Obama’s Wee Wee

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

We don’t know, we suspect Joe Biden or Michelle Obama had something to do with it, but on Thursday Barack Obama had this to say: “There is something about August going into September where everybody in Washington gets all wee weed up!”

We thought at the time that maybe getting “wee weed up” has something to do with Michelle Obama’s alleged “garden”, or perhaps this was a flashback to memories of his days smoking devil weed (pot, marijuana, doobies). Perhaps, we surmised, the “weed” in “wee weed” has nothing to do with organic weed but instead is a grammatical, past tense variation of “wee”. This possibility made us think of Pee Wee Herman for some reason.



Obama of course has neither the grace, intelligence, wit, cleverness, sense of style, communication skills, experience, qualifications, decent friends, persistence, honesty, nor dancing ability of the hapless, comic, Pee Wee.

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Whatever it is, Obama is the one with the wee wee problem. Obama is shrinking to political impotence.

Obama this weekend faces flaccid polls to match his flaccid policies.

So flaccid is Obama that the master of all matters wee, George Stepanoupoulos, believes the best Obama can do is get lost (“the best short term antidote is a solid 2 week vacation“.)

We recommend, as a short term antidote, a solid 3 year vacation.

Wee George on Good Morning America also stated that the message from Americans to Obama is: “we’re worried you’re getting in over your head.” George know about being in over your head in more ways than one.

We knew two and a half years ago (actually we knew back in 2004 in the Four Seasons Hotel in Boston when we got our first good close up look at B.O.) that even if Obama was 20 feet tall he was in over his head.

But being a hapless flailing doofus is only a wee wee problem for Obama. The big problem for Obama is that Americans of all stripes, races, creeds, parties, ages, religions, regions, climates, geographies, sexes, orientations, colors, tastes, styles, and education levels are quoting good ol’ Big Pink:

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

Americans are right to trust Big Pink and not believe Barack Obama – the Joker Clown from Chicago and his Circus of Crime and Corruption.

Nearly 70% of all Americans surveyed by Gallup say they expect higher taxes by the end of Obama’s term. That could explain the difficulty selling a healthcare overhaul.

Despite President Obama’s promise that only taxpayers earning more than $250,000 a year will pay higher taxes to support the healthcare initiative that he is proposing, the vast majority of Americans surveyed believe that they will pay higher income taxes by the final year of Obama’s term in 2012.

The apparently pervasive fear of higher taxes with 68 percent of all Americans surveyed by the Gallup Poll saying they expect higher taxes by the end of Obama’s term could help explain widespread uncertainty about the president’s plans for overhauling the delivery of health care and insurance.

Americans know a great reckoning is coming. Obama and the Dimocrats know a great reckoning is coming not only to America for electing Obama but also for Dimocrats for taking the nomination from Hillary to hand it over to an inexperienced, unqualified clown who loves to dump his dirty laundry on Friday nights when Americans are paying least attention:

The Obama administration expects the federal deficit over the next decade to be $2 trillion bigger than previously estimated, White House officials said Friday, a setback for a president already facing a Congress and public wary over spending.

A $2 trillion “oops” on a late Friday is not a wee problem. Obama is trying, to borrow from Howard Dean, to “hide the salami”. In this particular instance, $2 trillion is not a wee amount.

A $2 trillion “oops” and expectations of higher taxes. We have been right to warn Americans not to trust Obama and Americans are listening:

They simply don’t trust a thing this administration and the Congress is putting out there. The irony, of course, is that the Democrats and Obama thought that circumstance had handed them the perfect political storm with which to pass huge social programs liberals had dreamed of for decades. They had a crisis and, as Rahm Emanuel said, they weren’t going to let it go to waste.

A $2 trillion increase in the 10-year budget deficit projection is dumped on a Friday and then Obama goes off on a wee vacation to wealthy Martha’s Vineyard.

Record-breaking deficits have raised concerns about America’s ability to finance its debt and whether the United States can maintain its top-tier AAA credit rating.

Politically, the deficit has been an albatross for Obama, a Democrat who is pushing forward with plans to overhaul the U.S. healthcare industry — an initiative that could cost up to $1 trillion over 10 years — and other promises, including reforming education and how the country handles energy.

To Obama paying the bills is a wee problem.

What’s even more humiliating and frustrating for Barack Obama than the mess he creates is that the fan club is losing members. Americans, like lovers who used to love their partner’s aroma, now can’t stand the stink:

That said, the difficulties do appear daunting — so much so that he scaled back his time on television this week because Democratic focus groups and polls suggested that some Americans were growing tired of seeing so much of him.

Poor Obama, all he has to give is talk and a Joker grin, and now Americans don’t want to see him. Why watch or listen to someone you don’t believe or trust? Even senior citizens in Florida, dyed in the wool Democrats who were fooled by Dimocrats into voting for B.O. don’t trust Obama:

“I voted for President Obama, and I’m not ashamed to say that I’m sorry now because I don’t trust what he’s saying,” said Elaine Carl, 71, president of recreation at the development’s Phase 4. “I think they’re going to take away from Medicare, I really do.”

Paul Krugman, after attacking those that disagreed with the inexperienced, unqualified Obama as “racists” now seems to be a “racist” himself. Krugman says “progressives” don’t trust Obama:

So progressives are now in revolt. Mr. Obama took their trust for granted, and in the process lost it.

Big Obama shill Bob Herbert is beginning to realize that Americans don’t trust Obama. Still in worship mode, still bowing before the Obama he hardly knew, Hapless Herbert weeps: It’s still early, but people are starting to lose faith in the president. I hear almost daily from men and women who voted enthusiastically for Mr. Obama but are feeling disappointed. Bob Herbert must be a racist.

Glenn Greenwald must be a “racist” too. Greenwald repeats Big Pink on trust:

“On most fronts that matter — civil liberties, national security, economic policy, servitude to corporate interests, even rising opposition to Obama’s long-promised escalation of the war in Afghanistan — that defines rather clearly what the Obama/Emanuel approach has been thus far. Stopping it somewhere — anywhere — is vital, and for many reasons, the health care fight provides an excellent opportunity (at least as good as any) for doing so. Clearly — as first became conclusively clear when Obama so shamelessly reversed himself on FISA and telecom immunity — the Obama White House will not, on its own, cease following the dictates of Blue Dogs, “centrists” and the corporate interests which own them. That will only happen if they realize that their political power is threatened by building their power in service of corporate interests and by continuing to ignore the interests of those who elected them. The signs which Krugman identifies to show that Obama has lost the trust of many progressives is one important step, but preventing a health care bill that is nothing but an ill-gotten gift to the insurance and drug industries is a far more important step still. Whatever else one might want to say, changing who wins in Washington is the most important goal there is.”

Stop bothering Obama with details Greenwald, he’s off to the Vineyard for a wee bit.

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Just before dumping the $2 trillion horror and heading off for a wee vacation to Camp David, on route to a wee wee vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, Barack Obama had his alter ego, the thug Robert Gibbs explain the “wee weed” remark. As we had suspected it had to do with the male ding-a-ling.

So what did the president mean when he said this week that everyone’s getting all “wee-weed up” in Washington?

“It’s a phrase I use,” White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said today, hesitating at his press briefing to offer a physical demonstration of the phraseology.

“Let’s do this in a way that’s family friendly,” Gibbs said. “I think ‘wee-weed up’ is when people get all nervous for no particular reason…. [snip]

“Bedwetting would probably be the more consumer-friendly term for it,” the press secretary said.

For Americans, an urine soaked White House mattress aptly describes the Obama stink. It’s not a wee problem.



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  1. Puhleeze can they keep him???

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    Obama to visit Beijing in November: US ambassador

    By Robert J. Saiget

    BEIJING — Barack Obama will make his first presidential visit to China in November to bring fresh impetus to relations between the United States and the Asian giant, Washington’s new ambassador said Saturday.

    Jon Huntsman told reporters Obama “is going to be visiting in the middle of November”. “By the end of the year, after the president has been able to sit down with many of the good leaders here in China, I am hopeful, I am confident, that by the end of the year the US-China relationship will be stronger than ever before,” he said after arriving in the Chinese capital late Friday.

    The White House announced in April Obama had accepted an invitation by President Hu Jintao to visit in the second half of 2009. But this is the first time either side has indicated a month for the visit.

    Huntsman did not offer precise dates but the US president could stop over either side of a November 14-15 visit to Singapore to attend the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.
    Huntsman, unanimously approved by the US Senate earlier this month as Obama’s ambassador to Beijing, called the US-China relationship “the most important in the world”.
    Besides the economic and trade relationship, the United States and China needed to focus on a series of other issues, including energy and climate, the global economy and regional security, he said.

    “These are complex issues, they are not going to be resolved easily, but in order to get to where we all know we can be… it is going to take the United States and China working more diligently on them,” Huntsman, 49, said, speaking in Chinese and English.

    China briefly cut off military exchanges with the United States in October 2008 over a 6.5-billion-dollar US arms sale to Taiwan, a self-ruled island that China claims, with its military calling such deals “the greatest obstacle to Sino-American relations”.

    And in March this year two tense standoffs between US and Chinese vessels in the South China Sea triggered accusations by the United States that China was behaving in an “aggressive” manner. “We all know from time to time we may disagree but the world today, more than ever before, relies too much on a healthy and stable US-China relationship,” Huntsman said. Huntsman added that Beijing and Washington needed to work together on the nuclear issues of Iran and North Korea, while the United States would also seek China’s cooperation in the war in Afghanistan. “There has never been a more important period for the United States and China to get along and to discover our shared interests,” he said. The new ambassador will also likely be spending time soothing China’s concerns over the falling value of its nearly 800 billion dollars in US securities as US government deficit spending balloons.

    Huntsman, once floated as a possible 2012 Republican challenger to Obama, also said he would seek to broaden the scope of America’s human rights dialogue with China. “The human rights dialogue needs to be regularised and integrated into our broader discussions so that it isn’t just a once per year discussion but rather an ongoing dialogue that is meaningful and reflects our values as a country,” he said.

    Huntsman, who mastered Mandarin living in Taiwan as a Mormon missionary, is the former Republican governor of Utah and ambassador to Singapore.

    google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5i65NZ1NEjcsSeiZEpVKDTUQGc-EA

  2. Obama’s Trust Problem
    By PAUL KRUGMAN
    Published: August 20, 2009
    [….]
    So there’s a growing sense among progressives that they have, as my colleague Frank Rich suggests, been punked.

    h…/..w
    nytimes.com/2009/08/21/opinion/21krugman.html?_r=2

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    Forgot to say this is a pretty good article except re public option, which he credits to some early source and to Edwards with NO MENTION of Hillary.

    There’s a long comment string that requires login, dunno if it’s still open.

  3. admin: You took Obama’s ill-advised comment, ran with it and scored a touchdown.
    BTW: Heard on TV the other day that Obama was one of the dignitaries speaking at the Cronkite (?) memorial (?). The next statement was “Bill Clinton is also speaking.” Well now, isn’t wee weed just going to cement that dignitary image?

  4. Rasmussen today: minus 10. “This is the first time since July 31 that the President’s Approval Index has fallen to negative double digits.”

  5. BO is showing more clearly each day, what a disgrace he is to the office of the POTUS. When I saw the wee-weed clip yesterday, I felt very disgusted that a POTUS would revert to frat boy humor, but he did the same thing during the primary. Remember, the finger, dusting off his shoulders, and the motion of scrapping poop from his shoes. Another terrible moment. Unbelievable that people voted for this scum of the earth. He lied during the primary and he hasn’t stopped yet. What a national disgrace he is turning out to be. A corporate shill, through and through.

  6. holdthemaccountable Says:

    August 22nd, 2009 at 2:21 pm
    Watch them fall some more when Americans watch the fraud on his luxe vacation at the Vineyard while most of us are struggling.

    I spoke to a friend who lived on the vineyard and she said that when the clintons vacationed there, there were no T-shirts and tacky tinkets….it was very low key.

  7. I have a “Big Dawg” T-shirt (a play on the ubiquitous “Black Dog” t-shirts from the eponymous Tavern) to commemorate my visit to the Vineyard in 2000; got to see Bill and Vernon Jordan on the golf course, thanks to Jordan’s famous panama hat. You couldn’t miss them on the course. A belated happy b-day to the best president of my lifetime, William Jefferson Clinton…

  8. holdthemaccountable Says:

    August 22nd, 2009 at 2:08 pm

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    Unfortunately I read somewhere (can’t remember source) that the idiot will be giving the eulogy.

