Update II: Bill Clinton gets a lot of credit for yesterday’s win in Arkansas by Blanche Lincoln. The Nutroots got beat bad (yes, you are all that wrong); Labor threw away millions, again. Somewhere, stronger than ever Joe Lieberman, is laughing. Another big winner last night is Sarah Palin.
A Palin endorsement was usually gold. Palin endorsed Nikki Haley in South Carolina and Haley soared to front-runner status and stayed there. Palin also endorsed winners Carly Fiorina, Terry Branstad, and Cecile Bledsoe.
The most striking news from last night however is the quickly evolving strength of the Republican Party. To good looking white guy Scott Brown and good looking Latino guy Marco Rubio add some more rainbow flavor. Republicans now have, for all intents and purposes, a second governor of Indian heritage. Nikki Haley (of South Carolina!) joins Bobby Jindal as a new face for Republicans. Carly Fiorina and Meg Whitman are also two more women who along with Haley bolster the role of women in the Republican ranks.
Obama Dimocrats are still scratching their heads wondering why women and the elderly are quickly moving out the door.
Update: The Head Kook cries tonight. The Nutroots/Labor “unprecedented alliance” lied and died. Can’t beat that Bill.
“Bill Clinton saves Blanche Lincoln” is tonight’s headline, again. Barack Obama is still poison. Anyone seen Obama campaigning for anyone lately?
It’s Election Day so we take an interlude from Impeach, Remove, Imprison – Barack Obama.
It’s also the first day of the Blagojevich trial in Obama’s home swamp; the second day of the Campaign for America’s Future conference (Nancy Pelosi got booed and thrown stuff at); and the day yet another disaster has been proof positive uncovered in the Gulf.
Most of today’s elections are near meaningless because the Dimocrats who win today, will lose in November. Whatever today’s results, which we will keep a close watch on in the comments, there is plenty to laugh about today.
Scandal ridden Congressman Charles Rangel introduces our laugh fest with this nugget of the obvious:
As for Obama’s sinking approval ratings, Rangel said, “We had perhaps higher expectations than we should have.“
No kidding Sherlock.
Charlie, in the same interview, took a little time out to essentially say what we have been saying since Obama bungled the oath of office: “Obama = Bush III”.
“Rep. Charles Rangel compared President Obama to former Vice President Dick Cheney Saturday for their shared commitment to the Iraq War, one the Harlem Democrat argues is based on the country’s hunger for oil.
“I challenge anyone to tell me we aren’t there because of the oil,” said Rangel, who kicks off his re-election campaign for a 21st congressional term in Washington Heights Sunday.
“The lack of an honest explanation [for the war] is consistent with Bush and Cheney,” he told the Daily News during an hour-long interview that touched on his ongoing ethics probe, relationship with the President and ability to get work done in Washington.
A Korean War hero, Rangel criticized the Obama White House for staying in Bush-triggered wars, saying, “We are trying to buy our friends there … stuff like that makes Cheney look good.”
“I don’t think the administration has the slightest clue.
Charlie might be a tax cheat and crook with apartments, but unlike the Head Kook he does not lack courage to blurt out the truth sometimes.
The Head Kook at the big “creative class” confab in Washington called Campaign for America’s Future recommended a stealth campaign for Dimocrats. “Lie Or Die” said the Head Kook:
“We’re going to take out Blanche Lincoln in Arkansas,” said Moulitsas. “It’s an unprecedented alliance between netroots labor and the environmental movement … to realize that we have to hold people in D.C. accountable. … They are immune to reason, they are immune to public opinion. … They are not immune to losing elections, and that’s where it hurts.”
But even Moulitsas acknowledged what White House officials have tacitly acknowledged for months — that selling elements of the liberal agenda to the wider public is a political nonstarter.
Moulitsas counseled against progressives drafting a specific policy platform for politicians to adopt: “What you get is irrelevant and scary to the American people. … If we’re talking to people, the less details the better.”
The little lying coward! “The less details the better.” Details such as this:
“Part of the health care overhaul due to kick in this September could strip more than 1 million people of their insurance coverage, violating a key goal of President Barack Obama’s reforms.
Under the provision, insurance companies will no longer be able to apply broad annual caps on the amount of money they pay out on health policies. Employer groups say the ban could essentially wipe out a niche insurance market that many part-time workers and retail and restaurant employees have come to rely on.
This market’s limited-benefit plans, also called mini-med plans, are priced low because they can, among other things, restrict the number of covered doctor visits or impose a maximum on insurance payouts in a year. The plans are commonly offered by retail or restaurant companies to low-wage workers who cannot afford more expensive, comprehensive coverage.
Depending on how strictly the administration implements the provision, the ban could in effect outlaw the plans or make them so restrictive that insurance companies would raise rates to the point they become unaffordable.”
No wonder the details had to be kept hidden until passage.
