We Miss You Bill Clinton

Update II: News that should get Bill Clinton up and dancing. Clinton Karma strikes again at the Chappaquiddick Chauffeur we used to defend, but no longer (this means no more Kennedys in Congress):

Rep. Patrick Kennedy has decided not to seek re-election to Congress, saying his life is “taking a new direction.”

More HERE.

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Update: Plenty of Bill Clinton videos in the comments. Bill Clinton after the planes hit:

New Yorkers sought his solace as one after another approached him, some in tears, showing him copies of photos of loved ones or friends who are among the missing. In the Clinton style, he responded with hugs for some, and reassurances, telling one woman who weeped on his shoulder, “They’re still finding people. Don’t give up hope.”

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Imagine a world without Bill Clinton!

Recently a billboard appeared in Minnesota with a picture of George W. Bush and the question “Miss Me Yet?” To be polite we thought George W. Bush was the worst president ever, but compared to Barack H. Obama we can easily understand why many would miss George W. Indeed when we saw a picture of that billboard we thought of our article from March 2009 called Obama and the Tiberius Lesson:

“Inexperienced, unqualified, treacherous, and incompetent, Barack Obama might perform an impossible Herculean task: Make George W. Bush not be the “Worst President Ever”. “Worst President Ever” is a moniker with a tag that says “temporarily occupied – reserved for Barack Obama”.[snip]

Tiberius knew he was the “Worst Emperor Ever” but he had a plan to make himself look good: make his successor so bad that the epithet “Worst Emperor Ever” would be handed over to the new guy.

At first the new guy, the new Emperor, was loved by the people and hailed as a savior (especially by himself). Eventually the Tiberius legacy scheme succeeded beyond expectation.

The Emperor inaugurated after Tiberius was none other than Caligula. Caligula, who thought himself a Messiah. Caligula eventually relieved Tiberius of the moniker “Worst Emperor Ever”.”

Poor George W. Bush had to follow Bill Clinton. Lucky George W. Bush followed by Barack Obama.

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The news about Bill Clinton:

Former President Bill Clinton was taken to a Manhattan hospital late this afternoon and two stents were installed in one of his coronary arteries, his office said.

Clinton, 63, was transported to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan for a condition related to his heart.

The former president’s counselor Douglas Band released a statement saying that Clinton is in “good spirits.”

We’re not surprised at all that Bill is in “good spirits” but he has us worried. We cannot afford to lose him.



Bill Clinton, you must take care of yourself. We need you now more than ever (especially with you know who in the White House).

“President Clinton is in good spirits and will continue to focus on the work of his Foundation and Haiti’s relief and long-term recovery efforts,” Band said.

ABC News’ chief political correspondent George Stephanopoulos reports that sources tell him “this is not life-threatening.”

Stephanopoulos, commenting on Clinton’s non-stop work ethic, said the former president has worked “20 hours a day for the last 20 years.”

Bill, you must get some rest. We need you (especially with you know who in the White House).

State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said Secretary Clinton was scheduled to leave for an overseas trip to Qatar and Saudi Arabia Friday. It wasn’t immediately known whether the trip would still take place, and Secretary Clinton headed for New York this evening to be with her husband.

Hillary was holding a tutorial for bumbling Obama at the White House when she heard the news.

“She left the White House after her meeting with President Obama in the Oval Office, and is now headed to New York City. If we have anything to add beyond that, we will, including any changes to her schedule in the coming days,” the State Department said in a statement.

One source told ABC News, however, that Secretary Clinton is still planning to head to Middle East on Friday. One source said that should “speak volumes” about the ex-president’s condition.

Imagine a world without Bill Clinton!



We can’t afford to lose Bill Clinton.

Clinton underwent a quadruple coronary artery bypass operation at the same hospital in September 2004. Clinton had the surgery after experiencing mild chest pain and shortness of breath days before.

Clinton did not have a heart attack at that time, but what appeared to be unstable angina, which is a muscle pain that indicates the heart may be starved of oxygen. In other words, he did not sustain heart damage back then, although indicated a developing health problem.

There was a subsequent operation about four months later to correct a complication, but all indications are he tolerated the procedure well.

Just imagine a world without Bill Clinton!

Horrible, horrible, horrible (especially with you know who in the White House).

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139 thoughts on “We Miss You Bill Clinton

  1. admin: She was giving Obama a tutorial at the WH? ROTFLMAO!! I needed that as I have been worrying about our last great President, the last two have been duds.

  2. confloyd
    February 11th, 2010 at 5:59 pm
    In all fairness to Fox they gave him a little longer than that. It was time for Glenn and he had to get his mindless sheep following the advice he is giving them.
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    If it was longer, it was not much in all fairness.

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    I can’t imagine a day with out Bill. Terrifying actually.

    God bless Bill and Hillary.

  3. When Bill say’s “we got to get it right”, you can feel the truth in it and know he wil do what ever it takes.

    With the Fraud, hide your silver…He who talk’s with forked tongue…

  4. No One is working in D.C., the whole place is shut down due to the snow. Who was at work but Hillary Clinton. That just says it all. I know Donna doesn’t want to lose the workerbees.

  5. I saw a scroll on TV that Hillary has cancelled her trip? Darn, now that worries me. Hopefully it’s just that she doesn’t want to leave him while he’s recuperating.

  6. My husband had a stent put in in 04′, there was practically no recovery time. Just time for the groin incision. He was never phased.

  7. confloyd,

    My brother had a stent put in last summer and his wife was by his side constantly because of their devotion for each other. He is fine now.

    I’m sure Hillary wants to be with him no matter what and that is why she is going. I doubt she would let Chelsea handle this on her own.

  8. admin: Thanks, I also enjoyed the video. I had tears! I got tickled at Carville, he spoke after the republican. He said he appreciated the love the republicans have for Bill now, but they tried to run him out of office. You gotta love Carville. He is blunt!

  9. the world would be a VERY, VERY, VERY EMPTY PLACE without Bill Clinton and Bill Clinton’s big heart and smart brain…

    as i have said and said on my birthday card to Bill’s birthday website…Bill Clinton is like our Presdent to the World…that is how I think of him…President to the World Bill Clinton…

    …everytime there is trouble…everytime someone needs to be rescued…everytime there is a world disaster…who do they call??? Bill Clinton…Bill Clinton…Bill Clinton

    a few posts ago I said they should just clone Bill Clinton because everyone wants a piece of him to help this one and save that one…to solve this and take care of that…O gets in trouble…and who does he call…the guy he wanted to turn the page on…

    funny, I just heard Ed Rendell on the Ed Shultz show and Shultz cut him off when Ed just said it like it is…that everyone wants Bill…when asked who they want they all want Bill well over wanting O…

    Gergen on CNN…the same thing…the truth just comes pouring out…how beloved Bill is all over the world…how hard he works and how much he has done so unselfishly for so many…the money he has raised to help the less fortunate and in need…
    Gergen flatly saying that Bill is the best speaker in politics in our era…(whoa – truth really spilling out today…)

    O, O who? next to Bill Clinton he is but a fluke…a speck…a phoney…

  10. Gergen flatly saying that Bill is the best speaker in politics in our era…(whoa – truth really spilling out today…)

    HELL YES HE IS!!!!

  11. many of Bill’s friends on tv talking about how as soon as Bill got thru with his quadruple by pass surgery years ago he went right on the trail to campaign for Kerry…we all remember that…and how did that rat repay Bill and his big healing heart…he turned on Bill and Hillary…

    …a scare like this makes all the truth rise to the surface…

    …President Bill Clinton…listen to admin…take it easy…rest…we need you…we need Hillary…and Hillary needs you…Chelsea needs you…take it easy…rest and heal…take your time…take some time for yourself…

  12. S, thanks for posting Ed Rendell’s comments. This all reminds us of our rebuke of Ben Smith’s stooooopid article called: “Game Over: The Clintons Stand Alone.” Stoopid, stooooopid, stupid.

    Not alone, but bigger than ever (especially with you know who in the White House). 🙂

  13. SHE DIDN’T KNOW THIS AM
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    Sources told The New York Times that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton did not learn of her husband’s condition until she had concluded a meeting in the Oval Office with President Barack Obama. Mrs. Clinton then left Washington and headed for New York.

