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Manic Monday News Links


Good Morning Conflucians! Here is my frantically rushed summary of the latest news. I may add a few more odds and ends.

Politics and Politicians

Paterson Says He Will Run Despite White House Pressure

At a parade in Harlem, the governor refused to discuss his conversations with President Obama’s political team, which has made clear to Mr. Paterson in recent days that it has lost confidence in him and does not believe he can be elected next fall.

Asked how he would run as a Democrat without White House support, Mr. Paterson said, “I am running for governor right now. I have no idea — I am a candidate for governor.”

“I have had a number of different conversations with a number of different people,” he added. “They are confidential.”

Still, even as Mr. Paterson publicly vowed to continue, two prominent Democrats who had spoken to him over the weekend described him as mulling his options and open to the possibility of withdrawing from the race. The two spoke on condition of anonymity because the conversations were intended to be confidential.

RNC chief thinks it’s “curious” that Obama would ask a black governor to step aside.

“I found that to be stunning, that the White House would send word to one of only two black governors in the country not to run for reelection,” Steele, the chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), said on CBS’s Face The Nation.

Steele was commenting on a report in The New York Times that said an intermediary of President Barack Obama sent word to Paterson that he should not run, considering his low approval ratings. Asked by host Bob Schieffer if race played a role in the White House’s decision to ask Paterson to back off from campaigning, Steele said he didn’t think so.

“It raises a curious point for me. I think Gov. Paterson’s numbers are about the same as Gov. Corzine’s. The president is with Gov. Corzine,” Steele said. The RNC chairman was referring to Gov. Jon Corzine, the Democratic New Jersey governor who is facing a tough reelection bid this year.

Obama’s Sunday Media blitz

He made appearances on five different TV networks yesterday, and I missed every single one of them.

Speaking on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN and Univision, the president spoke on everything from Afghanistan to race, but his main purpose was to continue his campaign-style push convincing Americans why health care reform is necessary this year.

Some analysts say the president inundating the airwaves is a risky strategy.

“Conventional wisdom will tell you that if you’re doing five shows as the POTUS [president of the United States] you’re doing four too many,” said political analyst David Gergen to ABC.

“No president ever wants to become video wallpaper,” said Larry Sabato, director of Center for Politics. “People do tune you out because they simply assume you don’t have anything new to say.”

President Obama is about even with Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton on the number of press conferences he’s given. However, on interviews, both Bush and Clinton gave around 40 by this point in the presidencies, but Mr. Obama has done about three times as many — 124 interviews so far.

Next up, Dave Letterman show.

This week, the world is watching Obama

Obama’s appearances at the U.N. meetings in New York, and with Group of 20 leaders later this week in Pittsburgh, offer him a “unique opportunity” to burnish his image as an effective and commanding leader, said a White House official who asked not to be named in order to speak freely. If Obama does this successfully, the White House hopes it could help the president as he wrestles for the confidence of an American public that is still deeply divided over his healthcare legislation.

John Edwards continues his downward spiral.

…a federal grand jury in nearby Raleigh is investigating whether any crimes were committed in connection with campaign laws in an effort to conceal his extramarital affair with a woman named Rielle Hunter. At the same time, Mr. Edwards is moving toward an abrupt reversal in his public posture; associates said in interviews that he is considering declaring that he is the father of Ms. Hunter’s 19-month-old daughter, something that he once flatly asserted in a television interview was not possible.

Friends and other associates of Mr. Edwards and his wife of 32 years, Elizabeth, say she has resisted the idea of her husband’s claiming paternity. Mrs. Edwards, who is battling cancer, “has yet to be brought around,” said one family friend, who like others spoke about the situation on the condition of anonymity, pointing to the complicated and delicate nature of the issue.

The situation may become more fraught, as people who know Ms. Hunter said she was planning to move with her daughter, Frances, from New Jersey to North Carolina in coming months.

Good Lord! Elizabeth needs to dump the jerk and get on with her life.

Resolution of Rielle Hunter’s paternity claim would cap John Edwards’ political career

Mike Lupica thinks the Edwards story parallels a new TV series with Chris Noth, The Good Wife. Maybe I’ll have break my TV fast and check this show out. I do like Chris Noth.

