Grassley Cites Town Hall Anger

    By Lori Montgomery and Perry Bacon Jr.
    Washington Post Staff Writers
    Thursday, August 20, 2009

    Sen. Charles E. Grassley, a key Republican negotiator in the quest for bipartisan health-care reform, said Wednesday that the outpouring of anger at town hall meetings this month has fundamentally altered the nature of the debate and convinced him that lawmakers should consider drastically scaling back the scope of the effort.

    After being besieged by protesters at meetings across his home state of Iowa, Grassley said he has concluded that the public has rejected the far-reaching proposals Democrats have put on the table, viewing them as overly expensive precursors to “a government takeover of health care.”

    Grassley said he remains hopeful that he and five other members of the Senate Finance Committee can draft a better, less costly plan capable of winning broad support from Democrats and Republicans. But as the group, known as the Gang of Six, prepared to continue talking via teleconference late Thursday, Grassley said the members may be forced to reassess the breadth of their efforts in light of public concerns. “Not just on health care, but on a lot of other things Congress has done this year, people are signaling that we ought to slow up and find out where we are and don’t spend so much money and don’t get us so far into debt,” he said in a telephone interview between stops in Iowa Falls and Ames, where he has been leading foreign diplomats on a week-long tour of the state. The Finance Committee group is still discussing a “comprehensive” plan for extending coverage to millions of uninsured families, he said, but revisiting that approach would be “a natural outcome of what people may be getting from the town hall meetings.”

    As the senior Republican on the Finance Committee, Grassley has the potential to attract GOP votes by giving his blessing to a bill, and congressional Democrats and the White House consider him the key to winning bipartisan support for President Obama’s top domestic priority. In recent days, however, some Democrats have accused Grassley of trying to undermine the reform effort, for example by refusing to debunk rumors that the Democratic health bills would create “death panels” empowered to decide whether the infirm live or die.

    On Wednesday, he denied those claims and fired back at Obama, saying the president should publicly state his willingness to sign a bill without a controversial government-run insurance plan. Such a statement, he said, is “pretty important . . . if you’re really interested in a bipartisan bill.” “It’s not about getting a lot of Republicans. It’s about getting a lot of Democrats and Republicans,” Grassley said. “We ought to be focusing on getting 80 votes.”

    On Wednesday, Grassley made clear that he remains committed to pursuing a health-care bill, provided it does not “make things worse” for people who are happy with their insurance or add to swollen budget deficits. His remarks echoed those of other key Republicans — including Sens. Olympia J. Snowe (Maine) and Mike Enzi (Wyo.), the other GOP negotiators on the finance panel — as well as some Democrats, who are quietly urging Obama and congressional leaders to lower their expectations for what can be accomplished this year in the interest of building momentum for future reform.

    Enzi, who said he could support a larger measure, said in an e-mail message that it would be more “effective” to break the bill into parts. Snowe, who is being courted by administration officials, said she told Obama in a White House meeting this month that he should take a more “practical approach” toward reform legislation that “doesn’t so transform the system that it undercuts what is best about our existing health-care system.” “If there’s anything we’ve learned during the course of this August recess,” Snowe said in a telephone interview Wednesday, “it’s that there are many people who are satisfied with their health insurance. And that’s important. And we want to make sure it stays that way.”

    Meanwhile, Rep. James E. Clyburn (S.C.), the third-ranking Democrat in the House, said he has been reminding his party colleagues that Congress passed multiple, piecemeal civil rights bills in the 1960s and that activists had to put off demands for voting rights until 1965 to win a landmark ban on employment discrimination in 1964. “LBJ made it very clear a half a loaf is better than no loaf at all,” Clyburn said Wednesday. “We should do what can be done immediately and use the time between now and 2013 to figure out how to do the rest.”

    Like many Democrats, however, Clyburn said that he does not believe Grassley and other Republicans are negotiating in good faith and that the White House should pull the plug on efforts to draft a bipartisan bill when lawmakers return to Washington after Labor Day. With hefty margins in the House and the Senate, Clyburn said, Democrats will be better off when “the White House decides it’s time for us to put together our own bill.”

    Leading Republicans have stoked that notion in recent days. Even as administration officials have suggested that they would drop one of the most controversial provisions — a government-run insurance plan — some Republicans have heightened their criticisms of health-care reform.
    On Wednesday, House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (Ohio) blamed the White House for the increasingly strident tone of the debate, saying: “They rejected our efforts to work together.” And Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a prominent GOP figure who is considering a 2012 presidential run, said bluntly: “The Republicans should kill the bill. It’s a bad idea.”

    Top Democrats are growing impatient in light of such comments and say they are increasingly convinced that there is little chance that any health-care bill will win broad Republican support. They have not, however, stepped up preparations to draft a Democratic bill or to use a procedural maneuver known as reconciliation that would permit them to push a measure through the Senate with 51 votes rather than the usual 60. “The White House and the Senate Democratic leadership still prefer a bipartisan bill,” said Jim Manley, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (Nev.). “However, patience is not unlimited, and we are determined to get something done this year by any legislative means necessary.”

    Administration officials on Wednesday sought to tamp down the partisan fires, with White House press secretary Robert Gibbs assuring reporters that the “president believes strongly in working with Republicans and Democrats.” Sen. Max Baucus (Mont.), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and the Democrats’ chief negotiator in the talks, issued a statement saying his group “is on track to reach a bipartisan agreement on comprehensive health-care reform that can pass the Senate.” A senior Democratic aide involved in the talks and Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) said they remain convinced that Grassley is bargaining in good faith.

    The six senators plan to talk by telephone on Thursday night, and Grassley and Snowe said they expect the outcry at town hall meetings to be a major topic of conversation. “Not everyone is coming to the town hall meetings because of health care. It’s kind of the straw that broke the camel’s back,” Grassley said. “They’re seeing the stimulus not working. They’re seeing the Federal Reserve shoving money out of the airplane not working. They’re seeing big increases in the deficit coming. Then they see a trillion-dollar health-care bill, and they think it’s not good for the country.”

    While Snowe said she is hearing a passionate cry for action on health care from her constituents, Grassley, who is up for reelection next year, said Iowans are more interested in making sure that Congress does not mess up what they already have.

    Calls for reform are “not quite as loud as people that say we ought to slow down or don’t do anything,” he said. “And I’ve got to listen to my people.”


  27. dot48 Says:
    August 19th, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    Dick Morris is behind a lot of the Fox News stuff regarding Hillary.
    Dick hates Hillary and there are several stories as to why.

    Maybe she wouldn’t let him suck her toes?

    Kidding aside, he probably had ideas for Bill to sell his soul to the devil, and Hillary called for an intervention: “Bill, are you going to take advice from a guy who on his own, calls himself ‘Dick’ ?”

  28. Barack Obama will pay a price for Lockerbie bomber’s release

    By Janet Daley
    August 20th, 2009

    It is not just the reputation of Scottish justice that will suffer in America as a consequence of the release “on compassionate grounds” of Abdelbasat Ali Mohmen Al Megrahi. The credibility of Barack Obama’s influence on the world is going to take at least as hard a knock. In the end, all the protests and all the diplomatic pressure from the White House counted for nothing. Scotland’s determination to return Megrahi to the bosom of his family and his homeland was not going to be blocked.

    The rehabilitation of America’s standing in the world was going to be one of the great gains, if you remember, of the Obama election victory. No more was the voice of the US to be held in contempt by its old allies. The Obama White House would restore the moral authority of the nation, and thus its influence in the world. So much for that. As the Scottish Justice Secretary intoned his ruling that Megrahi was to be permitted to go free because he was “a dying man”, most Americans (even of the liberal Obama persuasion) would be wondering what a life sentence meant if it did not involve dying in prison. But the important political lesson will have gone home. The President and his Secretary of State could do nothing – for all their administration’s supposed global prestige – to prevent what they considered to be an outrage. On yet another score, Mr Obama could not deliver the goods.

