Thursday, September 16, 2010

Obama Economy Speech

“Say what?” 

EDITORIAL CARTOONS

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QUOTES

“In the year since I issued a prepared statement regarding President Obama speaking to the nation’s schoolchildren, I have learned a great deal about the party I so deeply loved and served. Unfortunately, I found that many within the GOP have racist views and I apologize to the President for my opposition to his speech last year and my efforts to placate the extremists who dominate our party today. My children and I look forward to the president’s speech.” – Former Florida state party chairman Jim Greer, who opposed President Obama’s speech to America’s schoolchildren last year, in a written statement about the president’s speech on Tuesday.

“As disappointed as I am in the outcome of the Primary and my belief that the Alaska Republican Party was hijacked by the Tea Party Express, an outside extremist group, I am not going to quit my party. I will not wrap myself in the flag of another political party for the sake of election at any cost.” – Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, in her statement Tuesday that she won’t run as a Libertarian but is still mulling a write-in bid.

“Good luck out there with your new leader.” – Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.), after formally accepting his defeat at the hands of Tea Party-backed Christine O’Donnell.

So I think, again, he is eating some humble pie and he is just trying to restore his reputation.” – Tea Party-backed candidate Christine O’Donnell took aim at the GOP and top party strategist Karl Rove after her come-from-nowhere win in Delaware’s Republican Senate primary.

“A lot of their candidates today, they make him [George W. Bush]look like a liberal.” – Former president Bill Clinton to an enthusiastic crowd at a downtown Minneapolis hotel as he campaigned for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton on Wednesday.

“I’ve been in the majority with Republicans who didn’t have principles, and we embarrassed ourselves and lost credibility in front of the country. Frankly, I’m at a point where I’d rather lose fighting for the right cause than win fighting for the wrong cause.” – Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC), one of the Tea Party’ biggest supporters among elected officials, to ABC’s Jonathan Karl.

“Let me not mince words, and say that yesterday’s election results were DEVASTATING – devastating. Not for me, because I’ll be fine. And not even for Fenty, because he’ll be fine, too. It was devastating for the children of Washington, D.C. [applause] … The biggest tragedy that could come from [the] election results is if the lesson that people take from this is that we should pull back. … That is NOT the right lesson for this reform movement. We cannot retreat now. If anything, what the reform community needs to take out of yesterday’s election is: Now is the time to lean forward, be more aggressive, and be more adamant about what we’re doing. – D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee, during an on-stage roundtable after the screening of the new documentary on public education, Waiting For Superman, about Mayor Adrian Fenty’s defeat on Tuesday.

“If I owned the Steelers, hear me loud and clear, you would not be a Steeler.” – Former Pittsburgh Steelers and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw, chiding suspended quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for hanging out at college bars and “disrespecting” women, said Sunday on Fox.

NEWS

TIME cover, “It’s Tea Party Time: How conservative rebels are rattling the Republican establishment,” by Michael Scherer: “It has no charter, no published manifesto and no governing council. Yet from Nevada’s high desert to Kentucky’s rolling coal hills, this movement has upended the elite of the Republican Party in 2010 and set its sights on remaking the U.S. Congress-and, in 2012, the presidency. … Not since Barry Goldwater thumbed his nose at country-club Republicans in 1964 has a rebel movement created such a crisis of legitimacy among the GOP establishment. And like that rebel movement, this one may spur an evolutionary change in the party that could last a generation. … It now has a chance to send as many as seven new Senators to Capitol Hill with their dreams of a radically smaller government, unfettered financial markets, defanged regulation and shrinking federal entitlements.” Cover image http://politi.co/aCyzWN

“The New GOP Money Stampede,” by Michael Crowley: “While the 2010 campaign narrative has focused on grass-roots Tea Party activists defying the Washington GOP establishment, a potentially more important story involves that establishment’s quiet creation of what amounts to a new kind of unofficial but totally coordinated national Republican campaign machine. … Running [American Crossroads’] day-to-day operations, with a staff of about 10, is a GOP establishment insider named Steven Law. A silver-haired, genial veteran of Republican politics-he is a former chief of staff to Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell-Law sits behind a tidy desk as he boasts about his group’s grand plans. They include a fall advertising blitz that in the past month has already targeted Democratic candidates in at least six states, including Colorado, Nevada, Missouri and California, as well as a monster $10 million national get-out-the-vote campaign that will include 40 million pieces of political mail and 20 million phone calls to voters in key states. ‘I catch my breath every time I say it,’ Law says of the huge numbers.”

