What Happened In Massachusetts – Poison Obama, Scott Brown, And The Dead Democratic Coalition

Scott Brown was a terrific candidate – because he understood Barack Obama and the Dimocrats abandoned the white working class and the winning FDR/Hillary Clinton Coalition. Obama and his Dimocrats abandoned the winning coalition for their newfangled “situation comedy” coalition. Scott Brown, deservedly or not, grabbed the winning Democratic Coalition orphaned by Barack Obama and the Obamination corruption we refer to as the “Dimocratic” Party.

Liberal Emery University Professor Drew Weston today tries to understand what happened:

The White House allowed the health care narrative to be all about process, and the process the American people saw wasn’t pretty. It scared seniors, who worried what would happen to their Medicare. It scared workers, who worried about what would happen to the plans their unions had negotiated so hard for in lieu of salaries. It scared middle class Americans with good health insurance plans, who had–and have–no idea whether their plans will be deemed–if not today, in three or four years–Cadillacs, which will first be taxed and then discontinued, leaving them with exactly what Frank Luntz told them it would leave them with: a bureaucrat between them and their doctor. And worst of all, it seemed to most Americans that the reason they were being asked to make such potentially big sacrifices was so that health insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, and millionaires wouldn’t have to. It seemed not only risky but unfair.

For all his highfalutin education, Professor Weston fails to understand the elderly, white workers, the middle class, are no longer the coalition Dimocrats consider their base.

The Obama/Axelrod/Brazile vision for the Democratic Party mimics the desired demographics for a television sitcom.

As the long suffering Donna declared “A new Democratic coalition is younger. It is more urban, as well as suburban, and we don’t have to just rely on white blue-collar voters and Hispanics.”

Axelrod has declared “The white working class has gone to the Republican nominee for many elections, going back even to the Clinton years. This is not new that Democratic candidates don’t rely solely on those votes”.

This cheap vision of the Democratic Party is applauded and defended by many of the well-off, highly educated, white, eggheads inside the Democratic Party. Why is this?

The very simple answer is because since the middle of the last century the “eggheads” (as Paul Begala so aptly categorizes them) have failed repeatedly to win. The failures can usually be attributed to those pesky white voters that reject Democrats. Instead of trying to win them over, Obama/Eggheads want to roll over them.

Do you get it now Professor Weston? Can you hear the Democratic Coalition of FDR and Hillary Clinton as it tectonically shifts from Blue to Brown and eventually to Red?

The Prof further needs to understand that Obama has always (that’s what he did in Illinois) protected the Big Insurance and Big Pharma companies. Obama has always been on the side of the well off establishment. Even when it comes to African-Americans versus the well off establishment – Obama will always side with the establishment and his own self-interests.

Both Hillary Clinton and John McCain were never able to get past Big Media in order to get the essential truth about Barack Obama communicated:


After the November 2009 Republican victories in Virginia and blue New Jersey some began to understand the Big Pink argument with regard to the Hillary Clinton Coalition Versus The Barack Obama Coalition. What we wrote then sounds like Big Blogs and Big Media today:

Big Blog Boys and Big Media will try to say “it’s an anti-incumbent wave”. Big Blog Boys and Big Media will try to say Dimocrats lost because they did not worship Obama enough and spend enough and waste enough. Big Blog Boys and Big Media will muddy things up by claiming the “base = Obama coalition” wanted more and therefore did not turn out. But the Obama Dimocratic coalition is not the historic FDR “base”. The base is disgusted with Obama’s spend, spend, spend. The Obama Dimocratic coalition was off watching baseball with cousin Pookie and Uncle Jethro.

Some ask, Will Democrats Heed The MA Wake Up Call? Barney Frank is alarmed, if not fully awake. Senator Evan Bayh is also aware of the need to “wake up”.

Even before the votes are counted, Senator Evan Bayh is warning fellow Democrats that ignoring the lessons of the Massachusetts Senate race will “lead to even further catastrophe” for their party.

“There’s going to be a tendency on the part of our people to be in denial about all this,” Bayh told ABC News, but “if you lose Massachusetts and that’s not a wake-up call, there’s no hope of waking up.”

Hey, Evan, wake up. It’s the Obama “situation comedy” coalition and Poison Obama that kills. In November, Obama Dimocrats will deservedly be slaughtered.

Last night, young voters, the second most important component of Barack Obama’s Dimocrat “situation comedy” coalition abandoned the Obama Dimocrats, likely by 20 points or more. The Kennedy clan’s corrosive hold on Massachusetts even lost in Hyannis Port. Yet Obama is so unresponsive to stimuli such as reality he persists in his scams. The “racist!” charges continue. The Obama blame game is still part of the Dimocratic playbook. True blue of the bluest Massachusetts is now the latest member of the NObama Coalition. The NObama Coalition is growing as is the population under the Obama bus.

Hopium kills. Obama is poison. Those are the lessons of yesterday’s special election in Massachusetts.

The Hopium addicted, the Hopium guzzlers, the Big Media Barack Obama apologists, all want to tell us what the election signifies but they have no right nor any insight to speak to what happened. The Hopium guzzlers, who denounced Hillary Clinton as “too polarizing” praised Obama because he said he would not fight. Recall, Obama was a “uniter not a divider”. Now the “Hillary is too polarizing” crowd wants Obama to abandon bipartisanship. But the American people who were duped by “uniter” Obama now hold his own promises of unity against him. If Obama fights, he abandons his campaign promises. If Obama does not fight, he loses. Obama, once again, because of his inexperience and boobery and self-interested politics, is in a lose/lose trap of his own making.

The Hopium addicted, the Hopium guzzlers, the Big Media Barack Obama apologists repeatedly praised the brilliant Obama campaign. But Barack Obama ran a terrible series of campaigns in state after state in 2008.

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

Obama was protected by Big Media. Now Big Media is dumbfounded to discover their stooge is also a boob. Big Media protected Barack Obama and savaged any questions about him. All the questions about Obama and his finances and his Wife’s corruptions were ignored. McCain and Hillary were trashed.

One year to the day after Obama’s mangled oath of office, Scott Brown is the “Man of the Year”. Scott Brown is the Game Change for Barack Obama and his Obama Dimocrats.

There will be many more Republican Scott Brown’s this year ready to scoop up the FDR/Hillary Clinton coalition.


202 thoughts on “What Happened In Massachusetts – Poison Obama, Scott Brown, And The Dead Democratic Coalition

  1. It’s The Center, Sucka
    by Bob Parks

    With the upset victory (understatement of the day) in Massachusetts of Republican Scott Brown over shoo-in Democrat Attorney General Martha Coakley, the pundit establishment will be giving their political pals a tip: move to the center, and I really hope my Bay State brethren don’t let their guard down.


    As someone who ran for State Representative (12th Franklin District) in 2008 and for Massachusetts Republican Party chair in 2006, I know how Democrats think.

    While enjoying an 87% super majority on Beacon Hill, Massachusetts Democrats weren’t satisfied. They had their feet on our necks and their mission was to squeeze the life out of us. Thanks to Brown’s victory last night, Democrats nationally know that their lifeclocks are ticking and are now trying to figure out what to do about it.

    Their immediate goal will be to put on a front of being moderate and you’ll hear the phrase “move to the center” more than you can stomach over the coming months. Democrats will attempt to make the America people believe they get it and will slow their arrogant leftward lurch.

    They will ask for forgiveness, attempt to have us give them another chance. Then again, they may just try and ram through everything they can, while they can.

    The bottom line is this: Republicans now have their feet on the necks of Democrats and it’s not a good time to let them breathe.

    If the American people fall for the Democrat move center, just what do you think they’ll do if they save their majority status? I predict, knowing Democrats as I do, they’ll go right back to the arrogance we all know and love to hate.

    Trust them at our nation’s peril. Squash them while we can and ignore their assurances of “getting it”, because they don’t. They just got caught with us seeing them for who they really are. A move to the “center” will not be sincere, but just their way of showing continued contempt for the American people with their assumption we’re all to stupid to know that their new-found moderation is just for public consumption and totally insincere.


  2. HOT OFF THE PRESSES: Obama tells Dems that end around on health care bill is not gonna work.

    Sorry Cheetos Freaks, your Supreme Leader has burst your bubble.

    Whatta guy! So fair. So noble.


    Obama to Dems: Don’t Jam Through Health Care Bill

    Published: January 20, 2010
    Filed at 2:31 p.m. ET

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is telling Democrats not to ”jam” a health care overhaul bill through Congress, instead urging them to coalesce around popular parts of the bill.

    In an interview with ABC News, Obama said Wednesday that Congress must wait for newly elected Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown to be sworn into office before lawmakers move forward.

    Brown won his election Tuesday to fill the seat long occupied by the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. Brown will end the super-majority that would have allowed Democrats to pass Obama’s top domestic priority over united opposition from Republicans.

    Brown campaigned against the proposed health care overhaul.

  3. And this is the same obama who wanted health care passed in one month aka by the August recess last year. He really is poison. I can see him making a new list of who to throw under the bus for this affront, as we speak.

  4. Rgb44hrc, it’s getting real crowded under that Obama bus. After Obama got his Dimocrats to go out on a limb and talk tough, Obama then cuts the limb off. What a guy!

  5. This paragraph from the New York Times is loads of fun:


    As a result, Mr. Obama will spend the first anniversary of his inauguration watching Democrats tangle in an unseemly quarrel over who lost Massachusetts — Ms. Coakley’s pollster, Celinda Lake, called the Huffington Post four hours before the polls closed to blame Democratic leaders in Washington — and contemplating a political landscape that has been thoroughly upended in the course of only 10 days.

  6. I think its only fitting that on Obama’s 1st anniversary be President, he finds out that people really think he is an idiot and his policies are even worse.

    That Christmas vacation cost him dearly. So did the selling of the votes it took to get the HC thru congress. Of coarse, where’s the jobs??

    Its like waking up after a huge party with a big hangover wondering what the heck did I do.

  7. Seeing Hillary and Bill in Haiti is a source of great comfort. They continue to do the people’s work while BO scrambles to keep the dims for revolting on his “holy grail” health plan.


    More distractions and playing like he cares.

    Couple of money quotes from below:

    “More broadly, Democrats say that Mr. Obama’s stances on the consumer agency and the new tax on big banks, together with his public comments assailing the banks, suggests an effort to position himself as more of a populist fighter at the opening of a midterm election year.”

    “As the president ends his first year in office, he confronts lower poll numbers and a perception among many liberals and independents that his administration has been too close to Wall Street and more consumed by overhauling health insurance than fixing the overall economy.”


    Obama Pressing for Protections Against Lenders

    Published: January 19, 2010

    WASHINGTON — President Obama on Tuesday stepped into the middle of a fierce lobbying battle by reinforcing his support for an independent agency to protect consumers against lending abuses that contributed to the financial crisis. The president’s move also signaled a tougher line and a more direct role as Congress weighs an overhaul of banking regulation.

    The financial industry and Congressional Republicans have singled out the administration’s proposed consumer agency in particular, hoping to greatly weaken if not kill it. With liberal Democrats and Web commentators fighting just as hard for a strong independent office, the issue is becoming the central flashpoint in the debate over regulation.

    Mr. Obama personally weighed in on Tuesday in a one-on-one meeting at the White House with Senator Christopher J. Dodd, Democrat of Connecticut and chairman of the Senate Banking Committee. Reports last week suggested that Mr. Dodd might drop the consumer agency from the emerging Senate bill in order to attract support from Republicans and some centrist Democrats on his committee, but Democratic aides disputed that.

    Some Democrats in Congress and the administration describe a possible fallback position that would give enhanced consumer protection powers to existing federal regulators, perhaps to the Treasury. The banking lobby would prefer that over an independent agency.

    While administration officials declined to discuss the Obama-Dodd meeting, one said the president’s proposal for a consumer protection office was “nonnegotiable.” The administration sees political advantage in that position, believing that a consumer protection agency is the element mostly likely to be popular with the public in a complicated bill.

    Coming days after Mr. Obama proposed a new tax on the nation’s biggest banks to recover taxpayer losses from the 15-month-old financial bailout, the meeting on Tuesday suggested the White House would become more active in taking on industry lobbyists who have gained the upper hand in the Senate, winning support from Republicans and some moderate Democrats.

    More broadly, Democrats say that Mr. Obama’s stances on the consumer agency and the new tax on big banks, together with his public comments assailing the banks, suggests an effort to position himself as more of a populist fighter at the opening of a midterm election year.

    As the president ends his first year in office, he confronts lower poll numbers and a perception among many liberals and independents that his administration has been too close to Wall Street and more consumed by overhauling health insurance than fixing the overall economy.

    That narrative forced a political recalibration at the White House even before Democrats this month found their party in a sudden fight to keep the Massachusetts Senate seat long held by Edward M. Kennedy — a race interpreted partly as a referendum on the Obama administration. The unexpected competitiveness of that contest has accelerated the partisan skirmishing typical of an election year.

    Rhetoric aside, administration officials say Mr. Obama’s positions are nothing new. “These are things he’s been fighting for since long before he took office,” said Jennifer R. Psaki, the deputy White House communications director. But many Democratic operatives and activists say it is past time for the White House to become more engaged in challenging Republicans, and that the administration’s reticence about appearing too partisan has enabled the out-of-power Republicans to shirk any responsibility for the financial crisis and high deficits Mr. Obama inherited.

    “The midterm elections started for the Republicans the day Obama was sworn in and they declared war on him from the get-go,” said Geoff Garin, a Democratic consultant and pollster.

    Mr. Obama’s push for bank fees and now for the consumer protections comes just as the largest banks are about to announce their multibillion-dollar bonus packages for top executives and earners — as he noted in recent days in some of his most populist comments to date.

    In Boston on Sunday to campaign for the Democratic Senate candidate, Martha Coakley, Mr. Obama seized on the bank fee issue to distinguish her from her Republican rival, Scott Brown.

    “Instead of taking the side of working families in Massachusetts, Martha’s opponent is already walking in lockstep with Washington Republicans, opposing that fee, defending the same fat cats who are getting rewarded for their failure,” Mr. Obama told the appreciative crowd.

    But banking lobbyists say such offensives will not help Mr. Obama.

