The Obama Death Threat: You’ve Got Me

Bill Clinton is golden; Barack Obama is Poison; the Tea is potent; Sarah Smiles, and Jeremiah Wright, like a werewolf, makes an appearance when the Pennsylvania primary moon is in the sky.

Before Tuesday’s primaries Politico tried to insulate Barack Obama from damage and to place the blame on someone else. That someone else is Bill Clinton. If Bill Clinton’s candidates had lost we would have seen many “Clinton Era Is Over” headlines. But the candidates Bill Clinton actively campaigned for won. According to Politico, before the primary elections:

“Tuesday’s primary elections in Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Arkansas won’t just be a test of the national political environment. They’ll also offer a clearer look at who’s shaping up to be a powerful force in 2010 and who’s already struggling to stay relevant in the long midterm cycle.”

Of these (including: Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell who forcefully supported Arlen Specter, Big Labor which “swung strongly behind Halter’s challenge to Lincoln in Arkansas”, the Dimocratic and Republican establishments in Kentucky in which the Dims barely beat out the trounced by Rand Paul Republican establishment, and Mike Hukabee’s waning clout in Arkansas) marked for blame, Bill Clinton is the golden boy, the comeback kid that never left. Politico tried to set Bill Clinton up by noting:

“Former President Bill Clinton put his personal brand on the line in two of Tuesday’s elections, moving to help two struggling Democrats connect with the restive 2010 electorate. Clinton penned a fundraising appeal late last year for Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln and cut a pair of radio ads for her this month as she faced a tough primary challenge from Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, a former official in Clinton’s administration. And on Sunday, Clinton made a last-minute visit to Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District in an effort to give Democrat Mark Critz a boost in his bid to hold the seat of the late Rep. John Murtha. [snip] … both are tests of his staying power a decade after leaving office.”

No doubt Bill Clinton’s star still shines bright, by the standards of his harshest critics in Big Media. Bill Clinton not only supported the winning candidate, in Arkansas (who now has to win a runoff election) but he also contributed the evenings only real semi shock. In the Pennsylvania 12th district, perhaps due to a Democratic turnout enhanced in the district by the contentious Sestak/Specter fight, the Democrat actually won handily in a race that many expected the Republican to either win or have a chance to win. But Bill Clinton has clout in Pennsylvania.

Hillary Clinton trounced Barack Obama in Pennsylvania. Joe Sestak was one of her strong supporters. Sestak made pro forma statements about Obama in order to stifle supposed, but nonexistent, Obama clout in eastern Pennsylvania. But everyone knew that Sestak was fighting Specter only because Barack Obama assured Specter of his “full support”.

Specter now knows we are right when we say “Obama can’t be trusted by friend nor foe“. And let’s not forget it was in the Pennsylvania primary in 2008, right after Ohio, that Jeremiah Wright became an irritant for Big Media’s worship of Barack Obama. It was also during the Pennsylvania primary in 2008 that Obama smeared small town voters as “bitter” and “clinging” at a fancy schmancy fundraiser in San Francisco.

Bill Clinton as winner is only the sweet. We also have to consider the bitter poison which is Barack Obama. Make no mistake, the message from last night was not about incumbents or even muddled. The message is clear: Barack Obama is Poison.

Critz won in Pennsylvania’s 12 district but he did so by embracing Bill Clinton and running away from Barack Obama. Critz stated he would have voted against Obama’s health scam and also moved so fast to the center, he ran against Republican Burns from the right. On abortion, guns, and gays, Critz is as conservative a Democrat as you can find. Critz ran from Obama and from Obamaism in all its corrupt forms. Critz knows Bill Clinton is the political way and the light and Barack Obama is Poison. Poison.

“President Obama is playing an unusual role in tomorrow’s special election in Pennsylvania to replace the late Rep. Jack Murtha, king of Democratic pork barrelers. Both major party candidates are doing their best to distance themselves from Mr. Obama’s policies.

It’s not surprising that Republican Tim Burns would be running against the Obama White House. But Mark Critz, a former staffer to Mr. Murtha, is spending much of his time as the Democratic candidate beating up on the president’s priorities too.

As a sign of just how much blue-collar districts like Mr. Murtha’s are shifting, Mr. Critz sometimes appears to be trying to outflank Mr. Burns, a local businessman, on the right. He declares that he wants to be “an independent voice” and highlights how he disagrees with Washington Democrats by opposing gun control and abortion rights. But he goes further and says he would have voted against ObamaCare and the cap-and-trade climate change bill passed by the House last year. Both pieces of legislation were supported by Murtha. Nor has Mr. Critz asked President Obama to campaign for him or even sought an endorsement.

Critz knew that Barack Obama is poison after witnessing Obama stink up deep blue Massachusetts, blue New Jersey, and purple Virginia. Critz ran away from venomous Barack Obama and attacked Republican Burns as a “tax hiker”. Critz won with a Republican message and Republican tactics:

“Should Mr. Critz win tomorrow’s special election tomorrow, the real question might be: Did voters simply back the candidate who sounded the most conservative? Because no matter who wins the election, it’s pretty clear no one running was touting the Obama agenda.

Last night Dimocrat Lawrence O’Donnell said the White House political operation is “reeling”. That’s because Obama candidates lose elections.

To try to fight the “Barack Obama Is Poison” reality, the Obama thug machines is trotting out, via it’s Big Media affiliates the notion that it is not Obama and Obama Dimocrats who are in trouble, but rather all “incumbents”. Rubbish. Jay Cost calls rubbish, rubbish and calls out shill Richard Wolffe as well as Dan Balz and Chris Cilizza for publishing White House rubbish:

“Ok. So, the idea is that the public mood is anti-incumbent in general, which means we should expect lots of “hand-to-hand” combat between Democrat and Republican candidates as they try to position themselves as being the most anti-Washington.

No. This is totally wrong.

It is a false equivalency being pushed because Arlen Specter is probably going to lose today. If that happens, Snarlin’ Arlen will make the fourth high-profile pol that Barack Obama embraced in friendship who was later rebuked by the voters of a blue or purple state. Deeds, Corzine, Coakley, Specter. The White House doesn’t want this “narrative” to get out – so they’re pushing this alternative instead.

This isn’t about dissatisfaction with the performance of the 44th President. Oh no. This is about demanding change in Washington – the very same change, by gum, that Barack Obama has been working so hard to bring about!

“Change that you can believe in” has gone from an over-worked campaign slogan to an unfalsifiable hypothesis. Vote for a Dem, you support the President’s agenda for change. Vote for a GOPer, you support the President’s agenda for change.

But how many Republican incumbents are in severe jeopardy of losing their seat in Congress to a Democratic challenger?

I count one: Joseph Cao of New Orleans.”

The Obama campaign thug machine is working its mules in Big Media hard. Push the narrative guys, but it won’t work because you do not understand the American voter and the disgust with Obama:

“Meanwhile, I count more than 20 Democrats in the House and Senate who are in severe jeopardy. Lower the threshold from “severe” to “serious” jeopardy, and I count maybe four Republicans and more than 50 Democrats.

The White House is absolutely, positively correct that there is a divide between America and Washington – but what they fail to appreciate (or, more likely, they appreciate it but want to fake-out the press) is that Washington, D.C. now belongs to Barack Obama.

Just as the student radicals of the 1960s became the tenured faculty of the 2000s, so the worm has turned in the District of Columbia. The gates have been crashed and the one-time insurgents are now comfortably ensconced as the establishment. And with the health care bill, Mr. Obama and his band of former rebels have enacted an extremely unpopular law that they cannot possibly blame on the old guard. George W. Bush may have “forced” Barack Obama’s hand on the stimulus, but Dubya had nary a thing to do with the health care bill.

This is why President Obama was wrong to equate the election of Scott Brown to his own victory, and why he’s wrong to push this story now. He is the ultimate insider now. That snappy “Hail to the Chief” he hears every time he walks into a room should be sign enough of this fact.

The White House likely knows this. They just don’t want us talking about how Obama can’t save a single high-profile candidate from a purple or blue state. They don’t want us to realize that his coattails have been torn and frayed by the choices he’s made in the last 17 months.

That’s a nice way to say: Barack Obama Is Poison.

But, but, what about the children incumbents?

“No doubt that Republican incumbents are being rebuked across the country by their primary constituencies. But it’s all about who is closer to the establishment, which is currently commanded by a Democratic President whose job approval rating has been under 50% in the RCP average for five months. In this situation, challenger trumps incumbent, but Republican trumps Democrat. Republican challengers are farther than Republican incumbents from the establishment, so the latter better look out in the primaries. But in general elections, the dynamic will be very different. Republican challengers and incumbents will tar their Democratic opponents with a simple characterization: “A vote for my opponent is a vote for Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi’s agenda.” Democrats will have no such claim to make against Republicans.

This “anti-incumbent” meme is just a smokescreen designed to get the White House through some tough news cycles.”

As we wrote yesterday, “most of the winners in today’s primaries are getting a ticket to nowhere – well, at least the Dimocrats.” These Dimocrats will lose for the same reason we wrote on May 11th,Get the fork, get the shovel, call the undertaker, order the coffin, schedule the burial, get the foot tag – Arlen Specter’s dead, doornail dead. Diagnosis: Poison. Death by Obama.”

Yup, Barack Obama is Poison. Poison.

Obama is Poison and that is reflected in low Dimocratic voter turnout. In the district where Bill Clinton campaigned, turnout was up even contrary to the statewide turnout evn though the Sestak/Specter race generated a lot of “buzz”. But Bill Clinton can only help he cannot save a candidate that runs with Barack Obama. Indeed Dimocrats are still in a great deal of trouble in November:

“But Critz’s victory was mixed for Democrats. Labor unions worked tirelessly to deliver this election for the party, which spent $1 million on the race. That amount of money and effort will be hard to duplicate in every contested congressional district. Also, it’s worth noting that Critz won by distancing himself from Democratic leaders in Washington and running against Obama’s health care plan. He boasted in an ad that he would have voted against it had he been in Congress. [snip]

But Critz’s victory was mixed for Democrats. Labor unions worked tirelessly to deliver this election for the party, which spent $1 million on the race. That amount of money and effort will be hard to duplicate in every contested congressional district. Also, it’s worth noting that Critz won by distancing himself from Democratic leaders in Washington and running against Obama’s health care plan. He boasted in an ad that he would have voted against it had he been in Congress.”

Barack Obama is Poison. Run from him if you want to live. Obama is the Terminator of political careers.

Sarah Palin, like Bill Clinton helps. She was the first major figure to endorse Rand Paul and along with the Tea Party movement beat the Republican establishment. So Sarah Smiles.



Barack Obama Is Poison and Dimocrats running for office are learning that lesson defeat by defeat. When we wrote “Mistake In ’08, Part II – The Power of Hillary Clinton Supporters in February of this year, we discussed a Weekly Standard article called “The Clinton Voters Jump Ship“:

“For six months during the 2008 primaries, Obama and Hillary Clinton crisscrossed the country wooing voters. Obama consistently failed to win over important parts of the Democratic base, even after it became clear that he was going to be his party’s nominee. [snip]

Instead, it may be that his general election triumph was the aberration—that his coalition was never as strong as the financial panic of September 2008 made it seem. It would mean that he is now returning to his natural base of support and that the Jacksonians and others who resisted him in the primaries have turned away once again from his charms.

But it also suggests something more, that the Democratic party is now the party of Obama, for good and for ill. While the president is no Jacksonian, his party has many in its ranks. Democratic officeholders should be concerned about their voters fleeing not just from Obama but from their party as well. The president may be in the process of trimming the Democratic base back into something that looks an awful lot like his own primary base.

