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Morning Fix: Obama's Ft. Hood moment

1. Key among the factors that make President Obama more personally popular than his policies are his considerable rhetorical gifts, which were on display in the remarks he delivered Tuesday at Fort Hood, days after shooting on the base that left more than a dozen American military men and women dead. The speech immediately drew rave reviews from some of those who cover the White House. "That's going to be a speech that's remembered and quoted from for quite some time; struck a balance of commander and consoler," tweeted NBC's Chuck Todd. And, the Atlantic's Marc Ambinder titled a blog post on the address: "The Best Speech Obama's Given Since...Maybe Ever". The full transcript of the speech is worth a read. A few excerpts: "Every evening that the sun sets on a tranquil town; every dawn that a flag is unfurled; every moment that an American enjoys life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness -- that is their legacy"....."It may be hard to comprehend the twisted logic that led to this tragedy. But this much we do know -- no faith justifies these murderous and craven acts; no just and loving God looks upon them with favor"...."In an age of selfishness, they embody responsibility. In an era of division, they call upon us to come together. In a time of cynicism, they remind us of who we are as Americans." Will the speech fundamentally re-shape the political dynamic? Nope. But, it should serve as a reminder of Obama's considerable gifts as an orator and how he has learned to leverage those gifts at critical moments during the 2008 campaign (Rev. Wright) and now as president with this speech.

2. New data in an Associated Press national survey show -- in the words of the AP's Liz Sidoti -- that "America is in a funk." The evidence: 1) Nearly six in ten (56 percent) believe the country is headed in the wrong direction, a drastic turnaround from an AP April survey that showed 48 percent thought the country was going in the right direction and 44 said it was off on the wrong track. 2) There is considerable division about how Obama is handling the economy (46 percent approve/49 percent disapprove), the war in Afghanistan (42 approve/48 disapprove) and health care (49 percent approve/46 disapprove). 3) Less than four in ten Americans (39 percent) back the health care plan making its way through Congress while 45 percent disapprove of the plan, a decline from early October polling for the AP that showed 40 percent support and 40 percent opposition to the legislation.

3. Expect to see the "no women in the Obama inner circle" narrative pop back up in the wake of the news that White House communications director Anita Dunn is leaving to be replaced by deputy Dan Pfeiffer. (There was already some grumbling among female Democratic operatives in the immediate aftermath of the announcement Tuesday.) The White House pushback? That Obama has put more women in prominent positions -- Hillary Clinton at State, Janet Napolitano at the Department of Homeland Security, Kathleen Sebelius at Health and Human Services -- than any president before him. And, to directly rebut the charges of no women in the inner circle, White House aides rattle off senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, scheduler Alyssa Matromonaco, energy czar Carol Browner and economics adviser Christina Romer.

4. North Carolina attorney Cal Cunningham's decision not to run against Sen. Richard Burr (R) in 2010 was cast by national Republicans as the latest in a series of recruiting setbacks for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in the state. True -- but only to a point. Senate Democrats and the White House were going hard after state Attorney General Roy Cooper -- President Obama called him to urge him to run -- and were disappointed when he decided against a bid. Polling suggested Cooper would have been a slight favorite in a race against Burr. And, while the DSCC didn't recruit Cunningham, they came away favorably impressed with him. Still, it might be a bit of premature celebration as Rep. Bob Etheridge, a former statewide elected official, continues to mull the contest with a decision expected this week. (Those familiar with Etheridge's thinking insist he remains genuinely undecided on the race.) If Etheridge is a "no," expect Senate Democrats to make another run at Cunningham a la 2008 when then state Sen. Kay Hagan said "no" before saying "yes" to her ultimately successful challenge to then Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R). And, although she has largely been lost in the shuffle, Secretary of State Elaine Marshall (D) is already in the race.