The timing for “The Good Wife” is perfect, of course, with the current wave of stories about creepy John Edwards, who reportedly might be ready to admit he fathered a child out of wedlock. Edwards is also in the news because a federal grand jury is trying to decide whether an actual crime – other than one of passion or just sheer stupidity – was committed when Edwards tried to cover up the affair.

Originally, one of Edwards’ aides, someone named Andrew Young, claimed to be the baby’s father. Now Young, with a book to sell, is ready to tell the whole story about that, how he even “facilitated” an affair between Edwards and a political groupie/ documentary filmmaker named Rielle Hunter that took place while Edwards’ wife, Elizabeth, was already battling cancer.

So first Young fixes Edwards up on the road. Now he is willing to throw Edwards under the nearest bus to sell a book. You know what brought a sleazebag like this together with Edwards? Destiny, that’s what.

Health Care

Amid health reform, massive Medicare agency is still headless

Nine months into his term, President Barack Obama has yet to nominate someone to head an agency that will play an enormous role in implementing any healthcare reform legislation Congress passes this year.

The agency has 4,400 employees, a $676 billion annual budget and a duty to provide healthcare to 44.6 million people enrolled in Medicare, 51 million in Medicaid and 6.3 million in the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). In effect, the nation’s largest health insurer has been without a CEO for three years.

New York Health Care Workers Resist Flu Vaccine Rule

Across the country, federal health officials say, only about 42 percent of all health care workers get an annual flu shot. That is little better than the overall national average of 33 percent and far below the 65 to 70 percent rate for the elderly.

That’s why the emergency regulation adopted this summer by the State Health Department making all hospital, home health and hospice workers get seasonal and swine flu vaccinations was a startling and radical step….Local unions reacted angrily, saying they had not been consulted.

Joel Shufro, executive director of the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health, a coalition of 200 union locals, said the change was presented to them “as a done deal” on Aug. 17. His coalition is still debating suing to stop it, he said.

The unions do not oppose vaccination “but we oppose a mandatory program,” he said. “This is: ‘You don’t get the shot, you’re fired.’ ”


Another bailout?

Obama open to newspaper bailout bill

The president said he is “happy to look at” bills before Congress that would give struggling news organizations tax breaks if they were to restructure as nonprofit businesses.

The prez says he’s worried about blogs:

“I am concerned that if the direction of the news is all blogosphere, all opinions, with no serious fact-checking, no serious attempts to put stories in context, that what you will end up getting is people shouting at each other across the void but not a lot of mutual understanding,” he said.

Oh brother! Doesn’t Obama’s administration already have enough influence on the so-called news media?

Obama wants G20 to rethink global economy

“We can’t go back to the era where the Chinese or the Germans or other countries just are selling everything to us, we’re taking out a bunch of credit card debt or home equity loans, but we’re not selling anything to them,” Obama said in an interview with CNN television.

For years before the financial crisis erupted in 2007, economists had warned of the dangers of imbalances in the global economy — namely huge trade surpluses and currency reserves built up by exporters like China, and similarly big deficits in the United States and other economies.

With U.S. consumers now holding back on spending after house prices plunged and as unemployment climbs, Washington wants other countries to become engines of growth.


This even brought out Bob Woodward. I haven’t seen any stories by him lately, have you? He’s on this one:

McChrystal: More Forces or ‘Mission Failure’

The top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan warns in an urgent, confidential assessment of the war that he needs more forces within the next year and bluntly states that without them, the eight-year conflict “will likely result in failure,” according to a copy of the 66-page document obtained by The Washington Post.

Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal says emphatically: “Failure to gain the initiative and reverse insurgent momentum in the near-term (next 12 months) — while Afghan security capacity matures — risks an outcome where defeating the insurgency is no longer possible.”

His assessment was sent to Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates on Aug. 30 and is now being reviewed by President Obama and his national security team.