  14. He was on a conference call concerning Haiti when they wheeled him into the operating room. OMG! this man does not rest. Its all about everyone else, its never been about himself or herself.

  15. Funny that the Bushes have already released statements and well wishes, but crickets from the Whitehouse. They likely hate the focus on Bill in the news cycle, and the unspoken contrats being drown.

    Michelle is ripping sleeves as she hears America remembering how much they really do love Bill. Obama is our having a smoke, and contemplating throwing himself down the stairs for some press attention.

  16. shultz talking about Bill and all his efforts for so many years stuggling to create PEACE IN THE WORLD…

    duh? that’s right…a true, genuine humanitarian and peacemaker…a peacemaker in Ireland, Kosovo, a valiant try with Israel and Palestine…and who gets the Nobel Peace Prize??? and for what?

    O is like a fluke, a tiny speck, a big phoney next to Bill (and Hillary) Clinton…

  17. I hate to inject a little cynicism, but it really is amazing at how the media are praising Bill Clinton at this time. I wonder how long it will last.

  18. S, your right who gets the peace prize? Of coarse Bill Clinton does these things for the people, not for himself as others have done.

  19. JanH, Your right, anything to sell airtime. That’s all they ever wanted out of Bill, they made a ton of money off him and Hillary.

  20. HillaryForTexas, we are sure that Obama is steaming and furious tonight. He thought Bill Clinton was no longer a problem and was now “alone”. Instead, tonight B.O. turns on the wall of TVs and sees a smiling/working Bill Clinton instead of his own mug. Michelle is yanking sleeves off the maids.

  21. youtube.com/watch?v=76AMb8HzD_4&feature=player_embedded

    Real American Hero: A Tribute to Bill Clinton

    We love you Bill…take it easy…

  22. youtube.com/watch?v=Ycwt2WEL1yg&feature=player_embedded

    another tribute to Bill…with photos and good memories…it ends with – the last truly elected President of the USA

    …makes you remember what it was like to have a real President running the show…ah, the good old days…

  23. All these videos are so heartwarming. I’m sorry for the reason, but it makes me realize just what an amazing man he continues to be.

    It never hurts to be reminded.

  24. Admin, thanks for that great video from the 1992 convention…please indulge me when I say I was there that night and it was probably one of the most exciting events in my life…

    I will never forget watching the big screen set up on the stage as Bill, Hill and young Chelsea walked down that long tunnel in Madison Sq Garden to come to the stage…OMG…the place went CRAZY! the excitement…the high hopes…the positive energy was unbelievable…

    …there are people in this world that are special and rare…people that are one in a million…that’s our Bill…and Hill is the female version..

  25. The republicans don’t want to give him credit for the economy or getting folks off welfare, afterall wasn’t that their job. They give all the credit to Reagan.

  26. I have one friend who had a triple bypass 15 years ago, and 3 stents and he is doing just fine. He exercises, and lives an active live.

    I have another friend that has 16 stents, and she is doing great also. Hillary need not stay home and hold his hand.

  27. Yes, Confloyd, I agree.

    In fact he probably will go home tomorrow, as there was not incision, just a cut in the leg artery.

  28. HillaryForTexas, we are sure that Obama is steaming and furious tonight. He thought Bill Clinton was no longer a problem and was now “alone”. Instead, tonight B.O. turns on the wall of TVs and sees a smiling/working Bill Clinton instead of his own mug.
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    Admin: you are right. Obama is shaken to the core by this showing of appreciation for Bill Clinton the humanitarian and global leader. That was to have been Obama’s billet. And while praise is heaped on Bill doubts are being voiced by supporters as well as opponents against Obama. Three years to go before this is over. Will he make it? More important will the country make it? Barack you screw-off–get back on the golf course where you belong. Your screw-ups are destroying our future.

  29. “The miracle that is Bill” by Laura Ling:

    A proud and grateful Hillary, who still stays on message for her country:

  30. The photo that I’ll always remember of Bill was taken on 9/11. He was standing off in the distance with his head down in his hand. I couldn’t find the picture just now, but it summed up how I felt. I knew Bush wasn’t up to the task and I was so glad Bill was on the ground, helping to organize and talk to people. i know he made a difference.

    In some ways, it feels like the whole country has been on hold since he was president. I thought that when Hillary was elected, we could move forward again. These past 9 years feel like a nightmare. Surely, this can’t be the real history of our nation. But it is.

    we need human progress in this country so badly and the number of leaders that can lead this bulky apparatus is few and far between. Jamming legislation through that is opposed by the majority of the nation isn’t leading. That’s just con artist bullshit. Leaders change the course of the nation by bringing people along with them. As much as the right wants to deny that Clinton did that, history says otherwise. And how we all feel today does as well.

  31. If she is going ahead and leaving on Saturday so I think he is OK. I know that is what Fox wanted, as at this point they did not want anyone to remember Bill while they are actively slaughtering Hillary every day.

  32. Bill needs to take care of himself. He has a daughter to walk down the aisle this summer!

    The world and his family need him.

  33. Basement Angel, New Yorkers will never forget the day of the horrible 9/11 week when Bill Clinton got out of his car in Union Square Park. It was dark as if night, and the charnel house smoke rose from lower Manhattan.

    http://web.archive.org/web/20050217152253/http://www.newsday.com/ny-nyclin142365598sep14,0,5242450.story

    Over now familiar refrains of “that’s unreal,” and “I can’t believe it,” and pregnant moans of “wow,” a spectacle of a different kind captured unblinking New Yorkers yesterday afternoon. Out of Manhattan’s Union Square came a welcome and commanding sight: former President Bill Clinton, surrounded by a growing mass of people.

    Shortly after 4 p.m. Clinton walked south on University Place, starting at 14th Street. He immediately drew a crowd, most of whom just happened to be walking by. Others emerged from stores and apartments. Many snapped pictures or waved flags in a spontaneous moment of patriotism and giddiness over a celebrity. For his part, Clinton restrained himself from returning smiles, greeting people instead with earnest expressions of concern.

    “We need to just bolster people’s spirits right now, and support the president and the government,” he said between handshakes. “They’re going to need some time with this.”

    Clinton, who was in Australia when New York and Washington, D.C., were attacked, said he had spent the previous 24 hours flying to New York on an Air Force plane. He was kept informed of developments by his wife, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.). Except for a phone conversation with National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, he said he has not spoken to anyone at the White House.

    Clinton, was accompanied during his walk by his daughter, Chelsea, who stood with a female friend about her age well apart from the center of the crowd.

    “We just wanted to support the people affected the most, New Yorkers,” said Chelsea Clinton, who said that like most people she had spent the past few days watching television, incredulous.

    New Yorkers sought his solace as one after another approached him, some in tears, showing him copies of photos of loved ones or friends who are among the missing. In the Clinton style, he responded with hugs for some, and reassurances, telling one woman who weeped on his shoulder, “They’re still finding people. Don’t give up hope.”

    For the 300 to 400 people who saw Clinton, his appearance was energizing.

    “It was a nice lift,” said Rhon Reynolds, 30, who lives in Manhattan. “I really needed it today. It’s been like a war zone here. Everyone’s wearing masks. I managed to cry just yesterday. Just to see him here really helped. He represents an era for us, the best era, a great financial time and a time when we seemed to have good relations with foreign governments.”

    Many said Clinton’s short appearance both magnified and made up for what they called President George W. Bush’s shortcomings during this crisis. The White House announced that the president would visit New York, for the first time, today.

    “So far he has not been a comforting presence,” said Emily Vacchiano, 26, who lives in SoHo. “He has not conveyed compassion or strength. Just the sight of him [Clinton] cheered everyone up today.”

    Michael Siller, 38, also of Manhattan said, “I didn’t vote for Clinton but at least I always felt he was in charge. That feeling has been missing here.”

    Clinton turned left onto 11th Street, stopping in front of The Little Antique Shop before boarding an escorted Ford van with tinted windows. He saluted the crowd, which then broke into a chant of “U-S-A,” to which Clinton offered a thumbs-up before disappearing to wild cheers.

