Scott Brown Is Man Of The Year

Time magazine’s “Man of the Year 2008” and “Man of the Year 2009” are in Chappaquiddick-like brackish waters due to Scott Brown. As of January, Scott Brown is without doubt “Man of the Year 2010”.

Time magazine’s love struck editors (“Obama is a god!” exclaimed Newsweek‘s Evan Thomas) chose their idol, Barack Obama, as “Man of the Year” in 2008. It was not seemly to display their Obama love so openly in 2009 yet again so Time magazine’s love struck editors in 2009 chose Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke (and Obama looter of the economy) as the “Man of the Year”. In January 2010, both zero-8 and zero-9 are in trouble due in no small part to Scott Brown 2010.

The authentic seeming Scott Brown, triumphed over the fake Obama in this high year of The Age of Fake.

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We were alone when we wrote Obama Is the Third Bush Term. Now Obama = Bush III is repeated over and over. But it is still a shock to compare Obama’s trajectory to the Bush presidency and see how similar their first year trajectories are.

The second Bush term is almost exactly a template for the Obama Obamination thus far. The first Bush term has some comparative value to Obama but it is the second terms which is eerily similar. In the first Bush term, George W’s poll numbers drooped all year long until “W” was politically “rescued” by the attacks on the World Trade Center. Bush did well all the way to his reelection with high poll numbers.

George W. Bush began his second term badly and never recovered. Bush won reelection but soon thereafter things went very badly. In 2005 George W. tried to “reform” Social Security and such was the opposition that he failed. The Social Security failure was followed with increased bad news from Iraq. Hurricane Katrina finished George W. politically. From January 2005, until the last month of economic disaster, George W. Bush had a miserable second term.

Likewise, Barack Obama began his first year in post election glow and huge ambitions to rewrite all history with his glory. The Golden Calf president sought to persuade Americans he was indeed “the One”. But after a massive directionless waste of money, inexperienced Obama took on a woman’s job – health care.

Obama’s “health care reform” was in reality a massive transfer of wealth from the taxpayer to Big PhaRma and Big Insurance. Obama was always the enemy of meaningful health care reform. That Obama worked out his Big PhaRma deal at the height of his popularity demonstrates the bogus commitment he had to health care. What Obama wanted was to sign anything so that his glory could be made manifest. We Hillary supporters know that along with the Democratic Party, true Health Care Reform Died in Denver in 2008.

Scott Brown came along and the Golden Calf found itself shattered. No glory was there for the hapless boob from Corrupt Chicago.

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After Scott Brown even simple tasks are backbreaking toil for the hapless boob and his congressional boobettes. Barack Obama, Man of the Year 2009, is fighting to save Man of the Year 2009 Bernanke.

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke may be Time magazine’s Man of the Year — but he hasn’t convinced senators he’s the man for the job.

In the wake of Tuesday’s Massachusetts stunner, Bernanke’s chances of returning for a second term as head of the Fed were thrown into doubt, as a pair of liberal Democratic senators Friday jumped on the dump-Bernanke bandwagon.

It was no idle threat. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he’d call a vote next week but couldn’t say for sure Friday that he has the 60 votes to confirm Bernanke by the time his term expires Jan. 31.

That raised the prospect of a fill-in Fed chief, which would shock a skittish stock market that already dipped 5 percent in three days.

And a Bernanke defeat would be a stunning blow to President Barack Obama, who interrupted his Martha’s Vineyard vacation to reappoint Bernanke over the summer and now is forced to salvage a nomination that once seemed a shoo-in.

Blame the Scott Brown brushfire.

Obama was in the Vineyard, along with Harvard buddy Gates when he interrupted his pleasures to get some work done. Now the true blue voters of the Vineyard want Scott Brown to send Obama into permanent vacation.

The soon to be on permanent vacation, Harry Reid, waited for a Friday dump-bad-news-day to endorse Bernanke. Such courage! Big Money and the hated lobbyists of yore rallied to establishment Obama’s side:

Wall Street lobbyists in Washington said they were quietly making the case for Bernanke on Capitol Hill but were hamstrung by the politics. Because Bernanke has been criticized as too close to Wall Street, they said, the surest way to seal his fate would be for financial lobbyists to make a full court press to save his nomination.

Three months ago, we thought this was a slam dunk,” said one financial services executive. “And today people think this may not even be a layup. There’s lots of concern in the markets that the politics of the Senate might derail him.”

Downtown Scottie Brown has game and he is the one who blocked the “slam dunk”.

The boob that likened himself to basketball star Lebron James, that boob (“I’m Lebron, baby, I’ve got game.”) is these days seen more as a deflated and discarded basketball. But Obama won’t go gently. Obama has decided to call out his thugs.

President Obama is reconstituting the team that helped him win the White House to counter Republican challenges in the midterm elections and recalibrate after political setbacks that have narrowed his legislative ambitions.

Mr. Obama has asked his former campaign manager, David Plouffe, to oversee House, Senate and governor’s races to stave off a hemorrhage of seats in the fall. The president ordered a review of the Democratic political operation — from the White House to party committees — after last week’s Republican victory in the Massachusetts Senate race, aides said.

In addition to Mr. Plouffe, who will primarily work from the Democratic National Committee in consultation with the White House, several top operatives from the Obama campaign will be dispatched across the country to advise major races as part of the president’s attempt to take greater control over the midterm elections, aides said.

“We are turning the corner to a much more political season,” said David Axelrod, a senior adviser to the president, who confirmed Mr. Plouffe’s role. “We are going to evaluate what we need to do to get timely intelligence and early warnings so we don’t face situations like we did in Massachusetts.”

The Obama team of thugs and worshipers will not help doleful Dimocrats. They ran a terrible campaign but the Big Media referees were on their side. Now, after a year, even Big Media is tired of their bumbling stooge.

Yet improving the tactical operations addresses only one part of his challenge. A more complicated discussion under way, advisers said, is how to sharpen the president’s message and leadership style.

The reinforcement of the White House’s political operation has been undertaken with a sense of urgency since Tuesday when a Republican, Scott Brown, won the Massachusetts Senate seat that had been held by Edward M. Kennedy. The White House was caught off guard when it became clear that Democrats were in danger of losing the seat, and by the time alarm bells sounded from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, it was too late.

The president summoned Mr. Plouffe to the Oval Office hours before the polls closed in Massachusetts and asked him to assume the new role because of the implications the midterm elections hold.

Obama’s audacious dreams are going nowhere. It’s time Obama woke up from the hallucinatory dreams of his wayward, Edwards-like sperm donor, father and wake up to his own boobery. Obama will soon bore the nation with yet another speech and more silly dreams of self-glory.

“His first chance to reconnect in a big way will come when he delivers his State of the Union address.

Rather than unveiling a laundry list of new initiatives, advisers said, the speech will attempt to reframe Mr. Obama’s agenda and how he connects it with public concerns. In particular, he will focus on how his ideas for health care, energy and financial regulation all fit into the broader economic mission of creating what he calls a “new foundation” for the country, the key words being “rescue, restore and rebuild.”

While presidents typically experience rough patches, this one is particularly challenging for Mr. Obama. Liberals have grown disenchanted with what they see as his unwillingness to fight harder for their causes; independents have been turned off by his failure, in their view, to change the way Washington works; and Republicans have become implacably hostile.

Just go away. After one year Americans just want Obama to go away. Permanent vacation. Go golf. Go.

Scott Brown, instead of golfing, was a conduit for tee’d off voters. Now Obama will not have dreams, but nightmares:

At the end of Barack Obama’s worst week since taking power a year ago, the US president’s fortunes look set only to deteriorate over the coming days. Following the shock defeat of the Democratic candidate in Massachusetts on Tuesday, a move that deprived the president of his 60-seat super-majority in the Senate and left his legislative agenda in tatters, Mr Obama has just four days to reboot the system.

The US president had originally delayed next week’s State of the Union address to Congress in the hope he would get his signature healthcare reform bill enacted in time. That prospect, already waning, was killed dead by the voters in Massachusetts. A growing number of Democrats believe the nine-month effort could collapse altogether.

The death of the healthcare effort would rob Mr Obama of what he had hoped would be the centrepiece of his first State of the Union message.

No glory for the glory hound. Obama now faces the one thing he has never done and the one thing he fears the most: work.

All the promises of a changed planet, are now, as we always said they were: words. Words, words, words. No gay rights agenda, no immigration done, no cap and trade, no nothing. Nothing. It was all just words to gull the gullible.

However, even a more modest agenda looks tough for Mr Obama now. [snip]

“My advice would be that he pick up the phone and ask for Bill Clinton’s advice on how to recover from a situation like this.”

Nor can Mr Obama rely on unity within his own party, which has been in disarray, if not panic, since Tuesday. For example, Mr Obama’s more populist tack on Wall Street re-regulation failed to attract endorsement from Chris Dodd, chairman of the Senate banking committee, even though he was present when Mr Obama made the announcement.

Bill Clinton loved to say that if you find a turtle on a fence post you can bet it did not get there by itself. Someone had to do it. Bill Clinton had to do a lot of work for the American people. Obama wants to vacation and have parties and bathe himself in glitter and perfumes.

Scott Brown knocked the glitter out of Obama. Foolish Dimocrats who believed Obama was popular and would save them in November now must realize Obama is a hapless boob:

Cool and confident, President Barack Obama basked in applause as he promised jittery Democratic lawmakers a coast-to-coast health care victory tour to sell the bill’s benefits upon its passage.

It seemed like a foregone conclusion at that point, just over a week ago.

Scott Brown knocked reality into some Dimocrats last week. The great savior Obama is an anchor on Dimocratic necks.

Scott Brown did America a great favor last week.

Hillary Clinton’s turn to do America a great favor is coming up at the end of this year. It will make her “Person of the Year”.

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133 thoughts on “Scott Brown Is Man Of The Year

  1. It doesnt matter if Obama brings back Kennedy from the dead to help, thats not the problem, the problem for him is the public is onto him and no amount of pushing can shove that Pandora back into the box.

    The message they ran on in 2008 is dead and buried, they failed because they lied.

    People are willing to keep what they have and not get angry, they have their lot in life but when you promise them the world and don’t deliver then thats when uprisings start. Thats what Obama did and the Dem party did and now its come back to bite them royally on the ass.

    He can bring Plouffe around, that dog aint gonna hunt anymore.

    once the veil has been lifted, you can’t bring it back down again because people have seen behind it.

  2. FObama may face “work” as you write, but as usual, he’ll have someone else do it for him. I really don’t see him doing anything other than campaigning, and taking whatever credit he can from those who actually do the work for him. Not that it really matters now. FObama is toxic, and only those districts that have America’s most ardently deluded voters (liberals to the max) will ever solidly back him in the future, and their main reason will because he is not the dreaded Republican.

  3. Another Age of Fake moment:

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0110/31896.html

    Under the guidance of an expert, aides say Obama privately repeated his salute over and over again until he got it down. In a testament to how sensitive the White House is about the commander in chief practicing this basic military gesture, aides would not say who taught Obama how to salute. But every time he uses it, Obama is trying to convey an insider’s respect for the armed forces without saying a word.

    It’s always a game of pretend with this boob and Big Media thinks it is oh so wonderful. If anyone else would do this Big Media would condemn it as “phony”.

  4. Brown really slamdunked Squat, didn’t he?

    Moononpluto,
    Agreed that “People are willing to keep what they have and not get angry, they have their lot in life.”

    But they are NOT willing to give up what little they’ve accumulated and Squat conspired to steal!

    I really think that’s how many are finally beginning to view it. HCR in Mass hit a raw nerve because Mass covers illegal aliens and they account for more than 20% of the costs and yet don’t pay into the system. I think that got voters royally PO’d. (IMHO)

  5. Question: What about Devore running against Boxer in CA? He helped by supporting Downtown Scott Brown in MA. Anyone know about him?

    I love me some Scott Brown.

  6. So what are the sunday talk show going to be about? whose appearing?

    Maybe since Oct 2008, I just might decide to watch one!!!

  7. Thanks, Admin, for the video of Hillary. It is so touching and we look at it with such longing. We love the ending…2012!

