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Thursday Morning News: Reading the entrails

Brittany is still not over The Clintons

Hey, all you Glee fans, did you catch this gem on Tuesday night?

Artie: I thought I was over someone, but I still think I have feelings for them.

Brittany: The Clintons?

Yeah, you and half of the country.

So, sports fans, are you ready to dive right in?

Let’s start with the latest cave from the Obama administration.  The NYTimes reports today that Obama will allow insurance companies to charge more for families with sick children. like parents of juvenile cancer patients or chronic asthmatics don’t have enough to worry about:

The Obama administration, aiming to encouragehealth insurance companies to offer child-only policies, said Wednesday that they could charge higher premiums for coverage of children with serious medical problems, if state law allowed it.

Earlier this year, major insurers, faced with an unprofitable business, stopped issuing new child-only policies. They said that the Obama administration’s interpretation of the new health care law would allow families to buy such coverage at the last minute, when children became ill and were headed to the hospital…

“Unfortunately,” Ms. Sebelius said, “some insurers have decided to stop writing new business in the child-only insurance market, reneging on a previous commitment made in a March letter to ‘make pre-existing condition exclusions a thing of the past.’ ”

The White House has been tussling with insurers for months, trying to get them to provide coverage for children with cancerautism, heart defects and other conditions.

In a letter Wednesday to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, Ms. Sebelius said the decision of some insurers to stop issuing child-only policies was “extremely disappointing.”

Yes, I have found that sternly worded letters are always effective at achieving what is, apparently, voluntary compliance with the law.  “I’m terribly disappointed.  No beets for you.”  Hmmm, let’s see, the Democrats have slashed food stamps during a recession and now they’re allowing insurance companies to suck the last penny from between the cushions of parents’ worn out couches.  I’m beginning to think they don’t like kids.  Well, it’s not like they vote or anything…

Next up, Obama apologizes for being a Democrat, er, as defined by Republicans? Peter Daou found this revealing insight into Obama’s brain in a review of a NYTimes magazine article:

[President Obama] reflects on what he called the “tactical lessons” of his first two years: He let himself look too much like “the same old tax-and-spend Democrat,” realized too late that “there’s no such thing as shovel-ready projects” [see reference to Hudson Tunnel project below] and perhaps should have “let the Republicans insist on the tax cuts” in the stimulus. He said he and his team took “a perverse pride” in focusing on policy while ignoring the need to sell it to the country and that he realizes now that “you can’t be neglecting of marketing and P.R. and public opinion.”

I’ll wait a minute for you to recover the jaw you just dropped.  That last sentence is really funny.  It’s almost like he was projecting or something.  Read Daou’s post.  There’s more where that came from.  Maybe Obama doesn’t understand how the game is played.  Or he *does* understand how the game is played and you are really not going to like the next two years as he takes the country down and tries to pin it on the Republicans.

Speaking of Republicans, some of you may be wondering what it’s like living under the regime of Chris Christie in NJ.  I am happy to report that property taxes are still as high as ever and he has made no attempt to reform the state funding system.  But wait!  There’s more.  Christie has been going gangbusters trying to bring the densest state in the union, in more ways than one, to heel.  He’s been having a blast taking on the teacher’s unions and slashing and burning through school district expenditures.  Take online books, for example.  My district could afford them last year.  This year, Brook’s slender frame is being permanently warped from schlepping 80 lbs of books back and forth to school each day.  We have already had one catastrophic book bag failure and the sucker didn’t even make it through September.  Here’s a sampling of our Governor’s education “policy”:

Students have less, parents pay more as new school year begins in N.J.

