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Plouffe stepping up role as adviser to White House

David Plouffe, the man who managed President Barack Obama's campaign, will be taking on an expanded role as an outside adviser to the White House, according to sources familiar with the plan, a move that comes just days after a stunning defeat for Democrats in a Massachusetts Senate special election.

Allies of the White House cast the Plouffe move as less about the Massachusetts election and more about the fact that the election year is heating up and Plouffe has more free time following the publication of his campaign memoir late last year. Still, the timing is sure to stoke speculation that the White House is seeking to shore up its political operation.

After managing Obama's successful primary and general election races, Plouffe chose not to go into the White House -- as so many of his campaign colleagues did -- but rather return to the private sector and focus on writing his memoir of the campaign called "The Audacity to Win". The book was released on November 3, 2009.

Plouffe did stay involved with Organizing for America, the operation formed in the wake of Obama's victory to maintain the massive grassroots email and donor base built during the campaign. While OFA officials tout it as a success story there is increasing skepticism within the party about whether it has truly fulfilled its mission of bringing a grassroots army to bear on the President's top priorities.

Plouffe has also remained in regular touch with the President and his political team. The President talks fairly regularly with David," said White House press secretary Robert Gibbs. "I know that it is somebody whose advice and counsel he both seeks regularly and
believes David is an exceptionally smart advisor who understands the type of anger and frustration that he's seen. "

In an op-ed set to be published tomorrow in the Post, Plouffe argued that finding a way to pass a health care plan is critically important to the electoral fate of the party in the 2010 midterms. Wrote Plouffe:

"Americans' health and our nation's long-term fiscal health depend on it. I know that the short-term politics are bad. It's a good plan that's become a demonized caricature. But politically speaking, if we do not pass it, the GOP will continue attacking the plan as if we did anyway, and voters will have no ability to measure its upside"

Plouffe's increased advisory role comes after three major defeats for Democrats in recent months. The party lost gubernatorial races in New Jersey and Virginia in 2009 and watched somewhat helpless as state Attorney General Martha Coakley (D) fell to Sen.-elect Scott Brown (R) in a special election in Massachusetts on Tuesday.

In each of those races, independents abandoned Democrats in droves; a new Washington Post poll shows that Brown won independents over Coakley by two-to-one margin on Tuesday, a huge reversal from the 2008 presidential election when Obama carried independents in Massachusetts by 17 points over Arizona Sen. John McCain.

Coakley's loss has stoked fears within Democratic ranks that the party is headed toward a major setback in November. Those concerns have led to considerable speculation that a number of wavering Members of Congress will choose retirement over the prospect of a very contested re-election race.

Since the Massachusetts race, however, no Senate or House Democrat has retired.

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 23, 2010; 3:48 AM ET
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printthis (or anyone ELSE who wants to dispute these NET job loss estimates from a $9.4 TRILLION hit), let me know:

http://www.heritage.org/Research/EnergyandEnvironment/tst062609a.cfm

Posted by: JakeD | January 25, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Chevron claims regulating carbon would coat jobs and nobody even raises an eyebrow. Yeah and Philip Morris denies cigarettes cause cancer.

Go play with your boogers, Jake.

Posted by: Noacoler | January 25, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

printthis:

I doubt that Chevron got $ 45.26 BILLION ($124 million x 365) in tax breaks, so do you have a source for that? The original question was related to how many Americans jobs will be lost, though, regardless of how many you feel are unjustly subsidized.

Posted by: JakeD | January 25, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

"... every day, Chevron invests $62 million in people. In ideas. In progress. To move us all ahead."

Posted by: JakeD

Yeah, and they take $124 million in tax breaks for it.
During Bush l & ll no companies ever made as much money
as the oil interests. Now we have included Wall Street
companies to that list.
Boo-Yahhh...

Posted by: printthis | January 25, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

In addition to Nordstrom and Microsoft (not just the Platform Products & Services Division, the Business Division and the Entertainment & Devices Division, but worldwide), take a look at the carbon footprints of these companies:

Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air, Amazon.com, American Seafoods Group, LLC, Boeing, Carter & Burgess, Inc., Costco, Duratek, Inc., (not to mention "radioactive"), Farmers Insurance, Hatch Energy, Jacobs, Kenworth Truck Company, Kindred Healthcare, etc.

Posted by: JakeD | January 25, 2010 8:41 AM | Report abuse

I love all this talk about Obama's far left agenda coming from trolls who don't know their left foot from the right.... Please, Obama is the most centrist president we have had since Bill Clinton.

Here's a left agenda: 1) end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen. 2) regulate the financial industry to stop the gambling with public money. 3) Increase taxes for the top 5% of earners to pay off our debt and restore jobs. These top earners had their taxes cut under Reagan, Bush and Clinton and most have made enormous profits in this economy. 4) Pass a single payer health plan so we can lower health costs and simplify services. 5) Stop using social security money to pay for wars. 6) invest in technologies for carbon reduction-- public transportation would be a great start and this would also create jobs. 7) repair our schools, lower class size. One teacher for no more than 20 students in America. 8) renegotiate trade deals to allow for respect for worker rights and environmental protection. 9) rethink our agriculture system which is heavily oil dependent and also a security risk: national incentives to support local farms.

These are modest ideas that come from the left.

Posted by: hotpoet66 | January 25, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Jake D quit spamming us, you corporate ho.
Chevron can kiss my butt. No more Chevron. I walk....

Posted by: hotpoet66 | January 25, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

"... every day, Chevron invests $62 million in people. In ideas. In progress. To move us all ahead."

Posted by: JakeD | January 25, 2010 5:21 AM | Report abuse

I am not the only one posting an inconvenient truth about the effects on a weak domestic economy and the likely migration of top carbon-producing industries abroad. Here in California, for instance, our biggest private employer is Chevron. If anyone wants to argue that those job losses (to other countries where MORE total pollution will be allowed BTW) is a "good thing" let me know. It's not just California's unemployment that would be hurt.

Posted by: JakeD | January 25, 2010 4:56 AM | Report abuse

Memo to David:

OBAMA FIRST-YEAR FAILURE: RULE OF LAW, CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS UNRESTORED.

WHEN TEAM OBAMA TOLERATES BUSH-ERA PROGRAMS THAT PERSECUTE AND TORTURE, WHAT GOOD IS HEALTH CARE REFORM?

The pervasive surveillance, community watch vigilante terrorism, slander, financial sabotage -- and physical torture and impairment of THOUSANDS of unconstitutionally "targeted" Americans continues. And the Obama administration now is fully aware -- and complicit in Bush-legacy programs of ideologically-driven personal destruction.

NOW IT'S OBAMA'S GESTAPO USA. WHEN WILL TEAM OBAMA ACT?

