State of Obama State of the Union – The One Becomes A One-Termer

Update: Excerpts from Obama’s shameless speech can be read HERE. “Credibility Gap” indeed. Shameless, Shameless, Shameless.

[Join us tonight at 9:00 (EST), as we retch and guffaw, then spill out laughs – yup, it’s another Obama publicity stunt we will subject ourselves to.]

The State of the Union speech used to be a serious report on the status of the country from the chief executive of the country. Tonight it will be another TelePrompTer powered publicity stunt by a desperate flim-flam man aware the police are just about to break down the door.

Expect a lot of fast talk, a lot of “I”, a lot of grins, and a lot of bunk. The audience will be full of smiles, but the atmosphere will be so cold even Michelle will have sleeves on.

Ted Kennedy’s bulk will threaten over the proceedings like a sword of Damocles, or is it the Blue Whale at the American Museum of Natural History? Banquo’s ghost will speak with a Boston brogue at the Mackdaddy’s table. “It will have blood: they say blood will have blood. Stones have been known to move and trees to speak. He is afraid of what he has brought down upon himself, and begins to believe that his evil actions will have consequences.”

The star of the evening will not the the corpse reading the TelePrompTer. The star will be one of the non-mourners at the state funeral – Scott Brown. Scott Brown’s light will shine and a glow will be cast over the minority which has tripped the huge boob majority. At every opportune moment the camera will alight upon a smiling Brown then a scowling Michelle, feverish with loathing and envy.

Republicans will not interrupt the proceedings with insults at the boob, they will smile like Cheshire cats at a scrawny, elongated mouse. Republicans will talk of “terror trials” and ignore the one termer’s flowery but directionless words. “`Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?’ `That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,’ said the Cat. `I don’t much care where–‘ said Alice. `Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,’ said the Cat. `–so long as I get SOMEWHERE,’ Alice added as an explanation.”

Via videotape, Hillary will be on the Tavis Smiley premiere tonight. More importantly, Hillary Clinton will put an ocean of distance between herself and the arsenic that is Barack Obama. A wise Hillary will be in Europe, as giggling European heads of state watch the Three Stooges Hour unfold in the once proud American capital. A real president, Bill Clinton, will be laughing his two-term ass off as he watches Obama truly become “the One” – as in One-Termer.

For Barack Obama the revelatory “state of the union” is the sacred night he united with and became a made member of the Chicago thug machine. For Barack Obama “the union” is the unholy perfidy when he secretly became the establishment candidate of Teddy, Plousey and Reid – and the stooge of the Big Media Party. “Blood will have blood.”

For Americans “the state of the union” are the rusty hinges barely holding together these red/blue United States of North America. Americans tonight will see a flim-flam scam man once again try the ol’ Razzle Dazzle. The wasted year on a hated health scam, the hated Dimocrats increasingly hated, and the Razzle Dazzle buffoonery to convince Americans to “stay the course” after the obvious failure of leadership, will be tonight’s circus entertainment.

But Americans tonight will drink Boston Tea as they sit, clenched jawed, by their televisions and remember the long train of abuses and usurpations inflicted on them in the past year and the previous eight.

Obama will talk of pay freezes for White House workers. But Michelle will not let go of her nail polishers, her foot buffers, her pillow fluffers, the vast army of assistants all, who make her Antoinette existence bearable after the garden pretense. Obama will talk, more words, of fake budget freezes after oceans of spending and wasting and corruptions. But Obama will not release one of his courtiers from the public payrolls – let others suffer, not he.

Americans tonight will see the state of bamboozlement – Obama before the work became “hard”. Obama before the Oceans retreated and the Planet healed. Words, words, words, with necessary profound humility, care for the sick, good jobs for the jobless, the moment the wars ended, America’s image was restored, when we came togetherbut they’re just words, as we warned over and over and over again:

As Hillary warned – Hillary before the planet healed and the oceans retreated and the celestial choirs and Scott Brown:

For many a year we have said:

Obama simply cannot be trusted. Obama cannot be trusted on any issue. Obama cannot be trusted by his friends. Obama cannot be trusted by his enemies. Obama cannot be trusted.

Now, Obama can’t be trusted says Evan Thomas alongside the venomous Colbert King who is the ugliest of Hillary Haters and the most wicked of race-baiters. Now, after he called Obama a “sort of God”, Evan Thomas declares that Obama is “Not Fundamentally Honest” on health care.

Colbert King, the viper of the brood, still defends Barack Obama. Obama and Colbert are increasingly in the minority and not on the basis of skin color. Colbert King is a snake defending a snake. We knew that all along. Even before Obama became a one termer.

Tonight we will see the de-fanged snake coil.


497 thoughts on “State of Obama State of the Union – The One Becomes A One-Termer

  1. Brown to skip State of the Union speech
    Senator-elect wants to finish state work

    Updated: Wednesday, 27 Jan 2010, 2:44 AM EST
    Published : Wednesday, 27 Jan 2010, 2:44 AM EST

    Scott Brown is showing up many places, just not the State of the Union speech.

    The Republican senator-elect says he doesn’t plan to attend President Barack Obama’s first speech on Wednesday because “I don’t even have a business card yet.”

    Brown says he wants to wrap up his work as a Massachusetts state senator and thank people who helped elect him last week to the Senate seat held by the late Edward Kennedy.

    He’s also meeting with local leaders, Gov. Deval Patrick, Boston reporters, ABC-TV’s Barbara Walters and doing a bit for Jay Leno’s NBC comedy show.

    Brown says he’ll answer questions about the speech, but he thinks “it’s inappropriate” for him to be commentating on the president’s remarks.

    He is targeting Feb. 11 for a swearing-in date.

  2. Basil9, Scott Brown will be a presence tonight. His body might not be there, but he will be there. Watch the glowing Republicans, they know he is there.

  3. ‘A real president, Bill Clinton, will be laughing his two-term ass off as he watches Obama truly become “the One” – as in One-Termer.’


    i am SO glad HRC won’t be there.

  4. That’s smart of Brown. He doesn’t want to be the focus. MEchelle would probably tear his sleeves off! How dare he!

    We should have a contest. How many “I” in the speech tonight?

    I say 3 per minute.

  5. I THOUGHT you were speaking metaphorically but wasn’t sure. I wish brown would be there in the ‘flesh’ as well.

    “Hottie McAwesome” is a hunk.



    State of Obama: Is Obama Fatigue Setting in?

    As we await President Barack Obama’s first State of the Union speech, there are clear signs of “Obama fatigue” setting in. Recently I spent a lot of time with some relatives and old friends, so when the president’s happy or frowning visage came on the tube I could gauge the gut-level reactions.

    My family and friends run the gamut of the political spectrum, so they form my own little focus group. The moderates and conservatives are both Republican and Democrat, and most of them actually voted for Obama, convinced by the candidate’s soaring rhetoric and his elderly opponent John McCain’s creaky appearance that the first black president in American history should be given a chance. Yet when Obama’s face came on the tube, every one of them reacted negatively.

    Some shook their heads, kind of smirking. Others were more visceral in their grimaces and body language. They voiced the usual conservative talking points about “big government takeover,” but they also complained about the bailout of wealthy bank executives and auto companies while “the little guy” suffered.

    Some agreed that financial re-regulation was necessary, not only over the conservative punching bags of Fannie and Freddie Mac but also reinstatement of Glass-Steagall-type restrictions between investment and commercial banks. “Make banking boring again,” one said. I even detected an openness among some to try liberal health care solutions like the public option.

    Interestingly, when I pointed out that the Congressional Republicans seem dead set on opposing anything Obama does, most of them agreed. But they were interested in results, not excuses. And the man they had voted for to solve the nation’s problems was bogged down in the swamp of Washington DC. “We elected him to figure this out,” said one. “He hasn’t figured out anything, and the country is going downhill.”

    The reaction of the liberals in the family was even more surprising. Most of them were even more visceral in their disgust with Obama than the conservatives. Having been ecstatic when Obama was voted in, having felt themselves part of a historical wave that had elected what they thought was a transformative figure like Franklin Roosevelt, now they were deeply suspicious.

    “I can’t believe a word he says,” said one. “He completely duped us. On the campaign trail he showed us one face, and now as president another.”

    Interestingly, they were upset over some of the same things as the conservatives, such as the bailout of the banks, lack of strong financial re-regulation proposals, and the inability to solve the health care problem.

    When I pointed out the complexity of the problems he had inherited, including a collapsing economy and a Congress beholden to special interests like health insurance companies, they acknowledged those challenges but didn’t cut Obama any slack. When I pointed out that he needs votes from 60 out of 100 Senators to get anything done — meaning that the 40 Republican senators representing only a third of the nation, joined by a single conservative Democrat or independent, can halt everything — they were impatient.

    “Whatever happened to the Internet presidency, where he was going to mobilize Obama’s army to pressure foot-dragging Democratic senators?” said one liberal friend. “Personally, I don’t think he really cares about the public option, or many other things he said on the campaign trail. He lets the wealthy set the agenda, all these politicians are the same.”

    Remarkably, many of the complaints between the liberals and conservatives were not all that different. They seemed to share common ground in that they wanted solutions to the country’s many challenges. What none of them had patience for was the gripping sense that the country is stalled.

    Despite all of Obama’s soaring oratory about pulling together as a nation to solve deep economic, health care and global warming crises, they all felt Obama is not delivering. Whether his inabilities are related to personal shortcomings or the defects of America’s antiquated political system, they were not much interested. All they were interested in was results. And a year into his presidency, Obama was failing to produce much of those.

    So when seeing Obama on their TV screens, nearly every one of them shook their heads, grimaced, snorted or chuckled, and then quickly changed the channel. I don’t recall George W. Bush reaching this point in his presidency until near the end of his first term. If that’s a bellwether, then Obama is in trouble. His post-election mandate is gone, his 60 votes in the Senate are gone, and what’s left is the tough slog ahead of modest accomplishments. Unfortunately, the country needs much more than that. Fasten your seatbelts, we are in for a long ride.

    [Steven Hill is director of the Political Reform Program for the New America Foundation. His new book, Europe’s Promise: Why the European Way is the Best Hope in an Insecure Age, was published in January 2010 by the University of California Press]

  7. Bravo, Admin!

    Neither bambi,meme, or pelousi will give up any of their “perks.” It’s only the American people who are expected to struggle.

  8. How surprising…NOT!

    Hamas clears itself of UN Gaza war crimes charges
    (AFP) – 4 hours ago

    GAZA CITY — The Islamist Hamas movement said Wednesday it has investigated allegations in a UN report into last winter’s Gaza war and absolved Palestinian armed groups of any atrocities.

    The UN Human Rights Council report authored by the respected former international prosecutor Richard Goldstone accused both Israel and Palestinian groups of war crimes during the devastating 22-day conflict.

    Some 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis were killed during the Israeli offensive aimed at halting rocket attacks from the territory ruled by the Islamist militant group, which is sworn to the destruction of the Jewish state.

    But Hamas, which along with other armed groups has launched thousands of makeshift rockets into southern Israel in recent years, said a committee it appointed to follow up on the report found no intention to harm civilians.

    “The committee worked around the clock to uncover the facts, despite the certainty that there were no violations of international humanitarian law or international human rights law that amount to war crimes,” said the committee head, Hamas justice minister Mohammed Faraj al-Ghul.

    “The Palestinian government has on more than one occasion called on armed Palestinian groups to avoid targeting civilians,” said the report by Hamas, which has claimed scores of deadly suicide bombings against Israeli civilians.

    “(The armed groups) struck military targets and avoided civilian targets, and any accusations related to this concern errant fire.”

    The Goldstone report said the firing of the hard-to-aim rockets at southern Israel deliberately targeted civilians and could constitute a crime against humanity.

    The Goldstone report recommended its findings be referred to the International Criminal Court in the Hague if Israel and Hamas failed to carry out credible, independent investigations.

    Israel has rejected the report as “anti-Semitic” despite the fact Goldstone is Jewish, because the report accuses Israeli troops of deliberately targeting civilians and destroying vital infrastructure.


    Here he is talking to his Middle Class Taskforce (?!), that would be Biden and his own cabinet members, the video is 40+ minutes long and his part is under 5 minutes long at the very end (starts at the 37:00 mark) and he needs his TOTUS!! Look at his robotic rendition of the teleprompter speech for HIS OWN CABINET MEMBERS. This is really something. (SarainItaly has it on NQ).

  10. Is this for real? Found @ bp

    George Soros is turning on Teh One.

    All part of the game. Make the public think that he’s not cupping Soros’ balls anymore.


    Dear Obambi, when YOUR MASSER Speaks you better Fn listen!


    “The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the presidency. It will be easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails us. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president.”

  11. mORE FROM bp

    Jews leaving Dems: ADL’s Foxman Alarmed
    Clarice Feldman

    In my hometown newspaper, notice is finally taken that Jews are growing increasingly disenchanted with the Democratic Party, a move I could hardly have imagined before Obama.

    Barack Obama started his presidency with an astounding 83% approval rating among American Jews. Nine months later, that support had dropped to 64%, and he ended 2009 with a dismal 48% approval rating. The president is clearly no longer on the same page.

    More @ link

  12. Funny response I saw to someone posing the question “Can Obama triangulate like Bill Clinton did?

    Triangulate? Hell, he can’t even walk a straight line!“:

  13. I checked the reuters link but there’s only a short paragraph there about Davos.

    Where’s the rest of the article you cited?

    Has it been scrubbed already?

  14. JanH…your post yesterday on the lack of acknowledgement from our Muslim Pres on Israel’s role in Haiti was much appreciated. I don’t even bother much with the discussing Israel as Obama is so anti-Israeli is actually causes me severe anger/anxiety.

  15. Scott Brown’s light will shine and a glow will be cast over the minority which has tripped the huge boob majority. At every opportune moment the camera will alight upon a smiling Brown then a scowling Michelle, feverish with loathing and envy.


    Yes, right, admin- Michelle IS the mirror reincarnation of Marie Antoinette. In spite of the gigantic entourage installed in the WH as her ladies in waiting attending to her every wish and whim. (looking at herself in the mirror, the racist Michelle asks the mirror, “who is the fairest of them all”…) the hundreds of trusted loyal servants have failed to improve her looks finding couture that flatter her amply growing Oprahesque figure or sweeten in some attempt to disguise her brutish, mannish personality.

    “Now, Obama can’t be trusted says Evan Thomas alongside the venomous Colbert King who is the ugliest of Hillary Haters and the most wicked of race-baiters. Now, after he called Obama a “sort of God”, Evan Thomas declares that Obama is “Not Fundamentally Honest” on health care.”


    Admin- after reading a few paragraphs of King Colbert’s spew, I had to look back at the date of the writing…. 2 years to the day (almost)

    Ah, forced to eat and swallow his own words. Yeppers- aka… King “humble pie” Colbert

    However, Colbert duly stands down from a full frontal confrontation with Thomas over Obama’s blatant dishonesty with the American people. As is as plain as the nose on his face; he too has been bamboozled and had his bank account stripped and promises broken by his idol, the great orator, Obama.

  16. Maybe Hillary should call Elizabeth and Johnny and wish them the best. After all both Elizabeth and Johnny mocked Hillary, and Elizabeth said her marriage was happier than Hillary’s marriage. Johnny lied to Hillary and America when he pretended to be deciding whom to support after he left the race.

    Maybe Hillary should call Elizabeth and Johnny and wish them both “happiness”.

    Former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards and his cancer-stricken wife, Elizabeth, have separated following reports that he fathered a child with a woman who was a former campaign aide.

    Barack Obama

    A source familiar with the situation confirmed on Wednesday that the Edwards had split up.

  17. Just saw it….finally “we” are waking up….it’s a shame we had to wait for him to through Isrel inder the bus and allow Iran to go nuclear before SOME are getting it.

  18. thanks pm317.

    After googling, I found that comment has been making the rounds on blogs since at least December.


    I read a JE sex tape is in the works.


  19. JanH and Jbstonesfan, Let me ask you two, how the heck can Hamas clear itself from war crimes when its hides its military hardware and bombs in Palestinian schools & apt complexes? I am sick of Hamas, Hezbollah and the Palestinians. STFU and learn to get along and you won’t be poor anymore. It is just so freaking simple.

  20. JBStonesFan, there is also the letter on Iran signed by a bunch of Senators today. Iran and the missed deadlines is fast becoming a “weakness” issue for Obama. That is not the only clear sign of “weakness”.

    As we wrote, the Republicans are going to focus on the “terror trial” issue. It’s finally hit them that this is a very big issue. Today Bloomberg is running away from the trials in New York. This is going to blow up, after the polls in Massachusetts showed 65% want military tribunals. Putting aside the question of the issue itself, there is no denying that this is a potent issue for Republicans. Watch Dims distance themselves from Obama on this.


    For the first time, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has spoken out against plans to stage the trial of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, accused mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, at the federal courthouse in Lower Manhattan, joining a growing chorus of people who believe the epic trial will be too disruptive and expensive for the city.

    “It would be great if the federal government could find a site that didn’t cost a billion dollars, which using downtown will,” he told reporters on Wednesday.

  21. I would say that Obama is in real bad shape if daddy Soros is distancing himself from him.

    Why is Soros hanging out in Switzerland so much, I guess they love him there. Places where he is loved is getting fewer and fewer.

