Rotten Ol’ Bill Clinton, Travel-Smart Hillary Clinton

Some of our JournoList and other Big Media readers/critics continue to rewrite what we wrote years ago. They’re catching up. After November they will leap to where we were on January 2009. [For instance, eventually they’ll even become aware of something revelatory about Hillary Clinton’s travel schedule which we will discuss today.]

We hardly ever comment on the latest catch-ups from the catch-up brigade – partly out of modesty and partly out of exhaustion with our dullard students. But this weekend bought us a chuckle when we saw one of our repeated lessons splayed out on the most influential political website of all.

Like fretting teachers in a hot June classroom hovering over dimwitted, nose-picking, pimple-erupting, slack-jawed, heavy-lidded clods at final exams – we exhaled prayers of joy at the realization that some might edge through to a passing grade after months of desk-to-desk combat – with us trying to transmit knowledge and reasoning.

This weekend The DrudgeReport plastered a picture of Bill Clinton above the shocking headline: “CLINTON CAMPAIGNS FOR CLINTON SUPPORTERS“!

Mrs. Smith, a head of the class commentor, submitted an A+ response to the shocking headline. We have a few comments to add.

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Back in 2008 we addressed Caroline Kennedy and the fact that the main force against her becoming Senator was Hillary Clinton supporters. At the time of the Caroline Kennedy coronation plots we also reported 2×4 Chuck Schumer was on Hillary Clinton supporters’ side due to self-interest (it took Politico weeks to confirm our reporting of Chuck’s involvement).

Eventually 2×4 Schumer’s own treacheries in 2008 and before emerged. This was at a time that Ben Smith headlined a “long and thin” story at Politico called “Game Over: The Clintons Stand Alone“. That stupid piece of typing is something Smith has recently had to eat along with crow and humble pie.

Though we were attacked for our reports back then, we were subsequently proven correct in our disclosures of what was going on behind the scenes. What is going on behind the scenes shifts constantly as new facts and circumstances emerge and new openings reveal themselves and new traps are laid and avoided.

After the ‘Clintons Alone’ blockbuster failure the Big Media narrative shifted to Bill Clinton as some sort of Obama lapdog doing what Obama wanted. Bill Clinton, it was written and repeatedly said, was an Obama ally doing what Obama told him to do and also Hillary was a trapped bird in an Obama cage. So often is this written and said that even intelligent people believe the nonsense.

How often do we hear, even from Hillary Clinton supporters “why oh why is Bill campaigning for Obama?” Another favorite is “Bill Clinton should not campaign for Obama because he more than anyone knows how corrupt and ugly Barack Obama is. Why is Bill Clinton doing this?”

As we have stated, situations change and strategies must change along with them. Timetables have to be changed sometimes as well. Some basics however, remain. This weekend Kevin, the naughty boy at HillBuzz, addressed the issue of “the list”. “The List” is populated with Claire McCaskill types and many others who stabbed Hillary in the back. The List” remains immutable. Like water flowing around obstacles, the strategies and timetables however, change.

Our argument since 2008 here at Big Pink has been that Obama (along with his henchmen and enablers) must be driven from the race in 2012. The sooner death, doom, and destruction are visited upon the Obama Dimocratic Party the sooner we can return to the winning FDR/Hillary Clinton coalition.

That the Democratic Party of FDR/Hillary Clinton will return is only a matter of time. This will happen either after defeat in 2010 or after further defeat in 2012 or after even further defeat in 2016. But it will happen. We are saying “the sooner the better” and recall the best way to remove a band-aid is to rip it off quickly rather than a long and painful process.

An example of a strategy timetable possibly changing is the debate of Hillary Clinton in 2012 or 2016. Bill Clinton might have kept himself busy outside politics in 2010 when the timetable was 2016. But once the obvious collapse of Obama Dimocrats in 2010 became so obvious it also became obvious that a change in timetable and strategy was wise because 2012 becomes an increasingly real possibility.

Bill Clinton knows that only a concerted effort and multiple appearances (think Blanche Lincoln and the Arkansas primary) by him can help a candidate win election. A onetime appearance for a candidate will not save that candidate unless they are bound for victory already. Bill Clinton’s visits are not multiple appearances that will determine victory nor is Bill Clinton on a tour with Barack Obama and/or Joe Biden and/or Michelle Obama to get out the vote.

For the past two years Hillary Clinton has kept as far away from Barack Obama as is possible. This entire election season Hillary Clinton is also traveling as far far from Barack Obama as possible. Sometime after the November elections Big Media will take note of a thus far ignored aspect of Hillary Clinton’s travel schedule.

While some in Big Media have noted that Hillary Clinton will be away from the United States they have not taken particular notice of the dates.

Hillary Clinton will not return to the United States until Barack Obama leaves on a 12 day long trip. Originally Barack Obama was to leave the country on November 7. But Obama does not want to be accountable for the election disaster that will arrive at his doorstep on November 2. So Obama has moved up his get out of town day to the evening of November 4.

Months ago, when Hillary was preparing her travel schedule she assumed Barack Obama would be in D.C. until November 7. Isn’t it remarkable that Hillary Clinton planned her trip to be out of the country and only return the day after Obama was originally scheduled to get out of town? This means that for two weeks before, and two weeks after the November disaster, Hillary Clinton will be no where near Barack Obama. Amazing timing isn’t it?

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This weekend the New York Times reported that Bill Clinton made an appearance for Hillary Clinton supporter Gavin Newsom. At the same rally Bill Clinton appeared with the loathsome Hillary Hater Jerry Brown. In the photograph accompanying the story, Bill Clinton has a big Bill Clinton smile. Gavin Newsom has a wide smile as he attaches himself to Bill. Jerry Brown, with a forced half-smile however, does not appear too happy as he is forced to accept and acknowledge help from Bill Clinton – a man he cannot stand and has contempt for. But now Brown owes Bill and Bill, on Brown’s dime, gets to do what he loves to do – campaign and talk with the American people.

Even lunkhead Big Media repeater of the obvious Howard Fineman appears to be getting a clue. Now a flack for Huff n’ Puff Fineman realizes that Obama is not popular:

“Like Voldemort’s, Obama’s is a name no one dares utter — and that includes Clinton speaking to Democrats. [snip]

To be fair, almost no one else at the one-hour rally mentioned the sitting president. [snip]

Still, the eerie invisibility of the president is a telling commentary on the Democrats’ confused, divided and defensive predicament as they brace for the verdict of the voters on Election Day, Nov. 2. There was something odd — and, if you’re a Democrat, depressing — about a former Democratic president avoiding any mention of his Democratic successor.”

Fineman provides a ready retort to the pearl clutchers who continue to weep “Why is Bill doing this? Why is Bill campaigning for these Obama Dimocrats? Why is Bill helping them?”

“Clinton sincerely wants to help out on the trail — and certainly wants to avoid the accusation that he didn’t try to help. But his travels have turned into a personal victory lap that often makes him — not the candidate he’s touting — the center of attention. That was true here in Kentucky. The rally’s mechanics were mostly handled by the Secret Service; more to the point, the final (and therefore top-billed) speaker wasn’t Conway. It was Clinton. The Conway people didn’t mind. They were glad to have him.

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.

Clinton is beloved In Kentucky. He won the state twice. He speaks the local dialect, which contains Appalachian notes of working-class pride, suspicion of big shots and Baptist revivalism. But more than that — and more than just in Kentucky –Clinton’s economic record (22.7 million jobs created, and he tends not to forget to mention the .7) looks spectacularly good in the context of what has followed.

These days there is almost an Old Testament, milk-and-honey reverence for that economic record, at least as expressed by former Kentucky Sen. Wendell Ford. An old-school podium pounder, Ford — stooped but still strong voiced at 86 — talked of the former president in messianic terms. “Bill Clinton found us the path to gold!” he shouted. The crowd of 2,000, most of them students, didn’t laugh. They seemed to think he was right.

How any of this helps Obama is far from clear; it isn’t even clear that it helps many Democrats — since they’d be joining the same Washington party that the current president ostensibly heads.”

Do we need to make things any clearer to the pearl clutchers who head to the fainting couch every time they hear that Bill Clinton is making a one time appearance somewhere for someone?

Do we have to repeat that every appearance by Bill Clinton is a disaster for Obama because the comparison is one he cannot win now that there are two records to compare? Fineman sums up why Bill Clinton (and Hillary Clinton) can speak with all Americans in a genuine voice:

“But Clinton is all too happy to show Obama how it’s done. As a campaigner and as president, Clinton’s gift was his ability to untangle the knots of even the most complex policy issue and explain it in plain language to people suspicious of the powerful — but eager not to be screwed by them or to be seen as dupes. Republicans and their corporate allies were out to shut down the few good things that government does for you, he said, in the name of balancing a budget that they themselves destroyed. “I gave you budget surpluses!” Clinton said, as if this had been an act of personal beneficence.”

When Bill Clinton is described as a “messiah” figure or personally ordaining “beneficence” in the form of budget surpluses, that is an aftereffect of Fineman’s Big Media worship of Obama. Bill Clinton has never claimed unto himself Messiah status. Bill Clinton’s claims about the budget surpluses are part of the historical record. In New York when a heckler appeared Bill Clinton reminded all that he is the only president alive that signed 4 balanced budgets and produced 4 consecutive surpluses and that when he left office the federal government was the size of Dwight Eisenhower’s government in 1960. As Bill Clinton said to the heckler “you need to listen to me”.



While Bill Clinton reminds us what a president sounds like, Barack Obama intrudes to display what a clown looks and sounds like. In yesterday’s New York Times Barack Obama made a spectacular fool of himself and made life difficult for Obama Dimocrats running for office. Obama not only admitted that there are no such things as “shovel ready” projects (the same ones Obama Dimocrats foolishly or mendaciously voted to fund) but Obama wants us to believe that his problem is one of publicity stunts:

“Most of all, he has learned that, for all his anti-Washington rhetoric, he has to play by Washington rules if he wants to win in Washington. It is not enough to be supremely sure that he is right if no one else agrees with him. “Given how much stuff was coming at us,” Obama told me, “we probably spent much more time trying to get the policy right than trying to get the politics right. There is probably a perverse pride in my administration — and I take responsibility for this; this was blowing from the top — that we were going to do the right thing, even if short-term it was unpopular. And I think anybody who’s occupied this office has to remember that success is determined by an intersection in policy and politics and that you can’t be neglecting of marketing and P.R. and public opinion.”

As Democrat Kirsten Powers rebutted, the problems are not ones due to publicity stunts:

“We probably spent much more time trying to get the policy right than trying to get the politics right,” President Obama told The New York Times this week. “There is probably a perverse pride in my administration . . . that we were going to do the right thing, even if short-term it was unpopular.”

Yes, it is perverse.

It’s pure fiction to say that the White House has crafted brilliant strategies to save America. It should get credit for averting another Great Depression but one smart (but flawed) policy doesn’t excuse the drift on areas of intense importance to the United States.

Take cap and trade: What exactly was it about taxing businesses in the middle of a major recession that seemed like it would be a popular idea?

Then there was the whole “we are going to jump-start the economy by retrofitting homes” argument.

If something doesn’t sound right, it probably isn’t. The idea that we’d revitalize our economy with what are essentially janitorial jobs was absurd from the beginning.

The administration promised that 900,000 jobs would come from building retrofits. Turns out, according to the Energy Department, just 13,000 such jobs were created in the last reported quarter.

That’s not a public-relations or political problem. That’s a problem with the policy.”

Bill Clinton will campaign for Hillary Clinton supporters and that shocked DrudgeReport this weekend. Bill Clinton has been making clear his intention to campaign for those that were there for Hillary in 2008 for a long time now. That DrudgeReport headlined this non-story demonstrates that increasingly many are aware that 2012 and 2016 are strategies and timetables that are developing, not fully developed. This is the article that shocked DrudgeReport:

“Bill Clinton back out campaigning ‘for everybody that helped Hillary run for president’ against Obama

Speculation about Hillary Clinton’s continued presidential ambitions is rife. Husband Bill is back on the campaign trail, offering thanks to those who backed her in 2008 – and laying the foundations for another try in 2016. [snip]

In this febrile climate within the party, there is one Democratic figure whose soothing tones can help calm things down – the Big Dog himself, former President Bill Clinton. I caught up with him in Española, New Mexico, site of the first European colony in America, last week and he was on vintage form.

Gone was the red-faced, finger-wagging Bill who I saw in South Carolina in early 2008, when he exploded with anger at being accused of racism by Obama allies as the Democratic nomination slipped from his wife Hillary’s grasp. Instead, Española saw Chilled Bill, a man vindicated by events and who knows he was right to warn of Obama’s shortcomings.”

Bill Clinton went to Española to “repay the debt” to Dinane Denish a Hillary supporter in 2008.

“Bill, hoarse-voiced but with a glint in his eye, explained that this was his 80th event. He made crystal clear just who he was representing on the campaign trail – and it wasn’t Obama. “I planned to do about one stop for everybody that helped Hillary run for president because she’s one of only two members of the president’s cabinet who cannot participate in politics,” he said.

As Secretary of State, he reminded people, is not permitted to campaign. “Then I got out here and started stirring around and realised that a lot of people were mad and even more confused and I didn’t want it on my conscience so I just loaded up and started strolling around.”

British understatement is employed in the article to describe Hillary Clinton’s schedule and her maintenance of distance from Obama and his myriad disasters:

“Becoming vice-president would tie her to Obama on domestic policy. Through political good fortune (not to mention calculation), she has been out of that arena for the past two years, meaning that there are no Clinton fingerprints on unpopular health care, bail-out or stimulus legislation.

Hillary has been loyal to Obama – it would have been politically foolish to appear otherwise – but her discrete job means she can remain distant from most of what he does.

It just so happens that Hillary will be out of town on November 2nd, when Democrats expect a pummeling at the polls. She’ll be on the other side of the globe, in fact, on a tour including stops in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

The message is unmistakable: “Nothing to do with me!

Hillary will not only be away from Barack Obama for the next several weeks, but she will be away from him for several weeks after the elections. While Hillary Clinton works to save the world from Obama’s bumblings, Bill Clinton is also hard at work:

“Bill’s stump speeches are helping lay the foundations of a 2016 campaign. His presence on the campaign trail, often in parts of the country where Obama is not so popular, reinforces the 2008 argument that the Clintons (in terms of power politics, it is fruitless to view them separately) can reach places Obama cannot.

It also shows that the wounds of the epic Obama-Clinton battle of 2008 have not healed. Conspicuous by his absence from Española was Bill Richardson, the current New Mexico governor, who was publicly branded a “Judas” by James Carville, the Clinton consigliere, for endorsing Obama. Richardson was never even mentioned by Denish or the former President.

After trying something new and shiny in the person of Obama and being disappointed, many Democrats are now indulging in Clinton nostalgia. “We Miss the Thrill of Bill” read one prominent sign in Española.

“He let me hug him!” exclaimed Loyda Martinez, 57, after the event. “And he hugged me back! A lot of these politicians, you can barely touch their hands. Bill has a way of connecting with the ordinary person that Obama does not.” Bill’s past foibles are viewed as endearing. “He like the ladies!” laughed one man as Bill posed for pictures beside a platinum blonde.”

Bill Richardson is on “the list” personally placed there by Bill Clinton even as Hillary publicly makes nice.

Richardson is a reason why these “calculations” and private vs. public behaviors must be calibrated. Richardson pretended, like many others such as 2×4 Schumer, to be either neutral or supporting Hillary in 2008. But these were deceptions engineered by Ted Kennedy and Tom Daschle and Rahm Emanuel and others. Now we find ourselves in Borgia Italy. It is a situation post 2004-2008 deceptions in which the Democratic Party leadership engineered a coup against the rank and file Democratic voter. So it is Borgia Italy and we are still peeling the onion of what exactly happened in 2008 and who can be trusted and who is on “the list”.

Barack Obama is busy with his own fate as sole concern. Obama’s campaign schedule is designed to help himself in 2012 and only parenthetically those (particularly governors in states such as Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, and Nevada) he is campaigning for.

Barack Obama is, like a third-world dictator when the peasants with pitchforks approach the castle, ready to flee the United States right after the elections. Unfortunately he will return. But Obama knows what is coming. The many corruptions are coming to light – whether it is the Countrywide scandals from Connecticut or the mob bankster friend of Obama in Illinois

Obama is aware that even “safe” congressmen such as Dennis Kucinich are in trouble (DK is up by only 4 points). Likewise Loretta Sanchez is now tied with Republican Van Tran.

Barack Obama is aware that the “winning coalition from 2008 has crumbled” and that fully one quarter of his 2008 “supporters” will soon be reclassified as “racists” as they vote against Obama Dimocrats. It’s so bad even Politico is taking notice.

But most of all Barack Obama is aware that Hillary is keeping her distance from him for weeks before and weeks after the November Barack Obama election disasters. And Barack Obama is very aware that every Bill Clinton appearance is like a bag full of rotten tomatoes aimed directly at Obama.

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392 thoughts on “Rotten Ol’ Bill Clinton, Travel-Smart Hillary Clinton

  1. Admin: you are superb in your analysis and your mastery of graphic analogies.

    “Like fretting teachers in a hot June classroom hovering over dimwitted, nose-picking, pimple-erupting, slack-jawed, heavy-lidded clods at final exams – we exhaled prayers of joy at the realization that some might edge through to a passing grade after months of desk-to-desk combat – with us trying to transmit knowledge and reasoning.”

    Now that is high prose.

  2. Bravo Admin,

    Hillary is right where she should be. I so hope that “The many corruptions are coming to light – whether it is the Countrywide scandals from Connecticut or the mob bankster friend of Obama in Illinois” happens sooner than later.

  3. Democrat Civil War: Going to the Mattresses?

    by Paul A. Rahe

    Back in mid-June, Leslie Gelb floated an idea in an op-ed piece that he published in The Wall Street Journal. After the midterms, he argued, when Robert Gates resigned his position as Secretary of Defense, Hillary Clinton should be given the job in preparation for making her the Democratic vice-presidential nominee in 2012. As a booby prize – Gelb spoke, of course, in more flattering terms – Joe Biden could be made Secretary of State.

    Apart from fact that it requires one to suppose that a man known as “loose lips,” notorious for blurting out the first thing that comes into his mind, would make a decent Secretary of State, Gelb’s suggestion made a certain amount of sense. President Obama was no longer popular; Hillary Clinton and her husband Bill had a considerable following that would be far more likely to come to the polls in 2012 if she were on the ticket; and it had long been obvious that Barack Obama held his Vice-President in contempt.

    With these facts in mind, in a post back in July, I noted the criticism leveled at President Obama by erstwhile supporters of Hillary Clinton such as Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell and James Carville. And I then raised the possibility that President Obama might seize upon the occasion of Chelsea Clinton’s wedding to catch her father at a time when, as everyone knows, a man from Arkansas can deny no one a favor and that he might then close the deal suggested by Gelb and get the husband of his Secretary of State to call off the attack dogs unleashed by the Clinton family.

    Soon thereafter, however, I learned that Chelsea and her intended – the son of a former Congressman convicted on 31 counts of bank fraud, mail fraud, and wire fraud and known to law enforcement agencies as Fast-Talkin’ Eddie – had chosen not to invite the current President of the United States to their wedding. In an update to my post noting this ominous fact, I speculated that this might mean that Slick Willie, Fast-Talkin’ Eddie, and the Ragin’ Cajun were planning to go to the mattresses.

    In the last few days, three events of interest have taken place, which throw light on the maneuvers taking place. Soon after Bob Woodward of The Washington Post reported that the switch envisaged by Gelb was “on the table,” Joe Biden announced that Barack Obama had asked him to serve again as his running mate and that he had agreed to do so. Then, Obama himself described his original selection of Biden as his running mate back in 2008 as “the single best decision I have made,” and Bill Clinton made it known that, in the next two weeks, he hoped to do at least one campaign “stop for everybody that helped Hillary run for president.”

    If you want to make a quick killing, you might want to lay in a mattress or two – for early next year there may be a run on this item. It is, of course, possible that the Clintons have their eyes on 2016, but I would not rule out 2012. Hillary is no spring chicken. The clock is ticking. And the Democratic Party is going to take a terrible pasting on 2 November. Next to no one in the party apparatus, apart from those who owe their jobs to our current President, is happy with his performance right now. How will they feel on 3 November? If they think Obama a liability, I cannot imagine that Hillary will tell them that she is no longer interested in becoming President of the United States.

    http://biggovernment.com/prahe/2010/10/18/democrat-civil-war-going-to-the-mattresses/

  4. How Obama sabotaged Middle East peace talks

    For 15 years and more, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas conducted peace talks with Israel in the absence of a freeze on Jewish settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Now, it appears as likely as not that his newborn negotiations with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu — and their goal of agreement on a Palestinian state within a year — will expire because of Abbas’s refusal to talk in the absence of such a freeze.

    The Palestinian president’s stand has frustrated a lot of people — including his own prime minister, Salaam Fayyad, and the president of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak, both of whom have said that the settlement issue should not be an obstacle to the negotiations. At a recent dinner in Washington, Fayyad pointed out that any building in the settlements during the next year would have no effect on the outcome of the talks or the future Palestinian state.

    So why does Abbas stubbornly persist in his self-defeating position? In an interview with Israeli television Sunday night, he offered a remarkably candid explanation: “When Obama came to power, he is the one who announced that settlement activity must be stopped,” he said. “If America says it and Europe says it and the whole world says it, you want me not to say it?”

    The statement confirmed something that many Mideast watchers have suspected for a long time: that the settlement impasse originated not with Netanyahu or Abbas, but with Obama — who by insisting on an Israeli freeze has created a near-insuperable obstacle to the peace process he is trying to promote.

    A standoff between Obama and Netanyahu over settlements paralyzed Middle East diplomacy for more than a year, while Abbas happily watched from the sidelines. Netanyahu finally announced a 10-month, partial moratorium on new settlement construction. In July, following a meeting at the White House, it looked like the U.S. and Israeli leaders had overcome their differences. Obama said nothing about settlements afterward, and instead urged Abbas to begin direct talks with Netanyahu.

    Yet to the surprise of both Netanyahu and some in his own administration, Obama reintroduced the settlement issue. First in a press conference and then in his September address to the UN General Assembly, he called on the Israeli government to extend the settlement moratorium, which expired on Sept. 26. In doing so, he made it impossible for Abbas not to make the same demand.

    In his television interview, Abbas said that Netanyahu had told him that he could not extend the settlement moratorium without causing his right-wing government to collapse. So both leaders are trapped. Netanyahu is a hostage to his cabinet; and Abbas is the prisoner of Obama’s misguided rhetoric.

    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/postpartisan/2010/10/_for_15_years_and.html

  5. I’ve said repeatedly that it does NOT help Obama or the Dimocrats for Bill to campaign for them. It’s a matter of contrast. No matter what is coming out of Bill’s mouth in any given speech, the impression the listener is left with is this: “This is what a democrat ought to be. And none of these fools in office are anywhere close.”

    It’s like sending a juicy steak to campaign for dogfood. Once you see that steak sizzle, and smell that aroma, it matters not that the steak is exhorting you that the dogfood is nutritious. One’s appetite for dogfood is oddly not stirred. Quite the contrary.

    Bill knows exactly what he is doing.

  6. Okay, this is the sort of thing that loses credibility, at least with me.

    The writer drags in the father of Chelsea’s fiance — then talks like he was some sort of equal partner with Bill and Carville.

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    Soon thereafter, however, I learned that Chelsea and her intended – the son of a former Congressman convicted on 31 counts of bank fraud, mail fraud, and wire fraud and known to law enforcement agencies as Fast-Talkin’ Eddie – had chosen not to invite the current President of the United States to their wedding. In an update to my post noting this ominous fact, I speculated that this might mean that Slick Willie, Fast-Talkin’ Eddie, and the Ragin’ Cajun were planning to go to the mattresses.

  7. turndown, conservative sources are always going to throw in some gratuitous crap. You have to ignore it – it’s where their mindset is, and where they are coming from. That doesn’t mean that their analysis and observation of what is going on politically are unreliable.

    There are those on the conservative side who are astute observers of the political process, good analysts of the gamesmanship of it all. One can glean from that without swallowing whole their point of view.

  8. It (the Obama Administration) should get credit for averting another Great Depression.
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    That is the tripe you hear now from dimocrats. It is pure sophistry. And it needs to be not only challenged but decimated–for two reasons:

    1. first, the actions that prevented or postponed a depression did not emanate from Obama or his Administration. To my knowledge, the single action that prevented a more dramatic economic contraction was the TARP program. That action was taken by the Federal Reserve during the Bush Administration. And it probably did save the economy at that moment in time–since you cannot have an economy without a viable banking system. But Obama had nothing to do with that.

    2. second, since Obama took office, the unemployment rate has risen from 8% to nearly 10%. Part of that may be the momnentum generated prior to that time, but the policies he shoved down the throats of the American People have failed to address the root causes of the collapse, while adding sufficient uncertainty to the business outlook that major corporations have parked $3.2 trillion in cash rather than investing it in the economy. Meawhile, chastened banks are reluctant to lend.

    3. third, Obama himself refuses to confront reality. Like Captain Nemo in chase of Moby Dick, Obama sees land where there is no land, economy where there is no economy, and he surrounds himself with left wing academics rather than businessmen. Messiah Obama who has never run so much as a hotdog stand declares himself an economist, and when the schemes he devises like the stimulus plan create inextinguishable debt he hardly seems to notice.

    In sum, far from saving the country from a depression, Messiah Obama has proven himself to be a blind man in a dark room looking for a black cat that is not there. Chuck Todd may not get it; George Step and Fetch it may not get it; and other scions of big media may not get it. But the country gets it. The country that is too ignorant to know what they know, while they are too ignorant to know what the country knows, whether in spite of or because of the Harvard degrees.

  9. I’ve said repeatedly that it does NOT help Obama or the Dimocrats for Bill to campaign for them. It’s a matter of contrast. No matter what is coming out of Bill’s mouth in any given speech, the impression the listener is left with is this: “This is what a democrat ought to be. And none of these fools in office are anywhere close.
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    Very true. Bill was at a disadvantage before because he had a record to defend and his enemies were free to cherry pick it to death, rather than confronting his record as a whole, which was the real success story of the post world war II era, even more so than the Reagan era. Now however, it is different. Obama has a record of his own to defend, and the rhetoric which was the only frame of reference before has lost its luster. The comparison can now be made between Bill’s record and Obama’s record. Also, they can be compared in terms of reaching people. Obama looks at a room full of people and he sees an audience of rubes. His exact words to a confidane still ring in my ears: “I can make them believe anything I want them to believe’. How different it is with Clinton. Bill looks at that same room and sees a group of friends some of who he has met, and others who he hopes to meet in the future. With Bill there is a connection. With Obama there is no connection. Finally, as Fineman notes, Bill has that wonderful ability to simplify that which is complex, whereas Professor Obama merely lectures–as in Harvard faculty lounge.

  10. I live in St. Pete and will TRY and go see The Big Dawg tomorrow. I have never had the pleasure. I’ve MET the SoS on several occasions, and the thought of making it a “family affair” just tickles me…..Pink!

    If I get in, I shall be sure to report back!

  11. Today’s mail brought a plethora of campaign material. The piece from Bill Clinton angered me, but I will reserve comment until after I’ve digested this post. Instead, I offer you this, which lines up pretty well with wbboei’s mental illness assessments:

    In short, nearly halfway through his term, Obama still doesn’t get it. He’s clueless about his massive failures, which means, if he’s given the chance, we can expect more of them. The interview with The New York Times magazine for the Sunday, October 17 issue is nonetheless enlightening. Most important, it shows that Obama’s public display of confidence to the point of arrogance isn’t an act. He really believes his own b.s. In his eyes, his only mistakes — he calls them “tactical lessons” — were limited to not paying enough attention to politics and “marketing and p.r. and public opinion.”
    h t t p://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2010/10/18/michael-goodwin-obama-new-york-times-peter-baker-white-house-mistakes/

  12. Norma Desmond
    October 18th, 2010 at 2:39 pm

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    I am green with envy…lol… I can’t wait to hear back from you on this event.

  13. Desperation at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

    By Armstrong Williams – 10/18/10

    The desperation at the White House these final weeks before Election Day is almost palpable.

    For some strange reason, Democrats, led by Obama’s political team, believe they have an election winner in charging Republicans with laundering foreign donations into domestic campaigns.

    The proof? They have none, but that hasn’t gotten in the way of some bizarre storyline they’re peddling that millions of Chinese and God-knows-from-who-else dollars are undermining elections this year.

    The Hill had two strong stories on the matter yesterday, following yet another salvo by White House senior adviser David Axelrod during his Sunday talk show circuit. If you recall, Axelrod fired these same charges last Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” When asked by host Bob Schieffer to offer any evidence that proved groups such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce were filtering the foreign money, Axelrod replied, “How do you know they’re not?” To wit, Schieffer replied, “Is that the best you got?”

    Again this Sunday, Axelrod said the burden of proof was on groups such as the Chamber to disprove his allegation. Huh?

    Let’s assume for a moment the American people even know what folks like Axelrod, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs and others are alleging. They’re basing this argument in part on a Supreme Court ruling earlier this year. Clearly, Obama himself was upset by that ruling, and he’s hell-bent on using some real-life example of the consequences. The only problem is, no one knows anything about this, let alone understands it.

    Yet instead of letting the issue go because it clearly has no political traction, Axelrod and other White House cronies continue to parrot the nonsense.

    To me, it threatens to undermine the good credibility of folks such as Gibbs, who is largely respected in his role. Instead of pushing an agenda every Democrat can get behind, such as how the health law seems to be working (their view, not mine), Gibbs chose to call out a Chamber lobbyist by name and tussle with NBC host David Gregory on the veracity of such allegations. C’mon, such back-and-forth is beneath the Office of White House Press Secretary. Would Mike McCurry be seen doing such a thing? Marlin Fitzwater?

    The irony of this entire ploy of desperation is Democrats are not entirely sinless on these same allegations. The White House to this day will not disclose certain names of its donors during Obama’s presidential run, nor pressure its allies such as Big Labor to do the same with their donations in this cycle.

    Either way, Democrats running for reelection this year need far more help than half-cocked misfires when there are so many other issues and policy challenges worth debating and contrasting for the American voter.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/the-administration/124625-desperation-at-1600-pennsylvania-ave

  14. Susan Rice to the Pentagon??? I guess stupid is as stupid does.

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    3 Women to Watch in the New White House

    Oct 18 2010

    As President Obama contemplates governing after November 2, he has several times reminded his senior staff that he would like to see more women in positions of authority. That’s not just for the sake of appearances, in the president’s mind: it’s that he is sensitive to, and accepts, to some degree, the criticism, that his turret of top staff has become too male and cloistered. (Senior adviser Valerie Jarrett is the obvious exception, but she does not want to become Obama’s next chief of staff).

    So who might be promoted in the White House of Obama, 2.0?

    Democrats connected with the White House say that Carol Browner, currently, the president’s senior adviser on energy and the environment, and the former EPA secretary under President Clinton, is a plausible candidate to be appointed White House chief of staff next year. Browner, 59, has no national security experience, but that qualification isn’t a prerequisite for a chief of staff. She has more than enough experience dealing with Congress, with the rest of the government, and is a subject matter expert on the subject that will occupy a considerable amount of the President’s attention in the next two years. More recently, Browner supervised the response to the BP oil well spill, and the President is said to think that she did a terrific job with the limited sets of tools the government turned out to have. Browner knows the administrative rule-making process, and there will be plenty of that over the next two years. Finally, as anyone who knows Browner can attest to, she can be tough. (CNN’s Ed Henry reported over the weekend that Pete Rouse, the current chief of staff, could stay on through the 2012 elections.)

    There’s a cadre of characters in the Pentagon who are convinced that Obama will ask his undersecretary for policy, Michele Flournoy, to be his next Secretary of Defense when Robert Gates steps down next year. Flournoy played a significant role in the Afghanistan-Pakistan policy review, although her name was largely absent from Bob Woodward’s account of the process. That’s either because Flournoy figured out how to help Woodward without self-aggrandizement, or because Woodward simply missed her contributions to the debate. (My suspicion is on the former.)

    Flournoy is a scholar, a strategist identified with neo-liberalism and brass-knuckle bureaucrat wrapped in one, and she’s a Democrat. That’s important, because Obama has told several people — and this is reflected in the Obama canon — that he never again wants Democrats to fear the Defense Department and vice-versa. Flournoy, former president of the Center for New American Security , the nursery for many senior national security officials, has been a professor at the National Defense University, and was a senior policy and strategy adviser for President Clinton.

    Flournoy, as USD(P), is on point to handle the coming integration of openly gay people into the military, the implementation of changes identified in the Quadrennial Policy Review, and has subject matter expertise in threat reduction, which means she’ll make sure Obama’s non-proliferation policy is pursued aggressively. Speaking of aggressive, she can be, when she needs to be, especially with generals and admirals. Obama trusts Gates, who has helped the president build a more solid relationship with many four star officers. Flournoy has a good relationship with many of them, and butts heads with others.

    Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, has known Obama longer than both Browner and Flournoy, and will almost certainly be promoted from her position soon. A friend calls her a “knife-fighter” who would bring a fresh set of eyes to the Pentagon. Rice’s SecDef credentials will be immediately questioned because she has little direct defense experience. (Her deputy would be therefore become an important ambassador to the building.) Rice was Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs under Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, and a conscience of Obama’s early foreign policy brain trust. She participated in every major White House meeting on Afghanistan and Pakistan, has not managed to become a self-promoter (Obama likes this a lot), was more responsible for Obama’s National Security Strategy and for his non-proliferation endeavors like the Nuclear Security Summit than has been reported.

    http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2010/10/3-women-to-watch-in-the-new-white-house/64682/

  15. Rep. Paul Ryan is a republican that I have said before is going to be a big threat in the future to the Dems. Why? Because he’s smart. I disagree with him on a lot of stuff, but he can lay out his ideas logically better than any repub I’ve seen. He’s young, he’s cute, and he’s an economic wonk. This long and chart-heavy, but is worth a look, just to see how well he comes across.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioDKRmV8YxI

  16. hese days there is almost an Old Testament, milk-and-honey reverence for that economic record, at least as expressed by former Kentucky Sen. Wendell Ford. An old-school podium pounder, Ford — stooped but still strong voiced at 86 — talked of the former president in messianic terms. “Bill Clinton found us the path to gold!” he shouted. The crowd of 2,000, most of them students, didn’t laugh. They seemed to think he was right.
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    Most of them students . . .

  17. Addendum to my 2:45 comment.
    Admin, you covered it all. To my chagrin I now realize that commenting ahead of your post, excellent as always, was a mistake. 🙁
    Lesson hopefully learned.

    I can wonder aloud, though, what Congress will do during O’s vacation. Earlier vaca’s were cancelled to make certain the boyz on the hill did his bidding. At this point, does he have any bidding(s) and will the boyz be inclined to oblige?

  18. Susan Rice to the Pentagon??? I guess stupid is as stupid does
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    Relax. It is just Ambinder. He is a jurnolister, and is known to be an idiot.

