Mark Halperin’s Book – Harry Reid’s Negro Macaca, Barack Obama’s War On Hillary Clinton, Part III

Supposedly alone and “racist”, Bill Clinton, as the envoy to Haiti will soon be in the forefront of rescue for the predominately black people devastated by the massive earthquake in Haiti.

Supposedly alone, in her crazed bitterness, spouting obscenities, discombobulated, womanish ways, Hillary Clinton answered another 3 a.m. emergency call. Of course Hillary was qualified and experienced enough to answer that cry for help from Haiti because she, as in just about everything, knows the region and the issues well. Almost immediately Hillary spoke about the deadly earthquake:

“The United States is offering our full assistance to Haiti and to others in the region. We will be providing both civilian and military disaster relief and humanitarian assistance and our prayers are with the people who have suffered, their families and their loved ones,” Clinton said at the start of a speech on Asian relations in Honolulu, Hawaii.”

As during the Christmas day attempted crashing of a plane into the city of Detroit, Barack Obama slept and let one of his TelePrompTer ghostwriters issue a statement. Jesus wept.

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Before this week’s gossip book “Game Change” Mark Halperin along with John Harris (who now runs Politico and has been hawking the latest gossip tome on TV and on the website) Halperin wrote another book. This is what Halperin wrote then:

A candidate who runs principally on his or her biography is acutely vulnerable to the accusation that this biography is embellished. Such a candidate, in other words, is a fat target for the Freak Show. One signature of Freak Show politics is a fixation on personality and alleged hypocrisy. Another is the ease with which shrewd political operatives can manipulate the Freak Show’s attention to hijack the public image of an opponent.

Barack Obama ran only on his biography, or rather his autobiography, which was more fiction than fact. Big Media and Mark Halperin in his latest book never questioned that fake autobiography. Big Media protected Obama and never asked those questions of “acutely vulnerable” Barack Obama. In Hillary Clinton Tested And Ready we quoted an article by Lynn Sweet which received zero follow-up by Big Media and soon thereafter Sweet and others realized that questioning Obama would not get them attention so they stopped writing critically about the fake candidate. Here is what Lynn Sweet wrote about Barack Obama’s fake autobiography so greedily gobbled up by Big Media as truth:

Obama changed names of real people, created composite characters and re-created conversations in his best-selling memoir. [snip]

Times staff writer Peter Wallsten raised the question in his story of whether Obama took too much credit in helping residents of Altgeld Gardens fight the Chicago Housing Authority over asbestos removal in the South Side complex in the 1980s. The paper headlined the piece ”Fellow activists say Obama’s memoir has too many I’s.”

Obama, 45, is hoping to dilute questions about his experience by arguing that the totality of his career — from community organizer to state senator to the U.S. Senate — should count, and not just his last two years in Washington. [snip]

Obama disclosed in his introduction that he used literary devices to buttress his recollections. He also kept a journal. In August 2004 I wrote a column about Obama’s use of literary license in Dreams and concluded: ”Except for public figures and his family, it is impossible to know who is real and who is not. . . .

“Colorful characters populate the Chicago chapters: Smitty the barber, LaTisha, the part-time manicurist, Angela, Ruby, Mrs. Turner and one Rafiq al Shabazz. Who they really are, or if they are composites, you would not know from reading the book.” [snip]

The Times article quotes Altgeld resident and community activist Hazel Johnson. My colleague, Sun-Times political writer Scott Fornek, interviewed her in 2004 and again on Monday.

Fornek reports that Johnson, 72, objects to Obama taking credit for helping force the CHA to remove asbestos at Altgeld Gardens. Johnson has not read Obama’s book. She said he played no role in the asbestos-removal fight. She said he did help get “angel hair,” another type of dangerous insulation, removed from attics in the complex’s row houses — and worked on public transportation issues and helped get a library built. ”He was not with us on the asbestos,” she said.

In any boxing ring or political fight there are three people in the ring – the two fighters and the referee. In 2008 Hillary Clinton was in the ring fighting not only Obama but the referee as well. If Obama cheated and Hillary raised a question – the referee accused her of being negative. If Hillary said anything to buttress her claims of experience and qualifications – the referee accused her of boasting and immediately demanded an investigation. If Hillary said nothing – the referee accused her of being a weak woman. If Hillary said anything – the referee accused her of being shrill. If Hillary dressed with a blouse – the referee accused her of exposing her breasts to prove she was a woman. If Hillary had a dog or cat – the referee accused her of abuse. If Obama made one of his many mistakes – he was protected. If Obama did not, on rare occasions, bumble and stumble – he was praised as magnificent.

In our article, written in December 2007, we discussed some of the many fake incidents and many questions that needed to be asked about Obama. We asked, in December 2007, many questions and observations and quotes from articles:

Hillary has an innovative website called “AttackTimeline” which documents that it was Obama and Edwards which initiated the negative attack tactics in the Democratic Presidential campaign… The Hillary I Know website has testimonials from “those who know her best”. Over 40 people testify on video about Hillary. Betsy Ebeling has known Hillary since the sixth grade… There is however no “The Barack/Barry I Know” equivalent website for Obama… Where are the Obama testimonials?... “Less than two months after ascending to the United States Senate, Barack Obama bought more than $50,000 worth of stock in two speculative companies whose major investors included some of his biggest political donors”… “Mr. Obama, who declined to be interviewed about the stock deals, has already had to contend with a controversy that arose out of his reliance on a major campaign contributor in Chicago to help him in a personal financial transaction”… “His wife, Michelle, a hospital vice president in Chicago, received a promotion that March, nearly tripling her salary to $317,000, and they bought a $1.6 million house in June”… “But he put $50,000 to $100,000 into an account at UBS, which his aides say was recommended to him by a wealthy friend, George W. Haywood, who was also a major investor in both Skyterra and AVI BioPharma, public securities filings show”… “Within two weeks of his purchase of the biotech stock that Feb. 22, Mr. Obama initiated what he has called “one of my top priorities since arriving in the Senate,” a push to increase federal financing to fight avian flu”… “Iowa Independent asked the Obama campaign for a more detailed accounting of Obama’s travels in Europe, both in an official capacity and as a private citizen. Nearly 48 hours later, we have not received any such information”… Doubts about Barack Obama’s presidential credentials have crystallized during the past two weeks over his stewardship of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s Subcommittee on European Affairs, which has convened no policy hearings since he took over as its chairman last January… “I was on the single-A team, and at the end of practice I was just raining down threes”… “High school basketball veterans for truth! A reader points out that Obama’s basketball days seem to predate the three-point line, which was introduced in the NBA in 1979 and college ball in 1980″… Obama lied at Selma about the energy bill and about his own conception, he lies about his community organizer days. He lies about his health plan and “preconditions” and attacking Pakistan. He lies about basketball. Basketball.

We still don’t have answers to those questions. Mark Halperin never asked.

When Halperin wrote his last book in 2006 with Politico‘s John Harris Media Matters for America had these comments about Halperin’s work which also gloomily apply to “Game Change“:

Here’s how dishonest Beltway journalism has become.

Books about politics and the press don’t come much more dishonest, or depressing, than the new tome hitting stores this week, The Way to Win (Random House). Written by corporate media bigwigs Mark Halperin, political director of ABC News and founder of its political newsletter The Note, and John F. Harris, national political editor of The Washington Post, the new digest — it’s their take on how to win the White House — is already being toasted by celebrity journalists inside the Beltway, which in today’s environment means the book politely re-enforces preferred conventional wisdom and graciously avoids asking tough questions about Republicans [Our Note: replace Obama for Republicans and this all applies to “Game Change]. The press corps also skates by in the eyes of Halperin and Harris, who continuously rewrite recent history in order to ensure that journalists shoulder little or no blame for D.C. pressroom disgraces such as Whitewater, the blatantly dishonest coverage heaped upon Al Gore’s presidential campaign, and for the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth hoax that ensnared Sen. John Kerry’s 2004 presidential run.

I say The Way to Win is dishonest because Halperin and Harris are obviously smart professionals who understand how politics and the press now (unfortunately) work in this country. Indeed, the two are celebrated as among Beltway journalism’s best and brightest and are paid handsomely for reaching the pinnacle of their profession. Unfortunately, political journalism isn’t what it used to be, and unfortunately, the duo opts to conform to the artificial guidelines that dictate public debate inside the Beltway today.

That’s precisely why CBS’ Bob Schieffer has already flacked the book on Face the Nation, why Charlie Rose has invited the two for an intimate chat, and why the Way To Win D.C. book party was awash with boldface guests, as elites from the press and politics flocked to toast the
latest re-writing of the conventional wisdom. It’s because Halperin and Harris tell a reassuring story that Beltway players, particularly in the press, love to hear. And for anybody who still thinks there’s an ounce of friction between the true media elites and the Beltway’s mostly Republican ruling class, read The Way to Win and think again. The Beltway really has become a tension-free world where journalists and
politicos bond effortlessly.

Replace “Republicans” with “Obama” and this old review is applicable to the latest gossip garbage.

What Halperin and Harris absolutely refuse to acknowledge is the willing role the press played in those key Democratic setbacks and the media’s shrieking double standard that’s been on display for the last decade.

George W. Bush and Barack Obama and Big Media – nothing has changed. Hate of Bill and Hillary Clinton by Big Media – nothing has changed. Replace George W. Bush with Barack Obama (The Third Bush Term) and nothing has changed.

Halperin and Harris refuse to consider the option that it’s been a conscious choice the press has made to dog Democrats while going easy on Bush, repeatedly holding him to an absurdly low standard of professional and personal conduct.

Halperin and his co-author of “Game Change” laud Obama in the new book and trash Bill and Hillary – just like the old days in the Bush era.

Replace the Big Media attitude toward George W. Bush and Karl Rove with Obama and Axelrod and the old is relevant again:

That way its authors — both longtime Rove and Bush admirers — can argue with straight faces it was the combined genius of the two men that secured victories over hapless and overmatched Democrats, not the United States Supreme Court or a manufactured wartime culture.

Big Media protected Barack Obama and trashed Hillary, no matter what she did and now Big Media wants Americans to believe that “it was the combined genius” of Obama and Axelrod “that secured victories” over Hillary and McCain/Palin. Nonsense. Big Media protected Barack Obama. The referee was on the take and many of those “referees” now work for Barack Obama as they flee the “news” industry they have helped destroy with their biased “reporting”.

