Christine O’Donnell Gets Vetted, Barack Obama Gets Petted, Sarah Palin Gets Targeted, Hillary Clinton Gets Marketed

The narratives for this November’s elections and November 2012 are now almost set. The “raise money for smear ads” Obama Dimocratic strategy is in play. Obama Dimocrats want every voter to forget that the issue this November is Barack Obama. The way to accomplish this is by fear and smear.

In Delaware the strategy is to call Christine O’Donnell a “witch” and forget that the Obama Dimocratic candidate is Harry Reid’s “pet”. Obama Dimocrats will try to use Christine O’Donnell as a can of paint to color all opposition candidates. The Republican establishment, desperate to hold on to power, is busy with their own tried and true methods as well.

Courtesy of the JournoListers at Politico we now know how the Republican establishment views Sarah Palin and how they will marginalize her. Tony Perkins, not the actor from the film Psycho, but Tony Perkins, the President of the Family Research Council clued everyone in this weekend. How the psychos plan to handle Sarah Palin:

“Palin’s poor finish in the presidential balloting but solid second in the vice-presidential contest appeared to reflect the view of some activists on the right who like her more as a rabble-rouser than a president, said Perkins.

“I think she’s a great spokesman,” Perkins said, adding that “she says what a lot of people think.”

“But you know a lot of people sometimes realize we shouldn’t say everything we think,” he continued. “Maybe it is that she is more of a cheerleader and one who rallies conservatives together as opposed maybe to being their top choice for president.”

Get it? Cheerleader! Get it? ‘The little woman talks too much without thinking and besides she’s not like the players on the field, she’s just there to cheer on the boys! That idiot George W. Bush was a cheerleader too and that did not work out so well.’ Get it now? Sarah Palin according to the psychos is not a player she’s just a cheerleader on the sidelines cheering on the big boys. Left or Right, Right or Left, the sexism and misogyny is the same.

Now we know how they will attack Sarah Palin – put some pom-poms on the preeetee little thing, a nice tight fitting sweater to highlight her curves, and the little woman is in her place. This is a smart strategy of diminishment because it acknowledges Palin’s physical attractiveness, and at the same time puts her obvious power to persuade into the much lower rank of cheerleader at the sidelines not player in the field. It’s a very clever strategy which seeks to counter Palin’s “Mama Grizzley” brand yet keep her making sandwiches and phone calls and stuffing envelopes and be the good little cheerleader she is.

[For another view of how Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin are targets of the same forces read this analysis HERE.]

But does this look like a sideline pretty girl willing to only cheer on the boys and not take the ball and run with it herself?”



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The tactics they used (and by that we mean psychos like Tony Perkins) against Hillary Clinton for decades are the tactics the Obama psychos used against Hillary Clinton in 2007/2008. They’re (the psychos Obama and Perkins) still using the same tactics against Hillary and any woman who gets in their way. But Sarah Palin has the Hillary Clinton example to guide her and now Hillary Clinton has the Sarah Palin example to guide her as well.

The goal of the psychos is to keep Sarah Palin supporters and Hillary Clinton supporters from understanding their common goals. The enemy for both groups is the sexism and misogyny that will be deployed to attack both candidates.

Hillary Clinton must learn from Sarah Palin about the growing irrelevance of Big Media. Sarah Palin must learn from Hillary Clinton the subtle arts of warfare. Sarah Palin delights in mocking and slapping her opponents. Hillary Clinton has a much softer touch. A combination of the two approaches is desirable for both future candidates.

Here’s Hillary Clinton yesterday clearly (read our superb article on this interview) attacking Barack Obama right in front of the psychos in a nationally televised interview:

I have seen a lot of people run for office and say a lot of things and then when they have the burden of holding office and the responsibility that goes with it, I’ve seen them become very sobered very quickly about the challenges we face domestically and internationally,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on ABC’s “This Week.”

Hillary Clinton is not talking about the Tea Party movement. Hillary Clinton is taking aim at Barack Obama.



Again, read our discussion of this Hillary Clinton interview and you will see, no matter how much Big Media and the Obama psychos try to market Hillary Clinton as a sidelined player, Hillary Clinton still gets her message out.

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It’s amazing how much vetting there is of Christine O’Donnell. Barack Obama was never vetted thus.

We must reveal our bias here. We do not think much of Christine O’Donnell. We hold her at the same level of esteem as we hold Arriana Huffington. This is to say – very very low. There is something cloying and dishonest and opportunistic about her that reminds us not only of the Huff n’ Puffer but of Barack Obama as well. But we understand why Delaware Republicans and many Republicans/conservatives chose her over Mike Castle even though Castle was a supposed shoo-in as Senator and would have increased the already strong likelihood of a Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate. The people at HotAir explain why O’Donnell was a much better choice for them than Castle:

“I think many high-information voters see things this way: if we can retake the House and achieve a blocking minority in the Senate – both of which are increasingly probable, even if O’Donnell loses in Delaware – Congress can act as a check on Obama until January 2013.

On the other hand, a RINO-heavy Congressional majority would be likely to set Obama’s course in stone – e.g., with only marginal changes to Obamacare, with some version of amnesty and some version of cap-and-trade – and actually make the Obama agenda harder to decouple from down the road.

The Republicans who would take over as a majority in 2011 just aren’t convincing to a lot of voters. The voters aren’t stupid; they’re using their votes for their own purposes. It’s not a knock on Karl Rove that his electoral advice has been overruled. It’s a signal that something much bigger is going on, and the rules have gone out the window. Expertise with running campaigns is secondary right now. In first place is a candidate’s message – and the people are listening with a very critical ear. They’ve left their party’s, and nation’s, direction on autopilot for a long time now, but they’re no longer willing to. Their vote is the one thing they have direct, personal control over, and they’re using it to do what they want to do.”

This is a very logical position. Obama Dimocrats deride the Joe Lieberman’s and the Ben Nelson’s in their caucus when it comes to legislative votes. But these Obama Dimocrats love it when Lieberman and Nelson vote with them in the first vote of a congress which gives them control of the institution and all those lovely big offices and all those lovely big budgets and lovely big perks. What O’Donnell supporters understood was that O’Donnell was a sure vote for them on the policy issues that matter to them. Who gets the big offices and control of the Senate was less important to these O’Donnell voters and supporters. It’s an entirely logical position especially considering the likelihood of Republican control of the House of Representatives which would provide the subpoena power to conduct investigations.

Even putting aside our distaste for Christine O’Donnell it still cannot be denied that in the last century O’Donnell did and/or said some very stupid things. Her excuses are not entirely convincing but they do have some currency with those who make excuses for youthful indiscretions.

“How many of you didn’t hang out with questionable folks in high school?” she asked fellow Republicans at a GOP picnic in southern Delaware on Sunday. “There’s been no witchcraft since. If there was, Karl Rove would be a supporter now,” O’Donnell jokingly assured the crowd.”

O’Donnell provided the opening and now from the Left and the Right the “she’s a witch” narrative is used to attack her. All powerful women and even not so powerful women who display ambition are attacked as witches. A powerful woman who does not use potions and charms to work her wicked ways is something that cannot be understood nor allowed.

That in the last century O’Donnell went on TV shows to exhibit her foolishness cannot be denied. That her playmates on these sad shows included Arriana Huffington, Bill Maher and (Huffington enabler) Al Franken makes her even more foolish and even more of an exhibitionist than we can tolerate. Now O’Donnell’s youthful foolishness and indiscretions are catching up with her via Maher’s threats to release more video of his insipid TV show when she was a guest. These distractions will hurt O’Donnell and her supporters because they confuse the voters and confound a discussion of the issues.

But these distractions and confusions will not be as hurtful as they appear to be now. The issue in the elections of 2010 are not Christine O’Donnell and her dubious qualifications to be a United States Senator. The issue is, was and will be – Barack Obama.

We applaud the vetting of Christine O’Donnell. What matters in any election is the voter, not the candidate. Screw the candidate. Screw Hillary Clinton, screw Bill Clinton, screw Barack Obama, screw George W. Bush, screw Ronald Reagan, screw Abe Lincoln, screw Frankie Roosevelt – it the voters that matter and the voters deserve all the information they need about a candidate to make an informed vote.

In fact the reason why Christine O’Donnell might get elected despite all the flaws the vetting will reveal about her is that voters are increasingly aware that they don’t know who Barack Obama is, was, or will be. Christine O’Donnell as a reliable Republican vote might be the way for voters to get some of those answers about Barack Obama. The results of the vetting of Christine O’Donnell might not mean much because what the voters now crave, in this moment of uncertainty about who exactly Barack Obama is, is a vetting of Barack Obama.

Recall when Harry Reid said: “I’m going to be very honest with you — Chris Coons, everybody knows him in the Democratic caucus. He’s my pet. He’s my favorite candidate.” “I’ve always thought Chris Coons is going to win. I told him that and I tried to get him to run. I’m glad he’s running. I just think the world of him. He’s my pet.”

We can only recall another Reid pet – Barack Obama. Barack Obama was petted, not vetted. Harry Reid pretended to be a neutral in 2008 but he was out to help his pet. Now the unvetted pet is making a mess on the Oval Office floor and all over the nation.

Harry Reid has all sorts of plots (especially on immigration) going to try to keep his job. Like Lisa Murkowski Harry just can’t let go of his job even though jobless voters in Nevada plan to throw him out. Americans are exhausted. Americans are exhausted of Harry Reid and Lisa Murkowski and Barack Obama. Middle class Americans are exhausted of Barack Obama (even this middle class African-American woman):

“I’m one of your middle class Americans. And quite frankly, I’m exhausted. Exhausted of defending you, defending your administration, defending the mantle of change that I voted for,” a woman told President Obama at a town hall.

“My husband and I have joked for years that we thought we were well beyond the hot dogs and beans era of our lives, but, quite frankly, it’s starting to knock on our door and ring true that that might be where we’re headed again, and, quite frankly, Mr. President, I need you to answer this honestly. Is this my new reality?,” she added.”



The entire country is exhausted of the unvetted pet and in fear that the American Dream is dead at the hands of the unqualified and untested and unvetted pet.

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172 thoughts on “Christine O’Donnell Gets Vetted, Barack Obama Gets Petted, Sarah Palin Gets Targeted, Hillary Clinton Gets Marketed

  1. I’d love Hillary to win the presidency and make the entire cabinet female bar 1 token male. Let them feel what its like for women out there when they get excluded.

    in other news just seen

    WASHINGTON—Sarah Palin won the Right Nation 2010 straw poll for 2012 presidential potential candidates a straw poll from the Values Voter Summit, another conservative group taken over the weekend gave first place to Rep. Mike Pence. Right Nation has more that twice the number of people voting–1,693–than the Values Voter gathering with 723 participating in the straw poll.

    Right Nation 2010 held its national meeting Saturday in the Chicago suburb of Hoffman Estates, billing itself as a gathering of conservatives, Republicans and Tea Party independents.

    Palin did not attend the Right Nation 2010 or Values Voter Summit in Washington.

    Out of 1,693 votes cast at Right Nation 2010:

    Sarah Palin – 323 votes (19.1%)
    Chris Christie – 274 votes (16.2%)
    Newt Gingrich – 227 votes (13.4%)
    Herman Cain – 201 votes (11.9%)
    Mitt Romney – 190 votes (11.2%)
    Mike Huckabee – 156 votes (9.2%)
    Ron Paul – 78 votes (4.6%)
    Mitch Daniels – 76 votes (4.5%)
    Tim Pawlenty – 68 votes (4.0%)
    Mike Pence – 45 votes (2.7%)
    Rudy Giuliani – 33 votes (1.9%)
    Haley Barbour – 22 votes (1.3%)

    VALUES VOTER SUMMIT RESULTS
    Of the 723 who voted in the Values Voter presidential straw poll:

    Mike Pence: 24%
    Mike Huckabee 22%
    Mitt Romney 13%
    Newt Gingrich 10%.
    Sarah Palin t 7%

    so I am guessing that there is two camps out there.

  2. Maher’s stupid threat to blackmail O’Donnell makes him come across as a petulant bully, a liberal version of Rush Limbaugh.

    Not a flattering comparision.

  3. DONCHA JUST HATE THAT OBAMA STRAWMAN ARGUMENT?

    Obama: “Some people say that I want to kill all school children. Other people say that I am actually a woman. I say, these people are dead wrong.”

    weeklystandard.com/blogs/morning-jay-search-strawmen-midwest-health-care-and-more

    Morning Jay: In Search of Strawmen, the Midwest, Health Care, and More!
    ===================

    BY Jay Cost
    September 20, 2010 6:30 AM

    . Desperately Seeking Strawmen. One of President Obama’s chief rhetorical tricks since he was inaugurated has been to attack strawmen, tendentiously drawn caricatures against whom Obama can contrast himself. Usually, the president does this to create the false impression that he is a centrist – he creates a strawman to his left, then one to his right, shrugs his shoulders and says, “I guess I’m the moderate!’

    But the problem for the president has been that Republicans were totally booted from power, between Arlen Specter’s principled party switch and Scott Brown’s victory. It’s tough to create that false sense of centrism when you have no powerful opponents to your right.

    Fortunately for the president, Donna Brazille has the answer:

    The good news is that the Tea Party Republicans are taking over the Republican Party. The bad news is that the Tea Party Republicans are taking over the Republican Party. The party of Eisenhower and Reagan is moribund, usurped by the party of Tea Partyers shouting loudly for something, or perhaps nothing at all.

