The Video: Desperate Barack Obama And Michelle Obama Woo The White Working Class

Look at the clothes. Ignore the words. Watch the clothes. “The apparel oft proclaims the man.”

The night of Obama’s first speech to Congress (September 9, 2009) we wrote this bit of wisdom:

“One of the first things to watch for will be Michelle Obama. Will the White House wranglers be able to get her to wear a sensible dress, or costume, most Americans with common sense would wear? Will Michelle Obama again show up in a gin-soaked cocktail dress or one of her silly “I wanna-be a fashion icon” messes? Will Michelle Obama show up in a sober outfit with sleeves that have not been yanked off?

If Michelle Obama shows up in a sober outfit, sleeves still in place, it means that the White House is focusing on bamboozlement of ordinary Americans not the Hopium addled. A sober outfit will demonstrate that the White House understands the level of trouble they are in – bad enough to force Michelle to wear something sensible that will not frighten the visually unimpaired.

A crazy quilt cocktail dress without sleeves will tell us the target audience is still the Hopium addled.

A sober outfit but without sleeves will clue us in that the Obama’s are still playing both sides of the fence.

Michelle Obama’s frock will clue us in as to what audience Barack Obama has been told to target.”

Think we are nuts about the importance of clothes? A recent Women’s Wear Daily article we cited spotlighted how right we are to watch what the pretentious, red-velvet rope, self-absorbed, narcissistic, clown and mrs. clown in chief wear:

“One Embassy Row hostess, who gave dozens of black-tie parties before the Obamas came to town, was horrified to be asked if an upcoming dinner was black tie.

“No, no, no,” she gasps. “It’s cocktail attire. This administration does not like black tie. You are more likely to get them if you do cocktail dress.”

We’ve mocked Michelle Obama many times for her inappropriate cocktail dresses – morning, noon, and night – at funerals, weddings, vacations and speeches (Dignity? It’s like expecting Michelle Obama to wear something sensible, not cocktail dresses, at every opportunity.” Our purpose is not fashionista gawking (we prefer style to fashion anyway) though we do adhere to the Bard’s precepts in dress – “Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy, But not express’d in fancy; rich, not gaudy, For the apparel oft proclaims the man….

These ruminations on apparel bring us to the question – How desperate are Barack Obama and Michelle Obama? A few days ago Barack Obama and Michelle Obama made a video to be broadcast into now thinly populated internet Hopium dens. The twosome plead for enthusiasm and applause:

“This year’s elections are just too important to sit out,” Michelle Obama says in the video. “There’s so much at stake right now for our future and for our children’s future.”

The Obamas make a cheerful plea to the Democratic faithful for help from now through Election Day.

“Now’s the time to make plans – not just to vote, but to help get out the vote,” Mrs. Obama says.”

Our immediate reaction to the video was a visual one although we also thought that when Michelle Obama said there is much at “stake right now for our future and our children’s future” she literally meant her two children and Barack and Michelle’s future of vacations in Spain and golfing.

Our reaction to the video was visual. Something was odd and jarring. What was the message, not the words, of the video? Here’s the off-kilter video:



The odd hair almost in a bun, the lips deprived of her usual gallons of lip-gloss, the eyelashes not smeared with Maybelline, the eyebrows not overemphasized and over-shaped, the too humble too homespun modesty from a grasping carnivore-toothed duo. At first we though Michelle Obama was trying to imitate a First Lady from the 1950s – Mamie Eisenhower. But upon examination of Mamie photographs we realized that was an injustice to the dignified and appropriate and well dressed Mamie Eisenhower.

No, it was not Mamie who was the inspiration for Michelle’s latest video get-up. Something about the video clearly bothered us. It was clearly an overly produced production of modesty but what was the message? What was the intent? Was Michelle’s outfit a sly variation of a trussed up Thanksgiving turkey in a weird attempt to show how “American” she is? Then it hit us – Grant Wood! American Gothic!


American Gothic

It isn’t only Michelle Obama playing farmer’s wife in the video. It’s also Barack Obama playing farmer in American Horror – jacket and shirt which match the curtains and Michelle’s dress with the odd collar and the cords which bind her like a cooked turkey. Notice how Obama’s gray hair is emphasized – that harsh lighting which washes out both of them. The down-home modesty is ostentatious.

So why do this video? What’s the message?

For the Hopium addled the video is a “play victim” message. The attempt is to appear like sweet down-home folks doing their best – and “won’t you please help us po’ folk out?” Barack Obama and Michelle Obama are desperate so the cocktail dresses and golf caps are out and the “we’re normal folks” is in. After months of “the beatings will continue until moral improves” tactics against allies, the new video is the opposite – “we’re in this together, please help us out friends.”

More importantly the video images are an attempt to patch up the flat tire which is their relationship with independents and the white working class.

Barack Obama and his campaign henchmen know they are in trouble. While gullible Hopium Guzzlers believe early voting will help them keep the House of Representatives and the Senate and that Democrats will vote, the Obama henchmen have read this September 22 poll which has not been discussed nearly enough by anyone:

Unhappy Democrats are more likely to vote

I noticed something in our polling today that I hadn’t yet this cycle. It’s a well known fact that Obama voters aren’t planning to show up to vote this year in the numbers that Democrats need. Beyond that, I realized today, that Obama voters who are planning to show up generally have more negative feelings toward him than Obama voters at large. And obviously the folks who voted for Obama but have soured on him are more likely to fall into the GOP column. [snip]

The place where Obama’s lost the largest degree of his support is West Virginia, where only 76% of his voters are still happy with him. That’s why Joe Manchin appears to be in a tight race despite his high level of popularity. In Pennsylvania just 78% of his voters think he’s doing a good job and there’s a pretty strong sense that Democrats will lose both the Senate seat and Governorship they hold there, and quite possibly by wide margins. That 78% mark holds true in Wisconsin as well, where we need to see more polling but things are beginning to look pretty dire for the Democrats.”

Yesterday Politico did the usual and catch-up with us, years too late. Politico has finally discovered “President Obama’s white working-class problem.”

“West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin is taking a political battering, thanks to his support of Barack Obama, so he’s uniquely qualified to offer counsel on what many think is the president’s central political problem — his failure to connect with white working-class voters.

His advice: Go to where they live and work. Listen. And don’t talk down to them.

“If I were him, I’d start going to the places where people don’t like you that much,” said Manchin, who is locked in a close race to replace Robert Byrd in the Senate and struggling mightily to shrug off his opponents’ description of him as Obama’s “rubber stamp.”

You can’t win if you only go where you are comfortable,” added Manchin….”

Obama’s American Horror visit to American Gothic is about as far as he will uncomfortably go to address the “bitter” and the “clinging”. The first person to occupy the White House having only lived in urban areas has a prejudiced view of “small town Americans” as American Gothic hicks filled to the brim with prejudice and closets sparsely inhabited with drab Sears Catalog clothing.

Obama does not know, and does not want to know who these “hicks” are. Back in 2008, on the day before the West Virginia primary we discussed the Voting Rights Acts of 1964 and 1965. We discussed Kevin Phillips’ remarkable analysis and the “Southern Strategy” of Republicans from decades ago. We also wrote this:

All the Democratic Party talk about inclusion and respect for the rights of women crumbled when the prospect of a woman in charge became a possibility.

All the Democratic Party talk about a “big tent” stops when the targets of inclusion are white working class voters.

Those words spoke truth at a time when few wanted to face truth. Hillary Clinton understood as she made her case that Democrats consistently allow states like Kentucky and West Virginia to “slip out of the Democratic column. Too many people felt our party didn’t speak to their values and concerns…”

Obama snubbed the White Working class and now the white working class returns the favor.”

Yup, those white working class voters held in such contempt by Obama and the “creative class” are not going be abandoned. It is Obama that will be abandoned:

“The long-term danger for Obama is that if his approval ratings among whites stay low, the revolt could take root — shredding a 2008 map that included single-digit wins in Pennsylvania, Indiana, Virginia, Michigan, Florida and all-important Ohio, which Obama won by 3 percentage points with the political wind at his back.

“Would he win the state now? Can he win it in 2012? Geez, that’s going to be a tough one for him,” said a staffer to an endangered Democratic House member in the state.

Right now, he couldn’t sell ice water in hell,” said Dee Davis, who runs a Kentucky nonprofit that studies voting patterns in the Appalachian belt, which encompasses southern Ohio, western Pennsylvania, western Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky.”

[Claire McCaskill engages in language in the Politico article that if a Tea Party member, or us, used we would be called “Racist!” Says Claire: “Here’s the gorilla in the room,” said McCaskill. “He can roll up his sleeves and he can take off his jacket and he could not wear a tie, but it is very hard for a lot of people in working-class families to imagine him next to them at the laundromat.” “Gorilla?” “Obama?” McCaskill must be a “racist.” In either case her advice to “take off” the jacket and tie is what he did in his American Horror video with sleeve-wrapped lantern-jawed Michelle.]

In yesterday’s “Obama The Snob” Michael Gerson recalls certain events in order to try to “explain” Obama:

“There have been several recent attempts to explain Obama’s worldview as the result of his post-colonial father or his early socialist mentors — Gnostic attempts to produce the hidden key that unlocks the man. The reality is simpler. In April 2008, Obama described small-town voters to wealthy donors in San Francisco: “It’s not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them.” Now, to wealthy donors in Massachusetts, opponents are “hard-wired not to always think clearly.” Interpreting Obama does not require psychoanalysis or the reading of mystic Chicago runes. He is an intellectual snob.”

If Obama passes for an “intellectual” we certainly are in trouble. What he is is an American Horror of a flim-flam boy raised by wolves.

The boy raised by wolves in his wolf in farmer’s clothing and his American Horror wife know they have to raise the flim-flam up several notches

“During the last 14 days the White House and President Obama have gone on the attack, and their strategy is pretty simple: “Let’s acknowledge the voter anger and make sure it gets funneled toward something else.” Thus we have seen political attacks on just about everyone — and everything — out there. The problem, though, is that voters aren’t angry with Karl Rove, John Boehner, the Chamber of Commerce or even the “undisclosed financing” of elections. Voters are angry about the economy and they have two devastating perceptions of this administration: voters think it is incompetent and that it has overreached over the past two years. [snip]

So let’s just come out and say it: there is no reason to think that Republicans will do any worse than 1994 (when they picked up 54 seats) and there is plenty of data to suggest that it will, in fact, be a better year for the GOP. Our projection — based on all current available data — is that the GOP will gain between 60 and 70 House seats in November.”


The poll numbers are ugly.
The assessments of Obama are uglier. Recently Mark Halperin exhaled an article which stated “Obama is in the jaws of political death”:

“Barack Obama is being politically crushed in a vise. From above, by elite opinion about his competence. From below, by mass anger and anxiety over unemployment. And it is too late for him to do anything about this predicament until after November’s elections.

With the exception of core Obama Administration loyalists, most politically engaged elites have reached the same conclusions: the White House is in over its head, isolated, insular, arrogant and clueless about how to get along with or persuade members of Congress, the media, the business community or working-class voters. This view is held by Fox News pundits, executives and anchors at the major old-media outlets, reporters who cover the White House, Democratic and Republican congressional leaders and governors, many Democratic business people and lawyers who raised big money for Obama in 2008, and even some members of the Administration just beyond the inner circle. [snip]

Moreover, there is a growing perception that Obama’s decisions are causing harm — that businesses are being hurt by the Administration’s legislation and that economic recovery is stalling because of the uncertainty surrounding energy policy, health care, deficits, housing, immigration and spending.

And that sentiment is spreading.”

To this “vise” which comes “from above” and “from below” Obama has responded with his campaign of attacks and with his campaign of modesty. As usual for a flim-flam man the responses are situational – arrogance and modesty combine in a orgy of flim-flammery not seen since Miss Cleo sold televised psychic advice for 99 cents a minute.



Even Miss Cleo can really see November from her window. National Review has a long list of individual races for Miss Cleo:

“As promised, here is a quick update on that May list of 99 open seats or vulnerable Democrats. As you can see, quite a few have been added; we’re now up to 117. (I added one, WA-2, after initial posting.) [snip]

My current assessment is in line with the conventional wisdom: Roughly 100 seats are in play under the broader definition, and it’s hard to see Republicans winning fewer than 40 of them. The ceiling depends on how angry the country is on November 2, but it is pretty darn high . . . 60? 70? 80?”

Taking into account the Obama Dimocrat held seats in districts won by Bush and/or McCain the House takeovers may be as high as 120 seats and as high as 15 Senate seats – depending on how high the wave crests. Although the numbers will be lower on election night those super-high numbers are the absolute high water mark that can at absolutely most ever be expected if there is a mad meteor caused tsunami wave on November 2. Certainly Republicans will get at least 5 new seats in the Senate and 50 seats in the House putting them in effective, if not actual, control of Congress. Even Chris O’Tingles sees the iceberg ahead:



Even catch-up Politico sees the writing on the wall:

“With two weeks remaining until Election Day, the political map has expanded to put Democrats on the run across the country — with 99 Democratic-held House seats now in play, according to a POLITICO analysis, and Republicans well in reach of retaking the House.

It’s a dramatic departure from the outlook one year ago — and a broader landscape than even just prior to the summer congressional recess. As recently as early September, many Republicans were hesitant to talk about winning a majority for fear of overreaching.

Today, however, the nonpartisan Cook Political Report predicts a GOP net gain of at least 40 House seats, with 90 Democratic seats in total rated as competitive or likely Republican.”

The alienation from the white working class, the coming election doom and disaster is why Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have decided to play Ma and Pa Kettle.

Fashion “icon” Michelle Obama dressed up like a Thanksgiving turkey and put her hair in a bun style to woo what she imagines is the white working class hicks. But the fashion has “icon” is hardly an icon (more a kiss of death “Bermuda Triangle”) and the stereotype “hick” imagery is not going to help.