5. The squeeze is on for Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) on health care in the form of a new series of ads paid for by the liberal Blue America PAC that cast the Arkansas Democrat as bought and paid for by insurers. "Blanche Lincoln claims to fight for health care reform but whose interests does she really represent," asks the ad's narrator before noting that Lincoln has taken more than $2 million in campaign contributions from the health and insurance industries. The narrator concludes the ad by asking viewers to call Lincoln and "demand she allow an up or down vote on the public option." (This is the fourth ad paid for by Blue America targeting Lincoln this year.) Polling shows Lincoln, who is up for re-election in 2010, holding relatively slim margins over a series of unknown Republican candidates. Lincoln's dilemma? How to walk the line between the conservative leanings of the Razorback State -- Obama took just 39 percent there in 2009 -- and the increasingly vocal and well-funded left within her own party who see the inclusion of a public option as a sine qua non for health care reform.

6. Pollster.com's Mark Blumenthal goes inside the last-minute polling in New York's 23rd district to figure out why the data showed a surge for Conservative Party nominee Doug Hoffman when Democrat Bill Owens prevailed on election day. His conclusion? There was significant volatility in the Syracuse media market -- Oswego, Oneida and Madison counties -- in the western part of the district where neither Hoffman nor Owens was well known. These voters had less information about the race than those in the central and western portions of the district and so, when state Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava (R) dropped out 72 hours before the vote and endorsed Owens 48 hours before the vote, they began to pay serious attention for the first time, argues Blumenthal. Concludes Blumenthal: "For those who shifted to Owens that weekend, however, the campaign had started anew. Their final decisions were probably not made until they cast a ballot on Tuesday." It's as good a theory as we've heard.

7. Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (D) is one of the ultimate Hamlets of American politics -- forever weighing this race or that but never actually running for a promotion. (For a fuller list of political Hamlets, check out our post from way back in 2005 on the subject.) And so, it's hard for us to take too seriously this report in the New Haven Independent. "I have no present plans to run for governor," Blumenthal said in a classic example of purposeful leaving-the-door-open-ism. "I am hearing from a lot of people. At this point I have no plans to run for governor." Every Democrat we talk to in the state -- many of whom, granted, already have a horse in the race -- insists that Blumenthal has always had his eye on the Senate seat and has been working behind the scenes to ensure he has an unimpeded path to a challenge to Sen. Joe Lieberman (I) in 2012. Assuming Blumenthal is not in, then the Democratic field with a top three of 2006 Senate nominee Ned Lamont, Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz and Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy is set.

8. Polling conducted for the Indiana Democratic Party suggests that Sen. Evan Bayh (D) remains extremely popular in the Hoosier State despite criticism from the liberal left over his stance on health care. The poll, which was conducted in 20 competitive legislative districts across the state, showed that 63 percent of Indiana voters approved of the job Bayh is doing while 31 percent disapproved -- including a solid 55 percent job approval score among critical independent voters. Those numbers were far stronger than President Obama's job approval numbers in the 20 districts (48 fav/51 unfav). A memo on the poll obtained by the Fix touts Bayh's "enviable support for a Democrat in some of the most competitive areas of Indiana." Given those poll numbers and Bayh's massive campaign warchest -- nearly $13 million in the bank -- it's hard to see how the Indiana Democrat loses.

9. CNN's Dana Bash pens a piece on Fix 2012 darkhorse John Thune (R-S.D.) in which he demurs about his interest without totally ruling out a run. Thune touts his "regular guy" credentials and common-sense conservative principles. Those principles? "One is that you can't spend money you don't have," said Thune. "Two is, when you borrow money, you have to pay it back." Thune insisted to Bash that he is totally focused on his 2010 re-election race despite the fact that he has no Democratic opponent and ended September with $5.5 million in the bank. (Insert eye roll here.) Thune, a strong conservative without the hard edges, is widely regarded by smart operatives as making the sort of moves -- a broadened policy palette etc. -- that suggest a national bid in the offing.

10. Colbert does Delaware -- and Republican Rep. Mike Castle. Colbert's best line? "This is like interviewing a panda." (Due to Castle's status as a "moderate Republican.")

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 11, 2009; 6:47 AM ET
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Ihave never, ever, seen so much bs and pure meaness in my life. It is sickening to see and hear what some of these radical GOP'ers will put in print. Those that aren't totally crazy, which is 95%, are also stupid.