  29. Kennedy, looking ahead, urges that Senate seat be filled quickly: Seeks law change for interim post

    By Frank Phillips, Globe Staff | August 20, 2009

    Senator Edward M. Kennedy, in a poignant acknowledgment of his mortality at a critical time in the national health care debate, has privately asked the governor and legislative leaders to change the succession law to guarantee that Massachusetts will not lack a Senate vote when his seat becomes vacant.

    In a personal, sometimes wistful letter sent Tuesday to Governor Deval L. Patrick, Senate President Therese Murray, and House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo, Kennedy asks that Patrick be given authority to appoint someone to the seat temporarily before voters choose a new senator in a special election.

    Although Kennedy, who is battling brain cancer, does not specifically mention his illness or the health care debate raging in Washington, the implication of his letter is clear: He is trying to make sure that the leading cause in his life, better health coverage for all, advances in the event of his death. In his letter, which was obtained by the Globe, Kennedy said that he backs the current succession law, enacted in 2004, which gives voters the power to fill a US Senate vacancy. But he said the state and country need two Massachusetts senators.

    “I strongly support that law and the principle that the people should elect their senator,’’ Kennedy wrote. “I also believe it is vital for this Commonwealth to have two voices speaking for the needs of its citizens and two votes in the Senate during the approximately five months between a vacancy and an election.’’

    Under the 2004 law, if Kennedy were to die or step down, voters would select his successor in a special election to be held within five months of the vacancy. But the law makes no provisions for Massachusetts to be represented in the Senate in the interim. In the meantime, President Obama’s plan to overhaul the nation’s health care system, the fate of which may hinge on one or two votes, could come before Congress. “I am now writing to you about an issue that concerns me deeply, the continuity of representation for Massachusetts, should a vacancy occur,’’ Kennedy wrote.

    To ensure that the special election is fair, the senator also urged that the governor obtain an “explicit personal commitment’’ from his appointee not to seek the office on a permanent basis.

    Separately, a Kennedy family confidant, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the letter was private, said the senator’s wife, Victoria Reggie Kennedy, is not interested in being a temporary appointee or running in a special election. “Her focus is her husband and her family,’’ the confidant said. “To her, there is only one Senator Kennedy.’’

    DeLeo and Murray, in a joint statement to the Globe yesterday, did not address the substance of Kennedy’s request, saying: “We have great respect for the senator and what he continues to do for our Commonwealth and our nation. It is our hope that he will continue to be a voice for the people of Massachusetts as long as he is able.’’ Patrick said in a statement: “It’s typical of Ted Kennedy to be thinking ahead and about the people of Massachusetts, when the rest of us are thinking about him. Diane and I continue to pray for the restoration of the senator’s health and the comfort of his family.’’

    Kennedy advisers were adamant yesterday that the timing of the letter did not reflect any imminent emergency in the health of the senator, who has been battling brain cancer since May 2008. Rather, it was sent this week after the Globe began making inquiries to key Beacon Hill officials over murmurings that some politicians were pushing for a change in the law.
    Kennedy aides said the senator never liked the five-month vacancy created by the 2004 law, but his dislike took on new urgency because Senate Democrats could need every vote possible on health care legislation. The family confidant stressed that even with his deteriorating health, Kennedy continues to speak with staff and Senate colleagues. If his vote were needed, there exists every possibility he would fly to Washington again to cast it, Kennedy allies said.

    Still, Kennedy’s letter is a candid acknowledgment that his long Senate career might be coming to an end, a historic development for both Massachusetts and the nation. He is the last of three Kennedy brothers whose careers helped define postwar Democratic politics. “For almost 47 years, I have had the privilege of representing the people of Massachusetts in the United States Senate,’’ Kennedy wrote in his letter. Serving in the Senate, he wrote, “has been – and still is – the greatest honor of my public life.’’

    Advisers, including Senator John F. Kerry, began discussions months ago about pushing for a change in the state law.

    Kennedy’s letter was drafted in early July, when he was writing several other letters, including a private note to the pope that Obama hand-delivered. The letter to state officials was kept secret, not sent until this week.

    Kerry said yesterday that Kennedy had been considering this issue since the early summer. “It is something he talked to me about some time ago,’’ he said in an interview. Kerry rejected any notion that the letter signaled an immediate end to Kennedy’s nearly half-century in office, insisting that his colleague has been active in shaping the health care legislation in recent weeks. “I don’t think this signals anything,’’ Kerry said. “He has been fully engaged. . . . If [Senate majority leader] Harry Reid required 60 votes tomorrow, Ted Kennedy would be on a plane and be down in the Senate to vote.’’ Kerry added that he speaks with the senator regularly and visited him several weeks ago at Kennedy’s Hyannis Port home.

    Kennedy’s request puts Massachusetts lawmakers in a delicate position. On one hand, his personal appeal would probably have some sway. But resistance on Beacon Hill to tinkering with the 2004 law is strong, with Democratic lawmakers nervous about being accused of engineering a self-serving change to help their party.

    Massachusetts governors used to have the power to fill Senate vacancies, as happens in many other states, until the Legislature made the change five years ago. Democratic lawmakers, then as now in the majority, did not want to give Governor Mitt Romney the chance to fill Kerry’s seat with a Republican if Kerry won the presidency. Patrick, meanwhile, has dismissed past suggestions that the state change the law back to give him the power to fill a Senate vacancy.

    Those who would run for Kennedy’s seat could also pressure state lawmakers to resist changing the law, out of concern that toying with the special election could somehow damage their prospects.

    In Washington, there are increasing concerns among Democrats and health care advocates over Kennedy’s absence from Capitol Hill. His voice has often been one of the loudest and most influential on health care. The Democratic caucus’s 60-vote majority is already tenuous, with several moderate Democrats having expressed skepticism about the health care bill.

    Kennedy’s having not attended the funeral of his sister, Eunice, last week heightened concerns that he would be unable to return to the Senate for a vote.

  30. My internet has been down two days and I was having withdrawals from the big pink, especially since Obama is bombing. LOL!!
    I just couldn’t wait to see what you all had to say about what Stepanaupolus had to say about Bill and Hillary.
    I did however listen to Mathews last night, he and his boss stated, “why would the Obama administration want or need to the help of the two people who screwed up healthcare a decade ago help now??”

    Well I would love to tell those idiots why! The reason is that people trust Bill and Hillary. Hillary convinced 18 million people that she would do everything to help them with healthcare, economy and all the other stuff that is in that video. PEOPLE STILL BELIEVE HER, EVEN NOW AFTER ALL THIS TIME. THey don’t trust the one who stole the primary and the election. People aren’t stupid, how in the world could they trust someone who blatently cheated and did not care what people thought.

  31. Fox just interviewed a father whose son died in the Lockerbie bombing. He was asked how he felt about the bomber’s release and his answer was definitely one not expected but in my opinion very pertinent. He stated that maybe now the media will stop mentioning the bomber’s name every five minutes as if he were Michael Jackson.

    I personally think the U.S. was right to protest this monster’s release. However I still think that it is in a small way a failure of obama that he couldn’t sway a reversal.


    New jobless claims rise unexpectedly to 576K

    By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer Christopher S. Rugaber, Ap Economics Writer – 15 mins ago
    WASHINGTON – The number of first-time claims for unemployment benefits rose unexpectedly for the second straight week, a sign that jobs remain scarce even as other data show the economy is stabilizing.

    Many economists expect the economy to grow at a modest pace in the second half of this year, bringing an end to the longest recession since World War II. But jobs are likely to remain scarce and many analysts worry that persistently high unemployment could cause consumers to hold back on spending, threatening a recovery.

