Arrogance, Incompetence, Corruption – Why Obama’s Health Scam Is Dead

We borrowed the title “Arrogance, Incompetence, Corruption” from tomorrow’s thrill packed article here on Big Pink. You will be reading that phrase a lot during 2010 election season.

Today we will allow ourselves to be distracted by the dreary health scam distraction. Regular readers will recall we believe Obama Dimocrats are in a lose/lose situation on the health scam. If the health scam becomes law, the American people will revolt and throw Dimocrats into the trash heap for arrogance and corruption. If the health scam does not become law, the American people will throw Dimocrats into the trash heap for incompetence and arrogance and corruption. [More on all this tomorrow.]

Regular readers will also recall we believe real health care reform died in Denver in August 2008. Regular readers are aware that we believe Obama continues to pursue his health scam at the cost of a “focus on the economy” because:

Barack Obama does not know what to do to strengthen the American economy. Barack Obama does not know what to do to help the private sector create jobs. That’s why Obama distracts with schemes which will reward his friends and donors with massive transfers of wealth from the American taxpayer pocket.”

The Dimocratic lose/lose is a Republican win/win. If the massive Dimocratic majorities in the House and Senate produce nothing but the “stimulus” flood of money to the guilty, rank and file true blue Democrats will realize the Obama Dimocrats are too incompetent to govern and will therefore stay home and not vote. Republicans will run on a repeal or de-fund the Obama health scam if something passes.

It’s an Obama disaster. Barack Obama is Poison.

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Barack Obama finally realizes that he has to do something other than publicity stunts. Obama wants to have something anything pass the congress that he can tout as an unprecedented historic transformative earthshaking celestial choirs singing Obamagasm. To that Obamagasm end, Obama is flim-flaming once again – this time it’s House Dimocrats as targets.

Obama pretends that if the House Dimocrats pass the Senate Obamination health scam, which transfers money and people to Big Insurance companies and protects the deal Obama worked with Big PhaRma to protect Big PhaRma, he will work for an additional bill passed via “reconciliation” to “fix” the Senate bill. As if! Obama doesn’t work for anything which does not benefit him personally. House Dimocrats if they are fools can pass the Senate bill and then Obama will have an Obamagasm publicity stunt and forget about the additional “reconciliation” bill. It will be a flim-flam-flip-flop-bamboozlepaloooza-Obamagasm.

Howard Dean appears to agree with us on the lose potential for Dimocrats:

“The plan, as it comes from the Senate, hangs out every Democrat who’s running for office to dry — including the president, in 2012, because it makes him defend a plan that isn’t in effect essentially yet,” Dean said during an appearance on the liberal Bill Press Radio Show.

Dean, who has clashed publicly with the White House over the healthcare proposals favored by the administration, said that by passing the bills under consideration, Democrats would essentially be conceding defeat to Republicans.

“It’s easy to campaign on repealing something if no one knows what the something is,” Dean said. “And fundamentally people don’t understand what the president’s healthcare plan is.

“And if it passes next week and get’s signed into law the week after, we’re not going to be able to explain it to people over the din of Fox News and the Republicans,” the former Democratic party chairman added.

Oh, dear. We are in trouble when Howard Dean’s peepers are opening and he begins to agree with Big Pink. But Obama corruption and the Obamagasm goes on.

In order to get that corruption Obamagasm, Barack Obama and his thugs will, according to thug Robert Gibbs, do “Whatever it takes to get health care done.” That “whatever” includes corrupt the courts. It’s the Chicago way.

Tonight, Barack Obama will host ten House Democrats who voted against the health care bill in November at the White House; he’s obviously trying to persuade them to switch their votes to yes. One of the ten is Jim Matheson of Utah. The White House just sent out a press release announcing that today President Obama nominated Matheson’s brother Scott M. Matheson, Jr. to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Federal judgeships for a vote is not unheard of in Chicago.

Are Republicans sitting back and watching and not doing anything about the corruption and the scams? Yesterday we got part of the answer:

National Repubicans are planning to unleash a huge wave of robocalls tomorrow targeting dozens of House Dems and warning their constituents that Obama and Nancy Pelosi are plotting to “ram” their “dangerous” health reform plans through Congress.

The robocalls — the first paid media by the NRCC’s new “code red” program, which targets Dems on health care — comes after Obama told Congress to pass reform via reconciliation.

The calls are meant to spook House Dems right at the moment when the White House and Dem leaders are about to undertake a grueling effort to round up support for what’s expected to be a hair-raisingly close vote. It warns constituents that the targeted House Dem risks supporting this “dangerous” move.

“Even though a majority of the country wants them to scrap it, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Obama are planning to ram their dangerous, out-of-control health care spending bill through Congress anyway,” the call says, according to a script provided by a GOP official.

The version targeting Dem Rep Frank Kratovil of Maryland continues:

What’s worse, Congressman Frank Kratovil might vote for it. Frank Kratovil votes with Nancy Pelosi 84% of the time and may follow her orders on this bill too. Frank Kratovil might vote for a bill that will kill jobs, raise the costs of health care, and increase taxes. Frank Kratovil should be focusing on creating jobs, yet he might be the deciding vote that causes this massive new spending bill to pass.

The calls are targeting 25 House Dimocrats who voted for Obama’s health scam the first time, along with 11 who voted “no” and four others from open seats. There are already results:

Okay, a bit more bad news for the prospects of passing the Senate bill out of the House.

Rep Frank Kratovil of Maryland, a previous No vote who was now said to be undecided, will vote No on the Senate health reform proposal, his spokesman confirms.

“He would vote against it,” the spokesman, Kevin Lawlor, says. Crucially, Kratovil would vote against the Senate bill even if there’s some kind of verbal guarantee that it would be fixed via reconciliation later, Lawlor says.

The only way Kratovil — one of the targets of a barrage of NRCC robocalls hammering the reform proposals as “dangerous” — could support the Senate bill is if it’s fixed first via reconciliation, before the House votes on it. But no one expects this to happen.

More:

Separately, Dem Rep Kurt Schrader, a freshman in Oregon who voted Yes last time, is now unwilling to commit to supporting the Senate bill, reports The Oregonian. Schrader, too, is getting bludgeoned by the NRCC robocalls.

So where does that leave us? The math is too in flux to make any pronouncements. Bottom line: Every Dem who flips from Yes to No (as Schrader may do) must be made up for by flipping a No to Yes (as Kratovil almost certainly won’t do). Long road ahead.

Right winger Hugh Hewitt has another idea besides robocalls:

Given that the proposed use of reconciliation is an illegitimate use of the procedure, the Senate GOP ought to be preparing to counter the jam down with a flood of amendments, each one of which requires an up or down vote. The prospect of thousand, or tens of thousands, or perhaps even a million amendments and the resulting spectacle of a Senate paralyzed by endless roll call counts should worry Democrats much more than Republicans as the American public doesn’t want Obamacare, and a last ditch stand to stop it via a blizzard of amendments will put the spotlight on the bill and its many flaws. It will also show a Republican leadership willing to fight to stop this radical rewrite of the rules of American medicine,

But where to get thousands and thousands of draft amendments? This is the joy of the internet. If the NRSC is on its toes, it will already be setting up a site where visitors can draft and submit their own amendments for use in the process. (The NRSC website is already accepting input on the topic.) Some of the draft amendments will be inspired and informed as experts weigh in. Some will be absurd. Some no doubt will be vulgar or obscene as trolls invade.

But the vast bulk of them would come from ordinary Americans with ideas on how to reform health care.

On the Democratic side, the Hillbuzz boys have a plan too:

We need to launch a massive, coast-to-coast effort to identify and pressure the Democrats’ LARGE DONORS to put a stop to this madness.

Large political donors are vulnerable because they are people the public doesn’t know. They are business men and women. Socialites. Wealthy people who fund political campaigns largely, in most cases, because it’s fun and something to do, and they like getting pictures with presidents and senators.

Donors are a smart target. We suggested the same tactic on March 15, 2008, during the primaries.

Eric Cantor is targeting Dimocratic lawmakers in 37 districts who previously voted “yes”.

And abortion is still an issue that will not be aborted:

The Senate’s healthcare bill would lose 12 Democratic votes in the House, Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) said Wednesday.

Stupak, the sponsor of an amendment to the House healthcare bill which barred federal subsidies for health plans covering abortion, said that 12 lawmakers who had previously supported healthcare reform legislation in the House.

“It’s accurate to say there are at least 12 of us who voted for healthcare that have indicated to the speaker and others that unless you change this language, we will vote against it,” Stupak said during an appearance on MSNBC.

In order to accommodate Stupak the Dimocrats would have to pass yet another bill:

“It would have to be a separate bill, you could sidebar it to the final bill,” he said. “One bill doesn’t pass without the other. They walk down the aisle together.”

House Dimocrats who think Obama will save them in 2010 – even those blocks of wood are beginning to run away from the Obama Easter Mess-iah schedule for passing the health scam. Senate Dimocrats are joining Obama in the flim-flam scam of House Dimocrats by trying to convince them that Americans will love the Obamination – once it passes. Republicans in the House, even the ones who were going to resign but now will wait to leave until after the health scam vote, are buying popcorn to watch the Dim on Dim violence.

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74 thoughts on “Arrogance, Incompetence, Corruption – Why Obama’s Health Scam Is Dead

  1. As usual, every politican will try to use this to their advantage. The question is, can they get enough to split their way, and what is the price. The second question is how will the voter feel about that, and who will survive in Nov 2010.

    I am getting my popcorn ready.

  2. Everybody must be watching TVEEE! Too much dirt came out today for me to sit and watch the tube.

  3. These are the tactics that Ahmadinejad is using in Iran. I guess obama is a chip off the old block.

    ————-
    White House tactics sidestep accountability, openness

    By: Julie Mason
    Examiner White House Correspondent
    03/04/10

    The White House today held a closed-press bill signing, which means no reporters or photographers were present, then released their own version of the event on White House video.

    Why should you care?

    Because if the White House truly supports a free press, then they will live up to their promises of openness and accountability, and quit substituting official press releases for news coverage. This latest tactic is of a piece — the White House has raised the legitimate ire of news photographers by locking them out of events then releasing their own photos.

    Again, who cares? Everyone should care. A free press — horrible, messy, rude, prone to inaccuracy and bombast — is still essential to democracy. It’s one of the checks and balances in our government.

    Making available only government-sanctioned (flattering, hagiographic) photos and videos of the president doesn’t meet the standard — and certainly not the one President Obama campaigned on.

    The excellent Josh Gerstein at Politico, who has consistently called out the White House for its record on opennes and accountability, notes that:

    Freezing out TV cameras and reporters ensures that Obama won’t be asked nettlesome questions–say, about the very delicate state of health care reform on Capitol Hill.

    Sometimes allowing a White House camera to capture an event gives the public a window on moments that the press didn’t see, but it also gives the White House great latitude to manipulate the president’s images and words as his aides see fit.

    President Bush hated the “filter,” too — for some of the same reasons: Because reporter questions are pesky and their stories tend to include more than just White House talking points. It’s easier to demonize the press and communicate directly with your supporters — via photo release, White House video and YouTube.

    Reportedly, networks and cable are refusing to air the White House video, in much the same spirit that wires refuse to distribute and papers decline to publish White House-issued photos. This paper wouldn’t run a press release written by the White House and pretend it was journalism, and the same goes for White House-made photos and videos.

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/beltway-confidential/White-House–86447417.html

  4. JanH, Agreed! I remember the pic of the Dalai Lama, was that a WH release or a good reporter?

    Do you know whether Obama can trade a judgeship for a relative for a healthcare vote?? I thought it might be a little against the law/constitution, but then again I don’t know.

  5. The Roberts threat to resign interests me. I wonder if Obama is trying to play a switch in time saves nine. Meaning if he can expand the number of justices on the Supreme Court from 9 to 12 then he can achieve a majority to pass his programs. Cass Sunstein has an agenda, and he is a student of history in general and what FDR did when he saw the Supreme Court as an impediment to the survival of his New Deal legislation. Just guessing.

    Obama is a despot. According to Wikki: despotism is a form of government by a single authority, either an individual (Despot), or tightly knit group, which rules with absolute political power. (snip) The desire to liberate ourselves from despotism led to the American Revolution. According to the Declaration of Independence: “But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security”. The tea parties should adopt that as their mantra.

    Admin: I am trying to find a list of the top private donors. Have a call in to someone who may know.

  6. Robertsgate interests me too….something happened…..Probably Obama using his Chicago style methods did not work on the very conservative John Roberts…..They sure squashed the story quickly….I think it had very much to do with the judgeship offered to a legistor in Utah for a brother or brother-in-law.

    There was a huge investigation into Chicago’s fixing the judgeships in the 80’s and 90’s, many people went to jail for it….so I don’t think its legal for an offer of a judgeship…it maybe hitting the fan in the WH sooon…Bachman wants an investigation…do I hear a resignation coming to avoid impeachment….I hope so.

  7. OK, I got the bold, and I still trying to figure out how you get text within the pink block. I got the block, but you must have to add another command to that.

  8. http://www.opensecrets.org/

    1. Barack Obama Bundlers

    Bundlers are people with friends in high places who, after bumping against personal contribution limits, turn to those friends, associates, and, well, anyone who’s willing to give, and deliver the checks to the candidate in one big “bundle.”

    Even though these donors direct more money to the candidates than anyone else, disclosure can be spotty, with Obama and McCain posting bundlers by ranges, indicated in this chart with the “max” and “min” columns, and with the top ranges being simply “$500,000 or more.” Together, 536 elites have directed at least $75,750,000 to McCain, and 560 have gathered at least $76,500,000 for Obama.

    Top Industries of Obama Bundlers
    Sector Min. Raised # of Bundlers
    Lawyers/Law Firms $15,600,000 97
    Securities & Investment $10,250,000 61
    TV/Movies/Music $3,700,000 20
    Business Services $2,900,000 19
    Real Estate $2,650,000 20
    The “08 Contribs” column indidates the total amount the bundler, their spouse and dependent children have given to all federal candidates, parties and PACs this election cycle.

