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Assessing the political fallout of the Andrew Romanoff revelation

1.The White House released a statement Thursday morning detailing its contact with former Colorado state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff regarding potential positions available if he dropped his primary challenge to Sen. Michael Bennet.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Thursday morning in a statement that Romanoff had applied for a job at USAID during the presidential transition process -- a fact the candidate did not mention in his own statement on the matter Wednesday night -- and that deputy chief of staff Jim Messina had reached out to Romanoff by phone and email last fall to test his potential interest in that position.

"Messina wanted to determine if it was possible to avoid a costly battle between two supporters," said Gibbs, noting that once Romanoff made clear he was "committed to the Senate race and no longer interested in working for the Administration" the conversation ended. "There was no offer of a job," added Gibbs

The White House statement comes less than 12 hours after Romanoff released a detailed account of his interactions with Messina.

The Romanoff back and forth marks the second time in the last three weeks that the Obama Administration's political operation has been thrust into an unwelcome public spotlight.

The news that White House deputy chief of staff Jim Messina penned an email to Romanoff outlining three potential jobs that might be available to the former legislator if he dropped his candidacy -- if not making a specific job offer -- came less than a week after the White House was forced to stamp out a controversy over the Administration's attempt to drive Rep. Joe Sestak out of a primary challenge to Sen. Arlen Specter. (Sestak, like Romanoff, resisted the entreaties of the White House to step aside and went on to defeat Specter on May 18.)

Neither incident -- on their face -- amounts to all that much as this sort of horse-trading is commonplace in the rough and tumble of electoral politics. "Is anyone shocked that a politician offered to give a political job to a politician who helped him politically?," asked Democratic consultant Paul Begala sarcastically. "Oh, my, I'm getting the vapors."

But, context does matter in politics and, in the words of a senior party operative granted anonymity to speak candidly, the Romanoff story "creates a pattern when combined with [New York Gov. David] Paterson and Sestak".

Another senior party strategist predicted that "this is going to result in a big spotlight on the political operations and how they have been operating," adding: "[President Obama] has got to lay down some strict guidelines now on what they can and can't do and obviously no offers or discussions of federal posts."

Remember that President Obama's brand -- the most powerful brand in politics today -- is built on the twin pillars of transparency and breaking with business as usual.

Republicans are doing everything they can to use these two incidents to shake those pillars. "It is clear that the Obama Administration is not capable of living up to the same standards they campaigned on and an independent investigation is necessary to learn all the facts," said Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele.

2. California and national Democrats are combining their two independent expenditure organizations together in hopes of launching a coordinated message attack on likely Republican gubernatorial nominee and former eBay CEO Meg Whitman in the fall campaign.

The California Accountability Project, an independent expenditure outfit financed by the Democratic Governors Association, plans to join forces with California Working Families, a labor heavy independent group, to form the Alliance for Working Families, according to a source briefed on the move.

Working Families had previously floated a budget of between $32 and $36 million although the group has not yet filed a fundraising report. The DGA-backed California Accountability Project has largely focused on fact-checking statements from Whitman and state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner and gathering research to be used in a general election.

With polling that suggests Whitman will cruise to the nomination over Poizner next week, Democrats are aiming to send a clear signal that they will not let her wealth overwhelm state Attorney General Jerry Brown's (D) chance at winning.

Whitman, a billionaire, has already given her campaign nearly $70 million and those familiar with her strategic plan suggest there is much more where that cash came from.

The Democratic source suggested that the the Alliance for Working Families will soon launch ads in the race.

3. The arrest of former Florida Republican Party Chairman Jim Greer on Wednesday could have dire political repercussions for Gov. Charlie Crist (I), but the situation is equally tricky for Crist's rival in the Senate race, former state House Speaker Marco Rubio (R).

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement took Greer into custody yesterday morning, charging him with six felony counts related to a secret consulting contract that authorities say allowed him to funnel almost $200,000 to a shell company he had set up for his own "personal enrichment."

The arrest will almost certainly raise questions for Crist, who appointed Greer as chairman and was his longtime ally. Asked yesterday whether he felt responsible for Greer's actions, Crist told reporters, "I do not feel complicit".

Worth noting, however, is that while Crist may be the candidate with the closest personal relationship with Greer, Rubio is the one with the "R" behind his name. That leaves Rubio - whose own use of a party-issued credit card has been brought into question - far from immune from attacks on just what was going on in the party with Greer at the helm.

Greer's arrest seems likely to re-start a debate over who is to blame -- aside from him -- for the allegations against the state party. And that's a conversation that neither Crist nor Rubio relish.

4. Former Hewlett Packard executive Carly Fiorina is doubling down on her conservative credentials in advance of California's June 8 Republican primary, hammering Sen. Barbara Boxer (D) on climate change in a new ad.

"Terrorism kills, and Barbara Boxer is worried about the weather," Fiorina says after a television clip of the Democratic incumbent seeking to tie national security to climate change is shown on screen.

The goal of Fiorina's ad is two-fold: to make clear to conservatives still undecided in advance of next Tuesday's primary that she is one of them and to begin the pivot to a general election against Boxer.

Primary polling suggests Fiorina, who has given her campaign several million dollars, has opened up a double-digit lead over former Rep. Tom Campbell. Campbell also appears to be running short on money, having canceled his ad buy on Wednesday for the race's final week and then re-started it for tomorrow -- a back and forth decision that almost certainly ends any hope he might have of narrowing Fiorina's edge in the final five days of the campaign.

Boxer's campaign --poised and ready for the general election -- quickly struck back.

"Fiorina's latest negative attack ad once again gets it wrong," campaign manager Rose Kapolcyznski said. "There is a clear choice in this race when it comes to strengthening national security and fighting terrorism. Sen. Boxer has successfully advocated for tough measures to protect America - from sanctions on Iran to allowing specially-trained pilots to have guns in the cockpit."

National Republicans believe that with Fiorina as their nominee -- thanks to her personal wealth -- the race is winnable as polling shows Boxer vulnerable.

5. Michigan Rep. Pete Hoekstra has built a double-digit lead in the GOP primary for governor,even as his opponents try to take down the emerging frontrunner with a barrage of ads.

In a new EPIC-MRA poll, Hoekstra leads the field with 30 percent followed by state Attorney General Mike Cox at 18 percent, businessman Rick Snyder at 17 percent and Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard at 16 percent. Hoekstra has been at the front of te field for much of the year, but this is the first EPIC-MRA poll showing him ahead by 10 points or more.

Hoekstra's opponents have started attacking some of his votes in ads but, in the EPIC-MRA poll at least, his favorability is 42 percent positive and 22 percent negative.

The Democratic primary is more unsettled, according to the poll, as state House Speaker Andy Dillon takes 29 percent to 23 percent for Lansing MayorVirg Bernero.

All of the major Republican candidates hold solid edges over Dillon and Bernero in general election matchups.

With Aaron Blake and Felicia Sonmez

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 3, 2010; 6:33 AM ET
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Obama is an expert on "Pay to Play". Hopefully Obama, Emanuel, Axelrod, and many other Democratic crooks will follow right behind Blago to prison. He has been selling these government jobs for a lot longer than Blago. He should have been the one the FBI wiretappped, but who knows maybe they did.

Posted by: joanne38 | June 3, 2010 11:09 PM | Report abuse

"Remember that President Obama's brand -- the most powerful brand in politics today -- is built on the twin pillars of transparency and breaking with business as usual. "

Chris-bama, buddy, only a cult-blind fanatic would believe that sentence. "Built on" - like he had decades of experience instead of being thrown to the top by gullible fools. "Transparency" - like this is the first backroom deal we've seen when in fact this administration has been consistently opaque from the beginning. "Breaking with business as usual" - can you give one example where he has done something that couldn't be described as political business as usual.

I understand your need to defend him though: you own the myth you so very much helped to build.


Posted by: grohlik | June 3, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Obama promised:
1.Transparency
2.End earmarks
3.Hold unemployment to 8%
4.Put healthcare debate on c span
5.To have a home church for he and his family by Easter 09.
6.End of hiring Lobbyist
7.Disclose names of all attending closed white house meetings
8.End of no compete contracts
9.Close Guantanamo's detention center
Does not Slick Willie's statement that "Obama's a Chicago Thug" ring true?
The facts speak for themselves: Obama the POTUS is a corrupt liar.


Posted by: textonyc | June 3, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Obama promised:
1.Transparency
2.End earmarks
3.Hold unemployment to 8%
4.Put healthcare debate on c span
5.To have a home church for he and his family by Easter 09.
6.End of hiring Lobbyist
7.Disclose names of all attending closed white house meetings
8.End of no compete contracts
9.Close Guantanamo's detention center
Does not Slick Willie's statement that "Obama's a Chicago Thug" ring true?
The facts speak for themselves: Obama the POTUS is a corrupt liar.

Posted by: textonyc | June 3, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

So, these bribes, which you call "horse trading" doesn't amount to much. Wait until the Blago buy off hits the courts. Rahm and Blago doing what Obama wanted so Valerie Jarret could gat the seat. Bribes straight up and you call it nothing.

Posted by: gsweeten | June 3, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

not that I have ever stayed in such a place.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 3, 2010 7:41 PM
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and I never saw you there either.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 3, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Agggh I gotta go but this theater of the absurd is once in a lifetime...the chance of this working is zero.

Analog, the *might work* needle is sitting on the peg, under the zero.

Digital, - - flashes the meter, like the bedside clock in a cheap motel after the maid unplugged it to vacuum...not that I have ever stayed in such a place.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 3, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

If they get that hat on, and it stays on, the stock market will take off like a rocket. If not, the tophat will take off like a rocket.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 3, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Well, not I, kids come home soon.
Slater

Posted by: shrink2 | June 3, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Even though I have mucho things to do, I think I need to watch this. It IS important, as you say.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 3, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

"they designed it"

no, the eight graders, that was a joke,

it looks so ridiculous, it just might work,
that green methanol smoke is straight out of the Wizard of Oz.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 3, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

And unlike a lot of things people can't stop watching, this really matters.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 3, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

they designed it
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You mean the guys on the flickr blog? They don't seem to recognize it.

Missed the jellyfish. Glad to know some critters are down there.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 3, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

they designed it

Posted by: shrink2 | June 3, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

The tin man's funnel never had a methanol kegerator.
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You mean those green-spewing valves? I'm mesmerized by this drama playing out in slow motion.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 3, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

dju see that big jellyfish go by?