Hillary Clinton, according to Ben Smith at Politico (which we responded to yesterday) is savaged for “vicious tactics” by supposedly (and this has been denied by her campaign workers like Peter Daou) wanting to discuss Obama’s drug use. Big Media protected Barack Obama and does not want Obama’s drug use discussed or examined. Same with George W. Bush:

Indeed, Halperin and Harris elevate the act of playing dumb to Olympian heights. Note how they fawn over Bush and Rove in 2000 for deftly handling curiosity about the candidate’s previous drug use by simply announcing they would not answer reporters’ questions on that touchy subject. Good Lord, why didn’t Clinton’s War Room think of that in ’92 when its candidate was nearly driven out the race over the issue of youthful drug use? According to Halperin and Harris, apparently all Clinton had to do during the destructive press orgy was do what Bush later did, which was show “fortitude,” “discipline,” and “steadfast commitment” and pull off the “daring” strategy” to not answer any questions and the press would have respected the Democrats’ privacy and backed off.

All those questions about Barack Obama’s and Michelle Obama’s dirty finances? No questions for Obama. No questions now about how Obama destroyed proposed health care reforms in Illinois either. No questions for Obama, but plenty of attack questions against Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton.

And remember Whitewater? Well, Halperin and Harris don’t. The duo devotes an entire chapter detailing Clinton’s often troubled first term in office, yet the phrase “Whitewater” never appears in print there. Keep in mind that reproducing The Washington Post’s library of breathless Whitewater stories printed during Clinton’s first term would likely fill three volumes the size of The Way to Win, while ABC’s Whitewater archives could fill a weekend of around-the-clock coverage. But for Halperin and Harris, the story, and the media’s absolutely central role in keeping alive a Republican-generated hoax about a long-ago real estate deal, goes down the memory hole. How’s that for a “Trade Secret”?

Big Media has polluted our politics for a long time now. Big Media continues to pollute our politics. Sarah Palin watch out more than you have been because Big Media is out to get you too. After all you are a woman (dangerous enough) and you have a folksy way of talking (like Bill Clinton) and Big Media barons don’t like “folksy”.

Big Media’s lack of curiosity about Bush’s probable drug use or his Texas Air National Guard service pales to insignificance compared to the lack of curiosity about Barack Obama. Democrats then wanted to know all about Bush, but now, Democrats do not want to know anything about drug use or school records (dare we say “birth certificate?), travel records, friends, addresses, or financial deals. Where are the inquiring minds in the Left today? Bush was blasted for what Obama is protected. Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton have it even worse that George W. Bush.

George W. Bush and Rove were protected, but not nearly as much as Barack Obama:

While The Way to Win disses Dems, it is positively glowing toward Republicans. For instance, we’re assured Rove’s work is “scholarly and meticulous” and that Rove got into politics because “he was interested in ideas” and wanted to “advance the policies.” Yet what about the fact that
during the 2000 campaign Rove completely camouflaged Bush’s true governing intentions — hiding the ideas and policies Bush
would later implement — by running the candidate as a moderate? Halperin and Harris, constantly bumping into their own contradictions, think the maneuver was a stroke of genius. So much for the power of ideas.

Replace “Bush” and “Rove” with “Obama” and “Axelrod” and we begin to see how “uniter not divider” Obama was just a ploy. Nothing’s changed.

Obama and Axelrod ran a stumbling, bumbling campaign but it is now called “brilliant” in “Game Change” and in Big Media outlets. According to the accounts from Obama campaign operatives like Plouffe the Obama campaign was completely unprepared for the Jeremiah Wright explosion, could not respond to the “bitter and clingy” Obama boobery, and lost primary election after primary election to an outspent Hillary. But Big Media protected Barack Obama. Big Media calls Obama’s campaign “brilliant” but it was a boobery campaign. What saved Obama was that Big Media protected Obama’s stumbling and bumbling and trashed Hillary at every turn. There was no game change, just cheap change. The same Big Media protection at a lesser level helped Bush/Rove:

I’m talking about the blatant strategic errors Rove has made, like during the 2000 campaign when he wasted Bush’s time and money during the closing days by sending him to places like New Jersey and California where he lost to Gore by double digits. Like how Rove, bragging about how Bush was going to “win in a walk,” allowed a badly outspent Gore to win most of the key toss-up states, including come-from-behind victories in Minnesota, Iowa, New Mexico, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Washington, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Maine. For Halperin and Harris, too busy polishing Rove’s resume, those
blunders don’t exist

Bush actually got some vetting and some examination of his finances and history. Barack Obama was completely protected.

The two habitually misrepresent recent elections in order to slavishly adhere to their talking points that Bush and Co. have cracked the campaign code. Read this:

“This means that no one (NO ONE!) is immune to this Trade Secret: The fight for every presidential nominee and every general election campaign dredges up past votes, quotes, actions, and inactions from everyone who runs for president, no matter what rough-and-tumble political scrutiny they previously have endured.”

Really? A quick history lesson: Looking to raise money to pay off his investment in the Texas Rangers baseball team, Bush sold two-thirds of his Harken Energy stock on June 22, 1990, for $4 a share and pocketed $848,560. In short order, Harken quickly announced that for the quarter ending June 30, 1990, it had lost $23 million, dwarfing the company’s previous largest loss. Right after Bush sold his shares, Harken stock was trading for just $1. Critics wondered whether Bush, a member of Harken’s three-person audit committee, sold his stock knowing the company was about to announce huge losses. Adding to his troubles, Bush then waited 34 weeks before filing forms with the SEC notifying it of his insider stock sales.

Think back again to Halperin and Harris’s “Trade Secret” about how every detail from a candidates’ past gets dredged up, because here’s how many times during the 2000 general election race The New York Times raised questions about Bush’s 1990 sweetheart deal with Harken Energy: 0. The Washington Post? 0. The Chicago Tribune? 0. ABC News? 0. NBC News? 0. CBS News? 0. CNN? 0.

You get the idea.

And here’s how utterly bored the press was with the topic of Bush, with fleshing out his policies or filling in a portrait of the man: More than one year after the Texas governor announced his run for president and one week before Election Day, David Broder at The Washington Post casually mentioned to readers “there was little public knowledge of Bush’s record and little understanding of his major proposals.” [Emphasis added.] Broder did not suggest there was anything odd about that.

Broder and company certainly had no interest in the story of Bush’s mysterious service in the Texas Air National Guard. Halperin and Harris insist that “for a variety of reasons” the press looked away from that story in 2000. But why? Halperin and Harris are mostly mum. Despite the fact the two worked for major
news organizations during the 2000 campaign and could presumably offer up some insight as to what the “variety of reasons” were that the press gave
Bush an unprecedented pass regarding the gaping holes in his personal biography, Halperin and Harris refuse to do so, since that would mean raising uncomfortable questions about their employers, ABC News and The Washington Post, which, you guessed it, ignored the story in 2000
and made major blunders while trying to cover it, belatedly, in 2004.

At least people knew that Bush had financial entanglements. Has any Dimocrat asked about Rezko or Obama’s pharmaceutical company stock? Only after the election did we ever find out that Obama took a trip to Pakistan with a friend, but we still don’t know how he paid for it. We don’t even know how he paid for his expensive schools either (except for his expensive prep school in Hawaii). To paraphrase the old Batgirl theme song: “Where does he come from, where does he go? We still don’t know.

George W. Bush’s military career was examined as was Bill Clinton’s military exemption (“He’s a draft dodger!” shouted Big Media). Questions about George W. Bush were asked:

The Bush National Guard story was born and bred in Old Media; on the front page of The Boston Globe, May 23, 2000, to be exact. After combing through
160 pages of military documents and interviewing Bush’s former commanders (every quote in the story was on-the-record), reporter Walter Robinson detailed how Bush’s flying career came to an abrupt and unexplained end in the spring of 1972 when Bush asked to be transferred from his Texas unit to an Alabama unit so he could work on a Senate campaign there. But Bush did not show up for drills in Alabama and by most indications never returned to serve with his Texas unit either. He simply walked away from his military obligation with nearly two years still remaining. The press corps remained nonplussed. During the 2000 campaign The New York Times published just two references to the Globe investigation into Bush’s often no-show Guard service. And the paper was not alone. Just seven days after the Globe story ran, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews sat down with candidate Bush for an entire hour and refused to raise the troubling National Guard questions documented in the Globe article. That’s how committed the press was to ignoring the story.

Chris Matthews was also not curious about Barack Obama and only seeks to make him “a success”. The George W. Bush history at least was a matter of curiosity. Barack Obama was a matter of protection. And now we know that the Democratic Party “leadership” was also out to protect Barack Obama and make sure that Hillary Clinton never became president.

Bush’s 1999 autobiography, A Charge to Keep, was plowed for questions – Obama’s fake autobiography was peppered with praise. Hillary Clinton’s astonishing and fact filled autobiography was slimed with scorn.

Bush’s days in Boston were explored for details. Barack Obama’s days in Boston were fodder for adulation.

Mark Halperin’s latest compendium of garbage, at least where Hillary Clinton is concerned, violates his own standards. Here is what Mark Halperin himself wrote in Time magazine in November 2009:

Media bias was more intense in the 2008 election than in any other national campaign in recent history, Time magazine’s Mark Halperin said Friday at the Politico/USC conference on the 2008 election.

“It’s the most disgusting failure of people in our business since the Iraq war,” Halperin said at a panel of media analysts. “It was extreme bias, extreme pro-Obama coverage.”

The “extreme bias” continues.


112 thoughts on “Mark Halperin’s Book – Harry Reid’s Negro Macaca, Barack Obama’s War On Hillary Clinton, Part III

  1. As someone posted earlier today, MA and Reid can Burris around with installing Brown so he would miss the HC vote. Coakley has said she would vote against a House-type bill (very restrictive on abortion) but “reluctantly” for a Senate-type bill (less restrictive). So she’s fighting for mitigation of a bill that is probably going to pass anyway.

    Voting for HIllary on the FLOOR IN DENVER makes Coakley a very trustworthy friend of Hillary. (And if she’s in bed with all her supporters, I hope she’s having fun with Bill. He’s there campaigning for her….)

    Electing Brown won’t stop the HC bill. By Brown’s record, he WOULD deny emergency contraception to rape victims, and put other restrictions on abortion. See my blog:

  2. Supposedly alone and “racist”, Bill Clinton, as the envoy to Haiti will soon be in the forefront of rescue for the predominately black people devastated by the massive earthquake in Haiti.