  34. you know what I am thinking after listening to the blunt and overwhelming praise and accolades and recognition of the enormous amount of good work and appreciation of Bill’s amazing communication skills and intelligence from all kinds of people on tv…I think many of these people finally feel unleashed to say what they truly believe, without being hampered with trying to prop up O or give false witness to him…listening to Ed Rendell, Gergen, Lanny, Ed Shultz who attacked Bill and Hill relentlessley during the primaries, Dennis Kucinich, and the rest I heard this afternoon…even the repubs…it was like they were finally free to speak the truth about the great Bill Clinton…without reservation…or without having to worry about O

    O seems so small and puny next to even the thought of BC…Bill and Hill the workhorses for the USA and the world…and O the showboater with his teleprompter…big sigh!

  35. Shepard Smith on Fox News just reported that Bill Clinton was on a conference call when wheeled into the hospital. Never stops working.

  36. I was just viewing the video’s you posted on Bill in 1992 and his MIL was talking about Bill and Hill and how they had such synergy when they are together that is indescrible…

    To think we had this great opportunity to have them again leading this great nation in such trying times. i knew they are doing everything they can right now and thank God Hillary is SOS, but, we could have done so much more.

    Funny how there are real records of his life, real people talking about him, and here we have this false “god’, little g, with no history, no accomplishments, nothing. I will never understand it, never forget this, and hopefully this Country can repair itself.

    I too feel that we have had 9 years of insanity…it could have been 8, and now it looks like 12 @ least.

  37. frankly, I wish Hillary would stay with Bill…even if he is fine…it is valentine’s day…he just got two stents…Saudia Arabia can wait…it will still be there with all its problems…the clintons need to think about themselves and their family…the world can wait a few days…

  38. Just want to say, I love Bill Clinton and I think he deserves the Nobel Peace Prize. Bzero receiving the NPP has really demeaned the prize, IMHO.

    Stent placement is routine, but complications do arise, so he must be monitored to make sure that a piece of plague doesn’t dislodge and cause a cardiac or pulmonary arrest.

  39. S
    February 11th, 2010 at 7:54 pm
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    I doubt it. They want to be on record for being magnanimous. Period. Ed Rendell maybe, the others. All BS. They are all looking out for number one.

  40. Jan…it was truly amazing…I had gone to many rallys for BC in Los Angeles and to the Biltmore in downtown LA where Carville and everyone was prior to that night in NYC…and everyone was always so excited and really mesmerized by Bill when he spoke…always from the heart and with a mental outline in his head…no teleprompter, hardly ever used notes (same for Hillary)…just from his heart and head…but that night in NY at Madison Square Garden with all the state delegations there was something I will never, ever forget…

    …and to think we could have Hillary as President, if not for the corruption of the party that Bill brought back to life…

  41. To think we couldv’e had a repeat of the Clinton years with the knowledge of what worked and what did not. You reckon the puppetmasters would not have wanted that. If we have a complete collapse I hope that jerks go broke.

  42. Well if CNN is the only channel monitoring what is going on, they may just get their best ratings in years.

    hmmm…I wonder what that will tell them???

  43. I watching CNN, they’ve been covering completely since it happened. Fox cut to Glenn Beck and let him rave on today. I wonder if he slammed Hillary today?

  44. admin: you might be right about Hillary tutoring Obama today. I just heard that Bill was also working on fighting childhood obesity so Bill must be tutoring Meanchelle.

    Those two need to listen to Bill and Hillary, of coarse they won’t because those who they keep close will never let them learn anything from the Clinton’s.

  45. Times is saying that have no article on Patterson. Looks like Axelrove’s is at it again.

    One commenter said now is a good time for Hillary to quit the SOS job and go home and start running for POTUS. I say hellyeah!

  46. Hey, read up on the Clinton Foundation and use the space at the Gratefulness site where you can comment to acknowledge the work he is doing. So many people have no idea what Bill actually does. And it’s such a wonderful site. Let’s use it and this moment to help educate a few more people about the value of the Clinton Foundation.

    I’m totally broke right now, but I’m going to try and make a donation to the Clinton Foundation tomorrow. Even if it’s only $5.

  47. China warns of damage from Obama-Dalai meet

    BEIJING — China on Friday urged the United States to call off a meeting between President Barack Obama and exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama to prevent further damage to already strained ties.

    The White House, in defiance of repeated angry Chinese protests in recent days, has said Obama would meet the Dalai Lama next week in Washington, just as the US leader seeks Beijing’s help in imposing tough new sanctions on Iran.

    Beijing has lodged a solemn representation with Washington, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said in a statement. “We firmly oppose the Dalai Lama visiting the United States and US leaders having contact with him,” Ma said.

    “We urge the US side to fully understand the high sensitivity of Tibet-related issues, and honour its commitment to recognise Tibet as part of China and to oppose ‘Tibet independence’,” he added.

    “China urges the US… to immediately call off the wrong decision of arranging for President Obama to meet with the Dalai Lama… to avoid any more damage to Sino-US relations.”

    Despite political pressure at home, Obama avoided meeting the Dalai Lama when the Buddhist monk was in Washington last year, in an apparent bid to set relations off on a good foot with Beijing early in his presidency.

    Obama, however, told Chinese leaders during his trip to Beijing in November that he planned to meet with the Dalai Lama, who is widely respected in the United States but branded a separatist by Beijing. Obama knows Chinese support is vital if he is to succeed in winning unanimous backing at the UN Security Council for the tough regime of sanctions he wants to impose on Iran for stepping up its suspect nuclear work.

    Next week’s meeting in Washington comes at a time when Sino-US relations have already soured over the sale of a 6.4-billion-dollar package of US weapons to Taiwan, which Beijing regards as Chinese territory. Related article: China says it has ‘no dissidents’

    Beijing last week said it “resolutely opposes” the planned visit by the Dalai Lama, who fled Tibet into exile in India in 1959, and particularly any meetings with US leaders.

    The Dalai Lama, 74, fled his homeland after a failed uprising against Chinese rule. That came nine years after Chinese troops were sent to take control of the region.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iVQg4_79ahdN2_sW7PYq9VwE1r7Q

  48. We must NEVER forget what the MSM did to slander and lie about Bill Clinton and to hammer incestantly the message that Americans should hate both Clintons. We must never forget what Fox News, hate radio, the Republicans, the elites, and even the Democrat party did to Bill and Hillary.

    We also must never forget all the good the best president of our lifetime did for this country and what he and Hillary continue to do.

    Bill Clinton, you make me proud to have been born and raised at the same time you were in a state with a place called Hope.

  49. Obama hammered in poll

    By Washington correspondent Craig McMurtrie

    A poll shows more than two thirds of respondents are fed up with the Obama administration.

    There is no sign of a thaw in Republican resistance to President Barack Obama’s agenda in snow-covered Washington.

    Now a new opinion poll may have strengthened the hand of his opponents.

    The Washington Post/American ABC News survey shows that while most Americans are fed up with the political gridlock in Congress, it is the Democrats and Barack Obama who are paying the biggest price.

    The poll shows more than two thirds of those polled are fed up with the US Government and Congress. It is the worst negative rating recorded by the poll in 14 years.

    But it also shows that while respondents blame partisanship and both major parties for a lack of action in Washington, they are ready to punish Democrats in the mid-term elections later this year.

    While Mr Obama’s overall approval rating is still steady, the survey shows he is losing ground to Republicans in terms of who the public trusts more to handle key issues including healthcare, terrorism and the economy.

    His once seemingly impregnable leads are eroding. His one-time 35-point advantage over Republicans on managing the economy was always going to slide, but now it is down to just five points.

    That might explain why the White House and the President are changing tack. “Let’s get the relevant parties together, let’s put the best ideas on the table,” Mr Obama said on Tuesday. “My hope is that we can find enough overlap that we can say this is the right way to move forward, even if I don’t get every single thing that I want.”

    Mr Obama has invited the Republican leadership to a televised healthcare summit later this month. “I’m ready to move off some of the preferences of my party in order to meet them (Republicans) halfway, but there’s got to be some give from their side as well,” he said.

    “That’s true on healthcare, that’s true on energy, that’s true on financial reform, that’s what I’m hoping gets accomplished at the summit.”