See: Poynter.org (Journalism Groups -- Reporting):

• "U.S. Silently Tortures Americans with Cell Tower Microwaves"
• "Gestapo USA: Fed-Funded Vigilante Network Terrorizes America"
• "U.S. Uses CBS News to Cover Up Microwave Cell Tower Torture?"

http://www.poynter.org/subject.asp?id=2 OR:
http://NowPublic.com/scrivener (see "stories" list)

Posted by: scrivener50 | January 25, 2010 3:57 AM | Report abuse

It is time that the impact of Obama's "soft on terrorism" policies are assessed.


It can not be understated that the polls in Massachusetts really started to move in the wake of Obama's "isolated extremist" press release from the golf course.

Osama bin Laden is now confirming that al Queda was behind the Detroit bomber - so our pal Obama really messed up the response to the bomb on the plane.


Add to that the bare fact that Obama had just released 6 terrorists from Gitmo, safe and sound - TO YEMEN.


Add that to the fact that instead of properly interogating the terrorist, Obama sent him a lawyer.

These are things that the American people simply did NOT sign up for.


The democrats may say that this kind of policy changes were buried in the policy papers on Obama's campaign website, but few people in the country are going to take that as an excuse.

Anyway - the American people have already heard all the excuses - and they are in no mood for a set of policies which may lead to another terrorist incident.


Obama is willing to take the RISK with American lives - with some BOGUS excuse that somehow America will look better in the eyes of Muslims if we apply the rule of law.


The only problem with that faulty line of thinking is that most Muslims live in countries with no rule of law, few courts - and they really don't care about anything that Obama is offering them.


Do people in the Middle East really care if we give al queda a trial ?


See Obama is willing to RISK American lives in order to give up all this intelligence, and put on all these trials, which most in the Middle East will not regard as anything more than show trials.


Obama is willing to RISK American lives, so that terrorists have the "right to remain silent."


The American people are not.

Posted by: 37thand0street | January 25, 2010 1:46 AM | Report abuse

Chris:


I don't understand why all of us still have to withstand the offensive "ad hominem" attacks of broadwayjoe and his pals - when we are being asked to keep silent and not fight back.


It is not just right - and our restraint is what has been keeping the peace around here for weeks.


Clearly Broadwayjoe is in another world - he is keeping track of other posters and whatever else he is doing with the people he is working with - in this comment he is not even attempting to make a substantive remark - or even referring to a comment made.

It is time to start BANNING broadwayjoe for consistently harassing other posters and his consistent "ad hominem" attacks on other posters. -


OFFENSIVE COMMENT: broadwayjoe comment at January 24, 2010 1:54 PM

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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 25, 2010 1:31 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Noacoler | January 25, 2010 12:52 AM | Report abuse

Keep in mind, also, that Jarrett, Gibbs, and Axelrob couldn't even settle on how many jobs have been "saved or created" on three different Sunday talk shows. LOL!!!

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0110/31914.html

Time to get Plouffe out of the bullpin.

Posted by: JakeD | January 25, 2010 12:09 AM | Report abuse

I guess not; it's late on the East Coast. Tomorrow, I will post the top five employers and job loss estimates under cap and tax.

Posted by: JakeD | January 24, 2010 11:52 PM | Report abuse

"Then there is the race for markets. China is moving aggressively to create jobs in the clean-energy industry. Beijing not only plans to generate 15 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2020, but hopes to become the world’s leading exporter of clean energy technologies. Five years ago, it had no presence at all in the wind manufacturing industry; today it has 70 manufacturers. It is rapidly becoming a world leader in solar power, with one-third of the world’s manufacturing capacity.

Finally there’s the question of credibility: Mr. Obama said in Copenhagen that the United States would meet at least the House’s 17 percent target. Success in the Senate is essential to delivering on that pledge. Failure would undo many of the good things he achieved in Copenhagen, and it would give reluctant powers like China an excuse to duck their pledges.

The jobs argument should impress the Senate. Yet many Democrats as well as Republicans seem willing to settle for what would be the third energy bill in five years — loans for nuclear power, mandates for renewable energy, new standards for energy efficiency. These are all useful steps. But the only sure way to unlock the investments required to transform the way the country produces and delivers energy is to put a price on carbon."

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/24/opinion/24sun1.html?ref=opinion

Posted by: Noacoler | January 24, 2010 11:34 PM | Report abuse

Anyone ELSE?

Posted by: JakeD | January 24, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Jobs will be created, not lost. New technologies, new industries, vast amounts of money no longer being spent buying petroleum to burn.

Stop with the Chicken Little hysteria, Jake. Or maybe you like financing Wahhabism?

Posted by: Noacoler | January 24, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

If anyone else wants to discuss how many Americans job would be lost under cap and tax, please let me know.

Posted by: JakeD | January 24, 2010 11:08 PM | Report abuse

OK as long as it's open mike I want to talk about cap and trade.  I don't understand the objection to it.
First of all, if you want to dispute the reality of global warming I'm not really interested in going over all that again.  Even if you want to believe that tens of thousands of scientists are in on some conspiracy or some such tinfoil nonsense, there is still the evidence.  But onward.  The cost of acting, the benefit of acting, the consequences of not acting, it really is a win-win and for everyone to preoceed with all urgency in reducing our carbon emissions.  To start with, carbon reduction and energy efficiency are inextricable.  Everything we do to reduce carbon output also reduces our dependence on imported oil and incidentally reduces the amount of money we send to people who hate and conspire against us.

As for cap and trade it seems odd that opposition would come from free market advocates; right now burning petroleum is artificially underpriced, the costs being passed ahead to future generations who will pay in lost coastline and social disruption, not to mention ecological collapse and mass extinction.  Assessing the actual costs of commodities is perfectly in line with free market principles, hindered from finding the correct equilibrium by the unavailability of knowledge, in the form of well-funded misinformation campaigns easily fit into a general conservative suspicion of science and environmentalism.

Pay the full costs at the pump makes a lot of sense.  It's almost libertarian.

Posted by: Noacoler | January 24, 2010 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Late on a Sunday night, especially after an AFC championship game and NFC game in overtime, there's bound to be topic drift. At least we aren't swapping hot tub stories and recipes (yet).

Posted by: JakeD | January 24, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Did Barry campaign for the jets and Vikings?

Posted by: Moonbat | January 24, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

BACK ON TOPIC::::::::::

will Pfouffe just change the packaging or will he help Obama locate his spine?

Posted by: Noacoler | January 24, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

NFLShop.com already advertising Colts AFC gear. What's with that robot on Fox promo?

Posted by: JakeD | January 24, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

We are recommending that Broadway go dark for one hour tonight...Way too much Peyton for the J-E-T-S to handle.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 24, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Colts are going to the SUPER BOWL!!!

Sorry, broadwayjoe.

Posted by: JakeD | January 24, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

INTERCEPTION!!!

Posted by: JakeD | January 24, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Colts 30, Jets 17

You ok, broadwayjoe?