    Great post AGAIN and AGAIN ADMIN….I was just listening to Rush, waste of time I know, and he was spurting his hate about BC and talking about the ‘RACIAL COFFEE COMMENT” from Halperin’s book. I chuckled to myself thinking of BC being the envoy to Haiti and that when this is all over, the chaos in Haiti, I know that BC will leave that Country in far better condition than it has ever been in. I say this not to make small of the great, horrible losses the Country is now suffering, but knowing in my heart what he will do to help them, as only he and Hillary can and will.

  3. About the post in all…I don’t know how anyone could have seen it any different and no one could have stated it any better. I believe the pro Hillary groups that have survived on the web are all of this one mind. He is Bush3…only more so.

    God help us

  4. Coakley has a formidable track record on issues that have been thorns in the side for Obama, who has been accused of being soft on Wall Street and unwisely extending the U.S. mission in Afghanistan. As Attorney General, Coakley forced a huge settlement with mammoth investment bank Goldman Sachs and has called for increased regulation of the financial sector. Like all the candidates in the Democratic primary, opposed President Obama’s plan to escalate the war in Afghanistan.
    Coakley also went to court to challenge the Environmental Protection Agency to enforce tougher emissions regulations, and challenged the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, which imposes federal limitations on same-sex marriage.


  5. I am itching to read admin. news article, but I am babysitting my youngest granddaughter 18months. I can’t get her to sleep. At this moment she is taking all the puffs out of my kleenex box. I will read after 7p tonight.

  6. This is the difference between a true leader (Hillary) and a wannabe (obama)

    Clinton to shorten Asia-Pacific trip due to Haiti quake
    January 14, 2010

    HONOLULU: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said she will shorten her upcoming trip Asia-Pacific trip because of the devastating earthquake in Haiti.

    Clinton, who earlier spoke by phone with US President Barack Obama, told reporters she still planned to visit Papua New Guinea, New Zealand and Australia but would spend less time in each place.

    “It is biblical, the tragedy that continues to stalk Haiti and the Haitian people,” she said.

    After starting her Asia-Pacific tour in Hawaii on January 12, Clinton was due to arrive in Papua New Guinea on Thursday for a six-hour visit, followed by a visit to New Zealand.

    She is due to arrive in Australia on Sunday for a three-day visit to Canberra and Melbourne.

  7. US calls on China to explain Google attacks

    HONOLULU, Hawaii — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on Beijing to explain cyberattacks originating from China against Google and at least 20 other firms.

    Google earlier vowed to defy Chinese Internet censors and risk banishment from the lucrative market in outrage at “highly sophisticated” cyberattacks aimed at Chinese human rights activists.

    “We have been briefed by Google on these allegations, which raise very serious concerns and questions,” said Clinton in a statement issued while she was visiting Hawaii for talks with Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada. “We look to the Chinese government for an explanation,” the chief US diplomat added. “The ability to operate with confidence in cyberspace is critical in a modern society and economy,” she said.

    “I will be giving an address next week on the centrality of Internet freedom in the 21st century, and we will have further comment on this matter as the facts become clear,” the chief US diplomat added.

    In San Francisco, Google said China-based cyber spies struck the Internet giant and at least 20 other unidentified firms in an apparent bid to hack into the email accounts of activists around the world.

    The online espionage has Google reconsidering its business operations in China and it said it will no longer filter Internet search engine results in that country.

  8. ShortTermer
    January 13th, 2010 at 1:05 pm
    sheesh, I am of the strong opinion that breaking the senate majority held by the dimwitted Dimocrats would be an even greater accomplishment for the MA and American citizenry than supporting a ‘friend’ of Hillary’s who says no and then says yes and then jumps into bed with B-I-G lobbyists and corporations to fund her attack ads, especially if it is true that she was so arrogant and overconfident that she failed to campaign for two weeks. But the icing on the cake would be ousting one of Hillary’s and the American citizens’ enemies named Peloooooosi from her catbird seat!!! Do I hear an amen?
    Amen! Amen!

  9. admin: great article. Very thought provoking. As I have said many time before, its my opinion is that the Bush’s put Obama in. Since you have so throughly reminded me how the press was also absent about GWB, they are also absent on Obama. This alone tells me that they are one and the same. The Bush’s scored a huge victory to put this SOB in and tricked millions of people.

    Halperin and his partners are doing nothing but spreading hearsay and lies. In the long run, it will bite them in the ass.

  10. I got this @ a site called Media, they seem maybe Libterian slant? Maybe more anti- Gov, but they had some good articles. I am afraid they may be antisematic though, I’ll have to keep reading when i get the time to decide. Anyone know these guys?

    Operation Mockingbird
    The subversion of the free press by the CIA.

    “The cost of disinforming the world cost … a budget larger than the combined expenditures of Reuters, UPI and the AP news syndicates.”

    “President Jefferson once said he pitied those who thought they knew what was taking-place through reading the newspaper. Disraeli, the British prime-minister, said much the same thing. Indeed, down through the ages, rulers have delighted in running-things from behind the scenes. ”

    —Dr John Coleman,
    Conspirators Hierarchy, Committee of 300

    Pleiadian Wisdoms on “Neutralizing Negativity”
    By Barbara Marciniak
    “For many decades a very controlled and corrupt media has been directing the attention of the masses by uniformly reporting on a state of managed chaos, which is scripted and staged to produce mental confusion and fatigue. The relentless reporting and rehashing of catastrophic and traumatic events, with images of despair and destruction repeatedly planted into the minds of the viewers, creates supreme states of anxiety and are, in reality, a form of psychological warfare. Authorities play with truths, half-truths, deceptions, and lies to render you hopeless, feeling it is pointless to do anything – this now passes as “the” news, and it can rule your life.”

    When millions of people focus their attention upon listening to the same words, seeing the same pictures, and hearing the same descriptions, tremendous energy is generated and a massive thought-form is created. Thoughtforms are vibrational blueprints that hold instructions for manifesting reality. The media captures your attention and then programs your imagination, essentially canceling out your unique creative drive to manifest your own reality as well as your desire to know yourself. You have been conditioned to believe that all you need to know can be found in the wonderful world of electronic boxes, and the information and the entertainment they hold.

    Council of Foreign Relations – Serving Illuminati functions
    But the CFR’s first and foremost job was to get complete-control of our mass-communications media. The control of the press was assigned to Rockefeller.
    Thus; Henry Luce, who recently died, was financed to set up a number of national magazines, among them “Life,” “Time,” “Fortune,” and others, which publish “U.S.S.R.” in America.
    The Rockefellers also directly or indirectly financed the Coles Brothers’ “Look magazine” and a chain of newspapers.
    They also financed a man named Sam Newhouse to buy up and build a chain of newspapers all over the country.
    And the late Eugene Myer, one of the founders of CFR, bought the “Washington Post,” “Newsweek,” the “Weekly magazine”, and other publications.
    At the same time; the CFR began to develop and nurture a new-breed of scurrilous columnists and editorials-writers such as Walter Lippman, Drew Pearson, the Alsops, Herbert Matthews, Erwin Canham, and others of that ilk who called themselves “Liberals” who proclaimed that “Americanism” is “isolationism;” that “isolationism” is “war-mongerism;” that “anti-communism;” is “anti-semiticism” and “racism.”

    All that took time of course; but today our “weeklies,” published by patriotic organizations, is completely controlled by CFR stooges and thus they finally succeeded in breaking us up into a nation of quarreling, wrangling, squabbling, hating factions. Now if you still wonder about this slanted news and outright lies you read in your newspaper; you now have the answer.

  11. Halperin and partners HATE WOMEN WITH ANY POWER, or any potential power. The only saving grace of the book “Game Change” is that it spun Reid around on his a$$. Now, that was fuuunnnnnyyyyyyyyy!!

  12. Bill and Hillary rush to help Haitinas, but Al Sharpton, whom kow towed to Harry Reid’s defense, found Bill’s comments more demeaning.
    Are there anymore despicable persons than guys like Sharpton, Jackson, Clyburn, and the MSM who gives these clowns air time? I forgot to include Obama as well as he is the king of the race baiters.

  13. ShortTermer
    January 13th, 2010 at 4:00 pm
    Halperin and partners HATE WOMEN WITH ANY POWER, or any potential power. The only saving grace of the book “Game Change” is that it spun Reid around on his a$$. Now, that was fuuunnnnnyyyyyyyyy!!

    The powers that be knew what was in this book and how it would fly. They must want Reid out for some reason

  14. More under the bus spin from the book…

    Clinton and McCaskill: More from the 2008 campaign

    By now, the anecdote about Sen. Claire McCaskill from Game Change, the controversial new book about the 2008 presidential campaign, is pretty well-known.

    The authors write that because she was close to then-Sen. Barack Obama – though hadn’t yet endorsed him – colleagues who were publicly in Hillary Clinton’s camp used the Missouri Democrat as a “backchannel” to his campaign.

    Here’s another snippet from the book, which sheds more light on the frosty relationship that existed early on between the senators from Missouri and New York.

    There was bad blood between McCaskill and the Clintonistas from the moment she stepped into the Senate. First was the slap that she made against a possible Hillary candidacy in an article which appeared in The New Yorker in 2006, the year McCaskill ran for the Senate.

    As the book recounts: McCaskill, as reported in the magazine, “told people in Missouri and in Washington that a ticket led by Clinton would be fatal for many Democrats on the ballot, and that a Clinton candidacy would rule out her chance to win the governorship.”
    McCaskill had just lost the governor’s race two years before. She had intended to run again, until national Democrats persuaded her to seek the Senate seat.

    The Clintons were angry over her comment. But McCaskill made amends, according to the book. Former President Bill Clinton did a St. Louis fund-raiser for her campaign and Hillary signed on to appear at another in New York.

    But the day before the Manhattan event was when McCaskill went on Meet the Press and Tim Russert, as the book recounts, asked her if she thought Bill Clinton had been a “great president.”

    “I do,” McCaskill said. “I have a lot of problems with some of his, his, his personal issues…I think he’s been a great leader, but I don’t want my daughter near him.”

    The Clinton camp was “aghast,” according to the book. It fell upon a Hillary aide to recount the interview to her over the phone.

    From the book:

    “She said what?” Hillary asked incredulously.

    “The phone went quiet. Hillary was speechless. A few more seconds passed, and then finally came her voice, hot with fury.

    “F— her, Hillary said.”

    She also promptly canceled the fund-raiser.

