Down In The Hole – America As A Chilean Miner; Plus Meg Whitman Debates Jerry Brown Tonight

Trapped for so long in Stygian depths, Chilean miners tonight will emerge from their captivity. The story from Chile has captured world attention in large part because it is a metaphor. We all fall into holes in our personal lives and sometimes entire nations fall into a hole.

Tonight Chilean miners will escape their captivity by entering, one by one, into a capsule which will deliver them to freedom. We cling to the belief that tonight’s individual victories of each minor and the triumph for the Chilean nation is a harbinger for America – America will get in the capsule this November 2010 and finally be freed in November 2012.

We all fall into metaphorical holes of our own making or sometimes holes that open up beneath our feet. We still have the responsibility to get out and back on our feet.

Today we learned that some Obama supporters are getting off the Hopium and back on their feet. Bloomberg news reports:

Hope has turned to doubt and disenchantment for almost half of President Barack Obama’s supporters.

More than 4 of 10 likely voters who say they once considered themselves Obama backers now are either less supportive or say they no longer support him at all, according to a Bloomberg National Poll conducted Oct. 7-10.

Three weeks before the Nov. 2 congressional elections that Republicans are trying to make a referendum on Obama, fewer than half of likely voters approve of the president’s job performance. Likely voters are more apt to say Obama’s policies have harmed rather than helped the economy. Among those who say they are most enthusiastic about voting this year, 6 of 10 say the Democrat has damaged the economy.

Keep climbing out of the hole you threw us all in, you detoxing Obama supporters.

Speaking of falling into self created holes, Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman will debate tonight. It will be the final debate in the California governor’s race:

“A series of controveries has come to define the California governor’s race between Democrat Jerry Brown and Republican Meg Whitman ahead of Tuesday’s debate in San Rafael, Calif., which will be the pair’s last showdown before Election Day.

Brown, the state’s attorney general and a former governor, has come under fire several times for comments made by him or a member of his staff. The latest incident came Thursday, when Brown was recorded in a conversation with an aide who suggested calling Whitman a “whore.”

Campaign manager Steven Glazer said in a statement posted to Brown’s Web site, “This was a jumbled and often inaudible recording of a private conversation. At times our language was salty. We apologize to Ms. Whitman and anyone who may have been offended.”

Immediately after the news broke, Whitman’s campaign pounced on the news, calling Brown’s participation in the conversation offensive.

The flap was especially ill-timed for Brown, who was beginning to develop a larger lead over Whitman in public polling — and it came just one week after Whitman’s longtime housekeeper, Nicandra Diaz Santillon, came forward to say Whitman fired her after learning that she was an undocumented worker, meaning any boost Whitman’s controversy could have generated for Brown may have been blunted by his own campaign’s noise. Tuesday’s debate, which former NBC anchor Tom Brokaw will moderate, will be the first meeting between the two since news of Brown’s phone conversation broke.”

In between watching the Chilean miners we’ll watch the debate (at 9:30 ET). You can watch the debate HERE.

Tonight we’ll be “diggin’ the trenches. Looking for cover and findin’ out there ain’t nowhere nowhere to go” – until November 2010 and November 2012.


266 thoughts on “Down In The Hole – America As A Chilean Miner; Plus Meg Whitman Debates Jerry Brown Tonight

  1. Great post, admin.

    More than 4 of 10 likely voters who say they once considered themselves Obama backers now are either less supportive or say they no longer support him at all, according to a Bloomberg National Poll conducted Oct. 7-10.

    No matter how many people quit the hopium, I always wonder about the remaining percent.

    Just who the fuck thinks he’s “doing a good job”?????

  2. The problem for me is that NY state is going bankrupt. The democrats and republicans seem impotent to curtail pension costs for public employees. As more states like RI pass laws similar to Arizona more illegals will continue to inundate and overwhelm our medicaid etc.

    Cuomo has not yet offered what I see to be a coherent or adequate plan to address either issue nor can he as a democrat.


    Has anyone else offered a coherent plan either? As you say, Cuomo can’t speak freely because he’s a Democrat, so we don’t know what he may be privately planning.

    Cuomo at least has been around for a while and knows the territory.

  3. The debate is now on capital tax breaks. Brown turned to Whitman and asked her how much money she would make from a capital gains tax break. Whitman hits back hard by noting that she is a job creator. Brown returns fire by basically saying “it’s not true”. Whitman then says Brown gave a “politician’s answer” which means it is a half truth. Whitman goes after Brown’s record as governor.

  4. Brown answers Whitman by saying there is a “business cycle” and that is what caused the problem.

    Brokow comes to the rescue of Brown and says that it was the “Reagan Recession” that hurt California. This takes Big Media bias to a new level.

  5. This California debate is not “laid back” at all. Lot’s of interruptions and two very tough candidates.

    Impression thus far: Whitman is wonky but she is wonky with passion this time. Brown is perhaps being too personable and not as effective as Whitman thus far.

  6. Now Brokaw brings up public pensions (this is what triggered the “whore” comment) issue. Brown says he has a detailed plan to reform pensions (“go to my website”). He says CA needs a two-tiered pension system. He sells himself as a “knowledgeable” governor who can do the job.

    Whitman, says the contracts must be honored. Whitman then brings up the Oakland problems with pensions and salaries. Whitman notes the very good and very early public pension benefits. She says at the university the students are being hurt by high pensions for faculty. Ditto on civil servants. But Whitman says the contracts must be honored.

  7. From article cited in last comment thread: “Obama is too young to have musical tastes as sophisticated as Bill Clinton’s”

    I believe Bill had his same musical tastes when HE was elected president, and he was elected at a younger age than BO. So, I don’t agree that the difference in their ages accounts for BO’s love of anti-social, violent, misogynistic rap/hiphop.

    And the author adds that he knows that BO’s daughters won’t be listening to that music, because Michelle wouldn’t let them. Personally, I’ve never heard her address the issue, and the author doesn’t list any quotes from her. She’s more “black culture” than he is, so she may like that music even more than he does, for all we know….

  8. Brokaw discusses how many high paid public officials there are in L.A. Whitman says Brown is beholden to public employee unions because they are paying for his campaign while she is financing her own campaign. She says she can do the job, not Brown.

  9. Brown says Whitman will exclude fire and police from pension reform and they comprise 25% of the situation. Whitman says she has not exempted anyone.

    Again, this is a very good debate with two very strong debaters.

  10. Brokaw brings up the “whore” comment. Big trouble for Brown he just said he does not thing “whore” equates to the “N” word.

  11. gonzo – I did hear them say that they’re going to have the “leader” (the guy who kept them on a schedule so they wouldn’t go crazy, and he also encouraged them to ration their food the first couple of weeks when no one knew they were still in there alive) come up last, which will make him be THE person to have been at that depth for the longest period of time in history.

    They also said that the guys doing less well will probably come up last, because the medics will probably be giving them IV fluids down there while others are being shuttled up.

    If it were me, I’d want there to be a heated shower tent built up around the entrance hole, so that I could shower and change clothes before I had to be around people with noses lol

  12. Whitman goes after Brown on the “whore” comment. Brown equates calling Whitman a “whore” with calling congress a bunch of whores.

  13. Brown accused Whitman of getting the endorsement from the police union in which the “whore” comment was taped because she will do what they want. Whitman responds that she got the police union endorsement because she, unlike Brown, is tough on crime.

  14. They should ask Brown is there ANY derogatory word for women (and we know there are gazillions to choose from) that would equal the “n” word.

    I think we know what his answer would be.

  15. Brokaw is being extremely biased in this debate. He asked Whitman if she dares dispute George Schultz on Proposition 23 – as if Schultz is god.

  16. Brokaw brings his NBC biases up again – this time he asks Brown about the role of the Teachers Union in education. Brown gave a generic answer to the question. Whitman sucks up to Brokaw by giving Brokaw everything he wants to hear. Her strong moment comes as she says she is in it for the kids not the unions.

  17. No one was in the tube when they brought it up. Now they are sending down the medic. This will take awhile, I am going to watch the debates.

  18. Admin, you are right, I’ve been watching since 6:30 and this is an excellent debate. The conversation is fast, heated, really giving you a sense of them both on their feet.

    I can’t believe Brown said whore said is not the same as nigger!! He lost me on character there. Sad and very revealing imo.

  19. Brokaw asks Whitman why she is now using her own money to get elected but she has a spotty voting record and he does not know of any other public involvement by Whitman. Whitman says she is not proud of her voting record. Whitman says she brings private sector experience and she is up against powerful interests so she has to use her money.

    Brown says he got his money from donations. Brown says Whitman will pay back her corporate sponsors. Brown also says he has stood up to the Teachers Union.

  20. Brokaw goes after Whitman on “undocumented” workers. Brokaw asks “If you could not find an undocumented worker in your own home how are businesses supposed to do it?”

    Whitman says the nanny forged documents and that businesses have to have a way to determine if their workers are legal.

    Brokaw then asks Brown as a law enforcement officer why shouldn’t illegal immigrants be prosecuted. Brown says that is a federal responsibility. He asks what Whitman will do with the illegal immigrants that are already here.

  21. Brokaw discusses chaos in Mexico due to drugs and asks why there has been no discussion of anti-drug programs to stop the demand for drugs and help Mexico?

  22. Wonder if Tim Russert is looking UP, UP, UP and feeling so pleased that Tom Brokaw is treating Meg Whitman somewhat in the manner he treated Hillary. Anything to put those little women down. Yep Tim is probably proud as a peacock about now.

  23. Brokaw asks Whitman what would happen if marijuana was legalized. Whitman says law enforcement is against legalization.

    Whitman says Brown is soft on crime. Whitman brings up Rose Bird.

  24. Now gay marriage. Whitman says the job is about the economy. Whitman says she was against Proposition 8. Whitman says that it was the job of Brown to defend the lawsuit as part of his job even if he opposed the law. She says it is dangerous for an attorney general to be selective about what laws he defends in court.

    Brown says the law is discriminatory and he thinks that is against the Constitution.

  25. Brokaw asks about Obama. Brown says he thinks Obama is doing a good job and wants him to campaign for him and that it is the Republicans that are the problem.

    Brokaw asks Whitman about Palin. Whitman says she supports Mitt Romney. Whitman goes back to jobs, jobs, jobs – says Brown will not be tough on unions.

  26. Brokaw: Does California has to fundamentally reform? Whitman “I have a plan” and offers details.

    Brown says he will play by the rules. Wants pay as you go. He says he knows how to do the job.

    Debate over.

  27. What a difference the Chilean President and First Lady are in comparison to the fraud in chief and the sleeve puller.Somehow they would have made it all about them and
    I doubt there would have been any hugging of the dirty masses.

  28. From Ace

    …Chilean President Sebastian Piñera consciously internationalized the rescue effort. The powerful cable that will pull the Phoenix was made in Germany. The ultra-flexible fiber-optic line the miners use to communicate with rescuers was made in Japan. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration provided design requirements for the capsule. Technology or laborers from Canada, Australia and the U.S. were involved in drilling three shafts that could be used to extract the men. Jeff Hart, the 40-year-old drill operator from Denver who ran the rig that was the first to break through to the miners last Saturday, has quickly become a folk hero in Chile.

  29. As if on cue, a comment from ACE BLOG

    I have consulted with the President of Chile, and my administration has provided the technical expertise from both Department of Mines and NASA to make this rescue happen.

    Without my assistance, these miners would have been trapped for an extended period of time, and only because of my actions did this happen so quickly.

    I promised the miners the Obama Administration would do everything in our power to have them home by Christmas, and my word is my bond, just ask the American taxpayer and those that have received free health care.

  30. “. Big trouble for Brown he just said he does not thing “whore” equates to the “N” word.”

    You know, I was a big supporter of NOW, my wife and SIL as well. The democrat party is nothing but a pathetic shell of itself now.

    Brown just crystallized what happened in 2008, the “bros before hoes”, the “white whore” comment by Randi Rohaodes, calling Sarah Palin a “C**t”. Sexism is a-ok by the democrat party.

    This is no longer a party of women, its a party of women insulters, I never imagined I would have this level of disgust at a political party I had identified with for my entire life.

  31. Five Star reporting by our hero, admin!

    Thanks for detailing the debate in real time. Now we’ll see what the armchair quaterbacks have to say, see if their conclusions are even remotely similar.

  32. It was nerve racking to see the capsule go down with the rescue worker (how courageous of him!) and then come up with the first miner.

  33. I watched the debate between Brown and Whitman on local tv.
    Public education is going to be in deep $hit if Meg wins.
    I think Brown will win, no matter how much Meg spends.

  34. lorac
    October 12th, 2010 at 11:41 pm
    Tim – it’s so nice to have a male feminist around. Thx.

    Second that! Thanks as well, Tim…

  35. What do you fear will happen to public education if Meg wins? Are you referring to unions, more specifically?

    I get the feeling that she is sincere when she says a big focus for her is the kids – maybe she’ll get the schools to start focusing on the basics again. From what I heard a couple of years ago, we were ranking right down there with Mississippi. (I’m so thankful I got my education in the midwest, not in CA!)

    My understanding is that university professors work for tenure, because they are expected to do research. If their jobs weren’t guaranteed, school “politicians” would fire them for research that didn’t favor their cause, etc. So with tenure, they are safe to do the research which interests the researcher, not some political hack.

    I have to say, I really don’t get why teachers from kindergarten to 12th grade would need tenure – but apparently some schools have it, and others want it. Without the research issue of professors, why should regular teachers get tenure when none of the rest of us do? I have no guarantee – I work hard and have to keep proving my worth everyday, as do many others on this board.

    Anyway, I think the big missed problem in the school issue is the family. I think families are the biggest predictors of a child’s success in school (setting high, realistic standards, emphasizing the importance of learning, instilling motivation, praising good work, helping with homework, staying in contact with teachers – in short, being very involved) I think we have rapidly growing numbers of families who are not involved. We could give them all new schools, new books, good teachers, but they wouldn’t be able to make much of a dent, without kids coming from encouraging and involved families….IMHO….

  36. This should get the gay vote out:

    The Obama administration decided on Tuesday to appeal a judge’s rulings that prevented the U.S. government from banning same-sex marriages, a move that could undermine support among President Barack Obama’s traditional liberal base ahead of a key election.

    The Obama administration filed a notice of appeal with the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts in support of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, that barred gay marriages, even though Obama had previously opposed the law.

  37. “I think families are the biggest predictors of a child’s success in school (setting high, realistic standards, emphasizing the importance of learning, instilling motivation, praising good work, helping with homework, staying in contact with teachers – in short, being very involved) I think we have rapidly growing numbers of families who are not involved. We could give them all new schools, new books, good teachers, but they wouldn’t be able to make much of a dent, without kids coming from encouraging and involved families….”


  38. lorac
    October 12th, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    Agreed. My neighbors who were Indian Americans were a prime example of this. High expectations of the kids, the parents were very involved to help their kids, no sacrifice was too big.

  39. Second miner is hugging everyone in sight. He appears incredibly strong and cheerful. Chile must be very proud tonight.

  40. Admin — thank you for posting that Manchin youtube. I hope this 2 bit liar loses. I remember when Hillary and Mr. Waffles were in the WV primaies, Manchin vowed to back whoever won the WV primaries, Hillary won by over 40 points, and what does Manchin do? Endorse the fool that called insulted WV residents calling them “bitter clingers”, so Machin doesn’t care that his own residents were insulted and chose someone else to present them.

    The man is not to be trusted, I hope this liar loses and loses big. I plan on donating more to Raese.

  41. lorac
    October 12th, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    What do you fear will happen to public education if Meg wins? Are you referring to unions, more specifically?
    No, I am not talking about the unions.

    I am talking about state funding public education where most of the middle class sends their kids to school.

    People with big bucks send their kids to private schools, the majority of ‘less wealthy’ depend on public K-12 schools, Jr. Colleges, State Universities.

    Blaming the teachers and staff is crap, it is well documented these people are paid well below the private schools.

    Research and tenure is part of the structure of the research Universities…and the Universities give a great education in Calif, it just costs so much with all the recent increases, only the wealthy or those that are willing to go into extensive debt to pay for their education, will be able to attend.

    Meg might have been good at adding jobs at ebay, but she would be a disaster in public education, just like her buddy Ronnie Raygun.

  42. Sorry, but ‘whore’ is not comparable to ‘n—r’.

    ‘Whore’ is about what the person does: ie sell out promiscuously, something that should not be sold at all. We say ‘media whore’, ‘publicity whore’ meaning someone who will do anything for publicity. We could call Obama a ‘corporate whore’ or ‘political machine whore’ meaning he sells his services to one machine after another (Daley, Kenney, Soros, etc). We say it about a journalist who sells out his principles, supporting whoever the current President is, in return for access to the White House.

    ‘C–t’ is comparable to ‘n—r’ but ‘whore’ isn’t.

  43. turndownobama
    October 13th, 2010 at 12:31 am

    That is an offensive comment and yes whore is absolutely comparable. Speaking as someone who watching a loved one being called that unjustly it is absolutely the worst thing you can say. If you wish to defend democrats, that is your right. But Brown’s comment was inexcusable. He is not excused for this. He is a hypocrite.

  44. If you look at Joe Manchin real close and kind of squint, damned if he doesn’t like an owl. Not a great horned owl– nothing great about him. Not even a screech owl– he does his dirty work too quietly for that. Just a common hoot owl with a bad habit of betraying the voters of West Virginia. If they send him Washington then he will betray them again just like he did in the primary. For although he is an owl, he doesn’t give a hoot about his constituents. His hoots are for Obama only. He is a bad one.

  45. There’s nothing new to us in the following article, but it is enlightening to see that the “Canada Free Press” is reporting this in terms that befit HillaryIs44. So refreshing to see this in the albeit “foreign” press, for those of us who see Canada as a really really foreign country:

    Howard Dean Responsible for Obama Theft of the 2008 Democratic Primary

    By Fred Dardick Tuesday, October 12, 2010

    By now many conservatives have heard about the widespread voter fraud committed by Obama and his supporters in the 2008 Democratic primary election allowing him to claim the party’s nomination over popular vote winner Hillary Clinton. As exposed in the movie We Will Not Be Silenced, Obama and close political ally ACORN “created an army to steal caucus packets, falsify documents, change results, allow unregistered people to vote, scare and intimidate Hillary supporters”.

    One participant in the massive voter fraud who has not received nearly the credit he deserves for the electoral theft is Howard Dean. While the FEC is responsible for monitoring general elections, it is left to the individual parties to police their own primaries.

    As DNC Chairman in 2008, it was Dean’s job to make sure the Democratic primary election and caucuses were conducted lawfully. However, rather than live up to his responsibilities and protect the voter rights of millions of Democrats, Dean turned a blind eye to the outright illegal behavior openly practiced by Obama supporters allowing one of the most undeserving presidential candidates in a generation steal an election he had no possibility of winning legitimately.

    During the campaign Hillary Clinton repeatedly tried to alert the Democratic Party leadership to the voter fraud being committed by Obama. She sent multiple letters to the DNC and press that detailed the “lock-out of Clinton caucus goers by the Obama campaign”, “numerous reports that the Obama campaign is violating Texas Democratic Party rules by circulating precinct convention sheets in advance and having them fill them in now” and “prematurely taking precinct convention packets by Obama campaign”, all of which were ignored by Dean.

    There were over 2,000 complaints filed by Hillary supporters in Texas alone where a caucus official personally witnessed “stolen precincts where Obama organizers fabricated counts, made false entries on sign-in sheets, suppressed delegate counts, and suppressed caucus voters.”

    The voter fraud committed to secure the nomination for Obama was of historic proportions. There were literally thousands of participants and the evidence was easily visible to anyone who would bother to look.
    High school students in Gary, Indiana were given the day off of school and bused to the polls to vote for Obama, elderly women in Iowa were denied admittance to the caucuses if they were wearing Hillary stickers and caucus delegates in California were pressured to illegally change their votes from Hillary to Obama.