As John Kass wrote – the Hopium has run out because real life Ma and Pa Kettles are bitter and clingy:

“America’s Hopium farmers must increase production, because the nation’s supply is dangerously low, and the November midterm elections are only weeks away.

Even my personal Obama Chia Heads don’t produce as much Hopium as before. And this should worry the president.

Because as readers know, Hopium is the stuff that sends tingles up reporters’ legs and keeps everybody, even taxpayers, feelin’ all right.

If America has a Hopium deficit, we might have no way of altering political reality like we did a few years ago. And these days, reality bites.”

Like the “Rent Is Too Damn High” candidate, who does not even pay rent, Barack Obama and Michelle Obama will do anything to save their vacations in Spain and the weekly vacations and hours long golf outings. They’ll dress up as modest likable hillbillies for the camera if that is what it takes to bamboozle yet again.

But it won’t work. Some of the people, via Gallup, are no longer fooled.

The white working class Barack Obama snubbed is about to snub him.

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161 thoughts on “The Video: Desperate Barack Obama And Michelle Obama Woo The White Working Class

  1. Brilliant analysis, Admin.

    American Gothic indeed but even more ghoulish. I wonder if that was their intent, or maybe their halloween attire, or maybe they will even use it for their family Christmas cards this year and superimpose the daughters.

  2. They must have had a string attaching Bumbles chin to his shirt so he didn’t strike his Mussolini pose!

  3. As we expected from another blog.

    CNN: Youth vote not there this year (Florida)

    The CNN Express reporting from Gainesville: on-air newsie interviewing CNN Express bus reporter. Question: Youth/college vote excited for this election so they can help boost Obama and the Dems? Answer: reporter twitching on camera, reporting that youth vote “is not there.” Reporter clearly uncomfortable to have to be saying this on camera. Perhaps “concerns about jobs or paying for college” are making youth/students put voting in last place of their concerns. Reporter and anchor clearly don’t know what to say. I like it!

  4. From Not your sweety:

    http://edgeoforever.wordpress.com/

    The mystery of Clinton’s popularity

    October 21, 2010 in CDS, Clinton, Jr.jr | 2 comments
    clinton_laughing.jpg picture by Robbedvoter

    It’s a trendy question with wrong answers such as “nostalgia” and “people forget the bad”. Or implications of racism – because Clinton was from the South.

    The words Peace and prosperity” never come into play. Neither, obviously, “the last elected president”.

    A little history is needed for an answer:

    In The Hunting of the President, Joe Conason recounts that sometimes at the beginning of the race between Bush the Smarter and Bill Clinton, the Bush campaign called – offering help in the future if Clinton just stands down and let Poppy have the second term he was entitled to. If he didn’y comply, he’d never work in this town again.

    Clinton refused and CDS started: the bimbos and the “gates” were unleashed and practically never stopped to this day – but maybe slowed down a bit.

    Bill Clinton won IN SPITE the establishment, the media. The good things he accomplished were all IN SPITE the powers that be. (yes, even DOMA, DADT were good things – in the historical context). He WAS change.

    Peace and prosperity came from Clinton resisting calls to invade Iraq and provided the adequate stimulus to the economy. IN SPITE of everyone saying he was wrong. In spite of no one praising him for being right afterward.

    Clinton managed to interrupt the order of things, upsetting the apple cart.

    he was once asked: Why do they hate you so? He answered: “Because I won. They thought they were entitled to the power and I took it from them.

    Obama came to power in totally different circumstances Unlike in 1994, the system was ready for the switcheroo.

    Democratic Party. was,
    he wrote, “maintained by the business interests” as a kind of
    “lifeboat.” Whenever the GOP ship sprung a leak—whenever Republicans
    were no longer willing or able to do business’s bidding—the interests
    simply piled into the other party and made their escape.

    After that, Gore’s victory was invalidated by courts. Kerry’s by counting machines.

    Obama was planned. It was time for the safety boat in 2008. Had to be him – another Clinton was out of the question.

    That’s why he was sold like a commodity, a brand by the same people who sold us Bush before.

    Truth is a daughter of time. people eventually realize whose interests are advanced by this so called “D” historical administration. Insurers, pharma, Wall street – get paid off, get away with murder. Gays, women, unions, homeowners, workers – get punished.

    So, nostalgia isn’t exactly the perversion of the truth.

    For 8 years, as much as he could – Clinton reversed the tide.

    Obama is the safety boat of the same interests that oppressed us before.

    Clinton said recently: You have to make people feel like winners, make their lives better. He did. Obama didn’t. It’s that simple.

  5. I have to say when I say that sweater MO is wearing, I thought what the heck is that??? Admin you summed it up perfect….a turkey! Some days I think they are delibertlly lightening his hair. He isn’t doing enough work to get that grey that fast….Hillary is the one doing all the work!

  6. Awesome post again, Admin.

    When I was watching that Ma and Pa video yesterday, I did keep staring at MO’s cinched up sweater and rumpled collar, it was such a distraction, I had to watch the video twice to listen to their words.

    I did notice their appearance was different, but I guess I thought it was to seem of humble means so those out of a job or house would feel more comfortable.
    You nailed it, with them trying to appeal to white workers, or those that usually have a job and are now out of a job.

    I have always thought that the Democrat’s Tea Party people are the white working class, Hillary’s democrats that have never fallen in line, PUMAs if you will.

    The first load of payback is 12 days away.

    We might be the working class, but most of us have jobs because we are educated and not from family money.
    I don’t have a gun, I am not religious, but I am damn angry and it’s time to burn the party to the ground.

  7. nobama,
    When I said I did not like Christie, the reason I said that is that I think he is overtaking Palin’s position as front runner. I know that Rove runs Christie and is on the outs with Sarah. This is what the dems did to Hillary. I just don’t like Rove and his Rino’s. I know that Christie was going to cancel the tunnel, but in a few hours resended that position….I wondered who called him.
    I also don’t like that the media is building this guy up….huh….haven’t we been down this road before….you don’t think the rethugs would try and put on a classic fight between Palin and Christie to get the kind of press and excitement did with Hillary and Obama??? It’s all fake! This time we need to be watchful. Now I don’t know how long this man has been governor, but for me to like him, he better of served a whole term. No more newbies for me.

  8. confloyd
    Some days I think they are delibertlly lightening his hair. He isn’t doing enough work to get that grey that fast….

    ——
    confloyd, most American president’s go gray pretty quickly because they do work hard, like Bill did…but it’s also from stress, and a narcissist that sees the public holding him to his lies and lack of work, and low approval ratings would cause him to go gray.

  9. I wonder what PPP is up to.

    They have been for days trying to make it look like Dems are closing in races.

    Today is no exception

    PPP Brady up by 1.

    http://publicpolicypolling.blogspot.com/2010/10/illinois-gov-1-point-race.html

    and then Rasmussen has Brady up by 8

    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/election_2010/election_2010_governor_elections/illinois/election_2010_illinois_governor

    I smell desperation in the air. Its ridiculous.

    In the last few days they have tried to say PA is close, Missouri is close, and other.

  10. are they having a laugh

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Fannie Mae (OTC BB:FNMA.OB – News) and Freddie Mac (OTC BB:FMCC.OB – News) may need as much as $215 billion in additional capital from the Treasury through 2013 to offset losses and maintain a positive net worth, their federal regulator said on Thursday.

    Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, whose programs fund the lion’s share of all new home loans, are at the center of debate as Congress sets to overhaul a U.S. mortgage finance system that contributed to the worst housing crisis since the 1930s.

    The cumulative capital needs of the two housing finance giants, which were seized by the government in late 2008, will likely fall between $221 billion and $363 billion through 2013, the Federal Housing Finance Agency estimated.

  11. confloyd @ 2:12
    —————–
    Christie has not yet rescinded his decision about the tunnel. The very day after he announced that he had pulled the plug on it, none other than Ray LaHood, O’s transportation czar, paid Christie a personal visit in NJ. After their meeting, C. said he’d take two more weeks to reconsider. I believe the expects to confirm pulling the plug unless someone finds additional funding sources.
    As to your other reasons for disliking the man, I understand your reasonings.

  12. Shadowfax
    October 21st, 2010 at 12:30 pm
    Barack Obama averaged 44.7% job approval during the seventh quarter of his presidency.
    &&&&&&&&

    RCP shows every pollster with Obama in negative territory except Gallup with a tie.

    realclearpolitics.com/epolls/other/president_obama_job_approval-1044.html

    RCP Average 10/5 – 10/20 — 45.8 49.6 -3.8
    Gallup 46 46 Tie
    Rasmussen 46 52 -6
    NBC WSJ 47 49 -2
    APress 49 50 -1
    FOX News 43 47 -4
    Reuters 43 53 -10
    Bloomberg 47 48 -1
    CNN 45 52 -7

  13. Shadowfax,
    Yeah, his grey hair isn’t because he’s done any work…but the fear of all his lies coming to the surface would grey you pretty quick…fear does the same thing.

    Granted I don’t know much about Christie, but I’m wary now of any candidate that the press is all goo goo over. If he listened to Obama union guy…then that is NOT good.

  14. By KARL ROVE

    At an April 2008 fund-raiser in San Francisco, Barack Obama let loose with his famous “they cling to guns or religion” line.
    Obamas Incoherent Closing Argument
    Karl Rove

    Last Saturday at a West Newton, Mass., fund-raiser, the president said, “facts and science and argument [do] not seem to be winning . . . because we’re hard-wired not to always think clearly when we’re scared.”

    Memo to White House: Calling voters stupid is not a winning strategy.

    The economy and jobs are the No. 1 issue in every poll. Yet Mr. Obama of late has talked about immigration reform and weighed in (unprompted) on the Ground Zero mosque. He devoted Labor Day to an ineffective Mideast peace initiative. He demeans large blocs of voters and now is ending his midterm pitch with attacks on nonexistent foreign campaign contributions and weird assertions that “the Empire is striking back.”

    Meanwhile, Republicans have talked about little else than the economy—drawing attention to lackluster job growth, the failed stimulus, out-of-control spending, escalating deficits and the dangers of ObamaCare.

    On Sunday, White House senior adviser David Axelrod promised that the administration’s focus next year would be “to generate more growth and jobs” and “on our fiscal situation.” That must have left congressional Democrats—battered for months by the GOP’s message discipline—wondering why there’s been no focus on that up to now.

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    About Karl Rove

    Karl Rove served as Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush from 2000–2007 and Deputy Chief of Staff from 2004–2007. At the White House he oversaw the Offices of Strategic Initiatives, Political Affairs, Public Liaison, and Intergovernmental Affairs and was Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy, coordinating the White House policy-making process.

    Before Karl became known as “The Architect” of President Bush’s 2000 and 2004 campaigns, he was president of Karl Rove + Company, an Austin-based public affairs firm that worked for Republican candidates, nonpartisan causes, and nonprofit groups. His clients included over 75 Republican U.S. Senate, Congressional and gubernatorial candidates in 24 states, as well as the Moderate Party of Sweden.

    Karl writes a weekly op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, is a Newsweek columnist and is the author of the book “Courage and Consequence” (Threshold Editions).

    Email the author atKarl@Rove.comor visit him on the web atRove.com. Or, you can send a Tweet to @karlrove.

    Much of the blame lies with the president, who has left his party with an incoherent closing argument 12 days before the election.

    In a penetrating piece in the New York Times Magazine on Oct. 12, Peter Baker profiles a president who “believes he is the smartest person in any room,” according to one prominent Democratic lawmaker. He and his aides think that the core of their difficulties is “a communications problem” and the result of a “miscalculation” that the president could “forge genuine bipartisan coalitions.”

    Communications? After the president devoted 58 speeches and events to health care over a 51-week period, his bill grew progressively less popular.

    The comment about bipartisanship is a joke. As a candidate Mr. Obama spoke about it, but as a president whose party enjoyed massive majorities in both houses of Congress, he ignored it. He could have severely weakened his opposition by drawing them in. Instead, Mr. Obama strengthened Republicans by taunting them with their seeming irrelevance, and he fashioned legislation that only Democrats could vote for. Now many of them will lose their jobs because of their votes.

    How many? Virtually everyone agrees that 20 of the 37 Senate seats on the ballot this year are in play. Twelve are now held by Democrats and eight by Republicans. The Republican-held seats appear increasingly safe. It’s Democrats’ seats that are at risk.

    As for the lower chamber, the political handicappers Charlie Cook and Stuart Rothenberg both now have 91 Democratic House seats and nine Republican House seats in play (albeit with slightly different names on each list). Politico.com sees 99 Democratic House seats up for grabs versus five Republican seats.

    How many are likely to fall? The American Enterprise Institute’s Henry Olson examined wave elections (in which one party gains a big number of seats) and found that the winning party picks up roughly 70% of the seats considered vulnerable. If that model holds, we’re looking at a net Republican pickup of 64 to 69 seats in the House and roughly eight seats in the Senate.

    Matthew Kaminski and OpinionJournal.com Columnist John Fund discuss the Pennsylvania polls and the national voter mood.

    I doubt Republican gains will be that big, at least in the House. Democratic candidates have a financial edge—they ended the third quarter with an average of 53% more cash on hand than their Republican opponents. While the GOP is closing the financial gap in the final weeks, money matters.

    Democrats have also invested heavily to turn out their vote. Not only will unions spend an estimated $200 million to get their supporters to the polls, but the Democratic National Committee is also investing $50 million in helping state Democratic parties with their ground games. The GOP’s efforts have been much smaller.

    These tactical advantages will save some Democrats in close contests. Still, even a superior ground game will not save most of them. The political environment is awful. The party’s record is toxic with the public. And compounding these problems, Mr. Obama is now overseeing one of the worst White House midterm strategies in American history.

    Earlier this year Rep. Marion Berry of Arkansas warned moderate Democrats of a midterm bloodbath comparable to 1994. “Well, the big difference here and in ’94 was you’ve got me,” he reported the president as having said. “We’re going to see how much difference that makes now,” Mr. Berry added. Yes, we will.

