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White House Cheat Sheet: 100 Days Winners and Losers



President Obama speaks to reporters after Health and
Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was sworn in during a
ceremony at the White House, April 28, 2009. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

On President Obama's 100th day in office, it's clear he has won far more than he has lost during his time in the White House.

Among his victories: passage of his $787 billion stimulus package and his budget blueprint, stratospheric approval ratings in a bevy of national polls, a well-received (on both sides of the pond) European trip and yesterday's successful recruitment of Sen. Arlen Specter to switch parties.

The list of Obama's obvious losses is far shorter: the resignations of several Cabinet nominees and his indecision (critics would cal it flip-floppery) on how to best handle CIA officials involved in harsh interrogation tactics being the most prominent.

Presidential history suggests that winners in the first 100 days don't always go on to win the bigger fights; former president Jimmy Carter had approval ratings higher than those of Obama in the first 100 days of his presidency but ultimately faltered badly and lost his reelection bid in 1980.

While Obama's first 100 days are -- without question -- a success, potential problems still exist: the gap between his personal popularity and the popularity of his policies, the burgeoning national debt and the fact that no clear evidence exists that the country is emerging from its economic morass any time soon.

Aside from Obama, who else won and lost in the first 100 days? Our take -- gleaned from conversations with dozens of political operatives as well as our own observations -- is below.

Have winners and losers of your own? The comments section is open for business. We will pull some of the best and/or most common winners and losers from comments section for an addendum post later in the day.

WINNERS

Rahm Emanuel: Talk to anyone inside the White House and they lavish praise on Emanuel, the field general who takes Obama's ideas and turns them into political reality. Emanuel is the person more responsible than anyone else for laying out how the first 100 days would play out and it's hard to imagine things having gone much better for the administration.

Rush Limbaugh: El Rushbo has been the most prominent and visible critic of the Obama administration over the first 100 days -- with the possible exception of former vice president Dick Cheney. Is this great news for Republicans who believe that the base of the party already has too much power and that the goal of the next two years is to find a message for independents? No. Is it great news for Limbaugh (and his bottom line)? Yes. Whether you like Rush or hate him, he has become appointment listening for almost everyone in Washington.

Harry Reid: The Senate Majority Leader started the 111th Congress somewhat slowly but man did he close strong. Reid's shepherding of the Specter switch shows his unique understanding of how relationships often trump party in the Senate. As a result, he is now likely to spend 18 months (or so) with 60 Democratic seats -- a level of power Democrats have not enjoyed for more than 30 years. Republicans' inability (so far) to find a credible challenger to Reid for the 2010 election also strengthens his hand going forward.

Populism: As the furor over the AIG bailouts and the energy created in some quarters by the anti-tax tea parties reveal, populism -- especially of the economic variety -- is back! People of both partisan stripes are mad as hell and aren't going to take it anymore and both parties are working to bottle that rage to their electoral benefit. Neither side has a natural populist in its top ranks; Obama is an unnatural populist (at best) and Republicans are still struggling to decide who's really in charge. The anger out there in the country is real though and both sides need to heed it.

Republican Governors: With Republicans in Congress rendered almost entirely meaningless over the first 100 days (and likely to become even more marginalized with the Specter switch), the Republican governors from across the country have stepped into far more prominent leadership roles. South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has been on the forefront of the opposition to Obama's economic plans and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is widely touted as the smartest strategist in Republican politics at the moment. The Republican Governors Association deserves kudos as well -- on offense in Virginia and New Jersey, two 2009 races that could give the party much needed momentum headed into the midterms.

Andrew Cuomo: The son also rises. Cuomo, New York's attorney general, emerged as the white knight of the AIG scandal and, in so doing, positioned himself as the favorite to be the next governor of New York. Will he run? Gov. David Paterson (D) is giving no signs that he plans to step aside but Cuomo, who managed his father's gubernatorial campaigns, knows how to read a poll -- especially one that shows him drubbing the incumbent.

Mitt Romney: The former governor of Massachusetts has done everything right in terms of positioning himself as the leading GOP contender against Obama in 2012. He kept his political team -- both in Washington and Boston -- largely intact, used his political action committee to flex his fundraising muscle and used his background in business to criticize the growth in government spending under the new administration. And, as the fight over health care begins to gear up over the summer and into the fall, Romney is already in place to emerge as the plan's leading GOP critic.

Twitter: On Jan. 20, Twitter was just a quaint thing that a few techie nerds -- including the Fix! -- used. Now, it is a worldwide phenomenon. Not bad for 100 days work.

LOSERS

Sarah Palin: The Alaska governor has struggled mightily to balance her national ambitions with her current job. From the "she's is/she's out" mishandling of her attendance at a Republican party event is Washington to the decision by her fundraiser to step aside, the first 100 days have been an unmitigated disaster for the former vice presidential nominee. (And that's without even mentioning the whole Levi Johnston debacle for which we give Palin, a mother first, something of a pass.) Palin is rapidly becoming the butt of jokes among GOP operatives; she may not care but remember how powerful the chattering class is in the Invisible Primary. To win her party's nomination in 2012, Palin need to recruit some top tier talent and, right now, she would struggle to convince anyone at that level to sign on.

Tom Daschle: The former South Dakota Senator went from the man tasked with riding herd on Obama's number one legislative priority -- health care -- to someone likely relegated to the private sector for the remainder of his professional career. The tax revelations that ultimately sank Daschle are the sort of thing that he, as a savvy and prominent politician, should have seen coming from a mile away. Daschle's decision to step aside had consequences well beyond him -- setting back the planning for the coming health care battle in Congress by months.

Mitch McConnell/John Boehner: Neither of the two Republican leaders in Congress did much of anything to distinguish themselves over the first 100 days. Boehner, the House leader, watched as Minority Whip Eric Cantor (Va.) eclipsed him as the most visible face of the party and wasn't able to bring home a victory in a very winnable special election in Upstate New York. Not only did McConnell lose Specter but he also spent an inordinate amount of time battling with Kentucky Sen. Jim Bunning (R) over whether or not the Hall of Fame pitcher should seek reelection. The end result of those spats? An angry Bunning committed to running for reelection and so badly damaged politically that even if he wins the primary, the seat is almost certainly a goner next fall.

Chris Dodd: Did anyone -- with the possible exception of Palin -- have a worse first 100 days than the Connecticut Democrat? It's hard to imagine who. Already weakened politically by his quixotic presidential candidacy in 2008 and his ties to the failed mortgage giant Countrywide, Dodd found himself at the center of the storm caused by the massive bonuses given to AIG executives. His poll numbers in reliably Democratic Connecticut have tanked badly and he is certain to face serious Republican opposition -- in the form of former Rep. Rob Simmons or former Ambassador Tom Foley -- in 2010. The good news for Dodd? The bleeding has stopped (for now).

EFCA: The Employee Free Choice Act, once thought to be THE fight of the 111th Congress, disappeared not with a bang but with a whimper when Specter, seeking to protect his right flank in a Republican primary, came out against it. And, although he has now switched political teams, Specter made clear in his statement on Tuesday that he still opposed EFCA. Labor operatives are optimistic that with Specter now caucusing with Democrats that some sort of deal can be worked out but much work would have to be done to convince other members of the party -- Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln, for one -- to get behind the legislation.

