Brown Versus Coakley – Barry, We Hardly Knew Ye

Update: Music for a Sunday evening:




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Barack Obama clawed his way to Massachusetts today in a last desperate attempt to breathe air into his drowned presidency. The Massachusetts special election on Tuesday is now, beyond dispute, a REFERENDUM on Barack Obama – and Barack Obama is poison – even in deep blue bluest of the blue Massachusetts.

In a political sense, the damage to Barack Obama is already done. The coffin car which carries Obama is already over the bridge and in the brackish waters, as far as public opinion is concerned. No longer are Obama’s false prophet false hopes believed. Obama’s oratorical detours and promises of change are now increasingly seen, not as change for the better, but corrupt change for a corrupt machine spawned in corrupt Chicago.

The Irish eyes of Boston did not smile on Obama today. Instead, an atavistic song plays through Irish hearts as they see Barack, Hawaii Barry, come to Boston to save himself amidst Celtic memories of other days. The Civil War era standard “When Johnny Comes Marching Home” is but an echo of the old Irish song, “Johnny, We Hardly Knew Ye”.

The early song’s title became a book of pained love about a young president slain in a Texas car, in a sun drenched Texas plaza, many years ago. The lyrics of the old song now describe, not the Johnny president so beloved, but the usurper lump who rolls ever closer to his political end through leaves of grass:

Ye’re an armless, boneless, chickenless egg
Ye’ll have to put with a bowl out to beg
Oh Johnny I hardly knew ye.

Barry, We Hardly Knew Ye. So quickly you’ve come to your end.

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Barack Obama went to to Boston today, to an unfilled small hall, to save himself and the Obama Dimocratic Party. Fate has lifted the humble sounding name of Massachusetts’ “Scott Brown” as Obama’s ostensible political executioner. Today Scott Brown attended “The People’s Rally” packed with voters eager to see him along with Curt Schilling, the legendary Red Sox baseball player, Doug Flutie, of Boston College and NFL history, John Ratzenberger, from the electronic Boston of television’s comedy “Cheers”, and Scott Brown’s daughter Ayla Scott.

As Obama rode wraith-like to Boston, Obama’s Chicago thugs are prepared to thwart the will of the people and deny immediate succession rights to Scott Brown if he wins the special election on Tuesday. As we have written that threat will infuriate Massachusetts voters. The legal questions are already wafting before a single vote is counted.

But the legal questions, discussions about “Yankee” Curt Shilling, sensationalism about reporters attacked, Coakley gaffs, Brown surges, Obama’s bastard status, rape laws, and polls are all beside the point. On Tuesday, the voters of electric blue Massachusetts, who voted for Obama one year ago, will hold a REFERENDUM on Barack Obama. Scott Brown and Martha Coakley are now almost irrelevant. The issue is Barack Obama. Barack Obama is poison even in Massachusetts.

The Obama fellatio-er Andrew Sullivan, begs for Obama and a vote for Coakley, and wonders if Massachusetts is “Obama’s Tora Bora“. Sullivan has issued a “Red Alert” on behalf of his Obama love. At The Atlantic, Obama enabler Marc Ambinder lists the reasons why Obama walks knowingly into Waterloo, Massachusetts:

The White House says that President Obama will campaign for Martha Coakley in Massachusetts on Sunday afternoon. Why?

(1) The White House has decided to OWN the race in Massachusetts, despite faulting Coakley for running a sleeper of a campaign since the primary. [snip]

(3) Coakley needs help turning out Obama Democrats…Democrats who SUPPORT health care reform.

(4) For Democrats, the race needs a…sorry…Game Changer…that shifts attention away from the daily drib-drab and Coakley’s unforced errors…and Democrats need to understand the stakes. Health care reform hangs in the balance… that’s not an exaggeration. If Democrats try to delay Brown’s seating by ten days, the blowback will be fierce.

(5) The decision was made in light of external press coverage and polling. (Coakley’s latest internals have her DOWN four points in the latest daily track.) [snip]

(7) Democrats and their allies will have about 600 troops on the ground next Tuesday and around 2,000 volunteers, but these troops need people to motivate. Democratic base enthusiasm is at an extremely low level, motivated by the idea that Obama doesn’t care about them or their ideals.

(8) The psychological effect of a loss in Massachusetts would be significant. It might persuade Democrats to retire. It might persuade folks who’ve compromised on health care to take a step back. It will almost certainly further demoralize the Democratic Party.

Ambinder foolishly attributes Obama’s trip to a “decision” by the White House. Nonsense, the “White House decided to OWN the race in Massachusetts” is nonsense. That reality was imposed on Barack Obama because he knows it is either go to Massachusetts and claw for some air, or die an immediate death at the hands of true blue Massachusetts voters.

Ambinder also forgets to mention a loss or barely a win will destroy Barack Obama. Real Democrats now realize “Obama doesn’t care about them or their ideals”. Foolish Independents and Republicans who believed the “uniter not a divider” flim flam now know better too. Many Democrats are also aware that Obama’s transfer of wealth to the insurance companies is a health scam and they DO NOT support the Obama scam.

At the much more realistic Wall Street Journal, The Backlash Is Coming! The Backlash Is Coming!

People in Massachusetts think they’re at the leading edge of politics. That’s not good news for Democrats.

With characteristic hubris, people in this state like to think they’ve been at the leading edge of American politics since the “shot heard ’round the world” in 1775. And in the past few years, we’ve given the nation a preview of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign with Deval Patrick’s successful 2006 bid for governor; provided a critical boost for Mr. Obama’s candidacy in the form of an endorsement by Edward Kennedy; and enacted a health-care law that is a template for ObamaCare.

But hubris has yielded to shock here at the possibility that the next political trend the Bay State might foreshadow is a voter backlash against the Democratic Party.

Massachusetts gave the nation much when Boston revolutionary fervor began. But Massachusetts of late owes the nation a great deal. Ted Kennedy, Deval Patrick, and Barack Obama are all oppressions from Massachusetts. It’s time for Massachusetts to um, do right.

After Kennedy’s death in August, few imagined there would be any problem replacing him with another Democrat in the U.S. Senate. It’s been 16 years since Massachusetts elected a Republican to a congressional seat, 31 years since the last Republican senator left office. Gov. Patrick appointed a former Kennedy aide as the interim senator, and Democratic primary voters chose the well-regarded state Attorney General Martha Coakley as their nominee for the special election.

Democrats in Massachusetts are awake to Obama’s “content of character” or lack thereof. Independents and Republicans are awake too. “And many people do not realize that independents outnumber Democrats—51% of registered voters in the state are not affiliated with a party, while 37% are registered as Democrats and 11% as Republicans.”

A Barack Obama loss in blue blue blue Massachusetts will assure Dimocrats in other, less blue to purple to red, states that Obama’s promises to rescue them are the boasts of a charlatan, liar, and flim-flam man. Like every cheap flim-flam man, Obama is writing checks that cannot be cashed.

But Obama was in a lose/lose situation created by the voters of Massachusetts. Go to Massachusetts and lose, or don’t go to Massachusetts and lose as well as demonstrate the emptiness of promises to campaign and rescue in the future – lose/lose.

“A lot of people don’t even realize there is an election on Tuesday to fill the unexpired term of Ted Kennedy,” Obama says in a robocall that state voters began receiving Friday. “They don’t realize why it’s so important.” [snip]

But so far it’s been Brown who’s benefited from turning the election into a referendum on the president’s policies. He’s based much of his campaign on a promise to stop Obama’s health plan, since his win would leave Democrats one vote shy of the 60 needed to stop a filibuster, while Coakley has vowed to pass it.

According to a Suffolk University poll released Thursday—the first to show Brown in the lead—55 percent of Bay Staters have a favorable view of Obama .

But only 48 percent approve of the job he’s doing and just 36 percent like his signature health care bill.

We have already witnessed the “Obama Magic” in other states and in Copenhagen. It’s possible we will see a “Massachusetts Miracle” on Tuesday. But the “Massachusetts Miracle” will be the election of Scott Brown:

While President Obama made stump stops in both those states during their gubernatorial elections last year, “the polls actually got worse for the Democratic candidates there after Obama came,” Jensen notes. “Not necessarily because he came, but it certainly wasn’t a game changer in a Democratic direction.”

Exit polls in both states showed independents, who backed Obama in 2008, went with the Republican candidate in 2009.

“It’s in some ways the opposite of 2008,” said Jensen.

Republicans have woken up to the Obama disaster. Independents have woken up to the Obama disaster. Obama cheating Dimocrats remain in a Hopium drunk. Real Democrats have woken up though, to the Obama disaster.

“I’m leaning toward him,” Giosi said one recent afternoon, nodding at the TV screen, which had been playing a seemingly continuous loop of ads both promoting and denigrating Republican U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown. [snip]

“I think [President] Obama is scaring a lot of people with this health reform. Somebody’s going to have to pay for this. It’s not going to be a small bill.”

One person who could end up paying for it is Coakley, Massachusetts’ Democratic attorney general and once the overwhelming favorite to keep the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s seat in the party’s hands.

Ah, yes, the “Kennedy seat”. That reason.

The Kennedy we used to defend. The Kennedy we did not cry for when he died. That Ted Kennedy, the one filled with laughter and excuses from friends and enablers.

Ed Klein, former Ted friend, former Newsweek editor, apologist extraordinaire:

“I don’t know if you know this or not, but one of his favorite topics of humor was indeed Chappaquiddick itself. And he would ask people, have you heard any new jokes about Chappaquiddick? That is just the most amazing thing. Its not that he didn’t feel remorse about the death of Mary Jo Kopechne, but that he still always saw the other side of everything and the ridiculous side of things, too.”



The apologists and the excuses ooze from the brackish waters.



The corpse of the Chappaquiddick Chauffeur is in the driver’s seat with Barack Obama by his side, with a bound and mouth-taped Martha Coakley who struggles in the back seat. Almost one year to the day after his bungled oath of office, Obama’s Joker grin will not save him from his fate.

The Barry, of unanswered questions, phony autobiography, and unanswered questions is tied to the Ted Kennedy of the brackish waters. This Tuesday, those of us, who defended Ted Kennedy for so many years along with those who foolishly believed and voted for Barack Obama will say “Teddy, Barry, We Hardly Knew Ye – Good Riddance and Goodbye.”

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166 thoughts on “Brown Versus Coakley – Barry, We Hardly Knew Ye

  1. And here’s a comment from one of the Scott rally eyewitnesses from another blog.

    A REPORT FROM THE SCOTT BROWN RALLY AT WORCESTER: “It’s an absolute mob scene. The police have closed off the streets. It’s mind blowing. The hall is already full, and it holds 3,000 people. There may be another 1,000 people outside.”

