Delusional Obama And The NObama Coalition 2010

This country cannot afford another 3 years of boobery and corruption. Barack Obama must go.

Barack Obama must be pushed out. Failing that Barack Obama must have his hands politically cut off, just like a Muslim pickpocket subject to Sharia law.

This week we will discuss the “State Of The Union”. Our “union” is the NObama Coalition (we wrote about the NObama Coalition a year ago). All this week we will discuss the NObama Coalition and where we all go from here. “Here” is “Brown America” – America after Massachusetts. “We” is not only Hillary supporters but Tea Party members, and Republicans, and Independents – the NObama Coalition.

This week we will lay out the difficult future for Hillary supporters. This week we will lay out the need for the Left and the Right to come together to remove the Obama blight.

The future for Hillary supporters will be difficult because we will have to advocate for the defeat of Dimocrats on a nationwide basis. The Left and the Right will have to unite to remove the Obama blight – Republicans will have to accept the powerful Secret Weapon, and those of us who still consider ourselves Liberals/Progressives/Democrats will have to accept the need to defeat the Obama corruption called the Obama Dimocratic Party – even if those we agree with on the “issues” are included among the devastated. We’ll have more on all of this during the week.

The NObama Coalition is strong, and stronger every day – every time Obama plugs in the TelePrompTer. It’s not only the Obama health scam that is in trouble:

In the wake of Republican Scott Brown’s stunning victory in the Massachusetts Senate race, Majority Leader Harry Reid and the White House have struggled to win over moderate Democrats in order to increase the Treasury Department’s borrowing authority. Thirteen Democrats — including five up for reelection in November — have defected from the White House and joined a Republican effort to end the Troubled Asset Relief Program. And grumbling Democratic senators have created a scare over Ben Bernanke’s confirmation for a second term as chairman of the Federal Reserve.

The Dimocrats in opposition to Obama do so out of fear. Fear is the motivator, not the good of the nation. But, we must acknowledge and accept the driftwood that now joins the NObama Coalition.

Obama and his Dimwit Dimocrats still believe in the Obama Trinity for their salvation. On August 2, 2007 we laughed our belts off when we heard Obama say “to know me is to love me”. [For real, he really did say “to know me is to love me”, check out the last paragraph.] Obama, as we later wrote, “is a harmful narcissist”.

The Obama narcissism is still recycled by Obama’s incense burning acolytes. The chief boob himself believes he is loved. “I am the light and the way” says the Corrupt Clown King from Corrupt Chicago-town. “I am the light and the way, I am the resurrection and the life” says Obama the Clown:

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette [no link, subscription only] offers a warning to moderate Democrats and border state moderates — warning of a midterm bloodbath comparable to the 54-seat D-to-R swing in 1994.

But the jaw-dropper is Berry’s claim that President Obama personally dismissed any comparison between Democrats now and under Bill Clinton 16 years ago — by saying his personal popularity would bail everybody out.

The retiring Berry, who doesn’t say when the remarks were made, now scoffs at Obama’s 50-or-below approval rating:

Writes ADG reporter Jane Fullerton:

em>Berry recounted meetings with White House officials, reminiscent of some during the Clinton days, where he and others urged them not to force Blue Dogs “off into that swamp” of supporting bills that would be unpopular with voters back home.

“I’ve been doing that with this White House, and they just don’t seem to give it any credibility at all,” Berry said. “They just kept telling us how good it was going to be. The president himself, when that was brought up in one group, said, ‘Well, the big difference here and in ’94 was you’ve got me.’ We’re going to see how much difference that makes now.” [snip]

“I began to preach last January that we had already seen this movie and we didn’t want to see it again because we know how it comes out,” said Arkansas’ 1st District congressman, who worked in the Clinton administration before being elected to the House in 1996… “I just began to have flashbacks to 1993 and ’94. No one that was here in ’94, or at the day after the election felt like. It certainly wasn’t a good feeling.”

1994 was due more to the Culture of Corruption of congressional Democrats than failure to pass the health care bill, but that is an argument for another day.

The Dimocratic Culture of Corruption is back. The corruption will only add to Obama Dimocratic destruction.

Americans know the corruption is the prime motive for Obama’s actions.

Nearly three out of four Americans think that at least half of the money spent in the federal stimulus plan has been wasted, according to a new national poll.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Monday morning also indicates that 63 percent of the public thinks that projects in the plan were included for purely political reasons and will have no economic benefit, with 36 percent saying those projects will benefit the economy.

Twenty-one percent of people questioned in the poll say nearly all the money in the stimulus has been wasted, with 24 percent feeling that most money has been wasted and an additional 29 percent saying that about half has been wasted. Twenty-one percent say only a little has been wasted and 4 percent think that no stimulus dollars have been wasted.

“One reason why the economic stimulus bill is no longer popular with the American public is the perception that a lot of the money has been wasted. Six in 10 believe that the projects in the stimulus bill were included for purely political reasons,” said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

But don’t worry Dimocrats, Obama will save you. Ask Bo, er, Beau:

Vice President Joe Biden’s eldest son, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, dealt another body blow to the flailing Democratic Party on Monday, announcing that he will not run for the Senate seat long held by his father. [snip]

Some political observers believe there was more to Biden’s decision than staying true to a 2006 campaign promise to crack down on child predators.

“As always, they tell part of the truth, but not the whole truth,” said University of Virginia political analyst Larry Sabato. “This is going to be a very tough year for Democrats, and that would have included even Beau Biden in Delaware.”

Child predators will soon have a better chance of election than an “Obama Dimocrat”.

The NObama Coalition must defeat Obama Dimocrats nationwide in 2010 if we are ever to resurrect the now dead, once great, Democratic Party.

No amount of propaganda, chicanery, and tricks will rescue the corrupt from an awakened citizenry.

Obama must be politically removed or neutralized politically. The times ahead, to borrow from Tom Paine, will try men’s and women’s souls. The NObama Coalition must be ready. The NObama Coalition is on the march.


205 thoughts on “Delusional Obama And The NObama Coalition 2010

  1. Obama is on ABC News avoiding an honest answer on “transparency” and C-SPAN. Diane Sawyer, the interviewer, is not buying however.


    Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said Democrats will not settle on a way forward on health care reform by Wednesday’s State of the Union address.

    “Both the majority leader and the speaker need time to talk with their members,” Durbin told reporters Monday.

    Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) drew the same conclusion earlier Monday. He told POLITICO that the Senate and House leadership needed to agree on a list of fixes to the Senate health bill, and it wasn’t likely before Wednesday.

    “I doubt that,” Baucus said.

    On this point, there seems to be agreement with the House, where aides have said they don’t know where their members stand or how much time members need figure out how they want to proceed. House aides say no decisions have been made, and a few suggest it might take some time for things to settle down enough to pick the best route forward.

    But by not making a decision by Wednesday, Democrats could lose an opportunity to hit the reset button on health care – a notion that Durbin dismissed.

    “A matter of days won’t make a difference,” Durbin said.

  3. Obama must be politically removed or neutralized politically.———-

    I still say that WAPO postr on the panty bomber and the issue on arrest handling is enought groung to impeach the boob!!!! After 3 days not saying anything and now we know that he did not even discuss the details on how to address the arrest the terrorist is enough to say he violated the oath in defending this country…

    The intelligence and homeland security heads had to go as well and this includes the chairmen/members of the special 4 group who discuss securty and intelligence in private… How come BO dismantled the unit formed by Bush – for all its faulty working – and did not make sure that the new interrogation unit was formed.

  4. President Obama, buffeted by criticism of his massive health care reform bill and election setbacks, said today he remained determined to tackle health care and other big problems despite the political dangers to his presidency.

    I’d rather be a really good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president,” he told ABC’s “World News” anchor Diane Sawyer in an exclusive interview today.


    Sounds like he’s setting himself up lately for not running in 2012. I’m kind of suspecting that more and more now.

  5. Screw them all for what they said about Hillary…..whats the bastards who threw this at Hillary got to say now.

    Gallup: Obama Most Polarizing President Ever

    President Barack Obama is the most polarizing president in American history, according to a poll released by the Gallup organization Monday.

    The average difference in Obama’s approval ratings between Democrats and Republicans turned out to be 65 percent — the highest first-year gap of any president so measured.

    Obama’s 88 percent approval rating from Democrats is the second highest level of party support for a first-year president, trailing only the 92 percent Republican support for George W. Bush in 2001.

    On the other hand, Obama’s 23 percent rating among Republicans is tied for lowest party rating of a rookie president, matching GOP “backing” of Bill Clinton back in 1993.

    There’s also the question of whether Obama is a polarizing president — or is only the latest president in a polarized era, USA Today pointed out.

    “Prior to Ronald Reagan, no president averaged more than a 40-point gap in approval ratings by party during his term,” said the Gallup report. “Since then, only the elder George Bush has averaged less than a 50-point gap.”

    “I think we live in a divided country,” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told USA Today. “Washington has been a polarizing place for quite some time.”

    “The extraordinary level of polarization in Obama’s first year in office is a combination of declining support from Republicans coupled with high and sustained approval from Democrats,” Gallup’s Jeffrey Jones reported.

  6. BTW, the “mediocre two term president” and the argument that Dimocrats are lucky to have him and that is the difference between now and 1994 are both not so subtle warfare against Bill and Hillary.

  7. I had noticed that, i nearly threw my shoe at the television, Obama would be lucky to get anywhere the caliber of Bill Clinton’s Presidency.

    What a Cupid Stunt, Obama is.

  8. His contempt for the Clintons is pathological. It’s just not normal. Or healthy.

    You get the feeling that Obama spent the 90s watching the Clintons and thinking about how much better he could do it. He obviously thinks Bill is a putz. I just don’t think it ever occurred to him that Bill simply made it look easy because he knew what he was doing – well, as well as anyone can know what they are doing as president of the US.

    I remember reading a comment about Bob Shrum (I believe) where the writer said that Shrum lost interest in the Edwards’ when he realized that they hadn’t “read the books”. Meaning, that Bill and Hillary understood policy as well they did because they read books. Now, I’ve seen Edwards in at least one town hall do a brilliant job of connecting the dots for ordinary people. I know that he understood issues fairly well, if not brilliantly. But I’ve never seen Obama do it at all. I don’t know if he has even a primitive understanding of economics.

    it’s like he’s the biggest, most pathological arm chair quarterback ever.

  9. moononpluto
    January 25th, 2010 at 6:41 pm
    President Obama, buffeted by criticism of his massive health care reform bill and election setbacks, said today he remained determined to tackle health care and other big problems despite the political dangers to his presidency.

    I’d rather be a really good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president,” he told ABC’s “World News” anchor Diane Sawyer in an exclusive interview today.


    Sounds like he’s setting himself up lately for not running in 2012. I’m kind of suspecting that more and more now.


    my thoughts exactly…this job is too hard for him…too much work…too many decisions to make…too much reading, teleprompter reading, that is…why settle for this when he can go find some high paying job somewhere else and not have to take the heat? he didn’t count on any heat or criticism – he thought he would just charm everyone – drug co, senate bribes and all – to pass the health care…charm everyone to pass cap and trade…and just rack up one victory after the next…

    …karma is a tough taskmaster…O, do us a favor…walk out and let Hillary step in and save the day…

  10. Now, I’ve seen Edwards in at least one town hall do a brilliant job of connecting the dots for ordinary people. I know that he understood issues fairly well, if not brilliantly. But I’ve never seen Obama do it at all. I don’t know if he has even a primitive understanding of economics.

    He watches how other people do these AND THEN USES THEM HIMSELF – selling it as if he invented THE WORDS….that is why BM were asking him questions last most of the time. He learns in a parrot fashion – that is why he need TOTUS!

  11. please indulge me to repost this from last thread…

    January 25th, 2010 at 10:26 am
    55,000 sign petition against Obama statue

    25 January 2010


    oh the irony, in Bosnia and all over the world…people erect statues to President Bill Clinton for actually saving lives and doing good works that have effected them and people love him for it…for doing the hard work people want to acknowledge and recognize Bill Clinton…somehow the Nobel Peace Prize committee seems to be asleep at the wheel…but the PEOPLE in this world know the truth…

    …which brings us to Indonesia…what brave people to speak up and shout out what everyone knows…O had done nothing to warrant a statue except spend time in Indonesia when he was six…

    O…do us a favor…go find something else to do…you have had your moment…it is downhill from here…the party is over…and metaphorically you are taking the dims down with you…quit while you are ahead…

  12. While doing research on the topics for the week, we found this in the comments:

    A tale of two Presidents – I had the fortunate opportunity to attend six White House Holiday parties – five of them celebrating Hanukkah.

    Entrance under President Bush was via tight WH security. After the coat check, you would follow the corridor to a stairway for ascension to the main foyer. The greeting there was by the music of the U.S. marine band playing music of either Christmas or Hanukkah. At each Hanukkah party I would remind the leader of the band that Jews love Christmas music also.

    After exploring the many rooms of the first floor, we would be invited to the photo op line with President Bush and the First Lady. Military personnel confirmed the correct pronunciation of our name and then escorted us and introduced us to the First Couple. A brief, but very warm greeting would precede the photo and then good bye and back to the festivities. While the process is efficient and swift due to the sheer numbers, we never felt rushed and always felt much appreciated. The Bushes spent hours individually greeting their guests like this during every one of their 20 holiday parties each year.

    Flash forward to the new Administration. Entering the main floor there is no greeting by the U.S. Marine band and very little element of music at all. All of the guests are herded up into the central area of the main floor only to wait more than 30 minutes for the President and the First Lady to descend the stairs and where the President reads a “heart-warming” message from a teleprompter. They then descend into the crowd and work the rope line for a short period before departing for the evening.

    What a difference a year makes. It certainly could be construed as a prime example of the gracelessness of this President and indicative of his focus on himself versus others.

  13. I just have to laugh the more I think about that comment O made about ‘he would rather be a good one term president rather than a mediocre two termer’…

    …Earth to O…you have already squandered and wasted your first year…a whole year of less than mediocre status…try a wasted disaster where you are bleeding blue to red…

    …spare us three more…

  14. S,

    I’d rather be a really good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president,” he told ABC’s “World News” anchor Diane Sawyer in an exclusive interview today.

    I think he is setting himself up to be a one termer, but the hidden meaning is that he will push thru Soros/Zbig agenda and those folks will consider him a great Potus, certainly not the American people.

  15. He is delusional along with anyone who is still making excuses or enabling him. How pathetic!

    Admin: I think it’s time for you to write a post comparing Obamacare and Hillary care. What a joke. I watched the Fox special “Obama in his own words” and this guy is a pathological liar.

  16. mp, I agree the dismantling of Bush’s unit without putting up some other form of one is and should be grounds for impeachment.

    I think our country can’t wait 3 years to get this guy out, we need to find some dirt on him and impeach him. Send him back the Chicago where his kind of politics are accepted as normal.

  17. Admin: That is a thought pervoking article you have posted. It scares the crap out of me though. I know, I know we should but I just keep hearing my mom say ” a pick and a shovel and a dollar day, that’s a republican, Connie”. If you can get that to quit playing over and over in my head, maybe I could convince myself we need to get rid of all dimocrats to clean the party out.
    At this point, it will be hard, unless you can get me a straight line to Hillary or Bill or heck I’ll even talk to CHelsea. Its not that I don’t trust your opinion at all, but its hard to break the dem habit, especially when I have to listen to CDS from the republicans.