George W. Bush: The policies of Bush 43 -- from Gitmo to the environment to Iraq -- have been dragged through the mud in the first 100 days of the Obama administration. And, far more surprisingly, few Republicans have taken up the Bush banner and led a counter-charge. Bush himself seems uninterested in wading into the political fray in any way, leaving his legacy protection to Dick Cheney and former White House deputy chief of staff Karl Rove.

Michael Steele: Steele's election in January as the chairman of the Republican National Committee was greeted with a sigh of relief by most GOPers. Finally, the party had recognized that it need faces of color atop its leadership pyramid and Steele was the perfect messenger -- savvy as a strategist, charismatic as a television guest -- to show the American public that the GOP was ready for change. The reality proved far different as Steele struggled to recover from a series of self-inflicted public relations wounds in his first weeks as chairman and watched as his promise to turn the New York special election into the first victory of a revived Republican party evaporated. The silver lining: Steele's RNC did a surprisingly good job raising money over the first three months of the year, a cash-collecting strength likely to keep those who would like to oust Steele at bay.

What To Watch For:

Wednesday's Fix Picks:

1. Specter's Seismic Switch. (And why former Inky political star writer Dick Polman called it.)
2. What Specter Means.
3. Kathleen Sebelius: Confirmed.
4. Florida voters like the sound of "Senator Charlie Crist."
5. The Yankees lower (some) ticket prices.

Crunching Credit Card Data: Lost amid the focus on Obama's 100th day in office is the ongoing legislative back and forth over whether and how to reform the practices of credit card companies -- a major priority for the president, according to White House advisers. The president huddled with the 13 credit card executives last week to make clear his support for a bill that would restrict excessive interest fees. With the House reportedly set to vote on the legislation as early as tomorrow, one administration official provided the Fix with data from a survey conducted by Democratic pollster Joel Benenson that reveals widespread support for the idea. Nine in ten American back the idea of "crack[ing] down on credit card companies by protecting consumers from unfair rate increases and abusive fees and penalties, and protecting younger consumers from aggressive credit card solicitations," according to the data; a majority of Democrats (79 percent), Independents (76 percent) and even Republicans (57 percent) say they strongly support such a move. Why is the White House releasing these numbers? To make sure any wavering House members know that polling suggests that credit card reform is a stone-cold winner with voters. That pressure will be exerted directly by Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner today as he meets with consumer groups and House members to make the case for the legislation.

Musser, Sayfie Combine Forces: Former Republican Governors Association executive director Phil Musser and Justin Sayfie, an adviser to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) and founder of Florida's most popular political site, are joining forces to try and drag the Grand Old Party into the world of 21st century campaigns. The duo -- along with Max Everett who served as chief information officer at the last two Republican National Conventions -- are forming Net Power, a firm dedicated to "nudging the Republican party into understanding that the modern playbook for how you run a campaign is fundamentally changing," according to Musser. Musser added that he and Sayfie met during their mutual efforts for rebuildtheparty.com, an online organizing effort earlier this year aimed at ensuring the next chairman of the Republican party was dedicated to advancing on the technological front.

Toomey Hires Communications Director: In the "other" big story in the Pennsylvania Senate race, former Rep. Pat Toomey has hired Nachama Soloveichik to run his press operation. Soloveichik comes to Toomey's campaign straight from the Club for Growth where she worked under the former congressman for the last several years. Her job description has changed drastically in the last 24 hours -- going from trying to make the case that Toomey is the only conservative choice in the Republican primary to casting him as the outsider choice in a general election against Democrat Arlen Specter. (It still sound weird, right?) "I have had the opportunity to work with Pat for nearly two and a half years now and I have met few people as principled and genuine as he is," said Soloveichik of her new boss (same as the old boss). "I cannot think of a better cause to devote the next year and a half of my life to than helping to elect Pat Toomey to the U.S. Senate."

Best iPhone Apps: Today's three -- Apple Remote, Lose It, and Etch Lite.

Say What?: "Czars weren't good to my people so I really don't like that title anyway." -- White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel rejecting the idea of policy czars in the administration during an interview with CNBC's John Harwood.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 29, 2009; 5:35 AM ET
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Comments

the final loser of the day:

the rescue pound puppy that didnt make it to the white house

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 29, 2009 6:41 PM | Report abuse

The fixation about reporting on Obama's first hundred days as president reflects above all, the pronounced tendenices of the mass media to cover events in essentially shallow ways.
Obama's agenda for one hundred days or a first term is very limited compared to FDR.

His biggest failure is the unwillingness to prosecute those in the Bush-Cheney administration guilty of conducting and authorizing torture, war crimes and likely violations of the Constitution. The Obama administration, unless it reverses itself on prosecutions, will have zero credibility in criticizing human rights abuses in other countries. The rule of law and respect for international law, as well as our Constitution, will be significantly undermined.

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | April 29, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Winners:
The Goracle-for being the Goracle
Former President Clinton – for all the travel Hillary has to do
Pelosi – and her coffee cup
Iowa
Vermont
Beyonce – at last

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 29, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

100 down ... 2,820 to go! I think that President Obama is doing a great job. He had so much on his plate when he stepped into the Oval Office, but he has balanced his time and efforts well. I expect great things from President Obama and believe that he will deliver.

Posted by: sdecker | April 29, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

It was a joke, dude.

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JohninMpls _re: Obama's loses - swine flu, pirates..." Obama has handled those problems exactly as he said he would handle them.

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 29, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

EFCA and card check.. I wonder if this is back on the table.. I also have to question Obama's commitment to the unions (and Emp Free..).. he is doing a lot for the UAW .. maybe this will be the extent of his payback to them - at least for the short term. And do you wonder how much money is going in to fight this.. by Wally Martinez etc.

Posted by: newbeeboy | April 29, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

bsimon.. 3 branches
one is controlled by Obama
two is controlled by Obama's party
three, has anyone seen the judicial lately..do they still have input..
(the media, the 4th.. verdict still out)

I just believe that one gridlock is gone.. we have the problem of one party (one man) rule.. FDR said that people complained about him being a dictator.. eventually some of his programs were shut down by the courts.. I think balance will return after a time..

Posted by: newbeeboy | April 29, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

TheBabeNemo:

Apology accepted. Have a nice life.

Posted by: JakeD | April 29, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

LOSER:

GOP Congress-mandated switch to digital TV.

ha ha ha

http://www.vanityfair.com/online/politics/2009/04/antiobama-attacks-dont-cut-the-mustard.html

Posted by: tony_in_Durham_NC | April 29, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

jakey--
an independent....

how can you call yourself that jake?
when you downgrade this president so much
without pertinent information...
you are on here so much....do you read current legislation???? or just press.
do you read the congressional record?

and you blast this President.

you have answered my question.
You are prejudice.
Damn jake, you disappoint me.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 29, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse


jakey--i see where you are on the site...
i was on "statements", sorry.

I don't see the big whoop.
They are in descending order according to date and issue.
In fact, it eliminates the "click into the month" that used to be there.

Plus, if you were looking for January, which is the beginning of the Presidency of Obama...wouldn't you like
jump to the last page (which is the first in issuance)????????

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 29, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

TheBabeNemo:

As I think I have told you before, I am registered INDEPENDENT. You were the one who claimed the current White House website is such a "winner".

Posted by: JakeD | April 29, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

As I said, objectively, the prior version of whitehouse.gov had more substantive content and was easier to read, especially if you were following daily press briefings.