    “Maybe the administration will decide that they want to turn this into a partisan battle but, coming out of health care, I don’t think the majority of senators want to have a partisan battle,” said Edward L. Yingling, president of the American Bankers Association. “They want a bipartisan bill.”

    Yet many Democrats and liberal activists are holding Mr. Obama to his proposal for an independent office for consumers’ financial protection.

    “The consumer agency is the litmus test,” said Elizabeth Warren, the Harvard law professor who has been an outspoken chairwoman of the Congressional Oversight Panel on the financial bailout.

    “Is the financial reform bill designed to paper over problems and continue to protect the banks, or is this bill about serious reform?” she continued. “It’s the banks versus the people, and it’s time to choose. For me, that’s the frame, and that’s what the conversation is about. If the White House forces that choice on the Congress, then we’re getting the leadership we need.”

    As proposed by the Obama administration last June, the Consumer Protection Financial Agency would be governed by a board appointed by the president and financed partly by fees on the regulated companies.

    Mr. Obama proposed that it would have power over banks, credit unions and mortgage brokers, and oversee products including mortgages, credit cards, loan servicing, consumer-reporting data, debt collection and real estate settlements. But the House, in the regulatory bill it approved last month, exempted smaller community banks, credit unions, retail merchants and certain other companies — leaving mainly big banks under the agency’s oversight.

    Now in the Senate, the proposal for an agency has faced stiff opposition from Senator Richard C. Shelby of Alabama, the senior Republican on the Banking Committee, and come under intense criticism from the industry.

  9. Rudolph Juliannie on Fox talking the same old republican talking points…..boring……did not work in the 8 years they had…….why will it work now?????

    Tort reform, insurance across lines, same old shit, different day….

  10. Keith Olbermann: Trucks are racist. Massachusetts is racist.


    OLBERMANN: The Republicans and the Tea Partiers will tell you what happens tonight with Scott Brown tonight, whether he wins or comes close, is a repudiation of Obama policies, and surely one of Obama’s policies from the viewpoint of his opponents is that it’s okay to have this sea change in American history, to have an African-American President. Is this vote to any degree just a euphemism the way state’s rights was in the 60s?

    FINEMAN: Wow, that is a good question.

    Damn those racists in Massachusetts with their trucks and thangs.

    FINEMAN: Maybe not in Massachusetts, but maybe in some places, there are codes, there are images, ah, you know, there are pickup trucks, uh, you could say there was a racial aspect to it one way or another.

    OLBERMANN: What were the Scott Brown ads, though? Every one of the Scott Brown ads had him in a pickup truck.

    FINEMAN: That’s why I mentioned pickup trucks. I mean, my mind goes back to Fred Thompson down in Tennessee.


    Remember that we needed to throw the Republicans out in order to get the country going?

    Remember that we needed to pass the stimulus bill in order to get the country going?

    Going where?


    Home Construction Down Sharply in December

    Published: January 20, 2010
    Home construction slowed more than expected in December, the government said on Wednesday, as high unemployment made builders nervous about the demand for new homes. Still, there were signs that future construction may pick up, helped by the lure of a government tax credit.

    Builders broke ground on homes at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 557,000 units in December, down 4 percent from November. Economists attributed much of the decline, which was concentrated in single-family homes, to unusually cold and wet weather last month in some regions of the country. They said weak demand from consumers, who remain reluctant to take on mortgages, also played a role.

    Analysts expect construction to steadily increase through the first part of 2010. Building permits — an indicator of future construction — rose 10.9 percent in December, to an annual rate of 653,000, the highest level in a year. That far outpaced expectations, and it followed a 6.9 percent increase in November.

    The surge indicated that builders are expecting a tax credit for first-time home buyers, which expires on April 30, to help drive demand in the coming months.

    “We’re on the way to recovery,” said Patrick Newport, an economist for IHS Global Insight. “We can expect to see sustained increases and the pace picking up over the course of the year.”

    Yet the market for homes remains extraordinarily feeble. Construction levels are about 75 percent lower than their highs in 2006, prices are deteriorating in many cities and high unemployment will probably continue to temper demand.

    Those dreary conditions were underscored when December’s data was compared with the previous year: the pace of construction climbed only 0.2 percent.

    In December, construction of apartment complexes showed signs of life, climbing 12.2 percent from November to an annual rate of 101,000. Apartment construction has reached record lows amid a broader crisis in the commercial real estate market. Builders are struggling to secure loans for large residential projects, which banks consider risky. In addition, demand for rented space has weakened as families move in together to save money.

    Assuming the recovery does not falter, home construction is expected to rise as inventories dwindle and consumers grow more confident about making large purchases. The government’s credit for first-time home buyers has helped prop up sales, but prices remain stubbornly low.

    A separate report released on Wednesday showed that inflation appeared to be tame in the United States. Producer prices increased slightly in December, up 0.2 percent from November, as a drop in energy prices offset a rise in food prices. A measure of prices that excludes volatile food and energy was flat.

    While economists generally agree that inflation will not emerge as a serious threat in the near term, some are concerned about pockets of price increases. Food prices, for instance, were a central contributor to a 4.4 percent increase in producer prices in 2009.

    In December, food prices were up 1.4 percent. That increase was probably not a result of unusual weather — higher prices were mostly in meat and dairy, rather than in fruits and vegetables.

    “The current pick-up in headline inflation, although only likely to be temporary, is another drag on real incomes,” researchers at Capital Economics wrote in a note on Wednesday.

    A report on consumer prices released last week showed a similar pattern: prices on a wide variety of goods were up only slightly in December. Taken together, the reports suggested the Fed was unlikely to change interest rates anytime soon. It is scheduled to meet next week.

  12. John Judis is beginning to agree with Big Pink:


    If you believe some of the blogs, the Democrats lost Massachusetts, and Obama’s approval is plummeting nationwide, because he alienated his left-wing base. Perhaps that does account for an absence of turnout among young voters in the Virginia gubernatorial or Massachusetts Senate races, but the polls have not shown growing dissatisfaction among young, minority, or liberal voters–the three voting blocs that accounted for Obama’s strongest support in 2008. Where he has lost ground–and where the Democrats have lost ground–is primarily among white working and middle-class voters and senior citizens.




    Bam, wake up & smell the disaster

    January 20, 2010

    BOSTON — The Republican knockout victory here last night should be a Code Brown alert for President Obama.

    It was a political earthquake of equal magnitude to the temblor that crushed Haiti.

    Amid the aftershocks and bewilderment, however, it appears that Obama — Mr. Hope and Change who was inaugurated one year ago today — may not fully grasp just how personally responsible he is for the thrashing here in the Democratic heartland.

    Even before voters had finished voting, Obama’s minions got busy dumping all over Martha Coakley for her terrible campaign.

    The instant blame game revealed a White House deeply involved in Machiavellian tactics against its own party that would make Dick Nixon blanch.

    However terrible the “Chokely” campaign may have been, make no mistake: Obama owns this.

    The opportunity he earned one year ago cannot be overstated.

    He came off an election victory so historic and spectacular that even Republicans got caught up in the euphoria.

    His party’s control in the House was unquestioned; their power in the Senate unstoppable.

    Enemy Republicans were punished nearly out of existence and very few people were sorry to see them go.

    And though his mandate was somewhat ill-defined, it was a powerful mandate. And because it was ill-defined, it was like a blank check. He could write it out to whomever and for however much he wanted.

    He could have changed the world.

    Instead, Obama completely squandered his historic opportunity and is now poised to become the shortest-lived political dynasty in history.

    Voters asked for no more back-room dealmaking. Obama’s Democrats delivered a monstrous health-care bill that nobody wants, doesn’t lower costs and bankrupts the country — all drafted in secrecy.

    Voters demanded an end to Washington corruption. They got sweetheart deals for labor unions and massive payoffs to lawmakers.

    Voters begged for fiscal restraint. They got fiscal insanity.

    One year ago, people marveled at the magic of Obama.

    But the only magic trick he managed to pull off was to rescue the Republican party from the ash bin.

    It is the only way to explain Scott Brown’s stunning win last night in Massachusetts.

    Especially to fill the seat of Ted Kennedy, who was by far more passionately committed to Democratic health-care efforts than anyone else in Congress.

  14. My MiL and I were in agreement politically about Obama, and now Brown vs. Coakley. She’s ecstatic right now. God love her, she’s a great lady, but no one, and I do mean no one, should ever listen to that much Rush.

    Admin, BO is already spinning the Brown victory as being based on the same voter anger that voted him into office. abcnews.go.com/WN/Politics/president-obama-scott-brown-massachusetts-victory/story?id=9611222

    One question, where the fuck does this guy buy his underwear…. because he must need serious support for balls that big. I mean, equating voter anger now with the idiocy of 2008 or the dirty establishment gerrymandering of the primaries? Really??? What I saw yesterday was a repudiation of incumbents and those who are aligned with them. I don’t think this stops at Democrats either, but Republicans will be a bit safer because Pelosi is scaring the shit out of middle America and they will at least vote against anything she tries just out of partisan hatred.

  15. The boys over at Hillbuzz have decided to honor GWB today for some reason. WHy???? I will never know????? Do they not remember the bankrupting of America began during his watch with the medicare presicription program that allowed the Pharma to make millions off our tax dollars. He also started with the bail outs and the dumbass dims just kept doing what George did??

    I am beginning to wonder that all the blogs that I have been involved in during the last 3 years have been republican blogs, for the exception of this one.

    Stinking Rudy on FOx today was nauseating. THe republicans have NO ideas for healthcare either, they have the same old talking points. IF we really want healthcare fix we need to unchain Hillary from the dungeon of the State dept.

    The powers don’t want that because they don’t want it fixed,afterall, alot of people are getting filthy rich off the healthcare we have now, so they say why fix something that ain’t broke. Lets just keep giving the a new pretty face to vote for, let them think we are listening and we can still keep robbing the poor idiots.

  16. President Obama said today that he believes he lost a direct connection to the American people in his first year in office because he focused too heavily on policymaking.



    Obama has come to realize that while he sucks at governing, he was really good at feel-good empty campaigning. He longs to return to the connection he felt with the people while surrounded by Greek columns and fainting accolytes. They loved him then. Why can’t they just let him do that, instead of all this pesky governing stuff?”

  17. H4T, that’s funny. 🙂 I am actually laughing out loud and not just saying I am with some little shorthand.

    Confloyd, I am not nauseated by Rudy. He’s just doing what he’s supposed to as a broke-dick mouth piece. And for the other sites, they’re just still angry as all hell. I am, too. I just used my “howarddeancansuckmydick” email address re: some craigslist stuff I am selling and some asshole sent me a ‘shame on you’ email. I started to tell them that they could join Howard (which is pretty funny given I do not have one), but then I thought better of it.

    Let the idiots persist in their rationalization of bad decisions. They’ll eventually either be thrown under the bus or will beg for a seat on ours.

  18. Help. I can’t stop laughing. Listening to Howie Carr and a caller calls in:

    “Hey Howie, ya know how they said the ghost of Ted Kennedy would come back and torment us if we elected a Republican? Well, Howie… so I wake up this mornin’ and my Chivas is gone and I find my caaaah halfway down the street in eight feet of waaatahhhh.”

    Send oxygen, please.

  19. Well we find out that auditions for American Idol were kinda rigged.

    At least that sort of corruption hasn’t tainted the Democratic nominating process. It’s always, “The Best MAN wins”.


    The seemingly open auditions in front of the judges are a carefully edited myth. Embedded correspondent Richard Rushfield on the clandestine process.

    Whether you love the three weeks of audition episodes that kick off American Idol each season or consider them to be a slog through the ranks of America’s deluded and talentless, one thing is certain: They are popular. Last week’s two-night premiere, during which the judges searched for singers in Boston and Atlanta, drew an average of 28 million viewers.

    So what we now know is that whatever challenges the Fox show faces in the year ahead, American Idol is far from dead. We also know that Idol is capable of catapulting an unknown into literal overnight fame—62-year-old “General” Larry Platt’s “Pants on the Ground” has become a sensation.

    But what viewers do not see during the audition episodes are the sleights-of-hand, and how stagecraft, time-shifting, and selective editing shape the narrative.

    So what really does happen at the auditions, which appear to be so simple? From firsthand observation and dozens of interviews, we can offer you a walkthrough down the road to Hollywood


    Every audition city is flooded by a mob


    The largest audition to date appears to have been in Philadelphia in 2007, where more than 20,000 people showed up. The smallest was last year in Puerto Rico, where bad weather and a local lack of familiarity with the show led to what was a fairly significant debacle, with only a few hundred people appearing. An average crowd runs somewhere in the 6,000 to 8,000 range, which needs to be whittled to a hundred or so that are filmed in front of the judges.

  20. hwc- that’s a hoot!

    CNN’s analyst say it’s about independents and that the GOP still is not resurrected: http://www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/01/20/analysis.massachusetts.election/index.html?hpt=Sbin

    Jim Webb is also mentioned.
    Sen. Jim Webb, D-Virginia, called on his Democratic colleagues to suspend votes on their controversial health care legislation, warning it would be wrong to try to muscle a bill through Congress before Brown was sworn into office.

    “In many ways, the campaign in Massachusetts became a referendum not only on health care reform but also on the openness and integrity of our government process,” Webb said in a statement.

    Is it just me, or do I see him joining a 3rd party movement, too?

  21. President Obama said today that he believes he lost a direct connection to the American people in his first year in office because he focused too heavily on policymaking.

    Oh, goodie. More speeches!

  22. …but also on the openness and integrity of our government process”

    Webb should have said: “but also the COMPLETE LACK of openness and integrity of our government process”

  23. She is like a broken record in a glass house…

    House will move ahead with healthcare: Pelosi

    Wed Jan 20, 2010

    (Reuters) – U.S. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said on Wednesday Democrats will push ahead with a sweeping healthcare overhaul despite a Republican win in a special Senate election in Massachusetts.

    Healthcare Reform

    “We will move forward with those considerations in mind — but we will move forward,” Pelosi told the U.S. Conference of Mayors.