  19. I love, love, love this post Admin.

    High fives to you.

    The ‘list’ is something that all Hillary supporters have in their heads…..the people that need to be taken out.

    I was pretty depressed lately with all the negative ads, and lies passed on tv, but your post today Admin, gave me the lift I needed. Thank you for that!

  20. #
    Norma Desmond
    October 18th, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    I live in St. Pete and will TRY and go see The Big Dawg tomorrow. I have never had the pleasure. I’ve MET the SoS on several occasions, and the thought of making it a “family affair” just tickles me…..Pink!

    If I get in, I shall be sure to report back!

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    By all means, go if you can. I saw the Big Dawg for the first time, about 6 months ago, and he was even more impressive than I ever imagined. When he was driving out, he and I exchanged words, 4 feet away from one another. He knew how much I cared about him and Hillary. It made my year.

    Many of my Bay Area PUMA friends went to see Hillary speak at the Commonwealth Club, they even have personal photos and wrote up how wonderful she was, and she looks great.
    I can’t begin to tell you how jealous I am. While I was in Denver, 2008…I never got to see Hillary in person…

  21. After Recovery Summer comes the curse of Obama, i.e. the Fall, the double dip and the demise of the congressional lackies who betrayed their constituents. To which Obama says: what, me worry? Larry tells it how it is:
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    The Economy In Serious Trouble

    -So much for “recovery summer.” We are in double dip recession territory. A couple of articles you ought to read (in case you have missed them). First, from Bloomberg, U.S. production is down:

    Production in the U.S. unexpectedly dropped in September for the first time in more than a year, evidence of the slowdown in growth that is concerning some Federal Reserve policy makers.

    Output at factories, mines and utilities fell 0.2 percent, the first decline since the recession ended in June 2009, according to figures from the Fed today. Another report showed builders were less pessimistic than projected this month.

    Slackening production means it will take longer for the economy to make a dent in the excess capacity that is containing prices and prompting Fed Chairman Ben S. Bernanke to consider additional monetary stimulus. Improving demand from overseas and gains in business investment indicate orders at manufacturers like Alcoa Inc. will not weaken much more.

    Anyone, except the died in the wool Obama kool aid slurpers, knows that reduced production means further job losses.

    But the grim news does not stop there. There is the foreclosure Tsunami that will also help strangle any signs of economic life. Larry Doyle put out an excellent piece the other day (click here) detailing the mess. Today’s Washington Post, The Echo of Empty Homes, provides an upclose look at how the foreclosure crisis is choking off a full fledged recovery:

    Across the country, major financial companies such as Bank of America, J.P. Morgan Chase and Ally Financial have placed a moratorium on foreclosures in many states and slowed the process in others, saying time is needed to review court documents used in the cases.
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    While some judges in the Washington region have begun reviewing foreclosure cases for irregularities, there has yet to be the kind of broad moratorium that is starting to upend the real estate market elsewhere.

    Few places are feeling the impact more than Florida, where foreclosures and short sales account for more than one out of every three home sales. . . .

    What most scares Marc Joseph, the seller’s agent trying to unload the house on Oakley Avenue, is the quiet.

    The phones have stopped ringing. The e-mails have tapered off. Over the past two years he has run highly publicized bus tours of foreclosed properties for prospective buyers, but he canceled them because of the lack of interest. His bright-green bus sits idle out front as cars whiz by on Cape Coral Parkway.

    “Everything,” he said, “is dead silent.” . . .

    Next door to Joseph’s office is Flagler Insurance, where Ron Scalzo works as director of marketing and sales. More than half the business consists of home insurance on newly purchased foreclosures, most of them referrals from Joseph.

    Until last month, the firm was writing 25 to 30 new policies a month. Scalzo would have had a shot at writing insurance for the house on Oakley Avenue, as well as for others coming down the pike.

    But since the start of this month, the company has written only three new policies on foreclosure sales.

    I just came back from an extended trip to Arizona and New Mexico. Out west the inventory of unsold homes is growing. You cannot get a loan to buy a piece of property. You cannot get a loan to build a house, at least in New Mexico. The price of construction in Arizona has fallen almost 50% and even then builders are sitting around with little to do.

    All of this is the legacy of Barack Obama economics, not Bush. The Democrats have been in charge of Congress for four years and Obama, with historic majorities in both houses of Congress, has jammed thru a raft of spending packages that have driven this nation to the verge of bankruptcy. The economy is in serious trouble and we are in for some tougher times ahead.———————————————————————————————————

  22. Nevada Swinging Sharon Angles Way
    Red State Blog
    Posted by Neil Stevens (Profile)
    Monday, October 18th at 3:00PM EDT

    For a while now I’ve been calling the Nevada Senate race tied. Before the primary, Repbublican Sharron Angle led comfortably. Right after the primary, Democrat Harry Reid won 9 of 10 polls. Then came a stretch of polls in the last few weeks of September which included 3 Reid leads, 3 Angle leads, and 2 ties. That was what I easily called a tied race.

    But now we’re in a new era of the race, and I’m pretty comfortable in saying Sharron Angle has taken a slight edge.

    It’s still a tight race, make no mistake. A result like Rasmussen’s newest at Angle 50, Reid 47 (MoE 4) only marks the race a 64/46 split, so by itself it’s not indicative of a trend. But Angle has now led 7 of the 9 polls in October, a distinct difference from that rollercoaster September.

    Angle’s not a head by a large amount, but it’s clear to me she’s ahead. That could definitely go either way though, as I expect big money to go into this state from both sides this month

  23. Both Obamas are boors and liars (the velvet rope 9/11 excuse is an out and out lie). Bill and Hillary took photos with everyone, as did George and Laura. Barack and Michele are boors:

    http://www.wwd.com/fashion-news/obamas-social-style-has-dc-grumbling-3340201?module=today#/article/fashion-news/obamas-social-style-has-dc-grumbling-3340201?page=1

    A new feature in the ever-evolving bag of White House party props is causing more trouble than Nancy Reagan’s tablecloth crisis or Harry Truman’s fuss about doilies and finger bowls. To be sure, President Obama and the First Lady have agreed to honor donors to some of the nation’s top cultural institutions with an ongoing string of pre-gala, black-tie receptions. But they’ve also taken a big step back when it comes to their body language — WAY back. In fact, so far back that they’re behind a campaign-style rope line.

    Instead of welcoming guests in a formal receiving line with a White House photographer on hand to help visitors capture their historic moment, or simply strolling through the Red, Blue and Green rooms chatting informally with invitees, the Obamas prefer to stand in a designated spot, such as one end of the East Room or in the Grand Foyer, safely positioned behind a red velvet rope. The kind of red velvet rope clubs use to keep out the riffraff. From there, the presidential couple smiles, chats, makes eye contact and waves as their guests jockey for position to touch their hands. No mingling.

    “For a campaign rally, sure, that’s fine. But not for the White House,’’ says one museum board member who, like many, requested anonymity. “Every president — Bill Clinton, both Bushes, the Reagans — they would always have a quick receiving line. Each couple would be formally announced. A few words would be exchanged. But this President thinks he is such a rock star. It’s like he’s inviting guests to the White House just to snub them.” [snip]

    No one is buying the Obama White House shtick that George W. and Laura Bush started greeting guests from behind a red velvet rope line ever since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. [snip]

    Another Obama White House aide, unable to explain why pre-gala guests, many of whom have worked in the White House, needed to be held behind a rope line, fretted, “The Obamas might be mobbed.’’ [snip]

    “It just doesn’t seem very hospitable to me,’’ continues Malek. “It’s their way, and each president has his own way of greeting people. For some people, it doesn’t matter. They just love being in the White House. I like it the other way.”

    Malek isn’t alone. Asked about this year’s Dec. 6 White House reception for the Kennedy Center Honors gala (which will award Sir Paul McCartney, Oprah Winfrey, Merle Haggard, Bill T. Jones and Jerry Herman), a veteran Kennedy Center board member privately confides, “I’m sending in my check, but I’m not going to the White House.”

  24. Yeah, the rope line thing was not the Bushes common practice, that’s bullcrap. I remember seeing clips of WH events on the news, of both the Clintons and the Bushes, and they were mingling and joking with their guests.

    Do these idiots think that none of ever watched news in the past 10 years, or that we’ve forgotten it if we did?

  25. Wbboei “…Like Captain Nemo in chase of Moby Dick, …”

    LOL. That, as you know, was Ahab. But like Obama, Ahab never listened to his crew either.

  26. Admin: I sent an email with your posting today attached to the party identified below:

    Hi Jerry:

    I am a subscriber to the Wall Street Journal, and an independent voter. You are the Washington Bureau Chief. In the opening paragraph of todays paper you say: “Democrats are riding the back of President Barack Obama in a last-lap attempt to contain damage in the midterm elections, and for good reason: Bruised though he may be, the president remains the best asset Democrats have.” The best asset? Jerry, you may be too close to the trees to see the forest. Here is what I believe you are missing while others are “catching up”. There is a whole drama unfolding here and you among others are missing it.. Feinman is finally catching on. As Justice Frankfurter once said we should never despair when wisdom comes late because too often it never comes at all.

  27. Interesting. Remember when no one would publish a photo of Obama that was not soft-focus and flattering? Ah, the Obots pine for the days of Whine and Hopium….

    Take a look at the photos on Drudge now – he looks like a desperate maniac:

    http:/www.drudgereport.com

  28. #
    JanH
    October 18th, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    Shadowfax,

    I believe I posted a few clips on the last thread of Hillary at the Commonwealth Club.
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    Cool Jan, I will go back and look for them.

  29. I logged in to announce the Kucinich poll numbers, but I see it has already been taken care of by the admin. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT? THE LOSER MAY ACTUALLY LOSE! Personally, I don’t hate the man. He says things that sometimes need to be said, at least to get the conversation started, but he definitely seems to have a screw loose. I hope this is the beginning of the end for him as far as politics is concerned.

    I also wanted to comment on this post. I am one of the people that gets peeved when I see Bill campaigning for Democrats. I look at this a little differently. I like Bill Clinton very much. I may have written this before, but I actually like him more than Hillary. That doesn’t mean that I don’t like Hillary, it’s just that I find Bill more personable, and more at ease in his skin when it comes to the people. Anyway, when I see Bill campaigning, and I believe that I understand what he is doing is not showing support for Øbama or his policies, but showing support for those who genuinely supported Hillary in her bid for the democratic nomination for president, I still have this disgust within. It has everything to do with the fact that he is in a sense still indirectly helping the Democratic party name, even if he is doing it by helping the “good” Democrats. Maybe I am a little to caught up in the idea of the destruction of the Democratic party to get beyond this. I also think that I am not ready to support Democrats so soon, if ever again. I may or I may not in the future, but the way I feel today is let them burn in their own special hell. Now, if you talk about a new party made up of anti-Øbama democrats, and others, then that is a different story. Hats off the Bill for being the man. I just wish that I could stomach the thought, for example, that someone like Jerry Brown, who just indicated that he supports free university educations for illegal immigrants, may be picking up additional support from those who have now seen Bill Clinton in his company, and are now going to vote for Jerry Brown, thinking that they are voting for someone like Bill Clinton, but getting Jerry Brown instead. Being in Bill’s presence might help these Democrats that I think should not be helped. Yuck.

  30. Norma Desmond
    October 18th, 2010 at 5:33 pm
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    Superb. I merely had a name. The wrong name as it turned out. You provided the right name, found the video, and connected the dots. Bill Clinton is the quarry Obama is chasing, can never catch and destroys himself and his crew as he trails behind the flotsam and jestsom. Life imitates art. Very good.

  31. The following is from the comment area of Hillbuzz for a post in which people were asked to write about what they have witnessed on the ground in the different areas of the country. I found this particular comment interesting.

    son of awcomeonnow Says:

    October 18, 2010 at 10:54 am
    If the yard signs are any indication, Hank (“Guam would capsize”) Johnson might be going bye bye here in Georgia. All of the Hank Johnson signs are around minority apartment complex corridors, and there aren’t that many.
    I live off a cut through main road that links three towns. Two are heavily minority, the other is majority white. There’s at least 50 Liz Carter yard signs out in a one mile radius vs 3 for Hank Johnson.
    Wait: it gets better. Our area is extremely racially and ethnically mixed. The Hank Johnson signs are in the yards of old liberals, while Liz Carter signs are sitting in the yards of black, Ethiopian,
    Mexican, El Salvadoran, Eritrean, and white neighbors.
    Ahhh, diversity!!!! (LOL)
    PS Wouldn’t trade most of my neighbors for anything. Different people, same page.

  32. Nomobama
    …I like Bill Clinton very much. I may have written this before, but I actually like him more than Hillary. That doesn’t mean that I don’t like Hillary, it’s just that I find Bill more personable, and more at ease in his skin when it comes to the people.

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    Maybe this is more of a gender thing, I think possibly women are more in-tune with Hillary’s manner because they understand a woman having to work in a ‘man’s world’. Many of us have been though this in our fields and are good at reading the tea leaves of her behavior? Bill is out there with his emotions, his drive and sparkle because in men, this is seen as drive and competence, where as, many men feel uncomfortable seeing this in a woman?

    Maybe the discomfort you sense in Hillary is her having to walk this tightrope?

  33. Obama to appear on an episode of MYTHBUSTERS???

    http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/10/18/obama-to-appear-on-mythbusters-for-heat-ray-test/

    Oh gawd. Has anyone ever seen a sitting president do things so beneath the office in an attempt to remain cool and relevant?

    I love Mythbusters (especially the crash dummies), but the POTUS has no business stooping to pop culture to that degree. I like my presidents approachable, yes, but still with a little dignity.

    Do whatever you like while campaigning. But have a little respect for the office once you have it.

  34. HillaryforTexas
    October 18th, 2010 at 7:06 pm
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    I totally agree with you. Next we will see bambi and meme have their own reality show…while still in office.

  35. JanH, the narcissist must have his public adulation fix, but it’s been cut off and and he is jonesing for it bigtime.

  36. Nomobama: “I like Bill Clinton… more than Hillary… more personable, and more at ease in his skin when it comes to the people.

    Shadowfax: “Maybe this is more of a gender thing, I think possibly women are more in-tune with Hillary’s manner because they understand a woman having to work in a ‘man’s world’…. Maybe the discomfort you sense in Hillary is her having to walk this tightrope?”
    ****

    I don’t think Hillary walks a tightrope, in her own mind, anyway. She was brought up a tomboy, played with the boys and has always played with the boys. She’s used to that. However, she instinctively eschews “pressing the flesh” and was criticized for this by her own staff in the 2007 part of her campaign. People around her realized that she was coming across as cold and standoffish, and told her to change, which she did. They went further, and put up a website called “The Hillary I know” (still available on the net) where people witnessed to Hillary’s unknown private side. Hillary has always come across as “cold” in public.

    “The Hillary I know” did little to dispel this impression. However, it must be said that there is really a sharp distinction between private and public life with Hillary. I know this from personal experience:

    In mid-2003, I was walking in front of the Capitol building with a very bright 17-year old girl, M, who was a Manhattan resident. It was about 7 pm, and suddenly the girl broke out with “Senator Clinton!” and introduced herself in a few words as a 9/11 victim that Hillary had helped. As I stood looking on, the two of them went on talking and joking, joking, joking for what seemed to be about 10 minutes, sharing stories about New York.

    It was obvious that Hillary and M warmed to each other immediately while I stood by dumb-struck by Hillary’s inevitable gravitas. But this is not a “gender thing.” If it had been any other Senator or Representative, man or woman, I wouldn’t even have noticed the person coming down the steps. It’s the ‘gravitas’ – that sense of a respect or awe due to a person who deserves it. Hillary gets that wherever she goes. I’ve met her again 3 times and it was only the last time, when she recognized me physically (not difficult) but also took a stab at my name, that I was able to come out with an intelligible sentence.

    I also had the pleasure of meeting Bill for the first time in 2006, and I use the word “pleasure” in contradistinction to “awe”. I even managed to get a few words out this first time, so I was not dumb-struck as I was with Hillary. Bill makes penetrating eye contact (like Hillary), but I just felt like I could say just about anything and get a thoughtful, philosopher-king type reply. You can feel Bill thinking. He hangs on your words. With Hillary, when she’s listening, you get the feeling she’s asking “Now, what can I do for you, sir?” which is a more matter-of-fact approach that made me a little nervous and very watchful of what I said.

  37. Clinton opens her door for showcase of North’s talent

    FRANCESS McDONNELL
    Tue, Oct 19, 2010

    BELFAST BRIEFING: JOBS, JOBS, jobs – that is what Northern Ireland is hoping for today when Hillary Clinton throws open her State Department building to host its first regional economic conference.

    The event is designed to showcase Northern Ireland’s talents, opportunities that exist and to put potential investors face to face with existing US investors and the North’s political elite.

    It is going to be a very different affair from the high-profile US:NI investment conferences which have taken place in the past few years, chiefly on Northernsoil. This time around will be more intimate, cards-on-the-table affair.

    For a start, instead of the cast of thousands which normally characterises these events, this conference will have a guest list of less than 100. There will be 16 high-ranking US business people who will explain in detail their experiences of investing in Northern Ireland. The likes of Thomas Wilson, the chief executive of Allstate, a leading financial institution, will discuss how it became one of the biggest IT companies in the North with more than 1,550 employees.

    Duncan L Niederauer, the chief executive officer of NYSE Euronext, a global operator of financial markets, will be talking about his “very positive” experiences when it comes to its Belfast operation.

    Armagh native and Fortune 500 heavyweight Ted Kelly, chairman, chief executive and president of Liberty Mutual, will also be on hand to talk up his homeland’s attractions.

    It is hoped the 16 “honest to goodness” testimonies about what makes Northern Ireland stand out from its global competitors could seal the deal on securing new investment dollars. Northern Ireland’s political leaders are out in force in Washington, with First Minister Peter Robinson, Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, Minster for Enterprise Arlene Foster and Minister for Employment Reg Empey all in attendance for a golden opportunity to sell Northern Ireland. It is an opportunity they had better make the most of because, back home, there is an air of trepidation that the Conservative-Lib Dem coalition will take away billions in financial support to the North.

    American companies employ 14,000 people in the North. As McGuinness recognises, they not only play a vital role in the North’s economy today but they are the “key to our economic future and the creation of prosperity for all”.

    Clinton’s generous offer to host the economic conference gives Northern Ireland an opportunity to bring the proverbial mountain to Muhammad. According to Declan Kelly, the Clinton- appointed special economic envoy to the North, it gives the North’s politicians and business leaders the chance to meet influential executives on their home soil.

    “The fact this event is taking place in the State Department sends a very important message; it’s the first time this type of regional economic conference has taken place, it is a unique moment . . . The fact the conference is in the US makes it easier to get busy people to come to it,” Kelly said.

    He admits there is an air of expectation surrounding the conference as there has been around past events of this nature. The fact that there was not a deluge of jobs immediately from previous conferences is an issue he is keen to address.

    “This conference is about delivering jobs and investment. I have spent every day of the last six months making sure we get the ready people at this conference. I am confident there will be positive outcomes, but this is also not about the short term.”

    Kelly believes the special relationship between the North the US, and on a more personal level with the Clintons, is not something money can buy. It may help balance out one of the issues he believes the North needs to overcome: “Northern Ireland has a philosophy of talking itself down, there are some who believe that nothing good can come of efforts like this and that is just not the case. It has everything going for it – people, location, operating costs,” said Kelly.

    http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/finance/2010/1019/1224281443416.html

  38. The only difference being that Pelosi deserves it while Hillary never did.

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    Nancy Pelosi Catches the Anger Once Aimed at Hillary Clinton

    By Jamie Stiehm
    Posted: October 18, 2010

    Those with all the rage against Hillary Clinton and her brilliant political career have shifted their focus to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, the California Democrat.

    This is the first, maybe not the last, election cycle when Pelosi is the Republicans’ favorite whipping post, and not only in close House races. The hostility toward her is palpable in political ads, on hateful talk radio, and stump speeches from as far north as Wisconsin down to the Deep South. She’s not officially on any ballot as speaker, but opponents have framed the midterm as a national referendum on her along with the president.

    The subtext is: Ladies and gentlemen, this San Francisco liberal is running the country’s business. (That’s putting it politely.) She’ll take us off the deep end. Strangely, the Republican campaign strategy and rhetoric is not as personal against President Barack Obama himself. To be sure, he takes lots of hits every day out there. But there’s something about Pelosi that some love to hate. It’s all the rage this political season.

    What could it be? Let the record reflect Pelosi is a woman on the national stage who is extremely good at her job. We don’t have to hark back far to see that Hillary Clinton–as first lady, senator, and presidential candidate–absorbed the brunt of a lot of the same anger for about 15 years. Public sympathy for her developed during her husband’s impeachment–but when she refused to surrender late in the race against Obama in 2008, fury rained down on her in some quarters, among Democrats and Republicans alike, as if she didn’t know her place. In the end, Obama found the best place at the White House table for her: secretary of State. And now Clinton is riding high in approval ratings at home and abroad. For the most part, the American people are happy to have her just where she is.

    But those who made sport of vilifying Clinton found another target: the polished Pelosi, an unapologetic liberal who proved a force when it came to passing the House healthcare bill. Her political enemies got it wrong by writing her off as San Francisco liberal. In fact, she was born and raised in Baltimore, where her father was mayor. In a port city of ethnic enclaves, her family lived in Little Italy, where her father orchestrated the politics of that thriving Democratic stronghold.

    So Pelosi is as hard-headed as they come. She says she takes all the static–from those who want to take her down as speaker–as a compliment. In the ultimate proof of her her practicality, she tells House Democrats to oppose her if they want–just get re-elected.

    The speaker of the House can take the heat.

    http://politics.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/Jamie-Stiehm/2010/10/18/nancy-pelosi-catches-the-anger-once-aimed-at-Hillary-Clinton

  39. “The Obamas might be mobbed.’’
    ———————————-
    So the minions are feeding the ego of their masters.

  40. Shadowfax
    October 18th, 2010 at 6:56 pm
    ==================================

    It’s funny, but there was something mentioned in the admin’s article about the Clintons really being a single entity (if I understood what I read before), and that’s pretty much how I have viewed them since Bill Clinton’s presidency. Although Hillary is not a slouch in this department, I think Bill gives a better speech, and connects with the crowd a little bit better.

  41. JanH
    October 18th, 2010 at 8:57 pm
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    The author of the article that you posted is unfair as there is a big difference between Hillary, and Pelousy. First of all, Hillary is soooo much more intelligent. I have listened to Nancy Pelousy in the past, and I find her less than stellar in that department. She is a target today because people realize that she IS a real threat to the way that they currently live their lives. She is a hardnose, ideological fighter more than anything else. Now that people sense blood in the water, and some of it is coming from her direction, they are going for it. I don’t blame them because it is not beyond Nancy to be the same way in her political dealings. I don’t like her. If she was a he, I wouldn’t like him either. The attacks on Nancy are about Nancy, and the way she has dealt with the country’s business. The author makes an incorrect leap when he/she assumes that those who attacked Hillary are the exact same group attacking Pelousy now. Some probably are, but I never attacked Hillary during her years in the White House, yet I do let my anger fly sometimes when I think of Nancy Pelousy. I would imagine there are many more like me. And to think that I actually thought that Nancy Pelousy was going to be a great Speaker of the House when she was first elected. I was wrong in that regard.

  42. Okay, this made me laugh out loud. A commenter summing up (D )Manchin’s campaign in West Virginia, as he tries to out-republican the republican:

    Manchin: I’m a bitter clinger I swear!! Watch me shoot! Watch me pray!! I hate the environmentalists!! Build more walmarts!! Bitter bitter, clinger clinger–that’s me.

  43. jeswezey
    October 18th, 2010 at 8:01 pm
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    I can picture this as being the case. Is it that Hillary may be a little more intimidating because she seems more businesslike, and less socialable? That’s not to say that she will not hold conversation, or not be likeable. It’s just that it doesn’t always come forth as quickly as with Bill. With Bill, it’s instantaneous.

  44. Next we will see bambi and meme have their own reality show…while still in office.

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

    But that’s what they’re doing already!

  45. The author makes an incorrect leap when he/she assumes that those who attacked Hillary are the exact same group attacking Pelousy now.

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

    If it were true, the author could have found evidence in the archives of bloggers at places like Red State, and perhaps polls that asked the right questions.

  46. Bill’s a Southerner. Arkansas. I know a clerk just like him; everything’s a long unhurried personal conversation.

    Hillary came from further north.

  47. Jan, that is an incredible article you posted above in the Washington Post of all places, entitled “How Obama sabotaged Middle East peace”. By pushing the settlement issue front and center, by encouraging Abbas to dig in on the issue, he entrapped Bibbi with his right wing component of his coalition cabinet. He then tried to browbeat Bibi into submission only to find that Ed Koch and other Jewish leaders stateside did not think he should use Israel as his whipping boy. Then the crafty Obama tried to throw Hillary into the breach. Obama’s machinations created a one year impasse. Finally, when despite all this the process showed new signs of life, Obama reintroduced the settlement issue. In sum, he sabotaged the negotiations which were to have been the legacy of his presidency.

    If I did not know better I might say he does not know what he is doing. If I did not know better I might say he should be teaching How To Reach Impasse for Dummies. If I did not know better I might say he should be humming a few bars of this song with brass band accompaniment: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAR0XXqe5Rw

  48. I love Bill Clinton. He is from my home state and I feel a kinship with his “good ol’ boy” connecting with people. He’s a master at it. People are very friendly and helpful down home that’s for sure.

    But it does not matter one whip stitch to me if Hillary does not have that connecting quality Bill has. I don’t see it as a deteriment for her.

    Hillary has just what this country needs right now. We don’t need a rock star personality or an American Idol contestant. We need a work horse who is a policy wonk with great intelligence who is strong and tough and yet has the best interest of the regular American people at heart. That’s our Hillary and we need her NOW.

    Of course there is always the added bonus of having Bill as her husband. I never understood those who were goofy enough not to see that benefit.

  49. wbboei – upthread you were mentioning that Clinton can explain complicated issues well to voters, and Obama doesn’t. But how could he? He’s definitely not a wonk, and I don’t even believe he understands the first thing about what he pushes. (In his mind) he’s the “idea man”, he leaves it to others to cobble something together, then he reads words off a teleprompter. So, I don’t think he could explain something, because he doesn’t know the details, or how things are connected, or what ramifications something might have.

    Geez, I really hope this country gets its act together. We really used to value hard work and competence.

  50. http://blogs.abcnews.com/george/2010/10/carville-concedes-pelosi-may-be-out-even-if-dems-hold-on.html

    Some embattled House Democrats like Jim Marshall and Gene Taylor are running hard against their own party, vowing not to support Nancy Pelosi for Speaker. So I asked James Carville this morning if it’s possible that even a Democratic House might have a new Speaker.

    “It is…I’m a big Nancy Pelosi fan but I understand that Mr. Marshall has got to do what he has to do. It’s possible…if you get down to a three or four majority then people are trying to switch, making deals…we might not know for several days. It would be a very fun thing,” the Democratic strategist said.

    Like most New Orleans natives Carville is an armchair weatherman, so he offers this meteorological voter guide for Election Day.

    Category 3 hurricane: “30-40” Dem losses in the House. “And in the Senate you’re looking at maybe five Senate seats. That’s the best you can look for.”

    Category 4: “Lose 40 to 50 seats, that’s a Category 4.” “You hang on to some things, you know Carl Paladino won’t win.” (And Democrats hold Senate, losing 8-9 seats)

    Category 5: “If we lose 56 or better, that’s a Category 5. Then you’re going to be looking at 11 Republican Senators.”

  51. Shadowfax: “Maybe this is more of a gender thing, I think possibly women are more in-tune with Hillary’s manner because they understand a woman having to work in a ‘man’s world’. … because in men, this is seen as drive and competence, where as, many men feel uncomfortable seeing this in a woman? …..
    Hillary is … having to walk this tightrope?”

    Shadowfax, I think this was a very astute observation. Jeswezy mentioned personal observations of Hillary, but you could both be right. You spoke of what might be men’s perception of Hillary, and Jeswezy spoke of Hillary’s presentation around people.

    I’ve never had the honor of meeting Hillary, but I suspect that she might be “better” one-on-one than she is speaking to a crowd, if one is talking about “connection”. But she’s definitely good at speaking to crowds, if one is judging on knowledge and competence. But I understand that Bill might be better in both arenas in terms of connection.

    But, yes, I do think for many men (and some women who still are most comfortable with people behaving VERY narrowly “gender appropriately”), what they would consider competence in a man is seen as “coldness” in Hillary.

  52. wbboei – I knew you agreed, I just had to rant lol I’m just can’t get over how this country elected such an idiot.

  53. wbboei
    October 18th, 2010 at 10:31 pm
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    Exactly. This is what jbstonesfan and I have been yelling about. Obama opened pandora’s box and Abbas fell right in.

    Settlement growth should never have been a condition to the peace talks.

  54. In sum, he sabotaged the negotiations which were to have been the legacy of his presidency.
    ———————

    It is as though he is afraid he will have to share the credit with his SoS. He must have also thought HE can make the Israelis give in more than even the Palestinians expect. That would certainly give him a bigger legacy and make him the Messiah in the Muslim world. I also was surprised to see Abbas’ candid statement. In fact I think BC said how the Palestinian intransigence (Arafat walking away) caused Israeli govt to harden their resolve. And this community organizer thought he could break them.

  55. Well he certainly has a toothy smile (fit for a toothpaste commercial) and the way he turns it on for cameras is really creepy.

  56. Admin:

    “Mrs. Smith, a head of the class commentor, submitted an A+ response to the shocking headline. We have a few comments to add.’
    _______________________

    admin- you have me blushing! High praise coming from you is indeed a compliment. I often wonder where I would be if I had accepted the job offer to work for Hillary when she was running for Senator. I was offered the position when James and Mary appeared at our Convention Center for a political seminar. It was then I knew the battling Carvilles we see on tv is all theater. The two people appearing on stage cared for each other after the way they wowed the audience with their anecdotes of home life and their knowledge of historic political events.

    I apologized to the aide interviewing me as the timing in my life just wasn’t the right time for me to leave home and go to NY. He understood and said he would relay the information back. We shook hands, me saying maybe another time…. If Hillary is up for it and she runs… the timing is right for me…. she can count me in.. I’ll be there for her.

  57. We worked so hard to bring the democrats to power so we could have real health care reform among other things. Little did we know that the democrats we were gifting with power were nothing but fools. They turned their backs on us and followed their own agenda.

    Will republicans do the same thing? Tonight on Greta Sarah Palin said if they do the tea party will not be pleased and might just possibly think: Why not a third party. Good for her, I hope the republican counterpart to Roosevelt pooped his pants.

    I hope Sarah makes it clear that if the entrenched interests in the republican party think they can steal the nomination away from the people’s choice, as the entrenched interests of the democratic party did in 2008, they will have a fight on their hands. And if Hillary does not run for president in 2012 I will be right there beside Sarah fighting.

  58. JanH
    October 18th, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    The only difference being that Pelosi deserves it while Hillary never did. ***Right on- Jan..***
    —————
    Nancy Pelosi Catches the Anger Once Aimed at Hillary Clinton
    By Jamie Stiehm saying:

    “The speaker of the House can take the heat.”
    ____________________________________

    This clever article is nothing more than a lame attempt at offering cover for the nefarious activities Pelosi has indulged in since she became Speaker of the House. The author comparing the rage at Pelosi as similar to the rage at Hillary? Stop right there-

    The rage at Hillary was faux contrived rage… It was an attempted take-down by the Republicans who at the time controlled the media. The daily pulp issued humiliations aimed at both Bill AND Hillary and for good measure, additional ridicule at Hillary’s femininity.

    How in the world does Pelosi think in her wildest dreams this article will illicit sympathy from women who will stand by and support her in her time of need?

    I have a Winchell for Nancy Pelosi-

    Do you think we can forget the condescending insult issued to Hillary the evening before the vote in Iowa when at the rally she announced Barack Obama as “Mr. President” just before it was Hillary’s turn to speak?

    Do you think we can forget “you” on the podium at the Democratic Convention calling the states in their alphabetical order slamming and cramming the delegate votes assigning the votes to Obama and ignoring Hillary?

    Do you think we can forget the scene when Hillary was asked to turn over her delegates to Obama? She was shuttled out from within a crowd already packed like sardines on the convention floor escorted by 4 thugs mashing their way through the crowd carving out a space so she could stand upright beneath the gavel wielding Nancy Pelosi?

    Do you think we can forget at the conclusion of counting the delegate votes. When Nancy asked for a voice vote, she didn’t take a breath between the Ayes and the Nays … she just slammed the gavel down as hard as she could saying: the “Ayes have it”… done?

    You’re not fooling anyone Nancy.. What goes around comes around. Hillary is out of your league. She always was- even when she was sliming fish in a fish cannery in Valdez, Alaska.

    It’s your turn to get what you have given… a good spanking from the now smarter San Franciscan voters.

  59. Chris Whalen (formerly of Bear Stearns) was on CNBC tonight.

    They were openly talking about the possibility of nationalizing Bank of America, which is HUGE for mainstream CNBC to even be mentioning. Also, he said that we are in for a rude awaking when it becomes apparent (as he claims to have personal knowledge of) that banks sometimes sold the same loan 3 or 4 times into different baskets of securities. Which is outright fraud, no way around it.

    He says they also lied and sold securities to investors that were only supposed to have 10 or 20% non-performing loans in them, and they stuck 40 or more percent bad loans in there. And if the investors start suing them to get out of those contracts and get their money back, then the whole house of cards goes BOOM.

    It gets interesting from about 3 or 4 minutes in.

    http://www.cnbc.com/id/15840232?video=1618726207&play=1

  60. Bill’s ability to communicate and to empathize are once-in-a-lifetime imo, so obviously Hillary, or anyone else for that matter, isn’t going to be seen as having the same ability in this regard. But that is not to say Hillary doesn’t connect with you either, especially when you are speaking with her one on one.

    When you are talking to Hillary, she will lean in very close to you. One notices that she has this poreless smooth skin, and these beautiful, clear blue eyes (different among most blue eyes even) that will look right at you, in your eye, when she is speaking to you. When she talks to people in this way, on a one on one basis, she is definitely able to connect with you.

    As for her lack of “rock star diva bravura”, I agree with the other posters that this is a good thing actually. It is probably in some ways a product of her Methodist (and in some ways, Republican) upbringing; very refined, very proper.

    In fact I often remind tea partiers/Republicans/whomever of this when they now say “We don’t need a Democrat, we don’t need a Republican, we need a third party, someone who has the best of the both parties and none of the worst.”

    You did have that synthesis candidate in 2008 (Hillary Clinton as we all now spent a good chunk of her life as a Republican), the best of both….but the only problem was that the electorate was too stupid to realize this in 2008.

  61. This clever article is nothing more than a lame attempt at offering cover for the nefarious activities Pelosi has indulged in since she became Speaker of the House. The author comparing the rage at Pelosi as similar to the rage at Hillary? Stop right there-
    ——————————–
    Very well put! The author is a lightweight.

