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January 04, 2012

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Captain Hate

Hmmm, teh Tam donated money to Willard in 2008 because she thought he had the only reasonable chance against Juan McRino.

narciso

Relax it's going to be alright;

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-16405116

NK

Marc-- baltimore had 60-80,000 Jews in the 1940s 10+% of the population. Possibly a higher % in Pelosi Pere's district.

 Ann

CC, I believe he was trying to catch a football.

There are more pics here:

http://photos.tmz.com/galleries/president_obama_plays_football_in_hawaii#tab=hot_photos

Like this one:
Photobucket
hehehehe

NK

what's up with the hat?

Clarice

Jane, He was a judge when I had no cases in that court but no one said anything against him. I do not know what cases he normally handled but I expect largely run of the mill criminal stuff.

narciso

He 'earned' his reputation with his part in the Elian 'rendition' and the pardongate, he wasn't as high profile as Gorelick, with all
that entails.

Sara

On the Corday appt: Making a recess appt. when Congress is not in recess is not going to go over well with members of either party. Senators jealously guard their power and will not take this affront lying down, IMO.

BB Key

CH, after Big Tommy lost in the mayor's race didn't he become one of those guys who ran for some office every cycle until LBJ dragged him of the stage with a patronage job...I beleive this devasted young Nancy and that is why she is a power grabbing control freak

Porchlight

I beleive this devasted young Nancy and that is why she is a power grabbing control freak

LOL, BB Key.

NK

Cordray-- NRO pastes a CATO report that the Consumer Dept head has no authority under Dodd-Frank until "confirmed by the Senate". The Dept can act through the Treas Sec, but Cordray has no power until he is confirmed.

Extraneus

teh Tam donated money to Willard in 2008 because she thought he had the only reasonable chance against Juan McRino.

So did I, but I've since unsubscribed from his mailing list.

bunky

Narc: Baltimore??

Frau Waldfee

"he's (Tim Robbins) a 6'6" fairy. Not that there's anything wrong with that."
Must go through a lot of wings.

narciso

I was going to say, the town I grew up in, was
one of the last places where Hoffa was seen alive, then this comes up;

http://jalopnik.com/5873037/how-jimmy-hoffa-ended-up-under-gms-world-headquarters

Jane

I'm no Mitt-o-phile but petulant Newt is really pissing me off.

Melinda Romanoff

Jane-

I think Newt got nicked with the pin when they retightened his wet diaper.

Clarice

O is bruising for a fight with Congress--from Politico:
"Following his headline-grabbing recess appointment of Richard Cordray, President Obama announced he will make even more recess appointments: he will also appoint Sharon Block, Terence Flynn and Richard Griffin to the National Labor Relations Board. The move is in defiance of the entire Senate Republican caucus, who urged the president in a December 19th letter not to bypass the traditional nomination process.

The appointments are a bit of a gift to labor unions, who have been worried that three vacancies on the board would have crippled its powers."

Melinda Romanoff

Clarice-

You would think he'd like some extra Supreme Court justices while he's at it.

Porchlight

"A bit of a gift"? That's the understatement of the young new year. They're a big bulging late "holiday" present wrapped with a bow.

Somebody is worried about his base.

NK

Porchlight-- this is all so predictable. 'Bam is going completely Leftwing to get the base out and cobble together some kind of black, white liberal, union, student, coalition. It's a recipe for failure of course UNLESS, he can suppress Indy voting. How will he do that? he'll make this election so dirty so disgusting in the hopes that Indys don't vote at all. Everyting wll fit into that play.

Melinda Romanoff

NK-

You left out Indy guilt/sympathy.

Captain Hate

CH, after Big Tommy lost in the mayor's race didn't he become one of those guys who ran for some office every cycle until LBJ dragged him of the stage with a patronage job

That's probably right because I used to hear his name on the news all the time but I was pretty young then and had no idea that I'd ever care about his ignorant scrunt daughter or that anybody would be dumb enough to elect her for anything more than an honorary title.

Porchlight

You're right NK. It's already happening. One of my lib college friends already posted something about magic underpants on FB today and how Romney's win in Iowa is meaningless. I replied something about not hearing many complaints about Obama's meaningless win in Iowa in 2008. No response.

I hope Mitt is ready.

Captain Hate

NK, speaking of Ballmer things, do you remember Charlie Eckman?

Captain Hate

I hope Mitt is ready.

Do you think SNL mocking his wife for having MS will be where they draw the line?

Ignatz

James Pethokoukis with an interesting comparison of Romney's vision vs Santorum's.

Porchlight

Do you think SNL mocking his wife for having MS will be where they draw the line?