    Meanwhile, reader Sean Fitzpatrick writes: “Pictures don’t do justice. Nothing like this in Mass since JFK. Worcester rally starts in thirty minutes and the streets are already packed.” Here’s a pic.

  2. Well done, Admin!

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    “I don’t know if you know this or not, but one of his favorite topics of humor was indeed Chappaquiddick itself.”

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    There are no words for how insensitive and egotistical this monster was.

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  3. lol…alcina…

    “You don’t need another politician who just talks the talk.”

    I can’t believe he said that with a straight face.

  4. So, my college blog (I was a college classmate of Coakley’s) is following the race closely and and heatedly. This morning a lefty posted op-eds from Andrew Sullivan and TPM in support of Coakley.

    I thought ya’ll might enjoy my response:

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    Oh my, a veritable cornucopia of pundits this morning! Andrew Sullivan. Talking Points Memo. Yeah, these are definitely guys I would turn to for an in-depth understanding of what is happening in the Massachusetts massacre.

    These are the same guys who clapped like trained seals looking for a mackerel when the know-it-all Obama operatives arrogantly proclaimed a new Democratic coalition that didn’t need Reagan Democrats anymore (i.e. working class white Democrats) because they had a permament majority of brilliant young college students, limosine liberals, and minorities. Sounded good on paper. Until you need some turn-out.

    Now we see what these races are like without Reagan Democrats. The college kids have moved on from politics (dude, I got the new iPhone!), the minorities couldn’t care less about a race with no “black Jesus” just two white folk giving them the “okie doke”, and the limosine liberals are running around like Nancy Pelosi late for a botox appointment trying to figure out how the voters could be too stupid to love their policies. I mean, what Massachusetts voter wouldn’t embrace banning Roman Catholic nurses from working in emergency rooms? Sheesh, what’s wrong with these people!

    Once upon a time, a political operative from Lousiana who understood Reagan Democrats hung a sign in a Little Rock campaign office that said, “It’s the economy, stupid”. The Democrats could have used a sign like that while they were busy doing back-room deals with pharma and unions and Wall Street lobbyists. Now, the Reagan Democrats are going to make them pay. Not just make them pay, but make them pay ’til they hurt. Simple as that, really. Probably too simple for Andrew Sullivan to understand.

  5. I appreciate the wrap up, admin. Looking for substance elsewhere (mainly cnn dot com) and found none all day.
    I wonder who, other than myself, took note when Obama gave a shout out to the Senior Senator from Massachusetts, John Kerry.
    True, but insensitive.

  6. Like him or not, Scott has his finger on the pulse of what is happening. He is painting Coakley as a machine politician, and her cave-in on HCR and her subsequent surrounding herself with the royal Dem guard has played right into that perception. She should have stood firm and not been a “good little Party girl”.

    Here’s an excerpt from Brown’s speech today. He nails the mood of the people. And just from a cynically political point of view, as far as strategy goes, he is on top of the wave and Coakley and the tone-deaf Dems are going to get hammered with it.

    When we started this campaign just a few months ago, the political machine wrote us off. A Senate seat in Massachusetts, we were told, was already spoken for – and this special election was just a minor detail that wouldn’t get in the way. The political machine already had a short-term placeholder in the Senate. Now all they needed was a long-term placeholder, and everything had been arranged.

    Well, there was just one little problem with that plan – the independent-thinking people of Massachusetts wanted a real choice, and they – and you — have made this a real contest.

    The voters are doing their own thinking, and the machine politicians don’t quite know how to react. So they put in a distress call to Washington, and the next thing you know, Air Force One is landing at Logan.

    At the beginning, it felt like me against the machine. But guess what? I was wrong. It’s us against the machine.

    I don’t need an establishment to prop me up. I stand before you as the proud candidate of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents across Massachusetts, north and south, east and west.
    The party machine is in high gear for my opponent. The establishment is afraid of losing their Senate seat. You can all remind them that this is not their seat, it is yours.

    Should I have the honor of representing our state in Washington, D.C., I will serve no faction but Massachusetts. I will pursue no agenda but what is right. I will be nobody’s senator but yours.

    One of the great advantages of being independent is that you meet voters of every kind. And you learn what people are really thinking about the big issues facing our state and our country. The political experts are still wondering how this little campaign of ours grew so fast and gathered so much strength and momentum. The reason is simple.
    We do not want a senator whose only question on health care is to ask Harry Reid, “How do you want me to vote?”

    Obama and the arrogant DNC are killing the brand, and Coakley made the choice to hang them around her own neck like a millstone. THAT is what this is about.

  7. Iirc it was it Riverdaughter I saw a post about another way Reid/Pelosi can pass their HC bill even if Brown wins:

    Send the Senate version unchanged to the House and let the House pass it unchanged. Boom, instant law to the SH. No further votes necessary in Senate or House. — No wierd parliamentary stuff. Simple.

    This is in addition to ways such as:

    Bribe some GOP Senator to stay home or push the wrong button

    Delay seating Brown

    Use their 51 votes and expect voters to forget (or never hear about it in the first place, or be bored by the issue)

  8. HillaryforTexas
    January 17th, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    Like him or not, Scott has his finger on the pulse of what is happening. He is painting Coakley as a machine politician [….]

    Scott Brown said
    When we started this campaign just a few months ago, the political machine wrote us off.
    [….]
    At the beginning, it felt like me against the machine. But guess what? I was wrong. It’s us against the machine.

    Sounds like Obama’s speeches against Hillary.

  9. turndown, That’s interesting that they say they can pass whether Coakley wins or not. The House will agree to let the Senate bill stand as is and ram it thru. Is that what you are saying??

    Well if so, there’s the answer, Coakley a Hillary supporter is not well liked so they are offering her up for the sacrifice in order to keep the bill as is (Senate version). That’s why all the seemly ridiculous gaffs and screwups. Obama’s vultures have been at work.

  10. If Scott Brown beats Obama/Coakley on Tuesday, it is going to be increasingly difficult to get the 218 votes in the House. Everyone of those votes has to stand for election in just 38 weeks (or retire).

    Notice who couldn’t be bothered to show up today? John Forbes Kerry, the do-nothing giggolo.

  11. http://bostonherald.com/news/politics/view/20100117red_tide_giving_governor_deval_patrick_the_blues/srvc=home&position=2

    Patrick insiders say the governor’s campaign people are horrified by Brown’s surge, considering that Patrick is facing a candidate eerily similar to Brown in Republican health-care honcho Charlie Baker, not to mention a well-funded moderate Democrat in independent candidate Treasurer Tim Cahill.

    The thinking goes that if Brown, a political lightweight before this race, can energize the undecideds and frustrated Dems to steal Ted Kennedy’s seat over a Democrat, then the tide in the state is truly turning. And not in a good way for the ultra-liberal governor, who knows first-hand about campaigns catching fire and becoming unstoppable.

    One Patrick insider said that Coakley’s own internal polling shows Brown leading and that the governor’s inner circle is quivering. And that’s because they’re reading the tea leaves and know that his already dismal approval numbers, coupled with a crippled economy, could very well spell death by voter outrage in November.

  12. Pelosi. Kerry. Frank. Reid. There area a lot of national Dems MIA this weekend. I’m surprised they are not all out in force supporting Obama/Coakley.

  13. turndown @ 7:06, the difference is that Obama was flat lying. He had all the party insiders behind him from the get-go. He was a Chicago pol, steeped in machine politics.

    Brown is not lying. He has received very little support from his own party apparatus – though a few have glommed on here at the end. Whether you or I like his politics or not, what has happened with Brown has been a genuine grassroots swell of support from the people of MA – the very thing that Obama faked so well.

    Don’t be like the rest of the Dems and refuse to see what’s in front of your face, just because you don’t want it to be true. There are lessons to be learned here, if the Dems and we on the left will learn them.

  14. WOW! I just viewed the heckler clip and I don’t know what to think! What were the people behind squat shouting? I couldn’t make it out.

    I also couldn’t decide what squat’s reaction was. At first I thought he was getting a kick out of it on a certain level – like he was actually enjoying the sparring in the crowd – but then, when he couldn’t get control, he reminded me for all the world like one of those pitiful substitute teachers sent out to fufill contractual obligations in urban school districts when the regular teacher is out and the banshee kids would just tear them up! Fresh meat! That clip is BIZARRE!

  15. So Politico says that John Forbes Kerry did speak on behalf of Obama/Coakley. I guess that now makes it the Obama/Kerry/Coakley ticket!

  16. LOL, basil I also thought of a substitute teacher and he was getting angry.. Where was his legendary calm and cool persona (his supporters and the media make up things so easily).

  17. pm13,

    Could you hear what the rabble behind him was chanting?

    FWIW, I just checked Intrade and it’s got Brown up by almost 30!

    64.9 to 35!

  18. Haiti donors summit January 25 in Montreal, Canada
    (AFP) – 2 hours ago

    OTTAWA — Donor countries will meet January 25 in Montreal to discuss Haiti’s reconstruction efforts after the massive earthquake there, Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon said Sunday.

    “The Montreal meeting will provide an opportunity to reassess the situation in Haiti and ensure that the United Nations can focus international efforts to better help the Haitian people meet the challenges and prepare for long-term stabilization and reconstruction,” Cannon said.

    Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will attend the summit.

    The donors’ summit to help the former French colony was earlier proposed by French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5i359aF0vlz2os47QJqWKPwqIRCTg

  19. As we go forward into 2010 this is the song that should be ringing in the ears of Obama and his supporters:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDeOoS8b0zQ&feature=related

    This stanza in particular:

    Little General Napoleon of France
    Tried to conquer the world but lost his pants
    Met defeat known as Bonaparte’s reterat
    And that’s where Napoleon met his Waterloo

    Waterloo Waterloo where will Bwaak
    Meet his waterloo
    Every phony has his day
    Every cheater has to pay
    Where will bambi meet his Waterloo

  20. Well, he did it to himself, he cheated to get the nomination when he wasn’t ready for the big time. Now it shows and he can only thank himself. He should have waited and let Hillary make him VP and learned from her, then he would maybe of been OK! MAYBE!

  21. also couldn’t decide what squat’s reaction was. At first I thought he was getting a kick out of it on a certain level – like he was actually enjoying the sparring in the crowd – but then, when he couldn’t get control, he reminded me for all the world like one of those pitiful substitute teachers sent out to fufill contractual obligations in urban school districts when the regular teacher is out and the banshee kids would just tear them up! Fresh meat! That clip is BIZARRE!
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    Like Copenhagen. His finest hour. Not.