I wonder who leaked this to Woodward? Something tells me it wasn’t the Obama administration. Lately it’s been sounding like the generals aren’t too happy with Obama’s policies. I wonder if he’ll start firing them like Bush did? My guess is he’ll just give them whatever they want. Vietnam II here we come!

Changes Have Obama Rethinking War Strategy

Although Obama endorsed a strategy document in March that called for “executing and resourcing an integrated civilian-military counterinsurgency strategy,” there have been significant changes in Afghanistan and Washington since then. A disputed presidential election, an erosion in support for the war effort among Democrats in Congress and the American public, and a sharp increase in U.S. casualties have prompted the president and his top advisers to reexamine their assumptions about the U.S. role in defeating the Taliban insurgency.

Instead of debating whether to give McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, more troops, the discussion in the White House is now focused on whether, after eight years of war, the United States should vastly expand counterinsurgency efforts along the lines he has proposed — which involve an intensive program to improve security and governance in key population centers — or whether it should begin shifting its approach away from such initiatives and simply target leaders of terrorist groups who try to return to Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, back in the other endless war:

US military deaths in Iraq war at 4,345

Is there a news blackout on Iraq or what? It seems the focus is all the focus on Afghanistan, and there seems to be no coverage of what’s happening in Iraq. It’s disquieting.

Odds and Ends

The Lost Symbol and The DaVinci Code Author Dan Brown’s 20 Worst Sentences

Pretty funny. Dan Brown is a terrible writer!

Meet the man who changed Glenn Beck’s life

Cleon Skousen was a right-wing crank whom even conservatives despised. Then Beck discovered him

Even if the turnout wasn’t the 2 million that some conservatives tried, briefly, to claim, it was still enough to fill the streets near the Capitol. It was also ample testament to the strength of a certain strain of right-wing populist rage and the talking head who has harnessed it. The masses were summoned by Glenn Beck, Fox News host and organizer of the 912 Project, the civic initiative he pulled together six months ago to restore America to the sense of purpose and unity it had felt the day after the towers fell.

In reality, however, the so-called 912ers were summoned to D.C. by the man who changed Beck’s life, and that helps explain why the movement is not the nonpartisan lovefest that Beck first sold on air with his trademark tears. Beck has created a massive meet-up for the disaffected, paranoid Palin-ite “death panel” wing of the GOP, those ideologues most susceptible to conspiracy theories and prone to latch on to eccentric distortions of fact in the name of opposing “socialism.” In that, they are true disciples of the late W. Cleon Skousen, Beck’s favorite writer and the author of the bible of the 9/12 movement, “The 5,000 Year Leap.” A once-famous anti-communist “historian,” Skousen was too extreme even for the conservative activists of the Goldwater era, but Glenn Beck has now rescued him from the remainder pile of history, and introduced him to a receptive new audience.

“Palinite?” How did Sarah Palin become part of this? Did I miss something?

Ex-Miss California says she’s not a “hater”

Tallest man in the world – 8-foot-1 Sultan Kosen – visits New York City

Insane killer recaptured after escaping during field trip

Bears upset Steelers

The Bears never led the Steelers until 15 ticks remained on the clock Sunday. And then Robbie Gould made it all good with a 44-yard field goal that gave the Bears a 17-14 victory over the defending Super Bowl champion Steelers.

Have a great Monday, even if you’re feeling manic like I am!

125 Responses

  1. Uh-huh:

    Still, even as Mr. Paterson publicly vowed to continue, two prominent Democrats who had spoken to him over the weekend described him as mulling his options and open to the possibility of withdrawing from the race. The two spoke on condition of anonymity because the conversations were intended to be confidential.

    I’m sure DP must have spoken about quitting to so many people over the weekend he’ll never figure out who the “two prominent Democrats” were.

    Rahm: “Withdraw!”

    Paterson: “I’ll think about it.”

    Axelrove: “Withdraw!”

    Paterson: “I said I’d think about it!”

    • The NY Daily News is calling Paterson “Dead Man Walking.”


      Who does Obama want for NY governor? Caroline Kennedy? Hillary should run.