  8. If you want to know good someone is don’t ask their allies, ask their adversaries. Nobody can handicap a fighter, a football player or a politician better than the opposition. They have no illusions and no motive to hand out gratuitous praise. I have spoken to senior Republican operatives in times past, and they have always had great respect for Hillary as an opponent and as a leader of this country. They have no similar feelings at all for Obama, and I promise you this is not partisanship. They see as we do that where Obama is concerned there is no there there. Furthermore, they are convinced that Obama will be the undoing of his party and this country. That is why many of them including Rush want to win. They want a good fight. They will take the prize if they can. But they also want to know that if they lose, it will be to a great American like Hillary, rather than to narcissistic race baiting fool like Obama who will destroy this country for the sake of his own ego. They also know that big media is twisting the truth about Obama to protect their own jobs, perks and lavish lifestyles. Their reporting today is a bad joke, and nothing they say can be taken at face value.

  9. wbboei,

    If I remember correctly, you used to post at Taylor Marsh, right?
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    yes nobama. Hillaryis44 was always the main website for me but like you and many of us I did post there and at No Quarter from time to time. At that point all three sites were pulling for Hillary. When TM defected to Obama many of us left the site. I got kicked off for zapping bots one night while under the pernicious influence of demon rum. Taylor was rolling out the welcome carpet to the bots, and as they infested her site, I was pointed the can of Raid in their direction. Clearly, something had to give. As in Colonial America, truth was not an absolute defense.

  10. Brilliant article pm 317. It is good enough that perhaps you ought to post the whole thing. It is an admission by WashPo that they were wrong to simply accept the ideological decision by the obama administration to treat the terrorist as a criminal defendant, without weighing the options–and more specifically the attendant costs and benefits. The senate hearings revealed that there were serious misgivings within the administration about this, but the ideological factor, and the rube goldberg management structure precluded them from being consulted. My concern is when the next disaster strikes that management structure will freeze up or fail to respond effectively. This is all symptomatic of the larger problem which is that in all his life Obama has not run so much as a hot dog stand. Management is beyond the scope of his experience and expertise.

  11. Just go away. After one year Americans just want Obama to go away. Permanent vacation. Go golf. Go.
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    That’s EXACTLY how I FEEL. I can’t imagine THREE more years. I just can’t!

  12. pm317
    January 23rd, 2010 at 9:02 pm
    wow, this is incompetence on steroids..
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    I ageew with wbboei; post the whole article…

    And BO was too busy playing golf while this was happening…..so who was he talking with from hawaii from the intelligence arena? There is enough here for impeachment in my opinion.

  13. Sunset Boulevard was an Oscar winning movie by Billy Wilder which was released in 1950– an important year for me and Connie. It is the story of a silent movie star–Nora Desmond who lives in a state of seclusion and dimensa in a decaying mansion on the outskirts of Hollywood. She has a butler named Max who keeps writing her annonomous fan letters to feed her delusion that her audience loves her, remembers her and is praying for a comeback. Sadly, none of this is true. In fact, the genre has changed, a new generation of stars have arrived, audience are different and to all but a few she is a forgotten relic of a by-gone era. Therein lies the tragedy and the motive for murder.

    Time moves much faster these days. Changes like this which once took a generation can now take place in one year. Obama is a case in point. No, he does not live a life of seclusion and his delusions are less obvious. But still he is like Nora Desmond in so many ways. and is just as clueless. And now we know that Obama also has his Max–her name is Ellie Light.
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    Obama has suspicious number of letter-writing fans named ‘Ellie Light’
    By Sabrina Eaton, The Plain Dealer
    January 22, 2010, 5:35AM
    Around the Web

    Follow-up: More Ellie Light sightings (The Plain Dealer)
    Internet searches turn up many more Ellie Light sightings (Patterico’s Pontificatione)
    Why I published Ellie Light’s letter (Ben Smith, Politico)

    Here’s what the Twitterverse has to say (Twitter, via Icerocket search)
    Ellie Light sure gets around.

    In recent weeks, Light has published virtually identical “Letters to the Editor” in support of President Barack Obama in more than a dozen newspapers.Every letter claimed a different residence for Light that happened to be in the newspaper’s circulation area.

    “It’s time for Americans to realize that governing is hard work, and that a president can’t just wave a magic wand and fix everything,” said a letter from alleged Philadelphian Ellie Light, that was published in the Jan. 19 edition of The Philadelphia Daily News.

    A letter from Light in the Jan. 20 edition of the San Francisco Examiner concluded with an identical sentence, but with an address for Light all the way across the country in Daly City, California.

    President Barack Obama has both detractors and fans. A curious number of his fans are named Ellie Light.
    Variations of Light’s letter ran in Ohio’s Mansfield News Journal on Jan. 13, with Light claiming an address in Mansfield; in New Mexico’s Ruidoso News on Jan. 12, claiming an address in Three Rivers; in South Carolina’s The Sun News on Jan. 18, claiming an address in Myrtle Beach; and in the Daily News Leader of Staunton, Virginia on Jan. 15, claiming an address in Waynesboro. Her publications list includes other papers in Ohio, West Virginia, Maine, Michigan, Iowa, Pennsylvania and California, all claiming separate addresses.

    Light – who e-mailed an identical missive to this reporter on Jan. 16 without listing a hometown – would not answer e-mailed questions about the address discrepancies in newspapers that ran her letter, or her identity, although she did say she wasn’t a former co-worker of this reporter’s who had a similar name.

    “I do not write as a representative of any organization,” she said in an e-mail. “The letter I wrote was motivated by surprise and wonderment at the absence of any media support for our President, who won a record-breaking election by a landslide less than 18 months ago, and now, seems to be abandoned by all, supposedly for the infantile reason that he couldn’t make all of Bush’s errors disappear in one day.”

    University of Missouri journalism professor Tom Rosenstiel, co-author of a textbook on journalistic values titled “The Elements of Journalism,” reacted with surprise and wonderment upon learning of Light’s widespread publication under multiple addresses.

    philly.com

  14. Hmmm… I guess “Light” was a multiple fraudlent voter as well!
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    You can be sure of it.

  15. There was another Floridian who supported Hillary with the username NormaDesmond during the primaries. JanH, I had tears in my eyes watching the video of Bill and the girl singing. Wow.

  16. Thanks JanH..while I am not a Beatles fan, (see jbstonesfan”). I am a Bill and Hillary fan. I love that man and admire what both he and Hillary have sacrificed for the betterment of our world….”Imagine” indeed…

  17. admin: That was a fantastic article. SO was the video you posted “something to hope for”. I just can’t get over the love and affection Chelsea has for her mom. They have a wonderful relationship and its written all over their faces.

    That is a wonderful video of Bill and the Children singing one of my favorite songs of the 60’s. I can remember when it was the #1 song nationwide. Gee, I am old. THe song is timeless, I wish I were.

  18. I dread to think that Bill and Hillary would ahve to attend “that zero” for Chelsea’s wedding….I just hope it is a small, just family fair!!!!!

  19. Speaking of old, lets hope Farve rocks and socks them tomorrow for all of us “over the hill gang”. I promise I won’t be giving a play by play tomorrow. LOL!

  20. Yes, I do hope we don’t have to see the “one” at the wedding. Of coarse, there may not be any videos of it for us Clinton fans.

  21. admin
    January 23rd, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    From Puma Eyes (Utube of Hillary/Puma)

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    Brilliant editing Puma footage with important Hillary events, ie.. NH Primary, New Years eve… Thanks to whoever for putting that piece together. great talent…

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    Jan, I agree- the Israeli girl (and the Arab children) singing ‘Imagine’ with BC is very stirring emotionally, especially now with the tragedy in Haiti.. Thanks for posting it.

  22. wbboei, I read somewhere the other day that the real reason they want to pass a healthcare that actually looks like a windfall profit for the insurance companies, Pharma and the rest is because they as broke as the banks and they need bailing out too!

    I wish I could remember where I read it, it may have been in one of comment sections.

    I wonder if this could be true. The american people go to the Dr. for hangnails, this can’t be good for business. I guess it is if the person has insurance or pays cash, but many go to the Dr. for this and have neither, so it can’t be good for business.

  23. Jesus…. the WaPo editorial is bad. Obama is so fucking amateur it is surreal. It’s like letting a 4yo run the house. Lots of temper tantrums, everything is sticky and the house is completely upside down. The only adult in the WH these days must be Michelle. Wait, sorry. I forgot she, too, is a child playing Jackie Kennedy Dress-Up Hour.

  24. So far Ellie LIght has been published in 42 papers plus Politico and a bunch of others. Hmmm, hmmmm, looks like some poor soul has found a job.

  25. RCP has an aptly titled piece here: realclearpolitics.blogs.time.com/2010/01/22/obamas-cross-of-arugula/

    Politicians try to reinvent themselves all the time, and some find success. But it only works if there’s some credibility behind the shift – some truth in advertising, if you will. That’s why its’ hard to see the public buying into Obama’s impersonation of William Jennings Bryan. It’s simply not who he is.

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    confloyd
    January 23rd, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    Mrs.Smith, Good to see you posting, how are you feeling???

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    connie, I’ve been home for 4 days now and cannot navigate one stair without assistance. It’s the most bizarre thing I’ve ever seen. Never sick a day in 30 yrs to fighting for my life against Streptococcal Pneumonia resulting in toxic shock.

  27. wbboei
    January 23rd, 2010 at 9:05 pm
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    I had my commenting “privileges” revoked on Taylor Marsh for a period of about 2 weeks. It was around the timeframe that you mentioned. Without being told, my privileges were restored. It didn’t take long for me to be blocked again. Then, I had them restored one more time, but on that particular day that I started to write comments again, Taylor was hanging out on her blog and my posts started to hang up, which meant to me that they were being held in moderation. She wrote something not too nice to me, and I responded only to see my comment not show up. Well, it did show up in a delayed manner, but in the mean time, I had written in another comment that she was an ass. I was really annoyed with her by that time. That comment got me a permanent vacation from writing under the nomobama handle. Now, I write comments there every now and then as amabomon. Some of the more astute asses there figured me out very quickly, but I never admitted it. Those bots seemed to have now formed their own blog with the number 44 in it, but I can’t remember what it is. Those bots were the nastiest of the bunch. It seems that they had a problem with Taylor and some of the less strident FObama supporters on her blog. Oh, well. They soiled another blog as far as I’m concerned, only to go spread some of the cheer somewhere else. Taylor Marsh is trolling for new readers, even sending out an email to certain people who used to post there, but had left for better blogs. Unfortunately for her, she flipped. She’s also a bit of a liar when she refers to herself as an avowed liberal through and through, but yet she admitted voting for Ronald Reagan in the past, and her foreign policy opinions are sometimes hawkish, but also typical anti-Israel, in my opinion. She is all about herself, and her cards have been shown. The country is a secondary matter for the narcissistic traitor.

  28. confloyd
    January 23rd, 2010 at 11:51 pm
    So far Ellie LIght has been published in 42 papers plus Politico and a bunch of others. Hmmm, hmmmm, looks like some poor soul has found a job.
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    And how many of us tried to get editorials and letters to the editor into even one paper in ’08 — if the piece was not worshipful of The One, you didn’t have a shot in hell. 43 pubications, “Ellie”? Gimmeabreak.

  29. This opinion piece is amazing. I have yet to read a better indictment of Obama from a site other than this until now. Enjoy!

    Here’s some of the goodies:

    It has been a year of fecklessness, amateurism, and posturing. Less that is useful has been accomplished by this president in his first year than by any president since Herbert Hoover, and he was ambushed by the Great Depression after seven months.

    President Obama rose with astonishing speed from a more improbable sociological provenance than any of his 42 predecessors, an alumnus both of the genteel finishing school of Harvard Law and of the Chicago boiler room for hardball politicians. Neither his radical nor sleazy connections stuck to him. He deftly made an unspoken arrangement to liberate white liberal America from its guilt complex over historic treatment of African-Americans, and to banish the down-market Al Sharptons, Jesse Jacksons and Charlie Rangels as black spokesmen, in exchange for a one-way ticket to the White House. With this implicit, non-refundable offer in his back pocket, he almost effortlessly seemed to take the Democratic Party away from the Clintons and rode the trends, the economy, and the sclerosis of his opponent’s campaign straight into the White House, with professional skill and elegance.