  22. The local SEIU backing Brown and the scoop is that Lieberman is backing Brown too. This looks horribly bad for the “Shaft”.

  23. If Coakley does end up losing, I wonder how the dims and media will spin it.
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    You other than what they always do to divert attention from the glaring inadequacies of his character and aptitude–throw someone else under the bus. If his surrogate goes down in Massachusetts it is megapolitical. The problem with Team Obama adn his media cronies is that they have been denying the truth for so long they no longer recognize it. And when that is the case, it is impossible to find solutions to failure. The ultimate problem is Obama is a sell out to big business and a European style socialist, and Americans are too individualistic and determined to protect their property to ever submit to his agenda.

  24. JUst reading about some great info on Obama, he and his wife has hosted more than 170 parties at the WH from his inauguration thru 12-3-09. Thats roughly a party every 3 days. Wow! Now that change you can believe in.

  25. Most of us have only 24 hours in a day. Obama has 36. And Patrick does not know Coakley’s first name:

    http://hotlineoncall.nationaljournal.com/archives/2010/01/after_obama_ral.php

    As audience members streamed out of Pres. Obama’s rally on behalf of AG Martha Coakley (D) here tonight, the consensus was that the fault for Coakley’s now-floundering MA SEN bid lies with one person — George W. Bush.

    “People are upset because there’s so many problems,” Rosemary Kverek, 70, a retired Charleston schoolteacher said as tonight’s rally wrapped up. “But the problems came from the previous administration. So we’re blaming poor Obama, who’s working 36 hours a day … to solve these problems that he inherited.”

    Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI), speaking with a gaggle of reporters after the event, said that while state Sen. Scott Brown (R) offers voters a quick fix, in reality, the problems created by “George Bush and his cronies” are not so easily solved.

    “If you think there’s magic out there and things can be turned around overnight, then you would vote for someone who could promise you that, like Scott Brown,” Kennedy said. “If you don’t, if you know that it takes eight years for George Bush and his cronies to put our country into this hole … then you know we have a lot of digging to do, but some work needs to be done and this president’s in the process of doing it and we need to get Marcia Coakley to help him to do that.”

    (Curiously, Kennedy mentioned Coakley repeatedly during his remarks to reporters, each time referring to her as “Marcia,” not “Martha.”) [snip]

    Blaming their problems on Bush does carry a risk for Dems, however — with their sights so firmly focused on the past, Brown’s campaign has managed to wrest the “change” mantle from them.

  26. Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI),————–

    Must have taken a few drugs before the event to stay “coherent”!!!!!

    Another Kennedy full of bullshit!

  27. Dems look at bypassing Senate health care vote
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    “The newly discussed fallback would require House Democrats to swallow hard and approve the [previously] Senate-passed bill without changes. President Barack Obama could sign it into law without another Senate vote needed.

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    h/ no w
    news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100117/ap_on_bi_ge/us_health_care_massachusetts_senate

  28. Dems look at bypassing Senate health care vote
    —-snip—-

    “The newly discussed fallback would require House Democrats to swallow hard and approve the [previously] Senate-passed bill without changes. President Barack Obama could sign it into law without another Senate vote needed.

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    Let all the AG of major states fight to be it to illegal – for the special nebraska favor!!!!! All the way to the Supreme CT!!!!!!

  29. I think it was planned, they didn’t want those house members/Pelosi messing with the HC bill. He warned them not to mess with the Senate version.

  30. JanH
    January 17th, 2010 at 8:52 pm
    If Coakley does end up losing, I wonder how the dims and media will spin it.

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

    As all her fault, of course. Her hairstyle or something.

    If we want it to be seen as a referendum on Obamacare, we should be saying she’s a good candidate with a good record (true) who did great in the primary against the Kennedy types and only got in trouble afterward when she appeared too friendly to them and to Obamacare.

    (Imo she used her power to get rid of Stupak, but that’s too complicated for the media etc.)

  31. hwc
    January 17th, 2010 at 5:51 pm
    So, my college blog (I was a college classmate of Coakley’s) is following the race closely and and heatedly. This morning a lefty posted op-eds from Andrew Sullivan and TPM in support of Coakley.

    I thought ya’ll might enjoy my response:

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    HWC,

    You posted a brilliant response — perfect for Sullivan, TPM et al. Shame DKos and Ms. Arianna didn’t see it too. Well done!

  32. The local SEIU backing Brown
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    That is very smart union leadership. I think they are wise to his game, whereas most unions are not. I will tell you exactly what his game is. He will protect current union members and punish the unborne. The new jobs that would be created here go to China. No new jobs means no new members. As a result, the union dies by attrition.

    Public sector jobs will survive, whereas those in the public sector will go away. And because union leadership today is very weak in so many cases it will end not with a bang but a wimper. They will sell out their birth rights for things like no taxes on Cadillac health care programs and baubles like that for a mess of pottage. Andy Stern is a perfect example.

    But once in a while you see union official who understand megapolitics, believes in the union movement and sees where the Obama train and its predatory capitalism is heading and wants no part of it. Those are the people who want card check.

    The reason I say that is because they are wise to his game.

    The Obama strategy toward unions in the private sector is one of extermination. I am very very familiar with the game he is playing. It is de rigeur in a dying industry–or where you are taking the economy global as he is.

    The strategy is to protect the current members and punish the unborn. Their jobs will go to China, but they will receive their perks like no taxes on their Cadillac health care. If he was interested in their survival, he would have supported card check as he promised. And he would have appointed a strong Secretary of Labor like Tom Kochan at MIT rather than the ninny he appointed for no better reason than the fact that she is Hispanic.

  33. The news sources for this race are very fragmented as the typical national outlets don’t really have boots on the ground. So if you guys see hard news like a SEIU defection, could you just point to source. Thanks.

  34. hwc, thats what the article said. The police and firefighters that belong to SEIU are backing Brown in Massachusettes.

    I figured out why Obama kept bring up the truck that Brown owns. Trucks are associated with rednecks, that has got to be it.

  35. The newly discussed fallback would require House Democrats to swallow hard and approve the [previously] Senate-passed bill without changes. President Barack Obama could sign it into law without another Senate vote needed.
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    That would be a death sentence for the members who voted for it. 2010 would be a bloodbath which would make 1994 look like a walk in the park. Obama would lose his many in his party if he did that. The rest of his agenda would be toast. It would be a call to arms to elect only Republicans to reverse this terrible program. I have never seen people who play their hand as stupidly as the Obama crew.

  36. hwc–I was responding to what I read above. I have no independent knowledge. I know during the primary some locals favored Hillary even though the national leadership went with the fraud.

  37. The news sources for this race are very fragmented as the typical national outlets don’t really have boots on the ground. So if you guys see hard news like a SEIU defection, could you just point to source. Thanks
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    hwc: I spoke with confloyd a minute ago. She thinks she remembers where she saw it. She will find it and post it tonight, if she can find it again.

  38. Link to new PPP poll

    New PPP poll released tonight. Over 1000 respondents last night and tonight. Margin moves from Brown 49% Obama/Coakley 47% last weekend to:

    51% Brown
    46% Obama/Coakley

    Still just inside the poll’s margin of error, plus or minus 2.85%.

    More Dems are likely voters, but more of them (20%)plan to vote for Brown.

    Favorable/unfavorable:

    Brown: 56%/37%
    Coakley: 44%/51%
    Obama: 44%/43%
    Obamacare: 40%/48%

  39. BTW, I did not get a single campaign call today. I haven’t been getting Scott Brown calls — I wouldn’t be in any Republican or conservative interest group database.

    I have been getting Obama/Coakley calls including daily calls from the DNC and SEIU New York. Those have stopped. They may be focusing all their efforts in “new Democratic coalition” neighborhoods, if you know what I mean. My town would be a likely candidate for Obama/Coakley to write off at this point.

  40. Hwc, those are startling poll numbers. PPP is a Dem poll firm. Rasmussen (you remember, the ones that were attacked as Republican shills when they showed Scott Brown 9 points behind) is supposed to come out with a poll before the election.

  41. The best question in the PPP poll was saved for last:

    Do you think that ACORN will try to steal the
    election for Martha Coakley?

    Yes 25%
    No 38%
    Not Sure 37%

  42. TurnDownObama, you are right that they will try to blame Coakley, who deserves some blame. But eventually, probably real quick, Big Media will focus on the disaster for Obama. Big Media will try to say the disaster is on the health scam, but even that limited defense won’t hold for long.

  43. This is an interesting pair of questions from the PPP poll. This is what outsiders who keep calling it Teddy Kennedy’s seat don’t understand:

    ————–

    Do you approve or disapprove of the work Ted
    Kennedy did during his time in the US Senate?

    Approve 63%
    Disapprove 24%
    Not Sure 13%

    ————–

    Q12 Would you like to see the next Senator from
    Massachusetts carry on Ted Kennedy’s legacy?

    Yes 47%
    No 41%
    Not Sure 12%

    ————–

  44. admin:

    If Obama/Coakley actually lose this election on Tuesday, I think there will be plenty of blame-game and finger pointing to slime just about everyone and everything in the Democratic Party.

    “Marcia” will probably have to join Whitey Bulger in some kind of witness protection program. She’s gonna be destroyed.

    But, it won’t stop there.

  45. I just cannot stop laughing at the thought of Patches Kennedy calling her “Marcia Coakley” all night to the beltway press corps.

    I don’t know if it was posted here or not, but the best piece of snark I’ve seen this week was:

    “Martha Coakley is drowning and this time there’s no Kennedy around to save her….”

    Patches calling her “Marcia” is just so perfect.

  46. wbboei
    January 18th, 2010 at 12:33 am
    The newly discussed fallback would require House Democrats to swallow hard and approve the [previously] Senate-passed bill without changes. President Barack Obama could sign it into law without another Senate vote needed.
    —————————————————
    That would be a death sentence for the members who voted for it.

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

    Huh? Why?

  47. confloyd
    January 17th, 2010 at 11:13 pm
    I think it was planned, they didn’t want those house members/Pelosi messing with the HC bill. He warned them not to mess with the Senate version.

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

    You mean Obama? He wants Coakley to lose so he loses his 60th vote and has an excuse?