Posted by: JakeD | January 24, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

And, just what lesson was learned about over reach. I want to believe.
Brown2Boston & NY23 are good reasons for the GOP to sleep lightly.
The people are watching the distraction tactic.

Posted by: RayOne | January 24, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Colts 27, Jets 17

Posted by: JakeD | January 24, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

CommonSensicus: your whole argument is based on myths and misapprehensions.  Starting with your entirely unfounded reverence for the private sector.  So government administrators in charge of research projects don't have a lot of experience increasing shareholder value, so what?  Government managed to land men on the moon.  The private sector isn't driven by any quest for excellence, its sole imperative is the maximization of profit, which isn't even remotely compatible with original research.

Your point that research projects were failures because they weren't instantly profitable is insultingly absurd.  Why should we ever investigate basic physics unless there's some way to entertain or distract people, or at least separate them from their money and give it to people who already have too much?  If we knew in advance which technologies were going to bear fruit we wouldn't need research.

Natural gas is more energy-efficient than petroleum but it still restores sequestered carbon to the atmosphere and we really need to stop doing that.  And we need government programs because our private sector isn't controlled by innovative people, it's controlled by financial know-nothings who take pride in knowing nothing about science, only the pseudoscience called economics, which is about as useful as those Saudis who don't change the oil in their Mercedes for 100,000 miles because the Q'ran has nothing to say about changing oil.

The Reagan-era anti-gummint stuff sold newspapers back in the 80s but we need real solutions now, not ideology, and not market-based uselessness.

Posted by: Noacoler | January 24, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Chris:


I don't understand why all of us still have to withstand the offensive "ad hominem" attacks of broadwayjoe and his pals - when we are being asked to keep silent and not fight back.

It is not just right - and our restraint is what has been keeping the peace around here for weeks.


Clearly Broadwayjoe is in another world - he is keeping track of other posters and whatever else he is doing with the people he is working with.


It is time to start BANNING this guy -


OFFENSIVE COMMENT: broadwayjoe comment at January 24, 2010 1:54 PM


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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 24, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Colts 20, Jets 17

Posted by: JakeD | January 24, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Don't count him OUT yet.

Posted by: JakeD | January 24, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Don't count Peyton Manning just yet.

Posted by: JakeD | January 24, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Senator-Elect Scott Brown (REPUBLICAN-MASSACHUSETTS) has taken down Obamacare and Beau Biden, all before he's even sworn in! Valerie Jarrett on MTP was making lots of excuses too!

Posted by: JakeD | January 24, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

noa, he's just mad that the original 37 is in the Hall of Fame and he isn't. ;)

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 24, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

fr3dmar said: "Yup, thank your dear (gratefully) departed godling R. Reagan for that. In 1982, we led the world in green technology - and he chose to let the Carter tax breaks lapse. Europe and Japan grinned and said "thank you". Now, Denmark and Japan lead, with originally US companies. How embarrassing!"

Not sure where your were in the 1980's but this is about the most revisionist view of alternative energy technologies that I've ever heard. Those tax credits to which you refer were a crude, blunt instrument which stimulated the investment in billions of non-sensical energy facilities, all for the front loaded tax-write-offs. California was awash in solar, cow manure, and biomass power projects that were uneconomic but for the credits. Many failed under their own electrical inefficiencies but when the electric utilities screamed foul the California court systems let the standard offer contract go the way of the dodo bird. Investors lost billions, but were happy because they had sheltered income at a marginal 50-70% tax rate with dollar for dollar credits.

The current notion of green technology investment is hardly better, with billions being invested in inefficient and unreliable "green" technologies, all while the IOU's are scared stiff to invest in mature clean base load technologies such as natural gas combined cycle plants. Do we need an environmentally friendly long term strategic energy policy? You bet. Do we need interventionist Washington politicos without a shred of private sector experience telling us where we MUST invest? I don't think so. This is just more of the same hubris and diffidence we've seen in unwanted health care "reform".

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Posted by: CommonSensicus | January 24, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

J-E-T-S Jets.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 24, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

37th, STFU with the banning demands. If anyone needs to be banned here it's you and your fellow carpet-posting trolls. Second time any of you do the same post twice you should be jettissoned.

You don't even know what ad hominem means.

Posted by: Noacoler | January 24, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

America was founded as a rejection of authoritarian control. Today, when one party rule leads to expanded government control, the majority will reject it to bring the country back into its' balance.

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But you are talking about a quarter millennium ago and claiming the same spirit applies as much today as then.  The America of 1776 was a foreign country, bearing only geographical commonality with 2010.  That rugged pioneer spirit and idealism of the time of de Tocqueville has given way to a grasping cynicism, and survives only in the defiant conceit of delusional people who think that they can replace society, schools, roads, utilities, and defense with a personal collection of firearms.  What was once a vital press is now -- hi, Chris! -- little more than a promotional organ for one political party.

Let's live in the present, OK?  And the present isn't Jefferson and Washington, it's Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck, and nobody can get elected without promising tax cuts we can't afford.  That idealism has given way to a collection of anti-movements.  Anti-science, anti-logic, anti-abortion, ani-immigrant ... anti-education.

Co-sign on your posting prescriptions.  This place is all but unreadable thanks to a few profligate posters who are here all day, every day, reporting the same pointless screeds over and over.  Welcome.

Posted by: Noacoler | January 24, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

I really do not believe health care is dead - as Chris states in his "myths" piece.


There are a bunch of ways to go.


I know the House members do not want the Senate bill, however that bill will be still good all year, and they could pass it when everyone calms down.


The democrats have only themselves to blame for fact that the Senate and House bills are not closer right now.

For the life of me, I do not understand why the Stupak amendment is not already in the Senate bill.

The best way to go for Obama is to sit down with the Republicans and hammer out a real bipartisan bill - however the more I type that is not going to make it any closer to happening.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 24, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Suzy


You are correct about that -

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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 24, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Chris:

Broadwayjoe's attack on Jake is "ad hominem" and it is getting a little tiring.


Clearly Broadwayjoe is in another world - he is keeping track of other posters and whatever else he is doing with the people he is working with.

It is time to start BANNING this guy -


broadwayjoe | January 24, 2010 1:54 PM


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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 24, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

I really have to emphasize the Obama made a commitment to bipartisanship in 2008 - and that means that he committed himself to CENTRIST POLICIES.

The democrats are saying the Republicans did not negotiate, or they said no, and the releases Obama.

Well - Obama's commitment was TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE - what the Republicans did or didn't do really has nothing to do with that.

The liberal democrats are marching around like they have a majority -

Well let me tell you something - the liberal democrats have HORRIFIED the moderates in their party - the liberals have taken the moderates for granted - specifically, the liberals assumed all along that the moderates were in agreement on their far-left agenda.


That is the farthest thing from the truth.

It is ironic that because of the voters of Massachusetts, Obama now has to start to adhere to his promises -


that Obama has to be forced NOT to break his promises.

