Archive for August 10, 2010
Obama endorsed this guy, and he won today.
I stole this headline from Keith Olbermann who just implored Robert Gibbs and President Obama to spend more time excoriating the “professional right,” instead of their base.
I mean, I’m shaking my head here. I’m a little ol’ blogger and I get that. Obama’s the President of the United States of American and he doesn’t?
So, so true.
Hey, I spent four crazy-making years watching Fox “News” while Democrats blew every opportunity in the world to raise hell and articulate what Republicans were doing.
The issue Digby raises ain’t gonna happen, but that forces me to ask: Are Democratic political leaders somehow genetically predisposed to being wimps?
I’m serious. They’ve been caving since the end of the Vietnam war, when the right successfully painted them as having “lost” it.
Yeah, I guess “innovative” fits, but I would add weird. Don’t know that I’d want to eat here:
Hah! As has been the case for months, Sharron Angle (Teahadist-NV), is her own worst enemy:
Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle of Nevada has pledged not to take campaign contributions from PACs that include donations from companies that provide health benefits to the partners of gay employees. But a Daily Beast analysis shows she’s already taken at least $37,000 from such political action committees.
Las Vegas Sun columnist Jon Ralston, who first noticed and reported the response after it was overlooked in an Associated Press exclusive on the questionnaire itself, also noted on Friday that Angle had already received $5,000 from the Senate Majority Fund PAC that included funds from Intel.
In addition to that, however, Angle has accepted $5,000 from the Alamo PAC, Bluegrass Committee, Free & Strong America PAC, Rock City PAC, Tenn PAC and Senate Victory Fund PAC as well as $2,000 from the Hawkeye PAC. All of these, according to the Federal Election Commission’s website, received money from companies that include 3M, Abbott Laboratories, Amazon.Com, UPS and others. Some companies that gave to those PACs, such as Anheuser Busch and Pepsico, have created gay-specific advertising that has been placed in gay-targeted media as well.
Obviously, Angle — living in a hateful, racist, homophobic bubble — had no idea providing health benefits to partners of gay employees was so widely accepted and practiced.
Check out this video comparing what then-Senator Obama said in 2007 about the war in Afghanistan and what President Obama is saying now.
What. A. Difference.
More — it’s endless, isn’t it? — Republican hypocrisy: “Gingrich Reconciles Cheating on His Wife While Harping on Family Values: “It Doesn’t Matter What I Do:“
In a new Esquire profile, Gingrich’s second wife Marianne — whom he cheated on with his current wife, Callista — breaks her twelve year silence on her relationship with Gingrich to reveal a portrait of man who understood the deep hypocrisy of his actions, but simply didn’t care:
He asked her to just tolerate the affair, an offer she refused.
He’d just returned from Erie, Pennsylvania, where he’d given a speech full of high sentiments about compassion and family values.
The next night, they sat talking out on their back patio in Georgia. She said, “How do you give that speech and do what you’re doing?”
“It doesn’t matter what I do,” he answered. “People need to hear what I have to say. There’s no one else who can say what I can say. It doesn’t matter what I live.“
Marianne, who was Gingrich’s “closest adviser” during his reign in the 1990s, went on to say that Gingrich “believes that what he says in public and how he lives don’t have to be connected.” But of course, as Gingrich himself demanded when he led a crusade to impeach President Clinton for personal infidelity, politicians’ private lives are inevitably connected to their public ones. Nonetheless, Gingrich has himself admitted to continuing his illicit affair with Callista — 23 years his junior — while simultaneously prosecuting Clinton’s adultery.
In that spirit, let me end by saying I don’t pretend to have all the answers to the challenges we face, and I look forward to periodic conversations with all of you in the months and years to come. I trust that you will continue to let me and other Democrats know when you believe we are screwing up. And I, in turn, will always try and show you the respect and candor one owes his friends and allies.
Where is that guy?
By now you’ve probably heard about the interview Press Secretary Robert Gibbs gave to The Hill newspaper as it’s been flying around the internets all morning: White House Unloads Anger Over Criticism From “Professional Left.“
It’s a stunner.
“I hear these people saying he’s like George Bush. Those people ought to be drug tested,” Gibbs said. “I mean, it’s crazy.”
No Robert. What we’re saying is that in some cases, Obama is worse than George Bush. For example, George Bush never claimed the right to kill a U.S. citizen who, according to the Constitution, has a right to be charged and face a jury of his peers.
“They will be satisfied when we have Canadian healthcare and we’ve eliminated the Pentagon. That’s not reality.”
That’s nasty Robert. Our problem with the health care thing is that Obama didn’t fight for a better bill. He essentially disappeared for a year and when he emerged, instead of fighting for a public option, which polls showed that everybody (including Republicans) wanted, what we ended up with was a guaranteed payment to the drug industry and no real safety net for those who can’t afford health insurance. I mean, that was the whole point, wasn’t it?
And no, we don’t want to eliminate the Pentagon. But we are concerned that the Pentagon’s budget has doubled over the last ten years and it was too big ten years ago. We have much to do in this country and we think a lot of Pentagon fat could be trimmed and put to better use.
And what’s with the Palin-esque language. It’s a wonder you didn’t use the word “socialist” health care. The GOP base would have loved it. (Which reminds me. Why will you muster the anger to blast Republicans like this?)
He’s also added diversity to the Supreme Court by nominating two female justices, including the court’s first Hispanic. Yet some liberal groups have criticized his nominees for not being liberal enough.
The two women Obama nominated to the court are safe moderates. I, for one, care less about their gender and more that they be a balance to the right wing extremists on the court.
Gibbs said the professional left is not representative of the progressives who organized, campaigned, raised money and ultimately voted for Obama.
I don’t recall exactly Robert, but I think my husband and I gave the Obama campaign roughly $200.00. Oh, and I worked for four years (2004 – 2008) at the NewsHounds documenting how Fox “News” was twisting the truth and lying about Democrats in the hopes that Democrats would start fighting back. Now, instead of blasting the right, you’re stomping on those who yes, “organized, campaigned, raised money, and ultimately voted for Obama” Man, you just don’t get it do you Robert? And, I have to assume Obama doesn’t either.
Progressives, Gibbs said, are the liberals outside of Washington “in America,” and they are grateful for what Obama has accomplished in a shattered economy with uniform Republican opposition and a short amount of time.
Hey Robert — last I looked, Colorado was “in America.”
Bottom line, I want Obama to do what he said he would do on the campaign trail. I want him to be that fighter. Where did that guy go?!
Oh, and Robert, way to go to bringing the party together on the eve of a pivotal election.
It’s a good morning because it’s Election Day here in Colorado and tonight we’ll know who won the Democratic primary for the Senate — Michael Bennet or Andrew Romanoff.
I voted for Romanoff but I think Bennet will win. But, I’m keeping my fingers crossed. Voter turnout is very high and I’m hoping that’s a good thing for Romanoff.