  9. holdthemaccountable,

    This is where I read it. I hope it’s a misprint.

    cbc.ca/arts/media/story/2009/08/18/cronkite-memorial-obama.html

  10. JanH – afraid not. I faltered on whether it was a memorial service and also whether it was for Cronkite, but I’m certain that Obama is a participating (wee wee) dignitary.

  11. Another Obama broken promise. A weird one (especially in light of the release of the Lockerbie killer):

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/washingtondc/la-na-rendition22-2009aug22,0,569241.story

    Contractor Raymond Azar is arrested in Afghanistan, hooded, stripped and flown to the U.S. His alleged crime? Bribery. A human rights activist calls the case ‘bizarre.’

    A Lebanese citizen being held in a detention center here was hooded, stripped naked for photographs and bundled onto an executive jet by FBI agents in Afghanistan in April, making him the first known target of a rendition during the Obama administration.

    Unlike terrorism suspects who were secretly snatched by the CIA and harshly interrogated and imprisoned overseas during the George W. Bush administration, Raymond Azar was flown to this Washington suburb for a case involving inflated invoices.

  12. Great article Admin. I have been out of pocket. I am in Tucson. A friend had to put their beloved cat to sleep, and I wanted to give them a shoulder to lean on.

    So, I watched fax news a little. Can you imagine, I have not listen to any of them in a long long time.

    O’Reilly had a sub. Most of them had nothing good to say about OO. I am going out to dinner with a young OO voter tonight. I will not take politics, and I don’t think they will either. We will see.

    I did not hear anything supportive of OO on Fox. Many thought the $2T was a big deal, and would cause him more major grief. Also, they said his going to M vineyard would not be taken well. They said he should have gone to Michigan, Florida, or Arkansas where people are hurting.

    I think he has made a major mistake with his budget estimating, and it forever will undermine him with the people that care about money. One thing I have learned is you better hit your number or better. Of course, his inexperience is showing. (Wee Wee, give me a break).

  13. This is just a very sad story I want to share with you all here at BIg Pink. There is a couple that I know that are in their early thirties. He graduated in with and degree in Finance, he was the first person in his family to go to college. He got a pretty good job and was laid off and now can’t find one. His wife you worked as a teller at a bank helped put him thru college. Once she got him thru school, she started also with a degree in Finance. She graduated last Saturday. She also is the first in her family with a college degree. There are NO jobs and she will continue as a bank teller, and her husband is on unemployment.
    My son who went to her graduation, said she cried almost all the thru graduation as she knows there are NO jobs.
    I felt really sorry for them, to work and save to get thru college only to get out and find out their are NO jobs.

    I wanted to share that with you all as you all will be able to understand exactly what has happened to this country.

    Obama is telling everyone to go into healthcare, but as people do just that there will also be an overabundance of healthcare workers. I am of the belief that not everyone has the ability to be a compassionate healthcare worker. I also think that this is a must in this career choice. Things are bad in the UNited States. We could have had Hillary!

  14. Great article, Admin. The analogies are precious.

    It seems BO is all wee-weed up!

    “Abe Lincoln: I agree with you sir, and the best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend.”

    John Kennedy with the “Ask Not” quote.

    Bill Clinton: “Success is not the measure of a man but a triumph over those who choose to hold him back.”

    Barack Obama: “This time of the year in August; Washington gets all wee-weed up!”

  15. Admin,

    I’m by no means a Michael Moore fan but I am interested in seeing his latest film when it comes out. I want to see if he gives bambi a pass for all of this, blames Bush and everyone else.

  16. Group to Launch Television Ad Criticizing Obama

    By Ben Pershing
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Saturday, August 22, 2009

    Seeking to ensure that President Obama has a less-than-restful vacation, a group opposed to the White House’s health-care proposals is launching an ad campaign this week that will run locally during his stay at Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.

    Conservatives for Patients’ Rights says it plans to run a spot titled “Surf’s Up” in the Martha’s Vineyard and Boston areas that implores the president to drop his pursuit of a public health insurance option. The ad is the latest salvo in a multimillion-dollar message war over the fate of health reform that has shown no sign of abating, even during the normally quiet final weeks of summer.

    “The beach is nice this time of year,” the ad’s narrator begins. “But while President Obama vacations, concerns mount about his health-care plan. Why? Because his public-option health plan could lead to government-run health care, higher taxes on everything from paychecks to soda, and add a trillion to the deficit. Mr. President, when you go back to D.C., drop your government-run public-option plan. Let’s get on with real reform to lower costs and protect patients’ rights.”

    The group said it has laid out “more than $150,000” for the ad campaign, a relatively small amount given that more than $60 million has been spent on health-care ads this year, according to the Campaign Media Analysis Group. But CPR hopes to make its dollars count by putting the ad on the air in front of Obama, his staff and the traveling White House press corps. The group made a point of buying time during next week’s series between the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago White Sox, Obama’s favorite baseball team.

    “While President Obama is vacationing in the surf at Martha’s Vineyard, Americans are growing increasingly anxious that the public option will raise costs, not lower them,” said Rick Scott, a former hospital chief executive who chairs CPR. “He should drop the public-option plan and go back to the drawing board.”

    On Wednesday, Scott sent out an internal memo, published on WhoRunsGov.com (a Washington Post Co. Web site), warning that “the public option isn’t dead yet” and pledging to keep up the pressure on Obama with a “Martha’s Vineyard ad strategy.”

    Asked at Friday’s briefing about the ad, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs made reference to Scott’s past legal problems. “Well, I think . . . this is the same individual that we’ve talked about in here who’s the recipient of — just so we do this so everybody understands — of the largest health-care penalty ever issued by a federal government for fraud for a company he was the CEO of, right?” Gibbs said.

    Scott was pushed out from his post atop the Columbia/HCA health-care company during a fraud investigation in the 1990s. The firm paid a record $1.7 billion in fines after pleading guilty to charges that it overbilled state and federal health plans.

    Targeting vacationing presidents via the airwaves is nothing new. It was common for groups to buy ad time in Waco, Tex., when President George W. Bush was at his ranch in nearby Crawford (and accompanying reporters had a lot of downtime to watch TV).

    While CPR focuses on Martha’s Vineyard, other groups in the health-care fight will spend the rest of August on the air nationally and in key congressional districts. The liberal group Americans United for Change will begin running an ad this week titled “Real Death Panels” nationally on MSNBC and CNN, as well as on Washington-area cable networks. The spot accuses conservatives such as Sarah Palin and talk-show host Glenn Beck of spreading “lies” about Democrats’ reform plans while insurance companies allegedly deny lifesaving care to patients. A group spokesman said the campaign’s initial price tag was “in the low five figures.”

    On Thursday, the conservative group Club for Growth launched its third ad in a $1.2 million campaign, this one running in the home states of GOP Sens. Charles E. Grassley (Iowa), Olympia J. Snowe (Maine) and Mike Enzi (Wyo.). The ad urges the three senators, all of whom are among the Finance Committee’s “Gang of Six” health-care negotiators, “not to cave in to the liberals” in reform talks.

    The conservative Independent Women’s Forum is also targeting key senators, running more than $2 million worth of anti-public-option ads in Alaska, Colorado, Indiana, Louisiana, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada and North Dakota. And the National Republican Congressional Committee is airing ads against Democratic Reps. Michael Arcuri (N.Y.) and Zack Space (Ohio), saying they are allying themselves with Obama and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) while they are “cooking up a risky experiment on health care.”

    washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/22/AR2009082201757.html

  17. Dear Progressive:

    After the Bush debacle, it is understandable that you would support someone who was everything Bush was not, i.e. black not white; highbrow not low brow; verbally adept rather that verbally challenged; charismatic as opposed to dull as paint. But if you voted for Obama over Hillary, then you selected the wrong person.

    If you had studied the real political history of Mr. Obama (as opposed to the self serving hype in his books), then you would have realized that he was not the populist reformer he claimed to be, but is instead a shill for Big Business. You would have known that as a State Senator he sold out the housing concerns of his indigent Chicago constituents to a corrupt, convicted and now incarcerated political fixer and real estate developer named Rezko in exchange for campaign contributions; and you also would have know that as a U.S. Senator, he sold out the safety concerns his Illinois constituents over nuclear spillage in drinking water to a company called Excelon from whom he later received campaign contributions. That my friend is The Real Obama.

    But let us take it one step further. If you had been mindful of those things then you would have known that if he became President he would do the very things he is doing now which you claim to detest, i.e. his secret drug deal with Big Pharma, his betrayal of Civil Liberties with respect of FISA, his reversal on Election Reform, his Bailout of the banks (including his largest contributor Goldman Sachs), his expansion of the War in Afghanistan, his accumulation of Executive Powers, etc. Yes, you wold have known.

    But let’s see how his most ardent supporters are reacting to the Obama we see today, which they never knew:

    1. Progressives: Frank Rich, Bob Herbert, Michael Goodwin et. al. were the mouthpiece of the Obama campaign. Their relationship was an incestuous one. They were the carnival barkers for The Great One and designated assassins of his opponents. Yet now they come forward and complain that they have been “punked”? It is impossible to take them seriously. They knew Obama’s history and what he was capable of. They had their doubts. But when push came to shove, these people were too invested in Hillary hate and Republican hate to care about the future of this country. As a result, they elected someone who is the antithesis of progressive reform. Give me a break.

    2. Brand Obama Consumers: they drive around big cities in their foreign cars with vacant stares, and Obama stickers plastered on their rear bumpers that say We Won. To which I say WTF did they win? They face limited prospects due to the economic mess and jobless recovery created by Bush, and the systematic looting of the treasury by Obama. These people mean nothing to Obama except at election time. Do you remember his grass roots organizers in California who were promised delegate positions at the convention, only to be replaced by fat cats and their girlfriends. If that is what they call winning let us hope they never go near a crap table.

    3. Storm Troopers: his Black Panthers showed up at the polling place in Philadelphia brandishing weapons and threats against voters. His ACORN supporters intimidated elderly Hillary supporters, and engaged in systemic voter fraud in the caucus states. This caused voters and election observers to file 2000 complaints which his minions at the Democratic National Committee refused to investigate. His SEIU supporters stormed a town hall meeting in St. Louis and physically assaulted a black conservative, on orders from his Deputy Chief of Staff to hit back twice as hard. His Move-on.org Nazis formed a flash mob of 18,000 over the internet to destroy the business of the owner of Whole Foods who was an Obama supporter, but had the temerity to suggest improvements to Obama care. The motive is to silence dissent in the name of unity, as Obama defines it.

    4. Big Media: they are The Walking Dead of their profession, a shadow of things past. Bad joke. They are hyper partisan, over bearing and intellectually dishonest. They are not worth listening to, and it shows in their declining ratings. Their blatant bias is visible in every aspect of their business from content, to point of view, to air time, to selection of pundits, to subliminal messaging. The Pew Institute has confirmed this in its studies. Robert Samuelson and many others have all made the same observation. Even today, they take deify Obama and take perverse delight in beating up on Hillary– or even private citizens who dare to question Obama. Will this change in the future. No. Why not? Three reasons: first, these people have no integrity and no love of country—they blame America first for everything they think is wrong in the world. Second, their business model is failing and they are looking for a government bailout, or to become a quasi public entity like BBC. Third, the corporations who control Big Media have cut special deals with the Obama administration, and are willing to pierce the corporate veil and shill for Obama whenever circumstances warrant.