  24. Signs of hope from a commenter on TC, in the Berkeley CA area:

    Little bits from the Berkeley Area:

    Last night a woman from the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee called me asking for donations to fund Dem challengers for seats being vacated by Repubs (she didn’t mention Dems bailing) I talked to her for about 20 mins about exactly why I couldn’t support Obama or the Dem machinery–May 31, caucus fraud, race cards, health bill, bailouts for the corporations, selling out women, broken campaign promises, etc. She took notes! She said she was going to google May 31 RBC meeting to find out for herself what had happened. She thanked me for my time and said “someone in this party has got to stand up and start telling the truth.”

    Well, Big Pink has been savvy to the truth all along, but I’m glad some others may be waking up.

  25. JanH, I dunno how that will happen. The Senate is scared shitless over this and not too please with the WH.

    Besides, they may not be able to use the reconciliation trick to get it through. First, this bill may not qualify and could be set aside by a court. Second, they need to use it for the pending student loan bill which is a much better issue to help with midterms elections. It saves the government serious money even in a worst case scenario and screws over the bank. If I were Rahm, et al., I’d pressure the use of reconciliation on the student loan bill and blame the failure of HCR on the Republicans. At the very least it provide political cover for Dems who may not vote for it bc of election concerns.

  26. Lanny Davis does not get it:


    Somehow, in the last 12 months, we allowed the party of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama to morph into the party of George McGovern (or more accurately, his most ardent supporters) and Howard Dean, who called for the defeat of the Democratic health-care bill if it had neither a public option or Medicare buy-in.

    The Bill Clinton (racist!) Party is nothing like the Barack Obama Obamination Party. Lanny still does not get it.

  27. I presure doctors all over the land are seeing a huge increase in patients coming to them with a new malady: BUYER’S REMORSE.

  28. Glenn Beck is off his rocker today. You won’t believe what he is saying. I am too scared to repeat it, but will post the clip after 8 pm tonight.

  29. Admin, I disagree. His opening about the message being repudiated is right on. “It’s the substance, stupid!” is as good as it gets.

    And he’s not defending BO. Instead he says to take Clinton’s positions and the bipartisan aspirations of BO (not that he says he is bipartisan- but more that he says he aspires to it) and add a healthy dose of incrementalism- the same tactic- the Lifeless Yachtsman was known for- in order to achieve HCR.

    I think it’s a valid position.

    I support HCR of some type, not this and certainly not this big and with this big of a price tag right now. I don’t think even HRC would had she not been fucked over by the party elders. I think even she would have pushed for a smaller bill with a much smaller pricetag and looked to keep the items which have the biggest savings so we could at least get to some meaningful reform later.

    Lanny’s not far off the mark IMHO.

  30. All this and now Beck, WTF is going on in Washington, WTF is going on with the media??

    This is absolutely the strangest time I have ever lived in and Im almost 60 years old.

    Who the hell owns this country, I am beginning to believe our republic was lost several years ago.

    Obama saying the people are angry, like he had nothing to do with it. WTF does that mean? We call him the puppet, but lets be sure he is the problem.

  31. It’s the 24 hr news cycle, instant celebrity and the concept of instant gratification. These are cultural problems.

    Breck Girl’s fall from grace was greatly predicated upon how inflated his ego became from all of the hot air the sycophants blew up his ass. He’s not alone in his failue of character.

    Everybody wants 15 mins of fame and will do anything to get it and keep it. I see it more with kids than adults over 35, but it’s still a huge problem. The assholes in DC already have huge egos and when they get there, lobbyists and other politicians blow hot air up their asses until they think they are above everyone else and that their opinions and personal needs mean more than anyone else’s. Their inner Mr. Smith is killed and their inner Pat Robertson takes over.

    We are a nation of selfish, self-entitled dickheads.

  32. Admin: you listen to that banter between Olberman and Feineman and you realize what a deep set of elitist prejudices the two of them have and how much the two of them loathe this country. The important thing at this point is the color of the skin but whether they are solving the problems of his nation. The track record at this point is bleak. If that pair were out of work they would be singing a completely different tune. The one they are hooked on now is out of touch with the zeitgeist and the more they beat that drum the more irrelevant they sound.

  33. Is it just me, or do I see him joining a 3rd party movement, too?
    I agree with you on this point. He drives a truck, and carries a side arm except when he is in district. He hates the way Irish Americans have been called rednecks and falsely accused of racism. He believes in the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and national defense but not foolish wars. Those were the principles on which he was elected and his conscience sees how far off course the party has become. I wonder if he will declare himself an independent. As you know, he was a Reaganite but left the party over Bush and I do not see him going back, or staying where he is.

  34. OkieAtty, I will post it about 8pm. I can’t say what he is saying because I don’t want the SS at my door. Its bad, its really bad. Beck should realize there lots of sickos in the world.

  35. Re: Beck, he is one of those people who is prescient and on-target with some things, but has GLARING personal hot buttons that make him go apeshit crazy.

    Dick Morris is the same way: He’s very reasonable and smart, until someone mentions Hillary, then you can see the logic switch off and the lizard brain panic set in.

    Pat Buchanan is a very smart man. Until you mention illegal immigrants, and his eyes glaze over, he foams at the mouth, and the same thing happens: Lizard Brain.

    One of Beck’s “batshit crazy hot buttons” is anything to do with sex or naked bodies, or even a hint that one might be approaching that topic. He loses it. His inner prude is coming not from decent values, but from some very deeply shamed and fearful place inside him. Someone in his life put him in terror of touching his winky when he was 4 or something. Bank on it.

  36. Lanny conflates the party of Clinton with the party of Obama. Normally that is a Republican ploy. As a Clinton insider and loyalist he knows they are polar opposites. The Democratic Party under Bill Clinton was built on a working class coalition and it represented the American People. The Democratic Party under Obama expressly rejects that coalition in favor of a new coalition of the radical left, the easily misled, and the Chicago Machine. I think he sees the party fracturing and wants to prevent it. Unfortunately words cannot prevent it. Obama is staggering on the ropes now and the next big disaster will finish him off. As I mentioned above, Brown provides big media with the way off the hopium train and that is more bad news for Obama.

  37. HillaryForTexas Someone in his life put him in terror of touching his winky when he was 4 or something. Bank on it.

    That’s fucking hysterical. The lawyer in my office just now laughed, too. She, however, loves Beck.

    Glenn has an Uncle Bad Touches! Glenn has an Uncle Bad Touches!

    Glenn Beck- He’s Pokematic.


  38. I wish the daughter thing was the only thing he said, but no, no, no he had some horrible things to say about the progressives.

    I thought Scott’s little thing about his daughters was quiet cute. I guess the elite class and the RWingers will not see the hilarity of it.

    I am sure Brown would be there with a 2×4 if someone was to say something against his daughters.

    Beck has done his first documentary which will air on Friday. I told you all Monday that Beck has something SPECIAL for us on Friday, gee, I can hardly wait.

  39. Okie, Beck also went of the rails in a creepy way over Brown’s Cosmo pics. I’m tellin’ ya, he can get a little loopy discussing politics, BUT he often has some good points, too.

    But Beck needs to stay far away from discussions of nekkidness or young women being available. It triggers his inner demons. Someone twisted him up BAD in that area.

  40. Glenn Beck is off his rocker today. You won’t believe what he is saying. I am too scared to repeat it, but will post the clip after 8 pm tonight.
    Check out the Movie Network (William Holden, Faye Dunaway) and you will see how life imitates art. I am mad as hell and I won’t take it anymore, etc. Mad as in angry and mad as in bat shit crazy.

  41. Lets just say he is saying our Potus needs to be very careful and he hopes the Secret Service can keep him safe.

    I bet this video of today’s show doesn’t make it to the net.

  42. Beck is alluding to the William Ayers of the progressive party are dangerous revelutionaries and will not give up.

  43. i missed beck today, but did dvr it…so i will watch it later, FYI it does repeat at 1am(central time)

    but if as you state below is what beck said then I have to agree with beck, they won’t let go.

    January 20th, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    Beck is alluding to the William Ayers of the progressive party are dangerous revelutionaries and will not give up.

  44. President Obama said today that he believes he lost a direct connection to the American people in his first year in office because he focused too heavily on policymaking.
    Serial lying did not help. And then there is that X factor that only a narcissist like him would obsess over:

    What did I have that I don’t have?
    What did they like that I lost track of?
    What did I do that I don’t do the way I did before

    What isn’t there that once was there?
    What have I got a great big lack of?
    Something in me that
    They could see that
    Beckons to them no more

    I’ m just a victim of time
    Obsolete in my prime
    Out-of-date and outclassed, by my past!

    What did they love that there’s none of?
    What did I lose the sweet warm knack of?
    Wouldn’t I be the late great me if I knew how?
    Oh, what did I have I don’t have now?

  45. Clinton vows to speed up adoptions from Haiti

    WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton vowed Wednesday to speed up American adoptions of children from Haiti that had been underway before the earthquake struck a week ago.

    The US government will “do all we can to expedite the travel of children who were in the line for adoption who have a legal permanent home, guardianship, waiting for them,” Clinton told reporters.

    “We will not let red tape stand in the way of helping those in need, but we will ensure that international adoption procedures to protect children and families are followed,” the chief US diplomat said.

    She said she shared the anxiety of the several hundred Americans in the United States who are worried about the fate of the children they had been in the process of adopting. “We are doing everything possible to locate these children and then expedite their arrival in our country,” she said.

    She added that the State Department is heading up a joint task force with the Office of Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services to make sure the adoptions are carried out properly.

    On Tuesday, more than 50 Haitian orphans landed in the United States and were immediately taken for medical check-ups, hospital officials said. Their orphanage in Port-au-Prince was run by two US sisters from Pennsylvania, Ali and Jaime McMutrie, who campaigned for days to get the group of some 53 desperate children out of the devastated Caribbean nation.


  46. Donna Brazile said the election was a “wake up” call. She said that previously, many precincts that had high Democratic party affiliation in the past now have lower Democratic numbers, and higher independent voters. She indicated that the Democratic and Republican parties have a new reality which requires a different way of doing things. I’m a registered Democrat who no longer supports the Democratic party as of 2008. Stupid Brazile can’t bring herself to admit that she and her Democratic party insider friends are the reason for the Democratic party’s problems. Their blatant attempt to disregard working class and middle class whites as a valued part of the Democratic party is their undoing. Hey, I’m white, and headed backwards economically, but they needn’t ask me to hit the road as I am now a Dino, and I feel pretty good about it. Brazile and the other idiot Dems can’t fathom that many Dems like me have left the party because of the party’s new leaders and direction. I just haven’t gotten around to changing my party id.
    Typed from I-phone.

  47. Senate debates $1.9 trln debt-limit hike

    * Vote to draw attention to record $1.4 trillion deficit

    * White House calls debt ceiling rise “critically important”

    WASHINGTON, Jan 20 (Reuters) – The White House on Wednesday urged Congress to raise the government’s $12.4 trillion debt limit to allow it to continue borrowing as the Senate began debate on the politically sensitive measure.

    Congress must periodically raise the legal limit for the government’s borrowing, and the Treasury Department is expected within weeks to exceed the current limit that was set in December.

    “We’ve gone to the restaurant, we’ve eaten the meal,” said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus. “We must simply pay the tab.”

    Democrats hope to raise the limit by $1.9 trillion to avoid having to revisit the politically difficult issue before the November congressional elections.
    Democrats also hope to show that they intend to bring budget deficits under control by passing legislation that would require new spending or tax cuts to be offset with savings elsewhere.

    Republicans will try to cut spending outright and repeal the controversial bank-bailout program as they use the debate to accuse Democrats of reckless spending.

    The vote is likely to draw unwelcome attention to the record $1.4 trillion deficit posted by the Obama administration in the fiscal year 2009 as it tried to stimulate economic growth after the country’s worst recession in 70 years. The government is on track during the current fiscal year to spend at least $1 trillion more than it collects.

    The debt has more than doubled since 2001 because of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, tax cuts and the recession, which has caused tax revenues to plunge and safety-net spending to rise.

    The White House urged Congress to raise the debt limit to avoid a default that would roil financial markets. “Such an increase is critically important to make sure that financing of federal government operations can continue without interruption and that the creditworthiness of the United States is not called into question,” the White House said.


  48. wbboei
    January 20th, 2010 at 7:13 pm
    President Obama said today that he believes he lost a direct connection to the American people in his first year in office because he focused too heavily on policymaking.


    My mouth dropped open when I read that statement. Then, I started laughing. What a joke.

  49. HillaryforTexas
    January 20th, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Signs of hope from a commenter on TC, in the Berkeley CA area:

    Little bits from the Berkeley Area:

    Last night a woman from the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee called me asking for donations to fund Dem challengers for seats being vacated by Repubs (she didn’t mention Dems bailing) I talked to her for about 20 mins about exactly why I couldn’t support Obama or the Dem machinery–May 31, caucus fraud, race cards, health bill, bailouts for the corporations, selling out women, broken campaign promises, etc. She took notes! She said she was going to google May 31 RBC meeting to find out for herself what had happened. She thanked me for my time and said “someone in this party has got to stand up and start telling the truth.”

    Oh…my…gawd. A supposed “politically oriented person”, and they can’t recall the distant past, many lifetimes ago, in 2008, May 31st…what happened???

    If this is who is left manning the DSCC, I guess that means all the smart people left when the Dems sold their soul…for SATAN.

  50. I’m of the opinion that there is little wrong with Glenn Beck other than he can be overly theatrical at times. Tune that out as you listen to his words.

  51. I confess I may sometimes be a tad paranoid but is anyone else feeling like the Mass. miracle was scripted?

    Everything seems to be falling in place too friggin neatly.

    I mean, what if this really was his way to get rid of the HCR millstone and the election was deliberately thrown?

  52. basil9, I don’t think this was the scripted ending Obama would have chosen to celebrate the anniversary of his inauguration.

    But I like a good conspiracy theory.

  53. I love (NOT) how every time Joe Trippi is on as a pundit now they have him as “howard deans adviser in 2004” but make absolutely no mention to the fact that he was more recently the adviser to the “breck girl” Edwards in 2008!!

    what’s up with that?

  54. nomobama, So you don’t think he’s a little nutz?? He is theatrical and I find him entertaining, he also does bring out a lot of information that the regular media doesn’t cover.

    Basil9, I agree, it was all two simple. Some are saying that Coakley and Brown are both democrats. I don’t know but we shall see.

