“As oil spread as close as 1½ miles from Jackson County’s coast Saturday, U.S. Rep. Gene Taylor called the response to the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster “incompetent.”
“I’m having a Katrina flashback,” said the Bay St. Louis Democrat after an aerial survey of the Mississippi Sound and barrier islands Saturday morning. “I haven’t seen this much incompetence since Michael Brown was running FEMA.”[snip]
Taylor said U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, who heads the spill response, should fix problems that include a lack of direction and equipment.
“Vessels of Opportunity do not identify themselves,” said Taylor. “There is no way to communicate with them.
All those boats are running around like headless chickens. None of them are skimming for oil. It is criminal. Between the amount of money, the amount of wasted effort, there shouldn’t be a drop of oil in the Mississippi Sound, but because of this incompetence, it is there.”
What does a president have to do? Certainly there is no need for a president to “suck up the oil” with a straw. There is no need for a president to dive miles down to shut the oil gusher. The job is to lead. The job is to put in place competent people. The job is to get the job done, not devise new excuses with flowery words to explain the problem. The job is to lead. With Obama, the job is not getting done:
“Taylor said U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, who heads the spill response, should fix problems that include a lack of direction and equipment. “If he doesn’t get off his butt and fix this, yes,” said Taylor when asked if he was saying Allen should be replaced.[snip]
“It is criminal what is going on. This doesn’t have to happen, and it is not like I said ‘go fix it.’ I gave them a detailed plan how to do this two weeks ago. They are not doing any of it.”
Taylor’s plan, like the state’s, called for a multilayered response that relied heavily on skimmers to collect oil south of the barrier islands, at the island passes and within the Mississippi Sound.
“I’m absolutely furious,” said Taylor. “If the president of the United States can’t find somebody who can do this job, then let me do it.”
Republican Roger Wicker of Tupelo complains about the lack of skimmers:
“There is a growing frustration among the Gulf States delegation, both sides of the aisle in Washington, about the lack of skimmers.
“We’ve turned down assistance from other countries. We’ve turned down assistance that has been offered from way up on the East Coast.”
Wicker said the Jones Act, which restricts the use of foreign-flagged vessels in the nation’s waters, should be waived. “It is not too late for the administration to say ‘all hands on deck,’ if it requires a temporary waiver of the Jones Act. Unfortunately, the secretary of the interior says that is not necessary,” he said.
“I think we need a new approach, and it is hard to get your arms around,” said Wicker. “Thad Allen is highly regarded. He has agreed to stay on past his retirement in order to deal with this, but it is clear from our standpoint and from the vantage point that we had today it is not getting done. And, not getting done in a halfway professional manner. I’m not ready to call for a change in personnel, but there is a huge frustration there.”
On Friday, Gov. Haley Barbour said the state needs 20 skimmers, but only has two. Barbour announced that skimmers would be built on the coast in response to the disaster.
On Saturday, DMR and DEQ announced there would be 23 new belt skimmers operating in state waters by Aug. 1.”
Among Obama’s excuses has been the ‘BP has the expertise we don’t’ dodge. But other governments have expertise and offered help. Finally, 70 days into the oil gusher, some help will be accepted from other countries:
“The United States is accepting help from 12 countries and international organizations in dealing with the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
The State Department said in a statement Tuesday that the U.S. is working out the particulars of the help that’s been accepted.
The identities of all 12 countries and international organizations were not immediately announced. One country was cited in the State Department statement — Japan, which is providing two high-speed skimmers and fire containment boom.
More than 30 countries and international organizations have offered to help with the spill. The State Department hasn’t indicated why some offers have been accepted and others have not.”
There is no coordinated anything going on in the Gulf mess. Barack Obama is too incompetent, too unqualified to lead. Barack Obama ignored the problem for too long and distracted the nation with many publicity stunts and appearances beside sports celebrities.
As part of the Big Pink health plan, we continue to monitor the fever levels of Hopium Guzzlers with thermometers stuck firmly in their recta.
First up – Andrew Sullivan, the one who thought Obama’s “face” was sufficient to bring about a golden age of “new politics”. Sullivan’s Obama Delusion was at a fever high when he declared that Obama’s “face” would “rebrand” America so that “a young Pakistani” Muslim would hear celestial choirs and that:
“At a time when America’s estrangement from the world risks tipping into dangerous imbalance, when a country at war with lethal enemies is also increasingly at war with itself, when humankind’s spiritual yearnings veer between an excess of certainty and an inability to believe anything at all, and when sectarian and racial divides seem as intractable as ever, a man who is a bridge between these worlds may be indispensable.”
“Those of us who hoped for some kind of winding down of the longest war in US history will almost certainly be disappointed now. David Petraeus is the real Pope of counter-insurgency and if he decides that he needs more troops and more time and more resources in Afghanistan next year, who is going to be able to gainsay him? That’s Thomas P. Barnett’s shrewd assessment. Obama’s pledge to start withdrawing troops in 2011 is now kaput. It won’t happen. I doubt it will happen in a second term either. Once Washington has decided to occupy a country, it will occupy it for ever. We are still, remember, in Germany! But Afghanistan?
Obama’s gamble on somehow turning the vast expanse of that ungovernable “nation” into a stable polity dedicated to fighting Jihadist terror is now as big as Bush’s in Iraq – and as quixotic. It is also, in my view, as irrational, a deployment of resources and young lives that America cannot afford and that cannot succeed. It really is Vietnam – along with the crazier and crazier rationales for continuing it. But it is now re-starting in earnest ten years in, dwarfing Vietnam in scope and longevity.[snip]
This much we also know: Obama will run for re-election with far more troops in Afghanistan than Bush ever had – and a war and occupation stretching for ever into the future, with no realistic chance of success. Make no mistake: this is an imperialism of self-defense, a commitment to civilize even the least tractable culture on earth because Americans are too afraid of the consequences of withdrawal. And its deepest irony is that continuing this struggle will actually increase and multiply the terror threats we face – as it becomes once again a recruitment tool for Jihadists the world over.
This is a war based on fear, premised on a contradiction, and doomed to carry on against reason and resources for the rest of our lives.
Maybe this is why you supported Obama – to see the folly of nation-building extended indefinitely to the least promising wastelands on earth, as the US heads toward late-imperial bankruptcy. It is not a betrayal as such. But it is, in my view, a huge and metastasizing mistake.”
“Again and again the Hopium addled live outside reality when they think that the great issues are a matter of personality. Americans are divided and many around the world hate America because of our interests and beliefs, not our personalities nor the personalities of our leaders. [snip]
Frank Rich will eventually be forced to express the reality of Obama as we have so accurately described it. Andrew Sullivan and John Kerry sold Obama’s “black face” as the great hope. Opposition governments and terrorists HOPING for our demise will not be disuaded by a black face in the White House.“
Sullivan and his ilk who supported Barack Obama should not have been listened to. Sullivan does not address his foolishness in supporting Obama then. But as unaccountable as Sullivan is, MoveOn is even worse – Stalinist worse, erase history bad:
“When Gen. David Petraeus testified before Congress in September 2007, MoveOn.org ran a New York Times ad accusing him of “cooking the books for the White House” about the U.S. troop surge in Iraq and labeled him “General Betray Us.” The ad could be found on MoveOn’s website until Wednesday of this week when it quietly came down and all references to it were scrubbed.
Why was the advocacy group willing to forcefully criticize a top general when President George W. Bush was commander-in-chief, yet is now silent now that President Barack Obama is in office? Is there a double standard at play or has MoveOn.org had a sincere change of heart about the abilities of Gen. Petraeus and the merits of military strategies employed in Afghanistan and Iraq?”
“The latest Obama flim-flam took place on ABC’s This Week. The campaign promise to close Guantanamo within 100 days is now a broken promise. Obama says he has just now discovered that closing Guantanamo is “complex”. The truth of course is that nothing has changed on the issue of Guantanamo, there are no new facts on Guantanamo.[snip]
Obama is simply lying, again. The Guantanamo prison and the issues surrounding it have been well known and yes, complex. But there is nothing new on the Guantanamo issue. What is new is Obama is flim-flamming again and Big Media is protecting Obama, again. “
Obama made a lot of empty promises and the gullible and the Hopium guzzling lit incense. Remember what Obama said about the absolute need to close Guantanamo?
“The president said he was issuing the order to close the facility in order to “restore the standards of due process and the core constitutional values that have made this country great even in the midst of war, even in dealing with terrorism.”
“Close the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center: Guantanamo has become a recruiting tool for our enemies. The legal framework behind Guantanamo has failed completely, resulting in only one conviction.[snip] The first step to reclaiming America’s standing in the world has to be closing this facility. As president, Barack Obama will close the detention facility at Guantanamo. He will reject the Military Commissions Act, which allowed the U.S. to circumvent the Geneva Convention in the handling of detainees. He will develop a fair and thorough process based on the Uniform Code of Military Justice to distinguish between those prisoners who should be prosecuted for their crimes, those who can’t be prosecuted but who can be held in a manner consistent with the laws of war, and those who should be released or transferred to their home countries.”
What happened to all that? What happened after the gusher of words when Obama signed an order to close Guantanamo? Here is the latest (Big Media excuses for Obama included):
“Stymied by political opposition and focused on competing priorities, the Obama administration has sidelined efforts to close the Guantánamo prison, making it unlikely that President Obama will fulfill his promise to close it before his term ends in 2013.
When the White House acknowledged last year that it would miss Mr. Obama’s initial January 2010 deadline for shutting the prison, it also declared that the detainees would eventually be moved to one in Illinois. But impediments to that plan have mounted in Congress, and the administration is doing little to overcome them.
The administration argues that Guantánamo is a symbol in the Muslim world of past detainee abuses, citing military views that its continued operation helps terrorists.[snip]
“The president can’t just wave a magic wand to say that Gitmo will be closed,” said a senior administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss internal thinking on a sensitive issue.”
Obama promised to close Guantanamo but now that nothing has changed in the level of complexity when he made the promise, Obama has bailed on the promise. Perhaps he is too busy golfing and healing the planet with his soothing words.
Senator Levin of Michigan, an Obama ally says: “They are not really putting their shoulder to the wheel on this issue.” “It’s pretty dormant in terms of their public positions.”
Guantanamo is still open and Obama Hopium Guzzlers are playing apology bingo.
Josh Marshall, who we pegged as the “piano player in a whorehouse” attacked Hillary Clinton viciously and pimped for Obama. On the day of the McChrystal firing Marshall wrote about hero God Obama:
“My initial sense is, honestly, I wasn’t sure he had it in him.”
Marshall who typically thought the decision was typically brilliant of his hero God did not think Obama “had it in him.” Marshall later tried to explain what he meant but failed. Clearly, Marshall’s first impression was that Obama does not have “the stuff” to do what needs to be done.
