Is It Easter Sunday Or Yet Another April Fools’ Day?

As Jews eat the ancestral bread of affliction and Christians celebrate the Risen Christ, we are scratching our heads wondering if the calendar is off by 23 days. We find ourselves trapped, like Bill Murray in the film Groundhog Day, doomed to repeat over and over and over again, not Groundhog Day, but April Fools’ Day.

We’ve noted the increase in outside-April-1st-April-Fools’-Days before. We’ve had April In December and Not Just April Fools as well as the regularly scheduled April Fools. Today’s notice of April Foolery has a distinct whiff of impiousness if not outright blasphemy:

“When Obama went to Sony Pictures on Thursday night to raise money, he was greeted with a children’s choir singing “I Want to Shine Like Barack Obama Shines.” You’ve got to feel it pretty deeply for a guy to have the cherubim sing hosannas right in front of him – and also be sure that the object of your affection won’t be embarrassed by such a display.

Those kids don’t know shi…. well that’s an observation on “shine-ola” for a less holy day. It’s one thing for Barack Obama to, without embarrassment, believe that he is the Mess-iah (our spelling, not his). But why are children singing such songs? We’re left to wonder if they were waving palm fronds too?

Clearly, these gulled cherubim were not engaged in sarcasm (in contrast, think of the comic “Weasley Is Our King” chant designed to irk and destabilize sidekick Ron Weasly, Harry Potter’s not too bright friend). The hymn to Barack Obama was intended as praise without irony or shame. [Check out this “Dunce” photo with both sarcasm and shame.]

Those chirping innocents singing songs to a fool who wants the proletariat masses to think he is a deliverer king were not the sole choristers serenading Barack Obama this past week. There were bigger and taller fools singing songs of love:

“Liberals like to think that they can put the squeeze on President Obama for the myriad of disappointments to which he has subjected them. Reporters and pundits talk about an uproar in his base and activists voice their frustrations, but the truth is, Obama’s left flank looks pretty safe.

There was a good bit of attention paid this week to liberal protesters who interrupted one of Obama’s fundraising speeches in California. The group of San Francisco activists was there to seek the release of an Army private accused of leaking secret documents to the Web site Wikileaks.

But the protesters paid $76,000 to get into the event and actually serenaded Obama with a sweet song that included a promise to vote for him and then left the scene peacefully. That’s the kind of protest most politicians would kill for: pay, sing and leave before having a second cup of coffee.

Even as the Wikileaks troubadours were in the midst of their high-priced publicity stunt, Obama’s administration was escalating the war in Libya with drone strikes against government forces and enacting a deal to ship drones to the government in Pakistan to expand the covert war there. While the protesters sang, generals under Obama’s command were negotiating a deal to keep a permanent U.S. military presence in Iraq.

More wars, a continuation of the “Bush tax cuts,” the indefinite operation of the Guantanamo Bay prisoner of war camp, warrantless domestic spying, deep budget cuts, a health care law designed to protect big insurance companies, lobbyists in the White House, the banning of subsidized abortion in Washington, D.C., no immigration reform – there’s lots that liberals could be outraged about. But instead, Obama got paid to hear a song about an obscure private in Ft. Leavenworth.”

We cannot imagine “pro-life” activists or Tea Party activists being so senseless, stupid, and supine as to sing songs of fealty (along with payment of hefty checks) to someone who abused and betrayed them. In the video below, notice how one of the “protest singers” mewls to Obama “Thank you for listening. We love you.”

They sang “we paid our dues, where’s our change?” as, on their political knees, they blew kisses to their golden calf. The questions they should ask each other is ‘where are your brains?, where is your courage?, where is your dignity? when will you reject this false prophet?’ With people this stupid having so much money to burn and influence on our lives, we welcome our alien overlords.

Children singing songs and idiots singing songs to Mess-iah is bad enough. But what do you say about dancing members of the defense bar? How stupid are these people, who are supposed to be well-educated and therefore supposed to have some intelligence, some brains between their ears:

“On Obama’s inauguration night, when the new administration instructed military prosecutors to seek the suspension of all proceedings at Guantanamo Bay, defense lawyers at the base formed a boisterous conga line.

“Rule of law, baby!” they shouted.

The celebrations, though, were short-lived. [snip]

The executive order signed by Obama established a task force….”

Conga lines and task forces – or is it task force conga lines or conga forces and task lines? It doesn’t matter. Another in a long line of task forces that do nothing but pretend to do something. Any fool who believed Obama and danced to his election is a Grade A certified Fool.

Did we say Grade A certified Fool?:

“If the the history of the United States were represented by the movie resume of Tom Hanks, the Obama presidency might fall somewhere in between Joe Versus the Volcano and The Terminal, but that doesn’t stop a good portion of Hollywood from thinking the current administration is Forrest Gump quality.”

The Hill on The Fool:

“President Obama asked for support Thursday from a small Los Angeles audience dotted with Hollywood stars.

Speaking in a tiny room of the Italian restaurant Tavern to a an audience of 60 that included Steven Spielberg, Will Ferrell, Tom Hanks and George Clooney, Obama said he understood frustration with his compromises with centrist Democrats and Republicans on healthcare, ending the Bush tax rates for the wealthy and other issues.

Over the past two and a half years, Obama said, he was sure there were times “where you’re reading the papers or you’re watching TV and you’re saying, ‘Ah, Obama, you know, why’s he compromising with the Republicans?’ Or ‘Aw, why did healthcare take so long? and I want single-payer plan anyway.’ ”

The president then joked: ” ‘Golly, you know, if he was just as good a communicator as George Clooney, I’m sure the American people would understand exactly what needs to be done.’ ”

The remark cracked the room of donors up, according to a White House pool report. [snip]

Hanks, for one, could be seen turning to his table mates and saying: “Five-and-a-half more years.”

Um, Fore More Years, Tom. These fools are paying millions, and Obama is offering them a corrupt absolution, as if he were a god:

“Obama is a cerebral and deliberative Ivy Leaguer who gives paragraph-length answers and shops for organic produce, but so were Al Gore and John Kerry. What continues to make Democratic hearts go pitter-pat is knowing that they elected the first black president. And not just that, but a black president of exotic, multicultural lineage.

Talking to big-fish donors in California, Obama praised their sense of tolerance and suggested that those who fail to support him do so for racist or xenophobic reasons.

“A lot of you got involved at a time when the prospect of electing a Barack Hussein Obama to the Oval Office was slim,” he said. “None of you asked for my birth certificate. It was a complete leap of faith.”

The message was clear: supporting Obama is in itself a sign of an open mind and tolerance. In a community that cherishes these traits, who could reject such absolution when offered for the mere price of a vote (and a $35,000 donation).

It remains very much an open question whether Obama can be re-elected. The moderate voters of swing-state suburbia seem to believe that he is either too liberal or simply out of his depth. But he will be able to pursue their votes with ardor for the next 20 months, secure in the knowledge that his base will be there for him, trying to shine like Barack Obama shines.”

A fool and his money are soon parted. If the singers and diners want to know in how much trouble Obama knows he is in – all they have to do is watch what he does, not what he says. Obama is in so much trouble that today he was forced to appear at the competition’s house, so to speak:

“President Barack Obama and his family attended Easter service Sunday at a Washington church founded in 1863 by freed slaves.

The first family entered Shiloh Baptist Church to a round of applause on a sun-splashed day in the nation’s capital as members of a choir dressed in black, white and gold sang “Total Praise.”

Obama thought the song was about him.

Shiloh Baptist is but two miles from the White House, but somehow Obama cannot rouse himself on Sunday’s to regularly attend – the golf course beckons. Perhaps if they hired “God Damn America” Jeremiah Wright to preach his form of love, Obama would attend.

We can’t wait for this April Fools’ Day time continuum ends in November 2012.


101 thoughts on “Is It Easter Sunday Or Yet Another April Fools’ Day?

  1. While researching the link to Groundhog Day we came across this tidbit of information which shows us these Hopium addicts are everywhere:

    “In an early review of “Groundhog Day”, Obama speechwriter Desson Howe wrote: “Groundhog Day will never be designated a national film treasure by the Library of Congress”[17] , although the film was later declared to be “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the Library of Congress.”


    The Reverend Franklin Graham appeared on This Week with host Christiane Amanpour today. Graham was asked about Donald Trump and Barack Obama’s birth certificate. He told Amanpour, “I can’t see why he won’t produce it.”

    Via Mediaite:

    Rev. Franklin Graham on Obama’s birth certificate:

    He can solve this whole birth certificate issue pretty quickly. I was born in a hospital in Nashville, North Carolina and I know that my records are there, that you could probably go and find out what room my mother was in when I was born. I don’t know why he can’t produce that?

  3. The more Trump talks about the BC, the more people who haven’t thought about it will begin to consider it until it reaches critical mass where the party leadership will be forced to deal with it or lose support.

  4. from the last thread… I am behind in my daily reading due to easter…

    “This would be easy enough to verify, just get a copy of these documents. If it is true that they took some of the required wording out of the document, then we know what Nasty and Barry are holding as blackmail over each other.”

    anyone who is interested in hard core eligibility/birther research from a lawyers point of view should check out:

    the woman is all business but freaking brilliant and very careful with her research.

    the quote above asks what words were removed. JBJD wrote a 3 part series on the subject back in 2009. go here and read…
    still makes my blood boil.

    contains an amazing amount of personal research on eligibility.

  5. great article admin. I had not seen that franklin graham interview.
    How dare Franklin Graham act like a racist and ask for a birth certificate of the Messaih? /s

    I like Franklin Graham, he has one of the few charities I have complete faith in and so have given them money for many years, his charity and The Smiling Train is another one that I trust. His charity does great work, superb work.

  6. “He can solve this whole birth certificate issue pretty quickly. I was born in a hospital in Nashville, North Carolina and I know that my records are there
    Sorry Franklin, those hospital records don’t mean shit. I lost my passport a few years ago and presented my hospital issued birth record at my local post office. Not good enough for new US passport. I had to get my official, certified, Washington D.C. issued “long form” before a new passport would be issued; despite having had and renewed passports for many years and having multiple types of personal identification.