  55. Basil9, Kinda makes you wonder how many of Hillary’s supporters will be replaced just like Martha was for a (Rino) like Brown.

  56. Brazile stated that there is no evidence that the Brown victory was a repudiation of Obama’s agenda or policies. She is another elitist ass hiding her quasi-Marxist self in the Democratic party. There’s too many treacherous people in the Democratic party.


    My $$$ comments interjected between “nobama”‘s post above.

    January 20th, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    Donna Brazile said the election was a “wake up” call.

    $$$ You don’t say, Donna. Your observations reveal that you are one sharp political insider.

    She said that previously, many precincts that had high Democratic party affiliation in the past now have lower Democratic numbers, and higher independent voters.

    $$$ Hmmmm. Now how can that possibly be?? Obama is a gifted, natural politician, and the Dems are good fighting the evil Republicans. I guess the voters have gone soft in the head…

    She indicated that the Democratic and Republican parties have a new reality which requires a different way of doing things.

    $$$ Didn’t we just have a “new political reality” in 2008 that required going with younger hipper and ethnic and urbane and smarty pants types, and forgo those bitter white clingy people who always show up to vote year after year? Now she’s saying that in just one short year, there is yet another whole new political landscape??? Sounds like she’s saying the “everything’s changing”, rather than admit that the guy she promised who would be the Messiah leading the Dems out of the wilderness turned out to be an utter failure, a bad leader, incompetent AND corrupt. Is that too much to admit, Donna??? AM I BEING A “HATER”?

    I’m a registered Democrat who no longer supports the Democratic party as of 2008.

    $$$ Me too. I won’t support them who are trying to stab me in the back.

    Stupid Brazile can’t bring herself to admit that she and her Democratic party insider friends are the reason for the Democratic party’s problems.

    $$$ They built the Frankenbama creature who now terrorizes the village, they marketed Frankenbama, so let them try to wrestle the damn thing to the ground.

    Their blatant attempt to disregard working class and middle class whites as a valued part of the Democratic party is their undoing.

    $$$ Maybe they’re the racists.

    Hey, I’m white, and headed backwards economically, but they needn’t ask me to hit the road as I am now a Dino, and I feel pretty good about it. Brazile and the other idiot Dems can’t fathom that many Dems like me have left the party because of the party’s new leaders and direction.

    $$$ The party is breaking up, and running from under their leaking tent. Will the last person leaving please tell Donna, “Heck of a job, Brazile-y”.

  58. Being theatrical is Glen’s schtick. It doesn’t make his words ring any less true. It’s an act to attract a certain segment of our population. Honestly, I can do without the theatrics, so I choose to ignore it as much as possible

  59. nomobama
    January 20th, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Brazile stated that there is no evidence that the Brown victory was a repudiation of Obama’s agenda or policies.

    She sees no context???

    But if Coakley would have won, wouldn’t Brazile be out trumpeting, “I think Coakley was in trouble, and ran a shaky campaign, but Obama’s personality pulled her over the finish line. And it reaffirms that the country has confidence in the president and his policies”.

    Yeah, Donna, no context. Well, what about the other 99.6% of the journalists, across the political spectrum, who have analyzed Obama’s falling poll numbers and his inability to help Dems get elected (NJ, VA, MA)?

  60. I personally find glenn’s theatrics an essential “tool” to capture those who usually would get bored with history lessons etc. I think he’s doing a great job with that. And am thankful that he’s getting these important messages out.

  61. This election was definitely not thrown. The dumbass Dem’s thought that they had it in the bag. They’ll fight harder in the future, but it won’t help much. Watch for wacky leftists demonstrating and rioting in the streets to show how “serious” they are. Now that would be dramatic! Maybe some will take a bullet for their team. These radicals are so altruistic.

  62. Wow! Admin, she clearly says that he makes people believe he has a plan and he clearly hasn’t.

    God, I miss her soooo much!!

  63. Okay, I’ve cruised around a lot of blogs today (even went into the big orange sewer) and I have come to a conclusion:

    VA was a canary in the coal mine. NJ was a canary in the coal mine. MA was one HUGE MOTHERF**KING canary in the coal mine.

    And the Democratic Party is not going to get a clue until they are chin deep and suffocating in dead canaries, with flashfires burning in the tunnels all around them.

    Gird up. This is going to take awhile. Evidently more cans of whoop-ass will need opening.

  64. Everywhere I look on the net the indie’s are celebrating, but what do we know about Scott Brown??? His record is light and he talks about a NEW kind of politics. Gee, that sounds extremely familiar.

    Lets watch him as Beck suggests!!

  65. Brazile: We need people in Congress to find common sense solutions. If that’s the case Donna, then people need to vote Democrats out of Congress en masse.

  66. Maybe obama can scrap his mess of a plan and ask Hillary if they can now use her universal health care plan. I don’t think she is in this for the fame. Let him take the credit. She just wants to serve the people.

  67. HillaryForTexas, yesterday was step 1. All yesterday did was, via fear, get the Hopium guzzlers (a.k.a. Big Media) scratching their heads because now they know something is wrong.

    Step 2 is November. After nationwide devastating defeats, only then, will the connection to disaster and Obama be finally made.

    BTW, this is what we wrote 1 year ago today:


    As he stumbles with the oath of office: It’s a dream come true.

    It’s the opposite of Martin Luther King’s ‘character, not color’ dream. But it is a dream come true alright. It’s a dream come true for the unqualified, race-baiting, and gay-bashing, and woman hating, Barack Obama.

    For long-suffering Americans the good news is that George W. Bush is gone, gone, gone. The heart-breaking news for long-suffering Americans is that Barack Obama, sold by his Big Media masters as change, is The Third Bush Term.

  68. confloyd, his record actually isn’t light. He spent 3 terms as a state representative, and 3 as state senator. He’s a fiscal hawk, social moderate, and has consistently voted that way.

    And politicians have been styling themselves as a “new kind of politics” long before Obama was born, so I wouldn’t freak too much at common buzzwords making him “like Obama”. As far as I can see, he has always been an above-board, honest campaigner who won saying exactly who he was, not by knee-capping opponents and trickery.

  69. Brazile: “Lets fight to bring people together”. She is so full of crap. If she had her druthers, she’d have the Dems steamroll over their opponents. I really despise her. Liberal nutjob.

  70. OH yeah, the internet title’s Scott Brown for President 2012’has been sold and so has Brown for President 16′. Can you believe that???

  71. confloyd, it’s silly to be looking at him as a 2012 candidate, but it shows that people are desperate for leadership. If he keeps on like he is, and does a good job, then he might indeed be a good R candidate for 2016 – but that remains to be seen.

  72. It seems the Dims want to bend over backwards and go out of their way to reinforce the “arrogant and out-of-touch” meme.

    I just saw a clip on TV of some reporter with a microphone in Rahm’s face, asking him what he thought of the First Amendment. Rahm’s response? A patented smirk and, “I think it’s highly over-rated.”

    Oh yeah, that will play well in the current climate.

  73. confloyd, web domain names i am sure are bought by people looking to make money selling them to the highest bidder.

    should scott brown run those domain names will be worth alot of $$$

    it doesn’t mean he IS even thinking about it, somebody is hedging a bet on a pretty small investment.

  74. Well I am glad to find out Scott Brown has some experience. I don’t think anything is wrong with asking or making sure the person is who he/she say they are. Not after Obama, we still don’t know who he is, except that he is a bold face lier.

  75. Rahm is like a pitbull. Useful if you are the one holding the leash, bad if he’s allowed to be alpha and peeing on your leg and growl at the guests.

    Big Dawg never let Rahm pee on anything. He said “Woof!” and Rahmbo crouched down and went to his bed in the corner til called.

  76. I wonder who owns David Axelrod. How is it that he gets out ahead of his supposed boss and says they will ram health care deform down out throats regardless of how we feel about it, and then a day later his boss comes out and contradicts him completely by saying do not ram it through, pick the best parts. Who owns Axelrod?

    There are a number of machines in the Democratic Party. The three most powerful are the Clinton Machine, the Chicago Machine and the Kennedy Machine. Ostensibly, the Clintons are out of politics so their machine is like an army at winter garrison, The Chicago Machine aka the Daley Machine/Illionis Combine is active at this point. It owns the west wing of the White House. They are vile people of the lowest order. The Kennedy Machine is without a leader. Ted died and he tried to make Obama his political heir but that dream ended with the election of Scott Brown. The film critic Roger Ebert a lifelong democrat had a posting on his site yesterday saying the Brown victory is a fuck you Teddy from the voters of Massachusetts.

    David Axelrod is a soldier in the Chicago Machine. He was sent to Massachusetts to manage the campaign of Littel Deval and test market the Chicago machine candidate Obama for the job of president. The alliance between those machines dates back to the time of the 1960 election when Daley Sr. threw the state for Kennedy. But that does not mean they are his only boss. He also reports to George Soros, and his group of global money men.

    Many assumed that Axelrod runs Obama, since most people realize that Obama is a puppet. However, in this case the puppet contradicted the puppet master. That suggests other interests are in play.

    One of them is then inevitable decline of the leaderless Kennedy Machine. That machine is old and rickety. It aims to control all activity withing its geographic area, much like a union or mafia family does. When the machine can no longer control the market it declines. Thus when the surface transportation market was deregulated in 1980 the Teamsters lost their ability to control that market and non union competition drove many of their companies under. Similarly, when Irish gangs in Chicago, and Brooklyn encountered a huge influx of Italians between 1890 and 1920 they lost control of the street and the rackets. And when 51% of the electorate in Massachusetts becomes Independent as it has then the Kennedy Machine can no longer control the politics. The fear factor is gone. The Brown victory drove that point home rather convincingly.

    Obama knows his policies are unpopular. He knows his own popularity is declining as well. And now he has figured out that this “anger” among voters is like a river that runs wide and deep. In sum he can get drowned.

    Until now his moves have been dictated by the Chicago crew. How do we know that? All we have to do is look at who his closest advisors are and we know that is true. What we do not know exactly is who is pulling their strings. Certainly Soros and his conies are the financial arm and Zbig is involved too. But the fact that he stepped up and repudiated Axelrod means that someone else is whispering in his ear now. Most likely it is Bill Clinton. Obama at this point is lost. He does not know what to do. He is in trouble. And so is the country. I believe Bill is the one who told him to tell Reid and Pelosi not to do what Axelrod wanted and ram the thing thorough. Instead, he told them to pick the most popular parts. If that is the case, then it may reflect a realization that what ABM 9O said that for Hillary she is damned if she leaves and damned if she doesn’t so the only hope is to give bambi some guidance and hope that he follows it.

  77. That stupid Rush, calling Hillary his girl. He also says he was the reason she lost. He started operation chaos that made her stay in the race longer than she would have. What’s up with this SOB?? He’s got something up his sleeve that’s for sure.

  78. Wbboei, I image Rush would like to get Hillary to leave now, as the rethugs think they can beat her.

    I change my mind now, if I were Obama I would fire everyone and put Hillary in to help me turn this around and follow her lock step, that would send chills down the spine of Rush baby, for sure.

    If she does this she better make sure he won’t run in 2012′.

    As I said earlier today, they need to unchain Hillary from the dungeon of the State dept.

    I think ABM 90 is right.

  79. That freaking Rush and his cohorts know Hillary is the only one with enough guts, smarts and ability to turn it around. THe question is will Obama be able to bow to Hillary to save himself. SHe better knock out a pre-nup agreement first.

  80. WASHINGTON – Wounded in Massachusetts, frustrated Democrats on Wednesday urged the White House to focus on jobs and the economy — not the health care overhaul that’s now at risk — and pressed President Barack Obama to more forcefully make their case against Republicans ahead of potentially disastrous elections this fall.

    On the day after the improbable Senate election of Republican Scott Brown in Massachusetts, Obama and his Democratic Party raced to re-evaluate their midterm election strategy, adjust their health care approach and assuage an angry electorate. The embarrassing defeat to the GOP in a Democratic stronghold was a bitter end to the president’s first year in office, and it triggered furious party soul-searching.

    “I would like the Democratic Party as a whole including its leader, the president, to speak clearly about the differences and to define those differences,” Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey, chairman of the Senate Democrats’ campaign effort, told The Associated Press. And it’s not just about Republicans and Democrats, he said: “We have to do a much better job of both engaging and delivering to independent voters.”

    Obama himself owned up to a failure to communicate.

    In a year of hopping from crisis to crisis, he told ABC News, “we lost some of that sense of speaking directly to the American people about what their core values are and why we have to make sure those institutions are matching up with those values.”

    Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., put it more simply, assessing the message Massachusetts sent. “Economy, economy, economy,” she said.

    “We need a jobs bill. We need short-term, focused strategies to create jobs, real fast,” said Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa. “If the dominant message isn’t about jobs and spending, we’ll be making a difficult challenge exponentially more difficult.”

    At the Capitol, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., declared, “If there’s anybody in this building that doesn’t tell you they are more worried about elections today, you should absolutely slap them.”

    Indeed, there was a grim sense among Democrats that if the GOP could win in a traditionally deeply liberal state, Massachusetts, it could probably win anywhere.

    Said Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.: “Every state is now in play.”

    Democrats still have majority control of both the House and Senate. But Tuesday’s GOP upset for the seat long held by the Sen. Edward Kennedy — following Republican victories in Virginia and New Jersey last fall for Democratic-held gubernatorial seats — was a sign of serious trouble this fall. Even when the economy is strong, the party holding the White House historically loses seats in midterms.

    Despite the loss that gave Republicans a 41st vote in the 100-seat Senate, neither Democrats nor most Republicans said they thought control of Congress could be up for grabs. But both parties expect big Republican gains, and fewer Democratic seats would make it more difficult for Obama to pass his agenda.

    “I’m not under any illusion that we can take anything for granted. We have to fight,” said Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass.

    On the anniversary of his inauguration, Obama faced a need to reevaluate both his policy — specifically his endangered health care plan — and his politics in a White House stunned by a shift in the mood of the electorate from just a year earlier. Voters were hopeful and supportive then. They are cranky and belligerent now. Of utmost concern: independent voters who have fled to the GOP after a year of Wall Street bailouts, enormous budget deficits and partisan wrangling over health care.