  15. Clinton Foundation just sent me e-mail for Haitian relief..As usual, Bill using his influenceto help others, while others simply talk a good game.

    As for MNaCaskill, that explains why she was such a Obama groupie from day one…she sickens me.

  16. I have worked on this a little more and it needs to go viral. I am sending it to Halperin. The hypocrisy is incredible.


    (Cross Examination of the Author of This Slanderous Lie)

    Q-1: did you personally observe Mark Halperin having carnal knowledge with a goat?
    A-1: no

    Q-2: then where did you get this information?
    A-2: I was told about it

    Q-3: told by whom?
    A-3: I cannot disclose his or her identity.

    Q-4: why not?
    A-4: because it is privileged and I must protect my source.

    Q-5: did your privileged source see Mark Halperin having carnal knowledge with a goat?
    A-5: no

    Q-6: then where did he get this information?
    A-6: he was told this by someone who witnessed the event

    Q-7: where is this alleged eye witness?
    A-7: oh he is dead

    Q-8: let me see if I understand your testimony: a man who is now dead allegedly told someone you will not identify who allegedly told you that Mark Halperin had carnal knowledge of a goat?

    A-8: yes
    Q-9: did this deceased witness know Mark Halperin personally?

    A-9: yes

    Q-10: what was the nature of their relationship?
    A-10: they were bitter rivals

    Q-11: could that color what he would say about Mr. Halperin?
    A-11: absolutely not .. . when he died everyone said he was a man of integrity!

    Q-12: are you familiar with the term “revisionist history”?
    A-12: yes

    Q-13: did this man of integrity cheat on his wife?
    A-13: yes he did

    Q-14: did he lie to her about it?
    A-14: I assume so.

    Q-15: then it is possible that he would also lie to destroy a bitter rival?
    A-15: I suppose it is

    Q-16: were those his exact words?
    A-16: no—that is why I did not put quotation marks around it

    Q-17: then is an interpretation of what the deceased witness allegedly said?
    A-17: yes

    Q-18: did you make any independent effort to corroborate the alleged event?
    A-18: no, the witness was deceased. The goat is unavailable for comment.

    Q- 19: so even though the deceased witness had lied in the past, had a motive to lie in this instance, and the confidential source you relied on did not recollect his exact words you presented them to the public as if they were true?
    A-19: of course. Look at it from my perspective: It was juicy gossip. I knew it would be seized upon by the chattering class to justify their pathological behavior in the 2008 election and their betrayal of the American People.

    By the way I deplore their bias and their lack of journalistic standards. Why just the other day I said it was “the most disgusting failure of people in our business since the Iraq War. It was extreme bias, extreme pro-Obama coverage.”

    Q-20: really? Then what about your own shoddy biased journalism as seen in this instance. How is this case any different?
    A-20: this case is entirely different in one important respect. The lies, half truths and distortions I tell in my book will make me and my partner a lot of money.

    Q-21: then I take it that you not concerned about whether it was true and accurate?
    A-21: absolutely not. If somebody proves it is not truthful then I have the perfect out: I will show them that there are no quotation marks around the statement: Mark Halperin has carnal knowledge of goats. As you can see I have carefully covered my tracks.

    Q-22: would it be fair to say that you are nothing more than an unscrupulous hack who engages in cheap character assassination with no regard for the truth, your profession or your country for the sole purpose of making money?
    A-22: guilty. But what do you expect. I am a beltway pundit. A lying hypocrite. And Mark Haperin is my role model.

  17. Cannonfire has some good information regarding Al Sharpton who thinks Bill Clinton is a racist:

    On the tape, Sharpton is clearly heard accepting an offer of $35,000 as his cut on the coke deal. He did not know that the South American drug lord offering this business proposition was actually FBI agent Victor Quintana.

    During his presidential campaign, Sharpton told the public that the drug bust was no big deal because no indictments were issued. Of course no indictments were issued. That’s why Sharpton went to work for Uncle: To avoid an indictment.

    And that’s also why you don’t hear much about Al Sharpton and the FBI on the teevee. If Sharpton weren’t working for Uncle, you know damned well you’d never see his face on the tube. Even the right-wingers never mention Sharpton’s work as an informant — and they almost never bring up the drug bust, because they can’t say much about that incident without mentioning his subsequent career undercover.

    (Incidentally, Sharpton and his enterprises also owe about $1.5 million in taxes and penalties. Remember that episode of The Simpsons in which Homer went undercover after being nabbed by the IRS?)

    So keep Sharpton’s past in mind when you see him get on TV and say inane things about Bill Clinton. Sharpton is just a talking doll. Someone else is pulling the string.

    Looks to me that we are experiencing a gale-force blast of Clinton Derangement Syndrome in the media. That’s to be expected. Obama is proving to be Dubya II — and as his ratings tank, the powers behind Obama have no choice but to mount yet another anti-Clinton Hate rally. It takes one hell of a lot of propaganda to convince the public that the third-best president of the 20th century (after the two Roosevelts) was a failure.

  18. She said what?” Hillary asked incredulously.

    “The phone went quiet. Hillary was speechless. A few more seconds passed, and then finally came her voice, hot with fury.

    “F— her, Hillary said.”

    I love that she uses all of the English language, as I do! This quote I would believe!

  19. That McCaskill story is very interesting. We were invited at the time to that fundraiser, but had an earlier fundraiser to go to and could not attend. Friends did go to the McCaskill event (they were on the host committee) and we will try to get some information. That story triggered a lot of memories and some clues to check up on. Lot’s of Kerry connections too on this one.

    We are doing what we advised Hillary and Bill to do: walk the dog backwards and evaluate everything and everyone.

  20. wbboei
    January 13th, 2010 at 5:00 pm


    bbbut wbboei…did you get this third hand? Was this on the record???


  21. JUst on Fox New/Neil Cavuto, Scott Brown was instrumental in getting Romney Care in MA. He also says that ROmney care isn’t the same thing as the democrats want to pass now?? I have heard that this plan is same as this one.

  22. Now the crisis in Haiti, I am sure Emmanuel will be using it as much as possible. Haiti, is Bill’s baby. So let’s see how they will try and drown out Bill and Hillary there.

  23. bbbut wbboei…did you get this third hand? Was this on the record??
    No this is nothing more than the cross examination of Halperin I would do if I had the opportunity. The answers are based on some of the things he has said in defense of this tabloid which are lame at best. No credible journalist would print this kind of crap, and if 80% of it comes from PSD then the truth requires that this fact be disclosed, inasmuch as she is a spiteful and biased witness who was the Judas Goat. From time immemorial the world deplores traitors. That is why spies are customarily hung. That is what PSD is. It is how she and her family will be remembered by the world. Anything she would say about Hillary must be discounted accordingly by any fair minded observer.

  24. Maybe Obama will pawn his Nobel Peace Prize medal to get the money:

    President Barack Obama will ask Congress for an additional $33 billion to fight unpopular wars in Afghanistan and Iraq on top of a record $708 billion for the Defense Department next year, The Associated Press has learned – a request that could be an especially hard sell to some of the administration’s Democratic allies.

  25. What is wrong with this guy? Here he goes again. A major catastrophe…Haiti…and he talks about giving aid and what has happened with absolutely no emotion in his voice. Like he is reading from a script again.

  26. JanH, he is so intent on reading his teleprompter (seriously), there is no scope for any expression. If you know what you’re going to say and it comes from your heart, then why need a teleprompter for even small things?

  27. Today, our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Haiti who are recovering from a devastating earthquake. Buildings have collapsed, thousands of people are missing, and many are presumed homeless.

    My UN office and the rest of the UN system are monitoring the situation. While we don’t yet know the full impact of this 7.0-magnitude earthquake, we do know that the survivors need immediate help.

    There’s a way you can help Haiti recover and rebuild right now.

    Click here to make a donation and find information on other organizations providing emergency relief efforts.

    Approximately 2 million people live in the capital of Haiti and the surrounding areas where the disaster struck.

    What we do in these first 48 hours determines how many lives we can save. Together, we can help communities get back on their feet.

    I have long been committed to helping Haiti “build back better” from the 2008 hurricanes and prepare for future disasters. Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, now needs our assistance more than ever.

    Help provide immediate relief and long-term support to earthquake survivors by making a donation today:

    Thank you for joining me in praying for the people of Haiti and bringing hope to the survivors. Working together, we can help them build back stronger and better.

    Bill Clinton
    UN Special Envoy for Haiti

    P.S. For missing family, please call the State Department hotline at 1-888-407-4747. To submit or request situation or survivor information, visit

  28. Secretary Clinton Returning

    Secretary Clinton

    January 13, 2010

    Secretary Clinton just announced that she will be returning immediately to Washington, DC due to the devastating earthquake in Haiti and its severe aftermath.

  29. They had OO reading from his script, and then Wolf Blitzer interview President Clinton live. You can sure tell a leader when you see one. Hillary is cutting her trip short and returning NOW, another sign of a leader.

    OO has a script and President C can actually think on his feet.


    House Dems mount health assault

    Furious with the Senate and desperate to regain a foothold in the health care debate, a wave of rank-and-file House Democrats assailed the Senate’s tax on high-end health care plans Tuesday night, on the eve of a critical White House meeting with the president.

    “There’s a big problem with the way the administration wants to pay for this,” said Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), whose panel authors the tax code.

    “It’s got a problem,” said Connecticut Rep. Joe Courtney, who collected 190 signatures for a letter he authored opposing the plan.

    Fresh off the holiday recess, Democrats on the Ways and Means Committee held a contentious session, in which several members expressed their frustration with the direction of the debate, members present said.

    In a Tuesday night caucus meeting, Michigan Rep. Sander Levin and Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Doyle both earned loud ovations after decrying the levy in front of their colleagues, people present said. The plan is deeply unpopular with the Democrats’ labor union backers.

    But underlying the complaints is the perception that, despite all the tough talk, most of these lawmakers will back the final bill. And that sense undercuts the leverage liberal Democrats hope to muster for these final negotiations.

    As evidence, just look at the public option fight; the issue didn’t come up during a closed-door caucus meeting Tuesday night in the Capitol Visitor Center, members present said, even though it was all they could push for over the summer and well into the fall.

    The White House has expanded a Wednesday meeting on health care with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to include the full Democratic leadership and relevant committee chairmen, an official said. Expected are Sens. Chuck Schumer, Patty Murray, Dick Durbin, Chris Dodd and Tom Harkin, along with Rangel, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Reps. Jim Clyburn, Henry Waxman and George Miller.