    Withal, this president seems overwhelmingly confident, strangely detached, and, as Peggy Noonan, Ronald Reagan’s leading speech-writer, and now one of the leaders of the Obama Buyers’ Remorse Movement, wrote, ‘cold and faux eloquent.’ He is fluent and sonorous, but rather vapid. And now, Maureen Dowd, foxy doyenne of New York Times columnists and pin-up girl of the D.C. Democratic establishment, niece of FDR’s top fixer, former co-leader, with Michelle, Caroline Kennedy and Oprah Winfrey, of the Obama massed, synchronized cheerleaders, has apostacized and reviled the president as a nasty egotist. When A Democratic president has lost Ms. Dowd and the Kennedys’ Senate seat, it is time to return to the drawing boards.

    If the president has a Damascene rendezvous with the real wishes of the American people and turns the White House bowling alley into a cram-course charm school, he can be a popular and successful president yet. An excellent bi-partisan health care bill that really is a reform can still be had and would be hugely admired, especially after this debacle. If he wants to double down on what we have seen in the last year, he will leave the White House in a submersible in three years.

    For all the claims that the Republicans are too influenced by religious zealots and country club knuckle-draggers, the administration may be in the hands of ‘redistributive,’ pacifistic Kool Aid drinkers. If it is, the Republicans will have to elevate their 2012 presidential candidate this year. The office may, 213 years after the retirement of George Washington, actually seek the (wo)man, but not from what is conspicuously on offer now, from either party.,/b>

    network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2010/01/22/conrad-black-the-lessons-of-massachusetts.aspx

  30. Plouffe is already at it. WARNING: DO NOT EAT OR DRINK ANYTHING WHILE READING. THE BULLSHIT METER IS REGISTERING AN ALL-TIME HIGH ON THIS ONE.
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    November does not have to be a disaster? Is that Plouffes’s position? I guess he is right about that. If the economy turns around, if people forget how his stimulus plan has failed, if they discount his leap toward totalitarianism and high taxes vis the health care deform bill, if there is a peace settlement in the middle east, if there are no more body bags coming back from Afghanistan, if Iran disarms, if there are no more terrorist attacks on our soil, if we get back to low unemployment, if the dollar stabilizes, if we capture Bin Laden, if white people forgive and forget Obamas elitism and racism, if Tea Parties disband, if big media suddenly decides to practice journalism, if the middle class is saved from his predations, and if wild pigs have wings then there is no good reason why November should be a disaster for Dimocrats. But there are lots of bad reasons.

  31. The Obama Myth: http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/real-obama

    The Obama Myth rests on three assumptions: (a) Obama is a nonideological pragmatist; (b) Obama is an uncommonly powerful communicator; and (c) Obama has a gut connection with the people. All three are wrong. Only the Democrats’ fantasy that opposition to their agenda is limited to a lunatic fringe has blinded them from seeing the president’s liabilities.

  32. I keep watching that video of Bill Clinton and realizing how in all countries other than ours this man is an Icon. Why is it here people can’t see him for the humanitarian that he truly is?

  33. Mrs.Smith, OMG, that is just horrible. My sister went to the hospital for a simple surgery and got MRSA. She almost died, she did lose a valve in her heart and it had to be replaced. By the time she recovered she had to learn how to walk again, she had footdrop and the whole nine yards.

    A streptoccocus is a very bad thing. It took out my grannies kidneys years ago. Just glad to see you getting your strength back.

    You said your heart stopped twice, were you aware of it happening, what did they do shock you or did they do CPR??

  34. wbboei, No Plouffe’s position is more of the same. People are against us because we haven’t communicated how great we are. IOW, he doesn’t get it either. He needs to channel his inner Carville and get that ‘it’s the economy, stupid.’

    Really, the arrogance and disconnect apparent in that piece is flabbergasting. It’s like he lives in a parallel universe or something where black is white and up is down. He fails to grasp that just bc you say it is so, doesn’t make it so. Besides, with the press smelling blood in the water, he won’t be able to sell that message like he did in ’08. As Big Dawg would say, “That dog won’t hunt.”

  35. It has been a year of fecklessness, amateurism, and posturing. Less that is useful has been accomplished by this president in his first year than by any president since Herbert Hoover, and he was ambushed by the Great Depression after seven months.
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    His failure to date is a matter of record, for those who care to examine the facts. Bush put us in a whole but Obama dug deeper. In the process he lied to the public on who he was and what he would do. He made a deal with the voters, and most people know by now he broke it, and did so with the contempt of an elitist. Can he recover or not. If the cause of this problem was inexperience alone then the answer would be yes. After all, he is educable. But I say he will not recover and regain the public trust because I am convinced that the bigger problem with him is character. The fact that he has thrown as many people as he has under the bus, done so many Rezko deals which favor big business over constituents, plus that flake factor which is always with him are enough to convince me that a second term for him is a delusion.

  36. nomobama, I use to post over at TM too, but the folks were as nasty there as they were on the DNC blog, luckily I found this one and its been my home for quiet some time.

    I wish I knew who this Imhotep is on TM’s blog, this idiot has CDS bad and always signs out with peace. I’m thinking maybe Rosie.

  37. wbboei, No Plouffe’s position is more of the same. People are against us because we haven’t communicated how great we are. IOW, he doesn’t get it eithe
    ———————–
    It is amazing isn’t it. It must stem from the cult belief that he is the Messiah, ergo if the people do not agree with what he is dishing out, he must give them more of it, because he is infallible whereas they are not. To me that one thing he told someone during the campaign says it all–it shows you exactly what his state of mind is: “I can make them believe ANYTHING I want them to believe.” That statement is arrogance bordering on delusion.

  38. I like Bill Clinton. I voted for him twice. He did good for America in the 1990’s.

    Sadly, his voice sucks. He plays a mean sax, though! 🙂

    I did have a smile on my face as I watched the video. It was very cute.

  39. “It is amazing isn’t it. It must stem from the cult belief that he is the Messiah, ergo if the people do not agree with what he is dishing out, he must give them more of it, because he is infallible whereas they are not. To me that one thing he told someone during the campaign says it all–it shows you exactly what his state of mind is: “I can make them believe ANYTHING I want them to believe.” That statement is arrogance bordering on delusion.”

    wbboei, no. I think it’s not so much about Obama and more about teh cultural disconnect the far left has. It’s that arugula bullshit all over again. They think everyone else is dumb. It’s part of why DB Pooper was so much of a bitch about dumping the lunch buckets. They were too stupid to get how they were going to be saved. Plouffe’s piece is more of the same of that. Voters are stupid. You have to tell them what they want and how much special and smarter we are and they should thank us for lowing ourselves to lead them to the promised land.

  40. I’m no longer thinking of Obama as the messiah. He is just the messenger for all those who have the common aspiration of remaking America into some type of socialist utopia. It’s the ideology that these people have in common, and to what they are beholden. FObama is their agent, but in their minds, it’s up to each of them to ideologically stand together and not accept any defeat. If FObama is shown to be weak, or ineffective, it doesn’t matter to them. It’s all about their ideology. FObama was their best chance in AGES to refashion America in the way that they envisioned. If FObama fails, they all be trying to figure out another way to bring us their vision for America. FObama uses them as much as they use FObama. If FObama left tomorrow, do you all think that these ideologues would just disappear? They have a lot at stake here as they believe their time is NOW. Little do they realize, the vast majority of Americans don’t want their vision. The left never seems to get that. Overt leftism never gains majority support in this country … never.

  41. confloyd
    January 24th, 2010 at 12:47 am
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    Did you have the same handle at TM? I’m not recalling your hand for whatever reason.

    I know what you mean about imhotep. It figures that he chose an Egyptian god as his handle. He’s very full of himself. Peace.

    Good grief.

  42. Yes, I post with the same name everywhere because let the SOB’s come to my house to intimidate me and they will be attacked by two huge pitbulls. They are the only weapons I have, but they are scary. Actually one of them will bite the other will lick you to death. LOL! I doubt anyone could find me as UPS can’t even find me.

    I just plain don’t care who knows who I am, I am poor so they can do me NO harm.

  43. I hadn’t realized that Imhotep was an Egyptian god. Well we know their FOS for using that name. IF they had real huevos they’d use their real name.

  44. The boyz of at Hillbuzz seem to be on a mission to uncover just who this Ellie Light is. They have dug into alot crazy stuff and they are also looking into this person who is stealing work and blapheming their name. Their talking lawsuit. Well I hope they hang the Sob’s.

  45. Are you guys forgetting what Jon Stewart says about voters and healthcare?? He says you have drag them across the finish line for they don’t know what good for them.

  46. I agree with one of the commentors over there, I don’t even want or want to listen to Olbermann announcing a sports event. The man is make me sick, he needs a new profession. I think he should start with the unemployment line first.

  47. I think they are narrowing it down to Samantha Power who is Cass Sustein wife and the person who called Hillary a monster.

    I heard they were going to install Cass as a Supreme. Lets hope the birthers get Obama out first.

  48. http://hillbuzz.org/2010/01/24/question-of-the-day-who-is-kevin-kraynick-and-whom-does-he-work-for/

    Who is Kevin Kraynick and whom is he working for?

    This appears to be the person who attacked us, libeled and defamed one of us, and has committed tortious interference with contracts costing us work (which he is now legally liable for). This is not the first time Kraynick appears to have done something like this, intentionally printing false and defamatory slurs against someone for the purpose of destroying their livelihood: he’s been “PUMA-hunting”, as he apparently calls it, since last summer.

  49. wbboei, the last sentence in the Conrad Black piece: A call to arms for HRC?? i.e. “The office may, 213 years after the retirement of George Washington, actually seek the (wo)man, but not from what is conspicuously on offer now, from either party.,/b>”
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    Okie: I think it is signal for her to run. Here is why I say that:

    1. Black is most likely a conservative. Therefore, he is inclined to be subtle in recommending a liberal democrat.

    2. Black a real word smith. Notice there is an economy of words and no surplusage. Every world has meaning.

    3. Black’s words I think are meant to be understood this way:

    a. “the office’ of president”. . . . (Note: the job and its dire challenges– as opposed to the party or parties)

    b. “may actually seek” . . . . . . . (Note: suggesting this might not even come through the existing party apparatus)

    c. “the (wo)man” . . . . . . . . . . (Note: Hillary is the only woman presently qualified for the position. If he did not intend to signal Hillary then he would have said “person”)

    d. who is not “feckless, and amateurish (Note: whereas Obama is all those things, Hillary clearly is not)

    e. “but not from what is conspicuously offered now” (Note: Hillary is visible but denies that she will run)

    4. Black makes a point of showing how the people who supported Obama (over Hillary) now have great buyers remorse

    5. This corroborates what a friend of mine who is an elder in one of the great Native American tribes and meditates. She believes things will get very bad, and if that happens the country will need Hillary and nothing else will matter. In that case the only thing that will matter is competence, and she is the most competent leader this nation has at this moment.
    ———————————————————————————-
    (That is an excellent article you posted above. I thought the rest of it was worth posting as well.

    Conrad Black: Incompetent Obama teeters on the edge
    Posted: January 22, 2010, 11:00 AM by NP Editor
    Conrad Black, U.S. Politics

    The burning question after the Massachusetts Senate election is whether the administration responds by making a course correction to survive politically by jettisoning its policy core and cleaning up its methods, or ‘doubles down,’ as President Obama has implied, and escalates the ideological and guerrilla war for direction of public policy. This was a referendum on the Obama administration, including health care, not just on health care. Even less was it just the rejection of an astonishingly unappealing candidate, predestined to glory as a trivia question. John F. Kennedy took that seat with lashings of his father’s money in an anti-Brahmin revolt against Henry Cabot Lodge in 1952, and was reelected by 864,000 votes in 1958. In the intervening years of Teddy Kennedy, the Democrats could have won with a candidate not confined to two legs and one head. This was less a wake-up call than a Te Deum for a dying and sweaty dream.