    I wonder if Obama ever had a US passport prior to being elected US Senator. Might explain his lack of foreign travel history; except for Pakistan using an Indonesian(?) PP.

  7. Another great article Admin – LOL – “the Hill on the fool”


    and just to continue with the Where’s Waldo’s Bona fides Saga Brenda Elliott (of RBO Fame) posts this little tidbit from Aaron Klein’s Radio Show


    “The lone Republican in the Hawaii State Senate told a radio interviewer today he believes “the real issue” stopping Barack Obama from releasing his long-form birth certificate is something the president has to hide, perhaps even the name of his actual birth father.

    Hawaii State Sen. Sam Slom further told the host of “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” on WABC 770 AM in New York City that so long as Obama refuses to be transparent about his past, questions about the president’s birth remain “a legitimate issue.”

    “My particular point of view – and why I haven’t identified myself as a ‘birther,’ per se – is that [Obama] probably was born [in Hawaii] and that the real issue is not the birth certificate, but what’s on the birth certificate,” Slom told Klein.

    Read more: Hawaii senator questions Obama’s true birth father

    Lots of Fools, Lots of hills.

    They should have been singing this instead….

  8. “Obama is in so much trouble that today he was forced to appear at the competition’s house, so to speak:”

    Haha, good one! You know he would have been good as a third world Godman with all the inspiration gobbledygook he served, they have plenty of those where I come from. They are actually mourning one (Sai Baba) right now there but at least that guy did a lot of good with his fame and money (I probably say this at the risk of offending some believers).

    Third world dictator (as quoted in another post), nah.. may be a third world Godman.

  9. I wonder if this means the Rovester will realise that the real person to beat in 2012 is Waffles not Trump. You have one of the main leaders of the evangelical christians in America saying he will have no problems voting and endorsing Trump, in spite of Trump having 3 marriages — which to me means nothing, a person’s kids or nieces/nephews, etc (anyone who they had a hand in raising), how they turn out is much better indicator to me.

  10. “As far as Obama’s faith, Graham said Obama has told him he is a Christian. But, Graham said, “for him, going to church means he’s a Christian.” Graham explained that for him, being a Christian is not about being a church member – it’s about a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. But Graham said “only God knows” Obama’s heart – that it’s not for him to say whether Obama is a Christian or not.”

    Pretty amazing that Graham was this explicit. I frankly think Waffle’s religion is Obama itself.

  11. OH FUNNY!

    “You may have been surprised to see President Obama’s smiling face on the cover of Tiger Beat in last week’s The New York Times article about the “original teen-girl tabloid.” Your surprise was not unwarranted, as the Times admitted today:

    A series of pictures last Sunday of covers of the magazine Tiger Beat, with an article about how the original teen-girl tabloid has remained virtually unchanged since its inception in 1965, erroneously included a parody cover, produced by the satiric newspaper The Onion, that featured a picture of President Obama.

    [via Diego Sorbara]”

    Comments are funny as heck

  12. I still confounds me that these fools with knives sticking out of their backs, still can’t face their own stupidity. Continue to kiss the golden calf that left them unemployed, homeless or at least broke.

    I don’t think of Bush as being quite that stupid, I think of 25% of American public as completely hopeless fools.

    It’s not the dumb red necks, it’s not the backward folks in the hills. It’s the young, the folks in universities and the ‘elites’. If they plan to vote for this fraud, I only hope they donate all their money to him until they are flat broke.

    I am ashamed.

  13. Four more years… of this?:

    The combination of rising gasoline prices and the steepest increase in the cost of food in a generation is threatening to push the US economy into a recession, according to Craig Johnson, president of Customer Growth Partners.

    Johnson looks at the percentage of income consumers are spending on gasoline and food as a way of gauging how consumers will fare when energy prices spike.

    With gas prices now standing at about $3.90 a gallon, energy costs have now passed 6 percent of spending—a level that Johnson says is a “tipping point” for consumers.

    “Energy is not quite as essential as food and water, but is a necessity in today’s economy, and when gasoline costs more than bottled water—like now—then it takes a huge bite out of disposable spending,” he said, in a research note.

    Of the six US recessions since 1970, all but the “9-11 year 2001 recession” have been linked to—of not triggered by—energy prices that crossed the 6 percent of personal consumption expenditures, he said. (During the shallow 2001 recession, energy prices had risen to about 5 percent of spending, which is higher than the long-term 4 percent share.)

    What may make matters worse this time around, is there has been a steep increase in food prices that occurred as well. In other recent recessions food costs were benign, at between 7.5 percent and 7.8 percent of spending.

    This year food prices have climbed 6.5 percent since the beginning of early January, according to Consumer Growth Partners.

    “The combined increase in the necessities of food and energy creates a harsh double whammy for already stressed consumers,” Johnson said. The last time this happened was in the recession that lasted from 1973 to 1975.

    Johnson estimates that food and energy eat up about 15 percent of consumer spending at today’s prices, compared with about 12.7 percent two years ago.

    Of course, at lower income levels, these percentages are much higher. One sign of the stress some consumers are already feeling is that some AAA offices have already seen an increase in out-of-gas service calls, as motorists try to put off filling their tanks or drive around trying to seek out the gas station with the least expensive price.

    Also some regions are being hit harder than others. Gas prices in Hawaii continue to set new highs, according to AAA data. The average price on Wednesday was $4.51, topping the prior record of $4.50 for a gallon of regular unleaded set in July 2008.

    Way to go Hawaii – keep on supporting the fool.

  14. It will not be under $4 by next november unless Waffles opens up many oil fields in the US for drilling.
    The number of rigs drilling in the US is at it’s highest point since the 1980s. The bad news is that we are at the end of 150 years of cheap oil. There is also rampant speculation and price gouging by the multi-nationals. The multi-nationals are also sitting on proven reserves but not producing them. The stock price of the oil companies is factored more on their reserves rather than how much they produce.

  15. You nailed this one Admin, great work. Here’s the part from your post that left me nodding my head in agreement, “The message was clear: supporting Obama is in itself a sign of an open mind and tolerance.”

    Obama used these types of subtle undertones deceptively throughout his messaging and communications in 2008 as well. Take the slogan, “Yes we can.” This simple expression implies that anyone in opposition is telling him, “No you can’t.” When overlaid with Obama’s race, it becomes telling a black man, “No you can’t”, which preys on feelings of white guilt and the topic of race. This is a deeply deceptive psychological trick that was used with this slogan.

    Now Obama is trotting out a new catch phrase for 2012 with the “Join Us / I’m in” taglines… hoping to yet again create the false impression that his following is some type of righteous movement that is huge in number — and anyone not a part of the group is racist, ‘on the wrong side of history’ and not virtuous. It’s not a dissimilar approach to the false impressions of an overwhelming following that he attempted to create early in 2008 — using big crowds (regardless of how they got there; concerts, union bus trips, college students, etc) and manipulation of social media websites by an army of paid workers and volunteers. Everything is perception with this guy, and everything is superficial — image and a sense of a vast following is essential to making people who are weak-minded ask themselves, “wow, I must be missing something if ALL of these people are with him and I’m not! I’d better join!” It’s literally Josef Goebbels v2.0, with massive rallies, propaganda, and control over the media. Heck, HuffPo uses the same tactics by inflating the # of comments under each story — all in an attempt to create the illusion that their website is the center of the universe and more important than it actually is. Mind games. Unfortunately, the Obama coalition is susceptible to these easily discernible psychological ploys — and they will continue to be manipulated.

  16. By putting health care ahead of jobs, he paved the way for the debacle we see today.


    FWiw, a good health care plan could have created jobs for more health care workers (and for the people who build and support hospital facilities). Instead Obama is directing that money toward bonuses for insurance beancounters whose job will be to deny hc claims.

  17. why did the Egyption blogging result in a revolution, and our blogging resulted in the issue being dropped


    BEcause we didn’t go out and massively occupy the Washington Monumnet for a month?

    Because we weren’t protesting bad economic conditions and Mubarak-style 30+ year violent dictatorship?

  18. Does that mean our issue/issues were not important? I guess when Bush got In I felt, OK, we can survive this, even though I felt he really had not won the election. I kept telling myself, what difference does it make, we can survive this. Then the fraud of 2008, a good leader potentially a great leader robbed of their rightful place, even then in the back of my mind, we can survive this. But I am beginning to feel that we have not survived it, and the US is losing ground. Ground I am no longer sure we can recover. I also feel good leaders cannot make it through the crappy political system that has developed. So over what reason do we need to occupy the Washington Monument if not the fraud of an election or the ignoring of a request by the majority of the voters to prove eligibility.

    I still cannot get over how at our state primary, when we were electing the people to run for office in NM, how strict the vote was, how the people and the machines were watched cloesly. People were brought in to observe this. Then, like we all know, they voted from their rooms in Denver. I am sure many are say that I will never get over this. I really am not sure that I can. To me the subject of eligibiliy was as important to the process, as the rest of it. Yet the leaders, judges have treated it like the majority do not need to know, and if you tell them enough they are wrong, without proving it, you will succeed in shoving it down their throats.

    I think now about going to another country, even though their systems are known to be corrupt. My rational is at least everyone knows about them. In American, we only pretend to have a Democracy.

  19. mawk·ish/ˈmôkiSH/Adjective
    1. Sentimental in a feeble or sickly way: “a mawkish poem”.
    2. Having a faint sickly flavor:
    That is the word that best describes the behavior of these disciples. The only thing missing from their repertoire is the swastika.

  20. Tim I am sure that Franklin Graham has patterned his finanancial system after how his father kept his books. The Rev Billy Graham was not perfect, but he did have one of the best financial system for his ministries.