Many thought Obama would not fire McChrystal because Obama, the bower in chief to foreign potentates and domestic lobbyists and special interests of his special friends, lacks leadership. So what explains the McChrystal firing? The same “reasoning” that motivated Obama to get rid of McChrystal is the same “reasoning” that prompted Obama to throw Jeremiah Wright under the bus (to join his own grandmother and in loco parentis): his ego.
It wasn’t “God Damn America” that caused the rupture between Jeremiah Wright and Barack Obama. It was Jeremiah Wright telling the truth about Obama’s (as Michelle Obama has said) “selfishness and careerism“. When McChrystal and his aides insulted Obama, we should have all known that Obama would bristle and McChrystal would join the under the bus brigades.
In this health survey of the Hopium Left we cannot forget to stick our thermometer into the recta of the “creative class” at NothingLeft. Lately, Big Boy Blogs like NothingLeft have had nothing to say about the boobery of Obama’s Katrina and the great gusher of oil killing the Gulf coast. The “creative class” at NothingLeft has been busy monitoring the distraction of the so called financial regulation reforms and cheering themselves about nothing left in the proposed legislation:
“The short version is that reformers won some and lost some. But however you feel on the upbeat/downbeat scale, the fact that we won anything is pretty remarkable at all, and should not dismissed by the cynics. The fact is that American democracy is in pretty rough shape: big corporations generally run this town. Watching the Wall Street lobbyists and PR gurus and PAC money roll through DC the past few weeks took my breath away, and I’m a cynical old insider with two decades here. Our side was outspent 500 to 1. The big banks had 2000 of the best-paid lobbyists in the city; our side had a few policy wonks cobbled together from various underfunded public interest groups. Their side had the biggest PR killers in the country; our side had a few intrepid bloggers. Their side had PAC dollars flowing like the Mississippi River; ours had a modest amount of labor dollars and a few $25 netroots contributors. On a few issues, like the swipe fee thing, our side had some business allies; on most issues, and the entire bill overall, the big bankers talked the Chamber of Commerce and many other business interests into helping do their dirty work for them.
So, yeah, I’m bummed that we lost some big things to this Mordor’s army of Wall Street lobbyists, and I know this bill goes nowhere far enough. But my hat is off to the people in this progressive movement who fought their hearts out to win some important victories. The outgunned reformers fought the good fight against the most powerful industry seen in this nation at least since the days of the robber barons, and you won some things that mattered. This bill, assuming it doesn’t yet get derailed, is just one step forward on the path to a saner financial system, but it’s been worth doing.”
…the bill will not fundamentally restructure or reform the way Wall Street does business.
This is very true. Financial stocks were up 1.69% today, compared to the rest of the S&P at .22% up. This bill doesn’t really change all that much, which is why the banksters are so very happy with this outcome.”
While the Hopium left continues to debase itself with slight breaks in the Obama fever, only to be followed by relapses, the American people are beginning to catch on to Obama bailing out on doing his job:
“His love of the game is clear from his willingness to play over successive weekends, even in sweltering heat.
But he has come under criticism from Republicans — and some in the media — for playing the country-club sport while millions of gallons of oil spew into the Gulf of Mexico.
Obama has played at least seven times since the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded on April 20, according to a compilation of media reports. He has reportedly golfed a total of 39 times since his inauguration, though some rounds came during vacations.[snip]
Democrats were more outspoken about commanders in chief who golfed when Republicans controlled the White House, according to presidential historians.[snip]
Former President George W. Bush understood the potential public-relations fallout of playing golf during a time of national crisis. Bush said it would send the “wrong signal” to continue playing golf while American soldiers were fighting and dying in Iraq, and vowed not to.
He said he decided to quit after the bombing of United Nations headquarters in Baghdad in August 2003. But liberal critics shamed him when they found video of him on the green two months after making his promise.
But Bush seemed well aware of the sport’s image during a time of crisis.
“During the BP spill, it may have been wise to avoid a couple rounds here and there,” said Brinkley.
“Every elected official must be mindful of how things that seem a part of everyday life will be looked at differently during times of crisis,” said Rep. Dennis Kucinich, a Democrat from Ohio, who ran for president in 2008.”
Trust a hooker, a drug dealer, a petty thief, before you trust Big Media. Whether it’s John Edwards or Tiger Woods (we wrote about the Tiger Woods, Obama similarities) Big Media protected their favorites and violated their duty to report the news to their various publics and the American electorate. Don’t trust Big Media.
There was a police report filed, there are some creepy allegations, there are some lurid allegations – and a big newspaper knew all about this but decided to keep the NEWS quiet. That the woman in question refused to press charges at the time or to cooperate with a “legitimate” newspaper then, and only now is cooperating with the National Enquirer for pay, are facts to be considered, but the bottom line is that this was and is NEWS.
Bill Clinton had a rakish history which Americans knew about when they elected him. Bill Clinton, as documented by Joe Conason and Gene Lyons in The Hunting Of The President was targeted by Republicans for destruction going back to 1988, before he ran for president. Once elected Bill Clinton made a mess of things by consorting with Monica Lewinsky. This was a consensual relationship. Bill Clinton, according to the lurid Starr Report repeatedly tried to stop his affair and was remorseful of his actions. But by then busybodies like Linda Tripp and assorted Republicans (as vividly described by then Republican insider David Brock in Blinded By The Right) conspired to keep the affair going and advised Monica Lewinsky to keep the affair going – in pursuit of their nefarious schemes.
Bill Clinton was hardly an innocent, but without doubt he was a target of a Vast Right Wing Conspiracy which had its origins in the mind of Lee Atwater and other Republican operatives who feared Clinton’s political skills and political opportunities. It has therefore been disappointing to find people like Joe Conason allege that Obama has been hunted in the same way that Bill Clinton was hunted. To the contrary, Obama was protected and advanced by nefarious elements in the Democratic Party and given a pass by foolish Republicans who fell for his “unity” scam. But we digress. The point we are trying to make is that the Al Gore NEWS is indeed NEWS and should have been reported in 2006 as NEWS.
The Al Gore story was NEWS simply by dint of the alleged echoes with the Bill Clinton mishaps. That there was a police report filed also made it NEWS. That Al Gore was a major public figure made it NEWS. That Al Gore was involved in major battles of public policy made it NEWS. That there was a potential angle of hypocrisy made it NEWS. That it was not a consensual relationship made it NEWS. It was NEWS but it was not reported to the American public in a timely manner.
That such a story could be unfair to Al Gore should be a consideration before publication. A well written story, including strong caveats and warnings as to its validity should have been the course taken. Al Gore should have been provided a full, front page opportunity, to respond to the allegations.
But instead the Big Media outlet in question chose to ignore the NEWS and the value of a fully informed public. Could this story have hurt Al Gore and denied him the now very much devalued, but once worthy, Nobel Prize? Undoubtedly. But the first priority for a NEWS outlet should be NEWS and the public should have been informed of what was not a consensual relationship. Hillary supporter Ed Rendell, is currently responding to allegations of marital infidelity due to a story about to be published tomorrow. Instead of hiding the story from the public, Ed Rendell, according to conservative magazine The Weekly Standard has responded in a way to be emulated (Ed Rendell Teaches Everyone How To Respond To A Thinly Sources Sex Scandal Rumor)
The priority for a NEWS operation should be NEWS not protection of its favorites. But the alleged news outlet, The Portland Tribune, protected Al Gore and defrauded its readers:
“Portland’s Oregonian today printed a police report echoing a National Enquirer story that a masseuse accused Al Gore of sexual harassment in 2006.
The woman did not wind up pursuing her complaint, for reasons unclear. It’s also worth noting that the Portland Tribune had the story two years ago, and writes that it “chose at that time not to publish a story.”
UPDATE: Portland Tribune executive editor Mark Garber declined to discuss the story in detail, but did shed a bit more light on why his paper had chosen not to run with it, based on what he called “many of the test points that we would normally have to determine whether there was sufficient evidence that something inappropriate had occurred.”
“We weren’t able to meet our own test,” he said.
The paper also quoted a Gore spokeswoman, Kalee Krieder, saying, “Not only has there not been a settlement, we haven’t been approached about one nor can we imagine any basis for one.”
Big Media outlet The Portland Tribune did its readers a disservice by keeping the public ignorant of a major story about a major public figure in a story with a police report. The Portland Tribune‘s excuses for not informing their readers and the American public are not believable and are not the standard a NEWS operation should operate under.
Al Gore was protected. It’s possible that his issue posture in a state in which environmentalism is very popular protected him. Al Gore has almost disappeared from the environmental debate at a moment when there is an environmental catastrophe in the Gulf Of Mexico. This is very odd. But we are used to oddity when it comes to Obama.
“A top aide to former Gov. Rod Blagojevich said he believed Barack Obama knew of Blagojevich’s plot to win himself a presidential Cabinet post in exchange for appointing Valerie Jarrett to the U.S. Senate.
John Harris, Blagojevich’s former chief of staff, testified Wednesday in the former governor’s corruption trial that three days after the Nov. 4, 2008, presidential election, the ex-governor told Harris he felt confident Obama knew he wanted to swap perks.
“The president understands that the governor would be willing to make the appointment of Valerie Jarrett as long as he gets what he’s asked for. . . . The governor gets the Cabinet appointment he’s asked for,” Harris said, explaining a recorded call.
Harris said Blagojevich came away believing Obama knew what he wanted after having a conversation with a local union representative, who in turn spoke with labor leader Tom Balanoff, with whom Blagojevich met to discuss a Jarrett appointment. Jarrett, now a White House adviser, was seeking the appointment to Obama’s Senate seat.
Defense lawyers say Harris’ testimony contradicts the government’s previous public statements that Obama knew nothing about deal-making involving the Senate seat appointment.
The defense on Wednesday moved to force the prosecution to turn over FBI reports of Obama’s interview with federal agents in December of 2008. Obama is not accused of wrongdoing.
“Testimony elicited by the government from John Harris and wiretaps played in court raise the issue of President Obama’s direct knowledge and communication with emissaries and others regarding the appointment to his Senate seat,” lawyers wrote in the filing.”
“Obama is not accused of wrongdoing” only by those blind or willfully blind. Obama must be dragged away from the gold courses and to the witness stand even if the defense has to hire Tiger Woods’ wife to chase him with a gold club to testify.
Just before the trial began, a major victory for the Obama protection squads was announced. For many obvious reasons Barack Obama should have been called as a witness in the trial, but the presiding Judge instead issued various protective rulings and an order which meant Obama would not have to testify and be subjected to cross examination.
