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100 Days Winners and Losers (Continued)

The first 100 days of the Obama administration have produced any numbers of winners and losers.

We took a first crack at highlighting the winningest winners and losingest losers earlier this morning in our White House Cheat Sheet but since then the suggestions have been pouring in -- and we've thought of a few more in the interim.

Our extended entry of winners and losers is below. Feel free to add any other suggestions in the comments section.

WINNERS

Hillary Rodham Clinton: Who would have thought that in less than one year Clinton would go from a defeated presidential candidate to the country's top diplomat? Clinton decision to leave politics (forever?) has paid off as her approval number are through the roof. (A mid-March CNN poll showed 71 percent of Americans approved of the job she was doing as secretary of state.) Clinton has been measured and effective as an advocate for the president's policies and has shown an amazing adaptability as she moves from political circles to diplomatic ones.

Al Franken: Franken, who built his fame on his willingness to say whatever was on his mind in almost any situation, has effectively curtailed that tendency as the legal fight over whether or not he won the Minnesota Senate race last November has dragged out for an interminably long time. Franken has kept a very low public profile, emerging only to issue statements of confidence following his victories in court. He has also given every appearance of taking quite seriously the very real prospect that he will be a senator at some point, traveling to Washington to attend briefings and discuss issues with his potential Democratic colleagues.

LOSERS

U.S. Auto Industry: With deadlines to restructure their business models fast approaching, there doesn't appear to be a heck of a lot of optimism within the auto industry about how it can save itself. The Obama Administration is working overtime to try and salvage Chrysler but even the president acknowledged that it was touch and go. (For a look at why the U.S. auto industry finds itself in such a pickle and how it might find a way out, make sure to check out Peter Boyer's fascinating New Yorker piece.)

Howard Dean: The former chairman of the Democratic National Committee spent the first 100 days trying to find a place for himself in the Obama administration (Health and Human Services Secretary, U.S. Surgeon General) and being shunted aside each time. Without an obvious next step, Dean has been on the lecture circuit -- giving speeches about the future of progressive politics on college campuses around the country. Does Dean deserve the treatment he has received? Probably not.

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Howard Dean a "loser"? No, far from it. He doesn't deserve the treatment he's received from you either.

"Without an obvious next step, Dean has been on the lecture circuit -- giving speeches about the future of progressive politics on college campuses around the country."

You moron. He's a contributor to MSNBC. He's made speeches to political groups overseas. He's a consultant to McKenna Long & Aldridge. He's back consulting with DFA. He's working on an early education project in New York.

You're an embarrassment.

Posted by: cab91 | April 30, 2009 8:46 AM | Report abuse

"Then today I read a research study that found a lot of conservatives really like Colbert because they do not understand that it is a parody. They know he's being funny, but they think he's actually conservative."

Haha, I really doubt that. I think its just that Colbert strays from politics quite often. I got a conservative friend to watch and Colbert was doing a bit on Matthew Macoughnahay (or however you spell his name) being ousted as sexiest man or something. She was laughing the whole time and has been a fan since then. Colbert is just more lighthearted than Stewart.

Posted by: DDAWD | April 30, 2009 2:24 AM | Report abuse

You know, while he was over on 44 destroying conversation there, JakeD used to occasionally say highly complementary things about Colbert Report, which threw me for a loop. Was he developing a sense of irony? That would show a level of consciousness he otherwise seemed devoid of. Strange. Maybe his bit about Obama's birth certificate is actually a comedy routine? Is he actually an undercover liberal trying to discredit conservatives? (With huge success, I might add.)

Then today I read a research study that found a lot of conservatives really like Colbert because they do not understand that it is a parody. They know he's being funny, but they think he's actually conservative.

Aha! Mystery solved!

What a dolt. Hey, JakeD: STFU. Or better yet, keep talking.

Posted by: nodebris | April 29, 2009 11:15 PM | Report abuse

JakeD wrote: "For the record, I don't want to see this country go down the tubes which is why I want Obama's policies to fail."

For the record, I don't want to see this country go down the tubes, which is why I hoped Bush would succeed even as I strongly doubted he would.

There's the difference between us in a nutshell, wing nut. You just don't get it that whether you like him or not, he is president of the U.S. of A.