  15. I’m no Huckabee fan either, although he is one of the nicer rethugs, even if I don’t agree with him on his religious/social side of politics, but this I do agree with:

    Huckabee calls on Congress to cut NPR funding

    (CNN) – In the wake of NPR’s firing of contributor Juan Williams over comments about Muslims, Mike Huckabee is calling on the next Congress to cut the radio network’s funding when it convenes next year.

    z,b>”NPR has discredited itself as a forum for free speech and a protection of the First Amendment rights of all and has solidified itself as the purveyor of politically correct pabulum and protector of views that lean left,” Huckabee said in a statement provided to CNN.

    Williams told Fox News host Bill O’Reilly on Monday that he gets “worried” and “nervous” on flights when he sees people wearing “Muslim garb.” NPR terminated Williams’ contract on Wednesday evening.

    Huckabee said he “will no longer accept interview requests from NPR as long as they are going to practice a form of censorship, and since NPR is funded with public funds, it is a form of censorship.”

    “It is time for the taxpayers to start making cuts to federal spending, and I encourage the new Congress to start with NPR,” he said.

    NPR says federal funding comprises less than 2 percent of its budget, with most of its financial support coming from station fees, sponsorships and grants.

  16. Why Joe Miller must win . . . . .

    LISA MURKOWSKI: THE ENTITLED SENATOR
    Posted by hogan (Profile)
    Red State Blog
    Thursday, October 21st at 3:30PM EDT

    As you know, Senator Murkowski is mounting a write-in campaign to try to hold on to her Senate seat. Daddy gave her the very seat he held and vacated to run for Governor, after all, and she cannot let some upstart Tea Party guy like Joe Miller take it away from her.

    Just this last week, according to Politico, the Anchorage Press asked if “Republicans are secretly hoping [she’ll] win.” She replied, “Yes. Yes I do. Definitely.” She went on to say she expects a warm welcome by both her Democrat and Republican colleagues,” and that “they need my vote.”

    Now, when she refers to Republicans, she isn’t referring to Alaska Republicans. She isn’t referring to Republican citizens across the country. She’s talking about Washington establishment Republicans. The very same Republicans who refused even to strip Murkowski of her seniority status on committees, and suggesting that the simple step of having her step down from leadership was sufficient… the “right result,” in the words of Lamar Alexander, for her selfish write-in campaign to preserve daddy’s gift to her.

    Joe Miller must win this race.

    LISA MURKOWSKI IS AN EARMARK WORSHIPPING, BIG SPENDING, CAP AND TRADED SUPPORTING, TARP LOVING, REPUBLICAN ESTABLISHMENT HACK WHO BELIEVES IN HER SELF AND HER ENTITLEMENT TO THIS SENATE SEAT MORE THANT SHE BELIEVES IN FREEDOM, LIMITED GOVERNMENT, AND FIDELITY TO THE CONSTITUTION.

    WHEREAS————

    MILLER BELIEVES IN THE CONSTITUTION AND LIMITED GOVERNMENT. HE IS A WEST POINT GRADUATE, GULF WAR VETERAN, BRONZE STAR RECIPIENT, YALE LAW SCHOOL GRADUATE, AND UNLIKE MURKOWSKI IT DID NOT TAKE HIM FOUR TIMES TO PASS THE BAR EXAM.

    If you want to get an idea of how different these two candidates are – watch this snippet from their debate, in which Miller asked Murkowski to defend the Constitutionality of a number of her votes, which she decidedly fails even to attempt to answer. (check the 7:50 mark). Instead she babbles a bit about how the Constitution doesn’t have specifics in it for everything so we need to be flexible. She uses the Air Force as an example – putting aside the fact the Air Force started as an arm of the Army and was later pulled out. Bottom line – she doesn’t actually care about adhering to the Constitution and is perfectly willing to do whatever she wishes and find a way to defend it.

    THIS IS HOW THOSE IN THE ESTABLISHMENT WORK. THEY ARE ENTITLED. AND SHE–AND THEY–MUST GO NOW.

  17. Last Saturday at a West Newton, Mass., fund-raiser, the president said, “facts and science and argument [do] not seem to be winning . . . because we’re hard-wired not to always think clearly when we’re scared.”

    ——–

    So who is the intended target of this pile of horse pucks?

    Can’t be Republian’s, because they would never vote for him anyway, and BarryBoy had Nasty force though most of his agenda.

    It must be Democrats, that no longer or never did support him? Let’s see, that group would be the white working class again, the same group that is too ‘stupid’ to know what is good for them.

    Who the Hell falls for this crap?

  18. Cutting funding for a state-run news agency in NJ (NJN.net) is underway. Not for anything so startling as the Juan Williams situation. The governor there just thinks it is inappropriate for the state to be in the business of news. I for one will miss it dreadfully if another does not pick it up, for it is truly straight news. Had it not been for that source, I could not have clarified the Christie/tunnel thing with confloyd. And there’s been so much other good from it.

    Another governmental misuse of funds was pointed out to me yesterday by the clerk at the local post office. He was pleased to tell me that stamp prices would not be going up and offered the reason: the big wigs took pay cuts. Then he added, “If only we did not have to mail Congressional items for free, we would be in great shape.” I’ve always taken franking for granted. But that clerk made me think: in these times, where is the justification?
    Final item: Just in, an email from The Political Insider asking help for a marine running in NC on the Republican ticket. I think he could be a future star in government. From that email he states: The liberals are getting desperate. Why else would they spend so much time and money in a district where a Republican has not won since 1871? Because they know that I can win this race and that I will go to Washington and turn that city upside down. I went to war two times to defend this country and I won’t allow the far left to destroy it. I am prepared to fight to restore our constitutional conservative values to the federal government. But I cannot do it alone. With less than 2 weeks until Election Day, I need to know that you stand with me. I can stomach the attacks against me. Being called a “Jack Bauer” Republican certainly makes for a good story! My wife will not lose a night’s sleep over the smears against her, and I can refute my opponent’s distortion of my record with the facts. It’s not fun, but it’s something you expect when you run for office. But I will not tolerate any policies that threaten the security or prosperity of this nation. I risked my life for America, and I will not sit back and watch as Nancy Pelosi and her friends implement their socialist agenda and end America as we know it. So I’m doing the only thing I know how to do – fighting for my country.
    Here’s his campaign website:
    h t t p://pantanoforcongress.netboots.net/

    The closer we get to election day, the more we find promising candidates, and that’s a very good thing.

  19. VOMIT ALERT: BRAZILE EXPLAINS HER HOPEY ATTITUDE

    rollcall.com/issues/56_40/guest/50879-1.html?type=aggregate_friendly

  20. rgb44hrc

    VOMIT ALERT: BRAZILE EXPLAINS HER HOPEY ATTITUDE

    ——–
    I only read about two paragraphs and see Brazillenut is still lying though her teeth.

    What would yer momma say to that?

  21. ‘Clinton managed to interrupt the order of things, upsetting the apple cart.

    he was once asked: Why do they hate you so? He answered: “Because I won. They thought they were entitled to the power and I took it from them.

    Obama came to power in totally different circumstances Unlike in 1994, the system was ready for the switcheroo.

    Democratic Party. was,
    he wrote, “maintained by the business interests” as a kind of
    “lifeboat.” Whenever the GOP ship sprung a leak—whenever Republicans
    were no longer willing or able to do business’s bidding—the interests
    simply piled into the other party and made their escape.

    After that, Gore’s victory was invalidated by courts. Kerry’s by counting machines.

    Obama was planned. It was time for the safety boat in 2008. Had to be him – another Clinton was out of the question.”

    _____

    I have been saying this all along.

    Our system has created a political class that is self perpetuating and beholden to the big money not their constituents.

  22. PDF of brand new PEW poll:

    http://people-press.org/reports/pdf/666.pdf

    As the midterm elections approach, there is every indication that voter turnout will be as high as in 2006, but unlike four years ago, Republicans — not Democrats — are now more engaged and enthusiastic about casting a ballot. The prospects for a GOP turnout advantage on Election Day are almost as favorable in the new Pew Research Center survey as they have been in all previous polls throughout the campaign.

    The new survey does show some signs of the Democrats awakening. A growing number of Democratic voters say they have given a lot of thought to the coming elections and more say they have been closely following campaign news. However, Republican engagement continues at record levels, dwarfing even improved Democratic showings on these indicators.

  23. Be still my heart! Admin, you deserve an award!

    The funniest thing about this post is that it plots the line that Hillary will follow right to 1600 Penn Ave in 2012. Right through the middle of the country. As long as idiot democrat elites see that they will all be exposed unless a Dem is in the White House , and for a Dem to be in the White House, it can only be one person in the party – Hillary. No other current dem eligible for the White House can cut across lines like her. Period. And I’m sure that President Clinton sees that like a billboard and is courting those very constituents on his nation wide tour.

    What the pundits don’t recognize is that this entire political season, Hillary has been campaigning. Furiously. Through President Bill. I swear they are trying to save the world. And if it means voting for nobody in this election to kick out the sludge in the WH, then so be it.

    Asshat.

    Hillary 2012

  24. I thought this quote appropriate for the austere times this administration has led us into:

    Reposted from last thread:

    “Rise and Rise again until Lambs become Lions.” and
    the Rule of Darkness is no more.

  25. plumbing new depths…..the man is in danger of disappearing up his own ass.

    Obama: You know who’s a pretty good president? Me

    What better way to celebrate a new low in his quarterly approval rating than with a little self-congratulation?

    Obama gave the upbeat assessment of his own performance during a stem-winding speech to an overflow crowd at a rally for Washington state senator Patty Murray, part of a four-day mid-term election campaign swing…

    “For all the problems we’re going through right now, we still have the best workers on earth, the finest universities on earth, we’ve got the best entrepreneurs on earth, we’ve got the freest, most vibrant economy on earth,” he said.

    One female supporter then yelled out “the best president on earth” and Obama replied, “Well, I won’t say that, but we got a pretty good president.”

  26. Every day i think i have heard it all from Obama and then he still manages to stun me with his incredible assholicness.

  27. As we wrote repeatedly starting in 2007; as we all knew in 2007:

    http://thehill.com/house-polls/thehill-poll-week-3/125129-majority-says-no-qchangeq-under-obama-or-change-for-the-worse

    A majority of voters in key battleground races say President Obama has either brought no change to Washington or has brought change for the worse.

    In 10 competitive House districts, 41 percent of likely voters say Obama has brought change for the worse, and 30 percent say he has made no difference.

    Almost two years after Obama declared on election night that “change has come to America,” only 26 percent believe he’s delivered on his promise to end business-as-usual in the capital.

    Strikingly, 63 percent of voters under the age of 34 said the president either has not changed Washington or has made it worse.

    In 2008, voters under the age of 30 voted 2-to-1 for Obama against his Republican opponent, Sen. John McCain (Ariz.). But in The Hill 2010 Midterm Election Poll, only 34 percent of young people say the president has effected change for the better.

    The poll was conducted by Penn Schoen Berland and surveyed 4,276 voters in 10 House districts held by two-term Democrats. The margin of error is plus or minus 1.5 percent.

    All change is not good change, and the voters are expressing overall dissatisfaction with the direction of change so far,” said pollster Mark Penn of the findings.

    Some observers say Obama set a trap for himself by promising too much. “The stronger the pledge to make change, the greater the subsequent disillusionment,” said Ross Baker, political science professor at Rutgers University. “It’s a common theme and a common trap.”

    “Obama over-promised and under-delivered,” said Mark McKinnon, a Republican strategist and former adviser to President George W. Bush. “And now voters are looking to Republicans for change.” [snip]

    The Hill’s survey found that among voters between the ages of 35 and 54, only a quarter said he’s changed Washington for the better. Meanwhile, 40 percent said he’d changed it for the worse, and 34 percent said he hadn’t changed it all.

  28. REASON # 4,367,000 WHY YOU NEVER TRUST THE MEDIA – ABOUT POLLS OR ANYTHING ELSE:

    -By Warner Todd Huston

    Here is an interesting question that I have for the Associated Press. The AP has a story from October 21 that features the news that
    Democrats in Maryland are turning out in bigger numbers for early voting than Republicans. But according to the Maryland State Board of Elections, early voting in the Old Line State isn’t supposed to start until October 22.

    Of the early voting stats in its Oct. 21 report AP says (my bold):

    While it’s impossible to tell for whom people are voting, so far more Democrats than Republicans are casting ballots in Iowa, Maryland, North Carolina, Louisiana and Nevada’s heavily Democratic Clark County, which supplied two-thirds of the state’s voters in 2008.

    But according to the Maryland State Board of Elections (my bold again):

    For the general election, early voting centers will be open starting Friday October 22, 2010 through Thursday, October 28, 2010, except for Sunday, October 24th when early voting centers are closed.

    So, what gives? How is it that AP knows the future and is reporting on early voting in Maryland, saying it is high for Democrats, when early voting isn’t even supposed to start until the day after the report came out?

    Could someone explain to me what I’m missing?

  29. “Obama: You know who’s a pretty good president? Me”
    ___________________

    He sounds like a cheap immitation of KISS/Gene Simmons.

  30. Obama Underappreciation Syndrome

    By Charles Krauthammer
    Friday, October 22, 2010

    In an increasingly desperate attempt to develop a narrative for the coming Democratic collapse, the Democrats have indulged themselves in what for half a century they’ve habitually attributed to the American right — the paranoid style in American politics. The talk is of dark conspiracies — secret money, foreign influence, big corporations, with Karl Rove and, yes, Ed Gillespie lurking ominously behind the scenes. The only thing missing is the Halliburton-Cheney angle.

    But after trotting out some of these charges with a noticeable lack of success, President Obama has come up with something new, something less common, something more befitting his stature and intellect. He’s now offering a scientific, indeed neurological, explanation for his current political troubles. The electorate apparently is deranged by its anxieties and fears to the point where it can’t think straight. Part of the reason “facts and science and argument does not seem to be winning the day all the time,” he explained to a Massachusetts audience, “is because we’re hard-wired not to always think clearly when we’re scared. And the country is scared.”

