Hillary Clinton At Colombey-les-Deux-Églises, Part I

Marco Rubio travels to Israel this Sunday, a first stop on the road to national office in 2012. Sarah Palin is laughing at the blue establishment blood drying on her victorious stiletto heels. The Detox Party is open and busy with fear filled officials up for reelection in 2012. The anti-Detox Party Kooks are still on Hopium living in their community reality, not reality community world. Many of the narratives (“memes” for the pointy headed) of Big Pink are now conventional wisdom. Our comic 2009 “Howard Dean for President” stalking horse bait is now a serious consideration.

Hillary Clinton? Where is Hillary? Hillary Clinton is at Colombey-les-Deux-Églises.

Geographically speaking, on Election Day Hillary was 9000 miles away from Barack Obama. Hillary visited the non-Orwellian Oceania state of Papua New Guinea on Tuesday, making jokes at the expense of Barack Obama. On the day after, Hillary was in New Zealand, called “President Clinton” and saw signs saying “We [heart] Hillary Clinton.”

Geographically Hillary was in Oceania, but politically Hillary Clinton is at Colombey-les-Deux-Églises.

Colombey-les-Deux-Église is more than a French town. Pat Buchanan in a pre-election musing recalled a little of the history of the famous little town:

“On Tuesday, the nation, including millions of Obama voters, will come out to empower the Party of No, even as the nation voted in 2006 and 2008 to throw out that party. While many did respond positively to Obama’s politics of hope and change in 2008, as they ousted the Republicans, the nation, after Tuesday, will have voted in three straight elections in four years to be rid of its ruling regime.

The United States is starting to look like the French Fourth Republic.

After France lost Indochina, began losing Algeria and was flipping from one premier and one party to another, the call went forth from an exasperated nation to Gen. DeGaulle to come and take charge of affairs.”

Buchanan cites the state of our red and blue union, “budget and trade deficits, the soaring national debt, an unemployment near 10 percent for 14 straight months”. Barack Obama is not up to the job, that everyone by now knows. Who then?

DeGaulle, a name that personified France itself, was called forth by an “exasperated nation” during the French Fourth Republic. The United States today is more than “exasperated”. In the words of an Obama voter, we are “exhausted“. So, our eyes turn to Colombey-les-Deux-Églises and the plucky blond lady which inhabits that political Brigadoon. Colombey-les-Deux-Églises:

“The municipality Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises was created administratively in 1793, and it became part of the district of Chaumont and the canton Blaise[disambiguation needed]. In 1801, under the name Colombey, it passed to the canton Juzennecourt. In 1972, it absorbed the communes Argentolles, Biernes, Blaise, Champcourt, Harricourt, Pratz and Lavilleneuve-aux-Fresnes.

The village achieved fame as the home and burial site of the 20th century French soldier and statesman Charles de Gaulle. He is buried in the village cemetery in a humble grave with only the inscription “Charles de Gaulle 1890-1970” but at the western exit of the village a 164 ft (50 m) high Cross of Lorraine was built, commemorating his distinguished wartime role as commander of the Free French Forces.

De Gaulle withdrew repeatedly to Colombey as his political fortunes waned; first on the establishment of the Fourth Republic in 1946, and then between 1953 and 1958 before he became President again at the height of the Algerian Crisis. His final withdrawal to Colombey came in 1969 and he died there the following year. Colombey became widely used as a political metaphor for a statesman’s temporary withdrawal from political life, until his country would come calling for him again.

We’re certainly not making a point-by-point comparison of Hillary Clinton’s political situation and that of Charles DeGaulle. We know the history and are well aware of the differences and the sarcastic retorts we’ll hear from the anal retentive Hillary Haters such as Andrew Sullivan. Sullivan will no doubt sniff and say, “why, they should have make the comparison to Cincinnatus….”

Verily, as Toynbee observed “Civilizations die from suicide, not by murder.” The same can be said of political parties. We have been proved right about the historic Mistake In ’08. [See HERE, and HERE, and HERE, and HERE, and HERE, and HERE.]

We have also been right about the foolish enterprise which is the “situation comedy” coalition of Barack Obama. [See HERE, and HERE, and HERE, and HERE, and HERE, and HERE, and HERE, and HERE.]

The Obama celebrity madness has led to exactly the cul-de-sac which we predicted so very long ago – Women, Gays, Catholics, white working class are repulsed by Obama. The gifters of the Obama nomination have been proven wrong and will be pushed out. And, as we predicted a long time ago, if Obama is not flung back to the depths of Lake Michigan 2012 will be much much worse. In 2012 Obama Dimocrats in the Senate will vastly outnumber Republicans up for reelection and there will be another 2010 style slaughter.

As India attacks coconuts in order to protect the vacationing Obama with his Emperor style waste of hundreds of millions of dollars a day, some of the most devoted Obama coconutty worshipers realize “he is not all that”.

The more intelligent look to the solution who continues to work at her self-created Colombey-les-Deux-Églises:

Hillary’s Date with Destiny

“There is,” Shakespeare’s Brutus said to Cassius, “a tide in the affairs of men.”

Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
On such a full sea are we now afloat,
And we must take the current when it serves,
Or lose our ventures.

Such, I suspect, were the musings of Hillary Rodham Clinton last night as she watched the election returns from a safe and distant perch in an East Asian hotel, and her thinking was no doubt in accord with what was going through the mind of William Jefferson Clinton as well.”

Who can help but invoke Shakespeare as we witness the nationally tragedy unfold? The problem is Obama, the solution is Hillary:

“As expected, judgment day came on the first Tuesday in November, and the Democrats suffered an historic defeat. [snip]

Of course, the liberal media will go to great lengths to deny the obvious – first, that this constituted a fully conscious repudiation of the agenda pursued by the administration of Barack Obama and by its Democratic allies in Congress and, second, that William Daley – former Secretary of Commerce, brother of the Mayor of Chicago, and mastermind of the Daley machine – was correct when, on Christmas eve, he warned his fellow Democrats that “the political dangers of this situation could not be clearer,” explaining, “Either we plot a more moderate, centrist course or risk electoral disaster not just in the upcoming midterms but in many elections to come.” But no one will credit their spin, and Democrats everywhere will quietly and privately begin to rethink their relationship with Barack Obama.

Those Democrats who survived the Republican tsunami and retained their House seats this year may be apt to suppose that they will survive in 2012 as well. But Senators up for re-election in that year will be inclined to think other thoughts.

Eight of the Democratic Senators whose terms will come to an end in 2012 represent states that John McCain won in 2008, and the same statistics apply in 2014.[snip]

Even before the Democratic Party suffered severe losses yesterday, the polling data suggested that 51% of the voting public hoped that he would be a one-term President and that 47% of Democrats wanted someone to challenge him in the primaries.”

The great tragedies teach us that “the fault is not in our stars, but in ourselves”. The ditch Barack Obama finds himself in, he himself dug:

“He is, moreover, caught between a rock and a hard place. If he gives way to John Boehner – if he acquiesces in an extension of the Bush tax cuts, if he accepts severe cuts in the federal budget, if he gives way to a repeal of Obamacare – the left will turn on him with a vengeance. If he refuses to give way on an occasion in which the Republicans have been given a clear mandate from the voters, the opposition tide will continue to grow – especially, if (as is inevitable) unemployment remains stubbornly high.”

From Colombey-les-Deux-Églises Hillary Clinton watches the thrashing Obama in his death throes. From the distance we all watch as the air supply shrivels away from the flaccid hot air balloon called Barack Obama:

“This Hillary Clinton undoubtedly knows – and anything that escapes her will surely not escape her husband, who is as canny as he is wayward. President Obama will undoubtedly attract opposition in the primaries, and unhappiness within the party will be sufficient that he will lose at least some of those contests. Moreover, even if he is renominated, those who oppose him in 2012 will be better-positioned for the nomination struggle in 2016 than those who remain on the sidelines, especially those who – how shall I say it? – are getting a bit long in the tooth.

Had he taken my advice, had he deigned to attend Chelsea Clinton’s wedding, and to ask of her father a favor on the one day in which, as everyone knows, an Arkansan can deny no man’s request, President Obama might now be sitting pretty with Hillary signed up as his next vice-presidential nominee. But he did not grace the Clintons with his presence; he has announced that Joe Biden will once again be his running mate, describing his original choice in this regard as “the single best decision I have made”; and Bill Clinton in recent weeks has gone out of his way, as he ostentatiously put it, to make at least one campaign “stop for everybody that helped Hillary run for president.”

The author indulges his inner Addison Dewitt with snide barbs at the Clintons. The author is also seemingly unaware that Barack Obama was not invited to stink up the proceedings at the Chelsea wedding. But it cannot be disputed that the facts as laid out are well known to the plucky lady and her chit collecting, retribution justice, husband.

“It is, of course, possible that Hillary Clinton so likes her present job that she no longer has any great desire to become President. But I doubt it. In October, 2009 – after I had suggested here, here, and here that the political tide had turned and that a realignment might be in the offing – I bet a small sum that the Democrats would take a shellacking in November, 2010, that in the aftermath the nation’s Secretary of State would resign from that office over a matter of principle, and that she would run for the Democratic nomination. It looks like a wiser bet with every passing day.”

Like the good Scorpio she is Hillary Clinton has a Methodist core which values loyalty. Detractors will say she and Bill are plotting all along to bring down Barack “the boob” Obama. But that entirely misses the point.

During the primaries of 2008 and before Hillary Clinton got to know Barack Obama very well. Better than the boy raised by wolves knows himself. Hillary knew Barack was not ready. Hillary knew Barack would be a disaster to country and to party. Hillary knew she would have to remain ready and do what she could to save the world and this nation from the damage that Obama would do. Hillary’s greater loyalty is to country.

Hillary is at Colombey-les-Deux-Églises, looking at the shore. Hillary knows more storms are on their way. Hillary knows she will soon have to captain the ship through the great storms to come.


171 thoughts on “Hillary Clinton At Colombey-les-Deux-Églises, Part I

  1. alloutin10
    November 4th, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    It is so little for those who gave so much, but it feels good doesn’t it?

  2. In the movie classic Casa Blanca, there is an early scene where saloon owner Rick (Humphrey Bogart)observes the last remains of two German clerks who were not so innocent casualties of war and is heard to say this:

    “Yesterday they were German clerks. Today, they are the honored dead.”

    The same can be said of the Dimocratic senators and congressmen received their just desserts Tuesday, save this minor point: there is nothing honorable about them. Here is the devil’s roll call . . . .


  3. This was posted in earlier comments but it bear reposting for the Kooks that think things will be different in 2012 with Obama at the top of the ticket:


    In a hypothetical 2012 matchup, Huckabee leads Obama 52 – 44 percent, while Romney has a 50-45 point advantage, which is within the poll’s sampling error. Obama holds a 49-47 percent margin over Gingrich.

