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“F*ck the President” Friday

Roll Call:

Profanity, Anger Spill Over in House Democratic Caucus Meeting

The frustration with President Barack Obama over his tax cut compromise was palpable and even profane at Thursday’s House Democratic Caucus meeting.

One unidentified lawmaker went so far as to mutter “f— the president” while Rep. Shelley Berkley was defending the package the president negotiated with Republicans. Berkley confirmed the incident, although she declined to name the specific lawmaker.

“It wasn’t loud,” the Nevada Democrat said. “It was just expressing frustration from a very frustrated Member.”

Pardon me while I savor the flavor of this exquisite schadenfreude. Aaaaaah, it’s bitter, and clingy too.

Okay, on to something else.

This is why I hate being right all the time:

DADT Repeal Fails

It’s not immediately clear what happened–Majority Leader Harry Reid brought the bill to the floor over the objections of Senator Susan Collins, who appeared to believe that there was a plan to vote on the bill later. Collins ultimately voted for cloture, but several Republicans who had indicated a willingness to vote yes — Scott Brown, Olympia Snowe, John Ensign, Lisa Murkowski and Democrat Scott Manchin — voted no. So the cloture vote failed 57-40. Senator Joe Lieberman, who was furiously working the floor in a futile effort to get to 60 votes, has announced he and Collins will offer a free-standing DADT repeal bill — which will have to make it through both houses from scratch.

More than 60 senators, enough to overcome a filibuster, agreed DADT should end. Military leadership has endorsed repeal. Volumes of empirical evidence, including the Pentagon’s own study and the experiences of the U.S.’s own military allies, show that ending the policy would offer minimal risk of disruption. Yet the vote fell short anyway.

The usual suspects explain how it’s all the Republican’s fault.

The next biggest story in the country:

TRENDING: Palin goes to Haiti

It turns out that Sarah Palin’s next overseas trip won’t be to England or Israel, as was widely reported Thursday.

CNN has learned that the former Alaska governor will be traveling to Haiti this weekend with Franklin Graham and his relief organization Samaritan’s Purse.

They will be visiting a cholera clinic, among other stops.

Apparently Hell was booked full so this was the next-closest place.

Our President is taking care of important business:

Obama lights the National Christmas Tree, says ‘Merry Christmas’ three times


Tuition fees protesters attack car carrying Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall came under attack from student protesters as their car was caught up in riots over the rise in tuition fees.

I love the guy at the beginning of the clip yelling “Hi Charles, how you doin’ mate?

Today in ironic history:

1941 British battleship Prince of Wales sinks off Singapore

Famous birthdays:

1957 Michael Clarke Duncan, 1956 Rod Blagojevich, 1952 Susan Dey, 1951 Frank Beard, 1851 Melvil Dewey

Famous deaths:

2004 Gary Webb, 1990 Armand Hammer, 1987 Jascha Heifetz, 1896 Alfred Nobel

Opening today:

75 Responses

  1. Hmmmm, 300% tuition increases; lavish $30 million wedding at Westminster Abbey….
    Decisions, decisions.

    • People still remember the last big royal wedding.

    • And it didn’t end well.

    • Exactly….wedding paid for at least in part by the same government that just screwed the lower and middle class BIG TIME.

      I have a feeling after this little scene, they’ll be considering a quiet wedding.

      But I love the story. It’s not about the screwed commoners it’s about how scary the protesters were for the royals.

      World-wide, royally screwed, that’s what we’re all getting.

    • After he got into office, with control of the Senate and The House his EVIL TWIN President ‘Nobel Peace Prize’ Obama Blocked the Public Option for the GOP! WORDS, JUST WORDS…those were…JUST WORDS!

  2. I wonder if Kate Middleton is having second thoughts.

    • I wonder who Mr. Moulitsas thinks is the “paranoid band of shrieking holdouts” now?

      • WE are, dammit. I’m tired of people trying to take credit for our anticipatory paranoia. We were

    • You can’t compare Kate to Camilla (I forget her nickname…rot????)… Kate is closer to Princess Diana, than Camilla. Most Brits, don’t want to see a Queen Camilla, they want to bypass Charles and go into William as King.