Posted by: shrink2 | June 3, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Said by techie about #4: I wonder if those guidance fins are to keep it going straight, or to put a spin on it when it launches like a rocket?

Bwahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!

What's the deal with 8th graders?

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 3, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

The tin man's funnel never had a methanol kegerator.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 3, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

You already know, but #4 is in disgrace and now the eighth graders from Miss Sabrowski's class have their entry...going in.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 3, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

The tophat looks like something you screw onto Frankenstein's head, and then you send electricity through it. Right out of a B
movie.

Enterprise ROV2.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 3, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Here they come with the tophat. I hope this works. Let the two of them become one.

Techie guys think they need to clean up the cut riser more before trying on the hat. But, they also think BP will try it anyway without cleaning up the cut.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 3, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

I am so over all the shenanigans -- trivial or otherwise.
This administration is full of every kind of undesirable character we could have ever imagined.
Most administrations are -- but Obama really out-slicked Willy.

Hopefully, the Pelosi crowd will take a hit in November and Obama will shape up or ship out. His inexperience, over-exposure, and "the police acted stupidly" type of biases and gaffes.

There must be something better in our future.
Oh, one more thing -- just saw my doctor this morning.
He is a long-term professional, Chief of Staff of exemplary hospital. He shared that the good young doctors who are 200,000 dollars in debt after finishing med school will be unable to be internists / family doctors. All docs will need to continue on to specialty medicine in order to survive and repay debt.
What a great job this president has done of depressing our country. Pathetic.

Posted by: pjcafe | June 3, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

There's been a pretty cozy relationship between the industry and the people who are supposed to be watching them on behalf of the public.

Posted by: Brigade | June 3, 2010 6:24 PM
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Sorry, I misunderstood. You won't find me arguing with your comment above. Cozy probably doesn't begin to describe it.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 3, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Seen in the Wall Street Journal:

"Cynics argue that the sudden proliferation of millionaires and billionaires running for office this spring marks a corruption of democracy. The rich, they say, are buying public office.

But there is another way to look at rich candidates: they are the ultimate wealth spreaders.

And in the meantime, the millions of dollars they are spending will flow to ad agencies, TV stations, newspapers, magazines, websites, bumper-sticker makers, sign companies, hotels, restaurants and travel companies–not to mention all the staffers and pizza and Starbucks required to keep them going."

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Next to an article titled:

4.7 million Americans out of work for a year or more
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Someone asked about California politics this year. The juxtaposition between the mega-wealthy politicians and the rest of us is what stands out for me.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 3, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

And if the inquiry leads to a federal waiver allowing the standards to be disregarded?

Posted by: Brigade | June 3, 2010 5:33 PM
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And you even remotely think that is possible? Based on what, exactly?

It's theoretically possible that ALL regulations will be lifted, but I for one would not consider that to be probable. Do you?

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 3, 2010 5:45 PM
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I didn't word that post very well. "Leads to" sounds like I mean the waiver will be the result of the investigation. What I meant to ask was: what if an investigation reveals that BP has received waivers in the past permitting it to ignore some of the safety regulations? There's been a pretty cozy relationship between the industry and the people who are supposed to be watching them on behalf of the public.

Posted by: Brigade | June 3, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Ocean Intervention III ROV 2

That is not 20% more.

Yeah the #4 is The One.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 3, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

And if the inquiry leads to a federal waiver allowing the standards to be disregarded?

Posted by: Brigade | June 3, 2010 5:33 PM
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And you even remotely think that is possible? Based on what, exactly?

It's theoretically possible that ALL regulations will be lifted, but I for one would not consider that to be probable. Do you?

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 3, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

The country deserves an INDEPENDENT PROSECUTOR TO INVESTIGATE


1) Whether the Obama people, through a Union Official, made an offer to Blago with the intent to get Valerie Jarrett the appointment to the US Senate.


2) The Sestak affair, whether the Obama perople, through another third party, Bill Clinton, made an offer to Sestak to illegally influence the PA primary.


3) The Romanoff affair - whether an offer was made there to influence that election.


IT APPEARS THAT THERE MAY BE A CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE HERE - REPEATEDLY BREAKING THE SAME LAWS.


THAT WOULD MAKE OBAMA GUILT OF RACKETEERING.


ALL THESE CRIMES ARE IMPEACHABLE OFFENSES.


The American people need to clean house -


When MMS wasn't cleaned out properly, and oil rig safety was allowed to continue to be lax, look what happened to the Gulf of Mexico.


We have to clean house with Obama - NOW.


.

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 3, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

He's done 4 columns on this non-story. Just likes to feed the trolls, I guess.

Posted by: drindl | June 3, 2010 2:32 PM
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So, are you getting your fill?

Posted by: Brigade | June 3, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Intentionally disregarding safety standards on an off shore deepwater rig has possibilities worth inquiry.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | June 3, 2010 11:03 AM
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And if the inquiry leads to a federal waiver allowing the standards to be disregarded?

Posted by: Brigade | June 3, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Is this the tophat?

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 3, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

@Henry,

BTW, just so you know that I'm even handed here, I own a fair amount of RIG stock, on which I'm taking a bath. And I still favor investigating the Gush Three.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 3, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Proof? Well of course there would have to be proof. That's why I'm certain that AG Holder will appoint a special prosecutor to determine if a FELONY was committed here. Any day now, right? Surely you would welcome that?

Posted by: HenryPercy | June 3, 2010 5:02 PM
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No I'm not opposed to that. Suppose Holder will fit that in between criminal investigations of the BP Gush Three (BP, RIG and Halliburton). What priority would you give it?

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 3, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

@shrink,

I saw this page this morning with all the feeds listed. This is SO typical of what you would do when chided for not showing enough, have so many choices (without thumbnails, of course) that no one will take the time to go through them.

I'm sure BP is sorry as hell they are forced to air these feeds. They'd like to turn the camera around to look at the ROV's headlight and then accidentally use those scissorhands to cut the cable. But, too late, too much has been seen, even it isn't everything.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 3, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Yes, you did miss the word "felony". I wonder if that is significant? Think?

Remember, those who allege felony have the burden of proof. Think.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 3, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse
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The underlying charge, Mr. 12BarBlues, is that the the alleged wrongdoing, offering employment to influence an election, is far more than just the "rough and tumble" of politics: it is a FELONY, as in a criminal violation of the US Code. Surely you, and Mr. Cillizza, would not dismiss a certain burglary 37 years ago as just part of the "rough and tumble" of a political campaign?

Proof? Well of course there would have to be proof. That's why I'm certain that AG Holder will appoint a special prosecutor to determine if a FELONY was committed here. Any day now, right? Surely you would welcome that?

Posted by: HenryPercy | June 3, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

No, you can scroll through the ones they allow you to see here at bp.com

http://www.bp.com/genericarticle.do?categoryId=9033572&contentId=7062605

Posted by: shrink2 | June 3, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

liberals think its their rights to be whiners,corrupt...of course feminist should get a pass.

Posted by: JWx2 | June 3, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Obama is used to this thing. He has grown up with corruption and slime and relishes it. It is his way of doing business.

Obama is a disgrace to the nation and a disaster for the country.

Posted by: walterndebby | June 3, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

BP: From the lack of activity, I wonder if they are getting ready to lower the tophat.

Anyone seeing anything on any of the feeds?

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 3, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

"This sort of horse-trading is commonplace in the rough and tumble of electoral politics." That's right, just "the rough and tumble of electoral politics." I'm sorry, did I miss the word "felony" in this article?
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Yes, you did miss the word "felony". I wonder if that is significant? Think?

Remember, those who allege felony have the burden of proof. Think.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 3, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

"This sort of horse-trading is commonplace in the rough and tumble of electoral politics." That's right, just "the rough and tumble of electoral politics." I'm sorry, did I miss the word "felony" in this article?

"Remember that President Obama's brand ... is built on the twin pillars of transparency and breaking with business as usual."

"Transparency"? As in stonewalling on FOIA requests? Producing the relevant Kagan documents? Producing a coherent explanation of the nonoffer job offer to Sestak that does not have to be walked back the next day?

"Breaking with business as usual"? In hiring lobbyists into the administration? In refusing to post the contents of bills online before Obama signs, as repeatedly promised?

Both lists could be extended ad infinitam.

Mr. Cillizza, you possess a very dry wit. Giggle snort guffaw. Have you considered standup?

Posted by: HenryPercy | June 3, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

wheeljc wrote: Don't elect folks who believe bloated bureaucracies are more capable and efficient than the common man driven by capitalism.
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Then I read the following article from Oil & Gas Industry today:

Investigation Uncovers Dozens of Cementing Problems on Offshore Drilling Platforms
May 25, 2010 /EIN Presswire/

And that makes me question the wisdom of letting capitalism do what it wants.

http://oilandgas.einnews.com/pr-news/87731-investigation-uncovers-dozens-of-cementing-problems-on-offshore-drilling-platforms

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 3, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

12B,

“I am a prolife liberal. Not everyone on this blog can be pigeonholed.
I only pigeonholed those on both side of the spectrum who are fairly predictable in their responses. I apologize if I wrote too broadly. I grew-up on the East Coast and found that being prolife left me with few options, but since moving to the Midwest my prolife views do not confine me in party affiliation.
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Don't worry, sliowa, I didn't actually think you were including me. I was actually pointing out (to the blog readers, not necessarily you) that one have to read a poster for a while to understand where they are coming from.

I've always been prolife, which for me is based on religious grounds, and can't imagine ever changing positions. I actually think that being prolife is very consistent with other liberal views on social justice. I'm always amazed when liberals seem to reject prolifers or when conservatives seem to own prolifers. Ah well, we're all complicated, aren't we.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 3, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

SO MUCH FOR "CHANGING THE WAY POLITICS WORK IN WASHINGTON"! For Pete's sake, Team Obama may set records breaking the Hatch Act!! What is even sadder, they seem as though they do not know the difference between 'Right' and 'Wrong'.

It has gotten to the point that when Obama makes a statement, I look to the reverse as being the truth.

We are paying dearly for the BIG TIME mistake we made in November 2008. The good news is, our grandkids and kids are learning a great -- but sad lesson!

*DON'TS --
.....Elect folks who just sound and look good
.....Elect folks who have NO EXPERIENCE at anything other than local politics
.....Elect folks who have acquaintances sent to federal prison for corruption (Rezko), and known former terrorists (Ayers)
.....Elect folks who talk change without giving specifics, and the impact on citizens
.....Elect folks who are arrogant and possess
a narcissistic personality
.....Elect folks who dither when it comes to making a decision
.....Elect folks who believe bloated bureaucracies are more capable and efficient than the common man driven by capitalism
.....Elect folks who will put one's self and their status above integrity, honesty, and the good of the citizens he has sworn to protect and SERVE!