A few weeks ago Representative Marion Berry, a Jacksonian from Arkansas’s First District, recounted an exchange he had with the president. Asked how he was going to prevent a midterm disaster on the scale of 1994, Obama replied, “Well, the big difference here and in ’94 was you’ve got me.” Which may be precisely the problem.”

That is precisely the problem. “You’ve got me” isn’t a promise – it’s a death threat.

Arizona bashing is not an antidote to the poison which is Barack Obama. That swill does not work even in Connecticut which wants the same laws (“rat bastard racists!”). The antidote to the poison which is Barack Obama is devastating defeat for his drone Dimocrats.

Obama is poison and his poison is spreading, and killing.

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148 thoughts on “The Obama Death Threat: You’ve Got Me

  1. The left wing talking points crowd do not understand the significance of the Paul victory. They are so goddam invested in their worship of the fraudster that all they can see in last night’s developments is the demise of the National Republican Party which they take as sure sign that the Fraudster will coast into a second term.

    If these benighted people were strategists rather than propagandists they would see the deeper logic in this development.

    The nomination of Ron Paul, coupled with the rise of funding organizations outside the scope of the RNC is symptomatic of a sea change within their party, whereby the grass roots are rising up in opposition to the elitist interests within their party and are preparing to do battle with the people in Washington who are destroying America under the guise of change.

    If you doubt this, I invite you to peruse some of their blogs which I bring cut and paste here from time to time so you can see what the other side is thinking and how they are mobilizing to defeat Obama. They hate establishment Republicans. They want leaders who believe in core Republican principles and have not sold out the American People for money.

    It is the earnest desire of these grass roots interests to take back their party from the country club types like like Coburn, Hatch, McConnell, and the Bushes who have controlled it since the days of Reagan and whoo took it to the brink of disaster. And now those same corrupt leaders are more interested in appeasing the dictator in the White House than in stopping him cold in his tracks before he destroys this country.

    Failing to see that, Josh Marshall and his cult miss real zeitgeist and the meaning of what happened last night.

  2. Admin. Critz won in Pennsylvania’s 12 district but he did so by embracing Bill Clinton and running away from Barack Obama. Critz stated he would have voted against Obama’s health scam and also moved so fast to the center, he ran against Republican Burns from the right. On abortion, guns, and gays, Critz is as conservative a Democrat as you can find. Critz ran from Obama and from Obamaism in all its corrupt forms. Critz knows Bill Clinton is the political way and the light and Barack Obama is Poison. Poison.
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    Precisely.

  3. The bottom line is Obama needs surrogates because he cannot sell his message to white people. And if you were sitting there in his war room (perish the thought) I guarandamntee you that is exactly what his 2 lieutenants are telling him. I hope Bill weighs that point, and the history of the primary ever so meticulously in his own political calculations.

  4. wbboei, I agree. I cruise the tea party and conservative blogs all the time, and they have no use for “establishment” Repubs and crony capitalism. They also see very clearly their mistake in sitting on their hands because they didn’t like McCain, and letting Obama win. They will NOT make that mistake again. They are taking over their local party apparatus, and have 2 objectives 1) Throw out the Statists and good ole boys and appeasers and porkers from their own party. 2) Crush the Dims. Number 1 they will do as much as they can, but number 2 in non-negotiable.

    I for one hope the Dems do get complacent, and think it’s all just anti-incumbent.

  5. “Asked how he was going to prevent a midterm disaster on the scale of 1994, Obama replied, “Well, the big difference here and in ’94 was you’ve got me.” Which may be precisely the problem.”

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    LMAO! Did he actually say that with a straight face?

    Great article admin!

  6. Bottom line is obama is being seen by voters as a liar, thief, inexperienced and a narcissist.

    Don’t kid yourself by thinking the Republican’s are better. For all of them that set their standards by Ronny Raygun…he destroyed California when he was our Governor and if that is as good as it gets for them, then the Repugs are just as lame as the O’crats.

    I hope more people run against both establishments.

    They can take all their spin and bs and stick it!!

    Generally, I am against all incumbents.

  7. Admin: I think its called Sarah power…this is good…maybe she tell those old white male republicans that “yes she can”!

    I am glad Rand won….I am especially glad that Sarah endorsed him early!

  8. Oooooo, I would love to see this happen…….
    Arizona draws a line in the sand:

    LA’s boycott resolution sparks a threat over power the city receives from Arizona

    An Arizona utility commissioner said he’s willing to pull the plug on Los Angeles if the city goes through with a boycott of his state.

    In a letter to the city of LA, a member of Arizona’s power commission said he would ask Arizona utility companies to cut off the power supply to Los Angeles. LA gets about 25 percent of its power from Arizona.

    “That is one commissioner who has that idea — whether he can do that or not is another idea,” said LA Councilman Dennis Zine. “They are the ones who have to make the move, not us.”

    The commissioner’s power grid play is in response to the city’s approval of a resolution directing city staff to consider which contracts with Arizona can be terminated.

    http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local-beat/Power-Play-Over-Immigration-Law-94251079.html

  9. In New Mexico, Bill Clinton was here on Tuesday, who is running unopposed in the Primary. There are at least 5 Reps, two of which are hot contendors, one of which as gone negative against the other Rep. Sarah Palin was here on Sunday supporting her.

    As you all know, I am a supporter of Diane Denish, Ltgov, who fought long and hard in NM for HRC. I know Bill will be her for her in the General. Right now she has a 20 point lead, if the Dems vote, however she is not taking any chances.

    However, the large number of Reps running is further proof that they see cracks in the Dem support here.

    Remember we can have a Dem Gov, and a Rep LTgov in NM. I am looking at those Rep candidates, as the leading Dem Ltgov candidate was an O supporter and stole delegates from HRC at our State Convention.

    I don’t know of any other former President who has shown more politcal clout, at least in recent year, than Bill Clinton is showing. That is a strong message.

  10. We linked to the new Rasmussen poll in Connecticut but did not quote directly from it. Even in Connecticut the Arizona law is somewhat popular:

    http://hotair.com/archives/2010/05/19/blumenthal-lead-drops-to-three/

    Ninety percent of likely voters have closely watched the news of Arizona’s new immigration-enforcement law, and a plurality wants a law like that in their state, 48/35. Sixty-three percent want law-enforcement officers – in Connecticut — to check immigration status during lawful contact. A 53% majority favors repeal of ObamaCare, with 44% opposing it. Neither of these go very well with the current Democratic narratives, and those in combination with Blumenthal’s fabulism may turn into a toxic blend come November.

  11. JUst on Fox…Megan Kelly says that Arizona is threatening to cut the power to Los Angeles over the boycots…WTH!! Where’s the Potus…playing golf while Rome burns??? This is getting out of hand…we will have a civil war…maybe thats what he wants….all those Fema camps were built for something!!

  12. More hypocrisy:

    http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2010/05/obama_may_personally_greet_eac.html

    The White House appears to be laying the groundwork for President Barack Obama to shake the hand of each senior at Kalamazoo Central High School’s commencement ceremony next month.

    Seniors are being asked to provide their birthdates, Social Security numbers and citizen status to the Secret Service so background checks could be performed. Such a check is required for anyone who gets within an arm’s length of the president, students were told at their senior breakfast Friday.

  13. Admin-

    Seniors are being asked to provide their birthdates, Social Security numbers and citizen status to the Secret Service so background checks could be performed. Such a check is required for anyone who gets within an arm’s length of the president,

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    Seniors should refuse the FBI cavity search for a handshake. Does that mean illegals don’t get to knucklebump the prez?

    Toss a pie and keep your privacy.

  14. http://abcnews.go.com/International/rahm-emanuel-plans-sons-bar-mitzvah-fire-israeli/story?id=10686544

    White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel’s plan to take his son, Zach, to Jerusalem’s famous Western Wall for his Jewish coming-of-age ritual appeared to have run into serious trouble.

    Two notorious, right-wing Jewish activists got wind of the bar mitzvah trip, due to take place next week, and warned Emanuel they would “blow up” the celebration. They accuse Emanuel of being behind President Obama’s tough stance against Jewish settlements in occupied territory.

    Itamar Ben Gvir and Baruch Marzel wrote to Emanual: “We promise to accompany your son’s bar mitzvah events in Israel, we will make sure to receive you as you deserve to be received … with catcalls and disgust.”

  15. And this is from the ObamaLoving LA Times:

    Voters in primaries shake things up for both major parties

    Delivering a powerful message of discontent, voters Tuesday swept out veteran Sen. Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania, nominated a “tea party” movement founder for a Senate seat in Kentucky and forced Sen. Blanche Lincoln into a runoff for the Democratic nomination in Arkansas.

    Looking shell-shocked and speaking to fewer than 100 supporters in a half-empty ballroom, Specter delivered a brief speech in Philadelphia conceding the Democratic race to two-term Rep. Joe Sestak — marking the end of his 30-year Senate career. Specter was a Republican the whole time save the last year, when he switched parties in a failed bid to keep his seat.

    “It has been a great privilege to serve the people of Pennsylvania,” he said, with teary eyes, surrounded by his wife, son and grandchildren.

    In Kentucky, political novice Rand Paul delivered the tea party its biggest win since the movement’s emergence last year amid a backlash over bailouts and President Obama’s expansive agenda.

    [snip]

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-primaries-20100519,0,875089.story

  16. In 1994, Democratic congressional reps were falling like flies due to corruption charges. People always forget that. I think four Democrats had been convicted on corruption charges around the time of the election. Bill Clinton wasn’t that popular, nor was Hillary’s health care plan, but the corruption was what really did the Democrats in.

    Obama isn’t facing that. He doesn’t have the House Whip of his own party heading off to the stripey hole. Obama doesn’t have the check kiting scandal. Nor is he facing an ascendant Republican party – Pubs don’t have much credibility in the eyes of ordinary Americans right now. So the situation is fundamentally different. But despite the external advantages he has over Clinton’s situation in 94, it appears he will do worse this November.

    It will be entertaining. 🙂

  17. As Not Your Sweetie reminds us, Specter hated Bill Clinton:

    http://edgeoforever.wordpress.com/2010/05/18/buh-bye-specter-dont-let-the-door-hit-ya-on-the-way-out/

    Senator Arlen Specter suggested Sunday morning that if Congress
    learns that ex-President Clinton is guilty of criminal conduct in
    Pardongate, he could be impeached all over again.

    The leading Senate Judiciary Committee Republican said that if
    Clinton is convicted in a Pardongate Senate trial, he could lose
    his presidential pension, his Secret Service protection and even
    his presidential library trust fund.

    He also hinted that the House of Representatives would soon
    consider such a move.

  18. John Edwards doesn’t wanna be anyone’s bitch??? 😉

    Disgraced politician John Edwards is seeking a plea deal with federal authorities in order to avoid serving any time in prison, the National Enquirer reports. Edwards is under investigation by the FBI and the IRS for campaign violations regarding payments to his former mistress Rielle Hunter.

    Edwards is “terrified” of going to jail, according to the Enquirer source, and “he’s willing to cop to a misdemeanor charge” to avoid jail time, but “is asking to keep his law license.”

    Huffpuff: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/19/john-edwards-plea-deal-to_n_581888.html

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    Put him in jail like anyone else that broke the law, it would be great payback for not dropping out of the primary…….

  19. Looky what we found, at the New York Times of all places (along with a lot of other dreck like Donna Brazille):

    http://roomfordebate.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/05/19/angry-boomers-and-other-election-clues/?hp

    Outsider Magic and Clinton’s Blessing

    Lara M. Brown is an assistant professor of political science at Villanova University.