    The Labor Department said Thursday the number of new jobless claims rose to a seasonally adjusted 576,000 last week, from a revised figure of 561,000. Wall Street economists expected a drop to 550,000, according to a survey by Thomson Reuters.

    Economists closely watch initial claims, which are considered a gauge of layoffs and an indication of companies’ willingness to hire new workers.

    “Consumer spending is going to have a very difficult time recovering with the labor market as weak as it is,” said Joshua Shapiro, chief U.S. economist at MFR Inc.

    The jobless claims figures are volatile, and had been trending down, after remaining above 600,000 for most of this year. The new report indicates that the labor market is still weak. In a healthy economy, initial claims are usually around 325,000 or below.

    The four-week average of initial claims, which smooths out fluctuations, rose for the second straight week to 570,000.

    The number of people remaining on the benefit rolls dropped by 2,000 to 6.24 million. Analysts had expected a slight decline. The continuing claims figures lag initial claims by a week.

    The stock market rose slightly in morning trading. The Dow Jones industrial average added about 25 points, while broader indices also edged up.

    When federal emergency programs are included, the total number of jobless benefit recipients was 9.18 million in the week that ended Aug. 1, the most recent data available. That was down from 9.25 million in the previous week. Congress has added up to 53 extra weeks of benefits on top of the 26 typically provided by the states.

    The large number of people remaining on the rolls is an indication that unemployed workers are having a hard time finding new jobs.

    Still, layoffs have slowed recently. The department said earlier this month that companies cut 247,000 jobs in July, a large amount but still the smallest number in almost a year.

    The unemployment rate dipped to 9.4 percent in July from 9.5 percent, its first drop in 15 months. But many private economists and the Federal Reserve think the rates could top 10 percent by next year.

    The recession, which began in December 2007 and is the longest since World War II, has eliminated a net total of 6.7 million jobs.

    More job cuts were announced this week. Bethesda, Md.-based defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. said it will eliminate about 800 jobs in its space systems division, and San Francisco-based video and audio conferencing company Polycom Inc. said it will cut 3 percent of its 2,600 person work force.

    Among the states, Tennessee had the largest increase in claims with 2,525 for the week ended Aug. 8, which it attributed to more layoffs in the transportation equipment, industrial machinery, and rubber and plastics industries. The next largest increases were in North Carolina, Wisconsin, Georgia and Washington.

    California reported the largest drop in claims of 5,635, which it attributed to fewer layoffs in the construction, trade and service industries. Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Delaware had the next largest decreases.


    Organizing for America, Obama’s attempt to keep his StormTroopers “engaged” and “on a short leash”, will have town hall type thingie today to revisit what their strategy should be. Imagine, they are still trying to sort out their own strategy internally. INCOMPENTENCE!!!

    Some quotes:

    “The success of the campaign, I think, hurt them a little bit. I definitely felt at the time a sense of, “Ok. We did it. We elected him. Our job is done. Now, he’ll take care of it.’, said Joe Trippi.

    $$$ Obama supporters actually believed he’d lift a finger? How cute.

    “I have no explanation for this,” said Joe Trippi, a supporter of the Obama plan and grassroots activism expert. “I cannot figure out why they didn’t start the mobilization effort earlier and why it does appear that the right got the jump on it.”

    $$$ It’s called INCOMPETENCE. Obama’s legistlative experience requires a microscope to be viewed. He was sheltered from the legistlative process, and was gifted as being the sponsor of this or that bill for political purposes, even though he was clueless about said bill’s contents. And he’s surrounded by sycophants and lobbyists.

    White House tries to regain message

    Jeanne Cummings Jeanne Cummings – Thu Aug 20, 5:46 am ET
    Amid White House concerns that it’s losing the message war on both its left and right fronts, President Obama on Thursday will try to rally his grassroots army to regain momentum and redefine the battle for health care reform.

    In a conference call with Organizing For America activists, the 13-million-strong grassroots wing of his machine, Obama is expected to provide an update on the health bill effort and “our strategy for the future and message going forward,” said Caroline Ciccone, a spokesperson for the Democratic National Committee.

    For many Democratic activists, it raises the question: What took the White House so long?

    “I have no explanation for this,” said Joe Trippi, a supporter of the Obama plan and grassroots activism expert. “I cannot figure out why they didn’t start the mobilization effort earlier and why it does appear that the right got the jump on it.”

    Conservative attacks about rationing and “death panels,” however, are only half of the White House’s problems. In recent days, Obama’s own liberal base — and their powerful talk-show host allies — have opened a new front by attempting to define health care reform as the creation of a government-run insurance program. Without a so-called “public option,” it’s not real reform, they argue — even as White House officials have said that while a public plan is “the preferred option,” its not “the essential element” of a successful plan.

    The dual fronts have left the normally silver-tongued Obama Administration nearly stuttering with frustration. Asked about if the White House had failed to effectively galvanize its base, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs on Wednesday opened his answer with:

    “Well, again, I’d — I think I would dispute the beginning characterization. I think, again, particularly at the events that you saw the president do, I don’t — I don’t think you noticed a lack of support for providing health care reform among those that were outside of the president’s events,” he said.

    This isn’t the first time that the Obama machine has been ambushed in a message war by the opposition.

    In the administration’s earliest debate over a stimulus bill, the White House messaging machine seemed to be humming along — until the Republicans found a wayward provision related to abortions and used their own powerful talk show host allies to begin driving down public support for the economic recovery package.

    In that case, the president managed to slug his way through the rough patch and go on to win. The White House now needs a similar turnaround to preserve his chief domestic policy — and his supporters are anxiously awaiting the plan.

    Asked what she’d like to hear from the president in today’s national conference call, Organizing for America’s Pennsylvania Director Elizabeth Lucas said she’d like to hear the president’s take on the situation and “talk about some strategy.”

    It’s not that Obama’s grassroots army has been standing idle.

    Jeremy Bird, the organization’s deputy national director, can tick off a host of behind-the-scenes accomplishments: More than 1.5 million people have taken more than 3 million actions — including canvassing, phone banking and hosting local events — to promote the president’s plan.

    More than a million people have signed a declaration supporting his top principles — lowering costs, providing more consumer choices, and expanding coverage. They’ve run advertising and, in a single August week, 60,000 backers of Obama’s plan made personal visits to their local congressional office to register their support for it.

    There were some snafus along the way. Some conservative Democrats complained about the advertising, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein griped about all the constituents wandering through her door thinking they were going to have a personal visit with her.

    But those problems didn’t represent major mistakes; they fell more into the category of routine hiccups that can occur in a big, national effort.

    The real mistake, concedes Bird, was that “we didn’t tell that story very well” and the opposition “won the media.” Which, in today’s overheated 24-hour news cycles, can count for plenty.

    A Gallup Poll last week found that 69 percent of Americans were watching the anger-ridden town hall meetings — and 34 percent of them said it made them more sympathetic to the anti-reform protesters, while just 21 percent said it had made them less sympathetic to the protesters.

    “We were good students of his campaign and we are using those tactics against him,” said Brendan Steinhauser, director of federal and state campaigns for the conservative Freedom Works.

    Still, there are warning signs in the same poll for Steinhauser. Shouting down supporters of the plan was viewed by a majority of Democrats, Republicans and Independents in the Gallup poll as an “abuse” of democracy.

    The backlash against the confrontational antics of some of the plans opponents at the town hall meetings could be a pivot point for the White House.

    Lucas was stunned when she attended the first town hall of Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) and saw it devolve into shouts, boos and confrontational questions. “It was not a discussion. They made sure an honest debate did not take place,” Lucas recalled. “I knew we had a task in front of us.”

    She said her volunteers and allied groups stepped up their canvassing and phone banking — and began showing up earlier to make sure a second town hall had a good showing of supporters who back the Obama plan.