    Long time congressional scholar Thomas Mann says Democrats are paying the price of incumbency.
    “The Republicans as a party, as a brand, have not taken great advantage of it but because of the sour public mood and the natural instinct to take that out on the party of power, I think Republicans are benefitting,” he said. “The Democrats will lose seats in both the House and the Senate. “The severity of the losses depends very much on what happens between now and then, most importantly in the real economy and the direction of the employment and the general sense of whether or not things are getting measurably better in the country.

    “But it also depends upon the Democrats averting a collapse and being seen as the party that can’t govern.”

    Mr Mann says the poll is a significant comment on Mr Obama’s capacity to govern in these circumstances. “It’s not very complimentary,” he said. “I think people for the most part still like him, but they see things not working very well and so they’re questioning his abilities.

    “Let me tell you, I think the markets now show a pretty high probability of an Obama re-election, I’d place it at three out of four chance. “I think the likelihood of a gradual economic recovery and some legislative successes together with his obvious talents and intelligence, makes it way, way too early to even think about writing him off.”

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/02/12/2817718.htm?section=justin

  50. Southern Born, Agreed, we should never forget. Did you hear what Carville said? He said he was all nice and everything that the republicans can something nice about him but they tried to remove him from the WhiteHouse. The republican that was here looked shellshocked! Carville was worried about his pal Bill.

  51. There is an old saying, don’t promise you can fix something, unless you can. Why, because people will expect you to do it.

    OK, it is not such an old saying, it is my saying.

  52. Obama will help select location of Khalid Sheik Mohammed terrorism trial

    By Anne E. Kornblut and Carrie Johnson
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Friday, February 12, 2010

    President Obama is planning to insert himself into the debate about where to try the accused mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, three administration officials said Thursday, signaling a recognition that the administration had mishandled the process and triggered a political backlash.

    Obama initially had asked Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to choose the site of the trial in an effort to maintain an independent Justice Department. But the White House has been taken aback by the intense criticism from political opponents and local officials of Holder’s decision to try Khalid Sheik Mohammed in a civilian courtroom in New York.

    Administration officials acknowledge that Holder and Obama advisers were unable to build political support for the trial. And Holder, in an interview Thursday, left open the possibility that Mohammed’s trial could be switched to a military commission, although he said that is not his personal and legal preference.

    “At the end of the day, wherever this case is tried, in whatever forum, what we have to ensure is that it’s done as transparently as possible and with adherence to all the rules,” Holder said. “If we do that, I’m not sure the location or even the forum is as important as what the world sees in that proceeding.”

    Administration officials said the president’s involvement has to do with securing congressional funding for the costly trial before bipartisan efforts to strip financing for the case against Mohammed and four alleged co-conspirators gain greater momentum. They said it was a matter of national security, not just politics.

    Senior White House officials said that the decision to try Mohammed in New York was Holder’s and that no single person in the administration was responsible for handling the politics of that choice. In an effort to avoid leaks, Holder kept the decision close in the days leading up to his Nov. 13 news conference, calling New York officeholders that day to inform them. Several New York officials said they have dealt exclusively with Holder, first during the rollout of the announcement and more recently as he struggles to find another venue.

    Officials acknowledged that Holder does not deserve all the blame for the political problems. “Their building represents what they do — justice. It’s rightly not staffed with people who have to worry about congressional relations or federal funding,” one White House official said.

    At first blush, the choice of New York made sense to many lawyers inside and outside of the administration: Judges and prosecutors there have handled serious national security trials, the Manhattan courthouse and tunneled detention complex would not require any of the suspects to move aboveground, and security costs would be lower than building a new facility.

    But several sources questioned why the administration — especially one replete with political veterans — has not done a better job of managing the complex politics of national security. “How did this happen?” asked Rep. Peter T. King (R-N.Y.). “It was being blind to political realities, and I don’t mean partisan politics. I mean the real, legitimate grass-roots feelings. They misread it.”

    Managing the politics of terrorism has not been assigned to one person at the White House. Many people are dealing with the issue of the trial, including Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, National Security Council Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, deputy national security adviser Thomas E. Donilon, senior adviser David Axelrod and White House press secretary Robert Gibbs. Increasingly, Phil Schiliro, the head of White House legislative affairs, has worked on building support in Congress. The new White House counsel, Bob Bauer, is also managing “a central piece of it,” one senior White House adviser said.

    Word of Obama’s increased attention to one of the biggest national security issues he inherited comes as disagreement grows over the Justice Department’s use of federal courts to try accused terrorists. George W. Bush’s administration employed that strategy at least 100 times, but the public mood has shifted since the Mohammed trial announcement and a thwarted Christmas Day airline bombing plot.

    According to the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll, 55 percent of voters say military tribunals should be used to try suspected terrorists, compared with 39 percent who say the civilian court system should be used. In November, there was an even split on this question. Still, Obama has an advantage on national security, with a majority of Americans continuing to approve of the way he is handling the threat of terrorism — his highest-rated issue — and 47 percent saying they mainly trust Obama on the issue compared with 42 percent who trust the GOP.

    Officials across the administration recognize that they have been slow to respond, defend and communicate their position, prompting a flurry of forceful comments over the past week. Democrats, to help the administration push back on Republican attacks, sent Obama a letter Thursday afternoon that endorsed the use of federal criminal courts. “Our system of justice is strong enough to prosecute the people who have attacked us,” wrote Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick J. Leahy (Vt.) and Senate Intelligence Chairman Dianne Feinstein (Calif.).

    In his interview, Holder reiterated his belief that a civilian trial would be the best legal option for Mohammed. “Trying the case in an article III court is best for the case and best for our overall fight against al-Qaeda,” he said. “The decision ultimately will be driven by: How can we maximize our chances for success and bring justice to the people responsible for 9/11, and also to survivors?”

    Holder reflected on his first year as the nation’s top law enforcement official and the nature of his interaction with the White House on counterterrorism, his top priority. “What I’ve tried to do is re-establish the department in the way that it has always been seen at its best, as an agency that is independent, given the unique responsibilities that it has,” he said. “But to be truly effective in the national security sphere, you’ve got to involve partners outside this building. To make decisions the AG has to make, you have to involve the commander in chief and these other people. I’m part of the national security team in a way that I’m not involved in the environmental resources team, the civil rights team.”

    Support from allies on Capitol Hill may not translate into a venue that would welcome a trial of Mohammed and four other defendants, especially after New York’s mayor, police commissioner and senior U.S. senator all but ruled out Holder’s first choice: the courthouse in Manhattan.

    White House officials said that negotiations with Congress are underway — even suggesting that some sort of deal may be in the works, with the White House using the Mohammed trial as an opening to prod Congress to act on a range of detainee-related issues. “Our hope would be that we could use the increased attention to the issue on Capitol Hill to come up with a solution to this piece of a much bigger puzzle,” one senior adviser said.
    Administration officials said the decision will be made soon.

    Obama gave little clue about how the administration will proceed when he was asked Sunday about the trial. But he made clear that, in a shift from last year, he is now part of the decision-making process, saying in a CBS interview that Manhattan was still an option. “I have not ruled it out,” Obama said.

    If the White House is unable to find a civilian court where the Mohammed trial can be held, and if the political pressure continues, the administration may be forced to shift to a military commission.

    Officials in the states where a civilian trial could be held have voiced clear opposition to hosting one. Two of the likeliest states with ties to the terrorist attacks — New Jersey and Virginia — recently elected Republican governors. Two other potential states — New York and Pennsylvania — have key 2010 elections. One possible site is the town of Newburgh, N.Y. State officials have said they would fight that move.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/11/AR2010021105011.html

  53. Note to Mr.Craig McMurtrie

    It’s not about the “markets”

    READ OUR BIG PINK LIPS

    WE DON’T TRUST OBAMA – HE IS NOT TO BE TRUSTED BY FRIEND OR FOE!
    OBAMA IS NOT TRUST WORTHY.

    The markets status will never change obama or his friends trust worthiness

  54. just checking in,

    Admin another great post!

    i have been following the board today just been too busy to sit down and really join in.

    I too wish Big Dog a speedy recovery and I’m glad to hear Hillary will get to spend some time with bill rather than traveling.