    Polls show that 50 percent of Americans have no opinion of the Tea Party. That provides an opportunity for President Obama to accurately define it. Now, newspapers nearly always describe the Tea Party movement as being for “small government and fiscal rectitude.”
    &&&& end Brazille quote &&&&&

    First of all, I love that Ronald Reagan is suddenly a moderate!

    Beyond that, the fact that Brazille thinks President Obama should try to turn the Tea Partiers into his next strawmen – not to mention that the White House is actually considering the idea – is an indication that the Democrats are running out of potential demons. Their shots against John Boehner last week seemed to fall flat, so I guess this is all that’s left.

    At best, this strategy might help swing an odd election here and there to the Democrats – e.g. Delaware and (maybe) Nevada – and increase the historically low levels of Democratic enthusiasm by a point or two. But that’s it. For the swing voters who determine elections, it’s clear by now that the midterm is going to be about the deeply unpopular policies of President Obama. Attacking the Tea Partiers is not going to distract them because the Tea Partiers have had nothing to do with those policies. This cycle, the GOP has the better argument, and it is not going to take the bait. Republican candidates everywhere will answer the charge of radicalism with a simple question: “Where are the jobs, Mr. President?”

    The fact that the White House is thinking about such demagoguery is another strong indication that it is simply looking to keep Democratic turnout high enough to prevent a 1974-style tsunami. And it’s another sad milestone in the decline of Barack Obama, who promised to be a leader who could heal political wounds and bridge ideological divides, but who has since come to embody much of what he campaigned against.

    2. Moribund in the Midwest. I’ve been noting that the Democrats look really bad in Ohio and Pennsylvania, but the party’s problems are more broadly based, stretching through the whole Midwest. The latest evidence comes from Rasmussen, which finds Scott Walker, the GOP nominee for Governor in Wisconsin, up 8 points over his Democratic rival, Tom Barrett. That’s a bigger lead than what Rasmussen found last month. Throughout the Midwest the GOP is on track to win eight of nine gubernatorial contests. They also very well could sweep the nine Senate contests in the region as well.

    Since the election of 1824, the modern-day Midwest has been critical in swinging the balance of power. Look through the annals of political history, and you’ll see that the Jacksonian Democrats, the Lincoln-McKinley Republicans, then FDR’s Democrats could dominate the government because they ran strong in the Midwest. The region is set to swing big to the GOP in 2010. If President Obama can’t rebound here before 2012, he will not be reelected president. It’s just that simple.

    [snip]

  4. They are getting worried, this just on twitter from the twit at daily Kos.

    New PPP results for dkos, will post tomorrow — Feingold down by double digits, MASSIVE intensity gap. W/o gap, it’d be tied race.

  5. You nailed it, admin.

    But you also made my blood pressure rise. I was mad before about the sexist onslaught against O’Donnell from dims and rethugs but now I’m just boiling!

    “Cheerleader! Get it? ‘The little woman talks too much without thinking and besides she’s not like the players on the field, she’s just there to cheer on the boys!”

    And my support for Christine has more to do with the way she’s being viciously attacked as a woman then anything else. (Although if I lived in Delaware I would probably vote for her just to keep Coons out.0

    I admit I will probably do the same in NYS, voting for over Paladino over Cuomo.

    And all I can say about this excerpt is !#$!#1! You are right and I’m enraged!

    “Now we know how they will attack Sarah Palin – put some pom-poms on the preeetee little thing, a nice tight fitting sweater to highlight her curves, and the little woman is in her place. This is a smart strategy of diminishment because it acknowledges Palin’s physical attractiveness, and at the same time puts her obvious power to persuade into the much lower rank of cheerleader at the sidelines not player in the field. It’s a very clever strategy which seeks to counter Palin’s “Mama Grizzley” brand yet keep her making sandwiches and phone calls and stuffing envelopes and be the good little cheerleader she is.”

  6. Why is it, the chauvanists can only accept a woman as a good politician, if she looks like some big butch lumberjacking woman who looks like she is some big old battleaxe, it really is repulsive behaviour, just because she’s a strong attractive feminine, they all want her to sit at home, make babies and clean the house. I’m fed up with the male dominated asses thinking they are god’s gift to the world.

  7. I have a feeling, there just is not the money on the democratic side to pay all the dem pollsters this year, PPP in particular will find their revenue way down on 2008, their polls are few er than last cycle, its like they have had their budget cut……….you can tell the damage by where they aint polling and how often.

  8. MoonOnPluto (and Basil9), the numbers on Feingold, like the Ohio numbers are bad. But look at what is happening in NY. In NY the Rasmussen numbers are Cuomo ahead but not by an astonishing amount. Paladino has been attacked without restraint yet he is still only 16 points behind. Sixteen points can be a lot (think Governor Strickland in Ohio) but Paladino has been tarred as a nobody who is also a nut. Also, Paladino has yet to begin his ad campaign. We’re not the only ones who think that Cuomo should be a lot ahead (about 40 points ahead), not a paltry 16.

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/maggiehaberman/0910/Rasmussen_Cuomo_leads_Paladino_by_16_points_.html?showall

    “It’s a magic number that’s sure to haunt Andrew Cuomo, but the Democratic gubernatorial hopeful is leading Carl Paladino by just 16 points, a new Rasmussen poll released today shows.

    The horserace number is 54 percent to 38 percent, according to the survey, which also showed both of their unfavorables about the same.

    Sixteen points is about what Mario Cuomo was ahead of George Pataki by shortly before election day in 1994.

    I’m not sure what Rasmussen’s methodology is and public polling, depending on they survey, has not been hugely reliable this cycle.

    But it’s also clear this isn’t going to be the coronation that Eliot Spitzer saw in 2006.”

    There is no safe seat for Obama Dimocrats.

  9. moononpluto,

    You are a doll. 😉

    Honestly, though, since I now live in a very man’s man area with all the guys driving pick-ups and belonging to local volunteer firefighter companies, chopping their own trees, farming their own land and doing a lot of muscle work, I have a newfound appreciation and respect for them.

    And I have also found that these guys seem to have a heck-of-a-lot more respect for women than the college-educated lib type rampant in cities.

    Most of the men up here are conservative/repub.

    OTOH, as a gender men have always had the upper hand and I can never forget that.

  10. also i heard today Cuomo is not liked by NY dems, apparently they refer to him a dimbo because his intellect is nowhere near like his fathers.

    of one which apparently said “no-one likes that boy”

  11. “Some people say that I want to kill all school children. Other people say that I am actually a woman”

    really? where and who said this?

    seriosuly Waffles, if you are going to have strawmen arguments, at least make them convincing ones, people have the Internet now, and can do their own research about your massive and constant lies.

  12. Wow. Paladino down by just 16? D@mn but it would be fun to see NYS go red again although Cuomo is probably the one dem (aside from HRC) who I could support as gov.

    But the whole nepotism thing gets on my nerves. I hate seeing generations of pols take the place warmed and saved for them by relatives and their relatives friends.

  13. Tim,

    You are kidding about waffles actually saying this stuff, right?

    “Some people say that I want to kill all school children. Other people say that I am actually a woman”

    Do you have a link?

  14. admin, I know several business collegues in NYC, these are solid dems, and they are planning on not only donating to Paladino, but campaigning for him.

    These are not independents, well they are independent minded, but they are solid centerist lifelong dems. They were not fans of Lazio, but they like Paladino mainly because he is not a politician, and speaks very bluntly.

    For them the tipping point was the Ground Zero Mosque issues, and they voting against Gillibrand and Schumer, doesn’t matter who is on the other side.

  15. basil9: I got that quote from the following post, not sure if Waffles actually said or not, wouldn’t surprise me if he did.

    rgb44hrc
    September 20th, 2010 at 4:39 pm

  16. basil, i have a theory about elite liberal men, its all to do with the nanny/mother/headmistress childhood complex, they need a big battleaxe nanny type to tell them what to do, other feminine women are regarded as stupid and only for tarting around with. Thats why they like disciplinarian battleaxes like Pelosi, Boxer, Feinstein,Mukulski,Stabenow, Macaskill and practically all of the female dem senators because are not typically sexy women.

    They expect political women to be headmistress types. Thats why they hated Hillary and Palin in 2008, they represented a flare for life, glamour,a strong positive sexy woman they expect political women to dress “appropriately”, god forbid she should wear a skirt, shock horror.

  17. Great post admin! I saw that video clip at NQ and I was coming here to post it, but you beat me to it! 🙂

    Did you hear how Obumbles DIDN’T answer the question she asked? I love Obots like her. I see them at work regularly. She seems measured and, for me, an easy target. Since she is not a blind follower anymore, a quick debate demonstrating the cons of Obumbles might get her back on the right track.

    Did you notice how measured Hillary’s responses were to Christian? Did you notice how broken Obumbles sounded in his responses to his middle class questioner? She asked if her new reality was depressed wages and he said I’ve moved more money towards college loans. Really???

    The day of reckoning is coming…..

    Hillary 2012

  18. Oh My God.

    I will never again underestimate the viciousness of the Demon rat party. I thought I saw the worst of it against Hillary and then Palin.

    Apparently the dem congressman running against Col. Allen West released his [West’s] SS# in a flyer that they sent out to everyone.

    I truely have no words anymore. These people are scum, pure scum. What they did to Bill and Hillary was just the start.

  19. Hey guys, this will crack you up. The official govt agency that calls an end to recessions came out today and said that the recession actually ended in Jan of 2009. Since then we have been in a “recovery”, albeit a slow one.

    Think about that for a minute. If we take them at their word. Because you know what that means, then? Obama DIDN’T INHERIT A RECESSION FROM BUSH. He inherited a freaking RECOVERY from Bush!!!

    ROTFLMAO! Oh, that is too rich.

  20. They do the same thing to Michelle Bachman, too pretty. Ann Coulter, trans sexual or Gov. Brewer, crypt keeper. Too old, too young, too fat, too thin. F them, I’m sick of it.

  21. HillaryforTexas,

    Not only that, it negates the need for all that spending Squat has spearheaded. If the recession ended in 2009 there was no need for a stimulus to get the country out of the recession, either.

    All those trillions, for what? I think each person in the country now has something like a $50,000 bounty on their heads just from the dim spending over the past two years.

    I don’t know about you but $50 G is a LOT of money! I know! I was once in debt for close to that amount and it took me many years to pay it off.

  22. moononpluto,

    Interesting theory. I’d like to add to it. You know that women are other women’s worse enemies, right? I think the wives of these lib-boys also don’t want attractive women in office. No one tears down a good-looking woman more than other women, especially if she doesn’t belong to, or want to belong to their club.

  23. Now I’m hearing comments that it is ok to attack Christine O’Donnell for her witchy behavior in high school, because people have gone back to Obama’s birthplace to attack him. 🙄 On the plus side though, I guess this proves once and for all Bill Maher is a birther.

    Anyway, with that line of thinking, the BOTs might as well abandon all pretense and just admit that they just ceded any sort of claim to any sort of moral higher ground about being better than their opposition.

  24. Admin: What I noticed about Palin in these video’s…she was wearing what looks like an Orange Suit…this just can’t be a coincidence!

  25. Great post Admin!

    Hillary Clinton must learn from Sarah Palin about the growing irrelevance of Big Media. Sarah Palin must learn from Hillary Clinton the subtle arts of warfare. Sarah Palin delights in mocking and slapping her opponents. Hillary Clinton has a much softer touch. A combination of the two approaches is desirable for both future candidates.

    ———-

    Hillary is pretty good at making Barry look like a fool while she collects more experience and poll points… working harder than most politicians. Sarah just keeps on trucking, no matter how much mud is slung at her, and both women are admired for sticking to their guns and not letting the misogyny derail them.

    The media boyz, blogger boyz of Barry may try to minimize them but women on both sides of the isle don’t buy it. When will Barry realize that he split the Dem party and he can only circle the drain so long before someone pulls the lever and he is forever flushed?

    One big fat stinker goin’ down!!!!!

  26. basil9: “…since I now live in a very man’s man area with all the guys driving pick-ups and belonging to local volunteer firefighter companies, chopping their own trees, farming their own land and doing a lot of muscle work, I have a newfound appreciation and respect for them.

    And I have also found that these guys seem to have a heck-of-a-lot more respect for women than the college-educated lib type rampant in cities.”

    Hillary and her supporters discovered this same fact all through Appalachia, where one “redneck” explained to a doubtful visitor from DC that “you go back to DC and tell Hillary we’re all going to vote for her… we have women here who raise our families and support us all our lives and when we get sick they do the field work in our stead. A strong woman don’t put us off none.” (that’s a quote from hillaryclinton.com in 2007).

    And the guy was sure telling the truth. Appalachia, West Virginia in particular, voted overwhelmingly for Hillary. The men were behind her every bit as much as the women.

  27. I understand the feelings about Christine O’Donnell not being the best candidate for the Senate based on her qualifications, but I would definitely cut her a little slack. The past history silly stuff is just that, silly. When Christine was taped saying the things that she did, I consider her actions to be youthful indescretions. I believe that she probably never thought of running for public office, and that she never had anyone grooming her for such a thing. She did not have people setting the example for her, or letting her know that some things are just better left unsaid, like so many seasoned politicians already know. The main reason why I could easily vote for Christine O’Donnell is that she is not a Demorat. Plain and simple. I agree with the idea that she will not be a rubber stamp for any old, sh!tty obama legislation, and that adding her to the much hoped for Republican majority in the Senate, might help lead to a complete halt to the damage caused by the obama agenda, plus the eventual illumination of who Barack Obama really is. For this very reason alone, Christine O’Donnell should seriously be considered for Senator.

