Brown Versus Coakley – And The Ted Kennedy, Barack Obama Stench

Bill Clinton will campaign for Martha Coakley today in Massachusetts. Martha Coakley was a strong, not intimidated, Hillary Clinton supporter during the primaries and Bill honorably wants to repay that courageous deed.

Bill Clinton is busy at work to help the earthquake devastated Haiti even as he is attacked from beyond the grave as a “racist”. Ted Kennedy, as we wrote a long time ago before the book “Game Change” was even a thought, worked behind the scenes to gift Barack Obama the Democratic nomination yet deceitfully crafted the public pretense he was a “neutral”.

When it was the proper time to stick the premeditated knife in the back of Hillary Clinton, Ted Kennedy endorsed Barack Obama. At the same time Ted Kennedy (a.k.a. the Chappaquiddick Chauffeur), falsely charged that Hillary Clinton demeaned JFK and that Bill Clinton was for all intents and purposes a “racist”. Ted Kennedy, charged Bill Clinton as a “racist” in order to destroy Bill and Hillary Clinton and to prevent them from ever again being an electoral force. Let’s repeat: Ted Kennedy wanted to assassinate Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton politically.

As previously written, Bill Clinton is the only force (other than Hillary Clinton) that can employ electoral persuasive powers to keep the dirty Ted Kennedy Senate seat away from the Republicans. But Bill Clinton should stay at work to help the earthquake destroyed Haiti. Even Bill Clinton can no longer prevent Scott Brown from victory. Scott Brown will be the worthy successor to the political assassin and Mary Jo Kopechne killer.

We spent our lives in defense of Ted Kennedy from attacks with regard to Chappaquiddick. Now we see that Ted Kennedy’s deceits were many and we will no longer defend the Kennedy corruption. It does provide great pleasure to Hillary supporters that it is Bill Clinton called to the rescue in Massachusetts by the very same John Kerry, who did Ted’s dirty work, and the very same Kennedy family that has so destroyed the good that was their legacy. But Bill Clinton will not be able to rescue Martha Coakley. Martha Coakley is the final Ted Kennedy victim.

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Why, contrary to our earlier premise, can Bill Clinton no longer help Martha Coakley? Bill Clinton can no longer help elect Martha Coakley because boobery is afoot. The stench of Barack Obama now infects the Massachusetts election fight. Obama went to Copenhagen to get the Olympics for Corrupt Chicago and came back empty handed, with derision, insults, and laughter his sole acquisitions. Now the Obama stench wafts over Massachusetts. Obama has a long-winded video, which stinks, to praise himself and bury Martha Coakley:



Obama does not realize that after a year, even in Massachusetts, Americans see his through his flim-flam scams and “to know me is to love me” egomania.

The video is very strange. [snip]

The video also is fairly downbeat. There is nothing about Obama’s tone which resembles his campaign speeches, either for himself or for others. He seems almost lethargic and disinterested.

The video also is all about Obama and his agenda. Coakley is the means to achieve Obama’s vision, and Coakley almost is an aside.

After this hideous stench of a video, Bill Clinton cannot help Coakley. Massachusetts does not like the Axelrod experiment and pre-Obama candidate Governor Deval Patrick. Massachusetts has had enough of Barack Obama and Deval Patrick and the Kennedy assassination squad. The latest public opinion poll from last night has the numbers to support our earlier assertion that she should return to her primary stance away from the Kennedys and against the Obama health scam:

Big-name Kennedy endorsements for Martha Coakley appear to have been little help to the Democrat in the U.S. Senate race – and may have even hurt her with some voters, a new Suffolk University/7News poll shows.

The late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s widow, Vicki, and nephew Joseph Kennedy II gave the attorney general their official blessing last week.

But of the 500 voters surveyed, only 20 percent said the Kennedy family nod made them more likely to vote for Coakley, and 27 percent said the endorsement made them less likely to support her.

Coakley should not have linked herself to the Kennedys and to Obama’s health scam. Wait until the polls come out which empirically demonstrate that Barack Obama is poison even in blue Massachusetts. Before examination of that late-breaking Suffolk poll let’s look at other numbers – absentee ballots:

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, moveon.org, 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.” [snip]

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.”

Did we mention Barack Obama is poison?



Did we mention Barack Obama is poison?

What went wrong? A year ago, he was king of the world. Now President Obama’s approval rating, according to CBS, has dropped to 46 percent — and his disapproval rating is the highest ever recorded by Gallup at the beginning of an (elected) president’s second year.

A year ago, he was leader of a liberal ascendancy that would last 40 years (James Carville). A year ago, conservatism was dead (Sam Tanenhaus). Now the race to fill Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat in bluest of blue Massachusetts is surprisingly close, with a virtually unknown state senator bursting on the scene by turning the election into a mini-referendum on Obama and his agenda, most particularly health care reform.

And can this number possibly be true?:

Knowledgeable sources in Massachusetts tell The Daily Caller that Republican candidate for Senate, Scott Brown, has raised at least $1 million dollars every day this week, most of it online.

The $1 million dollar a day news is a shocker. Another shocker:

Riding a wave of opposition to Democratic health-care reform, GOP upstart Scott Brown is leading in the U.S. Senate race, raising the odds of a historic upset that would reverberate all the way to the White House, a new poll shows.

Although Brown’s 4-point lead over Democrat Martha Coakley is within the Suffolk University/7News survey’s margin of error, the underdog’s position at the top of the results stunned even pollster David Paleologos.

The new poll is indeed a shocker:

It’s a Brown-out,” said Paleologos, director of Suffolk’s Political Research Center. “It’s a massive change in the political landscape.

The poll shows Brown, a state senator from Wrentham, besting Coakley, the state’s attorney general, by 50 percent to 46 percent, the first major survey to show Brown in the lead. Unenrolled long-shot Joseph L. Kennedy, an information technology executive with no relation to the famous family, gets 3 percent of the vote. Only 1 percent of voters were undecided.

Paleologos said bellweather models show high numbers of independent voters turning out on election day, which benefits Brown, who has 65 percent of that bloc compared to Coakley’s 30 percent. Kennedy earns just 3 percent of the independent vote, and 1 percent are undecided.

Did we mention that Barack Obama and Ted Kennedy are poison? Scott Brown is increasingly seen as the antidote:

And with 99 percent having made up their minds, voters may be hard to persuade. [snip]

Brown wins among men and is remarkably competitive among women – trailing Coakley’s 50 percent with 45 percent.

While Brown has 91 percent of registered Republicans locked up, an astonishing 17 percent of Democrats report they’re jumping ship for Brown as well – likely a product of Coakley’s laser-focus on hard-core Dems, potentially at the exclusion of other Democrats whom she needed to win over, Paleologos said. [snip]

Brown’s popularity is solid. He enjoys a 57 percent favorability rating compared to just 19 percent unfavorable. Coakley’s favorability is 49 percent; her unfavorability, 41 percent.

Those numbers are deadly. The Coakley campaign slept while Brown worked unbothered by Coakley for two weeks to build up his favorability. Now voters feel like they know him enough to like him and not believe nasty things said about him. In this last week Coakley allies have unleased a wave of hate advertisements designed to muddy Brown, but these attack ads backfire because people like him and the attack ads appear as desperate. The time to attack Brown was immediately after the primaries, not now. This last week should have been dedicated to positive advertisements designed to bolster Martha Coakly, not trash Scott Brown.

The new, ugly, poll numbers dispirit Coakley supporters at the worst possible moment.

Even the Nutroots agree with us as they recognize the disaster looming for the Obama Dimocratic Party:

In both the VA and NJ race, undecideds broke heavily for the Republicans. If anything, that sour landscape has gotten worse since November for Democrats.[snip]

But Brown may win it by staying positive. He’s making the right gamble here given his position. [snip]

Scott Brown is ahead. The negative ads are back-firing. Coakley is going to lose…. Actually, its a toss-up.

So says the latest Suffolk poll, which shows Brown ahead now 50-46 percent. Hmm, Coakley at 46 now, that’s not good. I’ll recant my prediction that Coakley is going to win upthread. Brown’s taking the highroad with momentum and the lead (in one poll), while Democrats go with a negative onslaught– it is probably not the best scenario in the closing days for Coakley to win.

Even the Boston Nutroots boys are aware of the problems:

Really. WTF are you guys doing over there? [snip]

Get out there. Where are you? You were given the ball by many people and you are not even trying. This is not about you. Do you have any idea how pissed people are at you. Get your goddamn ass out there and start talking to people about the difference between you and Scott Brown. Non stop. Get your ass into as many radio stations, live instudio and talk. Get on Howie’s show in studio all of them you a goddman trial attorney and you know these guys are wrong on the facts and the law. Spend an hour with Howie and his callers. You need a counter attack. Then go the other talk shows. In between call in others (live in studio is 100 times better. and get in front of TV cameras and go after Scott. These stations owe you some time. Go on Finneran and McPhee and in Worcester and Springfield etc. and attack with facts. And take on Howie and all the others etc. Brown is a dolt and the people defending him are too. If you control, like an hour inside the studio you will be going to a kife fight with a gun. No problem.

And dan Rea too. He’s turned into a big diappointment.

It will be good radio, get you attention as being aggressive and turn this thing around.

And talk about Jobs Jobs Jobs Job. And mammograms. Leave the abortion thing at home now. Those that need to know now know.

How’s your phone bank going? I hope you are not just counting on the unions.

But get off your ass. Monday’s a holiday for crisssake.

The issue on the minds of Massachusetts voters is Obama’s health care scam and Coakley is concentrating on issues which are a problem even for South Boston Catholics. Scott Brown campaigns on the issues Massachusetts cares about right now as most important – Jobs and Obama’s health scam.



Martha Coakley was a shoe-in said Big Media last week.

The noise on the right about Republican Scott Brown pulling off a shocking upset in the January 19 special election to fill Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat is just that. [snip]

And now, some conservatives are talking about winning the race, humiliating Democrats in a deeply blue state, and – suddenly armed with a 41st vote in the Senate – driving a last-minute stake through the heart of health care reform.

Take it from this Bay State native: It ain’t happening.

Now the same writer says (even before last night’s devastating Suffolk poll):

The race would be close, I figured — 53-47 for Coakley, or something like that — but the state’s blue tint would be just enough to save the Democrats.

I’d now like to qualify that prediction. Coakley’s internal poll last night, I’ve been told, showed her barely ahead, 46 to 44 percent. The momentum clearly favors Brown, and one very smart Massachusetts Democrat I know told me this morning that “this may be too far gone to recover.”

So I was wrong: Brown may actually win.

The excuses are now the order of the day, decorated with “creative class” charts.

The Washington establishment is now aware that Brown has momentum and in the lead in Massachusetts.

The Right Wing is busy mocking, not so much Bill Clinton, but the situation in Massachusetts. In a cartoon there is a balloon of Bill Clinton saying:I would describe this as possibly a loss of Biblical proportions, a catastrophic disaster. We are in a race against time, and need to raise as much money as possible. There is growing desperation and I fear the aftershocks. So, I will be taking a team of rescue specialists to help with the rescue efforts of Martha Coakley in Massachusetts today!” It’s an unpleasant cartoon, but essentially accurate.

The great, like FDR twice elected, Bill Clinton can save lives in Haiti but he cannot save Martha Coakley.

Martha Coakley is a good person with a good record. The sexism and misogyny used against her (not by Scott Brown or his campaign) is despicable. Martha Coakley did not take our advice but we understand the political calculations she made. Martha Coakley made many mistakes in this campaign as opposed to her smart primary campaign when she ran against Obama’s health scam and the Kennedy clan assassins.

Martha Coakley made mistakes but she will not be the next senator from Massachusetts because voters, even in that bluest of blue states, are sick of Deval Patrick, Barack Obama, the Obama Dimocratic Party, and Ted Kennedy. Martha Coakley’s defeat will defeat the health scam Ted Kennedy inflicted on the United States when he lied and cheated and smeared to elect Barack Obama.

Martha Coakley is Ted Kennedy’s final victim.

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322 thoughts on “Brown Versus Coakley – And The Ted Kennedy, Barack Obama Stench

  1. Admin,

    I asked in a thread sometime back whether we vote against every democrat nominee in 2010 or select the good/Hillary supporters and just vote them in. My question was obviously very naive. I don’t like the way the dims are in ugly attack mode. I don’t like the idea that “blood money” will get her in.

    This is going to get uglier before it gets better.

    Excellent article.

  2. http://www.nationaljournal.com/njmagazine/cookreport.php

    Honorable and intelligent people can disagree over the substance and details of what President Obama and congressional Democrats are trying to do on health care reform and climate change. But nearly a year after Obama’s inauguration, judging by where the Democrats stand today, it’s clear that they have made a colossal miscalculation.

    The latest unemployment and housing numbers underscore the folly of their decision to pay so much attention to health care and climate change instead of focusing on the economy “like a laser beam,” as President Clinton pledged to do during his 1992 campaign. Although no one can fairly accuse Obama and his party’s leaders of ignoring the economy, they certainly haven’t focused on it like a laser beam.

  3. One year out: President Obama’s fall

    By Charles Krauthammer
    Friday, January 15, 2010; A25

    What went wrong? A year ago, he was king of the world. Now President Obama’s approval rating, according to CBS, has dropped to 46 percent — and his disapproval rating is the highest ever recorded by Gallup at the beginning of an (elected) president’s second year.

    A year ago, he was leader of a liberal ascendancy that would last 40 years (James Carville). A year ago, conservatism was dead (Sam Tanenhaus). Now the race to fill Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat in bluest of blue Massachusetts is surprisingly close, with a virtually unknown state senator bursting on the scene by turning the election into a mini-referendum on Obama and his agenda, most particularly health-care reform.

    A year ago, Obama was the most charismatic politician on Earth. Today the thrill is gone, the doubts growing — even among erstwhile believers.

    Liberals try to attribute Obama’s political decline to matters of style. He’s too cool, detached, uninvolved. He’s not tough, angry or aggressive enough with opponents. He’s contracted out too much of his agenda to Congress.

    These stylistic and tactical complaints may be true, but they miss the major point: The reason for today’s vast discontent, presaged by spontaneous national Tea Party opposition, is not that Obama is too cool or compliant but that he’s too left.

    It’s not about style; it’s about substance. About which Obama has been admirably candid. This out-of-nowhere, least-known of presidents dropped the veil most dramatically in the single most important political event of 2009, his Feb. 24 first address to Congress. With remarkable political honesty and courage, Obama unveiled the most radical (in American terms) ideological agenda since the New Deal: the fundamental restructuring of three pillars of American society — health care, education and energy.

    Then began the descent — when, more amazingly still, Obama devoted himself to turning these statist visions into legislative reality. First energy, with cap-and-trade, an unprecedented federal intrusion into American industry and commerce. It got through the House, with its Democratic majority and Supreme Soviet-style rules. But it will never get out of the Senate.

    Then, the keystone: a health-care revolution in which the federal government will regulate in crushing detail one-sixth of the U.S. economy. By essentially abolishing medical underwriting (actuarially based risk assessment) and replacing it with government fiat, Obamacare turns the health insurance companies into utilities, their every significant move dictated by government regulators. The public option was a sideshow. As many on the right have long been arguing, and as the more astute on the left (such as The New Yorker’s James Surowiecki) understand, Obamacare is government health care by proxy, single-payer through a facade of nominally “private” insurers.

    At first, health-care reform was sustained politically by Obama’s own popularity. But then gravity took hold, and Obamacare’s profound unpopularity dragged him down with it. After 29 speeches and a fortune in squandered political capital, it still will not sell.

    The health-care drive is the most important reason Obama has sunk to 46 percent. But this reflects something larger. In the end, what matters is not the persona but the agenda. In a country where politics is fought between the 40-yard lines, Obama has insisted on pushing hard for the 30. And the American people — disorganized and unled but nonetheless agitated and mobilized — have put up a stout defense somewhere just left of midfield.

    Ideas matter. Legislative proposals matter. Slick campaigns and dazzling speeches can work for a while, but the magic always wears off.

    It’s inherently risky for any charismatic politician to legislate. To act is to choose and to choose is to disappoint the expectations of many who had poured their hopes into the empty vessel — of which candidate Obama was the greatest representative in recent American political history.

    Obama did not just act, however. He acted ideologically. To his credit, Obama didn’t just come to Washington to be someone. Like Reagan, he came to Washington to do something — to introduce a powerful social democratic stream into America’s deeply and historically individualist polity.

    Perhaps Obama thought he’d been sent to the White House to do just that. If so, he vastly over-read his mandate. His own electoral success — twinned with handy victories and large majorities in both houses of Congress — was a referendum on his predecessor’s governance and the post-Lehman financial collapse. It was not an endorsement of European-style social democracy.

    Hence the resistance. Hence the fall. The system may not always work, but it does take its revenge.

    One year out: President Obama’s fall

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/14/AR2010011403558.html?sub=AR

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    Admin,

    I hope you are going to do a one-year report card on this misfit potus as well.

  4. JanH, it is going to have to be a super fine filter we use. It is going to be very ugly and very difficult as demonstrated by the differences across the Hillary support blogs on the race in Massachusetts.

    We’ll stand by our analysis and strategy that in order to wake up Democrats to what Obama has done and the need to return to the FDR coalition – there will have to be punishing defeats upon defeats. It will be brutal and painful. Only when sanity returns can we consider returning to the fold. If that sanity never returns, we will have a lot of free time from now on in future Novembers.

  5. This is off subject but I can’t believe the Chinese only gave 1 million in the recovery effort in Haiti. Microsoft gave more than that.

    China is pist off at something, my guess is the “One” pist them off in Copenhaugen. I also wonder if this fiasco in Copenhaugen has anything to do with the knives suddenly out for Hillary??? You bet Soros is mad as hell, so you never know why all of the sudden Bill and Hillary are on the front line of crap being thrown.

  6. If this goes for Brown (excellant information admin), there is no way this can not hurt/or spun to not hurt Obama. However, Coakley can run for it again in 2012 or she can be appointed to the cabinet of the next President, which of course is elected in 2012 also.

    This election, if it goes for Brown, will stop the health care bill and the ones to follow in November will be of major importance as to who runs in 2012.

  7. As stated in the article, and I have stated before during the campaign, I think OO has a depressed personality. A number of photos have show him with this very depressed look on his face. That does not promote confidence. Contrast that to BC who always seems to be smiling.

  8. I have stated on this blog before how Jefferson sold his books to keep going in his old age. Below I got this by email, and it talks about Presidents that some of us remember. I admire them.
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    Harry Truman was a different kind of President. He probably made as many, or more important decisions regarding our nation’s history as any of the other 42 Presidents preceding him. However, a measure of his greatness may rest on what he did after he left the White House.

    The only asset he had when he died was the house he lived in, which was in Independence Missouri . His wife had inherited the house from her mother and father and other than their years in the White House, they lived their entire lives there.

    When he retired from office in 1952, his income was a U.S. Army pension reported to have been $13,507.72 a year. Congress, noting that he was paying for his stamps and personally licking them, granted him an ‘allowance’ and, later, a retroactive pension of $25,000 per year..

    After President Eisenhower was inaugurated, Harry and Bess drove home to Missouri by themselves. There was no Secret Service following them.

    When offered corporate positions at large salaries, he declined, stating, “You don’t want me. You want the office of the President, and that doesn’t belong to me. It belongs to the American people and it’s not for sale.”

    Even later, on May 6, 1971, when Congress was preparing to award him the Medal of Honor on his 87th birthday, he refused to accept it, writing, “I don’t consider that I have done anything which should be the reason for any award, Congressional or otherwise.”

    As president he paid for all of his own travel expenses and food.

    Modern politicians have found a new level of success in cashing in on the Presidency, resulting in untold wealth. Today, many in Congress also have found a way to become quite wealthy while enjoying the fruits of their offices. Political offices are now for sale.. (sic. Illinois )

    Good old Harry Truman was correct when he observed, “My choices in life were either to be a piano player in a whore house or a politician. And to tell the truth, there’s hardly any difference!

    I say dig him up and clone him!!

  9. People can see the degree of mob tactics that are employed by this administration and they don’t want it. This is clear.

  10. NMF,

    As president he paid for all of his own travel expenses and food.

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    Contrast this with Pelosi’s 5 mil a year for gas for her taxpayer funded gulfstream jet and Obama’s date nights. This is what is wrong with America!

  11. Admin,that ad was very powerful. If Brown wins and they do not seat him quickly, I wonder what the reaction in MA will be.

  12. This deal for the unions just pisses me off, what about the rest of us. The harder this idiot tries to repay all his supporters the worse it gets for America. Thats what is wrong with being bought and paid for, you have to pay them back against what is good for the common man in America. His ability to raise money is going to be the rope that hangs him.

  13. I must have had too much caffine this morning. Will someone explain to me how BC can
    1. Be the lead UN representative to Haiti
    2. Co fund raiser for Haiti with George W
    3. Save the election for Coakley in MA

    All at the same time. What is OO doing?

  14. NMF, I heard that it wasn’t GWB, but it is daddy HWB. GWB probably refused to help. He really isn’t in to helping the poor, never has.

  15. Admin: another analysis and insight. Your last line is a killer.

    I hope Bill does stay away as well. Lord knows Haiti requires his full attention. If it were anybody but Martha I think he would. But if he goes to Massachusetts, and if Martha still loses then Obama supporters and big media will manufacture all sorts of excuses. Since they have already opined that the Clintons stand alone that excuse has no currency. They must find some other excuse. The Coakley campaign? Yes, there were mistakes as there are in any campaign. The netroods who now fancy themselves grand masters in the fine art of how to win elections will offer up a cornucopia of excuses. The one thing they will never do is face the truth–meaning the proximate cause of that megapolitical failure, assuming it occurs. The truth is they are selling a defective product, and that product is named Barack Hussein Obama. As the skies grow darker for all of us, the very marketing campaign he and his big media allies used to promote him will become both a standing joke and a curse on them and all politicians who would follow his improvident elitist policies. It was this way with Hitler by the end of the war when the glory faded and the damage could no longer be ignored. It is the inevitable fate of the charismatic politician who creates a cult, ignores feedback from reality, and stays to long at the fair. At some point he becomes a god that failed and the public wants nothing further to do with them.