Posted by: JakeD | April 29, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

king--
for sure...cause you and jakey are bombarding today.....

are you both really that prejudice about President Obama?
or are you all just a died in the wool republicans?

pick your answer well
specailly if you are both family men with kids

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 29, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

It's NOT on page 2 (I already told you it's on page 8), and I'm not nuts. Regardless, every Press Briefing from the prior 8 years was organized BY MONTH, viewed on one page.

Posted by: JakeD | April 29, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

I am not "nuts". Only the most recent week "Press Briefings" are included on that first page. I had to click through 8 pages to get to the 1/30/09 press briefing. Try it yourself.

JAKE--READ MY LIPS
YOU ARE NUTS
it's on page 2 cause January was 4 months ago.

I saw the NY Post already.
They never say anything good.
I can counter most of what they are saying with facts.
Love it the way reporters take something JUST SO FAR, so you believe the negative, and never finish the story up.
They leave you at the point, in the story, so you can form a pessimistic opinion.
Kinda sorta like instilling and inspiring fear.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 29, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

hey king --
"Standing up for killers and making friends with despots is just political expediency with a dash of fundraising".

and what killers would those be?
friend with despots...oh, you must be talkin' Chavez.
Gee, don't you like it when our current President invokes the infamous "trust but verify" stance with Chavez?
After all, that came from your God, Reagan, didn't it?
But BHO can't trust but verify Chavez, uh?

Yeah, Reagan's great "trust but verify" moment. Nancy wrote it for him 'cause he was knee deep in Altzheimer's by then but hey, the American people didn't need to know that information........cause ronnie had to get re-elected....
then roam the halls of the west wing looking for the Oval Office.
didn't hear about that one, did ya???

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 29, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

TheBabeNemo:

I am not "nuts". Only the most recent week "Press Briefings" are included on that first page. I had to click through 8 pages to get to the 1/30/09 press briefing. Try it yourself.

Have you seen this?

http://www.nypost.com/seven/04252009/postopinion/opedcolumnists/100_days__100_mistakes_166177.htm

Posted by: JakeD | April 29, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

jakey and king are bombarding the site today with negativity...
i need bsimon and drindl.....

Just what we need, a good strong dose of stupidity.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | April 29, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: king_of_zouk | April 29, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

jakey--you are nuts.
the press briefings are in the briefing room under press briefings and releases you dingbat........
a click away....and they are organized up the ying yang

what website are your accessing pilgrim?

navigation is wonderful at the website for the information that you may need and can get to.

king----the pictures are only part of it.
and SO WHAT !!!! It's only bytes.
How about all the pictures on the history of Presidents, the history of past first ladies, the history of the white house, etc.

jakey and king are bombarding the site today with negativity...
i need bsimon and drindl.....

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 29, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Holy smokes! Looks like the wingers have been skipping their Ritalin again.

Losers: Right-wing knuckleheads and their rage-filled magical thinking.

Winners: Everybody else, now that the wingers are out of power.

Whiners: The wingers, because they just can't handle the truth.

Posted by: WaitingForGodot | April 29, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Only one major problem with the liberal adoration. It is referred to in conservative circles as a fact. To Libs it is just an inconvenient truth:

"Obambi is the least liked President in decades, except Clinton. At the 100 day mark, anyone else was preferred over this clown. nixon, Reagan, both bushes, even Carter.

too bad about that Libs. I know how you like the adoration regardless of reality.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | April 29, 2009 11:47 AM"

zouk, where the hell do you get this crap? Limbaugh? Coulter? Fox News?

Or do you just make it up because you think people with no grasp on reality can scare other people?

Posted by: jlhare1 | April 29, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Wearing undies on your head is a Lib crime against humanity.

Standing up for killers and making friends with despots is just political expediency with a dash of fundraising.

Unless you are in Peloonies district, in which case these two switch.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | April 29, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

I'm living in the 21st century. How about you? Obama STILL does not have all the daily press briefings organized by month or some other easy format. You actually think it is more user-friendly to scroll through pages and pages just to find the January 30th briefing?! The "Blog" is a joke with no comments allowed whatsoever.

Don't even get me started on "recovery.gov"

Posted by: JakeD | April 29, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

The Obama website. all obama, all the time. just like the Obama gift - his speeches and pictures, what else could a person want?

Obamamania or overkill? President
marks his first 100 days in office with
three hundred photos...all of him
Daily Mail, by Staff Original Article
Posted By: BamaMan- 4/29/2009 12:19:37 PM Post Reply
He is the most photographed man on the planet. And, just in case we had forgotten that, the White House has issued a new series of photographs to commemorate Barack Obama's 100 days in office today. One hundred photographs for 100 days would have been enough for anyone - but, just to drive the point home, the White House has decided to include three times that number in the set.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | April 29, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

"ddawd - rationing of health care is no joke. It is exactly what is required for government run health care. this is a press clipping from Britain."

Just stop it, man. You're in my wheelhouse. The effectiveness and quality of life issues are dealt with in the US even under Bush. The FDA takes these things into consideration all the time when providing guidelines for treatment. You just have to.

Posted by: DDAWD | April 29, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

hey jakey...
not a chance.
what century are you living in?

bush's website (can you pronounce INTERNET Baby Bush) was Al's anyway.
They did not do a darn thing to upgrade.

At 12:01 PM--100 days ago....the shift in the website was unbelievable, when that brother from Cook County took office.

And I was on the White House Advisory Committee for the Internet with Jock Hill in 2000 when it began---so i can speak from experience (won't push it)....
it was like Dorothy opening the door from the Kansas farm house into colorful Munchinland.
It was great!

Yeah, and tell me Baby Bush had a "recovery.gov" TYPE website for any of his "legislation" and "tweaking of law".
Heck no, they never wanted you to have any information, period!

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 29, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse


LOSERS:
polls
quick votes...(ever hear of stuffing the ballot box-apply it to polls)
Former President Bush - interrogation tapes are your nail in the coffin.

However, our current President knows this and will not put forth to the American people, any TRUE data, that will expose Baby Bush's REAL involvement in torture.

Baby Bush's real involvement in torture.
hmmmmm........wait let me say that again.
Baby Bush's real involvement in torture.

To think we may have to prosecute a former President for crimes against humanity.
Wowzers!!!! How would you like to have that one on your table to decide upon????

Doesn't look too good in all actuality.


Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 29, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

TheBabeNemo:

I think, objectively, that whitehouse.gov had more substantive content under Bush41 and was easier to read, especially if you were following daily press briefings.

Posted by: JakeD | April 29, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Winners
J.Crew
Israel – 61st anniversary
The White House website

and the Rahm-a-tolla

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 29, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Even if Obama is a "natural born" citizen, there are plenty of legitimate policy disputes (as KOZ just enumerated). What's lost in all the "100 day" hype is that many Americans sense we are going in the wrong direction. From CNN.com Quick Vote almost 40% think Obama's performance has been "very poor" to just "average":

How do you rate the performance of U.S. President Barack Obama's first 100 days?

Excellent 30% 94007

Above average 30% 93509

Average 17% 52242

Poor 11% 34965

Very poor 11% 34866

Total Votes: 309589

Posted by: JakeD | April 29, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD:

At least it proves I am not sexist or racist (and that I am bi-partisan to boot)!

Posted by: JakeD | April 29, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

ddawd - rationing of health care is no joke. It is exactly what is required for government run health care. this is a press clipping from Britain.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | April 29, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

"Even a broken clock is right twice a day. And, I couldn't care less what you people laugh at."