    And what did Dean do to address fraud of such immense proportions that we literally have an illegitimate President sitting in the White House? Nothing.

    Dean and the Democratic Party leadership conspired with the Obama campaign to steal the nomination from Hillary. Even though she won the popular vote by 1.4%, DNC inaction over voter fraud in the caucuses gave Obama the edge he needed to claim the nomination.
    Obama was the ideal choice for the far left faction that controls the Democratic Party. Obama was a committed socialist, would sell out his own grandmother for a vote, which he did twice in 2008 by accusing her of being a racist and an undeserving recipient of a hip transplant prior to her death, and most importantly his name wasn’t Clinton.

    Obama was a political novice who Democrat leaders including Nancy Pelosi, Ted Kennedy, Harry Reid and John Kerry knew could be counted on to rubber stamp whatever liberal legislation was put in front of him. Hillary on the other hand, would not commit political suicide just to appease the Democratic Party, which made her expendable and Dean more than willing to ignore any illegal acts committed by Obama that would assure his victory.

    Howard Dean Accuses Republicans of Being Racist?

    Howard Dean’s accusations of racism against Republicans seem ubiquitous lately. In the past year alone he has accused the Tea Party as having a “racist fringe”, Fox News as “absolutely racist”, and Glen Beck as a “racist hate-monger”.

    Dean calling conservatives racist is particularly disgusting considering the blind eye he turned towards the Obama election crime spree that was responsible for the disenfranchisement of many thousands of elderly African American women voters.

    Contrary to expectations, Obama was by no means the consensus choice in the African American community. A large number of elderly black women had been waiting their entire lives to vote for a woman President, and Hillary was their candidate. However, Obama took advantage of the lack of oversight by the DNC to station an ACORN army outside voting locations in black communities across the country to make sure that anyone who showed up to vote, only voted for him.

    As exposed by Helene Latimer, a Civil Rights Activist who had marched with Martin Luther King, in the We Will Not Be Silenced documentary: “There was this lady, probably about 80 years old, who was slowly walking up the street. As she was approaching the entranceway to go into the building, one of the young men called to her ‚ÄòIf you’re not voting for Obama, go home, because you’re not voting here today.’ She turned and walked away.”
    The above situation replayed itself in African American communities throughout the nation where ACORN used young black men to intimidate elderly black women from voting for Hillary.

    This crime is particularly repulsive considering the individuals who were victims that day. These were women who had lived through the worst of segregation and fought for their civil rights, only to see their right to vote taken away by fellow African Americans and the DNC leadership simply because a black candidate on the ballot.

    By allowing these voices to be silenced, Dean let down the entire black community. Next time he gives an interview and calls Republicans racist, Dean should answer for his personal involvement in the voter crimes perpetrated against thousands of African American women in 2008.

  46. Popularity contest, but telling just the same.

    Note that Me-shell ranks second, and the Palin ranks behind Me-shells husband.

    “Hillary Clinton Leads the Pack in Bloomberg Popularity Poll

    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is the most popular political figure in the nation, receiving a favorable rating of 64 percent in a Bloomberg National Poll released Tuesday. Following close on her heels is the first lady, Michelle Obama, with a 62 percent positive rating.

    The two women climbed far above the pack of elected officials, political parties and TV political personalities. Lagging 11 percentage points behind Hillary Clinton, President Obama was in third place with a 53 percent favorable rating in the survey of 1,000 adults conducted Oct. 7-10.

    It says quite a lot about politics in the midterms that Jon Stewart, the liberal host of the satirical newscast, “The Daily Show,” came in at 39 percent, ahead of Sarah Palin, a prospective presidential candidate in 2012 and a leader of the Tea Party movement, who pulled in 38 percent. Palin’s counterpart in Tea Party media politics, Glenn Beck, the Fox television host, followed her with 34 percent. And despite the trashing that political parties are taking this year, they did surprisingly well: Democratic (47 percent favorability rating), Republican (45 percent) and the Tea Party (41 percent).”

  47. The “N” word and “whore” are indeed comparable but “comparable” does not mean “identical”. They do not mean the same thing or have similar usage. Turndown’s explanation still holds.

  48. Democrats fear wipeout for women
    While conservatives are already celebrating the “Year of the Republican Woman,” thanks to a record number of GOP female candidates for Congress, Democrats fear the opposite trend: the year of the women’s wipeout. Three Democratic women first elected to Congress in 1992 — the original “Year of the Woman” — are at risk. Nearly a quarter of the 56 female Democrats in the House are considered vulnerable, including once rising stars like Ann Kirkpatrick of Arizona, Betsy Markey of Colorado and Mary Jo Kilroy of Ohio. Even if female GOP hopefuls like Sharron Angle in Nevada, Carly Fiorina in California and Kelly Ayotte in New Hampshire make it to the Senate, the elections will still quite likely bring a net loss of women in Congress. But the impact will be more than just a gender numbers game: It could have broader implications for policy and the political culture of the Capitol in an era in which women have made a significant impact on the House and the Senate, ranging from passing legislation such as the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to establishing a Democratic Women’s Working Group and holding key committee leadership positions. The impact of more women in Congress has also trickled down to smaller, cultural changes, like installing breast-feeding rooms for new mothers on the Hill.

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    Even though this article covers many Democratic women in specific achievement, eg: But the ousting of a wide swath of Democratic women Nov. 2 would chip away at a generation of female politicians inspired by the 1992 election, which saw a surge of Democratic women inspired to break up the boys’ club of Congress after Anita Hill’s testimony in then-Judge Clarence Thomas’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings the previous year…But the ultimate casualty for Democratic women would be the ousting of Nancy Pelosi from the speaker’s chair if Republicans win the House….

    Add this to Jeswezey’s comment at 5:59 and ask yourself – can the Republic survive if you vote Democrat in 2010?

  49. The Democratic ‘D’ now stands for demagoguery [and desperation]

    I seem to remember that it was candidate Barack Obama (not John McCain or Hillary Clinton) who gave a big election year speech in the Tiergarten in Berlin. It was Obama cheerleaders who told us that foreigners would love us once again if we sent George W. Bush back to Texas and installed their multicultural champion in the White House. Back in 2008, we were supposed to vote for the candidate foreigners loved. Now in 2010, we are supposed to vote against the party foreigners support. You can be pretty sure that this is not where the Obama Democrats wanted or expected to be three weeks before the 2010 election….

  50. I am back froma long and costly virus ride on the TROJAN HORSE that destroyed my computer.Aftersome bucks a nd down time it has now been restored by YOUTH TECH a local org of brainey young computer wizzards.Now I must get back to relearning the daily pleasures of blogging here on Hillaryis44.
    Watched creepy FOX retreading Condi Rice and ignoring our girl Hillary.Condi is a very talented musician but a lousy political being.This country cannot waste valuable time on BO and his destruction of our great country. “DRAFT HILLARY” “IMPEACH OBAMA”

    Good to be back ABM92

    1:05 p.m. EDT

    MR. CROWLEY: Just three items to mention before taking your questions. As you all know, Secretary Clinton is in the Balkans underscoring our continued commitment to the Balkan states as they build prosperous, peaceful, and democratic societies and move to take their rightful places as full members of the European and Euro-Atlantic community.

    Today, in Sarajevo, she met with Bosnian – the Bosnian tri-presidency, as well as High Representative Inzko, and held a town hall meeting with students and members of civil society. She was – and most poignantly, while she was in Sarajevo, she dedicated a street where the new Embassy compound is scheduled to open soon in honor of Ambassador Robert Frasure who died outside of Sarajevo in 1995, along with his counterparts from DOD Joe Kruzel and from the National Security Council Nelson Drew. And all of us who were in government at the time remember their sacrifice. Ambassador Frasure’s widow and children attended the ceremony as well.

    And in Belgrade, where she is now, she has met today with President Tadic, Prime Minister Cvetkovic, Foreign Minister Jeremic, and Defense Minister Sutanovac. And this evening, she will also meet with civil society in Belgrade.

    Over the weekend, obviously you’re aware of the successful parliamentary election in Kyrgyzstan. The United States congratulates the people and Government of the Kyrgyz Republic for carrying out orderly parliamentary elections. The voters in Kyrgyzstan demonstrated their – by their participation in this historic election, they are committed to selecting their government through peaceful democratic means. The United States, in close coordination with international partners, supported a number of projects designed to improve the conduct of this election, discourage fraud, and informed voters about issues and political parties. And as the final results are known in the coming days, it will be crucial for political leaders to come together, form a new government, and then begin the hard work of building an inclusive democratic society and a functioning market economy.

    And finally, regarding Sudan, following nine days of productive talks, the Sudanese signatories to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement decided to recess and will resume negotiations in Addis Ababa at the end of October to reach an agreement on the full range of issues pertinent to CPA implementation, including Abyei. While the parties made progress on a number of issues, they were unable to reach agreement on voter eligibility criteria for the Abyei referendum. Abyei and other matters will be negotiated when the parties reconvene. A resolution of these remaining issues is the responsibility of the CPA signatories, but the United States is committed to doing all it can to ensure that these issues are finally and fully resolved.

    The United States is encouraged by recent progress on preparations for the North-South referendum, such as the agreement on voter registration, but more needs to be done. And to help facilitate this process, both in terms of the ongoing preparation for North-South referendum as well as Abyei, Ambassador Princeton Lyman will travel to Khartoum and Juba to encourage – to engage both parties on ongoing referendum issues.

    With that, I’ll take your questions

  51. Too bad about the Dem women. If they were truely brave, supportive of women, and had not played the good old boys game, they would not have been in this situation. If they would have lead women out of the convention, like they should have, they would be easily keeping their jobs, and having others join the ranks.

    Too bad they all did not support HRC.

  52. admin
    October 12th, 2010 at 11:57 pm
    This should get the gay vote out:

    Wow, they would have gotten credit if they had done nothing and let the judge’s ruling stand.

    I guess they are fearful of a conservative backlash in this election cycle.

    Their motto: There’s no pandering job too small!

  53. Oh boy! You know they are desperate and more when Howard Fineman waxes poetic about BC. Where the fuck were you in 2008? and what is with these reporters and news people writing stuff like this.

    Rail-thin but not frail, wearing a tweedy professorial sports coat and his signature rueful, knowing smile, Clinton was treated with a respect bordering on awe. His familiar mane of white hair, thinning now, was translucent in the sun, giving him an almost otherworldly look: the Sage from a Better Age.

  54. ABM90
    October 13th, 2010 at 8:28 am

    I am back.

    Welcome home, ABM90. Good to see you well and back to us.

  55. The koolaid crowd is still there, alive and well. You just have to look at the comments. This was the most popular..
    “I think Obama in some ways always meant himself to be invisible. He sees himself as a good manager, a policy wonk, and an incredible family man. He lacks Clinton’s desire to self-implode. Clearly, he stirs the crowd when he wants sometimes inspiring them more than Clinton himself. He breaks down what Republicans want to do in understandable terms and is an excellent debater. He never demonizes his enemy, Read More… ”

    a good manager, a policy wonk.. are you fucking kidding me?! How much of an idiot this commenter is?

  56. wbboei
    October 13th, 2010 at 3:52 am
    If you look at Joe Manchin real close and kind of squint, damned if he doesn’t like an owl. Not a great horned owl– nothing great about him. Not even a screech owl– he does his dirty work too quietly for that. Just a common hoot owl with a bad habit of betraying the voters of West Virginia.

    Dear wbboei:

    While I agree with you assessment of Manchin, whose name reminds me of “Manchurian Candidate”, I must object to the classification of any owl as “common”.

    To begin, the “hoot owl” I believe IS the great horned owl. But “lesser” owls are no less amazing.

    Those eensy weensy saw-whet owls are so cute, yet amazing hunters. We once saw a silouhette of one in our backyard near our campfire, and upon seeing the campfire, it came even closer, about 30 feet away.

    Of course, there are exceptionally showy owls, like the snowy owl.

    But to talk of “common owls” disparaginly is like complaining about Lou Gehrig’s “weaker seasons”.

    Okay, I’m off my soap box, and done with my fake rant. Hopefully, an appreciation for all types of owls has been engendered.

    Now, back to that Manchin Obama-hugger…

  57. turndownobama
    October 13th, 2010 at 12:31 am
    Sorry, but ‘whore’ is not comparable to ‘n—r’.


    I guess that shows you are not a woman. That word is the worst you can use against a woman, politician or not. Brown did not add political before that word.


    Tony Blankley’s assessment for the chair-shuffling on the USS Obamatitanic.

    October 13, 2010
    The White House Bunker So Soon?
    By Tony Blankley

    Based on the recent appointments of the two most powerful staff positions in the White House, and on various statements, it would appear that the White House is descending deeper into the bunker in anticipation of the expected shift in congressional majorities next year.

    The selection of Pete Rouse for chief of staff and Tom Donilon for national security adviser are both in-house promotions. Moving deputies up to principal rank is more typically seen in the seventh and eighth years of a White House administration — when an administration often has lost its instinct for innovation and creative responses to changing events.

    Moreover, in each case, a senior figure is being replaced with a staffer. Rahm Emanuel was both an elected congressman and in the senior leadership of the Democratic House when he became chief of staff. Gen. James Jones had been Supreme Allied Commander Europe and four-star commandant of the Marines before becoming national security adviser last year.

    Donilon and Rouse — both with good careers as staffers — have never held a principal position. They may well rise to the occasion — even as Jones seemed to descend at his White House occasion-but they start in the hole as major political forces in their own rights. Worse, they are both known as political Mr. Fix-its, rather than serious policy players — more suited for executing presidential orders than helping the president see and move toward different strategic visions of his presidency.

    Evidence of this emerging bunker mentality was compounded when the president said on a radio show last week that if the GOP wins in November, it will be hand to hand combat next year.

    We saw last year that the President did not flinch in the face of strong (60 percent-40 percent) public opposition to his health bill. Never before had major social legislation — Social Security, Medicare, civil rights, voting rights, welfare reform — been passed without strong public support.

    Although I obviously disagree with his policy positions, I find the president’s unflinching attitude personally admirable. Ronald Reagan stuck with his Central America war policy although it never was supported by more than 40 some percent of the public (and often only a quarter). But there will be serious consequences if a presidency, on a sustained basis, ignores public opinion.

    President Obama doesn’t need to triangulate and cave on his convictions across the board as Bill Clinton did after the 1994 election. But if the people speak as loudly as both parties’ operatives currently expect, and the administration goes into hand-to-hand combat mode, that is likely to be good for neither the administration nor the country.

    We will be entering 2011 with the economy floundering, the housing market in jeopardy of a profound further dislocation, the agreed imminent need to start controlling the out-of-control deficit, the increasing risk of a trade war with China, the Afghanistan War going badly (with the GOP giving the president most of his support on that war) and the terrorism threat on the rise — among so many other dangers.

    Not all of those matters divide on a partisan basis. The tone taken by both the GOP and the president will affect their ability to work together where they are not divided.

    Moreover, whether the president takes public opinion into consideration or not, it is a dead certainty that surviving congressional Democrats will.

    So the danger for both the president and the country is that we won’t merely have partisan divide or gridlock — but we will have, as well, a White House isolated from its own congressional party men and women (much as George W. Bush was in his last two years).

    As Politico reported over the weekend: “… no matter how bad things get, Rouse and Obama have no plans to break up the small group of campaign veterans who surround the president — nor are they likely to bring in the outsiders many Democrats think the White House sorely needs.

    “‘It’s kind of a tight team over there, to state the obvious,’ says Pennsylvania Gov. Edward Rendell, a former Democratic National Committee chairman, in a recent interview with POLITICO. ‘Sometimes it’s hard to find a point of contact — or even know who to call over there.'”

    By the way, we Republicans felt the same way about the Bush administration’s isolation from its own party — particularly post-2006.

    But it ought to be grounds for serious concern when a party loyalist (and very shrewd politician) such as Rendell risks speaking up publicly only 19 months into the administration, warning of a sclerosis that usually doesn’t overcome a White House until the sixth or seventh year.

    The White House should reconsider the destructive path it is going down.


    To think that only a few years ago I admired this woman. Mini-vomit.

    Jeff Jacoby

    ObamaCare blowback

    By Jeff Jacoby
    Globe Columnist
    Oct. 13, 2010

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    By Jeff Jacoby
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    Sending your articleYour article has been sent. E-mail| Print| Reprints| Comments (103)Text size – + ‘WE HAVE to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it,’’ House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said last spring about her party’s 2,000-page health care overhaul. What she didn’t realize was that the more Americans find out about ObamaCare, the more they turn against it. Virtually from the day it was signed, a majority of Americans have favored repealing the massive law. According to two polls released this past week — one a national survey by Rasmussen, the other a poll of key congressional districts for The Hill — they still do.

    So naturally congressional incumbents are touting their opposition to the health care law.

    Representative Jason Altmire of Pennsylvania has a TV spot in which a woman says approvingly: “You saw him when he voted against health care.’’ Virginia congressman Glenn Nye plays up the way he “took on Congress . . . voting against the health care bill because it cost too much.’’ South Dakota’s Stephanie Herseth Sandlin makes the same point in a humorous commercial starring her 22-month-old toddler, Zachary. Ads with similar messages have been aired by US Representatives Frank Kratovil of Maryland, Walt Minnick of Idaho, and Bobby Bright of Alabama. Plenty of Republicans are playing up their vote against the unpopular law — but these are all Democrats who voted no.

    It wasn’t supposed to be like this.

    “When people better understand the Affordable Care Act, they’ll understand, I think, that this isn’t something being done to them but is something that’s really going to be valuable to them,’’ President Obama insisted last month. “The debate in Washington is over.’’

    The debate is anything but over. As health insurers are forced to raise premiums in order to cover the cost of the new benefits required under ObamaCare, Americans are finding out just how “affordable’’ the Affordable Care Act really is. In recent weeks, Aetna, Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield, and other carriers have announced rate increases, attributing at least part of the higher charges to the richer benefits mandated by the new law — such as the elimination of lifetime coverage limits, “free’’ immunization for children, and the elimination of co-pays for mammograms and other preventive care. Presidents can promise to bend the cost curve, but the laws of supply and demand do not bow to presidential promises: More health care coverage costs more money — money that sooner or later comes out of consumers’ pockets.

    Insurers are not responding to the new law and its expensive new mandates solely by raising premiums. Some are dropping out of insurance markets altogether.

    Late last month, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care announced that it will stop providing Medicare Advantage insurance policies at the end of the year, forcing 22,000 senior citizens in New England to find some other way to pay for health benefits those policies covered. Harvard Pilgrim’s hand was forced, a company spokesman said, by the “cuts in Medicare . . . being used to fund national health care reform.’’

    Another insurer pulling the plug is the Principal Financial Group, an Iowa-based company that currently insures 840,000 customers. “The company’s decision reflected its assessment of its ability to compete in the environment created by the new law,’’ reported the New York Times. “More insurers are likely to follow Principal’s lead.’’

    Principal is a relatively small insurer, but even insurance giants are walking away from some segments of the business. UnitedHealth, Wellpoint, and Humana will no longer write individual child-only insurance policies, thanks to the new law’s requirement that such plans must also cover children who are seriously ill. Insurance companies are not charitable foundations; they cannot stay in business by insuring the health of people who are at a 100 percent risk of getting sick. As The Washington Post explained, “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.’’

    Meanwhile, 30 major corporations are still able to offer low-cost health insurance to their employees only because they have received one-year waivers of the new rules from the Department of Health and Human Services. What happens when those waivers expire is anybody’s guess. But this much is clear: If the law with its expensive mandates remains on the books, millions of Americans are going to lose the health care plans they have now — plans the president repeatedly promised they could keep. Which is why just about the only Democrats campaigning on ObamaCare today are the ones who voted against it.