After yesterday’s testimony we know that Obama’s testimony to the FBI contradicts one of the main witnesses against Blagojevich. Rahm Emanuel provided a list to Blagojevich of Obama’s supposed choices to replace him. Obama should be dragged to the stand to either refute the testimony or confirm it. Obama should be cross examined, at length, about Chicago Corruption and his relationship with Rezko and other criminals. Blagojevich should be allowed access to Obama’s FBI testimony and any inconsistencies by Obama given a proctology exam.
At the very minimum, Big Media should ask the questions that Blagojevich’s lawyers are thus far prevented from asking. What did Obama know and when did he know it. For that matter, even though we hope the story has no semblance to the truth, Al Gore needs to be asked the questions John Edwards was not asked because Gore purports to be a moral leader on public issues and because there is a public report with allegations and circumstantial evidence (the bill and the dates confirm aspects of the story) that support the allegations.
Big Media deserves to die because Big Media protects its friends and attacks its enemies. No thought is given to the public interest by Big Media even though the American Constitution protects the “press” in the interests of an informed citizenry.
Big Media failed to vet Barack Obama in 2007, 2008, 2009 and in 2010. It’s about time Big Media outlets did their job. Till then trust hookers, drug dealers, petty thieves and masseuses for the news before you trust Big Media.
The biggest of those taps is what will happen now in Afghanistan? There is supposed to be a major offensive there later this year, will that still happen? Afghanistan, the story Obama does not want on the front pages is now back on the front pages and on the front burner. Will Obama now be forced to get off the golf carts and into caring about what happens in Afghanistan?
A dissatisfied General McChrystal wanted to “shake things up” and he sure did. Obama ignored the infighting and the divisions within American military forces and civilian authorities in Afghanistan and he can no longer do so. Obama Hopium Guzzlers mostly reject the one promise Obama has done the most to keep – the Afghanistan War. Will the strategies and policies, such as they are, in Afghanistan stay in place or will there now be a push for yet another review? Clearly many, not just McChrystal, and not just the “pro-war” side, are not happy with what is going on in Afghanistan.
It’s now, beyond any doubt, Obama’s Afghanistan War. Saying he needs “unity” across “his” national security team Obama added, “I welcome debate among my team, but I won’t tolerate division. All of us have personal interests, all of us have opinions, our politics often fuels conflict, but we have to renew our sense of common purpose and meet our responsibilities to one another and to our troops who are in harm’s way, and to our country.” Tell that to Move-On.
“Two people involved in the Gulf oil spill cleanup effort have died, the U.S. Coast Guard reported.
Meantime, tens of thousands of gallons more oil gushed into the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday after an undersea robot bumped a venting system, forcing BP to remove the cap that had been containing some of the crude.
It was yet another setback in the nine-week effort to stop the gusher, and it came as thick pools of oil washed up on Pensacola Beach in Florida and the Obama administration tried to figure out how to resurrect a six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling.”
Disaster breeds disaster. A boob breeds boobery.
By now the Obama “governing” style is clear – knock a disaster off the front pages with another disaster followed by another disaster followed by another disaster. It’s a unique way to control the narrative.
As the American gulf coast continues to be destroyed by Obama incompetence and nonchalance, it is only by the grace of another disaster that it has temporarily been pushed off the front pages. But the below the surface oil monster, will rise again. Other Obama disasters will replace Obama disasters. Today we wait to update yesterday’s McChrystal article with the latest boobery on McChrystal and Afghanistan once news of the chest pounding meeting arrives. Meanwhile…
Consider, yesterday the Hopium Guzzler dream of 40 years of Dimocratic rule due to demographic changes in the American electorate was shattered. In primary elections yesterday Republicans nominated a 38 year old woman as their nominee for Governor in the state of South Carolina. That she is a former Sikh and of sub-continent Indian heritage shows that Republicans will, as we predicted, adjust to whatever demographic realities develop. The future belongs to the swift, not the corrupt. In addition, black Republican Tim Scott, also endorsed by Sarah Palin, beat the son of long dead segregationist Strom Thurmond in a big victory and will likely become the next congressman from the South Carolina district. It’s not just Nikki Haley and Tim Scott – there are others. Louisiana Governor (and Indian-American) Bobby Jindal might be joined by “rainbow” candidates such as Susana Martinez (New Mexico governor nominee), Marco Rubio (Florida Senate nominee), and lots of women.
Consider, yesterday we learned that at a time when wise budgeting matters most, there will be no budget prepared by Obama Dimocrats in Congress this year. The most basic job for a legislature, won’t be done. What Democrats used to condemn when Republicans governed is now what Obama Dimocrats will also do. A total failure of leadership. Obama Dimocrats won’t pass a budget or even prepare a budget for fear of failure and exposure as irresponsible spenders.
Consider, yesterday we learned that the massive gusher of incompetence and deceit from Obama Dimocrats who plan to raise middle class taxes during economic turmoil in order to spend more (“tax and spend liberals/Dimocrats” is sure to make a comeback thanks to Barack Obama – killing all the “re-branding” and responsible economic policies of Bill Clinton). Now that more money is wanted for more uncoordinated spending, the “read my lips – no middle class tax increases” promise is no longer operative. If there is a need for more taxes there should be a budget. But there is no budget. There will be new middle class taxes.
Consider, the boobs are now pointing fingers at the boobs, without shame or apology.
Yesterday Obama fluffer and Hillary opponent Bob Herbert wrote a column titled “When Greatness Slips Away“. In his column Herbert strolls through the years blaming George W. Bush for various mishaps and boobery. Herbert mentions the economic mess at the end of 2009 and lost opportunities (without naming Obama) to address these issues. The destruction, as economic policy, of huge parts of Detroit is also mentioned as an example of the “helplessness” (Hey Bob, are you reading Big Pink to come up with that “helpless” bit?) Americans feel. Ditto the oil gusher.
Bob Herbert then has the cheek to ask: “How is it possible that we would let this happen?” Look in the mirror Bob, look in the mirror. You are one of many of your “journalistic” ilk who refused to vet Barack Obama and helped to unload this Chicago flim-flam man, devoid of any expertise ‘cept self-promotion and self-advancement into the White House. Our question to Bob is “How is it possible that YOU would let this happen?”
Richard Cohen, a member of Bob’s ilk, likewise discusses “The Riddle of an Enigma“. Writes this boob:
“It can seem that at the heart of Barack Obama’s foreign policy is no heart at all. It consists instead of a series of challenges — of problems that need fixing, not wrongs that need to be righted. As Winston Churchill once said of a certain pudding, Obama’s approach to foreign affairs lacks theme. So it seems does the man himself.[snip]
The president seems to stand foursquare for nothing much.
This, of course, is the Obama enigma: Who is this guy? What are his core beliefs? The president himself is no help on this score.”
“One can understand. Obama’s father deserted the family and afterward visited his son only once. He twice was separated from his mother, who lived in Indonesia without him. He was partially raised by his grandparents — an elderly white couple. If the president is what the shrinks call “well-defended,” who can blame him? [snip]
The consequences are unfortunate. Obama’s opaqueness has enabled his enemies — they are not mere critics — to define him as they choose. [snip] This makes it a lot easier to say what he is not than what he is.
Fortune has not smiled on Obama’s presidency. His one uncontested attribute — a shimmering intellect — has become suspect. A world of smart guys has turned against us. Everyone at Goldman Sachs is smart, but they seem to have the amorality…. [snip]
The oil industry is full of smart people and so is the mortgage industry. Smart people seem to have brought us nothing but trouble. Smarts without values is dangerous — threatening, scary, virtually un-American. [snip]
Experience has become a handicap and inexperience a virtue.”
Where was this dunderhead when we needed him to vet Obama and retype what we have been writing for more than three years now? Only now does Cohen say about Obama: “It is essential, though, that he show us who he is. As of now, we haven’t a clue.” That is supposed to be your job Cohen, to vet and investigate and question.
Herbert, Cohen – willfully clueless along with the rest of their treacherous brethren. Jason Horowitz, sophomoric Vergil pretensions never outgrown, perseveres with his willful cluelessness and examines the Obama “narrative”.
“Like, say, the time in January, when this paper characterized Obama’s State of the Union address as “an effort to set the narrative on Obama’s first year,” or in April, when the Huffington Post set about “Rediscovering the Obama Narrative,” or this month, when New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd wondered how such a gifted storyteller could “lose control of his own narrative.” Sing to me, Muse, of the dismay Mark Halperin registered on his blog, the Page, when he wrote “Pundit/Press Narrative Forms Against Obama.”
Journalists and politicians know that voters, like everyone else, are hard-wired to understand the world through stories. Elections are contests between competing story lines, something Obama, himself an elegant writer, and his team of political image editors were keenly aware of as they crafted the protagonist as a transformative Washington outsider, whose unerringly serious, postpartisan belief in competence, bridge-building and doing the right thing would improve the nation. That sympathetic character won 53 percent of general-election voters.
But now his narrative has taken on a life of its own.”
“The BP oil spill has largely been treated as the latest plot twist in the Obama epic. The plume of crude rising from the seabed is not only the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history, darkening the gulf and thousands of lives and pervading the nation with a sense of helplessness, it is a metaphor for Obama’s loss of control, a revealing moment to study our protagonist. Will he feel the seafarer’s pain? Will he shake with fury? Will he weep tears into the salty sea? Sing to me, Muse, of the wrath of Washington’s Achilles.”
Horowitz gets paid for recycling “helplessness” (from us, not Bob) and recalling sophomoric conceits. And they wonder why the “news biz” is in such deep seas.
Utilizing an explanation of “narrative” to defend Obama, Jason Horowitz only contributes this bit of intelligence, which comes from Lyndon Johnson biographer Robert Caro: “But a week later, the columnists that were authoritatively saying one thing were saying the opposite in an equally authoritative voice.” Paging Herbert and Cohen and the rest of the treacherous (this means you Eugene) brethren.
Obama world is in disarray, but Obama is not alone to blame. The ones who enabled him must be routed as well.
“The fear of Hillary Clinton is growing. Hillary Clinton is increasingly viewed as a threat because she can be the 44th person to take the oath of office (Grover Cleveland had two non-consecutive terms, so Hillary can be the 44th person to take the oath of office and be 44 still). The secret war has begun.[snip]
Sean Hannity began with a tedious recitation of a Washington Post story published that very day. The Washington Post story was a hit piece against Bill and Hillary Clinton. Hannity saw the article as another opportunity to bash and beat the Clintons. Andrew Breitbart was not a fool however. Breitbart saw the hit for what it was.[snip]
BREITBART: That’s the answer, is that they all come from that basic orientation. I think that, quite frankly, Hillary Clinton, if she were in charge, would actually be a hell of a lot tougher than Barack Obama is. And perhaps that’s what this entire article in The Washington Post is about, is that she’s been standing off to the side and allowing for these people to hang themselves with their inept behavior.