    Barack Obama Bundlers
    Min Max Name City State Employer 08 Contribs
    $500,000 Katzenberg, Jeffrey Los Angeles CA DreamWorks SKG 547,902
    $500,000 Barzun, Matthew Louisville KY Brickpath LLC 296,291
    $500,000 Buttenweiser, Peter Philadelphia PA Peter L Buttenwieser & Assoc 271,600
    $500,000 Bainum, Sandy & Stewart Chevy Chase MD Choice Hotels International 246,283
    $500,000 Crown, Paula & Jim Chicago IL Henry Crown & Co 239,344
    $500,000 Eacho, Bill Bethesda MD Carlton Capital Group 232,709
    $500,000 Solomont, Alan Boston MA Ads Ventures 229,902
    $500,000 Clark, Bob St. Louis MO Clayco Construction 220,507
    $500,000 Oreck, Bruce Boulder CO Oreck, Bradley et al 208,931
    $500,000 Gilbert, Mark Boca Raton FL Travels Dialoques 201,060
    $500,000 Rogers, John Chicago IL Ariel Capital Management 193,598
    $500,000 Beyer, Megan & Don Alexandria VA Don Beyer Motors 170,192
    $500,000 Kramer, Orin New York NY Boston Provident 149,780
    $500,000 Geffen, David Malibu CA DreamWorks SKG 129,693
    $500,000 Wolf, Robert New York NY Read Property Group 115,566
    $500,000 Gorenberg, Mark & Wanderman, Wendy San Francisco CA Hummer Winblad Venture Partners 101,600
    $500,000 Donahoe, Eileen Portola Valley CA Center for Intl Security & Cooperation 99,200
    $500,000 White, Frank Silver Spring MD Advanced Concepts Inc 96,264
    $500,000 Friedman, David Boulder CO Sandy River Health Systems 91,400
    $500,000 Kennard, Bill Washington DC Attorney 82,450
    $500,000 Wagar, Kirk Miami FL Attorney 70,800
    $500,000 Bleich, Jeff Piedmont CA Munger, Tolles & Olson 57,950
    $500,000 Stroum, Cynthia Seattle WA Stroum Enterprises 49,650
    $500,000 Torrey, Jim New York NY Torrey Funds 45,750
    $500,000 Rivkin, Charlie Los Angeles CA Wildbrain 42,487
    $500,000 Roos, John Hillsborough CA Wilson, Sonsini et al 41,600
    $500,000 Gips, Don Boulder CO Level 3 Communications 32,391
    $500,000 Gutman, Howard Washington DC Williams & Connolly 27,200
    $500,000 Harris, Scott Washington DC Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis 24,050
    $500,000 Carden, David & Riley, Rebecca Bronxville NY Jones Day 22,610
    $500,000 Perrelli, Tom Arlington VA Jenner & Block 16,600
    $500,000 Spinner, Steve Menlo Park CA Sports Potential 15,150
    $500,000 Mason, Karol Atlanta GA Alston & Bird LLP 14,982
    $500,000 Genachowski, Julius Washington DC General Atlantic 11,445
    $500,000 Danzig, Richard Washington DC Attorney 10,400
    $500,000 Sanchez, Frank Tampa FL Renaissance Steel 9,850
    $500,000 Katz, Allan Tallahassee FL Akerman, Senterfitt & Eidson 9,817
    $500,000 Overton, Spencer Chevy Chase MD George Washington University 6,749
    $500,000 Avant, Nicole Los Angeles CA Interior Music Corp 5,300
    $500,000 West, Tony Oakland CA Morrison & Foerster 5,100
    $500,000 Forester, Christine San Diego CA 2,300
    $500,000 Westly, Steve Atherton CA Westly Group 500
    $500,000 Korge, Chris Miami FL
    $500,000 Nemazee, Hassan New York NY
    $500,000 Pollak, Abigail Miami Beach FL
    $500,000 Rhea, John New York NY
    $500,000 Solow, Alan Chicago IL
    $200,000 $500,000 Brosens, Frank Bedford NY Taconic Capital Advisors 428,902
    $200,000 $500,000 Goldman, Doug San Francisco CA Certain Software 404,018
    $200,000 $500,000 Fox, Daveen & Alan Studio City CA ACF Property Management 341,437
    $200,000 $500,000 Pajcic, Steve Jacksonville FL Pajcic & Pajcic 317,684
    $200,000 $500,000 Welters, Beatrice McLean VA Americhoice Corp 309,198
    $200,000 $500,000 Mullen, Alicia & Tim Chicago IL Atkinson, Mullen & Rosso 273,170
    $200,000 $500,000 Rudy, Kirk Austin TX Endcavor Real Estate 256,443
    $200,000 $500,000 Susman, Lou Chicago IL Citigroup Global Markets 246,861
    $200,000 $500,000 Aberly, Naomi Dallas TX HBK Capital Management 233,600
    $200,000 $500,000 Lavine, Jonathan Lexington MA Bain Capital 219,900
    $200,000 $500,000 Pritzker, Penny Chicago IL Pritzker Realty Group 215,020
    $200,000 $500,000 Spalding, Helen San Francisco CA Kearny Venture Pastures 206,800
    $200,000 $500,000 Grain, David Sarasota FL Grain Communications Group 205,000
    $200,000 $500,000 Ratner, Ron & Deborah Cleveland OH Forest City Enterprises 189,522
    $200,000 $500,000 Gallogly, Mark New York NY Centerbridge Partners 183,398
    $200,000 $500,000 Randlett, Wade San Francisco CA Dashboard Technology 172,620
    $200,000 $500,000 Bluhm, Neil Chicago IL Walton Street Capital 160,000
    $200,000 $500,000 Lewis, Chuck Evanston IL Philanthropist 137,129
    $200,000 $500,000 Emanuel, Ari Los Angeles CA Endeavor Agency 132,813
    $200,000 $500,000 Wesner, Alexa Austin TX Austin Ventures 131,112
    $200,000 $500,000 Tyree, Jim Chicago IL Mesirow Financial 126,800
    $200,000 $500,000 Kaplan, Sylvia & Sam Minneapolis MN Kaplan, Shangis & Kaplan 125,000
    $200,000 $500,000 Gluckstern, Steven New York NY Ajax Capital 120,900
    $200,000 $500,000 Hinkle, Donald Tallahassee FL Hinkle & Foran 120,517
    $200,000 $500,000 Wheeler, Tom Washington DC Core Capital Partners 113,550
    $200,000 $500,000 Wedner, Anne Winnetka IL Civic Partners 105,592
    $200,000 $500,000 Hartley, Jane New York NY 67 Group 100,750
    $200,000 $500,000 Rogers, Desiree Chicago IL Peoples Energy 99,144
    $200,000 $500,000 Johnson, Jeh Montclair NJ Paul, Weiss et al 97,820
    $200,000 $500,000 Johnson, Jim Washington DC Perseus LLC 95,850
    $200,000 $500,000 Broas, Tim Chevy Chase MD Winston & Strawn 93,950
    $200,000 $500,000 Hudson, Jim Washington DC Attorney 92,222
    $200,000 $500,000 Garrett, Barbara Coral Gables FL Windmere Corp 91,016
    $200,000 $500,000 Iola, Mark Dallas TX Stanley, Mandel & Iola 89,730
    $200,000 $500,000 Berger, Mitchell Fort Lauderdale FL Berger Singerman 83,160
    $200,000 $500,000 Koch, Steve Chicago IL Credit Suisse Securities 79,300
    $200,000 $500,000 Cohen, Lou Washington DC Br Cohen & Assoc 78,087
    $200,000 $500,000 Cohen, Bonnie Washington DC Br Cohen & Assoc 78,087
    $200,000 $500,000 Heyman, Vicki & Bruce Chicago IL Goldman Sachs 76,167
    $200,000 $500,000 Youngblood, Kneeland Dallas TX Pharos Capital Group 75,432
    $200,000 $500,000 Lynton, Michael & Jamie Los Angeles CA Sony Corp of America 75,107
    $200,000 $500,000 Clark, Frank Flossmoor IL Chicago State University 75,100
    $200,000 $500,000 Goodman, Mark Cambridge MA Brookline Venture Partners 70,584
    $200,000 $500,000 Phillips, John Washington DC Phillips & Cohen 70,050
    $200,000 $500,000 Sussman, Bob Washington DC Attorney 69,900
    $200,000 $500,000 Shell, Jeff Philadelphia PA Comcast Programming Group 69,400
    $200,000 $500,000 Horowitz, Rick Wynnewood PA RAF Industries 69,400
    $200,000 $500,000 Eisen, Norm Washington DC Zuckerman Spaeder LLP 68,950
    $200,000 $500,000 Lion, Margo New York NY Margo Lion Ltd 68,480
    $200,000 $500,000 Heller, David New York NY Goldman Sachs 65,600
    $200,000 $500,000 Arriola, Ricky Miami FL Inktel Direct 65,107
    $200,000 $500,000 Chase, Tony Houston TX Chasecom Lp 64,950
    $200,000 $500,000 Holtzman, Max Miami Beach FL Holtzman Group 64,550
    $200,000 $500,000 Lerner, Steve Chapel Hill NC FGI Research 63,800
    $200,000 $500,000 Loy, Frank Washington DC Retired 63,400
    $200,000 $500,000 Mandell, Bob Orlando FL Meritage Homes 59,700
    $200,000 $500,000 Parekh, Deven New York NY Insight Venture Partners 58,500
    $200,000 $500,000 Jones, David Greenwich CT Da Jones Llc 58,050
    $200,000 $500,000 White, Barry Newton Centre MA Foley Hoag LLP 41,920
    $200,000 $500,000 Levi, John Chicago IL Sidley Austin LLP 38,624
    $200,000 $500,000 Tchen, Tina Chicago IL Skadden, Arps et al 33,220
    $200,000 $500,000 Halpern, Daniel Atlanta GA Atlanta Restaurant Partners 32,340
    $200,000 $500,000 Reynolds, Jim Chicago IL Caretaker 29,250
    $200,000 $500,000 Schell, Michael New York NY Citigroup Global Markets 28,505
    $200,000 $500,000 Gorman, John Austin TX Tejas Securities Group 27,300
    $200,000 $500,000 Lobo, Caren Sarasota FL Wedu Tv 25,363
    $200,000 $500,000 Frillman, Lou Minneapolis MN Financial Designs Ltd 24,615
    $200,000 $500,000 Bardacke, Paul Santa Fe NM Sutin, Thayer & Browne 22,450
    $200,000 $500,000 Crumpler, John Durham NC Hattepas Venture Architects 22,300
    $200,000 $500,000 Alderman, Mark Bryn Mawr PA Comcast Corp 22,070
    $200,000 $500,000 Weiss, Daniel Los Angeles CA Angeleno Group 20,857
    $200,000 $500,000 Johnson, Orlan Bowie MD Milbank, Tweed et al 20,750
    $200,000 $500,000 Clarkson, Charles Jacksonville FL Clarkson Co 20,250
    $200,000 $500,000 Craig, Greg Washington DC William & Connelly 19,200
    $200,000 $500,000 Cohen, Dick Minneapolis MN Attorney 18,150
    $200,000 $500,000 Peebles, Don Coral Gables FL Peebles Corp 14,000
    $200,000 $500,000 Alters, Jeremy Miami FL Ratzan & Alters 12,600
    $200,000 $500,000 Lawson, Mattie & Michael Los Angeles CA Skadden, Arps et al 12,110
    $200,000 $500,000 Duffy, Eugene Atlanta GA Paradigm Asset Management 11,833
    $200,000 $500,000 Wilkins, Ann Cambridge MA Wilkins Management 10,700
    $200,000 $500,000 Gehl, Katherine Chicago IL Office of Mayor Deley 10,449
    $200,000 $500,000 Koppelman, Nancy Santa Barbara CA Retired 10,300
    $200,000 $500,000 Kohl, Dan River Hills WI Milwaukee Bucks 10,300
    $200,000 $500,000 Carson, Brad Oklahoma City OK Cherokee Nation Businesses Llc 9,850
    $200,000 $500,000 Paez, Jason New York NY 4A Purpose Llc 9,600
    $200,000 $500,000 Rivkin, Bob & Moelis, Cindy Chicago IL AON Corp 9,570
    $200,000 $500,000 Merksamer, Jon Sacramento CA Devons Jewelers 9,200
    $200,000 $500,000 Lewis, Chris Berwyn PA Blank Rome LLP 9,100
    $200,000 $500,000 Hamamoto, Pam Tiburon CA 8,831
    $200,000 $500,000 Byrd, Owen Palo Alto CA Greenbelt Alliance 8,350
    $200,000 $500,000 Lake, Anthony Washington DC Georgetown University 8,300
    $200,000 $500,000 Lopez, Andres San Juan PR Law Offices of Andres W Lopez 7,900
    $200,000 $500,000 Bernstein, Andi & Tom New York NY Dreier Llp 7,605
    $200,000 $500,000 Parker, Yolonda Los Angeles CA Kms 7,550
    $200,000 $500,000 Froman, Michael New York NY Citigroup Inc 7,100
    $200,000 $500,000 Coney, Les Chicago IL Mesirow Financial 7,050
    $200,000 $500,000 Perdue, Jonathan Mill Valley CA 6,875
    $200,000 $500,000 Rediker, Doug Washington DC International Capital Strategies 6,800
    $200,000 $500,000 Garcia, Roland Houston TX Attorney 4,934
    $200,000 $500,000 Kearney, Eric Cincinnati OH Ohio Senate 4,675
    $200,000 $500,000 Bauer, Denise Belvedere CA Latham & Watkins 4,600
    $200,000 $500,000 Reed, Tom Centreville VA K&L Gates 4,550
    $200,000 $500,000 Parham, Michael Seattle WA IBM Corp 4,300
    $200,000 $500,000 Overmann, Lynn Miami FL Kubilion & Assoc 4,050
    $200,000 $500,000 Harper, Hill Los Angeles CA CBS Corp 3,300
    $200,000 $500,000 Mathis, Brian New York NY Provident Group 3,300
    $200,000 $500,000 Dornbush, Kirk Atlanta GA Diem Investments 2,500
    $200,000 $500,000 Haddock, Eddy Winter Park FL
    $200,000 $500,000 Isaacs, Ian Piedmont CA
    $200,000 $500,000 Berger, Josh London UK
    $200,000 $500,000 Bond, Les Chicago IL
    $200,000 $500,000 Kennedy, Lena Pasadena CA
    $200,000 $500,000 Morrow, Marie San Juan Pu
    $200,000 $500,000 Chun, Marisa San Francisco CA
    $200,000 $500,000 Sedgwick, Tod Washington DC
    $200,000 $500,000 Dintersmith, Ted Boston MA
    $200,000 $500,000 Hosp, Ted Birmingham AL
    $200,000 $500,000 McKeever, Steve Chicago IL
    $200,000 $500,000 Rosenbloom, Skip Sacramento CA
    $200,000 $500,000 Ptrather, Will Fort Meyers FL
    $200,000 $500,000 Schechter, Arthur Houston TX
    $200,000 $500,000 Spielvogel, Barbaralee New York NY
    $200,000 $500,000 Thomas, Marjorie St. Thomas US
    $200,000 $500,000 Paiewonsky, Sebastiano St. Thomas US
    $200,000 $500,000 Thompson, Sandi Woodside CA
    $200,000 $500,000 Lamb-Hale, Nicole Detroit MI
    $200,000 $500,000 Stein, Bobby Jacksonville FL
    $200,000 $500,000 Orrick, Bill San Francisco CA
    $200,000 $500,000 Draper, Becky San Francisco CA
    $200,000 $500,000 Schapiro, Andrew Chicago IL
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    $50,000 $100,000 Sherman, Robert Needham MA
    $50,000 $100,000 Matthews, Scott Wellesley MA
    $50,000 $100,000 Bough, Steve Kansas City NE
    $50,000 $100,000 Baskin, Sheldon Chicago IL
    $50,000 $100,000 Cole, Tom Kenilworth IL
    $50,000 $100,000 Gearen, Tom Chicago IL
    $50,000 $100,000 Weaver, Todd St. Louis MO
    $50,000 $100,000 Kurland, Ted Newton MA
    $50,000 $100,000 Sarrafan, Sima Bellevue WA
    $50,000 $100,000 Siddiqui, Tariq Chicago IL
    $50,000 $100,000 Zager, Steve Houston TX
    While John McCain’s campaign posts bundlers’ employers and occupations, Barack Obama’s campaign does not. The employers displayed for Obama’s bundlers are based on CRP research.

    The totals listed in this table are based on CRP research and may not match the contributions visible using our Donor Lookup tool, which searches FEC data based on name and state. Bundlers’ names and ranges based on information available on the candidate’s Web site August 18, 2008. Individual contribution data based on data available from the Federal Election Commission on 7/13/09.

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    Bundlers
    Bundlers are people with friends in high places who, after bumping against personal contribution limits, turn to those friends, associates, and, well, anyone who’s willing to give, and deliver the checks to the candidate in one big “bundle.”

    Even though these donors direct more money to the candidates than anyone else, disclosure can be spotty, with Obama and McCain posting bundlers by ranges, indicated in this chart with the “max” and “min” columns, and with the top ranges being simply “$500,000 or more.” Together, 536 elites have directed at least $75,750,000 to McCain, and 560 have gathered at least $76,500,000 for Obama.

    Top Industries of Obama Bundlers
    Sector Min. Raised # of Bundlers
    Lawyers/Law Firms $15,600,000 97
    Securities & Investment $10,250,000 61
    TV/Movies/Music $3,700,000 20
    Business Services $2,900,000 19
    Real Estate $2,650,000 20
    The “08 Contribs” column indidates the total amount the bundler, their spouse and dependent children have given to all federal candidates, parties and PACs this election cycle.