    5. Conclusion: I have followed Mr. Obama’s rise to power for a few years now with growing concern. I have spent time on the campaign trail, scrutinized the media reportage and conferred with informed people. I wish I could tell you it has been a wonderful inspiring journey, but unfortunately it has not. What I can tell you however is this:

    a. First, Mr. Obama is a textbook narcissist. As such, he has a hyper-inflated view of himself. He has little concern for people and sees them as pawns in a grand game of deception. He brags about his own achievements, scapegoats others, surrounds himself with people who look up to him and seeks opportunities to gain attention and fame. He has been quoted as saying “I can make them (the American People) people believe anything I want them to believe”. (See Twenge).

    b. Second, Mr. Obama is a brand is designed to make us feel good about our government while corporate overlords loot the Treasury, our elected officials continue to have their palms greased by armies of corporate lobbyists, our corporate media diverts us with gossip and trivia and our imperial wars expand in the Middle East. Brand Obama is about being happy consumers. We are entertained. We feel hopeful. We like our president. We believe he is like us. But like all branded products spun out from the manipulative world of corporate advertising, we are being duped into doing and supporting a lot of things that are not in our interest.” (See Chris Hedges).

    c. Third, Mr. Obama is the alter ego of the Chicago Political Machine. This is an aberrant model of government which rewards insiders and impoverishes the poor. It functions on the basis of quid pro quo, rather than the public welfare. As such, it is the bete noire of progressive reform. Under such a system, the Machine provides no- bid government contracts, government jobs, and special assistance in disputes before public officials, e.g. judges, policemen and inspectors. The beneficiaries of that “help” then respond by delivering votes, campaign contributions and various forms of graft (See SJLendman).

    d. Fourth, Mr. Obama is spreading the Chicago Model nation-wide. He has moved the Democratic National Committee from Washington D.C. to Chicago under the watchful eye of the Chicago Machine. This allows The Machine to control State Party organizations across the country. He moved the key players in the Chicago Machine to Washington D.C. and into the epicenter of national government, i.e. the White House. As a result, corrupt people now occupy top positions and have formed a concentric group of interlocking social, personal and political relationships that go back years. The University of Chicago is one focal point; City Hall is another.

    e. Fifth, Mr. Obama and the Chicago Machine have entered into an unholy alliance with Big Business through Mr. Axelrod. Shortly before he died, Walter Cronkite was asked whether there is a ruling class in this country. He said: “yes, I am afraid there is, they are the heads of commerce and finance, and they so manipulate democracy that they control democracy”. These are the ones who selected Obama. They invested in him as a candidate to the tune of nearly a billion dollars. And under Chicago Rules they will get a good return on investment, at the expense of the American People. A simple perusal of FEC record will tell you who they are. They are the real beneficiaries of the free trade, stimulus, bailouts, cap & trade, health insurance reform policies which he is ramming through Congress before they are even read. They are also beneficiaries of the War in Afghanistan.

    e. Sixth, as important as they are, these business arrangements are merely a means to an end for Mr. Obama. His ultimate goal is power. That is why he has moved his campaign manager into the White House has transferred the Census from Commerce to the White House and has allocated vast sums of money to organizations like ACORN while they are facing charges for voter fraud in 17 states. His ultimate aim is: i) to reduce the freedom of the individual (political and economic), ii) to expand the power of the state, and iii) to install a bevy of Platonic guardians who will alter the behavioral patterns and outcomes of the American People to conform to his vision of social justice. And that my friend is the real Obama. How easily this evolves into Committees for the Defense of the Revolution.

    Now my friend, I have a question for you: assuming arguendo that what I have just told you is true, do you still intend to vote for Mr. Obama the next time around? If so, then tell me how you reconcile these realities with the progressive tradition you claim to support.

    Very truly yours,

  18. Thanks administrator………despite my eternal pessimism , many of the things you predicted about Obama are coming to fruition. I hope you continue to be right , and that Hillary gets out before she goes down with the ship.

  19. Admin and all, someone else has stated that the HRC bill is filled with funding for things not related to healthcare at all. The first person I heard say this is a regular on Fox and he said he had only read the first hald and that contained within it was funding for:

    -FOOD COOPS/Farmer’s Markets
    -BICYCLE PATHS

    The lady who said this secondly stated that the bill was full of funding for unrelated projects, mostly in the second half of the bill.

    This relates to the discussion from the previous thread.

  20. The main reason that people where I live in FL voted for The One was because they hated W so badly and had lost so much of their retirement – and that distaste for W transferred to every Republican.

    It was south FL where he won; our county went for McPalin.

  21. Don’t blame me I voted for Hillary. Then I swallowed 30 years of pride and voted McCain.

    THEY DAY THE MUSIC DIED, May 31st 2008 Howard,Donna, Harry and Nancy you do know there’s a place in hell with your names on it!!!!!

  22. THEY DAY THE MUSIC DIED, May 31st 2008 Howard,Donna, Harry and Nancy you do know there’s a place in hell with your names on it!!!!!
    —————————————————–
    A day that will live in infamy, as the day the Democratic Party officially disenfranchised it own loyal voters. It should be celebrated as Disenfranchisement Day, a fine gringo adaptation of the Mexican Holiday La Dia De Los Muertos.

  23. wbboei re Dear Progressive: awesome synopsis, evaluation. Bravo.
    lisaque at 12:07, wbboei at 1:36: amen.

  24. Headline: Even The NYTimes sees it now

    President Obama and his congressional Democratic allies miss no opportunity to accuse critics of government-run health care of spreading false information when they claim Obamacare will produce health care rationing, particularly in the treatment of the terminally ill, the handicapped, and seniors.

    But check out these seven graphs from Robert Pear at the end of his story of The New York Times, entitled “A basis is seen for some health plan fears among elderly.” Read them carefully because they reveal, without saying it directly, that seniors and Obamacare critics have a serious point….

    3wdot washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/beltway-confidential/No-health-care-rationing-Even-The-New-York-Times-sees-it-now-53966412.html

  25. At this point in time, we are better informed by terrorists than our own country’s leadership. Obama goes into hiding on vacation out of sight and unavailable for comment.

    ~~~~~~~~~~

    WRAPUP 7-Gaddafi hugs Lockerbie bomber; Britain denies deal

    Aug 22 (Reuters) – Britain dismissed suggestions of a link between the Lockerbie bomber’s release and energy deals with Libya on Saturday, and the head of the U.S. FBI said the move gave comfort to terrorists.

    London and Washington have condemned the ‘hero’s welcome’ given to Abdel Basset al-Megrahi on his return to Libya after being freed from a life sentence in a Scottish jail on compassionate grounds because he is dying of cancer.

    ‘The idea that the British government … would sit down and somehow barter over the freedom or the life of this Libyan prisoner and make it all part of some business deal … it’s not only wrong, it’s completely implausible and actually quite offensive,’ said British Business Secretary Peter Mandelson.

    In Washington, FBI director Robert Mueller released an angry letter he sent to Scottish minister Kenny MacAskill, who ordered the release, calling it inexplicable and detrimental to justice.

    ‘Indeed your action makes a mockery of the rule of law. Your action gives comfort to terrorists around the world,’ Mueller wrote in the letter posted on the FBI’s website.

    Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s office issued a copy of a letter he wrote to Gaddafi on Aug. 20 expressly asking him to refrain from a ‘high-profile’ welcome for Megrahi.

    Gaddafi met Megrahi on Friday, embracing him and getting a kiss on the hand in return. The beaming Libyan leader expressed gratitude to Brown and Queen Elizabeth.

    ‘This step is in the interest of relations between the two countries…and of the personal friendship between me and them and will be positively reflected for sure in all areas of cooperation between the two countries,’ he told Libyan TV.

    His son Saif al-Islam went further, saying that whenever he had met British officials to discuss business, the issue of Megrahi’s release was a condition of any deal being struck.

    Mandelson said he had met Gaddafi’s son twice in the past year and the issue of the Lockerbie bomber had been raised both times, but his release was not tied to business deals.

    ‘It’s not only completely wrong to make any such suggestion or insinuation, it’s also quite offensive,’ he told reporters.

    (…)

    Megrahi, 57, is the only person convicted of the bombing, in which a Pan Am (PNAA.PK – news) jet carrying 259 passengers — most of them American — was blown up over Lockerbie in Scotland in December 1988, killing all those on board and 11 people on the ground.

    uk.biz.yahoo.com/22082009/323/wrapup-7-gaddafi-hugs-lockerbie-bomber-britain-denies-deal.html

  26. I just read a NYT correction about the security detail that was with Hillary on her 11day jaunt in Africa. Apparently the security detail is from the state department and not the secret service. Apparently the Secret Service only protects her in the United States.
    I don’t trust the “One” sending her off without her Secret Service detail. I think this is bizarre. Bill had his Secret Service on the plane with him in North Korea, so why not Hillary??

  27. ShortTermer Says:

    August 22nd, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    —————————–

    So is that why the public has yet to see this damned illusive bill?

  28. I have been thinking that Hillary needs a solid accomplishmnet as Sec State before walking away……otherwise it could hurt more than help. I wonder where in this lousy state of affairs that could happen…

  29. “Bay State health insurance premiums highest in country
    Rein in health costs, Massachusetts urged

    Massachusetts has the most expensive family health insurance premiums in the country, according to a new analysis that highlights the state’s challenge in trying to rein in medical costs after passage of a landmark 2006 law that mandated coverage for nearly everyone.

    The report by the Commonwealth Fund, a nonprofit health care foundation, showed that the average family premium for plans offered by employers in Massachusetts was $13,788 in 2008, 40 percent higher than in 2003. Over the same period, premiums nationwide rose an average of 33 percent.”

    Doesn’t bode well…

  30. Just checking in; houseguests coming; much to do; won’t all get done. However more important than that is today’s Rasmussen: minus 14. Lowest ever for the BO. Just saw where his vacation will include some work on hc. You’d think he would now be ready to take Bill Clinton’s advice to stop digging.

    Believe there’s more dirt coming about the WH email spam situation.

  31. HoldThemAccountable, here’s the Rasmussen you wrote about:

    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/obama_administration/daily_presidential_tracking_poll

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday shows that 27% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-one percent (41%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -14. These figures mark the lowest Approval Index rating yet recorded for this President. The previous low of -12 was reached on July 30 (see trends).

    Prior to today, the number who Strongly Approved of the President’s performance had never fallen below 29%. Some of the decline has come from within the President’s own party. Just 49% of Democrats offer such a positive assessment of the President at this time.

    At the other end of the spectrum, today’s total for Strongly Disapprove matches the highest level yet recorded. The 41% mark was reached just once before and that came one week ago today. Seventy percent (70%) of Republicans now Strongly Disapprove along with 49% of those not affiliated with either major party.

  32. Holy Mary, bambi is gonna go bezerk.

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday shows that 27% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-one percent (41%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -14. These figures mark the lowest Approval Index rating yet recorded for this President. The previous low of -12 was reached on July 30 (see trends).

    Prior to today, the number who Strongly Approved of the President’s performance had never fallen below 29%. Some of the decline has come from within the President’s own party. Just 49% of Democrats offer such a positive assessment of the President at this time.

    At the other end of the spectrum, today’s total for Strongly Disapprove matches the highest level yet recorded. The 41% mark was reached just once before and that came one week ago today. Seventy percent (70%) of Republicans now Strongly Disapprove along with 49% of those not affiliated with either major party.

    Check out our review of last week’s key polls to see “What They Told Us.” Topics include health care, the deficit, stimulus package, state polls and more.

    The Presidential Approval Index is calculated by subtracting the number who Strongly Disapprove from the number who Strongly Approve. It is updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update). Updates also available on Twitter and Facebook.

    Overall, 48% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the President’s performance. Fifty-one percent (51%) now disapprove.

  33. birdgal Says:

    August 22nd, 2009 at 2:28 pm
    **********************************************
    birdgal…he’s a punk…no wonder they keep him tied to the teleprompter…

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

    ADMIN…I hate to sound redundant, but you continue to outdo yourself…

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

    …was chatting with a friend yesterday about the ‘collapsing of the Obama Presidency’ and talking about all the obvious reasons…the most prominent being – a no experience frontman…and we observed his so -called comparisons to Lincoln, JFK, FDR, MLK, even Reagan…

    …and my friend and I had to laugh…yes, he has compared himself to everyone but the most obvious person he thought he could replace and emulate…yes, with much of his former staff and much of his best riffs…Barack Obama is trying to be the black Bill Clinton…

    needless to say, we know Bill Clinton, Barack Obama will never compare in the least little bit to Bill Clinton…BO is NO BC…

  34. JanH…Jan, I would love to hear some of the conversation Hillary and Bill were having while they were walking hand in hand in that picture you linked us too…one can only imagine!

  35. “Anyone else notice, Obama went on holiday right at the start of Ramadan. What a coincidence.”

    ——————————-

    Yes and it didn’t surprise me in the least.

  36. S,

    You and me both. While everything around obama is falling to pieces, it’s great to see that these two are united in helping the country as well as internationally.

    obama’s numbers are plummeting. No carved idol for him on Mount Rushmore. The daggers are coming from all directions…deficit…Afghanistan…health care. I doubt he can recover from any of it without throwing the whole population under the bus to do it.

  37. Janh, its the tear them down as fast as you put them up syndrome, the one thing the msm loves to do, build up your star and then gun you down….we all warned last year that setting him up on a golden pedestal with Mt Everest sized hurdles was going to be the undoing of him. He promised and promised and promised stuff on the campaign like a pathological lying cheap 2 bit dime whore and guess what I aint surprised the rabid dogs have turned on him for failing to live up to the “messiah” image. At this rate they’ll be begging for Hillary to run in 2012 to rescue the country and she’ll be able to say, i did warn you all and took SOS to keep the country under a watchful eye.

  38. moon,

    And Hillary’s repeated “He won so I’m just being a team playing and following his orders” gives her a “get out of jail free card” that none of his other slaves will get.

