The Usual Suspects And The Obama Flim-Flam On Health Care

When the going gets tough, a flim-flam man starts talking. When the police stop a flim-flam man, the words do not stop flowing as the flim-flam man sweet talks his way out of a jam and bamboozles the police so they forget why they stopped the con-artist in the first place.

So it is with Chicago flim-flam man Barack Obama. Obama is talking a mile a minute in order to avoid making tough decisions that don’t benefit Obama personally.

This week Obama again dragged in the usual suspects (along with the often rational Gerald Seib and the formerly reliable Ron Brownstein), including Rachel Maddow and Keith Olberman, Eugene Robinson, E.J. Dionne, John Dickerson, Frank Rich, Maureen Dowd, Bob Herbert, Gloria Borger, and Gwen Ifill for a talk to bolster their faith in Mess-iah (and put the screws to Seib and Brownstein). As usual the above scribes and talkers will regurgitate Obama’s words as their own to unsuspecting readers.

Obama has stepped up the sweet talk not only because the priests in the Church of Obama are losing faith but also to distract them from further explorations of Obama lies and hypocrisies. Obama certainly does not want the scribes and talkers to discuss with the public, possible pitfalls to his planned clown utopia. And have no doubt, there are storms in the planned clown utopia as outlined by “Anonymous” on Time magazine’s Halperin blog.

Things bog down and all these deadlines continue to slip. CBO will need time to score the merge. Meanwhile, despite the sense of inevitability Democrats are far from unified on pay-fors. There is strong Labor opposition to the Cadillac plan tax. Plus, they are going to try and pass a quarter trillion doc fix by waiving paygo and then pretending that health care reform is deficit neutral, which people will see for the farce it is.

And as kumbaya fades, Business is getting increasingly antsy because they know they are paying the bill at the end of the day and there is positively nothing in the legislation that will bring down costs, and they know the main point of the PWC study is dead on. The insurance industry may not be isolated for long. The White House has very successfully wooed many name-brand CEOs with lots of face time, but rank-and-file business groups are returning home.

Plus a re-energized public plan debate is not the winner that liberals think it is. You dig below the surface of the meaningless “do you support giving consumers the choice of a public option” questions and you find strong sense that government is doing too much (TARP, AIG, stimulus, GM etc). People should remember that POTUS righted the ship on this by changing the emphasis from the public plan to how-reform-helps-people-who-already-have-insurance after the Democrats’ August recess debacle.

“Anonymous” continues, like a meteorologist to describe the storm cloud patterns over Obama’s clown utopia:

Everyone is for “reform” but here is why this whole enterprise has always been bad politics: At a time when we have 10% unemployment and record deficits, Congress is going to 1) cut Medicare and 2) raise taxes to 3) pay for health care for the uninsured. None of these are popular.

And when McDonnell wins in Virginia despite his encyclical, Blue Dogs and moderates will get even more nervous about midterms. Likely Corzine win gets discounted because it’s New Jersey and GOP nominated a hapless candidate.

Nothing final happens before Christmas at the very earliest. Most likely spills into next year. Which means economic numbers and POTUS approval ratings will be determinative. Odds are still clearly in favor of something big passing. But IF this thing goes into 2010, there are several more months of the “jobless recovery,” unemployment goes above 10 and POTUS slips below 50, all bets are off.

Mark Halperin, uncloaked, published a list of all the Obama clown utopia’s “priorities” that “are Being Deferred, Delayed and (Maybe) Derailed”:

1. A new Afghanistan policy. 2. Immigration reform. 3. Gitmo closing. 4. A second major stimulus bill. 5. A major climate deal in Copenhagen. 6. A real fight over regulating the financial sector. 7. A real fight with Fox. (Just kidding — of course there’s time for that.) 8. Deficit reduction. 9. Ending “don’t ask, don’t tell, don’t pursue.” 10. Tax reform. 11. Entitlement reform. 12. Ending the bitter partisanship in Washington that has divided us for too long yada yada yada.

At the Obama-loving websites, some light is breaking through. Some are just now beginning to open their peepers and imagine the possibility that indeed Big Pink has been right all along and Obama (gasp!) is a Chicago flim-flam man:

The question many health reform advocates have been asking about the public option debate is “what’s the problem”??? Why isn’t the President demanding it, pushing it, selling it? Well, maybe he doesn’t want it.

Why, given strong Congressional majorities in favor of a public option, continuing strong polling support across the country, and overwhelming support from Democratic voters, is Harry Reid treating the matter as though it were a close call?


So what’s the problem?

The problem, dude, is the flim-flam man from Chicago you were all so giddy about while trashing a genuine leader and fighter who happened to be a woman:

The Beltway conventional wisdom, steeped in cynicism, is that the White House is being disingenuous when it repeatedly says the President supports a public option. WH officials claim Obama believes it is “the best way” to provide an affordable choice and reduce costs. But then why is he not working to get it adopted in the Senate, and explicitly directing his OFA troops to help that effort? Why has he ducked every opportunity to make even the logical argument that the burden is on detractors to show there’s a better measure? No one has seriously attempted such a case.

Why indeed? Maybe your man is leading you on, making fools of you. We’ll laugh wryly on the day you actually type the words “Chicago flim-flam man” to describe the man who played you so well. For now some light is dawning on the Obama-love community:

It is hard to avoid the fear that this White House has now become a principal obstacle to getting meaningful health care reform. It claims it wants major cost reductions in Medicare, via a semi-autonomous cost-cutting commission. But the White House has already bargained away the savings it can achieve from most of the major providers: PhRMa ($80 billion), hospitals ($155 billion) so they can give it back to the doctors (for whom AMA is demanding $240+ billion more over ten years in relief from automatic Medicare reductions).

Why should we not also believe that the White House has a deal to shield insurers from competition by preventing the creation of a public option in exchange for the insurers agreeing to reforms on guaranteed issue and limited community ratings (with the flexibility Baucus provided) and to support this framework with tv ads? (Read Ignagni’s WaPo op-ed today; while defending the PwC study, she says they made a deal, but Baucus broke it; she didn’t say the deal’s off.)

The White House isn’t taking up most of the chairs in Harry’s Reid’s meetings just to watch him make decisions on his own. They’re there to make sure Harry Reid doesn’t undo the White House deals and wander off the reservation.

This President has filled the White House with people who have no inclination to pose any major challenge to the economic power of America’s dominant financial industries (GM being an exception). We’ve already seen this in their dealings with Wall Street investment banks and their too-big-to-fail is too-big-to-challenge approach to financial regulation. We’re seeing it now with efforts to shield the major health and insurance industries from any fundamental challenge.

It’s all a Chicago three-card monte flim-flam with fast-talking Obama doing the pitch. Americans have already witnessed the debate shift from health care to health insurance. We’ll soon see all the scribes and talkers invited to the White House try to sell the Obama flim-flam in upcoming publications and shows.

The invited scribes and talkers will say everything is on track and Obama is bringing Hope and Change. But the reality is that, as in Chicago, Obama will plunder Hope to bring Change to his pockets.

As the lightening flashes, and the torrential rains hurl down with thunderous screams, the Obama-loving scribes and talkers will pretend they are meteorologist and say it is a sunny day. But it is a dark day in America no matter what they say.

Obama is in trouble because he is unqualified and too inexperienced and too mesmerized by his mirror and cares only about himself.

The usual suspects will praise Obama, but Americans will continue to reject the Obama health care insurance flim-flam.


139 thoughts on “The Usual Suspects And The Obama Flim-Flam On Health Care

  1. Flim flam is right.

    Boehner Statement on the White House & Democrats’ ‘Chicago-Style Politics’

    GOP Leader on the Democrats’ familiar pattern: “When you can’t win an argument based on the facts, launch vicious political attacks.”

    WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 /Standard Newswire/ — At his weekly press briefing today, House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) addressed the White House and congressional Democrats’ efforts to demonize their political opponents because they are losing the debate over public policy:

    “The White House and congressional Democrats know that their liberal special-interest agenda is not very popular. And now they are following a familiar pattern: when you can’t win an argument based on the facts, launch vicious political attacks. This Chicago-style politics is shutting the American people out and demonizing their opponents.

    “They are writing the health care bill in secret, even though the President called for all of this to be out on an open table and have C-SPAN cameras in the room. Instead, Democrats are targeting those who don’t fall immediately in line — the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, doctors, Fox News. The Administration promised during the campaign that they were going to usher in an era of ‘post-partisanship’ in here in Washington, but what they are doing is flat-out despicable.”

  2. Wonderful article, admin.

    How can these JINOS (journalists in name only) bear to look at themselves in the mirror without barfing? They have made a mockery of the institution of the free press. What they have done is shameful.
    Squat says jump and JINOs ask how high? Disgusting.

    ‘This week Obama again dragged in the usual suspects (along with the often rational Gerald Seib and the formerly reliable Ron Brownstein), including Rachel Maddow and Keith Olberman, Eugene Robinson, E.J. Dionne, John Dickerson, Frank Rich, Maureen Dowd, Bob Herbert, Gloria Borger, and Gwen Ifill for a talk to bolster their faith in Mess-iah (

  3. Glenn Beck broke today on his show that Anita Dunn’s husband just got a big job in the WH. He is driving the WH nuts.

  4. confloyd;

    CHECK THIS OUT!!!!!!!

    His name is Robert Bauer.

    Perkins Coie law firm hired him to lead Obama birth certificate and other records blockade.

    Robert Bauer is a partner at Perkins Coie, a law firm. He is President Barack Obama’s personal attorney and has been the general counsel of the Obama for America presidential campaign since January 2007. He is also the general counsel to the Democratic National Committee.

  5. I hadn’t heard the latest brown-nosing by Big Media; truly dispicable. They are the single biggest threat to democracy and American freedom. Their behavior takes all of the fairness out of the fight. It’s not how the game should be played. I haven’t wathced info-tainment “news” shows regularly since 2000, but their poison still seeps in.

    Brilliant Admin, not just for the words but for the banner you hold for those of us who will not surrender to the PINOs way of life and thought.

  6. “Perkins Coie law firm hired him to lead Obama birth certificate and other records blockade.”

    Is the money for all of this coming out of obama’s pocket?

  7. Jan,

    I dunno. The above was copied from another blog.

    It’s weird, though, that the guy responsible for keeping Squat’s records secret (birth, educational, college, employment) is married to the maoist and has been promoted, dontchathink?

  8. 22/10/2009

    Clinton to Obama: We’ve made scant progress on Mideast peace

    By Barak Ravid and Natasha Mozgovaya

    The United States has made little progress in its efforts to renew stalled peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reported to President Barack Obama on Thursday.

    Clinton met with Obama on Thursday to submit an interim report on the status of U.S. peacemaking efforts. Obama’s envoy to the Middle East, George Mitchell, also participated in the meeting.

    An administration official said that during the meeting, Clinton advised the president that challenges remain before the negotiations could resume. The official said the Palestinians have strengthened their security efforts, while the Israelis have expressed a willingness to curtail settlement activity. But the official said both sides need to do more for the process to move forward.

    Following the meeting, the White house urged Israel and the Palestinians to do more to open the way to renewed peace negotiations. The White House said Mitchell would visit Israel next week, in his latest attempt to relaunch peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

    Meanwhile, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s representatives at talks in Washington, Mike Herzog and Yitzhak Molcho, returned to Israel on Wednesday after more than a week of discussions with Mitchell and his advisers.

    Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat was also in Washington for talks with American officials.

    Molcho briefed Netanyahu and other cabinet members on the discussions held in Washington.

    A Jerusalem source said that gaps still exist between the Israeli and Palestinian positions and also between the American and Palestinian sides that are preventing peace talks from resuming. The source added that conditions are not ripe for renewed negotiations at this time.

    During Mitchell’s visit to the region last month, Netanyahu and Mitchell failed to come to reach a compromise over continued construction in West Bank settlements.

    Washington and Jerusalem have been at odds over the scope of a settlement freeze. The Americans had demanded that Israel commit to cease all construction for a period of one year. The Israelis said they would be willing to commit to a maximum freeze of six months.

  9. Bob is General Counsel to Obama for America and General Counsel to the Democratic National Committee, and he has been counsel for many years to the Democratic Senatorial and Congressional Campaign Committees.

  10. Yeah, jan, like the conflict of interest uncovered today in NYS whereby the wife of one of the distributors of the flu shot mandated by the state is a state employee herself and had a hand in crafting the legislation which has now been revoked.


  11. Sorry Jan – I am distracted – this, in a nutshell, presents my discomfort with the collaboration between DUnn, her husband and Squat.
    By Jerome Corsi

    Look who’s married to Obama’s media ‘controller’
    Official attacking network, anti-‘birther’ lawyer a couple

    Posted: October 20, 2009
    9:01 pm Eastern
    By Jerome R. Corsi
    © 2009 WorldNetDaily

    Anita Dunn
    Attacking Fox News and defending President Obama is a family affair for Anita Dunn, the White House communications director who has blasted Fox as an arm of the Republican Party and talked about “controlling” the news media.
    She’s married to Robert Bauer, the chief of the political law group at Perkins Coie, the Seattle law firm hired by the White House to defend Obama in court cases challenging his “natural born” citizenship status and thus, his eligibility under the U.S. Constitution to be president.
    Dunn is targeting Fox News with criticisms emanating from the administration that it isn’t even a news network, while Bauer has done his best to prevent the American public from seeing a wide range of Obama’s records that could prove, or disprove, his eligibility to occupy the Oval Office.
    (Story continues below)

    Documents concerning Obama that the White House has refused to release to the public include his long-form birth certificate and his passport records. Other records unreleased records that may be relevant include records regarding Obama’s possible adoption by his Indonesian stepfather and college application and tuition financial aid records that would reveal whether Obama was ever registered as a foreign student.

  12. Fox reported today that bambi’s thugs tried to exclude their network from a “news pool” meeting with one of their czars. Fox has been a member of the pool (5 networks altogether) for the past 5 years.

    Apparently the other lame duck networks finally took a stand today and said they would not attend unless Fox was included.

    The White House came back finally and agreed but changed the usual 5 minutes for questions per network to 2 minutes for questions.

    …and the saga continues…

  13. The administration is being very, very petty and small minded in their attacks on FOX. What a display of immaturity and arrogance. I really hope that this backfires in their faces. The more they behave in this manner, the higher FOX ratings will go. I’m glad that the other networks took a stand. They really need to be united to fight against a government controlled media. What a bunch of crybabies. I don’t even watch FOX or any of the network “news” because they are all opinion based programs.

  14. birdgal,

    I sometimes tune into the last half hour of Brett Baer’s show on Fox News. He has a roundtable of pretty objective people discussing the days political issues and quite often Charles Krauthammer is one of his guests.

  15. ‘Apparently the other lame duck networks finally took a stand today and said they would not attend unless Fox was included.’

    maybe they’re starting to remember that old standby about the inactivity of German intellectuals during the Nazi rise to power;
    First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a communist;
    Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist;
    Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a trade unionist;
    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew;
    Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak out for me.

  16. Basil9, Did you see Beck? He has a snitch at the WH. The person called Beck 20 minutes into his show and said they at that moment giving Dunn’s husband the NEW job, whatever that is! I knew he was the one who has been instrumental in covering up the birth certificate and college records with our tax payer dollars, so I guess Obama owes him something, a new job within the administration.
    Glenn Beck is kicking the asses, LOL!!! Beck apparently wants a third party candidate in the presidently race for 2012.