Posted by: nodebris | April 29, 2009 11:08 PM | Report abuse

milbrooks- I don't really know what you are talking about- Obama has always been a moderate- as HRC is; the fact is as far as policy proposals on ALL domestic policies, mortgage crisis, energy, healthcare, and even some national/international policies such as NAFTA SHE had the more ambitious progressive policies-

I have always been far to the left and a policy wonk- I was disappointed that "liberals" ignored policy for flash. He's been ok thus far- but Specter's change may allow more ambitious policy

Leon

Posted by: nycLeon | April 29, 2009 11:03 PM | Report abuse

"By comparison, FDR passed 14 stimulus bills in his first 100 days and didn't travel nearly as much.

Posted by: JakeD | April 29, 2009 2:00 PM"

The amount of legislation Congress will pass to a great extent relates to how docile Congress is; relatedly, the situation FDR faced was far, far worse than the one Obama is dealing with. 25% of the country was out of work (and consider that large numbers of women didn't work then anyway).

Austerity at the White House wouldn't save much money in the grand scheme, and it just depresses people. Look at how the Carters got trashed for dressing on a middle-class budget. People want the White House and the First Couple to be jazzy and opulent so that they can enjoy the reflected dazzle.

"LOL! Dr. Dean's 50-state approach resulted in McCain still winning 22 States."

And Democrats now have at least one federal elected member from 49 of the 50 states, the majority of Congressional delegations in 33 (and a tie in a 34th), a majority of the governorships; increased control and presence in state legislatures, etc. This isn't just about the presidency; it's about all levels of the party.

Al Franken will be seated at some point in the next few months; Coleman is just delaying the inevitable in order to assist his buddies in the Senate. Nobody believes he has any chance of winning his challenges.

As to the Electoral College changes, fairly minor; votes being moved into some battleground states that generally need to be won anyway, and the voters driving expansion are Dem-friendly. Of all the states gaining, only Texas, Utah, and South Carolina are really out of reach in the next election. Without McCain on the ticket, Arizona would have gone for Obama in 2008.

Posted by: SeanC1 | April 29, 2009 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Chris,

It's really close to a DISGRACE that Howard Dean hasn't been found a place in the Cabinet (although he's certainly been set on the shelf!) as Surgeon General--particularly after the more telegenic Dr. Sanjay Gupta dropped out of consideration.

Who knows if President Obama would have won without the groundwork Gov. Dean laid as DNC Chairman, however prickly Obama and 'Rahmbo' might have found him.

This is a doubly glaring omission when one sees how amicably the President has mended fences with HRC--hardly Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, despite her many gifts.

Posted by: sverigegrabb | April 29, 2009 8:51 PM | Report abuse

FairlingtonBlade:

I'm not arguing about whether Obama should travel by air vs. ground. The NYC photo-op was for an EMPTY PLANE!!! USAF estimates that its total cost for that little stunt was $328,835. Taxpayers will spend over $2 BILLION to run the White House this year. Can we afford it anymore?

http://theintrepid.blogspot.com/2008/11/how-much-does-it-cost-to-operate-white.html

All I am asking is whether, in these dire economic times, when other CEOs are forced to sell their airplanes, shouldn't Obama lead by example and STAY HOME? By comparison, FDR got 14 stimulus bills passed in his first 100 days and didn't travel nearly as much.

Posted by: JakeD | April 29, 2009 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Boy, mibrooks27, you're not merely an idiot. You're dangerous. Deliberately diverting people from effective sanitation will help spread the disease. Here's the drill folks.

1. Wash your hands. 20 second, no kidding. Watch old episodes of M*A*S*H or ER and see the surgeons "scrub in".

2. If you're sick, stay home. Applies doubly for your kids.

I'll enjoy those roasted bell peppers I'm cooking right now (from Mexico).

Fun post, Jake. Living in the DC area, trust me, you want the Prez traveling by air. Bush was planning on attending a fund raiser in Virginia last year. This would have involved shutting down I-95 DURING RUSH HOUR. He was convinced to use a helicopter.

Cheers,

BB

[He's on!]

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | April 29, 2009 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Please add to the list of losers:

Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker (for an unbroken series of idiotic columns defending torture, supporting unfair housing, trashing 44, and longing for the days of Scarlett, Rhett, and Big Sam)

Condemned Army private Archer J. Maggott

Posted by: broadwayjoe | April 29, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse

"Day 101: Chrysler bankruptcy to be announced by Obama.

