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September 16, 2010

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Jim Ryan

Clarice, you owe me a keyboard.

Porchlight

Hallelujah if they manage to get that ban on incandescents lifted.

What is that dress material in that awful pic? They look miserable. I doubt their marriage has ever been great. Lazy narcissist + resentful termagant = not a lot of fun.

If more news of trouble does leak out, I'm sure it'll be a big old Oprah-style pity party in the MSM a la Bill and Hill post-Monica. "It's so haaaard being the First Couple!" True, I'm sure, but the other Presidents and their wives managed to suck it up and keep their mouths shut, for the most part.

The insider sounds like a man to me.

centralcal

Body language! Arms length apart. Gripped hands making sure of that. Air kiss on the cheek.

Yep - a warm, loving relationship between the King and the Queen.

Stephanie

OMG Clarice!

Check the pics at the mirror's blog. She's got unshaven deodorant blobbed pits (hasn't she ever heard of clear).


BTW she's wearing open toed shoes to a formal event after Labor Day with no stockings.

Stephanie

Didn't that article from the insider say they had been out of the WH for a month? Who has recently left?

Pagar

I must have read that too fast. I thought the sentence said "camel in .....

centralcal

You know, Porch - I was often unhappy about W and some of the things he did. But, I always felt his relationship with Laura was sincere, loving and one of warm friendship among partners. Yeah, yeah - ALL relationships have their days. And, Laura and W surely had many of them as we have all had. Underlying theirs was a true loving partnership and it showed clearly.

JM Hanes

Not so fast, Clarice!

More twists and turns on the Bruni story! Per Politico the putative spokesman is from the French Embassy here, not the U.S. Embassy there. He says the bio wasn't authorized, but the Daily Mail (which apparently fielded the original story), reported that:

Michael Darmon and Yves Derai’s book is an authorized biography aiming to compete with an unauthorized one that will be published soon
My tendency these days is to go with the Brits, but stay tuned because there are clearly glitches in the spin to be resolved!

centralcal

Clarice: re: the camel toe - The "nuts and sluts" are most definitely not all on our side.

I think there are two in the WH.

centralcal

JMH; First rule - never believe anything from Politco. ::wink::

Clarice

So I can still read even if I can't type and my mind is getting weaker every minute. Thanks, jmh.

I suppose now, she'll switch gears from telling us how to eat nd where to work and show us how much she loves being First Lady. Baba Wawa's probably already lining her up for P.U. The View

RichatUF

sbw-

Well done. For others interested, here is the link to his editorial.

DoT-

That was the first name that came to mind but he hasn't been around since January. It had to be someone the administration really pissed off though.

another OT-

Why is Obama and his economic staff banging the drum "on doubling US exports" in five years? It is a nice sentiment, but are they planning a high tariff, import substitution model on consumer goods and haven't worked out the details? Are they working on a weaker dollar policy? Have they sketched out the oil problem?

sbw

Thanks, Rich... Spending time in the JOM neighborhood broadens the mind.

Clarice

Better yet, Rich, except for bureaucrats I don't see anything we have to export.

jean

I'm betting on Rahm.Obama seemed to be kicking him out the door with all that talk of what a great mayor he would be.

narciso

First, Rove, now Krauthammer is having a fit,
saying Palin and Demint should be in Delaware
full time, managing O'Donnell, and unlike most
things he says, it's not an original thought

Michmw

Diana Oughton died when Obama was 9 years old.

Porchlight

Underlying theirs was a true loving partnership and it showed clearly.

Oh, I don't doubt it for a second, centralcal. Imagine the pressure on the marriage, and yet it shone through. I think the tendency in the culture is to whine and bemoan situations which earlier generations understood came with the job. Barry and Michelle are in this category. Of course, George and Laura are the essence of class, and graced the White House regardless of generation.

OT, Mr. Porchlight's band played the wedding reception of the daughter of a close friend of Laura's a few years ago. She and Jenna were there, and Sandy Koufax too. It was at some fancy pants Hill Country ranch. Wish I could have gone.

JM Hanes

centralcal:

"First rule - never believe anything from Politco."

But they're such a treasure trove of goodies today!

Rahm has been polling his chances of winning the Chicago mayoral race!

Tea Party candidates are a bunch of losers!

Somebody is going to be disappointed to learn that Obama is rolling out the Elizabeth Warren appointment -- on a Friday!

In the latest episode of Survivor, DC: Jimmy Carter dukes it out with ….. Teddy Kennedy!

MayBee

BTW she's wearing open toed shoes to a formal event after Labor Day with no stockings.

