Helicopter Harold Ford Jr., the darling of the Morning Starbucks with Joe show, was just given a nice hunk of time to give his campaign pitch. He went unchallenged, defended the banks and apparently is going on Joe’s radio show later. Isn’t that sweet?
Earlier on the show, Scarborough somehow managed to segue from the Haiti disaster to one of his cherry picked polls showing Obama down, which I’ve been trying to find, but I noticed the fine print at the bottom that had a +/- of 4.8%, which is an awfully high margin of error and points to a sample of probably 400 people or so. I’m working on a post about polls and I’m going to go out on a limb and say things are looking good for democrats next year and in 2012, contrary to the spin the conservative media is trying desperately to sell.
I think it should be a law that if you cast your vote for George W. Bush in 2004, after having lived through his first 4 years, that you need to just SHUT THE FUCK UP! You have no right to express your opinion for oooooooooooh, how about 10 years. That’s probably how long it’s going to take to fix the shit.
The new book “Gamey Change” by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin has caused all sorts of stories to spin from this poorly sourced, I heard someone tell someone else, gossipy book about the 2008 election. According to the reviews and stories, it sounds like they went out of their way to just report the petty in-fighting that happens in every election. You know, the kind of crap the catty media loves, they eat that shit up with a spoon. Harry Reid’s comments have been getting most of the attention, but Bill Clinton’s were pretty bitter too, even if they were sourced as a recounting of a conversation with Teddy Kennedy, who is no longer around to clarify.
Lee over at The Rude Pundit is at his best talking about what Harry Reid said. Here is a snippet, go read the whole thing, it’s deliciously rude.
In a 1995 New Yorker interview with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Colin Powell listed the reasons that he was more palatable a black candidate to white Americans than, say, Jesse Jackson: “One, I don’t shove it in their face, you know? I don’t bring any stereotypes or threatening visage to their presence. Some black people do. Two, I can overcome any stereotypes or reservations they have, because I perform well. Third thing is, I ain’t that black.” And he added, “I speak reasonably well, like a white person.” He later clarified to another audience, “I am not that black as a physical matter.” Read more »
It’s one of those days. So I’ll send you to the most excellent White Noise Insanity for a nice smackdown of Bush Sr. If you haven’t seen it, you must.
Here’s another one from Bob Cesca that explores the right wingnutia.
I can’t believe I just got a “Breaking News” email alert from CNN telling me that this is Simon Cowell’s last season on American Idol. So that’s breaking news, huh?
The duo who loves to go on Morning Joe and feed Joe the beast with insider political gossip are all the rage these days with their new book Game Change. It looks like many in the media are eating it up and spitting it back out. Liz Cheney is appauled at Harry Reid using the word Negro, I’m sure it comes from her deep seated hatred of racism in general, it has to be. I’m not really surprised by what is attributed to Harry Reid, doesn’t surprise me at all. Of course President Obama is going to forgive him for his insensitive comments, that’s our president’s style after all. What fascinates me the most about this particular issue is the reaction from Republicans, it raises that question I think needs to be applied to many issues the media trumpets, “so what?” I wonder what is behind their pushing of this story, is it to show that democrats are racist too, so it’s OK for republicans to be racist?
There are many other comments by others including Bill Clinton that will get a lot of traction too, specifically racially tinged comments when talking to Ted Kennedy. The media is going to pound these stories to death, I just know it. But I want someone to ask “so what?” They will put this all out there to linger, but won’t ever tell us why it is important that we know it. I think all sides of the issues need to stop and think about why they are pushing the story, what difference does it make, why should we care? I guess for those who think we’ve transcended race, it will be a reminder that we haven’t and for those who are racist, they can take comfort in knowing they aren’t the only ones…..see, those liberals are racist too.
Let the republican hypocrisy begin. There is already pushback against the book, which sounds more like a gossip rag than an actual book. Check out these posts on the subject.
Arrgh Paine has an excellent post on his blog My Take, thanks to Bob Cesca for catching it. It talks about the split in the left that is pitting those who are pragmatic, realistic and wisely using the power that the democrats have – to try to get some changes in our country against the “pure” left who have unrealistic fantasies of what democrats can do in their current power structure. Here is a piece of his excellent concise post.
On one hand we have those who have been justifiably disappointed with the administration on a number of issues in what they thought would be a very progressive agenda. On the other hand we have a group that is justifiably upset at progressives who attack the administration in what they see as a scorched earth policy that will harm the agenda moving forward.
Both groups are correct and the intent of this post is not to convince anyone to abandon their belief or the passionate defense of that belief. The point of this post is to sow understanding. We need to debate the facts in good faith, not the fantasy we want to make those facts mean.
Personally, I look to motives of the people who spew the most venom towards the president. I wonder where that anger and irrational hatred comes from, the kind normally reserved for republicans.
It sure is nice to have a democratic president and congress, I just have to say. They are working on a jobs bill that will actually create real jobs for people. I can only imagine what the republic party would offer up if they were in charge, tax cuts for the wealthiest I’m sure. From The Hill
Senate Democrats are crafting a job creation bill that would boost funding for small businesses, public services, infrastructure projects and energy efficiency programs.
An aide to Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said Democrats are looking at proposals in those four main areas. But the aide said that senators have yet to finalize their specific proposals…
…They are considering new transit and highway spending and efforts to help stave off public employee layoffs, as well as a new tax credit for businesses hiring new workers and a program providing incentives for homeowners to retrofit their homes, according to a source off Capitol Hill.