    That is the beauty of it all. That is her saving grace should she need one.

  39. Here is an interesting article on Secretary Clinton:

    washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/21/AR2009082101772.html?hpid=opinionsbox1

    It’s 3 a.m. Do You Know Where Hillary Clinton Is?
    She’s not answering those crisis calls at the White House. But she’s quietly revolutionizing American foreign policy

    By David Rothkopf
    Sunday, August 23, 2009

    When it comes to Hillary Rodham Clinton, we’re missing the forest for the pantsuits.

    Clinton is not the first celebrity to become the nation’s top diplomat — that honor goes to her most distant predecessor, Thomas Jefferson, who by the time he took office was one of the most famous and gossiped-about men in America — but she may be the biggest. And during her first seven months in office, the former first lady, erstwhile presidential candidate and eternal lightning rod has drawn more attention for her moods, looks, outtakes and (of course) relationship with her husband than for, well, her work revamping the nation’s foreign policy.

    Even venerable publications — such as one to which I regularly contribute, Foreign Policy — have woven into their all-Hillary-all-the-time coverage odd discussions of Clinton’s handbag and scarf choices. Daily Beast editor Tina Brown, while depicting herself as a Clinton supporter, has been scathing and small-minded in discussing such things as Clinton’s weight and hair, while her “defense” of Hillary in her essay “Obama’s Other Wife” was as sexist as the title suggests.

    Much more at the link. Insightful and informative article about the impact that Secretary Clinton is having upon the State Department, and how foreign policy is evolving and changing with a new set of priorities, and the effects of technology upon diplomacy.

  40. Tom Delay on “Dancing with the Stars”! How exactly is he a star, wasn’t he in trouble with the law?? I can’t remember what he was alledgedly done, but I know he is a shady character.
    I probably tune in just to see if the man can dance. I guess Rove will be next!

  41. I am ROTF, Admin!
    “Obama is the one with the wee wee problem. Obama is shrinking to political impotence. Obama this weekend faces flaccid polls to match his flaccid policies. So flaccid is Obama that the master of all matters wee, George Stepanoupoulos, believes the best Obama can do is get lost.”
    I am also HORRIFIED to hear the phrase WE-WEE coming out of the POTUS’s mouth!
    I don’t know if it’s coz my mom is from England but whenever she wanted to make sure her brood was ready for long car trips she’d say, “Did you go wee-‘wee.” AKA, did you pee!

  42. basil,

    That is because the wannabe potus is a juvenile delinquent with both sadistic and schizophrenic tendencies. He doesn’t know the meaning of dignified conversation and thinks by reducing his speech to hip hop slang and childish sayings is funny and smart.

    He is an international embarassment plain and simple.

  43. Jan,

    I agree. How friggin HUMILIATING for the country to have (s)elected this twerp!

    And while we’re on the subject of embarrassing, did you see the pic of MO depaning from Airforce 1 in those awful inappropriate shorts?

  44. You can imagine the ATC tower that day :

    “Tower to Ghetto One, you may land”, i have never ever, ever seen a first lady or President depart AFO looking like they were off to your grans cajun bbq. It was sooooooooooo Ghetto. She looked like a welfare queen off to grab the weekly check.

  45. the dishonorable Arlen Specter on Fox News Sunday was trying to say there is actually NO bill for anyone to even be upset over.

    Why couldn’t that cancer just have taken him out. He is disgusting piece of shit.

  46. um…no bill? Then why are they spending so much money (taxpayer money to boot) to promote something that doesn’t exist? Why are they spending so much money (taxpayer money to boot) waisting time debating a non-existent piece of garbage?

    If there is no bill, then I guess it doesn’t matter to them that their ratings and that of their pinochio potus have plummeted to almost O.

  47. JanH Says:

    August 23rd, 2009 at 6:53 pm
    And how exactly did the emperor with no clothes plan to pass a non-existent bill before August?

    —————————————————————————————————

    Makes one think, doesn’t it. I think there are a few different bills floating around. This rush, rush to pass such important legislation definitely had my radar up.

  48. I think it was the case they wanted him to look like he was doing something and as usual had it blow up in their face.

  49. Media saying the prez needs a break. WTF, how many vacation days has the jerk had already. He’s been on the job now for about 8 months and he’s been on various vacations.

    And, just say MEschelle in another scary ass dress. WTF is dressing her. OH, I forget! most likely she’s so smart she dresses herself. She is wearing some scary ass looking clothes.

  50. birdgal 😆

    I think this so very expensive vacation is gonna blow up in their face as well. Just saw the report in headlines about Social Security going to be less next year. THAT is going to go over real well next week .. as the Prez and his little family vacation in post resort they find they will be asked to live on less next year AND the A B and D premiums are going up as well. He has lost the senior citizens for sure but I dont’ think they give a flying crap .. it’ll make it easier for them to pull the plug on the lot of us.

    Fuck them and their whole house.

  51. Media saying the prez needs a break.

    ———————–

    They are right. He is so out of control as are his dim dims that damage control has gone right out the window. I bet the media are hoping to patch things up for their messiah while he’s gone.

    Not going to work.

  52. I wonder if Hillary and Bill are having as much joy as we are watching o’s failure or if they are worried as to how to extricate themselves from this sinking ship.

  53. Just thought I’d post this about Rachel Alexandra, the filly that won the Preakness.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rachel_Alexandra

    She has won both races she’s been in since the Preakness.

    Here’s some of what is written at the link above about one of her wins:

    “Despite being eased in the stretch her time was less than a second slower than Secretariat’s 1973 track record of 1:45 2/5 in the inaugural Marlboro Cup Sept. 15, 1973 and per reports at the time “Big Red was working hard all the way”.

  54. older American’s are screwed! Kiss your moms, dads, granddads and grandmothers and hold them tight. This 3jo64 jpie means to get rid of them one way or the other.

  55. Interesting story to share about electronic medical records. My hubby was admitted last night. He had a lung biopsy on 8.11 and he now has pneumonia. Cut to the real story .. this hospital (as well as the UT in Knoxville) is using computers now instead of paper charts, all the info is entered by the nurse, etc.

    Anywho, I had told hubby back when I found out at UT had gone to paperless now that ONE KEYSTROKE could kill a person or cause them trouble. Well, ONE KEYSTROKE has messed him up right now .. instead of a 15 mg pain pill the gal typed 5 mg and they wouldn’t give him any meds last night (they told me not to bring his medicine in from the car but I sneaked it in) and this morning they had to go calling the pharmacy first (couldn’t get anyone) and then had to call his pain mgt dr (who has nothing to do with his lungs but he has to be on chronic pain meds for his back) and verify that his medications were 15mg not 5. I eventually went to the front desk and presented his bottle and they finally gave him the right medication.

    I still think there needs to be handwritten chart to go with all that electronic paperwork.

  56. Oh and the good news is that the new nodule is not lung cancer. He has pneumoconosis (coal worker black lung) and it is progressing. Although there is one large 13cm lymph node that I could not understand why they didn’t biopsy .. the lung specialist just says it is lymphadenopathy. He is doing well with some super duty antibiotics iv right now and will stay about 3 days.

    I know there are some docs on board and I need to ask if it should be okay for us to fly on 9/8.

  57. Something is quite wrong with the system. They insist on the doctor putting everyithing into the coputer. So most of the time is spent with the doctor typing in what he thinks I said about last mnth’s treatment, and me letting the errors go because I don’t want to use up all the time, I hope to have some time to talk about what I want today!

  58. dot48 Says:

    August 23rd, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    ————————–

    I’m so sorry about your husband’s health. You wil both be in my prayers.

    It is not uncommon for nurses at hospitals to make typos that could potentially bring life/or death results to the patient. During one of my mother’s last hospital stays, they screwed up one of her meds and overdosed her. When I saw what had happened I raised holy hell. Thank God she had an excellent and caring doctor that went to bat for her.

    Another time she had a TIA in a wheelchair on her way to having a supervised bath. I was with her and watched how they put her back in bed. They were so rough with her that she hit her head on the back board.

    Most of the time they do an amazing job, but these are our loved ones and it just takes one mistake by nurses and doctors who are already overworked, underpaid, and overtired.

  59. August 24, 2009; By PETER BAKER

    Most of Obama’s Top Appointees Are Not in Place

    WASHINGTON — As President Obama tries to turn around a summer of setbacks, he finds himself still without most of his own team. Seven months into his presidency, fewer than half of his top appointees are in place advancing his agenda.

    Of more than 500 senior policymaking positions requiring Senate confirmation, just 43 percent have been filled — a reflection of a White House that grew more cautious after several nominations blew up last spring, a Senate that is intensively investigating nominees and a legislative agenda that has consumed both.

    While career employees fill many posts on an acting basis, Mr. Obama does not have his own people enacting programs central to his mission. He is trying to fix the financial markets but does not have an assistant treasury secretary for financial markets. He is spending more money on transportation than anyone since Dwight D. Eisenhower but does not have his own inspector general watching how the dollars are used. He is fighting two wars but does not have an Army secretary.

    He sent Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to Africa to talk about international development but does not have anyone running the Agency for International Development. He has invited major powers to a summit on nuclear nonproliferation but does not have an assistant secretary of state for nonproliferation. He has vowed to improve government efficiency but does not have the chief performance officer he promised.

    “If you’re running G.M. without half your senior executives in place, are you worried? I’d say your stockholders would be going nuts,” said Terry Sullivan, a professor at the University of North Carolina and executive director of the White House Transition Project, a scholarly program that tracks appointments. “The notion of the American will — it’s not being thwarted, but it’s slow to come to fruition.”

    Mrs. Clinton expressed the exasperation of many in the administration last month when she was asked by A.I.D. employees why they did not have a chief. “The clearance and vetting process is a nightmare,” she told them. “And it takes far longer than any of us would want to see. It is frustrating beyond words.”

    The process of assembling a new administration has frustrated presidents for years, a point brought home when George W. Bush received the now-famous memorandum titled “Bin Ladin Determined to Strike U.S.” eight years ago this month but still did not have most of his national security team in place when planes smashed into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. All parties vowed to fix the process, and Mr. Obama has a more intact national security team than his predecessor at this point. But even in this area, vital offices remain open. No Obama appointee is running the Transportation Security Agency, the Customs and Border Protection agency, the Drug Enforcement Administration or the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Mr. Obama still does not have an intelligence chief at the Department of Homeland Security, nor a top civilian over military readiness at the Pentagon.

    Mr. Obama is far enough along in his presidency that some early appointees are already leaving even before the last of the first round have assumed their posts. Among those who have left already is the person charged with filling the empty offices, Donald H. Gips, who quit as presidential personnel director to go to South Africa as ambassador last month. The consequences can be felt in small ways and large — from the extra work for appointees on the job to the slowdown of policy reviews and development. For example, Mr. Obama’s promised cybersecurity initiative to improve coordination among government agencies and the private sector has stalled while he looks for someone to lead it.

    “There’s every reason to be concerned,” said Jim Manley, spokesman for Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the Democratic majority leader. “The president deserves to have his full complement of staff in the different agencies.”

    But the White House expressed less concern because by its count it has matched or surpassed past presidents in putting together its government. “Given that we’re ahead of where previous administrations have been, we feel we’re moving at a fairly quick clip to get everything done,” said Bill Burton, a deputy White House press secretary.

    Measuring the progress in appointments depends on what positions are counted and who is doing the counting. The White House Transition Project counts 543 policymaking jobs requiring Senate confirmation in four top executive ranks. As of last week, Mr. Obama had announced his selections for 319 of those positions, and the Senate had confirmed 236, or 43 percent of the top echelon of government. Other scholars have slightly different but similar tallies. The White House prefers to include ambassadors, United States attorneys, marshals and judges, who are also subject to Senate votes but are not counted by the scholars. By that count, Mr. Obama has won confirmation of 304 nominees, compared with 301 for Mr. Bush, 253 for Bill Clinton and 212 for the first President George Bush at this point. If lower-ranking senior executive service officials and political appointees who do not require Senate approval are counted, the White House said it had installed 1,830 people, at least 50 percent more than any of the last three presidents had at this stage.

    No matter how the counting is done, though, hundreds of senior positions remain empty with 15 percent of Mr. Obama’s term over. While appointments linger, those jobs are generally filled with acting officials — and the White House says that has not slowed its ability to effect change.