    The president has three principal problems. He is well to the left of the public and of what he promised the voters in 2008, and it is an old, passe leftism, that is authoritarian, deviously presented and was discredited in this country decades ago; the sort of nostrums that caused Bill Clinton and others to become ‘New Democrats.’ He is increasingly perceived as having credibility problems and of being cold, cocksure, narcissistic and intoxicated by what he modestly called ‘the gift’ of his own articulation. And as president, he has been quite, and quite surprisingly, incompetent.

    The second of these problems seems to prevent the president from appreciating the last. The only serious domestic initiative to show for the last year is an obscene stimulus bill that has had to be defended by the spurious supposition of ‘jobs saved’ since, contrary to promises, unemployment has risen by over five million after it was enacted. That target could have been attained without squandering 787 billion borrowed dollars.

    Current economic projections call for massive debt increases of $1 trillion a year for a decade, with huge money supply increases that will make history not only by their size but, according to forecasts, by their non-inflationary nature, accompanied by tax increases that will, also miraculously, not retard recovery from the recession. No audible sane person believes this arithmetical fairy tale, including, one dares to hope, the president himself. It is a recipe for guaranteed stagflation and currency devaluation.

    The administration bought wholly into the unproved claim that carbon emissions are causing global warming, but global warming has not, for the last ten years, been happening. The president padded around the Copenhagen global warming conference trying to generate enthusiasm for $100 billion annual transfers to the Mugabes and Chavezes, as well as the Chinese (the world’s largest carbon emitters), as conscience-alleviating payments for the carbon emissions of the economically advanced countries. America’s fellow culprits found less tangibly burdensome expiations. So will America.

    Mr. Obama must have noticed that the science and the politics were wrong, and that the arithmetic was too. The whole concept, like his promotion of renewable energy, his cap-and-trade bill, his redesignation of carbon dioxide as a pollutant, and his pursuit of complete nuclear disarmament, is mad. It was a worthy encore to the president’s previous cameo appearance in the Danish capital, where his and his wife’s prodigies managed to bring Chicago in fourth in contention for the 2016 Olympics, (out of four competing cities).

    In foreign policy, engagement with Iran and North Korea, appeasement of Russia, over Georgia and missile defense, attempting to bully Israel and to deny that there was an agreement between the Sharon and Bush (Jr.) regimes over settlements, and siding with Chavez and the Castros in the Honduran crisis against constitutional democracy and America’s legitimate interests, have all failed, practically and morally, at least without knowledge of indiscernible and unlikely, contrary intelligence.
    There have been no initiatives to reform NATO, the UN, the IMF, all in need of modernization, and there has been a regrettable delay in launching the long-promised and necessary measures to turn the Afghan operation into a success, while the U.S. and its allies have been milling about, losing ground and taking increasing casualties.

    The fumbling over Guantanamo has been another fiasco, as attorney general Holder has acknowledged that it is an exemplary prison. But Obama has been entrapped by Teddy Kennedy’s unfounded identification of Gitmo with Abu Ghraib. The president’s reaction to the near disaster of the panties-terrorist in the skies over Detroit began with waffling from a Hawaiian luau, and gained altitude agonizingly slowly.

    No one is audibly lamenting the retirement of George W. or throwing shoes at his successor’s head because he speaks in sentences, but this president is bestriding the world as a flake, cow-towing to the Mikado, apologizing for President Truman’s use of the atomic bomb, criticizing Roosevelt and Churchill’s uninclusive approach to winning World War II, and Churchill and Eisenhower for disposing of the pajama-clad hysteric Mohammed Mossadegh as head of Iran.

    And instead of sending the Congress completed bills and drumming up public support for them, as legislatively successful past presidents like FDR, LBJ, and Reagan did, he just rolls a Christmas tree into the Capitol Rotunda and invites Reid and Pelosi and their vacuum-cleaner committee chairmen to festoon it with their favorite pork baubles. Stealing the Alaska Senate election with the fraudulent prosecution of Senator Stevens, (since retracted), the Minnesota Senate election with the fraudulent recounts against Senator Coleman, and the unchallenging seduction of Senator Specter as he was circling the Republican primary drain in Pennsylvania, to get 60 Democratic senators, enabled the public purchase of party loyalty, the dismissal of sincere moderates like Senator Olympia Snow, (whose furrowed brow is a mortal challenge to Botox), for a bad health care bill that is not a reform. This was not what was thought to be meant by the slogan ‘Yes we can!,’ is not leadership, and the people, even in Massachusetts, don’t like it. . .

    (the paragraphs you cited above)

  50. More Big Pinking:

    Congressional Democrats now can safely ignore their own president, and in fact must do so to preserve any chance of survival. Dick Morris is surely correct when he says that the president will never be able to pass a significant piece of legislation ever again. The American people are watching, they know he cannot be trusted, and they will beat the daylights out of any politician who supports his disastrous agenda.

    http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/fischer/100123

  51. OUCH:

    Jan. 22 (Bloomberg) — U.S. investors overwhelmingly see President Barack Obama as anti-business and question his ability to manage a financial crisis, according to a Bloomberg survey.

    The global quarterly poll of investors and analysts who are Bloomberg subscribers finds that 77 percent of U.S. respondents believe Obama is too anti-business and four-out-of-five are only somewhat confident or not confident of his ability to handle a financial emergency….

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/bloomberg/20100121/pl_bloomberg/a8uii1bcrdmy

  52. White House nightmare persists

    By Edward Luce
    January 22 2010

    Following the shock defeat of the Democratic candidate in Massachusetts on Tuesday, a move that deprived the president of his 60-seat super-majority in the Senate and left his legislative agenda in tatters, Mr Obama has just four days to reboot the system.

    The US president had originally delayed next week’s State of the Union address to Congress in the hope he would get his signature healthcare reform bill enacted in time. That prospect, already waning, was killed dead by the voters in Massachusetts. A growing number of Democrats believe the nine-month effort could collapse altogether.

    The death of the healthcare effort would rob Mr Obama of what he had hoped would be the centrepiece of his first State of the Union message. “It now looks extremely difficult, if not impossible, to get anything resembling a broad healthcare bill out of Congress,” said Scott Lilley, a senior fellow at the liberal Centre for American Progress, the think-tank that is closest to the White House. “In his State of the Union, Obama has to slim down his ambitions. It should be short and simple and focus on jobs.”

    However, even a more modest agenda looks tough for Mr Obama now. Believing their strategy of total opposition was vindicated by the voters last Tuesday, Republicans are in even less of a mood to co-operate with Democrats than before. The difference is that with 41 seats in the Senate they are in a position to block almost anything Mr Obama proposes – including the Wall Street regulatory measures he announced on Thursday.

    “Obama has to decide whether he wants to be a transformational president, which looks optimistic at this stage, or merely an effective president,” says Bruce Josten, head of government affairs at the US Chamber of Commerce, which has spent tens of millions of dollars opposing healthcare. “My advice would be that he pick up the phone and ask for Bill Clinton’s advice on how to recover from a situation like this.”

    Nor can Mr Obama rely on unity within his own party, which has been in disarray, if not panic, since Tuesday. For example, Mr Obama’s more populist tack on Wall Street re-regulation failed to attract endorsement from Chris Dodd, chairman of the Senate banking committee, even though he was present when Mr Obama made the announcement.

    Others, such as Tim Johnson, Democratic senator for South Dakota and a senior member of the banking committee, were already opposed to elements of Mr Obama’s regulatory proposals including the plan to establish a consumer financial protection agency.

    Worse, most people do not think Mr Obama can even command unity within his own administration on the Wall Street proposals amid growing speculation about whether Tim Geithner, the Treasury secretary, can survive in his job. Mr Geithner was conspicuously sidelined during Thursday’s announcement by the presence of Paul Volcker, the former Federal Reserve chairman, who lent his name to the push to rein in Wall Street banks.

    The speculation about Mr Geithner is only likely to grow. “The Obama proposals were clearly politically motivated and came from the White House not the Treasury,” says a Democratic adviser to the administration, who withheld his name.

    Finally, there is increasingly open Democratic disaffection about the way Mr Obama is managing relations with Capitol Hill. Many believe that Rahm Emanuel, Mr Obama’s aggressive chief of staff, served Mr Obama badly by persuading the president that his election was a transformational moment in US politics that gave him the opportunity to push through long-cherished Democratic goals, such as healthcare reform.

    In fact, exit polls from Mr Obama’s election showed that almost two-thirds of the voters cited the economy as their chief concern, with fewer than one in 10 mentioning healthcare. Mr Emanuel is also perceived to have mishandled the day-to-day logistics of getting healthcare through Congress.

    By leaving the scripting of the details of the healthcare bill to Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill, the White House openly courted the risk of chaos. Tellingly, in his victory speech in Boston on Tuesday, Scott Brown, the new Republican senator, cited voter disdain for the sight of lots of “old men” on Capitol Hill bickering over healthcare reform at a time when their priority was jobs.

    “I haven’t seen Rahm Emanuel except on television,” Jim Pascrell, a Democratic lawmaker from New Jersey, told Politico, the news website, on Friday. “We used to see him a lot; I’d like him to come out from behind his desk and meet with the common folk.”

    In short, Mr Obama’s nightmare January could easily slip into a nightmare February. “Unless and until the president changes the way his White House, works, things are going to continue to go badly for him,” says the head of a Democratic think-tank. “Heads still have to roll.”

    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/821dce96-0786-11df-915f-00144feabdc0.html

  53. I watched Axelrod this morning, being interview on CNN. They brought on a women who lived in the country side that said the Stimulus money was taken by the Govenors and used in the big cities, not in the countryside.

    The interviewer asked if they would fix that, and he gave a quick, yes. But that considering how quickly they had to act, that Biden had done a great job of managing the stimulus package management. He spent more time trying to spin it as a success than discussing how they would fix it.

    OO, Axelrod, and Gibbs are spending way too much time trying to spin failure as successes, than they are at giving a plan on how the problem areas will be fixed.

    They also asked if they were going to stay the course, and after Tuesday how some Dems are pissing all over themselves (their words, not mine). There was the reiteration of how they had been handed the worse econcomy since the depression, and how great they had done. Also, Axelrod said that they always knew the economy was the issue, and they have been paying attention to it from the start. (Again, nothing on what they were going to do).

    It reminds you of people who have lost their jobs, that continue to tell you what a great job they have done, when they ignored the opinions of the people they worked for.

    OH, I FORGOT, THEY DON’T WORK FOR THE AMERICAN VOTERS.

    I guess we will find out in Nov of 2010, if that is true. If you will not admit you have a problem (sounds like people with addictions who don’t think they have a problem), then it is doubltful you will take the actions necessary to correct that problem. After all, just like addicts families, in many cases they have all this sympathy, and support because they are a son or daughter, and the family has a hard time with tough love.

    However, in this case the family are the voters, and all though the hard core Dims will support you, even if it is illegal, the independents will not. Of course the Reps never will. I don’t think calling independents names will help either. You cannot win without them.

    Axelrod did not seem to have a clue about what needs to be done, and was only interested in telling everyone what a great job they have done, and that they will stay the course.

  54. Looking at the Axelrove article, and Gibbsy on the morning shows, and laughing my ass off. I cannot believe that the Dims are so stupid that their answer to the resounding smackdown the American public just gave them is not to change course, but to concentrate on better messaging. My Gawd, these people are stupid. America wants a better product, and they think a better sales pitch is what’s needed.

    He’s like the infomercial president: “But wait, there’s more!”

  55. Confloyd,

    No, it’s not true that health insurance companies are in trouble. Profits are through the roof obscene and they are going to make insane amounts of money if this ridiculous bill passes. Just go look at the history of their stock prices.

    Americans don’t go to the doctor for hangnails because most of us can’t afford. Doctors in this country, spend almost half their time arguing with health insurance companies about the treatment they provide. There are death panels in this country and they work for health insurance companies.