Posted by: JakeD |"
--------
The same company that unveiled ONE new model, an SUV at the 2009 New York International Auto Show.

Posted by: JRM2 | April 29, 2009 7:30 PM | Report abuse

mibrooks27:

OK. Thanks for being honest that you're just trying to add to the hysteria. I well know your position on free trade and outsourcing of jobs.

I just want to make sure that people here realize that swine flu is not food-borne, so all the trade bans are merely hysteria. Relevant information is available at the CDC and WHO websites.

Posted by: mnteng | April 29, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

" By comparison, FDR passed 14 stimulus bills in his first 100 days and didn't travel nearly as much.

Posted by: JakeD | April 29, 2009 2:00 PM |"
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That's because he had to travel by chariot.

Posted by: JRM2 | April 29, 2009 7:26 PM | Report abuse

"Coleman for Senate Recount Fund
680 Transfer Road, Suite A
Saint Paul, MN 55114

Or call 651-645-0766 to make a donation over the phone

Posted by: JakeD "
-----
I thought you guys didn't like recounts?

Posted by: JRM2 | April 29, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

"Day 101: Chrysler bankruptcy to be announced by Obama.

Posted by: JakeD |"
----
Would you rather we bail them out?

Posted by: JRM2 | April 29, 2009 7:16 PM | Report abuse

"lease re-read, and heed, Dwight David Eisenhower's farewell address.
Posted by: scrivener50 | April 29, 2009 5:17 PM |"
----
Yes and that is why I think Eisenhower was one of our greatest Presidents, here, a 5 star General in his last speech as POTUS tells the world to beware of the military industrial complex.

Posted by: JRM2 | April 29, 2009 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Poor Howard Dean, he'll never live down the primal scream.
(hey that rhymes)

Posted by: JRM2 | April 29, 2009 7:10 PM | Report abuse

mnteng- No idea. I just read European newspapers and the governments are swamped with demands to ban imports of Mexican food items with various experts claiming that there is either a significant risk or a moderate risk. So, bans there will be. I've got to admit it makes me delighted and I want to pass the news along in any way I can. If I can ad to the hysteria, I will. A company, any company, that outsources jobs, deserves to be put out of business. Hershey's closed down one of their plants last month and laid off their U.S. workers and moved operation to Mexico. I there is ANYTHING I can do to make Hershey's just bleed money for that decision, I will. Free trade is treason.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | April 29, 2009 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Milbrooks NEVER has a link to back up any of his lies.

Posted by: DDAWD | April 29, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

mibrooks27:

Got a link to back up your contention that flu can be transmitted by tainted food products? How exactly does one get a respiratory infection from ingesting infected food?

Posted by: mnteng | April 29, 2009 6:40 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD - It's actually *any* food items from Mexico that are being warned against. The sanitation and food handling regulation in Mexico are so poor, it seems, that workers sick with the influenza and other diseases commonly work on production lines where they can pass germs onto consumers down stream. The likelihood of food being a vehicle for passing this disease is thought to be "moderate" to "significant" at this time.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | April 29, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

"DDAWD - Please, please, please, oh god, please, eat everything you can get your hands on from Mexico. If the EU is correct, we will be rid of your sorry hide and inane comments in the near future. I know, it sounds unpleasant, but I rather look forward to the very idea of your dying from this flu. I will sleep better, just imagining a world with one fewer imbecile in it."

If your happiness depends on people catching the flu from candybars, then you'll be one unhappy person. Of course, it seems like you're there already. In that case, at least you've got your optimism of a Mexican candybar holocaust in a week or so. I'd root for you, because it seems very important to you, but I don't want millions of people to die from candybars infected by Mexicans.

Posted by: DDAWD | April 29, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD - Please, please, please, oh god, please, eat everything you can get your hands on from Mexico. If the EU is correct, we will be rid of your sorry hide and inane comments in the near future. I know, it sounds unpleasant, but I rather look forward to the very idea of your dying from this flu. I will sleep better, just imagining a world with one fewer imbecile in it.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | April 29, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad you gave props to Hillary and pointed out the raw deal that Dr. Dean got, I would suggest Terry Mcauliffe as another winner. Have you seen the latest polling out of Virginia?
http://www.timesdispatch.com/rtd/news/state_regional/state_regional_govtpolitics/article/POLLGAT29_20090429-131405/264600/

Posted by: ohjamboree | April 29, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

drindl:

That's what is known as a "false dilemma". Even the Great Depression did not send the country down the tubes.