    Barack Obama Bundlers
    Min Max Name City State Employer 08 Contribs
    $500,000 Katzenberg, Jeffrey Los Angeles CA DreamWorks SKG 547,902
    $500,000 Barzun, Matthew Louisville KY Brickpath LLC 296,291
    $500,000 Buttenweiser, Peter Philadelphia PA Peter L Buttenwieser & Assoc 271,600
    $500,000 Bainum, Sandy & Stewart Chevy Chase MD Choice Hotels International 246,283
    $500,000 Crown, Paula & Jim Chicago IL Henry Crown & Co 239,344
    $500,000 Eacho, Bill Bethesda MD Carlton Capital Group 232,709
    $500,000 Solomont, Alan Boston MA Ads Ventures 229,902
    $500,000 Clark, Bob St. Louis MO Clayco Construction 220,507
    $500,000 Oreck, Bruce Boulder CO Oreck, Bradley et al 208,931
    $500,000 Gilbert, Mark Boca Raton FL Travels Dialoques 201,060
    $500,000 Rogers, John Chicago IL Ariel Capital Management 193,598
    $500,000 Beyer, Megan & Don Alexandria VA Don Beyer Motors 170,192
    $500,000 Kramer, Orin New York NY Boston Provident 149,780
    $500,000 Geffen, David Malibu CA DreamWorks SKG 129,693
    $500,000 Wolf, Robert New York NY Read Property Group 115,566
    $500,000 Gorenberg, Mark & Wanderman, Wendy San Francisco CA Hummer Winblad Venture Partners 101,600
    $500,000 Donahoe, Eileen Portola Valley CA Center for Intl Security & Cooperation 99,200
    $500,000 White, Frank Silver Spring MD Advanced Concepts Inc 96,264
    $500,000 Friedman, David Boulder CO Sandy River Health Systems 91,400
    $500,000 Kennard, Bill Washington DC Attorney 82,450
    $500,000 Wagar, Kirk Miami FL Attorney 70,800
    $500,000 Bleich, Jeff Piedmont CA Munger, Tolles & Olson 57,950
    $500,000 Stroum, Cynthia Seattle WA Stroum Enterprises 49,650
    $500,000 Torrey, Jim New York NY Torrey Funds 45,750
    $500,000 Rivkin, Charlie Los Angeles CA Wildbrain 42,487
    $500,000 Roos, John Hillsborough CA Wilson, Sonsini et al 41,600
    $500,000 Gips, Don Boulder CO Level 3 Communications 32,391
    $500,000 Gutman, Howard Washington DC Williams & Connolly 27,200
    $500,000 Harris, Scott Washington DC Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis 24,050
    $500,000 Carden, David & Riley, Rebecca Bronxville NY Jones Day 22,610
    $500,000 Perrelli, Tom Arlington VA Jenner & Block 16,600
    $500,000 Spinner, Steve Menlo Park CA Sports Potential 15,150
    $500,000 Mason, Karol Atlanta GA Alston & Bird LLP 14,982
    $500,000 Genachowski, Julius Washington DC General Atlantic 11,445
    $500,000 Danzig, Richard Washington DC Attorney 10,400
    $500,000 Sanchez, Frank Tampa FL Renaissance Steel 9,850
    $500,000 Katz, Allan Tallahassee FL Akerman, Senterfitt & Eidson 9,817
    $500,000 Overton, Spencer Chevy Chase MD George Washington University 6,749
    $500,000 Avant, Nicole Los Angeles CA Interior Music Corp 5,300
    $500,000 West, Tony Oakland CA Morrison & Foerster 5,100
    $500,000 Forester, Christine San Diego CA 2,300
    $500,000 Westly, Steve Atherton CA Westly Group 500
    $500,000 Korge, Chris Miami FL
    $500,000 Nemazee, Hassan New York NY
    $500,000 Pollak, Abigail Miami Beach FL
    $500,000 Rhea, John New York NY
    $500,000 Solow, Alan Chicago IL
    $200,000 $500,000 Brosens, Frank Bedford NY Taconic Capital Advisors 428,902
    $200,000 $500,000 Goldman, Doug San Francisco CA Certain Software 404,018
    $200,000 $500,000 Fox, Daveen & Alan Studio City CA ACF Property Management 341,437
    $200,000 $500,000 Pajcic, Steve Jacksonville FL Pajcic & Pajcic 317,684
    $200,000 $500,000 Welters, Beatrice McLean VA Americhoice Corp 309,198
    $200,000 $500,000 Mullen, Alicia & Tim Chicago IL Atkinson, Mullen & Rosso 273,170
    $200,000 $500,000 Rudy, Kirk Austin TX Endcavor Real Estate 256,443
    $200,000 $500,000 Susman, Lou Chicago IL Citigroup Global Markets 246,861
    $200,000 $500,000 Aberly, Naomi Dallas TX HBK Capital Management 233,600
    $200,000 $500,000 Lavine, Jonathan Lexington MA Bain Capital 219,900
    $200,000 $500,000 Pritzker, Penny Chicago IL Pritzker Realty Group 215,020
    $200,000 $500,000 Spalding, Helen San Francisco CA Kearny Venture Pastures 206,800
    $200,000 $500,000 Grain, David Sarasota FL Grain Communications Group 205,000
    $200,000 $500,000 Ratner, Ron & Deborah Cleveland OH Forest City Enterprises 189,522
    $200,000 $500,000 Gallogly, Mark New York NY Centerbridge Partners 183,398
    $200,000 $500,000 Randlett, Wade San Francisco CA Dashboard Technology 172,620
    $200,000 $500,000 Bluhm, Neil Chicago IL Walton Street Capital 160,000
    $200,000 $500,000 Lewis, Chuck Evanston IL Philanthropist 137,129
    $200,000 $500,000 Emanuel, Ari Los Angeles CA Endeavor Agency 132,813
    $200,000 $500,000 Wesner, Alexa Austin TX Austin Ventures 131,112
    $200,000 $500,000 Tyree, Jim Chicago IL Mesirow Financial 126,800
    $200,000 $500,000 Kaplan, Sylvia & Sam Minneapolis MN Kaplan, Shangis & Kaplan 125,000
    $200,000 $500,000 Gluckstern, Steven New York NY Ajax Capital 120,900
    $200,000 $500,000 Hinkle, Donald Tallahassee FL Hinkle & Foran 120,517
    $200,000 $500,000 Wheeler, Tom Washington DC Core Capital Partners 113,550
    $200,000 $500,000 Wedner, Anne Winnetka IL Civic Partners 105,592
    $200,000 $500,000 Hartley, Jane New York NY 67 Group 100,750
    $200,000 $500,000 Rogers, Desiree Chicago IL Peoples Energy 99,144
    $200,000 $500,000 Johnson, Jeh Montclair NJ Paul, Weiss et al 97,820
    $200,000 $500,000 Johnson, Jim Washington DC Perseus LLC 95,850
    $200,000 $500,000 Broas, Tim Chevy Chase MD Winston & Strawn 93,950
    $200,000 $500,000 Hudson, Jim Washington DC Attorney 92,222
    $200,000 $500,000 Garrett, Barbara Coral Gables FL Windmere Corp 91,016
    $200,000 $500,000 Iola, Mark Dallas TX Stanley, Mandel & Iola 89,730
    $200,000 $500,000 Berger, Mitchell Fort Lauderdale FL Berger Singerman 83,160
    $200,000 $500,000 Koch, Steve Chicago IL Credit Suisse Securities 79,300
    $200,000 $500,000 Cohen, Lou Washington DC Br Cohen & Assoc 78,087
    $200,000 $500,000 Cohen, Bonnie Washington DC Br Cohen & Assoc 78,087
    $200,000 $500,000 Heyman, Vicki & Bruce Chicago IL Goldman Sachs 76,167
    $200,000 $500,000 Youngblood, Kneeland Dallas TX Pharos Capital Group 75,432
    $200,000 $500,000 Lynton, Michael & Jamie Los Angeles CA Sony Corp of America 75,107
    $200,000 $500,000 Clark, Frank Flossmoor IL Chicago State University 75,100
    $200,000 $500,000 Goodman, Mark Cambridge MA Brookline Venture Partners 70,584
    $200,000 $500,000 Phillips, John Washington DC Phillips & Cohen 70,050
    $200,000 $500,000 Sussman, Bob Washington DC Attorney 69,900
    $200,000 $500,000 Shell, Jeff Philadelphia PA Comcast Programming Group 69,400
    $200,000 $500,000 Horowitz, Rick Wynnewood PA RAF Industries 69,400
    $200,000 $500,000 Eisen, Norm Washington DC Zuckerman Spaeder LLP 68,950
    $200,000 $500,000 Lion, Margo New York NY Margo Lion Ltd 68,480
    $200,000 $500,000 Heller, David New York NY Goldman Sachs 65,600
    $200,000 $500,000 Arriola, Ricky Miami FL Inktel Direct 65,107
    $200,000 $500,000 Chase, Tony Houston TX Chasecom Lp 64,950
    $200,000 $500,000 Holtzman, Max Miami Beach FL Holtzman Group 64,550
    $200,000 $500,000 Lerner, Steve Chapel Hill NC FGI Research 63,800
    $200,000 $500,000 Loy, Frank Washington DC Retired 63,400
    $200,000 $500,000 Mandell, Bob Orlando FL Meritage Homes 59,700
    $200,000 $500,000 Parekh, Deven New York NY Insight Venture Partners 58,500
    $200,000 $500,000 Jones, David Greenwich CT Da Jones Llc 58,050
    $200,000 $500,000 White, Barry Newton Centre MA Foley Hoag LLP 41,920
    $200,000 $500,000 Levi, John Chicago IL Sidley Austin LLP 38,624
    $200,000 $500,000 Tchen, Tina Chicago IL Skadden, Arps et al 33,220
    $200,000 $500,000 Halpern, Daniel Atlanta GA Atlanta Restaurant Partners 32,340
    $200,000 $500,000 Reynolds, Jim Chicago IL Caretaker 29,250
    $200,000 $500,000 Schell, Michael New York NY Citigroup Global Markets 28,505
    $200,000 $500,000 Gorman, John Austin TX Tejas Securities Group 27,300
    $200,000 $500,000 Lobo, Caren Sarasota FL Wedu Tv 25,363
    $200,000 $500,000 Frillman, Lou Minneapolis MN Financial Designs Ltd 24,615
    $200,000 $500,000 Bardacke, Paul Santa Fe NM Sutin, Thayer & Browne 22,450
    $200,000 $500,000 Crumpler, John Durham NC Hattepas Venture Architects 22,300
    $200,000 $500,000 Alderman, Mark Bryn Mawr PA Comcast Corp 22,070
    $200,000 $500,000 Weiss, Daniel Los Angeles CA Angeleno Group 20,857
    $200,000 $500,000 Johnson, Orlan Bowie MD Milbank, Tweed et al 20,750
    $200,000 $500,000 Clarkson, Charles Jacksonville FL Clarkson Co 20,250
    $200,000 $500,000 Craig, Greg Washington DC William & Connelly 19,200
    $200,000 $500,000 Cohen, Dick Minneapolis MN Attorney 18,150
    $200,000 $500,000 Peebles, Don Coral Gables FL Peebles Corp 14,000
    $200,000 $500,000 Alters, Jeremy Miami FL Ratzan & Alters 12,600
    $200,000 $500,000 Lawson, Mattie & Michael Los Angeles CA Skadden, Arps et al 12,110
    $200,000 $500,000 Duffy, Eugene Atlanta GA Paradigm Asset Management 11,833
    $200,000 $500,000 Wilkins, Ann Cambridge MA Wilkins Management 10,700
    $200,000 $500,000 Gehl, Katherine Chicago IL Office of Mayor Deley 10,449
    $200,000 $500,000 Koppelman, Nancy Santa Barbara CA Retired 10,300
    $200,000 $500,000 Kohl, Dan River Hills WI Milwaukee Bucks 10,300
    $200,000 $500,000 Carson, Brad Oklahoma City OK Cherokee Nation Businesses Llc 9,850
    $200,000 $500,000 Paez, Jason New York NY 4A Purpose Llc 9,600
    $200,000 $500,000 Rivkin, Bob & Moelis, Cindy Chicago IL AON Corp 9,570
    $200,000 $500,000 Merksamer, Jon Sacramento CA Devons Jewelers 9,200
    $200,000 $500,000 Lewis, Chris Berwyn PA Blank Rome LLP 9,100
    $200,000 $500,000 Hamamoto, Pam Tiburon CA 8,831
    $200,000 $500,000 Byrd, Owen Palo Alto CA Greenbelt Alliance 8,350
    $200,000 $500,000 Lake, Anthony Washington DC Georgetown University 8,300
    $200,000 $500,000 Lopez, Andres San Juan PR Law Offices of Andres W Lopez 7,900
    $200,000 $500,000 Bernstein, Andi & Tom New York NY Dreier Llp 7,605
    $200,000 $500,000 Parker, Yolonda Los Angeles CA Kms 7,550
    $200,000 $500,000 Froman, Michael New York NY Citigroup Inc 7,100
    $200,000 $500,000 Coney, Les Chicago IL Mesirow Financial 7,050
    $200,000 $500,000 Perdue, Jonathan Mill Valley CA 6,875
    $200,000 $500,000 Rediker, Doug Washington DC International Capital Strategies 6,800
    $200,000 $500,000 Garcia, Roland Houston TX Attorney 4,934
    $200,000 $500,000 Kearney, Eric Cincinnati OH Ohio Senate 4,675
    $200,000 $500,000 Bauer, Denise Belvedere CA Latham & Watkins 4,600
    $200,000 $500,000 Reed, Tom Centreville VA K&L Gates 4,550
    $200,000 $500,000 Parham, Michael Seattle WA IBM Corp 4,300
    $200,000 $500,000 Overmann, Lynn Miami FL Kubilion & Assoc 4,050
    $200,000 $500,000 Harper, Hill Los Angeles CA CBS Corp 3,300
    $200,000 $500,000 Mathis, Brian New York NY Provident Group 3,300
    $200,000 $500,000 Dornbush, Kirk Atlanta GA Diem Investments 2,500
    $200,000 $500,000 Haddock, Eddy Winter Park FL
    $200,000 $500,000 Isaacs, Ian Piedmont CA
    $200,000 $500,000 Berger, Josh London UK
    $200,000 $500,000 Bond, Les Chicago IL
    $200,000 $500,000 Kennedy, Lena Pasadena CA
    $200,000 $500,000 Morrow, Marie San Juan Pu
    $200,000 $500,000 Chun, Marisa San Francisco CA
    $200,000 $500,000 Sedgwick, Tod Washington DC
    $200,000 $500,000 Dintersmith, Ted Boston MA
    $200,000 $500,000 Hosp, Ted Birmingham AL
    $200,000 $500,000 McKeever, Steve Chicago IL
    $200,000 $500,000 Rosenbloom, Skip Sacramento CA
    $200,000 $500,000 Ptrather, Will Fort Meyers FL
    $200,000 $500,000 Schechter, Arthur Houston TX
    $200,000 $500,000 Spielvogel, Barbaralee New York NY
    $200,000 $500,000 Thomas, Marjorie St. Thomas US
    $200,000 $500,000 Paiewonsky, Sebastiano St. Thomas US
    $200,000 $500,000 Thompson, Sandi Woodside CA
    $200,000 $500,000 Lamb-Hale, Nicole Detroit MI
    $200,000 $500,000 Stein, Bobby Jacksonville FL
    $200,000 $500,000 Orrick, Bill San Francisco CA
    $200,000 $500,000 Draper, Becky San Francisco CA
    $200,000 $500,000 Schapiro, Andrew Chicago IL
    $200,000 $500,000 Scully, John Sausalito CA
    $200,000 $500,000 Stetson, Jane Norwich CT
    $200,000 $500,000 Tsao-Wu, Grace Chicago IL
    $200,000 $500,000 Arriola, Eddy Miami Beach FL
    $200,000 $500,000 Burd, David Washington DC
    $100,000 $200,000 Meyer, Kelly Malibu CA Universal Studios 311,300
    $100,000 $200,000 Berger, Dan Philadelphia PA Berger 289,500
    $100,000 $200,000 Effron, Cheryl New York NY Centerview Partners 243,282
    $100,000 $200,000 Effron, Blair New York NY Centerview Partners 243,282
    $100,000 $200,000 Rising, Nelson Los Angeles CA Rising Realty Partners 210,200
    $100,000 $200,000 Loeb, Daniel New York NY Third Point LLC 203,631
    $100,000 $200,000 Fisher, David & Marianna Los Angeles CA Psychoanalyst 173,500
    $100,000 $200,000 Jones, Paul Greenwich CT Tutor Investment Corp 170,500
    $100,000 $200,000 Cavnar, Gracie & Bob Houston TX Milagro Exploration 143,752
    $100,000 $200,000 Hobson, Mellody Chicago IL Amer Capital Management 131,200
    $100,000 $200,000 Milstein, Howard New York NY Emigrant Bank 124,300
    $100,000 $200,000 Hickey, Doug San Francisco CA Hummer Winblad Venture Partners 117,530
    $100,000 $200,000 Kireker, Charlie Weybridge VT Fresh Tracks Capital 114,145
    $100,000 $200,000 Gottlieb, Howard Evanston IL Glenwood Financial Group 107,000
    $100,000 $200,000 Gould, Barbara Cincinnati OH Walnut Group 106,100
    $100,000 $200,000 Watts, Mikal San Antonio TX Watts Law Firm 105,400
    $100,000 $200,000 Caplin, Michael McLean VA Time & Place 100,740