    If he can blow Obama’s birthgate story, the man could very well be thrown out of office straight into jail along with most of his administration.

    Gee, I am curious who the snitch is!!

  17. admin Says:

    October 22nd, 2009 at 8:29 pm


    Thanks Admin,

    Pretty damning in my opinion. I’m not holding my breath, but I hope the other news networks continue to take the same stand in the future.

  18. Republicans spent hundreds of millions of dollars attacking Bill and Hillary , whom many realize now were very god for our country. Yet, they are allowing a paid for President get away with undermine the very nature of our democracy and the very heart of it, a free and open press..

  19. jbstonesfan, I think the republicans were sold a bill of goods about Obama, so they and still are complicent is letting him get away with murder. He is doing what they want done, no matter how much they moan about it. He enacts very little for the democrats.

  20. optimus Says:
    October 22nd, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    I hadn’t heard the latest brown-nosing by Big Media; truly dispicable. They are the single biggest threat to democracy and American freedom.


    No, they are the second biggest- Congress is the biggest threat to democracy and American Freedom. Congress has been privatized by George Soros. He owns Congress and he owns Obama. Obama is following Soros’ plan for the destruction of America.


  21. # jbstonesfan Says:
    October 22nd, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Hard to believe that Dick Cheney is becomming my hero.


    Wow- short memory. Those two got us intothis mess..

  22. It’s all Kabuki theater. Congress is composed of one party. They are all in it together. Why do you think the outspoken Lindsey Graham is finally onboard? They met his price.

  23. I supported the War in Iraq and Afghanistan after 9/11. The removal of Hussein was a good thing . The tragic mistake they (Bush/Cheney) made was a complete lack of understanding on how to deal with a post Saddam Iraq. Fortunately, the surge, did in fact work, and Iraq is no longer a threat to the region as it was with Hussein. As for Afghanistan, the problem , from day one, has been not enough troops. Even Bambi, until recently, realized this was a “war of necessity”. Unfortunately, it looks like we will cut and run, and leave the people we promised to protect at the mercy of stone aged barbarians , as well as allowing Al-Queda to regroup and plan future attacks on America.

  24. I don’t always agree with him, but when he’s right…he’s right.

    Fox wars: The ‘post-partisan’ president makes an enemies list

    By Charles Krauthammer
    Friday, October 23, 2009

    Rahm Emanuel once sent a dead fish to a live pollster. Now he’s put a horse’s head in Roger Ailes’s bed. Not very subtle. And not very smart. Ailes doesn’t scare easily.

    The White House has declared war on Fox News. White House communications director Anita Dunn said that Fox is “opinion journalism masquerading as news.” Patting rival networks on the head for their authenticity (read: docility), senior adviser David Axelrod declared Fox “not really a news station.” And Chief of Staff Emanuel told (warned?) the other networks not to “be led [by] and following Fox.”

    Meaning? If Fox runs a story critical of the administration — from exposing “green jobs” czar Van Jones as a loony 9/11 “truther” to exhaustively examining the mathematical chicanery and hidden loopholes in proposed health-care legislation — the other news organizations should think twice before following the lead.

    The signal to corporations is equally clear: You might have dealings with a federal behemoth that not only disburses more than $3 trillion every year but is extending its reach ever deeper into private industry — finance, autos, soon health care and energy. Think twice before you run an ad on Fox.

    At first, there was little reaction from other media. Then on Thursday, the administration tried to make them complicit in an actual boycott of Fox. The Treasury Department made available Ken Feinberg, the executive pay czar, for interviews with the White House “pool” news organizations — except Fox. The other networks admirably refused, saying they would not interview Feinberg unless Fox was permitted to as well. The administration backed down.

    This was an important defeat because there’s a principle at stake here. While government can and should debate and criticize opposition voices, the current White House goes beyond that. It wants to delegitimize any significant dissent. The objective is no secret. White House aides openly told Politico that they’re engaged in a deliberate campaign to marginalize and ostracize recalcitrants, from Fox to health insurers to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

    There’s nothing illegal about such search-and-destroy tactics. Nor unconstitutional. But our politics are defined not just by limits of legality or constitutionality. We have norms, Madisonian norms.

    Madison argued that the safety of a great republic, its defense against tyranny, requires the contest between factions or interests. His insight was to understand “the greater security afforded by a greater variety of parties.” They would help guarantee liberty by checking and balancing and restraining each other — and an otherwise imperious government.

    Factions should compete, but they should also recognize the legitimacy of other factions and, indeed, their necessity for a vigorous self-regulating democracy. Seeking to deliberately undermine, delegitimize and destroy is not Madisonian. It is Nixonian.

    But didn’t Teddy Roosevelt try to destroy the trusts? Of course, but what he took down was monopoly power that was extinguishing smaller independent competing interests. Fox News is no monopoly. It is a singular minority in a sea of liberal media. ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, NPR, CNN, MSNBC vs. Fox. The lineup is so unbalanced as to be comical — and that doesn’t even include the other commanding heights of the culture that are firmly, flagrantly liberal: Hollywood, the foundations, the universities, the elite newspapers.

    Fox and its viewers (numbering more than those of CNN and MSNBC combined) need no defense. Defend Fox compared to whom? To CNN — which recently unleashed its fact-checkers on a “Saturday Night Live” skit mildly critical of President Obama, but did no checking of a grotesquely racist remark that CNN falsely attributed to Rush Limbaugh?

    Defend Fox from whom? Fox’s flagship 6 o’clock evening news out of Washington (hosted by Bret Baier, formerly by Brit Hume) is, to my mind, the best hour of news on television. (Definitive evidence: My mother watches it even on the odd night when I’m not on.) Defend Fox from the likes of Anita Dunn? She’s been attacked for extolling Mao’s political philosophy in a speech at a high school graduation. But the critics miss the surpassing stupidity of her larger point: She was invoking Mao as support and authority for her impassioned plea for individuality and trusting one’s own choices. Mao as champion of individuality? Mao, the greatest imposer of mass uniformity in modern history, creator of a slave society of a near-billion worker bees wearing Mao suits and waving the Little Red Book?

    The White House communications director cannot be trusted to address high schoolers without uttering inanities. She and her cohorts are now to instruct the country on truth and objectivity?

  25. JanH Says:

    October 22nd, 2009 at 7:07 pm
    Fox reported today that bambi’s thugs tried to exclude their network from a “news pool” meeting with one of their czars. Fox has been a member of the pool (5 networks altogether) for the past 5 years.

    Apparently the other lame duck networks finally took a stand today and said they would not attend unless Fox was included.

    The White House came back finally and agreed but changed the usual 5 minutes for questions per network to 2 minutes for questions.

    …and the saga continues…

    They finally found their balls or ovaries! And the WH, well if you play with Fox we will only give you 2 minutes, as they stick their tongues out as the children they are….

  26. JanH Says:

    October 22nd, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    I find myself agreeing with him, Cheney, Beck and others that in the past i would have thought insane

    Now i think Beck needs to watch his back and have a food tester

  27. bird

    You have to love the ones that are with ya and watch your back. The enemy of my enemy, is my friend

    If it wasn’t for Beck, we would not be seeing this change in opinion about SATAN’S SPAWN, IMHO.

    Earlier Wednesday, Gibbs slipped during an off-camera briefing and called Kerry, “Secretary Kerry.”


    Give that goon a typewriter, I am sure they meant that he is qualified for the secretarial pool….

  28. From BP

    Spc. Flores couldn’t make it to Fiesta Latina

    What a thrill to be invited to Latin Music night at the White House. Every Latino who mattered was there from J.Lo, to Eva Longoria-Parker, to Sonia Sotomayor. Unfortunately, Spc. Jesus O. Flores Jr. of La Mirada, California was not in attendance — he was busy dodging the Taliban in Afghanistan.

    Though irresolute on some issues Barack Obama has been right on schedule when it comes to supporting music and culture. According to one account, amidst the sober reality of wartime, “The Obama’s are demonstrating a commitment to use the White House to promote the arts in a huge way.”

    Since day one, Obama hasn’t missed a beat when it comes to drawing all kinds of celebrities and music groups to his monthly installments of music night. For Noche Latina, “Michelle and Barack Obama sat one table over from J.Lo and Marc Anthony, and all four of them were rocking in their seats as Sheila E. shook the house.”

    And while Shelia E. was “shaking the house” with that Latino beat, four soldiers in Kandahar province Afghanistan were being shaken on all sides by mortar fire as they patiently waited for the President to make a decision about sending troop reinforcements, which to date he has failed to do. Obama might as well be playing 3 on 3 with the guys, while a toddler stands in the street in the wake of an on-coming bus. His behavior is on par with swooshing a few more shots into the hoop before removing an endangered child from the path of a bus.

    In an interview, Latino performer Romeo Santos averred that the President’s support is a powerful tool in giving Latino music “mainstream respect.” Obama has such a busy schedule garnering public support for Latino music he can’t squeeze in time to meet with his Secretary of Defense and war commander General Stanley McChrystal?

    According to Robert Gates, “It’s just a matter now of getting the time with the president, when we can sort through these options and then tee them up for him to make a decision.”

    Twenty-eight soldiers from Fort Carson have died in the last two weeks alone. Generals in Afghanistan continue to lose soldiers as Obama drags his Mexican nortego dancing feet trying to make a decision about troop reinforcement. One can’t help but wonder why gaining respect for Latino music is even on the President’s roster.
    Adventura lead singer Santo, scheduled to perform at Fiesta Latina, ecstatically said, “A lot of times minorities get treated like second-class citizens…it doesn’t feel that way today.” No need to worry Romeo, Hispanic soldier, Spc. Jesus O. Flores Jr., and the rest of those serving in Afghanistan have been unofficially awarded the title of “second-class citizen” from the Commander-in-Chief, Barack Obama.

    One has to wonder, if Obama was as indecisive about picking finger foods and dessert options for Fiesta night as he is about accepting the recommendation to send 40,000 troops from his commanding Generals in the field? American soldiers’ lives hang in the balance while Obama, in an effort to foster culture and diversity at the White House, munches on Fresh Corn Polenta with Roasted Bacon in a Guajilio-Ancho Adobo with Jose Feliciano.

    Regardless of his ethnicity, Flores likely would have preferred Obama spend his night concentrating on making a quick decision about a troop surge. Instead, the President chose to spend precious time delighting guests while making sure to not step on Thalia’s toes “…who lured him onto the dance floor.”

    On Latin music night, Obama, extolling the virtues of diversity said, “…it is the same thing that’s always made America great: the unique ability to celebrate our differences, while creating something new; to realize that although we may come from different backgrounds and different cultures, what unites us will always be stronger that what divides us.” Obviously, Obama is so busy enjoying himself he failed to notice the diverse makeup of the US Military.

    The U.S. Armed Forces are a reflection of America — virtually every possible ethnic and religious group is represented. The military is a team of men and women from all over the United States working together with a single purpose: to protect our Nation and fight for freedom…where each service member is judged by his or her performance — never by race, color, religion or gender. It has been said that if society as a whole were more like the military in this regard, the U.S. would be a better place.

    Barack Obama could learn a thing or two from our Armed Forces.

    The day after Fiesta Latina, Obama cooled his tired Salsa-heels, while the tents were disassembled, the white folding chairs were collapsed and the candied cacao swept from beneath the tables. At the same time, thousands of miles from the White House, Flores, part of diverse band of brothers, was fatally wounded when a Taliban planted bomb struck the vehicle he rode in.

    According to deputy social secretary in charge of the White House music series, the President and First Lady, “…made it clear early on that they wanted to use their new home as a platform for the best and the brightest that America has to offer.” It appears as if that elite group consists of people like Los Lobos, Tito “El Bambino” and Latino guest chef Maricel Presilla. Nowhere on the guest list were the names of Staff Sgt. Glen H. Stivison Jr., Spc. Daniel C. Lawson, and Pfc. Brandon M. Styer, all of whom died alongside, Jesus O. Flores Jr. waiting for Obama to send reinforcements.

    If all goes well for the Obama’s cultural music series, hopefully the four flag draped coffins arrive home before their deaths hamper the party atmosphere of Classical Music Night.

  29. I wouldn’t be trusting Dick Cheney, he was against Hillary and said so on TV during the election. Dick was quiet until Holder started going after the Gitmo waterboarders. He is worried about his own ass. If they dig too deep they will uncover a whole bunch of stuff on him so he wants to discredit the administration as much as possible.
    They are both crooked. Remember BO is BushIII, so what does that make Cheney, in it up to his necktie.

  30. When BushI started the Gulf War, (which if you recall was over in a matter of months) Cheney said: “don’t go into Iraq, we’ll never get out.” He knew it then as Bush I’s VP. Bush II went into Iraq for two reasons, depose Hussein and protect the oil pipeline. Cheney is as evil a man as thre ever was- Theres nothing worth agreeing on with Cheney even if he appears to be right. He’s pond scum.

  31. Sorry, when people speak truth, no matter who they are and what their reason for it, I listen and hope they influence others. Regardless of what I think of him personally, many people respect him and that is what we need, credible people AGAINST this administration. We can not do it alone. After the battle is won, we will draw lines again.

  32. I have to share this excerpt from the Clinton Tapes again as it explains the state of mind Bill was in. He is telling the diarist that Ken Starr supeoned Hillary to go in front of the grand jury over a billing statement that had been lost for years from her old law firm in Arkansas. Bill was furious because he said they could have done this in private but chose to drag the First Lady of the US in front all the news media, tv stations for the first time in history.

    So I ask you all how could they now help the very man and the people who put him there now?? What changed??

    It must of killed Bill to see what they were doing to Hillary during the primary, I know I watched him cry like a baby when she finally called it quits. I still can’t figure out how and what changed to make them campaign and join this fraud of a Potus. There has to be something there for it to of happened.

  33. They’ve knocked us off Yahoo again, we have to go thru google to get here.
    All I have ever heard/read is that Clinton dropped the ball on terrorism during his Presidency, now I find that his terrorism bill was held up in congress mostly by the NRA. How is it that the republicans/Washington insiders have gotten away with saying Bill Clinton was soft on terrorism, when it was their (3rd grade mentality) was the true cause???

    Truthfully, I don’t know how he ever got thru 8 years of this truly historic administration sane!

  34. confloyd Says:
    October 22nd, 2009 at 9:39 pm
    I think the republicans were sold a bill of goods about Obama, so they and still are complicent is letting him get away with murder. He is doing what they want done, no matter how much they moan about it. He enacts very little for the democrats.


    It’s always Obama’s fatcat donors and cronies who get the benefits, though he blames it on the GOP.

  35. confloyd Says:
    October 23rd, 2009 at 3:32 am

    They’ve knocked us off Yahoo again, we have to go thru google to get here.


    Huh? I don’t get here through any stinking yahoo or google.

    I just open any browser, Opera or Chrome or Firefox etc, and type in the usual h and w and

    Like going to any website.

  36. admin: It happened around 3am, but was working fine after a few minutes, it could have been on this end as I am at work.

  37. confloyd:

    “I still can’t figure out how and what changed to make them campaign and join this fraud of a Potus.”


    First of all, Hillary is out of the Senate. She’s free of the go along with Soros crowd that have been “privatized” by Soros. She isn’t subject to his demands as the Congressional jackals are who willingly accepted his generous donations. We know Hillary CAN’T be bought…

    Besides keeping her visible and in the public eye; Hillary’s position as SOS has worked for her, adding to her popularity demonstrating daily she is a hard worker and produces results. Smart move… imo-

  38. confloyd,

    I don’t watch Beck but I’m glad as he!! to hear he’s got a WH snitch and he’s kicking butt.