    House Democrats tired of hearing about how the Senate’s 60-vote majority is sacrosanct are now pushing President Barack Obama — like the speaker did last week — to believe their threat, that the House’s majority for health reform is just as endangered. The bill passed the House in November by 220 to 215, with 39 Democrats voting no.

    “The Democratic Caucus is pretty fired up by the idea that it wasn’t that easy for us to get to 218,” said New York Rep. Anthony Weiner. “We keep hearing them squeal like pigs in the Senate that they had a tough time getting to 60. Well, it wasn’t particularly a picnic for us to get to 218. … The Senate Kabuki dance has lost its magic on those of us in the House.“

    “If you think about the three letters that almost all of us signed, we signed a Courtney letter saying we weren’t going to go along if it included the Cadillac tax, a [Rep. Diana] DeGette letter saying we weren’t going to go along if it included Stupak [restrictions on publicly funded abortions], and someone had a letter saying we we’re not going to go along unless the public option is in there,” Weiner said. “So we’re eating a lot of letters right now, [and] I think there’s got to be some nominal movement on those things to let all of us who signed those things at least say, ‘All right, we got improvement in those three areas.’”

    It takes only three votes to bring down the bill in the House, and it could be hard to persuade “no” voters to back the bill, given its poor polling.

    “If you’re a member who voted no after the uproar these plans have caused, how do you vote yes?” asked Michigan Rep. Bart Stupak, one of the last converts after party leaders inserted his controversial restrictions on abortion. “I mean, really. Those who voted no probably went home and got slapped on the back. Those of us who voted yes got slapped across the head with a two-by-four.”

    Much of the speculation Tuesday centered on the 40 percent excise tax Senate Democrats impose on plans that exceed $8,500 for individuals and $23,000 for couples. Labor leaders, who largely oppose the levy, met with Pelosi in her Capitol office but emerged with little to report.

    Rangel acknowledged that House Democrats have discussed raising a Medicare tax on individuals who make more than $200,000 or couples who make more than $250,000. That tax could be applied to wages or, as is more likely, other income, like capital gains. But Rangel and others hinted that they had more work to do before it could be included in a final bill.

    House Democrats also pushed back on reports that the White House has agreed to waive an antitrust exemption for the insurance industry or switch from the Senate’s state-based exchanges to the national insurance exchange included in the House bill, saying no deal is done.

    However, the speaker made her position clear in brief comments to reporters on Tuesday night, calling a national exchange “essential to having a workable plan.” Pelosi said, “How that is refined remains to be seen.”

    But most members and aides said Tuesday was a chance for Democrats to blow off steam after three weeks away from the Capitol and cautioned reporters not to believe everything they hear — or even report.

    That was the message from White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer, who tried to tamp down stories suggesting the health care negotiations are running into problems.

    “The reports you’re reading from anonymous sources are at best educated guesses and at worst ill-informed or wishful speculation,” Pfeiffer said in a statement Tuesday. “While the two bills are very similar to begin with, work on bridging the final differences is still going on, and there simply isn’t anything final to discuss yet.”

    Aides said the statement was prompted by a variety of stories Tuesday, including one from the Associated Press that the president had signaled support for national exchanges and lifting the antitrust exemption for insurers. There have also been multiple reports that Obama wants the tax on expensive insurance plans.

    Hoyer also told a group of reporters, “If anybody says anything, this is done or that’s done, you’ve got 60 individuals [in the Senate] who are all, ‘What do you mean, that’s done?’”

  31. SAY WHAT????

    Jobs for slobs.

    Government at work: Outrageous behavior

    Ah, yes, your government at work again:

    • CNN reports that the Obama administration has given up on its attempt to tally the total number of jobs supposedly saved or created by the $787 billion “stimulus” program. The government now will only attempt to quantify all jobs funded with stimulus money — dropping the bogus “saved” category — and only on a quarterly basis and, apparently, not adjusted quarter to quarter.

    Critics argue it’s nothing more than economic shamanism, a way to cook the books to make numbers look better or create a sense of progress that really doesn’t exist. “They are playing a numbers game,” says Allan Meltzer, the straight-shooting Carnegie Mellon University political economy professor. “I don’t think the object should be to try to improve the numbers,” he told CNN. “It should be to try to create jobs and they are not creating jobs.”

    • CBS reports the congressional entourage that traveled to Copenhagen last month for the bogus climate conference really was nothing more than another high-priced junket for members and their families and, of course, billed to taxpayers.

    The network says the delegation was so large — at least 101 attendees — that it required three military jets to transport them. Factor in the meals and lodging and hundreds of thousands of dollars were spent on what Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., (who paid his own way) called “the biggest party of the year. The worst thing that happened there is they ran out of caviar.”

    Outraged yet?

  32. That McCaskill story is very interesting. We were invited at the time to that fundraiser, but had an earlier fundraiser to go to and could not attend. Friends did go to the McCaskill event (they were on the host committee) and we will try to get some information. That story triggered a lot of memories and some clues to check up on. Lot’s of Kerry connections too on this one.

    We are doing what we advised Hillary and Bill to do: walk the dog backwards and evaluate everything and everyone.
    Brilliant. Halperins intent was to sell a book, to exhonerate beltway elites for epochal failures, and to shake up the Democratic Party. But in the process, he has lifted the curtain on an internal conspiracy to destroy the party, with names and actions which were not available before. Schumer was a co-conspirator whom I for one would never have suspected. His statement about hitting Hillary with a 2X4 paints him as an abuser of women no different than Olberman. And that is only one example. As time goes on and the Democtratic Party goes to hell under Obama this information and the leads it provides will prove useful in assigning blame where it belongs and saving whatever is left of the party. In that case, Halperin may have done the party a favor which was never his intent.

  33. I am glad she is returning immediately. Haiti has been the Clinton’s for a long, long time. They have worked tirelessly there, and they should get the credit, not the teleprompter POTUS!

  34. wbboei, you would have never suspected Schumer?? Did you watch him drag her down the aisle to push the button for New York. If anyone watched that, I can’t believe they would not realize that Hillary was forced to do what she did. Maybe not physically forced, but by the very least coerced into supporting the bonehead that is now POTUS.

  35. Admin,

    I’m assuming you know that GOP dirty trickster extraordinaire Roger Stone ran and financed Al Sharpton’s run for the Democratic nomination in 2004.

    For those of you who don’t know Stone, he is the conservative behind the anti-Hillary group Citizens United, Not Timid. He started off working for Nixon and he only works for GOP. He is also credited with being the source for the disclosure that eventually led to Eliot Spitzer’s resignation from the governorship of New York. Allegedly, the forward-looking Stone was given $2.5m to investigate and take out Spitzer. Now why would someone like that have an interest in running and financing a campaign for a Democratic candidate without a snowball’s chance in hell of winning?

  36. I loved that statement. The same press corp that told you to hate Bill and Al, told you to love Barack and George. That says it all.

  37. I watched maybe 2 minutes of Sarah and Glenn today. She looked great but very nervous. Its horrible that the press is on this great woman like they are. Anybody good, they try and knock out. The media is owned by the very, very, wealthy. (Bilderbergs and Saudi’s)

  38. New York is still hillary country. Is there any hope of mounting a campaign against Schumer when he runs again? After all, who would have thought we could derail princess Caroline?

    I know that I will not pull a lever for him again.

    If women is the US want to be taken seriously and treated equally, we really must rise up and be heard.

  39. Basement angel
    I was just going to post that link too. I was a Wes Clark supporter in 2004 and what Sharpton did yo him in South Carolina made me very angry. Almost as angry as owing Sharpton a GOP mayor instead of a progressive one.
    I agree he is a tool for hire – and from the moment he started defending Reid I was expecting the attack on Clinton.
    Also, there’s a great quote from Eric Alterman on this gossip book
    “”Here’s who comes off horribly: Bill Clinton, Mark Penn, John and Elizabeth Edwards, Reille Whatshername, Cindy McCain, Rudy G., Sarah Palin. Here’s who comes off pretty bad: Hillary Clinton. Here’s who comes off OK: John McCain, Patty Solis Doyle. Here’s who comes off great: Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, David Axlerod, David Plouffe, Steve Schmidt, Rick Davis. Here’s who gets a free pass: Everybody in the media, pretty much, but especially ABC News, CNN, and their lobotomized debate questioners.

    What does that tell you about their sources?

    He who controls the future controls the past. “

  40. wbboei, you would have never suspected Schumer?? Did you watch him drag her down the aisle to push the button for New York. If anyone watched that, I can’t believe they would not realize that Hillary was forced to do what she did. Maybe not physically forced, but by the very least coerced into supporting the bonehead that is now POTUS.
    I admit I was wrong. But I interpreted that differently. She had him sit with her at the SOS hearing.

  41. He who controls the future controls the past. “
    He who solves the problems of the country contols the future. And he who does not can only cling to the past.

  42. Martha critized her opponent for standing outside Fenway Park in the cold greeting voters. Howie Carr is on his case. Never underestimate the power of Howie Carr. He got on the case of a friend of mine years ago and when it was over my friend went to the federal pen. Here is a cute comment about Martha:

    She’s obviously going for the coveted Yankee vote, forgetting the the ownership group of the Sox includes more than just a few liberals.

    Or perhaps she is getting her sports briefings from John “Manny Ortiz” Kerry.

    Joe Biden better watch out. Martha is trying to take the gaffmaster crown from him.

    The question now is what is she going to do as an encore tomorrow?

  43. Carol, Lets all hope that New York gives it to Schummer and the rest of those back stabbers
    Schumer needs to address this issue publicly and answer questions about it. Otherwise no one will believe him.

  44. wbboei, There was a conservative on one of the talk shows and he was berating the Republicans because of the Omnibus bill. It had more conservative lard and democratic lard, but both parties were rampart in their lard.

    I don’t mind some of these pork bills because they go to help the citizens that are in need of help. I do however have a problem with a bridge to no where and crap like that. Currently both parties are feeding at the trough of the taxpayers, but the republicans would like all to believe its only the dims that do it.

    Wbboei, I haven’t seen you address the Omnibus bill that passes with a bi-partison vote. I would like to get your take on that bill.

  45. It fell upon a Hillary aide to recount the interview to her over the phone.


    What evidence is there that such a phone conversation or such an aide really existed? Halperin probably made this up.