  16. confloyd

    I thought it was also, but then on the news yesterday, they were showing BC HRC and GWB and his wife when they taked about this. So I thought I had gotten it wrong.

  17. This is downright scary and true. This is from the Obamafile.

    Terrorism
    1/14/10
    A Warning From John Bolton

    Paul Mirengoff says Ambassador John Bolton argues that several elements have combined to induce Barack Obama to enroll in the essentially European project of global governance. Among these elements are Obama’s underlying lack of interest in foreign policy and national security (to him, they are distractions), his sense that America is too powerful, and his desire to eschew old-fashioned patriotism in favor of a “post-American” presidency.

    Although Obama is constrained by domestic political considerations from fully articulating his preference for ceding sovereignty in favor of global governance, Bolton finds clear evidence of that preference on several fronts. Obama’s approach to “climate change” is perhaps the clearest example. Climate change is the main issue through which the “global governance” crowd seeks to gain power. Far from resisting this attack on our right of self-governance, Obama has sided with the Europeans. As Mark Steyn would point out later in the day, it took the Chinese to save us from ourselves at Copenhagen.

    But there is some folly that even the Chinese can’t save us from. Bolton noted that U.S. intelligence satellites are now being used in part to monitor change. He added that when he was in government, these assets were in extremely high demand just to serve their traditional purpose of figuring out what our enemies were up to.

    Bolton also cited our approach to preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. With respect to North Korea and Iran, we have deferred to the “global community” and now rely on a policy of begging these countries to negotiate with us. Although negotiating is a good tactic for a nation like Iran that still needs time to develop nuclear weapons, Iran has resisted because it knows there will be no adverse consequences. Thus, Iran does not even need to negotiate in order to avoid U.S. action, and by holding out, it can expect to receive additional inducements to come to the table, if it comes to that.

    Ultimately, says Bolton, Iran and North Korea are understandably confident that they can “roll” Obama. In the meantime, the rest of the world sees a weak U.S., and when we ultimately fail to stop either nation, the floodgates of nuclear proliferation will open.

    Bolton argues, as we have almost since we started blogging, that the only way to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons is to attack its nuclear facilities. For Obama such an attack is out of the question, so that leaves Israel. Bolton did not predict whether Israel will attack Iran, but he noted that it will be forced to make its decision soon.

    Bolton holds out some hope that the opposition movement in Iran will succeed, and he bemoans the fact that during the past decade, we did so little to help it. In recent years, power has flowed to the revolutionary guard, making an overthrow of the government more difficult in some ways.

    In any event, Bolton questions whether a change in government, even to a democratic system, would cause Iran not to develop nukes, and he believes that, even with such a change, the Saudis and others in the region would feel the need to develop nukes.

    Finally, Bolton predicts that Obama will soon enter into an arms control agreement with Russia. The agreement will be one-sided, with the U.S. agreeing to a reduction in both weapons and delivery systems. This, in turn, will further undermine our ability to project power and be regarded as an additional sign of our weakness.

    Treaties must be ratified by the Senate by a two-thirds vote. Bolton predicts a massive fight on this question. He notes, however, that even in the absence of a ratified treaty, a Democratic majority could, working with Obama, make unilateral cuts.

    Obama may not be all that interested in foreign policy, but he still seems poised to make plenty of mischief in that domain

  18. NMF, The media is screwing this up. They are used to getting their orders from SOros, so they are lost. I hear its HWB on Fox.

  19. According to the Obamafile, Obama has not yet given his nobel prize money to charity. Perhaps he spent it in Hawaii or is he buying Meechelle more clothes.

    Maybe he’s saving it for his future impeachment attorney’s fees.

  20. NMF, I heard that it wasn’t GWB, but it is daddy HWB. GWB probably refused to help. He really isn’t in to helping the poor, never has.
    —————————
    That is what I meant to call you back about last night. It is poppy not baby Bush. And that means Bill invited him, The Fraud had nothing to do with it. The Fraud is losing the publicity war on this one. Yes Haiti has diverted attention away from other issues, but by the weekend all attention will riveted on Massachusetts and the concomitant referendum on Obama.

    Let us hope these polls foreshadow a Brown victory and the beginning of the end of the Age of Obama, and the national psychosis which accompanied it. For us, this is not an end but merely the means to an end.

    If we do not come to our senses as a nation, my fear is that we are looking at a witching hour before 2012 when job loss, out of control debt and hyperinflation generated by Obama precipitate a depression.

    There is a nautical term which best describes what we need. A righting moment. In naval engineering terminology this is the counterforce designed into a seaworthy vessel that causes it to recover after it is hit latitudinally by a massive wave that would otherwise cause the vessel to capsize and sink.

  21. wbboei, Just heard on FOx and Major Garrett say H.W.Bush. So half the media is screwed up. Of coarse Bill would ask old man Bush, they make a good team and did great things after the tsunami.

    I saw a pic of 3 lines of cocaine taken with a Iphone. The pic was apparently was traced back to the WH. I have no idea if this is true, but hey this is the same way those two authors got information on Hillary during the campaign so I say this pic of the cocaine for sure is from the WH. LOL!
    If you all are interested I will post a link.

    I bet the “One” will need a snort or two on Tuesday night.

  22. Some comments from the Scott Brown web site regarding how “helpful” Obama’s 2 minute video on behalf of Coakley is:

    AuntPittypat said…

    Maybe Obama wants Coakley to lose so that “the 41st vote” will kill healthcare. Then he can blame the death of healthcare on Republicans and start the whole “Republicans live in the dark ages and just want to say NO” meme for this fall’s elections.

    Maybe he hates what the healthcare bill has become and the fact that it has killed his ratings and is killing the prospects of keeping Democrat majorities and realizes that it would be better for Dems if it fails. Then they can just blame the whole thing on Republicans “playing politics” with people’s lives?

    These people in power are so Macchiavellian, I wouldn’t put anything past them.

    Dave C said…
    Is Obama so narcissistic that he can’t campaign for someone else without making it about him?

    Sparky said…
    I’m with Dave C. and Fuzzy Slippers … Comrade Zero is so narcissistic he doesn’t care about anyone but Himself. [gag]

  23. Armed hunters, no terrorism in Texas. Well at least they are not asleep at the wheel. They are being viligent.

  24. I think they will regret that commercial. If Coakley loses it will be tied directly to Obama. Never interrupt an enemy in th middle of a mistake.

  25. Bravo Madam Secretary!

    January 15,2010

    Hillary Clinton’s Interview With Harry Smith and Maggie Rodriguez of CBS

    QUESTION: Right now, we want to switch gears and speak with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is coordinating the relief efforts in Haiti. Good morning, Madame Secretary.

    SECRETARY CLINTON: Good morning, Maggie.

    QUESTION: We have heard all morning long from people in Haiti who just want help, and they’re frustrated that it has been slow in arriving. We’ve also heard about the many U.S. resources that have been deployed to Haiti. Can you tell the people there and their relatives watching here in this country when you expect these resources will start to make a difference there?

    SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, they already are. The President ordered a swift, coordinated, aggressive response, and that’s exactly what we’ve been doing. But let me just give you a sense of what we’re up against. The airport lost its air traffic control system, and of course it was damaged. In order to get the airport up and going so we can land the kind of heavy planes with the massive amounts of aid that is needed, we had to send in a military team to get the airport running. That has been accomplished.

    You heard about how the port has been damaged. That is a big problem because that prevents us from getting our ships in. We have a team working on that. We also have our crack search-and-rescue teams from FEMA and USAID, from Fairfax County, from Miami-Dade, from L.A. They’re already there on the ground. The Fairfax County team has been working. We’ve got the 82nd Airborne coming in. The Coast Guard has been magnificent.
    The depth of it and the extent of it is just unimaginable, as Katie and others are telling you. And depending upon where you are, you may or may not see the results of this coordinated effort. But we’re working closely with the Haitian Government. The president was safe, but many parts of his government are unaccounted for. They have no communications system. We’re bringing the communications system so they can start to talk to one another. We’re working with the United Nations, which was responsible for coordinating aid, which as you know has been devastated with an enormous loss of life.

    So I think the American people can be assured that we’re doing everything we can to help the people of Haiti. And it’s not just for the days ahead with the terrible crisis of search and rescue. It’ll be for months and years ahead as we help them rebuild.

    QUESTION: I know you’ve also been successful in getting some Coast Guard choppers in there and airlifting some injured Americans. With 45,000 Americans living in Haiti, do you have any idea how many Americans were lost or injured in this earthquake?

    SECRETARY CLINTON: No. I mean, the hopeful news is that we don’t have many reports yet. We’ve had a good outreach. It’s called the Warden System, run by the State Department. Our Ambassador and his team is on the ground, trying to track down every American who we have any kind of contact information for. As you know, the cell phones were down, all kinds of difficulties with impassable roads. But we are locating Americans. We are evacuating those Americans who wish to leave. We’ve evacuated some of the injured Americans. And I want to give you a number, Maggie –

    QUESTION: Okay.

    SECRETARY CLINTON: – so that if people are worried about Americans in Haiti, it’s 1-888-407-4747. Please call that number –

    QUESTION: The number the President –

    SECRETARY CLINTON: Yes.

    QUESTION: – gave us yesterday, and then we’ve put it up on the screen right now.

    SECRETARY CLINTON: That’s right. Good, good.

    QUESTION: I just have one more quick question: Has there been any discussion about giving Haitian nationals temporary protective status, allowing them temporarily to have asylum in Florida or elsewhere in this country?

    SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, we have, as you know, many Haitian Americans. Most are here legally. Some are not documented. And the Obama Administration is taking steps to make sure that people are given some temporary status so that we don’t compound the problem that we face in Haiti.

    QUESTION: Secretary Clinton –

    SECRETARY CLINTON: But I have to add, Maggie, that we need the help and the generosity of the American people. We have a text messaging system that the State Department set up. It’s Haiti, H-a-i-t-i, to 90999. We’ve raised about $3 million for the Red Cross. That’s what’s needed right now. Please, if you can, contribute. Ten dollars will be billed to your cell phone, and it’s helping us get the food, the water, the medical supplies that we need.

    QUESTION: Thank you so much for your time, Secretary Clinton.

    SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you.

    QUESTION: You’re welcome.

    Source: U.S. Department of State
    http://newsblaze.com/story/20100115080824stat.nb/topstory.html

  26. Coakley is in huge trouble, 2 new polls have Brown ahead of Coakley, huge rallies for him, she has insulted all the catholics of Mass with that dumbass statement of hers about they should’nt work in emergency rooms.

    Martha Coakley said on the radio that she’s against conscience protections and then added in answer to a question about Catholics in particular:

    “you can have religious freedom but you probably shouldn’t work in an emergency room.”

    Talk about shoving your foot in your mouth and washing it down with water.

  27. Basement Angel: I have a question on psychology if you care to opine on it.

    Assume for purposes of discussion that Barack Obama is what many suspect him to be: a narcissitic personality.

    Assume further that at some point, and quite possibly next Tuesday a sense of reality penetrates the bubble around him, and he realizes he is no longer loved–or trusted.

    Finally, assume that his coalition begins to wither as an every politician for himself dynamic materializes, based on the results next Tuesday.

    Question: how is such an individual likely to react to the realization this devastating news? Does he deny it is happening? Does he look for scapegoats? Does he become vengeful and vindictive? Does he become depressed? Does he abandon governance and revert to a campaign attack mode? Does he adjust and say I heard your message? What reaction or combination of reactions would you anticipate from Mr. Cool? How fragile is his ego? How dangerous can he become to those around him, and to the nation itself given the unchecked power he has arrogated unto himself? Will this color his judgment on other issues? In sum, how do you anticipate he will react if he loses the bluest of blue states.

  28. LMAO!! NOW..he’s blaming Bush’s computers!!!!

    White House budget director blames old computers for ineffective government
    By Ian Swanson – 01/14/10 02:56 PM ET

    A big reason why the government is inefficient and ineffective is because Washington has outdated technology, with federal workers having better computers at home than in the office.

    This startling admission came Thursday from Peter Orszag, who manages the federal bureaucracy for President Barack Obama.

    The public is getting a bad return on its tax dollars because government workers are operating with outdated technologies, Orszag said in a statement that kicked off a summit between Obama and dozens of corporate CEOs.

    SNIP

    The White House release that included Orszag’s comments said one “specific source” of ineffective and inefficient government is the huge technology gap between the public and private sectors that results in billions of dollars in waste, slow and inadequate customer service and a lack of transparency about how dollars are spent.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/75965-white-house-blames-inefficient-government-on-outdated-technologies

  29. Basement Angel: one other point: this man has told people: “I can make them (the American People) believe anything I want them to believe”. Add that to the equation when you consider the hypothetical above.

  30. http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2010/01/15/mass_senate_poll_shows_shift_toward_gop_candidate/

    The election comes the day after the three-day Martin Luther King holiday weekend. Snow is also forecast for Monday, and many locals often head south for warmer weather or north to go skiing during the shortened work week.

    Brown supporters, meanwhile, are mimicking Republicans and independents who shaped recent GOP victories in the Virginia and New Jersey gubernatorial races. They are showing a high degree of enthusiasm for their candidate, a relative unknown who has never run statewide, while Democrats have shown little passion for Coakley although she cruised in the four-way Democratic primary with nearly 50 percent of the vote.

    The White House has shown increasing alarm about the race, with Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel placing calls to top Massachusetts Democrats to assess Coakley’s chances and weigh the costs and benefits of a potential Obama visit.

  31. http://www.americablog.com/2010/01/president-obama-needs-to-insure-we-win.html

    According to the Public Policy Polling poll (they’re pollsters we actually trust), Obama’s approval rating in Massachusetts is 44% (43% disapproval). That’s quite stunning in a state that Obama won by a margin of 62% to 36%. It means Democratic voters are not motivated, and certainly not as motivated as they were a year ago. (We’re witnessing, first hand, what happens when Democrats tick off their base.) [snip]

    This is a race the Democrats should not lose, and can not afford to lose. For the next eight days, the national Democratic party, led by Barack Obama, needs to do everything possible to make sure Coakley wins. Obama needs to rally Democrats to make sure they vote. If that means going to Boston and Springfield, then that’s what he needs to do. And, the Democratic National Committee and Organizing for America better be in full campaign mode, too, sending regular email blasts to everyone in Massachusetts, and the surrounding states (they can still volunteer, even if they can’t vote). And at least one of those email blasts has to come from the President himself.

    Now, I’m sure some in the White House won’t want to touch this race. After all, they’ll argue, what if Obama helps Coakley and she loses? Then the media will say that Obama himself lost. News flash: If we lose Ted Kennedy’s seat in liberal Massachusetts to a conservative Republican, and thus lose our quasi- 60 vote majority in the Senate, and thus endanger health care reform and the entire Democratic agenda, then you can bet the media, and the public, is going to take this as a sign that Obama lost, regardless of whether he helps or not. Isn’t it better to do all he can to avoid this outcome?

    Now a word on health care reform. If we lose our 60-vote majority in the Senate, then we also lose one vote for health care reform. We still have one more Senate vote on health care reform, on the conference report, in a few weeks. If Coakley loses, we’ll only have 59 votes and won’t be able to block a GOP filibuster.

  32. A big reason why the government is inefficient and ineffective is because Washington has outdated technology, with federal workers having better computers at home than in the office.
    —————————————-
    By inference, this is why he blew the White House projections.

    Let me tell you a story. Years ago I had a negotiation in New York involving thousands of employees. The wage scheme as complex to begin with with multiple wage progressions for different groups, and our computer costing model was having real problems assimilating the total economic effect of various proposals we wanted to make to the union. We struggled with it for twenty sleepless hours. Finally we got it to work but it could not handle the computation more than two points to the right of the decimal, but the percentage factor required us to go to the third decimal to ensure accuracy. At some point I gave us and told our costing expert just round it off. We made the offer to the union and they were too tired to accept it. We went back and got some sleep. Then I got a call from our computer expert who figured out how to go out to the third decimal point. The difference was $20 million dollars over a ten year period of time. We could not afford it. The problem was the proposal was out there and the union bargaining committee was very large. I managed to get it off the table the next morning before it had been accepted. If they had accepted it I would have been guilty of malpractice/

    In the case of the White House Budget Director he put out erroneous projections on the economy which were at odds with the consensus on Wall Street. His projections were then accepted by a big spending Congress to legitimatize a spending orgy. Now, after his numbers were accepted and acted upon he acknowledges that they were in error. Now that is malpractice writ large. At the time of his appointment, the Washington Post did a puff piece on Peter depicting him as a good family man who picked up the kids at school–a regular Ward Cleaver. Now we see a slightly different image as he dumps one girlfriend and marries someone else. I think it is the same guy. If my recollection is wrong then I hope he will forgive me. But if it is accurate, it may provide further reasons why he took his eye off the ball in assessing our economic health.

  33. http://www.politico.com/blogs/michaelcalderone/0110/Meacham_defends_Obama_piece_Nothing_partisan_about_rescue_and_relief_efforts.html?showall

    With Obama writing Newsweek’s cover story on Haiti, there have been questions about coziness between the White House and Fourth Estate, along with conservatives making familiar claims about liberal media bias.

    The National Review’s Jonah Goldberg wrote this morning that Obama penning the cover story at this time is “not so good,” and that “some might wonder, given Newsweek’s fawning coverage of the man, whether this is the first time he’s written for Newsweek or whether this is just the first time he got a byline.”

  34. Emanuel placing calls to top Massachusetts Democrats to assess Coakley’s chances and weigh the costs and benefits of a potential Obama visit.
    —————————-
    Hobson’s choice. If he goes in and she loses he has no coattails. If he stays away he did not support her. Congressional Democrats are watching to see what he does and will place their own bets accordingly, unless they have been promised jobs on K street like corrupt Christopher Dodd. Hell, if Countrywide were still around I am sure they would be happy to continue to retain his services.

  35. NewMexicoFan
    January 15th, 2010 at 9:22 am
    As stated in the article, and I have stated before during the campaign, I think OO has a depressed personality. A number of photos have show him with this very depressed look on his face. That does not promote confidence. Contrast that to BC who always seems to be smiling.
    &&&&&&&&

    BC smiled a lot because he enjoy the sport of full contact politics, was good at, and could adapt and improve.

    Obama doesn’t like to get hit, and doesn’t like it when he’s “unpopular”.

    So Bill’s a pro-bowl quarterback who stays in the pocket and looks to throw the ball down field, while Obama would prefer to be safe on the sidelines, dispensing water, or dare I say it, COFFEE.

  36. With Obama writing Newsweek’s cover story on Haiti, there have been questions about coziness between the White House and Fourth Estate, along with conservatives making familiar claims about liberal media bias.
    ——————————-
    As always, with him it is just words. With Hillary and Bill it is words followed by effective action. After a year of this crap, do the American People understand the difference. In the vernacular–action talks and bullshit walks.

  37. The president of the United States now has a part time job writing for a magazine?

    Where are his priorities?

    As a “constitutional scholar”, does he have no regard for the separation of the press from the government it covers?

  38. Obama elevated Interpol over U.S. law
    By Newt Gingrich and Andrew McCarthy 01/14/10 at 11:22 am

    In a recent article in the now openly leftwing Newsweek, reporter Michael Isikoff accused one of us, former Speaker Newt Gingrich, of being part of the “wacky conspiracy wars” ignited by the Obama presidency. And what was our “wacky” conspiracy theory? Suggesting that elevating an international police force above the American Constitution and laws may be damaging to American civil liberty.

    In a snarky piece that equates questioning the granting of full diplomatic immunity to a transnationalist police force with fever-swamp Internet allegations that President Obama is the anti-Christ, Isikoff glibly dismisses concerns that the Obama administration has now done what no previous administration would do–indeed, what the Reagan administration purposefully avoided doing: freeing Interpol, the international police force, from legal constraints that protect the liberty and privacy of Americans.

    In the dead of the night on Dec. 16, as Washington wound down for the Christmas holiday, President Obama signed an executive order giving Interpol and its agents in the United States for the first time full diplomatic immunity. In effect, his action–taken without any explanation–freed Interpol from the constraints that currently bind U.S. law enforcement. Interpol’s assets and property are now immune from search and seizure and its archived documents permanently out of reach of American citizens, courts or the Congress.

    Mr. Isikoff dismisses the executive order as “routine” and quotes Interpol Secretary-General Ronald Noble reassuring Americans that it merely gives Interpol the same immunities from certain taxes, fees (read: parking tickets) and public disclosure requirements enjoyed by other international organizations in the U.S. “The executive order gives Interpol no law-enforcement or investigative powers to engage in activities on U.S. soil . . . [including] searches, seizures or arrests in the U.S.” Noble has been quoted saying.

    All of which is true–and completely beside the point. The difference between Interpol and the International Pacific Halibut Commission, which also enjoys immunity from U.S. laws, is that Interpol is a law enforcement organization. The overwhelming majority of police and prosecutors are honorable men and women, but like all human beings, law enforcement officials are not, as a class, angels. What prevents the men and women of law enforcement from abusing their power are the constraints of law. In the United States, the Fourth Amendment protects against unreasonable search and seizure while FOIA and other laws protect American liberty and privacy from being violated by rogue cops or corrupt prosecutors.