Posted by: wheeljc | June 3, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

TO drindl: Being against Obama is not baseless. During the campaign, I spent many hours researching this man & found little to like about him. His pastor, his mentor, was a hater of the U.S., Zionists, & the Jews. Obama stayed with him for 20 years, denouncing his words only when Obama was planning to run for President. He stayed with the church another 3 years, tho, allowing his growing daughters to listen to these hate words at the pastor's church every Sunday, despite the fact that he, Obama, had condemned the pastor's words. He left the church & abandoned the pastor only after the pastor, who had stayed in the shadows at Obama's request, came into the daylight & started shouting his "damning" words to the world. My research on Obama started in January, 2008 & I did not find much to like. In fact, I was frustrated because so much of his bio was left out of his campaign. Most of this is still unknown about him.
I am not inclined to trust him. It bothers me that so many of his misdeeds or his lack of action are accepted by the people after he has given us some more of his rhetoric.
He is our President. I complain but I have to abide by his decisions. There is nothing I can do about that until he runs for election again. Hopefully, at that time, the public will no longer be starry-eyed about him & we will be able to get a President who is more capable, more honest, than this one.

Posted by: afed27 | June 3, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

TO drindl: Being against Obama is not baseless. During the campaign, I spent many hours researching this man & found little to like about him. His pastor, his mentor, was a hater of the U.S., Zionists, & the Jews. Obama stayed with him for 20 years, denouncing his words only when Obama was planning to run for President. He stayed with the church another 3 years, tho, allowing his growing daughters to listen to these hate words at the pastor's church every Sunnday, despite the fact that he, Obama, had condemned the pastor's words. He left the church & abandoned the pastor only after the pastor, who had stayed in the shadows at Obama's request, came into the daylight & started shouting his "damning" words to the world. My research on Obama started in January, 2008 & I did not find much to like. In fact, I was frustrated because so much of his bio was left out of his campaign. Most of this is still unknown about him.
I am not inclined to trust him. It bothers me that so many of his misdeeds or his lack of action are accepted by the people after he has given us some more of his rhetoric.
He is our President. I complain but I have to abide by his decisions. There is nothing I can do about that until he runs for election again. Hopefully, at that time, the public will no longer be starry-eyed about him & we will be able to get a President who is more capable, more honest, than this one.

Posted by: afed27 | June 3, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

TO drindl: Being against Obama is not baseless. During the campaign, I spent many hours researching this man & found little to like about him. His pastor, his mentor, was a hater of the U.S., Zionists, & the Jews. Obama stayed with him for 20 years, denouncing his words only when Obama was planning to run for President. He stayed with the church another 3 years, tho, allowing his growing daughters to listen to these hate words at the pastor's church every Sunnday, despite the fact that he, Obama, had condemned the pastor's words. He left the church & abandoned the pastor only after the pastor, who had stayed in the shadows at Obama's request, came into the daylight & started shouting his "damning" words to the world. My research on Obama started in January, 2008 & I did not find much to like. In fact, I was frustrated because so much of his bio was left out of his campaign. Most of this is still unknown about him.
I am not inclined to trust him. It bothers me that so many of his misdeeds or his lack of action are accepted by the people after he has given us some more of his rhetoric.
He is our President. I complain but I have to abide by his decisions. There is nothing I can do about that until he runs for election again. Hopefully, at that time, the public will no longer be starry-eyed about him & we will be able to get a President who is more capable, more honest, than this one.

Posted by: afed27 | June 3, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

12B,

“I am a prolife liberal. Not everyone on this blog can be pigeonholed.
I only pigeonholed those on both side of the spectrum who are fairly predictable in their responses. I apologize if I wrote too broadly. I grew-up on the East Coast and found that being prolife left me with few options, but since moving to the Midwest my prolife views do not confine me in party affiliation.

GJonahJameson,

I agree with your comments and I would add that we hold those whom we voted for to one standard and those whom we oppose to a completely different standard a standard none of us could obtain.

Posted by: sliowa1 | June 3, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Scoring advantages at the polls by eliminating candiates through job offers should not be allowed by either party. It is an underhanded back door game, thought up by career politicians to secure their own life long jobs. "On their face" it means we the people have a lot of work to do at the polls this November!

Posted by: Bockscar | June 3, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

"You always make a gem of a comment."

Pshaw, some are duds, just like everyone else, but thank you.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 3, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

There are just to many questions left unanswered. The FBI needs to get involved so we can find out what's going on. Sestak and now this.

Posted by: farmsnorton | June 3, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Meantime, 20% increase...yeah, but of what, the highest estimate in the bracket?

Posted by: shrink2 | June 3, 2010 3:03 PM
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True story. I was in the field observing an inventory at a scrap aluminum plant (part of a big energy conglomerate). They had these piles like 50 feet tall in the yard, covered with snow. One pile was empty toothpaste tubes which supposedly had some aluminum content. So now I'm talking to these guys who are estimating the size of the pile, then estimating the number of tubes in the pile, then estimating the amount of aluminum in each tube. The only thing I knew for sure was my name and how much money I had in my pocket.

So I called the partner on the job, and said "how close do we need to get this" hoping he wouldn't have too many expectations. Then, I find out the whole operation was immaterial to the combined company. Thank God, because I definitely was NOT looking forward to telling these guys they had to move all these piles into the warehouse and start weighing.

That's like the BP oil gusher estimates.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 3, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

This much is known: at least two WH job offers were made to eliminate primary competition, thereby interfering with the people's right to open and fair elections.
Above all the legal haggling, there looms a central question: is this form of election tampering acceptable to the American people?
Those who call this a 'non-story' seem to feel it is, in which case look for even more political wrongdoing.
Those of us who feel it is unacceptable, need to raise our voices and demand that it be stopped.

Posted by: mtpeaks | June 3, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Well said, sliowa1. There are legitimate criticisms of both President Bush and President Obama, and we don't have to go into which one had more legitimate criticisms to see that both of them have been constantly attacked by partisans for things their own politicians frequently do themselves.

I, too, have noticed that many of the liberal posters on this blog have taken to accusing Chris and the mainstream media as a whole of being in the tank for the Republicans, using practically the same arguments their conservative counterparts did to whine that the media was being too mean to Republicans and too nice to Democrats. "Anything negative the media says about my side is a clear sign of bias. Anything negative the media says about the other side is pure, unvarnished truth."

On a side note, all the posts about how we shouldn't let politicians get away with making deals like the ones offered to Joe Sestak and Andrew Romanoff are just making me feel icky. It's just another example of people holding politicians to a ridiculously high standard, as though they -- because they are representing this high-and-mighty concept of "we the people" -- should be incorruptible. Which is silly, because "we the people" are incredibly easy to corrupt, and 99.9 percent of us would do the same thing in their position. We should expect our politicians to be aboveboard, but more often than not, we expect them to be perfect -- and frankly, if a candidate ever came out and claimed he was perfect, I probably wouldn't vote for him.

Posted by: GJonahJameson | June 3, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Looks like they got that carbuncle off the side of the pipe. Reminded me of the rolled up metal when you open a can of sardines with a key (I suppose that was in the "old days"). It looked like you could kick it off if you could just get your leg down there.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 3, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I imagine we don't see #3,
because it was built for the round cut.

Meantime, 20% increase...yeah, but of what, the highest estimate in the bracket?

Posted by: shrink2 | June 3, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Shrink,

You always make a gem of a comment.

Posted by: sliowa1 | June 3, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Well sure, but 12B is funny and that has to count for something.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 3, 2010 2:47 PM
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Don't you know that's the worst thing you can say to me. I was being SERIOUS.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 3, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

sliowa wrote: Spare me the silly bemoaning comments about the right since they are true of the left as well. What you say about the right can be said of the left against Bush or any other R as well.
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Since I am the bemoaner who wrote the comments, I'll thank you for your response. I too am moderate, like you. I NEVER hated Bush. I NEVER adored Obama. I criticized both, although I prefer Obama to the R's.

I am a prolife liberal. Not everyone on this blog can be pigeonholed.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 3, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

"Many of Obama’s policies are similar to how Bush governed his last few years maybe slightly nuanced but pragmatically there is little difference."

Well sure, but 12B is funny and that has to count for something.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 3, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

shrink2 wrote: Well, 12B, do you think dome #4 will be the right choice?
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I hope so, although we are fools if we still optimistic. But, prove me a fool, please, if that stops this horrendous gusher.

The techie guys are glued to the livefeed and commenting on every aspect. I take my cues from them. They seem to think the irregular, oval shape of the pipe may be a problem in getting a good seal with the tophat. And, the oval shape seems to have come about by using the shears because they couldn't get a good cut with the saws. A few days ago, they were pretty pessimistic about the chances of success, but few comments now.
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Revanchist, eh. I've seen the word, but didn't know what it meant. Seems like we've progressed back to Stalin days.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 3, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse


noacoler: Cillizza is a liberal who adores Obama and supports Democrats.

Read this blog again.

Cillizza wrote: "Remember that President Obama's brand -- the most powerful brand in politics today -- is built on the twin pillars of transparency and breaking with business as usual."

The fact that Cillizza ACTUALLY believed Obama when he read from his teleprompters and spoke those words of "transparency and breaking business as usual" during the campaign, and evidently still believes Obama, clearly means Cillizza drank the Obama Koolaid.

Obama "Words......just words......"

Posted by: janet8 | June 3, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

It truly is amazing how many people are absolutely deranged with baseless hatred for our president. Sad.

Posted by: drindl | June 3, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse
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The same can be said for the liberals' hatred of Bush, Cheney and Palin.

Posted by: AkCoyote
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Not really, AK, since he said "baseless". Hatred for criminal idiots is not baseless.

Posted by: DAMNEDGENTLEMEN | June 3, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse
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Sorry to disagree but the criticisms of Obama are FAR from baseless. BO will go down in history as a one term wonder and take Jimmy Carter's place as the worst president in US history.

Posted by: AkCoyote | June 3, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

"Some coastal governors have benefited from BP as well. BP and other oil companies gave Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) $1.8 million dollars for his campaign, and since the spill, he’s been aggressively downplaying the disaster and encouraging people to visit his state’s oily beaches. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) traveled to a BP-funded conference in Houston last month “to lobby aggressively to drill for oil and natural gas without delay.” Meanwhile, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) dismissed potential BP negligence by calling the spill an “act of God” at a trade association funded by BP in May."