    • remember how the Obama folks kept putting out the rumor that she was going to drop out because she knew she lost already?
      Screw them, I think I will go work for Patterson in NY.
      I imagine that their problem with him is that he is not cooperative, for instance he didn’t chose Carolyn for Senator.

    • I love those “spoke on anonymity because the conversations were intended to be confidential” blurbs.

    • It just comes across as an Axelrod tactic to me. Putting “news” out there like this – I just don’t get the purpose. Like the article says, Corzines numbers completely suck and they are still backing him. Wonder if it goes back to the Hillary factor?

      • The articles will greatly constrain fundraising for Patterson. You would have to assume that was the express aim here. Patterson’s fundraising was never all that good even before this. The treatment of Patterson is probably at least partly related to the potential for one or more strong D candidates to emerge. (I would support SOS Clinton, but doubt VERY much she would be interested. I’m prepared to be surprised.) The emergence of a strong D alternative to Corzien doesn’t seem as likely in NJ. Just a thought – If BHO had NOT pushed on Patterson, would some suggested he had NOT done so because of bias/politics?

      • He supported Clinton and Gillibrand over Obama and Kennedy. CDS and sexism. More leftist/Obama sexism: Apparently, the Swiftboat movement (Jerome Corsi) started the b—–r movement but the left/Obama always find women to scapegoat, in this case, latecomer Taitz.

        • OMG, Corsi wrote “Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry” which brought down Kerry. How can a California housewife compete with that?

          • Whatever happened to that guy? He was planning on running vs. Kerry for Senate, anyone remember if he went through with it?

    • by next fall being a Dem running without the White House’s support might be a big advantage! lol!

      • Wouldn’t it be super interesting if Paterson could get Big Dawg’s endorsement? LOL. Just daydreaming here.

        I don’t know if Paterson’s been a good gov to NY; it should be up to NYers to decide. I forget if their primary is by ballot or caucus?

    • I like Paterson and will vote for him if he runs. Anyone in the State Senate or Assembly… not so much.

      And that guy in the White House? Never will I vote for him.

      Maybe the best thing for Paterson on a grass roots level is to have Obama want him out. On the other hand fund raising will be difficult.

      And who is this Republican beauty they are so afraid of? Rudy Guiliani? Rick Lazio? Don’t make me laugh.

      Something smells again in Obama-land. That guy really needs to go soak his head and stay out of state politics.

  2. Good for Paterson. They used him to begin with to get a democrat into office. Now he is standing up for his rights.

  3. so what are Patterson’s sins against the democratic party anyway? And why does everyone assume the president has the right to pick and chose who is governor in any state?

    • Perhaps the DNC and Obama are thinking it would be a waste of funds for Paterson when he’s so unpopular among NYDems?

      • That’s what primaries are for.

        • Supposedly, some NY Dem politicians aren’t interested in campaigning with Paterson.
          As disappointing as Dems have been, hopefully the Repubs won’t win back Congress in 2010.

      • it’s not their freaking money. Let the voters decide.

        • I generally refrain from expressing an opinion on elections in other states. I don’t much care for people from other states telling me who to vote for either.

          What’s totally absurd is foreigners butting in to our political affairs. We had a revolution a while back so people in England would stop telling us what to do.

          As Ann Landers used to say “M.Y.O.B.”

          • I got pissed off a month or so ago when a Canadian was saying how stupid our “natural born citizen” rule was for President. Agree or disagree, but it is our business not theirs.

          • Mind Your Own Ballot?

      • They are worried about spending money in races that could otherwise be won easily. That money will then not be available for more critically marginal states with Blue Dogs etc. Not that I agree with their methodology, but that’s their reasoning.

        • yes, I know… I just object. Rahm pulled this crap all over the country when he was DNC chair and he actually caused losses for democrats where more liberal democrats could have won but he had to shove one of his proteges in where someone else had already been organizing.

    • You have to remember Obama and the DNC are against democracy and in fact quite hate the process. So rather than have a primary where the actual voters decide something, they would rather just get everyone they don’t want out of the way. Because rigging elections is so 2008, they now just want to bypass that pesky ordeal.

      • Straight out of Chicago.