Ex-education chief Schundler openly blames Gov. Christie for Race to the Top loss

N.J. school funding scores high marks, but does not account for Christie’s $820M budget cuts

Gov. Christie reveals plans to limit N.J. superintendents’ salaries, base pay on merit

The last item is clearly  Christie pandering to the spoiled Republican suburbanites who sit on their fat asses all day, leave at 3:00pm in the afternoon and don’t do 1/10th the amount of work that I witnessed superintendents doing when I was a school board member.  Running a school district is like running a company with hundreds of employees.  It’s a tough, demanding job but some Republicans I know cannot imagine why we pay our superintendents $150K/year.  Our own superintendent quit this year and we have an interim superintendent.  In all likelihood, the good citizens of —–villeburg thought that the guy should eke out a living on 100K/year or less. In New Jersey??  That will get you a decent but unspectacular condo and a second hand car here.  Would YOU want to run a large company but live like a worker in communist East Germany?  Seriously.  $100K isn’t even the average salary in my township.  But leave it to the short sighted burghers here to turn their anger on the schools instead of the property tax inequities.  Thank God we have all the school buses we can eat.  We wouldn’t want to charge for courtesy bussing.  New Jerseyans have their priorities all screwed up.  But the budget cuts have an unexpected benefit.  Whenever you ask why the school district doesn’t do X when we had X last year, the person behind the desk smiles sweetly and says, “The budget didn’t pass.  This is what people wanted.”  Ergo…

Then there’s the tunnel under the Hudson that Christie wants to cancel.  The tunnel project is a no-brainer so we can safely assume that Christie has no brain.  Commuting to and from NYC from Jersey is time consuming and expensive.  The tunnel would have made it a less arduous ordeal.  But Republicans are not into infrastructure.  That’s long term thinking.  They don’t do long term.  So, the commuting ordeal will continue until the state thoroughly hates Republicans with a passion.  It may be happening sooner than they expected.

And finally, here is the Podcast of the Day:  Yesterday, Terry Gross interviewed Sean Wilentz from Princeton, just down the road a spell.  Wilentz talks about how Glenn Beck is channeling the John Birch society.  I’m not sure he completely nails the current national problem though.  He thinks the roots of Democratic failure is in the 60’s.  I think it faced its steepest decline in 2008 when the Democrats jettisoned the working class for snobby Obama and his droogs.  Some of the working class, in anger and confusion, allied themselves with the Becks and Tea Partiers.  Well, if the Democrats have the “We don’t need no stinkin’ working class” attitude, they shouldn’t be surprised at the consequences.  We don’t like Beck either but we aren’t calling the working class bitter, guntotin’, holy rollers.  They’re simply acquiring power in a way that will cause distaste for the genteel Democrats.  Or as Wilentz puts it, in GlennBeckistan, it will be a “dog eat dog world, mitigated by religious charity”.  Doesn’t that sound delightful?

Don’t you miss the Clintons?

Ok, Conflucians, I’m off!  There’s a hot Swedish colleague giving a seminar this morning and I don’t want to miss it.

 

 

102 Responses

  1. Oh, I do not think Obama will ever blame the Rs for the bad things. It will be all on whining professional leftards.
    Anyway, today’s headlines have the slap on the wrist to the banks (but not yet the attack on gays)
    http://edgeoforever.wordpress.com/2010/10/14/tabloids-miners-soap-obama-foreclosure-stays-bye-reid/

  2. Thanks RD. (RD – R&D ❓ )

    Well, if the Democrats have the “We don’t need no stinkin’ working class” attitude, they shouldn’t be surprised at the consequences.

    Bingo! And most loyal Dems will never get it. I think of the men in my local group. I don’t even think they’ve noticed the core of women that no longer volunteer. They’d chalk it up to sore loserness.

    Went to a talk by Susan Sestak representing her husband Joe. Well done! One candidate I can get behind. Hooray!

    • I caught parts of a discussion with Joan Willians, a law professor, about workers’ rights, especially women workers’, on the Leonard Lopate Show on WNYC-FM.

      She said that since the 70’s Dem elites have been increasingly out of touch with the party’s base, and that is one of the reasons why no real protections for workers have been enacted since then.

      Nice to hear someone else notices!