    In Maryland, Daniel Cochran-Smith, an Obama supporter, said he heard a conservative radio host call on followers to attend a town hall hosted by Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md). He said to his wife, “We should go to that,” and they did.

    Similar adjustments are being made in Virginia.

    Brandyn Keating, Organizing for America’s state director, said the first town hall she attended was calm and polite. “You could hear a pin drop when people asked their questions,“ she recalled.

    But shouting broke out at another, she said. Now, her volunteers are wearing similar colored shirts and holding small signs, offering a more reserved — and perhaps Southern — show of support that seems to have had a quieting influence on their adversaries.

    Tactical adjustments, though, may get Obama only so far as he tries to push through one of the most aggressive domestic agendas in decades.

    The historic promise of his 2008 campaign was an awakening of a citizen democracy that invites lots of voices into the big, political debates of the day.

    To achieve that end, however, requires a lot more than colored-coded shirts. It demands a level of sustained engagement that modern America typically avoids to chase newer topics and rages.

    “The success of the campaign, I think, hurt them a little bit. I definitely felt at the time a sense of, “Ok. We did it. We elected him. Our job is done. Now, he’ll take care of it.’, said Trippi.

    He also believes that moving Obama’s grassroots base, which was bipartisan, into the partisan DNC was a mistake. “I understand the political and legal reasons they had to do it, but that makes it tougher,” he added.

    As for the losing side, “our backs are against the wall,” said Steinhauser, which gives them plenty of motivation to come out and fight the White House proposals.

    That intensity gap presents the greatest challenge to Obama.

    The way Bird sees it, comparing the level of activity between a policy fight and an historic election isn’t a fair comparison.

    Organizing for America still reigns as the biggest grassroots movement in the nation — and its supporters are now beginning to outnumber opponents at more town hall meetings. Obama’s call to arms today could accelerate that trend.

    “The engagement at these events? That’s democracy. Hopefully, that will be part of the August story, too,” he said.

  34. OH, and this! ANother Kennedy has decided not to seek a senate seat?? I can’t remember if it was the New York one or the Illinois one, but nevertheless another Kennedy has said NO! I wonder what is going on??

  35. The success of the campaign, I think, hurt them a little bit. I definitely felt at the time a sense of, “Ok. We did it. We elected him. Our job is done. Now, he’ll take care of it.’, said Joe Trippi.
    Evidently they did not read the fine print in their enlistment papers. It reads: it is unseemly for a waffen ss member to ever say no to the fuerher. He might get mad and the errant fool might well get shot. Its like the Mafia, if you are in, you are in for life, and when the Master calls your life is his. Welcome to Obama world–sucker.

  36. When the truth needs to be adjusted they always hedge. “A little bit”. It is like being partially pregnant.

  37. Senator Edward M. Kennedy, in a poignant acknowledgment of his mortality at a critical time in the national health care debate,
    Poignant for whom? Mary Jo Kopekne?

  38. Dick Morris is behind a lot of the Fox News stuff regarding Hillary.
    Dick hates Hillary and there are several stories as to why.
    Morris believes Obama will implode and wants a republican to be seen as the alternative rather than Hillary. That is the game here.

  39. The horizon looks much brighter as I see and read more great comments and pasted articles about Bill an Hill on
    Big Pink.MSM is in a real quandry about their inability to control the news about our dynamic duo that are the envy of world and call upon them for visits and guidence with their wisdom and compassion for their fellow men and women.They truly are world treasures.Something that Obama can never achieve,nomatter how much money he pays to buy respect and intelligence from his supporters and power seekers.
    We must scan news from worldwide sources that are so respectful and appreciative of the work that the Clintons have devoted their lives in making this world an honest place to live and enjoy a peaceful and prosperous life for us and the children we bring into this magic Globe.
    Please marginalize Obama and concentrate on our great friends and great patriots Hillary and Bill Clinton 24/7.
    Obama is now deeply inbedded in his slippery slope of self destruction and the hole is getting deeper and big enough for his fellow political travelers.
    Life and history will not be kind to him.
    Oh!Yah! I remember him.The guy they called “The Fish Out Of Water President”

    By ABM90. What say you friends?

  40. There is such a thing in law as a concurring opinion. It is when a judge concurs with the outcome but not the logic of a fellow member of the bench. That is the way I feel about Tweeties bottom line. Hillary and Bill should steer clear of the health care debacle. Obama has fucked it up til hell wont have it anymore. Its all his, his alone.

  41. The dual fronts have left the normally silver-tongued Obama Administration nearly stuttering with frustration. Asked about if the White House had failed to effectively galvanize its base, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs on Wednesday opened his answer with:

    “Well, again, I’d — I think I would dispute the beginning characterization. I think, again, particularly at the events that you saw the president do, I don’t — I don’t think you noticed a lack of support for providing health care reform among those that were outside of the president’s events,” he said.
    If this is what a silver tongue looks like I would hate to see bronze.

  42. OH, and this! ANother Kennedy has decided not to seek a senate seat?? I can’t remember if it was the New York one or the Illinois one, but nevertheless another Kennedy has said NO! I wonder what is going on??
    Confloyd: there are limits to everything. After Joes alleged bootlegging, Teddys alleged swimming lessons at Chapporquidick and Caroliines alleged adulterous liasons with the publisher of NYT–all just alleged how much more public service can you expect from one great family?

  43. Sec Clinton strongly urged the Sctos not to release this killer. This is a disgrace to the memory of those poor souls who vanished b/c of Arab terror.

  44. Whether you agree with obama’s plan for healthcare or not, this woman went too far, gives all opposition a bad name, and sickens me.

    Scroll down and watch the video…

  45. Under the 2004 law, if Kennedy were to die or step down, voters would select his successor in a special election to be held within five months of the vacancy. But the law makes no provisions for Massachusetts to be represented in the Senate in the interim. In the meantime, President Obama’s plan to overhaul the nation’s health care system, the fate of which may hinge on one or two votes, could come before Congress. “I am now writing to you about an issue that concerns me deeply, the continuity of representation for Massachusetts, should a vacancy occur,’’ Kennedy wrote.

    To ensure that the special election is fair, the senator also urged that the governor obtain an “explicit personal commitment’’ from his appointee not to seek the office on a permanent basis.


    I don’t know that I’d agree with HOW TK or an appointed replacement would vote on healthcare, but TK’s seems like a reasonable request: that an interim replacement be named immediately.

    As to another Kennedy deciding not to run — by Occam, same reason as CK not ‘running’. TK out of action now and/or dying very soon, there goes the family’s motivation.

    Praying for comfort for human situation of people I oftne disagree with. I really don’t want to see TK fly to DC and collapse from the strain. (For one thing, that would probably get his side some sympathy votes.)

  46. turndownobama, isn’t the healthcare bill named after TK, well I guess it would get some sympathy votes if he were to collapse on the senate floor. I wouldn’t want that to happen either, he doesn’t deserve any sympathy as he did not have any for the Kopeckni’s. The Kennedy’s believe all women are dispencible, from Marilyn Monroe to Mary Jo, and Martha.

  47. well it’s certain now that the Dimwits are gonna go nuclear. They plan to ram this bullshit through. We are all screwed. There is something fucked up when there is such a thing that allows the dimwits to do this. I fear for us all.

  48. “I am now writing to you about an issue that concerns me deeply, the continuity of representation for Massachusetts, should a vacancy occur,’’ Kennedy wrote.
    Gee whiz, Teddy. The people of Massachusetts certainly did not receive any representation from you during the 2008 Primary. If memory serves, Hillary whipped Obama’s butt by 16 points in MA. But that was no concern of yours. And who’s side would you be on at this juncture? Obama’s or the people’s? I understand MA healthcare is in a mess so supporting Obama may still be contrary to your constituents’ will.