Posted by: JakeD | April 29, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

It just keeps getting better and better. It, now, turns out that you can get the swine flu from *any* food item that has been handled by an infected person. Mexico, India, CHina, all have food handling and sanitation laws that are a complete joke, even in the best of times. So, he news making the rounds in Europe, and governments *are* acting on that news, is to ban imported food items from Mexico. If this pandemic spreads to "emerging" and third world countries with inadequate health care systems, like India, you can count on bans of their food items, too. So, a big big looser is global trade. Yah!

Posted by: mibrooks27 | April 29, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

"it turns out that you *CAN* catch the swine flu by eating their candy, imported from Mexico."

hahahaha. Wow! this is just patently stupid.

Posted by: DDAWD | April 29, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

"For the record, I don't want to see this country go down the tubes which is why I want Obama's policies to fail."

You don't seem to be too quick on the uptake, jake.

If Obama's policies fail, the global financial market collapses. So too will this country. So you either want him and this country to fail, or you want him to succeed and save us from another Great Depression. that's the only two choices.

Posted by: drindl | April 29, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

HUGE LOOSER! Hersey's Foods! They outsourced the manufacturing of their candy mints and Reece's Peanut Butter Cups to Mexico and it turns out that you *CAN* catch the swine flu by eating their candy, imported from Mexico. Agricultural products, washed well, are less dangerous because human contact with those items is usually minimal, but *any* processed or manufactured food items needs to be avoided.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | April 29, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

MEMO TO POTUS ON THE OCCASION OF HIS 100th DAY


Please re-read, and heed, Dwight David Eisenhower's farewell address.

And please... beware hawks bearing "photo ops."


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

http://NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | April 29, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Day 101: Chrysler bankruptcy to be announced by Obama.

Posted by: JakeD | April 29, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

How does becoming "US Secretary of State" instead of a "US Senator" constitute "leaving" politics??? (Scratching my head on this one.)

And I don't even want to think about the shaft Howard Dean got! I already got a headache. SIGH.

Still, I'm pro Obama, and Democrat, but not dyed-in-the-wool. Am I at all disappointed with Obama. Sure. Am I seriously disappointed. Naw! Not at all. But then, if he did everything 100% MY way...whose to say that MY way would NOT be the "road to hell paved with good intentions"??? Eh? Just because I think something doesn't make it really right.

Posted by: rm8471 | April 29, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

For the record, I don't want to see this country go down the tubes which is why I want Obama's policies to fail.

Posted by: JakeD | April 29, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

"WASHINGTON – The Federal Reserve said Wednesday it sees signs the recession is easing and that the economic outlook has "improved modestly" since last month.
Against that backdrop, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and his colleagues left a key interest rate at a record low of between zero and 0.25 percent, and decided against taking any new steps to shore up the economy."

Winners: Americans
Losers: These bitter rightwingers who keep praying Obama will fail and this country will go down the tubes. "patriots", they call themselves. A joke.

Posted by: drindl | April 29, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

The Minnesota Supreme Court won't even hear oral arguments in the Coleman-Franken case until June 1, 2009. We'll have the California same-sex marriage decision before then.

Posted by: JakeD | April 29, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

LABC:

Coleman for Senate Recount Fund
680 Transfer Road, Suite A
Saint Paul, MN 55114

Or call 651-645-0766 to make a donation over the phone

Posted by: JakeD | April 29, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Back to Al Franken, for a moment, it is clear that Norm Coleman would retain his seniority for the State (dating back to January 3, 2003), between John Cornyn and Mark Pryor. It is unclear whether Franken's seniority would date back to January 3, 2009, the date the term began, or the day he is seated. If his seniority were dated back to January 3, he would rank between Kay Hagan and Jeff Merkley. If seniority were to be calculated from the date he is seated, Franken would rank dead last.

Posted by: JakeD | April 29, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Losers: the birthers movement headed by Alan Keyes and funded by JakeD...the computer which king of poop pounds out his inane drivel. Big losers - the bitter saps that keep funding Coleman's post electoral temper tantrum about losing.