Yeah, no kidding

Posted by: DDAWD | April 29, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse


king--is that the press release you are using to back up your opinion?
The trip was a success.
What is the problem?

That author, Hollis - is that a journalist? Give me her link. I'll rip this chick, in her $150,000 a year job, Prada purse and Gucci skirt --a new one.
Some gaul.

Downgrade him. Speak negatively.
This President who is trying to succeed in the worst time in history.

Tell me folks. You going to equate THIS TIME of our country to something else.
Been there, done that.
Let's equate it to WWI, WWII, Pearl Harbor, 1979 housing drop, 1933 depression.

forget it.
we are currently in a time.....
that is NOT matched by any other time in our history.

the benchmarks for THIS TIME in our country do not exist.
the precedents for THIS TIME in our country do not exist.
the history of THIS TIME in our country never happened before......
you try to get close--- saying depression and economic declines of previous times, etc, etc.
but it is not even close......

we have been in a paradox for decades.
we now enter the paradiagm shift (probably the second one).
Living within the paradox, entering a paradiagm shift.
You want to explain THAT one to the "common man".

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 29, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Jesus christ, koz. What a thing to joke about! Renal cancer??

Posted by: DDAWD | April 29, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Jesus christ, koz. What a thing to joke about!

Posted by: DDAWD | April 29, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD:

Even a broken clock is right twice a day. And, I couldn't care less what you people laugh at.

Posted by: JakeD | April 29, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

drivl thinks that murdering Libs is MORE of a crime than murdering anyone else, especially Repubs.

so in her system of justice, if a Lib kills a con, get out on probation. If a con kills a Lib, death penalty. even if the death penalty is vindictive and morally wrong. As we all know, only defenseless pre-born babies should be killed. After all, they can't contribute to messiahs reelection campaign.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | April 29, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Thousands of kidney cancer patients are likely to lose out on life-prolonging drugs. The NHS rationing body, NICE, has confirmed a ban on three out of four new treatments. It has reversed its position on just one, Sutent, which will now be allowed for patients with advanced cancer.

Obamacare from Europe headed our way.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | April 29, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

So JakeD is up to Sarah Palin, Alan Keyes, and now Dick Morris as his disciples. Do you WANT people to laugh at you?

Posted by: DDAWD | April 29, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

The boobNimrod thinks all of Obama's friends and helpers are losers.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | April 29, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

"House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) said President Obama's push for progressive policies, including a hate crimes bill, "makes me want to throw up,"

Human decency make republicans puke. What they love is torture and maiming.

Posted by: drindl | April 29, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Losers
Taliban
Sharia Law
Jihad
Bin Laden
Dr. Zawahiri
Iran
Kim Jong Ill(?)
Dahfur
Pirates
Iceland

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 29, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: king_of_zouk | April 29, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

I hesitate to add anything to what is a fine and accurate list of winners and losers, but if I may, I'd suggest Newt Gingrich ... As someone who has adopted Georgia as his home, I've found it fascinating to watch how he's gotten back into the arena, and if what the Republican party needs is a leader who combines both popular appeal and bold ideas, he's positioning himself well as the outsider who just may be the right pick

Posted by: kdemko | April 29, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

76. Took his wife out to dinner on Valentine’s Day. In Chicago. Via Air Force One.

77. Flew a chef in from St. Louis to make pizzas.

78. Hosted gala events at the White House on Wednesday nights.

79. Glared, snapped at or otherwise chastised reporters who dare to challenge the party line or deviate from the day’s scripts.

80. Displayed an embarrassing dependence upon his Teleprompter.

81. Supported legislation that would institute mandatory “voluntary” service.

82. Used Mexican gangs and their terrorist activity to threaten lawful gun ownership in the United States, despite evidence refuting his specious claims.

83. Asked Georgetown University to cover up visible signs, seals and references to Jesus Christ during his speech there. (And isn’t it interesting? The absence of those references, coupled with stained glass backdrop here, make Obama look like the religious leader.)

84. Allowed Air Force One to be flown low over Manhattan, accompanied by an F-16 – for a photo opportunity. (Hey – your plane, your responsibility.)

85. through 99. Has left at least that many positions unfilled in Treasury, State, Defense, Education, and Health and Human Services. (Okay, I am cheating, but come on – isn’t 86 enough???)

100. And finally, still refuses – to release his long-form birth certificate, his passports, his college or his law school records.

by Laura Hollis

Posted by: king_of_zouk | April 29, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

love it...I'll bite--
31. Proposed nationalizing the American health care system, a program that has resulted in skyrocketing costs and rationing everywhere it has been tried.
----Passed SCHIP that Bush vetoed.

32. Insulted Gordon Brown, Prime Minister of England with the return of the bust of Winston Churchill, cheap gifts, and ineptitude during his visit to the United States.
---Queen gave a picture, the standard gift and hugged Michelle first

33. Insulted England generally when a low-level State Department employee said that England was “nothing special,” that they are “just the same as the other 190 countries in the world” and they they “shouldn’t expect special treatment.”
----Gotta call ya on this one. Give me the quote, link, and the press release. You are probably taking out of context like you always do.

34. Bowed obsequiously before the King of Saudi Arabia.
---yes, and China loves it. Even King Fared came out and said it was "gracious".
tit for tat. What - you wanted our Prez to throw a pie like Soupy Sales?

35. Informed the German-speaking Austrians know that they speak “Austrian.”
--yeah, Bush went to Georgia and called all the Georgians -Russians. No big whoop uh?

36. Apologized for American “arrogance” in Strasbourg, France – a country where nearly 10,000 American servicemen and women are buried at Normandy American Cemetery alone.
---will call ya on this one too. Give me the quote. The real quote was the "arrogance of the times".

more later----
still figuring out the list of winners and losers.......


Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 29, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: JakeD | April 29, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

53. Virtually ignored a long-range missile launch by Communist dictator Kim Jong Il.

54. Sent Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Russia with a “reset” button that actually said “overcharged.”

55. Through Clinton, informed the Chinese that human rights violations would not be an impediment to trade.

56. Nominated Leon Panetta, someone with no intelligence experience, to run the CIA.

57. Banned the term “war on terror” and substituted “overseas contingency operations.”

58. Through his DHS Director Janet Napolitano, replaced the words “terrorist attacks” with “man-caused disasters.”

59. Promised to close the terrorist holding facility on Guantanamo Bay

60. Released a report from his Department of Homeland Security, revealing that his administration thinks the real threats to American safety and security are returning American veterans, American conservatives, American advocates of limited government, defenders of the United States Constitution (particularly the Second Amendment), and Americans united for the protection of human life.

61. Released CIA memoranda revealing interrogation techniques used to extract information about planned terrorist acts against the United States.

62. Promised that members of the intelligence community who kept the country safe from terrorist attacks for the past eight years would not be prosecuted.

63. And then changed his mind.

64. Stated the U.S.’ intention to attend Durban II

65. And then changed his mind. (OK, he gets points for this flip-flop.)

66. Announced that the U.S. would seek a seat on the utterly discredited “Human Rights Council” of the United Nations.

67. Endured an anti-American diatribe from a Daniel Ortega, a Communist dictator, and said virtually nothing in rebuttal.

68. Glad-handed Hugo Chavez, the de facto dictator of Venezuela.

69. Supported new ways to implement the same objectives as the radioactive “Fairness Doctrine” to reduce the impact of talk radio.