  22. Basil9, you are correct and proper when you say “Ewwwwwww” as to the Johnny sex tape. Some of us however will subject ourselves to a full frame by frame, viewing and reviewing, over and over again – just so we can report on it of course. 🙂

  23. The letter we referenced can be found here:

    Key senators from both parties have signed on to a letter, now circulating on the Hill and expected out later today, pressing President Obama to pursue sanctions against Iran, with or without United Nations support.

    The senators — who include Democrats Chuck Schumer, Evan Bayh, and Robert Casey; Republicans Jon Kyl and John McCain; and independent Joe Lieberman — write that it is “imperative to put into action your pledge of increased, meaningful pressure against the Iranian regime.”

    “We believe that it is extremely important for the world to know that the United States means what it says, and that we in fact do what we say we are going to do,” they write, signaling concern that the U.S. is letting deadlines and threats slip, even as Congress moves toward a vote on sanctions.

  24. Mrs. Smith: you asked about why I said what I said about Hoover? If you look at his early history, he was more of a bureaucrat than policeman. I am foggy on the details (and too lazy to do the research) but I think it was probably the John Dillinger case where he made his Bones. The agent of the case was a good investigator and peace officer. His name was Purvis and they did a movie on him starring Dale Robertson. He located the bad guy and effectuated the arrest, but Hoover was there to claim the credit. He was good at that and resented for it in the early days.

    Later, there was a rumor that Hoover and his subordinate Toland were an item and if that was true then it provided a basis for blackmail. What was true was that Hoover refused to acknowledge the existence of a Mafia for many years. Meanwhile his counterpart at Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms Annenberg prepared a black book on the Mafia from the 1940s forward. When Bobby Kennedy became Attorney General Annenberg gave that book to him and he used it move Hoover off the dime. The Joe Valachi testimony before congress also helped momve things forward. Later an Assistant US Attorney named Robert Blakely who later became a law professor at Notre Dame formulated RICO and that allowed them to go after each family as a criminal enterprise rather that just getting the small fish. Also they set up Organized Crime Strike Forces which lasted thirty years until Judge Webster finally ended them.

    By the end of his long career Hoover was quite possibly the most powerful bureaucrat in Washington and he had dossiers on all top political figures. They focused their recruitment efforts on lawyers and accountant in those days and there were many Mormons in their ranks. I have known maybe a dozen of them over the years, which is not many. However, I did work with one of them who was the number 2 man in their New York Office for Soviet Counterintelligence, and he could drink me under the table with no effort.

    The one thing he told me that I always remember is that the FBI does not go after you so much for what you did but for who you are. That is hardly surprising since their resources are limited, and it has been my personal experience that they are mindful of constitutional rights. But there have been times when they have gone rogue. That happened with an agent in Cleveland who got to close to the bad guys, and we saw it as well in their Boston office which engaged in entrapment in order to put members of the New England Mob (Patriarca Family) in jail.

    That is why I was critical of that special agent who started making allegations about the journalist to the press. Why I said it was a mistake. Or it may be part of a scheme of entrapment. I said last night that Mueller is a good man, and today someone pointed out to me that he was not consulted on the bomber thing, and the original claim of the Administration claimed was 30 hours of interrogation turns out to be 15 minutes. One thing we do know. Obama is demonizing the CIA, while treating the FBI as his pet organization. This can be seen in his decision to create a special FBI unit to handle terrorist interrogations and for political gain. That is why we need to find out what happened with the journalist because the early reports about it are not reliable and nobody has all the facts. Until we do honest journalists will keep their power dry. Dishonest ones like Schuster will do what they always do: scream and piss all over themselves.

  25. djia
    January 27th, 2010 at 3:53 pm
    posting the Soros article in it’s entirety. Apparently, it has been rewritten and edited adding other opinions to the analysis as fill from what was edited out of Soros’ original comments.

    Soros said too much in the oped piece and by taking his statements out of context his quotes can be shaded changing their original meaning. Soros gave too much of BO’s current situation away…

    Soros in Davos Endorses Obama’s Bank Plan

    Published: January 27, 2010

    DAVOS, SWITZERLAND — The billionaire investor George Soros said Wednesday that he supported President Barack Obama’s proposal to limit the size of banks, but that it was too early to implement such a plan, and that it did not go far enough.

    Michael Buholzer/Reuters

    George Soros attended a session at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Wednesday.

    Reporters and editors from The New York Times and The International Herald Tribune will be in Davos, Switzerland, reporting on the World Economic Forum from Jan. 27 to Jan. 31.

    Mr. Soros’s comments at the World Economic Forum here clashed with those made earlier in the day by the president of Barclays, Robert E. Diamond Jr., who said that the effects of shrinking banks “on jobs and the economy would be very negative.”

    “There is no evidence that shrinking banks is the answer,” Mr. Diamond said during a panel discussion.

    Mr. Obama’s plan is becoming a focus of discussion among conference participants, from private equity and banking executives to regulators and lawmakers. Among the measures Mr. Obama presented last week was one to prohibit banks that hold deposits from owning or investing in hedge funds or private equity funds.

    While some banking executives fear that such rules would hamper earnings and liquidity in the market, supporters say the plan would reduce the risk of governments having to step in again to bail out banks that were “too big to fail.”

    Mr. Soros said he was “very supportive” of Mr. Obama’s plan but added that it “does not go far enough.”

    “Some banks will spin off investment banks and those will be substantial,” he said at a lunch in the Swiss ski resort. “They then have to be controlled so that they don’t fail.”

    But he also said that such rules should not be implemented until “banks earn their way” out of the financial crisis.

    “This development came too soon because we’re not out of the woods,” Mr. Soros said.

    Appearing on the same panel as Mr. Diamond, Jonathan M. Nelson, chief executive of the private equity firm Providence Equity Partners, raised doubts that smaller banks made for a more stable financial market.

    “Some say less-diversified banks are weaker banks,” he said. “As customers, we like big banks because they can provide us with a variety of products. It would be a shame to reduce them in the name of systemic risk.”

    Instead of splitting up banks, Mr. Diamond said, stricter capital requirements and rules requiring banks to use less leverage and hold bigger pools of liquidity would help make the financial system more stable.

    As an example, he mentioned how Barclays abandoned a plan to buy Lehman Brothers after realizing that had it done so, the bank would no longer be able to fulfill its own capital requirements.

    Mr. Soros warned that now that the financial crisis had largely passed, banks had a desire to “carry on as before,” and he said it was up to regulators to keep that from happening. But he added that regulation — like markets — would never be perfect. “You need to keep regulation to a minimum because it’s worse than markets,” he said, “but you can’t do without it.”

    “What happened was a regulatory failure,” he said.

  26. confloyd
    January 27th, 2010 at 4:12 pm
    JanH and Jbstonesfan, Let me ask you two, how the heck can Hamas clear itself from war crimes when its hides its military hardware and bombs in Palestinian schools & apt complexes? I am sick of Hamas, Hezbollah and the Palestinians. STFU and learn to get along and you won’t be poor anymore. It is just so freaking simple.

    They can do this because the rest of the world, including bambi is giving them a free pass on everything.

  27. The wheels are spinning again…

    A Hillary Clinton Primary Challenge to Obama in 2012?

    January 27, 2010 04:42
    By Peter Roff

    When President Barack Obama asked New York Sen. Hillary Clinton to join his cabinet as secretary of state, the move was widely praised. Clinton, his principal rival for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, added a measure of gravitas to his team of advisers and would, it was suggested, help unite the president’s party at a time the Republicans appeared to be on the verge of complete collapse.

    At the time, comparisons were made to Abraham Lincoln. Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin recounts in her book Team of Rivals how the 16th president of the United States invited others who held leadership claims on the new Republican Party into his cabinet in an effort to present a united front. But Lincoln’s decision to invite his rivals for the 1860 Republican nomination–William H. Seward, Edward Bates, and Salmon P. Chase–into his administration was also a matter of political preservation. Their inclusion in the cabinet kept them inside the tent looking out rather than outside the tent looking in, forcing an alliance with Lincoln as the Union threatened to come apart.

    It will be up to history to judge whether Obama’s selection of Clinton falls in the same category. Whether it does or not depends on what Clinton decides to do.

    She is not, unsurprisingly, speaking publicly about her intentions beyond saying, as she told PBS’s Tavis Smiley in an interview that airs Wednesday night, that she is “absolutely not interested” in running again for president of the United States. But in the same interview Clinton also allows that her current job is a difficult and time-consuming one and that, while she is honored to have it, she cannot see herself serving in the same post in a second Obama administration.

    The ongoing decline in the president’s approval ratings has more than a few Democrats concerned. The Democratic defeats in the Virginia and New Jersey gubernatorial elections and the Massachusetts Senate race have a number of them running scared, in much the same way that the party’s poor performance in 1978 helped propel Sen. Edward M. Kennedy forward to challenge incumbent President Jimmy Carter in 1980.

    The chatter has increased in recent days about Clinton leaving the cabinet sometime in the first term, likely over some matter of principle, so that she can position herself to challenge Obama in 2012. Perhaps it is just wishful thinking on the part of those Democrats who have already grown tired of Obama. What is true is that Clinton can still mobilize the political infrastructure necessary to mount an effective challenge to the sitting president. A primary challenge against a sitting president whose approval numbers are above 50 percent and one mounted against an incumbent who is below 50 percent are two very different things, a fact of which the Clinton political team is surely aware.

  28. You have my deepest appreciation and undying admiration, admin.

    I mean that! Viewing a JE sex tape qualifies one for the medal of valor, IMHO.

    BTW, I am glad Holder’s getting scrutinized. FINALLY! I hope he has to testify before the committee investigating the Xmas panty bomber incident and Holder’s obscene scheme to try him, KSM, the Arkansas soldier killer and Hassan in civilan court is derailed.
    Remember when he called Americans a nation of cowards?

  29. Many blogs are having much merriment and laughter today over the Dim Boob, and his continual insulting of the American electorate and talking down to them. One wag suggests:

    …. at this point….He should also yell “BEER SUCKS”.

  30. Timmeh-in-the-well Geithner got his ass handed to him in hearings on AIG bailout today.

    I love when Timmeh tries the “the regulations wouldn’t let us” excuse, and the guy points out that they were in a national crisis, with a willing Congress changing the regs right and left to give Treasury the power to do whatever they needed to do. So why was AIG sacred, and none of DA RUUUUULZ regarding them could be changed?

    Funny how da ruuuuulz are flexible one minute, and cast in stone the next. Is Timmeh really Donna Brazile? Has anyone ever seen them together?

  31. A friend of mine who knows Indiana and Illinois politics well told me this morning that he is convinced the reason why Mike Pence has suddenly and mysteriously pulled out of the Indiana Senate race–even though he is leading by double digits in the polls is because the Chicago Machine has come up with some dirt on him That dirt is most likely what it usually is, and that does not sit well in a state which is a has a large number of Christian voters. However, what should sit even less well is the presumption that Bayh would authorize this kind of blackmail, assuming his theory is correct. The Chicago Machine is attempting to run the party and this country through the clueless clown Obama, and the end result is exactly what you saw in the response to the detroit bomber which is to say chaos in governance.

  32. Look at how BO greeted Diane Sawyer:
    Basil: that should be made into a photo, with Obama Administration and Big Media as the headline. You are a journalist. Would you mind emailing it to Drudge with that suggestion. Please.

  33. wbboei, I have long thought that the Chicago Machine has dirt on many of the Dems. I’ve seen too many formerly sane ones suddenly and totally reverse themselves to support Obama in whatever he wants to do. I cannot believe that ALL of them are that fickle and shallow.

    They need to be rooted out and defeated, even the ones I’ve always liked, like Bayh. Sorry, but whatever Bayh’s reasons, he is under their sway now, and I want those Chicago thugs DESTROYED and sent packing back to their nasty holes. You’re collateral damage, Evan – too bad for you. Having “blackmail material” in your past disqualifies you from serving as a CIA or FBI agent. Same goes for Congress. If you have indicated to me that you are under the thumb of the SHY-TOWN MOB, then I might feel sorry for you, but you still gotta go.

  34. Let’s not forget the corruption in Chicago and Obama’s pal:

    Broadway Bank, the troubled Chicago lender owned by the family of Illinois Treasurer and U.S. Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias, has entered into a consent order with banking regulators requiring it to raise tens of millions in capital, stop paying dividends to the family without regulatory approval, and hire an outside party to evaluate the bank’s senior management.

    The Jan. 26 consent order with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and the Illinois Division of Banking comes less than a week before Mr. Giannoulias — Broadway’s chief lender and then vice-president from 2002 to 2006 — must face voters in the Democratic primary for the Senate seat previously held by President Barack Obama.

    He’s faced criticism, principally from former city Inspector General David Hoffman, who’s running against him, for his past role at the bank and the $70 million in dividends the family took out of the bank in 2007 and 2008 as the real estate crisis was becoming apparent.

  35. We are not the only ones who have noticed. The main Drudge headline right now (IN RED): HILLARY DECIDES: SKIP STATE OF UNION

    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is missing President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address in order to attend a conference in London, but she is not the only absentee Cabinet member.

    One member of the Cabinet is designated by the White House to ride out the speech in an undisclosed location as a precaution against the possibility of a catastrophe wiping out the rest of the government leadership in the Capitol during the address.

    The White House did not announce in advance of the speech who would be that holdout.

    When Clinton became aware that her planned trip to London — for separate conferences on Yemen and Afghanistan — would coincide with the State of the Union address, aides approached the White House about it.

  36. Birdgal: I am sorry. I thought it as Basil who posted that picture of Obama kissing Sawyer. That picture is so symbolic of the unholy alliance between big media and this administration. That kissey kissey business may or may not work after hours at a dinner reception and then again it may not. But on the set on the eve of an interview it is symptomatic of the sickness that infects the media in this country and as they say one picture is worth a thousand words. Drudge needs to see it and post it with an appropriate headline like Why Big Media Cannot Be Trusted.

  37. One member of the Cabinet is designated by the White House to ride out the speech in an undisclosed location as a precaution against the possibility of a catastrophe wiping out the rest of the government leadership in the Capitol during the address.
    That is not accurate.


    Klein: “Ellie Light’ linked to radical Obama group. Also tied to Huffington Post, Daily Kos

    January 27, 2010 by Brenda J. Elliott

    Aaron Klein, Jerusalem bureau chief for World Net Daily, reports:

    A male health care worker who appears to be “Ellie Light,” the letter writer whose name appeared in newspapers nationwide praising President Obama, also is a diarist for the far-left Daily Kos website and is online friends with an individual tied to a radical pro-Obama group associated with Bill Ayers’ Weatherman terrorist organization.

    Winston Steward (right), 51, of Frazier Park, Calif., told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer he made up the name “Ellie Light” to protect himself from criticism and possible physical attacks from “conservatives.” He said he used fake addresses across the country to get local newspapers to publish his letters.

    Steward was one of several individuals who claimed to be Light. The Plain-Dealer, which published some of Light’s letters, reported Steward’s e-mail address matched the address of Light messages sent to U.S. newspapers. The Plain-Dealer also said it used phone interviews, public records, including those of marriages, property and professional licenses in California and Texas, to track Steward.

    Steward is signed up as a diarist at Daily Kos,

    continues here

  39. The one person selected to stay in a safe place would not be HILLARY CLINTON. My personal opinion is most of them would like to see her gone.

    Wbboei, Do you remember my complaining about the torn meniscus in my knee? If you do you will remember that I don’t have any insurance and I need to go back to work full time. So today I think I found some help. I stopped by the Texas Rehabilitation Commission and they are going to see if I qualify. So I may have some good news. Its terribly painful if you have a job where your on your feet all day.

    I have been praying that the stupid govt. would stop the squabbling and help the American people, Oh yeah, this is American and no one in the Senate and the Congress can get a damn thing done for the exception of giving Pelosi and her buddies and Exxon gas card with a trillion dollar limit on it on the tax payers backs. However, there’s NO HOPE for the average worker in this country.

    Are we live blogging the SOTU speech tonight.

    Do you all remember last year’s speech when the email came out that all the women had to wear red. What the hell is it with this administration when they have color memos. FUCK, there is more pressing fucking shit than that.

  40. djia @ 6:45, This is what I mean, this stupid administration has color memo’s, Ellie Lights and photo ops with Obummer sleeves rolled up, and others with his feet on the desk.

    I will say this again.

    GET TO WORK OBAMA! This country needs a REAL PRESIDENT!!

  41. JanH, That video of Meanchelle saying Hillary can’t keep her own house together, how can she run the WH. Well, I wonder if Meanchelle has ever heard the quote “whatever goes around comes around”? Well Ms. Edwards now has carnal knowledge of that doesn’t she. Once we get Obummer out of the WH, there will be many women with low morals after him, I certainly hope Meanchelle will have a iron clad chasity belt for the one or at least someone who will make sure he walks the line constantly. Ex-President’s are excellent fodder for women who are looking for that kind of game.

  42. Thanks Birdgal. Maybe between what you and I and Basil sent, something will get through. It is a story that needs to be told and the other media competitors would be glad to carry it. As you know NBC filed a complaint alleging preferential treatment by this corrupt administration toward ABC and therefore an allegation of this nature supported by credible evidence will almost certainly strike a nerve and perhaps a revolt against being the same administration stooges they have been up until now.

  43. Jews leaving Dems: ADL’s Foxman Alarmed
    Clarice Feldman

    In my hometown newspaper, notice is finally taken that Jews are growing increasingly disenchanted with the Democratic Party, a move I could hardly have imagined before Obama.