    He just better watch his back.


  39. This POS POTUS just keeps dragging the prestige of the presidency down lower with every passing day.

    Imagine him WHINING to the likes of Olgermann and Maddow about another network?
    It is shameful.
    ‘Speaking privately at the White House on Monday with a group of columnists and commentators, including Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann of MSNBC and Maureen Dowd, Frank Rich and Bob Herbert of The New York Times, President Obama himself gave vent to sentiments about the network, according to people briefed on the conversation…

    Mr. Clemente suggested that the fight with Fox was part of a larger White House strategy to marginalize critics. He cited a report in Politico about a strategy session in August at which officials discussed plans to move more aggressively against opponents.

  40. White House to Keep Obama’s ‘Czars’ from Testifying Before Congress

    Friday, October 23, 2009
    By Christopher Neefus

    The White House is not going to allow the president’s newly created “czars” to testify before Congress.

    White House Counsel Greg Craig has indicated that he will refuse to allow any of the 18 new “czar” positions created by President Obama to testify before Congress, according to Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), the ranking Republican on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

    Collins revealed during a committee hearing Thursday that she had spoken with Craig, who had earlier sent a letter on behalf of the president, and that Craig told her persoanlly that Congress would not get a chance to ask fundamental questions of the czars about their roles and responsibilities.

    “Indeed, yesterday when I was talking to Greg Craig, the president’s legal counsel, he made it very clear that the White House would prohibit any of these officials with significant policy responsibility from coming to testify before us if they are located within the Executive Office of the President,” Collins said in her written opening statement.

    Former Homeland Security “czar” Tom Ridge told he disagreed with the White House counsel’s decision to bar all of the czars from testifying – but he “understood” it. “I disagree with that, although I do think that presidents are entitled to appoint advisors,” Ridge told Ridge, whose post was created in 2001 and would be elevated in 2003 to Cabinet level — as the first Secretary of Homeland Security — testified at the Thursday hearing, which was held to examine the constitutionality of Obama’s expanded use of “czars” to serve as policy advisors and inter-departmental policy coordinators.

    In September, Collins and five Republican colleagues – Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.); Christopher Bond (R-Mo.); Pat Roberts (R-Kan.); Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Robert Bennett (R-Utah) — sent a letter to the president expressing their “growing concern about the proliferation of ‘czars’” in his administration, which they said “raise(s) serious issues of accountability, transparency, and oversight.”

    While not all of the czar positions were problematic, the letter identified 18 new positions created by Obama that had not been reviewed by the Senate nor subjected to any kind of oversight or scrutiny.

    The list that Collins sought information about included:

    — Energy and Environment Czar Carol Browner (whose official title is Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change)

    — Health Czar Nancy Ann DeParle (Counselor to the President and Director of the White House Office of Health Reform)

    — International Climate Czar Todd Stern (Special Envoy for Climate Change)

    — Guantanamo Closure Czar Daniel Fried (Special Envoy to Oversee the Closure of the Detention Center at Guantanamo Bay)

    — Urban Affairs Czar Adolfo Carrion Jr. (White House Director of Urban Affairs);

    — Pay Czar Kenneth Feinberg (Special Master on Executive Pay)

    — Afghanistan Czar Richard Holbrooke (Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan)

    — Auto Recovery Czar Ed Montgomery (Director of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers)

    — Car Czar (Manufacturing Policy) Ron Bloom (Counselor to the Secretary of the Treasury)

    — Domestic Violence Czar Lynn Rosenthal (White House Advisor on Violence Against Women)

    — Economic Czar Paul Volcker (Chairman of the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board)

    — Senior Director for Information Sharing Policy Mike Resnick

    — WMD Policy Czar Gary Samore (White House Coordinator for Weapons of Mass Destruction, Security and Arms Control)

    — Great Lakes Czar Cameron Davis (Special advisor to the U.S. EPA overseeing its Great Lakes restoration plan)

    — Central Region Czar Dennis Ross

    — Border Czar Alan Bersin (Special Representative for Border Affairs and Assistant Secretary of State for International Affairs)

    Two of the positions – the Green Jobs Czar and the Cybersecurity Czar — are unfilled. Van Jones, who was first appointed to the Green Jobs post, resigned recently under fire.

    The letter asked the president to describe the roles of each czar, explain the vetting process the White House used, and whether each of them would “agree to any reasonable request to appear before, or provide information to, Congress.”

    In response, Craig sent a letter, dated Oct. 16, in which he provided information on only four of the 18 and denied the “czars” were a problem. “We recognize that it is theoretically possible that a president could create new positions that inhibit transparency or undermine congressional oversight,” Craig wrote. “That is simply not the case, however, in the current administration.” The White House counsel argued that the positions are protected by executive privilege, since they serve as advisors to the president.

    At Thursday’s hearing, Collins called the Senate’s inability to oversee positions that might make substantive policy changes “an affront” to the Founding Fathers. “They drafted a Constitution, the framework for our representative democracy,” she said. “Their work established a system of government with three separate branches — a government whose leaders were to be accountable to the people through a carefully constructed system of checks and balances.”
    Collins added: “The responsibility of Congress to oversee the executive branch is fundamental to our constitutional system.” “The problem for me is there is a big difference between the traditional staff of the president and these ‘czar’ positions which have significant policy responsibilities,” Collins said.

    Ridge, who testified that the question of whether czars must report their activities to Congress was a complex debate best left to constitutional scholars, told that he “understood” the claims of both Congress and the White House. “I think there’s a natural tendency predictable within any president’s office for his general counsel to protect his widest possible range of prerogatives, and at some point in time, perhaps in negotiation with the legislative branch, that would be narrowed,” Ridge said. Ridge had told the committee that as Homeland Security “czar” he was not allowed to testify. “It was at the instruction of my president that I would not testify; typically and historically assistants to the president did not do so . . . but many in Congress took exception to this,” he said.

    Ridge explained that once he took on a significant policy role in 2003, helping to craft the new Department of Homeland Security, his role changed. “President Bush decided I should testify about those plans. And I did.”

    Ironically, in 2003, it was Senate Democrats who led the efforts to try to force Ridge to testify before the Homeland Security Committee and the Appropriations Committee.

  41. Basil9, Beck has an armed body guard with him at all times.

    I agree about this pos Potus, look how the media and the republicans made Bill Clinton’l life miserable for 8 years and he never did this. I mean the rethugs made stuff up about Hillary and Bill and the media reported as fact. The Clinton’s have brains and class, two things Totus doesn’t have.

  42. Mrs. Smith, I was not at all implying that Hillary or Bill could be bought. I was thinking how dangerous these thugs are, they really could have threatened them.

  43. Sarah Palin is breaking pre release book sales records. Even if you don’t agree with her politics, I really feel that she deserves this reward, after the abuse she took from other women, and the Dims during the General Election.

  44. NMF, I am buying her book, she can count on that. I am sure she needs the money to pay for all the stupid lawsuits that were brought upon her by Obama.

  45. confloyd

    I looked for it yesterday, not realizing it is not released until 17 Nov, I think. I am thinking about purchasing it also. I want to show her that we respect her, even if we do not always agree with her.

  46. NMF, thats right, no one since Bill and Hillary has had to put up with the lies on both sides of politics while the Media legitimized them.

    This same thing happened to BIll and Hillary, as I read the book, I am amazed that anything was ever done during his administration, just think what he and Hillary could have accomplished if they would have had half of the pleasantries showed to Obama by the Media. They are still not reporting the things they should be. Fox isn’t either, I am sure Fox has enough information to take him out, but they don’t. Why, because Obama’s job is to usher in the global govt., something the rethugs want and the democrats sold their soul to the devil for.

  47. Sarah Palin has also endorsed a third party candidate in the New York 23rd congressional district. Newt Gingrich supports the Republican. It will be interesting to see what happens in this race.

  48. A few days ago, UppityWoman had a fantastic post regarding the newly-discovered antitrust protection that the health care industry has been enjoying for decades. UW links high price of today’s health care to that protection. Here is her link: uppitywoman08dot

    Now I see this: Sixty-five percent (65%) of voters nationwide say laws should be changed so that health insurance companies are subject to anti-trust regulations. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 12% disagree, while 23% are not sure. www dot
    Obama’s been threatening to revoke their status, and darn it all, it will give him leverage to get the whole bill in because too few know of the longevity of the antitrust protection. They want it and he’s willing. They will never know how they were duped.
    Please show me how this logic is wrong, as I’m feeling very ill at the moment.

  49. Ann C was on Good Morning American this morning, defending Chaney’s position agains OO. I felt the the Dim supporter was half hearted, and Ann, believe it or not, came off looking not bad. I did not think I would ever say that.

    I am getting fed up with these people from either side defending their parties position, though. I feel like they don’t really stay on the subject, they just take jabs at each other. Like Colter saying he should get back to fighting Fox news. The Dim was no better. He just wanted to discuss leaving how this was all traced back to Bush. Ann C did everything but call it the 3rd Bush term. She did say they were following Bush policy.

  50. OT but just mindboggling. I hope they throw the book at her.

    US woman recants testimony in sexual assault caseMegan Williams, an African-American, told authorities in 2007 that she’d been raped and stabbed by six white captors

    Ewen MacAskill in Washington, Thursday 22 October 2009

    The case of Megan Williams produced revulsion across the US two years ago. She had recounted to the police how she had been held in a ramshackle trailer on a remote hillside in West Virginia for more than a week and raped, stabbed, doused in hot water and forced to eat rat, dog and human faeces. An African-American, she said she had been subjected to racial insults throughout the ordeal by her captives, men and women, all white.

    In a country where race remains a raw issue, Williams became a cause celebre, winning the support of prominent African-Americans such as the civil rights leader the Reverend Al Sharpton.

    But Williams this week threw the legal system into confusion when she said she had fabricated most of the evidence, mainly to get back at her boyfriend, one of those jailed, Bobby Brewster. “The reason she is coming forward now is that she wants to right the wrong perpetrated on these six individuals. She can’t continue to live this lie,” her lawyer, Byron Potts, told a press conference in Columbus, Ohio yesterday.

    He added that she claimed her wounds had been self-inflicted.

    Six people, including Brewster and his mother Frankie, are serving long jail sentences. Both Brewster and his mother had criminal records, including Brewster’s conviction for shooting dead his father.

    The prosecuting attorney in Logan county, West Virginia, John Bennett, did not immediately return a call today over whether the case will have to be reopened. Nor did lawyers for the six in jail say whether they will call for the case to be dismissed. In the end, a judge will have to rule on it.

    But Bennett’s predecessor, Brian Abraham, publicly said he was mystified by her recanting her testimony. “It’s a little absurd given the other evidence in the case and what she’d said before. There’s no basis for her recanting her testimony.” Abraham said the case remained solid as the investigators early on realised they could not rely on the testimony of Williams, who has learning difficulties, and that the defendants had been convicted on their own statements and physical evidence. None of the six have appealed against their sentences, an almost automatic move by those jailed in the US.

    “These defendants were convicted not based on what she said, but the evidence,” Abraham said. Williams was due to recant in person at the press conference but failed to appear, citing death threats. Aged 22 and living in Columbus, she has opened herself up to prosecution for lying to investigators but her learning difficulties might rule this out.

    Although the case at the time received widespread media attention, some African-American groups claimed there would have been more of a public outcry if the victim had been white. African-American leaders such as Sharpton took up her cause. He spoke at rally for her and gave her a personal donation of $1,000 (£600).

    Sharpton sent a letter this week to the Logan county prosecutor asking him to look into the case in the light of her recanting her testimony. “If Ms Williams has, in fact, fabricated her story, then I urge your office to vindicate any wrongfully convicted individuals,” Sharpton wrote.

    Sharpton was a vocal supporter of Tawana Brawley, a black teenager who two decades ago made a bogus claim about being kidnapped and raped by white men.

  51. Re: ADMIN at 9:16 a.m.
    23 district of NY election Nov 3 to replace Rep. McHugh’s Congressional seat:

    The Repub vote will be split between a liberal Repub, Dede Scozzafava, and a Conservative Party candidate, Doug Hoffman. That often means the Democrat will win, but in this case the liberal Repub is a woman and extremely liberal for a Repub – two strikes against her — and she is currently falling behind though Gingrich is backing her. Palin is putting her money on Hoffman. This makes the split in the Republican vote more dynamic. Obama is backing the Democrat, Bill Owen, but Obama is not well worshipped in that part of New York, so the outcome could tell us something about which way the wind is blowing for both parties in a traditionally Republican district.

  52. T
    he messiah is out campaigning,fund raising and wasting our time and money.I am posting today’s schedule for Madam President Hillary Rodham Clinton.What a difference “Love of Country Makes”


    Daily Appointments: Daily Appointments Schedule for October 23, 2009
    Fri, 23 Oct 2009 07:57:06 -0500

    Daily Appointments Schedule for October 23, 2009

    Washington, DC

    October 23, 2009


    9:15 a.m. Secretary Clinton meets with Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden, at the U.S. Department of State.

    11:45 a.m. Secretary Clinton hosts Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the New Operations Center, at the U.S. Department of State.

    12:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton holds a Swearing-In Ceremony for Stephen Rapp, Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues, at the U.S. Department of State.

    12:30 p.m. Secretary Clinton meets with Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner, at the U.S. Department of State.

    1:40 p.m. Secretary Clinton attends the P5 Legal Advisers Luncheon, at the U.S. Department of State.

    At approximately 1:00 p.m. with Ian Kelly

  53. ABM90,

    You are so right!
    24 Hours With Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

    by Leslie H. Gelb
    published: 10/25/2009

    “We’re going to work you to death,” Hillary Clinton promised me with a laugh. She was taking me—and PARADE’s readers—along on a typical day in the life of the U.S. Secretary of State. Our 24 hours together would prove both grueling and inspirational, full of diplomatic pageantry, big meetings with policy brainiacs, small sessions with trusted aides, a stream of time-consuming formal duties, and, of course, phone calls and more phone calls. The Secretary allowed me to be a fly on the wall for almost every minute, under the constantly watchful eyes of the Diplomatic Security Service. Having known her since her husband began his first run for the White House in 1991, I couldn’t stop myself from calling her Hillary. To everyone else, however, she was always Madame Secretary.

    September 15
    6:45 p.m. Iftar Dinner
    Two hundred prominent Muslim-American leaders gather at the State Department for iftar, the evening meal when Muslims break their daily fast during the holy month of Ramadan. All enter the glittering Benjamin Franklin State Dining Room for an evening of low-key politicking. Muslims have been seeking a position in American politics commensurate with their roughly 6 million in numbers. Clinton is looking for support in upcoming talks between deadlocked Palestinians and Israelis. The evening’s big surprise: After Clinton’s brief talk, a rabbi strolls about introducing the Arab kingdom of Bahrain’s ambassador to the U.S.—w ho is both a woman and a Jew.

    September 16
    8:30 a.m. Daily Small Staff Meeting
    The Secretary and six of her closest aides, including Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills and Deputy Chief Huma Abedin, both of whom worked on her Presidential campaign, review the day’s schedule, looking for trouble and opportunities. They meet in Clinton’s small, personal office just behind her larger, formal quarters. Practically every day begins this way. They touch on various explosive international hot spots: Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Israel, North Korea. Though they don’t talk about it, they seem ever aware of President Barack Obama’s iron-handed control of decisions. One worry today: the President’s decision to cancel the U.S. missile shield in Eastern Europe—a move bound to displease Poles, Czechs, and Republicans.