70. Pretended not to know anything about the nearly 1 million Americans protesting high taxes and out-of-control spending at the April 15th tea parties.

71. Wants to increase taxes for people making charitable contributions.

72. Downplayed the role of Christian beliefs as foundational to the country.

73. Announced that he would be taking over credit card companies’ interest rate policies, as well.

74. Proposed new “cap-and-trade” regulations on emissions, which would cripple many American energy companies, and are projected to cost the average American family over $3000 a year in additional energy costs.

75. Supported the Employee Free Choice Act, legislation which would deny union members the right to secret ballots in union elections.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | April 29, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

mibrooks27: "but he is a genuine and usually thoughtful voice of opposition and a breath of fresh air"

Whew. You have really low standards, mibrooks27.

Posted by: nodebris | April 29, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

king_of_zouk:

(From Dick Morris) "Right now, Obama’s ratings must be pleasing to his eye. Voters like him and his wife immensely and approve of his activism in the face of the economic crisis. While polls show big doubts about what he is doing, the overwhelming sense is to let him have his way and pray that it works.

But beneath this superficial support, Obama’s specific policies run afoul of the very deeply felt convictions of American voters. For example, the most recent Rasmussen Poll asked voters if they wanted an economic system of complete free enterprise or preferred more government involvement in managing the economy. By 77-19, they voted against a government role, up seven points from last month.

And in the Fox News poll — the very same survey that gave Obama a 62 percent approval rating and reported that 68 percent of voters are “satisfied” with his first hundred days — voters, by 50-38, supported a smaller government that offered fewer services over a larger government that provided more.

By 42-8, the Fox News poll (conducted on April 22-23) found that voters felt Obama had expanded government rather than contracted it (42 percent said it was the same size) and, by 46-30, reported believing that big government was more of a danger to the nation than big business. (By 50-23, they said Obama felt big business was more dangerous.)

By 62-20, they said government spending, under Obama, was “out of control.”

So if voters differ so fundamentally with the president on the very essence of his program, why do they accord him high ratings? They are like the recently married bride who took her vows 100 days ago. It would be a disaster for her life if she decides that she really doesn’t like her husband. But she keeps noticing things about him that she can’t stand. It will be a while before she walks out the door or even comes to terms with her own doubts, but it is probably inevitable that she will.

For Americans to conclude that they disapprove of their president in the midst of an earth-shaking crisis is very difficult. But as Obama’s daily line moves from “I inherited this mess” to “There are faint signs of light,” the clock starts ticking. If there is no recovery for the next six months — and I don’t think there will be — Obama will inevitably become part of the problem, not part of the solution."

Read the whole thing over at www.hill.com

Posted by: JakeD | April 29, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

correction--were NOT clean.

sorry---


i seem to remember someone called Ashcroft for Attorney General too.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 29, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

31. Proposed nationalizing the American health care system, a program that has resulted in skyrocketing costs and rationing everywhere it has been tried.

32. Insulted Gordon Brown, Prime Minister of England with the return of the bust of Winston Churchill, cheap gifts, and ineptitude during his visit to the United States.

33. Insulted England generally when a low-level State Department employee said that England was “nothing special,” that they are “just the same as the other 190 countries in the world” and they they “shouldn’t expect special treatment.”

34. Bowed obsequiously before the King of Saudi Arabia.

35. Informed the German-speaking Austrians know that they speak “Austrian.”

36. Apologized for American “arrogance” in Strasbourg, France – a country where nearly 10,000 American servicemen and women are buried at Normandy American Cemetery alone.

37. Handed over control of the American financial system to an international consortium of foreign bankers.

38. Went to Europe to ask for assistance for a war in Afghanistan, and got nothing.

39. Received an economic chastisement from German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

40. Failed to impress French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

41. Prompted the President of the European Union to call his economic policies “the road to hell.”

42. Proposed international control over nuclear fuel.

43. Promised that he would support Armenia in its claims of historical genocide.

44. And then didn’t.

45. Revoked the “Mexico City Policy,” freeing up federal monies for agencies that counsel or provide abortions in foreign countries

46. Signed a presidential memorandum authorizing the expenditure of federal funds to destroy distinct human individuals so that their genetic material can be used for scientific experimentation.

47. Nominated Harry Knox, a gay activist who referred to the Catholic Church as a “discredited army of oppression,” to his Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

48. Threatened to revoke “conscience” protection for American medical professionals who do not wish to take part in abortions.

49. Been spanked by the Vatican, which rejected the appointment of Caroline Kennedy as Ambassador to the Vatican because of her pro-abortion views.

50. Killed a federally funded scholarship that rescued 1700 students a year from the District of Columbia’s abysmal public schools and allowed them to attend private schools like Sidwell Friends, the school his own daughters attend, as a political payoff to the teachers’ unions.

51. Embarrassed himself by insulting the Special Olympics on national television.

52. Announced nearly a billion dollars in aid for Hamas, a terrorist organization committed to the destruction of Israel.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | April 29, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

yes king...it is called "trial and error"

and also
"it's your turn to step up to the plate, so you better be clean"

they were "clean" so to speak.
Prez found out. Would have none of it.

Now, take a Republican in office.
Investigation would have taken place.
Bush, for instance, would have found out about all the "wrong doing" of all HIS nominations...
and he would have made sure they got their post and got in.

see the difference ?

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 29, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

11. Appointed an African-American Attorney General who has called America “a nation of cowards” on matters of race.

12. Promised that his any bill signed by him would be reviewable for at least five days before signing it.

13. And then signed a $787 billion “stimulus” bill without providing five days for the public to review the 1100+ page document.

14. Oh, and this also applied to the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009.

15. And the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009.

16. And the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009.

17. And the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009.

18. And the Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of 2009.

19. (While we’re on the subject...) ...promised that his “stimulus” bill would contain no pork barrel spending.

20. Signed the “stimulus” bill with billions of dollars in pork barrel spending.

21. Assured Caterpillar workers that his economic “stimulus” would save their jobs, only to be contradicted by Caterpillar’s CEO, who advised that more layoffs were coming.

22. Took over an American car company and kicked out its CEO.

23. Promised “green” cars, even though they are money-losers for the automakers, American demand for them is not substantial and, due to complex state and federal regulations, many Americans can’t get them.

24. Announced a plan to take the United States $10 trillion dollars into debt in the next 10 years.

25. Launched a failed policy to help homeowners who purchased houses they could not afford.

26. Informed banks that took TARP money that they would be prohibited from repaying the money.

27. Moved to nationalize banks by taking common (voting) stock in them.

28. Supported legislation that would permit the federal government to set the salaries of executives in the private sector.

29. And tax them at 90%, a textbook violation of Article One of the U.S. Constitution’s prohibition against Ex Post Facto laws and Bills of Attainder.

30. Sent the Dow Jones plummeting virtually every time he opened his mouth to announce another policy, program, or initiative.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | April 29, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Winners:
Basketball
Specter
Small business
HUD Program
Car buyers
Home buyers
Typists that have to type the speeches into the teleprompter (hey, gotta watch Stone’s “W” – Baby Bush actually uses a teleprompter)
Gitmo
Israel – for Benjamin

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 29, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Let's review the buffoonery:

Obama has now been in office 100 days. Let’s review his record, shall we? So far, the Bringer of Hope, Change, Peace, Administrative Transparency, Bipartisanship, Fiscal Responsibility, International Admiration, Multilateral Accord, and generally Unprecedented Competency has:

1. Insisted that his administration would have strict rules about lobbyists.

2. And then changed his mind.

3. Nominated former Senator Tom Daschle to be Secretary of Health and Human Services, and then accepted Daschle’s withdrawal after it was discovered that Daschle owed over $100,000 in back taxes.