  60. The above article, if you go to the url, has hypertext links to many good sources incorporated in this piece.

    I also love how snarky Obama comes off: “When people better understand the Affordable Care Act, they’ll understand, I think, that this isn’t something being done to them but is something that’s really going to be valuable to them. The debate in Washington is over.”

    Gee, Perfesser Obama, I know we common folk aren’t good at all this “understanding” stuff.

  61. White House Insider: Michelle Obama Blowout?

    Supposed insider, mark as gossip until proven

    Sorry for delay in getting back to you. -personal information not included- Situation very fluid RE elections, WH, Obama, etc. Received something you may find interesting RE First Lady. M.O. has become increasingly aggressive w/staff at WH. Recent blowout took place involving First Lady screaming (exact word used) at staff member. Said something to effect – “You are either with us or against us. One or the other.” Also heard to say that “the country doesn’t deserve us” to more than one member of WH. Apparently M.O. convinced Emmanuel has staff leaking information to him or fears that. Not sure what she fears from R.E. specifically but working to find out. Believes he may be dealing directly with Clintons? VJs role has increased dramatically in recent weeks even more than it already was. Axelrod diminished. Also told Gibbs very much out of favor with M.O. may be gone soon. Developing.

    West Wing is increasingly in bunker mentality these days. President remains unresponsive/agitated while at W.H. ,repeats that he “wants to be out speaking to the people.” Staff paranoia at all time high. Fear of H.C. described as “palpable”. President DID offer VP spot to her. CONFIRMED AGAIN. Have more specifics on that developing but not ready to share yet. Will say it appears H.C. considering VP offer. B.C. wants her to run for Pres. in ‘12 though. Developing.

    read the article linked at the bottom….Clintons going for it. Interesting.

  62. Welcome back, ABM90!


    In Kosovo, crazy for the Clintons

    By Mary Beth Sheridan
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Wednesday, October 13, 2010

    PRISTINA, KOSOVO- This poor, tiny corner of Europe turned into the Land of Clinton on Wednesday, with thousands of Kosovo residents turning out to greet Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and pay homage to her husband.

    Former president Bill Clinton is revered here for his role in ending the Yugoslav “ethnic cleansing” campaign of the late 1990s.

    Arriving in Pristina, Clinton’s motorcade slowed to a halt on the central Bill Clinton Boulevard, and she hopped out of her car to personally inspect an 11-foot gold statue of the former president. She waved and smiled as a crowd brandished American flags, applauded and chanted “Hill-a-REE!! Hill-a-REE!”

    Above the little plaza, an image of Clinton grinned from a giant billboard. Hillary Clinton’s face beamed from another billboard nearby, bearing the word “Welcome.”

    After posing for photos with the Bill Clinton statue, the secretary of state ducked into the Hillary boutique next door.

    As she emerged, a local reporter approached. “Do you like it?” the reporter asked, gesturing to the statue. “Your husband.”

    “Yes! And look, a store with my name,” said the secretary of state, holding a shopping bag inscribed “Boutique Hillary.”

    Asked what she thought of Kosovo, Hillary Clinton replied, “I’m so glad to be back after 10 years. It’s wonderful.”

    The chief U.S. diplomat was concluding a three-day Balkan tour that also took her to Bosnia and Serbia.

    During her husband’s administration, NATO bombed Yugoslavia to force it to end an “ethnic cleansing” campaign in Kosovo, a breakaway province largely populated by ethnic Albanians.

    Kosovo declared independence in 2008.

  63. moononpluto
    October 13th, 2010 at 10:31 am

    President remains unresponsive/agitated while at W.H. ,repeats that he “wants to be out speaking to the people.”

    He probably feels agitated and uncomfortable while in the Oval Office because a) he knows he shouldn’t have “won” this job b) he knows he’s not qualified, c) it’s been proven that he’s in over his head.

  64. ‘Clinton comments on Ahmadinejad’s arrival in Beirut’


    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that the US opposes any attempts to “undermine the stability or worsen tensions” in Lebanon, referring to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s arrival in Beirut on Wednesday, AFP reported.

    Ahmadinejad met with Lebanese President Michel Suleiman earlier Wednesday and was scheduled to meet with Hizbullah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah later the same day.

  65. Hillary Clinton stops to see Bill’s statue in Kosovo

    Oct 13, 2010

    Hillary Clinton stopped on Bill Clinton Boulevard to view one of Kosovo’s main attractions: the Bill Clinton Statue.

    Clinton, on her first visit to Kosovo as secretary of state, on Wednesday received a rapturous welcome from the crowd waving U.S. flags and cheering on the Clinton Brand, which many Kosovars see as key to their country’s independence.

    Clinton stopped and looked up at Bill — now 12 feet high and a shimmering gold — and expressed her satisfaction with the likeness.

    She then plunged into the crowd, or at least as far as security would allow, pressing the flesh campaign-style and expressing her delight at being back in Kosovo as an independent country.

    “I’m so glad to be back after 10 years, it’s wonderful,” Clinton said as reporters and officials scrambled around, the careful choreography of the motorcade thrown topsy-turvy by the unscheduled stop.

    Clinton appeared about to leave, but then a local store caught her eye: “Hillary”, a women’s wear boutique about half a block from the statue. The crowd followed Clinton into the small shop where she took a quick look at the wares, smiled and left — no sale.

    Clinton’s stop in Kosovo comes at the tail end of a three-day trip through the Balkans that has seen her repeatedly urge the region’s fractious leaders to put their ethnic animosities behind them and start seriously working to catch up to Europe.

    She spent the night in Belgrade — which was bombed by NATO in 1999 when Bill Clinton was president as the western military alliance sought to stop Serbia’s oppressive policies in the renegade province.

    Perhaps predictably, there were no welcoming crowds in the Serbian capital, where security appeared to have cleared the streets and kept watchful vigil, one by one, on the long road out to the airport as she left.

  66. Good piece on economics, from a conservative’s viewpoint.

    So Much Worse Than Carter

  67. Shadowfax
    October 13th, 2010 at 12:22 am

    The reason Cal schools are a disaster, is the undocumented worker problem. Prior to this disaster, Cal had the best schools in the Nation. Now they are basically a joke.

  68. JanH at 10:54, 10:59 – this is beyond awesome, brings tears to the eye for both Clintons
    I noticed this at Gateway but went to their source:
    In the magazine article, Mr. Obama reflects on his presidency, admitting that he let himself look too much like “the same old tax-and-spend Democrat,” realized too late that “there’s no such thing as shovel-ready projects” and perhaps should have “let the Republicans insist on the tax cuts” in the stimulus.
    h t t p://

  69. Biden in Wisconsin….

    Democrats aren’t running on the administration’s accomplishments like health-care and financial-regulatory overhaul and the stimulus because “it’s just too hard to explain,” Biden said.

  70. holdthemaccountable,

    How did I know that obama would keep up the pity party, refusing to take responsibility for anything at all. And of course the NYT along with Rolling Stone and who knows how many other outlets are embarking on another media blitz for their golfing messiah just in time for the mid-terms.

  71. Pelosi yanks funds for candidate who refuses to back her for speaker.

    A Democratic House candidate from Tennessee is suggesting that the national party pulled funds from his race because he said he wouldn’t vote for Nancy Pelosi as speaker of the House.

    Roy Herron, who’s running to replace the retiring Rep. John Tanner (D), said Monday that he wouldn’t vote for the Pelosi or House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) for speaker. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee later in the day said they would stop funneling money into the race.

    “This morning, The Jackson Sun [a local paper] reported for the first time what I’ve repeatedly told citizens: I will not vote for Nancy Pelosi for House speaker,” Herron said in a statement Tuesday. “If the DCCC pulling ads is the price of independence and following my conscience, so be it. That’s the kind of congressman I’ll be.”

    The DCCC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    Herron is one of several Democrats who have said they wouldn’t back Pelosi. Rep. Bobby Bright (Ala.) has campaigned on the idea that he would not vote for Pelosi for speaker again, and Peter DeFazio (Ore.) suggested there may be a Democratic leadership shakeup if there’s an electoral wipeout.

    Herron may not even get a chance to vote against Pelosi for speaker, as he is facing an uphill battle against Stephen Fincher for the northwest Tennessee seat. On Tuesday, Herron said Fincher would be a “rubber stamp for his Washington bosses” and would eschew bipartisanship. The Democrat said “we need new leadership in Washington – not Nancy Pelosi or the Republican Leader John Boehner of Ohio either.”

    “Because both have let these deficits soar and have let our people down,” he said.

    ………………of course we all know Nan is vindictive enough to do so.

  72. As if on cue….
    MTV Denies That Obama Telecast Is Political
    by Emily Miller

    Viacom networks MTV, BET and CMT are giving an hour of free air time to President Obama less than three weeks before the midterm elections.

    The so-called “A Conversation with President Obama” will be live and commercial-free on six Viacom networks at 4 p.m. on Thursday. The networks will not give equal time to a Republican before the election, according to a spokeswoman.

    MTV denies that the Obama hour of TV is political, despite the timing, weeks before the midterm elections.

    “We’re not giving an hour of free time to the president to freely express his views. We’re hosting a town hall with 250 young people to ask questions of the president,”Viacom spokeswoman Kelly McAndrew said to HUMAN EVENTS.

    “This is not a campaign appearance. This is a town hall discussion.”

    The White House conceived of the concept and asked for the commercial-free TV time, according to Viacom.

    “MTV and BET had ‘asks’ into the White House to do something with the president,” explained McAndrew. She said that the White House “came back to both networks and said, ‘Hey we could do something. Would you consider doing something together?’”

    “We said, ‘Great! Let’s see if we can get some more networks who would like to join in.’ And not only did BET, we have CENTRIC, Tr3s, mtvU, that will all be airing this particular town hall live,” said McAndrew.

    Viacom is adamant that the across-the-board network airing of the Obama hour is not political, and therefore does not demand equal time for a Republican.

    “We are not giving a full hour of free air time. We are hosting a town hall for 250 individuals to ask questions of the president of the United States,” the spokeswoman said repeatedly.

    MTV asserts that the show will be balanced by the questions that may be asked by the audience of young people who “provide some very different perspectives.”

    “We think that our audience is interested in a lot of different topics and hold varying viewpoints on all of these different topics. And this is the forum to provide an opportunity for young people to express those thoughts,” said McAndrew.

    Asked if the audience questions are submitted in advance, McAndrew said “absolutely not.”

    However, when asked if the audience is being pre-screened, McAndrew said yes, but to achieve their version of diversity.“We’re talking to the individuals to be sure that we have an extremely diverse audience because we don’t want a single view audience,” explained McAndrew of the vetting process.

    Does Viacom and its networks have any intention of holding a town hall for a Republican?

    “There’s nothing on our current schedule,” McAndrew responded. She added that, “we’ve hosted plenty of town halls and debates in the past.”

    When questioned for specifics, she said, “I know we hosted the one with John McCain on the most recent presidential election. That was in 2007. That’s what I know right off the top of my head.”

    Asked if MTV or other Viacom networks had given an hour to any Republicans in the past three years, McAndrew responded, “You know, sittin’ here right now, I’d have to go back and look at the history. We have been doing this a very long time across many of our network. Comedy Central has a very well-known program that they host around lots of elections.”

    So, what’s the name of the “well known program” on Comedy Central around the elections?

    “The… uh…ohh …what is it called? … I’ll have to get you the name,” stuttered Viacom’s spokeswoman. “We have ‘Choose or Lose’… gosh… I don’t know the year that started. We’ve had a lot of different things. I mean gosh, just Google that and figure that out.”

  73. You haven’t seen anything yet….brought to you by the MUSLIM contingent…..

    Al-Qaeda magazine published ‘tips on how to kill Americans’

    A magazine run by the Yemeni group al-Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula has published a list of tips on how to kill Americans.

    Published: 7:00AM BST 12 Oct 2010

    Underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab at a desert camp in Yemen Photo: AP
    “A random hit at a crowded restaurant in Washington, DC at lunch … might end up knocking out a few government employees,” one article reads, according to the private SITE Intelligence Group, which studies, tracks and analyses the global jihadist network and terrorism financing.
    The edition also includes “The Ultimate Mowing Machine,” which describes how to use a pickup truck “as a mowing machine, not to mow grass, but mow down the enemies of Allah.” It says “to achieve maximum carnage, you need to pick up as much speed as you can while still retaining good control . . . to strike as many people as possible in your first run.”

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    ‘Yemen will be Obama’s Afghanistan’ warns Al Qaeda cleric
    The magazine includes two articles by renegade US cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who is on a US government kill-or-capture list for his alleged roles in the attempted Christmas Day airliner bombing, and inspiring the Fort Hood shooting of 13 troops. Army Major Nidal Hassan has been charged in the killings.
    There’s also an article by the so-called American al-Qaeda, Adam Gadahn.
    Another American, Samir Khan, describes how he went from online jihadist in North Carolina to full-time terrorist in Yemen. The article is entitled, “I Am Proud to be a Traitor to America.”
    Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has taken root in Yemen’s remote and mountainous Shabwa province, far from the reach of the country’s weak central government.
    The group rose toward the top of the security agenda of the United States and other world powers after it was linked to the failed Christmas Day attempt to down a Detroit-bound US airliner. The would-be bomber had explosives sewn into his underwear.
    The magazine’s content reveals the group’s evolving strategy of rejecting easier-to-stop spectacular attacks in favour of one-man operations, using everyday objects.
    That shows the organisation is “increasingly agile, lethal and opportunistic,” according to Yemeni scholar Christopher Boucek from the Carnegie Endowment.
    The first edition included an article called “Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom.”
    In the introduction to the latest magazine, the editors boast of “recent US assessments” that declared al-Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula “one of the most dangerous branches of al-Qaeda.” It concludes, “You haven’t seen anything yet.”

  74. What a POS.

    Obama Finally Acknowledges Cole Anniversary (and only in damage control mode)

    Late yesterday afternoon, the White House finally “remembered” that it was the 10th anniversary of the bombing of the U.S.S. Cole in Yemen. My guess is it was the reminder tweet from Michelle Malkin to Press Secretary Robert Gibbs that did the trick:

    Hurry up, @Presssec. Still time to issue WH statement acknowledging Cole bombing 10th anniversary

    So at 4:37pm yesterday, the White House finally put out a statement by the President commemorating briefly discussing the attack of ten years ago. In his four-whole-paragraph communique, the President mentions the following:

    “I will never forget meeting with some of the families of the victims of this bombing in February 2009. I am deeply grateful to them for their sacrifice, and their efforts to keep the memory of this tragic event alive in our nation’s conscience.

    Wait… what? He met with the families of the victims less than three weeks after being sworn in as President? Why on earth would he do that?

    Oh yes, that’s right. It was right after he announced the “closing” of Guantanamo and the dismissal of charges against the accused mastermind of the Cole bombing, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri. It was one of Obama’s first acts of damage control after having shot himself in the foot by the dismissal of charges against al-Nashiri which took the families of the Cole victims by surprise.

    In that February 6, 2009 meeting, Obama fed the families a bland pablum of the “nation’s conscience,” “tragic events”, “beginnings of dialogue”… According to the White House:

    ……………………read on.

  75. What I don’t understand is WHY Obama would taunt the republicans with the statements of “offshore campaign donations”, when there are so many questions of where he got his money??
    Does he not think people will realize that or that they republicans know where he got his campaign money? THis is doesn’t add up!

  76. #
    October 13th, 2010 at 11:13 am

    October 13th, 2010 at 12:22 am

    The reason Cal schools are a disaster, is the undocumented worker problem. Prior to this disaster, Cal had the best schools in the Nation. Now they are basically a joke.
    I agree that Calif spends way too much money on the undocumented, and the borders need to be closed, offenders need to be sent back and folks need to go though the system everyone has to, to become citizens. No amnesty for votes, again.

    The schools still have good teachers, there are some crappy ones, as in every business, but public education being the sacrificial lamb, or the police and fire folks is cutting the most important things a citizen can have.

    Meg is rich, what else is new, and if she wasn’t rich enough to pay for private schools for her kids she might not be attacking public education.

  77. moononpluto
    October 13th, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Pelosi yanks funds for candidate who refuses to back her for speaker.

    Sounds like the same dirty tricks that she and the DOmamaNC pulled in Denver.

    That means she is threatening others…again. She needs to be gone!!!!

  78. alloutin10
    October 12th, 2010 at 4:13 pm
    To those of you still uneazy with pulling the lever for R’s across the board:

    Do you want to cut off B. Hussein’s political life line?
    Do you want stop the Obamination that is our current malady?
    Is 2 years a short time to live with R’s?
    Is less government better than excessive, intrusive government?
    Is it likely that a high percentage of the Tea Party-fueled new candidates will help lend a new perspective to DC politics?

    I’m thinking/hoping that most regulars at HI44 adamantly respond yes to all of the above. I agree 100% with what I believe to be Admin’s overriding message: the current power structure in the WH and Congress must be terminated. It’s okay to be less than enthusiastic about your mission, but it IS your mission: stiffen your upper lip and carry it out – VOTE OUT EVERY LAST DIMOCRAT AND START OVER.

    You are preaching to the choir! Dump them, dump them good!

  79. TM has a nice article about Bill drawing “first blood” in Kentucky. The commenters are full of crap, but I like the article.

    What’s up with Obama trying to score political points with the Chilean miners being freed. Hell, HOW long did it take for him to say a freaking thing about the oil spill???? He fucking pisses me off, I dare he come out and try and make political points off Chili when he fucked up the oil spill and never told the truth to the American public….I hope the SOB has to take double doses of Geodon to get up in the morning!

  80. Admin: Your last two articles are magnificant! I really love Impeach, prosecute, and imprison. That is right up my alley.

    Mop, I love it that Obama is sitting around depressed….CNN just cut away from his speech in the Rose Garden….his freaking goose is cooked!

  81. Shadowfax, Can we just pack Obama and Pelosi up at the same time…make them use the U-haul to get their crap out of the WH and the House of Reps.

    I really think Pelosi is the one true partner in crime that Obama has/does have in this mess. Most of the others were duped!

  82. confloyd
    October 13th, 2010 at 1:04 pm
    What I don’t understand is WHY Obama would taunt the republicans with the statements of “offshore campaign donations”, when there are so many questions of where he got his money??
    Does he not think people will realize that or that they republicans know where he got his campaign money? THis is doesn’t add up!

    The Republicans should been more honest in 2008. They turned a blind eye to his $800,000 plus money that he gave to ACORN and SEIU and tried to hide this by paying it to CSI, an offshoot of ACORN (for their alleged work on voting) until it was exposed by Hillary supporters who analyzed the FEC filings. These people exposed so much about Obama’s fundraising during 2008 but no one in the press or the Republican party listened at that time. As far as I am concerned there was a lot of money laundering going on.

    We knew there was so much money coming from other countries. I still remember the place on the FEC form being filled out with GA, and Hillary supporters researching and determining it was Gaza and not Georgia, which is what the Obama people wanted people to think.

    Also, I recall the Hillary people trying to get the information about the head of ACORN (Rathke’s brother I think) stealing the million dollars and ACORN hiding it. It was only after the election that anyone acknowledged that besides Hillary supporters.

  83. Is it my imagination or is Bill C. out there saving the dumocrats while Obama is sitting on his hands and sending out for more Prozac?

  84. Shawdow

    If I were Meg, my children would be going to private schools too. The public schools in CA are a disaster and it is not a problem of her making so why have your children suffer?

    I do not believe it is the teachers that are the problem. It’s a cluster f*CK of a combination of things such as the undocumented worker with the 12 children demanding free education, bilingual eduction, special services and the overall dumbing down of our education system to push through the masses that have disinterested parents, if they have parents on the premises at all.
    My daughter is a teacher and works her butt off to try to reach these kids. She also coaches and has to pick up half her students at 6 am because the parents are often drunk and can’t drive the kids to practice. Let me tell you, it didn’t work this way when I was growing up and our public schools were the envy of the world.