  48. hwc 12:29: the news sources for this race are very fragmented as the typical national outlets don’t really have boots on the ground. So if you guys see hard news like a SEIU defection, could you just point to source. Thanks.
    —————————————————————————
    Connie is at work right now. However she asked me to post the the following information in response to your request:

    1. SEIU for Scott Brown
    Full story on http://www.flemingandhayes.com/
    SEIU members jumped on the opertunity to show their support for Scott Brown over Martha Coakley. This was at the Bill Clinton/Martha Coakley rally at WPI in Worcester Massachusetts 1/15/09

    2. The presence of 300 Service Employee International Union (SEIU) members bused in was bad news for Scott Brown — but I wasn’t ready for this — the local SEIU is PO’d the national union didn’t ask for their input, so they’re backing Scott Brown — as is the state police, local police and firefighter unions. Source: http://www.theobamafile.com/ObamaLatest.htm
    This features two videos with people wearing SEIU local 509 jackets holding up Scott Brown signs, and interviews. (Note: I see this posted above okay).

  49. Huh? Why?

    ———

    The answer to your question lies in the favorable/unfavorable percentages for ObamaCare in the PPP poll above.

    Congress can ignore the will of the people and ram stuff through, but they are eventually going to get their heads “stove in” with baseball bats in the hands of voters.

    I honestly think the Dems still do not grasp the anger in the country. They still are living in la la land thinking this is just astroturf anger from a few right wing interest groups. They really need to get outside the beltway echo chamber.

  50. The comports with our thinking on potential passage of the health scam in light of a Brown win:

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0110/Moving_health_care.html?showall

    Jonathan Cohn surveys Dems and decides that of the various theoretical options for getting health care through if Brown wins, only one is practical: convincing the House to pass an unchanged Senate bill, in the hope of future revisions to implement the compromises the houses have hammered out.

    Such a move could be quick; unless I’m mistaken, the House could hold such a vote this week. It would also be perfectly legitimate: When a chamber votes to pass a bill, as the Senate did when it passed health care reform on Christmas Eve, it’s effectively offering to make that bill a law, pending the other chamber’s approval. And that offer is good through the end of the Congress, even if the chamber’s membership changes.

    I think that’s probably right: Snowe is, by all appearances, gone, and the notion that Democrats could hold 60 votes in the Senate in the legal and political window between a Brown win and his swearing (two words: Joe Lieberman) in is hard to picture.

    But even Cohn’s route is extremely hard. Along with the obvious problems of keeping the Blue Dogs on board and convincing the left to swallow a very bitter pill is context of the broader political response to a Brown victory, which may be, in Democratic circles, panic. (“It’ll be like a nuclear bomb went off,” one Democrat told me this week.) That’s not to say it will be impossible. But it’ll require a level of muscle that this White House hasn’t yet, even in its hard and generally successful coalition-building, been forced to exert.

  51. There are some horrible people posting over at RedState. The things they say about BC and Bush getting together for Haiti are terrible. This is not a time for politics, but you would never know it by the way some talk.

  52. thanks wbbboei:

    It’s not big deal, but I suspect all of us are finding the usual news sources spotty and hard to track down. I think most of the chattering class has simply staked out a seat at the hotel bar for the duration.

  53. It’s not big deal, but I suspect all of us are finding the usual news sources spotty and hard to track down. I think most of the chattering class has simply staked out a seat at the hotel bar for the duration.
    —————————————
    Yes indeed. Like the three little monkeys.

    1) hear nothing bad about Obama

    2) see nothing bad about Obama

    3) speak nothing bad about Obama

    even when he lies, cheats and steals.

    And they have the audacity to call themselves journalists.

    They are nothing but a bunch of soap and deodorant salemen

    Who live to please and prop up beltway dynasties

  54. I want video of Patches Kennedy calling her Marcia all night. You know that is classic video.

    OMG, Howie Carr (Boston talk radio) is going to have a field day tomorrow. He’s the one who nicknamed Patrick Kennedy “Patches” for reasons that I don’t even know. He also coined the Do Nothing Giggolo moniker for Kerry. He’s brutal on the Democratic machine hacks in Massachusetts.

    At one point, he was so relentless on Billy Bulger that word was passed to him that Whitey was looking for him. He finally figured out that if Whitey really wanted him dead, he’d already be dead.

  55. This is pretty interesting about Harold Ford and his running in New York.

    Ford has shown willingness to defy the Democratic establishment
    By Sean J. Miller and Bob Cusack – 01/17/10 08:29 PM ET
    If Harold Ford Jr. defies the White House and launches a Senate bid in New York, it wouldn’t be the first time that he has taken on powerful players in the Democratic Party.

    Ford’s unsuccessful bid to challenge Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for minority leader in 2002 was a setback to his career, but one that he overcame.

    His looming decision of taking on President Barack Obama, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and the rest of the Democratic establishment could be more costly. Should Ford run and defeat Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), it would be an enormous accomplishment. If he runs and loses, Ford’s bright political future would dim considerably.

    A source familiar with the landscape of the Senate race told The Hill there’s an “80-20” chance the former Tennessee congressman will challenge Gillibrand.

    The biggest obstacle, the source said, is that Ford would be going up against almost every elected Democrat from New York, most notably Schumer.

    The White House, meanwhile, has not been shy in saying Obama backs Gillibrand. The administration, along with Schumer, helped clear the field for the incumbent senator.

    But that might not stop Ford.

    “If he thinks he can win, he’ll do it,” the source said.

    The source pointed to a new Marist poll showing Gillibrand beating Ford, 43-24, in a hypothetical match-up. While Ford is down 19 points, a third of those surveyed were undecided, and the ex-House lawmaker would likely cut into that lead if he jumped in the race.

    Ford’s office did not respond to a request for comment.

    Defying the Democratic establishment has been a hallmark of Ford’s career, which could be an asset in a year when public anxiety is focused on incumbents.

    “Ford is not a down-the-line party guy,” said John Geer, a professor at Vanderbilt University who knows Ford.

    Ford made that clear when he recently told The New York Times: “If I am elected senator from New York, [Senate Majority Leader] Harry Reid [D-Nev.] will not instruct me how to vote.”

    And on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Friday, Ford said he would consider running as an Independent, but left his options open.

    In his 2002 race against Pelosi, Ford attracted only 29 votes while Pelosi snared 177.

    “That was Don Quixote. No one took it seriously,” former Rep. Martin Frost (D-Texas) said of Ford’s leadership run. “She already had it locked up, so that was an after thought.”

    Pelosi had the backing of many of the female members and the liberal wing of the caucus, while Ford had no vocal backers. Pelosi was the clear favorite, but Ford’s decision to run against her ruffled many feathers in the House Democratic Caucus.

    “I guess he just wanted to make a point,” Frost said.

    Geer sees it differently.

    That run for the leadership was “laying the ground work” for his Senate race in Tennessee in 2006, Geer said. “Harold is very smart, he’s very focused and he has strong opinions. He wants to frame issues the way he likes to do it, so he’s going to tussle with people. It’s just Harold’s style.”

    In this environment, Geer said, “I’m not so sure running against the Democratic Party in New York isn’t a winner.”

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    Source: 80 percent chance Ford will run for Senate
    “There’s a lot of party insiders who are probably unhappy with Harold, but there’s a lot of party insiders who probably are happy with Harold,” Geer said.

    Geer added that Ford’s interest in the New York race was piqued by supporters who encouraged him to run.

    “Is he ambitious? Of course he is. What politician isn’t?” Geer said. “But this New York race was a product of people coming to him urging him to run. It was an opportunity that suddenly presented itself, and obviously he continues to mull it over.”

    Ford would have his own powerful backers if he decides to jump in. He’s known to be close with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who won reelection in 2009 as an Independent.

    Former President Bill Clinton helped Ford raise money during his 2006 Senate race in Tennessee. And, that year, former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe said of Ford, “His potential is limitless.”

    Ford lost the 2006 Tennessee Senate race by three percent in a tough, competitive campaign. The Tennessee seat was the only seat Senate Republicans picked up that year.

    Should Ford get into the race in New York, Schumer will likely be active in promoting Gillibrand. But attacking Ford could be tricky for the senior senator from New York, who is expected to cruise in his own reelection race this year.

    As chairman of the Democratic Senatorial campaign Committee, Schumer worked closely with Ford in 2006.

    That year, Schumer said, “We have a great candidate in Harold Ford. He represents a new generation in leadership.”

    Source:
    http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/76569-ford-has-shown-willingness-to-defy-dem-establishment
    The contents of this site are © 2010 Capitol Hill Publishing Corp., a subsisiary of News Communications, Inc.
    Comments (15)PAGE |1|2|>I just love these two faced politicians. They join a party, either democrat or republican, and then vote with the opposition every time. What’s the game here anyway? Are they actually spies for the other side of the aisle? If you declare yourself either democrat or republican, then you should agree with most of what that party’s agenda is. If not, then why join the party in the first place?
    BY not a politician on 01/17/2010 at 20:43
    If Ford insists on putting his ill fated poitical ambitions before the good of the nation, he will once again lose and the seat will be lost to a Republican. The man is an idiot.
    BY ajvan on 01/17/2010 at 20:50
    This guy is not going to win In New York in the Democratic Primary against her, no way. He might as well pack it up right now.
    BY Dale from Midland on 01/17/2010 at 20:54
    He is an individual, not a party guy. He’s not the incumbent. He may be a democrat, but Brown isn’t much of a republican and we went for him. I bet Ford can garner the Tea Party money and voters by opposing obamacare. Tea Partyers aren’t really republicans you know, ask Steele.
    BY Salverda on 01/17/2010 at 21:23
    I believe Mr. Ford,Jr. will be invaluable in the Senate. More than I can say for Schumer and Gilibrand. We need men in both chambers who have the American people to heart. Not as Ploski are Gilibrand. Mr Ford has a good chance of being elected.
    BY William K Siglar on 01/17/2010 at 21:28
    Ford can be just like Brown and kick geister and stop the SLIP AND FALL LAWYERS OF schumer, reid and obama. We are sick of your status quo obama, your boogy man , your prehistoric, you bold , your swift and you only been in office for 11 months and you are a LAME DUCK. Words just words by obama and all LIES.
    BY Jake2 on 01/17/2010 at 21:43
    Stop wasting your time Ford!
    BY mitsu on 01/17/2010 at 21:52
    Technical error: The GOP did not pick up the Tennessee seat in 2006. They retained the open seat of retiring Republican Senator Bill Frist.
    BY TJ Kimel on 01/17/2010 at 21:55
    I am for anyone that does their own thinking, instead of being a down the line party whore. If someone puts the people first, and makes the best effort, and best decision they can, I will support that. We need to bust up this federal stranglehold on our money, and our lives. This place is morphing from the “Land of the free, and the home of the brave” to the land of the politically correct sleazy lawyer that sleeps with anyone but their spouse, and wants to be the center of everyone’s attention, all the time. Everyone sees it. It
    BY David E. Connolly, J on 01/17/2010 at 22:10
    the good news is he made a big impression on Don Imus so he will get 3 hours of coverage for free during the election all of it good

  56. For those of you not familiar with Massachusetts politics, the Bulger brothers grew up in the projects in South Boston. Billy was the good kid, went to BC law school are made a name for himself in politics leading the anti-busing wars in Southie. He became President of the Massachusetts Senate and ruled with an iron fist. Quintessential political machine boss.

