Naked Politics – Rahm Emanuel Pokes Eric Massa Who Runs To Glenn Beck

The Mark Foley Sex Scandals of Election 2006 finished off Republican chances in that year’s election. We began to explain what happened in election 2006 in the article Arrogance! Incompetence! Corruption!: Election 2006 And Dimocrat Obama’s Culture Of Corruption Election 2010, Part I. It was arrogance at the heart of the Republican problems in 2006 and when the Mark Foley sex scandal hit the headlines, it focused the public onto the fact that something was very wrong.

The Eric Massa Naked Politics Scandals of Election 2010 will finish off Dimocrats this year. Eric Massa has told a vivid story about Rahm Emanuel naked in the congressional gym that rings with truth. The Eric Massa story is focusing the public attention in the same way that the Mark Foley scandal focused the public attention in 2006. Americans know that something is very very wrong.

At conservative Hot Air they quote Tom Bevan who echoes Big Pink:

At the end of the day, what’s most harmful to the White House is that Massa’s claim reinforces a very damaging narrative: that this Administration is run by a bunch of political thugs who do things “The Chicago Way;” that the White House and Democrats in Congress will do “whatever it takes” to pass this particular piece of health care legislation.

To have Massa ripping his party and the administration in such a public way right as they’re in the middle of trying to woo and cajole enough House Democrats to vote “yes” on the the health care bill is at the very least unhelpful and might possibly turn out to be a disaster.

Some conservatives are looking a gift horse (that tells the truth) in the mouth, with caveats that are mostly irrelevant at this point. Glenn Beck is not looking the gift horse in the mouth but instead is hosting Eric Massa for the full hour today. Larry King will also host Massa.

In a move to counter Massa’s appearance on the Glenn Beck show and the Larry King show the Dimocrats are leaking allegations against Massa. The stories about Eric Massa have been circulating for months, if not years, and Dimocrats like Rahm Emanuel knew all the “rumors” about Eric Massa – for years. Only now, because Eric Massa is not bending to their will, are Dimocrats out to destroy Massa. We are not defending Massa (nor David Paterson) but we know a drive by shooting by Obama thugs when we see one.

Today, it’s Eric Massa on Glenn Beck’s show. Lot’s of people watching today as will we here at Big Pink.

We’ll return Arrogance! Incompetence! Corruption!: Election 2006 And Dimocrat Obama’s Culture Of Corruption Election 2010, Part III tomorrow.

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115 thoughts on “Naked Politics – Rahm Emanuel Pokes Eric Massa Who Runs To Glenn Beck

  1. Massa says he conducted 80 town halls in Summer 2009. Massa wants to focus on campaign finance reform which Beck is not buying.

    Massa is chatty but Beck wants specifics.

  2. I really think Obama is simply a Trojan Horse. I think he wants to lose Congress so he can do what he wants. How unusual is it in history for a leader to need the opposition party to control the legislature to do the things that he really wants to do? He can’t do in Social Security with Democrats holding both houses, but he sure as hell stands a chance if the Republicans have one.

    And then he’ll be Nixon going to China.

  3. Beck says he is “frustrated” but we are not sure if it is with Massa or with the political situation. Beck has come under a great deal of criticism from the right for conducting this interview. But we think that “ACE”, the most righty of the right gets our point:

    Beck sort of has a point here, if he can manage it without giving credence to Massa’s convoluted claims: We would never see these leaks against Massa if he were a Democrat in Good Standing.

    It’s not so much that Massa is innocent so much as his guilt would be entirely irrelevant to the Democrats and the media if he were voting the right way.

  4. GlennBeckclips will have the whole program today on the internet.

    Glenn wants some specific dirt and he’s not getting it…I can imagine…the ax is going to come down on Massa….its near the end so he won’t have time to respond!

  5. Beck is calling it a “wasted hour” because he feels Massa is backtracking on his charges. Massa denies he is backtracking and makes a point that the “backtracking” was an obvious joke.

  6. Just like I said he will make the Congressman look crazy and without merit…he did….lets see how Brett adds on to that. They are all in it together.

    This is what I think…they wanted to let healthcare drag out closer to the election to kill the democrats and to get a majority in the house and the senate….this way the conservatives can rid the country of social security…when they get this done..I wonder what they are going to do without their slush fund (social security).

  7. This corroborates what McKensie Consulting was saying about going back to the well:
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    Larry Doyle @ No Quarter

    Banks are increasingly healthy, right? Our nation’s accounting rules promote real transparency and integrity in our financial reporting, right? Housing is bottoming, right? No, no, and no!

    Why so pessimistic, you may ask? I am not pessimistic at all. I am merely searching for the truth in the midst of the smoke and mirrors on Wall Street and in Washington.

    Thank you to our friends at 12th Street Capital for sharing a recently released letter from Congressman Barney Frank imploring the four largest banks involved in mortgage originations to write off second liens they are holding on their books at inflated values.

    Why does Congressman Frank believe these loans need to be written off? The liens must be largely written off so that Washington can then compel banks to engage in writing down principal on first liens in an attempt to keep people in their homes. Keeping people and families in homes is certainly a worthy cause, but the process is fraught with all kinds of violations of moral hazards and assorted unintended consequences. When you hear that your neighbor receives a principal reduction, how long will it take you to go to your bank and demand the same?

    Let’s review Frank’s brief, two-page letter (click on image below to access pdf document). Focus on Frank’s comment that the second liens have no real value but accounting rules allow the banks to carry them at artificially high values. Can you say, “cooking the books”?

    What are the projected losses in these second liens? Well, how much of this paper is outstanding? The Wall Street Journal provides a bar graph in an article, Home-Savings Moves Afoot:

    So, with $1 trillion in outstanding second liens on the books, the question begs as to how much of this indebtedness is current, how much is delinquent, and how much is truly worthless but not yet acknowledged. In discussions with those in the industry, suffice it to say, the most optimistic assessment is that the industry has at least a few hundred billion in losses yet to be acknowledged.

    The larger banks addressed by Congressman Frank are the largest holders of these second liens. These banks do have earnings power given the free flow of liquidity provided by the Fed and accompanying capital markets activities. That is not the case with smaller institutions. How many of those institutions are already dead, but not yet buried?

    Wonder why banks are reluctant to provide credit? They need to increase capital knowing these second liens are truly an ongoing sinkhole.

    LD

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    Diana L. C.
    LD,

    I am so angry, sad, and worried about the financial situation in our country. My two boys are young and trying to get ahead. I fear they don’t have a chance. Both have solid mortgages and budget their money and keep up with all their other payments. I find it sad that all the people who overspent might get a chance to game the system at all our expense simply so Wall Street can keep on doing what it’s been doing.

    I worked hard to make a better life for my kids, just as my parents and grandparents did for theirs. I am tired and angry each time I read about these things, but I do thank you for keeping us informed. I keep waiting for the next shoe to fall in this economic mess.
    Today, 06:53:31 – Flag – Like – Reply

  8. Chris Matthews shouts “racism”. Why don’t Israelis like Obama?

    http://storyballoon.org/chris-matthews-agrees-yeah-theres-some-racism-in-why-israelis-dont-like-obama/

    Chris Matthews: Who’s more popular over here? Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Joe Biden. Put them in order. Who’s the most popular figure over here in Israeli?

    Ethan Bronner: Bill Clinton is the most popular of those four. And I would say Hillary is probably next. And then I would say Joe Biden. And then president Obama.

    Chris Matthews: Okay, that tells you a lot. So tell me why the President of the United States is so far at the bottom? Is it his middle name? Hussein?

    Ethan Bronner: I would say that there is some level of prejudice about the fact that he had some islamic background through his stepfather. But I think it has more to do with the fact that when he came in to office a year ago he wanted to recalibrate the relationship between the United States and the Muslim world. And the easiest way to do that was to put some distance between the United States and Israel. And he did that. And that made people nervous. I think there’s some sense here, that some degree of racism to be perfectly honest.

    Chris Matthews: Yeah, because they see it as a black man.

    Warning: linked video is to Mudball:

  9. Is it common for a Supreme Court Chief Justice to speak out like this? I don’t know if this has been posted before…I came across it on the web..It’s from today..

    “John Roberts: Scene at Obama’s State of the Union was “Very Troubling”

    h t t p://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/09/john-roberts-scene-at-oba_n_492444.html

  10. American Gal, They have scrubbed the link….can you post it…I would really like to read that.

  11. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gyvfRvSPtr5INaLpoyt0_bd8V0AwD9EBCSAG0

    U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts said Tuesday the scene at President Obama’s State of the Union address was “very troubling” and the annual speech has “degenerated to a political pep rally.”

    Obama chided the court, with the justices seated before him in their black robes, for its decision on a campaign finance case.

    Responding to a University of Alabama law student’s question, Roberts said anyone was free to criticize the court, and some have an obligation to do so because of their positions.

    “So I have no problems with that,” he said. “On the other hand, there is the issue of the setting, the circumstances and the decorum.

    “The image of having the members of one branch of government standing up, literally surrounding the Supreme Court, cheering and hollering while the court — according the requirements of protocol — has to sit there expressionless, I think is very troubling.”

  12. Here is the original link to the Roberts story again..just get rid of the spaces in the W W W part when you put the link in your browser:

    w w w.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/09/john-roberts-scene-at-oba_n_492444.html

  13. http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/stupak

    Michigan Democrat Bart Stupak said yesterday at a townhall in his home state, “I’m more optimistic than I was a week ago” that a deal could be reached to pass a health care bill that bans public funding of abortion. Some speculated that this meant Stupak was ready to cave. “Obviously they don’t know me,” Stupak said in an interview this afternoon with THE WEEKLY STANDARD. “If I didn’t” cave in November, “why would I do it now after all the crap I’ve been through?

    “Everyone’s going around saying there’s a compromise—there’s no such thing,” Stupak said. What’s changed between this week and last, Stupak went on, is that he had his first real conversation with Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Congressman Henry Waxman about fixing the bill.