    “The same thing that swept Scott Brown into office swept me into office. People are angry, and they’re frustrated. Not just because of what’s happened in the last year or two years, but what’s happened over the last eight years,” Obama told ABC in an interview.

    White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters: “That anger is now pointed at us because we’re in charge. And rightly so.”

    From the White House to Capitol Hill, Democrats appeared more determined than devastated after the Massachusetts outcome as they huddled to chart a new way forward.

    Obama’s sweeping health care overhaul was the most urgent matter at hand.

    The president and his fellow Democrats wrestled with options now that they were one vote shy of the 60-vote Senate supermajority they were counting on to block Republican delaying tactics.

    Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky declared the overall measure dead and added: “The president ought to take this as a message to recalibrate how he wants to govern, and if he wants to govern from the middle we’ll meet him there.”

    In light of Brown’s victory, Obama said it’s time to come together around a bill that can draw Republican support, too.

    “The people of Massachusetts spoke,” Obama said in the interview.

    Said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: “We will move forward with their considerations in mind, but we will move forward.”

    Just how remained to be seen.

    In the longer term, Democrats said the White House should do more to reduce unemployment, given that economists expect joblessness to remain near 10 percent through November.

    The White House already has begun pivoting to a jobs agenda, and Gibbs said of the president: “We will have him continue to focus on the economy and jobs.”

    Several Democratic officials characterized the party rank-and-file lawmakers as frustrated by a seeming White House hesitation to get involved in high-stakes races until it’s too late, like the Senate race in Massachusetts as well as the Virginia and New Jersey contests last fall.

    These Democrats, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to avoid angering the White House, say there’s a sense that Obama and his advisers are too cautious and more focused on his 2012 fortunes than on helping Democratic candidates get elected in 2010. They want Obama to use his White House perch to embrace his role as Democratic Party chief.

    “There’s no doubt that the White House, which has a big megaphone, needs to make sure that the contrasts are very clear to the public,” Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, chairman of the House Democrats’ campaign committee, told the AP.

    To be sure, Obama has started laying out a sharper contrast with Republicans by hammering them for opposing his proposed bank bailout tax. He’s sought to paint Democrats on the side of taxpayers and Republicans on the side of special interests and Wall Street, trying out that pitch when he rushed to Boston in an effort to save Democrat Martha Coakley. It didn’t work in just two days.

    Said Menendez: “We knew we had a winning argument. We just got it too late in Massachusetts.”

    Despite Coakley’s loss, Democrats urged their House and Senate candidates to embrace Obama’s Wall Street vs. Main Street contrast to tap into voter anger.

    Senate Democrats were examining their campaigns to ensure messages are calibrated to the volatile electorate and candidates are focused on jobs, the economy and spending. An edict went out from Menendez that candidates should aggressively define themselves as change agents and their Republican opponents as representing a step backward.

    Republicans, for their part, reveled in Brown’s victory. They have found what they believe is a surefire recipe for GOP candidates to win against a popular president — focus on opposition to his policies, downplay overtly political Republican ties, and embrace voter anger with populist appeals to ride an antiestablishment wave.


  81. Several Democratic officials characterized the party rank-and-file lawmakers as frustrated by a seeming White House hesitation to get involved in high-stakes races until it’s too late, like the Senate race in Massachusetts as well as the Virginia and New Jersey contests last fall.

    These Democrats, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to avoid angering the White House, say there’s a sense that Obama and his advisers are too cautious and more focused on his 2012 fortunes than on helping Democratic candidates get elected in 2010. They want Obama to use his White House perch to embrace his role as Democratic Party chief—

    Note: “These Democrats, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to avoid angering the White House”….well well , you stinkers; come out loud and clear because that is what we want to see….upsetting the WH should be the LEAST OF YOUR PROBLEMS now!!!

  82. PS: I need to correct my earlier statement:


    Unlike others, I HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN her role as QUEEN HO OF BO and the SNUB to HILLARY TWO YEARS AGO at a similar event!!!

  83. mp, The dumbass only cares about himself, how in the hell did they not know that before now???? He is so stupid that he doesn’t realize his job is at play also or maybe he just doesn’t care if the rethugs get back in without accomplishing any democratic goals.

    We could have told them so, but now it won’t be in my lifetime that the dumbass dems will have another chance.

  84. confloyd,

    it appears so.

    but as i said don’t read too much into it at this time
    it doesn’t necessarily mean she is planning to run.

    someone who didn’t want her to have that domain could have got it first, or it was purchased last year during the primary by those on her campaign in advance
    so that no one else could own it out from under her should she need it in the future. etc etc.

  85. If you want some partial corroboration for my theory above, consider Lanny’s statement which conflates the Party of Bill Clinton with the Party of Obama. They are not at all the same, but he makes them appear they are.

    If we are looking at another 1994, the only one in the universe who has experienced what Bambi is facing now is Bill Clinton. That may be reason enough to stop listening to the Chicago Machine and its empty vow to avoid mid term reversals by avoiding the so called mistakes bill made, etc and to start listening to other voices.

    The other possibility is that Lanny is not in the loop. We saw that phenomena when he was trying to persuade Judas Bill Nelson that all Florida votes should be counted, not realizing that a compromise formula had been agreed to.

  86. Hillary knows exactly what she has to do and when to start her move to another run at the Presidency.As SoS she must concentrate on our relationship with other world leaders that respect her and take special pride and comfort in their dealings with her.Most of our allies beleive he is a meathead and a danger to world peace and unity.She is too valuable to continue on as a go-for to BO.I like many others feel that he is dangerous and could set the start of a revolution by his supporters based on race and fueled by hate of whites and this country stated by Michelle Obama when these two decided to take over as King and Queen of the Farrakan Nation.


    By ABM90 BO appears to be lost bewildered and overwhelmed with the Presidency but that nose continues to point skyward in defiance.

  87. Connie: I do not listen to Rush so I cannot comment on what his game plan might be. I joined his website to get his private email to send him some stuff on Soros. I sent him the stuff and never heard back. I really do not pay attention to him.

    If you want to know what is going on in the Republican party read moe lane and erick erickson at red states. Those two are very critical of the Republican establishment. They like Rubio and they like Brown. They do not like Michael Steele, McConnell or the RNSC. Rush is for the masses, those two are for thinking people who want answers–like you.

  88. Bill Rusher was a hero of mine. He was Republican Counsel to the HUAC in the mid 50s, a law degree from Princeton, Editor of National Review (hired by William F.Buckley), and a bona fide conservative. He was a great cross examiner in a court room. And one of the things he always stressed was the difference between being a conservative and being a republican. That distinction is not lost on many of us. It causes us to ignore party label and vote for the candidate who best serves the country. Country over party every time.

  89. Hillary knows exactly what she has to do and when to start her move to another run at the Presidency.As SoS she must concentrate on our relationship with other world leaders that respect her and take special pride and comfort in their dealings with her.Most of our allies beleive he is a meathead and a danger to world peace and unity.She is too valuable to continue on as a go-for to BO.I like many others feel that he is dangerous and could set the start of a revolution by his supporters based on race and fueled by hate of whites and this country stated by Michelle Obama when these two decided to take over as King and Queen of the Farrakan Nation.
    Right on ABM 90.

  90. Obama = the Hannibel Lechter of the Democratic Party. Invite him to campaign with you and he eats your liver with a nice glass of Chianti.

    Dems better start wheeling him around in chains and a mask to keep him from killing again!

  91. Thats the only thing that keeps me coming here, knowing she knows when the right time will be.

    I think Rush is scared shitless of Hillary Clinton.

    I heard O’Reilly tonight saying to Sarah Palin that he did not think Hillary hunted or fished. Where the SOB been, she does to hunt, and she is a good shot. She goes bird hunting and bags more birds that her male counterparts. That stupid O’Reilly, she may not have shot a caribou, but I bet she would love to try. SHe isn’t afraid of a damn thing.

  92. At one time I was working out of a law office in Manhattan and the senior partner of that firm was a spitting image of WC Fields and spent alot of time staring out out the window thinking. He was also the Republican King maker and no Republican ran for office in the burroughs without his blessing. Out on Long Island there was a law firm called Meyer Suazi and English. I did some negotiations at their office as well. John English was the Democratic king maker for Long Island. Harold Ickes was a parter in that firm and still is. I never met him however. The point I am getting at is this: there used to be a group of elder statesmen in both political parties who decided who would run. When you are talking about an incumbent who wants to run again but has poor prospects for success someone within the party needs to speak on behalf of the party and discourage them from doing so. The staff will always want the incumbent to run again because he is their meal ticket but the party must decide the question, as they did with LBJ. If there is such an individual or group today, I do not know who they are. I assumed Lee Hamilton would be one of them since he was co-chairman of the Iraq Study Group and has that gravitas. I also thought it might be Jimmy Roosevelt, but what a dud he turned out to be. The honest answer is I do not know who or whether they are.

  93. Wbboei, Personally Rush’s remard and how I watched wring his hands ” like now its time for the caviar”. He thinks he single handedly brought down the democrat party, the last morsal to eat is Hillary Clinton.

    It will be a cold day in hell before that SOB Rush brings down Hillary Clinton, better men than him has tried and failed. I think soon we will see Hillary unleashed.

  94. admin: that video you posted at the bottom of the Glenn Beck videos. I would love to play that in 3d on Dallas Cowboys huge TV screen for the dumbass lefties that thought Hillary Clinton was their freaking enemy. With a huge caption at the bottom saying ” Now who was your enemy”? Fools, all of them fools.

  95. Wbboei, Personally Rush’s remard and how I watched wring his hands ” like now its time for the caviar”.
    Connie: don’t you think that is a case of please don’t throw me in the briar patch in reverse. I think he wants to imply it would be easy to defeat her while knowing in his heart that it would not be. I will say this for Rush–he loves to play head games. Like yesterday, he was trumpeting that Coakley was leading to get people out to vote. And you may recall, by the time the primary reached Pennsylvania Rush swiched his allegiance from bambi to Hillary. He realized his mistake by then. So if he is talking it up now it is revisionist history.

  96. The democratic party is dying and its dying quickly, if the powers want to save it they better hurry up.
    You cannot sustain a viable nationwide party on a new coalition as fatass Brazila defined it. What you will end up with is a radicalized minority party that loses elections. Back to my earlier question: what if there are no powers be? What if they are dead? Yes, I know I am beginning to sound like Nietzsche, but what if?

  97. wbboei, That’s exactly what it looked like. He think now he can beat her since the party is half dead.

    I just went over to hopium blog, there still railing against the centrists. They still think the centrists are the problems. THese people are just plain nutz.

    What part of “the country is right of center” do they not understand??? You can’t make people like your stupid ideas, get fucking used to it or go get your own party and infect it, but get the hell out of the democratic party.

  98. Obamas are going to donate $15K to Haiti? How big of them
    That is what I call giving til it hurts. Now perhaps the Reverend and erstwhile FBI informant Al Sharpton can take half of his $30,000 share of that drug deal and match the Obama contribution.

    Question: when ya meet diry Al in a secluded place, what his the proper way to greet him?

    Answer: hi al, great to see ya, mind if I pat you down for a wire, just a formality you understand.

  99. 15k to Haiti, what happened to the million he got for his nobel peace prize. I thought he was going to donate it too, he hasn’t. THe haitians could really use it. Oh I forgot, Meanchelle needs new sleeves all the time, or he may need it when he gets impeached.

  100. wbboei, That’s exactly what it looked like. He think now he can beat her since the party is half dead.
    No that is not what I mean. I mean he want others to believe she would be easy to beat and refuse to support her. The reason he says that is because he fears running against her.

  101. wbboei, Did you see that China’s growth accelerated to 10.7 for the 4th quarter??

    The dow and the nasdaq lost a little at closing time. I did not see how the dollar did today.

  102. For the Democratic Party to lose the Kennedy seat in the bluest of blue states Massachusetts is reminiscent of the time when the French army lost the Battle of Dien Bien Phu in French Viet Nam. A decisive loss.

  103. wbboei, Did you see that China’s growth accelerated to 10.7 for the 4th quarter??
    I have the perfect remedy: send Obama and his budget director Peter Orsag over there and they will get that explosive growth problem under control and headed in the right direction– down like a head shot goose.

  104. The Republican take-over of the Kennedy seat is a watershed event and a harginer of a new era.

    If you assume that the party rests on three pillars–the Clinton Machine, the Kennedy Machine and the Chicago Machine then each of those pillars is shaky. The Clinton machine is an army in winter quarters, the Kennedy Machine is collapsing for lack of leadership and changing demographics and the Chicago Machine is a criminal enterprise that may yet be taken down by Fitzgerald through a RICO action in the months and years to come, then what exactly are you left with. The Chicago group in turn has menasticized throughout the Party and nothing short of de-Nazification will cure the disease.

    Furthermore, the Democratic Party is a house which is bitterly divided. It can be broken down into three parts for these purposes–the liberal democrats represented by Clinton, the Mensheviks represented by Reid and Pelosi, and the Bolsheviks represented Howard Dean, Sharpton, Jackson and their ilk. Experience has shown that the last group is fully capable of violence and civil disobedience. A house divided cannot stand.

    The Masschusetts Miracle has exposed the schisms within the party, and the way it has defaulted to the criminal element from Chicago. The American People will not accept governance by the likes of Al Capone and Saul Alinsky. Once again it is a matter of megapolitics. One can scarcely imagine a party less equipped to deal with the problems facing this country. They are so bad they make the Republicans look good. And more is the pity for that. The only ones who can save the party and the country are the Clintons if fate will permit them to do so. Absent that the Democratic Party will lose its pre-eminence. It has broken faith with its constituents and the country too many times under Mr. Obama.