      • The problem is that NY State has a rule that you actually count the votes in a primary election and that a party is bound by the results. The DNC likes to be in charge of deciding whether to count the votes or not. The “Denver Rules” come to mind.

        • Count the votes in a primary! OMG.

          Meanwhile, Axelrove is continuing work on his plan to change all primaries to caucuses…

        • Or the Florida method – just count the voted that you like and assign a percentage that makes you happy.

    • Something to do with rumors Clinton wants to be NY Governor?

  4. I don’t know whether this has already been mentioned at TC. Hillary makes Esquire magazine’s ’75 best people’ list – “Esquire’s criteria for determining do-gooders who made the cut included two questions: Would we like to have a drink with the person? And would we trust this person with our puppy?”

    “Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Bart Simpson’s animated sister Lisa, and Sacha Baron Cohen — aka Borat — preceded Rendell.”

    “Gov. Rendell named one of Esquire magazine’s ’75 best people'” http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/s_643699.html

  5. Is it usual for a president to get involved in local politics? New York has enough problems. What they need from Obama is money, not interference. Anyone notice the bridges around NYC. They are rusting out. Make Patterson a success, not a failure.

  6. Must fix that!

    • He seems to be under the impression that lefty bloggers are his online cheerleaders.

      I wonder where he got that idea?

    • He wasn’t worried about them when he had them all bamboozled into thinking he was a progressive, and they were raising millions for him and churning out campaign volunteers. Now that they realize he’s a fraud and are starting to speak up and make demands, suddenly he’s not such a big fan.

  7. Did anyone watch the Emmy’s last night?

    I watched Eli beat Tony.

  8. Sept. 21, 2009 | If anyone had any doubt that the Texas justice system operates in a parallel universe, look no further than the latest decision by the state’s highest court in the case of death-row inmate Charles Dean Hood. On Wednesday the Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA) said it wasn’t interested in examining whether there was a conflict of interest in Hood’s 1990 trial simply because District Attorney Thomas S. O’Connell Jr., Hood’s prosecutor, had had a long-term sexual relationship with presiding Judge Verla Sue Holland, an affair the two tried to hide for 20 years.


  9. I love that Obama is worried about bloggers but not so much newspapers that are all owned by the same 4 or 5 corporations. He should be worried about bloggers. Thats where we get our true news from.

    • Yea, and now he wants to bail out the faux news organizations. Who else will be his best cheerleading and cover-up squad?

    • So true. Blogs are the only truth pressure the PR machine media receive at all. Because they simply look at a story line and often investigate . Even if it’s just a little digging , it’s often enough to derail a MSM spin and it’s digging the MSM would not do. Indeed, MSM is there to spin something, or its owners would not pay for it.They won’t pay good money to broadcast facts . At this point, the MSM’s function is to contain and control facts ….like germs

      • The American people are just going to love the idea of bailing out the newspapers! Talk about spinning. The 4th Estate indebted to the politicians of DC? K street is going to be Sooooooooooooo jealous.

    • He’s worried about PUMAs speaking truth to power.

  10. “I am concerned that if the direction of the news is all blogosphere, all opinions, with no serious fact-checking, no serious attempts to put stories in context.”

    All opinions, no serious fact-checking or context? Isn’t that a perfect description of the mainstream media now?

  11. Uh-oh, teachers now have buyer’s remorse too:

    Teachers find Obama not the friend they had expected

    In an attempt to improve California’s schools, the Obama administration is threatening to withhold federal stimulus money if the Golden State does not rescind a state law that prevents the state from tying test scores to teacher performance.

    None of this is exactly what teachers had in mind when they knocked on doors to help elect Obama.

    “It takes more than the ability to fill in bubbles to be considered an educated person,” Marty Hittelman, president of the California Federation of Teachers, said in a letter to Duncan. “We thought President Obama understood that.”

    David Sanchez, president of the California Teachers Association and its 340,000 members, said teachers had high hopes for Obama but that so far there has been little change.

    Indeed, when it comes to education policies, he said it’s hard to distinguish Obama from his predecessor, former President George W. Bush, who placed a premium on high-stakes student testing.