    But Stupak made one thing very clear: While he’s optimistic, there’s a lot of confusion about how the House would structure a bill that he could vote for. Stupak says “the majority party can get it done. Where there’s a will there’s a way.” But: “No one has said here’s how you do it, here’s the legislative scheme.”

    Stupak affirmed that he will not settle for an agreement to pass the bill now and fix the bill’s problems on abortion later: “If they say ‘we’ll give you a letter saying we’ll take care of this later,’ that’s not acceptable because later never comes.”

    Stupak highlighted other problems with the bill: The president’s proposal has not been translated into legislative language and it still leaves some special deals in place. “If you look at the President’s proposal,” Stupak said, “it says that the Cornhusker agreement is out, but the Louisiana Purchase is in.”

    Members don’t have a whole lot of appetite to vote for the Senate bill as a stand alone bill–that’s for sure,” Stupak said. “If you’re going to correct these inequities in the Senate bill, you better tie bar it to something. No one wants to vote for a freestanding bill so they can be accused of voting for a special deal for Nebraska on Medicaid.”

    Stupak added:

    The president still hasn’t put forth his proposal. I mean, other than the 11 pages [of changes], we’ve seen nothing in writing. It’s different than what the Senate did. So do they take three [measures] and merge it into one and stick it in a bill called reconciliation, or just do the Senate bill as a stand alone?

    “You have to tie-bar it or substitute it or something,” Stupak said of the legislation. By “tie-bar,” Stupak means that all the fixes, including his amendment on abortion, would pass or fail all at the same time. Stupak says that congressional leaders are “going back and forth in different ways” to find a compromise. But again, “it is so confusing,” he said, “on what the parliamentary procedures are going to be” to make the fixes. [snip]

    Stupak said that White House officials are “trying to get face time with members to convince them to vote for a bill that no one has seen in writing.”

    “The point I was trying to make” by relaying the opera story, Stupak said, “is that the White House is pulling out all of the stops trying to get members to commit to voting for health care. I continue to say to the White House: Put forth your proposal in writing so that members can see it. No member is so weak on this issue that just because they got to go to the opera they’re going to vote for health care.”

    Stupak emphasized that his coalition of pro-life Democrats is sticking together: “My numbers remain firm at 12. These are 12 who voted for it [in November] who will not vote for it unless we resolve this issue.”

  14. What happened here is pretty obvious. In fact, I had a case like this twenty years ago. It was a terrorist threats case long before those words acquired their current meeting. Several employees came to our manager in a very emotional state and complained about alleged death threats made against them by a fellow employee with a history of violence. They claimed he had made death threats against him and demanded that we investigate and terminate him for that reason. Our manager had them put their complaints in writing and they were duly witnessed. We conducted an investigation, determined that there was probable cause and we terminated the offender, and he was prosecuted on that account as well. However, when the case got to hearing each of these individuals had changed their story and claimed that the company had put them up to it which was a lie. The hearing became something of a comedy as one of them hauled out a bible and started preaching about evil in the room. Others had a convenient loss of memory. I had no choice but to treat them as hostile witnesses, read their own statements back to them and demand that they admit or deny. And then I had to put the witness on the stand. We got a lengthy suspension rather than the discharge we were looking for. Looking back on it we were lucky to get that. We later discovered that they all had something to hide, and were threatened. Sure as god made little green apples that is what happened here. I did not see the show. I understand that he waffled but did affirm the accusations he previously made, so the largest television audience in the country heard them again. That made the administration look bad, but no new ground was uncovered. The mystery here is that Beck just let the guy talk. He should have reflected upon the conversation he had with the guy over the telephone the prior day indicating that he was unstable, and come armed with questions in case the guy unraveled or retracted what he said. Did he do that? From what I was told the answer is no. In sum, Beck was not well prepared. But still, it stung Obama, and it contributes to the narrative that this Administration uses Chicago thug tactics

  15. Thanks American Gal. If you don’t mind I will post it. I see Gibbs responded–like the pig he is.
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    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts said Tuesday the scene at President Barack Obama’s first State of the Union address was “very troubling” and that the annual speech to Congress has “degenerated into a political pep rally.”

    Responding to a University of Alabama law student’s question about the Senate’s method of confirming justices, Roberts said senators improperly try to make political points by asking questions they know nominees can’t answer because of judicial ethics rules.

    “I think the process is broken down,” he said.

    Obama chided the court for its campaign finance decision during the January address, with six of the court’s nine justices seated before him in their black robes.

    Roberts said he wonders whether justices should attend the address.

    “To the extent the State of the Union has degenerated into a political pep rally, I’m not sure why we’re there,” said Roberts, a Republican nominee who joined the court in 2005.

    Roberts said anyone is free to criticize the court and that some have an obligation to do so because of their positions.

    “So I have no problems with that,” he said. “On the other hand, there is the issue of the setting, the circumstances and the decorum. The image of having the members of one branch of government standing up, literally surrounding the Supreme Court, cheering and hollering while the court – according the requirements of protocol – has to sit there expressionless, I think is very troubling.”

    Breaking from tradition, Obama used the speech to criticize the court’s decision that allows corporations and unions to freely spend money to run political ads for or against specific candidates.

  16. basement angel
    I really think Obama is simply a Trojan Horse. I think he wants to lose Congress so he can do what he wants. How unusual is it in history for a leader to need the opposition party to control the legislature to do the things that he really wants to do? He can’t do in Social Security with Democrats holding both houses, but he sure as hell stands a chance if the Republicans have one.

    =================

    And we’re going to help give it to them?

  17. turndownobama,

    I don’t vote Republican and I don’t encourage people to vote Republican. Ever. I’m not favor of giving it to him, but I think the change, at this point, might be inevitable. I’m going to fight tooth and nail to preserve Social Security as well.

  18. Wbboei, you are right that Beck was unprepared. It’s probably that Beck is not very good at the type interview that needed to be done. It was in a sense a clash of cultures. Massa responded with campaign finance reform as a solution when Beck wanted a much more elemental, not a programmatic answer. Also, to Eric Massa, what he was saying was rather profound and difficult because he was talking about the people that got him elected. For Beck’s audience, what Massa was saying was not shocking information in the least.

    The value of the interview is that Americans on the left side of the spectrum are hearing, from a non-Republican, attacks on how Obama and his thugs operate. In that sense Beck was too tough on himself.

    We’re in agreement that “he waffled but did affirm the accusations he previously made, so the largest television audience in the country heard them again. That made the administration look bad, but no new ground was uncovered.” Your interview method, relating to the earlier telephone conversation with Massa, would have been a good way to draw Massa out. But it was a clash of cultures. Massa expected Oprah and Beck expected Serpico.

  19. From the “Obama Is Poison” file:

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0310/34156.html

    When President Obama travels to Missouri Wednesday to make a final pitch for his health care overhaul, the Senate candidate from his own party won’t be there to greet him.

    Democrat Robin Carnahan will be absent from the invitation-only afternoon rally at St. Charles High School due to a prior commitment in Washington, the campaign tells POLITICO. [snip]

    A February Rasmussen Reports survey pegged Obama’s Missouri approval rating at just 40 percent. His 59 percent disapproval rating in the Show-Me State registered higher than the national average.

    The Missouri Republican Party promised they wouldn’t let Carnahan’s move go unnoticed.

    “Carnahan may not stand on the platform next to President Obama in St. Louis on Wednesday, but Missourians will not soon forget that she stood with him on every major plank of the Obama-Pelosi-Reid platform,” said Lloyd Smith, the state party’s executive director. [snip]

    The president’s visit is also raising eyebrows because his evening fundraiser is slated to benefit Sen. Claire McCaskill, who doesn’t stand for re-election until 2012.

    “We are not aware of another example of the president ignoring a U.S. Senate candidate on the ballot in less than eight months and instead raising money for someone who is not up for re-election until 2012,” noted Smith. [snip]

    He also could not say whether Obama would campaign with Carnahan this fall. [snip]

    Missouri State University political science professor Brian Calfano said the state’s current political climate makes it wise for Carnahan to keep her distance from the president.

    “McCaskill, of course, has the luxury of time before having to gear up for her reelection campaign in earnest and can find a way to reintroduce herself to Missouri voters before 2012. Carnahan doesn’t have that option, so she’s rightly trying to get out of the way of the health care train wreck, which is how many in Missouri perceive it,” said Calfano.

  20. This “snub” does not seem too smart at any level:

    http://washingtonscene.thehill.com/in-the-know/36-news/2649-bidens-almost-two-hours-late-for-dinner-with-israeli-prime-minister

    Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill were more than an hour and a half late to dinner at the home of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday night.

    There was speculation that the tardiness may have been related to an announcement today that Israel would advance housing construction in East Jerusalem, a move Biden strongly condemned in a written statement earlier in the evening.

  21. rgb44hrc
    March 9th, 2010 at 12:31 pm
    wbboei
    March 9th, 2010 at 11:31 am
    Zogby: is tied to Obama through a blood relative, so take this with a grain of salt. But it does suggest that the hopium has worn off. More important, I think the sampling is skewed if you look at the percentages.
    ************
    Zogby just wants the Fraud to be more popular than Hillary because he is soo tanking and Hillary is rising, I don’t buy it. Why would anyone do a poll like this now anyway without a “reason”. Bullshit…

  22. Rahm is gay. My partner and other friends of mine have slept with him before – while he was married. Nice eh? I’m sure we can get some dirt on him to, not that gay is bad…but cheating on your wife and kids sure is!

  23. jw300delegates
    March 10th, 2010 at 12:09 am

    *************

    Ya had to wonder with the ballet and all…just saying. If you have friends that have the balls to come out, now would be the time for all good Americans to stand up.

  24. Jw300Delegates, the need to destroy Eric Massa could lead to consequences that Rahm and Obama need to consider. We know there are a lot of secrets that will ooze out as the Democratic Civil War continues and 2012 draws ever nearer.