    8:45 a.m. Daily Senior Staff Meeting
    The State Department’s top 15 officials gather in Clinton’s formal conference room to expand on matters discussed at the preceding meeting. Deputy Secretary Jack Lew talks about helping Pakistan with its severe energy shortages. Clinton says she wants to find “a signature project” that catches Pakistani attention and demonstrates American assistance. Then she comes back to stalemated Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, telling key aides to “get the Jordanians and Egyptians to talk to the Palestinians.” Whatever subject comes up, Clinton calls on her practical instinct: “ We’ve got to do a better job explaining to people around the world what we’re doing.”

    9 a.m. Breakfast With Rep. Nita Lowey
    Down from the seventh floor to the first for a session with Representative Lowey (D., N.Y.), Clinton’s friend and a key House leader on Afghanistan and Pakistan. They have a frank discussion of growing opposition on Capitol Hill to the war in Afghanistan—and what to do about it.

    9:30 a.m. Energy-Security Briefing
    State Department energy czar David Goldwyn briefs Clinton on two key Obama priorities: finding alternatives to importing foreign oil and reducing greenhouse-gas emissions. Clinton listens carefully, then urges Goldwyn to “identify people we need to hire” and press forward.

    10:50 a.m. Recording Videos
    Clinton records four thank-you videos to various people and groups.

    11:05 a.m. Visit to the White House
    Clinton’s new bomb-proof limo slips through the side entrance of the White House so she can meet with President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. They discuss trade issues and Canada’s shift away from a combat role in the war in Afghanistan. I’m not allowed into this meeting.

    12:10 p.m. Ceremony for Senegalese Diplomats
    For any who doubt the continuing majesty and importance of America in the world, this event is a stunning curative. The U.S. is giving $540 million in aid to Senegal. While that’s no big deal to the few Americans in attendance, the 250 Senegalese and African leaders present brim with pride. Clinton sticks to no-nonsense themes: “We want to be partners, not a patron.” And: “Senegal’s government and people have to make sure we deliver to your country what we both promise.” In diplomacy, this counts as blunt talk, but her audience likes it anyway.

    1 p.m. Lunch With Leslie Gelb
    We eat in the courtyard adjoining the State Department’s first-floor employee cafeteria. Diners gape as Clinton goes through the line, although she does this—most unusually for the nation’s top diplomat—nearly once a month. Many burst into applause.

    We sit at a table away from the crowd. Clinton has a hard edge to her foreign-policy views and generally positions herself to the right of her colleagues in national security. Yet she staunchly defends President Obama and his prerogatives. While she’s “not satisfied that we’re executing as we should” in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and elsewhere, she nonetheless argues for continuing “present directions” in most areas. When I question whether the U.S. really has vital interests in Afghanistan, she shoots back that if we simply leave and allow the Taliban to return, al-Qaeda “would come right back, and we’d be worse off in Pakistan.” She continues: “Despite how hard Afghanistan is, we have to make progress. And what we do and what happens in Afghanistan will affect Pakistan.” Regarding Iran, she says, “We can’t choose negotiating partners in countries like Iran. So we’ve got to look for ways to change the perceptions of those we have to negotiate with.”

    And what of the rumors, I venture, that she’s unhappy and may step down to run for governor of New York or her old Senate seat? She guffaws. “What nonsense! I love this job and working for President Obama and trying to do something about the critical problems we face in the world—and that’s what I’m going to do.”

    2:15 p.m. U.S.-India Strategy Dialogue
    Some 60 Executive Branch officials assemble to discuss strategy toward India—one of the new major powers in the world. Clinton stays briefly to bless the effort.

    3 p.m. Meeting With Bangladeshi Foreign Minister
    The new Bangladeshi foreign minister, Dipu Moni, a woman with perfect British-accented diction, regales Clinton about the positive changes under way in her country, which is led by a female prime minister. Clinton advises: “You need to continue to strengthen your middle class, continue to engage with your political opposition, help women in your society—and we’ll help you.” She adds, “Democracy has to deliver, or people will turn away.” Before they leave for a joint press conference, Clinton suggests a limit of “only one question for each of us, because otherwise they’l l just ask me questions on every subject except Bangladesh.” Clinton proves right, but Moni departs happy nonetheless. She would be on television throughout her part of the world, alongside the U.S. Secretary of State. There is no American coverage of the event.

    4 p.m. Swearing-in of Maria Otero, Undersecretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs
    Again in the Franklin room, a couple of hundred people, including Senators and Congressmen, stand for a historic occasion: the swearing-in of the first Hispanic undersecretary of state—who is a woman to boot. Clinton allows her sly sense of humor to peek through. She teases Otero about the hundreds of uncles, aunts, and cousins in attendance, much to the delight of the crowd. The Hispanic vote matters to Democrats, andOtero has a fine reputation.

    4:30 p.m. Meeting With Undersecretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Judith McHale and Special Representative Richard Holbrooke
    McHale and Holbrooke describe a practical way to counter Taliban propaganda and enhance America’s image in Pakistan. Their approach turns on two key facts: that 50% of Pakistanis are illiterate and that 60% of them are under age 30. The idea: reach them through radio, cellphones, and cable TV. Clinton approves and orders swift action.

    5:30 p.m. Swearing-in of James Smith, U.S.Ambassador to Saudi Arabia
    Clinton doesn’t do every swearing-in, but this one is for Saudi Arabia, an important country, and the new ambassador is a former Air Force general who represents a constituency where Democrats don’t have much support. After giving short, personal remarks and spending an hour hobnobbing, Clinton departs to begin a battery of telephone calls.

    On a line electronically secured from eavesdroppers, she converses with George Mitchell, the Middle East envoy (twice); National Security Advisor James Jones (twice); U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry (from Kabul); Dennis Blair, the director of national intelligence; and Sen. John Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

    7:30 p.m. Policy Dinner on Iran
    Some 30 Iran experts from inside and outside the government assemble for a dinner and discussion that lasts until 9 p.m. Clinton loves to stir the pot, so she tells the assembled guests about our lunch. “Les Gelb,” she says, “told me today that in the next five to 10 years, Iran would be our closest ally in that region of the world, that the two countries have common interests, and that America has genuine public support in Iran.” Few agree, but Clinton gets a good argument going.

    I scurry to catch the last flight back to New York. The Secretary, with her unfailing smile, repairs to her office for more calls and reading. It’s hard to read the mind of someone frozen in the public spotlight like Hillary Clinton. She has to be perpetually onstage. But what I think I glimpse beneath the unflagging smile and constant concentration is a very tired person—tense, frustrated, but absolutely determined to make her tenure as Secretary of State a success and to accomplish important things.

    See Our Exclusive Photo Essay: A Day in the Life of Madame Secretary at:

    Leslie H. Gelb is president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations and has served in senior positions in the Departments of State and Defense. He is the author of the book “Power Rules: How Common Sense Can Rescue American Foreign Policy.”

  54. And yesterday…

    Clinton returns to the Hill

    By Ben Pershing

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is spending the day at her old office, as the former junior senator from New York returned to the Capitol Thursday as the face of the Obama administration’s foreign policy.

    In between private meetings with former colleagues, Clinton joined Senate Democrats for a lunch meeting and an exchange of views on a variety of global hot spots. Clinton did not give any prepared statement, choosing instead simply to answer questions from lawmakers concerned about Afghanistan, Iraq and other pressing diplomatic issues.

    Senators present said the largest share of the discussion was devoted to Afghanistan and Pakistan. The Obama administration is in the midst of a strategic review of the conflict, and both White House advisers and Senate Democrats are divided over whether to send thousands more U.S. troops to the region. On Thursday, Clinton did not tip the administration’s hand.

    “I think she just gave a very honest and very effective summary of the questions” faced by Obama, said Senate Foreign Relations Chairman John Kerry (D-Mass.). “She didn’t say where the president is or where they’re going.”

    Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) said the discussion was wide-ranging. “We just asked a whole lot of questions about different subjects,” he said. “There was a lot on Afghanistan but a lot of other subjects too…. Also Iran, Middle East a number of other questions.”

    Before Obama nominated Clinton as secretary of state in the wake of her unsuccessful 2008 presidential campaign, Clinton spent eight years in the senate, working her way into a position of prominence on the Armed Services Committee. Along the way, Clinton earned a reputation as a serious legislator and the affection of many of her colleagues, some of whom had been initially skeptical of the former first lady’s intentions.

    On Thursday, Clinton’s former colleagues were happy to welcome her back, giving her sustained applause at the end of the luncheon discussion before she slipped out a back door to head to her next meeting.

    “She fielded many questions about different parts of the world,” said Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.). “She actually didn’t even give a talk, she just answered questions. She was just amazingly thorough and well-informed and I think people were incredibly impressed.”

    Clinton held a private session with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) before the lunch, discussing State Department management issues as well as foreign policy topics. Clinton was also set to meet with Levin Thursday afternoon, and will attend a dinner Thursday evening with House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and a group of lawmakers who recently returned from an official trip to Sudan.

  55. The White House’s election-year fratricide
    By Lee Hockstader

    Democrats are not known for being overburdened with the gift of partisan solidarity, but in throwing Creigh Deeds under the bus, the White House is setting a high bar for election-year fratricide.

    Deeds, the Democratic candidate for governor in Virginia — one of just two states with gubernatorial races this fall — has not run the most strategically adept campaign. Nor is he a particularly adroit candidate; he often struggles to find sound-biteable ways to frame issues to his advantage, and his slightly stammering delivery can be awkward. Still, he has been an effective state senator, and he has the only realistic plan to dealing with the state’s most critical problem, transportation.

    He also happens to be the Democratic nominee.

    That’s not good enough for the White House, apparently. Peeved that Deeds declined to define himself as “an Obama Democrat” — when pressed, he said, “I’m a Creigh Deeds Democrat” — the White House and its shills in the national Democratic Party (including, prominently, the DNC chair and sitting Virginia governor, Tim Kaine) are blaming Deeds for ignoring their advice. Had he only taken it, he wouldn’t lag so badly in the polls, they insist.

    But then there’s the small matter of the Obama administration’s ham-fisted handling of the health-care debate, and its wishy-washy dithering on everything from Afghanistan to the Dalai Lama. That made the campaign trail toxic this summer not only for Deeds but for dozens of down-ballot Democrats in Virginia, many of whom have expressed dismay at the disenchantment with the administration itself they are encountering.

    In a story by my colleagues Roz Helderman and Anne Kornblut this morning, Democrats are critical of Deeds’s failure to lock up support from a pair of African-American luminaries in Virginia, former Gov. Doug Wilder and Sheila Johnson, the wealthy co-founder of Black Entertainment Television. But had Obama himself campaigned more vigorously for Deeds — so far he the president has appeared only once with him, despite numerous fall forays to the Washington suburbs — who would be talking about Wilder and Johnson?

    The White House is clearly dreading at the prospect of news stories that portray a Republican victory in Virginia as an early referendum on the Obama presidency. But in their hurry to blame Deeds himself, administration officials are overlooking their own role in the Democrats’ travails. And in the process, they will be largely responsible for the down-ballot collateral damage that Democrats look likely to suffer on Election Day Nov. 3.

  56. Lil ole grape, it would be a good thing if Democrats and Dimocrats look at the 23rd district race and notice people are waking up to the party scam. It is also interesting that it is Republicans, the ones who are supposed to follow orders so well, that are leading the revolution in the party. In a sense these Republicans are the mirror image of those of us who are fighting an internal war within what we used to call the Democratic Party.

    Also interesting will be the reaction if Paliin’s endorsement helps Hoffman more than Newt Gingrich’s endorsement helps Scozzafava. As you wrote, Scozzafava is fading fast and private polls show Hoffman is now in the second spot. If Hoffman can secure the second spot firmly, this might cause Scozzafava voters to abandon ship and go with Hoffman.

  57. confloyd said:
    Obama’s job is to usher in the global govt., something the rethugs want


    Huh? Why would the GOP want that?

  58. turndownobama, Of coarse they do, they just want the democrats to do the dirty work and complain about it so they can come out smelling like a rose. The reason is capitalism which is what makes republicans tick. MONEY! No safety net! No entitlement programs, just unfettered capitalism, the Milton Friedman way.

    George Bush I, a thousand points of light, they want globalization on a truly global scale.

  59. h / no w

    Medical malpractice is at epidemic levels in this country. The Institute
    of Medicine estimated in 1999 that up to 98,000 people die every year in
    America’s hospitals from medical errors. There’s nothing “frivolous” about

  60. I am so pleased to see the comments and information
    on the workings of President Hillary Rodham Clinton.
    This should be the aim of this site to promote her amazing tenure as SoS.We should let G.Beck and others that have international viewers lined up and
    are seeing the messiah and his gang of thugs for what they are.Chicago exports to our White House.
    Our country is under seige and our democracy is in
    danger of being destroyed.We must surf the webs and gather every word about her remarkable work day in and day out.Fringe Media will not cover her
    amazing everyday schedule.So keep up with her
    coverage and let Bo self-destruct.Restitution and
    Retribution are enpowering his followers that are raising crime levels to an all time high..

    By ABM90 A Hillary High is the way to go.

  61. JanH, I too enjoyed your post about the activities of Hillary. I noticed two things the article stated, 1) Obama iron-fisted control of decisions, 2) no media coverage of events that should be covered.
    However, Hillary is probably sick of media coverage and is perfectly happy not to have them obstruct the business of the state. We also know some of these decision’s are definitely NOT Hillary’s.

  62. confloyd,

    I could be wrong, but from everything I have read, Rahm Emanuel is the one with the “iron fist” and bambi is just his lap dog.

  63. His polling numbers are down among American Jews so off he goes to snow them again…
    October 23, 2009
    Rob Eshman

    Obama’s Big Jewish Speech

    The White House announced that President Barack Obama will attend the largest gathering of North American Jewish community leaders. Obama will address the 2009 General Assembly (GA) of the Jewish Federations of North America in Washington, D.C. on Monday morning, November 9. According to organizers, the GA will be the first Jewish communal organization event Obama has addressed since taking office.

    “We are honored to be hosting President Obama at the GA,” said Dede Feinberg of Washington, who with her husband Kenneth is serving as the GA’s North America co-chair, in partnership with International Co-Chair Leonid Nevzlin of Israel.
    “The voice of President Obama will surely expand our thinking and stretch our perspectives,” said Joe Kanfer, Chair of the Board of Trustees of The Jewish Federations of North America. This year’s GA, with the theme “Remember When You Thought Anything Was Possible? It Still Is,” highlights how The Jewish Federations of North America helps the Jewish people worldwide. Top Israeli government officials and other leaders from the worlds of politics, business and philanthropy are also scheduled to speak. The GA, which takes place November 8-10, is one of the largest annual Jewish communal gatherings in North America.

    The sudden decision to address a significant and high profile Jewish audience comes as poll numbers show Obama’s popularity declining among Jewish voters, and his approval ratings among Israelis in the single digits. Writing from an Aipac conference in San Diego, Jerusalem Post Editor-in-Chief David Horowitz laid out Obama’s Israel/Jewish problem:

    “But the administration’s [recent] emphasis on the “Jewish state” of Israel, along with the signs of an emerging Israel-US middle ground on settlements, the demand that the Palestinian Authority come back to the peace table without preconditions, and gestures like Obama’s unexpected message of greeting for President Shimon Peres’s Facing Tomorrow conference this week – all these would indicate that the Obama presidency is attempting to slightly reset its relationship to Israel.