    As a new senator, she will more than likely be influenced by senior senators in the decisions that she makes, at least that is my hope, and this should help control any damage that an arguably unqualified Senator can do. After all, she would be just one vote in the Senate, but most importantly, her vote would be a guaranteed anti-obama vote.

    To me, two years of political stalemate is preferable over obama running roughshod in the White House, even with the current economic malaise, although I believe that a Republican majority in congress will help get the ball rolling in a positive direction with regards to the economy. If you don’t agree with this, please consider what the first two years of the obama administration has wrought. A Republican controlled Congress spells the end for obama, and that cannot come soon enough as far as I am concerned. Once 2012 rolls around, then it is my desire to see a serious, qualified candidate run for, and win the presidency. This candidate should be ready to govern from day one, much like Hillary would have been.

  28. High School? O’Donnell is 41 years old. Who cares? I believe these attacks are going to backfire because they’re totally irrelevant. As that woman said, people are worried about going back to hot dogs and beans not what someone did in high school. I think it’s making democrats look childish. They have totally lost touch.

  29. Some smart stuff here:

    http://hotair.com/archives/2010/09/20/obamas-legacy/

    A long time ago I came to the conclusion that one of the motives driving Obama is his concern over his legacy. How will he be seen once he leaves office? In particular, given that he’s the first President who isn’t white, what kind of record will he leave behind for the next non-white to make the attempt?

    Will voters say, “Oh boy! This guy might be another Obama!” or will they say, “God help us, he might be another Obama”? Obama doesn’t want it to be the latter.

    Unfortunately, it is increasingly looking as if that will be his legacy. The Obama administration is rapidly shaping up as a good bad-example. Obama has done nearly everything wrong that he possibly could do. Those that follow will learn from his example not what to do but rather what not to do.

    Here’s some of what not to do:

    1. Believe your own press clippings. An obsequious press wouldn’t lie, would they?

    2. Staff your entire administration with people out of the ivory tower. No one needs any practical experience if they’re smart enough, and virtuous enough.

    3. Value world opinion above all other things. Everywhere you go, apologize. Bow and kneel.

    4. Believe that weakness is a form of strength. If you disarm, everyone else will, too.

    5. Your face and voice are your most important weapons. Use them. Keep using them. Your main job is public appearances!

    6. Believe in miracles. If you order the world to cool, the oceans to fall, the economy to grow, the nation’s enemies to vanish, well, it’ll happen.

    7. Never admit mistakes. Everything bad that happens is someone else’s fault. Make sure to identify exactly who, and tell everybody incessantly.

    8. Always keep in mind that it’s all about you.

    9. Spend! Spend! Spend!

    10. Push your agenda through, by hook or by crook, even in the face of voter opposition.

    Obama wanted to be a transformative president, the left’s answer to Reagan. Unfortunately for Obama, he’s going to transform the country, alright, but in the long run it will be the same direction as Reagan.

    I think it will take decades to undo most of the damage that Obama has caused (mainly by out-of-control spending and expansion of government) but it’ll happen, and this country will survive it. At the end of Obama’s one-and-only term as president, the country will be wounded but still standing.

    Obama’s main legacy is going to be to utterly blacken the reputation of the “Progressive” political program for the next fifty years, if not even longer.

    History will judge Obama’s biggest historical effect to be the backlash he will inspire against him among voters. His most important legacy will be the Tea Party movement, which wouldn’t have happened without him.

    Progressives, the real ones not the fake Obama ones, do not like to hear it because they do not see Obama as a progressive – but Obama has destroyed the progressive brand for the next decade or generation.

  30. HillaryforTexas
    September 20th, 2010 at 6:31 pm
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    I read the same thing earlier, and if this is not a gift for the Republican party, then I don’t know what would be. That information needs to be used in every single Republican campaign to discredit the Demorat party. If it is not used, then that would be an indication of sheer stupidity on the Republican side.

  31. nomobama: “…that would be an indication of sheer stupidity on the Republican side.”

    How many indications do you need?

  32. jeswezey,

    That is a beautiful quote.

    “You go back to DC and tell Hillary we’re all going to vote for her… we have women here who raise our families and support us all our lives and when we get sick they do the field work in our stead. A strong woman don’t put us off none.”

  33. “Obama has destroyed the progressive brand for the next decade or generation.”

    From your mouth to God’s ears, admin.

  34. Note to Bill Maher: you are a mean spirited, big headed, sexist boob. The ONLY reason you get laid is because you are RICH and have a TV show, otherwise you would have to shill out $20. I hope a big, fat, hairy wicca woman puts a spell on you and takes all your money.

  35. basil, I have often said that I have rarely encountered genuine misogyny from “redneck” men. Yeah, I have encountered some of the relatively harmless run-of-the-mill sexism in the form of tasteless or un-PC jokes, etc. But almost all the blue collar men I have ever known (and I grew up around plenty) will stop the joking and give you instant respect as soon as they see you can do the job. They kind of test women, in a way, but if you stand up then they are cool, and you are given your due from there on out. Most of them really love their Mamas, too.

    But real misogyny? In the sense of that nasty twisted real HATE and RESENTMENT of women that one sees when the urbane mask slips? The deep and bubbling stuff that oozes out like shocking slime? In my own experience, I’ve felt that almost exclusively from more liberal, educated, “creative class” men. The bitter stuff that you can just tell comes from somewhere badly f*cked up in their souls – that has most often been the ivory tower sort, not the truckdrivers.

    *shrug* That’s just my personal experience.

  36. LOL! Idiot Marc Lamont on OReilly is trying the excuse that the lady at the townhall was not really a supporter, but a plant.

    That dog ain’t gonna hunt, Lamont. If that wasn’t real she needs an Oscar, not to mention that those meetings are carefully screened.

  37. Mental health alert:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/21/us/politics/21obama.html?_r=1

    It was billed as “Investing In America,” a live televised conversation between President Obama and American workers, students, business people and retirees on the state of the economy, a kind of Wall Street to Main Street reality check.

    But it sounded like a therapy session for disillusioned Obama supporters.

    In question after question in Monday’s one-hour session, which took place at the Newseum here and was televised on CNBC, Mr. Obama was confronted by people who said, in short, that they had expected more from him. People from Main Street wanted to know if the American dream still lived for them. People from Wall Street complained that he was treating them like a piñata, “whacking us with the stick,” in the words of a former law school classmate of Mr. Obama’s who now runs a hedge fund.

    I’m exhausted of defending you, defending your administration, defending the mantle of change that I voted for,” said the first questioner, an African-American woman who identified herself as a chief financial officer, a mother and a military veteran. “I’ve been told that I voted for a man who was going to change things in a meaningful way for the middle class, and I’m waiting, sir, I’m waiting. I still don’t feel it yet.”

    A 30-year-old law school graduate, Ted Brassfield, told Mr. Obama he had hoped to pursue a career in public service — like the president — but could barely pay the interest on his student loans, let alone think of getting married or starting a family.

    I was really inspired by you and your campaign and the message you brought, and that inspiration is dying away,” Mr. Brassfield said, adding, “What I really want to know is: Is the American dream dead for me?

    And a third-generation business owner from Pennsylvania, Walter Allen, told Mr. Obama that his biggest challenge as an entrepreneur was a fearful, negative public. “How can you regain the political center?” Mr. Allen asked plaintively. “You’re losing the war of sound bites. You’re losing the media cycles.”

    The extraordinarily personal tone of Monday’s conversation, coupled with more substantive policy questions from the session’s host, John Harwood of CNBC and The New York Times, reflects the erosion of support for Mr. Obama among the constituencies that propelled him into office two years ago. [snip]

    And he ducked a question from Mr. Harwood about whether he would be willing to debate the House Republican leader, Representative John A. Boehner of Ohio, the way President Bill Clinton debated Newt Gingrich, then speaker of the House, 15 years ago.[snip]

    “My goal here,” the president said, “is not to convince you that everything is where it needs to be. But what I am saying is that we are moving in the right direction.”

  38. what a contrast between those two ads.
    I would be inclined to believe o’donnel before I would believe coons.
    when you have nothing good to run on you have to resort to negative ads.

  39. admin never ceases to amaze me, I had no idea the ads in DE were even out. Thanks for posting them.

    I like O’Donnell’s ad, its more uplifting, Coons, well all I think of now is Reid’s Pet comment, I truely hope O’Donnell’s ad people use that line. And frankly, I look at dem ads, and it has the same affect on me as those Sham-WOW commercials.

  40. he would be willing to debate the House Republican leader, Representative John A. Boehner of Ohio..
    ********
    A debate between dumb and dumber…

  41. There is a difference between taking a risk and committing suicide. Sharron Angle? Risk. Flawed candidate, but chance of winning in a purple state. Rand Paul? Risk. Flawed candidate, but chance of winning in a red state.

    Christine O’Donnell? Worst candidate in this election cycle. Blue state.

    Who are the tea partiers kidding here besides themselves?

    The people who were worried about having a Republican majority to stop Obama and not electing Harry Reid’s “pet” should have LISTENED and voted for Mike Castle, who would have won, rather than Christine O’Donnell, who is going to lose. Now is the time to forget her — she is becoming a major distraction from the real issue, also a reason to not have supported her — and focus on states where anti-Obamacrat forces actually have a chance.

  42. From the chronicles of incompetence: HotAir posted an article on the first Lisa Murkowski ad for her write-in campaign. The ad is too long and treats voters as idiots (its a child at a blackboard). The ad has been withdrawn because:

    Almost forgot: At the very end of the clip, her name in her website address is … misspelled. The perfect capper to an amateurish spot aimed at a write-in campaign.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2010/09/20/video-murkowski-write-in-campaign-begins-with-terrible-new-ad/

  43. Lynn Sweet says “get the bus, more people going under it”:

    http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2010/09/obama_hints_at_summers_geithne.html

    President Obama on Monday hinted that he may be switching leadership on his White House economic team.

    John Harwood asked Obama at a “town hall” here: We’re coming up to the midterm election; have you asked your Treasury secretary, Tim Geithner, and your top economic adviser, Larry Summers, to stay with you through the end of your term? Or might you make some changes?”

    Said Obama, “Well, look, I — I have not made any determinations about personnel. I think Larry Summers and Tim Geithner have done an outstanding job, as have my whole economic team. This is tough, the work that they do. They’ve been at it for two years. And, you know, they’re going to have a whole range of decisions about family that’ll factor into this as well. But the bottom line is — is that we’re constantly thinking, is what we’re doing working as well as it could? Do we have other options and other alternatives that we can explore?”

  44. I have realized that Sarah Palin never gives up ground. She was elected to her local school board (think it was the school board anyway) – that brought her to the attention of her entire community and she held that ground and went on to become mayor. She held that ground and went on to become governor. ditto and went on to become a national candidate, ditto and now she is a force to be reckoned with in national politics. She never gives up ground. I think sooner or later she will be president.

  45. I also believe the rethugs WILL NOT do much to upset Obama’s apple cart if they get in….its much easier to get things past Odumbo than Hillary…

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    They might harass him but don’t really want him out. He’s doing more of their kidn ofstuff than Hillary would stand for. Before that, he’s easier to beat than Hillary.
    So why are they pushing this “Hillary 2012” stuff?

  46. Wait ’till PumaPAC sees this:

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/maggiehaberman/0910/Reid_calls_Gillibrand_the_hottest_member_at_fundraiser_.html

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had an unusual form of praise for New York’s junior senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, this morning at the fundraiser Mayor Bloomberg hosted for him at his townhouse – referring to her as “the hottest member” as she sat just a few feet away, according to three sources.

    The comment prompted Gillibrand to turn red, according to the sources, and created a bit of stir among the small crowd there.

    It was pretty shocking when he said it,” said one source familiar with the remark and the reaction.

    A Reid spokesman confirmed it happened, but also noted that the Democratic Majority Leader also praised Gillibrand for her work.

    First Bloomberg spoke, then Sen. Chuck Schumer, and then Reid, according to the sources. Reid praised Schumer at length, discussing how he could have run for governor – and won – in 2006, but didn’t, and instead accepted the Nevada senator’s entreaties to run the DSCC.

    Then he turned his attention to Gillibrand, saying something about how “many senators are known for many things,” according to a source. He added, “We in the Senate refer to Sen. Gillibrand as the hottest member.

    He also then discussed her knowledge of securities law as extremely deep, and suggested she was better on certain policy elements than other people, according to the sources.

    Gillibrand was not among those who was asked to speak at the event, the sources said.

    Gillibrand has been profiled repeatedly for her post-second baby weight loss, and how she achieved it. She also made The Hill’s “Most Beautiful” list.

    Nonetheless, it’s not considered wise politics to say such a thing.

    In fact, one of Gillibrand’s Republican rivals, Bruce Blakeman, made headlines in a primary debate with two other opponents, in which he was asked to come up with a nice word to say about her and he called her “attractive.”

    Reid is facing a tea party-backed Republican challenger, Sharron Angle.

    Reid spokesman Jim Manley, reached by POLITICO, said, “What can I say, she made The Hilll’s ‘Most Beautiful list. Of course he also went on to praise her skill and tenacity and described her as an effective member of the New York delegation as well.”

  47. When Christine was taped saying the things that she did, I consider her actions to be youthful indescretions. I believe that she probably never thought of running for public office, and that she never had anyone grooming her for such a thing. She did not have people setting the example for her, or letting her know that some things are just better left unsaid, like so many seasoned politicians already know.

