The Charm Of A Cobra

Since 2008 we have written that we are in the Age of Fake. Today we read (via the New York Times) the words of a senior WH official: Obama’s GOP outreach is a big waste of time designed to impress the media. What a shock. The “charm offensive” is a fake. The Blaze cuts through the smoke obscured by the New York Times:

“Aides say Mr. Obama will continue his outreach even if the phone calls and other overtures can “feel fake to him,” in the words of one associate.”

It’s the Age of Fake in White House quotes. The Obama “charm offensive” really is merely an offensive tactic both in the political war sense and in the contempt for the intelligence of Americans it displays:

“He is dining with Republicans after advisers openly mocked suggestions that he do so. He is visiting Capitol Hill after telling aides that such a gesture was beneath him and the dignity of his office. And, as an ultimate indignity, he is talking to reporters. What’s gotten into President Obama?

A better question might be what has left the president – and the answer would be: Much of his political capital.

Obama’s sudden burst of public outreach coincides with a drop in his approval ratings, noted first by Democratic pollsters advising the White House last week and now surfacing in a spate of public polls. This raises the uncomfortable question: Is this schmooze-a-thon a legitimate act of humility and leadership or a cynical public display? [snip]

This is a joke. We’re wasting the president’s time and ours,” complained a senior White House official who was promised anonymity so he could speak frankly. “I hope you all (in the media) are happy because we’re doing it for you.

Why the offensive charm from Obama the cobra? It’s because some Republicans have begun to fight and Americans are noticing that Obama is only interested or competent at self-promotion and the arts of a flim-flam man:

“Obama and his team declared a “grand bargain” on the nation’s long-term debt impossible and publicly predicted that voters would blame Republicans alone for the imposition of sequestration cuts.

They were wrong. While he remains vastly more popular than Congress, particularly congressional Republicans, the president has seen his approval rating drop to the lowest level in more than a year, with more voters disapproving of his performance than approving, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll. [snip]

This was predictable. The White House was warned by Democratic allies in Congress and on K Street that, fair or not, voters ultimately punish presidents for malfeasance in Washington. Even more jarring than Obama’s lack of engagement was his public protestations that there was nothing he could do to strike a deal with the GOP. “It made him look weak,” said a Democratic strategist with close ties to the White House. “It made him look – can I used this word? – impotent.”

As obviously offensive as Barack Obama is – even Obama bitten Politico asks “How serious is he?“, some Republicans continue to play along and try to charm the cobra. According to Big Pink aficionado Peggy Noonan two Republican senators (McCain and Graham barely disguised) provided not-for-attribution interviews which show how disconnected from reality these Republican senators are:

“One was heartened and impressed by the meeting while retaining his skepticism as to whether it might open the way to pronounced progress in pursuit of a so-called grand bargain.

The other was more optimistic and left the meeting moved.

Each independently mentioned one aspect of the conversation that troubled them both: The president, while friendly and forthcoming, seemed to withdraw somewhat when talk turned to continuing the process. [snip]

Senator No. 1: When pressed on the question, the president seemed to step back. “His idea of a process is, ‘You guys figure it out and work with my staff, and if you need me call me.’ But in the end, unless the president really gets engaged and forces meeting after meeting, I don’t see how you get past the logjam.” [snip]

Senator No. 2: “At the end I mentioned, ‘Share [with us] how you see this going forward.’ ” Here the president “got hazy. . . . I told him this will never work without adult supervision from the White House. I don’t think he comprehends that this is part of getting something done.”

What dolts. Every herpetologist will tell you cobras are deaf, they do not listen. They just wait for the right moment to strike and kill.

The easily gullible or purposefully stupid do their best, after guzzling gallons of Hopium, to convince themselves, us, and the American public that this “charm offensive” is anything but fake. Those that take undiluted Hopium by injection are busying conning themselves that the “partisan ice” is breaking. The only thing breaking is their credibility.

Tomorrow Barack Obama will be speaking to his pay-to-play tax deductible corrupt OAF organization. It’s the cobra before the cobra cult. The message will be ‘give me money and adulation and I’ll do what I want and still hold you in contempt for loving and worshiping me.’

Neither the cobra cult of Barack Obama nor the Republican senators we quoted above has yet to learn our mantra:

Obama simply cannot be trusted. Obama cannot be trusted on any issue. Obama cannot be trusted by his friends. Obama cannot be trusted by his enemies. Obama cannot be trusted.

Every herpetologist will tell you cobras are deaf, they do not listen. Every herpetologist will also tell you cobras are poisonous.

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  1. APPLYING FOR HEALTH CARE NOT EASY

    Applying for benefits under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul could be as daunting as doing your taxes.
    The government’s draft application is now on the Internet.
    It runs 15 pages for a three-person family. The online version has 21 steps, some with added questions.
    At least three major federal agencies, including the IRS, will scrutinize your application.
    That’s just the first part of the process, which lets you know if you qualify for financial help.

    http://news.yahoo.com/ap-exclusive-applying-health-care-not-easy-171510320.html

  2. The Dems are getting busy too. 🙂
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats on Wednesday will unveil a budget blueprint that attempts to slice federal deficits by $1.85 trillion over 10 years through an equal mix of spending cuts and tax increases on the rich, according to a Democratic source.

    The fiscal plan, which will be debated by the Senate Budget Committee this week, is the Democrats’ answer to a Republican budget set forth in the House of Representatives that claims to reach balance in 10 years through deep cuts to domestic programs and without any tax increases beyond those approved on January 1.

    http://news.yahoo.com/senate-democrats-budget-seeks-1-85-trillion-savings-170938275–business.html;_ylt=AuSczVwn_IOgS3UjSRTPnmyECu9_;_ylu=X3oDMTQ5Yzc4aHVwBG1pdANBcnRpY2xlIFNlY3Rpb24gUG9saXRpY3MgMgRwa2cDOWFlMzZhZjYtMTZkNy0zYWY5LThmYjItNGI0NDJjNWRjMjliBHBvcwMyBHNlYwN0b3Bfc3RvcnlfY29rZQR2ZXIDMjljZmY3OTEtOGIzYy0xMWUyLTliZTctMDQ2M2MyOWY3OWVj;_ylg=X3oDMTNmbXF0amg2BGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRwc3RhaWQDMzJmY2M2ODUtYzJiOS0zZWE5LWI0MDUtYjdjYzVlNzAwYzU0BHBzdGNhdANwb2xpdGljcwRwdANzdG9yeXBhZ2UEdGVzdANONFVfaG9tZXJ1bmFwaQ–;_ylv=3

  3. Every herpetologist will tell you cobras are deaf, they do not listen. Every herpetologist will also tell you cobras are poisonous.

    —-
    …and although I am not a herpetologist, I know that O’cobras are not that high on the intelligence food chain and they should be locked up tightly in their baskets.

  4. Shadowfax, don’t be lonely. HoldThemAccountable has also been targeted by the spam filter today. 🙁

  5. Don’t get bitten by a cobra and expect quick healthcare. The latest on Obamacare even shocks us:

    http://news.yahoo.com/ap-exclusive-applying-health-care-not-easy-171510320.html

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Applying for benefits under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul could be as daunting as doing your taxes.

    The government’s draft application is now on the Internet.

    It runs 15 pages for a three-person family. The online version has 21 steps, some with added questions.

    At least three major federal agencies, including the IRS, will scrutinize your application.

    That’s just the first part of the process, which lets you know if you qualify for financial help.

    You’d still have to pick a health plan.

    Some fear that consumers will be overwhelmed and give up. Administration officials say the application form is being refined.

    Still, the idea that picking a health insurance plan could be as simple as shopping on the Internet is starting to look like wishful thinking.

  6. Shadowfax, don’t be lonely.

    —–
    As long as I don’t get stuck in the cobra’s basket, I can take it. 😉

  7. Admin and regulars:

    Great article (as always!). Thank you all for your continued posts. Just lost my job (and incidentally my internet access), so this continues to be my first location for politics and news when I can get to a computer. Keep calling out sham man!