Sorry I had to resort to the same meaness, but people can stomach just so much.

Posted by: bettyb2 | November 11, 2009 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Ihave never, ever, seen so much bs and pure meaness in my life. It is sickening to see and hear what some of these radical GOP'ers will put in print. Those that aren't totally crazy, which is 95%, are also stupid.

Sorry I had to resort to the same meaness, but people can stomach just so much.

Posted by: bettyb2 | November 11, 2009 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Now get ready for a torrent of stooge/moonbat/loud and dumb posts.

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To hell with him. If CC thinks he's cute with all his pedophile BS then there really isn't anything we can do but wait for him to get bored and move on.

PgUp. Ignore.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 11, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

A quick perusal of this board unearthed this post:

"Wreath laying

that's more like his speed."

What a classy post on Veterans Day.

Now get ready for a torrent of stooge/moonbat/loud and dumb posts.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | November 11, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

with the arrival of the second stooge, the blog spirals into facebook chatter.

what is on the menu for today? recipes, movie reviews. last nights date? How about a series on investment decisions for the uninformed? I know, overseas real estate values and elementary education in communist societies.

Posted by: snowbama | November 11, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

As a Republican I am totally embarrassed by the behavior of the far right and the ill mannered who chose a day of mourning to spew their hate filled, Anti-Obama rhetoric.

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Which really begs the question, how can you still align with the GOP? If you have the decency and humanity to be offended by the berserker behavior of the modern GOP, what would it take to make you break away?

If I had been a Republican before it would have been the embrace of torture that pivoted me away, no later than 2004. And they're a lot worse since then.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 11, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Never mind calling him Fred Phelps, just ignore him. It's obvious that he's mentally ill, reading his stuff is just degrading. Use the PgUp key and look for posts by contributors. We've had enough crap from mental patients on here.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 11, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

here's another one:

"Colorado State Sen. Dave Schultheis (R-Colorado Springs) posted a tweet yesterday that called for a derailing of President Obama's agenda in a rather bold way.

"Don't for a second, think Obama wants what is best for U.S. He is flying the U.S. Plane right into the ground at full speed. Let's Roll," the tweet reads.

"Let's roll" were the final words of Todd Beamer, a passenger aboard United Airlines Flight 93, one of the four flights hijacked on September 11 and the only one to crash before reaching its intended target. The flight was diverted to Washington, D.C. after it was hijacked, but crashed in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania after passengers tried to thwart the hijackers.

This isn't the first time Sen. Schultheis has had his brash way with words. The staunch conservative lawmaker voted against a Colorado bill requiring pregnant women to undergo HIV testing to help reduce risks for the baby and offered this in the way of an explanation:

What I'm hoping is that yes, that person may have AIDS, have it seriously as a baby and when they grow up, but the mother will begin to feel guilt as a result of that"

Posted by: drindl | November 11, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

here's a good example -- take a tragic event, and twist it for your hate-filled agenda:


"One of the lasting images from Rep. Michele Bachmann’s (R-MN) “House Call” — the right-wing “press conference” (i.e. a rally) against health care reform on Capitol Hill last week — was an — captured by ThinkProgress here — read: “National Socialist Health Care: Dachau, Germany – 1945.” Another sign said that “Obama takes his orders from the Rothchilds [sic],” a reference to the famous Jewish banking family often implicated in conspiracy theories."

Posted by: drindl | November 11, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

mj - hate if all Fred Phelps/snowbama knows or understands. He hates america, he hates obama, he hates military families and disprspects their loss.

The is the ugly face of the rightwing today.

Posted by: drindl | November 11, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

It is so sad to read such nasty comments about a very tragic day in our military families. That anyone politicizes Mr. Obama's comments says far more about them and their lack of respect for the bereaving families of those gunned down by this madman. It is amazing. As a Republican I am totally embarrassed by the behavior of the far right and the ill mannered who chose a day of mourning to spew their hate filled, Anti-Obama rhetoric. Frankly, who cares if anyone except these grieving family members liked what Obama said. it is the height of hatefulness to make this time harder for these people already suffering such loss.