  56. If the economy is still a problem, and the voters are smart enought to know the economy is still the problem what do you do?

    1. You call for another economic committee meeting (Like that has worked before, it just cost us money).

    2. You call in your campaign manager so that you can be sure and turn this around in Nov 2010, and win again in 2012.

    Now which of those actions will help the economy, and where does it show that your priorities are?

  57. Basement Angel

    I think we should give the management of health care over to COSTCO. They have a policy that they only mark up their mercandise 20%, which is why their diamonds are so well priced.

    I think we could mark up health care 20%, and we might even add another 10 or 20% for ressearch, and reduce our insurance and drug costs by half.

    I purchase a lot of my drugs at COSTCO for $1. I have even discussed this with the pharmicists, and they tell me what drugs I will save money on there.

    COSTCO has earned my loyalty. They pay more that 1/2 of their employees medical insurance.

    I push for COSTCO TO TAKE OVER HEALTH INSURANCE AND DRUGS.

  58. WaPO editorial on the underwear bomber from yesterday, Saturday, how convenient: (linked upthread)

    Did the Obama administration blow an opportunity in the Flight 253 case?

    UMAR FAROUK Abdulmutallab was nabbed in Detroit on board Northwest Flight 253 after trying unsuccessfully to ignite explosives sewn into his underwear. The Obama administration had three options: It could charge him in federal court. It could detain him as an enemy belligerent. Or it could hold him for prolonged questioning and later indict him, ensuring that nothing Mr. Abdulmutallab said during questioning was used against him in court.

    It is now clear that the administration did not give serious thought to anything but Door No. 1. This was myopic, irresponsible and potentially dangerous.

    Whether to charge terrorism suspects or hold and interrogate them is a judgment call. We originally supported the administration’s decision in the Abdulmutallab case, assuming that it had been made after due consideration. But the decision to try Mr. Abdulmutallab turns out to have resulted not from a deliberative process but as a knee-jerk default to a crime-and-punishment model.

    In testimony Wednesday before the Senate Homeland Security Committee, Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, and Michael Leiter, director of the National Counterterrorism Center, all said they were not asked to weigh in on how best to deal with Mr. Abdulmutallab. Some intelligence officials, including personnel from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, were included in briefings by the Justice Department before Mr. Abdulmutallab was charged. These sessions did provide an opportunity for those attending to debate the merits of detention vs. prosecution. According to sources with knowledge of the discussions, no one questioned the approach or raised the possibility of taking more time to question the suspect. This makes the administration’s approach even more worrisome than it would have been had intelligence personnel been cut out of the process altogether.
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    The fight against an unconventional enemy such as al-Qaeda cannot be waged exclusively or effectively through any single approach. Just as it would be a mistake to view all terrorist acts as law enforcement challenges, so would it be unwise to deal with all such incidents as acts of war. All paths must be seriously considered before a determination is made.

    The administration claims Mr. Abdulmutallab provided valuable information — and probably exhausted his knowledge of al-Qaeda operations — before he clammed up. This was immediately after he was read his Miranda rights and provided with a court-appointed lawyer. The truth is, we may never know whether the administration made the right call or whether it squandered a valuable opportunity.

  59. INCOMPETENCE^n

    Related articles (one more next) on handling of undiebomber:

    Spy Chief Rips Handling Of Terror Case

    The nation’s intelligence chief said the man accused of trying to blow up an airliner on Christmas Day should have been questioned by a special interrogation team instead of being handled as an ordinary criminal suspect.

    Dennis Blair, the director of national intelligence, told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Wednesday that officials botched the handling of terror suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who is accused of working with a Yemen-based offshoot of al Qaeda to try to bring down the Detroit-bound jet carrying 290 passengers and crew.

    A new panel charged with designating so-called high-value terrorism suspects for special interrogations should have been used in the case and the suspect should have been questioned by an elite group of interrogators, said Mr. Blair, who used the expression “duh” to emphasize his point.

    Later in the day, Mr. Blair issued a statement saying his comments were “misconstrued.” “The FBI interrogated Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab when they took him into custody,” his statement said. “They received important intelligence at that time, drawing on the FBI’s expertise in interrogation that will be available in the HIG once it is fully operational,” he said, referring to the High-Value Interrogation Group.

    An administration official said a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent didn’t read Mr. Abdulmutallab his rights as a criminal defendant until after he stopped cooperating.

    Wednesday’s series of four hearings related to the Christmas attack prompted a new round of finger-pointing among government officials. Mr. Blair has been under fire since it became clear the government failed to piece together myriad clues that might have foiled the attempted attack.

    Mr. Blair’s testimony was quickly disputed by other administration officials, but seemed to bolster the contention by some Republicans and other critics that officials squandered an opportunity to gain more intelligence from Mr. Abdulmutallab.

    In his testimony Wednesday, Mr. Blair said the HIG “was created exactly for this purpose—to make a decision on whether a certain person who’s detained should be treated as a case for federal prosecution or for some of the other means.”

    He added: “We did not invoke the HIG in this case; we should have.”

    Mr. Blair, who was vice chairman of the task force that created the elite interrogation teams, offered implicit criticism of the Justice Department and the FBI, which decided how to handle Mr. Abdulmutallab.

    “I was not consulted,” he said. “The decision was made on the scene, [and] seemed logical to the people there, but it should have been taken using this HIG format, at a higher level.”

    Mr. Blair’s comments came as FBI Director Robert Mueller was defending his agency’s handling of the case before the Senate Judiciary Committee. He said FBI agents acted “appropriately, I believe, very appropriately” in treating Mr. Abdulmutallab as a criminal suspect.

    Under questioning from Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, the top Republican on the judiciary panel, about why special interrogators weren’t used, Mr. Mueller said: “There was no time to get a follow-up group in there. If one had had the opportunity over a period of time, we may well have had a specialized group do the interrogation.”

    An administration official said Mr. Blair was mistaken in his testimony about the HIG.

    A task force last summer laid out plans for the new interrogation teams, but none yet exist, administration officials said. The FBI is trying to create the teams with assistance from the Pentagon and intelligence agencies, officials said Wednesday.
    —Siobhan Gorman contributed to this article.

  60. DNI Blair Admits We Have No High-Value Terrorist Interrogation Capability [Marc Thiessen]

    Much overlooked last week was this shocking admission from Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair: One year after Obama eliminated the CIA’s terrorist interrogation program, the administration still has not activated its supposed replacement — the so-called High Value Interrogation Group (HIG). In hearings last week, Blair said that the HIG should have been called in to interrogate the Christmas Day bomber — apparently unaware that there was no HIG to call in. In a statement “clarifying” his testimony, Blair stated that the FBI questioned Abdulmutallab using its “expertise in interrogation that will be available in the HIG once it is fully operational.”

    In other words, by Blair’s own admission, the United States at this moment does not have a high-value terrorist interrogation capability — at a time when our country has once again come under terrorist attack. Of course, the administration did not think they needed such a capability — because they have stopped trying to capture high-value terrorists alive and bring them in for questioning. So when one landed in their lap unexpectedly, they had no idea what to do with him.

    As I explain in Courting Disaster, the HIG is a joke — because the administration has limited the techniques at its disposal to those in the Army Field Manual. Police detectives and district attorneys across the country use more aggressive techniques than the Army Field Manual every day. The irony is, Obama has so denuded our terrorist interrogation capability that the Detroit police department has more tools at its disposal to interrogate a terrorist than the still non-operational HIG.

    That is pathetic — and dangerous for our country.

  61. oooohhhhhhh!

    I CANNOT listen to that track, not even 5 seconds, without coming down with an acute case of earworms!

    😀

    BTW, about the salute – he still doesn’t do it right, especially when he sprints down the Air Force 1 ramp, elbows tucked close to his sides, hands lightly clenched and bobbing. Then, when he tries to return the ALWAYS crips salutes of the officers waiting for him he mistimes it and his hands don’t unclench quickly enough and he invariable gives a limp fingered fly swat. His attempts to salute are like his attempts to improve his jump shot or his golf game. probably bo , and when he reaches the end of the ramp he doesn’t .

  62. This is interesting. STEM (Science, Technology, Eng, Math) is already hurting from lack of participation and now they want to cut lab facilities to bring equality among ethnic groups because whites are disproportionately using those facilities? This is crazy. Don’t complain if all STEM jobs go to India and China — let the whites go to China and India for work! that is if they can still get educated/trained in America.


    Berkeley High may cut lab classes to fund programs for struggling students

    Trying to address a major ethnic and racial achievement gap, the school could divert funds from before- and after-school science labs filled mostly with white students. The plan has sparked debate.
    Why can’t they do both, keep the labs and use additional funds to help struggling students?

  63. 1. Dick Morris: Congressional Democrats now can safely ignore their own president, and in fact must do so to preserve any chance of survival. Dick Morris is surely correct when he says that the president will never be able to pass a significant piece of legislation ever again. The American people are watching, they know he cannot be trusted, and they will beat the daylights out of any politician who supports his disastrous agenda.

    2. Ed Luce: “Obama has to decide whether he wants to be a transformational president, which looks optimistic at this stage, or merely an effective president,” says Bruce Josten, head of government affairs at the US Chamber of Commerce, which has spent tens of millions of dollars opposing healthcare. “My advice would be that he pick up the phone and ask for Bill Clinton’s advice on how to recover from a situation like this.”

    3. Weekly Standard: The Obama Myth rests on three assumptions: (a) Obama is a nonideological pragmatist; (b) Obama is an uncommonly powerful communicator; and (c) Obama has a gut connection with the people. All three are wrong. Only the Democrats’ fantasy that opposition to their agenda is limited to a lunatic fringe has blinded them from seeing the president’s liabilities.

    4. WashPo: It is now clear that the administration did not give serious thought to anything but Door No. 1. This was myopic, irresponsible and potentially dangerous. We originally supported the administration’s decision in the Abdulmutallab case, assuming that it had been made after due consideration. But the decision to try Mr. Abdulmutallab turns out to have resulted not from a deliberative process but as a knee-jerk default to a crime-and-punishment model.

    5. NMF: (The interviewer) asked Axelrod if the administration was going to stay the course, and after Tuesday how some Dems are pissing all over themselves (their words, not mine). There was the reiteration of how they had been handed the worse econcomy since the depression, and how great they had done. Also, Axelrod said that they always knew the economy was the issue, and they have been paying attention to it from the start. (Again, nothing on what they were going to do).

    6. Luce: The death of the healthcare effort would rob Mr Obama of what he had hoped would be the centrepiece of his first State of the Union message. “It now looks extremely difficult, if not impossible, to get anything resembling a broad healthcare bill out of Congress,” said Scott Lilley, a senior fellow at the liberal Centre for American Progress, the think-tank that is closest to the White House. “In his State of the Union, Obama has to slim down his ambitions
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    Conclusions:

    First, Obama’s first year in office has been a failure–much as big media tries to tell us otherwise.

    Second, the predominant characteristics of the Obama Administration are corruption and incompetence.

    Third, the American People do not trust them–as evidenced by polls and election results.

    Fourth, rather than listening to the American People–they elect to stay the course and double down.

    Fifth, to solve the problem of governance they hire Plouffe who will throw the party in the dumpster.

    Sixth, Obama is marching to someone else’s agenda–the Center for American Progress–Soros is the money behind it.

    Seventh, these are hard left ideologues trying to implement a hard left agenda in a center right country that cannot afford it.

  64. If you recall back to what Heilman said on Scarborough, namely that these are cool headed operatives who faced the same challenges during the campaign, when Obama was sinking and Hillary was rising, and they rejected the criticism, stayed the course and prevailed. They are doing the same thing now.