    Barack Obama started his presidency with an astounding 83% approval rating among American Jews. Nine months later, that support had dropped to 64%, and he ended 2009 with a dismal 48% approval rating. The president is clearly no longer on the same page.

    More @ link
    It should be zero support. How many times do people have to get kicked in the gut by somebody before they realize he is not their friend. He is the friend of their mortal adversary. Could anything be clearer?

  44. Confloyd

    I have an OLD torn meniscus, have had since i was 14 but i didn’t really know that was what was causing the occasional painful periods
    until last June, my Right knee “popped” and i have been in extreme pain since. I have since found out after a MRI that mine is dead center and has dished out around it from osteoarthritis.

    I was scheduled for surgery last sept. but with mom needing me to care for her i couldn’t be layed up so i have not had the surgery yet.

    but i did find an alternative treatment i think i am going to try first.

    you might want to check it out too.

  45. Tonight the Fraud is suppose to ask to repel “don’t ask, don’t tell’

    Of course, the most pressing issue of the day….

  46. confloyd,

    I had the bad fortune of seeing the PSA the sleeveless one taped for haiti and i swear, there are very few people who have ugly eyes but hers are grotesque!

    Squat’s eyes are too- slitherly and snaklelike. Can you imagine the two of them ever gazing adoringly at one another? UGH!

    Wbboei, I am far from a journalist – just a lowly scribe trying to learn the craft at the small daily and several weeklies up in this teeny insulated Catskills area.

    Now admin is a journalist! And you are one hell-of-a writer yourself. In fact there are so many excellent writers, in different genres, on this site it is humbling. I’m sure some will be publishing books in the future and I for one am proud of having had the chance to shoot the breeze with them.

    @No Quarter

    By Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy on January 27, 2010 at 5:00 PM in Bamboozling, Bill Clinton, Current Affairs, DNC idiocy, Hoodwinking, President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

    Here we are, the day of President Obama’s first State of the Union address. Oh, yippee. While Obama still enjoys a fair amount of support among Democrats, this man who claimed to be the big Uniter, rammed down our throats by the DNC over OUR choice, ain’t doing so well in the polls. But this particular one is especially ironic since the DNC claimed Hillary Clinton was too divisive, and would never get elected. Want to guess who has the largest differential between the two parties of any president EVER in his first year???? That’s right, that would be Obama. “That One” who claimed he would end partisan politics, change the tone in Washington, D.C., blah, blah, blah. Well, he has certainly done that – he has made it more divisive than it was before. Way to go, DNC!!! Way to pick them!

    Maybe the DNC should have actually cared about who was voting for Hillary Clinton, who was crossing over party lines to support her. But no, they were hellbent on destroying her (and Bill), so now we have Obama. Great.

    It is for that reason, the partisan, closed door meetings, the attempts to shove legislation down our throats we don’t want, and so many, many more, that Will Bower wrote the following, An Open Letter to Secretary Clinton: Save Us from Obama, for Huffington Post recently. I think many of us share Mr. Bower’s sentiment. He writes:

    Madame Secretary Clinton,

    It’s time for you to save your party — and your country — from Barack Obama.

    You have been doing a remarkable job as Secretary of State, but now we need you as the new head of the Democratic Party … and as our next President of the United States.

    I know that it would be virtually unprecedented for a party nomination to be handed to a challenger over an incumbent, but it was unprecedented in 2008 when the party apparatus selected their then preferred candidate over the will and popular vote of the Democratic majority.

    You were the rightful candidate then, you are the rightful head of the Democratic Party today, and you would be taking your rightful place as the nominee and president you were meant to become.

    Every warning and critique you gave us in regard to Barack Obama has come to fruition. You were correct in every debate, in every political advertisement, and in every interview.

    We are where we are today because too many refused to listen to you.

    Only Smart Power can save us now, and you are the perfect person to bring us that much needed commodity. Just log into Facebook and you’ll see the numerous “Hillary Clinton for 2012″ groups springing to new life. A multitude of your supporters are ready to bring about the change that was falsely promised by your opponent in 2008. You got more votes than he did in 2008, and you can get more votes than him again in 2012.

    One might warn you that this would only serve to divide the party, leaving the presidency open to takeover by the opposition. Because of your steadfastness during this past primary season, you were given that same warning then, but your party went on to victory all the same.

    We tried it their way then. Now, it’s time to try it your way.

    In the upcoming midterm elections of 2010, your party will pay the price for its lack of vision. There is little to stop that now. Once that happens, more of a balance will be restored, and both your party and your country will be ready to move forward once again — with you at the helm — to a truly better future.

    Thank you, Madame Secretary. We’ll be standing by.

    Indeed we will. And if, for some reason, anyone needs a reminder as to why we supported Hillary Clinton in the first place, this video sums it up beautifully:

    Let’s help Obama fulfill his dream of being a “really good one-term president” (when are you thinking about getting started on that “really good” part?) rather than a mediocre two-term president (though he may just qualify as a “mediocre one term president”). I think if we all work together, we CAN help him leave office in 2012, whether it is on a good note or not. Well, I’m thinking it will be the latter if Year One is any indicator. That is all the more reason to get someone in there who can LEAD, who cares about the country and the people in it, one who is truly a populist leader, not just one who is now trying to act like one. That would be Madame Secretary, no doubt about it. Yes, let’s make this just one term for Barack Obama.

    Don’t you agree?

  48. confloyd,

    And don’t forget Elizabeth’s comments that she believed she was happier and had a more joyful life than Hillary did.

  49. The boob will “call on Congress” tonight to end DADT. Of course, he could stop it being enforced via executive order, but he needs to get teh gayz back without having to actually DO anything for them.

    The boob will speak very passionately about this. The obots will swoon. He will punt it to Congress, and nothing will be done,

  50. “Maybe the DNC should have actually cared about who was voting for Hillary Clinton, who was crossing over party lines to support her. But no, they were hellbent on destroying her (and Bill), so now we have Obama. Great.”


    & I’m just wondering if everyone here thinks Hillary should run again?

  51. Djia, Thanks I will ask the otho about that. I did not know about this.

    Is it your left knee? Mine is and you would be surprised how many people who ride horses have left knee problems when they are older. I also got kicked very close to my knee about 15years ago and I am sure that did not help. I also used to run 2 to 3 miles everyday and that did not help, but its to the point that I can’t even put any weight on it.

  52. …I will be sipping my White tea tonight (less caffeine and lots of anti-bamadotes) while the teleprompter used Obummer again!!! Hmmmm, wonder what I can do with thsoe pesky teabags? At 10:30 ET tonight I have signed up to be with Joe Wilson on FaceBook. I RSVP’s Joe Wilson earlier today.

  53. Amen!

    & I’m just wondering if everyone here thinks Hillary should run again?

    Only if she wants to. She may be thinking about future grand children and wanting time to spend with them.

  54. JanH
    January 27th, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    And don’t forget Elizabeth’s comments that she believed she was happier and had a more joyful life than Hillary did.

    Well now she can happily bounce her new step daughter on her knee! How joyful indeed!

  55. JanH, Yeah, it looks like Elizabeth has a happier life than Hillary. Hillary just realizes that people are people and they make mistakes and of coarse Hillary has the ability to REALLY forgive someone unlike Elizabeth.

    I have to say if Hillary did not forgive and forget how in the heck would she even speak to a republican, much less count some of them her friend.

    Hillary seems to be a very happy person and is happy with Bill, whatever his indiscretions may or may not be.

  56. Wbboei, I am far from a journalist – just a lowly scribe trying to learn the craft at the small daily and several weeklies up in this teeny insulated Catskills area
    Compared to what passes for journalism today, you are better off being a lowly scribe. As a lowly scribe you can maintain yours integrity. Sadly, many journalists today have no honor. Happily there are those rare exceptions–like David Schuster. He is a man of fine manners, punctilious courtesy and the nicest sense of personal honor. An object lesson for journalists, but not for lowly scribes. Justice Steward was once asked to define pornography and he demurred. He said I cannot define it but I know it when I see it. I can define it in two words. David Shuster–the best argument I can think of for euthanasia

    Did you send something to drudge on the Sawyer smooch–make it something racy and he might print it.

  57. If Hillary runs, I will be there to work hard for her. But, who could blame her if she did not run again? It would be a truly historic moment WHEN this really smart, dedicated, patriotic woman who knows her sh!t backward, forward, and sideways gets to be the FIRST woman president for the USA!!!! I hope I get to see it happen in my lifetime.

  58. Beware! Excerpts of the Obama publicity stunt tonight:

    We face big and difficult challenges. And what the American people hope – what they deserve – is for all of us, Democrats and Republicans, to work through our differences; to overcome the numbing weight of our politics. For while the people who sent us here have different backgrounds and different stories and different beliefs, the anxieties they face are the same. The aspirations they hold are shared. A job that pays the bill. A chance to get ahead. Most of all, the ability to give their children a better life.

    You know what else they share? They share a stubborn resilience in the face of adversity. After one of the most difficult years in our history, they remain busy building cars and teaching kids; starting businesses and going back to school. They are coaching little league and helping their neighbors. As one woman wrote to me, “We are strained but hopeful, struggling but encouraged.”

    It is because of this spirit – this great decency and great strength – that I have never been more hopeful about America’s future than I am tonight. Despite our hardships, our union is strong. We do not give up. We do not quit. We don’t allow fear or division to break our spirit. In this new decade, it’s time the American people get a government that matches their decency; that embodies their strength. And tonight, I’d like to talk about how together, we can deliver on that promise.

    By the time I’m finished speaking tonight, more Americans will have lost their health insurance. Millions will lose it this year. Our deficit will grow. Premiums will go up. Co-pays will go up. Patients will be denied the care they need. Small business owners will continue to drop coverage altogether. I will not walk away from these Americans. And neither should the people in this chamber.

    Rather than fight the same tired battles that have dominated Washington for decades, it’s time for something new. Let’s try common sense. Let’s invest in our people without leaving them a mountain of debt. Let’s meet our responsibility to the people who sent us here.

    To do that, we have to recognize that we face more than a deficit of dollars right now. We face a deficit of trust – deep and corrosive doubts about how Washington works that have been growing for years. To close that credibility gap we must take action on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue to end the outsized influence of lobbyists; to do our work openly; and to give our people the government they deserve.

    That’s what I came to Washington to do. That’s why – for the first time in history – my Administration posts our White House visitors online. And that’s why we’ve excluded lobbyists from policy-making jobs or seats on federal boards and commissions.

    But we cannot stop there. It’s time to require lobbyists to disclose each contact they make on behalf of a client with my Administration or Congress. And it’s time to put strict limits on the contributions that lobbyists give to candidates for federal office. Last week, the Supreme Court reversed a century of law to open the floodgates for special interests – including foreign companies – to spend without limit in our elections. Well I don’t think American elections should be bankrolled by America’s most powerful interests, and worse, by foreign entities. They should be decided by the American people, and that’s why I’m urging Democrats and Republicans to pass a bill that helps to right this wrong.

    I’m also calling on Congress to continue down the path of earmark reform. You have trimmed some of this spending and embraced some meaningful change. But restoring the public trust demands more. For example, some members of Congress post some earmark requests online. Tonight, I’m calling on Congress to publish all earmark requests on a single website before there’s a vote so that the American people can see how their money is being spent.

  59. Speaking of grandchildren, I have a Chelsea anecdote from the White House days. Chelsea got sick at school one day and was sent to the school nurse who offered to call her parents to come get her. “Call my dad,” Chelsea said, “Mom’s too busy.”

    You know it’s true. LOL

  60. The excerp of his speech tonight just on Fox. Obama is going to say that we (americans) don’t trust Washington. Its bullshit, we don’t trust him. He just can’t accept the fact that we don’t trust HIM!

    He needs to get in touch with his inner self! He needs to let his inner self tell him he is a POS and then he needs to accept it. Then maybe he could change.

  61. Wow – that speech is almost completely at odd with what Obama actually does. Oh, the cognitive dissonance is growing!

  62. I think RRR at no quarter forgot about Hillaryis44 (fondly known as Big Pink). We did not have to spring up, as we never left HRC side.

  63. “We face a deficit of trust…” Who is it that cannot be trusted? Who is it that has squandered us into a massive dollar deficit too? Who could that be? Hmm? Who?

  64. He’s trying to do the “little underdog against Big Bad Washington politics” schtick again, completely clueless that that doesn’t work anymore.

  65. We cannot believe that he will actually say what is written in his speech. He even borrows from Bob Herbert (who was taking about Obama!) with the phrase “credibility gap”. Shameless.

  66. admin
    January 27th, 2010 at 7:38 pm
    “We face a deficit of trust…” Who is it that cannot be trusted? Who is it that has squandered us into a massive dollar deficit too? Who could that be? Hmm? Who?

    Whatever he says, I don’t believe, because Obama cannot be trusted by friend or foe. He is a pathological liar. He has no credibility with me at all.

  67. His actions as president are genuinely shocking. I don’t think any of us are used to think of Democrats as operating with this level of duplicity. This is Reagan-level bullshit.

    You will never convince me that his candidacy wasn’t arranged for by Republicans – and yes, I know that bigwigs in the Dem party were pushing him as well. But I smell a rat and that rat is named Rove.

  68. I am going to a stress management class tonight. The only stress in my life is watching Bambi destroy the country. Like Hillary I will avoid the State of Disunion Speech. Nothing he says can be believed. The only thing he is good for is chaos.

  69. To close that credibility gap we must take action on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue to end the outsized influence of lobbyists; to do our work openly; and to give our people the government they deserve
    Huh? What happened to C-Span?

  70. I don’t think I can stand to watch SOTU. Nor can I stand to talk, think or write about that POS POTUS.

    It’s sickening that he’s the CIC. I’m going to rely on the always perceptive and ROTF funny comments of the 44 crew for live blogging reports.

  71. …posting before Smiley interview. This news is enough to send Soros and his Swiss banker buddies into a tailspin…

    Bankers unite against Barack Obama and Gordon Brown in call for world regulation


    Bankers stood shoulder-to-shoulder at the Swiss ski resort of Davos to try to prevent a scatter-gun approach to new financial regulation by different countries.

    They united against Barack Obama’s threat to break up banks and Gordon Brown’s growing enthusiasm for a Tobin tax on all financial market transactions.

    The Standard Chartered chief executive, Peter Sands, warned against over-regulating the private sector and stifling economic recovery. “The stakes are very high,” he said. “If we get it wrong in one dimension, we will end up stifling growth. If we get it wrong in the other dimension we end up with another crisis.

    “The idea that banking is getting back to business as usual is a misunderstanding. Banking has fundamentally changed. There is an acceptance that things will have to continue to change.”

  72. I find it freaking hilarious that after all the backroom deals, he touts the HISTORIC fact that he releases the WH visitors list.

    That is just too freaking funny for words! 😀

  73. Wbboei!

    “I am going to a stress management class tonight. The only stress in my life is watching Bambi destroy the country. Like Hillary I will avoid the State of Disunion Speech. Nothing he says can be believed. The only thing he is good for is chaos.”

    That’s what I mean! Clean-up on Catskill keyboard! Anyway, I’m going to do something REALLY unoproductive – watch American Idol (the REAL one) and call it an early night.

  74. It is not the level of duplicity that bothers me. I see that as simply a means to an end. What bothers me is the utter abandonment of the American People and the unabashed embrace of big business interests who are feasting on their bones.

  75. Admin

    Oh. My. God. Talk about tone deaf. Holy shit.

    It is a sad moment, but I love my children more than anything and still care deeply for Elizabeth.

    Does this mean he is going to settle down with Rielle? Oh lord.

  76. From BP…Interesting

    132: The Number of Times Obama Refers to Himself in One Speech


    Obama: ‘I didn’t sign off on those shady health care deals.’ Really?
    By: John McCormack
    Weekly Standard
    01/26/10 1:17 PM EST
    Mary Katharine Ham notes that President Obama tells ABC:

    “Let’s just clarify. I didn’t make a bunch of deals [on health care]. … 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.”

    But the Washington Post reported on December 20 that Obama’s top aides were involved in the negotiations with Nelson:

    Schumer, who spent more than 13 hours in Reid’s office Friday, said the Medicaid issue was settled around lunchtime, and the final eight hours of the talks focused on the abortion language. Boxer estimated she spent seven hours in Reid’s offices — without ever once sitting in the same room, even though they were all of 25 steps apart.

    Reid and Schumer kept up the “shuttle negotiation” between the leader’s conference room and his top aide’s office, Boxer said. Keenly aware how tense the talks were, the White House dispatched two aides who together have decades of experience in the Senate — Jim Messina and Peter Rouse — to work with Nelson. They relayed their intelligence to White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, who monitored the talks from a dinner in Georgetown.

    Perhaps Messina and Rouse just showed up to provide the “Christmas cookies” that Reid and Schumer chowed down to sustain themselves during the tense negotiations, but it’s hard to believe that Obama’s aides didn’t sign off on both the abortion and Medicaid backroom deals.

    Michelle Malkin sums it up:

    The unmitigated chutzpah here is so blinding that I don’t just need sunglasses to protect my eyes. I need blackout curtains. Watch President Obama blame Congress for Demcare bribery and sabotage of transparency. As if Rahm and all the senior goons in the White House weren’t twisting arms and cracking heads to ensure that the deal met their boss’s timeline. As if the Cadillac tax break for unions hadn’t been hashed out at 1600 Pennsylvania.