    It is a minor shift – and not, it should be stressed, an ideological change – doubtless precipitated in part by Obama’s dismal approval ratings in Israel. It is a consequence, too, of the belated realization that trying to corner Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu over a settlement freeze, extending to Jewish neighborhoods of east Jerusalem, was simultaneously alienating mainstream Israel while pushing Mahmoud Abbas ever higher up a tree; how could the PA president agree to talk with Israel when Netanyahu wasn’t even meeting Washington’s demands? And it may also be no coincidence that the subtly more supportive stance has taken shape since veteran Middle East expert Dennis Ross moved into a White House role more proximate to the president.

    “The administration has stumbled, no doubt about it,” a senior AIPAC figure who strongly supports Obama told me this week. “The ferocity of the settlement freeze demand, most especially as stated by Secretary of State Clinton, and the failure to highlight Israel’s historical territorial legitimacy in Obama’s Cairo speech in June – these were mistakes. And now they’re recalibrating.”

    Doubtless the General Assembly speech is part of that strategy. Though Obama won close to 80 percent of the Jewish vote in November, his support among Jews has cooled. As Raiphe Sonenshein wrote in The Jewish Journal:

    “The latest Gallup poll indicates that in September, President Obama’s approval rating held steady at 52 percent. He has dropped from the stratosphere into the rough-and-tumble territory of normal politics.

    Among Jews, his support level is still a healthy 64 percent – but far lower than it once was. While Jews are still far more pro-Obama than whites in general (who are at 44 percent), Jewish backing of the president has declined from their 78 percent vote for him in November and their 83 percent approval rating in January.

    Obama’s decline in Jewish support is much like that among Hispanics and other whites, who have been drifting downward for months. Clearly the long march toward health care reform has taken its toll.

    My sense is that missteps in the Middle East have had as much or more to do with Obama’s declining popularity among Jews as has his health care, economic and other policy challenges. At the GA, he will have to find the words to reaffirm his strong support for Israel, to use his rockstar, Nobel Prize-winner status on the world stage to make the moral case for a strong Jewish state, to rally the world against a corrupt Iranian regime bent on acquiring nuclear weapons, and to advance his vision of Mideast peace in a way that does not isolate or single out Israelis. On this last point, he can’t be seen as backing down, but he has to find a way to ally himself with Israeli’s deepest hopes, rather than stoking their ever present fears. My suggestion: invoke Rabin. The late Prime Minister, assassinated while on the brink of forging peace, still stands as a symbol of what is possible for a strong and confident Israel, backed by unwavering American support, to achieve. The more Obama can stand on that GA podium in the shadow of Rabin, the more effective his speech will be.
    More information on the GA is available here.
    Obama’s Big Jewish Speech
    Rob Eshman

  64. JanH; The Leslie Gelb article is exactly what we need more of to spread the word about our Hillary and her amazing qualifications for the Presidency.Keep it coming.It is the way to counter the Media.

  65. October 24, 2009

    Barack Obama’s policy on brink of collapse as Tehran does last-minute nuclear stall

    President Obama’s policy of diplomatic engagement with Iran is close to collapse as Tehran backtracks on a crucial deal aimed at cutting its stockpiles of nuclear fuel.

    Iran agreed a deal “in principle” at talks in Geneva to ship the majority of its low-enriched uranium overseas for reprocessing into nuclear fuel that could be used for a medical research reactor. A deal outlining this was finalised in Vienna this week and a deadline of midnight tonight was set for the agreement to be sealed with Tehran.

    The framework deal, along with an offer to allow international inspectors into its newly-revealed enrichment plant at Qom, was hailed as evidence that Iran was responding positively to the diplomatic track.

    Today, however, with just hours until the deadline, Iran has turned the table on its foreign interlocutors with a rival proposal, demanding that it be allowed to buy higher enriched uranium directly from abroad. Later, the Islamic Republic issued a statement saying that it would report to Mohammed El Baradei, the UN’s atomic watchdog, next week.

    “Iran is precisely examining different dimensions of the contents of the proposed agreement about the provisional supply of fuel for the Tehran research reactor,” Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iran’s envoy to the UN atomic watchdog, was quoted as saying on state television’s website. “After final evaluation, I will give the result to Mr. ElBaradei when I return to Vienna next week.”

    Tehran’s proposals fall far short of the deal drawn up in Vienna by the United Nations atomic watchdog and endorsed by the UN, the US, Russia and France. It would not only fail to reduce Iran’s stockpile of low enriched uranium — now large enough to fuel one nuclear warhead — but it would also require the waiver of pre-existing UN sanctions. The counter-proposal was outlined on Iranian state television today as the clock ticked down to the midnight deadline. “The Islamic Republic of Iran is waiting for a constructive and confidence-building response to the clear proposal of buying fuel for the Tehran research reactor,” state television quoted an unnamed source close to Iran’s negotiating team as saying.

    Western diplomats have warned that Tehran’s failure to agree to the deal could jeopardise talks in Geneva next week between Iran and the E3 plus 3 — the US, Russia, China, France, Germany and Britain — and open the door to a new regime of punishing sanctions.

    Bernard Kouchner, the French Foreign Minister, said during a visit to Lebanon today that “via the indications we are receiving, matters are not very positive”. He added: “If these indications remain negative . . . this will reflect negatively on the continuation of the political contacts . . . in Geneva.”

    Russia and China’s reluctance to consider new sanctions is forcing Washington to seek a coalition of willing allies to impose their own economic blockade on Iran if efforts to get UN sanctions fail.

    Tehran’s latest move comes straight from a well-thumbed Iranian playbook and looks like yet another stalling tactic to test the West’s resolve and buy time to avert new sanctions. But Western patience is growing thinner by the day, with diplomats warning that the apparent breakthrough in Geneva on October 1 may be less positive than it first seemed.

    Anxiety is now growing about what will happen on Sunday when inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) arrive in Iran to inspect the long-hidden nuclear plant at Qom. “It’s like Groundhog Day,” a senior Western diplomat involved in the Iran negotiations said. “Except in Groundhog Day you wake up every day and everything’s the same. With this, you wake up every day and everything’s just a little bit worse.”

    Under the IAEA deal Tehran would export 1,200kg (2,650lbs), or 80 per cent, of its low-enriched uranium stockpiles to Russia, where it would be further enriched. Russia, subcontracting for France to skirt Tehran’s objections to dealing directly with Paris, would send the material on to the French, who would convert it into special fuel rods. Those would be used to fuel the Tehran research reactor, which would produce isotopes for medical research.

    The UN deal was proposed specifically to head off Iran’s request to buy the fuel ready-enriched, which Western governments feared was simply a ruse to justify them carrying out their own re-enrichment.

    Iran says that its nuclear energy programme is only for producing electricity but it is years away from having any nuclear power plants that would use the low-enriched uranium that it has stockpiled and Western capitals fear that its true goal is to acquire a nuclear weapon.

    Britain, France and Israel believe that Iran has all the know-how it needs to build a bomb and that weaponisation studies have continued despite Tehran’s insistence that it halted them years ago.

    The IAEA has called Western intelligence on weaponisation “compelling” and chided Iran for refusing to answer questions on the subject. Iran remains in breach of five UN resolutions calling on it to halt enrichment until outstanding questions about a military dimension to the programme are resolved.

  66. ABM90,

    I would love to “keep it coming” as you say. The problem is that even though I go looking often for Hillary articles of substance, they are few and far between. I wish there was a better balance but there you go.

  67. JanH, Glenn Beck has a great pic of Rahm dressed in a gangsta outfit today. I hope everyone goes to glennbeckclips and watches the 5 or6 segments of today’s show. I was excellent. He is really getting to the crux of what Obama is here to do and that is to usher in the one world govt. Brittain has already done it with the EU. They had a guy on today from Brittain and explained something about cap and trade that will affect every single person in this country. Its a must see!

  68. confloyd,

    I heard the tail end of that show and the British guy was saying cap and trade has ruined the UK – that there are over 2 million trash cans in the country with sensors on the bottom which monitor what’s in your waste and then charge each person based on CO2 emissions or something.

    UnF***ING Believable!

  69. basil9, thats right, thats what they are not telling us. How will we pay for this without jobs??? It all fits and this is what I have been suspecting for a long time. You just can’t surround yourself with the ZBigs and Kissinger’s and Soros and not know that they are ready for the global govt. What really made me believe it is when I saw Obama come all the way to College Station, Texas to walk up on stage with BUsh I. That’s when I knew!

  70. confloyd,

    I have a feeling in my bones. It’s not the dread in the pit of my stomach feeling from last year when they stole the nomination from HRC – when we all watched in shocked disbelief as the most qualified and competent person was knee-capped by Squat and his cronies – the feeling i have now is the sh!t-is-about-to-hit-the-fan-and-I’m-gonna-be LMAO thingie.
    They are drowning in deception – they can’t keep their stories straight – he!! – they don’t even know what the story is anymore now that the old America has redeemed herself by (s)electing the first black prez thing has worn off. ohhhhhh but they are scrambling – I smell it. The desperate assault against FOX was the last straw – I think.

  71. JEEZUS!!!!!!

    CONFLOYD – i can’t get away from Soros no matter where i turn!
    Check this out! I was researching an event I’m supposed to cover tomorrow evening in Rennslaerville and look what popped up!

    www dot soros dot org/

  72. basil9, Agreed, with them now putting in Anita Dunn’s husband as WH counsel, I imagine they are trying to kept their asses out of trouble, Beck is going to link Mr. Bauer to Acorn. LOL!!

    Beck has a armed guard with him at all times. He went to see a play the other night and the guard even escorted him to the pottie. He is no doubt getting death threats, and we wonder why HRC decided to back down at the convention floor. She I believe is trying to keep things for the country together.

  73. here’s the link of the organization hosting the event I’m supposed to cover.

    What do you think?

    www dot rinstitute dot org/index dot php

  74. confloyd,

    I still think there was something about Chelsea – something innocent but which could be made out to be a scandal – something that could have scarred her –

    Just a hunch.



    Bauer has been blocking release of Squat’s records for years.

  76. Basil 9, You say there was something about Chelsea?? Well that would make both of them to do what the “One” wanted. I have been reading this book, and believe me Bill put his daughter above everything, Taylor Branch was shocked about that in the book. I did also read that Bill wished they would have had more children. They are great parents, and always managed to give Chelsea such a normal life. It shows she is a very nice young woman.

    Bauer, he is the one that has been blocking all kinds of stuff, I find it unusual that things are bad enough he needs to be right in the WH. Don’t you??

  77. basil9 Says:

    October 23rd, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    I heard the tail end of that show and the British guy was saying cap and trade has ruined the UK – that there are over 2 million trash cans in the country with sensors on the bottom which monitor what’s in your waste and then charge each person based on CO2 emissions or something.

    UnF***ING Believable!

    Americans will just take that trash and dump it on the side of the road.

    Where is wobboei?????

  78. I would like to see Glen Beck in the FOX news time slot to replace O’reilly Hannity and Morris.Glenn and Greta would make for Fair and Balanced news coverage.

    By ABM90 Keep up the Hillary coverage

  79. Um hmmm…..more karma…..Greg Craig gave Hill and Bill the big heave-ho for The One…..and is now under the bus….for Dunn’s husband….(attorney hired to block COLB and university records)……..another Hillary betrayer bites the dust…………..:)

  80. CuriosityHasMe, we’ve been smiling about the same thing. Craig attacked Hillary in order to defend Obama during the campaign. Now, he is crowded under the bus.

  81. from Ace


    USAToday/Gallup Poll Finds Obama’s Support Dropping to 50%, 46% Disapproving; Headline Reads: Poll: Hopes buoyed on race relations
    6 in ten say that race relations will improve in Obama’s America, presumably as the races unite in misery and in scorn of President Richard Hussein Nixon.

    That, to them, is the big headline. As opposed to, say, this: the same poll — happy race relations! — shows a seven point net loss for Obama in combined job approval and job disapproval. September’s poll had him 54/43. He’s lost four in approval and 3 more have moved to the disapprove column.

    But that’s not the only key finding according to USAToday! You’ll also learn that Michelle “Pat” Obama has experienced a “surge” in personal approval (popularity), and is even more popular now than her very popular husband!

    A USA TODAY/Gallup Poll taken in the past week shows a surge in positive views of the first lady over the past year even as her husband’s ratings have eroded. As the anniversary of the presidential election approaches, Michelle Obama is viewed more favorably than her husband, and her standing is 19 percentage points higher than Vice President Biden’s.
    “She has conducted herself as an educated, sensitive, down-to-earth woman — not a black woman, a woman — like when she does the gardening (to encourage healthful eating) and taking care of the family,” including daughters Malia and Sasha, says Rosemarie Tate, 55, of West Hartford, Conn. “Those are values that everybody shares,” says the registered dietician, who was among those called in the survey.

    Let’s compare the liberal media’s reaction to this poll with their reaction to the WaPo/ABCNews poll claiming that only 20% of adults identify themselves as Republican.

    Despite the cheesiness of that number, ABCNews’ polling director put up a piece defending the result, and saying it was congruent with other liberal-media polls and past ABC poll findings. (He kept ignoring the question of whether it was congruent with Zogby, Gallup, or Rasmussen — despite the fact he kept quoting Newt Gingrinch pointing out the divergence from those particular polls.)

    So, ABCNews obviously buys that number.

    Now… this number? It’s pretty plain that USAToday does not stand behind it, or doesn’t wish to push it out there. They do acknowledge Obama’s approval has slipped to 50% in the race relations article, but it’s mentioned as an afterthought. They are all but ignoring that finding as unreliable, and instead looking to some really minor findings about hopes that Obama will improve race relations.

    Which is, by the way, old news: Every poll claims this. The six in ten figure is hardly remarkable; indeed, near the beginning of Obama’s tenure, the figure was higher.

    There has been some recalibration of the euphoric expectations expressed in a USA TODAY survey taken the day after the election, on Nov. 5, 2008. Then, 28% predicted race relations would get “a lot” better, compared with 15% now. Forty-two percent said they would be “a little” better, compared with 46% now.
    A year ago, a record 67% said race relations one day would no longer be an issue in the United States. Now that has dropped to 56%, a tick higher than in Gallup polls taken before Obama seemed poised to win the Democratic nomination.

    So, um… to the extent you find the race relation question big news, isn’t that your headline?

    So instead of pushing real poll news they push old poll news, and don’t even headline the fact that even on the race relations question, Obama’s lost ground, not gained it.

    Curious, isn’t it, which polls news agencies are willing to throw under the bus, and which they’ll defend to the death. Funny that it always seems to be the polls that make liberals’ hearts go all aflutter that are championed, and the ones they consider real downers that get barely a mention.

  82. Ace

    Palin Endorses Hoffman —DrewM.

    She goes rogue on her Facebook page.

    The people of the 23rd Congressional District of New York are ready to shake things up, and Doug Hoffman is coming on strong as Election Day approaches! He needs our help now.
    The votes of every member of Congress affect every American, so it’s important for all of us to pay attention to this important Congressional campaign in upstate New York. I am very pleased to announce my support for Doug Hoffman in his fight to be the next Representative from New York’s 23rd Congressional district. It’s my honor to endorse Doug and to do what I can to help him win, including having my political action committee, SarahPAC, donate to his campaign the maximum contribution allowed by law.