    It will be hard and gut wrenching for me to do this.

  18. One term president?! Yep, do all the damage and then cut and run. That sounds very much like Obama. Beware of what he will do or is willing to do in the next three years.

  19. Is it more important that lives be saved by charitable organizations serving Haiti or that an obscure House Rule be enforced so that Bambi can look like a hero? Must he always be the center of attention, the wellspring from which all good things flow. The man is a stone cold sociopath.

    Posted by Erick Erickson (Profile)
    Monday, January 25th at 6:59PM EST

    Remember how the Democrats vehemently denied both the existence of the death panels and the cold nature of the decision making processes that would be invoked to save money on health care?

    Well, then you should not be shocked to learn the Democrat leadership of the House of Representatives is prohibiting members of Congress from putting links to Haitian Relief efforts on their websites and encouraging donations to the Red Cross, Salvation Army, and other groups.


    According to the House Administration Committee,

    “We understand the good intentions of those making such inquiries, but the rules of the House preclude Members from using official resources for any purpose other than in support of the conduct of the Member’s official and representational duties on behalf of the district which he or she currently represents,” the letter states. “This has, in the past, been interpreted to mean that charitable solicitations using official resources are not permitted.”

    But don’t worry. The House Democrats say it is permissible for members of Congress to link to the White House’s relief effort. Just not private sector charities.

    Category: Haiti, Health care

  20. Wbboei, You said that why must he be the center of everything. Have you ever noticed that Hillary almost begins with “President Obama”. Of coarse, this way she distances herself from his inane policies, but I bet she has also been told to make sure he gets credit for every single thing, including all her good work.

  21. confloyd, just think of it as taking medicine. Medicine may taste horrible but it is necessary to get well. Just hold your nose and swallow. Future generations will love you for it.
    Admin, wow, again, and again. This article is spot on and everyone needs to start the repeated rhetoric that WE CAN’T WAIT THREE MORE YEARS, OBUMMER, JUST GO AHEAD AND TAKE A THREE YEAR VACATION IN HAWAII! I keep recalling this sign from the general election:


    It is time to revive it!

  22. Watch out, Admin. Obama may be reading you!

    He is “constantly” online;
    He reads “magazines like crazy”;
    He “watches plenty” of TV;
    No wonder he is such fucking idiot as president.

    Obama is the first truly wired president, the first to have Internet access at his desk and to converse regularly via e-mail. This fingertip access sends him “constantly” online, said one senior adviser, and the information he finds there influences his thinking and some of his deliberations. He also “uses the Internet like a normal adult,” said another aide, “reading news articles, checking sports scores.”

    As for what Obama reads online, his advisers said he looks for offbeat blogs and news stories, tracking down firsthand reporting and seeking out writers with opinions about his policies.

    When they spoke for attribution, administration officials played down the notion of a Googling commander in chief.

    “I don’t think time permits him to be surfing all the time,” Axelrod said, adding that the president reads “magazines like crazy,” including the New Yorker, the Economist, Sports Illustrated and Rolling Stone. “There are some commentators whose views he’s interested in, and he’ll read blog items.”

    Obama watches plenty of television, too. He flips through cable channels, sometimes lingering on the “cable chatter” he has disdained in public, aides said. And he keeps an eye on his staff, including press secretary Robert Gibbs, whose daily briefings are broadcast live on C-Span. “Certainly he will catch Robert’s briefings,” former communications director Anita Dunn said. “He’ll say, ‘Robert, I just saw you getting asked X.’ ”


    Lesson 1: parents must learn to say no to toddlers who say vote for Obama because my teacher told me.

    Lesson 2: when you are dealing with a Messiah he had more to worry about that jobs and the economy.

    All things bright and beautiful,
    All creatures great and small,
    All things wise and wonderful:
    Obama made them all.

    Each little flower that opens,
    Each little bird that sings,
    Obama made their glowing colors,
    Obama made their tiny wings.

    The purple-headed mountains,
    The river running by,
    The sunset and the morning
    That brightens up the sky.

    The cold wind in the winter,
    The pleasant summer sun,
    The ripe fruits in the garden:
    Tbama made them every one.

    Obama gave us eyes to see them,
    And lips that we might tell
    How great is Barack Obama,
    Who has made all things well.

  24. “…and now RUSSIA is running ads comparing Obama to Dinnerjacket”

    They are being way to complimentary to the jackass.

    A “good” one-term president?

    Not going to happen.

  25. LOL! Admin, Bill Kristol sees what we see – that Obama’s remark was a slap at Bill. He wants Bill to call him and dish some dirt:

    Regarding President Obama’s extraordinary “Well, the big difference [between] here and in ’94 was you’ve got me” comment to Arkansas congressman Marion Berry: Well, in ’94 they had Bill Clinton–who had won statewide in a pretty conservative state (Arkansas) something like seven times, and who was the fourth challenger in the 20th century to oust an incumbent elected president, following in the footsteps on Wilson, FDR, and Reagan. Clinton got on the wrong side of the voters in ’94, but recovered and was the first Democrat re-elected to the presidency since FDR. Judging from this comment, unless Obama’s instinct for self-preservation overcomes his egotism, and his ambition subordinates his narcissism, Obama won’t be the second.

  26. Hocus Potus will deliver Sotus on Wed.after the Tavis Smiley special on SoS Hillary at 8 pm.on PBS.Great timing for all the Hillary supporters.Wonder Woman never stops working hard for her Country.

    ———————————————————————-Press Releases: Secretary Clinton to Travel to London and Paris
    Mon, 25 Jan 2010 14:58:58 -0600

    Secretary Clinton to Travel to London and Paris

    Philip J. Crowley
    Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Public Affairs
    Washington, DC

    January 25, 2010


    Secretary of State Clinton will travel to London and Paris from January 26 to 29, 2010.

    In London, Secretary Clinton will attend a ministerial meeting on Yemen on January 27 and the International Conference on Afghanistan on January 28. The goal of the Yemen meeting is to consolidate international support for Yemen, coordinate assistance efforts, and reach agreement on assisting Yemen in its political and economic reform efforts. The objective of the London Conference on Afghanistan is to demonstrate the international community’s support for Afghanistan’s future and the agenda outlined by President Karzai in his November 19 inauguration speech. The meetings will focus on the implementation of our strategy in support of Afghanistan’s security, governance and development, and improved international civilian coordination.

    The Secretary will end her trip in Paris, where she will give a speech on European security, in addition to meeting with President Sarkozy and Foreign Minister Kouchner to discuss the international Haiti relief effort, developments in Iran, Yemen, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and an array of other issues of mutual concern

  27. NUARY 25, 2010, 7:06 P.M.

    Bill Clinton’s Revenge

    The former president casts a shadow over the State of the Union.


    He’s baaaaack.

    When the president enters the House chamber tomorrow night to deliver his maiden State of the Union address, members of Congress, the press, and the public will see Barack Obama at the podium. But they will have Bill Clinton on their minds.

    Specifically they will be thinking of 1995, when a humbled Mr. Clinton addressed a newly Republican Congress after his own health-care proposals went down in flames. Though President Obama’s party still holds the majority in both houses, it is a scared majority that has been unnerved by the unpopularity of the president’s signature policy issue (health care) and terrified by the loss to Republicans of what they all, with David Gergen, regarded as the “Kennedy seat.” So whatever Mr. Obama says tomorrow night, his words will inevitably be compared with the speech Mr. Clinton used to rescue his own presidency.

    You see it in the return of words such as “pivot” and “triangulate,” all evocative of a Clinton-like shift, in the pre-State of the Union commentary. Even those urging Mr. Obama to come out swinging rather than compromise are forced into a Clinton comparison. Thus the headline over Democratic strategist Robert Shrum’s story in the magazine The Week last Friday: “Is this Clinton’s Third Term?”

    Even for the comeback kid, this is quite a turnaround. Almost two years ago to the day, Bill Clinton was a pariah in polite Democratic society—blamed for his wife’s loss in the South Carolina primary, where he had compared Mr. Obama to Jesse Jackson. That followed a similar storm in the New Hampshire primary, where he also created a stir by characterizing Mr. Obama’s antiwar credentials as “the biggest fairy tale I’ve ever seen.”

    A few days after the South Carolina loss, Sen. Edward Kennedy and his niece Caroline administered what appeared to be the coup de grace by endorsing Mr. Obama. Mr. Clinton must have found it galling to watch Mr. Obama claim the Kennedy inheritance he believed was rightfully his. But Mr. Kennedy didn’t stop there, sniping at the Clintons with such lines as “with Barack Obama, we will turn the page on the old politics of misrepresentation and distortion.”

    Others piled on. It wasn’t just that people preferred Mr. Obama to Hillary. The sense was that the Democrats were finally free to purge their party of the Clintons forever. Maureen Dowd captured the mood when she suggested Democrats take their cue from a Dr. Seuss rhyme: “The time has come. The time is now. Just go. I don’t care how. You can go by foot. You can go by cow. Will you please go now!”

    Yet for all his undeniable weaknesses, Mr. Clinton does seem to understand something that eludes Mr. Obama: In a center-right nation, a liberal doesn’t want to get too far ahead of the voters. At times (and HillaryCare was one) Mr. Clinton got himself too far out in front—but when he had, he’d generally been careful to respond by scurrying back to the center and appropriating his opponents’ most appealing messages. That’s exactly what he did in 1995, deploying humor and humility with equal effect in his State of the Union. “I know we bit off more than we can chew,” he told Congress.

    The following year he declared “the era of big government is over.” He also reached out to Republicans on policy, embracing everything from welfare reform to the Defense of Marriage Act.

    In the process, he learned one thing: In a nation where roughly 20% describe themselves as liberal, 40% as conservative, and 40% as moderate, there’s not a high price for shutting out the left. As for history, Mr. Clinton went on to become the only Democrat since FDR to win and serve two full terms as president.

    There’s no sign that Mr. Obama buys any of this. His team argues, apparently oblivious to the inherent condescension, that no intelligent American could possibly oppose his health-care agenda on substance.

    It’s all just a big misunderstanding, says the White House. We just need to explain it better—like recasting a second stimulus as a “jobs bill,” selling health-care reform as “deficit reduction,” and throwing in a lot of speech references to the “middle class.”

    For his part, Mr. Obama is clear. He says he’d rather be a one-termer than give up on his agenda. But this State of the Union, with the president’s approval ratings sinking, Democrats have to be asking themselves: Do Mr. Obama’s chances of getting his agenda through really go up if the congressmen and senators listening to his words come to the conclusion he’s a short-timer?

  28. In defense of BC from an unlikely source. Bill Kristol is itching for a fight between BC and Obama over this: (tongue in cheek)

    Regarding President Obama’s extraordinary “Well, the big difference [between] here and in ’94 was you’ve got me” comment to Arkansas congressman Marion Berry: Well, in ’94 they had Bill Clinton–who had won statewide in a pretty conservative state (Arkansas) something like seven times, and who was the fourth challenger in the 20th century to oust an incumbent elected president, following in the footsteps on Wilson, FDR, and Reagan. Clinton got on the wrong side of the voters in ’94, but recovered and was the first Democrat re-elected to the presidency since FDR. Judging from this comment, unless Obama’s instinct for self-preservation overcomes his egotism, and his ambition subordinates his narcissism, Obama won’t be the second.

  29. I’d give my eyeteeth for Big Dawg to publicly unload on this puffed-up pretender I know it will never happen, but damn I wish he would.

  30. As usual Obama has not fully understood the impact of his own words, in particular “a good one term president.”
    If his agenda is so unpopular that it can’t get him a second term, then how is that “good?”
    and if he can’t win a second term with his agenda, then the congress that votes for it will?

  31. pm, as much as he has pissed off both the CIA and the SS lately by throwing them both under the bus, it would be nice if a little sabotage happened….

    Just sayin’


    1. Obama claim: For the first year in office I deserve a B+. And an A- if I get health care reform is passed.

    2. Rassumssen: shows that twenty five (25%) of the nations voters STRONGLY APPROVE of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-one percent (41%) Strongly STRONGLY DISAPPROVE giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -16. (Note: that equates to roughly an F+. Nice work Bwaaaaaaak)

    3. Obama boast: I would rather be a really great one term president than a mediocre two term president

    4. Reality Check: he will be one term disaster. Door 3. You will be guided there by your poor judgment, broken promises, lack of courage, inauthenticity, etc. Future events will show you to be a poor shadow that walks and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more. A tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

  33. Pm317, we saw that article about Obama reading blogs. We thought that maybe he has taken a page from Elizabeth Edwards (a.k.a. “cherubim”) and Barack Obama is Ellie Light. 🙂

  34. OT:

    I am watching a wonderful special on the rise to stardom of Susan Boyle. She has sold one million copies of her debut album now.

    I love stories like this.

  35. #
    January 25th, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    What if the teleprompter crashes on Wed? It has happened before to a better president.

    I am talking to myself. I mean really can you imagine what will happen if the TOTUS crashed. He is no Bill Clinton. I think he sleeps with his TOTUS, you know guarding against sabotage and such. 🙂

  36. Secretary of State Clinton will travel to London and Paris from January 26 to 29, 2010—-

    Cool indeed….She will not be at the SOTU…..she does not have to clap or stand up to be “oh yeh” when Nancy/Joe do their duo!!! to the “ONE”

  37. More flim-flam:

    President Obama plans to announce a three-year freeze on discretionary, “non-security” spending in the lead-up to Wednesday’s State of the Union address, Hill Democratic sources familiar with the plan tell POLITICO.

    The move, intended to blunt the populist backlash against Obama’s $787 billion stimulus and an era of trillion-dollar deficits — and to quell Democratic anxiety over last Tuesday’s Massachusetts Senate election — is projected to save $250 billion, the Democrats said.

    The freeze would not apply to defense or foreign aid or spending on intelligence, homeland security or veterans.

    News of the proposal came as the Congressional Budget Office is slated to release new deficit estimates Tuesday morning, and when the Senate will also vote on a proposed bipartisan task force empowered to force votes after November’s elections on proposals to rein in the growing federal debt.

    It’s been know for weeks that Obama was considering some type of freeze on 2011 domestic spending but the proposal now would go further by covering three years or the remainder of the president’s first term.

    After healthy spending increases in 2009 and 2010, agencies will have some flexibility at first. One-time costs, like the 2010 Census, will also be coming down, and this could help pay for more money for NASA, for example.

  38. Flim-flam debunked:

    The reception on the left to talk of a spending freeze is, well, frosty. (The response on the right is that it’s a bit of a joke.)

    Oliver Willis recalls several Obama attacks on the notion of a spending freeze during presidential debates, including this, from the third McCain-Obama debate:

    “Well, look, I think that we do have a disagreement about an across-the-board spending freeze. It sounds good. It’s proposed periodically. It doesn’t happen.

    And, in fact, an across-the-board spending freeze is a hatchet, and we do need a scalpel, because there are some programs that don’t work at all. There are some programs that are underfunded. And I want to make sure that we are focused on those programs that work.”

    “I do want to just point out that autism, for example, or other special needs will require some additional funding, if we’re going to get serious in terms of research. That is something that every family that advocates on behalf of disabled children talk about.