That irony is not lost on the American people - Obama now has a serious TRUST PROBLEM - WHICH HAS BEEN FUELED BY OBAMA'S ARROGANCE.

I can sit here and say, this is what I believe the problem is, and this is what I believe the solution is - the problem is that if this is really the case, there is no real solution.


If I was Obama's advisor today, I would tell him to completely abandon his far-left wing agenda - the American people never agreed to it.


Obama should go to Congress this week and ask for forgiveness and pledge a whole set of centrist policies - including halting the soft policies on terrorism, cutting the run-away spending - and a health care bill centered on regulation with no massive spending and no new taxes.

Obama should swing all the way to the center.


That is what I would say.

Rahm Emmanuel would probably start cursing at me at that point, but hey, that is the way it is.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 24, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Of all the excuses the democrats have for the failed health care bill, here is the best one from dopey democrat Rep Shea-Porter: "Send the men home and Congress could pass health care reform”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idz8jB-ZX2Q&feature=player_embedded


Iron my shirt!

Posted by: SuzyCcup | January 24, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Jake, congrats again on your recent HOF induction (see 9/23 post at 5:51pm). You certainly deserve it. Here's a partial list of the records you hold or share:

Most off-topic posts in a single day.
Most off-topic posts in a single year.
Most consecutive posts on a single thread without any intervening posts by someone else (tied with 37 and aspergirl).
Most negative posts about BHO in a single day.
Most negative posts about BHO in single year.
Most posts between 1am and 5am in a single day.
Most posts between 1am and 5am in a single year.
Most consecutive days with at least one post on this blog (Jake's Place).
Ownership of major newspaper blog (formerly the Fix, now Jake's Place).
Most obsessively bizarre posts about one poster (CF8) in a single day (tied with Zouk).
Most "our gracious host" references in a single day.
Most "our gracious host" references in a single year.

Remarkable body of work, sir.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 24, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Washington13


"While I appreciate Arianna Huffington's kind words about my book on the 2008 Presidential campaign of Barack Obama, I could not disagree more with the suggestion that somehow the President Obama of 2009 has lost touch with candidate Obama in 2008"


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I'm not sure - the main difference is that all Obama did in 2008 is make speechs - and he was called upon to deliver in 2009 - the question is IS OBAMA A COMPLETE LIAR.


Pretty simple.


How much did Obama know his program was competely unrealistic - and a bunch of lies.

For one thing - after many discussions this week with many people - I have come to one central conclusion:

OBAMA'S COMMITMENT TO BE BIPARTISAN WAS ONE OF HIS HEADLINE ISSUES - AND THE COMMITED OBAMA TO AGREE TO CENTRIST POLICIES AFTER NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE REPUBLICANS.

No one in the country wants to hear any of the excuses the democrats have as to who wasn't negotiating first, or who won't do what.

Obama said it in his interview - and at least he agrees - Obama was elected with a commitment to bipartisanship and it is his responsibility to go the extra miles and make it happen.

I really don't care about the position papers on Obama's website in 2008 - and neither does any person I have spoken to recently.

Everyone holds Obama to his commitment to be centrist - NO ONE is accepting that because the Republicans did not want to negotiate one day, that frees up Obama to swing all the way to a FAR LEFT WING AGENDA.

Pretty clear.


Obama went out there in 2008 - and you know, a candidate is basically saying, trust me, I am going to do this.


Well Obama has broken that trust - and the insistence of the democrats that the broken promises are OK is just not sitting well with anyone.

The taxes are a big big thing - because the issue came up with Obama in 2008 - and he came out with a very clear statement - if you are under 250 K income, your taxes are not going to rise.


That doesn't mean fees - and to be honest many many people feel that the individual mandate should have been mentioned during Obama's campaign if that is the way the democrats were going to go.

It is one thing for one group of people to call Obama a FRAUD.


It is another to watch the entire country slowly come to the realization that Obama is a FRAUD.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 24, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Plouffe getting called back by Comrade Barack Obama, right after the Democrap Socialist's defeat in Mass., is a sure sign that they're seeing the handwritting on the wall in the up-comming Nov. midterm elections.

Posted by: armpeg | January 24, 2010 1:36 PM


Yeah, and here's more handwriting on the wall for November. Looks like Beau Biden won't be running for the Senate seat in Delaware.

http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0110/J_Biden_says_B_Biden_doesnt_want_to_run_for_Senate.html

Posted by: SuzyCcup | January 24, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Plouffe getting called back by Comrade Barack Obama, right after the Democrap Socialist's defeat in Mass., is a sure sign that they're seeing the handwritting on the wall in the up-comming Nov. midterm elections. It's the 'all hands on deck' order of the sinking Obama and Democrap Socialist Parties Titanic.

Posted by: armpeg | January 24, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Democrats: What went wrong? Did you underestimate all of the stupid Americans ability to appreciate all you have been doing for them?

Posted by: mock1ngb1rd | January 24, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Plouffe should watch this video. He may decide not to take the job after all.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aOILuS1i_M&feature=player_embedded

Posted by: SuzyCcup | January 24, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Moonbat:

Perhaps they think that Al Gore was President elected twice?

Posted by: JakeD | January 24, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Another product of the government liberal education system?

Posted by: Moonbat | January 24, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

"Since the Massachusetts race, however, no Senate or House Democrat has retired."

Shocking, shocking. No Democrats have resigned in the three business days since the MA vote? This column should be filed under moronic drivel.

Posted by: DavidStHubbins1 | January 24, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

newagent99:

Name one other Democrat elected President twice?

Posted by: JakeD | January 24, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

The following was taken from Plouffe's Organizing for America website last night. Interestingly, no one in my area has signed up for any of these so-called 'parties' as of late Saturday night. Obama shows he's not looking to move to the center. Rather, he thinks he can resurrect last year's legion of new voters. They didn't show up for Coakley or Corzine or Deeds. I doubt they'll show up for Bayh, Reid, Lincoln et. al. either.

"8:00 PM EST CONFERENCE CALL WITH DAVID PLOUFFE
Shortly before 8:00 P.M. Eastern, you will receive a call from us at the number you registered. Once you answer, we will connect you to the conference call with David Plouffe. If you are having trouble connecting or have not recieved a call by 8:00 P.M., email us at OFAinfo@dnc.org or call 866-495-2004 and we’ll help you get connected.
8:30 PM EST CALL NEW 2008 VOTERS
In the 20 minutes between the end of the conference call and the beginning on the State of the Union, guests should call their list of 2008 first-time voters. Distribute a page of calls from the Neighbor to Neighbor call tool as well as a script to each guest, and explain that as the successor organization to President Obama’s 2008 campaign, we have a unique and important relationship with people who voted for the first time in that election. We will work throughout 2010 to involve these new voters in our campaigns on the issues we believe in and to support our allies in the November elections. Each guest should call the new voters on their sheet and ask them to be part of OFA.