Watch the republicans scream that there aren’t any tax cuts in it, although there are. But when they are targeted tax credits, they can’t end up in some CEO’s bonus.
Here are a few links to some stories that caught my eye recently.
Check out these links if you are looking for some good stuff to read.
Kay over at White Noise Insanity has a great piece on Bristol Palin, the entrepreneur. Click here!
Bob Cesca has a great post about our president making some change. Click here!
Ezra Klein at his new Washington Post digs has a piece on the inside Washington media. Click here!
Finally, here is a great Youtube video from Bill Maher’s show featuring the one and only Sarah Silverman. Click here!
I used to be a very loyal Huffington Post reader, it was my home page on all 3 of my computers. I loved how they bashed Bush and Co. I only go over there now to check how the progress is going on them switching to being a conservative blog. I was eating dinner and I pulled out my iPhone, (yes, I’m one of them) and I pulled up my HuffPost app and this screaming headline said “Dems’ Only Hope for 2010: Make The Race About The Other Guy.”
I started reading it, of course, and came across this in the first paragraph…
Voters are shifting to the right; white antipathy to the President has intensified; the popular consensus backing Obama and his agenda has collapsed in less than a year…
Really? Go look at this post at Public Policy Polling that says just the opposite, his numbers remain strong, regardless of people not liking what the senate passed on health care reform. And of course, congress always polls low and even within the article on HP, they say republicans numbers are also slipping, but they wouldn’t let some facts get in the way of their agenda to portray President Obama and the democratic party negatively. Read more »
Bob Cesca’s Awesome Blog has another great post up defending Obama against unfair attacks. Enjoy!
In an effort to counter the “Republic party” and faux-progressive assault on our president as a failure, here is a partial list of some of the accomplishments he has either started or has implemented. Many of them happened in the first 100 days, but many more have slipped under the radar of the MSM over the entire 11 months of his presidency. I know many bomb throwers will deny that many of them really happened, I guess that’s the political environment we now find ourselves in, just deny it or lie about it. Feel free to add to this list in the comments. Many thanks to bacalove at Daily Kos.
- Reversed Bush ban on federal funding of stem cell research.
- The 787 billion dollar stimulus package provides hundreds of billions
of tax cuts and helps fund state programs already in place
- the stimulus package helps repair a decayed infrastructure
- The education secretary has five billion of Discretionary spending to improve education
- is much more science friendly with the energy secretary being a scientist
- reversed Bush global gag rule on doctors and provided funding for international family planning groups
…there is a lot more after the break Read more »
Jamie over at Intoxination made a prediction just over year ago that is very eerie. Go read it here, if you haven’t seen it yet. Thanks to the Awesome Bob Cesca for bringing it to my attention. Here are some excerpts from Jamie’s prediction.
“This will be the first year that we have a Democrat in the White House in the modern blogging age, and with that I do have a rather dire prediction. As the year progresses and we start seeing exactly how soon to be President Obama governs, some of the groups and organizations we all cherished for their work these past several years will quickly turn into something we can’t understand, maybe even bordering on entering the wingnut-o-sphere.
I predict this will start when/if Obama decides to increase the number of troops in Afghanistan. People quickly forget the key points of campaigns, and bloggers are no exception. We will hear a big out cry from some bloggers screaming that Obama is breaking campaign promises on Afghanistan, when in fact he will be doing exactly what he said…
…If you suddenly find yourself on opposing views of one of your favorite blogs or political action committees, the best thing to do is walk away. Giving them attention, even if it is as simple as disagreement, is the equivalent of giving a beer to an alcoholic. I also suggest the other bloggers out there simply stop linking them and even remove them from your blogrolls. If these individuals don’t get the attention they crave then eventually they will realize that their lust for fame has deeply clouded their love for blogging, and hopefully they will wake up and realize that commons sense is the best part of any blog…”
I, for one, have taken his advice and walked away from a few blogs that used to be among my favorites. And it’s not because I disagree with them, it’s because they seem to have become exactly like Jamie predicted, driven by clicks, money, sensationalism and fame.
The hold up on the new head of the TSA, Erroll Southers, by Senator Jim DeMint is because of the fear that he will allow the TSA workers to unionize. Check out this awesome exchange on CNN (full transcript) where James Carville does what he does best, goes for the jugular.
ROBERTS: We’re getting, James, potentially a look here at how things are going to go next year. The former vice president has rung in this morning on what he calls the, quote, “low-key response” by the president to all of this, saying that President Obama’s trying to pretend that we are not at war with terrorists.
Do you think that this is going to be recurring theme from the Republican side as we head into the mid-term election here?
CARVILLE: Let’s go invade Sri Lanka. That would be their — look, I think what he said is that there was a systemic breakdown, and I think we ought to have a hardcore investigation.
By the way, on this question of TSA being unionized, I think every fireman that went in on 9/11 was a union member. And I would like to ask Senator DeMint, how did being in a union member affect them, because like 1,100 of these guys lost their lives running into a burning building.
I think this whole idea of blaming the unions for this is absurd. I don’t think Senator DeMint has any idea what he’s talking about. Captain Sully was a union member. It sure didn’t stop him from landing that airplane in the river.
Pow, take that MF’er. Being a union member myself, NEA and MEA, I am appalled at the all out attack on unions by the repugs over the last 30 years. It seems pretty counterproductive for their party, since so many working class folks are union members. This trend of bashing unions needs to be attacked head on with arguments like James Carville’s above. Love him or hate him, he has some pretty great moments.