      Do read the comments; I was taken aback on reading some of the attitudes of these NYC listeners. Yikes. Lots of hostility toward maternity leave. Check’em out.

      Joan Williams discusses why the United States has the most family-hostile public policy in the developed world, and she shows how that disadvantages men as well as women. In Reshaping the Work-Family Debate: Why Men and Class Matter, Williams looks at why new mothers are often pushed out by discriminating and inflexible workplaces that pit men against woman, and she examines the often-ignored role of class in work-family issues.

  3. Ds are not exactly surprised at the consequences. Or maybe they are, Obama is not. It was all carefully planned. Like this next move:
    http://edgeoforever.wordpress.com/2010/10/14/obamas-gay-appeal/

  4. He said he and his team took “a perverse pride” in focusing on policy while ignoring the need to sell it to the country and that he realizes now that “you can’t be neglecting of marketing and P.R. and public opinion.”

    I guess he was just too focused on those dang Dem principles to realize he had to ‘sell it.’ This man makes me wretch.

    • retch…I am so verklempt by his shameless hypocrisy I can’t spell.

      • I wonder where he learned about “Dem principles?”

        Oh yeah, he learned about them from Ronald Reagan.

    • Pride in perverse policies that continue to fleece American people is more like it.
      I’m sure he thinks that the only failure of his perverse HCR bill is a lack of shiny marketing.

    • That statement reminded me of W’s “we don’t pay attention to the polls”

    • What a boldfaced liar. He’s not neglected PR and marketing for a nanosecond. His whole so-called career is just a marketing campaign. He’s just a brand with nothing, and I mean nothing, to back it up.

      He cannot leave our White House fast enough as far as I am concerned.

    • Perverse pride in focusing on DINO policy.

  5. Looks like the thrill is increasingly gone:

    President Barack Obama’s support among college students wanes before 2010 midterm elections: poll

    Just 44% approve of the job Obama is doing, while 27% said they are unhappy with his job performance, according to a new Associated Press-mtvU poll.

    Political scientists, campaign workers, and students said many young people are disenchanted with Obama’s handling of the economy, wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and failures to end the ban against gays serving openly in the military. There’s also frustration of his inability to have delivered campaign promises to change Washington.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/2010/10/14/2010-10-14_president_barack_obamas_support_among_college_students_waning_before_2010_midter.html?r=news

    • The 44% who approve must be the ones who have been studying and ignoring the news.

      • One student laments that “people just don’t understand that it takes time to change things.” Another O apologist, repeatedly his own lame excuses for him. I guess she just ignores all the blatant reversals on promises he made–what does that have to do with timing? And the pesky cave-ins to lobbyists. Amazing how he went from “unlike anyone running before” to “presidentin’ is hard.”

        • That’s what a friend said to me just a few months ago, slightly altered: Oh, I wish people would just give him more time.

          Boo-hoo, baby. He said he was ready on day one, after ridiculing Hillary for that line, or for thinking it actually matters that a president be experienced, knowledgeable, tough, principled.

          Boo-hoo-hoo Obama. Own up to your lies–that would mean don’t run again. You weren’t ready, and you’re still not ready.

      • or drinking, getting high, playing video games, sleeping all day; what’s “the news”, dude?

      • Alot of them have become detached from the process. They see politicians as all the same so they just avoid the whole entire process. I spent yesterday evening speaking with an Art major from Ohio(my daughter’s online BFF) and she was really perplexed on how you change a system when all the players within the system appear to be the same.

        It’s sad because she’s just 21 and already jaded about the process.

      • Don’t you mean partying and ignoring the news?

    • He’s only scoring 44% approval in a poll ordered by MTV. bwahaha.

    • Love the pic at the article site. There’s a poll that’s been faked too.

    • Maybe the higher tuition and fewer classes part due to draconian cuts to education is sinking in.