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    That’s what I’ve been wondering about. At age 29 she appeared on Maher’s show 22 times as some sort of ‘commentator.’ How much did she get paid? Why was she invited? What was her standing, her supposed expertiese? Was she running for office? Who did she represent?

    Some of thsese statements have been reported as though she was running for something then and they were her official platform. That doesn’t seem likely.

  48. Disgraceful. Another Blame American First leftist. A perfect soul mate for Obama. How many more of these bastards do we need in the senate? They belong in a museum along with other freaks of nature.
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    Coons has come under fire for a paper he wrote in college, entitled “Chris Coons: the making of a bearded Marxist”. In it, he describes his transformation from a Republican to a “Democrat suspicious of America’s power and ideals.”[6] Coons said his college anthropology courses had “undermined the accepted value of progress and the cultural superiority of the West”, while coursework on the Vietnam War had led him to suspect that “the ideal of America as a ‘beacon of freedom and justice, providing hope for the world'” was not correct. [7]

  49. I think the Hot Air strategy for the Republicans noted by Admin above is politically sound. They need to purge the RINOS and marginalize the establishment figures. Those people cannot be trusted to do what is right for the country. The constant worry is when your back is turned they will be sneak out behind the barn and carry on with Bambi. And if Bambi is carrying on with Reggie Love, they will make it a ménage à trois.

  50. the ideal of America as a ‘beacon of freedom and justice, providing hope for the world’” was not correct.
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    Whatever made him think it was correct in the first place?

  51. Well, Christine O’Donnell is denying that she misspent campaign money in the past. She has also indicated that a lawyer who is an expert in campaign spending has been hired if there continues to be questions about it. I’ve seen copies of checks which show she spent money on a bowling outing, plus a couple of other things that were not campaign related, and yet, it doesn’t bother me. Should I be worried about this, or should I be concerned more about from where Barack obama’s campaign funds came from, or how many were recorded with fake names, etc. Christine O’Donnell is small potatoes, while the obama campaign committed major fraud by accepting donations from foreign sources to the tune of millions and millions of dollars.

  52. Puma-SF, that is called “lowering the bar”. You can’t get lower than asking to be compared to Lucifer. Talk about “the lesser of two evils.” But that is how desperate Obama is: “compare me to the Devil”. What a winning slogan to go with the Dminus logo. We’re not sure that at this point Obama could win if Beelzebub himself was on the ballot as a Republican. 🙂

  53. Should I be worried about this, or should I be concerned more about from where Barack obama’s campaign funds came from, or how many were recorded with fake names, etc. Christine O’Donnell is small potatoes, while the obama campaign committed major fraud by accepting donations from foreign sources to the tune of millions and millions of dollars.

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    Right. I don’t want to assume the worst of O’D, the money charges are probably just as phoney as the ‘witchcraft’ charge. But even if the money charges were true, they would only matter as an indicator of how she is likelly to vote. If she were taking it from Excelon or BP or Wall Street etc like Obama did, then I’d worry she would vote for them, as Obama does; it wouldn’t matter whether the money came within regulations or not. if it’s from good sources I don’t care what she spends it on.

  54. This paragraph in the article Puma-SF mentioned I found interesting:

    White House spokesman Robert Gibbs last month urged the “professional left” to give Obama credit for what he has accomplished, and some mainstream Democrats have appealed to them to cut Obama some slack for the sake of party unity.

    Party Unity, you say? Now where have I heard that before? After all, what does PUMA stand for again? LOL

    I wonder if the big blog boys will now finally show the same guts that Hillary supporters have, or will they continue to let themselves be taken for a ride and play the role of useful idiot?

  55. Well, Christine O’Donnell is denying that she misspent campaign money in the past. She has also indicated that a lawyer who is an expert in campaign spending has been hired if there continues to be questions about it. I’ve seen copies of checks which show she spent money on a bowling outing, plus a couple of other things that were not campaign related, and yet, it doesn’t bother me. Should I be worried about this, or should I be concerned more about from where Barack obama’s campaign funds came from, or how many were recorded with fake names, etc. Christine O’Donnell is small potatoes, while the obama campaign committed major fraud by accepting donations from foreign sources to the tune of millions and millions of dollars.
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    Absolutely right. If I lived in Delaware, I would vote for O’Donnell in a New York minute because I know she would oppose Obama every step of the way. It is disappointing to me when I see people fall into the big media trap of vilifying her. It is disgusting to see her own party refuse to fight for her because she offends the delicate sensibilities of people like Karl Rove. And it is offensive to see assholes like Coons get a free pass, when he needs to be vetted til hell won’t have it anymore. She is the candidate and we are either in favor of defeating Obama or we are not. That is the bottom line.

  56. Has big media given one tenth of the coverage to the alleged embezzlement, bribery, tax fraud and looting the treasury by seven sitting members of the Congressional Black Caucus that it has give to petty bullshit they have conjured up on O/Donnel? Has O’Donnell committed a crime? Or is she merely idiosyncratic? Because if that is all we are talking about here than how is she any worse than that two faced bald brainless billiard ball Patrick Leahy who smiles and stabs people in the back when they are not looking. Yes, he was on of the jackasses who demanded that Hillary quit the race. I would encourage anyone who would fall into the big media trap of dismissing O Donnell to think about the big picture and not be bamboozled. Lest we forget, they want to distract us with social issues, when the real issues are the constitution and the economy. That is the discussion that Obama, big media and people like Rove want to avoid. But that is the discussion we need to force and O’Donnell will do it.

  57. Jay Cost makes excellent points as always. From my perspective, it isnt just the fact that Obama policies caused democrats to lose that matters. It is also the fact that through triage, and the failure to spend his own money he did nothing to save them. That is not the mark of a leader. It is the mark of a coward and a man on the run. By the almighty I hope that reality reverberates through the party, and they rise up against him. Otherwise they will be the party of Obama and the enemy of the American People. And the republican elites are showing their own true colors now in undermining Sarah, O’Donnell, and probably Michelle Bachman who has fought the good fight. Class warfare, don’t kid yourself.

  58. If the Republican establishment does not make sure Reid is defeated they should be run off. They have plenty of material on him that they can use, if they have the guts. They need to realize that if they do not defeat him then he will remain the Senate Majority Leader, and will continue to carry O’Bama’s water. That is the emerging reality. There is a better than even chance that the Republican establishment is too stupid to get out in front of this tsunami in which case they will go the way of the dinosaur. I think DeMint has that one right.

  59. So now you guys understand why I was sooo pist when they took down Debra Medina…she is no crazier than O’Donnell. It was total bullshit and it was to keep that craphead Rick Perry the fairy.
    I hate that mofo! Most of Texas hates his ass, but Glenn Beck under orders from Rove took her down and she did not have the experience to not fall for it….maybe Debra called O’Donnell and told her not to trust Fox.

    They are just as corrupt as CNN or MSNBC!

  60. Do you all realize that Bill Clinton GCI is going to get involved with domestic issues now?? He said he was going to figure how to help the unemployed!
    Bill C. started GCI is 07′ according to what I read, but it has grown and has done many good things…if he and Hillary continue down this path and she wants to run again…I can see no one defeating her when word gets out as to what he has really done for the world and what they both believe in. It is so amazing that these two people that came from meager backgrounds have been able to do these things.
    Obama and Bill….no comparison….Obama and Hillary….no comparison.

    How about that Bill on every darn show that will have him for the couple of months…something must be in the works!

  61. Oh well i knew there had to be a reason, gee , what a coincidence, what are the chances that a church you hardly go to, the week you choose to go, this happens!

    Obama goes to church to hear a Muslim speaker!

    Yesterday, on Sunday, September 19, 2010, the Obama family attended church for only the third time in a year. They went on foot to the St. John’s Episcopal Church situated across the Lafayette Park.

    But what is widely not reported by the White House and the MSM is that on that particular Sunday in that particular church, Dr. Ziad Asali, M.D., a Muslim, founder and president of the American Task Force on Palestine, was the guest speaker. He was there to speak on the subject of “Prospects of the two-state solution in the Middle-East.”

    According to the website of the American Task Force on Palestine, it is a “non-profit, non-partisan organization based in Washington, DC.” The organization describes itself as “dedicated to advocating that it is in the American national interest to promote an end to the conflict in the Middle East through a negotiated agreement that provides for two states – Israel and Palestine – living side by side in peace and security.”

    Dr. Ziad J. Asali is described as “a long-time activist on Middle East issues” who has testified to both chambers of Congress about Palestinian interests, increased U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority, and “Israel’s disproportionate use of force” in Gaza. A retired physician, Asali received his early medical training at the American University of Beirut. He previously served as President of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) and Chairman of the American Committee on Jerusalem (ACJ), which he also co-founded He also served as the President of the Arab-American University Graduates (AAUG).

    http://www.thepostemail.com/2010/09/20/obama-goes-to-church-to-hear-a-muslim-speaker/

  62. O’Donnell may have written off a bowling outing as a campaign expense. i pray they follow through on trying to hang her out to dry for that. Wait to see what shows upif they take a look at the others. Every freaking one of them rights off their cable bill including premium channels as a business expense. Along with magazine and newspaper subscritptions. Wierd thing about righting off expenses if you incurred the expense for a number of years prior to it being essential to your job only a percentage can be deducted.

  63. The FBI will be interested to know that the New York/New Jersey based Lucchese Family is financing a senate election of Obama’s protogee in Illinois. The New York families were all Sicilian whereas the Chicago family was a mixed bag. Capone himself was Neopolitan–the name means castrated chicken. Typically, one family would not finance elections on the turf of another one. Each wanted to control its own politicians. But these days the DNC is short of money so they have to make do.

    Host of Giannolius Fundraiser Has Mob Ties
    Jake Gibson
    Fox News

    Perna is a name known to me. He had a son who worked in our operation. The kid got in trouble, we fired him and he tried to convince us to reconsider our improvident decision. We were not persuaded and he dropped the matter.

    EXCLUSIVE, as first reported in Chris Stirewalt’s Power Play newsletter in Fox News’ new AEHQ iPhone app — buy it here.

    One of the hosts of a glitzy Hollywood fundraiser for Illinois Democratic Senate nominee Alexi Giannoulias last week has ties to organized crime.

    Giannoulias attended a fundraiser in Los Angeles last Tuesday, where one of the hosts was Pamela Abdy, who has also contributed the maximum $4,800 to the Giannoulias campaign.

    In 2007, Abdy was identified by federal investigators as the girlfriend of a married New Jersey mobster nabbed on charges he led a multi-billion-dollar illegal gambling ring.

    Giannoulias aides said Abdy is no mobster and dismissed questions about her involvement as part of an orchestrated series of Republican attacks on the candidate’s character.

    Giannoulias has fought allegations of mob connections throughout his campaign for the Senate seat once held by President Obama. Republican foe Mark Kirk has hammered Giannoulias for $20 million in loans his family’s bank made to convicted mobster Michael “Jaws” Giorango while the now candidate was the chief loan officer from 2004 to 2007.

    Broadway Bank, since shuttered by federal regulators for insufficient holdings, is also reported to have made several other loans to mob figures, but the Giannoulias campaign insists that all client relationships with mob figures were managed by the candidate’s brother and father.

    For Giannoulias fundraiser Abdy, the organized crime ties go back to New Jersey, not Chicago.

    According to the New York Post, in 2007 Abdy was captured on wiretaps talking with her former boyfriend, reputed Lucchese family mobster Joseph “Little Joe” Perna, who complained to her about trying to collect a $105,738 gambling debt but only coming up with $25,000.

    The conversations were part of an arrest affidavit that preceded the roundup of Perna and more than two dozen other reputed Lucchese associates and members. Abdy’s uncle, former Lucchese New Jersey boss Martin Taccetta, was also arrested.

    The group was charged with running a gambling ring that raked in $2.2 billion in 15 months and used violent tactics to collect gaming debts. Perna was indicted this year on charges of racketeering, conspiracy, money laundering and bribery.

    Giannoulias aides told FOX News that Abdy was not arrested for anything and was never even investigated. Those same aides point out that Abdy is an award-winning executive at Paramount Pictures, no longer romantically linked with Perna and that it’s not fair to lump her in with her mobster uncle.

    Communications director for Giannoulias, Kathleen Strand, called the story, “another ridiculous lie being pushed by Congressman Kirk’s desperate campaign. His earlier attacks have been called out as false by independent fact check organizations, and this one will find the same resting place.”

    Kirk spokesperson Kirsten Kukowski responded, “The facts speak for themselves. As Senior Loan Officer at Broadway Bank, Alexi Giannoulias made loans to organized crime figures. Now we learn he’s raising money from people with similar track records. The truth is that Alexi Giannoulias’ association with mobsters and crime figures prove he lacks the judgment to serve in the United States Senate.”

    Read more: http://politics.blogs.foxnews.com/2010/09/17/power-play-exclusive-host-giannoulias-hollywood-fundraiser-has-mob-ties#ixzz109AqznXj

  64. Giannoulias aides told FOX News that Abdy was not arrested for anything and was never even investigated. Those same aides point out that Abdy is an award-winning executive at Paramount Pictures, no longer romantically linked with Perna and that it’s not fair to lump her in with her mobster uncle
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    Oh, I get it . . . she just walked away . . . from a romantic relationship . . . with a New Jersey mafia capo . . . severing all ties . . . and went out to Hollywood . . . and became an award winning executive . . . at Paramount Studios . . . based on her extraordinary ability . . . and thereafter she made a political contribution . . . to an Obama protoge . . . with known ties to the Chicago Mob . . . because . . . she believes in good government? Only a bot would believe that one.