    But acting officials do not have the full latitude that confirmed appointees do. “It’s just not the same thing,” said Paul Light, a professor at New York University who specializes in appointments. “They don’t have the same authority. They don’t feel the same loyalties or freedom to exert control. And what you get is drift in the agencies.” Blame is being freely passed around. After several early nominees were discovered to have failed to pay some taxes, the White House tightened its vetting. The Senate Finance Committee has a former Internal Revenue Service official effectively auditing many nominees’ taxes. And Republicans are holding up nominees like John McHugh for Army secretary to influence what happens to the detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

    The Finance Committee argued that fault lay elsewhere. Scott Mulhauser, a spokesman, said it had approved 14 of 16 nominees whose paperwork was received before July. But officials said the process had become so intrusive that many candidates declined to be considered.
    “Anyone who has gone through it or looked at this process will tell you that every administration it gets worse and it gets more cumbersome,” Mrs. Clinton said last month. “And some very good people, you know, just didn’t want to be vetted.” She added: “You have to hire lawyers, you have to hire accountants. I mean, it is ridiculous.”

    nytimes.com/2009/08/24/us/politics/24confirm.html?hp

  60. Admin, since you have been the most prescient at reading the tea leaves in what direction team Obama and his Congressional cohorts are taking us, and since I no longer consider that even symbolically a Democratic place, what do you think comes of all of this? Any guesses? Bill Clinton said we are at the beginning of a progressive era, and I would normally agree. I definitely think the faux conservative ideology, started w/Nixon, crystallized by Reagan and taken to the extreme by Bush, is dead. It’s not a politically viable ideology. Now that’s not to say I do not think the Republicans can’t take back the House, the Senate or the WH, because often when neither Party responds to populist emotions, the electorate swings back and forth until someone fills the void or something new emerges. So what happens now? The new Democratic Party looks a lot like moderate republicanism, with a good dose of political patronage. Someone submitted a poll here. Obama down in FL. Voters worried about deficit spending with health care, and do not think Obama is being truthful about the cost, yet, 58% support a government health insurance option. This tells me the disconnect is not with government spending as much as whom is that spending going to. In other words, people are not supporting the government option for someone else, presumably, voters are self-interested. Presumably, they support it for themselves. What they seem to support less is the new private exchange bureaucracy and health insurance relief for some(but not for them) through deficit spending. But team Obama is not interested in that. They want the unpopular private mandates because they want the special interest gravy train it comes with. So, what happens? Let’s say, god forbid, they pass it, are voters happy? Do they reward Democrats? Do they swing back to Republicans? When is Bill Clinton’s “progressive era” supposed to start?

  61. AUGUST 23, 2009

    Republicans Have Obama Playing Defense: The GOP strategy of principled opposition is winning over independents

    By FRED BARNES

    Republicans are discovering just how effective an opposition party can be in Washington. Their strategy is simply to aggressively and relentlessly oppose the liberal agenda of the president and the Democratic Congress. As a result, Barack Obama’s agenda is in jeopardy, and the president is disconcerted, less popular and on the defensive.

    Republican opposition isn’t the only reason for this. Mr. Obama did himself no favors by pushing policies far more liberal than voters wanted. But the decision by Republicans to be combative rather than accommodating has played an indispensable role.

    What the GOP has done best has been to make and win arguments. This is the key to successful opposition. Seeking compromise, being conciliatory, pretending bipartisanship exists when it doesn’t all play into the hands of the majority. These tactics are a ticket to permanent minority status. By making the case against Mr. Obama’s policies, Republicans have given themselves a chance to again win favor with voters.

    Better yet, they’ve stopped bad policies in their tracks. Consider Dick Cheney’s decision to challenge Mr. Obama’s inclination to go soft in the war on terror in a speech at the American Enterprise Institute in May. By winning the argument that the nation needs a vigorous defense against al Qaeda, Mr. Cheney left Mr. Obama little choice but to stick with such Bush era policies as rendition of captured terrorists, immunity for telecommunication companies that cooperated with wiretapping possible terrorists, and targeting terrorist leaders for assassination.

    Mr. Cheney also took issue with Mr. Obama’s announcement that he was going to close the prison in Guantanamo. The former vice president said that the decision came with “little deliberation and no plan.” And he was right. Mr. Obama put himself in a trap. To close the prison, his administration might have to import terrorists into the U.S. “On this one, I find myself in complete agreement with many in the president’s own party,” Mr. Cheney said. He continued: “Unsure how to explain to their constituents why terrorists might soon be relocating in their states, these Democrats chose instead to strip funding for such a move out of the most recent war supplemental.”

    The media, the White House and even some Republicans questioned the wisdom of an unpopular Mr. Cheney taking on Mr. Obama while he was still in the honeymoon phase of his presidency. But Mr. Cheney’s was right, and he carried the day.

    Or consider Sarah Palin’s controversial statement that Mr. Obama’s health-care plan would establish “death panels” capable of denying care to seniors. Like Mr. Cheney, she was denounced as a know-nothing. But Mrs. Palin accomplished what no one else had. She put a national spotlight on the dubious end-of-life policies in the ObamaCare legislation. Columnists disputed her claim, then realized she had a point. The death panels are dead, for now.

    Today, the strategy of strong opposition to Mr. Obama seems obvious. But it didn’t appear that way to many Republicans after their crushing electoral defeats in 2006 and 2008. Republicans were afraid that crossing Mr. Obama would only make the public dislike them all the more.

    Inside Washington, they were urged to reduce the influence of pro-lifers in the party and distance themselves from conservative talk radio hosts such as Rush Limbaugh. They were told to warm up to Mr. Obama, the new master of American politics, and they were told to fret about all those voting blocs that were drifting away from the GOP—Hispanics, young people, gays, urbanites, blacks, voters in Northeastern states and independents. To survive, in short, they needed to move the party to the center. Conservatism was dead.

    In hindsight, it’s fortunate that they ignored the Beltway wisdom. But it was a gamble—it wasn’t clear at the time that a strategy of pure opposition would do anything other than marginalize Republicans. Their first big step was to oppose the economic “stimulus” package. Many in the media insisted Republicans had a death wish when they unanimously rejected it in the House and by a near-unanimous vote in the Senate. The press was wrong. This was the smartest move Republicans have made all year, one with several positive repercussions.

    Republicans deconstructed the bill, pointing to its excessive spending, its pork, its favors for Democratic special interests, its lack of actual economic stimulants. Their critique was full-throated and specific. Not only did Republicans begin to revive their reputation as fiscal hawks, they convinced a large chunk of the public that out-of-control spending was a threat to the nation’s well-being.

    The effect has been to crimp Mr. Obama’s plans for further spending. New funds for bailouts are unlikely to be approved by Congress. ObamaCare’s cost—a minimum $1 trillion—has become a big reason protesters are turning out against it at town-hall meetings.

    On health care, it’s nice that Republicans have offered several alternatives to Mr. Obama’s government-heavy plan. But these alternatives have played no role in turning America against the president’s ideas. Opposition to ObamaCare in all its parts (not only its cost) has been the chief factor in flipping public opinion. And that opposition has validated the noisy protests at Democratic town-hall meetings. Absent Republican opposition in Washington, the protests could be dismissed as insignificant. Together, congressional Republicans and their grassroots allies have become an influential force.

    There’s an even more important consequence of Republican opposition. It’s preventing dozens of moderate House Democrats in Republican-leaning districts from going for ObamaCare. They won’t vote for it without Republican cover. Republicans are 40 votes short of a House majority, yet they’re thwarting Mr. Obama’s chief domestic priority. That’s effective opposition.

    In one sense, Democrats have only themselves to blame. They set the standard for opposition during Mr. Bush’s second term. They furiously opposed everything with a Republican label on it. It worked so well that voters grew to prefer Democrats on practically every issue, including normally reliable Republican issues like taxes. A similar phenomenon is now benefiting Republicans. Yet many Republicans wince when accused of being obstructionist and “the party of no.” They shouldn’t. The willingness of the GOP to oppose is a deterrent. If Mr. Obama were to allow CIA officials who interrogated terrorists to be prosecuted he now knows what he will face: a wall of unyielding Republican opposition led by Mr. Cheney. This is bound to affect his decision.
    Republicans fret about alienating voters who turned against them in the past two elections. They shouldn’t. Independents are the largest bloc of these voters. By opposing Mr. Obama, especially on spending and health care, Republicans have created a mass migration of independents away from the president. They are moving the center to the right.

    On a public radio show last week, I was asked about a Pew poll that found that the favorable rating for Democrats was in sharp decline (now down to 49%) but that the rating for Republicans was unchanged all year (40%). The host suggested this means opposition to Mr. Obama is getting Republicans nowhere. That’s not the way politics works. Political recovery comes in two stages. The party out of power must first discredit the majority’s ideas and agenda. Public approval comes later. It shows up on Election Day.

    Mr. Barnes is executive editor of the Weekly Standard and a commentator on Fox News Channel.

    online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203706604574368513558151846.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

  62. The last Friday news dump was that we are now at 9 trillion in debt. Someone over at TM said that makes us at 20 trillion by 2020. This is just awful.

  63. Mj, in the next few weeks we will be looking at the tea leaves to see where things are going. We do believe, as we have written (and some thought we were way out on a limb and sawed that limb off) that there is a war on Social Security and Medicare and a lot of programs which the Tim Russert Big Media Party are out to loot and eventually destroy. Willie Sutton robbed banks because “that is where the money is”. The Dimocrats and the Big Media Party also know where the money is now and that is what they will loot along with pensions (include Republicans in these schemes).

    A while back we stated that we do not know what is worse for Obama right now – not to pass the “health care” scheme or to pass a “health care” scheme. If Obama fails to pass something of sufficient magnitude the rest of his agenda is gone. (By the way, we think the next phase will be state advocates and organizations shouting “racism” on behalf of Obama in order to force some legislation through – more on this later.) All his other programs will be gone and the Obama advisors will have to come up with something to pass the time. One more thing, in 1994 Bill Clinton was able to successfully move forward when health care failed because he had already done the signature budget of his administration which eventually kicked in to lift the economy and give Bill Clinton the opportunity of building trust with the American people. By contrast, Arnold Scwartzenegger in California tried to get back to the center or center-left after the defeat of his ballot initiatives, but he has failed to remake himself.

    If some legislation does pass it could be much worse for Obama. We’ll explain this in greater detail in future but suffice to say that many uninsured have unrealistic expectations about the “free” health care they think is coming. Many of these people believe health care will be paid by the “rich” and that they won’t have to contribute a cent. They also do not understand that with deductibles and copays this will be a massive bonanza for insurance companies and even pharmaceutical companies. These uninsured also do not understand that that when the system would actually come on line is a long way off.

    As to the notion of a new progressive era, we thought after Bill Clinton – with all the budget surpluses – Al Gore would get elected and lead the country to a wonderful new world. It did not work out that way. Instead we were plunged over a cliff in the night. Like Obama, George W. Bush’s inexperience and buffoonery kicked in and he was sinking in the polls. Then September 11 and Bush was given a second chance which he seized.

    A September 11 will not save Obama but rather further sink him because the Republicans (especially Cheney) have already pissed in that well.

    As to Bill Clinton’s “progressive era” remark – to us it sounds like Bill doing a variation of what Cheney did – pissing in the well. We doubt the Obama people were happy with those expectations setting remarks or even with Bill lovin’ on gay marriage. This is a very sophisticated form of warfare. [Bill has done this before – to Republicans. Remember “the era of big government is over”?]

  64. As to Bill Clinton’s “progressive era” remark – to us it sounds like Bill doing a variation of what Cheney did – pissing in the well. We doubt the Obama people were happy with those expectations setting remarks or even with Bill lovin’ on gay marriage. This is a very sophisticated form of warfare. [Bill has done this before – to Republicans. Remember “the era of big government is over”?]

    Mhmm, bingo. I think you nailed it. He’s also saying what could have been to all the pathetic Obamaphiles who stuck us with this jerk.

    Well, so far you are on a winning streak. i look forward to you next observations as hinted to in your response. This guy seems to be nothing more than a product of the same “special interests” he railed against. It’s unbelievable.

  65. Admin, yes I do remember Bill saying “The era of big govt is over.” And I cheered. Because Bill understood that size does not equate to good, in either direction. Bill said that we needed a govt that “SERVES better and COSTS less.” Bill understood 3 things:

    1) Govt should not try to do everything

    2) Govt should definitely do the big things

    3) You have to make sure that what it does, it does well, and efficiently, otherwise there’s no point.

    Bill never asked for blank credit for his bleeding well-intentioned heart. He called for compassion, but did not try to bully with cheap guilt. He understood that good intentions are useless. Many well-intended policies are disasters in practice. Make it WORK, and the people will love you for it. He didn’t care about big for the sake of big, or small for the sake of small. He was all about function:

    What is it DOING, and is it WORKING? Those were always the Clinton questions. Gawd, I miss that man.