  6. It’s the Telegraph, but sounds like Joe:

    Joe Biden blurts out that he will be Barack Obama’s 2012 running mate

    Joe Biden just can’t keep his mouth shut. OK, I know that’s not exactly breaking news. But at a time when Democrats are supposed to be focussed on the November 2nd mid-terms and Barack Obama has not even announced he will seek a second term, did Biden really need to declare that he’ll be on the 2012 ticket?

    Here he is shooting from the lip to the New York Times:

    “I tell you what, there’s real trust, that’s why he’s asked me to run again,” Mr. Biden said Monday, dropping this tidbit at the end of a 40-minute conversation, just before he dashed off to his third fund-raiser of the day. “Look, he said, ‘We’re going to run together, are you going to run?’ I said, ‘Of course, you want me to run with you, I’m happy to run with you.’ ”

    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/tobyharnden/100058890/joe-biden-blurts-out-that-he-will-be-barack-obamas-2012-running-mate/

    • Joe must be nervous about all the HRC talk. With all this vanity in the WH, no wonder they can’t focus on anything beyond themselves.

    • ROFL. It does sound like him.

      why would he even say anything and dignify the rumor mill. what a putz

    • Weird.

    • Ok, I think that means he’s gone. If this is true it sounds just like BO’s style — reassure a pal just before you stick the knife in him. It’s the Chicago way.

    • this isn’t even a UK Telegraph story, it’s TRUE! it’s from the NY Times story referenced in the Telegraph blog:

      http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/13/us/politics/13biden.html

      PITTSBURGH — Joseph R. Biden Jr., unyielding optimist, Democratic cheerleader and vice president of the United States, wants Americans to know that the midterm elections will not be a Republican rout. And after Democrats win in 2010, Mr. Biden says, he will be on the ticket with President Obama in 2012 — all that buzz about Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton replacing him notwithstanding.

      “I tell you what, there’s real trust, that’s why he’s asked me to run again,” Mr. Biden said Monday, dropping this tidbit at the end of a 40-minute conversation, just before he dashed off to his third fund-raiser of the day. “Look, he said, ‘We’re going to run together, are you going to run?’ I said, ‘Of course, you want me to run with you, I’m happy to run with you.’ ”

      • I meant if Biden is telling the truth that he & BO had the talk.
        I wonder now if all the attention on Christine O’Donnell is actually a Biden proxy-war thing. Like if she wins then do the banks & credit card companies headquartered in DE decide that Biden & the Dems are not worth donating to anymore.

  7. Well, if we’re posting latest polls:

    Reuters/Ipsos shows Obama approval down to 43%.

    Huffington Post pollster predicts a GOP pick-up of 60-70 votes in the House.

    McClatchy’s “most admired” in this administration:
    Hillary Clinton 64%, Michelle Obama 62%. (NOT Michelle as the most admired, thank you very much)

    And lastly, just for fun: Michelle wants you to keep praying to “keep the spirits clean around us” (ie, Barak & Michelle).

    (snort)

    • “keep the spirits clean” Do you have a link? What does that mean?

      • Found it
        http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2010/10/michelle_obama_her_father_was.html

        We’ve got this man in office. I think we’re all proud of Barack and his accomplishments. Everybody I know in our communities are praying for us. Every day we feel that. And let me just tell your listeners that it means all the world to us to know that there are prayer circles out there and people who are keeping the spirits clean around us.”

        • Creepy phrasing, just imo.

          I can understand the sentiment of thanking religious people for praying for you, and (specially if you are also religious) saying that you can feel the positive effect of it.
          But “keeping the spirits clean around us”? Is she an animist?

          • The part that gives me the creeps is that she thinks it’s up to ordinary people to help her and her husband rather than the other way around.

          • Honk Honk!!

          • But “keeping the spirits clean around us”? Is she an animist?

            There was a story a long time back (can’t remember where) that her mom was big into Santeria, which is that form of catholicism mixed with animism and voodoo. I have no idea if it was for real or a rumor. But if it’s true, it’s possible Michelle absorbed some of the phraseology, even if she was not an adherent herself.