    Our nation is at a crossroads, and this is once again a “time for choosing.”

    The federal government borrows, spends, and prints too much money, while our national debt hits a record high. Government is growing while the private sector is shrinking, and unemployment is on the rise. Doug Hoffman is committed to ending the reckless spending in Washington, D.C. and the massive increase in the size and scope of the federal government. He is also fully committed to supporting our men and women in uniform as they seek to honorably complete their missions overseas.

    And best of all, Doug Hoffman has not been anointed by any political machine.

    Doug Hoffman stands for the principles that all Republicans should share: smaller government, lower taxes, strong national defense, and a commitment to individual liberty.

    Political parties must stand for something. When Republicans were in the wilderness in the late 1970s, Ronald Reagan knew that the doctrine of “blurring the lines” between parties was not an appropriate way to win elections. Unfortunately, the Republican Party today has decided to choose a candidate who more than blurs the lines, and there is no real difference between the Democrat and the Republican in this race. This is why Doug Hoffman is running on the Conservative Party’s ticket.

    Republicans and conservatives around the country are sending an important message to the Republican establishment in their outstanding grassroots support for Doug Hoffman: no more politics as usual.

    You can help Doug by visiting his official website below and joining me in supporting his campaign:

    – Sarah Palin

    Breaks with the party? Check.

    Invokes Reagan? Check.

    Fires up the base? Check and mate.

    Thanks to enoxo and Al in the comments.

    Added: Having thought about this for a bit, it’s a free roll for her.

    She won’t get blamed if Hoffman gets beat, everyone expects him to anyway. Yet she still banks a lot of good will from grassroots types for her willingness to stand up to the go along, get along types.

    But if Hoffman wins…..

    UPDATE [DiT]: Hoffman raises $210,000 in the past seven days. That’s before Palin’s endorsement tonight.

    Hoffman’s startling success in raising cash on the web suggests — as has been made clear in tea party protests and town halls over the spring and summer — that the conservative base of the Republican party is energized and voting with their feet and their wallets (and often against the picks of the party establishment).

    Allow me to mangle General Omar Bradley’s famous quote: “It’s the right war, at the right place, at the right time, with the right enemy.”

  83. GonzoTx, the race is on to when Obama hits 49% on Gallup. He’s already hit 49% on other polls but Gallup will be the one to trigger plenty of news stories. He might hit 49% or below when unemployment hits 10% nationwide.

  84. “Glenn Beck has a great pic of Rahm dressed in a gangsta outfit today”


    He’s a modern day Machiavelli.

  85. October 23, 2009

    Obama vs. The President He Said He’d Be
    By Tom Bevan

    During the campaign Barack Obama vowed he would be a different kind of leader who would move America beyond the “smallness of our politics.” That inspired promise was not an insignificant part of why he was elected last November.

    In his inaugural address Obama told us that “the time has come to set aside childish things.” He promised to bring “an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.”

    Not only has President Obama failed to live up to those promises so far, it appears that on more than a number of occasions he’s made a conscious decision to break them.

    In the first nine months in office President Obama and/or members of his administration have accused doctors of performing unnecessary medical procedures for profit; demonized bond holders as “speculators;” produced a report suggesting military veterans are prone to becoming right wing extremists; attacked insurance companies and threatened them with legislative retribution; ridiculed talk show hosts and political commentators by name from the White House podium; dismissed and demeaned protesters and town hall attendees as either unauthentic or fringe characters; maligned a white police officer for arresting a black man without knowing the facts of the case; launched an orchestrated campaign to marginalize the country’s biggest pro-business group; and publicly declared war on a news organization.

    Twice in the last week, perhaps carried away by the campaign atmosphere, President Obama ramped up the use of the kind of partisan rhetoric that will drive Americans further apart; once in San Francisco at a DNC fundraiser and once last night at a rally for Jon Corzine.

    As a result of this strategy, President Obama’s approval rating has fallen consistently since taking office while Americans’ disapproval of the way he’s handled his job has more than doubled and is now at an all time high of 44 percent. On Wednesday Gallup reported that the 9-point drop in Obama’s approval rating between July and September was the third most precipitous decline in Presidential history and the worst since 1953.

    Americans understand it’s not easy governing a country as divided as ours. It takes hard work to find common ground in a system that’s been increasingly polarized, and it takes political courage for a President to buck the interests of the base of his party when necessary. More than anything else, achieving real bipartisanship requires a good faith effort led by the President that genuinely seeks compromise with the opposition without demonizing, dismissing, or demeaning them.

    In fact, that’s exactly how then candidate Obama described his vision of “genuine bipartisanship” in his book, The Audacity of Hope. Obama wrote on page 131:

    Genuine bipartisanship, though, assumes an honest process of give-and-take, and that the quality of the compromise is measured by how well it serves some agreed-upon goal, whether better schools or lower deficits. This in turn assumes that the majority will be constrained – by an exacting press corps and ultimately an informed electorate – to negotiate in good faith. If these conditions do not hold – if nobody outside Washington is really paying attention to the substance of the bill, if the true costs of the tax cut are buried in phony accounting and understated by a trillion dollars or so – the majority party can begin every negotiation by asking for 100 percent of what it wants, go on to concede 10 percent, and then accuse any member of the minority party who fails to support this “compromise” of being “obstructionist.”
    Though Obama wrote that as a member of the minority and a critique of past policies, it sounds eerily familiar to what’s going on in Washington right now.

    Hundreds of billions of dollars in Medicare savings are promised – savings that we’re told cannot occur without voting for a total overhaul of the health care system. Hundreds of billions more have been offloaded in a budget gimmick to make the bill appear less costly than it really is so it will comply with the President’s promise not to add a dime to the federal deficit. Substantive measures proposed by the opposition that would seem to be common sense to include in a “comprehensive” effort – like medical malpractice reform – have been given short shrift.

    Lastly, promises of transparency have fallen by the wayside. The reform the President promised would be fully open to the public is now being written by a tiny cadre behind closed doors on Capitol Hill, and Democrats in Congress are resisting a rules change that would allow the bill to be posted online 72 hours before a vote so the public might have a chance to see exactly what it is their elected representatives are voting on.

    Voters expect politicians to say one thing and do another. But Obama took the public’s cynicism and turned it to his advantage by vowing he would be a different kind of leader. So far, however, he is falling well short of his promises, using tactics and rhetoric that not only drive Americans apart but hurt him politically. It’s time for Obama to start acting like the President he told us he’d be.

    Tom Bevan is the co-founder and Executive Editor of RealClearPolitics.


    don’t hold your breath Tom…you have been snookered…


    Jan…fun Parade piece on Hillary…she gets better every day…just imagine how much she would have accomplished by now as President…

    I will bet…

    …a lot more people would still be in their foreclosed homes…she planned on putting a freeze on foreclosures from day one…

    …a lot more people would be back at work…ESPECIALLY if Hillary had a $ 750 BILLION DOLLAR STIMULUS BILL TO WORK WITH…can you imagine what Hillary would have done for the American people with that money…and instead, it has just gone down some black holes never to be useful to any of us again…

    …I think Hillary would have waited until our economy, jobs, and home crisis had stabilized and then proceeded with health reform…and by that I mean, meaningful REFORM…not the debacle the axis of evil of O, Rahm and Axelrod have concocted with the contributions of the useless dims…

  86. Will wonders never cease…

    October 23, 2009

    Katie Couric’s Notebook: Hillary Clinton

    She was the polarizing First Lady who spoke of vast right wing conspiracies, the carpetbagger who came to New York with a Yankees cap and a Senate campaign, and the presidential contender in a pants suit.

    No matter what the role, Hillary Clinton’s critics have delighted in eviscerating her.

    But now, as Secretary of State, her approval rating of 65 is higher than Michelle and President Barack Obama’s. Even some conservatives have done a 180. Glenn Beck told me he would have voted for her in the 2008 election.

    Talk about whether she’s being “marginalized” has grown tiresome even among Washington wags.

    She’s gotten some serious frequent flyer miles – 140,000 of them – traveling to 36 countries, and improving relationships with Russia, Cuba and even Iran.

    And she’s helped oppressed women facing horrific abuse in places like Afghanistan and Congo.

    Just what you’d expect from a woman who broke so many barriers here. Nice to see she’s getting the respect she deserves…simply by doing her job.

    That’s a page from my notebook.

    I’m Katie Couric, CBS News.


  87. “Not only has President Obama failed to live up to those promises so far, it appears that on more than a number of occasions he’s made a conscious decision to break them.”
    Kind of easy to do that when you never intended to keep those “promises” in the first place.

    Great comments on Hillary. And I bet Hillary’s healthcare plan would have done the job as well.

  88. October 23, 2009
    For Obama, The Fall Below 50% Looms
    By David Paul Kuhn

    The chief issue of the day was whether to escalate the war further or de-escalate. There were economic concerns. And there was a president “too intent on a search for consensus,” as historian Robert Dallek wrote in his biography of Lyndon Johnson.

    It was early May 1966. The first time Johnson’s public approval rating fell below 50 percent in the Gallup Poll. A month later, on June 9, Press Secretary Bill Moyers informed Johnson that, “Conversations with Gallup, Harris, and other professionals in the poll business confirm only one thing: Our standing is down and likely to drop further.”

    It will not, of course, take this president an entire month to digest the same bad news. And that bad news will likely come sooner for Barack Obama than most previous presidents.

    If Obama falls below 50 percent before mid-November, it will mark the third-fastest rate since World War II.

    Obama is on the edge. The new Gallup/USA Today poll has Obama’s approval at 50 percent. He first saw 50 in the Gallup tracking poll in late August. He has since returned to that precipice on several occasions, as he did Wednesday, only to slightly recover.

    The Afghan war now weighs down Obama. He too is a man who has long sought consensus. The defining trait of Obama now dogs him. In health care, progressives sense momentum on the public option. They want Obama to personally take up their fight.

    Obama may soon choose sides. He recently took a firmer hand to Wall Street. He is talking in more partisan tones. He may still take up the public option on health care. A fall below 50 can spur those choices. It did for Johnson. But the middle way is also a choice.

    Below 50, Johnson distanced himself from the most vulnerable Democratic congressmen. He wanted to appear less partisan. He went to the Midwest for big speeches. He met on background with reporters. And he bombed, escalating the campaign in North Vietnam. Johnson briefly recovered, only to soon fall again.

    Johnson had his problems with inflation. Obama’s has it far worse economically. And for this president, it will still get worse before it gets better. Unemployment will likely soon reach double digits.

    The cause of the fall is not, at first, the news. It’s the majority lost. Fifty percent means mandate. It’s symbolic, not unlike the Dow Jones 10,000 mark. Insignificant but for what it captures. And in a republic, it captures power. Public approval is the currency of political capital. It’s how platforms become policy.

    Below 50, the framing of Obama’s presidency will be altered. A majority lost, even once recovered, can be lost again. After a heavyweight champion is first knocked down, his opponent knows the champ can go down. It will be like that for Obama.

    Political opponents will pounce. National stories will tell of a president who has lost the people. Even at 49, the president is in charge of the same divided nation. But the view has changed. Below 50, the bully pulpit loses its bully. Legislative battles become more difficult.

    In the age of tracking polls, a president can fall below 50 and come back the next day. But once the fall is sustained, it sticks. And in this manic news environment, sustained means only a matter of days.

    Gerald Ford (after three months) and Bill Clinton (after four months) were the first presidents to lose the majority. But unlike Clinton, Obama won with a majority. It’s his to lose. So the loss would mean more.

    Ronald Reagan and Harry Truman are the other two presidents to lose the majority during their first year. Reagan first fell below 50 in mid November 1981. It took Truman 11 months.

    John F. Kennedy is the only modern president never to fall below 50. His approval rating was in the high 70s at this point in office.

    Early on, Obama proved unable to emulate Kennedy’s appeal. His problem is now more ordinary. Even excluding Kennedy, Obama’s modern predecessors lost the majority on average after 23 months in office; the median was 13 months. Obama has served nine.

    Nothing is written. Obama might hold the majority far longer. The bulk of his decline came over the summer, largely due to the health care debate. His polling has since stabilized. But the extent he has already fallen is striking.

    On Wednesday, Gallup reminded Obama of what was lost. Obama had the worst third quarter decline in public approval of any elected president in the post-war era.

    Still, it’s the fall below 50 that hits hardest. Some presidents never do recover. Like Johnson, George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter could not.

    But Reagan reminds us that a public can be won back. Reagan, like Obama, faced the worst recession to date. He languished for two years below 50 and went on to win an historic landslide.

    Obama is his own man, in his own Washington. No analogy is perfect. But all successful presidents need the public at their back. And Obama remains a most ambitous president.

    David Paul Kuhn is the Chief Political Correspondent for RealClearPolitics and the author of The Neglected Voter. He can be reached at and his writing followed via RSS


    “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time. …” Abe Lincoln

  89. A little long but interesting…
    Friday, Oct 23, 2009
    By Joan Walsh

    When Tim Russert mocked Bill Clinton — in song

    A behind-the-scenes anecdote from 2000 helps explain how the cynical media got everything wrong about the Clintons

    After a week of traveling, I finally finished “The Clinton Tapes,” Taylor Branch’s book of interviews with Bill Clinton. So better late than never, I hope, I’m going to wrap up my experiment with the blog-review. Tell me if it worked in comments, below.

    I had a nagging question about whether I should write about the book again, though, and it wasn’t laziness; it’s that most everything I found remarkable in the second half of the book closely matched my first two blog posts. But that’s a story in itself. “The Clinton Tapes” makes clear that from start to finish, President Clinton was besieged by a vicious just-say-no GOP abetted by the perversely, inexplicably, cruelly anti-Clinton leaders of the so-called liberal media — from the New York Times’ lame crusades against Whitewater and Chinese donors and Wen Ho Lee, to the integrity-free “opinion” journalism by Maureen Dowd and, sadly, Frank Rich, to a whole host of other liberal media characters who couldn’t shake their feeling that Clinton was a fraud, a poseur, a hillbilly, a cynic. Their trashy eight-year oeuvre will likely go down in history as the most spectacularly malevolent and misguided White House coverage ever — and politically costly, since it also encompassed Vice President Al Gore and probably made George W. Bush president in 2000.

    But I did find a nugget from the second half of the book that perfectly captures the whole poisonous, deluded, clubby Beltway mentality of the mainstream media circa 2000. It stars the late Tim Russert.

    Branch recounts being the lone Clinton defender on one of the last “Meet the Press” shows of Clinton’s term, when all the other guests were still obsessed with the president’s sex life. It was bad enough on camera, but during commercial breaks Russert and his friends gossiped about alleged new Clinton girlfriends and sang the 2000 one-hit wonder “Who let the dogs out?” tapping their pencil along to the woof-woof chorus. (I don’t believe in hell, but I think Russert spent some time in a way station in Purgatory being grilled on his poor political judgment during the Clinton-Gore years, before being welcomed to heaven by a God more forgiving than the Beltway mediocrities who sat in judgment on Clinton.)

    It’s always seemed to me no accident that the mainstream media began to lose its market share, its revenues and its respect in those years, when they slighted an embattled president’s worthy if controversial initiatives on Middle East peace, Bosnia, welfare reform, making work pay and building a U.S. social democracy, in favor of gossip about his character, his marriage, his taste in women and even the distinguishing characteristics of the presidential penis.