    Hillary 2016

  8. as we have been discussing…just wait until the average joe and moreso low info O voter realizes that he has sold his soul…his privacy…and given a percentage of his paycheck to the Ocare scam…

    …the intrusive paperwork and the IRS breathing down your neck is enough to make everyone sick…

    ***************************

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Applying for benefits under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul could be as daunting as doing your taxes.

    The government’s draft application is now on the Internet.

    It runs 15 pages for a three-person family. The online version has 21 steps, some with added questions.

    At least three major federal agencies, including the IRS, will scrutinize your application.

    That’s just the first part of the process, which lets you know if you qualify for financial help.

    You’d still have to pick a health plan.

    Some fear that consumers will be overwhelmed and give up. Administration officials say the application form is being refined.

    Still, the idea that picking a health insurance plan could be as simple as shopping on the Internet is starting to look like wishful thinking.

  9. jbstonesfan
    March 12, 2013 at 3:16 pm
    As it has been said, “the snake smiles, but shows no teeth”.

    *******************************************

    the only difference between O and the snake is when O smiles that’s all he shows is teeth…

  10. The Rock, so sorry to hear about the loss of your job and internet.

    I hope things get better for you soon.

  11. the Cobra goes in for the kill…not even our pets are safe…

    Obamacare May Bite You At The Vet’s Office
    March 11, 2013 10:59 AM

    Reporting Eliott Rodriguez

    MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Pet owners listen up: You may want to start saving more money for veterinarian care this year. The reason goes all the way back to Washington and an unintended consequence from medical reform.

    Dog owner Lori Heiselman was surprised where her veterinarian posted a warning on Facebook.

    The notice read: “Because medical equipment and supplies will be going up in cost, that extra expense will have to passed on to the customers.

    So Lori is already tightening her belt to pay for the increase in her dog’s care. Though she doesn’t like it, she’s willing to pay more for her pets.

    “They’re very important. They’re members of the family,” said Heiselman.

    Why the increase? Its part of a new 2.3-percent federal excise tax on certain medical devices that just went into effect. The tax will help fund the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, intended for people, not pets. Manufacturers pay the tax, but a recent survey found more than half plan to pass it along.

    Some vets say they can’t afford it. Dr. Mike Hatcher is one of them. He explained, “I’m extremely concerned how this is going to be a hidden tax to our consumers that is going to be passed on.”

    How does this work? Medical devices used only on animals are exempt. However, items including IV pumps, sterile scalpels and anesthesia equipment, which are medical devices that have a dual use, meaning they can be used on people and animals, will be taxed. Hatcher said, “Putting off an equipment purchase is something that can terribly affect our clients’ ability to have quality care.”

    The American Veterinary Medical Association represents 82,000 vets. At this point, they don’t know how much this new tax will indirectly cost them. The organizations members are waiting to hear from more device makers.

    Dr. Mark Lutschaunig is the director of the Governmental Relations Division of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

    “Congress never intended for this tax to impact veterinarian medicine and unfortunately it has, and I think that’s very unfortunate that veterinarian medicine now is subsidizing human health care,” said Dr. Lutschaunig.

    Congressional sources who worked on the Affordable Care Act said lawmakers tried to exclude vets from being affected by the dual use medical devices tax, but it was too complicated.

    Carol Smock knows about complications. She founded a charity that helps struggling pet owners pay for vet care. Smock started Brown Dog Foundation after struggling to pay for her chocolate lab’s medical bills while she was unemployed. Her organization is a 501c3 public charity that provides funding to families who find themselves in similar situations: A sick pet that would likely respond to treatment, but due to an unforeseen circumstance, there is not enough money immediately available to make it happen.

  12. the above article re: Ocare biting your pets continues at link, but I suddenly got cut off and put in moderation…

  13. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/03/12/slaughtered-in-usa-country-set-to-change-meat-labeling-rule/
    ———————-
    More twistifications by the media. To read this article, one would conclude that country of origin meat labeling is bad for small farmers, and would add to the cost of goods sold. It is all bullshit. Small farmers want this kind of labeling to differentiate their product, from the product produced in other countries and passed off as American. The people who oppose this kind of labelling are the big packers, and the monied interests, who import foreign meat–in non finished product form, and make a fortune doing it. I could name names. Many of the big democrats are involved in this conspiracy, and republicans as well.

    This I know because I wrote the original bills on this subject, formed a nation-wide cattle coalition and lobbied for passage.

  14. Politico has an article about taxes and Obama’s charm:

    http://www.politico.com/story/2013/03/behind-the-curtain-missed-chance-obamas-tax-problem-88788.html

    Obama thought he would be able to stare down Republicans over the sequester, and get them to double the size of his tax increase to avoid heavy defense cuts. He was wrong. Once Republicans swallowed the $600 billion in hikes, they made plain they were done raising taxes for this Congress. And they really are done, Republicans say. [snip]

    An adviser to Speaker John Boehner told us that window was slammed shut by Obama’s hardball tactics since the tax hike. “He missed the chance.

    Another reason is the rancid relationship between Obama and Republicans on the Hill. House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), the third-ranking House Republican, told us about an exchange he had with Obama at Saturday night’s white-tie Gridiron dinner. During a break in the program, McCarthy saw an empty chair next to Obama and decided to seize the chance. Surprised Obama wasn’t working the room, and thinking the president really is a loner, McCarthy walked up to the head table. He found the president was reading his BlackBerry.

    “I’m waiting for my dinner invitation,” the Republican joshed to Obama, referring to the president’s recent evening out with Republican senators. “I listen to Paul,” Obama replied, according to McCarthy, referring to House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan. Then, in what McCarthy took as a reference to a political charm offensive, he recalled Obama saying, “You guys give us too much credit. We’re not doing all that stuff you think we are.” As told by McCarthy, Obama then said that if Republicans are going to get entitlement reform, “You need me.” As McCarthy walked away, the congressman thought: “He’s still a law professor. He’d rather lecture you and put a red mark on your paper than talk to you.

  15. Another ‘don’t know whether to laugh or cry’ moment:

    http://mypetjawa.mu.nu/archives/215366.php

    via ace of spades, http://ace.mu.nu/archives/338310.php

    Danish Islamic Imam Who Said Uncovered Women Deserve To Be Raped Arrested For Attempted Rape

    Well he ain’t no hypocrite. Imam Shahid Mehdi talked the talk:

    “Women are not entitled to respect when they walk around without a Hijab. They are to blame for it when they are attacked,” Imam Shahid Mehdi said.
    “All the crimes that occur against women is because they are not covered. When they are not covered, you have no respect for them. “

    And walked the walk…with his penis:

    A 36-year-old Danish man is the protagonist in a bizarre sex case, which will soon be dealt with in court in Malmö.

    Now, however, he is accused of pulling his penis out and chasing a 23-year-old woman around in a park in Malmö in August 2012, according to the court in Malmö.

    The woman managed to get away, and she called the police, who arrested the man a few minutes later.

  16. Admin: I recon you saw this. The pen is mightier than the teleprompter. Tales from the snake pit.

    ———————–

    Former administration insider skewers Obama national security team

    By James Rosen

    Published March 12, 2013

    FoxNews.com

    An administration riven with infighting. A commander-in-chief given to “dithering” on critical wartime decisions. A suspicious and devious White House staff erecting a “Berlin Wall” around a secluded and standoffish president, shielding him from those advisers — particularly at the Department of State — willing to convey unpleasant truths.

    It all sounds rather like the sensational literature that proliferated in the mid-to-late 1970s to chronicle the collapsed presidency of Richard Nixon — including the description of a White House “Berlin Wall,” originally applied, with great fanfare, to those much-maligned (and eventually imprisoned) Nixon aides H.R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman.

    Instead, it is President Obama’s turn to watch as former aides and journalists rush into print — with a warp speed that eluded the insider memoirists of the 1970s — their detailed and dishy accounts of the first Obama term.

    A forthcoming book by former foreign policy aide Vali Nasr paints the above portrait, describing a president whose decisions “from start to finish were guided by politics.”

    Nasr was a rising academic star, one of the leading scholarly voices on Iran and the Mideast, when the late Richard Holbrooke tapped him, at the dawn of the Obama administration, to join Holbrooke at a newly created office of the State Department: SRAP, short for Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    ‘The president had a truly disturbing habit of funneling major foreign-policy decisions through a small cabal of relatively inexperienced White House advisors whose turf was strictly politics.’