  46. basement angel,

    For those of you who don’t know Stone, he is the conservative behind the anti-Hillary group Citizens United, Not Timid. He started off working for Nixon and he only works for GOP. He is also credited with being the source for the disclosure that eventually led to Eliot Spitzer’s resignation from the governorship of New York. Allegedly, the forward-looking Stone was given $2.5m to investigate and take out Spitzer. Now why would someone like that have an interest in running and financing a campaign for a Democratic candidate without a snowball’s chance in hell of winning.


    That’s a very good question. I wonder if Stone’s knows Obama very well???

  47. basement angel, If its true Hillary almost ran in 2004, then Stone was trying to split the black vote of Hillary. They did manage to do it in 2008, and that’s why I think Obama is a under cover republican. He desparately trying to masquerade as a dim, but just like his teleprompter statement about Haiti, he only cares about himself and his wall street buddies. He is no democrat.

  48. This is from a Scott Brown site and it’s NOT an insult to fans. She is saying that a qualified candidate does not need to stand out in the rain and snow shaking hands. A qualified candidate gives details of the respective records and other relevant information.

    January 13th, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    h/ no w

  49. The Democratic Party under John Kennedy was the party of American growth and optimism. The Democratic Party under Obama is the party of pessimism and American decline. Five, ten, twenty, a hundred years from now that is how Obama will be remembered. It seems counterintuitive now, but by then Bush will be seen in more favorable terms than he is today. Not by me but by many others. The Republicans know this and are repositioning themselves as the Party of optimism and American decline. Obama has no ability to generate that anymore. Most sentient beings see him as a liar joined at the hip to the beltway elites and bent on destroying this country through incompetence and in some case like race intentionally.

  50. Correction: The Democratic Party under John Kennedy was the party of American growth and optimism. The Democratic Party under Obama is the party of pessimism and American decline. Five, ten, twenty, a hundred years from now that is how Obama will be remembered. It seems counterintuitive now, but by then Bush will be seen in more favorable terms than he is today. Not by me but by many others. The Republicans know this and are repositioning themselves as the Party of optimism and American GROWTH . Obama has no ability to generate that anymore. Most sentient beings see him as a liar joined at the hip to the beltway elites and bent on destroying this country through incompetence and in some case like race intentionally

  51. January 13, 2010

    Bill Clinton: Don’t give up on Haiti

    January 13th, 2010

    From CNN’s Lauren Kornreich

    ‘This is going to be a long-term process,’ the former president said Wednesday of helping Haiti recover.

    Washington (CNN) – Former President Bill Clinton, the U.N. Special Envoy to Haiti, praised the initial response to help victims in the earthquake-ravaged country and urged leaders around the world to contribute support and supplies.

    In an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Wednesday, Clinton encouraged people to send money to the Red Cross, the Clinton Foundation or to a number of other aid organizations operating in Haiti.

    “This is going to be a long-term process,” Clinton said. “I would urge you not to give up on Haiti as a lost cause, because we can get through this, and it is even more important now that we honor the wishes of the Haitian people and the government to help become their partners and liberate them from 200 years of misery.”

    Clinton stressed that the goal right now is to “save as many lives as possible” with basics like food, water and medicine and he said that other counties need to send more helicopters. He said important lessons were learned during the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami in Asia and Hurricane Katrina in the U.S., and he said he is “impressed” with the job done so far by the U.S. military and by Minustah, the U.N. Stabilization Mission in Haiti.

    Clinton was named to the special envoy position in June to help create jobs and basic services to the people of Haiti. He said his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is “so upset about this” and that she is doing whatever she can to help. The Clintons went on a belated honeymoon to Haiti in 1975.

    “We have loved that place for a long time and we think that the people have gotten a raw deal time and time again, and they keep coming back, and they will come back again if people will see them as their fellow human beings,” Clinton said. “They are hurting, but they are good people, and they need our help.”

  52. This man has more heart in his little finger than obama has in his whole body.


    Bill Clinton: Haiti Quake Tragedy for Millions, United Nations
    Former President, Now a U.N. Special Envoy, Calls on Americans to Donate Cash

    Jan. 13, 2010—

    The disaster in Haiti, affecting more than 3 million people, may be one of the most devastating tragedies ever to hit the United Nations, former President Bill Clinton told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos in an interview for “World News.”

    Clinton, who was appointed the United Nations’ special envoy to Haiti in May 2008, said the U.N. itself has been hit hard.

    “Our U.N. hotel, as you know, [was] five stories [and] completely collapsed. Today, only 10 people [were] recovered alive,” Clinton told Stephanopoulos.

    At least 16 U.N. employees, including chief of the U.N. mission in Haiti, Hedi Annabi, have died, with at least 56 more injured, a U.N. spokesman told ABC News. “It’s highly likely to be the highest mortality count we’ve ever had,” Clinton said.

    One day after the 7.0-magnitude quake struck the Latin American island, Clinton said officials there can still only speculate on the death toll in what is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.

    Haitian President Rene Preval estimated today that between 30,000 and 50,000 people may have died.

    “We are still having people work through the rubble, and the places you’d normally look to can’t provide” enough immediate help, Clinton said. “But we do know what to do. … We’ll have this thing organized and in a day or so. The trick is going to be to find as many people while they’re still alive and be kept alive.”

    The international effort to assist the people of Haiti following its worst earthquake in 240 years is still in an early stage and faces monumental challenges.

    Clinton praised the U.S. government’s response to the Haiti earthquake but said more helicopters are needed, as well as earth-moving equipment and floating power generators.

    “The number-one thing we have to do for the next few days is to concentrate on the basics,” he said. “We’ve got to get into those buildings, dig them out, find the living and then go back to work.”

    Tuesday evening in his capacity as special envoy, saying that his “U.N. office and the rest of the U.N. system are monitoring the situation, and we are committed to do whatever we can to assist the people of Haiti in their relief, rebuilding and recovery efforts.”

    The former president has visited Haiti several times since leaving office in 2000 in an effort to help bring greater international investment and humanitarian aid to the island, which has faced a food crisis, destabilizing riots and four devastating tropical storms in recent years.

    The Clinton Foundation works in Haiti on a number of issues including health care, AIDS, the environment and economic development.

    Clinton, who is popular among many Haitians for using the threat of U.S. force to oust a dictatorship in 1994, visited Haiti as president in 1995.

    “I’d be back there tonight if I didn’t think I’m doing more good here [in the United States], staying on the phone trying to help solve problems,” Clinton said on “World News.”

    As for how average Americans can help, Clinton said the best thing to do is donate cash.

    “Unless you’re in a search-and-rescue team or a medical team, the best thing you can do is give money for food, water, shelter and first aid supplies. Those are the things we need,” he said.

  53. Rassmussen has Coakley 2 points up and I do not know what the MOE says. In my opinion, a vote for Brown is a vote against Obama, the corrupt Kennedy Machine and the demonic health deform bill.

  54. Wbboei, I haven’t seen you address the Omnibus bill that passes with a bi-partison vote. I would like to get your take on that bill.
    What omnibus bill are you talking about? The health care deform piece of crap will have no republican support. From a definitional standpoint bi partisan means majority support in both parties. It does not mean some forlone republican jumps over the fence. Dont buy that argument.


    It seems that the further you get from the elites in Washington DC, who have a stake in Harry Reid remaining in power, the more likely you are to find African Americans who have a problem with Harry Reid’s comments about Barack Obama. And while I don’t agree with Doug Wilder on much, he makes a point that Reid and his defenders have attempted to gloss over: just because Barack Obama has (unsurprisingly) forgiven Reid, that’s not the end of the matter. Harry Reid’s surprising use of a term that is at best, antiquated and at worst, racist, is not a concern just for the president. It speaks to the way Reid views the African-American community as a whole. Wilder thinks Reid needs to apologize more broadly to the American people:

    So it saddened me to read the words of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid when he ostensibly was trying to bolster the bid of Barack Obama for the White House. Mr. Reid suggested that as a “light-skinned” black man, Mr. Obama would be more palatable to the electorate as a potential president. The Nevada senator “praised” Mr. Obama’s ability to turn off what Mr. Reid must perceive as a widespread “Negro dialect” when speaking to audiences who are not amenable to such a speaking style.

    Voters certainly deserve more credit than some of the people they elect to high office give them.

    Whether those words and the sentiment they represent were spoken in the U.S. Senate to praise Mr. Obama or used to sanitize deep-seated hatred at a White Citizens’ Council meeting in the 1950s, they are reprehensible and indefensible. No ifs ands or buts about it. Our leaders need to acknowledge that fact.

    Mr. Reid, indeed, has apologized to President Obama for what has to be one of the most dreadful compliments in American political history. But I have to ask why he stopped there. His words were, as a matter of fact, an offense against the president, but they also were a slap in the face of the American people – especially the millions of younger Americans who have worked diligently to extend the American dream to every person in every corner of this nation. And they didn’t do it just at the ballot box – they did it on school buses, in classrooms, in cafeterias and in basement rec rooms around the country. They did it by just refusing to hate and by merely living with their neighbors as friends and people of common good cheer. Where was Mr. Reid’s apology to those everyday Americans he underestimated and dismissed as yesteryear’s market-variety haters?

    The people of this country have earned more respect from Mr. Reid than that, and he should not let too much time go by before he tells them he regrets what he assumed about America.

    How will Harry Reid answer?

  56. When Barack Obama was finishing writing his book in Bali, his mother was in the final couple of years of her fight with cancer. Once Barack Obama mentioned his mother’s fight against the health care system during the 2008 race, the question needs to be asked, did Barack Obama prioritize the writing of his book over helping his mother?

  57. FOX is making a mistake posting the AP articles which are nothing more that White House propaganda. I am informed that when you get an AP article with no author listed then it is simply a White House Press release copied verbatim.

  58. wbboei
    January 14th, 2010 at 3:39 am

    FOX is making a mistake posting the AP articles which are nothing more that White House propaganda. I am informed that when you get an AP article with no author listed then it is simply a White House Press release copied verbatim.


    Easy enough to expose that. Some blogger with a two-column layout run them side by side.

  59. Alessandro Machi, that’s a good point on Obama and his book and his mother. We can almost be sure what the answer to your important question is.

  60. Alcina, there is also Bill Clinton:

    Former President Bill Clinton told All Things Considered host Melissa Block Wednesday that what was needed most urgently was cash to buy the medical supplies, water and other essentials needed to sustain the Haitian people during this early phase of the recovery.