    Opening a whole new branch of cognitive science — liberal psychology — Obama has discovered a new principle: The fearful brain is hard-wired to act befuddled, i.e., vote Republican.

    But of course. Here Obama has spent two years bestowing upon the peasantry the “New Foundation” of a more regulated, socially engineered and therefore more humane society, and they repay him with recalcitrance and outright opposition. Here he gave them Obamacare, the stimulus, financial regulation and a shot at cap-and-trade — and the electorate remains not just unmoved but ungrateful.

    Faced with this truly puzzling conundrum, Dr. Obama diagnoses a heretofore undiscovered psychological derangement: anxiety-induced Obama Underappreciation Syndrome, wherein an entire population is so addled by its economic anxieties as to be neurologically incapable of appreciating the “facts and science” undergirding Obamacare and the other blessings their president has bestowed upon them from on high.

    I have a better explanation. Better because it adheres to the ultimate scientific principle, Occam’s Razor, by which the preferred explanation for any phenomenon is the one with the most economy and simplicity. And there is nothing simpler than the Gallup findings on the ideological inclinations of the American people. Conservative: 42 percent. Moderate: 35 percent. Liberal: 20 percent. No fanciful new syndromes or other elaborate fictions are required to understand that if you try to impose a liberal agenda on such a demonstrably center-right country — a country that is 80 percent non-liberal — you get a massive backlash.

    Moreover, apart from ideology is empirical reality. Even as we speak, the social-democratic model Obama is openly and boldly trying to move America toward is unraveling in Europe. It’s not just the real prospect of financial collapse in Greece, Spain, Portugal and Ireland, with even the relatively more stable major countries in severe distress. It is the visible moral collapse of a system that, after two generations of increasing cradle-to-grave infantilization, turns millions of citizens into the streets of France in furious and often violent protest over what? Over raising the retirement age from 60 to 62!

    Having seen this display of what can only be called decadence, Obama’s perfectly wired electorate says no, not us, not here. The peasants have seen the future — Greece and France — and concluded that it does not work. Hence their opposition to Obama’s proudly transformational New Foundation agenda. Their logic is impeccable: Only the most blinkered intellectual could be attempting to introduce social democracy to America precisely when the world’s foremost exemplar of that model — Europe — is in chaotic meltdown.

    And it isn’t as if this political message is new. It had already been sent in the last year with clarion clarity in the elections in Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts where independents — the swing voters without ideological attachment one way or the other — split 2-to-1, 2-to-1 and 3-to-1, respectively, against the Democrats.

    The story of the last two years is as simple as it is dramatic. It is the epic story of an administration with a highly ideological agenda encountering a rising resistance from the American people over the major question in dispute: the size and reach and power of government and, even more fundamentally, the nature of the American social contract.

    An adjudication of the question will be rendered on Nov. 2. For the day, the American peasantry will be presiding.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/21/AR2010102104856.html

  31. wbboei, Soros likes to work quietly. This flap over Juan Williams caused his usual methods to get blown sky high and shone a light on it. So he and NPR are trying to cover their tracks.

    Rove mentioned tonight the possibility of an investigation by Congress into the terms of that contract (Soros did not give them 1.8 with no strings attached – no way no how), and who had how much control over the choosing of those reporters, and what their mission was to be. He wants to entire contract made public. Since NPR receives taxpayer dollars, that can be done.

  32. JanH
    October 21st, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    No, Mrs. Smith. He sounds more like the wicked queen in Snow White…a legend in his own empty mind.
    ____________________-

    Yes, and The Magic Mirror speaks of Hillary as the fairest (president) of them all.

  33. The story of the last two years is as simple as it is dramatic. It is the epic story of an administration with a highly ideological agenda encountering a rising resistance from the American people over the major question in dispute: the size and reach and power of government and, even more fundamentally, the nature of the American social contract
    ————————–
    Why is Obama so dangerous? For the very reason Krauthammer mentions at the close of the above article: he is attempting to renegotiate the social contract between the American People. If he succeeds it will destroy us.

    1. The Constitution establishes one social contract. It is based on the idea that the People are sovereign and Government is their servant. This idea emerged from the Enlightenment, which was a reaction against the authoritarian systems of the Divine Right monarchs. It was handed down to us from Locke to Jefferson, and you find it in the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights.

    2. Obama seeks to establish a new social contract. It is based on the idea that Government is wiser than the People, therefore government must be sovereign. As for the people, they must be controlled through totalitarian methods refined by science for their own good and the good of the planet. This is the model we saw before in the Soviet Union. It is the direction Obama is moving us, while he creates inextinguishable debt. The experience of the past century confirms this.

  34. wbboei, Soros likes to work quietly
    ———————————–
    Soros statement that he cannot stop an avalanche was a diversionary ploy. He and Axelrod are working together behind the scenes to undermine this country.

  35. “The abrupt break came after years in which Williams’ role at Fox News caused internal tension at the public radio organization. Many NPR listeners registered complaints about comments he made on the cable news channel, particularly remarks last year in which he described First Lady Michelle Obama as having “this Stokely Carmichael in a designer dress thing going” and saying she could become “an albatross.””

    http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-juan-williams-20101022,0,4294425.story

    Admin, Stokely Carmichael in a designer dress when she goes fundraising in Donna Karan’s apartment. When she wants to voteraise, she is what we see in that amateur video.

  36. The idea that Obama is trying to renegotiate the social contact, which is to say the fundamental relationship between the American People, and their government, from a democracy to a totalitarian order–that is what people need to understand.

  37. I hope the new House of Representatives subpoenas NPR officials to appear and testify on the Soros connection and the Juan Williams matter. Then, the public money spigot should be shut down in perpetuity. Let Soros run NPR on his own nickel since it has become his mouthpiece, and he has become their patron.

  38. Shadowfax: “…a narcissist that sees the public holding him to his lies and lack of work, and low approval ratings would cause him to go gray.”

    I agree completely. All I’ve ever heard about him is that he’s lazy, takes credit for things someone else did, etc. I don’t believe at all that he is working hard (although the little he is doing, is probably a struggle for HIM!) I definitely think it’s a stress reaction from not being able to totally hide the truth from himself that he is not liked. But I have noticed him play with the color – I agree with admin that he changes it to affect people’s perception of him (well, I suppose that’s why anyone colors their hair – but usually they’re trying NOT to look gray!)

  39. Shadowfax – lol I didn’t say that very well. What I meant was, I think he has probably gone gray due to stress at not being liked – but he hides it sometimes, and right now he is showing it to elicit a certain response.

  40. wbboei – I used to listen to NPR ALL the time. It was public radio, it was nonpartisan (I thought) and therefore had to be the truth (the fact that it was left slanted didn’t occur to me, because “left” was “right”, not a bias). After they not only pushed the dem choices in 2008, but more specifically pushed BO over Hillary, I woke up. And now I’m thinking, if it’s our tax dollars, it should truly be nonpartisan.

    It already does take non-taxpayer money, which suggests that those corporate donors are going to expect payback by way of programming. So I think it should just totally be in the free market – either totally taxpayer funded and nonpartisan, or only take corporate money and swing whichever way you want. But being “public radio” makes it sound nonpartisan, I think, and they no longer can get away with that facade.

  41. wbboei
    October 21st, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    Soros Foundation gave 1.8m to NPR to hire 100 new reporters.
    ____________________

    Soros has made no secret of the fact he will not rest until America is destroyed. And Mr. Sorosvellian, will use any tool at his disposal to do so. His first attempt was having Obama play the Race Card on the Clintons, thereby creating a divisive issue to galvanize blacks against whites. He failed. He used this dynamic as a form of attack on anyone who criticized or disagreed with Obama during and after the election. Of course, Obama and his wife relished the idea and went along with his plan because they are harbingers of racism themselves.

    Now that the Race Card has been recognized as divisive, disputed and neutralized by the Clintons and overplayed to the point of irrelevance, the Muslim Card is next. The Muslim Card is a much more dangerous card as we have lived through and been affected by the tragedy happening on 911 at the WTC .

    Now that Soros has involved himself in NPR, we know where he is operating from and the message NPR will send is from where Soros’ propaganda will emanate.

    I believe I read today, NPR receives only 2% of federal funds and may not constitute enough of a share for public disclosure. If it does, then I’m sure Soros will fill the gap in funding if they choose keeping their private business… private by refusing public funding.

  42. what is funny about that O/MO video is that if you stop and start it…no matter where you stop it, O and MO both have those O smirks on their faces…

    admin, you are not kidding…MO’s make up artist got the memo to tone down those over arching Halloween eyebrows

    btw…today I was researching the news and happened upon the front page of the NY Post and it had big headlines saying something like voters decide if O deserves another term…and the headline said something like “One term and you are done” with O’s picture enlarged…they were citing a poll that says 54% say one term is enough for O.

  43. Axelrod is in partnership with Soros in a neverending Anti-Israel campaign to destroy Israel and the US.

    Here are three articles just published on 10/21 in The American Thinker with an in depth analysis of their involvement:

  44. I am glad Fox/O’Riley/Hannity/Greta and others are covering the NPR, Soros, WilliamsGate wall to wall.

    I remember my son being upset that I am watching Fox these days and yelling at the tv while doing so. He suggested I get my news from NPR, I told him no, that they were in the tank for Obama and were also not telling the truth any longer. This was in 2008.

    NPR and their pc support of all things progressive make me sick. I consider myself a social liberal and a Clinton centralist.

    NPR can burn in Hell.

    Soros needs to get his big fat nose/dollars out of our news stations, and turning them into his own mouthpieces.

  45. Update at 3:30 p.m. ET. NPR CEO Vivian Schiller just released this statement:

    “I spoke hastily and I apologize to Juan and others for my thoughtless remark.”

    ————
    Shiller didn’t apologize to Juan personally, it is a publicity stunt and a day late and a dollar short. I hope the Rethugs get them unfunded by tax dollars and they go broke.

  46. It’s not only direct funding that NPR gets. It gets other same-as-cash benefits from the govt such as tax free buildings, no-charge broadcast licenses, etc. And the local stations are also partly supported with State Tax dollars, some of which get passed on the national org.

    I say strip them of ALL of it. Make them private, and have to pay their own damn way, same as anyone else. The idea for NPR originally was in the day that televisions were rarer, stations few, and many remote or smaller communities needed public funded radio just to get access to news at all.

    That is no longer true in the information age of 2012.

  47. Attributed to Hillary:

    “Early on in the CNN/YouTube-sponsored debate, a California resident posed these questions on his video: “Mrs. Clinton, how would you define the word ‘liberal’? And would you use this word to describe yourself?”

    Hillary answered: “You know, it is a word that originally meant that you were for freedom, that you were for the freedom to achieve, that you were willing to stand against big power and on behalf of the individual.

    “Unfortunately, in the last 30, 40 years, it has been turned up on its head and it’s been made to seem as though it is a word that describes big government, totally contrary to what its meaning was in the 19th and early 20th century.

    “I prefer the word ‘progressive,’ which has a real American meaning, going back to the progressive era at the beginning of the 20th century.

    “I consider myself a modern progressive, someone who believes strongly in individual rights and freedoms, who believes that we are better as a society when we’re working together and when we find ways to help those who may not have all the advantages in life get the tools they need to lead a more productive life for themselves and their family.

    “So I consider myself a proud modern American progressive, and I think that’s the kind of philosophy and practice that we need to bring back to American politics.”

    Newsmax at http://archive.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2007/7/24/125521.shtml?s=lh
    cites this to a debate involving Mike Gravel at CNN hosted by Anderson Cooper

  48. Soros has made no secret of the fact he will not rest until America is destroyed. And Mr. Sorosvellian, will use any tool at his disposal to do so.

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

    Hm? I thought you’d been saying lately that Soros has given up on Obama and is going to back Hillary instead.

  49. Haven’t seen the details on Williams, but if someone WERE carrying a bomb, wouldn’t they dress inconspicuously instead of in robes? Though I suppose with robes they could carry bigger bombs.

  50. What are you trying to say turndown, that Hillary the progressive would approve of the firing of Williams on NPR that is supported in part by Soros?

    Saying progressive or liberal these days is just semantics, even the word ‘Democrat’ has a new meaning with the debacle of 2008 by the new progressive Obamacrats. These words are now meaningless in my book of what is and what was.

  51. The story of Williams being fired had nothing to do with concealing a bomb. The story is all over the news………..

  52. Funny post by Uppity over at PUMApac, re: Admins post above…

    Uppity Woman 10.21.10 at 11:54 pm

    “bad enough to force Michelle to wear something sensible that will not frighten the visually unimpaired.”

    I’m cracking up here. The woman wears horrid clothing. Simply horrid. I really can’t believe that anybody actually thinks she has taste. It’s all a big stroking. My God, the woman has no taste at all. And I saw a recent video of her speechifying with her arms raised to heal the crowd. What I noticed was those firm arms got flabby. What happened? Did she run out of steroids or something?

  53. I can smell future contamination and the exploiting of resources from my front porch:

    Water on the moon? Scientists used to think it was as dry as, well, lunar dust.

    But after a year of analysis NASA today announced that its LCROSS lunar-impact probe mission found up to a billion gallons of water ice in the floor of a permanently-shadowed crater near the moon’s south pole.

    That’s enough, said researchers, to fill 1,500 Olympic-size swimming pools, all from one crater.

    If there is ice there, it probably exists in other places on the moon as well. They also found silver, mercury, carbon monoxide and ammonia.

    http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/water-moon-nasa-impact-probe/story?id=11939079

  54. Even fair minded muslims speak out against NPR for PC

    Tarek Fatah, founder of the Muslim Canadian Congress, took issue with those who wrap themselves in feel-good sensitivity, while denying the fact that the majority of terrorists are Muslim.