  85. andyp, I agree, I knew this, so why is Obama dumb enough to taunt the rethugs, knowing it will piss them off to be called out on something that Obama was doing too. Doesn’t the dumbass realize that the rethugs are going to make his life a living hell after the election?? Or is this just a dog and pony show and after the election he will be a purring kitten to the rethugs???


    The fraud knows the hearings are coming because he is sure to lose the house. Why not, it helped him during the campaign and shut all investigations down. I think he is striking first.

  87. gonzotex,
    Isn’t that terrible what parents do to their children…your daughter is a very special person….you are no doubt very proud of her….send her my best wishes.

    I use to coach youth soccer and I always loved working with those unloved, uncared for children…sometimes they make it in life…it can be a very rewarding experience.

  88. gonzotex, The fraud has to be the stupidest sob that has ever occupied the WH. You don’t start the vendettas on purpose…they’ll be enough just because you are a D.

  89. gonzotx
    October 13th, 2010 at 11:13 am

    The reason Cal schools are a disaster, is the undocumented worker problem.

    I’ll top that:

    We have an “undocumented president”.
    The country is a disaster.
    And the administration is a joke.

  90. What I don’t understand is WHY Obama would taunt the republicans with the statements of “offshore campaign donations”, when there are so many questions of where he got his money??


    Pre-emptive damage control. Whatever you’re guilty of, accuse the other side of it first. Muddy the waters.

  91. I am so glad that Hillary is away from all this mess.


    Clinton ends Balkan tour, leaving Kosovo for Brussels:

    PRISTINA — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ended her two-day Balkan tour on Wednesday, leaving the Kosovo capital Pristina for Brussels, local media reported.

    During her stay in Pristina earlier, Clinton met with Kosovo leaders, urging them to start talks with Serbia as soon as possible despite a political crisis over the president’s recent resignation.

    Clinton started her two-day tour of the Balkans in Bosnia on Tuesday where she urged politicians to work towards a more united state, a week after elections that failed to heal the country’s ethnic tensions.

    From Bosnia, Clinton travelled to Belgrade, where she praised Serbia’s leadership for agreeing to talks with Kosovo to resolve all issues remaining since the former Serbian province unilaterally declared independence in 2008.

    Washington has long been a champion of Kosovo independence and is among 70 states to have recognised Kosovo.

    Despite Serbia’s refusal to accept Kosovo’s independence, Belgrade and Pristina agreed to move ahead with EU-brokered talks about the practical issues in the region.

    In Brussels, Clinton was to meet on Thursday with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and the EU President Herman Van Rompuy.

  92. JanH
    October 13th, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    I am so glad that Hillary is away from all this mess.


    And by Nov 2 she’ll be deep in the jungle on the opposite side of the world!

  93. Why should Hillary settle for being No. 2?


    When President Obama appointed Hillary Clinton as his secretary of state, it was rightly viewed as a masterful stroke of Machiavellian politicking; a modern day demonstration of the philosopher’s famous creed: keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.

    It’s true that Obama’s desire to have Hillary on board was based more in sincerity than cynicism. While friends and advisors questioned the wisdom and logic of his choice, Obama
    stood firm. He praised her “attention to nuance.” He noted her “discipline.” And he stressed the importance of what her unique talents could bring to the table.

    Still, a man of Obama’s political instincts surely couldn’t ignore the political benefits of having Hillary Clinton boxed in his cabinet. Had she returned to the Senate, she could have resisted or critiqued core parts of his agenda, similar to what John McCain did on issues like taxes and the environment during the early years of the Bush Administration
    And any hopes she may have had of mounting an intra-party rebellion against him in 2012 were made infinitely more difficult due to her official status as a team player. It’s tough to credibly excoriate an administration that you have been a key part of.

    But if the secondary aim of appointing Clinton was to marginalize her as a political player, it failed. Nearly 21 months into the Obama presidency, speculation over Clinton’s future is as intense today as it has ever been. Part of this is attributable to the tabloid-like culture that pervades cable
    news and the blogosphere. They hang on every word and watch every move, in hopes of catching some kind of Freudian slip that helps decode an opportunistic ulterior motive. But it’s also attributable to Obama’s decline and Clinton’s rise.

    Perceptions of the two have virtually been turned upside down during Obama’s time in office. The bruising battles over the stimulus, health care, and financial reform have forced him to become a polarizing partisan. On the campaign trail, he has replaced pledges of hope and change with conspiracy theories that aim to confirm the worst suspicions about his political opponents. Meanwhile, Clinton has become the competent diplomat who receives bipartisan praise for her conduct across the globe.

    If Obama’s vulnerability increases in the run up to 2012, Clinton’s political hand will strengthen and her options will grow, extending a new round of hypothesizing over what she might do. A perfect example of this occurred last week, when legendary reporter Bob Woodward told CNN that Clinton could be Obama’s running mate next time around.

    At this point in her career, the chance to hold the V.P. slot would be small potatoes. Hillary Clinton doesn’t need another stepping stone if the ultimate goal is reaching the White House. She has been a first lady; a senator from a major state; came a breath away from winning her party’s presidential nomination; and has performed admirably and ably in her role as secretary of state.

    An intra-party challenge to Obama in 2012 seems unlikely due to both historical and current political trends. Yes, base Democrats have grown dissatisfied and disgruntled with what they view as Obama’s lack of partisan fervor and unwillingness to maintain his ground on major policy issues. But they have given no indication of abandoning him. A September Gallup poll showed Obama walloping Clinton among Democrats by 15 percent.

    Hillary Clinton is too smart of a politician to try and challenge the Obama juggernaut directly. It would be a dead-end venture that would squander her newfound political clout and all but end her presidential aspirations (Think Teddy Kennedy in 1980).

    Instead, she will play the waiting game, with a careful eye on 2016. By then, the age of Obama will either be concluding or Democrats will be fired up to unseat a Republican president. If conditions are right, Hillary may get her final shot at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue after all.

  94. Condoleezza Rice: Hillary Clinton doing ‘right things’

    By ANDY BARR | 10/13/10

    Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Tuesday praised actions of her successor, saying Hillary Clinton is “very tough” and “doing a lot of the right things.”

    Rice, who has mostly shied away from the public sphere since the end of George W. Bush’s presidency, told Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly she thinks Clinton is doing a good job.

    “Hillary Clinton is someone I’ve known for a long, long time. She’s a patriot. I think she’s doing a lot of the right things,” Rice said. “She’s very tough. … and she’s got the right instincts.

    “I think she’s doing a fine job,” Rice added. “I really do.”

    Rice did express concerns about Iran getting closer to being able to produce a nuclear weapon and North Korea possibly destabilizing during a transfer of power.

    “Iran is closer to a nuclear weapon, that’s more dangerous,” she said. “North Korea seems somewhat unstable with nuclear capability. That makes the world more dangerous.”

    But Rice did not lay blame on Clinton or President Barack Obama for the situation in Iran and North Korea, noting that “you’re always dealing with circumstances that are very difficult for United States that has to lead.”

  95. JanH, Are you following me I just read that…and wanted to post it on my FB. LOL!! THe Clinton’s are all over the NEWS…ain’t it great???

  96. turndown, I agree, Hillary is out globe trotting….looking at Bill’s statue and see a store named in her honor….she is out of sight while Bill C. is burning the air waves…gotta love those two!

  97. BTW, Just cause I’m posting stuff about the Clinton’s does not mean I voting for the stinking dimocrats….I putting one check on my paper and it sure ain’t for the dumbocrats.

    I am in waiting!

  98. gonzotx
    October 13th, 2010 at 11:37 am
    As if on cue….
    MTV Denies That Obama Telecast Is Political
    by Emily Miller

    I agree, the event is OBVIOUSLY POLITICAL. And it is unfair to give free air time to one party but not the other.

    However, we shall see if the pre-rigged 250 young people don’t come up with some surprising, uncomfortable questions for the president, rather than softballs like:

    “Mr. President, what does it feel like to be the coolest president EVER?”.

    There are many reasons for the younger crowd to have fallen out of love with The One:

    * the unemployment rate for younger workers is much higher than the national average of 9.6% (I recall seeing it over 20% for certain age brackets).

    * he’s broken just about every promise he made in 2008, back when he was so INSPIRING.

    * he tells them to “get an education”, but after racking up huge loans, but little hopes for a good career, what the heck good is it going to do?

    So he might get a free hour, but lately, the dude can’t even work small “backyard discussions” to his advantage. Look for it to backfire. Just like everything else he touches.

  99. #
    October 13th, 2010 at 2:06 pm


    If I were Meg, my children would be going to private schools too. The public schools in CA are a disaster and it is not a problem of her making so why have your children suffer?

    —-The point is, if you have MONEY, you have the CHOICE to send your kids to the most expensive private schools. If you don’t have the money, then you have no choice.

    That’s why God invented public education, so the wealthy were not the only ones that could get a good education.

    I put myself though college, no help from anyone…and yet, I couldn’t afford to do it now with the outrageous cost of public Universities. My son and I struggle to try and keep him in public colleges right now, it is killing both of us and I have worked all my life in Ca.

    My daughter is a teacher and works her butt off to try to reach these kids.

    Yes, and so are the thousands of teachers I know that live and work in California. They struggle to make a difference and are the first in the state to get pink slips when the congress needs money. Almost every summer, HS and Jr. High teachers get laid off so they have no heath insurance, saving $ for the state. So people shouldn’t talk about how great it is for teachers and the unions, this is total bs!!!

    The teaching system is a mess, not the teacher nor how hard they try.

  100. I really have lost faith with the younger folks…they are not using their heads and getting their parents to go against their gut feelings….however, I think the parents have woke up now. I don’t think they’ll be any voting cause the kids are excited about this guy this time.

  101. holdthemaccountable,
    That article should get Hillary’s dander up…it’s a shame, but we have to get the fungus and those that support him out of the WH. If the women were stupid enough to follow the pied piper, then they weren’t the kinds of women we need there….we need the Hillary’s and the Sarah’s, not the Claire McKaskill kind. Nasty and her GreyGoose vodka has to go. We have another female speaker someday, one we can all be proud of!

  102. confloyd
    Love the photos of Hillary at her shop and in front of Bill’s statue.

    When she is finally our Madam President, I would like to see all the streets and buildings named after Raygun and other worthless men, all be changed to HILLARY!

  103. confloyd
    October 13th, 2010 at 2:28 pm
    Hey how do you guys like this pic/story!

    Secretary Clinton visited a clothing store called “Hillary” — named in honor of her — where she received a jacket as a gift.

    confloyd’s link had the above quote. I’m sure Axlerod is taking notes about all the “free stuff” she gets as SoS, and will launch an ethics investigation if/when the Dems try to replace Obama with her.

  104. confloyd

    it’s a shame, but we have to get the fungus and those that support him out of the WH. If the women were stupid enough to follow the pied piper, then they weren’t the kinds of women we need there….we need the Hillary’s and the Sarah’s, not the Claire McKaskill kind. Nasty and her GreyGoose vodka has to go. We have another female speaker someday, one we can all be proud of!

    I totally agree.

    Time to clean the snakes out of congress, Nasty and Reid first.

  105. rgbhrc44, Well I don’t know all the rules of what the SOS can have as gifts and what she would have to claim…lets those SOb’s try.
    I think the AMeican people have wakened up to the political BS….now is this Obama’s new politics?? Sounds like old politics to me…the kind Rove and Starr used on Bill Clinton…it didn’t stop him then and it won’t stop her now…the people want the Clinton’s back…most of them anyway! The rest need their heads examinied.

  106. Well, its time for work…I’ll just be reading now…but I do keep up with everyones comments…I’m really enjoying admin’s articles and everyones comments…its getting exciting again!

    Mop I sure hope the article you posted about Obama in a state of pyschosis is correct!

  107. OH MY, The Chilean President is still at the well watching and hugging every miner that is coming out of tht hole….there’s a real President….Obama and the oil spill…there’s an asshole!

  108. shadowfax,

    Here in Texas were have really bad critters to exterminate we all use a spray called “demon”.

    That’s what we are all going to use on Nov.2nd…Demon to get the demons out!

  109. This comment is submitted “For The Record”. Although not stated in this article about the Ft. Hood massacre, other accounts indicate the current hearing is to determine if there’s enough evidence to proceed. This DOJ is crazy enough to decide ‘not’. After all, the man is a Muslim.
    Chilling Account of Fort Hood Shooting « Liveshots
    Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford Jr. is a 20 year Army veteran who was stationed last year at Fort Hood, Texas in the Soldier Readiness Center, helping prepare troops for deployment to war zones overseas and assist them on their return. He was the first witness called in the Article 32 Hearing for Major Nidal Hasan, the lone suspect in the mass shooting at Fort Hood last November that left 13 dead (including a pregnant soldier) and 32 others wounded. Sgt. Lunsford was one of those victims, hit five times including once in the left eye and twice through the stomach. Lunsford says he knows who shot him because he locked eyes with Hasan right before he says Hasan pointed his laser sight at Lunsford’s head and opened fire. Lunsford also says Hasan may have spared a life before he began taking others. Prior to the shooting, Lunsford testified Hasan “walked up to a civilian female, said something to her, she gets up and leaves.” Moments later, he says Hasan yelled “Allahu Akbar”, pulled a gun out from “under his top and starts firing.” He says the first targets were members of the unit Hasan was scheduled to deploy with to Afghanistan. Lunsford says he saw one man lift a chair over his head to try and stop Hasan and the Major turned, fired and brought the man down. Lunsford says he was in a crouched position, then prone, searching for a way out, then decided to make a run for the exit. When he got up he says “Major Hasan and I make eye contact, he brings his weapon over me, I see the laser cross my line of sight, I get hit in the head, turn toward the door, took two steps and dropped” to the floor. He says the left side of his face was on the ground and he felt blood pooling around him but could still see Hasan with his right eye. He did a “self assessment, realized I could move my hands and feet, got up and ran out the doors.” The prosecutor asked Lunsford to describe the “rate of fire” and Lunsford knocked on the table, pausing for less than a second between knocks, making a sound like “pop pop pop pop pop pop pop”. Lunsford was asked if he got a good look at the shooter and he testifed “very good”. The prosecutor asked “Can you point him out?” Sgt. Lunsford, who’s 6′ foot 9 1/2 inches tall, stood up and pointed at Nidal Hasan. Before finishing his testimony, Lunsford was asked about his reconstructive surgery and long term disability. “That’s not the focus, sir” he answered. “The focus is to heal and to continue to serve.
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  110. “the country doesn’t deserve us”–Michelle Obama
    On that fine point, you will get no argument from me.

  111. Junk mail from the Dems to save the Senate is filling up my mailbox faster than I can delete them. When they are in deep doo, all they ask for is more money. Like any of us have spare change these days…….

    Karma is on it’s way.

  112. Shadowfax,

    You recently asked how I was able to get some fancy symbols like ☻ (Alt 2) or ◄ (Alt 17), etc. to appear in my comments. All you have to do is press and hold the Alt key and then type a specific sequence of number as in Alt 0216 which gets my favorite of all Ø !!!!! Sorry that it took me so long to respond.

  113. Confloyd,

    The picture that you linked to Hillary waving in front of Bill’s statue in Kosovo was very flattering to her. Everything looked nice except for the graffiti in the background. I am sure glad that the statue was free of it. Hillary has been looking tired more recently, but in this picture she looks really good.

  114. Now this takes the cake of begging from the Obamacrats on spam mail:


    As President Obama recently said: “Change is not a spectator sport.” The President and I urgently need you in this fight.

    I am more confident than ever that we will retain our Democratic House Majority, so long as we stand together. Our next wave of advertising could help secure Democrats in toss-up races — but we need your continued support to make it happen. We are trying to raise $500,000 by Friday’s deadline for next week’s ads and rapid response.

    As a special thank you for all you have done so far, I want to offer you a special opportunity to enter to win a chance to join President Obama and me at a dinner in Providence, Rhode Island on Monday, October 25th.

    Enter for a chance to win a trip to Providence (airfare and hotel included) — if you win, you and a friend will be my guests at a dinner with President Obama on October 25th.

    Thank you for all you have done.

    Onward to victory!

    (Signed by NASTY)

  115. #
    October 13th, 2010 at 5:22 pm


    You recently asked how I was able to get some fancy symbols like ☻ (Alt 2) or ◄ (Alt 17), etc. to appear in my comments. All you have to do is press and hold the Alt key and then type a specific sequence of number as in Alt 0216 which gets my favorite of all Ø !!!!! Sorry that it took me so long to respond.

    Awesome! Thanks, what are these Alt symbols called, is there a list of strokes to a symbol on the net?

    0216bama sucks!

  116. I saw this on Hillbuzz and definitely needed to make sure those who read this blog see this. I had heard of this months ago, but thought that I might have misunderstood something about what I heard since someone at the company that holds my annuity account had told me that she never heard of this. Of course, I doubted myself after she said that, but I wasn’t wrong about what I heard! This is truly upsetting to me. I will write Democrats off forever!

    New Lame Duck Threat to Bailout Union Pensions
    by Connie Hair


    Democrats in the Senate on Thursday held a recess hearing covering a taxpayer bailout of union pensions and a plan to seize private 401(k) plans to more “fairly” distribute taxpayer-funded pensions to everyone.

    Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee heard from hand-picked witnesses advocating the infamous “Guaranteed Retirement Account” (GRA) authored by Theresa Guilarducci.

    (You can find the blistering interview with Guilarducci by radio talk show host Mark Levin in 2007 at the link).

    In a nutshell, under the GRA system government would seize private 401(k) accounts, setting up an additional 5% mandatory payroll tax to dole out a “fair” pension to everyone using that confiscated money coupled with the mandated contributions. This would, of course, be a sister government ponzi scheme working in tandem with Social Security, the primary purpose being to give big government politicians additional taxpayer funds to raid to pay for their out-of-control spending.

    From written hearing testimony submitted by Economic Policy Institute (EPI) Vice President Ross Eisenbrey:

    “We need a comprehensive solution that addresses interrelated problems. For example, a system that places most of the burden for retirement saving on individuals will always have to wrestle with the problem of pre-retirement loans and withdrawals (simply plugging these leaks will not work, because many workers would stop contributing to the system). A system that relies on tax incentives to promote individual retirement savings will necessarily tend to favor high-income workers who can afford to save more and who benefit the most from these tax breaks. Conversely, a truly universal system would need to shield low-income workers from out-of-pocket costs or wage cuts. EPI has published and advocated what we feel would be an excellent national supplemental retirement plan, the Guaranteed Retirement Account which was authored by Prof. Teresa Ghilarducci, Director of the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis at the New School for Social Research. ”

    The EPI is housed on the third floor of the building occupied by the George Soros-funded Center for American Progress, a hard-core leftist group whose flavor of socialist policy has brought you the current blend of elitist socialism and crony capitalism bankrupting the American economy. Which speaks volumes about EPI and the Democrat leadership’s choice of witness.

    Brett McMahon, spokesman for the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), a trade association, warns this hearing exposed part of a process that may come as early as the November lame duck push to bailout union pensions by attaching the bailout to an across-the-board extension of the current tax rates.

    “I am deeply concerned that they will try to attach something like the Casey bill or the Casey bill in and of itself to tax cut extensions bill that is inevitably going to have to be dealt with at some point during the lame duck session,” McMahon told HUMAN EVENTS.

    As reported in HUMAN EVENTS the Casey bill from Sen. Bob Casey (D-Penn.) is a new entitlement program that would set up a permanent bailout of the union multi-employer pension plans that are desperately underwater through a new “fifth fund” at the government Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC). Casey’s bill would create a line item on the federal budget through the PBGC to fund these union pension bailouts annually — union pensions that are underwater as a result of mismanagement that pre-dates the 2008 financial upheaval.