Posted by: LABC | April 29, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Here's an oldie, but goodie, photo of "Benedict Arnold" Specter:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/32/WC_Vol18_CE903_SBT_alignement.jpg

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

"BTW: will Obama accept public financing next time around?"

I doubt anyone will ever accept public financing again barring a major change in the rules.

Posted by: DDAWD | April 29, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

I would vote for HRC in a "New York" minute..

Posted by: newbeeboy | April 29, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

mattadamsdietmanager1014:

Now that Specter has bolted, doesn't it make it MORE important for Coleman to keep fighting? If Snowe or Collins follow Specter, then I would agree that Coleman should give up.

Posted by: JakeD | April 29, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Of course, the 2010 Census will ultimately decide how the electoral map will be laid out for the 2012-2016 elections, but population projections based upon Census updates give us a good estimate. According to a study based on the 2007 population estimates, the likely changes are as follows:

Likely gainers
Texas - 4 more votes
Arizona - 2 more votes
Florida - 1 more vote
Georgia - 1 more vote
Nevada - 1 more vote
North Carolina - 1 more vote
Oregon - 1 more vote
South Carolina - 1 more vote
Utah - 1 more vote

Likely losers
Ohio - 2 fewer votes
California - 1 fewer vote
Illinois - 1 fewer vote
Iowa - 1 fewer vote
Louisiana - 1 fewer vote
Massachusetts - 1 fewer vote
Michigan - 1 fewer vote
Minnesota - 1 fewer vote
Missouri - 1 fewer vote
New Jersey - 1 fewer vote
New York - 1 fewer vote
Pennsylvania - 1 fewer vote

Posted by: JakeD | April 29, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

And Chris i am serious praying that Coleman stop this nonsense and open his heart to concede. This has gone on too long and Franken no matter if you like or not should be seated in the Senate ASAP. This is such HORRIBLE politics for thr Republicans. They should be advising Colemen to stop this fighting over that Minnisota Senate seat.

Posted by: mattadamsdietmanager1014 | April 29, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

BTW: will Obama accept public financing next time around?

Posted by: JakeD | April 29, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

You are the one who wants to keep "lay[ing] the groundwork to have inroads" in Utah though.

Posted by: JakeD | April 29, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

mattadamsdietmanager1014 - Clinton 2016? Are you out of your mind? Most of us voted for Obama because we were afraid she would do exactly what Obama has been doing!

Posted by: mibrooks27 | April 29, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

"You are going to have to move quite a lot of "blue voters" into Utah before those six (or more?) electoral votes go to the Democrat!"

Yup.

But this is six EVs we're talking about.

Posted by: DDAWD | April 29, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD:

You are going to have to move quite a lot of "blue voters" into Utah before those six (or more?) electoral votes go to the Democrat!

Posted by: JakeD | April 29, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

"Wait A second Chris, i think Howard Dean will be the next Surgeon General. The Jury is still out on that and President Obama has not named anyone yet. I think in the end Dean will get the offer and hopefully he excepts.

Posted by: mattadamsdietmanager1014 | April 29, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

sorry.. I forgot.. he (Dr. H. Dean) invented the internet fund raising revolution (and I don't mean in the way Gore invented the internet).. Obama Nation's blitzkrieg was the new style of fund raising and information exchange with the masses.. Geniuses...(both Dean/Obamanation).

Posted by: newbeeboy | April 29, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

"Don't forget that Florida, Texas, Georgia, Utah, Arizona, and Nebraska ALL stand to gain electoral votes next time around while many Obama states decrease."

The reason for the increase will be predominantly due to young/minority/urban population increases. So while it will be red states getting population increases, the increases will be due to blue voters.

Personally, I think Arizona would have gone to Obama if it wasn't the home of McCain.

Posted by: DDAWD | April 29, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

For the record "STFU" is not civil debate.

Posted by: JakeD | April 29, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

If anyone else wants to discuss (in a civil manner) Florida, Texas, Georgia, Utah, Arizona, and Nebraska ALL gaining electoral votes next time around while many Obama States decreasing in electoral votes, let me know.