  65. Do you remember that scene where Michael Coreleone says you try to get out (of the Mafia) but they keep dragging you back in? Its like a bumper sticker I saw the other day which read: not as young, not as lean, but still a marine.

  66. The difference however is she was never a “made” guy, whereas Michael was. And contrary to what FOX says, you are not an “associate” just because you are romantically involved. The word associate means a partner in some illicit scheme. Maybe this political contribution qualifies however, who knows. Then again maybe she believes in government reform and feels that Giannolus would be a breath of fresh air.

  67. Like I have been saying . . . it ain’t rocket science . . . just don’t listen to rove . . . and what kind of a pet is coons . . . he looks like a gerbil.
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    In Delaware, GOP Should Target Coons, Not O’Donnell
    Byron York
    Washington Examiner

    Imagine for a moment that Republicans were not consumed with the various faults of the party’s newly chosen Delaware Senate candidate, Christine O’Donnell. What would GOP operatives, both in Delaware and in Washington, be doing right now? They’d be attacking the record of O’Donnell’s Democratic opponent, Chris Coons. As it turns out, there’s plenty to attack, if Republicans ever get around to it.

    GOP officials, both local and national, have long been preparing for a run against Coons. Until very recently they thought their candidate would be Mike Castle. But in any event, they knew their opponent, and the same issues that would have been effective for Castle against Coons could be effective for O’Donnell.

    Coons, 47, is the top executive of New Castle County, home to a majority of Delaware’s population. From a Republican perspective, there’s one really important thing to know about his time in office: In 2004, when Coons first ran for the job, he promised not to raise taxes. Since then he has raised taxes not once, not twice, but three times.

    Coons inherited a surplus. Celebrating victory on election night in 2004, he said his “top priority would be to continue balancing the budget without increasing property taxes,” according to an account in the local News Journal. Yet in 2006, he pushed through a 5 percent increase in property taxes. In 2007, he raised property taxes 17.5 percent. In 2009, he raised them another 25 percent.

    Coons wanted to raise other taxes, too. He proposed a hotel tax, a tax on paramedic services, even a tax on people who call 911 from cell phones.

    Coons says the increases were necessary because New Castle County, despite its surplus, was saddled with extravagant spending obligations made by his predecessor. “Chris made really tough decisions, and after bringing folks together was able to say that we have to have some level of shared sacrifice if we want to get the county back on track,” says Coons spokesman Daniel McElhatton. “He was able to restore New Castle County to fiscal responsibility.”

    Well, not exactly. In January 2009, Coons warned the county might be headed for bankruptcy.

    A few months ago, preparing for the expected race against Castle, Coons sought to pre-empt the tax issue with a frank acknowledgement. “Chris Coons raised your taxes,” he said in an interview with Politico. “Absolutely. Guilty as charged, your honor.” Coons argued that he had also cut spending by historic amounts to keep the county solvent.

    Now, on his campaign Web site, Coons expresses deep concern about the federal government’s “runaway debt.” A number of his proposals to cut the deficit involve collecting more taxes.

    Add to that the likelihood that Coons will be a strong ally of the Democratic leadership in new spending proposals. He has supported all the big ones — stimulus, bailouts, Obamacare — and on Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Coons is his favorite Senate candidate. “He’s my pet,” Reid told the Hill newspaper. (A chagrined McElhatton was reduced to protesting that “Chris is not anyone’s pet.”)

    Put it all together, and could central casting have come up with a better Democrat for a Republican to run against? “We believe that Chris Coons, with his record of raising taxes, has shown throughout his career that he would rather take orders and directives from Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid than do what is right for Delaware and the country,” says state GOP spokesman Thomas Doheny.

    Some Republicans argue that O’Donnell, given her own tax lien from 2005, can’t make that argument. Maybe not. But it’s just as likely she will receive some sympathy for her problems with the IRS — she says she did nothing wrong — and besides, Delaware voters might well care more about their own taxes than Christine O’Donnell’s.

    At the moment, though, top Republicans are still beside themselves over O’Donnell’s primary win. On Thursday, Delaware state GOP chairman Tom Ross, an O’Donnell foe, pledged support for “our candidates” but couldn’t bring himself to mention O’Donnell’s name. National party officials are scrambling to back down from their initial snub of her. Meanwhile, a new Rasmussen poll shows O’Donnell 11 points behind Coons — a significant margin, but not insurmountable.

    Can party officials put aside their unhappiness and campaign hard for their elected nominee? Even in Delaware, there has probably never been a better year for a flawed candidate on the right side of the issues. Why not try to win?

    Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/politics/In-Delaware_-GOP-should-target-Dems_-not-O_Donnell-883378-103093409.html#ixzz109DF8NFy

  68. In the last day or two someone was sounding distressed and saying that they still preferred Hillary to Palin.

    Of course we all do (sfaik)! It goes without saying!

  69. Well, Christine O’Donnell is denying that she misspent campaign money in the past. She has also indicated that a lawyer who is an expert in campaign spending has been hired if there continues to be questions about it.

    ===========

    Good idea. The lawyer can say something dull so the media doesn’t get a juicy quote from her.

    As for a bowling evening — well, who went with her? Under tax business expense that could be legit — are we sure it isn’t legit under campaign expense?

  70. WEll put by the Wash Examiner:

    “But it’s just as likely she will receive some sympathy for her problems with the IRS — she says she did nothing wrong — and besides, Delaware voters might well care more about their own taxes than Christine O’Donnell’s.”

  71. Paraphrased from WP:

    Saint-Gervais, a small town in the French Alps has had a beautiful glacier above them for hundreds of years. Unfortunately, global warming has caused the Tete Rousse Glacier to start to melt and it’s holding a massive amount of water. The mayor of the city, and scientists, are worried that the water will break free and destroy the village. The scientists are bringing the water out carefully from the glacier, but they’ve now found more pockets. Everybody believes this except the people who deal with tourists.

  72. Regarding the BC interview referred to as his YouTube video, this CGI email arrived yesterday:
    myname,
    Last week, hundreds of people sent thought-provoking questions and thoughts about the world’s most pressing challenges. And now, in a special YouTube appearance, President Clinton has some answers.
    Watch President Clinton answer questions in his new video about the challenges our world faces.

    And it’s not too late to send us your thoughts about the issues confronting your community and your planet and have them answered by luminaries like Thomas L. Friedman of The New York Times; Lance Armstrong, Founder and Chairman of LIVESTRONG; President of Haiti René Préval; and more at this year’s Clinton Global Initiative plenary sessions. You can even tune in to see these panels in action on Tuesday and Wednesday — and maybe even hear the answer to your question — online at w w w.clintonglobalinitiative.org.

    President Clinton founded CGI in 2005 with the hope of finding real solutions to some of the most dire global problems. Every conference attendee — influential business leaders, heads of state, entertainers — is asked to make a commitment to solve a specific global challenge and then to deliver on that commitment. Your question could be the one that inspires an entire panel of leaders as they make their own commitments to act.
    Check out President Clinton’s YouTube video. And then, send in your own write-in or video questions today.
    For 5 years, the Clinton Global Initiative has been pioneering a new brand of international activism — the kind that goes beyond heady speeches and results in concrete solutions. But the best answers start with one common denominator: a good question. Please ask yours today.
    Thank you!
    The Clinton Foundation
    P.S. Watch President Clinton answer some of Jon Stewart’s own questions in his Daily Show appearance last week.

  73. Well Well Well, am i surprised no, your brother is a congressman, your sister is running for the senate this year and you suddenly get 107 million in stimulus cash.

    http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/political-fix/article_edf58fec-c4cc-11df-9a95-0017a4a78c22.html

    Blowin’ in the wind: GOP pans stimulus cash for Carnahan sibling

    ST. LOUIS — Republicans have been running all summer with the wind at their backs — now the fall breeze has offered the Missouri GOP a boost, too, in the form of a stimulus gust blowing towards the opposition.

    The $107 million in stimulus cash awarded to Tom Carnahan, however, couldn’t have come at a worse time for his siblings, both of whom are on the ballot in November.

    While Tom Carnahan has been in the wind energy business for several years — he formed St. Louis based Wind Capital Group in 2005 — the announcement made on Friday by the White House that his wind project in northwest Missouri will receive stimulus cash presents an unwelcome liability for the family’s political aspirations.

    Tom Carnahan’s wind project was one of several listed on the reported released by Vice President Joe Biden last week, “100 Recovery Act Projects That Are Changing America.”

    Still, All Republicans need is the perception of coziness to slam Tom’s sister, Democratic Senate hopeful Robin Carnahan, and brother, U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan.

    “When it comes to the Barack Obama’s $814 billion boondoggle known as the ‘stimulus,’ it’s all in the family for the Carnahans,” Lloyd Smith, executive director of the Missouri GOP, said in a statement. “Robin Carnahan supported it, Russ Carnahan voted for it, and now Tom Carnahan is profiting from it.”

    Tom Carnahan’s firm received what’s called a 1603 Grant, made specifically for alternative energy producers in the stimulus act.

    For Republicans, Tom Carnahan’s stimulus funding is a a double boon — they can use it to both needle Robin and Russ.

    Republican Ed Martin is already calling on Russ to ask his brother to give the money back.

    “I am writing today on behalf of the many unemployed constituents of your district to request your brother forfeit his $107 Million in stimulus money,” Martin wrote to Russ Carnahan. “I believe that money could be better spent on job re-training to help small business startups right here in your district.”

  74. Bill gets it

    Bill Clinton on Palin: ‘Resilient,’ Like Me, Don’t ‘Underestimate’ Her

    Former president Bill Clinton had words of warning for Democrats who think Sarah Palin could be the best thing to happen to President Obama in a 2012 presidential bid – “It’s always a mistake to underestimate your opponent.”

    “In the Republican primaries she’s very popular with the conservative base. She gets more people to come out,” he told me. “And she hasn’t won all of her endorsements, but she’s won most of them. And you know, she’s a compelling, attractive figure.”

    I sat down with the former president as he kicked off the sixth annual Clinton Global Initiative. Palin, who recently made a high profile trip to Iowa, was the subject of Mark Halperin’s “One Nation” column Monday. I asked Clinton to react to Halperin’s take on the former Alaska governor that “Most of all, she is like Bill Clinton: what doesn’t kill Sarah Palin makes her stronger.”

    Clinton laughed and then offered his own observations.

    “I do think she’s a resilient character. And we may be entering a sort of period in politics that’s sort of fact free, where the experience in government is a negative,” he told me.

    “I think she’s clearly a public figure who is, who speaks well and persuasively to the people who listen to her. And she’s somebody to be reckoned with,” he said. “And she’s tough.”

    Clinton recalled when “people were making fun of her” he read about Palin’s husband finishing the last 500 miles of Alaska’s Iron Dog race with a broken arm.

    “Now, where I come from people like that. They think that’s pretty good,” he said.

    So is she qualified to be president? Clinton said the “American people can elect whomever they want.”

    “But [she] served, you know, not a full…term as governor, and she went out and did this. We don’t even know if she’s going to run for President,” he said.

    http://blogs.abcnews.com/george/2010/09/bill-clinton-on-palin-resilient-like-me-dont-underestimate-her.html

  75. First poll of Alaska by Rasmussen : Miller by 15

    Republican Joe Miller attracts 42% of the vote in the first Rasmussen Reports poll of the Alaska Senate race since GOP Senator Lisa Murkowski announced her write-in campaign to try to keep her job.

    The telephone survey of Likely Voters in Alaska shows Murkowski picking up 27% of the vote and Democrat Scott McAdams earning 25%. One percent (1%) say they’d prefer some other candidate, and five percent (5%) are undecided.

    This race now moves from Leans GOP to Solid GOP in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Senate Balance of Power rankings.

    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/election_2010/election_2010_senate_elections/alaska/election_2010_alaska_senate

  76. “President Clinton founded CGI in 2005 with the hope of finding real solutions to some of the most dire global problems.”
    ______________________________

    WOW- I didn’t realize it was 5 almost 6 yrs since he started his foundation! According to confloyd, she said something about him using his foundation for job creation. (Confloyd, if you have a link or a video can you post it or relate where you heard about it.) This is a fantastic possibility if it will actually happen. 🙁

  77. Meanwhile in DE, Christine O’Donnell’s donation total has gone past the 2M mark!!! It’s at 2,000,057.30!!

    Hmm is that the sound of a backfiring ad.

  78. Shamelessly Stolen from Uppity Woman’s Blog! LOL!

    Poor Christine.

    And as Uppity says: “I’ve just gotta put this MEOW back up. Let’s see, how many Hillary Democrats live in Delaware again? Lol on “spending campaign donors’ money”. “For her political saavy, she should be more careful”. LOLOL. This gets better every time I listen to it.”

  79. This O’Donnell has been around since her teens, used on National TV for her opinion. I don’t get it. Who and the Hexx is she, that I should want to know her opinion. When she was younger she was so nieve it was pathetic, and now she says, Oh I was young. There is a real air of she is the most important thing in the world, and she can do what ever she wants.

    Does that remind you of anyone. The only difference is O was promoted by a core of the Dims, and O’Donnell has her own cult going.

  80. moononpluto
    September 21st, 2010 at 3:36 am
    Oh well i knew there had to be a reason, gee , what a coincidence, what are the chances that a church you hardly go to, the week you choose to go, this happens!