    Clinton, the United Nations’ special envoy to Haiti, also said the UN so far only knows for sure of a few survivors from the five-story Montana Hotel it had turned into its headquarters. More than 200 UN workers would have been in the building at the time of the earthquake, according to reports.

    Speaking from his office at the UN, the former president said:

    CLINTON: “We know we’ve got at least ten survivors of the headquarters collapse, people who were taken out alive and are now getting medical care. We know that seven of the Minustah people were injured. We know there are going to be some fatalities, a considerable number. We just don’t know how many yet cause we haven’t gotten through all the rubble.

    What we need now is cash to buy water, food, shelter and first-aid supplies. That’s what we need. And we need that the next week over and above everything else. They are not able yet to coordinate physical supplies and redirect bodies. So I just want to urge people to donate directly to the agencies…

    Clinton said he hadn’t yet talked with the Haiti’s top officials:

    CLINTON: Prime Minister Bellerive called us twice yesterday. Paul Farmer (the UN’s deputy envoy) and I were laughing because amid all this tragedy it was almost comical. He was trying to reach out and his coverage was interrupted. So I think we’ll be able to talk to him tonight. I notice he was able to get through to CNN and do an interview. I did not bother President Preval because the presidential was damaged and once I realized that he and Mrs. Preval were safe, we left them alone.

    But they have, as you know, injured members of parliament. We don’t yet know what the final toll is from the collapse of the parliament building.

  61. I’d like coakley to win because she’s a Hillary supporter, however i’d like her to lose so that Obama does not have his 60 votes.

    Unfortunately the second part is more important than the first at the moment.

  62. confloyd at 9:18 pm: that’s why I think Obama is a under cover republican.
    This morning’s coverage of the cruel Haiti earthquake included a video of Hillary, a video of Bill, and a picture of Obama. There was a short message cut and pasted on the picture. This trio of presentations brought to my mind the notion that ‘undercover’ is a suitable word for describing the man. Undercover Republican. Undercover President. Undercover racist. Etc.

  63. Someone explain to me again why obama won the Nobel and Bill Clinton has yet to be recognized for his amazing humanitarianism?

  64. Wbboei, The Omnibus bill passed just before Christmas. It was in the trillions. The republicans wanted it so it wasn’t on TV or debated very much. It was terrible as we are so broke, but as long as the republicans are for it, its OK. It had so much republican pork in it it was amazing. It should be on wikipedia.

  65. Well looks like Pat Robertson is in the hot seat today. He believes in generational sin I guess. Thats what happens when you spend too much time in the old testament.

    Maybe this will change the subject for a while.

  66. Wbboei, The Omnibus bill passed just before Christmas. It was in the trillions. The republicans wanted it so it wasn’t on TV or debated very much. It was terrible as we are so broke, but as long as the republicans are for it, its OK. It had so much republican pork in it it was amazing. It should be on wikipedia.
    Are you talking about raising the debt ceiling. I do not know what you mean by the omnibus bill. There has been so called omnibus bills for decades but generally they address a particular subject, like for example the omnibus crime bill. Contrary to what you claim, if there is this was a Republican bill bad for the country, the beltway press would be all over it to take the heat off their idol. I doubt this is a Republican bill because they do not control congress, but if there is something bad Republican pork in it then we need to let the conservatives know so they can fight the battle against the corrupt elites in their party. They are very unhappy with their leadership. However, as bad as they are, the Chicago mob makes them look like choir boys. They and Obama are the greater of the two evils. The Obama crew will save the beltway elites at the expense of the country.


    Ooops, I meant:

    He thinks his “Messiah’s touch” will stem the tide in Massachoozitz.

    Also note in the second to last paragraph, how the Boston Globe Orwellianspeaks the incident where a reporter was shoved to the ground.

    Rattled Dems fret over health of Senate seat

    By Howie Carr
    Thursday, January 14, 2010

    It’s all about health care.

    The race to replace Ted Kennedy in the U.S. Senate has come down to one issue, and it’s not Sen. Ted Kennedy’s “legacy.” It’s the misshapen health-care bills that have scared the bejesus out of an ever-growing majority of American voters, even in this bluest of states.

    Asked his view of the bill, the Republican candidate, state Sen. Scott Brown, says succinctly: “It kinda stinks.”

    A month ago, he was 30 points behind his Democratic opponent, the don’t-make-no-waves attorney general, Martha Coakley. She was cruising, playing the one card she never leaves home without – the gender card.

    Then the specifics of ObamaCare started leaking out. The cuts in Medicare – $500 billion, or as Brown prefers to say, “half a trillion dollars.” Then the state’s union members began to hear about the president’s insistence on a 40 percent tax on their “Cadillac” health care plans.

    Overnight, the old dichotomies, Democrat-Republican, red-blue, lost their resonance. This has become a struggle for self-preservation – medical and fiscal. As the old folk song goes, Which side are you on?

    “This race affects everyone – everyone,” Brown says over and over again. “Forget about the letter after my name. If I win, this broken health-care bill goes back to the drawing board.”

    Which is why the city was buzzing yesterday with unconfirmed reports that Barack Obama may have changed his mind about staying out of the race. The rumor was that he may fly into Boston this weekend on behalf of the flailing Coakley, whose lead in the latest poll has shrunk to two points. Coakley is still favored to win, but what Brown calls “the machine” is stunned. In the most recent Rasmussen poll, Brown leads Coakley among independents 71-23.

    “They are in an absolute panic mode,” one prominent Bay State Democrat was saying yesterday. “They don’t care if bringing in Barack energizes the Republicans and independents – how much more energized can they get? Obama’s people have to get the minority vote out, and Coakley sure can’t do it herself. It’s risky, but it may be the only way now to save her.”

    The national Democrats are pumping hundreds of thousands of dollars into the race in the final days. On TV and radio here, Scott Brown’s first name is now “Republican,” as in “Republican Scott Brown.” The SEIU,, NARAL – all the usual suspects are on board. The “A” word – abortion – is heard once more in the land. But Coakley’s first 30-second hit piece fell a bit flat when, at the end, the campaign misspelled the name of her state as “Massachusettes.”

    “Maybe Martha should talk to some people who actually live here,” Brown said yesterday.

    The deluge of attack ads began a couple of hours after the final debate Monday night, just after Coakley left the spin room. She’d turned in yet another lackluster performance, informing the audience that there were no terrorists left in Afghanistan, two days after one of the slain CIA operatives was buried in nearby Bolton, and on the same day that three U.S. servicemen were killed in the war that she seems to think is over.

    But Brown won the debate when he fielded a question from the hyper-liberal moderator, David Gergen, who asked him how he could possibly vote to kill health care while sitting in Ted Kennedy’s seat.

    “With all due respect,” Brown told the Sunday chat-show fixture, “this is not Ted Kennedy’s seat, it’s not the Democrats’ seat, it’s the people’s seat.”

    Brown was in the midst of an Internet “money bomb” fund-raiser, and after slapping down Gergen, by the end of the night he had raised $1.3 million – $800,000 above the campaign’s goal.

    In the state’s suburban town halls, voters are lining up to get absentee ballots, just in case the weather takes a turn for the worse Tuesday. For example, in Yarmouth, on the Cape, during the primary last month, 183 residents voted absentee. By Monday, the number of absentee ballots given out in Yarmouth was 543. It’s the same in all of the more conservative cities and towns.

    Despite the bitter January cold, the Brown campaign has been swamped with volunteers. On the weekends, there are Brown “standouts” at every major intersection. Representing a gerrymandered, heavily Democrat district in the state Senate, Brown is used to having his yard signs disappear, but this time there’s a difference.

    “My own supporters are stealing them from each other,” he said. “They say, I need it more than you. I live on a busier street.”

    The Democratic establishment is relying on yesterday’s tactics. On Tuesday night, a reporter for the Weekly Standard was assaulted outside a Coakley fundraiser in D.C. by a Democrat operative. The video was quickly posted on the Internet, but the Boston Globe, the Kennedy family house organ, pretended it was still 1973. Their headline: “Reporter takes stumble.”

    Just like Martha Coakley. She may yet hang on to win, but even she does, one thing is certain. As Scott Brown said, it’s not Ted Kennedy’s seat anymore.


    Health care “deform” a sure thing?

    January 13, 2010
    Is Health Care Reform A Sure Thing?
    David Dayen over at FireDogLake has a clip of Emanuel Cleaver giving a less-than-bullish account of the prospects of health care reform in the House:

    (video here)

    As Dayen notes, the math is not a slam dunk for House leadership.

    Consider the following.

    The bill earned 220 votes the first time around. Yet Robert Wexler has resigned. That puts the total support at 219.

    Let’s assume that the new bill will lack Stupak language on abortion – a reasonable one, I think. That would lose them Joseph Cao, the sole Republican supporter. Bart Stupak claims that he has 10 to 12 Democrats who would walk away then, too.

    Assuming Stupak’s number is correct, that puts the bill at 206 to 208, with 218 needed for support. The House leadership would have to find 10 to 12 supporters among the 38 Democrats who voted against it late last year.

    TalkingPointsMemo has been keeping careful track of these members, and they have found four who are still nays, seven who are “keeping their options open” (TPM’s phrase), and just one “leaning yes.” The one leaning yes is Jason Altmire, who appears to have attracted a serious Republican opponent for his western Pennsylvania district. He also voted against the rule for debate and amendment on the original bill. He also didn’t vote for it when it was in Education and Labor. These are the sort of things a member does when he’s looking to build a track record of opposition. So color me skeptical that he’s actually leaning yes.