  4. The problem is Obama, the solution is Hillary:
    It cannot be said in any language more succinctly than that, i.e. the problem is obama, the solution is Hillary. Q.E.D. And, on such a full sea are we now afloat . . . which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune . . . but it must per force be taken. . . and time and tide wait for no one.

  5. Sorry, but no more Fuckabee, no more fucking Marco Rubio and every other ethnicity of male before one woman gets a crumb, no more fucking “look at me I’m gay” Barney Frank, no goddamned Allen West, just no more. A woman or NOTHING. Hillary, Sarah, or any other candidate with tits, or else NOTHING. FUCK THEM. FUCK both parties from now until Doomsday.

  6. “He is, moreover, caught between a rock and a hard place. If he gives way to John Boehner – if he acquiesces in an extension of the Bush tax cuts, if he accepts severe cuts in the federal budget, if he gives way to a repeal of Obamacare – the left will turn on him with a vengeance. If he refuses to give way on an occasion in which the Republicans have been given a clear mandate from the voters, the opposition tide will continue to grow – especially, if (as is inevitable) unemployment remains stubbornly high.”
    Yes, for sure, this is the line he straddled from the days of the campaign, when the world was young and while the tectonic plates were not moving. But now it is different. Vastly different/

  7. From Norma Desmond on the previous thread:

    “We will also gift them a khadi scroll in which the seven social sins which he quoted in ‘Young India’ in 1925 are imprinted,” Kumar said.

    The seven social sins are politics without principles, wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, and worship without sacrifice.”

    So Obama is making a big deal about Gandhi continuing his charade for the gullible Obots. If he was a Gandhian he would never have survived in the corrupt Chicago cesspool. I am sure we can find at least one incidence for each of those sins committed by Obama.

  8. I don’t know if this is true but Althouse tries to ‘read’ Drudge’s unsaid message in the way he arranges his headlines and includes images. This one today, I like:

    Soros-Funded Political Shenanigans Fail…
    [picture of Hillary]
    Hillary called ‘President Clinton’ by Prime Minister…

  9. Bob Dylan – 1963

    That was the year Robert Kennedy was murdered.

    I was a kid in school, I remember it like it was yesterday.

  10. Advice that will have to be taken (and let’s not forget the Rezko house and other Chicago era questions:


    Democratic strategists say President Barack Obama needs to act fast to make sure that one of the most tangible consequences of the Republican takeover of the House — an army of GOP committee chairman seeking confidential executive branch deliberations — doesn’t swamp the day-to-day work of the White House.

    Veterans of the contentious battles of the Clinton administration warn that the Obama White House is entirely unprepared for the level of scrutiny it is about to experience. “They’ve already been complaining that they’re beleaguered by Congress,” said one veteran Democratic strategist. “I don’t think [White House aides] have the slightest idea what they’re facing.”

    Legislative gridlock may be the least of the White House’s worries over the next two years if its staff must respond to dozens of subpoenas seeking details on the implementation of the health care reform law, stimulus spending and the personnel issues that arise in every administration.[snip]

    As for potential investigative targets, Issa talked about using the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to police the new financial re-regulation law and federal food safety efforts.

    But in another interview this week, Issa acknowledged, when asked, that he is interested in looking into a familiar GOP target — the defunct liberal group ACORN.

    I think it’s very important that we look at ACORN as something that occurred,” he told MSNBC Wednesday. “It was criminal activity, and it used government money and nonprofit money both to do politics.”

    While some ACORN employees have been charged with or admitted to fraud in submitting voter registration forms, a conservative-led video sting operation against the group last year has not resulted in any criminal charges.

    Issa has said little in recent days about pursuing what he contends was an illegal White House job offer to Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) in an effort to persuade Sestak to drop out of a Senate primary challenge of the White House’s preferred candidate, Sen. Arlen Specter. The White House denied any wrongdoing, and outside experts disputed Issa’s interpretation of the law.

    However, the California Republican turned up the heat a bit on the White House by saying he expects answers to all his outstanding inquiries — which apparently includes the Sestak controversy — “well before” the GOP formally takes over in January.[snip]

    A longtime hawk on illegal immigration, Smith will be in a position to demand records of any Obama administration efforts to ease immigration enforcement if comprehensive immigration reform bills remain stalled in Congress. Smith also plans to use his panel’s power to slow or block any renewed efforts by Obama or Attorney General Eric Holder to bring Guantanamo prisoners to the U.S. for detention or trial.

    “Oversight is not a game of cat and mouse between Congress and the White House as the media often paints it,” Smith said in a statement e-mailed to POLITICO Wednesday “Oversight is the legitimate and necessary work of Congress to improve the operation and function of the executive branch and ensure that federal agencies are operating in the best interests of the American people.[snip]

    Among the other Republicans looking to use their new posts to press intrusive investigations: Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), who is expected to chair the Financial Services Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy.

    When it comes to the executive branch or the Federal Reserve, we should insist” on answers, Paul told Fox Business News Wednesday. “I think there is going to be a very serious effort because the attitude in the country has changed. The Congress is changing.”

    Paul called the Fed’s leaders “dictators” and said he wouldn’t shy away from using subpoenas if the central bank or administration doesn’t comply with requests for information.

    The likely investigative face-off with Congress could be particularly awkward for Obama, since he campaigned on a promise of transparency and blasted the Bush administration for excessive secrecy. A high-profile battle over executive privilege would be so uncomfortable for the Obama White House that it seems all but certain that GOP lawmakers will try to draw him into one.

  11. Election Night was like the Night of the Sicilian Vespers when over 50 Mafiosi were killed in cities across the United States by forces loyal to Salvatore Luciani–Sinatra’s patron/ There is less than zero chance she will be minority leader.
    Pelosi’s Political Future Clouded by Historic Losses for Dems

    After Republicans dismantled the Democratic majority in the House on Tuesday, Democrats must decide whether to re-elect Nancy Pelosi as the top Democrat once the party takes its new minority position — and she must decide whether even to seek that role.

    “I’ll let you know,” Pelosi said Wednesday as she boarded an elevator in the Capitol.

    She said in a TV interview that she has had “no regrets” during her historic four-year run as the first female House speaker.

    During the campaign, several Democrats said they wouldn’t support the California liberal for leader or declined to commit to Pelosi for a third term if their party were to hold onto a slim majority, as their internal polling showed that her high negative rating were an albatross.

    “I’ll have a conversation with my caucus, I’ll have a conversation with my family, and pray over it, and decide how to go forward,” she told ABC News. “But today isn’t that day.”

    With the loss of so many key chairmen and moderate Democrats in Tuesday’s GOP onslaught, the Democratic leadership will face considerable upheaval.

    Among those Democratic leaders and long-serving lawmakers were Reps. Ike Skelton of Missouri, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee; 11-term moderate Gene Taylor of Mississippi, who pledged to repeal health care and said he wanted someone like Skelton to be leader; and 10-termer Chet Edwards of Texas. Other key losses included Reps. John Spratt, chairman of the House Budget Committee, Jim Oberstar, chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and six-termer Ciro Rodriguez.

    In all, Republicans picked up at least 60 House seats and were poised to gain a few more — far more than what was needed for a majority and the biggest party turnover in more than 70 years.

    But now that they have lost control of the House, the decidedly more liberal caucus has to decide how it wants to be led. If Pelosi decides to step down, or if lawmakers decide to remove her from the top of the food chain, it could touch off a leadership grab that may give Rep. Steny Hoyer, the present majority leader, a greater role. Or it could make way for another brand of leadership.

    In the wake of the losses Tuesday night, Pelosi reflected on the Democrats’ accomplishments in the majority and looked ahead to a new era of cooperation without indicating her plans.

    “The outcome of the election does not diminish the work we have done for the American people,” she said. “We must all strive to find common ground to support the middle class, create jobs, reduce the deficit and move our nation forward.”

    Some analysts say Pelosi and possibly other leaders will retire in the face of the huge losses and rebellion from some members. But several aides to Democratic leaders told FoxNews.com that she is taking time to consider her next move. Still others said the Democratic leadership has no intention of leaving.

    Kristie Greco, a spokesman for House Majority Whip James Clyburn, said her boss plans to run for a leadership position in the next Congress but is “uncertain” about which one at this point because it is not clear what the other leaders will do.

    Greco added that she did not know what the other leaders were going to do or what the agenda would be in the next Congress.

    “We suffered a lot of losses last night and we need to reassess and regroup,” she said.

    Rep. Chris Van Hollen, head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, offered a platitude Wednesday for the way forward for Democrats.

    “House Democrats are committed to moving forward to create jobs for all Americans, strengthen the middle class, lower the deficit, and stand up for working Americans against the special interests,” he said in a written statement.

    Van Hollen also refused to accept any blame for the carnage suffered by Democrats.

    “Last night’s election was a perfect political storm born out of the understandable frustration felt by the American people in response to high unemployment caused by the worst financial crash since the Great Depression,” he said. “The record amount of secret money spend by right-wing outside groups turned this political storm into a category 3 hurricane.”

    On the Republican side, victory spelled clarity: Rep. John Boehner of Ohio is expected to become the next speaker of the House while Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia will be majority leader and Rep. Kevin McCarty of California will become majority whip.

    Indiana Republican Rep. Mike Pence, who has not said publicly but is widely expected to make a bid for a gubernatorial or presidential post, has opted not to seek re-election as chairman of the House Republican Conference, the No. 4 post in the House. That likelihood opened the door for Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas to declare his candidacy, as has Rep. Michele Bachmann, a Tea Party champion. Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers has said she will seek to retain her post as vice chairwoman of the House Republican Conference.

    Cantor has already started reaching out to colleagues to make known his intention to stand for House majority leader by releasing a letter and governing document that promised all efforts would address job creation and the economy, shrinking the size of government while expanding liberty. The post would also give him the distinction of becoming the highest ranking Jewish member ever to serve in the House.

  12. So does bambi still want to sit down and talk to the Iranians?


    Iranian protesters bash US and Britain in rallies

    By NASSER KARIMI, Associated Press Nasser Karimi, Associated Press
    Thu Nov 4, 12:52 pm ET

    .TEHRAN, Iran – Demonstrators chanted “Down with America” outside the former U.S. Embassy and pelted the British diplomatic compound with eggs and tomatoes Thursday in separate rallies held under tight security but without challenges from opposition groups.

    The protests outside the former American Embassy were well-scripted events to mark the anniversary of the 1979 storming of the site — which began a 444-day hostage crisis and severed Washington’s ties with Iran.

    Despite the familiar chants against the United States, protesters did not appear to burn U.S. flags in what could be a rare nod of approval to Washington for adding an Iranian militant group to its terrorist list.