4. Nominated Tim Geithner to be Secretary of the Treasury. Geithner was confirmed despite revelations that he owed $25K in back taxes.

5. Nominated Governor of New Mexico Bill Richardson for Secretary of Commerce, only to have Richardson withdraw because of controversy over campaign financing.

6. Nominated U.S. Senator Judd Gregg for Secretary of Commerce, who later withdrew over fundamental disagreements with Obama over his economic policies and plans to politicize the U.S. Census by bringing it under White House control.

7. Nominated pro-abortion Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius to be Secretary of Health and Human Services. Sebelius received tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from notorious late-term abortionist Dr. George Tiller.

8. Nominated Hilda Solis to be Secretary of Labor, who was confirmed despite revelations that her husband owed back taxes.

9. Nominated Harold Koh to be legal adviser to the State Department. Koh advocates “transnationalism,” a theory that calls for considering other countries’ laws when interpreting American legal disputes.

10. Nominated Dawn Johnson, former legal counsel for the National Abortion Rights Action League, to head the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel. Johnsen is perhaps best known for her argument before the Supreme Court that abortion should be legal because unwanted pregnancy was tantamount to involuntary servitude.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | April 29, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

now king---you know that washington d.c.
was burnt to the ground during the last 8 years.
with no clean up, the maggots were crawling pretty good in those years too!!!

as da stones say:
Don't mind the maggots! (Shattered)

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 29, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Why has only one slot at Treasury been filled?

Would you want your name recorded in history as the person who fiddled while DC burned? no serious person wants any part of this administration. all they have are tax cheats, failures, idiots and buffoons. the head of CIA has no intelligence

experience I mean. the SoS hosts tea parties, (is that the same tea parties the press ignored?), the DHS lead thinks veterans are the enemy. what a load of boobs.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | April 29, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Losers:
King – you know who I am talkin’ bout
Guatamela
Conservatism
Marriage in the literal sense
Waggoner and GM in totality
Dick Cheney – he should have stayed in his undisclosed, secure location
Laura Bush – she has to put up with all the fall out
Foreclosed families
Countrywide-AIG-all the others
Gov Blago

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 29, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

"Why has only one slot at Treasury been filled?"

Republicans keep filibustering everyone.

Posted by: DDAWD | April 29, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Biggest loser: The economy.

And I say this as an Independent voter who went for Obama.

Why has only one slot at Treasury been filled?

Posted by: thinman1 | April 29, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

I think one of the winners along with Kantor is Republican Paul Ryan from Wisconsin. Extremely articulate and photogenic, with the right blend of fiscal conservatism and live and let live attitude on some of the social issues. If the dems want Specter, we are happy to give him to them. He comes with a lot of baggage and is the weakest candidate the dems could put forward. Just a guess,but I think PA. has had enough of Arlen.

Posted by: vbhoomes | April 29, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Losers:
Daschle-he would have been so good.
Limbaugh—whoops, passed out in the corner on downers
Napilotano—was my Gov. Now in Wash DC
McCain – in the back room drinking beer
Caroline Kennedy – ((sigh)))
Eric Cantor – for being a big joke
CNN News – for going chit chatty
The entire press – for focusing on negativity only.
CEO(s) - all of them - audit all of them!

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 29, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

By 62 percent to 20 percent, they said government spending, under Obama, was "out of control."

Posted by: king_of_zouk | April 29, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Winners:
Joe Biden – about time, eh?
Leon Panetta – HE”S BACK
I forgot Hillary – DEFINITELY !!
Al Franken – we like him
Lilly Ledbetter – I want a law too darn it

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 29, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Only one major problem with the liberal adoration. It is referred to in conservative circles as a fact. To Libs it is just an inconvenient truth:

Obambi is the least liked President in decades, except Clinton. At the 100 day mark, anyone else was preferred over this clown. nixon, Reagan, both bushes, even Carter.

too bad about that Libs. I know how you like the adoration regardless of reality.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | April 29, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

I guess drivl missed the part about the sinking economy. the march of dictators, the impending budget collapse, the rush toward socialism, the release of secrets, etc.

Meanwhile Obambi worries about photo-ops and teleprompters.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | April 29, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Senator Spector is just the beginning. Limbaugh and his minions intend to drive all the moderates out of the party--and hence lose the ability to win national elections. I wish them all the success in the world.

Posted by: drindl | April 29, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

koolkat_1960 - KOZ is a "conservative". You wont hear racist rants or smears from him. He is quite good at getting a rise out of people and is one of the more literate people here for exchanging insults. He is not right wing nut. If you want to see a right wing nut, surf over to those open forums on USA Today and read some of the remarks from real right wing nuts. I don't agree with much of what KOZ posts, but he is a genuine and usually thoughtful voice of opposition and a breath of fresh air in this over crowded room of Obama cheerleaders.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | April 29, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse


steveo--
valid...
but man alive....the feds funds education, right....then the states get the money.
Then it has to stop at the Governing Board of your District.
Then the District
Then the school of the district.

that is 4 stops.
and within each stop that money makes --
specially the Governing Boards of Districts, everyone gets an SUV. (smiles)
No lie!!
Look to the Governing Board of that District that is housing that (and others) school(s). Heck, the Boards make so many "rules and regulations" UPON the district and school....that the school never sees any improvement or money.
The individual school loses when the District head honchos and Governing Board head honchos glide.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 29, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse


-- Radio show host Melanie Morgan, along with writers from the right-wing website FreeRepublic.com, "stormed" Specter's office and "yelled" at his staff in order to "embarrass" the Senator over his "pro-stimulus vote." [Washington Times, 2/11/09]

The republican party is so out of control it's now being run by a cabal of radical and violent white supremacists, bloggers and talk show hosts. How long before they 'storm' a moderate representative's office -- with weapons?

Posted by: drindl | April 29, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Winner: Hillary Clinton. Her image rehab seems to be complete and she seems to be very competent in her new job

Loser: Howard Dean. For someone who was such an integral part of Obama's campaign, he seems to have vanished. I can't imagine if he wouldn't have been a better pick for the HHS job, giving us a good crack at the open Kansas Senate seat.

Posted by: DDAWD | April 29, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Oh Jesus... not another synthesis of ideas "gleaned from conversations with dozens of political operatives as well as our own observations". Remember a few weeks back when Chris ran a post that asked Dem and GOP operative to give grades and all the GOP's gave either a C, an N/A, or an incomplete, while all the Dems gave an A?

ASK POLITICAL SCIENTISTS, NOT OPERATIVES!!!

Posted by: hiberniantears | April 29, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

It's truly sad when a once great party is reduced to mumbling incoherently about trivia and nonsense like teleprompters. zouk has beocme loonier than scrivener.

Posted by: drindl | April 29, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

JohninMpls _re: Obama's loses - swine flu, pirates..." Obama has handled those problems exactly as he said he would handle them. He and his cabinet are "Transnationalists", people who genuinely believes in using the international community and diplomacy to handle problems. There are the polar opposites of the unilateralism of the NeoCon's. Now, I happen to disagree with Obama's approach, just as I disagreed with the NeoCon's. I think it will lead to some long term problems, much larger than the ones being immediately addressed, but President Obama *is* consistently addressing them in the manner he said he would. Also, it is far too early to say if his approach will work or not.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | April 29, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

chris: i love this FIX..

