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March 08, 2010


Mike Myers

His problems start with "rookie". He's never run anything; he's always just voted "present". He'd screw up a two car funeral.

Abad man

Lying and breaking promises as fast as he makes them does not help either


I think the roots of Al Hunt's hair grow to the center of his brain pan.

Danube of Thought

Attempting too much, and too much of the wrong stuff.

A lusty -19 at Raz today, and 20% Strongly Favor Obamacare; 41% Strongly Oppose.

Amazing how closely the "strong" numbers on Obama and healthcare correlate.


He is doing the wrong thing, over and over again, and expecting a different result

Danube of Thought

It would never, ever occur to Al Hunt that the electorate has well-informed, substantive opposition to the Obama agenda. No, there cannot be anything wrong with what he is trying to do; therefore the reason he is not getting it done must be tactical and organizational, and a failure of the message.

China, climate, and capital.  I told ya'.

Simon Heffer of the Telegraph has an excellent article about the discontent.

Captain Hate

If you used a really, really sensitive micrometer, you might discover that Ezra Klein is smarter than Al Hunt.


Al Hunt is an idiot.
Of all those you quote, only Rubin makes any sense to me.

Do you suppose the left is demonizing Rahm, even to the point of diabolically planting stories in which he is the hero, thereby letting his rivals think he's the source of those tales? (That's hw I'd write the novel anyway.)

If Rahm goes, the entire show is over, I think. He is the only one with any common sense up there.

As for the talented cabinet, let me laugh now. Why does he have cars? (Because his cabinet is a "look like America" Potemkin cabinet. As was Clinton's for the most part though he ran everything thru sub cabinet members.)

Obama ran a campaign which was astonishingly light on specifics and therefore offended few constituencies. Try running the country like that, Al you dunce.


Here's that Telegraph link:

The end of the road for Barack Obama?

It's got some silly railing on Fox, and some BS about managing expectations, but Heffer also calls Emanuel a "Chicago hack" and Jarrett a "fixer" for the Daley machine. If only we could get this kind of CW reporting here.

Rob Crawford

he faces an opposition party that has no interest in compromise

Said like that's a bad thing. If your opponent wishes to feed you a shit sandwich, compromise would mean either you eat just half, or you both eat half. Either way, you're still eating shit.

Quick: name all three of George W. Bush's treasury secretaries. Hard to do, isn't it?

Quick, name anything a treasury secretary can do to make a difference.

Failing to empower Cabinet members on domestic policy

This brings to mind a failing the prez shares with Al hunt, "failing to understand that, as a nation of free individuals, we don't need the Cabinet holding our hands".

Isn't there anyone who believes in getting the government out of our way and letting us get on with our lives?



Did you see that WaPo story on using "disparate impact" analysis in K-12 and college on AP courses, college prep curricula, and discipline records?

"we are weaving equity into all that we do" says Office of Civil Rights chief.

No kidding.


**why does he have cZars***


Obama campaigned on generalities and had the MSM running cover for him the entire way. They got to print the reality of the campaign. Today reality is trumping the MSM and there is nothing they can do to spin their way out of it.


How can you let anyone in your cabinet take the lead when you think you're the smartest man in the room?

Answer: You can't. Oh and he isn't smartest man in the room either.


rse, I didn't, but I'm not surprised. I suppose I should worry that my brilliant grand daughter will be forced to take stupid lessons to even things out,

Old Lurker

This thread is a perfect place for the latest Paul Johnson piece in the current Forbes. LUN


I suppose I should worry that my brilliant grand daughter will be forced to take stupid lessons to even things out

Shades of "Harrison Bergeron." The wolverine will never let them outfox her, Clarice.


What could possibly go wrong, with Sheriff Joe, in charge


Old Lurker

RSE, the WSJ lead editorial today concerns the nationalization of all student loans and the extension of that sort of help into the college market. What has been done to K-12... We've covered that at JOM before so it's nice to see some press on it.

Tom Bowler

Fabulous examples of liberal media idiocy, TM. Rubin excepted.

...And Obama, like Bush, has lashed himself over and over to the political fortunes of the Capitol Hill portion of his party...

I'm try to see how George Bush pressing for a troop surge in Iraq fits into this picture.

I have this emerging vision of higher education, say a school of journalism, where really stupid people hand out degrees and honoraria to students and others who successfully achieve a satisfactory level of stupidity. Being a leftist, of course, rates as the highest achievement, the absolute pinnacle.


I read that OL.

I have always hated disparate impact analysis because it forces decisionmakers to ignore real differences that do impact the makeup of a group.