    And if we have an across-the-board spending freeze, we’re not going to be able to do it. That’s an example of, I think, the kind of use of the scalpel that we want to make sure that we’re funding some of those programs.”

  39. CIA and the SS lately by throwing them both under the bus, it would be nice if a little sabotage happened….

    Just sayin’
    Perhaps the CIA plumbers could sneak into the cloak room, cut the umbilical cord between POTUS and TOTUS and turn out the lights 30 seconds before he starts reading his bullshit speech. No lights, no sound, nothing The Great Empty–like his non- deliverables in year 1 and his empty promises for year 2.

  40. admin, aha, Sawyer asked him that question about one term. It was a planted question, I bet she was asked to ask that question.

  41. “For his part, Mr. Obama is clear. He says he’d rather be a one-termer than give up on his agenda. But this State of the Union, with the president’s approval ratings sinking, Democrats have to be asking themselves: Do Mr. Obama’s chances of getting his agenda through really go up if the congressmen and senators listening to his words come to the conclusion he’s a short-timer?”


    wbb- the subtleties of the unseen and unspoken.

    It’s looking more and more like Soros is abandoning his Obama project; destroying the United States. Or at the very least stepping back and taking inventory in a serious reassessment of money spent and accomplishments realized.

    One thing about the elites; they hate losing money consistently on their pet projects after spending millions in preparations, positioning and executing their plans and still winding up empty handed.

    Soros as agent to the Rothschilds has produced nothing in the way of his big plans converted into anything resembling world domination accompanied by untold wealth (via/signing of the Copenhagen Climate Accord/Health Care/Passage of either Global or Domestic Cap and Trade) even though he chose the perfect puppet for the job and convinced the DC politicians he could dissolve the Constitution, pull off this bloodless coup enslaving Americans for all time. Remember Michelle advising us during the campaign, we were going to have to suffer to make things better.

    You first ma’am. You will be blessed with the opportunity showing us how it’s done.

    I seriously think Obama wants to throw in the towel and step aside while he can before the pubs start talking impeachment for criminal activity.

    Fine with me…

  42. Pm317, peace and prosperity is so yesterday for high minded intellectual college (fake) professors like Obama. He’s bungled prosperity, now he will bungle peace:,8599,1956075,00.html

    As if President Barack Obama didn’t have his hands full at home with his party’s loss of Ted Kennedy’s seat in Massachusetts, the collapse of health care reform and a disorganized war against the banks, he now faces a major foreign policy setback. Since the 2008 presidential campaign, Obama has promised to curtail Iran’s nuclear program by simultaneously offering talks and threatening sanctions. After a year of trying, both approaches appear on the verge of failure.

    The President has given Iran two deadlines to demonstrate good faith. Last spring, his Administration told reporters that if Iran didn’t show willingness to engage in talks by September, sanctions would follow. Then, in September, when Iran hinted that it might possibly talk, Obama delivered another deadline, this time the end of 2009.

    Iran’s response to these deadlines has been repeated delays and obfuscation. First, in the spring it delivered a lengthy manifesto about global peace irrelevant to the issues at hand. The summer months were taken up with Iran’s election turmoil, but following talks with the U.S. and its international partners in the fall, Iran hinted that it might be willing to accept a deal under which it would export most of its enriched-uranium stockpile to be converted into reactor fuel — and then quickly backpedaled as the proposed deal came under a hail of criticism from across Iran’s political spectrum. In recent weeks, Iran has made a counteroffer to export its uranium in small parcels over a longer time period that State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley described as “clearly an inadequate response.”

    Obama will try to blame Hillary, but we remember his “no preconditions” naive talk way back when.

  43. Beau Biden appears to be smarter than his dad…..

    It is in his interest that he lay a little low for a few year…try do some good in his state and he can run again in 4 yrs time….he is still young…

  44. Experts question impact of jobs-creation proposals

    McClatchy Newspapers

    WASHINGTON — Democrats in Congress are furiously crafting legislation to spur job creation, but experts warn that the benefits could be too small to make much difference.

    Senate Democrats plan to meet Tuesday to discuss a package that could provide billions in help for strapped state and local governments, as well as infrastructure projects. They’re also considering tax breaks to small businesses for hiring workers and to help make homes more energy-efficient.

    The House of Representatives passed its own $154 billion jobs plan last month.

    The packages could include the initiatives that President Barack Obama proposed Monday to help middle-class families, though they’re expected to be part of separate legislation. Obama called for nearly doubling the child-care tax credit for families that earn less than $85,000 annually, providing $1.6 billion more for child care programs in fiscal 2011 and capping student loan payments at 10 percent of income above a basic living allowance.

    Congress’ major focus, though, is on what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi calls “That four-letter word … jobs, jobs, jobs.”

    Some analysts warned that such limited stimulus measures would hardly make a dent in a $14.2 trillion economy, however.

    “It’s more of a painkiller than a cure,” said Robert Bixby, the executive director of the Concord Coalition, which monitors fiscal issues.

    “While $150 billion might give the economy some stability, it’s not large enough to make much of a difference,” added Muhammad Islam, an associate professor of economics at St. Louis University.

    Senators hope to debate their plan during the first two weeks of February. Lawmakers feel a growing urgency to move quickly, for both economic and political reasons. The nation’s unemployment rate is 10 percent, and employers cut 85,000 non-farm payroll jobs last month, well above the 8,000 to 10,000 economists had anticipated.

    As for political pressure, when lawmakers were home over the holidays, constituents made it clear that the economy is their top priority. Republican Scott Brown’s upset victory last Tuesday for the Massachusetts U.S. Senate seat long held by Democratic icon Edward Kennedy underscored the message.

    “Americans are most focused, as we need to be, on the creation of jobs,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said afterward.

    Democratic leaders in Congress generally agree on boosting spending for infrastructure. The House bill would spend $48.3 billion, about half of that for highway improvements and $8.4 billion for public transportation.

    The House also would provide $26.7 billion to help sustain public service jobs. Most of the money would go to states to “keep or create” 250,000 education jobs over two years, and other funds would help pay for 5,000 police officers and firefighters.

    Another $79 billion was targeted for emergency aid to families and the unemployed.

    The Senate position is still being formulated. Its leaders have expressed sympathy for a tax credit to businesses that hire new workers, as well as energy breaks. No details are available yet, however.

    The biggest hurdle could involve the source of the money.

    About half the House bill would be paid for with funds from the Troubled Asset Relief Program, the 2008 bill to help bail out ailing financial institutions. The rest is considered emergency spending, adding to a fiscal 2010 budget deficit that the Congressional Budget Office estimates could reach $1.4 trillion, about the same as last year.

    Senators are more reluctant to do that, and under Senate rules, it would take 60 votes. Once Brown is sworn in, possibly before final passage of the jobs bill, Republicans will control 41 seats in the 100-member body.

    Even if a plan is enacted, experts see only modest short-term gains.

    “At the margin, it could encourage more hiring,” said Brian Bethune, the chief U.S. financial economist at IHS Global Insight, an economic research firm.

    Islam thought that “shovel-ready” infrastructure projects would benefit.

    The biggest boost for the economy, the experts said, would be something that restores consumer and business confidence, but a $154 billion jobs package is unlikely to make factories suddenly hum or motivate people to head for the malls.

    “The roadblock is just general business confidence,” Bethune said. “Whether this kind of legislation will do the job is hardly clear.”

  45. Great question MP. Will Vicki be there? If Obama mentions Teddy, the cameras will go to Brown. Hill-arity ensues.

  46. from Jan Hs LA TIMES article;

    The good news for the Washington crowd is in Poll Question No. 11. About one-third of Americans aren’t angry at either party. Eleven percent are angry at Democrats, only 9% at the GOP.

    However, the bipartisan bad news for Washington: fully 48% are angry at both parties.

  47. Look who else gives “no bid contracts” to their campaign donors.

    Despite President Obama’s long history of criticizing the Bush administration for “sweetheart deals” with favored contractors, the Obama administration this month awarded a $25 million federal contract for work in Afghanistan to a company owned by a Democratic campaign contributor without entertaining competitive bids, Fox News has learned.

    The contract, awarded on Jan. 4 to Checchi & Company Consulting, Inc., a Washington-based firm owned by economist and Democratic donor Vincent V. Checchi, will pay the firm $24,673,427 to provide “rule of law stabilization services” in war-torn Afghanistan.

    A synopsis of the contract published on the USAID Web site says Checchi & Company will “train the next generation of legal professionals” throughout the Afghan provinces and thereby “develop the capacity of Afghanistan’s justice system to be accessible, reliable, and fair.”

    The legality of the arrangement as a “sole source,” or no-bid, contract was made possible by virtue of a waiver signed by the USAID administrator. “They cancelled the open bid on this when they came to power earlier this year,” a source familiar with the federal contracting process told Fox News.

  48. If it ducks like a duck it must be a lame duck.

    Sawyer was asking him, “It is getting too tough for you? Are you sick of the job? Can you handle the stress?” He ducks. He shows inappropriate affect*. I’m not reassured by him laughing–that could be a defense mechanism. He could have answered like Hillary did when asked about being tested: “The pressures I face are nothing compared to what the average American faces.”

    I don’t think he’ll inflict the emotional injury on African Americans of having the first black President lose re-election. If he has any doubts, he won’t seek a second term. And he’ll make that decision early so he can spin it as some noble gesture.

    *A display of emotion that is out of harmony with reality or with reality or with the verbal or intellectual content that accompanies.

  49. AP headline an Obama plan to lift the middle class raises three questions:

    1. first, how do you define the middle class?

    2. second, how exactly will it lift them?

    3. third, why should we believe him?

    AP is not a credible source. There is no independent judgment. Simply print Obamapropaganda. Remember Copenhagen.

    For the truth of the matter wait to see what Krauthammer says.

  50. About the NObama coalition… I agree that we need to minimize the ideological differences between ourselves and the more conservative members of the coalition so that we can work together effectively. However, if the right wing wants our support, I think we must stand firm as far as all things Hillary and all things PUMA are concerned.

    For starters, the right wingers need to show Hillary some respect. No name-calling, no crude jokes about Monica, no paranoid rantings about Whitewater, etc. I’m perfectly willing to stick up for Sarah Palin or Michele Bachmann or any other Republican female who is a target of sexist attacks, but I am getting mighty tired of defending Repub women while Repub men attack Hillary in a similar manner.

    Second, the right wingers need to show US some respect. A lot of PUMAs worked hard to elect McCain-Palin after the DNC stole the nomination from Hillary. I think the right wing of the NObama coalition should acknowledge these people and give them the credit they deserve. More importantly, they should give the PUMA/Hillary movement the credit it deserves. We were fighting Zero and his agenda long before there were any Tea Parties.

    Third, what happened to Hillary voters in 2008 should be included as part of the narrative. Take ACORN, for example. I applaud the right wing media for going after that corrupt and criminal organization. But why don’t they ever investigate ACORN’s role in the 2008 Democratic caucus fraud?

    Overall, it seems that we do a lot more for the right than the right is willing to do for us. I think this has to change if a larger NObama coalition is going to work.

  51. canaan, he has expressed that sentiment before ( I even wrote a post on it for NQ). He thinks it is some lofty sentiment to say he will do things, big things without actually thinking about reelection but it is all silly posturing as usual to hoodwink gullible people.

  52. Obama is paraphrasing Nixon in 1970: “I would rather be a one-term President and do what I believe is right than to be a two-term President at the cost of seeing America become a second-rate power and to see this Nation accept the first defeat in its proud 190-year history.”

  53. Sawyer was asking him, “It is getting too tough for you? Are you sick of the job? Can you handle the stress?” He ducks. He shows inappropriate affect*. I’m not reassured by him laughing–that could be a defense mechanism. He could have answered like Hillary did when asked about being tested: “The pressures I face are nothing compared to what the average American faces.”
    Splendid. His message to the American People is clear (while grinning): Don’t let the five thousand dollar Saville Row suit and Gucci wing tips fool you. I am a populist just like you. But if it comes down to a question of my ego, and your petty lives well to use an old west expression I saw in a movie this town ain’t big enough for the both of us. Chicago Rules.

  54. wbboei, Do you think the same reason that Beau Biden isn’t running was the same reason that Hillary would not consider running in New YOrk Governor. Democrats in 2010′ will have the “embola virus”.

  55. So our girl is bound for that incomparable city twice saved from destruction by the Germans by the prayers of its people. The Opera District. the Left Bank, Invadez, Notre Dame, the Louve and my favorite spot Monmarte. The ghost of Napoleon is everywhere. If you go to the Seine in the evening you can glide down the river on one of those dinner cruises past countless statues of liberty and if you shut your eyes you fancy yourself back in the Belle Epoch. It is a world of grace and charm which no bot would never understand: Apropos of our conversation Connie.

  56. Obama is a BOOB
    Djia, Admin,. et. al—–

    If this is what Jon Stewart says,

    Then sure as God made little green apples

    We have crossed the Rubicon.

  57. ADMIN:

    at RBO
    site just now they have a video that you may want to place here. there is an embed code, but not a direct link that i can post here:

    Krauthammer: “The Age of Obama”

    “Dr. Charles Krauthammer, who described President Barack Obama’s first 12 months in office as the year of living fecklessly,’ spoke at The Heritage Foundation last week on The Age of Obama and gave his views of the President’s first year of foreign policy.”

  58. reading over on michelle malkins site just now i came across a bunch of comments like these I’ll post below.
    Felt they were appropriate for this article here as it shows us that we are not the only ones who are ready for a NOBAMA coalition

    MM comments:

    On January 25th, 2010 at 9:32 pm, hunter said:

    On January 25th, 2010 at 8:08 pm, TigerLady said:
    Phil, I thought Hannity had lost his mind, too. And Gingrich is such a tool that he thinks he might have a snowball’s chance. Right.
    I would agree Tigerlady. The problem is that too many RINO’s control the national money and thus exert their power to put their candidates in place.

    We all need to remember that an R does NOT mean conservative and starving the beast includes the entrenched in the party of R that think they know better than us who to put on ballots.

    As the Brown election showed us, we need to only give to individual candidates that are ready to fight for the values of Americans that actually believe in the founding principles of this country.

  59. LMAO!!! love this comment 😀

    On January 26th, 2010 at 1:22 am, Hangfire said:

    Ellie Light ~ Obama’s new Media Czar.

  60. Final Exam (Political Science 101)–Compare and Contrast:

    1. Obama does a secret Rezko deal with Big Pharma and then–

    2. Obama tells the American People “we” must stand up to the insurance companies

    3. As the hostiles attack the Lone Ranger turns to Tanto and says looks like we have had it this time

    4. Tanto replies: what do you mean “we” paleface?

  61. My word, Jon Stewart really nailed it. Where was this guy two years ago????? When it would have counted for something — when he might have awakened a few from their kool-aid induced stupor.

  62. Wbboei, Thanks for the videos, Paris is beautiful. In my early teens I spoke fluent French and Spanish and dreamed of being a translator in Washington, D.C. Oh my, what if I had only followed thru on my childish ambitions, I might have had to opportunity to meet all these folks we talk about here on the 44.

    Jon Stewart, was he not a kool-aid drinker at one time that has now awaked or at least enough to make money of the Obama disaster?