    If TPM’s count is correct, and my math is not terribly off the mark, it suggests that Pelosi and the Democratic leadership would have to attract 10 to 12 of the nay votes. Here’s the list of those whose votes are still conceivably gettable, from TPM. “BD” indicates a Blue Dog, “F” indicates a freshman:

    John Adler (D-NJ): F
    Jason Altmire (D-PA): BD
    Brian Baird (D-WA)
    John Barrow (D-GA): BD
    Dan Boren (D-OK): BD
    Rick Boucher (D-VA)
    Allen Boyd (D-FL): BD
    Ben Chandler (D-KY): BD
    Travis Childers (D-MS), BD
    Artur Davis (D-AL)
    Lincoln Davis (D-TN): BD
    Chet Edwards (D-TX)
    Bart Gordon (D-TN): BD
    Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-SD): BD
    Tim Holden (D-PA): BD
    Larry Kissell (D-NC): F
    Dennis Kucinich (D-OH)
    Suzanne Kosmas (D-FL): F
    Frank Kratovil Jr. (D-MD): F, BD
    Betsy Markey (D-CO): F, BD
    Jim Marshall (D-GA): BD
    Jim Matheson (D-UT): BD
    Charlie Melancon (D-LA): BD
    Michael McMahon (D-NY): F
    Walt Minnick (D-ID): F, BD
    Scott Murphy (D-NY): F
    Glenn Nye (D-VA): F, BD
    Colin Peterson (D-MN): BD
    Mike Ross (D-AR): BD
    Heath Shuler (D-NC): BD
    Ike Skelton (D-MO)
    John Tanner (D-TN): BD
    Gene Taylor (D-MS): BD
    Harry Teague (D-NM): F

    Scanning this list, it’s easy to tick off a bunch of people who are going to be all but impossible to win over: Boren, Artur Davis, Edwards, Kratovil, Kucinich, Melancon, Minnick, Shuler, Taylor come instantly to mind. I’d put some more on that list. Eliminating the Stupak language is not going to help them when one looks at the places where most of these people come from. 19 of these members are from the South. And if we cross-reference this list with CQ’s “>chart of “McCain Democrats,” we find that 25 of them hail from districts that voted for John McCain for President, some by very large margins. That’s important because, for as unpopular as health care reform is nationwide, we should expect it to be less so in these districts. On this point, it’s worth noting that a recent Public Policy Polling survey of Larry Kissell’s North Carolina district produced some cross-tabs that suggest a yea on health care reform is harmful. Voters who (correctly) believed he voted against the bill in November were more likely to support him than those who (incorrectly) believed he voted against it.

    Also, we’re assuming that Kucinich is the only one who votes nay because the bill is not liberal enough. So far, I haven’t heard a credible threat of defection from another progressive member, though Dayen suggests it’s a possibility.

    There are many factors that should help Obama and Pelosi pick up some of these nays. Eliminating the public option might make it easier for many of these moderates to vote yea. Stupak might not actually have 10 to 12 votes. Pelosi might have had some votes in her pocket should push come to shove (although probably less than the number who are really committed to Stupak language – otherwise she would not have acceded to his demands in November). Three of these members (Baird, Gordon, and Tanner) have announced retirement plans, so they might be disposed to vote with the party now that electoral pressure is gone. Others might be planning to retire but have not yet announced it, giving her more possible votes. Above all, the political pressure on these members to support the bill will be tremendous – and even if they are actually hurting their electoral prospects by voting for the bill, you can bet the White House and the House leadership will make a very strong argument that this will help them. See, for instance, Ben Nelson’s pre-Christmas negotiations.

    Still, I think it is far to hasty to say that this reform is inevitable. Minimally, the margin in the House is going to be razor-thin either way. We know that for sure, which in turn suggests that we shouldn’t take final passage for granted. Emanuel Cleaver apparently isn’t.

  69. Easy enough to expose that. Some blogger with a two-column layout run them side by side
    Easier said than done–unless you are inside AP. You would need to get access not the the generic press releases but to the ones the chicago thugs are sending only to AP. I doubt they would get caught printing the generic press release. Other news outlets like FOX would call them on it. As I say you would need someone inside AP.

    We are two countries now. Urban vs rural, belway vs Ameica. As Kipling put it: east is east. West is west. And ner’ the twain shall meet. I have friends inside the beltway who are strong supporters of this jackass. I got a couple Christmas presents which I have not opened signed books by democratic insiders documenting the fights against Republican corruption. I never voted for a Bush and resigned from the party over him I do not know what more they want from me. If any of them send me that Game Change crap, they will test the limits of our friendship. As far as I am concerned the beltway boys are throwing the country under the bus to consolidate their own power and their priviledge. Some of these people are very fine people but they do not get it. They are inadvertent accomplices in a grand scheme to loot and destroy the middle class. And the scariest part of all is where the economy is concerned Plan A is not working and there is no Plan B.

  70. Well, OO just did his power play on Haiti. No Teleprompter. Well, I cannot help but think he was being fed the script in his ear. He just is not able to do this on his own.

    HRC was right next to him.

    He presented a stronger figure than yesterday. I think he got some negative feed back about how his reading a script just does not hack it.

  71. What we can do to help Haiti, now and beyond

    By Bill Clinton
    Thursday, January 14, 2010;

    As I write, we don’t know the extent of the damage wrought by the earthquake that rocked the coast of Haiti on Tuesday. But a tragic number of people have been killed or injured, and early estimates indicate that nearly 3 million people — almost a third of Haiti’s population– may need aid, making this one of the great humanitarian emergencies in the history of the Americas.

    I met with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday and with other key U.N. leaders to discuss Haiti’s immediate and long-term needs. Those who are still alive under the rubble must be found. The bodies of those who have died must be taken away. Power must be restored and roadways cleared. But what Haiti needs most is money for water, food, shelter and basic medical supplies to bring immediate relief to those who are homeless, hungry and hurt.

    The entire United Nations system is working hard to meet these needs and to regroup on the ground in Haiti after the collapse of our headquarters building and the loss of many of our colleagues. The U.S. government has pledged its full support to the recovery effort, as have the governments of many other nations. Nongovernmental organizations and ordinary citizens have offered to help. Even small contributions will make a big difference in the aftermath of such destruction.

    But after the emergency passes, the work of recovery and reconstruction will remain. Since Hillary and I first traveled to Haiti in December 1975, I have been captivated by that country’s promise and peril and by the persistence of hope among its people even in the face of abuse, neglect and poverty. Already, the Haitian government and citizens, the Haitian Diaspora, neighboring countries and allies, NGOs and international groups were committed to a plan for long-term development. These efforts will need to be amended because of Tuesday’s disaster, but they cannot be abandoned.

    As president I worked to end a violent military dictatorship in Haiti and to restore Haiti’s elected president to office. Last June, I accepted the role of U.N. special envoy for Haiti to help implement Haiti’s long-term development plan by increasing foreign government assistance and private investment and by coordinating and increasing the contributions of nongovernmental groups involving more members of the Haitian Diaspora. This work helps create more jobs, better education, better health care, less deforestation and more clean energy for a nation in desperate need.

    We made a good beginning, and before the earthquake I believed that Haiti was closer than ever to securing a bright future. Despite this tragedy, I still believe that Haiti can succeed.

    First we must care for the injured, take care of the dead, and sustain those who are homeless, jobless and hungry. As we clear the rubble, we will create better tomorrows by building Haiti back better: with stronger buildings, better schools and health care; with more manufacturing and less deforestation; with more sustainable agriculture and clean energy.

    Establishing this foundation for a better Haitian future will require assistance from governments, businesses and private citizens. The people of Haiti deserve our support. Those eager to help can donate through the U.N. effort, my own foundation or by text message (text “HAITI” to 20222 to donate $10 to U.N. relief efforts).

    In the coming days, stories of loss and the triumph of the human spirit will be told. They will call us to help — not just to restore Haiti but to assist it in becoming the strong, secure nation its people have always desired and deserved.

  72. NMF,

    The media are trying to make bambi a hero again. Apparently he is the one who asked Clinton and Bush to raise money for Haiti.

    Of course Bill Clinton would have just ignored the whole catastrophe without obama’s wisdom.

  73. JanH, Yeah, I wanted to know why he asked GWB to help Clinton raise money???

    Why is his national security team coordinating the relief effort. I thought the State dept did that?? He never mentioned Hillary. He just talked about his national security team.

  74. Of coarse, IF you think about why he might want GWB to help is that Bill had already started on his own right after the earthquake. So he wanted to make sure the damn republicans get their coodos for helping.

    He looked like he was trying to undermine Hillary again.

  75. JanH

    Bill is the UN rep, so of course he had already jumped in there, so OOs invite does not carry much weight.

  76. Thanks Jan. Connie if you read what Jan posted it is hard to make the case that this is a Republican bill or that Republicans are co conspirators in the Obama plan to loot the country. I do not that the vote was 57-35 which might warrant an inference that some Republicans crossed the line plus and the statement that it was a “mostly” partisan bill confirms it. But it looks to me like there was only token support–and again so we do not buy into the Obama crap, a bill is not bi partisan simple because the deranged sisters from Main crossed the line. Snow is deeply in love with Obama–it is a middle age crazy thing, and Collins got lost in a snowdrift in upstate Maine and has never been the same since. Bi partisan means substantial support indeed majority support by both parties. That is not what happened here. That said, it would be good to know who the Republican supporters are. I do not know it was the main contingent of the CPUSA but I do have my suspicions. Past is prologue.

  77. NewMexicoFan
    January 14th, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Bill is the UN rep, so of course he had already jumped in there, so OOs invite does not carry much weight.

    Yes indeed. I love the idea of donating to Bill Clinton’s site and adding .44 to the amount.

  78. Of coarse, IF you think about why he might want GWB to help is that Bill had already started on his own right after the earthquake. So he wanted to make sure the damn republicans get their coodos for helping.
    The Clintons own this story. It is living proof that the racism crap peddled by Halperin to exhonerate beltway elites is crap. Obama got scooped big time.

  79. Bill Clinton had a telephone interview with Greta last night. He sounded so tired and worried about the people of Haiti. His love and concern for them showed over and over again.

    If anything is a game changer, this is. It makes that book look like the cartoon it really is.

  80. I want to differentiate between the primary and the general election. The bad guys stole the primary. They won the general election. The reason for the former was cheating,the betrayal of Party and pathological media bias. The reason for the latter was the economic downturn and the suppression of truth by the media.

  81. Wbboei, The omnibus bill I think was a regular spending bill to cover the military, the rethugs added over 1 billion in pork projects and it passes with all votes necessary. The rethugs added more pork than the dems. Its a matter of fact. Yet they continue to label the dims as spenders.

  82. Wbboei, The omnibus bill I think was a regular spending bill to cover the military, the rethugs added over 1 billion in pork projects and it passes with all votes necessary. The rethugs added more pork than the dems. Its a matter of fact. Yet they continue to label the dims as spenders.
    A billion is alot of money. But compared to the total cost of this bill–$660 billion or the trillion dollar slush fund engineered by the Dims it is de minimus. I think we need to stay focused on the current problem which is the Dims. The argument that Rethugs do the same thing is a Dim argument and we ought not to give it currency at this point. I would be willing to stipulate that there is corruption in the other party but that is not the issue now.

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