  77. HillaryforTexas
    January 27th, 2010 at 7:50 pm
    I find it freaking hilarious that after all the backroom deals, he touts the HISTORIC fact that he releases the WH visitors list.

    If I remember right, they had to be pressured to do even that!

  78. basement angel
    January 27th, 2010 at 8:00 pm
    You don’t think Edwards is going to do a reality show, do you?

    I think it would be X-rated and not appropriate for television viewing. It might be more appropriate on the Playboy channel.

  79. It is a sad moment, but I love my children more than anything and still care deeply for Elizabeth
    Dear John-

    We love you too John. Your courage under fire and personal integrity are an object lesson for the rest of us–especially the children.

    By the way who is your registered agent for service of process? We have another little tyke in a different city just waiting to tell you my heart belongs to daddy.

    P.S. Thank you for leading us down the primrose path

    PPS: We are attaching a lien to your mansion just to make sure we get paid.

  80. A thought from another blog. If Edwards had not been in the Iowa race, Hillary would have sealed it there more than likely.

    And all this sh*t would just be a nightmare that didn’t happen.

  81. Jawa’s Theory on O’Keefe: He Wanted to Discover if Landrieu Had Shut Off Her Phones to Prevent Her Office From Receiving Calls From Angry Constituents

    Since everyone else is running with their smears, hopes, fears, rampant wild speculation (a lot documented at Patterico’s site), etc., I thought I’d throw our what I think is a somewhat reasonable theory as to what James O’Keefe and company were doing in Sen. Landrieu’s office.
    Looking at the affidavit, I noticed an interesting fact on page 2, section 6:

    BASEL requested to be given access to a telephone in the office, and WITNESS 1 allowed him access to the main telephone at the reception desk. WITNESS 1 observed BASEL take the handset of the phone and manipulate it. BASEL also tried to call the phone with a cellular phone in his possession. He stated that he could not get through.
    Now. If Basel is telling the truth, then it lends credence to the fact that people calling the reception desk telephone at Landrieu’s office could also not get through to the main phone.

    As such, I am postulating that the group was trying to document (with video camera) that Landrieu’s office had either disconnected or re-routed the phones to deflect incoming calls – hence, why they couldn’t get through. There have been anecdotal reports that Landrieu’s office has received complaints that it has been inaccessible by phone, particularly around the time when she was bought off by the Democrats for the now-infamous Louisiana Purchase.

    On A side note…from Ace

    I don’t think that would even be “interference” with phone lines — in as much as he wasn’t trying to interfere with, or even change or even touch, anything. Just photograph how her phone lines were routed.

    Could be a penny-ante trespassing charge or some kind of mischief beef. But if that’s the case, if Jawa’s right, then seems like a fairly minor misdemeanor.

  82. gonzotx, if that’s true, then Big Media just got played. They refused to cover the ACORN sting story, but they salivated all over the “wiretapping” story, and made it news.

    Now they will have to cover the follow-up to what actually happened, and tell the story of how our representatives don’t want to hear from their constituents.

    It may not be true, but if it is, it will be news.

  83. Well I have 2 jiggers of whiskey left in my coughing medicine bottle, so I am mixing it up with some coke and am going to put on my boots so I will be prepared for the knee deep BS that Obama is going to spout. I would watch Hillary, but I am not sure what channel it comes on here in nowhereland.

  84. HillaryForTexas,

    There was nothing to cover in the ACORN sting story. The tapes were visibly edited. The team was cutting and editing between questions and answers. Add to that that no one did anything that was actually illegal, and you’ve got nothing. Not knowing how to handle some rightwing yahoo pretending to be a pimp so you go along with their pretense isn’t a crime. I’ve seen the tapes. No one took that idiot at face value.

  85. basement angel, You are the first person on this blog to agree with me that Bambi had the help of the republicans to get him in office.

  86. I can’t believe that he has the chutzpah to talk about lobbiests when the Pharma lobbiest he featured in his ads is listed 11 times on the White House visitors logs.

    He’s gonna get skewered by Drudge.

  87. basement angel

    I saw those tapes too and the Acorn people CLEARLY went out of their way to try to help the two fraud the Gov…

  88. Obama is the Jessica Fletcher of the political world, wherever he turns up like Jessica, someones political career gets killed. He won’t be getting anymore invites.

  89. gonzotz – I’m a filmmaker. I know what edited tapes look like. What you saw was entirely fiction. It’s easy to do if you know what you’re doing. If you watch the interviews that Colbert does with elected officials in their office, they handled their interviews the same way. It was completely deceptive. And if you have editing facilities, as I do, and you look at the audio, it’s crystal clear what they are doing. Nothing you saw was real. They went to the ACORN offices, and asked a series of questions, videotaping their responses. Then they came back to their offices, and inserted different questions. That’s what you saw.

    Unless you have straight uncut video of both parties, which these people did not have, you have nothing.

    This is exactly what Gennifer Flowers did to Bill with the tape recorded phone messages. It was entirely dishonest.

  90. Hi all

    I have not been on for a while. I have been busy. It is tax time. I have never seen so many people come in with unemployment forms. It seems everyone is being laid off. They are mad and talking about O. I ask some if they were going to watch his state of the union address. All said no. All they want is a job.

    Yes my TV is turned off. I don’t want to see or hear anything this man has to say.

    I will get my report here on Big Pink.

  91. Hillary was wonderful. Not to spoil anything for anyone watching it later, but her answers were succinct and well done.

  92. Two-tone wine colored dress that clashes. Of coarse Meanchelle is always dressed to perfection.

    Nasty is in baby blue.

  93. Sleeves…check
    Skirt on dress….makes ME-chelle’s backside look as wide as a
    26 cubic feet French Door frig

  94. LOL! Comment on the confluence from someone who just watched Hillary:

    OK, now that we’ve watched the grown up for an hour…..who’s up for watching junior saying the dog ate his homework???

  95. Southern Born, yes her butt looks huge in that dress. You’d think she would see that when she looks at the clips.

  96. None of this is me…..been this way for years…… cue all the many ways he is one of us… he slaps at Washington and its partisanship…..

    Pssssst! Obama! You ARE Washington now! You won the election, asshole!

  97. Is he ever going to get around to any actual policies that will fix this shit, other than “Hope”?

  98. When the Dems took the program over they made it more transparent…is that what he actually said….MORE TRANSPARENT?

  99. Southern Born, Nancy was yawning too. He has them drugged. They too can’t stomach listening to him. He lied to them too.

  100. Now he’s pumping that stimulus bill. So far his great achievements are an extra 60 bucks in a few paychecks, and a stimulus that the country hates that stimulated nothing.

    Wooooo, that’s a resume!

  101. He is going to get burned for this speech. Most Americans think the stimulus was a scam and the response will be “are you kidding?”

    Now he wants to burn through more money with Stimulus scam II. More money for Chicago ward heelers.

  102. I’d rather do one hour with Pelosi in bed than listen to this guy, thats how bad its become and I’d have to pluck out both eyes first.

  103. Yawn….it;s the same infrastructure and green jobs promises from the campaign. Hey, BOZO, why have you not DONE any of it yet?

  104. The Chinese government is adding up all this additional spending with an abacus. They just switched to a supercomputer to keep up with the numbers. It is their money after all.

  105. He is so full of shit – he always makes sure to include Clinton with Bush in that “decade” crap.

  106. Obama vows to make job growth his top priority…….

    its only taken him 14 months since he took office in the middle of a recession to realise that, arsehole.

  107. This is sad — he doesn’t know how to do anything except run against “the Man.” It’s just so laughable when he IS the Man.

  108. Now he is attacking financial lobbyists, but not the ones he hired and brings in by the back door. Who is he kidding?

  109. He wants a bill on his desk, well he still hasn’t got the HCR bill on his desk, why don’t he just tell them the bill he wants?? WHy?? He doesn’t know!

  110. He does not seem to understand that millions have lost jobs. A few thousand jobs purchased at the cost of trillions is not a good investment. He squandered trillions and now wants more money from the Senate.

  111. Down, Nancy, down girl. She almost leaped out of her chair when BO mentioned…what was it cap and trade? My mind is wandering…can’t listen to BO’s words.

  112. Now would be a perfect time for a minor earthquake with its epicentre right under the capital building. Oh Shucks and with Hillary in London, who’d have to step in…hmmmm.

  113. Now he’s talking about enforcing free trade agreements. Didn’t he say during the campaign he would rework NAFTA? Of course he did. New vinegar in old wine bottles.

    All we are getting is recycled bromides and platitudes.

  114. What’s that silver thing on Nancy’s side? It looks like a mini bar set while Joe has one glass set on a napkin. Sorry…told you my mind is wondering.

  115. I can’t stand to listen to him, so I have the mute button on, but the visuals are just as nauseating. His body language is soooo arrogant and condescending. I hape that chin up in the air pose. Ewwww…..

  116. He did say drill baby drill.

    Mop, lets not wish for a minor, lets go for the big one, it’ll be easier to clean out all the filth, it will be buried. Hillary is safe in London.

  117. Now he wants to forgive college loans. A lovely idea, but not once do we hear how he pays for any of this NUTopia. Pay the bills first. Of course, he already gave most of the money away to his pals and banks.

  118. BO took on healthcare because he was SO concerned about the lives of so many Americans. How long can his nose grow.

  119. Now he’s trying to sell us on his piece of crap HCR that the voters have made clear they despise.

  120. One only has to look at all the shit he promised on the campaign trail and never bothered his ass doing to see how any of this works out.

  121. Just wanted to say “hello” to you all after a long time! Admin, I read all your posts and everyone’s comments… how prescient your analysis has been. Sadly, more and more often I listen to the lamentations from my friends about “the one’s” exceedingly lame, corrupt and mendacious performance. And, here we are, one year later listening to the exact same speech Bambi gave at every campaign stop in ’08. The more things “change” the more they stay the same. I’m with Moon, I can scarcely stand the sound of his voice or the constant smug look down the nose. However, I have to listen (with you all here to make it bearable) in order to have mocking rights tomorrow. 😉

  122. NO, you smug asshat, most Americans do not wonder “what’s in it for me?” MOST of us actually care if it works, if we can pay for it, and if it’s good for our country.

    Don’t assume we are all selfish pricks just because you are.

  123. He says he takes his share of the blame for not explaining his health scam. How many more speeches does he intend inflicting on us?

    He’s pushing what is now hated.

  124. I’ve never seen a more arrogant performance in a state of the union by a president in my lifetime and I’m in my fifties…

  125. We’re only 50 minutes into this hell. Now, it’s government spending.

    He doesn’t mention Bill Clinton was the one who left the surplus. And it’s blame game time again, deserved, but he said he would not blame game.

  126. He says, “…. small businesses have weathered the recession and are ready to grow again…” I know at least one dozen people who have had to shutter their businesses and retire early or sell their homes, or cobble together part-time jobs. He really doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

  127. lets start tightening your belt by not going on dates with Meanchelle, cut Nasty’s gas card would be nice.

  128. As usual talk is cheap. He can say he’ll freeze spending after already spending trillions financed by China. The deficit has quadrupled since he took office.

  129. Sometimes I hope and pray that none of this is real, that I’m plugged into the matrix and its all a computer simulation.

    Then the cat bites me and I realise this dickhead is really the President.

  130. Whew. Now he’s calling for a bipartisan commission. He refuses to pass this on to another generation…WHAT?

  131. This is from Althouse. Did you guys see what she saw?

    8:45. Michelle. Oh, my! What does that expression on her face mean? I get a chill and imagine she hates him. I’ll go back and get a photograph of this later.

  132. He’s mentioned the surplus twice, but still cannot speak Clinton’s name. A Repub would have invoked Reagan 10 times by now.

  133. Illinois Underground, I have a deadline for him, he either starts working or his ass is gone in 12′, sooner if we can dig up some crap on him.

  134. “Continue” down the path to earmark reform? How about “start?” And, re bi-partisanship, he’s spent the last year telling the GOP to pound sand!

  135. Last week wasn’t “campaign fever” you dolt. You just can’t take that the people are rejecting YOUR agenda.

  136. moononpluto
    January 27th, 2010 at 10:00 pm
    birdgal, how can you tell, she has a permanent scowl on, she has the facial expressions of a wounded wolf

    Yes, she does. Something is bugging her tonight.

    Still watching it on mute and the body language is arrogant and phoney.

  137. He needs a time-out until the end of his term…no hoops…and his golf clubs and privileges revoked.

    Maybe he can work in the garden with meeeechellle’s slaves.

  138. Well he’s making a brand new bunch of grudges now! Keep it up and nothing will ever get done.

    He is soooo fulll of himself!

  139. H4T, that’s all he knows how to do… lecture US about how WE feel, how WE should act, the problems he inherited, what is wrong with the system…. so far, no evidence of any problem solving. Blame, blame, blame.

  140. His deliver is better , but the speech plays us(Americans ) as fools and throws out red herrings to deflect from the abject failure of his 1st yr in office. I’m sure it will be called the “speech of his lifetime” shortly by MSNBC anchors and Eugene Robinson.

  141. He is following the Iraq plan and timeline that Bush left him, to a tee. He gets no credit for ending shit.

  142. I’m glad I watched the Smiley/Hillary interview. Our girl answered every “loaded” question Smiley threw at her honestly and perfectly to his satisfaction, where a follow-up question (by Smiley) attempting to gain an edge had been totally eliminated because of the length and breath of Hillary’s response.

    The experience the SOS position has given Hillary has served her well. She has been well received throughout the world. If it’s even possible to believe Hillary redoubling a broadening of her horizons yet again- Merging her gubernatorial and executive First Lady experience with her Senatorial skills as she served her NY constituency. Then within the span of a year blooming into this colossal one of a kind mega super star diplomat. Someone who makes us proud to be Americans. Someone who is capable of fixing what is wrong with America. Someone we need to take charge of this country asap- it was gratifying seeing the ease in which Hillary operates when in action. (18 out of 24 hrs a day)

    If you notice, the very last few words you hear as they are rolling the credits at the end of the special has Smiley hitching Obama’s wagon to Hillary’s success. now-now. tsk, tsk!

  143. Notice that he never links Clinton’s name to that surplus he touts, but he has no problem uttering “Reagan”.

  144. Did I see this right? He mentioned MO and Jill Biden doing something about Veterans welfare and everybody stood up to applaud Jill Biden?

  145. Mrs Smith,

    If you notice, the very last few words you hear as they are rolling the credits at the end of the special has Smiley hitching Obama’s wagon to Hillary’s success. now-now. tsk, tsk!

    Meanchelle watched that and shes pist.

  146. Yeah, they are prosecuting a dead man here in texas for raping a black girl. Now that’s worth the money. It happened in 1950, and the man that did it is dead.

  147. George Will on ABC says Obama last year said jobs was priority #1. Donna Brazile is on defense and a very strong chair.

  148. Did you all see how Jill Biden got the standing ovation but MO didn’t for what she started with Biden.. it was weird. Even MO was the one of the last to stand up.

  149. Krauthammer on Fox is saying that BO is still blasting “Washington” as in “the establishment” when he’s one of them.

  150. Charles Krauthammer just sadi it was a strange speech. After a year, BO IS Washington although he tried to blame Washington.

  151. Kennedy paying his respects and BO turns on his heel and snubs him. Kennedy looked like he had an altercation with a door or the floor.. gashy cut over the bridge of his nose.

  152. Juan Williams says it worries him that he’s trying to intimidate any particular branch of government. Trying to spin that BO is reaching out to “Scott Brown independents.” Can’t wait to hear the GOP response.

  153. One commmentator on Fox pointed out that his assertion that “he’s never been more hopeful” sounds inauthentic, given the environment and dismal outcomes of the first year.

  154. I’ve never seen a president scold the SCOTUS like that before. Even if you hate that decision, it is inappropriate for a state of the union speech, IMO.

  155. PM – I see, thanks.
    H4T – BO has been bad-talking the SCOTUS constantly since the hour the decision was handed down.

  156. H4T, from Althouse:

    8:57. He’s bitching about the Supreme Court — about the Citizens United case — while the Justices are sitting right in front of him. They all look pretty poker-faced, except Samuel Alito who mouths some words. I’ll have to go back and try to lip read that.

  157. #
    January 27th, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Mrs. Smith, Obama doesn’t need the Kennedy’s anymore.


    Isn’t it wonderful? I for one am thrilled the dynasty is finally dead. Maybe Patrick will consider early retirement. Give him more time to concentrate on Rehab on his own time rather than the taxpayers. I’m sick of looking at his dilated pupils!

  158. Possibly the best Republican response ever. He’s talking jobs. And he’s talking about what elected himself and Scott Brown – fiscal sanity. He takes on Obama’s words. Succient and to the point. Compare this to Jindal’s disaster of the past year. Smart move to give McDonnell this spot.

  159. McDonnell has more affect and emotion to his voice and body language. Reading from a teleprompter, but at least it is eye contact.

  160. Good comment from earlier on TC:

    “God, I hate Obama speeches. They’re all like, “We need to build giant machines that suck up carbon dioxide at a rapid rate! We need to hire a therapist for Osama Bin Laden!” omg Barack ur so rite!”

  161. Admin: I just thought the same thing. Since your last post, he just summarized goals for education, veterans, national security. In 3 more minutes. Nice application of Scott Brown quote.

  162. I can see why McDonnell won in VA. Seems very personable. Scott Brown is getting a lot of press tonight. I hope he can live up to it.