    Yes. They are staying the course now-that’s true. But this time it will not work. Why? Because this time staying the course in this instance means shoving a left wing agenda people are opposed to down their throats is the path to suicide both national and political. For make no mistake about this. They are now the status quo. It is their record which will be attacked. The same low information voters who voted for him now are either chastened by what they see or at least they sense a change in barometric pressure which makes him no longer appealing. Real change is in the air now. This jobs program will be a Frankenstein, because what they should be doing incrementally they will attempt to do by fiat and magnum opus set against the backdrop of what they tried and failed to do with health care deform. The only transformation I see now from this transformational president is the transformation of alot of democrats into independents and alot of independents into republican voters if not republicans. This Administration has put white middle class America on the defensive, and some African Americans are starting to wake up to it–as evidenced by the comments of our new port commissioner last week which I posted here. I have a close friend who is a first generation immigrant from China and he says the Chinese American newspapers are highly critical of Obama, and all he says when asked is don’t blame me I voted for Hillary. Yes, fatpig Godzilla–things are a chang’n alright but not in the way you and your thugs planned.

  65. wow, what a damning article (for Obama). Loooooong, so won’t post but here is the link:

    Published on Friday, January 22, 2010 by CommonDreams.org
    How to Squander the Presidency in One Year
    Hey, Conan Obama: How About Now? Can You Hear Us Now?
    by David Michael Green

    May be a short excerpt:

    Barack Obama has now, in just a year’s time, become the single most inept president perhaps in all of American history, and certainly in my lifetime. Never has so much political advantage been pissed away so rapidly, and what’s more in the context of so much national urgency and crisis. It’s astonishing, really, to contemplate how much has been lost in a single year.

    BIG SNIP

    * And, finally, perhaps the most important thing one can do – and the thing that helps explain many of the other items above – is to adopt really, really pathetic policies. If you’re doing a stimulus bill, for example, make sure that it’s too little money, not targeted at real stimulative levers in the economy, costs a lot, doesn’t kick in for a year or two, gives away about a third of the money to ineffective pet projects for Republican while none of them vote for it anyhow, and leaves the unemployment rate stuck at a miserable ten percent. Or, if you’re doing a bail-out of the banks for the purpose of producing the liquidity essential to restarting the economy, let them take bonuses as big as they want, and don’t actually require that they loan out to anyone the money you’ve given them. Or, how about spending nearly all your political capital on ‘health care’ legislation, which is really an insurance company boondoggle bill instead? That’s really what the people want, eh? No wonder Obama’s not out there writing the narrative, fighting the good fight or crushing his enemies. Even he can’t get excited about his own priorities, so extraordinarily abysmal are they.

    All of this represents the best prescription I can imagine for wrecking a presidency, and Obama has followed it with exacting precision. Indeed, doing so would appear to be his only real passion. It’s almost as if he were a Republican sleeper politician in some party politics version of the Manchurian Candidate, planted to arise on cue and destroy the Democratic Party from within.

  66. This vignette will give you some hope. It is by Dan Perrin at Red State. He calls it Clinton Quick Sand, whereas I would call it judo. Obama wants to believe he is infallible, wants to ignore the warning signs, wants to see with his own eyes what lies over the edge of the cliff, so why not go along with him and reinforce it just a little. Why drive when you can be a rich pedestrian? Just pass something.
    __________________________________________

    Clinton Quick Sand

    In this story, you have this bright-eyed, bushy-tailed Freshman President who was a U.S. Senator for a year or two, and a two term President and ex-governor whose wife just got beat for the Presidency.

    Clinton and his wife were particularly sick of the arrogance and condescending tones about how the FNG was going to pass health care in the first year. The you’ve-had-your-turn-dismissal-attitude. And the ever endearing quality your opponent just loves: I-can-do-better.

    So the health care effort starts to fray and the veteran pol tells the freshman what he wants to hear: if you just stick with it and pass the bill — instead of the big mistake we made of abandoning health care when it was so unpopular — then paradise awaits. And the White House drinks deep from the chalice of the veteran, while his wife announces she will not run for President again.

    The subtext from the veteran is designed to make the message be consumed whole: YES-YOU-CAN-DO-BETTER-THAN-HILLARY-AND-I.

    Uh, just stand over there, I know the ground is a little soft, but it will harden up.

    Really says the FNG? Really, really says the veteran.

  67. We the people of the United States owe Scott Brown’s supporters a huge debt of gratitude. They didn’t merely elect a senator. They ripped the façade off the Obama presidency.

    Just as Dorothy and Toto exposed the ordinary man behind the curtain in “The Wizard of Oz,” the voters in Massachusetts revealed that, in this White House, there is no there there.

    It’s all smoke and mirrors, bells and whistles, held together with glib talk, Chicago politics and an audacious sense of entitlement.

    At the center is a young and talented celebrity whose worldview, we now know, is an incoherent jumble of poses and big-government instincts. His self-aggrandizing ambition exceeds his ability by so much that he is making a mess of everything he touches.

    He never advances a practical idea. Every proposal overreaches and comes wrapped in ideology and a claim of moral superiority. He doesn’t listen to anybody who doesn’t agree with him.

    After his first year on the job, America is sliding backwards, into grave danger at home and around the world. So much so that I now believe either of his rivals, Hillary Clinton or John McCain, would have made a better, more reliable and more trustworthy president.

    Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/end_of_cowardly_lyin_mRWfJbYLRlOqRxirNUoCxO#ixzz0dYHnIq77

  68. This new “Ellie Light” revelation is kind of revealing in its incompetence. It shows Cass Sunstein’s, the big proponent of subversive govt propaganda (because they are so good-hearted to take care of the little people as little people won’t understand what is good for them) or his followers’ finger prints all over it. But the incompetence comes from using the same name with different addresses. What is with that? Unless Ellie was a code for the paper to publish the letter. But still why different addresses? because they are so arrogant that they think they won’t get caught.

  69. If you reflect upon the WashPo article on , you can see that something unprecedented occurred.

    They admit the following: the detroit bound bomber was treated as a criminal defendant rather than an enemy combatant; that the administration claimed that they got all the information available from him before he was Mirandized; and WashPo accepted those positions blindly, at face value, and without question.

    Then we get the Blair testimony before the senate: chaos in the ranks of the Obama Administration; the right agencies were never consulted; doubts about whether vital information was lost once he was Mirandized.

    The WashPo response: to say they supported the decision because they assumed all the right people were consulted. That is bullshit. They are backfilling into that position. Their motive in the moment was to show the administration was protecting the nation, and the facts did not matter. They did not know because they did not want to know and because they did not want to know they did not ask. Now they are caught and try to bullshit their way out of it. Their headline is a euphemistic: Did Obama Blow An Opportunity in Flight 253. The real headline should be We Were Bamboozled–Again.

    They admit they originally accepted the administration position that the detroit bound terrorist should be treated a criminal defendant on the assumption that it had considered all the alternatives, but now realize that the proper parties were not consulted

  70. When Obama said no preconditions wrt to Iran, he must have meant no preconditions period with anybody or everybody. The contradiction is how can he not have preconditions if he is negotiating on behalf of his country and his party, essentially the people who gave him the job of negotiating on their behalf.

  71. Perhaps there is a lesson in this. As much as outfits like WashPo are dismissive of the blogging community they do recognize that they can be hammered out of the blue now by bloggers because they do not control the board like they used to. If an industrious blogger, or better still a journalism student, or someone working on a PHD made a study of the number of times big media outlets accepted the party line without question, and were later shown to be fools, it might have a salutary effect on the dire state of journalism in this country. Start with the easy case–AP who worship Obama every day, and were first to rush to the presses after the Copenhagen collapse and call it an Obama victory. Do you remember that?

  72. Check out this video at RCP of Tweetie and Congressman Grayson (D-FL) re HCR. Grayson tried to argue that Dems will pass HCR through reconciliation in the Senate. Totally nails Grayson. WOrth watching if you want to see a classic case of backpeddling and squirming by a complete dumbass. What is it with my birth state electing complete morons. It’s like FL will only let someone run if their IQ is less than 70.

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2010/01/22/matthews_to_grayson_reconciliation_will_not_work_with_senate.html

  73. Amazing,station after station, sunday show after sunday show. WHAT IS WRONG WITH OBAMA.

    It is one thing to stop a slide, when you don’t have a record. When you do have a record, you must demonstrate true behavioral change. For OO demonstrating that will be interesting.

  74. wbboei, re: Conrad Black’s piece: I read it exactly like you do. Unfortunately, the Clintons are still being held up by party leadership. Should there be a turnover in leadership and a loss of senior members who helped trot out the bamboozler, there might be a chance, but realistically, the Clintons will not leave the Dem party and Obama won’t go willingly.

    As for your Clinton Quicksand hypothesis, I agree. I wonder aloud to my MiL when he did it if he weren’t setting up Bambi. Bill is pretty devious. He didn’t fall off the turnip truck yesterday. The only thing that bothers me is why Rahm doesn’t see this as a problem unless he’s not nearly as bright as he reputed to be.

    Also, the HIG stuff/Blair testimony, it goes back directly to Obama. The underlings look above them when there is a crisis to see how to treat it. If bossman is still on vacation, so are they. The fucker should have gotten back to DC immediately. His lavish island vacation be damned. When he didn’t, they stayed on the slopes and let low level people take care of it at the levels they are used to dealing with things. It epitomizes amateur hour.

    The NYPost/Goodwin piece is good, but Black’s is better. The OZ references were taken directly from here. Goodwin should give Admin a byline.

    The CommonDreams piece, frankly, sucked. It was a laundry list of complaints by someone who is clearly pissed at mistaking Obama for presidential material, but mostly is pissed that their own far left agenda won’t be realized. It’s guys like that that put us in this situation. I don’t have time for their shallowness and self-loathing. We’d be better served if he just bought a straight razor and did the obvious.

    wbboei, yes, it be great if mediamatters.com did what they used to do, but the 24 hr news cycle and the celebrity attached to the 4th estate is what it is. I have no trust in traditional journalism. As a former journalism student, I can tell you that most of teh kids in my classes were all about the face time and the access. The story was distant to what the story could do for them personally. Now, I know why my journalism prof (an old codger who was very, very well respected in the field) was so sick over who he had to teach. He knew what was coming….

  75. They are still digging up this Ellie Light story and it appears to go straight to the WH. Propaganda, just like the Chinese.

  76. ABC’s Moran Lets Dem Guests Blame Budget Deficit On Bush

    By Noel Sheppard
    Sun, 01/24/2010

    Two Democrats on Sunday blamed the soaring budget deficit on George W. Bush, and ABC’s Terry Moran didn’t challenge either one of them.

    First up on “This Week” was senior White House adviser David Axelrod who told substitute host Moran, “President Clinton left a $237 billion surplus, President Obama received a $1.3 trillion deficit.”

    Moran didn’t challenge this, nor did he press Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) when he uttered virtually the exact same Democrat talking point moments later, “When George Bush came to office, he had a $236 billion surplus; Barack Obama was handed a $1.3 trillion deficit.”

    Here’s how a REAL journalist might have responded the second time somebody made the same stupid comment in the course of about 15 minutes:

    •On March 14, 2008, then Sen. Obama voted in favor of the 2009 budget which authorized $3.1 trillion in federal outlays along with a projected $400 billion deficit. The 51-44 vote that morning was strongly along party lines with only two Republicans saying “Yes.”

    •When the final conference report was presented to the House on June 5, not one Republican voted for it.

    •This means the 2009 budget was almost exclusively approved by Democrats, with “Yeas” coming from Obama, his Vice President Joe Biden, his Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, and his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
    •On October 1, 2008, Obama, Biden, and Clinton voted in favor of the $700 billion Troubled Assets Relief Program designed to prevent teetering financial institutions from completely destroying the economy.

    •In February, 2009, a $787 billion stimulus bill was passed with just three Republican votes, and later signed by Obama.

    •Weeks later, Congress approved and Obama signed $410 billion of additional spending.

    Add it all up, and Obama approved every penny spent in fiscal 2009 either via his votes in the Senate or his signature as President.

    “Journalists” like Moran should know this, and should challenge anyone that says otherwise. When they don’t, they look like White House stooges.

    Nice job, Terry. If your appearance on Sunday’s “This Week” was an audition to eventually replace George Stephanopoulos as permanent host, you failed miserably.

    On the other hand, if ABC is looking for someone to be just as liberally-biased as Stephanopoulos, and just as unwilling to challenge Democrats when they utter non sequiturs, Moran passed with flying colors.