    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was the only other senator at the hearing with Harkin. His particular brand of gutter class warfare was on full display as the self-described socialist made the absurd claim that wealthy job creators oppose the Social Security system because it “works.”

    “So, the reason that there is so much opposition to Social Security for some of these billionaire guys is because Social Security has worked. It has done exactly what it was supposed to do. It has worked for the elderly, for the disabled, for widows and orphans,” Sanders said in his opening remarks.

    In typical leftist drive-by fashion, Sanders never explained why he believes successful people don’t like the elderly, disabled, widows or orphans.

    And, of course, the theme of the day was “fairness” as it’s somehow “fair” to take what one person has earned in the free market and give it to another in a government-run wealth redistribution retirement scheme.

    Shareen Miller, a personal care assistant and a member of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local Number 5 in Falls Church, Virginia, offered testimony about the need for wealth redistribution to fund her pension.

    “I make $12 an hour and receive no healthcare benefits, retirement benefits, sick time or vacation,” the SEIU union member said.

    Which begs the question: why is she paying union dues? Not exactly a sterling recommendation for SEIU membership.

    Miller went on to say that the physical demands of her job giving care to a cerebral palsy patient are becoming more difficult. But Miller has been aware of these conditions for at least two years.

    In 2008, Miller spent a day with then Virginia Senate candidate Mark Warner in an SEIU “Walk a day in the shoes” for Democrat candidates. Common sense would dictate Miller’s individual responsibility for moving out of this particular line of work, leaving the physically demanding jobs to younger folks entering the work force. Perhaps Miller could demand fair payment for shilling for Democrats.

    But the physical demands and hazardous jobs claims are not new from those demanding taxpayers fund a “fair” pension for everyone. This scheme is at the heart of the collapse of European socialism.

    From Michael Lewis in Vanity Fair magazine:

    “The retirement age for Greek jobs classified as ‘arduous’ is as early as 55 for men and 50 for women. As this is also the moment when the state begins to shovel out generous pensions, more than 600 Greek professions somehow managed to get themselves classified as arduous: hairdressers, radio announcers, waiters, musicians, and on and on and on.”

    Overall McMahon said the pressing issue for the lame duck is the union pension bailout with new Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) rules currently set to take effect December 15. These new rules would force companies to account for the cost of penalties to extract themselves from these union pension plans against their bottom line. (Full report from HUMAN EVENTS here.)

    “The pension bailouts are something they need desperately and they need quickly because as everyone involved with the forthcoming new FASB rule acknowledges, you cannot stop the accounting board from a new transparency requirement,” McMahon said. “It’s going to hurt.”

    One of the largest of these multiemployer funds, Central States Funds, is in such bad shape that UPS paid a $6.1 billion penalty to extricate itself from employee participation in the fund. It is that type of penalty that would now be on the books, and it could be more than the company’s overall value.

    McMahon notes non-union companies without the multiemployer union plans have been operating under these types of transparency rules all along. And the participating companies have had decades to address the issue of the pension underfunding but have not done so.

    Now companies and unions alike are looking for a taxpayer bailout in the lame duck session that could garner enough support from both sides of the aisle blanketed in the tax cut extension.

    The lame duck session would offer the last chance for unions and companies to be able to place liability for their underwater pensions on the taxpayers’ backs before the new FASB rule goes into effect.

  117. Shadowfax
    October 13th, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    Remember, you mus hold the Alt key when pressing the numbers. You also must use the number pad on your keyboard because I don’t think it works if you use the numbers that run along the top of your keyboard. Additionally, using the line between the arrows as an example above, you must press the Alt key and number combination, and then release the Alt key, and then repeat for each symbol that makes up the line. I think the symbol ▬ (Alt 22) was repeated about a dozen times above.

    There are charts with the key strokes available on the internet, but I know sometimes the information give doesn’t work. I have been trying to figure out what the key stroke is in order to create a black star, but I do not know what it is even though there’s infromation on the internet that indicates that it is Alt 9733, but I get a ♣ when I try that combination.


    The DSCC has made significant TV ad reservations in Nevada to bolster Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D) campaign against Republican Sharron Angle (R). The reservations are the DSCC’s first in Nevada this cycle.

    According to multiple Republican sources who monitor ad reservations, the DSCC has reserved time starting next Tuesday, Oct. 19, through Election Day.

    The exact amount of money the DSCC has reserved is hard to pin down because the ad buys are fluid and are likely still being made. But Republican sources told Hotline On Call that the DSCC is planning to spend more than $1M each week – their first spending in the state.

    The ad reservations are significant, given that they come after Angle announced she raised over $14 million in the third quarter – an eye-popping total that should put her at financial parity with Reid. (She hasn’t released her cash-on-hand figure yet.)

  119. Admin
    The ad reservations are significant…


    I wonder if anyone did the research to find out how many people change their votes based on being bombarded with political ads before an election?

    Personally, my first real negative response to Whitman was at about $30 million of her dollars saturating the airwaves. I was ready to hunt her down and scream at her, “Enough already!!!”

    I really hate all of this money wasted on ads, especially as so many American’s suffer to find a job and keep a roof over their heads.

  120. To me at least, over and above all his other faults, Harry Reid is a mawkish sort varmit. It is a combination of his physical appearance, his sheepish demeanor and his something else about him that defies description. In fact, I know of no word in the English language that can convey the sense of disgust, distrust and nausea which Harry inspires in me, and others no doubt.

  121. Arrogance is thy name, the man needs a slap.

    Obama: Republicans Will Have to Learn to Get Along With Me

    President Obama reveals in a magazine article that he is weighing what to do if Republicans win the House majority next month, and has come up with a novel approach: Make the GOP work with him.

    In a seeming twist on the post-1994 midterm calculation made by President Bill Clinton — when Republicans pummeled Democrats in the congressional election — Obama said he thinks Republicans will have to move in his direction no matter the outcome of the Nov. 2 vote.

    “It may be that regardless of what happens after this election, they feel more responsible,” he is quoted saying in the Sunday edition of The New York Times Magazine, “either because they didn’t do as well as they anticipated, and so the strategy of just saying no to everything and sitting on the sidelines and throwing bombs didn’t work for them, or they did reasonably well, in which case the American people are going to be looking to them to offer serious proposals and work with me in a serious way.”

    Accusing the public of mistaking his abilities, the president also told the magazine that he’s a little taken aback that voters are disappointed with the current turn of events in his administration.

    “The mythology has emerged somehow that we ran this flawless campaign, I never made a mistake, that we were master communicators, everything worked in lockstep,” Obama is quoted saying “That’s not how I look at stuff, because I remember what the campaign was like. And it was just as messy and just as difficult. And there were all sorts of moments when our supporters lost hope, and it looked like we weren’t going to win. And we’re going through that same period here.”

    The inside-the-White-House account of trouble and turmoil in the administration comes 20 days before the midterm election and is sure to deflate Democrats reluctant to hear the president detailing mistakes from his first 20 months in office.

    “It’s pretty clear to me based on this interview that the president is saying, ‘I’ve given up, You’re on your own,'” said Democratic strategist Doug Schoen.

    Among the regrets the president said he felt during the 111th Congress is letting Republicans make him out to be “the same old tax-and-spend liberal Democrat.”

    Obama said he also realized too late that “there is no such thing as shovel-ready projects,” a familiar refrain made by the president when he was trying to sell the stimulus package.

    “There are almost 100 shovel-ready transportation projects already approved,” he said in August 2009. As recently as July of this year, he said, “Shovels will soon be moving earth and trucks will soon be pouring concrete.”

    White House spokesman Robert Gibbs, who was present during the interview, said Wednesday that he does not think the president was making predictions about the coming election.

    “There’s no postmortems that are going on here … People are focused on what we have to do each day,” he said.

    But Schoen said Democrats fighting for their political lives know they have to keep a distance.

    “Right now what I’m hearing from Democrats is the president is only useful for fundraising,” he said.

    Another regret expressed by the president was his failure to communicate effectively. Obama said he and his team took “perverse pride” in focusing only on policy while ignoring the sales pitch to the public.

    He said he realizes now that “you can’t be neglecting of marketing and PR and public opinion.”

    But former Bush White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer said the message isn’t the problem.

    “I think he’s more out of touch than anybody ever thought if he believes the problems are from marketing and not substance. Cap and trade its not a communication problem it’s a substance problem,” Fleischer said.

    In an interview with Bloomberg News, Vice President Biden is quoted saying Democrats are not running on health care, financial regulatory reform or the stimulus because “it’s just too hard to explain” to voters.

    The president’s comments suggest he agrees, but a Democratic official said if it’s a PR campaign Obama must sell, the magazine article isn’t helping get the message out for his party’s candidates.

  122. This could sink Boxer if it gets traction

    Barbara Boxer Approved Code Pink Trip to Fallujah to Donate $600,000 to Extremists
    by Jim Hoft

    So would aiding and abetting terrorists to kill US soldiers qualify as behavior unbefitting of a sitting US senator?

    On October 12, Scott Swett at the American Thinker reported that Senator Barabara Boxer (D-CA) along with Representatives Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) and Henry Waxman (D-CA) secured diplomatic courtesy letters that allowed anti-American Code Pink activists to travel to Fallujah, Iraq. The radicals traveled to Fallujah in late 2004 to donate $600,000 worth of humanitarian aid to the people who had just killed 51 Americans and wounded 560 more earlier that month. Operation Phantom Fury in Fallujah was the heaviest US urban combat since the Vietnam War.

    After the report was published at American Thinker the article was deleted at Islam Online.
    But, thanks to the internet archive a copy of the article is still available:

    read on……seriously Boxer should be hung out to dry for this.

  123. O’Donnell is having a Hillary debate. She has to debate all three. that really a name, Wolf and some chick that is a moderator too.

  124. gonzotx what a surprise, she’s getting the strong woman treatment of sit down shut up and let the man speak, i’m sick of this shit.

  125. White House Insiders Feel Shellshocked, And Already Think It’s Over For Obama

    The talk of the town for the next few days will be this big piece by Peter Baker in the NYT on President Obama. The piece paints a picture of a despondent administration:

    Yet even if the White House saw it coming, this is an administration that feels shellshocked. Many officials worry, they say, that the best days of the Obama presidency are behind them. They talk about whether it is time to move on.

    While not in the 30s, Obama’s approval rating in surveys conducted by The New York Times and CBS News had fallen to 45 percent last month from 62 percent when he took office — just a point above where Clinton was before losing Congress in 1994 and three points above where Reagan was before the Republicans lost a couple dozen House seats in 1982.

    Joel Benenson, Obama’s pollster, pointed out that even at 45 percent, the president’s popularity eclipses that of Congress, the news media, the banks and other forces in American life. “We are in a time when the American public is highly suspect of any institution,” he said, “and President Obama still stands above that.” Obama’s team takes pride that he has fulfilled three of the five major promises he laid out as pillars of his “new foundation” in an April 2009 speech at Georgetown University — health care, education reform and financial reregulation. And they point to decisions to end the combat mission in Iraq while escalating the war in Afghanistan. “History will judge Obama that the first two years were very productive,” Rouse says.

    read it all at

  126. This is too ironic and funny…..megabackfire

    Awesome: White House attacks on Rove’s group lead to massive influx of donations

    Actually, that’s only half of what makes it awesome. What makes it fully awesome is that, thanks to the new money, they can now target House seats that they otherwise would have had to pass on.

    Alternate headline: “Are we sure Obama’s not trying to help the GOP take back the House?”

    American Crossroads, a Republican organization founded by Karl Rove and former RNC chief Ed Gillespie, is reaping the benefits that come with receiving criticism from an administration polling below 50%. Since the White House began attacking the conservative group last week for not disclosing their donors, the organization has raised $13.3 million — destroying their original fundraising goals and allowing them to target traditionally “low-risk” Democrat House seats…

    Many of these donations came as a positive response to the administration’s targeted vitriol. A $250 donation from an unnamed physician, for example, came with the comment, “President Obama made me aware of you and I’m sure I’m not alone. Good luck and get the GOP as many as they can win.”…

    In the wake of such a large influx of money, American Crossroads, its affiliate Crossroads GPS and two other conservative groups will be collectively dedicating $50 million to defeat Democrats in a “House surge.” This week the group is laying down $2 million in eight house districts including NY-20, NY-22, NY-25, OH-18, HI 1, CA 3, IN-2, FL-22. “These are seats where Democrats until now thought they were safe. One of them, for example, NY-22, has not had a competitive campaign since 1992,” Collegio said.

  127. Southern Born
    October 13th, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    The code for the arrow facing left is Alt 17 , while the arrow facing right, it’s Alt 16 . If you want to do a lot of the Alt 22 lines, don’t forget that after doing a few of them, you can use the copy feature by pressing the left mouse key and dragging the cursor over the area you want to copy (highlighting it as you move the cursor), releasing the left button on the mouse, positioning the cursor within the highlighted area and then pressing the right button on the mouse to choose copy. You can then place the cursor at the end of the line that you have already created and press the right mouse button again to choose paste.

  128. gonzotx
    October 13th, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    You have to hold it down. If you let it up, it will beep. Hold the Alt key down while typing the numbers.

  129. I keep thinking about the townhall meetings that Hillary gives around the world. No one has to screen anyone, other than for security reasons, no one has to bus in or pay an audience to attend.

    And then there is America’s plague of a potus. I can’t help wondering if America is being punished for some reason.

  130. “Many officials worry, they say, that the best days of the Obama presidency are behind them.”


    Huh? What best days?

  131. Last man coming up

    I found this on ace..funny

    The three miner-rescue guys are now looking around for stuff to sell on eBay.


    Hell no…Hell no

  133. Now that the 33 are safe we can turn back to the U.S.

    Obama’s friends are coming to help him: 🙂

    A mysterious shiny object floating high over Manhattan’s West Side set off a flurry of reports and wild speculation Wednesday that a UFO was flying over the city.

    Police and the FAA said they began getting flooded with calls starting at 1:30 p.m. from people reporting a silvery object hovering high over Chelsea.

    Law enforcement sources said they believed the object was likely some sort of balloon, but as of late Wednesday they had not confirmed exactly what it is.

    A Daily News reporter could see a tiny, silver dot floating approximately 5,000 feet above 23th St. and Eighth Ave., where dozens of people gathered late in the afternoon to catch a glimpse.

    “It’s been hovering there for a while. I’m just kind of baffled,” said Joseph Torres, 49, of Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, who spotted the object after leaving a movie. “How can it be ordinary? There is something going on.”

    Despite clear skies, it was not easy to make out the tiny object shimmering overhead.

    “You really have to look up to see it,” said one witness, who gave only his first name, Rico. “It’s a little crazy. I guess that’s why they call it an unidentified flying object because they don’t know what it is.”

    Not long after the first sightings, messages began appearing on Twitter linking to a month-old press release announcing the publication of a book by a retired NORAD officer predicting that UFOs would buzz the earth’s major cities on Oct. 13.

    The Federal Aviation Administration said it received several calls to its operations center but after reviewing radar data, the agency could not find anything out of the ordinary.

    “We re-ran radar to see if there was anything there that we can’t account for but there is nothing in the area,” said spokesman Jim Peters. “There was some helicopter traffic over the river at that time and we checked with LaGuardia Tower. And they said they had nothing going low at that time.”

    “Nothing that we can account for would prompt this kind of response,” he said.

    Peters said if it was a weather balloon or any kind of organized balloon release, authorities should have been notified in advance. Police officials said they had received no notification.

    Read more:

  134. confloyd…love the photos of hillary…especially the one in front of bill’s statue…

    …working long overtime hours these days but i am checking in and keeping up with all the great posts, comments and news you all are reporting…

  135. OMG, did you all listen to the Chile president’s speech? He mentioned England’s PM, Israel’s Netanyahu, he mentioned all the Latin American countries, but not Obama. Where the hell is this idiot? Could he not have called and congratulated them? or is he sulking that he is not the center of attention?

  136. What a wonderful ending to the miner story. How proud they are and hearing that their President went against his the advice of his cabinet, put his political career on the line by doing all that was possible to save these 33 men………….made me happy for Chili and sad that America doesn’t have a President with such courage.

    We do have a woman with the courage………….sniff, sniff.

  137. pm317
    October 13th, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    OMG, did you all listen to the Chile president’s speech? He mentioned England’s PM, Israel’s Netanyahu, he mentioned all the Latin American countries, but not Obama. Where the hell is this idiot? Could he not have called and congratulated them? or is he sulking that he is not the center of attention?
    I was thinking the same thing. America helped with the drill that worked, the design of the capsule and ‘food’ stuff for the miners, but Obama was MIA?

  138. LOL!!

    This is what MO said in her campaign speech today in WI — “”In fact, I haven’t really been on the trail since a little campaign you might remember a couple of years ago – (for) this cute, tall, skinny guy.””

    ROFL, cute, tall, skinny guy, yeah that will work with the 20 year olds, not with anyone who wants a competent leader. Pathetic. They think it is American Idol, really.

  139. OMG, did you all listen to the Chile president’s speech? He mentioned England’s PM, Israel’s Netanyahu, he mentioned all the Latin American countries, but not Obama. Where the hell is this idiot? Could he not have called and congratulated them? or is he sulking that he is not the center of attention?
    Yup, that is what the cute little skinny guy is doing–sulking. If Obama had gotten involved it would have ended up just like the oil spill: Situation Normal For Obama All Fucked Up (another obamasanfu–a 25th Degree Flake).

  140. Last but one rescuer is in the capsule..I have great admiration for the rescuers who went down there. Also how great are those miners who managed themselves with great dignity for those 69 days without going crazy and taking it out on others.. wow.

  141. Obama keeps digging the hole:

    A network of Republican-allied outside groups that has already reshaped the midterm campaign with a flood of hard-hitting ads targeting Democrats announced a new front on Wednesday: the House.

    The so-called “House surge strategy” represents the culmination of a plan conceived last year by Karl Rove, Ed Gillespie and other top GOP operatives to use outside spending to offset Democratic advantages in campaign cash. And their planned budget suggests that last-ditch attacks on some of the groups by top Democrats including President Barack Obama have done little to dampen the enthusiasm of the big donors who have funded their efforts.

    In fact, it may have encouraged them, suggested Rove, who has been raising money for two of the four groups involved in the new House plan: American Crossroads and its affiliate Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies.

    The president, by attacking American Crossroads, has helped drive people to our website and has helped to raise the amount of money that we received,” Rove said Wednesday on Fox News.

    Rove said donations to the American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS have spiked in the week since Obama stepped up his assault on the outside groups that are airing attack ads, but aren’t required to disclose their donors. “And that $13.3 million that we’ve received since he began these attacks is going to allow us to help broaden the playing field,” he added.

    Officials at the Crossroads groups, formed earlier this year with the help of Rove and Gillespie, initially said they intended to raise anywhere from $50 million to $60 million. But on Wednesday, a spokesman announced that with the $13.3 million raised the last week, the groups had pulled in $56 million since their creation, and were setting a new goal of $65 million.

    This additional funding has enabled us to initiate the new $10 million House Surge strategy,” said the spokesman, Jonathan Collegio.

    A source familiar with one of the other groups involved in the House effort, the Crossroads-linked American Action Network, said it intended to spend between $15 and $16 million on the House race effort and would target 22 races across the country.

    The Network and the Crossroads groups have already reported spending $18.8 million on ads boosting Republican Senate candidates or ripping Democratic ones.

    The other group involved in the new House effort is the lower-profile Commission on Hope, Growth and Opportunity, according to the Wall Street Journal, which detailed the effort Wednesday. POLITICO revealed Crossroads’ plans to expand into House races last month.