  163. PamInPa, are you sure Alito didn’t say “he’ll regret those words slapping us after we get through with him”? 🙂

  164. I notice another trend with the republicans, McDonnell’s daughters campaigned for him, Brown’s daughters did the same, it seems they are going after the women vote and expect a woman VP in the next time around (won’t be Palin).

  165. Admin: If that were only true.

    Frankly, I thought it was very unbecoming for a President to criticize the Supreme Court like that. Whether you agree or not with the decision, it was pretty unseemly and VERY unprofessional… and did not reflect well on our country.

  166. Not “crazy” at all Illinois Underground. McDonnell/Brown though unlikely are a good model for the Republicans. Throw in Rubio and Palin and the Republicans have potential candidates. The D’s only have Hillary.

  167. Do you think they are actually going to start putting up some nuc power plants??

    I missed the high speed railroad, can anyone fill me in on that, the dog started barking so I missed it.

  168. Admin, Not a peep about Guantanamo. Whatta shock.
    Confloyd, I’m shocked that BO hasn’t done anything about nukes. Excelon financed his career for that purpose.

  169. I don’t have a problem with Nuc power, that would put lots of folks to work building these things. My husband was in on a couple of them. Of coarse Brown & Root aka. Haliburton built them.

  170. H4T, his daughter did ads for his campaign.. These younger women are modern and career oriented and watch them make it more palatable to vote for their republican dads (they are going beyond abortion debate.) Smart, if you ask me.

  171. confloyd
    January 27th, 2010 at 9:58 pm
    Illinois Underground, I have a deadline for him, he either starts working or his ass is gone in 12′, sooner if we can dig up some crap on him.
    * * * * * *
    OMG, Confloyd, how much more crap do we need?

  172. Did he really say that in Washington “every day is election day?”

    Considering his track record with speech after speech and townhall after townhall, I’m not surprised. But instead of pointing the finger to himself…

  173. There’s a ton of crap out there, but no one seems to want to impeach the SOB. What happened to Fitzgerald, whats going on with Blago, Resko, the BC. I know, why aren’t we getting rid of this guy?

  174. The audacity of nope

    By Joel Achenbach
    Washington Post
    Wednesday, January 27, 2010

    The state of the union is obstreperous. Dyspepsia is the new equilibrium. All the passion in American politics is oppositional. The American people know what they don’t like, which is: everything.

    That sounds like nihilism, but they’re against that, too.

    Consider the poll last week by The Washington Post and ABC News. People were asked a standard question about how much confidence they had in President Obama to “make the right decisions” for the nation’s future. A majority — 53 percent — gave the two most dismal of the four possible responses: “just some” and “none at all.” The same question had been asked a year earlier; in just 12 months, the “none at all” camp had tripled, from 9 percent to 27 percent.

    We are at a strange moment: a crescendo in American anger even as the man in the White House hums along in a state of preternatural equanimity. Obama, who will take over prime-time television Wednesday night for his annual address to Congress, has seen such a drastic erosion of popularity that he may get only about 35 or 40 standing ovations instead of the usual 50 or so.

    Lawmakers will feel some kinship with the president, because they’re all getting pummeled by the public. Democrats in Congress did worse than Obama in the Post-ABC poll, and Republicans in Congress did worst of all. The health-care bill that lawmakers have labored on for the past year has gotten a national thumbs-down: According to a new USA Today/Gallup poll, 55 percent of Americans want Congress to suspend work on the current health-care bills and start over.

    And that $787 billion stimulus package? No, thanks. In a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll, 56 percent of those surveyed said they oppose the government’s effort to juice the economy.

    “You know the way to boost your poll numbers is not do anything,” Obama said at a town hall gathering in Ohio last week. “That’s how you do it. You don’t offend anybody. I’d have real high poll numbers. All of Washington would be saying, ‘What a genius.’ ”

    The Againstness Epidemic has been years in the making. Individual strains of opposition have been cultivated in the petri dishes of special interest groups, religious fundamentalists, blogs, cable TV shows, talk radio, fringe subcultures (birthers, truthers, tea partiers). They feed into, and are fed by, entrenched industries of disagreeableness (fossil fuel companies, labor unions, the Chamber of Commerce, Rush Limbaugh). We live in a country in which being contrarian now means advocating a mainstream initiative.

    The orthodox view among pundits is that Americans have lost faith in government. That argument masks a deeper truth: Americans have also lost faith in pundits.

    Also in orthodox views.

    In his book “The Audacity of Hope,” Obama imagined a new path forward, one in which partisans would overcome their differences, suppress their rancor and work together to achieve wonderful things:

    “[I]t’s precisely the pursuit of ideological purity, the rigid orthodoxy and the sheer predictability of our current political debate, that keeps us from finding new ways to meet the challenges we face as a country. . . . What’s needed is a broad majority of Americans — Democrats, Republicans and independents of goodwill — who are reengaged in the project of national renewal, and who see their own self-interest as inextricably linked to the interests of others.” The book now seems as dated as “The Iliad.” The common ground that Obama hoped for has turned out to be the size of a bathroom scale.

    Far more in tune with the times is a new book titled “We Are Doomed,” by John Derbyshire, who argues that his fellow conservatives have succumbed to “foolishly utopian ways of thinking,” and need to get in touch with their inner pessimists. “I call you to the politics of despair!” Derbyshire writes.

    Also on the shelf in the Politics/Government/Hysteria section of bookstores:
    “Treason: Liberal Treachery From the Cold War to the War on Terrorism” (Ann Coulter)

    “Men in Black: How the Supreme Court Is Destroying America” (Mark Levin)

    “Thieves in High Places: They’ve Stolen Our Country and It’s Time to Take It Back” (Jim Hightower)

    “Screwed: The Undeclared War Against the Middle Class” (Thom Hartmann)

    “Fleeced: How Barack Obama, Media Mockery of Terrorist Threats, Liberals Who Want to Kill Talk Radio, the Self-Serving Congress, Companies That Help Iran, and Washington Lobbyists for Foreign Governments, Are Scamming Us . . . and What to Do About It” (Dick Morris and Eileen McGann)

    There is much talk these days about populism, the political movement advocating the interests of ordinary people rather than elites and capitalists. Increasingly, populism is inseparable from anger. Can someone be a happy populist? Not today: All populists must carry metaphorical pitchforks.

    When he ran for president, Obama benefited from the tide of anger. He viewed his victory as a mandate for change, but really he had a mandate to be someone other than George W. Bush. By October 2008, Bush had achieved a “strongly disapprove” rating of 58 percent. Polls showed that voters didn’t see much difference between Bush and John McCain. And thus Obama — who got the Democratic nomination in part because of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s unusually large “negatives” — probably would have been elected even if he had rolled across the country in a tiny clown car.

    He has since learned that the American people are almost as opposed to change as they are to the status quo. It now appears that the three major ideological groups that object to the health-care plans under discussion in Congress are: the conservatives, the moderates and the liberals.

    Obama’s critics on the right have been implacable in their opposition. What’s new is how mad liberals are. Conservatives loathe Obama; liberals are merely disgusted with him. Here are a few headlines from liberal blogs Tuesday morning in reaction to the announcement that the president wants a freeze in non-security-related federal spending:

    “It’s Official: Obama Is an Idiot” (Paul Rosenberg)

    “Barack Herbert Hoover Obama?” (Brad DeLong)

    “Obama Liquidates Himself” (Paul Krugman)

    “Obama’s Self-Inflicted Lobotomy Proceeds Apace” (Jonathan Zasloff)

    The political winds are gusting, and in no particular direction. Conventional wisdom has become conventional disorientation. The party in power is utterly powerless. The president’s last true friend is his dog.

    Fickle is the new steadfastness.

    The Republican minority has been accused of having no message other than “No.” As if that weren’t a winning message. As if we lived in an era when the things people were in favor of were more numerous than the things they were against.

    That’s just not the way it is now. Today, the nays have it.


    Chris Matthews:

    You know, I was trying to think about who he was tonight. and it is interesting. He’s post-racial by all appearances. I forgot he was black tonight for an hour. He has gone a long way to become a leader of this country and passed so much history in a year or two, something we don’t think about. I was watching and said wait a minute, he is an African-American guy in front of a bunch of other white people.

  176. Confloyd: Blago will be on trial in June. Few other than Big Pink have dared highlight the links between BO and him or Rezko.

  177. Wow. That SCOTUS slap is so disgusting it makes me throw up in my mouth a litle bit. And this asshat has the nerve to talk about bipartisan decency in Washington?

    Check out the look on Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s face. She is pissed awf. It’s aaaaawnnnnn.

  178. McDonnell on the “terror trials” which we figured Republicans would dwell on and which Obama would ignore.

    [W]e have serious concerns over recent steps the Administration has taken regarding suspected terrorists.

    Americans were shocked on Christmas Day to learn of the attempted bombing of a flight to Detroit. This foreign terror suspect was given the same legal rights as a U.S. citizen, and immediately stopped providing critical intelligence.

    As Senator-elect Scott Brown says, we should be spending taxpayer dollars to defeat terrorists, not to protect them.

  179. hwc, hard to believe that all others are on their feet applauding during the SCOTUS slap. Wait, I have to watch it again. Yeah, it’s true.

  180. From yesterday…

    Krauthammer: Obama Forgot Option 3 – “Mediocre 1-Term President, & That’s What He’s Been Thus Far”

  181. Yep, that SCOTUS moment is pretty surreal. Send a legislation that is without holes, that should be his response not scolding them in a setting like this.

  182. I think he slapped everyone from the supremes to the republicans and the bankers. His ass will pay now! There will be new grudges cemented tonight.

    The look on Scotus’s faces was one of major irritation, and we all know they KNOW he really is. If I were him I wouldn’t piss them off. They just might take one of the ineligibility cases.

  183. can we just cut to the chase…the man LIES…he has a big, big problem telling the truth…he is either a liar or delusional…just his bits about transparency and lobbyists are blatant lies…what does he takes us for?

    …frankly, he has widened his – HIS – credibility gap…

    …and someone in his camp needs to tell him to get his nose out of the air and back to eye level…he wreaks arrogance…

    …he might not want to mention Bill Clinton…but Bill Clinton’s presence is in that room…and the fact that O will not mention or give credit to Bill just makes everyone think of him more…

    …as for the jobs O claims he saved or created…most of them are government or government related jobs…so what in the world has he done for the private sector and small businesses??? and the real economy?

    …birdgal…a couple of days ago I left a comment about Axelrod’s looks and suggested he ditch his moustache and I used the word – sinister looking – however I was thinking exactly how you described him above…

    …is it me, or is MO looking older…she looks matronly or older than O…I don’t know, to me, she looks like she could be his mother…something wierd there…maybe it is her size and those botox eyebrows…something really strange…


    Hillary was great on Tavis Smiley…such clarity and depth…serious and light hearted at the appropriate times…stern and warm and welcoming…what a wasted year without her at the helm…can you even imagine how much worse things would be for the O admin without her stabalizing presence as SOS…

  184. I missed the high speed railroad, can anyone fill me in on that, the dog started barking so I missed it.

    Confloyd, those are those REALLY fast trains they want to build to take you to the jobs we don’t have!

  185. Focus group line of the evening: “Obama may be the best conservationist in the country – he keeps recycling his campaign promises.”

  186. Illinois Underground
    January 27th, 2010 at 11:38 pm
    Luntz focus group on now: about 3 to 2 against.

    Still too many fools supporting him

  187. Gonzotex, Yeah, I guess since we don’t have jobs to go to. We can ride them day and night after we lose our homes. It will at least keep us dry.

    I agree, the same old campaign promises. FDL commentors are saying the same thing. They are tired of him too.

  188. I saw this: “Rep. David Scott on CSPAN just said we need to wrap our arms around Obama because “it’s not his problem it’s our problem” WTF??? Last time I checked Obama asked for this job.”

    David, it is not my FUCKING job to nursemaid my president. I don’t do co-dependent mush bullshit with the leader of the goddamned free world.

    I’m a citizen, not his Mama.

  189. H4T, How is it that he doesn’t think its not Obama’s problem. He is suppose to be our leader. Who does he think Obama is some figure head?? That was such a stupid statement!

  190. HillaryforTexas
    January 27th, 2010 at 11:44 pm
    I saw this: “Rep. David Scott on CSPAN

    That is the weirdest comment EVER from a Rep.

  191. This focus group discussion/analysis is fascinating. Defense of Obama cuts straight along racial lines. Sad.

  192. how does this guy get away with lecturing others about money in politics when he reneged on public financing during the national election and then took in more money than any presidential candidate in history…money that never had to be identified and never was identified…money that came in from Mickey Mouse and names like that…money that many suspect came from a multitude of foreign sources…pleasssse…

    what credibility does O have on campaign money???


    not to mention 9000 earmarks, stimulus money that got lost and found its way heaven knows where…

    …his words ring hollow…give us a break…

  193. Pelosi makes 220,000. a year, the top general that runs the war makes 179,000. This is ridiculous. Pelosi also has a 5 mil gas card for her personal jet.

  194. gonzotx
    January 27th, 2010 at 11:41 pm
    Still too many fools supporting him
    * * * * *
    Vastly improved since a year ago; long way to go to get rid of this traitor.

  195. Illinois, right and add those couple of young guys (one of them looked Indian, oh, great! I know them from the time I worked on phone banks for Hillary). They are still using the old key words like inspirational.. blah..

  196. PM, so true. There’s a young-ish guy named Raja Krishnamoorthi running for State Treasurer and his claim to fame is that he worked for Obama (he says all starry-eyed in his commercial).

  197. He can’t stand to have her outshine him – picture on Drudge cover.
    * * * * * *
    Wed Jan 27, 5:42 pm ET
    WASHINGTON – Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is missing President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address in order to attend a conference in London, but she is not the only absentee Cabinet member.

    One member of the Cabinet is designated by the White House to ride out the speech in an undisclosed location as a precaution against the possibility of a catastrophe wiping out the rest of the government leadership in the Capitol during the address.

    The White House did not announce in advance of the speech who would be that holdout.

    When Clinton became aware that her planned trip to London — for separate conferences on Yemen and Afghanistan — would coincide with the State of the Union address, aides approached the White House about it.

    “Could she be the Cabinet member who remains outside the Capitol? We were told that the `undisclosed location’ must be in the United States,” said State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley. So, “she is not that Cabinet member.”

    Obama felt it was more important for her to go to London than to remain for his speech, Crowley said.

    “She asked the president directly, `What do you want me to do?’ And he was very clear: These (London talks) are priorities, so your place is in London working on Yemen and Afghanistan-Pakistan,” Crowley said.

    http:/ /

  198. Illinois Underground
    January 27th, 2010 at 11:49 pm
    This focus group discussion/analysis is fascinating. Defense of Obama cuts straight along racial lines. Sad.

    Black is thicker than sanity

  199. Illinois, Did you notice that they said she WASN’T the person who was to be the cabinet member.

    A set up if I ever heard one, they did not want her there, which I bet she was glad.

  200. Confloyd, yes I noticed that.
    This just in – Fox poll (SO fair and balanced):
    87% of those texting a vote thought the SOTU was “terrible.”

  201. Weren’t we told during the campaign, not only that when BO was elected the choirs would sing, Heaven and Earth would align and all the racial problems would be over.

  202. Why did Nasty introduce the puppet by saying “I have the high priviledge and the distinct honor to introduce the idiot”???

    I don’t remember her ever say that. Is she padding her pocket? Is she patting her ownself on the back by saying she along had that honor??

    The bitch needs to up her meds!





    1. During the 2008 campaign you promised to solve our economic problems and run clean government

    2. In your 2009 State of the Union you reiterated those promises with specificity

    3. During the first year of you broke those promises, tried to implement a radical agenda and the American People said no

    4. Now, in your 2010 State of the Union you said screw the American People I intend to push forward regardless

    5. Big media whores still do your bidding but you can no longer rely on them because they have become a joke.

    6. The American People no longer trust you. They see you for what you are. Your day of reckoning is at hand.

  204. Linda Greenhouse, for many years the New York Times’ Supreme Court correspondent had this reaction to the Alito “not true”:

    There was the president, and there were six members of the Supreme Court. The few words from the one to the others went by quickly. The president’s tone was mild compared to the animation in some other parts of the speech, and I thought he looked momentarily awkward. But maybe I was just projecting.

    Mr. Obama’s words were sharp, echoing his earlier criticism of the court’s decision last week in the Citizens United case to strike down the limits that the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law placed on independent political expenditures by corporations and unions. The decision would “open the floodgates for special interests — including foreign companies — to spend without limit in our elections,” Mr. Obama said, adding that “I don’t think American elections should be bankrolled by America’s most powerful interests.” He urged Congress to “pass a bill that helps correct some of these problems.”

    Nearly every president finds something to criticize about the Supreme Court, but not every one gets to do it to the justices’ faces, on national television, in the State of the Union speech. Of the six justices in the audience, three were in the majority in the 5-4 decision: Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who wrote the opinion; Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.; and Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. Three were among the four dissenters: Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor.

    Supreme Court justices usually make for an awkward sight at the State of the Union speech, because they sit stony-faced and never clap or cheer. Some members of the court dislike the exercise so much that they never attend. Justice Sotomayor’s predecessor, David H. Souter, never did. For several years, Justice Breyer attended alone.

    This time, Justice Alito shook his head as if to rebut the president’s characterization of the Citizens United decision, and seemed to mouth the words “not true.” Indeed, Mr. Obama’s description of the holding of the case was imprecise. He said the court had “reversed a century of law.”