    Secretary-General Noble and others who defend President Obama’s grant of immunity to Interpol claim that the order gives the agency no new power. But the point is not that the order grants Interpol new powers, the point is that it immunizes Interpol from the laws that can be invoked if and when it abuses its authority–the same laws that hold the FBI, a local policy department or any domestic law enforcement agency accountable for abuses. Since the President’s executive order, if Interpol were to act in violation of U.S. law, there is no law we can invoke to hold them accountable. And to add insult to injury, if an American citizen or official wants to find out what Interpol is up to, they can no longer do so. The Obama administration order makes Interpol’s files unreachable by search warrant, subpoena or FOIA request.

    All of which is why, in 1983, the Reagan administration declined to give full diplomatic immunity to Interpol. Reagan administration officials decided that the agency merited limited protection but, because it was a police force, it should not receive unqualified protection from U.S. laws. President Reagan determined (and Congress did not dissent) that Interpol’s property and assets would remain subject to search and seizure and its records remain accessible to public scrutiny. It was a decision that served the American people (and Interpol, judging by its lack of complaint) well for over a quarter century.

    Why, then, elevate Interpol above U.S. law now? Perhaps the biggest problem that critics of the move have with the Obama Administration is that the change came without any explanation. An administration and a president who are notoriously indifferent to American sovereignty suddenly decided to free an international police force operating on our soil from the constraints of our law and our Constitution and they have refused to explain why. After all, Interpol officials have not been publicly petitioning for immunity, nor have they raised any suggestion that U.S. laws are somehow interfering with their operations.

    When the Bush Administration proposed, and the Congress passed, the PATRIOT Act in the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, critics complained that the additional powers granted law enforcement in the law couldn’t simply be dismissed with a pledge of “trust us” by the Bush administration. U.S. officials spent years in court and in the court of public opinion justifying the necessary law enforcement authorities the act granted to keep Americans safe.

    Now, the Obama Administration is essentially saying “trust us” as it grants an international police force immunity from American law. It doesn’t take a conspiracy theorist, wacky or otherwise, to legitimately ask, “Why?”

    Newt Gingrich is Chairman of American Solutions and a former Speaker of the House of Representatives.
    Andrew C. McCarthy is a senior fellow at the National Review Institute and the author of Willful Blindness: A Memoir of the Jihad (Encounter Books, 2008)

  39. Michael Isikoff is a pathological personality. He was like wiley coyote chasing Bill in the late 1990s. He is mentally deranged. Perfect member of the Newsweek hit squad. A bug to be squashed at the right rhetorical momemt. If you look at him closely he even looks like an insect. A teetsie fly.

  40. Scott Brown’s Campaign Has a Question for Bill Clinton

    Heh:

    “As Bill Clinton endorses Martha Coakley in an attempt to resuscitate her desperate campaign, one can only wonder if the former Commander-in-Chief also endorses Coakley’s remarkable claim that there are no terrorists in Afghanistan,” said Beth Lindstrom, campaign manager for Brown for U.S. Senate. “It is absolutely critical that the next Senator from Massachusetts fully understands the grave national security threat posed by the continuing terrorist presence in this country. With her recent assertion that there are no terrorists in Afghanistan, Martha Coakley has demonstrated a stunning lack of knowledge regarding the most pressing national security issue of our day, and her naïve worldview should give voters serious doubts about her ability to keep our country safe.”

    He could always ask Mrs. Clinton — she’s probably in the loop on that . . .

    http://campaignspot.nationalreview.com/post/?q=MDNjNGIwMTg2YTMxOWViY2FkMzE2MGM1YjczYzdlNzc=

  41. Admin — great article as usual.

    HELP! May I ask you all a question O/T…

    Ann Kornblut just put out a book, Cracks in the Glass Ceiling re the 2008 campaign and what it will take to get a womnan elected.

    But I was under the impression that she was a Hillary detractor as well during the primary. I’ve been looking for articles and info but have not yet found all that much — if you have nay insight or knowledge of her behavior duribng all this I would appreciate it.

    Many thanks,
    Ani

  42. hwc,

    The amendment Brown wrote and filed in 2005 allowing rape victims to be turned away, did not specify Catholic hospitals or Catholic staff. Any anti-choice person could claim some sort of ‘religious’ objection.

    A victim who has been beaten and raped, injured, is in no shape to be ‘referred to another facility’ even if that other facility were close by. Even if she could travel, the delay in getting the contraceptive could result in pregnancy (as well as much unnecessary trauma).

    I was recently taken to an ER for injuries from a fall. You are there on the xray table and any movement is pain. They are giving you morphine. Everything is very confusing. This is not a time to refer you ‘to another facility.’

  43. Ani, try a search for Kornblut and Hillary on DailyHowler. “Hillary Clinton – the other White Meat” is one of the articles.

    http://www.google.com/custom?hl=en&domains=dailyhowler.com&q=kornblut+hillary&btnG=Search&sitesearch=dailyhowler.com

    also try same search terms at Media Matters

    http://mediamatters.org/search/index?qstring=kornblut+hillary&x=0&y=0

    Lots of links at both sites. Good luck.

    BTW, the Kornblut book is rather stupid but gets rave reviews from Big Media “personalities”. Keep up the good work.

  44. hwc said:
    Everyone in the state supported the bill. It passed unanimously. When Romney veto’d the bill (to establish his street cred for the presidential run), the override vote was also apparently unanimous.

    =========================

    Thanks. That’s evidence that Brown had no choice but to support the overall bill (to provide contraceptives). Otherwise he would have been the lone hold-out. He gets no credit for going along with a unanimous majority.

    Brown’s own preferences/priorites are shown in the amendment he wrote and filed, which the majority voted down. IE the amendment that said victims could be referred ‘to another facility’ if staff members claimed ‘religious’ objections to giving the victim an emergency contraceptive.

  45. Looks like China has upped what they are giving Haiti. Its now 4.5 million and there red cross is giving another million. They are also providing supplies and 60 men to help in the search.

    We are giving 100 million of China’s money, all in all I guess CHina is helping too.

  46. obama is supposedly holding a meeting with Bill Clinton and George Bush tomorrow to discuss Haiti recovery efforts.

  47. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/14/AR2010011403558.html?nav=hcmoduletmv
    By Charles Krauthammer
    Friday, January 15, 2010

    SNIPS-
    What went wrong? A year ago, he was king of the world. Now President Obama’s approval rating, according to CBS, has dropped to 46 percent — and his disapproval rating is the highest ever recorded by Gallup at the beginning of an (elected) president’s second year

    Liberals try to attribute Obama’s political decline to matters of style. He’s too cool, detached, uninvolved. He’s not tough, angry or aggressive enough with opponents. He’s contracted out too much of his agenda to Congress.

    These stylistic and tactical complaints may be true, but they miss the major point: The reason for today’s vast discontent, presaged by spontaneous national Tea Party opposition, is not that Obama is too cool or compliant but that he’s too left.

    It’s not about style; it’s about substance. About which Obama has been admirably candid. This out-of-nowhere, least-known of presidents dropped the veil most dramatically in the single most important political event of 2009, his Feb. 24 first address to Congress. With remarkable political honesty and courage, Obama unveiled the most radical (in American terms) ideological agenda since the New Deal: the fundamental restructuring of three pillars of American society — health care, education and energy.

    It’s inherently risky for any charismatic politician to legislate. To act is to choose and to choose is to disappoint the expectations of many who had poured their hopes into the empty vessel — of which candidate Obama was the greatest representative in recent American political history.

    Obama did not just act, however. He acted ideologically. To his credit, Obama didn’t just come to Washington to be someone. Like Reagan, he came to Washington to do something — to introduce a powerful social democratic stream into America’s deeply and historically individualist polity.

    Perhaps Obama thought he’d been sent to the White House to do just that. If so, he vastly over-read his mandate. His own electoral success — twinned with handy victories and large majorities in both houses of Congress — was a referendum on his predecessor’s governance and the post-Lehman financial collapse. It was not an endorsement of European-style social democracy.

    Hence the resistance. Hence the fall. The system may not always work, but it does take its revenge

  48. The amendment Brown wrote and filed in 2005 allowing rape victims to be turned away, did not specify Catholic hospitals or Catholic staff.

    Well, duh. You can’t single out one religious group in a state law. Do you honestly have no regard whatsover for people’s strong religious convictions? What do you tell a nurse who believes contraception is a sin? Aren’t you in favor of finding solutions that accommodate various views? Or, is it 100% your way or the highway? Personally, I have zero moral objection to contraception or abortion, but I can put myself in the shoes of someone who does.

    Anyway, Coakley has made her position clear. The 39% of Mass. residents who are Catholic can have their religious freedom, they just shouldn’t work in emergency rooms.

  49. Admin — thanks so much for your replies. And for refreshing my memory. This was my initial impression of Kornblut. I am starting to submit my book proposal and wanted to review my competition! But I’m quite sure what she has written is completely different from where I am going with this…

    Is there any way I can contact you off list?

    And thank you so much for your continued encouragement.

  50. Thanks. That’s evidence that Brown had no choice but to support the overall bill (to provide contraceptives). Otherwise he would have been the lone hold-out. He gets no credit for going along with a unanimous majority.

    I don’t give a fig why he voted in favor of state funded contraception for rape victims. He could have voted for it because little green men in spaceships landed in his back yard and told him to. I don’t care. All I care about is how he voted.

    Who’s asking for “credit”? The issue here is that Coakley is running ads falsely accusing him of voting to deny medical treatment to rape victims. That is FALSE. He’s not the one raising the issue. He’s a Massachusetts Republican. Massachusetts Republicans have never been anti-abortion crusaders. I understand that may be a difficult concept for people in other parts of the country to grasp. This is Massachusetts. We don’t have Jerry Falwell Republicans.

  51. Hwc, what has our heads a-scratchin’ is why Coakley would highlight that issue? South Boston has a lot of Catholics and they agree with Brown on this issue. What is the upside to Coakley hitting on this issue?

    Further, head a-scratchin’ is that this is what Deeds tried in Virginia and it fell flat. The Dims in Virginia hit on these types of issues for more than two weeks and it got them nowhere. Interesting is the fact that McDonnell in Virginia responded with his daughters are surrogates on these issues. Scott Brown has his daughters also responding for him.

    Does anyone know how to do this in Massachusetts? – or are they so gulled after years of Kennedy easily elected that they have forgotten that in times of economic stress – It’s the economy, stupid.

    We think Coakley is not salvageable at this point but if we were to give advice, here it is: (a) hold a press conference asking all the attack ads on Brown to stop; (b) announce she will insist on specific changes to the health scam before she considers voting for it; (c) state clearly that she knows the key issue is jobs and the economy; (d) state clearly that she will be the representative of the people of Massachusetts not an automatic vote for Dimocrats and Obama; (e) announce she only wants to run a positive campaign from here on out.

    We still think she will lose, but she will lose with some dignity and honor. It is also possible that a display of leadership might be enough to make people like her and thereby get enough votes to win.

    The Dimocrats will be unhappy if she says she is not an automatic vote, but what can they do? If they throw her over Brown wins and he is a sure “no” vote so they have no alternative. Her problem is that she would have to actually do what she says she would do once elected and that will be hard for many to believe at this point.

    Are we crazy or stupid or out of practice? Or are we right? This seems fairly obvious as a solution, especially when the polls show her losing double digits worth of Democrats – therefore the “base” strategy and “ignore independents” strategy is doomed to failure.

    To paraphrase Casey Stengle – does anybody know how to play this game? [and we know this is not a game but serious business.]

  52. Sir Charles is correct as far as he goes. But he fails to mention the character flaws which are central to any informed understanding of who Obama really is and why he will fail. I agree with Charles that Obama wants to transform this individualist nation into a collectivist system with its own set of royals. That is why he was put here by the elites. The beltway boys are convinced that they will be part of that elite, so what he does to the rest of the country is of no moment to them. What they tend to forget is that the American People have always been suspicious of too much power in too few hands, and have begun to realize that there is a perverse agenda at work here which is as hidden from public scrutiny as his birth certificate which is uncongenial to their interests, and is essentially a race to the bottom for them and their country.

  53. Viewed from that perspective, Obama is not an investor in our future. He is a liquidator of our wealth, our sovereignty and our security. He is in short a destroyer of worlds.

  54. Maybe he will ask for the Boston Marathon to move to Chicago because he could not get the Olympics? This will finish Coakley:

    http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/2010/01/president_obama_3.html

    President Obama plans to visit the state Sunday to campaign for Senate candidate Martha Coakley, according to two senior Democratic officials.

    A third Democratic source said that the event with Obama would likely be held in the Boston area, either in the city itself, or in one of two communities where Coakley is scheduled to campaign, Quincy and Framingham.

    Additional details were not immediately available. The Globe today outlined the advantages and risks of a presidential visit.

    The potential upsides are obvious; Obama won Massachusetts with 62 percent of the vote in 2008, and the glamour and media saturation of a presidential visit, especially at a large rally, would add a jolt of excitement to a campaign that has been seen as lackluster.

    But there are risks. If Obama visits Massachusetts and Coakley loses, it would signal that Obama’s ability to motivate rank-and-file Democrats has slipped. It would buoy Republican efforts to take back the House and Senate this fall. And it could fuel criticism that he made a political trip while pressing issues awaited in Washington.

  55. Admin: if she did what you said, she could stop the hemorrhage. If she lost she would lose with dignity. The high moral ground is the only safe haven for her at this point.

  56. bambi can’t be a happy camper. When is he going to get to play golf?

    First Bill Clinton and now Obama? They must be running very scared. If she doesn’t win, Obama is going to look like even more of a failure than he already is.

  57. When Obama campaigns on Sunday he should bring along Jon Corzine.
    ——————————–
    I assumed he would do this. Perhaps he should regale us with another beer summit. But in the final analysis it is like any sporting event–a game of momentum. At this point, he has not got the juice. The problem is this:

    The moving finger writes
    And having writ moves on
    And neither all your piety and wit
    Shall lure it back to cancel half a line
    Nor all your tears wash away a word of it.

  58. ‘Bottom has fallen out’ of Coakley’s polls warns Dem strategist : Running scared.

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/beltway-confidential/Massachusetts-Bottom-has-fallen-out-of-Coakleys-poll-numbers-Dems-prepare-to-explain-defeat-protect-Obama-81681862.html

    Here in Massachusetts, as well as in Washington, a growing sense of gloom is setting in among Democrats about the fortunes of Democratic Senate candidate Martha Coakley. “I have heard that in the last two days the bottom has fallen out of her poll numbers,” says one well-connected Democratic strategist. In her own polling, Coakley is said to be around five points behind Republican Scott Brown. “If she’s not six or eight ahead going into the election, all the intensity is on the other side in terms of turnout,” the Democrat says. “So right now, she is destined to lose.”

    Intensifying the gloom, the Democrat says, is the fact that the same polls showing Coakley falling behind also show President Obama with a healthy approval rating in the state. “With Obama at 60 percent in Massachusetts, this shouldn’t be happening, but it is,” the Democrat says.

    Given those numbers, some Democrats, eager to distance Obama from any electoral failure, are beginning to compare Coakley to Creigh Deeds, the losing Democratic candidate in the Virginia governor’s race last year. Deeds ran such a lackluster campaign, Democrats say, that his defeat could be solely attributed to his own shortcomings, and should not be seen as a referendum on President Obama’s policies or those of the national Democratic party.

    The same sort of thinking is emerging in Massachusetts. “This is a Creigh Deeds situation,” the Democrat says. “I don’t think it says that the Obama agenda is a problem. I think it says, 1) that she’s a terrible candidate, 2) that she ran a terrible campaign, 3) that the climate is difficult but she should have been able to overcome it, and 4) that Democrats beware — you better run good campaigns, or you’re going to lose.”

    With the election still four days away, Democrats are still hoping that “something could happen” to change the dynamics of the race. But until that thing happens, the situation as it exists today explains Barack Obama’s decision not to travel to Massachusetts to campaign for Coakley. “If the White House thinks she can win, Obama will be there,” the Democrat says. “If they don’t think she can win, he won’t be there.” For national Democrats, the task is now to insulate Obama against any suggestion that a Coakley defeat would be a judgment on the president’s agenda and performance in office.

    The private talk among Democrats is also reflected in some public polling on the race. Late Thursday, we learned the results of a Suffolk University poll showing Brown in the lead by four points, 50 percent to 46 percent. That poll showed Obama with a 55 percent approval rating. Also on Thursday, two of Washington’s leading political analysts, Stuart Rothenberg and Charlie Cook, each changed their assessment of the Brown/Coakley race from a narrow advantage for Coakley to a toss-up.

  59. It is a risk for BO to go to campaign for Coakley. So does Obama KNOW she is going to win…like he KNEW..KNEW he was going to win in the primary/election?

  60. Hillfriends…do not fret…Hillary and Bill will NOT BE BLAMED for a Coakley loss…for one thing…O is going to Mass on Sunday

    boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/2010/01/president_obama_3.html

    …this debacle rests squarely on O’s shoulders…and even if Coakley pulls this out…the damage has already been done…the red flags are flying and every Obama democrat is on NOTICE…

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

    also to Wbboei (we think alike) and all…I also received that letter from Senator Nelson…this was the reply I sent back to him:

    Dear Senator Nelson,

    I have been a Democrat my whole life and have worked for democrats, it is with much sadness and frankly anger and disgust, that I say I am fed up with the way the Democrats in Congress are acting. I am sick of all the promises they made, especially the President, not only being broken but acting completely opposite from what you all promised. I am embarrassed by the secretiveness and dictatorial behavior that the Obama admin and the Democratic congress are exhibiting. I will be voting independent in the future and frankly I think we need some balance between both parties in the Congress because the Democrats are out of control and out of touch with the rest of us.

    Perhaps you will communicate this to your colleagues and they will reconsider the blunders they are undertaking otherwise I fear that the beloved Democratic party that most of us knew and admired is doomed.

  61. It is a risk for BO to go to campaign for Coakley. So does Obama KNOW she is going to win…like he KNEW..KNEW he was going to win in the primary/election?
    ————————————–
    I think he has to go in because if he stayed away and she lost he would be blamed for turning his back on a Democrat in trouble. This is about health care deform, the future of his presidency and the viability of the Kennedy Machine. The stakes are high for him either way, but as a practical matter I never thought he had much choice. Now that he has made that fateful decision it is more important than ever to the country that Brown win.

  62. This Obama publicity stunt in Massachusetts is almost like Greek drama. There are so many plot lines in the arts and warfare wherein hubris leads a protagonist right into a trap.

    Obama is no Errol Flynn but we immediately thought of this scene from The Private Lives Of Elizabeth And Essex:

  63. thanks, Wbboei…I wrote it in haste and could have been a bit more articulate but I think the message is clear…as was yours…

  64. admin:

    She can’t back off unconditional support of the health care bill because THAT was the price of the Kennedy/Forbes Kerry/Obama endorsement. Remember, they all tried to beat her in the primary. She wasn’t going to get a dime of insider lobbyist money until they gave the greenlight.

    These politicians don’t even think about voters. Winning is defined as gaining the support of the insiders and lobbyists.

    ——-

    She’s raising the abortion issue (at great peril as you point out) because her only prayer at this point is to demonize Scott Brown and the only thing she has on him is that he is a “Republican”. So the handlers are trotting out all the old Republican scares. The problem is:

    a) these are Massachusetts Republicans. Darwin took care of Jerry Falwell Republicans in Massachusetts long ago.

    b) people are sick of being demagogued over the abortion issue. I think most reasonable people are interested in Hillary’s prescription: safe, legal, and rare.

    c) it’s the economy, stupid.

  65. She can’t back off unconditional support of the health care bill because THAT was the price of the Kennedy/Forbes Kerry/Obama endorsement.

    It’s like trying to resign from the Mafia once you’ve been “made”. You better enjoy swimming with the fishies.

  66. Senator Bill Nelson simply does not get it…right now sputtering nonsense on tv and avoiding all responsibility on the part of the dems for Mass…Nelson is declaring that the dems are determined to pass this health care scam…today, Senator Nelson lost my vote…one less Democratic vote he used to be able to count on…something to consider JBStonesfan and Shortermer…

  67. turndown, I hate Brown’s stance on the issue, but to be fair, his amendment did not ONLY say to send them to another facility. It also said that some other individual at that facility who had no qualms with abortion could dispense the pill. In most hospitals, it would not be a big issue, since there would not be a large number of staff who felt uncomfortable doing it. But there are a lot of Catholic hospitals in MA, and he explained at the time that his intent was primarily to not force them to do something their religion forbade.

    I still think he’s wrong, but it’s not quite as you are portraying it. And while Coakley may personally be strong on choice, the HCR bill which she has said she’ll vote for is just as bad as Brown’s amendment, IMO.

  68. wbboei, Just again on Fox, GWB and BC will be at the WH tomorrow to discuss the Haitian relief.

    Bill arises again from the ashes like a phoenix, much to the dismay of the media and all those with CDS.

  69. Hwc, Coakley could, like Darth Vader, change the terms of the deal and say “I have altered the deal, pray I don’t alter it any further.” 🙂

  70. confloyd…what would the world do without Bill and Hillary Clinton…

    you have these fools like Sharpton and Eugene Robinson harping on Bill as a racist because of an unverfied comment by a dead Ted Kennedy and Karma and fate step in to prove what a remarkable and unselfish HUMANITARIAN for ALL people President Bill Clinton is…

    as this article states…it is always Bill Clinton to the rescue…the world knows the truth…

    thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2010-01-14/clinton-to-the-rescue/?cid=hp:mainpromo2

    The Haitian earthquake has put Bill Clinton squarely back on the world stage. And this mission is personal.

    Last May, when the United Nations dispatched Bill Clinton to Haiti, it felt as if Clinton was slinking off the world stage. That changed Tuesday afternoon. Hours after an earthquake leveled Haiti’s capital, the world’s most famous U.N. envoy was manning his own multimedia situation room. He gave updates to Wolf Blitzer on CNN. He wrote an article for Time magazine assuring readers that “Haiti isn’t doomed.” In The Washington Post, Clinton sketched out a relief plan for what he called “one of the great humanitarian emergencies in the history of the Americas.”