Andrew Breitbart is right when he says “THAT’S WHAT THIS ENTIRE ARTICLE IN THE WASHINGTON POST IS ABOUT”. Someone, from Chicago, put a hit job out on Hillary Clinton and the Washington Post willingly published. It’s a secret war we are witnessing, not in Afghanistan or Iraq or Pakistan – but in Washington, D.C. as Obama thugs try to take down the qualified and experienced on Day 1 Hillary Clinton. [snip]
Sean Hannity, blinded by his Hillary hate missed a big story stinking up right under his nose. Andrew Breitbart provided an important story but Hannity is so prejudiced and blinded he can’t smell or see a big story when it bites him.
Sean Hannity ignored a big story in order to parrot an obvious hit piece authored at the White House and published in the Washington Post.
There is a secret war of attacks by Barack Obama against Hillary Clinton but Hannity is too busy hating to see it. The more Obama attacks, the more coy Hillary Clinton becomes. Her laughter can be heard throughout Washington.”
So what is this interview story? General McChrystal, you know, the guy in charge in Afghanistan gave an interview to Obama lover magazine Rolling Stone. General McChrystal told the truth and now he is in trouble (recall General Shinseki versus George W. Bush).
“The top U.S. war commander in Afghanistan is being called to the White House for a meeting with President Obama after issuing an apology Tuesday for an interview in which he took shots at top administration officials and his staff described the president as unprepared for their first one-on-one encounter.
In the article in this week’s issue of Rolling Stone, Gen. Stanley McChrystal also said he felt betrayed and blind-sided by his diplomatic partner, Ambassador Karl Eikenberry.[snip]
The article says that although McChrystal voted for Obama, the two failed to connect from the start. Obama called McChrystal on the carpet last fall for speaking too bluntly about his desire for more troops.
“I found that time painful,” McChrystal said in the article, on newsstands Friday. “I was selling an unsellable position.”
It quoted an adviser to McChrystal dismissing the early meeting with Obama as a “10-minute photo op.”[snip]
The profile, titled “The Runaway General,” emerged from several weeks of interviews and travel with McChrystal’s tight circle of aides this spring.
It includes a list of administration figures said to back McChrystal, including Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and puts Vice President Joe Biden at the top of a list of those who don’t.
The article claims McChrystal has seized control of the war “by never taking his eye off the real enemy: The wimps in the White House.”
General Shinseki was fired by George W. Bush for telling the truth and now General McChrystal is in trouble for telling the truth. But at least the truth is out. General McChrystal dared to give the interview to Rolling Stone magazine because he has protectors and people who know the truth must come out about Obama’s bumbling in Afghanistan. Those protectors in the great bureaucratic war are Secretary of Defense Gates and Secretary of State Clinton.
The less informed, the ones who want to protect Barack Obama’s bumbling and stumbling, will portray this situation as a President Truman versus Douglas MacArthur battle. But Shinseki is the model in this sub rosa war via the bureaucracy. The lances and maces of this bureaucratic war are reports, interviews, and hidden alliances.
In testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last year, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stated that “…one of the major sources of funding for the Taliban is the protection money.” This is Hillary’s way of saying that the U.S. government itself is the one funding the Taliban in the war against the United States. Someone has to tell the truth about the Afghanistan war and Hillary Clinton told the truth.
Hillary Clinton told the truth about the bumbling and stumbling Obama and that costs American men and women their lives – but no one paid attention due to the many other disasters authored or perpetuated by Barack Obama. That report contained many horror stories in addition to the point Hillary made. Little attention was paid. Something else had to be done to call attention to the Afghanistan nightmare. General McChrystal stepped up.
“What in the heck was Gen. Stanley McChrystal thinking? I mean, I know what he was thinking: he was tired of being the victim of what he believes is a concerted effort on behalf of Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry and others to undermine everything he was given 18 months to do. He was tired of being perceived in the press as a neoconservative killer, Dick Cheney’s hired assassin, or disloyal to President Obama and his staff. He was angry at being blamed for leaking the draft of his report to the President to Bob Woodward. (He did NOT leak the document). He was miffed that a large number of mid-ranking soldiers and battalion commanders and enlisted guys didn’t support his strategy. [snip]
During the strategy review, Eikenberry didn’t think McChrystal’s surge could work. He told the White House that contractors would have to pick up the slack for years to come. McChrystal insisted that he could execute his COIN strategy with a heavy presence of special operations forces … and be out in 18 months (i.e, troops would begin to be drawn down). The White House ultimately sided with McChrystal.
But there were tensions. Even though McChrystal voted for Obama and told him so during their first meeting, he sensed that a number of senior White House aides didn’t really believe that the former commander of the military’s special missions unit during the Bush-Cheney years was suddenly on their side. National Security Adviser James Jones, who is a bit of cipher to McChrystal’s team, may or may not have been one of these aides. No one in the West Wing bought all that liberal internet chatter about JSOC’s alleged crimes — but no one really didn’t buy it, either.”
“Part of the problem is structural: The Defense Department budget exceeds $600 billion a year, while the State Department receives only $50 billion. But part of the problem is personal: In private, Team McChrystal likes to talk shit about many of Obama’s top people on the diplomatic side. One aide calls Jim Jones, a retired four-star general and veteran of the Cold War, a “clown” who remains “stuck in 1985.” Politicians like McCain and Kerry, says another aide, “turn up, have a meeting with Karzai, criticize him at the airport press conference, then get back for the Sunday talk shows. Frankly, it’s not very helpful.” Only Hillary Clinton receives good reviews from McChrystal’s inner circle. “Hillary had Stan’s back during the strategic review,” says an adviser. “She said, ‘If Stan wants it, give him what he needs.’ ”
Hillary Clinton knows you either fight a war with the resources you need or you fail. McChrystal speaking out was required. Without doubt, insubordination from a top military officer is dangerous in a democracy. However, silence, when speaking up and telling the truth is required to change a failed policy, is sometimes necessary. McChrystal could have resigned and then let loose. However such additional chaos at the top, not only from bumbling Obama but then to be compounded by a replacement General, would hurt America’s timetable to reduce forces in Afghanistan.
General McChrystal has done the nation a service by exposing the boobery at the top. American Generals in Vietnam kept silent for too long. American Generals (not Shinseki) in Iraq kept silent for too long. When the boobery is at the very top, silence equals death.
The war in Iraq and Afghanistan will continue.
The war between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama will continue. Boobery will be defeated.
Here comes Summer! The calendar says Summer! Summer! but, sorry to tell you this, – this is as good as it gets with a certain boob in the White House. Yup. As rotten and as horrible as many know this time to be: It’s going to get worse.
As bad as things are now, this is the Springtime of our discontent. The Winter of our discontent is yet to come. So – happy first day of Summer! Worse times are ahead! Hooray! and Boo!
Let’s get our title explanation at least partly out of the way. Someone sent us a link to a bunch of Farkin’ idiots who appear to be extremely uninformed but willing to display their lack of knowledge and Hopium dementia in a shamelessly ostentatious way. These Farkin’ idiots confirm our analysis that it will take a devastating defeat in November to get Obama Hopium guzzlers to wake up from their narcotic stupor and throw the bum out.
The uninformed idiots are devoid of some basic facts about how unpopular their Mess-iah has become. They seem unaware of Obama’s Katrina too. Hillary’s popularity and the boob’s desperate need for her, escape these idiots as well. However, time was when these types of Farkin’ idiots could attack Hillary Clinton or her supporters and the cheers would be unanimous at their Hopium dens stinking of Chicago stockyard incense, walls covered with fashion don’t Michelle. No longer. Even in the deep dens of denial, a pink light shines now forcing them to confront the truth.
“The Anosognosic’s Dilemma: Something’s Wrong but You’ll Never Know What It Is (Part 1)[snip]
ERROL MORRIS: Yes. Maybe it’s an effective strategy for dealing with life. Not dealing with it.
David Dunning, in his book “Self-Insight,” calls the Dunning-Kruger Effect “the anosognosia of everyday life.” When I first heard the word “anosognosia,” I had to look it up. Here’s one definition:
Anosognosia is a condition in which a person who suffers from a disability seems unaware of or denies the existence of his or her disability. 
Dunning‘s juxtaposition of anosognosia with everyday life is a surprising and suggestive turn of phrase. After all, anosognosia comes originally from the world of neurology and is the name of a specific neurological disorder.
DAVID DUNNING: An anosognosic patient who is paralyzed simply does not know that he is paralyzed. If you put a pencil in front of them and ask them to pick up the pencil in front of their left hand they won’t do it. And you ask them why, and they’ll say, “Well, I’m tired,” or “I don’t need a pencil.” They literally aren’t alerted to their own paralysis. There is some monitoring system on the right side of the brain that has been damaged, as well as the damage that’s related to the paralysis on the left side. There is also something similar called “hemispatial neglect.” It has to do with a kind of brain damage where people literally cannot see or they can’t pay attention to one side of their environment. If they’re men, they literally only shave one half of their face. And they’re not aware about the other half. If you put food in front of them, they’ll eat half of what’s on the plate and then complain that there’s too little food. You could think of the Dunning-Kruger Effect as a psychological version of this physiological problem. If you have, for lack of a better term, damage to your expertise or imperfection in your knowledge or skill, you’re left literally not knowing that you have that damage. It was an analogy for us.”
It’s, as footnote 12 informs us, “the infirmity that cannot be known nor perceived.” As #12 also warns us, we should not remove terminology from the world of neurology and place it in an “inappropriate and anachronistic social science setting.” Still, warnings aside and our tongue in cheek, Anosognosia explains something about Obama and his minions.
“What I suspect is that the president is probably a clinical narcissist. This is not necessarily a bad condition if one maintains for oneself what the psychiatrists call an “optimal margin of illusion,” that is, the margin of hope that allows you to work. But what if his narcissism blinds him to the issues and problems in the world and the inveterate foes of the nation that are not susceptible to his charms?”
Back then we called Big Media the “enablers” of the narcissist. George Will thought that with the Copenhagen speeches to get Chicago the Olympics, Barack Obama and Michelle Obama forced us to consider the possibility that “narcissism has suddenly become an Olympic sport“.
Is it Narcissism or Anosognosia, a combination of both, or some new “well from Hell” gusher from the world of dementia? Lordy, Lord, help us.
The possibility that Obama and his minions have missed the bad news oozing onto the consciousness of America and the world is slim at best. Just today, the rumors of a “Clinton-Obama” rematch are circulating yet again.
“The rumors are flying that Rahm Emanuel will leave the White House after the 2010 elections. Is this a sign that Hillary Clinton will challenge Barack Obama in 2012? There are other clues that the former First Lady wants a rematch of 2008’s bruising Democrat primary in 2012.”