  49. Anyone notice that Michelle seems to have done a complete disappearing act, now i thought as she supposedly worked for some time in hospitals and healthcare, she would have been Obama’s mouthpiece on this but then again i thought, maybe they dont want the spotlight shone on exactly what she was up to there in Chicago.

  50. Good point, moon. MO is MIA. I thought she wanted to be the first First Lady to be more important than the First Gentleman.

    Maybe she’s working on her biceps.

    Maybe she’s trying to find the dog she left at the mall. Or was it at the three start Chez Arugula?

  51. gonzotx – thanks for all that Clinton contact info all together

    JanH – thanks for sharing the story about the Bosnia composer…such beautiful sentiments:

    “Clinton has brought peace to Kosovo and the whole Western Balkans. He is part of our freedom and our history. The ‘POPULUS’ is my modest way of thanking him personally for what he has done for my country and my people. He is the American Prince of Peace for Kosovo and the region. May God bless him”, the author of the national anthem of Kosovo (2008), Mengjiqi (58) told

    ironic and sad that people in Bill’s own party fail to give him the respect and praise he so rightly deserves…they have taken such a great man for granted and instead turned him into a pinata…


    neetabug…welcome back and be careful…


    ADMIN…if by some chance, you have a direct line to Hill and/or Bill, please plead with them, on our behalf, to stay away from shilling for O…he attacked them for what he (and probably his chief of staff) now wants them to speak of on his behalf…

    please, President Clinton and SOS Hillary Clinton…do not get involved in O’s health reform politics…

    in fact, I thought that being SOS, Hillary must stay out of politics…so please don’t stain yourself with the debacle that the inexperienced ‘one’ has created all on his own…it is his karma to deal with, and his alone…let him learn…do not once again jump in to save him…


    doesn’t it drive us all crazy that this guy who has NO EXPERIENCE doing anything really, never ran a business, managed a government, etc…nada…is now dictating to everyone as if he knows what the hell he is doing?

    and just what is he doing during these critical times? meeting with nascar race car drivers, going on espn, hopping from one photo opp to another
    and his latest…playing God as only O can say:

    President Obama called on religious leaders to help pass a health-care overhaul, by knocking on doors and sharing the truth about the plan’s proposals to counter those who have been “bearing false witness.”

    He made the push during brief remarks on a conference call Wednesday with faith leaders to discuss what he calls a moral obligation to revamp the health-care system to ensure that no one in America is denied basic health care, because they lack insurance or cannot afford the exorbitant fees sometime charged by insurers.

    “I know we’ve got thousands of people on this call from many different denominations of faith,” Obama said, “but the one thing that you all share is a moral conviction. You know this debate over health care goes to the heart of who we are as a people.

    “These are fabrications that have been put out there in order to discourage people from meeting what I consider to be a core ethical and moral obligation and that is that we look out for one another,” he said. “That I am my brother’s keeper, I am my sister’s keeper and in the wealthiest nation on Earth right now, we are neglecting to live up to that call.”

    what happened to seperation of church and state/governement – what a pimp! O has always reminded me of an television evangelist…kind of like tv evangelist creflo dollar, handsome and charismatic, but i would not trust him as far as…


    btw…doesn’t this instill confidence in O’s management and leadership of government:

    Dozens of auto dealers in the New York area and at least one in Maryland are pulling out of the U.S. government’s popular “Cash for Clunkers” program because of problems in getting reimbursed. (i am sure the hospitals and doctors will be happy to hear this)

    The general manager at Toyota of Bowie said the dealership stopped participating earlier this week because it cannot afford to advance the money for more rebates while waiting on the government to pay. And about half of the 425 members in the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association have also left the program, according to the group’s president.

    “We’re sitting with $1 million out,” said Jim Bee, general manager of the Toyota of Bowie dealership. He said he has taken in between 150 and 160 clunkers and has not been paid a dime from the government.

    Under the government’s clunker program, people who scrap their gas guzzlers can get a voucher worth up to $4,500 toward a new, more fuel-efficient vehicle. Dealers essentially front the money for the cash incentive with the understanding that the government will reimburse them once they file the necessary paperwork online and the deal is approved.

    Mark Schienberg, the president of the New York area automobile dealers group, said the government needs to speed up the approval process because dealerships are cash-flow businesses. He said many of his members have complained about the length of the 10-page-plus application and about rejections that do not give clear explanations of what the problem was. If dealers that are already living hand-to-mouth do not get repaid soon, he said, it could force them into bankruptcy.

    “The program was becoming too difficult for them to get through, and they couldn’t float any more money,” Schienberg said of the dealers that have pulled out.


    add that to another of O’s grand management and leadership in govt:

    Obama’s mortgage modification plan, HAMP (Home Afforable Modification Program), isn’t working very well. Designed to help prevent foreclosures by incentivizing and giving legal protection to previously indifferent middle-men servicers it isn’t producing anywhere near the number of modifications that were anticipated. Is it likely to work in the future? My guess is no. Let’s discuss some reasons why.

    Servicers Gaming the System Over the past few months, more and more stories have come out about servicers finding ways to line their pockets while consumers and investors are getting shortchanged. The one that brought the gaming issue to everyone’s attention is Peter Goodman’s article in the New York Times. Here are my favorite three since then

    …story continues


    yes, we have some leader…he just cannot seem to do anything right!

  52. moononpluto Says:

    August 20th, 2009 at 2:39 pm
    Anyone notice that Michelle seems to have done a complete disappearing act,

    She was in the news yesterday for wearing short-shorts. She was disembarking from an airplane, while on vacation with her kids.


    more BOTS coming in for the crash landing…

    even Air America and Greg Palast are calling O a liar and comparing him to Cheney?

    listen to the clip…

    after exposing the SECRET backroom deals of O with Pharma, Palast ends with the shocking ?’question “What if the people protesting at the town halls are right?”

  54. I think meme is staying away from healthcare because of the trashing Hillary got as first lady when she got involved. There is no way she wants to be compared with someone she hates to begin with and besides that, Hillary can run circles around her with healthcare knowledge. Meme would probably stick her foot in her mouth over and over again.

  55. S Says:
    August 20th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    and just what is he doing during these critical times? meeting with nascar race car drivers, going on espn, hopping from one photo opp to another

    If you don’t think he’s doing enough as President, don’t worry, he’ll be doing a promo with LeBron James!!;_ylt=AstP9imsAnIR3JucZYMTXJK8vLYF?slug=ap-obama-backtoschool&prov=ap&type=lgns

    Obama to appear in back-to-school program

    WASHINGTON (AP)—President Barack Obama will appear in a back-to-school television special with singer Kelly Clarkson and basketball star LeBron James(notes) next month.

    Obama is appearing in a 30-minute documentary that will air at 8 p.m. Sept. 8 on BET, MTV, VH1, CMT, Comedy Central, Spike TV and Nickelodeon, all of them Viacom networks. Obama also plans to deliver a back-to-school speech to the nation’s students on the same day.

    In the program, the president says education is the key to people living out their dreams.

    “So as this new school year begins, I urge you to set goals for your own education: to study hard and get involved in your school, to try new things and find something you’re passionate about,” Obama says, according to a release issued Wednesday.

    “And that’s how our nation will get ahead—by ensuring that every American gets a world-class education, from preschool to college to a career,” Obama said.


  56. I just heard on Fox that Edwards is moving his mistress and his new baby in the same neighborhood he lives in. OMG! How disgusting is that? Maybe he and Elizabeth are divorcing, surely she would not allow this. THese guys seem to get away with murder.

    Meechelle has been MIA lately, I thought she was going to be running for the first woman Pres. after Odrama.

    Nancy Pooplosi with all the Priests, trying the guilt method of trying to get it passed. It seems they DNC will stop at nothing to get this done.