  62. Mrs. Smith

    …….Do you think we can forget the scene when Hillary was asked to turn over her delegates to Obama? She was shuttled out from within a crowd already packed like sardines on the convention floor escorted by 4 thugs mashing their way through the crowd carving out a space so she could stand upright beneath the gavel wielding Nancy Pelosi?

    Do you think we can forget at the conclusion of counting the delegate votes. When Nancy asked for a voice vote, she didn’t take a breath between the Ayes and the Nays … she just slammed the gavel down as hard as she could saying: the “Ayes have it”… done?

    ————-
    That scene on the convention floor, of Hillary having to ‘give up’ for the sake of the thugs that stabbed her in the back, is burned into my mind. I was so angry, I couldn’t scream, I just wanted to punch the first Obama supporter I saw in Denver.

    I will never forget, I am driven by a burning rage that will not calm until all the devils are out of congress.

  63. Fifth dimension – I wouldn’t say she spent a “good chunk of her life being republican” – she was republican because her parents were, I think she became democrat shortly after beginning college…? I guess I don’t put a lot of weight onto what someone “is” before they’re even an adult. But I do agree that she’s a good mix of both – fiscally conservative, socially liberal, and concerned about the safety of the country….

  64. HillaryforTexas – what does it mean for people who have savings/checking accounts at a bank that becomes nationalized? Or is nationalizing more relevant for people who own stocks in that bank?

  65. Fifth dimension: ““We don’t need a Democrat, we don’t need a Republican, we need a third party, someone who has the best of the both parties and none of the worst.” ”

    I agree with this. But it seems that the Tea Party is moving further right than the republicans. I’d like to see a centrist 3rd party, myself. A Clinton Party!

  66. wbboei
    October 19th, 2010 at 12:48 am
    This clever article is nothing more than a lame attempt at offering cover for the nefarious activities Pelosi has indulged in since she became Speaker of the House. The author comparing the rage at Pelosi as similar to the rage at Hillary? Stop right there-
    ——————————–

    Very well put! The author is a lightweight.
    _______________________

    Yes, a lightweight Pelosi spokesperson doing her job blunting Obama’s stealth attacks using parlor tricks to muddy the water. It was Stiehm’s article elaborating on the mistaken quote embroidered on the new beige colored carpert in the Oval Office last September…

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/03/AR2010090305100.html

  67. Shadow-

    “I will never forget, I am driven by a burning rage that will not calm until all the devils are out of congress.”
    __________________

    I hear you, Shadow-

    When I saw Hillary working her way through the crowd ensconced in 600 lbs of flesh crushing her as she inched her way beneath the podium; I was in fear of her life.. I was biting my nails…

  68. lorac
    October 19th, 2010 at 1:07 am

    Lorac, perhaps a semantic distinction is indeed in order (officially, it’s about a third of her life), but yeah the relevant point remains that it can be argued she is the synthesis of Democratic and Republican values.

    As for the Tea Party and where it is leaning these days, who knows anymore. There are so many conflicting reports, and to be honest I personally don’t really follow the tea party all that much. It would be nice to get some clarification though.

    A friend I have known for 20 years (another smart Methodist girl from Hillary’s hometown in Illinois in fact) said to me once “Why can’t we have a party of moderates of both parties — the Clintons involved, along with some moderate Republicans balancing it out, forming a party of their own?”

    That idea is probably the best one I’ve heard yet. Why can’t we, is indeed correct. Maybe someday we’ll get that. I’ll also take a return to the Hillary/FDR coalition.

  69. it can be argued she is the synthesis of Democratic and Republican values.

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

    Well, ‘synthesis’ in the sense of Third Way (aka Triangulation). At least that’s the implication of a good web bio, “Growing up Rodham”. It shows her as between her stern Republican father and weak liberal mother — and presumably looking for solutions for the conflict.

    But wbboei says there are other bios I’m not considering.

  70. Mrs. Smith
    October 19th, 2010 at 12:30 am
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    You wrote it better than I could. Much better.

  71. The problem is not me, my policies or politics

    It is the voters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    “Voters ‘Scared,’ Not Thinking Clearly About Election”

    — Obama, Sick-o In Chief (10/18/10)

  72. turndownobama
    October 18th, 2010 at 9:55 pm
    =================================

    There’s this persistent desire to attach Hillary to the current Democratic party problems, as if she was part of the jerks who created the problems. She is just a bystander, and I now have to agree that the SoS position for her was the best way to not have any of this mud stick to her. I still hate that she has to work for Øbama, but if one considers that she does have the desire to try running for office again in the future, then she is in the right place at the right time.

  73. That video above gave me a little bit of a fright when I first glanced at it. I thought… voodoo! Now I’ll go watch it.

  74. Boy, that was a hard hitting video about Øbama’s Auntie.

    She used Jesus Christ in her comments in trying to make people feel guilty about what she evidently believes is their Christian responsibility to take care of her, but yet, is she even Christian? I thought that side of his family from Kenya was Muslim.

    People should turn their anger toward the system? What kind of bs is that? She is using the system, and any rightful anger, even though I feel bad that she is old, should be directed at her for getting away with what she has gotten away with since she has been here.

    Why wouldn’t anyone who has the government paying for her stay not be happy being here? It makes me angry, especially when Øbama said “if she has broken the law, then she should have to go, blah, blah, blah”. That’s a crock, too. What does he mean by “if”? He then intervened to have her stay here, right? Users.

  75. “Shadowfax: I will never forget, I am driven by a burning rage that will not calm until all the devils are out of congress:

    I was mad for days. still am angry …and hope we see obama in jail before his term is up. dirty, no good, narcissistic, sick in the head impostor.

    I hope he burns for what he has done.

  76. Regarding the ‘oneness’ of Bill and Hillary expressed by admin and others within this post, a book review of “Raising A President”, author Virginia Clinton Kelley, recounted that when Bill told his Mom he planned to marry Hillary, Virginia questioned the wisdom of Bill’s choice. Bill replied that it was Hillary or no one.

    Virginia Kelley was born in 1923, the daughter of James Eldridge Cassidy (1898-1957), the town iceman (later a grocer), and Edith Cassidy (née Grisham; 1901-1968), a nurse anesthetist. During her high school years, she worked as a waitress at a local restaurant.
    Following her graduation from high school, Virginia Kelley moved to Shreveport, Louisiana, to study to be a nurse anesthetist like her mother. During her training in Shreveport, she met her first husband, Bill Blythe, whom she married in a civil ceremony in 1943, just before he shipped out for World War II military duty. Upon completion of her training, she returned to Hope. When her husband was discharged, he picked her up and they moved for four months to Chicago, Illinois. She moved back to her parents while she and William were in the process of getting a new home in the Hope area. It was while William was on his way back to Hope that he was killed in an automobile accident, three months before Bill’s birth. In 1950, Virginia Kelley married Roger Clinton the father of her second son Roger, Jr. Clinton was an alcoholic and was physically and mentally abusive to Virginia and the boys. He did not adopt Bill but Bill took his surname legally in 1962 at his own request. He told his mother that it would be easier if they all had the same last name. Roger and Virginia divorced in 1962, but remarried a few months later.

    Following Roger’s death from cancer in 1967, Virginia Kelley married hairdresser Jeff Dwire in 1969; he subsequently died of complications of diabetes in 1974. On January 17, 1982, she married Richard Kelley, an executive at a food distribution brokerage firm. Their marriage lasted until her death from complications of breast cancer, at the age of 70, at her home in Hot Springs, Arkansas. She is buried alongside her first husband at Rose Hill Cemetery in Hope, Arkansas.
    Source: Wikipedia

  77. What a thought provoking and interesting read. Admin hits the nail on the head again. What the Democratic party was thinking to place this fake shill as POTUS is still not clear but is blowing up in their ignorant, self righteous faces BEFORE the election. How they thought they could run off HALF of the party members and govern much less win any kind of election is grounds for banishment from any kind of public discourse, policy making, or electioneering. The stupidity is monstrous. The entitled brain washed took over for about 3 years and managed to put an entire political party in ICU. If the WH thinks it is crazy now, just wait until the election ruins careers that took 30 years to build. The Clintons can just sit back and watch them take each other out and walk in after the corpses are hauled off. It could not happen to a nastier bunch of thugs. I hope the Repubs impeach.

  78. Hillary schedule for today;

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    A PRIVATE BLOG DEVOTED TO FOREIGN POLICY & THE SECRETARY OF STATEHome About The Author About This Blog Contact Me Tuesday Schedule: U.S.- Northern Ireland Economic Conference
    October 19, 2010
    tags: Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State, Daily Appointments, Economics, Nothern Irelandby stacyxThe focus of the day is Northern Ireland:

    10:00 a.m. Secretary Clinton attends a meeting at the White House.

    11:30 a.m. Secretary Clinton delivers opening remarks to the U.S.-Northern Ireland Economic Conference, at the Department of State.

    12:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton meets with British Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Owen Paterson, at the Department of State.

    2:15 p.m. Secretary Clinton delivers remarks at a lunch for the U.S.-Northern Ireland Economic Conference, at the Department of State.

    2:45 p.m. Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Northern Ireland First Ministers Peter Robinson and Martin McGuiness, at the Department of State.

    4:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Slovakian Foreign Minister Mikulas Dzurinda, at the Department of State.

    5:15 p.m. Secretary Clinton attends a meeting at the White House

  79. nomobama
    October 19th, 2010 at 1:45 am
    Mrs. Smith
    October 19th, 2010 at 12:30 am
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    You wrote it better than I could. Much better
    _______________________

    I doubt that- your posts are always a pleasure to read.:)

    The Aunt’s twisted philosophy on America is amazing. Hard working Americans supporting another of Obama’s family, an illegal, is really over the top. As president, wouldn’t you think he would encourage her to study for citizenship and make restitution for all the money she has taken fraudulently from the government all these years? What an embarrassment!

  80. Obama’s auntie sounds just like Obama (her sense of entitlement made my skin crawl). It must be in the genes. He will say it is the system (meaning people) not me — ‘Why did you vote for me?’ Yeah, why, Obamabots, why?

  81. Lorac: “I wouldn’t say she spent a “good chunk of her life being republican” – she was republican because her parents were, I think she became democrat shortly after beginning college…?”

    No, even in college Hillary started and presided a committee of young Republicans (forget the exact name, but it’s in the books) and was only disappointed with the Republican party by the way Nelson Rockefeller (probably her hero at the time) was treated at the 1968 Republican convention.

    After 1968, she went to Yale, met Bill, and turned Democrat. Much to her father’s dismay, she was not only a Dem, but married one!

  82. Also, “her parents” were not Republican, only her dad. Her mother was not openly Dem I think because she was intimidated by her husband.

  83. You have to admit it was an ingenious scheme, turning MO into a fashionista..a trendy icon that young people can attach themselves to. And of course, NY fashion industry is ecstatic. Anybody can hang a designer thingy on anyone.

    She was NEVER that in Chicago when you look at her old pictures and they made her up just as they cooked him up.

  84. Excuse me while I brag on my adopted state a bit this morning. New figures out from the BLS that show that

    1) 214,000 net new jobs were created in the last year in the entire country (August 2009 to August 2010).

    Texas created 119,000 new jobs. Over half of all the job creation in the entire country occurred right here.

    2) While the national foreclosure rate remains at around 4.8 percent, in TX it’s a 2 percent or lower. There are two reasons for that IMO – one is that Texas never had a real bubble. Buyers here refused to pay inflated prices to speculators, so housing remained at a sane price, roughly 3 times median income.

    The other is that TX has prudent mortgage laws, that prevented lenders from pulling a lot of the crap they pulled in the rest of the country. No “liars’ loans”, no insane balloon notes, etc. Here are just some of the protections provided against predatory home loans in TX law:

    If a lender has made a loan that qualifies as a high-cost home loan in Texas, there are certain specific restrictions and requirements that apply to that loan which must be observed. These are:

    No Balloons – a high-cost home loan may not provide for a payment that is more than twice as large as the average of earlier scheduled monthly payments within the first sixty months of the loan.

    No Negative Amortization – a high-cost home loan may not provide for a payment schedule that may cause the principal balance to increase.

    Borrower’s Payment Ability – the lender may not make high-cost home loans based on the collateral value of the property without regard for the borrower’s repayment ability, including current and expected income, current obligations, employment status, and other financial resources.

    No Prepayment Penalty – a high-cost home loan may not contain a provision for a prepayment penalty.

    No Charge for Service Not Received – a lender on a high-cost home loan may not charge a borrower for a service or product if the borrower does not receive it.

    http://www.mcglinchey.com/contentdetail.asp?id=11365

    There is another TX law regarding 2nd mortgages (equity loans) that did not allow loaning 80 or 100 or 110% of the equity in the home. I think it capped it at 60% or something.

    So red, conservative TX actually had better consumer protection against fraud and predatory lending than most of the country. Go figure.

  85. Peter Goodspeed: Germany’s new extremism seeks “fuhrer”

    Peter Goodspeed October 19, 2010

    Germany’s torrid debates over immigration, Islam and integration may not demonstrate the collapse of “multiculturalism,” as Chancellor Angela Merkel declared on the weekend, so much as they are evidence of a frightening new surge in Neo-Nazi extremism.

    Opinions once limited to Germany’s extreme far-right are now spreading in mainstream politics, according to a survey released last week by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, a left-of-centre think tank linked to Germany’s opposition Social Democrats.

    Thirteen per cent of Germans want a new “fuhrer” to lead the country, an attitudinal survey of 2,411 Germans shows.
    At the same time, one third of Germans would like to send the country’s seven million foreign workers home to protect German jobs and 17.2% agreed with the anti-Semitic statement, “Even today, Jews have too much influence.”

    The study, which focused on measuring the prevalence of six characteristic right-wing extremist views in German society, said it detected “a rise in decidedly anti-democratic and racist attitudes in 2010.”

    – 35.6% of Germans agreed with the statement, “Germany is in serious danger of being overrun by foreigners;”

    – 53.7% said they could “fully understand why some people find Arabs unpleasant;”

    – 58.4% said the practice of Islam should be restricted in Germany, even though the constitution guarantees freedom of religion;

    – And 10.7% believe, “If it hadn’t been for the Holocaust, Hitler would be viewed as a great statesman today.”

    The study, which mirrored a similar survey done in 2003, concluded that attitudes in favour of dictatorship, xenophobia and anti-Semitism are all on the increase in Germany.

    The study says extremist attitudes no longer exist just on the fringes of German politics. They have crept into the political centre and are found “in all social groups and in all age groups, regardless of employment status, educational level or gender,” the study said.

    More than half the people who said the practice of Islam should be restricted in Germany, traditionally identify themselves as centrist or left wing.

    “In the past the base for extreme-right views in Germany, though present, was more latent in nature. Now these views are being expressed more frequently,” said Oliver Decker, a psychologist at the University of Leipzig, one of the authors of the report.

    “The economic crisis seems to have allowed aggression to come to the surface. Among those looking for a valve, foreigners in general and Muslims in particular fill that role.”

    In Germany, as elsewhere in Europe, extremists appear to be benefitting from the failures of mainstream politicians in a time of economic gloom, unemployment and budget cuts.

    Europe has a long history of turning towards extremists during times of economic hardship and the current crisis is no exception, with anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim policies surfacing as a continent-wide backlash against ethnic minorities.

    Extremists on the far-right have made recent electoral breakthroughs in the Netherlands, Sweden, Austria, France and Italy.

    France has banned the burka and launched a campaign to deport illegally settled gypsies (Roma), while the new government in the Netherlands relies on the support of the Dutch Freedom Party, led by Geert Wilders, who has called for banning the construction of new mosques in the Netherlands and urged taxing women who wear the burka.

    In Austria, far-right leader, Heinz-Christian Strache’s Freedom Party more than doubled its support, winning 27% of the vote in Vienna’s recent local elections.

    Last month in Sweden, the country with Europe’s most liberal immigration policies, a party with neo-Nazi roots, the Sweden Democrats, entered parliament for the first time, winning 20 seats in September’s parliamentary elections.

    But it is in Germany, with its lingering legacy of horror and hate from the Second World War, that the loudest alarms should be sounding.

    While Muslims appear to be the latest victims of German racism, older more vicious strains of xenophobia still persist. The survey found 14.9% of Germans agreed with the statement “There is something special about Jews, something peculiar, and they just don’t really fit in with us.”

    When the survey asked if, “We should have a leader in Germany who leads with a forceful hand for the good of everyone,” it deliberately used the word “fuhrer” to link the idea with Hitler.

    That didn’t deter the 13.2% who supported the statement outright or another 15.9% who agreed with some aspects of the idea.

    http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2010/10/19/peter-goodspeed-germanys-new-extremism-seeks-fuhrer/

  86. ABM90
    October 19th, 2010 at 7:48 am
    Hillary schedule for today;

    focus of the day is Northern Ireland:

    11:30 a.m. Secretary Clinton delivers opening remarks to the U.S.-Northern Ireland Economic Conference, at the Department of State.

    12:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton meets with British Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Owen Paterson, at the Department of State.

    2:15 p.m. Secretary Clinton delivers remarks at a lunch for the U.S.-Northern Ireland Economic Conference, at the Department of State.
    &&&&&

    Is today “St. Patrick’s Day in October”?

  87. Mormaer,
    Most of those careers were given their start from Bill himself…without the Clinton’s most would not be where they are today….they got sucked in by “faux President”. I can’t wait to see them have to work for a living like I do again.

  88. BOEING, BOEING, GONE.

    So how’s that health care bill going there, sonny?

    Zerobama promised, “The new law will not force you to change the coverage you already have if you like it”.

    What he conveniently did not mention is, “…although your employer may wind up dropping you like a hot potato”.

    And if the law was “just what we needed”, why are they carving out exceptions for McDonalds and many other employers? Could it be because the bill is a bureaucratic nightmare?

    news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101018/ap_on_bi_ge/us_health_costs_boeing

    Citing health care law, Boeing pares employee plan
    ============================

    By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press Writer Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar, Associated Press Writer – Mon Oct 18, 6:23 pm ET
    WASHINGTON – Aerospace giant Boeing is joining the list of companies that say the new health care law could have a potential downside for their workers.

    In a letter mailed to employees late last week, the company cited the overhaul as part of the reason it is asking some 90,000 nonunion workers to pay significantly more for their health plan next year. A copy of the letter was obtained Monday by The Associated Press.

    “The newly enacted health care reform legislation, while intended to expand access to care for millions of uninsured Americans, is also adding cost pressure as requirements of the new law are phased in over the next several years,” wrote Rick Stephens, Boeing’s senior vice president for human resources.

    Boeing is the latest major employer to signal a shift for its workers as a result of the legislation, which expands coverage to more than 30 million uninsured people and ranks as President Barack Obama’s top domestic achievement. Earlier, McDonald’s had raised questions about whether a limited benefit plan that serves some 30,000 of its employees would remain viable under the law. That prompted the administration to issue McDonald’s a waiver from certain requirements under the law.

    Spokeswoman Karen Forte said the Boeing plan is more generous than what its closest competitors offer, and the company was concerned it would get hit with a new tax under the law.

    The tax on so-called “Cadillac” health plans doesn’t take effect until 2018, but employers are already beginning to assess their exposure because it is hefty: at 40 percent of the value above $10,200 for individual coverage and $27,500 for a family plan.

    “We want to manage our costs so this tax doesn’t apply to our plan, but that’s down the road,” said Forte. “If this health care law hadn’t passed, would we be making changes to the health care benefit? Absolutely. For competitive reasons.”

    In the letter to Boeing employees, Stephens said out-of-control health care inflation is hampering Boeing’s ability to compete with other manufacturers. Its major civilian aviation competitor, Airbus, is based in Europe, where governments shoulder the burden of health care costs.

    Stephens also cited lifestyle issues, such as people who are overweight and do not adequately exercise, as the third major reason for the cost shift. The health care law ranked second among the three, ahead of lifestyle factors.

    Boeing said annual deductibles and copayments will increase for all its plans next year.

    Deductibles, the share of medical costs that employees pay annually before their plan kicks in, will go up to $300 for individuals, an increase of $100. For families, the new deductible will be $900, an increase of $300.

    In addition, Boeing is instituting a copayment of 10 percent after the deductible has been met. The copayment will rise to 20 percent in 2012.

    Those changes will reduce the value of the Boeing plan, but it’s unclear whether that will allow the company to escape the tax looming in 2018.

    “It’s certainly going to help,” said Forte. But “we are still slightly above market in what we offer to our employees.”

  89. If Dems lose, Obama will blame everyone but himself

    By: Byron York
    Chief Political Correspondent
    October 18, 2010

    Assume the polls are correct and Republicans win control of the House, and perhaps even the Senate, in next month’s elections. What lessons will the White House learn? Will Barack Obama interpret the vote as a repudiation of much of his agenda, or will he conclude that he made a few tactical errors but was still right on the big issues?

    Bet on the latter. All indications coming out of the White House suggest that if Democrats suffer major losses, the president and his top aides will resolutely refuse to reconsider the policies — national health care, stimulus, runaway spending — that led to their defeat. Instead, they will point fingers in virtually every direction other than their own. Come November, it’s likely the D-for-Democrat that the president refers to so often will actually stand for “denial.”

    The White House has given us plenty of clues in recent days as to how Obama will react to a possible Democratic drubbing at the polls. Here are five:

    1. Obama will blame voters, not himself. At a small fundraiser in Massachusetts Saturday, Obama suggested Democrats are in trouble because recession-weary Americans simply aren’t thinking clearly. “Part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now, and facts and science and argument do not seem to be winning the day all the time, is because we’re hard-wired not to always think clearly when we’re scared,” Obama said. “And the country is scared.” If Democrats lose, Obama is likely to fault voters’ irrationality, and not anything he has done.

    2. Obama will spin the outcome as an illegitimate GOP victory. In recent weeks, the president and top administration officials have accused the Chamber of Commerce of illegally using foreign contributions to fund ads critical of Democrats. There’s no evidence to support the charge, but Obama has laid the foundation for a simple explanation of Democratic defeat: Republicans cheated.

    3. Obama will blame a broken process. In a recent New York Times article, reporter Peter Baker asked a number of White House aides about mistakes Obama has made in office. “The biggest miscalculation in the minds of most Obama advisers,” Baker writes, “was the assumption that he could bridge a polarized capital and forge genuinely bipartisan coalitions.” By that standard, a post-defeat Obama will be guilty more of overestimating Republicans and the culture of Washington than of making mistakes on his own.

    4. Obama will reaffirm, not reconsider, his achievements. The president says he has already kept about 70 percent of the promises he made in the 2008 campaign. Now, his main task will be to shield those accomplishments from GOP challenge. Aides constantly tell reporters that Republicans intend to roll back Obamacare and Wall Street reform, and the president plans to spend as much time as it takes fighting those efforts. “There’s going to be a lot of work in [the next two years] just doing things right and making sure that new laws are stood up in the ways they’re intended,” Obama told Baker.

    5. Obama will resist real change inside the White House. The president has lost several top aides in recent months: Rahm Emanuel, James Jones, Lawrence Summers, Christina Romer, Peter Orszag and others. So far, Obama has preferred to replace departing insiders with other insiders. His reluctance to bring in a high-level adviser from outside his circle suggests he wants to keep doing what he’s doing.

    Tie all those threads together, and in the wake of a Republican victory in November you can virtually guarantee the White House will not concede that the president hurt himself by pushing an unpopular national health care program through Congress; by pushing nearly a trillion dollars in stimulus spending that failed to reduce unemployment as predicted; by pushing a costly cap-and-trade agenda; or by advocating any number of other initiatives that flew in the face of voter sentiments.

    In a recent campaign ad, Colorado Republican Senate candidate Ken Buck says the public tried to tell White House and Democratic leaders not to go ahead with those unwelcome measures. “They heard us, and yet they ignored us,” Buck says, adding: “And folks, on Nov. 2 they will ignore us no more.”

    Republicans no doubt hope Buck is right. But so far Obama is sending signals that even if he loses big in November, he’ll make excuses, point fingers, and try to keep going just as before.

    http://www.sfexaminer.com/politics/If-Dems-lose_-Obama-will-blame-everyone-but-himself-1254448-105206524.html

  90. confloyd, the link to the mortgage law is in the post. I don’t have a link to the 2nd mortgage rule, but I’ll see if I can find one.

    The BLS numbers are mentioned here: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/why_texas_has_the_jobs_L2QYWqSLd8CotwGD8geZFK

    A lot of people tout that TX is good for business because of low taxes and less regulation. But regarding regulation, it’s true that there are fewer regulatory laws on the books in TX.

    BUT, the ones that are there are for the most part simple, to-the-point, equal in application, and have TEETH. To my mind, TX doesn’t prove that “throw out all regulation” is a good idea. It merely proves that you don’t need thousands upon thousands of nitpicky convoluted rules riddled with loopholes in order to regulate properly. (Which often leads to cut-outs for favored businesses and sneaky power-grabs being buried in there.)

    Regulation is fine, and not anti-business or anti-jobs, if done CORRECTLY. Simple, understandable, commonsense laws that say what you may and may not do – easily understood and easily enforced.

    TX didn’t try to have the govt micro-manage the mortgage industry, they just set some fair, simple, broad rules.

  91. pm317,
    Nice pic of the King and Queen of America….this apparently is who they think they are! I’ve never seen anything like this, perhaps they really are robots and if you get to close you’ll see it, LOL!

    This is the most ridiculous administration of my lifetime!

  92. HillaryforTexas
    October 19th, 2010 at 10:16 am
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    The other unique thing about Texas is they were a republic before they joined the union. One of the conditions they demanded when they became a state was that they retain certain aspects of their sovereignty. Included was the ownership of land. I have been told that State of Texas owns the land within its borders, and there are no federal lands as such. Compare this to Idaho where 2/3 of the land within its borders is federal land. There are federal military facilities in Texas and have been since the days of Fort Bliss. But those facilities, like the one at Wichita Falls if it is still there is most likely leased by the state to the Federal Government. This is a technical point perhaps until you get into issues like riparian rights, i.e. water rights, grazing rights, which are of huge consequence to cattlemen and those engaged in the agricultural industry. That much I do know from political experience in Texas. It is a wonderful state.

  93. H4T,
    Thanks for the link, I was just looking to see if they said Perry had anything to do with all the great things Texas now does…which I don’t. If anyone did more for Texas jobs it was Ann Richards. She worked wonders with the Texas Prison system, now it is in shambles…lots of problems! I know for sure the recession has hit Texas and with Obamacare healthcare is going to take a hit. I just hope I survive six more years and the rethugs don’t screw with my social security. I don’t think they are going to be able to do much with social security because I think they’d be rioting in the streets.

  94. BTW, I suggest using the name “Senator Obama”. This is how you address someone who formerly held a position, such as “President Clinton” or “President Bush”.

    I choose not to recognize that Obama “won” the presidency, and do not believe he is even legally qualified to be president given that he is unwilling to provide a real birth certificate.

    On that note, in the above Boeing article, Sen. Obama also claimed while stumping for the health scare bill that, “It won’t cause new taxes, and it should reduce your costs”.

    Hey, it’s raising taxes, my costs are rising, the employers’ costs are rising, and certain insurers are discontinuing whole lines of business.

    Yeah, just what the doctor ordered.

  95. If Dems lose, Obama will blame everyone but himself
    —————————————————
    Like the lyric from the song Puttin’ On The Ritz: that’s for sure, not for maybe.

    Let us hope that the corollary is also true. Everyone but Obama will blame Obama.

    And everyone other than big media and the koolaid drinkers will see this as more evidence of his inability to deal with reality. as he puts that velvet rope mentioned above around the neck of the middle class and tests its elasticity.

  96. rgbhrc44, I went to a mandatory meeting yesterday for our benefits…we are seeing a small rise in premiums, but what I find interesting is that the going to be sending out forms in Feb. which the employee will have to provide marriage licenses, birth certificates and other certifications for their dependents. They don’t want to pay for more than they have to since their insurance is their own. So this insurance reform is NOT helping employers at all. They mentioned that some big companies are opting out and I asked why don’t you all do this…they said because then the employee would have govt. run healthcare…I don’t know, but I wanted the public option.

  97. By: Byron York
    Chief Political Correspondent
    October 18, 2010

    Assume the polls are correct and Republicans win control of the House, and perhaps even the Senate, in next month’s elections. What lessons will the White House learn? Will Barack Obama interpret the vote as a repudiation of much of his agenda, or will he conclude that he made a few tactical errors but was still right on the big issues?

    Bet on the latter. All indications coming out of the White House suggest that if Democrats suffer major losses, the president and his top aides will resolutely refuse to reconsider the policies — national health care, stimulus, runaway spending — that led to their defeat. Instead, they will point fingers in virtually every direction other than their own. Come November, it’s likely the D-for-Democrat that the president refers to so often will actually stand for “denial.”
    ——————————————–
    York is superb in his analysis. Obama will not change. He is an authoritarian, as opposed to a democrat. His commitment to democratic principle is a mile wide and six inches deep. He is more on the order of Hugo Chavez or Juan Peron

    In a democracy, a leader recognizes that all he or she really has is a mandate, which is to say, the consent of the governed to be governed, and not just by anyone but by him or her. Once that mandate is gone, the people no longer trust that leader, and if they also conclude that he is working against their interests, then they will undermine him in a variety of ways, until they reach the point where they can throw him out of office.

    Unfortunately, Obama is a sick man. No I am not a doctor. But you do not need a medical degree to see what we have here. He cannot confront reality, he does not accept dissenting opinion, and he overestimates himself and his powers. He is a train wreck in slow motion. And some day the entire country will know it. At that point, everyone will remember that during the Obama term in office they had grave misgivings about the man, whether or not they really did at the time.

  98. 10:15 Tell me again why Reid is not on the same list as Richardson and why Bill is campaigning for him?
    —————————————
    I just gave $100 extra to Sharron Angle because Bill rallied with Harry, and has his name associated with a letter, two parts of which are given below. I printed out the screen receipt for Angle’s donation and enclosed it with the DSCC request for funds.
    In part “Bill” said this:
    A GOP Congress will embrace the radical right. “Whether it’s spreading lies about “death panels” or supporting the “birther” lawsuits against President Obama, Republican operatives have proven that they’ll say and do anything to rally the Far Right. One of their U.S. Senate candidates has said that unemploymnent compensation is unconstitutional.”
    and
    “The far-right fringe has worked itself into a frenzy. The anger toward President Obama is irrational but it’s real, and it’s personal.”
    ==============
    I realize it may be that Bill did not write those words, but they are going to play across the country as if he did.

  99. Reality . . . establishment republicans are the other half of the problem.
    (Erickson at Red State)

    I have told you this before and I will tell you this again. Unless you elect Pat Toomey, Marco Rubio, Ken Buck, Ron Johnson, Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Sharron Angle, and Joe Miller, we will never see Obamacare repealed.

    Senator Judd Gregg is up today saying that repeal is not recommended.

    Sen. Judd Gregg (N.H.), the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, said that repealing the new healthcare reform law — or looking to defund it — were not good options.

    “I don’t think starving or repealing is probably the best approach here,” Gregg said on the Fox Business Network. “You basically go in and restructure it.”

    Here’s the thing — Senate leadership staff will say this is just Judd Gregg, who is retiring, and not reflective of the Senate GOP leadership. There is a problem though.

    In the past several weeks, there have been several closed door, off the record meetings of high dollar donors getting briefings from various elected officials, including several Senators. In each case the donors have been “reassured” by the Senators present that they have no intention of repealing Obamacare, just restructuring it.

    The Senators seemed to think the high dollar donors were not kooks like those tea party activists and would understand the practical need to just “restructure” instead of “repeal.” Unfortunately, the Senators have badly misread the donors.

    In any event, you can be sure that Judd Gregg is not speaking out of turn and is not a lone wolf on this issue. His view reflects that of the Senate GOP leadership despite their protestations to the contrary.

    Again, if you haven’t sent money to Joe Miller, Sharron Angle, Ken Buck, Pat Toomey, Rand Paul, Ron Johnson, Mike Lee, and Marco Rubio, you better. Repeal of Obamacare depends on them.

  100. This just in from a Chuck Schumer ‘breaking news email.’ The news is that Harry Reid has become Citizens United’s top target. Schumer quotes Bill Clinton for the reason why this is a travesty: President Clinton was recently in Las Vegas and said that she [Angle] would be a “disaster for America.”

  101. How the Fed Is Holding Back Recovery
    By promising to print more money, it’s giving Congress an excuse to avoid critical tax and spending cuts.

    By DAVID MALPASS

    Congress will face a runaway train on taxes and spending when it reconvenes after the elections. The solution is to restrain both—especially to stop the $6 trillion tax increase scheduled to take place on Jan. 1—in order to restore business confidence and help job growth.

    Instead, Congress is more likely to do nothing and count on the central bank to flood the economy with more money. In his speech at the Boston Federal Reserve Bank on Friday, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke practically promised to oblige by resuming the large purchases of Treasury notes carried out to help stop the 2008 financial crisis. It’s a sweeping manipulation of longer-term government interest rates and the dollar that the Fed should consider only in the direst of national emergencies or with specific congressional authorization.

    Mr. Bernanke argued that most of today’s high unemployment is cyclical and therefore susceptible to monetary stimulus. “We see little evidence that the reallocation of workers across industries and regions is particularly pronounced relative to other periods of recession,” he said, “suggesting that the pace of structural change is not greater than normal.” This ignores the tax, regulatory and federal spending crises hammering workers and small businesses.

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    Associated Press
    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke

    In reality, workers are being reallocated, and by the millions. Due to the mortgage shambles, they are not moving around as much as in past recessions. But the structural reallocation is clearly pushing older workers into long-term unemployment.

    Meanwhile, there’s also been a powerful rechanneling of credit away from small businesses. Corporate and government jobs are faring better than small business jobs, another major structural change that Fed purchases will exacerbate by channeling cheap credit to big entities.

    Jobs are moving to Asia as Washington’s weak-dollar policy causes trillions of dollars to move abroad to protect against the risk of U.S. inflation and dollar debasement. Investors put their money into foreign factories, mines and workers, creating a boom there. They avoid long-term job-creating investments here, instead buying short-term IOUs from our government.

    Whether in Republican or Democratic administrations, the Washington policy consensus for a decade has been “print and spend.” When that doesn’t work, the Washington prescription is to double the dose—more monetary easing and dollar devaluation, and always more government spending. The Fed in particular has become accustomed to subsidizing federal borrowing by holding interest rates too low, which distorts capital flows and fosters asset bubbles.

    By claiming that most of our unemployment is cyclical and not structural—and by not once mentioning the crashing dollar or small business profits—Mr. Bernanke has demonstrated that the central bank has blinders on. In his speech Mr. Bernanke cited the decline in the core PCE deflator (which uses the broad-based price index for personal consumption expenditures and excludes the volatile food and energy components) as evidence that inflation trends are subdued. This is the same backward-looking indicator that former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan used to defend his disastrous low-interest, weak-dollar monetary policy from 2003 through 2006.