    The anti-British demonstration, however, included the Union Jack going up in flames. The protest appeared to be reaction to Iran’s announcement that it arrested four suspected members of a Kurdish rebel group with a top official allegedly living in Britain.

    Last year, the annual pro-government event outside the brick walls of the former U.S. Embassy brought clashes and chaos to central Tehran after protesters held counter-marches over their claims of massive vote rigging in the presidential election.

    But it was among the last major displays of opposition anger on the streets. Embattled authorities began stepping up their crackdowns and threats to quell the most serious domestic unrest since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

    This year, security forces were on high alert for any hint of dissent. Hundreds of anti-riot police joined regular units to fan out across major squares and traffic junctions across Tehran.

    The opposition Jaras website posted a statement applauding the “brave” takeover of the U.S. Embassy to protest American support for the pro-Western shah, who had been toppled by the Islamic Revolution months earlier.

    Washington cut diplomatic ties after militant students stormed the embassy, holding 52 hostages for 444 days.

    But the Jaras statement also warned Iran’s leaders to “learn a lesson” from the power of protesters in the Islamic Revolution and “don’t go farther down the path of selfishness and despotism.”

    Outside the former embassy, crowds — including many school children bused to the event — chanted anti-American slogans and taunted effigies of Uncle Sam and President Barack Obama.

    But protesters did not burn U.S. flags, which has been a feature of rallies to mark the embassy takeover for the past three decades. It was not clear, however, whether this was officially sanctioned restraint.

    Iran on Thursday welcomed the U.S. State Department decision to put the Iranian Sunni militant group Jundallah, or Soldiers of God, on the U.S. terrorist list — which includes al-Qaida and the Iranian-backed Hezbollah.

    Jundallah, which is fighting for Sunni rights in predominantly Shiite Iran, has been blamed for a series of attacks including a mosque bombing in July that killed about 30 people.

    Sadegh Zibakalam, a professor of political science at Tehran University, said the absence of burning U.S. flags at the rally could be “a sign of respect” by Iran’s leaders.

    But President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday did not signal any softening of Iran’s position on uranium enrichment — the central source of tension between Tehran and Washington — before possibly restarting talks with the United States, Britain and other world powers on the issue.

    The rally outside the British Embassy was staged just hours after Iran said it arrested four suspected members of Kurdish rebel group with links to Britain.

    State-run Press TV quoted a statement from Iran’s Intelligence Ministry saying the arrested men are part of a faction known as the Koumaleh Party. It claimed the men were based in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq and received orders from a Koumaleh commander going by the name Jalil Fattahi. Iran says Fattahi lives in Britain.

    The British government dismissed the allegations as “another in a long line of slurs against the United Kingdom from the government of Iran.”

    The reported arrests follow increased violence in the Kurdish area of western Iran, where various groups have been battling for decades for more autonomy and freedoms. The fight mirrors a wider and bloodier campaign by Kurdish rebels in Turkey since the 1980s.

    The claims further strain Iran’s tense relations with Britain. Iran has long accused the British of supporting opposition groups, a charge that London denies.

    “There is a long history of baseless Iranian allegations against the U.K.,” a British government statement said.

    The Iranian statement did not give details of the slayings allegedly linked to the arrested men.

    Last month, gunmen opened fire on a police patrol in Sanandaj, the main city in Iran’s Kurdistan province, killing four officers and a bystander.


  13. Out of the mouth of babes…

    Obama can make peace, but mustn’t force a final deal

    By Ari Shavit

    There were no real surprises in the U.S. midterm elections. The Republicans gained control of the House of Representatives but not the Senate, came out strong in Kentucky but not California, grabbed a majority of seats, but did not enjoy a overwhelming victory.

    Barack Obama is still there. He’s weakened but undefeated, bruised but not beaten – moderately wounded.

    If anyone in Jerusalem had hoped the Tea Party would save the settlers’ party, they were seriously mistaken. The 2010 midterm election time out is over. Today is the day after the elections, after the holidays, after the foreplay.

    The real game begins now and the name of the game is Palestine. The endgame: establishing a viable Palestinian state within a year.

    Why? Because the incumbent American president identifies with the Palestinians and their suffering and wants to do right by them. Because the American president believes establishing a Palestinian state would placate the Arab Muslim world, which he wishes to appease. Because the American president knows that in the absence of good news in Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan, Palestine is his only chance of making positive headlines.

    Only a Palestinian state would justify the Nobel Peace prize he received, only it can give Obama the international legacy he craves, only it can lift the spirit of Obama’s self-defined liberal camp.

    So in 2011 Palestine will be to the resolute president what health care reform was to him in 2009. For better or worse, through fire or water, wisely or foolishly – Barack Hussein Obama will see to the establishment of the state of Palestine.

    In a certain sense, the president’s resolve is to be commended. It’s good to have a world leader trying to save the two-state solution at the last moment. It’s good to have a world leader willing to invest huge resources to implement the two-state solution. It’s good to have statesman who still has a sufficient sense of justness to understand that the present situation is intolerable. It’s good to have a statesman naive enough to think he can fix the world.

    But in another sense Obama’s determination is dangerous. Speed is from the devil, as the Arab saying goes. Simplism is a recipe for disaster. The path to hell is paved with good intentions not anchored in reality.

    Bill Clinton tried to impose democracy on the Middle East and failed. If Obama tries to impose an end to the conflict prematurely, he will upset the stability, encourage violence and leave chaos in his wake.

    The dilemma is acute: political correctness or political reason; puristic policy trying to build a castle in the sky or sober policy trying to change reality on the ground.

    In actuality, the most positive process taking place in the region is Salam Fayyad’s. A new, building, thriving Palestinian society is being formed in the West Bank.

    Unless the Fayyad process is given a substantial political dimension, it will collapse. But it will also collapse if it is given an an unachievable political horizon. The wise thing to do is to tailor the quiet Palestinian revolution a political suit that fits it. Not to try to close the refugee case in two months, not to try to solve the Jerusalem problem in two weeks, not to let ideology and theology put impassable hurdles before the Palestinians and Israelis.

    The only way is an interim agreement, which would minimize the occupation without ending the conflict and without endangering Israel.

    The coming weeks will be decisive. Obama, even after losses at home, has enough power to coerce Israel. He can confront it, isolate it and impose a false peace on it.

    But Obama does not have enough power to turn the fake into real. He cannot topple Hamas, revoke the demand for return and turn a Palestine into a peace-loving state. So if he insists on forcing the issue, all hell will break loose.

    In contrast, if he chooses the pragmatic path – he has a good chance of making a change. Only a partial, not final, peace, will grant the Nobel laureate the peace he is pursuing.


  14. admin
    November 4th, 2010 at 7:28 pm
    Watch out Barack! Falling coconuts
    May have been my fav song in college!

  15. Janis,
    I have to say I enjoyed your adjectives! I had never thought of calling him Fuckabee, ROTFLMAO! It does fit however! Yes, I agree, its tits or nothing!

  16. Palin Wracks Up Winning Midterm Stats

    There were big defeats like O’Donnell and Angle, but Palin tallied 62 wins vs. 23 losses with 7 races undecided.


    Take a closer look at O’Donnell’s and Angle’s percentages. Angle came close, and O’Donnell survived a lot of mysogny and came out looking credible.

  17. Well is it true that they are also taking 34 warships to India, wouldn’t they of already been there….warships aren’t like jets, they move slowly. They were already in the area no doubt.

  18. Urgh Seattle Times calls it for Patty Murray. I wonder how many bags of ballots they found in King County this time.

  19. I thought she looked more well rested in that video, don’t you all?? She looks better than she has in a long time!

  20. Kristie Greco, a spokesman for House Majority Whip James Clyburn, said her boss plans to run for a leadership position in the next Congress but is “uncertain” about which one at this point because it is not clear what the other leaders will do.


    Now that is a turnup for the books!!!!!

    I say go on Clyburn…please please submit your plan to run for the leadership….and if those 170+ minority dems left in the House do not elect you for the minority leadership they are all “RACISTS”!!!!!!

    Go on….when one is on their deathbeds, I think we should definitely give them all the help to make sure they are really gone and never come back at all!!!!!

    PLEASE PLEASE make my day on that dem causus leadership vote please vote for Clyburn as the next minority leader!!!!

    🙂 🙂 🙂

  21. well rossi just conceded and we in washington are stuck on stupid. why cant we elect someone else besides mrs tennis shoes. maybe someone a little probusiness so we dont lose the rest of boeing.

  22. oops:
    Bellevue, WA – U.S. Senate candidate Dino Rossi made the following statement regarding the Washington Senate race:

    “This evening, I called Senator Murray to offer my congratulations on her re-election to the U.S. Senate.

    “I ran for the Senate because I believe we need a basic course correction from where Washington, D.C. has been taking us and to make sure this country is as free, as strong and as prosperous in the future as it has been in the past to preserve the best of America for future generations.

    “That was a message that found a very receptive audience all across this state, though not quite receptive enough.

    “We’re sending at least one new person, maybe two, to Congress to represent Washington State. We elected a host of new people to the state legislature — all on the message of controlling spending and helping the private sector grow, saying no to government overreach and confronting some very difficult challenges in front of us.

    You’ve heard me say during this campaign that the problems we face are too big for one political party. They are, and I can say that with absolute certainty.

    “It is my hope that the new House and Senate will address them seriously, responsibly, and in a bipartisan way. I hope the President and Senate Democrats will join the new House majority to face these problems head on rather than leaving them for the next Congress or the next generation.

    “My hope going forward is that our representatives in Washington, D.C. will be thinking about how an issue affects Bellevue, Bellingham or Bingen, not the D.C. Beltway.

    “I hope they will be thinking about the small business owners struggling to stay open and the people that work there who are trying to pay their mortgage and feed their kids. 0 I hope the things that are done in D.C. make it easier for these folks, not harder.

    The lesson I leave you with is one we learned as kids: we’re all in this together. If Washington, D.C. doesn’t act to help the economy grow and solve this massive ‘spending and debt, it’s going to hurt us all. It won’t distinguish by political party.

    Let me close with one more heartfelt thank you to the people of our state. Thank you for letting me have an honest, straightforward discussion with you about our future.

    “God bless you, our country, and this wonderful state we call home.”

  23. admin

    From the composer of “coconuts” – this is what many Dimocrats should be singing to Hillary:

    I can’t live without you…….

    I’m not for being over dramatic, but honesty, if Hillary doesn’t become President before my days are over……….I won’t give a rats ass about politics on a personal level again. Back to voting for the better of the bad choices. Any other woman that might get the job, will be a ‘good for women’, but my heart will not be in it.