    Whitey was the bad kid. Became head of the Irish mob in Boston. He’s currently on the lamb and is the FBI’s most wanted criminal. Murdered a lot of people. Turns out he was also an FBI informant the whole time. He’s got less to worry about from the FBI than he would if he every showed his face in Southie.

    This is what we live with, if anyone is trying to understand this election.

  57. Wbboei, in addition to the reasons we posted, imagine what the unions will say. After weeks in negotiations to block taxes on their members’ health plans what would the unions do if House Dimocrats went along with the Senate? The rank and file would throw out their union leaders too.

    As HWC has pointed out, the Dimocrats are trying to convince themselves that the Tea Party movement and the anger are all fake. The Dimocrats also think that Obama is popular and that if only the stupid voters would realize what wonderful things Obama has in store for them they would be happy. The Dimocrats repeatedly either delude themselves, or perhaps it is spin for Big Media because no one can be that stupid, that once the health scam passes Americans will rejoice. Like the Iraqis rejoiced.

    This is why we think the only way to bring the Dimocrats back to reality is to hit the Obamination Party with defeat after devastating defeat – until they wake up to the historic mistake they committed with their treacheries and stupid “new coalition” dreams. Destruction and doom and (political) death are the only answers to such mendacity and cupidity and stupidity.

  58. admin:

    I’ve wondered a lot about that. I’ve come to the conclusion that all the politicians care about is the lobbyists who line their pockets. So when they say that “people will like Obamacare” or any other bill, what them mean is that there is so much pork for their lobbyist supporters who wrote the bill, that they will be happy and keep giving them enough money to get reelected.

    The people are not a part of this loop. Just stooges. A necessary evil to deal with ever 2 years.

    So when a Nancy Pelosi talks about how we will all benefit from green jobs, she’s talking about her brother-in-law who is the lead investor in that electric sports car manufacturer that got all the government grants.

  59. I can’t get the image out of my mind. Last night, 35 degrees. Scott Brown with a bullhorn, standing in the bed of a pickup truck at a frickin’ gas station with a couple hundred supporters listening to his stump speech.

    And the beating the brains out of Obama/Coakley and the Kennedys and the entire Massachusetts Democratic machine.

    Obama/Coakley mocking his truck today was stupid as hell.

  60. Marcia” will probably have to join Whitey Bulger in some kind of witness protection program. She’s gonna be destroyed
    —————————————-
    hwc: your comment brings back memories. Whitey was head of the Charleston mob he was an FBI informant. He ratted out a competitor gang–the Winter Hill mob. But after that he kind of disappeared. He was a quiet and unassuming looking man. He took walks with his wife and dog. He always carried a knife. I think he had about 20 notches. Before 9/11 he was number 1 on the FBI’s most wanted list. I did not realize he was in the witness protection–I thought he was on the lamb.

    The Italian mob from Providence had a big piece of Boston in those days. The capo in charge controlled the north end. I knew a young lady fairly well who was the ex girlfriend of the underboss of the New England mob. They were gentlemen compared to some of the Charleston boys. The FBI got overzealous and entrapped some of Italians. As a result, the US District Court (Judge Wolfe) let them out of jail because of it. Whiteys brother Billy was Speaker of the House and later Chancellor of UMass. I don’t know what he is doing now either.

  61. An Interview with Marcia Coakley
    ——————————
    Isn’t it amazing how arrogant and inept Obama and his supporters are. This interview draws it into high relief. For the opposition it is an embarrassment of riches. It is much funny than anything you see on dullard shows like Letterman.

  62. I am assuming that the whole most-wanted criminal thing is really just a ruse and that the FBI has set Whitey up with a nice gig somewhere to protect him once it became known that he was an FBI informant the whole time he was running the Boston Irish mob.

    Let’s put it this way, I don’t think the FBI is looking for him very hard.

    Is there any other state where two brothers can be President of the State Senate and head of the mob at the same time? They ruled in exactly the same way. That’s Massachusetts Democratic machine politics.

  63. Billy Bulger is retired. I think it was Mitt Romney was so mortified to have him as Chancellor of the UMASS system, that he worked out some kind of ungodly payoff to get him to retire.

    The feds knew Billy had had some contact with his brother Whitey on the lam and hauled him down for a televised Senate hearing that was quite embarrasing to Massachusetts. Talk about an arrogant little man. Wow.

    He gets a $200,000 a year state pension now.

    Photos of Billy Bulger with some of our favorite Kennedys and Kerrys:

    Billy Bulger

  64. Barack embraces evil dictators around the world. Barack tolerates the slaughter of innocents in Iran. Barack has no love for this country. The explanation for this can be found in a quotation by Edmund Burke who became Prime Minister of England. He was a great admirer of the American Revolution of 1775 and a harsh critic of the French Revolution of 1789:

    “A kind Providence has placed in our breasts a hatred of the unjust and cruel, in order that we may preserve ourselves from cruelty and injustice. They who bear cruelty, are accomplices in it. The pretended gentleness which excludes that charitable rancour, produces an indifference which is half an approbation. They never will love where they ought to love, who do not hate where they ought to hate.”

  65. h/w
    politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0110/Moving_health_care.html?showall

    Jonathan Cohn surveys Dems and decides that of the various theoretical options for getting health care through if Brown wins, only one is practical: convincing the House to pass an unchanged Senate bill, in the hope of future revisions to implement the compromises the houses have hammered out.

    Such a move could be quick; unless I’m mistaken, the House could hold such a vote this week. It would also be perfectly legitimate: When a chamber votes to pass a bill, as the Senate did when it passed health care reform on Christmas Eve, it’s effectively offering to make that bill a law, pending the other chamber’s approval.

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

    What, they might be forced to do something simple and legitimate? ;-0

  66. wbboei, You and hwc came up with some mobsters there in Massachusettes did’nt you??

    LBJ used to talk about the Irish Mob all the time, I guess there really is one.

  67. A memo from Allen Weiss I thought you might enjoy. It explains what we are seeing.
    ———————————————–
    The enormous, costly ($200 million?), embarrassing problems that NBC television are having is indicative of why your value as a consultant is so important. Otherwise intelligent, well-educated, highly-regarded, wealthy people in huge offices are making dunderheaded decisions every day, because they are surround by people afraid to tell them that they’re not wearing any clothes.

  68. wbboei, You and hwc came up with some mobsters there in Massachusettes did’nt you??
    ————————————–
    Connie: if you read the book Blood and Power written by an scholar in residence at Brown University, you will find that the biggest mobster in the country, bigger than Lucky Luciano or Capone was Joe Kennedy Sr. No one else had such powerful connections in government, hollywood, business and the underworld. FDR called him the most evil man I ever met.

  69. What, they might be forced to do something simple and legitimate?
    —————————-
    Turndown do you want this bill to pass?

  70. I need to get that book and read it. There was another mobster you and I were talking about recently and I can’t remember his name, but I think he was from Louisiana. I think he had tenacles to HWBush.

  71. Wbboei, I remember now, it was Frank Carlucci, he is/was connected to the Carlyle Group.

    I think our whole govt. is a mob now.

  72. Wbboei, in addition to the reasons we posted, imagine what the unions will say. After weeks in negotiations to block taxes on their members’ health plans what would the unions do if House Dimocrats went along with the Senate? The rank and file would throw out their union leaders too.

    As HWC has pointed out, the Dimocrats are trying to convince themselves that the Tea Party movement and the anger are all fake. The Dimocrats also think that Obama is popular and that if only the stupid voters would realize what wonderful things Obama has in store for them they would be happy. The Dimocrats repeatedly either delude themselves, or perhaps it is spin for Big Media because no one can be that stupid, that once the health scam passes Americans will rejoice. Like the Iraqis rejoiced.

    This is why we think the only way to bring the Dimocrats back to reality is to hit the Obamination Party with defeat after devastating defeat – until they wake up to the historic mistake they committed with their treacheries and stupid “new coalition” dreams. Destruction and doom and (political) death are the only answers to such mendacity and cupidity and stupidity.
    —————————————–
    Admin: Trumka has a short fuse to begin with. I know Hoffa and he will be livid. Ditto Stern. And the members, ah yes the members, will be livid that their union leaders pushed them to support Obama. They will feel betrayed, and thrown under the bus. They need to recognize that their future depends on the abandonment of the phony coalition of Obama. There is nothing in that alliance for them–except extinction under his globalist vision. They need to return to the Roosevelt coalition they sprung from with Hillary Clinton as their leader. It is just that simple.

    Your strategy is sound. As Admiral Halsey said hit hard, hit fast, hit often.

  73. hwc: thanks for the update. I concur that Whitey is probably in witness protection. Your recollections about Billy are correct and accurate.

  74. I spoke to Mrs. Smith today. They are keeping her in the hospital until Monday or Tuesday. She says hi to everyone, and appreciated your words Admin.

  75. Wbboei, in addition to the reasons we posted, imagine what the unions will say. After weeks in negotiations to block taxes on their members’ health plans what would the unions do if House Dimocrats went along with the Senate? The rank and file would throw out their union leaders too
    ————————-
    And if they make any change–ANY CHANGE in the Senate bill then I assume the whole thing has to be re-voted. In that case they will need to get 218 votes in the House and 60 in the Senate. If Massachusetts goes the way we hope that will be difficult.

  76. Jan,

    I thought you would enjoy this.
    It’s from John Batchelor at RBO.

    Mrs. Clinton’s statement to the media as she arrived at the airport at Port Au Prince was excellent and perfectly on message for the scale of the troubles. Everything about her tone, demeanor, pacing and diplomacy suggests that she has long trained for this, long imagined how to carry on in the midst of hemispheric catastrophe.

  77. Thank you ShortTermer.I still value the meaning and importance ot this simple comment and it creates awareness of the dire problems facing our country.It names no one and creates food for thought about where we are headed and can only be corrected by Hillary Rodham Clinton.I would like to see it used as a sign-off by all you great Patriotic Big Pink Patriots.

    ” To Think We Could Have Had Hillary”

    By ABM90

  78. I think Barry shot himself in both feet yesterday when he mocked Brown’s truck, then commented: Anyone can buy a truck.
    Waterloo. Always loved that song.