    The reality is that core PCE inflation is regularly revised upward as the government takes into proper account rising prices for popular new items. Thus inflation gets underestimated and the Fed makes mistakes based on this mismeasure. For example, core PCE inflation was originally reported at 1.5% in most of 2004 with no real uptrend until Katrina hit in the second half of 2005. However, the corrected data now shows that core inflation was rising sharply in 2003 when the Fed hit the gas pedal and weakened the dollar. By April 2004, core inflation was already rising above the Fed’s 2% ceiling and constantly exceeded it through 2008.

    The Fed’s public advocacy of bond purchases has already weakened the dollar. And the nearly $100 billion per year in profit the Fed is earning from its investments are at the expense of savers forced to compete with the Fed for bonds.

    President Obama and Mr. Bernanke tried print-and-spend in trillion-dollar increments in 2009 and 2010, with no discernible improvement in unemployment (which is still almost 27 million counting underemployment) or small business investment plans, nearly the weakest on record according to the September survey by the National Federation of Independent Business.

    The administration’s centralized small business loan plan, enacted in September, was the latest spending flop. As the government controls more industries and allocates more of the nation’s capital, small businesses lower their hiring plans, as they did last month, on the expectation that the federal government will tax them more to pay for Washington’s largess.

    By electing a new Congress in November, voters may be able to slow federal spending growth, but they probably can’t stop the Fed’s latest expansion plan. The Fed is likely to buy more long-term government-guaranteed bonds, using newly created money to add to the over $2 trillion in bonds it already owns.

    The damage is substantial. Near-zero interest rates are hammering savers, while transferring hundreds of billions of dollars annually to bond issuers—mostly governments, banks and bigger corporations. The weaker dollar is pushing risk capital away from this country and toward Asia and emerging markets.

    America’s structural growth problems are clearly focused in small business and stem from high taxes, regulatory threats and the central control of credit. But the Fed’s stimulus policy supports government over the private sector and big business over small—meanwhile, giving Congress an excuse to impose crippling increases in taxes and spending.

  102. I don’t know if this has already been posted, but Obama’s buddies are in knee deep…we have another catatrope waiting to happen and all we are talking about is socialism instead of thievary that has taken place in the last ten years….both side pointing the finger hoping the electorate is too dumb to look into it.

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    http://www.propublica.org/blog/item/gmacs-robo-signers-draw-concerns-about-faulty-process-mistaken-foreclosures

  103. JanH, Its seems that everywhere but in America people realize the jewel from New York. People are just stupid here!

  104. Personally, I think restructuring it is the best option…if it is repealed we will never get what Americans really want.

  105. After Mercury Theater produced Citizen Kane, its owner Orsen Wells produced a movie called The Magnificent Ambersons which is the story of a family that acquired a fortune and rose to prominence in Indiana during the late 19th century, but went on to lose that fortune and its stature in the early twentieth century because it failed to produce a capable heir and could not adopt to the change. In that movie, the late Joseph Cotten refers to something “which 40 cannot tell 20″, because 20 lacks the wisdom and world experience to appreciate it and wants everything now. Obama, for all his faults, has given those of us forty and over, the opportunity to have that dialogue, because now the 20 somethings are coming to us for help–not hope.

    1. FACTS: John G. Is 63 years old and owns a small business. He’s a life-long
    Republican and sees his dream of retiring next year has all but
    evaporated. With the stock market crashing and new taxes coming his
    way, John assumes now that he will work to his dying day.

    John has a granddaughter. Ashley is a recent college grad. She drives a
    flashy hybrid car, wears all the latest fashions, and loves to go out
    to nightclubs and restaurants. Ashley campaigned hard for Barack Obama.
    After the election she made sure her grandfather (and all other
    Republican family members) received a big I told-you-so earful on how
    the world is going to be a much better place now that her party is
    taking over.

    Having lost both roommates, Ashley recently ran short of cash and
    cannot pay the rent (again) on her 3 bedroom townhouse.. Like she has
    done many times in the past, she e-mailed her grandfather asking for
    some financial help.

    2. THE REPLY . . .

    Sweetheart, I received your request for assistance.

    Ashley, you know I love you dearly and I’m sympathetic to your
    financial plight. Unfortunately, times have changed. With the election
    of President Obama, your grandmother and I have had to set forth a bold
    new economic plan of our own….”The Ashley Economic Empowerment Plan.”
    Let me explain.

    Your grandmother and I are life-long, wage-earning tax payers. We have
    lived a comfortable life, as you know, but we have never had the
    fancier things like European vacations, luxury cars, etc.. We have
    worked hard and were looking forward to retiring soon. But the plan has
    changed. Your president is raising our personal and business taxes
    significantly. He says it is so he can give our hard earned money to
    other people. Do you know what this means, Ashley? It means less for
    us, and we must cut back on many business and personal expenses.

    You know the wonderful receptionist who worked in my office for more
    than 23 years? The one who always gave you candy when you came over to
    visit? I had to let her go last week. I can’t afford to pay her salary
    and all of the government mandated taxes that go with having employees.
    Your grandmother will now work 4 days a week to answer phones, take
    orders and handle the books. We will be closed on Fridays and will lose
    even more income.

    I’m also very sorry to report that your cousin Frank will no longer be
    working summers in the warehouse. I called him at school this morning.
    He already knows about it and he’s upset because he will have to give
    up skydiving and his yearly trip to Greenland to survey the polar
    bears.

    That’s just the business side of things. Some personal economic effects
    of Obama’s new taxation policies include none other than you. You know
    very well that over the years your grandmother and I have given you
    thousands of dollars in cash, tuition assistance, food, housing,
    clothing, gifts, etc., etc. But by your vote, you have chosen to help
    others — not at your expense — but at our expense.

    If you need money now sweetheart, I recommend you call 202-456-1111.
    That is the direct phone number for the White House.. You can also
    contact the White House here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/CONTACT/ ;..
    You yourself told me how foolish it is to vote Republican.. You said Mr
    Obama is going to be the People’s President, and is going to help every
    American live a better life. Based on everything you’ve told me, along
    with all the promises we heard during the campaign, I’m sure Mr. Obama
    will be happy to transfer some stimulus money into your bank account.
    Have him call me for the account number which I memorized years ago.

    Perhaps you can now understand what I’ve been saying all my life: those
    who vote for a president should consider the impact on the nation as a
    whole, and not be just concerned with what they can get for themselves.
    What Obama supporters don’t seem to realize is all of the money he is
    redistributing to illegal aliens and non-taxpaying Americans (the
    so-called “less fortunate”) comes from tax-paying families.

    Remember how you told me, “Only the richest of the rich will be
    affected”? Well guess what, honey? Because we own a business, your
    grandmother and I are now considered to be the richest of the rich. On
    paper, it might look that way, but in the real world, we are far from
    it.

    As you said while campaigning for Obama, some people will have to carry
    more of the burden so all of America can prosper.. You understand what
    that means, right? It means that raising taxes on productive people
    results in them having less money; less money for everything, including
    granddaughters.

    I’m sorry, Ashley, but the well has run dry. The free lunches are
    over.. I have no money to give you now. So, congratulations on your
    choice for “change.” For future reference, I encourage you to try and
    add up the total value of the gifts and cash you have received from us,
    just since you went off to college, and compare it to what you expect
    to get from Mr. Obama over the next 4 (or 8) years. I have not kept
    track of it, Ashley. It has all truly been the gift of our hearts.

    Remember, we love you dearly….but from now on you’ll need to call the
    number mentioned above. Your “Savior” has the money we would have given
    to you. Just try and get it from him.

    Good luck, sweetheart.

    Love, Grandpa

  106. OMG, A Fox New Alert…Bubba in Florida for Meeks…WTF! It’s fantastic Bill is getting all this media attn!!

  107. Geez wbboei,

    I wonder how many parents, grandparents are saying those exact words to their younger generation.

    I’d just be grateful if my grandparents and parents were still alive…sigh.

  108. OMG, A Fox New Alert…Bubba in Florida for Meeks…WTF! It’s fantastic Bill is getting all this media attn!!
    ————————
    Another victory lap–at Obama’s expense.

  109. #
    confloyd
    October 19th, 2010 at 10:40 am

    pm317,
    Nice pic of the King and Queen of America….this apparently is who they think they are! I’ve never seen anything like this, perhaps they really are robots and if you get to close you’ll see it, LOL!

    This is the most ridiculous administration of my lifetime!
    ——

    Where are their crowns and bling?

    These two are such fools, and if you look at the faces in the crowd, most didn’t expect to get all dressed up to stand behind a velvet rope and ‘look’ at BO and MO.

    What’s next, some wax look-a-likes with recorded speeches so the royalty can be off doing what they do best, playing and spending our money!

    Two more years of this bs, then what? Real poverty to the middle class with Mitt at the helm if Hillary doesn’t toss her hat in the ring in 2012????????

    Shoot me now.

  110. I wonder how many parents, grandparents are saying those exact words to their younger generation.
    ——————————-
    Lots of them, I expect. And they 20 somethings share this information with their friends. No jobs, no help from home, all thanks to their one and only Messiah Obama. Sooner or later some of them will learn the wisdom of the old adage–money talks and bullshit walks. But that will take a little more maturity.

  111. #
    confloyd
    October 19th, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    OMG, A Fox New Alert…Bubba in Florida for Meeks…WTF! It’s fantastic Bill is getting all this media attn!!
    ——–

    The intensity of Bill’s stumping keeps making me think Hillary is warming to the idea of 2012!

    Go Bill, Go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Bill loves showing up the FraudKing.

  112. These two are such fools, and if you look at the faces in the crowd, most didn’t expect to get all dressed up to stand behind a velvet rope and ‘look’ at BO and MO.
    ——————————
    Obama= “The Velvet Fog”

    Mel Torme is long gone now, so I am sure he will not mind.

  113. pm317,

    Did I hear you say Mittens??? OMG, I agree shoot me know too! How does making money out of the Olympics qualify someone for the Presidency?? Of coarse Bambino has even done that!
    Please Hillary has to run….well if you think about his logically, things could get so bad that even the rethugs will want Bill and Hill back in the WH….wouldn’t that be something…several have commented how truly wonderful he was…like Paul Ryan, now there’s a hunk!

  114. Shadowfax,

    YOu do realize, that Bill and Hillary are the only ones on this side of the planet that really have something to run on…he was the ONLY President in modern time to balance the budget and have a surplus….his wife certainly can do it and Bill can be freaking financial czar advisor!

    As this financial problem worsens everyone will want them back…

  115. wbboei,
    I kinda like those “young guns”, as least they are easy on the eyes and are smart…don’t need a freaking telepromter and can speak off the cuff….I like brains…real brains….not teleprompter brains.

  116. The only thing that Sharron Angle will be a disaster for is the Democratic party’s plans to hold the US Senate. I think Bill Clinton wrong on his assertion.

  117. wbboei
    October 19th, 2010 at 11:22 am
    ==================================

    This just shows that much of the Republican party is as bad as the Democratic party. Some Republicans evidently are playing games. They let the Democratic party enact Øbamacare, and then stood aside and watched the voters lambast the Democrats for doin so, while there were secret supporters of this monstrosity found in the Republican party all along. They looked at it like it was a win-win for them by letting the Democratic party take the heat for passage of Øbamacare, and and still have the end result of a healthcare bill that some Republicans were really not against in the first place. Tweaking the healthcare is not an option. It must be repealed.

  118. You know the DNC is broke and up to it’s busing in teens to vote for the Fraud again, when this time they don’t get iPods for their vote, just ice cream:

    Lawsuit on it’s way…

    Three van loads of Hughes High students were taken last week – during school hours – to vote and given sample ballots only for Democratic candidates and then taken for ice cream, a Monday lawsuit alleges.

    http://news.cincinnati.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/AB/20101018/NEWS010702/10190308/

  119. Repealing healthcare doesn’t address the real problems that healthcare has! We just need Hillary to fix it. What we have is the republican version of healthcare reform.

  120. shadowfax, Someone needs to tell those kids that 2 years ago the kids got an Ipod….they should hold out for the good stuff…LOL!

  121. The pictures above of Øbama were kind of demonic. Like the Chilean miner indicated, I think I just saw the devil, but this one was wearing a tie.

  122. confloyd
    October 19th, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    pm317,

    Did I hear you say Mittens???
    ———————–

    nope, not me, I think it was Shadowfax.

  123. confloyd
    October 19th, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Repealing healthcare doesn’t address the real problems that healthcare has! We just need Hillary to fix it. What we have is the republican version of healthcare reform.

    ———
    But, could Hillary even turn this mess into her universal health care plan?

    If Big Pharma and the Insur. Co’s are the profiteers in this Hell Care, how could she change the set up to bring down their costs and make it all work? Is it even possible?

    The only way the Hell Care is tossed out is with a Rethug president. Rethugs can cut the spending before that…

  124. I am starting to think that the voting age needs to be pushed from 18 to 20 years old in order to prevent the shenanigans that some high schools are orchestrating. Dumb kids being manipulated is not something school districts should be involved in, although now that I think of it, some teachers are manipulating their students throughout high school by pushing a one-sided agenda about society, and the role that government should play in society.

  125. pm317

    confloyd

    pm317,

    Did I hear you say Mittens???
    ———————–

    nope, not me, I think it was Shadowfax.

    ———-
    Yup, I said it, and I will bet my Registration Card to the Democratic Party that if Hillary doesn’t run in 2012, MittTheAHole will be the next president.

  126. nomobama
    October 19th, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    I am starting to think that the voting age needs to be pushed from 18 to 20 years old in order to prevent the shenanigans that some high schools are orchestrating.

    ——-
    When I was young, you had to be 21 to vote.
    The problem is, if you can fight and die for your country at 18, then you should be old enough to vote.

    The fraud and his thugs at ACORN found all the ways they could to scam the voting, and they will continue until it is addressed and fixed.

  127. Shadowfax, NEVER underestimate the power of a “kickass” woman….remember Sarah Palin kicked the “good old boys of the oil industry” in ass and cleaned out the crony capitalism…and Palin isn’t anywhere near Hillary’s testicular fortitude. Now if the two would just run together we could kick the Chinese in the ass!

  128. Shadowfax,

    Mit does have good hair!

    BTW, you all know I turned 60 this year. Well I thought I had a hole in one of my teeth so I went to the dentist yesterday. Guess what I had to get done??? Same thing I had to do to my old horse….sand off the sharp edges…now that is a sobering reality!

  129. Confloyd, I have the same fantasy, of Hillary and Sarah running together…but, they don’t have the same goals for the country. Sarah would never want to go along with Universal Health Care or many of the more liberal ideas that Hillary believes in.

    I do like Sarah’s tenacity, and I would vote for her over most other Rethugs if they ran against Barry…but, I do not think the good ol’ boys in the Rethug higharchy would let her win the nomination. I also think many Rethug women don’t like her either. I hear these comments by Rethugs in my area.

  130. confloyd

    Shadowfax,

    Mit does have good hair!
    ———
    That’s all he has, let him run for ROGAINE ads and keep him out of the Oval office. 😉

  131. BTW, I suggest using the name “Senator Obama”. This is how you address someone who formerly held a position, such as “President Clinton” or “President Bush”.

    I choose not to recognize that Obama “won” the presidency

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

    Well, for that matter, he didn’t fairly win his US Senate seat (ask Ryan and Keyes) — nor is Illinois Senate Seat (ask Alice Palmer).

  132. confloyd
    October 19th, 2010 at 11:48 am

    Personally, I think restructuring it is the best option…if it is repealed we will never get what Americans really want.

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

    Bill and Hillary have been talking that way all along. Of course they’d want to restructure it differently than the GOP would.

  133. shadowfax,
    I also think many Rethug women don’t like her either. I hear these comments by Rethugs in my area.
    ————————

    Some dem women did not like Hillary either, I can’t believe the ignorance of some people…they’d rather vote for the “made/glamourized” Potus.

  134. turndown, Yes, Bill and Hillary would restructure it to be fair to us as well as the insurance industry…not like the GOP…all toward insurance lobby.

  135. They let the Democratic party enact Øbamacare, and then stood aside and watched the voters lambast the Democrats for doin so, while there were secret supporters of this monstrosity found in the Republican party all along. They looked at it like it was a win-win for them by letting the Democratic party take the heat for passage of Øbamacare, and and still have the end result of a healthcare bill that some Republicans were really not against in the first place.

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

    Right. And it was the same pattern with getting Obama elected in the first place.

  136. But, could Hillary even turn this mess into her universal health care plan?

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

    Sure she could — IF she had enough support in Congress.

    Start by adding a Public Option….

  137. Boeing’s “major civilian aviation competitor, Airbus, is based in Europe, where governments shoulder the burden of health care costs.”

    Bullshit. European governments do not shoulder any health care costs. Airbus employees pay their own health insurance, taken out of their pay (though part of the payment is labeled “employer’s share”).

  138. “But, could Hillary even turn this mess into her universal health care plan?”

    turndownobama: “Sure she could — IF she had enough support in Congress… Start by adding a Public Option….”

    What support she doesn’t have to begin with would surely come to her by her way of negotiating, which is not strong-arming Emanuel-style but by reasoning with the Congress. I’m sure there are broad swaths of the legislation that she would be more than willing to remove, in favor of things like Public Option by opening Medicaid to purchase by people who can pay the price, Medicare/Medicaid negotiation with drug companies,…

    I think she would find her best allies amongst Republicans.

  139. shadowfax: “I also think many Rethug women don’t like [Palin]”

    confloyd: “Some dem women did not like Hillary either”

    The polls I’ve read over the years have shown that you are both right. I remember Mark Penn asserted (Oct 07) that more than 12% of Republican women were ready to cross over for Hillary.

    Seems both had more attraction in the opposite party than in their own.

  140. JanH’s article: “Extremists on the far-right have made recent electoral breakthroughs in the Netherlands, Sweden, Austria, France and Italy.”

    As far as France is concerned, this is untrue. The extremes are weaker than ever. This year’s regional elections brought the Socialists back into power in every region of the country, and polls say 54% want the Socialists back in the Assembly and Presidency in 2012.

    “France has banned the burka and launched a campaign to deport illegally settled gypsies (Roma)…”

    The burka ban seems to be well accepted by everyone, but the deportation of the Roms was an action conducted by the rightist Sarkozy that prompted criticism from across the whole political spectrum, including Sarkozy’s own party. Sarkozy is in trouble, and it is rumored that he doesn’t want to seek a second term.

  141. Interesting!! Visiting women dignitaries are routinely asked to cover their heads when they visit Mosques in the ME and now Obama is made to do the same at the famous Sikh temple in Amritsar. Ha ha.. what goes around comes around.

    http://www.indianexpress.com/news/no-headscarf-obama-may-skip-golden-temple-visit/699380/

    As Giani Gurbachan Singh, head priest of the Golden Temple, puts it: “We have no problems if he wears a skull cap, the kind that Muslims wear to the mosque — or any other cap that is modified to something similar. But we don’t allow baseball caps or Army hats.”

    It is within these red lines that Obama’s aides had to find the appropriate headgear which would serve his domestic political purpose while taking care not to hurt Sikh sentiments. The Indian government, on its part, studiously stayed away from this issue, maintaining that it was for US authorities to resolve.

  142. Shadowfax,
    I think the point that most people are missing is that the Hellcare is/was the republican proposal in 1992. Why in the world would they want to repeal it…and now you hear some rethugs saying the don’t want it repealed, they want re-structure it.
    Its all politics of BS.
    Hillary knows exactly how to fix it, if she and Bill come out after Obama is out..and say to repeal it, then I’ll believe it.

  143. ROTFLMAO! So all the Kos kids went into paroxysms of twittering over Sarah Palin’s comment in a recent speech that they’re gonna “party like it’s 1773”.

    They were all like, “OMG, she is so STOOOOOPID!!! She got her years wrong! I mean, like NOTHING happened in 1773! Did she mean 1776? ZOMG what a stupid bimbo she is! Can you beeeleeeeeeve the stupidity??”

    Hey, morons: the BOSTON TEA PARTY happened in 1773. Get it? Pertinent reference at a teaparty event, no?

    Read the idiots and weep. (Um, who, exactly, is stupid? )

    http://perfunction.typepad.com/perfunction/2010/10/historic-illiteracy-idiot-sarah-palin-party-like-its-1773-after-the-election.html

  144. Terrorists can’t be successful in a vacuum..look for support from state actors.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/oct/18/pakistan-isi-mumbai-terror-attacks

    Pakistan’s powerful intelligence services were heavily involved in preparations for the Mumbai terrorist attacks of November 2008, according to classified Indian government documents obtained by the Guardian.

    A 109-page report into the interrogation of key suspect David Headley, a Pakistani-American militant arrested last year and detained in the US, makes detailed claims of ISI support for the bombings.

    Under questioning, Headley described dozens of meetings between officers of the main Pakistani military intelligence service, the ISI, and senior militants from the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) group responsible for the Mumbai attacks.

    He claims a key motivation for the ISI in aiding the attacks was to bolster militant organisations with strong links to the Pakistani state and security establishment who were being marginalised by more extreme radical groups.

    The revelations could prove embarrassing to the US government as well as to the Pakistanis. Reports in American newspapers over the weekend claimed that Headley’s wife had tried to alert American authorities to her husband’s activities but had been ignored.

  145. Under questioning, Headley described dozens of meetings

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

    What kind of questioning? Torture?

    One trouble with torture is it makes the public doubt ALL confessions, even those that did not actually use it. (And even so the prisoner may have been in fear that torture would later be used if he did not say what the questioners wanted to hear now.)

  146. I hope to God this is true:

    Democrat says he’s heard Pelosi won’t run again for Speaker.

    Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.) said that not only would he not back Pelosi (D-Calif.) for Speaker again, but also that he’d heard she would not seek another term in that position.

    “From what we’re hearing, she’s probably not going to run for Speaker again,” McIntyre told WWAY-TV in North Carolina. “And if she does, I’m confident she’s going to have opposition, and I look forward to supporting that opposition.”

    ——–
    Bye, bye Nasty!

  147. I think the point that most people are missing is that the Hellcare is/was the republican proposal in 1992.

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

    Yes, and very close to Romney’s MA healthcare system.

  148. turndownobama
    October 19th, 2010 at 4:37 pm
    —————-

    You don’t know what the fuck you’re talking about. I gave you an article/info on a world terrorist event and if you’re interested, go find out more about what happened or shut the fuck up.

  149. Shadowfax
    October 19th, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Hillary walked over and talked to one of our Bay Area PUMAs, I betcha the first thing out of that PUMA’s mouth was to encourage Hillary to run again!

    ****

    Shadow…from what I’ve heard, they did ask her about that, and when they did, she just laughed, but didn’t exactly say no either. Now, she was probably just trying to be nice, casual, etc; and didn’t feel the need to respond deterministically like she would in a formal interview, but still, kinda nice, eh?!? 😉

  150. turndownobama
    October 19th, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Start by adding a Public Option….

    ****

    I hope she tosses the whackin Public Option into the trash where it belongs. IMO, the Public Option was always a phony piece of crap employed by the Obama campaign to distort from the real Democratic values of Universal Health Care.

    For me, it’s Universal Health Care!! None of this smoke and mirrors that is part and parcel of zerø.

  151. confloyd
    October 19th, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    I think the point that most people are missing is that the Hellcare is/was the republican proposal in 1992.

    ===================
    turndownobama
    October 19th, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    Yes, and very close to Romney’s MA healthcare system.

    ****

    Spot on, confloyd and turndown! Hellcare is indeed a Republican invention, specifically it is the plan that was suggested by Republican John Chafee in response to Hillarycare. I love the irony of it actually. The one argument that the WH could have made to defend Obamacare against the Republicans is that it is actually a Republican plan…but they can’t make that argument because by doing so, they would inadvertently reveal to the BOTs that all the WH got was a phony sack of goods, and not a true progressive plan. His “signature achievement” is nothing more than capitulation to the Republicans.

    In some ways, I have to say, I considered it appropriate justice. The WH boxed in from really being able to defend Obamacare because they’ll give away the real story if they do?? ROFL, now that, imo, is some good schadenfreude. 😉

  152. Somerby discusses the fatal disease of progressives–tribalism run amok. This is why they are a tribal village. This explains why they have great difficulty communicating with the rest of society. This is why they, like Obama, do not understand the country and are no more suitable to a leadership role than Messiah Obama has proven himself to be:
    ————————————————————————————————–
    TRAISTER: I think that what the right has is an extraordinarily capable and powerful media, and just—the left just doesn’t seem to be able to come up with either the message or then the mechanism to disperse that message as effectively as the right has. But one thing I would say is that, despite the fact that we haven’t been as good at constructing the message, there are undeniable strides on the side of the left that we can’t ignore when we talk about what’s instigating this kind of rage and multi-faceted rage on the right. We have an African-American president right now. The speed at which we are talking about and beginning—slowly, but fast in the scope of history—to come to terms with issues of gay rights, for instance. The number of people in this country who do not speak English that is growing as, are the bedrock of this nation. The kind of stuff that inspires the violent anti-immigration stuff, the violent homophobia, the racism and the anti-Americanism, that stuff is being inspired in part by great strides that are, even with the lack of a message about which I’m very frustrated, are spelling the end of a certain kind of old American way of life and I think what we’re looking at in part is something you called the bacchanal, I think of as a kind of death rattle. And it doesn’t mean that it’s not threatening and won’t have an impact, I’m not suggesting that it’s harmless, “Oh, this is just an old way of culture dying.” It can have a tremendous and a dangerous and a powerful impact. But I think the reason why we’re seeing it with the intensity that we are right now is because it’s a response to a larger set of progressive victories.

    We agree with several things Traister said. Mainly, though, we were struck by how tribal Traister is—how lacking in generosity, how politically foolish. Within this particular tribe, the nation’s powerful advances in gay rights—the fact that the nation now has a black president—can’t in any way reflect evolving instincts or advancing views by anyone in the center or on the right. All Traister is able to see “on the right” is “this kind of rage and multi-faceted rage”—“the violent anti-immigration stuff, the violent homophobia, the racism and the anti-Americanism.” It’s tremendously threatening and dangerous.

    Truth to tell, there really isn’t a lot of “violent anti-immigration stuff” or “violent homophobia” going on in the wider society. But when “progressives” like Traister sit to stroke one another and chat, these demonic forces are said to be widespread. Weirdest of all, Traister is such a reflexive tribalist that she even describes the rise in “the number of people in this country who do not speak English” as some sort of progressive triumph. Nothing is necessarily “wrong” with a growing number of non-English speakers, if we do have such a phenomenon in the US. But it’s hard to know why someone would describe this as a progressive triumph, and you really have to be a fool to present this as Traister did—as a triumph for the left, opposed by those on the right because of their violent anti-immigration” instincts and their “dangerous,” “threatening” instincts.

    Can we share a secret? In some ways, the rise in low-income immigration presents large costs to the society—to its public schools, for example. You don’t have to be a racist to know that, or to find it troubling, annoying or undesirable—except when high-minded people like Traister sit to stroke and chat. Sometimes, The Crazy isn’t crazy at all, even though it may not reflect your own reaction. But tribalists have never seen the world this way, and they never will.

    Question: Could Traister explain the challenges and costs immigration has brought to the public schools? Of course she couldn’t! On this topic, she seems to know one thing—people who don’t respond exactly as she does must be driven by rage, by hate. Whatever one thinks about immigration, this attitude is itself the soul of casual hate—and it’s politically toxic.

    (Since this degree of immigration has largely been accepted as a sop to business interests, it’s especially odd to see a “progressive” praise it with such fervor.)

    Traister’s speech strikes us as blatantly foolish. By way of contrast, it struck Digby as an exposition of the gruesome ways of The Other. But if Traister really wants to know why “the left just doesn’t seem to be able to come up with either the message or then the mechanism to disperse that message as effectively as the right,” we would suggest that she click Digby’s link and listen to herself talk. In 2008, the electorate was 74 percent white; we’ll guess the percentage will be higher in 2010. Why do “progressives” have so much trouble developing a “message” which reaches these people? In part, because of the foolish attitudes blurted by tribals like this.

    And make no mistake, “liberals” love to spread their dramatic race war portraits, in which The Other Tribe is a group of snarling racists and Our Own One True Tribe is driven by racial greatness. Indeed, the “liberal journal” for which Traister writes brands itself in this way, although its editor would jump off the Golden Gate Bridge before she would stoop to assign a discussion of the interests of the nation’s black and brown kids. On the merits, the social progress Traister describes hasn’t all occurred “on the left;” many people have come a long way as this progress has occurred. On the politics, it would be wise for progressives to give some credit to those from outside our own ratty group. But a certain type of pseudo-liberal loves the drama of race-war portraits. Here was dissembler-in-chief Frank Rich, creating one of his typical racial dramas in Sunday’s New York Times:

    RICH (10/17/10): That wave of anger began with the parallel 2008 cataclysms of the economy’s collapse and Barack Obama’s ascension. The mood has not subsided since. But in the final stretch of 2010, the radical right’s anger is becoming less focused, more free-floating—more likely to be aimed at “government” in general, whatever the location or officials in charge. The anger is also more likely to claim minorities like gays, Latinos and Muslims as collateral damage. This is a significant and understandable shift, if hardly a salutary one. The mad-as-hell crowd in America, still not seeing any solid economic recovery on the horizon, will lash out at any convenient scapegoat.

    […]

    Few cared when The Boston Globe reported last fall that the Secret Service was overwhelmed by death threats against the president as well as a rise in racist hate groups and antigovernment fervor. It’s no better now. In a cover article last month, Barton Gellman wrote in Time that the magazine’s six-month investigation found that “the threat level against the president and other government targets” is at its highest since the antigovernment frenzy that preceded Timothy McVeigh’s bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995.

    Rich adores the picture of right-wing hordes dreaming of killing Obama. Unfortunately, someone did care about that Boston Globe report in the fall of 2009—a report which is now a year old, a report whose claims Rich misstates. In December 2009, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton cared enough to ask Mark Sullivan, the head of the Secret Service, if it and similar reports were actually true (see THE DAILY HOWLER, 12/4/09). In an open congressional hearing, Sullivan said the report wasn’t true; he said the number of threats against Obama “are the same level as it has been for the last two presidents.” (One of those two was President Clinton, who somehow drew a lot of threats despite the fact he was white.) Rich’s own newspaper reported this testimony, but Rich still promotes his dream of race war, failing to tell you what Sullivan said. (We’ll assume he may not know. Novel-writing is like that.) Beyond that, Rich misstates what Gellman wrote in Time, embellishing a judgment which carried no special authority beyond the weight one might assign to Time’s judgment.

    “Extremism for Dummies,” Digby’s headline said. For our money, Traister and Rich could be listed among the political dummies. They’re also lovers of The Tribe, and of all it represents. In their own form of tribal loathing—in their massive political dumbness—they help explain why “the left just doesn’t seem to be able to come up with either the message or then the mechanism to disperse that message as effectively as the right has.”

    Final point: At the start of that GritTV chat, host Laura Flanders promoted “a new book I had the honor of editing.” Here is its title: “At the Tea Party: The Wing Nuts, Whack Jobs and Whitey Whiteness of The New Republican Right.” In an electorate which is 74 percent white, this type of casual racial denigration may not be the best political play. But such casual denigration has become amazingly common on ours, the “progressive” side.

  153. #
    Fifth Dimension
    October 19th, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    Shadowfax
    October 19th, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Hillary walked over and talked to one of our Bay Area PUMAs, I betcha the first thing out of that PUMA’s mouth was to encourage Hillary to run again!

    ****

    Shadow…from what I’ve heard, they did ask her about that, and when they did, she just laughed, but didn’t exactly say no either. Now, she was probably just trying to be nice, casual, etc; and didn’t feel the need to respond deterministically like she would in a formal interview, but still, kinda nice, eh?!? 😉
    ——

    Really? Tea-leaf reading that is a: “Probably if we can get these back stabbers out of my way first”.

    Great news.

  154. Jan,

    I will not vote for Gillibrand. She’s wrong on illegal immigration and she lost her independence when she went to the senate and voted like a party hack.

  155. Shadowfax
    October 19th, 2010 at 4:57 pm
    I hope to God this is true:

    Democrat says he’s heard Pelosi won’t run again for Speaker.

    ——————–
    I hope so too. Oh how the mighty have fallen.

  156. Greta just had Meeks on her show, Bill just stumped with him, and he was smiling ear to ear. He felt the Clinton mojo, for sure.

    Meeks also talked about Health Care, but said he wasn’t there to support Barry’s policies.

    Running against Rubio, one heck of a race. He called Rubio the Darling of the Tea Party. 😉

  157. I hope so too. Oh how the mighty have fallen.

    —-

    Less than 2 weeks for Nasty to claim she is third in line to the Presidency and the most powerful woman in the US.
    Tick, tick, tick………get your bloody white flag ready, Nasty. Fasten your seat belt for the voters are gonna blast you of your golden perch!!!!

    Karma’s on it’s way…

  158. ” Shadowfax
    October 19th, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    Greta just had Meeks on her show, Bill just stumped with him, and he was smiling ear to ear. He felt the Clinton mojo, for sure.”

    +++++

    BILL WAS GREAT! I posted some pics and stuff at Uppity Woman’s place.

  159. Even Germany knows Barry’s 15 minutes are over…

    Obama’s Lost Magic

    DER SPIEGEL : [snip]

    At the Crossroads

    It is like a grown-up going back to the places of his youth: the public swimming pool where he learned to swim, the intersection where he had his first kiss. It’s a sentimental journey, and at the same time an admission that youth doesn’t last forever.

    There are crossroads in every life, decisive moments. Afterwards, what was reality until a moment ago is just a memory, and the present has changed. The politician who once embodied a brave new alternative with his iconic slogan “Yes, we can” would probably love to be able to freeze frame the moment of his triumph as it was and hang on to the ease of those early, naive years. But that’s not possible. Political careers, like biographies, succeed or fail — but they do not stop.

    http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,723814,00.html

  160. Norma Desmond
    October 19th, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    +++++

    BILL WAS GREAT! I posted some pics and stuff at Uppity Woman’s place.

    ———–
    Awesome, I’ll go to Uppity’s and take a look…

  161. pm317
    October 19th, 2010 at 2:42 pm
    ============================

    I wonder if there would be a problem if he wore a bag over his head? I know that I could tolerate looking at him a little more. 😉

  162. JanH
    October 19th, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Secretary Clinton: “Tomorrow Will Be Better”

    ****

    That message was so good, Jan. Thanks for posting this video, and thank you Hillary for caring enough to do this.

  163. nomobama
    October 19th, 2010 at 10:58 pm
    ——————-

    Well, the head priest came back and said may be a baseball cap is OK.. but I don’t think Obama will look classy in that (right?). It is really not that difficult. Lot of men who don’t wear Sikh turban just put their handkerchief over their head while being in there. Like these people in the picture
    http://www.global-lab.org/mt/CulturesHimalayasSummer06/GoldenTemple.jpg

    I also read a story that there was no helipad and no easy way to get him through the crowded and narrow streets of the old city leading up to the temple. The temple itself is extraordinary. It feeds thousands of people everyday (free) and volunteers cook in the kitchen.

  164. In 2008, the electorate was 74 percent white; we’ll guess the percentage will be higher in 2010.

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

    Huh? Which percentage? Does she just mean that more non-whites turned out in 2008 than will turn out in 2010?