    – Vali Nasr, former foreign policy aide

    The voluble, outsized Holbrooke, one of the most celebrated diplomats of his age, always on the short list to become secretary of state but never chosen for the job, was expected to bring his formidable talents — and ego — to bear on the problem of integrating more fully the often contradictory policies applied to the two nations so central to U.S. counterterrorism and national security.

    But by the time he died from a ruptured aorta, in December 2010, Holbrooke had been systematically marginalized by the Obama White House, Vasr writes. Due out next month, Vasr’s book “The Dispensable Nation: American Foreign Policy in Retreat” (Doubleday) depicts Holbrooke and his boss, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, waging an often unsuccessful battle to pierce the “Berlin Wall” and present their views to the president. The book charges that White House aides used targeted leaks and other means to “undermine” Holbrooke — and worked hard to cut Clinton out of critical policymaking, too.

    “Those in Obama’s inner circle, veterans of his election campaign, were suspicious of Clinton,” Nasr writes in an excerpt published on ForeignPolicy.com. “Even after Clinton proved she was a team player, they remained concerned about her popularity and feared that she could overshadow the president. … Had it not been for Clinton’s tenacity and the respect she commanded, the state department would have had no influence on policymaking whatsoever.”

    State Department spokesmen pushed back hard against Nasr’s charges. “We have an excellent working relationship with our White House and interagency colleagues,” Patrick Ventrell told reporters at the March 4 press briefing. “So we really stand behind the record of the progress we’ve made in Afghanistan.”

    Ventrell’s boss, spokeswoman Victoria Nuland, said at the March 8 briefing that she “would reject … completely” the notion that Holbrooke had been sidelined by the National Security Council. “If you know Richard Holbrooke at all,” she told reporters, “you know that he was a formidable force in that job, as he had been in all previous jobs.”

    Perhaps most arresting, however, is Nasr’s portrayal of President Obama. The commander-in-chief is depicted here as “dithering” on key Afghan war decisions, tasking national security aides with the same questions, rephrased in minor ways, over and over. Nasr also casts Obama as quick to abandon foreign policy promises made on the campaign trail and too reliant on individuals unqualified to weigh in on foreign policy.

    “The president had a truly disturbing habit,” Nasr writes, “of funneling major foreign-policy decisions through a small cabal of relatively inexperienced White House advisors whose turf was strictly politics. … His actions from start to finish were guided by politics. … It was no surprise that our AfPak policy took one step forward and two steps back.”

    Donald Camp, a retired Foreign Service officer who served under three presidents, worked on AfPak policy as both the principal deputy assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asia and as senior director for that region on the Obama National Security Council. Camp told Fox News that the excerpts from Nasr’s book appear to show that the author was perhaps unduly colored by the experiences of his boss, Holbrooke.

    “President Obama is very much — was very much involved in those days in making Afghanistan and Pakistan policy,” Camp said in an interview this month. “And I believe that he sought out all views; and there were differing views in the interagency (process), and he made the final decision.”

    Camp took specific issue with Nasr’s allegation that then-National Security Adviser Gen. James Jones improperly offered Pakistan a civilian nuclear deal, similar to the kind that the U.S. negotiated with India over several years, in exchange for Islamabad escalating its counter-terrorism efforts. Camp said he traveled with Jones to Islamabad, and that the general knew better than to imagine such a deal could pass muster with the U.S. Congress. “It was just not in the cards,” Camp told Fox News, “and James Jones would not have made that kind of proposal.”

    Jones did not respond to requests for comment.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/03/12/former-administration-insider-skewers-obama-national-security-team/#ixzz2NOmUaMYl

  17. Camp is not credible. There is one website which talks about him in black box operations, but when you try to access it, you get a virus. Here is what we do know about him—strong Chicago connections–University of Chicago, Senator Paul Simon, etc. His career is characterized by short stays in a lot of places—a tourist, more than a diplomat. On the odds, he is someone who will lie to protect Obama. Here is an airbrushed version of his bio:

    Donald Camp is a retired senior Foreign Service officer whose career was divided between East and South Asia. He was most recently senior adviser on South and Central Asia at the U.S. mission to the United Nations in 2011. He was senior director for South and Central Asia on the National Security Council staff through August 2009. Prior to that, he was principal deputy assistant secretary for South and Central Asia. Mr. Camp was foreign policy adviser to the chief of naval operations from 2006 to 2007; deputy assistant secretary and then principal deputy assistant secretary for South Asia at the Department of State from 2001 to 2006; and director of South Asian affairs on the National Security Council staff from 1999 to 2001. He has also served as director of the Office of India/Nepal/Sri Lanka at the Department of State, as well as deputy director for Pakistan/Afghanistan/Bangladesh. He has served as political officer in the U.S. embassy in Sri Lanka. In the East Asian field, he was consul general at the U.S. consulate in Chengdu, China, from 1992 to 1995, and he served at the U.S. embassy in Beijing, following two years of Chinese language study at the Foreign Service Institute. He also worked as foreign affairs legislative aide to then-Senator Paul Simon. Prior to entry into the Foreign Service, Mr. Camp was a student of South Asian studies at the University of Chicago and was a Peace Corps volunteer in South India. He graduated from Carleton College.

  18. The only thing missing in his bio is a stay at Brookings. That may be next after this little piroutte.

  19. Only one year with the Chief of Naval Operations. You can hardly get your feet on the ground in one year. Was he fired?

  20. wbboei: March 13, 2013 at 2:31 am
    “…. A forthcoming book by former foreign policy aide Vali Nasr paints the above portrait, describing a president whose decisions “from start to finish were guided by politics….”

    I’ve been talking about this article (it’s not a book) for the last couple of days. It will be published in a book on April 23. No need to wait till then.
    It can be read in full at :

    http://www.realcleardefense.com/2013/03/04/white_house_let__diplomacy_fail_in_afghanistan_251716.html

    Just click “Read Full Article” and you get the full 11-page article. It’s a very good read written by someone who is very knowledgeable, a participant on Holbrooke’s team and was thus on the inside.

  21. wbboei
    March 13, 2013 at 2:31 am

    Difference being, the media were not in the tank for the Administration.

  22. PA Senator Toomey looking very Tea Partyish with this press release which in part says:
    ICYMI: From The Wall Street Journal: “Big Sugar Is Set for a Sweet Bailout”
    Candy makers will suffer if the U.S. government buys sugar.
    Tuesday, Mar 12
    By ALEXANDRA WEXLER
    … The move would benefit companies that turn sugar beets and sugar cane into granulated sweetener, a business plied by American Crystal Sugar Co., Amalgamated Sugar Co. and U.S. Sugar Corp. The USDA wouldn’t say how many companies have received loans, or identify them. U.S. Sugar said it doesn’t have any USDA loans outstanding. American Crystal and Amalgamated didn’t respond to requests for comment.
    Higher prices would hit food companies including candy giants Mars Inc., Hershey Co. and Nestlé SA, and could ultimately boost retail food prices, at a time when many consumers are financially stretched.
    http://www.toomey.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=928

  23. [Another Republican – Mitch’s wife – decided to fight]
    Elaine Chao, a former labor secretary and the wife of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, is hitting back in a new ad after a super PAC invoked her Chinese heritage in attacks on the Kentucky Republican last month.
    “‘You’ve seen the ads attacking my husband,’ Mrs. Chao says in the 30-second ad. “As Mitch McConnell’s wife , I’ve learned to expect them. Now, far-left special interests are also attacking my ethnicity, even attacking Mitch’s patriotism, because he’s married to me.”
    The group Progress Kentucky tweeted last month about the racial descent of Ms. Chao, who was born in Taiwan, but eventually removed the comments after public outcries from people that included actress Ashley Judd, who is weighing a bid against the Kentucky Republican.
    “That’s how low some people will stoop,” Mrs. Chao continues. “Mitch works his heart out to protect Kentucky from Washington’s bad ideas because Mitch loves Kentucky. We love Kentucky. The meanest personal attacks can never change that.’”
    The television spot will be accompanied by a radio ad and the buy runs into the six figures, the AP reported.
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/inside-politics/2013/mar/13/mitch-mcconnells-wife-elaine-chao-hits-back-new-ad/

  24. jeswezey
    March 13, 2013 at 3:13 am
    ——————-
    Thank you. Let us hope and pray that it goes to the top of the New York Times best seller list. It will corroborate (and challenge) Woodward to do more along this line and as goes Woodward so goes the Washington Post. This will make it harder for big media as a whole to continue their hear no evil see no evil speak no evil how great thou art routine on Mr. Obama. They will do it, but with less aplomb, less enthusiasm, and less confidence that they can continue to bamboozle for cash. Faustian pacts usually end this way.