  25. Admin: Geez, I got a little nauseous looking at Nancy here on this blog, LOL!! JUst kidding.

    Lil Ole Grape, No, I wasn’t able to find it, but will look at your link. Thanxs.

  26. lil ol grape, OMG, this woman was conspiring with the republicans since 2003 to screw Hillary??? People thought she was a closet republican then, how about now, well her wonder Potus is a republican bent on taking the middle class’s safety nets away….Now is not the time to get rid of social security. Thanks for showing this article…I am now sure that the republicans hands are dirty in this and are conspiring right along with Obama to tear this country down. I know for months Beck has been calling to let the country fall. They do this so they can make more money. They’ve done to every country in South American, Russia, China and Great Britain, it simply is our turn and they want more, more and more money. Americans need to wake up. My republicans friends are just stuped enough to only blame the dems and that was the plan all along!!!

  27. admin: lets hope we can let this putrid, yellow pus that occupies our WH ooze until they all have to ride off into the sunset.

  28. This is what I don’t understand, why is their showers in the houses of congress? Is it like a health club or what?? So we have been paying for this BS too? They are most disgusting, and demented group of folks, yet they think they are better than the average citizen. I wonder if the ladies have a “bath house” too??

  29. Donna Brazile was the stool pigeon for the Bush WH. They figured Hillary would run against GWB in 04′ and they needed a stoolie, she fit the bill generously.

    We all need to get her fired from CNN, she is part of the head of the snake. Someone is Donna’s puppeteer too….Soros,etc.???

    This running of Obama against Hillary has been in the works for a while…of coarse, they might have just wanted a black man that could take alot of black votes away from Hillary.

    I wish I could remember where I read that even the republican voting had problems in 08′. The whole thing was a setup and it worked.

  30. It’s possible that this guy’s cancer is the only reason he didn’t cave in and vote for the health care law. If he had played along, he could have had unlimited access to male staffers under his power. But illness can make people act more ethically.

  31. canaan, Sick people do often realize that they might have to stand before the judgement seat and it does make them aware of unethical behavior!

  32. Good morning Everyone, Confloyd asks about articles related to Bush-Rubio. I refer to a post from Turndownobama containing this link about republican involvement during the primaries to disenfranchise Michigan and Florida. This event was over three years ago, before Rubio was a blip on the screen. This article points to Rubio as a Bush protege’.

    First and foremost, I remain leary of any politician who has Bush connections as well as those with Obama connections. But one who actively tried to thwart our Hillary, is without a doubt an enemy. The media is working to scrub the Bush connection. Google Bush and Rubio. Also read the article. About 1/2 way down it illustrates his part as Speaker of the House in Florida’s primary hi-jinks.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/wayne-barrett/could-the-republicans-cou_b_94158.html

    Sorry, I don’t know how to make this a hyperlink. Just copy and paste to browser.

  33. WOW, Big Pink automatically made it a usable link. I never cease to be impressed with admin and Big Pink.

  34. Zogby just wants the Fraud to be more popular than Hillary because he is soo tanking and Hillary is rising, I don’t buy it. Why would anyone do a poll like this now anyway without a “reason”. Bullshit…
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    You are right Gonzo. You are absolutely right. He is no more of a pollster than Matthews is a journalist. Go back to that little vignette above. The guest on his program attributes the animus of many Americans toward against Obama to his reaching out to the Muslim world. Then Matthews jumps and says right it is because he is a black man which is the opposite of what he said. And the whole purpose is to hide the real reason which is that the guy promised a rose garden and is delivering a disaster for the country–and people are scared on the one hand and angry on the other–regardless of his skin color or religious preferences. Those are red two red herring delivered by a pair of fools seeking to keep a propped up fool propped off in the face of one failure after another. The same can be said of Zogby.

  35. A smart ad (with a focus on the economy) from business groups out to kill the Obama scam
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    I hope that video gets shown in the district of every blue dog who is wavering on supporting the Administration, is saying no to it, or is said yes before but is capable of being flipped.

  36. You have got to wonder about a network that continues to employ a delusional fool like Matthews who sees event in racist or sexist tones. He is so much like the character Howard Beal in Network.

  37. Moral Courage

    The time has come for somebody in the Democratic party to show moral courage.

    Consider the situation. Despite a seventy vote majority in the House of Representatives and a then-twenty majority in the Senate, the Democratic party was only able to barely pass health care legislation in both Houses of Congress; and the two versions that were passed do not agree with each other. To get that far, Congressional Democrats made a series of ad hoc deals and temporary understandings, with no clear plan on how to reconcile them all; this, coupled with more or less every legislative and procedural trick on the books, have allowed them to get almost to their goal. Unfortunately, they don’t actually know what their goal even is at this point, but they’re almost there.

    But also at this point they are, to use a cliche, grinding metal. The Democrats had made a choice last year to shut out the Republicans from any sort of meaningful discussion, interaction, or independent contribution in the process of health care legislation; and followed that with a healthy dose of attempting to demonizing the GOP when the GOP had the temerity to object. As a result, the Republican party has adamantly refused to provide any sort of a fig leaf to this steadily more unpopular legislation, and has been punished for that behavior by the American public by being more and more favored to win back at least the House of Representatives. Meanwhile, the House members who voted ‘no’ on the bill the first time are growing more and more terrified of voting ‘yes:’ and some of the ones who voted ‘yes’ are trying to decide whether or not doom is less likely if they switch their votes or not. And every Democrat in Congress is aware that keeping their individual seats are considered to be less important than passing the bill.

    If more of these people were familiar with military science, they’d possibly realize that they’re in the political equivalent of any competent general’s nightmare. They’ve stalled in a charge because of heavy fire, and while they want to advance they can’t make themselves do it. But they don’t want to retreat, either, because that’s how you lose battles. The tragic bit is that stopping is of course the absolute worst thing that an army can do in that situation, especially after the first moment of shock; sometimes you should go forwards, and sometimes you should go backwards, but staying in one place only gets more of your people killed. All of this may seem obvious, but people think funny in the middle of a battle.

    As we’re seeing now. The Democrats are telling themselves that they’ve spent too much time and clout to just quit; but they’re in no position to charge on through. So they stay where they are, and public opinion remains in the tank, and every so often a Democratic legislator announces his or her retirement or resignation. And this won’t change until somebody finally has the moral courage to say “This isn’t working” and organizes a retreat*. It should be the President – he’s the one that got his party into this mess in the first place – but the same lack of leadership ability that Obama showed at the beginning of the health care debate will make him a poor candidate for bringing it to an end. And House/Senate leadership is mostly dominated by the few Democrats who aren’t worried about losing their jobs in November. They’re not likely to feel the urgency that they should. And, of course, the rank-and-file largely don’t have the guts to go up against the leadership, given how the leadership has been punishing dissenters.

    Which is why I wrote all of this out; if I thought that anybody would take this advice, I wouldn’t give it in the first place.

    Moe Lane

    *Or a Banzai charge, of course: but as Neal Stephenson once noted, the interesting thing about Banzai charges is that THEY DON’T WORK.

  38. Pat Racimora @ No Quarter

    When I heard about how the Democrats are treating Eric Massa for sticking to his guns rather than falling in line with Democratic Party orders, I thought about Eric’s old boss, General Wesley Clark, and and what General Barry McCaffery once wrote about him. “Wes was always looked on as too well-educated, too wired, too good-looking. He’s not a simple crunch soldier.” Eric isn’t a simple crunch Democrat—he thinks for himself. That can no longer to be tolerated.

    I am watching his resignation from Congress play out with great sadness.

    I knew Eric.

    I was active* in both of his campaigns. He has a fresh honesty about him. I knew he had battled cancer. I knew he could swear like the sailor he used to be and that he had a low crap tolerance. I knew he was not perfect. Yet his directness and hopes for the future of our country were healthy and persuasive. He was a man of the people.

    I never thought I would tell this story in public, but I know for a fact that the recent clash with Rahm Emanuel was not the first. I actually witnessed such a confrontation several years ago at a meeting in Washington DC arranged by General Clark. Emanuel was giving a talk to the 40 or so of us in the meeting room, and so inappropriately attacked Erick by denigrating the way he was running his campaign. It was shocking and embarrassing, especially because Eric was right there in the room. But it’s not Rahm’s style to pull someone aside to speak privately about any concerns. No sadistic fun in that. Well, they went at it in the hotel lobby. And let me tell you that Eric may be the only human being who can indeed hold his own with Emanuel. If it were now only a two-man fight, I’d put my money on Eric.

    Finally, there is an easy and cheap way to destroy the credibility and reputation of another human being. You just have to be evil enough to be willing to do it. First you find something unflattering, make a big deal out of it, gather up your allies, and start suggesting that your prey is both ridiculous and mentally unstable. We are seeing that play out now. It’s ugly theater, yet we are all watching as those in power reveal the tactics they will use to destroy any dissidents standing in their path.

    *Eric would know me only by my “day job” name.

  39. Big day for Hillary and again on Fri. 12th

    ——————————————————

    Daily Appointments Schedule for March 10, 2010

    Washington, DC

    March 10, 2010

    ——————————————————————————–

    SECRETARY OF STATE CLINTON

    3:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton and First Lady Michelle Obama host the annual International Women of Courage Awards, at the Department of State.
    (OPEN PRESS COVERAGE)
    Pre-set time for cameras: 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the 23rd Street Entrance.
    Final access time for journalists and still cameras: 2:15 p.m. at the 23rd Street Entrance.

    7:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton attends the Ninth Annual Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards, at the Kennedy Center.
    (OPEN PRESS COVERAGE)
    Media interested in attending should RSVP to tammy@letitshineinc.com.