  165. His “signature achievement” is nothing more than capitulation to the Republicans.

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

    So are his other claimed ‘achievements’ — and to some extent, his election itself.

  166. pm317 – since he is so crazy about star wars – he could just wear a Jedi Robe and be done with it. He would probably think he looked cool. Or, like Jesus – which would suit his ego just fine.

  167. Once again, it is all about HIM. Nevermind that he is visiting one of the most magnificient places on earth, or that his kids might get an education, or he might learn something. He has to be concerned that he might not look ‘cool’ or the Republicans will post pictures all over the internet calling him names…

  168. Democrat says he’s heard Pelosi won’t run again for Speaker.
    ********
    That is rather meaningless since the Dems will be the minority party in the House after Jan ’11. The question is whether she and the other corrupt Dem House officials not run for their respective minority positions.

  169. PM317 at 11.46PM

    I am a US citizen of Indian Origin. I am Hindu born, but I am a secular humanist now and I think all religions including Hinduism, Christian and Muslim religions did more harm than good to human progress.In 2008, at the instance of a sikh friend, I visited Golden Temple and I had to buy a hand kerchief shown in the picture for 5 bucks (US 10cents).

    As you said the roads were in such a bad condition, our car took a couple of hours in Amritsar in those dusty roads full of pot holes. I think at that time they were constructing a new multi lane road to improve the situation, but knowing India as I do, I will be pretty surprised if they completed the road by now. If Obama visits the Temple on those roads, in deed it will be a trip he won’t forget in his life time

  170. According to the great tolerant Islamic religion, wife and child beating is OK as long as he does not leave marks and the child did not reach puberty.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-20019996-504083.html

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (CBS/AP) Apparently, it is perfectly OK for a man to beat his wife and young children, according to the UAE’s highest judicial body, as long as the thrashing doesn’t leave any physical marks.

    The decision by the Federal Supreme Court shows the strong influence of Islamic law in the Emirates despite its international appeal in which foreign residents greatly outnumber the local population.

    The court made the ruling earlier this month in the case of a man who beat his wife and adult daughter. The court stated that the man crossed the line suggested by Sharia Law because the daughter was not a minor and the wife sustained visible injuries.

    The beating left the wife with injuries to her lip and teeth and the 23-year-old daughter suffered bruises on her knees and hand. In ruling against the defendant in that case, Chief Justice Falah as Hajeri stated that there were conditions when domestic violence was acceptable, according to the New York Daily News.

    But Justice al Hajeri said the man “abused this right of discipline” and therefore was not “exempted from punishment.”

    Islamic law allows for “discipline” if no marks are left. It also says children who have reached “adulthood” – approximately puberty – cannot be struck.

    The ruling was reported Monday in the Abu Dhabi-based newspaper The National.

  171. One interesting statistic i read yesterday was that in early voting in 2008, it was heavily black democratic women, in 2010 so far in the first early voting it is overwhelmingly white republican men. Also that early voting in the 2010 midterms is much higher than it was in 2006 by almost 2 to 1.

  172. democrat1 – Have you ever looked into Quakerism? They’re basically Christian but don’t get involved in any theological stuff. Basically, it’s personal ethics. They’re also called “Society of Friends”. At their beginnings in England, they had a some rich slave traders in their midst, but managed to convince them to give up the slave trade, for ethical reasons. I think the only Quaker who ever did any harm was Richard Nixon. Otherwise, they’re a pretty good bunch.

    Furthermore, you don’t even have to believe in God.

  173. US slips to 49th in life expectancy: study
    The United States currently ranks 49th in the world in overall life expectancy, according to a study published in the academic journal Health Affairs, slipping dramatically during the last decade.

    “As of September 23, 2010, the United States ranked forty-ninth for both male and female life expectancy combined,”
    Noting that the United States spends over twice as much per capita on health care than other industrialized nations, it adds: “The observation that Americans are spending relatively more on health but living relatively shorter, less healthy lives has led some critics to allege that the US health care system is ‘uniquely inefficient.'”

  174. “Noting that the United States spends over twice as much per capita on health care than other industrialized nations…”

    I don’t know where they get this statistic “over twice as much”. According to figures I have found (and confirmed by Bill Clinton!), the difference is about 70%, not more than 100%.

    That’s still a big enough difference, though, to justify the conclusion that the US health care system is “uniquely inefficient”.

    Cheer up! With their longer life expectancies, other industrialized nations are facing a problem funding their retirement systems, while we should be able to count on Social Security far into the future!

  175. With their longer life expectancies, other industrialized nations are facing a problem funding their retirement systems

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

    So I’ve heard. ;-/ But some EU countries have been retiring at 50 for how long? And have the energy for forceable protest when the government tries to raise that.

  176. Crowd gets raucous at Oberstar-Cravaack debate

    …Moderators asked for civility and respect, but the cat calls and jeering from a nearly-full auditorium continued through most of the 90-minute forum, often drowning-out candidates’ answers over a faulty sound system that lacked volume.

    Oberstar was cut short several times, and fell into responding to Cravaack supporters as they heckled him.

    “You just don’t want to hear the facts. You don’t want to hear the truth,” Oberstar tried to say.

    “You don’t know the truth,” a Cravaack supporter responded….

    http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/article/id/181662/group/homepage/

  177. The news that Pelosi won’t run for Speaker is disingenuous. I doubt that a Republican majority would consider her. Secondly, as badly as she has bungled, with numerous screw ups such as stabbing Hillary Clinton in the back, rule rigging for caucuses and primaries and national conventions, her ramming through the health insurance company entitlement bill, TARP, and various other legislation for the benefit of the wealthy elites has shown her to be anything but a liberal. Anytime she is described as liberal there should be vigorous push back with facts showing her to be a malevolent servant of the moneyed elites. She was the historic first woman Speaker of the US House of Representatives and just as historic a disaster as Obama has been. After January 2011 she will be as discredited as Newt Gingrich was and will probably quit and go home to be a socialite in San Francisco.

  178. Our Girl is busy busy .Getting out of the way of the coming fray of primary day.Big day today with Henry Kissinger.Meanwhile back at the WH BO and MO keep digging the hole deeper and may reach China and assist in the mine rescues.Things are pretty glum for the dumb and they are re-treading Conndi for more help in their shovel brigade.Not to worry though Hillary is waiting in the wings for the right time and the iron is hot but she needs us all at her back for this great historic event to occur. “DRAFT HILLARY” “IMPEACH OBAMA”

    by stacyxBusy, busy day:

    SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

    9:30 a.m. Secretary Clinton meets with the senior management team, at the Department of State.

    10:30 a.m. Secretary Clinton meets with President Obama at the White House.

    11:00 a.m. Secretary Clinton attends a meeting with President Obama at the White House.

    1:30 p.m. Secretary Clinton speaks with Finnish Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb.

    2:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton speaks with Quartet Representative Tony Blair.

    3:45 p.m. Secretary Clinton and Former Secretary Dr. Henry Kissinger participate in “The Secretaries: Conversations On Diplomacy,” an event co-sponsored by HBO launching the Patrons of Diplomacy Initiative for the Diplomatic Reception Rooms, at the Department of State.

    7:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton delivers remarks to the American Task Force on Palestine, at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Georgetown.

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    Secretary of State Clinton Speaks Directly to GLBT Youth: Tomorrow Will Be Better
    October 19, 2010
    tags: Hillary Clinton, gay rights, Secretary of State, GLBTby stacyx

    This is really, really moving and I give her major props for doing this. The recent wave of suicides by gay youth/young adults is tragic, as is the hate speech issuing forth from conservatives who are trying to use this as a wedge issue.

    It’s amazing that such a high-level government official would do this. It is INCREDIBLY important. I can’t think of any one else in this administration who would speak not only with this much feeling and honesty, but speak directly to kids. Anyone who is gay knows how tough it can be during youth and adolescence to feel isolated not only from friends, but in some cases, also from family.

    ps. Thanks to Rachel for the head’s up about the video!

    Here is the transcript:

    Like millions of Americans, I was terribly saddened to learn of the recent suicides of several teenagers across our country after being bullied because they were gay or because people thought they were gay. Children are particularly vulnerable to the hurt caused by discrimination and prejudice and we have lost many young people over the years to suicide. These most recent deaths are a reminder that all Americans have to work harder to overcome bigotry and hatred.

    I have a message for all the young people out there who are being bullied, or who feel alone and find it hard to imagine a better future: First of all, hang in there and ask for help. Your life is so important—to your family, your friends, and to your country. And there is so much waiting for you, both personally and professionally— there are so many opportunities for you to develop your talents and make your contributions.

    And these opportunities will only increase. Because the story of America is the story of people coming together to tear down barriers, stand up for rights, and insist on equality, not only for themselves but for all people. And in the process, they create a community of support and solidarity that endures. Just think of the progress made by women just during my lifetime by women, or ethnic, racial and religious minorities over the course of our history —and by gays and lesbians, many of whom are now free to live their lives openly and proudly. Here at the State Department, I am grateful every day for the work of our LGBT employees who are serving the United States as foreign service officers and civil servants here and around the world. It wasn’t long ago that these men and women would not have been able to serve openly, but today they can—because it has gotten better. And it will get better for you.

    So take heart, and have hope, and please remember that your life is valuable, and that you are not alone. Many people are standing with you and sending you their thoughts, their prayers and their strength. Count me among them.

    Take care of yourself.

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    Yes!
    October 19, 2010
    tags: Hillary Clinton, Israel, Palestine, Current Events, human rights, Secretary of State, Mideast Peaceby stacyxI am very psyched about this:

    Secretary Clinton to Deliver Remarks to the American Task Force on Palestine on October 20

    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will deliver remarks to the American Task Force on Palestine Fifth Annual Gala, on October 20 at approximately 7 p.m., at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Georgetown.

    Secretary Clinton will reaffirm the U.S. commitment to a two-state solution and to a comprehensive peace in the Middle East.

    For more information, check out the organization’s website here.

    While looking around the website I noticed this little blurb, which is quite significant in that it is a huge up-front concession on the part of the Palestinians. And it’s something that really hasn’t been acknowledged by the American media:

    The Palestinians are ready to end all historic claims against Israel once they establish their state in the lands Israel occupied in the 1967 Mideast War, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Sunday, addressing a long-standing Israeli demand.

    I have a feeling Israel will ignore it, despite the fact that it is a huge concession because Israel doesn’t want to give up one inch of land beyond the Green Land. Perhaps that is why it has been played down in the U.S., because it exposes a key issue regarding Israel’s unwillingness to really compromise on anything. And of course, when they are building settlements in some of the very areas which the Palestinians hope to reclaim, it’s hard for Israel to claim to be negotiating in good faith at this point.

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    US-Northern Ireland Economic Conference and Bilateral (Video)
    October 19, 2010
    tags: news, Foreign Policy, Hillary Clinton, Current Events, Diplomacy, Secretary of State, Bilaterals, Northern Ireland, Photos, Video, Economic Dialogueby stacyx

    US-Northern Ireland Economic Conference, posted with vodpod
    Here is a video of Secretary Clinton and the British SOS for Northern Ireland:

    Hillary Clinton and British SOS for Northern Ir…, posted with vodpod
    And a few photos. I’ll update with more later.

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton poses with British Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Owen Paterson ahead of a meeting October 19, 2010 at the State Department

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    Tuesday Schedule: U.S.- Northern Ireland Economic Conference *updated*
    October 19, 2010
    tags: Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State, Daily Appointments, Economics, Nothern Irelandby stacyxThe focus of the day is Northern Ireland:

    *There have been a couple of minor changes to the schedule (the appointments at 10:30a.m and 11:20a.m were added).

    10:30 a.m. Secretary Clinton holds a meeting on the cookstoves initiative, at the Department of State.

    11:20 a.m. Secretary Clinton meets with Irish Minister of State Peter Power, at the Department of State.

    11:30 a.m. Secretary Clinton delivers opening remarks to the U.S.-Northern Ireland Economic Conference, at the Department of State.

    12:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton meets with British Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Owen Paterson, at the Department of State.

    2:15 p.m. Secretary Clinton delivers remarks at a lunch for the U.S.-Northern Ireland Economic Conference, at the Department of State.

    2:45 p.m. Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Northern Ireland First Ministers Peter Robinson and Martin McGuiness, at the Department of State.

    4:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Slovakian Foreign Minister Mikulas Dzurinda, at the Department of State.

    5:15 p.m. Secretary Clinton attends a meeting at the White House.

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    Monday October 18th 2010 Appointments
    October 18, 2010
    tags: Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State, Daily Appointment Scheduleby stacyxThis is subject to change so if it does, I’ll update:

    9:15 a.m. Secretary Clinton meets with the Assistant Secretaries, at the Department of State.

    11:00 a.m. Secretary Clinton attends a meeting at the White House.

    12:30 p.m. Secretary Clinton attends a meeting at the White House.

    1:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton participates in a lunch for the U.S.-China Track Two Dialogue, at the Department of State.

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    BBC Interview: Catherine Ashton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
    October 18, 2010
    tags: news, Foreign Policy, Hillary Clinton, Current Events, Secretary of State Travel, Video, Interviews, Catherine Ashtonby stacyxI just found this so I thought I’d post it. It’s an interview with the BBC while she was traveling. Also, I’m at work and my computer here actually works. It’s in two parts:

    Part 1:

    Part 2:

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    The Sunday Afternoon Photo Bomb: The I Hate Computers Edition
    October 17, 2010
    tags: Cat Blogging, Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State, Sunday Afternoon Photo Bombby stacyxSorry about the light posting but my ‘puter just isn’t working properly, so this is sort of a mini photo bomb.

    For your viewing pleasure:

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    Blog Housekeeping
    October 16, 2010
    tags: Blog Housekeepingby stacyxJust an FYI. If you’ve noticed I haven’t really been updating much yesterday or today, it’s because I am having computer problems. So bear with me until I can get my system sorted out, hopefully by tonight. I wanted to post Secretary Clinton’s speech from SF last night but the computer elves won’t let me.

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    TGIF: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Appointments
    October 15, 2010
    tags: Hillary Clinton, Diplomacy, State Department, Secretary of State, Daily Appointment Scheduleby stacyxI hope she gets some sleep.

    SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

    9:30 a.m. EDT Secretary Clinton meets with Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice, at the Department of State.

    7:00 p.m. PST Secretary Clinton delivers remarks on innovation and American leadership to the Commonwealth Club, at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis in San Francisco, California.

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    Photo Round-Up for Thursday: SOS Hillary Clinton in Brussels
    October 14, 2010
    tags: Hillary Clinton, Diplomacy, Secretary of State, Photos, Secretary of State Travel, Brusselsby stacyx
    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) shakes hands with Egypt?s Foreign Minister Ahmed Ali Aboul Gheit prior to their bilateral meeting at the NATO Headquarters on October 14, 2010 in Brussels

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a joint press conference with U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates at NATO headquarters on October 14, 2010 in Brussels, Belgium.

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and European Council President, Belgian Herman Van Rompuy, during a meeting in Brussels

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and European Commission First-Vice President and Foreign and Security Policy High Representative Catherine Ashton pictured during a press conference in Brussels, Belgium, 14 October 2010.

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    Hillary Clinton ABC Interview
    October 14, 2010
    tags: news, Hillary Clinton, Current Events, Secretary of State Travel, Video, ABC News, Interviewsby stacyx

    Hillary Clinton ABC Interview, posted with vodpod
    Transcript:

    QUESTION: Madam Secretary, it’s good to see you here.

    SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you.

    QUESTION: Appreciate your time. Let’s begin with the feel-good moment, Chile. And it was a real “It takes a village” moment –

    SECRETARY CLINTON: It was.

    QUESTION: — in many ways. Were you glued to the tube like many of us?

    SECRETARY CLINTON: I was. And of course, with the time change, that made it even harder, but I couldn’t look away. I was watching as the preparations took place and then as the first capsule went down and the first miner came out. It was a feel-good moment. I thought that the president of Chile and his government and all of the experts, including some of ours from NASA and elsewhere, just had a superb, cooperative effort. And I think the world not only was thrilled to see those 33 men come up safely, but really so gratified to see people working together on something so positive and producing such a wonderful result.

    QUESTION: Many lessons we can all learn –

    SECRETARY CLINTON: Yes.

    QUESTION: — from that experience and you bring that here to Brussels, the NATO meeting.

    SECRETARY CLINTON: Right.

    QUESTION: And there are reports that Taliban leaders will be allowed for peace talks into Afghanistan, which will be a hot topic, of course, in the meetings here. How can the American Government allow that to happen, the Taliban to be possibly a part of the Afghan Government again?

    SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, Robin, for more than a year, we’ve had a very clear position that we were willing to support what’s called reintegration – namely, people on the battlefield coming off and going back into their society – and reconciliation, which is a much more political process to work out terms of peace with people who had led the Taliban, but only on very clear conditions. They had to renounce violence and lay down their arms, they had to renounce al-Qaida, and they had to be willing to abide by the laws and constitution of the nation of Afghanistan.

    So we’ve been consistent. I first laid out those principles more than a year ago. I’m not sure exactly how that will be implemented, because I’m not sure how many of the leaders will agree to those conditions. 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, I believe that they are, in increasing numbers, laying down their arms and coming back into society.

    But in a complex conflict situation like the one we see in Afghanistan, you look for openings to see whether the enemy is willing to lay down arms, rejoin society. In every conflict I’ve ever known of or worked in, that has to be the case. It’s very early in the process. And our military troops, the NATO-ISAF troops, our many allied nations, every single day are going out, hunting down and killing Taliban who are killing Afghans and killing our soldiers. So this is at the real beginning of what process might unfold.

    QUESTION: Yeah, because I sense that you’re very cautious about this –

    SECRETARY CLINTON: Mm-hmm.

    QUESTION: — that you’re going to reserve judgment, but you can understand where the American people, knowing what they do know about the Taliban, and to allow them to again be part of that government, is something that some people find highly objectionable.

    SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, I’m also very cautious about it, as you could tell when I was answering your question. But if you look at conflicts around the world, you don’t make peace with your friends. There has to be either a total defeat and surrender on the battlefield, which is increasingly less common – 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. It’s what’s called asymmetrical. It’s terrorism, it’s blowing up cars, it’s ideological.

    And so what we are seeing is a move by the lower-level fighters, many of them, to leave the battlefield, which is all to the good because they are being convinced that this fight is no longer one they want to be part of. Now, I think it’s highly unlikely that the leadership of the Taliban that refused to turn over bin Ladin in 2001 will ever reconcile. But stranger things have happened in the history of war, but it can only happen if they willing to abide by the red lines that we and the Afghan Government have established.

    QUESTION: These meetings are – will set up the NATO meetings that will take place next month, which President Obama will attend.

    SECRETARY CLINTON: Right.

    QUESTION: Is it realistic to think that we’re approaching that point where some districts will be handed back to the Afghan people, that we have reached that point where they can handle that?

    SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, that’s what we’re going to be talking about at the meeting here in Brussels. Both Secretary Gates and I will be attending this meeting. It’s a joint meeting of defense and foreign ministers to review the plans that have been put forth to determine exactly if and how such a transition can occur.

    In my conversations with General Petraeus and others of our military leaders, they do believe that there will be places in Afghanistan that can be transitioned over to Afghan control. The Afghan security forces have made really significant progress. They’re not where they need to be yet, and they know that. But in certain areas like Kabul, where they are taking a much greater role in defending the capital city, and some of the other provinces where they have good relations with the local leaders, I think that there can be transitions that do start to occur.

    But I think our military and our civilian leadership are very cautious about that. They want to make sure that it’s done right. But we do want to put the responsibility on the Afghans themselves to begin showing that they will stand and fight and defend their country against the threat of the Taliban.

    QUESTION: A lot of talk, of course, as we are, about Afghanistan.

    SECRETARY CLINTON: Mm-hmm.

    QUESTION: Pakistan.

    SECRETARY CLINTON: Yes.

    QUESTION: That is where a lot of people feel the emphasis should be right now, in that discussion.

    SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, Robin, you’re right. And that’s why when we did the strategic review, right after President Obama took office and he found that we had to look at Afghanistan and Pakistan together – it wasn’t either/or; it was both/and. So we’ve been working very closely with the Pakistani Government, both the civilian democratically elected government and the military leadership, to chart a new way forward, a new partnership that is strategic, focused on what I believe are the threats that we both face.

    When I first became Secretary of State, it was clear that there was a transition in thinking going on with – inside Pakistan that they had not come to grips with the internal threat posed by the Pakistani Taliban. That has changed. There’s been a tremendous effort by the Pakistani Government and military to go after those elements of the Taliban that threatened their institutions, where they blow up mosques, they blow up military headquarters and police stations, universities, markets, and so much else that is just violent destruction.

    But we’re pressing very hard that they do more with their military forces, their intelligence forces to go after those segments of this Taliban network that is connected with al-Qaida that is crossing the border into Afghanistan, going after our military as well as Afghan targets. And we’re going to keep pressing because we think there’s no way to divide this threat. And I’ve said this publicly in Pakistan, I’ve said it privately many times – this is a threat to the institutions and authority of the Pakistan Government, not just to Afghanistan, not just to the interests of the United States and other countries around the world.

    QUESTION: A true package deal.

    SECRETARY CLINTON: Yes.

    QUESTION: Let’s talk about the Middle East. Of course, your husband’s administration spent a lot of time and a lot of work with that. We have the so-called one-year plan. But Madam Secretary, we’re virtually at a standstill just weeks into that. I mean, how – what is it going to take?

    SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, Robin, there’s a lot of activity going on. I guess you stay behind the scenes where there is a lot of discussion and contact that is trying to put together a way forward. If this were easy, it would have been solved a long time ago. It’s an incredibly complex and emotionally charged situation. And I recognize that, because obviously, for Israel, security is paramount, they have 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.

    So first and foremost, 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. And they have a lot of concerns about how it will be done and whether it will be viable.

    So we start from a very clear commitment that President Obama and I and the United States have made to work with the parties. But I go into this with a lot of prior experience in how difficult this entire situation is. And we’re going to just keep working at it every day. It’s not something that will have press conferences and headlines. We were pleased to see the parties go into direct talks. They each have certain requirements to continue those direct talks. But I think both of them see an eventual agreement that guarantees security and a statehood for each respectively as very much in their interests.

    QUESTION: But it continues to seem so fragile.

    SECRETARY CLINTON: It is fragile.

    QUESTION: It seems –

    SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, it is fragile. You’re right. And it’s fragile because this is a very complicated situation. And I’m convinced that both 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. But I can assure you and your many millions of viewers that the United States continues to work literally every day to help the parties create the space that they need to have this very serious negotiation.

    QUESTION: And compounding that right now, the Iranian President Ahmadinejad –

    SECRETARY CLINTON: Right.

    QUESTION: — is there in Lebanon for the first time –

    SECRETARY CLINTON: Right.

    QUESTION: — receiving a hero’s welcome, and again, very harsh comments about the U.S. and Western allies.

    SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, not only that; about the Palestinians and a lot of the Arab leaders who 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. So 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.

    And Lebanon itself has constructed this very delicate balance over the years where the Sunni and Shiite Muslim populations and the Christian populations try to accommodate each other so that each can live in peace in this really beautiful, historic land of Lebanon. 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. That’s why we worked so hard for the last year to get those sanctions in place. And we have lots of evidence that those sanctions against Iran are working.

    Obviously, Iran, on the one hand, says publicly, “Well, we want to return to negotiations with the European leaders and the United States.” And then the other hand, they are defiant and they are incredibly difficult to deal with. It’s what we have to cope with every single day as we try to prevent them from acquiring a nuclear weapon, which, in the hands of leadership like we’ve seen, would be incredibly destabilizing.

    QUESTION: And continue to send such mixed messages.

    SECRETARY CLINTON: Absolutely.

    QUESTION: A little bit closer-to-home politics. The couple, the Texas couple, who went jet-skiing in Mexico; she says that her husband was killed by pirates. There was a witness to this. The person in Mexico that was heading the investigation was beheaded. The family is saying they’re not getting help from the State Department to find his body, David Hartley’s body. Where do you stand on that?

    SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, we are helping. The United States Government is supporting local law enforcement, supporting the authorities on the border, doing everything that we know to do to try to assist in helping to find the body and helping to find the perpetrators. This is a terrible tragedy, and obviously, we are sickened by it, as we are with the spike in violence that has gone on in Mexico directed primarily against innocent Mexicans as well as the inter-tribal warfare, if you will, among the drug clans and crime organizations.

    And unfortunately, it is along our border, which is why, for the last year, I’ve been very outspoken that we have to do more. We have to do more. We have to work with the Mexicans so that we increase their cooperation with us and help them increase their capacity. But to be fair, we also have to stop the huge demand for drugs that fuels these drug wars and this terrible violence, and we have to stop the constant flow of arms. It’s terribly distressing to me and to people along the border and to our Mexican friends that so many of these drug killers are armed with weapons that come from the United States.

    So there’s an incredible effort underway. Secretary Gates and I, Secretary Napolitano, the highest levels of our government, we are all engaged in trying to do more along this border. But that doesn’t make up for the fact that going out on a beautiful afternoon to go across a lake that has been used by Mexicans and Americans peacefully for so many years would result in this horrible crime. We have to do even more to try to stem this violence.

    QUESTION: The mother made a direct plea to you, as she said, mother-to-mother, to help her bring her son’s body back.

    SECRETARY CLINTON: And I hope that we can. I hope that we can. I mean, the beheaded body of the brave Mexican investigator that just showed up shows what we’re dealing with. The absolute barbarity that we’re seeing by criminals and terrorists in the world today should shock the conscience and require a concerted effort to defeat these violent, terrible actors that upset lives from Mexico to Africa to Afghanistan and beyond. I see this as one struggle where we have to, as people of conscience standing together, work very hard to defeat these extreme criminals and these extreme terrorists.

    QUESTION: People want to hear that. In the remaining minutes, few minutes that we have with you, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, this is your life as a travelogue, so to speak.

    SECRETARY CLINTON: (Laughter.)

    QUESTION: We know that you (inaudible) over 80 countries as First Lady, approaching that as Secretary of State. We want to bring you back to one of the first international trips that you took. I think we remember – Americans remember it fondly.

    SECRETARY CLINTON: Oh, the Taj Mahal with Chelsea, yeah, that – I remember it fondly. That was a wonderful trip not only for us personally, but for our country 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, the world’s largest democracy. And President Obama will be going to India next month.

    QUESTION: But for you personally, I think that was one of the first times that we saw Chelsea on the international stage like that.

    SECRETARY CLINTON: Yes, right.

    QUESTION: You all had been – and had been so protective of – oh, I don’t mean –

    SECRETARY CLINTON: Oh, and there’s the elephant. (Laughter.)

    QUESTION: I didn’t mean for it to continue. I was trying to hit the –

    SECRETARY CLINTON: That’s (inaudible).

    QUESTION: I was trying to hit the stop button. But could you have imagined all those years ago that you would have seen as much of the world as you have seen?

    SECRETARY CLINTON: I would not have imagined it. I certainly could not have imagined being Secretary of State. I couldn’t have imagined, when I was Chelsea’s age growing up in Park Ridge, Illinois, that I would have been married to the President and First Lady, and I certainly wouldn’t have imagined the great honor I had of serving New York as senator. But that’s what’s so great about our country. I mean, you’re a girl from Mississippi –

    QUESTION: Yeah.

    SECRETARY CLINTON: — and here we are, sitting, talking about these important issues in the world.

    QUESTION: True.

    SECRETARY CLINTON: That’s why I love every minute that I get to represent the United States, because I’m a product of how great our country is, and that’s why I care so deeply that we get out there and try to manage and solve the problems that could perhaps narrow the opportunities for own children – and I hope someday, grandchildren – in the future.

    QUESTION: Now, you’re not giving us any news, are you? (Laughter.)

    SECRETARY CLINTON: No, I’m not. No news, just hope. (Laughter.)

    QUESTION: As every mother would do. Just very quickly, the first thing you put in your luggage to pack? Because you pack so much, what are your – what’s your must-have?

    SECRETARY CLINTON: Oh, my gosh. Well, I have a list and it includes, obviously, makeup because – (laughter) – when you get as little sleep and you’re as jetlagged as I am, it’s very hard not to scare the children in the morning. No, it’s just become a routine. (Laughter.) You get up and you get going.

    But it’s exhilarating work. And I also am inspired by the stories of people around the world who overcome unbelievable odds. I look at their lives and I am just really humbled. And I think that the United States still represents such hope and possibility for the world. And even though we have a very complex, difficult economic and political environment to navigate, I have enormous confidence in our country. So I get up every day and suit up and go on out.

    QUESTION: A gracious ambassador as always.

    SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you.

    QUESTION: Madam Secretary, thank you very much.

    SECRETARY CLINTON: Oh, it’s such a pleasure. Thank you. Take care.

    QUESTION: Good to see you here in Brussels.

    SECRETARY CLINTON: I know. Who would have think –

    QUESTION: (Laughter.) Who would have thought? Thank you very much.

    SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you.

    QUESTION: And I mean that. You’re just so – always so gracious –

    SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you.

    QUESTION: — with your time. Thank you.

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    And the Next Leg of Secretary of State Clinton’s Travel Has Begun…
    October 14, 2010
    tags: Hillary Clinton, Diplomacy, Secretary of State, Secretary of State Travel, Daily Appointment Schedule, Brusselsby stacyx

    Today’s schedule, already well underway:

    SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

    8:15 a.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton and High Representative Lady Catherine Ashton participate in a joint interview with the BBC’s Shirin Wheeler, in Brussels, Belgium.

    9:00 a.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton meets with High Representative Lady Ashton and delivers joint statements, at the European Commission Berlaymont Offices in Brussels, Belgium.

    10:15 a.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton meets with European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, in Brussels, Belgium

    11:00 a.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton meets with European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek and Parliamentary Group Leaders at the European Parliament Paul-Henri Spaak Building in Brussels, Belgium.

    12:35 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with NATO Secretary General Anders Rasmussen, at NATO in Brussels, Belgium.

    1:00 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton meets with NATO Foreign Ministers and Defense Ministers, at NATO in Brussels, Belgium.

    4:00 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with the Turkish Foreign Minister and Defense Minister, at NATO in Brussels, Belgium.

    4:45 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Bob Gates hold a joint press availability in the Luns Press Theater, at NATO in Brussels, Belgium.

    5:10 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton participates in the North Atlantic Council Meeting, at NATO in Brussels, Belgium.

  179. My apologies for the length of my comment but after reviewing it I find it a great source of past and present information about our Hillary.I did not plan it this way but you may all look back and realize that our great country needs her above everyone else in yhis political and economic climate.God and Country must come first.

  180. The democrats are leading by double digits in NY. Gillibrand ads are on TV constantly. She is really getting the payoff for her votes on healthcare, etc.

    Sadly in NY, the majority does not seem to understand what Americans all over the country have begun to know. That is that our system has created a political class of people who are inherently corrupt and self perpetuating. They represent their corporate donors and speical interests who pay to play and wield power, not their constituents.

    I am coming to believe that the 2 parties are beyond repair. I think it is time for a centrist peoples democratic party who will be represetative of and accountable to constituents.

  181. democrat1, how typical of Obama to step into a PR problem. He could have simply left it up to his Secret Service and they could have said there was no easy way to get him to the temple. Instead they made it all about the headgear.

  182. Every day is Halloween for the POTUS and FLOTUS New facial masks everyday and its slogan is
    ” TRICK and TREAT”.Well your highneses this is mine with Condie thrown in as topping

    “DRAFT HILLARY” “IMPEACH OBAMA”

    BY ABM92+ The Trojan Horse Virus is gone.I had my E-Machine cleaned out and restored with some small losses of its hard drive contents and it sure has thrown me off kilyer in my commenting.Fear of another invasion has caused some errors in my comments.Age and gun shy perhaps?

  183. Carol 9:05 am
    “The democrats are leading by double digits in NY. Gillibrand ads are on TV constantly. She is really getting the payoff for her votes on healthcare, etc.”

    I’m sorry you feel that way about Gillibrand. I think that once she wins an election in her own right, she will become more her own woman. She was a Blue Dog in the House, with pretty conservative options that won her a seat by an upset in a Republican district.

    Of course when you move from the House to the Senate, your constituency changes. You have to represent the whole state, which in the case of NY is divided as you know between upstate and downstate/NYC, with the latter portion being heavily liberal and outweighing the upper portion. So she has had to adapt.

    Then there is the fact that she was appointed to the seat, had very big shoes to fill, and was overshadowed by Schumer. I can understand her falling into line behind the Dimocrats.

    But Hillary was a big influence in her life, the person who inspired her to go into politics. I’m sure Kirsten wants to make her mentor proud of her. Hillary is a progressive, and I think Kirsten is too.

    I think when the Dims no longer have their super-majority, Gillibrand will start to act the way Hillary did – she will cross the aisle and make friends and alliances with individual or small groups of Republicans and work with the Republicans on matters that concern everybody. Remember, she has a strong conservative background like Hillary.

    The above is why I’m pretty happy that Gillibrand is winning.

    As for Cuomo, I don’t care much. Neither he nor his upstart rival are going to be able to get NY out of the mess it’s in.

    And as for Schumer, well, I sure would like to have seen him get his ass kicked, but you can’t win ’em all!

  184. jeswezey
    October 20th, 2010 at 9:54 am

    Illegal immigration is a huge problem in parts of NY and has a big impact in taxes for the whole state. We have an invasion here…an out of control illegal migration. Our school taxes have doubled …town taxes have gone up because of additional code enforcement officers, etc.

    We have allowed people who entered the country illegally and many who continue to break our laws to become the largest voting sector of our country and to turn us into a bilinngual country for the first time in our history. The democrats are wrong on illegal immigration…they are not seeking compromise…they are ignoring the law and the fact that while the welathy prosper from illegal immigrants, the middle class and working class is paying the bill.

    I will not vote for any candidate who is ignoring the law and the majority of Americans. Perhaps you just have to have a house full of illegal immigrants living next door to you, flagrantly violating local zoning laws and devaluing your property to understand the problem.

  185. ABM90
    October 20th, 2010 at 8:47 am

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    Never apologize for giving us “Hillary News.” I love all of it. 🙂

  186. he Trojan Horse Virus is gone
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    From your computer? yes. From 1600 Pennsylvania Ave? No. And the hell of it is he is crashing to system, and we will need to eliminate the corrupted software asap. It starts on November 2. It appears that the dims have launched their post September assault of lies against the country, and it has been repelled by the forces of common sense and decency. The country seems to be less stupid that they were counting on, which is to say a few IQ points smarter than 2008 and no longer in the state of illusion. Contrary to what their Liar-In-Chief has opined, at this point the majority of the American people are thinking clearly and where the path he has put us on will lead. This is particularly true of white people who comprise the vast majority of the electorate and the middle class. Nothing so fixates the mind as the imminent prospect of being hung, or in this case robbed of your wealth by a corrupt, anti American, treasonous poseur. This must be said in a calm voice for effect.

  187. Bill Clinton unleashed: Democrats let the Big Dog hunt

    Can the Big Dog save the one they call a dog?