  25. More lying. And my Cobra comment went with Obama’s Video not Ryans. 🙂
    President Obama said his administration was looking at ways to resume White House tours for school groups.

    “This was not a decision that went up to the White House,” noted Obama in an ABC News interview aired on Wednesday, saying the directive came from the Secret Service.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/287817-obama-looking-for-way-to-resume-white-house-tours-for-school-groups

  26. http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obamas-approval-drops-as-americans-take-a-dimmer-view-of-his-economic-policies/2013/03/12/4ddfd240-8a79-11e2-a051-6810d606108d_story.html?hpid=z1

    The president has also seen an erosion in confidence among groups that he has counted as core supporters. Compared with a Post-ABC poll in December, the share of liberals who place their faith in Obama over Republicans when it comes to dealing with the economy is 14 points lower; there has been a 12-point slide among women.

    At 50 percent, Obama’s overall standing in the poll is lower than that of most other modern second-term presidents at this point in their terms. Of the seven second-term presidents who have been in office since Harry S. Truman, only George W. Bush had a positive rating as low as 50 percent at this stage.

  27. Shadowfax
    March 12, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    gonzotx
    March 12, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    foxyladi14
    March 13, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Thank you all so much. I can’t tell you how good all of your words and prayers mean. I only ask that you keep posting. This is one of the few places that makes sense, and one of the stops I make as a way to take a break from my now daily job hunt. As soon as I get back on my feet, I’ll rejoin the posting community! Thanks again!! 😀

    Hillary 2016

  28. New Pope elected. We’ll know soon enough who he is. Will it be a reformer prepared to do battle with the Curia? Will it be a candidate of the Curia? Will it be a Pope more dedicated to the spiritual rather than the material (such as a battle with the Curia?

    In either case Barack Obama is an angry snake in the grass today. Obama’s “charm offensive” has been crushed by Roman Hope and Change.

  29. Whatever happened to Obama’s promise to improve America’s image in the eyes of the world?

    http://www.politico.com/story/2013/03/world-poll-image-of-us-declines-88816.html?hp=l6

    The median approval rating for U.S. leadership for 130 countries was 41 percent in 2012, down 8 percentage points from the 49 percent approval during Obama’s first year in office, according to a Gallup poll released Wednesday.

    “This shift suggests that the president and the new secretary of state may not find global audiences as receptive to the U.S. agenda as they have in the past. In fact, they may even find even once-warm audiences increasingly critical,” Gallup’s Julie Ray wrote.

    Paging Hillary Clinton.

  30. Good luck TheRock. We’ll hope you get some good change and find a job which satisfies you and pays you well.

  31. Shadowfax March 13, 2013 at 12:29 pm
    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&
    This priority of his ethnicity is written somewhere impressive, but damned if I can get back to it.

  32. I was about to make a comment about the new Pope, then remembered there are some religious folks here…so I will have to keep it to myself.

  33. admin @ 2:19 pm: “New Pope elected….”

    What a relief! I was holding my breath wondering how long the world was going to have to wait in its amoral wilderness without a pope to absolve it of its sins!

    Ratzinger announced his resignation in early February for Feb 28, and I also wonder why the cardinals couldn’t just meet during February and have a new pope ready to hit the ground running on March 1?

  34. ARGENTINE JORGE BERGOGLIO ELECTED POPE FRANCIS
    BY NICOLE WINFIELD
    ASSOCIATED PRESS

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Argentine Jorge Bergoglio has been elected pope, the first ever from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium. He chose the name Pope Francis.

  35. Are the media now asking where he stands on womyn in the priesthood and gay marriage yet?

    Jesuits are smart and conservative. But who knows.

  36. New Pope “Francisco” is a breath of fresh air. A Jesuit from Argentina, he is humble, lived in an apartment rather than in the ‘cardinal’ palace, cooked his own meals and took the subway.

    Beautiful and UNPRECEDENTED moment of silence in St. Peter’s Square when he asked the wellwishers to pray for him.

    I am delighted he was chosen. He should serve the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics well. Almost 40% of Latin America is Catholic. Roughly a third of US citizens are Catholic.

    But leave it to MSM to dig into stories of corruption and perversion on this wonderful day instead of celebrating the new leader of one of the world’s largest religions.

    Bet they’d be breathless with excitement at a new Islamic Leader.

    The MSM is scum.

  37. Some insight from Sheryl Sandberg and Tina Fey concerning Hillary:

    Sheryl Sandberg, Hillary Clinton & the politics of ‘leaning in’
    Nyshie Perkinson

    It was January 2008 and Barack Obama was facing off against Hillary Clinton in the last debate before the New Hampshire primary. The moderator asked Clinton: What can you say to voters who “see your résumé and like it, but are hesitating on the likeability issue?”

    When Clinton joked that the question hurt her feelings, Obama interjected, “You’re likeable enough, Hillary.”

    The remark—which seemed to patronize Clinton—struck a raw nerve with women voters, and some suggested it cost Obama the primary.

    That same month, Sheryl Sandberg was at the Davos Economic Forum meeting with Mark Zuckerberg who was soon to announce that he was hiring her away from Google to be Facebook’s new Chief Operating Officer.

    Clinton’s New Hampshire win and Sandberg’s role at Facebook marked a watershed moment for women in power, right? Well, yes and no.

    Sandberg certainly did well for herself, and is looking to pay it forward with her new book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead.

    “As women get more successful, they are less liked, by men and women,” she told ABC News in an interview which aired Monday on Good Morning America. “As men get more successful, they are better liked. And so when we look at what happens, why more women don’t lead, why we don’t have a woman president, well it’s because you have to be liked to be promoted.”

    As secretary of state, Clinton wound up with higher favorability ratings than President Obama. But in 2008 she did not ultimately win out as the Democratic nominee. Voters have not yet liked any woman enough to promote her from candidate to nominee, much less vote her into office as president.

    For that to happen, it might take more than women having the initiative to lean in. While Clinton’s popularity rose in the State Department, unlike during the campaign, her tough negotiations were largely out of the public eye. When Clinton took center stage to testify at highly contentious hearings on the Benghazi attacks, she found herself depicted as a raging maniac.

    Viewing Sandberg’s framework of assertiveness and ambition through the political lens, it seems necessary for a conscious shift on the part of the public to take place as well.

    Perhaps another woman who zoomed to the top of her field, Tina Fey, can give a bit of perspective. In 2008 she said on Saturday Night Live: ”I think what bothers me the most is when people say that Hillary is a bitch. Let me say something about that. Yeah, she is. And so am I.… You know what? Bitches get stuff done.… Get on board. Bitch is the new black!”