  24. I found this on a Milwaukee Journal blog…I think they must post here!

    And my dad is now on his third doctor and second hospital in the three years since his bypass surgery. Some medical supply company must sell medicare rejection form letters because all the letter are virtually the same. Dear _________ Due to cuts in medicare reimbursement we are sorry to inform you……………. He went from a brand new state of the art hospital with a doctor with a solid reputation to now the county hospital and an indian doctor with a thick accent who gives him a vitamin shot and blood test at every exam (medicare evidently pays for these procedures with little trouble). But dont worry, I’m sure its all in his head that the service he receives now is not as good as before and just wait until his medicare advantage is cut. I’ll be hearing about another doctor. This one will probably have a bone in his nose, wear a grass skirt and do a dance to scare away the evil spirits. I wonder how much medicare and obamacare will reimburse for that.

  25. jbstonesfan
    November 4th, 2010 at 9:48 pm
    The results in the senate were very disappointing .


    we’ll get them next time jb

  26. Remarkable Prognostication
    —Russ from Winterset

    We haven’t been relentlessly cribbing from Hot Air as much as usual lately. How about a piece by Patrick Ishmael that was featured in their “Green Room” right before election day?

    He rated the GOP’s chances in every House Democrat-held seat, and listed them in order of probability of these seats being GOP flips. One hundred and thirty-four races, and he assigned a statistical probability to each & every one of them.

    How did he do? Pretty damn good. His Top 50 included one that was too close to call (#42, CA-11) and one failed chance (#49, NY-23, which was rated as a 57% chance for a pickup). In fact, if you look at every race he rated as >50%, Republicans only failed to pick up two more than what I’ve already listed (#53, GA-2 and #55, NC-8 ). The four races he called as 50-50 tossups? Split down the middle two to two. And if you look at the races he called as less than 50% chances? Out of those 70 races, there was one still too close to call and SEVEN races where the GOP pulled off the upset. Of those seven, four of them were rated 40% or better for the GOP, and in the remaining three races, one of them is going down to the wire with a recount (IL-8 ). The only longshot race he whiffed on was Oberstar’s shocking loss to Cravaack in MN-8.

    Patrick, if you’re reading this……do you know anything about the NFL? Because I could sure as hell use some help with my Moron Picks.

  27. ACE

    Surprise! Bag of Uncounted Ballots Found in CT

    Never saw this coming, huh? Except, we kind of did.

    In what has become one of the stranger twists in an already bizarre Governor’s race, a bag of uncounted ballots was found in Bridgeport Thursday night.
    Republican officials were approached by Democratic operatives and told about the surprise ballot bag, according to Bridgeport GOP Chairman Marc Delmonico.

    Delmonico said Democrats asked to have several people deputized to count the uncounted ballots, but Republicans objected, claiming that wasn’t proper procedure in the vote-counting process.

    Instead the GOP asked police to take custody of the bag of ballots until the matter could be sorted out.

    I’m sure there’s an innocent explanation for all of this, so get those cynical thoughts out of your heads.
    Just a thought: the innocent explanation would be incompetence by those we entrust to safeguard our votes. Yeah, that makes me feel a lot better, too.

    Thanks to sTevo for the tip.

  28. mp
    November 4th, 2010 at 10:37 pm
    Has Bill C. said anything on the election results so far?

    Yes, he told the Fraud to watch out for the Curry Chicken…it will kick his ass!

  29. Did anyone hear on Greta that the Donald is thinking about running for President in 2012…now wait, before you start laughing at the image of our president having a massive combover…he was talking sense. About what a bunch of idiots are running our cournty, all the pork and things that had nothing to do with making jobs in the ‘Stimulus package’, about China making a huge profit off of the US and making crap.

    He says, why doesn’t the US tack on a 25% tax to China’s goods, forcing companies to buy in the US instead. All our jobs were sent over there…

    I was impressed by what he said.

  30. gonzotx,
    The vitamin shots and blood tests story reminds me of why Palin is becoming more appealing for me. The plain speak is very persuasive. When I worked at a halfway house a few years ago we had to administer random drug tests. Understandable but we had to give it to the hardcore straight up old time alcoholics as well and everything was billable. I complained it was a waste to the owners as well as the county and was told everyone had to be tested. So a grand a month thrown out the window.

  31. Mp, Bill Clinton wrote an Op-ed for the New York Times yesterday. It was about (not the election, and notice the Hillary mention):


    TODAY marks 15 years since an assassin’s bullet killed my friend, Yitzhak Rabin, the Israeli prime minister. Since his death, not a week has gone by that I have not missed him. I loved him and his wife, Leah, very much. On the occasion of the anniversary of his death, his yahrzeit, the world would do well to remember the lessons of his life: his vision for freedom, tolerance, cooperation, security and peace is as vital now as it was 15 years ago, when he happily spoke and sang for peace at a huge rally in Tel Aviv just before he was killed.

    Rabin was utterly without pretense. When David Ben-Gurion sent him as a young man to represent Israel during armistice talks in 1949, he had never before worn a neck tie, so a friend tied it, and showed him how to loosen it so he could preserve the knot for future use. True to form, two weeks before his assassination, he arrived in Washington at a black-tie event without the black tie. We borrowed one for him, and I still smile whenever I think about straightening it for him, just as Hillary does when she remembers how he complained when she made him go out on the Truman Balcony to smoke.

    The story of Yitzhak Rabin and the story of Israel are intertwined. He took up arms to defend Israel’s freedom, and laid down his life to secure Israel’s future. When he came to the White House in 1993 to sign the Declaration of Principles with the Palestinians, he was a military hero, uniquely prepared to lead his people into a new era. Before shaking the hand of Yasir Arafat, a man he had long considered his mortal foe, he spoke directly to the Palestinian people:

    “Enough of blood and tears. Enough. We have no desire for revenge. We harbor no hatred toward you. We, like you, are people — people who want to build a home, to plant a tree, to love, to live side by side with you in dignity, in empathy, as human beings, as free men. We are today giving peace a chance, and saying again to you, enough. Let us pray that a day will come when we all will say, ‘Farewell to the arms.’”

    A decade and a half since his death, I continue to believe that, had he lived, within three years we would have had a comprehensive agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians. To be sure, the enemies of peace would have tried to undermine it, but with Rabin’s leadership, I am confident a new era of enduring partnership and economic prosperity would have emerged.

    There’s more from President Bill.

  32. A friend was watching a tivo’d show of Property Virgins and i was forced to overhear. there was a woman on who was in her late fifties who owned her own home flat out as it had been given to her by her grandmother. But she wanted something larger so as to entertain her grandchildren. She was approved for a 20 grand first time home buyer’s grant. And approved for 150k mortgage. WTF? Why are the people who can afford a 150k mortgage even eligible for a grant. Why is there no commonsense with this shite.

  33. admin
    Actually purchased the times for the first time since early 08 for the piece. Campaigning for brown was difficult to swallow but why why why would Bill give any credence to the that rag. I lay a lot of blame for the curse of the gifted one at the gray lady’s feet.

  34. Shadowfax
    November 4th, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    I think a stint as CA Gov is in order first

    Admin…Jesus I miss BC being in the WH. I felt secure that an intelligent, warm human being was leading this country.

    We have scraped the bottom I hope, cause there is no way but up from here

  35. That Daily Kos piece was sad. It’s no surprise that Markos continues to scam his drone army with delusions of relevance. The fight for 2012 starts now? No, the fight for 2012 started Election Day 2008. Then he says ‘bring it on, m-fer’s.’ Bring it on? We just brought it on. What’s he going to do, scream ‘racist!’ twice as loud?

    He hates on the Blue Dogs, but says bring back Howard Dean’s 50-state strategy. But electing Blue Dogs was the 50-state strategy. Markos thinks he can get Van Jones elected Senator in Arkansas.

    Despite being spit on by Obama, Markos still dreams of co-opting Black Power: we lost because it was a ‘significantly whiter’ electorate. I.e., communism will finally come when whites are in the minority. But when the New Black Panthers are in control, they’ll throw all the whites–Daily Kos included–in slave labor camps. “But I voted for Obama!” Markos thinks he’ll show his Che Guevara T-shirt to Malik Shabazz and get a pass. Shabazz will just chop his head off. What part of ‘I want to kill your whole family, cracker!’ does Markos not get?

    There was that Salon piece where Markos was brainwashing his drones: Repubs won’t meet expectations, the Tea Party will sink the GOP. Repeat after me. ‘Thank you, Tea Party.’ And the drones would repeat, ‘Thank you Tea Party.’

    So now they’ve withdrawn into a dreamworld. Not only did they not get their radical ultra-left government, they helped elect a President who can’t even protect left-of-center. DK has destroyed itself. The good news is they never learn.

  36. He says, why doesn’t the US tack on a 25% tax to China’s goods, forcing companies to buy in the US instead.
    Because the American consumer is conditioned to buying products based on a labor cost of a few cents or fractions of a cent. A 20-25% cost increase would lead to riots. Years ago when things such as clothing were still made in the US, 10% of the price as labor cost was considered reasonable.

    I read recently that of the Forbe’s(?) 400 richest Americans, only one person’s wealth was the result of manufacturing. That person was Henry Ford’s 86 year old grandson. Pretty much tells the story of America’s industrial base.

  37. gonzotx
    Once upon a time I bought that paper everyday. I believed what I read as I believed the dnc actually represented me, my vote and the will of the people. I still miss the puzzle, especially on Sunday and Friday, but now I find them beneath contempt. Only made the purchase today because I like the feel of a newspaper when I’m reading and sadly the only one left that I can think of which doesn’t royally piss me off is the WSJ.

  38. Ha. ha. ha. KOS has a petition to keep Pelosi as House Minority Leader. She is, apparently, much “hipper” than Steney Hoyer.

    I dunno. Nothing says hope and change like Nanci Pelosi, huh?

  39. Canaan, Hwc, did you read the quotes from the Head Kook we recently published? http://www.hillaryis44.org/2010/10/24/announcing-the-birth-of-the-detox-party-on-november-3-2010/

    The Head Kook predicted 65-70 D senators after the 2010 elections. DailyKooks, as we wrote today, is a community reality, not reality community project. Canaan, your examples of the delusions of the Head Kook leading the Black Revolution against the Tea Party is on target. There’s something wrong with that boy. He reminds us of The Monarch on Venture Brothers.

  40. “From Colombey-les-Deux-Églises Hillary Clinton watches the thrashing Obama in his death throes. From the distance we all watch as the air supply shrivels away from the flaccid hot air balloon called Barack Obama:”

    Excellent descriptions!

  41. Cue the Detox Party. The Obama friendly Ronald Brownstein finally realizes something is wrong.


    Democrats have to be more competitive in states that don’t touch an ocean if they want to bounce back.