Posted by: mJJ2 | November 11, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

The very next paragraph is going to make the nut jobs on the far left excitable beyond belief. I am not referring to all Democrats or even a majority of liberals. I am singling out the "they've-lost-all-touch-with-reality" crowd. This includes Media Matters for America led by the admitted hit-and-run, drunk-driving serial liar. The group includes the unshaven, bathrobe-clad unemployed who live in their mother's basement and are devout followers of MoveOn.Org. It is also the bitter, aging spinster working at the New York Times, the morbidly obese documentary film maker, and cable TV news' resident drama queen who hosts MSNBC's Countdown. They are about to simultaneously suffer from brain aneurisms. So without further delay, I'll say it.

Barack Obama despises America.

When people who voted for Obama in 2008 -- including registered Democrats -- start speaking in normal conversational voices at dinner parties, neighborhood gatherings and PTA meetings that the over-inflated ego from Chicago has it "in for America," then it's clear most reasonable people have reached the same conclusion.

The central conviction of Obama's ideology is that America is guilty of limitless moral failures and is the chief architect of the world's ills. Obama has boundless enmity for America, its key institutions, and its longtime allies.


http://spectator.org/archives/2009/11/11/the-man-who-despises-america

I think he is talking about the Fix's base posters.

Posted by: snowbama | November 11, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

hate-filled as that lunatic.

Posted by: drivl

Why do all its posts seem as if the barking mad moonbat is yelling into the mirror?

Trouble with reality again old dear? Perhaps a few additional sessions each week.

Posted by: snowbama | November 11, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

No facts need interfere with drivl's deranged view of the world.

So clearly a victim, but of what? Scrivener's brain ray?

Posted by: snowbama | November 11, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Grotesque. Republicans falling over each other, tied in knots trying to pose as the more enraged bigot; vicious, old, downwardly mobile white people playing
political Twister.

Posted by: shrink2 | November 11, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

IN fact, the entire 'conservative' movement has now turned into Fred Phelps -- only lives to hate.

" New data in an Associated Press national survey show -- in the words of the AP's Liz Sidoti -- that "America is in a funk." If you think Sidoti or AP is a reliable source, you might want to check back on all their hit pieces on Obama during the campaign. AP is now entirely Republican owned and operated."

And CC, you once again, did not put this into perspective in that the numbers stood at above 80% saying the country was moving in the wrong direction, just over a year ago.

And Joe, I imagine CC spends quite a bit of time with folks like Chip Salsman and David Broder, which explains a lot of what we see here.

Posted by: drindl | November 11, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

See! I told you the oozing slime would show up to denounce Obama for paying his respects to the fallen. This insect has no humanity -- it might be a program for all we know.

I suggest that from now on we refer to snowbama/kingofzouk as the Fred Phelps of blogging, because he is just as hate-filled as that lunatic.

Posted by: drindl | November 11, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

...the off year election results in STATE governors' races were not a referendum on anything beyond the relative merits of the candidates who are running (Deeds, Corzine, etc.)"

Well Joe, sorry to pick on you, but again, don't forget the one race that was NOT about the merits of the candidates, but rather, the significant volatility in the Syracuse media market, which pretty much explains what happened there.

Posted by: shrink2 | November 11, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

" Key among the factors that make President Obama more personally popular than his policies"

This is yet another silly, unsupported statement, CC. You only think this because most of the people you listen to are part of the furthest rightwing 20% of americans.

Posted by: drindl | November 11, 2009 10:34 AM
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Agreed, d. Except I would put the number at 17% max. But if you are in a room with Tucker Carlson, Hannity, Rush, and Chip Salsman, I would not be surprised if you get the impression BHO is unpopular, or a commie, instead of a chief execitive enjoying 56% support (up 3% from his percentage of the vote in 2008).

BTW, polls show that if Phalin, easily the most popular GOPer, were to run against BHO today, BHO would win by 23 points! We really won't find out how popular BHO's policies are until he runs for reelection. The cherrypicked polls featured in this space, the mothership (Drudge), and Fox are intended to influence public opinion, not honestly measure it.