  38. Joint chiefs’ chairman: Sequestration will affect programs, readiness
    By Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone Marshall Jr., American Forces Press Service March 14, 2013
    WASHINGTON – The Defense Department will see effects to long-term military readiness and support programs such as the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors under sequestration’s fiscal constraints, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here Monday.
    Gen. Martin Dempsey gave remarks and fielded questions from the audience at the National League of Cities Congressional City Conference.
    “Sequestration was the thing that was never supposed to happen,” he said. The task now, he added, is to figure out how to proceed….
    The military must defend the nation and will do so, the chairman said. But the bond of trust between the nation and its military must endure, he added. TAPS, Gold Star Families and the Wounded Warrior Project are among organizations that manifest that bond of trust, he added.
    “But there’s going to be some long-term readiness issues that will affect the force,” he noted. “You can’t take $500 billion out over five years, $46 billion out over six months. I mean, Houdini couldn’t figure that out. So when I get asked about why we’re not figuring it out, it’s because I’m not Houdini. There (are) some things we’re going to have to do to sweep up every bit of money we can find in the next six months.”
    Just as in businesses, the general said, more than half of the Defense Department’s budget is spent in the first half of the fiscal year.
    “So (the spending cuts are) going to have an effect,” Dempsey said. “The commitment I’ve made is we’ve got to keep faith and make sure the force that we’re deploying – the one that’s there now and the next to go – they will clearly be the priority….”
    http://www.forthoodsentinel.com/story.php?id=10949

  39. http://thehill.com/opinion/columnists/ab-stoddard/288031-empty-charm-offensive

    So their four-star food has barely been digested, no one has held any serious meeting with numbers on the table and already Obama sounds as if negotiations have blown up once more. It’s enough to make burned-out voters even more cynical, and forget the earnest Republicans like Sens. Bob Corker, Lindsey Graham, Saxby Chambliss and others he would need to get any proposal to be taken seriously. It is stunning Obama is already so dismissive, given that Americans are souring rapidly on his second-term performance. The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll shows voters’ approval of President Obama has dropped 5 points since January and that his 18-point advantage over Republicans on who the public trusts more to manage the economy has dropped to just 4 points since December.

    The sole reason he made a reservation at The Jefferson Hotel, followed by lunch the next day with House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), was because Team Obama realized whatever mandate they thought his reelection produced has not budged Republicans, and the resulting gridlock is tarnishing him along with the GOP. Obama saw his approval sink in the polls after campaigning against the sequester, portraying the spending cuts as brutal though never engaging with Congress to cut a deal to replace them. And it’s likely another political stunt. National Journal reported that one senior White House official said of the new outreach, “this is a joke,” and added “I hope you all (in the media) are happy, because we’re doing it for you.”

  40. admin
    March 12, 2013 at 2:29 pm
    Our apologies to cobras for ranking them with Barack Obama
    &&&&&&

    Agreed, we know the snakes are not inately vile…

    And Obama is responsible for far greater number of (human) deaths in just four years than snakes ever have.

  41. Department of Misplaced Priorities
    DHS hires staff, spends money on questionable projects even as it releases illegal immigrants and furloughs border agents
    … A sample of the full-time jobs the DHS is looking to fill include three regional director positions, with a salary range of $118,846 to $155,500; two emergency management specialists for FEMA, who can earn up to $100,859; and several supervisor federal air marshals, whose salary ranges are $119,554 to $172,550. Several personnel security specialists are also being sought and employees can earn up to $97,333 a year.
    The part-time jobs listed for the DHS include many Transportation Security Officers who can earn up to $43,697 per year working part time. The agency is also seeking to fill several child and youth assistant positions.
    The salaries of all the future employees at DHS do not include other costs, as the Federal government also offers health insurance, a thrift savings plan, a retirement plan, life insurance, and long-term care insurance. Additional perks could include uniform allowance, tuition reimbursement, and transportation subsidies.
    FEMA also continues to fund training exercises with a UFO-zombie theme. One such session is planned next month in Moscow, Idaho, according to a local newspaper account.
    The DHS is also planning numerous conferences, many of which could cost more than $100,000. They include the 30th Annual Flood Conference from May 5-8 at the Hilton in Anaheim; the U.S. Coast Guard National Convention, Aug. 18-25; and the GFIRST National Conference Aug. 25-30….
    http://freebeacon.com/department-of-misplaced-priorities/

  42. Leanora
    March 12, 2013 at 3:09 pm
    APPLYING FOR HEALTH CARE NOT EASY

    Applying for benefits under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul could be as daunting as doing your taxes.
    &&&&&&&&&&

    Anything that Bawaaaack!! hoped would be his legacy turns to crap:

    * Obamacare actually brings universal coverage??? Hah!

    * transcend “politics as usual” in DC?? Nope, things are more partisan than ever.

    * Get the economy going and create jobs??? Hmmm…How’s that goin’ fer ya?

    * Ensure the US is the dominant super power?? Let me ask Our Boss China if we are allowed to claim that any longer.

  43. foxyladi14
    March 12, 2013 at 3:19 pm
    ARE THEY WAKING UP???
    NBC’s Chuck Todd: On Campaign FinanceActions, Obama’s Words Rarely Match His Actions
    &&&&&&&

    The slimy toads who have been licking Obummer’s boots for five years now realize that in order to be relevant in a post-Obama era, there’s not much hope in continuing to lick his boots.

  44. Obama losing another toe hold.
    Senate Democrats [SMARTEN UP AND] join [REPUBLICAN DIANE BLACK’s] push to cut Obama’s illegal immigrant advocate. 3/12/13.
    Buried inside the Senate’s massive spending bill is a provision eliminating the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Public Advocate — an office President Obama created just last year to hear complaints about how immigrants were being treated.
    “With illegal immigration costing U.S. taxpayers roughly $113 billion each year, one of the last things we should be doing with precious taxpayer dollars is funding an activist for illegal and criminal immigrants who are detained or have been ordered to be deported,” said Rep. Diane Black, the Tennessee Republican who has led the fight to cancel the office’s funding.
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/mar/12/senate-spending-bill-includes-elimination-of-new-i

    WOW, WHAT A MISLEADING HEADLINE THAT WAS BEFORE I EDITED IT. 😉

  45. from the most petty and thin skinned prez in modern times…

    they ask, what’s the beef, we needed the bucks to cover MO’s photo session for her cover with Vogue…priorities, people…

    http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/288055-tour-move-backfires-on-obama

    White House tour move backfires on Obama
    By Amie Parnes – 03/13/13 08:22 PM ET

    The White House is playing defense over the decision to cancel tours at President Obama’s residence, the latest stumble for Obama in the messaging war with Republicans over the sequester.

    White House press secretary Jay Carney fielded a series of pointed questions Wednesday about why the tours had to be canceled. Emboldened House Republicans also challenged Obama on the issue at a private meeting on Capitol Hill.

    With Obama’s poll numbers dipping to near 50 percent, Republicans have seized on the issue, criticizing the president for canceling the tours as a stunt to hurt Congress, where lawmakers have long arranged White House tours for their constituents.

    Since the decision was announced last week, Obama and administration officials have said the decision was made by the Secret Service — which spends roughly $74,000 a week to allow for the tours — in order to avoid furloughs and other cutbacks necessitated by the sequester’s automatic spending cuts.

    But that explanation backfired, observers say.

    “Using the tours to send a message seemed like a surefire winner,” said Tobe Berkovitz, a professor of communications at Boston University who specializes in political communication and advertising. “I think the White House was expecting everyone to go ‘Oh, this is so horrible!’ but this time it didn’t play, perhaps because it was too overt.”

    Sensing a problem with the canceling of the tours, Obama backed off, saying in an interview Wednesday that the decision wasn’t made by him and that the White House is looking into setting up tours for school groups.

    “What I’m asking them is, are there ways, for example, for us to accommodate school groups who may have traveled here with some bake sales,” Obama said. “Can we make sure that kids, potentially, can still come to tour?”

    The canceled tours prompted a pointed question to Obama from House Administration Committee Chairwoman Candice Miller (R-Mich.) during the president’s meeting with House Republicans on Wednesday. Miller asked why Obama put an end to the tours instead of just cancelling the congressional Christmas party or the congressional picnic.

    When Obama said the decision was prompted by the Secret Service, some lawmakers groaned in disbelief.

    “Now, now, let’s be respectful,” Obama replied.

    Carney at Wednesday’s press briefing sought to place responsibility for the decision on the White House, not the Secret Service.

    “We had to cancel the tours, it’s our job to cancel the tours,” Carney explained. “[The Secret Service] cannot cancel them … this is not a tour of the Secret Service building. It’s a tour of the White House and the grounds, and we run the tours and the invitations and that process.”

    But Carney also blamed Republicans for forcing the sequester to take effect in the first place.