I am so with her on those choices.
It's fashion. There is almost nothing you could do to get me in stockings (besides opaque tights).

Clarice

No, jean, Insider was someone who left. And I don't think Rahm would take this chance. And did he work on three earlier transition teams? I don't think so.

laura

Seeing Laura Bush at the 9/11 remembrance only highlighted the fall from grace we have now as FLOTUS. Laura was certainly never a FLOTUS

Made my 15 year old well up with tears. She does that every time she sees GWB as well. You can't fool kids where honor is concerned.

jean

Rahm was out last year saying how Obama was failing because he hadn't listened to Rahm.I think all the talk of having already left is just smoke.Heck my guesses are usually wrong so this one just joins a long list

Ignatz

Spy shot of Michelle on the beach in Spain:

OK, the WH is denying it's actually the FOTUS, but aren't their builds remarkably similar?

Dave (in MA)
Firss time I an recall seeing a camel toe in a dress.
I see we haven't moved on from the low standards I set yesterday.
Clarice

Jane, I read too quickly thru your post on McKenna. It is rare indeed for someone to make it on the ballot by write in , and I'm sure yur work was important.

JM Hanes

jean:

"I think all the talk of having already left is just smoke."

It does seem much too specific for an anonymous source, doesn't it? OTOH, it could also be some nasty inside baseball.

 Ann

But they're such a treasure trove of goodies today!

http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/joe_conason/2010/09/15/clintontea/index.html ">Clinton's warning: Tea Party is a corporate front

"For the past 30 years they’ve been telling us that government is the problem and the destruction of government is the solution," said Clinton, "and now I think they’ve gotten to the point where they actually believe it ... It’s very important to our country that we don’t go that way. You can’t be impervious to evidence or you’ll get into trouble."

Like blue dresses!

jean

JMH.I don't know except on Law and Order they once said if you are going to lie add lots of detail.If L&A said that it must be true

Clarice

I'd say the MO-BO stuff is from Desiree either directly or indirectly. I'd be surprised if a policy person knew that firsthand but she does. Similarly, I doubt Desiree was at policy briefings with BO.

PD

I see we haven't moved on from the low standards I set yesterday.

Dave, it's hard to go lower than, the, well, the gXXXXX.cx that Shall Not Be Named!

PD

Aside from the question of who the WH insider is, what do you suppose the strategery is on this person's part of coming out with this now?

Porchlight

what do you suppose the strategery is on this person's part of coming out with this now?

Depends on who's behind it. Maybe to allow more Dems to distance themselves from him? Or maybe someone's grudge is big enough that they want to call down the avalanche that much faster.

PD

"For the past 30 years they’ve been telling us that government is the problem and the destruction of government is the solution," said Clinton

Yeah, right.

More fact-free speechifying from the inveterate liar himself.

I'd say the Democrats themselves have done a good job of destroying government by turning it from "of, by, and for" into a monstrous, inefficient, ineffective, costly, bloated horror. And their most recent efforts in the last couple of years go a long way toward turning government into something that ordinary citizens have reason to fear and despise.

RichatUF

JM Hanes-

A new logo and Elizabeth Warren-Game Changers! Feel the mo.

Clarice-

It actually could be a good policy (the doubling part is unrealistic). A realistic policy would include: a domestic energy policy centered on production, a foreign policy directed to Europe and Asia defending themselves, eliminating ethanol subsidies specifically and agricultural tariffs generally, and using soft power to liberalize health care internationally(pharma and devices). That would be a policy that would drop our imports and expand our exports. Obama's plan is impoverishment.

sbw-

It is a unique idea. I've not seen or heard it before today, and it was a needed corrective to the outrageous MSM commentary today.

narciso

This trailer in the LUN, is a corrective to all this self indulgent tripe referred above

PD

Maybe someone who's looking for a way to get into (or back into) the Clinton camp? The end of the interview was pretty strong on the assessment that Hillary would be a better president.

JM Hanes

I really despise politicians, like Murkowski and Christ, who have the hubris to think they're indispensable. If establishment Republicans are nervous now, just wait till Murkowski, not O'Donnell, screws that elusive 51st seat in the Senate.

Clarice

I don't doubt that would be a good plan, Rich--aside from leaving Europe to defend itself,which parts of it do you see this administration implementing?

JM Hanes

When Obama starts pushing for final ratification of the Colombia free trade agreement, I might consider the possibility that didn't just pick doubling exports out of thin air for its spin value.