    $100,000 $200,000 Lamont, Ann & Edward Greenwich CT Lamont Digital 95,074
    $100,000 $200,000 Solomon, Peter New York NY New York Stem Cell Foundation 89,750
    $100,000 $200,000 Calabrese, Joe Los Angeles CA O’Melveny & Myers 74,100
    $100,000 $200,000 Rubin, James New York NY Columbia University 70,688
    $100,000 $200,000 Ogunlesi, Adebayo New York NY Global Infrastructive 69,200
    $100,000 $200,000 Perkowitz, Robert Charlotte NC Ecb America 67,675
    $100,000 $200,000 Saltzman, BettyLu Chicago IL Union Medical Center 67,250
    $100,000 $200,000 Wise, Judy Chicago IL Facing History & Ourselves 63,350
    $100,000 $200,000 Davis, Gordon New York NY Dewey & Lebreuf 62,748
    $100,000 $200,000 Mithoff, Richard Houston TX Attorney 58,100
    $100,000 $200,000 Smith, Gerald Houston TX Smith, Graham & Co 47,100
    $100,000 $200,000 Lerer, Kenneth New York NY Robinson, Lerer & Montgomery 44,600
    $100,000 $200,000 Rosenberg, Lee Chicago IL Investor 42,900
    $100,000 $200,000 Davies, Virginia New York NY Blake, Cassels & Grayson 31,250
    $100,000 $200,000 Hamid, Wahid New York NY 30,200
    $100,000 $200,000 Thummalapally, Vinai Colorado Springs CO Mam-A Inc 29,875
    $100,000 $200,000 Waldman, Ayelet Berkeley CA Writer 28,521
    $100,000 $200,000 Lippitz, Brad Chicago IL Brad Lippitz Real Estate Group 27,000
    $100,000 $200,000 Taylor, Willard New York NY Sullivan & Cromwell 26,650
    $100,000 $200,000 Lore, Ken Washington DC Evers & Co 25,600
    $100,000 $200,000 Fulton, Laurie Alexandria VA Williams & Connolly 24,545
    $100,000 $200,000 Maddox, Kerman Los Angeles CA Dakota Communications 23,100
    $100,000 $200,000 Jennings, Kevin New York NY Gay, Lesbian & Straight Educ Network 21,599
    $100,000 $200,000 Herlinsky, Victor Hackensack NJ Nowell, Amoroso et al 19,699
    $100,000 $200,000 Levine, Cliff Pittsburgh PA Thorp, Reed & Armstrong 18,259
    $100,000 $200,000 Hoffman, Sharon Kansas City MO Business Owner 17,950
    $100,000 $200,000 Black, Lea Miami FL Black, Srebnick et al 16,500
    $100,000 $200,000 Shepherd, Willie Denver CO Kamlet & Shepherd 15,600
    $100,000 $200,000 Medavoy, Irena & Mike Los Angeles CA Phoenix Pictures 13,800
    $100,000 $200,000 Molot, Jonathan Washington DC George Washington University 13,550
    $100,000 $200,000 Harvey, William Hampton VA Hampton University 13,400
    $100,000 $200,000 Nelsen, Robert Bainbridge Island WA ARCH Venture Corp 13,300
    $100,000 $200,000 Wineberg, Harvey Chicago IL Wineberg, Solheim & Howell 13,100
    $100,000 $200,000 Christophe, Cleveland Stamford CT TSG Capital Group 12,800
    $100,000 $200,000 Rice, Zeb Los Angeles CA Angeleno Group 12,712
    $100,000 $200,000 Barber, Rob Cambridge MA Loomey & Grossman 12,450
    $100,000 $200,000 Jarrett, Valerie Chicago IL Habitat Co 10,900
    $100,000 $200,000 Adelman, David Atlanta GA Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan 8,900
    $100,000 $200,000 Alleyne, Kenneth Hartford CT Eastern Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine 7,272
    $100,000 $200,000 Howell, Helen Seattle WA Attorney 7,200
    $100,000 $200,000 Sapiro, Miriam Washington DC Summit Strategies International 6,900
    $100,000 $200,000 Goldman, Jill Los Angeles CA 6,550
    $100,000 $200,000 Zenner, Sheldon Evanston IL Katten, Muchin & Rosenman 6,324
    $100,000 $200,000 Balsera, Freddy Miami FL Public Affairs Consultant 5,900
    $100,000 $200,000 Blitz, Leonore New York NY Leonore Blitz Consultants 5,850
    $100,000 $200,000 Monks, Robert Cape Elizabeth ME Ram Trust Services 5,600
    $100,000 $200,000 Dimmock, Vincent Atlanta GA Dimmock & Assoc 5,600
    $100,000 $200,000 Helmer, Greg Los Angeles CA Gregory D Helmer Pc 5,600
    $100,000 $200,000 Haro, Jennifer St. Louis MO Sara Lee Corp 5,080
    $100,000 $200,000 French, Clark Vero Beach FL French & Co 4,600
    $100,000 $200,000 Kasparian, Michael Paramus NJ MDK Development 4,600
    $100,000 $200,000 Moelis, Ron Larchmont NY L&M Development Partners 4,400
    $100,000 $200,000 Solomon, Ken Los Angeles CA Tennis Channel 3,800
    $100,000 $200,000 Miller, Bryan West Palm Beach FL Gunster, Yoakley & Steinart 2,700
    $100,000 $200,000 Bender, Lawrence Los Angeles CA Lawrence Bender Productions 2,550
    $100,000 $200,000 Morgenthau, Sarah Montclair NJ 2,300
    $100,000 $200,000 Rice, Andrew Oklahoma City OK State of Oklahoma 1,750
    $100,000 $200,000 Leopold, Arthur New York NY Leopold Political Consultants 250
    $100,000 $200,000 Goodman, Barry Southfield MI
    $100,000 $200,000 Hines, Crystal Los Angeles CA
    $100,000 $200,000 Hynes, Dan Chicago IL
    $100,000 $200,000 Ortner, Chuck New York NY
    $100,000 $200,000 Nova, Dan Cambridge MA
    $100,000 $200,000 Burman, David Seattle WA
    $100,000 $200,000 Gail, David Dallas TX
    $100,000 $200,000 Johnson, Derek New York NY
    $100,000 $200,000 Belau, Doni Bedford NY
    $100,000 $200,000 Kasparian, David Paramus NJ
    $100,000 $200,000 Gray, De & Paul Chicago IL
    $100,000 $200,000 Chandoo, Hasan Armonk NY
    $100,000 $200,000 Crowe, James Englewood CO
    $100,000 $200,000 Lazarus, Eddie Los Angeles CA
    $100,000 $200,000 Paquette, Eric Los Angeles CA
    $100,000 $200,000 Schwartz, Eric New York NY
    $100,000 $200,000 Terlevich, Fabio & Molley Philadelphia PA
    $100,000 $200,000 Day, FK Chicago IL
    $100,000 $200,000 Goldring, Fred Los Angeles CA
    $100,000 $200,000 Talley, Andre New York NY
    $100,000 $200,000 Vein, Jon & Ellen Los Angeles CA
    $100,000 $200,000 Giannoulias, Alexi Chicago IL
    $100,000 $200,000 Acker, Jerry Southfield MI
    $100,000 $200,000 Kreigel, Jay New York NY
    $100,000 $200,000 Gutman, Joe Highland Park IL
    $100,000 $200,000 Connors, John Brookline MA
    $100,000 $200,000 Emerson, John Los Angeles CA
    $100,000 $200,000 Hampton, Cathy Atlanta GA
    $100,000 $200,000 Riva, Wendy Los Angeles CA
    $100,000 $200,000 Mann, William Weston CT
    $100,000 $200,000 Perkins, Bill Houston TX
    $100,000 $200,000 Rosen, Ben New York NY
    $100,000 $200,000 Schwartz, Ben Wendell MA
    $100,000 $200,000 Wintour, Anna New York NY
    $100,000 $200,000 Fudge, Ann Chestnut Hill MA
    $100,000 $200,000 Toy, Stan Los Angeles CA
    $100,000 $200,000 Roche, Robert Chicago IL
    $100,000 $200,000 Fizdale, Rick & Suzanne Faber Chicago IL
    $100,000 $200,000 Bansal, Preeta New York NY
    $100,000 $200,000 Wilson, Percy Washington DC
    $100,000 $200,000 Bynoe, Peter Chicago IL
    $100,000 $200,000 Mandel, Sue & Steve Greenwich CT
    $100,000 $200,000 Pisor, Susan Chicago IL
    $100,000 $200,000 Janulis, Ted New York NY
    $100,000 $200,000 McInerney, Tom San Anselmo CA
    $100,000 $200,000 Unterman, Tom Los Angeles CA
    $100,000 $200,000 Carnahan, Tom Chicago IL
    $100,000 $200,000 Blaylock, Ron & Byrd, Judy New York NY
    $100,000 $200,000 NeJame, Mark Orlando FL
    $100,000 $200,000 Puchala, Al New York NY
    $100,000 $200,000 Rattner, Maureen New York NY
    $100,000 $200,000 Reeves, Beverly Austin TX
    $100,000 $200,000 Ritter, Stacy Parkland FL
    $100,000 $200,000 Sacks, Michael Winnetka IL
    $100,000 $200,000 Wallace, Bill Orlando FL
    $100,000 $200,000 Rosen, Marvin New York NY
    $100,000 $200,000 Kovner, Sarah New York NY
    $100,000 $200,000 McKeever, Candace Los Angeles CA
    $100,000 $200,000 Gibbs, Geoff Oakland CA
    $100,000 $200,000 Hochberg, Fred New York NY
    $100,000 $200,000 Kempner, Michael East Rutherford NJ
    $100,000 $200,000 Pizer, Jonathan Chicago IL
    $100,000 $200,000 Sollinger, Mary Madison WI
    $100,000 $200,000 McCullough, Nancy Los Angeles CA
    $100,000 $200,000 Bauer, Mike Chicago IL
    $100,000 $200,000 Zeldin, Michael Washington DC
    $100,000 $200,000 Karmel, Marianne Newton MA
    $50,000 $100,000 Reimers, Arthur Greenwich CT New Mountain Capital 268,000
    $50,000 $100,000 Wynn, Elaine Las Vegas NV Wynn Resorts 262,100
    $50,000 $100,000 Budd, Russell Dallas TX Baron & Budd 247,497
    $50,000 $100,000 Conway, Kevin Chicago IL Clooney & Conway 243,316
    $50,000 $100,000 Miller, Herb Washington DC Western Development 237,450
    $50,000 $100,000 Manilow, Lewis Chicago IL Darome Teleconferencing 226,800
    $50,000 $100,000 Griffin, Ken Chicago IL Citadel Investment Group 221,800
    $50,000 $100,000 Vogelstein, Barbara New York NY Warburg & Pincus 210,900
    $50,000 $100,000 Abrams, Wendy Highland Park IL Medline Industries 185,150
    $50,000 $100,000 Arnold, John Houston TX Centaurus Advisors 176,400
    $50,000 $100,000 Lorsch, Patricia Cambridge MA Harvard Business School 173,641
    $50,000 $100,000 Colom, Wilbur Columbus MS Colom Law Firm 157,846
    $50,000 $100,000 Coles, Michael Atlanta GA Caribou Coffee 138,100
    $50,000 $100,000 Palevsky, Max Los Angeles CA 135,972
    $50,000 $100,000 Dinan, James New York NY JGD Management 122,400
    $50,000 $100,000 McGarr, Cappy Dallas TX McGarr Capital 107,100
    $50,000 $100,000 Voelker, David New Orleans LA Frantzen Voelker Investments 106,100
    $50,000 $100,000 Roth, Paul New York NY Schulte, Roth & Zabel 105,450
    $50,000 $100,000 Allen, Pinney Atlanta GA Alston & Bird 105,022
    $50,000 $100,000 Rothman, Tom Los Angeles CA Fox Filmed Entertainment 102,000
    $50,000 $100,000 Lassiter, James Los Angeles CA Overbrook Entertainment 100,736
    $50,000 $100,000 Bartimus, Jim Kansas City MO Bartimus, Frickleton et al 96,618
    $50,000 $100,000 Weissbourd, Robert Chicago IL Consultant 95,345
    $50,000 $100,000 Mindich, Eric New York NY Elon Park Capital Management 93,800
    $50,000 $100,000 Manilow, Barbara Chicago IL Henry Crown & Co 90,147
    $50,000 $100,000 Rales, Josh Potomac MD RFI Assoc 88,317
    $50,000 $100,000 Borges, Frank Farmington CT Landmark Partners 88,030
    $50,000 $100,000 Lee, Debra Washington DC BET Holdings 87,650
    $50,000 $100,000 Hirshberg, Gary Concord NH Stonyfield Farm 86,000
    $50,000 $100,000 Hundt, Reed Chevy Chase MD Attorney 85,550
    $50,000 $100,000 Puri, Sunil Rockford IL First Rockford Group 82,873
    $50,000 $100,000 Furman, Jay New York NY RD Management 78,200
    $50,000 $100,000 Evans, Jodie Los Angeles CA Code Pink: Women For Peace 77,218
    $50,000 $100,000 Alter, Michael Winnetka IL Alter Group 74,850
    $50,000 $100,000 Steiner, Josh New York NY Quadrangle Group 65,500
    $50,000 $100,000 Smart, Christopher Boston MA Pioneer Investment Management 64,799
    $50,000 $100,000 Terrell, Dorothy Boston MA First Light Capital 60,500
    $50,000 $100,000 Rogel, Rich Avon CO Tomay Inc 60,300
    $50,000 $100,000 Streeter, Jon Berkeley CA Keker & Van Nest 59,450
    $50,000 $100,000 Winthrop, Hope & Grant New York NY Milbank, Tweed et al 57,950
    $50,000 $100,000 Primo, Quintin Lake Forest IL Capri Capital 50,500
    $50,000 $100,000 Rawlings, Michael Dallas TX CIC Partners 47,380
    $50,000 $100,000 Berlin, Ken Bethesda MD Skadden, Arps et al 46,650
    $50,000 $100,000 Smith, Leo Chicago IL IL Birth To Five Pac 43,500
    $50,000 $100,000 Mason, Linda Belmont MA Bright Horizons Family Solutions 42,300
    $50,000 $100,000 Beliveau, Severin Hallowell ME Preti, Flaherty et al 41,600
    $50,000 $100,000 Haloftis, Doug Dallas TX Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP 37,600
    $50,000 $100,000 Kenney, David Denver CO Kenney Group 36,150
    $50,000 $100,000 Mardirossian, Aris Potomac MD Technology Patents LLC 35,600
    $50,000 $100,000 Kaiser, George Tulsa OK GBK Corp 33,600
    $50,000 $100,000 Toben, Tim Chapel Hill NC Greenbridge Developments 31,500
    $50,000 $100,000 Pena, Federico Denver CO Vestar Capital Partners 28,900
    $50,000 $100,000 Herbst, Ann & Peter New York NY Writer 28,485
    $50,000 $100,000 Vincent, Eric New York NY Ospraie Management 28,200
    $50,000 $100,000 Douglas, Justin Chicago IL Stanley Energy/Douglas Ventures 26,900
    $50,000 $100,000 Perkins, Giles Birmingham AL Miller, Hamilton et al 26,602
    $50,000 $100,000 Doggett, John Chatham MA Retired 25,850
    $50,000 $100,000 McPhillips, Frank Birmingham AL Maynard, Cooper & Gayle 25,550
    $50,000 $100,000 Weinstein, Paula Los Angeles CA Spring Creek Productions 24,250
    $50,000 $100,000 Wien, Anita New York NY Observatory Group 21,950
    $50,000 $100,000 Landesman, Rocco New York NY Jujamayn Theatres 21,450
    $50,000 $100,000 Siegel, Martin & Bettina Houston TX Watts Law Firm 19,900
    $50,000 $100,000 Manne, Neal Houston TX Susman Godfrey Llp 19,800
    $50,000 $100,000 Atkins, Gayle New York NY 19,600
    $50,000 $100,000 Miner, Judd Chicago IL Miner, Barnhill & Galland 18,850
    $50,000 $100,000 Wilson, Margot Washington DC DC Attorney Generals Office 17,400
    $50,000 $100,000 Frank, Brian New York NY Cumberland 16,900
    $50,000 $100,000 Miller, Jon New York NY New York City Dept of Education 16,800
    $50,000 $100,000 Berke, Alison & Barry New York NY Video Producer 16,050
    $50,000 $100,000 Johnson, Mark Washington DC Carlyle 15,763
    $50,000 $100,000 Davis, Stephen San Francisco CA Vista Equity Partners 15,600
    $50,000 $100,000 James, Donna & Larry Columbus OH Crabbe, Brown & James 14,900
    $50,000 $100,000 Spahn, Andy Los Angeles CA Andy Spahn & Assoc 14,500
    $50,000 $100,000 Singh, Balvinder Chicago IL A One Carpet 13,900
    $50,000 $100,000 Dingens, Greg Chicago IL Phoenix Realty & Investment 13,770
    $50,000 $100,000 Oki, Scott Bellevue WA Retired 13,500
    $50,000 $100,000 Tessler, Rob New York NY Toberoff, Tessler 13,350
    $50,000 $100,000 Lesser, Tom Northampton MA Attorney 11,900
    $50,000 $100,000 Kirk, Ron Dallas TX Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP 11,750
    $50,000 $100,000 Hilder, Philip Houston TX Alicdan & Assoc 11,532
    $50,0