    The ad blitz is set to begin this week, with the groups planning to target a few dozen competitive House races where Democratic candidates have substantial cash advantages over their Republican rivals.

  142. The little Greek was on O’Reilly. It looks like the new emerging narrative is that Obama does not like to keep up (all the political) appearances (you know like, gladhanding, going to church, ‘feeling voters’ pain’..) That arrogant wuss, now they tell us? Didn’t they make him out to be the best political campaigner there was? Or are they now acknowledging that he is just a robot who knows how the modulate his voice Wright style and read the teleprompter with his tennis head?

  143. Idiot Driehaus believed Obama and voted to “save Obama” not his constituents, now he sees treachery:

    A freshman Democrat is accusing the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee of “walking away” from his tough battle for reelection after he’s taken a series of politically difficult votes.

    Ohio Rep. Steve Driehaus has launched a web video and an ActBlue fundraising page, inviting supporters to “send a message” to the DCCC and accusing the committee of funding Democrats who failed to support the party’s agenda.

    “I’ve had the guts to stand up for you. When it comes to the tough votes on health care, changing our economy, turning things around, and standing up to Wall Street, I’ve taken those tough votes because it was the right thing to do for the American people. Now the DCCC is walking away.” [snip]

    Driehaus’s ActBlue page adds that the “DCCC recently pulled millions of dollars in advertising from members who stood for our Democratic principles and are re-investing that money in the races of Democrats who didn’t have the guts to take the tough votes.”

  144. pm317 – I’ve heard that he’s always itching to get out of the White House and “speak directly to the people” (I think he means “speak AT”…). I think both what you and I heard is true – he wants to get out there, but not the up close stuff you were mentioning. He wants the huge audiences, with the teleprompters. No White House work at a desk, and no having to make small talk with peons, one on one….

    PS I wrote an answer to your NQ question on the last (?) thread (the thread after the one you posed the question)

  145. WEIRD

    President Obama, Sarah Palin, and Rush Limbaugh.

    Political opponents? Yes.

    Strong personalities? Definitely.

    Relatives? You betcha.

    Something must run in the family.

    The latest discovery from shows that President Obama is related to conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, one of his most vocal critics, as well as to frequent political opponent Sarah Palin.

    Obama and Palin are 10th cousins, connected through their common ancestor John Smith. Obama and Limbaugh are 10th cousins, once removed, through common ancestor Richard Terrell.

    Other political adversaries also share family ties – the study also found that Sen. Harry Reid, the Democratic majority leader in the Senate, is also related to Palin – as well as to conservative commentator Ann Coulter. All three are related through John Lathrop, who was exiled in 1634 to colonial Massachusetts after becoming a minister of an illegal independent church in England.

    And a leadership gene clearly runs through Samuel Hinckley’s family, because Obama, Palin, and former president George W. Bush are all related through common ancestor Hinckley, who was among the first wave of settlers in America in the 1600s. Obama and Bush are 11th cousins; Palin and Bush are 11th cousins as well.

    Obama famously joked about his distant relation to former vice president Dick Cheney back in 2007, after it was revealed that the presidential candidate and the former vice president were 8th cousins. Obama said he was “okay” with the family connection, but he didn’t “want to be invited to the family hunting party.”

    Whether or not Obama, Palin, and Limbaugh and Bush will be gathering for a family barbeque anytime soon remains to be seen.

  146. Hi lorac, yes I saw your comment on the NQ commenters, thanks. Didn’t acknowledge it because didn’t want to make a big deal of it again calling attention to it.

  147. lorac, you’re right. Which is easier? thinking and talking to advisers to solve problems or running away to golf courses, or campaigns.. WH saying those pretty words again is all about deception. “speak directly to the people” , yeah, right? It is the same as his wife thinking if she said those stupid words people would vote for him.

  148. Alright!! the last rescuer is back on the ground. I have to watch it on goddamn CNN because Fox went back to O’Reilly.

  149. Obama: Republicans Will Have to Learn to Get Along With Me
    He is like the boxer who keeps getting pummeled in the head pow, pow, pow. Blood flies in all directions. Whereupon the referee notes that his eye is swelling. He asks the ring doctor take a look at it. As he is doing so, the announcer asks him what his strategy is to win the fight? He replies: very simple: I am using my head to wear out his fists. As you can see it is working just fine thank you.

  150. from ACE…WELL DONE Mr El Presidente

    Miner Rescued. 33 For 33

    The last man up was the shift supervisor. He was in charge and wanted to be last up…once his men were safe.


    Speaking of leadership…the President of Chile, Sebastian Pinera, was quite the camera hog in all of this, staying on site for days on end and greeting each miner as they came up. Thing is, he earned it. He was leading.

    By sad contrast, Obama stayed far away from the Gulf during the BP spill, as if to deny it, and made only a few brief appearances later.
    Sadder still is what happens in China, where miners are routinely left for dead after mines collapse — a big reason more than 2,000 parish in such accidents each year.

    “Lucky people who were born in Chile. … If it was us, we would definitely have been buried alive and died,” a Chinese wrote on the Internet, as quoted by the Christian Science Monitor.

    Pinera is different. He focused on avoiding conflict and laying blame while the rescue was still on. He took accountability himself by firing incompetent inspectors on his own side, but didn’t condemn business or shut down an entire industry, as Obama did with his Gulf moratorium, only now being lifted.

    Pinera worked with local officials instead of bickering with them or throwing up bureaucratic obstacles because they belonged to the wrong party. Sadly, that’s what Obama did with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who had to take matters into his own hands in building berms when Louisiana’s coast was threatened by the April spill.

    Chileans, by contrast, said the crisis united them as never before. That takes leadership, and it comes about only because Pinera believes in openness, free markets, transparency and putting himself last.

    That, along with the bravery of the miners, the effectiveness of the tools and the remarkable organizational skills that were brought to bear, turned a horrible tragedy into perhaps the greatest rescue operation in history.

    It was truly an international effort. Naturally from NASA to mining companies and a world class drill operator, the US was deeply involved.

    Chileans have found a new hero in American Jeff Hart, the drill operator who has spent weeks drilling down to where 33 miners have been trapped deep underground for more than two months.
    Rescuers finished drilling an escape shaft on Saturday for the men, jumping for joy as the drill pushed through the last inches (cm) of a nearly 2,050 foot-long (625-meter) shaft through which the miners will be hoisted to safety.

    “There’s an emotion there that I can’t describe. It’s an amazing thing,” said Hart, 40, who government officials praised for his central role in the rescue.

    “We finally got there, we fought all this time. We have an avenue now that we can actually rescue these miners … There’s nothing more important that I will ever do,” Hart told Reuters in an interview at the mine.

    Damn fine job by all.

  151. They just don’t get it

    Matthews: Chilean Miners Would Be Dead if They Followed Tea Party Philosophy

    n one of the most outrageous mischaracterizations of the tea party movement’s limited government mantra, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka speculate that if the trapped Chilean miners had followed the tea party’s “every man for himself” philosophy, there would be no survivors:

  152. Remember this? This is what happened in 2008. I saw a comment on Taylor Marsh this morning by a Obot asking another commenter not to relive the primary. But how can we forget? That comment from MO set me off on trying to relive what happened in that little campaign of theirs for their cute, tall, skinny guy. I went in search of the great FLINEO’s videos (got one from one of my old posts at NQ)..

  153. admin
    October 13th, 2010 at 10:53 pm
    Idiot Driehaus …

    This sad sack still doesn’t get it. He was used, is expendable, and chose his leader over his constituents. And it appears he still believes in Obama baloney. Time to go Mr Driehaus.

  154. pm317 – I LOVED Flineo’s videos during the primary, and I miss them now! But somehow I never saw this one – thanks for posting it!

  155. Mormaer – your comment made me think of BO. He used us, we were expendable…. and now he’s finding himself being used/used UP, and expendable to his money puppet pullers.

    Guess Donna Brazile’s mom didn’t tell him “do undo others as you wish they would do unto you…. or else HILLARY KARMA will bite your little floppy thing off!” hehehe

  156. O’Donnell vs Creepy Coons
    Text by David Poff
    Red State blog

    Christine O’Donnell and Chris Coons debated tonight on the University of Delaware campus. The outcome of this debate, hosted by Delaware First Media and the University of Delaware’s Center for Political Communication, will be judged soon enough by the so-called experts in the world of politics and punditry… but for simple-minded folk such as myself it became clear early on who won tonight.

    The People of Delaware.

    We’ve heard all the talk about bearded Marxists and witchcraft. We’ve seen all the headlines about masturbation and overdue school loans and abortion and raging far-left radical progressivism. What Delaware finally got to see tonight was the clear distinctions between these two candidates…on the issues that matter to Delawareans. Whoever supported Coons before tonight will continue to do so. Same with O’Donnell. What remains is which way the undecideds and Indys will go…and each candidate did an outstanding job of making their case.

    Coons told Delawareans that he supports, by and large, the Obama agenda of tax the rich and spend like a drunk teenager with Mom and Dad’s credit card. O’Donnell told them that she only worries herself with what the People of Delaware want…not what the Republican party or the power brokers in DC want.

    Coons unashamedly made his case for spending even MORE money where Obama’s agenda has come up short…O’Donnell made the case for abandoning those ideas for something…ANYTHING…that is more appropriately aligned with what we actually make rather than what the Federal Government thinks it can TAKE from citizens they deem wealthy enough to hand over their money to pay for these (and future) policy initiatives.

    Delaware now knows what it’s being asked to decide: elect a big Government tax and spend Liberal or a constrained Government reduce or repeal Conservative…they will make their choice, and that decision will be honored respectfully (we hope) by both of these candidates. But there’s something else…

    What Delaware ALSO got tonight, was the chance to see the Christine O’Donnell some of us around here already knew; sane, normal, fierce, stubborn, strong-willed, and determined to keep in the fight until the fight is done – despite the roadblocks that have been put in her way…especially the ones from within her own party. We also saw a Christine O’Donnell who is comfortable in her own skin.

    This lady’s the real deal, regardless what some of you might have heard…and despite the “she can’t win” meme the experts keep pushing on us, I suggest folks consider the alternative to an O’Donnell victory and start thinking about how to make sure she actually does. There have been bigger underdogs in our history that have ultimately prevailed when they got the support they deserved…

    Any candidate can win if they have the money and the boots on the ground. ANY candidate. At issue in Delaware, and all across the country, is whether we want to double down with the Obama agenda or ask for a new deck. O’Donnell is just one card in this game, but I like the odds.

    What can I say, I always root for the underdog…it’s how I roll.

  157. ‘He said he realizes now that “you can’t be neglecting of marketing and PR and public opinion.”’

    Prez didn’t neglect PR. His PR strategy was to slander the Tea Party and play the race card on dissenting American citizens. Former President Carter: ‘The Tea Party opposes Obamacare because they are racist.’ Leading obot economist Krugman: ditto. Speaker Pelosi: the Tea Party are Nazis. Black Caucus: Slavery is coming back. That was his full-court press PR campaign on Obamacare.

  158. Canaan, what he said goes well with the new WH talking points (George S. was caught spouting those on O’Reilly) that he is not into playing the ‘political’ game. They are spreading the meme, he is above all that, he didn’t do all that, he is not good at doing all that. They would rather lie that they ‘neglected’ PR rather than acknowledge that their PR failed.

  159. admin
    Thank you for posting the live link last night I was able to get work done and also witness the little boy’s face as he heard his dad was near. I had opened up a separate browser and minimized until I heard the shouts.

  160. Curious as to which challenger to an incumbent is going to run with an ad saying the dims don’t know what shovel ready means so let’s show em.

  161. pm317
    October 14th, 2010 at 12:40 am
    or this one? The music is haunting. Another Flineo classic
    Wonderful haunting video. He can run but he cannot hide. He is the flosam and jetsom of the racist American hating left. The popular line of erstwhile supporters is “I can no longer defend him”. Unfortunately, that is hardly the point. When it mattered they did support him, and the damage he does to the country during the next two years through acts commission and commission is on their head now whether they like it or not.

  162. I just can’t get over MO telling the world to pray for the little skinny cute kid. They both are getting more ridiculous every day.

    No doubt their PR folks have quit and they are coming up with this crap on their own. I guess Rahm kept things somewhat normal, now they are up shitcreek without a paddle.

    It was nice to see a REAL President tonight….in Chile! Here we have a fake President.

  163. Yeah, that’s what they think. They are both to good for us the nasty old American people that are bitter, have guns and cling to our religion.

    Admin: They both really hate anything American, so why don’t they set their own little kingdom somewhere else…far, far away from us.

    Bill Clinton has really got it going on, I know we don’t like that he’s trying to help some fellow democrats, but if they manage to hang on, they’ll owe Bill bigtime.

    Nov. is going to be a massacre and you won’t believe how many bots say when its all counted and in, it won’t be as bad as Bill’s in 94′. We’ll see and can’t wait to rub their noses in it. I know no one that voting for a dem for the exception of Gov. of Texas.

  164. pm317, that nasty bot says this crap all the time…I can’t wait til Nov. 3rd, so we can rub his/her nose in it.

  165. Another thing I’m sick of these idiots comparing Bill’s first two years to the bambino. There’s NO comparison. Bill is a patriot and loves American and all of its people, rich or poor.

  166. Any woman who votes for this guy needs their head examined. Any man who lifted his fists and feet to a woman this way should be kept out of congress.

    Big Government uncovering this absolutely horrendous court filing detailing the abuse Congressman Charlie Wilson (D-OH) inflicted on his ex-wife — much of which he admitted to doing in a deposition. Clara Wilson went so far as to use the term “extreme cruelty” to describe what Charlie Wilson put her through.

    Wilson admitted in his deposition to grabbing his wife by the neck and shaking her.

    According to the court document, Wilson “slammed [his wife] into the refrigerator.” Wilson admitted in his deposition that early in his marriage he “kicked and struck” his wife and “accused her of adultery.”

  167. MoonOnPluto, we wondered when that would happen (our date for things to start popping has been October 15, so we are off by 1 day).

    Obama Dimocrats started with the dirt digging and now the Republicans are going to do the same thing. BTW, we knew Charlie Wilson had an incompetent son who ran and usually screwed up his campaigns but we had no idea of the wife beating.

    We suspect that the Republicans have been doing catch up on digging through court records and the rumor mill and soon will uncover some more ugly stuff on Obama Dims. The result will be an even more disgusted electorate – with good reason.

  168. our date for things to start popping has been October 15, so we are off by 1 day
    your streak of accurate insight continues unabated, admin, and it is invaluable. Thank you.

  169. Its using Obama’s tactics back on himself, this is exactly what they did with Ryan in Illinois, went through his sealed divorce records and they have no reason to argue if others do it right back to them.

  170. The usual Dim view mantra has gone out to discredit, she didnt file a complaint and it can’t be true, well battered wives normally don’t run to the police do they, in fear of the reprisal. The Dems have become a woman hating chauvinistic party.

    Wouldnt be surprised if NOW endorsed him.

  171. Copied from current Gateway:

    Yesterday was a HUGE liftoff to stardom for our very own rocket scientist Ruth McClung! Besides being linked on all the big blogs (like Michelle Malkin, The American Spectator, and Gateway Pundit), she was endorsed by Sarah Palin and will be featured on Sean Hannity’s show this afternoon! Why all of a sudden? Two new polls by Magellan and Summit show that she is in a dead heat with Raul Grijalva, the man who called for a boycott of Arizona. Congressional District 7 has turned into one of the biggest sleeper races in the entire country, with Ruth rocketing ahead!

  172. Maybe this is what Michelle Obama meant by “pray for my Barack”: 🙂

    Joe Biden just can’t keep his mouth shut. OK, I know that’s not exactly breaking news. But at a time when Democrats are supposed to be focussed on the November 2nd mid-terms and Barack Obama has not even announced he will seek a second term, did Biden really need to declare that he’ll be on the 2012 ticket?

    Here he is shooting from the lip to the New York Times:

    “I tell you what, there’s real trust, that’s why he’s asked me to run again,” Mr. Biden said Monday, dropping this tidbit at the end of a 40-minute conversation, just before he dashed off to his third fund-raiser of the day. “Look, he said, ‘We’re going to run together, are you going to run?’ I said, ‘Of course, you want me to run with you, I’m happy to run with you.’ ”

    Biden, legendarily verbose and self-regarding, is a standing joke in Washington. Scratch that, in America. Here’s Jay Leno last week:

    President Obama announced that his new chief of staff would be his longtime aide, a man named Peter Rouse. Obama said one of the most popular phrases around the White House is, “Let Pete fix it.” That’s the most popular phrase. Second most popular phrase at the White House? “Tell Biden I’m not here.”

    One of the more amusing bits in Bob Woodward’s recent book was when Biden tells Obama he wants to speak to him about Afghanistan and the president turns him down. The hapless veep was reduced to loitering at the entrance to the West Wing to catch Obama as he came downstairs so he could catch him by surprise and give him the benefit of his unwanted wisdom.

    The veep is apparently so delusional that he thinks he could be elected President in 2016, despite his disastrous efforts in 1988 and 2008 and the fact that he would then be, er, nearly 75 (though to be fair his porcelain gnashers – which have their own website – and nylon hair plugs are considerably younger). “No, I won’t. I won’t rule that out. No,” Biden said last year when he was asked if he would rule out a 2016 presidential run.

  173. wbboei
    October 13th, 2010 at 11:43 pm
    Obama: Republicans Will Have to Learn to Get Along With Me

    Why does everyone have to reach out to him, and not the other way around?

    The POTUS is the one who is supposed to extend himself, and put himself up for criticism in the public’s eye.

  174. Remember Brazile’s quote:

    “Well, Lou, I have worked on a lot of Democratic campaigns, and I respect Paul. But, Paul, you’re looking at the old coalition. A new Democratic coalition is younger. It is more urban, as well as suburban, and we don’t have to just rely on white blue-collar voters and Hispanics. We need to look at the Democratic Party, expand the party, expand the base and not throw out the baby with the bathwater.”

    She TALKED about expanding the Dem base by bringing those who traditionally did not vote in high percentages: young, and lower income city dwellers (various minorities).

    But that assumes that they would retain the original core base: older voters, whites, liberals, blue collar, unions, etc.

    Hmmmm, did she deliver???

    The next few posts will answer that.

  175. Pinera leaves me yearning for a leader like that in the US.
    It also make me detest Squat even more.
    Not once did Squat go on national TV and express his solidarity with and hopes for the miners.
    Not once did he say they were in his thoughts.
    What a selfish POS that SOB is.
    Pinero, on the other hand, was there throughout the entire episode, hugging, kissing, smiling, joyful in the miners release. Even the Bolivian president showed up to support the one Bolivian miner on site.
    And it’s not as though Americans weren’t involved in the rescue. It was an American invented drill which made the shaft possible,
    You could read Pinero’s soul in his smile and through his body language.
    He cared and it showed and the people there loved him for it.

    And what about the last miner, the leader, the one whio kept it all together, the one who insisted on going last?

    Would we ever see a Squat so chivalrous?

    Disgusting. Disgusting. Pinero listed the foreign heads of state which had called with good wishes and Squat was not among them.

    What an embarrassment. What a humiliation to this countyr.

    I can only wish squat and his sleeveless FLOTUS would fall down the shafe and be sealed up in tere forever.

    Pigs. Absolute pigs.

    Chile, Pinero, the miners, the rescuers, the families, those are the heroes – the models of inspiration we so sorely lack here under Squat.

    I have grown to hate him with a power that cannot be healthy. When oh when will he disappear?

    In the meantime, what a godsend to witness such a miracle.

  176. OH,

    And the sleeveless one saying she wants people to “keep the spirits clean around us.”

    Isn’t that witchcraft?

    Or voodoo?

    Or some suspect religious belief? Like, say Black Lliberation Theology which bases its belief system on killing whitey?