    It felt awfully… presidential. Clinton, whom Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton had assured us would be kept far from the center of American foreign policy, was, by chance events, back in the center of it.

    Clinton “has the moral authority to call the world to action,” Paul Begala said.

    Just as he did after the Asian tsunami in 2004, the former president has been working nonstop to raise cash and coordinate relief efforts. Clinton’s online appeal for emergency donations generated more than $3.7 million in 24 hours, his aides said. Another program would raise even more money through text-message donations. George W. Bush joined Clinton’s fundraising effort at Obama’s behest.

    It wasn’t supposed to happen this way.

    article continues…

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

    no, it wasn’t supposed to be away…Bill was supposed to just go sit in some corner and do what he was told so O could be the hero…

    O just continues with his teleprompter…he would not know how to make a full, emotional,coherent sentence without it…

    …guess O doesn’t get to “change the page” on the Clintons, he better thank his higher power that he has both of them to help him…

  71. here’s another good laugh…Barney Frank is being quoted as saying “If Brown wins it will kill the health bill” thanks, Barney…

    …yes, Barney…that is the point…the Brown camp should copy the quote and use it to galavanize even more voters…maybe Barney wants Brown to win…

  72. The time for the republicans is now and or 2010 as many economic forecasters suggest the economy/jobs will improve by early 2011 and help Obama get re-elected.

  73. S, thanks for that reminder. Obama thought shoving Clinton off to the UN as Haiti envoy would be Siberia. Instead, Bill Clinton and Hillary are once again at the center of the world stage. Hillary and Bill Save the world!

    We can hear Michelle yanking sleeves.

  74. Admin…one more thing for us to add to our Karma list…and I say that knowing with my heart that Bill Clinton is doing everything humanely possible to help as many people as he can in Haiti…

    like we said earlier in the week in regards to the Politico story about the Clintons stand alone…yes, that’s right, they stand alone in their leadership…no one matches up to them…no one…

    MO should stick to gardening…

  75. BTW, notice how Obama will not be going to areas of Massachusetts with Independents. He’ll be in safe Democratic areas. Republicans were already going to vote, but now it will be a deluge. Independents will now come out in droves because they are being ignored.

  76. It needs repeating again and again…What remarkable and unselfish humanitarians for ALL…ALL people President Bill [and Hillary] Clinton are.

  77. When Obama campaigns on Sunday he should bring along Jon Corzine.
    ——————————–

    Yes…AND he can also mention how presumptious and STUPOD the MA police are….you know “PLAY THAT RACE CARD”….maybe he will bring that BLACK, EFFING stupid PROFRSSOR by his side.

  78. yes…and in addition, there are so many Hillary voters in Mass…it is Clinton territory…the ones that still are angry for her treatment in the primary…the primary she won by 17 points while being sabatoged by O, kerry, deval, and kennedy…ah, yes…we will see if all is forgiven…

    i lived in Boston for seven years during my college days…Mass dems are not stupid people…they know phonies and manipulation when they see it…New Englanders tend to be very independent by nature…don’t like to be lied to…or played for fools…many did not just fold into the O camp…no way…

  79. You reckon Obama is going to Massachusettes only to upstage BC. If they win he’ll be able to say the win was because he went in and not Bill Clinton. Hillary won Massachusettes by a huge number, Obama lost there, so he needs to stay at home a write stories. Maybe he should go to put the final nails in the coffin of the HC bill.

  80. Clinton joins critics of Nebraska’s extra health benefit

    By Perry Bacon Jr.

    The much-maligned agreement in the Senate health care bill that would provide Nebraska a special deal in which the federal government would pay forever for extra poor people to join Medicaid there gained another critic on Friday: former president Bill Clinton.

    “Get as much gunk out of the Senate bill as possible. That Nebraska thing is really hurting us,” Clinton told House Democrats in a closed-door speech at the Visitors’ Center at the Capitol, according to a House aide who attended the session.

    In between his work as U.N. special envoy for Haiti and a planned Friday campaign stop to Massachusetts to aid struggling U.S. Senate candidate Martha Coakley, the ex-president spent almost two hours with Democrats at their annual issues retreat.

    Clinton, who spoke behind closed doors to Senate Democrats ahead of last month’s vote to approve health care legislation in that chamber, frequently invoked 1994 in his remarks. He warned Democrats that they should not attempt to separate themselves from President Obama in their reelection campaigns, as Clinton felt Democrats did back then to him. At the same time, he invoked former Rep. Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky (D-Pa.), who voted for Clinton’s controversial 1993 budget even as Republicans correctly predicted that it would cost her reelection the next year.

    “If you get beaten, you want to do it with your eyes wide open,” he said.

    But like Obama on Thursday, Clinton predicted the health bill would become more popular as members touted it in public.

    “The worst thing you can do is nothing,” he said.

    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2010/01/clinton-joins-critics-of-nebra.html?wprss=44

  81. Obama going to Mass because she’ll win like he went to Virginia for Deeds and NJ for Corzine, hahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahahahah.

    Kiss of death really, she should be crapping herself right now.

  82. Neil Cavato just interview a guest…sorry I did not get his name. The guest said that it was a risk for Obama to go to MA to campaign for Coakley. He said if Martha does not win after BO going, it could be “the shot heard around the world”.

  83. Yes if she loses, the headline will be

    “Obama can’t even bring a win in Kennedys seat in Dem stranglehold”

    if she narrowly pulls it off, it will still be

    “Dems barely hold onto Kennedys seat, Obama’s influence waning”.

    Guaranteed.

  84. NY Post headline: “Sick Deal: Unions Will Dodge O’s Health Tax”

    nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/another_rank_deal_yw10pr1eUhSAMnIn3Z8ZEI

    Another rank deal
    Unions to escape ‘Cadillac tax’Last
    ==================================

    January 15, 2010

    What happens when the irresistible force of the Democratic urge to tax runs up against the immovable object of Democratic loyalty to the labor unions? Another ugly deal in a health-care bill that already was a grotesquerie of payoffs to favored politicians and interests.

    The levy in question is a 40 percent excise tax on high-end employer-provided insurance plans that — typically — has been sold as a tax on “the rich.” It’s called the “Cadillac tax,” a name redolent of corporate executives cackling in their Escalades over their cushy benefits.

    The unions, which make it a point to negotiate generous insurance plans with their employers (to the point of bankrupting them), were chagrined to learn that for purposes of this tax, they’re among the rich. They howled in terms that could have been drawn from Henry Hazlitt’s free-market classic “Economics in One Lesson: The Shortest and Surest Way to Understand Basic Economics.”

    The excise tax is supposed to be paid by evil insurers and employers. Except in this one case affecting their self-interest directly, the unions see through the fiction and understand that the tax will trickle down onto them. How disorienting to hear unions implicitly recognize that corporations ultimately don’t pay taxes, their customers and employees do.

    “While the excise tax is slated to be imposed on the insurers on so-called high cost plans, the tax will be passed on to enrollees in the form of higher premiums, co-pays or reduced benefits,” a coalition of public-employee unions wrote congressional leaders. “Characterizing this tax proposal as a ‘Cadillac tax’ is a misnomer. It hits the average blue collar and white collar employee.”

    The unions also bristled at a fairly typical trick of liberal taxation — bracket creep. The Cadillac tax affects few people when it begins in 2013. Since it’s not indexed to account for the ever-rising expense of health care, though, it will catch more and more people over time.

    This is why New York Times columnist Bob Herbert called it “a middle-class tax time bomb,” and Nancy Pelosi made an oblique reference to President Obama breaking his promise not to increase taxes for anyone making less than $250,000 a year. Obama’s support for the Cadillac tax not only violates that forlorn pledge, but also directly contradicts one of his chief lines of attack against John McCain in the 2008 campaign.

    McCain wanted to end the tax exemption for employer-provided insurance coverage and compensate people with a tax credit to buy their own plans — a systematic approach to controlling costs and increasing choice. Obama’s plan will increase costs and reduce choice, but he needs $150 billion in revenue over 10 years to try to make it look deficit-neutral so he’s — as he put it in his unrelenting anti-McCain ads — “taxing health benefits for the first time in history.”

    But pressure from the unions has now forced the White House to agree to raise the $23,000-per-household threshold of the tax slightly and — more importantly — exempt insurance plans that are the product of collective-bargaining agreements until 2018. This Labor Loophole stands in the finest tradition of the Louisiana Purchase and the Cornhusker Kickback. With no possible public-policy justification, it puts the awesome power to tax and spend at the service of nakedly political ends.

    Oliver Wendell Holmes famously said that taxes are the price of civilization. In this case, taxes are the price of not belonging to a group that pours countless millions of dollars into the Democratic coffers. Under the Cadillac tax, there’s one set of rules for the Service Employees International Union and another for everyone else.

    Obama is currently haranguing the banks so he doesn’t get pegged as a “Wall Street Liberal.” The more dangerous rubric for him is a “Washington Liberal,” a politician knee-deep in the special-interest politics of the Beltway as he pushes an unpopular agenda of rapid government expansion. Obama’s style of politics has gone from inspiring to revolting in the space of a year.

  85. January 15, 2010

    Our view: Scott Brown for U.S. Senate

    There’s a need to restore balance to the debate in Washington and bring a contrarian voice to the all-Democratic Massachusetts delegation. Voters can achieve that by electing Republican Scott Brown to the U.S. Senate Tuesday.

    Brown, however, would be much more than a “no” vote in the Senate.

    A former selectman, state representative and now state senator from Wrentham with a 30-year record of military service, Brown has a keen understanding of the unique challenges facing Massachusetts. His time spent as a Bay State Republican has taught him how to work across the aisle to get things done (a trait for which the late Ted Kennedy was justly praised). That experience would help him become an effective voice for moderation and bipartisanship within the halls of the Capitol.

    Brown is the kind of Republican — fiscally conservative, but middle-of-the-road on social issues in the Ed Brooke/Bill Weld mold — that Massachusetts voters have endorsed in the past with good results.

    A vote for Attorney General Martha Coakley, the Democratic nominee, is simply a vote for more of the same. While she seeks to link Brown to the GOP’s radical right wing, it is Coakley who has sacrificed her independence in order to attract support from the unions, the family of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, EMILY’S List, and other more liberal elements of the Democratic Party.

    Those ties mean Coakley would likely become simply another Bay State politician marching in lockstep with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

    The stakes are high, as the optimism that marked the first months of the Obama administration has devolved into a gnawing unease over the country’s future prospects.

    Despite hundreds of billions spent on economic “stimulus,” the unemployment rate remains in double digits, and some economists are expressing fears of a double-dip recession. Despite the billions spent and thousands of lives sacrificed to keep terrorists at bay, a known Muslim fanatic very nearly succeeded in blowing up a Detroit-bound airliner Christmas Day with a bomb sewn in his underwear.

    Meanwhile, discarding his Inauguration Day pledge to seek consensus on major issues, Obama, whom this paper endorsed, is pressing the Democratic majority in Congress to pass a health bill — any bill, apparently — despite still-unanswered questions about its likely cost and effectiveness.

    In contrast to those Democrats who fervently believe that government should be in charge of everything, Brown has faith in the ability of private enterprise to get the economy back on the right track.

    Unlike Coakley, he believes terrorists who have declared war on the United States, including 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, should be treated as enemy combatants rather than criminals entitled to expensive “show trials.”

    Brown says he’s running to give people a choice. And if elected, he would be on the ballot again in 2012 when Kennedy’s six-year term was due to expire.

    In this special election, residents of Massachusetts can send a clear message that the scatterbrained, deficit-fueled approach to problem-solving seen in Washington to date is not the kind of change people voted for in 2008.

    http://www.salemnews.com/puopinion/local_story_014233831.html?keyword=topstory

  86. NY TIMES DOCUMENTS UNION SELLOUT

    After stomping their feet about how unfair the bogusly titled “Caddilac tax” was, the unions can abide by it as long as their members are protected. But even then, they are not truly protected.

    It’s a deal with the devil.

    nytimes.com/2010/01/15/health/policy/15health.html

    Accord Reached on Insurance Tax for Costly Plans

    By ROBERT PEAR and STEVEN GREENHOUSE
    Published: January 14, 2010
    WASHINGTON — The White House, Congressional leaders and labor unions said Thursday that they had reached agreement on a proposal to tax high-cost health insurance policies, resolving one of the major differences between the House and the Senate over far-reaching health legislation.

    Their negotiations produced changes to a tax included in the bill passed by the Senate last month. The changes would lessen and delay the impact of the tax on workers and would reduce the amount of revenue collected. The revenue would help finance coverage for millions of people who are uninsured.

    Labor leaders hailed the deal and said they were prepared to fight for passage of the legislation.

    “We have seen tremendous progress over the last couple of days,” said Richard L. Trumka, president of the A.F.L.-C.I.O.

    Under the bill passed last month by the Senate, the federal government would have imposed a 40 percent tax on the value of employer-sponsored health coverage exceeding $8,500 a year for an individual and $23,000 for a family. The tax would have taken effect in 2013. White House officials, Democratic Congressional leaders and labor unions said Thursday that they had agreed to an increase in those thresholds to $8,900 for an individual and $24,000 for a family. Moreover, they said, starting in 2015, the cost of separate coverage for dental and vision care would be excluded from the calculations.

    In addition, they said, health plans covering state and local government employees and collectively bargained health plans would be exempt from the tax until 2018. This transition period addresses the concerns of schoolteachers and other public employees who have denounced the tax.

    For people in certain high-risk occupations, including police officers and construction workers, thresholds would be higher: as high as $27,000 for a family.

    In addition, Mr. Trumka, who led a team of labor leaders negotiating with the White House, said the thresholds would be increased for “age and gender,” to reflect the higher premiums often charged for health plans with large numbers of women, older workers and retirees.

    He said the changes would reduce the amount of revenue from the tax by about 40 percent, to $90 billion over 10 years. The tax in the Senate bill would have generated $149 billion over 10 years.

    A White House official, speaking to journalists on condition of anonymity, said he did not know how much revenue would be lost as a result of the changes. The White House said that the tax would still tend to slow the growth of health spending, and that the overall bill would not add to the federal budget deficit.

    President Obama and Congress will find ways to offset the loss of revenue from the tax, the White House said.

    Republicans said the agreement was another special deal to win votes for the legislation by mollifying some of the Democrats’ most loyal supporters.

    Progress in the negotiations came as Mr. Obama addressed House Democrats on Capitol Hill. He exhorted them to finish the job on health care despite fierce criticism from Republicans and fears among some Democrats that they could pay a political price for passing the legislation.

    “Let me tell you something,” Mr. Obama said, pointing to elements of the legislation he said would increase access to health care. “If Republicans want to campaign against what we’ve done by standing up for the status quo and for insurance companies over American families and businesses, that is a fight I want to have.”

    The agreement has not been vetted by rank-and-file members of the Democratic caucus in either house of Congress. Nor has the Congressional Budget Office reviewed it. The proposed tax could be further modified based on feedback from lawmakers and the budget office.

    Mr. Obama and some economists contend that the tax could help rein in health spending by encouraging employers to reconfigure health benefits.

    While insurers would be responsible for paying the tax, the Congressional Budget Office and private economists say the cost would be passed on to workers and retirees.

    Representative Joe Courtney, Democrat of Connecticut, who has led opposition to the tax, said the agreement indicated that “a lot more intelligence is being applied to this issue.” But he added: “I am reserving judgment. I would like to see more detail.”

    The tax could affect a significant number of health plans in the future because the thresholds would probably rise less than health costs and insurance premiums. Under the deal, as in the Senate bill, the thresholds would rise with the Consumer Price Index, plus one percentage point.

    The thresholds would be further increased if insurance costs grow faster than expected from 2010 to 2013.

    Gerald W. McEntee, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, said he spoke to members of the House Democratic Caucus at their conclave on Thursday.

    “They were quite receptive, although there were some people who wanted to fight for no excise tax at all,” Mr. McEntee said.

    Republicans said the special treatment of collectively bargained health plans was a favor to union members, who have supported Democrats with campaign contributions and votes.

    Representative John Kline of Minnesota, the senior Republican on the House Education and Labor Committee, said that while union members might avoid the tax on high-cost health plans for five years, nonunion workers would have to pay it.

    “This latest back-room maneuver is another example of how administration officials and their enablers in Congress will cut deals with their special-interest allies to impose a government takeover of health care,” Mr. Kline said.

    White House officials defended the provision, saying it would allow employers, employees and insurance companies to prepare for the new tax.

    Under the agreement, Mr. Trumka and White House officials said, people in collectively bargained health plans could buy coverage through new government-regulated markets, known as insurance exchanges, starting in 2017. The officials said they were still working with Congress on details of this arrangement.

  87. Gov. Jim Gibbons(R) Nevada is on Cavuto. He says Nevada is facing a crippling Medicaid payment if HC is passed and that NV is considering dropping out of Medicaid.

    Gibbons says that the backroom deals of the Obama administration would embarrass even AL CAPONE.

  88. #
    admin
    January 15th, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    [snip]

    We can hear Michelle yanking sleeves.
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    admin, This is one of your BEST creations. Visual imagery is none like any other.

  89. LOOPHOLES YOU CAN BELIEVE IN…

    Why Hillary’s “universal coverage” approach had teeth, and why Obama’s has only gums.

    lvrj.com/opinion/so-fine-me-81666037.html

    EDITORIAL: So, fine me

    Large number say they still won’t buy insurance
    Despite the unprecedented horse-trading (that’s the nice term) that top Washington Democrats Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi employed to push their massive bureaucratic takeover of American medical care through both houses of Congress on a “rush” schedule, the scheme still seems to be in trouble.

    House and Senate negotiators face difficulties in resolving their differences on a single bill as thick as the Las Vegas yellow pages and are not likely to have a final draft until February, according to key House Democrats involved in ongoing talks.

    “We’ve got a problem on both sides of the Capitol. A serious problem,” the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call quoted Ways and Means Chairman Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., saying Tuesday evening.

    “There’s no agreement. No deal on anything. Nothing,” one lawmaker said.

    It appears House-Senate negotiators may need to continue working out their differences into February, despite earlier hopes to deliver a final bill to President Barack Obama in time for his State of the Union address.

    One huge underlying problem was revealed in the poll of Nevadans conducted last week by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research and published in the Jan. 10 Review-Journal.

    The Democratic scheme supposedly requires all Americans to buy health insurance — which can easily cost $7,000 per family per year, and will cost more, soon. But — in a compromise designed to avoid Draconian penalties on the poor — the Democratic plan sets the fine for failing to do so at only $750 for an individual and $2,250 for a family.

    Then insurers will be required to issue policies, at no increase in cost, even to cover pre-existing medical conditions. Anyone willing to pay the fine could thus go without insurance until discovering they have cancer, then sign up for “insurance” and immediately start sending millions of dollars worth of medical bills to their insurer.

    Asked in the poll whether, under such a plan, they would pay the minimal fine and wait until becoming ill to buy insurance, 16 percent of Nevadans who already have health insurance said they’d definitely drop that insurance and wait till they got sick to re-up. Seven percent of those who currently have insurance said they’d think about it.

    But the big number is among those who currently do not have insurance. Of those, 44 percent said they’d go out and buy insurance if required by law. But another 44 percent said no, they’d defy the law, pay the smaller fine and wait till they got sick to sign up.

    Perhaps all the assumptions about the number of uninsured Americans who’d be newly insured once the Democrat plan goes into effect need to be cut in half.

    Meantime, you don’t have to be a certified public accountant to figure out what will happen to the profitability of private insurers if half the people now uninsured plan to wait till they develop an expensive injury or illness, and then go “buy insurance” at rates which insurers are forbidden to hike.

    America’s race toward dysfunctional and bankrupt statism had to hit a brick wall at some point. Could the wall possibly be that thing with the black and yellow diagonal stripes that Charlie Rangel now sees right in front of his windshield?

  90. S
    January 15th, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    “MO should stick to gardening…”

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

    Sorry S MO not too good at gardening either
    she is busy now yanking all the sleeves off her gardening wear since this little tidbit about her/WH garden slipped out!! LMAO!!

    Phony Fruits in the Obama White House Garden
    by Michelle Malkin

    Hold on to your hoe. It turns out that the fruits and veggies used in a special edition of the popular Food Network TV show “Iron Chef America” featuring first lady Michelle Obama did not, in fact, come from the White House garden. Could there be a more deliciously fitting symbol of Obama White House fakery than Garden-Gate?

    http://townhall.com/columnists/MichelleMalkin/2010/01/15/phony_fruits_in_the_obama_white_house_garden

  91. admin,

    I think I already posted Coakley’s campaign’s long letter about the HC bill and the difference between the version she rejected (with Stupak) and the one she would “reluctantly” accept (without Stupak). Anyway it’s at
    h/ no w
    florasteele.blogspot.com

    Here is more detial on her stand on HC in general, from her website.
    http://www.marthacoakley.com/about/Issues/details/19
    Short excerpt from a lot of detailed stuff:
    Martha supports a public insurance option because it will compete with private insurance and therefore help to reduce health care costs.

    It sounds to me like she has not unconditionally agreed to anything but is still fighting among the gritty detials where small victories are possible. (I agree with others at pumapac and riverdaughter that if Brown wins, or Coakley balks altogether, Reid will still pass the bill by bribing some GOP to press the wrong button.)

  92. While I would like nothing better than to be able to reward a loyal Hillary supporter, Coakley is simply on the wrong side of the HCR issue. That’s all that matters at this point; without this issue, the election wouldn’t even be close.

    EVERYONE knows that this HCR bill is a disaster; even those that voted for it know it’s lousy. They all have to qualify it in some way (such as Harken’s “starter house” nonsense).