  9. http://www.opensecrets.org/pres08/bundlers.php?id=N00009638

    BundlersBundlers down to $50,000

    Bundlers are people with friends in high places who, after bumping against personal contribution limits, turn to those friends, associates, and, well, anyone who’s willing to give, and deliver the checks to the candidate in one big “bundle.”

    Even though these donors direct more money to the candidates than anyone else, disclosure can be spotty, with Obama and McCain posting bundlers by ranges, indicated in this chart with the “max” and “min” columns, and with the top ranges being simply “$500,000 or more.” Together, 536 elites have directed at least $75,750,000 to McCain, and 560 have gathered at least $76,500,000 for Obama.

    Top Industries of Obama Bundlers
    Sector Min. Raised # of Bundlers
    Lawyers/Law Firms $15,600,000 97
    Securities & Investment $10,250,000 61
    TV/Movies/Music $3,700,000 20
    Business Services $2,900,000 19
    Real Estate $2,650,000 20
    The “08 Contribs” column indidates the total amount the bundler, their spouse and dependent children have given to all federal candidates, parties and PACs this election cycle.

    Barack Obama Bundlers
    Min Max Name City State Employer 08 Contribs
    $500,000 Katzenberg, Jeffrey Los Angeles CA DreamWorks SKG 547,902
    $500,000 Barzun, Matthew Louisville KY Brickpath LLC 296,291
    $500,000 Buttenweiser, Peter Philadelphia PA Peter L Buttenwieser & Assoc 271,600
    $500,000 Bainum, Sandy & Stewart Chevy Chase MD Choice Hotels International 246,283
    $500,000 Crown, Paula & Jim Chicago IL Henry Crown & Co 239,344
    $500,000 Eacho, Bill Bethesda MD Carlton Capital Group 232,709
    $500,000 Solomont, Alan Boston MA Ads Ventures 229,902
    $500,000 Clark, Bob St. Louis MO Clayco Construction 220,507
    $500,000 Oreck, Bruce Boulder CO Oreck, Bradley et al 208,931
    $500,000 Gilbert, Mark Boca Raton FL Travels Dialoques 201,060
    $500,000 Rogers, John Chicago IL Ariel Capital Management 193,598
    $500,000 Beyer, Megan & Don Alexandria VA Don Beyer Motors 170,192
    $500,000 Kramer, Orin New York NY Boston Provident 149,780
    $500,000 Geffen, David Malibu CA DreamWorks SKG 129,693
    $500,000 Wolf, Robert New York NY Read Property Group 115,566
    $500,000 Gorenberg, Mark & Wanderman, Wendy San Francisco CA Hummer Winblad Venture Partners 101,600
    $500,000 Donahoe, Eileen Portola Valley CA Center for Intl Security & Cooperation 99,200
    $500,000 White, Frank Silver Spring MD Advanced Concepts Inc 96,264
    $500,000 Friedman, David Boulder CO Sandy River Health Systems 91,400
    $500,000 Kennard, Bill Washington DC Attorney 82,450
    $500,000 Wagar, Kirk Miami FL Attorney 70,800
    $500,000 Bleich, Jeff Piedmont CA Munger, Tolles & Olson 57,950
    $500,000 Stroum, Cynthia Seattle WA Stroum Enterprises 49,650
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    What do they get for their financial support? The last one on the list is now the Ambassador to Luxenborg. Others like Katzenberg and Geffen get a representative who will protect their products from piracy in our negotiations with China.

  10. 2. Individual Contributors down to $5000. (Note: the individual limit is $2300 in primary and $2300 in general. Balance is funnelled through state party organizations. This is the first of 21 pages for Barack.

    ———————————————————————————–
    Candidate Contributor Employer Date Amount
    Obama, Barack Budinger, William
    Aspen,CO 81611 Not employed 7/31/08 $30,800
    Obama, Barack BOSLER, JAMES
    FORT WORTH,TX 76126 NOT EMPLOYED/RETIRED 8/28/08 $28,500
    Obama, Barack HIGDON, JOE
    WASHINGTON,DC 20008 NOT EMPLOYED/RETIRED 8/28/08 $28,500
    Obama, Barack MYERS, DEBRA
    RANCHO PALOS VERDE,CA 90275 SELF EMPLOYED/PHYSICIAN 8/31/08 $28,500
    Obama, Barack MYERS, WOODROW DR JR
    INDIANAPOLIS,IN 46204 MYERS VENTURES LLC/MGR DIRECTOR 8/31/08 $28,500
    Obama, Barack MCDERMOTT, JAMES
    LOS ANGELES,CA 90049 US RENEWABLE GROUP/INVESTOR 6/30/08 $14,250
    Obama, Barack ANDREAS, LOWELL W MR
    MANKATO,MN 56001 NOT EMPLOYED/RETIRED 6/30/08 $10,000
    Obama, Barack BRIDGES, ANDREW
    WOODSIDE,CA 94062 WINSTON & STRAWN LLP/ATTORNEY 7/14/08 $10,000
    Obama, Barack MIRMIRAN, FRED
    SPARKS,MD 21152 JMT/PRESIDENT 12/31/07 $10,000
    Obama, Barack ORMESHER, DAVID
    CHICAGO,IL 60626 CLOSERLOOK/CEO 10/23/08 $10,000
    Obama, Barack SHERMAN, JOHN
    PORTLAND,OR 97210 22 RESEARCH/ASSET MANAGER 8/28/08 $10,000
    Obama, Barack WATT, ROBERT
    BROOKLYN,NY 11217 HUDSON RIVER TRADING/DIRECTOR OF IT 8/31/08 $10,000
    Obama, Barack COLOM, TAJ
    TIPLERSVILLE,MS 38674 VP SUPN/COLON CONSTRUCTION 6/27/07 $9,200
    Obama, Barack DIES, MARTIN
    AUSTIN,TX 78701 DIES & HILE LLP/PARTNER 6/30/07 $9,200
    Obama, Barack FRANKEN, FRANCES
    MINNEAPOLIS,MN 55404 AL FRANKEN INC/ENTERTAINER 7/31/08 $9,200
    Obama, Barack GRIFFIN, HAYNES
    GREENSBORO,NC 27408 FRONTLINE WIRELESS/CEO 3/21/07 $9,200
    Obama, Barack GSERVOLD, TODD E
    NEW YORK,NY 10028 CITADEL/ANALYST 5/8/07 $9,200
    Obama, Barack HARTOG, ELZELIEN
    RIDGEFIELD,CT 06877 CHILD GUIDANCE CTR OF CT/SOCIAL WOR 12/31/07 $9,200
    Obama, Barack KOTKINS, HENRY L JR
    SEATTLE,WA 98121 SKYWAY LUGGAGE/CEO 6/4/07 $9,200
    Obama, Barack LEONARD, THOMAS
    PHILADELPHIA,PA 19103 OBERMAYER REDMAN MAXWELL HIPPEL LLP 8/30/08 $9,200
    Obama, Barack MOLINA, ALFREDO J
    PHOENIX,AZ 85016 MOLINE FINE JEWELERS/GEMOLOGIST 9/25/07 $9,200
    Obama, Barack PABRAI, MOHNISH
    IRVINE,CA 92620 PABRAI INVESTMENT FUNDS/PORTFOLIO M 6/28/07 $9,200
    Obama, Barack ROCK, CHRIS MR
    NEW YORK,NY 10019 ACTOR 4/20/07 $9,200
    Obama, Barack SMISEK, JEFFERY A
    HOUSTON,TX 77056 CONTINENTAL AIRLINES/EXECUTIVE 8/28/08 $9,200
    Obama, Barack WITTE, WILLIAM A
    LAGUNA BEACH,CA 92651 RELATED CALIFORNIA/REAL ESTATE 6/28/07 $9,200
    Obama, Barack WOLF, THOMAS W
    MOUNT WOLF,PA 17347 4/14/08 $9,200
    Obama, Barack FINLEY, RYAN
    PORTLAND,OR 97209 SURVEYMONKEY.COM/OWNER 8/28/08 $8,500
    Obama, Barack MCGARR, CAPPY R
    DALLAS,TX 75219 MLM INTEREST, LLC/FINANCE/PRIVATE E 6/24/08 $8,000
    Obama, Barack BOSCIA, JON
    GLADWYNE,PA 19035 NOT EMPLOYED/NOT EMPLOYED 5/12/08 $7,500
    Obama, Barack ORFALEA, PAUL J
    VENTURA,CA 93001 RESOURCES CONSULTING/OWNER 1/31/08 $7,500
    Obama, Barack BELL, JOANN
    GLOUCESTER,MA 01930 ELDERHOSTEL/TOUR OPERATOR 6/26/08 $6,994
    Obama, Barack DIETRICH, HARRY
    ALBUQUERQUE,NM 87122 NOT EMPLOYED/RETIRED 6/27/08 $6,994
    Obama, Barack COMPTON, ROBERT A
    GERMANTOWN,TN 38139 ATHSAN VONTOO/CEO 9/30/07 $6,900
    Obama, Barack DIES, MARTIN
    AUSTIN,TX 78701 DIES & HILE LLP/PARTNER 6/30/07 $6,900
    Obama, Barack MYERS, WILL R
    AUSTIN,TX 78703 ARCHITECT 3/18/08 $6,900
    Obama, Barack RIVERS, CASSARENA
    WINDERMERE,FL 34786 5/31/08 $6,900
    Obama, Barack WEITZMAN, HOWARD L
    PACIFIC PALISADES,CA 90272 SELF EMPLOYED/ATTORNEY 9/12/07 $6,900
    Obama, Barack ZIMMERMAN, JOHN W
    GREENWOOD VILLAGE,CO 80111 TOMKINS INDUSTRIES/CFO 6/16/08 $6,900
    Obama, Barack TROUT, DAVID
    FULTON,MD 20759 ADVANCED CONCEPTS/VICE PRESIDENT 5/14/07 $6,000
    Obama, Barack HUTCHINSON, ERICA
    BROOKLYN,NY 11238 ADDY & FERRO/BOUTIQUE OWNER 7/4/08 $5,996
    Obama, Barack IVY, STEPHANIE M
    MARINA DEL RAY,CA 90292 GOLDMAN SACHS/INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT 1/14/08 $5,600
    Obama, Barack JONES, STEPHANIE
    CHICAGO,IL 60613 FIGLIULO & SILVERMAN/ATTORNEY 2/28/08 $5,300
    Obama, Barack WIRTA, LINDA
    NEWPORT COAST,CA 92657 NOT EMPLOYED/HOMEMAKER 6/28/07 $5,300
    Obama, Barack AARON, BARBARA
    SAN FRANCISCO,CA 94115 NOT EMPLOYED/NOT EMPLOYED 7/11/08 $5,000
    Obama, Barack ARGIRO, VINCENT
    FAIRFIELD,IA 52556 SELF EMPLOYED/CONSULTANT 8/29/08 $5,000
    Obama, Barack BLANKFORT, LOWELL MR
    CHULA VISTA,CA 91910 SELF EMPLOYED/WRITER/PUBLISHER 4/10/08 $5,000
    Obama, Barack BOTSTEIN, PAULA MS
    BROOKLYN,NY 11215 SELF-EMPLOYED/CONSULTANT 9/17/08 $5,000
    Obama, Barack BUFFETT, WILLIAM MR
    ARLINGTON,MA 02476 3/7/08 $5,000
    Obama, Barack BURROUGHS, TYRONE
    GERMANTOWN,TN 38139 SALES AND MARKETING CONCEPTS/PRESID 10/28/08 $5,000
    Obama, Barack BUTLER, JAMES C
    NEW ORLEANS,LA 70128 TULANE UNIVERSITY/PHYSICIAN 9/27/07 $5,000

  11. 3. 527 Organizations: McCain wanted to reduce the influence of big money on elections. So he and Russ Feingold passed McCain Feingold–which banned soft money. Only one problem: Soros engineered an exception which allowed 527s to accept unlimited amounts of money but not on behalf of a specific candidate. This allowed him to assume de facto control of the Party according to David Horowitz and Richard Poe. He used that financial control to engineer the Obama candidacy. I do not have a list of those contributors, but they are published somewhere.

  12. Gene Taylor is voting no on the health care bill:

    http://www.politico.com/livepulse/0310/Stupak_negotiating_on_abortion_.html#

    Stupak told the crowd that he doesn’t care about process, only the outcome, in making sure no provisions in the final legislation can be construed to allow abortion.

    “It doesn’t have to be the ‘Stupak amendment,’” he said. “Heck, we can make it the (Gene) ‘Taylor amendment.’ I don’t care. I have no pride of authorship.”

    Taylor moved toward the microphone.

    “No, because I’m not going to vote for the bill,” the Democrat said.

  13. This is from Red State. My comment to the author was: Eric–your analysis of this one is spot on, And that is good news. That leaves the inbred Chicago crew in charge without a navigational compass. My prediction is that Jarret will sink the ship, and will be hauled into the Blogavich trial. Like the old song from Rogers and Hammerstein stage play Carousel “Bad Times Are Coming Around” for you Barack.
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    Rahm Emanuel is Dead. He Just Does Not Know It Yet.

    Streiff noted earlier David Broder beating down Dana Milbank over Milbank’s Rahm Emanuel stories.

    Broder believes that Emanuel is not the source for Milbank, but it is abundantly clear Rahm Emanuel either directly or indirectly is trying to cover his bottom as the Obama administration crumbles.

    It started mid-February with a hagiographic tale of woe in the Obama administration and how Rahm Emanuel is the hero and adult in the room.

    A week later it followed with another look into the White House with Obama as the wimp and Rahm as the muscle. Earlier this week Rahm became the voice of reason according to the Washington Post and the Politico fawned over Rahm’s bromance with Sweet Lindsey Graham.

    Reading between the lines, Rahm Emanuel is dead. He may not know it, but the man has no pulse left. His ghost is now trying to defend his legacy in the White House. Chief of Staff — the real one — Valerie Jarrett killed Rahm.

    How do I know? I’ve heard from multiple people who, interestingly enough, are close to the White House who tell me that David Axelrod and Valerie Jarrett are calling the shots and Obama increasingly relies on Jarrett for advice because she knows the Obamas, not necessarily Washington.

    Then there are all the pro-Rahm stories in the last few weeks. Those stories do not happen randomly. There is a purpose. And the prevailing message is simple — if the President would listen to Rahm Emanuel, he’d not be in the mess he presently is in. And if Rahm is not being listened to and is now leaking that he is not being listened to, the wheels on the bus will go round and round over his body.

    But the stories are right. The wheels are falling off the bus. Without a good knowledge of Washington, the Chicago Way fails in the inertia. Let’s start the Official Rahm Emanuel Dead Pool. We know Valerie Jarrett already killed him. But his body has yet to emerge from the White House.

    It’s only a matter of time. And it’ll happen before summer.

  14. Gene Taylor is voting no on the health care bill
    ————————–
    Excellent. I think he is smart to declare his opposition early. Others should do the same. If they are equivocate or stay silent, the pressure will intensify.

  15. Dana Milbank claims that Rahm is the only thing preventing Obama from becoming another Carter. If you follow that argument to its logical conclusion then when Rahm is gone Obama will be the reincarnation of the peanut farmer from Plains Georgia.

  16. After reading Erickson’s article (posted above) I began to wonder whether Jarrett is not Obama’s svengali.

    Svengali is the name of a fictional character in George du Maurier’s 1894 novel Trilby. A sensation in its day, the novel created a stereotype of the evil hypnotist that persists to this day. The character was portrayed in many silent film versions of the story, and in talking pictures by John Barrymore in a 1931 film of the same name, by Donald Wolfit in a 1954 version in Technicolor, and by Peter O’Toole in a 1983 made-for-television modernized version, also in colour, costarring Jodie Foster. This last one changed the names of all the characters but was still called Svengali, the name having become a common noun.