The timing makes sense as they are in process of rolling out one national standard for all in English and math that will magically be deemed to be "College and Career Ready".

They are even renaming Title 1 the College and Career Readiness Program.

Easier to pretend if you're the students loan lender and get to decide who must pay back and who can escape and why.

Can you imagine when the only borrowers who have to repay are those taking private sector jobs?

Rob Crawford

Can you imagine when the only borrowers who have to repay are those taking private sector jobs?

Another reason to stock up on rope, pitchforks, tar, feathers, and rails.

Thomas Collins

It's tough to fix upon an idiotic leader of the month, but I'm nominating Dominique Strauss-Kahn, chief IMF honcho, for the March award. At a time of global economic downturn and with global warming utterly discredited, S-K is proposing that nations figure out a way to pool funds to battle climate change. See LUN.

Perhaps Greece can issue more bonds to fund its share.

Thomas Collins

Whoops! Here's the LUN. Don't want to ignore S-K's contribution to world leadership!


From the Forbes Article.

--President Barack Obama. To quote Benjamin Disraeli, "A sophisticated rhetorician, inebriated with the exuberance of his own verbosity." If only he would talk less, and think more.

How long till they admit that he doesn't have the intellectual capacity?

Old Lurker

Was that not the best quote, Po?

Thomas Collins

Disraeli's comment also applies to Thomas Friedman.

Rick Ballard

"How long till they admit that he doesn't have the intellectual capacity?"

RSE has posted very good links revealing the answer to be "never". The President is a fine example of what "norming results" can achieve. He's a fully credentialed moron performing at peak capacity (about 15 Watts).


Why are we here and not alling/writing Massa to un-resign?

Thomas Collins

Clarice, I think it is Fox News that we should be contacting. In one of the articles on Massa (full article at LUN), it is stated that:

“Mine is now the deciding vote on the health care bill, and this administration and this House leadership have said, 'they will stop at nothing to pass this health care bill, and now they’ve gotten rid of me and it will pass.’ You connect the dots,” Massa said Several times during the broadcast Massa raised the prospect of rescinding his resignation if national news media picked up on his story of being railroaded out of office by Democratic leaders.

In response to a caller's suggestion that Massa disseminate his allegations by contacting Fox News, Massa stated: “I can’t call Fox News. You guys gotta call Fox News. I can’t do it. ... Here’s why. I’m in the center of this storm, so obviously I’m not objective.”

But Massa also repeatedly pointed out that the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, commonly referred to as the ethics panel, would continue its investigation if he remains in office.

“That’s very kind of you, but understand what that means for me," Massa said in a response to a caller who suggested he not resign. “It means that a group of lawyers are going to try to rip me and my family limb from limb. And you’ve already seen it in the newspapers. … It’s a piranha feeding frenzy.”

It appears as if Massa will rescind his resignation only if media pressure is brought to bear on Dems to lay off Massa.


Frankly, I think he's a rather intemperate man and I take what he says with a grain of salt, but I doubt if Fox needs my prodding on this one.

He knows for all the rest it's just narrative.

Hmmm, Fox as instrument of human redemption.

Thomas Collins

I agree, Clarice, but it is great to read about Blue on Blue attacks (although the story of Emanuel and Massa in the shower is one I could have done without).


At least RE wasn't wearing his tutu in the House gym. It coulda been worse. And I love massa's complaint about the missing shower curtains.

All this will undoubtedly raise public esteem for our solon class.

Thomas Collins

Clarice, now all we need is one of our JOM photoshop artists to do one of Rahm in the shower wearing a tutu! :-))


Why not file a claim against Rahm for sexual harassment? I thought showers were private. Since when was it OK to burst into someone's ablations and proceed to harangue them?

And after all that talk about republicans wanting to get into your bedroom, it turns out the dems wanted to get into your shower.

Even at the doctor's office I have more "privacy" than I do in the shower...so what does that say about their respect for personal privacy wrt healthcare measures?


Another thought...

Are the missing shower curtains a foreshadowing of the amount of privacy you can expect under Ocare? What are you trying to hide? Code Pink, PETA and other lefty groups have no problem parading around in the buff, why should you?

They did say they were all for transparency in health care didn't they?


what the hell is Emmanuel doing in the Members gym anyway? That is way over the line.

Danube of Thought

My guess is that they did away with the curtains after poofterism became an issue. With those pages and all, it was getting like the bath houses in L.A.


You'd think they would put double layers of curtains if pooferism was the issue? Who wants to see that?