    Democrats emerged from their pasting on Tuesday with a hole directly in the center of their electoral coalition.

    The hole can be measured demographically, and it can be mapped geographically. Either way, it leaves President Obama in a precarious position as he tries to recover from Tuesday’s debacle—the biggest midterm House loss for either party since 1938—before he faces the voters again in 2012.

    The coalition that elected Obama in 2008 revolved primarily around three groups: minorities, young people, and white-collar (college-educated) white voters, particularly women. In 2008, Obama carried the first two groups by big margins and the upscale white women narrowly.

    The remainder of the article is more stuff we wrote years ago.

  42. I gotta say that the new Palin ad is exceptional. It starts out with a sparsely crowded group of protesters/demonstrators on a hill and moves to larger crowds, talks about faith and hope and hope in the American spirit and displays working class men as strong, vibrant and needed. Displays woman as strong. It is optimistic– zero gloom and doom we are finished as a nation shite.

    I WANT HILLARY as CIC, but should she elect to not run, well guess we have to wait to see because even if she elects to not run we know the dnc doesn’t pay any attention to the will of a single person or the entire electorate unless he is backed by soros . So maybe donna brazille will just say she is running and the whole dnc will agree.

  43. admin
    November 5th, 2010 at 12:27 am

    Even the uniforms remind us of the Orange sulfur site:

    Perfect, just as I imagined.

  44. Sorry if this is a repost but I’ve been busy celebrating my SF Giants World Series win. One good thing about being unemployed is you can watch every game and celebrate all you want. Anywhoo, did anyone see the Orrin Hatch interview on Greta tonight. Unbelievable…sorry but I don’t have the video…you know..too busy celebrating.

  45. Truth or Dare:

    New House Judiciary Chairman to Obama: Prepare for Investigations

    Veteran Congressman will head influential House Judiciary Committee

    By Jim Forsyth
    Thursday, November 4, 2010

    The San Antonio Congressman who is in line to become chairman of the powerful House Judiciary Committee is promising ‘a number of investigations and oversight committee actions’ which he vows will ‘hold the administration accountable,’ 1200 WOAI news reports.

    Veteran Republican Lamar Smith, a Yale graduate and social conservative who grew up in the brush country of south Texas which is now transit point for illegal immigrants and drugs, said in a news conference that a number of issues will come into the sights of his committee when he takes the chairmanship in January, from cracking down on child pornography to taking the Obama Administration to task for failing to do enough to protect the southern border.

    Smith says it is his Constitutional duty.

    “Part of that checks and balances is in fact holding the administration accountable, is in fact insisting on more transparency, is insisting on more honesty, and getting the facts,” Smith said. “Right now, because of the one party monopoly, the Administration has been able to dodge any kind of supervision, any kind of oversight committee action, and they refuse to testify, and that is no longer acceptable.”

    Smith, 63, says he says he has spoken to Speaker-designate John Boehner and has been told that he will move to the chairmanship of the committee. He has been ranking Republican on the committee for four years, and also headed the House Ethics Committee during the previous Republican majority.

    Smith repeatedly attacked what he called the ‘one party control’ which has allowed the Administration and majority Democrats to ramrod their position on key issues like health care and border security through Congress.

    “Right now, we’ve had one party control all aspects of our government, and the result of that is that the American people have only gotten one side of a lot of issues,” he said.

    One thing that Democrats openly expressed their concern about is the ability of Republicans like Smith, chairmen of key House committees, to use the Majority’s subpoena power to compel testimony on a whole host of issues. Smith says their concerns were justified.

    “There are going to be a number of investigations or oversight committee actions, trying to get to the facts,” he promised.

    Smith cited national security and the threat of terrorism will be a key area that the Judiciary Committee plans to take action quickly, and said border security, an issue always close to Smith’s heart, will also take top billing.

    “We need to have better national security and border security. We need to know who is coming across the border, why they are coming across illegally. We need to reduce the huge amount of drug smuggling and immigrant smuggling.”

    ***Smith said that reform of the 14th Amendment, which grants automatic citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants who are born in the U.S., is also an issue his committee may take up under his chairmanship. The 14th Amendment is a hot button issue for conservatives who call for restricting immigration.

    He said adding ‘meaningful’ lawsuit reform will also be a top priority.

    “I think we are going to be able to reform and amend the health care bill,” he said. “We are not going to be able to repeal it, because the president would veto any repeal. But we can go back and make some changes and improvements. We need to reduce health care costs, and we need medical liability reform, and make sure we can stop the number of frivolous lawsuits.”

    Smith promised to ‘use subpoena power if necessary’ to ‘call on Administration officials to get to the truth and get to the facts.’

    ***The opening volley to the questioned legitimacy of Obama’s citizenship..

  46. Mrs. Smith, sounds like there is a big Detox Party going on at that site. They’re complaining that everyone is complaining about B.O. We told them long ago “B.O. Stinks”. 🙂

  47. I thought she looked more well rested in that video, don’t you all?? She looks better than she has in a long time!


    A long relaxing ocean voyage … the longer the better…. Far from the madding crowd….

  48. A few rather undocumented tidbits:
    Heard someone from BO administration pooh-pooh 34 warships. In explanation, he said only that it is much less than 34.
    Wednesday an anchor on CBS NY 5pm pointed out that Governor-Elect Cuomo has not a significant other who is neither wife nor fiancee; CBS referred to her as ‘First GirlFriend.’ [Evidently she is a chef/celebrity? of some considerable note.]
    NJEA, New Jersey’s teachers’ union has spent $ 7 million to date this year to dis their union-dissing Governor.

  49. Cuomo’s GF is Sandra Lee and has a show on Food Network. I could never warm up to her show and the way she talks irritates me.

  50. admin
    November 5th, 2010 at 2:45 am

    Blaming everyone else is their escape from reality. What is sad, is none of the king makers will take responsibility for leading the sheep over the cliff!

    The main page is full of cracks in the securiy wall (followers asking the right questions) built around BO on that site…which as we know was verboten and rewarded with exile.

    Could it be what the non-thinking man’s progress looks like? 😆

  51. pm317
    November 5th, 2010 at 8:11 am

    Cuomo’s GF is Sandra Lee and has a show on Food Network. I could never warm up to her show and the way she talks irritates me.

    OMG- whoknew? I record her show on Echo and check on her recipes for something new… she is sorta the blond plastic version of Cher.. only thing is Cher is really Cher. I’ve settled on the ease of cooking w/Paula Deen. Her recipes are uncomplicated and quick to the table.

  52. admin
    November 4th, 2010 at 11:08 pm
    Mp, Bill Clinton wrote an Op-ed for the New York Times yesterday. It was about (not the election, and notice the Hillary mention):


    Thanks for posting this wonderful tribute to Rabin.

  53. A return to the norm

    By Charles Krauthammer
    Friday, November 5, 2010

    For all the turmoil, the spectacle, the churning – for all the old bulls slain and fuzzy-cheeked freshmen born – the great Republican wave of 2010 is simply a return to the norm. The tide had gone out; the tide came back. A center-right country restores the normal congressional map: a sea of interior red, bordered by blue coasts and dotted by blue islands of ethnic/urban density.

    Or to put it numerically, the Republican wave of 2010 did little more than undo the two-stage Democratic wave of 2006-2008 in which the Democrats gained 54 House seats combined (precisely the size of the anti-Democratic wave of 1994). In 2010 the Democrats gave it all back, plus about an extra 10 seats or so for good – chastening – measure.

    The conventional wisdom is that these sweeps represent something novel, exotic and very modern – the new media, faster news cycles, Internet frenzy and a public with a short attention span and even less patience with government. Or alternatively, that these violent swings reflect reduced party loyalty and more independent voters.

    Nonsense. In 1946, for example, when party loyalty was much stronger and even television was largely unknown, the Republicans gained 56 seats and then lost 75 in the very next election. Waves come. Waves go. The republic endures.

    Our two most recent swing cycles were triggered by unusually jarring historical events. The 2006 Republican “thumpin'” (to quote George W. Bush) was largely a reflection of the disillusionment and near-despair of a wearying war that appeared to be lost. And 2008 occurred just weeks after the worst financial collapse in eight decades.

    Similarly, the massive Republican swing of 2010 was a reaction to another rather unprecedented development – a ruling party spectacularly misjudging its mandate and taking an unwilling country through a two-year experiment in hyper-liberalism.

    A massive government restructuring of the health-care system. An $800 billion-plus stimulus that did not halt the rise in unemployment. And a cap-and-trade regime reviled outside the bicoastal liberal enclaves that luxuriate in environmental righteousness – so reviled that the Democratic senatorial candidate in West Virginia literally put a bullet through the bill in his own TV ad. He won. Handily.

    Opposition to the policies was compounded by the breathtaking arrogance with which they were imposed. Ignored was the unmistakable message from the 2009-10 off-year elections culminating in Scott Brown’s anti-Obamacare victory in bluer-than-blue Massachusetts. Moreover, Obamacare and the stimulus were passed on near-total party-line votes – legal, of course, but deeply offensive to the people’s sense of democratic legitimacy. Never before had anything of this size and scope been passed on a purely partisan basis. (Social Security commanded 81 House Republicans; the 1964 Civil Rights Act, 136; Medicare, 70.)

    Tuesday was the electorate’s first opportunity to render a national verdict on this manner of governance. The rejection was stunning. As a result, President Obama’s agenda is dead. And not just now. No future Democratic president will try to revive it – and if he does, no Congress will follow him, in view of the carnage visited upon Democrats on Tuesday.

    This is not, however, a rejection of Democrats as a party. The center-left party as represented by Bill Clinton remains competitive in every cycle. (Which is why he was the most popular, sought-after Democrat in the current cycle.) The lesson of Tuesday is that the American game is played between the 40-yard lines. So long as Democrats don’t repeat Obama’s drive for the red zone, Democrats will cyclically prevail, just as Republicans do.

    Nor should Republicans overinterpret their Tuesday mandate. They received none. They were merely rewarded for acting as the people’s proxy in saying no to Obama’s overreaching liberalism. As one wag put it, this wasn’t an election so much as a restraining order.

    The Republicans won by default. And their prize is nothing more than a two-year lease on the House. The building was available because the previous occupant had been evicted for arrogant misbehavior and, by rule, alas, the House cannot be left vacant.

    The president, however, remains clueless. In his next-day news conference, he had the right demeanor – subdued, his closest approximation of humility – but was uncomprehending about what just happened. The “folks” are apparently just “frustrated” that “progress” is just too slow. Asked three times whether popular rejection of his policy agenda might have had something to do with the shellacking he took, he looked as if he’d been asked whether the sun had risen in the West. Why, no, he said.