Posted by: JakeD | April 29, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

CLINTON 2016!!!!!!!!!CLINTON 2016!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: mattadamsdietmanager1014 | April 29, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Let's not forget what Howard Dean really did.. he rode herd over the DNC and had great influence before the Dem Convention.. let us not forget just how close the primary election was.. he took it hard for helping Obama and was repaid by being ignored..

Posted by: newbeeboy | April 29, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

TO: White House Press Corps

re: "100 Days" press conference

A RADIOACTIVE TORTURE QUESTION FOR POTUS


Mr. President:


The Senate Armed Services Committee report on "enhanced interrogation techniques" used at Guantanamo stated at least twice that detainees were subject to "induced physical weakness and exhaustion."


The report also stated that detainees were subject to "physiological and psychological pressures" and "environmental manipulation."


Has your administration inquired as to what "induced" these effects...


...and whether detainees were exposed to microwave radiation devices such as so-called "directed energy weapon" discharges... or any other type of radiation, such as X-rays, gamma rays, sonic waves, or laser "dazzlers"?


If detainees were exposed to radiation, does that not constitute "torture" and "cruel and unusual punishment" in and of itself?


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

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


OR (if links are corrupted):

http://NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | April 29, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

"That's true, but a BETTER strategy would have been a THIRTY STATE focus, writing off the 20 most-conservative States and concentrating more money on the few States Obama lost right on the cusp."

This is probably a more accurate description of Obama's strategy. He didn't REALLY try to get all 50 states. Many states got token effort at best. Obama definitely expanded the field, but he wasn't trying for a complete sweep.

Posted by: DDAWD | April 29, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

JakeD wrote: "Just because McCain lost the election doesn't mean that Dr. Dean wasting money in 22 States was "ultimately proved precisely correct"."

As far as presidential elections go, yes, it does.

And then there's the small matter of Congress to consider.

I'm not going to argue with a conservative about what constitutes "success" though. It's too hard to keep track of all the bizarre yardsticks they use. I've been hearing a lot lately about how losing Specter is a success. I think losing the special election in NY was a success, too. Being consistently defeated in Congress is another huge success. They're just drowning in success lately, I can't make heads or tails of it.

To me, it looks like the list of those conservative successes grows as their party shrinks. I guess by the time they whittle it down to just Limbaugh, Palin, JakeD and Zouk, they'll have achieved some sort of nirvana of perfection and all ascend together to some higher plane of glorious conservative rapture.

Posted by: nodebris | April 29, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

parkerfl1:

Jimmy Carter was popular 100 days in too. Don't forget that Florida, Texas, Georgia, Utah, Arizona, and Nebraska ALL stand to gain electoral votes next time around while many Obama states decrease.

Posted by: JakeD | April 29, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Obama has a nearly 70 percent approval rating, an agenda with the backing of the Americans people, and a fully neutered Republican Party. I'd say that makes the ultimate winner...

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

Posted by: parkerfl1 | April 29, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

If the projected Electoral College goes as expected, Romney-Crist might make more sense for the GOP:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Proposed_Electoral_College_2012.svg

Posted by: JakeD | April 29, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

I think it's a travesty what has happened to Howard Dean.

Posted by: keilprti1 | April 29, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD:

By all means, please keep "lay[ing] the groundwork to have inroads" in Utah and Alaska!

Posted by: JakeD | April 29, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

"RUSH Limbaugh -as a WINNER? Have you lost your mind? This creature is the most divisive reactionary KNEE jerk MORON on the planet."

Look, what are the two things most important to Limbaugh? Money and attention and he is getting them in loads. Make no mistake. He hurts the country and really hurts the Republican party, but that doesn't really matter to him.

Posted by: DDAWD | April 29, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

VTDuffman:

That's true, but a BETTER strategy would have been a THIRTY STATE focus, writing off the 20 most-conservative States and concentrating more money on the few States Obama lost right on the cusp.

Posted by: JakeD | April 29, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

I actually saw Al Franken strolling along Nicollet Avenue in downtown Minneapolis the other weekend. He didn't seem to have an agenda, though.

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Franken has kept a very low public profile, emerging only to issue statements of confidence following his victories in court.

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 29, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

"I agree that Dean has gotten the short end of the stick. His 50-state approach was fiercely contradicted by many but ultimately proved precisely correct."