Contrary to the GOP line this space relentlessly pushes, the off year election results in STATE governors' races were not a referendum on anything beyond the relative merits of the candidates who are running (Deeds, Corzine, etc.).`

Posted by: broadwayjoe | November 11, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

I wathched president's first remarks regarding this massacre during his speech to native americans' and after the shout out. It sounded really phony. First twenty minutes you are jovial and making funny comments and then you change your expression like an actor and make comments regarding people gunned down.

What is more important as a commander-in-chief?

Can not you come out and give same comments before?

Why you have to remember about those 13 dead and 30+ wounded after 20 minutes to your speech.

I could not help but to think his speech was rehearsed When I watched his speech yesterday.

Posted by: VoterfromIL | November 11, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

It's clear, m_i_a, that some natures have no better angels to which you may appeal. Lovely effort, though.

Posted by: nodebris | November 11, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

SECRET MULTI-AGENCY FED PROGRAM TORTURES, IMPAIRS, PERSECUTES THOUSANDS OF U.S. CITIZENS WITH SILENT MICROWAVE/LASER WEAPONS, LOCAL VIGILANTISM

• Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan

• FEMA Director Craig Fugate

• NSA Director Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander

• DIA Director Maj. Gen. Michael Maples

• DOJ Asst. Atty. Gen./National Security David Kris

• FBI Director Robert Mueller

TEAM OBAMA, CONGRESS MUST ASK:

What do they know -- and when did they know it?

http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america OR http://NowPublic.com/scrivener RE: "GESTAPO USA"

Posted by: scrivener50 | November 11, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Before shooting up a medical facility on that Army base, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan reportedly shouted “Allahu Akbar.”

While Hasan gave a shout-out to Allah before shooting, President Obama gave a shout-out to "Dr. Joe Medicine Crow” before getting around to mentioning the massacre on the day it happened.

President Obama's response to abortionist George Tiller was “I am shocked and outraged by the murder of Dr. George Tiller.”

President Obama’s response to the slaughter of 13 Americans by a Muslim at a U.S. military installation was to instruct Americans not to “jump to any conclusions.”

There was a risk that right-wingers’s would start playing the old “Blame The Perpetrator” game.

While the rest of us were supposed to avoid coming to the obvious conclusion, liberals went to work establishing a counterintuitive conclusion -- which they plan to make conventional wisdom by Wednesday.

The mainstream media and government officials waited for no information – indeed actively avoided learning any information -- before leaping to the conclusion that Hasan’s mass murder was set off by traumatic stress.

Hasan’s family members, egged on by the media, portray their murderous relative as the victim – of vague taunts by fellow servicemen for being a Muslim.

Posted by: snowbama | November 11, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

"Pollster.com's Mark Blumenthal goes inside the last-minute polling in New York's 23rd district to figure out why the data showed a surge for Conservative Party nominee Doug Hoffman when Democrat Bill Owens prevailed on election day. His conclusion? There was significant volatility in the Syracuse media market -- Oswego, Oneida and Madison counties -- in the western part of the district where neither Hoffman nor Owens was well known."

If I started training to become a boxer, you'll see a surge in my abilities. Are you going to wonder why I can't take the heavyweight title? Give Hoff a boatload of money and no Republican candidate and of course he is going to surge. That doesn't mean he's going to win.

Posted by: DDAWD | November 11, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Chris:

Cal Cunningham used to be my State Senator in North Carolina for a couple of years.

It's amazing to me that in a State of 9 million people, the Democrats are down to recruiting a former short-termed State Senator who has never ran in a competitive campaign, and "retired" when faced with running for re-election in a non-gerrymandered district.
Yes he's very, very, educated, is a veteran, and is photogenic, but it seems to me that a Party that has pretty much controlled the Council of State for 30 years can't come up with someone with a little more experience than being elected to a UNC Student Body President and a one term State Senator in a gerrymandered District. Then again, I remember John Edwards (and he won!).
Is it just my little partisan mind, or are they starting to strike out everywhere for 2010?
Burr is a boring and uninspiring Senator. Can't the Democrats can do better than this?