  54. Clinton rules out a presidential run through 2016

    9:18am EDT

    CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ruled out running for president in 2012 or 2016 on Friday, saying the United States should be ready for a woman president but it would not be her.

    In interviews in New Zealand, the failed 2008 presidential candidate made clear she had no plans to run again despite talk — fueled partly by her fellow Democrats’ losses in Tuesday’s U.S. mid-term elections — she might embark on a new race.

    Asked by TV3 New Zealand whether she ruled out standing for the top U.S. office through 2016, Clinton, according to a U.S. reporter, replied: “Oh yes, yes. I’m very pleased to be doing what I’m doing as secretary of state.”

    In a separate interview with TV New Zealand, Clinton said she hoped the United States was ready for a female president, adding “it should be.”

    Asked if it might be her, she replied: “Well, not me. But it will be someone and it is nice coming to countries that have already proven that they can elect women to the highest governing positions that they have in their systems.”

    New Zealand — whose former prime ministers include Helen Clark and Jenny Shipley — is the second-to-last stop on a nearly two-week Asia-Pacific tour that Clinton wraps up in Australia, whose current prime minister is Julia Gillard.

    In Tuesday’s election, Democrats lost control of the House of Representatives, where the Republicans gained at least 60 members. As of Thursday, Democrats held on to the Senate with a 51-seat majority but the Republicans gained six seats there.

    The Democrats’ poor showing has been widely interpreted as a referendum on U.S. President Barak Obama, raising questions about who the party may field as its candidate in 2012, when he would be expected to run for re-election, and 2016.


  55. You can watch the video of this interview at the link below..

    Hillary Clinton: full transcript
    Published: 7:43PM Friday November 05, 2010

    The full transcript of Political Editor Guyon Espiner’s interview with Hillary Clinton.

    Espiner: The headline you created in one New Zealand newspaper was ‘Clinton Crushes 25 Years of Ice’. Do you feel that is what happened yesterday?

    Clinton: I think we’ve always had a very close relationship on so many issues and it was important for me to demonstrate that very vividly. We work on everything from climate change and renewable energy to non-proliferation to working together in Afghanistan and just on so many fronts. But I do think there was the lingering impression that for whatever reason the last 25 years have served as an obstacle to our close partnership and I’m glad the ice is crushed or melted or whatever the metaphor might be.

    Espiner: And as you say a metaphor and a lot of symbolism in there, but what about the practical impact of what happened yesterday? You said in Hawaii on the 28th of October, and I quote, “the United States created new parameters for military co-operation with New Zealand”. What are those new parameters?

    Clinton: Well those of course will be defined and developed by our defence experts. But New Zealand has just published its own defence white paper that is very far ranging and understanding of the threats we all face. I’ve talked with the defence secretary and others in your military establishment. They’ll be working closely with our counterparts in the United States to put some meat on the bones.

    Espiner: So do you expect there to be more training if I can put it simply?

    Clinton: Yes. I think more training, I think more sharing of lessons learned. We’re very admiring of New Zealand’s military presence. Your peacekeeping work, for example, that you do in the Solomon Islands. It is certainly an impression that is very highly held with regard to your PRT (provincial reconstruction team) and the special forces team in Afghanistan. Earlier today I went to the war memorial in Wellington. I met veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam and people serving today. A lot of the World War II veterans told me they had flown with American squadrons, they had trained with American service members. So I think there is a closeness but I think we need to update it to make sure we are looking towards the future not the past.

    Espiner: And given that closeness why not lift the presidential directive and resume business as usual in terms of military training?

    Clinton: Well we’re moving in a very positive direction but I know there are sensitivities that exist between your country and mine. And we want to be sure we’re on very firm ground so the steps we take are both warranted and well regarded.

    Espiner: Before I leave that subject of the sensitive ground – the nuclear issue – as far as I understand it US Navy ships don’t carry any nuclear weapons. It’s the nuclear power that prevents them coming into New Zealand waters. Now given the widespread use of nuclear energy, even as a clean energy in this time of climate change, do you find it amusing that New Zealand refuses to have entry for US warships who have nuclear power?

    Clinton: Well that’s of course a decision for New Zealand to make. Our ships that are nuclear powered have proven over time to be very reliable, very safe and we’re proud of their record. But again we’re taking this on an ongoing evaluative basis. Let’s look toward the future.

    Guyon: Does that mean you would like to see the return of a US Navy Ship?

    Well that’s something that’s really up to the government and the people of New Zealand.

    Espiner: Let’s look at an area where we do have more co-operation, I guess, and that is Afghanistan. New Zealand Special Forces troops are in Kabul and are ready to pull out in March of next year. Would you like them to stay longer?

    Clinton: Well, of course we would like them if that’s possible but again that’s a decision for New Zealand. Because they are very highly regarded, they work very professionally along with our troops and other NATO ISAF members. We’re making progress on the ground. I think that the operational integration of the build up in troops that the United States has made along with some of our other partners has demonstrated the capacity to change the situation there. We have high regard for New Zealand and the troops you deploy there and we would like to have them stay as long as you would have them stay.

    Espiner: Has there been any discussion with that with our Prime Minister during your visit? Did you put the case to the Prime Minister that perhaps they could stay longer?

    Clinton: Well, again its a decision of the government and the people of New Zealand. I certainly praised their performance and expressed to the Prime Minister how grateful both our military and civilian officials are at the work that is being done.

    Espiner: Just in the last few minutes we have, I’d like to turn to trade. New Zealand has free trade agreements with China. It’s beginning negotiations with Russia. In this time when those former communist countries have opened up their economies to New Zealand, some in New Zealand would find it unusual that America – that we share such close historical and cultural ties – has rebuffed New Zealand’s attempts to have a free trade agreement with the United States. What would be your response to that?

    Clinton: Well, first of all we have such a vigourous trade relationship. I don’t know the exact figures but a significant percentage of all of New Zealand’s exports go to the United States. And in turn we have many of our companies operating here in New Zealand, employing the citizens of this country. And we’re working together on what we consider a very exciting development – the Trans-Pacific Partnership – which will be a multi-country trade agreement. We both have decided to work on that first. That doesn’t rule in, rule out, any bilateral agreement. But given how strong our relationship already is, opening up markets across the Pacific to each of us simultaneously through the TPP we think makes a great deal of sense.

    Espiner: Just finally, if I can turn briefly to domestic politics, it seems almost incomprehensible at this great distance that the euphoria that accompanied Obama’s victory in 2008 has seemingly evaporated in the mid-term elections. Why has that happened?

    Clinton: Well we have a historical pattern of this happening, that the party of the president loses seats in the first mid-term election. So in that respect that is not at all out of the ordinary. I remember very well it happened to my husband back in 1994. That doesn’t make it any easier and it’s deeply saddening to see good people lose their congressional seats. It is part of a historical pattern. Certainly I know the President said in his press conference he is going to work hard in the next two years to build a strong relationship with the congress, with the new leaders to get things done for our people.

    Espiner: A final question, you’re in a country that has had two female prime ministers. You’re heading to a country that’s just had its first female Prime Minister. Is your country ready for a female president?

    Clinton: Well, I hope so. It should be.

    Espiner: Could that be you?

    Not me, but it will be someone. And it is nice being in two countries that have already proven that they can elect women to the highest governing positions that they have in their systems.

    Espiner: Good place to leave it, thanks Secretary Clinton very much for your time.


  56. JanH
    November 5th, 2010 at 9:41 am
    Clinton rules out a presidential run through 2016

    Well that is really bad news. Perhaps we ought to start believing her?

    Sarah is no Hillary and no substitute for Hillary. Sarah is against most things that I believe in as far as domestic poplicu is concerned. We probably only agree on immigration.

    Although likable, brave and honest, Sarh’s repug ideas are not solutions for our economic,healthcare and environmental issues.

  57. “if Hillary is out then its Sarah or bust….”


    Well I’m probably one of the only dissenters here, but I totally disagree.

    I have nothing personally against Palin but do I think she is ready to be potus? No.

    Do I think she has more governing experience than obama? Yes. But enough to take on the biggest job in the land? No. I would like to see her get even more experience before she attempts to run for potus. Vice-president maybe but not potus.

    I am not one of those people who believe that it has to be a woman next time or else. I just want someone who can do the job and do it well. The USA is going to be in dire straights and whether a man or woman runs for potus next time, let the best person win. Not the one with a messiah outlook and empty character.

  58. lol…Carol…

    Once again we agree. I’m not into the “tits” only philosophy that some others are. I just want someone honest, well-experienced, and not a rock idol.

  59. JanH
    November 5th, 2010 at 9:35 am
    November 4th, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    Mp, Bill Clinton wrote an Op-ed for the New York Times yesterday. It was about (not the election, and notice the Hillary mention):


    Thanks for posting this wonderful tribute to Rabin.

    I hoped you wouldn’t miss reading BC’s heartfelt memory between Rabin and the Clintons. It’s those wonderful little apolitical nuances that endear people to each other. Whats more, I read that article as positioning with the Jewish population for Hillary should she accept a Draft.

  60. Didn’t Hillary say she wasn’t running for President in 2008 ? That she wanted to represent the people of New York?

    She’s just holding her cards close to the vest.

  61. Remember, Hillary is an attorney. “Running” for election in no way, shape or form resembles the definition of “draft”. If she had no intention of being potus, she would have ruled out a draft in her declaration… It’s Clinton speak 101 …in the truest form of the English language.

  62. It’s not Sarah or bust for me, either. I admire that she has a voice that’s heard. But she wouldn’t be my choice for CIC.

  63. Agreed, Mrs. Smith. Also, you have to consider that the DNC totally shit all over her. But she is a “company girl” and did what needed to be done. She wants to be wooed…..and wooed she should be.

  64. shenanigans
    November 5th, 2010 at 10:47 am
    Didn’t Hillary say she wasn’t running for President in 2008 ?

    years before, she may have. However, when the time drew near, a year and a half before she ran, she said “she hadn’t decided yet”.

  65. shenanigans
    November 5th, 2010 at 10:48 am

    It’s not Sarah or bust for me, either.

    Sarah is just getting her political legs under her. She is having a huge impact on the state of American politics through the Tea Party. People are unhappy… justifyably so. She represents a parental figure who will listen to your troubles offering advise and long term solutions. That long term solution people are craving will be Hillary.

  66. Agree, any interview of this subject is worthless at this point.

    We need to hold our cards close also. The next few months are critical.

    I heard a discussion on the Good Morning Show about Sarah Palin. I am not a Sarah Palin fan or foe. However, one of her foe obviously said she had nothing against Sarah, but she wanted the president to be the smartest person available.

    Now how do you think that would go down if they had said that about O. In fact, they always say how smart he is.