          • The part that gives me the creeps is that she thinks it’s up to ordinary people to help her and her husband rather than the other way around.

            That’s what struck me back when MO made the “for the first time I’m proud” gaffe. It wasn’t a patriotism issue at all. The thing she was reacting to is people voting for her husband and giving him money. That was the thing that she reacted to. I actually think MO is one of the brighter people in the Obama circle, but I think it just reflected the mindset of their inner circle…they had already presumed BO would save our country’s soul, so this wasn’t about what BO could do for us, their big “Hope” was about what people could do for BO…. and this MO didn’t sound at all like the MO who said we shouldn’t deify her husband.. that Michelle was disappeared away by Axelrod & co.

          • Maybe she is afraid of O’Connell.
            As Tapper said – she must have put a spell on the media to keep talking about her in spite them declaring it a non-competitive race.

          • Not that there’s anything wrong with being an animist …

      • Both “keep the spirits clean” and “lifestyle choice” are dog whistles and were designed to be heard by the righties.

        The use of these two phrases was not an accident by the 2012 Obama campaign. We can expect to hear more.

        The problem – I don’t always hear the whistle cause I don’t know the lingo.

    • All I can think of is bullwinkle now

  8. Little girl who is dying of Huntington’s disease (he mom already died from it) has been relentlessly bullied by a 33 year old neighbor and her husband.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-20019377-10391704.html

    Unbelievable!

    • I saw this one. I considered posting the link but ultimately decided these peple were too disgusting for the fine folks at the Confluence.

      Some people are going to hell. That’s all there is to it.

    • No doubt the family suffers from mental illness.

  9. From the NYT: The Education of a President

    As he welcomed me, I told him I liked what he had done with the place. Gone was George W. Bush’s yellow sunburst carpet (it says “optimistic person,” Bush would tell practically anyone who visited), and in its place was a much-derided earth-tone rug with inspirational quotations. The curved walls now had striped tan wallpaper, and the coffee table had been replaced by a walnut-and-mica table that, Obama noted, would resist stains from water glasses. The bust of Winston Churchill was replaced by one of Martin Luther King Jr. The couches were new. He told me he was happy with the redecorating of the office. “I know Arianna doesn’t like it,” he said lightly. “But I like taupe.”

  10. Yesterday I was listening to CNN on the radio (just to keep up with the chilean Mine Rescue, I promise!) when that gasbag McCaffery came on and touted Christies record. I’m laughing this AM ’cause everything RD points to was turned in the second coming by McCaffery. His question of that moment was “Would you support Christie for POTUS?”

    Knowing nothing about current conditions in NJ, I wondered how the results would turn out in answer to his question.

    I think I know how RD would have voted!

    • I was just talking to my mom on the phone. She stayed up and watched the rescue last night. She was comparing Obama to the Chilean president, who stayed at the site in a trailer while the miners were underground. She said “imagine if Obama had done that after the Gulf oil spill?”

      • No – I can’t imagine Obama doing anything close to that. The Chilean president knows a good media opportunity when he sees it!

        Seriously, it was a great story. Chile looks a zillion% better in the world’s eyes right now. Let’s just hope they don’t squander this “opportunity” and go and invade some innocent country and trump up the evidence in support of it

      • I thought the same thing as your Mom, BB.

        The Chilean president AND his wife were there, the entire time, in a trailer, hugging every single miner when he stepped out of the tube. He also made the executive decision, regardless of others’ concerns, to spend whatever it took and accept whatever help/advice was offered from around the world, to SAVE those men.

        It was so impressive! And by no means, was this just a political photo-op; these people gave a damm, sincerely.

        The Chilean president didn’t bring or need TOTUS , either, to speak sincerely and from the heart.

        • It’s exactly what our President should have done. He doesn’t do much work when he’s in the WH–and he’s seldom there anyway, as far as I can tell.