  63. Jen the michigander, I agree with your post. I think we pumas have done more for the right than they want us to give us credit for. I do would have a hard time overlooking the CDS. It has to stop or like the nasty left, the right can also be in a wilderness for awhile. I fully believe there are lots of us out there and I think alot of us are with the teaparty movement.

    I was watching Beck, but now he had turned on Hillary.
    I was also reading a leftie blog and they are talking about blaming Hillary for the slowness of the Haitian relief help. I just couldn’t believe those bots are still after Hillary, OMG, if it wasn’t for her, things would be alot worse now.
    Hillary is still getting it from both sides.
    I can tell you one thing I thing the republicans want to use us, I am willing to get Obama out, but am not willing to put in a Clinton hater in his place, we would not accomplish anything like that. Potus is a Clinton hater.

  64. Djia: I see that now. Thanks for posting the Krauthammer lecture at the Heritage Foundation. The man is brilliant.

    Confloyd: you are welcome. I forgot to mention the most relevant site to see in Paris which is the gold statue of Joan of Arc who reminds me in some respects of Hillary. It is not far from the Tulleries Garden. I see I misspelled Invalides–which is where the great french hospital (for invalids) was once located and where Bonaparte’s is interred under the great dome. No-not Obama’s skull, an actual building which is functional as opposed to ornamental accessory to a dinner jacket.

  65. Congress’ major focus, though, is on what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi calls “That four-letter word … jobs, jobs, jobs.”
    The Harlot’s House
    By Oscar Wilde

    We caught the tread of dancing feet,
    We loitered down the moonlit street,
    And stopped beneath the harlot’s house.

    Inside, above the din and fray,
    We heard the loud musicians play
    The ‘Treues Liebes Herz’ of Strauss.

    Like strange mechanical grotesques,
    Making fantastic arabesques,
    The shadows raced across the blind.

    We watched the ghostly dancers spin
    To sound of horn and violin,
    Like black leaves wheeling in the wind.

    Like wire-pulled automatons,
    Slim silhouetted skeletons
    Went sidling through the slow quadrille.

    They took each other by the hand,
    And danced a stately saraband;
    Their laughter echoed thin and shrill.

    Sometimes a clockwork puppet pressed
    A phantom lover to her breast,
    Sometimes they seemed to try to sing.

    Sometimes a horrible marionette
    Came out, and smoked its cigarette
    Upon the steps like a live thing.

    Then, turning to my love, I said,
    “The dead are dancing with the dead,
    The dust is whirling with the dust.”

    But she–she heard the violin,
    And left my side, and entered in:
    Love passed into the house of Lust.

    Then suddenly the tune went false,
    The shadows wearied of the waltz,
    The shadows ceased to wheel and whirl.

    And down the long and silent street,
    The dawn, with silver-sandalled feet,
    Crept like a frightened girl.

  66. One year, twelve months, fifty two weeks, six thousand two hundred hours and finally they figure out that the issue on the public mind is jobs, jobs, jobs–according to Poopsie aks Pelosi, and we knew it all along–according to Tiny Tim aka Axelrod. Now that the Soros Agenda has failed it is time to worry about the mid term election.

    Thinking ahead to 2012 Houseman’s words ring true, figuratively speaking:

    Smart lad, to slip betimes away
    From fields were glory does not stay
    And early though the laurel grows
    It withers quicker than the rose. (snip)

    Now you will not swell the rout
    Of lads that wore their honours out,
    Runners whom renown outran
    And the name died before the man.

  67. djia
    January 26th, 2010 at 2:12 am


    Thank you so much for posting Dr. Krauthammer’s lecture.

    wwoebi is right. This man is brilliant.

  68. Clinton may be tapped for Ulster talks

    Jan. 26, 2010

    BELFAST, Northern Ireland, Jan. 26 (UPI) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may need to be called in to rescue power-sharing negotiations in Northern Ireland, Sinn Fein says.

    Sinn Fein minister Conor Murphy said Tuesday talks with the Democratic Unionist Party on transferring Ulster policing powers from London to Belfast have bogged down and Clinton may need to intervene to save Northern Ireland’s power-sharing institutions, The Times of London reported.

    “Certainly the Americans are keeping a very close watching brief on this,” Murphy said. “I know she (Clinton) has spoken to people involved. This needs to be sorted out within hours, not days.”

    The Times cited sources from Clinton’s office as confirming she had been in touch with those involved in the negotiations.

    The newspaper said British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and members of the two parties met again Tuesday at Hillsborough Castle, the official residence of the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, after nearly eight hours of talks Monday failed to produce an agreement on policing and other issues.

    DUP negotiators say there’s not enough community confidence to set a timetable for the transfer of police supervision to Belfast. Unionists are seeking to scrap the Parades Commission governing controversial Orange Order demonstrations.

  69. I say it but now the lefties are saying it:
    It’s Official: Obama is an idiot
    by: Paul Rosenberg
    Mon Jan 25, 2010 at 22:30

    It’s time to seriously start talking about primarying Obama in 2012. He’s now officially the most conservative Democratic President since Grover Cleveland. And the dumbest one since James Buchanan.

    So Obama is pulling a “Goolsbee” again. According to Fox and Greta’s show, spending freeze is a gimmick. So the repubs won’t by it and the lefties are buying it and going berserk. Again, Obama is making both factions angry. It is all about the right narrative. If you don’t come up with your own, someone else will.

  70. Again Obama is pulling a “Obama” on spending freeze. The right wing will see through it and the left wing will get mad because he is caving into the right. Can this guy do anything right?
    “1) This isn’t news. In the budget proposal that President Obama submitted to Congress last year, his budget office already projected actual cuts and freezes in “non-defense” discretionary spending for the next three years. That’s in part because of the huge increase in that area of spending that the President requested (and received) for the current fiscal year. To be specific: FY2009 (President Bush’s last budget) had $589 billion in non-defense discretionary spending. That number jumped to $687 billion in FY2010 (Obama’s first budget), and then drops to $641 billion in FY2011, $622 billion in FY2012 and $625 billion in FY2013. So for the White House to now boast that it will freeze non-defense discretionary spending is hardly news. If anything, it’s backtracking on its earlier plans to actually cut that area of spending.”

    See page 8 of

  71. Can he do anything right? He is pandering to the right but they see through it and the left is mad because he is caving into right.
    “1) This isn’t news. In the budget proposal that President Obama submitted to Congress last year, his budget office already projected actual cuts and freezes in “non-defense” discretionary spending for the next three years. That’s in part because of the huge increase in that area of spending that the President requested (and received) for the current fiscal year. To be specific: FY2009 (President Bush’s last budget) had $589 billion in non-defense discretionary spending. That number jumped to $687 billion in FY2010 (Obama’s first budget), and then drops to $641 billion in FY2011, $622 billion in FY2012 and $625 billion in FY2013. So for the White House to now boast that it will freeze non-defense discretionary spending is hardly news. If anything, it’s backtracking on its earlier plans to actually cut that area of spending.”

    See page 8 of

  72. From a comment on openleft about the spending freeze.
    He is getting it from left and right for pulling an “Obama”.

    “1) This isn’t news. In the budget proposal that President Obama submitted to Congress last year, his budget office already projected actual cuts and freezes in “non-defense” discretionary spending for the next three years. That’s in part because of the huge increase in that area of spending that the President requested (and received) for the current fiscal year. To be specific: FY2009 (President Bush’s last budget) had $589 billion in non-defense discretionary spending. That number jumped to $687 billion in FY2010 (Obama’s first budget), and then drops to $641 billion in FY2011, $622 billion in FY2012 and $625 billion in FY2013. So for the White House to now boast that it will freeze non-defense discretionary spending is hardly news. If anything, it’s backtracking on its earlier plans to actually cut that area of spending.”

  73. pm317

    How can a person, who was ready to lead from day one, make so many mistakes.

    I enjoyed the Krauthammer video. I particularly enjoy the part when he said that his experience in negotiation as a neighborhood organizer in Chicago, was a lot different than the skills required and rules inplace in the international arena. Amen

  74. This is a very long article, but a very good one. Speaking as a lifelong Liberal, this is the only explanation of conservatism I have ever read that actually makes some sense to me.

    Late in the article, the author warns that if the Repubs do not make the mental shift he describes, “the Clinton Democrats” (as opposed to the hidebound Statist progressives) will claim that ground.

    Word to the Republicans: If you run hard from the Neo-con crap of Bush, and embrace this “organic, open-source, non-linear” vision of America, you have a shot. (Though the Clinton Dems got this all along.)

  75. It is now obvious that the rest of the world consider her the real POTUS.She is wanted and needed everywhere that conflicts exist and her expertise at negotiating is treasured.It is time for BO and MO get a taste of the unemployment Line.

    ———————————————————————–Washington, DC

    January 26, 2010



    10:15 a.m. Secretary Clinton holds a Town Hall Meeting with Department of State Employees Marking One Year at State, at the Department of State.
    Pre-set time for cameras: 9:15 a.m. at the 23rd Street Entrance.
    Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 10:00 a.m. at the 23rd Street Entrance.

    11:30 a.m. Secretary Clinton meets with Senator Jim Webb of Virginia, at the Department of State.

    4:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton meets with Kurdistan Regional Government President Masoud Barzani, at the Department of State.
    Pre-set time for cameras: 3:15 p.m. at the 23rd Street Entrance.
    Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 3:45 p.m. at the 23rd Street Entrance

  76. Now, Bob Herbert (hate these BM idiots) wants to know who Obama is?

    Obama’s Credibility Gap

    Americans are still looking for the answer, and if they don’t get it soon — or if they don’t like the answer — the president’s current political problems will look like a walk in the park.

    Mr. Obama may be personally very appealing, but he has positioned himself all over the political map: the anti-Iraq war candidate who escalated the war in Afghanistan; the opponent of health insurance mandates who made a mandate to buy insurance the centerpiece of his plan; the president who stocked his administration with Wall Street insiders and went to the mat for the banks and big corporations, but who is now trying to present himself as a born-again populist.

    Mr. Obama is in danger of being perceived as someone whose rhetoric, however skillful, cannot always be trusted. He is creating a credibility gap for himself, and if it widens much more he won’t be able to close it.

  77. Obama to take questions via YouTube, answer them online
    (AFP) – 1 hour ago

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will take questions from the public via YouTube about his “State of the Union” speech on Wednesday and answer them online next week, the White House said.

    White House “New Media” director Macon Phillips said in a post on the White House blog that questions can be submitted at after the 9:00 pm (0200 GMT Thursday) address to Congress begins.

    “From our live webstream to a free iPhone app, the White House is using technology to make sure the president’s State of the Union address reaches as many people as possible,” Phillips said.

    “Now we are excited to announce how President Obama will also be using the Web to offer the public a direct and participatory way to communicate back to him,” he said.

    Phillips said the YouTube questions will be answered by Obama next week “in a special online event, live from the White House.”

    Obama relied heavily on the Internet during his presidential campaign for organizing, fundraising and communicating and has created MySpace and Facebook pages and a Twitter feed since entering the White House.

    Obama’s “New Media” team has also launched a channel on Google-owned YouTube and the White House is present on photo-sharing site Flickr. Last week, the White House unveiled a free application for the Apple iPhone which features live video streaming of presidential events.

  78. pm, Herbert is saying what Big Pink has always said:

    Obama cannot be trusted. Wish he’d gotten a clue 2 years ago.

  79. Obama uses teleprompter in sixth grade class

    Tuesday January 26, 2010

    President Barack Obama is facing criticism after using a podium and teleprompter to address the media in a sixth grade classroom.

    President Obama, accompanied by Education Secretary Arne Duncan, spoke to the media after a discussion with sixth grade students at Graham Road Elementary School in Falls Church, Virginia.

    Although Obama was not speaking to the students from the podium, questions are being asked as to why the president needed a teleprompter to address the media.

    What many are interpreting as a gaffe comes at a difficult time for Obama as a Zogby poll in the Washington Times shows that only 43% of Americans would vote to re-elect the president, 10% lower than the number that put him into office just over a year ago.

    That disappointing poll comes hot on the heels of the the Republican party’s surprise victory in Edward Kennedy’s Massachusetts senate seat last week.

    Republican Scott Brown won a bitter race on Wednesday, dealing a stunning blow to Obama’s legislative agenda and casting doubt on the fate of his sweeping healthcare overhaul .

  80. I got an update email from Tea party express today
    in it was this paragraph with a link to an update
    on their “Defeat Harry Reid” campaign.

    it’s worth taking a look at how things are for harry in nevada 😀

    see it here:

  81. Looks like Obama is trying to throw the entire Dem Congress under the bus now:

    The president called the lack of transparency “my responsibility,” but moments later in the interview he suggested that decisions to handle key discussions in private were made by Congress.
    “Let’s just clarify. I didn’t make a bunch of deals,” Obama told ABC. “There is a legislative process that is taking place in Congress and I am happy to own up to the fact that I have not changed Congress and how it operates the way I would have liked.”

    The usual Obama spin:

  82. I thought the telepromter and the podium stunt with the kids was something invented by Jon Stewart for his comedy routine, and did not actually happen. Am I mistaken?

  83. As Mr. Obama looks for combination to the bank vault in tonights speech everyone else is hearing sirens. That is the perfect que for Associated Press, Charlie Gibson, or some other unctuous devotee to do a 10 part interview with michelle entitled “How To Plant Your Own Garden In Case You Need To”. I think it will be hard to dig in deeper on health care after this:

    Dan Perrin
    Red State Blog
    January 26, 2010

    Speaker Pelosi’s zero point zero House vote margin has eroded further during the week after the Red Tide flooded Central and Eastern Massachusetts.

    Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich (D – OH) said: “The senate bill is so totally flawed that I don’t think it can get the votes in the House to pass. I certainly wouldn’t vote for it.” Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) said he will not vote for the Senate bill. Rep. Stupak says he has 10 to 12 yes votes who would be no votes, if Senator Nelson’s abortion funding language he got in return for the Nebraska Medicaid Kickback is in the bill. And the National Organization of Women publicly stated that they think no health care bill is better than either the House or the Senate bill.

    The likelihood of Democrats who voted NO changing their votes to yes, after Massachusetts, is zero.

    And as The Huffingon Post reported yesterday:

    “If you look at the actual vote in the House, we had 220 [votes for health care]. And you look at the Republican vote [Rep. Joseph Cao of Louisiana]. He’s no longer on board. And [former] Rep. Robert Wexler (D-Florida) is gone. So we are now at 218. We have no margin for error…”

    It has all, very publicly, very embarrassingly turned to dust. The Speaker cannot get 218 votes. Full stop.

    Now, a group of two dozen or so Dems Representatives are pushing the Speaker to break the health care bills up into smaller pieces and pass three smaller bills.

    In the Senate, the effort to circulate a letter with 51 signatures from Senators pledging to vote for a reconciliation bill failed — they could not get the signatures. Essentially, the Dem Senators said, if we wanted to pass a bill that was different than the one we did pass, we would have — which is to say: Why would the Senate pass another bill to change their bill, just to accept the things they already rejected that the House says they need? The Senate Dems just told the House, we passed the bill we wanted to pass. That’s it.

    Got that? Good.