Posted by: alto1215 | January 24, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

"In fact only bill Clinton has been a reelected democrat president since 1944. Over 60 years of liberal failure of leadership.

"

wow, when you start out with a lie, how much lower can you go?

Posted by: newagent99 | January 24, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

In fact only bill Clinton has been a reelected democrat president since 1944. Over 60 years of liberal failure of leadership.

Barry is simply fulfilling liberal rules of ineptitude and gross failure.

We keep forgetting how bad liberals are. They keep reminding us.

Posted by: Moonbat | January 24, 2010 8:41 AM | Report abuse

Very effective advertisement designed to reflect the record of how the White House has behaved this year regarding candidates:

1 - Run
2 - Lose
3 - Get Trashed by the White House

http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0110/Capitalizing_on_the_Coakley_aftermath.html

In 2010, recruitment is just as important as the actual individual campaigns.

The White House has burned a lot of bridges and set a precedent that will depress recruitment.

Posted by: Washington13 | January 24, 2010 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Is there some rule of hack journalism that requires the use of the awful phrase "in the wake of" in every pitifully written piece?

Posted by: Moonbat | January 24, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

Plouffe’s relevant career can be summed up by two iterations of ‘OfA:’

Obama for America. A group dedicated to electing Barack Obama President. Accomplishments: the nomination and election of a single-term Senator with no executive experience President of the United States, in the face of both primary and general election opposition.

Organizing for America. A group dedicated to championing and popularizing the legislative and executive achievements of the Democratic party. Accomplishments: two words, one of which is ‘jack.’

Posted by: nomad_990 | January 24, 2010 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Very simple:

campaign: success

presidential: failure

need to get back to wildly empty promises and lies

Posted by: Moonbat | January 24, 2010 8:23 AM | Report abuse

When posting on the internet, you can either evolve or devolve.

I have been guilty from time to time for stooping to the level of name calling. Not directly, but indirectly. Unfortunately, not only is that rude, but it is not effective in persuading others.

It's a new year and I have a new method.

1 - Address the actual topic being discussed without going off on tangents.

2 - Do not use rhetoric that you would not have the guts to say to a person's face.

3 - Use the actual written record of public futures to make your arguments.

4 - Results mean everything. If your side is winning elections, you look better. If your side is losing elections, you look bad. No need to be belligerent when dealing with the reality of either. Also, realize that these or other people completely detached from your reality. Your side is in a political sense. These politicians are not your buddies. They are your representatives. They work for you.

5 - Visit these boards on occasion. Not as a daily habit. Seek quality rather than quantity.

By the way, Democrats are losing elections because they are not recognizing the fact that during the 100 years of the 20th Century, Republicans held the Presidency for 52 years, Democrats held the Presidency for 48 years.

America was founded as a rejection of authoritarian control. Today, when one party rule leads to expanded government control, the majority will reject it to bring the country back into its' balance.

See Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts for reference.

Posted by: Washington13 | January 24, 2010 8:22 AM | Report abuse

In the latest episode of Team Obama's "who can I turn" to drama, recycling Plouffe's soft power approach to retail politics is likely to reveal the inability of social media to "cross over" to the 3-D real world and sell the tough issues like health care and managing expectations downward while reconciling America's national identity with the interests of Globalism... the new "ism..." Buying the best structured data and predictive analytics on the planet sold the concept of change you can believe in once, but it is exponentially tougher to take people to the dance the second time. Especially when the tune is "The Flat Affect Economy Blues" played by Ben Bernanke and his Wall Street Orchestera.

Posted by: dongonzo | January 24, 2010 6:17 AM | Report abuse

Washington13, please post here more often. Pretty much all the conservatives on here are complete morons. You are a huge exception.

And yeah, I'm being sincere.

Posted by: DDAWD | January 24, 2010 1:53 AM | Report abuse

And to cap off the inanity, reposts.

Good night to read a book. Better yet head over to arXiv.

Carry on, trolls.

Posted by: Noacoler | January 23, 2010 11:32 PM | Report abuse

The very word "politics" is OUT OF SYNCH with our American climate. Politics doesn't matter--what matters is SAVING THE D***ED COUNTRY! Not spending, looting, and throwing away money WHEN THE ECONOMY IS BANKRUPT!
We need careful money management, saving, thrift, frugality! When will the current administration GET A CLUE?!?!?!

Posted by: IIntgrty | January 23, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Plouffe's midas touch in Massachusetts:

From the Organizing for America Website:

Yesterday, President Obama came to Massachusetts to rally for Martha Coakley. More than 4,000 supporters came out to hear the President's speech and show their support for Martha.

Tomorrow is a crucial day for Massachusetts and for our nation.

Please watch the video from the President's rally in Boston, and get fired up for the final push.

Then make sure you know where and when to vote and that you're all set to bring as many folks with you to the polls as you possibly can.

Let's bring this home,

David Plouffe

http://my.barackobama.com/page/community/post/obamaforamerica/gGGxWC/commentary

Posted by: Washington13 | January 23, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

again and again the washigntonton post show why it must follow the examples of so many other papers and shut down in bankruptcy. The Post broadcasts Mr. Plouffe's lies and propaganda and allows no comments at all. The Nazi's did this in the 1930's and 40's and the Washington post has taken up the baton today.

Posted by: mikerobinsonpc | January 23, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

David Plouffe tells Arianna to STFU about Obama!!
by lanae

Tue Nov 03, 2009 at 03:58:02 PM PST

Plouffe:

"While I appreciate Arianna Huffington's kind words about my book on the 2008 Presidential campaign of Barack Obama, I could not disagree more with the suggestion that somehow the President Obama of 2009 has lost touch with candidate Obama in 2008"

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/11/3/800182/-David-Plouffe-tells-Arianna-to-STFU-about-Obama!!

Followed by Corzine Loss - NJ
Followed by Deeds Loss - VA
Followed by Coakley Loss - MA

Plouffe can not run the Fake Obama of 2008 in 2010.

The Real Obama of 2009 and 2010 has a record.

The Fake Obama of 2008 could use the phony rhetoric fed to him by Plouffe to pacify the respective crowd of the day.

Fake Obama can not protect Real Obama.

Plouffe is nothing without Fake Obama.

Posted by: Washington13 | January 23, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

David Plouffe tells Arianna to STFU about Obama!!
by lanae

Tue Nov 03, 2009 at 03:58:02 PM PST

Plouffe:

"While I appreciate Arianna Huffington's kind words about my book on the 2008 Presidential campaign of Barack Obama, I could not disagree more with the suggestion that somehow the President Obama of 2009 has lost touch with candidate Obama in 2008"

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/11/3/800182/-David-Plouffe-tells-Arianna-to-STFU-about-Obama!!

Followed by Corzine Loss - NJ
Followed by Deeds Loss - VA
Followed by Coakley Loss - MA

Plouffe can not run the Fake Obama of 2008 in 2010.