  105. Birdgal
    I think it was your comment I read the day before yesterday which expressed concern that this was staged because everything fell into place so easily.
    Well waiting for the bus with an older woman at 6 am who had 6 store canvas bags I got into a little conversation. She was vehement about getting her own bags on the bus and she was more than capable of doing it. I offered to assist and she said no. I detected a slight accent and asked her where she was born. She replied what is now chech but that she had left there 60 plus years ago. I became confused and asked her how she could still have an accent if she was a baby when she came to the states. She laughed told me she is 89. She then went onto claim that the MA upset was intentional. She evoked Eliade’s The Sacred and the Profane and said the only way the fringe will ever win is if they dispose of or cripple the American myths– destroy what we believe in. Very smart woman who claims to spend an hour a week on line but says she knows propaganda when she sees it. As she got off she said its a shame that we actually had the chance to elect a real politician. I said Hillary and she smiled.(Needless to say I am now smitten and will ride the bus in search of her just for a chance of a little pearl)

  106. A very important event by our Hillary this morning.


    Secretary Clinton will deliver remarks on Internet Freedom on Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 9:30 a.m. (Eastern Time) at the Newseum, in Washington, D.C. The remarks will be live-streamed on DipNote and http://www.state.gov.

    Secretary Clinton’s address will lay-out the Administration’s strategy for protecting freedom in the networked age of the 21st Century

  107. Henry,

    “She then went onto claim that the MA upset was intentional.”

    I can’t back up my gut feeling but there is something way off about MA.

    It reminds me too much of HRC’s furious fight against the DNC and then, within the span of a few hours at the convention, her complete capitulation, only in MA, Coakley didn’t (pretend?) to fight as hard.

    I’m glad Brown won but it seems like his victory may have been a way for Squat to get the HCR monkey off his back.

    BTW, Wbboei, brilliant insight overnight. Very interesting that you think it might have been BC who caused such a ‘hard pivot’ away from Axelgrease’s aggresive language and Squat’s conciliatory tone.

    About whose pulling Axelgrease’ strings, that’s what I was getting at yesterday when I posted a remark Gibbs made at his briefing when he said “WE” will make sure HE (Squat) turns to jobs and the economy. (I’m paraphrasing.

    Made me wonder WTF “WE” refers to.

    It was jarring hearing Gibbs in what was either a stumble or a Freudian slip. Wish I could find that transcript.

  108. henry
    January 21st, 2010 at 7:10 am


    Interesting story, but I don’t think it was staged, especially after seeing how things are falling apart and how upset the dims are over this. I do think, however, that many dims may be relieved that they may not have to vote on this pos legislation. People are very angry and MA exposed this. I do think that Coakley did not receive the needed support, because she was a Hillary supporter and the dims didn’t think that they could lose the senate seat occupied for so many years by dims. Arrogance is their downfall.

    This turn of events also gives Obama another chance to turn things around for his administration. So, in that respect, perhaps your friend is correct. But, in reality, I don’t think it was staged. What happened is like a liberal winning a senate seat from Utah. The tide is turning.

  109. birdgal

    I see a lot of HRC supporters losing their re-elections here. Our Mayor was thrown out for the first Rep ever. Our women Lt Gov is getting ready to run. The news last night was speculating that because of what happened in MA, her election was now at risk (no help from O yet having to suffer from the mis-steps of the OO administration). Within the last two weeks, Dominici’s son (long term Rep that just retired), said he was running for Gov. He has name recognition, if nothing else.

    It hurts me to see the sacrifices that HRC supporters are making. I will work for the LTG, as she is a fine person, has the experience, and loyally supported HRC.

  110. I will be out all day. Just wanted to let you know I really enjoyed Tuesday. Are there any other elections before Nov? If not, it is going to be a long summer. This blog really makes them exciting.

  111. Not a ‘Game’ I want to play

    January 19, 2010

    — After two weeks of manufactured hysteria over the Nigerian “underwear bomber,” our esteemed national political media happily returned to their primal missions: inane partisan bickering, phony racial controversies, sexual innuendo and adolescent backstairs gossip.
    I refer to the ubiquitous publicity attending the release of Mark Halperin and John Heilemann’s book “Game Change,” reportedly an insider account of the 2008 presidential campaign by the largely anonymous aides and consultants who lost it. Observing virtually the entire “Gang of 500” — as Halperin’s clubby Internet rumor sheet “The Note” calls its audience — going ape over the fool thing you could almost hear them emit an audible sigh of relief.

    Enough tedium about health care, jobs, taxes, financial regulation and foreign affairs. Back to what really matters to these fops and courtiers: what Newsweek’s Howard Fineman called “tweetable nuggets.” As so often happens, Fineman speaks for them all: “A long analysis of the demographics of the electorate is not going to get you an HBO movie,” he said. “But the tawdry psycho-drama of the Edwards’s and a racist crack by Harry Reid will.”
    Hollywood gossip columnists Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons had nothing on these two. Everywhere you looked — “60 Minutes,” CNN, NBC, even BBC America — the authors were on television dishing the dirt: Psst, Cindy McCain hates her husband. Psst, Elizabeth Edwards is a highfalutin’ witch. Psst, Hillary can’t trust Bill out of her sight. Psst, Sarah Palin’s a “mentally unstable” moron, and get this, Bill Clinton’s also secretly a redneck bigot. Details at 6 and 10.

    Now, a person of my temperament finds it easy to suspect that anybody who’d willingly submit to the daily torture of a national political campaign must have something psychologically wrong with them. (Not that you’d want a guy who owns more dogs than neckties running the country.)
    But what strikes me as significant about this episode isn’t whether Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid used the shocking phrase “Negro dialect” or noted that President Obama’s skin color makes him what the Strom Thurmonds and Trent Lotts of the world used to call a “high yellow.” Nor whether John Edwards’ betrayed, terminally ill wife may have lashed out as described in one of the book’s more grotesquely inhumane passages.

    Rather, it’s what the widespread acceptance of Halperin and Heilemann’s brand of journalism says about our impoverished national discourse.

    Everywhere they went on television, the authors were at pains to describe their many exhaustive interviews.

    Immediately before supplying her readers a detailed list of “tweetable nuggets” from “Game Change,” the New York Times’ capable book reviewer Michiko Kakutani outlined her reservations about their methods: “a spicy smorgasbord of observations, revelations and allegations — some that are based on impressive legwork and access, some that simply crystallize rumors and whispers from the campaign trail, and some that it’s hard to verify independently as more than spin or speculation (by) unnamed sources. The authors mix savvy political analysis … with detailed reconstructions of scenes and conversations they did not witness firsthand (like an exchange that Hillary Rodham Clinton and Bill Clinton had on a beach in Anguilla).”

    Kakutani, who’s been making this fundamental objection to fictionalized Washington narratives by authors like Bob Woodward and James B. Stewart for years, also points out that the book has no source notes of any kind. “Trust us,” the authors are in effect saying. “We’re the ultimate insiders.”

    But can we trust their judgment and motives? Several bloggers have pointed to this passage on page 218: “The day after Iowa, (Bill Clinton) phoned (Sen. Ted) Kennedy and pressed for an endorsement, making the case for his wife. But Bill then went on, belittling Obama in a manner that deeply offended Kennedy.

    Recounting the conversation later to a friend, Teddy fumed that Clinton had said, a few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee.”

    So Bill Clinton, formerly (and absurdly) known as America’s first black president, thought the way to win Teddy Kennedy over was to mock Obama as a bus boy? Give me a break.

    On evidence, no, you can’t trust these guys any more than they trust their readers’ intelligence, which appears to be not at all. Do I believe that Hillary Clinton, in another suspiciously paraphrased passage, initially wanted to decline the Secretary of State job because her husband’s big mouth might cause problems? No, but I’m confident she and Obama must have talked about how to handle the Gang of 500’s voyeuristic obsession with her marriage.
    On the subject of which — along with the McCain and Palin marriages, I’m confident — the best rule of thumb has always been that anybody who’s talking doesn’t know, and anybody who does know ain’t talking.

    With apologies to T.S. Eliot, this is the way the world ends: not with a bang but a whisper.

    Arkansas Democrat-Gazette columnist Gene Lyons is a National Magazine Award winner and co-author of “The Hunting of the President” (St. Martin’s Press, 2000).


  112. I don’t think the election in MA was deliberately thrown by the Dims. WAKE UP. The country is rejecting the New Dim party, and even the Cheeto Boyz can see it. The areas Brown won big are the same areas that Hillary carried big.

    >blockquote>MA-Sen: Map of Special Election Results by Town

    Cash money quote:
    “Q: Where are the other potential Dem collapse areas this Nov?
    A: Almost precisely the places Hillary carried in the 08 prez primary”

    The Repubs are going to scoop up the old winning coalition that Brazilla and Obama threw out of the party, unless the Dims wake up fast and take steps to get them back.

  113. Here we go again. Can’t this idiot ever take responsibility for being too stupid to lead a nation?

    It was his “everything but the kitchen sink “promises to Abbas, at Israel’s expense, that messed everything up in the first place. Now when Israel refuses to give up it’s security, he now puts the blame on everyone but himself.


    Obama: Expectations for Middle East peace too high

    Thursday, January 21, 2010

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says his administration overestimated its ability to persuade the Israelis and Palestinians to resume meaningful peace talks.

    Obama says both parties have been unwilling to make the bold gestures needed to move the process forward. If the U.S. had anticipated that earlier, Obama says he might not have raised his expectations so high.

    Obama says the U.S. will continue to work toward a two-state solution in which Israel is secure and the Palestinians have sovereignty. His remarks came in an interview with Time Magazine published Thursday.


  114. H4T, You can see that both ways. You can say the Obama coalition are wanting to get rid of those Hillary supporters as many bloggers have said that should be done or you can say the republicans are making inroads and are acquiring the disgruntled Hillary supporters.

    Anyway you look at it Hillary’s supporters are leaving the party, therefore her support is dwindling which the republicans will love because she is/was the only power in the party.

    That is exactly how they beat her, they removed her black support and now they are removing her “lunch bucket” democrats which in the long run will render her dead politically.

  115. Confloyd, that support is NOT being removed from Hillary. Hillary’s support is not dwindling, because she is not running for anything. That support that was hers is being removed from the Dims. They’d go Hillary again in a skinny minute given the chance.

  116. The World from Berlin
    The World Bids Farewell to Obama

    US President Barack Obama suffered a painful defeat in Massachusetts on Tuesday. With mid-term elections looming, it means that Obama will have to fundamentally re-think his political course. German commentators say it is the end of hope.

    The Financial Times Deutschland writes:

    “For Obama, the election in Massachusetts means that he will have to re-evaluate his political style. He could now focus his concentration on his political base and push through his policy agenda. After all, he still has a majority in Congress — he could back away from his strategy of bipartisanship … which would mean giving up much of what he spent his first year in office creating.”

    “More likely, however, is that Obama will interpret the Massachusetts loss as a signal that he should move further toward the middle and make more concessions to the conservatives — even if this alienates his base even further, a base which had high expectations from the ‘yes we can’ candidate.”

    “For everyone else in the world, this means that they will have to bid farewell to a candidate for whom the hopes were so high. They will have to say goodbye to the charisma they fell in love with. Obama will be staying home after all.”

    The left-leaning daily Die Tageszeitung writes:

    “In addition to health care reform, Obama’s reputation has primarily been harmed by the high unemployment rate and the increasingly unpopular war in Afghanistan. It will become even more difficult in the future for the president to push projects through successfully. Not just because Republicans now have a means of preventing it, but also because the Democratic camp is deeply divided. Some would like to see the party shift toward the center — wherever that may be — whereas others want the party to position itself to the left. Such a battle is hardly a good sign for the mid-term elections in November. Massachusetts could prove to be an omen.”


  117. HillaryforTexas
    January 21st, 2010 at 10:29 am
    Confloyd, that support is NOT being removed from Hillary. Hillary’s support is not dwindling, because she is not running for anything. That support that was hers is being removed from the Dims. They’d go Hillary again in a skinny minute given the chance.

    I agree with this. Just look at her favorability ratings. They are sky high. People are rejecting the dims and their corruption. People HATE the health insurance reform bill. Hillary supporters will be there for her, when and if she needs them.

  118. OK… i know he’s batshit crazy….but even crazy people tell the truth at times……what if this is one of those times??

    Chavez: US Weapon Test Caused Haiti Earthquake

    Russia Today: Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez has once again accused the United States of playing God. But this time it’s Haiti’s disastrous earthquake that he thinks the U.S. was behind. Spanish newspaper ABC quotes Chavez as saying that the U.S. navy launched a weapon capable of inducing a powerful earthquake off the shore of Haiti. He adds that this time it was only a drill and the final target is … destroying and taking over Iran.


  119. The dims are in trouble for a variety of reasons, including unemployment and the superficial behavior of Obama. He does not connect with people. I don’t think he can turn this around. He is who he is-very out of touch and removed from mainstream America. He doesn’t get it. His support was based on lies, cheating, and fraud. It is coming back to bite him and the dems in the ass.

  120. We missed an easy lay-up yesterday. For whatever reason I could not get on the site to post. If someone knows how to do it then it would still be worth the effort.

    Craig Crawford who was with us for most of the journey through the primary asked the material question: would we be better off today if Hillary had become president?

    The cretins who answered were either bots seeking to prop up Bambi or Hillary hating Repos. No one there standing up for Hillary which is what I believe Craig was looking for.

    The answer I would have posted would have gone something like this:

    “The answer is yes.

    If Hillary was president, the priorities and timing would have been different. She would have began with the economy, and put matters on the back burner until we could afford them. She would have protected the people who lost their jobs and their homes. She would have protected small business since they are the engine for job growth. She would not have tried to take over Detroit like Obama did. She would have exercised fiscal responsibility and not tried to do everything at once. Her approach to health care would have been more incremental and would have used a scalpel as opposed to a meat axe. Her second priority would have been terrorism, and because she understands the roots of the problem and does not pretend it can be resolved through polite meaningless words, and open borders, we would be more secure. She would have worked very hard and not had a party every three days. She would have appointed the right people, created a rational management structure and achieved tangible results. As a result, we would be climbing out of the debacle Bush put us in rather than sinking deeper into the quicksand. Our middle class would have a future whereas today they do not. And Hillary would have said no if anyone tried to offer her a Rezko deal, whereas Barack says :”show me the money”.”

    Yup, it be far better today if Hillary was president. She had the wisdom, the experience and the ability to deliver on her promises which is conspicuous by its absence in the Age of Obama.

  121. Everything I’ve heard today is that people still don’t know who Obama is and what he is willing to stand for. They are waiting to see if during the State of the Union address if he will turn into Bill Clinton or will he be like Jimmy Carter.