    “Let’s go back to the fact that none of this was necessary,” he said. “These choices are all bad. … I think we’re now seeing that there are unhappy results of sequester. It may be a home run in some folks’ eyes, a victory for the Tea Party for some. But it’s bad for America. It’s bad for those who will lose their jobs and those who suffer from diminished economic growth.”

    Reporters at the White House briefing returned to the topic when they questioned Carney about how much it would cost Obama to travel to Illinois later in the week.

    The White House spokesman responded by saying that Obama travels around the country “appropriately” and that he “has to travel around the world.”

    “It’s his job,” Carney said.

    Democratic strategist Jamal Simmons said while the cancellation of the tours is a “headache” for the White House, it could still win the blame game over the sequester as more cuts are felt.

    “People will start to pay attention when they’re in a longer TSA line or if they’re sitting on a tarmac at the airport,” Simmons said. “That’s what will matter.”

    So far, polls suggest the administration is not winning the fight.

    Nearly two weeks after the sequester was triggered, only a small slice of Americans disapprove of the spending cuts, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll out Wednesday. And nearly three quarters of those surveyed said they haven’t felt the across-the-board cuts.

    The poll shows that 47 percent hold Republicans responsible and 33 percent point the finger at Obama.

    Some observers blame Obama’s loss of support on a communications failure by the administration, which they said employed scare tactics to push Republicans closer to a deal. In at least one case, the administration later had to pull back.

    Education Secretary Arne Duncan had to issue an apology for misspeaking when he claimed that some schools were handing out “pink slips” due to the spending cuts.

    “Language is really, really important and I want to apologize for not being as clear as I should have been last week,” Duncan later explained to reporters. “When I said ‘pink slips,’ that was probably the wrong word. I should have used ‘job eliminations,’ ‘positions eliminated,’ ” he said. “We had a little drama. Got it. Lessons learned on all sides. Got it.”

    The bottom line, Berkovitz said, is that the public “hasn’t bought that the sequester is this huge asteroid slamming into the economics of this country.

    “It seemed like a surefire ploy that wasn’t so surefire,” he said.

  46. jeswezey

    Some insight from Sheryl Sandberg and Tina Fey concerning Hillary:

    ———-
    I can’t even begin to tell ya how livid this whole article’s premise makes me.

    Women try to make sense of why the rules of success and popularity in the work place and in political positions do not follow a logical progression.

    Such as:

    Work hard, do a good job and get promoted.

    Earn respect from above example.

    Be sincere and kind and work hard, you will be respected and liked.

    But that normally only happens around other women.

    Men like women that:

    – Flatter their ego, often making them feel superior.
    – Look hot and make men feel desirable.
    – Do the work men don’t like or want to do, but let men take credit for any success.

    So……women that don’t like playing this bull$hit game are thought of as a ‘b!tch or worse.

    It is sickening and degrading.

  47. I’m an ex-Catholic, but I like the new Pope so far.

    Barely 12 hours after his election, Pope Francis quietly slipped out of the Vatican on Thursday to pray for guidance at one of Rome’s great basilicas as he prepared to usher in a new age of simplicity and humility in a Church mired in scandal.

  48. So……women that don’t like playing this bull$hit game are thought of as a ‘b!tch or worse.
    It is sickening and degrading.
    Shadowfax, the mentality of the corporate / male mind is beyond belief. I live in a tiny residential community. So small that there is just 7 miles of road, very little of it paved. There are 300 lots identfied and deeded with many fewer homes. IOW it is NO BIG DEAL. Some people use their land to camp, others to live. You can encounter a bit of everything here. Board of directors seems to feel a great power nonetheless. When I first moved here, I saw an out-dated copy of minutes posted on bulletin board & Asked if it could not be made current. That was never done so later on I asked to have copies of the most recent year’s minutes. They asked me to put the request in writing. I did. After a few months went by, the Director’s mother-in-law stopped by; casually mentioned that I’d put the board members in a terrible spot.Evidently by then I was an identified person of interest LOL.

    Eventually I met some women here and we decided we all liked to sing hymns. So we met at my place every second week to sing them. Director’s MIL stopped by again. Asked to borrow my typewriter, said the inoperable keys I mentioned would not be a problem to her. Turns out the hymn sings were interpreted by The Board as meetings for the purpose of overthrowing them. Typewriter borrowed so they could unwind the ribbon, read my latest missives. No doubt I’d become a terrorist.

    Point being this stuff is deeply ingrained in the minds of the deranged.

  49. holdthemaccountable

    That’s unbelievable and amazing. I guess in a tiny town, the crackpots can get away with more because there aren’t a lot of people that can push them to the side or ignore them. I am more of a city woman, so I would be the black sheep of a small town.

  50. Rove in WSJ:

    Democrats face their own disagreements, potentially bigger and certainly more problematic for the president.

    In the Senate, Democrats are so divided over taxes and spending that Majority Leader Harry Reid has prevented consideration of a budget resolution for four years. He’s done so to avoid forcing politically vulnerable Democrats to take tough votes that would mark them as tax-and-spend liberals. This vacation from governing ends next week when the Senate will finally consider a budget resolution. It reportedly includes a $1 trillion tax hike that senators from red or purple states may not like.

    Swing state and rural Democrats don’t share the White House’s enthusiasm for gun control. Democrats may be divided over immigration, too, with many resisting a guest-worker program. Many also oppose the president’s climate-change agenda: Nine Democratic senators wrote Mr. Obama last month to urge approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. Virtually every Democrat opposes drone strikes on U.S. soil, but many object to them on anyone abroad, too.

    Politico reported on March 10 that despite Mr. Obama’s words supporting entitlement reform, more than half of House Democrats pledged to vote “against any and every cut to Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security.” The opposition to change includes opposition to raising the retirement age, which the president says he is open to.

    Some Democrats are worried about the political headwinds the president’s liberal agenda is creating. His policies “reflect a tone-deafness to the challenges they face competing for moderate and conservative-leaning seats,” Politico reported on Monday.

    The GOP’s division isn’t unexpected, given that the party just lost a presidential election. Out of intraparty debates can emerge new issues, arguments and leaders. That happened in the late 1970s, when Ronald Reagan embraced supply-side economics and fundamentally transformed the GOP.

    For a sitting president’s party to begin fracturing this early into his second term is more unusual. As a second-term president, Mr. Obama will learn that his power recedes with nearly every passing day. But governing as an unabashed liberal, badly overplaying his hand on sequestration, and displaying contempt for Congress may be accelerating the process.

  51. Shadowfax March 14, 2013 at 12:34 pm holdthemaccountable
    ——————————-
    Board president and MIL had year round homes in cities out of state. They knew when to hold ’em and when to fold ’em. He’s been away for abt 8 years & she moved south. Current board president is becoming old and feeble. Previous one is back, has done extensive remodel on his place here, and is in position as VP. It won’t be long now. Brrrrrr.

  52. Shadowfax March 14, 2013 at 11:45 am

    I can’t even begin to tell ya how livid this whole article’s premise makes me.

    ====

    It’s a shallow article but I’m glad it got a reaction from you – a reaction I fully agree with, as well as that of holdthemaccountable.

    I would point out, though, that not all of America consists of city and corporate folk. I remember a comment posted on hillaryclinton.com in 2007 quoting a man in Kentucky who claimed that he and everyone he knew were going to vote for Hillary. He said that their women took care of house and children, cared for them when they were sick and worked the fields at the same time. He said, “A strong woman don’t put us off none.” And eventually, if you remember, Hillary cleaned up in Appalachia.

    So there is some hope from the parts of America that we usually view as conservative.

  53. jesw

    …. He said that their women took care of house and children, cared for them when they were sick and worked the fields at the same time. He said, “A strong woman don’t put us off none.”

    Doesn’t put the guy off to call these women strong.

    A man that took care of the home, raised the kids, cared for them when they are sick and then worked out in the fields at the same time would be considered a rare superhero, but the woman is just considered strong.

    I say, give people credit when credit is due for both genders. Women shouldn’t accept anything less, being called or naming yourself a ‘bitch’ because you are intelligent, strong and competent isn’t okay.

  54. admin

    We now require a seeing eye dog.

    ——-
    Ah admin, someone must have dressed MO, she wasn’t able to wear her PepBoys accessories.