    In the link below, we find out that ONLY 44% approve of his job performance, 27% disapprove (down from 60% approve and 15% not in 2008).

    President Barack Obama’s support among college students wanes before 2010 midterm elections: poll
    BY Aliyah Shahid

    Thursday, October 14th 2010, 6:41 AM

    Barack Obama is no longer the big man on campus.

    College students’ support for the President is waning — a worrying sign for Democrats who are trying to reenergize young voters before the midterm elections, which are just three weeks away.

    Just 44% approve of the job Obama is doing, while 27% said they are unhappy with his job performance, according to a new Associated Press-mtvU poll.

    That’s a significant dip from the 60% who gave the president high marks in a May 2009 poll. Only 15% of college goers had a negative opinion of him back then.

    And if 2008 is any indication, the Democrats need young voters. During that presidential race, nearly one in eight voters cast their ballots for the first time. Exit polls showed 55% of new voters were age 18-24, and those young first-timers strongly supported the Democrats.

    In 2008, Obama benefited from a flurry of endorsements from celebrities that young adults look up to such as Jay-Z, Chris Rock and Jennifer Aniston.

    The President is making an effort to renew that campus enthusiasm. Obama will appear at a town hall that will be aired live on several youth-friendly networks including MTV and BET.

    He’ll also lead a rally Sunday at Ohio State University — where the campus’ 55,000 students are an important voting bloc in the battleground state.

    Political scientists, campaign workers, and students said many young people are disenchanted with Obama’s handling of the economy, wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and failures to end the ban against gays serving openly in the military. There’s also frustration of his inability to have delivered campaign promises to change Washington.

    “People expect things to happen quickly,” said Elizabeth Wright, a senior at the University of Colorado. “I don’t think people understand it takes time.”

    The survey asked 2,207 randomly chosen undergraduates at 40 randomly selected four-year schools with at least 1,000 students. It had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3%.

    Heather Smith, president of Rock the Vote, a nonpartisan group that encourages young voters, said it registered 225,000 voters for this year’s election. While that’s more than four times as many as last midterm’s election in 2006, she said the political parities aren’t dishing out as much cash to garner the youth vote.

    “It’s a cycle of neglect,” she said.


    AP-mtvU Poll: College students’ Obamamania wanes

    Alan Fram
    October 13, 2010

    The Obamamania that gripped college campuses two years ago is gone.

    An Associated Press-mtvU poll found college students cooling in their support for President Barack Obama, a fresh sign of trouble for Democrats struggling to rekindle enthusiasm among many of these newest voters for the crucial midterm elections in three weeks.

    Forty-four percent of students approve of the job Obama is doing as president, while 27 percent are unhappy with his stewardship, according to the survey conducted late last month. That’s a significant drop from the 60 percent who gave the president high marks in a May 2009 poll. Only 15 percent had a negative opinion back then.

    It’s not just students. Obama’s support from many groups has ebbed since his early months in office because of persistently high unemployment and opposition to his plans to revive the economy and overhaul the health care system. But his diminished backing from college students raises further questions about whether the Democrats’ efforts to rally them — and other loyal supporters such as blacks and union members — will be enough to prevent Republicans from winning control of Congress in the Nov. 2 elections.

    Obama’s weaker performance on campus also underscores his party’s struggles to turn the 15 million first-time voters of 2008 — nearly one in eight of that year’s total — into a solid political army. Exit polls from 2008 show 55 percent of new voters were age 18 to 24, and those young first-timers strongly backed Obama and Democratic House candidates — a potent bloc if Democrats could lure them back to the voting booth.

    Hoping to rekindle campus enthusiasm, Obama planned to appear Thursday at a youth town hall being shown live on MTV, BET and other networks. He also is to lead a rally Sunday at Ohio State University, and in recent days he headlined a massive gathering at the University of Wisconsin and a webcast town hall at George Washington University.

    Ohio State’s 55,000 students are a big part of a central Ohio congressional district in which Democratic Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy is facing a rematch with her 2008 opponent, Republican Steve Stivers. Kilroy spokesman Brad Bauman says the students are “a huge voting bloc for us,” but Stivers spokesman John Damschroder says any advantage Kilroy had on campus in the close 2008 race will be minimized.

    “She had a wind at her back last time,” he said, referring to students’ support then for Obama. “Now it’s a stand-alone election for her.”

    Political scientists, campaign workers, students and others say many students are unhappy with Obama’s handling of the economy, wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and failures to end the ban against gays serving openly in the military or to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. There’s also frustration with the messy political process and his inability to deliver on his campaign promise to change Washington.

    “People expect things to happen quickly,” said Elizabeth Wright, a senior at the University of Colorado. “I don’t think people understand it takes time.”

    The findings in the AP-mtvU poll, which surveyed more than 2,000 undergraduates age 18 to 24, come as students and others say political activity on campuses is way down from the frenetic levels of the 2008 presidential race. Josh Rohrer, a senior at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., says it was impossible to walk to class two years ago without seeing campaign fliers, T-shirts and tables strewn with candidates’ brochures.

    “Now, if you don’t read a newspaper, you wouldn’t know there’s about to be an election,” he said.

    Even so, college Republicans and Democrats are still registering students and helping them vote with absentee ballots if needed. Republicans aired a TV ad in college towns in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida called “The Breakup,” showing young people expressing disillusionment with Obama. Democrats say they’ve made nearly 2 million phone calls and visits to young voters since late May.

    Enthusiasm by all groups dips in midterm elections compared to presidential races. The drop-off is compounded for college students, who can be distracted by everything from classes to football and often aren’t registered to vote in their school’s congressional district.

    “It sort of falls under the radar,” said Rebecca Leber, a senior from the University of Rochester.

    In the AP-mtvU poll, white students are about evenly divided over Obama — 34 percent approve of his performance while 37 percent disapprove. In May 2009, they approved by 53 percent to 21 percent. The drop is consistent with his decreased popularity among all whites.

    Minority students are positive by 58 percent to 13 percent margin, slightly worse than in May 2009. In both polls, about a quarter overall were neutral.

    Heather Smith, president of Rock the Vote, a nonpartisan group that encourages young people to vote, said it has registered 225,000 young voters for this year’s election, more than four times as many as in the last midterm in 2006. But she says the political parties aren’t spending enough to energize students, and she predicted turnout would resemble 2006, a mediocre year.

    “It’s a cycle of neglect,” she said.

    To combat that, entertainer Jay-Z has made a TV ad for HeadCount, a group of musicians and others who register young people to vote, in which he says, “Fight for what you believe in.”

    AP-GfK polls show Obama remains more popular among younger than older voters, but more older people express interest in the congressional elections. A September survey by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center found that among people under 30, those favoring Republicans are likelier than Democratic supporters to say they’ve thought a lot about the election.

    The AP-mtvU Poll was conducted Sept. 20-24 by Edison Research of Somerville, N.J., and involved interviews with 2,207 randomly chosen undergraduates at 40 randomly selected four-year schools with at least 1,000 undergrads. To protect privacy, the schools were not being identified and students’ names were not recorded. The survey had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

    The sponsorship by mtvU, an MTV channel for college students, is related to its “Half of Us” program, which it runs with the Jed Foundation for publicizing students’ mental health issues.


    This exposes that the insider Democrats who annointed / appointed / schemed to install Obama, allegedly because of his “astute political instincts”, were dead wrong; Obama’s leading the party into oblivion.

    Democrats have an older-voter problem

    By Dan Balz and Jon Cohen
    Washington Post Staff Writers
    Thursday, October 14, 2010

    President Obama and his party have been lavishing attention on young voters, investing millions in an effort to reenergize a group that helped elect him two years ago. Obama talked recently to Rolling Stone magazine, and he met Tuesday with students at George Washington University. On Thursday, he plans to appear at a “youth town hall” on MTV.

    But a similar investment in older voters – especially those not particularly motivated to go to the polls – might have been just as valuable.

    Among seniors who say that they are very interested in the upcoming election, 51 percent prefer to see Republicans in control of the next Congress while 40 percent say they want Democrats in charge. Among all other seniors, it’s about the reverse: Fifty-one percent say they want Democrats to control Congress, and 37 percent say Republicans.

    The findings come from a major survey conducted by The Washington Post, the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and Harvard University. The survey measured attitudes about the federal government and included some questions about the upcoming elections.

    The findings show a generational divide working against the Democrats this fall. If the midterms are in part a referendum on the size, scope and effectiveness of the federal government, older voters appear poised to deliver a rebuke to the Obama administration.

    Older voters – Democrats, Republicans or independents – are more pessimistic in their assessments of Washington’s performance than are younger voters. Based on historical voting patterns, they are also more likely to turn out in November – a potentially toxic combination for the Democrats.

    Older voters say the federal government is not focused on the right priorities. They think Washington is working less well these days that it did in the past.

    Three in 10 older voters give the government a failing grade, compared with 8 percent of voters younger than 30. Older voters also are much harsher in their judgments than they were a decade ago, when just more than one in 10 gave Washington an F.

    On the economy, the issue that dominates the election, Obama also needs to make a more persuasive case than he has with some older voters. Majorities of Democrats of all ages give Obama credit for helping to improve the economy. But older Republicans and, crucially, older independents are more likely than their younger counterparts to say the administration has made things worse.

    Those are some of the differences between older and younger voters. But equally important are the views of those older voters who are paying close attention to this election compared with older voters who are not.

    Fully 40 percent of seniors who are most interested in the campaign say the federal government has a big and negative effect on their lives. That’s about double the proportion of the older voters who are not so tuned in. More than half of these interested older voters say the federal government threatens their personal rights and freedom, twice the percentage of those who aren’t so interested.

    Finally, older voters who say they’re very interested in the election are significantly more focused on the deficit than are other seniors. Just more than three in five say avoiding a big deficit is more important than spending more money to create jobs.

    The reason this matters so much is the significant role that older voters play in midterm elections. Four years ago, seniors made up 19 percent of the midterm electorate. That fell to 15 percent of the electorate in 2008 as more younger and middle-aged voters came out.

    That difference, however, was typical, according to exit polls. Since 1980, the share of the electorate 65 and older was an average of five percentage points higher at each midterm than at the presidential election preceding it.

    A separate analysis issued Tuesday by AARP, which lobbies on behalf of seniors, concluded that the share of the electorate older than 45 has been growing as the population ages. The study says the gap between the share of voters older and younger than 45 has been growing and estimates that almost two in three voters next month will be older than 45.

    Shaping the electorate is an important part of midterm election strategy, which is why the president’s team is so focused on those 2008 first-time or newer voters younger than 30. Team members know that by boosting turnout among these voters somewhat higher than normal in a midterm, they could save House and Senate seats. But they may be pushing a rock uphill, given the normal generational swings in midterms.

    Where this could have its biggest impact is in states with competitive races that also have a higher share of older voters.

    One of those is Florida, where Republicans are looking to hold onto a Senate seat, avoid a Democratic pickup of the governor’s mansion and have targeted four Democratic-held House seats. Another is Pennsylvania, where Republicans could pick up a Senate seat, the governor’s mansion and where eight Democratic House seats are in play compared with just one GOP-held seat.

    For the past two elections, older voters split their votes almost evenly between Republicans and Democrats in House contests, and they voted for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) by an eight-point margin in 2008. Unless Obama can alter the direction of this election, older voters appear likely to tip toward the Republicans this year.

  180. “I tell you what, there’s real trust, that’s why he’s asked me to run again,” Mr. Biden said Monday, dropping this tidbit at the end of a 40-minute conversation, just before he dashed off to his third fund-raiser of the day. “Look, he said, ‘We’re going to run together, are you going to run?’ I said, ‘Of course, you want me to run with you, I’m happy to run with you.’ ”
    oh, poor, poor, Biden. He was feeling left out and discarded with all the Hillary 2012 VP talk. They hurt his ego..


    Obama NEVER does anything for anyone else. It’s always an ulterior motive. Today’s NY Times article belies that.

    Midterms Are a Test for Obama’s Ground Game

    Published: October 13, 2010

    There’s a reason that President Obama decided to broadcast his meeting with college students on the Internet on Tuesday night, taking sympathetic questions by way of Facebook and Skype and Twitter. (About the only hip thing the president didn’t try was to break out the Guitar Hero and start playing “Revolution.”) The midterm campaign has now entered its final phase, and Mr. Obama is focusing his attention on the younger voters and volunteers he inspired in 2008.

    For Mr. Obama, re-engaging Organizing for America, or O.F.A., his vaunted network of phone-bankers and door-knockers from the presidential campaign, is a crucial mission in these closing weeks — and not just because it is probably the Democrats’ best chance of staving off electoral catastrophe. It is also because a volunteer organization is a little bit like a vintage roadster: you may not need to use it for stretches of time, but it’s important to rev the engine now and then.

    Mr. Obama’s online organization, originally known as Obama for America, raised up a virtual army of volunteers in 2008, most of whom had not previously been involved in party politics. After Mr. Obama took office, his aides decided to merge the organization into the party, essentially by taking over the Democratic National Committee’s field operation. The thought was that Mr. Obama’s personal appeal could be translated into support for his legislative agenda as well as for the party’s other candidates.

    But there is little evidence so far to suggest that the new volunteers and voters who coalesce around a candidacy in the Internet age can be made to care very much about off-year elections. George W. Bush built an impressive volunteer-based organization in 2004, but that did little to help his party in 2006. And the younger voters and African-American voters in New Jersey and Virginia who registered to vote in large numbers for Mr. Obama in 2008 largely failed to show up at the polls the following year, when Democrats lost governors’ races in both states.

    In a critical state like Indiana, where Mr. Obama was the first Democratic presidential candidate to win in 44 years, Democrats badly need the help. The Senate candidate, Brad Ellsworth, trailed by 18 points in an EPIC-MRA poll released this month, and the national party has effectively abandoned him. Republicans are also threatening to take back three Congressional districts in the state that Democrats seized in 2006.

    When I visited Indiana last week, O.F.A. volunteers said they were fanning out to black churches and beauty salons in Indianapolis, trying to mobilize voters who registered in 2008. “We have to remind people, ‘This is your baby,’ ” the Rev. Melvin R. Jackson said as we sat in the pews of Christian Love Baptist Church. “You own this. You have to take care of it.”

    As you might expect, though, the effort in Indiana isn’t nearly as robust as it was two years ago. Between them, Organizing for America and the state party have 39 paid staff members on the ground and a growing list of about 1,600 volunteers; that compares with about 200 paid organizers and 7,000 volunteers at the height of the 2008 campaign.

    Democratic leaders note that their goal is not to recreate the political tidal wave of 2008, but rather to improve on the usual turnout for a midterm election. By their calculations — and Mr. Obama’s field organizers do a lot of calculating — some 42 percent of first-time voters in a presidential year normally can be counted on to vote again two years later. Raising that number to something like 50 percent in Indiana could do a lot to blunt the effect of an energized Republican base.

    “The Democratic intensity level now is pretty much where you’d expect to see it,” says David Plouffe, the architect of Mr. Obama’s 2008 campaign. “The problem for us is that Republican intensity is just off the charts.”

    Even if Democrats lose ground in a lot of states where his network is less formidable than it was two years ago, however, Mr. Obama still stands to reap a significant benefit: he will need a strong volunteer network when he pursues a second term in 2012.

    Coming out of the last election, with a four-year term ahead, Mr. Plouffe and his team faced two principal dangers. The first was that having achieved their main goal of getting Mr. Obama elected, many of the volunteers on O.F.A.’s lists might drift away and become inactive.

    The second was that technological innovation might outpace the Obama team. Just as Facebook and text-messaging popped up between the 2004 and the 2008 campaigns, supplanting blogs and Listservs as tools for organizing online, so might some fresh invention come along that O.F.A. would not be prepared to exploit as adeptly as the opposition.

    Win or lose, the midterm elections have provided an opportunity to tweak the operation in both respects. State organizers are keeping their most ardent volunteers involved and pounding on the doors of first-time voters. And Organizing for America is getting a chance to evaluate its tactics on Twitter and on the iPad, abilities that are likely to be important in waging the next campaign, as opposed to refighting the last one.

    Mr. Obama’s advisors insist that their sole objective right now is to hold the House and the Senate. But 2010 is also a practice run for Mr. Obama’s legendary field operation, and he will probably emerge stronger for having gone through the midterm campaign — even if his party doesn’t.

  182. Presidential Tracking Sinking … Again
    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 27% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-five percent (45%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -18

  183. I just read this on RedState and had to bring it over here to share. The last sentence is the best:

    Time Magazine has released its 40 Under 40 list for the year. Question number two is “What’s your go-to political blog?”

    Among Republicans on the list, is the most consistent answer. Those listing RedState as their go-to blog include Marco Rubio, Nikki Haley, George P. Bush, Sean Duffy, Nick Ayers, and Mike Lee.

    Surprisingly, among the Democrats, not a single person listed Daily Kos as a go-to blog.

  184. Carol
    October 14th, 2010 at 9:22 am

    Do you know the code for the copyright sign? I would appreciate it you could give it to me.

    It’s ALT 0169 for © .
    It’s ALT 0153 FOR ™ .

  185. This is a very dangerous situation:

    an elected leader

    with the clear signs of mental illness

    who lives in the bunker of delusions

    and clings desperately to power

    while destroying the country

    and disenfranchising voters

    with the unqualified support of big media

    a mountain of money

    a corrupt democratic party

    a vast get out to vote network

    and an army of ignoranti

  186. Apparently Biden has caught whatever Obama has, visions of grandeur.

    So with all the crap going down in Israel and Lebonon, why is Hillary is Kosovo??

    I am beginning to mistrust Biden. I am awaiting Hillary’s announcement that she is quiting. I guess they’ve slaughtered O’Donnell and now Fox is saying Boxer is going to survive and Feingold is a tossup.

  187. Conflod,

    That is all bad news. Finegold was so behind. The Repb party can thank themselves for O’Donnell, they abandoned her, and really, last night she was the articulate sane one that had to debate 3 people, because as usual, the moderators were bought and paid for by the Dem camp.


    Tolerance and Diversity: Teaching Girls That Misogyny And Beatings Are An Honor
    Posted by Lori Ziganto (Profile)
    Wednesday, October 13th at 9:31PM EDT
    “Allah honored wives by instating the punishment of beatings.” So said Cleric Sa’d Arafat earlier this year. Last month, a Wellesley, Massachusetts public school took a trip to a mosque, where the school children were taught to pray to that same Allah.

    The result is stunning: an unabashed exercise in Islamic dawa, the “call to Islam” and the manner by which the Brotherhood’s spiritual guide, Yusuf Qaradawi, promises that Islam will “conquer America” and “conquer Europe.” Qaradawi — wonder of wonders — is a trustee of the Roxbury mosque (although he is banned from the U.S. for sanctioning terrorism). As the video relates, “Dawa Net,” one Islamic organization that instructs on how to use the schools to inculcate the young, explains that public schools in America are “fertile grounds where the seeds of Islam can be sowed inside the hearts of non-Muslim students.”

    Well, except for the icky girls. Cooties, and all. They were not allowed to take part in the “tolerance” indoctrination. Have to teach these girls how to show respect! And teach them a little about the benefits of misogynistic subjugation in the Muslim world, right? See, they were shockingly told – as they were shuttled off to an area away from males – that Islam is “pro-women” and“Islam was actually very advanced in terms of recognizing women’s rights.” They were also told this:

    At the time of the Prophet Muhammad, women were allowed to express their opinions and vote. In this country, women didn’t gain that right until less than a hundred years ago.

    Of course. Blame America and try to make some sort of sick moral relativism argument. What’s the matter with you rube Islamophobes? Muhammad let women vote and express their opinions. Of course, they were then beaten for them, but still. In Islam, it is an honor to be beaten by your husband! There is even etiquette and stuff. We honor women by beating the crap out of them. Sheesh!