    Tuesday’s contests, particularly Senator Arlen Specter’s defeat in Pennsylvania’s Democratic primary and Republican Party favorite Trey Grayson’s loss in Kentucky, provided more evidence of a restless electorate, displeased with “insiders” from both parties.

    The results further revealed that the longest presidential coattails do not belong to President Obama, but to Bill Clinton, who is currently something of an “outsider” in the Democratic Party. In the two races in which he actively engaged, his candidates (despite being insiders and moderates who stood against some of the party’s positions on health care and energy reform) were incumbent Senator Blanche Lincoln, who did better than some expected in Arkansas’s Democratic primary, and Mark Critz, former aide to longtime Representative John Murtha, who won the special election in Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional district.

    In terms of reading fall’s tea leaves, the most important of Tuesday’s contests was the special election. This is especially true for the Democrats who may be tempted to discount what it took for them to retain the seat.

    First, though voters in that part of Pennsylvania are conservative, the district has a two to one registration advantage in favor of Democrats. Second, while Mr. Critz earned a comfortable 53 percent of the vote, his predecessor, Representative Murtha, carried the seat less than two years ago by 58 percent. Third, Mr. Critz ran against Washington, President Obama and the progressive wing of the Democratic Party. Fourth, Mr. Critz was able to wrap himself in John Murtha’s mantle and campaign on his Congressional legacy.

    Few of the competitive seats this November pose these kinds of advantages. And for the Republicans, one major lesson: do not let your challengers become part of the G.O.P. establishment or get too far away from local politics.

  20. Shadowfax
    May 19th, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    Don’t kid yourself by thinking the Republican’s are better. For all of them that set their standards by Ronny Raygun…he destroyed California when he was our Governor and if that is as good as it gets for them, then the Repugs are just as lame as the O’crats.
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    GOP will be ousted if they return to crony capitalism. It almost seems inevitable because, well, that’s what they do. The only chance for cleaning up the mess is Tea Party influence.

  21. NewMexicoFan
    May 19th, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    As you all know, I am a supporter of Diane Denish, Ltgov, who fought long and hard in NM for HRC. I know Bill will be her for her in the General. Right now she has a 20 point lead, if the Dems vote, however she is not taking any chances.

    Keep us posted about the developments in NM. Bill White, former dem mayor from Houston and Clinton administration official, is running against Rick Perry here for the Gov. seat. He’s a ways behind now and west texas is HEAVILY democratic even though Perry is a tool. It would be nice to see the big dog here campaign for White.

  22. admin
    May 19th, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    Looky what we found,
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    Great find.
    I see Brazillenut is still smokin’ crack.

  23. blowmeBarry

    GOP will be ousted if they return to crony capitalism. It almost seems inevitable because, well, that’s what they do. The only chance for cleaning up the mess is Tea Party influence.
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    I agree!!

  24. Bill White, former dem mayor from Houston and Clinton administration official, is running against Rick Perry here for the Gov. seat. He’s a ways behind now and west texas is HEAVILY democratic even though Perry is a tool. It would be nice to see the big dog here campaign for White.

    Forgive me! I meant heavily REPUBLICAN…….

  25. I’ve always thought Kevin Drum was an idiot, and here’s a pretty snappy response to this article:
    http://motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2010/05/obama-and-civil-liberties#comment-569321

    Like Kevin, I appreciate that Obama inherited most of these problems from Bush, but it seems to me that on things like torture, civil rights, military policy (including gays), executive power generally, the only thing that seems to have changed is that Obama gives much better speeches and always is given the benefit of the doubt. I personally think that where things have changed, they’ve generally changed for the worse.

    What I don’t understand is why Kevin is disappointed or even surprised. President Obama’s record as a senator clearly presaged his current positions on all of these issues. Look, Obama was in his first term in the Senate (where he checked in only to ask directions to the White House). During his short career, he took very few stands on anything and on those few issues where he did take a stand, almost without exception his positions were those of a moderate- Republican or even a neo-Conservative “hawk”. None were particularly liberal.

    Apart from the votes on wiretapping and his whipping against including relief for workers and homeowners in the bailout, consider, for example, his “signature” issue of the Iraq War. Sen. Obama was notable in playing it safe while others like Dick Durbin, Russ Feingold, Chris Dodd and John Murtha spoke out and worked against the war. The greatest, most powerful orator in the Congress against the Iraq war was Robert Byrd, not Barrack Obama. How is it that this electrifying speaker did not give a single memorable floor speech against the war until it was clear that public opinion had sufficiently shifted to opposing the war? He did nothing as a U.S. senator to end the Iraq War and he’s done nothing as President to end either of our two present wars.

    Similarly, Obama the Constitutional scholar—-promoted almost as a liberal savior by Lawrence Tribe—made many, many elegant criticisms of the Bush record but it is significant that during his half-term in the Senate, he failed to introduce even one piece of legislation concerning the Bush era abuses. Not one. As President, his record has been to consistently expand executive power, expand secrecy, expand secret prisons, expand every threat to civil liberties and American values far beyond anything proposed by GW Bush. Obama’s only concern seems to be an interest in avoiding “bad optics”.

    Personally, I am still left with all of the questions and doubts that I had in 2008: Who is Obama? What does he believe in? What principle or cause will he sacrifice for? Others in the Congress took risks in opposing the war, advocating for civil liberties and fighting for social justice. They cast politically dangerous votes; they made speeches on the floor which they knew might cost them votes at home. They did what they thought was best for the country. Obama seems always to have waited to see which way the wind was blowing and then did what was best for Obama. He believes in nothing greater then himself. He risks nothing for anyone else. He follows his star.

    People who wanted to hear the “hidden” liberal message of “the human Rorschach test” foolishly projected their hopes and desires onto him. But Obama’s voting record as a senator was public and offered not the slightest evidence of secret liberalism. He was the easily the most conservative of the major candidates in the Democratic primary.

    Even with all of my doubts, I voted for Obama because he was infinitely preferable to the mentally unbalanced, totally unprincipled warmonger McCain and the Sarah Palin creature. If we Democrats made a mistake, it was in supporting a compelling, highly charismatic speaker who offered us another chance at Camelot rather than asking tough questions about his political beliefs and the policies he would enact if elected. But now the die is cast. We can only try to muddle through as best we can until 2016. At which time, I hope that the party would turn to a more liberal candidate.

    At the risk of sounding like a broken record, don’t expect Obama to do liberal things or enact liberal policies. We elected Barack Obama, we didn’t elect a liberal. If you want liberalism, elect a liberal.

  26. @basement

    After reading that excerpt, I think your prior assessment of Kevin Drum was accurate.

  27. henry @ 3:01
    ——
    I’ll view that video just as soon as I get this comment here. By then I’m going to need something to get my smile back. ‘Cause I’m reporting something Big Dawg would never ever ever have done. Obama is truly over the top. Wish we could sell him on ebay. (reference to Gov. Palin’s plane)

    Obama, Calderon Blast Arizona Immigration Law During White House Visit
    President Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderon joined hands Wednesday in blasting Arizona’s controversial immigration law, with Obama calling the legislation a “misdirected effort” after Calderon slammed it as discriminatory. Obama, speaking next to Calderon during Wednesday’s state visit, called the tough immigration law a “misdirected expression of frustration over our broken immigration system. We’re examining any implications especially for civil rights because in the United States of America, no law abiding person — be they an American citizen, illegal immigrant, or a visitor or tourist from Mexico — should ever be subject to suspicion simply because of what they look like.” Obama said he has directed the Justice Department to review the law and said he expects to receive a final report soon.
    www dot foxnews.com/politics/2010/05/19/mexicos-president-blasts-arizona-immigration-law-white-house-visit-1351636523/

    And if anyone thinks this immigration stuff is going away easily, consider this: Princeton NJ will soon join two other NJ towns in issuing illegal aliens ID cards so they can more easily pick up mail at the post office, take their kids home early from school, get a driver’s license, and have access to other social things. That is from an NJN news video.

    Now henry, I really need that video.

  28. Crap like this just makes me FURIOUS. From a commenter on Hillbuzz:

    Did you notice that the Mexican President trashed America today on the White House lawn and Obama did not even defend America and in fact agreed with him? Never mind how Mexico treats illegal immigrants, but what does it tell you that our current POTUS does not even defend America when we are being trashed by a foreign leader on the White House lawn?

  29. From George Will:

    The candidate who on Tuesday won the special election in a Pennsylvania congressional district is right-to-life and pro-gun. He accused his opponent of wanting heavier taxes. He said he would have voted against Barack Obama’s health care plan and promised to vote against cap-and-trade legislation, which is a tax increase supposedly somehow related to turning down the planet’s thermostat. This candidate, Mark Critz, is a Democrat.

    And that just about exhausts the good news for Democrats…

  30. OBUMMA: “DO AS I SAY, NOT AS I DO”

    In case you needed a laugh…

    Apparently, a free press is desirable in the world, even though “controlling information” is important for national security here under Obama.

    nytimes.com/2010/05/18/world/18press.html

    U.S. to Promote Press Freedom
    ========================

    By THE NEW YORK TIMES
    Published: May 17, 2010

    WASHINGTON — President Obama signed legislation on Monday intended to promote a free press around the world, a bipartisan measure inspired by the murder in Pakistan of Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter, shortly after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

    The legislation, called the Daniel Pearl Freedom of the Press Act, requires the State Department to expand its scrutiny of news media restrictions and intimidation as part of its annual review of human rights in each country. Among other considerations, the department will be required to determine whether foreign governments participate in or condone violations of press freedom.

    The new law “puts us clearly on the side of journalistic freedom,” Mr. Obama said, praising Mr. Pearl’s family for being “outspoken and so courageous” in pursuing the cause. With the law, the president added, “his legacy lives on.”

    Mr. Obama was joined in the Oval Office by Mr. Pearl’s widow, Mariane, and the son he never met, Adam, who was born several months after his father’s death and will turn 8 this month.

    Mr. Pearl, a veteran correspondent for The Journal, was reporting on terrorist groups in Pakistan when he was kidnapped and beheaded in early 2002. Four men were convicted in Pakistan soon afterward, and Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the self-proclaimed mastermind of 9/11, told American investigators in 2007 that he had killed Mr. Pearl.

  31. EVEN THE NY TIMES IS REPORTING THAT O’BAMA IS RUNNING AWAY FROM THE PRESS

    thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/05/19/obama-turns-his-back-on-the-press/

    May 19, 2010, 1:38 pm
    Obama Turns His Back On the Press
    ================================

    By PETER BAKER

    At a ceremony to sign a bill promoting press freedom around the world on Monday, President Obama refused to take questions from reporters. “I’m not doing a press conference today,” he told Chip Reid of CBS News, “but we’ll be seeing you guys during the course of the week.”

    So when the president hosted a “news conference” in the Rose Garden with the president of Mexico on Wednesday, Mr. Reid thought maybe this time Mr. Obama would take questions. Instead, Mr. Obama allowed only a single question from the American news media, calling on a reporter from Univision, making it unlikely that he would be asked about Tuesday’s anti-incumbent election results.

    Sure enough, Mr. Obama was asked about the Arizona law aimed at stopping illegal immigrants, a law he had already denounced in his opening remarks and was happy to denounce again in response to the question. He did not have to offer his thoughts on the loss of an ally, Senator Arlen Specter, in Pennsylvania’s Democratic primary, or on any other topic.

    As the event ended and Mr. Obama swiveled to head back into the Oval Office, Mr. Reid tried again and shouted out a question about the elections.

    Mr. Obama ignored him. Maybe he meant later in course of the week.