  21. Dane Thorwald
    April 24th, 2011 at 10:47 pm
    Chris Hedges was the first one to put his finger on what Obama really is: he is not a political leader, he is a brand. The things you saw in 2008 and are seeing again now–the logos, the slogans, the jingles, and the mawkish press are elements of a branding strategy which aims to create an emotional response that causes the customer to buy the product, which in this case is Barack Hussein Obama.

    But branding theory has its limitations (c.f. Branding is for cattle). Slogans, logos, jingos of the kind you see here are useful when the product is first introduced in the marketplace. Why? Because they create recognition, excitement, and an overwhelming desire to try the product. That was the situation we saw in 2008. It is why too many people bought brand Obama sight unseen at that time.

    Since that time many of those same people have changed their opinion of Mr. Obama, admit they made a mistake, and swear they would never vote for him again. Why? Because they have seen the performance and it does not measure up to the performance.

    Again, this is consistent with modern branding theory, which teaches us that once a product has been purchased the touchstone is how well that product performs. If there is a shortfall between promise and performance then the buyer not buy the same product again–regardless of the slogans, logos and jingos.

    That is not to suggest that some of the people–particularly the young who campaigned for Obama in 2008 will not do so again. They will. But they will do it for a different set of reasons, to relive what they imagine to be past glories. But their motives are personal and idiosyncratic. They will not command broad appeal they did in 2008

  22. The Stirewalt article confirms that the Far Left has been completely destroyed — by Obama! They are reduced to panhandlers singing for ‘change.’ Since Obama already owns their votes and their contribution limits, they have nothing he wants. Just a bunch of used, discarded, irrelevant, shell-shocked dingbats.

    Hell can’t burn hotly enough for Markos/Jornolist, etc. They destroyed progressivism in the U.S. I hope the devil likes toasted worm.

  23. Since Obama already owns their votes and their contribution limits, they have nothing he wants.


    Where’s Nader when we need him?

  24. Who would have guessed, Obama has managed to piss off both Armenians and Turks with his little speech on the 1915 problem. The man is a total idiot.

  25. Trump wins Straw Poll in Alvin Greene’s Hometown

    April 19, 2011

    The Clarendon County Republican Party held a Presidential Straw Poll during their county convention in Manning, South Carolina. 32 delegates voted.

    The results were as follows:

    Donald Trump: 41 %
    Mike Huckabee: 19 %
    Mitt Romney: 9 %
    Newt Gingrich: 9 %
    Ron Paul: 9 %
    Sarah Palin: 6 %
    Jeb Bush: 3 %
    Haley Barbour: 3 %

  26. Obama has managed to piss off both Armenians and Turks with his little speech on the 1915 problem


    “Too bad you didn’t have Me.” — ?

  27. Sorry, it was the health care law the Supreme Court refused to fast track (bc on the mind I guess).

  28. earlier I saw a interview with the writer of a book on Madoff called ‘The Wizard of Lies’

    …the writer talked about how Madoff managed to deceive, outfox and cheat not only many very smart people (including I believe Speilberg)…Madoff ‘fooled’ not only so called brillant people and long time close friends, but also government officials that were purposely employed and TRAINED to catch such deception…this report went on to say that Madoff had been pulling his deception off for years and that he had constructed very detailed software and paperwork to aid him in his deception…

    …and he deceived the SEC and all the agencies that were set up to stop just what he did and got away with…he was successful in deceiving all those smart people and very long time close friends…and family

    …in other words, Madoff was an amazing con man who made something look like it was one way when it was actually the opposite and because no one every questioned him…

    or as Obama said himself:

    “A lot of you got involved at a time when the prospect of electing a Barack Hussein Obama to the Oval Office was slim,” he said. “None of you asked for my birth certificate. It was a complete leap of faith.”

    …because no one even dared to question Madoff he managed to pull off his scam for many, many, many years…even perhaps, as the writer says, to deceive his own wife and two sons, one who recently killed himself out of shame…

    the moral of this story…’trust’ but verify’…or ‘show the BC and let the chips fall where they may’

    …enter Trump…all of this should have been done long ago during the primaries…

    timing delayed…


    I worked at sony studios for almost four years during the 1990’s early 2000’s…

    I am so disappointed and embarrassed to hear about the continuing brainwashing of children to idolize O…remember when they pulled that during the primaries with the kids singing to O at a home in Venice, Ca…

    these are the people that would scream if any opposition trying these kind of stunts and tactics…they would ridicule and complain, yet they have no shame about their own forms of indoctrination…on kids, no leas…it really is sickening…


  29. osted by LaborUnionReport (Profile)
    Taking On The (Republican Establishment)
    Red State Blog

    Our nation is drowning in debt. There are those within both political parties that, rather than taking the much-needed corrective action, seem determined—whether from their hunger for political power, their ineptitude, or just their own willingness to compromise to score points—to continue seeing this nation falter. They would rather publicly give the appearance of fighting while, privately, playing “let’s make a deal.”

    (This article features a fine photo of an earnest Boehner and Cantor shaking hands with a grateful Obama–they have all joined together in a perfect act of bi partisanship to fuck their constituents over the debt limit. It seems the establishment Republicans are learning the tactics of Chicago–The Combine Itself is a monument to bi-partisanship and why not? The only losers are the people of Illinois and history has shown that they are easily bamboozled–especially when you have a corrupt press in your hip product.)

    The battle on the Left is clear: There is an alliance of Marxist-leaning statists that is hell-bent in destroying the free market and regulating our private lives. They are in the open now, in power, and self-identified.

    The battle on the Right, while not as clear, is there as well. To win it, in order to preserve this nation, it must be fought by YOU. Before the Left can be defeated, conservatives and those who seek to end the mad spending of both parties must win back the GOP. And that is a battle that must take place soon.

    There is a lot of frustration among “we, the people.” And rightly so. Many had thought that after November, those in the GOP “establishment” would have learned that they owed their continued existence to the movement known as the Tea Party. The establishment did not learn. There are those that would rather forget that, were it not for the Tea Party movement, the Republican Party would still be on the outside looking in. Instead, some of the GOP establishment are already scheming to rid themselves of the power of the grassroots. It’s an unwise decision that needs to be rectified now.

    In addition to Texas conservatives being punished by the GOP, two articles this weekend highlighted just how badly the disconnect is between the GOP establishment and the regular Americans who do not want to see this country further destroyed by a bunch of Marxists on the Left and self-dealing politicians on the Right.

    In the first piece, in Townhall, Hugh Hewitt writes of an interview he had on his radio show with Oklahoma Republican Tom Cole. Hewitt tells of Cole’s establishment disconnect with the grassroots who propelled Republicans back into the majority in the House.

    The vast majority of the grassroots at the [Sacramento] rally think the House GOP got rolled on the recently completed budget deal. They are profoundly unhappy with the Beltway GOP and talk of primary opponents and support for Democrats in select races against big-spending Republican appropriators was everywhere.

    On my radio show Tuesday, I asked one of the senior GOP appropriators, Oklahoma’s Tom Cole, if he had heard this criticism and whether he expected a primary fight.

    “You know, look, it’s a free country,” he told me. “Anybody’s allowed to run.”


    What is most striking is not Cole’s vigorous defense, but the disconnect between what I heard on Saturday in Sacramento and what I heard from Cole on Tuesday. The gulf between the grassroots volunteers of the Tea Parties and the Beltway GOP is vast, deep and growing.

    Now, while that excerpt may make you simmer while shaking your head, this will most assuredly enrage you:

    In a piece entitled GOP Kingmakers Wipe Tea Party Seats Off Map, NewsMax explains:

    Tea party lawmakers are being targeted for elimination by their own party, as old-guard Republicans use the Census-mandated redistricting process to erase seats won by last year’s upstarts, the National Journal reports.

    House freshmen from several GOP-majority states are in danger of losing out in a political realignment that rewards more connected veteran representatives. It may be cold comfort to tea partyers that the hostile redistricting process proves their point: They really don’t belong to the political establishment.

    “They did not have ties with incumbents and weren’t afforded a seat at the table,” said political journalist Ed Feigenbaum.

    So, the arrogant good old-boy network in the GOP is actively working to defeat the very people who put the Party back in power. It’s time to finish what was started in 2009.

    If you really want to take this country out of the hands of the Left and the career politicians on the Right, it is up to you. The fight on the Right can be more easily won than you might think—but it will take some of your time (a few hours a month) and getting out of your comfort zone.

    Like it or not, we live in a two-party system. On the Left, the Democrats have become wholly owned by unions and other Marxist organizations. On the Right, however, the GOP is ripe for the pickings for conservatives and those who value a free market and limited government.

    In talking to activists, there is a sense of frustration that people, after November, have gone back to sleep. I don’t think that’s the case. Rather, people just aren’t sure what they need to be doing right now.

    Let’s walk through the steps:

    Keep the message alive and expand your circle. Keep people informed (whether via e-mails, blogs or conversation, what’s going on in the country).
    Precinct Activism. You control the precincts, you control the party. It’s that simple. Some Tea Party leaders get it, others don’t yet. The fastest and easiest way to take the country back is to become involved in precinct activism. Become a precinct committeeperson. If you leave it up to other people, you cannot complain when the inmates take over and run the asylum. Across the country, less than half of the precinct slots are filled. With a few hours a month, you can take an affirmative step in fighting to save the country. It is being done, here and there, but not nearly enough.
    Primary the good-old boys. If your representative is feathering his own nest while helping to put your children and grandchildren in debt—or doing nothing to prevent it—either run someone against him, or do it yourself.
    Pick your target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it. [Yeah, I’m going there.] It doesn’t matter whether the cockroach is on the Right or the Left—cockroaches hate sunlight. Shine it…brightly and repeatedly.
    Network, recruit, plan, prepare, then execute. Since 2009, the Tea Party movement has been a tremendous force for slowing down (but not stopping) an agenda to “fundamentally transform” America into more of a statist nation, saddled with unending debt. However, the fight is far from finished. As importantly, more and more Americans are realizing the dire straits our nation is in and are willing to get involved. They need to be recruited. It’s not hard. All it takes is some conversation and a little prodding.