    The law that Congress enacted in the populist days of the early 20th century prohibited direct corporate contributions to political campaigns. That law was not at issue in the Citizens United case, and is still on the books. Rather, the court struck down a more complicated statute that barred corporations and unions from spending money directly from their treasuries — as opposed to their political action committees — on television advertising to urge a vote for or against a federal candidate in the period immediately before the election. It is true, though, that the majority wrote so broadly about corporate free speech rights as to call into question other limitations as well — although not necessarily the existing ban on direct contributions.

    But this was a populist night and the target was irresistible. There are a variety of specific proposals floating around to address the Citizens United decision. The president offered no specifics and did not endorse any of them. Just as the decision doesn’t lend itself to a sound bite, neither do the fixes.

  205. here’s the gem from Chris Matthews that has many buzzing…you know, Chris Matthews, the guy who lectures everyone on race and racism over at the divine MSNBC…

    from Politico:

    Matthews’ line about Obama’s skin color was part of a longer comment about the presidency and race, that’s below. (MSNBC had no immediate comment).


    “I was trying to think about who he was tonight. It’s interesting: he is post-racial, by all appearances. I forgot he was black tonight for an hour. You know, he’s gone a long way to become a leader of this country, and past so much history, in just a year or two. I mean, it’s something we don’t even think about. I was watching, I said, wait a minute, he’s an African American guy in front of a bunch of other white people. And here he is president of the United States and we’ve completely forgotten that tonight — completely forgotten it. I think it was in the scope of his discussion. It was so broad-ranging, so in tune with so many problems, of aspects, and aspects of American life that you don’t think in terms of the old tribalism, the old ethnicity. It was astounding in that regard. A very subtle fact. It’s so hard to talk about. Maybe I shouldn’t talk about it, but I am. I thought it was profound that way.”


    so just who is it that is preoccupied with race?


    Posted by Dan Perrin (Profile)
    Wednesday, January 27th at 11:07PM EST
    It is difficult to term his state of the union address a speech. It was more like a lecture that combined a chest-beating tone that he is doing the tough work of saving the nation and he expects Congress and the nation to follow him. And it was all made awkward for his audience by his repeated insistence that he does not quit.

    His plea for Congress to take another look at his health reform bill seemed weak.

    But essentially it was a message to the American public that he is “not going to walk away” and is going impose the change he wants, regardless of what the American people want.

    In other words, I am not listening.

    I do not think Americans like to be lectured and being told: I am doing what I think is right, regardless of what you want.

    It was weird, actually.


    Posted by Erick Erickson (Profile)
    Wednesday, January 27th at 10:34PM EST
    Tonight, Barack Obama said, “To close that credibility gap we must take action on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue to end the outsized influence of lobbyists; to do our work openly; and to give our people the government they deserve.

    “That’s what I came to Washington to do. That’s why – for the first time in history – my Administration posts our White House visitors online. And that’s why we’ve excluded lobbyists from policy-making jobs or seats on federal boards and commissions.”

    Maybe this explains why his national security policies are so weak. He put William Lynn in the Pentagon as Deputy Defense Secretary. Mr. Lynn was a lobbyist for Defense Contractor Ratheon. I guess the Deputy Defense Secretary is not a policy-making job.

    But it is not just Lynn.

    Eric Holder, attorney general nominee, was registered to lobby until 2004 on behalf of clients including Global Crossing, a bankrupt telecommunications firm [now confirmed].
    Tom Vilsack, secretary of agriculture nominee, was registered to lobby as recently as last year on behalf of the National Education Association.
    William Lynn, deputy defense secretary nominee, was registered to lobby as recently as last year for defense contractor Raytheon, where he was a top executive.
    William Corr, deputy health and human services secretary nominee, was registered to lobby until last year for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, a non-profit that pushes to limit tobacco use.
    David Hayes, deputy interior secretary nominee, was registered to lobby until 2006 for clients, including the regional utility San Diego Gas & Electric.
    Mark Patterson, chief of staff to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, was registered to lobby as recently as last year for financial giant Goldman Sachs.
    Ron Klain, chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden, was registered to lobby until 2005 for clients, including the Coalition for Asbestos Resolution, U.S. Airways, Airborne Express and drug-maker ImClone.
    Mona Sutphen, deputy White House chief of staff, was registered to lobby for clients, including Angliss International in 2003.
    Melody Barnes, domestic policy council director, lobbied in 2003 and 2004 for liberal advocacy groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the American Constitution Society and the Center for Reproductive Rights.
    Cecilia Munoz, White House director of intergovernmental affairs, was a lobbyist as recently as last year for the National Council of La Raza, a Hispanic advocacy group.
    Patrick Gaspard, White House political affairs director, was a lobbyist for the Service Employees International Union.
    Michael Strautmanis, chief of staff to the president’s assistant for intergovernmental relations, lobbied for the American Association of Justice from 2001 until 2005

  208. HillaryforTexas
    January 28th, 2010 at 12:32 am
    Tweety is completely obsessed with race. It’s creepy.

    Tweety is creepy.

  209. poor Debbie Wasserman Shultz…she is reduced to going on these talks shows – Larry King, etc- to defend O and sprout his talking points…it is so pathetic…and she goes on talking about her constituents in Florida…Debbie…I got news for you…us Clinton dems…like you once were…we are not buying this baloney…do yourself a favor…and sit this one out before you do harm to yourself and your credibility…

    O is like a virus infecting the good ones…

  210. From Obama lover Bob Herbert earlier this week:

    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.”

  211. let me update my comment above regarding Debbie Wasserman Shultz…us Clinton dems who have become Clinton Independents…take heed, Debbie, if you read Big Pink, the Dems are on the verge of losing Florida…don’t go down with the ship…

  212. Admin, (12:16 a.m.) I stand corrected…the oceans will recede. Shucks, those of us living out here in the middle of the country won’t get to see that. Maybe it will be shown on C-Span.

  213. Wbboei, thanks for posting the Erickson article (12:35). I’m passing that on to friends and family. Good one.

  214. Oh, he will pay for that SC scolding. People are not liking it. Not just because of the lack of decorum and respect but also because he misrepresented what they did (see admin’s comment about linking Linda Greenhouse’s article.) deliberately (shows what a dishonest politician he is) or ignorantly (this is worse). Nothing is sacred to this guy except he and his.

  215. #
    January 27th, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Djia, Thanks I will ask the otho about that. I did not know about this.

    Is it your left knee? Mine is and you would be surprised how many people who ride horses have left knee problems when they are older. I also got kicked very close to my knee about 15years ago and I am sure that did not help. I also used to run 2 to 3 miles everyday and that did not help, but its to the point that I can’t even put any weight on it.

    well…… it’s mostly my right knee but it is both knees just one is worse than the other 🙁

    mine stems from an old sports injury… god only knows which sport as i was very active for 20 years in; softball..played catcher… rode horses all my life…down hill and water skiing…volly ball, cheerleading…and Ran track: 3 miles or more every day..

    but i am pretty sure it was a skateboarding accident i had when i was 14 that really did the damage.
    I couldn’t walk for months after that one. torn all kinds of stuff in both ankles,knees and hips…OUCH!!

    I would definately ask about that stuff..I plan too once i find a new doctor here in South Dakota.

    I would rather try that first than have 1/2 my cartilage cut away.

    i know i am knee replacement waiting to happen eventually either way.

  216. Just catching up, we had our dart night tonight so i missed the SOTU (Darn it!!) LOL not!!

    catching a bit of the reply now, doesn’t seem like i missed much… he’s recycling his campaign memo
    and for me personally it’s not flying.

    he’s a LOSER with all caps.

    but i am noticing how fast nancy is at jumping up
    she seems like she had a turbo engine put on her pogo stick LMAO!!

  217. Jan–thanks for posting that article on the audacity of nope. The writer makes some excellent points but errs in one respect. I think Obama has crossed the line from democracy into dictatorship by his refusal to recognize the will of the people. The American People have said clearly and unequivocally that they do not want the programs he is peddling. For him to push these improvident policies over strong public opposition and to the detriment of our country is the kind of thing only a dictator would do. Dictators do not get very far in this country, especially when nothing they do seems to work.

    I spoke to the university professor who teaches journalism. She says Obama’s speech was poor. She said he seeemed angry and his statements were full of contradictions. She said people would not accept it as true. Even his supporters would have to be skeptical at this point, unless they are total idiots. She says he acquires power and then has no idea how to use it. The result is chaos. Obama has only one direction to go and that is down. He is well on his way to becoming unelectable.

  218. Hmmm. What did I miss??? OU played ISU and we have season tickets.

    Admin, re: the Breck Girl sex tape. I’d wager $50 that there’s a mirror somewhere in it. It’s not like the guy has ever passed on the opportunity to look at his handsome mug in the mirror ever….his story is nearly as tragic as Narcissus’ and Echo ‘cept Narcissus wasn’t a douchebag asshole who couldn’t keep it in his pants and didn’t lie to land a bit of strange from a sycophantic New Ager while his wife became more and more psychotic as she fought terminal cancer.

  219. OkieAtty, it’s not Breck. Turns out Blinky uses HairTec Thick & Strong Shampoo. We immediately recommend everyone use this fine hair product. It’s done wonders for Blinky. 🙂

    From here on, the Official Big Pink Shampoo: HairTec Thick & Strong Shampoo

    [side effects include loss of testicular fortitude, delusions of grandeur, and impaired mental faculties – but your hair will be lustrous.]

    P.S.: The official football team for Big Pink is the Frostbite Falls team from Whatsamatta U.

  220. pm317:
    oh my, he is repeating Hillary’s line from their last debate.


    Really?!? Which line was this? I didn’t watch O’s soliloquy — as I didn’t have a bucket handy to hurl in. 😉

  221. Although it was just a quick throwaway line in a previous comment, the best line of the night is, of course, from Admin:

    “Donna Brazile is on defense and a very strong chair.”

  222. Okay, guys, I’ve been up way too late dishing about Obama’s “My Big Fat State Of the Union Speech”. Off to get some sleep.

  223. How does a former college constitutional law professor now serving (gag) as CIC make a direct hit against the Supreme Court in front of them with millions watching? Didn’t watch as I cannot stomach the sound of his voice and haven’t heard him utter a word since the speech on race in Philly, but have to believe he knew what he was doing or at least expected to gain points by going up against an unpopular ruling. Big media seems to be focused on an odd response on the part of Alito and not on the fact that our cic questioned the decision of the highest law in the land.
    Please can we get a birth certificate issue in front of them now!

  224. Great questions, henry. I watched our lady, then clicked off.
    TV news this morning is full of yet another addition to Toyota recall; they mention special deal GM (Government Motors) is offering so that Toyota owners can swap their now-damaged product. Great way to bring Toyota down, don’t you think? Caveat: I’ve not studied this subject in any kind of detail and I have no links.

  225. Bravo Big Pink!

    Another stellar performance by admin and the crew and especially appreciated by those of us lacking the ‘testicular fortitude’ to sit through another of Squat’s sickening speeches.

    JANUARY 28,2010

    The Hill article is surprisingly garbled – I assume that they’ll clean it up this morning – but the original article (”Pryor: Health care reform may not happen this year“) is a lot clearer. The short version is that they’re back at the ‘discussion phase’ for a health care rationing bill, which is legislature-speak for “we’re going to drop the subject, and hope that you will, too.” Every day that it doesn’t get done is a day closer to the day that it won’t get done, and if it’s not done this year, it definitely won’t get done. At least, by Democrats.

    And as for reconciliation…

    Some have suggested the Senate could use the reconciliation process, which would require 51 votes instead of 60, to pass a bill satisfactory to both chambers.Several moderate Democrats, including Arkansas’ Blanche Lincoln, have said they oppose that idea. Lincoln said Tuesday the process should be transparent and should not involve “last-minute efforts to force changes.”

    Pryor told reporters today he was not necessarily opposed to the idea, but it was not his first choice and he doubted it would happen.

    “I think it’s people talking right now over on the House side trying to figure out a way forward on health care, but my sense is, in the end reconciliation will not even be attempted,” he said.

    Because somebody had to say it, it seems. Pryor’s not up for re-election until 2014, so he can safely shrug off the idea of reconciliation… and, honestly? By now that actually-strictly-defined-procedure has become the equivalent of “and then a miracle happens*” for a certain segment of the Left. At some point somebody needs to explain to them why it’s not a cure-all.

    Or why the current ruling party has a sudden disinclination to encourage simple-majority legislating in the Senate.

    Moe Lane

    *Or, possibly, “And then the NPC casts Wish.”

    Crossposted to Moe Lane.

    Category: health care, mark pryor, reconciliation

  227. The speech sounds like it was written by Michelle the angry one.Bo will feel the pain of his criticism of the SCOTUS hhen they are convened for his “IMPEACHMENT”.

    The Smiley special on Hillary was a very important comparison of the way things are and what could have been.

    After last night we must again repeat “TO THINK WE COULD HAVE HAD HILLARY”

    By ABM90 An ardent and determined supporter of Hillary for President

  228. US View: Rating the State of the Union

    Matthew Davis Thursday, 28 January 2010

    President Obama’s State of the Union address is poured over by US commentators, coming as it does at the end of a difficult year for the nation, and for the president.

    New York Times: “We respect Mr Obama’s deliberative nature. But too often in the last year he lingered on the sidelines, allowing his opponents to define and distort the issues and, sometimes, him – as happened last year in the health care debate. His speech Wednesday was a reminder that he is a gifted orator, able to inspire with grand vision and the simple truth frankly spoken. It was a long time coming.”

    EJ Dionne,
    Washington Post: “There was an unexpected poignancy to the moment. Barack Obama, who once strode across the political landscape as a master of the persuasive arts, found himself needing to prove that mastery all over again…
    “It was clear that the Obama who addressed the nation on Wednesday also understood that he confronts a Republican Party that sees unflinching opposition as blazing a path to victory. And he offered himself as a president ready to do battle. ‘We don’t quit,’ he said. ‘I don’t quit.'”

    Ron Fournier,
    Associated Press: “Humility. Check. Bipartisanship, debt reduction, populist anger. Check. Check. Check. More jobs? On it. President Barack Obama checked every political box needed to restart his troubled presidency Wednesday night, but that may not be enough to consider his State of Union address a success. Did he strengthen his connection with the American public? Or did he sound like a politician with a stack of prescriptions for his political ills?”

    Katie Connolly,
    Newsweek: “Obama Unleashes His Inner Tough Guy…
    “He threatened vetoes, refused to pass problems on, he scoffed at suggestions of his naivete, foreshadowed consequences for Iran and made it powerfully clear that he won’t accept second-place for America on the world stage.”

    Kevin McCullough,
    Fox News: “As far as expectations for the State of the Union the president’s speech was a sizable failure…
    “It was messy, incoherent, disorganized, and most regrettably defiant.
    “Which I guess when you think of it, defines the state of our union pretty well.”

    National Review: “Everything changes except President Obama. His agenda doesn’t change. He has had no second thoughts about the wisdom of his health-care policies, or any of his policies; resistance is always and only a reason for redoubling…. All in all, though, our impression was of an administration that has no real understanding of the political straits in which it finds itself and thus no way to escape them.”

    Arianna Huffington,
    Huffington Post: “The president, we were told, spent a good deal of time in the days leading up to his State of the Union address, going over it with a fine-toothed comb, making changes and additions in longhand. But judging from the speech, he also spent a lot of time going over the results of focus groups and polls. Indeed, the speech, despite its charm, humor, and occasionally impassioned rhetoric, had the feel of being focus-grouped within an inch of its life. There was a decidedly paint-by-poll-numbers air about it.”

    Joe Klein,
    Time: “He almost seemed to be having fun up there; he delivered the speech in a free, almost informal manner. It was easily digestible, user-friendly…but it was also a fighting speech. Certainly, he stuck the needle time and again into the hides of the recalcitrant elephants in the room. It started early in the speech when he recounted the numerous tax cuts that had been passed in the past year as part of his much-distorted Stimulus Plan, to applause from Democrats and silence from Republicans, and he ad-libbed, staring at the Republican side of the room, ‘I thought I’d get some applause on that one.'”

  229. I just had to share this ROTF comment about the supremes at the SOTU.

    “Ruth Ginsburg looks like she died a year ago and does not know it yet.”

    I like Ginsburg but d@mn that is funny.

    Another funny bit was comparing the sleeveless one to an eggplant. hehehehe

  230. So there, obama!

    Russia free to sell weapons to Iran – state arms exporter


    There is nothing to stop Russia from selling military equipment to Iran, the head of Russia’s state-run arms exporter said on Thursday.

    ‘Nothing prevents the continuation of military cooperation in those directions of interest to Russia and Iran,” Rosoboronexport’s Anatoly Isaikin told a RIA Novosti news conference.

    “Iran has never violated a single commitment it has undertaken with regard to military contracts,” he said.

    Russia signed a contract with Iran on the supply of S-300 air defense systems to Tehran in December 2005. However, there have been no official reports on the start of the contract’s implementation.

    Western powers are angered by Iran’s failure to give a constructive response to proposals made by a group of international mediators on its controversial nuclear program. Washington and Tel Aviv have refused to rule out military action over the issue, and on Wednesday U.S. President Barack Obama warned the Islamic Republic’s leaders that they would face “growing consequences” over their refusal to fulfill their “obligations”.