    They’re more concerned with the historical significance of the bill, not with its content. Same thinking that they used to support Obama and look where that got us.

  93. moononpluto
    January 15th, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    Yes if she loses, the headline will be

    “Obama can’t even bring a win in Kennedys seat in Dem stranglehold”

    NO IT WILL BE:
    BILL CLINTON’S KISS OF DEATH DOOMS BITTER HILLARY HOLDOUT

    if she narrowly pulls it off, it will still be

    “Dems barely hold onto Kennedys seat, Obama’s influence waning”.

    DESPITE CLINTON COOTIES, OBAMA SAVES KENNEDY’S SEAT

  94. The stench of Barack Obama now infects the Massachusetts election fight. ———-
    ——–

    The STENCH IS SO BAD….that he is not even fit to SERVE ANYBODY COFFEE!!!!!!

    The stench will get into the coffee making it undrinkable!!!!!!

  95. I still think that certain prominent Dems want Brown to beat Coakley.

    1 : Obama bots will have knocked a staunch Hillaryite.

    2 : They can blame Republicans for busting Obama-scare.

    3 : Pelosi and Reid and that ilk all wanted the other guy in the primary.

  96. turndown, even they wont be able to spin this into a clinton fault.

    1 : if Obama goes and she loses, its his political capital in the toilet and flushed.

    2 : If he goes and she barely wins, its shocking it would even be that close, its Mass. ffs.

    3 : if he doesnt go and she wins, its all down to BC campaigning.

    4 : If he doesnt go and she loses, he will be seen as turning his back on a democrat in trouble.

    All good from where i’m sitting.

    Anyway you look at it, Obama is screwed

  97. Fox reports that Hillary will be in Haiti tomorrow Sat,to get a first hand look at conditions there.This wonderful woman never stops giving her all for her country.To think we could of had her in the Oval Office as CIC but what did we get? One year later and deeper in debt.

  98. I think the very fact Obama has to go to Mass means its a last ditch attempt just like it was in NJ and in Virginia.

    In other words, the long funeral march for Coakley and Obama is bring the spade to bury her with.

    I mean since when has a Dem president had to go to Mass. to campaign for a Senate seat, its unheard of.

    So much for that fabulous coat-tails.

  99. ABM90, the longer Obama continues the more it just reveals how Hillary was the right choice and how big a mistake Obama really was to the public.

    I have heard so so many now saying “God, it really should have been Hillary” its unreal.

  100. Danny Glover is a total muppet.

    He has blamed the Earthquake in Haiti on the world Governments not passing Obama’s plan in Copenhagen. I’ve heard it all now.

    His quote

    “What happened in Haiti could happen to anywhere in the Caribbean because all these island nations are in peril because of global warming.”

    “When we see what we did at the climate summit in Copenhagen, this is the response, this is what happens, you know what I’m saying? We have to act now!”

    Gee, i did’nt realise tectonic plates operated under global warming. The dumbass.

  101. moononpluto
    January 15th, 2010 at 5:15 pm
    ==============
    Agree. At least about bots wanting to knock out a Hillary supporter. They did campaign agaisnt her in the primary.

  102. ABM90,

    Hillary and Bill are national treasures. Obama is a national joke.

    ——————

    Hillary Clinton, USAID chief to visit Haiti on Saturday

    Fri Jan 15, 2010

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she would visit Haiti on Saturday with new USAID chief Rajiv Shah to get a firsthand look at the earthquake relief effort.

    “I also have decided after consulting with President Obama and others in our government that I will be traveling to Haiti tomorrow with USAID administrator Dr. Raj Shah,” Clinton told a news briefing on Friday.

    “We will be meeting President Preval and other members of the Haitian government along with the members of the U.S. government team on the ground,” Clinton said.

    The trip would also allow her to personally convey support to the people of Haiti, she said.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE60E5NA20100115?type=politicsNews

  103. JanH, He is going to Massachusettes to finish sinking Coakley. Hillary going to do some work. I am glad she is going, she will get the first hand scoop, not just what the backstabbers are telling her.

  104. Can the Clintons save Obama and the planet?

    By Colleen O’Connor, SDNN
    Friday, January 15, 2010

    To state the obvious:

    Obama is in trouble.

    Health care is in trouble.

    Haiti is in trouble.

    And, on Tuesday, the state of Massachusetts may send a Republican to the Senate in Ted Kennedy’s old seat, which means all Democrats in Congress are in trouble.

    So which SWAT team does President Barack Obama turn to? The Clintons.

    The very same Clintons that the leaders of the currently, very unpopular Democratic leadership (read: Speaker Peloisi, Majority Leader Read, Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel, Presidential Advisor, David Axelrod, Economic Adviser, Larry Summers, etc. etc.) all trashed during the 2008 Presidential campaign.

    Now, these same people are clinging to the Clinton lifeboat.

    To be more specific:

    Obama is now below 50 percent approval rating in a raft of polls. Can’t blame the “vast right wing conspiracy” for those results.

    The Congressional ratings, the Speaker’s ratings, and Harry Reid’s numbers all suggest early retirements, or imminent electoral defeat, for a host of Democratic incumbents.

    The Obama’’s favorability rating is tanking, along with the closed door meetings on health care; the broken promises of transparency; the troika deals of Geithner, Summers, and Axelrod-that gave the big banks billions in bonuses from the use of taxpayer money-and a penchant for “breezy arrogance,” and inflated claims on jobs “created or saved.”

    In short, Obama has lost the trust of the majority of Americans-as have a host of incumbent politicians.

    The Democrats response? “Rahm” through an unpopular health care bill (any health care bill, really), regardless of the cost or political consequences.

    What is obvious to everyone except the White House, is that the American public does not want this health care bill with all the boondoggles that taxpayers have come to loathe.

    In thinking reminiscent of the Vietnam War era, the Obama administration may “destroy the Democratic party in order to save it.” And the health care bill-reform in name only-may be the final bludgeon.

    Never mind the imploding poll numbers for members of his own party, President Obama’s team needs an applause line in his State of the Union address.

    And to get it, the chance of the first woman elected Senator from the liberal, heavily Democratic state of Massachusetts, is in serious trouble.

    A relatively unknown Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts, Scott Brown is currently leading, or in a toss up race with the Democratic Attorney General, Martha Coakley. (See: Suffolk poll, Rasmussen poll, Rothenberg Report, Cook Report). How did this happen in a state that Obama won with 62 percent of the vote?

    Simple, the Republican candidate promised to stop the health care bill from passage by breaking the filibuster-proof Democratic majority. Undoing the adage, “all politics is local” (coined ironically, by then Massachusetts Congressman and Speaker of the House, Tip O’Neil’s father), the Republicans are proving that “all politics are national.”

    Furthermore, anyone watching the polls during the primary race could see firsthand the anger in Massachusetts. The voters stayed away. In one voting center that I visited, there were four language interpreters, one security office, and several poll workers, but only two voters. This was in the heavily Reagan Democrat, Irish-Catholic “southie” precinct.

    Down the street, the 99cent store was packed with people trying to stretch their money to buy food and cheap winter caps.

    Enter the Clintons

    Former President, Bill Clinton, not only taped robo calls for Coakley, but also put in two appearances for her on Friday.

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who has deep roots in Massachusetts, where she attended Wellesley College as an undergrad, carried the primary win over Obama 53 percent to 42 percent. In that race, Clinton enjoyed the endorsement of almost every Democrat, except Sens. Kerry and Kennedy and Gov. Duval Patrick, who is also now unpopular.

    Coakley, an early and energetic supporter of Clinton’s presidential run, will receive all the aid the Clintons can muster.

    Obama is not as popular as Clinton in Massachusetts (or almost anywhere else in the country). They need Bill in Massachusetts to save the Democrat, who will save health care, and Obama’s signature “achievement.” Hence, Bill’s rock star appearances in Boston.

    Any campaign appearance by the President might turn into another failure-like the trip to Copenhagen to secure Chicago the Olympics. The White House decided to take the risk and double down with Clinton’s appearance. Obama appeared Sunday to help rally the troops and drive some media attention Coakley’s way.

    Still, Clinton has his hands full.
    He is also the U.N. special envoy to Haiti, and has been helping that island of tragedy for some years. Obama has tapped Bill and former President, George W. Bush, to spearhead the private fundraising drive to help pay for the rescue of Haiti from the rubble.

    Overseeing U.S. government aid to Haiti, is the other Clinton, Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. Turning her plane around en route to her Asian diplomatic trip, Clinton began swiftly and diligently responding to the metaphoric “three a.m. phone call.”

    The disaster relief response of the Obama Administration (read: Hillary) will undoubtedly be compared to the nightmare response during Katrina (read: Bush).

    The enormous, nearly impossible task of rescue, relief, and rebuilding that devastated country, will undoubtedly task Hillary’s considerable talents.

    If Bill Clinton can help see Coakley over the finish line in Massachusetts, (and thereby save the Democratic super-majority and thus, pass the health care bill); and if Hillary Clinton can oversee a competent and possibly exemplary team in Haiti, then the Democratic party, and the Obama administration, may survive to fight another day. If not, the Democrats need a Plan B to rescue themselves, from a potential political disaster of “biblical” proportions. The Republicans can simply recycle the old Nancy Reagan bumper stickers, “Just Say No.”

    http://www.sdnn.com/sandiego/2010-01-15/columns/oconnor-can-the-clintons-save-obama-and-the-planet

  105. MOP, We really need to tell Danny Glover that Pat Robertson says the reason Haiti has had this devastating earthquake was that they made a pact with the devil to get rid of the french.

    Global warming has nothing to do with it.

  106. admin said:
    We think Coakley is not salvageable at this point but if we were to give advice, here it is: (a) hold a press conference asking all the attack ads on Brown to stop; […](e) announce she only wants to run a positive campaign from here on out.
    We still think she will lose, but she will lose with some dignity and honor.

    =================

    My system has problems with videos so I haven’t seen the ads in question. But even on a worst case, imo you might be thinking of a rarefied demographic here.

    When Hillary addressed Lazio’s record in 2000 and Obama’s in 2008, the opposition set up a cry that she was using personal attacks, negative campaigning, ‘winning ugly.’ So imo this sort of charge against Coakley will continue regardless of what the ads really said or what changes she might make. If she did what you suggest, imo she would be portrayed as admitting ‘campaigning ugly’, with admitting the ads were inaccurate (were they?), with ‘flipflopping’, etc.

    Imo most people are just not into dealing with the sort of complexity you suggest — particularly not with Brown’s people spinning it and the Kennedy/Obama using it as excuse to throw her under the bus.

    In lookign around pumapac, riverdaughter, thenewagenda, and comments at Boston Globe, I don’t see anyone focusing on ‘negative advertising’ as an issue in itself. Very few are even questioning the accuracy of the ads. Everyone seems to be focused on the actual issues one way or another.

  107. I should have said:Very few are even MENTIONING COAKLEY’S ADS much less questioning the accuracy of the ads.

    Imo what you suggest would be bringing up a new issue (the ads) to a great many people who’ve never heard of it.

  108. Best line of the day as seen on another site

    Coakley Drowning in Massachusets and No Ted Kennedy to Save Her

    LMAO.

  109. Barney Frank joins the growing number of Dems throwing Coakley under the bus…

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/politics/wire/sns-ap-us-health-care-kennedy-successor,0,4853291.story

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior Massachusetts lawmaker says if Republicans win a special Senate election there next week, President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul is dead.

    Democrat Barney Frank told reporters Friday: “If Scott Brown wins, it’ll kill the health bill.”

    The Massachusetts congressman said Democratic candidate Martha Coakley should have campaigned harder for the seat held for decades by Edward Kennedy. Nonetheless, Frank said he thinks Coakley will win Tuesday’s contest. Latest polls show a close race between Brown and Coakley. Kennedy died last summer of brain cancer and Democrat Paul Kirk was appointed to fill the seat on an interim basis. Brown has said he would be the 41st vote against the health bill.

  110. HillaryforTexas
    January 15th, 2010 at 3:29 pm
    turndown, I hate Brown’s stance on the issue, but to be fair, his amendment did not ONLY say to send them to another facility. It also said that some other individual at that facility who had no qualms with abortion could dispense the pill.

    It gave the choice to the hospital. Instead of anyone at the first hospital simply giving the contraceptive, they COULD make the victim go elsewhere for it.

    In most hospitals, it would not be a big issue, since there would not be a large number of staff who felt uncomfortable doing it. But there are a lot of Catholic hospitals in MA, and he explained at the time that his intent was primarily to not force them to do something their religion forbade.

    But to force an injured rape victim to go elsewhere? I agree with Coakley: anyone who will not give a contractive to a rape victim needs a different job.
    And if no Catholics will do it, they need to sell their hospitals to people who WILL do it.

    And while Coakley may personally be strong on choice, the HCR bill which she has said she’ll vote for is just as bad as Brown’s amendment, IMO.

    The version she will vote for (non-Stupak version) is much less bad than the version she rejected (Stupak version) — and apparently the final bill will be changed partially BECAUSE of her rejection.

    The point is not how much damage was done in each bill (2005 vs HC) but who TRIED to restrict contraception (ie Brown), and what that shows about him; and who TRIED to protect abortion (Coakley) and what that shows about her.

  111. Oh my it gets worse.

    Another one jumps ship after polls today showed him losing in a landslide.

    Arkansas Rep. Vic Snyder announced today he will not seek re-election this year, joining several other Democrats from moderate districts who are opting out of tough re-election campaigns.

    Snyder, first elected in 1996, never won re-election with less than 58 percent. In 2008 he was not even challenged by a Republican, while John McCain won 54 percent in the district to President Obama’s 44 percent — an increase from 2004, when George W. Bush won by just a 51-48 margin.

    In Arkansas, Democrats hold three of four House seats, both Senate seats and the governor’s mansion. However, McCain carried the state with 59 percent, and Sen. Blanche Lincoln is in for the re-election battle of her career.

    Snyder’s 2nd District is surrounded by the state’s three other districts and includes the capital city of Little Rock.

    Look

    According to a new poll by Survey USA, Snyder trails his Republican challenger by a huge margin:

    If there were an election for US House of Representatives today, and the only two candidates on the ballot were Democrat Vic Snyder and Republican Tim Griffin, who would you vote for?

    Vic Snyder (D) 39%
    Tim Griffin (R) 56%
    Undecided 5%

    Do you approve or disapprove of the job Barack Obama is doing as President?

    Approve 33%
    Disapprove 63%
    Not Sure 4%

    Assume Vic Snyder votes to pass the version of the health care law that DOES require every American to carry private health insurance. If there were an election for US House of Representatives and the only two candidates on the ballot were Democrat Vic Snyder and Republican Tim Griffin, who would you vote for?

    Vic Snyder (D) 35%
    Tim Griffin (R) 58%
    Undecided 7%

  112. Boxer in whole heap of Trouble.

    New Rasmussen shows she is in vulnerable territory.

    2010 California Senate: Three GOP Hopefuls Narrow The Gap With Boxer

    Fiorina (R) 43%
    Boxer (D) 46%
    Other 3%
    Not Sure 8%

    DeVore (R) 40%
    Boxer (D) 46%
    Other 4%
    Not Sure 10%

    Campbell (R) 42%
    Boxer (D) 46%
    Other 3%
    Not Sure 9%

    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections2/election_2010/election_2010_senate_elections/california/election_2010_california_senate

    Boxer has not polled more than 46% in months suggesting she is vulnerable.

    Boxer is viewed very favorably by 25% of California voters but very unfavorably by 34%.

    For Fiorina, very favorables total nine percent (9%) and very unfavorables 16%. Four percent (4%) have a very favorable opinion of DeVore, while 10% regard him very unfavorably.

  113. Gonzotx, the AA’s in Mass have no intention of coming out to vote for a rich white woman who was the state DA. You can bank on it, they didnt in NJ and they certainly didnt come out for him in Virginia, it will be the same here.

  114. hwc

    I’m with you. As I said , I work in a Catholic Hospital. Catholics have rights too. Not a Catholic, and not a decider, but people and businesses have their own moral code and you have to honor it.

    By the way Turndown, when someone is raped in Austin, they aren’t taken to a Catholic hospital. They go down the street and get the morning after pill @ the non-dom hospital or one the thousand of clinics available 24/7.

  115. Wbboei, WHy do I hear on FOx that the moderate democrats are taking the biggest hits in 2010. They Bayh will lose his seat. I thought the blue dogs were doing OK??? Is Hillary’s coalition falling apart???

  116. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

    ‘Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska is asking Senate leaders to eliminate a controversial Medicaid deal for his state in the health care bill…

    Nelson’s been arguing ever since [he voted yes] that he never wanted a special deal for Nebraska and that he wants all states protected from burdensome new costs.

    That didn’t quiet the controversy so Nelson took it one step further on Friday and asked for the deal to be withdrawn and replaced with a provision treating all states equally.’

    HA

  117. confloyd
    January 15th, 2010 at 7:02 pm
    Wbboei, WHy do I hear on FOx that the moderate democrats are taking the biggest hits in 2010. They Bayh will lose his seat.
    *************

    I hope so, he has been very dishonest regarding Obamacare. VERY supportive of it yet when he would get in front of the camera would make out, like most of the “mods” as if he had “issues” with it. It was said that he was the main mod and was Reid’s right hand man in reeling the mods in.

    I say “Throw the Bums out”

  118. Nelson now knows his little deal is toxic and he’s getting grief from home and other states.

    Obama has thrown a wrench into the senate, he’s so dividing that he’s going to have the whole country at each others throats soon.

  119. Clinton fights for Martha, rails against ‘Tea Party’
    By Jessica Van Sack
    Friday, January 15, 2010 – Updated 0m ago
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    Jessica Van Sack is the Herald’s Boston police bureau chief covering crime and justice. She works out of City Hall where you can send tips to jvansack@bostonherald.com.
    E-mail Print (164) Comments Text size Share Buzz up!About 1,500 supporters packed the Fairmont Copley this afternoon to watch former President Bill Clinton stump for embattled U.S. Senate candidate Martha Coakley.

    Clinton used the forum to rail against the so-called Tea Party movement of grassroots organizers who oppose federal government initiatives.

    “There is a mass national effort to discourage progressive independents from voting and to discourage disappointed liberals from voting,” Clinton said.

    On the heels of a Suffolk University/7News poll that found GOP candidate Scott Brown up 4 points, Clinton downplayed the importance of such surveys.

    “The reason these polls are all over the place is because no one knows who’s going to show up,” he said.

    “I came here to tell the people of Massachusetts this: This country’s revolution was born in Massachusetts. The Revolutionary War was first won here. The war was over here years before it was finally finished. It started with the Boston Tea Party, and the right wing Republicans have appropriated that on the premise the tea party was against government.”

    Clinton added, “What they were against was abuse of power.”

    He sought to frame the race as a battle between those who will fight for the powerful and those who will fight for the powerless.

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  120. Evan Bayh Helps Harry Reid Pass Obama’s Massive Health Care Bill
    Thursday, December 24, 2009 @ 07:12 AM

    ShareU.S. Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN) voted this morning to pass President Barack Obama’s massive government-run health care bill, which will lead to higher taxes, taxpayer-funded abortions, massive cuts to Medicare, and higher health care premiums for Indiana families.

    National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) Spokesman Colin Reed issued the following statement in response to Bayh’s vote this morning:

    “Thanks to Evan Bayh’s vote, the U.S. Senate passed a costly government-run health care bill today that will be paid for by Indiana families, seniors, and small businesses that are already struggling to make ends meet.

    “On multiple occasions, Senator Bayh could have stopped this legislation by saying ‘no’ to President Obama and Harry Reid. But instead, Bayh voted to pass a bill that cuts Medicare for Indiana seniors, allows for taxpayer-funded abortions in America, and breaks President Obama’s campaign pledge that no one earning under $250,000 would see a tax increase under his Administration.

    “There’s no doubt that Senator Bayh will be forced to explain his DC wheeling and dealing for this contentious and costly health care legislation in 2010.”
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  121. gonzotx, I did not realize that. It seems most of Hillary’s coalition were just giving her lip service. I say throw them all out too.
    I also still say we could of had Hillary, she’s still the best.

    Bill is right about the tea party movement is against the abuse of power. We know people are sick of the abuse of power. GWB abused and so does Obama. Bill is so smart the way he frames things. I watched Sarah’s interview with Shawn. She kept bringing up how many democrats are disgruntled. She definitely has been approached by disgruntled Hillary supporters.

  122. what a bunch of clowns!

    Democrats Forced to Yank Ad Over 9/11 Image
    By BERNIE BECKER

    With the Massachusetts Senate race now in anybody’s guess territory, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has gone up with another advertisement – but not without a little difficulty.

    An original version of the ad, which blasts Republican candidate Scott Brown for opposing President Obama’s efforts to rein in Wall Street, had to be yanked after people complained that it contained an image of the World Trade Center. A revised version has been posted online and has also been sent to television stations in Massachusetts, a spokesman for the D.S.C.C. said.

    http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/

  123. gonzo,

    I read about this! How funny! Nelson gets OJ’d at a Nebraska pizza parlor!
    Bwahahahahaha!

    Problem is he may have already guaranteed the HRC passage. Dems are now talking about the reconciliation 51 vote route.

    They’re all snakes. I also blame Snowe and Collins for having caved in the first place. And I’m NOT a repub but everything Squat touches turns to sh!t.

  124. gonzotx
    January 15th, 2010 at 7:01 pm
    By the way Turndown, when someone is raped in Austin, they aren’t taken to a Catholic hospital. They go down the street and get the morning after pill @ the non-dom hospital or one the thousand of clinics available 24/7.

    ===================

    You mean all the ambulance drivers in Austin are instructed never to take a rape victim to the Catholic hospital no matter how bad her injuries are? And all the cab drivers? And all the people who have their own cars who might give her a ride?

    How is a first time victim to know this?