  40. Admin: It’s probably that Beck is not very good at the type interview that needed to be done
    ——————–
    That is the same observation my source had. In fact, those were her exact words. She is a professor of communications, and has a keen eye for the dynamics of an interview, and why this one, which was politically effective for the reasons we agree on, nevertheless fell short of expectations.

  41. Wbboei at 8:26 am –
    A commenter at Pat’s NQ posting that you put up was also at that meeting that Pat Racimora described. (We all know by now that Eric Massa served as an exec asst to Gen. Clark for many years.) His comment below:

    I attest to Pat’s story of the earlier Emmanuel-Massa confrontation, since I was there, too.

    It was in November 2005 in Washington. Emmanuel was then the DCCC chair, and Gen. Clark had invited him to give the attendees, all veterans of the Draft Clark/Clark for President movement, a rundown on the 2006 congressional races. Emmanuel didn’t mention Massa’s race, so someone in the audience inquired about it. Emmanuel talked about what a terrible candidate Massa was and how bad his campaign was. Eric was standing in the door of the room watching and listening throughout the ordeal.

    After the meeting or at a recess, my next image is Eric’s face about three inches from Emmanuel’s with Eric’s right index finger poking Emmanuel in the chest. The Commander was one pissed off former sailor. In the 60s we used to call such tête-à-têtes a “meaningful dialogue.”

    Then Massa and Gen. Clark spent about an hour in a sideroom in a private conversation.

  42. admin
    March 9th, 2010 at 6:30 pm
    Chris Matthews shouts “racism”. Why don’t Israelis like Obama?
    &&&&&&

    Israel’s dislike for Obama is based on merit, not race. Obama merits bad treatment, in light of all the slights and provocations he’s made toward Israel, in an attempt to cozy up to Muslim countries.

    And Israel is not the only case where Obama coddles our enemies in an attempt to show he’s the Uniter of the World, and undercuts relations with our allies (Dali Lama, Europe, etc.).

  43. VOMIT ALERT: MARK MELLMAN THINKS OBAMA WILL REBOUND JUST LIKE REAGAN.

    It’s a piss poor analysis of why he thinks all criticism of Obama is due to his falling polling numbers, due to the economy. And that when (IF???) the economy improves, his polling will improve, and he’ll be all popular again and viewed as a shrewd politician.

    Mellman: “Commentators are more likely to see every move made by popular presidents as shrewd. After all, presidents demonstrate their wisdom to reporters by convincing voters to like them. By contrast, every wart becomes visible on an unpopular president.”

    Mellman overlooks that:
    a) Reagan had real experience going into his job, and had convictions (even if many of us disagree with him).
    b) commentators have already overextended themselves in finding something / anything to praise in Obama
    c) Obama’s decisions are not improving the economy; if anything, he’s making it worse
    d)Obama has already been talked up a shrewd master politician; but by now, we’ve seen that he’s an empty suit.

    Here’s the link:

    thehill.com/opinion/columnists/mark-mellman/85801-some-quick-to-write-off-obama

    Some quick to write off Obama
    ===========================

  44. ecoast: thanks for catching that comment. I missed seeing it when I read the article. It certainly corroborates what Pat said and then some.

  45. Amazing the amount of screening on the major media outlets. I see so little stuff and almost none of this controvsary, it is like I am watching the Good News about Obama nightly news.

    It reminds me of a friend who lived in Orlando, Florida who use to complain that their nightly news was who was murdered, raped, mugged nightly news. It was like nothing good happen in the city. She got to a point, she did not watch it any more.

    Which is exactly what is happening with the major news networks.

  46. NOEMIE EMERY DOCUMENTS OBAMA’S SEPARATION FROM REALITY

    washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/columns/Obama-in-dire-need-of-an-intervention-87158277.html

    Noemie Emery: Obama in dire need of an intervention
    By: Noemie Emery
    Examiner Columnist
    March 10, 2010 Denial is a river that runs through the White House, where the denizens are in the grip of two major delusions: One, that the country really wants really expensive big government, and two, that Obama is “sort of like God.”

    Since early last spring, they’ve been waging a fight with the reality principle, convincing themselves (and fewer and fewer in the larger political universe) that in the very next speech, Obama will recapture that old campaign magic. If people don’t like what they’re doing, the way to regain and to hold their affection was to give them much more of the same.

    In the face of plummeting polls, stunning upsets in blue states, and gathering dread among Democrats, they carry on as if the year 2009 never happened, and they were back with their mandate and magical candidate, who was declared a success before he even took office.

    Conservatism was dead, the age of big government being over was itself over, and we were all socialists. And if we weren’t at the beginning, Obama would talk us around.

    A year in, the Obamatrons barely seem to have noticed that they have divided the Democrats, lost independents, and revived the small-government forces as never before. On the heels of the 2008 Troubled Asset Relief Program bailouts, they began a $787 billion stimulus package, followed by health care, cap and trade, and Government Motors, when the public cared about economic expansion and jobs.

    Cap and trade passed the House, but was stopped in the Senate, and the more people heard about health care the less enthused they became. Obama’s numbers fell into the mid-40s, the tea parties became more popular than the Democrats and/or the Republicans, and analysts began talking of a “wave” midterm election, like those in 2006 and 1994 before it, when one or more houses of Congress changed hands.

    Rep. Marion Berry and other unnerved centrist Democrats went to the White House to beg them not to force them into the “swamp” of having to vote against their constituents. Obama assured them no harm would come to them. After all, as he said, “You’ve got me.”

    They did, and they found out in short order what good this would do. Obama campaigned for Creigh Deeds in Virginia, a swing state he had won handily, and draped himself over Jon Corzine in deep blue New Jersey. Corzine lost by 5 points; Deeds by 18. He went to Massachusetts to help Martha Coakley win the seat held by Sen. Ted Kennedy, D. Scott Brown won by 5 points on a pledge to fight health care, taking with him the Democrats’ supermajority.

    Did this jolt Obamaland out of its reveries? No.

    On March 4, Reuters’ Chrystia Freeland explained the administration’s rationale for its renewed health care offensive: “The reason … we have the moral authority to do this is Massachusetts was just an act of God,” she related. “We had that seat; we got profoundly unlucky. … This election wasn’t scheduled to happen normally, so we shouldn’t allow this to knock us off course.”

    Peggy Noonan says there have recently been “interventions” (the term for when loved ones send you to the Betty Ford Clinic), as in “So-and-so tried an intervention with the president, and it didn’t work.” David Gergen said Obama reminded him of the old joke about how many psychiatrists were needed in changing a light bulb.

    Only one, goes the answer: But the light bulb must want to change first.

    Let’s hope Obama decides soon his light bulb needs changing — before the river Denial sweeps him out to the sea.

  47. MARK MELLMAN THINKS OBAMA WILL REBOUND JUST LIKE REAGAN.
    ——————————————————
    And Prince Harry will win a resounding victory in his senate election . . .

    And the moon is made of green cheese

    (Biographical Note: The Mellman Group counts among its clients the Majority Leaders of both the U.S. House and Senate (Leader Harry Reid, Leader Steny Hoyer).

  48. ANOTHER JOURNALIST APPARENTLY APPLYING FOR A POSITION IN THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION

    Another “Obama can rebound” assessment from the delusional Michael Hirsh at Newsweek.

    newsweek.com/id/234653

    Not worth printing, but we just want to document the sucking up.

  49. DEMS TUNING OUT WHITE HOUSE’S FAKE DEADLINES

    How many missed deadlines have there been on the health care DEFORM bill? Add March 18th, 2010…

    How come the Dems can’t pass this bill when it is so WONDERFUL???

    reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6213R520100310

    Democrats doubt deadline on healthcare
    ========================

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congressional Democrats on Tuesday cast doubt on their chances of meeting the White House’s March 18 deadline for voting on a stalled healthcare overhaul, but said they are moving as fast as they can.
    &&&&

    With Democrats scrambling to line up support and determine what to include in a final healthcare package, the March 18 target set by White House spokesman Robert Gibbs last week appears unlikely — to the surprise of no one in Congress, where healthcare deadlines have been missed repeatedly.

    “None of us have mentioned the 18th other than Mr. Gibbs,” Steny Hoyer, the Democratic leader in the House of Representatives, told reporters. “We are trying to do this as soon as possible. That continues to be our objective.”

    Gibbs later told reporters he still thought the House could vote on the Senate’s version of healthcare reform before President Barack Obama leaves on an overseas trip on March 18.

    “I’ve been given nothing that would change that advice that I was given last week,” Gibbs said.

    Congress has struggled to pass healthcare reform, one of Obama’s top legislative priorities, and has missed a series of White House-imposed deadlines for approving the bill and sending it to the president for his signature.

    If the deadline slips much further, beyond a two-week congressional break for Easter, the challenges of passing a bill would increase as the November congressional elections grow closer.

    “Deadlines are both a blessing and a curse,” said Richard Durbin, the No. 2 Senate Democrat. “They are a blessing because they get you focused on making a decision but they are a curse if you can’t make them, and this has happened over and over again.”

    Democrats hope to finish work before the recess begins on March 26 on Obama’s healthcare plan, which is designed to rein in costs, regulate health insurers and expand coverage to tens of millions of Americans.

    ‘MY HOPE’

    Asked if it was still possible to finish the bill by the start of the Easter recess, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters: “That would be my hope.”

    The House and Senate passed separate healthcare reform bills last year, but efforts to merge them into a final product collapsed in January when Democrats lost their crucial 60th vote in a special Senate election in Massachusetts.

    Democrats now hope to approve the final legislation in a two-step process. House Democrats would approve the Senate’s version of the bill and the two chambers would pass a separate measure making changes to the Senate bill sought by Obama and House Democrats.

    The second bill would be passed using a process called reconciliation requiring only a simple majority in the 100-member Senate, bypassing the need for 60 votes to overcome Republican procedural hurdles.

    Senate and House leaders are still putting the second bill together and awaiting cost estimates from the Congressional Budget Office, a process that could slip into next week.