  122. Obama Will Travel to Nevada for Reid Next Month
    Lets hope Sue Lowden gets a piece of both of them,

    Reid is a pathetic fool. The last thing IN THE WORLD the voters of Nevada want to see is Hussein Obama.

  123. birdgal, I said he was “batshit crazy”

    but perhaps he’s still the dead mine canary we should take seriously? and not dismiss because of all those “crazy”labels attached to him… and think about who attached those labels in the first place…..MSM!!!

  124. You will be happy to know that our senator sent me an invitation to go see Joe Biden bloviate. I like Joe but I have other things to do. I hope he has a nice trip. We have an interurban train he would enjoy riding.

  125. Mr.Obama Take off that self assumed Crown as King of the Orators and put on your new Dunce Cap.Hillary has just cleaned your clock in her speech a few moments ago.I am getting tired of the BS that you keep spreading as you blame others for your inexperience and gaffs.We just saw and heard the smartest and most articulate person in world politics.Your amateur hour in the OO could not earn a spot on the old Major Bowes Amateur Hour.

    BY ABM90 What a performance by our Girl.

  126. President Barack Obama says his administration overestimated its ability to persuade the Israelis and Palestinians to resume meaningful peace talks.
    Let me pull out the Lrank Luntz dictionary of political spin and double speak . . . hmmm . . .overestimated . . . hmmm . . . oh . . here it is . . . seriously miscalculated . . . while ignoring overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Example: like White House Budget Director’s blundering economic projections which border on pulp fiction. There is reason to believe that Saudi Arabia was a major player in supporting Obamas rise to power going back to the time they got him into Harvard Law School which was proven during the primary by testimony of persons with knowledge. Their goal was to get the United States to abandon its commitments to Israel and forge a peace in the middle east which would protect their gold plated c-modes. When they hear him say that he was overly optimistic, they must be feeling the same way that Soros and Chairman Mo felt when Copenhagen collapsed and their dreams of a world wide cap and trade exchange which they planned to make a market in went up in smoke. Bambis backing is collapsing on all fronts. You cannot believe a serial liar. An incompetent one is even worse.

  127. What a performance by Hillary.This is her schedule for today.



    9:30 a.m. Secretary Clinton delivers Remarks on Internet Freedom, at the Newseum.
    The remarks will be live-streamed on http://www.state.gov. For more information, click here.
    Final Access time for print journalists and still cameras: 9:00 a.m. at the 6th Street Entrance.

    11:00 a.m. Secretary Clinton hosts a Bilateral Meeting with Her Excellency Catherine Ashton, the European Union High Representative for Foreign Policy, at the Department of State.
    Pre-set time for cameras: 11:45 a.m. from 23rd Street Entrance.
    Final Access time for print journalists and still cameras: 12:15 p.m. from 23rd Street Entrance.

    1:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton hosts a Bilateral Meeting with His Excellency David Miliband, Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom, at the Department of State.
    Pre-set time for cameras: 1:00 p.m. from 23rd Street Entrance.
    Final Access time for print journalists and still cameras: 1:30 p.m. from 23rd Street Entrance.

    2:45 p.m. Secretary Clinton hosts a Bilateral Meeting with His Excellency Abubakr al-Qirbi, the Foreign Minister of Yemen, at the Department of State.

  128. if you went though, you could be the guy in the crowd that stands up and yells “you lie”
    Dija: that is very good, but lets save it for the messiah when he comes here. Ironically, Biden has a way of letting the truth slip out in little sound bites which big media tries to portray as gaffs, when everyone knows they are right. The problem with Joe is I do not think he can take the pressure. Perhaps I am wrong.

  129. 9:30 a.m. Secretary Clinton delivers Remarks on Internet Freedom, at the Newseum.
    I hope a transcript of this is available. I assume from the title it means internet neutrality. This is a pivotal issue to young people. It is significant that Hillary is delivering this speech. It was not the original position of this administration. Dean and others favored regulation as I recall. And in the ravenous desire of Obama to tax everything that moves it was in the cross hairs, and it may yet be. So much commercial activity now goes on over the internet untaxed that it is a logical target and once you cross that bridge the next step with obamaites will be to regulate content. I assume Hillary’s speech will push back against this. I see Obama as an incompetent leader not in control of his subordinates and I am quite sure they are doing things to compromise us that we do not even see. I believe Hillary is pushing back against them and that is why they are taking shots. The main source of those attacks I am sure is the Chicago crew who occupy the west wing. The stench of those people waffs across the Potomic, and I assume Bob Woodward will deal with it when the time comes.

    Dan Perrin
    Red State Blog

    As soon as Senator McConnell objected to the appointment of the Conferees of on behalf of Senator DeMint, the Democrats in the House, each, individually, were given an unprecedented opportunity to influence the amendment that the House would vote on to change the Senate bill.

    This meant that the very small margin of error on the House floor — which has since become one vote less because a Democratic House Member has left his seat — created huge leverage for each individual Democratic House Member. They are not used to this amount of leverage, nor are the Speaker and the other House leaders on health care used to dealing with Members with this amount of leverage.

    So, the Speaker must listen to everyone’s demands. And the Republicans were left out, helping, I am certain, Brown win in Massachusetts. (Thank you Senator DeMint.)

    Into this unstable political environment, enter Big Labor and the Progressive outside groups. They just took the Dems shortest route to passing their health reform law off the table — which is passing the Senate bill unamended so it can go directly to the President for his signature.

    PlumLine’s Greg Sargent reports: “AFL-CIO legislative director Bill Samuel tells me in an interview that labor won’t support any efforts by the House to pass the Senate health bill in its current form.”

    Add to this the Progressive’s efforts to illustrate that a portion of the 20% of Democrats who voted for Brown — they say 82% of the 20% — supported the public option, meaning Progressives had a key role to play in electing Brown because the Democrats in Washington walked away from the public option.

    Therefore, add both Big Labor and the Progressives to NYET on voting yes for an unamended Senate bill on the House floor, and the two vote margin of victory on the House floor is shredded.

    This leaves the Speaker, the White House and Senator Reid the very politically complicated and difficult process they have been struggling with since Christmas:

    1) craft an amendment to change the Senate bill which must pass on the House floor; then
    2) pass the amended Senate bill on the House floor; and then,
    3) when the new amended House bill goes back to the Senate, it must get 60 votes — Senator Brown’s no vote notwithstanding — and the political effect of his election from Massachusetts notwithstanding.

    We are approaching zero odds of the above ever happening — far less than one percent, I’d say.

    The problem is that the changes the House needs to make to the bill so it will pass the House will make the same bill die in the Senate by denying it 60 votes. And if you think the state-wide election of Senator Brown has spooked the House Dems, just imagine how those Dems in the Senate up in November feel.

    In short, passing the Senate bill on the House floor is out — Rep. Stupak says there are less than 100 Democratic votes for the bill.

    And as explained above, amending the Senate bill on the House floor, then passing the amended bill and sending it to the Senate where it must get 60 votes, is also out.

    It also means that the Hail Mary pass play being pushed by the hard core we must reform no matter the cost crowd of pass the Senate bill unchanged and use reconciliation at the same time to make changes that work, is also out. (See above where the unamended Senate bill has no chance of passage on the House floor.)

    So, what options are left?

  131. This leaves the Democrats latest march off the health reform cliff ploy — a “smaller” health bill.


    Republicans that have been left out of the politically toxic process are now expected to join in and vote for a bill the Democrats themselves create in their ad-hoc group of the White House, Speaker Pelosi and Senator Reid non-conference?

    If the Democrats want a smaller health care bill, they need to start over — in Committees in both the House and Senate and create a new bill that is not ObamaCare.

    But it appears that they are trying to cheat the process again — and keep their politically radioactive bill intact as much as possible, and convince Republicans to join them in the Senate and the House.


    The only way the Democrats are going to gain the Republican’s cooperation is to have a real and serious bi-partisan approach beginning at the Committee level. This would mean, however, health care legislation will dominate the headlines until the fall elections — something that would injure the Democrats even more than the they have already.

    The Democrats keep saying they will work on something other than health care, but, of course, they cannot help themselves or stop themselves, so I am happy to start back at the Committee level and have this debate again. It ought to result in a GOP super-majority.

    The Democrats best option is to simply let their health care reform effort take its natural course, and drift into outer-darkness.

  132. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/20/AR2010012001935.html?hpid=topnews

    Gibbsy says that the solution to Waterloo in MA is to change their messaging. Notice the key phrases in this statement:

    failure to give voice……pursue a renewed effort to explain……attempt to convince….pivot its message to expressions of concern……shift in rhetoric even more urgent.

    Famous last words: “Don’t tell me words don’t matter!” Um, no, you moron, <b<they don't. Actions matter, as we Hillary supporters kept telling you, and were called a shrieking band of harpies for it.

    And the response to this anger of the public at the total failure of the Democrats to ACCOMPLISH a damn thing is the same as Bush’s was:

    “CATAPULT THE PROPAGANDA” Go back to campaign mode and give the public some more o’ that sweet sweet oratory, ’cause we all know that’s what the rubes are hungering for.

    These idiots are dumber than a box of rocks, wrapped in a sack of hammers, postmarked and stamped and on an Expressmail truck bound for Cluelessville, USA.

  133. This is what I have been saying. The conservatives have certain misgivings about the Republican leadership, but for now at least they are the only game in town. Obamantion is not an option. My personal problem with them is they did not fight Obama hard when they should have and that goes for McCain and all the rest. Their supporters begged them to do it and they did not. Only after the people in the various states rose up in defiance of Obama did they put their foot in the water. Maybe I am wrong. Maybe they needed to play this thing out more. Maybe I am not a fan of the RNC. I do not know.
    RNC: One Year After

    Posted by James Richardson (Profile)
    Thursday, January 21st at 9:57AM EST
    Marking President Barack Obama’s first year in office, the Republican National Committee Thursday released a new web video which makes no bones about the GOP’s attempts to tap into the anti-tax and anti-big government sentiments among Tea Partiers.

    “His rhetoric promised ‘Change we can believe in,’” the voice-over said, “but his record delivered disappointment, change we didn’t expect.”

    The ad enumerates those offenses observed as most egregious–the stimulus bill, cap and trade, and health care reform–by the Tea Party groups, but makes an assertion many in the conservative grassroots have not yet warmed to: That Republicans would have performed better than Democrats and delivered the change Obama only promised.

    “This November the American people will tell the President that Republicans are ones that can enact the change we need.”

  134. Obama is now trying to “hood wink and bamaboozle” us again with a okie doke of a “populist” tone. going after and against big business after we all already know he is bought and paid for by “big business” and his actions in the the last year and then some has been to throw them sweet heart deals and taxpayers money etc etc…

    What a fool he is to think this would work today! How insulting it is to the American People’s intelligence that he even try!

    nobody sums this up better than Charles Krauthammer
    here is a video clip of krathammer discussing just that.


  135. djia, I saw that Krauhammer clip, and he is absolutely right. The Dims do not GET the people’s anger, or where it is coming from. And that is what is going to kill them. They do not understand or relate to the average person.

  136. Pelosi: House lacks votes to pass Senate healthcare reform bill

    The House lacks the votes to pass the Senate’s healthcare bill, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday.

    Pelosi threw cold water on the idea that the House could muster enough support to pass the Senate’s health bill, which includes a number of provisions liberals in the House find distasteful.

    “I don’t see the votes for it at this time,” Pelosi told reporters during her weekly press conference. “The members have been very clear.”

    …”We have to get a bill passed. We know that,” Pelosi said, adding that “unease would be a gentle word” to describe House members’attitude toward the Senate legislation at the moment.


  137. Just heard on the news that Nancy Pelosi announced she DOES NOT have the votes in the House to rubber-stamp the Senate Bill.

    Not gonna happen.

  138. wbboei,

    Peres said yesterday that Abbas is up a tree now with no way of getting down because he believed obama could get the Palestinians everything they wanted, especially with the settlement stoppage and return to 1967 borders.

    Now he has been left high and dry with his demands and Mitchell is once again asking Israel to give up something in order for Abbas to save face.

    Israel says they have given up enough and if there isn’t a restart to the peace process soon, there could end up being another intifada.

  139. did I miss this

    ohn Edwards had admitted to fathering a child with his former mistress Rielle Hunter.

    In a statement to NBC’s Today show, the former North Carolina senator and Democratic presidential candidate confessed that he is the father of 2-year-old Quinn.

    “I am Quinn’s father. I will do everything in my power to provide her with the love and support she deserves. I have been able to spend time with her during the past year and trust that future efforts to show her the love and affection she deserves can be done privately and in peace,” he said.

    “It was wrong for me ever to deny she was my daughter and hopefully one day, when she understands, she will forgive me. I have been providing financial support for Quinn and have reached an agreement with her mother to continue providing support in the future.”

    He added: “To all those I have disappointed and hurt these words will never be enough, but I am truly sorry.”

    Edwards, who initially denied that he was the child’s father, admitted to having an affair with campaign videographer Hunter in 2008.

    A spokesperson for the politician’s wife Elizabeth added that she had learned he was the father of Quinn last year.

  140. I guess he is only doing it as the tell all book is about to come out.


    John Edwards acknowledges love-child with Rielle Hunter, as tell-all book nears
    If you like your politics rare and juicy, it doesn’t get any better than the John Edwards fall, which will soon be laid out in “The Politician,” a book by former aide Andrew Young. With the book scheduled for a Feb. 2 release, Edwards has made a pre-emptive strike, acknowledging for the first time that he fathered a child with videographer Rielle Hunter. “I am Quinn’s father,” the former senator declared in his statement, as the second birthday of Frances Quinn Hunter approaches.

    If you recall, Young for a time said he was the child’s father — a bid to protect Edwards’ presidential aspirations. In fact, Young fell on so many swords for the boss that he must look like Swiss cheese. How sordid was it? In an excerpt from an upcoming interview with ABC News, Young alleges that Edwards asked him to arrange a fake a paternity test. “Get a doctor to fake the DNA results,” Young said Edwards told him. “And he asked me … to steal a diaper from the baby so he could secretly do a DNA test to find out if this [was] indeed his child.”