    Armed with a sack of football metaphors and the cool confidence of a proven winner, Bill Clinton is stumping for Democrats at such a fevered pace you’d think Hillary herself was in the White House.

    Instead, the former Democratic president is out campaigning to protect the congressional majorities of the current one, Barack Obama, who snatched the party’s 2008 presidential nomination from his wife’s hands.

    If Mr. Obama bemoans Republicans who “talk about me like a dog,” Mr. Clinton has become this President’s best line of defence against GOP charges that Democrats don’t know how to manage taxpayers’ money.

    It helps that “Bubba” is the country’s most popular politician – practising and non-practising combined – and serves to remind Americans of better Democratic days when incomes were rising and budgets balanced.

    Few believe the White House sought Mr. Clinton’s input. The West Wing is naturally wary of an embattled President being shown up by Mr. Clinton’s star power. Mr. Obama gets derided as Spock. But even former Republican Senate leader Trent Lott now calls Mr. Clinton “a good old boy.” Then there is the awkward issue of Hillary Clinton’s suspected desire – in spite of her denials – to try again for the top job.

    But with Democrats staring disaster in the face in the Nov. 2 midterm elections, no one in the White House is publicly discouraging Mr. Clinton.

    “They’ll take what they can get,” explained Antonio de Velasco, a communications professor at the University of Memphis who has written a book on Clintonian rhetoric. “Mr. Clinton offers a living, breathing picture of a successful Democratic president. He is also able to offer a certain critique of the far right that Mr. Obama still has a hard time with.”

    Mr. Clinton has taken full-time to the campaign trail, visiting 10 states in the past week alone. He draws capacity crowds who seem to come more for a glimpse of him than for the candidate he’s come to promote.

    “He’s only the second person I ever wanted to see,” Carol Becht said of Mr. Clinton, as she waited Tuesday outside the University of South Florida St. Petersburg gymnasium. “The first was Elvis. I saw him five times.”

    Inside, Mr. Clinton pleaded with wavering Democrats to vote for Kendrick Meek, who is currently running third in a three-way race for Florida’s open Senate seat.

    “When something is really important to us – like football – we care about the facts, don’t we?” Mr. Clinton told the crowd, explaining that the measures taken by the Obama administration to heal the economy will take time to work. “Realize we are in the gap.”

    It is doubtful even Mr. Clinton’s vaunted skills of persuasion can move enough voters between now and Nov. 2 to put Mr. Meek over the top. Florida Democrats are about evenly divided between their flag-bearer, Mr. Meek, and Governor Charlie Crist, who quit the Republican Party to run for the Senate as an independent. That split favours GOP nominee Marco Rubio.

    “He’s just trying to get all the Democrats to come home,” University of Central Florida political science professor Aubrey Jewett said of Mr. Meek. “And he really thinks Mr. Clinton can help him with that.”

    Mr. Clinton’s visit came too late for Ms. Becht, however. The 64-year-old retired school librarian conceded she had taken advantage of early voting, which began Monday in Florida, to cast a ballot for Mr. Crist.

    In closer two-way races, such as the Senate contests in Kentucky, West Virginia, Colorado and California, Mr. Clinton might have more influence on the outcome. But there is more going on here than mere vote-getting.

    Almost without exception, the candidates Mr. Clinton defends were diehard supporters of his wife’s presidential bid. As Secretary of State, protocol prohibits Ms. Clinton from campaigning for them now. But Mr. Clinton can help pro-Hillary candidates attract voters – and, more important, donors – and keep the embers of her presidential dream flickering for 2016.

    Mr. Clinton may also help his wife’s case by reminding Americans of the record of his presidency, when job growth far exceeded gains made during the combined 20 years of Republican leadership before and after it. When Mr. Clinton left office, the budget was in surplus and the federal government had shrunk to its smallest size since the Eisenhower era.

    That is a comforting memory for Democrats now. It suggests that, even if the party gets whipped on Nov. 2, Mr. Obama’s presidency need not be doomed. After all, Mr. Clinton miserably failed his first midterm test; Democrats lost control of both houses of Congress in 1994.

    “They tried to do to me what they’re trying to do the President now,” Mr. Clinton warned. “It’s really hard for me to take it with a straight face when Republicans say they’re so upset about deficits. … If they had just kept my budget, we’d be out of debt by 2015.”

    Mr. Obama, of course, has a far tougher row to hoe. The budget hole he inherited is far deeper, the employment picture far grimmer than anything Mr. Clinton experienced. Besides, in 1994, the unemployment rate was a comparatively healthy 5.6 per cent and Mr. Clinton still took a drubbing.

    “I don’t think anybody would suggest Bill Clinton wasn’t a good communicator or was somebody who couldn’t connect with the American people or didn’t show empathy,” Mr. Obama told The New York Times on Sunday.

    It was a jab at those who blame Democratic difficulties on this President’s failure to emote. No amount of people skills, Mr. Obama seemed to be saying, can shield Democrats from the dire reality. The jobless rate now stands at 9.6 per cent. The budget deficit, at $1.3-trillion (U.S.), remains near a postwar high.

    This economy is a dog that has American voters baring their teeth. Were he on the ballot, even the Big Dog himself would likely get bitten.

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/konrad-yakabuski/bill-clinton-unleashed-democrats-let-the-big-dog-hunt/article1764442/

  188. US slips to 49th in life expectancy:
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    Another achievement Obama can take credit for, between vacations.

  189. Former GOP staffer’s new novel drew inspiration from Hillary Clinton

    By Christina Wilkie – 10/20/10

    Nicolle Wallace has worked for top GOP names like George W. Bush, John McCain and Sarah Palin, yet she drew inspiration from Democrat Hillary Clinton for her new novel, Eighteen Acres.

    Wallace’s main character, Charlotte Kramer, is the United States’ first female president, a protagonist Wallace created after seeing up close what Clinton and Palin went through during the 2008 presidential election.

    “It still impresses me that Hillary Clinton is the secretary of State for her former opponent, who said to her, ‘Hillary, you’re likable enough,’ ” Wallace said in an interview. “I think women have a great talent for suffering an indignity and then find[ing] strength to, in her case, become part of a team that she was once opposed to.”

    Wallace, whose novel came out Tuesday, said she decided not to write a tell-all after exiting politics because “some of what’s so healthy about leaving is getting your head out of the things it was in on.” She now lives in New York with her husband, former U.N. Ambassador Mark Wallace, and is already working on a sequel.

    Asked whether she plans to return to politics — “I don’t plan to,” she said. “I think when you’ve kind of got it out of your system, you know.”

    http://thehill.com/capital-living/in-the-know/124897-former-gop-staffers-new-novel-drew-inspiration-from-hillary-clinton

  190. That is rather meaningless since the Dems will be the minority party in the House after Jan ‘11. The question is whether she and the other corrupt Dem House officials not run for their respective minority positions.
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    From a political standpoint, Pelosi is dead man walking. She will be accorded the hollow recognition that comes for having held the position, but she will be blamed for the loss of the House, and the destruction of the careers of people who were stupid enough to follow her disastrous leadership. She was promised protection from the Obama thugs, and after she committed the crime against the American People, they left her twisting in the wind. Whatever fight she has left in her politically will be crushed by the Obama forces and she will look like a ham and egger who just went 2 rounds with Joe Lewis Obama. Despised by the Republicans, distrusted by her own party, and the top name on the Obama hit parade, it is highly unlikely that the surgically altered Pelosi will be the face that House Dims will want to present to their peers, the public or the opposition as a bastion of leadership, when they slip into minority status. She has more than enough baggage to fill the belly and cargo space of the 737 she commandeered from the taxpayers, minus the booze bar. It will be Steny.

  191. “Scared stiff of scarf, Obama avoids Golden Temple”
    ___________________

    Well that misstep was certainly a confidence builder if Mulims aren’t offended by Obama’s betrayal, denying his own heritage in full sight of the Muslim world. Obama has just crossed a very dangerous invisible line.

    Muslims under the bus…

  192. Carol – I do see that problem, I didn’t know it was that bad in NY. I knew NYC has always abounded in immigrants legal and illegal, but I didn’t know it was such a problem elsewhere in the state.

    But why don’t you get in touch with Gillibrand to bring her attention to bear on the question? I think she has open contact through her website like Hillary did, doesn’t she? Pile some anecdotes, facts and figures on her and offer some ideas or make some demands. I’m sure you’d get a reaction.

    But I don’t think voting her out of office in her first election is the right way to go. Who’s she running against, anyway?

  193. It was a jab at those who blame Democratic difficulties on this President’s failure to emote. No amount of people skills, Mr. Obama seemed to be saying, can shield Democrats from the dire reality. The jobless rate now stands at 9.6 per cent. The budget deficit, at $1.3-trillion (U.S.), remains near a postwar high.
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    Translation: the “Liar” cannot bamboozle his way out of this one. He stands alone for the first time in his life. He can blame his predecessor, the chamber, or jack and jills dog spot for our travails, but thinking people will blame him, and him alone. He inherited a problem which he was aware of before the fact, he promised hope and change, and what he delivered was a political miasma which undermined the future of the American People. That will be his well deserved legacy.

  194. Please bear with me. I feel a personal rant coming on…

    Palestinians to Press U.N. for ‘Settlement Evacuation’

    Wednesday, October 20, 2010

    The Palestinian leadership that won’t recognize Israel as a Jewish state is now calling for all Jews to leave land under Palestinian control, making the West Bank effectively Judenrein.

    If Israel were to take similar measures, over 1.5 million Palestinians in the State of Israel would be forced to evacuate their homes.

    According to Haaretz, the Palestinian leadership, along with the Arab states, will submit a resolution to the United Nations Security Council stating that Jewish communities in the West Bank are “illegal” and must be terminated.

    By design, this tactic is meant to place the United States in a precarious position. Since the U.S. has also called the settlements illegal — a matter of dispute — the American delegation will find it difficult to vote against the resolution.

    Of course, the last time Israel left “settlements” in Gaza, it expected peace in return. In fact, Israeli civilians soon became the targets of thousands of missiles and years of terror attacks.

    http://www.worldjewishdaily.com/evacuation.php

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    I am so sick and tired of the lies here.

    Enough already. No law has ever existed/been passed by the UN stopping Israel from building homes for Jews in so-called “settlement areas,” i.e. Judea, Samaria, Gaza or more importantly even eastern half of Jerusalem. And yet the U.S. continues to rant and orders Israel to stop building, but this in itself does not constitute law.

    The Arabs are a broken record when it comes to throwing the UN Security Council Resolution 242 out there as vindication for their claims that Israel is breaking the law.

    And this is what makes me so angry. The resolution was put in place after the 1967 Six Day War. It actually conceded that Israel was the one that had been attacked and not the other way around. It also called on Israel to release SOME of the territories, but NOT ALL of the territories that it had absorbed in the war. This was to be done in the name of peace.

    I want to also note that Lord Caradon British delegate to the UN during this time) was one of the original authors of this resolution. After it had been passed, he commented that they didn’t say there should be a withdrawal to the 1967 border, and they did not say “ALL” the territories for a very specific reason…that being safety from enemies.

    He added that he felt it would be insane for Israel to ever give all of the “West Bank.”

    So once again, I am asking the U.N. and the Arab countries and most importantly Barack Hussein Obama to shut the “H” up on this and stop with the exaggerations and lies.

    Okay, throw rocks at me now. I am done.

  195. No rocks, JanH. Your rant is justified.
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    The injustice I smell coming at Ft. Hood solidifies with this:

    Fort Hood Nurses Became Combat Medics During Deadly Shooting Rampage
    FORT HOOD, Texas — Fort Hood nurses administering smallpox vaccines and doing medical tests for deploying soldiers suddenly became medics when their workplace turned into a combat zone during last year’s shooting rampage. They slipped on the floor covered with blood and bullets while rushing to help, nurses and other workers testified during a military hearing for the Army psychiatrist charged in the shootings. One soldier testified Tuesday about how she tried to help Sgt. Amy Krueger. “I was talking to her, trying to find out where she’d been shot. It was hard to tell because there was blood everywhere,” Staff Sgt. Helen Kennedy sobbed. “The EMTs came in … and threw me a black tag … (which means) she was not expected to live, but I continued to work on her. She died.”
    The Article 32 hearing is being held to determine whether Maj. Nidal Hasan will stand trial on 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the Nov. 5 shootings….
    h t t p://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/10/20/fort-hood-nurses-combat-medics-deadly-shooting-rampage/?test=latestnews

  196. HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI, D-CALIF.: All this money is pouring in from special interest — unidentified, unlimited money from any source, including foreign sources.

    And why is that? What is it that they want to stop or reverse? Well, one thing that really makes them angry is the fact that we passed the Wall Street reform bill. What we said in that bill is never again will the recklessness of some on Wall Street cause joblessness for many on Main Street.
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    If you believe that lie, then you must also believe in the tooth fairy/

    Pelosi herself is tied DIRECTLY to Wall Street through Felix Rohatyn, and her multi millionaire husband/

    As for the bill she talks about, it was written by Wall Street, to protect Wall Street and to pre-empt serious reform efforts.

    If this bill was designed to protect the country, it would have reinstated Glass Steegel which separated commercial and speculative activities. If this bill was intended to protect the American People it would have prevented future bailouts. If this bill was designed to promote competition ith would have repudiated too big to fail. To claim otherwise is fraudulent.

    You can call this politics if you like. You can call it bamboozling if you feel really brave enough to endure the counter charge of racism for daring to criticize the messiahs minions. But I call it corruption. Corruption at the highest level. Corruption that imperils our future. Corruption masquerading as virtue. As such it is just cause for termination with prejudice/

  197. From a political standpoint, Pelosi is dead man walking. She will be accorded the hollow recognition that comes for having held the position, but she will be blamed for the loss of the House, and the destruction of the careers of people who were stupid enough to follow her disastrous leadership. She was promised protection from the Obama thugs, and after she committed the crime against the American People, they left her twisting in the wind. Whatever fight she has left in her politically will be crushed by the Obama forces and she will look like a ham and egger who just went 2 rounds with Joe Lewis Obama. Despised by the Republicans, distrusted by her own party, and the top name on the Obama hit parade, it is highly unlikely that the surgically altered Pelosi will be the face that House Dims will want to present to their peers, the public or the opposition as a bastion of leadership, when they slip into minority status. She has more than enough baggage to fill the belly and cargo space of the 737 she commandeered from the taxpayers, minus the booze bar. It will be Steny.
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    I hate Pelosi as much as everyone, but when Pelosi is gone the rethugs will have achieved everything they wanted. They’ ve always hated Pelosi and they know she would most likely stand in the way of some of the bills they wants the democrats to pass so they won’t have it on their hands. Believe the rethugs want Obama where he is at…he’s a push over or maybe even a “closet rethug”. The right has managed the mesmerize John Q Public into believing Obama is a Socialist all the while he was passing and using signing statements in th dead of night to give them what they want. I actually hope the next speaker is a true lefties with some balls to actually cause the rethugs some problems as they try to destroy whats left of the safety nets we have in American while the billionaire’s get richer.

  198. Mrs. Smith
    October 20th, 2010 at 10:55 am
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    The funniest thing about the headscarf issue is that the temple is for Sihks who might wear turbans, but are not Muslim. His handlers are so afraid of the image of Øbama wearing anything on his head that makes him look to be adhering to some Muslim practice, that Øbama will forgo a visit to a temple of a completely different religion that is NOT a mosque. He was given the option of wearing a skullcap of some sort, too, but he still won’t go. In this particular case, I think it’s stupid of him to insult Sikhs over his own unfounded fear that Americans would then view it as an admission that he is a muslim. I am pretty sure that those who think he is a muslim, have already come to that conclusion awhile ago. As for all the others who think not, I don’t think his visit to a Sikh temple would change their minds in any way.

  199. I don’t think the reason Obama doesn’t want to go to the temple is because the rethugs will show a pic of him in a turban…Pakistani Muslims don’t get along with East Indian’s. His first college friend was from Pakistand and he traveled there…I personally don’t think he likes Indians….remember Punjab???

  200. wow, desperation.

    This from Althouse:

    Should professors use class time to urge students to vote?
    I’m getting internal university email telling faculty to do that (with a reminder to keep it “nonpartisan”).

    But everybody knows how majority of Univ. personnel vote. Too bad they can’t bus these people like they do with HS students.

    On another tidbit, I was at a conference couple of weeks ago and a funding agency guy giving his invited talk said how technically savvy one Obama memo was as if Obama personally wrote that memo about spectrum use. It was distasteful.

  201. oops. that last bit was my note, not Althouse’s.

    Repeat my note:
    But everybody knows how majority of Univ. personnel vote. Too bad they can’t bus these people like they do with HS students.

    On another tidbit, I was at a conference couple of weeks ago and a funding agency guy giving his invited talk said how technically savvy one Obama memo was as if Obama personally wrote that memo about spectrum use. It was distasteful.

  202. Confloyd, I don’t fear “rethugs” any more than I fear “demoncrats”. If people continue to vote, and hold any politician accountable for their actions, these derogatory party labels won’t be needed anymore. If a politician makes a promise to get elected, and the voters are not happy with the end result of that particular promise, then out the door he or she should go. The way I look at it, neither party is saintly. But I think it’s time to move beyond the labels, and start holding politicians accountable regardless of to which party they belong. I haven’t done that in the past in the way that I have voted, but I will do that in the future. No more political pandering. If I see a politician working his or her heart out for his or her constituents, then that is where my vote will go. I still am a registered Democrat, but I am evaluating switching to no party affiliation, or possibly even Republican. I think of all the times that I read how the Democrats have an advantage in the number of party members, and I hate seeing my membership being touted in that total. For now, it serves it purpose, I suppose. I love being able to write or say that I am a Democrat opposed to Obamaism.

  203. This is very significant coming up to election day….beware Congress! the people are mad and Nov 2nd is going to be bad for you.

    Rasmussen : Most Voters Oppose the Reelection of Anyone Who Voted for the Health Care Law, Auto Bailouts, Stimulus Plan

    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/general_politics/october_2010/most_voters_oppose_the_reelection_of_anyone_who_voted_for_the_health_care_law_auto_bailouts_stimulus_plan

    Incumbents, beware: The major votes you’ve cast in Congress over the past couple years appear likely to come back to haunt you this Election Day.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that most Likely Voters think their representative in Congress does not deserve reelection if he or she voted for the national health care law, the auto bailouts or the $787-billion economic stimulus plan. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

    Those votes also appear to be driving factors in the GOP’s consistent lead over Democrats on the Generic Congressional Ballot. Most strong supporters of President Obama believe those who voted for the measures should be reelected. Even more of those who Strongly Oppose the president disagree.

    Forty-three percent (43%) of all Likely Voters say someone who voted for the health care law deserves to be reelected. Fifty percent (50%) oppose their reelection.

    Thirty-six percent (36%) say if their local representative voted for the taxpayer bailouts of General Motors and Chrysler, he or she deserves to be returned to Congress. Fifty-three percent (53%) say that person does not deserve reelection.

    Similarly, 41% say their representative in Congress should be reelected if he or she voted for the stimulus plan. But 50% don’t see it that way and say the individual should not be reelected.

    The partisan divide is predictable since virtually no congressional Republicans voted for any of these measures. So Democratic voters overwhelmingly think those in Congress who voted for them should be reelected, while Republicans feel just as strongly that they should not be reelected.

    But, tellingly, voters not affiliated with either party also feel strongly that supporters of the health care law, the auto bailouts and the stimulus should not be returned to Congress.

  204. I hate Pelosi as much as everyone, but when Pelosi is gone the rethugs will have achieved everything they wanted. They’ ve always hated Pelosi and they know she would most likely stand in the way of some of the bills they wants the democrats to pass so they won’t have it on their hands. Believe the rethugs want Obama where he is at…he’s a push over or maybe even a “closet rethug”. The right has managed the mesmerize John Q Public into believing Obama is a Socialist all the while he was passing and using signing statements in th dead of night to give them what they want. I actually hope the next speaker is a true lefties with some balls to actually cause the rethugs some problems as they try to destroy whats left of the safety nets we have in American while the billionaire’s get richer.
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    Much depends on the outcome of the civil war taking place now in the Republican Party. If the status quo forces prevail, then I think we will see the emergence of a third party. I know Boehner personally. He is not nearly as bad as Pelosi. But that is not the standard by which I measure Republicans. I measure them the same way that I measure Democrats: are they on the side of the elites, or are they on the side of the American People. Having worked with both parties at various times, I am well beyond the belief that salvation lies in either party. I only hope that the American People come to the same conclusion quickly. I believe this health care disaster must be repealed root and branch. I think the underlying concerns must be addressed but in a very different way. Robert Porter at Harvard has the right idea with his concept of competititon and patient centered care.

  205. If I believed for one minute that Obama care would address the problems of cost and quality, I would not be disparaging it the way I do. Unfortunately, all the evidence I have seen points to the opposite conclusion.

  206. Confloyd, anti-Indian feelings could be the reason that Øbama won’t visit the temple while on his trip to India. Yet, don’t forget, he and Meme! went to the vatican, and even wore what they thought was appropriate attire (Meme went overboard in that regard), and I am not too sure that the Øbamas are particularly fond of the Catholic Church. Actually, Meme! may have worn her black laced outfit on purpose as it looked like she was going to some type of conservative Christian funeral, as if she was in mourning. I remember seeing her outfit and thinking “how cute” in that she at least made some type of effort to show respect, but in retrospect, it made her look like the little old Italian widows who wear black forever more. Clueless wonders, our Øbamas.

  207. bambi is a legend in his own mind and a bumbling evil twit to the rest of us…

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    Unusual number of White House departures creates questions

    October 20th, 2010

    Under normal circumstances a President’s team of White House advisers, particularly those of the inner circle who were with him from the beginning, stay in office at least untl the end of the first term. In Obama’s case that would be 2012.

    Yet for the past 2 months the country has witnessed a most unusual number of departures among the closest advisers in Obama’s inner circle…a mere 18 months into his Presidency.

    This unprecedented exodus is creating serious questions among poltical observers concerning the possible unraveling of the Obama Presidency. A look at the names and the number of defections reveals an ominous trend:

    Rahm Emanuel, perhaps Obama’s closest adviser outside of Valerie Jarrett, resigned, effective October 1.

    James Jones, National Security Adviser, resigned on October 8.

    Larry Summers, director of the National Economic Council, resigned in September.

    David Axelrod, another among Obama’s inner circle, announced that he will resign early in 2011.

    Christina Romer, chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, resigned in September.

    And this is only a partial list. Why would there be such a mass exodus, other than the failure of the Obama program for America? One explanation is creating a stir all across the country.

    According to a report issued by retired U.S. Army Major-General Paul E. Vallely, who has served as special Fox News analyst for military issues, a reputable journalist with significant contacts inside the White House has asserted that Barack Obama has become unfit to serve due to emotional instability.

    The journalist, Wayne Madsen, asserts that an anonymous former White House staffer–a ‘Deep Throat’ similar to the anonymous source in the Watergate Scandal that brought down the Nixon White House–is feeding insider information to a blogger who goes by the name of ‘Ulsterman.’

    The assertions made by ‘Deep Throat’ are astounding…and frightening. The compilation of statements made by sources inside the White House paint of a picture of a President who is in the throes of deep depression, and who exhibits no interest at all in the routine fuctions of the office of the President. Assertions also indicate that Obama is obsessed with the throngs he encounters on the campaign trail, and erroneously assumes they all adore him.

    As with all revelations of this nature, verification is key to the validation of the charges. Are these assertions true? Only time will tell.

    http://www.examiner.com/conservative-in-national/unusual-number-of-white-house-departures-creates-questions

  208. jeswezey
    October 20th, 2010 at 10:56 am

    I wouldn’t waste my time. I have met Gillibrand. If I remember correctly she has moved in her position on illegal immigration to be in line with the democrats. BTW my area has a greater % of illegals than most areas. The democrats really don’t care about the middle income taxpayer despite what they say. Programs such as their mortgage rescue, hellcare reform, etc are basically taxing the middle income people to give to the poor and in other cases the undeserving.

    You can try if you care to. I believe that this will become a bigger loser for democrats as we all move forward.

  209. Does Axlerod actually think we believe the garbage he is spinning, i.e. that the midterm results will be a statement on voting for one of two parties and NOT a referendum on bambi?

  210. Confloyd, one more thing… Sikhism is not Hinduism. I wonder if Øbama will be visting any Hindu temples?

    I just read a comment thread from back when Meme! went to the Vatican. Someone wrote on Huffpoopoo that Meme! was statuesque, while someone else responded to that comment that she looked like a linebacker with a beard. I think that she is somewhere in between.

  211. Janh its obviously the spin from the WH because Gibbs said a few days ago the midterms were all about local issues and not about Obama to which everyone laughed with incredulity.

  212. According to a poster at Hillbuzz, the WH is hiding a huge scandel, now if the Clinton’s were in the WH, we would have already heard about it. THe stinking media are useless….I think its Wikileaks….he is about to publish his “insurance” is what I hear.

  213. I think its Wikileaks….he is about to publish his “insurance” is what I hear.
    ————

    I sure hope so.

  214. confloyd,

    I meant to mention that I have really enjoyed reading your very astute posts lately. 🙂

    By the way, any news on your husband’s move to a facility yet?

  215. nobama, The thing that Mo wore to the Vatican is the old-fashioned head gear that some still wear in foreign countries.
    You do realize that the Pope has apologized to the Muslim nation so maybe Obama has gotten over his hatred.
    According to reports Obama went to Catholic school, I don’t think he hates the Catholics.

  216. Paul Ryan (above) articulates a more hopeful message for the country than a chicago machine candidate like Obama who cannot see beyond his own narrow self interest. He is coming here to stump on behalf of Murray who is having to eat her words about Obamacare. She says she read it and helped write it. The opposition has taken her at her word, just as the largest employer in the state, Boeing, announced that as a result of Obamacare, the employee share of health care cost will be going up as well. I told one of my democratic friends who is a union leader that she will win because of King County and the Union vote. I have already voted for her opponent, because if by some stretch of the imagination he happens to win, then there will be one less rubber stamp vote for Obama in the United States Senate.

  217. Jan H,

    I can’t get him in. It will be private pay if I do…I would have to pay 2/3’s of my income along with his SS to cover his expenses…well I am not doing this. i need to save for retirement.

    He is going to stay with our daughter who has someone that can stay with him during the day….and he will get home health to check in on him regularly. This will only cost the SS check…I won’t have to pay anything.

    Its really been a difficult decision, but now that I’m working again…its really scary to realize he could set the house on fire trying to cook.

    My daughter is really looking forward to it and she knows many young folks who will watch over him during the day when she works.

    Its just going to be a relief for me to get this constant problem fixed. Its so hard to stay positive and work at the same time.

  218. pm317 fits perfectly with the idea that Obama’s brain is so drug adled that his short term memory is wrecked, i think its the prime reason he has to use teleprompters all the time because he cannot remember anything, take it away and he’s a bumbling ass.

  219. As for the bill she talks about, it was written by Wall Street, to protect Wall Street and to pre-empt serious reform efforts.

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

    That’s the Obama way.

  220. I hate Pelosi as much as everyone, but when Pelosi is gone the rethugs will have achieved everything they wanted. They’ ve always hated Pelosi and they know she would most likely stand in the way of some of the bills they wants the democrats to pass so they won’t have it on their hands. Believe the rethugs want Obama where he is at…he’s a push over or maybe even a “closet rethug”. The right has managed the mesmerize John Q Public into believing Obama is a Socialist all the while he was passing and using signing statements in th dead of night to give them what they want. I actually hope the next speaker is a true lefties with some balls to actually cause the rethugs some problems as they try to destroy whats left of the safety nets we have in American while the billionaire’s get richer.

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

    Right. Pelosi on koolaid did bad things, and agsin with later bills. But for a short time in 2009 she stood up to Obama on some women’s issues.

  221. I was at a conference couple of weeks ago and a funding agency guy giving his invited talk said how technically savvy one Obama memo was as if Obama personally wrote that memo about spectrum use.

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

    Spectrum use? Rainbow glasses?

  222. Wbboei,

    I like the new “young gun” rethugs…they need to get rid of the Newt’s and Mittens crew as their poisonous attitude is not what the American people want….they want these idiots to work together and get us out of this hole we’re in. Most folks that I know really are willing to work with good dems and vice versa…now if we can get rid of the nastiness, our country could be on the path of victory over this recession/depression.

  223. Bad day for Dems in polling. Raese has take a 7 point lead over Manchin in West Virginia, Kirk has a 4% lead in Illinois and SCott now has a 6% lead in Florida Gov race. I see a pattern developing here and it looks bad for the Dems.
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    If you talk to experienced cattlemen, they will tell you that if you wander through a stockyard on the evening before the morning of slaughter there is an uneasiness in the herd of cattle. They are easily spooked. They seem to know what is coming. I do not wish to imply that the electorate as a whole are anything like cattle, although in 2008 they did behave in that manner when they voted for someone who will lead them to slaughter. Whereas now, they seem to know what lies ahead for them with Mr, Obama, and it is nothing like what he promised. They have no desire to be hacked to pieces by his legislative and bureacratic knives. If I am right, this reality will hit them like a ton of bricks on the evening just before they vote. And when it does we will see a stampede the likes of which we have not seen since 1894. This will make no impression whatsoever on Mr. Obama, because he will be busy blaming everyone but himself. But it may matter to others.

  224. There was a pic of the administrative team in the WH and you can easily see that Pelosi and Obama are pist at each other…its written all over her face.

    I found it while I was at work and could not post it, when I got home it was gone…I can’t find the darn pic…irritating.

  225. wbboei,
    I also like my guy from Kansas…I like the rethugs that get along with the Clintons…I don’t like the rethugs who try to discredit them….because it just shows they are jeolous of the accomplishments of the Clinton’s.

    I really don’t like them bringing up Monica…as if they are doing the same darn thing…hypocracy at its finest…I don’t like that. We need to move past the pain and agony that the rethugs shoveled out on Clinton…he clearly has forgiven most of them and works with them.

  226. pm317, I don’t think anti-depressant’s do that…I’m not a nurse but know many folks who take them and they don’t have a problem….something is wrong with Obama. I have heard he has Parkinson’s, I have heard he has AIDS, but we don’t know. He has that huge scar on the side of his head so he has had some sort of brain injury.

  227. I like the new “young gun” rethugs…they need to get rid of the Newt’s and Mittens crew as their poisonous attitude is not what the American people want….they want these idiots to work together and get us out of this hole we’re in. Most folks that I know really are willing to work with good dems and vice versa…now if we can get rid of the nastiness, our country could be on the path of victory over this recession/depression.
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    Provided they have the courage to take on the establishment. And that is the thing to watch. I give high marks to Ryan on that score. DeMint I would rate even higher on that issue. I give high marks to Sarah. I hope Rubio does not disappoint me. Previously, I had high hopes for Cantor and said so here, whereas now I am unsure. The establishment Republicans do not speak for the people and their only virtue is they are not as determined as Messiah Obama is to bury them.

  228. By the way the bots over at DU are in complete denial of whats coming on Nov 2nd, they are convinced Meeks will win over Rubio, they are posting any university poll that shows the dem leading no matter how wildly the inconsistent with other national pollsters.

    May be fun to pop in there Nov 2nd night.

  229. Wasn’t this whole thing avoidable? Obama, the headgear, and the Sikh temple. He lost the Sikhs in this country (they are a rich minority), especially with he and his aides inadvertently conflating this group with the Muslims.

    A tidbit — Indian PM is a Sikh and that is why you see him wear that turban. The PM’s daughter is a big ACLU lawyer who is going after Obama on a number of Bush policies he continues to enforce.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/20/world/asia/20india.html?_r=1

  230. Caligula and Obama. History doth repeat itself. The writings of Emperor Claudius tell the tale:

    When Caligula becomes Emperor, the Senate expected him to lead Rome into a new “golden age”. Therefore, they conferred extraordinary powers upon him. Almost immediately, he was plagued by mental distress. He suffered migraine headaches and emotional outburst behind closed doors. He recovered and proclaimed himself a God. He demanded that the heads on the statues in the public square be replaced with his own. He raised money through a palace brothel to fight on the German front, had vicious argument with Neptune God of the Sea, and received as tribute a treasure trove of sea shells. Finally, he has two exchanges with his inner circle which smack of Barack Obama:

    (Obama to former White House Counsel Craig)

    Proculus: Divine Ceasar, PLEASE! What have I done? Why am I here?
    Caligula: Treason!
    Proculus: Treason? I have always been loyal to you!
    Caligula: [laughs insanely] That IS your treason!

    (Pelosi to Obama)
    Attendent: I offer my life if Jupiter will only spare our beloved Emperor!
    Caligula: Jupiter accepts your offer.
    [Caligula turns to his guards]
    Caligula: Execute him.

    Given that historical precedent, the reader will decide whether the comparison is apt and if so whether Obama is playing with less than a full deck, as Caligula was.

  231. Yeah, Confloyd, I recently saw a photo of him with the huge scar on his head, like right above his right ear. What is up with that?

  232. Funny bit of DC news. Heard this on the radio today. For Jon Stewart’s rally in DC, they can’t find enough porta potties because the Marine Corp Marathon is on the next day and they have snagged 100s of them for their marathon and won’t share them with these people.

  233. shadowfax,

    Well its the only deduction I can come to, but he could be just a spineless dim that thinks you can deal with rethugs by being nice….well how did that work out with Dinnerjacket in Iran. My mom always taught me you fight fire with fire…you certainly don’t it in the eye and ignore it.

    Obama is in so over his head its pathetic…he had no idea the sharks that live in Washington…

  234. Factbox: Possible Republican White House candidates in 2012

    (Reuters) – Soon after the dust settles on the midterm elections, the U.S. political focus will shift to the 2012 battle for the White House and a growing stable of Republicans who might like to take on President Barack Obama.

    Following is a list of Republican presidential wannabes, many of whom have already built robust fund-raising operations and paid repeated visits to the early battleground states of Iowa and New Hampshire.

    MITT ROMNEY

    A leading candidate in the 2008 presidential race, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has carefully positioned himself for a return to White House politics with repeated visits to Iowa and New Hampshire, as well as a book tour. Known for his good looks and personal charm, Romney also joins Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin and Tim Pawlenty as a leading Republican fund-raiser. His Free and Strong America political action committee has raised more than $7.7 million in the current election cycle. But he continues to be followed by claims of flip-flopping, a charge that detracted from his 2008 presidential bid. A recent example came earlier this year when Romney assailed Obama’s health care reform package as an abuse of power. The remark quickly drew comparisons between the Obama legislation and state reforms implemented in Massachusetts during his governorship.

    TIM PAWLENTY

    Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty first emerged as a potential contender in White House election politics in 2008, amid speculation that he could become Republican John McCain’s running mate. Though the mantle went to Palin, Pawlenty is now viewed as a leading GOP presidential hopeful. He has built up a political presence in both Iowa and New Hampshire by making repeated visits. His Freedom First fund-raising body has collected more than $3 million in the current election cycle. As a popular Republican governor in a traditionally Democratic state, Pawlenty eliminated a $4.3 billion budget deficit without raising taxes and has been a staunch voice against abortion and stem cell research.