    Pelosi and other Senate and House leaders met for more than an hour at the Capitol with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel to discuss the next steps on healthcare, and afterward Pelosi said they were making progress.

    “We’re making good progress and if we get some final figures from the Congressional Budget office we can even make more progress,” she said.

    Republicans warned House Democrats not to count on the Senate to pass the second bill.

    “House Democrats will have to decide whether they want to trust the Senate to fix their political problems,” Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell said.

    The bill incorporates fixes to the Senate bill proposed by Obama last month, including modifications to a tax on high-cost “Cadillac” health insurance plans and expanded federal subsidies to make insurance more affordable.

  50. Cotrip, Of coarse they are going to scrub everything that is about Rubio/Bush and everything about Perry/Bush….they all work for the same team as Obama.
    I read that about Brazile and Rove last night…I knew then the whole freaking thing was a setup and so will the next election unless we wake up John Q Public to this scam. We surely need to spread this just like we did the Soros connection. It will be harder because Axelrove is scrub a dub dub every waking hour.

    I went back and studied Hillary facial expressions near the end of her campaign and when she suspended it and when she started appearing as a supporter. She and Bill were not happy, it was easy to see.

  51. Cotrip, Look at his…Bush gave Rubio a golden sword for no doubt slaying the beast (clinton). I say he is in the pocket of Bush.

    But “the driving force behind the move,” as the Tampa Tribune put it, was 36-year-old House speaker Marco Rubio, who announced that pushing the primary up was a top goal before he took over the House at the start of 2006. Branded a “Jeb acolyte” by the Florida press, Rubio, a Cuban from West Miami married to a former Miami Dolphins cheerleader, was given a gold samurai sword by Bush in a passing-of-the-conservative-mantle gesture in 2005. Rubio is a member of a wired Florida law firm whose chairman is so close to Bush that he rushed down to the county jail when the governor’s daughter Noelle was arrested on a drug-related charge. When Rubio’s term as speaker ends later this year, he is slated to go to work for a think tank headed by a Jeb Bush business associate. The primary bill originated with Rubio and ultimately passed the House unanimously — but only after Democrats made what they knew would be a losing effort to alter it.

  52. You guys really need to get a facebook page…you should go see mine…its full of Hillary! My republican friends raz me about it…but they are sheeple…they’ve forgotten the atrocities of Bush in 16 short months. Me I have a LONG memory…when someone disses Hillary I NEVER forget.

  53. More on Rubio…some of his quotes are the same ones that Obama uses…hmmm…hmmmm

    Rubio’s campaign image belies history of $250 million in pork requests
    By Marc Caputo, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau
    In Print: Wednesday, March 10, 2010

    Republican U.S. Senate front-runner Marco Rubio brags on his Web site that he didn’t officially request budget pork in his last four years as a leader in the Florida House.

    But during Rubio’s eight years in office — including the final two when he was House speaker — he unofficially helped push loads of hometown spending: $250 million, according to a Times/Herald analysis of little-known budget documents.

    The budget items linked to Rubio from 2000 to 2008 are part of a list compiled yearly by the governor’s office to track hometown spending.

    Most of Rubio’s budget items benefited his home county of Miami-Dade — from a $50,000 grant sought for a Coral Gables park to $80 million for a University of Miami genomics project. A total of $25 million in requests were vetoed by the governor.

    The amount of budget money connected to Rubio attests to his skill as a lawmaker but also contrasts with his campaign image as a tight-fisted spending hawk crusading against “earmarks” that have plagued the budget process in Washington.

    Rubio wouldn’t comment and his campaign referred questions to consultant Albert Martinez, who worked in the House under Rubio. Martinez said Rubio tried to cut taxes and spending, not increase them.

    “Marco Rubio’s a limited-government conservative,” Martinez said. “He’s not a no-government conservative.”

    The budget items also shed light on times when Rubio’s public job as a legislator dovetailed with his private interests.

    One appropriation for Miami-Dade County was sought by lobbyists who worked at his law firm. Another item aided a friend’s fight for a Florida Turnpike contract. Other proposals gave big sums to Florida International University and Jackson Memorial Hospital, where Rubio later worked as a consultant.

    Martinez said the items linked to Rubio helped the whole county, and he described the spending for the hospital and university as necessary and non-controversial. Martinez said the items weren’t “turkeys” — Tallahassee parlance for hometown spending lawmakers obtain for their districts, often with little scrutiny.

    Still, Martinez and others say the governor’s office budget spreadsheets are nicknamed “turkey lists.”

    Word of the turkey list only surfaced this year as Gov. Charlie Crist has battled Rubio for the Republican Senate primary. Big government spending has emerged as a top issue for Republicans this election year, with Crist and Rubio battling over who spent more taxpayer money.

    Crist had budget priorities of his own: $222,000 for a personal videographer and $7.5 million for a government institute at his hometown St. Petersburg College, where his sister worked. Both items were in 2007.

    Martinez said the entire turkey list is suspect because it is maintained by Crist’s Office of Policy & Budget.

    Rubio didn’t make all his spending requests solo. Of the 119 items bearing Rubio’s name, 81 of them were co-sponsored by other legislators. Nor did Rubio bring home the most bacon from 1999 to 2008. His former legislative counterpart, Republican Senate President Ken Pruitt, was associated with $476 million in spending projects — almost double Rubio’s list.

    Donna Arduin, budget chief for former Gov. Jeb Bush, said she created the list in 1999 because the budget “was a mess.” So, as the final budget took shape, the governor’s staff would speak to legislative staff and lawmakers to figure out who inserted what items into the budget — a process that continues today.

    The items are listed by year in Microsoft Excel spreadsheets with the budget line number, the affected agencies and counties, the associated lawmakers and a brief description. Before word of the list leaked out, the only way to easily track spending associated with lawmakers was to check Community Budget Issue Request forms. The forms were created after Bush’s first year in office to offer a more open and systemic way for lawmakers to ask for hometown project approvals.

    On his Web site, in a section called “The Facts,” Rubio boasts: “During Rubio’s last four years in the House, he did not file any individual member budget requests” — a reference to CBIR forms.

    While it’s true he did not file the specific forms, the turkey list and interviews with current and former staffers and lawmakers from the House, Senate and governor’s office indicate that Rubio — like legislators from both parties — placed items into the budget, even while he was speaker.

    Crist has also criticized Rubio’s teaching contract with Florida International University, which hired Rubio as a part-time professor for $69,000. The turkey list ties Rubio to a total of $21 million for an FIU hurricane center and medical school during Rubio’s last years in office.

    Former FIU president Mitch Maidique, who hired Rubio, repeatedly has defended Rubio as being “worth every penny” as an accomplished young politician-teacher.

    The budget list also links Rubio to a $20 million special line item for Jackson Memorial Hospital in 2008. Months later, Rubio established a consulting firm with a former aide and scored an $8,000 monthly consulting contract with the hospital.

    Because it would have paid less than $100,000 a year, the contract was a no-bid deal that didn’t have to undergo a vote of the Public Health Trust, a county agency that runs Jackson.

    Rubio’s spokesman, Martinez, said every Miami-Dade member supported Jackson, the state’s largest provider of charity care. Rubio no longer works for Jackson, and he has stressed that he never lobbied for the hospital.

    Rubio did work as a local-government lobbyist through his former law firm, Becker & Poliakoff. In 2002, Becker & Poliakoff — but not Rubio specifically — served as a lobbyist for Miami-Dade County on a request for $5 million for community rehabilitation projects. Rubio sponsored that item, which was vetoed.

    Martinez said Rubio was a lawyer for the firm, not a lobbyist in the strict sense of the word.

    Martinez says Rubio’s Republican credentials speak for themselves.

    “For anyone to suggest that Marco Rubio isn’t a less taxing, less spending Republican is silly,” he said. “If Charlie Crist wants to talk about who’s more fiscally conservative, that’s a debate we’re willing to have.”

    Marc Caputo can be reached at mcaputo@MiamiHerald.com.

    [Last modified: Mar 10, 2010 09:26 AM

  54. For those of you that don’t understand why I am posting these things is there is a definite correlation between Rove/Brazile, Bush/Perry/Rubio, Florida/Texas and how they screwed Hillary out of the nomination. Do you really want to put these folks in charge of the hen house AGAIN?

  55. While we are on this topic, wasn’t there a meeting between Bush, Rove and Obama when he first got elected in 2004? I remember reading about that somewhere and it was not a meet the new senator kind of thing. Why was he singled out? There is a lot of intrigue and conspiracy here. We will never now the truth.

  56. 23 DEM YES VOTES ON OBAMACARE SWITCH TO UNDECIDED
    Dana Perrin

    The Speaker’s flip-flops are catching up with her.

    And the strangeness is starting to show (see the video): we have to pass the Senate bill so the public can see what is in it.

    Her famed control over house members minds is fading: She supported Chairman Rangel right up until she dumped him. She did not have the muscle to impose upon the Ways and Means Committee, her choice of Chairman.

    And on ObamaCare, the Speaker insisted the Senate go first, that she could not pass the Senate bill, that the House would not be a rubber stamp for the Senate, and that the Senate must prove it will act as she says it will, which is for the Senate to change their own bill into a bill the House wants. Uh, huh.

    But the Speaker has flipped on all of it. Now, the House will go first, the House will pass the Senate bill without changing it (i.e. rubber stamp) and the House will act without proof the Senate will actually act in the way the House wants it to act.

    Furthermore, the Speaker must now insist the following will not happen: the White House will not take the House passed Senate bill, sign it, declare victory, and move onto jobs.

    The Speaker must argue that the Senate and the White House will put itself through months of more ObamaCare political pain, by letting the Republicans bog down the bill in the Senate, in a huge fight that will be another example of the Dems changing the rules and ignoring the public to pass a bill independent voters and seniors hate.