    This for me was another smack down of a women. How dare she say that, based on what, and why do we sit here and take it.

  67. NMF,

    Smartest doesn’t mean best in any way, shape, or form. You can be smart and devious at the same time. So while I still don’t think Palin is ready, I don’t think that label should be what holds her back.

  68. JanH

    I agree, but obviously that was her only criteria, and what could that possible been based on. To me this was a biased put down of a women, and we need to stop it.

  69. shenanigans
    November 5th, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Look at it this way- PhaseI has been completed and accomplished. The people have spoken in the form of a referendum on Obama politics. They finally understand he has done nothing in the last two years to bring about positive change to alleviate their suffering. What has changed is Obama’s House affiliation. He is going to have to work with and deal with an unfriendly environment bent on further discrediting his perception of a what is expected of a US president. My earlier posted article is key to the change Obama will experience now that Pelosi has been reduced to sub-human status.

    Can Obama withstand a House aggressively moving against him at every turn? How long can Obama continue fighting for his political life denouncing charges brought against him in worldwide headlines? Maybe a minute?

    Obama is on the brink of a nervous breakdown. Because of the unrelenting negativity coming from the People he so often said he would shepard through perilous times… It won’t take much for him to go over the edge. He might even look back and realize the last two years were a joy ride compared to the Wall of Retribution coming at him from the members of the House.

  70. shenanigans
    November 5th, 2010 at 10:47 am
    Didn’t Hillary say she wasn’t running for President in 2008 ?

    years before, she may have. However, when the time drew near, a year and a half before she ran, she said “she hadn’t decided yet”.
    Well– she’s the most famous woman in the world. She has plenty of time.

  71. “Well– she’s the most famous woman in the world. She has plenty of time.”

    I agree- If she’s not running, she can relax a little and take her time crafting an eloquent acceptance speech for the draft.

  72. A blast from the past. This is how a real president responds when the people slap him upside the head in a midterm election.

    This. THIS:


    And I’m sure there is a lot of stuff in there that gives the professional CDS left the vapors, because it sounds “too republican”. But ya know what? Bill knew how to talk to the ENTIRE country about making govt WORK for us all. He knew how to make govt the friend, not the boogeyman. He knew how to not laugh off the concerns of the people, and assure them he wasn’t building some statist monstrosity, but rather making govt the servant to help their daily lives.

    And he remains my standard for how to fucking DO this. He understood TRUST. He understood the govt has to earn it, not demand it.

  73. I just can not imagine why Hillary would say “no” to running for President in either 12′ or 16′ because we all know that Obama is scared to death she will, so why wouldn’t she???

    The one thing I know for sure is that Obama can never be trusted, never, never!

  74. So what does this tell you

    Dems Lose Clinton Country: 40 of the 63 House turnovers to the GOP on Tuesday were in states Obama lost to Hillary in 2008.

  75. CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ruled out running for president in 2012 or 2016 on Friday, saying the United States should be ready for a woman president but it would not be her.

    This is TGIF and now I am really depressed to hear Hillary say this again. That even with Nasty gone and Barry in a cage she isn’t interested in being President in the future.

    Damn it anyway, if I really believe this, I will resent Democrats for the rest of my life and become an Independent.

    What a freakin’ bummer.

    Someone, please give me some real hope.

    False hope is better than no hope at all. 😉

  76. Confloyd, she has to say that now, its called keeping the cards close to your chest, if she said anything now before the pack, they would rip her to shreds, now is not the time to push.

    I think by saying this she is wanting to see how much of a push there is for her. If they want her to run we have to make it clear we want her to run.

  77. Obama just needs to resign and place Hillary is her rightful position, then our problems of whether she would run or not run would be over. Huh?

    Can anyone tell me why Obama is taking an Armada with him to India? I’ve heard that its 11% of the Navy…why does he need that much protection? Since he loves his teleprompter hasn’t he ever heard of teleconferences? This nation is broke and we are going to send him over there in style! This is what people get mad about! We are going to be asked to withstand austerity measures while he is spending like a “drunken sailor”. Everyone keeps comparing him to Nixon so I’m ready for the resignation just like Nixon did.

  78. HillaryforTexas
    November 5th, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Hearing the video and reading the transcript at the same time was a joyful reprise from the mundane monotone of Obama’s speeches. Bill actually submits an action plan for America. Obama apparently prefers pouring salt in the open wounds of the American people reeling from job losses and economic depression.

    What was a distraction to me while listening to Bill’s SOTU speech was the sound of grinding teeth coming from the direction of GHWB. 😆

  79. Well well well

    Marco Rubio will give the GOP’s weekly radio/video address this week……..

    wanna bet he does the SOTU response in January too. Looks like the GOP found their golden boy.

  80. confloyd
    November 5th, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    I just can not imagine why Hillary would say “no” to running for President in either 12′ or 16′ because we all know that Obama is scared to death she will, so why wouldn’t she???

    Hillary would be forced to Primary him. If you read my previous posts up yonder- I think, I’ve submitted a decent interpretation of Clinton speak…

  81. Obama just needs to resign and place Hillary is her rightful position
    Obama needs to finish his one term as President; no resignation, no impeachment, no mental breakdown. He needs to continue to do what he is doing and by 2012 be the most reviled President in American History. Obama’s legacy needs to be that of incompetence, pathological narcissism, etc.; not the persecuted African American who was run out of office.

  82. “Looks like the GOP found their golden boy.”

    So is this what we have to look forward to?

    “Golden boys/girls” who are great on the campaign trail, charismatic speakers, and yet still fledglings when it comes to the experience needed to be a strong potus?

    Just wondering because that seems to be the way things are going if Hillary does indeed decide not to run.

  83. Yes Janh, seems so, stars do rise but i dont want them to rise too fast in saying that, Marco Rubio served as a City Commissioner for West Miami before being elected to the Florida House of Representatives for the 111th District in a special election on January 25, 2000. He has won each of his re-election bids. In November 2006, he was elected Speaker of the Florida State House for the 2006-08 term.

    I think he should focus on doing his 6 years as Senator for Florida and thenby all means go for it.

    As i said last night. Watch out for Rubio/Ryan in 2016.

  84. I’m sorry, but WTF is Palin not ready? What other president in our history was from a small, rural state without foreign policy experience? Um …


    Jesus fucking CHRIST, people. When it’s a woman, suddenly she has to have been president seventeen times already before we’ll let her do it once. GMAFB.

  85. Janis,

    Colorful words or not, I stand by my opinion that Palin is not ready to be potus yet.

    Bill Clinton served 5 terms as governor of Arkansas. I could be wrong, but Palin had served less that 2 years of one term before becoming McCain’s vice president selection. Yes she was a mayor before that but I still don’t see this as enough experience.

  86. Krauthammer wrote:
    Obamacare and the stimulus were passed on near-total party-line votes – legal, of course, but deeply offensive to the people’s sense of democratic legitimacy. Never before had anything of this size and scope been passed on a purely partisan basis. (Social Security commanded 81 House Republicans; the 1964 Civil Rights Act, 136; Medicare, 70.)


    We used to boast that Clinton’s budget of 1993 was passed without any GOP votes — and it lasted for nearly a decade with great results.

  87. Oh yes

    Olbermann suspended from MSNBC for donating masses of money to Democrats during the election and biased journalism and MSNBC specific policy is political “activities jeopardize his or her standing as an impartial journalist.

    Looks like he has been kicked out of his show. I’m so laughing.

  88. I am not one of those people who believe that it has to be a woman next time or else. I just want someone who can do the job and do it well. The USA is going to be in dire straights and whether a man or woman runs for potus next time, let the best person win. Not the one with a messiah outlook and empty character.


    Yes … but at this point, maybe it’s just feeling, but I feel that the guts it took for Palin to ‘go rogue’ and win against her own party in Alaska and then get her agenda through — is the kind of guts the next POTUS would need to do a good job in D.C. And I think that has something to do with being a woman, fighting through the kind of opposition that only a woman gets.

    I think women like Hillary and Palin learn a special kimd of strength very young, growing up ‘playing hardball with the boys’ — that the boys themselves may never learn. (Except maybe Bill, who grew up in a troubled, low class home.)

  89. SHV said:
    Obama needs to finish his one term as President; no resignation, no impeachment, no mental breakdown. He needs to continue to do what he is doing and by 2012 be the most reviled President in American History. Obama’s legacy needs to be that of incompetence, pathological narcissism, etc.; not the persecuted African American who was run out of office.


    Racism is the card they will play regardless. I’m surprised I haven’t already seen it as an excuse for this week’s message.

  90. I disagree with many of Palin’s conservative policies. But as for needing more experience — more than who? Who is our alternative? Biden?

  91. Keith Olbermann suspended indefinitely for donation to Dem candidates: http://wapo.st/bxhXoT


    Suspended with or without pay? And how long do these headline-makng ‘suspensions’ usually last?

  92. It don’t get any better than this! Nancy Pelosi to stay as Minority Leader as the Dems go all-in on lefties.


    As far as what Clinton will or will not do, can we all just take a deep breath. CBS headlines notwithstanding, she’s answering these questions in the only way she can answer them. What? Do does anyone really think she would announce a challenge to Obama in a Sec of State press conference while visiting Pago Pago?

  93. As far as what Clinton will or will not do, can we all just take a deep breath. CBS headlines notwithstanding, she’s answering these questions in the only way she can answer them. What? Do does anyone really think she would announce a challenge to Obama in a Sec of State press conference while visiting Pago Pago?

    Oh, hell no. She’s out of politics as the SOS. But, we can read the tea leaves she leaves behind while globe trotting as Chief Diplomat. Speculation, fantasy and wishful thinking. 🙂

  94. “We used to boast that Clinton’s budget of 1993 was passed without any GOP votes…”

    The difference between the ’93 budget and the health scam is that one was crafted by statesmen Bill Clinton, Dick Gephart, and George Mitchell. During the Obamacare, those positions were held by Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid.

    I don’t think anything else needs to be said.

  95. Just because Pelosi wants to stay on a Minority leader, doesnt mean she’ll keep the job.

    Yes it does. She wouldn’t have announced without having the votes in her hand.

    This couldn’t be better. Øbama says the losses were just the result of not explaining his wonderful policies better and now the Dems prove that they really are the party of lefty moonbats by keeping Pelosi. Plus, we still have Harry Reid!

    Two more years of attacking the Øbama/Pelosi/Reid regime! Could it be any better for those of us who would like to see the utter annhilation of the New Democrat Party? Maybe they’ll give Cabinet posts to Bill Ayers and Jeremiah Wright!!!

    I want some the drugs these Dems are taking. They must be incredible.

  96. Remember, the moderate wing of the Democrat Party has been wiped out. There are no more moderates. The lunatics are running the asylum.