Posted by: SouthernAWF | November 11, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Concerning the NY23 race, there was a huge number of undecided voters up to the last poll-- as high as 18% in at least one poll released just 2 days before the election. My guess is that the majority of undecideds were never going to be Hoffman voters to begin with, but were weighing their choices between Scozzafava and Owens. Once she pulled out, the choice was made for them-- and at that point, some of the absentee ballots had already been cast, and it was really too late to conduct more polling. Note that while Hoffman gained 3-4 points over the polls, Owens gained something like 12-13 points.

Posted by: dcgrasso1 | November 11, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Wreath laying

that's more like his speed.

Posted by: snowbama | November 11, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Democrats must not be "hoodwinked and fooled" into an abortion fight that does not really exist! We should be smarter than that... We must keep our "eye" on the Prize -- the long awaited and wished for Goal of healthcare for all Americans and lower premiums for those who are already insured. Democrats have a chance to lead by actually doing something good for Americans -- like health care, which is tied to the deficit and the bankrupting of businesses and families. We must keep our "eye" on the Prize and not be labeled with the title of another "do nothing Congress"!

GOP politicians and operatives continue to dishonestly and deceptively say that they cannot support a public option, they claim that they want to keep costs down for the American people! Really? This they claim all the while knowing that a public option/competition is the only way to really control cost and to bring about true reform thereby putting a definite Halt to the “out of control” medical costs and premiums crippling people and businesses today, making it harder and harder for average Americans and young people to realize and take advantage of the slowly, slipping away American Dream. One could ask themselves, If you happen to lose your job today or tomorrow in these unstable economic times and at a time when we currently do not have healthcare reform for all, who would pay you or your familiy's health care costs, that is, if you are lucky enough to be able to see a doctor without insurance? This American Dream, now being called Socialism by the GOP has slowly been slipping away, and is in the last throes of dying, if we do not forge a new path onwards toward inclusion and cooperation for all. This dream of America will die to be replaced with just another third world country -- only to go by the wayside and into the history books as another failed experiment.

(FYI: The Conservative blog "Powerline" barred me from commenting on their blog because my ideas were opposite theirs. This is something a Liberal blog would never do -- censor free speach because it did not agree with theirs!)

Posted by: wdsoulplane | November 11, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

I thought the Ft Hood speech was peculiar. In one part Obama implies he's an expert on Islam when he says that Hasan's religious motivation, was "twisted logic." Obama makes this judgement on Islam despite the fact that Hasan's act (and many like it) was explicitly endorsed by his former Falls Church imam. Now I am no expert on this subject; but it seems to me to divide Islamic scholars and holy men. And I doubt POTUS is qualified to speak on the Islamic aspect of it.

Also peculiar was Obama's act of condemning Hasan to "justice" in the afterlife, implying that he is unforgivable by a just God. I believe in redemption, which I think is kind of basic to Judaeo/Christian thought. Obama apparently doesn't. I find this remarkable.

So while this speech may continue to send thrills up some NBC staffers' legs, it leaves me nonplussed. The fluff was puffy, the substance as usual was not there.

Posted by: Schwabcycler | November 11, 2009 10:54 AM | Report abuse

that liberal media...

'The New York Post editor fired after speaking out against a cartoon depicting the author of the president's stimulus package as a dead chimpanzee has sued the paper. And as part of her complaint, Sandra Guzman levels some remarkable, embarrassing, and potentially damaging allegations.

Guzman has filed a complaint against News Corporation, the New York Post and the paper's editor in chief Col Allan in the Southern District Court of New York, alleging harassment as well as "unlawful employment practices and retaliation."

As part of the 38-page complaint, Guzman paints the Post newsroom as a male-dominated frat house and Allan in particular as sexist, offensive and domineering. Guzman alleges that she and others were routinely subjected to misogynistic behavior. She says that hiring practices at the paper -- as well as her firing -- were driven by racial prejudices rather than merit.

And she recounts the paper's D.C. bureau chief stating that the publication's goal was to "destroy [President] Barack Obama."