The article has more of the tea leaf reading that many enjoy doing these days along with many of the articles and facts we have cited ( polls on Hillary showing she is popular, polls on Obama showing he is an unpopular boob, polls showing Big Media is less protective these days, more on the dump Biden get Hillary White House propaganda, the Rahm rumors about leaving). It includes a nifty Hillary 2012 poster. [We’ve made our position clear on these matters: there will be no primary challenge but our job is to expose Obama’s boobery and drive him from the race and save America. Hooray!]
Fathers (and Mothers) who at any point doubt their importance can look to 1600 Pennsylvania. Fathers (biological and otherwise, and we include father figures when there is no father present) or substitutes of some sort (of whatever gender) are needed. It’s great when the biological father is present – but if the guy is an irresponsible or abusive self-centered boob – call in a substitute.
While many say Obama, despite being raised by wolves, grew up to be a well adjusted individual, we have to look at the evidence he has left behind, not what self-interested hacks delare. The evidence suggests otherwise. We believe the evidence suggests Obama learned to be a flim-flam back slapper type who did whatever helped him as a survival method when he was an boy. Now Obama has devolved into a cold, arrogant and aloof personality who does not care about anyone but himself. One example of this type of behavior and it’s political consequences, drawn from today’s Washington Post:
“The standard rule of midterm elections is that only the most reliable voters show up at the polls, so both parties have traditionally focused on the unglamorous and conventional work that turns out their bases. But this year, the Democrats are doubling down on registering and motivating newer voters — especially the 15 million heavily minority and young, who made it to the polls for the first time in the last presidential election.
“It’s a great experiment to see whether we can bring out voters whose only previous vote was in 2008,” said Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
The party’s overall budget for reaching new voters is more than twice as big as the $17 million it spent during the tumultuous 2006 midterm, which returned control of both houses of Congress to the Democrats.
Much about its “Vote 2010” effort has that way-back feel of two years ago: legions of canvassers going door-to-door, a stream of inspirational videos, an e-mail list of more than 13 million, and ads on Web sites including Latina.com, BlackPlanet.com, YELP.com and DailyCandy.
On Thursday, the 2008 presidential campaign’s surviving grassroots operation, now Organizing for America, unveiled a spiffy Web site where supporters can get customized information about voting rules and deadlines in their states. It takes but a few keystrokes to fill in a voter registration form that then requires only a signature and a stamp.[snip]
There does not seem to be a similar effort within the GOP. A spokesman would not discuss its operations and scoffed at the bet that Democrats are making this year. “When that announcement was made, it just wasn’t taken very credibly,” says Republican National Committee spokesman Doug Heye. “Those voters just aren’t going to be there this time.”
He’s not alone in thinking that.”
Nothing shocking in the above. Perhaps the investment is stupid and stupid is as stupid does. But perhaps there is a more wolfish explanation:
“Some veteran Democratic Party operatives are also skeptical that the $50 million investment will pay off — except, perhaps, in keeping the grassroots operation alive for Obama’s reelection bid two years from now. Some even suggest that the president’s team has put his long-term interests ahead of his party’s immediate struggle for survival.
“I have zero confidence that they’re heading in the right direction here,” says one longtime Democratic organizer who didn’t want to be quoted by name criticizing his party’s major midterm election initiative. Added another: “I think they’re going to come in for a very rude awakening. It’s going to be brutal.”
If that turns out to be the case, the doubters say, Democrats will wake up the morning of Nov. 3 wishing they had spent that $50 million on more traditional methods, like television ads, for reaching their base and persuading independents.”
It’s all about Obama. The wolf in president’s clothing.
The article details the level of anger, Dimocrats on Dimocrat violence and abuse. “I can’t tell you how much anger there is out there,” he said. “I have people ready to spit in my face.” The Obama re-election effort – let’s call this what it is because it has little to do with Dimocrats up for election in 2010 – will
“…embark on a massive new program this fall to register college students, including many who volunteered for Obama as high school students but were too young to vote.
It is working barbershops and beauty salons in African American communities, and organizing events around the World Cup to reach out to Latinos. Every Wednesday in California, party organizers and volunteers attend naturalization ceremonies.
But what will matter more than anything else, many Democrats say, is Obama himself. [snip]
So the party will try things his way.
Has Obama indeed reinvented the art and science of winning elections, or will 2008 turn out to have been a unique moment that suited the particular gifts of one politician? The Democrats are about to lay down $50 million to find out.”
Dimocrats are about to invest another $50 million in a Cult of Obama drum circle. It’s all about Obama. Goofballs like Jonathan Alter worry that their precious issues, whatever they are, can be rescued by Obama. These boobs don’t seem to realize that all Obama cares about is Obama.Alter writes:
“If the president can’t put the antigovernment, Tea Party types in their place now, when will he? The legacy of the American progressive tradition is on the line.”
Good-bye “American progressive tradition”. Goofballs like Alter think Obama gives a rat’s, um, tail about anything but himself and these boobs refuse to wake up and realize that all their precious traditions or core values or basic decencies don’t mean a damn thing to a boy raised by wolves.
Malicious Frank Rich has his own Obama delusions. Frank Rich loves the Obama 9/11 analogy in the flaccid Tuesday speech. Frank Rich loves the war analogy of the Gulf Oil battle. But Rich is limp with Obama’s “The buck stops elsewhere” meanderings. Still Rich is defending Obama. Rich defends Obama but with less and less conviction or principles. Frank Rich echoes goofball Jonathan Alter and his ‘lost tradition’ foolishness today:
In this 9/11, it’s not just the future of the gulf coast, energy policy or his presidency that’s in jeopardy. What’s also being tarred daily by the gushing oil is the very notion that government can accomplish anything. The current crisis in that faith predates this disaster. In the short history of the Obama White House, two of its most urgent projects, reducing unemployment and pacifying Afghanistan, have yet to yield persuasive results. The dividends on the third, health care reform, won’t be in the mail for years.
Given that record of incompletes, the government’s failure to police BP and the administration’s seeming impotence once disaster struck couldn’t have been more ill-timed. And there’s no miracle fix. Obama can’t play Aquaman in the gulf, he can’t coax a new jobs program out of a deficit-fixated Congress, and he can’t quit Harmid Karzai. Indeed, if the president had actually outlined new energy policies Tuesday night, they would have been dismissed as more empty promises from a government that can’t even measure the extent of the spill.
While Obama ended his speech with an exhortation for prayer, hope for divine intervention is no substitute for his own intercession.
Frank Rich does not understand that he has been so thoroughly bamboozled that he will not see the two obvious truths: Obama is not qualified to be president; Obama only cares about himself – not Frank Rich’s beliefs in government nor Alter’s “progressive traditions”. Obama was raised by wolves. Obama only cares about himself.
Frank Rich is quite the desperate man today. Rich has all the prescriptions for Obama written down. If only Obama gave a damn about America or Frank Rich’s dreams. Poor desperate, helpless boob that is Frankie boob:
“The president must come clean and clean house not just because it’s right. He must rebuild confidence in his government for that inevitable day when the next crisis hits the fan. That would be Afghanistan, and the day is rapidly arriving. [snip]
The president’s shake-up of his own governance can’t wait, as tradition often has it, until after the next election. The Tea Party is at the barricades.“
Frank Rich today reminded us of a desperate junkie, doing and saying anything for one more fix. One more shot of that drug. The perspiration has Rich’s suit soaked. His few hairs are matted down. The upper lip now covered in Nixonian dew. The forehead covered in droplets of sweat dropping down past his brows onto the massive belly. “Just one more shot of Hopium please – I nee, need itttt rreal bad— pleassse just one for shot to take away the pain…”
Only now does Frank Rich worry about what it means to elect an unqualified boob who is a careerist and selfish. Frank Rich wants Obama to see the danger to government in the same way Alter warns Obama about the danger to “progressive traditions”.
But Obama doesn’t care. He was raised by wolves. His own daddy a preying wolf. His mommy abandoning the boy to wolves. A wolf boy abandoned by a wolf dad and a mother too busy to bother with the boy who learned to care only about himself.
Bill Clinton has a complex history with daddy. There were many “uncles” and such. Eventually one stayed to adopt Bill. Bill’s mother raised a wonderful son and eventually Bill had a substitute who became a true “dad” to Bill.
60 Minutes interviewed Bill Clinton and asked some difficult questions which give us clues as to what made Bill Clinton the boy, into Bill Clinton the man, and Bill Clinton the president:
“The 42nd president of the United States says he views his economic plan as the greatest accomplishment of his presidency.
“The fact that we were able to have 22 million jobs, and record home ownership, and lower interest rates of the people actually had the ability to do more things than ever before,” says Mr. Clinton. [snip]
“And international affairs, I regret that I didn’t succeed in getting Osama bin Laden. And equally, I’m sorry that I wasn’t able enough to convince the Israelis and the Palestinians to make peace.”
On a personal level, he says that his daughter, Chelsea’s, high school graduation was the best day he had in the White House: “When I saw what she had become and asked me to speak. And I talked about what it was like to be a parent, and how I felt about her. That’s probably the best day.”
“That was just a simple day when I had to acknowledge to the people I loved most in the world that I had failed. I had done something bad. And I hadn’t felt I could tell them about it before,” recalls Mr. Clinton.
“And it was an awful, because there was no — it wasn’t about comparing what I had done or what was being done to me. It was just about facing up to my failure. It was a bad day. … All my bad personal days in the White House were related to what I thought were shortcomings of my own.”
But it was the days in Hope, or Hot Springs, both are revelatory names and places – that made Bill Clinton the man and the president he is today:
At the beginning of his 957-page book, Mr. Clinton says that he believes the roots of his successes and failures are directly linked to his years growing up in Arkansas. So 60 Minutes asked the former president to take us back to his home state to learn about the problems he had growing up.
On the front porch of boyhood house in Hope, Ark., Mr. Clinton told Rather about his stepfather, Roger Clinton, the second husband that his mother, Virginia Kelley, married. His nickname, says Mr. Clinton, was “Dude,” and he was an abusive alcoholic.
“I do not believe that she would have married him if he had ever abused her — before they got married. That’s something that happened afterwards,” says Mr. Clinton. “But you might say that – maybe mother liked guys that were a bit rakish. She probably thought she could tame them. They liked her.”
But Virginia couldn’t tame Roger Clinton or stop him from attacking her with his fists, a pair of scissors, and even shooting his gun at her.
“This sounds crazy but I never hated my stepfather, Roger Clinton. Even after he pulled the trigger in here, when he was drunk, even after he beat my mother — even after I got big enough to stop him from beating my mother,” says Mr. Clinton.”
All of that horror, and yet little Bill Clinton did not hate. Little Bill Clinton did not become a feral child. How? Why?