    Here’s the bottom line. If you want to affect the GOP “establishment,” you have to become it. And the path to doing that is by taking over the establishment. Here’s a little secret NO ONE in the GOP establishment wants you to know: Over half of the party precinct slots are vacant. Vacant. You can do the math. Or, rather, to borrow that well known lottery phrase: We can’t win if you don’t play.


    “I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as ABC, hold up truth to your eyes.” Thomas Paine, December 23, 1776

  30. Mrs. Smith
    April 25th, 2011 at 8:07 am
    Trump wins Straw Poll in Alvin Greene’s Hometown
    It is so simple really. The people who hate Obama and what he is doing to destroy our country want a fighter–not a lover. Other than Trump, they see no fighters in the Republican field–just a bunch of eunuchs.

  31. And when the reaction by the base to the party is adjudged “tepid” the press will blame Bush, et. al. But the truth will be that the base sees no fighters in the Republican presidential field–other than Romney. No one with the will and capacity to stop the bleeding, save the country and make their lives better.

  32. other than Romney
    I meant Trump. God what a Freudian slip. There is no more establishment Republican than Shamus master, and if that front windshield is any indication, shamus has already voted in the 2012 primary. How about Romney care for Irish setters. Medical insurance for pets is becoming unaffordable, and there is another group of insurance lobbyists they have not yet tapped–merely an oversight I assure you.

  33. “Like it or not, we live in a two-party system. On the Left, the Democrats have become wholly owned by unions and other Marxist organizations. On the Right, however, the GOP is ripe for the pickings for conservatives and those who value a free market and limited government.
    Those are the words of political operatives who are pushing the “buttons” of the working class to vote against their economic self interest. How are those “free markets” working out for you??? At least Trump realizes that greed of the elites with their “free markets, free trade” has driven this country into a ditch while the “free markets, no government regulation” crowd is clicking ice cubes at cocktail parties and laughing at the stupidity of the working class.

  34. obama’s media groupies are at it again. The following is a result of glue sniffing illusions for sure…

    Hillary Clinton’s strategic mistake (and Barack Obama’s brilliant chess move)

    By David Gewirtz | April 25, 2011

    Poor Hillary Clinton. Had she opted out of the Obama administration’s early reality distortion effect, she might have been a front-running challenger for the 2012 Democratic presidential nomination.

    Instead, she’s probably retiring from public office at the end of President Obama’s current term.

    So what went so wrong for Hillary?

    As we all know, Mrs. Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign team was — essentially — surprised by Barack Obama’s early strength. They all assumed it was “her turn,” and that she’d get the 2008 nomination almost by default.

    By the time her team stopped their infighting and figured out they had a credible threat from Team Obama, Mr. Obama had taken a commanding lead. Hillary’s team came from behind and almost caught up. But they’d waited just a little too long to get their game faces on, and lost to the “Yes we can” bandwagon.

    So there she was, out of the running. At this point, both she and Mr. Obama had some chess moves to think through. Did Mr. Obama want to consider her for his VP choice? History says, “No.” Did she want to stay in the national limelight? History says, “Oh, yeah, baby, oh yeah.”

    And so, rather than trying for another Senate run or teaching at some prestigious university for the duration (or picking up bajillion dollar consulting gigs, like Bill’s been doing), she became Secretary of State.

    It’s quite an accomplishment. She went from First Lady of the United States, to Senator from the Great State of New York, to Secretary of State of the United States of America. It’s one of the strongest political careers for any politician, and is probably the single strongest political career for any American woman in the history of the country.

    If Barack Obama governed like he campaigned, all rousing speeches and great inspiration, Hillary’s decision to jump on board his administration might have been a rock solid one.

    But Mr. Obama hasn’t governed like he campaigned.

    Mr. Obama has had a decidely uninspiring presidency, from a health care reform victory where the cure is probably worse than the disease, to a new third war, to a jobs situation still in the crapper, to issues of privacy, security, and TSA indignities.

    Only history will be able to tell whether President Obama’s moves after the 2009 financial crisis turned things around that would have otherwise led to another Great Depression. But we all have experienced the Great Recession and Obama-the-President is far more universally disappointing than Obama-the-Campaigner.

    When Barack Obama took the office on January 20, 2009, he seemed politically invulnerable. Strategically, it made sense from Hillary’s point of view to become part of that team. After all, it was likely he’d run again in 2012, handily get re-elected, and there would really be no room for Mrs. Clinton if she wasn’t part of the Obama administration.

    But Barack Obama is politically vulnerable. Very, very vulnerable.

    In today’s political environment, there would have been room for the old Hillary (the one untarnished by being part of the Obama administration) to have ridden in to save the day. She could have claimed ownership of finally doing health care right. She could have claimed ownership of the economy. She could have claimed ownership in international affairs, unmarred by the actual sausage-making that is international affairs, unmarred by the revelations of the Wikileaks documents (there’s your ZDNet tech angle!), and unmarred by the new war in Libya.

    Mrs. Clinton could have made the case that we gave Obama a chance, but now it’s time for the grown-ups to do the job right. Heck, given that her campaign was one of the original sources of the nutty birther controversy, she could have even questioned the President’s right to be President.

    Now, of course, she doesn’t have that opportunity. She made the wrong chess move. Mr. Obama, in retrospect, made the absolutely perfect political move. By keeping friends close and enemies closer, he brought Hillary into the fold and — very effectively — took her out of play for 2012.

    Sure, Hillary could still run, but she’d now be battling her own record as well as Mr. Obama’s. Given that Presidents who want the nomination generally get the nomination, Hillary’s chances — now — are almost nonexistent.

    So that was her strategic mistake and Mr. Obama’s brilliant chess move. How could she have known that Mr. Obama wouldn’t be as popular now as he was then?

    Hmm…perhaps we have to give President Obama more credit for strategic thinking than we may have in the past. He certainly played the Hillary game of thrones to his advantage.

    Barack Obama’s a tough read. It’s honestly hard to tell whether he’s been good at his job or horrific. That’s his fault. Because while it’s very difficult to tangibly determine whether we’d have been better off with Mr. McCain than Mr. Obama these last few years, it’s absolutely clear that Barack Obama has dropped the ball when it comes to inspiring the world.

    And that, more than anything else, may well be Barack Obama’s most serious strategic mistake.

  35. And then they are bring this up again? Is there a full moon or something? Isn’t the timing just perfect…

    Book: Hillary Clinton Error Led to Impeachment
    By Paul Bedard

    Posted: April 25, 2011

    Bill Clinton can blame his wife and a House GOP in disarray after disastrous midterm elections for his 1998 impeachment and 1999 Senate trial on perjury and obstruction charges. Former Republican Rep. James Rogan, a House prosecutor who was the only key player to keep a diary of the epic event, reveals in the most unvarnished tale yet how nobody in Washington wanted to move forward on the case, but there just wasn’t anybody in leadership to stop the train wreck from happening. In Catching Our Flag, due soon to bookstores, the former California lawmaker, now a Superior Court judge in Fullerton, Calif., says that after the election, GOP leaders wanted to drop the impeachment, fearing it would make Republicans even more unpopular. But the internal war that prompted former Speaker Newt Gingrich to quit led to a leadership vacuum in which “nobody was there to give us the marching orders to stop.” Add to that Hillary Clinton’s sudden decision, he writes, to stop talks for a deal because she didn’t think the GOP would dare to proceed. “A serious chance existed for Clinton to avoid impeachment, and Hillary Clinton killed that opportunity personally,” pens Rogan of the White House view, independently confirmed by Whispers. “These were all missed opportunities,” the folksy Rogan says in an interview.

    Why now? Rogan fancies himself a historian and always wanted to write about the episode, but he also thought it wise to wait 10 years or more so personal feelings wouldn’t get in the way.

    Of all the books that touch on Clinton’s impeachment and the Senate’s rejection of the charges, Rogan’s is among the most entertaining and fact-filled, built around his legal-pad diaries of behind-the-scenes planning sessions with other House impeachment managers. He tells, for example, of meeting with former Rep. Peter Rodino, chairman of the Nixon impeachment committee, who advised Rogan to tell Gingrich to take a hands-off approach to the case since he was third in line for the presidency.

    He also had a chance to size up Clinton paramour Monica Lewinsky, finding her “snotty and spoiled.” And he says former Sen. Rick Santorum, a potential 2012 GOP presidential candidate, led others in refusing to let Rogan call witnesses in the Senate trial, a precedent that “concerns me greatly.”

    Some 12 years later, Rogan still doesn’t know if Clinton should have resigned. But he feels sure it would have helped former Vice President Al Gore. “He’d be collecting a presidential pension now, re-election assured.”

  36. ‘A complete leap of faith …’

    Posted: April 24, 2011

    “A lot of you got involved when the prospect of electing Barack Hussein Obama to the Oval Office was slim. None of you asked for my birth certificate. It was a complete leap of faith.”

    – Barack Hussein Obama to a Hollywood audience last week

    Barack Hussein Obama never spoke truer words.

    When he says no one asked him for his birth certificate during the 2008 campaign, he’s essentially right. No controlling legal authority in America asked for it.

    I asked for it.

    Jerome Corsi asked for it.

    In fact, I organized a campaign to inform each member of the Electoral College, the Supreme Court and the Federal Elections Commission of the serious questions about Obama’s constitutional eligibility to assume office. But none of those parties demanded any evidence of the president-elect.

    As Obama himself says now, “It was a complete leap of faith.”

    And some Americans still don’t understand why the questions continue to be asked. Some Americans, mostly in elite circles in the media and politics, still ridicule those asking them. Some Americans vilify those who insist the Constitution itself is being demeaned and marginalized by Obama’s unprecedented arrogance.

    All of that is about to change very soon.

    In fact, it already has.

    The controversy is not diminishing. It’s building.

    It began building earlier this year when newly elected Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie, a lifelong friend of Obama, pledged to get to the bottom of this mess once and for all and demonstrate to the public what should be the simplest of all matters to resolve – that Obama was indeed born in Hawaii.