    Obama goes to church to hear a Muslim speaker!

    ——————
    Why am I not surprised? And why isn’t this being covered by main media?

  81. How Hillary Clinton’s clean stoves will help African women

    Poorly ventilated small fires are claiming millions of lives – as wood for them wrecks the environment

    One of the most powerful women in the world is talking about cooking stoves. Thank God. Today, Hillary Clinton will describe the huge impact that something as simple as cooking fuel has on millions of lives. Want to know what is one of the leading causes of death for women and small children? You might imagine HIV/Aids or, given the focus on maternal mortality at the UN Summit in New York, you might suggest that women’s greatest risk is death in childbirth. But just as dangerous and much less well publicised is the risk of inhaling smoke from cooking on open fires which leads to lung and heart diseases. According to the United Nations, smoke costs 1.9 million lives a year.

    Think about it; every day, millions of women across Africa and India spend several hours crouched over small fires cooking. Often their homes have no chimneys and poor ventilation. This daily proximity destroys lungs. Small children staying close to their mothers are equally vulnerable. Finally, this huge story is percolating through to the mainstream. Clinton is due to announce $50m (£32m) in seed money to the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, to supply 100m fuel-efficient stoves across Africa.

    What makes this situation so frustrating is that it is as destructive of the environment as it is of human tissue. In many countries, chopping trees for firewood is leading to long-term environmental degradation. When I visited western Uganda, the results were shockingly evident. The beautiful hills are now largely stripped bare of trees, much of the deforestation has occurred in the last 50 years, and the results are long run-off scars across the hills where rain has washed the soil away. Further environmental damage is done by the tons of soot spewed into the atmosphere, contributing to global warming.

    Clean, sustainable energy supplies are going to become a crisis issue across eastern Africa. The pace of deforestation and population growth is such that experts predict that within 25 years, supplies of firewood – the main source of cooking fuel – will have largely run out. Given that the staple foodstuffs of these African countries require cooking (for example millet, sorghum), the impact on nutrition and hunger will be huge. And fuel impacts on women’s lives in other ways; as the supplies become more scarce, they have to walk further and further to collect what they need, as the collecting of firewood is a woman’s task. In places of conflict such as Darfur or Congo, it is collecting firewood which exposes women and children to the risk of rape.

    This is a problem that does not require expensive technology. It is about using fuel efficiently. Watch this video by one manufacturer of clean stoves in China now exporting to Africa. We know exactly how to make these stoves at relatively low cost. The challenge is to distribute them fast enough to pre-empt the kind of crisis predicted for east Africa. One really interesting possibility is linking clean stoves to microfinance schemes enabling small local businesses to develop who will be able to sell the stoves. Millions are needed, and there is no time to waste.

    Aid follows fashions – over the last few years millions of malaria nets have been flooding in to Africa with dramatic results – hopefully Clinton’s initiative will set a new trend. And this is a subject that people ought to really get behind in the way that the Alliance for Safe Motherhood has mobilised campaigners on maternal mortality. Stoves are a feminist issue – where are you Mumsnet?

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2010/sep/21/hillary-clinton-clean-stove-initiative-africa

  82. MoonOnPluto, all the New York races, not just that senate race, might get interesting.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2010/09/21/2010-09-21_cuomo_responds_to_paladino.html

    Can I ‘call him an a–hole?’ Andrew Cuomo in tizzy after GOP foe Carl Paladino questions his manhood

    Stung by Carl Paladino’s below-the-belt attacks, an angry Andrew Cuomo summoned his war council on Monday to figure out how to fight back against his slash-and-burn GOP rival.

    If a guy says you have no cojones, how do you punch him back, call him an a–hole?” the Democratic gubernatorial candidate fumed in a secret talk to his team, one insider said.

    “We have all this stuff [on Paladino] and we’re on the defensive,” Cuomo groused, the insider added.

    While Cuomo’s adviser Ben Lawsky and his communications team of Marissa Shorenstein, Phil Singer and Josh Vlasto listened, the unhappy candidate wondered aloud what Paladino’s pit bull campaign manager Michael Caputo would do with similar dirt.

    The Democrat wields a 54%-to-38% lead in the latest Rasmussen Reports poll out Monday, making Team Cuomo reluctant to climb down into the mud and fight Paladino on what they say is his turf.

    His staff stressed to Cuomo on Monday that they’d like to push the positive aspects of his agenda to the press, insiders revealed.

    The brain trusters also mulled if they should start hitting back at Paladino, rather than leave it exclusively to campaign surrogates such as Democratic Party boss Jay Jacobs. They didn’t reach a decision.

    They also fretted about the pitfalls of repeatedly telling the press “no comment” to Paladino’s broadsides – fearing the practice could ultimately turn the media against them.

    Cuomo and his political Svengalis plotted strategy for debating Paladino, insiders said. The state attorney general pushed the possibility of just one debate, limited to Paladino and Conservative Party candidate Rick Lazio.

    Cuomo believes Paladino wants to open the debate up to minor-party candidates, including former Black Panther Charles Barron (D-Brooklyn), who is a city councilman, and former madam Kristin Davis, who is linked to the Eliot Spitzer prostitution scandal and is being handled by Paladino adviser Roger Stone.

    It was suspected Barron and Davis would take aim at the front-running Democrat in an open debate, insiders said.

    Cuomo’s campaign refused to comment on the private powwow.

    The counterattack planning session came after Paladino issued a taunting letter that questioned Cuomo’s manhood, ripped his pop’s performance as governor – and taunted him to “for the first time in your life be aman.”[snip]

    “It’s difficult to understand why you, a polished veteran campaigner, scion of a political dynasty and king-designate, would fear a simple businessman from Buffalo, who candidly has never been in a debate in his life – except maybe in a bar,” Paladino wrote.

    “Frankly, I don’t think you have the cojones to face me and the other candidates in an open debate.”

    ‘You have to earn’ governorship

    Several times in his letter, Paladino invoked Cuomo’s father, former three-time Gov. Mario Cuomo, who he said “left our state economy in a wreck.”

    “So Andrew, for the first time in your life be a man,” Paladino wrote. “Don’t hide behind Daddy’s coattails even though he pulled strings to advance your career every step of your way. Come out and debate like a man.

    “Because no one inherits the New York governorship – you have to earn it.” [snip]

    Paladino promised yesterday that more attack ads were coming, including some strafing Cuomo’s performance as Housing and Urban Development secretary as well as “some personal things to illustrate to people that this man does not have the capability” to be governor.

    “He has an arrogant, egotistical attitude about him that is wrong for the people,” Paladino said.

  83. “I do think she’s a resilient character. And we may be entering a sort of period in politics that’s sort of fact free, where the experience in government is a negative,” he told me.

    “I think she’s clearly a public figure who is, who speaks well and persuasively to the people who listen to her. And she’s somebody to be reckoned with,” he said. “And she’s tough.”

    Clinton recalled when “people were making fun of her” he read about Palin’s husband finishing the last 500 miles of Alaska’s Iron Dog race with a broken arm.

    “Now, where I come from people like that. They think that’s pretty good,” he said.

    So is she qualified to be president? Clinton said the “American people can elect whomever they want.”

    “But [she] served, you know, not a full…term as governor, and she went out and did this. We don’t even know if she’s going to run for President,” he said.
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    Masterful. We have been in a fact free political environment ever since the nomination and election of Obama. And the reason is the media. It is a game of celebrity survival, where spurious allegations flow left and right. And, as he says, experience is deemed by opponents to be the wrong kind of experience. And now that big media has conditioned the public to that point of view, and the public knows they only vet the people they want to destroy, the public is saying first we are drowning, second we do not trust you, third the status quo is unacceptable, and-if you are for candidate X then we are against them, because you lie.

  84. I hate to point out to people, but you have to know a system, in order to change it. If you don’t, the results could be disasterous, present President case in point.

    What they need to look for is people who have experience at knowing and changing systems.

  85. “I do think she’s a resilient character. And we may be entering a sort of period in politics that’s sort of fact free, where the experience in government is a negative,” he told me.

    “I think she’s clearly a public figure who is, who speaks well and persuasively to the people who listen to her. And she’s somebody to be reckoned with,” he said. “And she’s tough.”

    Clinton recalled when “people were making fun of her” he read about Palin’s husband finishing the last 500 miles of Alaska’s Iron Dog race with a broken arm.

    “Now, where I come from people like that. They think that’s pretty good,” he said.

    So is she qualified to be president? Clinton said the “American people can elect whomever they want.”

    “But [she] served, you know, not a full…term as governor, and she went out and did this. We don’t even know if she’s going to run for President,” he said.

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

    This could be read as catty and unfair. At least the digs could apply more to Obama than to Palin.

    Palin is not ‘fact free’, and she does have experience in government. She got more done in her partial term as Governor than many Governors get done in several terms. (And she left the Governor’s office in good hands with her former Lt Gov to continue what she started.)

    It’s not the years, it’s the mileage.

  86. Thank you Barack – what would we do without your wise leadership. Hillary got insurance for children – Obama…..

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/20/AR2010092006665.html

    Some of the country’s most prominent health insurance companies have decided to stop offering new child-only plans, rather than comply with rules in the new health-care law that will require such plans to start accepting children with preexisting medical conditions after Sept. 23. [snip]

    “We’re just days away from a new era when insurance companies must stop denying coverage to kids just because they are sick, and now some of the biggest changed their minds,” Ethan Rome, executive director of Health Care for America Now, an advocacy group, said in a statement. “[It] is immoral, and to blame their appalling behavior on the new law is patently dishonest.”

    Three insurers – WellPoint, Cigna and CoventryOne – all cited uncertainty in the health insurance market for their decisions. That incertitude and the resulting decision of other insurers to drop their child-only plans, according to WellPoint spokeswoman Kristin Binns, “has created an unlevel competitive environment.” [snip]

    But, he said, extending such coverage in child-only policies “provides a very powerful incentive for a parent to wait until their child becomes very sick before purchasing coverage.”

    Zirkelbach added that in 2014, when similar protections kick in for all individuals with preexisting conditions, virtually all Americans will be required to get health insurance.

    With no such mandate currently in place, however, the result over the next several years could be that the pool of children insured by child-only plans would rapidly skew toward those with expensive medical bills, either bankrupting the plans or forcing insurers to make up their losses by substantially increasing premiums for all customers. And Zirkelbach said the effect could be compounded if only a few plans remain in the market.

  87. Behold: The Wave

    Republicans worried about losing the opportunity to take over the Senate because of O’Donnell, can stop hyperventilating.

    http://publicpolicypolling.blogspot.com/2010/09/close-race-in-west-virginia.html

    PPP’s first look at the West Virginia Senate contest finds a very tight race with John Raese up 46-43 on Joe Manchin, a result within the poll’s margin of error.

    The contest provides a fascinating choice for voters in the state who love their Democratic Governor but hate the party’s ranks in Washington DC that he would be joining.

    Manchin is the second most popular Governor PPP has polled on all year, behind only Bobby Jindal, with a 59/32 approval spread. He breaks almost even with Republicans as 42% of them approve of the job he’s doing with just 44% disapproving. In a highly polarized political climate the list of politicians with that kind of crossover popularity is very short.

    At the same time West Virginians couldn’t be much more down on national Democrats. Barack Obama’s approval rating in the state is just 30% with 64% of voters disapproving of him. Even within his own party barely half of voters, at 51%, like the job he’s doing. Support from Republicans (91% disapproval) and independents (73% disapproval) is pretty much nonexistent.

    Given the President’s high degree of unpopularity it’s no surprise that 54% of voters in the state want Republicans to control the next Congress with just 37% wanting the Democrats to stay in charge. GOP voters (91-3) and independents (66-21) are pretty universal in their desire for a Republican majority and even 25% of Democrats say they’d like to see a change.

    22% of voters in the state have the competing impulses of both liking Manchin and wanting Republicans to control the next Congress. With those folks Raese leads 57-29 and that’s fueling his slight overall advantage.

    Despite Manchin’s 42% approval rating with Republicans he’s getting only 14% of their votes. And in spite of a +8 approval spread with independents, he trails Raese 56-30 with them. Raese also leads 47-41 with another key group- the Democrats that disapprove of Obama.

    These poll numbers show a much more favorable race for Raese than anything that’s been released publicly to date so I’d suggest caution in declaring too much momentum for the Republicans in West Virginia before other data confirms it. But one thing is definitely clear: this race is not going to be a slam dunk for Democrats as might have been hoped at one time.

  88. Re Gingrich.

    1. Is what he’s saying now different from what he said in his ‘Contract with America’?

    2. Why should we believe anything he says?

  89. Pelosi’s troops: Smart ones are going AWOL

    President Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have run into a little problem on their march to further punish “the rich.” They’ve begun running out of Democrats willing to fall in behind them.

    Politico.com reported last week that nearly 40 House Democrats have come out against plans to let the “Bush tax cuts for the wealthy” expire. That is, they have decided a month-and-a-half before the midterm elections that those Tea Partiers, not to mention many economists, have a point: Raising taxes right now, even if only on “the rich,” is a bad idea.

    Not the President and Speaker Pelosi, though. They insist it’s a great idea, which is yet another reason why all but the most liberal Democrats are distancing themselves from their party’s leadership, as The Washington Post reported on Sunday.