“I had some understanding that he was a good man and couldn’t whip his drinking problem. And that he was full of demons that he couldn’t control it and he took it out in destructive, hateful ways. I hated what he did, but I never hated him.”
Mr. Clinton never told any of his friends what was going on at home. As he writes in his book, from his childhood into his adult years in politics, he has lived “two parallel lives” — the public one everyone knew about, and a dark secret one he says he says he never talked about.
“I don’t think I was conscious of it in the beginning. But at some point, when I had moved to Hot Springs, and we just kept having these violent incidents in our home, and I realized that I never talked about it,” recalls Mr. Clinton. “And as far as I know, nobody knew about it. I became aware it was a conscious decision that my mother and I had made to carry on. … Yeah, carry on, and just go on and try to make a normal life.”
No hate, carry on, understanding, parallel life – mostly good, some bad. At the foundational level however, we see Bill Clinton, demons and all, still a good boy who grew into a good man.
And Bill Clinton’s father – fathers? Listen to what Bill has to say. Understand, especially you parents, what Bill has to say:
“At Hope, the former president took 60 Minutes to the cemetery where both his mother and his biological father, William Jefferson Blythe, were buried – and told Rather why he always feels comfortable there.
“I never felt cemeteries were bad or morbid places. I think they’re places of homecoming and keep the ties going,” says Mr. Clinton.
Bill Clinton had two fathers: The abusive Roger Clinton, and Blythe, his biological father who died before Clinton was even born.
Mr. Clinton recalls Blythe’s death: “Mother came home here because she was pregnant with me. And he was coming down to get her and he was killed on a highway. His tire blew out on a wet highway and he was thrown into a drainage ditch in Missouri, and he was actually not injured all that badly but he was knocked out and he drowned in the ditch.”
It turns out Blythe was married three times before he met Mr. Clinton’s mother. But the former president wasn’t told that until after he was elected to the White House. He wasn’t told because his mother didn’t know either.
“You know, my mother was married five times to four men. Because she married my stepfather Roger Clinton twice, because they divorced once and then they remarried,” says Mr. Clinton, pointing out his mother’s grave. “My mother was widowed three times. She had a lot of sadness to her life. But she always carried on.”
So did Bill Clinton. While his mother was divorced from Roger Clinton, the former president decided to change his name legally to Clinton. Why did he keep the first and second names of his biological father, William Jefferson, but not the last name?
“I think the fact that I was born without a father, and that I spent a lifetime trying to put together a picture of one also had a lot to do with how I turned out,” says Mr. Clinton. “Good and not so good. But I think on balance, more good than bad. But it had a lot to do with it.”
More good than bad. That painful history led to a lot of good for a lot of people. Let the saints judge the personal weaknesses. Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone. Bill cares. Putting People First. He tried and succeeded to make things better. He’s still working. He’s still making things better. It started when he was a little boy.
We’re embarrassed by our headline so, like the Obama oil scandal soaked White House, we publish this late on a Friday and attach a question mark to lessen our shame. Bad, Big Pink. Slap yourself Big Pink.
But we do actually have a serious point we want to make. And make it we will.
We would never eat a wonderfully cooked and prepared and presented nutritious dinner, crafted from the best chefs, on the most expensive and gorgeous Czarist Russia dinnerware, René Jules Lalique goblets borrowed from Versailles, glittering, served in a castle by elegant tuxedo suited man-servants – if that dinner had fecal matter sitting on top of the main dish. Ugh. No. Hillary Clinton is that wonderful dinner. Barack Obama is that fecal matter.
That is as elegant/inelegant a way to say that not even the lovely Hillary Clinton could induce us to vote for Barack Obama. We write this because of all the gushing speculation lately that Hillary Clinton might replace Joe Biden and rescue Barack Obama in 2012.
Mess-iah Barack Obama needs a Savior and that Savior is Hillary Clinton. The Hope and Change is to dump Biden and beg Hillary to become Obama’s VP.
In 2008 we occasionally stated that an Obama/Hillary ticket would be perhaps difficult for us in the same way that a child might have an unsavory dinner vs luscious dessert moment. “Eat your vegetables and you can have your favorite dessert.”
No longer. Barack Obama is not a personality issue. True, here at Big Pink, Obama’s nasty self, his snubs, his self-worship and self-love, his Joker face, his head shape, his lanky akimbo self, the very air he breathes, his stinkiness which we can smell through the television – we have grown to dislike Obama personally. But as we have repeatedly written it is Obama and Obamaism that must be defeated, and defeated without mercy and without doubt.
“The person singularly responsible for these catastrophes and the policy singularly responsible is Obama and Obamaism.”
It is not only Barack Obama who must be defeated. Obama’s politics of division “situation comedy coalition” must be defeated and the Democratic Party resurrected and restored.
Now some Democrats are so disgusted, some newly minted Independents are so disgusted, many Republicans are so disgusted that their response is to say that they just want the Obama Dimocratic Party to die and that every Dimocratic elected official should be politically killed, – they never want to have anything to do with, ever again, with or for the Democratic or Dimocratic Party or anything it stands for, has ever stood for, or will ever stand for. We understand that level of disgust.
However, America needs the old Democratic Party. Republicans need the Democratic Party as it used to be before Barack Obama and his thugs so thoroughly trashed it, killed it, and replaced it with that monstrosity we dub the Obama Dimocratic Party.
As we have written before the Republican Party should be the party of the green eye-shade accountants always asking how much things cost and wanting America to either stay the same or go back to an earlier and mythical easier time. The Democratic Party, as it used to be, should be the party that wants to change things – for the better – and wants to move to the future.
The modern Republican Party, in other words, should be the stern “Daddy Party” of stereotypical fastidiousness, frugality, conservatism and the status quo. The modern Democratic Party, in other words, should be the smiling “Mommy Party” of stereotypical freshness, generosity, and daring coupled with change for the better. That’s what the Founding Fathers and Mothers wanted – faction versus faction leading to good government from the clash of ideas.
The Democratic Party, once resurrected, must be for CHANGE. But, it must be CHANGE FOR THE BETTER. We wrote that over and over and over in 2007-2008 but the Hopium guzzlers wanted change for the better or the worse – we got worse with Barack Obama.
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Why write about Boo Hillary today? Well, some are trying to Boo Hillary for all the wrong reasons. Ben Smith of Politico for instance is developing into a more sober version of Hillary Hater Chrissy Hitchens. Smith wrote today that Governor Brewer of Arizona “whacks Clinton“. But anyone with any sense can see Governor Brewer was upset with Barack Obama (not Hillary Clinton) for not having the decency to tell her, after he promised to keep her informed in their meeting (within 2 weeks), about what Obama was going to do about the Arizona law.
“He certainly shares the irritation of his more liberal strategists that Big Business is being insufficiently grateful for all he has done for their needs and the nation. And he certainly believes in the power of the market much more than his detractors understand, or than his support for some emergency measures would indicate. He is likely to be surprised by the number of defections of big-money Democrats who raised contributions for him in 2008 and who will now — after the financial regulation bill is signed into law — begin a rigorous three-year-long effort to eliminate Democratic control of Congress and remove Obama from the White House.“
That’s a sample of Big Media protection of Obama and an example of Obama supporters being pre-tarred for defections away from the catastrophe which is Barack Obama.
“i voted for the asshole myself. and i rue the day that i did. the fucker’s been terrible. just terrible. perhaps the most disappointing prez ever, what with all the opportunities (huge majority in both houses) and mandates and what not.
“In a typical concern trolling article claiming to want to “save the Democratic Party,” as well as President Obama’s “progressive agenda,” Lanny Davis suffers a bit of a Freudian slip in writing off President Obama’s re-election chances (emphasis mine):
Two events last week involving elements of the Democratic Party who call themselves the “true progressives” show a danger they represent to the progressive change they say they want to effect. Together they offer President Barack Obama an opportunity for a “Sister Souljah moment” – perhaps to save the Democratic Party majority in both houses of Congress, as well as his progressive agenda in the last two years of his administration.
The last two years of Obama’s administration, eh? I guess Davis has given up on the 2012 elections, since a victory in that election would mean the Obama administration has another six years (and seven months) to go.
Democrats and President Obama should definitely follow the electoral advice of someone who has written off Obama’s re-election chances in 2012. Anyone who offers you advice, and who thinks you are going to lose even if you follow that advice, must definitely be acting in good faith. As such, Obama and Dems should seize upon this can’t-miss “opportunity.”
“President Obama can confirm that the Democratic Party still stands for the centrist, Clintonian combination of fiscal conservatism, cultural moderation and progressive social programs that favor the middle class over the extremely wealthy — the best chance the Democrats have to hold their majorities in both houses of Congress and to enact the progressive changes that the critics on the left say they truly want.”
Lanny must have giggled for hours after writing that paragraph and the slap-slap two years assessment that let the dogs out.
But why Boo Hillary Clinton this Friday? Because the narrative to get Hillary to run with Barack Obama and thereby save his sorry ass must be, as ridiculous as the speculation is, stopped and stopped without blushing. Here’s some Fox News speculation from this month:
“While the country digests yesterday’s primaries, the White House political machine is undoubtedly working overtime on a more distant challenge – how to get President Obama reelected in 2012.
Here’s a prediction: the Obama administration will bounce Joe Biden off the 2012 ticket, and invite Hillary Clinton to run in his stead.”
“Data Point #1: Barack Obama’s free-fall in the polls. Data Point #2: Hillary Clinton’s rising popularity.
The next steps:
December, 2010: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton resigns. Says she’s “accomplished what she set out to do” and has “restored America’s position and standing in the world.” Will devote time to writing a “major book about America’s challenges, and opportunities, in a complex, multi-polar world.”
June 2011 – August 2011: The Clintons, inexplicably and very publicly, summer on Squam Lake, in New Hampshire. Lots of Hillary sightings in and around the area, criss-crossing the state. Bill and Hillary at the farmer’s market. At a county fair. You get the idea. ‘What’s she doing in New Hampshire?’ the media wonders.
Labor Day 2011: Delivering the Goods: What I Learned at the State Department, What I Learned from Main Street hits the bookstores. It’s a big bestseller. And very critical of the Obama administration.
September 2011: Terry McCauliffe block-books a couple of floors in the Hampton Suites in Iowa City, IA, and the Manchester Marriott in Manchester, NH.”
“I think the important datapoint here is the activist left’s fundamental rejection by the White House, borne out in the San Francisco protests which united Tea Partiers and Code Pinkers. Obama has disappointed his base in so many areas, either by failing to keep his promises or by dragging his feet on things they view as moral imperatives — on health care, on Gitmo, on Afghanistan, on security policy, on DADT, and on any number of other policies.[snip]
I honestly think there is an opening here for the return of Howard Dean. A strong ideological progressive who had an opening to gain the nomination in 2004 before his very public gaffe (amazingly, there was no YouTube then), he has little to lose and has already established a national network, and elected a great many Democrats with his broad national strategy. He has also been the most openly critical of this administration of any potential 2012 candidate in nearly all the areas I listed above. Clinton would need to leave the State Department in short order after the midterms, and even then, she would’ve had more of an opening if Obama had tacked further left on his foreign policy, not right.”