    When he failed at his No. 1 priority as governor, more Americans started to get suspicious.

    Then came Donald Trump, a voice that could not be ignored by the media.

    And next comes Jerome Corsi’s “Where’s the Birth Certificate? The Case That Barack Obama Is Not Eligible To Be President,” already a runaway No. 1 best-selling book more than two weeks before its release.

    I have called this book a “game-changer” – and I mean it.

    This is an issue the media can no longer avoid or demagogue, though they will surely try.

    Everyone wants this book, including Obama, who may indeed learn some things about his own past that he doesn’t know – or doesn’t want the public to know.

    The public eligibility trial of Barack Hussein Obama is about to begin. Opening arguments begin May 17.

    That it has to take this long is a national scandal. That it remains a matter of controversy for states to pass eligibility requirements for presidential candidates to get on the ballot is a national scandal. That the state of Hawaii has gone so far as to stop issuing birth certificates to anyone in the state to cover its tracks of incompetence and negligence is a national scandal. That so many Americans simply don’t care about the clear and concise words of the Constitution on a matter as important as presidential eligibility is a national scandal.

    But many do care.

    Many have drawn a line in the sand on this issue from which they do not intend to back off.

    It involves much more than a birth certificate.

    Obama hypocritically pledged during his campaign to oversee “the most open and transparent administration in history.” Yet he guards every document about his personal history like they were national security secrets. And, indeed, they may turn out to be just that.

    That an occupant of the White House could be perpetrating the biggest fraud in history on the American people would indeed compromise national security beyond almost anything we could imagine as citizens.

    Is that the case?

    Stay tuned.

    The public eligibility trial of Barack Hussein Obama begins May 17.

    Read more: ‘A complete leap of faith …’

  37. Puma-SF
    April 24th, 2011 at 12:22 am
    What’s worse than pathetic?


    Hey, all three fit Obama nicely! There are more…

  38. “BUBBLE BOY”

    April 23rd, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    He says the reason he plays so much golf is that it’s the only way he can get away from the “bubble” he’s in.

    Let’s add “Bubble Boy” to the list of nicknames we ascribe to O’bama.

    The short list includes:

    The One
    aka Barry Soetoro
    The Messiah

  39. Trump is right, again.

    BOSTON (MarketWatch) — The International Monetary Fund has just dropped a bombshell, and nobody noticed.

    For the first time, the international organization has set a date for the moment when the “Age of America” will end and the U.S. economy will be overtaken by that of China.
    The Obama deficit tour

    The Wall Street Journal editorial page’s Steve Moore critiques the president’s speeches attacking Republican budget plans.

    And it’s a lot closer than you may think.

    According to the latest IMF official forecasts, China’s economy will surpass that of America in real terms in 2016 — just five years from now.

  40. Tony Stark
    April 24th, 2011 at 7:16 pm
    The more Trump talks about the BC, the more people who havent thought about it will begin to consider it until it reaches critical mass where the party leadership will be forced to deal with it or lose support.

    And it’s cool that Trump is thick-skinned, and willing to ignore idiots who attempt to silence him with the ridicule treatment.

    Unlike Bubble Boy, who is extremely thin-skinned and ill-humored. Not much fun to be around nowadays, is it??

  41. JanH
    April 25th, 2011 at 11:34 am
    obama’s media groupies are at it again. The following is a result of glue sniffing illusions for sure…

    Hillary Clinton’s strategic mistake (and Barack Obama’s brilliant chess move)

    I disagree with their conclusions here. If Barack Obama is taken down soon, Hillary can still have an opening for the Democratic Primaries. If it becomes certain very soon that Barack Obama is going to lose against the Republicans, Hillary will have an opening.

  42. rickya
    April 25th, 2011 at 1:28 pm
    you’re exactly right. I am fervently HOPING for that CHANGE. I think they are aware of this and are trying to screw her chances, trying to weaken her.

  43. WH Fails to Release Easter Proclamation

    President Obama failed to release a statement or a proclamation recognizing the national observance of Easter Sunday, Christianity’s most sacred holiday.

    By comparison, the White House has released statements recognizing the observance of major Muslim holidays and released statements in 2010 on Ramadan, Eid-ul-Fitr, Hajj, and Eid-ul-Adha.

    The White House also failed to release a statement marking Good Friday. However, they did release an eight-paragraph statement heralding Earth Day. Likewise, the president’s weekend address mentioned neither Good Friday or Easter.

    However, the First Family did attend an Easter Sunday worship service at a Baptist church and last week, the president hosted an Easter breakfast for Christian ministers. In that gathering, the president spoke openly about the Christian faith.

    And today, the president and first lady will host 30,000 people for the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. The secular celebration of Easter includes readings, games, and a yoga garden. This year’s theme, “Get Up and Go!” is part of the first lady’s anti-obesity campaign and will also display produce from the White House garden.

    In 2010, Obama was criticized for releasing an all-inclusive Easter greeting. He reached out to Jews, Muslims, Hindus, and people of no faith at all in a statement about a holiday that is uniquely Christian.

    “All of us are striving to make a way in this world; to build a purposeful and fulfilling life in the fleeting time we have here,” Obama said in his 2010 “Easter” message. “A dignified life. A healthy life. A life, true to its potential. And a life that serves other.” “These are aspirations that stretch back through the ages – aspirations at the heart of Judaism, at the heart of Christianity, at the heart of all the world’s great religions,” the president added.

    When the White House released statements about Muslim holidays, no attempts were made to include Christianity or to mention a spirit of inclusivity. For example, in his 2010 statement on Hajj and Eid-ul-Adha, Obama made no references to Christianity or any other religion.

    By contrast, former President Bush traditionally included Scripture passages in his Easter messages and made a point to explain what Easter is about. Like Obama, though, he did not release statements marking Good Friday.

    In 2007, he said, “The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the most important event of the Christian faith.” “On this powerful day, let us join together and give thanks to the Almighty for the glory of His grace,” he added.

    In his 2008 Easter message, President Bush said: “The Resurrection of Jesus Christ reminds people around the world of the presence of a faithful God who offers a love more powerful than death. Easter commemorates our Savior’s triumph over sin, and we take joy in spending this special time with family and friends and reflecting on the many blessings that fill our lives. During this season of renewal, let us come together and give thanks to the Almighty who made us in His image and redeemed us in His love.”

  44. Trump: ‘Iowa Is Very, Very Important to Me’

    Real estate mogul and TV personality Donald Trump says he’ll announce whether he is running for president after the May 22 final installment of his hit show “The Celebrity Apprentice,” but in the meantime, it’s all about location, location, location – and that location for Trump is Iowa.

    “Iowa is very, very important to me,” he tells The Des Moines Register. “I love what Iowa represents. It represents to me a work ethic that a lot of other places don’t have. And I think I’ll do well in Iowa because, you know, my ethic is very much like the people of Iowa.”

    Iowa, which has the first contest in the race for the 2012 nomination – the caucuses are scheduled for Feb. 6 – is a subject from which the volatile Trump does not shy.

    “I will meet many, many people, maybe all of the people” in Iowa, Trump told The Register last month. “If I decide to run, I will be shaking hands with everybody.”

    More than just a grip-and-grin opportunity, however, Trump is on record saying that he knows he must convince Iowans that he is a serious contender — with more to offer than doubts about the birthplace of President Barack Obama.

    According to The Register, he is chaffing to pound away on his opposition to the federal health care reform law, to same-sex marriage and to abortion except under limited circumstances, and that he has an agenda to kick-start the economy.

    He tells the paper that his mindset has evolved over his lifetime: “I’m a very conservative person — extremely conservative.”

    Trump is more than just talk, however. He has developed a special affinity for and involvement with the town of Newton, Iowa, where many wage earners lost their livelihoods in 2007 when Whirlpool Corp. bought Maytag and closed the local appliance factory.

    Trump actually dispensed cash to aid some of the most-hurting residents. “That whole Maytag situation, it’s a disgrace,” he told the Register.

    But can a guy who seems more celebrity than politician prevail in Iowa? Pat Robertson of “700 Club” fame managed to sweep up 24.6 percent support in 1988 — behind Bob Dole’s winning 37.4 percent. Meanwhile, Steve Forbes of Forbes magazine and megabucks fame also captured second in 2000 with 30.5 percent. George W. Bush picked-up 41 percent that year.

    Both The Register and the Associated Press have reported that Trump does indeed have to overcome a good measure of skepticism among the party leaders in the Iowa counties that churned out the most Republican caucus-goers in 2008.

    “The consensus is, he’s a little on the joke side,” Cory Adams, 34, chairman of the Story County Republicans, told The Register after a recent meeting with 30 Republicans.

    “I don’t think he’s prepared at all for what it means to run in the caucuses in Iowa,” said Sac County Republican Chairwoman Ann Trimble-Ray, a consultant to Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King and a leading party activist, according to the Associated Press. “I think that’s going to shock the socks off this guy.”

    Also according to an AP report, Steve Scheffler, a Republican National Committeeman from West Des Moines, said Trump would attract attention. “But he, like every other candidate is going to have to be willing and able to answer tough questions.”

  45. Those are the words of political operatives etc/
    It is part of the theater which is intended to bamboozle people into believing there are two opposing parties and two choices. Unforunately, in the areas where it counts most there is only one political party.

  46. The real point of that article was to show that the grass roots of the Republican Party are being shat upon by the leadership–and unlike the dims, they know it.

  47. Shadowfax,

    I have been trying to educate myself about the financial reality in the US. From what I gather, since the US dollar is the world’s reserve currency, it can continue to print money as it has been doing at a furius rate. But since S$P downgraded the future expectations of the dollar to less tha AAA, and China, Russia and Arab countries gathered a few months ago to discuss an alternate reserve currency, the US is cloes to losing that status and no one wants the American public to realize that.

    If that happens, we cna’t print money, can’t cover our debts and could be forced into extreme austerity measures as happened in Great Britain when the pound sterling crashed back in the 1970’s At the time, the government institued rolling blackouts across the country to save electricity. From what I researched, loss in reserve currency status could mean an immediate 25 percent drop in standard of living. It is horrible what is happening to the US.