    Indeed, the threat is real enough even for Fatah, a liberal Muslim, who looks at women in burkas with skepticism. “I am scared when I see women in burkas, how do I know what is behind that?” Fatah said, noting that many Muslims share his concerns.

    “We are victims of these guys. A number of suicide bombers who have attacked have killed people [while] wearing the burka,” Fatah said. “This is the truth, we should be speaking the truth rather than what people expect us to say. ”

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2010/10/21/muslims-speak-out-against-nprs-political-correctness/#ixzz134Dd64zt

    I was a regular listener of NPR for more than 20 years until they became pimps for Obama in 2008. Since then I stopped listening to talk radio because I could not take their lies on behalf of big Zero and switched to music radio

  55. I haven’t seen the details on Willims’ remark but it sounds dumb if he said he was more scared of someone in robes than someone in normal clothing. Airport security would check the robed person closely; someone who appeared conventionally dressed American might get through with less checking.

    I doubt if Hillary pays any attention to such minor gaffe-flaps one way or another. Re the word ‘Progressive’ it does seem worth noting the she chose to call herself a Progressive in 2007. My posts weren’t connected to each other.

  56. I firmly believe, as I have for quite some time, that Obama is destined to be a one-term President, whether he wants to be or not. So, who is going to replace him in 2012? For me, this is the key question that is deciding my votes on November 2nd

    ……..

    Start looking for super-lefty candidates for Representative and Senator in 2012. President Hillary will need them, and if a Repub (i.e., Obama or one of his “R” opponents) is elected, there will be much more pushback against him/her from Congress if we get as many lefties in there as possible

    from http://thewiddershins.wordpress.com/2010/10/20/activist-wednesday-first-i-despaired-on-the-mid-terms-and-beyond/

    H/T to John W Smart

  57. Only in ObamaLand:
    SEATTLE — When Maria Gianni is knocking on voters’ doors, she’s not bashful about telling people she is in the country illegally. She knows it’s a risk to advertise to strangers that she’s here illegally — but one worth taking in what she sees as a crucial election. The 42-year-old is one of dozens of volunteers — many of them illegal immigrants — canvassing neighborhoods in the Seattle area trying to get naturalized citizens to cast a ballot for candidates like Democratic Sen. Patty Murray, who is in a neck-to-neck race with Republican Dino Rossi. Pramila Jayapal, head of OneAmerica Votes, says the campaign is about empowering immigrants who may not feel like they can contribute to a campaign because they can’t vote….
    h t t p://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/10/22/illegal-aliens-canvass-votes-wash-state/

    Repeat last sentence:Pramila Jayapal, head of OneAmerica Votes, says the campaign is about empowering immigrants who may not feel like they can contribute to a campaign because they can’t vote….
    Yes Pramila, let’s empower them even more; their ability to vote is only an executive order away.

  58. wbboei
    October 21st, 2010 at 10:00 pm
    Why is Obama so dangerous? For the very reason Krauthammer mentions at the close of the above article: he is attempting to renegotiate the social contract between the American People. If he succeeds it will destroy us.

    While this argument has merit, I see President Obama and his wife desperately trying to appeal to others with the same psychological problems. These are two very insecure people. When Obama talks about people being afraid and unable to understand policy and how it affects their lives he is talking about himself. When he is denigrating huge populations within this country he is showing that he understands nothing beyond his own limited and warped life experiences. The office of POTUS has swallowed him. He was not prepared in experience, gravitas, or the sense God gave a pissant. He and his wife are light weight climbers. The marketing of this person as a constitutional scholar (who taught night classes that tenured law school staff wouldn’t because it was inconvenient and below them, and never wrote a brief or served as lead counsel), genius writer (who can only write fiction about a father he saw twice), and brilliant intellectual speaker (who cannot answer a simple question without a teleprompter) is falling apart. The con is over. Now his defenders are trying to create scenarios where he will valiantly stand up to insane Republicans. He won’t do squat. He never has. He is at best a Chicago pol who jumped on the gravy train because it was an easy way to make a living that required little effort and a lot of lying. He will continue to implode and it will not be pretty. I still think he will have a mysterious illness and quit because that is the easy thing to do, provided the Republicans let him have a pension.

  59. turndownobama
    October 22nd, 2010 at 1:15 am

    “Hm? I thought you’d been saying lately that Soros has given up on Obama and is going to back Hillary instead.”
    _____________________

    Turndown, don’t you have any idea how the world works? Soros has withdrawn from Obama because he is losing his shirt. Does Soros have a choice? He won’t back a Republican… Has Obama been successful? Soros doesn’t back failure and didn’t become who he is by losing money. Of course, he is going to back Hillary. The question that you should be asking is: Will Hillary do his bidding? Of course she won’t. Hillary is and always has been for the People! Hillary is an FDR Democrat. Soros despises FDR policies for the very simple reason those policies benefit the People. He understands, clearly, that Hillary won’t follow him. That is the primary reason he put Obama in the WH and stole what he needed from Hillary to get him there.

  60. Speaking of the utilitarian value of a burka, when Musharaff raided the Red Mosque, the head Imam who ran the Mosque to its disrepute escaped wearing a burka. It has its use for terrorists and crooks.

  61. I listened to NPR exclusively for over 20 years. One day in early 2008, as I was driving, radio tuned to MPR as usual, a nameless reporter started telling us she was standing outside a building inside of which Hillary was giving a speech. I don’t even remember what the reporter was talking about, what I do remember was her tone of voice. She gave some opinion about something, and then said “But Hilllll-a-ry says” just dripping with contempt. I couldn’t believe my ears, how did she dare! A reporter who hadn’t the credentials to get inside the building had the guts to stand outside and use that tone of voice when referring to a woman who, besides being a viable candidate for president of the United States, but whose intelligence and accomplishments would have stupefied her had she been in the same room.

    I turned the radio off, got the number for MPR/NPR and called them then and there – I can still remember navigating the twist and turns of McCussic Rd. while giving some associate at MPR what for. Next time they called for a donation they got what they deserved from me. Now they don’t call for donations and I don’t listen.

    But I am glad they are finally getting heat. NPR says “so what”, we only get 2% from the taxpayers and I say good you won’t miss it then.

    I also wonder what is the timing of the Soros 1.8 donation to MPR and the firing of the CEO’s of the two major networks. Was Soros possibly looking to regain a propaganda vehicle to replace the ones he may have lost?

  62. From Red State :

    Reportedly, the DCCC has acquired a $17 million dollar line of credit for the November elections. Leaving aside the hilarity of the committee suddenly feeling the need to put in for emergency funds – remember when they were going to crush us with their existing money? How is that going, anyway – here’s a thought to cheer up people’s weekends: if they have the money, and they aren’t spending it on a race, then it pretty much means that the DCCC has given up on that race.

    Like Betsy Markey’s. Yup, the DCCC finally cut her loose completely: they’ve canceled a 700K ad reservation to help her in her race against Cory Gardner. And they did this knowing full well that they’d have emergency funds handy. Remember that: 17 million dollar line of credit. If the DCCC still can’t find cash for a Democrat after that, the Democrat had better start updating his or her resume…

  63. I listened to NPR again recently and it was an interview with two Katrina survivors. Sprinkled in were many references to Bush. Bush/bad, Bush’s security/bad, Bad Bush, Bush sucks, etc. Although I know the government did a horrible job after Katrina, and Bush dropped the ball, I was suspect over the timing of the interview. More focus on the failures of the last President to draw away focus from the CURRENT failures of obama. At the end of the interview the two identified themselves as members of SEIU. Click! I think I’m done with NPR.

  64. Obama’s Fifth Column. This is part and parcel of an overall effort by Obama and Soros to disenfrachise the American People by enlisting illegals in the get out to vote program, slipping them past election monitors to cast illegal votes, rigging voting machines, buying secretary of state positions, controlling the press as we see with the latest NPR flag etc.

    Do the American People understand that this is more than an effort to win an election? Do they realize that this is a naked attempt to disenfranchise them politically and economically and to renegotiate the social compact, so the government is lord and master, and the middle class are its vassals, and the poor are wards of the state? Do they? Do they?

    This raises many serious questions, i.e. Are Americans that easily manipulated? Will they hold this illegal business in Washington against Murray since it is obviously going forward with her knowledge and consent? Or will they say whatever they do the Republicans are worse–which is infantile? Soon enough we will know the answer. We will also see how successful Soros efforts have been to rig the voting machines, buy secretary of state positions, corrupt the media, enlist illegals in their ground game, intimidate voters and disenfrachise the American people. Does anyone care?

    In some cases, the Republican candidate is easy to vote for, whereas in other cases we might have reservations about voting for him or her all other things being equal. But in this case, all other things are not equal, and the new mantra has to be any port in a storm. That was my thinking when I voted yesterday for Murray’s opponent.

    I know Patty. At one time she was a Hillary supporter–luke warm. Now however she is all for Obama. My biggest concern about Patty is that she is in fact a rubber stamp, and will never evolve beyond that role. She lacks both the will and the capacity to do so. For me it is a case of any port in a storm, because the country cannot survive what Obama has done in the past and will do in the future. We need people who will fight him. No more rubber stamps please.
    ——————————————————————–
    Illegal Aliens Canvass for Votes in Wash. State

    Published October 22, 2010
    | Associated Press
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    AP

    Oct. 16: Maria Gianni, an illegal immigrant, poses for a portrait at a phone bank in Seattle being used by OneAmerica Votes.

    SEATTLE — When Maria Gianni is knocking on voters’ doors, she’s not bashful about telling people she is in the country illegally. She knows it’s a risk to advertise to strangers that she’s here illegally — but one worth taking in what she sees as a crucial election.

    The 42-year-old is one of dozens of volunteers — many of them illegal immigrants — canvassing neighborhoods in the Seattle area trying to get naturalized citizens to cast a ballot for candidates like Democratic Sen. Patty Murray, who is in a neck-to-neck race with Republican Dino Rossi.

    Pramila Jayapal, head of OneAmerica Votes, says the campaign is about empowering immigrants who may not feel like they can contribute to a campaign because they can’t vote.

    “Immigrants really do matter,” Jayapal said. “If we can’t vote ourselves, we’re gonna knock on doors, or get family members to vote.”

    So far the illegal immigrants going door-to-door aren’t meeting opposition. Craig Keller, an organizer for Respect WA, a group pushing for stricter immigration law in the Washington, said he doesn’t mind illegal immigrants volunteering for vote drives, he just wants to make sure mistakes on the voter rolls don’t allow them to vote.

    Aug. 17: President Obama and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. , left, take part in a roundtable discussion with small business owners at Grand Central Bakery in Seattle.
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    In close elections across the country, the immigrant and minority vote is considered key for candidates, especially Democrats.

    Earlier this week in Nevada, a television ad urging Latinos not to vote sparked outcry from Democrats, who called it a dirty trick meant to keep Hispanics home and boost Republican candidates. Univision and Telemundo — the nation’s two largest Spanish-language networks — canceled the ad, which the Republican group Latinos for Reform had planned to eventually run in Nevada, Florida, California, Texas and Colorado through the Nov. 2 election.

    Seattle is home to a wide array of immigrant communities, from Latinos to east Africans and Asians.

    Congress declined this year to consider overhauling the country’s immigration law, much to the chagrin of immigrant advocates who had expected Democrats to do so by now.

    Still, OneAmerica Votes launched one of the largest get-out-the-vote campaigns in the state on behalf of Democratic candidates. The organization is an offshoot of OneAmerica, one of the state’s largest and the most influential immigrant-rights advocacy group.

    Through home visits, phone banks and mailings the organization is aiming to reach about 40,000 registered voters in the Seattle area in an attempt to help Democrats gain ground in key races. Volunteers include other types of people who can’t vote, such as legal permanent residents.

    About 150 volunteers rolled out in nine cities across Washington this past week, knocking on 3,000 doors.

    In Bellevue, a city of nearly 123,000 east of Seattle, Gianni knocked on 25 doors and spoke to 15 people, she said.

    One man, a naturalized citizen from the Philippines, said he knew what she was going through after she shared she was in the country illegally.

    “There’s always a risk,” Gianni said in Spanish about her legal status. “But if there’s a change, I would feel like I contributed, even in a small part, to a change we all need.”

    Gianni arrived in the United States on a visa 13 years ago looking for work and stayed. For a while her only son lived here, but has since moved back to Mexico.

    “In order for there to be a change to our broken immigration system,” she said, “I believe one has to fight.”

  65. You realize, of course, that this Schiller creep who is the head of NPR, who fired Juan and then decided to add insult to injury implied that he has mental problems, even as she spews forth an extreme left wing agenda, is a former New York Times employee. Like Claude Raines in Casablanca, I am shocked, shocked that there is gambling or in this case incest going on in big media . . . I hope she does not step down. She needs to be right where she is when Congress removes their funding. Then they can call that organization what for that it is, i.e. the Soros Broadcast Channel–SBC.

  66. wbboei
    October 22nd, 2010 at 10:50 am

    ———————

    I saw that and was disgusted. I also hope Juan sues for defamation.

  67. GMAB!

    Apparently the Indian Government is renovating so that bambi can use his teleprompter to speak to parliament.

  68. I don’t think NPR thought there would be such an outcry about their decision to fire Juan. I’m so glad that this is happening.

  69. hmmm…and from NPR itself…

    Fox News Gives Juan Williams $2 Million Contract

    by David Folkenflik
    October 22, 2010

    NPR is facing sharp criticism for terminating the contract of news analyst Juan Williams.

    Williams was fired Wednesday for violating NPR’s ethics policy over comments he made on Fox News about Muslims.

    But those comments — and NPR’s response — have prompted questions about where the boundaries are drawn for journalists these days.

    Williams appeared Thursday night on The O’Reilly Factor, the same Fox program where he made the initial comments that seeing fellow airline passengers dressed in Muslim garb makes him nervous.

    This time, Williams told host Bill O’Reilly his remarks were misconstrued but that his ouster by NPR was about something else altogether.