No. There will be no line drawn anywhere - unless and until even the clueless MSM figures out that it is hurting Obama.

Then the Wise President Himself will come out and tell people to stop the mudslinging. And it will continue, covertly, and Obama will get points for being so gentlemanly. And Mitt will have no choice but to be gracious in return, so, advantage Obama.

NK

MelR-- "Indy guilt/sympathy" Oh Yeah Axelrod played them like a fiddle in '08, that was the margin of victory. But in '12? 'Bam has burned, torched, blown up, incinerated that bridge. it's gone. That's why he'll lose Indys big time; that's why Axelrod must suppress their numbers with scorched earth that will make the Red Army's 1941 retreat across the steppes and Ukraine look like a picnic.

Extraneus

A big root-cause of the whole health care mess:

The 1986 Emergency Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA)

Melinda Romanoff

NK-

There are more cards from the bottom of that deck, yet. Don't be shocked as to how much they use the marked ones, either.

Sue

You know what really worries me about Romney is he has been tagged as a flip-flopper. That is what killed Kerry in 04, IMO. I was listening to a democratic strategist debate a republican strategist and the host asked the democrat a question about Mitt. He responded with "which Mitt are we talking about". The republican laughed and said touche. I've always liked Mitt, but that is my worry about him. He really does seem to bend with the winds.

RichatUF

Senators jealously guard their power and will not take this affront lying down, IMO.

They'll get over it with enough campaign cash.

NK-

He'll use threats too. Don't forget he's the one standing between you and the pitchforks.

JM Hanes

Jane:

"I'm no Mitt-o-phile but petulant Newt is really pissing me off."

McCain is still whining about GWB in South Carolina, so Newt's got some stiff competition for sore loser laurels. OTOH, they could have the makings of a beautiful friendship, nursing grudges and crying in collective beer.

Clarice

I think he'll lose the fight on the interim appointments and , frankly, this move looks like an act of desperation.

Melinda Romanoff

Wait'll you see the spin on the court fights.

Sue

Romney received 6 fewer votes in '12 than he got in '08. And, the turnout was not any better last night than it was in '08. Does that sound like we, republicans, are fired up?

NK

RichatUF-- right you are. Those threats will be thrown at his crony capitalist stooges to keep the bundled money coming.

Sue

You know it's kind of creepy seeing Michelle Obama say she likes being called your excellency on the same day Obama tells the constitution to go eff itself.

jimmyk

Are the Repubs going to fight the appointments? Or just complain? I've only seen the latter so far.

Old Lurker

CC that is the cherry on the sundae that began with robbing the GM bondholders to enrich the unions.

The proposed blanket reset of existing mortgages described in your link is treated like an all win, no cost arrangement. But the $70B saved on interest payments deprives the current owners of those notes by the same amount each year.

So they assume they will take money from the few to give to the many, and somehow that will be a net boost to the economy?

And once the link between a home loan and traditional credit requirements (like Loan:Value, Income and payment history) is broken, then the entire market becomes one of simple entitlement. Since all of these loans are funded by private capital even if backed by F&M, why would the next investor risk making a new mortgage loan if some president can rewrite those terms in time for the next election?

I truly hate these people.

And I hate those on our side who do not scream when things like this are broached.

Bachmane is correct in that we are but one election away from losing the contry to socialism.

centralcal

I hope you are right, Clarice, about his losing the fight on the recess appointments, because if not, they are the prelude to the Pethokoukis link I posted above.

Sue: Exactly, and it is rather worrisome that turnout was equal to 2008.

Jack is Back!

Sue,

Was that republican strategist wearing a white toga?

This is the problem with the Republicans ever since Lee Atwater left us - civility.

And why I am luke warm of Romney - nice guy. But like Leo The Lip said, NIce Guys Finish Last. He best read Sun Tzu and take it to heart if he wants to win the WH and defeat the Thug-in-Chief because that is how they will play the game. To Win!

ABO will need to take the gloves off and be almost reckless with is criticism and very positive with his ideas and policies. No backing down and give it right back. Have a machine ready that will counter the tricksters and lawyers that know every swing and battleground states election laws frontwards and backwards. Prepare for

Old Lurker

Tell SBW I found an extra E but am still looking for his lost A.

Sue

JIB,

No, it was the black lady that usually goes tooth and nail with the democrats. Which is why I cringed when she said that.

NK

MelR-- I'll rely on your knowledge of ChiTown dirty decks to outline what they will do. All I know is they will do anything.

(Another) Barbara

Have you guys got a better recipe for "Cat Meat Stew" than this one?