    I am no finance specialist but I have beenr researching enough to be very concerned. Not that it’s going to help. Some forecasers say it will happen practically overnight. In the meantime, the American public is completely in the dark about the impending crisis.
    I think it is a disaster about to happen. See front page at Drudge.


    Jay Cost has this article, which includes the “Partisan Ratio in Major Media and Exit Polls”. The link has this chart, and a few graphs, good at explaining that Obama is truly “not popular”.

  49. JanH
    April 25th, 2011 at 11:37 am
    Paul Bedard wrote a book? Trust me someone else did under his name. He is nothing more than a Washington gossip monger.

  50. By David Gewirtz | April 25, 201
    Unlike most of you, I really enjoyed this article. It is a perfect example of how when the wrong facts you will always reach the wrong conclusions. I counted 9 erroneous facts here. One of the more salient ones is that Obama wisely lured Hillary into his administration because he knew it was wise to keep your friends close and your enemies closer. What this fat pompous ass does not realize is how that actually happened was that Hillary was the driving force and not Obama. When Hillary returned to the Senate, she raised doubts about the wisdom of some of Obama’s proposed policies based on cost. This got back to Obama, he summoned her to Chicago and went ballistic that she would question him–the sociopath at his best. She was spotted on the way back to the airport, the press asked why she was there. Whereupon they lied and said they were discussing the SOS job to promote the fiction of a Lincolnesque administration of formal rivals, a microcasm of what the Man Child would accomplish on the world stage. Well, when the asshole found out about this he went ballistic again. He wanted the world stage all to himself. By then however the word was out and Axelgrease had to talk him into accepting it. But if you really don’t know this, and build your case based on what the spinmeisters say, you will reach erroneous conclusions, and give credit where it is not due, as this author did here.

  51. How could she have known that Mr. Obama wouldn’t be as popular now as he was then?



  52. How could she have known that Mr. Obama wouldn’t be as popular now as he was then?



    Yeah, that does deserve an ROFL.. this guy does not know what he is talking about.

  53. YAHOO: “R & R FOR HRC?”

    Don’t know if anyone else saw this…

    Mini mystery: Where’s Hillary Clinton?

    By Laura Rozen
    Mon Apr 25, 10:48 am ET

    In more than two years as Barack Obama’s Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton has kept up a punishing schedule of near constant foreign travel, diplomatic outreach, White House meetings, and management of the large State Department bureaucracy. And in the process, she’s emerged as one of the most popular figures in Obama’s cabinet.

    So it was very unusual when this week’s State Department public “week ahead” itinerary described Clinton as having no public appointments at all on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Indeed, her first public appointment is not scheduled until Thursday morning—and that is a highly ceremonial appearance: officiating at a symbolic swearing-in of children of State Department employees participating in take your child to work today.

    What’s more, Clinton is conspicuously missing—even by videoconference—from the list of senior Obama national security advisers and cabinet chiefs due to meet with the President today on Afghanistan and Pakistan at 11:30 AM.

    Asked about her absence from the list, a White House spokesman said he doesn’t know why she’s not participating in the Af-Pak powwow, directing a reporter to ask her office.

    The Envoy has duly launched queries to the State Department. Readers are not advised to hold their breaths in anticipation of official replies, however: Both chief spokespeople at the State Department also appear to be out of the office this week, and the State Department notified the press that it is not holding its usual daily press conference today.

    So is Clinton on a secret diplomatic mission? Has she slipped off for a quiet family get-away? Is America’s top diplomat simply ground down by her brutal schedule, or unplugged with a case of spring allergies, which she acknowledged suffering from last year?

    A State Department source says Clinton’s taking a little Easter break R&R, although he did not reveal her location.

    However well-deserved the respite, Clinton, 63, as one of the most famous and recognizable women in the world, is not a person who disappears so easily, at least not without a lot of help. So let us know if you spot her.

    In the meantime, we also note in passing presumably unconnected reports via RFERL’s Golnaz Esfandiari that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has also not shown up at work for four days, and reportedly did not attend a cabinet meeting Sunday. Presumably an Easter long-weekend get-away does not explain the beleaguered Iranian leader’s reported absence.

  54. However well-deserved the respite, Clinton, 63, as one of the most famous and recognizable women in the world, is not a person who disappears so easily, at least not without a lot of help. So let us know if you spot her.

    Glad to hear Hillary is taking a couple of days off, more than well deserved!

    Ain’t it great this article thought it was important to post her age on this?

    I think I will change my names for Obama to this:


  55. Only 1% of Media Stories On Spiking Gas Prices Even Name Obama’s Anti-Oil Policies As Possible Culprit; Most Prefer Business Bogeyman of “Speculators”

    The way they… surround a story, as an old New York Times advertising campaign used to brag.

    – Gas prices have risen almost $1-a-gallon since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, yet President Obama’s drilling moratorium and other anti-oil policies have barely been mentioned by the networks in that time span.
    – Only 1 percent (3 out of 280) of oil price stories since the spill has made any connection between the administration’s anti-oil actions and the jump in gasoline prices.

    Choices are usually a matter of tradeoffs. We choose one thing at the expense of another. Most of us intuitively understand that you can’t have it all, and choosing one is choosing against another.

    Shills attempt to claim there are no tradeoffs, that choices are all upside and no downside. You get this when buying a car, buying a home… or watching Make Believe Media “news,” which represents the policies of their beloved liberal Democrats as almost never having any tradeoff-downside associated with them. Ever.

    Now, if a Republican proposes tax cuts… well, hot damn, but you will soon be hearing about an awful lot of bad consequences attendant to that choice.

    But Obama’s anti-oil permitorium? Any possible tightening of supply caused by that?

    No. Why do you ask?

    And in case your memory is psst-ing you “Didn’t they always link high gas prices with Bush?,” why yes. Yes they did.

    The Second Term of Jimmy Carter: Lefties are starting to worry, as Eric Alterman does, that Obama is looking less messianic and more malaisiac. Among other problems, Obama faces $5 a gallon gas all summer (and probably longer than that), which is, despite the media’s lack of intellectual curiosity about the state of things, at least partially chargeable to Obama.

    On that last point, that’s me talking, not Eric Alterman. I’m sure Alterman thinks that there is absolutely no connection between the US not drilling for oil and oil costing a lot in the US.

    Why do you ask?

  56. Oh this is beautiful. According to this writer Trump and the Tea Parties are hijacking the party and will cause Obama to be re-elected. And just whom do you suppose this guy is? A special assistant to President Bush form 2001 to 2004. And what does that suggest to you? Well, he is one of Rove’s boys. Would you buy a used car from this man?

  57. gonzotx,

    The hypocrisy is so overwhelmingly obvious to anyone who hasn’t drunk the koolade. It’s like 1984 on steroids, isn’t it?

    The press does the same thing with enforcing administrative “newspeak” like “oversease contingency operations” instead of “war” and the recent doublespeak about tax hikes – I can’t remember exactly how that concept was twisted almost beyond recognition.

    Mutilate the language and you destroy the civilization. Hide the truth and you create a new reality. Welcome to Bizarro’s world. I sometimes wonder how we survive it.

    (And I wonder how everyone survives my inexcusable typos!)

    The one thing that would make this site perfect would be a spell-check option for those, like me, with clumsy fingers.

  58. Eric is pretty accurate in his analysis. They need to get their act together.

    Dear RedState Patriot,

    Of all the news you and I have shared together, this could be the most worrisome I’ve ever sent you: Barack Obama is still the hero of voters 18-34, who swept him into office overwhelmingly in 2008 – and are poised to do the same in 2012.

    You know I don’t scare easily. But if we don’t act together now, Obama will win in 2012 – by reaching younger voters where they live – online, with email, on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and cell phones. And that scares me.

    We can’t afford a blowout like 2008 again. But it’s in the cards…because we’re still miles behind the Obama machine when it comes to reaching younger voters. (See more when you click below)

    Internet Tactic: 2008 Presidential Race Obama

    Facebook friends on Election Day

    Unique visitors to the campaign website for the week ending November 1

    $750 million
    $370 million

    That’s why Human Events, the national conservative newsweekly and publisher of my work, has launched Click to Victory 2012, an urgent campaign to create a dominant new conservative web site targeting voters 18-34 – and to use all the Obamacrat tools and tactics to convince them they must overthrow Obama in 2012.

    This is costly work that I wholeheartedly support. But it can’t be done without your help. I urge you, as a fellow patriot, to learn more by clicking here.

    For Freedom,


  59. Energy in America: EPA Rules Force Shell to Abandon Oil Drilling Plans

    By Dan Springer

    Published April 25, 2011

    Shell Oil Company has announced it must scrap efforts to drill for oil this summer in the Arctic Ocean off the northern coast of Alaska. The decision comes following a ruling by the EPA’s Environmental Appeals Board to withhold critical air permits. The move has angered some in Congress and triggered a flurry of legislation aimed at stripping the EPA of its oil drilling oversight.

    Shell has spent five years and nearly $4 billion dollars on plans to explore for oil in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas. The leases alone cost $2.2 billion. Shell Vice President Pete Slaiby says obtaining similar air permits for a drilling operation in the Gulf of Mexico would take about 45 days. He’s especially frustrated over the appeal board’s suggestion that the Arctic drill would somehow be hazardous for the people who live in the area. “We think the issues were really not major,” Slaiby said, “and clearly not impactful for the communities we work in.”

    The closest village to where Shell proposed to drill is Kaktovik, Alaska. It is one of the most remote places in the United States. According to the latest census, the population is 245 and nearly all of the residents are Alaska natives. The village, which is 1 square mile, sits right along the shores of the Beaufort Sea, 70 miles away from the proposed off-shore drill site.

    The EPA’s appeals board ruled that Shell had not taken into consideration emissions from an ice-breaking vessel when calculating overall greenhouse gas emissions from the project. Environmental groups were thrilled by the ruling.