  55. This news should get Bill Clinton up and dancing (BTW, another one bites the dust):

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/news/ap/politics/2010/Feb/11/kennedy_won_t_run_for_re_election_in_ri.html

    Rep. Patrick Kennedy has decided not to seek re-election to Congress, saying his life is “taking a new direction.”

    Kennedy taped a message to be aired on television in Rhode Island on Sunday night. The Associated Press viewed the message ahead of the announcement.

    The decision by the eight-term congressman comes less than a month after a stunning Republican upset in the race for the Massachusetts Senate seat his late father, Edward Kennedy, held for almost half a century.

    Patrick Kennedy has been in and out of treatment for substance abuse since crashing his car outside the U.S Capitol in 2006. Still, he has been comfortably re-elected twice since then, after making mental health care his signature issue.

  56. Jan– caveat emptor: Thomas Mann is a partisan. He is a senior member of the Brookings Institute which is a dimocratic think tank. That alone influences his thinking. Futhermore he is tied to Obama. For those reasons he is incapable of rendering what might be charitably described as an objective opinion with respect to Obama’s chances for reelection.

    ABC is a heavily biased network. A number of their people work inside the Obama Administration. Soros is heavily invested in them. The poll they conducted is harmful to Obama. They know that. And that is why they went to this Obama shill, Mann, to render a positive opinion. It is called damage control.

    Evidently, Mann is the Delphic Oracle. Without knowing what the condition of the economy will be in 2012, the unemployment rate will look like. whether inflation will be out of control, whether there will be a terrorist attack, what our debt load will look like, what will happen in the Chicago trials, and who the Republican opponent he blandly assures us that says the chances are 3 out of 4 that Obama will be re elected. This is a non-sequitur.

    Only a bought and paid for shill would say something like that. The chances he is right are zero out of four..

  57. Here is wishing BC speedy recovery and good health for eternity.

    Admin, if you like, please embed BC’s healthcare reform address in 1993. The embed code is at this link:
    http://millercenter.org/scripps/archive/speeches/detail/3926I went back to see the posts I wrote for NQ on Bill Clinton and this one has the Miller Center video and I was talking about Obama’s healthcare debacle there.

    http://www.noquarterusa.net/blog/2009/09/13/the-master-orator/

    One more thing: is there a gag order on the frat blogger boys to say something nice about BC and wish him well? There is not much from the lefties on memeorandum.

  58. wbboei, Here the next albatrose that Obama wants to lay at our feet. Greece. It’s ironic that its Greece, the scriptures say of Greece that the antichrist will rise from there. Merkel doesn’t want to help them.

    Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, mounted stiff resistance tonight to any swift bailout of Greece, as a rift opened up between European capitals over how best to tackle the risks posed to the euro.

    Despite a show of Franco-German unity on the crisis and the first statement from EU leaders pledging to safeguard the currency’s stability, hopes on the markets of a German-led rescue plan to shore up Greece’s critical public finances were dashed by Merkel, who repeatedly emphasised that Athens would need to put its own house in order and brushed aside all questions of financial support.

    “Germany is stepping totally on the brakes on financial assistance,” said a senior EU diplomat. “On legal grounds, on constitutional grounds and on principle.” Another senior diplomat said of the Germans: “They’re not waving their chequebooks.”

    An EU summit of 27 government chiefs in Brussels was the first opportunity to tackle the Greek crisis and also send a strong message to the financial markets, which have been betting against the euro for the last week.

    Following talks between the Greek prime minister, George Papandreou, Merkel, President Nicolas Sarkozy of France, and Jose Manuel Barroso and Herman Van Rompuy, the European commission and European council presidents, the leaders issued a statement aimed at restoring calm and voicing political support for Papandreou’s programme of swingeing budget cuts and structural reforms.

    The statement said the 16 EU countries who use the single currency, including Greece, “will take determined and co-ordinated action, if needed, to safeguard financial stability in the euro area as a whole.” That was seen as a strong political signal to speculators that the big euro economies such as Germany and France would act persuasively to restore confidence in the currency.

    But there were no promises of funds for Greece and the statement emphasised that “the Greek government has not requested any financial support”.

    The European currency and the eurozone’s stock markets gave a lukewarm reception to the outcome of the summit. The euro lost 1% against the dollar to $1.360, while the Dow Jones Stoxx 50 Index lost 0.7%. The major French, German, Spanish and Italian indexes fell by between 0.5% and 1.6%.

    “This is little more than a sticking plaster at this stage,” said Neil Williams, fixed income chief economist at Hermes Asset Management. “What is needed is a credible programme to help all the dominoes, not just one, and this takes time.”

    Merkel and Sarkozy held a joint press conference after the summit to demonstrate Franco-German unity, but that masked fundamental differences over how to proceed.

    “France and Germany cannot agree on anything,” said a Brussels official. “They are not always on the same page.”

    Berlin and Paris have been at odds for the last week through several rounds of negotiations, with the French, backed by the Spanish, seeking a solution through lending to Greece. But Germany and the European Central Bank (ECB) took a hard line, arguing that the bigger risk to the euro’s stability came from bailing out a profligate member state which has notched up a budget deficit of almost 13% and a national debt of nearly €300bn.

    The split meant 16 finance ministers could not agree a common position before the summit. “Germany cannot justify its taxpayers having to finance the lovely lives of the Greeks,” said a senior diplomat.

    Rather than bailing out Athens, Berlin is insisting on rigorous policing of the Greek austerity programme by a triple force from the commission, the ECB and the International Monetary Fund, an exercise never attempted in the eurozone.

    “We recognise our responsibility for the stability of the eurozone,” said ­Merkel. “Greece is not demanding any money from us.”

    The three will judge, initially in March, whether the Greek programme is being implemented “credibly, realistically and effectively”, German officials said.

    Merkel said this was the best way to assuage the markets. The parallel is with Ireland which has responded to a similar public finance crisis with savage spending cuts, public sector wage and pension cuts and restored market confidence.

    Merkel’s tough stance reflects her awareness that voters could react angrily to having to contribute to a bailout at a time of tough budget discipline at home.

    Berlin also argues it has scant scope for manoeuvre legally as the German constitutional court would be likely to rule, under the terms of the Maastricht Treaty setting up the single currency, that Germany cannot come to the bilateral aid of a single currency country in trouble.

    The European strategy that emerged tonight was one of wait, see and hope. The Greek government does not need to raise any money until the end of March at the earliest.

    Jean-Claude Trichet, president of the ECB, complained that the Papandreou medicine was not strong enough, and he was supported by Berlin in demanding tougher action by the Greek government.

    Papandreou has pledged to slash the ballooning budget deficit by 4% this year alone. Merkel made clear that this would be taken as the measure of success and that the commission, central bank and IMF experts would need to hold the Greek prime minister to that pledge.

    Meetings of eurozone and EU finance ministers next Monday and Tuesday are to deal with the details of the European strategy, but these are more likely to focus on how to police the Greek austerity package than on bailout plans.

  59. Patrick Kennedy has been in and out of treatment for substance abuse since crashing his car outside the U.S Capitol in 2006.
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    If this is Teddy’s son then they brought the right baby home from the hospital. So sad that he will be giving up a productive life in public service which includes among other things crashing his car outside the capitol.

    Maybe they should erect a statute to him as well.

  60. Since the Germans crave Obama and America needs someone with fiscal discipline which Obama lacks, how about a straight swap: Bambi + Shakeel O’Neil + a trillion dollars IN EXCHANGE FOR Angela Merkel.

  61. wbboei, All these countries in financial turmoil while China is setting over there making and taking everybodies money. If I did not know better we have already been sold to the chinese. How do you say that if know better I would think it was a conspiracy to rob the American people of their homeland.

  62. China is sure telling Obama what to do and what to say.

    The White House had said on Thursday that Obama would meet the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader on February 18, despite China’s repeated warnings that such talks would hurt ties.

    “China firmly opposes the Dalai Lama visiting the United States and U.S. leaders’ contacting with him,” a report from the official Xinhua news agency cited foreign ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu as saying.

    Tensions with Washington have arisen over issues from trade to currencies to the U.S. plan to sell $6.4 billion of weapons to Taiwan, the island that China treats as an illegitimate breakaway province.