“Mark Halperin’s Take: The Party of Palin and DeMint”: “The [GOP] was unable to resist the influence of Tea Party activists who parroted Fox News and talk radio, crowded town-hall meetings to attack the Democrats’ health care plans and refocused the party on the debt and deficit. All that positioned the GOP for huge gains in the midterms ¬but spells danger for its long-term future. Only a few Republicans have spoken out about the risks of turning the party of Lincoln into the party of ¬Sarah Palin and Jim DeMint. If the GOP doesn’t find a way to build a bigger tent, it will pay a huge price in November when it tries to beat Obama in 2012.” 

“Rebel DeMint sparks GOP civil war,” by Manu Raju: “Behind closed doors Wednesday, Republican senators tried to assess the damage. Several senators at the lunch, including Scott Brown of Massachusetts, raised concerns that the party has sent a message that it had no room for moderates, even from left-leaning states … [South Carolina Sen. Jim] DeMint was pressed by several of his colleagues … to pony up money from his high-spending political action committee to boost O’Donnell’s chances against Democrat Chris Coons … ‘In other words, put your money where your mouth is,’ said a senior Republican official, who characterized the exchange as cordial. DeMint agreed that he would – and tried to play the role as a peacemaker. ‘Every Republican senator has a responsibility to help Christine build the resources she needs to win in November,’ DeMint told POLITICO. …

“Even though some Republicans were looking to make DeMint a scapegoat for Castle’s shocking loss, some downplayed his late endorsement, which came after O’Donnell gained momentum from tea party activists. ‘I don’t think Sen. DeMint put Christine O’Donnell into office,’ said National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn of Texas. ‘I think it was the primary voters in Delaware.’ … DeMint, Cornyn and McConnell signaled that they were unified behind GOP candidates across the country: The NRSC quickly gave O’Donnell $42,000 in campaign money, and McConnell contributed $5,000 more.” http://bit.ly/bF2wtB

“Meet Christine O’Donnell,” by Tim Grieve and Andy Barr: “Kristin Murray, a Republican who served two months as O’Donnell’s campaign manager in 2008, called the candidate a ‘complete fraud.’ Murray said she quit working for O’Donnell in 2008 after discovering that she didn’t have a college degree, had failed to make payments on her mortgage and was using the campaign debit card for personal expenses. … As the Associated Press put it Wednesday morning, O’Donnell ‘hasn’t had a steady job in years but has instead made an avocation of running for Senate.’ She finished third in a three-way Republican primary for Sen. Tom Carper’s seat in 2006 and then lost to then-Sen. Biden in 2008. She has claimed in the past that she won two out of the state’s three counties in the 2008 race but she didn’t — she lost all three, dropping the state at large by more than 100,000 votes. …

“Four years ago, O’Donnell’s campaign website identified her as a ‘graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University.’ In fact, O’Donnell officially earned her college degree from the New Jersey university just two weeks ago. … O’Donnell campaign manager Matt Moran said O’Donnell ‘fulfilled the last course requirement this summer. It was just a general elective course.’ But earlier this year, O’Donnell told the Delaware News Journal that she had already finished her coursework at FDU. The university, she said then, was withholding her diploma because she still had student loans to pay. History was apparently repeating itself: As the News Journal has reported, the school sued her in 1994 for around $4,000 in unpaid tuition. The paper said O’Donnell satisfied that debt in 2003.” http://bit.ly/a0djpe

WashPost col. 1, “’Tea party win in Del. is message to the GOP,” by Karen Tumulty: “The end of the primaries normally is a time when parties try to close ranks, but O’Donnell’s win fueled another spasm of recriminations. After … Karl Rove said Tuesday that O’Donnell was unelectable – echoing the assessment of, among others, Delaware Republican Party Chairman Tom Ross – he came under fire from a battalion of conservative commentators. ‘I’ve never heard Karl so animated against a Democrat as he was against Christine O’Donnell last night,’ said Rush Limbaugh, whose radio show Rove had recently guest-hosted.” http://bit.ly/ctTAqH

USA Today cover story, “Tea Party’s wins fuel a ‘civil war’ within GOP: Republicans, seeking to oust Dems, face their own insurgency,” by John Fritze and Kathy Kiely: “’It’s official: There is now a civil war within the Republican Party,’ said Mark McKinnon … ‘The good news for Republicans is the Tea Party is capturing the anti-establishment energy in America. The bad news is that includes the Republican establishment.’” http://usat.ly/9guolt

The (British) Guardian, top of p. 1, “She’s the new star of the US right,” by D.C. bureau chief Ewen MacAskill in Dover, Del.: “Dubbed the new Sarah Palin, she is one of the most ultra-conservative candidates running in the US. … [S]he is even too rightwing for Republicans such as Karl Rove, George Bush’s former political strategist, who described her views as ‘nutty’. … ‘The Republicans have lost their way,’ she said [in an interview]. ‘They have abandoned the principles on which our country was founded. The party establishment died last night.’” http://bit.ly/bJxs08

FROM THE MORNING FIX

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin demonstrated her political magic touch in a pair of primaries Tuesday night — watching while former New Hampshire Attorney General Kelly Ayotte and Delaware businesswoman Christine O’Donnell won their respective primaries due, at least in part, to her support.