The Real Obama of 2009 and 2010 has a record.

The Fake Obama of 2008 could use the phony rhetoric fed to him by Plouffe to pacify the respective crowd of the day.

Fake Obama can not protect Real Obama.

Plouffe is nothing woithout Fake Obama.

Posted by: Washington13 | January 23, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Welcome back David. We missed you! The Republicans has managed to generate fear in a group of people who feel they are the forgotten. For instance-Boston is a college town. Anyone without a degree or high school diploma is not going to be able to keep up with the cost of living in that city. These same people watched the slow death to the health care insurance plan, the mortgage save my house plan and forget the job industry because no company is hiring. They have no idea how bad the economy was and the situation we are facing now. They only know what their local newspaper writes, they know what their neighbors tell them and what the politician tell them.

Posted by: sun52shine | January 23, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

The very word "politics" is OUT OF SYNCH with our American climate. Politics doesn't matter--what matters is SAVING THE D***ED COUNTRY! Not spending, looting, and throwing away money WHEN THE ECONOMY IS BANKRUPT!
We need careful money management, saving, thrift, frugality! When will the current administration GET A CLUE?!?!?!

Posted by: IIntgrty | January 23, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

I hope it's more than just repacking the message, I hope Obama shows signs that he's *getting* the message.  From we who voted for him.  We're not pleased.      For a guy who ran such a carefully messaged campaign he seems to have lost all that skill.  The health insurance presentation has missed one opportunity after another, there is plenty of rage at the insurance companies, laying there on the table waiting for him to exploit it and take the energy away from the teabaggers and make it his own.  But noooOOOooo, instead he plays pattycacke with Lieberman and Nelson and tries to woo votes from the two least nutty Republicans, and still they stiff him.  And we end up with a bill that nobody can be enthusiastic about.

Obama needs to just come out fighting, full stop, however foreign it may be to his nature. And he can start with a jobs program and taking on the Wall Street parasites.

Posted by: Noacoler | January 23, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Hey David, a reality check. When the house is on fire it doesn't matter how you tell people it isn't, the singed eyebrows and melted sneakers are a dead giveaway. If you want to convince people that the house isn't on fire you have TO PUT THE FIRE OUT!!!!!!!

Posted by: Fred54 | January 23, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Who can take "Plouffe" (sounds like "fluff")
seriously!

Posted by: houston123 | January 23, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Obama & co, too little to late
Your endorsement is kiss of death to the candidate

Posted by: houston123 | January 23, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

I choose only one of many moronic comments to which to reply: "People want jobs that are productive. Green Technologies will have the money flow to Europe and not to the United States."

Yup, thank your dear (gratefully) departed godling R. Reagan for that. In 1982, we led the world in green technology - and he chose to let the Carter tax breaks lapse. Europe and Japan grinned and said "thank you". Now, Denmark and Japan lead, with originally US companies. How embarrassing!

Welcome back David - go kick some ass!

Posted by: fr3dmars | January 23, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

I'd say Plouffe rejoining is significant in the horse race aspects, which is, of course, CC's focus. So, it merits a post here, though I'd put it in the Morning Fix as one of the top 5.

For policy, the shift to Vocker's recommendations is H U G E. Particularly when coupled with the fact that BB's renomination is in trouble. On the political side, Obama and the Dems are going to force the Republicans to put up or shut up. In other words, significant new restrictions on banks. You can't run as a populist and cozy up to Wall $treet. Good news for the TP'ers?

BB (the other one)

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | January 23, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Looks like another Drudge link day. PgUp, PgUp. PgUp, GiveUp.

Happy, Chris? Not a 3-digit IQ in the bunch. Must make you homesick.

Posted by: Noacoler | January 23, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

So....in response to all this, Obama is going back into campaign mode?

Heaven help us.

Posted by: Revcain777 | January 23, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Jan. 22 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. investors overwhelmingly see President Barack Obama as anti-business and question his ability to manage a financial crisis, according to a Bloomberg survey.

The global quarterly poll of investors and analysts who are Bloomberg subscribers finds that 77 percent of U.S. respondents believe Obama is too anti-business and four-out-of-five are only somewhat confident or not confident of his ability to handle a financial emergency

=====================

democrats equal the party of dumb and dumber

fool me twice shame on me

if obozo's supporters fall for David Plouffe's bull again, they deserve to be starving, homeless and unemployed, not necessarily in the order.

Posted by: charlietuna666 | January 23, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse


David Pootoff. Isn't he the campaign adviser who accused the Clintons being racist. #1 race card player in the 2008 campaign because Obama was too Wussy to speak for himself. Yeah, I remember Pootoff?

Posted by: bnw173 | January 23, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

The leader of the red guards come out again?

Posted by: sgr_astar | January 23, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Plouffe doesn't get it.

With jobs that "pay for performance," comes "health insurance."

When you penalize people because they would rather have a "Cadillac Plan," instead of higher wages, that is an insult. When you exempt collective bargaining units, that's criminal.

People want jobs that are productive. Green Technologies will have the money flow to Europe and not to the United States.

GM and Chrysler went into the grave, simply because of union "no-cut" contracts.

Andy Stern and the SEIU, won't be happy until labor runs the corporations.

The president does not have the absolute right to nationalize corporations.

What we have is a wannabe dictator, who want to run all three branches of government, when he can't even manage his own branch.

The Republican's put-up a loser, plain and simple.

We've tried it the Obummer way for a year, and we are in deeper do-do than last year.

Now the Congress is going to try and raise the debt ceiling, again.

Folks, these people are out of control. How do you measure control? Are you doing better today than three years ago, when the Republicans had the House, Senate and the Presidency? It seems the "po' people" are doing better, since us "rich people" are being punished for our success.

King Obummer, YOU LIE!!!

Posted by: Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness | January 23, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Clearly, Plouffe just wants to get more fodder for another boring book. His first book was called "The Audacity to Win." His new one will be called "The Flim-Flam Man."

Posted by: SuzyCcup | January 23, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

David Plouffe did a great job managing the presidential campaign but he is very much to the left. The problem is the public isn't buying costly, expansive government, especially the healthcare overhaul or how it was rammed through congress, especially by Harry Reid in the senate.
Plouffe will no doubt move inside pretty quickly. Where does that leave the Chicago West Wingers, Rahm Emanuel, David Axelrod and Valerie Jarrett?
I'm among the many independent Bay Staters who voted for President Obama but opted for Scott Brown in the senate race. I will not in the future ever vote for Martha Coakley again after the complacent, disasterous campaign she ran. All the negative ads and a totally offensive mailer sent out by the Masachusetts Democratic Party distorting Brown's record on abortion and emergency care treatment for rape victims finished me. As a woman I found the mailer reprehensible and designed to scare female voters.
I'm not happy with one party rule in the state and all the resulting arrogance, political corruption and shenanigans that have resulted. I hope Brown does well and I'm frankly glad to see both parties representing the state. I don't agree with Brown on every issue but then again I don't agree with the President all the time either. Hopefully they can work together for the greater good...and maybe shoot some hoops for bi-partisanship too. At least I can dream...Yes we can.