    The publisher says Young’s book “offers a truly disturbing, even shocking perspective on the risks taken and tactics employed by a man determined to rule the most powerful nation on earth.” It all would by laughable if not for Elizabeth Edwards, who had to endure her husband’s cheating — while dealing with her incurable cancer. She wrote about the issues in her 2009 book, Resilience.

  141. US Supreme Court overturns campaign spending limit
    The US Supreme Court has rejected long-standing limits on how much companies can spend on political campaigns.
    The ruling is likely to change the way presidential and congressional campaigns are funded, including this year’s crucial mid-term elections.
    The Supreme Court’s 5-4 vote overturns a 20-year-old ban on businesses using money from their own funds to pay for campaign ads.
    Critics say it will flood political campaigns with money from companies.
    However, analysts suggest that some businesses will recoil at the prospect of being asked for even more election campaign funding.
    Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy said the prohibition of direct contributions from companies and unions to political candidates was a form of censorship.
    But Justice John Paul Stevens disagreed strongly, saying that the court’s ruling threatened “to undermine the integrity of elected institutions around the nation”.
    The Supreme Court also said that any campaign adverts that were not paid for by the candidate or their party must be clearly marked with the name of the sponsor.
    The decision comes less than 10 months before the congressional mid-term elections.

  142. Statement of Ralph Nader on Supreme Court Decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The following is a statement of Ralph Nader on the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission:
    Today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission shreds the fabric of our already weakened democracy by allowing corporations to more completely dominate our corrupted electoral process. It is outrageous that corporations already attempt to influence or bribe our political candidates through their political action committees (PACs), which solicit employees and shareholders for donations. With this decision, corporations can now also draw on their corporate treasuries and pour vast amounts of corporate money, through independent expenditures, into the electoral swamp already flooded with corporate campaign PAC contribution dollars.
    This corporatist, anti-voter decision is so extreme that it should galvanize a grassroots effort to enact a Constitutional Amendment to once and for all end corporate personhood and curtail the corrosive impact of big money on politics. It is indeed time for a Constitutional amendment to prevent corporate campaign contributions from commercializing our elections and drowning out the civic and political voices and values of citizens and voters. It is way overdue to overthrow “King Corporation” and restore the sovereignty of “We the People”!

  143. January 21, 2010, 12:45 pm
    How Corporate Money Will Reshape Politics
    We will be updating this discussion with additional commentary throughout the day. Scroll down to read Michael Waldman and Fred Wertheimer in the forum.
    A bitterly divided Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the government may not ban political spending by corporations, labor unions or other organizations in elections. The court’s majority in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission swept aside a century-old doctrine in election law, ruling that the campaign finance restriction violated the First Amendment’s free speech principles. The dissenters said opening the floodgates to corporate money will corrupt democracy.
    How will this decision reshape American politics?

  144. Supreme Court ruling a landmark for corporate political cash

    By James Vicini

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Corporations can spend freely to support or oppose candidates for president and Congress, the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday in a landmark decision that allows massive sums to be spent to influence future elections.

    The 5-4 ruling split the high court along conservative and liberal lines. It was a defeat for the Obama administration and supporters of campaign finance laws who said that ending the limits would unleash a flood of corporate money into the political system.

    The ruling will transform the political landscape and the rules on how money can be spent in this year’s congressional election and the 2012 presidential contest.

    Writing for the majority, Justice Anthony Kennedy said the limits violated constitutional free-speech rights. “We find no basis for the proposition that, in the context of political speech, the government may impose restrictions on certain disfavored speakers,” he wrote.

    In his sharply worded dissent, Justice John Paul Stevens wrote, “The court’s ruling threatens to undermine the integrity of elected institutions across the nation.”

    The justices overturned Supreme Court precedents from 2003 and 1990 that upheld federal and state limits on independent expenditures by corporate treasuries to support or oppose candidates.

    “This decision allows Wall Street to tap its vast corporate profits to drown out the voice of the public in our democracy,” said Common Cause President Bob Edgar, a group that supports campaign finance limits.


    In the 2008 election cycle, nearly $6 billion was spent on all federal campaigns, including more than $1 billion from corporate political action committees, trade associations, executives and lobbyists.

    The ruling will almost certainly allow labor unions to spend more freely in political campaigns also and it posed a threat to similar limits that had been imposed in about half of the country’s 50 states.

    The top court struck down the part of the federal law that restricted broadcast advertisements for or against political candidates right before elections that are paid for by corporations, labor unions and advocacy groups.

    The 2002 campaign finance law at issue was named after Senator John McCain, the unsuccessful Republican presidential nominee in 2008, and Democratic Senator Russell Feingold.

    The justices appeared at a special Thursday session to summarize the ruling and issued a total of five separate opinions exceeding 175 pages.

    The decision was a victory for a conservative advocacy group’s challenge to the campaign finance law as part of its efforts to broadcast and promote a 2008 movie critical of then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. She later became President Barack Obama’s secretary of state.

    The Obama administration defended the law and its restrictions on election-related spending by corporations, unions and interest groups. It said corporations for more than 100 years have been subject to special limits on spending in federal political campaign.

    The court’s conservative majority, with the addition of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito, both Bush appointees, previously voted to limit or strike down parts of the law designed to regulate the role of money in politics and prevent corruption.

    The court’s four liberals, including its newest member, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who was appointed by Obama, dissented.


  145. SecState Clinton on Net Freedom: Tear Down This Firewall

    By Nathan Hodge January 21, 2010

    It was almost too easy. In a major speech today on net freedom, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reached back to Winston Churchill — and to Ronald Reagan — in arguing for a future in which access to networks and information is a basic human right.

    In a deliberate reference to Churchill’s 1946 “iron curtain” speech, Clinton warned that “a new information curtain is descending across much of the world,” even as network technology spreads. And she echoed Reagan’s 1987 challenge to Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev, calling for governments to lift the electronic barriers to communication. “Virtual walls,” she said. “are cropping up in place of visible walls.”

    Clinton’s speech, in many ways, was a 21st-century remix of an Cold War theme, comparing internet censorship in countries like China, Uzbekistan and Vietnam to Soviet-style restrictions on press freedom. In the most direct analogy, she described web 2.0 tools like YouTube, Facebook and Twitter as the “samizdat of our day.”

    In Iran, for instance, grainy video footage of the death of Neda Agha-Soltan during pro-democracy demonstrations quickly went viral. Clinton said such footage served as a “digital indictment” of the regime in Tehran.

    Clinton spoke of reinvigorating the State Department’s Global Internet Freedom Task Force as forum for addressing threats to net freedom. But Clinton also had a message for companies (*cough* Google) that want to do business with countries that restrict digital freedom.

    “We are urging U.S. media companies to take a proactive role in challenging foreign governments’ demands for censorship and surveillance,” she said. “The private sector has a shared responsibility to help safeguard freedom of expression. And when their business dealings threaten to undermine those freedoms, they need to consider what’s right — not what’s simply a quick profit.”


  146. I saw Moe Lane’s, from the redstate blog, name mentioned upthread. Did
    Didn’t I read once that he was himself a Democrat?

  147. I have read some comments about the Democrat coalition here, and I wanted to make a comment about that. Unless the ultra liberals are purged from the party, then I have no interest in being a member, and this comes from someone who used to consider myself a diehard Democrat. At this point in time, I have no interest in the Democratic party as it currently exists. I no longer support them at this time. I’ve read how some are saying that the party needs to move to the center which is where I am perched, but that is still not going to satisfy me. I want the leftists gone. That means more people like Pelosi, Schumer, et al. They will continue to subvert the remainder of the party. Although progressives supposedly account for a good 50% of the Democratic party membership, I don’t care what happens with most of them. Those who “speak” for the progressive causes are very good at betrayal, and I don’t trust them. Additionally, I have read recently that many of the progressive groups,regardless of for what cause they are promoting, coordinate with each other. They are like a bad virus that indiscriminately replicates itself. The only solution/antidote is to oppose them until they have transparently dissolved their treacherous alliance.



    Obama Weighs Paring Goals for Health Bill

    WASHINGTON — President Obama signaled on Wednesday that he might be willing to scale back his proposed health care overhaul to a version that could attract bipartisan support, as the White House and Congressional Democrats grappled with a political landscape transformed by the Republican victory in the Massachusetts Senate race.

    “I would advise that we try to move quickly to coalesce around those elements of the package that people agree on,” Mr. Obama said in an interview on ABC News, notably leaving near-universal insurance coverage off his list of core goals.

    But it was not clear that even a stripped-down bill could get through Congress anytime soon. Throughout the day, White House officials and Democratic Congressional leaders struggled to find a viable way forward for the health care bill and to digest the reality that much of their agenda, including an energy measure and an overhaul of banking regulations, had been derailed by the outcome in Massachusetts.

    Inside the White House, top aides to the president said Mr. Obama had made no decision on how to proceed, and insisted that his preference was still to win passage of a far-reaching health care measure, like the House and Senate bills, which would extend coverage to more than 30 million people by 2019.

    On Capitol Hill, Democratic leaders said they were weighing several options. But some lawmakers in both parties began calling for a scaled-back bill that could be adopted quickly with bipartisan support, and Mr. Obama seemed to suggest that if he could not pass an ambitious health care bill, he would be willing to settle for what he could get. In the interview with ABC, he cited two specific goals: cracking down on insurance industry practices that hurt consumers and reining in health costs.

    “We know that we need insurance reform, that the health insurance companies are taking advantage of people,” Mr. Obama said. “We know that we have to have some form of cost containment because if we don’t, then our budgets are going to blow up, and we know that small businesses are going to need help so that they can provide health insurance to their families. Those are the core, some of the core elements to this bill.”

    Republican Congressional aides said a compromise bill could include new insurance industry regulations, including a ban on denying coverage based on pre-existing medical conditions, as well as aid for small businesses for health costs and possible steps to restrict malpractice lawsuits. But as Mr. Obama noted on ABC, a pared-down package imposing restrictions on insurers might make coverage unaffordable, which is one reason he prefers a broad overhaul.

    As the full Congress returned to Washington to start a new legislative year on the first anniversary of Mr. Obama’s inauguration options were limited and there were signs of a divide between the White House and Democrats on Capitol Hill. House leaders signaled that they had effectively ruled out the idea of adopting the Senate bill, which would send it directly to the president for his signature. Yet close advisers to the president said such a move was still on the table.

    Mr. Brown’s victory in Massachusetts on Tuesday denies Democrats the 60th vote that they need to surmount filibusters and advance a revised health measure. Senate leaders said they would not risk antagonizing voters by trying to rush a bill through before Mr. Brown could be sworn in, and Mr. Obama agreed.

    “People in Massachusetts spoke,” the president told ABC. “He’s got to be part of that process.”

    Another option considered by Democrats would be to use the procedural maneuver known as reconciliation to pass chunks of the health care bill attached to a budget measure, which requires only a simple majority. But there appeared to be little appetite for such a move on Capitol Hill.

    Democrats also wrestled with the implications of losing their 60-vote majority for their wider legislative agenda, including efforts to tighten regulation of the financial system and combat global warming, even as they sensed new urgency to turn their attention to creating jobs and improving the economy.

    Democratic efforts to pass a bill on energy and global warming were in trouble even before the special election; administration officials and Senate Democratic leaders have been quietly negotiating a scaled-back package focusing more on job-creating technologies than on limits for climate-altering pollution.

    Even the president’s new proposal to tax big banks for the government’s bailout losses, which Republicans privately conceded was a political winner given widespread anti-Wall Street sentiment, suddenly did not look like such a sure thing. Industry lobbyists noted that Mr. Brown publicly opposed the bank tax and that Mr. Obama had spotlighted that opposition during a campaign appearance in Massachusetts on Sunday — to no avail.

    But the outcome might put further impetus behind efforts to bring down the budget deficit, a topic the White House has addressed more visibly in recent days. On Tuesday, the administration and Congressional Democrats agreed to create a commission to attack the deficit and the national debt.

    At a news conference at the Capitol, the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, sought to minimize health care as compared with jobs and the economy. But he made clear that Democrats did not see a clear path forward.

    “The election in Massachusetts changes the math in the Senate,” Mr. Reid said. “But it doesn’t change the fact that people are hurting.” Pressed about the health care legislation, Mr. Reid said, “The problems out there — it’s certainly more than health care.” Pressed again, he said: “No decision has been made.”

    Senior Republicans showed little new willingness to collaborate with the Democrats. Asked where he might be willing to work across the aisle, the Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, offered praise for Mr. Obama’s strategy in Afghanistan but not a single example on domestic policy.

    Mr. McConnell was asked if the health care bill was dead. “I sure hope so,” he said.

    Senator Susan Collins, Republican of Maine, said she was eager to work with Democrats in devising an alternative to the health care bill passed four weeks ago by the Senate on a party-line vote.

    “What I hope the White House will do is start from scratch and, instead of pushing this bill through the House, work with a bipartisan group of senators to achieve a consensus bill that would have widespread support,” Ms. Collins said. “There are many provisions of the bill that have bipartisan support. And I believe the president would be wise to draft a new bill that he could get through both the House and the Senate with supermajority votes.”

  149. nomobama, I agree with your synopsis of the Dimocrats, there is no longer a party for the Democrats. I have long supported everyone registering as an Independent voter whether they lean Dem or Repub. The two parties are the two wings of the same bird; and both parties are full of corrupt people who would rather line their pockets than protect our children’s children’s future. When I registered as an Independent, the feat alone was exhilerating as I was no longer a slave to either party. As witnessed in MA, it was the Independent voters who saved our nation. God bless them every one.
    As an Independent you can choose the person(s) that stand for what you believe in. You know, country over party. As an Independent voter, every candidate must EARN your vote; and in this day and age we will watch everyone we vote for to be on ready to work against them next time if they fail us. Be important. Make a difference. Don’t ‘give’ your vote, make them earn it. Become a registered Independent voter and matter again!
    For the real democrats, I do feel for them, but to say that you can take the party back I don’t know. Why would you even want to, after Obummer/Reid/Pelosi/Schummer/etc have given it such a bad reputation. As an Independent, I can work toward electing Hillary, or Palin, or Brown, or Blackburn, or Bachmann. And, I will work for Hillary just as hard and long as I did last time. I am an Independent American Woman. I do not vote with my body parts, for my cronies, or for scoundrels and terrorists. Hear me roar!!!!!

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