No recipes, daddy, but I read the article aloud to my naughty-boy cat, to try to get him to shape up. He only yawned and started licking his paws though. Too accustomed to my empty threats, probably.

(Reminded me of my friends who enter the local chili contest every year with their "No Cat Chili -- Absolutely no cat in this chili and you'll note our competitors don't offer this guarantee.")

centralcal

You know, Sue - I think Michelle's wish should be granted and she should be called "Your Excellency" at all times - as sneeringly as possible. I think every written article should refer to "Her Excellency" Michelle Obama too.

GMAX

Sue I read the turnout set a record. Those two things cant both be right. Did you get that from sourpuss Bill Kristol? He was slinging the same thing last evening and apparently he was wrong.

Sue

GMax,

No. I read it somewhere but not where he would write. I'll see if I can find it again.

GMAX

Plus Iowa is corn country, and the ethanol subsidies have driven record plantings and record prices per bushel ( I know I own two fertizer stocks !!! ). Iowa does not have high unemployment. It is doing much better than the country as a whole, see my comment on corn as to a big reason why.

Given that and its a caucus, where you have to sit in a cold room at night listening to some guy tell you why you should vote for Ron Paul and then Jon Huntsman ad nauseum, I think its a miracle the numbers were better than 2008.

Rick Ballard

OL,

That proposal will put some private pension plans at risk as soon as it's implemented. The higher contributions necessitated by the loss of interest income should suck the money right back out of the economy. In fact, the announcement of the plan should force pension funds to reassess contributions immediately and establish parameters prior to implementation.

BOzo just increased uncertainty regarding the cost of employment. Smart managers will show wisdom by freezing hiring.

Again.

Barbara-Lurking

cc-Of course, "HerExcellency" will not be any happier, as she didn't work hard to earn that title.

Porchlight

Especially considering it was January 3rd, Gmax. After getting home from Christmas travel I barely had a chance to catch my breath and suddenly here's the Iowa caucus. I bet you turnout would be substantially higher if it wasn't the tail end of the holidays.

Old Lurker

And if they are that brazen (CC's 4:34) with home loans, imagine what they will do with Student Loans in 2012.

Old Lurker

I agree completely Rick.

Sue

GMax,

I can't find what I read earlier today but looking elsewhere, the turnout was a record turnout, with about 3,000 more people than in '08, but that still depends on where I read it. My personal opinion, 3,000 more is not something to crow about, but what do I know? ::grin::

centralcal

Sue, I also read a breakdown somewhere early this morning that the turnout among Republican voters didn't increase in Iowa. Said there was a slight increase in Independents (i.e., Paul voters), I think.

Sue

I do know Romney received 6 fewer votes than in '08. I find that funny, for some reason. I wonder if it is the same people and 6 of them defected?

Sue

C-cal,

Yeah, that's what I read. That republicans didn't turn out in any greater numbers than '08.

Porchlight

I read something similar, Sue. I'm glad it was technically a record turnout but it wasn't materially different from 2008.

And then there's this:

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/answers-iowa_616010.html

"Mitt Romney set a new all-time record for the lowest winning share of the vote (for either party) in the Iowa caucuses — 25 percent — one point lower than Bob Dole’s 26 percent level of support in 1996. That’s well below the 31 percent tally that every previous Republican winner except for Dole had achieved."

Balancing that against the New Year's scheduling which you would expect to dampen turnout, I don't know what to think.

It's obvious that the base isn't enthused about Romney and never has been, but how much will that matter in this particular election? Seems like ABO will win the day, but boy, once the MSM starts dumping their saved up carp on him, it's hard to say.

Danube of Thought

The man who couldn't beat Obama teamed with the man who couldn't beat McCain.

Just as the man who couldn't beat Gerald Ford teamed with the man who couldn't beat Ralph Yarborough.

MarkO

Alan Colmes, who, according some fool, is a very good person, will will be the very good peron to make fun of MS.

Sue

Eww...good one DoT.

MarkO

"person"

Ignatz

--You know what really worries me about Romney is he has been tagged as a flip-flopper.--

Well, to be fair I think what sank Kerry on the flip flopping front was the particularly memorable "I was for it before I was against" idiocy.
In Romney's favor is the fact that he has never said anything particularly memorable.

centralcal

Sue, here it is from Erick Erickson at Red State (I am not an Erikson fan, either):

But that’s not the only issue the media has failed to pay attention to. There was some serious bull crap coming out of reporters’ mouths last night that is flat out false.