    “I don’t fit in their box,” Williams told O’Reilly. “I’m not predictable, black, liberal. And let me tell you something else, you were exactly right when you said you know what this comes down to, they were looking for a reason to get rid of me because I’m appearing on Fox News. They don’t want me talking to you.”

    The cable news channel assailed NPR for much of the evening while leading Republicans called for the U.S. Congress to cut off federal funding for NPR News. One of the first was former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, himself a paid Fox commentator.

    “It is an act of total censorship,” Gingrich said. “I think that the U.S. Congress should investigate NPR and consider cutting off their money.”

    Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin — themselves possible Republican presidential candidates with similar ties to Fox — chimed in with the same call, as did others in more of a position to do so, such as South Carolina Sen. Jim Demint and Ohio Rep. John Boehner.

    NPR receives roughly 2 percent of its annual income directly from federal sources such as the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Arts, but its member stations rely more heavily on such sources.

    Despite the criticism, NPR CEO Vivian Schiller stood her ground Thursday: “As a reporter, as a host, as a news analyst, you do not comment on stories.”

    She said such restraint is a vital part of NPR’s code of ethics, which states that news staffers cannot say things in other public forums that they could not say on NPR’s airwaves as well.

    “Certainly you have opinions — all human beings have their personal opinions,” Schiller said. “But it is the ideal of journalism that we strive for objectivity so we can best present the positions of people around all parts of the debate to our public so the public can make their own decisions about these issues.”

    Schiller had her own verbal miscue Thursday. In an address to the Atlanta Press Club, she said perhaps Williams would have been better served confiding his thoughts to his psychiatrist or his publicist — a flip line for which she later apologized.

    Still, some journalists with no ties to Fox blanched at the controversy. On her talk show, The View, ABC’s Barbara Walters suggested that Williams’ status as a news analyst for NPR who opined regularly on Fox was confusing.

    “If you are a journalist, where you’re supposed to be straight and narrow and not giving opinions, that’s one thing — but if you’re someone giving your opinion, then you’re allowed to give your opinion. You may or may not agree,” Walters added.

    Where professional boundaries lie these days can be tricky to define. Witness the recent firings of Rick Sanchez and Octavia Nasr by CNN and the forced retirement of Hearst newspapers columnist Helen Thomas. Each made controversial remarks in a public setting, but none of them did so on their own employer’s airwaves or pages.

    “We value not the absence of opinion but the illusion of the absence of opinion,” said Daniel Okrent, the former public editor of The New York Times, who called it a conundrum for the modern press.

    “I can’t give you a conclusive position on it,” he said. “What’s the right way to go or the wrong way to go? I do know, once opinion comes into it, it gets to be very shaky ground.”

    Okrent said the danger is in having someone from a news organization that prizes studied neutrality appear frequently in another outlet that rewards contention and sharply defined opinion — like Fox News.

    Williams is now enjoying the full embrace of Fox News, which has given him a new three-year, $2 million contract and a guest slot, Friday night, as host of The O’Reilly Factor.

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=130746229&ps=cprs

  70. democrat 1

    I liked your link…of coarse I don’t like the ultra left anymore than I like the ultra right but I do see the value in that article…I think we need a more centrist type candidate like Hillary.
    This link is spot on with regards to who exactly Obama represents!

  71. Wbboei,
    You realize, of course, that this Schiller creep who is the head of NPR, who fired Juan and then decided to add insult to injury implied that he has mental problems, even as she spews forth an extreme left wing agenda, is a former New York Times employee.
    ——————————–

    OH and she wasn’t called a racist for implying he had mental problems….I see your only a racist if you says things about a black democrat who does not work for Fox.

  72. Shadowfax,
    The story of Williams being fired had nothing to do with concealing a bomb. The story is all over the news………..

    ———————————–

    What bomb….I haven’t seen a thing?
    —————————–

    Bill is really working his butt off for those candidates…LOL! Gathering up support, that sly dog! Obama must be in shear terror! The news is wall to wall Bill Clinton…I love it!

  73. Walter Mitty lives, and tells us why the sea is boiling hot and why wild pigs have wings.
    ———————————————

    Reid: But for Me, We’d Be in Worldwide Depression

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada speaks on Capitol Hill on Sept. 15.
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is having a heck of a time trying to get re-elected, in part, he says, because people don’t want to know that he prevented a worldwide depression.

    The Nevada Democrat, whose poll numbers are see-sawing against rival Republican Senate nominee Sharron Angle, told MSNBC’s Ed Schultz on Thursday night that voters in his state don’t feel reassured when Reid tells them of his global achievement because they’ve fallen so far down the economic food chain.

    “We were at the top and we’ve fallen very hard. So people have been hurting, and I understand that, and it doesn’t give them comfort or solace for me to tell them, you know, but for me we’d be in a worldwide depression. They want to know what I’ve done for them, and that’s why it’s important for me, any chance I get, to say that my number one job is to create jobs,” Reid said, blasting Angle for saying it’s not the role of government to create jobs.

    Reid’s re-election effort has been caught in a spiral lately after briefly surging thanks to several Angle gaffes on the campaign trail. But she appeared to win a recent debate, in part by questioning Reid’s fortitude, and her poll numbers have risen above Reid in late polling.

    The latest Rasmussen poll has Angle at 50 percent to Reid at 47 percent. The poll of 750 likely voters had a 4 percent margin of error.

    Reid, who is having President Obama fundraise for him on Friday night, told the cable news network that he is confident that his get-out-the vote effort — targeted at early voters — has been strong thanks to a process started during the 2008 Democratic presidential caucus when Obama won a hair more delegates than rival Hillary Clinton. Clinton won the popular vote.

    But Obama’s star power in Nevada has faded. This is his third time in the state since getting slammed for saying that businesses in a bad economy shouldn’t hold their conferences in Las Vegas.

    Obama’s job approval rating was 40 percent in the last Fox News battleground state poll. In September, 76 percent of voters thought the president’s policies had either hurt the economy or made no difference.

    Reid, however, said that Obama has helped Nevada. He noted that first lady Michelle Obama is campaigning for him also.

    The first lady’s visit may help the majority leader with women after Angle on several occasions has suggested Reid needs to “man up” — at least on economic issues plaguing the state. That suggestion didn’t ring well with the former boxer, who said he’s “never had to prove my manhood to anyone.”

    He also took issue with Angle’s depiction of him as a fat cat politician who lives in a Penthouse at the Ritz Carlton in Washington, D.C.

    “I have a home in Searchlight, Nevada. I stay in Washington, D.C., in a one-bedroom apartment, and my penthouse is on the second floor. How do you like that, a penthouse on the second floor?” he asked.

    Finally, Reid, who’s appeared somewhat satisfied that Angle had dug a deep hole for herself by trying to demonstrate that she’s color-blind by telling a group of Hispanic students that for all she know they could be Asian, also condemned a Republican Latino group that ran an ad telling Hispanics not to go to the polls because Congress hasn’t done anything to fix immigration rules.

    “It’s hard for me to comprehend anything so un-American, so unpatriotic, as telling people not to vote. That’s why people have looked at America as the bulwark of freedom. We get to vote,” he told Schultz.

  74. JanH
    October 22nd, 2010 at 11:09 am

    Clinton announces multi-year assistance for Pakistan
    ____________________

    Wonderful!

    Hillary has a plan in place to cut the “Cat Away from the Kittens.” By giving assistance to the Pakistanis not involved with al qaeda. She is sending a message if they follow the plan laid out by US policy, they can eventually break free of the Extremists. Noting that they will be expected to do the work themselves with help from the US to separate themselves from the rule of oppressive terrorism. She will most likely use the same template in the future for the Muslim community… Muslims v Muslim Extremists.

  75. So now we know that all the while Harry was using his position to enrich himself through corrupt land deals and buyoffs he was also saving the world. In that case, the world can have him. He is too great for Nevada or the United States. He may be a corrupt quavering voiced anemic nerd, but he belongs to the ages.

  76. confloyd:

    “The news is wall to wall Bill Clinton…I love it!”
    __________________

    Wah-Hoo! We’re on a roll! 🙂

  77. So now we know that all the while Harry was using his position to enrich himself through corrupt land deals and buyoffs he was also saving the world. In that case, the world can have him. He is too great for Nevada or the United States. He may be a corrupt quavering voiced anemic nerd, but he belongs to the ages.
    ————————————
    Hmmm,hmmmm, have you heard how Rick Perry was a poor man until he became Governor of the great state of Texas…very interesting story….that’s why all these bozo’s want to serve….the freaking get rich. All the bastards in D.C. are there to fill their own pocket books, not just democrats!

  78. But Obama’s star power in Nevada has faded.
    ——————————————-
    They used to claim that he was a hot tomato
    But now he’s cold as yesterdays mashed potatoes

  79. I certainly hope in this final run-up to election day the rethugs can contain their excitemnt just a little or I’ll have to bring my peptobismal to the voting booth. I read other folks saying the same thing. I am not excited about having to pull the R lever….for me its on the same level as having to get an enema….you know you need one but its so unpleasant you just wait and wait for before getting one.

  80. confloyd:

    I read your post re: hubby living with your daughter by the water. Sounds like all is good with his situation.

  81. Mrs. Smith,
    Yes he’s excited about going….she has a lot of experience with taking care of folks with dementia and she has access to people that can help while she is at work…so she’s excited too. I think it will be a win/win all the way around. She also has way more patience than I do as I’ve already put in 10 years taking care of him.

  82. Good for you, confloyd. You are the Rock for your family to lean on. They will always need you to be in fighting fit shape. So, you have to take good care of confloyd. I’m happy for you, you’ve found such an amenable solution.

  83. Does Bill EVER get a break? Nooooooo!
    _________________________

    Scores dead in Haiti cholera outbreak.

    More than 1,000 infected in recent days in the country’s worst medical crisis since the Jan. 12 earthquake.
    ST. MARC, Haiti — At least 142 people have died in a cholera outbreak, and aid groups are rushing in medicine and other supplies Friday to combat Haiti’s deadliest health problem since its devastating earthquake.

    The World Health Organization said the virulent diarrheal disease, which had affected 1,526 people as of late Thursday, would be the first cholera epidemic in a century in the disaster-prone Caribbean nation, already the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.

    “Yes, it is a cholera epidemic,” Dr. Michel Thieren, an official with the Pan American Health Organization, the regional office for WHO, told Reuters.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39787756#slice-2

  84. Those poor folks in Haiti, I read that last night. I don’t want Bill going down there he has to stay well.

    He’s all us democrats have…bless his heart! I just love Bill C.

    This whole Juan Williams is just stupid…Soros can spend his money as he sees fit…of coarse the Glenn Beck’s of this world will demonize him, but just how many sites support the right wing talk box. Its unfortuanate that Juan was fired for speaking the truth, but its not like he’s going broke because of it….its just a non story for me!

  85. crazy horse
    October 21st, 2010 at 1:19 pm
    They must have had a string attaching Bumbles chin to his shirt so he didn’t strike his Mussolini pose!

    Now that’s funny!

  86. democrat1
    October 22nd, 2010 at 5:07 am
    =====================================

    That ship has now sailed off into the sunset never to be seen or heard from again, dirty rats and all.

  87. Just passing by. Hope I’m not repeating. From Gateway:

    Juan Williams was a guest on Good Morning America today. Williams talked about NPR firing him and attacking him. The leftiist commentator told the GMA hosts, “Now, all of the sudden I’m a bigot? …This is one of the things in my life that is just so shocking. I grew up basically on the left, I grew up here in New York City. And I always thought the right wing were the ones that were inflexible, intolerant.”

  88. henry
    October 22nd, 2010 at 4:34 am
    =================================

    I just sent NPR a message through your link. My message conclude with a request that Vivian Schiller be terminated from her position as CEO of NPR for her lack of professionalism.

  89. I grew up basically on the left, I grew up here in New York City. And I always thought the right wing were the ones that were inflexible, intolerant.”
    ———————————
    Yeah Juan…we all thought that but we learned that in 08′, sorry it took you so long to realize it.
    ————————————

    I found this:
    http://www.kentucky.com/2010/10/21/1489084/clintons-the-only-democrat-who.html

    I also read that Mark Penn has been doing some polling, now why would he be doing this???

  90. This raises many serious questions, i.e. Are Americans that easily manipulated?

    ——

    Well, after the 2008 primary it is a fact that millions of Americans are either manipulated from a lack of political knowledge, or are willing to let others think for them.

    A great example are some of the Dems I know, that voted for Hillary in the primary, and REFUSED to read the massive amount of PROOF I passed them from Lynette Long’s website.

    They are what we call the ‘elite’ folks and they admitted they didn’t want to read this information.

    They knew Obama was well educated, a minority, and it didn’t matter what he did or said, they would support him. Most of them have not changed, and still think he is brilliant. They get really upset at me for not budging an inch and I keep telling them the truth of what a fraud he is.

  91. Of course, [Soros] is going to back Hillary. The question that you should be asking is: Will Hillary do his bidding? Of course she won’t. Hillary is and always has been for the People! Hillary is an FDR Democrat. Soros despises FDR policies for the very simple reason those policies benefit the People. He understands, clearly, that Hillary won’t follow him. That is the primary reason he put Obama in the WH and stole what he needed from Hillary to get him there.

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

    So why do you think [Soros] would back Hillary now?

  92. confloyd
    October 22nd, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Shadowfax,
    The story of Williams being fired had nothing to do with concealing a bomb. The story is all over the news………..

    ———————————–

    What bomb….I haven’t seen a thing?

    ———
    Confloyd

    THERE WAS NO BOMB!

    Turndown assumed certain things without checking the story of what happened.

  93. Shadowfax,

    How do you feel about Bill C. out there working his butt off for votes for the dems? Have you all seen Limbaugh’s tweets today?

  94. Shadowfax
    October 21st, 2010 at 11:55 pm
    =====================================

    I have seen you a few times in the past mention how you are a “centralist”, but I think you mean “centrist”. Check out the meaning for both words. Look up democratic centralist.