Winners:
President Obama
Michelle and her biceps
Mother in Law and her power
The kids and the dog
Gibbs – Press secretary is a blast of a job! No matter if only for like 2 to 3 years.
Rahmbo – I love him, case closed.
Napilotano – was my Gov. Now in WashDC
Palestine – the first official phone call was to Abbas
Sharkozy and Carla – LET’S PARTY
Medvev and Berscolini – LET’S PARTY
King Abdullah – the undisputed gracious King of Jordan and his power seat on the global court
Cuba – LET’S PARTY
Columbia – free hostages and LET’s PARTY
England – for being England

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 29, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Do you really think that is a sound spending program? Surely there is a more fiscally responsible way of educating these kids than spending $8823.53 per child (per year) to send them to private schools. The outrage should be that our schools are falling apart & the education gap is so huge. But spending taxpayer dollars on private schools is not the solution.


Posted by: bsimon1
==========================

Do you realize that it the national average for PUBLIC schools per child, per year is around $10,000. And that the average for DC public schools is over $14,000. So yes for the govt. to spend a little over half of what they do already and get a better result is a good use of funds. And i'm sorry I realize this isn't a debate on public vs. private schools but that $15 mil helps DC schools any way you cut it. By taking those kids out of the class room than teachers can give more attention to the students they have left and there is more money in their budget to help their remaining students. I wish that the DC public schools could offer these kids a proper education but right now they can't (and thats not the teachers fault by any means its the system) so why not help some kids out. For a large percentage of them you will give them a much better life and isn't that the goal of public education. Also how does it matter what school it is, if the govt. is paying its "public education". We give grants for kids to go to better college's why not go to better schools???? whats the difference.

Posted by: Steveo11 | April 29, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

"Whether you like Rush or hate him, he has become appointment listening for almost everyone in Washington."

Sad when a fascist wannabe -- the new Goebbels, has the ear of any politician. A sickness when they actually heed his hateful propaganda.

and the republican party -- all losers.

Posted by: drindl | April 29, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse


winners:
Milea and Sasha.....

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 29, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Just when the teleprompter gets out of the news…Maybe President Obama’s teleprompter wanted more coverage. (Snip)Today, the teleprompter broke the moratorium and got back in the news cycle.(Snip)When the president was announcing the members of his science and technology council, the teleprompter froze up.(Snip) He laid the smackdown on the teleprompter. “Go ahead and move it up,” he demanded of his machine.


the puppet with no master.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | April 29, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Those are losers, of course! D'oh!

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | April 29, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

king of zouk and other rightwingnuts who have left themselves with no choice but to preach defeatism and negativity.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | April 29, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Accurately, this is the first 100 days of the depression brought on by Lib spending and policies:

The economy shrank at a worse-than-expected 6.1 percent pace at the start of this year as sharp cutbacks by businesses and the biggest drop in U.S. exports in 40 years overwhelmed a rebound in consumer spending.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | April 29, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Chris, you forgot to count the following among Obama's losses:

swine flu
pirates
the death of Bea Arthur
the Nationals 4-15 start
beets still taste terrible

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 29, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse


bushlegacy:
agreed..
however, you do know that negative and/or positive re-inforcement..
enters the behavioral world.
The behavioral "world", so to speak, is hard to produce quantifiable data from.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 29, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

steveo--in trying the read the rest of your entry in the time I have...
i see that you have mixed the Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 with the HR1 American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan.
You are applying ESA stuff to HR1 and vice versa. It doesn't work.

also, it's a fact folks...all across our wonderful government system...
when a new administration comes in, funding may continue to a program (that may be under the umbrella of another funded program).....but it may not --because a new program (of the new admin) will take its place, integrate or merge.
Example: McKinney Vento Act.....for education of the homeless population. Incorporated into No Child Left Behind.
But people cry out that McKinney Vento ENDED. It does not....
IDEA & Head Start......circa 2001-2002, going down the tubes......outcry from the public. No Child Left Behind incorporates it but folks still believe IDEA and Head Start ended or was reduced.
And, further, in these funding "matters" - one must look to their state and how they spent the federal funding that came down the pike for THAT program...


Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 29, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

steveo11 criticizes:
"he will cut $15 million to send 1700 DC kids to better schools"

Do you really think that is a sound spending program? Surely there is a more fiscally responsible way of educating these kids than spending $8823.53 per child (per year) to send them to private schools. The outrage should be that our schools are falling apart & the education gap is so huge. But spending taxpayer dollars on private schools is not the solution.

Posted by: bsimon1 | April 29, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Steveo11 wrote: "Yes the American people are losers . . . I'm not saying that Am. people themselves are losers."

It's hard trying to argue an untenable point, isn't it?

Posted by: nodebris | April 29, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Positive Vs Negative behavior reinforcement:
To me it seems the Dem's Vs GOP is a bit like trying to encourage constructive behavior from a child - there's tow choices and I provide an example of each:
1.) Positive reinforcement: Subject gets attention by being good; parent encourages positive behavior and listens empathetically to child: Obama said. "In fact, I'd like to think that Arlen's decision reflects recognition that this administration is open to many different ideas and many different points of view."
The president added, "I'm eager to receive his counsel and his advice, especially when he disagrees." Obama
---> The message: Thank you for being good. I'm open I'm listening.

2.) Negative reinforcement: Rush Limbaugh. "Within the Republican Party, people who are not really Republicans are now leaving. People who are not really conservatives are now really leaving. So it's going to be not much smaller, but it's going to be a little bit more focused a party and a base.... He can take McCain too"
---> Message: W's polarizing "my way or the highway". Fall in line or be gone.

Simple fact is [thank God IMHO so yes, am biased] there may/will not be enough at the shrinking GOP core to be so minimalisitc yet demanding.

Negative reinforcement is simply counterproductive, unattractive, and becomes self defeating.


Posted by: Bushlegacylies | April 29, 2009 10:54 AM | Report abuse

steveo---all i had to read were your first 2 sentences....
"Yes the American people are losers b/c they are getting churned up and spit out without any debate or consequence to President Obama. I'm not saying that Am. people themselves are losers just that they are getting screwed"

this is politics. you don't think your local councilman/woman churn up and spit you out without any debate or consequence?
Your state senator or house rep sent to Wash DC. What are they doing?

The President always gets blamed for a broad field of issues---- but hardly any of the "issues" or "concerns" get to his front door.....because, you know why....they SHOULDN'T. Follow?

American people are not getting screwed.
We are being put to the test.
And believe it or not...it is at the LOCAL and STATE level.
Heck, it's even at the political party level.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 29, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Oh Jesus... not another synthesis of ideas "gleaned from conversations with dozens of political operatives as well as our own observations". Remember a few weeks back when Chris ran a post that asked Dem and GOP operative to give grades and all the GOP's gave either a C, an N/A, or an incomplete, while all the Dems gave an A?

ASK POLITICAL SCIENTISTS, NOT OPERATIVES!!!