  32. HillaryforTexas
    May 19th, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    Unfortunately he will probably vote as all the Dems have been voting…IF he makes it.

  33. Glenn BEck is now predicting the crash of the stock market between 2days and 2 weeks…what a bunch of crap…keeping everyone upset all the time,

  34. Even with all of my doubts, I voted for Obama because he was infinitely preferable to the mentally unbalanced, totally unprincipled warmonger McCain and the Sarah Palin creature.
    ****************

    Asshole. Creature. How about a big FU and how’s Sarah’s popularity going for ya?

  35. Dunno if Arizona can turn off LA’s electricity, but they could sure give some aliens a free ride over there.

    Love to see Arizona have some buses at the borders: “Free ride to California, no citizenship required!”

  36. I’d rather vote for White than for that demon Perry. Now that I know that White is from the Clinton administration…I will vote for him….Perry sucks and he is a liar, cheater and belongs to the Bush end of the rethug party.

  37. Via PumaPac:

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

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 25% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-four percent (44%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -19. Today’s rating is the lowest earned by the president since the passage of his health care proposal two months ago (see trends).

  38. gonzotx
    May 19th, 2010 at 5:31 pm
    Even with all of my doubts, I voted for Obama because he was infinitely preferable to the mentally unbalanced, totally unprincipled warmonger McCain and the Sarah Palin creature.
    ****************

    Asshole. Creature. How about a big FU and how’s Sarah’s popularity going for ya?
    ___________________________________________
    Where’s the “thumbs up” button around here? You just earned 100 of them from me.

  39. I had such high hopes for Sestack, I watched him on Fox today, and the fool does not even realise that people do not want that PO$’s in the WH crappy policies. Sestack was saying he will work with Obama, and embrace his policies, and (I’m paraphrasing) be Obama’s number 1 guy in the Senate.

    Just for that, I am now going to donate to Pat Tommey, I was rooting for Sestack mainly because he and Rendell were such staunch supporters of Hillary in PA.

    Now I think these fools all of them need to be kicked out. The entire Obama-chicago thuggery needs to be expunged in November as a LOUD message for the DNC to even understand what they have done to destroy the democrat brand in 2008.

  40. tim
    May 19th, 2010 at 7:12 pm
    Now I think these fools all of them need to be kicked out. The entire Obama-chicago thuggery needs to be expunged in November as a LOUD message for the DNC to even understand what they have done to destroy the democrat brand in 2008.
    _____________________________________________________

    It’s the only way. None can be trusted ever again until all these crypto-marxists are run out.

  41. Tim, Martha Coakley made the same mistake. She ran and won the primary as an outsider who would vote against the health scam. Then she ran the general election as a “save Obama” vote and a Kennedy ally. Defeat.

  42. admin & me0bama, yes. They all need to be kicked out, at this point the message needs to be loud and LOUD.

    I watched that PO$, and I apologize for my cursing, but I was at the repair shop for my car, its a small business car repair shop, the people who work there, many of them are veterans.
    And then the PO$ came on, and I was stunned to see, a president of the US take the side of a foreign statesman over the American people ON AMERICAN SOIL.
    (in reference to AZ legitimate law)

    One of the mechanics just shoke his head and made the comment, can you imagine (btw he is a dem., a PUMA) if during JFK’s presidency, during the Cuban crisis Kruschev talked smack about the USA on American soil and JFK agreed with him??

  43. cONFLOYD

    I work with Whites SIL. He didn’t want to run for Gov, but Senate. Kay wouldn’t make her mind up and he had to go for the Gov, as it is, she is running again I believe for Senate. He won’t win though…Texas is BIG RED country, and unless Perry is caught sleeping with a gay underaged boy, you can stick a fork in it.

  44. Sorry JanH, I went away.

    Nothing is happening with Richardson. They used him, they leaked the right things, and now we are stuck with his stupid face until January. I cannot wait to she his ugly beard in the rear view mirror.

    (I assume someone leaked the right stuff on the pay to play, or they would have had to find a job for him, which they did not want to do).

  45. I want Judas gone!!!

    I will be donating to Susana Martinez in the NM’s governor’s race. I hope she wins.

  46. It’s kind of what I fear…we have a lot of work to do for November. Like Ol’e Sestak up thread. He will vote for the fool’s policies. Surprised he went on Fox to say that. . Too many people want to be lied to I guess.

    May 19, 2010
    Three More Takes on Yesterday’s Vote
    —Ace
    Jim Geraghty’s point here is good — even as I was making the “Critz-ran-as-a-conservative” spin-argument, I realized its infirmity.

    Because the problem is that is how most Democrats in these sorts of districts always run. The question was not whether a Democrat from this sort of district would pose, yet again, as a conservative, while actually planning to vote for just about everything Nancy Pelosi wants — that was guaranteed beforehand — but whether or not this age-old trick would still work.

    Alas, yes, it still does work.

    Some conservatives bitterly chuckled that Democrats were celebrating the victory of a pro-life, pro-gun Democrat who opposed health care and cap-and-trade. (Public Policy Polling found only 30 percent of the district’s voters support Obamacare, and 58 percent oppose.) This comes on the heels of an anti-Obamacare, anti-Pelosi, pro-life Democrat, Mike Oliverio, knocking off incumbent Alan Mollohan in West Virginia. They contend that few Democrats will be able to run on as conservative a platform as Critz and Oliverio did.
    That argument is true enough, but a lot of Democrats who are considered vulnerable will be attempting to run as conservatives this fall. In fact, what made Pennsylvania’s special House election a useful indicator was that the two candidates offered precisely the arguments we should see in many swing districts this fall: the Republican arguing that the Democrat was a puppet for President Obama and Nancy Pelosi, and the Democrat insisting that no, he had nothing to do with those Washington liberals, that he was just a homespun country boy who voted in his district’s best interest. Tuesday, a district full of conservative Democrats concluded that Critz made the more persuasive argument.

    A more persuasive argument? Or assumed a more agreeably-hypocritical posture?

    Yes, people tend to do that all too frequently, buy into transparent nonsense, which often makes me wonder if people simply enjoy being lied to. That is: It’s very possible people prefer hypocrites because fundamentally they are hypocrites themselves; they want politicians like themselves, people who mouth platitudes about responsibility and accountability and our children’s future while voting to bankrupt those children.

    Geraghty’s next point is good, too:

    For political junkies, a campaign on national themes is the natural and obvious choice. But no one ever asked the voters of either this Pennsylvania or that New York district whether they wanted their local House race to be a proxy war between two national parties. Up in New York’s 23rd Congressional District, there were plenty of voters who care about widening the St. Lawrence Seaway, redevelopment around Plattsburgh Air Force Base, highway plans between Watertown and Plattsburgh; topics that don’t get asked about on appearances on the Sean Hannity show or CNN. Hoffman’s botching of an interview with the Watertown Daily Times editorial board was much more harmful than it seemed at the time; no conservative should emulate Dick Armey in his dismissal of “regional concerns as ‘parochial’ issues that would not determine the outcome of the election.”
    Tim Burns never quite emulated those comments, but he did repeatedly declare his candidacy a referendum on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Obama administration. Considering how badly the pair poll in the district, that simply wasn’t the case. Conservatives chuckle at Democrats who constantly invoke George W. Bush and Sarah Palin, and note that neither of those figures will be on the ballot this November. Well, Obama and Nancy Pelosi weren’t on the ballot Tuesday, either.

    Hmmm… not sure how to handle that, then: I guess maybe conservative candidates have to run almost entirely as local politicians, and not try to nationalize the race too much by their own words or own ads, and maybe just trust that, even while not mentioning Pelosi, the general mood of the electorate will show itself. Maybe it’s a don’t-force-it-let-it-simply-come sort of deal.

    There’s a problem with that, though: “Local issues” is often synonymous with “directing federal money into the district” or “pressing for special federal favors,” and that is far more congruent with the Democratic agenda with the Republican one.

    Conservatives 4 Palin thinks we couldn’t have won this heavily-Democratic race except in a low-turnout election, where our party’s enthusiasm could edge down the gap in actual turnout; but Ed Rendell craftily scheduled this vote to occur on the day of the Pennsylvania Senate Primary, denying us that low turnout:

    I had been worrying about this since Rendell made that announcement and as I watched the election returns online last night, my concerns were confirmed. It became clear very early that there was no way Tim Burns could win a special election run concurrently with a primary election for the same race. This was evident to me despite the point made by Rick Santorum and others early in the evening that the initial numbers were coming from Democrat strongholds and Burns could come back to win when the more conservative precincts were counted. This wishful thinking was unrealistic. There was never going to be sufficient Republican votes to overcome the 2-1 Democrat to Republican advantage in the district given that voters had to declare their party affiliation to vote in the primary on the same night.
    The data I paid particular attention to in the PA-12 race were the results coming in from the primary election. From the very beginning, the number of votes being cast in the Democrat Primary for the 2012 general election in PA-12 was nearly twice the amount being cast in the Republican Primary. You would expect this since, as Santorum noted, mainly Democrat precincts were being counted. But as numbers began coming in from more conservative areas, the trend continued. Indeed when all the votes were tallied, 80, 736 were cast in the Democrat primary and only 45, 852 in the GOP Primary.

    We had a relatively uncontested primary (Toomey won in a walk, as expected) and they had a hotly-contested one; that assured PA-12 Democrats would be out in force.

    This may be true as well, but in many of the districts we hope to pick off in November, we can’t count on a low-turnout election, either: Midterms aren’t as big as presidential elections, but they’re hardly small-potatoes elections, either.

    Nate Silver covers all of the votes yesterday, including PA-12, of course:

    The results: Mark Critz (D) defeats Tim Burns (R), 53-45.
    The conventional wisdom: A big, clutch win for Democrats.

    The reality: Neither outcome would have been surprising here. The polling showed a toss-up, and the district (with a PVI of R+1) is close to the national median. There’s a lot of variance in open-seat elections for the House; even in an environment like 2008, Democrats would have had about a 30 percent chance of losing this seat, and even in one as relatively poor for them as 2004, they would have had about a 40 percent chance of winning it.

    Still, the 8-point margin of victory was surprising. As I wrote yesterday morning: “It’s really only if one of the candidates wins by middle-to-high single digits … that [PA-12] might tell us something”, and Critz met that threshold.

    Republicans have some decent excuses; they may have been harmed by the fact that there was a contentious Democratic Senate primary occurring at the same time, for instance, and the DCCC seems to have a peculiar knack for winning special elections. The Democratic candidate ran against his party’s health care bill! But make no mistake: there are garbage cans being kicked, and consultants being sworn at, at NRCC headquarters right now. And the Republicans may need to engage in some self-reflection about whether nationalizing the race will be the optimal strategy in each of 50 distinct states and 435 distinct Congressional Districts.

    I think that this race was in fact “meaningful,” as Silver says, not particularly that Critz won in a heavily Democratic that has been electing a Democrat for 36 years straight, but that he did so without much of a scare.

    That does seem to suggest that our previous optimism was ill-founded: Yes, we may still win the House, but it will be, as it was once thought, a hard thing to do, and that talk of a full-on Democratic wipe-out was silly.

    Butterball Pudgebunny Chris Matthews said it would have been “catastrophic” if Critz had lost, considering the built-in Democratic advantage there. And I guess we could extrapolate from PA-12 (assuming it wasn’t an aberration) that November won’t be catastrophic for Democrats. But “not catastrophic” is not the same as “good” or even “fair.”

    The Democrats, I think, will still do very poorly in November. I’m moving away from my giddy catastrophe stuff, but we don’t actually need a Democratic catastrophe to win — just winning what it looks like we could and should win should do the trick.