Posted by: drindl | June 3, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Bribe time:

'Facing possible jail time for their roles in the largest oil spill in American history, BP and Halliburton are building high-powered legal teams with “deep Department of Justice ties.” But the companies are pursuing other means to defend themselves as well.

Halliburton’s campaign donations have spiked as it tries to curry favor with key members of Congress investigating the disaster. The company donated $17,000 in May, making it “the busiest donation month for Halliburton’s PAC since September 2008,” Politico reports. Thirteen of the 14 contributions from May went to Republicans, while seven went to members of Congress who are “on committees with oversight of the oil spill and its aftermath”:

About one week before executive Timothy Probert appeared before the House Energy and Commerce’s investigative subcommittee, Halliburton donated $1,500 to Ranking Republican Joe Barton’s reelection effort. It was Halliburton’s second-largest donation of the month — topped only by $2,500 to former Rep. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), who is running for the Senate.

In the Senate, Idaho Republican Mike Crapo, who serves on the Environment and Public Works Committee, Georgia Republican Johnny Isakson, who serves on the Commerce Committee and North Carolina Republican Richard Burr (N.C.), who serves on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, all got $1,000. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) also got $1,000."

Posted by: drindl | June 3, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

123,

“If Obama plugged the oil gusher personally, they would criticize him for not selling the oil first.
If Obama caught a speeding bullet in his teeth, they'd criticize him for impeding arms sales.
If Obama lifted a locomotive off the tracks, they'd claim it was a government takeover.
If Obama leapt a building in a single bound, they'd claim he was a peeping tom.”

Spare me the silly bemoaning comments about the right since they are true of the left as well. What you say about the right can be said of the left against Bush or any other R as well. The country is strongly divided and it does not matter who is in charge the other side will find fault with the other. It is the sad nature of politics and governing in this country. There are few moderates who praise or find fault with both sides and this blog is proof of that. I see Zouk, 37th, and others who find nothing positive on the right, but then you have Drindl, Chris Fox, and others on the left with the same venom in intensity only on the other candidates.

Many of Obama’s policies are similar to how Bush governed his last few years maybe slightly nuanced but pragmatically there is little difference. However, I did not hear the outcry of the left on Obama’s policies (they have been rather muted). Why were they so visceral against Bush? I would say there-in lies your answer. However, your observations are correct concerning Obama and his critics.

What I find interesting when R controlled congress and the WH all the R on this blog would blame Chris for posting negative news on R, but since D have control of congress and the WH all those on the left are blaming Chris of being a R stooge. In my opinion Chris has a thankless job.

Posted by: sliowa1 | June 3, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Maybe he just enjoys the flood of braindead rightwing bile that saturates the site after these kind of dem-bashing stories.

Posted by: drindl | June 3, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

He's done 4 columns on this non-story. Just likes to feed the trolls, I guess.

Posted by: drindl | June 3, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Well, 12B, do you think dome #4 will be the right choice?


"Hard to keep track of all the Revenge Plans, isn't it."

The word for this kind of politics, revanchist, was overworked by Stalin in its correct application to Germany's "rationalization" of its war aims and so it fell into disuse. But it is a good word.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 3, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

I guess that's what you do when the facts are never on your side.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 3, 2010 2:19 PM
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Perhaps, the real reason to run these "this could be the new Watergate" fantasy stories, is the over 800 comments on the Sestak thread. And the cross linking with the Drudge Sludge (wasn't that the site?). My "suspicion of money" meter is going off like a geiger counter that this newfound interest is tied to page views.

Of course, I could be wrong.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 3, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Look at grovelling GOP sycophant Cillizza ignoring real news to do one post after another about yet another non story. Just like the stream of Blumenthal posts and Sestak posts, now this insignificant Romanoff thing.

Seems reflexive among Republicans, be they bloggers or blog commenters or elected officials, trying to shape perceptions.

I guess that's what you do when the facts are never on your side.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 3, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

What is really surprising, are the folks who are defending these actions “because it happens all the time in both parties”. At some point, everyone who has that opinion needs to wake up. If we accept mediocrity in out leaders, then that is what we get. Well guess what, that is what we have. We all need to hold them to a higher standard and if a few of them need to go to jail to get the point across, then so be it.

Kudos to the guys who turned the Whitehouse down, as they appear to have some integrity. We need more people like them, either Republican, Democrat or whatever party they represent. When you have people that are in the same party as the President, calling out the honor-less activity of that President, what does that say??

Posted by: 17Wolf359 | June 3, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Well, that wasn't a good link.

I'm watching the livefeed on CNN's site.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 3, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Oil gusher:

The riser is cut away. They're trimming up the opening now. The livefeed is very interesting right now.

javascript:cnnLiveVideo('3&hpt=T1');

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 3, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

CHANGE YOU CAN BELIEVE IN!!!!!!!
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Obviously, the YOU (above) does not include you. So what.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 3, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

CHANGE YOU CAN BELIEVE IN!!!!!!!

LOL, you have to love all the suckers that bought into this guy and his administration. Yeah, lets believe a guy who's experience and leadership for running the most powerful country in the world is that he was a community organizer surrounded by a bunch of crooked Chicago political operatives. That's a recipe for success LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: dcsackers2 | June 3, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Clearly, the first order of business for new Speaker of the House Boehner in January will be to convene a special panel to begin IMPEACHMENT hearings...
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I thought the first order of business was to repeal Health Care.

Hard to keep track of all the Revenge Plans, isn't it.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 3, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

The saddest part about this whole situation is reading all the posts from people saying it isn't a problem, is acceptable, and/or is expected.

When "the people" accept that their new ruling class - career politicians - can arrange for successors, use the people's money as they please, and place themselves above their own laws, we are no better off than before the revolution that freed us from nobility. Apparently, most folks believe that all men are NOT created equal - that some people really are better than others.

So very, very sad.

Posted by: quark1 | June 3, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

The problem for the Obama Administration is the President promised openness, honesty, which was lacking in the previous Administration. Unfortunately, he has not been open and honest which is why he is being judged.
He is not open with the media, the openness promised on health care never happened, it is an another secrecy presidency.
Which is why all politicians should be judge by past actions and not how well they can lie. I blame the media for not making the President stand by his promises of openness.

Posted by: Anne501 | June 3, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Clearly, the first order of business for new Speaker of the House Boehner in January will be to convene a special panel to begin IMPEACHMENT hearings for the high crimes and misdemeanors of hussein in relation the the sestak and romanoff job offers and his many, many other offenses.

Posted by: TeaPartyPatriot | June 3, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Peace to all.

Posted by: Datacation | June 3, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Here are the sniveling, whining, bit'ching, complaining, middle-finger raising, poor losers on this blog:

"We admit we are poor losers, but we make up for it by being good winners."

R.I.G.H.T.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 3, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

What else can we expect from an Illinois politician? What else can we expect from a thoroughly corrupt government? I can't believe that people are surprised by this underhanded, backdoor, partisan ploy. They ALL do it, Republicans and Democrats alike. They are different sides of a two-headed coin. We The People (remember that phrase?) are the losers here. Illegal immigrants and BIG OIL have all the power these days. The rest of us work for them. Now if you'll excuse me I need to tune into "American Idol" like millions of other idiots who aren't paying attention to what's happening to our country.

Posted by: tdp2012 | June 3, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

hey people watch this vid its jack cafferty he sums it all up people !!!!!


http://www.moonbattery.com/archives/2010/01/jack-cafferty-n.html

Paste it in your address bar

Posted by: yourmomscalling | June 3, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

I was incorrect when I wrote earlier that Mr. Messina's phone call was made after Speaker Romanoff's announcement. Here's the actual time sequence:

"In a phone call last September, just before Romanoff publicly announced a challenge for Bennet's seat, Messina 'suggested three positions that might be available to me were I not pursuing the Senate race.' "

After reading my own post, I find myself in agreement with DianaW: "Can we please move on from this non-story about Romanoff, Sestak, etc? There is NOTHING about this that merits attention. Both parties do it all the time at all levels of government. There is so much going on right now that's really important. I can't believe you lead off your column with this today. Please cover the more substantive issues. That's what I'm looking for.
Diana W"

Posted by: jeanluc1976 | June 3, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Anyone stating that Obama said "he could do everything", provide the evidence.

Put up or shut up.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 3, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

The only reason we expect Obama to do everything is because, well, he said he could do everything.
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1. No he didn't say that.

2. You are lying to yourself, if you say that is the cause of your complaints.

3. The cause of your complaints is simply being a POOR LOSER. Man up.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 3, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Why is the GOP Minority Party pretending faux outrage at these tame minor almost job offers?

Karl Rove was never rejected by GOP for his Chicago mafia-style job offers to elected officials to benefit Republican control, even secretly trying to pick off the other party's men...then denying it!

CNN/NOV '04/ROVE SECRET OFFER TO NELSON(D)

"Republican Gov. Mike Johanns would get to choose Nelson's replacement, which could increase the GOP's advantage in the Senate to 56 seats

"President Bush's top political adviser, Karl Rove, spoke to Nelson about the possibility in a telephone conversation last Friday, according to the two sources familiar with their conversation. Nelson has thus far declined to accept what the sources described as an offer or solicitation.

"Nelson told CNN he could not confirm or deny that an offer from Rove was made, adding that he is "happy" in his current job.

"Attempts to reach Rove for comment were not immediately successful. His office would not confirm or deny a specific conversation with Nelson, adding that it is Rove's practice not to divulge private conversations with members of Congress.

"Two Bush administration officials said they were not aware of any job offer or discussion of a Cabinet post with Nelson. However, one confirmed that Rove spoke with Nelson in recent days, characterizing the call as an effort to reach out to discuss second-term priorities. (nice work on that last pass, Karl!!)
http://www.cnn.com/2004/ALLPOLITICS/11/17/agriculture.secretary/

Posted by: TruthFairy | June 3, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

drindl:
"37 expects obama to do everything."

The only reason we expect Obama to do everything is because, well, he said he could do everything. Or have you already forgotten the whole he's-our-savior, billowy-speech-in-front-of-Greek-columns thing?

I still have the email I pounded out to some friends the day after that speech showing how Obama would never be able to accomplish everything...or much of anything...he promised in that speech. It just wasn't mathematically possible.

Not that liberals will ever allow concepts like 'reality' and 'math' get in the way of their worshipping adoration of Obama.