Posted by: drindl | November 11, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

" Key among the factors that make President Obama more personally popular than his policies"

This is yet another silly, unsupported statement, CC. You only think this because most of the people you listen to are part of the furthest rightwing 20% of americans.

Posted by: drindl | November 11, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Mark, you forget that you are talking to people who are driven insane by hatred of Obama. I'm surprised there's not already a venomous Drudge link... there likely will be.

Posted by: drindl | November 11, 2009 10:29 AM | Report abuse

broadwayjoe writes:
"This is Rube Goldberg nonsense. Isn't the simpler, and better, explanation that the voters liked Owens more than Hoffman? And that they rejected the extremist politics Hoffman represented?"

Or perhaps that Scozzafava's endorsement, which came on Sunday during/after the last polling, was sufficient to get the majority of her supporters and the undecideds to vote for Owens.

It's silly analysis, really. Both Owens and Hoffmann were surging at the expense of Scozzafava. That an unexpected turn of events the weekend before Election Day made the outcome a little more unpredictable is hardly news.

Posted by: mnteng | November 11, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

The mass murder at Ft. Hood was a blow to that community, one which carries a heavy burden for us all.
The respect shown to them by Gov. Perry, by former Prez GWB and Laura, and by current Prez BHO and Michelle, is due, and should not be the subject of sniping by political critics. It does not matter in the end that I dislike Perry - it does not matter that his remarks were not memorable - it only matters that he visited with the wounded. Same goes for the Prez - does not matter that his remarks were elegant - it does that he and Mrs. O visited with the families, at some length. Sme for GWB and Laura.

Either join in the grieving process or let it occur in peace, my friends. To make this political demeans the nature of service to the country and the respect that it is due, especially today.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | November 11, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse

President Obama was eloquent in his role as Consoler in Chief. It was evident that the grieving Ft. Hood families and soldiers were comforted by his words and presence. We were especially moved as he placed his own presidential challenge coin at each tribute to the fallen. However, as Commander in Chief, someone in the military needs to give President Obama a challenge coin. His noticeable omission of the word 'terrorism' in his prepared comments only reinforced the perception that this President does not fully understand, nor politically care, who this audience was or what its mission is.

Posted by: mpwynn | November 11, 2009 9:56 AM | Report abuse

"Isn't the simpler, and better, explanation that the voters liked Owens more than Hoffman? And that they rejected the extremist politics Hoffman represented?"

No, don't buy that lib propaganda. Joe, the reason Owens won even though some poll said he was toast becomes obvious only when you consider the significant volatility in the Syracuse media market.

Posted by: shrink2 | November 11, 2009 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Lieberman has some 'SPLAINNING' to do!

Chair of Homeland Security? 2007?

Joe- start SPLAININ!

Posted by: sasha2008 | November 11, 2009 9:15 AM | Report abuse

"Pollster.com's Mark Blumenthal goes inside the last-minute polling in New York's 23rd district to figure out why the data showed a surge for Conservative Party nominee Doug Hoffman when Democrat Bill Owens prevailed on election day. His conclusion? There was significant volatility in the Syracuse media market -- Oswego, Oneida and Madison counties -- in the western part of the district where neither Hoffman nor Owens was well known."
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This is Rube Goldberg nonsense. Isn't the simpler, and better, explanation that the voters liked Owens more than Hoffman? And that they rejected the extremist politics Hoffman represented?

Posted by: broadwayjoe | November 11, 2009 8:44 AM | Report abuse

Budget Committee Hearing yesterday, 11-10-09.

Think Tansk from both sides were requesting NON-PARTISAN Commissions- to dix our Fiscal Crisis.

Why? BECAUSE this COUNTRY is so DIVIDED!

Almost a bi-pass to Congress.

NON Partisan COMMISSION- because the COUNTRY is SO DIVIDED-

Is this sad or what!

What drives the DIVIDE?

My guess- Follow the CAMPAIGN FINANCE TRAIL!

This is NUTS!

Posted by: sasha2008 | November 11, 2009 8:39 AM | Report abuse

ATTN. SENATOR LIEBERMAN (Staff, please forward):

Was the Fort Hood Shooter a Target of THIS -- And Did It Lead Him to Violence?