    • How many time have we seen folks get a clue only when their own butinksy has been shoved under the bus? Can’t people see the freaking pattern? I would think it’s visable from space! Or does ego so blind us, we can see everyone else get the treatment, but think we will be spared? That’s a retorical question of course.

      It would be nice if bankers had to take endless tests and schools got endless bailouts….just saying

      • Love that analogy paper doll.

        It always sounds like teachers should easily be held accountable for each student’s progress or lack thereof. But why someone masters or does not geometry proofs or how the US government works or SAT vocabulary or how to interpret a piece of literature is impacted by so many factors that it is hard to pin it all on one person who maybe has seen that student 50 or 60 minutes a day in the past 165 school days. I think the CA law could be changed and a responsible system worked out that holds a school accountable collectively. Even that is hard when you recognize that the mobility rate in a typical CA school is around 35% (meaning that 35% of the students are new to that school each year).

  12. Obama’s TV Blitz: On The Air, but Off His Game?

    While the White House plan was for Obama to focus primarily on health care and Afghanistan, he broke no new ground on either subject, repeating points he has made many times. Some topics varied — “State of the Union” host John King asked about North Korea; “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos asked about the ACORN scandal — but the game plans were strikingly similar.

    “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace interviewed Obama in February, when the president spoke to five networks on a single day, and was not pleased at being excluded this time. He accused White House officials of “pettiness,” telling Fox viewers, “They are the biggest bunch of crybabies I have dealt with in my 30 years in Washington.”

    Still, it can be awkward for journalists to make such observations. When ABC’s Jake Tapper sought comment for a story on whether the president was risking overexposure, he reported: “The White House said they would be happy to deny all of ABC News’s interview requests for the president for the rest of the year. They were joking, I think.”


    • Germany votes next Sunday and Merkel is not non-stop on the air! I guess she has ‘real’ work to do! Usually you do the work first and then you give an interview. BO seems to do it the other way around…nevermind that he does not seem to have gotten to step 2 yet.

    • On Wallace’s panel on his Sunday show he asked the panel members about this overexposure question. Mara ???? from NPR had a very interesting answer based upon her inquiries to the Obama team. She said they believe the media environment of today is a new universe and that O is particularly adept at using that forum. They say that his congressional speech on health care did not move the needle for the nation but it did solidify the Dem base. They say when he speaks he does develop support for key Dem strategies. So they have every intention of continuing to use him in that way.

      • What is solidified the Dem base for him from their wandering of a few weeks ago is a pincher move of the speeches AND Right wing wackos on TV …. as I say, the Town Halls were started to flush out the right wing wackadoodle element Obama needs on the national stage with him to even look Dem like around the edges.

  13. President Barack Obama is beginning to look out of his depth
    It is lovely to feature in other people’s dreams. The problem comes when they wake up. Barack Obama is an eloquent, brainy and likeable man with a fascinating biography. He is not George Bush. Those are great qualities. But they are not enough to lead America, let alone the world.

    The picture emerging from the White House is a disturbing one, of timidity, clumsiness and short-term calculation. Some say he is the weakest president since Jimmy Carter.

    The President’s domestic critics who accuse him of being the sinister wielder of a socialist master-plan are wide of the mark. The man who has run nothing more demanding than the Harvard Law Review is beginning to look out of his depth in the world’s top job. His credibility is seeping away, and it will require concrete achievements rather than more soaring oratory to recover it.


    • He ran the Harvard Law Review? Do we have any evidence of that?
      Did he run his own election campaigns? Do we have any evidence of that?
      Once again, Obama is like GWB—we wonder who is running his game—him, the TOTUS, Rove, Wall St? Who really knows?

      • It’s not Obama…that’s for sure. Any article that comes from the perspective of him doing this or that as his own ideas has missed entirely the point of his installment.

        Does anyone thinks Bush 2 ran anything? Yet article after article for 8 years pretended he did and out lined what he needed to do.

        The modern POTUS model is not one of running the shop, they are above that now, but of being completely obtuse to the suffering caused by their handlers rape and pillage here, and around the world.