    Against this historical backdrop of childish media snickering, the sharp, accomplished Branch comes off as a naif and even a rube in some of his stories, consistently flummoxed by the enmity among Washington media players, some of them his friends, as they savaged Clinton beyond proportion. He writes, bewildered, about a spate of vicious headlines at the end of 1996: The Times’ Abe Rosenthal accused the Clintons of “giving militant Islam its first beachhead in Bosnia,” while Maureen Dowd dubbed Clinton the trivia-obsessed “President Pothole” and the “Limbo President,” sinking ever lower. For good measure she added: “We pretty much know the Clintons did something wrong in Whitewater,” when in fact, 12 years later, we know no such thing. Wen Ho Lee at least got an apology from the Times; the Clintons are still waiting. (Clark Hoyt, is it too late to take that factual error up with Dowd?)

    But it wasn’t just the Times: Branch also lays out Washington Post embarrassments; an Op-Ed by Andrew Sullivan headlined “The Clintons: Not a Flicker of Moral Life”; a declaration by liberal book critic Jonathan Yardley — a friend and neighbor of Branch’s — that he wouldn’t vote for Clinton in 1996 because he was a “buffoon” with a monstrous fault “at the core of his being … He is a man who does not believe in anything.” One of my favorite sections of the book features Hillary Clinton sitting in her kitchen explaining why, no, thank you, she is never going to invite the vicious Sally Quinn into her house — and why should she, given Quinn’s multiple treacherous, class-based takedowns of the Clintons as neighbors, leaders, parents, Americans? (The scenes Branch catches of Hillary in the kitchen — not baking cookies, but having a glass of wine, helping Chelsea with homework and savaging their enemies with intelligence are among my favorite in this book.) You find yourself wishing and hoping Branch could find some Washington pooh-bahs who’d realize they’d been played by the Republicans. Nope. None at all.

    A few other things are painful. The Clinton-Gore fight much referenced in coverage of the book is hard to read; on some level, they were both right. I’ve had this argument with liberal anti-Clinton friends, reporters and pollsters, who say Gore was perceptibly politically hurt by anti-Clinton animus among independents. On the other hand, my gut always told me he’d lose if he couldn’t run on the Clinton-Gore economic resurgence. I still think Gore could have found a lot of ways, humorous or angry, to distance himself from the president’s mistakes — and Clinton expected him to, and didn’t care if he did. But choosing Joe Lieberman and running like an anti-Clinton change candidate was a huge error.

    Clinton also had George W. Bush’s number from the beginning — that the snarly scion was mean, arrogant, incurious, devoted to budget-busting tax cuts and greater state secrecy. Clinton fumed at the way the GOP, abetted by the media, worked the refs when it came to “dirty politics” all throughout the 2000 campaign. If Gore or his surrogates brought up, say, Dick Cheney’s überconservative past, or Bush’s inexperience in foreign affairs, they’d be trashed as practicing “old politics” and “politics as usual” and the typical partisan gridlock that Bush was committed (falsely) to transcending. So genuine policy differences and scandalous omissions and commissions in both Republicans’ backgrounds went mostly unexamined, because at the Republicans’ behest, the media decided that to focus on such issues was just backward-looking and gauche and so … 1998.

    It’s painful to read those last months in 2000, as the Supreme Court makes Bush president, to Clinton’s anger but not surprise, and Clinton cleans out his bookshelves. I do think Branch is a little easy on the self-pitying president when it comes to some of the pardons, including Marc Rich. But he reminds us how many anti-Clinton lies the media swallowed whole, in a great final orgy of anti-Clintonism, especially the vandal scandal that wasn’t (Salon debunked it quickly).

    I enjoyed the book, even though I think it got bogged down in its commitment to chronology, and depicting what Clinton talked about and thought was important. I’d have loved to read a book Branch organized by the topics he thought were most important, chronologically or not. We dip into too many topics — Bosnia, Russia, terror, the economy, Clinton’s relationships with global leaders, sometimes for no more than a sentence. It captures the sweep of what a president faces, but it was also, sometimes, tedious.

    But I appreciated Branch’s honestly about his friendship with Clinton, his struggles to balance being an uncritical sounding board with a friend wanting to give advice (and a political junkie wanting to influence history!). I found his explanation of his different roles endearing; others may find it distracting.

    I really liked him for staying close to his original point: Clinton was a man Branch was cynical about, an old friend turned politician whom Branch came to like more upon reacquaintance, a political operator who turned out to have more passion and integrity than many journalists or authors or activists or others who believe they’ve stayed “clean.” As someone who’s criticized Bill Clinton often but who always comes back to a position of (even grudging) respect, I found integrity in Branch’s full-throated defense of Clinton; it’s so rare and maybe long overdue. I still think the book will need the next Taylor Branch to pore over it like a historian, not a partisan or a friend, and help us get more clarity on this talented, ambitious, well-meaning, flawed, persecuted, paranoid merely mortal man. The most compelling story Branch captures is the way the media let us down.

  90. Joan Walsh says:

    The most compelling story Branch captures is the way the media let us down.

    now Jan, if Joan would only open her eyes and ears and see that the media is doing the very same thing to us now…in a more dangerous way…with their ENABLING OF O…they should be holding every promise he made to the fire and FORCING HIM TO BE ACCOUNTABLE…instead…well, you know…they are a bunch of suck ups…

    I like Joan, but she just repeats O talking points every time I heard hear or read her…I was grateful that she did defend Hillary during the primaries…but she has lost her objectivity…

  91. 50 STATE STRATEGY???

    Remember in 2008, the Obama campaign bragged about their 50 state strategy? After the election, it looks like he will help Dems lose across the map, this year and in 2010.

    Stuart Rothenberg has a piece on RealClearPolitics about Ohio looking positive for Repubs.

    And then there’s Obama and henchmen pre-emptively throwing candidate Deeds in VA under the bus.

    “A loss for Deeds in Virginia — which for the first time in decades supported the Democratic presidential candidate in last year’s race — would likely be seen as a sign that Obama’s popularity is weakening in critical areas of the country. But the unusual preelection criticism could be an attempt to shield Obama from that narrative by ensuring that Deeds is blamed personally for the loss, particularly given the state’s three-decade pattern of backing candidates from the party out of power in the White House.”


    White House Tactics Go Too Far

    By Charles Krauthammer
    October 23, 2009

    WASHINGTON — Rahm Emanuel once sent a dead fish to a live pollster. Now he’s put a horse’s head in Roger Ailes’ bed.

    Not very subtle. And not very smart. Ailes doesn’t scare easily.

    The White House has declared war on Fox News. White House communications director Anita Dunn said that Fox is “opinion journalism masquerading as news.” Patting rival networks on the head for their authenticity (read: docility), senior adviser David Axelrod declared Fox “not really a news station.” And Chief of Staff Emanuel told (warned?) the other networks not to “be led (by) and following Fox.”

    Meaning? If Fox runs a story critical of the administration — from exposing White House czar Van Jones as a loony 9/11 “truther” to exhaustively examining the mathematical chicanery and hidden loopholes in proposed health care legislation — the other news organizations should think twice before following the lead.

    The signal to corporations is equally clear: You might have dealings with a federal behemoth that not only disburses more than $3 trillion every year but is extending its reach ever deeper into private industry — finance, autos, soon health care and energy. Think twice before you run an ad on Fox.

    At first, there was little reaction from other media. Then on Thursday, the administration tried to make them complicit in an actual boycott of Fox. The Treasury Department made available Ken Feinberg, the executive pay czar, for interviews with the White House “pool” news organizations — except Fox. The other networks admirably refused, saying they would not interview Feinberg unless Fox was permitted to as well. The administration backed down.

    This was an important defeat because there’s a principle at stake here. While government can and should debate and criticize opposition voices, the current White House goes beyond that. It wants to delegitimize any significant dissent. The objective is no secret. White House aides openly told Politico that they’re engaged in a deliberate campaign to marginalize and ostracize recalcitrants, from Fox to health insurers to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

    There’s nothing illegal about such search-and-destroy tactics. Nor unconstitutional. But our politics are defined not just by limits of legality or constitutionality. We have norms, Madisonian norms.

    Madison argued that the safety of a great republic, its defense against tyranny, requires the contest between factions or interests. His insight was to understand “the greater security afforded by a greater variety of parties.” They would help guarantee liberty by checking and balancing and restraining each other — and an otherwise imperious government.

    Factions should compete, but also recognize the legitimacy of other factions and, indeed, their necessity for a vigorous self-regulating democracy. Seeking to deliberately undermine, delegitimize and destroy is not Madisonian. It is Nixonian.

    But didn’t Teddy Roosevelt try to destroy the trusts? Of course, but what he took down was monopoly power that was extinguishing smaller independent competing interests. Fox News is no monopoly. It is a singular minority in a sea of liberal media. ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, NPR, CNN, MSNBC vs. Fox. The lineup is so unbalanced as to be comical — and that doesn’t even include the other commanding heights of the culture that are firmly, flagrantly liberal: Hollywood, the foundations, the universities, the elite newspapers.

    Fox and its viewers (numbering more than CNN’s and MSNBC’s combined) need no defense. Defend Fox compared to whom? To CNN — which recently unleashed its fact-checkers on a “Saturday Night Live” skit mildly critical of President Obama, but did no checking of a grotesquely racist remark CNN falsely attributed to Rush Limbaugh?

    Defend Fox from whom? Fox’s flagship 6 o’clock evening news out of Washington (hosted by Bret Baier, formerly by Brit Hume) is, to my mind, the best hour of news on television. (Definitive evidence: My mother watches it even on the odd night when I’m not on.) Defend Fox from the likes of Anita Dunn? She’s been attacked for extolling Mao’s political philosophy in a speech at a high school graduation. But the critics miss the surpassing stupidity of her larger point: She was invoking Mao as support and authority for her impassioned plea for individuality and trusting one’s own choices. Mao as champion of individuality? Mao, the greatest imposer of mass uniformity in modern history, creator of a slave society of a near-billion worker bees wearing Mao suits and waving the Little Red Book?

    The White House communications director cannot be trusted to address high schoolers without uttering inanities. She and her cohorts are now to instruct the country on truth and objectivity?

  93. While not thinking of myself as capable of identifying strategies, the one below has come to my mind. wsj is capable of a much better writeup that I could ever provide:

    …The White House strategy here is twofold. First, to freeze FNC away from being thought of as just one of the universe of media outlets. White House Communications Director Anita Dunn opened this volley by declaring that FNC is not really a news organization, but the propaganda arm of the Republican party. . . .
    Personalize it. Attacking FNC puts a face, a personal identity on the White House’s enemy, but also serves to obscure the larger identity of the enemy. FNC is separated from the rest of the “real” media and personalized as a partisan, ideological arm of the president’s political opposition. The White House wants the other media to think that its fight is with FoxNews exclusively, hoping they won’t see that the real fight is with all media.
    The other media may expect to be flattered as “real” reporters and news organizations who are actually the ones being “fair and balanced.” The more a [sic] White House reporters and editors toe the White House line, the greater access they will be granted, especially to power figures such as Rahm Emmanuel, David Axelrod and, ultimately, Barack Obama himself, whom we may expect to give a one-on-one interview with the biggest suckup reporter gaining Dunn’s favor. Reporters who don’t fall into place will discover they are being frozen out of access and will have to rely exclusively on press briefer Robert Gibbs, which is the kiss of death to a White House reporter.
    Polarize it. The White House wants to set up an us-v-them dynamic among the White House press pool. Hence, “White House Urges Other Networks to Disregard Fox News.”
    Sensing, who wrote this on Tuesday, observed, “So far, though, it’s thankfully not working….”

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  94. Here is a great one from Evelyn Pringle.

    Just Like A PUMA: Why Hillary Clinton Will Wait Eight Years to Pounce
    Posted by Political Pyro in Hillary Clinton, Politics November 23, 2008
    When it comes to running for President, there are five simple truths that apply time and time again:

    #1 – The best time for a bold, new kind of politician to run for the presidency is after eight long years of the opposing party running the show. John F. Kennedy understood this, as did Barack Obama. In each instance, the new guy won…
    #2 – Eight years of a successful presidency yields a “third term” for the incumbent. George H. W. Bush benefited from this, and both Nixon 1960 and Gore 2000 were counting on it, yet both Nixon and Gore succumbed to Simple Truth #1.

    #3 – The best time to oppose the incumbent of your own party is after four years of failure. Ronald Reagan understood this when he challenged Gerald Ford in 1976, as did Ted Kennedy when he challenged Jimmy Carter in 1980. Yet, in both instances, the challenger failed to clinch the nomination from the sitting president.

    #4 – When two candidates engage in a historic slugfest, neither they nor the public will have the stomach to go through it again. Al Gore understood this when he decided not to run against George W. Bush in 2004.

    #5 – No candidate stands a chance when the media is working against them. Of course, we expect the left-wing mainstream media to side with the Democratic candidate and right-wing talk radio and bloggers to side with the Republican candidate, but when both sides are against you — you are doomed.

    With Hillary Clinton set to accept the position of Secretary of State, many pundits are asking why she would want to surrender her “independent power” to be subordinate to Barack Obama.

    The answer is simple. What the pundits fail to realize is that the Secretary of State is no more subordinate to the president than a senator is subordinate to the party.

    Just ask Joe Lieberman. As an Independent who chooses to caucus with the Democrats, Lieberman’s chairmanship was on the line just a few short days ago because he had the audacity to support his good friend John McCain for president. The only reason he was absolved of any wrongdoing is because the party is closing in on the magic number 60. In short, they still need him. Had the election produced 61 Democratic senators, Lieberman would have been toast.

    Most pundits believe everything the Clinton’s do is a cold calculation that serves merely as a template to get her elected to the presidency. This is probably true. Yet undermining the Obama administration — whether from the Senate floor or from the State Department — is not in Hillary’s best interest, regardless of what anyone says.

    The problem with their conspiracy theory is that it works against the grain of Simple Truths #3, #4, and #5.

    First of all, the mainstream media has no intention of letting their Golden Boy fail even if we’re all standing in soup lines for the next four years — everything will be George W. Bush’s fault. Anyone who attempts to undermine Obama’s legacy will fail.

    Second, a failed Obama presidency will bolster Sarah Palin — not Hillary. Despite character assassination attempts by the mainstream media, Palin has four years to sharpen her claws for a 2012 run. Surely by now, Hillary recognizes Palin as a larger threat than Obama. She will not want to undermine Obama and risk empowering Palin.

    Finally, with Hillary’s pet healthcare project going to Ted Kennedy, there is no good reason to stick around, and certainly a Secretary of State working in harmony with Obama — helping to grow his legacy — gets more favorable media attention than a junior senator with a grudge.

    Hillary’s best chance to become the first female president was lost this year when she squandered Simple Truth #1 on poorly organized caucuses, over-confidence, and a formidable Obama machine. Her second (and final) chance is in 2016 — Simple truth #2 — with the assistance of two former presidents and an adoring left-wing media. If she uses her considerable talents to help Obama over the next eight years rather than try to undermine him — then at 68, Hillary will win.

    Unless another young hotshot comes out of nowhere. Then it’s deja-vu all over again

  95. Glenn Beck’s Oct 23rd show hits the nail on the head (or baseball bat on the head – sorry for the pun). The clips shown of the Mob in the Untouchables, Godfather-style, are perfect analogies of the Chicago Combine playing out in Washington DC 24/7.