    “What the modeling showed was in communities like Kaktovik, Shell’s drilling would increase air pollution levels close to air quality standards,” said Eric Grafe, Earthjustice’s lead attorney on the case. Earthjustice was joined by Center for Biological Diversity and the Alaska Wilderness League in challenging the air permits.

    At stake is an estimated 27 billion barrels of oil. That’s how much the U. S. Geological Survey believes is in the U.S. portion of the Arctic Ocean. For perspective, that represents two and a half times more oil than has flowed down the Trans Alaska pipeline throughout its 30-year history. That pipeline is getting dangerously low on oil. At 660,000 barrels a day, it’s carrying only one-third its capacity.

    Production on the North Slope of Alaska is declining at a rate of about 7 percent a year. If the volume gets much lower, pipeline officials say they will have to shut it down. Alaska officials are blasting the Environmental Protection Agency.

    “It’s driving investment and production overseas,” said Alaska’s DNR Commissioner Dan Sullivan. “That doesn’t help the United States in any way, shape or form.”

    The EPA did not return repeated calls and e-mails. The Environmental Appeals Board has four members: Edward Reich, Charles Sheehan, Kathie Stein and Anna Wolgast. All are registered Democrats and Kathie Stein was an activist attorney for the Environmental Defense Fund. Members are appointed by the EPA administrator. Alaska’s Republican senator thinks it’s time to make some changes.

    “EPA has demonstrated that they’re not competent to handle the process,” said Sen. Lisa Murkowski. “So if they’re not competent to handle it, they need to get out of the way.”

    Murkowski supported budget amendments that would have stripped the EPA of its oversight role in Arctic offshore drilling. The Interior Department issues air permits to oil companies working in the Gulf of Mexico.

    Read more:

  60. Basil, I may be wrong, but istr that Lisa Murkowski is one o f the gop estabslishment that Palin went against in Alaska, and I am very skeptical about her attacking the EPA — reeks of cronyism to me.

  61. Lisa M’s father had a high job (maybe senator), and she was senator herself. She lost her reelection primary, but ran as an independent in the general and won. I think Palin campaigned against her.

  62. peterdaou Peter Daou
    Amazing that @ggreenwald gets more heat from the Obama-supporting left than from the right as far as I can tell.
    4 hours ago

    larsolsson Lars Olsson
    @peterdaou @ggreenwald What’s more amazing is these are the same ppl who insist liberals stop squabbling and focus on The Real Enemy™.
    4 hours ago

    barraford barraford
    Sickening. RT @peterdaou: Amazing that @ggreenwald gets more heat from the Obama-supporting left than from the right as far as I can tell.
    4 hours ago

    heatheddy heatheddy
    @peterdaou @ggreenwald The right doesn’t care about him, but the O-supporters somehow expected him to be inconsistent. As if.
    4 hours ago

    ggreenwald Glenn Greenwald
    @peterdaou During Bush yrs it was reverse: I wore it then as badge of honor & tribute to efficacy of my criticisms of their Leader: same now
    4 hours ago

    heatheddy heatheddy
    @ggreenwald @peterdaou To paraphrase, the leaders change but the game remains the same (wow – Working Girl reference – who knew?).
    4 hours ago

    AndreaWolper Jazz * Andrea Wolper
    @ggreenwald @peterdaou Heat from Obama-supporting left reminds me of the old, “my country: love it or leave it.” #HowSoonTheyForget
    4 hours ago

    peterdaou Peter Daou
    @ggreenwald Agree. If we base our criticisms on party affiliation alone we shirk our duty as citizens — and are intellectually dishonest
    4 hours ago

    heatheddy heatheddy
    @peterdaou @ggreenwald This is what I think Geo. Washington was stating from the beginning about “faction” – it eludes honest arguments.
    4 hours ago

    longgonesam Jeff Weyand
    @peterdaou @ggreenwald its often very difficult to admit that you were wrong, especially when hoodwinked blind faith is blind
    2 hours ago

    Kennymack1971 Ken Young
    Maybe because he does the rights dirty workRT @peterdaou Amazing that @ggreenwald gets more heat from the Obam… (cont)
    1 hour ago

  63. Clinton urges Thailand, Cambodia restraint
    (AFP) – 20 minutes ago

    WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday urged Thailand and Cambodia to exercise restraint and take immediate steps to defuse tensions after their deadliest border clashes in several years.

    Clinton said that the United States had engaged directly with Thai and Cambodian officials in hopes of ending the violence, which has killed 12 soldiers and caused tens of thousands of villagers to flee.

    “The United States remains deeply concerned about clashes between security forces along the Thailand-Cambodia border,” Clinton said in a statement.

    “We strongly urge both sides to exercise restraint, refrain from provocative acts and immediately take all necessary steps to reduce tensions and avoid further conflict,” she said.

    “The loss of life, displacement of civilians and damage to property is regrettable,” she said.

    Clinton welcomed mediation by Indonesia, whose Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa had been due in both countries Monday but postponed his visit.

    “We support the efforts of Indonesia in their role as chair of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) to work with both countries to reach a resolution,” she said.

    The clashes erupted Friday near two groups of contested temples — named Ta Kwai and Ta Muen in Thai or Ta Krabei and Ta Moan in Khmer.

    The violence is the worst since the border dispute flared up almost three years ago and shattered a ceasefire that had held since February when the UN Security Council called for a permanent truce.

  64. Kingsgrove
    April 25th, 2011 at 5:06 pm
    It is quite clear to the dumbest leftie that Obama is Bush III. They are intellectually dishonest for having kept their mouth shut. But they are all stupid and what else can we expect. They paid $38000 to sing!! Like Charlie Sheen said, he already has your money, stupid people.

  65. votermom,

    I don’t trust Murkowski either. She’s a youknowwhat.

    But the rest of the article is spot on, IMHO. EPA is desttoyinbg the country with its excessive rules and regulations and BO is encouraging it.

    A week or so ago one of the top EPA guys was on the hot seat being grilled before congress and basically confessed that EPA does NOT take into consideration the impact of outrageous regulations on JOBS.

    I have seen that first hand in the battle of a regional cement manufacturer to modernize, expand and increase employment. The EPA and its sidekicks – in this case the FOH and other earth justice types waged a scorched earth policy about the expansion and damn near shut it down.

    Just a few months ago the only other cement manufacturer in the county shut its doors for good, taking almost 200 irreplaceable jobs with it. These idiots do not give a rats behind about regular working Americans. The EPA is more concerned with imposing its ‘religion’ on the rest of us and not at all concerned with the consequences of their actions. Just like BO.

    IMHO, of course.

  66. Admin, I just used a portion of your blog, word for word, in one of my comments on Yahoo! calling out the liberal phonies. I hope that you don’t mind since I mentioned it was from one of my favorite blogs, but I did not mention the your blog’s name. Do you have a problem with this? Would you prefer that I don’t do this? Please let me know for future reference. I will gladly give you credit, but I also don’t want to cause your blog problems with trolls.

  67. basil9
    April 25th, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    This will always bug me. It’s perfectly ok for blacks to revel in racism, and then to hold all other races to a higher standard. Things will never change because they will never allow things to change. I realize that not all blacks are like this, but it sure seems like much of the nation’s black leadership plays this game for everything that it is worth.

  68. what do you all think of this?
    This republican state senator in Hawaii says Waffles was most likely born in HI, and has a long form BC, but wants to hide it because of the name of the father and/or religion of the father, the religion people already know, muslim.
    the name according to the books is the Kenyan man.

    so what is there to hide and spend millions to fight showing it? I don’t get it??!?!

    “WORLD NET DAILY: . . . . “My particular point of view – and why I haven’t identified myself as a ‘birther,’ per se – is that [Obama] probably was born [in Hawaii] and that the real issue is not the birth certificate, but what’s on the birth certificate,” Slom told Klein.

    Asked what that could be, Slom said, “It could have to do with what his name is on the birth certificate, who is actually listed as his father, the citizenship of the father.”

    He continued, “My belief is that there is a birth certificate, he was born here, but that there is information that for reasons known only to him he doesn’t want released. If it were just the birth certificate, that would be one thing, but it’s his school records, it’s employment records. … Why would anybody, let alone the president of the United States, spend millions of dollars in legal fees to keep that hidden?” .

  69. comment caught in filter, admin could you please bring it out of moderation? Thanks.

    And these fools in DC wonder why jobs are moving overseas.

    “A Chinese firm will supply three wind turbines that will be installed at the Field’s Point Wastewater Treatment Facility on the Providence waterfront.

    Xinjiang Goldwind Science and Technology Co. announced Monday that it had secured a deal for the three 1.5-megawatt turbines with Gilbane Building Co., the project contractor. Gilbane was selected by the Narragansett Bay Commission, the operator of the treatment plant, to put up the wind turbines as part of a $12 million renewable energy project.

    Goldwind is China’s second-largest turbine manufacturer after Sinovel Wind Group, according to Bloomberg News. The Shenzhen-based company has nine factories in China and has the capability to manufacture 4,000 1.5-megawatt turbines annually.

    The turbines at Field’s Point are expected to supply between 55 percent and 60 percent of the treatment plant’s power. Installation of the turbines is being funded in part by $750,000 in federal stimulus funds.”

    So essentially:
    “We borrow money from China to buy wind turbines made in China which will increase domestic electricity rates so that our manufacturers are unable to compete with China.”

    from legal insurrection.

  70. Idiot Bill O’reilly is saying Trump will eviserate the other repub candidates and this will make easier for Waffles to win, ok fine. I don’t get this.

    but idiot O’reilly doesn’t realise that Trump will plummel and beat up Waffles and the media that protects him like nothing ever seen in the general.
    then brit hume and o’reilly share a chuckle, oh we are so smart, the little voters don


    “Most people aren’t prepared for this. They aren’t even aware it’s that close. Listen to experts of various stripes and they will tell you this moment is decades away. The most bearish will put the figure in the mid-2020s.