    The word “svengali” has entered the language meaning a person who with evil intent manipulates another into doing what is desired. It is frequently used for any kind of coach who seems to exercise an extreme degree of domination over a performer

  17. If Jarrett is Obama’s svengali then the American People need to know much more about her. I mean more truth and less fluff. I am sure Patrick Fitzgerald has a ton of information on her. Some of it will never see the light of day and some of it might. What a saint we have in Jarrett. Here is Malkin’s take on her: (PS it would be good to have something from John Kass as well.)
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    In an uncommonly hard-hitting investigative piece, the Boston Globe’s Binyamin Appelbaum blew the whistle on the rodent-infested, sewage-clogged Chicago slums run by the Obamas’ most trusted confidante. Jarrett refused to answer any questions about Grove Parc, “citing what she called a continuing duty to Habitat’s former business partners.” A “continuing duty,” presumably, to whitewash the inconvenient truth about the failed public-private partnerships the Obamas continue to promote in the White House:

    “They are rapidly displacing poor people, and these companies are profiting from this displacement,” said Matt Ginsberg-Jaeckle of Southside Together Organizing for Power, a community group that seeks to help tenants stay in the same neighborhoods.

    “The same exact people who ran these places into the ground,” the private companies paid to build and manage the city’s affordable housing, “now are profiting by redeveloping them.”

    In 2006, while Valerie Jarrett was executive vice president of Grove Parc’s management firm Habitat Company, federal inspectors graded the condition of the complex a bottom-of-the-barrel 11 on a 100-point scale. Another Habitat-mismanaged property called Lawndale Restoration was so run-down that city officials urged the federal government to take over the complex.

    Jamie Kalven, a veteran Chicago housing activist, told the Boston Globe about Barack Obama: “I hope there is not much predictive value in his history and in his involvement with that community.” Kalven’s hopes will likely be dashed. As Chicago goes, so goes the nation. Obama has made a career of rewarding failure and no amount of overhyped “Hope” will change that. He sponsored a plethora of bills in the state Senate benefitting affordable housing developers. In February 2009, he unveiled a plan to set up a $1 billion Housing Trust Fund “to rehabilitate housing in the nation’s poorest neighborhoods.” “Trust Fund?” Try slush fund, bottomless pit, and eternal stimulus for the real estate moguls posing as saviors of urban America.

    In one of those endless Chicago coincidences, Grove Parc Plaza Apartments—now targeted for demolition as a result of years of neglect by Obama’s developer friends—sits in the shadows of the proposed site of the city’s 2016 Olympics Stadium. Valerie Jarrett is vice chair of Chicago’s Olympics committee.

    Ever since the Obamas moved to 1600 Pennsylvania, Jarrett has used her power to boost her old pal and employer Mayor Richard Daley’s bid for the Olympics.

    Now, FLOTUS is getting in on the act and Jarrett is giddy:
    A top White House adviser said first lady Michelle Obama is planning to make a dramatic presentation when she offers the closing argument for the bid by her hometown of Chicago to win the 2016 Summer Olympics.

    “There won’t be a dry eye in the room,” said Valerie Jarrett, who plans to travel with the first lady to Copenhagen for the Oct. 2 International Olympic Committee vote.

    “I’m sure that it will touch the hearts of each of the IOC members,” Jarrett, a senior adviser to President Barack Obama, said today in an interview.

    Jarrett declined to say what the first lady will tell the IOC. The stakes are high because winning the games would be an economic boost nationally, as well as for Chicago, she said.

    “It will be a huge economic engine for Chicago, but it will have a ripple effect throughout the country,” Jarrett said, adding that U.S. corporations have voiced support for Chicago’s bid.

    (P.S. Axelgrease was a lowly Chicago Tribune reporter in his prior life)

  18. I think I will try the Hillbuzz boyz suggestion about attacking rich donors. We have tons of them in SF and I love going to Nancy Pelousy’s house. This is going to be fun.

  19. FrontPageMag Article
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    Valerie Jarrett: The Next Van Jones
    By: Ben Johnson
    FrontPageMagazine.com | Monday, September 14, 2009

    MANY HAVE WONDERED HOW ANYONE AS EXTREME AS OBAMA’S “GREEN JOBS CZAR” Van Jones – a self-described “Communist” obsessed with racial conspiracy theories – could have been named to head a federal agency. David Horowitz described the radicalization of the Democratic Party as the appointment’s subtext. Closer to the fore, Jones owed his elevation to another new factor: the unparalleled influence of Valerie Jarrett. To call Jarrett a presidential adviser, even a close adviser, is misleading. She is an alter ego, an inner conscience, a touchstone of clarity for both President Obama and first lady Michelle. In the frenzy of the presidency, she reminds both Obamas of their identity and deepest-held beliefs. In exchange, the president makes no decision without her and has said she can “speak for me.” Unfortunately, she is also a racially polarizing elitist. She obtained her first foothold in Chicago politics through the patronage of a former SDS radical who regrets “nothing” about her role in the Days of Rage and ventured in 2003 that she “would probably reject violence as a useful form of revolution.” The same radical tried to persuade Rod Blagojevich to name Jarrett to Obama’s empty senate seat. Instead, Jarrett has served as a conduit of far-leftists into the administration.

    (The Article continues)

    http://97.74.65.51/readArticle.aspx?ARTID=36289

  20. The other day we noted how Americans in the 1950s were polled and the Edsel was born. The polls asked what features Americans would like in a car and Ford Motor Company created the Edsel by incorporating those features into the car. Charles Krauthammer follows up on what we wrote:

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2010/03/05/the_health_care_bill_is_a_failure.html

    Unfortunately for Democrats, that seven-hour televised exercise had the unintended consequence of showing the Republicans to be not only highly informed on the subject, but also, as even Obama was forced to admit, possessed of principled objections — contradicting the ubiquitous Democratic/media meme that Republican opposition was nothing but nihilistic partisanship.

    Republicans did so well, in fact, that in his summation, Obama was reduced to suggesting that his health care reform was indeed popular because when you ask people about individual items (for example, eliminating exclusions for pre-existing conditions or capping individual out-of-pocket payments) they are in favor.

    Yet mystifyingly they oppose the whole package. How can that be?

    Allow me to demystify. Imagine a bill granting every American a free federally delivered ice cream every Sunday morning. Provision 2: steak on Monday, also home delivered. Provision 3: A dozen red roses every Tuesday. You get the idea. Would each individual provision be popular in the polls? Of course.

    However (life is a vale of howevers) suppose these provisions were bundled into a bill that also spelled out how the goodies are to be paid for and managed — say, half a trillion dollars in new taxes, half a trillion in Medicare cuts (cuts not to keep Medicare solvent but to pay for the ice cream, steak and flowers), 118 new boards and commissions to administer the bounty-giving, and government regulation dictating, for example, how your steak was to be cooked. How do you think this would poll?

    Perhaps something like 3-1 against, which is what the latest CNN poll shows is the citizenry’s feeling about the current Democratic health care bills.

  21. Rep. Delahunt (D – Massachusetts retires.)

    http://www.boston.com/news/politics/politicalintelligence/2010/03/delahunt_will_n.html

    The congressman has faced recent questions about the handling of the 1986 Amy Bishop shooting case, which occurred when he was Norfolk County district attorney. Delahunt has said consistently that his office was not told that Bishop fled with a loaded weapon after killing her brother in what police then called an accident.

    But the case has absolutely nothing to do with his decision to retire, Delahunt said. Several of the congressman’s friends and associates confirmed that the lawmaker has been mulling his departure for years, and very seriously considering it for many months.

    Voters in Delahunt’s 10th District gave Republican Scott Brown his best margins in the state in the special Jan. 19 election to fill Kennedy’s seat. But Delahunt said the wave of anti-incumbent anger also did not affect his decision.

  22. Headline: Obama Pleads with Dems to Pass His Health Bill [I love the word ‘pleads’]
    …In back-to-back meetings Thursday, Obama urged uneasy rank-and-file moderates and progressives to focus on the positives rather than their deep disappointment with parts of the bill. The lawmakers said Obama assured them the legislation was merely the first step, and he promised to work with them in the future to improve its provisions. [Focus on positives – ignore negatives: the ObamaChicago way.]

    It’s the opportunity of a generation, he told them — and a chance to revive the party’s agenda after his rough first year in office. “The president very pointedly talked about how important this is historically,” said Democratic Rep. Raul Grijalva, “how he needs our help.” Obama told them that “‘this is an opportunity, it’ll give us momentum”‘ on other issues, the congressman said.Congressional leaders said they were hoping for votes on the legislation in as soon as two or three weeks.
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/03/05/obama-pleads-dems-pass-health/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%253A+foxnews%252Fpolitics+%2528Text+-+Politics%2529

  23. Here’s another apropo editorial:
    The ObamaCare road not taken

    ..it seems that a wiser course would have been to follow the apocryphal advice of Sen. George Aiken, R-Vt. That liberal Republican supposedly recommended that the U.S. declare victory in Vietnam and withdraw. Likewise, Obama should be seeking a cosmetic victory, after which he should privately acknowledge defeat and run like hell from this issue as quickly as possible. For example, just take that House bill that ends the insurers’ anti-trust exemption — CBO says that it accomplishes nothing, but at least it sounds good — and then maybe throw in something about breast cancer, rape victims, slightly expanding Medicaid, etc. Then just run that bill through the Senate. What Republican would dare vote against it?

    And then voila, Obama has reformed health care with a large, bipartisan majority. Perhaps a few liberals would be upset by this, but you could probably fit the ones who really understand why into a telephone booth. At long last, the Democrats’ long party nightmare would be over, and they could move to some issue that would divide Republicans instead of themselves. The anger over the congressional bill would ebb at least a bit, and Democrats would enter the summer with the prospect of losing 25 House seats instead of 50. Unfortunately for Obama, he has already shut himself off from this path by committing to the position that incremental health reforms would be ineffectual. He has placed his entire presidency on the precipice this time, and even he does not appear certain that he can win this fight.
    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/beltway-confidential/the-obamacare-road-not-taken-86430817.html

  24. Judge Napolitano says its against the law for Obama to offer a federal judgeship for a healthcare vote…..lets hope he gets his butt handed to him for this!

  25. David Axelrod and Valerie Jarrett are calling the shots

    ——————
    wbboei,

    Thanks for the information on this. I read yesterday that certain folks high up at the white house were spitting mad when Milbank posted that article.

    I find it really hard to believe that someone as idiotic as Jarret holds so much power, but with obama in power I guess anything is possible.

  26. Onward with Obamacare, regardless

    By Charles Krauthammer
    Friday, March 5, 2010

    So the yearlong production, set to close after Massachusetts’s devastatingly negative Jan. 19 review, saw the curtain raised one last time. Obamacare lives.

    After 34 speeches, three sharp electoral rebukes (Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts) and a seven-hour seminar, the president announced Wednesday his determination to make one last push to pass his health-care reform.

    The final act was carefully choreographed. The rollout began a week earlier with a couple of shows of bipartisanship: a Feb. 25 Blair House “summit” with Republicans, followed five days later with a few concessions tossed the Republicans’ way.

    Show is the operative noun. Among the few Republican suggestions President Obama pretended to incorporate was tort reform. What did he suggest to address the plague of defensive medicine that a Massachusetts Medical Society study showed leads to about 25 percent of doctor referrals, tests and procedures being done for no medical reason? A few ridiculously insignificant demonstration projects amounting to one-half of one-hundredth of 1 percent of the cost of his health-care bill.

    As for the Blair House seminar, its theatrical quality was obvious even before it began. The Democrats had already decided to go for a purely partisan bill. Obama signaled precisely that intent at the end of the summit show — then dramatically spelled it out just six days later in his 35th health-care speech: He is going for the party-line vote.

    Unfortunately for Democrats, that seven-hour televised exercise had the unintended consequence of showing the Republicans to be not only highly informed on the subject, but also, as even Obama was forced to admit, possessed of principled objections — contradicting the ubiquitous Democratic/media meme that Republican opposition was nothing but nihilistic partisanship.

    Republicans did so well, in fact, that in his summation, Obama was reduced to suggesting that his health-care reform was indeed popular because when you ask people about individual items (for example, eliminating exclusions for preexisting conditions or capping individual out-of-pocket payments), they are in favor.

    Yet mystifyingly they oppose the whole package. How can that be?

    Allow me to demystify. Imagine a bill granting every American a free federally delivered ice cream every Sunday morning. Provision 2: steak on Monday, also home delivered. Provision 3: a dozen red roses every Tuesday. You get the idea. Would each individual provision be popular in the polls? Of course.

    However (life is a vale of howevers) suppose these provisions were bundled into a bill that also spelled out how the goodies are to be paid for and managed — say, half a trillion dollars in new taxes, half a trillion in Medicare cuts (cuts not to keep Medicare solvent but to pay for the ice cream, steak and flowers), 118 new boards and commissions to administer the bounty-giving, and government regulation dictating, for example, how your steak is to be cooked. How do you think this would poll?

    Perhaps something like 3 to 1 against, which is what the latest CNN poll shows is the citizenry’s feeling about the current Democratic health-care bills.

    Late last year, Democrats were marveling at how close they were to historic health-care reform, noting how much agreement had been achieved among so many factions. The only remaining detail was how to pay for it.

    Well, yes. That has generally been the problem with democratic governance: cost. The disagreeable absence of a free lunch.

    Which is what drove even strong Obama supporter Warren Buffett to go public with his judgment that the current Senate bill, while better than nothing, is a failure because the country desperately needs to bend the cost curve down, and the bill doesn’t do it. Buffett’s advice would be to start over and get it right with a bill that says “we’re just going to focus on costs and we’re not going to dream up 2,000 pages of other things.” (Disclosure: Buffett is a director of The Washington Post Co.)

    Obama has chosen differently, however. The time for debate is over, declared the nation’s seminar leader in chief. The man who vowed to undo Washington’s devious and wicked ways has directed the Congress to ram Obamacare through, by one vote if necessary, under the parliamentary device of “budget reconciliation.” The man who ran as a post-partisan is determined to remake a sixth of the U.S. economy despite the absence of support from a single Republican in either house, the first time anything of this size and scope has been enacted by pure party-line vote.

    Surprised? You can only be disillusioned if you were once illusioned.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/04/AR2010030404040.html?sub=AR

  27. If obama has been listening to Axelrod and Jarret and not to Emanuel, then doesn’t that mean that even if Emanuel steps down, obama can’t blame him for his huge missteps?

  28. Admin:

    Obama’s position on health care reform calls to mind the old Budweiser commercial which asked the profound question: “Who says you can’t have it all?” To which Obama would add “especially when I will make someone else is forced to pay for your largesse”

    That ad was pulled shortly after some wag (probably George Will) answered that seductive question succinctly and responsively: “Reality says you can’t have it all”. In this case, you can have it all, but you will have to pay for it for yourself, and for everyone else who wants it whether or not they can pay.

    So Barack: tell that to your svengali Jarrett. Not that it will do any good given her background (see above). But at least you would be less of a wimp hiding behind what you conveniently call “executive power” which was tyranny when Bush did it. Just like the Patriot Act, Iraq and many other things which you condemned then only to embrace now. Mr. Bush III only worse.

  29. Can you stand even more evidence of incompetence?

    White House considers military trial for Khalid Shaikh Mohammed
    Washington (CNN) — White House advisers are considering recommending alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed be tried in a military court, not a civilian one in New York, a senior administration official confirmed Friday.This would be an about face for the Obama administration which has consistently insisted trying Mohammed in civilian court would be a powerful symbol of U.S. rule of law. http://www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/03/05/911.trial/index.html?hpt=T1

  30. Clinton Wrapping Up Latin American Trip in Guatemala

    05 March 2010

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is wrapping up her six-nation Latin American tour Friday in Guatemala, where she holds a key meeting with Central American leaders on Honduras and other issues.

    Clinton meets Friday with Guatemala’s President Alvaro Colom, the new Honduran President Porfirio Lobo, and other leaders.

    Thursday in Costa Rica, Clinton said the Obama administration intends to restore aid to Honduras after it was suspended following the military-backed coup that ousted President Manuel Zelaya last June.

    Speaking alongside Costa Rican President Oscar Arias, Clinton said the Honduran government has taken steps to move the country forward as called for in international mediation following the coup. She also said Mr. Lobo’s election last November was found to be free, fair and legitimate.

    Clinton said she has urged other Latin American governments to recognize the Lobo government.

    While in Costa Rica, Clinton also attended a ministerial meeting on democracy and economic development in the Americas.

