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Late Afternoon Developments- Holding Pattern

My curiosity has been piqued by the following interesting developments:

  • Admiral “Fox” Fallon is retiring. Yep, the guy who referred to General Petraeus as “an @$$-kissing, little chicken$hit” is calling it quits. Fallon was the last surviving top military honcho to stand between Dick Cheney and his Iran bombing Viagra. As Jane at FDL points out, retiring means he is free to spill the beans.
  • Eliot Spitzer is not resigning today. He may not resign tomorrow. It is unknown when he will resign. Except that the Republicans in the NY State legislature printed the Articles of Impeachment sometime back in January and it would be a shame to waste them. So, it appears that he may be trying to work out a deal to avoid indictment on some of the charges before he beats a hasty retreat. Oh, and apparently, his NY cheesecake was not cool with Silda.
  • John Boehner is threatening to close up the House if the president and the telecomms don’t get their way with FISA. There is a deal in the works to not give them blanket immunity but instead bring each infraction before a federal judge to determine whether there is a state secret involved. BUT we forget that Republicans have been in charge of nominating federal judges for the past 28 out of 40 years so what are the chances?
  • Pelosi scuttles any chance of a joint Clinton-Obama, Obam-Clinton ticket. Whew! That’s a relief. I guess she knows firsthand what it’s like to be the first female leader in her organization who has a male second in command forced on her who ignores her every word. Well, we’ll see, Nancy. It’s likely you won’t have any say in *this* matter either.

Guys, I don’t have to remind you that 3 out of the 4 items up above are a direct result of Republican skullduggery. They are nasty pieces of work who will scheme right up to the last minute when they are escorted off the premises and just before they leave, someone will give the signal to type “rm *” at the sys admin console while logged in as root at /. (I’ll bet the unix geeks just got a shivver from that)

In the meantime, item 4 shows how much we have let our guard down with respect to the Bushies while Obama has accused Clinton of being the Grand Master of the Chapaqua Branch of the KKK and the Obamaphiles are flipping out over the fact that Hillary says McCain has more national security creds than Barry. And what about the FL and MI delegates, guys? Could you please wrap it up so we can get onto keeping the barbarians from making any further incursions until we can send reinforcements?

Priorities, people!

7 Responses

  1. Riverdaughter: “In the meantime, item 4 shows how much we have let our guard down with respect to the Bushies while Obama has accused Clinton of being the Grand Master of the Chapaqua Branch of the KKK…”

    That was hilarious, but with as long as Hillary Clinton doesn’t abandon the campaign, just wait until this turns into a real accusation seriously discussed by “serious” people. Give it like 1 day.

    Remember this from Lambert at Corrente:

    “Breaking: Hillary Clinton sneezes

    An unnamed source from the Obama campaign suggests that the sneeze may have been on purpose, perhaps to curry favor with the pharmaceutical lobby. The source also observed: “She mentioned Martin Luther King last week. Perhaps she thinks his legacy is something to sneeze at.”

    News of the event is right now being fed into the Obama Outrage Machine, which will generate several hundred Democratic Underground and DailyKos posts by the end of the day.”

    Isn’t it a reality by now?

    This nightmare of a primary has proved me wrong on so many fronts:

    I thought Andrew Sullivan couldn’t be more deranged but I was wrong

    I thought the progressive movement was created (in no small part by Hillary Clinton) to advance the progressive agenda but i was wrong

    I thought progressives will never use us Blacks to bludgeon their opponents within our ranks but I was wrong

    I though Hillary Clinton has already been accused of everything but I was wrong

    I thought after 2000, Democrats will do everything to make ALL votes count, especially in FL but I was wrong

    I thought progressives WILL NEVER mentioned one of their leading figures and the KKK in the same breath but I was wrong.

    Do I even know anything? I am sooo confused.

  2. MAB, you should make a slightly longer “I was wrong” essay. Would be great.

    Also, I’ve been thinking a lot along the “tofu” lines. There really is litte justification for the way Kerry, Daschle, Kennedy and co. have treated Hillary. I’ve been wondering what it could be and there clearly seems to be some self-serving motivation. Obama has given up on UHC and fear-mongered SS which Dems fought valiantly against only two years ago. Things just don’t add up. Especially when you consider that Obama has much more baggage (Ayers, Rezko, etc.) than Bill Clinton ever had in 1992.