This is the conventional wisdom, but I wonder how correct it would have been had Obama not been such a fundraising monster. That being said, 50 state strategy is something you should go for even when you don't necessarily need it. It lays the groundwork to have inroads to follow up on next election. It's also important since a lot of these southwestern states are increasing in population and will become more valuable once the new census takes place. This probably lines up pretty well with Republican xenophobia.

Posted by: DDAWD | April 29, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

"Just because McCain lost the election doesn't mean that Dr. Dean wasting money in 22 States was "ultimately proved precisely correct"."

Just because a state was lost, doesn't mean the money was "wasted."

The proof is in traditionally republican states like VA (hasn't gone dem since LBJ) flipping this year.

Posted by: VTDuffman | April 29, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

iconklee:

I assume you don't make $37.5 million per year?

Posted by: JakeD | April 29, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

What a crock of total B - S. Seriously, with all that is going on in the world today -THIS is the best you can do?

RUSH Limbaugh -as a WINNER? Have you lost your mind? This creature is the most divisive reactionary KNEE jerk MORON on the planet. What he has wrought is (finally) coming home to roost/

We can all be thankful that this BEACHED whale will soon be cast into the vast wasteland that is the ELEPHANT burial ground and the WHALE repository.

Reading whatever comes out of his hate-filled pie hole is bad enough; but to have him CITED as a "winner" goes beyond the pale.

As has been said before, "Sir, HAVE YOU NO SHAME?"

Posted by: iconklee | April 29, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

If Obama keeps going with nationalizing industry after industry, I predict that 2012's electoral map will look like this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:ElectoralCollege1980.svg

Posted by: JakeD | April 29, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

drindl:

Just because McCain lost the election doesn't mean that Dr. Dean wasting money in 22 States was "ultimately proved precisely correct".

Posted by: JakeD | April 29, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

I hope that Romney-Jindal pick up more than 22 States in 2012.

Posted by: JakeD | April 29, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

'LOL! Dr. Dean's 50-state approach resulted in McCain still winning 22 States.'

LOL! McCain still lost the election!

Posted by: drindl | April 29, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Winner: Eric Cantor
It was mentioned in passing that Eric Cantor has eclpised John Boehner in the House leadership, but Cantor deserves specific recogntion as having been the voice of the stimulus opposition. He even got a shout-out from Pres. Obama, with the CinC saying he was determined to find common cause with Cantor. It seems that GOP House whips always have a way of taking charge (see Newt Gingrich in 1990-4, Tom DeLay in 1996-2000).

Loser: Bobby Jindal
Along with Sarah Palin, he was supposed to be the face of the new GOP, and unlike Palin, he was supposed to be providing fresh new conservative ideas to counter Obama's charismatic liberalism. Instead, his response speech will haunt for a long time to come, talk of a 2012 Prez campaign have all but ceased, and worst of all, he barely even makes the Fix's Top 10 Republicans to Watch. Remember when he was #1?

Posted by: mkmckoy | April 29, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Ultimately - HRC being meshed into the Obama Nation was really Obama's win.. this was more magic than reality.. I never thought he would gain her confidence and cooperation or draw in her hordes of supports.. I oft say that I continue to underestimate the Obama inner circle..

And I forgot something more magical.. her husband.. has his mouth shut.. maybe Obama isn't a mere mortal..

Posted by: newbeeboy | April 29, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

LOL! Dr. Dean's 50-state approach resulted in McCain still winning 22 States.

Posted by: JakeD | April 29, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Penazoid:

If you put a white wig on Specter, he would look a lot like Benedict Arnold.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Benedict_arnold_illustration.jpg

Posted by: JakeD | April 29, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

I agree that Dean has gotten the short end of the stick. His 50-state approach was fiercely contradicted by many but ultimately proved precisely correct.

All I can think is that his personality was not felt to a good match for a no-drama Obama administration. He has a lot of good will in the party, though, and I hope he can leverage that into an appropriate situation.

Posted by: nodebris | April 29, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

"What's that mop doing over there?"

Posted by: mibrooks27 | April 29, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Hilary as a winner? Hmmm! She doesn't appear to know how to articulate whatever Obama policy is towards Pakistan - or maybe he doesn't have one. She is starting to look her age and has an air of defeated loser about her.

As for Dean. He was always a loudmouth and now he can inflict himself on a vast audience for money. So this probably makes him a winner in his own eyes.