    Both the U.S. and Israel have expressed concern over the possibility of S-300 deliveries to Iran, which would significantly strengthen the country’s air defenses.

    Although Russia has traditionally had close ties to Iran, including in nuclear energy through the construction of the Bushehr power plant, it is seen as having moved closer to the U.S. position on imposing new sanctions.

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned Iran on Wednesday that “it is impossible to wait forever” and that Russia’s partners “are already talking about the need to discuss further steps at the UN Security Council.”

    MOSCOW, January 28 (RIA Novosti)

  231. ABM90
    January 28th, 2010 at 8:39 am

    The speech sounds like it was written by Michelle the angry one.Bo will feel the pain of his criticism of the SCOTUS hhen they are convened for his “IMPEACHMENT”.


    OR!! WHERE’S THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE!!! maybe now they will hear that case and act upon it???

  232. These to me…are simply the best of the best of opinions I’ve read above IMHO

    Arianna Huffington,
    Huffington Post: “The president, we were told, spent a good deal of time in the days leading up to his State of the Union address, going over it with a fine-toothed comb, making changes and additions in longhand. But judging from the speech, he also spent a lot of time going over the results of focus groups and polls. Indeed, the speech, despite its charm, humor, and occasionally impassioned rhetoric,

    had the feel of being focus-grouped within an inch of its life. There was a decidedly paint-by-poll-numbers air about it

    Kevin McCullough,
    Fox News: “As far as expectations for the State of the Union the president’s speech was a sizable failure…
    “It was messy, incoherent, disorganized, and most regrettably defiant.
    “Which I guess when you think of it, defines the state of our union pretty well.”


    Telegraph UK’s Gerald Warner, was, well — honest to the point of being brutal:

    He is at it again – being economical with the actualité. Barack Obama’s State of the Union address was about as accurate and informative as Tony Blair on Weapons of Mass Destruction. Jobs were his great theme and the old smoke-and-mirrors technique was sadly in evidence. […]

    The silence from one half of the audience throughout this predictable oration said it all. The proverbial visitor from Mars would have assumed Democrats are three feet taller than Republicans, but it was just that they were on their feet for most of this same-old, same-old performance. After Massachusetts, this was a desperate attempt to push water uphill and deny reality. Much of that denial was too transparently dishonest to be anything other than counter-productive: I know that my redeemer lieth…

  234. here are 3 “fact checks” already out there today


    abcnews.go. com/Politics/State_of_the_Union/state-union-2010-fact-check-president-obamas-address/story?id=9680549

    The Washington Post

    www. . h t m l

    The Associated Press:

  235. Fifth Dimension
    January 28th, 2010 at 2:38 am

    You know how Hillary closed in the last debate about going to Walter Reed and the wounded soldiers, and that there are huge problems.. he tried to say that by replacing soldiers with people who have lost their jobs and such..and not nearly as well as she did of course.

  236. Obama tries to get in touch

    By Howard Kurtz
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Thursday, January 28, 2010

    The president began by feeling our pain. Chided by the pundits as some kind of remote technocrat, Barack Obama talked about anxiety, pleading letters from children, how change has not come fast enough, how people are tired of partisanship and pettiness and — brandishing a verb he never uses — declared that he “hated” the bank bailout.

    Then came the pivot. Defending the stimulus bill as filled with tax cuts — What? No applause from the Republicans side? — and declaring, amid the “anguish” of those looking for work, that jobs will be his No. 1 focus this year. He took no chances, just read the talking points.

    It was a long State of the Union filled with all kinds of sweeping declarations: small-business loans, high-speed rail, financial regulation, nuclear power, climate change, college aid, child-care credits. But everyone in the chamber knew that Obama has been strikingly unsuccessful at getting Congress to pass legislation, as underscored by the year-long paralysis over a health-care bill that now appears to have no pulse. Obama took his “share of the blame” for not explaining health care more clearly but vowed not to “walk away” from the issue. But how? With Scott Brown becoming the 41st Republican senator, those words rang hollow.

    The overall speech was designed not just to revive Obama’s connection to middle-class folks, but to help him push the Hill to get things done. Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton excelled at going over the heads of the pols and the pundits; Obama has yet to show he can do it.

    The cost of all those Obama initiatives, however modest, is not cheap; this was no Clintonesque, era-of-big-government-is-over address. So his later pitch for a selective spending freeze seemed at odds with the earlier rhetoric.

    The most interesting passage came at the one-hour mark, when Obama decried “a perpetual campaign where the only goal is to see who can get the most embarrassing headlines about their opponent — a belief that if you lose, I win. Neither party should delay or obstruct every single bill just because they can.” That was couched in terms of both parties but was obviously aimed at the GOP, particularly the reference to 60 Senate votes and the inadvisability of “just saying no to everything.” A good applause line, but not likely to change Republican behavior on the Hill.

    And was this the first time a president has called out the media in the SOTU? “The more that TV pundits reduce serious debates into silly arguments, and big issues into sound bites, our citizens turn away.” Should the commentators demand equal time?

    In the end, Obama probably spoke too long, outlasting many of the Clinton stemwinders. As with most Obama addresses, there was no memorable one-liner. He is a good speechifyer but did little to change the political gridlock, unless he turns out to have touched a public nerve.

    The aforementioned pundits offered only mild praise. Bob Schieffer called the address “very assertive,” but said: “In parts of this speech it was almost like he was running against himself.” George Stephanopoulos said it was “unapologetic.” Brian Williams described it as “at times combative and very direct.”

    Chris Matthews backed Obama, saying “he wants bipartisanship” but the Republcans “have decided to close the door on bipartisanship. . . . Unfortunately, that may be smart politics.”

    Fox News analyst Sarah Palin said the president was “lecturing, not leading” and came off as “a bit condescending” toward Republicans.

    “President Obama’s State of the Union address was an unusually candid attempt to recapture the magic of his first months in office — an effort to remind Americans why they admired him in January 2009, and to persuade them to feel that way again,” says the L.A. Times. “Yet even as he laid out an agenda sure to create further friction, Obama offered few concrete suggestions on how the warring parties in Congress could reconcile — beyond offering to convene a monthly bipartisan meeting of their leaders.”

    “By now,” says the New York Times, “President Obama can hardly be under any illusions about the depth of the partisan divide as he seeks to reboot his presidency. Yet he still seemed surprised on Wednesday night when he could not get Republicans to applaud tax cuts. . . . “If Mr. Obama thought he could take the rostrum in the House chamber and restore his image as the change agent who came to Washington to end the politics of division, he received another reminder just how hard that will be. Mr. Obama tried to recapture the magic of his yes-we-can campaign after a season of no-we-can’t governing, but conceded little if any ground to critics on either the right or the left.”

    “A year after entering the White House with a broad mandate,” says The Washington Post, “Obama reframed his agenda around a single, central mission: continuing the nation’s delicate economic recovery. He focused on jobs, casting himself as the advocate of average citizens, and acknowledged that his administration had “some political setbacks this year, and some of them were deserved.”

    Let’s check out the live-bloggers, beginning with Andrew Sullivan: “I’m struck by how relaxed he seems. Smiling, confident, easy-going, and yet also deadly serious. He’s certainly a lot calmer than most of his supporters, including me. I was a bit of a wreck before this after such a depressing couple of weeks. But he is managing to lift that gloom — not by dazzling rhetoric, but by a form of realism that is reassuring.”

    Jonathan Chait in the New Republic: “Conservatives complain that Obama spends too much time blaming everything on Bush and the GOP. But to my ears this line still has punch: ‘The problem is, that’s what we did for eight years. That’s what helped lead us into this crisis. It’s what helped lead to these deficits. And we cannot do it again.’ ”

    Radio host Mark Levin, on National Review: “I have watched many, many State of the Union speeches. This is the most partisan, least presidential of them all. His rhetoric, his glances at the GOP side, and his almost mocking tone at times — not to mention his over-the-top dissembling about the deficit, among other things — will not, I predict, improve his position with the public.”

    Score one for Fox

    Fox News is now the most trusted television outlet, at least according to a survey by Public Policy Polling. But there is a substantial partisan divide, not only for Fox but the other news operations: “49% of Americans say they trust Fox News to 37% who disagree. Predictably there is a large party split on this with 74% of Republicans but only 30% of Democrats saying they trust the right leaning network.

    “CNN does next best because it is the second most trusted of Democrats, Republicans, and independents. 39% say they trust it compared to 41% who do not, with 59% of Democrats, 33% of independents and 23% of Republicans saying it carries credibility with them.

    “The major networks all have the majority trust of Democrats but less than 20% from Republicans. NBC, perhaps because of the ideological bent of MSNBC, does the best among Democrats at 62%. Overall 35% of voters trust it to 44% who do not. CBS does the worst among Republicans, with 69% distrusting it.”

  237. admin
    January 27th, 2010 at 4:24 pm
    The letter we referenced can be found here:

    Key senators from both parties have signed on to a letter, now circulating on the Hill and expected out later today, pressing President Obama to pursue sanctions against Iran, with or without United Nations support.

    This is a display of leadership…by the Senate.

    POTUS is AWOL on the leadership front.

  238. Basil;

    Ruth Ginsburg is battling some serious, life threatening illnesses. I see no humor in mocking her appearance…….


    HillaryforTexas wrote on
    January 26th, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    MYRTLE BEACH – South Carolina Rep. James Clyburn has earmarked millions of taxpayer dollars this decade for projects that could directly benefit his friends and family members, a newspaper reported Sunday.

    The Sun News of Myrtle Beach found that Clyburn has set aside at least $6.2 million for such projects.

    That includes money for two projects his nephew was to help design, a community center that runs a program employing his sister-in-law and a Columbia wellness center that employs his daughter.

    Clyburn is the House majority whip. He was the sole sponsor for 32 earmarks totaling $38.8 million in the current budget.

    In contrast, all of South Carolina’s other lawmakers combined to sole-sponsor $45.5 million in earmarks in the same budget.

    Clyburn’s office did not return calls seeking comment, although he has repeatedly defended the earmark process, telling reporters last year that the special provisions help provide for community needs.

    ‘I don’t see that as wasteful government spending,’ he told reporters in February 2007. ‘I see that as responding to the needs these people said they had.’

    Citizens Against Government Waste, a nonprofit group that watches taxpayer money, calls Clyburn ‘hostile’ toward taxpayers because of what is termed an extravagant use of public money.

    ‘Mr. Clyburn is notorious for questionable earmarks,’ said Leslie Paige, a spokeswoman for the group.

    The group once named Clyburn as its Porker of the Month because he set aside $3 million in a military spending bill for the First Tee nonprofit agency. First Tee operates a program at a Columbia golf course named for the congressman. Clyburn defended the money on the House floor, saying the money would benefit military families.

    This year’s budget includes at least four earmarks that could benefit people close to Clyburn.

    The veteran lawmaker helped secure $784,000 for the planning and design of the International African-American Museum in Charleston. Clyburn’s nephew, Derrick Ballard, is one of the lead architects on that project.

    Similarly, in 2005, Clyburn earmarked $145,500 for a community center to be designed by Ballard.

    He also set aside $229,000 in this year’s budget to the Charles R. Drew Wellness Center in Columbia – a facility he helped construct with a 2003 earmark of $990,000. His daughter, Angela, is the marketing and membership director there.

    He got $282,000 appropriated for The South Sumter Resource Center, where his sister-in- law, Gwendolyn, is housing coordinator for the center’s community development division. He’s secured $670,000 for the resource center in past budgets.

    Clyburn earmarks may benefit friends and family in Sumter Clyburn

  240. The entire Obama model of foreign policy is predicated on a series of assumptions which are utopian in nature.

    1. nations love peace more than prosperity.

    2. the world would achieve both cooperation and prosperity if western imperialism and racism did not exist.

    3. the United States is the the latest iteration of western imperialism and racism.

    4. international business interests who make contributions to the Obama campaign can bring peace to the world since nations in the same supply chain do not make war on each other.

    5. middle class Americans must therefore radically reduce their standard of living–but the elites can to on living the high life because they are superior people.

    6. the community of nations must treat rogue nations not as enemies but as friends who have lost their way in the world.

    7. rogue nations have a secret desire to rejoin the community of nations, to partake of its many psychic benefits and behave like responsible citizens of the world–but do not know how to make the transition.

    8. the community of nations is so inspired by Obama that they will march behind his semi divine leadership like a bunch or bots or big media whores.

    At the ideological level, this is warmed over Marxism. At the practical level it flies in the face of what Machiavelli said: there is such a difference between the way men (and nations) act and the way they ought to act that anyone who forsakes what is for what ought to be will surely learn something that will ruin him (or her). At the political level it is why Hillary needs to formulate an exit strategy. Whether or not she decides to run again, she must protect her legacy. A foreign policy such as this is counterproductive in the short run as illustrated by the headline: Russia free to sell weapons to Iran – state arms exporter. In the long run it will lead to disaster.

    The man is corrupt in every sense of the word. He is why the Democratic Party is no longer worth supporting.

  242. Key senators from both parties have signed on to a letter, now circulating on the Hill and expected out later today, pressing President Obama to pursue sanctions against Iran, with or without United Nations support
    Great. And when he fails to act what are they prepared to do about it? Are they prepared to vote against him on key pieces of legislation or is it all just words. Anybody can sign a letter. I guarantee you one thing. This White House will not accede to congress, unless congress is willing to put a hook in it. And from what we have seen so far they are too cowardly. The only remaining possibility is that he has asked them to write that letter so he has cover. I doubt that is happening.

  243. A comment from another blog:

    At what time will Hillary smell blood in the water, resign, and then start to mount her challenge.

    History will probably point to when the AP called the race for Brown. However, knowing what we do about the Clitons, I’m betting it was weeks and weeks earlier when they started doing “what-if” sessions about a GOP victory in MA.

    Look at it this way. Suppose the President is thoroughly pissed that she wasn’t there last night. Suppose he’s pissed at her about anything. He has lost the political clout to do anything about it. If she resigns, or if there’s even a whisp of a conflict between them, it will look far, far worse for the President.

    Hillary is in the driver’s seat on this, mark my words.

  244. Well Carol,

    I know she’s sick but it was still a funny line.

    I’ll bet even she might get a kick out of it. I know I would.

    Having personally faced several life-threatening illnesses myself and having been in chemo wards with people far worse off than me who looked like they had one foot in the grave and yet were able to joke about their condition, my take is it’s good to laugh at oneself and there’s nothing wrong with some black humor.

    I’ve got a brother who became a quadriplegic after a freak bicycle accident and was treated at the Kessler Center, near my former home. I used to visit him all the time and the black humor traded between the paraplegics and the quadriplegics was flat out brutal. And yet it was still funny as hell. So I disagree. I think people near death appreciate a good joke.

  245. At what point does the diverting of public monies into the pockets of blood relatives under no bid arrangements constitute embezzlement? The fact that something of hypothetical value was rendered in exchange may negate that charge. But if there was no competitive bid then that raises further questions. I do not know the precise answer and there are probably House Rules that define the standard. I have not looked at those rules for many years, but I have a strong sense that what Jim Clyburn is doing is unethical and violative of House Rules. It is no defense that others have done it. When you are number three in House leadership and you behave unethically there must be consequences. I am sure he will play the race card, but race has nothing to do it. It is a matter of unethical actions. This assumes that the articles posted about him are true, and there is no reason to believe they are not true since he has made no effort to rebut them.

  246. I’m sure Obama must be puzzled over why the campaign rhetoric that the public once so loved is no longer helping him. Last night’s speech was an awkward attempt to return to those halycon days.

    The problem is that Obama has nothing to offer, not even words, in the context of actual governing. He is a community organizer, an agitator, and nothing more. Solutions are not his thing, and never have been. He can only define himself as juxtaposed against some largely exaggerated and cartoonishly defined “enemy”. When you take that familiar role away from him by handing him actual power, he flounders most pitifully in his efforts to define himself against…… himself and his own allies.

    Arguments over whether in his speech last night he was similar or dissimilar to the Obama who campaigned miss the point. The similarity or lack thereof does not lie in Obama, or his words, which are much the same as they ever were. It lies in the context in which those words are spoken. Obama’s entire rise has been predicated on railing against those in charge. Last night’s speech was a rudderless flailing to find someone, anyone, against whom to define himself, up to and including the Supreme Court.

    There isn’t anyone, Mr. President. You have the power now. You are The Man.

  247. gonzo–some comments to the article you posted at 11:27

    Yes, our President is a national embarrassment. Yes, he is ideologically challenged fool who should not be allowed to play alone with the instruments of national policy. Be patient, world. We’ll put the adults back in charge just as quickly as our Constitutional processes will allow.

    jmbreland on Jan 28th, 2010 at 1:32 pm
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    Obama doesn’t *have* to worry about the international issues – he’s got his Peace Prize already. Job done.

    tanker21 on Jan 28th, 2010 at 1:39 pm
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    Nile, One of the most insightful articles I have read. You are right on the mark. If only our press could see the weak leadership this man projects. I have not seen an administration so void of leadership in my lifetime. He is truly bringing this country to its knees before the world. Thank you for doing what the press in this country won’t do, report the truth.

  248. wbboei, the Clyburn article is an old one that I posted from a SC newspaper. Nothing was ever done, and his largely AA district continues to vote for him as their lives and fortunes decline. It’s sad.

  249. H4T

    There isn’t anyone, Mr. President. You have the power now. You are The Man.