    But assuming you believe that reality will be suspended — that the irrational is rational — and the White House and the Senate will act to bail out the House from passing a bill they don’t agree with, then there is the immovable Bryd rule problem on any abortion “fix.”

    The Bryd rule prohibits legislating on a reconciliation bill. The rule is named after the still-serving Senator Bryd (D-WV). Sixty votes are needed to over-ride the Bryd rule on reconciliation. Both the Bryd rule and Senator Bryd himself stands directly in the path of legislating on abortion on any reconciliation bill.

    You see, Senator Bryd is very vigorous in his support of the Bryd rule. He will vote with the 41 Republicans to enforce the Bryd rule. And the Bryd rule is very clear on abortion — precedents have been set — you cannot legislate on abortion on a reconciliation bill.

    Add the Bryd rule vote count to the GOP’s clear and recently made public stance of upholding the abortion rule precedent on reconciliation, and the idea that abortion will be addressed or “fixed” in the Senate is, well, simply not possible.

    And there are other pressures, including from the pro-abortion lobby. Fifty pro-abortion groups are pressuring the House and Senate to reject the Senate Ben Nelson abortion language because it is too pro-life:

    “On Tuesday, a coalition of more than 50 women’s rights groups wrote Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Obama to ask for major revisions to the Senate bill because the current restrictions impose “unacceptable obstacles for women who wish to purchase insurance that includes abortion coverage and for plans that wish to offer it.”

    Members of the House need to take into account this dynamic when considering “promises” to fix the public funding of abortion in the House bill.

    Meanwhile, back in the House, the one thing the House leadership has stood up for is extending the White House imposed deadline of March 18 for a floor vote on the Senate passed ObamaCare bill.

    This act of pushing back the vote does two things: first, it ramps up pressure on her own House Members by letting them twist in the wind for weeks longer as protests start to spool up, and second, the House leaders are admitting they do not have the votes to pass the Senate bill. That is why they are willing (again) to let their own caucus be targets.

    Regional U.S. House Whip Rep. Cleaver (D-MO) agrees the Speaker does not have the votes. He said the Dems do not have the votes to pass ObamaCare in the House, and that some counts put the yes votes at 201, well short of what is needed.

    Besides the fact that Rep. Cleaver’s honesty about the current whip count, here is The Hill’s own whip count: the ranks of the Yes votes on ObamaCare in the House are shrinking, and the Undecideds are growing. And Jay Cost’s whip count, which is excellent, and largely agrees with Rep. Cleaver, the Hill’s count and the NRCC’s count, can be found here.

    The Hill found the number of Dem House members who voted “yes” for ObamaCare in November has shrunk by 23. These 23 have moved into the undecided category.

    The NRCC target list that Erickson linked to yesterday has 25 Dem members who voted Yes for ObamaCare in November, and who are now at undecided. The Hill is at 23, and the NRCC is at 25 Yes votes who have moved to undecided. It is safe to call it about two dozen Dems who have moved off Yes. (The Hiller post on RedState noted a Yes vote on ObamaCare who is staying at Yes.)

    So, the Undecided list keep growing. And once the Democrats in the House figure out that Senator Bryd will vigorously enforce the Bryd rule on abortion, and that the Republicans are stone-cold-serious about upholding the Bryd precedent on legislating on abortion on any reconciliation bill — then the number of undecideds will really grow some more.

    Other pressure is mounting too. As those who had been predicting certain passage of ObamaCare head for the tall grass, the business community has grown bolder. The U.S. Chamber is spending between $4 million and $10 million to run ads in the districts of the newly undecideds.

    Notwithstanding the President’s recent public speeches and his travel-the-country campaign for his bill, it is obvious and has been for some time that the President’s ability to change the course of legislation by speechifying has wilted.

    How did the Dems get to this point? It’s simple: they have not acted rationally.

  57. PM317, Oh yes, lots of dirty dealing to keep Hillary out of the office she was born to run…it just pisses me off!

    The Burnt Orange Report has a lot of dirt on George Bush and Perry and the Trans Texas Corridor.

    I am of the opinion this whole NWO is all wrapped around this corridor, screwing the democrats as far back as 2000, Perry, Bush and now Rubio. All this to keep Hillary from cleaning up the corruption and getting this country back on track as Bill did.

    Beck is advocating for the complete collapse and I think this is what Bush was trying to do…with his policies…one in particular was quiet costly…medicare prescription drug program!
    You can bet when this corridor is finished many many towns will dry up.

  58. Israelies helped saved tens of thousands of Ethipians and Haitians-I think they qualify as “blacks”….Mathews has become an irrelevant jackass and will say ANYTHING to gain attention. His show is watched by few and his journalistic integrity went out the window decades ago.

  59. jbstonesfan, What the heck is Biden doing over there in Israel anyway?? This administration is soooo pro-Palestinians…you’d think they found oil or some rare metal underneath the Palestinian getto. We have many ghettos in this country and no one worries about them here, least of all Valerie Jarret, the ghetto queen.

  60. Matthews reminds me of the central figure in Crime and Punishment. He does alot of talking to himself while he plots the death of the Republic.

    Here is a catchy one liner from a blog called “Knife work” which bills itself as slightly more fun than watching Joe Biden think:

    “Biden steps-up pressure on Israel. Meanwhile, Iran contemplates universal conflagration, unopposed.”

  61. For those of you who predicted passage of Obamacare as a done deal; it appears the final answer will be a case and point of NOobamacare.. to the chagrin of an administration out of touch with reality… boo-hoo!

  62. I try not to predict anything about this administration…it is like that old joke the fugowee tribe as in where the F*&k are we. They have NO idea how to do a damn thing.

    I think we either need to buy shower curtains for the congressional bathhouse or close it down. I forgot its called a gym now.

  63. I think Beck predicts the downfall of the republic more than Mathews, but then I NEVER watch the “woman hating” Mathews. I can’t stand to look at him anymore than I can stand to look at Brazile.

  64. Biden is doing nothing, as he usually does. A token visit with the same old lines. Probably also lecturing Bibi “you better not bomb Iran or else”…
    =====================================================

    As far as that Zogby poll, if we are still that stupid, then we deserve everything this President “rahms” down our throat.

  65. Also, I listened via satellite radio to that beck/Massa interview, and I am convinced Beck is a fucking idiot…how anyone can listen to him is amazing. Same for Hannity, O’Riley, Mathews, Olberman, Madow, et al. Greta is the only one that is “fair and balanced” imo.

  66. Our “thug” narrative is finally catching on.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/final_reform_push_0pwRMzHMNshlHQZg8LWmcJ

    President Obama’s attempts to ram health- care reform through an increasingly reluctant Congress are starting to resemble a really eventful episode of “The Sopranos.”

    Whether or not you believe former Rep. Eric Massa’s bizarre accusations of locker-room confrontations and conspiracies to drive him from office, there is no doubt that the Obama administration and its congressional allies are willing to use every trick in the book to get this bill passed.

    They’ve already bought votes with pork and special deals — the “Louisiana purchase” ($300 million to bolster that state’s Medicaid program, which swayed Sen. Mary Landrieu); the “Cornhusker kickback” ($100 million to Medicaid there, sweetening the pot for Sen. Ben Nelson), and Florida’s “Gator Aid” (a Medicare deal potentially worth $5 billion, a hefty price for Sen. Bill Nelson’s vote). Plus the millions for Connecticut hospitals, Montana asbestos abatement and so on.

    Nor were the Obamans willing to let a little thing like election laws stand in the way. They rewrote Massachusetts law to allow for an appointed senator to hold office for several months, hoping to get the bill through before the special election that Scott Brown ultimately won. Their plans spoiled, they even considered holding up Brown’s seating to let the appointed senator continue to vote on health care — until public outrage forced them to back down.

    And, of course, there has been an unprecedented willingness to ignore congressional rules — from the failure to appoint a “conference committee” to negotiate differences between the House and Senate bills, to their current plans to use the reconciliation process to bypass a Republican filibuster.

    Expect the tactics to get even dirtier now.

    Those who support the president can expect favors. No sooner had Rep Jim Matheson (D-Utah) suggested that he might be willing to switch his vote and support the latest version of ObamaCare than his brother was nominated for a federal judgeship.

    Alan Mollohan (D-W.Va.) is also on the undecided list. And, purely by coincidence no doubt, the Justice Department just announced that it is dropping an FBI investigation that has been swirling about the congressman. Gosh, if only Charlie Rangel were one of the undecideds.

    Those who oppose the president can expect the political equivalent of a horse head between their sheets.

  67. http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/obama_administration/daily_presidential_tracking_poll

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 22% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-three percent (43%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -21. That matches the lowest Approval Index rating yet recorded for this President (see trends).

    Forty-two percent (42%) of Democrats Strongly Approve while 72% of Republicans Strongly Disapprove. Among those not affiliated with either major political party, 17% Strongly Approve and 45% Strongly Disapprove.

    Fifty-seven percent (57%) believe that passage of the proposed health care legislation will hurt the economy. Just 25% believe it will help.

    Sixty percent (60%) of parents believe that textbooks used by their students are more concerned about political correctness than accuracy.

    Republicans hold a seven-point lead over Democrats on the Generic Congressional Ballot.

    The Presidential Approval Index is calculated by subtracting the number who Strongly Disapprove from the number who Strongly Approve. It is updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update). Updates are also available on Twitter and Facebook.

    Overall, 43% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the President’s performance. That, too matches the lowest level yet recorded for this President. Fifty-six percent (56%) disapprove.

  68. Hillary needs to be careful…she is on world net daily! It seems to me the administration is fixing to lay some crap on her…

  69. It seems to me that those legislators that are wanting the public option are being targeted by the administration…Bush/insurance lobby!

  70. Hillary Clinton to the rescue. Hillary demands Muslim killers of 500 Christians be bought to justice.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100308/pl_afp/nigeriaunrestus

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Monday on Nigeria to find and punish those responsible for the killings of more than 500 Christians in a wave of sectarian slaughter.