    Mr. Zelaya was forced out of office in a military-backed coup June 28 and sent into exile. He made a surprise return to Honduras in September and took refuge in the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa under the threat of arrest. Mr. Zelaya flew to exile in the Dominican Republic January 27, the day Mr. Lobo took power. Mr. Zelaya’s critics said he was ousted for trying to illegally change the constitution to extend his term in office.

    The U.S. suspended millions of dollars in aid to Honduras and canceled the U.S. visas of Honduran officials following the coup.

    Costa Rican President Arias took part in efforts to end the political turmoil over Mr. Zelaya’s removal.

    http://www1.voanews.com/english/news/americas/Clinton-Wrapping-Up-Latin-American-Trip-in-Guatemala-86586812.html

  31. Bill Clinton Talks About David Paterson
    Ex-President: Don’t ‘defend the indefensible’

    Thursday, 04 Mar 2010

    MYFOXNY.COM – Former President Bill Clinton headlined a fundraiser for the New York Democratic Party Thursday.

    As one of the most famous Democrats in New York, Clinton — who faced his own political scandal and resisted calls for resignation — was inevitable asked about the situation that Gov. David Paterson is in.

    Clinton did not give a definitely answer to the question of whether Paterson should resign. He told Fox 5’s Ti-Hua Chang that he wasn’t in the loop about Paterson’s scandal. He said he really only knew what was in the press reports.

    Clinton said that New York’s Democrats need to come together and not “defend the indefensible,” but focus on the issues at hand.

    http://www.myfoxny.com/dpp/news/politics/bill-clinton-talks-about-on-david-paterson-20100304

  32. PM 317: great article.

    It tells us who made the decision to play the race card. It came from Obama himself and was enforced through the organization by this creep Jarrett–his svengali. (Note: on the odds, the actual statements made by Jarrett were more inflammatory. They were sanitized by whoever reported them to the writer.)

    “But within the campaign, Valerie had been saying, ‘You guys, you’re not getting this issue right,’ ” recalls a top official. “And Obama communicated to his senior advisers that he thought we were a little gun-shy on race issues; that the reality was, he did look different. There were also African-Americans on our staff, some in relatively senior positions, who were clearly upset that we had not consulted them in the response. And she actually organized a meeting to discuss it.

    “And that’s not just a process thing,” the adviser said. “Because moving forward, the candidate made it very clear to us that we were just a bunch of white people who didn’t get it — which, by the way, was true.”

  33. There are none so blind as those who that will not see…
    —————-
    March 5, 2010
    Nancy L. Cohen

    WWCD: What Would Clinton Do?

    The party of Lincoln has spoken. Secession-threatening Governor Rick Perry will get another shot at leading the nation’s second largest state. If Democrats play this right, Perry’s primary victory could prove to be a pivot point in the 2010 midterm elections.

    To turn this year’s punishing electoral environment to its advantage, the Democratic party might learn some lessons from the 1998 midterms, when their prospects seemed equally dismal. The sixth year of a two-term president is typically an awful year for his party in Congress. (Democrats lost 71 seats in the House in FDR’s sixth year, for example.) But in 1998, the Democrats defied history and performed better than any similarly situated party since 1822. The GOP lost seats, in a voter backlash against Kenneth Starr’s sexual witch-hunt and impeachment threats. Election analysis showed that the GOP handling of impeachment and the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal inclined the many anti-impeachment Independents and Republicans to either stay home or vote against the GOP. (The numbers were crunched by political scientist Alan I. Abramowitz, one of the nation’s savviest election analysts.) Although polls from the start of the scandal consistently showed roughly two-thirds of voters opposing President Bill Clinton’s resignation, against impeachment, and approving of the job he was doing as president, the GOP bulldozed ahead.

    Why did the GOP pursue this obviously self-destructive path? The rightwing base of the party demanded it as the price of their support. Feeling emboldened by Clinton’s travails, conservative GOP activists brooked no compromise from their endangered elected representatives.

    If Democrats had run scared, the 1998 election could easily have turned out differently. To Clinton’s credit, he resisted entreaties by pundits and some fellow Democrats to resign. Clinton framed a compelling message and convinced anxious Democrats to go along: the GOP was showing cavalier disregard for the American constitution and the will of the voters in its attempt to remove a popular president over an issue 63% of Americans regarded as a private matter. Democratic candidates forcefully reminded voters that Clinton had delivered, even in the face of a hostile Republican Congress.

    Democrats learned that calling out the extremists on the Right is electoral gold. But this year they can’t rely solely on reasonable Republicans and Independents staying home in disgust. They have to motivate Democrats to vote.

    Today’s extremists–Perry, Senator Jim Bunning, the Tea Party, birthers, IRS suicide-bombers, and the like–have handed Democrats an opportunity to turn the current midterm scenario around. Talking explicitly about what’s at stake should the GOP win back control of Congress will motivate the disaffected to vote, albeit less from hope than well-founded fear. Bunning’s filibuster against unemployment benefits, besides giving voters a taste of what they might be in for with a GOP Congress, has made it easier for Democrats to overcome GOP obstructionism. Should Democrats seize the moment to pass an improved health care reform bill, they could begin to reclaim the affection of Democratic activists and wipe out the enthusiasm gap.

    Democrats have reason to be cautiously optimistic at this week’s turn of events, but only if they step up their game and stop cowering in fear over their electoral fate. In recent months the GOP Right, just as it did in 1998, has made it impossible for conservative Republicans to run on a pragmatic conservatism that might appeal beyond the party’s dwindling base. The Tea Party, and extremists exploiting its media sparkle and inexperienced recruits, have pushed Republicans to take ever more extreme positions.

    Just as Clinton did, Democrats must speak out with patriotic indignation about Republican politicians who pander to extremists for their own partisan advancement. Besides helping the party come November, it’s the right thing to do.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nancy-cohen-phd/wwcd-what-would-clinton-d_b_485110.html

  34. Can you stand even more evidence of incompetence?

    White House considers military trial for Khalid Shaikh Mohammed
    Washington (CNN) — White House advisers are considering recommending alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed be tried in a military court, not a civilian one in New York, a senior administration official confirmed Friday.This would be an about face for the Obama administration which has consistently insisted trying Mohammed in civilian court would be a powerful symbol of U.S. rule of law. http://www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/03/05/911.trial/index.html?hpt=T1
    ———————————
    If incompetence were grounds for impeachment, he would be gone.

    Not everyone is as convinced as he is that all this slipping on banana peels, charging down blind alleys, letting our guard down to terrorists, legislative chaos, bankrupting our country, destroying our freedom and abject failure of leadership merits a B+–the grade he gave himself.

  35. A white elephant is an idiom for a valuable possession of which its owner cannot dispose and whose cost (particularly cost of upkeep) is out of proportion to its usefulness or worth.

    Isn’t that what Barack has become to big media. They sold their soul to devil, hounded and harrased not only his opponents–but private citizens as well, and covered up anything negative about him. And now, as he makes a mockery of governing, and they go on defending him and hiding the truth. But every day they go on lying, they lose more and more of their audience. For them, Obama is the death of a thousand cuts. Notice above how old spit and jowls Broder took the little bitch Mr. Dana Milbank to the woodshed for revealing the rift between Bambi and Rhambo. Why is Broder still determined to suppress the truth?

  36. holdthemaccountable – Headline: Obama Pleads with Dems.

    Now he is pleading? After filling a year with parties, golf vacations, rushes to Denmark, the Wednesday night conga lines. He betrayed his mandate, if he ever really had one, make under the table deals with the health care industry and pharma. Did he force his shady deals on the House and Senate, or were they in on it all along? They could have done something good for Americans, but no. They either were bought and paid for before this all began, which meant they HAD to make sure Hillary was not nominated. Or they were so dumb they fell for it worse than the Obots. In either case they do not deserve the space they occupy and need to be set out to plead for a living.

    So there they all sit stinking up the House and Senate and one by one getting a whiff of themselves. They all know they’re the ones that stink. Think of Harry Reid wanting to keep the masses from stinking up the halls of Congress and you know there is such a thing as Karma. I think the very spirit that guided America into existence is working against them. And thank God for that.

    So Obama, the grasshopper whom wisdom is wasted on, fiddled away his real chance at being historic. And Hillary, the ant whom we could always count on, works her heart out for our descendents and us.

    And even yet, they who conspired can not possibly know how much they stink.

  37. They are returning Rangle (sp Wrangle) donations because they do not want to be tainted by any association with him. And so it goes. Another Judas bites the dust.

    Posted by Brian Faughnan (Profile)
    Friday, March 5th at 10:40AM EST
    No Comments
    Charlie Rangel’s offenses are serious enough to have prompted an ongoing ethics investigation. They are serious enough to warrant his stepping aside as Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. They’re serious enough that there’s a real question as to whether this is the end of his political career. And they’re serious enough that 27 House Democrats have decided to surrender the donations he made to their political campaigns.

  38. Politico: Deniably Declaring Doom In State Legislatures
    By Moe Lane

    The problem is that they don’t want to have to read ten thousand indignant emails, so they hid that as well as they could. The title (”State polls show gathering storm“) is nicely non-specific, the only actual politician quoted is a Republican, and then there’s this paragraph:

    The dismal polling doesn’t reveal much about which political party will pay the price in November. And it’s hard to pinpoint how voters will react, since places like California, Connecticut and Rhode Island currently have Republican governors and Democratic legislatures. In Pennsylvania, the governor is a Democrat while control of the legislature is divided between the two major parties.

    That was the paragraph that made me decide to go look up the state legislatures on Wikipedia, in fact. And, lo! Of the seven states mentioned in the article:

    State Senate House
    California Democrat Democrat
    Connecticut Democrat Democrat
    Iowa Democrat Democrat
    New York Democrat Democrat
    North Carolina Democrat Democrat
    Pennsylvania Republican Democrat
    Rhode Island Democrat Democrat

    …the Democrats control all of the state houses/assemblies, and all but one of the state senates. Often by a lot. And while gubernatorial races will certainly have an effect on state legislature ones this fall, it remains that anti-incumbent sentiment will tend to hurt more the party in power. Particularly when the party in power favors the policies that are generating the anti-incumbent sentiment. To give just one example: we’re not seeing a mass movement out there calling for more governmental interference in the health care system – and believe me, the Left has been trying to generate one. While a Republican candidate or office holder may or may not be able to tap into the mass movement that is calling for less interference, it’s not precisely easy for a Democratic candidate to do so… and not very likely at all for a Democratic incumbent.

    But, again: if the Politico actually wrote all of that out they’d get a ridiculous amount of hate mail. So they didn’t.

    Moe Lane

    PS: If that’s not enough to make you vote a party-line ticket in November, consider this: redistricting will be coming up, soon. Some of these legislatures are looking forward to the opportunity to eliminate troublesome Republican Congressional Districts. Hard to do that if they don’t control the legislature

  39. Betty, wbboei, and all others: wonderful and thought provoking posts. Thanks again, Admin.
    Betty’s thought above sums it all up nicely re incumbent house and senate members.

    THEY COULD HAVE DONE SOMETHING GOOD FOR AMERICA [by rejecting Obummer’s commands that are dismantling the USA], BUT NO!!!

  40. Too little, too late. The Israelis will never trust obama again.
    ————–
    Biden’s job: Reassure Israelis

    By: Laura Rozen
    March 5, 2010 05:04 AM EST

    When Vice President Joe Biden arrives in Jerusalem on Monday, he will be just the latest senior Obama administration official to travel there in an almost continuous stream of high-level consultations aimed at keeping Israel and the United States “on the same page” about Iran, as Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry put it during his recent trip there.

    In the past six weeks, other visitors have included CIA Director Leon Panetta; Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; National Security Adviser Jim Jones; NSC Iran strategist Dennis Ross; Deputy Secretaries of State Jim Steinberg and Jack Lew; and Gen. Kevin Chilton, chief of the U.S. Strategic Command.

    Meanwhile, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak met in the U.S. last week with Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to come to Washington later this month for the annual AIPAC conference.

    The U.S.-Israeli consultations are a critical component of an effort by the Obama administration to achieve consensus on a sanctions policy aimed at pressuring Iran to address international concerns about its nuclear program.

    But it’s a delicate balancing act. Some countries, such as Brazil and China, which are members of the U.N. Security Council, believe sanctions are premature and must be approached slowly. In response, Clinton has traveled to Brazil and Riyadh, the latter trip an effort to persuade Saudi Arabia to offer energy guarantees to China if it would sign on to stiffer sanctions. But the U.S. worries that ineffective sanctions could spur Israel to carry out military strikes against Iran’s nuclear facilities.

    With about 200,000 U.S. troops stationed in nations bordering Iran, U.S. policymakers and commanders are concerned that an Israeli strike could risk retaliation against U.S. assets and allies and jeopardize efforts to stabilize Iraq and Afghanistan.

    There is another subtext to Biden’s trip and the maneuvers over sanctions: the uneasy relationship between the Netanyahu government and President Barack Obama. “Israelis have two key priorities,” veteran U.S. Middle East peace negotiator Aaron David Miller told POLITICO. “No. 1, ensuring that they are on top of the Iranian situation. And No. 2, making sure they are not at odds with the U.S.”

    But, Miller said, “you could send 100 officials, you could park them there. It’s not going to allay the prime minister’s suspicions and others in his coalition.”

    Obama has been widely perceived in Israel as more sympathetic to the Arab world than to Israel, an opinion reinforced by several factors. Among them are Obama’s Cairo speech to the Muslim world last June and the fact that, as president, he has visited Cairo, Saudi Arabia and Turkey but has not yet gone to Israel. That he is sending Biden and not going himself has only increased the concerns that Biden’s visit is supposed to help alleviate.

    The administration’s early public push for a halt to Jewish settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem was also seen as a challenge to the special relationship of Israel and the U.S.

    Finally, Miller suggested, Israelis don’t know whether, at the end of the day, they can count on Obama to use force against Iran if other measures fail to change its nuclear behavior.

    During his visit to Washington last week, Barak emphasized that Israel would see a nuclear-armed Iran as a “tipping point.” Perhaps from the U.S. perspective, he said at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, “a nuclear Iran” won’t “change the scene dramatically,” given that the U.S. must also deal with a nuclear Pakistan and North Korea.

    But “from a closer distance, in Israel, it looks like a tipping point of the whole regional order,” he said, quickly adding that he believes “the underlying relationships [with the U.S.] are strong.”

    “Change is difficult, and this is a new president,” Rabbi Steven Wernick of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism told POLITICO. Wernick was among U.S. Jewish leaders whom Biden consulted before his trip. “But a lot of that perception [in Israel about Obama] is misplaced. One has to stay focused on what is really happening,” Wernick said.

    Wernick was apparently referring to the administration’s decision to continue giving Israel access to advanced weaponry that is superior to what the U.S. makes available to its other allies in the region. Wernick said Biden “has vast experience when it comes to foreign policy issues and, as he often says, he has had meaningful relationships with every Israeli prime minister since Golda Meir.”

    Besides Iran, special envoy George Mitchell’s unsuccessful efforts to restart peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian National Authority will also be on Biden’s agenda.

    Biden’s trip is about “outreach to Israelis,” observed Ghaith al-Omari of the American Task Force for Palestine. That, al-Omari added, “is a response to long-standing demands that the administration take a more proactive approach” in persuading the Netanyahu government to negotiate.

    In a Biden version of Obama’s Cairo speech, the vice president is scheduled to speak to the Israeli people from Tel Aviv University.

    Netanyahu’s Bar Ilan speech in June endorsing the creation of a demilitarized Palestinian state and his unilateral offer in November for a 10-month partial moratorium on new housing construction in the West Bank are less than Washington had pushed for. And they have not been enough to persuade Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to return to peace talks.

    Still, there have been a few hopeful signs in advance of Biden’s trip that the impasse that has stalled Mitchell’s efforts may finally be easing. This week, 14 members of the Arab League meeting in Cairo endorsed Abbas entering Israeli-Palestinian “proximity” talks, even without a full Israeli settlement freeze. Sources who have consulted with the White House say the administration is talking about whether such talks would begin “before or after Passover,” which begins at the end of the month. Administration sources said they are “hopeful” but wouldn’t speculate on whether Biden’s visit would coincide with the announcement that talks will resume.

    After the visit to Israel, Biden is set to travel to Ramallah to meet Abbas, and he is due to visit Jordan and possibly Egypt, depending on Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s travel plans.

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0310/33955.html

  41. ……Valerie Jarrett is much more seasoned than Johnson’s portrayal of her recent political connections and expertise. Johnson states:

    “She obtained her first foothold in Chicago politics through the patronage of a former SDS radical who regrets “nothing” about her role in the Days of Rage and ventured in 2003 that she “would probably reject violence as a useful form of revolution.” The same radical tried to persuade Rod Blagojevich to name Jarrett to Obama’s empty senate seat.”