Posted by: dbw1 | June 3, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Jonah wrote: All this bashing of President Obama for doing some political wheeling and dealing behind the scenes really makes me wonder what people expected out of him. And by "people," I mean "people who didn't vote for him."
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The people who didn't vote for him didn't expect anything. To quote Boss Limbaugh, "I want him to fail". That's it. There is nothing else.

The grousing and sour grapes and accusations are just ways to portray the President as failing.

If Obama plugged the oil gusher personally, they would criticize him for not selling the oil first.

If Obama caught a speeding bullet in his teeth, they'd criticize him for impeding arms sales.

If Obama lifted a locomotive off the tracks, they'd claim it was a government takeover.

If Obama leapt a building in a single bound, they'd claim he was a peeping tom.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 3, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

37 expects obama to do everything. Now it's cleaning house. Why don't you pitch in with a broom, 37? You don't seem to have anything else to do.

Posted by: drindl | June 3, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Thank you.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 3, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

The country deserves an INDEPENDENT PROSECUTOR TO INVESTIGATE


1) Whether the Obama people, through a Union Official, made an offer to Blago with the intent to get Valerie Jarrett the appointment to the US Senate.


2) The Sestak affair, whether the Obama perople, through another third party, Bill Clinton, made an offer to Sestak to illegally influence the PA primary.


3) The Romanoff affair - whether an offer was made there to influence that election.


IT APPEARS THAT THERE MAY BE A CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE HERE - REPEATEDLY BREAKING THE SAME LAWS.


THAT WOULD MAKE OBAMA GUILT OF RACKETEERING.


ALL THESE CRIMES ARE IMPEACHABLE OFFENSES.


The American people need to clean house -


When MMS wasn't cleaned out properly, and oil rig safety was allowed to continue to be lax, look what happened to the Gulf of Mexico.


We have to clean house with Obama - NOW.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 3, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse


"If Obama leapt a building in a single bound, they'd claim he was a peeping tom."

That wasn't the end of this was it?
Please, feel free to continue.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 3, 2010 1:03 PM
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Oh, you're right. There is more...wait.

If Obama lifted a locomotive off the tracks, they'd claim it was a government takeover.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 3, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

"If Obama leapt a building in a single bound, they'd claim he was a peeping tom."

That wasn't the end of this was it?
Please, feel free to continue.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 3, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

It's obvious Rubio wasn't trustworthy with a party credit card. No need to give him MORE power in the Senate with MORE opportunity for ABUSE of power.

Posted by: angie12106 | June 3, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Jonah wrote: All this bashing of President Obama for doing some political wheeling and dealing behind the scenes really makes me wonder what people expected out of him. And by "people," I mean "people who didn't vote for him."
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The people who didn't vote for him didn't expect anything. To quote Boss Limbaugh, "I want him to fail". That's it. There is nothing else.

The grousing and sour grapes and accusations are just ways to portray the President as failing.

If Obama plugged the oil gusher personally, they would criticize him for not selling the oil first.

If Obama caught a speeding bullet in his teeth, they'd criticize him for impeding arms sales.

If Obama leapt a building in a single bound, they'd claim he was a peeping tom.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 3, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Oh, another example of Obama transparency...NOT! How many more lies do we need to hear from Odumba and his cronies!?

Posted by: NO-bama | June 3, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Quote from this article: "Remember that President Obama's brand ... is built on the twin pillars of transparency and breaking with business as usual."

Remember that the essence of a "brand" is that it can be bought, and that it can be sold.

Posted by: likeitis11 | June 3, 2010 9:29 AM
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like it's response is a good example of the OLD maxim, that any analogy can be taken too far.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 3, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

JUST HOW MANY BLUNDERS WILL THE AMERICAN PUBLIC ACCEPT BEFORE WE START IMPEACHMENT OF OBOZO THE CLOWN LIAR?


By PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press Writer Philip Elliott, Associated Press Writer – Wed Jun 2, 7:39 pm ET
WASHINGTON – The Obama administration dangled the possibility of a government job for former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff last year in hopes he would forgo a challenge to Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet, officials said Wednesday, just days after the White House admitted orchestrating a job offer in the Pennsylvania Senate race.

Posted by: charlietuna6661 | June 3, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

It truly is amazing how many people are absolutely deranged with baseless hatred for our president. Sad.

Posted by: drindl | June 3, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse
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The same can be said for the liberals' hatred of Bush, Cheney and Palin.

Posted by: AkCoyote
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Not really, AK, since he said "baseless". Hatred for criminal idiots is not baseless.

Posted by: DAMNEDGENTLEMEN | June 3, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

"California, I hope you're smarter than that."

I used to say that about Ronald Reagan, an under-educated, washed up B list actor; Arnold, same thing, except he was an A list action figure before he started "acting".

Posted by: shrink2 | June 3, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Carly Fiorina calling climate change "weather" should get her ousted from the primary just like (she likes to talk about how she ran HP) Hewlett-Packard's Board of Directors got rid of her for being one of the biggest failures in a fortune 500 company. The Republicans are counting on her being able to buy this election. California, I hope you're smarter than that.

Posted by: landonthegr8 | June 3, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Cillizza wrote: "White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Thursday morning in a statement that Romanoff had applied for a job at USAID during the presidential transition process -- a fact the candidate did not mention in his own statement on the matter Wednesday night -- and that deputy chief of staff Jim Messina had reached out to Romanoff by phone and email last fall to test his potential interest in that position." This doesn't add up, Mr. Cillizza. During the Presidential transition process, Ken Salazar was still Colorado's senior senator, and Speaker Romanoff's Senate announcement was more than six months away. During the Presidential transition process, he was term-limited as Colorado Speaker of the House and looking for a job. And if Mr. Messina was following up on that application, why did the phone call not occur until this fall after Speaker Romanoff's announcement?

Posted by: jeanluc1976 | June 3, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Can we please move on from this non-story about Romanoff, Sestak, etc? There is NOTHING about this that merits attention. Both parties do it all the time at all levels of government. There is so much going on right now that's really important. I can't believe you lead off your column with this today. Please cover the more substantive issues. That's what I'm looking for.
Diana W

Posted by: dianaw | June 3, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

The White House made it be known that certain positions would be available to Sestak and Romanoff if they did not run for higher political office.

Blagojevich inquired of the White House if he appointed their desired individual he was interested in a certain position.

What is the difference between the requests?

Posted by: mwhoke | June 3, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

It truly is amazing how many people are absolutely deranged with baseless hatred for our president. Sad.

Posted by: drindl | June 3, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse
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The same can be said for the liberals' hatred of Bush, Cheney and Palin.

Posted by: AkCoyote | June 3, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

"...to think, the people elected them..."

Uh oh, Granny, I guess you will jump right out of your skin when the people re-elect
"them" again in a little over two years.
Why? Simple. Where Obama is bad, the Republicans are worse, where Obama is good, the Republicans are worse.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 3, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

All this bashing of President Obama for doing some political wheeling and dealing behind the scenes really makes me wonder what people expected out of him. And by "people," I mean "people who didn't vote for him."

Really, the divide here for me is between what the president promised and what the people who didn't vote for him thought that meant. He promised the most transparent and aboveboard presidency in American history, and I'm really curious as to how high some people thought the bar was on that one. You'd think he promised to never do anything that would upset anyone, ever, from the way some people are talking about him breaking his campaign promises.

Posted by: GJonahJameson | June 3, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

It truly is amazing how many people are absolutely deranged with baseless hatred for our president. Sad.

Posted by: drindl | June 3, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Who knew we had to go to the White House to find a job? We need to get the word out to the millions that need jobs. IF YOU NEED A JOB CONTACT OBAMA AT THE WHITE HOUSE! But a little advice, i would portray myself as a Democrat and run against someone they hope to win. It might put you in the front of the line.
These thugs make my skin crawl and to think, the people elected them.

Posted by: greatgran1 | June 3, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

"Meanwhile, Fiorina has a troubling record on protecting Americans from terrorism. She supports allowing people on the no-fly list to buy guns and during her tenure at HP the company was trading with Iran, a State Sponsor of Terror."

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Chris left that second part out. Thought it might be interesting.

Posted by: DDAWD'


Oh yes, dawd, I forgot about that Trading with the Enemy thing.

Posted by: drindl | June 3, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Ron Paul defends Obama:

"President Barack Obama won a defense of his handling of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill from one GOP congressman on Thursday.

Rep. Ron Paul, the libertarian Republican lawmaker from Texas, said that people were expecting too much from the president in his ability to react to the ongoing spill into the Gulf.

"I'm a pretty big critic of the president," Paul said during an appearance on "Imus in the Morning" on the Fox Business Network, "but I just don't see the justification for coming down hard on the president."

"I think it represents the idea that the American people think the president is everything to everybody that he should fix an oil leak," Paul added."

Posted by: drindl | June 3, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Fiorina is running on nothing but attack ads because she hasn't got anything else. This is her history:

"Centerpiece Of Fiorina's Tenure Described As A "Total Flop." The London Observer reported, "With hindsight, it's hard to see how Carly Fiorina, America's pre-eminent female executive, who was fired as CEO of Hewlett-Packard last week, could have survived. The centerpiece of her career - a $ 24 billion merger with Compaq - was a flop; HP's board was threatening to strip her of day-to-day responsibilities at the firm; As one of only eight women heading Fortune 500 companies, the HP/Compaq deal was Fiorina's fatal error: not just because the strategy was flawed - two years on it has not achieved its goal of improving cost efficiencies in HP's PC business - but also because she alienated too many people in the process of pursuing that goal."


So... why again should she be elected?

Posted by: drindl | June 3, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Regarding Point #1: Yawn! Really Chris, with all that is going on in the world you chose this dead-horse of non-story to whip! But hey if this kind of thing rocks your boat I've got a tip for you: Obama nominated Hilary Clinton, his chief rival, to be his Secretary of State in 2008 - do you think that might have been to keep her from campaigning against him during his first term?

Posted by: dre7861 | June 3, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Drivl. Thoughts? Hahahahahahahahahaha

Posted by: Moonbat


I think that's more applicable to you, dingbat.

Posted by: jasperanselm | June 3, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

how many secretaries of the US NAVY do we need,or are they called czars.