    SARAH PALIN

    Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has used lucrative TV, book and speaker deals to emerge as one of her party’s biggest stars since becoming the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee. She is a leading voice in the fiscally conservative Tea Party movement and has enhanced her influence this year by campaigning for Republican congressional candidates across the country. Those activities and her success at fund-raising are driving speculation of a possible Palin White House run in 2012. Since the 2010 election cycle began, her political action committee has collected about $5 million.

    MIKE HUCKABEE

    Distinguishing himself as a conservative who is “not angry,” the former Arkansas governor used a mixture of anti-abortion, anti-gay politics and regular-guy charm to win the 2008 Republican Iowa caucus against candidates with bigger names. A former Baptist minister with strong ties to the Christian Right, Huckabee continues to poll strongly in Iowa and has been seen as a potential presidential front-runner in 2012. But he is also dogged by controversy for granting clemency to Arkansas criminals, including a felon who later allegedly murdered four Washington state policemen and died in a gun battle with a Seattle officer.

    NEWT GINGRICH

    The former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives was the main architect of the 1994 Republican midterm election victory and author of the Contract with America political manifesto. But the Georgia Republican ended his 20-year congressional career after his leadership was marred by big losses in the 1998 midterm elections. Gingrich remains a leading conservative figure, political pundit and accomplished fund-raiser whose political advocacy group has outstripped his Republican rivals by collecting more than $20 million during the 2010 election cycle.

    HALEY BARBOUR

    Little known outside political circles, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour is a powerful conservative leader and one of the country’s most experienced politicians. Barbour is credited with helping to engineer the Republican takeover of Congress in 1994, as Republican National Committee chairman. As governor, the former tobacco lobbyist worked with a largely Democratic legislature to erase a state fiscal deficit of more than $700 million by cutting spending and avoiding higher taxes. His current leadership of the Republican Governors Association is also seen as a driving force behind expected GOP gains in November’s gubernatorial races.

    MITCH DANIELS

    Indiana Governor Daniels has not visited either Iowa or New Hampshire. But U.S. media speculate that he could become a strong Republican candidate for the White House. A director of the White House Office of Management and Budget under former President George W. Bush, Daniels has a proven track record of reducing the size of government, balancing the budget, cutting taxes and creating jobs. But he has been attacked for breaking with fiscal conservative ideals on taxation. Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform recently charged that Daniels disqualified himself by going “beyond the pale” with a call for a flat income tax and a value added tax to discourage consumption and encourage savings and investment.

    OTHERS

    Others seen as testing the presidential waters include Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts, Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina, South Dakota Senator John Thune, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Representative Mike Pence of Indiana, Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Representative Ron Paul of Texas — a former candidate for the Republican nomination.

    The fund-raising data on the potential candidates comes from the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan group that tracks the role of money in U.S. elections.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE69J52G20101020

  235. Just went to the twitterfeed for wikileaks and read…that they website is under attack and the name of the leak is “Project BO”. Now I don’t know what that means but its interesting. The last tweet last night was one that said…the media is saying its on Iraq and its that is misinformation. The defense dept. has threaten the news media against publishing anything Wikileaks wants to get out….hmmm!

  236. According to the new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, the Republican advantage on voter intensity, which had slipped from 19 points in August to 14 points in September, is back to an astonishing 20-point advantage.

    Democrats are offering their support for President Obama (35 percent say they’ll be voting to shore up the president)

    But overall, the news is almost impossibly bad for Democrats. As many Democratic strategists feared, the efforts by the administration to get liberals fired up and ready to go have seemingly further dispirited moderate Democrats and further incensed Republicans.

    Peter Hart, the venerable Democratic pollster who conducts the WSJ survey with Republican Bill McInturff described the results as indicating a “category four hurricane” blowing against Democrats.

  237. That Strange Summer of 2008
    …Remember all the right-wing furor over the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers, Father Pfleger, Rashid Khalidi, and a host of other Obama associates that suggested in 2008 he was well out of the American mainstream? In that context, the appointment of a Van Jones or an Anita Dunn made perfect sense. Sonia Sotomayor’s “wise Latina,” Eric Holder’s “cowards, ” and Van Jones’s white students engaging in mass murder and “white polluters . . . steering poison into the people of color’s communities”; the president’s own putdowns of the police, the Arizona law, and the opponents of the Ground Zero mosque; the apology tour, the bowing abroad, the snubbing of the British, and on and on were only elaborations of the same Chicago/Ivy League view of America as a largely racist, unfair, and deeply flawed society.

    One could continue with numerous other examples from the summer of 2008 that have been reified during the first 21 months of Obama’s governance, but the picture is clear enough. Almost all the current style and substance of President Obama were clear enough in the 2008 campaign. But in that long-ago, dreamy summer of mass hypnosis, the excitement about our first African-American president, a biased media, Bush/Iraq, the September 15 meltdown, the lackluster McCain candidacy, and an orphaned election with no incumbent running all conspired to convince voters that what they heard and saw was not so disturbing — or at least that it would end once Obama became president.

    So the 2008 campaign, as brilliantly as it was waged in Machiavellian fashion by Obama, will be reinterpreted in the context of the 2010 setback.

    The voters are rebelling because they believe they have been had. They now think that they were deceived in 2008 into voting for someone who never had any intention of governing in the bipartisan manner on which he had campaigned.

    Conservative and moderate pundits and elite commentators who went for Obama then are rebelling now because they foolishly assured the country that the assumed intellectualism of the charismatic Obama — so in contrast to the twangy, evangelical Bush — far outweighed any Neanderthal right-wing worries that Obama had a long record of hard-Left associations and dubious proclamations.

    The media are rebelling because they have wakened up to the current polls and concluded that Obama in 2008 had charmed them into sacrificing their reputations for disinterested reportage. Then once elected, he cynically counted on their continued subservience to destroy any shred of credibility that they had left.

    The Democratic establishment is rebelling because it fell for the hard-left agenda of a charming pied piper who promised them that he could disguise and package extremism to ensure years of Democratic majorities and an FDR-like omnipresence — only to destroy thousands of their careers at the local, state, and national levels.

    The left wing is rebelling because a postracial, postnational Obama deceived them into thinking that his non-traditional heritage, his glibness, and his own godhead would carry through their ultra-liberal agenda that historically the American people did not want — only to discover that it was impossible, and that he would now sermonize to them that it was in fact impossible.
    Yet they were all warned — in that strange summer of 2008.
    h t t p://www.nationalreview.com/articles/print/250357
    “The voters are rebelling because they believe they have been had” – au contraire, my friend. Those of us who walked through all of 2008 with our eyes wide open knew we were BEING had.

  238. Dunno about O’Donnell’s serious policies (and Admin seems doubtful)

    But seeing media coverage of Angle and now O’Donnell I feel like paraphrasing Gandhi:

    First they ridicule you
    Then they misquote you
    … then…..

  239. Watch out from now until Nov 2 for dodgy pollsters time, it would appear that certain pollsters are suddenly turning tables and putting Dems in front, i make notable mention of CNN/Time and PPP.

    They are on a mission to push dem turnout.

  240. DENVER—Colorado elections officials rolled out the first look at who’s voting early this election—and so far more Republicans are voting than Democrats. The Colorado Secretary of State reports that about 195,000 voters have already cast ballots as of Wednesday afternoon. That figure includes mail-in and absentee voters who have already returned ballots, along with people who have voted in person at early balloting locations.

    So far, just over 71,000 Democrats have voted, and about 81,500 Republicans have voted. About 41,000 unaffiliated voters have already cast ballots. The GOP has an advantage in the overall number of active voters, with almost 63,000 more registered Republicans than registered Democrats.

    http://www.denverpost.com/technology/ci_16388559

  241. Pennsylvania voters have requested nearly 127,000 absentee ballots so far. Of that total, Republican voters made up 50 percent and Democrats made up 42 percent, according to figures collected Tuesday afternoon.

    The state records show Republicans are returning their absentee ballots in greater numbers as well. The state has received about 40 percent of requested ballots, and Republican registrations outpace Democrats by 19 points, 56 percent to 37 percent, according to the state data. Absentee ballots made up 5 percent of total turnout in 2008.

    There are few states that offer more competitive Congressional contests than Pennsylvania, a swing state where Democrats enjoy a 14-point voter registration advantage. That’s thanks in part to massive registration efforts during the 2008 presidential primary. But that advantage doesn’t show up in the absentee ballots.

    “It’s a small sample, but it is a good sign that people are engaged on our side,” said Mike Barley, spokesman for the state Republican Party. “Still, we have a lot of work to do.”

    Democrats note that absentee ballot totals have favored Republicans in each of the past two cycles, although the edge was smaller than it appears to be this year.

    State Democratic Party spokesman Mark Nicastre said it’s still all about Election Day. “[M]ore and more people are becoming engaged in the race and supporting Joe Sestak over Pat Toomey, and that’s a reflection of the momentum we’ve been able to build with our field strategy that will culminate on Nov. 2.”

    Indeed, the absentee figures were released the same day that an independent poll showed Sestak leading the Republican candidate, former Rep. Pat Toomey, for the first time since May. Including leaners, Muhlenberg College found that Sestak has a 3-point edge over his Republican rival. Other polls have shown that Sestak is making up ground with independents and that Toomey’s strong lead seems to have vanished as the race has tightened.

    The two are set to square off Wednesday for the first of two debates. Wednesday’s debate will be broadcast at 7 p.m. by ABC News.

    Toomey spokeswoman Nachama Soloveichik dismissed the significance of the polling but said the absentee balloting figures are a telling sign.

    “Obviously, Pennsylvania has a Democratic registration advantage,” she said. “But I think it’s a sign of what we’ve been seeing on the campaign trail. The enthusiasm is on the Republican side.”

  242. Ohio……

    In 2008, President Obama won Ohio 51%-47%. A key ingredient of the win was early and absentee voting. With that in mind, there has been a lot of chest thumping from Ted Strickland recently about absentee voting showing no enthusiasm gap in the Governor’s race.

    If only that were true.

    A look at the three big counties should have Strickland worried.

    Using numbers from Cuyahoga, Franklin, and Hamilton counties from Monday, it’s clear that things aren’t shaping up the way Strickland would like them to.

    First, let’s start with Cuyahoga.

    In 2010, there have been 85,492 absentee ballots returned to be counted so far. At this same point in 2008, the year of Obama, 266,053 had already been returned. Even absentee requests are way down in Cuyahoga with their BOE receiving just 72% of the number of requests they had in 2008. Their partisan numbers aren’t looking good either. In 2008, the number of registered Democrats in Cuyahoga stood at 395,712 and 38.62% of them requested absentee ballots. In the same election there were 91,500 registered Republicans and 39.78% of them requested ballots. Those numbers have seen a sharp change this year with over 24,000 fewer registered Democrats in Cuyahoga and just 31.95% of them requesting ballots. Meanwhile, registered Republicans have increased by over 16,000 and 45.31% of them have requested ballots. But the stat most amazing to me is that Republicans requesting absentees jumped from 36k to nearly 49k compared to the same time in 2008. What have Democrats done in the same time? They’ve gone from 152k requests at this time in 2008 down to 118k this year. Republicans have spiked. Democrats have plummeted.

    Yes, Cuyahoga will still most definitely go to Ted Strickland, but the absentee numbers clearly indicate enthusiasm levels are nowhere near the levels seen in 2008, and that’s bad news for the crown jewel of the liberal base in Ohio.

    Onto Franklin County…

    Franklin has seen 155,651 absentee requests for this general election. Despite a 65/35 partisan advantage for Democrats, absentee requests are statistically tied. Of all absentee requests, 38,561 are Democrats and 37,690 are Republicans. While I don’t have numbers for 2008, you can look at how badly Obama won Franklin County for why a statistical tie in absentees is significant. Why? Obama won Franklin County in 2008 305,144 to 205,338 for McCain, or 59% to 40%. If Franklin ends up going 50/50 in 2010, just how absentees currently are looking, this could be devastating for Ted Strickland.

    Finally, Hamilton County…

    The Democratic registration advantage in Hamilton sits at 62/38 in favor of Democrats and Obama won Hamilton by nearly 21,000 votes. Despite that, GOPers have requested 11% more ballots than Democrats. Republican voters have requested 23,263 absentee ballots. Democrats have requested just 20,839.

    In summary, all three of these counties should be flocking to Ted Strickland at partisan ratios similar to Obama’s win in 2008 if Strickland wants to win. Very clearly, they are not. If Strickland can’t overwhelmingly win these supposed bread and butter larger counties, he’s in for a world of hurt on the evening of November 2nd.

    The enthusiasm gap is real. And it spells bad news for Team Strickland.

  243. Okay, so I would characterize the Bush years as much worse than merely “an annoying dog barking”, but other than that, this writer has pretty much nailed the mood of the public:

    The Republicans Kind of Suck, Which is Why They Will Win Huge in November

    This election season has been hard on pundits. The Democrats are going to get massacred in November, and it’s really obvious to pretty much everyone exactly why — which makes writing political commentary like trying to come up with a long-winded explanation for why two plus two equals four.

    Here’s my attempt.

    Doesn’t it suck when you have a dog that barks all night? Everyone hates that. It’s annoying. It can even drive you pretty crazy if it goes on long enough. People hate that.

    Know what also sucks? A zombie apocalypse. That’s when society collapses due to some spreading zombie virus, and most of your friends and family are dead, and you have to scrounge for food to survive while the walking dead threaten you around every corner. People also hate that.

    So, we’re all agreed that a barking dog and a zombie apocalypse both suck. Everyone following so far?

    Now let’s look at what led us to the political situation we’re in. During the second term of the Bush presidency people just got fed up with Republicans. They were idiots, they were no good at the whole fiscal conservatism thing (which is sort of the whole point of them), we had these wars that seemed to be going nowhere, and the economy was beginning to fail. They sucked, and people were sick and tired of them.

    Thus people turned to the Democrats. And Obama.

    Let’s just say they also sucked.

    AMERICANS: “So, the economy is pretty bad and there’s high employment. You think you can do something about that?”

    DEMOCRATS AND OBAMA: “We can spend a trillion dollars we don’t have on pork and stuff.”

    AMERICANS: “No … that’s not what we want. We’d really like you not to do that.”

    DEMOCRATS: “You’re stupid. We’re doing it anyway.”

    AMERICANS: “That’s not going to help us get jobs!”

    DEMOCRATS: “Sure it will; millions of them … though they may be invisible. You’ll have to trust us they exist. And guess what else we’ll do: We’ll create a giant new government program to take over health care.”

    AMERICANS: “That has nothing to do with jobs!”

    DEMOCRATS: “We don’t care about that anymore. We really want a giant new health care program. We’re sure you’ll love it.”

    AMERICANS: “Don’t pass that bill. You hear me? Absolutely do not pass that bill.”

    DEMOCRATS: “Believe me; you’ll love it. It has … well, I don’t know what exactly is in the bill, but we’re sure it’s great.”

    AMERICANS: “Listen to me: DO. NOT. PASS. THAT. BILL.”

    DEMOCRATS: “You’re not the boss of me! We’re doing it anyway!”

    AMERICANS: “Look what you did! Now the economy is way worse, we’re even deeper in debt, and we have a bunch of new laws we don’t want!”

    DEMOCRATS: “You’re racist.”

    AMERICANS: “Wha … How is that racist?”

    DEMOCRATS: “Now you’re getting violent! Stop being violent and racist, you ignorant hillbillies! And remember to vote Democrat in November.”

    So the Democrats sucked. But not just plain old, usual politician sucked, but epic levels of suck where it’s hard to find an analogue in human history that conveys the same level of suckitude. It was sheer incompetence plus arrogance — and those things do not complement each other well. We’re talking sucking that distorts time and space like a black hole.

    It’s Godzilla-smashing-through-a-city level of suck — but a really patronizing Godzilla who says you’re just too stupid and hateful to see all the buildings he’s saved or created as he smashes everything apart. Or, to use Obama’s favorite analogy, you have a car stuck in ditch, so you call the mechanic, but the only tool he brings with him is a sledgehammer. And then he smashes your car to pieces and charges you $100,000 for his service. Finally, he calls you racist for complaining. Obama and the Democrats have been so awful, it’s hard for the human brain to even comprehend.

    But the Democrats will counter that the Republicans also suck. And while this is true, it’s not really going to help them. As I pointed out before, both a dog incessantly barking and a zombie apocalypse are things that everyone would agree suck. Yet no one during a zombie apocalypse, while hiding out in a boarded up mall, would turn to the other survivors and say, “We don’t want to kill all the zombies; then we’d have to go back to being woken up at night by that annoying dog next door.” But this is the best argument the Democrats can come up with. “Remember how awful the Republicans and Bush were? You hated them. You don’t want to go back to that.” Yes, why would people want to go back to when 6% unemployment was considered high?

    People do remember how much the Republicans suck, and they know where it tops out … and that is nowhere near as bad as the Democrats are today. Like with the barking dog, it’s annoying, but you know it’s not going to cause the collapse of civilization as we know it. Not so with the zombie apocalypse; who knows how bad that could get if left to continue? Same with the Democrats and Obama; people have never dealt with anything this horrible their entire lives, and they aren’t that curious to see how much worse it can be.

    So the Republicans kinda suck, and that’s why they’re going to win huge this November. Because in the land of epic, mega, ultra, apocalyptic levels of sucking, those who kinda suck are king. Or at least are going to win in a landslide.

    Because once the zombie apocalypse is over, the annoying neighbor dog is going to be music to your ears.

    For a little while, at least.

  244. There is a dialogue going on between the great one and the people. Listen:

    Obama to the American People: I am president, I can do whatever I want to regardless of what you say, so shut the fuck up!

    American People to Obama: you are arrogant, you are incompetent, and you are devious. Spare us your phony lectures. Now we will have our turn at back.

  245. Shadowfax
    October 20th, 2010 at 4:49 pm
    From video BOMOs “begging”for votes!

    The Obamas reading from a teleprompter-

    Obama looks palid and anemic

    MO wearing a wig- hair balled up and tucked under.

    Bo asking voters to “Fight for it” and “step up to the Plate.” He said he would to do it for US.

    At min. 41 MO says: “boat” instead of “Vote”…

    They look like GRIFTERS… nothing presidential about those two!

  246. pm317 – not contradicting whether or not BO has short term memory problems, but if you look at their eyes in the video, their eyeballs are moving back and forth – they’re (of course) reading a teleprompter. My guess would be not that he forgot her name, just that he is so d*mn dependent on that thing, that he’s not even thinking when he’s reading it – he’s just simply reading. Maybe he had to go to the next line to see what his wife’s name is lol

    Later in the thread, someone (I don’t remember who) said that anti-depressants hurt a person’s short term memory. I’m not a psychiatrist, but I’m not sure that’s true. However, depression itself can impair memory – although my guess is that wouldn’t include a wife’s name. The different anti-depressants have different side effects, but I think it’s mostly like diminished sex drive, sometimes weight gain, etc. But as you (or someone else lol) said, a psychiatric nurse would know. Maybe one will chime in.

    Depression doesn’t worry me too much – I’m more concerned he’s on (or needs to be on) an anti-psychotic! I suspect he’s a very psychologically damaged individual.

  247. nomobama
    October 20th, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Mrs. Smith
    October 20th, 2010 at 10:55 am
    ______________________

    Thank you- your post was most informative. I believe the Muslims will take offense at Obama’s ‘fear’ of being associated with the Muslim culture. US Muslim voters will express their displeasure at the polls.

  248. confloyd – a week or two ago I wrote a comment to you – not sure if you ever saw it or not. I had suggested you contact three different types of people at a hospital – a case manager/discharge planner (who know about what insurance covers), a medical social worker (who know about community resources, locations to fill out applications, etc), and a financial counselor (who would know if the particulars of a given person would qualify them for a given insurance).

    I believe that Medi-cal/Medicaid covers custodial care at a SNF, but these hospital workers could help you get info about your state and your dad’s situation. A person can own a house and still qualify for Medi-cal (CA’s version of Medicaid), probably Medicaid as well.

    It sounds like you may have worked out a good solution, though.

  249. Mr. Postracial can’t wear a little tiny thing on his head to be “culturally sensitive”? He cancels a whole trip over it? That’s really weird.

    Especially since he doesn’t speak out against women having to wear head to toe beekeeper outfits in other countries or be killed, instead saying women HERE are FREE to wear them. Ah, they’re just women. BO is special.

  250. pm317 – I was just looking online for side effects of anti-depressants, and it didn’t mention short term memory, but it did mention “memory lapses”….

  251. wbboei
    I don’t know Browyn’s Harbor, it just seems that the older I get, the less that intellect really matters, and the more character, values and charity count. If that is senility then I am in good company, i.e the first quality Napoleon looked for in a general was a strong mind not a brilliant one. I think some of the people you worry about like Angel, Miller, Palin have the qualities I am looking for. Sure, Big Media can sharp shoot them with its scrabble games. But character is what counts.

    That said, I do have some standards. I never quote Maurine Dowd, i.e. Modo. Never, not hardly ever. She is verbotten, and when she goes slumming with Hollywood elites who swung for Obama it goes like this:

    I like to have a martini
    Two at the very most
    After three I am under the table
    After four I am under my host—–Dorothy Parker
    Today, 20:07:39 – Like – Reply – Delete

    Sowsear
    Dorothy lived in interesting times…she had a lively imagination…or she took poetic license seriously.
    Today, 20:12:41 – Flag – Like – Reply

    wbboei
    Wow! I am impressed. It took the genius of Chris Van Hollen who has been playing the race card til hell won’t have it anymore, to come up with this rope a dope strategy. The only problem is voters make up their minds pretty much by August based on historical modelling so if he does the full court press in October he will be a day late and a dollar short. If anything, this last minute blitz will make voters even angrier. Normally, I would never interrupt an enemy in the middle of a mistake, but here he is committed. I am guessing the dims lose 62 seats in the House. In that case, Van Hollen may find that he himself is the dope that got roped. Connie Morrell where are you?
    Today, 20:25:39 – Like – Reply – Delete

    wbboei
    True Sowsear. And here is the code she lived by:

    Razors pain you; Rivers are damp;
    Acids stain you; And drugs cause cramp.
    Guns aren’t lawful; Nooses give;
    Gas smells awful; You might as well live

  252. Axelrod is telling us to stay up all night and watch the election returns. In Chicago the military residents have not received their ballots due to a computer glitch whose name is the Illinois Combine. However, you will be happy to know that the dead have already received their ballots. If Axelrod goes trick or treating, he should dress up like himself. What a ghoul/

  253. bambi’s desperation is really showing.

    He’s going to grace the Daily Show with his presence on October 27th.

    I’m sure my power will be out that day.

  254. GOP gearing up for White House investigations

    Should Republicans take control of the House, they plan to use subpoena power to compel the Obama administration to testify and provide documents on various issues.

    By Peter Nicholas, Tribune Washington Bureau
    October 20, 2010

    The White House and the Republican congressional leadership are quietly preparing for intensified scrutiny and investigations of Obama administration actions if the GOP takes control of the House, officials say.

    Republican lawmakers who would be in charge of investigative and oversight committees plan to renew a stack of information demands that have languished before federal agencies over the last 22 months. They have indicated that, if victorious next month, they will use subpoena power if necessary to compel officials to testify and provide documents.

    The White House, anticipating such moves, is considering adding lawyers to its 20-person Office of Legal Counsel, which would be at the forefront of such skirmishes. Officials said they are preparing a post-election strategy likely to feature high-wattage fights between the White House and Congress.

    The planning is in the early stages, and White House aides stress that, for now, President Obama is focused on helping Democrats protect their House and Senate majorities. As part of that effort, Obama is on a six-state swing, arriving in Portland on Wednesday to press his message that GOP victories could thwart his agenda and usher in what he calls discredited policies from the Bush era.

    But Republicans are closing in on a series of wins that could put them in control of the lower chamber, positioning them to try to roll back Obama’s previous initiatives and block new ones.

    Republican House leaders said they would avoid using their power to harass the president, by investigating the president’s birth certificate, for example. Obama was born in Hawaii, but some conservatives don’t believe it.

    “The oversight function needs to be very focused on polices that kill jobs,” said Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.). “As long as we’re focused on trying to right the ship, the American people will support our efforts.”

    If they win the majority, Republicans say that investigating Obama administration practices will be a special focus.

    Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista), the top-ranking Republican on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said that if Republicans gain control of the House on Nov. 2, he’ll direct his staff the next day to write to administration officials who have ignored his previous requests for information.

    As a member of the minority, Issa said that no more than 30% of his letters to administration officials have been answered.

    Issa has questioned how money has been spent under the federal stimulus program, and has criticized the administration’s successful court challenge of Arizona’s harsh immigration law.

    A member of a House oversight subcommittee, Rep. Michael C. Burgess (R- Texas), has questioned details of the administration’s implementation of the healthcare overhaul, calling brochures sent to elderly Americans “propaganda.”

    One letter to Obama complained that agency watchdog officials known as inspectors general, charged with rooting out waste and fraud, are short-handed. No reply arrived, Issa’s office said.

    Issa also has complained about federal government websites, which he said often celebrate the people in charge, but skimp on data that would be useful to the general public.

    Republicans said they don’t anticipate having to use their subpoena power extensively. Cantor said that the GOP’s anticipated “leverage” might make subpoenas unnecessary.

    Issa said he would use his subpoena power sparingly. “I don’t expect to use it often,” Issa said. “I don’t expect to use it lightly.”

    A Republican House takeover next month would set up confrontations similar to 1994 and 2006, when White House rivals seized congressional control. In 1994, a Republican rout set off a chain of events leading to the impeachment of then- President Bill Clinton. In 2006, incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco disappointed the party’s liberal base when she declared that Democrats would not reciprocate by targeting President George W. Bush.

    In the 1980s, President Ronald Reagan faced an array of investigations over his administration’s deal to sell arms to Iran and funnel proceeds to Nicaraguan Contra rebels. The White House counsel office had 12 attorneys then, but added 10 to deal with the scandal.

    If Republicans gain control of the House, the Obama administration inevitably will face more requests for information on sensitive topics, said A.B. Culvahouse, former White House counsel under Reagan.

    “It’s just the way the process plays out,” Culvahouse said in an interview. “If there are any intimations of White House involvement in sensitive or controversial decisions in major executive departments, the Congress frequently asks for any documents or information.”

    Whatever the partisan configuration of the Hill in 2011, administration officials know that a bulked-up Republican contingent will require them to mount a strong defense.

    White House senior advisor David Axelrod said that Republicans are intent on repealing the healthcare overhaul and Wall Street regulatory system that Obama signed into law. He pointed to threats by Republicans to hold up government spending measures, saying it could lead to a government shutdown.

    “I don’t think that’s where most Americans want to go,” Axelrod said.

    Earlier this fall, the internal debate in the White House was over two different post-election approaches: Pushing small-bore measures through a more intransigent Congress, or fighting for goals that matter to both Obama and his base.

    As of now, the White House seems to favor the latter path. Administration officials are talking about pushing immigration overhaul and climate change legislation — volatile political issues that will underline the differences between the two parties.

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-obama-vs-congress-20101021,0,6803116.story

  255. “In Chicago the military residents have not received their ballots due to a computer glitch whose name is the Illinois Combine.”

    ——————
    Is anything being done to rectify this? Or is it too late?

  256. Another odd thing it that video – it moves. It moves when they move – when they gesticulate and emphasize. It’s like they are on a platform, or an unstable surface. It’s like at a baseball game when the camera is jostling on the riser. It’s very unprofessional. Like they had this brilliant idea – agot up in the middle of the night from a coked-out high, threw on some clothing, ran down to the Press Room and shot it themselves. Hardly the work of a “Presidential Team” of videographers and such.

    It makes me ill to watch it. (For reasons other than the obvious)

  257. JanH
    October 20th, 2010 at 11:58 pm
    “In Chicago the military residents have not received their ballots due to a computer glitch whose name is the Illinois Combine.”

    ——————
    Is anything being done to rectify this? Or is it too late?
    —————–
    I don’t know. I had lunch with an old friend yesterday and he told me. He is very accurate in what he says. I suspect he got in either on FOX or on Medved.

  258. Thanks wbboebi.

    I really hope that they get to vote. I also hope that if this was a deliberate action by bambi’s thugs, then it gets the media coverage it deserves.

  259. Glenn Ford at BAR:

    (snip)
    “Obama likes to calls it “non-partisan,” “consensus-building” politics and other variations on the theme, but the result is always the same: the fundamental interests of corporations are protected at the beginning of the process, which can only end with the people in worse shape than before it started. This is how a broad and deep public demand for comprehensive health reform was transformed into a guaranteed, subsidized, central role in the national health system for the hated insurance and drug companies for the foreseeable future.

    Obama, a genius at creating opportunities for himself while undermining the life prospects of others, invented the deficit reduction commission as his customized vehicle to subvert his own party’s cherished “entitlement” programs: Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, and others. Republicans didn’t force his hand or box him in. Instead, Obama set the torpedoes in motion against entitlements in the days before his inauguration, declaring, on January 8, 2009, that an overhaul of Medicare and Social Security would be “a central part” of his presidency.”
    (snip)

  260. Norma Desmond
    October 21st, 2010 at 12:00 am
    ================================

    I agree! Malia was probably holding the video camera while standing on a ladder. ☺

  261. wbboei
    October 20th, 2010 at 11:46 pm
    ====================================

    Some mask company should take molds of his face and produce rubber masks from them because he really does have this scary look about him. Actually, it’s more creepy than scary.

  262. NPR has fired Juan Williams for a comment he made tonight on FOX.

    Here he is on Bill O’Reilly ‘s show talking about O’Reilly’s dust up on The View.

    Well, actually, I hate to say this to you because I don’t want to get your ego going. But I think you’re right. I think, look, political correctness can lead to some kind of paralysis where you don’t address reality.
    I mean, look, Bill, I’m not a bigot. You know the kind of books I’ve written about the civil rights movement in this country. But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.

    Well, that observation (grounded in more than a little bit of truth) has cost Williams his job with NPR.

    NPR said in its statement that the remarks “were inconsistent with our editorial standards and practices, and undermined his credibility as a news analyst with NPR.”

    Just a reminder but NPR didn’t fire a cartoonist who insulted tea party attendees. Apparently that kind of thinking is consistent with their editorial standards and practices.

    I’m sure in the coming days people will dig up plenty examples of NPR reporters insulting Christians, America and other groups but not losing their jobs over it. As always, it’s just one group that gets super-protected status and it just happens to be the one that is so peaceful, they will kill you for insulting them.

  263. Seems Williams also made the shocking and “bigoted” mistake of quoting a terrorist’s own words. Note that they were the terrorist’s words, not Juan’s:

    Mr. Williams also made reference to the Pakistani immigrant who pleaded guilty this month to trying to plant a car bomb in Times Square. “He said the war with Muslims, America’s war is just beginning, first drop of blood. I don’t think there’s any way to get away from these facts,” Mr. Williams said.

  264. I got an email from Madeline Albright asking for money. A couple of days ago I got one for Al Gore, James Carville, Paul Begala and Donna Brazoid…WTF! They keep putting people’s names in hoping we send money cause we like that certain individual.

    Have they really all got their head that far up all of their asses???

    Of coarse I’ve gotten one from Bill too. I guess some are still trying to hold the party together…for what I don’t know! As soon as they dump the Bambino twins I will sent them a check!

  265. Lorac
    Yes I got your post and thankyou for your information. I’ve managed to find a better place that we can afford and still help my daughter…so its a win/win. She is very patient and is always positive so it will be good for him….they’ve rented a house on the water and he’ll be able to fish. They’ve got lots of friends who WANT to help with the sitting. I am in the middle of nowhere with my two beloved Pitbulls…no one wants to come out here, LOL! He’ll be in loving hands and I’ll get a much needed break…I’ve been at this for 10 years now…so I’m at my breaking point.

    Its amazing to me that because I make a half way descent living, but need to get started saving a little for my retirement in 6 years, that the government thinks I don’t need help and thinks I can pay outright for his care in a nursing home….it amazes me because here is our President who has an Aunt living off the govt., and he is a multimillionaire…how is that right. I make 50 grand a year….its total bullshit…that is what it is! My insurance which I carry on him will pay nothing and unless you are on medicaid…medicare won’t pay either…so what the fuck are people who are still working to do??? Hillary understands this problem and has come up with some ideas….Obama knew how to work the system so Auntie gets a free ride on our tax dollar.

  266. I think the rethugs are no in love with Chris Christie and want to dump Palin….I still like Palin….she thinks like a democrat on social issues. Christie reminds me of a foul mouthed Texan. He might be good, but I want experience….real experience for 2012′, not another fresh face who can’t pour piss out of a boot with the instructions written on the heel.

  267. Dems deliberately underfunding Hispanics : Hispanics don’t see Democrats’ funding

    The Democratic National Committee says it is pouring more money into Latino voter outreach than during any previous midterm elections — but don’t tell that to leading Hispanic organizers in battleground states, who say they’re seeing little evidence of it.

    Organizers expected a dip in activity from two years ago, when the DNC and President Barack Obama’s campaign invested an unprecedented $20 million targeting Hispanic turnout. But the major groups running campaigns in states with large Latino populations say the drop-off has been startling, reinforcing an impression that Democrats, after failing to pass an immigration reform bill, continue to take this fastest-growing voting bloc for granted.

    “I’ve never seen the investment so anemic,” said Jorge Mursuli, president and CEO of Democracia-Ahora, a Miami-based group with operations in seven states, including Nevada, Pennsylvania and Colorado. “It is like night and day. I think it is going to be devastating.”

    Democrats are preparing to launch what has been described as a “major” national and regional TV and radio campaign later this week, according to a source familiar with the plans.

    But activists warn that the ad push, while welcome, is a case of too little, too late. And any hard feelings among Latino voters this year could have profound implications for 2012.

    Obama will need to replicate his strong performance from two years ago among Hispanic voters in the Southwest and in Florida to win a second term. The perceived lack of attention, coupled with disillusionment over the stalled push for comprehensive immigration reform, could put Obama in a hole as he gears up for a reelection fight.

    “It is going to cost us lot more money to get Hispanics back in the fold,” Mursuli said. “People will say, ‘Who are you, and where were you?’”

    Democratic Party officials insist the money is flowing, as part of what they call a “multimillion-dollar program” with online ads, registration drives, voter protection programs, outreach to national leaders and field operations in targeted states and districts.

    “We’re out there talking about what we accomplished together in terms of creating good jobs, expanding access to health care, improving opportunity at the highest levels of government and society and fighting for comprehensive immigration reform,” said Hari Sevugan, a DNC spokesman. “And we are doing it with more resources both in terms of money and manpower than we ever have in a midterm year because it’s critical to the future of the country that the Latino community votes.”

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1010/43928.html#ixzz12ysM70mI

    Read on……………….

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    What did they expect, they got used in 2008, Obama got what he wanted and dropped them like a stone.

  268. I hope this posts. I’ve had technical difficulties in the past. And I hope I use the html codes correctly.

    If this does post it will be my first post here. And I’d like to start by thanking you loyal Hillary supporters for hanging in there for two years. I find all sorts of information and articles here that I don’t see anywhere else.