    How is an injured victim to get treated for injuries in towns that don’t have redundant non-denom hospitals on the same street? According to Brown’s amendment, even in a non-denom hospital any staff person has the legal right to refuse contraception, and any hospital to ‘refer them to another facility’ — ie leave the hospital (when she can’t walk or drive?) to go to some walk-in clinic or drugstore herself?

    And Austin is a hip town, a best case for Brown’s position.

  125. the HRC passage. Dems are now talking about the reconciliation 51 vote route.

    ======================

    Reid will pass it regardless. THe question is what kind of Senator we’ll have afterwards.

  126. TheRealist,

    I saw that ad.

    :shaking head in disgust:

    Between blunders like that and Squat PO’ing the Cambridge police department during Gatesgate (and, no doubt, their colleagues statewide) I hold out hope that the dims 60-vote filibuster-proof senate is about to crash and burn.

  127. Well I guess I am not very objective because I want Hillary to be Potus. I guess if I would just give up that hope, then I might be able to be objective about all of Hillary’s supporters. Every day as things keep getting worse I just wish she were the President.

    Why did Obama as GWB to help BC with Haiti?? I guess he thought it might give GWB a chance to redeem himself after New Orleans. I say to hell with GWB. I imagine his handlers wanted him to do that since they were both put in office by the same cartel. Anything to keep Bill from having the complete spotlight.

  128. turndownobama,

    Sorry, but I am so appalled by what the dims have done to the country over the past year I don’t want them in power.

    Period.

    I switched to Indie after the ’08 (s)election for that reason.

  129. If your a woman its best never to go to a Catholic hospital. I am Catholic, worked at several Catholic hospitals, had two kids in a Catholic hospital. I wanted a tubal ligation after my last child, I could not get it there, I had to go across the street when I was released. I started hemorrhaging and they said they might have to do a hysterectomy to save my life, its the only way to get one at that hospital.

    Its ridiculous. How can people afford that many children? The Pope doesn’t support them.

  130. ditto Basil, i no longer trust the leadership of the Dem party, they stabbed Hillary in the back, they are now stabbing the country in the back.

  131. confloyd,

    It’s GWB’s dad, GWHB, Bush 41, not GWB.
    ————

    No it is not!!!! It is Bush II!!!

    And it is WH protocol to start using previous presidents…starting with the last previous one then the one before that and so on….

    And actually I do not mind Bush II in this capacity since their goal will to raise a lot of money…which Bush II can and will do!

  132. gonzotx
    January 15th, 2010 at 7:43 pm
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJ-ZeLSZPc8&feature=player_embedded
    Audio: I, Martha Coakely, Running for Senate in Catholic Massachustt[e]s, Declare That Catholics Shouldn’t Be Working In Emergency Rooms

    ===============

    Of course that’s a misquote.

    In what she really said, obviously she means the kind of Catholics who would withhold contraception from rape victims. (Or anyone else who would withhold it, as under Brown’s amendment ANY person could claim some sort of ‘religious’ objection.)

    Here’s a transcript from a Rightwing site so I don’t vouch for it, but it’s closer than the misquote above:

    Ken Pittman: Right, if you are a Catholic, and believe what the Pope teaches that any form of birth control is a sin. ah you don’t want to do that.

    Martha Coakley: No we have a seperation of church and state Ken, lets be clear.

    Ken Pittman: In the emergency room you still have your religious freedom.

    Martha Coakley: The law says that people are allowed to have that. You can have religious freedom but you probably shouldn’t work in the emergency room.
    h/w
    redmassgroup.com/diary/6604/coakley-you-can-have-religious-freedom-but-you-probably-shouldnt-work-in-the-emergency-room

    And she’s quite right.

  133. 😳

    You’re right! Sorry.

    from Tapper:

    Mr. Obama announced that on Saturday he will meet with former presidents Clinton and George W. Bush at the White House to “discuss how to enlist and help the American people in this recovery and rebuilding effort going forward.”

    On Wednesday president Obama called former president Bush and he agreed to help in an organizing role, much like those he created for his father and former president Clinton after the 2005 Tsunami and Hurricane Katrina and Rita in 2005.

  134. Another nail in the coffin

    Cambridge Police Patrol Officers endorse State Senator Scott Brown for United States Senator

    Members of our Association have inquired and requested that we endorse Scott Brown in the upcoming election against Martha Coakley. Ms. Coakley along with some of her campaign workers have talked publicly about how her husband is a retired Cambridge Police Officer, giving appearances that she is being endorsed by the Cambridge Police. This may be an innocent insinuation but most do take this as our giving her our support and endorsement. Yesterday, the CPPOA Executive Board voted to endorse State Senator Scott Brown in the upcoming election for US Senate. In an 11 to 2 vote, the Executive Board voted overwhelmingly in favor of the endorsement.

    http://www.massmpc.com/index.cfm?zone=/unionactive/view_article.cfm&homeID=150036

  135. The best bit is Coakleys husband is a retired Cambridge police officer, talk about a smack in the face.

  136. mop, that is a kick in the butt. If he can’t even rally his own to vote for his wife, there’s something wrong in Dallas. Houston we have a problem.

  137. Hillary will be Haiti in the morning, I hope it safe enough for her, there having huge aftershocks. Lets hope they meet out in the open and not in any building. Its really unsafe there.

  138. I’m literally rolling around the floor in laughter, i mean her own husbands union, Coakley is just getting embarrassment after embarrassment, the campaign is just so in pieces its like a smashed mirror.

    This is like your holy shit moment of the day, you couldnt make it up.

    Payback for Bambi’s little shitfest with the cambridge officers last year, no doubt.

    Here’s you beer back in your face Obama. This seriously could end up a disaster for coakley if this keeps up.

  139. Has anyone watched O’Reilly tonight?? He had a guy on there that said BC was part of the problem in Haiti. O’Reilly said BC has worked his heart out for Haiti, but we understand you think Hugo CHavez is the answer to all your problems and Bill Clinton is the problems. Yes, we understand that. O’Reilly nailed him on behalf of Bill Clinton. Tonight he did well. The guy looked like a deer in the headlights!!

  140. January 15, 2010

    Deal Breaker? White House, Drug Companies Fight Over Exclusivity

    By Alicia Mundy

    In an email that began making the rounds in Washington today, PhRMA President and CEO Billy Tauzin issued a call to arms to his board — the chiefs of brand-name drug companies.

    The drug companies and their lobby are digging in to protect the 12 years of exclusive sales rights they were promised in both the Senate and the House versions of the health-care overhaul. They don’t want generic drug makers to be able to come along easily and sell copycat versions of expensive biologic drugs to treat such ailments as anemia and cancer.

    “Mr. Waxman is pushing hard, with the support of the President, to drop our 12-year FOB period down,” wrote Tauzin, referring to Rep. Henry Waxman, chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee. “We are all letting everyone we know hear that we could not support the bill if this happens. Please activate immediately all of your contacts. Billy.”

    The White House wanted only seven years exclusivity to save several billion dollars over the next decade, and in the last couple days, it has pushed Democratic leaders cut the duration to 10 years, at the most. President Barack Obama’s strongest ally has been Waxman, who had pressed for a seven-year limit last summer but was outvoted by his own committee.

    Reducing the exclusive period is a deal breaker for the big pharmaceutical houses, which had signed on to support health-care overhaul and offered up $80 billion in savings in June.

    PhRMA Senior Vice President Ken Johnson declined to comment on the email but said in a statement, “This well-intentioned effort will ultimately fail if it becomes a roadblock to medical progress in America.”

    http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2010/01/15/deal-breaker-white-house-drug-companies-fight-over-exclusivity/

  141. confloyd,

    I will try to catch his show later. I don’t usually watch but I am interested in his defense of Bill Clinton. So unusual for him.

  142. JanH, It was very good, but my advise only watch until that part is over, because after that O’Reilly and Glenn Beck eviserate Sarah Palin. I think their undercover misognists. I did watch Sarah on Glenn Beck, she was nervous and she apparently did not like him. She did better with Shawn. Why the heck is she getting passed around to all the idiots on Fox anyway?? Those jokers are crap!

  143. Coakley has just been on Martha Coakley on WBZ Radio with Dan Rea, a megabiased Dem radio programme in Mass and got completely destroyed in phone call after phone call from police, nurses and the public.

    She is seriously taking on a massive load of water and the boat is sinking. I just listened to some of it and these were democrats railing on her her, her comments, obama, health care. The country seems furious.

  144. turndown @ 7:39, the amendment Brown sponsored did not allow a catholic hospital to just turn someone out to go find care elsewhere

    ie leave the hospital (when she can’t walk or drive?) to go to some walk-in clinic or drugstore herself?

    It specifically required every facility to have a transfer procedure in place, with an agreement with another facility to send them to. They could not just turn them away – they were REQUIRED to have somewhere else to send them. It also required that any doctor, nurse, pharmacist, etc who was a “conscientious objector” to have that ON FILE with their hospital upon hire, so that the hospital would know and could staff the shifts accordingly. You couldn’t just refuse care on the spot, your employer had to know in writing via a form ahead of time – an attempt to give hospitals the ability to perhaps make sure there was a mix of objectors and non-objectors on hand.

    As conscience clause provisions go, it was actually an attempt to do it with a degree of sense – to accommodate the catholic hospitals and religious beliefs of individuals in a way that did not deny women care. You may still disagree with it, but he did TRY to make it such that it was not heinous. Is Brown a strong choice candidate? Nope. But to paint him as the same as rabid far right anti-abortionists is just flat wrong. He’s not one.

  145. There is no undercover about it, O’Reilly, Beck, Hannity along with Olbermann, Matthews, Williams are ALL misogynist and we should include a majority of the Congress and Barack Obama.

  146. It’s all about rating for the vile O’Reilly. Do not for one minute think that he is defending Bill Clinton. O’Reilly’s deal is to get someone on to trash the Clintons so he can semi stand back and act like he is fair and balanced. He gets trashing the Clintons out there one way or the other. It’s a win win for him. He gets to tear down the Clintons and he gets to act like he is a unbiased guy.

    O’Reilly is a disgusting creep!

  147. Where I work they have specialized nurses who collect the specimens and care for rape victims. THey call her the rape nurse. She has to know all the rules about collections, the psychological aspect. The paramedics would not take a rape victim to a hospital that doesn’t have one of these nurses.

  148. HillaryforTexas
    January 15th, 2010 at 9:08 pm
    turndown @ 7:39, the amendment Brown sponsored did not allow a catholic hospital to just turn someone out to go find care elsewhere

    [[ ie leave the hospital (when she can’t walk or drive?) to go to some walk-in clinic or drugstore herself? ]]

    It specifically required every facility to have a transfer procedure in place, with an agreement with another facility to send them to.

    =================

    By ‘transfer procedure’ to you mean an ambulance waiting outside to carry the victim to a different hospital? What if she’s bleeding and needs immediate care?

    Another facility within how many miles? In some cases even a few blocks could be dangerous for the patient: in and out of the hospital in and out of the ambulance, etc.

  149. As conscience clause provisions go, it was actually an attempt to do it with a degree of sense

    ==================

    The basic 2005 law said that all hospitals must offer contraceptives to rape victims. Brown wanted to allow some hospitals and some staff NOT to give the contraceptives. If he wanted it not to be heinous, he should have left the law as it was, without trying to add any such amendment (which the majority rejected).

  150. finally! Basil I’m in… I haven’t been able to get on the site for almost a month. My whole computer kept crashing every time I came here. Just in time for the action over the next four days.. Hi all!

  151. turndown, if she’s bleeding and needs immediate care, she can get that care there, then get transferred later. No one is going to throw her out bleeding and unstable if she’s in immediate danger – that’s completely ridiculous. The pill can be taken within 24 hours, it doesn’t have to be right that second. You’re coming up with scenarios that really are extreme. It would likely be rare under the amendment that Brown proposed that she would even have a problem getting the pill, other than at a true Catholic hospital, since ALL the employees would not be conscience objectors at secular hospitals. I seriously doubt that there would not be non-catholic hospitals available.

    I don’t like conscience clauses as a rule. But being alarmist about what this amendment did and did not say is not helpful IMO. If you’re going to object, object to what it said, not what it didn’t.

  152. I say “Throw the Bums out”

    And then, next time, throw the new bums out! It’s like electoral whack a mole.

  153. HillaryforTexas
    January 15th, 2010 at 9:44 pm
    turndown, if she’s bleeding and needs immediate care, she can get that care there, then get transferred later. No one is going to throw her out bleeding and unstable if she’s in immediate danger –

    ===============

    Of course not. So she doesnt’ get the contraceptive until and unless she’s ABLE to be moved — and able to understand the issue and to insist on her rights. So in cases where she’s not able to fight or move for your 24 hours, she doesn’t get the contraceptive till too late. An injured victim may not know she HAS to fight for this. She will assume that she’s in a sane hospital and that it will be routinely and immediatly given. She won’t know it even was an issue till a month later when she turns up pregnant.

    If it’s not a problem in most hospitals to have others who will give the pill — then why do the anti-choice workers need a LAW to allow them to refuse? It’s the patients whom the law should protect.

    Brown’s law didn’t need to ‘say’ these things. It’s to his advantage ignore such actual practical considerations.

  154. Oh Good Lord. Coakley went on the radio tonight and dismissed Curt Schilling as “another Yankee fan”. She obviously, from the clip I heard, does not know who he is. No idea. How can you live in MA and not know who he is? Good grief, that’s gonna hurt once it gets around.

  155. About this Cambridge Police endorsement, I’m surprised that Obama could have taken Skip Gates over to discuss the endorsement over a a beer…

    Help me out, now. I’m gettin’ old and my memory ain’t what it used to be. What was it that Jeramiah fella up in Chicago said about chickens?

  156. turndownobama
    January 15th, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    Listen to the tape. you are sooo obsessed with Coakley you can’t see the truth.

    You all can waste your time with Turndown, but I for one think it is beating a dead horse…and I like horses!

    By the way, Confloyd is right. There are specialized centers in “certain” ER’s for rape victims. They have to make sure the “evidence” is collected spot on for the Courts.

  157. HillaryforTexas

    Someone put her out of her misery. Sad to see this happen to someone. She must be totally freaked out.

  158. turndown, that pill is not routinely given without the patients knowledge. She has to be aware, and give informed consent. So the scenario of “assuming she’d been given it” is wrong. I would certainly HOPE that no doctor would ever give a woman a morning-after pill without her (or her proxy if she is incapacitated) knowing precisely what it was, as it would be a violation of her rights to do so.

    And they wanted a law to allow them to refuse so that they could not get sued or prosecuted for following their religious beliefs in the matter. Like it or not, there is no gobsmacking mystery as to why they felt they needed a law.

  159. Haiti holds a special place in the hearts of Bill and Hillary Clinton

    By Philip Rucker
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Saturday, January 16, 2010

    In the strange circle of life, it all comes back to Haiti.

    When Bill Clinton married Hillary Rodham in 1975, a friend gave them a trip to Haiti. Since that honeymoon vacation, the Caribbean island nation has held a life-long allure for the couple, a place they found at once desperate and enchanting, pulling at their emotions throughout his presidency and in her maiden year as secretary of state.

    With the world’s attention now trained on the devastated Haitian capital, rebuilding the country will be a central part of Bill and Hillary Clinton’s lives going forward. And for the 42nd president, the catastrophe offers the opportunity to fulfill whatever unrealized ambitions he has for the long-suffering nation.

    “This is a personal thing for us,” Bill Clinton said in a interview Thursday. He said he and his wife have “always felt a special responsibility” for Haiti and its 9 million people. “She has the same memories I do. She has the same concerns I do. We love the place.”

    On that first trip in December 1975, Clinton said he and his wife watched as a wreath was placed at the national monument to celebrate Haitian Independence Day. They toured the old hotel where the writer Ernest Hemingway once stayed and visited a voodoo high priest dressed in all white. They sat in a lonely pew of the Port-au-Prince National Cathedral, which lies in ruin following Tuesday’s earthquake.
    “We just became fascinated with the country,” Bill Clinton said by telephone from his charitable foundation’s office in New York. “We followed all its ups and downs.”

    The Clintons’ enthrallment has lasted for more than 30 years. They decorated their homes with Haitian art. They flew back again and again. Hillary Clinton once said that theirs was a “Haiti-obsessed family.” At a dinner in Rwanda with African leaders in 2008, Bill Clinton talked more about Haiti than Rwanda.

    When the Clintons learned that sites in Port-au-Prince they had visited as tourists were destroyed in the earthquake and locals they had come to know were injured or unaccounted for, Bill Clinton said he was “personally emotionally affected.” His wife, he said, became “physically sick.”

    The Clintons are at the center of the global relief effort. Bill Clinton is the U.N. special envoy to Haiti and, together with former president George W. Bush, is leading America’s humanitarian and long-term recovery efforts in Haiti. Hillary Clinton is among the top officials responsible for the nation’s work aiding Haiti and its paralyzed government, and plans to fly there Saturday. “The two agencies in the world that can run these things are the United States and the United Nations, and the Clintons sit atop this package,” said former senator Tim Wirth, president of the U.N. Foundation.

    Three months into her term last spring, Hillary Clinton addressed the Haiti Donors Conference in Washington, where she spoke of her family’s “deep commitment to Haiti and the people of Haiti.” She told of visiting the Haitian town of Pignon as first lady, meeting a country doctor who ran a health, women’s literacy and micro-credit center to help his countrymen gain a foothold in the global economy.

    “For some of us, Haiti is a neighbor and, for others of us, it is a place of historic and cultural ties,” Clinton said. “But for all of us, it is now a test of resolve and commitment.”

    * * *

    Bill Clinton is credited with prioritizing Haiti more than any other modern president; in 1995, he became the first commander in chief to visit the island since Franklin D. Roosevelt. But Clinton failed to achieve his goal of economic growth in Haiti. His administration intervened in 1994 to reinstall President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and a democratic government in the wake of a military coup. When Republicans took over Congress the next year, they checked Clinton’s every step in Haiti, and within two years Clinton withdrew U.S. troops from Haiti. The island state has continued to be plagued by crime and drug trafficking.

    “The unfinished business was whether there could be enough assistance to get an infrastructure to allow Haiti to dream of becoming this century’s South Korea,” said Taylor Branch, a longtime friend. “Naturally, Clinton hoped that Haiti could have an economic rebirth to go along with this political rebirth. But it didn’t happen.”

    Still, Clinton has been regarded as a harbinger of hope to the Haitian people. He recently visited Milot, a town in northern Haiti, where he drew a large and unexpected crowd of locals in a soccer field. They recognized the former president. “He kind of charged into the crowd,” said Paul Farmer, a public-health expert and deputy U.N. envoy to Haiti, who accompanied Clinton on the trip. “He was so happy. It sounds corny, but I’ve seen that again and again. He has this real connection.”

    Last summer, Clinton took a walk with Haitian President René Préval down a street in Gonaives that had just been reconstructed following the 2008 hurricanes. Hundreds of neighbors gathered around them and Clinton spent so much time talking with the locals, aides said, that it took one hour to walk a quarter-mile.

    “He is regarded as someone who’s fundamentally sympathetic to the Haitians, someone who has argued they have a right to dignity and respect — and to chose their own leaders,” Farmer said.

    In his post-presidency, Clinton has tried to leverage his prestige to focus on long-term development in Haiti, helping secure millions of dollars in aid. Wirth has traveled with the Clintons to Haiti. “He asks, ‘What can we do?’ ” Wirth said. “This is such a problem . . . and people have almost such enormous fatigue facing the size of this challenge. He lifts people above that fatigue and into action again.” Asked if he is committing himself to Haiti’s cause for near future, Clinton said: “Oh, you bet.”

    “You’ve seen the pictures,” he said. “The streets are full of the wounded, the orphaned and the dead. It’s a devastating, devastating thing. . . . These people, they deserve their chance to build a modern life, and I think they can do it.”

    On Thursday, Clinton and Farmer convened a long-scheduled meeting in Clinton’s Harlem office of about 50 philanthropists, financiers and leaders of nongovernmental organizations interested in the long-term development of Haiti. Clinton said his strategy is to “build back better.” That means not just fixing roads, but also planting trees on deforested hillsides, growing more mangoes to export and expanding organic recycling programs. “The Haitians have the first chance they’ve had to escape their own history,” Clinton said.

    To Clinton, Haiti’s promise can be summed up in a single briquette. Haitians cook mostly with charcoal fire, but coal is an expensive resource there. A group of entrepreneurial women he visited recently in a densely populated Port-au-Prince neighborhood found a solution. As Clinton told the story, they walk through the streets picking up trash. They mix the paper with sawdust and water and then press the water from the product to create organic briquettes. “They can sell these things for a penny or two a piece, and three of them will prepare dinner on a typical Haitian cooking stove for much, much less — 15 percent of the cost of making dinner with charcoal,” Clinton said.

    He was so impressed that he brought dozens of the briquettes to New York with him. He carries one in his bag every day, aides said, sometimes pulling a briquette out of his pocket during speeches to show audiences. “For a few hundred thousand dollars,” Clinton said, “we can spread this all over Port-au-Prince.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/15/AR2010011503820.html?hpid=topnews

  160. By the way, Confloyd is right. There are specialized centers in “certain” ER’s for rape victims. They have to make sure the “evidence” is collected spot on for the Courts.

    ====================

    By Brown’s amendment, THOSE workers would have the right to refuse contraception.

  161. HillaryforTexas
    January 15th, 2010 at 10:13 pm
    turndown, that pill is not routinely given without the patients knowledge. She has to be aware, and give informed consent. So the scenario of “assuming she’d been given it” is wrong. I would certainly HOPE that no doctor would ever give a woman a morning-after pill without her (or her proxy if she is incapacitated) knowing precisely what it was, as it would be a violation of her rights to do so.