Posted by: hiberniantears | April 29, 2009 10:39 AM | Report abuse

"if you really believe and think logically, that the American people are the losers..

heaven help YOU !

you have lost the game before you even got to the line

Posted by: TheBabeNemo"

Yes the American people are losers b/c they are getting churned up and spit out without any debate or consequence to President Obama. I'm not saying that Am. people themselves are losers just that they are getting screwed.

Look I want the President to succeed and help our economy and protect us from global threats. What I don't want for myself or the American people is the lemming mentality that the MSM and Obama supporters have for his policies. I also think that the lack of a bi-partisan effort by the administration and how its somehow republicans fault, will further hurt the American people.

I believe that the President should be held accountable for his actions and inactions. Look domestically. First the bailout, what happened to the eliminating of Pork Barrel spending that was promised during the debates??? I'm sorry but President Obama should have at least fought for the American people here. He allows that bill to pass with 100's of millions of dollars wasted but he decides he will cut $15 million to send 1700 DC kids to better schools and help alleviate the chronic drug, poverty and jobless problems that plague our cities. I don't understand how one can allow the blatant Pork, but cut a program that actually helps people. Next up we have the AIG bonuses. Why hide the fact that you knew about it, everyone in DC had to know there be an outrage why not be honest. AIG leads right into the bailout for Automakers. Now i'm not gonna say Richard Wagoner was a great CEO, I don't know him nor did I work for him, but where exactly is it in the Constitution that President Obama becomes Human Resources and Chief? I'm sorry but be consistent if you are gonna give a precondition with Automakers why didn't you with AIG?? Could it have something to do with the fact that Democrats received 10's of millions of dollars in contributions from UAW? I don't know but it seems like President Obama was scratching the back of those who supported him. This isn't the sort of thing we should play politics with.

Posted by: Steveo11 | April 29, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Obama has already carried out a historically ambitious 10 days agenda - and his popularity is till almost 70 percent. That's a winner...

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | April 29, 2009 10:26 AM | Report abuse

I agree with the post that has HRC as a winner. She has done a great job and there seems to be no power struggle between her and Obama as so many people predicted. If she keeps this up she may walk into the presidency in 2016.

Posted by: AndyR3 | April 29, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

newbeeboy writes
"Losers:
2 Party System of Gov't.
3 Branch System of Gov't."

I'll give you the 2 party system as loser. But why 3 branch system of gov't?

Posted by: bsimon1 | April 29, 2009 10:10 AM | Report abuse

nope....
Rush is a loser.
Palin is actually a winner.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 29, 2009 10:09 AM | Report abuse


if you really believe and think logically, that the American people are the losers..

heaven help YOU !

you have lost the game before you even got to the line

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 29, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

You just can't bring yourself to admit Bobby Jindal is a loser, can you? And as for Rush being appointment listening in Washington, that's a good indication of what is wrong with insdie-the-beltway MSM types.

Posted by: havok26 | April 29, 2009 10:03 AM | Report abuse


oh man chris...this is way too hard to tally this up.....
///
Specter came out in the press and said that when he went to the Super Bowl Party thrown by President Obama, it was the first time he was EVER at the White House alone with A President. Any President.
Specter is how old?
To me, this says alot about President Obama.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 29, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

winner: The one & only Rahm-a-tolla
loser: Mr. Tom Daschle

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 29, 2009 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Loser: Bi-Partisanship, 1700 DC school kids, Richard Wagoner, the American people

Posted by: Steveo11 | April 29, 2009 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Oh Chris, say it ain't so!
Do you just pass on poll numbers provided by the White House (on credit card regulations) with no critique? Can you not see the incredible bias in the question wording using the terms "cracking down" and "protecting consumers" from "unfair practices?" You might as well ask people if they support legislation that rescues babies from dying in the cold.

Just a little note of criticism is all I ask. Better yet, don't do the WH the favor of publishing their bogus polling and lending the poll your cred.

Posted by: sfcpoll | April 29, 2009 9:39 AM | Report abuse

The Employee Free Choice Act is certainly not dead. Here is a short, inspirational video about the Indianapolis hotel workers' struggle for EFCA on the streets in middle America:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exBtVnZaWUk

Posted by: indyjustice | April 29, 2009 9:18 AM | Report abuse

THE CASE OF THE MISSING PRESIDENTIAL SEAL


Many witnesses reported that the aircraft, while painted in the familiar turquoise and gray hues, did not have the presidential seal painted on its sides.

Wouldn't an "official photo" require that the plane feature the familiar insignia?

Oh, wait -- they could "photoshop" that in.

But couldn't they have done that with the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty -- as legions of Americans are asking?

And what's up with the reports that a similar flyover "photo shoot" that had been scheduled for Washington next week?

Oh wait -- I get it. Of course. The "second wave."

Will this story fly? Even the predictably gullible White House press corps isn't buying this line... at least, not all the way, as per usual.

My earlier post (below), "The Bizarre, Sadistic Air Force One 9/11-esque Flyover..." (archived in "comments" section at http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america was initially written as satire.

But, given the vociferous, indignant responses, the "Thou Doth Protest Too Much," now I must wonder:

Who's wagging the dog?

A congressional investigation is in order.

Right after they do "torture."


http://nowpublic.com/world/bush-torture-memos-oked-radiation-weapon-use-americans-too

http://NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | April 29, 2009 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Under winner, how can you not put Hillary Clinton? Though I was a fervent detractor during the primary, even I have to admit that she's been an unqualified success in her role as SoS. It was particularly notable during her recent Congressional testimony when she so deftly slammed a couple of Repub senators who ineptly tried to get one over on her.

Under loser, Jim Cramer who was so memorably taken to the woodshed by Jon Stewart. The rest of the financial punching bags -- Ken Lewis, John Thain, Vikram Pandit -- keep him company in infamy.

Posted by: Pupster | April 29, 2009 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Losers:
2 Party System of Gov't.
3 Branch System of Gov't.
1 discarded pound puppy
iceberg lettuce
communist cell phone networks
Pontiac
John Thain
Uncle Warren
Free market economic systems
Pork Bellies
Special Olympians
Caroline Kennedy
Norm Coleman

Posted by: newbeeboy | April 29, 2009 8:43 AM | Report abuse

I would add Jindal to your list of losers too. He was being put out there as the new face of the GOP and a shoe in for 2012, until his disasterous response to the state of the union that has only gotten worse as the time goes on (studying volcanoes in Alaska, and pandemic flu looks like a pretty good idea now don't it).

I would also put Corzine on the loser list. I just don't see him winning reelection at this point, but then again it is Jersey.

Posted by: AndyR3 | April 29, 2009 8:05 AM | Report abuse

Rush Limbaugh may be a winner, but I think he is a bog loser for the Republican Party.

Congratukations to President Obama. As my 80-something mom says, "If Obama wants to do it, it is OK with me."

Posted by: EarlC | April 29, 2009 7:59 AM | Report abuse

most expensive 100 days in US history.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | April 29, 2009 7:24 AM | Report abuse

Obama has completed a successful 100 days in office, similar to the successful campaign he ran last year: in charge, open to the public and personable.

He shouldn't have problems moving forward mixing his popularity with his policies. It's quite a lot for people to take in at the moment, given the enormous changes to peoples' sense of financial security.

He's also smart to meet with the credit card companies as that will be the next financial tsunami to shake markets as card defaults rise to untenable levels. He's ahead of the curve in channeling that consumer anger...

And congratulations to Senator Specter (D)..

Posted by: RickJ | April 29, 2009 6:42 AM | Report abuse

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