  55. Quite frankly, I think calling a woman strong, and not being afraid of it, was heartfelt.

    These people are the backbone of the country.

  56. awww, poor Mr. Ed getting moved from prime time to the 5pm Saturday and Sunday time slot. So sad.

    MSNBC removing Schultz from prime time

    NEW YORK (AP) — Heartland liberal Ed Schultz is losing his prime-time show on MSNBC.

    The cable network says Schultz is being moved to the weekends, to host two-hour shows Saturday and Sunday at 5 p.m. EDT. Union advocate Schultz, whose nightly show preceded Rachel Maddow, has increasingly seemed out of place in MSNBC’s bookishly liberal lineup.

    Schultz will be replaced weeknights by Chris Hayes, whose talk show, “Up,” has been a weekend morning mainstay on the MSNBC schedule since 2011. It begins April 1.

    Schultz said on his show Wednesday that his new time slot gives him the chance to “get out with the people and tell their stories.”

  57. RE: Vogue cover

    Can someone please photoshop a large crescent wrench in her right hand? And maybe a rack of air fresheners and fuzzy dice behind her, too. Then it will be complete.

  58. jeswezey
    March 14, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    Shadowfax March 14, 2013 at 11:45 am

    I can’t even begin to tell ya how livid this whole article’s premise makes me.

    ====

    It’s a shallow article but I’m glad it got a reaction from you – a reaction I fully agree with, as well as that of holdthemaccountable.

    I would point out, though, that not all of America consists of city and corporate folk. I remember a comment posted on hillaryclinton.com in 2007 quoting a man in Kentucky who claimed that he and everyone he knew were going to vote for Hillary. He said that their women took care of house and children, cared for them when they were sick and worked the fields at the same time. He said, “A strong woman don’t put us off none.” And eventually, if you remember, Hillary cleaned up in Appalachia.

    So there is some hope from the parts of America that we usually view as conservative.

    ————————————

    That article is plain out wrong. The American people did NOT reject Hillary. She received more primary votes than Obama. It was her own Party that shoved her– and those who voted for her– under the bus in favor of a younger, less qualified male. The voters had no problem with a strong, female leader. But the DNC did.

  59. Maybe after the Tiger Woods golf outing with ever vacationing Barack Obama and the realization that Woodward made it OK to point out how nasty Obama and his henchmen are some prominent Big Media “personalities” are learning not to trust the cobra. Excellent work by Jonathan Karl for asking the type of follow-up questions that should be asked every day:

  60. the dims can float all they want, there is no way in hell that i can see Hillary running for President with MO as her running mate…that is the last thing she would want or do…

    …especially with all these ‘leaks’ coming out on how O and his posse did all they could to control Hillary and Holbrooke at State and all they could do to undermine Hillary…

    excuse me, but screw that…

    and if she did…that would have to be the final last straw for me…

  61. I don’t think MO has any interest in a political career. I heard she wants to have a talk show or some other career in show biz.

  62. jeswezey It’s a shallow article…

    Jen the Michigander March 14, 2013 at 10:47 pm: “That article is plain out wrong. The American people did NOT reject Hillary…. The voters had no problem with a strong, female leader. But the DNC did.”
    ====

    I concur of course, and am not promoting the article, but I do think the article gives an explanation why the DNC opposed Hillary.

    She was known to be a fighter (= “bitch”) and Obama made all that sweet talk about bringing blue and red America together for Hope ‘n’ Change.

    Now, after her stint as Secy of State, Hillary is known not so much as a fighter but as a negotiator. I think this will help her going forward.

  63. Jen the Michigander March 15, 2013 at 1:50 am
    “I don’t think MO has any interest in a political career. I heard she wants to have a talk show or some other career in show biz.”

    I hope you’re right. In fact, I think show biz would be a very good option for her. It would have been a good option for her husband.

    Also, about the “Hillary-Michelle” leak, assuming Hillary gets the nomination, it is up to the nominee to choose the VP and I can’t see Hillary choosing Me-Shell under any circumstances. It’s not just a matter of bad blood between them from the Holbrooke days (as S reminds us), but also a matter of sheer competence. Hillary never hires incompetent people.

  64. Must say I took great pleasure earlier this morning when I heard that Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter was heckled so badly yesterday by union members that he had to find another venue in which to deliver his budget address. Not because I favor the unions, but because I am not done pointing out the great wrong done by this mayor to Mitt Romney last May and I see an opening. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqeBnF4XCxA&feature=player_embedded&list=UUssBmtfm1nTv-Fg136i7XyA

    As to what Nutter was up to with Mitt, here is the salient statement from LATimes: “…Later, as Romney was touring the all-black school, which the city school district turned over to a charter operator two years ago in an effort to improve student achievement, Democratic Mayor Michael Nutter held a press conference on a sidewalk outside blasting the Republican’s visit….” You can edit this to get to that: article dot latimes dot com/2012/may/24/news/la-pn-romney-ventures-onto-democratic-turf-gets-earful-in-philadelphia-20120524

  65. Next? A former agent blasted President Obama for blaming the Secret Service for the decision to shut down White House tours, calling it “an act of political cowardice” on Your World with Neil Cavuto this afternoon [3/14/13]

  66. Foxy. Seems to be the season of lies 🙂
    Glad to see someone else here; was beginning to think everyone was at CPAC [snark to be sure]

  67. Hillary will NEVER be on the same ticket as MO. Not her VP nor would she pick MO as her VP.

    Pigs will fly, unicorns will prove their true existence, Barry will walk on water and I will turn into a Stepford wife before that happens.

    NEVER GONNA HAPPEN no matter how much the Hopium’s hope and wish on a star.

    PS – Tinkerbell and Merlin are not real, even though I wish they were.

  68. jesw and Jen

    …I concur of course, and am not promoting the article….

    She was known to be a fighter (= “bitch”) and Obama made all that sweet talk about bringing blue and red America together for Hope ‘n’ Change.

    ——-
    If I recollect, the Clinton’s have always been seen as ‘outsiders’ to the ‘elites’ in the Dem party, haven’t they? I think the excuse was that they were not good at following the rules of party selection for level of office…when it has been proven that both Bill and Hillary can run intellectual circles around all of them and they are the champions of the working class, poor, women and minorities while not passing out false promises just to get elected.

  69. President Obama’s shallow, sanctimonious attempts at dialogue
    By Karl Rove

    Published March 15, 2013
    FoxNews.com

    Obama to meet with Senate Republicans to discuss…

    Obama really trying to work together with GOP?

    Will Obama finally cut some programs?

    Much media attention is being paid to two reports this week about President Barack Obama’s outreach to Congressional Democrats and Republicans. But there’s a third report – less prominent but more revealing – that sheds light on the president’s real intentions.

    One of the two reports that received attention is Ron Fournier’s National Journal article about Mr. Obama’s dinner last week dinner with a dozen Senate Republicans in which Fournier quotes an unnamed presidential adviser.

    “This is a joke,” the senior White House official told Mr. Fournier, referring to such outreach efforts. “We’re wasting the president’s time and ours….I hope you all [in the media] are happy because we’re doing it for you.”

    Mr. Obama seems unable to acknowledge that reasonable people can disagree about policies while sharing a common goal.

    Despite later denials by White House press secretary Jay Carney, this candid admission can’t add to the warm and fuzzy spirit of cooperation and comity Mr. Obama insists he wants to nurture.

    The second report that’s drawn attention was Tuesday when Mr. Obama told Senate Democrats that they needed to be open to entitlement reforms, such as changing the inflation measure used to calculate benefit changes. While liberal Senators met his remarks with some skepticism and more than a little resistance, it was nonetheless an important move by the president, if sincere and not for show.

    The answer to whether this was a real shift in policy or merely meant for public consumption came in an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. In the interview, Mr. Obama dismissed the importance of a balanced budget, saying, “We don’t have an immediate crisis in terms of debt. In fact, for the next 10 years, it’s gonna be in a sustainable place.”

    It actually won’t be, thanks to the president’s policies (particularly the Affordable Care Act) and saying in so many words that a debt crisis will be his successor’s problem is not a good excuse for doing nothing now.