  95. Williams appeared Thursday night on The O’Reilly Factor, the same Fox program where he made the initial comments that seeing fellow airline passengers dressed in Muslim garb makes him nervous.

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

    True no real bomb. But why would Muslim robes make Williams nervous unless he thought they might be concealing bombs or other weapons?

  96. confloyd

    I think Bill is in his zone, he is doing what he can to keep some of the base so Hillary will have future support when she runs again. Also, he doesn’t want everything good dems have worked on for years before ObamaCorruption to be wiped out by a Rethug takeover.

    Everyone loving Bill at the political forefront is where he should be, payback for the Rethugs trying to destroy all that is Clinton. Go Bill, go!!!!

    I don’t watch any tweets, and Limpbla isn’t my favorite Rethug…but I do enjoy some of his rants…what did he tweet?

  97. Turndown,
    Well I guess those robes do in the middle east. I haven’t heard of any bombs planted on American muslim’s under their clothes….have you.

    I do agree with Juan though…if I were flying…it would make me nervous too…for the exception of they had to go thru a search before getting on the plane.

  98. I give up with explaining the Williams thing to you turndown.

    If you want to support all that is muslin, then go for it.
    But if you want to discuss NPR firing him and why, at least watch what he said and get the facts.

  99. I am wondering whether with the mid-terms just around the corner, if Juan’s situation will effect the voting. People seem definitely to be on his side in this and are talking about feeling less free now, denied their freedom of speech, and quoting the constitution.

  100. #
    nomobama
    October 22nd, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Shadowfax
    October 21st, 2010 at 11:55 pm
    =====================================

    I have seen you a few times in the past mention how you are a “centralist”, but I think you mean “centrist”. Check out the meaning for both words. Look up democratic centralist.
    ———

    Holy tamale, you are right to make me check the meaning.
    I had no idea that a centralist is:

    The Democratic Centralist group developed during 1919–20 as the central government and party organs, responding to practical needs created by the Russian Civil War, tightened their control over local soviets and party units.

    Sorry, I totally stand corrected, I am a centrist. I like some of the ideas of the right of center, and most of the policies left of center.

    Thanks.

  101. Shadowfax
    October 22nd, 2010 at 1:55 pm
    ============================

    Don’t apologize! I know the words look similar, and one would think that “centralist” means in the center or something similar, but knowing that the word has a meaning based in communism, I didn’t want people thinking “what’s up with her?”. I knew what you meant, and I only mentioned it so that you know the difference. I would hope that you would have done the same for me.

  102. The kiss of death?

    (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will campaign for embattled Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Friday, entering the fray of one of the most closely watched races in next month’s congressional elections.

  103. I don’t know what you or someone assumed I assumed.

    “Wiliams’ initial comments that seeing fellow airline passengers dressed in Muslim garb makes him nervous.”
    Source:
    Fox News Gives Juan Williams $2 Million Contract
    by David Folkenflik
    October 22, 2010

    I agree with Confloyd that Williams’ assumption is wrong, because passengers in robes would get searched more thoroughly.

    The rest of the story is that NPR fired Williams supposedly for that remark, so lots of people are mad at NPR, but Williams said there were other reasons for the firing.

    Not worth getting into what some politiicans said about what NPR said about what Williams said about Muslims. 😉

  104. Lawsuit: CPS pushing Democrats

    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.

    The complaint was made by Thomas Brinkman
    Jr., a Republican candidate for Hamilton County auditor, and the Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending & Taxes against Cincinnati Public Schools.

    “They plan to bring four more high schools (to vote) this week,” Christopher Finney, COAST attorney, said Monday after filing the suit.

    Stepaniak said church vans were volunteered to drive students to vote.

    The suit alleges three van loads of Hughes High students arrived at the Downtown Board of Elections offices at 1 p.m. Wednesday,
    supervised by a school employee. School lets out at 3:15 p.m.

    When they got out of the vans, the students, the suit alleges, also were accompanied by adults who appeared to be campaign workers or
    supporters for U.S. Rep. Steve Driehaus, D-West Price Hill, the congressman being challenged this fall by Steve Chabot. When the students got out of the vans, the suit alleges they were given sample ballots containing only Democratic candidates.

    “We want these kids to vote,” Finney said. “I’m not sure them being bussed during the school day is a good thing, but that’s not the thrust of the suit.

    “If they had fair sample ballots or no sample
    ballots it would be different.”

    The suit alleges those actions violated a 2002 agreement between CPS and COAST where the school agreed it wouldn’t allow school property or employees to be used for “advocating the election or defeat of candidates for public office.”

    On Monday, Finney asked Common Pleas Court Judge Beth Myers to hear his request for a temporary restraining order that was put on hold after the attorneys for the two sides met in court briefly, talked and then left.

    Finney said if the issue isn’t resolved, he’ll go back to court.

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

  105. Shadowfax
    October 22nd, 2010 at 2:03 pm
    ===============================

    That’s exactly what I was thinking with you, even though I don’t know you.

  106. I’ve been cruising the blogs over this Williams kerfluffle, and the circular reasoning of some on the left regarding FOX news is just hilarious.

    Here is the circular reasoning regarding FOX that I often see:

    Fox is a solely conservative mouthpiece, and has no liberals on it!

    What about (I name several liberals, including Williams who regularly comment on FOX)?

    Those are not liberals!

    On what basis do you proclaim them not liberals?

    Because they go on FOX!

    Ummmm…so FOX has no liberals on, by virtue of the fact that any liberal who goes on there is not a liberal, by virtue of the fact that they went on FOX? Okaaaay…..

  107. Confloyd

    and that dorky guy, Combs that was on with Hannity, is an up-his-butt-Obamacrat. I also think Greta is a centrist, or liberal to a certain extent.

    What I love most about Greta is, I don’t know if she is a Rethug or Dem, that is the way a reporter should be.

  108. shadowfax,
    Yuk, Combs…he’s totally sickening! He and Shep lick Obama’s boots. Shep was just complaining about Hillary giving more money to Pakistan. He is right on anything she does. I do like Megan Kelly, she’s pretty fair.
    I also like Laura Ingram….she is tough…but Greta is my favorite.
    I’m sorry I can’t stomach Hannity. All his Christian stuff, I bet that dude is a hypocrit. I don’t think he is as much as a family man that he portrays himself.

  109. Somehow I think Fiorina is going to pull this out, Boxer just cannot get to 50% and thats going to be her downfall, the undecideds and Dems not bothering their asses to vote. If Boxer has not convinced 50% now by this stage, she is not going to.

    Rasmussen

    California’s U.S. Senate race between Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer and Republican challenger Carly Fiorina remains a virtual tie with less than two weeks to go until Election Day.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Voters shows Boxer picking up 48% of the vote, while Fiorina draws support from 46%. Three percent (3%) prefer some other candidate, and three percent (3%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

    The race remains a Toss-Up in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Senate Balance of Power rankings.

    Last week, Boxer led Fiorina 49% to 46%. Boxer was reeelected with 58% of the vote in 2004, but despite California’s strong Democratic tendencies, this race has been close all year. The incumbent, who is seeking her fourth six-year term, has held a small lead in every survey but one since February with 42% to 49% of the vote. Fiorina, a former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, has earned 38% to 47% support in those same surveys.

    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/election_2010/election_2010_senate_elections/california/election_2010_california_senate

  110. Dispute over New Black Panthers case causes deep divisions

    By Jerry Markon and Krissah Thompson
    Washington Post Staff Writers
    Friday, October 22, 2010

    On Election Day 2008, Maruse Heath, the leader of Philadelphia’s New Black Panther Party, stood in front of a neighborhood polling place, dressed in a paramilitary uniform.

    Within hours, an amateur video showing Heath, slapping a black nightstick and exchanging words with the videographer, had aired on TV and ricocheted across the nation.

    Among those who saw the footage was J. Christian Adams, who was in his office in the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division in Washington. “I thought, ‘This is wrong, this is not supposed to happen in this country,’ ” Adams said. “There are armed men in front of a polling place, and I need to find out if they violated the law, because in my mind there’s a good chance that they did.”

    The clash between the black nationalist and the white lawyer has mushroomed into a fierce debate over the government’s enforcement of civil rights laws, a dispute that will be aired next week when the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights unveils findings from a year-long investigation.

    Two months after Election Day, Adams and his supervisors in the George W. Bush administration filed a voter-intimidation lawsuit against Heath and his colleagues, even though no voters had complained. The Obama administration months later dismissed most of the case, even though the Panthers had not contested the charges.

    Interviews and government documents reviewed by The Washington Post show that the case tapped into deep divisions within the Justice Department that persist today over whether the agency should focus on protecting historically oppressed minorities or enforce laws without regard to race.

    The dispute over the Panthers, and the Justice Department’s handling of it, was politicized from the start, documents and interviews show. On Election Day, the issue was driven by Republican poll watchers and officials and a conservative Web site.

    At the department, Adams and his colleagues pushed a case that other career lawyers concluded had major evidentiary weaknesses. After the Obama administration took over, high-level political appointees relayed their thoughts on the case in a stream of internal e-mails in the days leading to the dismissal.

    That decision to pull back the lawsuit caused conflicts so heated that trial team members at times threw memos in anger or cursed at supervisors.

    The dismissals triggered outrage from conservatives and congressional Republicans, two internal Justice Department inquiries and the investigation by the conservative-controlled civil rights commission. The debate has thrust Eric H. Holder Jr., the nation’s first African American attorney general and long the target of Republican attacks, into an unwelcome spotlight.

    In recent months, Adams and a Justice Department colleague have said the case was dismissed because the department is reluctant to pursue cases against minorities accused of violating the voting rights of whites. Three other Justice Department lawyers, in recent interviews, gave the same description of the department’s culture, which department officials strongly deny.

    “The department makes enforcement decisions based on the merits, not the race, gender or ethnicity of any party involved,” spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler said. “We are committed to comprehensive and vigorous enforcement of the federal laws that prohibit voter intimidation, as our record reflects.”

    A ‘non-incident’

    On Election Day, Jerry Jackson arrived first at Guild House West, an assisted-living center in north Philadelphia that served as a polling place in the overwhelmingly Democratic ward. As a certified Democratic poll watcher who lives in the neighborhood, he had worked several elections at the red brick building with a circular drive in front. Jackson was soon joined by Heath, both decked out in the uniform of the New Black Panther Party: black berets, jackets, shirts, pants and boots.

    The two, regulars around the neighborhood, also protest often near City Hall. They have been shown in videos and quoted in news reports using incendiary rhetoric, telling African Americans to rise up against their “slave masters” and condemning whites as “crackers.”

    But neighbors said they view Jackson and Heath – who declined to comment – as annoyances rather than threats. Jackson, 54, and Heath, 39, have criminal histories that between them include convictions for drug possession, robbery and simple assault, according to court records. Their local New Black Panther Party is part of a small, radical black nationalist organization with members in a handful of cities. It is not connected to the Black Panther Party of the 1960s.

    That morning, the men stood a few feet apart on a narrow sidewalk in front of the polling place, forcing voters to walk between them.

    Some in the neighborhood didn’t see a problem. James “Jimmy” Whitmire, 74, who voted in the Guild House recreation room, said he saw nothing “that was destructive . . . nothing offensive.” Three other residents who voted that day said in interviews that they agreed.

    About 10 a.m., a complaint from an unknown caller went to the local Republican Party headquarters. The message was relayed to Chris Hill, a GOP poll watcher, who hurried over with two lawyers volunteering for the party. As he walked up the driveway to the polling place, Hill said in an interview, Heath called out: “What are you doing here, cracker?” Hill ignored him and walked between the two men. Jackson brushed his shoulder, Hill said.

    Inside, a black poll worker said that although the Panthers had made no direct threats, he didn’t feel safe going outside, according to Hill, who then called police. (The worker, a registered Democrat hired that day to work the polls for the GOP, later told the civil rights commission that he did not feel threatened.)

    Others from the Republican Party showed up that day, including Stephen Morse, a videographer and recent University of Pennsylvania graduate. Morse pulled out a video camera and focused on Heath. Less than 15 minutes later, Philadelphia police arrived. A one-page police report says officers allowed Jackson to stay because he was a poll watcher but asked Heath to leave.

    “That’s why you’re going to be ruled by a black man, now!” Heath shouted as he departed, according to witnesses. They said he also called Obama a “tool of the white man.” Morse raced back to the GOP headquarters. “This footage is golden,” he recalled thinking. But Hill stayed put. A Republican official, he said, alerted him that Fox News was sending a reporter.

    Within two hours, Morse’s video had been uploaded to ElectionJournal.org, a conservative Web site, and Fox played it in newscasts. CNN posted the video online.

    Calls poured into the Philadelphia district attorney’s office reporting voter intimidation at Guild House. But staff members realized they were from cable news viewers as far away as Florida. No call had come from a registered voter in Philadelphia. The office would deem the day’s event a “non-incident.”

    Deepening a divide

    In Washington that day, word of the racially charged dispute reached the voting section of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, a unit already divided over issues of race and enforcement. The complaint went to Christopher Coates, the section’s chief. A respected voting expert, Coates had been hired at Justice during the Clinton administration after a stint with the American Civil Liberties Union. He also came up in an internal watchdog report criticizing politicized hiring at the division during the Bush administration. The report referred to him as “a true member of the team.”

    Since the division was created in 1957, most of its cases have been filed on behalf of minorities. But there has not always been agreement about that approach.

    Civil rights officials from the Bush administration have said that enforcement should be race-neutral. But some officials from the Obama administration, which took office vowing to reinvigorate civil rights enforcement, thought the agency should focus primarily on cases filed on behalf of minorities.

    “The Voting Rights Act was passed because people like Bull Connor were hitting people like John Lewis, not the other way around,” said one Justice Department official not authorized to speak publicly, referring to the white Alabama police commissioner who cracked down on civil rights protesters such as Lewis, now a Democratic congressman from Georgia.