  57. MO in a bikini???…as ABC calls her, First Lady of Fashio, American Fashion Icon…

    nothing would surprise me…she likes to shock others…

  58. rgb44hrc Says:

    August 20th, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    rgb44hrc…you cannot make this stuff up…

    he manages to do everything but addressing what the country needs most…heck, why not go back to community organizing…

    when i think of Bill and Hill pulling all nighters in ‘wonkland’ trying to figure things out and come up with solutions and this guy just flittering all over the place while all his programs crash and burn and we go further into debt – $200 BILLION A MONTH added to the debt alone with a national treasury debt raise around the corner…and he just grins his way through the day – oblivious…ahhhhh…amazing!

    not to mention as I keep stressing…today’s job numbers – just over another half MILLION americans out of jobs…oh, not important…let’s just keep ignoring…

  59. S Says:
    August 20th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Obama’s mortgage modification plan, HAMP (Home Afforable Modification Program), isn’t working very well. Designed to help prevent foreclosures by incentivizing and giving legal protection to previously indifferent middle-men servicers it isn’t producing anywhere near the number of modifications that were anticipated.

    RGB Times reports:

    HAMP hamstrung by hampering hampsters, so it will be replaced by HAMPER (Home Afforable Modification Program Escalating Rates). That is, the loan mods were not kind enough to lenders’ bottom lines, so that’s how they’ll fix THAT problem.

    HAMPER will eventually be replaced by HAMPEST (Home Afforable Modification Program Enacting Stress Tests). The stress tests will of course be rigged, but will seek to quell the growing anger of the swelling mob known as the “American public”.

  60. On talk radio, Obama stands by health care plan

    By CHARLES BABINGTON (AP) – 1 hour ago

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Thursday any health care overhaul bill he signs must reduce rapidly rising health care costs, protect consumers from insurance abuses and provide affordable choices to the uninsured — while not adding to the federal deficit.

    Obama listed those four “bullet points” as his basic requirements in response to a question from a caller to a Philadelphia-based talk radio show. Host Michael Smerconish interviewed Obama at the White House during the show and Obama took questions from several listeners.

    Another caller said he sensed the administration’s “knees buckling” under criticism of the proposals. Obama said he was as determined as ever and “I guarantee you, Joe, we are going to get health care done.”

    “Choice, competition, reducing cost, those are the things I want to see accomplished in this health care bill,” Obama said.

    The president insisted there has been no change in the administration’s position that a government option for health insurance coverage should be considered as part of legislation to overhaul the system.

    Responding to a question from Smerconish, Obama said, “The press got excited and some folks on the left got a little excited” when the administration last weekend made statements indicating that a federally run health insurance option was just one of several alternatives.

    “Our position hasn’t changed,” he said.

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is standing by his position that a public option for health insurance coverage should be considered as part of legislation to overhaul the health care system.

    In an interview Thursday with Philadelphia-based radio talk show host Michael Smerconish, Obama said that “the press got excited and some folks on the left got a little excited” when the administration last weekend made statements indicating that a publicly-run health insurance option was just one of several alternatives.

    Obama said, “What we’ve said is that there are a number of components to health care.” The president also said, “I see nothing wrong with having public option as one choice” and said that no one should be “obligated to go into a public plan.”

  61. Has anyone asked BO, why it is going to take up to 10 years to enact the debacle of the health insurance reform bill?

  62. Birdgal, everyone is afraid to ask the Messiah anything! I am hoping however that Bill and Hillary get into this debacle and get this fixed so I can have healthcare. I am 59 and decided to quit my job with insurance to stay home and take care of my “deadeater” husband who has MS. I am really relying on God to get me thru this, I think he is more worthy than Odrama.

    I do wish we had Hillary, she DID achieve the TRUST of the American people and I think Big Dawg knows this!!

    I hope they are careful with their vacation in Bermuda with Hurricane BILL hammering down on the island.

  63. Confloyd, I hope that you will get insurance, but I’m concerned that the insurance companies are going to have such high premiums, that people will not be able to afford it. What is going to regulate the cost of premiums? people will be limited to what they can purchase in their state of residence. Frankly, no one knows exactly what is in the various bills floating around, but I’m sure that the insurance companies know exactly what the bills contain and the terms are in their favor. Otherwise, why would they be spending so much of their money on advertising?


    For all the hopium smokers that are kicking the habit, there still will be some that require an intervention. You know, before your little “problem” starts taking over your life.

    Yeah, right. This is a funny piece. He draws a comparison to Obama’s unfocused leadership problems in 2008 (as candidate) to his current problems. But he completely overlooks key points:

    * Obama is now president, not just a candidate.
    * After the election, his core supporters were finally satisfied that they won, and that after Jan. 20th, he’s done nothing but dissappoint them.

    The New Republic

    Don’t Sweat It
    by Ed Kilgore
    Obama sure looks to be in trouble, but we’ve seen this summertime hysteria before.
    Post Date Thursday, August 20, 2009

    As the Dog Days of August descended upon us, there developed across the progressive chattering classes a deep sense of malaise bordering on depression, if not panic–much of it driven by fears about the leadership skills of Barack Obama. The polling numbers seemed to weaken every day, and Democratic unease was matched by growing glee on the airwaves of Fox and in Republican circles everywhere.

    Within ten weeks, however, Obama was elected president and joy returned to the land.

    Yes, dear reader, I am suggesting that this August’s sense of progressive despair feels remarkably similar to last August’s. This week last year, the Gallup Tracking Poll had McCain and Obama in a statistical tie. The candidates were fresh from a joint appearance at Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church, which was widely viewed by progressives as a strategic error by Obama. More generally, Democratic confidence, so high earlier in the year, was sagging. “Liberals have been in a dither for several weeks now over Barack Obama’s supposedly listless campaign performance following his return from Europe,” influential blogger Kevin Drum summed up sentiments at that time, “and as near as I can tell this turned into something close to panic.”

    These doldrums dissipated by the time of the Democratic convention later in the month, but reemerged in September, when McCain actually moved ahead in some polls. And the diagnosis of the problem was typically that Obama was too passive, and wasn’t articulating a clear enough message. This should sound familiar to connoisseurs of contemporary progressive concerns about Obama.

    Now, this deja vu sensation I’m having obviously doesn’t guarantee that the current struggles over health care reform and climate change will have as happy an ending as the presidential contest. But it may well provide a plausible argument for giving the president the benefit of the doubt today as we should have done a year ago.

    Part of the psychological problem now may be a matter of unrealistic expectations. Much of the trouble Obama has encountered in promoting his agenda has been entirely predictable. His approval ratings are gradually converging with the 2008 election results. Health care reform is a complicated challenge that threatens a lot of powerful interests and unsettles people happy with their current coverage. Major environmental initiatives lose steam in a deep recession. A new administration gradually begins to assume blame for bad conditions in the country. Republicans, adopting a faux populist tone, are fighting Obama tooth and nail. Democratic activists are frustrated by compromises and sick of having to put up with the Blue Dogs. The Senate is still the Senate, a monument to inertia, pettiness, and strutting egos.

    Progressives are waiting for Barack Obama and his team to work the kind of political magic they seemed to work in 2008–except when they didn’t. Cutting through all the mythologizing of the Obama campaign, the real keys to his stretch-run success last year were his legendary calm (“No Drama Obama”); his confidence in his own long-range strategy; his ability to choose competent lieutenants and delegate to them abundantly; and his grasp of the fundamentals of public opinion and persuasion. There was zero sense of panic in the Obama campaign itself late last summer, because they stuck with their strategy and organization and didn’t let the polls or news cycles force them off the path they had chosen.

    The administration’s demure approach should thus not be terribly surprising, nor a sign that it has lost its heart or its mind. Obama has not, presumably, lost the qualities he showed in the tougher moments of the 2008 campaign. As it planned its legislative agenda for 2009, Team Obama knew health care reform was going to be challenging, and also knew they could probably get away with blaming the economic emergency for paring it back or slowing it down. They decided this was the right time to act, and it’s far too soon to assume they were wrong.