    Shadowfax,
    In what way is this a first?

    Shadowfax
    October 20th, 2010 at 4:49 pm
    This is a freakin’ first, and shows how desperate they are:
    MO and BO begging for votes…
    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2010/10/19/barack_and_michelle_make_election_plea_fight_for_it.html

    At any rate,gotta love Michelle saying: “and people are getting fired up.” That crowd of enthusiastic supporters is a figment of her imagination. It’s actually an angry mob with torches and pitchforks.

    The last time I unsuccessfully tried to post was under the name “BitterinMass.” when Brown won “The People’s Seat” (more commonly referred to as Ted Kennedy’s seat). I wanted to include this poem specifically for Hillary supporters. It seems appropriate now as we head into the mid-term elections.

    –Schadenfreude becomes Freudenschade: to the tune of Eidelweiss (c)

    Schadenfreude, schadenfreude, after the DNC convention
    Ever more schadenfreude after Obama’s election

    Mass. insurrection, Brown’s election and a course correction.
    Schadenfreude becomes freudenschade; good luck with re-election!!!!

    *German loanword: a transposed variant of schadenfreude;
    loosely translated it means misery at someone else’s joy.

    Thanks again,
    TwoGirls

  269. Karma at work for the King of Prevaricators:
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    Barney Frank Flounders

    Congressman Barney Frank is in the fight of his political life. In the latest National Journal Political Insider’s Poll, surveying 111 Democrat operatives, over two-thirds of the respondents believed Democrats will lose control of the House of Representatives after the November 2010 election. Underscoring the apprehension held by the polled insiders was their added belief that the losses would extend beyond moderate “Blue Dog” lawmakers to include a number of prominent progressive representatives.

    Conventional wisdom had long held the most likely Democrat victims in the House would come from the ranks of these forty or so conservative Blue Dogs. However, 2010 has proven to be a very unconventional political year. Keeping in line with the National Journal poll, political analyst Charlie Cook shows up to eighty congressional Democrat seats in serious play, which adds further proof that a good many progressive lawmakers seem destined to meet the same fate as their more moderate colleagues.

    “Tsunami” has been the word most often employed by pundits to describe the projected electoral beating Democrats are poised to suffer in November. Given both these survey and poll results, it’s now a particularly apropos term, as tsunamis don’t neatly discriminate about what, or in this case who, gets swept away in their path.

    Progressive Democrat electoral concerns are no more evident than in the race for Massachusetts’s 4th congressional district, which sees longtime ultra-liberal incumbent Barney Frank in dire political straits, squared off against a relatively unknown challenger, Sean Bielat, a thirty-five-year-old businessman and Marine Corps veteran.

    The cause of Frank’s concern is recent polling that shows him with an approval rating below 50%, a shocking and perhaps lethal position for a thirty-year progressive incumbent from the bluest of blue states to find himself in. The poll results led The Cook Report to downgrade Frank’s electoral chances from “solid” to “likely.”

    Adding to Frank’s electoral unease was the recent meeting held between Bielat and the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) in which Bielat received assurances he would be receiving strong Republican financial support in the final weeks of his campaign, a prospect leading one GOP strategist to observe that the NRCC felt the race to be very “winnable.”

    Now, to some observers, the NRCC mulling over spending money against a longtime liberal congressman, in Massachusetts of all places, could be viewed largely as a frivolous use of money, wasting resources better spent elsewhere. However, for others, in a year of unbridled GOP optimism, the NRCC’s monetary support of Bielat may be better compared to a craps player laying chips on Twelve or Two. The odds may not be great, but a small bet can garner a huge payoff.

    For Republicans, nothing would be sweeter than seeing Frank’s career come to a blistering end. Already emboldened by the forced early retirement of Senator Chris Dodd for his involvement in the Countrywide mortgage scandal coupled with the defeat of turncoat Arlen Specter in the Pennsylvania Democrat senatorial primary, Republicans are understandably wetting their lips at the prospect of adding Frank’s name to that ignominious list.

    While Frank still enjoys some great incumbent advantages over Bielat, namely money and strong name recognition, the chances of Frank’s ouster from office are still real. For starters, Frank is the poster child for what has roiled voter anger in 2010. In an anti-Washington and anti-incumbent year, with the public placing a premium on personal and political accountability, Frank strikes out swinging.

    The ultimate Washington insider, Barney Frank’s handprints are all over past and current legislative failings. From his perch as Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, Frank led the congressional charge to pressure private bankers and government mortgage lenders Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae to severely lower eligibility criteria for low-income home borrowers — dangerous lending practices that led directly to the collapse of the subprime mortgage market in 2008.

    Since then, Frank has been a central player and advocate in pushing through the Democrats’ highly divisive and unpopular legislative agenda of health care reform, bailouts, stimulus packages, and financial regulatory reform.

    Lacking a popular legislative record to crow about, Frank now has the added misfortune to be campaigning in a year when a candidate’s personal character has more cachet with voters, who have seemingly reached the end of their tether with Washington’s culture of corruption.

    As such, voters in his district may no longer be willing to look the other way with regard to Frank’s own long record of ethical entanglements. Starting in 1990 with charges that his male lover ran a prostitution ring out of Frank’s Washington home, they have morphed over the years to include influence peddling on behalf of OneUnited Bank to vacation treks on private jets of special interests.

    Adding to this gloomy portrait is the uncomfortable fact that Frank faces a young, successful, and articulate challenger in Bielat, who comes across as the “anti-Frank.” Long described throughout his career as acerbic, condescending, and entitled, Barney Frank has been forced to undergo a personality metamorphosis this campaign, trying desperately to turn himself into a more affable candidate.

    Unfortunately, the character transplant hasn’t fully taken, as Frank let the mask drop recently during a debate with Bielat, demanding eight times for Bielat to stop interrupting him, even though Bielat wasn’t speaking during any of those outbursts.

    Frank hasn’t kept his swipes confined to his opponent but has branched out to his own constituents, calling one woman’s views on his vote for health care reform “vile, contemptible nonsense,” adding that “having a conversation with you is like arguing with a dining room table.”

    What may prove, however, to be the final nail in Barney Frank’s political coffin comes from the belated realization that the 4th congressional district is not as safe as once believed. Exhibit A is Republican Scott Brown carrying the district, albeit narrowly, in his upset win over Martha Coakley in the state’s January 2010 special Senate election.

    The added problem for Frank is that many of those same Brown voters may be angrier now than in January, given that their vote for Brown was ostensibly cast so he could be the “41st vote” to kill health care reform — a prospect that never materialized, due in no small part to the diligent efforts of Barney Frank.

    Frank, however, is in no rush to remind voters of his involvement in health care reform — or his role in the subprime mortgage collapse, for that matter. He has been either studiously downplaying his own legislative part or striving mightily to airbrush himself completely out of the picture, apparently unaware that a skeptical and fully engaged electorate has access to the internet and YouTube and is possessed with memories longer than a gnat’s.

    But that’s really not too much of a surprise, because in the end, Barney Frank, like many of his liberal colleagues, has been too long accustomed to never being challenged, whether by capable political opponents, an objective media, or, until recently, the voters themselves.

    Finally forced to actually articulate and defend the full range of their unpopular decisions and abuses of power, Frank and his colleagues find themselves strangers in a new political world, speaking an unfamiliar dialect. So, it’s not too much of a shock to see their political skill sets dramatically atrophied and ill-equipped for the rigors of a 2010 campaign.

    Perhaps Barney Frank and other progressives, like Senators Barbara Boxer and Harry Reid, will still somehow survive this particular election and serve on, but the more accurate reality will prove to be the reverse. Like the dinosaurs, once masters of their world, these politicians remain unaware of the approaching asteroid that will forever change the political landscape, rendering them extinct.

    http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/10/barney_frank_flounders.html

  270. A link in a comment at hillbuzz:

    Schumer cutting monster checks to help out fellow Senate Democrats
    Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has gone on a late-season spending spree to help Democratic candidates. A new campaign finance report shows Schumer cut two checks to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) worth $1 million each in September. He has also poured money from his campaign account into state parties around the country. Friends of Schumer gave $250,000 to the Nevada State Democratic Party on Sept. 7, a crucial boost to embattled Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). Schumer’s donations are sure to raise eyebrows because he himself is up for re-election this year, albeit against weak opposition. He is also widely expected to run for Senate Democratic leader if Reid loses his race in Nevada. The gifts cement Schumer’s position as the Senate Democrats’ biggest financial backer, and could make a difference if he makes a bid to lead Senate Democrats in the 112th Congress. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) is seen as the other favorite to succeed Reid. Schumer’s campaign also gave $25,000 to the Alaska Democratic Party, $50,000 to the Colorado Democratic Party, $50,000 to the Democratic Party of Wisconsin and $50,000 to the Washington State Democratic Party, according to a report filed Wednesday. The contributions were all made at the end of September and will help incumbents in tough races such as Sens. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) and Patty Murray (D-Was.).
    Schumer also gave generously to help incumbents who are not considered in danger….
    h t t p://thehill.com/homenews/senate/125057-schumer-cuts-2-million-to-senate-dems-before-midterms-

  271. For anyone with latent remorse at the thought of voting them ALL OUT, videos like this help ease the sting. For some reason I never tire of seeing Pelosi, Reid, et al make complete asses of themselves:

  272. Putting aside partisan differences, does anybody in their right mind really believe that Barack Hussein Obama is competent to perform the duties of President–and I do not mean the telepromptered speeches, glad handling foreign dignataries, and entertaining an enraptured White House Press Corp who lick his boots–or worse, etc., I mean leading the country through the worst economic downturn in 80 years????? At this point, with two years of seeing how he operates, and in whose interests he operates, voters should be deeply suspicious of his unending excuses, and ask themselves what capacity if any has he demonstrated to solve the problems starting with jobs. Or were these pretenses at government all a big lie and at the end of the day is he nothing more than a campaigner. And if he is nothing more than a campaigner, incompetent to solve our pressing problems, and if he is taking the nation on the path of decline and eventual disaster, then it is imperative that voters register their dissent at the polls in November, and not make the fatal mistake of returning to Congress people who history has shown serve as a rubber stamp for his treachery, for whatever they say now to get reelected, the truth is if they are re elected, they will continue to support him, sure as night follows day.

  273. Some mask company should take molds of his face and produce rubber masks from them because he really does have this scary look about him. Actually, it’s more creepy than scary.
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    The mask is a wonderful idea. In addition, I would suggest a Dracula costume, with the words “I will suck your blood” on the back side with a complimentary yellow streak accented with a jack in the box replica of the Nobel Prize for doing nothing. It should also have a string which can be pulled, and a button to be pushed to release a hope and change speech by the messiah. Anyone who wore that costume would be the bell of the ball, until the clock struck midnight.

  274. That hill is a gushing pro obama repulsive publication. What the fuck is a “monster check”. He is not buying votes, he is buying votes. Meaning, the advertising he is buying now for candidates is immaterial, whereas the votes he is buying for the minority leader position in the senate are very material. The bastard is a gutter snipe and he needs to be crushed not rewarded. He is oily unctuous and sexist to the hilt. More so than any other member of congress.

  275. Kondrake is an idiot–always will be. Stoddard on the other hand is showing some promise. She should switch jobs with twitchy Mort. She has the brains, and he has the mouth.

  276. ABM90
    “DRAFT HILLARY” “REMOVE THE IMPOSTER”
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    From Gods mouth to your ear to this blog my friend, all things come to him who waits.

  277. Obama Fails To Harness Female Factor
    Fox News

    It’s no secret that female voters, once a Democratic mainstay, are no longer so reliable for the party; a narrowing gender gap that President Obama hopes to put a wedge in. In a recent Fox News poll among female likely voters, 44 percent of those asked said they would vote for a Republican candidate and 43 percent said they’d vote for a Democrat. That’s a shift from the 56 percent of female votes Mr. Obama garnered in 2008, according to Fox News exit polls that year.

    In the closing days of an election that most analysts are predicting could spell upset for the Democrats, the administration isn’t taking women voters for granted. The White House is layering its support for two female incumbent Senators in key toss-up states, using their best-known roster: the first and second couples. The president is stumping for incumbent Senators Patty Murray of Washington and Barbara Boxer of California on his four-day campaign blitz, that began Wednesday night. Both Senators also got a visit from Vice President Biden and will be hosting joint appearances next week from Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden.

    It’s an effort to stem discontent among women that the White House hopes will pay off. Women are gaining a stronger hold in the working world, so the impact of an economic downturn is becoming more personally bruising and it’s Democrats who are taking the blame. As election calendar days continue to lapse, the White House’s National Economic Council is releasing a report on the impact of the recession on women and, says a White House press release, “how the Obama administration’s economic policies benefit American women.”

    Mr. Obama will roll out these efforts targeted at the female population in a backyard conversation Thursday just before taking the stage with Senator Murray. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs denies the focus on women has a political component. “[T]he timing isn’t political,” Gibbs told reporters Wednesday, while listing past efforts to support women’s causes.

    “It’s an issue that obviously is on everybody’s mind and I’m sure is on the minds of people of the states that are represented by women in the Senate and those that aren’t.”

  278. Norma Desmond
    October 21st, 2010 at 12:00 am

    “Like they had this brilliant idea – agot up in the middle of the night from a coked-out high, threw on some clothing, ran down to the Press Room and shot it themselves. Hardly the work of a “Presidential Team” of videographers and such.”
    ________________________

    That video should be reviewed by a forensic drug expert looking for signs of drug abuse. i.e. dialated pupils which would be a positive sign and visible.

    God forbid, cocaine or worse meth is found in their private living quaters by SS stumbling upon it during their daily routine.

  279. Thu, Oct. 21, 2010
    Clinton’s the only Democrat who can win in 2012

    By BOGDAN KIPLING

    The latest buzz flitting among the Georgetown salons is that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will switch jobs with Vice President Joe Biden and take his place on the Democratic ticket in 2012.

    That’s one of the tidbits being peddled by Bob Woodward to promote his new book “Obama’s Wars” and it has Democratic loyalists desperate to salvage a rapidly failing Obama presidency atwitter with unbridled joy.

    As a rumor, it’s intriguing. As common sense, it doesn’t pass Logic 101.

    Why, after all, would the world’s top diplomat want to chug from John Nance Garner’s “warm bucket” when she could be sipping a Pimm’s Cup in the Oval Office on Jan. 20, 2013? With the economy unlikely to have recovered the Clinton-era glow of the 1990s, it’s far more likely that Hillary will challenge Obama at the start of 2012. If she does, that smart money in the Democratic Party will flow into her coffers like water rushing over the Hoover Dam.

    Ah, but what about Woodward’s prediction that Hillary will be a good team player and wait until she is 71 to make a 2016 quest for the Oval Office? Throughout the years since he chronicled the Watergate scandal with Washington Post colleague Carl Bernstein, Woodward has been a font of delicious speculations – not all of them based in reality.

    Be that as it may, there’s good reason to view Woodward’s forecast of Hillary as veep as a mere throwaway line – designed to create a momentary sensation.

    Anyone who knows the Clintons well knows they have no love lost for either Barack or Michelle Obama. Both believe they were outmaneuvered by the Illinois upstart in the Democratic primaries because they received terrible advice from top campaign aides, including several they now believe were moles for Obama.

    In truth, only Hillary’s belief in her “grand destiny” allowed her to accept the secretary of state offer from Obama – a stripped-down post considering the president had already named four special envoys to the Middle East, America’s key area of foreign policy concern. Her acceptance also relegated Bill Clinton to a quiet corner of the public stage – rendered all but mute in voicing any criticism of the Obama White House.

    There is every reason to believe that the Clintons will deliver a comeuppance to the Obamas in 2012. By that time, both will look like eminence grises after the amateurish performance of Obama and his buffoonish advisers during his first-term.

    The dozens of Democratic senators and House members now fleeing any association with the administration’s disastrous health-care and stimulus bills are unlikely to return to the fold. Many, indeed, already are urging the Clintons to reclaim their party before it is completely destroyed by Obama’s rigid ultra-left ideology.

    A longtime Clinton insider says the couple is prepared to move their governing philosophy even more to the moderate center than they did after the sweeping Republican gains in the 1994 congressional mid-term elections.

    “The Clintons may have started out as ideologues,” she said, “but they quickly realized that pragmatism is the true art of successful politics and they have been constantly fine-tuning their political philosophies.” The woman, a close friend of the Clinton for more than four decades, also pointed out another reason Hillary can’t wait until 2016.

    “The constant travel and the never-ending demands of the secretary of state’s office are taking a devastating toll on her,” she said. “She turns 63 this month, but she’s starting to look more like 70 although she’s in excellent physical health.”

    Here’s betting Hillary will look years younger and be all smiles when she delivers her inaugural address from the west steps of the capitol in early 2013.

    http://www.kentucky.com/2010/10/21/1489084/clintons-the-only-democrat-who.html

  280. Thursday, October 21, 2010

    Clinton Looking To Skip APEC MeetingWASHINGTON (Nikkei)–With a tight diplomatic schedule ahead, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is considering skipping next month’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in Japan, according to U.S. and Japanese government sources.

    Clinton is planning to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit in Hanoi at the end of this month and to visit Australia, among other engagements.

    Worrying Clinton’s absence at the APEC conference might come off as a sign that the U.S. is placing less of a priority on Japan, Washington is working to arrange for her to meet Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara in Hawaii sometime this month.

    Ministers from APEC countries will gather in Yokohama for a two-day conference starting Nov. 10. The U.S. is preparing to chair APEC next year, and the country in that position usually sends its foreign affairs chief to the current year’s ministerial meeting. A U.S. secretary of state has not missed an APEC ministerial conference since 1992.

    http://e.nikkei.com/e/fr/tnks/Nni20101020D20JFA12.htm

  281. and then the other side of the coin…

    Thu, Oct. 21, 2010

    Clinton is far more valuable as secretary of state than as president

    By NICHOLAS L. CAIN

    With President Obama’s polling numbers at a low and the traditional start of the primary season now approaching, some have asked: should Secretary of State Hillary Clinton challenge the president for the Democratic nomination? My answer is an unequivocal no.

    There are three reasons Clinton should carry on as part of Obama’s administration instead of running in 2012. They are political, personal and national.

    First to the political: According to opinion surveys by the Gallup organization, Obama’s poll numbers are at a low point for his presidency. Although the president is roughly twice as popular as the Congress, his public approval has dipped below 50 percent.

    And if a March CNN/Opinion Research Corp poll is to be believed, Clinton’s approval rating is much stronger: Seven out of 10 Americans approve of her handling of foreign affairs, including, surprisingly, a majority of Republicans. Although this might cause a savvy politician to think about heading out to chase the nomination, if Clinton did so, it would be a calamity for the party.

    An outbreak of intra-party combat to secure the nomination would harm the Democrats by creating a draining distraction as what’s bound to be a tough race begins. Although Clinton is surely ambitious, she is also a life-long Democrat, and wouldn’t want to cripple her party at such a key stage.

    Party concerns aside, Clinton should remain with the Cabinet for her own best interests as well. With unemployment hovering near 10 percent, Clinton, as the nation’s chief foreign policy-maker, has been shielded from public dissatisfaction over the economy. If she chooses to run in 2012, she will surely face this icy headwind straight in the face, undoubtedly to the detriment of her approval rating.

    If running for the presidency is, in fact, on Clinton’s to-do list, waiting another four years would not prevent her from running – and it might actually help her chances. If she decides to run in 2016, Clinton would be only 69 years old (the same age as Reagan when he took office).

    And her work as America’s chief foreign policy-maker would give her, to quote Bob Woodward, “an unmatched record of public service” and impeccable national security credentials.

    Politics and personal goals aside, the key reason that Clinton should stay in her post is that she is bringing energy and intelligence to America’s foreign policy. Although the United States faces a range of challenges – two wars, a recalcitrant Iran and serious competition from Asia – President Obama and Clinton have managed to sign a new START Treaty with Russia, cajole the Israelis and the Palestinians in to talking at least, and, have repaired relations with our allies in Europe.

    Most important, Obama and Clinton have articulated a new vision for foreign policy: that we must use “smart power” instead of pre-emptive force. Smart power (based on work by Joseph Nye and Suzanne Nossel) means, in the words of Clinton, using the “full range of tools at our disposal – diplomatic, economic, military, political, legal and cultural” in an integrated fashion to achieve our foreign policy goals.

    Does Clinton’s championing of smart power mean that she is not tough enough to do the job? Condoleezza Rice, the secretary of state under President Bush, doesn’t think so. Rice recently praised Clinton for her toughness, patriotism and good judgment.

    We need someone with Clinton’s wide-ranging experience, intelligence and energy. Staying with the Cabinet will help her chances should she run for president again. And, by helping the Obama administration, she is helping our nation during a perilous time.

    Considering this, I would advise the secretary to stay put: the president and the nation need her right where she is.

    http://www.kentucky.com/2010/10/21/1489083/clinton-is-far-more-valuable-as.html

  282. “The constant travel and the never-ending demands of the secretary of state’s office are taking a devastating toll on her,” she said. “She turns 63 this month, but she’s starting to look more like 70 although she’s in excellent physical health.”
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    A nice vacation with lots of sleep and a nip and a tuck….she’ll look like she forty again….she is still gorgeous!

  283. Screw these people…this country can’t wait another 6 years for her to take over…..Hillary can run the country and still manage those other countries….afterall most President’s do and Hillary would be exceptional.

    Obama can’t even get his inner circle to quit fighting….he is a total waste of 800 million dollars….he’s the cheap taiwanese model you can buy at the “dollar store”.

    Think of all the ways this country could of used 800 million….and the folks that put this fool is office spent that much money for this nincompoop. He is the “Edsel”.

  284. I’m all for Hillary running for the presidency, but I just don’t see many voters wanting to give the Democrats a chance at control in the White House in 2012. It’s not enough time to forget about the previous usurper.

  285. A 20-year-old college student has stepped up to be the new police chief in Chihuahua, Mexico, because everyone else was too terrified of the drug violence to take the job.

    This is one immensely brave young woman. I’ll pray for her safety:

    http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/americas/10/20/mexico.female.police.chief/?hpt=C1

    (CNN) — Some headlines are hailing her as the bravest woman in Mexico. Marisol Valles Garcia, all of 20 years old, says she’s just tired of everyone being afraid.

    Valles Garcia, a criminology student, became the police chief this week of Praxedis G. Guerrero, one of the most violent municipalities in the border state of Chihuahua. She was the only person who accepted the top job in a police force whose officers have been abducted and even killed.

    “Yes, there is fear,” Valles Garcia said Wednesday in an interview with CNN en Español. “It’s like all human beings. There will always be fear, but what we want to achieve in our municipality is tranquility and security.”

    There’s good reason for the fear. Just this past weekend, a 59-year-old local mayor, Rito Grado Serrano, and his 37-year-old son, Rogoberto Grado Villa, were killed in a house in which they they were hiding in nearby Ciudad Juarez. Another area mayor was killed in June.

  286. JanH
    October 21st, 2010 at 10:45 am
    TwoGirls
October 21st, 2010 at 6:26 am
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    Just wanted to welcome you. 

    Thanks for the welcome.

    I can’t claim credit for it but I’m going to give a shameless “bump” to the poem I posted earlier since, for me, it expresses the sentiments of so many people that took abuse from Obama supporters. The closest thing to vindication at this point would be for the Dems to lose the Senate as well as the House and to have ObamaCare determined to be unconstitutional.

    –Schadenfreude becomes Freudenschade: to the tune of Eidelweiss (c)
    Schadenfreude, schadenfreude, after the DNC convention
Ever more schadenfreude after Obama’s election
    Mass. insurrection, Brown’s election and a course correction.
Schadenfreude becomes freudenschade; good luck with re-election!!!!
    *German loanword: a transposed variant of schadenfreude;
loosely translated it means misery at someone else’s joy.

    TwoGirls

  287. wbboei
    October 21st, 2010 at 10:07 am
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    Now, you’ve got an idea for a costume! May I suggest that when that button is hit for the speech to begin, maybe some type of foul odor can emanate from the costume?

  288. Now, you’ve got an idea for a costume! May I suggest that when that button is hit for the speech to begin, maybe some type of foul odor can emanate from the costume?
    ——————-
    You may. Are you thinking perhaps of the foul odor of pure unadulterated bullshit?

  289. confloyd
    October 21st, 2010 at 3:17 am
    =============================

    The thing that New Jersey voters like about Chris Christie is that he walks the walk. He got elected by letting people know what he was against, why he was against it, and what he was going to do to make changes. The voters responded to it, and as they see him trying to keep his campaign promises, he is actually gaining support there. Arguably, Øbama did the same thing when he got elected, but the big difference between the two is that Christie is fighting to cut New Jersey’s bloated budget, and reduce its budget deficit while Øbama has pursued the opposite approach to America’s fiscal woes. So, to which political philosophy are citizens responding positively? Chris Christie’s.

  290. wbboei
    October 21st, 2010 at 11:35 am
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    Most definitely! I think pig shit would work better, though.

  291. Juan Williams, consumed by the beast that he once fed. A perfect execution from the Chicago playbook.

    Does anyone believe that he would have been fired if he had intoned that seeing Bible-carrying, cross-wearing folks on his flight made him nervous?

  292. Clinton is far more valuable as secretary of state than as president

    By NICHOLAS L. CAIN
    ———————–
    Not hard at all to figure out where this guy is coming from: he is a progressive, a professional leftist and an Obama surrogate from the Bay Area. A true citizen of the world. The arguments he advances are intended to protect Obama, and that is the main objective in this article. Hillary does not need advice from this egghead to stay the course when the country is falling apart under the candidate he supported and continues to support against the weight of the evidence. He should stay out of politics and devote his valuable time and energy to protecting the darter snail.

    Nicholas L. Caine
    Pacific Institute
    654 13Th Street, Preservation Park
    Oakland, California 94612
    United States

    The Pacific Institute is dedicated to protecting our natural world, encouraging sustainable development, and improving global security. Research for People and the Planet. Founded in 1987 and based…

  293. Or, if the darter snail objects to Caine’s representation, then this over educated idiot should educate himself more about the real Obama, as opposed to the one he has conjured up in his mind. Specifically, he should read and reflect on the status of the middle east negotiations, and the WashPo report that his light of love Obama has sabotaged those negotiations, and not through some heroic stand which mortal cannot rise up to meet, but by sheer persistent stupidity which knows no bounds.

  294. #
    nomobama
    October 21st, 2010 at 11:12 am

    I’m all for Hillary running for the presidency, but I just don’t see many voters wanting to give the Democrats a chance at control in the White House in 2012. It’s not enough time to forget about the previous usurper.
    —–
    Gotta disagree on this one. Hillary is the only real Democrat that can save her party and 18 million knew it then, and know it even more now. All the obots that were bused in from high school didn’t get there free rent and new HD tvs…they can’t even find a job, plus all the folks in foreclosed homes that thought he would bail them out are now in deep $hit.
    The actual working class is still behind Hillary.
    Sure, most Rethugs don’t want the Dems in, what else is new?

  295. Florida : This should make Dems crap themselves about Florida.

    GOP issues landslide alert; we’re beating Democrats in early vote

    Florida Democrats had been proudly touting the fact that they were doing better in absentee voting requests then they had in 2006, but the Republican Party of Florida has its own stats that could spell doom for every Democrat on a statewide ballot this year.

    RPOF says that, for the first time ever, they’ve won the first two days of early voting. And compared to 2008 (the year of Obama, when Dems outperformed Reps), Republicans are doing far better in absentee voting requests and returns. If true and the trend continues, Democrats have a dim future. Maybe governor candidate Alex Sink could squeak by Republican Rick Scott, in large part because she’d not running as a Democrat and she’s at times running away from President Obama. But the numbers suggest the Obama millstone will weigh her down as the red wave swamps Florida.

    From RPOF:

    Requested absentee ballots: Republicans lead by 228,930 – a 13.21% lead over Democrats. In 2008, Republicans had an 8.89% lead by Election Day. Then, President Obama only won by 2.8 percentage points after a massive ad blitz.

    Voted absentee ballots: Republicans lead by 112,534 absentee votes – a 21.88% lead. In 2008, Republicans had a 10.8% lead on Election Day.

    Early Voted: Republicans lead by 15,281 votes – a 11.32% lead (Monday and Tuesday). In 2008, Republicans were losing by 73,384 votes at this point in 2008. By Election Day, Republicans had lost the Early Vote by 23.97%.

    “We don’t expect to win early voting, but any lead at all is shocking at this point and a testament to the incredible enthusiasm amongst Republicans,” RPOF spokesman Dan Conston said.

  296. Barack Obama averaged 44.7% job approval during the seventh quarter of his presidency.

    His average approval rating has declined each quarter since he took office, falling by more than two percentage points in the most recent quarter to establish a new low.

    http://www.gallup.com/poll/143921/Obama-Approval-Rating-New-Low-Recent-Quarter.aspx?utm_source=alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=syndication&utm_content=morelink&utm_term=Politics%20-%20Presidential%20Job%20Approval

  297. There is always the concern that if Hillary does decide to run in 2012 and doesn’t win, will she ever run again.

    Also will the dims sabotage her once again in honor of their flawed messiah.

  298. How Low Will He Go? Obama Approval Hits Yet Another Bottom and 54% Now Say, ‘No second term’

    It’s too late to back out now because President Obama is already racking up frequent flier miles on his Western campaign swing, allegedly to help out embattled Democratic senators.

    But a new Gallup Poll out this morning puts the top Democrat himself at his lowest approval rating ever and finds most Americans do not want the Real Good Talker to have a second term.

    Other than that, Obama should be a real help to Washington’s embattled Patty Murray today and Nevada’s embattled Harry Reid and California’s embattled Barbara Boxer later, trying to salvage the large Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress.

    The new survey reveals that the more Americans get to know this guy, the less they like him.

    SNIP

    …for the first time more Americans view Obama unfavorably than favorably, 50% to 47%, his lowest favorable rating yet.

    SNIP

    According to Gallup’s results, 39% of Americans now believe Obama deserves a second term.

    Unfortunately for him, 54% believe he does not deserve a second chance at change.

    That 54% against a second term is almost 2 points higher than the popular vote total Obama amassed in the 2008 election.

    At this point in the second year of George W. Bush’s presidency, 62% thought he deserved a second term after only 48% voted for him in 2000.

    http://www.gallup.com/poll/143921/Obama-Approval-Rating-New-Low-Recent-Quarter.aspx

  299. Quote of the day from a blog :

    By this time next year, The One’s bathroom mirror will be the only audience that’s still willing to listen to him.

  300. moon,

    with polling like that, either the dims are on a suicide mission/lemming factor with their messiah, or they will finally get smart and beg Hillary to take over and run for 2012.

  301. There is something ironic about a back shooter who wants to ban guns. But that is Schumer for you. The only question is who does he hate more–women or guns. He is inadequate as a Senator, and in all other respects as well.
    ————————————————————

    TEXAS GIRL ON GUN CONTROL

    WOW!!!!! Here’s a video that I guarantee you won’t forget
    anytime soon! She
    didn’t cry, although she
    came close to losing it, and she gave those a reality check they
    dearly
    needed.

    Texas girl, Judy Dorsett Tyler, had the encroachment on her
    second
    amendment rights so graphically illustrated. The honorable senator
    from New
    York , Chuck Schumer, was getting a little uncomfortable in his
    chair. The
    room was absolutely dead quiet throughout her testimony and the gun
    banners
    (meaning Senators who want to BAN citizens’ ownership of all guns)

    absolutely speechless as this little Texas gal chews them up and
    spits them
    out. She knows what the 2nd amendment is really all about. Watch it.
    You
    will be glad you did. And pass it along.

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4069761537893819675

  302. JanH
    October 21st, 2010 at 12:32 pm
    There is always the concern that if Hillary does decide to run in 2012 and doesn’t win, will she ever run again.

    Also will the dims sabotage her once again in honor of their flawed messiah.
    ________

    The time must be 2012. Americans are dissatisfied with both parties but believe that the Clintons can turn things around. She has bipartisan support. By 2016 the world may be a different place…new young leaders may have emerged…..the next shiny nickel…the next media marketed marvel..

    The time must be 2012.

  303. Assault On Palin and DeMint (for calling the game on the beltway elites)

    Posted by hogan (Profile)
    Thursday, October 21st at 11:57AM EDT

    The long knives have been out for Sarah Palin since her emergence on the national stage just over two years ago. Katie Couric infamously mocked Sarah Palin and her family on tape even while the Republican Convention was still going on… long before her “objective” interview with her. But that was just the beginning.

    Recently there was this silly effort by leftists to make fun of Palin for admonishing activists not to “party like it’s 1773″ yet. Not just random bloggers, mind you, but that paragon of fairness and balance from PBS, Gwen Ifill, lept at the opportunity to make fun of Palin for getting a date wrong. The problem, of course, was that Palin was correctly referring to the year of the Boston Tea Party. Ooops.

    But then today, we see that Jonathan Martin with Politico has put out a piece trying to make the case that Palin is a “Diva.” In the article, he writes “[a]ccording to a source familiar with the situation, she backed out of planned interviews with conservative talk-show hosts Sean Hannity and Mark Levin the morning she was scheduled to talk to them.” Again, there’s at least one problem… that is, Mark Levin says that this is an outright lie. On Facebook, Mark says, “Sarah Palin never backed out of any interview with me. Period. And John Martin, the reporter, never contacted me to ask me directly. I insist on a retraction. ” Sarah Palin has her faults, but it sure makes one wonder how accurate this piece is when at least part of it is a flat out lie.

    But that’s not the only example today. Jim DeMint was on Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News last night. During the interview, the Senator made some comments about the state of the Republican Party – pointing out, essentially, that he “doesn’t want to watch the Republican Party betray the trust of the American people again.” Amen. But, what does RealClearPolitics put up as the headline?

    They wrote, “DeMint threatens to leave GOP if agenda is not limited government.” Jim DeMint did not “threaten” to leave the GOP. He said he doesn’t want to be a part of a Republican Party that is like that – and that this is not what Republicans are about across America. See here for the full video. To be honest, I don’t want to be part of a Republican Party that is interested in perpetuating the power of its leaders… so you know what? We set out to change the face of the Republican Party – to get it centered on limited government and defending the Constitution instead of self-promotion, earmarks and compromise in the false name of pragmatism.

    This is only the beginning, of course. Senator DeMint will find himself as the ever-increasing focal point of criticism, by the press and, perhaps more, by Washington establishment insiders who feel threatened by anyone willing to stand up to their big-spending, back-scratching, Senate “club” ways. Senator DeMint dares to suggest that the old guard needs to change or go home. He dares to criticize pork-barrel spending and the corrupt appropriators who continue to do it. And most of all, he dares to fight against an establishment built around perpetuating itself rather than liberty, by backing candidates who are willing to challenge that establishment.

    One thing is certain. If other people are gunning for you, you are doing at least some things right. But think twice when you read any story or headline about good conservatives who are fighting the fight.

  304. Quote of the day from another blog:

    “Rise and Rise again until Lambs become Lions.” and
    “The Rule of Darkness is no more.”

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