    But Mr. Obama got into even more trouble. Discussing a grand bargain to balance the budget and at least stabilize if not reduce the debt, Mr. Obama suggested the Republican position was “We can only do revenue if we gut Medicare or gut Social Security or gut Medicaid.”

    Really?

    Can the president name a single important Republican who wants to “gut” Medicare or Social Security?

    This goes to a deeper truth. Mr. Obama cannot lead the conversation a president must have with Congress about entitlement reform because he seems wholly unable to acknowledge that reasonable people can disagree about policies while sharing a common goal.

    In Mr. Obama’s view, Republicans only want “to gut” Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid. Republican policy prescriptions are not just wrong but border on malevolent. Republicans are motivated by a desire to hurt the most vulnerable members of society. And so the president, given his worldview, is incapable of finding common ground. Because you can’t compromise with evil.

    Particularly for a president who fashions himself as an intellectual, this is a shallow and sanctimonious way to avoid a serious dialogue. And for a president who campaigned five years ago – it seems like a lifetime ago – saying he didn’t want to be the leader of red states or blue states but the United States, it is an ineffective, irresponsible and – dare we repeat his own description to Barbara Walters of himself – lazy way to try leading.

    Name-calling, the occasional slander, and repeatedly constructing a field of strawmen are marks of seriousness. It is, to borrow a phrase from a senior Obama adviser, “a joke.” The president should stop wasting our time and his.

    Mr. Obama was able to function when his party controlled the Congress with crushing margins in both houses. That was easy. Now he finds himself presiding over divided government. That is harder. And continuing attacks like this will make it impossible for Mr. Obama to forge the compromises for which presidential leadership is necessary.

    Karl Rove is a Fox News political analyst and a former senior adviser and deputy chief of staff to President George W. Bush. He is the author of “Courage and Consequence: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight” (Threshold Editions, 2010) and helped organize the political action committee American Crossroads.

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  70. President Obama’s shallow, sanctimonious attempts at dialogue
    By Karl Rove

    Published March 15, 2013
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    Much media attention is being paid to two reports this week about President Barack Obama’s outreach to Congressional Democrats and Republicans. But there’s a third report – less prominent but more revealing – that sheds light on the president’s real intentions.

    One of the two reports that received attention is Ron Fournier’s National Journal article about Mr. Obama’s dinner last week dinner with a dozen Senate Republicans in which Fournier quotes an unnamed presidential adviser.

    “This is a joke,” the senior White House official told Mr. Fournier, referring to such outreach efforts. “We’re wasting the president’s time and ours….I hope you all [in the media] are happy because we’re doing it for you.”

    Mr. Obama seems unable to acknowledge that reasonable people can disagree about policies while sharing a common goal.

    Despite later denials by White House press secretary Jay Carney, this candid admission can’t add to the warm and fuzzy spirit of cooperation and comity Mr. Obama insists he wants to nurture.

    The second report that’s drawn attention was Tuesday when Mr. Obama told Senate Democrats that they needed to be open to entitlement reforms, such as changing the inflation measure used to calculate benefit changes. While liberal Senators met his remarks with some skepticism and more than a little resistance, it was nonetheless an important move by the president, if sincere and not for show.

    The answer to whether this was a real shift in policy or merely meant for public consumption came in an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. In the interview, Mr. Obama dismissed the importance of a balanced budget, saying, “We don’t have an immediate crisis in terms of debt. In fact, for the next 10 years, it’s gonna be in a sustainable place.”

    It actually won’t be, thanks to the president’s policies (particularly the Affordable Care Act) and saying in so many words that a debt crisis will be his successor’s problem is not a good excuse for doing nothing now.

    But Mr. Obama got into even more trouble. Discussing a grand bargain to balance the budget and at least stabilize if not reduce the debt, Mr. Obama suggested the Republican position was “We can only do revenue if we gut Medicare or gut Social Security or gut Medicaid.”

    Really?

    Can the president name a single important Republican who wants to “gut” Medicare or Social Security?

    This goes to a deeper truth. Mr. Obama cannot lead the conversation a president must have with Congress about entitlement reform because he seems wholly unable to acknowledge that reasonable people can disagree about policies while sharing a common goal.

    In Mr. Obama’s view, Republicans only want “to gut” Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid. Republican policy prescriptions are not just wrong but border on malevolent. Republicans are motivated by a desire to hurt the most vulnerable members of society. And so the president, given his worldview, is incapable of finding common ground. Because you can’t compromise with evil.

    Particularly for a president who fashions himself as an intellectual, this is a shallow and sanctimonious way to avoid a serious dialogue. And for a president who campaigned five years ago – it seems like a lifetime ago – saying he didn’t want to be the leader of red states or blue states but the United States, it is an ineffective, irresponsible and – dare we repeat his own description to Barbara Walters of himself – lazy way to try leading.

    Name-calling, the occasional slander, and repeatedly constructing a field of strawmen are marks of seriousness. It is, to borrow a phrase from a senior Obama adviser, “a joke.” The president should stop wasting our time and his.

    Mr. Obama was able to function when his party controlled the Congress with crushing margins in both houses. That was easy. Now he finds himself presiding over divided government. That is harder. And continuing attacks like this will make it impossible for Mr. Obama to forge the compromises for which presidential leadership is necessary.

    Karl Rove is a Fox News political analyst and a former senior adviser and deputy chief of staff to President George W. Bush. He is the author of “Courage and Consequence: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight” (Threshold Editions, 2010) and helped organize the political action committee American Crossroads.

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  71. holdthemaccountable
    March 13, 2013 at 9:16 am
    Democrats Push Hillary Clinton – Michelle Obama
    &&&&&&&&&&&&

    How would Much-Hell be an asset to any ticket, even like Lt. Gov.??? Did anyone fail to notice she has EVEN LESS political experience than her hubby?

    It’s so sad to see Dems that deluded in thinking any Obama will have any shelf life after Oturn leaves office.

  72. foxyladi14
    March 13, 2013 at 11:14 am
    More lying. And my Cobra comment went with Obama’s Video not Ryans.
    President Obama said his administration was looking at ways to resume White House tours for school groups.

    “This was not a decision that went up to the White House,” noted Obama in an ABC News interview aired on Wednesday, saying the directive came from the Secret Service.
    &&&&&&&&&&

    Is Obummer saying that the White House is taking orders from the Secret Service?

    This makes him look weak, just as his decision to cancel White House tours made him look weak.

    Oh, yeah, he doesn’t just LOOK weak, he IS weak.

  73. The same folks that think MO is a fashionista, buy her BS and think she is a great first ‘lady’ are the ones pushing this bull$hit ticket with Hillary. They carried Barry over the finish line, stole the election and think Hillary will carry MO over the finish line because she has black skin.

    These are not the majority of Democrats, they are the majority of idiots covered in pixy dust.

  74. He must be a king…

    Obama couldn’t eat at Hill meeting without food ‘taster’

    WASHINGTON — Following President Obama’s lunch meeting with Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill, Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins described the food served and said the president was not able to eat since his “taster” was not present.

    “University of Maine recipe for healthy lobster salad — I pointed that out to the president in keeping with the first lady’s initiatives and Fox Family Potato Chips made in Aroostook County where I’m from and wild blueberry pie full of anti-oxidants, see this was a healthy lunch as well. We did have a little ice cream on the pie too, also made in Maine, Gifford’s Ice Cream. So in all seriousness this was well received,” Collins told reporters on Thursday after the meeting at the Capitol.

    “Unfortunately, you know, the president can’t,” said Collins when asked if Obama ate at the lunch meeting.

    “He looked longingly at it,” Collins continued. “He honestly did look longingly at it, but apparently he has to have essentially a taster, and I pointed out to him that we were all tasters for him, that if the food had been poisoned all of us would have keeled over so, but he did look longingly at it and he remarked that we have far better food than the Democrats do, and I said that was because I was hosting.”

    According to a 2009 AFP report, the U.S. Secret Service has “always refused to confirm that US presidents travel with a food ‘taster’, in line with their policy of discretion on all security related issues.”

    http://dailycaller.com/2013/03/14/obama-couldnt-eat-at-hill-meeting-without-taster-audio/

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