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Short Takes: Podesta for Bloomberg

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg won the endorsement of Obama transition director John Podesta today. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The decision by John Podesta, chairman of President Barack Obama's transition team and chief of staff to former President Bill Clinton, to endorse New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's (I) bid for re-election this fall is sure to cause some raised eyebrows among New York Democratic insiders.

Podesta, the founder of the Center for American Progress, a progressive think tank, has no official affiliation to the Obama Administration and made clear when offering his endorsement that it in no way conveys a subtle nod from the President for Bloomberg.

"I have been privileged to work closely with two Presidents, and I know what kind of abilities a chief executive needs to succeed," said Podesta, adding that Bloomberg was a "a national leader" on issues like education, the environment and health care.

Podesta's endorsement is likely to raise questions among party insiders about why President Barack Obama has yet to throw his significant political weight behind the candidacy of New York City Comptroller Bill Thompson (D).

Polling suggests that Bloomberg remains a clear favorite over Thompson. A late September Quinnipiac survey pegged Bloomberg's lead at 16 points and the New York City Mayor's personal wealth -- he has already plowed more than $65 million into the contest -- makes the road that much tougher for Thompson.

Still, as the leader of the Democratic party nationally -- and with the context of the Gov. David Paterson (D) imbroglio lingering in the background -- the President (and his team) are nearly certain to face a new round of questions about when and if he is planning to lend his endorsement to Thompson.

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 6, 2009; 3:45 PM ET
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Bloomberg is far ahead it doesn't matter who endorses Thompson. I believe it would just hurt Obama politically in New York to endorse Thompson. Obama had better save his NY political capital for the US Senate race in 2010, pulling for Kristen Gillbrand and Gov. Patterson, if he is the governor's nominee. Smart move by Obama to avoid endorsing a loser.

Posted by: reason5 | October 7, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

nodebris, unless it's Good News for Republicans, CC can't be bothered with it. He can't even write about the controversy in Texas over whether Gov. Perry had an innocent man executed and is now in the process of trying to cover it up.

Posted by: drindl | October 7, 2009 8:47 AM | Report abuse

Hey, The Fix, what does it mean that important Republicans are coming out in support of Health Care reform, per the Washington Post? Any important numbers about that?

How about the first poll showing Corzine pulling ahead? Not important?

Maybe a post titled "Democrat Resurgence" is in order . . .

Posted by: nodebris | October 7, 2009 12:03 AM | Report abuse

You are accusing Dr. Fukino of lying? On what basis? Besides paranoid speculation, I mean. Ah, but you'd have to be able to tell the difference between legitimate questions and paranoid speculation to give a reasonable answer. Sorry, my mistake, regret wasting everyone's time.

Posted by: nodebris | October 6, 2009 11:56 PM | Report abuse


I am aware of those statements. I simply want to see whatever document(s) were reviewed by Dr. Chiyome Fukino, Director of the Hawai‛i State Department of Health" who claims to have seen Obama's original vital records.

Posted by: JakeD | October 6, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

I know this won't help and probably amounts to troll feeding but here goes anyway: For the last time there is no "long form" BHO birth certificate. Looking for it is an idiotic snipe hunt and a foolish racial proxy attack on BHO.

From Daily Kos:

"The journalist, June Watanabe, perhaps suspecting she was dealing with a birther or simply wishing to settle the birther issue once and for all, took the bull by the horns:

No, you can't obtain a "certificate of live birth" anymore.

The state Department of Health no longer issues copies of paper birth certificates as was done in the past, said spokeswoman Janice Okubo.

The department only issues "certifications" of live births, and that is the "official birth certificate" issued by the state of Hawaii, she said.

And, it's only available in electronic form.

Watanabe continued quoting DOH spokesperson Okubo to the effect that all birth records since 1908 have been affected by this policy and that the electronic record is what the DOH routinely supplies to satisfy same-day requests for birth records. And here's the kicker:

Asked for more information about the short-form versus long-form birth documents, Okubo said the Health Department "does not have a short-form or long-form certificate."

"The birth certificate form has been modified over the years and decades to conform to national standards and models," she said.

Okubo also emphasized the certification form "contains all the information needed by all federal government agencies for transactions requiring a birth certificate.""

I tried.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | October 6, 2009 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Jake is like an Old Maid: Hope Springs Eternal.

Have you seen the interviews and footage of Orly Taitz, Queen of the Birthers? She is bat sh1t crazy and wasting everyone's time. She can't see herself clearly, let alone anything else.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | October 6, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse

If BHO's long form birth certificate does not exist, or has been altered, then I want to know "why" and "what document(s) were reviewed by Dr. Chiyome Fukino, Director of the Hawai‛i State Department of Health" who claims to have seen Obama's original vital records maintained on file by the Hawai‘i State Department of Health.

Posted by: JakeD | October 6, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't look like the all drivl all the time model is working out for you cc.

Posted by: snowbama | October 6, 2009 4:26 PM

To the contrary, last week, "the Fix" officially became "Jake's Place," a platform for endless rants against our President, "GOP comeback" shoutouts, free ads for GOP wannabe candidates no one's heard of, and foolish racial proxy agendas (e.g., Clown Hall thugs, deathers, teabaggers, birthers, tenthers (Pawlenty's a big time follower), and secessionists). BTW, I don't care a hoot about BHO's long form certificate--Jake's obsession-- which does not even exist.

To paraphrase the "Old Man" in Magnificent Seven," only Jake won, America (and the Washington Post) lost. If you don't believe it, read the Post's five page ode to the Queen of the Birthers, Oily Taitz, today that drew hundreds of negative comments. Jake could have written the puff piece on that lunatic for goodness sakes.


Back on topic, MM's take is the correct one: Bloomberg is a shoo-in and BHO likes him. Why should BHO support a loser (Thompson) and then, after Bloomberg wins, have to read Drudge and this space go on and on about Obama's waning capital or how the race was a "referendum" on Obama? No thank you.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | October 6, 2009 7:07 PM | Report abuse

You want to know the big difference between the two parties?

No one significant is going to be calling Podesta a "DINO."

Posted by: nodebris | October 6, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse


A weapons test in disguise?

OR (if link is corrupted/disabled):, see "Reporting and Writing," "NASA's..."

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 6, 2009 6:27 PM | Report abuse


You have asked that the government open its UFO files. What do you think of this, regarding Friday's scheduled NASA "bombing" of the moon?


NASA Moon Bombing Set for Friday -- A Weapons Test That Violates International Treaties?

Apparently others are wondering whether there's more to this mission than is being disclosed.

Check out this YouTube link. Journos, Pentagon, Tech, White House, work your sources... although if this is a case of NASA being used to camouflage military weapons testing, which I've read has happened in the past, you'd just get a round of denials:

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 6, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Except for the Podesta bit this was all in the NY Times this morning.

Bloomberg is a progressive Independent and a very popular incumbent who will be re-elected handily. I think Obama stays out of it because he sees that the Bloomberg is doing well by the City and that continuity is therefore a good thing.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | October 6, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't look like the all drivl all the time model is working out for you cc.

Posted by: snowbama | October 6, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

That would be really smart, turn the NYC mayor's race into Bloomberg v Obama?
Not a chance.

Posted by: shrink2 | October 6, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

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