  3. riverdaughter,

    Today I was thinking along the same lines you mentioned in your post. I was writing a letter to Kerry in my head, explaining why I will never vote for him ever again, and I imagined writing to him:

    “Senator Kerry, you had your chance to be President and you blew it. You didn’t even have the guts to fight back when your military record was attacked. Then you conceded before all the votes in Ohio were even counted. Now you want to foist another weak-kneed loser on us. I’m beginning to suspect that you and Ted Kennedy just want someone you can influence, and you know darn well you couldn’t do that to Hillary.”

    It just sort of came up out of my unconscious mind, and I realized it was true. Kennedy and Kerry failed at becoming President and they see Obama as a malleable tool that they can use to gain power.

    I’m not sure what Pelosi’s game is, but my guess is it’s partly snobbery toward the Clintons. You know they were never considered “good enough” for the Washington elite.

  4. riverdaughter: I agree with your last theory. I actually mentioned this to a friend several months ago. An Obamabot friend told me that all of these superdelegates were supporting Obama because Clinton is a power hungry b*tch that no one likes. And I told him that there had to be a bigger reason than Clinton being unlikable to some people because politicians always have a self-serving reason behind their decision. They’ll support the devil if it gets them ahead in Washington. I told my friend that Obama reminded me a lot of George W. Bush was to the GOP: their puppet. Obama is an inexperienced politician whose image was created by Axelrod while Clinton is her own person. She doesn’t take shit from anyone and she has a clear plan on what she wants to do on day one. Obama doesn’t. You’re right riverdaughter, whoever controls him or is owed favors (the Kennedys) will have a lot of influence on him. It’s really sick when you think about what our Democratic leaders will do for power. It makes me realize how little they really care about us.

  5. John Boehner is threatening to close up the House if the president and the telecomms don’t get their way with FISA. There is a deal in the works to not give them blanket immunity but instead bring each infraction before a federal judge to determine whether prosecution is warranted. BUT we forget that Republicans have been in charge of nominating federal judges for the past 28 out of 40 years so what are the chances?

    I thought that what the court would do is examine claims of state secrets, rather than determine whether there was immunity as a matter of law. Currently, once the government claims state secrets, the courts can’t even examine the material in camera (outside a public hearing) to determine whether the claim of states secrets is valid, or whether the government is just blowing it out its ass. In any event, it appears that Boehner, a/k/a Boner, is demanding that the House approve the Senate bill (brought to you by Jelly Rockefeller and Hairy Reid), which of course has both telecom immunity, and no ability to get behind the government’s claims of states secrecy.

    I’m going to hunt around for more detailed explanations of what the House bill contains.

  6. You are probably right and I misinterpreted it. IANAL.

  7. Riverdaughter,

    You are right. Remember that talk before all this started?? The chit-chat was that they didn’t think anyone could stop Hillary from getting the nomination. So, they all are going to try. When Hillary becomes president, it is manifestly evident that she got there by her own wits and toil. That’s why Daschle, Kerry, Kennedy, Tim Russert, Chris Matthews, Brian Williams, Josh, and Kos all want to bring her down. Imagine Hillary wins. She would be pretty much the only start. She is the story. Now, Imagine Obama wins. Then there would be a huge story of how he was the insurgent, and then each one of the above people get credit for slaying the dragon.

    That’s really a big part of their motivation. Plus, I am sure, there are incentives for everyone. Josh and Markos may get nice interviews/TV appearances/ get to be part of the crowd. Larry J. was so, so right about dkos being the Animal Farm. Crashing the gate, and getting enticed with “come on in folks”.

    Ironically, after following politics for all these year, Hillary and Bill Clinton seem to be the only people in it for the right reasons, and Hillary has been the most ethical campaigner. Of course, she doesn’t have any choice. She know the Clinton/Gore rules (Gore sighed a lot) too well.

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