    It will still feel like a catastrophe to the Democrats, of course.

  47. Put this under be careful what you wish for…

    Rand Paul is on O’Reily and is against ALL abortion, even if the women’s life is in danger and would support all local, state and federal laws to ban it.

  48. Gonzotex, I saw that interview with Rand…I hope folks remember this…I was glad he won….but can’t we find someone that is not a dem or a rethug and is not just nuts???

  49. From Bitter
    ***********

    apparently there is a 10 miles by 3 miles wide frozen oil “blob” 3K – 4K below the ocean

    that is moving, the WH knew all along and refused to do anything, or say anything.

    some FEMA person leaked it to the press

    http://www.zerohedge.com/article/guest-post-white-house-covers-menacing-oil-blob

    from the article above… I remember on Fox today, they were saying how the tar ball were NOT from the oil slick, now it looks like its all a coverup, ya know, I never realised just how the media is manipulated… thank God for the internet!

    “Similarly, the Coast Guard, which takes its orders from the cover-up operatives at the Homeland Security Department, is denying the tar balls washing up on the Florida Keys are from the oil mass. WMR has been told the Coast Guard is lying in order to protect the Obama administration, which has thoroughly failed in its response to the disaster. The White House’s only concern is trying to limit political damage to its image in the electorally-important state of Florida while the Pentagon has spent between $25 and $30 billion on oil spill operations in the Gulf and the Atlantic to date. “

  50. confloyd
    May 19th, 2010 at 8:14 pm
    Gonzotex, I saw that interview with Rand…I hope folks remember this…I was glad he won….but can’t we find someone that is not a dem or a rethug and is not just nuts???
    ******************

    You win the POWERBALL this evening!!!

  51. why the heck can’t these people just stick to fiscal and judicial conservatism? Most people want social issues left alone, most are social centerists.

  52. Its seems to me the Clinton’s are the ONLY sensible politicians in the whole world…WHatever Obama is holding over their heads….can’t be as bad as putting up with these idiots!

  53. We have a great choice here in America…we either get Dem crooks or rethug crooks or the freaking taliban….

  54. I just listened to Ron Paul’s kid on Fox. (Yea, I am calling him a kid because I am disappointed.)

    I had luke warm hopes for him, a Tea guy and not in the tank for the elephant side. But when they asked him about abortion, he said he didn’t believe it should be legal under any circumstances, rape, incest, nada.

    Well, too bad for him, he is not gonna get my support and I am shoving him under the freakin’ bus.

  55. Gonzotx, how did we know that the administration was covering up how much oil is out there…just heard on cbs…that the oil company now is getting 2,000 barrels a day or 40% of the oil…how in the hell could they be doing that…the company is still claiming its 5000 barrels a day…blatant lying…

    We also know those tar balls are from this oil gusher…we never had tar balls in Corpus til we had the Bay of Campeche blow out…how stupid do they think we are?

  56. shadowfax, me either…he’s just too far out…no doubt this is what Fox wanted to show us…welll I am still not doing a Ryan or anyone else…its called DRAFT HILLARY…ASAP!

  57. Yup confloyd – looks like fiscal responsibility is the only thing I like about Ryan Paul…but I don’t live in his area…so he isn’t my responsibility.

  58. Screw them both:

    http://hotair.com/archives/2010/05/19/irritated-cbs-reporter-to-obama-do-you-have-any-plans-for-a-real-press-conference/

    Every love affair has its troubles, but … I don’t know, guys. Reporters griping to Politico about how thin-skinned and controlling the White House is felt like a quarrel before bed, the political equivalent of “we’re not spending enough time together lately.” But actually snarking at The One in public about his refusal to answer questions? With his most special girl, a.k.a. the Times, piling on? I fear we might be near a formal separation.

    Can this marriage be saved?

    At a ceremony to sign a bill promoting press freedom around the world on Monday, President Obama refused to take questions from the reporters in attendance. “I’m not doing a press conference today,” he told Chip Reid of CBS News, “but we’ll be seeing you guys during the course of the week.”

    So when the president hosted a “news conference” in the Rose Garden with the visiting Mexican president on Wednesday, Mr. Reid thought maybe this time Mr. Obama would take questions. Instead, Mr. Obama allowed only a single question from the American media and called on a reporter from Univision, knowing that he would be unlikely to be asked about Tuesday’s anti-incumbent election results…

    As the event ended and Mr. Obama swiveled to head back into the Oval Office, Mr. Reid tried again and shouted out a question about the elections.

    Mr. Obama ignored him. Maybe he meant later in the course of the week.

    The Times’s headline: “Obama Turns His Back On the Press.” It pains me to say it given his insane overexposure, but … maybe it’s time for another prime time press conference? A little Iran spin here, a little Arizona-bashing there, then a suave, softly whispered “if you like your plan, you can keep your plan” and suddenly the magic is back. No? Well, something needs to be done to get these two crazy kids back on track. Maybe they could simply offer to pay him? If there’s a surefire way to get some action from The One, cold hard cash is it.

    Update: Actually, this relationship is the definition of co-dependency, isn’t it?

  59. Shadowfax, I think they will promote either Ryan or Rubio…can’t remember his name…for Potus, so I am keeping an eye on these two. Sarah seems like she will be able to run…she is right wing, but its not how she will govern…so right now Sarah is it unless Hillary runs which I don’t think she will.

  60. I just called a collegue of mine in KY, a dem, and asked her about Rand Paul, and his pro-life stance, apparently KY is very very socially conservative, even more so than UT. I did not know that.

  61. its a good thing “BS” is in the name of cBS. I remember Schieffer and Couric drooling over the fraud in the WH, and I remember them poking him with question as you would a 3 yr old.

    The American press is no longer on the side of the American people.

  62. so, the fool only took 2 questions??? Is this crap for real? He took 2 questions, that’s all?!?!?!

  63. Here’s some confirmation on the ‘point of tangency’ story.

    Damn, I’ve lose the best cite, but.

    This story went around:

    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/ondeadline/post/2010/05/geometry-teacher-uses-assassinating-obama-to-teach-angles-to-students/1
    Officials said the Jefferson County geometry teacher was apparently teaching students about parallel lines and angles and used the example of where to stand and aim if shooting Obama.
    “He was talking about angles and said, ‘If you’re in this building, you would need to take this angle to shoot the president,’ ” said Joseph Brown, a senior in the geometry class, the newspaper reports.

    ————–

    I saw but lost a cite where a girl disagreed, saying the incident was blown out of proportion, and what happened was that they were reviewing tangents and one student mentioned shooting ‘the president’. The teacher said “OK, if you shoot off his ear, that is a point of tangency.”

    Just from these two sources, I’d put the girl’s more credible, for reasons I hope are obvious.

    ————–

    Now here’s confirmation of a sort:

    This writer is having a fit but uses the ‘point of tangency’ claim rather than the ‘stand and aim’ claim, so she is ‘hostile witness’ for the ‘stand and aim’ claim not standing up.
    http://nutwoodjunction.blogspot.com/2010/05/anybody-here-seen-my-old-friend-john.html

  64. I posted a comment yesterday or so, it went up, but now that I want to post it elsewhere I can’t find it. That often happens. I try Ctl-Find on the last 2 or 3 articles, try googling

    site:hillaryis44.org whateveritis

    and nothing turns up.

    Is it possible to search the archives for a comment? Even just searching for all my own recent posts would help.

  65. turndownobama

    If you have a PC and seach on on thread, this is what I do-

    Ctrl + f

    Puts a find box on bottom of browser, then you type in your log in name, or whatever you are looking for, (Next or Previous) arrow at bottom next to box. This is how it works on Firefox…same on a Mac, but use APPLE key and f

    Not sure if you use a different browser

  66. turndownobama

    If you have a PC and search on on thread, this is what I do-

    Ctrl + f

    Puts a find box on bottom of browser, then you type in your log in name, or whatever you are looking for, (Next or Previous) arrow at bottom next to box. This is how it works on Firefox…same on a Mac, but use APPLE key and f

    Not sure if you use a different browser

  67. jbstonesfan
    May 19th, 2010 at 9:33 pm
    ————————–

    Does anyone really think that barky will step foot in Israel again? How can he live with himself if he betray his terrorist buddies?

    It’s not an election year so he doesn’t have to impress the American Jewish vote.

    Oh I get it…he’ll do a token visit to Israel and then go apologize to Iran, Syria, Lebanon, and Hamas. Maybe even make more promises that he won’t keep but all intended to cripple Israel.

  68. By the way, it was like old times, getting some of the report real time. Wait until the General, we will have a great time watching those returns come in.

  69. Surely the New York Times is being funny with this paragraph on Sestak:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/20/us/politics/20sestak.html?hp

    Shortly after Representative Joe Sestak won an improbable victory Tuesday over Senator Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania’s Democratic Senate primary, President Obama called Mr. Sestak to congratulate him. The president pledged his full support, aides said later, and offered to campaign for him in the fall — if Mr. Sestak believes it will help.

    🙂

  70. admin
    May 19th, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    Surely the New York Times is being funny with this paragraph on Sestak:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/20/us/politics/20sestak.html?hp

    Shortly after Representative Joe Sestak won an improbable victory Tuesday over Senator Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania’s Democratic Senate primary, President Obama called Mr. Sestak to congratulate him. The president pledged his full support, aides said later, and offered to campaign for him in the fall — if Mr. Sestak believes it will help.
    ———-
    That’s too darn funny, wonder if Barry said he loves him too????

  71. NewMexicoFan, for Obama from Sestak:

    http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/Just-Go-Away-lyrics-Blondie/F305EAC435C3EDBF4825689E000D81FA

    Oh, don’t ya know?
    Don’t wanna see ya any more.
    Put up or shut up.
    Ya spell, ya read, D.O.O.R.
    Ya got a big mouth and I’m happy to see your foot is firmly entrenched where a molar should be.
    If you talk much louder you could get an award from the federal communications board.

    Don’t be cruel.
    Be a thing – sweet thing as a rule.
    Don’t be sad.
    I left you in the street.
    You’re pre-fab.
    I had to get away.
    Don’t go away sad.
    Don’t go pre-fab.
    Don’t go be bad.
    Don’t go away mad, just go away.
    Oh, don’t ya know?
    Don’t wanna see ya here no more.
    Pack it and move it.
    Ya spell, ya read, O.U.T out.
    Don’t be bad.
    A mad hatter’s beret.
    Sometimes you look, like you just made an escape.
    Don’t be mad or lose your medicaid cool.
    Of course, cool rhymes with fool.
    Don’t go be bad ’cause you been had.
    Don’t go away sad.
    Don’t go away mad,
    Just go away!
    Go away!
    Oh, don’t ya know?
    I don’t wanna see ya curse and pout.
    Pack it and move it.
    Ya spell, ya read, O.U.T out.
    You got a big mouth and I’m happy to see
    Your foot is firmly entrenched where a molar should be
    Don’t be mad or lose your medicaid cool
    of course cool rhymes with fool

    Don’t go be bad ’cause you been had.
    Don’t go away sad.
    Don’t go away mad,
    Just go away!
    Go away!
    Don’t go be bad ’cause you’ve been had
    Don’t go away sad
    Don’t go away mad
    Just go away!
    Go away!
    Go away and stay away!

  72. its a good thing “BS” is in the name of cBS. I remember Schieffer and Couric drooling over the fraud in the WH, and I remember them poking him with question as you would a 3 yr old.

    The American press is no longer on the side of the American people.
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    I have an answer for this. The Republicans MUST run against Big Media. I mean they must saturate the internet with video clip of big media whores making mawkish comment about him, studies by the Pew Institute etc. showing the percentage of favorable stories vs unfavorable ones, stories in the foreign press which they censor and in the background a big machine called the bullshit detector.