  97. Janis
    November 5th, 2010 at 1:22 pm
    I’m sorry, but WTF is Palin not ready? What other president in our history was from a small, rural state without foreign policy experience? Um …


    Jesus fucking CHRIST, people. When it’s a woman, suddenly she has to have been president seventeen times already before we’ll let her do it once. GMAFB.

    You will get no argument from me.

    For all you naysayers, let’s please remember that not all experience is created equal. Nasty has plenty of experience, but would she make a good POTUS? Sarah versus Chairman MaØbama and all of the other R wannabes? I’ll enthusiastically take Sarah every time.

  98. “Remember, the moderate wing of the Democrat Party has been wiped out. There are no more moderates. The lunatics are running the asylum.”

    Completely agree with this. I hope the moonbats Reed and Madam moonbat stay as the faces of this now lunatic extreme lefty party, when we start finding out what is in the crappy DeathCare bill. After all they did tell us we have to pass it to find out what is in it, and in the leadership position, they can defend the nonsense as it is revealed.

  99. FORT HOOD, Texas — The 6-foot-tall block of granite is etched with 13 names, each a victim in the shooting rampage at Fort Hood one year ago.

    “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal — Love leaves a memory no one can steal” is engraved at the top of the rectangular marker that will be unveiled near other post memorials on Friday, the one-year anniversary of the shooting. Until now, the only outward reminders of the worst mass shooting on a U.S. military base have been several wreaths and crosses along the fence built around the now-shuttered building where it happened….


  100. Also watch the Dem caucus tear itself apart now, there are many backstabbers who want the job, she better have eyes in the back of her head.

  101. from Twitter

    On Mon night Olbermann said he was suspending “Worst Persons”segment. I didn’t realize he’d start with himself.

  102. turndown@1:55 “We used to boast that Clinton’s budget of 1993 was passed without any GOP votes — and it lasted for nearly a decade with great results.

    Yup. But we don’t have those kind of Democrats anymore. If Bill ran today, the far left would be screaming their heads off that he was an evil Republican. Because he was just not into growing govt for govt’s sake, or making us all dependent on it. He wasn’t into huge bureaucracies that exist to perpetuate themselves, and their own power. Bill knew that govt can be both efficient AND provide good service. And he proved it. From his SOTU in 1994, about that budget you are lauding:

    You know, for years before I became President, I heard others say they would cut government and how bad it was, but not much happened. We actually did it. We cut over a quarter of a trillion dollars in spending, more than 300 domestic programs, more than 100,000 positions from the federal bureaucracy in the last two years alone. Based on decisions already made, we will have cut a total of more than a quarter of a million positions from the federal government, making it the smallest it has been since John Kennedy was President, by the time I come here again next year.

    Under the leadership of Vice President Gore, our initiatives have already saved taxpayers $63 billion. The age of the $500 hammer and the ashtray you can break on “David Letterman” is gone. Deadwood programs, like mohair subsidies, are gone. We’ve streamlined the Agriculture Department by reducing it by more than 1,200 offices. We’ve slashed the small business loan form from an inch thick to a single page. We’ve thrown away the government’s 10,000-page personnel manual.

    Bill knew how to keep it simple, stupid. He wasn’t wedded to party purity, he was wedded to WHAT WORKS, without wasting tons of money. And there’s not a Democrat in sight other than Hillary who could run on doing the kind of things he did, without having the lunatics who took over my party savage him or her like a pack of hyenas. If a Democrat made that speech today, people’s heads would explode. The practical, pragmatic, “let’s make this work” Democratic party is dead. Now it’s all about whose ideology is purer-than-thou. They see more and bigger govt as a good thing in itself, rather than govt as a TOOL to create a society where almost all can succeed on their own, and those truly unable are taken care of.

  103. House Republicans Move to Have Public Cameras Installed in Powerful Rules Committee


    i think this is a very good idea, transparency.

    House Republicans aren’t waiting until January to begin implementing some of the common-sense congressional reforms that have been blocked by Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and the Democratic leadership in Congress. Today, Rep. David Dreier (R-CA), the House Rules Committee Ranking Republican, sent a letter to House Chief Administrative Officer Dan Strodel requesting that work begin immediately on installing cameras in the Rules Committee hearing room. The letter states:

    As you may be aware, the Committee on Rules is the only Committee — other than the Intelligence and Ethics committees — which does not have the ability to broadcast video of its proceedings in its main hearing room. Given the important nature of our work, my Republican Rules Committee colleagues and I have repeatedly requested that the Majority undertake the installation of cameras in the Rules Committee hearing room to the end that we begin webcasting our proceedings. Given the important business conducted there, we feel strongly that the American people should have the ability to watch the Committee in action.

  104. moon, that’s a smart move on their part. Pelosi and Obama promised transparency, then became the most secretive, backroom-dealing Congress ever. Whether the GOP has had a come-to-Jesus moment about cleaning up their act and getting some principles, or whether it’s just fear of backlash if they don’t, it’s still a good move.

  105. Just reading posts, so I am a little behind…..


    November 5th, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    Oh yes

    Olbermann suspended from MSNBC for donating masses of money to Democrats during the election and biased journalism and MSNBC specific policy is political “activities jeopardize his or her standing as an impartial journalist.

    Looks like he has been kicked out of his show. I’m so laughing.

    Link please, is this true?

    If so, I want to yell at the top of my voice,



  106. hwc

    As far as what Clinton will or will not do, can we all just take a deep breath. CBS headlines notwithstanding, she’s answering these questions in the only way she can answer them. What? Do does anyone really think she would announce a challenge to Obama in a Sec of State press conference while visiting Pago Pago?


    She wouldn’t, she couldn’t and that’s the bottom line.

    Back to reality.

    Hillary 2012 or 2016!!!!!

  107. It gets even better. Now, Steny Hoyer is challenging Jim Clyburn (grandfather of the Congressional Black Caucus) for minority whip. I’m sure he’ll have the support of the remaining blue dogs (one guy from Utah, I think).

  108. This would be a great first step…
    Let Congress share some of our pain instead of just fighting for the rich.

    Boehner under fire: First cut should be lawmakers’ salaries

    Soon-to-be Speaker John Boehner (Ohio) is being pressed by taxpayer groups to slash the salaries of House lawmakers.

    Cutting member pay would show voters the new GOP majority in the House is going to lead by example in their efforts to rein in spending and start with their own wallets, say officials with three prominent taxpayer advocacy groups in Washington, D.C.


  109. Barack Obama is doomed – enter Mrs Clinton

    Despite the efforts of the US media to support St Barack, the Americans are having none of it, writes Simon Heffer.

    By Simon Heffer
    Published: 05 Nov 2010

    Four days after the elections, the rage continues. If giving the Democrats a hiding was supposed to soothe the electorate, something has gone wrong. It – or rather the Democrat reaction to it – appears simply to have made things worse.

    To the rest of the world, it might have seemed that President Obama’s press conference after the defeat was an admission of personal failure. But it wasn’t: what went wrong was the economy’s fault, he argued – and, by extension, it was the fault of the electorate for not seeing that. Despite the best efforts of the Leftist-dominated media here to support St Barack, the people are having none of it. The result is that his failure to go down on his knees and repent of his big-state, high-spending, pro-bureaucracy, unemployment-boosting policies has left the punters even more choleric than they were already. If he really does want to be a one-term president, he’s going exactly the right way about it.

    The anger was further stoked by the President’s decision to leave yesterday on a long trip to India and the Far East. Although it is being sold here as some sort of trade mission – though he is likely to find that whatever America might want to sell in that region, the locals can make it just as well and at a small fraction of the cost – his departure is viewed as an escape from the line of fire.

    He is also being heavily criticised for going to a country with a recent history of terrorist outrages, necessitating a security operation that is adding a further large chunk to his country’s national debt. As well as his taking 500 staff, 13 aircraft and four helicopters have already flown in a fleet of cars and communications equipment, and no fewer than 34 US warships are said to be hovering off the coast. Some of his critics here were already drawing comparisons with the court of Louis XVI just before the French Revolution, and this hasn’t helped.

    His Republican opponents are on the march against him. But so are elements within his own party. America’s latest unemployment figures were confirmed yesterday still to be 9.5 per cent, large parts of whole cities are derelict, and average incomes are tumbling. A president elected to give hope to precisely these people has not only failed, but seems to become ever more apart from them. The Democrats are worried.

    I have talked in New York this week to prominent supporters of Hillary Clinton, and their view is clear: St Barack cannot win in 2012, unless the Republicans (and this cannot be ruled out) put up a divisive candidate against him. They want Mrs Clinton to resign as Secretary of State and announce that she will seek the nomination. This would not be unprecedented: Jimmy Carter, with whom Mr Obama is increasingly compared, was challenged by Ted Kennedy in 1980, despite being the incumbent president. Mr Kennedy lost – but so too, subsequently, did Mr Carter. It is a precedent influential Democrats want Mrs Clinton to follow.

    She has time on her side. A Clinton machine is still in place, nursed by her husband, who seems to remain the most popular man in America, despite everything. She can brood for another year or so if she wants, for if she chooses to take on St Barack she will always be the front-runner.

    That such things are being so widely discussed is the greatest sign of the mess Mr Obama is in. However, since he doesn’t seem to “get” what is upsetting the rest of his country, there is no reason why he should “get” what is upsetting his own party. This may yet turn ugly.


  110. JanH

    I love the fun of group dancing, and raising funds for breast or any type of cancer is top of the list for me.

    Another, just for fun group dance is a tribute to Michael.
    I love this video, no matter what you think about his personal life, he could really dance…

    Dancing Inmates Tribute – Michael Jackson’s THIS IS IT (edited)

    (They are dressed in SF Giants colors too) 😉


  111. Barack Obama is doomed – enter Mrs Clinton

    In trying to put my own feelings aside for a moment, is there any other Democrat besides our girl that could keep a Democrat in the Oval office after Barry is kicked out?

    I can’t think of anyone else besides Hillary that could pull it off for the Dems…can you?

  112. Ha. MSNBC can just move Ed Schultz up into the prime time slot. That’ll solve their ratings problems.

    Meanwhile, over on Fox News, Megyn Kelly gets her first ever prime-time anchor gig on Tuesday’s election night coverage and beats everbody in the ratings — not just the other cable news outfits, but all three networks, too. Sorry Katie.

  113. Ralph Reed: Let me translate that for you. Hillary Clinton is going to be the loyal soldier whether he goes down in 2012 or not. She will run for president in 2016, and I think she will be the Democratic nominee.


    So did Carville approve that translation?

    Carville is one of the few people I take seriuosly with this sort of prediction. He may be lying — but that would mean he thinks it’s WORTH lying about.

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