        The modern POTUS are actully super realists. It’s we who still think in terms of laws and ideals and wonder what’s up? . They are free of that. The upper crust loves this obtuseness above all else, whether it’s caused by mental limitations or emotional ones , the U C need that dead center in a POTUS. Of course Bill Clinton was the exception that proves the rule and one of the reasons they hate him so much .

  14. Fed Rejects Geithner Request for Study of Governance, Structure

    Some top central bank officials, after agreeing to the review, saw a potential threat to Fed independence after the Treasury released the proposal, two of the people said. The Obama plan said the Treasury would consider recommendations from the review and “propose any changes to the Fed’s governance and structure.”

    “It is not obvious at all why that is a Treasury responsibility or even appropriate why the Treasury would undertake that kind of study,” said Robert Eisenbeis, chief monetary economist at Cumberland Advisors Inc. in Vineland, New Jersey, and a former Atlanta Fed research director. “The Fed was created by Congress and it is not part of the executive branch.”


  15. The new system offers a real missile defence
    By Hillary Rodham Clinton

    [Not sure why this link is so long or if it will work…]

  16. Michael Dukakis. Senator Appointeee from the Bay State to fill the unexpired term until new election? Really? A seat warmer is the best approach here??? Say it ain’t so….

  17. RE: Patterson

    … I’m just fascinated the Repubs have learned how to use charges of Racism against the dems (and our historic black preznit).

    I don’t think any of it has anything to do with racism (of course), but I can’t help but feel the role reversal is delicious…. Coming from under the bus and all.

    Having to explain yourself when there is nothing to explain sucks huh?

    • I like Paterson, I think he’s more of a liberal then most Dems we have in congress, certainly more then our President. I remember his integrity in standing up and saying, yep, I used drugs, had affairs too. So did my wife. Whoosh…there goes any attempts to blackmail him, to find the goods on him and attempt to slander him on the news at a convenient time.

      I think his ratings are more a reflection of the times, of his need to try and tax people because of the budget shortfalls. I also lmao when he brought up race on the radio and caused the President to issue a condemnation about Paterson’s race baiting. That was funny.

      I don’t know what he’s done to piss off the DNC powers that be, but he must be doing something right.

      • supported Hillary.

        didn’t support Caroline.

        Like you said – he must be doing something right if the DNC is pissed off!

        • Did he support Hillary in the primaries? If so that is the smoking gun. This is just more of Emanuel’s snotty payback.

        • Patterson is on the rarefied list of Democrats who take principled stands. Terry O’Neill, Weiner… I support Maxine Waters, Barbara Lee, Jesse Jackson Sr, Michael Nutter, Patterson for President, after Clinton, of course. No post-feminists or post-racialists here.

  18. Here’s the facts on Paterson is viewed favorably 29% and unfavorably by 58%, down from 40-47% rating just a month ago. His job performance rating is 19%-78% pos to neg down from 28-69% last month. Only 14% of voters are prepared to elect Paterson as Governor in 2010, compared to 67% who prefer “someone else.” That‟s down from 19-57 percent last month. […]
    In a hypothetical 2010 Democratic primary for Governor, Cuomo leads Paterson 67-17 percent, up from last month’s 53-27 percent.

    • Why do the media have to interrupt everything and give this guy free air? This is the ultimate result for us of having all these 24/7 news outlets. O and his team figured out that they do not have enough stuff to fill up all that air time so they could cash in for fun and for free any time they wanted to. And we just have to put up with it or turn him off. Guess what I am going to do?

    • So if those are the numbers, why doesn’t the WH let it play out? In all other election history the WH stayed out of state elections. Patterson would probably be defeated easily by Cuomo; he will have a real hard time raising money; if the wh just let it be, then they would probably get the result they wanted and they would not create a bruhaha. They have no sense and no class. It’s like selling out the Czecks and the Poles on the day the Poles were invaded by USSR.

      • Do you really think that throughout history the WH has not weighed in on gubernatorial, senate, and even house races — generally and/or primary?