  66. Admin: I think you are correct in your assessment of the health “insurance” reform. People do not realize just how high co-pays and deductibles can be. In fact, if Bo’s plan does pass in its current incarnation, health care costs for the middle class are just going to go up and up. Thus far, there are no controls in place; no competition. The health insurance industry and pharmaceutical companies are going to keep making outlandish profits at the expense of the American people. All these secret backroom deals that Bo has made with these agencies are going to result in the cost of health being even higher, especially with mandates. What will be in place to keep the costs down? The modifications proposed for Medicare partD are horrible and will drive up the pharmaceutical costs even more. For example, decreased drug costs when people are in the “donut hole” of coverage, but only if they use trade name drugs. How stupid is that? Generics are less expensive and they are the only formulation of medications covered by Medicare Part D. Now, there is proposal to use more expensive non-generic drugs. That made my head swim. They are licking their chops already. Buffett recently bought into a large amount of health industry stocks. Hmmm…..who is this bill going to help? Not the American people. Further, most of the “reforms” won’t take place for 10 years! This plan STINKS!

    As a health care provider, everyday I witness what people have to pay in co-pays and deductibles and it is not a pretty picture. Often times, the patient cannot afford the co-pay to see a physician, buy a specific medication that has been prescribed, attend recommended therapy/groups, buy affordable durable medical equipment, vision products, etc. The list goes on and on. Then, there are plans where the co-pays and deductibles are very low. I can’t keep up with all the variables, much less can the patients understand what coverage they have.

    I totally agree about Medicare and Social Security being on the chopping block. The organization that I work for, is already preparing for lower Medicare reimburstments. Oh, and the paperwork is going to become even more cumbersome, than it already is.

    I look forward to reading your future articles. You have been correct all along.

  67. Obama looking like he’s about ready to throw in the towel.

    Ck out the body language in this video. Bo and Mo look like they just had a Big Blow Out before de-planing at the Vineyard. That or she’s been giving him the silent treatment since hubby was caught by photogs oogling the chickipoo’s gluteus maximus when in Paris with the French President. (the butt shot round the world!)

    (If you can imbed..Admin. All the better. I want to share the JOY!)

    h..w… breitbart.tv/obamas-arrive-in-massachusetts-for-vacation/

    One thing to be sucky at your job, having every policy you’ve promoted publicized as failure. The only thing worse than that is something Mrs Obama said during the campaign, (at the time, taken as a thinly veiled swipe at the Clintons) : “”If you can’t run your own house, you certainly can’t run the White House.” Uh-huh- It seems those chickens have come home to roost….

  68. This is an msnbc video. Exactly the same footage but a little better quality than the breibart link. Where you see Obama can’t get off the plane fast enough…

    msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/?vp=32530735&#32530735

    Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy

    Wasn’t it reported, MO and the girls would be staying with Caroline at Jackie’s estate?
    Having to deal with the immaturity and pettiness ( BS) of the Obama/Mama who just won’t let it go; when the country is in such a tenuous state of turmoil.

    During the worst of the Impeachment hearings… Bill still managed to run the country and produce a budget surplus. You’ve got to hand in to Hillary. She played the cards she was dealt with style and class and never once let anyone see her emotions visably surface… well almost.

  69. Wasn’t it ME-chelle (her ownself )who said during the campaign that the girls always came to her bed in the mornings rather than Barack’s because he was always so stinky and snorey?

    In that case, no wonder she is taking off for Jackie O’s estate.

  70. And then BO says “wee weed up” which Robert Gibbs interrupted for us as bed wetting…yes indeed, ME-chelle will be moving mountains to get to Jackie O’s before night fall.

  71. interrupted=interpreted…..can’t spell tonight …so worried about ME-chelle’s sleeping arrangement.

  72. http://www.mercurynews.com/nationworld/ci_13190040?nclick_check=1

    Military commanders with the NATO mission in Afghanistan told President Barack Obama’s chief envoy to the region this weekend that they did not have enough troops to do their job, pushed past their limit by Taliban rebels who operated across borders.

    The commanders emphasized problems in southern Afghanistan, where Taliban insurgents continue to bombard towns and villages with rockets despite a new influx of U.S. troops, and in eastern Afghanistan, where the father-and-son-led Haqqani network of militants has become the main source of attacks against U.S. soldiers and their Afghan allies.

    The possibility that more troops will be needed in Afghanistan presents the Obama administration with a new problem in dealing with a nearly 8-year-old war that has lost popularity at home, compounded by new questions over the credibility of the U.S.-backed Afghan government, which has just held an as-yet inconclusive presidential election beset by complaints of fraud.

    The assessments about troop needs came as the top American commander in the region, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, has been working to complete a major war strategy review, and as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, described a worsening situation in Afghanistan despite the recent addition of 17,000 U.S. troops ordered by the Obama administration and the extra security efforts surrounding the presidential election.

    “I think it is serious, and it is deteriorating,” Mullen said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” program. “The Taliban insurgency has gotten better, more sophisticated, in their tactics.”

  73. Audio was not good with Geraldo video. She is wearing pink! I just bought her “Living History” and there she notes how her press conference on Whitewater came to be known as Pink Press Conference.
    I like pink too ;). One semester I wore so much pink to my classes, at the end of semester project demos for my database class, one group of students had designed a front end website for a car dealership database with all pink cars!

  74. Denninger at Market Ticker has bad things to say today:

    This Friday, after the market closed (of course) the Obama Administration confessed to what the CBO had said earlier this year: Over the next 10 years the government will add $9 trillion dollars to our public debt, up more than $2 trillion from their previous claims.

    Let’s be clear about this: This is not a “80%” increase. Oh no, its much worse than that. You see, about 40% of the debt is in fact held in what are called “intergovernment holdings” – that is, the scams known as Social Security and Medicare (the subject of another recent Ticker.) The externally-held debt today totals about $6 trillion dollars, so this “admission” means we’re going to try to add 150% to that.

    I say “try” because this year’s interest payments are likely to total some $400 billion or so, and against a GDP of $13 trillionish (down from the peak) that is roughly 3% of GDP for interest cost. Today.

    The sustainability of this level of debt (today) requires that interest rates not rise, for if they do so will the payments. And that’s a problem because historically (over the last 100 years or so) every time a nation has gotten to around 6% of GDP for interest payments both its monetary and political systems have imploded. Argentina anyone?

    BUT IF WE ACTUALLY ADD 150% TO THAT $6 TRILLION IN DEBT, EVEN IF INTEREST RATES DO NOT RISE, WE WILL EXCEED THIS CRITICAL LEVEL OF INTEREST PAYMENTS BY MORE THAN 50%. INDEED, WE WILL CROSS THE 6% THRESHOLD, BY MY ESTIMATES, SOME TIME IN 2012, AND THAT EVENT HAS A HIGH PROBABILITY OF DESTROYING OUR NATION OUTRIGHT.

    Go read the whole thing. He lights into everyone from Goldman to MSNBC and GE. Interesting info on GE’s lobbying activities.

    market-ticker.denninger.net/archives/1364-America-Is-Running-Out-Of-Rope.html

  75. More from Denninger:

    You might think that all these bailouts and handouts would have produced a stable banking system. You’d have thought wrong. Chris Whalen of Institutional Risk Analytics has updated his bank ratings for the second quarter: they now rate 1,882 banks as “failing” (or just “F” if you prefer) which is up a whopping 16.5% from the end of March – just three months ago. The number of banks with “A” or “A+” ratings fell by 21% during the same time.

    The problem is that “hide the bad stuff” games (no matter what particular sort of fraud you’re engaged in) doesn’t change the outcome – it just changes the when. The “what” doesn’t change. That which is dead and decomposing simply stinks up the place more, since you refused to throw it out.

    [Whalen says] The good news is that some banks have raised capital during these past few months of investor optimism. But a host of operational problems remains at many institutions. In addition to loan losses and rock-bottom recovery rates on assets they’re trying to unload, for example, banks also face rising expenses (because they’re paying to carry properties that generate scant — or zero — revenue). All of this cuts significantly into earnings, which banks desperately need to bolster their battered financial positions.

    Optimisim? You mean a stock market rocketshot based on lies, right? After all, if the true condition of these institutions did not improve, then where did the “optimism” come from if not false claims of solvency and good times just ahead? Never mind the statistical nasty: the majority of the daily volume on the stock exchanges over the last couple of months has been centered in a half-dozen “liars stocks” such as AIG and Citibank. A healthy rally? Uh, no; where’s the volume-based broad support? Missing, that’s where.

    I’ve been screaming about this for weeks. All of that rising stock market we are seeing is NOT true confidence of multiple small investors. It’s a very few big players manipulating the price higher. We are being SCAMMED again – sucked in so they can yank the bottom out one more time and loot what’s left of our 401k’s and pensions.

    Every bit of mine and hubby’s retirement is sitting in cash right now. We pulled it all out of the market in late 2007, so did not get creamed in the crash. We ain’t taking the bait. We’re staying out until we see some sanity and the fraudsters STOP what they are doing.

  76. BARACK OBAMA, ANOTHER REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT.

    Seems more and more that since Carter, there has only been one Democratic president, Bill Clinton.

    Obama didn’t want a Clinton association, he craves to be Little Gipper.

    nytimes.com/2009/08/24/opinion/24krugman.html?_r=1

    All the President’s Zombies
    ===================

    By PAUL KRUGMAN
    Published: August 23, 2009

    The debate over the “public option” in health care has been dismaying in many ways. Perhaps the most depressing aspect for progressives, however, has been the extent to which opponents of greater choice in health care have gained traction — in Congress, if not with the broader public — simply by repeating, over and over again, that the public option would be, horrors, a government program.

    Washington, it seems, is still ruled by Reaganism — by an ideology that says government intervention is always bad, and leaving the private sector to its own devices is always good.

    Call me naïve, but I actually hoped that the failure of Reaganism in practice would kill it. It turns out, however, to be a zombie doctrine: even though it should be dead, it keeps on coming.

    Let’s talk for a moment about why the age of Reagan should be over.

    First of all, even before the current crisis Reaganomics had failed to deliver what it promised. Remember how lower taxes on high incomes and deregulation that unleashed the “magic of the marketplace” were supposed to lead to dramatically better outcomes for everyone? Well, it didn’t happen.

    To be sure, the wealthy benefited enormously: the real incomes of the top .01 percent of Americans rose sevenfold between 1980 and 2007. But the real income of the median family rose only 22 percent, less than a third its growth over the previous 27 years.

    Moreover, most of whatever gains ordinary Americans achieved came during the Clinton years. President George W. Bush, who had the distinction of being the first Reaganite president to also have a fully Republican Congress, also had the distinction of presiding over the first administration since Herbert Hoover in which the typical family failed to see any significant income gains.

    And then there’s the small matter of the worst recession since the 1930s.

    There’s a lot to be said about the financial disaster of the last two years, but the short version is simple: politicians in the thrall of Reaganite ideology dismantled the New Deal regulations that had prevented banking crises for half a century, believing that financial markets could take care of themselves. The effect was to make the financial system vulnerable to a 1930s-style crisis — and the crisis came.

    “We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals,” said Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1937. “We know now that it is bad economics.” And last year we learned that lesson all over again.

    Or did we? The astonishing thing about the current political scene is the extent to which nothing has changed.

    The debate over the public option has, as I said, been depressing in its inanity. Opponents of the option — not just Republicans, but Democrats like Senator Kent Conrad and Senator Ben Nelson — have offered no coherent arguments against it. Mr. Nelson has warned ominously that if the option were available, Americans would choose it over private insurance — which he treats as a self-evidently bad thing, rather than as what should happen if the government plan was, in fact, better than what private insurers offer.

    But it’s much the same on other fronts. Efforts to strengthen bank regulation appear to be losing steam, as opponents of reform declare that more regulation would lead to less financial innovation — this just months after the wonders of innovation brought our financial system to the edge of collapse, a collapse that was averted only with huge infusions of taxpayer funds.

    So why won’t these zombie ideas die?

    Part of the answer is that there’s a lot of money behind them. “It is difficult to get a man to understand something,” said Upton Sinclair, “when his salary” — or, I would add, his campaign contributions — “depend upon his not understanding it.” In particular, vast amounts of insurance industry money have been flowing to obstructionist Democrats like Mr. Nelson and Senator Max Baucus, whose Gang of Six negotiations have been a crucial roadblock to legislation.

    But some of the blame also must rest with President Obama, who famously praised Reagan during the Democratic primary, and hasn’t used the bully pulpit to confront government-is-bad fundamentalism. That’s ironic, in a way, since a large part of what made Reagan so effective, for better or for worse, was the fact that he sought to change America’s thinking as well as its tax code.