    Well stated, unfortunately he is merely a child and the World knows…

    We could have had Hillary…

  250. Key senators from both parties have signed on to a letter, now circulating on the Hill and expected out later today, pressing President Obama to pursue sanctions against Iran, with or without United Nations support
    He cannot do this without undermining the central premise of his foreign policy approach which is that Bush erred grievously when he abandoned international institutions and proceeded unilaterally against Iraq. That is of course revisionist history. Bush acted only after international institutions were not getting the job done. Whether he should have acted then or not is a separate question, but the point is he acted at the same point that Obama is at now where collective actions by the community of nations has failed to materialize. If for some unforeseen reason he were to act then he would become Bush III on that issue as well. But on the odds he will not act, hence he will look more and more like Carter on foreign policy. Remembering the Gregorian chant of Bob Herbert a year ago, he is thoughtful man, in a thoughtful house with a thoughtful foreign policy. Not.

  251. I have a feeling that some GOP strategists (and many Dem ones) read Big Pink, since Admin (and we!) obviously have more political acumen than most of the mainstream bloviators out there. So I will do the GOP the favor of offering them some advice (the Dims need to learn other lessons before they can rebuild):

    The big lesson of MA for the GOP is to butt out in the early stages, let the people choose, and then get strongly behind the People’s choice with massive support.

    If the lesson the GOP learns from MA is to try to identify or manufacture “Scott Brown Types” from the top down, they will miss the entire point.

    Every state is different, and it is the PEOPLE of that state who know best, who have the gut instinct and feel for who is to represent them. A Brown clone might not work in Alabama. Someone entirely different may be best in Utah. The voter paradigm has shifted back to local/state representation as our founders envisioned, not a one-size-fits-all national template.

    The role of any party, whether GOP or Dem, should be to support whom the people have identified. Their role is SECONDARY. And that is the very thing they will have trouble comprehending, the last lesson they will learn from MA. The Dims have destroyed themselves not by being either “too right” or “too left”, but by ignoring this simple truth. Will the GOP follow that same path to oblivion?

    Perhaps they will take heed, because I believe the People will continue to drive that lesson home until they get it.

  252. H4T,

    I agree!

    “I have a feeling that some GOP strategists (and many Dem ones) read Big Pink.”

    I have seen a suspicious rise in the use of some of admin’s favorite phrases, like ‘boob’, ‘hopium’ and even ‘flim’flam’ at other blogs and even in print.

  253. I watched just a few minutes of Hillary’s show, and I have one question. He asked her just what if not to run for Potus again would she want to do. She said she had always been interested in some sort of politics “politique”,I don’t mean to sound dumb, but what the heck is she talking about here????

    I do have a hunch about what she do, but will keep it to myself for a while. I certainly want to know what she is talking about. She said she’s not interested in regular politics, but would be interested in politique????

  254. wbboei
    January 28th, 2010 at 10:50 am
    The man is corrupt in every sense of the word. He is why the Democratic Party is no longer worth supporting.

    Let us not forget career Congressman, Mr. Smithfield himself, John Murtha.

  255. basil9
    January 28th, 2010 at 12:33 pm


    I agree!

    You mean Obama read my comment couple of days ago where I said the Dems will be running for the hills away from him. 😉

  256. We have seen 8 years of W Bush, and now 1 year of OO. Neither were elected by the voters, and neither had the slightest idea about how to lead.

    We are angry OO all right, but our anger is used not to put people in office, but to send a message to the others, who think they can put people into office over us.

    When the voters themselves fail, such in the case of Carter, we understand that, and decide to do better the next time. When others take away our votes, and put someone the majority did not vote for into office, we get angry.

    The anger you hear in this country right now OO is not for you, it is really against both parties, as both have taken away our voice and vote.

    The Independents are now rising, and it will be interesting to see whom they put in office next.

  257. Obummer and Biden in Florida this morning lying about getting a high speed rail system. They don’t have enough money to give them that would actually complete the project, but just enough for the planning of it. Which would go to a foreign company.
    This crap has got to stop, either get enough money to get something started and finished or STFU.
    Crooks all of them.

  258. Clive Crook at the Atlantic deconstructs the oddness:

    The weirdest paragraph was this:

    “Our administration has had some political setbacks this year, and some of them were deserved. But I wake up every day knowing that they are nothing compared to the setbacks that families all across this country have faced this year. And what keeps me going – what keeps me fighting – is that despite all these setbacks, that spirit of determination and optimism – that fundamental decency that has always been at the core of the American people – lives on.”

    One could spend a while untangling that. Are we supposed to empathize with Obama for the setbacks he has suffered at the hands of voters-and admire his resilience in the face of these misfortunes? It is as though losing political support and an election or three is not a judgment on the administration’s performance: it is an accident, an injustice even, akin to somebody losing his job. But Obama will carry on, just as America’s people will carry on, because he is righteously determined to ignore the voters’ opinion.

    When you put it that way, it doesn’t sound so good.

  259. Clinton says necessary to engage the enemy

    Thursday, January 28, 2010

    LONDON (Reuters) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Thursday it was necessary to engage with enemies in order to bring peace to Afghanistan.

    She had been asked about Afghan government plans to invite the Taliban to a council of elders to discuss reconciliation.

    “You have to be willing to engage with your enemies” if you expect to end an insurgency, she told a news conference. She did not directly address the question about the council which will be for Afghans only and which the United States will not attend.

  260. Clinton, Europeans discuss Iran sanctions in London

    (AFP) – 3 hours ago

    LONDON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton joined four European counterparts in London on Thursday to discuss possible tougher sanctions on Iran over its nuclear programme, a US official said.

    Clinton huddled with Britain’s David Miliband, France’s Bernard Kouchner, Germany’s Guido Westerwelle and Italy’s Franco Frattini on the sidelines of a day-long international conference on Iraq.

    They discussed “where things stand and possible next steps both in New York (at the UN Security Council) and with respect to greater implementation of existing measures,” the official said.

    They also heard a “short briefing” from Stuart Levey, the US Treasury’s under-secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, the official said on condition of anonymity.

    Thursday’s meeting in London came a day after US President Barack Obama warned Iran of growing isolation if its pursues nuclear weapons.

    It also followed talks in the British capital between Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who said afterwards that Tehran cannot keep the world waiting forever in the standoff over its nuclear programme.

    Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States have been negotiating with Iran over its nuclear programme amid concerns that the Islamic republic is secretly developing fissile material for nuclear weapons.

    Under a UN plan, Iran — which says it only wants nuclear know-how for civilian purposes — would hand over most of its stocks of low-enriched uranium in return for French and Russian supplies of nuclear fuel enriched to the higher level required for a research reactor.

  261. Clinton Announces Support for Karzai’s Reintegration Plan

    Afghan President Hamid Karzai plans to reintegrate Taliban soldiers back into society

    VOA News 28 January 2010

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s plan to reintegrate Taliban soldiers back into society will bring greater stability and security to Afghanistan.

    Clinton addressed delegates from around 70 countries meeting Thursday in London for talks on stabilizing Afghanistan and developing a strategy to bring about an end to the Afghan war.

    Clinton said with the right incentives, many low and mid-level Taliban soldiers can become a part of Afghan democracy if they renounce violence and accept all tenets of the Afghan constitution.

    She said the United States is looking forward to the launch of an international trust fund to support the reintegration effort.

    Earlier, Afghan President Karzai officially announced the reintegration plan, which aims to lure Taliban soldiers back into mainstream society with offers of jobs and housing.

    Mr. Karzai told delegates that Afghanistan must reach out to the “disenchanted brothers” who are not part of al-Qaida or other terrorist networks.

    The Afghan president also called for support from Pakistan and Saudi Arabia to help guide the peace process.

    Mr. Karzai said he would call a council of elders, or peace jirga, to discuss reconciliation in Afghanistan.

  262. NewMexicoFan, you are correct. It is the rise of the Independents which will either renew or doom both parties. The choice is theirs as to which happens.

  263. The entire State Department budget is exempted from the spending freeze … almost

    Posted By Josh Rogin Thursday, January 28, 2010

    There’s going to be some resistance to exempting the entire foreign-affairs budget from President Obama’s promise to freeze all “non-security relations discretionary spending” for three years, as he declared in his State of the Union speech.

    The fact that all of what’s known as the “150 account” would fall outside the freeze was reported by The Cable earlier this week, prompting deep sighs of relief from professionals throughout the aid community. But then in a town-hall meeting, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton seemed to contradict that idea, warning about a coming fight over the State Department’s operations budget.

    “It’s anticipated that tomorrow the president will announce in the State of the Union a request for a three-year freeze on domestic spending. Thus far, he’s exempted foreign aid, but not State operations,” Clinton said Tuesday. “So we really have to work hard to make the case … So I think we have a strong argument and equity on our side, but I can’t stand here today and guarantee to you what’s going to happen in this budget process. So we’re going to fight as hard as we can. We’ve been extremely successful in the last year and we’re just going to redouble our efforts and try to make sure that we maintain that equitable posture going forward– in perpetuity.”

    So what was Clinton talking about? Are there parts of the State Department budget that will be frozen?

    The Cable ran it down for you, and yes, there is exactly one section that will be frozen. The International Boundary and Water Commission, which according to its website promotes cooperation in managing shared water resources and the boundary between the U.S. and Mexico, will fall under the freeze, according an official from the Office of Management and Budget.

    State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley confirmed that the commission is the only part of the state budget that isn’t exempted from the freeze because it doesn’t fall under the 150 designation. That makes up 0.002 percent of the overall foreign affairs budget, he said.

    What Clinton was talking about, according to Crowley, was the acknowledgement that some on Capitol Hill will object to the entire foreign-aid budget being exempted and the need for the secretary and other officials to make the case for continued increases in those accounts. “She’s gratified that the president sees the State Department budget as part of the national security budget, that’s exactly how she sees it,” said Crowley, adding, “She also recognizes that we’re going to have to fight for that in Congress and we have to do our part to defend why this money is crucial to the national security effort as the budget makes its way through Capitol Hill.”

    Still, it seems like Clinton was under the impression that more of the State Department operations budget wasn’t exempted. Perhaps that was the thinking and then the White House decided to exempt the full State Department budget at the last minute? Tough to know for sure.

    The budget release is Monday.

  264. Radio host Mark Levin, on National Review: “I have watched many, many State of the Union speeches. This is the most partisan, least presidential of them all. His rhetoric, his glances at the GOP side, and his almost mocking tone at times — not to mention his over-the-top dissembling about the deficit, among other things — will not, I predict, improve his position with the public.”

    How lovely….”most partisan, least presidential of them all”!!!

    Bill C. is lokking betta and betta now!!!!! even to someof thr repubs.

  265. For Obama, a polite State of the Union

    By Dana Milbank
    Thursday, January 28, 2010

    It was as cold as a meat locker in the House chamber Wednesday night as lawmakers filed in to hear President Obama”s State of the Union address. Several lawmakers donned overcoats. Two lawmakers wrapped themselves in blankets.

    If the goal was to cool the partisan tempers that have split Washington and the nation for the past year, it was a success. Obama’s speech was long, detailed and mostly conciliatory, and the reaction was bipartisan and tepid.

    Obama spoke of Americans who “give back to their country.” Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) yawned.

    Obama spoke of the need to get beyond “silly arguments.” Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) yawned.

    Obama spoke of human rights in Iran. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) yawned.

    Obama spoke about arms control. Christina Romer, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, yawned.

    Obama spoke about a jobs bill. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer elbowed his colleague Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who had fallen asleep.

    There was no shout of “You lie!” The one shout heard above all others from the Republican side came from Rep. Louie Gohmert (Tex.), after Obama exhorted the lawmakers to “show the American people that we can do it together.”

    “There we go!” Gohmert cried, getting to his feet to applaud the call to bipartisanship. Rep. Mike Pence (Ind.), head of the House GOP caucus, joined Gohmert’s standing ovation.

    It would be naive to expect the good manners to last, but at the very least, lawmakers demonstrated that, if they worked really hard at it, they still had the ability to behave themselves.

    Last fall, of course, an Obama address to a similar joint session of Congress was hijacked by the cry of a backbencher on the Republican side, Rep. Joe “You Lie!” Wilson of South Carolina.

    Instead of earning disgrace for that, Wilson became a celebrity on the right, and his campaign fundraising swelled. The reaction caused others to contemplate the value of outbursts. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) voiced what others were surely wondering: “After he raised a few million dollars off of it, I was thinking, ‘Why didn’t I say that?’ ”

    But the opposition was determined this time to be civil. The House Republican leader, John Boehner of Ohio, said at breakfast Wednesday morning that his side would be polite. “You invite someone to your home, you should be respectful and considerate,” he said.

    Obama made it easier to be polite. He didn’t even mention health care until he was half an hour into his speech. The laughter came from both sides of the aisle when Obama joked, “I didn’t take on health care because it was good politics.” He delighted the opposition with his calls for new nuclear power plants, offshore oil and gas development, and clean coal technology.

    After embarrassing themselves at Obama’s last address by typing on their BlackBerrys as he spoke, most Republicans pocketed their devices this time. Sure, there were a few Republicans who spent much of the hour typing away, including Reps. Phil Gingrey (Ga.), Patrick McHenry (N.C.) and Bill Shuster (Pa). But Democratic Reps. Loretta Sanchez (Calif.), Mike Doyle (Pa.) and Marcy Kaptur (Ohio) could be seen texting, too.

    There was the usual seesaw of alternating support from the Democratic and Republican sides. When Democrats cheered Obama’s claims of various tax cuts but Republicans sat in grim silence, the president ad-libbed: “I thought I’d get some applause on that one.”

    There were grumbles among Republicans when Obama spoke of the Bush years as “the lost decade,” and when the president mentioned the “overwhelming scientific evidence on climate change.” When Obama told lawmakers to “let me know” if they have a better approach to health reform, Boehner stood and raised his hand to offer.

    But the only thing approaching a disruption during the speech came from the Democratic side, where an unidentified man, believed to be a foreign diplomat, raised his hand and began to shout, “Mr. President!” One of the more visible displays of dissent came from, of all people, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, who from his second-row seat appeared to mouth “not true” and shook his head “no” when Obama said last week’s court ruling would allow foreign money in politics.

    Among the best behaved in the chamber was Joe Wilson himself, who sat in the sixth row deep on the Republican side, almost the same spot where he was for his “You lie!” performance. When Obama made his entrance, Wilson stood and applauded for several minutes.

    He jumped to his feet again when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) formally introduced Obama. He rose again to join Democrats in cheering Obama’s claim that he has “never been more hopeful about America’s future.”

    He was one of the first to his feet when Obama argued that “the best anti-poverty program around is a world-class education.” He even stood, though more slowly, for Obama’s admonition that lawmakers “not walk away” from Americans without health insurance.

    Even before Obama had finished, colleagues began trickling out to Statuary Hall for TV interviews. The moment Obama finished, there was a mad dash toward the cameras. But Wilson stood and applauded — liberally — until Obama departed. No lie.

  266. politique: maybe a talks show host/guest; teach politics at a univ?…..some things that is running in her mind!

  267. While Obama read his list of complaints and blames,Joe Biden the Bobolink looked like the bird following a team of horses down the road at lunch time.A couple of sad sacks.

  268. H4T, much of that para was stolen from Hillary’s response at the debate and he even tried to say it with a lot of emotion and whispering and stuff. Disgusting.

  269. He is definitely stealing Hillary’s stump speeches that she used near the end of her campaign when she was kicking his ass in state after state.

    He can’t hold a candle to her. He sounded fake.

  270. I can’t see Hillary Clinton ever becoming a “talk show” host. I could see her teaching politics or doing work world over the likes of what her husband does though.

    I could also see her being called to serve internationally in some capacity.

  271. Every single Democrat in the Senate just voted to raise the debt ceiling. Every single Republican just voted against it. I repeat, the ENTIRE Democratic Senate voted for more debt to fund Obama’s hare-brained search for some “legacy”.

    Fiscal conservative Democrats do NOT exist anymore in the Dimocratic Party. They’ve all been driven out or co-opted.

  272. Rasmussen out:

    Before speech: -15

    After – 17

    And it’s a 3-day rolling, so he had to have tanked BAD for the 3-day average to dip by 2 points.

  273. HforT

    Obviously he is no BC, as BC’s popularity would rise after the State of the Union Speech. That right there tells you he is like many other Presidents, and he is not a shaker of Washington. If you believed him the first time, shame on him, if you believe him the second time, SHAME ON YOU.

  274. ROTFLMAOAPMIP!!!! Okay, you guys have to go read this. Conservative Chris Buckley (son of William F.) has been even worse than Tweety in his Obama-love. He wrote a veritable love sonnet to Obama last night, where he swooned and got tingly and claimed he was moved to tears by the speech.

    Ace of Spades pulls him apart, snarkily, cruelly, and hilariously. He’s like, like, like a MAESTRO of mockery of Buckley:

  275. Well, the bots on another board that I frequent, think the speech was “wonderful” and isn’t it great that he is so bipartisan? Although, they say, the effort for bipartisanship is to his detriment at times.

  276. For Obama, a polite State of the Union

    By Dana Milbank
    Thursday, January 28, 2010
    Is this bastard worth a paycheck. No not Obama–we know the answer to that question. I mean moron Milbank. The idea that anyone in their right mind would pay him money to produce this kind of trip proves that there are other morons in WashPo besides him and indeed higher up the food chain. Dana is a world class dullard. No talent whatsoever. Just a snark.

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