Clarice

Don't you suppose they are scrambling to find a sop to buy her off with, jmh? I do.

RichatUF

Clarice-

None of it. On defense, Obama has worked to sabotage the British contribution to the F-35 as well. He sure didn't have any trouble inking that $60 billion deal with KSA though.

Pofarmer

Trying to lure a disinterested hubby might explain a lot of her clothing choices.

What if he really is gay?

Stephanie

There's a part 2... it gets better


Are you saying you would vote for Sarah Palin over Barack Obama? No, I don’t think I could do that. As much as I admire Palin’s ability to connect with the American people, I just can’t stand her politics. I am a pro-choice Democrat. I support unions. I support welfare programs. Sarah Palin understands America, but that doesn’t mean she understands the best parts of America. That being said, I think President Obama understands hardly any of America. That is probably a big reason he appears so lost these days.

narciso

I say to myself, "they can't possibly be this stupid' the phonelines are going burn out, if they haven't yet, in the LUN.

Stephanie

But I won’t be the last one from the current administration coming forward. After the midterms, there will be a number of us speaking about what is really going on in the Democrat Party,

Cue Flounder from Animal House

LUN

Clarice

o, Insider's idea of the best of America is abortion, unions and welfare. Guy's a winner with his unerring sense of the majority opinion.

narciso

She does come from a union household, she made sure to fund Denalicare, at 200% of the poverty line, so I wouldn't be so quick to
dismiss her that quickly.

Another delusional scheme, ratified by a judge, supported by a Fenton front, surprise, surprise

Clarice

My take on Insider is that he's a Clintonite; that after the mid terms Hillary will quit as Sec of State and the Clintons will claw back against Obama and this is the opening shot.

Stephanie

Clarice, sounds right to me, too.

They said they had been around with three presidential hopefuls... Obama, Kerry, Gore and Clinton makes four IF you include the current campaigner. Or they could have opted out of one of those for a quick lobbying dash for cash.

Stephanie

This is funny....

LUN

JM Hanes

Clarice:

Here's the Daily Mail article. Bruni sounds just as self-absorbed as Obama, and just catty enough to have collaborated on the book.

And with that, I think we've discharged our responsibilty for on topic posts, don't you?

Clarice

Or connected with Clinton when he worked for Gore.

Stephanie

That would apply as well. But didn't Gore eschew alot of the Clintonistas during his run thinking he needed to distance himself from the "stain?" So (s)he could have not been involved in that campaign at all.

Clarice

Yes, jmh--we are now free to move aabout the plane.

Steph, Insider sounds more like a political samurai than an appointed official.

PD

He comes at it from the position of thinking he knows what we need because we don’t have the ability to know for ourselves. And he doesn’t respect any opinion that is different from his own. He just doesn’t care to know any other side to any given issue.

And this was supposed to be the knock on GWB -- even though the reality was that he expected to hear contrary views.

Stephanie

Austin Goolsbee?

PD

Well, he takes his meetings just like any other president would, though even then, he seems to lack a certain focus and on a few occasions, actually leaves with the directive that be given a summary of the meeting at a later date.

Next we'll be hearing that Obama falls asleep during briefings, and to counter that, Gibbs will be trotted out: "This shows how Reagan-esque President Obama is."

Pofarmer

I just can’t stand her politics. I am a pro-choice Democrat. I support unions. I support welfare programs.

Dang it, Narcisco beat me to it. Isn't Todd Palin in a Union?

These people who are criticizing her, it's not that they know nothing, they actually know less than nothing, because most of what they think they know, simply isn't true.

narciso

The tone in the piece, is confused to say the least, they indicate someone who was a former
Obama supporter who fell for 'the hope and change' rather than a cynical Clintonite, although there is a possibility he was the latter before he became the former, if that makes any sense,

jorgxmckie

As for O'Donnell being the worst possible candidate, or whatever, hasn't Patty Murray managed to get re-elected? She makes Al Franken look like a genius.

No party that has Patty Murray as an elected Senator should ever complain about how bad the other party's candidates are.

JM Hanes

I'm with Stephanie's earlier post, I think the insider sounds like a woman. It's a classic, gossipy feminine type, alluding to the Obama's "issues" with exactly the same sort of I-can-say-no-more-but-you-know-what-I-mean-wink-wink disclaimer. It also sounds like a lot of her inside scoop was more hearsay than observation.

RichatUF

Goolsbee is still in the Administration and he seems to have wanted a second helping of the kool-aide.

PD

I asked my youngest, a second-year graphic design student, what he thought of the new logo:

"Personally, I think the Cubs should sue. But really, just amazing innovation."