For starters, the media would have you believe that the 123,000 people who turned out for the Hawkeye Caucii was a record. This is simply not true except superficially. If you take out the non-Republicans who came into the caucuses last night for Ron Paul, the Republican turn out was less than 2008 — even considering the ratio of independents to Republicans who turned out in 2008.

Danube of Thought

Absolutely no cat in this chili and you'll note our competitors don't offer this guarantee

Remember the legendary cannery that offloaded some low-grade pale tuna with "guaranteed not to turn pink in the can?"

Charlie (Colorado)

Tell SBW I found an extra E but am still looking for his lost A.

I lost my A in the dot-com crash.

Charlie (Colorado)

Balancing that against the New Year's scheduling which you would expect to dampen turnout, I don't know what to think.

I'd think "sonuvagun, Romney got a third of the vote in a strong three-man race, even though the Evangelicals apparently didn't vote for him."

Jim Miller

So Erikson thinks the turnout record is true, but fake?

Porchlight

Just as the man who couldn't beat Gerald Ford teamed with the man who couldn't beat Ralph Yarborough.

Doesn't really map. If Reagan had lost to Carter and then endorsed GHWB in the 1984 primary, you might be onto something.

MaryD

Hi DoT - Andrew Rosenthal is an historically illiterate ass.

From verumserum.com, Sept 2 last year:

"In 1986 President Reagan requested to be allowed to speak to the House and O’Neill said no: President Reagan asked Monday to address the House of Representatives on the eve of its crucial vote on military aid to Nicaragua`s contra rebels, but House Speaker Thomas “Tip” O`Neill refused the request as an “unprecedented” and an “unorthodox procedure.”

The fact that Regan did not request a joint session in this case is totally immaterial.

Let's also remember that Boehner didn't refuse Obozo's request, he "respectfully requested" that the joint session be held 24 hours later. Let's also not forget that Obozo was deliberately courting mischief by trying to one up the Republican debate.

I have two New Year's resolutions:
- do all I can to get Obozo and the Sasquach out of Washington
- Give the MSM the respect and attention they deserve -- NONE and NONE.

Thanks for listening. :: smile::

Ignatz

Excellent reminders MaryD.

Rick Ballard

OL,

Rosenberg provides some macro insight as to why the president is heading toward full panic. Rising gas prices will chew up more than every dollar of the "savings" on mortgage interest. The rock is about to come to a complete and full rest against the hard place.

JM Hanes

Sue:

"You know what really worries me about Romney is he has been tagged as a flip-flopper."

I think the Obama team is going to have a hard time playing the flip-flop card without getting seriously burned, although I'm sure their surrogates are lined up to lead that charge. It's not just that it's a bad issue for the Prez, the video record on Obama "then & now" dwarfs anything that could be used against Romney in campaign ads. They don't have much choice when it comes to going after Romney on healthcare, but, ironically, Romney's refusal to categorically forswear his own plan could actually help mitigate the damage from that line of attack. Flip flop or not, it would also be a little awkward for a pro-choice candidate to go after him for harboring pro-choice sympathies.

I'm starting to think that one of the main reasons the White House is so desperately trying to set the Obama vs Congress stage is that they're having a hard time actually figuring out how to run against Romney. The usual hard-hearted extremist fringe thing would clearly be a non-starter. I don't doubt they'll go ugly, but having totally lost the inspirational spring in his step, I don't think Obama will be able to keep his toga clean this time around.

Old Lurker

Rick, Rush was pointing out today that the recent increase in the daily price of one copy of the NYT exceeds the per diem savings his FICA stunt produced.

Sue

JM,

Oh how I hope you are right.

Clarice

From your mouth to Thor's ears, JMH..

centralcal

Unlike others here, I was never a big Bachmann fan - I thought in the past, as now, that her real talents are in Congress. However, Major Garrett, has written an interesting and thoughtful piece on her for National Journal, which closes with this:

So, Bachmann’s legacy in the 2012 campaign is oddly mixed. She fell further, faster, more messily, and more conspicuously than any previous Republican to win the Iowa straw poll. But she also took out Pawlenty and may have done the most damage to Gingrich.

And that makes Bachmann the best—and least anticipated—friend Romney has had or probably ever will have as he pursues the GOP nomination.

Rick Ballard

JMH,

If things hadn't gone all downtwinkles for the murderers, thieves and arsonists of the Featherpooper Tribe, Romney would have 1%er already branded on his forehead. I believe they've been successfully de#tweeted after making a rather remarkable first impression but I'm sure BOzo's minions are working on a reprise of the 1%er meme to be advanced by other types of surrogates.

JM Hanes

I can only hope I'm right too, Sue!

JM Hanes


"For starters, the media would have you believe that the 123,000 people who turned out for the Hawkeye Caucii was a record."