Posted by: Penazoid | April 29, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

I forgot about the hose job that Howard Dean has recieved at the hands of Rahm Emanuel and company. Dean would have been a ten times more qualified candidate for HHS secretary then Sebelius, and they actually thought that Sanjay Gupta would be a better SG then Dean.

Then again Dean does have a loyal core group of supporters and he can and will use them to push the progressive agenda from outside of DC. I could see Dean as a king-maker in 2016 if no clear succesor emerges from the Obama administration.

Posted by: AndyR3 | April 29, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

The biggest looser is the United States. In an effort to forstall financial collapse, the Bush-Obama team has squandered the money necessary to provide any sort of social safety net, in case their fumbling economic bailout-stimulus plans don't work. A lot of people around the world are now convinced that those plans will fail and the response of the American public, whose hopes have been lifted by deluded Presidential cheerleading, are going to react with fury, social unrest and perhaps a revolution, when it all comes apart. Instead of tossing names and choosing up sides, as the American Titanic sinks, people ought to go read the latest economic analysis in that sober German news magazine, Der Spiegel, "Is 2009 the New 1929? Current Crisis Shows Uncanny Parallels to Great Depression" - http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,621979,00.html

Posted by: mibrooks27 | April 29, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Chris, good analysis of 100 days. While it saddens me that she is not president, it does not surprise me that Secretary Clinton is doing a superb job.

And Howard Dean. No. He was not treated fairly. He did a good job as chairman of the DNC but his accomplishments were completely ignored. Probably his caustic personality got in the way.

Posted by: Kansas28 | April 29, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

poor zouk. still unemployed. when you got nothin, you got nothin to lose.

Posted by: drindl | April 29, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Uh, oh. drivl escaped again.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | April 29, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

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

And how can even Newt, probably the most bald-faced huckster in political life, claim that the Tea Partiers came together "spontaneously"? The parties were organized in advance, people just didn't emerge from the corn fields carrying hand-painted signs.

Whether a product of genuine grassroots or Astroturf or both, the Tea Parties are simply providing fodder for the usual Borg assimilators.

Fox's Neil Cavuto for example played host to a slick character and stereotypical libertarian dope named Ned Ryun from the American Majority, who was touting a new affiliated website called AftertheTeaParty, intended to provide focus and direction for the Tea Party movement. As you can see from clicking on the link, AftertheTeaParty is not exactly an information-rich venue.

But click on to the parent organization's site (complete with American eagle), and the mission of American Majority becomes clearer--"reduction or elimination of property taxes" and "lower corporate taxes."

It pains me to see the idealism and innocence of Tea Partiers preyed upon this way.

Posted by: drindl | April 29, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

From DougJ at Balloon Juice, we learn of Newt Gingrich's shameless-floozy attempt to attach his suction cups to the Tea Party movement and steer it to his own aggrandizing ends.*
Newt’s organizing another tea party:

'Then, we should make July 4, 2009 “American Freedom Day.” Tea Party activists across America should plan to go out and recruit supporters from every Fourth of July celebration in their community.'

Don’t we already have a name for July 4th?
This seems lot worse than saying “Happy Holidays” at Target. This is like renaming Christmas “Happy Holiday Day.

How tiresome, and yet how completely in character, for Newt to profane the patriotic splendor of America's beloved summertime holiday with a lame-ass recruiting effort with him as bandleader.

The thing about Newt is, no matter how big a crock you think he is, he never fails to outperform. Newt's Letter over at Human Events begins with his usual belch of phony bluster:

'The elite media tried to ignore us.'

That would be the same suppressive elite media that Newt appears on four or five f*cking times a week to deliver his spiels; that collective Pravda.

Posted by: drindl | April 29, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Franken is not a "winner" (yet). Back to Obama's blunders"

USAF estimates that its total cost for the NYC Air Force One photo-op was $328,835. Taxpayers will spend over $2 BILLION to run the White House this year. Can we afford it anymore?

http://theintrepid.blogspot.com/2008/11/how-much-does-it-cost-to-operate-white.html

All I am asking is whether, in these dire economic times, when other CEOs are forced to sell their airplanes, shouldn't Obama lead by example? By comparison, FDR passed 14 stimulus bills in his first 100 days and didn't travel nearly as much.

Posted by: JakeD | April 29, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

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