But, new polling from the Washington Post/ABC News suggests that Palin’s effectiveness of a surrogate is limited to a relatively narrow swath of voters, meaning that she may be out on the campaign trail less this fall for Republicans than she was during primary season.

Overall, 20 percent said they would be more likely to support a candidate that Palin campaigned for while 36 percent said a visit by the 2008 vice presidential nominee would make them less likely to back a candidate. Forty two percent said a Palin appearance would make no difference in their vote.

Not surprisingly, self identified Republicans are the most likely to say a Palin campaign appearance would improve the chances of them voting for a candidate (39 percent) and Democrats are the least likely (nine percent).

But, go even deeper into the numbers and an interesting split is revealed among self identified conservatives regarding their views of Palin.

Among those who describe themselves as “somewhat conservative”, 29 percent said that a Palin visit would make them more likely to support a candidate while 23 percent said it would make them less likely.

Among the “very conservative”, the numbers were far more favorable for Palin; 39 percent said a Palin campaign appearance would improve the chances they would vote for a specific candidate while just 12 percent said it would make them more likely to oppose the candidate.

What those numbers suggest is what smart political observers have long suspected: that Palin’s support is deep but not terribly wide. Palin, herself, seemed to acknowledge that fact in an interview with Fox News Channel on Wednesday. Asked whether she would be campaigning for O’Donnell in Democratic-friendly Delaware in the fall, Palin replied: “I’ll do whatever I can. I want to help, though, and not hurt. And, you know, sometimes it’s a double edged sword there if my name is connected to anybody.”

That’s not to say that if she ran for president in 2012, Palin would not be a serious contender. After all, the composition of the electorates in the Iowa caucus and South Carolina primary has tended toward the “very conservative” end of the spectrum — a group rightly understood now as Palin’s base.

Michael Steele Defends Gingrich’s Comments That Obama May Have A ‘Kenyan Anti-Colonial Worldview’  

Michael Steele  “Father, forgive me for being a traitor to my race, but you and I both know that  I don’t have a clue as to how to make a living otherwise. Amen. Oh yeah, I could use a few more Steve Harvey suits.”

Michaele Salahi: I have MS I’m rooting for MS to win this one. (Yes, I know I’ll probably go to hell for saying that).

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK

 Sarah Palin

“Then, the mama grizzly brought the cub to her ample bosom and…”

Bill Maher

 

 

 

 “Yeah, but if I were Chris Rock, it’d be this big.”

Al Sharpton

 

 

 

“You get a perm! You get a perm! And you get a perm! Whoopi Goldberg gets a perm! Hell, EVERYBODY gets a perm today!”

RANDOM THOUGHTS

Forget the “sainted” Ronald Reagan; the GOP today isn’t even the party of George W. Bush. This is a party bent on an ideological purge being led by Sarah Palin, Jim DeMint, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh. Note: DeMint is the only one of these people currently running for office and the opponent for his senate seat in South Carolina is the pathetic Alvin “Action Figure Man” Greene.

Speaking of Alvin Greene, is he still “campaigning”?

Words and Phrases I Would Love To See Eliminated – The Race Card, Post-Racial, Teachable Moment, Taking It To The House, It Is What It Is, He’s/She’s The Next…, White People Do/Say It All The Time, Baby Daddy/Baby Mama, “My credit is so bad…” jokes by black comedians (I’ve yet to hear a single non-black comedian do one). 

Any day now, I fully expect Joe or Katherine Jackson to sue Michael Jackson for dying.

Reggie Bush did the right thing. Finally.

Any GM that even thinks about signing Manny Ramirez next season should be fired as soon the words leave his mouth and then committed to a mental health institution immediately if not sooner.

Why do I get the feeling that Matt Kemp is playing his final games as a Dodger?

With Stephon Marbury returning for a second season and reports that Allen Iverson and Steve Francis are considering playing there, is China becoming the new destination for washed-up NBA players? That could make for some very interesting press conferences – “After careful consideration, absolutely no interest from any NBA team, and a delicious lunch at Larry Wong’s Mandarin Mansion in Monterrey Park, I’ve decided to take my talents to Beijing Beach.” But seriously, is Allen Iverson, a future Hall of Famer, so desperate for playing time/money that he needs to do this?

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