      • Albeit, I don’t support poking her in the ribs as that sort of violence doesn’t help anyone and it did scare Camilla not to mention the pain of being poked.

        Diana, most likely would have gotten out of the limo and asked to hear their concerns…she had a way in taking the personal approach and hearing people and listening. Diana RIP

  3. Paul tries to shill but it comes out kinda shrill:

    I’ve spent the past couple of days trying to make my peace with the Obama-McConnell tax-cut deal. President Obama did, after all, extract more concessions than most of us expected.

    Yet I remain deeply uneasy — not because I’m one of those “purists” Mr. Obama denounced on Tuesday but because this isn’t the end of the story. Specifically: Mr. Obama has bought the release of some hostages only by providing the G.O.P. with new hostages.

    • In other words, for the immediate present, it”s better than nothing. But in the not too distant future, we are all royally screwed 6 times to sunday.

      Poor Paul, it must be tough for him to watch this completely avoidable series of mistakes and yet try to sound somewhat reasonable for a major media outlet.
      We, on the other hand, suffer from no such constraints.
      So, verily I say unto you, oh Democrats, F*ck the President.

    • “President Obama did, after all, extract more concessions than most of us expected.”


    • Having really studied this thing, I can’t see any concessions the GOP made at all. The GOP supports the child tax credit and the AMT fix. The EIC, the student credit, and equipment expensing were all added to the original stim to sweeten the pot for Republicans rather than direct spending. The estate tax is clearly supported by the GOP. The UI benefits have passed 4 or 5 times without Republicans standing in the way, and would have passed again without the deal, as even Chuck Grassley admits. I think Obama really played this one clever here. He brought expectations down so low that Krugman argues it is more than we expected, but is it really?

    • Oh and the payroll tax holiday, which not only undermines SS, but because it was traded for the Make Work Pay credit actually leaves millions of middle and lower income Americans worse off.

  4. Since we’re all in a wondering state of mind, I wonder who leaked the f*ck the president comment to Roll Call? The president is flailing badly without Rahm to twist arms.

    The Royals should have a quiet wedding; anything else would be unseemly in these days or austerity for the masses. Love that Johnny Depp; hate the haircut though.

    • Now, see this is why I get so irritated with people who say no one can challenge Obama in a primary and win.
      Only a few months ago, if you just *thought* about such a possibility, you were thought to be mentally unhinged. Now, the subject comes up in the mainstream media with greater and greater frequency.
      At this point in time, it’s really stupid to be floating from blog to blog saying, “We can’t win a primary against Obama” or ” the odds are too long” or “history is against us”. That’s bullshit. 2010 is nothing like 1968 or 1976 or whatever historical record you want to produce. This is a much more critical period of the nation’s history. It’s like the Great Depression one level down. And with the wrong moves, Obama could send us into Great Depression 2.0. You’ll notice that I’m not blaming Republicans for the next Depression. We *know* what they’re all about. They are singly mindedly fixed on one outcome- to be the masters of the universe who don’t have to account to anyone. Knowing that, we need a forceful party to push back and we aren’t getting it.
      So, we can lament that we will lose because it’s never been done in the past, blah-blah-blah.
      OR we can just say, “Screw the bookmakers. Let’s just do it.”
      Really what choice do we have? When you scare yourself into paralysis and inaction, then you have to accept what you’re given.
      I will NEVER accept this. NEVER.

      • Honk!
        The Dems have to primary or die away as a party.

      • I think Obama will be primaried. It’s almost a given. However the “Obama is a socialist” Obama as redistributor of wealth” memes have stuck. So don’t be surprised if he’s primaried by someone to the right of him. That’s why it will fail.

      • In my dreams… Franken primaries Obama; Clinton resigns as SoS and stumps for him. Franken selects HRC for VP. They govern as a team. (Clinton would have to be a masochist to go through the primary exercise on her own again.)

      • We should form the Free Trade Coffee Party and encourage every Democrats at the entrance of Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s to object to Obama. Obama will shake in his boots even more than he does already.