  79. Personally, I think the Dims are trying to push the idea of “electing Brown will not kill the healthcare bill” in a desperate effort to suppress turnoout for him. Because they know darn well that that’s a big reason many want to vote for him. I think it’s a fake. The House is not going to pass the Senate bill unchanged – the unions would go ballistic.

    I think the Dims are pushing that meme of “Brown will have no effect on HCR” as a strategy, not because it’s necessarily true.

  80. h4t said:
    The House is not going to pass the Senate bill unchanged – the unions would go ballistic.

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

    They’re also talking about some kind of procedure for tweaking the bill later that would not require the 60 Senators, tho apparently that’s not as simple and legitimate.

    I’m sure some people are pushing other ways to pass the bill as anti-gotv; may be true, though. Bribing GOP they’ll have with them always.

  81. “Personally, I think the Dims are trying to push the idea of “electing Brown will not kill the healthcare bill” in a desperate effort to suppress turnoout for him.”

    ——————-

    How machiavellian is that? They know that the public doesn’t want this bill and yet they are forcing it down everyone’s throat because they can. This is like saying “we don’t give a damn what you all want, we can do whatever we want and to hell with you.”

  82. January 18, 2010

    Brown blasts Coakley’s MLK invocation

    Scott Brown blasted his rival Martha Coakley for invoking the legacy of Martin Luther King in asking for votes at the Boston Martin Luther King Day breakfast this morning.

    “I thought it was inappropriate when she started asking for people’s vots when they’re trying to remember Martin Luther King, Jr.,” he said. “I didn’t know this was a rally for Martha.”

    Coakley asked for the votes of the audience, which included Brown, at the Hynes Convention Center:

    “Tomorrow we act on the dream and we make sure that we allow me to continue that work,” Coakley said. “We remember the dream tomorrow and we will act on the dream tomorrow.”

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0110/Brown_blasts_Coakleys_MLK_invocation.html

  83. “Personally, I think the Dims are trying to push the idea of “electing Brown will not kill the healthcare bill” in a desperate effort to suppress turnoout for him.”
    ——————————–
    They are known for this sort of thing. In South Dakota, Axelrod directed Associated Press (Beth Fouhey–a mole in covering the Hillary Campaign) to publish in the morning of the primary that Hillary would concede that evening.) I think the near billion dollars the Obama campaign reported to the Federal Election Commission was only part of the Saudi and other money they spread around to get this man with no past elected so they could run him and engineer the demise of this country.

  84. wbboei
    January 18th, 2010 at 4:42 am

    What, they might be forced to do something simple and legitimate?
    —————————-
    Turndown do you want this bill to pass?

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

    No, I just thought that was funny after all these various dodgy secret conferences being talked about.

    As for the bill itself, basically of course I’m against it, for all the usual reasons. I don’t know how many people would be hurt by it immediately. If the actual hurt could be headed off by the GOP who will be elected in Nov 2010 … if it passes by 60 votes now that would give Feb 2010-Nov 2010 worth of rope to hang Obama with in Nov 2010.

    Now they’re selling a pig in a poke. If the pig comes out of the poke now so we can see the warts on the pig, that will increase the backlash against Obama in Nov 2010. But I wouldn’t want the pig out if it might acually hurt anyone before the GOP cavalry arrives in Nov 2010 to shoot it down.

    Really it’s Schopenhaur’s Pig but I won’t try to say that.

    Lord, I need coffee!

  85. It may sound farfetched to accuse them of engineering the demise of this country. But in fact it is not. If you take the statements made by Soros about wanting to create a new world order with a diminished role for the United States with the statements he and his friend chairman Mo have made about the United States consuming too much of the worlds resources, to the confiscatory tax and borrowing policies Bambi is advocating in a time of recession, it is not hard to connect the dots. In fact a Saudi Prince got him into Harvard. And now you have this asshole who flies around in a gold airplane appearing on fox refusing to criticize Obama over here telling us how to run our country. He needs to take care of his own people before he presumes to tell us what to do and how to run our country.

  86. GOP cavalry arrives in Nov 2010 to shoot it down.
    ———————————————
    Did you see the movie Fort Apache? The cavalry got there too late.

  87. Where’s Palin?

    All the Dim bigwigs are showing up to campaign for Coakley, but Sarah hasn’t even spoken up for Brown.

    Maybe she’s seeing a competent dues-paid female being sandbagged for a young centerfold?

  88. wbboei
    January 18th, 2010 at 10:50 am

    “Personally, I think the Dims are trying to push the idea of “electing Brown will not kill the healthcare bill” in a desperate effort to suppress turnoout for him.”
    ——————————–
    They are known for this sort of thing. In South Dakota, Axelrod directed Associated Press (Beth Fouhey–a mole in covering the Hillary Campaign) to publish in the morning of the primary that Hillary would concede that evening.)

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

    There’s quite a difference between putting out a false rumor about your opponent conceding — and saying “Hey, we have other ammunition in store.”

    Some of them may be talking it up for effect, some just getting their 15 seconds of fame. But they really do have several ways to pass their HC without Coakley, though they’re not talking about the neatest: bribe a GOP Senator to push the wrong button.

  89. Palin is correct to stay out of this one, in Mass she may throw some votes over to Coakley. Brown does’nt need any help by the looks of it. The Dems would make it all about her.

  90. wbboei
    January 18th, 2010 at 11:03 am

    GOP cavalry arrives in Nov 2010 to shoot it down.
    ———————————————
    Did you see the movie Fort Apache? The cavalry got there too late.

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

    WEll, that’s my question. How many provisions of that bill which hurt real people will really go into effect between now and November?

    I’m not going to say the more people who do get hurt the bigger the Nov backlash will be, because I don’t consider real people hurt to be acceptable as collateral damage. (That’s why I don’t go along with electing anti-choice pig Brown.)

  91. Monday, January 18, 2010
    MA Sen Moved to Lean Takeover

    While special elections often come down to turnout – and they therefore are more difficult to predict than normal elections – the combination of public and private survey research and anecdotal information now strongly suggests that Republican Scott Brown will defeat Democrat Martha Coakley in tomorrow’s race to fill the remainder of the late-Sen. Edward Kennedy’s seat.

    Brown is running extremely well with Independents in the Bay State, and unless Democratic turnout exceeds everyone’s expectations, Brown is headed for a comfortable win. Move from Toss-Up to Lean Takeover.

  92. January 17th, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    turndown, That’s interesting that they say they can pass whether Coakley wins or not. The House will agree to let the Senate bill stand as is and ram it thru. Is that what you are saying??
    &&&&&&

    Whether Dems can ram through the bill technically is one thing.

    But politically, the issue is whether Dems who are facing the voters this fall are willing to ram it through.

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  94. When (if) Brown wins tomorrow, it will be a GAME-CHANGE for the political landscape. The meme, the rhetoric, the very FACE of Big Media will transform. What shape it will take long term will depend on a number of factors, but in the short run it will be all about the failure of the BO administration, and the debacle to come in November…

  95. rgb44hrc
    January 18th, 2010 at 11:59 am

    January 17th, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    turndown, That’s interesting that they say they can pass whether Coakley wins or not. The House will agree to let the Senate bill stand as is and ram it thru. Is that what you are saying??
    &&&&&&

    Whether Dems can ram through the bill technically is one thing.

    But politically, the issue is whether Dems who are facing the voters this fall are willing to ram it through.

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

    Here are other methods the Dims can use for passing HC if Brown wins:

    1. delay his seating, perhaps by contesting the election

    2. use ‘reconciliation’ which allows the House to make changes (to please the unions) and pass it without 60 votes

    3. have the House pass the version the Senate passed (displeasing the unions but tweak it later)

    4. bribe a GOP Senator to push the wrong button

    That’s all the methods I can remember right now, must go.

  96. Game-changing journalism?

    By Howard Kurtz
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Monday, January 18, 2010

    In the final weeks of the presidential campaign, we are now told, Barack Obama and his team grew so furious at Joe Biden’s repeated gaffes that “not only was Biden kept off Obama’s nightly campaign conference call, he wasn’t even told it existed.” The running mate was so frustrated with how he was being handled — especially when “his access to the press was severely limited” — that he questioned new staffers on whether they were loyal to him or the Chicago gang. And after one particularly damaging blunder, “Obama phoned Biden and laid into him.”

    These passages, from the new book “Game Change,” are at odds with the smoothly functioning Obama machine depicted by much of the media. What’s more, the book contains so much reporting of behind-the-scenes screaming and ugliness as to raise questions about whether journalists missed — or were misled about — much of what transpired in 2008.

    To be sure, Time’s Mark Halperin and New York Magazine’s John Heilemann had the advantage of reconstructing the events after the fact, aided by operatives who were given a cloak of anonymity to dish and perhaps settle scores. “One of the things people have said is that we’ve let the losers write the history, we’ve relied on people with axes to grind,” Halperin says. “We were so careful, so cautious in our sourcing. You won’t see a negative portrait, a negative description that relies simply on a person with an ax to grind.” Within John McCain’s campaign, Heilemann says, “there were people who didn’t like Sarah Palin. We also talked to Sarah Palin loyalists.”

    The book’s technique — omniscient narrative — is hardly new, and Halperin and Heilemann are veteran scribes who have known their political sources for years. But didn’t they have a responsibility to ask the former candidates for comment?

    Jay Carney, a spokesman for Biden, says that “if the authors were concerned with accuracy, they might have checked their reporting with members of the vice president’s staff or sought to check it with the vice president himself. They did not.” He says the book, “perhaps unintentionally,” leaves readers with “the gross misimpression” of lingering tension between the two men.

    Halperin calls that “a fundamentally false charge.” Adds Heilemann: “Jay’s perfectly aware we talked to many people in the vice president’s office.”

    ‘Background’ bonanza

    The book, which had its debut on “60 Minutes,” relies on interviews with more than 200 people conducted on “deep background,” meaning the information could be used without identifying the sources. This enables the authors to describe unvarnished versions of heated and often profane arguments involving the candidates and their staffs, but it is also a recurring weakness. The most cooperative sources may have gotten to spin the narrative their way, and no one — such as Steve Schmidt, the former McCain aide who has publicly criticized Palin — was pressed to be on the record.

    After watching what was depicted as Hillary Clinton’s befuddled reaction to losing the Iowa caucuses, one unnamed Clinton lieutenant is quoted as having said: “This woman shouldn’t be president.” This seems unfair, since readers have no way to evaluate the person’s motivation. Could it have been Patti Solis Doyle, whose thoughts are sometimes quoted — and who was fired as campaign manager? Halperin says it was a senior adviser whose reaction typified the shock that Clinton aides felt about the candidate’s behavior.