Amazing how the Dean speculation grows (hey – we started it back in 2009 with our shocker laughfest “Howard Dean For President!“). We are also pleased that our analysis of Hillary resigning after the 2010 elections is now the dominant narrative (our reasons for writing about that schedule is to keep Hillary off the campaign trail in 2010).
“A good number of people – on both sides of the spectrum – are allowing themselves to speculate on the previously-unthinkable scenario that possibly, just possibly, the President might be successfully challenged in the primaries in 2012. This is America, right? People come out of nowhere to win elections all the time. Why, look at President Obama! He did precisely that in 2008.
Yes. That’s why he’s redesigned the system to keep it from happening in 2012.”
“The president is starting to look snakebit. [snip]
And seems so snakebit, so at the mercy of forces. When you’re snakebit you get some sympathy, and some will come. With all the president’s woe there will be some counter-reaction among commentators, journalists and others. There will likely be among the Democratic leadership, too. “Love him or not he’s what we’ve got, and he’s what we have for the next two years. Help the guy, cool the criticism, punch back for him.” But it’s also true that among Democrats—and others—when the talk turns to the presidency it turns more and more to Hillary Clinton. “We may have made a mistake. She would have been better.” Sooner or later the secretary of state is going to come under fairly consistent pressure to begin to consider 2012.”
Snakebit Obama versus sunshiny, Hillary Clinton – from Peggy Noonan a day late and a dolphin short – Oh my!
“Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden really ought to have each other’s job, argues Sally Quinn in the Washington Post. All the arguments against giving Hillary Clinton the VP job—that she might not be happy, that Bill would be a problem, etc.—have effectively evaporated, and certainly haven’t affected the job she’s doing as secretary of state. She’s a tireless campaigner, young enough to run herself in 2016, and a perfect counterpoint to Sarah Palin and her “girl power” push.
Biden, meanwhile, has been rehabilitated from a gaffe-prone loose cannon into a reliable adviser. But his passion is foreign policy, and friends say secretary of state is his dream job. So give it to him. Sometime after the midterm elections, just make the switch. A couple confirmation votes later, Hillary could be on the campaign trail.”
Courtesan Quinn wants Hillary to save Boo-boo Obama. Imagine that. Who coulda guessed? And Courtesan Quinn praising Hillary? We preferred it when Courtesan Quinn booed Hillary. Now Quinn sees Hillary’s fine, fine, qualities in the post Hopium haze (not quite, Courtesan Quinn wants Hillary to save Quinn’s Hopium dealer):
“Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden should switch jobs.
It makes sense for the Democrats, actually. Clinton has done an incredible job as secretary of state. First of all, she has worked harder than anyone should ever be expected to. She has managed to do the impossible: She is the ambassador of the United States to the world, maintaining her credibility while playing the bad guy to President Obama’s good guy, such as with North Korea, Iran and Israel, and still looking good. She has been a true team player. If Clinton is dissatisfied with her role, you would never know it. She has been loyal and supportive to the president and has maintained a good relationship with him and with others in the White House. If she is being left out of the policymaking, or being sent on trips to keep her out of town, she has not shown it. She is cheerful, thoughtful, serious and diligent. There are no horror stories about her coming out of the State Department. Most notable, though, is that Bill Clinton has not been the problem that so many anticipated. He has been supportive of her and of Obama, and he has stayed out of the limelight and been discreet about his own life.
In short, the arguments against Hillary Clinton being Obama’s vice president have pretty much evaporated.”
Courtesan Quinn is ever so generous, as only whores can be, as she sucks up to Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton. Courtesan Quinn gets the batteries and considers that “loyal” pet dog Hillary as she runs up the walk to lick Obama’s shoes:
“So, what kind of running mate would she be? We’ve seen the team player. Now consider Hillary the Democratic campaigner. She is tireless and relentless. Given the combination of votes that she and Obama got in the 2008 primary campaign, they would be a near-unbeatable team. Clinton also appeals to independents, but importantly, she would neutralize the effect of Sarah Palin. Whatever Palin came up with, Hillary could best her — and the Tea Party crowd as well. The Republicans would lose their “year of the woman” argument. And based on experience alone, Hillary is far more qualified to be president than any of the Republicans being considered today, including Mitt Romney, Bobby Jindal, Tim Pawlenty and Palin.
Clinton is also young enough to be the Democratic nominee at the end of an Obama second term; she will be in her late 60s in 2016 but still younger than Ronald Reagan was when he was inaugurated in 1981 (just shy of 70) and younger than John McCain, who was 72 when he ran in 2008. Most important, were she vice president and Obama were for some reason not able to fulfill his term, she would be ready to step in.”
All the Courtesan Quinn admiration for Hillary Clinton is to help Barack Obama save his sorry ass and the sorry asses of Courtesan Quinn and the other scum and low life Big Media and Big Blog Boys who trashed Hillary Clinton in 2008 and forever. Courtesan Quinn thinks Hillary is “young enough”. We suppose “likable enough” too. Courtesan Quinn wants Hillary to be the cat fight champion by beating up on woman Palin whom Courtesan Quinn thinks is a sure loser. But why do they need Hillary if Palin is such a loser? Why shouldn’t we all want Republicans to have a “year of the woman”? And why worry about independents now that it is too late? Courtesan Quinn and her whore boys and whore girls just want Hillary to be Savior to the Mess-iah of Boobery.
“It would not be out of the question for Clinton and Biden to switch jobs sometime after the midterm elections. After the president announced the switch, majorities in both houses of Congress would have to confirm Clinton to her new position, following the rules laid out in the 25th Amendment. She could then immediately begin campaigning for Obama for 2012, and she would also have at least two years in the White House as vice president to give her unassailable experience, clout and credibility. For his part, Biden would simply need Senate confirmation to get to work in Foggy Bottom.
Another scenario is that Obama could wait and choose Hillary as his running mate for 2012 and then have her step down as secretary of state so she could start campaigning. The catch with that plan, however, is that it would make Biden a lame duck and Obama would probably have to appoint an interim secretary of state.”
The courtesans and the boobs want Hillary to be the Savior of their Messiah. Boo to that.
“If you elect a boob – expect boobery.” We’ve said that for more than three years now. Bitter Keith Olbermann effectively said “boob” about Obama’s speech and now he is pouting. A few of the typical insults from Obama Hopium Guzzlers (Keith Olbermann put down the Hopium only for one night) at DailyKooks and outraged Keith has left the building:
“If I can understand people’s frustration with seeing a speech by a Democratic president criticized in a venue such as mine, why is it impossible for some people here to accept my frustration about the speech? You don’t agree with me, fine. You don’t want to watch because you don’t agree with me, fine. But to accuse me, after five years of risking what I have to present the truth as I see it, of staging something for effect, is deeply offensive to me and is an indication of what has happened here.”
Keith Olbermann is an Obama Hopium Guzzling Dimocrat who is now attacked by his fellow Hopium Guzzlers. Soon Keith Olbermann, misogynist and sexist, will be called a “racist” by the Obama protection dens that have destroyed the once great Democratic Party.
Keith Olbermann trashed Hillary Clinton, John McCain, and Sarah Palin in personal and ugly terms in order to elevate Barack Obama. Now Keith Olbermann is shocked to find Obama is a boob. Well, he has not gotten all the way there yet, but it is only a matter of time.
But that time, as we have also repeatedly written, will only come after devastating defeat and doom in the November elections. Obama Dimocrats must hit bottom before they put aside the Hopium bottles and syringes and chalice.
We at Big Pink are blessed because in a little noted article Robert Shrum has laid out, in lucid and logical language and “reasoning” what the Obama Dimocrats have planned. Shrum is in deep delusion and the bottles of Hopium have been emptied down his throat. But we appreciate that Shrum has so clearly laid out the road to ruin for Obama Dimocrats.Writes Shrum:
“For the midterms and beyond they must decide whether to run with Barack Obama or away from him. [snip]
It’s hard to understand why congressional Democrats, with their parlous poll ratings, would distance themselves from Obama, whose favorable rating is 52 percent in the ABC/Washington Post survey. There may be a few districts where candidates can stand or fall on local issues; most Democrats this year will stand or fall with the president.[snip]
The president and his party will have to stand together to survive the midterms and to triumph in 2012. They will be aided by Republican folly—but that won’t be enough to save them. This is a tipping point—a moment to seize or be seized by events. During his 2008 campaign and the great legislative clashes of the last two years, Obama has shown a remarkable capacity to tip events in his favor—and in a progressive direction. Now he has to do it again.”
That is remarkable advice which ignores so much reality. Shrum is selective about the polling and delusional about Republican weakness and their alleged “accelerating march of folly”. Writing about Republicans, Shrum writes two sentences which are more appropriately addressed to Obama Dimocrats:
“The potent brew that Republicans were counting on may prove to be political hemlock instead. Do they dare put down the tainted chalice?”
Physician, heal thyself. But we appreciate that Shrum has so compactly laid out the Obama Dimocrat line.
“It isn’t the BP oil spill. Despite a gathering consensus among the press and the political community, and continued bad news pouring out of the Gulf, moving from the glib notion that this is Obama’s Katrina to the ahistorical suggestion that this is Obama’s Iran hostage crisis only confirms that the oil spill, like Obama, is sui generis.[snip]
Obama’s real danger—and it was Carter’s true weakness in 1980 as well—is a faltering economy. The recovery could stall or plunge into a double-dip recession. That’s why the anemic job numbers for May drove the Dow down, and had to dismay even the most optimistic White House aides.
The remedy is not entirely within the president’s control.”
Shrumie postulates that the American economy was coming up roses only to be throttled by those nogoodnik Europeans. According to that losing campaign manager for several presidential campaigns, Obama is an economic genius with a genius plan but he forgot to take into account the economic realities of a worldwide economy. It is absolution by delusion. Put down the tainted chalice Shrumie!
Shrumie’s ultimate advice to American voters and to the Dimocratic establishment is the suicidal “stay the course.”
BREAKING — OBAMA, BIDEN DECLARE “RECOVERY SUMMER”: Vice President Biden today will kick off “Recovery Summer,” a six-week-long push designed to highlight the jobs accompanying a surge in stimulus-funded projects to improve highways, parks, drinking water and other public works. Biden will present President Obama with a report laying out a spike in stimulus activity this summer, and how it will contribute to a steady climb to a total of 3.5 million Recovery Act jobs by the end of the year. Biden, Obama and other administration officials will travel to more than two dozen Recovery Act project sites in coming weeks. Tomorrow, the president will travel to Columbus, Ohio, to mark the groundbreaking of the 10,000th Recovery Act road project, around Nationwide Children’s Hospital. On Monday, Biden will travel to Midland, Mich., for the groundbreaking of the new Dow Kokam advanced battery manufacturing facility.