        • I don’t recall a POTUS doing so publicly with someone who is not even an opponent.

          But even if it has happened before that doesn’t make it right.

        • I think you have been watching too much west wing.

          Obama is going to get a lot of pissed offr New Yorkers who will switch to Patterson and contribute money. It is up to New Yorkers to vote in the primary. It is not the idiot Emanuel’s business to ruin yet another election.

  19. Just turned on radio on way to work & BO is giving ANOTHER speech! Does this guy ever STFU?

  20. Mother nature appears to be having some trouble complying with global warming. Maybe she doesn’t take orders very well.

    “Forecasts of climate change are about to go seriously out of kilter. One of the world’s top climate modellers said Thursday we could be about to enter one or even two decades during which temperatures cool.”


    • Will that save us from an O clusterf***k of a climate change bill?

      Probably not real helpful to the world since it is going to undercut some real clean up work we need to do.

    • The thing about climate changes (vs. weather changes or trends) is they tend to lead to serious volatility. So with climate change heading warmer on the whole still fundamentally means we’re going to see some really crazy shit happen including weird cold trends, hot trends, strange storms, rainfall shifts.

      Which as the article says, we are still heading warmer in the long run, but we’re going to do some wacky cold stuff first. Buckle your seat belts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

      Given human tendencies, China just entering the automobile first world (1 billion new exhaust pipes anyone), and the harsh reality of how far down the rabbit hole we are, I don’t think there is anyway to reverse this now. And you know what that means, evolve faster everyone.

  21. Some lady called-in to c-span to complain that “Black people voted for Obama and he’s not even Black! He was born in Hawaii!” lol.

    • Given that his mother appears to be white, I guess the lady was half right?

    • Somebody should have asked her if she had any proof he was born in Hawaii.

    • Well, she’s got the first part right. HE’S NOT A BLACK AMERICAN! He’s an AFRICAN. And in this country there’s a big difference. So she’s right, but her reasoning is wrong. Black Americans have a very different history than current Africans and African emigrants. And that is why Africans in this country out number black americans 20 to 1 in med. school, etc. Jesse jackson, black american, Obama, 1/2 african.

      as a person who wants a black president, i’ll keep waiting, cuz obama ain’t it.

  22. dang i missed all those shows.sob

  23. I’m shocked!:

    Yes we can? Barack Obama wasn’t sure at first.


    Obama felt the catch phrase was “childish” and “corny,” and even asked his staff to find something else – until his wife, Michelle, convinced him otherwise, the book reports.

    “It will work,” she said, swaying the future President. “Trust me.”

    The “Yes We Can” decision wasn’t the only time the First Lady has had the last word on a crucial choice in her husband’s political career.

    Andersen reports Michelle Obama shot down Hillary Clinton as a potential vice president, opting for Joe Biden. Michelle’s opposition was possibly the deciding voice in the debate, Andersen writes.

    “Do you really want Bill and Hillary just down the hall from you in the White House?” she reportedly told her husband. “Could you live with that?”

    Absolutely shocked!

    • Oh Jesus, that’s going to throw Obot nation into consternation on the one hand, she prevented the glass cealing from being broken and is always trying to hold other women back, which is what she’s supposed to do. OTOH, can’t she find a way to do that without talking and speaking–and she DISAGREED with him? She gets DECIDING VOTES? Gonna be lots o’squirming in Obotland today.

    • I can’t believe that Teh Precious thought that “Yes We Can” was “childish” and “corny.” He’s so fond of vague inanities in his speechifying.

      • I don’t see anything wrong with “Yes We Can” as a campaign slogan, but it’s just a slogan, not a policy statement.

        “It’s the economy, stupid” was a better slogan though.

    • Wonder if she thinks Bill is sharing a desk with Hillary at State now?

    • I doubt this story. I dislike MO myself, but I have seen too many stories of “it was really the wife’s fault” not to notice that this falls in the same pattern.

      Offer MO as a scapegoat for some of the disapproval BO is getting from his fanbase.

  24. Did I kill another thread?

  25. George W had a “Yes, America Can” bus tour while campaigning. (2004 I think)

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