    “Game Change” caused an immediate furor by quoting Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid as having said “privately” that Obama could win the presidency because he was “light-skinned” and had “no Negro dialect.” Reid apologized for the clumsy remarks, which his office confirmed he made to Halperin and Heilemann. But even with their source admitting the conversation, the authors refuse to confirm that they interviewed Reid. It’s not “in the public interest,” Halperin argues, for them to “get on the slippery slope” of acknowledging interviews.

    Deep background means that you can describe someone’s thinking or reconstruct verbatim dialogue when you’re writing about events involving that person. As an author who has used the technique, I don’t believe it entitles you to directly quote what someone said to you, which effectively puts it on the record, and several other journalists have said they agree. Still, the depth of the reporting here captures the craziness of campaigning in a more textured way than most contemporaneous accounts. What some critics dismiss as mere gossip — Clinton saying that Obama had “a lot of nerve” to touch her shoulder during a tense tarmac meeting — reveals something about the personal nature of the fight. That includes outright duplicity, such as Clinton’s reaction when one of her national co-chairs raised Obama’s past drug use — “Let’s push it out!” she said — even as her campaign disavowed the attack.

    In some cases, such as the bitter infighting between McCain aides and Palin, the book adds detail to what long ago leaked to the press. Former McCain advisers Schmidt and Nicolle Wallace, who obviously served as sources, found that Palin’s “concept of rudimentary facts and concepts was minimal. Palin couldn’t explain why North and South Korea were separate nations. She didn’t know what the Fed did.” In a screaming match after the disastrous Katie Couric interview, “Wallace could barely fathom Palin’s hissy fit.” But is it fair to cite unnamed aides as wondering if Palin “was mentally unstable”?

    The reporting on John and Elizabeth Edwards provides the starkest contrast between public smiles and private hell. The book depicts the former senator as a self-absorbed egomaniac who fired a staffer for questioning whether he was having an affair with videographer Rielle Hunter. And the authors are especially harsh on what they call “the lie of Saint Elizabeth,” saying the candidate’s cancer-stricken wife was seen by insiders as “an abusive, intrusive, paranoid, condescending crazywoman.” They describe her as ridiculing John as a “hick” and, in a scene in an airport parking lot, tearing off her blouse and wailing to her husband, “Look at me!” Either journalists were unaware of this backstage animosity or some of them, sympathetic to the ailing Elizabeth, looked the other way.

    The real Obama?

    The authors peel back the curtain a bit on Obamaland, quoting the candidate as telling his staff after the McCain camp accused him of playing the race card: “You guys are trying to pretend I’m not black. I’m black!” But Obama is the one candidate in “Game Change” who most closely resembles his public persona. During the Rev. Jeremiah Wright uproar, his performance — “calm, methodical, precise and strategic — impressed his team immensely,” with strategists Anita Dunn thinking “this is a guy I want in a foxhole with me” and David Axelrod being “blown away” by Obama’s writing of a major address on race. Perhaps Obama’s character is unusually consistent. But the portrait may also reflect the fact that aides on a winning campaign had little dirt to dish and even less incentive, since many of them are now running the country.

    Throughout the book, many of the hired guns who were paid to tell reporters how swimmingly everything was going in 2007 and 2008 are now, in effect, admitting their previous dissembling without their names attached. In the most obsessively covered campaign in history, journalists — including the authors — had a blurry view at best. “We would sit with people and things would pop out of their mouths that astonished us on a regular basis,” Heilemann says. “You realize that during the campaign we were walking around with paper bags over our heads.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/18/AR2010011801697.html

  97. What a brown win or a close loss will signify tomorrow is this :

    1 : Every Democrat everywhere in 2010 IS vulnerable
    2 : Obama is a 1 term President
    3 : The House and Senate may fall to the republicans in Nov
    4 : Healthcare is DEAD ON ARRIVAL
    5 : The Obama Administration effectively becomes toxic and in lame duck territory even quicker than I imagined.
    6 : Obama will not get a single further invitation anywhere this year for political rallying.
    7 : Ted Kennedy killed off the Democratic party 2 years ago when he endorsed that political fake.

  98. AS to the Dims ‘not daring’ do pass it by dodgy methods, how much did the dodgy people really get hurt later by

    1. 2000 Florida vote count
    2. 2008 MI ‘uncommitted’ shenanagin
    3. May 31st 2008
    etc

    Insiders may talk about ‘reconciliation’ or ‘tweaking later’ being scandalous but I don’t believe most voters understand such charges or take them seriously or will remember or care about them by next election.

    Doing real damage to the union members by taxing their benefits is another issue, and might hurt the Dims next election.

  99. RCP: CHARLIE COOK CHANGES IT FROM “TOSSUP” TO “LEANS TOWARD STICKING THUMB IN EYE OF OBAMANNEDY”

    couple of quotes:

    “But – and this is probably the most salient point of all – ALL of the polls have one thing in common: they all show support for Martha Coakley is under 50%.”

    “That is why inside the Beltway handicappers like Charlie Cook moved this race to a toss up late last week – and Stuart Rothenberg went a step further just this morning moving the race to lean Republican takeover.”

    (I believe “takeover” by Rothenberg is meant to imply November, maybe House and/or Senate).
    January 18th, 2010

    realclearpolitics.blogs.time.com/2010/01/18/what-about-the-polls-in-massachusetts/

    What About the Polls in Massachusetts?
    =================================

    Posted by Tom Bevan

    Here’s where things stand: four polls released in the last 48 hours all show Scott Brown leading Martha Coakley by anywhere from three to ten points.

    But there’s still quite a bit of variance in the polls, including two surveys conducted in the last week showing Martha Coakley leading by either two or eight points.

    Among the issues involved in using polls to assess the state of the race are that a couple of the polling firms are brand new, and a handful of the surveys were conducted on behalf of partisan affiliated organizations.

    For example, the Democratic Blue Mass Group’s poll, conducted by Research 2000 (who conducts all of Daily Kos’s surveys) shows Martha Coakley up eight points. On the other hand, the Democratic firm PPP – which had a very good track record in the 2008 cycle – shows Brown extending his lead from 1 point last week to five points this week. And the conservative media outlet Pajamas Media has a poll by the Republican firm CrossTarget showing Brown up 10 points – though that represents a five point decline for Brown from their survey last Thursday.

    So is Brown extending his lead? Or is his lead shrinking? Or does he even have a lead in the first place?

    Variance in the polls primarily comes from pollsters making assumptions about the following two questions: How many people will turnout on Tuesday and what will the composition of the electorate look like. Obviously, those assumptions become much more difficult in the case of a special election – and more difficult still in a special election that has been suddenly nationalized in the final 10-14 days of the race.

    But – and this is probably the most salient point of all – ALL of the polls have one thing in common: they all show support for Martha Coakley is under 50%. Even the most favorable poll for her in the bunch – the aforementioned Blue Mass Group survey – shows her at 49%. That is a critical sign of weakness for her candidacy in a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans by a three-to-one margin.

    That is why inside the Beltway handicappers like Charlie Cook moved this race to a toss up late last week – and Stuart Rothenberg went a step further just this morning moving the race to lean Republican takeover.

    Could all of the polls and pundits be wrong? Of course they could (see, New Hampshire, Democratic Primary 2008). But the preponderance of available evidence, including the public polling data and most of the anecdotal information flowing out of the Bay State, suggests that Scott Brown has a slight edge heading into tomorrow’s vote.

  100. moon,

    All these democrats who have grown egos the likes of their master are now running very scared. It couldn’t happen to a better aka narcissistic group of neanderthals.

  101. So the cost of implementing Ted Kennedy’s legacy, to elect A black man president (not necessarily a QUALIFIED black person), is the life of the Democratic party, to put them to pasture in the minor leagues for 10 or 20 years.

    Or maybe become the new Whig party. You remember them, with their candidate in year 200…oh never mind.

    Because when you hand the keys to the race car to someone who can barely drive, don’t be surprised if the car winds up smashed in the wall, and that they come back and ask for the keys to another car, because, “Hey, I’m starting to get the hang of this”. Just like Obama is already set to ask for another car to wreck in 2012.

  102. I get the feeling watching the video above, of the college kids waiting Obama, that they truly don’t focus on politics AT ALL. It’s still 2008, Obama is “popular”, and maybe Dave Matthews will perform as a warm up act so let’s all show up.

  103. FAUX POPULIST

    nypost.com/p/news/national/prez_outsider_act_is_bombing_in_gLLBTZaTywOdTiWss0TP5N

    Prez’s outsider act is bombing in Kennedy country
    =============================================

    January 18, 2010
    Charles Hurt

    BOSTON — They just don’t get that inside is out here. President Obama’s emergency rescue mission to save Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley could prove to be the final nail in her already-closing political coffin as this race — Coakley’s ongoing circus of gaffes aside — is shaping up to be a bitter fight between the blessed insiders and scorned outsiders.

    And between those winners chosen by the federal government and independent outsiders who just want to be left alone to earn what they deserve.

    And so it was a bit jarring to hear Obama — with his innate connection to the passion of voters — stand here yesterday and try recycling bits from his juggernaut, outsider campaign that made him a part of history.

    It worked for him two years ago, but not today. Not now that he and his fellow Democrats control every conceivable lever of power in Washington.

    And certainly not for Coakley, who has built her entire campaign around being the chosen successor to the “Kennedy seat.”

    She has drafted Ted Kennedy’s widow into her campaign, relies on the entire Democratic machine here and in Washington and even had a Haitian priest pray to the Good Lord above yesterday that she win the election.

    Then here comes Obama trying to sell her as some kind of outsider willing to take on the man.

    It’s like he doesn’t get it. He is “the man” now.

    Obama told the crowd here yesterday that he needed Coakley in Washington because she is “independent.”

    Really? Does anybody actually think that the reason Obama wants her in the Senate is that she would even dream of casting the deciding vote to kill the Democratic health-care bill?

    Absolutely not. The only reason Obama came here is because he needs somebody bought and paid for. By him.

    If Obama really is looking for the independent, he most certainly won’t find him amid the Boston political glitterati gathered around Coakley.

  104. Posted by Erick Erickson (Profile)
    Monday, January 18th at 11:29AM EST
    24 Comments

    It is snowing in Boston today. The Massachusetts Teachers Association is, notwithstanding the snow and holiday, doing what it can to get Martha Coakley elected.

    They are running phone banks today to help out. There’s just one problem. The phones are there and ready to go, but no one showed up to make calls.