Posted by: SISSD1 | June 3, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Now, if the Bush White House had done something like this, there would be no end to the screeching to high heaven from the Democrats in Congress. Investigations would be launched. Resignations would be demanded. But under the Obama regime, anything and everything is acceptable:

Bill McCollum, Florida's Republican attorney general, excluded from meeting with Eric Holder on oil spill
When U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder met with Gulf Coast state attorneys general on Tuesday in New Orleans about the oil spill's long-term effects and ongoing cleanup efforts, he left Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum, a Republican, off the invitee list.
Attorneys General from Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama were invited to meet in person with Holder in New Orleans and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott participated in the meeting via teleconference.
McCollum wasn't too happy about Holder's lack of hospitality. The move, though no authority has publicly stated it, looks like an Obama administration political ploy to keep a top Florida GOP gubernatorial candidate out of the spotlight.
Does this fall under "despicable" or just "politics as usual from this twisted White House"?

Posted by: Moonbat | June 3, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

I remember another labor movement in history. It was called the National socialist workers party. Nazi for short. And Hitler was an organizer before he got elected through democracy to leader.

Posted by: texasoil | June 3, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Does this really surprise anyone? They have been getting away with bribery via taxpayers money for over a year now and then some. They have purchased votes blatantly. They have spent taxpayer money on pet projects that will affect my children in to their adult lives. Healthcare was not for the American people it was just more control and gullible stupid people that wanted it will see how it will affect them. For those that can actually have the ability to tell a turd from rose. Please vote these power hungry idiots out of office.

Posted by: Lanche | June 3, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

#3. From the linked story:
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Greer, 47, and former party executive director Delmar Johnson used a ``shell company'' called Victory Strategies to raise money from the party for ``personal enrichment,'' said Bill Shepherd, Florida's statewide prosecutor.
Johnson was a cooperating witness and struck a plea deal.
Greer was charged with money laundering, committing a scheme to defraud and four theft charges. The theft charges carry a maximum five-year prison sentence. The others call for a maximum 30-year prison term.
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Greer is one of two accused felons who stole from the FRP and from all FL R donors. Crist and Rubio are not implicated in this story at all. We have read that Rubio had some other issues, but they are unrelated to this indictment.

I object to the implicit mischaracterization of this story as anything other than one about Greer, personally.

While I am raising objections, let me say that to rise to the level of a federal crime there must be an explicit offer of a valuable "favor" to alter a political decision and neither the CO nor the PA political discussions are within a mile of an indictment.

Also, it is not a crime to lie about one's military record in the political speechifying context, but would be, for example, to defraud the V.A., or if made on a security cleared or federal job application.

Intentionally disregarding safety standards on an off shore deepwater rig has possibilities worth inquiry, however.

And thanks, Ddawd.


Posted by: mark_in_austin | June 3, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

I see BP turned off the live video feed today.

That way the BPObama administration can maintain the fiction the flow out of the ground might increase by a maximum of 20% after they cut the crimped riser off the BOP.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 3, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

We are currently in 2 wars, the Koreas are closer to war than at any time since the 50's, unemployment is still at 10%, Iran is building a nuclear bomb, government is on the verge of bankruptcy and the worst ecological disaster in US history is unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico. And what does the president do? Has a party at the white house with Sir Paul et al while the world collapses around him. Please tell us again how that hopey changy thing is working out for you.

Posted by: AkCoyote | June 3, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Crony government and crony capitalism are the same thing. In China government controlled businesses are the same thing as business controlled government. No one can tell where one stops and the other starts.

Same in this country. The medical industry wrote the health "reform" bill, the oil and coal industries authored our country's "energy policy", Haliburton/Xe developed Rumsfeld/Cheney's war program, the list is endless. When industry regulates government to the same extent government regulates industry, that is crony capitalism.

It is the same in Bolivia and Venezuela. What the government calls itself makes no difference, it is the fusion of business and political power that creates the monster.


Posted by: shrink2 | June 3, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

""But, context does matter in politics and, in the words of a senior party operative granted anonymity to speak candidly, the Romanoff story "creates a pattern when combined with [New York Gov. David] Paterson and Sestak".

Another senior party strategist predicted that "this is going to result in a big spotlight on the political operations and how they have been operating,"


Let me guess -- these are the two that are regular commentators on Fox News, right?

I don't want to hear 'anonymous commentators' if they can't identify themselves, their opinions are not worth repeating.

Posted by: drindl "


Amen to this. If people want to anonymously reveal some insider information such as party strategy or the like, that's one thing. But why the hell do they need to be anonymous to repeat what every cable pundit in the world is saying? Put them on the record or don't use them. Anonymity shouldn't be a launching pad from which to throw talking points.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 3, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

I really wonder whether the Joe Sestak or Andrew Romanoff "horse-trading" stories will have enough staying power to last into November. OK, yeah, they're being trumped up now by Republicans scrambling for anything they can use to condemn the Democrats without really offering anything different themselves, but if all of the push is coming from agenda-driven Republicans, how long will it last? Shoot, just a few months ago, Republicans were trumpeting health care reform as the issue that would destroy the Democrats and bring smiles and sunshine back to the U.S., and now, there's barely a peep about it. I can't imagine the "political fallout" of the Romanoff situation will last more than a week or two, after which point it'll be on to another quasi-relevant issue.

That Carly Fiorina ad sounds silly. Is emphasizing terrorism over climate change really a winning strategy in California? Because I kind of doubt it. Unless the "South Park" movie becomes reality.

"Hey Alec, you know what sucks about being a Baldwin?"
"No, what?"
"NOTHING!"
"AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA--" KABOOM

Posted by: GJonahJameson | June 3, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

So far, the best the Republicans can do is attack Obama for at worst, offering a 3-star admiral and congressman, the position of Secretary of the Navy or appointing a Harvard/Yale educated college professor who taught in the third world, to a position in USAID, which wasn't even guaranteed. Will someone please wake me up when President Obama appoints the former lobbyist for the Arabian Horse Association as Director of FEMA (Michael "Brownie" Brown), or appoints a lawyer to the Supreme Court whose only published piece was a letter stating that George Bush was the greatest Gov in TX history (Harriet Miers), or when an OB-GYN whose excuse for sodimizing his wife in her sleep was that "he missed" is appointed to the FDA ("Dr" David Hager)or any other bufoon that marred the Bush administration

Posted by: gpsbus | June 3, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

drindl:

There's no question you have copy-and-paste skills like none other on this board. Do you have any actual thoughts of your own to share? Or do you let mediamatters and HuffPo do your thinking for you?

Drivl. Thoughts? Hahahahahahahahahaha

Posted by: Moonbat | June 3, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

shrink2:
"We want a break from crony capitalism."

Actually, I think more people want a break from crony government.

Here's a fun fact for your liberals who decry the evil and greed of corporate CEO's. Did you know that the taxpayer money used to bailout Fannie and Freddie, and which taxpayers are unlikely to ever recover, would pay the salaries of ALL CEO's for ALL national health insurance companies for the next 496 years?

Liberals have a hard time understanding math, and being able to comprehend the difference between a CEO stealing $1 million dollars and a politician wasting $100 billion, so if you need me to help explain to you how the math works, let me know.

Government waste in a single year on pork-barrell projects would pay private industry CEO's salaries many times over. Something to think about next time you demonize 'capitalism'....

Posted by: dbw1 | June 3, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Blarg writes
"Andrew Romanoff gets 11 paragraphs today and a long post yesterday. Even CC admits that the incident is unimportant.

Meanwhile, the former head of the Florida Republican Party was arrested on six felony charges. CC gives the story a couple paragraphs in spot #3, vaguely speculating about how it could affect the Florida Republicans. Jim Greer committed actual crimes and was arrested, but CC would rather talk about the Romanoff non-story."


It's a reflection of the beltway mentality & the availability of sources. The Greer story is outside the beltway, and nobody in the beltway knows what's going on, and probably don't care. But everybody in DC thinks they have the inside scoop on the WH, and the journalists are competing to be the one to get the big scoop. Within a week something else will come up & nobody will remember this story.

Posted by: bsimon1 | June 3, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

drindl:
"The whole Florida Republican party is outed as a criminal enterprise..."

How many members of the Florida Republican Party were arrested yesterday? All of them? Surely there must have been hundreds, or at least dozens, arrested if the 'whole party' is a criminal enterprise. Oh wait, here it is....ONE former party head was arrested. And the investigation was launched based on suspicions of other GOP members, and a request by other GOP members for an internal audit.

If only the Democrat party could have as much integrity to launch investigations of their own when corruption is obvious.

In the meantime, I think most folks other than oblivious party wonks like yourself do find a possible pattern of bribery inside the "most transparant White House ever" to be of particular interest.

Posted by: dbw1 | June 3, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Fiorina is a bulldog and doesn't stand a chance in hell. Neither does Meg Whitman. Getting lucky with the dot com boom qualifies Whitman for high office? What's wrong with this picture? Everyone who has ever deal with Ebay knows that Ebay are a bunch of unscrupulous crooks and that much of this is due to Whitman. Let her throw her money at a losing campaign...it is ill gotten money anyway. As for Fiorina, ask anyone who has ever worked underneath her...she is nothing but a fame and glory seeking narcissist that uses people as a source of narcissistic supply so she can get their money. HP products sucked under Fiorina. Both Fiorina's and Whitman are suffering from ego inflation and delusions of grandeur.

Posted by: vintel7 | June 3, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

"Remember that President Obama's brand -- the most powerful brand in politics today -- is built on the twin pillars of transparency and breaking with business as usual."

This is only true in the sense that Obama was not supposed to be Bush/Cheney as usual, an open question far greater than this insider baseball job offer "issue".

This brand meme means nothing to the great mass of American voters. The Obama administration was a message to Republicans, a message Republicans not only failed to understand, they have rejected the message. Therefore, Americans will continue to send the message, anti-incumbency, kooky candidates winning, etc.

We want a break from crony capitalism and if that means a break from business as usual, fine, but Obama, is all about business as usual, just less bad than Republican business as usual (Palin).

The Rand Paul phenomenon illustrates the point. Sure he is crazy, but he is not business as usual, ooops, actually he is worse (blaming BP is un-American?, it turns out crazy is just crazy business as usual).
Maybe we'll figure out an American "brand" of Socialism someday, but in the meantime, the already fat cats will get richer, as downwardly mobile Americans get angrier.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 3, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

drindl:

There's no question you have copy-and-paste skills like none other on this board. Do you have any actual thoughts of your own to share? Or do you let mediamatters and HuffPo do your thinking for you?