    ==============

    Worse and worse. She wakes up in a few days to find herself pregnant — because the default was NOT to give her contraception?

    Any hospital with that default should be sued. These laws need to protect the victim, not the withholders.

  162. Senate Can Pass Health With 51 Votes, Van Hollen Says

    Jan. 15 (Bloomberg) — Even if Democrats lose the special election to pick a new Massachusetts senator Tuesday, Congress may still pass health-care overhaul through a process called reconciliation, a top House Democrat said.

    That procedure requires 51 votes rather than the 60 needed to prevent Republicans from blocking votes on President Barack Obama’s top legislative priorities. That supermajority is at risk as the Massachusetts race has tightened.

    “Even before Massachusetts and that race was on the radar screen, we prepared for the process of using reconciliation,” Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said.
    _________________________________

    h/ no w
    news.yahoo.com/s/bloomberg/20100115/pl_bloomberg/aovcrcy12cwk

  163. Turndown, Hillary for Texas, Confloyd, and Gonzotx are being very reasonable and speak as Registered Nurses and hospital personnel. I am also a Registered Nurse and concur with everything that they have said. Your scenarios are unreasonable and far fetched. No one should ever be moved from a hospital ED, who is unstable. There are laws against this. Your arguments are not reasonable nor based in reality or experience. It is against the law to give any person medication without informed consent. If the person is unable to do so, then a family member or designated person can give permission. It cannot be a default protoccol to give a woman the morning after pill. It is against the law. What if the woman doesn’t want the contraception? This is what choice is all about. It is difficult to believe, but some women would refuse the morning after pill, because it is against their belief system. Informed consent is the law of the land.

  164. Before this law was passed a survey showed that 59 of Massachusetts 71 hospitals already offered the morning after pill to rape victims. The main new provision of the 2005 law was allowing pharmacists to sell the pill over the counter without prescription.

  165. I was listening to POTUS, the satellite radio show, and they were talking about what Obama might talk about, when he stumps for Coakley. They mentioned the ad, saying that Brown was against the proposed bill taxing the banks, so Obama could portray Brown, as favoring the banks, insurance companies and Wall Street. I burst into laughter! Talk about kettle…………

  166. Worse? Um, excuse me, but why the hell would you assume that EVERY woman wants that pill after a rape? Should those who would not want it be given it against their will? The meaning of choice is CHOICE. I never said the default should be to not offer it, I said that a woman should not be given it without her knowledge and consent.

  167. BTW, the Mass House (dominated by Dems) passed, by a vote of 135-17, a version of the morning after pill law that did include a religious conscience exception. This vote came a week or two after the Senate’s unanimous vote for the bill (without the exception). In the House, the religious exemption admendment was sponsored by a Democrat.

  168. HillaryforTexas
    January 15th, 2010 at 10:49 pm
    I never said the default should be to not offer it, I said that a woman should not be given it without her knowledge and consent.

    ===============

    If she is incapable of informed consent, and there is no one authorized to speak for her — then the default must be one or the other.

    You said “a woman should not be given it without her knowledge and consent.” What that amounts to is a default of no contraception, thus a danger of waking up pregnant.

  169. Wobbei,

    Narcissists tend to become very destructive when they are thwarted, but they genuine narcissists are never constructive in the first place. He’ll do essentially what Bush did – retreat into a smaller and smaller circle of friends, and his administration will do less and less that emanates from the Oval Office. They’ll be left responding to initiatives from the outside and they will fuck up more often than not.

    One of the big telling moments for me was at the joint fundraiser after Clinton withdrew her nomination. Clinton raised $6m for Obama but Obama forgot to ask his donors who were there to contribute money to pay off Clinton’s debt.

  170. How sad and ironic is it that it takes a tragedy of this proportion for Bill and Hillary to get good press.

    I am so proud of the selflessness and dedication these two continue to show for their country and the world, day in and day out.

  171. In that rare case then the responsibility of the docs is to do only medically necessary things. She can broach the subject of possible pregnancy and terminating after she wakes up. Not the best situation, but a default of giving the pill would utterly violate the right of a woman who would not choose it, and she would have no recourse later. The woman who may want that pill can always terminate at a later point, but the woman who would wish to keep any pregnancy cannot undo the matter.

    Therefore it makes sense to err on the side that allows the most choice for the woman. And you do realize that you are continuing to hyperventilate over a hypothetical situation (rape victim, unconscious, with no friends or family, who has conceived) that is EXTREMELY rare, rather than address what the law would do in the vast majority of cases?

  172. hwc,

    Brown was a State Senator. He voted with the unanimous Senate for the overall bill so he deserves no credit for that vote.

    He introduced a ‘deny contraceptives’ amendment which was rejected in the Senate. This was all his and therefore shows his real intentions, as here he was going against the majority.

    Here are some comments from the majority at that time:

    h/w
    boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2010/01/14/browns_failure/
    “I can’t believe what we’re doing to this bill,’’ said then-minority leader Brian Lees, who called it, “a poison pill amendment. . . . I can’t believe that you’re going to say [this] to your constituents who’ve been through a traumatic experience.’’
    Senator Richard Tisei said: “I can’t recall another instance where we’ve basically said, ‘This is the law, and it’s OK not to follow it.’ . . . It doesn’t make any sense.’’

  173. hillaryfortexas said:
    The woman who may want that pill can always terminate at a later point, but the woman who would wish to keep any pregnancy cannot undo the matter.

    ======================

    That’s logical, if we assume a woman is likely to want to bear a rapist’s child. In the more common case that she does NOT want to bear a rapist’s child, you’re setting her up to need an abortion later. Not quite what the pro-life people would like, I think.

  174. Brown was a State Senator. He voted with the unanimous Senate for the overall bill so he deserves no credit for that vote.

    Huh?

    You are saying that voting for the bill twice proves he was against it? I don’t understand this whole “credit” thing. He either voted for the bill or he didn’t. Martha Coakley’s ads are flat out lying about the guy’s record. I’m not even sure what she is trying to do. His proposed conscientious objector amendment was evidently widely supported based on its passage in the State House of Reps. Martha should be trying to stake out a centrist position. Instead, she’s doing everything she can to paint her self as a lefty fringe candidate. I’m at a total loss to explain why she would do that except that Obama, Kerry, and the Kennedy’s told her she had to.

    The guy is known as a Bill Weld Repubican.

  175. hwc
    I don’t understand this whole “credit” thing.

    =========

    Obviously not. Where are you getting your figures on these votes?

  176. Coakley Drowning in Massachusets and No Ted Kennedy to Save Her
    —————————————————
    Moon-that is bumper sticker material

  177. Narcissists tend to become very destructive when they are thwarted, but they genuine narcissists are never constructive in the first place. He’ll do essentially what Bush did – retreat into a smaller and smaller circle of friends, and his administration will do less and less that emanates from the Oval Office. They’ll be left responding to initiatives from the outside and they will fuck up more often than not.
    ————————————————
    Basement Angel: thank you. This is consistent with Max Weber’s writings on the subject. It would behoove EVERY Democratic Party official to acquaint himself or herself with those writings to help them understand that if they continued to support Mr Obama at the expense of their constituents then they have hitched their wagon to the wrong star. This explains why he is thin skinned, why he throws people under the bus, why there are no other gods before him, and why when he fails the entire system around him collapses and those who swore fealty to him go down in flames as well. Caveat emptor Massachusetts.
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    “Charismatic authority is ‘power legitimized on the basis of a leader’s exceptional personal qualities or the demonstration of extraordinary insight and accomplishment, which inspire loyalty and obedience from followers’.[2] As such, it rests almost entirely on the leader; the absence of that leader for any reason can lead to the authority’s power dissolving. However, due to its idiosyncratic nature and lack of formal organization, charismatic authority depends much more strongly on the perceived legitimacy of the authority than Weber’s other forms of authority.”

    One of the big telling moments for me was at the joint fundraiser after Clinton withdrew her nomination. Clinton raised $6m for Obama but Obama forgot to ask his donors who were there to contribute money to pay off Clinton’s debt

  178. Man I could have read this article all night. And I should be in bed, I have a long day of volunteering tomorrow in Boston.
    Can I first say “Payback is a Bitch ” , yeah, that felt good LOL
    Thanks Ted and John Kerry for backing the guy who didn’t win the primary in Mass.
    I heard the term ‘Poetic justice ” used today , that works for me too.
    Scott Brown, a man of the people could be the next Senator from Mass !

    I went to 6 states for Hillary, one fatefull RBC meeting in DC for her, and then I worked for Democrats for McCain ! I was a 2 time loser, but I did it because I felt
    I was doing the right thing. I saw undemocratic things go down in 2008 in the Dem party. I became an Independent. Nancy and Harry made me sick when I was all for Hillary, my feelings didn’t change after they shoved her aside.

    Now I don’t want to count any chickens, but it feels good to vent. I’m sure I’m not alone with these feelings. I like Scott Brown, I met him the other day, and I hope he wins, and sends the greedy Dems home to where they came from to beg forgiveness from not representing the people. That’s one of the things that really pisses me off
    Americans know this health care is not a well thought out plan.Obama is becoming Jimmy Carter faster than Jimmy Carter became Jimmy Carter.

    so kids, let’s finally get it right. Elect Scott Brown, and hold him accountable.
    He will work for us, and we’ll be here to remind him !

  179. One of the big telling moments for me was at the joint fundraiser after Clinton withdrew her nomination. Clinton raised $6m for Obama but Obama forgot to ask his donors who were there to contribute money to pay off Clinton’s debt
    ———————————————-
    Absolutely right. Unforgivable on the one hand and perfectly understandable on the other considering the pathology we are dealing with.

  180. RalphfromBoston: my hat is off to you sir. You have alot of battle ribbons on your uniform– 6 states for Hillary, the RBC, and then McCain. I do not need to tell you how important it is to stop Obama and the Kennedy Machine. And the best place to do that is on the front line where you are now. Get a good nights sleep my friend. Revelle comes early. Make the Massachusetts Miracle happen. God bless.

  181. I spoke with Mrs. Smith this morning and again this evening. You will be happy to know that she is on the mend finally and hopes to be discharged from the hospital tomorrow. She lives close to the Massachusetts border and seems to have a good pulse on the situation from the local television stations. Suffice it to say she is bullish on Brown.

    The only concern she expressed was that the absentee ballots have until tomorrow to get in. And that is where the Kennedy Machine may do a good party of its cheating.

    I remember the primary in Indians, sitting the living room of my fried and her husband seeing Hillarys lead slip from 11 point down to 2-3 because of rampant cheating by Obama goons in South Bend, Gary and Indianapolis. In the city of Gary Indiana which is low income, there were more votes than registered voters, and where most people are on welfare there were 10% absentee ballots–3 times what it had ever been in the past.

    Let us hope the Republicans are on their toes and catch the Kennedy goons in flagrante delicto.

  182. RalphfromBoston: fyi

    Phone Banking for Coakley
    By Erick Erickson
    Red States Blog

    Here is what I’m being told if any of you want to go by tomorrow and laugh:

    Organizers are asking for volunteers to be at the IBEW address before 9 am to hear from Coakley and Vicki Kennedy tomorrow morning.

    The IBEW HQ site is where most of the Boston area locals are organizing GOTV.

    IBEW 103, 256 Freeport Drive, Dorchester, MA

    It is, in effect, labor GOTV HQ. That is why Coakley and Kennedy will be there tomorrow to kick things off. All other sites are for support.

    SEIU is running phone banks at:

    150 Mt. Vernon St. <<<——- This is SEIU 1199 HQ as well as Boston Teachers Union
    Dorchester, MA

    9:30am-whenever, Sat-Tuesday

    and, SEIU together with NAGE is running phone banks at:

    159 Burgin Parkway
    Quincy, MA

    and

    1299 Page Blvd
    Springfield, MA

  183. I would not get too carried away with this but it is encouraging. Our internals for North Carolina showed Hillary winning, yet we lost by 15% as I recall. But then again, Penn was the one doing the polling. Hopefully, Brown has someone more reliable.
    ——————————————-
    Believe It Or Not, Brown Can Win This Thing
    Posted by Dan McLaughlin (Profile)
    Friday, January 15th at 8:19PM EST
    80 Comments
    Too good to check: Jim Geraghty hears that Scott Brown’s campaign has internal polls showing him up 11 points:

    I’m getting the sense that the folks hearing this are almost a little incredulous, but it seems every demographic and key group is breaking to Brown in the past day or two.

    Geraghty also notes conflicting reports that Martha Coakley’s internal polls show her either even or 3 points back.

    At this point, it’s hard to know what to make of any of the polls, given the unique situation of a special election in January; nobody should be counting chickens for a Republican in Massachusetts, ever. But this can’t be bad news. Now, it will be up to President Obama’s visit on the Sunday of a 3-day holiday weekend to save Martha Coakley’s bacon. If she loses decisively, it may be the last invitation he gets this year.

  184. Senate Can Pass Health With 51 Votes, Van Hollen Says

    Jan. 15 (Bloomberg) — Even if Democrats lose the special election to pick a new Massachusetts senator Tuesday, Congress may still pass health-care overhaul through a process called reconciliation, a top House Democrat said.

    That procedure requires 51 votes rather than the 60 needed to prevent Republicans from blocking votes on President Barack Obama’s top legislative priorities. That supermajority is at risk as the Massachusetts race has tightened.

    “Even before Massachusetts and that race was on the radar screen, we prepared for the process of using reconciliation,” Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said.
    ______________________________________________________________________________________________

    Death Wish.

    Or-

    Fine and dandy if they never want to run for public office ever again

  185. Rule: when the American People express unalterable opposition to a major piece of legislation through polls and a recent election it is madness, and political suicide, to use an arcane technicality of Senate Procedure to force that legislation down their throats.

    Corollary: if you are a public official asked to vote in favor of that legislation, demand binding assurances that if it fails to pass then the leadership will not resort to arcane parliamentary procedures to save it. Otherwise your constituents will go ballistic and take it out on you in the next election–sure as the earth turns.

  186. Howie Carr sums the situation up nicely:

    “Let’s be clear here, Brown-Coakley is a fight between the working classes and the nonworking classes. If you have a job, if you pay your own way, then you’re for Scott Brown. If you’re a moonbat, or a hack, or an illegal alien, or if you have a trust fund or are from New York (or most likely both)then you’re for Martha. Are the nonparasites of Massachusetts still the majority? We’ll know soon enough” – Howie Carr

  187. The Dems simply do not care what the people think. All they care about are the bankers, the pharma companies, the insurers, the unions, etc.

    The only way to get their attention is to punch them in the nose at the ballot box, over and over and over.

  188. Good news on Mrs. Smith Wbboei, give her our best and tell her she is missing out on the fun. We hope she is soon able to share her Massachusetts border information with us all soon.

  189. Admin: I will call her in the morning and she will be delighted to hear that. It will hasten her recovery for sure.

  190. lets face it, Martha’s campaign was so laid back, she was horizontal, she thought she had to do nothing and win.

    Now her campaign is like a broken mirror on the floor, in a million pieces and all over the place.

  191. The one subtle thing here to remember here is this, Obama coming to Mass wont help a damn thing, Hillary won the primary there by a wide margin, its Hillary country, they dont much for Obama, they may hold there nose for him as a dem but there dont care for him really.

  192. MoonOnPluto, it’s a trap. We posted earlier videos of Saratoga and Elizabeth and Essex taking note of historic traps. Here’s another “trap” video, with music:

  193. Yep Brown told Obama to stay away got Obama’s ego all wee wee’d up that he puffed his chest and had to fly in.

  194. Gibbs is such a jerk. Here is an excerpt from an article:

    snip

    “White House spokesman Robert Gibbs took a shot at Brown during a press briefing today, saying Brown “feels comfortable fighting for the insurance industry and big banks.” Gibbs also described the special election as “a referendum on who’s side are you on,” not on President Obama.”

    http://abcnews.go.com/WN/obama-joins-campaign-martha-coakley-scott-brown-massachusetts/story?id=9572573

  195. After avoiding PBS’s The NewsHour for years, I tuned in last night to check out their coverage of MA Senate election. It included a closeup of Brown’s nude magazine photo-op. I cannot imagine who else would have been subjected to such pictorial coverage of the fact.

  196. holdthemaccountable
    January 16th, 2010 at 8:15 am
    After avoiding PBS’s The NewsHour for years, I tuned in last night to check out their coverage of MA Senate election. It included a closeup of Brown’s nude magazine photo-op. I cannot imagine who else would have been subjected to such pictorial coverage of the fact.

    ======================

    Palin.

  197. wbboei
    January 16th, 2010 at 2:48 am

    Senate Can Pass Health With 51 Votes, Van Hollen Says

    Jan. 15 (Bloomberg) — Even if Democrats lose the special election to pick a new Massachusetts senator Tuesday, Congress may still pass health-care overhaul through a process called reconciliation, a top House Democrat said.

    That procedure requires 51 votes rather than the 60 needed to prevent Republicans from blocking votes on President Barack Obama’s top legislative priorities. That supermajority is at risk as the Massachusetts race has tightened.

    “Even before Massachusetts and that race was on the radar screen, we prepared for the process of using reconciliation,” Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said.
    ______________________________________________________________________________________________

    Death Wish.

    Or-

    Fine and dandy if they never want to run for public office ever again

    =====================

    I’ve got my doubts. Even something as obvious as the FL/MI votes, or Obama’s shenanagins withdrawing in MI and then backing ‘uncommitted’, didn’t hurt him there in Nov 2008, sfair.

    Anyway — and if Reid doesn’t block Brown’s seating till after the vote — they can always bribe some GOP to not show up for the filibuster, or to push the wrong button.

  198. In New Mexico, last nights local news indicated that Retired Senator Dominici’s Son, would be putting his hat in the Ring to Run for Governor. We already are seeing huge bill boards up for the Republicans for Gov and Lt Gov (they run seperately here, election is in Nov). There is no one opposing the Lt Gov Diane Denish (Huge HRC supporter)from the Dems side. Domenici son has great name recognition. However, LG Denish has already started to campaign, and is not taking her huge polling lead for granted. But I think it indicates that the Republicans are waking up, and choosing some key political positons to run for. I think I will start donating small amounts of money to her, and attaching .44 on the donations.

    I also got a polling call the other day, which I think was run by the green organization. The young man just could not contain himself when I supported his position on things maintaining the environment here. At the end, he asked me to contact Gov Richardson. I told him It would be a cold day in Hexx before I ever talked to that man again. I think he got a kick out of that.

  199. Wbboei@ 2:16
    Glad to hear Mrs.Smith is coming home soon.

    I would love for the republicans to catch the democrats cheating. That would top everything off perfectly. The rampant cheating that took place during the primary was appalling.

    You can bet they are going to cheat, its how Obama works. Thats how the last close races have been won.

  200. JanH, I did not know that Haiti was where the Clinton’s honeymooned. I can just see Bill with that homemade piece of coal in his pocket. LOL!! He truly does care about the Haitian people. The republicans have decided that these folks are despencible. You can see this by listening to O’Reilly. It seems to project its a waste of time to help these people.

  201. Clinton heads to Haiti with relief supplies

    Saturday, January 16, 2010

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton left for Haiti on Saturday on a plane carrying relief supplies for the quake-stricken nation, U.S. officials said.

    Clinton and U.S. Agency for International Development Director Rajiv Shah plan to meet Haitian President Rene Preval and U.S. relief workers on their one-day trip to Haiti, where the death toll from Tuesday’s earthquake was estimated at up to 200,000 people.

    U.S. officials said Clinton’s plane would be carrying several thousands dollars worth food and supplies for 140 U.S. embassy staff in Haiti. She is also bringing in 100 cases of emergency food rations and 100 cases of water, they said.

    Haitian authorities said on Friday they believed as many as 200,000 people died in the quake that devastated the impoverished Caribbean nation and that three-quarters of the capital, Port-au-Prince, would need to be rebuilt.

    Clinton, who cut short a trip to the Asia-Pacific region on Wednesday because of the earthquake, said on Friday her trip to Haiti was aimed at getting an up-close look at both the damage and the unfolding relief effort.

    “We will also be conveying very directly and personally to the Haitian people our long-term unwavering support, solidarity and sympathies,” Clinton told a news briefing.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/16/AR2010011601094.html

  202. Guests for the Sunday TV news shows

    January 16, 2010

    Guest lineup for the Sunday TV news shows:
    ___

    ABC’s “This Week” — Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush; Lt. Gen. Ken Keen, deputy commander of the U.S. Southern Command; Rajiv Shah, U.S. Agency for International Development administrator.
    ___

    CBS’ “Face the Nation” — Clinton, Bush, Keen, Shah.
    ___

    NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Clinton, Bush, Keen, Shah.
    ___

    CNN’s “State of the Union” — Clinton, Bush, Keen, Shah, Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind.; Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C.
    ___

    “Fox News Sunday” — Clinton, Bush, Keen, Shah, Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100116/ap_on_en_tv/us_news_shows

  203. No terrorists in AFGHANISTAN???…
    Religious folk shouldn’t work in emergency rooms???…
    Schilling’s a Yankee fan?????…
    and there are several other policy-based gaffes to boot.

    She deserves to lose…

  204. Here it is 11:00 EST and no live report of SOS Clinton in Haiti. Has anyone seen anything or are they blocking her press again??

  205. Huge aftershocks going on just as Hillary is getting there. She is so brave.

    Good speech by BC in D.C., he speaks off the cuff, the other two had to read off their papers. In the end Obama had to speak off the cuff so as not to be outdone by Bill. This Haitian earthquake has really gotten to him and Hillary.

  206. #
    confloyd
    January 16th, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Where’s everyone this morning??
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~`
    Keeping their fingers crossed — hard to type that way.
    Hard to paint signs for Tuesday that way too but if you hold the stencil with you elbow and the brush with your teeth….

  207. “Every profession is a conspiracy against the laity.”