    Would you want to get out in the snow to make calls for a woman who thinks Curt Schilling is a Yankee? I didn’t think so.

    By the way, both Charlie Cook and Stuart Rothenberg now list the seat as leaning toward a GOP pick up. Suffolk Polling is showing Scott Brown significantly ahead in three bellwether communities.

    The game ain’t over and Coakley can still win. But it is looking more and more like this will be a very historic upset.

    Category: Martha Coakley, Scott Brown, Unions

  105. Charles Hurt hits on the problem with Obama. He is a one trick pony. He is and will always be Reverend Wright standing at the pulpit bellowing against what he perceives to be the establishment, all the while forgetting that he is now the establishment, and to all but the true believers the Republican Party is not the wolf at the door–he is. And with the economy and the national mood darkening he is working against the zeitgeist. That is never where a politician wants to be, since that is where you get crushed. For this reason, to dispatch the stone masons to Mount Rushmore now is a bit premature.

  106. moononpluto
    January 18th, 2010 at 12:11 pm
    What a brown win or a close loss will signify tomorrow is this :

    1 : Every Democrat everywhere in 2010 IS vulnerable
    2 : Obama is a 1 term President
    3 : The House and Senate may fall to the republicans in Nov
    4 : Healthcare is DEAD ON ARRIVAL
    5 : The Obama Administration effectively becomes toxic and in lame duck territory even quicker than I imagined.
    6 : Obama will not get a single further invitation anywhere this year for political rallying.
    7 : Ted Kennedy killed off the Democratic party 2 years ago when he endorsed that political fake.
    ———-

    The Kennedys flame is no longer burning!!!!!! they are dead as dodo!!!

  107. Kurtz identifies what is truly reprehensible about Halperin and Heilman. I do not know Heilman so I tend to focus on Halperin, who I know mainly by reputation.

    The problem is this: when a prosecutor conducts a criminal investigation, he or she will uncover a great deal of information, which is sometimes referred to as “raw intelligence”. Some of it is real, some of it is bullshit, and alot of it is pure speculation. This fact coupled with the special obligations of a prosecutor to the administration of justice dictate that this untested information be tested in the cauldron of the rules of evidence, that it be corroborated and that it not be revealed for partisan or tactical purposes. It has been said that am unethical prosecutor could indict a ham sandwich so great is his control over the deliberations of a grand jury, as he wraps himself in the American flag and say jaccuz–I accuse you. Is that really any different from an unethical RINO who releases a packet of lies and uncorroborated hearsay statements from secret sources to destroy the reputation of political opponents under the pretense of journalism?

  108. This must be truly annoying to obama and his Arab terrorist friends that Israel is getting any positive p.r. at all…

    ——————–

    Praise for Israeli mission in Haiti: ‘Only ones operating’

    Israeli field hospital earns accolades as only aid mission able to do complex surgery in devastated country. CNN reports other missions transfer patients to Israeli base. ABC reports on young woman giving birth there

    Yitzhak Benhorin Published: 01.18.10,

    The valiant work of Israel’s rescue mission to Haiti has been widely covered in the Israeli press. Now it has earned praise from a surprising source: On Monday, US media broadcast items praising the assistance provided by Israel, and one reporter even sent a letter of thanks to Israeli representatives in New York.

    CNN reported that Israel is the only state so far to have sent a field hospital equipped with all that is required for surgical operations. Doctors from various missions send patients requiring surgery to Israel’s makeshift hospital, particularly those whose condition is critical, the news network said.

    According to the report, other field hospitals contain no more than stretcher beds and medical teams who administer first aid, and they are not prepared for complex surgery.

    Resourcefulness saves baby’s life

    ABC praised the Israeli mission which had assisted a birth using a complicated procedure. The network’s reporter, himself a trained doctor, came across a woman on the point of giving birth. First he tried to assist, but when he got into difficulties he remembered the Israeli field hospital, called the Israeli consulate in New York and was directed to the IDF camp.

    “I understood that they were looking for the Israeli mission,” said Joel Lion, Israeli consulate spokesman. “I called the military attaché in Washington to get the address of the mission… then, via Blackberry, I managed to get the coordinates and direct them there.” When they arrived at the hospital, the young woman was taken in and eight hours later a healthy baby was born.

    ABC reported extensively on the story, and even sent a letter of thanks to the Israeli representative in New York. “They were very moving moments. It was amazing to be party to saving life and bringing a baby into the world. And most amazing was that it was all directed via a cell phone,” said Lion. “We will pass on the expressions of thanks to the doctors and the wonderful staff at the Israeli field hospital in Haiti.”

    They’re waiting for the Israeli surgeons

    More than 100 injured patients require surgery, but are unable to get it anywhere except at the Israeli field hospital in Port-au-Prince. The doctors are unable to meet the demand, and meanwhile the patients lie in tents, administered with painkillers, and cry for help. “They’ll die within 24 hours if they don’t get operated on,” a reporter said.

    Criticism against the US mission was voiced in the ABC item. The US, it said, had sent staff for a field hospital, but they had still not received the instruments required for surgery. The equipment was supposed to arrive by the weekend, but will get there only Monday night, it seems. Only then will the US be able to set up its field hospital.

    The White House said that more than 250 doctors and nurses have been sent so far to Haiti by the US Department of Health. A US ship, to be used as a floating hospital, is also on the way from Baltimore to the earthquake-torn country. The ship, with 600 doctors and nurses as well as medical equipment is due to arrive within two days.

    Former US President Bill Clinton is also due to arrive Monday, to encourage rescue efforts.

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3836254,00.html

  109. With all the negative conotations to the term “tea bagger”…can someone please tell me how obama, his thugs, and the media…especially cooper are allowed to get away with using this label over and over again and not being called on it?

  110. The most interesting thing is…..who will the Kennedy’s blame for the loss of Ted’s seat and legacy?

    The fur could really fly on Wednesday morning if Brown wins.

  111. http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/beltway-confidential/MSNBCs-David-Shuster-Has-Democratic-leaning-Massachusetts-lost-their-mind-81970312.html
    MSNBC’s David Shuster: ‘Has Democratic leaning Massachusetts lost its mind?’
    By: Charlie Spiering
    David Shuster of MSNBC caught some flack after wondering on air if Massachusetts voters had ‘lost their minds’ after polls show support for Senate Republican candidate Scott Brown.

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/beltway-confidential/Coakley-phone-bank-No-one-showed-81972177.html
    Coakley phone bank: No one showed
    By: David Freddoso
    Online Opinion Editor
    01/18/10 12:06 PM EST
    Watchdog.org reports that amid bad weather in Boston today, Coakley’s phone bank at the Massachusetts Teachers Association had failed to draw a single volunteer as of 20 minutes after its start time.

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/beltway-confidential/Sunday-survey-puts-Brown-lead-at-nine-points-over-Coakley-81975602.html
    Sunday surveys put Brown lead at nine-plus points over Coakley
    By: Mark Tapscott
    Editorial Page Editor
    01/18/10 1:02 PM EST

  112. JanH, I have wondered the same thing about ‘tea baggers’. No one calls them on it. They even correct themselves when they say Tea Party to say ‘tea baggers’. They are afraid, very afraid. What would be some good comebacks for the term?

    I am resting up for tomorrow for a lot of excitement.

  113. UN envoy Bill Clinton arrives in Haiti
    (AFP) – 2 hours ago

    PORT-AU-PRINCE — UN special envoy to Haiti Bill Clinton arrived in Port-au-Prince Monday to deliver relief supplies and get a first-hand look at conditions in the quake crippled country.

    Clinton, who is both the UN special envoy to Haiti and a coordinator with fellow former president George W. Bush of a US campaign to raise funds for Haiti, was to meet with Haitian leaders and survivors.

    “As UN special envoy for Haiti, I feel a deep obligation to the Haitian people to visit the country and meet with President (Rene) Preval to ensure our response continues to be coordinated and effective,” Clinton said before his departure.

    The Clinton Foundation said the former president would “deliver emergency relief supplies including water, food, medical supplies, solar flash lights, portable radios, and generators.”

    He will also meet with “members of the Haitian government and the international community to discuss the way forward, as well as visit with personnel and volunteers on the ground.”

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jeosdKA8w0FmgNeGvvPY9oNFkUPQ

  114. Over at CW blog, commenatators are quoting FOx as saying that the NBPP is expected in MA. tommorrow, just wondering if that was true? Does anyone know.

    I also did not know there was another debate tonight, is that true?

  115. Taliban militants attack Kabul

    Taliban gunmen and suicide bombers have attacked buildings in the heart of the Afghan capital, Kabul, setting off explosions and sparking gun battles.

    Fighting erupted near the Serena Hotel and the presidential palace, although Afghan President Hamid Karzai says security has now been restored.

    Officials say that two civilians and three security personnel have been killed and 71 others wounded.

    Interior Minister Mohammad Hanif Atmar said that seven attackers had also been killed.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8465044.stm

  116. I am passing along info to support Scott Brown received from McCain:

    Please sign up to make calls
    from home for Scott Brown

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    John McCain
    Chairman, Country First PAC

  117. short termer NBPP is the New Black Panther Party. I read it over at CW blog. I was wondering if it was true. Holder let them off on what they did to Hillary in the primary so I am sure they will feel comfortable going to MA.

    BTW, who is yoring oba mao??? I know its code for someone, LOL!

  118. confloyd, new tech word coupled with description of Obummer. Yoring means so boring I am yawning,or sleeping. ObaMAO speaks for itself. I thought it funny.

    I found something else funny and appropo. I adapt the thought like this: If we emptied all the prisoners from Gitmo, can we put all the corrupt politicians there? We could make room for more by stacking them like cord wood.

  119. All this fuss turmoil and dangerous slimy political
    in-fighting will cost the dims dearly and BO will wish he were back in Chicago under the Rezko wing.

    “TO THINK WE COULD HAVE HAD HILLARY”

  120. A new InsiderAdvantage poll conducted exclusively for POLITICO shows Republican Scott Brown surging to a nine-point advantage over Martha Coakley a day before Massachusetts voters trek to the ballot box to choose a new senator.

    According to the survey conducted Sunday evening, Brown leads the Democratic attorney general 52 percent to 43 percent.

    “I actually think the bottom is falling out,” said InsiderAdvantage CEO Matt Towery, referring to Coakley’s fall in the polls over the last ten days. “I think that this candidate is in freefall. Clearly this race is imploding for her.”

    The numbers show males and independents overwhelmingly breaking for Brown, who has married his GQ looks with a populist tone in a pick-up truck on the campaign trail.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0110/31621.html#ixzz0d0E5RljB

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