        All we have to is convince the unions that Free Trade doesn’t equate with NAFTA.

    • Love Depp and Angie too! Can’t wait to see the movie … I need an escape from this disastrous presidency, etc.

      • I have a huge crush on both of them! That movie looks like a lot of fun!
        Too bad my budget only allows for dvd rentals … gotta wait.

    • But, think it through. If the Royals have a lavish, expensive wedding, the people who provide the goods and services get paid for it. You’d rather have the royals keep their money tucked in the banks and refuse to spread some of it around to the people? That just doesn’t make sense to me.

  5. And when Obama used his finger giving Hillary the bird, that was his fugging moment.

    • Hmmm….Jonah Goldberg (yes, I know!) had an interesting post today (sorry – I don’t know how to link on this site!)

      “…But there’s one more possible reason for his dyspepsia. This week Obama lost his argument with Hillary Clinton.

      It’s largely forgotten now, but during their lengthy primary battle, the two committed liberals’ greatest disagreement wasn’t over policy or their shared disdain for George W. Bush. It was over their different visions of the presidency.

      For example, in a Nevada debate, Obama admitted that he wasn’t a particularly organized person. But that was OK because the core role of the president shouldn’t be organizational but inspirational. “It involves having a vision for where the country needs to go . . . and then being able to mobilize and inspire the American people to get behind that agenda for change.”

      Pshaw, responded Hillary, the president is really a “chief executive officer” who must be “able to manage and run the bureaucracy.”

      This disagreement was symbolized by their respective role models. Obama likened himself to Martin Luther King Jr. and John F. Kennedy, inspirational leaders who led through rhetoric. Clinton sided with Lyndon Johnson, the guy who spun the shining words into actual legislation and got it passed, often on a bipartisan basis.

      The debate played itself out by proxy in liberal magazines and in snippets of speeches and short outbursts on the stump, with most liberals siding with Obama over Clinton. Some even suggested she was a racist — or at least race-baiting — for daring to suggest that all he offered was the ability to give a good speech.

      But even some of Obama’s biggest fans admitted that his devotion to the magical power of words stemmed from the fact that he had little else going for him. “Barack Obama could not run his campaign for the presidency based on political accomplishment or on the heroic service of his youth,” David Remnick wrote in the New Yorker after Obama won the general election. “His record was too slight. His Democratic and Republican opponents were right: he ran largely on language, on the expression of a country’s potential and the self-expression of a complicated man who could reflect and lead that country.”

      Fast-forward to this week. Obama’s undisciplined diatribe against the “purists” in his own party who oppose compromise amounted to an abject admission that Hillary was right all along.”

  6. Did anyone catch BO in his Oval Office interview yesterday. I just caught a clip on NPR. He was going on about how he’s always believed that people like himself who are fortunate enough to be wealthy should absolutely be willing to pay more in taxes. I guess that’s why he’s giving the rich a tax cut.

    • He’s not giving anybody a tax cut.

      He’s keeping the rates the same, as opposed to letting anyone’s taxes go up.

      • That’s if we accept the Bush cuts as the norm. Also the change in the estate tax is arguably a cut. The main thing is that the wealthy are still largely sitting on their cash, not spending or investing in growth. So why give them more. The government is battling deficits and debt, not wealthy individuals.

      • Not quite correct, Mary: taxes on individuals with less than $20k/year and on families with less than $40k per year will go up, as the new tax reductions will not make up for the loss of Make Work Pay.

        Sad, huh — and a hit to the economy as this group mostly spends all they can.


  7. I watched the riots in England and the interviews with several protesters. It was kind of funny because they speak and look just like our students but with heavy English accents and slang that I am completely unfamiliar with. Every two or three sentences produced a familiar phrase, like “sold out” or “bought and paid for” which is exactly what we say about our own politicians. It’s just that they sounded like Prince Charles when they were saying it, except of course, he was screaming in his car at the time.

    • Throwing things at the Prince’s car was great theater, but it was stupid and pointless. In the parliamentary system that now governs Britain, the Royals are figureheads. Although they are compensated generously from the public trough to maintain their royal life styles.