    Bloomberg News had a great couple of paragraphs that perfectly describe the reality meets dreams moment for Senator Harkin (D-IA):

    “No one knows what to do,” Harkin said in a Jan. 22 interview. Lawmakers need a “breather” that would “let everyone calm down, get that panic out of their bodies” after Republican Scott Brown’s victory in the race to fill the seat held for almost half a century by the late Ted Kennedy.

    Senator Tom Harkin, an Iowa Democrat who heads the chamber’s health committee, said Democrats would let the legislation “sit for a while” and then take it up “in a week or so.” Christopher Dodd, a Connecticut Democrat who helped shepherd the bill through the Senate, said the break might last as long as six weeks.

    The Democratic effort to pass health care reform could not get any more pathetic. The pass-reform-at-any-cost crowd (David Axelrod, the Speaker and the President) have been reduced to spinning highly unlikely and fundamentally politically unsound triple bank-shots to try and even make another attempt at health care reform — when they know they do not have the votes. An eager media laps it up with no sense of reality or understanding of what health care politics really is to the Democrats: plutonium.

    One Dem Representative who gets it warned the White House a year ago not to take them over the same cliff they went over in 1994. The Blue Dogs were told by the President, “Well, the difference with 1994 and now is that you have me.”

    Looking back, the White House and the Speaker took a winning health care hand and squandered it by their moral crusade. Crusaders ignore reality, which the Dem leaders did every day of the health care fight.

    They ignored the political cross-pressures until they grew and killed their bill. And the lethality (efficacy for health care wonks) of the health care fallout is directly related to the intensity that the President and Speaker pushed back for months and months against rational calls to stop, slow down, back off or change. The public pressure built, and built and built — while the Speaker and the President blithely ignored everyone and every event telling them to stop, even if it was a Democrat telling them or acknowledged expert like Charlie Cook.

    So, the Great Health Care Crusade of 2010 ends with the Crusader’s army defeated in detail. Dazed and whining, they are crying the equivalent of Rome’s great cry “GIVE ME BACK MY LEGIONS!”

    Where are the Dems’ Legions? Squandered by self-deception. Rome, when it lost its legions, were deceived by the Germans. The Dem leadership, however, deceived themselves, blinded by their arrogance and attitude of moral superiority.

    Now Senator Reid will not return to the Senate and the President is mortally weakened. But the Speaker is still pushing the Crusade — telling the world: we must pass a health bill.

    The Speaker is dangerous to the health and welfare of her party, and should step aside by taking responsibility for the firestorm that is consuming her party and consuming the members of her caucus.

    Will any Dem will pay for the incompetence of the health care debacle of 2010, and what they have put the country through for the last year?

    Failure on the part of the Dems punishing their own will result in the public taking great relish in doing it for them.

    The Dems have been telling the public to go pound sand on their views on health care reform for a year now, and the public just cannot wait to return the favor, just as they have done in New Jersey, Virginia and Massachusetts.

  84. H4T, did you see that OpenLeft guy talking about Obama being “primaried” in 2012? They want a do over and it has just been a year. What fools! This is all a nice vindication for us but let us hope things don’t get worse in the next three years. There was an article in AT about Obama being a flake and in it was some Russian saying, wait, I found it. Google is a wonderful thing to waste.. 🙂

    A flake is a “fool with energy”, as the Russian proverb puts it. (“A fool is a terrible thing to have around, but a fool with energy is a nightmare”.) Obama is a fool with energy if his huge ego is unchecked.

  85. He and his wife’s hatred for the Clinton’s was there long before the primary, and simply intensified and manifested itself more directly as a result thereof. Obama and his wife, resented most things about America based on the church they attended for 20ys, and their associations with those whom were openly hostile to our country.
    Obama obviously resented Bill for a long time, as did many others as we learned, who urged this so called community organizer, to run in 08 knowing full well Hillary had her eyes on the prize. The Clinton’s represented a type of governance that while leaning left, understood that in order to get things done, you have to be able to move more to towards the center. many democrats resented this, but it allowed Bill to accomplish a great deal and get re-elected.
    Obama , while claiming he wants divergent opinions, truly resents anyone who dares to question his policies. The only reason Hillary is SOS is because Obama needed someone with credibility to handle foreign affairs while he “worked out” the economic situation. He is also willing to use Bill, as in N.Korea, but is very reluctant to say anything remotely complimentary about the Clinton presidency. I trust Bill and Hillary understand this, and accept that they will have to quiet for at least another 3 yrs….but I imagine their disdain for Obama is equal to or even exceeds Obama’s feelings towards them. As Bill said to old Teddy, the guy wouldn’t be serving them coffee a few yrs ago…

  86. The president called the lack of transparency “my responsibility,” but moments later in the interview he suggested that decisions to handle key discussions in private were made by Congress.
    “Let’s just clarify. I didn’t make a bunch of deals,” Obama told ABC. “There is a legislative process that is taking place in Congress and I am happy to own up to the fact that I have not changed Congress and how it operates the way I would have liked.
    Wait a minute. He claims he did not offer a bunch of deals on health care? Surely he does not deny that he and or White House officials made a secret arrangement, aka a deal, indeed a Rezko deal, with Big Pharma. It would not seem prudent for him to deny that now, after all that has come out on the subject. Surely we do not have to bring Billy Tauzin in to refute that statement. Or is it subsumed in his statement that he would take responsibility for the lack of transparency he promised on health care. The secret nature of that deal, which was connived by his and his cronies in secret is only part of the problem. The far greater part of the problem is the nature of that deal which was good for big business and bad for the American people but promoted to the public as reform. Question: what does it mean when he says they will take responsibility? Does it mean he will take responsibility for lying to the American People about who he is and what he would do. If that is what he means then surely he knows that is a form of betrayal that has electoral consequences.

  87. It was NOT made up , Obama really did take teleprompters in a 6th grade class.
    Yet he expects Putin to take him seriously.

  88. HillaryforTexas
    January 25th, 2010 at 8:44 pm
    I’d give my eyeteeth for Big Dawg to publicly unload on this puffed-up pretender I know it will never happen, but damn I wish he would.

    You would have to think that powerful people exercise their power quietly, and don’t like to get their hands bloody. This way, they keep above the fray, and maintain “plausible deniability”.

    So the Godfather is going to be found offing anyone…he just says, “Take care of the situation”. Then he goes plays with the grandchildren. It’s just a “business”.

  89. pm317, I read the Herbert column this morning and I thought we’d all find it delicious.

    Maybe his new nickname could be Bob “Mr. 20/20 Hindsight” Herbert.


    Now that it is common knowledge that POS, I mean POTUS, spends a good part of his day googling and watching tv, he must have already read how his “polling” is even dropping among his disciples.

    It seems that he’s been reading Big Pink for a while. At first, to refute us. Now, it’s for research.

    He echoes admin’s “He cannot be trusted…” mantra.

    (I know parts have been posted above, but here’s the whole ting.)

    Obama’s Credibility Gap

    Published: January 25, 2010

    Who is Barack Obama?

    Americans are still looking for the answer, and if they don’t get it soon — or if they don’t like the answer — the president’s current political problems will look like a walk in the park.

    Mr. Obama may be personally very appealing, but he has positioned himself all over the political map: the anti-Iraq war candidate who escalated the war in Afghanistan; the opponent of health insurance mandates who made a mandate to buy insurance the centerpiece of his plan; the president who stocked his administration with Wall Street insiders and went to the mat for the banks and big corporations, but who is now trying to present himself as a born-again populist.

    Mr. Obama is in danger of being perceived as someone whose rhetoric, however skillful, cannot always be trusted. He is creating a credibility gap for himself, and if it widens much more he won’t be able to close it.

    Mr. Obama’s campaign mantra was “change” and most of his supporters took that to mean that he would change the way business was done in Washington and that he would reverse the disastrous economic policies that favored mega-corporations and the very wealthy at the expense of the middle class and the poor.

    “Tonight, more Americans are out of work, and more are working harder for less,” said Mr. Obama in his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention in August 2008. “More of you have lost your homes and even more are watching your home values plummet. More of you have cars you can’t afford to drive, credit card bills you can’t afford to pay, and tuition that’s beyond your reach.”

    Voters watching the straight-arrow candidate delivering that speech, in the midst of the worst economic crisis since the Depression, would not logically have thought that an obsessive focus on health insurance would trump job creation as the top domestic priority of an Obama administration.

    But that’s what happened. Moreover, questions were raised about Mr. Obama’s candor when he spoke about health care. In his acceptance speech, for example, candidate Obama took a verbal shot at John McCain, sharply criticizing him for offering “a health care plan that would actually tax people’s benefits.”

    Now Mr. Obama favors a plan that would tax at least some people’s benefits. Mr. Obama also repeatedly said that policyholders who were pleased with their plans and happy with their doctors would be able to keep both under his reform proposals.

    Well, that wasn’t necessarily so, as the president eventually acknowledged. There would undoubtedly be changes in some people’s coverage as a result of “reform,” and some of those changes would be substantial. At a forum sponsored by ABC News last summer, Mr. Obama backed off of his frequent promise that no changes would occur, saying only that “if you are happy with your plan, and if you are happy with your doctor, we don’t want you to have to change.”

    These less-than-candid instances are emblematic of much bigger problems. Mr. Obama promised during the campaign that he would be a different kind of president, one who would preside over a more open, more high-minded administration that would be far more in touch with the economic needs of ordinary working Americans. But no sooner was he elected than he put together an economic team that would protect, above all, the interests of Wall Street, the pharmaceutical industry, the health insurance companies, and so on.

    How can you look out for the interests of working people with Tim Geithner whispering in one ear and Larry Summers in the other?

    Now with his poll numbers down and the Democrats’ filibuster-proof margin in the Senate about to vanish, Mr. Obama is trying again to position himself as a champion of the middle class. Suddenly, with the public appalled at the scandalous way the health care legislation was put together, and with Democrats facing a possible debacle in the fall, Mr. Obama is back in campaign mode. Every other utterance is about “fighting” for the middle class, “fighting” for jobs, “fighting” against the big bad banks.

    The president who has been aloof and remote and a pushover for the health insurance and pharmaceutical industries, who has been locked in the troubling embrace of the Geithners and Summers and Ben Bernankes of the world, all of a sudden is a man of the people. But even as he is promising to fight for jobs, a very expensive proposition, he’s proposing a spending freeze that can only hurt job-creating efforts.

    Mr. Obama will deliver his State of the Union address Wednesday night. The word is that he will offer some small bore assistance to the middle class. But more important than the content of this speech will be whether the president really means what he says. Americans want to know what he stands for, where his line in the sand is, what he’ll really fight for, and where he wants to lead this nation.

    They want to know who their president really is.

  91. rgb44hrc
    January 26th, 2010 at 11:57 am

    I like that. Yeah, Herbert, the lapdog..

  92. JanH
    January 25th, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    I am watching a wonderful special on the rise to stardom of Susan Boyle. She has sold one million copies of her debut album now.

    Your reference to Ms. Boyle is not as “off topic” as it might seem, Jan. It shows that talent and hard work sometimes trumps flash-in-the-pans. We here at Big Pink have warned against flash-in-the-pans with little talent, or performers who require $400 hair cuts.

  93. “I am happy to own up to the fact that I have not changed Congress and how it operates the way I would have liked.”


    Did he say that with a straight face? I bet Congress would also be happy to own up to the fact that bambi is the worst president/leader in history.

  94. Clinton ‘deeply resents’ foreign criticism on Haiti
    (AFP) – 1 hour ago

    WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday she “deeply resents” foreign criticism of the US response to the earthquake in Haiti, saying the United States was doing as much as it could.

    “I deeply resent those who attack our country, the generosity of our people and the leadership of our president in trying to respond to historically disastrous conditions after the earthquake,” Clinton told State Department employees at a forum marking one year in office.

    Clinton did not single out critics but said that “some of the international press either misunderstood or deliberately misconstrued” the US decision to send thousands of troops to Haiti.

    The United States needed to send both troops and civilians “to deliver aid to the Haitians who desperately needed it,” Clinton said.

    “We’re scrambling as quick as we could to do everything we needed in the past two weeks,” she said.

    Leftist allies Venezuela, Bolivia and Cuba have criticized the United States for its response to the quake, accusing US forces of occupying the country rather than helping its people.

    A senior Italian official separately deplored a lack of a coordinated international aid effort in Haiti, saying that the United States had “too many officers” there and could not find a capable leader.

    Clinton told the State Department employees that directions had been sent to US embassies around the world to counter criticism of the Haiti relief effort.

    She pointed to the response as a model for the future, saying that the United States should be ready to fight against allegations it sees as unfair.

    “I have absolutely no argument with anyone lodging a legitimate criticism against our country. I think we can learn from that and we are foolish if we keep our head in the sand and pretend we can’t,” she said.

    “What we’re asking for is that people view us fairly,” she said.

  95. pm317
    January 26th, 2010 at 9:23 am
    It’s Official: Obama is an idiot
    by: Paul Rosenberg

    It’s time to seriously start talking about primarying Obama in 2012.

    I guess in a way, Obama DID exceed expectations. Who would have thought that in less than one year, his own base would start questioning what to do about the Frankenstein monster that they created???

    Dimocrat: “OMG!! WTF!! what can be done to make sure he’s not going to run, and lose, in 2012?”

    Dim2: “Yeah, he’s not even fighting for our goals. What a disaster. Maybe Dean?”

    Dim3: “Or Kucinich? Or Franken?”

    Dim1: “Yeah, that’s about it. I can’t think of a single other Democrat who could possibly take on Obama, lead us out of the wilderness, manage the economy, fight for jobs, fight for health care, and manage foreign policy smartly.”

  96. They are dropping like flies, running for the doors.

    CNN: Blanche Lincoln (D) To Announce Retirement Tomorrow? Announcement In The Morning

    Stay tuned for an important campaign announcement tomorrow morning. – ed henry CNN VIA TWITTER

    Blanche Lincoln’s site says announcement coming in morning…

  97. New tension flares between US, Afghan leader
    (AFP) – 2 hours ago

    ISTANBUL — Afghan President Hamid Karzai hit back Tuesday at stinging criticism by the US ambassador, raising new questions about ties between the two nations days ahead of a key conference in London.

    The New York Times published diplomatic cables sent by President Barack Obama’s envoy to Kabul, Karl Eikenberry, in which he warned Karzai was “not an adequate strategic partner.” Eikenberry voiced concern about plans to pour more US troops into Afghanistan, warning it would only delay weaning Karzai off Washington and forcing him to take more responsibility for the nation.

    But Karzai hit back at the criticism at a regional gathering in Istanbul, saying “Afghanistan is on the frontline of the war on terror” in a struggle which has cost “massive casualties.” “If partnership means submission to the American will, then, of course, it’s not going to be the case,” Karzai told reporters.
    “But if partnership means cooperation between two sovereign countries, one of course very poor and the other very rich,… then we are partners,” he said.

    The friction came two days ahead of a 65-nation conference in London aimed at finding ways to bring stability to war-torn Afghanistan and adjacent Pakistan.

    Karzai and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are set to take part in the conference in London, which is seen as complementing Obama’s military strategy to defeat Taliban and Al-Qaeda extremists.

    While Obama has made Afghanistan a top foreign-policy priority, his administration has had a rocky relationship with Karzai with senior officials barely concealing their concerns about alleged corruption and ineffectiveness. The year-old US administration has sought more distance from Karzai, who was close with previous president George W. Bush.