      • I start bawling if I watch any of the rescues.
        And I really admire the men who were trapped for keeping it together mentally for so long. Wow.

        Their president really did a great job.

      • I can’t believe my mom has finally seen Obama for what he is.

    • Imagine if Obama had reuested help from the very best experts in the world, as the Chilean president did. No catering to the mine owner (albeit pretty small compared to Obama’s buds and donors at BP); no hiding the science.

      I think the Chilean prez learned form Barry’s tyro mistakes.

  11. I can’t disagree with Michael More on this one
    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/michael-moore-the-next-time-we-have-a-hole-in-the-gulf-we-need-to-call-in-the-chilean-government/

    the miners were extracted in a little over two months, whereas “it took us three months to plug a seven-inch diameter hole. And all there was, was oil coming. There weren’t human beings down there.”

    In the divisive filmmaker’s opinion, the Chile rescue “shows what can be done when your priorities are straight. Unfortunately, the priorities with the BP disaster—”

    • That’s exactly what my mom was just talking about!

      • My dad and I were discussing that yesterday too. All I can remember is being cordoned off blocks away from the crawfish summit. I was standing with all these people on the highway who wanted some comfort for the horrible situation in the Gulf and what it was doing to their lives and the big black SUVs just rolled by. All we got was the Secret service and the swat team. Bill Clinton would’ve stopped the entourage and gotten out to hug people. I think even Dubya would’ve had the sense to see those obviously ordinary Americans and jumped the security lines.

        • Hey, let’s not get carried away by the moment. Dubya famously flew over New Orleans after Katrina, and after he was criticized for that, he had that vapid photo op in Jackson Square with heckuvajob Brownie, remember?

    • What an idiot. First Chile was helped by us, esp. NASA, among lots of other countries. And second the drilling underwater was hard. Um, it’s under water. I never had an issue about how long that part took. What I had an issue with was how they dealt with the gushing up to that point. Oh, and all the lying and fraud, etc. Notice how Michael puts that all on BP.

  12. O’m not over the Clintons either RD.
    ~To the tune of “I’m Just a Bill”~
    I just miss Bill.
    Yes, I really miss Bill.
    And I’m sick of it on Capitol Hill.
    Well, it’s a sad, sad story in the capital city.
    It’s all bad news and the economy ain’t pretty,
    But I know Obush will go someday
    At least I hope and pray that he will
    But today I still just miss Bill.

  13. Thank goodness for the ACLU.

    ICE Deports Non-Spanish Speaking American Citizen to Mexico

    How does a U.S. citizen who has never been to Mexico, speaks no Spanish and shares no Mexican heritage end up being deported there, spending the next four months living on the streets and in the shelters and prisons of Mexico, Honduras, Nicaragua and Guatemala? It’s just the latest instance of blatant disregard for the rights and well being of people with mental disabilities by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

  14. Republicans are not into infrastructure. That’s long term thinking. They don’t do long term.
    Love that. Unfortunately for all of us, of all the things the new Democrats could learn from Republicans, that’s what they went for. They’re now the same big business heads worrying about quarterly results.

    • Here’s some Republican infrastructure from Rick Perry. The Trans-Texas Corridor or Nafta super highway.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trans-Texas_Corridor

      The Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC) is a transportation network in the planning and early construction stages in the U.S. State of Texas. The network, as originally envisioned, would be composed of a 4,000-mile (6,400 km) network of supercorridors up to 1,200 feet (370 m) wide to carry parallel links of tollways, rails, and utility lines.[1] It is intended to route long-distance traffic around population centers, and to provide stable corridors for future infrastructure improvements–such as new power lines from wind farms in West Texas to the cities in the east–without the otherwise often lengthy administrative and legal procedures required to build on privately owned land. The tollway portion would be divided into two separate elements: truck lanes and lanes for passenger vehicles. Similarly, the rail lines in the corridor would be divided among freight, commuter, and high-speed rail.