    China vowed last week to impose unspecified sanctions against U.S. companies selling arms to Taiwan and curtail military-to-military contacts.

    Senior Chinese military officers have proposed that their country boost defense spending and possibly sell some U.S. bonds to punish Washington for its latest round of proposed arms sales to Taiwan.

    Despite that, U.S. officials said on Thursday that Beijing had cleared a U.S. aircraft carrier, the USS Nimitz, to visit Hong Kong next week, an apparent concession from China.

    Against that backdrop, the long-planned meeting with Dalai Lama has further stoked Beijing’s ire. It regards the spiritual leader as a dangerous separatist responsible for fomenting unrest in Tibet.

    “We urge the U.S. side to fully understand the high sensitivity of Tibet-related issues, honor its commitment to recognizing Tibet as part of China and opposing ‘Tibet independence’,” Ma said.

    White House spokesman Robert Gibbs had earlier made clear the United States would shrug off China’s opposition.

  63. I just can not watch all the videos right now; it makes me even more morose about all the bad that has been hoisted on Hill and Bill. They are incredibly strong people to withstand all that they endure, even now.
    By the grace of God, we have these national treasures in our midst. They continue to serve those who have been counted out and those who have been knocked down. Bill Clinton is the greatest President of my lifetime; and Chelsea told us her mother would have been an even greater one.
    May God bless and keep you, Hillary and Bill. And may God save our country! Our nation is in dire need of your talents to save our country, even though some of us may not deserve you. A small point of satisfaction is to…………….just look at how their opponents and enemies are falling like flies!!!!!!!!!!
    I am so proud to have the privilege of supporting the true patriot family – the Clintons.

  64. LIES, DAMNED LIES AND STATISTICS–note comment by SHV
    ——————————
    Huh?
    No Quarter

    “Obama report: 95,000 jobs to come each month“:

    The United States is likely to add an average of 95,900 more jobs each month this year, while personal savings will remain high as credit remains tight, according to a White House report released Thursday.

    With the public souring on Obama’s handling of the economy, the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers’ report trumpeted the $787 billion economic stimulus package as creating or saving some 2 million jobs. Facing a tough election season for fellow Democrats, Obama’s team used its annual report to blame the economy they inherited. The report is required by law within 10 days of the White House’s budget proposals. …

    Where are these jobs coming from, especially with Year 2.0 of jumped-the-shark Obamacare still inexplicably dominating The One’s attention? Besides, points out Fox News White House correspondent Major Garrett, economists say 95K isn’t enough, that at least 125K “aggregate job creation total” per month is required to reduce the unemployment rate.

    In stark contrast, these numbers are reality-based:

    “75% Are Angry At Government’s Current Policies,” Rasmussen Reports:

    Voters are madder than ever at the current policies of the federal government.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 75% of likely voters now say they are at least somewhat angry at the government’s current policies, up four points from late November and up nine points since September. The overall figures include 45% who are Very Angry, also a nine-point increase since September.

    Just 19% now say they’re not very or not at all angry at the government’s policies, down eight points from the previous survey and down 11 from September. That 19% includes only eight percent (8%) who say they’re not angry at all and 11% who are not very angry. …

    “Obama’s Approval Rating Takes a Hit,” New York Magazine:

    [T]he President’s approval rating has hit a new low, according to a Marist University poll out today [February 8].

    The poll indicates that while 44 percent of registered voters approve of Obama’s job so far, 47 percent aren’t fans, representing the worst rating the president has received since taking office. The slip is primarily due to a shift among independents; only 29 percent of independents polled said they approve of Obama’s performance, a steep drop from the 53 percent who said they did in April of 2009.

    How many of those angry independents do you think will buy Obama’s jobs numbers?

    Echo J

    SHV
    More Orwellian double speak from Obama. Even if 95,000 new jobs are created per month (unlikely), 125,000-150,000 new jobs need to created each month just to keep up with population growth. So if 150,00 new jobs are created each month, true unemployment will stay stable at 16-17%. I really think that his approval would increase if he decided to tell the truth (aint’ gonna happen) no matter how bad the message.

  65. Admin: you will be interested in this. Maybe Jim will turn out to be the leader around whom moderates and blue dogs eventually rally. Maybe.
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    A Dem saying ‘No’
    Comments: 14

    Virginia’s Webb defying prez
    By JOHN J. MILLER

    Last Updated: 8:46 AM, February 11, 2010

    Posted: 1:06 AM, February 11, 2010

    Sen. James Webb wrote six novels before he tried his hand at nonfiction. His 2004 history of the Scots-Irish in America owns a memorable name: “Born Fighting.”

    The Virginia Democrat might have saved the title for his memoirs: The man who once battled his way through the jungles of Vietnam has become an influential political warrior in Washington, to the sudden consternation of President Obama.

    In recent weeks, Webb has fought the White House on several policy fronts, from deployments in Afghanistan to the prosecution of terrorists.

    Webb was arguably the first Democratic senator to come to grips with his party’s disastrous defeat in Massachusetts. On the night that Massachusetts voters elected Republican Scott Brown as the late Ted Kennedy’s successor, Webb urged the suspension of health-care votes until Brown joins the Senate. If the Obama administration had entertained any thoughts of rushing its “reform” through Congress before Brown’s arrival, Webb effectively snuffed them out.

    He arguably did the White House a big favor, as the public almost certainly wouldn’t have tolerated such a desperate maneuver. Yet Webb was probably more concerned about his own political future.

    On Dec. 24, he had voted for ObamaCare — complete with Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson’s notorious Cornhusker Kickback. The stunning result in Massachusetts may have provided Webb with the wake-up call he should have heard more than two months earlier.

    In November, Virginians turned out in droves to elect Bob McDonnell, a Republican, as their governor. Democrats had enjoyed a string of statewide victories, including Webb’s upset in 2006 against Sen. George Allen (a Republican who had harbored presidential ambitions). But now Webb’s party was confronting a serious setback.

    When Webb called for a moratorium on health-care votes, he wasn’t appeasing Brown’s Bay State backers. He was trying to respect the mood of his own constituents.

    He’s is no stranger to revision. His first novel, “Fields of Fire,” went through seven drafts before it found a publisher.

    Even so, it would be wrong to describe Webb as a political “pander bear.” Since coming to the Senate, he has crusaded for prison reform, a thankless chore that attracts neither votes nor campaign cash. He has also pushed for democracy in Burma — a trendier cause in certain circles, but not one that will impress many dock workers in Norfolk.

    His greatest passion is for the military. A graduate of the Naval Academy, Webb served in Vietnam and received a Navy Cross. In terms of heroism, that’s just a step below the Medal of Honor. He still carries a piece of shrapnel in his head.

    After returning home, Webb drew upon his experiences in uniform to become an accomplished novelist. Many readers regard “Fields of Fire,” released in 1978, as a modern classic. Tom Wolfe once called Webb “one of the four of five most important young writers in the country.”

    Webb went on to serve in the Reagan administration, rising to secretary of the Navy. He opposed the first US-led war against Iraq in 1991, but he remained a loyal Republican through the ’90s. “I cannot conjure up an ounce of respect for Bill Clinton when it comes to the military,” he said. “Every time I see him salute a Marine, it infuriates me.”

    Webb’s break with the GOP came after the second war against Iraq, which he opposed before it had even started — in other words, before opposition was cool.

    His skepticism of Bush-era interventions now has extended into the Age of Obama. In December, right after the president announced the troop surge in Afghanistan, Webb labeled the strategy “a plan in need of clarity.”

    He has also blasted attempts to try terrorists in civilian courts. In a Jan. 26 letter signed by five other senators, Webb said that “war criminals” such as Khalid Sheik Mohammed don’t deserve a public trial in New York City. Instead, they should go before military commissions.

    Webb and his allies appear to have won that engagement. New battles no doubt lie ahead. As they approach, both Democrats and Republicans will try to enlist the services of Virginia’s born fighter.

    John J. Miller is national corre spondent for National Review and the author of “The First As sassin,” a historical thriller.

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    RSS Sen. James Webb wrote six novels before he tried his hand at nonfiction. His 2004 history of the Scots-Irish in America owns a memorable name: “Born Fighting.”