    Tensions came to the fore last year after Karzai won a presidential election despite widespread allegations of ballot-stuffing. Under US pressure, Karzai agreed to a run-off vote which was cancelled when his main challenger baulked. The Obama administration has since played down animosity with Karzai.

    Retired general James Jones, Obama’s national security adviser, on Monday pointed to pledges by Karzai since the disputed election as a key achievement in Afghanistan. “We’re encouraged by the steps President Karzai has taken to improve the effectiveness and the credibility of his government,” Jones said at the Center for American Progress, a Washington think-tank. “We’re committed to working in partnerships to reduce corruption, which along with the insurgency is perhaps the greatest threat to Afghanistan,” Jones said.

    Eikenberry, a former US military commander in Afghanistan, wrote the cables in November as part of his objections to boosting US troops — as proposed by the current commander, General Stanley McChrystal.

    The message published by The New York Times said Karzai “continues to shun responsibility for any sovereign burden, whether defence, governance or development. He and much of his circle do not want the US to leave and are only too happy to see us invest further.”
    McChrystal ultimately won the argument and Obama approved the deployment of an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan.

  98. JanH
    January 26th, 2010 at 12:15 pm
    Clinton ‘deeply resents’ foreign criticism on Haiti

    Hillary is not afraid to say what needs to be said, and to stick up for herself, her party, her country.

    Unlike Waffler-in-Chief who apologizes for everything, but does nothing to correct his mistakes.

  99. Hillary comes across very well in comparisons

    EU diplomat fails test in Haiti

    Jan 25, 2010

    In an early test of her readiness to be High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton stumbled. In the last few weeks, the international community’s attention has focused on Haiti, an impoverished Caribbean country wrecked by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake on January 12, 2010. Countless are dead and the images flooding the internet of the devastation are heartbreaking.

    While the Baltic states along with scores of nations, international organizations, nongovernmental organizations, and individuals have begun to send aid, humanitarian assistance, and other support, Ashton’s leadership of the EU in the situation has been missing.

    Earlier last week she chaired a meeting of EU ministers to discuss a response, but her timing was incredibly slow. By that time, EU member states had already begun sending search and rescue teams, medical supplies, food and water, and aid unilaterally. She chose not to go to Haiti to view the situation firsthand, but her efforts might show more urgency if she had. She helped to secure nearly half a billion euros in aid for Haiti under the auspices of the EU, but she surprisingly could not make the EU any more visible.

    The EU pledged €122 million in humanitarian aid and a further €107 million for non-humanitarian use; another €200 million will be used for medium and long-term reconstruction. The European Commission pitched in another €30 million for immediate relief. But this response was far from coordinated, one of Ashton’s chief responsibilities. She could, for example, have gathered civilian humanitarian workers from member states and created a civilian aid corps; that request came from the UN and France instead.
    Ashton just heaped money on top of contributions from member states that were already pouring in.

    Already it is clear that Ashton does not have a strategy for dealing with crises. Compare her response to Haiti with that of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Secretary Clinton canceled her Pacific diplomatic tour and hopped aboard a U.S. Coast Guard plane carrying food, water, and other supplies to the country. The same plane would then be used to fly 50 Americans back home.

    Clinton has met with Haitian leaders, pledged swift and long-term American support, and gathered intelligence on her government’s response capabilities. She’s working to improve the distribution of aid, asking for a resolution to the air traffic back-up, coordinating the restoration of Haiti’s vital infrastructure, and planning for the long-term development of the country. The symbolism of her being there carries a big message as well.

    Clinton looks engaged, empathetic, and committed; Ashton looks aloof, disinterested, and out-of-touch. Clinton sees the devastation first-hand; Ashton sends outgoing EU commissioner for development Karel De Gucht. Clinton shows she’s an active, results-oriented diplomat; Ashton shows she’s an in-over-her-heard ineffective figurehead.

    The comparison shows precisely what Ashton is not. She is not a globetrotting, high-profile, diplomatic heavyweight. She is not a foreign minister or secretary of state. She is also not experienced. She is not ready.

    Although they are both top female diplomats from the left, the comparison of Ashton and Clinton isn’t entirely fair. Secretary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, have a personal connection with Haiti, having honeymooned there. Former President Clinton is also the UN Envoy to Haiti. Not surprisingly, Secretary Clinton has taken a more personal interest in the situation.

    Haiti is also geographically closer to the U.S., so the world’s last superpower is better suited for taking charge there. So why compare these two at all?

    Because Europeans created the High Representative position befitting Hillary Clinton’s character but they second-guessed and chose Catherine Ashton. To increase the EU’s profile in world affairs, European leaders created the position of High Representative (and the European Council President).

    Federalists had dreams of the office-holder being able to speak on behalf of the entire Union and drive Union policy. They charged the foreign policy chief with leading a large diplomatic service and commanding a several million-euro budget. Essentially, the EU wanted to create its own State Department. The position would be powerful, have institutional backing, and change EU policy. Put aside the personal comparisons of Clinton and Ashton, and the High Representative is on par with the Secretary of State. Both positions shape and execute foreign policy. They both have big budgets, teams of diplomats, and world-wide representation.

    Yet, there is a world of difference in influence and that boils down to personality. It was the type of position Secretary Clinton has. But European leaders became worried about what a powerful Eurocrat might mean for their own power. That’s why they knocked Tony Blair out of the running for European Council President. That’s also why they compromised on Ashton for High Representative.

    European leaders feared their own creation, so they chose someone who would not overstep their bounds. Instead of using her mega-budget (that Javier Solana practically begged for and never received) to make a splash in key issues around the globe, Ashton has pledged to use “quiet diplomacy.” This diplomacy is so quiet that it will be almost inaudible. Maybe she will use her budget to splurge on fancier table flags during her meetings. If Haiti is any indication of how Ashton will use her role in the EU, she has already made it irrelevant. She has made it her job to be a corral leader. She will try to get governments on the same page, but not push a European agenda. That would have been easy when all governments are in agreement, as they were with Haiti. But what about when they aren’t? How will she manage Iran? Or North Korea? How about relations with Russia?

    Secretary Clinton benefits from experience; she celebrated her one-year anniversary last week as Secretary of State and she learned the political fallout of disasters after witnessing George W. Bush’s shortcoming with Hurricane Katrina in 2005. But European leaders knowingly chose Ashton without such experience and crises will not wait until she is ready. Amidst her confirmation hearings, Ashton could have shown her capability and claimed a success in her experience. Instead, she choked. Her failure on Haiti was a self-fulfilling prophecy.

    Ashton cannot be blamed entirely; European leaders wanted her position to be a bit hamstrung. Judging her now may be a bit premature. But first impressions are important and she will have an uphill battle to overcome hers. As if her job wasn’t tough enough, it just got harder

  100. Watch out sleeves, Michelle is on the warpath today – the glow is off the boob worldwide:

    Indonesian authorities said Monday they are considering a petition to tear down a statue of US President Barack Obama as a boy, only a month after the bronze was unveiled in Jakarta.

    The statue of “Little Barry” — as Obama was known when he lived in the capital in the late 1960s — stands in central Jakarta’s Menteng Park, a short walk from the US president’s former elementary school.

    Critics say the site should have been used to honour an Indonesian and 55,000 people have joined a page on social networking website Facebook calling for the statue to be removed.

    “We’ve been discussing for the past two weeks what to do with the statue… whether to take it down, move it elsewhere or retain it. We’re finding the best solution,” Jakarta parks agency official Dwi Bintarto said. [snip]

    Members of the “Take Down the Barack Obama Statue in Menteng Park” group on Facebook say Obama has done nothing for Indonesia.

    Barack Obama has yet to make a significant contribution to the Indonesian nation. We could say Obama only ate and s (expletive) in Menteng. He spent his subsequent days living as an American,” the web page says.

    For the dignity of a sovereign nation, Barack Obama’s monument in Menteng Park must be removed immediately.”

  101. Tue, Jan. 26, 2010

    Commentary: Bill Clinton, the reluctant warrior, reinvented the American battle strategy

    Richard Sale
    The Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, Va.)
    January 26, 2010

    STAMFORD, Conn. — I recently wrote a book, “Clinton’s Secret Wars: The Evolution of a Commander-in-Chief,” that was to me an attempt to right a wrong. The motivating passion behind the book was to correct the snide trivializing of President Bill Clinton’s foreign-policy performance. Since I am not a Democrat and harbor great suspicion of anything political, I felt I could attempt the task without disfiguring it with bias.

    At the beginning of his presidency, Clinton had misgivings about presidential power because it was connected with force. He had been against the Vietnam War, and he had a personal horror of inflicting casualties. Reluctance to use force was part of his nature. But reluctance to use force is not refusal to use it. According to Alan Greenspan, Clinton was one of the most intelligent of American presidents, ranking with Reagan and Nixon.

    From studying Clinton, it is clear that Clinton was a man who learned from his predicaments. Before the end of his first term, he had developed the soldier’s basic virtue of liking to fight. He used force in Haiti, he wanted to go to war against North Korea but was dissuaded from it, and he had demanded all-out war with Iran after the terrorist bombing of the Khobar Towers facility in Saudi Arabia. Further, Clinton used force in Bosnia, first by means of Croatian proxies, and then by NATO bombing raids.

    To counter the menace of Iraqi bully Saddam Hussein, Clinton almost toppled the dictator following a savage 1998 bombing of Baghdad, and – almost unnoticed by the public – he conducted an incessant air war against Iraq, dropping 2,000 bombs that reduced to a miserable shambles Saddam Hussein’s entire air defense network. He had also tried to have Saudi terrorist Osama bin Laden killed.

    As early as 1994, Clinton assigned the CIA to develop a plan to topple Serbian dictator Slobodan Milosevic from power. This covert operation turned the dictator out of power in the Serb elections of 2000 and was followed in 2001 by a SEAL team who kidnapped Milosevic and sent him to the Hague, the first head of state to be arrested as a war criminal. (This SEAL operation was carried out by the Bush team, but it was a Clinton plan.)

    The “test of command” is the test of the commander, as the saying goes, and as a commander in chief, Clinton has been vastly underestimated. When it came to Kosovo, many argued that the Clinton administration had no coherent war plan and was strategically confused. But Clinton was an excellent war leader whose real importance as commander in chief rests on his introduction of a new way of war.

    As military historian Eliot Cohen has explained, war to Americans was to be “simple, direct, and overwhelming.” In the past, the American way of war was one of aggressive ferocity; inflexible pressure for the battle that decides everything at a stroke. It entailed huge risks for the sake of huge rewards. Military professionals said with hauteur that the war in Kosovo wasn’t a real campaign because it had no clear-cut objectives. In other words, the NATOSerb war didn’t resemble the wars they were used to.

    The truth was that Clinton’s aim was entirely different. Clinton made war to inflict punishment on Milosevic – to use war as a way to shape the international environment, to impose enough pain to coerce the enemy to adopt a new line of conduct. This was a new way of making war and applying force because it aimed to attain a diplomatic, not a military, objective.

    Clinton faced an American public that was fickle, distracted, and unable to distinguish between war and mere force. There had never been popular groundswell of support for the war, and by May 18, 1999 – with the war less than a month old – Clinton’s poll numbers had begun to slip. Although NATO was winning, the public had grown weary of the war, and most were urging an immediate negotiated settlement. Fifty-six percent opposed sending in any ground troops, despite the fact that by then the Serbs had taken 250 Kosovar towns, burned 50 of them to the ground, and caused a humanitarian catastrophe. When the war ended in victory, Clinton’s poll numbers dipped instead of rising.

    Public apathy accounts for much of Clinton’s secrecy. Like FDR, when Clinton found he could not carry the public, the Congress, or parts of his bureaucracy with him, he resorted to keeping his moves secret from them. No president after FDR except Eisenhower shared such a love of artifice and covert maneuver as did Clinton. He resolved to wage war by – in historian Andrew J. Bacevich’s words – “decoupling the people from military affairs.” Clinton decided as president that he would wage war in a way that would do the least political damage while achieving the maximum beneficial effect.

    Clinton almost entirely ignored Congress, refusing to consult it because most of its members were incredibly ignorant or indifferent to military affairs, or needlessly critical. (Republican leader Trent Lott at the time was urging Clinton to “give peace a chance.”) Nor did Clinton bother to consult the joint chiefs of staff as FDR had, dealing instead mainly with its chairman, Gen. Hugh Shelton, a mild, torpid man who was not likely to make waves or say no.

    What Clinton did was astonishing. Using air power alone, he embraced gradual escalation, a tactic thought to have been discredited once and for all by President Johnson in Vietnam. In spite of the ineptitude that characterized the beginning of the Kosovo war – especially the failure to halt Serb eviction of the Kosovars – NATO remorselessly tightened the pressure, using attacks on Milosevic and his key political supporters, the Yugoslav army, and country’s infrastructure, until growing despair and hardships provided the decisive pressure that made the stubborn Serb submit.

    The chief difference between George W. Bush and Clinton as military commanders lies in the fact that historically there are two parties in the Congress when it comes to foreign affairs. There are internationalists, like FDR and Clinton; and isolationists/unilateralists, like Republicans before World War II and neocons under George W. Bush. Such parties shun collaboration: America can best look after itself. (But great power flows to the executive during war, and Congress is always attempting to steal it back. The Clinton-Gingrich struggle exemplifies that fact.)

    Clinton was always alert for ways to expand American influence. In the case of NATO, he used the alliance to rethink the European chessboard, changing it from a 1949 defensive alliance to counter Soviet conventional war in Germany, to a force able to impose stability and fight terror not only in Europe, but in the Middle East and Central Asia. George W. Bush’s invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 is due to Clinton’s vision of NATO.

    Throughout the Kosovo conflict, Clinton ensured that America was by far the major player in the NATO alliance, and he kept the coalition from paralyzing allied target selection by using American planes not subject to NATO’s jurisdiction. The message was there: Under Clinton, there would be no long, wearing campaigns, but instead “brief, measured ripostes calibrated, judicious, precise.” As Bacevich goes on to say, force was used “not to achieve decision, but to signal, warn, contain, punish, or at least to avoid the appearance of weakness and inaction.”

    Because of the skill with which Clinton “recast America’s strategic purposes,” because of his new way of war and his ability to fashion a “new post-liberal civilmilitary relationship,” Bacevich asserts that Clinton “deserves to be ranked along with FDR and Reagan as one of the most influential commanders in chief in modern American history.” This is an honor the former president has long been denied.

    I am not a military expert. Bacevich is.


    Former Florida legislator Marco Rubio has closed the gap in the race for the state’s Republican U.S. Senate nomination and is in a virtual dead heat with Gov. Charlie Crist, according to a poll released Tuesday.

    Rubio, a lawyer who served as Speaker of the House, was once considered a long shot against Crist, who has widespread name recognition and a significant fundraising lead. But with Florida’s primary seven months away, Rubio was favored by 47 percent compared with 44 percent who preferred Crist — statistically a tie in the Quinnipiac University poll that has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.8 percentage points.

    The random telephone survey, which included 673 GOP voters, was conducted Jan. 20-24.

    “The horse race numbers are not a fluke,” said Peter Brown, assistant polling director for Quinnipiac in Connecticut. “Rubio’s grassroots campaigning among Republican activists around the state clearly has paid off.”