    How will this all work out? I don’t know. But it’s hard to avoid the sense that a crucial opportunity is being missed, that we’re at what should be a turning point but are failing to make the turn.

  77. of course now that the friday news is out, popularity down, scowling, slutty first lady, (where was the dog…not in the pics coming out of the plane?)……BO pleads for PRIVACY while vacation!!!!!!!

    Eff You; you fraud !!!!!!

  78. This caught my eye:

    …At this point in 2007, Obama was coming up in the polls, making Iowa a three-way race with Clinton and John Edwards. Now, the president’s numbers are sinking.

    And if the trend line in the late summer of 2008 had held, Obama would have lost. It took a tsunami of bad economic news and the McCain campaign’s mishandling of it to put Obama back on top.

    But there is no opponent here other than public opinion and no finish line other than the end of his term.

    With only the steady breeze of favorable coverage of a typical Democratic president instead of the gale of positive press that once helped drive Obama to victory, it’s going to be a very long journey.

    3wdot washingtonexaminer.com/politics/The-thrill-is-gone-for-Obama-and-the-media_08_24-54389032.html

  79. mp at 11:51

    Some overweight man had the dog on a leash. Making us suffer so wondering who it is and why BO is not speaking to us. hah.

  80. A bit of a fluff piece on the Clintons

    —————–

    August 24. 2009; By Nadia Arandjelovic

    Cambridge Beaches reveals Clintons’ activities

    Premier Dr. Ewart Brown and his wife Wanda Henton Brown joined US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former US President Bill Clinton for cocktails Thursday night at Horizons Cottages in Paget. They were joined by Governor Sir Richard Gozney, Lady Gozney and newly appointed US Consul General Grace Shelton.

    Former US President Bill Clinton and his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, met with dignitaries, relaxed at Cambridge Beaches and dined at the Waterlot Inn during their short stay in Bermuda.

    According to Michael J. Winfield, President and CEO of Cambridge Beaches, former US President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived at the resort late on Tuesday evening and had intended to stay until Saturday.

    Their visit was cut short, however, due to Hurricane Bill and the couple chose to fly home to Washington on Thursday night.

    Mr. Winfield said: “I can tell you that both President and Secretary Clinton expressed their sincere appreciation for being afforded the opportunity to relax and not be disturbed.

    “As everyone is very aware they lead enormously stressful and taxing lives and rarely see much time to just, simply, relax.”

    He added: “While at Cambridge, they were remarkably open and were often seen around the property, enjoying breakfast with other guests on our Tamarisk Terrace, lunch at Shutters, swimming on one of our beaches and a private candlelight dinner on the occasion of President Clinton’s (63rd) birthday.

    “They interacted with guests and seemed relaxed and were always incredibly open and welcoming. It was truly a pleasure for us to host them for their stay. President Clinton played golf on the newly refurbished Port Royal course on Thursday morning and returning declared it to be ‘fabulous’ and that he had much enjoyed his round.

    “I am told that a very good score may have further boosted his enjoyment!”

    During their two-day visit they also met with Premier Ewart Brown and his wife Wanda, Governor Sir Richard Gozney, Lady Gozney and newly appointed US Consul General to Bermuda Grace Shelton for cocktails at Horizons Cottages, in Paget.

    Mr. Winfield said: “On departure late on Thursday evening, both the President and Secretary Clinton expressed a strong wish to return saying that their brief time with us had been ‘wonderful’.”

    royalgazette.com/siftology.royalgazette/Article/article.jsp?articleId=7d98c3330030001&sectionId=60

  81. OBAMA UNPLUGGED…UNPREPARED…ON VACATION

    Hey, I thought this was the most efficient operation ever to breeze into Washington? What happened to THAT story line? Remember?

    SYCOPHANT JOURNAL, Nov 15, 2008: “At this point, no president-elect has ever been this far ahead of the curve, this well planned, this so together. The whole transition has been and will be seamless. Ready to lead on Day 0. Even Day -58.”

    Now the NYTimes seems to belatedly recognize what we’ve known, that the captain is on his maiden voyage, never saw a day at sea. Worse yet, he wasn’t the exemplary student either, just kinda coasted through. But due to connections, find himself at the helm of a large boat that he cannot steer.

    nytimes.com/2009/08/24/us/politics/24confirm.html?hp

    Obama’s Team Is Lacking Most of Its Top Players
    ==================================

    By PETER BAKER
    Published: August 23, 2009

    WASHINGTON — As President Obama tries to turn around a summer of setbacks, he finds himself still without most of his own team. Seven months into his presidency, fewer than half of his top appointees are in place advancing his agenda.

    Of more than 500 senior policymaking positions requiring Senate confirmation, just 43 percent have been filled — a reflection of a White House that grew more cautious after several nominations blew up last spring, a Senate that is intensively investigating nominees and a legislative agenda that has consumed both.

    While career employees or holdovers fill many posts on a temporary basis, Mr. Obama does not have his own people enacting programs central to his mission. He is trying to fix the financial markets but does not have an assistant treasury secretary for financial markets. He is spending more money on transportation than anyone since Dwight D. Eisenhower but does not have his own inspector general watching how the dollars are used. He is fighting two wars but does not have an Army secretary.

    He sent Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to Africa to talk about international development but does not have anyone running the Agency for International Development. He has invited major powers to a summit on nuclear nonproliferation but does not have an assistant secretary of state for nonproliferation.

    “If you’re running G.M. without half your senior executives in place, are you worried? I’d say your stockholders would be going nuts,” said Terry Sullivan, a professor at the University of North Carolina and executive director of the White House Transition Project, a scholarly program that tracks appointments. “The notion of the American will — it’s not being thwarted, but it’s slow to come to fruition.”

    Mrs. Clinton expressed the exasperation of many in the administration last month when she was asked by A.I.D. employees why they did not have a chief. “The clearance and vetting process is a nightmare,” she told them. “And it takes far longer than any of us would want to see. It is frustrating beyond words.”

    The process of assembling a new administration has frustrated presidents for years, a point brought home when George W. Bush received the now-famous memorandum titled “Bin Ladin Determined to Strike U.S.” eight years ago this month but still did not have most of his national security team in place when planes smashed into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

    All parties vowed to fix the process, and Mr. Obama has a more intact national security team than his predecessor at this point. But even in this area, vital offices remain open. No Obama appointee is running the Transportation Security Administration, the Customs and Border Protection agency, the Drug Enforcement Administration or the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Mr. Obama still does not have an intelligence chief at the Department of Homeland Security, nor a top civilian in charge of military readiness at the Pentagon.

    Mr. Obama is far enough along in his presidency that some early appointees are already leaving even before the last of the first round have assumed their posts. Among those who have left already is the person charged with filling the empty offices, Donald H. Gips, who quit as presidential personnel director to go to South Africa as ambassador last month.

    The consequences can be felt in small ways and large — from the extra work for appointees on the job to the slowdown of policy reviews and development. For example, Mr. Obama’s promised cybersecurity initiative to improve coordination among government agencies and the private sector has stalled while he looks for someone to lead it.

    “There’s every reason to be concerned,” said Jim Manley, spokesman for Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the Democratic majority leader. “The president deserves to have his full complement of staff in the different agencies.”

    But the White House expressed less concern because by its count it has matched or surpassed past presidents in putting together its government. “Given that we’re ahead of where previous administrations have been, we feel we’re moving at a fairly quick clip to get everything done,” said Bill Burton, a deputy White House press secretary.

    Measuring the progress in appointments depends on what positions are counted and who is doing the counting. The White House Transition Project counts 543 policymaking jobs requiring Senate confirmation in four top executive ranks. As of last week, Mr. Obama had announced his selections for 319 of those positions, and the Senate had confirmed 236, or 43 percent of the top echelon of government. Other scholars have slightly different but similar tallies.

    The White House prefers to include ambassadors, United States attorneys, marshals and judges, who are also subject to Senate votes but are not counted by the scholars. By that count, Mr. Obama has won confirmation of 304 nominees, compared with 301 for Mr. Bush, 253 for Bill Clinton and 212 for the first President George Bush at this point in their administrations.

    If lower-ranking senior executive service officials and political appointees who do not require Senate approval are counted, the White House said it had installed 1,830 people, at least 50 percent more than any of the last three presidents had at this stage.

    No matter how the counting is done, though, hundreds of senior positions remain empty with 15 percent of Mr. Obama’s term over. While appointments linger, those jobs are generally filled with acting officials — and the White House says that has not slowed its ability to effect change.

    But acting officials do not have the full latitude that confirmed appointees do. “It’s just not the same thing,” said Paul Light, a professor at New York University who specializes in appointments. “They don’t have the same authority. They don’t feel the same loyalties or freedom to exert control. And what you get is drift in the agencies.”

    Blame is being freely passed around. After several early nominees were discovered to have failed to pay some taxes, the White House tightened its vetting. The Senate Finance Committee has a former Internal Revenue Service official helping to go through many nominees’ taxes. And Republican senators are holding up nominees like John McHugh for Army secretary to influence what happens to the detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

    The Finance Committee argued that fault lay elsewhere. Scott Mulhauser, a spokesman for the panel, said it had approved 14 of 16 nominees whose paperwork was received before July. But officials said the process had become so intrusive that many candidates declined to be considered.

    “Anyone who has gone through it or looked at this process will tell you that every administration it gets worse and it gets more cumbersome,” Mrs. Clinton said last month. “And some very good people, you know, just didn’t want to be vetted.” She added: “You have to hire lawyers, you have to hire accountants. I mean, it is ridiculous.”

  82. HillaryforTexas Says:

    August 24th, 2009 at 11:21 am
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    Hillary for Texas…I completely agree with you…scammed it too kind, robbed is more like it…even Elizabeth Warren flately states that all the “toxic” junk is still there…the banks are still threatened…we are paying BILLIONS ever month in interest…adding TRILLIONS to our debt/deficit…and still not one JOB has been created and JOBS continue to be LOST…and the FORECLOSURES are increasing…more homes lost and the ones that are selling are foreclosures being bought up at bargain prices by foreign investors…

    but heck, we just shelled out $ 3 BILLION of taxpayer money to buy some cars…and mostly foreign cars at that…

    …and where is our President and clueless congress??? just devising more ways to borrow and spend more money to make everything worse…things are really pathetic when I can understand the republican logic to tax and spend and waste more as each day passes…

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

    JanH Says:

    August 24th, 2009 at 12:02 pm
    Privacy?

    The man and his wife live for the spotlight!

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

    Privacy for his family??? this from the man who has his kids on the cover of Parade talking about fatherhood (not to mention People, etc)…from a man who has exploited his family to the hilt…complete with photo opps of gardening at the WH, MO and her fashion flops, the milking of their search for their dog…

    If they wanted privacy why don’t they get out of the public eye and take a lower profile and get some work done…

    How about staying in the WH and actually coming up with specifics and solutions instead of running around from rally to photo opp to press conference for the last few months talking about health reform when he does not even have a plan yet…what a waste of valuable time…to say O is in ‘over his head’ is an understatement…he is an unfocused blur and even his koolaid drinkers are beginning to catch on…

  83. S, Denninger outlines how the scam works for the likes of Goldman Sachs:

    There is an oft-repeated lie that “High Frequency Trading” adds lots of liquidity to the market, and thus is a “good thing.”

    But repeating a lie a thousand times does not make it true. It just makes you a damn liar instead of an ordinary liar.

    Let’s postulate two HFT computers passing 1,000 share orders for the mythical Frobozz (FBOZ) back and forth between each other. There’s a scadload of volume generated by these transactions, and an outside observer, who is unaware that the 1 million shares are in fact 1,000 transactions of the same 1,000 shares being passed back and forth between the same two guys, might assume that there’s a lot of liquidity that has been added.

    But this is in fact misleading, as the following example will demonstrate.

    Let’s say you see these 1 million shares transact over the space of an hour, and as such you come to the assumption that this issue is very “liquid.” This is good, because you, as an institutional (read: Mutual Fund) manager want to buy 20,000 shares of Frobozz for your fund. 20,000 is a small percentage of the 1 million shares that traded in the last hour, so you believe this is a very liquid issue and you should have no problem getting a decent price.

    But there is really only one 1,000 share lot that has generated all these trades and volume that these guys are passing back and forth between themselves!

    So when you put in your “buy” order the HFT guys jump with glee, because they just screwed you – their pumped price gets “sold to you”, but worse, the offer suddenly disappears, because there was in fact only 1,000 shares out there – all the other “offers” and “bids” were REFLECTIONS that the computer can cancel faster than you can hit them, and they DO! As the offer collapses the price skyrockets, and the rest of your order executes at a very nasty price indeed.