SECRET MULTI-AGENCY FED PROGRAM SILENTLY TORTURES, IMPAIRS, PERSECUTES U.S. CITIZENS WITH MICROWAVE/LASER RADIATION AND LOCAL VIGILANTISM, SAYS MAINSTREAM JOURNALIST

* Thousands of Americans, deemed to be "dissidents" or undesirables, targeted by Bush legacy program for debilitating microwave/laser assault, held hostage in their own homes to fed-supported vigilante "community policing" stalking units, equipped with warrantless GPS devices, who vandalize and terrorize as local police look the other way.

* "Directed energy weapons," portable units and a nationwide installation employing cell towers and satellites, induce weakness, exhaustion, head and body aches, physical and neurological impairment, strokes, aneurysms, cancer -- and many victims do not realize what is making them sick.

* 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.

* Pleas for justice, to local police and FBI, go unanswered -- as do demands for a Department of Justice Civil Rights Division investigation and congressional hearings.

"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.'" -- Victor Livingston, former reporter for WTXF-TV Philadelphia, Phila. Bulletin, N.Y. Daily News, St. Petersburg Times; producer/host, MSG Network Sports Business Report; columnist, NowPublic.com/scrivener.

JOURNO TO FBI: TAKE CONTROL OF DHS-RUN FUSION CENTERS
TO STOP SILENT MICROWAVE / LASER ATTACKS ON U.S. CITIZENS

http://nowpublic.com/world/govt-tortures-me-silent-microwave-weapons-ousted-s-prez
http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america OR (if links are corrupted / disabled): http://NowPublic.com/scrivener RE: "GESTAPO USA"

Posted by: scrivener50 | November 11, 2009 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Republicans revel in anger that comes from being dispossessed. At the national level, their politics are irrelevant (we don't do foreign policy on Facebook, not yet anyway). Republicans are free to say anything, no matter how ridiculous, because they just don't matter.

Posted by: shrink2 | November 11, 2009 8:34 AM | Report abuse

I preferred the old Morning Fix format.

Posted by: Breandan_from_Ireland | November 11, 2009 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Obama's speech at Ft. Hood was incredible. And it is very sad and telling about the opposition that no Republicans publicly applauded the president's remarks.

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

Posted by: parkerfl1 | November 11, 2009 8:09 AM | Report abuse

Later today obambi is expected to apologize for Americas jingoistic interference in strictly European affairs which resulted in germanies unfair armistice on this day almost 100 years ago

Next he will travel to Gettyburg to express sorrow and remorse to General Pickett. Joe Biden will ask that he step forward to receive his acclaim.

Posted by: snowbama | November 11, 2009 8:09 AM | Report abuse

Looks like your love for obimbos reading skills are not shared across the board. Today he is chastised for failing(there's that word again) to act emotionally or even mention terror. Just another day reading another speech. Could have been anyone dead. We are all equal now. No exceptionalism left. Liberals see dead Americans and feel bad for the enemy.

Posted by: snowbama | November 11, 2009 7:53 AM | Report abuse

I think we get it by now. The man can read a speech written by someone else off a teleprompter in a very effective manner.

Posted by: thebink | November 11, 2009 7:47 AM | Report abuse

Cc. The liberal kooks that consider your blog their home were up in arms yesterday that outside interlopers dared interfere with the liberal mutual admiration society. The wacky views just can't stand up to the slightest scrutiny. They follow their leaders example.

Is another rousing speech read from the TelePrompTer pretty much all we are ever going to get from this present ident? The pc correctness that apologizes for us everywhere. Now he wants to visit Hiroshima. Another apology for American atrocities in the works?

Posted by: snowbama | November 11, 2009 7:33 AM | Report abuse

It looks more like anger than funk.
One group sees more of the same, not what it voted for in any case. The other sees itself losing its mind. Too bad for people lost in the middle, the ones not paying much attention, they must wonder what all the fuss is about. Queen of snark, Maureen Dowd, has a funny piece today on American anger.

Posted by: shrink2 | November 11, 2009 7:00 AM | Report abuse

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