    The latest survey marks a stunning turnaround for the 38-year-old Rubio, a conservative who trailed Crist by 31 points in a Quinnipiac survey taken in June.

  103. Representative Marion Berry of Arkansas, announcing he would not fight an election he would almost certainly lose in November, revealed that Obama had told Blue Dog conservative Democrats that the difference between 1994 and 2010 was that “You got me.”

    That was enough to send him scurrying off.

  104. JanH
    January 26th, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Tue, Jan. 26, 2010

    Commentary: Bill Clinton, the reluctant warrior, reinvented the American battle strategy

    Richard Sale
    The Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, Va.)

    Oh, what a mediocre, small bore president. Send this to that fucking idiot, zbigniev Brezensky (whatever his name is).

  105. Admin and Shorttermer, After much soul searching and researching all the Obot websites that demonized Hillary during the primary I have decided I need to join the nobama coalition. I can do it admin.

    As far as what my mom told me my whole life, I also know she used to get mad at the dimocrats and says “I really ought to vote for Buchanan” and just before she past she made a statement that Romney was going to run in 2008′ She past in 2004′ and I think she must have like Mitt’s father.

    I will reinterate here for those that don’t remember, my mom throughout her life was our political advisor. I was a lazy voter and always looked to my mom on who to vote for so when I lost her I actually had to start researching and finding out for myself. Now I am everyone’s political advisor in the family. My mom was a yellow dog, but she was also an astute political junkie that loved Bill Clinton. I got in involved in the political process to carry on.

  106. JanH@12:34, That was a great article. The last sentence is what really irritates me, he has been denied his place among the best Presidents. Most because of the left, not the right as they have long ago apologized or at least most of them have.

  107. JanH, Your post on Ashton and Hillary. All you have to do is to punch in Obama’s name where Ashton’s is and you would have our Potus’s report card. LOL!!

    Hillary is, was, and WILL BE and great leader.


    January 26th, 2010 at 10:45 am
    Looks like Obama is trying to throw the entire Dem Congress under the bus now:

    The president called the lack of transparency “my responsibility,” but moments later in the interview he suggested that decisions to handle key discussions in private were made by Congress.
    “Let’s just clarify. I didn’t make a bunch of deals,” Obama told ABC. “There is a legislative process that is taking place in Congress and I am happy to own up to the fact that I have not changed Congress and how it operates the way I would have liked.”

    When Obama says, “Let me be clear”, it leads right into a big fat lie. Or an impossible to untangle muddle.

    The sentence above is of the latter variety, because we have no idea of what he can or wants to change and what won’t or can’t change:

    “There is a legislative process that is taking place in Congress and I am happy to own up to the fact that I have not changed Congress and how it operates the way I would have liked.”

    * Thanks for telling us that there is a “legistlative process”.

    * He uses the words “own up” disingenuously, as if it say, “I own up to the fact that no matter how hard I try, I can’t part the oceans, lower Mt. Everet, or reconcile congress. Or even dip my small toe into any congressional horse trading.”



    Thanks, Barack Hussein Obama, for rescuing the country from George W. Bush, and for rescuing the Democrats from Bill and Hillary Clinton.

    Massachusetts victory buoys Republican hopes in Illinois

    By Monica Davey / New York Times

    POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jan 26, 2010

    CHICAGO » Republicans in Illinois hold no statewide offices, are minorities in both chambers of the state Legislature and struggle some years to recruit viable candidates even at the top of the ballot.

    But the election last week of a long-shot Republican, Scott Brown, to the Senate in Massachusetts, a similarly blue state, has invigorated Republicans here. Next Tuesday’s statewide primaries—the first in the nation this year—have suddenly turned into a pep rally for November and could provide a window into what is to come nationally as the 2010 primary season unfolds.

    “Illinois is next,” said Pat Brady, chairman of the state Republican Party. “The political environment is worse here for Democrats than it was in Massachusetts.”

    Rep. Mark Steven Kirk, the front-runner in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate seat once held by President Barack Obama, has even taken to echoing Brown’s campaign remarks. “No one should make the mistake by calling this the Obama seat,” he said in an interview. “This is the seat of the people of Illinois.”

    Democratic leaders here discount direct comparisons to Massachusetts—for starters, the race there was a special election, not a primary—and point out distinctions from this state’s candidates, voting blocs and alliances. And perhaps most of all, they mention their sense that Illinois voters still carry a special allegiance to Obama.

    Still, the message from Massachusetts is resounding among Democrats, too (in interviews, several candidates quickly proclaimed themselves “outsiders”). The party is trying to hold onto the Senate seat, the governor’s mansion and a few House seats that Republicans say they are especially confident about winning.

    A televised forum last week among the three top Democrats in the Senate race seemed to become a scuffle over which one would be the least likely, come November, to lose in an upset similar to the one in Massachusetts. (Along the way, they struck notes that sounded not so unlike Brown.)

    One candidate, Cheryle Jackson, who led the Chicago Urban League, said the Massachusetts vote had reflected the lack of jobs and the suffering of people—”precisely,” she added, “the reason I have decided to run.”

    And another candidate, David Hoffman, a former inspector-general for the city of Chicago, offered this pitch for himself as a way to dodge a Massachusetts outcome: “We need to make sure that we have a nominee who is as independent as possible.”

    Some argue that Kirk, as a five-term congressman and a moderate Republican with centrist-leaning views that have irked conservatives, may not benefit from voter unrest. (Democrats also have their eyes on his House district in Chicago’s northern suburbs.)

    “In a key way, Illinois is Massachusetts in reverse,” said Kathleen Strand, a senior adviser to Illinois for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. “Here, the Republican candidate is the Washington insider that voters are angry at, not the Democrat.”

    In the view of some conservatives, Kirk, who supports abortions rights, fits right in with the Democratic candidates. They say that while he might gain unhappy Democratic voters and center-leaning independents, he will lose the votes of a different segment—some who consider themselves part of the Tea Party movement, anti-abortion advocates and others.

    Conservatives often cite Kirk’s vote in favor of cap-and-trade legislation intended to reduce carbon emissions; he has since reversed course, criticizing the legislation and saying he would vote against it as a senator. They also do not appreciate what they see as his effort to swerve to the right; some mocked his campaign for trying to win supportive words from former Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska when she was in Chicago recently.

    “Mark Kirk has absolutely no Tea Party support,” said Diane Benjamin, an organizer of a Tea Party group in McLean County, about 90 miles southwest of Chicago.

    In the primary, there are several lesser-known candidates, including Patrick Hughes, who has drawn praise from some conservatives and Tea Party supporters (though not Ms. Benjamin). But analysts say that opposition to Kirk has not amounted to a movement unified and motivated enough to defeat him; a Chicago Tribune poll released on Monday showed Kirk with a wide lead in the primary race. (Of those Republicans polled who said they agreed with the Tea Party movement, 48 percent favored Kirk, the newspaper said.)

    Some of the turmoil here is particular to Illinois. This is the first election for governor since Rod Blagojevich, a Democrat, was ousted after prosecutors charged him with secretly trying sell the Senate seat that is now up for grabs. Sen. Roland Burris, whom Blagojevich appointed to the seat, announced months ago that he would not run for election.

    Democrats are queasy (and Republicans giddy) over the spectacle of Blagojevich’s federal corruption trial, which is scheduled to begin here in June, the middle of campaign season.

    Gov. Patrick J. Quinn, the lieutenant governor who was elevated to the state’s top job in the aftermath of the scandal, and Dan Hynes, the state comptroller, who is from a longtime Chicago political family, are battling in the Democratic primary for governor.

    The Republican field is vast and relatively strong, in part, as one political analyst here said, because they “see blood in the water.” The Republicans include Andy McKenna, former chairman of the state Republican Party; Jim Ryan, a former state attorney general; and two state senators, Kirk Dillard and Bill Brady.

    The economy is a theme heard everywhere, but it is more pronounced in Illinois in every race. Residents complain about vanishing jobs (the state unemployment rate, at 11.1 percent, is higher than the nation’s), and the state’s failure to fix its budget, which has a deficit that some estimate at $13 billion. Illinois is failing to pay all sorts of bills and has $80 billion in unfunded pension liabilities, signs some experts cite when they put the state in a class not so distinct from California.

    “What we learned is that voters are incredibly angry,” said Alexi Giannoulias, the state treasurer and a friend of the president who, according to Monday’s Tribune poll, holds a double-digit lead over other Democrats vying for the Senate seat. (Obama has made no endorsement in the primary.)

    “They’re angry at what’s happening with our economy, with our lack of jobs,” Giannoulias said. “They’re angry because they feel like they’re being ignored by Washington, D.C.—ignored by Democrats and Republicans.”

    Politics in Illinois was not always overrun by Democrats. When Blagojevich was elected in 2002 (after a scandal that sent the Republican governor to prison), he was the first Democrat in the job in three decades. By the mid-2000s, the picture had become lopsided enough that Peter G. Fitzgerald, the state’s most recent Republican senator, announced that he would not seek re-election, noting that Illinois had become a “staunchly Democratic state.”

    It is hard to know exactly how many of the state’s 7.5 million registered voters consider themselves Democrats or Republicans because voters do not register by party here; still, estimates from both sides say Democrats outnumber Republicans.

    But at Democratic campaign events, ordinary voters say Obama remains enormously popular. The loudest complaint is that he does not come home enough. Yet some said they believed that people, even here, might separate their feelings about him from their frustration with Washington.

    “After Massachusetts, you can’t be sure of anything,” said Doris Conant, 84, a Democrat from Chicago. “I hope it mobilizes people to get out and support their candidate. If we lose the Obama seat, it would be heartbreaking.”

    CHICAGO » Republicans in Illinois hold no statewide offices, are minorities in both chambers of the state Legislature and struggle some years to recruit viable candidates even at the top of the ballot.

  110. This is called “beating a dead horse.” It also shows how to fight and fight hard. Dimocrats are stumbling in the dark pretending they can still pull off a health scam “victory” while opponents do not allow a letup to weaken the fight against the scam.

  111. bstonesfan
    January 26th, 2010 at 12:26 pm
    Hillary should “deeply resent” the crap she has to deal with because of this joke of a Prez.
    I agree of course. But the problem goes deeper than resentment. His vision of foreign policy has the smell of the lamp–meaning that it is faculty lounge, hopelessly idealistic to the point of being dangerous to the United States and indeed to the world, and the highest form of service which anyone can perform is what she is doing now, which I assume is separating the wheat from the chaff–meaning implementing the good and preventing the bad from sinking everyone.

    The Krauthammer piece posted by Dija above tells the story of what she is up against. Fundamentally, Barry and his backers–who are of course the neo-libs–those global business who see the world as a single marketplace and say brilliant things like nations in the same supply chain do not make war on eachother, talk about something that is both a legal and a practical fiction and impossibility. The community of nations comprised of Hugo Chavez, the Obama, Brown (Gordon for godsake not Scott) Mugambe, Castro, everybody who is anybody just one big happy family. At the same time, the Great One disparages the community of free nations which is a subset of the larger group, who are drawn together by a ocmmon interest in political and economic liberty. He calls it an anachronism, a cleavage grounded in obsolete cold war thinking. And his ambition and earnest desire is to bring about a world where the United States ceases to be a world power and becomes just one of many nations. If you read the writings of George Soros you will see that is exactly what he is saying. I could give you the direct quotes if you are interested. But what this leaves us with is a no central authority because experience has shown that community of nations cannot agree on anything. If Copenhagen was not a wake up call then to paraphrase the soon to be late Evan Bayhr nothing will waken the party from its slumber. This raises the larger question of whether a world with a leadership vaccum can survive intact or revert to the Hobsian nightmare of a war of all against all with nuclear weapons in play. This is the nether world that our girl has to deal with, fight against and not get sucked into politically. As she has to do it to an increasingly skeptical world with the Chicago Machine in the West Wing shooting at her back and the public at large seeing the folly and not realizing she is protecting everyone. As Justice Cardoza said about an archane point of evidence is his more heat than light passage–discrimination so subtle is a feat beyond the compass of ordinary minds. And that is why an exit strategy at the right time is indicated.

  112. This is a meeting that I would like to be a fly on the wall to hear.

    11:30 a.m. Secretary Clinton meets with Senator Jim Webb of Virginia, at the Department of State.

  113. This is a meeting that I would like to be a fly on the wall to hear.

    11:30 a.m. Secretary Clinton meets with Senator Jim Webb of Virginia, at the Department of State.


    Hopefully Webb’s first words will be –

    I’m so sorry Hillary, we went with that cupid stunt and not the rightful person.

  114. Clinton positive on forgiving Haiti debt
    (AFP) – 1 hour ago

    WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton voiced support Tuesday for forgiving Haiti’s debt, doubting the earthquake-battered nation would be able to repay it.

    “It’s just unrealistic to think that Haiti would ever, in the far foreseeable future, be able to repay,” Clinton said in an interview with American Urban Radio Networks broadcast Tuesday.

    Clinton said the United States was looking at plans outlined by international lenders to forgive Haiti’s debt which stood at around one billion dollars before the earthquake.

    Three lenders — the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank — made presentations on debt relief Tuesday at an emergency conference on Haiti in Montreal.

    “Absolutely, it’s feasible. We are looking at that,” Clinton told the radio network, which is geared toward an African American audience.

    The IMF and World Bank last year forgave 1.2 billion dollars in debt owed by the Western Hemisphere’s poorest nation, which was already suffering from floods and high food prices. After the earthquake, the World Bank gave Haiti a five-year grace period on debt payments and the Paris Club, which groups rich countries, recommended cancelling the 214 million dollars owed by Haiti to its members.

    Haiti’s top lender was Venezuela, not a member of the Paris Club, but leftist President Hugo Chavez on Monday announced he was forgiving the nation’s 295 million dollar debt to Caracas.

    US Representative Maxine Waters has appealed with the Congressional Black Caucus for the United States to use its influence with international lenders to forgive Haiti’s remaining debt.

  115. Bob Herbert (Obama worshiper in residence: Mr. Obama may be personally very appealing . . .
    Then again he may not (be personally appealing). But assuming he is personally appealing, but utterly incompetent when it comes to governing–what then? This is not American Idol . . Bob.

  116. This is a meeting that I would like to be a fly on the wall to hear.

    11:30 a.m. Secretary Clinton meets with Senator Jim Webb of Virginia, at the Department of State.
    You aint just a whistl’n dixie.

  117. hmmm…I am thinking ‘trial balloons’ O floats ‘he would rather be a one term Prez’ – already that thought and phrase is developing a life of its own…a haunting life of its own…

    …hmmm…so more dems bow out…things get worse, the left MSM is pouncing on their “ONE” – the thrill is gone…and for O, this is no longer fun anymore…and a very new experience to be the criticized fall guy on the world stage…what a strange, intense reversal of O’s fate…

    …so…O begins to plot his exit strategy…he sees defeat ahead…and heck, he can still manage to lobby for some high paying job where he can call the shots for himself in private…enough of this ‘responsible for his country’ stuff…it is just too much…cutting into his private, fun time…so he has time to come up with a way out…probably by the end of the first term and not before…some kind of family issue, whatever…but that OPENS THE DOOR for Hillary to step in…

    …and our country and the world can sigh a breath of relief that we finally have an experience leader taking charge…

    …it could really happen…

  118. I just learned that Mike Pence will not challenge Bayh after all. I suspect that the popular Repubilican Governor Mitch Daniel will now pursue it. He was planning to before, but when Evan pretended to be concerned about the fiscal impact of Obamacare his numbers shot up and Daniel said he would not run. Now that it has come out that Bayh was a behind the scenes supporter of Obamacare all along he has tanked, therefore the opening. Just so it is not Dan Burton.