Posted by: pjsilva | January 23, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Oh wonderful . . . now this slimy bunch is going to spend public funds to further their personal political futures. The behavior of this administration is borders on criminal and it must be stopped.

Posted by: rplat | January 23, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

"People have taken a measure of the man".

That is what the white House and most of the Democratic Congressional Suicidal followers still do not get.
This brings me to the point that if Mr. Plouffe believes that he can take over where he left, he has another thing coming.

The friendly press is no helping because they are also in denial. A blog that usually anticipates this kind of reaction published a piece titled "10 Actions that president Obama Must Take to Save His Presidency", and they were right on top of this one.

That is where Mr. Plouffe needs to start - http://www.robbingamerica.blogspot.com - and then check back with President Obama with the hard recipe.

Posted by: JohnGalt9 | January 23, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

I am not sure how good Ploufe is but he can not be worse than Axelrod, who has not made a good call nor given proper advice to Obama in the past 9 months.

Posted by: simon7382 | January 23, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Democrats are diving off the cliffs. They are hapless and hopeless. They make Republicans look like wise, old sages and genius level thinkers.
The ObamaNation must be aborted and soon.
B.O. will follow his hero, Jimmy Carter into the hall of one-termers.
Four years is much too long.
America suffers by the day.
Posted by: battleground51
==========================================================================
Most Americans don't know anything more than they hear in 10 second sound bites. Carter was a better president than 2 term Reagan and Bush41 better than 2 term Clinton. Dick Armey's memo on screaming and yelling to disrupt health care discussions are referrred to as "Talking points." Tea party activists holding signs that call Obama a "Communist Fascist". The minority senate leader holding a copy of the Constitution allegedly reading from the preamble quotes from the Declaration of Independence. Only in America.

Posted by: jameschirico | January 23, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

"BB and ddawd, hi. I do not understand why Plouffe"s presence or absence is of any consequence. CC's post does not truly enlighten in that respect. I think finally listening to Volcker is of consequence. Has CC written about that?"

No, but it got solid treatment in the main paper.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/21/AR2010012104935.html

Posted by: DDAWD | January 23, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

pssstttt...obama

why don't you try something you have NEVER done??

CANCEL the meaningless state of the union rant

stay in your office WITHOUT a single camera

and WORK on helping private enterprise CREATE jobs

and say

"MY name is Barack Obama

I am a recovering narcissist"

Posted by: ProCounsel | January 23, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Maybe the U.S. should reorganize into a theocracy. Pick the farthest right-wing televangelist and make him king, with absolute power to do anything. That's sensible because the king has a direct connection to God Almighty, who is omnipotent, omniscient, and infallible. If anything -- anything at all -- goes wrong, it is nobody's fault. It is the Will of God. Congress will be disbanded. Taxes will not be collected. Wars will continue through religious conscription and tithing. The highly exaggerated complaints about Democrats will end because Democrats will depart the country. The national I.Q. will drop precipitously.

Posted by: BlueTwo1 | January 23, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of basketball, maybe Plouffe can get Obama to accept Brown's challenge and take a player from his brother-in-law's college girls team and have the game. The Obama women and Brown women can be cheerleaders as a first gesture across the aisle to get together.

Posted by: jameschirico | January 23, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Speaker Pelosi: You have an opportunity NOW to end the Recession by encouraging the Banks to make prudent CRE Loans. The Banks are now unfettered to make Prudent Loans; which in Major Cities there are thousands of Major Projects with Entitlements. CRE produces the greatest number of jobs than any other segment of the Economy. Glass mfg, Steel Industry, truckers, architects, brokers, agents, construction workers, electricians, plumbers, office furniture manufacturers....WE COULD HAVE 6% UNEMPLOYMENT WITHIN 4 MONTHS....THERE ARE 140 SHOVEL READY, ENTITLED, PROJECTS OF 70 OR MORE UNITS ALONE, READY TO GO IN LOS ANGELES. By January 2012, the recession will be over and tenants will FLOOD TO ULTRA-MODERN "green" BUILDINGS.

Posted by: MSFT-PELOSI | January 23, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Aside from running the most cynical campaign in history, David Plouffe has not proven that he can run a campaign that is not based on blaming Bush. Few would dispute that the problems of 2008 were attributable to Bush and his policies. However, Obama and his advisors campaigned on the notion that only Obama could rectify all the wrongs. Anyone with a minimum level of intelligence knew in 2008 that any Democrat not under indictment would have beaten a Republican burdened by the Bush mistakes. But to act now as though Obama is too special to be held to his campaign promises shows once again the contempt liberals have for Americans who did not go to Ivy League schools and inexplicably choose not to live in New York, DC or Chicago. Plouffe, who helped fashion Obama's campaign message, is apparently now to persuade the disillusioned electorate either that it is unfair or possibly racist to hold Obama to the promises that got him elected, or that they're just to stupid to understand that he didn't mean any of the change and hope he promised could be expected to occur in less than eight years. It's hard to see how Plouffe is regarded as such a genius. He got a Democrat elected at a time when the Republican president had approval ratings in the twenties, and the Republican candidate was tied to that tired brand.

Posted by: ndnva | January 23, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

BB and ddawd, hi. I do not understand why Plouffe"s presence or absence is of any consequence. CC's post does not truly enlighten in that respect. I think finally listening to Volcker is of consequence. Has CC written about that?

The MA election means something but I do not know what, or why it should change the "game" in any way. The "Citizens United" case means something and I know that it is earth shaking.

I am just trying in my head to sort the big stuff from the little stuff. You two have a great evening.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | January 23, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

And so,in the famous words of our beloved
late President Ronald Reagan, if you pass medicare, the next thing you know they will tell little Johnny what to take in school, what job he will have and how to spend his money. Little Johnny studied hard, went to Ivy League schools, set records for spending in the 2008 election and became president.

Posted by: jameschirico | January 23, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Ah, the Fix is Troll Central again today. Plus ca change.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | January 23, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

And so,in the famous words of our beloved
late President Ronald Reagan, "There he goes again" appointing another looney toons
Socialist Democrat Liberal Whacko to even
bigger role in Obama's Totally Dismal Failed Administration,right on schedule.
and in true Obama Incompetent fashion...
Hey Obama and Democrats Plouffe like Der
Leader Herr Barack Hussein the Insane Obama
is part of the problem,not the solution...
And,the only solution to the problems is
the Immediate Resignation of Barack Obama
or Obama's Own Impeachment,after the GOP
regains control of Congress on Election Day
2010 and then increases it even more so,on
Election Day 2012 and also Elects Sarah Palin the next President of the USA! Dump
Obama you fool Democrats or cease to exist!

