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Obama's No Good, Very Bad Day

By Ben Pershing
Say this for being president -- at least it's never boring.

Just as President Obama seemed to be hitting his stride on the stimulus bill yesterday, whipping up support outside the Beltway as he counted down the hours until the measure was on his desk, the White House got hit with a fresh piece of bad news, as Judd Gregg withdrew his own nomination for Commerce secretary. And it wasn't even Friday the 13th yet. What will befall the new administration today? Another Cabinet implosion? Locusts?

Gregg's move has prompted a fresh new round of stories on bipartisanship in Washington, or lack thereof. But is it a testament to the capital's partisan divide, or just to one man's indecisiveness? Yes, Gregg is a Republican and a conservative. Yes, he disagrees with Obama on the stimulus and the Census and a host of other issues. But Gregg knew that two weeks ago, and so did Obama. It's hard to see how Obama is really to blame for this, unless you fault him for a) picking a conservative Republican in the first place for a traditionally partisan job; or b) not saying initially to Gregg, "Are you absolutely, super-duper sure about this?" You can bet that will be added to the standard vetting questionnaire.

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Posted at 8:20 AM ET on Feb 13, 2009  | Category:  The Rundown
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Jeez, JakeD actually used the phrase "right-thinking American." It's like he was trained by Chairman Mao.

And the sick creature thinks that he is one of those "right-thinking Americans."

He's like a slug oozing around everywhere, leaving his slimy path behind him.

Posted by: nodebris | February 17, 2009 1:07 AM

To president Obama I say, great idea to reach out, but sorry, its beginning to make you look less strong.

You extend a hand shake... a clenched fist returns. Say a gracious thank you and leave 'good intentions' behind. Sounds mean, not really just being practical!
http://manchestersquare.blogspot.com

Posted by: Victoria5 | February 13, 2009 3:43 PM

Has anyone looked into the maudlin baby blue eyes of Glenn Beck lately?

What size clown shoes does he wear anyway?

Good for CNN to be rid of that self righteous idiot. Now if we can just find a big enough trash heap for Fox Spews. Maybe a toxic waste dump

Posted by: rooster54 | February 13, 2009 3:03 PM

If they hate America that much, why don't they just leave?

Posted by: donnalee56down | February 13, 2009 1:10 PM

Dear doonalee56down-
Many of us are just sick of the ignorance, mendacity, and cognitive dissonance of the reich wingnuts destroying the lives of hard working innocent people, and we love America so much that we're standing up to you. As for asking us to leave, I just might if we were to get another republican government like the last one. I have a family to think about.

On the other hand, I think it would be great if you guys left. You'd be amazed at how much better off we real workers would be without you.

Posted by: rooster54 | February 13, 2009 2:58 PM

It's amazing to me how liberals have such violent comments on any and all blogs. They believe cutting someone down makes them look bigger, smarter, and more important than they will ever be. They tend to believe anything and everything negative they hear about the United States and conservative people. If they hate America that much, why don't they just leave?

Posted by: donnalee56down | February 13, 2009 1:10 PM

Unfortunately, the "stimulus" bill got too big, and too secret, for any right-thinking American to stomach. As for the Census issue, was Gregg told that BEFORE he accepted?

Posted by: JakeD | February 13, 2009 1:07 PM

Pork Bill #13 - $850 million for a frisbee golf course
Pork Bill # 29 - $1 billion to go to Puerto Rico to fund 81 jobs
Pork Bill #32 - $100 thousand for doorbells
Pork Bill #44 - $3 million for a new golf club clubhouse
Lots and Lots more of them.

Posted by: donnalee56down | February 13, 2009 1:05 PM

I doubt that anyone will get to read the ENTIRE conference bill before the vote, but I've heard that $50 million is still included for the National Endowment for the Arts. How many jobs will that "create or save"?

Posted by: JakeD | February 13, 2009 1:05 PM

JRM2 wrote:I love how the Repukeagains keep shouting "Pork, Pork!!!" yet I have not heard one give an example of a pork-laden project in this bill.

When they do point out "pork", they take the particulars of science based projects out of context to make them sound silly, playing upon the ignorance of their constituents. (Who, after all, must be extremely ignorant to have re-elected them after all the problems they have caused.)
Like Obama said, "It's like they're proud of being ignorant."

Posted by: rooster54 | February 13, 2009 11:57 AM

People keep on saying that Obama should get tough with the Repukes, I disagree, they are doing a perfectly good job of screwing themselves in the public's eyes.

Posted by: JRM2 | February 13, 2009 11:52 AM

I love how the Repukeagains keep shouting "Pork, Pork!!!" yet I have not heard one give an example of a pork-laden project in this bill.

We are busy trying to create jobs while your party plays high-stakes poker with our livelihoods.

Posted by: JRM2 | February 13, 2009 11:45 AM

"Hmmm...Last poll had support for this bloated, 'porkulus' laden bill @ 37% and fading...

Posted by: leeh11281 | February 13, 2009 10:02 AM"
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Is that the Rush Limbaugh, or the Sean Hannity Poll?

I'll tell you what is fading, the public's patience with the Republican party.

Posted by: JRM2 | February 13, 2009 11:41 AM

If the republicans choose to give up cooperating because they can't continue to have their way, then we should quit pussyfooting around with them.

Those backwards money grubbing losers (Or money losing grubbers) had their chance and it nearly killed us. In fact it did kill a lot of us.

We've got work to do. If you're not part of the solution, then you're part of the problem.

Jim Hightower would make a great Secretary of Commerce.

http://www.jimhightower.com/

Posted by: rooster54 | February 13, 2009 10:47 AM

WON'T GET FOOLED AGAIN?

It bears repeating: Partisanship in the defense of principled change -- not rhetoric, but real, take-'em-on change -- is NO VICE.

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ATTENTION: ATTY. GEN. ERIC HOLDER / DOJ STAFF (please forward)

RE: BUSH JUSTICE DEPARTMENT APPROVAL OF RADIATION WEAPONS USE ON U.S. CITIZENS BY ONGOING 'EXTRAJUDICIAL PUNISHMENT NETWORK'

... coordinated multi-agency action "programs of personal destruction" manned by security/intel/revenue agents, local police nationwide, citizen vigilantes fronted by government-funded community policing and anti-terrorism programs.

IT IS DAY 25 OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION.

DO YOU *REALLY* KNOW WHAT YOUR "MULTI-AGENCY ACTION CENTER" IS UP TO?

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-targets-terrorizes-u-s-citizens

http://my.nowpublic.com/world/domestic-torture-radiation-weaponry-americas-horrific-shame

OR (IF LINKS ARE CORRUPTED/DISABLED):

http://My.NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | February 13, 2009 10:21 AM

probably need to add 'have you paid ALL of your taxes?' as well...

Posted by: leeh11281 | February 13, 2009 10:03 AM

whipping up support outside the Beltway? Hmmm...Last poll had support for this bloated, 'porkulus' laden bill @ 37% and fading...

Posted by: leeh11281 | February 13, 2009 10:02 AM

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