  119. Re: confloyd
    January 26th, 2010 at 1:02 pm
    Admin and Shorttermer, After much soul searching and researching all the Obot websites that demonized Hillary during the primary I have decided I need to join the nobama coalition. I can do it admin.
    I lost my mother in late 2007, I still mutter, I’ll just call mother when I hit a snag; and I can barely tolerate seeing a yellow rose, a purple butterfly, or sewing without her backup. I can feel the same pain I see in your writing about your mom. Like you, I am trying to fill a gap because my mother was never whatsoever involved in politics. Now that I see my littlest ones’ future in danger, I know that I MUST, there is no choice about it, do anything and everything I can to stop the insanity. You and I are more alike that we might know.
    Rest assured that you made the RIGHT decision. We must teach our children to teach their children to know their history and to protect it.I am sneaking in the back door on that one as my granddaughter-in-law’s parents are all up Obummer’s a$$ – they can not admit they are wrong. Their thinking foreshadows her thinking. However, I know progress has been made when she recently established a FaceBook page and wrote under Politics: Obama is flippin crazy!!! Got to love it. They may never know I helped make a difference, but I will. : )

  120. LMAO! Uppity Woman has this headline piece up at her blog today:

    We have our limits! We do NOT want Rahm under OUR bus! Get another bus!

  121. Forgiving Haiti’s debt is a great thing to do. That debt thing is what has been used in the past by the globalist to bring the govt. down. The govt. is down now by natural disasters.

    3 more years of Obama is downright depressing. Now he’s going to geat youtube involved so he can answer questions that will no doubt be televised. I am sick of looking at this man.

    What part of “get your ass working” does he not understand? He is watching sports on TV, googling sports, and taking Meanchelle out on taxpayer funded dates, giving parties every 3 days in the WH.

    What do we get, a pic of him with his sleeves rolled up in the Oval Office, to make folks think he is really working, no doubt he was getting ready to google what basketball game was winning.

    From what I read from the links posted here today, he just likes to debate the issues without ever doing anything about the issues. My God,(shaking my head) how in the hell did America ever deserve this SOB!

  122. I just had to post this again. Here’s our gal warning the starry-eyed children exactly what would happen. Not only could Obama not clean up after Bush, now there’s rainbow skittles and unicorn shit all over the Whitehouse.

  123. We have our limits! We do NOT want Rahm under OUR bus! Get another bus!
    I agree. His rotten carcass could stink up the place. The EPA would have to be notified. He belongs under a separate bus with that horse head he threatened to send to someone else. They buried Egyptian Pharaohs with chattels that symbolized their moment of glory so why not. If I were going to guess who ratted out Rahm, I bet it was the little velvet whip Honest Jim Clyburn who does Judas impressions in his spare time. Some say he is convincing and others say he is not acting.

  124. Adminand Shorttermer : I found this on the net, I thought it was fitting to your article and Shorttermer your comment.

    “These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and
    the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service
    of their country; but he that stands now, deserves the love and
    thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered;
    yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict,
    the more glorious the triumph.” —Thomas Paine 1778

  125. wbboei, I DESPISE Clyburn, and always did, long before Obamamania. I am from SC, and he serves one of the poorest districts in the state.

    He is scum – he and his family and his cronies make tons of money off their govt. contracts and deal-making, and do NOTHING to help the people of his district. He’s be right at home in the worst Chicago ward.

    Here’s just a small taste of the bullshit that scum gets up to to enrich his family:

  126. If you think 5 mil a year fuel expenses for Nancy Pelosi’s jet, just look at what her and her leftie friend in congress spent to go to Copenhaugen. Why did she go anyway??

    HomeCBS News Investigates .WASHINGTON, Jan. 25, 2010

    Million Dollar Congressional Trip

    Sharyl Attkisson has more on her report of how more than 100 members of Congress and their spouses went to the Copenhagen climate conference — on the U.S. taxpayers tab. How much did it all cost?

    Climate Summit Junket?

    U.S. Congress members wracked up a sizeable bill at the Copenhagen Climate Summit. Sharyl Attkisson reports that U.S. tax dollars may have been put to better use.

    Copenhagen Summit Turned Junket?
    (CBS) Thanks to recently filed Congressional expense reports there’s new light shed on the Copenhagen Climate Summit in Denmark and how much it cost taxpayers.

    CBS News Investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson reports official filings and our own investigation show at least 106 people from the House and Senate attended – spouses, a doctor, a protocol expert and even a photographer.

    Million Dollar Congressional Trip
    Read the Congressional Expense Report

    For 15 Democratic and 6 Republican Congressmen, food and rooms for two nights cost $4,406 tax dollars each. That’s $2,200 a day – more than most Americans spend on their monthly mortgage payment.

    CBS News asked members of Congress and staff about whether they’re mindful that it’s public tax dollars they’re spending. Many said they had never even seen the bills or the expense reports.

    Copenhagen Congressional Junket

    Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., is a key climate change player. He went to Copenhagen last year. Last week, we asked him about the $2,200-a-day bill for room and food.

    “I can’t believe that,” Rep. Waxman said. “I can’t believe it, but I don’t know.”

    But his name is in black and white in the expense reports. The group expense report was filed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. She wouldn’t talk about it when our producer tried to ask.

    Pelosi’s office did offer an explanation for the high room charges. Those who stayed just two nights were charged a six-night minimum at the five-star Marriott. One staffer said, they strongly objected to no avail. You may ask how they’ll negotiate a climate treaty, if they can’t get a better deal on hotel rooms.

    Total hotel, meeting rooms and “a couple” of $1,000-a-night hospitality suites topped $400,000.

    Flights weren’t cheap, either. Fifty-nine House and Senate staff flew commercial during the Copenhagen rush. They paid government rates — $5-10,000 each — totaling $408,064. Add three military jets — $168,351 just for flight time — and the bill tops $1.1 million dollars — not including all the Obama administration officials who attended: well over 60.

    In fairness, many attendees told us they did a lot of hard work, and the laid groundwork for a future global treaty.

    “It was cold… I was there because I thought it was important for me to be there,” Rep. Waxman said. “I didn’t look at it as a pleasure trip.”

    But considering the size of the deficit, and the fact that that no global deal would be reached — critics question the super-sized U.S. delegation — more than 165 — leaving the impression there’s dollars to burn. In this case, more than a million

  127. I Hillary runs for Potus again and people try to pen her to Obama, it will be easy just to put up all these videos of her telling him was full of shit. She told us at every campaign stop that this guy was and empty suit. Everything and I mean everything she said is coming true with this guy.

    I love the video of her with that pamplet of Harry and Louise and she is scolding the hell out of him. She was definitely pist at the way he undermined her HC plan when he had none. Funny thing is he never had a healthcare plan and still doesn’t.

    Its hard to have a plan when you sit in the WH all day with your sleeves rolled up playing on the internet, and watching ESPN. When he not doing that hes inviting the Chicago Bulls in for lunch, and according to recently released documents they stay all day.

  128. confloyd, that is a wonderful quote from Thomas [in] Paine!!! H4T, I love it and I will start using the quote of ‘skittles rainbows and unicorn shit’.

    I learn so much here everyday. Thanks, everyone. What more can we do to encourage Obummer out the door, and force him to take his sleeveless better half with him?


    Democrats are queasy (and Republicans giddy) over the spectacle of Blagojevich’s federal corruption trial, which is scheduled to begin here in June, the middle of campaign season.

  130. Here comes ass saving, is she or is she aint chucking in the towel.

    Breaking: Lincoln will oppose reconciliation

    It appears that the lesson of Scott Brown’s surprise victory did not go completely unnoticed by Senate Democrats from red states. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) announced today that she will not go along with the rumored plan to use reconciliation to push ObamaCare through Congress, making the plan much more complicated for Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi to succeed:

    Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) will oppose Dem efforts to move health care legislation through Congress using budget reconciliation, hurting Dems’ chances for using the controversial parliamentary maneuver to pass a reform bill.

    “I am opposed to and will fight against any attempts to push through changes to the Senate health insurance reform legislation by using budget reconciliation tactics that would allow the Senate to pass a package of changes to our original bill with 51 votes,” Lincoln said in a statement on Tuesday. “I have successfully fought for transparency throughout Senate deliberations on health care, and I will continue to do so.”

    “I will not accept any last-minute efforts to force changes to health insurance reform issues through budget reconciliation, and neither will Arkansans. We have worked too long and too hard on this reform effort – we need to get it right,” she said.

  131. ACORN gotcha man among four arrested for attempting to bug Mary Landrieu’s office

    The FBI, alleging a plot to wiretap Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu’s office in downtown New Orleans, arrested four people Monday, including James O’Keefe, a conservative filmmaker whose undercover videos at ACORN field offices severely damaged the advocacy group’s credibility.

    FBI Special Agent Steven Rayes alleges that O’Keefe aided and abetted two others, Joseph Basel and Robert Flanagan, who dressed up as employees of a telephone company and attempted to interfere with the office’s telephone system.

    A fourth person, Stan Dai, was accused of aiding and abetting Basel and Flanagan. All four were charged with entering fedral property under false pretenses with the intent of committing a felony.

    A witness from Landrieu’s staff said O’Keefe was present in the office and claimed to be “waiting for someone to arrive.”

  132. When the American people rise up to fight the bank bail outs and all the wall st bail outs, what do you think they will do to us.

    h t t p ://

  133. djia, I wonder what information we could get out of Resko/Blago if they were waterboarded? Enough to impeach and imprison the fraud that is sullying our Oval Office right now!

  134. ACORN gotcha man among four arrested for attempting to bug Mary Landrieu’s office
    Just who do they think they are? The New York Times? Like when they sent an army of investigative reporters to dig up dirt on then Governor Palin, or the dig up dirt on McCain’s wife. Bad things happened in that case as well as NYT knows. At this point we do not know if this story is true. If it is then most people would condemn it. But in that case, I would be interested to know why they felt it was necessary to take that risk. There may well be an even bigger story there.

  135. I can’t wait to hear the drivel coming out of his mouth this evening, and how the MSM will eat up his new “populist” message. Chris Mathews is already pre-tingling. I wonder whom will have the misfortune of sitting next to wonder arms tonight?

  136. confloyd…. the MSM O’choir is turning against O, so who’s to say they don’t by summer finally start doing their damn Jobs and bring the American people the Truth about Rezko, Blago et all

    We have HOPE for a CHANGE… YES WE CAN! 😀

  137. wbboei,

    There may well be an even bigger story there.


    I think your right, the Acorn buster guy has a good sense of finding corruption.

  138. The wheels on the Obamabus are falling off, just like they did with Nixon’s. This guys maybe a lose quiet a bit for trying on their own to find the dirt, but the dirt will come out, and it will come out what their were looking for.

    During Nixon’s tenure, it started as a snowflake and it turned into a bolder that rolled Nixon out of office.

  139. Doesn’t the Acorn Buster Guy work in collaboration with Brietbart and Fox?

    I am sure he was onto something big! and who’s to say that this whole story isn’t a government frame up?

    nah…..they would never do a thing like that…that’s crazy!
    (major tongue in cheek)

  140. confloyd, Breitbart (who aired the ACORN sting videos this kid did) has already said that there is much, much more on ACORN that he will release in due time. He’s sitting on lots of dirt.

    Either a) this kid was really stupid, or b) the Dems are scared of new videos coming out, and wanted to discredit him beforehand, so set him up.

  141. Obama is looking like a very smart and promising intellect who is appealing for his smarts, but is too timid and lacking in self confidence to rock any boats. He would do very well at a university position, which apparently he did for a while.

    He also treasures his very dog-eared copy of ‘great inspiring speeches, for dummies’.

  142. I hope Chris M’s tingle from his legs run up into his heart!!!! and then whatever?

    Just like that other dude whose son has taken his place?

  143. H4T, I can imagine that they were on to something really, really big to put themselves at that risk. I also could be that its a govt. setup. Obama and his bots have been after this guy because of Acorn.

    Wbboei, If this dirt is really big, can’t they use the whistle blower’s protection to cover themselves???

  144. Let me tell you if those kids were trying to bug that office, they should be getting the congressional medal of honor for risking themselves to save our republic.

  145. HTF: Yes, it does appear that James Cyburn–the racial conscience and interlocutor of the South Carolina primary abuses his public position and treats the national treasury as his own personal piggy bank. He may not have $100,000 stashed away in his ice box but the quid pro quo is obvious when the booty goes to friend and relatives disguised as projects. This is precisely the kind of corruption the American People detest. And while Duke Cunningham did this even more blatantly, he is in the prison system and he was never third in house leadership. Corruption is bad enough but when it reaches the highest level of government it undermines our government.

    A conflict of interest is always a bad thing. I tried one time to give a fountain pen to a member of congress as a token of my personal respect. It was rejected and resented. And even though I had no ulterior motive, I deserved the rebuke. These people should be like Caesar’s wife–avoiding both impropriety and the appearance of impropriety. It goes to the whole question of public trust. Two particular rules would be especially helpful in that respect:

    1. No Member of Congress may (steer) government projects to known friends and relatives as herein defined without full disclosure and approval by the bi-partisan House Ethics Committee. If a bill is proposed which would confer a direct financial benefit on said parties effect then said member of congress shall recuse himself or herself from voting on it on the grounds that it constitutes a per se conflict of interest. (Note: this could be called the Clyburn provision in honor of its worst offender.)

    2. No Member of Congress may (lobby) Congress for a period of five (5) years after leaving office. (Note: this could be called the Daschale provision in honor of Honest Tom).


  146. moononpluto
    January 26th, 2010 at 3:43 pm
    Here comes ass saving, is she or is she aint chucking in the towel.

    Breaking: Lincoln will oppose reconciliation
    Evan Bayh is opposing reconciliation as well.

  147. I admit I was not too happy when Hillary took the SOS position….but can you imagine if she had been in the senate and having to vote for this odious health bill…


  148. I understand that the Obama plan was to have enough votes to pass the health care bill and let the blue dogs and liberals in vulnerable states vote against it. This assumed a Coakley vicory. When Brown won, all that political cover came crashing down on the heads of vulnerable blue dogs. It was a harbinger of what they would be facing. No way to hold the Seigfried line.

  149. Evan Bayh is opposing reconciliation as well.


    Trying to save his a**. He was working behind the scenes to get the senate bill passed.

    The bill is corrupt and not very helpful for the American people. It needs to go back to the drawing board.

  150. so we have 41 + 2 = 43 who will not vote for reconcilation…..where can we get another 6 opposers to make it less than 51?

    Lieberman, Nelson, Landrieu, Webb ?????

  151. wbboei

    Loved the videos of Paris. I and my daughter are suppose to go to Europe this summer, but after the Undiebomber, I have been having worries, which I did like all people after 9/11, return.

    Fear…I hate it

    Jen the Michigander
    January 26th, 2010 at 12:00 am


    I agree 100%

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