    It’s helpless patients with no one to fight for them who need the protection of law to prevent pregnancy, not staff who can talk and walk — to another job.

  208. lil ole grape, Did not know you are in Massachusettes. Trying to wait here by the TV to get a glimpse of Hillary in Haiti. Just watched Bill with the other two shmoes at the WH. His intelligence shows when he is accompanied by those puppets.

    I guess we could say the Presidents and the puppets were giving a news conference today about Haiti,LOL!!

  209. Admin: what is a trap video? The Johnny Horton video you posted at 5:23 above has a remarkable before and after likeness of McCaskill which appears as 1:44 et. seq. Even the phony smile.

  210. I meant to say the President and the puppets. Only one of the three standing there is Presidential, the other two are puppets.

  211. wbboei
    January 16th, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Curt Shilling must be another Schumer. Or else Coakley is a gaffmaster.

    It’s the latter…she’s a Grand-gaffe-master…

  212. To equate Bambis popularity in the general election against mccain with what it is today in Massachusetts as the moderator does to suggest he is welcome in Massachusetts is false logic and misses the 800 pound gorilla in the living room which is of course the closeness of this race and the probable victory of Scott Brown. It the current referendum on Obama–not the snapshot we had over a year ago when Bush hate was in the air, and he could get by with high falutin words as opposed to the real world task of governing, in which he has failed miserably. Only big media stands by him and if you read the piece that I was discussing with Basement Angel above you see why. He is a charasmatic type of leader, BIG MEDIA is invested in THE BIG LIE, and the moment he loses his legitimacy the whole circus act implodes.

  213. she’s a Grand-gaffe-master…

    ================

    Like Sarah?

    Coakley stood up for Hillary and against Stupak, and is being hurt by Obama’s policies — so of course they are trying to protect Obama by badmouthing her.

  214. I am disturbed by the comment above that O’Reilly thinks the Haitians are dispensible. You can use Alinsky methods to call O’Reilly a lot of things, but not charitable. He has sent a lot of money to Haiti for YEARS!! The main point I took away from his report was to be careful which entity you give your contributions to that go to Haiti for it is a corrupt and rudderless government and the contributions WILL be stolen from the hungry and desperate citizens.
    Bill O’Reilly gives millions away every year. He is one of the main supporters of OperationShoeBox.com. Operation ShoeBox is located within 20 minutes of my home. I have met with and helped that lady help the soldiers. She started the organization because she had iirc 5 children, one a female, who had or is serving in Iraq or Afghanistan and saw the need first hand for the soldiers to have a little comfort from home. She has been doing this wonderful work for years and O’Reilly has helped her for years, as has Gary Sinese, a huge hero of mine.

  215. oops, but not UNcharitable, correction:
    I am disturbed by the comment above that O’Reilly thinks the Haitians are dispensible. You can use Alinsky methods to call O’Reilly a lot of things, but not UNCHARITABLE. He has sent a lot of money to Haiti for YEARS!! The main point I took away from his report was to be careful which entity you give your contributions to that go to Haiti for it is a corrupt and rudderless government and the contributions WILL be stolen from the hungry and desperate citizens.
    Bill O’Reilly gives millions away every year. He is one of the main supporters of OperationShoeBox.com. Operation ShoeBox is located within 20 minutes of my home. I have met with and helped that lady help the soldiers. She started the organization because she had iirc 5 children, one a female, who had or is serving in Iraq or Afghanistan and saw the need first hand for the soldiers to have a little comfort from home. She has been doing this wonderful work for years and O’Reilly has helped her for years, as has Gary Sinese, a huge hero of mine.

  216. Coakley: I call her ‘Curling Iron’ Coakley. The more I learn about her the less I care that she supported Hillary. She is all about supporting and protecting the evil-doers and less about doing ‘the right’ thing. And the photo of her standing by silently and looking on while one of her aides decks a reporter tells me that she supports violence and thuggery just like you-know-who. You know, by any means necessary. She and her ilk are NOT what our country needs!!!

  217. Nappypolitano and Bagbiden will be having a press conference at the same time Hillary will be having hers, so lets hope we don’t have to see the two windbags in Florida over Hillary. I have been waiting all morning for her news conference.

  218. Shorttermer, Of coarse she was easily bought off by the Chicago mob, she is used to dealing this way. Just because she appears to have supported Hillary until the end, how do we know she wasn’t a double agent.

  219. Shorttermer, you would of just had to listen to how he said it. I am not nor have I ever used any Alinsky method of discribing any of those who work at Fox. I gave O’Reilly quidos for giving Hillary a fair shake during the primary, but he was just a little condescending when he spoke about the Haitians. I did not know he has helped them. I do know he has supported many organizations that have helped them, but then again you should hear how he said it.

  220. shorttermer, He also said this on the heels of lambasting Palin in a very obscure way. That’s the way the “all boys club” works. THey make their points underhandedly.

  221. confloyd, I did see and hear how he said it. And my take was that he was disgusted with the fact that so MUCH money and aid has gone to Haiti and MOST of it stolen – that is what his ‘tone’ of voice was about in my estimation. From the millions upon millions of dollars that have been sent to Haiti, especially by our hero Bill Clinton, the Haiti government should have been able to make Haiti into a prospering paradise. Instead, the people have lived in deplorable conditions and even their infrastructure was unsafe.

  222. ShortTermer
    January 16th, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    ===================

    I bet she banned books from the Wasilla library and killed Vince Foster, too!

  223. confloyd,remember that parable of the blind men and the elephant? IMHO that may be what we are doing here, feeling different parts of the elephant and describing it. In my estimation, he and Beck are trying to promote and help Palin, not hurt her. And yes the Good Ole Boys Club is still, after all these years, alive and well.

  224. shorttermer, I don’t trust either of them. She seem nervous, admittedly it was her first appearance under the microscope, but she did not look to be having a good time. I hope they are helping her, she is afterall the only one still standing after the takeover of the our party by the mob.

  225. I don’t know if I’ve seen this mentioned, but I’m guessing Dubya is teaming with Clinton instead of Poppy Bush because Poppy’s health isn’t very good.

  226. REQUIEM FOR A BOT (WHO SENSES BETRAYAL)

    What can you do when your dreams come true
    And it’s not quite like you planned?
    What have you done to be losing the one
    You held it so tight in your hand well

    Time passes and you must move on,
    Half the distance takes you twice as long
    So you keep on singing for the sake of the song
    After the thrill is gone
    After the thrill is gone

    You’re afraid you might fall out of fashion
    And you’re feeling cold and small
    Any kind of love without passion
    That ain’t no kind of lovin’ at all, well

  227. Re:
    turndownobama
    January 16th, 2010 at 12:46 pm
    ShortTermer
    January 16th, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    ===================

    I bet she banned books from the Wasilla library and killed Vince Foster, too!
    _____________________________________________________________________________
    WTH are you talking about? Your enthusiasm for Coakley has been very very well documented ad nauseum. Failing to cooperate in bringing a predator to justice that used a HOT CURLING IRON ON A 23 MONTH-OLD CHILD to the full extent of the law when you are the Attorney General is not comparable to anything that anyone with a conscience could comprehend much less approve of. I yowl out loud in pain for this little baby girl as I state that it is no wonder Coakley’s hair is straight!!!!

  228. Here’s comes windbag Biden, I don’t know what is taking Hillary so long to get there. They say the airport

  229. I don’t know if I’ve seen this mentioned, but I’m guessing Dubya is teaming with Clinton instead of Poppy Bush because Poppy’s health isn’t very good
    —————————-
    Makes sense. And this project will be very intense.

  230. Wbboei, Obama asked the little Bush. Old man BUsh is fine, you should see him at the Texan football games with the owner. He’s fine. Little Scrub Bush is always at the Cowboy games with Jimmy Johnson. I image Obama asked him so he get donations that Bill couldn’t get.

    I really don’t mind that Scrub is helping. The three stood there today, what a comparison. Like I said there was one real President standing there and the other two are American Idols (puppets), made with smoke and mirrors.

  231. ShortTermer
    January 16th, 2010 at 12:57 pm
    Re:
    turndownobama
    January 16th, 2010 at 12:46 pm
    ShortTermer
    January 16th, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    ===================

    I bet she banned books from the Wasilla library and killed Vince Foster, too!
    _____________________________________________________________________________
    WTH are you talking about? Your enthusiasm for Coakley has been very very well documented ad nauseum. Failing to cooperate in bringing a predator to justice that used a HOT CURLING IRON ON A 23 MONTH-OLD CHILD to the full extent of the law when you are the Attorney General is not comparable to anything that anyone with a conscience could comprehend much less approve of. I yowl out loud in pain for this little baby girl as I state that it is no wonder Coakley’s hair is straight!!!——-

    Thank you, thank you!!!!

    It has been ad nauseum on this abortion thing!!!!!!! yes it is important issue BUT IN THE OVERALL PICTURE of where things/country stand it is a little thing!!!!

    I was too polite to say this over the last few days but you said it for me!!!

  232. Bush was good after 9/11, I was truly impressed. I just wish he would quit with the slicing and dicing of Hillary.

  233. I agree the abortion/morning after pill is getting tiresome, but this curling iron thing shows the true colors of Ms. Coakley.

    I just hope we are not trading a demon for a devil.

  234. To me, O’Reilly comes across as a chameleon. I do not trust his conservative values. The sexual harrassment case he settled for big money is an important tell as to who he really is. Poseur is a good word to describe him.

  235. mp : )

    I ask, how could the Mackerel President have the gall, or as my mother used to say the brass on his face, to ‘ask’ Dubya to do ANYTHING???? He is a good man to accept, but I would bet it was Clinton who either asked for the request, or made the request himself?

  236. Believing horror stories about Coakley is on a level with believing horror stories about Palin and Hillary.

  237. confloyd, I was about to say that, lol. I like Biden, and he respects and likes Hillary (which means a lot), but he doesn’t know when to stop blabbing.

  238. mp : )

    I ask, how could the Mackerel President have the gall, or as my mother used to say the brass on his face, to ‘ask’ Dubya to do ANYTHING???? He is a good man to accept, but I would bet it was Clinton who either asked for the request, or made the request himself?
    —————

    My guess is different….. I think Bo probably asked Bush I but he said that his son is a better fund raiser than him so it ended up as clinton and Bush II….

  239. To me the solid people at FOX–the kind I would want in my foxhole is a war would be Brit Hume and Greta neither of whom are for sale. As for the rest of big media, everyone on nbc, abc and cnn are for sale. On CBS Couric is most definitely for sale whereas Bob Schieffer is not. The people who are for sale are invested in the big lie and their loyalty to this nation is debatable.

  240. wbboei: To me, O’Reilly comes across as a chameleon. I do not trust his conservative values
    __________________________________________________________________________
    O’Reilly states that he is an Independent [as am I], so I don’t know about how conservative or caring he is except for his charity work. But like you and like Sarah Palin, I am afraid to trust anyone anymore. I think the ‘trust but verify’ adage is good to remember. And, I have been pondering this, how can the citizens get candidates to understand that if they do not perform according to their promises, then they will lose their jobs and we will keep replacing them until the fit is right for the citizens….and BEFORE they are elected?

  241. I’m going out. I’ve posted some FACTS about Coakley’s background at
    h/ no w
    florasteele.blogspot.com

  242. OMG: I forgot Charles Krauthammer. I think of him more as a writer than a FOX contributor but for sure he is someone you would want on your side in any war, or search for the truth so the problem could be solved.

  243. ok ok….I think Bush I probably said that his “sons” are better at fundraising….
    he meant Bush II and his embraced son Bill Clinton!!!!
    🙂

  244. …the horrific horror facts of the ‘CURLING IRON’ case was tried in the courts of MA and should be public record in the courthouses in MA. Take a break, look it up, then find out if her big backers included the law enforcement union in Coakley’s area.

  245. Paula, THats right, I like Biden too, he never swayed or said ugly thing about her. Dodd and those Aholes deserve to get kicked out.

    Another nice thing to think about if Brown wins, Ole Teddy will be turning over in his grave that a rethug took his old job.

  246. wbboei, I admire those Fox people as well, especially Krauthammer. Additionally, it is not easy for Krauthammer to appear on panels because if you notice, his breathing is labored…my what patriots will sacrifice.

  247. Isn’t Krauthammer and para or quadraplegic?? His is using the same method to talk as Reeves it. He breathes in and runs the air thru the vocal cords the opposite way. He must have some sort of spinal injury or muscular problem. I do like him, he speaks the truth and he did support Hillary too.

  248. wbboei, Sarah is very trustworthy, I think she may be the FDR we could get. If she could get in, she could really help the middle class. She will have to fight those folks who put in the last two puppets.

  249. The League of Women Voters is apparently on our side in opposing the imperious Obama, Reid and Pelosi. It aint about parties anymore. It is about the elites who want to destroy the middle class, create a European Socialist System with its own set of royals. Big Media has been promised that they will be given an estate, a title and a coat of arms in this new order. That is the real dynamic here. To see it in terms of democratic vs republican dynamics is to miss the essential point. Raise taxes, loot the treasury and inflate the currency and you can create a race to the bottom without calling in the name of equality, or as we used to say share the misery.

  250. Correction: it is not the League of Women Voters. My apologies. It is the League of American Voters. Nevertheless, it is well worth reading. My apologies for the oversight.

    Dear Newsmax Reader:

    Dick Morris and our sponsor, the League of American Voters sent an urgent message to you below.

    You may have missed it and they are resending it again. As Dick Morris explains, time is absolutely critical in states like Massachusetts and elsewhere and you can make a big difference. Please read Dick Morris’ urgent message.

    Newsmax.com

    Dear Reader:

    Time is critical. Americans all over the country are fed up with the Obama administration. They don’t want his radical healthcare program.

    Citizens from states like Massachusetts, Nebraska, Florida and others are rising up as never before.

    Even in liberal states such as Massachusetts citizens are showing their outrage over the Obama-Pelosi-Reid alliance and it’s dismal record at creating jobs and inability to protect us against terrorism.

    The Democrats know that the final vote has not taken place on the healthcare bill and that key senators and congressmen are starting to waver.

    The politicians in Washington have seen the latest Rasmussen poll with Obama’s job approval down to 46 percent.

    It is vital that we strike right now with a TV ad campaign in key states across the nation. States such as Massachusetts, Nebraska, Colorado, Florida and others must be targeted to expose the dangerous Obama-Pelosi-Reid healthcare plan and the trios out-of-control spending plans.

    If polling data and other indices of public opinion reflect the growing outrage at Obama, the liberals in Washington will think twice before they vote for more taxes, spending, and regulation.

    The League of American Voters will have a new ad this weekend exposing Obama-Pelosi-Reid and their allies.

    The League, where I serve as chief strategist, urgently needs to spend $500,000 this weekend and beyond in states like Massachusetts.

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    I believe this ad will galvanize public opinion against Reid and Pelosi and Obama and offer real checks and balances in Washington.

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  251. If we could ever get the League of Women Voters to weigh in on proven voter fraud that would be a worthwhile endeavor. Where I see them most active is in introducing candidates to the public through publications and perhaps other types of relevant information. I do not know how heavily involved they are in the mechanics of voting. Unfortunately and as we have seen that is controlled by parties in the primary, and the law defers to them which is very unfortunate. There should be a constitutional right to vote and have your vote counted. Also, the process should not be subject to the oversight of an elected official, who by virtue of party affiliation has a vested interest in the outcome.

  252. The HCR [I am so used to typing Hillary’s initials lol] sweetheart deals include one by our Senator Bill Nelson [who I will campaign hard against]. It has to do with FL being the only state exempt from the effects of the HCR and MediCare Advantage in exchange for his vote to pass this America killing bill. The effect of his deal has been for MediCare Advantage to up their premiums recently in advance of this deal; they probably have priced themselves out of business here anyway, so his bribe is likely a moot point until his re-election. Also, it is not likely they MediCare Advantage could survive financially in only one state. But, let me tell you, as a Florida citizen, I want no special deals from the government. I see the combination of the Mackerel President’s debacles as leeching the life blood out of my 4 year-old and 8 month-old great-grandchildren….and I would sooner take a RED pill than have that happen.

  253. According to Larry Johnson on NoQuarter is that SOS Clinton and her counter part in Haiti will be responsible for the aid to Haiti.

    I also did not realize that Limbaugh is calling Obama’s effort in Haiti to be substandard and that Bush did a good job in New Orleans. He goes on to say that New Orleans had days to prepare and Haiti had none. Earthquakes and Hurricanes can’t be compared.

    So now I see why MSNBC is showing the fights over food and all the bad things. Its to undermine Hillary as Limbaugh is also doing.

    This is all going to boil down to getting to find a place they can blame Hillary for something.

  254. January 16, 2010
    One more from Game Change on Obama
    Rick Moran

    I’ll ask the same thing Ed Lasky has been asking about this book; the MSM made a huge deal of how the McCain campaign saw Sarah Palin and what they were saying about her, quoting liberally – and gleefully – from the book.

    But in the first 40 pages there are several eye popping accounts of how Obama was seen by his own staff and allies, including this one Ed Lasky sent along:

    After his election as Senator a lot of requests came in for him to speak..many of them fundraisers for other candidates. They required registration systems be set up that allowed Obama to get the email of all attendees for someone else’s event. But that is a digression. His aides were “praying it wouldn’t go to Obama’s head; his ego was robust enough already. They even conferred on the senator a new nickname: Black Jesus.”

    Arrogant, sensitive to slights, bored with his job in the senate, and someone with a messianic self-image; a cold, calculating Chicago pol – all of this is of no interest to the MSM?

    The Gatekeepers have been working very hard to ignore this.

    http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2010/01/one_more_from_game_change_on_o.html

  255. JanH, Thanks for that post. So they were hoping it would not go to his head, hmmm, hmmm. That doesn’t quiet go with what the media says about him being humble. I guess we should take everything they said about him and turn it 180 degrees and then know that thats the real truth.

  256. Bruner in Ohio is one of example of hyper partisanship in the SOS office. Katherine Harris is another. Nothing good can come form it. In a close case such partisanship by a partisan official undermines public confidence in the fairness of the election and the legitimacy of the resulting mandate.

  257. I checked into the League of Women Voters and almost clicked the button to join. Then I noticed they support the HCR with the public option and Climate Change among other things. They have local and state chapters.

  258. wbboei, how does one join the League of Women Voters? That is what all us females should do.
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    I do not know, other than calling their office and asking to volunteer. Perhaps others on this site have a better answer than I do on that.

  259. I was pleasantly surprised that the Florida League of Voters site has Welcome to Missasauga which features Hurrican Hazel. Mayor Hazel is my all time favorite politician alive today!!!! The caption reads: How to achieve 90% Approval Rating, or something like that.

    youtube.com/watch?v=fY79KbCptTo

  260. I think the League should avoid substantive issues which smack of partisanship and steer a neutral course. Also, they should focus on procedural issues more than substantive ones. I have a hard time believing that everyone is their organization supports health care deform, or a transfer of our soverignty due to global warming. At most it is a stated position of their executive board, which taints the reliability in the area of their expertise which is voter information on candidates and election initiatives.

  261. Exactly, wbboei. I can;t get the tune from Mayor Hazel’s music video out of my head……hot child in the city….hot child in the city. She is incredible and lovable.

  262. JanH, Its sickening to see the coverage we had on the book about Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton and Harry Reid, but nothing on Odumbo’s part in the book.

    The news media is so paid off not to mention a thing that might take the shine off their new BS potus.

    Obama seems like the kinda guy that Chris Mathews identifies with. I have always wondered who, how Mathews wifes is like.

  263. RalphfromBoston
    January 16th, 2010 at 1:38 am

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    right on Ralph…New Englanders have always been rebels at heart…help us start taking our country back…

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    wbboei and all – if the dems insist on using another manuever to force feed this health insurance scam, especially if Scott wins – there will be a revolution in this country…I have seen many comments and an article or two that clearly states people simply are not going to buy the insurance…

    so what are the dems going to do? start fining and maybe jailing people in a jobless economy? Are they freaking crazy?

    The Dems are in the process of not only self destructing, they are also in the process of rebranding themselves as the INSURANCE PARTY ( and throw in the drug co for good measure)

    how far and fast they are falling…

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    regarding Krauthammer above, I believe he was paralyzed in a diving accident when he was in his first year of medical school…and believe it or not, I think he was a medical reseacher in Jimmy Carter administration

  264. have to head out…but just thought that if the dims force feed this insurance scam…our rallying call should be “NO, WE WON’T”

  265. confloyd,

    I agree.

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    January 16, 2010
    More on Obama from Game Change

    Ed Lasky

    This book by page 30 (where I am at) comes down pretty hard on Obama. Aside from today’s post, just a couple of pages later he describes how bored he was with the Senate.

    Excerpt:

    The glacial pace, the endless procedural wrangling, the witless posturing and petifoggery, the geriatric cast of characters doddering around the place: all of it drove him nuts. To one friend in Chicago, Obama complained,

    “It is basically the same as Springfield except the average age in Springfield is forty-two and in Washington it’s sixty-two. Other than that, it’s the same bullshit”.

    After listening to Biden during a committee hearing, Obama passed a note to Gibbs that read “Shoot me now”.

    Time and again after debates on the floor, he would emerge through the chamber’s double doors shaking his head, rolling his eyes, using both hands to give the universal symbol for the flapping of gums, sighing wearily, “Yak, yak, yak”.

    My question: why has the media ignored, at least so far, this unflattering portrait of our President?

    This , of course, reflects why he tramples the Constitution, congressional rules, traditions, engages in bullying and bribery, loopholes, etc. to push through his policies. Why should he care about other people or institutions (or checks and balances) because that is all so boring. No wonder he just cannot stop giving speeches and making appearances on television, in front of crowds, down Broadway-because that is …what’s fun?

    http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2010/01/more_on_obama_from_game_change.html

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