    This particular moment might be more endurable if, as it used to be, August was a political and legislative dead zone. We’d all get a breather, maybe calm down and look ahead to the real deal going down in the fall. But the “August Doesn’t Matter” era has ended–perhaps dating back to the grand jury testimony in the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal in August 1998, if not earlier. (It arguably began to fade when Washington got air-conditioning.) Now, even if nothing substantive is actually happening this month, the absence of action is itself painful, and feels like defeat.

    While I certainly don’t know if the Obama game plan for the next couple of months is going to be successful, I’m reasonably sure a game plan exists. On the issue most on everyone’s mind, I certainly don’t know how to reconcile the sharply contrasting demands of House Democrats and Senate “centrists” on sticking points like the public option. But the odds remain good that the House will pass a bill, the Senate will pass a bill, and then we will find out if the White House and the Democratic congressional leadership have the skill to make something happen that we will be able to recognize as “change,” and perhaps even a victory for progressives. Until then, it’s probably a good idea to drink a tall glass of cold water and wait out the August political heat.

    Ed Kilgore is managing editor of The Democratic Strategist, a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute, and a frequent contributor to a variety of political journals.

  65. But Kilgore’s readers are eager to call him on his overly optimistic assessment of Obama’s time since propping up his feet at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.:

    The most alarming factor is the number of apologia (like this articles) needed in the last few weeks to sustain Obama’s image. Judging from it, he is about to fall.
    — Chris_Israel

    The more the American people understand what Obama is up to the less they like it. His socialist ideology is the opposite of everything that has made this country great. Socialism privileges (to borrow a word from the left) conformity over creativity, laziness over hard work, and mediocrity over talent. The base of the Democratic Party consists of “educators” – people who are too stupid to do anything but “teach”, i.e. indoctrinate America’s children with 57 varieties of peecee garbage. The charge that teachers are for the most part not too swift is borne out by studies that show that education majors are at the intellectual bottom of colleges and universities. Do we really want to make a dog’s breakfast out of medicine as we have done out much of education?

    — Bulbman1066

    Dear Mr. Kilgore, You’re whistling past the graveyard. The best Obama can hope for is that the Senate Finance Committee will come up with a bipartisan no public option health care bill that he can embrace on the pretext that it’s what he wanted all along. Otherwise, he’s going to have to sit by while Congrssional Democrats try to get something enacted with zero Republican support. That might prove to be impossible in the House because Blue Dog Democrats have enough votes to kill any bill that contains a public option, and left wing Democrats have enough votes to kill any bill that doesn’t. And even if Nancy Pelosi somehow managed to get a health care bill through the House despite these obstacles, the bill would be dead on arrival in the Senate because all the policy provisions (i.e., everything in the bill except pure budgetary measures)would be subject to filibuster and Harry reid doesn’t have enough votes to break a filibuster. At the end of the day, I suspect ardent Obamacare supporters may need something stronger to drink than “a tall glass of cold water”.

    — John D. Hartigan

    a few more:

    Posted by AK
    6 of 20 | warn tnr | respond
    This column is useless. Obama was down in the polls before and came back last summer. Okay. But what was it that caused him to come back? What re-opened the gap between McCain and Obama in the polls was the cratering of the economy, which began in the middle of September. That sealed McCain’s fate. Obama might have won anyway, but without the lousy economy it would have been a squeaker. If AIG limped along for two more months, there’s a very good chance that McCain would be president today. So the real lesson here is that when Obama is down, an event exogenous to Washington’s political maneuvering can bring him back. Wow, thank you for this trenchant analysis! I am astonished that you give it away for free, as you clearly could charge a forture for it.

    Posted by rick.felt
    7 of 20 | warn tnr | respond
    You can’t possibly be serious. Obama came back because of his storied “cool” and because he knows how to organize and delegate? How about going with the real answer, which is “Obama came back because the economy blew up in the Republicans’ faces”? You might think that the economic problems explain only a part of Obama’s comeback, and if you want to take that position, it’s certainly defensible. But to write a column explaining that around this time last year, McCain and Obama were tied, and then Obama opened up a lead in the fall, without mentioning the suddenly bad economy is absurd.

    Posted by Steve Campbell

    Yes, and the economic collapse in the Fall had nothing to do with Obama’s victory…wonder what amazing occurance will happen that will turn it for Obama this time.

    Posted by Gee Vee

    This is nonsense. The problem with the article is that you, like the White House and other liberal Democrats in charge do not understand that the American People are not LIBERAL and DO NOT want the agenda that is being pushed upon them. Obama was not elected for his brillance, but merely because he was following GWB. There no “mandate” for any of this liberal agenda and the polls and emotion reflect this.

  66. very nicely stated…


    Opinion: Bill Clinton and The Clinton Foundation

    Professor M Zahidul Haque

    When President Bill Clinton was in the While House office, he had to get all his plans and programs with whatever noble intentions passed by the Congress. He had also to face the Critics and the Press to justify his intentions. But after successful completion of his tenure in the office of the President of the United States of America, Clinton has now freely devoted himself in the activities of his foundation, that is, “The Clinton Foundation” which seeks to address some of the world’s more pressing challenges, such as, HIV/AIDS, global climate change, and extreme poverty – through collaborative and systematic efforts. By this time, the Clinton Foundation has achieved remarkable success in controlling HIV/AIDS, adverse effects of greenhouse gases, eradicating poverty and promoting healthy education environments. In a recent letter received by this writer from the former US President Bill Clinton who is also the President of the Clinton Foundation, Clinton wrote:

    “This year, the global economic crisis has tested our momentum. But our planet is still warming at an alarming rate. HIV/AIDS is still invading the bodies of people around the world, and malaria is still infecting children in Africa. Currently, one in three kids in the U.S. is overweight or obese – a serious health issue that I struggled with as a child. Thanks to the tremendous support of the individuals like you, my Foundation has been able to meet these challenges and continue our work to reach even more people in the U.S. and across the globe. This week is no exception. Last Thursday I announced new pricing agreements we negotiated with Pfizer and Mylan that will help turn the tide of the global HIV/AIDS pandemic”.

    While wishing a grand success of the great efforts undertaken by the Clinton Foundation, I take this opportunity to extend my heartiest greetings to former President Bill Clinton on his birthday which fell on 19th August and wishing him a very happy, healthy, and prosperous life plus all the success for him and his philanthropic Clinton Foundation.

  67. Teddy will try and have his wife appt asap so he can rest knowing he passed a health reform act……….what a guy.

  68. Teddy will try and have his wife appt asap so he can rest knowing he passed a health reform act……….what a guy.
    And spend the rest of eternity in hell perhaps.


    …what a chump. But it’s entertaining nonetheless.

    Sam Stein is essentially saying: “Hey, Obama hasn’t given up on health care reform. He’s having all these meetings. Like yesterday. And today. And he’s gonna keep talkin’ til he gets ‘r done”.


    There’s an imbedded link with (parts?) of that interview. I haven’t seen it, but it might contain Obama saying goofy or ridiculous or nasty things.

    Obama Smerconish Interview: “Guarantees” Reform, Still Open To GOP

    President Barack Obama guaranteed on Thursday that health care reform will be achieved, and he stuck by the public option as his preferred choice for revamping the insurance market.

    In an interview with Philadelphia-based radio talk show host and MSNBC analyst Michael Smerconish, Obama continued to talk about his desire to bring Republican lawmakers on board. He also chastised, ever so slightly, the press and progressives for getting “a little excited” in their suspicions that he was abandoning the public plan. “Our position hasn’t changed,” he said.

    Obama’s most powerful moment, however, may have come when he addressed a caller who had supported his 2008 campaign but was concerned that the president’s knees were “buckling” when it came to getting health care reform passed.