He gets his sarcasm from his mother, of course.

narciso

I'm feeling more confident after this event, about her chances, in the LUN

PD

Lion of the Senate defanged by the man who took on The Attack Rabbit.

Stephanie

JMH.. I still think so too. Are any of the court around Moo political samurai? It sounds like some of this stuff could be from a Moo associated person dishing what she heard from Moo. If so, would Moo'chel demand hegh'bat?

"A Klingon's honor means more to him than his life!" – Kurn

Stephanie

From narciso's link

I don't think [voters] are particularly interested in statements that either of us made 20 or 30 years ago," he said in a line that also won applause, including O'Donnell's.

The Bearded Marxist ain't gonna get off that easy. Her masturbation comment was job related (during the filming of something for SALT). His Bearded Marxist was his personal "Dreams of My Father." Big Diff.

narciso

The former is not only job related, it is a part of her faith, and most other
denominations. What were they smoking at the convention that selected Coons

Stephanie

True, but if you don't want the squishes to run off, framing it as job related takes some of the "Christeria" out of it. It is a totally true statement. They are trying to slime her with the "Christer" label. She was working for a faith based group at the time.

Neo

Whoever came up with the PR stunt of renaming "Climate Change" to “Global Climate Disruption" should not only be "fired" (HR term for being reclassified as a redeployable human resource), but should undergo a defrocking, much like the beginning of the old TV show "Branded."

Shoot, we might as well rename it to "Climate Extortion" and be done with it.

BobDenver

Christine O'Donnell's website indicates that, since yesterday, she has received donations in excess of $1,300,000. If there's a problem, it doesn't look to be money.

Stephanie

Has Peggy Noonan had an exorcism?

She's still a foot above the bed, but her head isn't spinning...

LUN

JM Hanes

Stephanie:

It's not hard to imagine former (& perhaps even current) disaffected staffers! This is not the only recent leakage. The we-told-her-not-to-go-to-Spain story springs to mind. Considering how badly the Ship of State is listing now, though, the pool of snitches is probably expanding as we speak.

JM Hanes

Man, do I wish I were still doing my weekly bonfire of the ironies! More unintended parody from Margaret Carlson, in an otherwise unremarkable rehash of conventional liberal wisdom on the meaning of O'Donnell et al:

In most election years the lack of experience or competence is a negative. It seems to be catnip for many voters in this unusual election of 2010.
LOL! Three alarm self-awareness alert!

JM Hanes

I was all prepared to ridicule Miss Peggy for attempting to explain tea parties to the rest of us, but aside from her typically condescending caution, she did quite well, I thought.

JM Hanes

OK, ending on a high note here, A.B. Stoddard:

Even before Christine O’Donnell handily defeated Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.) in an epic upset Tuesday night, the Tea Parties, all of them, had already won. No matter what happens in the midterm elections on Nov. 2, the Tea Party has moved the Democrats to the right and the Republicans even more so, and President Obama’s agenda is dead.
Good Morning JOM!

Stephanie

JMH that typically condescending caution was why I described the article that way.


From Peggy's perch above her bed...

It is true that the party establishment is compromised, and by many things, but one of them is experience. They've lived through a lot, seen a lot, know the national terrain. They know how things work. They know the history. I wonder if Tea Party members know how fragile are the institutions that help keep the country together.

After that, I don't wonder if Peggy still thinks we're a bunch of poorly edumacated hicks.

And. BTW, it looks to this unedumacated hick that Ms. Noonan and her editor are in sore need of some skillz...

Shouldn't this read..

It is true that the party establishment is compromised, and by many things, but one of them is NOT experience.

She is arguing that it is good that it is comprised of experience and bad that it is compromised by other issues.

She best be careful or some of us hicks might come to believe we're as gooder as her. Horrors!

Stephanie

And the correct sentence really should be

It is true that the party establishment is compromised, and by many things, including too much experience with the national terrain, how things have always worked and the history of deciding who is to be annointed.

It really was an interesting slip of the fingers...

Janet

They are trying to slime her with the "Christer" label. She was working for a faith based group at the time.

Like Kevin Jennings & his faith based group, GLSEN.
Her views are controversial, but ol Kevin's fisting instructions for elementary kids are not. What have we come to?

Janet

Diana Oughton died when Obama was 9 years old.
You're right Michmw. I meant the alleged girlfriend was based on Oughton. Sorry.