    Beck shows clips of the primary-season “promising celestial-choir” BHO versus the current “Chicago-style threatening whack-job” BHO, which nicely illustrates this tyrant’s progression over the past year, if not just coming out of the socialist closet.

    We all get an “up close and personal” classic textbook glimpse of this Type B Personality Disorder we’ve seen before. Combo of the narcisisstic, grandiose psychopath you either dated or your friend dated – the boy who said all the right things to get the date in the first scenes, followed by the same Jekyll-Hyde explaining to the judge why he had to “teach her a lesson”.

    Like Beck brilliantly educates his viewership what Chicago-style politics is all about. I especially like Rhambo shown dressed in Al Capone-style garb. And like Charles Krauthammer’s column of the same day mentions, make no mistake – there is a horse’s head in Roger Ailes bed.

    So America, time to clean up the Mob, just like J Edgar Hoover (or Bobby Kennedy) attempted to do. Soros may hold the cards and the $$$, but there’s enough of us sitting around the table in sheer numbers to overpower him.

    Let THAT fat slob eat cake. REVOLUTION…………..

  96. ABM90, That was a good article. Could be that is her reasoning. She’s in good health, I would vote for her at 68.

    Curiosityhasme, I hope we can take Soros out of the picture, as most Americans have no idea the party is being run by this idiot. I think the dallying in Afganistan can be directly related to Soros, he probably wants to get his poppies harvested before we really go in there and start kicking ass.

    Glenn Beck is doing a great job, and I was surprised that Katy Couric said he would have voted for her. He demonized her regularly during the primary.

    His baseball bat was pretty funny yesterday and he does a pretty good rendition of a mobster. LOL!!

  97. This is what gets me, how is an excerpt from Obama’s thesis from Columbia surfacing now. How can that be since everything has been blocked. I guess Rahm has decided to release it unless the rethugs have had all this anyway and will release as they see fit. They kept it all under wraps so they could take him instead of HIllary. Here’s the excerpt:

    “… the Constitution allows for many things, but what it does not allow is the most revealing. The so-called Founders did not allow for economic freedom. While political freedom is supposedly a cornerstone of the document, the distribution of wealth is not even mentioned. While many believed that the new Constitution gave them liberty, it instead fitted them with the shackles of hypocrisy.”

  98. There is also people who went to Columbia at the same time, none remember him, even those who had the same major. How can this excerpt be surfacing now??

  99. confloyd: He probably used his white half during his education and used the black half for his political training for his Chicago style kneecapping tactics to keep his path clear for his “Legacy of Restitution and Retribution”.We need an Elliot Ness right now.Don’t look for a
    member of congress to emerge and step up to the plate with Bat in hand to restore law and order.

  100. confloyd,

    Hopefully this Oct 23rd Beck program will be the one shown all weekend on Fox.

    Unfortunately, it takes hitting much of the clueless public over the head (yes, with baseball bat – I can’t help using the pun again, it’s so good-sorry) in such a graphic fashion for the folks to “get it”.

    Personally, being a “visual learner” as are most individuals – I truly believe this is one of the major reasons for Beck’s rise in ratings. Between visuals, graphic aides, LOTS of animation, and the PLAIN TRUTH, he appeals to young and old alike. And yes, I believe him when he said he most likely would’ve voted for Hillary!

    Chalkboard and all, he is the “social studies” teacher we all need – unemcumbered by the teacher’s union in a public school. As a former social studies teacher myself – THESE are the lessons our youth needs to hear. The evils of dictatorship, tyranny, and the slow insideous brainwashing that leads to what we are in the midst of can’t be emphasized enough. Talk about “living history”…..

    The citizens of this country need to continually hear about the virtues of our US Constitution and our founders vision, while exposing (now-known) BHO’s thesis about the Constitution’s shortcomings concerning redistribution of wealth.

    As far as I’m concerned as it stands right now, Woodward and Bernstein may have been the consummate professional journalists who deserved the Pulitzer Prize 30 years ago – but commentators such as Beck, Limbaugh, Hannity, Levin, etc., and Krauthammer and other brave journalists are the ones now deserving accolades.

    They all collectively deserve the Pulitzer any day over The One’s laughable Nobel.

  101. The Obama family portrait would have been worthy as tradidtional for the times but I have to remember that they all were under the hateful influenc of Jeramiah Wright for 20 years listening to the “G– D— America poliical slogan.I Feel sorry for their sweet children for they deserve better.By the way ,where is his suit coat.This portrait should not be approved.It is disrespectful to all Presidents before him.

    By ABM90..Self-destruct is well on the way for
    the man from nowhere.

  102. ABM90, Agreed, the portrait should not have been approved. I think GWB’s idea that no one enter the oval office without a suit on was a good one. It showed respect for the office. We know that Obama and his associates respect nothing about American, much less the Oval office. I do think he is self destructing. All the lies are becoming apparent.

  103. Taliban call for Afghans to boycott runoff poll


    KABUL — Taliban fighters warned Afghans not to take part in the war-wracked country’s upcoming presidential runoff, threatening Saturday to launch a fresh wave of violence on polling day to stop them.

    The warnings came on the first official day of campaigning for the Nov. 7 vote. The militant group denounced the race between President Hamid Karzai and challenger Abdullah Abdullah as “a failed, American process” and said its fighters would “launch operations against the enemy and stop people from taking part.”

    The statement said Taliban militants will also cut off key roads and highways, and warned that anyone who casts a ballot “will bear responsibility for their actions.”

    Taliban fighters killed dozens of civilians during the first round on Aug. 20, barraging several southern cities with rocket-fire and cutting off the ink-stained fingers of at least two people who cast ballots in the militant south.

    Security fears are just one of the challenges election officials face as they scramble to organize a new election amid a swelling Taliban insurgency before the advent of winter, which begin around much of the country around the middle of November, isolating remote villages and cutting off roads with snow. As campaigning began Saturday, several senior Abdullah campaign officials accused the top three members of Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission of bias, saying they should be replaced to ensure the country’s upcoming runoff is fair.

    A spokesman for the commission, Noor Mohammad Noor, denied the allegations and said it was “impossible” to replace them.

    Under intense U.S. pressure, Karzai acknowledged last week that he fell short of the 50 percent threshold needed for victory in the August ballot after U.N.-backed auditors threw out nearly a third of his votes because of massive fraud. The Afghan Independent Election Commission, dominated by Karzai supporters, is under huge pressure to avoid a repeat of the cheating, which discredited the government and threatened to undermine public support for the war in the United States, which provides the bulk of the 100,000 NATO-led force.

    Abdullah officials singled out election commission chairman Azizullah Lodin, chief electoral officer Daoud Ali Najafi, and the commission’s deputy director, Zekria Barakzai. Abdullah’s running mate, Homayoun Assefy, said the three were “openly working for Mr. Karzai” and should resign. “If they are again in charge for the second round, the same thing will happen,” Assefy said, referring to the widespread fraud. “If the second round is also controversial, then the result will not be good.”

    Assefy said the campaign was putting together a list of changes it would like to see in the runoff, including the changes at the top of the election commission. “If none of our conditions are met, it will be sort of a boycott,” he said, without elaborating.

    Noor said the officials had been appointed by constitutional procedures and cannot be replaced.
    “It is impossible. Everything has been set up already according to the constitution, according to electoral law, and they will continue their work,” Noor told The Associated Press. “Karzai doesn’t have the right to replace them, and neither does Abdullah.”

    The Obama administration is counting on a fair runoff to ensure the next government is legitimate. An outcome short of that is likely to raise further doubts about the wisdom of investing more U.S. troops and other resources in a counterinsurgency campaign in Afghanistan. A key pillar of that campaign is an Afghan government that is a credible partner of the U.S. and NATO.

    Abdullah’s campaign spokesman, Fazel Sancharaki, said the three officials “should be replaced by people who are acceptable to both sides.” He suggested Abdullah could boycott the vote if the officials were not replaced, but other officials in Abdullah’s campaign would not confirm the comment. The officials said the bias complaints had not been formally communicated to the election commission, but would be.

    Sancharaki gave little evidence of alleged bias, saying only that the official tally the Independent Election Commission gave to Karzai — still below the 50 percent threshold — was slightly higher than the figures the U.N.-backed investigation indicated.

    In an effort to tamp down cheating, Afghan authorities have said they will cut about 7,000 of the 24,000 polling stations that they set up for the August ballot. Some of those stations were in areas too dangerous to protect. Others never opened, enabling corrupt officials to stuff the ballot boxes with impunity.

    Before the election commission announced final results last week, Lodin met repeatedly with Karzai. At the time, his group was challenging the findings of the auditors on the U.N.-backed Electoral Complaints Commission, a separate body. Lodin told The Associated Press that he saw nothing improper in those meetings and insisted he was not pressured to reject the auditors’ findings. Lodin told reporters that despite control measures, however, there was no way his commission could guarantee a fair vote on its own.

  104. Re: Family portrait – first the American flag lapel gone. Then the jacket. What next? The last thing we want to look at is his six-pack or MO’s bare (militant) arms. Oh yes, we get the message. Loud and clear. The Obama’s have done everything possible to diminish the office of the presidency. Their “show of muscle” is more Chicago-style politics playing out putting the NWO on notice. Dark age. Clouds over DC.

  105. local NH politics – today i will be attending the campaign kick-off for kelly ayotte for US senate. kelly ayotte is our former state attorney general and, should she win the primary, will run against BO-whore-congressman paul hodes.

    can’t believe i am going to a GOP event. bottom line is, i will fight against anyone bought and paid for by the BO machine.

  106. curiosityhasme Says:

    October 24th, 2009 at 9:56 am

    Amen. I couldn’t even bring myself to look at that portrait.

  107. Breaking news – BHO declares H1N1 national emergency.

    So is this the forerunner to declaring martial law? Shut down of internet? Hey don’t call me crazy. Wag the dog comes in many forms. Ironically, they couldn’t even manufacture enough bioterroristic vaccine to kill off millions. Even screwed that one up…..stay tuned to the “emergency” and the “necessary” steps to “ensure our safety”.

    Admin, maybe you need to have profile update to allow us/ give permission to communicate via carrier pigeon (if still have USPO) in the event of the unthinkable. Nothing surprises me anymore. Nothing.

  108. A Day in the Life of Hillary Clinton

  109. confloyd-

    I know what you mean. We have stock of minimal doses of Tamiflu where I am as well. HOWEVER, Tamiflu also dicey. Better treatment, from what we’ve gathered is to stock up on Vit D3 and (from health food/supplement store and/or pharmacies) OTC Oscillococcinum by Boiron (made in France) -homiopathic. AWESOME stuff. Knocks out the body aches, use 1 vial (small beads) sublingual q6hr and DRAMATIC results within 24 hrs. Take for about 4 days. Also, have bottles of rubbing alcohol and clorox wipes since running out of effective hand sanitizer. Just keep locked up away from kiddos. Common sense stuff.

    If I were you, being around the Houston area, I’d hit area malls, stores and stock up before it’s all gone. Got a stockpile myself for my loved ones.

    Rhambo is on record of saying to never waste a crisis, so we could soon see the longest over-reaching by BHO to date. Nothing he pulls would surprise me. Preparing as we do for hurricanes here along the Texas coast. Distilled water, nonperishables, etc.

  110. WOW! The impotent potus declares H1N1 a national emergency. What was his first clue and why is this stupid idiot always the last to join the party?

    Honestly, he should have taken control of the mess months ago. Maybe distribution of the vaccine wouldn’t be such a mess then and maybe lives could have been saved.

    His continued incompetence and wavering on life threatening issues, i.e. health, Afghanistan, etc… is mindboggling. Guaranteed he won’t be late for the Nobel Prize party.

  111. curiosity-

    Also, forgot to mention Blockade with ViraBLOC by New Chapter. Expensive but good. Take 1-2 lozenges (blueberry) daily which helps to prevent virus from invading cells. Fourteen to a box. Only found at healthfood stores around this area.

    Still beats being froced by some bureaucrat to take vaccine or lose your job. Glad NY healthcare workers able to win that one, even if (partial) reason lack of available vaccine.

    Go get it now before all gone. Good luck:)

  112. A Woman’s Nation

    A Project of Maria Shriver and the Center for American Progress

    Center for American Progress is another Soros (policy think tank) Foundation.

    h… w…

  113. Mrs. Smith-

    Glad to be able to share. Scary times. Feel like we’ve all been thrown to the wolves and left to fend for ourselves. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. May be an even bigger run on these supplements, so would go today to try and find. Networking may be all we have (if they don’t shut down the internet).

  114. Here is Soros views on the conpensation packages on bankers. I am sure he is the one that okayd Obama to do it.

    .Soros calls Wall St profits ‘gifts’ from state
    By Chrystia Freeland in New York

    Published: October 23 2009 23:32 | Last updated: October 23 2009 23:32

    The big profits made by some of Wall Street’s leading banks are “hidden gifts” from the state, and taxpayer resentment of such companies is “justified”, George Soros, the fund manager, said in an interview with the Financial Times.

    “Those earnings are not the achievement of risk-takers,” Mr Soros said. “These are gifts, hidden gifts, from the government, so I don’t think that those monies should be used to pay bonuses. There’s a resentment which I think is justified.”

    Mr Soros, who joins a transatlantic chorus calling for limits on risk, leverage and compensation at big banks, said proprietary traders belong at hedge funds, not at banks, and that the compensation at Wall Street companies should be limited to prevent excessive risk.


    Some bankers have argued that limits on pay would make it difficult for them to retain their most talented risk-takers. Mr Soros agreed and said this would be a good thing.

    ..“That would push the risk-takers who are good at taking risks out of Goldman Sachs into hedge funds, where they actually belong, because hedge funds take risks with their own capital, not with deposits and not with government guarantees,” he said.

    Asked if his opinions were influenced by his personal investments, Mr Soros said no and pointed out that he has long advocated more regulation of hedge funds.

    Mr Soros, who is probably best known for his bet against the British pound, said the dollar was weak, but that its decline would be limited by its tie to the Chinese renminbi: “As long as the renminbi is tied to the dollar, I don’t see how the decline in the dollar can go too far.

    “There is a general lack of confidence in currencies and a move away from currencies into real assets,” he said. “There is a push in gold, there’s a strength in oil and that is a flight from currencies.”

    Mr Soros said that he thought the rally in the US stock market would continue for the rest of the year. But he warned that “the hope of a rapid recovery in the US is misplaced”.

  115. Mrs. Smith, yes, that is why I said Shriver will be running for POTUS. Soros is the one who picks the nominee’s nowadays.

  116. confloyd Says:
    October 24th, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    haha- and Shriver is about as bright as cousin Caroline.

    The Kennedy mystique is over. All Shriver is… is a loudmouth, authoritative mouthpiece who has NO regard for the LAW and feels she is entitled to special privileges because she is wealthy and a charter member of the lucky sperm club.

    We’re done with the Kennedys. Soooo done!

  117. Confloyd,

    We are finding evidence Soros is not at the tippity top of the Totem Pole.

    Soros is acting as agent for the Rothschild Bros. Lynn Forester Rothschild and her husband Evelyn are exempt from the gang of three other Rothschilds.

  118. confloyd: 1:15pm

    I have the video link- here:

    h… w…

    I wish we could convert the video to a youtube version to post it.

    Soros raves about the success of the Banks, how they have rebounded from BK- But says or cares nothing about the people suffering from foreclosures and personal BK except that they have to learn to do without or less as is the case for the hard hit middle class teetering on indigence.

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