    But they’re miscounting. They’re only comparing the gross domestic products of the two countries using current exchange rates.

    That’s a largely meaningless comparison in real terms. Exchange rates change quickly. And China’s exchange rates are phony. China artificially undervalues its currency, the renminbi, through massive intervention in the markets.

    So what happens in a purchasing power parity world? Nothing pretty.

    The IMF in its analysis looks beyond exchange rates to the true, real terms picture of the economies using “purchasing power parities.” That compares what people earn and spend in real terms in their domestic economies.

    Under PPP, the Chinese economy will expand from $11.2 trillion this year to $19 trillion in 2016. Meanwhile the U.S. economy will rise from $15.2 trillion to $18.8 trillion. That would take America’s share of the world output down to 17.7%, the lowest in modern times. China’s would reach 18%, and is rising.

    Just 10 years ago, the U.S. economy was three times the size of China’s.

    This is sad. Even with the rhetorical narrative paragraph breaks confirming it.

    This is more than a statistical story. It is the end of the Age of America. As a bond strategist in Europe told me two weeks ago, “We are witnessing the end of America’s economic hegemony.”

    We have lived in a world dominated by the U.S. for so long that there is no longer anyone alive who remembers anything else. America overtook Great Britain as the world’s leading economic power in the 1890s and never looked back

    Arends is correct: “one time” stimulus is no longer having an impact in what is a disastrous secular trend.

    What the rise of China means for defense, and international affairs, has barely been touched on. The U.S. is now spending gigantic sums — from a beleaguered economy — to try to maintain its place in the sun.

    It’s a lesson we could learn more cheaply from the sad story of the British, Spanish and other empires. It doesn’t work. You can’t stay on top if your economy doesn’t.

    Equally to the point here is what this means economically, and for investors.

    And while nobody on Zero Hedge will need this refresher, this paradigm (yes, we hate the word) shift means bond investors are about to start getting a series of very rude awakenings. Even assuming the Fed sells an infinite number of 30 Year put options.

    Some years ago I was having lunch with the smartest investor I know, London-based hedge fund manager Crispin Odey. He made the argument that markets are reasonably efficient, most of the time, at setting prices. Where they are most likely to fail, though, is in correctly anticipating and pricing big, revolutionary, “paradigm” shifts — whether that be the rise of disruptive technologies or revolutionary changes in geopolitics. We are living through one now.

    The U.S. Treasury market continues to operate on the assumption that it will always remain the global benchmark of money. Business schools still teach students, for example, that the interest rate on the 10 Year Treasury bond is the “risk-free rate” on money. And so it has been for more than a century. But that’s all based on the Age of America.

    No wonder so many have been buying gold. If the U.S. dollar ceases to be the world’s sole reserve currency, what will be? The euro would be fine if it acts like the old Deutschemark. If it’s just the Greek drachma in drag … not so much.

    And while our new Chinese overlords are not big fans of the rapidly devaluing linen/cotton combination, they sure like their shiny metals. Which is why the Hunt brother high is likely about to be taken out in a matter of days if not hours. “

  72. nomobama,

    Racism resurrected.

    The new talking point is that Amercians who think BO is a closet Muslim are racists in disguise – that they really don’t like BO coz he’s black and muslim in now code word for black so rather than saying they don’t like BO coz he’s black they say they don’t like him coz he’s Muslim

    WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!. Talk about tortured logic!!!!!!!!!!

    Cokie Roberts and the other idiots on CHristian Amanpopur’s show all agreed. (yesterday)

    This is unfrigginreal!

  73. Those talking heads need to explain why many of the racist people weren’t racist when they voted for him, but now are. His color hasn’t changed. What has changed is that he’s no longer a blank slate.

  74. I found the following in a Yahoo! News article. Interesting…

    They are entering houses. They are searching the houses,” said one witness. “They are carrying knives and guns.”

    He said people were crying out over mosque loudspeakers for doctors to help the wounded and there was panic in the streets.

    “We need international intervention. We need countries to help us,” shouted another witness in Daraa, who said he saw five corpses after security forces opened fire on a car. He spoke to the AP by telephone.

    The forces occupied two mosques and a graveyard.

    “Let Obama come and take Syria. Let Israel come and take Syria. Let the Jews come,” shouted one Daraa resident over the phone. “Anything is better than Bashar Assad,” he said, playing on Syria’s hatred for Israel to highlight how much town residents despise their leader.

  75. Hedge fund managers: “I’m in — remorse.”

    Hedge-fund managers made a big bet on Barack Obama and other Democrats in 2008. Now, with the 2012 contest gearing up, some prominent fund managers have turned their backs on the party and are actively supporting Republicans.

    Daniel Loeb, founder of Third Point LLC, was one of the biggest Obama fund-raisers in 2008, rounding up $200,000 for him, according to campaign-finance records. In the decade prior, Mr. Loeb and his wife donated $250,000 to Democrats and less than $10,000 to Republicans.

    But since Mr. Obama’s inauguration, Mr. Loeb has given $468,000 to Republican candidates and the GOP, and just $8,000 to Democrats. Hedge-fund kings have feelings, too, and the president appears to have hurt them. [snip]

    Mr. Loeb is part of a shift in political allegiance within the world of hedge funds that also includes such big names as Steven Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors and Kenneth Griffin‘s Citadel Investment Group. Managers and employees of hedge funds directed a majority of their contributions to the GOP in the 2009-2010 election season, a pattern not seen since 1996, when the industry was much smaller. [snip]

    Wall Street ranks alongside the legal profession and Hollywood as a plank in almost any presidential candidate’s fund-raising. After lawyers, the investment sector was the largest source of donations for Mr. Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign among industry sectors tracked by the Center for Responsive Politics. And hedge-fund money is the fastest-growing segment of contributions from that industry, more than doubling every four years. Investors are pouring money into hedge funds again, after souring on them during the financial crisis. [snip]

    The defection by some hedge-fund managers is among forces that could make that lofty figure hard to attain. Mr. Obama has also disheartened some labor unions, environmentalists and liberal activists by not moving as aggressively as they would like on their priorities. [snip]

    Democrats received the biggest share of donations from hedge-fund managers for most of the past two decades. From 1990 through 2008, according to data from the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, fund managers and their employees contributed about $40 million to candidates for Congress and the presidency. About two-thirds went to Democrats.

    But 53% went to Republicans in the 2010 election cycle, when hedge-fund managers’ and employees’ donations totaled $11 million. GOP strategists credit a core group of fund managers for helping Republicans win control of the House, make inroads in the Senate and drive Mr. Obama toward the political center. [snip]

    Mr. Cohen had previously been a big Democratic supporter, regularly giving the maximum allowable to Democratic legislators in his home state of Connecticut. In 2008, he, his wife and SAC Capital employees donated more than $500,000 to Democrats, triple what they gave Republicans.

    Last August, Mr. Cohen invited a small group of fund managers to a strategy session in his 32,000-square-foot Greenwich home. The gathering included Republican stalwarts such as Paul Singer of Elliott Management and Dan Senor of Rosemont Capital, but also some more recent Republican donors such as Bruce Kovner of Caxton Associates. The group decided to direct contributions to GOP campaign coffers and to pro-Republican groups that could raise and spend unlimited amounts.

    Campaign reports show Mr. Cohen contributed $1.5 million in 2010 to one such group, the Republican Governors Association. The gifts put him among the top four individual donors to the association in a decade, ahead of mega-Republican donor David Koch of Koch Industries. Mr. Cohen contributed to only one Democrat for the 2010 midterm elections, giving $2,400 to Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon.

    Mr. Cohen’s political shift was driven in part by his concern about increases in government spending and deficits, said a person close to him.

    Mr. Kovner of Caxton Associates hadn’t dabbled very much in politics before the August meeting. In 2008, he gave $4,600 to two Republican candidates. After the meeting, he donated $615,000 to the GOP, including $500,000 to the Republican Governors Association. Mr. Kovner, along with most others at the meeting, declined to comment.

    John Paulson and employees of his Paulson & Co., famed for a lucrative bet against the housing market and mortgage bonds before their collapse, had given about equally to the two parties in 2008. But in 2010, he and his employees gave three times as much to the GOP as to Democrats. Mr. Paulson himself gave about $410,000 to Republican campaign causes.

    Citadel’s Mr. Griffin and his wife, Anne Dias Griffin, who runs her own hedge fund, also had split their donations between the parties in 2008, but in 2010 they donated $1.8 million to Republicans and just $2,400 to Democrats.

    A shift was also evident at Renaissance Technologies LLC. In 2008, its manager, Robert Mercer, and employees donated much more heavily to Democrats than to Republicans—$620,000 versus $95,000. In 2010, they gave $527,000 for Democrats but $782,000 to Republicans.

    With the 2012 money race under way, Democrats are reaching out to mend fences. Mr. Schumer has held a series of dinners and chats with hedge-fund managers. Mr. Obama traveled to New York in late March for an event with fund-raisers from Wall Street and the fund industry.

    Still, about 6,600 donations to the Democratic National Committee in March appear to include only a handful from hedge-fund people—fewer than from veterinarians or librarians.

    Democrats say Mr. Obama is making moves to appeal to the fund industry and has time to win it back. “Whatever the numbers show…at the margins there has been a material shift in support for the president,” said Orin Kramer, general partner of hedge fund Boston Provident and an Obama supporter.

  76. Firefighters say “I’m in — flames.”

    The nation’s largest firefighters union and one of the Democrats’ most reliable sources of campaign money says it will quit donating to federal candidates this year because members of Congress are not doing enough to support organized labor.

    International Association of Firefighters President Harold Schaitberger says there is a more urgent need to spend money defending anti-union measures sweeping GOP-controlled statehouses across the country.

    Schaitberger wants the move to send a message that lawmakers shouldn’t take firefighters’ support for granted. He says members of Congress should be doing more to speak out against efforts in states to take away collective bargaining rights and weaken union clout.

    The union and its 300,000 members are among the most influential and biggest-spending lobbying groups on Capitol Hill.

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