Gabriel Sutherland

The IOC is the only group that said "No" and meant it. They might change their minds, but the American People clearly have.

They voted for Obama. Now they're learning what for what policies they voted and turns out they hate them.

I still hold out hope that President Obama will be exposed a phony rather late in his presidency, because if we see any of his transcripts before the final days it's going to be very ugly.

Jim Ryan

Gabriel, the only puzzle piece that doesn't fit into the intelligence profile is the Harvard Law Review posts: editor and then the elected position ("president" was it?). Was the first a result of affirmative action and the second a measure of his gift of gab and charisma? Or was he indeed very bright at that time? The brain can go to rot after 20 years of idleness, leftism, and perverse religion.



Editor of HLR was an elected position back then. I don't know if the same went for getting on the Review in the first place. At my school it was the top 10% of the first year class.

Dot would know.


Is it true Massa is going to go on the Glenn Beck show? Rahm and Massa in a shower EWW!

Ruth H

Is Al Hunt opining or whining?


Tomorrow MaryRose.


Don't look for Massa's charges at Yahoo or the SF Chronicle's website (which currently has a Bakersfield state senator as it's top story - Bakersfield is about a five hour drive from here and is only considered part of the Bay Area when our leftie newspaper has a leftie point of view to sell). Apparently the size of the charge was only important during the Bush years. Now you need proof, in triplicate, and what a shame if your proof got accidentally filed in the dumpster.

Thankfully, the MSM's gatekeeper effectiveness is in the toilet. So the MSM will eventually cover it.......in a fact free op-ed piece that finds the fault lies with Fox and Sarah Palin.


Jan, IIRC that year the HLR had a program where grades and writing werent the only criteria for getting onboard..It appears AA played a role. There's no way this dope was in the top any meaningful percent of his law school class.


Hunt has been a liberal shill for years.I never did understand why he was appointed head editor at Bloomberg news. Could it be that Mayor Bloomberg (still owner of Bloomberg News)wanted to torpedo the Republican party? Check Bloomberg News financial reporting 3&4Q '08- helped Dems win election?


Wasn't Harvard also going through a good bit of turmoil at the time that made it propitious to make a statement?

I want to say it had something to do with Lani Guinier.

It was neither just grades or a write-on competition.


Every law school was all about AA at that time.


"what the hell is Emmanuel doing in the Members gym anyway? That is way over the line."

Matt, technically ex-members of Congress can use the facilities, as my wife who was a former Leg Asst to Sen. Sarbanes told me. [he had to talk to guys like Gary Hart who hung around the Senate gym after losing his seat.] Lobbying takes place in those sporty precincts.

But I suppose ethically Matt has a point, since Rahm-bo now works for another branch of government and separation should be maintained. Maybe the House Ethics Cte could look into it, ha ha ha.

Speaking of which, I used to yak with Al Hunt in the YMCA sauna at R.I. Ave N.W. & he was never very smart. Common-sensical, but really not in touch with outside-the-Beltway goings-on.


His wife Judy woodruff is a total CW airhead.

Old Lurker

As I recall, the president spot ont HLR was elected and Zero was chosen in parlimentary fashion to break a deadlock on the umpteenth ballot.


Quick: name all three of George W. Bush's treasury secretaries.

Let's see Snow and Paulson ... and ?? O'Neill


A minor???incident like the Christmas Day bomber?? It took BARRY 3 days to sober up and respond to this "minor"incident.


So Snow was one, Neo? I thought that, but then wondered if I was thinking of Tony Snow.

To be sure, none of the three are as memorable as Turbo Tax Timmy. Not that Capt Zero needs any help to explain how a good profit-earning ratio shows that a company isn't wasting resources on administrative overhead or profits or the like. He can even explain the shortcomings of the Austrian school of economics - and in the original Austrian, too!


"His wife Judy woodruff is a total CW airhead."
Clarice, got to know Judy when she interviewed me on MacNeil/Lehrer way back in '91 while I was in Saudi Arabia. Charlaine Hunter-Gault had hit it off with me in Riyadh and I actually told Woodruff on TV how to stop the Kuwaiti oil from leaking into the Gulf after Saddam did one of his eco-attacks on the Persian Gulf. [Blow up the pumping station], which the US Air Force asked me about after the interview, and promptly did several hours later, saving countless dugongs and other sealife in the process.

To give Judy her due, at that time she showed avid interest in the mechanics of what was going on & talked to me for a half-hour after the interview was over.

Now, as you noted, she has sunken into an MessNBC mode of hard left CW as her cerebral frontal lobes ossify.

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