    But don’t worry; New Hampshire Reps. Carol Che-Pelosi and Paul-osi Hodes are right behind Comrade Nancy, ready to raise taxes on those evil rich people whose household incomes exceed $250,000.

    http://www.unionleader.com/article.aspx?headline=Pelosi%27s+troops%3A+Smart+ones+are+going+AWOL&articleId=7b4aa877-4e75-4675-862e-54b4af774787

  90. The DNC strategy for glorious victory in the mid terms can be summed up in these words: hail Obama we who are about to lose our jobs because of you salute you. Or every man for himself. It would be racist however to call this a losing strategy, therefore I will let the results speak for themselves. And of course if the Republicans do sweep congress, but a tea party candidate somewhere loses, big media coverage will focus on the tea party loss. But they will get their message mixed up as well, because part of their narrative will be the tea parties are just a passing thing, whereas another part of it will be they are a permanent pain in the ass for the republicans. When a partisan is in trouble, they advance any argument they think might work, it is called shotgunning and it is ineffectual. They lose credibility.
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    DEMOCRATS HAVE NO STRATEGY…NONE

    By DICK MORRIS & EILEEN MCGANN

    Published on DickMorris.com on September 20, 2010

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    September is drawing to a close and it is incredibly, amazingly clear that the Democratic Party has no strategy for winning the midterm Congressional elections. Instead, the national leadership lurches from one improvisation to another while local campaigns scramble to find garbage they can dig up on their opponents in the hopes that these negative ads will suffice even though they have no message. To the extent the Democrats address the Obama agenda at all, it is to distance themselves from it, heralding their votes against Pelosi, Reid, and Obama as badges of independence and honor. Nobody is out there saying the stimulus is working or that Obamacare is good or that the economy is recovering or that they wish we had cap and trade. The legislative program of the Obama Administration is an orphan while dissent has a thousand fathers.

    Symptomatic of the absence of a national Democratic message was Obama s orchestrated criticism of House Minority Leader John Boehner (R Ohio) as a tool of the lobbyists last week while this week the Administration accuses the Republican Party of having been captured by Tea Party crazies. You cannot both be the tool of monied special interests and in the grip of outraged revolutionaries. One or the other.

    On the local level, Democrats are pedaling three lines of attack against their Republican opponents, one more pathetic than the next.

    Outrageous Gov’t Program Exposed
    A new video highlights one of the most audacious programs in U.S. government history.

    Which is now being used by some Americans to add an extra $964 or more per month to their retirement.

    Should this ‘loophole’ be legal?

    Could you take advantage of it as well?

    You can find out the full details by watching this video here.
    * Privatizing Social Security. Many Republican challengers have embraced the plan put forward by Wisconsin Republican Congressman Paul Ryan reiterating the old Bush proposal that people under 55 years of age be allowed to decide for themselves how to invest up to one-third of their Social Security tax payments. This sensible idea, rejected by a Republican Congress in 2005, is being twisted into a proposal for privatization of the system. Most people support the Ryan-Bush idea so when Republicans explain the details, they usually succeed in defusing the Democratic charges.

    * Imposing a 23% national sales tax. Those Republicans who have endorsed the Fair Tax proposal pioneered by talk radio host Neil Boortz and the fiscally conservative Club for Growth have been hit with supporting a national sales tax of 23%. But the Democratic ads always forget to mention that this tax has been proposed as a replacement for — not an addition to — the federal income tax. The only people who are speculating that a VAT or national sales tax might be added on top of the income tax are in the Obama Administration. Again, once Republicans point out the truth, the Democratic allegation backfires since voters rather like the prospect of a world without the IRS, tax audits, and revenue agents.

    * Shipping jobs overseas. In the most convoluted of all negatives, Democrats are accusing their GOP challengers of supporting corporate loopholes which reward companies that open overseas offices with tax favors. They derive this Republican position by construing the no-new-taxes pledge most Republican candidates have taken at the behest of Americans for Tax Reform, headed by Grover Norquist as meaning that no corporate loopholes will be closed. Of course, once Republicans point out that the Obama Administration pushed the General Motors bailout even though two-thirds of the GM jobs were abroad, proposed cash-for-clunkers even though almost half the cars were foreign, and supported TARP bailouts for banks much of whose money went overseas, the accusations fall apart.

    That is it! That is the entire Democratic Party campaign! On the strength of these tender reeds rest the entire case of the Party to keep power!

    The reason for this intellectual bankruptcy is plain to see. Obama and his minions refused to read the polls that showed how unpopular their program was and gambled all on a recovery summer. When it became clear that the very spending and borrowing programs they had passed had torpedoed any recovery that might once have been underway, they had no plan B on which to rely.

    So the Democrats are scrambling with only six weeks to go!

  91. Replace IRS with a national sales tax? Yay!

    Morris says:
    Fair Tax proposal pioneered by talk radio host Neil Boortz and the fiscally conservative Club for Growth have been hit with supporting a national sales tax of 23%. But the Democratic ads always forget to mention that this tax has been proposed as a replacement for — not an addition to — the federal income tax. The only people who are speculating that a VAT or national sales tax might be added on top of the income tax are in the Obama Administration. Again, once Republicans point out the truth, the Democratic allegation backfires since voters rather like the prospect of a world without the IRS, tax audits, and revenue agents.

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

  92. admin @ 11:27, anyone with a brain saw this coming. Ed Morrisey over at hotair, despite being a dreaded conservative, tells the truth:

    Critics blast the insurers for their “immoral” decision, but they had little choice. The federal government mandate requires them to accept any child at any time, regardless of any pre-existing condition, but doesn’t yet require parents of healthy children to buy policies for them. It sets up an incentive system where this scenario will unfold repeatedly:

    This should be Econ 101, or at the least Insurance 101. However, it’s the problem that ObamaCare advocates not only refused to fix, they refuse to acknowledge. No one will buy a $3000 plan for comprehensive insurance for a child who is healthy, not unless it comes as part of an insurance plan for the whole family. They might buy a catastrophic insurance plan for a few hundred dollars for use just in case the child gets sick, but that kind of plan won’t exist any longer under ObamaCare. Now that the mandates for coverage exist for pre-existing conditions, parents no longer need to bother with that, anyway, as they are now in a no-risk position. They can just wait to see if their child gets sick enough to need insurance, and then buy it.

    Obamacare has given us the worst of both worlds: massive govt intervention, with no reigning in of costs or expansion of actual care.

  93. We now live in a “fact free enviroment”, is that not the most brilliant way to say “stupid idiot” you’ve ever heard.

    BRILLIANT!

    ROTFLMAO!

    If Hillary doesn’t run though, I will still vote for this “fact free” woman, because she is “fearless”, as Bill says, “where he comes from people like that”. Well I only live a couple of hundred miles from Hope, Arkansas.

    Mrs. Smith he says it on one of those videos that is posted. THe website also has the videos posted.

  94. You know the stupid democrats if they had any sense would be running ads that show a republican candidate beating up on Hillary.
    That would be one sure way of getting the dem to vote for the dem instead of the rethug.
    I have to say that that video of Odonnell cutting Hillary down really irritated me…of coarse I don’t live in Delaware, but I think most Hillary supporters feel just like I do.
    Those “Mama Grisley’s” better find some other way to win, other than going after Hillary.

  95. The problem with a health care plan that does little other than mandate a lot more stuff that insurers have to cover, and demand that everyone get insurance, is that it puts everyone in a bind. It’s a refusal to look at reality.

    If you are going to pursue a plan that is based on private insurance, then you have to accept the fact that they have to be able to make a profit on it. That in itself does not make then evil, that makes them simply what they are. You can’t do a market-based plan without accepting that you are going to have to tailor it to how a market works. You have to design it so that it becomes in the insurers self interest to do it, whether by volume of patients or whatever. You can’t just hand out edicts from on high then walk away, with no regard for the secondary effects of those edicts in a profit/loss scenario.

    I prefer a public plan, but even as private-insurer based plans go, this one made less sense than even what John McCain proposed.

  96. Sep 21, 2010

    Tea Party group gets $1 million anonymous donation

    donor who does not want to be named has written a $1 million check to Tea Party Patriots, and the organization’s national coordinators intend to push the funds out into the field by the beginning of next month — in time to help with get-out-the-vote efforts for the Nov. 2 election.

    In a Q&A with reporters at the National Press Club, Mark Meckler and Jenny Beth Martin of Tea Party Patriots dropped a few hints about their benefactor: “He” is a businessman and entrepreneur, they said. Asked if he had given to other political causes, Meckler said he didn’t know.

    The anonymous nature of the donation was Topic A at the press conference where Meckler and Martin announced the grant. Organized as a “social welfare” group under section 501(c)4 of the tax code, the Tea Party Patriots is not regulated by federal campaign finance laws and is not required to make its funding sources public.

    http://www.usatoday.com/communities/onpolitics/Index

  97. IOW, I think that healthcare is an area where purloining a little of A and a little of B, mixing govt and private pieces at seeming random, is fraught with peril. You end up creating a beast that is a hybrid of the worst of govt and insurance, and solves nothing.

    If we are going to go public, as I prefer, then we should just do that. If the american people truly do not want that (though I think they could be convinced if it was done correctly and efficiently), and would prefer a market-based solution, then DO one.

  98. JanH

    Meh, color me unimpressed. The Dems have plenty of 501(c) organizations of their own, that operate by the same rules. MoveOn.org is a 501(c), and no one knows where all of their money comes from either.

    Politicians being “Shocked, SHOCKED I tell you!” that the other side has advocacy groups spending big money always make me yawn, whether it is R’s or D’s bitching and moaning.

  99. I’m getting a gut feeling that the dems have their head so far stuck in the sand they have no idea how big a whalloping they are going to get on Nov 2nd and i also say they will lose races they are going to be stunned at for losing and not expecting.

  100. Correction. MoveOn was originally a 527, then became a PAC, but has a subset group called MoveOn.org Civic Action which is a 501c. Same difference.

  101. Christine O’Donnell on Hillary Clinton, just two years ago: “Big spending is nothing new to Hillary. Hillary is way too quick to spend other peoples’ money whether it’s taxpayers’ money through wasteful earmark spending or whether it’s campaign donors money through her demands to stay at luxury hotels. This is nothing new from Hillary Clinton, and this is what we should come to expect. And a lot of people might be like ‘Oh, you know, you’re pickin’ on Hillary, whatever,’ but after writing checks to the IRS this tax season we need to bear in mind what that wasteful spending means to us. She is spending $146 million dollars she earmarked in one bill alone. That contributes to the national debt so she calls for raising taxes, again check will go right to the IRS, it’s gonna be even more. So this is nothing new from Hillary. He’s use to this celebrity treatment, she’s use to just spending, blowing outrageous sums of money…it’s that celebrity mentality that she has, and she’s gotta realize that she’s a candidate now, and that she has to be considerate of what she is doing with other peoples’ money.”

    Right, because Hillar Clinton needs lectures on spending and celebrity and how to run a campaign from Christine O’Donnell.

    Christine O’Donnell, piling on Hillary with the good ole boy establishment at the height of the 2008 campaign (did Palin do that to this lengthy, long-winded extreme?)

    Christine O’Donnell, inexperienced. Christine O’Donnell, shady past. Christine O’Donnell, not ready on day one. Christine O’Donnell, supported by the fringe.

    Christine O’Donnell, the female Obama. Christine O’Donnell, who could not lift Hillary’s jockstraps with a forklift.

    Christine O’Donnell: loser.

  102. BTW, I have it will all kinds of Clinton hate…won’t vote for anyone who participated in the past unless they apologize of coarse and I vote for anyone who using it now.

  103. Confloyd,

    you know I love the Clinton’s but I am not happy about what BC said about the GZ mosque. He sid it should be built and dedicated to the muslim victims of 911. I’m sorry, but that is a crock.

    Have you heard about that?

  104. basil 9, I did and I didn’t like it either, but Bill is so wonderful everywhere else I overlooked it…if I can agree with 98% of what the man says….he will get my vote and appreciation.

  105. They are going after Manchin hard

    http://www.wsaz.com/news/headlines/103348024.html

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) — We now know a major target of the federal probe into Gov. Joe Manchin’s administration and the Department of Highways is a multi-million dollar road that runs through Fairmont.

    Subpoenas have been issued to the Department of Highways and the Office of Administration, but those subpoenas have been off limits. The Attorney General’s office is refusing to release any information about the investigation, despite media law experts who say the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requires the Attorney General to release the information.

    But WSAZ.com has learned more about the investigation. A source within the DOH says the subpoenas are broad, but the Fairmont Gateway in Marion County is one of the targets.

    The $150 million road has been under construction for several years and connects I-79 to Fairmont, which is Manchin’s hometown.

    Larry Puccio, Manchin’s former chief of staff and current chair of the Democratic Party in West Virginia, also runs a real estate business in Fairmont. Sources believe Puccio could be part of the probe.

    The governor says he cannot comment on the investigation and says he doesn’t know if Puccio is a target.

    “It’s a process,” Manchin says, referring to the investigation. “That’s all I can tell you; it’s a process.”

    And mum is the word when it comes to this federal probe. Numerous FOIA requests filed by WSAZ all get the same response.

    Dwane Tinsley a special assistant attorney general assigned to the investigation cites this exemption:

    “The statute which specifically exempts disclosure in this instance is Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 6(e), which prohibits government attorneys and others from ‘(disclosing) a matter occurring before the grand jury.’ ”

    But media law expert Dave Barnette says the exemption for “government attorneys” is for U.S. Attorneys who are part of the investigation not defense attorneys.

    Barnette says the attorney general’s office is stonewalling the media and the public’s right to know.