      It was Tony Blair, George Bush’s poodle, that got Britain into Iraq which probably drained their treasury in much the same way that it drained ours. Wars have to be paid for.

      Unfortunately, there’s no way to go back and undo what’s been done. The sun is setting on the West.

      • I’m not sure I agree with this – I place blame for the destuction of the middle class on the wealthy investor class who has bought the politicians.

        I’ve been waiting to see the pitchforks come out – wondering when things will finally boil over. I don’t consider myself a violent person – but I’m not sure the level of public outrage is getting through to The Powers That Be.

        I liked this almost as much as when those students threw shoes at Rove. Noone was hurt but the message was sent.

      • Very, very rich figureheads with luxury room and probably board supported by the taxpayers.

        I can definitely see being p*ssed at the royals when your tuition just went up 300% as their limousine sails by.

        Their support should be the first thing cut.

    • Charles was screaming? I thought that was Camilla??? I am confused.

  8. Did I really hear on NPR this morning that Obama next plans to reform & simplify the tax code?
    Obama’s motto seems to be “leave no Republican agenda behind”.

  9. OT: I am watching MacArthur (old movie) on tv while doing chores and alternately bawling (during the WW2 scenes) and laughing at how liberal the old guy was when he was ruling Japan. “Give Japanese women the vote!” He also enacted land reform. What a commie! LOL. They sure don’t make republicans like him anymore.

  10. I thought I read Lieberman and Collins are going to introduce DADT repeal as a stand-alone, and Lieberman says he has the votes.

  11. And, staying in the thee, it’s the “We’re Fucked” edition of the DUdies

  12. 2008 Obama Critic Enjoys Renewed Prominence After Tax Cut Cave

    In the wake of President Obama’s capitulation to the GOP on tax cuts, one of his fiercest critics during the 2008 Democratic primary is getting a second look.

    In an Ohio speech at a Hillary Clinton event two years ago, Tom Buffenbarger of the International President of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers stopped just short of calling Obama a wimp and a fraud.

    “‘Hope’? ‘Change’? ‘Yes We Can’? Give me a break! I’ve got news for all the latte-drinking, Prius- driving, Birkenstock-wearing, trust fund babies crowding in to hear him speak! This guy won’t last a round against the Republican attack machine. He’s a poet, not a fighter.”

  13. Allow gays to serve openly or marry?

    Not as long as Obama is President.

    Balance the budget by raising taxes and cutting subsidies and defense spending?

    Not as long as Obama is President.

    Ensure Social Security is there for up coming generations and expanding CHIPs and Medicaid eligibility?

    Not as long as Obama is President.

    Also, any Senator or Representative who endorsed Obama before the Theft of May deserves to be primaried because they have proved themselves to be too inept or crooked to govern.

    Inept in that they were too stupid to look behind the curtain and pay attention to the real Obama’s record.

    Crooked because they knew what he was and are being paid off by the special interest groups that funded Obama.

  14. Who says people don’t protest anymore.

    • Yes, thank you! This was the REAL story. The pitchforks are coming out.

      Ohhh, the Royals got Sceeeerrred. That was NOT the story.

  15. Fuck the President? Yes! Fuck the Republicans? Yes! Fuck the Democrats? All the time cause they like it. Whip them, Beat them, Make them feel cheap. Then watch them roll over and snivel.

  16. Gary Webb….one of the last investigative reporters…sigh


  17. Turn on Cspan now – Bernie Sanders filibustering. On line’

  18. The racist club is now turning against those that originally swung it at anyone that dared criticize his highny. Did you guys see that post on DK from the AA woman? She basically said that if the liberals turn away from Obama, the AA community will vote Republican. She also said that DK was becoming a racist site with all the unfair criticism against Obama. What an ugly monster they created with their shrieks of RACIST as the foundational defense of Obama. So ugly.

  19. Daniel Ellsberg’s Website

    Daniel Ellsberg on Colbert Report: Julian Assange is Not a Criminal Under the Laws of the United States

    Man HUNT???

    He turned himself IN!

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