    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2010/01/24/abcs-moran-lets-dem-guests-blame-budget-deficit-bush

  77. The Democrats have been in charge of both houses, and thus in charge of spending, since 2006. That’s coming up on 4 years now.

  78. H4T,

    Those MF’s slimeballs like Goodwin are the friggin reason we got Squat in the first place and NOW he has the friggin gall to say that either HRC or JM would have been better?
    Where the F*** was HE and all the other pompous blowhard a$$es in BM when BigPink was SCREAMING to be heard?
    i will NEVER forgive those mf’ers, first for depriving HRC of the dem nomination and second, for ‘gifting’ the presidency to the POS now in the WH.
    I am enraged that these hiding-under-a-rock parasites in BM get the public platforms to cajole and cheerlead for demons like squat and never have to pay the price for their BS.

    Here’s some more of that article.

    After his first year on the job, America is sliding backwards, into grave danger at home and around the world. So much so that I now believe either of his rivals, Hillary Clinton or John McCain, would have made a better, more reliable and more trustworthy president.

    They warned us he wasn’t ready.

    Yes, we’re stuck with him, but we’re no longer stuck with his suffocating conformity. The second Boston Tea Party opened the door to new ideas and new people of both parties.

    Obama’s reactions were predictable. More self-pity, blaming George W. Bush, and claiming that the voter revolt is due to ignorance about the health-care plan they hate.

    Blah blah blah. Hasn’t he heard? The magic is gone.

    Massachusetts changed everything. America’s spirit of independence has been emancipated and the cult of Obama-ism is finished.

  79. Just saw Althouse running a thread on Ellie Light and the comments are about what we expect. (Warning: Althouse is right leaning but goes after both sides but her commenters are mostly right wing and they are no friend of Hillary’s.)

    http://althouse.blogspot.com/2010/01/could-somebody-shed-some-more-light-on.html

    This comment is pretty much right on — somebody getting paid to do this and in a week or so we will learn it is some lowly Obama minion.

    Ann, there’s a very simple explanation for why the content of the letter and the signer of the letter are uniform, whereas the addresses given by the signer vary.

    The addresses vary to conform with the location where each local newspaper is located. A local paper is more likely to publish a letter from a local person.

    The reason why the content of the letter does not vary is because the writer is a professional PR person hired by some other person who pays a fee to the professional PR person, depending upon how many newspapers the letter appears in. Thus, it is convenient for the letter’s content (and the signer) to be uniform, so that the professional PR person can very easily prove authorship to the person who pays the fee. Got it?

  80. Yep–Matthews is doing his job at the moment. (They doubled his prozac prescription). First Coward Dean and now this Yo Yo. Did you notice the number of times he sunk back in his chair under cross examination.

    Gus like this wander on his show thinking he will roll over when he says repubilicans used reconciliation to benefit the rich, and Matthews ignores that bait and calls him a delusional netroot dumshit who makes wild predictions because he does not understand the governmental process.

    If Matthews continues along this track, the only ones he will have to interview are Kornbutt and Fineman. Fineman has signed a long term contract with ex lax. He looks constipated and that will sell their product. He is dumb as a post and dull as paint. Kornbutt meanwhile never had an original thought in her life and is the protypical hanger on type not worth paying attention to. She plays little political games like throwing other women under the bus and then turns around and writes tomes about breaking the glass ceiling. The only thing outstanding about her is the level of hypocrisy

  81. Boy, oh boy! The knives are out. I think this guy was a Hill supporter. He gets in a couple of good shots.

    http://www.lvrj.com/opinion/earth-to-obama-nation-82543617.html

    Pride goes before a fall

    SHERMAN FREDERICK

    We’re now way beyond the cliche of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

    In a remarkably short period, President Barack Obama and the Democrat Party screwed up history. They told the world they had a romantic date with destiny and instead took the opportunity for the equivalent of a quickie at the Chicken Ranch.

    Even after feeling the fury of voters in Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts, the White House continues to demonstrate a jaded comprehension of reality.

    The night after Republican Scott Brown beat anointed Democrat Martha Coakley in Massachusetts’ special Senate election, Obama told ABC News that while his national agenda may have been “partly” in play, it was really the same voter anger that swept him into office a year ago that also swept Brown into office Tuesday.

    What, seriously? Voters so loved Obama they gave Massachusetts a Republican? Of all the perverted takeaways from Tuesday, that’s the doozy of the bunch. But apparently this kind of weird delusion is consistent with the unbounded hubris of Team Obama

  82. This will sharply reduce McCain’s maneuvering room on immigration. Hayworth is a border hawk of the first order. I never met him, but I read his book a few years back. Knowing how La Raza operates they will call him a racist. But it won’t wash because he speaks for many people in Arizona, and they are not happy with McCain. I think I can get people in Arizona whom I know to vote for this guy. McCain has no fight left in him. And the American People need to fight back against Obama. What we need is El Cid.
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    J.D. Hayworth says he’ll run against John McCain
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    Former Arizona Congressman J.D. Hayworth says he is planning to run against John McCain for his U.S. Senate seat.
    Hayworth, a Republican, told The Associated Press late Friday he stepped down as host of his radio program on KFYI-AM, a conservative radio talk show in Phoenix. Legally, he would not have been able to remain host of the program and be an active candidate.
    Hayworth was ousted from his Congressional seat in 2006 after 12 years in office by Democrat Harry Mitchell, and has hosted the radio show for the past few years.
    “We will formally announce at a later time, but we’re moving forward to challenge John McCain,” he said. “I think we all respect John. I think his place in history is secure. But after close to a quarter-century in Washington, it’s time for him to come home.”
    He said he wasn’t serious about running against McCain until a recent “outpouring of support” from Arizonans asking him to run changed his mind.
    “Arizonans have a clear choice _ a clear, commonsense, consistent conservative, or they can remain with a moderate who calls himself a maverick,” Hayworth said.
    Political experts say they are skeptical that Hayworth can raise enough money to mount a political campaign against McCain.
    “Cook Political Report” analyst Jennifer Duffy said Hayworth would need to raise a minimum of $2 million to run a decent primary against McCain, who had already stashed away $5 million for the race by late last month, according to the group Friends of John McCain Inc., in a report to the Federal Election Commission.
    Meanwhile, McCain recently announced that Sarah Palin would campaign in Arizona with him in March in their first such appearance since their unsuccessful bid as running mates in the 2008 presidential campaign.
    The former Alaska governor is scheduled to attend a private fundraising event in Phoenix on March 26. The next day, she and McCain will appear together at a public event, likely a rally.

  83. January 24, 2010

    Afghan president Hamid Karzai urges West to buy off the Taliban

    Christina Lamb in Washington and Miles Amoore in Wardak

    After giving up on winning victory in Afghanistan by military means, the international community is resorting to the centuries-old method of buying its way out.

    In London this week, Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, will launch a British and American-backed plan for “reintegration” of the Taliban and call for international funding to offer jobs and bribes to bring insurgents in from the cold.

    The conference, which starts on Thursday, will be the first big international gathering on Afghanistan since President Barack Obama announced his military strategy last month, including a surge of 30,000 American troops.

    The aim was to accompany the surge with a new political strategy and ways for the Afghans to provide their own security by setting up local militias, which could include former Taliban.

    With intelligence reports warning that Taliban influence is spreading, both aims now appear in jeopardy. Divisions between civilian and military officials have led to a reported suspension of the militia programme, while Karzai’s newly appointed cabinet is regarded by many as even more corrupt than his last. Failure to offer effective government is seen as a critical factor in growing Taliban influence.

    In Wardak, a province bordering Kabul, the risks of adopting American tactics are clear. Over the past two years, Karzai’s government has gradually lost control of the province to the Taliban. Most local religious leaders are now bankrolled by the insurgents but one, Mullah Azizul Rahman Sediqi, known as “Super Mullah”, pledged his full support for a US-sponsored plan to arm militiamen so they could fight back.

    He has since lived in constant fear of assassination. First the Taliban planted a bomb inside the mullah’s mosque. He removed the crude device and took it to a nearby field to detonate. Days later the Taliban fired mortars at his home, blowing out the windows.

    Some believe the creation of militia forces in areas where the Afghan police force, army and Nato troops are too thinly spread — or too unpopular to maintain control — could be a critical part of handing over control of security to Afghans.

    The first government-sponsored local militia in Wardak was set up last March in Jalez district and has doubled in size in the past 10 months to a force of more than 350. Its commander, Mohammed Ali, claims his men, a ragtag bunch of lightly armed villagers aged from 17 to 50, have recaptured most of the villages in the district, pushing the Taliban into the barren mountains that surround it. But despite repeated assurances of improved security, it was not possible to travel to the district last week without an armed escort.

    “The Taliban still use the mountains to fire grenades at our convoys,” Ali explained with a toothless grin as he squatted in one of his mud-hut checkpoints on the road into Jalez. “They lay IEDs [improvised explosive devices] on the route into the district and ambush us.”

    Hopes that Karzai would boost the prospects for security by cleaning up his administration were set back by the announcement of his new cabinet. Ten of his 17 nominees were rejected by parliament this month. “I don’t think it’s a weaker government but it’s not as strong as it could have been,” David Miliband, the foreign secretary, said in Washington last week. However, he insisted: “The alternatives to this very, very difficult project in which we’re engaged are worse.”

    Many people were disappointed with a government they regarded as weaker, according to Barmak Pazhwak, Afghan officer for the US Institute of Peace. “It’s more corrupt and more full of local power groups who Karzai did deals with to get elected,” he said.

    Miliband insists the international community can exert leverage by withholding funds from ministries that don’t perform. But the West’s toothlessness was highlighted by Karzai’s failure to take any action against his half-brother, Ahmed Wali, widely regarded as one of the biggest drug lords in southern Afghanistan.

    In a gloomy prognosis for 2010, Major-General Michael Flynn, the most senior allied intelligence officer in Afghanistan, has warned that the Taliban have tightened their grip on the civilian population and believe they have only to keep on blowing up soldiers to achieve victory.

    Last Monday, the Taliban showed their ability to penetrate the capital with a series of attacks that killed 20 and injured 70, leaving a shopping centre in flames. Western officials tried to put a positive spin on the assault, pointing out that in contrast to the last big attack in October on a UN guest house, Afghan troops arrived on the scene promptly, taking on the insurgents and preventing wider bloodshed.

    Given the spread of Taliban influence, however, it is unclear how much support there will be for Karzai’s reintegration plan to persuade Taliban militants to switch sides. Central to the plan will be a grand peace council. This will include representatives from all sectors of Afghan society, including religious leaders, with the aim of giving armed opponents a guarantee that their views will be heard.

    “The government will provide the Taliban and other insurgent groups who wish to respect the constitution a dignified way to renounce violence and peacefully reintegrate into their communities,” says a draft version of the plan.

    The international community has insisted that key Taliban leaders such as Mullah Mohammed Omar would not be part of any such plan. “The red line is links to Al-Qaeda,” Miliband said. But the document offers “key leaders of the Taliban movement” an opportunity for amnesty and reintegration.

    Aside from differences between nations over who to negotiate with, there is scant evidence that the Taliban wish to come in from the cold. US officials admit that it was a bad tactical error for President Obama to cite a target date of July 2011 to start withdrawing troops in his speech announcing the surge. The date, which was inserted by the White House at the last minute to assuage disgruntled Democrats, has led the Taliban and their backers in Pakistan to believe they just have to wait.

    “The Taliban are telling the local population the Americans will be gone in 18 months and we’ll be in charge so you better not cross us or we’ll kill you,” said an adviser to General Stanley McChrystal, the US commander in Afghanistan. McChrystal is circulating among his field commanders a paper written by a special forces major called “one tribe at a time”, which backs partnerships with tribal militias.

    But reports yesterday claimed that the US had suspended the militias, fearing they could lead to the creation of new warlords. According to The New York Times, Hanif Atmar, the Afghan interior minister, said that while some of the militias had been effective in combating the Taliban, others were out of control. “In Kunduz, after they defeated the Taliban in their villages, they became the power and they took money and taxes from the people,” he said.