    “There is nothing contained in Rule 6 which prevents a defendant’s attorney from releasing a subpoena,” Barnette says. “And in this case because the defendant’s attorney is the Assistant Attorney General, it is clearly improper for them to withhold this information under the West Virginia Freedom of Information Act.”

    Barnette says in Illinois, Gov. Rod Blagojevich tried to use the same argument, Rule 6 exempting government attorneys, to keep federal subpoenas issued out of the public’s hands. The courts there ruled that was not allowed, and the subpoenas were released.

    “The real question is why are they not releasing these subpoenas?” Barnette says. “If there is legitimate concern being raised by the federal government concerning activities being done in our Department of Highways and our Department of Administration, those are issues that our public ought to have a right to know.”

    WSAZ filed a FOIA request with the head of the two departments in question and with Missy Phalen, the assistant to First Lady Gayle Manchin. We wanted any documents sought by the subpoena. In each case including Phalen, Tinsley pointed to the Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure.

    The next step is to take the issue to court. Manchin said Monday that is what we should do.

    The state would likely appeal and it would be several months before we found out anything, many speculate that the state would drag out the issue until after the November election.

    WSAZ is looking into its legal options.

  106. Oh please let it be true and nail this guy once and for all.

    Fund-raiser: Jesse Jackson Jr. behind $6M Senate-seat scheme
    Feds had questions about Senate-seat deal and flights for a Jackson acquaintance

    Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. directed a major political fund-raiser to offer former Gov. Rod Blagojevich millions of dollars in campaign cash in return for an appointment to the U.S. Senate, sources said the fund-raiser has told federal authorities.

    The allegation by Oak Brook businessman Raghuveer Nayak counters public statements made as recently as last week by Jackson that he never authorized any deal to attempt to buy the Senate seat.

    Nayak also told authorities he paid for two airline trips for a “social acquaintance” of the Democratic congressman at Jackson’s request, raising more potential ethical and political problems for Jackson.

    The FBI interviewed that acquaintance — a Washington, D.C., restaurant hostess named Giovana Huidobro — about a year ago as part of its corruption probe of Blagojevich. Authorities were trying to determine whether Jackson had asked Nayak to offer Blagojevich campaign cash in exchange for the then-governor appointing Jackson to the seat once held by President Obama, according to sources with knowledge of the probe.

    Huidobro, Jackson and Nayak all dined together on Oct. 8, 2008 — the same day that Nayak has told authorities he had a key conversation with Jackson about the Senate appointment, sources said. The three then ended up at Ozio, the restaurant and club where Huidobro works and where Jackson has held fund-raisers.

    Huidobro told authorities she knew nothing of Jackson’s political dealings regarding the Senate seat, according to sources. She also said she flew to Chicago on several occasions at Jackson’s request and that Jackson sometimes reimbursed her for her travels.

    Nayak told the FBI that he paid for two airline trips for Huidobro from Washington to Chicago in 2008.

    A spokesman for Jackson declined to comment Monday.

    http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/blagojevich/2731160,CST-NWS-jackson21.article

    read on…………………..full of details.

  107. BOSTON – President Barack Obama’s aunt, who lived for years illegally in Boston before being granted asylum in May, said the United States has an “obligation” to grant her citizenship.

    “If I come as an immigrant, you have the obligation to make me a citizen,” Zeituni Onyango told WBZ-TV in an interview that first aired Monday.

    ………………………………

    really is that how it works, you are entitled, i think not?

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100921/ap_on_re_us/us_obama_s_aunt

  108. basil9
    September 21st, 2010 at 2:47 pm
    Confloyd,

    you know I love the Clinton’s but I am not happy about what BC said about the GZ mosque. He sid it should be built and dedicated to the muslim victims of 911. I’m sorry, but that is a crock.

    Have you heard about that?
    ***************
    Boy that is a disappointed. I can’t believe he would say that.

  109. I am glad to see somebody is finally waking up on who this “popular governor” Joe Manchin (nee Mancini) is. Popular governor is a nick name big media has attached to him because they want him to win. He is an Obama shill. He may or may not be a made guy. But at the very least he is connected, or so I was told. I was told by an attorney who works back there–you think this is like where you come from, where most things are out in the open, wise up kid, that ain’t the way it works here. And that does make sense given the lack of a vibrant middle class. The state depends on the mines and people like the Rockefellers own the mines. Too bad. It is a truly beautiful state. And the people I met there were very friendly and gracious.

  110. Norma Desmond
    September 21st, 2010 at 9:56 am
    ************

    She really is an airhead. Hillary should have stayed at the Marriott with all of her staff/security? Just how secure would that be? She has a lot of growing up to do. Palin should have vetted this one closer. Tea party could have/should have, done better

  111. confloyd and gonzo, go to the last thread and watch the actual video of what he said. I am opposed to the mosque, and I thought it was brilliant.

    It was more than just “dedicate it to the dead muslims”. He basically challenged the Iman to come out publicly and condemn terrorism – to PROVE that his aim is moderation. See, this Imam always sidesteps questions about muslim terrorists, and answers only with some version of “my group isn’t like that.” But he never actually condemns any specific act. If he is a real moderate, he’ll have no problem publicly condemning his brethren who killed other muslims on 9/11. Bill basically said that people are suspicious, and if you want it built then it is YOU that need to allay those fears (if you are sincere). He put the onus on the Imam.

    Again, go watch it. It was Bill at his most skillful, flipping the entire question on its head on a way that no one can object to as anti-muslim. Freaking brilliant.

  112. gonzo – Admin called it right. And Uppity provided the proof.

    Admin said:
    “We do not think much of Christine O’Donnell. We hold her at the same level of esteem as we hold Arriana Huffington. This is to say – very very low. There is something cloying and dishonest and opportunistic about her that reminds us not only of the Huff n’ Puffer but of Barack Obama as well. “

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  114. Gonzo, confloyd, hillaryforTexas,

    This is the info I saw.

    “I believe people should be free to practice their faith,” Clinton told Steve Grove, YouTube’s head of news and politics.

    “What the Muslim group wants to do is to build a community center near Ground Zero,” Clinton continued. “It’s clearly a decision for the city of New York to make. The mayor supports it and they’ve gotten the requisite approvals, so I think they ought to be able to do it.”

    Clinton also had a suggestion for the builders of Park51

    “Much or even most of the controversy…could have been avoided, and perhaps still can be, if the people who want to build the center were to simply say, ‘We are dedicating this center to all the Muslims who were killed on 9/11,'” Clinton said.

    Dedicating the center to the Muslim victims would show that “not all Muslims are terrorists,” Clinton said, and it could help unite all the family members of 9/11 victims in a common cause of remembrance. Many 9/11 family members have been outspoken in opposition of the center.

    “We’ve all forgotten: There were a lot of Muslims killed on 9/11,” Clinton said.

  115. moononpluto,

    Paladino is a riot. He’s got to move fast. Election in6 weeks doesn’t give him much time.

    I just might vote for him.

  116. gonzotx
    September 21st, 2010 at 4:15 pm
    **************

    Exactly, just like some of us have been saying all alone. Worst still, she is a distraction from the real issue, which is the ineptitude of Obamacrats. She just gives them fresh ammo to try to paint the tea party as silly and unserious, and of course that is the tea party’s fault for nominating this unqualified, all take, attention seeking hack (yes, still talking about Christine, although it sounds like Barack) over the objections of those of us who knew better.

    We don’t need O’Donnell and her Delaware fiasco mucking things up. Bigger fish to fry.

  117. You know the administration is fucked when all they can wheel out is a unpopular first lady and i use lady in the loosest possible terms here. Good luck with that………………………………

    First Lady Michelle Obama will hit the campaign trail next month to raise money and advocate for Democrats in key battleground states.

    Beginning in mid-October, the First Lady will campaign in Wisconsin for Senator Russ Feingold; in Illinois for Senate Candidate Alexi Giannoulias and Representatives Debbie Halvorson, Dan Seals and Bill Foster; in Colorado for Senator Michael Bennet; in Seattle for Senator Patty Murray; and in California for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Barbara Boxer.

    In addition to the those candidate-specific fundraisers, Mrs. Obama will also raise money for the Democratic National Committee’s Women’s Leadership Forum at events in New York and Los Angeles.

  118. Good riddance, dont let the door hit you on the ass on the way out.

    END OF SUMMERS: White House economic adviser Larry Summers is expected to leave after the midterm elections, Bloomberg reports.

    More from the wire: “Administration officials are weighing whether to put a prominent corporate executive in the NEC director’s job to counter criticism that the administration is anti-business, one person familiar with White House discussions said. White House aides are also eager to name a woman to serve in a high-level position, two people said. They also are concerned finding someone with Summers’ experience and stature, one person said.”

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-09-21/summers-may-leave-as-head-of-obama-s-national-economic-council-in-november.html

  119. Murkowski just lost her headline for her campaign and her usefulness to Alaskan big oil and businesses. She cant pull the strings she could for them.

    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

    Senate Republicans will strip Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) of the top Republican slot on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

    GOP members of the committee met Tuesday afternoon to vote by secret ballot on who will be the new ranking member, according to a Republican members of the panel.

    They will submit their recommendations to the entire Senate GOP conference, which will hold a meeting 2 p.m. Wednesday. Senate Republicans also will vote at that time on who will replace Murkowski as vice chairman of the Senate GOP conference. Murkowski is expected to keep her committee assignments.

    Sen. Richard Burr (N.C.), is the highest-ranking Republican on Energy after Murkowski. He declined to comment on her fate.

    Senate GOP sources say they expect the conference to appoint an acting ranking member to replace Murkowski until Election Day, when she will square off against Joe Miller, who defeated her in Alaska’s Republican primary last month, and Democrat Scott McAdams.

    Two GOP lawmakers told The Hill it would be very difficult to allow Murkowski to continue serving in a leadership position while she is waging a write-in campaign against the Republican nominee for Senate in Alaska.

    So far, Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) is the only senator to have submitted his name for conference vice chairman. Lawmakers could nominate other candidates.

  120. basil, again, NEVER rely on cherry-picked quotes when it comes to Bill. He hoist the mosque-builders on their own petard. You have to see the whole thing to appreciate it. The video is in the last thread – go watch it.

  121. Its official

    President Obama’s top economic adviser, Larry Summers, is leaving the White House at the end of the year, the administration announced Tuesday.

    Summers will return to Harvard University as a professor.

    …………………………..

    Good riddance to bad rubbish.

  122. Whoa looks like Jackson had a woman on the side, the scandal gets deeper

    http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/2732904,jackson-responds-to-sun-times-story-092210.article

    But Jackson acknowledged knowing Huidobro and that the relationship was something he an his wife, Ald. Sandi Jackson, have had to deal with.

    “The reference to a social acquaintance is a private and personal matter between me and my wife that was handled some time ago,” Jackson said in his statement. “I ask that you respect our privacy.

    “I know I have disappointed some supporters, and for that I am deeply sorry. But I remain committed to serving my constituents and fighting on their behalf.”

  123. basil9
    September 21st, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    yes, agree with you. don’t agree with Bill at all on this one, not sure why he even said that, not sure what he was thinking.

  124. Tonight Diane Sawyer aired another BC clip, the one where he advised O to ask voters to give them all two more years. If they’re not happy after that interval, then they can vote everybody out. I see that advice as floating as well as the lead balloon, but the short greek said O was already embracing that strategy.

  125. Why should we, they have had congress since 2006 and screwed us all in the end, 2 more years, they may not be much to save at the rate they are going.

  126. Time has passed i believe Tim, the only way is a write in for Castle and that has to be submitted by Sept 30th. He has until then.

  127. watching O’Donnell on Hannity, liking what they are doing, cleaning the slate, she seems to be doing pretty decently. comes across ok. She needs to do more of these, 6 weeks is still a lot.

    Considering Pet Coons has just said he will back that fool in the WH 100%, that is a no no even in DE.

    hey hannity!!! its not just repub women who are treated with a double standard, remember 2008 on the dem primary side!!

  128. JbStonesFan, it didn’t sound to us like Bill Clinton supported the Mosque of Doom. Bill Clinton noted that there is a legal right to build. Bill Clinton noted that the sensibilites of the families should be taken into account. Then Bill Clinton said that what he thought should have been done was not done. That was to dedicate the building to the “murder victims” of a particular strain of Islam that kills in the name of the religion.

  129. christine o’donnell lost me when i saw the clip of her suggesting, pushing and implying that bill clinton was a murderer and should be investigated for the death of vince foster…that did it!

    …i agree that the sexism is off the rail…the fact that she is being vetted with a microscope when the likes of O got off scott free and the MSM protected all the stories that could have come out about him…just his cocaine episodes alone would have been major stories for anyone else…

    i hate seeing the way women are treated…the vitriol and terminology and barrage that the women undergo is way beyond what the men deal with…but anyone that accused bill clinton of murder (and now sucks up to hillary supporters)is not someone I can even rationalize for…I support her right to the fight…but if she cannot retract those insinuations from her past then she is too extreme or screwed up for me…

  130. admin
    September 21st, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    JbStonesFan, it didn’t sound to us like Bill Clinton supported the Mosque of Doom. Bill Clinton noted that there is a legal right to build. Bill Clinton noted that the sensibilites of the families should be taken into account. Then Bill Clinton said that what he thought should have been done was not done. That was to dedicate the building to the “murder victims” of a particular strain of Islam that kills in the name of the religion.
    ___________________

    Well said:

    Checkmate!

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