Posted by: dbw1 | June 3, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Why are repubicans complaining about BP? Haley Barbour says they are just fine:

" Barbour went on CNN to blame “news coverage” for the state’s woes, telling Wolf Blitzer that “we haven’t had enough oil hit Mississippi’s beaches to fill up a milk jug.” Barbour went out of his way to lavish praise on BP, exclaiming that the British oil conglomerate has been completely cooperative:

BARBOUR: But we haven’t had, really, any impact. I mean, we haven’t had enough oil hit Mississippi’s beaches to fill up a milk jug. Now, we’re prepared and we’re prepared for the worst. But thus far, we haven’t had any kind of incursion, except the news coverage is killing our tourist business. Everybody thinks that the Gulf Coast all the way around is ankle deep in oil. And, of course, it’s not. [...]

BARBOUR: We have. BP has never said no to any requests we have made. Now, some requests we’ve made they haven’t been able to perform. But they have never said no. The federal government, whether it’s the Coast Guard or whomever, has worked hard with us. Like I say, they’re giving a lot more attention to Louisiana and should be. But we are satisfied that they’re trying as hard as they can and that they are being very cooperative. I’m not going to complain."

Posted by: drindl | June 3, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: NYC_CON | June 3, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Obama should move the White House to Chicago, it would fit his corrupt style of politics better. I am sure there wasn't a job offer. Then why the hell did they even call the guy...come on America wake up to this toad and his supporters!

Posted by: staterighter | June 3, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Last week, Kentucky GOP Senate candidate Rand Paul proved that he has never actually read the Constitution by endorsing a plan to strip children born in the U.S. to undocumented parents of their citizenship. Today, Rep. Connie Mack (R-FL) hit back at Paul’s “disrespect[]” for the nation’s founding document:

“Late last week, Dr. Rand Paul, a candidate for the U.S. Senate in Kentucky, said, ‘We’re the only country I know that allows people to come in illegally, have a baby, and then that baby becomes a citizen … And I think that should stop also. . . .’”

“As we all know, the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution explicitly states, ‘All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States …’

“The Constitution was created to limit government, protect liberty and safeguard individual rights. Ignoring the plain meaning and written word of the Fourteenth Amendment – and indeed, the entire Constitution – disrespects the Constitution itself and discredits the candidate.”

Posted by: drindl | June 3, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Republicans, still clueless:

Rep. Don Young (R-AK) declared that the oil pumping into the Gulf is “not an environmental disaster”:

Young said: “This is not an environmental disaster, and I will say that again and again because it is a national phenomena. Oil has seeped into this ocean for centuries, will continue to do it. During World War II there was over 10 million barrels of oil spilt from ships, and no natural catastrophe. … We will lose some birds, we will lose some fixed sealife, but overall it will recover.”

Posted by: drindl | June 3, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

It's not business as usual until we resume waterboarding.

Posted by: bgreen2224 | June 3, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

The whole Florida Republican party is outed as a criminal enterprise and CC headlines, once again, with a total non-story that no one but rightwing dirtbags like drudge cares about.

Posted by: drindl | June 3, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

One would think the White House would find enough other things to keep them busy, instead of focusing their efforts on various Democratic state primary elections. The oil spill? Iraq and Afghanistan? The economy? Isn't the Democratic National Committee supposed to deal with Democrats running for election? Remember John McCain's reaction to the economic meltdown? He announced he was suspending his campaign and going back to Washington to work out a bipartisan solution. Obama, on the other hand, pretty much laughed at McCain and kept campaigning. Why should we be surprised at the President now? Big oil spill? Obama goes out campaigning. Job numbers getting worse? Obama goes campaigning. If it's not political campaigning, vacationing, or appointing a commission, don't count on the President to actually do anything.

Posted by: sam38 | June 3, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Whether it is a captain of a team or a battleship, the responsibility is the same: build the strongest game to fight off competition. In doing so, you have to strengthen, protect, and support the players or the soldiers already deployed.

Whether it Sestak (PA) or Romanoff (CO), he should respect that the President and his administration must first keep its current team intact. If each of the challengers believes that he is better than the incumbent, he needs to win the captain's endorsement, otherwise both risk looking more like juvenile brats throwing temper tantrums, than mature and wise public servants they want to be.

Sestak's revelations are less damning than Romanoff's claims, which seem to be partial disclosures. Puritans would term partial disclosures for personal gain, deliberate manipulation or even a lie.

Whether in politics, a championship match, or in war, disrespecting the team delivers better results in rare and exceptional circumstances.

The Romanoff campaign is fighting additional problems of integrity this week. They were just caught doctoring campaign photos: (a) making minorities look more prominent at campaign rallies, and (b) making the events look more robustly attended.

How will a team justify throwing a hard working player under the bus, when the contestant's teamwork and integrity credentials, and behavior are under a dark cloud? What demands will they make if they were on the team? How will they conduct themselves when the team needs to execute a rapid snap decision?

Posted by: rajeevrawat | June 3, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Assuming that Greer is guilty, the arrest has nothing to do with a "greedy old party" (as one moron brayed). Any organization can be the victim of a crime, including either of the political parties. Similarly, the Greer story involved the theft of money from a state party, and an arrest has been made. I am certain, as a Florida
Republican, we will be glad to see a conviction and prison time for Greer.
As far as the traitor in the White House is concerned, I wonder if the Democrat Attorney General will be as quick to arrest Obama, or even Emmanuel, for his flagrant violations of federal statutory law

Posted by: MARKM2 | June 3, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Whether it is a captain of a team or a battleship, the responsibility is the same: build the strongest game to fight off competition. In doing so, you have to strengthen, protect, and support the players or the soldiers already deployed.

Whether it Sestak (PA) or Romanoff (CO), he should respect that the President and his administration must first keep its current team intact. If each of the challengers believes that he is better than the incumbent, he needs to win the captain's endorsement, otherwise both risk looking more like juvenile brats throwing temper tantrums, than mature and wise public servants they want to be.

Sestak's revelations are less damning than Romanoff's claims, which seem to be partial disclosures. Puritans would term partial disclosures for personal gain, deliberate manipulation or even a lie.

Whether in politics, a championship match, or in war, disrespecting the team delivers better results in rare and exceptional circumstances.

The Romanoff campaign is fighting additional problems of integrity this week. They were just caught doctoring campaign photos: (a) making minorities look more prominent at campaign rallies, and (b) making the events look more robustly attended.

How will a team justify throwing a hard working player under the bus, when the contestant's credentials are and behavior are under a dark cloud?

Posted by: rajeevrawat | June 3, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

"President Obama's brand -- is built on the twin pillars of transparency and breaking with business as usual."
- - - - - - - - - -
LMAO!!! Someone tell Barry that his brand house has fallen down! Transparency?! Can you say Sestak? Breaking with business?? Can you say big bank bailouts?? Come on Aemrican electorate, we can do better than Barry the Scam-artist-in-Chief.

Posted by: NO-bama | June 3, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Quote from this article: "Remember that President Obama's brand ... is built on the twin pillars of transparency and breaking with business as usual."

Remember that the essence of a "brand" is that it can be bought, and that it can be sold.

Posted by: likeitis11 | June 3, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

The unmentioned backdrop for the Romanoff and Sestak stories is the Chicago political culture from which Obama came. He managed to keep his hands clean while Blagojevich went down, but I think many of us had nagging doubts in the back of our minds about whether or not Obama was involved in a similar political culture. The stories that are coming out now may be confirming the doubts that some of us had about his political background.

Posted by: clshipe | June 3, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Quote from this article: "Remember that President Obama's brand ... is built on the twin pillars of transparency and breaking with business as usual."

Remember that the essence of a "brand" is that it can be bought, and that it can be sold.

Posted by: likeitis11 | June 3, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

"But, context does matter in politics and, in the words of a senior party operative granted anonymity to speak candidly, the Romanoff story "creates a pattern when combined with [New York Gov. David] Paterson and Sestak".

Another senior party strategist predicted that "this is going to result in a big spotlight on the political operations and how they have been operating,"


Let me guess -- these are the two that are regular commentators on Fox News, right?

I don't want to hear 'anonymous commentators' if they can't identify themselves, their opinions are not worth repeating.

Posted by: drindl | June 3, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Clinton was a well documented lying, womanizing, scumbag before he took office as president and look what we ended up with. Obozzo was an inexperienced, failure at all ventures, hand in your pocket, crooked, lying, thief at the public trough before he took office as president and look what we ended up with.

Posted by: Bcamp55 | June 3, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

"Terrorism kills, and Barbara Boxer is worried about the weather," Fiorina says "


Fiorina is about nothing but winning. No vision, no ideas, nothing but trite little slogans and tag lines. Anybody even have any idea what she would do in office? No... she doesn't say, or care. It's all about winning to her, about being a big shot. Her record is shipping jobs overseas and driving a company nearly under. An empty shell.

Posted by: drindl | June 3, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

I see fake 37th is off his meds again. It could be a long day............

Posted by: jasperanselm | June 3, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Andrew Romanoff gets 11 paragraphs today and a long post yesterday. Even CC admits that the incident is unimportant.

Meanwhile, the former head of the Florida Republican Party was arrested on six felony charges. CC gives the story a couple paragraphs in spot #3, vaguely speculating about how it could affect the Florida Republicans. Jim Greer committed actual crimes and was arrested, but CC would rather talk about the Romanoff non-story.

Posted by: Blarg | June 3, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

RACKETEERING, poorly managed oil spill, all precursor's of what we can expect with governement run health care !

Posted by: corp21 | June 3, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: saintpetersblog | June 3, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Gail Collins on South Carolina politics this morning: "Lt. Governor Andre Bauer, who once compared the school lunch program to feeding stray animals, is pretty much a walking explanation for why Governor Sanford was never tossed out of office."

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/03/opinion/03collins.html?hp

Posted by: margaretmeyers | June 3, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

I'm sure George Bush will get blamed for this as well. Caught with their pants down again...

Posted by: stopthem | June 3, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Also to all you Obama haters who say he is a socialist, Nazi or liar. You should look into the mirror and actually come back to reality. Cheney and Bush lied and were so secretive thye left a pile of stuff for Obama to clean up. If you right wings nut jobs want your country bakc maybe you should not of givne it away to big business while waiting for, oh my lord- a blakc man to be elcted. You all gave your country away to Bush.

Posted by: Brainny | June 3, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Uphold the law and investigate.

Posted by: 45upnorth | June 3, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Right Wing nut jobs need to calm down. While I do not like politics as usual. At least this White Hosue is not completly bought and paid for by Big Business like the Grand Obsolete Party. Obama actually ahs bene more transparent as Bush and not as much of a shill for big business. Wait, Cheney was president.