    The Virginia Democrat might have saved the title for his memoirs: The man who once battled his way through the jungles of Vietnam has become an influential political warrior in Washington, to the sudden consternation of President Obama.

    In recent weeks, Webb has fought the White House on several policy fronts, from deployments in Afghanistan to the prosecution of terrorists.

    Webb was arguably the first Democratic senator to come to grips with his party’s disastrous defeat in Massachusetts. On the night that Massachusetts voters elected Republican Scott Brown as the late Ted Kennedy’s successor, Webb urged the suspension of health-care votes until Brown joins the Senate. If the Obama administration had entertained any thoughts of rushing its “reform” through Congress before Brown’s arrival, Webb effectively snuffed them out.

    Webb: Heard Massachusetts wake-up call.
    He arguably did the White House a big favor, as the public almost certainly wouldn’t have tolerated such a desperate maneuver. Yet Webb was probably more concerned about his own political future.

    On Dec. 24, he had voted for ObamaCare — complete with Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson’s notorious Cornhusker Kickback. The stunning result in Massachusetts may have provided Webb with the wake-up call he should have heard more than two months earlier.

    In November, Virginians turned out in droves to elect Bob McDonnell, a Republican, as their governor. Democrats had enjoyed a string of statewide victories, including Webb’s upset in 2006 against Sen. George Allen (a Republican who had harbored presidential ambitions). But now Webb’s party was confronting a serious setback.

    When Webb called for a moratorium on health-care votes, he wasn’t appeasing Brown’s Bay State backers. He was trying to respect the mood of his own constituents.

    He’s is no stranger to revision. His first novel, “Fields of Fire,” went through seven drafts before it found a publisher.

    Even so, it would be wrong to describe Webb as a political “pander bear.” Since coming to the Senate, he has crusaded for prison reform, a thankless chore that attracts neither votes nor campaign cash. He has also pushed for democracy in Burma — a trendier cause in certain circles, but not one that will impress many dock workers in Norfolk.

    His greatest passion is for the military. A graduate of the Naval Academy, Webb served in Vietnam and received a Navy Cross. In terms of heroism, that’s just a step below the Medal of Honor. He still carries a piece of shrapnel in his head.

    After returning home, Webb drew upon his experiences in uniform to become an accomplished novelist. Many readers regard “Fields of Fire,” released in 1978, as a modern classic. Tom Wolfe once called Webb “one of the four of five most important young writers in the country.”

    Webb went on to serve in the Reagan administration, rising to secretary of the Navy. He opposed the first US-led war against Iraq in 1991, but he remained a loyal Republican through the ’90s. “I cannot conjure up an ounce of respect for Bill Clinton when it comes to the military,” he said. “Every time I see him salute a Marine, it infuriates me.”

    Webb’s break with the GOP came after the second war against Iraq, which he opposed before it had even started — in other words, before opposition was cool.

    His skepticism of Bush-era interventions now has extended into the Age of Obama. In December, right after the president announced the troop surge in Afghanistan, Webb labeled the strategy “a plan in need of clarity.”

    He has also blasted attempts to try terrorists in civilian courts. In a Jan. 26 letter signed by five other senators, Webb said that “war criminals” such as Khalid Sheik Mohammed don’t deserve a public trial in New York City. Instead, they should go before military commissions.

    Webb and his allies appear to have won that engagement. New battles no doubt lie ahead. As they approach, both Democrats and Republicans will try to enlist the services of Virginia’s born fighter.

    Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/dem_saying_no_538OoUUq1p2rwjDF0usyXM#ixzz0fIcecN1o

  66. Wbboei, JUst read over on another blog that an earthquake in western Iran registered a 4.2, 6 minutes after the announcement that Bill Clinton was having chest pains and taken to the hospital. Now I am not saying anything is funny about this but the earthquake is verified by usgc. I looked it up. There has been 3 earthquakes in Iran since the since the opening to their high holy day.

  67. I need correct my above post it wasn’t 6 minutes after the story broke on BC’s chest, it was one day. There has been three earthquakes since the 2 of feb. All of them are 4.5 on the richter scale and the other is 4.6. Thats pretty uniform. One was in Southern Iran, one was in Western Iran and Northwestern Iran. Unusual, I can Obama not wanting anyone to put two and two together. We know the news media will do his bidding.

  68. or Tomorrow Patches will deny his retirement. “Did I say that? Man, I must have been shitfaced, that must been some good stuff”

  69. hmmm interesting…RodBlagojevich told Bill O’Reilly that purported Obama emissaries offered to raise a bunch of money around the country for him if he in return appointed a certain candidate that they were interested in. Appearing on FNC’s O’Reilly Factor, Blagojevich admitted that the offer was made to his chief of staff at the time.

  70. I think Democrats had better just write this one off. A 54% lead and 36% lead over rivals is just like don’t bother territory.

    Popular Republican Governor John Hoeven crushes his two likeliest Democratic rivals thus far in North Dakota’s race for the U.S. Senate.

    A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in the state finds Hoeven with a 71% to 17% lead over the only announced Democrat in the race, state Senator Tracy Potter. Four percent (4%) prefer another candidate, and eight percent (8%) are undecided.

    The numbers are only slightly less overwhelming if former state Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp is the Democratic candidate. Hoeven leads her 65% to 29%. Faced with that match-up, just one percent (1%) favor some other candidate, while five percent (5%) are undecided.

  71. Looks like Eddy’s seat is a goner too. Pennsylvania and NH (another 2 clinton primary won states) are looking like giving Obama a severe kick in the groin. See what happens when you don’t go with the person that actually won democratic states.

    State Attorney General Tom Corbett continues to hold big leads over three potential Democratic rivals in this year’s race for governor in Pennsylvania.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in the state shows Corbett leading former Congressman Joe Hoeffel 51% to 29%. Against Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato, he leads 52% to 26%. When State Auditor Jack Wagner is his Democratic opponent, Corbett is ahead 49% to 28%.

  72. Bill Clinton released from hospital

    February 12, 2010

    New York (CNN) — Former President Clinton left a New York hospital early Friday, less than a day after doctors performed a procedure to restore blood flow in one of his coronary arteries.

    Terry McAuliffe, a Clinton confidant and former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, confirmed Clinton had left New York-Presbyterian Hospital’s Columbia campus.

    A statement from Douglas Band, adviser to Clinton, also confirmed the release, saying the former president expressed thanks to his doctors and “the many people who extended their best wishes to him for a quick recovery. He looks forward in the days ahead to getting back to the work of his foundation, and to Haiti relief and recovery efforts.”

    Clinton has “no evidence of heart attack or damage to his heart,” and his prognosis is excellent after undergoing a procedure Thursday, according to Dr. Allan Schwartz, the hospital’s chief of cardiology.

    Schwartz said the procedure was “part of the natural history” of Clinton’s treatment following his 2004 quadruple bypass surgery and “not a result of either his lifestyle or diet, both of which have been excellent.”

    President Obama called Clinton on Thursday evening and wished him a speedy recovery so he can continue his work on Haiti and other humanitarian efforts, a senior administration official said.

    Schwartz said Clinton began experiencing “pressure or constriction” in his chest several days ago, episodes he described as “brief in nature but repetitive.”

    An initial electrocardiogram and blood test showed no evidence of heart attack, Schwartz said. Subsequent pictures of Clinton’s arteries revealed that one of the bypass grafts from his 2004 surgery was “completely blocked,” prompting the stent procedure, which took about an hour, Schwartz said.

    A stent is a tubular scaffolding that is inserted into a blood vessel after it’s been cleared to keep it open. Schwartz said Clinton was up and walking about two hours after the surgery.

    Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea, and his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, were with him at the hospital Thursday night, Schwartz said.

    The secretary of state was scheduled to leave Friday on a planned trip to the Middle East, but her departure has been delayed until Saturday, a senior U.S. official said.

    The ex-president has maintained an active schedule since leaving the White House in 2001, devoting much of his time to global philanthropic interests and speeches. Friends have expressed concerns that his “frenetic pace” was taking a toll on his health, sources told CNN.