    I mean, just let the cleric S’ad Arafat explain further:

    The full and highly disturbing transcript can be read here, but let’s hit some of the lowlights, shall we?
    Cleric Sa’d Arafat: The Prophet Muhammad said: “Don’t beat her in the face, and do not maker her ugly.” See how she is honored. If the husband beats his wife, he must not beat her in the face. Even when he beats her, he must not curse her. This is incredible!

    HE beats her in order to discipline her. In addition, there must not be more than ten beatings, and he must not break her bones, injure her, break her teeth, or poke her in the eye.

    There is a beating etiquette. If he beats to discipline her, he must not raise his hand high. He must beat her from the chest level. All these things honor the woman. She is in need of disciplines.

    It’s totally okay, you see – there’s etiquette! Oh, it’s fine – sure you can beat me. Just make sure you don’t curse me at the same time and keep your hands at chest level only. Otherwise, that would be bad.

    It’s actually more than fine; it honors the wife. She should be proud, if beaten. You know, he only hits you because he loves you. Plus, it’s not like he hit your face and made you “ugly” or used a long rod which would totally be disrespectful. Unlike a nice respectful beating with a short rod.

    He then goes on to inform men of when is the proper time (it’s all about the etiquette) to beat their wives:

    These are all choices made during the process, but beatings are allowed only as a last resort. The honoring of the wife in Islam is also evident in the fact that the punishment of beating is permissible in one case only: when she refuses to sleep with him.

    Commentator: When she refuses to sleep with him?

    Cleric Sa’d Arafat: Yes, because where else could the husband go? He wants her, but she refuses. He should begin with admonishment and threats,

    Commentator: Allow me to repeat this, A man cannot beat his wife over food or drink.

    Cleric Sa’d Arafat: Beating are permitted only in this case, which the husband cannot do without.

    Isn’t it good to know that if your wife doesn’t feel like letting you “hit that” one night, you can simply hit her. I mean, really, you would dishonor her if you did not hit her. Oh, the shame!

    You know what actually is shameful? The fact that some want us to teach our children to accept this, because it would be intolerant and meany pants if we dare to point out anything that doesn’t fall in line with the Religion of Peace ™ meme. American citizens are demonized as biased and hateful if even bringing up the subject. Those who not only subjugate women, but also wish to kill us receive apologies. The media frantically avoids perceived “profiling”, including avoiding the use of the word Islam at all costs in any negative stories, out of the insane fear of looking non-politically correct.

    We are instead to pretend that Islam is super awesome always and stick our fingers in our ears singing la-la-la as the abuse of Muslim women continues. Because, tolerance. Well, guess what? Barbarism should not be tolerated nor should it be “appeased.” Silence is not just consent when it comes to such wrongs; it makes one complicit in their perpetuation.

    While leftist feminists (femisogynists) continue to screech about perceived systematic misogyny in America, all made up out of whole cloth, we are encouraged to teach our daughters to respect Islam and Sharia Law. We are expected to worship at the altar of Better Than You ™ multiculturalism. And we are to ignore the actual oppression and subjugation of women in the Muslim world – and of Muslim women here in America. Because, George W. Bush. And oil or something.

    I refuse to do so. As do many strong conservative women and men. Including George W. Bush. It is he who is continuing to aid the women in the Middle East who are truly oppressed and abused. The George W. Bush Institute has a women’s initiative, chaired by Mrs. Laura Bush, that is focusing on empowering women in the Middle East, where it is desperately needed.

    I won’t, however, hold my breath and wait for N.O.W. or any of their fellow sister travelers to weigh in. They are too busy demonizing American conservative women and endorsing the men who call them whores.


    Cross-posted from NewsReal

  189. Remember the LOL sign designed with the O filled with the Obama sign. I saw one on a car yesterday, and I LOLed.

  190. CNN/Time Poll: Feingold trails in re-election bid
    CNN Political Unit
    (CNN) – A new poll suggests that Sen. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin is fighting for his political life.
    A CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Wednesday indicates that the three-term Democratic senator trails businessman Ron Johnson, the Republican nominee Senate nominee, 52 to 44 percent among likely voters in Wisconsin. Johnson’s eight point lead is up from a five point advantage in mid September.
    Full results (pdf)

    Among the larger sampling of registered voters, Johnson, who enjoys the support of many in the Tea Party movement, has a 48 to 45 percent advantage, up from a two point margin last month.
    According to the poll, Feingold has an overwhelming advantage among Democrats, while Johnson has an overwhelming advantage among Republicans and leads 57 to 38 percent among independent voters.
    “Although Johnson is from Oshkosh, he manages no better than a tie in the northeastern part of the state, but he has a two-to-one lead in the Milwaukee suburbs and other parts of the southeastern region, and that’s enough to give him a statewide lead,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “Feingold is picking up votes in the two major Democratic strongholds in the state – Milwaukee and the southwestern region that is dominated by Madison, the state capital.”
    “The two Senate candidates are tied among women, with 48 percent apiece,” Holland also notes. “That’s usually bad news for Democratic candidates and it hurts Feingold as well, given Johnson’s 15-point lead among men.”
    The Senate showdown isn’t the only political battle attracting attention in the Badger State. There’s also a closely watched governor’s race between Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, a Democrat, and Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker, a Republican.
    The survey indicates that Walker has a 52 to 44 percent lead over Barrett among likely voters, down from an 11 point lead in mid September. Among registered voters, Walker has a 48 to 45 percent advantage, unchanged from last month.
    According to the poll, Walker leads by 22 points among independent voters. The winner in November succeeds Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle, who decided against running for a third term this year.
    According to the survey, 44 percent of likely voters approve of the job President Barack Obama’s doing in the White House, with 52 percent saying they disapprove. Among all adults, 45 percent give Obama a thumbs up while 49 percent disapprove.
    The CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted October 8-12, with 1,506 adults, including 1,372 registered voters and 931 likely voters questioned by telephone. The survey’s overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.5 percentage points, with a sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points for likely voters.
    – CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

  191. gonzotx
    October 14th, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Well, I don’t know what to say about that. You are using the numbers on your keyboard’s right hand side, right?


    Heard this last night on NPR, that with Republican-allied groups exceeding their fund-raising expectations, they will now start targeting even some of the safer Democratic seats.

    Meanwhile, the Dems are triaging, deciding whom to cut their losses (gee, whatta coincidence, probably most will be those who supported Hillary).

    Here’s another take on this story from HuffPo:

    American Crossroads, GOP-Allied Groups Planning $50 Million House Offensive


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    Email Comments 1,548 WASHINGTON — Eager to protect their politically vulnerable Senate leader, Democrats plan to sink more than $2 million into Harry Reid’s home state of Nevada in the final weeks of the campaign, but have begun scaling back in Missouri where polls show their candidate trailing.

    The adjustments, described by officials from both parties, come as Republican-leaning outside groups maintain a drumbeat of advertising in both states as well as in other key battlegrounds.

    In the contest for control of the House, Republican-allied groups are planning a $50 million advertising drive, an extraordinary surge of spending aimed at keeping Democrats on the defensive.

    Reid is trying overcome a strong re-election challenge from tea party-backed Republican Sharron Angle, who reported raising $14 million in the last three months. And the committee charged with electing Senate Democrats has reserved airtime to help Reid withstand a barrage of negative advertising from GOP-aligned groups, according to the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they do not discuss strategy publicly.

    Democrats also are spending considerably less than they had planned in Missouri this week, where Democrat Robin Carnahan is struggling in her race again Republican Rep. Roy Blunt. Democrats have cut airtime reservations for the state in the next two weeks, too, but they still could decide to run ads during that period.

    The shifts in strategy illustrate the volatile nature of the political landscape in the closing days of the election. Candidates and outside groups are setting records for spending. In House contests, Republican-allied organizations are broadening the field by injecting money against House Democrats that the party had not counted as their most vulnerable.

    The Democrats’ chances of winning Senate seats currently held by Republicans in Missouri, Florida, Ohio and New Hampshire have dwindled. Polls show GOP candidates in the lead. Democrat Jack Conway in Kentucky also is lagging Republican Rand Paul, but Senate Democrats still are spending money in the state. They say Conway still has a strong chance of winning.

    That House effort by some of the GOP’s top strategists comes amid a wave of new fundraising. American Crossroads and Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies, two affiliated groups formed this year with the help of operatives Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie, said Wednesday they raised more than $13.3 million in one week.

    With candidates and outside groups seeking to command airspace, political advertising is setting new records this year. A new analysis by the Wesleyan Media Project at Wesleyan University in Connecticut shows that since Labor Day, ad spending on House and Senate races has reached nearly $200 million, up from $113 million for the same period in 2008.

    Candidates account for most of the spending, but outside groups are second, devoting $37 million to House and Senate races. Republican leaning groups have outspent Democratic groups during that period by a margin on 9-1 in House and Senate contests, according to Michael Franz, a professor at Bowdoin College in Maine and co-director of the media project. House and Senate candidates have spent about $130 million, with Democrats outspending Republicans by a margin of 1.5 to one.

    Facing an energized Republican electorate and the onslaught of outside money, Democrats are shifting TV ad money daily, reducing spending where polling shows their candidates lagging and ramping up in House and Senate races they think they have a better chance of winning. Democrats are not likely to pull all ads in a state, eager to avoid the perception that they have given up on a candidate. Moreover, they can always pour more money into a state if polls show a race tightening.

    The spike in outside group money coincides with a consolidated attack by the White House, the Democratic Party and their liberal allies on Republican-leaning outside groups that have already spent millions of dollars supporting Republican candidates without having to disclose their donors.

    Crossroads spokesman Jonathan Collegio said the influx of money means the two groups have raised $56 million this year. They set a new goal of raising $65 million.

    The two Crossroads groups, which had focused on close Senate contests, now plans to spend $10 million on at least 15 House races. It also plans to add $5 million to its Senate spending. Collegio said the effort will combine with “like-minded groups” for an overall $50 million spike in House spending. The groups include the American Action Network, run by former Sen. Norm Coleman of Minnesota, and the Commission on Hope, Growth and Opportunity, created by GOP lobbyist and strategist Scott Reed.

    The Wall Street Journal first reported the new House spending strategy.

    A Republican operative who tracks political advertising said the American Action Network was poised to spend about $13 million in more than 20 races.

    The groups’ spending also comes as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which has supported mostly Republican candidates, increases its spending in the waning days of the campaign. The chamber has already spent more than $20 million on House and Senate races.

    The first wave of Crossroads spending – about $2 million in eight House seats – is aiming mostly at seats that Democrats hope to salvage to avoid a Republican takeover of the House. Among the targets are Democratic Reps. Dan Maffei and Maurice Hinchey in New York, Zack Space in Ohio and Joe Donnelly in Indiana. In one of its few defensive forays, Crossroads is also going to buy ads to protect Republican incumbent Dan Lungren in California.

    The American Action Network also will air ads against Donnelly and is broadening the field for Republicans by including such targets as Reps. Jim Himes and Christopher Murphy in Connecticut, Tim Walz in Minnesota, Charlie Wilson in Ohio and Gerry Connolly in Virginia, all of whom had not been counted as the most vulnerable Democrats.

  193. Clinton: Netanyahu, Abbas are right leaders for peace


    Sec. of State calls Ahmadinejad “volatile” and “inflammatory”; says has lots of evidence sanctions are working.

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke with ABC News about the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians, Lebanon, and the Iranian threat on Thursday in Brussels.

    Speaking about the peace process being stalled only two weeks after beginning, Secretary Clinton admitted that, “If this were easy, it would have been solved a long time ago.” She continued, “It’s an incredibly complex and emotionally charged situation.”

    Clinton also acknowledged her understanding that “security is paramount” for Israel. Echoing Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s spokesman Mark Regev’s statements one day earlier, Clinton recognized that Israel is wary of seeing a repeat of the “experience of having left Lebanon and now having Hezbollah and rockets on their border, having left Gaza and now having Hamas and rockets on their border.”

    Noting the needs of each side, she said, “Israel and Prime Minister Netanyahu have to believe that any peace deal will lead to greater, not lesser security. The Palestinians, who have long sought the right to have their own state, deserve to have those aspirations satisfied.” Touching on the apprehension of both sides in the talks, Clinton said, “they have a lot of concerns about how it will be done and whether it will be viable.”

    Secretary Clinton emphasized her and the US government’s commitment to the talks, saying that she came to the situation with a great prior understanding of the difficulty involved.

    Despite the difficulties, however, Clinton did express optimism, saying that she is “convinced that both [Palestinian Authority] President Abbas and Prime Minister Netanyahu want to be the leaders that resolve this conflict. But they each have internal and external pressures that are bearing down on them that make it an extremely difficult and sensitive negotiation.

    She said that the US continues to work every day in order to help create the necessary environment that the parties need to hold their “very serious negotiation.”

    ‘Ahmadinejad is volatile and inflammatory’

    Speaking about the volatility in the region as a result of Iran, Clinton noted that the Palestinians and many Arab leaders “are united against the kind of rhetoric and actions that Iran is taking, and the threat that Iran poses with its pursuit of nuclear weapons and with its support of terrorism.”

    Referring to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s visit to Lebanon that began on Wednesday, Clinton continued, “when the Iranian president goes to Lebanon, and we know that they are supporting financially and in every other way Hezbollah, which is on the border of Israel and the border of the Palestinian areas, then that is a volatile situation.”

    Secretary Clinton continued, “So this man coming and being so volatile and using language that is inflammatory is just true to form. We saw him do it in New York, we see him do it around the world, and it reflects an attitude in the Iranian Government that unfortunately has caused many in the region to be quite concerned about their intentions and their actions.”

    Clinton spoke about the sanctions that the UN, the US and EU have placed against Iran, she said that the US has worked “hard for the last year to get those sanctions in place. And we have lots of evidence that those sanctions against Iran are working.”

    She said that although Iran has made recent statements indicating their desire to return to negotiations with the US and the EU, “they are defiant and they are incredibly difficult to deal with. It’s what we have to cope with every single day.”

    Summing up the US’ commitment to the Iranian issue, she said that the US is constantly trying “to prevent them from acquiring a nuclear weapon, which, in the hands of leadership like we’ve seen, would be incredibly destabilizing.”

  194. Hillary Clinton Hopeful Some Taliban Fighters Will Agree to Peace

    Secretary of State in Brussels for NATO Meeting on Progress in Afghanistan

    Oct. 14, 2010

    Even the idea of peace talks with Taliban fighters seemed out of the question a few years ago, but Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she hopes some of those fighters will lay down their arms and participate with the Afghan government.

    “I am increasingly convinced that many of the lower level Taliban, young men who frankly went to fight for the Taliban because they got paid more than they could make anywhere else,” Clinton told “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts in an interview that aired today. “I believe that they are, in increasing numbers, laying down their arms and coming back into society.”

    Clinton in Brussels for a NATO session to discuss progress in Afghanistan, her last stop in a three-day tour of the Balkans.

    Former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani said today that both sides are ready for peace, according to the Associated Press, but quickly couched his remarks with caution.

    “Maybe some contacts are not successful,” he said. “There are many baseless rumors. We must be realistic. As you know, the Taliban haven’t rejected talks completely. They have conditions and that gives us hope.”

    Clinton was also cautious, telling Roberts that the days of an agreed-upon battlefield surrender are gone.

    “It’s not World War II, where there can be a surrender on a battleship because of the kinds of enemies and the way they wage war today,” she said.

    “I think it’s highly unlikely that the leadership of the Taliban that refused to turn over [Osama] Bin Laden in 2001 will ever reconcile,” she said. “But, you know, stranger things have happened in the history of war.”

    Clinton said she’s also keeping an eye on violence a little closer to home.

    A week after the mother of murdered American David Hartley made a tearful plea directly to Clinton “mother to mother” — to help find the body of her son after he was shot in the head by Mexican pirates, the secretary of state said she was “sickened” by the tragedy.

    “I hope that we can [find him],” she said, responding to the mother’s plea. “I mean, the beheaded body of the brave Mexican investigator that just showed up shows what we’re dealing with.

    “We are … supporting local law enforcement; supporting the authorities on the border,” she said. “Doing everything that we know to do to try to assist in helping to find the body and helping to find the perpetrators.”

    Clinton Drops Hints on Middle East Peace, Grandchildren

    Clinton said she’s looking for progress on what she called an “emotionally charged” situation in the Middle East, saying both sides need to find a resolution that will lead to the greater security they want, not a continuation of conflict.

    “It’s fragile because this is a very complicated situation,” she said. “And I’m convinced that both President [Mahmoud] Abbas and Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu want to be the leaders that resolve this conflict.”

    Although Clinton has kept a busy schedule on her trip, she made time to watch the rescue of the 33 miners in Chile and said she was just as riveted as the rest of the world. She commended Chile’s president for leading a “superb cooperative effort.”

    “I couldn’t look away; as the preparations took place. And then as the first capsule went down and the first miner came out,” she said. “It was a feel-good moment.”

    In her time in the spotlight she has visited more than dozens of countries and met with leaders and dignitaries from all around the world.

    But Clinton said her fondest trip was one she took as first lady, taking her daughter Chelsea to the Taj Mahal.

    “That was a wonderful trip, not only for us personally but for our country,” she said. “Because it really started the ongoing efforts that the Bush administration and now President Obama have undertaken to strengthen and deepen our relationship with India, a great partner.”

    Clinton said that when she was her daughter’s age and living in Park Ridge, Ill., she could never have imagined that she’d be married to a president and then serving her country as secretary of state.

    “And here we are, sitting, talking about these important issues in the world. That’s why I love every minute that I get to represent the United States,” she said. ” Because I’m a product of how great our country is.”

    And although Clinton dropped a quick hint that she wants to make a better future for, “some day, grandchildren,” she promised she wasn’t hinting about her daughter.

    She also joked about her must-haves when traveling.

    “It includes, obviously my makeup,” she said, laughing. Because, you know, when you get as little sleep, and you’re as jetlagged as I am, it’s very hard not to, you know, scare the children in the morning.”

  195. In Brussels, Gates, Clinton applaud ‘pivotal’ new NATO strategy

    By Kevin Baron
    Published: October 14, 2010

    ARLINGTON, Va. — U.S. national security leaders in Brussels on Thursday applauded the first draft of a new 10-year strategy for NATO they say meets the dramatic changes facing the Alliance since the last decade.

    At a meeting of NATO ministers, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called the Strategic Concept a “pivotal document” that reshapes a larger and deployed NATO to focus on contemporary threats, citing terrorism, (nuclear) proliferation, and cyber. At her side, Defense Secretary Robert Gates urged NATO countries gathering at the Lisbon summit next month to move forward with many of requirements laid out in the document, especially missile defense of Europe.

    “The Alliance gathered around this table is much larger, with more diverse views and concerns, than the one that drafted our current concept in 1999” said Clinton, in Belgium.

    Clinton also applauded the document’s inclusion of a passage creating a “modest civilian capability” for the alliance to match its military might. “In today’s world, few security challenges are purely military or entirely political,” she said, citing Afghanistan and the Balkans.

    Gates added, “I believe the new Strategic Concept will launch NATO into the future with confidence and unity.” He noted two issues in the draft: cyber attacks and missile defense.

    “It is vitally important that we not only talk about these new threats in Lisbon, but act to counter them by agreeing to acquire the capabilities necessary to collectively defend against them.” Some members have said they want more details first.

    “It is time for a decision,” Gates pressed. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen backed the secretary, as well.

    “On cyber-security,” Gates said, “the Alliance is far behind. Our vulnerabilities are well-known, but our existing programs to remedy these weaknesses are inadequate.”

    Gen. David Petraeus and Amb. Richard Holbrooke, U.S. special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, are also in Brussels for the talks.

    Gates and Clinton will hold a joint press conference in Brussels on Thursday at 10:30am, eastern time.

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