“Well, Nancy Pelosi did tell us that we wouldn’t know what was in the ObamaCare bill until it became law. However, this development really isn’t a surprise, but actually part of the plan. [snip]
This is entirely deliberate, although Congress apparently never considered the timing. Barack Obama and Pelosi continually harped about the “underinsured,” and the mini-med plans are what they had in mind. They wanted to put an end to such cost-efficient plans and force employers to either provide comprehensive insurance or kick their employees into the state-run exchanges, where the newly-uninsured would get welfare payments to buy their own plans in the individual market.
Democrats will get their wish — but the employees won’t get their coverage. [snip]
It’s also worth noting the irony of the timing. The mandates kick in in September, which is probably when the insurers will terminate the coverage. That means up to a million people will get the first-hand impact of ObamaCare just nine weeks before going to the polls in the midterm elections. That certainly qualifies as an unintended consequence.”
But not to worry Dimocrats. There is a plan already in place to place a tax cheat in charge of an effort to bamboozle the American public with a many millions of dollars campaign of lies – Lie, or Die.
“Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) and Victoria Kennedy — widow of Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) — are expected to be named co-chairmen of a $125 million campaign that White House allies are rolling out to defend health care reform amid growing signs Democrats are failing to get political traction on the issue.
The extraordinary campaign, which could provide an unprecedented amount of cover for a White House in a policy debate, reflects urgency among Democrats to explain, defend and depoliticize health care reform now that people are beginning to feel the new law’s effects.”
Lie or Die – with an $125 million budget to lie.
This Election Day morning, Barack Obama took his bamboozlement campaign to the Today Show. Today’s Obama appearance is a good indicator about why Obama Dimocrats will lose in November. A TV critic more used to Ugly Betty or Glee than presidential politics explains:
“Well, the president took thin skinned to a new level Tuesday morning in his interview with Matt Lauer on NBC’s “Today” show. [snip] But I have never seen Obama look and sound more petty, petulant and tinny.[snip]
Lauer was prepared, focused and gave the President very little room to play his usual TV interview games. Lauer did a very good interview, and good for Lauer and “Today” and for all of us who want the best information we can get about the man running the country in these tumultuous times.
Lauer asked Obama directly about the comparisons of the president’s performance in the Gulf with that of George W. Bush during Katrina.
That’s when the “cool and elegant” Obama started getting riled and announced, “This is not theater… I don’t always have time to perform for the benefit of the cable shows.”
Really? This is the guy who has been on every cable channel in America it seems — cooking steaks with Bobby Flay, shooting hoops and filling out NCAA brackets with any ESPN or CBS Sports analyst who shows up at the White House with a basketball, trading barbs with comedians and talk show hosts at the drop of a ht.
For most of his first year in office, it seemed as if Obama was always on TV in safe settings — and no one played the TV-as-theater game better since John F. Kennedy.
But not any more. The TV gods have abandoned Obama…”
Obama attempted to bamboozle the audience that he was on the job from Day 1. Obama attempted to bamboozle the audience into thinking that he cares – he doesn’t. Obama flailed at sounding tough and in command – he isn’t.
“I was down there a month ago, before most of these talking heads were even paying attention to the gulf,” he told Lauer. “A month ago I was meeting with fishermen down there, standing in the rain talking about what a potential crisis this could be. And I don’t sit around just talking to experts because this is a college seminar; we talk to these folks because they potentially have the best answers, so I know whose ass to kick.”
Who is he kidding?
BP has had part ownership of Obama since 2007. Now Obama tries to convince us that he is his own man and that he knows how to get tough. To borrow from Bobby Rush ‘the brother from Hawaii’ is trying to go all ghetto on us. It’s not believable. Al Capone’s accountant was not a tough guy even when he tried to pretend to be so.
And the pretense that Obama cares or did not try to hide the disaster in the Gulf from the American people is equally laugh inducing.
“It was the so-called talking heads like NBC’s Brian Williams, Mr. President, who helped the America people first get a sense of what a catastrophe this was — even as your administration helped BP keep cameras away from the accident, while allowing Hayward and his minions to egregiously low ball the amount of oil gushing into the Gulf. It was your administration, Mr. President, that allowed, if not helped, Hayward and BP lie to us about the horrible thing that was happening to our country.“
Even the TV guy gets what we have been writing.
What will kill the Obama Dimocrats this November is they enabled an unqualified creature of dubious character. Obama Dimocrats put party above country.
“Obama was comfortable when running for office, when he could get by on rhetoric and as a legislator — where no one is really responsible for anything. What he’s ill-equipped to do is govern and lead. Plenty of people are hired for jobs beyond their abilities and outside their areas of competence. Unfortunately, the damage done by placing someone of that ilk in the White House is grievous and in some cases irreversible.”
We’ll discuss the elections tonight in our comments. But they are meaningless. The issue tonight is Barack Obama. The issue in November will be Barack Obama. Barack Obama is poison.