    Before the New Black Panther controversy, another case had inflamed those passions. Ike Brown, an African American political boss in rural Mississippi, was accused by the Justice Department in 2005 of discriminating against the county’s white minority. It was the first time the 1965 Voting Rights Act was used against minorities and to protect whites.

    Coates and Adams later told the civil rights commission that the decision to bring the Brown case caused bitter divisions in the voting section and opposition from civil rights groups.

    Three Justice Department lawyers, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they feared retaliation from their supervisors, described the same tensions, among career lawyers as well as political appointees. Employees who worked on the Brown case were harassed by colleagues, they said, and some department lawyers anonymously went on legal blogs “absolutely tearing apart anybody who was involved in that case,” said one lawyer.

    “There are career people who feel strongly that it is not the voting section’s job to protect white voters,” the lawyer said. “The environment is that you better toe the line of traditional civil rights ideas or you better keep quiet about it, because you will not advance, you will not receive awards and you will be ostracized.”

    The 2008 Election Day video of the Panthers triggered a similar reaction, said a second lawyer. “People were dismissing it, saying it’s not a big deal. They said we shouldn’t be pursuing that case.” But Coates thought differently; he dispatched two Justice Department lawyers, who interviewed Hill, the Republican poll watcher.

    Asked whether any voters were intimidated, Hill said he told the lawyers he had seen three people leave the polling place when they saw the chaos out front. Hill did not have their names and did not know whether they came back to vote. “We’re not going to let this stand,” one of the lawyers told him.

    An unpopular case

    Adams, 42, was assigned as the lead lawyer. A voting section lawyer since 2005, he would later resign over the Obama administration’s handling of the case, publicizing his views in conservative media. Administration supporters call him a conservative activist; other Justice Department lawyers say his views, while conservative, did not influence his work. Adams scrambled to make the case, documents show. In a December 2008 e-mail to a recipient whose name was redacted, he laid out what he felt he needed: “Under the statute, a black poll watcher for you being abused or insulted is critical, and thus far, I don’t have one.”

    A criminal investigation was dropped. But on Dec. 22, Adams, Coates and another lawyer recommended a civil lawsuit under a Voting Rights Act section banning the intimidation or attempted intimidation of voters or those “aiding” voters. “It is shocking to think that a U.S. citizen might have to run a gauntlet of billy clubs in order to vote,” they wrote in an internal memo. Although Adams has called the case a “slam dunk,” lawyers acknowledged in the memo that less than 10 lawsuits had been filed under this section of the law and no plaintiff had ever won.

    On Jan. 7, 2009, less than two weeks before Obama took office, the Justice Department filed a lawsuit seeking a permanent injunction against Heath, Jackson, Malik Shabazz, the party’s national chairman and the party, banning them from standing in front of U.S. polling places with a weapon or wearing the party uniform.

    Although the Panthers later denied intimidating voters, they said nothing about the lawsuit. On April 2, the court clerk in Philadelphia entered a “default” against the defendants for failure to respond. The Justice Department had one month to file a motion for a final judgement. A ruling on that motion would have ended the case. Instead, the department on May 15 dismissed the charges against Jackson, Malik Shabazz and the party without citing a reason. It sought to narrow the injunction against Heath to polling places in Philadelphia through the 2012 elections. That was granted three days later.

    Legal experts have called the department’s reversal exceedingly rare, especially because the defendants had not contested the charges.

    Coates and Adams say the case was narrowed because of opposition to filing voting-rights actions against minorities and pressure from civil rights groups, but have not cited evidence. Justice Department officials have repeatedly said the reversal stemmed from a legal review and insufficient evidence. Documents show that two career lawyers asked to review the case before it was dropped said the evidence against the party and its chairman was weak, though they recommended that the government proceed against all four defendants.

    Officials have denied any political considerations and said the final decision was made by Loretta King, a 30-year career lawyer designated by Obama as acting head of civil rights. Asked at a civil rights commission hearing in May whether any of the department’s political leadership was “involved in” the decision to dismiss the Panthers case, assistant attorney general for civil rights Thomas E. Perez said no. “This is a case about career people disagreeing with career people,” said Perez, who was not in the department at the time. He also said that political appointees are regularly briefed on civil rights cases and, whenever there is a potentially controversial decision, “we obviously communicate that up the chain.”

    Justice Department records turned over in a lawsuit to the conservative group Judicial Watch show a flurry of e-mails between the Civil Rights Division and the office of Associate Attorney General Thomas Perelli, a political appointee who supervises the division. “Where are we on the Black Panther case?” read the subject line of a Perelli e-mail to his deputy the day before the case was dropped. Perelli, the department’s No. 3 official, wrote that he was enclosing the “current thoughts” of the deputy attorney general’s office, the No. 2 official. Perelli’s staff brought the matter to Holder’s attention before the department dropped the charges, other documents show. Holder did not make the decision, officials say.

    In the months after the case ended, tensions persisted. A new supervisor, Julie Fernandez, arrived to oversee the voting section, and Coates testified that she told attorneys at a September 2009 lunch that the Obama administration was interested in filing cases – under a key voting rights section – only on behalf of minorities.

    “Everyone in the room understood exactly what she meant,” Coates said. “No more cases like the Ike Brown or New Black Panther Party cases.” Fernandez declined to comment through a department spokeswoman.

    A few months later, Coates requested a transfer to the U.S. attorney’s office in South Carolina. When colleagues scheduled a farewell lunch, one attorney who attended said Coates vented his frustrations, criticizing the department for failing to enforce the law “on a non-racial basis.”

    Justice Department officials say they treat everyone equally. Holder, in a speech last year to the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs said the department’s “commitment to Equal Protection – and to full participation in our nation’s elections – will not waiver. Never.”

    That was one month after the end of the New Black Panther Party case.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/22/AR2010102203982.html

  111. Clinton set for two-week Asia-Pacific tour

    By MATTHEW LEE
    The Associated Press
    Friday, October 22, 2010

    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is aiming to send a clear signal that the U.S. is committed to the Asia-Pacific by sending Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on a two-week, six-nation tour of the region.

    The State Department announced Friday that Clinton will leave next week for Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Papua-New Guinea, New Zealand and Australia.

    In Vietnam, Clinton will represent the U.S. at a summit of regional leaders before traveling to Cambodia and Malaysia to pledge U.S. solidarity with Southeast Asia. She will then move to Papua-New Guinea and New Zealand before joining Defense Secretary Robert Gates in Australia for meetings there. She returns to Washington on Nov. 8.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/22/AR2010102204245.html

  112. Looks like Wikileaks is going to dump at 5 a.m. in the morning. Apparently its not his “Insurance File”, its something else and the government is threatening the worldwide press not to print the info…

    Well I can’t wait…hope its Obama’s birth certificate…LOL!

  113. Confloyd

    I’m sorry I can’t stomach Hannity. All his Christian stuff, I bet that dude is a hypocrit. I don’t think he is as much as a family man that he portrays himself.
    ——–
    The only thing I like about Hannity is he is kicking Obama down the road like a rusty can.
    I don’t know how much I will watch him after the election. He is such a hypocrite about only Rethug women being attacked, and he dislikes the Clintons so much I want to strangle him.

  114. Janh,
    Politics are bizarre right now….even TM had that up. Chaos politics two weeks out of the midterms. Its almost like there is a power struggle going on in the WH and its gone downhill since Rahm left. I think he was the only only holding it together. Poor little Bambi…he has to manage all on his own, of coarse he has sleeveless.

  115. I know that this has been discussed here before, but I have a little rant about Bill Clinton today. For those who might not understand the reasons for those like me who have a problem with Bill out there campaigning for Democrats, this may help you understand my disgust with this tactic. I like Bill Clinton, and I always have liked him. I don’t like this, though.

    From a yahoo! news story today:

    Hillary Clinton is now Obama’s secretary of state, and if her husband nurses resentments, he hides it well. In speeches that often exceed 40 minutes, he gives detailed defenses of the new health care law, last year’s economic stimulus plan and other Obama policies under fierce Republican attacks. Echoing Obama, Clinton warns that Republicans will take the nation backward if they regain control of Congress.

    “I am pleading with you,” he told the UCLA crowd. “Any college student in the state of California that doesn’t vote in this election is committing malpractice on your own future.”

    He likens the tea party and its supporters to 19th century politicians. “Some of these positions people haven’t held for 110 years,” Clinton said in Denver.

    In Maryland, he asked, “Why in the world would anybody think about making a change?” Then he added: “We may not be out of the hole yet, but it was a real deep hole. At least we’ve stopped digging.”

    At the event for Murray, he said, “Don’t be fooled, don’t be played and don’t stay home.”

    Why does he even have to mention the tea party? The statement that was attributed to him above makes me mad.

    Also from the article, it mentions how Bill Clinton draws some big crowds, nothing more than 5,000 is mentioned, yet when Sarah Palin draws that size of a crowd, it usually is not described in the same manner. That is to be expected anymore. But, there’s more. The article then goes on to say, “Obama, of course, can draw bigger crowds when he chooses, such as the 35,000 people who recently turned out at Ohio State University. But he’s also burdened, like any sitting president, with tough and controversial decisions.”

    So I ask you, tell me again why Bill Clinton even bothers? He’s playing to the hopium addled, who are grasping at anything to keep their Øbama highs, even the dreaded Bill Clinton. They don’t like Bill Clinton today, any more than they did yesterday. They like that Bill is out there supporting their causes, and unfortunately, helping them. For me, I don’t.

  116. nomobama
    October 22nd, 2010 at 4:25 pm
    I know that this has been discussed here before, but….

    nomobama, Amen. BTW, I hope my use of a Christian term doesn’t offend any non-Christians. (actually, I lied, I hope it does offend at least a few)

  117. Bill O’Reilly belongs to the party of demagoguery. It doesn’t mean that everything he says is wrong. It means everything his says is sensationalized through his rabble rousing for his own benefit. It’s Bill O’Reilly first, America second. I don’t watch him at all, but did watch at times way back when.

  118. A gay group is running an ad attacking the D-rats. To quote confloyd upthread, “Politics are bizarre right now…” Amen.

  119. I found this:

    “I also read that Mark Penn has been doing some polling, now why would he be doing this???”
    ___________________—

    It appears Penn and the Clintons may have made peace and he is working for them, again- 😆

  120. nomobama
    October 22nd, 2010 at 4:33 pm
    Bill O’Reilly belongs to the party of demagoguery. It doesn’t mean that everything he says is wrong. It means everything his says is sensationalized through his rabble rousing for his own benefit.
    ————-
    Totally agree. Always loves to hear himself talk and constantly interrupts his guests.

  121. Barney Frank rakes in $40G from bailed out banks…despite vow to shun bailed-out lenders

    By Dave Wedge
    Friday, October 22, 2010
    Boston Herald Chief Enterprise Reporter

    Rep. Barney Frank, in an intensifying clash with GOP upstart Sean Bielat, has pledged not to take campaign cash from lenders that got federal bailouts — yet has raked in more than $40,000 from bank execs and special interests connected to the staggering government loans, a Herald review found.

    Frank vowed in February 2009 that he wouldn’t accept campaign donations from banks that received money under the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) or political action committees tied to such institutions.

    But Frank has hauled in thousands from top execs at Bank of America, Citizens Bank, Wainwright Bank, JP Morgan Chase and other institutions that received billions in TARP money.

    Just yesterday, Frank made new campaign finance disclosures showing he received $17,000 from top executives of Bank of America — including $2,000 from CEO Brian Moynihan. B of A received $45 billion in bailout money. In all, Frank has hauled in at least $27,000 since 2009 from bank execs — and $13,000 from PACs — connected to banks that received TARP funding, including:

    • $5,000 earlier this month from the Bank of America Corp. Federal PAC;

    • $10,000 in August and September from the Bipartisan PAC/Bank of New York Mellon Corp.; Mellon received $3 billion from TARP;

    • $2,000 in June 2009 from the Financial Services Roundtable PAC, which counts TARP recipients B of A, JP Morgan Chase and Wells Fargo among its members; and

    • $1,000 in March from U.S. Bancorp PAC; the Minnesota-based bank received more than $6 billion in TARP funds.

    “Now that he’s in the political fight of his life, Barney Frank tossed aside his phony pledge and lined his pockets with cash from his closest allies — Wall Street executives,” said National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Tory Mazzola. “He made a promise to voters, but obviously he cares more about saving his career as a politician than with keeping his word.”

    In a statement last night, a Frank spokesman said the congressman has declined to take contributions only from the top 10 TARP recipients, but he noted he would accept donations from those institutions once they repaid their debts. The spokesman said none of the donations cited by the Herald violated that policy.

    Meanwhile, in a release responding to a Herald report yesterday that Bielat is tapping Wall Street bigwigs in a bid to force Frank into a Martha Coakley-style collapse, Frank said, “Mr. Bielat’s eagerness to serve as the agent of those wealthy Wall Streeters who seek to undo the financial reform bill explains why this race has become so expensive and why it is so important in order to prevent another economic crisis.”

    The 15-term Democratic congressman pumped $200,000 of his own cash into his campaign this week and has spent $700,000 in the first two weeks of October. His war chest has $650,000 to Bielat’s $420,000. Bielat, a 35-year-old Marine, reported he has raised $650,000 so far in October, records show.

    In a Feb. 23, 2009, article in the Washington publication Roll Call, Frank is quoted saying, “I won’t take any PAC money from banks that took TARP funds, nor would I take it from the top executive.” The article made no mention of the policy only applying to the top 10 TARP fund recipients. Frank said he floated the loan to his campaign to counter an expected flood of right-wing attack ads, including from the national Tea Party.

  122. Nomobama

    Bill trying to keep some skeleton of the party he loves, still standing, does not bother me in the least.

    He is a constant reminder of what a real Democrat really is.
    There’s a big difference in what Bill or Hillary would have done with these same policies vs what Barry, Nasty and Reid did.

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