Posted by: Brainny | June 3, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse


The country deserves an INDEPENDENT PROSECUTOR TO INVESTIGATE


1) Whether the Obama people, through a Union Official, made an offer to Blago with the intent to get Valerie Jarrett the appointment to the US Senate.


2) The Sestak affair, whether the Obama perople, through another third party, Bill Clinton, made an offer to Sestak to illegally influence the PA primary.


3) The Romanoff affair - whether an offer was made there to influence that election.


IT APPEARS THAT THERE MAY BE A CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE HERE - REPEATEDLY BREAKING THE SAME LAWS.


THAT WOULD MAKE OBAMA GUILT OF RACKETEERING.


ALL THESE CRIMES ARE IMPEACHABLE OFFENSES.


The American people need to clean house -


When MMS wasn't cleaned out properly, and oil rig safety was allowed to continue to be lax, look what happened to the Gulf of Mexico.


We have to clean house with Obama - NOW.


.

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 3, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Obama gave an economic speech yesterday - and it is really ASTONISHING how much he bases his platform and ideas on FRAUDS AND LIES.

It is CLEAR. This is just another retread of the FRAUDS AND LIES OF 2008.

Clearly -

1) Bill Clinton REPEALED the Glass-Steagall Act - which repealed BANKING REGULATIONS WHICH SAFEGUARDED the financial strength of banks, insurance companies and wall street securities firms - this was BILL CLINTON

2) Bill Clinton allowed the accounting standards to slide


3) Bill Clinton allowed the DERIVATIVES MARKETS TO BE DEREGULATED -


4) Bill Clinton's internet bubble economy rolled into the mortgage bubble economy -


5) It was Bill Clinton's appointees at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac who have been at the head of those messes - which have not yet been properly addressed.


This list can continue - but to say that the Republicans are solely responsible for the economic ills is just RIDICULOUS.

This is Obama's problem - HE IS CONSTANTLY PUSHING FRAUDS AND LIES.

Obama says things like "we tried it your way" - it just just not reflective of reality - and it says nothing about the role of the democrats in this mess.

Hillary ran 3 major campaigns in 10 years - fundraising through Wall Street the whole way through - WHOS'S WAY WAS THAT?

Seriously folks - how is the nation supposed to take Obama seriously at all when he says things like this - AND it appears that his policies are guided by this kind of crap ?

A president has a proper political role - but more importantly the president is supposed to be a leader of the nation as a whole - on this OBAMA HAS FAILED COMPLETELY.

AND WHAT EXACTLY IS OBAMA'S WAY ????

OBAMA'S ONLY ECONOMIC AND BUSINESS EXPERIENCE IS BUYING COCAINE - don't expect him to come up with much in terms of sound economic policies.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 3, 2010 8:40 AM | Report abuse

Gulf oil spill conveniently diverts attention from ongoing Bush-legacy atrocities -- the politics of chaos and cataclysm?

HOMELAND 'FUSION CENTERS' SILENTLY ASSAULT, TORTURE, IMPAIR, SUBJUGATE U.S. CITIZENS WITH CELL TOWER MICROWAVE WEAPON SYSTEM, FINANCIAL SABOTAGE, 'COMMUNITY WATCH' VIGILANTE TERRORISM: VETERAN JOURNALIST


* Thousands of Americans slandered as "dissidents" or undesirables, targeted by Bush-era multi-agency legacy program for debilitating cell tower- based precision-targeted microwave//laser assault, held hostage to fed-supported vigilante "community policing" GPS-equipped stalking units that menace, vandalize and terrorize as local police look the other way.

* Microwave laser radio frequency weapon system -- a nationwide installation employing cell towers and satellites -- silently, invisibly induces weakness, exhaustion, mood changes, pain, head and body aches, physical and neurological impairment, strokes, aneurysms, sickness, cancer -- and many victims do not realize what is making them sick.

===== POLITICAL LEADERS MAY BE AMONG TARGETS =====

* Regional Homeland Security- administered "fusion centers" reportedly serve as command centers for covert electromagnetic radiation attacks, pervasive surveillance, financial sabotage of those identified as "dissidents," "trouble-makers" or slandered as threats to society.

* Use of microwave weaponry to torture and impair political opponents recently confirmed by deposed Honduras President Manuel Zelaya.

"These are crimes against humanity and the Constitution, being perpetrated under the cover of national security and 'safe streets' by multiple federal and local agencies and commands -- an American genocide hiding in plain sight, enabled by the naivete of those who think 'it can't happen here.'" -- Vic Livingston, former reporter for WTXF-TV Philadelphia, Phila. Bulletin, N.Y. Daily News, St. Petersburg Times; producer/host, MSG Network; columnist, NowPublic.com/scrivener.

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves

BUCKS COUNTY, PA- BASED MAGLOCLEN FUSION CENTER -- "Centcom of a Mid-Atlantic States Extrajudicial Gestapo."

http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america

OR NowPublic.com/scrivener (see "stories" list) OR Facebook -- Vic Livingston ("Notes")

Posted by: scrivener50 | June 3, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

When the democrats elected Obama - many said they wanted a blank page.

But what they didn't realize is that is EXACTLY what they got - a blank page.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 3, 2010 8:27 AM | Report abuse

The controversy regarding "political horse trading" is not serious. However, when you read the law in context with Sestak, the law was violated. Hearing Democrat politicians saying everybody horse trades doesn't make it right especially when Obama said he was going to do tings differently. If the elections statute is faulty, abolish it. Until then, it is the law and must be upheld. Downplaying the issue leaves the impression that laws are made for everybody else, and not the political class. And that is the reason I do not support any political party or any politician. It is becoming more of an effort to vote each election. I vote for what I consider the lesser of evils among those who are running and hope for the best.

Posted by: saelij | June 3, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

mark, here's the video. I forgot you can find these things on the interchutes.

http://www.dailykingfish.com/diary/1520/state-senator-butch-gautreaux-on-hardball

I've only read second hand stuff about it, but I believe the guy is calling out Gov. Jindal for blaming Obama for not doing enough while sitting on the $25 million that BP gave the state.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 3, 2010 8:05 AM | Report abuse

Criszilla does the nation a disservice by indulging in these fux news stories. There is no "there" there. No one outside the punditry thinks anything of anything about this nonsense for a second. republicons are desperate because they have no agenda. Still. Voting republicon is like -- you have an alcoholic roomate. you loan him you car. He crashes it. The day it comes back out of the shop that same alcoholic roomate asks if he can borrow it to go to a weeding reception with an open bar. Saying yes? THAT is voting republicon.

Posted by: John1263 | June 3, 2010 7:47 AM | Report abuse

ddawd, I do not watch cable news. What did the LA state senator say and why was it noteworthy?

I'll ck in later to read your reply. Gotta go now!

Posted by: mark_in_austin | June 3, 2010 7:42 AM | Report abuse

As an angry, hatefilled RW nut (as Pelosi would describe me) who thinks Obama is three job promotions over his head, I still can't help but think that this Romanoff (et. al) story is much ado about nothing. It reminds me of the US Attorney firing in the Bush years. As the imbeciles on the left saw conspiracies in the tea leaves, it was just business as usual. Of course, that is the whole point with Barry: this is business as usual. But, hey, like Gitmo, rendition, targeted killings, wire tapping- what's good for the goose is good for the gander. Grill Obama's team until they weep.

Posted by: JohnnyGee | June 3, 2010 7:41 AM | Report abuse

So Obama is corrupt AND inept. The scales fall from the eyes.

Posted by: Moonbat | June 3, 2010 7:25 AM | Report abuse

Regarding the Sestak and Romanoff "incidents," Cillizza writes, "Neither incident -- on their face -- amounts to all that much as this sort of horse-trading is commonplace in the rough and tumble of electoral politics."

Then why are you wasting our time with it?

Cillizza explains, "But, context does matter in politics and, in the words of a senior party operative granted anonymity to speak candidly, the Romanoff story "creates a pattern when combined with [New York Gov. David] Paterson and Sestak."

What pattern would that be? Law-abiding politicians acting like law-abiding politicians? HEAVEN FORBID!

Posted by: paul6554 | June 3, 2010 7:20 AM | Report abuse

Isn't this the politics of old that Obama promised would end if elected? What's worse, the same old DC politics or the Chicago style politics Obama brought with him to the White House? Change we can believe in! Oh boy!

Posted by: Atlanta1 | June 3, 2010 7:17 AM | Report abuse

Golf, basketball, vacations, Rock Festivals, the Gulf Spill and now Romanoff and Sestak.

Can't you just see Obama sitting on the front porch with Jimmy Carter drinking their Southern Comforts.

Posted by: jeanryan1752 | June 3, 2010 7:14 AM | Report abuse

#4, here's Weigel's coverage of the "weather" ad

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/right-now/2010/06/carly_fiorina_calls_climate_ch.html

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Boxer:

"Fiorina's latest negative attack ad once again gets it wrong," Boxer's campaign manager said in an email. "There is a clear choice in this race when it comes to strengthening national security
and fighting terrorism. Senator Boxer has successfully advocated for tough measures to protect America -- from sanctions on Iran to allowing specially-trained pilots to have guns in the cockpit.

"Meanwhile, Fiorina has a troubling record on protecting Americans from terrorism. She supports allowing people on the no-fly list to buy guns and during her tenure at HP the company was trading with Iran, a State Sponsor of Terror."

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Chris left that second part out. Thought it might be interesting.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 3, 2010 7:07 AM | Report abuse

Politico reported a top Democrat in the House saying this is the end for Democrats in the Fall of 2010 regarding this Romanoff and Sestak Affair.

This is NOT "Change we can Believe In"

Posted by: jeanryan1752 | June 3, 2010 7:05 AM | Report abuse

Do any of you watch Chris Matthew' show? Anyone catch an interview with one of Louisiana's state Senators?

Posted by: DDAWD | June 3, 2010 6:57 AM | Report abuse


Barry's tangled web of lies and corruption is starting to unravel.

Posted by: screwjob16 | June 3, 2010 6:55 AM | Report abuse

#3: I don't have much confidence in Kendrick Meek as a candidate. I don't think the Democrats can get him elected Senator, but I think the Republicans just might be able to accomplish this for him.

The indictment of Greer will lay bare the workings of the Florida State Greedy Ol' Party. This will feed the TEA Party, but Rubio, their acked candidate, is already implicated in the grabbing.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | June 3, 2010 6:45 AM | Report abuse

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