    • Apparently The One has said in some interview (NYTimes, I think), that he learned “there’s no such thing as a shovel-ready project.”

      WTF? Did he just throw every single Dem who supported his Stimulus under a bus?

      Setting himself up as being “misled” ?

      • Misled? How about didn’t know any better. There is such a thing as shovel ready projects, he just doesn’t know how to generate jobs. Which isn’t surprising since the only real job he’s had in the past is running for office, and smearing opponents in the process

      • C’mon, give him a break! Teh One has never touched a shovel in his life. How would he know?

    • Christie wants to be the East Coast Tim Pawlenty. He’s waiting for a bridge to collpse.

      But he must think he’ll be long gone before the tunnel under the Hudson collapses. With no redundancy….

  15. Drama on the View
    http://veracitystew.com/2010/10/14/whoopi-joy-behar-walk-off-the-view-during-bill-oreilly-interview-video/

    Fox News host Bill O’Reilly finally met his match today on The View when his condescending behavior to co-host Joy Behar, and remarks about Muslims being responsible for the 9/11 terrorist attacks (instead of extremists), elevated into a shouting match between the two and Whoopi Goldberg, resulting in both ladies throwing their hands up in disgust and walking off the set during filming.

    Guess they couldn’t shut the mike down.

    • Whoopi used to like to brag she was friends with Bill O. Why? I’m not sure.

      • Whoopie is not what she seems – never has been.

        For one thing, she is vocally vehemently against the “death tax”. Its her money and she plans to keep it. To her it is not an estate tax – it is a tax on her death. She is a selfish bitch. Also, she provided a defense for the football player caught dog fighting.

        Joy made her entire tv career by bashing Bill Clinton when he was President. So, I have no use for her.

        Walk off or not – they are not and will never be my champion.

        It is just about ratings.

        • Well I think she’s an insult to bitches–bitches get stuff done, remember.

          I know about whoopi not being what she seems. I just meant I don’t know why anyone would brag about being friends with Bill O. Not something to brag about in my book.

        • I really don’t know anyone who actually watches The View……and I have Independent, Democratic, and Republican friends.

          Not sure these women have any impact at all, really.

  16. I saw the Glee segment last night and was surprised and delighted by the Clinton line. And you know, I think that means it’s not just us, it’s a growing vibe in the country, a recognition of what and who it takes to run things properly.

    Demand and supply may = Clinton 2012. (hoping against Hope, as Wonk would say)

  17. It’s nice to know that POTUS has an escape route after the November bloodbath. He’s leaving for India on November 5th. Wounded Dems will need to lick their own wounds. Link here:

    http://www.ciol.com/News/News/News-Reports/Obamas-visit-and-its-consequences-on-Bangalore/142294/0/

    And I had to laugh at Obama’s comments about his failures–this business that pushing bad policy on the American public or outright lying is all about finding the right marketing/PR strategy. Everyone but the Administration and the braindead knew that the healthcare reform legislation was a disaster, was not going to bend the cost curve down [quite the contrary] and was likely to implode under its own weight. A cruel joke of a bill. And this latest “oh well” from Sebelius on sick children paying more, that they’re “disappointed” is a case in point.

    What do the Dems stand for anymore? They cannot even stand up for sick children when insurance company profits are in question. That says it all.

    The Dems managed to take an issue [healthcare reform] with 70% favorability before the 2008 election and turn it into something pathetic and ugly.

    Any party that isn’t willing to fight for kids with pre-existing conditions isn’t worth spit. That’s the only “change” the Obamacrats have managed to accomplish–destroy the Democratic Party by betraying its best feature: protecting the interests of ordinary Americans.

    POTUS better get out of town on the 5th!

  18. For the Conflucian brain trust and followers I give you the latest from Glennzilla, in case you haven’t seen it.

  19. I can NOT believe Obama was serious when he gave that interview. He cannot be serious! (Try to imagine this in a John McEnroe voice, at the height of his tennis career.)

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