    I know the people who know it all tell us– never get in a pissing contest with a skunk or into an argument with someone who buys ink by the barrel. But that presupposes they have a choice in the matter. History has shown that it makes no difference whether you stiff arm the media or cozy up to them if you are an opponent of Obama they will trash you.

    So why not take the opposite approach. Instead of kissing their ass go for their jugglar. Put them on trial. Show the American People who owns them. Drag those dark movers from behind the scene into the light of day, plus the editors who drive the narrative. Prove to the American People that these people are elitists and are not on their side.

    Refuse to play their game. Do not let them host numerous debates and then announce Obama won when he never answers a single question. Have the 527s put pictures of Brian William with a skull and cross bone over his forehead, a red circle and line through him and a bullshit detector sounding off like a 3 alarm fire. Turn them into laughing stocks.

    Yup. That is what I would do.

  73. Hillary goes to Japan today. The further from Obama the better.

    http://rose4hillary.blogspot.com/2010/05/us-media-and-hillary-clinton.html

    With the Secretary of State departing tomorrow morning for Japan, I know I will suffer a day-long wait for news to post about her and then feel overwhelmed and be trying to find a moment here or there in my day to post the wealth of information as it comes out at odd hours from the State Department. But this is also a good time to point out why I even let blogging about her invade my otherwise already busy life and time. I do it because the media does such a poor job of covering her work and travels.

    A song for Hillary:

  74. Admin,

    Is there a single significant issue where Obama is demonstrably to the left of Bush? I can’t think of any.

    Considering how conservative a government George Bush ran, that’s quite a conundrum.

  75. admin
    May 19th, 2010 at 5:36 pm
    Via PumaPac:

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

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 25% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-four percent (44%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -19. Today’s rating is the lowest earned by the president since the passage of his health care proposal two months ago (see trends).
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    The bells are ringing for we and our gal. Literally. Figuratively.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkBLC3Amdl4

  76. N. Korea sunk one of S. Koreas ships…………….

    Thems fightin’ words but who threatens a crazy dictator with nukes?

    ————-

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea accused North Korea on Thursday of firing a torpedo that sank a naval warship in March, killing 46 sailors in the country’s worst military disaster since the Korean War.

    President Lee Myung-bak vowed “stern action” for the provocation following the release of long-awaited results from a multinational investigation into the incident. North Korea, reacting swiftly, called the results a fabrication and warned that any retaliation would trigger war.

    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2010/05/19/skorean-president-vows-stern-action-nkorea-sinking-warship/

  77. Photo on Drudge…MO all dressed up, she has a nice dress but why does she always look so pissed? Is her life really this miserable???

    I think her boob probably hurts.

  78. hwc:I think her boob probably hurts.
    —–
    Yes. Something in the right-side top of her dress which has a tight grip on underarm and right boob muscle. I wonder if it was possible for her to raise her right arm without wardrobe malfunction.

    As to Sestak,early on, he sounded like an Obama guy. Then he switched. Now there is this:

    The Sestak campaign told FoxNews.com on Wednesday that it would gladly accept President Obama’s seal of approval. But critics were decrying the prospect of such an alliance.”It would be incredibly disingenuous and reek of political payback” for Sestak “to accept any support from the Obama administration to become the next senator of Pennsylvania while knowingly protecting the very White House that tried to bribe him,” said Kurt Bardella, a spokesman for Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., who has been pressing for more information on the charge Sestak made during the primary campaign. While it’s not clear whether Obama will stump for Sestak, Vice President Biden said Wednesday he’s ready to hit the campaign trail for him. “I spoke to Joe Sestak last night and congratulated him on his impressive victory,” Biden said in a written statement. “He will make a great candidate in the fall, and a wonderful United States senator. I look forward to campaigning for him in Pennsylvania and celebrating his victory in November.”
    www dot foxnews.com/politics/2010/05/19/sestak-opens-arms-obama-accusing-white-house-illegal-job-offer/

    Joe, I’ve had my doubts all along; my financial support to you has been sporadic. I now declare “You are not my kind of guy,” and bring our relationship to closure. As the WH has allegedly said of Specter, you Joe, have already served my purpose.

  79. This is the FIRST time I have ever seen Meanchelle looks nice….that scowl she has on her face is because of her mean disposition and as you get older it stays frozen on your face….just look at the ditze Pelosi, her face is frozen into that “airhead” look.

  80. Dems lose key vote on bank bill
    snip The Senate voted 57-42 on the motion, losing three Democratic votes. Sens. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., voted against ending debate and Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., was a no-show after losing his primary Tuesday night. Feingold said he voted against the bill because it lacked key reforms, including a provision that would put a firewall between banks and Wall Street firms. “The test for this legislation is a simple one — whether it will prevent another financial crisis,” Feingold said. “As the bill stands, it fails that test.”
    Democrats huddled for more than an hour Wednesday in an effort to work out a deal on the bill, which aims to increase oversight and regulation of the nation’s financial firms in order to prevent another massive meltdown. Cantwell said she is unwilling to vote for the bill until it includes a provision that would provide stronger federal enforcement over derivatives trading. Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd, D-Conn., had removed that language earlier in the day. Cantwell is also seeking language that would separate commercial and investment banking, a provision Feingold also demands. Cantwell said such a provision would prevent bank deposits from being used in risky Wall Street speculation. “Until she is able to get those amendments, she is not prepared to vote for cloture,” her spokesman said.
    Democrats picked up two Republican votes from Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, both of Maine.
    www dot washingtonexaminer.com/politics/Dems-lose-key-vote-on-bank-bill-94322889.html

  81. Somersby take on grey lady down casting blumenthal to the wolves over an issue they let Lindsey Graham slither by on.

    The New York Times . . . is an intellectual/moral black hole; it features the work of some of the dumbest, most dishonest, people of the age. But then, the Times is enabled by the fiery liberals who played along with its jihad last night. Matthews, O’Donnell, Press and the rest? Their moral and intellectual squalor defines a moronic age.

    Fingering her mommy’s pearls, Stoddard explained the stakes last night. Behaving as they did in the past, your big “liberal leaders” rolled over.

  82. snip The Senate voted 57-42 on the motion, losing three Democratic votes. Sens. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., voted against ending debate and Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., was a no-show after losing his primary Tuesday night. Feingold said he voted against the bill because it lacked key reforms, including a provision that would put a firewall between banks and Wall Street firms. “The test for this legislation is a simple one — whether it will prevent another financial crisis,” Feingold said. “As the bill stands, it fails that test.
    —————————
    The firewall Russ refers to is the glass stegal issue which I was chasing on Friday with the senators who sponsored it. Russ is right on. Without that provision, the bill fails the test of will it prevent another financial crisis.

  83. Democrats picked up two Republican votes from Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, both of Maine.
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    Traitors to the country, and too in love with Obama to see it.

  84. They bankers definitely don’t want the Glass-Steagle to be put back in…and the dems and the repubs don’t either…so who has the guts to get it back in….soon we will find out!

  85. wbb @6:57 Traitors to the country, and too in love with Obama to see it.
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    Snowe/Collins should be an embarrassment to discerning women everywhere. Certainly they are not appropriate subjects for the advancement of ERA goals.

  86. The more I look at the Tuesday election results, the more I think it is a rebellion against both parties with rebellious Democrats leading the way in reaction to the primary rigging of 2008. Sestak and Halter were both shunned and bullied to drop out because they “could not win”. Sound familiar? They were not given state party support or money. Sound familiar again. They were told to drop out because they were hurting the party and chances of the party winning in November. It’s like a broken record. It was Hillary and the Dems all over again. The Democrats want to pick who gets to run against a Republican irregardless of what voters want so they can “Obama” the House and Senate with party hacks. This is just the beginning of candidates who will not toe the party line as the public does not want a bunch of sycophants who will increase the Obama and party power to disregard everything they want. The death grip on choosing who can run and who cannot has been broken. Obama and the Democratic Party are loosing power daily and it is reaction to the shit that went down in 2008.

  87. Hillary!! Stay away from the big mess that is overwhelming our system of democracy.You dear lady are the true CIC and must not allow the jealous POTUS and the angry mean looking FLOTUS try to take the blame for his failure in every phase of the office except spreading the venom of race as a sheild against critics of his incompentacy and lack of patriotism.
    Stay on the road again Hillary.We need you.

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    Secretary Clinton Travels to Asia

    Posted: 19 May 2010 10:50 PM PDT

    Interactive Travel Map | Text the Secretary | Trip Page

    About the Author: Kurt Campbell serves as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs.

    On May 20, 2010, Secretary Clinton departs for a week-long trip to Asia, her fifth trip to the region as Secretary of State. When the Secretary made her first trip to Asia last year, she sent a clear signal that we need strong partners across the Pacific, just as we need strong partners across the Atlantic.

    The Secretary will travel first to Tokyo, where she will meet with Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada. We look forward to the visit with our Japanese ally. The Secretary will discuss with them the developing security situation on the Korean Peninsula, troubles in Thailand, and other pressing issues.

    Our historic allies, such as Japan, as well as our emerging partnerships in Asia are indispensable to finding regional and global solutions to common global problems. As the Secretary said, “Asia is a contributor to global culture, a global economic power, and a region of vital importance to the United States today and into our future.”

    Nowhere may that be more evident right now than at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, the next stop of the Secretary’s trip. The Chinese Government and the City of Shanghai have organized the participation of more than 190 countries for the Expo, and Secretary Clinton made U.S. participation in the Expo a priority.

    The Expo has allowed us to participate in public and commercial diplomacy in meaningful ways, and the USA Pavilion shares the best of America with the members of a young generation in China who may have had little exposure to the United States. As this generation of Chinese visit the Pavilion, they will be left with lasting impressions of who we are and what makes America unique. I think the Secretary will be pleased to see the Pavilion. I know I’m looking forward to seeing it.

    Following her visit to Shanghai, the Secretary will travel to Beijing to participate in the second round of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, where Secretary Clinton and Treasury Secretary Geithner will join their respective Chinese Co-Chairs, State Councilor Dai Bingguo and Vice Premier Wang Qishan. Secretary Clinton will underscore the need for cooperation on regional security matters, including Iran and North Korea, and collaboration on global financial issues, climate change, energy security, and global development. The first Strategic and Economic Dialogue was held last summer in Washington. This meeting represents one of the largest groups of U.S. Cabinet officials to visit China together, with over a dozen U.S. Cabinet members and agency heads comprising the U.S. delegation.

    Secretary Clinton will then proceed to Seoul, where she will meet with senior government officials to discuss regional stability and other issues with our Korean ally. During her travels, the Secretary will hold consultations with all of her counterparts on the security of the Korean Peninsula, an issue in which we all have a keen interest.

    The video embedded in this blog is the first in a series in which my colleagues and I will keep you apprised of the trip. You can follow the Secretary’s travels on DipNote’s Travel Diary, http://www.state.gov and the Secretary’s Interactive Travel Map. You will be able to submit questions through @StateDept on Twitter and Text the Secretary. We look forward to hearing from you

  88. Russia: Bushehr plant due in August

    Thu, 20 May 2010

    Iran’s Bushehr nuclear plant, which is being built by Russia, is scheduled to begin operating in August regardless of any new sanctions against Tehran.

    “We are counting on the nuclear power station launching in August, if everything goes as planned,” Sergei Kiriyenko, the head of Russia’s federal atomic energy agency, was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies.

    The remarks come two days after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the Group of Six world powers, which includes Russia, had reached an agreement on a “strong draft resolution” for new sanctions against Iran.