Janet

Here is an article from Mother Jones about O'Donnell.

and a warning from the DSCC in the article -
"After her victory on Tuesday, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee blasted her and other Republican nominees for caring "more about imposing a strict social doctrine than creating jobs."

Now their strict social doctrine is no problem...

Janet

The never ending double standard is the problem...
Big $ from oil = evil
Big $ from green = good
Christian social doctrine = evil/intrusive
Gay or green social doctrine = good/enlightened
$ from conservative donors = evil
$ from liberal donors = philanthropy
All male groups = evil
All female groups = good
White groups = evil
Black or Latino groups = good

It just doesn't make sense....and the MFM buys into this premise.

Donald

Arne Duncan. Nutty guy. I gotta say.

After reading the previous thread, I'd just like to point out that my goal early in life was to be an english teacher and high school baseball coach.

Just sayin.

Chubby

((Body language! Arms length apart. Gripped hands making sure of that. Air kiss on the cheek.))

And in family shots, Mom always walking with the younger daughter, Dad with the elder, never Mom and Dad holding hands and the kids walking with each other.

narciso

As Matt Welch has pointed out in his own snarky way, that's not what Christine's campaign was about. Noonan is still stuck on that bus, back in 1973, or their about.

Janet

LUN a HuffPo article on the craziest things O'Donnell has said. Here is one -

"A candidate said several years ago, 'I'm not concerned the reason you vote for me as long as you vote for me.'"

- Press Conference, in response to a reporter asking if she'd send out bikini photos to gain votes.

Now which is odder...her statement or the question by the "REPORTER"!

DebinNC

Noonan says voters this time aren't looking for a Paul Douglas (?) or Pat Monohan but someone who can be counted on to stop the current fiscal madness. I agree. That's why trying to tar candidates by bringing up their 15 yr. old statements about masturbation/celibacy etc. won't work. Voters aren't dumb and will look past all that until the crisis has passed, which won't be any time soon.

Kimberley Strassel is excellent as always today on the "Obama tax cuts" situation.

Jane (sit on the couch or save your country)

But I won’t be the last one from the current administration coming forward. After the midterms, there will be a number of us speaking about what is really going on in the Democrat Party,

Yeah and hell will freeze over. What I want is to hear some in the media drop a dime on the sucking up to Obama to get access that put this guy in the WH.

Clarice, I did little to elect McKenna except vote for him. Anything to get rid of Marsha Coakely.

narciso

Double standard, double standards, all the way, Janet, in the LUN

bgates

a HuffPo article on the craziest things O'Donnell has said

There are some real corkers in there:

"When the stock market crashed, Franklin D. Roosevelt got on the television and didn't just talk about the, you know, the princes of greed. He said, 'Look, here's what happened,'"

"You cannot go into a 7-11 or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. Oh, I'm not joking."

“I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”

"along with France, we kicked Hezbollah out of Lebanon...."

"I have not bent the law, but I have let imagination take hold in some places where I think it's consistent with the spirit of the law. Is that the best way of saying that? Yes."

"Non-action is action, unlike most generations."

Then there's that stupid anti-masturbation stance:
"Gird your loins!"

DebinNC

Want to start the morning off with a smile? Watch this story about a Dem blogger's John Kasich gotcha blowing up in his smug face.

Melinda Romanoff

bgates-

A most excellent piece of transferrence, if I do say so myself.

Captain Hate

Thanks for that link Deb; I'm still waiting for Strickland to say one thing about his performance as governor over the last 3.5+ years, as is evidently the rest of Ohio. Everything else from this point is gravy (Bob Evans and otherwise)

Regarding Nooner, go over to AoS for comments on Peggy returning to reality

Captain Hate

If this shows up twice it's because this POS software ate the first one:

Thanks Deb for that link; Strickland still hasn't run an ad saying a syllable about his performance as governor over the last 3.5+ years which I, and obviously the majority of Ohioans, find amusing.

Check out AoS for a collection of more "deep thoughts" by Nooner.

Janet

narciso, the LUN @ 9:21 isn't there.

POS software

"burp..."

narciso

Oops, sorry about that, here we go

Neo

Just remember, if you vote to reelect Barack Obama, you’re being needlessly mean to Michelle.

DebinNC

CT Stamford Advocate:

"Visiting the state's wealthiest town for the first time as president, Obama hauled in $1 million at a $30,400-a-plate fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee at the Conyers Farm estate of real estate prospector Richard Richman and his wife Ellen Schapps Richman."


Insty "Reader David McCune writes: “Seriously? Obama is now hanging out with Richie Richman? Was Scrooge McDuck busy?” lol

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