    Now the smart institutional guy would not stick an order like this out as a market order, but the point remains: in a truly liquid market, where HFT had added true liquidity, a market order would be perfectly safe as that 1 million share print over the last hour would represent ACTUAL LIQUIDITY in the market.

    It does not.

    HFT is nothing more than sophisticated (and in some cases legal) front-running. It does not add material amounts of liquidity in reality to the market as it is all “hot money” looking to do one thing: steal a few pennies from each transaction. It is not a “pool” of liquidity, it is a set of computer programs that are in fact passing the same shares back and forth between each other in the direction of the short-term trend (perhaps as short as a few seconds!) looking for a bagholder to offload their “momentum-driven shift” to.

    Never confuse volume and liquidity – they’re not the same thing.

    1 million shares consisting of two guys handing the same thousand-share lot back and forth present almost no liquidity to the marketplace, as there is no depth to their book nor the intended holding period, and most of the “orders” presented by these guys are never intended to be executed – they’re “feelers” looking for someone – anyone – who will take the overly-ripe bag from them.

    It’s a market falsely manipulated by proprietary computer programs, to make it LOOK like millions of shares of a certain stock are trading. But they’re not – it’s just the big boyz repeatedly trading a few shares back and forth with themselves, at light speed.

    There is little to NO “investing” going on in Wall Street, not in the sense we normally understand investing. It’s all a carnival shell-game, luring in “marks” to pick their pockets.

  84. Nice to see Bill and Hillary above the “one”. Hillary should be even higher but for male chauvinists, the republican haters, and left wing pigs…

  85. HillaryforTexas Says:

    August 24th, 2009 at 12:44 pm
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    it is a disgrace…but what can we expect with the same thieves as the guardians…I am very far from a finance person but gee, to me it looks like you only need one really wealthy person…say a Soros, or someone with enough money, to just manipulate and play the game you describe above at will and at any time…the odds are probably the equivalent of buy a lottery ticket these days…

    again, though, I ask…where is our Congress??? our vaulted Democratic majority congress, the party of the people??? surely they know how the scam works…no pushback…just a little tinkering while the house continues to burn down…

    I am beginning to think this whole folly of ‘health reform’ with no plan and such a waste of time…is just that…one big distraction…another manipulation to take the attention away from what is really on the minds of the middle class…their homes, their jobs, their security…

    instead…another bait and switch…just pit the people against each other and then try to ‘blame’ everyone but the President…blame the repubs, the american people, insurance companies, and now the big bad media…

  86. Has anyone seen anything about a “cash for refrigerators”? Honestly, some people in the elevator at the hospital was talking about it. Didn’t know if it was a joke or not.

    See, seriously if they are gonna throw money around like that why not give the SS people a small adjustment this January.

    If this is true, it just goes to show you how reckless the Dimwits are when they get in charge.

  87. Wonder if the “cash for refrigerators” is going to be a payback for GE. I stupidly bought a new GE washer and dryer back in October. NEVER again will I ever buy anything that has GE on it. NEVER

  88. Glen Beck is having trouble keeping his advertisers after the “color of change” convinced these advertisers that Beck should not be calling POTUS a racist. The advertisers did not want to be a part of Glen Beck program.

    WHAAATTTT!!! Did we not all send emails to these very same advertisers when these same Pundits were calling Hillary everything in the book and nothing was offlimits???? Why now are these advertisers dropping programs like Glen Beck’s.
    Granted I hate Beck for what he has said and is still saying about Hillary, but these freaking advertisers should be boycotted and reminded that they did not give a crap about what people said about Hillary.

    Personally I think all this name calling should BE STOPPED! I also think these same advertisers should apologize for NOT giving a damn about what any Pundit said about Hillary!

    People this just STINKS!!

  89. dot48 – I heard someone on FOX business news say that the stores were going to be adopting some promotions like that because they saw that there is a market for sales based on how the people ‘cashed’ in on the cash for clunkers promotion…

    it did not sound like it was going to be run by the government, but individual stores, like Sears, maybe Home Depot, etc and working with manufacturers to give rebates

    frankly, the stores need to do whatever they can to increase sales…no one is buying high ticket items these days…most people are in a holding pattern…

    then there is this info out there…

    Latest in Stimulus – cash for refridergators

    news.yahoo.com/s/bw/20090824/bs_bw/aug2009db20090821304909

    snip

    Beginning late this fall, the program authorizes rebates of $50 to $200 for purchases of high-efficiency household appliances. The money is part of the broader economic stimulus bill passed earlier this year. Program details will vary by state, and the Energy Dept. has set a deadline of Oct. 15 for states to file formal applications. The Energy Dept. expects the bulk of the $300 million to be awarded by the end of November. (Unlike the clunkers auto program, consumers won’t have to trade in their old appliances.)

    snip

  90. confloyd…Beck also gets on my nerves, but i certainly do not want him silenced…

    last week i read that there have been some sponsors that cancelled but the media is overplaying and distorting and stating sponsors left that never actually sponsored his show in the first place…

    i was wondering myself if he had been forced off the air last week with his vacation, but fox is promoting this week he is back with a big expose and focus on all the Obama czars…just who they are and what they do…

    we’ll see…

  91. so taxpayers are going to spend 300 MILLION dollars to INCENTIVIZE people to buy new applicances.

    This is the biggest bunch of bullshit I’ve ever heard of.

    Again, Obama and his minions CANNOT be trusted, his friends can’t trust him and WE SURE CAN’T TRUST HIM.

    WTF thought this brilliant gem up should be ousted immediately.

    $300 MILLION would help dig us out of this deficit.

    What a bunch of hooey.

    Can we put a countdown clock on this site to count down the days of his fucking first term. I can’t wait till the next election and he gets voted out.

  92. Becks ratings are still high .. even though he wasn’t even on last week! I think this week is important. I plan to have the tv on his show at 5 oclock every day. Just to PISS OFF the fucking ones who want to shut him up. I agree .. WHERE were the fucking advertisers when we wrote all during the primaries about how they treated Bill and Hillary. Bill was called a racist and Chelsea a whore

  93. yep, just read that GE mulled over shutting down a whole operation that produced REFRIGERATORS. Ding, ding, ding we have a winner. Get the confetti and pop the cork.

  94. dot48…GE is on to bigger and better schemes to grab taxpayer money…

    HFT linked to some very interesting CURRENT info regarding just how GE is ‘evolving’ from refrigerators to ‘energy policy’ and all kinds of ways they have concocted to get their hands on taxpayer money courtesy of O admin…while their media branches continue to sell O propoganda and talking points all day long on MSNBC and NBC and CNBC

    check out this link to get a better picture of how they do it:

    zerohedge.com/article/cnbcs-parent-station-general-electric-q2s-top-lobby-spender-72-million-60-increase-q1

    and also a reading of HFT’s two links above to denninger give an understandable breakdown of how screwed we, the silly, hard working, trusting, American people are…

    thanks to HFT for posting…

    …and not a peep from our congress or MSM…unbelievable! all buried and covered up…

  95. Glenn Beck is a true Clinton hater so I have no puity for him..he also signed a radio deal worth like 60 million so don’t feel too bad…All those guys at Fox who were marginally supportive of Hillary during the primary have gone after her and constantly try to bring up how she is marginalized, so f— them. The only thing disturbing about the story is how powerful Bots army still is…this is a man who has no shame using race to destroy anybody, and he almost did as far as Bill was concerned. Thank god most people (not AA’s) now realize how great Bill was compared to this incompetent ass clown.

  96. jbstonesfan…i agree that beck, hannity, morris, etc have gone right back to putting down Hillary…and Bill…

    …however I think the point about beck and fox news is that it really is almost the only game in town where there is any….any…critical analysis of O and all the corruption and conflicts of interest that follows…and that includes a more objective analysis of the economy…vs all the ‘happy talk’ and distractions and deceptions on cnn, msnbc, nbc, cnbc, and all coordinated with the so called journalists from wp, nyt, newsweek, time, etc…(out right “progressive” Clinton hating, snarky, liars in shuster, lawrence o’donnell, ed shultz, olbermann and even Maddow are frankly worse than fox, imo)

    not to mention there seems to be a lot of people at nbc/msnbc that are from…where else? Chicago…hmmm…coincidence??

    but no denying that beck is creepy and wierd…and Morris is wierder and creepier…

  97. eff Jacoby
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    Kennedy should resign
    By Jeff Jacoby
    Globe Columnist / August 23, 2009
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    RUNNING for reelection in 1982, Senator Ted Kennedy aired a series of sentimental television ads in which longtime supporters spoke of him as an empathetic human being who was no stranger to suffering and sorrow. One of those supporters was 83-year-old Frank Manning, founder of the Massachusetts Association of Older Americans. “He’s not a plaster saint, he’s not without his faults,’’ Manning said in the ad. “But we wouldn’t want a plaster saint.’’

    I didn’t vote for Kennedy in 1982 or any other year, and I have certainly never thought of him as a saint, plaster or otherwise. Play-to-win politics, not piety, has been the essence of his long career in the Senate. He has a gift for the poignant gesture; there is no denying he is a deft hand at evoking the affection of his many admirers. But beneath the tug at the heartstrings, there is always shrewd political calculation.

    Today Kennedy is gravely ill with brain cancer, but his political instincts are as sharp as ever. Given his condition, the letter he sent to Massachusetts political leaders last week could not help but generate a fresh wave of sympathy. “I am now writing to you,’’ it reads, “about an issue that concerns me deeply – the continuity of representation for Massachusetts, should a vacancy occur.’’ As a human being, Kennedy is surely grateful for that sympathy. As a canny political navigator, he reckons it may provide the cover needed to change Massachusetts law to benefit his party.

    Kennedy wants the Legislature to upend the succession law it passed in 2004, when – at his urging – it stripped away the governor’s longstanding power to temporarily fill a Senate vacancy. Back then, John Kerry was a presidential candidate and Republican Mitt Romney was governor; Kennedy lobbied state Democrats to change the law so that Romney couldn’t name Kerry’s successor.

    They followed his advice with gusto. When the final vote took place, the Boston Globe reported, “hooting and hollering broke out on the usually staid House floor,’’ and House Speaker Thomas Finneran acknowledged candidly: “It’s a political deal. It’s very raw politics.’’

    It still is. Now that Massachusetts has a Democratic governor, Kennedy is lobbying to restore the gubernatorial power to name an interim appointee. That would guarantee Democrats in Washington two reliable Senate votes from Massachusetts, even if Kennedy isn’t there to cast one of them.

    Needless to say, Kennedy’s letter says nothing about raw politics. No, it’s all lofty principle and good government. “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,’’ he writes.

    If Kennedy is sincere – if his chief concern is that Massachusetts not be left for months without the services of a full-time senator – then he should do the right thing right now: He should resign.

    For well over a year, Massachusetts has not had the “two voices . . . and two votes in the Senate’’ that Kennedy says its voters are entitled to. Sickness has kept him away from Capitol Hill for most of the last 15 months. He has missed all but a handful of the 270 roll-calls taken in the Senate so far this year. Through no fault of his own, he is unable to carry out the job he was reelected to in 2006. As a matter of integrity, he should bow out and allow his constituents to choose a replacement.

    “Democrats are keenly feeling the absence of Ted Kennedy,’’ reported The Politico from Washington last week. “Senate Democratic insiders . . . say there’s been little contact with the Massachusetts Democrat recently.’’ Though his staff tries to keep up appearances, it is clear that Kennedy is no longer an active participant in Senate business. Few things are harder for those accustomed to power than letting it go. But there is no honor in clinging to office till the bitter end.

    Senator Kerry told ABC the other day that his colleague “doesn’t believe that under any circumstances, now or ever, Massachusetts should have anything less than full representation in the United States Senate.’’ It has less than full representation – much less – right now. That is why, for the sake of the state and Senate he loves, Edward Kennedy should step down.

    Jeff Jacoby can be reached at jacoby@globe.com.
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  98. dot48 : Thanks for your concern.I have been troubled with persistent eye infections.Too much exposure to airborn to particles while cutting grass every four days or so. The eyeballs need a rest.

    ABM90

  99. jbstonesfan Says:
    August 24th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    eff Jacoby
    The Boston Globe
    Kennedy should resign
    By Jeff Jacoby
    Globe Columnist / August 23, 2009

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    Personally, I still think the Senator who is resigning should choose his OWN interim replacement (till an election can be held). That way the voters get continuity of the policies they voted for in the last election.

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