    Kiriyenko further said, “The resolution now being prepared on Iran will not in any way affect this.”

    The P5+1 comprises of the five veto-wielding members of the UN Security Council — Britain, China, France, Russia and the US — plus Germany.

    The draft resolution came only a day after Iran announced it had reached an agreement with Turkey to send 1,200 kg of its low-enriched uranium to Turkey in exchange for 120 kg of higher-enriched uranium it requires for producing medical isotopes in Tehran’s Research Reactor.

    The shipping of Iran’s low-enriched uranium to a foreign country was the US and its Western allies’ main demand in talks with Tehran on nuclear fuel swap.

    In 1995, Russia signed an agreement with Iran to build the plant. Under the deal, the plant was originally scheduled to become operational by 1999 but the completion of the $1 billion project has been frequently delayed.

    http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=127086&sectionid=351020104

  89. Alter: Obama Reveals He May Be One-Term President

    Wednesday, May 19, 2010
    Jim Meyers

    President Obama has failed in one of the most important jobs a president faces: persuading the country to follow him, says Newsweek Senior Editor Jonathan Alter, author of a new book about Obama’s first year in office.

    In an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV, Alter also says Obama will move to the right if Democrats lose big in the midterm elections. Alter predicts he could face a primary challenge from both the left and the right in 2012, and suggests the possibility that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice President Biden could switch places in a second term – although Alter reveals that Obama feels he could be a one-term president.

    Alter’s newly released book, “The Promise: President Obama, Year One,” has garnered major media attention for its riveting insider’s perspective on what happened during Obama’s first year.

    Editor’s Note: Buy Jonathan Alter’s new book, Click Here Now.

    Asked whether Obama has followed his campaign promise to govern in a bipartisan manner, Alter responds: “No, he hasn’t. That was something he just could not make good on in the presidency, that idea of being more bipartisan.

    “He tried to put some Republicans in the Cabinet. He does have Bob Gates, who is a Republican and has been in Republican administrations, as his most influential member of the Cabinet, Secretary of Defense.

    “But it is quite true that he has not governed in a bipartisan way, and I think there’s enough blame for this to go around.”

    Alter discloses in his book that, “in the first week of his presidency, Obama went up to Capitol Hill and met with the Republican caucus on the House side — no Democrats — and he wanted their input on the stimulus.

    “He had already agreed to more than $300 billion in tax cuts, but he wanted to see if he could get some agreement from the Republicans on spending increases. [House Minority Leader] John Boehner told all the Republicans before the meeting, none of us are voting for Obama’s stimulus plan,” Alter tells Newsmax.TV.

    “So in a sense, Obama was extending his hand to at least try to be bipartisan, and it was just brushed away by the Republicans. It was in their political interest, as we are now finding out, not to cooperate.

    “After that, I think a lot of Obama’s efforts at bipartisanship were kind of phony. He just wanted credit for looking bipartisan, and at that point pretty early in his presidency had given up on real bipartisanship.”

    No president’s approval ratings have ever tumbled as quickly as Obama’s in such a short period of time, Alter acknowledges, but he refers to a new NBC News poll showing “that Obama’s personal favorable ratings are higher at this point in his term than either Reagan or Clinton.

    “One thing that is clear, though, is that the public doesn’t really approve of his program. They kind of like him personally. They don’t like the direction right now that he’s taking the country.

    “He has failed in his first year in one of the most important jobs that any president has, which is to persuade the country to follow him.”

    Alter’s book, released this week, makes reference to Obama’s temper. He was asked whether the president has a short fuse.

    “He does not lose his cool, but in some ways it’s scarier — kind of this icy stare,” Alter says.

    “He gets very upset about leaks. Instead of talking about what he should be talking about that day, he’s obsessing on these leaks.”

    Comparing Bill Clinton and Obama on their handling of the presidency, Alter notes that, on healthcare, Clinton failed to pass reform legislation while Obama succeeded, “immaterial of whether one feels it’s a stinking bill or something that’s good for the country.

    “Just on the success or failure level, he’s achieved more than Clinton at this point. But it’s early yet. He has a hundred ways to fail. And Clinton had some real successes later on in his term.

    “We’ll see what happens to Obama. He told me he could be a one-term president.”

    After losing Congress in 1994, Clinton moved to the right and center and signed such legislation as welfare reform. Asked whether Obama might do the same if Democrats take a big hit in November, Alter responds: “I think he will. He’s a pragmatist. I don’t see him as a real ideologue. He’s an idealist in some ways, but he wants to do what works. He’s not really into tilting at windmills.”

    Alter was also asked, if Obama’s approval numbers continue to erode, could he face a primary challenge from someone like Hillary Clinton or Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh, who has said he is not seeking re-election this year.

    “Hillary Clinton, I would say absolutely not,” Alter declares.

    “There would have to be something that they were divided on that was much more profound on issue grounds.

    “I think it would be more likely that she and [Joe] Biden would trade places — maybe she becomes vice president if Obama is re-elected, to tee her up for 2016.

    “Could Evan Bayh or someone else decide to challenge Obama from the right? Absolutely. I don’t think it’s likely, but it’s actually possible. There’s a lot of history of that in American politics.

    “And it’s even possible, if he moves right after the midterms, you could see a very liberal challenge to him from the left that would complicate his political existence.”

    Could that challenge come from Howard Dean? Alter said: “I would not rule that out.”

    http://www.newsmax.com/InsideCover/alter-obama-book-one/2010/05/19/id/359572

  90. How about a little humor to start the day

    Maureen sent this to me.No doubt about it.
    Enjoy Dad

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    From:
    Date: Wed, May 19, 2010 at 4:57 PM
    Subject: FW: drafting guys over 60…
    To:

    Be sure to read to the end…
    ________________________________

    This is funny & obviously written by a Former Soldier…

    New Direction for any war: Only Send Service Vets over 60!

    I am over 60 and the Armed Forces thinks I’m too old to track down
    terrorists. You can’t be older than 42 to join the military. They’ve got
    this whole thing ‘ass-backwards’. Instead of sending 18-year olds off to
    fight, they ought to take us old guys. You shouldn’t be able to join a
    military unit until you’re at least 35…

    For starters, researchers say 18-year-olds think about sex every 10
    seconds. Old guys only think about sex a couple of times a day, leaving
    us more than 28,000 additional seconds per day to concentrate on the
    enemy.

    Young guys haven’t lived long enough to be cranky, and a cranky soldier
    is a dangerous soldier. ‘My back hurts! I can’t sleep, I’m tired and
    hungry.’ We are impatient and maybe letting us kill some asshole that
    desperately deserves it will make us feel better and shut us up for
    awhile.

    An 18-year-old doesn’t even like to get up before 10am. Old guys always
    get up early to pee, so what the hell. Besides, like I said, I’m tired
    and can’t sleep and since I’m already up, I may as well be up killing
    some fanatical son-of-a-bitch.

    If captured we couldn’t spill the beans because we’d forget where we put
    them. In fact, name, rank, and serial number would be a real
    brainteaser.

    Boot camp would be easier for old guys.. We’re used to getting screamed
    and yelled at and we’re used to soft food. We’ve also developed an
    appreciation for guns. We’ve been using them for years as an excuse to
    get out of the house, away from the screaming and yelling.

    They could lighten up on the obstacle course however. I’ve been in
    combat and never saw a single 20-foot wall with rope hanging over the
    side, nor did I ever do any pushups after completing basic training.

    Actually, the running part is kind of a waste of energy, too. I’ve never
    seen anyone outrun a bullet.

    An 18-year-old has the whole world ahead of him. He’s still learning to
    shave, to start a conversation with a pretty girl. He still hasn’t
    figured out that a baseball cap has a brim to shade his eyes, not the
    back of his head.

    These are all great reasons to keep our kids at home to learn a little
    more about life before sending them off into harm’s way.

    Let us old guys track down those dirty rotten coward terrorists. The
    last thing an enemy would want to see is a couple million pissed off old
    farts with attitudes and automatic weapons, who know that their best
    years are already behind them.

    HEY!! How about recruiting Women over 50…in menopause!!! You think
    MEN have attitudes??
    Ohhhhhhhhhhhh my God!!! If nothing else, put them on border patrol.
    They’ll have it secured the first night!

    Send this to all of your senior friends…it’s in big type so they can
    read it.

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  91. Stocks Extend Weeklong Tumble, Euro Slides, Treasuries Rally

    May 20 (Bloomberg) — A weeklong selloff in stocks deepened as reports in the U.S. raised doubts about the strength of the economic recovery and leaders in Europe struggled to contain the region’s debt crisis. Commodities tumbled, the euro plunged and Treasuries soared. The losses pushed the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index down 2.8 percent to 1,084.28 at 10:37 a.m. in New York, a move below the 200-day moving average level that traders who base decisions on price charts say could trigger more declines. The MSCI World Index of developed nations’ stocks fell for a sixth day. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index plunged 3.2 percent. The euro weakened against the dollar, trading near the lowest in four years. Ten- year Treasury yields sank to the lowest levels of the year, dropping 15 basis points to 3.2 percent. U.S. jobless claims unexpectedly increased to 471,000 last week and the Conference Board’s index of leading economic indicators fell 0.1 percent
    www dot businessweek.com/news/2010-05-20/stocks-extend-weeklong-tumble-euro-slides-treasuries-rally.html

  92. Mormaer

    “Obama and the Democratic Party are loosing power daily and it is reaction to the shit that went down in 2008.”

    ——

    Amen.

  93. JanH

    Alter also says Obama will move to the right if Democrats lose big in the midterm elections. Alter predicts he could face a primary challenge from both the left and the right in 2012, and suggests the possibility that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice President Biden could switch places in a second term – although Alter reveals that Obama feels he could be a one-term president.

    —–

    No, in 2012 when they play musical chairs, Obama’s chair is taken by Hillary, and Obama rides his raggedy ass back to Chicago and his chair is in the unemployment line.

  94. ABM90
    May 20th, 2010 at 9:20 am

    How about a little humor to start the day
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    Ticked off adults…..sounds like a great idea and very funny.

  95. IMO if Hillary wanted to challenge Obama in 2012…honestly, who would be able to stop her?

    So many things have changed since 2008.

    The Kennedy brand, who backed Obama, is no longer a meaningful ally for Barack. There’s no Ted anymore to wield any weight in Congress, and certainly the public rejected any weight the so called “Kennedy legacy” might have had, with the election of Scott Brown. They are all but irrelevant these days. And the icing on the cake? Even some of the remaining Kennedys have privately indicated that if Obama continues on this path (particularly when it comes to perpetuating the wars), he will have to expect a challenge.

    Then there is Oprah. She might have been able to save Barack — but she herself is having problems. Her viewership has shrunk, and more and more people are increasingly turned off by her. Her entire empire is in decline. No, Oprah is nothing if not a cunning businesswoman — she won’t stick her neck out again.

    Finally, let’s look at the leadership of the Dem Party. Sure there is Barack, an actor who plays a President on TV….but if he faces a challenge (and not just from Hillary), he will need allies in the Dem establishment. And yet, who are the establishment leaders in the Democratic Party these days? None other than the Clintons.

    Once, with Ted Kennedy around, the Clintons may have had to share that leadership with Ted Kennedy (on the basis of the Kennedy Legacy, as opposed to Ted’s own accomplishments), but without Ted anymore, if someone does want to challenge Barack, who can he really turned to for help, other than the Clintons?