    “I guarantee you,” he told the caller, “we are going to get health care reform done. And I know that there are a lot of people out there who have been hand wringing and folks in the press are following every little twist and turn of the legislative process. You know, passing a big bill like this is always messy. FDR was called a socialist when he passed Social Security. JFK and Lyndon Johnson, they were both accused of a government takeover of health care, when they passed Medicare. This is the process we go through because understandably, the American people have a long tradition of being suspicious of government, until the government actually does something that helps them, and then they don’t want anybody messing with whatever gets set up. And I’m confident we’re going to get it done.”

    Obama and his Democratic allies are making a renewed push to bolster public opinion behind his health care agenda. On Wednesday, Obama hosted a call with religious leaders who backed his proposal. Later on Thursday, he is hosting an open strategy session with his campaign arm – Organizing for America – to discuss the political landscape surrounding the health care debate.

    Through it all, he has stuck to a familiar script: health care reform needs to expand coverage, lower costs, and increase competition. A public option, Obama said on Thursday, is the best vehicle for achieving these goals. But no one should be “obligated to go into a public plan.”

    On Thursday, Obama showed a certain amount of frustration with the GOP, but he did little to indicate he was willing to give up on recruiting bipartisan support.

    “As far as negotiations with Republicans, my attitude has always been, let’s see if we can get this done with some consensus,” he said. “I would love to have more Republicans engaged and involved in this process. I think, early on, a decision was made, by the Republican leadership that said, look, ‘let’s not give them a victory. Maybe we can have a replay of 1993, ’94 when Clinton came in, he failed on health care and then we won in the midterm elections and we got the majority. And I think there are some folks who are taking a page out of that playbook.”

    “But this shouldn’t be a political issue,” he added. “This is an issue for the American people. There are a bunch of Republicans out there who have been working very constructively. One of them, [Sen.] Olympia Snowe in Maine, she’s been dedicated on this. [Sens.] Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) are others. They’ve been meeting in the Senate Finance Committee. I want to give them a chance to work through these processes and we’re happy to make sensible compromises. What we’re not willing to do is give up on the core principle.”

  70. When a Huffnpuffer uses a phrase (like Stein above)

    “Obama’s most powerful moment, however , may have come when he…”

    you know they’re still on the hard stuff. Get them to an NA meeting ASAP.

  71. I just heard on Fox that Edwards is moving his mistress and his new baby in the same neighborhood he lives in. OMG! How disgusting is that?
    Relax Confloyd. It is an old venerated Italian thing. I used to know a guy named Rocko D P, who was known to some as the godfather of Utica, which was all just media hype (like the night of the sicilian vespers–not a word of truth to it). Rocko, or Rockie as he was affectionately known to his friends believed it was a breach of decorum to not take his wife and mistress with him when they went on trips. We must all learn to be more open minded. Like Brigham Young.

  72. Pelosi Says She Can’t Pass Bill Without Public Option

    By Kristin Jensen and Joseph Galante

    Aug. 20 (Bloomberg) — U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she won’t be able to pass health-care legislation in her chamber if the measure doesn’t include a government-run insurance plan to compete with private insurers.

    “There’s no way I can pass a bill in the House of Representatives without a public option,” Pelosi, a California Democrat, said at a press conference in San Francisco today.

    The idea, a central component of President Barack Obama’s effort to overhaul the nation’s health-care system, has emerged as a flash point in his party. Suggestions by administration officials in recent days that the White House might be willing to give up on the public plan drew protests from some House Democrats.

    Obama today reiterated his support for the proposal. “If we have a public option in there it will help keep insurance companies honest,” he told a group of community volunteers in Washington.

    Lawmakers are attempting to rein in health-care costs and extend coverage to many of the 46 million uninsured people in the U.S. Opponents of the public option argue that it would expand the role of government too much and undercut the market for private insurers such as Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc.

    ‘Bureaucratic Nightmare’

    The public-option concept has been criticized by Republicans such as Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi, who say they might be willing to support the overall legislation. Enzi is among a group of six senators working on a bipartisan compromise in the Senate Finance Committee who are scheduled to discuss the legislation by telephone this evening.

    “For millions of Americans, the government-run plan would turn into a bureaucratic nightmare,” Enzi wrote in a USA Today opinion piece yesterday. “In the finance committee, six of us leading the negotiations are working from the premise that there will not be a government-run plan.” Enzi and other negotiators plan to convene at 9 p.m. Washington time today for about 1 1/2 hours. The group is led by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, a Montana Democrat, and also includes Republicans Charles Grassley of Iowa and Olympia Snowe of Maine, as well as Democrats Kent Conrad of North Dakota and Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico.

    Still Negotiating

    The finance panel is the only one of five congressional committees with jurisdiction over health care still working on a plan. Instead of a public option, the senators in the finance negotiating group are considering allowing the creation of nonprofit cooperatives that could get government seed money.

    Three House committees and one Senate panel have approved their versions of the legislation on party-line votes. All these proposals contain some sort of public option.

    Pelosi, who spoke to reporters today after meeting with community religious leaders, said Congress has to take “comprehensive” action on the health-care issue now while it has the chance. “I don’t know how you would scale it down,” she said.

  73. Sen. Grassley Calls Obama, Pelosi ‘Intellectually Dishonest’

    Wednesday, August 19, 2009 4:22 PM
    By: Rick Pedraza

    One of the leading Senate Republicans working on the bipartisan healthcare reform bill has labeled President Barack Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “intellectually dishonest” for skirting the discussion of specific provisions in the Democratic legislation.

    By sidestepping former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s charge of creating “death panels” with the legislation, Obama and Pelosi are fooling the public in their tactics for government-run healthcare, Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa said.

    Grassley told Fox News Tuesday that he “had very strong views for about four months during this debate that I’m not going to do anything with the healthcare bill that puts a government bureaucrat or any government policy making a determination on whether or not we are going to value life at the end of life any more than at age 30 or 20.” The “Pelosi bill, which is a government takeover of healthcare, [is] exploding the deficit because it’s not paid for and it’s got high taxes in it,” he told Fox News.

    “So what they tried to do is divert attention, and they’ve done a very good job of diverting attention, and they’re intellectually dishonest when they say it because all of their proposals dealing with end of life are connected with ways of saving money and takeover of national healthcare.”

    Last week, Grassley charged Democrats with wanting to “pull the plug on grandma” and said the House bill would even deny brain cancer treatment to Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass.

    In a radio interview Wednesday, Grassley said Obama “really does not have an understanding of how Congress operates.” The top Republican on the finance committee also told constituents at a town hall meeting last week that he does not want government policy to “treat life at age 85 different than we do life at 35. “They aren’t for the Kennedy bill, or the Pelosi bill, or Obamacare,” Grassley said. “But they will tell you about the third of the dollars we spend on care are wasted in America, and we’ve got to change things.”

    Joining Grassley in lashing out at Obama’s healthcare reform efforts was Rep. Steve King, a fellow Iowan who accused Obama and the Democratic-controlled House Tuesday of a “breathtaking” assault on the free market. King told The Associated Press that Obama is taking “great steps toward a managed economy.”

    Despite Obama’s contention that he will nix the public option in favor of a quasi-government cooperative at every state level to compete with the individual insurance companies from the contentious bill, the White House said this week that it still supports a public option.

  74. Confloyd: since you and I are the same age, you may remember this one. When this one rolls into the juke box record player, John blinky can turn to Elizabeth and say darl’n theyre play’n our song:
    One has my name, the other has my heart
    With one I’ll remain, that’s how my heartaches start
    One has brown eyes, the other’s eyes are blue
    To one I am tied, to the other I am true
    One has my love, the other only me
    But what good is love to a heart that can’t be free?
    So I’ll go on livin’ my life just the same
    While one has my heart, the other has my name

Comments are closed.