    “We continue to urge all parties to exercise restraint,” Clinton told reporters, adding the Nigerian government “should make sure the perpetrators are brought to justice.”

    Clinton addressed reporters during a press conference with Gabon President Ali Bongo after more than 500 people were reported killed in three Christian villages in the north of the country.

    “The Nigerian government should ensure that the perpetrators of acts of violence are brought to justice under the rule of law and that human rights are respected as order is restored,” the chief US diplomat said.

  71. admin: I noticed that yesterday…why is this happening? Is it Christian clensing or what? I thought our post racial Potus was supposed to get Africa under control?

  72. Confloyd,

    I believe, without substance, that Obama was groomed to take on Clinton from sometime around the point where polls indicated she was gonna beat the pants of Giuliani. That may be complete and total fantasy, but I don’t think it is.

    I think Obama is, ultimately, a Rove client or someone like that. This structure, which is the historical totality of his career from 2000 on, just looks like an edifice built on the pathological obsessions of sociopath determined to triumph. There is nothing about his career that seems organic to a healthy, wholesome consciousness. Sociopaths look for ways to break systems that are functioning well and look what happened to the Democratic primary and then, the Democratic party. I just don’t seen any evidence that the guy who was reduced to going to the election board the day before the deadline with a team of attorneys to disqualify Alice Palmer from the ballot has the kind of skills to create the guy we see now. I don’t see the growth curve in him. He’s not really very slick and this was a very slick move.

    I mean, honestly, I don’t even know how to express what I see. I just don’t see any evidence that Obama has the Machiavellian skills to create the Trojan horse function that he serves. Obama is a simple thug. He doesn’t have to get nasty, he has attorneys to do it for him. That kind of thing. What I believe transpired far exceeds the simple thuggery he has consistently exhibited.

    Rahm – no. This is bigger than Rahm.

    But then, maybe I’m crazy and paranoid.

  73. basement angel,

    I can’t tell you how many times I have discussed this with folks in the know…they always say it would take too many people to agree to get this to happen…In case no one noticed the GOP is very disaplined, they act in unison. I don’t think it would be that hard..just look at how Romney said his wife was nothing like Hillary and he meant it, if only they could have seen his face when he said it. He hates her. They hate BC. Why because they move the electorate, do their jobs and fix what is broken, and they are loved worldwide. However they are hated by the extreme left as much as the republicans do. I think with the proper money, it could be done…just look at what Rubio did to facilatate the primary…and no one noticed! This time I refuse to be a sheeple!

  74. Confloyd,

    All it would take is one guy with some money and one guy with some connections. One meeting with Obama where the plan is sketched out and Obama does the rest. Obama gets to hire the best because he can guarantee that they will get paid. That’s all it takes.

  75. basement angel, I fully agree with you..just now on Fox..Harry Reid is changing decade old senate rules that will lessen the ability for the minority to stop legislation from going thru. The sheeple will see it as a blind ambition by the fraud to push HC thru..me I see it as a set up for the republicans in 2010′. They will be able to finally stop medicare, social security and all the things that the republicans hate. This is another set up by Obama for the republicans…

  76. I would hate to tell you who argued with me that this could NEVER happen…it did, it has, and is happening. I just hope the sheeple get hit hard when the country falls…me everything I have is paid for…I have enough land to live off of…but those in the city…I feel sorry for those folks.

  77. I used to watch Glenn Beck all the time…but since the Saudi Prince Talawee bought into Fox…Beck has changed his tune…he’s not the same…he has been paid off.

  78. Confloyd,

    leave the pundits behind. Turn your tv and radio off. There is nothing of value there for ordinary citizens. Mass media has utterly corrupted our national discourse. The less you participate, the less power they have. And while you’re at it, don’t read the opinion page either unless a lawmaker or an expert is spelling out their position in a substantive fashion.

    All those shows are is spin, spin, spin. The best you can hope for is a sugar rush. 24 hour news is the worst thing that has ever happened to our nation.

  79. Admin,

    Oh that post in particular is seared into my consciousness.

    But you don’t think someone was pulling the strings before then? What was Roger Stone doing running Al Sharpton’s campaign in 2004? Why couldn’t the GOP find someone to run against Obama in Illinois, for god’s sakes (speaking as someone who comes from a southern Illinois GOP family and is very skeptical of that failing)? How did the door’s fling open for Obama in the first place?

  80. OBAMACARE COMES FACE TO FACE WITH THE “LAW”

    Parliamentary rules turn Obama’s tough trick pool shot into a nearly impossible shot.

    And there’s money for ads against the just-ram-it-through bill.

    nytimes.com/2010/03/10/health/policy/10health.html

    Parliamentary Hurdle Could Thwart Latest Health Care Overhaul Strategy
    =========================

    By DAVID M. HERSZENHORN and ROBERT PEAR
    Published: March 9, 2010

    WASHINGTON — The White House and Democratic Congressional leaders said Tuesday that they were bracing for a key procedural ruling that could complicate their effort to approve major health care legislation, by requiring President Obama to sign the bill into law before Congress could revise it through an expedited budget process.

    An official determination on the matter could come within days from the House and Senate parliamentarians, and could present yet another hurdle for Mr. Obama and Democratic leaders as they try to lock in support from skittish lawmakers in the House.

    Meanwhile, Congressional leaders and top administration officials met in the offices of the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, on Tuesday evening trying to resolve outstanding policy differences between the chambers.

    House leaders were still navigating potential pitfalls, including a dispute over provisions related to insurance coverage of abortion, while opponents of the legislation, including a leading business group, planned a new onslaught of television advertisements attacking the proposal.

    Many rank-and-file House Democrats are reluctant to approve the Senate-passed health care measure without a guarantee that the Senate would follow up with changes in a budget reconciliation bill. The Senate measure included a number of provisions House members dislike, including special deals intended to secure the support of individual senators, like extra Medicaid money for Nebraska.

    Democratic leaders had been contemplating an intricate legislative two-step, by which the House would approve the original Senate health care measure and both chambers would adopt a package of changes in a budget reconciliation bill. Both measures would then be sent to Mr. Obama for his signature.

    Some officials said House leaders were holding out hope for a favorable ruling by the parliamentarians that would allow them to proceed as planned — or to circumvent the problem.

    But Senator Kent Conrad, Democrat of North Dakota and chairman of the Budget Committee, said the reconciliation instructions in last year’s budget resolution seemed to require that Mr. Obama sign the Senate bill into law before it could be changed.

    “It’s very hard to see how you draft, and hard to see how you score, a reconciliation bill to another bill that has not yet been passed and become law,” Mr. Conrad said. “I just advise you go read the reconciliation instructions and see if you think it has been met if it doesn’t become law.”

    The procedural maneuvering highlighted the acute sensitivity around virtually every step in the Democrats’ push to achieve Mr. Obama’s top domestic priority.

    As Democrats considered the potential parliamentary maneuvers, a coalition of business groups announced Tuesday that it was beginning a television advertising campaign to stop the health care legislation.

    The advertisement says “we thought Washington understood” that jobs and the economy should be the top priority for Congress. But instead, it says, “Congress is trying to use special rules to ram through their same trillion-dollar health care bill,” with “billions in new taxes and more mandates on businesses.”

    The executive vice president of the United States Chamber of Commerce, R. Bruce Josten, said the groups were spending $4 million to $10 million on the advertisements. Sponsors include the chamber, the National Association of Manufacturers and the National Retail Federation.

    Separately, America’s Health Insurance Plans, a lobby for insurers, said Tuesday that it was buying more than a million dollars’ worth of television advertising time to explain why insurance premiums had been rising.

    Obama administration officials have unleashed a barrage of criticism of insurers, as part of their final push for support of the health legislation. They say the industry is reaping huge profits and overpaying top executives. But insurance companies say premiums have shot up because of soaring medical costs.

    “What’s inside the health care cost pie?” the advertisement asks. “Some in Washington say it’s all health insurance. But health insurance is one of the smallest slices. Health insurance companies’ costs are only 4 percent of health care spending. Doctors, hospitals, medicines and tests are the biggest slices.”

    The Senate Democratic whip, Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, said there was no timetable for a budget reconciliation bill. The budget bill might include a major overhaul of the student loan program, he said, but only if it helped secure health care votes.

    The most immediate question seemed to be how parliamentarians would rule on the steps that Democrats must follow. The reconciliation instructions require that committees “report changes in laws” that help meet deficit reduction targets.

    Democrats are planning to use budget reconciliation to make the final health care revisions because it circumvents a Republican filibuster in the Senate and can be adopted by a simple majority vote rather than 60-vote supermajority normally required.

    Republican leaders have been working to fan distrust of the Senate among House Democrats, warning that Mr. Obama and the Senate would have little reason to pursue the budget reconciliation process once the House approves the Senate-passed bill.

    At that point, the Republicans suggest, Mr. Obama might just as well hold a signing ceremony and declare the legislation completed, even though it would include the objectionable provisions that the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, inserted.

    “We believe what the president is doing is asking House Democrats to hold hands, jump off a cliff and hope Harry Reid catches them,” Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, the No. 3 Republican, said on Tuesday. “And Senator Reid is not going to have any incentive to catch them because by the time the reconciliation bill gets to the Senate, the president will have already signed the health care bill into law and he’ll be well on his way to Indonesia.”

    Some Democrats are hoping that the House will vote on the Senate bill by March 18, before Mr. Obama leaves for a weeklong trip to Guam, Indonesia and Australia. Congress also leaves March 26 for a two-week recess.

  81. basement angel
    March 10th, 2010 at 2:29 pm
    —————————-

    There is no doubt in my mind that he had to have a lot of help to get where he is today. He is not very bright (even in a nefarious way).