Erickson's histrionics are getting a little tiresome. It was the Chairman of the Iowa GOP who announced that they had a record turnout, when he stepped up to the podium to issue the official caucus results.

Janet

Are the Repubs going to fight the appointments? Or just complain? I've only seen the latter so far.

Yeah, that seems to be standard operating procedure. We are outraged & then...nothing.

JM Hanes

Rick:

Hopefully Team Romney already sees that one coming. Democrats seem to like class warfare more than the voters do, but animus against Wall St. is definitely in play. Maybe Romney HQ should start mass mailing "President Goldman Sachs" bumper stickers to level the playing field.

JM Hanes

As I recall, Democratic Senators have been none too happy about getting the interim runaround themselves, which is why Harry Reid agreed to keep the Senate in nominal session the last time, no? Or was it because they just didn't like the appointee in question?

Elliott

They know how they want to run against Romney. By election day, a sizeable percentage of the electorate will be under the delusion that he was the guy running MF Global.

Danube of Thought

"If Reagan had lost to Carter and then endorsed GHWB in the 1984 primary, you might be onto something.

I think both aphorisms--McCain-Romney and Reagan-Bush--are meaningless.

Jack is Back!

I like the Obama strategy of running against Congress. What will he propose to replace them with? Krugman aliens?

narciso

Ericson has surpassed his "Dieter" threshold some time ago, he's nearly reached the FRum level, with his rant back in September.

Danube, I was reading the Pfarrer tale of the Bin Laden raid, was the fellow you worked with in the PBR's Ghormley, who was Marcinko's
successor

Clarice

elliott, you cynic!

maryrose

NK:
You are on fire today.
I also abhor the Newt hissy fit and sour grapes attitude. He's been all over Messnbc crying the blues after calling Romney a liar. Only a real turd does that. I hope Santorum and Perry pummel him in South Carolina.His revenge schtick is a loser's game. Fox panel says he's only in the race now as a spoiler and is doing it out of spite.Hell hath no fury like a former Speaker scorned.

maryrose

I was happy with the Iowa results. I just wish Perry had beaten Newt.
You have to hand it to Paul for being the old pro at this game. He sent Newt to the showers.

Rick Ballard

Elliot,

I believe Romney will counter the 1%er meme by shifting the focus to

"I have actually created and saved jobs through my work at Bain Capital. For me, it has always been much more than a slogan and the successful capitalization of Staples is just one example of job creation using private - not government - investment. The best example of jobs saved while I lead Bain would be the Sealey[?] Mattress Company. The restructuring did involve the loss of some jobs but far more jobs - and the company itself - were saved."

That would be consonant with his taking responsibility for the abomination known as RomneyCare and it could be very effective.

It's up to us surrogates to identify Democrat former Governor, Senator and Obama bundler and financial adviser Jon Corzine as the thief who stole over $1 billion from his clients while running MF Global into the ground as often as we can.

I certainly don't mind making that effort for Mitt. There's nothing wrong with what he did at Bain Wrecking & Salvage. Unless you were one of the wounded bayoneted by his accountants, of course.

Porchlight

And that makes Bachmann the best—and least anticipated—friend Romney has had or probably ever will have as he pursues the GOP nomination.

Least anticipated, huh. Speculation about Bachmann being a Romney stalking horse has been rampant since very early in the race.

narciso

I think around the time she signed up, Rollins, although we were getting rumors on the ground, some time before.

JM Hanes

I think you pretty much nailed it, Rick. I just ran across this note at Politico. I included the first sentence just for the LOL value:

Obama may not be comfortable running a harsh negative campaign. But he may not have to. He has his own super PAC — Priorities USA Action — and it’s already going after Romney with ads like this one, released before a single primary vote was cast in the GOP contest: “Wall Street unregulated … the middle class decimated … American jobs relocated … Social Security privatized … Medicare dismantled … college aid slashed … health insurance reform repealed … Mitt Romney’s America is not our America.
You can take a gander at Priorities' oeuvres here. I've never understood how negative ads are supposed to work, because they all seem so over the top to me. Does anyone else have a sense for how effective an ad that gives "slasher flick" new meaning is likely to be in the scheme of things? Is it mostly a matter of shaping the zeitgeist? I feel pretty sure that the irony of pairing quotes from Romney with pictures of Obama's America will probably escape the general public.

narciso

For some of 'things of this nature' the chutzpah is extraordinary, this is like the third mortgage rescue plan, that Obama has tried, and if only we had Dodd/Frank there wouldn't be a MF Global, wait what? the other half works like a good ad for the GOP base,

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