    Since January 12, Clinton has traveled twice to Haiti in his latest role as the U.N. special envoy for the ravaged nation. On February 3, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon placed Clinton in charge of overseeing aid and reconstruction efforts there. He also attended the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in January.

    In fact, as doctors were wheeling Clinton into the operating room, Band had to take the phone out of the former president’s hand, said McCauliffe. “He was on a conference call dealing with Haiti,” McAuliffe told CNN Friday morning. “And I guarantee as soon as he gets back today he’s going to be back on the phone. He’s passionate about helping the folks down there.”

    David Gergen, CNN senior political analyst, said that Clinton was exhausted and had a cold after returning from his second trip to Haiti earlier this month.

    But Schwartz stressed Thursday that Clinton’s lifestyle has nothing to do with his hospitalization. “He has really toed the line in terms of both diet and exercise,” Schwartz said, adding that he told Clinton he could be back in the office Monday.

    Dr. Spencer King, who has not treated Clinton, rejected as outdated suggestions that the former president needs to slow down. “This is kind of a ’50s concept,” he told CNN in a telephone interview Thursday. “Now we’ve got a lot of fantastic ways to prevent progression of heart disease — medications, things that can be done. The outlook for people is totally different. “If he slows down, he slows down,” said King, president of St. Joseph’s Heart and Vascular Institute in Atlanta, Georgia. But he added, “It would be very hard to show any data that would tell you he’ll have more trouble if he hangs it up.”

    Clinton’s 2004 surgery was performed at the same hospital where he was admitted Thursday. Doctors in 2005 operated again on Clinton to remove scar tissue and fluid that had built up after his bypass surgery.

    Schwartz said Thursday that the type of bypass graft used in Clinton’s 2004 surgery “has a 10 [percent] to 20 percent failure rate after five or six years.”

    King said Thursday’s stent procedure may not be the end of Clinton’s heart woes. “The problem there is that that vein graft is developing disease, and sometimes it goes on and develops more,” he said. “There’s a substantial chance over the next three, four, five years that it could close up again.”

    http://www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/02/12/clinton.heart/?hpt=T2

  73. Congress is getting pissed at Obama trashing them:

    “Both ends of the Capitol — the House and the Senate — are starting to wonder if they’re on their own,” the official continued. “You have a lot of frustration there. And the White House’s reaction to all of that seems to be, ‘Run against Congress’ — which, as you can imagine, doesn’t go over very well with House members. The White House reaction seems to be, ‘Position ourselves against Congress.’”

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0210/32863.html#ixzz0fKq2Uqav

    Why the hell are Pelosi and company so damn miffed and surprised? This is the man who basically ran against the record of, and demonized, our only successful two-term Democratic president this generation. What, did Nancy think the leopard would change his spots?

    Obama does not know how to define himself without some foil, without someone to blame. That’s what his sort of community organizer DOES. He rallies resentment at a target. He does not even exist in the positive space, only in the negative.

    Blaming Bush is not being bought by the public anymore, and Congress is way down in the polls, so guess who the new whipping boy is, Nancy and Harry? Hmm? And why are you surprised that the man who, with your cheers and help, trashed everything good about the Clinton administration is now turning his “they are the problem, they are unsavory and corrupt, they are so old politics, unlike me” guns on YOU?

    You are under the bus, Dem Congress. It’s crowded, so you guys can have that spot there in the back corner by the tailpipe, where you can SUCK ON IT.

    OBAMA CANNOT BE TRUSTED. HE CANNOT BE TRUSTED BY HIS FRIENDS. HE CANNOT BE TRUSTED BY HIS ENEMIES. OBAMA SIMPLY CANNOT BE TRUSTED.

  74. Ha so the dems are pissed at the WH, what did they expect, SHOULD HAVE LISTENED TO HILLARY, fuckwits…..if they had a brain between them, they still could’nt count to 5.

  75. HillaryforT…” You are under the bus, Dem Congress. It’s crowded, so you guys can have that spot there in the back corner by the tailpipe, where you can SUCK ON IT.”
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    😆

  76. well them sucking on the tailpipe could destroy the bus, the hot air thats usually coming from the dem congress might just blowback and blow up the bus completely.

  77. My puter is on the fritz..

    Wishing BIG DAWG a speedy recovery and for GOD sake…slow down and delegate..

    my time is UP..

    Best wishes!

  78. Thank g-d Bill is OK…I was extremely upset when I heard this yesterday(actually shaken). I HOPE HE CAN CONTINUE TO DO WHAT HE DOES BEST-HELPING PEOPLE .

  79. “Both ends of the Capitol — the House and the Senate — are starting to wonder if they’re on their own,” the official continued. “You have a lot of frustration there. And the White House’s reaction to all of that seems to be, ‘Run against Congress’ — which, as you can imagine, doesn’t go over very well with House members. The White House reaction seems to be, ‘Position ourselves against Congress.’”
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    Damnosa heritas–a bad legacy

    When Coleman conceded to Franken, Obama had a veto proof majority.

    Left wing media were dancing like Hitler after Paris fell.

    A new heaven and a new earth they told us. Today America. Tomorrow the world. The hour of redemption was at hand.

    Congressional dims leaped to their feet and saluted like storm troopers at the mere mention of his name.

    Some of us refused to partake in the false euphoria and collective delusion.

    We saw that 60th vote for what it really was: a curse rather than a blessing. Admin was very clear on this.

    If the little dictator had lost that 60th vote, he could have blamed his own legislative failure on the Republicans.

    Better still, he could have run against them if they had the power of the filibuster.

    Whereas now he cannot. How can he run against Congress when HE controls congress?

    How does he justify his failure under these circumstances.

    Yeah I know he believes he can make the American people believe anything he wants them to believe. He said that.

    I also know he gave himself a B+ for his first year despite his legislative failure.

    But seriously who can he blame?

    Bush? Give me a break.

    Himself? One of those I accept the responsibility but not the blame sociopathic diatribes he is famous for.

    I am aware of no legal authority which allows you to sue yourself and prevail in a court of law.

    Maybe when he appoints Larry Tribe or better yet Biden to the Supreme Court that will change. But not now.

    And besides this is not a court of law, this is the electoral process.

    But my sense is the electorate will say fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me.

  80. Dorothy, The Tin Man, The Scarecrow and The Cowardly Lion–all of them– wanted to meet the Wizard of Oz. And why not. After all his powers were legendary (note: when the truth and the legend collide print the legend). And the tin man wanted a heart, the scarecrow wanted a brain, the cowardly lion wanted courage (note: something Barack could use as well) and Dorothy wanted to get back to Kansas. So they went to him for help. After a long perilous journey they finally met the great man. But when they met him they were . . how shall I put it . . underwhelmed, as Louis B Mayer used to say.

    Well . . . I always wanted to meet The Delphic Oracle. I never saw him before but I was led to believe he existed. Then this guy Thomas Mann crossed my field of vision–no not the author (although they both write fiction for a living. I mean the alleged (as in alleged terrorist) congressional scholar from the Brookings Institute. You know the idiot who tells us the odds are 3 to 1 that Obama will be re-elected in 2012, despite his lack of authenticity, his dismal job performance and fall from grace. And all the policy risks confronting the country which I referred to above.

    While you are noodling on that one and wondering how this gnome sees the world here is his assesment of Obama to date from the Brookings website:

    DECEMBER 28, 2009 —
    Thomas Mann says that while the legislative process was hyper-partisan and the horse-trading in the Senate over the health care bill verged on tawdry, President Obama worked with Congress to achieve substantial accomplishments in 2009.

    Is that what it means to be a Congressional Scholar? To ignore the evidence and just make things up? Or is there something going on here that I am not seeing? I doubt it. What I see is a partisan who makes a comfortable living and probably lives someplace like Chevy Chase. He was probably on the staff of a democratic congressman or even senator. He has a bookish aspect to him, and is an author. He is exactly the kind of guy big media would go to for the opinion they want. Lawyers have expert witnesses who will testify a certain way for a fee–not lying just advocating.

    http://www.brookings.edu/experts/m/mannt.aspx He looks like a very nice mann. Notice the bookshelf behind him. Notice the slightly rumpled look–that means scholar. The only thing missing is a mershom pipe.

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