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/afghanistan/article6999943.ece

  84. What I see from Obama in the months ahead is more erratic behavior. More tacking back and forth between what Soros demands and what the voters expect. A formula which will satisfy no one. The further problem he has which big media is not talking about is the lack of competence which has real world consequences.

  85. I posted this in the comments at Read Clear Politics re Charles Krauthammer’s video clip titled “Obama may not have the capacity to change”:
    Dr. Krauthammer speaks truth to power. Obummer OWNS our economy and OWNS our safety!!! He bought it, he broke it, but he does not have the capacity to fix it. We told all of you so BEFORE he was gift[ed] the nomination! He was SELECTED, not ELECTED!
    I was sick to death of hearing about W when W was The One; stop the looking and pointing back to W!!!!!!!! Are you and your minions still in the third grade? I know that you are still on the playground (i.e., golf, vacations, trips, date night, Wednesday party nights). I am more sick to death of seeing and hearing Obummer – the golf cart President who can not coherently speak two words in a row without his tele-prompter!
    Obummer, get it RIGHT or get out!!!! Can anyone spell RECALL or IMPEACH???

    …and to think, WE COULD HAVE HAD HILLARY!!!!!! Now, wouldn’t that have been historic, to have a smart woman instead of a blank slate?

  86. Here is a fun distraction!

    Check this website out:

    http://bookblog.net/gender/genie.php

    If you cut and paste yours or anyone else’s writing (make sure you don’t include cited paragraphs), it will tell you whether the author is male or female. I tried a bunch of my NQ posts and they all came out decidedly “male”. Well, what do you expect from a gal who grew up with four brothers and went into professions that are predominantly male?

    Now I tried Admin’s writing and it says the author is a MALE!! Am I blowing admin’s cover at least to the gender extent?

  87. There is another Ellie Light. This one is named Mark Spivey.

    A recent Associated Press article stated that President Barack Obama’s hesitancy on the Afghan war buildup implies weakness.

    I wish world leaders had more of that kind of weakness. Clearly, Obama does not want to send soldiers into harm’s way without a clear goal, a solid plan and an exit strategy, three aspects sorely missing from former President George W. Bush’s military ventures.

    I know that we Americans are used to presidents who play cowboy, who say things like “bring ’em on” and “mission accomplished” without a second thought; presidents who send Americans into battle on falsified weapons reports.

    But it seems our current president understands that you don’t send soldiers into battle without first nailing down what they’re supposed to be doing, and why.

    So hats off to Obama’s “hesitation.” Soldiers are human beings, not chess pieces. It’s about time we get a president who understands that.

    — Mark Spivey

    Naples

    leftrightandcenter.vox.com/library/post/kcrws-left-right-center-show-91208.html

    http://www.mndaily.com/2009/11/15/considering-afghanistan

    /blog.buzzflash.com/mailbag/964

    m.naplesnews.com/news/2009/nov/19/letters-editor-nov-20-2009/

    baltimorechronicle.com/2010/010910Letters.shtml

    http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2009/nov/18/seals-have-their-day-court-great-victory/

    More at links.

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&safe=off&q=%22+I+wish+world+leaders+had+more+of+that+kind+of+weakness.”++mark+spivey&btnG=Search&aq=f&aql=&aqi=&oq=

  88. Michael Goodwin is a traitor to this country. In that respect he is not alone since other members of big media are guilty of the same offense. In his case, I believe it reflects in no small part the prejudices of his owner Mort Zucherman–who is cut from the same cloth. Funny, I used to respect both of them. But seeing is believing.
    ————————————————-
    1. Today Michael Goodwin says:

    After his first year on the job, America is sliding backwards, into grave danger at home and around the world. So much so that I now believe either of his rivals, Hillary Clinton or John McCain, would have made a better, more reliable and more trustworthy president.

    They warned us he wasn’t ready.

    Yes, we’re stuck with him, but we’re no longer stuck with his suffocating conformity. The second Boston Tea Party opened the door to new ideas and new people of both parties.

    Obama’s reactions were predictable. More self-pity, blaming George W. Bush, and claiming that the voter revolt is due to ignorance about the health-care plan they hate.

    2. But in 2008 Michael Goodwin twisted the truth and said this:

    Hillary Clinton’s colossal blunder simply the last straw
    Saturday, May 24th 2008, 4:00 AM
    Neel/AP

    Hillary Clinton apologized Friday after citing the June 1968 assassination of Robert F. Kennedy (below) in defending her decision to keep running for the Democratic presidential nomination.

    SICK. Disgusting. And yet revealing. Hillary Clinton is staying in the race in the event some nut kills Barack Obama.

    It could happen, but what definitely has happened is that Clinton has killed her own chances of being vice president. She doesn’t deserve to be elected dog catcher anywhere now.

    Her shocking comment to a South Dakota newspaper might qualify as the dumbest thing ever said in American politics.

    Her lame explanation that she brought up the 1968 assassination of Robert Kennedy because his brother Ted’s illness was on her mind doesn’t cut it. Not even close.

    We have seen an X-ray of a very dark soul. One consumed by raw ambition to where the possible assassination of an opponent is something to ponder in a strategic way. Otherwise, why is murder on her mind?

    It’s like Tanya Harding’s kneecapping has come to politics. Only the senator from New York has more lethal fantasies than that nutty skater.

    We could have seen it coming, if only we had realized Clinton’s thinking could be so cold. She has grown increasingly wild in her imagery lately, invoking everything from slavery to the political killings in Zimbabwe in making her argument for the Florida and Michigan delegations. She claimed to be the victim of sexism, despite winning the votes of white men.
    But none of it was moving the nomination needle, with Obama, despite recent dents, still on course to be the victor.

    So she kept digging deeper, looking for the magic button. Instead, she pushed the eject button, lifting herself right out of consideration.
    Giving voice to such a vile thought is all the more horrible because fears Obama would be killed have been an undercurrent to his astonishing rise. Republican Mike Huckabee made a stupid joke about it recently. Many black Americans have talked of it, reflecting their assumption that racists would never tolerate a black President and that Obama would be taken from them.

    Clinton has now fed that fear. She needs a very long vacation. And we need one from her.

    Say good night, Hillary. And go away.
    mgoodwin@nydailynews.com

  89. pm317

    you’re killing my upper west side dwelling, chain smoking, angelica houston look alike vision of who admin is.

  90. This is very interesting, has anyone heard this??

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Vice President Joe Biden has told a newspaper that his son Beau does not want to run for his former Senate seat in Delaware, which could damage Democrats’ chances in the 2010 race.

    Barack Obama

    In an exchange reported in the Wilmington News-Journal, Biden asked a columnist from his hometown newspaper to encourage Beau Biden, Delaware’s state attorney general, to run for the Senate this year.

    According to the newspaper, as Biden ended an interview he had the following exchange with columnist Harry F. Themal:

    Biden: “If you run into Beau, talk him into running; he respects you.”

    Themal: “I don’t think he wants to run, though.”

    Biden: “I don’t think he does either. I know he doesn’t want to … I’m so proud of the job he’s done (as attorney general).”

    Beau Biden has been viewed as the Democrats’ best chance to keep the seat his father left to become vice president.

    Nine-term Republican congressman Mike Castle, who is considered a moderate in the party, already has announced he would run for the seat, which is currently held by Ted Kaufman, a Democrat who was appointed a year ago.

    Kaufman was a long-time top aide for Joe Biden and was seen as a placeholder for the younger Biden.

    The Democrats, who hold a comfortable majority in the U.S. Senate, were dealt a stunning blow last week when Republican Scott Brown won a special election in Massachusetts to replace the late U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy.

    (Reporting by Vicki Allen, editing by Paul Simao)

  91. #
    alcina
    January 24th, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    pm317

    you’re killing my upper west side dwelling, chain smoking, angelica houston look alike vision of who admin is.
    #
    pm317
    January 24th, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Well, alcina, it works well for my vision of who admin is. 😉
    #
    alcina
    January 24th, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    🙂
    —————————–

    Yay!!! Admin is like Obama — we can project him/her to be whatever we want him/her to be.

  92. If you compare the analysis offered by George Will to the analysis provided by Charles Krauthammer, the difference is obvious. Will claims that Obama must change because reality demands it, whereas Krauthammer, a world class psychiatrist as well as pundit, states that Obama may not have the capacity to change. I agree with Krauthammer which is why I say that we will see a pattern of erratic behavior from Mr. Obama, and I fear, a deepening crisis which he is powerless to prevent.

  93. Now THIS is ROTFLMFAO funny, OkieAtty!

    ‘They told the world they had a romantic date with destiny and instead took the opportunity for the equivalent of a quickie at the Chicken Ranch.’

  94. Any DIM or Rino that has supported obama, or previously or currently in his administration
    in the congress, house and senate who even thinks the sound of “populist” will work for them in 2010 or beyond….should think again!

    LET US HERE AT BIG PINK GIVE A VERY LOUD WARNING TO THEM THAT……AMERICANS WILL NOT BE BAMBOOZLED by you!!

    A populist tone/stance coming from you will cause us Americans to hear this instead:

    JIVE TALKIN….
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_W42rMjYWlk

  95. Years ago I was in a restaurant in Manhattan. I forget the name. Some of the understudies from the Met would drop in and sing arias for fun and for money.

    On one such occasion, a colleague of mine who had only recently fallen in love with opera offered a basso profundo singer whose name shall go unmentioned a small sum, and asked him to sing a song which was suited neither for his gender or his deep voice. I swallowed a martini olive when I heard that request, got ready to duck and waited eagerly for the troubadour’s reply. Whereupon, he look down at my friend with an air of disgust and said: Do I look like a mezzo-soprano?

    By the same token: when a man like Obama who cuts rezko deals with big pharma, condemns people who live in small towns, practices reverse racial profiling and disparages Brown for driving a pick up suddenly decides to become a populist, there is only one answer: do I look like a mezzo soprano?

  96. ‘They told the world they had a romantic date with destiny and instead took the opportunity for the equivalent of a quickie at the Chicken Ranch.’

    basil, to continue the metaphor..
    that was enough for all the nerds on the Obot bandwagon who don’t get laid often enough..

  97. The latest dirge from a Soros propagandist.

    What if Bernanke Isn’t Reconfirmed?

    What happens if Ben Bernanke isn’t reconfirmed? Well, some folks seem to think it will send markets into a tailspin. But it’s worth emphasizing that in literal terms almost nothing will happen. If a left-right coalition of 40 Senators blocks his confirmation, then it’s hard to see what other candidate would be more to their liking. You’d have gridlock. But Bernanke’s term as a member of the Fed’s Board of Governors is actually a 14-year term that doesn’t expire for a long time. Consequently, the same Open Market Committee that’s making decisions right now would just go on making decisions. Bernanke would, however, be unable to perform the formal responsibilities of the Chairman, so that role would devolve to Donald Kohn, the Vice Chair.

    Would that be a ridiculous situation for an erstwhile major country with a functioning political system to find itself in?

    Why yes it would. But it would merely be a reminder that we are, in fact, in a ridiculous situation and do not, in fact, have a functioning political system. Take a look at the current Treasury Department org chart and note that only one Undersecretary has been confirmed by the Senate. We’re missing the Undersecretaries for Domestic Finance and for International Affairs as well as a boatload of assistant secretaries. Those sound like important subjects to me amidst a financial crisis. And, in fact, they are important jobs. And they’re not exactly going undone—an ad hoc group of “counselors” to Tim Geithner and such are keeping the show running. But this is not really a good way to run the government.

    By the same token, the routine filibustering has done something odd to the president’s ability to fire subordinates. Obama can’t really sack any member of his cabinet or subcabinet unless he has a specific replacement in mind who he’s certain can secure 60 votes in the Senate. Which means he basically can’t fire anyone. I suppose in some cockamamie way all this might advance the electoral interests of Republican Senators (although it’s actually hard for me to see how it does) but it’s not good for the country. (see comments)

    * 50 Comments

    http://yglesias.thinkprogress.org/archives/2010/01/what-if-bernanke-isnt-reconfirmed.php

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