    None of this looks good for Barack….especially if he continues to perform as badly as he has so far…

  96. Obama can’t move right. The dirty little secret that neither party can admit is that Obama is already to the right of Bush on every issue that matters. What’s he gonna do? Get tough on terrorism by re-instituting torture? Well, no, because he’s never stopped torturing. Maybe he’ll expand the people we’re willing to kill without any kind due process to American citizens? Nope, Obama’s already claimed that right. Maybe he’ll open up areas to drilling that we’ve kept closed for decades. No, he already did that as well. Beat up on gays and oppose their ability to marry? Hmmm, well, he’s already compared gay marriage to incest and pedophilia. Oh, what about women and their right to abortion care? Nope, one of the first things he tossed away, and now his ridiculous health care plan is facilitating the most restrictions we’ve seen since before Roe was decided.

    Obama can’t move right unless he wants to join the John Birch Society. HE’s already way to the right of most Americans. This is just a joke.

  97. Obama can dance to the right,

    prance to the left

    and bow to extream…

    but in the end….

    he will continue to just feed his own narcissism and blunder his way to 2012

    leaving a trail of destruction in his wake.

  98. basement angel
    May 20th, 2010 at 1:31 pm
    Obama can’t move right. The dirty little secret that neither party can admit is that Obama is already to the right of Bush on every issue that matters. [….] Hmmm, well, he’s already compared gay marriage to incest and pedophilia.

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    Bravo on most of this post! But do you have a cite for the latter?

  99. Alter is an old Clinton hater. Back in the 90s when the Monica story broke Alter was at dinner with a bunch of Big Media colleagues chortling at Bill Clinton’s troubles. They were literally rubbing their legs and stating that there were other interns and they would get the story out. So Alter has no credibility as to what the Clinton’s will or will not do because he has no sources.

    As to the other Alter assertions they are all based on what worked for Bill Clinton as perceived by Big Media. Aside from the ideological assessment, Obama can’t move to the right because he made his bed with the congressional Dimocrats. Obama wasted trillions to essentially bribe them. The history there was that Bill Clinton refused at the very beginning to bribe his congress with “stimulus” funds and instead decided to tackle the economy and the deficits right from the beginning. This pissed off the congressional Democrats but it helped the country. So after the 1994 elections Clinton could do what was right for the country and more or less ignore the political interests of congressional Democrats (they never forgave Bill for putting country above them).

    Obama has tied all his fortunes to the Dimocrats even as he has screwed them over repeatedly. He figured the trillions he approved purchased their loyalty and he does not have to do more. But after losses in November he will be tied to them much much more than Bill ever was. Bill and the Dems had to get together because the Republicans were in ascendancy and simply to survive. But on policy Bill had pretty much (with the budgets mostly) already done what he had to do.

    People like Alter do not understand nor respect “triangulation” and how difficult it is to navigate those shoals. Bill had the skills and the courage to navigate the S.S. Triangulation but Obama can’t navigate the rubber ducky in his tub.

    As to all that bunk about Obama possibly being a one term president and how he is a wonderful thinker type not a lowlife politico, that is just Alter’s white boy liberal fixation with African-American Barack Obama, the cool guy. Nerd white boy Alter is so happy black jock Obama is actually talking to him and back slapping him that he keeps him on a pedestal with all that Obama is so great talk. Barack Obama understands these needy nerds and their adoration of him, even if they think they are not needy nerds, and Obama plays to them. Obama will casually mention during the course of an interview that he might be a one-termer because he knows that will impress these needy white boy nerds. Obama played Alter and Alter does not even know it.

    BTW, a little explanation about why we bought race into the discussion: Bill Clinton could not be “played” by black guys like Obama because Bill treats African-Americans like human beings. There are scumbags in every race and Obama is a “playa” who brings down the integrity level of whites and blacks (remember both races have to take the blame for this piece of…). Bill knows the type of lowlife Obama is and does not excuse the behavior because of skin color. Needy white boy nerds like Alter (picture that nerd as towel boy in high school chasing after jocks to worship) need to feel “cool” and Obama plays to that with his games. Bill grew up with black people but the needy white liberal nerds like Alter did not meet black people when they were growing up so to them there is a mythological quality to these exotic black people. There were few blacks at Dalton (apologies to the Dalton school and other nesting grounds of the needy white liberal nerd boy) when they were growing up.

  100. I am not sure the left vs right distinction means much anymore, except in the area of social values. Not when you have left wing billionaires and right wing poor. Nevertheless both parties rally their troops with that boogey man to distract them from the real problem which is the vast inequality of wealth in this country, and the world. Just look at those bastards in Saudi Arabia who are buying up chunks of our country now, and are key players in the Obama support group along with Wall Street and the City of London. Gold comodes in their airplanes while their subjects suffer. Also, the distract us with the issue of race. There are poor whites and poor blacks. But if the elites can carve out these fault lines in our society then they can divide and conquer–or in this case bamboozle.

  101. Turn Down,

    I posted a link but it’s stuck in the spam filter. Basically, when Holder went to court to defend DOMA, that was their defense. Incest and child rape are illegal so gay marriage should be illegal. Insane.

    Wbboei,

    Right versus left matters when the only movement is to the right and in Obama’s case, to the far right. That’s why it’s a dirty little secret – neither the right nor the left can sustain their rhetoric in a reality based discussion. So, both pretend he’s liberal when, in point of fact, he is ultra-conservative.

    The fact that our cultural dialog has been thoroughly polluted these past thirty years to where people cannot recognize the difference between right and left doesn’t change the meanings of those words. Obama is as at war with liberal values as James Watt was in the Reagan admin. The fact that neither Rush Limbaugh nor Jonathan Alter can admit that fact does not change the reality of it. It simply means that the Obama faction of liberal America is now as delusional as the American right has been for thirty years.

  102. admin
    May 20th, 2010 at 2:08 pm

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    I have a close friend who prides himself, usually rightly, on scepticism, analysis, not getting carried away with emotionalism. However he turned out to be a white guilt liberal bot.

    On the Arizona immigration law, he jumped in with the first wave of OMG “Papers Please”!

    I showed him the section of the law that says an Arizona driver’s license etc was sufficient.

    He said: “Oh, well, it’s the symbolism.”

    I don’t understand people who operate on the level of symbolism, ignore facts when shown. Who go on supporting Obama even when shown that Obama’s ACTIONS are destroying what he SYMBOLIZES.

  103. Admin-

    …..Alter did not meet black people when they were growing up so to them there is a mythological quality to these exotic black people.

    —–
    So Barry is like a black unicorn to Alter…

  104. basement,

    I think Obama is the opposite of the old heros like Zorro and the Scarlet Pimpernell. They had a public identity as aristocrats but secretly went out to help the poor.

    Obama has got a public identity as a man of the people, community organizer, etc. But what he really does is help the rich (who have secretly hired him). He takes the role of a grassroots hero so no REAL grassroots hero can arise.

  105. turndownobama
    May 20th, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    I think Obama is the opposite of the old heros like Zorro and the Scarlet Pimpernell. They had a public identity as aristocrats but secretly went out to help the poor.

    Obama has got a public identity as a man of the people, community organizer, etc. But what he really does is help the rich (who have secretly hired him). He takes the role of a grassroots hero so no REAL grassroots hero can arise.

    BRILLIANT!!!!

  106. I think obama would be lost without the Honorable U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

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    US-China achievements go beyond Expo Source:

    Global Times [02:28 May 21 2010]

    By Hillary Rodham Clinton

    The relationship between the US and China is critical to both our countries and to the future of our world. The coming days o er two powerful examples of how diplomatic and cultural dialogues can broaden our understanding and deepen our cooperation.
    Next week in Beijing, I will join Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner for the Strategic and Economic Dialogue with Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan, State Councilor Dai Bingguo and many other cabinet- level o cials from our two governments.

    We will discuss how to continue building a positive, cooperative, and comprehensive relationship that advances our shared interests and is capable of addressing common challenges, from ensuring balanced and sustainable economic recovery and development to cooperating on clean energy and climate change to addressing international and regional security issues such as Iran and North Korea.

    Few global problems can be solved by the US or China alone and few can be solved without the US and China together.

    I am also looking forward to visiting the Shanghai Expo.

    With over 70 million visitors expected in the coming six months, the Expo will be the largest World’s Fair in history and an opportunity for people from around the world to learn more about each other and to exchange ideas and strategies for meeting the global challenges we all share.

    Its success is a testament to China’s hospitality and to the hunger for mutual understanding and cooperation that draws people together across cultures and continents.

    Each pavilion showcases the culture and accomplishments of the nation it represents, but the Expo as a whole tells the broader story of our common aspirations and challenges.

    The China Pavilion, a soaring inverted pyramid, has much to show the world.

    As does our own pavilion. The US Pavilion showcases the qualities that make the US dynamic and prosperous, including innovation, sustainability and diversity, and is an example of successful public-private partnership.

    Creative problem-solving is a key theme of the US Pavilion. Many leading US companies helped build the Pavilion and their cutting-edge technologies that hold the promise of unlocking a more sustainable and prosperous future are not just displayed, they are woven into the building itself.

    From the photovoltaic cells that convert sunlight into electricity and help power the Pavilion to the rooftop garden and the recycled bamboo fl ooring, the US Pavilion is a model of both innovation and environmental responsibility that will be carbon neutral for the duration of the Expo.

    The US and China are the world’s two largest energy consumers and greenhouse gas emitters. So we have a unique responsibility to lead the e ort against climate change and to chart a clean energy future.
    At the Strategic and Economic Dialogue meetings in Beijing, we will discuss ways that our two countries can expand our cooperation on energy and climate issues.

    And some of the new tools and technologies that will help us meet this global challenge are on display at the Expo.

    Innovation has always been a hallmark of world’s fairs and expositions. Many people got their fi rst look at the telephone, typewriter, x-ray and even the ice cream cone at an expo or fair. We are pleased to carry forward that tradition in Shanghai.

    And because innovation is fostered by the free fl ow of commerce, the open exchange of ideas and the unfettered expression of creativity, we are working to turn the US Pavilion into a launching pad for new partnerships and ventures, a hub of commercial diplomacy and a laboratory for new ideas.

    More than half a million people have already visited the Pavilion and more are coming every day. One of the most moving exhibits they will fi nd there is dedicated to the millions of Chinese-Americans who have contributed so much to the cultural and economic development of the US. From Yo-Yo Ma to I.M. Pei to my Cabinet colleagues Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Chinese- Americans have achieved great success in business, government, the arts and sciences.

    But at the US Pavilion, we also celebrate the lives and contributions of all the Chinese- Americans whose names are unlikely to ever end up in the newspapers. Thousands of them have sent photographs and testimonials documenting the Chinese experience in the US, parents and children, teachers and students, small business owners and hardworking professionals – a true pageant of American life.

    We are proud of our diversity, and our sometimes noisy democracy. We believe it makes us a stronger and more vibrant nation.

    At theUSA Pavilion, this spirit is embodied by the student ambassadors who greet our visitors. Every day, with outstretched hands and wide smiles, and in fl uent Chinese, they are building bridges of understanding and respect. I can’t wait to meet them.
    When he opened the fi rst World Expo hosted by the US, in Philadelphia in 1876, President Ulysses S. Grant pledged “our earnest desire to cultivate the friendship of our fellowmembers of this great family of nations.” Today in Shanghai we share the same goal. The doors of the US Pavilion are open.
    We welcome the people of China and the world to join us.

    The author is the US secretary of state.

    http://opinion.globaltimes.cn/foreign-view/2010-05/533917.html

  107. @basement Angel
    You’re right. Obama cannot turn more to the right. What he can do is switch his rhetoric to the right – and inflict more damage this way. Already Obama’s policies are called “liberal” and socialist”. Watch him run against himself in 2012.

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