  82. http://crooksandliars.com/karoli/alan-grayson-introduces-public-option-act
    Alan Grayson introduces Public Option Act
    By karoli Wednesday Mar 10, 2010 10:00am
    Alan Grayson came to the House Floor today to introduce the Public Option Act, which would allow all Americans to buy into Medicare at cost. The bill is 4 pages long, and calls for an unsubsidized option for any American to choose Medicare over private insurers.
    [….] Grayson’s introduction of this bill right now invites Dennis Kucinich to stand down on his opposition to the Senate bill. Grayson isn’t introducing this bill as a symbolic gesture. There’s no question that the public option, as debated over the past year, has traction and is popular, especially when framed as a Medicare buy-in. By making it a separate initiative, Grayson unbundles it from the Senate bill and gives both an opportunity to pass.
    Whether it passes this year or not, it’s a magnificent and savvy political move on Grayson’s part.

  83. basement angel
    Why couldn’t the GOP find someone to run against Obama in Illinois, for god’s sakes (speaking as someone who comes from a southern Illinois GOP family and is very skeptical of that failing)? How did the door’s fling open for Obama in the first place?

    ====================

    My impression is that different people opened different doors at different times, as Obama looked useful to them for one reason or another.

    In 2007 or early 2008 before the journalists got the koolaid, there was a good set of profiles in the Chicago Tribune. I quoted some at 1950democrat.livejournal.com

  84. basement angel
    I just don’t seen any evidence that the guy who was reduced to going to the election board the day before the deadline with a team of attorneys to disqualify Alice Palmer from the ballot has the kind of skills to create the guy we see now.

    ======================

    I see that same pattern happening all the way up, all the way to the DNC committee meeting that took away Hillary’s delegates and gave them to Obama. Never a fair contest, just backroom cronyism.

    As to who were the mastermind/masterminds, my non-conspiracy theory says he was handed off from one group to another as convenient. The Daley people in Chicago, the state legislature lobbists, the Brazile faction. For continuity, Axelrod was handling him all the way from Chicago, wasn’t he? I see Obama like Reagan, smart enough to play a part and to get hired to keep playing it in larger and larger venues.

  85. basement angel said:
    I think kryptonite is losing it’s power. Someone just called Jane Hamsher a PUMA.

    ==================

    LOL! Wehre was that? Jane has been tending that way for a while now. Not that I read those blogs often.

  86. confloyd said:
    For those of you that don’t understand why I am posting these things is there is a definite correlation between Rove/Brazile, Bush/Perry/Rubio, Florida/Texas and how they screwed Hillary out of the nomination. Do you really want to put these folks in charge of the hen house AGAIN?

    ========================

    Very good point. It was Crist and the FL GOP that set up the FL problem in the first place. This is one conspiracy I do believe. 😉

    Seriously, it was the FL GOP legislature that set the primary date, over protests of the FL Dems. That’s all open record.

  87. rgb44hrc
    ANOTHER JOURNALIST APPARENTLY APPLYING FOR A POSITION IN THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION
    Another “Obama can rebound” assessment from the delusional Michael Hirsh at Newsweek.
    newsweek.com/id/234653

    =================

    At least they’re admitting he NEEDS a rebound!

  88. Basement Angel, in brief with flashbacks, Obama was a Daley creation from the Chicago swamps for the Chicago swamps.

    Roger Stone got money to Sharpton’s campaign because the idea was to screw with the Democrats; the countermove by the Democrats was to get Carol Mosely Brown of Illinois to run too. But that’s all a geek side show. Stone was busy with his secret attacks on Republican George Pataki and successful and very smart destruction of “keep the socks on” Democrat Eliot Spitzer. Sharpton was busy getting rid of Jesse and getting money (Jesse’s Wall Street Project was the way to get money and Sharpton wanted cash so he cooperated with whoever had money to help him climb the ladder and supplant Jesse on the gravy train).

    The GOP in Illinois was trying to survive scandals and imprisonment and Obama exploited sex scandals, anonymously, to advance Obama.

    In 2000, the Democrats who wanted to get rid of the Clintons came up with the idea of basketball player (and third party proponent and Clinton hater) Bill Bradley (there is much more of the Bradley dirty connections to keep it brief, but Golisano and Gary Hart are a good start if you want to google the disgusting Bill Bradley). The calculus was that the Clintons and African-Americans were too tight and well knit so the scheme was to divide Clinton from African-Americans (snark – African-Americans love basketball so they would vote for Bradley the thinking went).

    That divide and conquer strategy did not work out so well because blacks were not so into basketball as calculated, and Ted Kennedy (and Jesse) helped Al Gore defeat Bradley (with some sleazy but effective election day tricks, so Teddy had to be bought in). Post 2000 and post the 2004 shenanigans (Dean was the victim of the DC establishment follies that year with Kennedy getting the nomination for Kerry as his proxy) Teddy felt thwarted at puppet Kerry not getting the presidency. The Chicago mob and the Irish affiliate in Massachusetts (no offense against the Irish) had gotten Obama the prime speaking spot at the convention as an audition (so they all got a piece of the action). Axelrod auditioned with Deval Patrick. Obama passed the audition. Kerry failed.

    Teddy backs Obama to block the growing Clinton challenge to the Kennedy family as the Democratic family and the sure to come Hillary Presidency.

    Things have not worked out so well.

  89. Here is Fox News Manipulating the News again! Blaming the liberals, when since the Prince bought some of the station there in bed with.

    Posted: Mar 10, 2010 2:03 PM CST
    Updated: Mar 10, 2010 2:14 PM CST

    Released by the TEA:

    AUSTIN – The Fox Network in recent days has repeatedly broadcast highly inaccurate information about the State Board of Education’s efforts to adopt the new social studies curriculum standards.

    Here are the facts. The direct quotes come from the March 10 broadcast of Fox & Friends.

    Fox: “Texas board of education begins hearings today on proposed changes to textbooks…”

    The truth: The State Board of Education today is expected to take a preliminary vote on updated social studies curriculum standards. The standards detail what teachers are to teach in each class. New social studies textbooks are not scheduled to be selected until 2011.

    Fox: “So one of the proposed changes is to start history class in the year 1877.”

    The truth: Texas has and always will teach U.S. History from the beginning until present day. U.S. History through Reconstruction is taught in the eighth grade and those standards can be found in the middle school standards, which are called Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Click here to go to read about the middle school standards. U.S. History since 1877 is taught in 11th grade.

    Fox: Abraham Lincoln and George Washington have been removed from the textbooks.

    The truth: The standards, not textbook, are before the board this week. Lincoln is required to be included in the first and eighth grade history classes, as well as in the U.S. government class. Washington is required to be taught in kindergarten, first grade, fifth grade and eighth grade. Click here to read a document detailing those historical figures, including Lincoln and Washington, who are required to be taught as part of the standards. Click here to read another list of individuals who are suggested for inclusion and it can be found here. Additional modifications are still possible to both lists as the board debates the standards during its March and May meeting.

    Fox: Independence Day and Veteran’s Day are being deleted from the textbooks.

    The truth: Again, the new history textbooks have not been written yet but they will be based on the curriculum standards adopted by the board. The standards currently under consideration cover Independence Day in kindergarten, second and fifth grades. Veteran’s Day is included in kindergarten, first, second and fifth grades.

    Fox: References to Christmas have been deleted.

    The truth: A TEKS review committee briefly recommended removing Christmas from a list that mentioned one major holiday for each of the world’s religions. The committee recommended leaving Easter in the document. The State Board immediately rejected this idea and a reference to Christmas was restored in the standards months ago and can be found in sixth grade in standard 19(b).

    Fox: Textbooks adopted in Texas will be used classrooms across the country.

    The truth: Each state has its own textbook selection process. Publishers may offer other states the Texas edition of a book but they are not required to select it.

  90. One quick point on Marco Rubio and the Florida Republicans and their role in the disaster of the Democratic nomination fight 2008.

    The Republicans did what they are supposed to do which is screw with the opposition party. The gifting of the Democratic nomination has little to nothing to do with Republicans – it was Democrats and the Democratic establishment who trashed Hillary and worked behind the scenes to gift Obama the nomination.

    Conspiracy theories about Republican collusion with Democrats to get Obama the nomination are a waste of time. The Republicans should screw with Democrats because that is their job. The Democrats should screw with Republicans, that is their job.

    Obama is a Democratic establishment creature and problem. Any distribution of blame to Republicans is excuse making. Brazile/Rove is an old story and Rove is to be complimented and Donna is to be condemned. If you don’t understand why that sentence makes sense you need to take a refresher course in politics.

    It’s all detailed here:

    http://www.hillaryis44.org/2008/04/01/the-real-slim-shady/

    The problem with the Democratic primaries 2008 is not the Republicans, it is the Democrats.

  91. One thing I know is that Obama has access to everyone’s dirty little secrets and is using them against them…I wonder if he doesn’t plant some of them just like the republicans did to Hillary and Bill?? I bet he has!

  92. Admin, nice and succinct — now where can we find Kennedy’s ghost to help the struggling idiot Obama? Passing the audition is one thing, delivering an Oscar winning performance is entirely another.

  93. admin
    March 10th, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Re: Roberts:

    I don’t think in US History, a president has ever dissed the SCOTUS as Obama did at the SOTU.

    Admin, are you aware of any instances in US History a president has so capriciously insulted the Judicial Branch of government? I cannot think of any…

    ________________________________

    admin
    March 10th, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    “Our “thug” narrative is finally catching on”
    ______________________________________.

    The thug narrative serves as an echo of the all too familiar atmosphere prevalent at the Dem Convention in Denver when Hillary delegates and their families were threatened by Obama thugs with beatings, financial destruction and death if their votes weren’t registered for Obama. Obama thugs are behaving as domestic terrorists manipulating and threatening the people’s elected levers daring to do their jobs for their constituency. Hopefully, your brave bold statements, Admin, will be the inspiration journalists kicking their KOOL-AID addiction using what they have learned from you to pay it forward three times three encouraging the fence sitters to jump in…

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