Posted by: Ralphinphnx | January 23, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

"Actually, Coakley was a good candidate who ran a miserable campaign. Nevertheless, the real reason the dems lost in Mass. was the age old addage of "I've got mine, who cares if you get yours" with regard to health care. . .

Posted by: zmar2"

If my phonebanking experience is representative, it was more apathy than selfishness. People just weren't enthusiastic about going out and voting for Coakley the way they were enthusiastic about voting for Obama in 2008. The enthusiasm gap is very important. Republicans felt like they were on more of a mission to break the 60 votes.

By the way, stock market did pretty badly in the wake of the Brown election.

I don't normally like political operatives in the White House. I'm glad that Clinton didn't keep Carville and we all saw the effects of Rove in the WH. But this is turning into more and more of a political game. Democrats need to hit back. Republicans can't simply be allowed to run roughshod over the healthcare debate. MA shows that the Democrats are paying the politiacl price for the Republican obstructionism. This simply cannot continue.

Posted by: DDAWD | January 23, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

If it were me, I would forget health care until 2012. Then I would campaign with 50,000,000 by that time without coverage, I would campaign on making the effort again in my second term.

Mass,s voters already have state healthcare coverage so they just don't care about others that don't.

By the way, at the pearly gates, God will be telling Pat Robertson, " I will do for you what you have done for the people and children of Haiti"

Posted by: elpaso | January 23, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Plouffe knows something about Obama that he has kept secret. He revealed it to the National Press Club last year shortly after his inauguration. Read it here at
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0209/18810.html

Posted by: knowdalaw | January 23, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Actually, Coakley was a good candidate who ran a miserable campaign. Nevertheless, the real reason the dems lost in Mass. was the age old addage of "I've got mine, who cares if you get yours" with regard to health care. . .

Posted by: zmar2 | January 23, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

This is not a good sign: A fresh face to save the day who writes that it's a "good plan," and that Americans need to have the "ability to measure it."
That's the same tired messaging that didn't work in the first place, and if allowed to continue will only make moderate dems like me even angrier.
What Mr. Obama needs to remember is that the goal is not to pass the current proposal, which is a policy nightmare. The goal is to pass real health reform that meets with broad public approval and bi-partisan support.
How? Well one idea would be for Mr. Obama to appoint a panel of non-partisan experts to develop and recommend reform measures, one piece at a time.
The first piece could be curbing the abuses by health insurers, much like what is being done with the credit card companies. The panel would be asked to develop a full spectrum of options, ranging from tweaking the staus quo, to ensuring more competition, to invoking government intervention.
Mr. Obama would then use these diverse options to frame the debate with a bi-partisan panel of lawmakers, which would be tasked with coming up with a bi-partisan legislative proposal.
All of this would be carried on C-Span, to avoid deal making. And with the November elections looming, all of the participants--dems and repubs alike-- will have no choice but to work together, or risk the voters' wrath.
Once the first piece is solved, the non-partisan panel will then take up another reform measure, and so on.
Imagine: Informed policy being made in the sunshine. It once was the way. And Mr. Obama could get the ball rolling with this Wednesday's State of the Union address.

Posted by: mtpeaks | January 23, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

One point on the MA elections that seems to have been missed by all the national "experts" is that, despite the "anger" out there, the main reason Coakley lost was her arrogant, abysmal campaign. I remember asking my wife around Dec 20th whether she had seen any Coakley commercials or heard about any rallies and she said "no". ( we had seen numerous Brown ads and tons of news reports about his campaigns ) Coakley also made a dumb comment about why she wasn't campaigning outside Fenway Park at a "once in a lifetime" hockey event, which had 30-40K people there and her response was " why would I want to be in the cold shaking hands with people"? This was widely reported. Her campaign figured to "play it safe" in a strongly democratic state( she was leading Brown 51 - 32 after the Democratic primary on Dec 9th) , and assumed she could win on that basis alone. She had 19 events compared to Brown's 66 in the same period, and most of these came when it was too late, when Brown had already defined himself (and her by default) and the momentum had shifted.
Ted Kennedy faced the toughest election of his career against Mitt Romney in 1994, and what did he do? He did what Mass voters expected him to do: hit the streets, the towns, the cities of MA, touch flesh and fight! Coakley did NONE of the above. Oh yes, she also had a nice vacation in the Cayman Islands over the holidays!
This was a campaign that was LOST by Coakley. Maybe her margin would have been much closer than 51/32, but she could have won. You CANNOT take voters for granted, period, and MA is no different from anywhere else.

Posted by: ripon | January 23, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Press advisory:

Jake has just been inducted into the Troll Hall of Fame. A minimum of four votes was required and he got four, including mine. He will join past inductees Dianne72, the original 37, AsperGirl, and King of Kouk among others. Congrats, Jake!

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 23, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

PLOUFFE'S FOLLY

Obama ATTACKS the private sector 24/7,

Obama DESPISES the very concept of capitalism

Obama DUMPS regulatory and tax burdens on struggling small businesses to finish them off.
Posted by: ProCounsel
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The way he re-did the AIG contracts and only paid a portion of the CDS contracts was just awful.

The way he forced banks to lend to the little guy, cut their credit card abuse and lent them money at 0% to gamble further is stopping capitalism.
So was passing Glass-Stegall.

Expanding FDIC's ability to lend small businees, increasing government compliance help for them and the only new tax on tobacco for SCHIPS funding is killing the small businessman.

Makes you wonder why his support is down among progressives.


Posted by: jameschirico | January 23, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how annoying Nancy Pelosi realizes she looks smiling and laughing every time you see her while college grads like most of my friends and family, sharp people with degrees fight with others over a job opening stocking shelves? I wonder when we hear about Obama's many vacation trips overseas, how the President is helping all the poor countries in the world to our borrowed money, most of these people who hate and want to kill us, just how out of touch with unemployed, struggling, Americans he realizes he is. Do Harry Reid and the Democrats in DC realize how detached from reality they are while they fight so hard for a health care plan they insist we all need so bad, so they can legally force us to pay for it with our food and mortgage money, while our incomes shrink or even worse for many disappear completely? I wonder how much more money, we are borrowing and sinking deeper into debt from, we will throw away on wars we can not afford, started by a moron named Bush who is responsible for creating this recession that the Dems have made even worse? Our entire Government has failed us, Dems and Reps alike. Voting Republican will not solve a thing, after all they are the ones who got us here to begin with, but kind of sucks pretty bad when the alternative party has no clue how to fix and change it all? remember change? what happened to change? yeah things changed alright, they got even WORSE. got change? because I could use some, anything you can spare.. I am a Democrat, and I am sick and tired of our politicians lining their pockets with our money and wasting the rest on everything but THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

Posted by: Hillary08 | January 23, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

MEMO TO YOU INDEPENDENT VOTERS: What are you thinking? Obama ran on a platform to reform health care and that is exactly what he is doing? Okay, try this experiment. