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* The Democrats' political predicament on unemployment comes down to this: Dems have no way of proving the alternate scenarios -- that a smaller stimulus would have resulted in more job loss, or that a larger one would have led to more job growth.

* The result of the stimulus coming up short, paradoxically, is that the political dynamic is hostile to more stimulus spending, which could mean more suffering and a tougher climate for Dems.

* Markos Moulitsas flags a priceless Andrew Breitbart quote:

"It's my business model to craft strategies to make sure that the mainstream media is forced to reckon with stories that it would love to ignore because it doesn't fit their narrative," he said.

Moulitsas concludes: "This isn't about the truth or reality. It's about `crafting strategies' to force the media to cover stories conservatives think should be covered." And it's Breitbart's business model, get it?

* Jason Linkins nails it on the Journolist non-scandal: A few people floated the idea of coordination, and were shot down. So what?

* Obama's numbers are tanking in states with key Senate races, but it's unclear whether he'll be a factor, since those contests remain tight.

* The White House insists that the WikiLeaks Afghanistan war docs are nothing like the Pentagon Papers.

* But they are like the Pentagon papers in that they've handed war critics a powerful weapon.

* And White House officials are ticked off enough to try to get reporters to note negatives about the WikiLeaks founder, including the revelation that he said in an interview: "I enjoy crushing bastards."

* Newt Gingrich is set to duke it out with Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney for the title of leading GOP voice on national security.

* Hendrik Hertzberg hails The Post's series on our national security bureaucracy as proof that newspapers can still do the kind of "public-spirited, enterprising journalism that is essential to the health of a free society."

* Is momentum building for filibuster reform?

* And here's still more evidence that the right's campaign to mislead the elderly about health reform worked brilliantly.

What else is happening?

By Greg Sargent  |  July 26, 2010; 6:15 PM ET
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Krugman has a kind of I told you so post on his blog where he links to Ezra today talking about why there wont be another stimulus and linking to a post of his from last year where he predicted the same thing very accurately after the too small stimulus passed. No matter how abrasive he can be at times Krugman knocked that one out of the park and we all, most importantly Dems on the hill, should have listened

Posted by: sgwhiteinfla | July 26, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

If the stimulus was too small (something he did not say when it was being debated) why doesn't he hold a primetime press conference and ask for another trillion (or 10 trillion which Krugman said we could handle), rationally explaining his reasoning and consequences for not doing it? Why put partisan politics and electoral chances ahead of doing the "right thing"?

Posted by: TrollMcWingnut | July 26, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

@the hill:

"""the poll results reveal the unfortunate consequence of a months-long healthcare reform debate that was “long and complicated and often dominated by political spin that confused seniors.”"""

God I hate Republicans.

That they would intentionally CONFUSE some of our most vulnerable citizens is beyond abhorrent.

What happened to DECENCY?

Why did Sarah Palin have to utter the phrase" Death Panels"?

Why did they have to go there?

Absolutely disgraceful what the Republicans have done in the last 2 years on matters of race and senior care.

Absolutely disgraceful.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | July 26, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Hey Troll ... what are the chances that the GOP would engage in an honest debate if the President were to do as you suggest?

Posted by: cmccauley60 | July 26, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Isn't doing the right thing, regardless of what a regional rump party might say, the reason Barry was elected? That he would tell us what was "true", not what we wanted to hear?

Posted by: TrollMcWingnut | July 26, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Brad DeLong, commenting on Greg Mankiw, writes:

Mankiw’s broader point is that since we have seen nothing like this before except for the Great Depression, we should be humble and risk averse–and hence have the government stand back and wash its hands of the situation.

However, even a minor and hasty acquaintance with the Great Depression teaches that the belief that the government should stand back and wash its hands because the self-regulating market quickly returns to full-employment equilibrium is the most arrogant belief possible.

And even a minor and hasty acquaintance with the Great Depression teaches that having the government stand back and wash its hands is the most risky strategy conceivable.

Quite. I really don’t think people appreciate the huge dangers posed by a weak response to 9 1/2 percent unemployment, and the highest rate of long-term unemployment ever recorded:

Right now, I’m reading Larry Ball on hysteresis in unemployment (pdf) — the tendency of high unemployment to become permanent. Ball provides compelling evidence that weak policy responses to high unemployment tend to raise the level of structural unemployment, so that inflation tends to rise at much higher unemployment rates than before. And the kind of unemployment we’re experiencing now, with many workers jobless for very long periods, is precisely the kind of unemployment likely to leave workers permanently unemployable.

And there are already indications that this is happening. Bill Dickens, one of the people has who worked on downward nominal rigidity, tells me that the Beveridge curve — the relationship between job vacancies and the unemployment rate — already seems to have shifted out dramatically. This has, in the past, been a sign of a major worsening in the NAIRU, the non-accelerating-inflation rate of unemployment.

The point is that while policy makers may think they’re being prudent and appropriately cautious in their responses to unemployment, there’s a good chance that they’re prudenting and cautiousing us into a long-term jobs catastrophe.

http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/

Posted by: cmccauley60 | July 26, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

That's your answer Troll? Really?

Posted by: cmccauley60 | July 26, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

"""Isn't doing the right thing, regardless of what a regional rump party might say, the reason Barry was elected?"""

In this case, "Doing the Right Thing" means not allowing the GOP to win control of Congress, as that would be FAR FAR WORSE for America than any single policy consideration.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | July 26, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Yes, it is.
If it's the right thing to do, why doesn't he do that? Isn't playing politics with the economy wrong?

Posted by: TrollMcWingnut | July 26, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Greg says that the alternative scenarios to the stimulus that passed cannot be proved. Maybe so, but the argument can be forcefully and accurately made that the Hooverites in the other party would have doomed us to a depression. Obama has not been aggressive countering their criticism because too much still needed to be done. I believe another narrative can still be constructed prior to the election.

Posted by: petersg | July 26, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

"And here's still more evidence that the right's campaign to mislead the elderly about health reform worked brilliantly."
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Unfortunately, we have no control group who were not subject to the right-wing disinformation campaign, so we'll never know how confused anyone would have been without it. But if you'd like to find out if you smarter than a 70-year-old, NCOA has an online quiz up with the same 12 questions asked in the poll.

Link:

http://www.ncoa.org/public-policy/health-care-reform/straight-talk/straight-talk-quiz.html

Posted by: CalD | July 26, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Troll said (sentence one): "If the stimulus was too small (something he did not say when it was being debated)"

When a poster starts off with a clear demonstration he doesn't know what he's talking about, that's a good clue he can be profitably ignored.

Posted by: bernielatham | July 26, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Tell your friends in Wingnutistan and then maybe we can have than conversation, Troll.

Posted by: cmccauley60 | July 26, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

What the right always fails to realize is that we got out of the Great Depression by a huge amount of government spending. Period. It's popularly known as WWII. It was a massive economic stimulus.

Posted by: suekzoo1 | July 26, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Troll, playing politics is wrong. But's IOKIYAR.

I followed the link to The Hill. The reader comments are chilling. The depth of hate is quite stunning. Too bad the haters don't realize their hate is going to kill them sooner.

Posted by: KathleenHusseininMaine | July 26, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Folks have been noting this Bill Kristol bit where he tries (he REALLY tries) to make Palin's use of 'refudiate' sound something other than Grade five level dumb...
http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/refudiate-liberalism

The curiosity here is why he would bother? We suspect Bill and Liz have plans for this genius, of course.

Posted by: bernielatham | July 26, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

I don't think Jason or you "nailed it" on the Journolist story. The fact that Ezra had the good sense to shoot down the idea of coordinating a pro-Dem response doesn't negate the creepy impression that some mainstream journalists were behaving like activists. While I take you at your word that the other side is much worse and that they don't even bother pretending to be objective, this isn't a playground or an acadmemic exercise.

Posted by: wswest | July 26, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Amazing how quickly the GOP and the rest of the DC Media have soured on Afghanistan...after 7 years of being cool with it and ignoring it under a Republican, 18 months under a Dems and suddenly NOW it's Vietnam Redux.

Posted by: TheBBQChickenMadness | July 26, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

wswest -- which "mainstream journalists" were behaving like activists?

And by "mainstream journalist" do we mean people who aren't allowed to have an opinion while they pursue journalism?

Posted by: Greg Sargent | July 26, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

To Ims and others interested...

I've only recently become aware of a really smart fellow, Jay Rosen. Yes, I'm embarrassed but my life is a series of embarrassments. Take a gander at this post and you'll see what I mean:
http://journalism.nyu.edu/pubzone/weblogs/pressthink/2010/07/26/wikileaks_afghan.html

Posted by: bernielatham | July 26, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Josh asks whether Islamophobia is on the rise in America. Hard to know, as he says, but it certainly is the case that expressions of such sentiments from current rightwing political figures is definitely on the rise.

Freedom of Religion, for some of them, now means Freedom of Religions We Like, Particularly Ours. Modern conservativism - it's all about principles.
http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/2010/07/islamophobia_on_the_rise.php?ref=fpblg

Posted by: bernielatham | July 26, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

TP follows the story from an Arizona TV station on the connections between Brewer and private prison lobbyists... http://thinkprogress.org/2010/07/26/prison-brewer/

America jails a larger percentage of its citizens than any other modern western nation, if I recall my stats correctly. What chance of this changing where corporate interests (Grow Our Business!) are a fundamental, and profitable part, of the equation?

What chance, for example, that moves to reduce or eliminate jail time for marijuana possession will not face well-funded lobbying efforts to keep them dangerous criminals behind bars?

Privatizing prisons was one of those ideas that rank up high in the stupid-as-it-gets category.

Posted by: bernielatham | July 26, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Is Sarah Palin losing her touch as an endorser?


Public Policy Polling has new numbers which shows that an endorsement from Sarah Palin can hurt a candidate’s chances of getting elected:

The New Hampshire Senate numbers we’ll have coming out this week (general election Tuesday, primary Wednesday) are a great example of the double edged sword that is a Sarah Palin endorsement. In the short term Kelly Ayotte has opened a wide lead in the Republican primary. But the Palin endorsement could be hurting Ayotte’s chances of winning in the general election.

51% of New Hampshire voters overall say they’re less likely to vote for a candidate endorsed by Palin to just 26% who say a Palin endorsement would make them more inclined to be supportive. The disparity is even larger when it comes to moderate voters- 14% of them are positively swayed by a Palin nod while 65% say her support is more likely to turn them against one of her preferred candidates.

When we polled New Hampshire in April we found Ayotte’s favorability numbers with moderates on positive ground at 32/27, something very unusual for a Republican candidate. Now in the wake of the Palin endorsement that is no longer the case- 27% of moderates see Ayotte favorably while 46% see her unfavorably- a 24 point drop in her favorability spread over the last three months.

http://www.frumforum.com/polls-palins-endorsement-hurts-nh-candidate

Posted by: suekzoo1 | July 26, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Scott Horton: As noted previously, the Justice Department’s criminal probe into the U.S. attorneys scandal ended with a “whimper not a prosecution” last week.

http://harpers.org/archive/2010/07/hbc-90007449

=>The issue of nondisclosure of exculpatory materials was right at the heart of the U.S. attorney’s scandal, playing a particularly prominent role in the case of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman. As I noted previously, the Justice Department’s report makes clear that Dannehy neglected investigation of the entire sprawling scandal, electing instead to focus down on a single case, involving New Mexico U.S. Attorney David Iglesias. He was threatened with firing and then was in fact fired because he would not bring a high-profile prosecution of a Democratic officeholder in the heat of an election campaign in a manner calculated to benefit a specific Republican candidate, Heather Wilson. Dannehy reached the farcical conclusion that threats against Iglesias, accompanied by melodramatic gestures like slamming down a receiver, and followed by his actual firing, did not constitute efforts to “influence, obstruct, or impede” a criminal case. A District of Columbia jury might have viewed the evidence quite differently from Dannehy. Her decision to take no action probably protected figures involved in her own appointment as a U.S. attorney.<=

The DoJ post 8 years of Bush-Cheney was just as much, if not more than, an Augean Stables like the MMS. Obama made a big mistake in not even attempting to clean them out.
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Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | July 26, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

OT @ SBJ if you're around: Just for the record, all those lefty sites are lying when they report that Sherrod was fired because FNC kept playing the edited video. Sherrod resigned BEFORE FNC aired the tape.

I've seen you make this comment over and over again about FOX not playing the edited video on the Sherrod story until after the fact. The fact remains it was on Foxnews.com. I know this has been posted before, but guess you've either missed it, or choose to ignore: http://mediamatters.org/research/201007220004

Posted by: DinOH | July 26, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Now, ain't that a happy coincidence. Yglesias links to an Economist article on over-imprisonment in the US. And yes, America jails more than anybody, even Russia, the land of commies and everything. More than Iran (3 times more). More than China (almost 6 times more)... http://www.economist.com/node/16636027

Just one more reason to raise up the flag and celebrate the wonderfulness of America, home of the brave and land of the incarcerated.

Posted by: bernielatham | July 26, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Bernie, Jay Rosen asks a lot of really difficult questions. I like someone who challenges my thinking without necessarily preaching the answers. These are interesting times regarding journalism and finding the truth. It's true some problems seem too immense to find answers, but that has never been my experience. Every problem has a solution, it's the will that is missing. I think the public is overwhelmed with information right now and is picking and choosing it's priorities. When the deficit commission comes back with cuts to Social Security, you'll see people rise up and call for an end to the war is my guess.

Also, so much of the information occurred during the Bush years and pre the Obama evaluation of Afghanistan that with all the suspicion we have regarding Bush/Cheney no one seems too shocked by anything, we've been desensitized.

After reading the WaPo piece I couldn't help but think of the President's efforts to trim about 100 million from government waste last week. Seems to me an audit of the huge "security" infrastructure is long past due.

Last night as I began reading the wikileaks I assumed that if we had a Republican president still, the left would be up in arms. I found the Administration's response self-serving and not very logical but as there doesn't seem to be much outrage anyway I suppose it doesn't matter. Most of the leaks were prior to Obama so there's that as well. It seems there is a general malaise regarding the war and I don't know when people will wake up but eventually they will.

Posted by: lmsinca | July 26, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

For the record Krugman was running around with his hair on fire screaming the stimulus was to small as were seversl other prominent economists. Anybody who paid attention at all would know that.

Posted by: sgwhiteinfla | July 26, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse

ims: "Most of the leaks were prior to Obama so there's that as well. It seems there is a general malaise regarding the war and I don't know when people will wake up but eventually they will."

New reports tonight that Wikileaks has an additional 15,000 documents that will be forthcoming. From CNN International:


"In response to accusations that the disclosure was "irresponsible" and could jeopardize American lives and national security, Assange said WikiLeaks was judicious in the release.

"We have withheld approximately 15,000 reports for further harm minimization process," he said. "We don't see anything here that is of tactical significance. What we see is a lot of reports of evidentiary significance that describe the cut-and-thrust of the entire war over the last six years."


As far as the lethargy that is apparent among the masses, I think it's largely because they haven't figured out that they really are paying for it, but not with their sons and daughters, only in economic hardship. That case has yet to be made, but I think it will, starting soon.

Posted by: suekzoo1 | July 26, 2010 11:58 PM | Report abuse

bernie, google "US prison industrial complex."

I've been reading about this subject on and off for about ten years. It's completely appalling. There are good reasons for the high incarceration rates in the US, but the biggest one is the privatization of the prison industry.

Google also "Corrections Corporation of America." They are one of the larger private operators of prisons and dentention centers. CCA lobbies congress for stricter sentencing laws, thereby increasing their profitability when they are successful.

We really ought to be ashamed of this, but sadly, most Americans aren't even aware that it's happening. There are some things that are just immoral to have attached to a profit motive, healthcare is one, incarceration is another.

Posted by: suekzoo1 | July 27, 2010 12:25 AM | Report abuse

bernie, I just looked upthread and saw your earlier post with the link to Ygelsias on the prison issue related to AZ immigration law. I hope he continues to shine a light in this dank, dark corner. It's time.

Posted by: suekzoo1 | July 27, 2010 12:28 AM | Report abuse


Sargent,

A few comments on your Roundup.

On Breitbart, I think what he meant is that you and the liberal MSM won't report events that are critical of Obama and his administration. So he has to craft a strategy to get you to report the story. Breitbart doesn't mean fabricating a story which is what you seem to be implying.

And Markos? Talking about the pot calling the kettle black.

Sargent, you also write:

"The result of the stimulus coming up short, paradoxically, is that the political dynamic is hostile to more stimulus spending, which could mean more suffering and a tougher climate for Dems."

Obama still hasn't spent all the Stimulus funds from last year and the funds that were spent did not create jobs or "save" jobs (a really "crafted" category).

That's because the Stimulus funds that were used, helped pay back the folks who got him elected. Does SEIU, other unions and ACORN ring a bell?

You also wrote:

* Hendrik Hertzberg hails The Post's series on our national security bureaucracy as proof that newspapers can still do the kind of "public-spirited, enterprising journalism that is essential to the health of a free society."

If you and the other journolists would have done an indepth report on Obama and his controversial ties, relationships to Blago, Rezko, Auchi, Alsammarae, Rashid Khalidi,naturally Ayers, etc., his land deal with Rezko, then our country wouldn't be on a downward spiral. Obama wouldn't even have been "selected" during the Primary.

No wonder newspaper subscriptions are down and the Publishers want a government bailout.

Try checking out Evelyn Pringle's investigative reports on Obama if you want to know how a REAL reporter works. Two of the reports are Operation Boardgame and Curtain Time for Obama.

In fact, Blago's trial brought back memories of Obama, Blago and Evelyn Pringle's excellent reports.

And this - "...right's campaign to mislead the elderly about health reform worked brilliantly."

The Right isn't misleading the elderly, every day we're finding out more about what's concealed in the Health Care Bill. Giving the elderly a test with "perceived" answers to a questionnaire? As this health care bill becomes a reality Americans are going to be unpleasantly surprised as to what's in there. We'll see. You can't make cuts to Medicare without services being cut. Do the math. Remember when Obama himself wondered if it was worth it to give an elderly person a knee replacement?

And finally as far as the Journolists being a "non-scandal," dream on.

Posted by: janet8 | July 27, 2010 12:32 AM | Report abuse

bernielatham, you state: "When a poster starts off with a clear demonstration he doesn't know what he's talking about, that's a good clue he can be profitably ignored."

Barry did say the stimulus was big enough on more than one occasion prior to its passage. Here are a couple of links on that:

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/02/05/obama-rallies-democrats-on-stimulus-package/

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSWBT01059720090209

And as recently as three weeks ago said the stimulus worked:

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=a0StZd9y2rCY

Now, I may often not know what i'm talking about, but in this instance Barry expressed satisfaction with the stimulus prior to its passage and satisfaction with it as recently as this month. If he feels there is a need for another stimulus package but doesn't sell it now, and the Republicans pick up seats campaigning on reigning in spending, how does he then get a new stimulus passed? If it's crucial to our economic success, shouldn't he tell us? If he doesn't tell us, is it lying by omission?

Do we even know if Barry thinks we need more and bigger stimulus?

Posted by: TrollMcWingnut | July 27, 2010 1:06 AM | Report abuse

janet8: "Try checking out Evelyn Pringle's investigative reports on Obama if you want to know how a REAL reporter works. Two of the reports are Operation Boardgame and Curtain Time for Obama."

I've read her stuff, ad nauseum, back when she was posting it to Smirking Chimp. Question for you...if what she "reported" was true, why didn't the Bush DOJ file charges? You really think that Patrick Fitzgerald was corrupted to leave Obama alone? It would have been in the interest of the GOP to get Obama out of the way in early 2008 when they arrested Rezko. Chances are a scandal that large at that time would have had a devastating effect on the Democrats, writ large. They didn't make a move. Why? Could it be that there was simply no case?

Good grief.

Posted by: suekzoo1 | July 27, 2010 1:11 AM | Report abuse

suekzoo1 wrote: "I've read her stuff, ad nauseum, back when she was posting it to Smirking Chimp. Question for you...if what she "reported" was true, why didn't the Bush DOJ file charges? You really think that Patrick Fitzgerald was corrupted to leave Obama alone? It would have been in the interest of the GOP to get Obama out of the way in early 2008 when they arrested Rezko. Chances are a scandal that large at that time would have had a devastating effect on the Democrats, writ large. They didn't make a move. Why? Could it be that there was simply no case?"

Evelyn Pringle went to everyone when she wrote these reports. These reports are confirmed.

Fitzgerald went out of his way to leave Obama's name out of Rezko's trial in one of the "donations" that was given in a Rezko deal. In fact, when it came to that point in the trial, there was a sidebar with the lawyers. The result was Obama was called Politician #1, he was never mentioned by name. I followed that trial daily.

Fitzgerald has gone out of his way to protect Obama.

Also, during Rezko's trial Obama had a "note-taker" there every day of the trial for four months. This was confirmed by a Sun Times reporter who asked the note-taker, who replied that she was there to take notes for Obama. If a person isn't concerned, then why would they have a note-taker at someone's trial every day for four months?

As far as the Republicans, they have been quiet on a couple of issues, maybe people in glass houses don't want to throw stones.

It all smells.

I have been researching Obama's background ever since Hillary mentioned his "slum landlord Rezko." I was, until that time, impressed with Obama, although I didn't think he held his own against Hillary and the others in the debates. But until that time, I was impressed.

I have always been an Independent who leaned left, until now. I think Obama, Pelosi, Reid are not doing what is in the best interests of our country.

The power grab where Obama, the Executive Branch, now controls over 70% of the economy with the addition of the Financial Reform Bill, is not what is best for our country. That's for starters.

Also, Obama's czars are questionable "characters," some with bizarre theories and ideologies.

Smirking Chimp did not post all of Evelyn Pringle's reports. I read them all and they were all vetted.

Unlike the Journolists who "sheltered" Obama from public scrutiny, Pringle did her job. Excellently.

I think Americans have to take off the blinders, read every thing they can and have to put country before party.

BTW, I'm still waiting for WaPo to report on the "memo" Obama doesn't want made public by the UK, stating that he wasn't opposed to the Lockerbie bomber being released and that if they did release him, Obama wanted him to stay in Scotland.

That's in startling contrast with what Obama said last week when he stated that he was surprised and angry at the Lockerbie bomber's release.

Posted by: janet8 | July 27, 2010 2:09 AM | Report abuse

Mr Sargent proof of the stimulus' impact need only be those who have benefitted saying so. To those who say job loss prevented is not provable only need to look at the teachers and other public servants who will be let go this time by states which have no money to continue their employment. There is no point in making these views known yet as most voters have the attention spans of three year olds and would need to be told again nearer to November. Janet you need to take off the blinders and realize that your sources have no credibility and your dislike of Obama is very obvious.

Posted by: Falmouth1 | July 27, 2010 5:31 AM | Report abuse

"Is momentum building for filibuster reform?"

Presumably this reflects Dem confidence that they will hold the Senate?

Posted by: rhallnj | July 27, 2010 6:55 AM | Report abuse

janet8, if you're worried about Medicare (or Social Security) why would you ever vote for a Republican?

They've made it more than clear that they want to kill both programs.
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Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | July 27, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

All, morning roundup posted:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/07/the_morning_plum_60.html

Posted by: Greg Sargent | July 27, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

janet8: "Fitzgerald has gone out of his way to protect Obama."

WOW. That is a hell of an accusation to make. I'm sure you have some evidence of that, right? I mean other than Pringle's articles? Pringle was a known Hillary supporter, and it would have been in her interest to smear Obama to the benefit of her favored candidate.

Funny, if Pringle is so convinced of Obama's guilt, why has she dropped off the trail since April 2008?

Posted by: suekzoo1 | July 27, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse

And yet again, the POTUS strolls out to the podium on a sunny summer day in the Rose Garden and gives a dull commencement speech to (basically) a hot auditorium full of disgruntled 8th graders rather than any kind of urgency or guts. Climate? Check. Leaked documents? Check. Transparency on influence-peddlers skewing the political landscape? Check. Lending for small businesses? Check.

Did he say anything…..ANYTHING….about the unemployed? CAN he say anything about the unemployed? Can he say the words ninety-nine weeks? Tier Five? This man is frostier than a frog’s ass on an icy pond.

Obama has no killer instinct, never put crosshairs on something. Maybe he’s known hunger, maybe he’s experienced meager means or quality of life. But he sure as heck does not know pain and, if he does somehow, he’s blocking it out.

You’re the President of the United States of America!!!! You and your congressional majorities have one last chance to ring the frigging bell: Dingdingdingding…we have a winner. Be a damned bully just once. Summon Twinkle Toes Reid and Princess Pelosi into the WH tomorrow morning and TELL them NO ONE’s going anywhere until this crippling disparity in income is addressed through November. Giving some unemployed benefits and waltzing away from tens of millions of victims is beyond hurtful.

For all the Rules of Order and “My distinguished colleague” BS that goes on down there, just once someone with some balls TELL the Senate it’s a bill, it’s passed over your juvenile delinquencies and stick THAT in your pipe and smoke it. Check.

Posted by: kickoradell | July 27, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

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