    Jarrett’s connections go way deeper than has been portrayed in Johnson’s article. Her deep generational political connections come with a unique historical Chicago protection (The old Daly machine). Obama receives his orders through Jarrett, the conduit for his Chicago contacts. And why, Obama has been heard saying many times (re: Jarrett)”She can/does speak for me.”

    Valerie Jarrett is the culmination of 3 generations involved in Chicago politics. Her daughter, Laura is presently a 2nd year law student at Harvard Law School.

    Jarrett’s mother, Barbara Taylor Bowman, is an award-winning early childhood education expert.

    Jarrett’s father, Dr. James E. Bowman, a well known pathologist and geneticist of African American descent, was a on staff at St. Luke’s Hospital. Jarrett’s maternal grand-father was Robert Taylor, who was on the board of the Chicago Housing Authority.
    ________________________

    This info has been drawn and reconstructed from WIKI benchmarking where Jarrett’s original political connections originate. You might say she is thought of as family in the Chicago Combine.

  42. admin
    March 5th, 2010 at 3:09 am

    Rep. Delahunt (D – Massachusetts retires.)

    ____________________________

    Delahunt realizes the Kennedy torch is extinguished
    and the WELCOME mat for their family and associates no longer exists.

  43. Yes JanH, way too late. Obama’s snub of Israel, amd by extension all of the Jews(sans me and a few others) o voted for him is truly disgusting. Will we (Jews) make the same mistake in 2012???

  44. I cannot let this E from Hillary go by without sharing it with all of you.This tells the true story of who she IS what sh does and the great love she has for her people at State all over the world.What a diplomatic abundance of love appreceation and respect for everyone including families and fellow workers.Just think of the better world we could have enjoyed thanks to her instead of the mountain of trash that HOCUS POTUS is leaving in his path of total chaos and destruction.Please read and pass on to anyone who wats real Change.

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    Press Releases: Meets With Embassy Staff and Their Families
    Fri, 05 Mar 2010 10:26:13 -0600

    Meets With Embassy Staff and Their Families

    Hillary Rodham Clinton
    Secretary of State
    San Jose, Costa Rica

    March 5, 2010

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    SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you so much, Ambassador Andrew. And it is a great pleasure for me to be back here in Costa Rica and to see Embassy San Jose. This country is a great friend to the United States, and the work that you are doing every day is broadening and deepening and strengthening that partnership and friendship. So I am deeply grateful.

    And I want to thank you for having the children come today because the work that we do is really about them. I had dinner last night with the ambassador and a few others with President Arias, a man who has committed himself to not only the development of his own country, but to furthering peace and stability in the region and around the world. And the work that you’re doing is helping us to advance those goals here in Costa Rica.

    I am very pleased with the Pathways to Prosperity program that we held here. I thank everyone from the mission who helped to make it such a successful conference. The partnerships you’re building with civil society and the private sector make a lasting difference in people’s lives. In the months ahead, we look forward to working with the new president-elect of Costa Rica, who I met with yesterday and am very excited about her vision for the future as well.

    I want to thank all of the Foreign Service and Civil Service officers here at post, everyone representing other departments of the United States Government, the Peace Corps volunteers who are working here. (Applause.)

    AUDIENCE MEMBER: Yay.

    SECRETARY CLINTON: Yay. (Laughter.) And of course, our wonderful locally employed nationals, the staff that tells all of us what to do. And I am reminded of that as I travel around the world. I try to speak to embassy employees in every country that I visit to thank you for your service. And I’m often introduced to our local staff members, some of whom have worked at posts for 30 or 40 or even 50 years. So we are very grateful to you.

    And I also want to thank our American employee family members. I’ve heard about your volunteering at women’s shelters, helping to build homes, mentoring. So you’re also serving alongside the actual employee. I know a little bit about what it takes for a family to be committed to public service.

    Before closing, I want to recognize one special person whose service has inspired generations of American diplomats in Costa Rica. Angie Vargas, would you please come up for a minute? (Applause.) As many of you know, Angie is retiring after more than 25 years at this mission. She has served as protocol advisor to eight ambassadors here, starting with Ambassador Deane Hinton back in 1988. Angie is someone I knew in my previous life when my husband and I visited Costa Rica 13 years ago. And my husband happened to be on crutches at that time, so you can imagine some of the protocol challenges of maneuvering the President of the United States around from event to event.

    I know that Angie has led the way and shown the ropes to many an ambassador and Foreign Service officer and other American Government employees over the years. And she has kept us out of trouble more times than we can probably count. She’s done this with grace, passion, dedication, and affection for her country and her adopted country.

    So Angie, we have a certificate for you somewhere. Let’s see, where is the certificate? Got it – right here, excellent. Your service to this Embassy has been invaluable. You will be missed dearly by so many, including myself, who admire your work, your character, and your commitment. And I wish you the best of luck. So let’s stand over here and we’ll get a picture. (Applause.)

    Well, I know that most of you haven’t been here as long as Angie, but I thank you for your contributions, and I look forward to working with you in this partnership. President Obama and I appreciate everything you’re doing. We’re grateful for your talent, your dedication, and the results you’re delivering for our country.

    Now, I know the ambassador just arrived thanks to our very slow, cumbersome, dysfunctional confirmation process. (Laughter.) That’s an editorial comment. (Laughter.) So she may not know about this tradition that when people like me come and impose on you, causing you extra work on top of everything else you’re doing every day, you deserve a wheels-up party.

    And Ambassador, when my plane finally lifts up and heads to Guatemala, I’m now somebody else’s responsibility. And Mission San Jose and all of our team here in Costa Rica will have fulfilled their responsibility. They will have gotten me off safely to go somewhere else. So I think that this crew probably deserves a wheels-up party. And I thank you for everything you’re doing on behalf of the relationship between our two countries.

    And what I’d like to do now is to go sit right there and take a picture with the children, so if there are any young people who want to get into this picture, I hope you’ll come join me over here, and then I’ll shake as many hands as I can on my way out. Thank you again for your service. (Applause.)

  45. ABM90,

    What a wonderful and heartfelt speech. Thank you so much for posting it.

    Can anyone ever see obama doing anything like this?

    Not likely.

  46. ABM90, thanks for the Hillary article. We don’t have as high minded or as important a policy article but here is our favorite Hillary story of the day. Remember our faboo Big Pink diet? Apparently Hillary has a favorite diet (maybe it secretly is the Big Pink diet) which works, and she has been recommending it to friends. The friends include Democrat John Coales (husband of Greta Van Susteren and big adviser to Sarah Palin after Obama was gifted the nomination). Hillary is still good friends with Coales and recommended the diet (which is not as humorous as Big Pink diet, but seems to work nearly as well 🙂 ):

    http://www.politico.com/click/stories/1003/the_ultimate_d_c_diet.html

    They call it the “Hillary Diet,” but Hillary Clinton isn’t on it. She’s just hooked on recommending it.

    The diet is a custom-designed eating plan, created by Doctor’s Weight Loss Center in Alexandria, that helped Clinton staffer Mo Elleithee lose 125 pounds. And when the secretary of state heard that, she asked her longtime pal John Coale to try out the diet — in the hopes of inspiring her brother, Tony.

    Coale, husband of Fox News’s Greta Van Susteren, wasn’t offended. “We’re friends,” he said. “We’ve talked about weight problems before.”

    Even so, he balked. Coale told Clinton that he’d look into the diet, but promptly forgot. Then he ran into Tony, who had shed 60 pounds.

    So in reverse order, Coale himself was inspired and tried the diet: in six months, he lost 60 pounds — though he declined to share his current weight.

    “Everybody wants to know how I did it,” says Coale. “I have been on every diet known to man — I did Atkins to the point where there were herds of cattle afraid of me. … This is first one I’ve ever been on where I’m not hungry.”

    The diet mastermind is Dr. Roy Heron, who believes no two people have the same eating habits — and so creates an individual eating plan for each of his clients. “No one loses less than 15 pounds,” he says.

    Heron’s basic approach includes lots of fruits, vegetables and 60 ounces of water a day. Clients are weighed each week. Coale says he eats a lot of salads now — and misses steak the most. He does have a trainer, too, whom he affectionately calls “Torture Woman”: she comes to his house four times a week and “yells at me and makes me do things I’d never do.”

  47. …. Dean has been stung and stung badly- If anyone thinks Dean is going home with his tail tucked between his legs, they’ve got another thing coming. Dean is a Vermonter, a fierce thinking New Englander and representative of a New England quote that comes to mind:….
    “To the European, a Yankee is an American.
    To an American, a Yankee is a New Englander.
    To a New Englander, a Yankee is a Vermonter.
    To a Vermonter, a Yankee is someone who eats apple pie for breakfast.
    And to a Vermonter who eats apple pie for breakfast
    a Yankee is someone who eats it with a knife.”

    ~An old Yankee saying-
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    Howard Dean: Health bill hangs Dem incumbents and Obama out to dry in elections

    Passing the healthcare proposals before Congress will “hang out to dry” every Democratic incumbent running for reelection this fall, Howard Dean said Thursday.

    Dean, a physician by training who’s a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), said that Democrats in Congress — and President Barack Obama — would do themselves more harm than good by passing the current healthcare bill.

    “The plan, as it comes from the Senate, hangs out every Democrat who’s running for office to dry — including the president, in 2012, because it makes him defend a plan that isn’t in effect essentially yet,” Dean said during an appearance on the liberal Bill Press Radio Show.

    Dean, who has clashed publicly with the White House over the healthcare proposals favored by the administration, said that by passing the bills under consideration, Democrats would essentially be conceding defeat to Republicans.

    “It’s easy to campaign on repealing something if no one knows what the something is,” Dean said. “And fundamentally people don’t understand what the president’s healthcare plan is.”

    “And if it passes next week and get’s signed into law the week after, we’re not going to be able to explain it to people over the din of Fox News and the Republicans,” the former Democratic party chairman added.

    Dean said that the only solution to correct the bill was to offer a buy-in to Medicare for consumers, which had once been proposed in the Senate, but was ditched by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) as unable to win enough votes to pass.

    “The president needs a win here,” Dean said.

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    449 comments at the link. People are wide awake and poised to take action IF this Bill is passed.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/84969-howard-dean-health-bill-hangs-dem-incumbents-and-obama-out-to-dry-in-elections

  48. Imagine if you will Obama’s words of encouragement to the blue dogs who are looking at their own extinction this fall.

    1. “These are the times that try your souls. (Since I have no soul and no election this year I can be perfectly objective).

    2. “As YOUR leader, I ask only three things of you.

    3. “First, ignore the crude wishes of your constituents. After all, what do they know? I am Barack Obama!”

    3. “Second, ignore the cost of this program on the country. If Senator Gregg is right so what? I am Barack Obama!!”

    4. “Third, ignore your own survival. You are expendable. And never forget who I am. I am Barack Obama!!!.

    5. “Do what is best for me, and Chicago cronies, and if expire it will be with honor.

    6. “Think of the Spartans at Thermoyplae. Were it not for them, my pal Soros could not have shorted the Euro and tanked the Greek economy three thousand years later. And I could never have conspired with Big Business to create this health scam.”

    7. “In other words, think of the long term”.

    (Comment: as John Maynard Keynes said, when someone tells me to ignore the short term in favor of the long term I am constrained to remind them of something: in the long term we will all be dead.)

  49. admin
    March 5th, 2010 at 1:54 pm

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    Whoa- Admin.. Is there a link to the Hillary diet? It sounds like the perfect diet for my new Jack LaLane Juicer I purchased last week. I’ve been researching juicers on and off for the last several week and the LaLane juicer came out on top, price wise, more product in juice terms, user and dishwasher friendly. If you could, can you provide a link to the diet? It would be greatly appreciated…

  50. “in the long term we will all be dead.”
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    Now that I’ve cheated death twice in one day, I highly recommend it as a life changing experience that will dramatically alter your current perspective.

  51. Clinton says that Chávez “tries to stifle the press”

    US Secretary of State finds it difficult to have a positive relationship with Venezuela

    Hillary Rodham Clinton, the US Secretary of State, said on Wednesday that her government would very much like to have a positive relationship with Venezuela, but she added that there are many things which concern us “about what is happening in Venezuela today.”

    “President (Hugo) Chávez is trying to stifle the press in Venezuela. If you say any negative about him, he tries to shut you down. That is not the way a democracy operates,” Clinton said in an interview with Brazil’s Globo network.

    US Secretary of State said that the Venezuelan President “is taking over companies and taking their assets and, unfortunately now, we see the results of those economic policies. There are electricity shortages in Venezuela, a country with oil. It makes no sense.”

    However, the top diplomat confirmed the US desire to have a positive relationship with Venezuela. She said that US President Barack Obama had acted accordingly. “I’m sure some of you remember when President Obama went to the Summit of the Americas, he shook hands with Hugo Chavez. He exchanged words with him. We want to have a positive relationship, but it’s difficult under the current circumstances.”

    Clinton was asked about the alleged unsuccessful attempts of President Obama to reach out to the Muslim countries, to Iran, China, Chávez. She replied: “I don’t agree with that. I think that it’s working in many, many places, but it’s also exposing those governments and leaders who have a different agenda.”

    Meanwhile, President Chávez responded to the US Secretary of State by saying that Hillary Clinton came to Latin America “to sow discord” within the region. He compared Clinton with her predecessor Condoleezza Rice, but with the difference that “she is white.”

    President Chávez rejected on Thursday night in a mandatory nationwide radio and TV broadcast the statements made by the US State Secretary in Brazil: “Mrs. Clinton said (some things) in front of (Brazilian Foreign Minister) Celso Amorim, who is a great friend (of Venezuela) … She was disrespectful to Brazil, to Latin America… She came to sow discord, to stir up trouble, by saying that Venezuela continues to erode democracy and other stories.”

    Chávez said that Amorim “intervened in favor” of Venezuela, when he agreed with Clinton by saying that Venezuela “is effectively looking southwards.”

    http://english.eluniversal.com/2010/03/05/en_pol_esp_clinton-says-that-ch_05A3533813.shtml

  52. US ‘part of the problem’ in drug trade: Clinton
    Friday, March 05, 2010

    GUATEMALA CITY: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday the United States was “part of the problem” in Latin America’s booming drug trade and must do more to undercut consumer demand.

    “We know we are part of the problem,” Clinton told reporters in Guatemala City when asked what the United States was doing to curb demand.

    http://www.thenews.com.pk/updates.asp?id=100074

  53. US ‘part of the problem’ in drug trade: Clinton
    Friday, March 05, 2010

    “We know we are part of the problem,” Clinton told reporters in Guatemala City when asked what the United States was doing to curb demand.

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    SOS Clinton, here is the place you can use as a model. The beginning should be within every state’s local Police drug enforcement dept. Three police officers from Providence’s Drug Task Force, one a high school resource officer were arrested in Providence yesterday as part of a drug sting operation netting three PD drug enforcers protecting and enabling drug traffickers within the state.

    http://newsblog.projo.com/2010/03/suspended-providence-officers.html

  54. wbboei
    March 4th, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    The Roberts threat to resign interests me. I wonder if Obama is trying to play a switch in time saves nine. Meaning if he can expand the number of justices on the Supreme Court from 9 to 12 then he can achieve a majority to pass his programs.
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    What is this talk of expanding the Supreme Court? Figuratively, not literally?

  55. admin
    March 5th, 2010 at 3:09 am

    Rep. Delahunt (D – Massachusetts retires.)
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    Well that didn’t take long to answer my question from a day or two ago, asking, “Who’s next?”

  56. Andrew Sullivan once argued that Obama’s “face” would make young muslims love America:

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100305/ap_on_re_as/as_indonesia_obama

    Scores of Islamic students staged protests outside Jakarta’s parliament and in at least three other major Indonesian cities on Friday against President Barack Obama’s upcoming visit to this predominantly Muslim country.

    The students carried banners branding Obama as an enemy of Islam and an imperialist in downtown Jakarta as well as in the provincial capitals Padang, Yogyakarta and Surabaya.

    They also threw shoes at large pictures of Obama’s head. An Iraqi journalist was sentenced to a year in prison for throwing his shoes at U.S. President George W. Bush during a news conference in Baghdad in 2008.

    Protest organizer Ahmad Irhamul Fikri, spokesman for the Coordinating Board for Campus Proselytizing Institute, said bigger rallies will be staged next Friday in more Indonesian cities ahead of Obama’s March 20-22 visit.

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