–David Axelrod said: “This summer will be the most active Recovery Act season yet, with thousands of highly-visible road, bridge, water and other infrastructure projects breaking ground across the country, giving the American people a first-hand look at the Recovery Act in their own backyards and making it crystal clear what the cost would have been of doing nothing. … In the face of the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression, Republicans in Congress chose to play politics with economic recovery and declared the Recovery Act a failure before it even began. They made a cynical bet that if the President fails, they win. Democrats chose to act by tackling the crisis head-on. Just over a year later, the Recovery Act is putting millions of Americans to work and helping the economy grow again. But our work is far from over.”
Put down the chalice. Step away from the steering wheel. You’re under arrest for repeated flim-flam scams.
Many Democrats who vote Democratic at the polls automatically went along with the obvious flim flam of Obama Dimocrats. But real Democrats knew all along that Obama is a flim-flam artiste.
“Singer Sophie B. Hawkins told The Hill on Thursday that “America’s being thrown under the bus” by President Barack Obama as he presses forward with his agenda and comes under criticism for his response to the Gulf oil spill.[snip]
The singer campaigned on the trail with Hillary Rodham Clinton during her presidential campaign, and told The Hil [sic] from her tour bus that she “never believed in [Obama’s] philosophy” — which she said runs contrary to her beliefs in “smaller government, smart government, flexible government.”
“I think the writing was on the wall,” Hawkins said. “I honestly couldn’t believe so many people were into him.”
She describes herself as a centrist who’s identified with the Democratic and Green parties, but said even though she’s never been Republican she wouldn’t cross that vote off the list if the right leader came along.”
The arc of Sophie Hawkins politics is one which describes many conflicted Democrats these days. Many Democrats, not friendly in the least to Republican government, recognize that something is very wrong with the Obama Dimocratic Party. “I want the Congress that really is going to listen to the people,” she said. “I really don’t care what party it is anymore.”
“Hawkins said she attended a Tea Party rally in Santa Monica, Calif., that was “mostly all Democrats.”
“The Tea Parties are only here because people are not listening,” she said.
The singer said she viewed the government’s attitude as “arrogant” and said people are hungry for leaders who will “take us in a direction that’s truly American.”
“Obama may be brilliant, but he’s not a leader,” Hawkins said.
“The lack of leadership on this Gulf issue is so shocking,” she said, adding that while government organization is lacking, the president “should be galvanizing people who voted for him to go to the Gulf and help.”
The growing NObama coalitions will take superficially weird turns to those that do not try to dig deeper and understand that the Democratic Party is dead and the Obama Dimocratic Party is death.
“Stay the course” will not work. There is however a path which we believe will only be open after death, destruction, and doom for Obama Dimocrats this November.
“If you’re keeping score of who is better at getting Democrats elected this cycle, President Obama is 0-for-4 while former president Bill Clinton is golden at 2-for-2.
Last fall’s gubernatorial races in New Jersey and Virginia, and this year’s U.S. Senate races in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, proved Obama impotent at influencing voters.[snip]
In an election year full of disconnect between Main Street and Washington, each man symbolizes specific constituencies with different visions of their party.”
Issues effectively don’t matter when you do not trust the carnival barker making the sales pitch. Obama cannot be trusted. So whatever he says must be discounted or viewed with suspicion. It’s like a sick person offered valuable medicine from the trunk of a rusted car. You need to trust not only the wares, but the seller as well. Obama cannot be trusted.
Bill Clinton has an extraordinary history of action and accomplishment. Agree with him or not, be disgusted with his personal behavior or not, but Bill Clinton has a track record which the post November electorate will clamor to return to. Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton represent a different vision than what can be extrapolated from Barack Obama’s self-interested, self-absorbed “vision”. What are the different visions?
“Clinton represents the common-man, blue-collar-worker middle class – those who work hard and play by the rules, who view themselves as fighters who dig in and don’t give up.[snip]
Obama represents the party’s intellectual elite and ideological progressives. [snip]
He represents Democrats who believe in Thomas Frank’s thesis that “there is something the matter with Kansas.” In other words, people in Kansas (read: “mostly rural people”) are not educated enough to understand their own rational self-interest and are too emotionally attached to their guns and their religion.
“That side of the party believes that people on Main Street are kept back by their ignorance and that the job of the Democratic elite is to ‘enlighten’ them as to what would really make their lives better,” Brown explains.
Clinton’s beliefs are quite the opposite, she says, and are similar to what makes Republican Sarah Palin resonate: “He believes that some of America’s greatest wisdom and strongest spirit comes from those people who do wrestle with the joys and hardships of everyday life in ways that the intellectual elite believe are too mundane … to be meaningful.”
Obama’s is the “coastal” part of the party – the secular, educated, wealthier side that, despite its ardent belief in helping others, rests on a noblesse oblige service-ethic towards those less fortunate.
Clinton’s is the “fly-over” part of the party – the religious, hard-working, more middle-class side that believes in pulling oneself up by one’s bootstraps with help, not a handout, from government.”
“Barack Obama was not, and is not qualified to be President of the United States. Put aside Obama’s flim-flam history, the thugs he surrounds himself with, his treacheries, his total lack of accomplishments other than self-advancement, his risible résumé, his stinky body odor, the secretiveness of his past, the lack of documentation about earlier periods of his life, drug use, the self-admitted inability to keep a paper in front of him for 2 seconds before losing it, the lies about lost documents from his Chicago legislative office, the grabbing of credit for work others have done, the race-baiting, the woman-hating, the profitable alliances with criminals which even got him a house, the lack of interest in his constituents, the obvious lies when he denies positions he has even affixed his signature to on questionnaires, his lies about being a reformer when he swims in the swamps of Chicago corruption, the ugly church mentor of 20 plus years, his smearing of opponents with sexual or racial slurs, the gay-bashing, the secret deals, the incompetence, the long list of corruptions and boobery… – put all this history we have documented aside. Barack Obama is not qualified to be President because he does not have a world-view which is congruent with reality.” [snip]
To be an American president means having a world view. Hillary Clinton has a world-view. Hillary Clinton mocked Obama in her insightful “celestial choirs” speech. Hillary Clinton mocked Obama about his foolish “no preconditions, in the first year, anywhere, anytime” meetings with America’s enemies. Hillary Clinton mocked Obama as “naive”. Hillary Clinton was saying that Obama did not know or understand how the world works. Hillary Clinton was saying that Obama’s world view was not congruent with reality. Hillary Clinton has been proved right.
After the primary campaigns and the general election of 2008 Obama Hopium Guzzlers reacted with scorn because we at Big Pink and many other websites had not disappeared into the rabbit hole of history taking with us the institutional memory of who Obama is. We have not gone away and will not go away.
Equally, Big Media and other Hopium Guzzlers assumed that Hillary Clinton had been put in a box and Bill Clinton would wither and go away and take us with them. But like us, Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton are fighters who do not give up. If there is an multi-dimensional chess player it is Bill Clinton who along with Hillary Clinton means to rescue us even if that means skating at the very edge of what is politically possible:
“If Obama passes off to Clinton the job of helping Democrats in the midterm elections (either because he is too busy or too unpopular in certain districts), then those Democrats may not be so willing to help him in 2012.
“Obama is eventually hurting Obama by employing Clinton to be his partisan wrangler in this election,” Brown said.
Clinton, however, doesn’t lose a thing: The more he helps Democrats, and the more successful they are, the more they will carry on his vision and his political legacy.”
President Hillary Clinton would never have given that mess of a speech last night. As Hwc wrote:
“Can you imagine Hillary Clinton’s Oval Office speech on the oil disaster? I can. She’d rattle off a 12 point action plan, right down to what kind of underwear Thad Allen would wear. She may not plug the leak, but you’d damn sure turn off the TV thinking she had a plan.”
There would have been no “Czar” appointed. Especially not an unknown “Czar” with an already full day time job. Hillary Clinton would have been in charge. An action packed Mama Grizzly. Big Media would mock her as “Czarina” of the Gulf Gusher. Barack Obama would have concocted fairy tales of how he would have voted against the oil gusher. But Hillary Clinton would have been in charge and in the lead.
Instead of an about to retire Thad Allen, Hillary would have searched out for someone who cares about the Gulf Coast culture and people with all his/her heart and soul – to be an informal and permanent “eyes and ears”. A well connected lover of the Gulf with a dash of Jean LaFitte and a recognizable loud mouth. Would that have been loudmouth Democratic operative James Carville and his loudmouth Republican wife Mary Matalin? You betcha!. We would not be surprised if Sarah Palin would find herself invited repeatedly to tour the Gulf with the original Mama Grizzly.
Of course we are engaged in speculation. No one knows for sure what specifically Hillary Clinton would have done. But we do know her history and her level of engagement. We also know what it is that Obama has done. History teaches.
“Raised by wolves.” So little wonder he chose as his new home the city filled with blood soaked, fatted cow, stockyards. He will prey.
Bereft of Grecian columns but soaked in Grecian formula to hide the grey wolf hairs, Barack Obama last night surrounded himself with symbols of normalcy. But there were no crowds to cheer and the words fell flat.
Obama is responsible as the conman extraordinaire. But the ones who helped perpetuate the scam are responsible too. We see the price of their responsibility as it coats the Gulf of Mexico. The oil attacking the Gulf is of the same the thick unctuousness these children of the corn displayed to elect their Mess-iah.
America was thrown to the wolves by the very same people who last night finally expressed shock at the empty plaster saint who is their Superman Messiah.
“For Hillary Supporters, election 2008 taught us about how ugly our Party, the Democratic Party, could be. The blinders came off, eyes opened wide – sometimes in disbelief – at the similarities between the ugliest Republicans and the “best” Democrats. Democrats we had supported through thick and thin, like Ted Kennedy and Nancy Pelosi, proved to be as adept at double dealing and vileness as the most rancid Republicans.
We also saw how some of our fellow Democrats could be led by the nose in the same way we used to laugh at “mindless” Republicans. There are a lot of lessons learned.
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For Hillary Supporters, the stink of a B.O. administration will not be a surprise.
We will not wake up having to apologize for the latest Obama blunder or the latest Obama flim-flam. We will nod our heads and acknowledge the reality of the great American blunder of 2008. We lost another bit of our innocence in 2008 but we are armed with reality in 2009.
The Hopium addled Obama supporters have a world of hurt coming to them.”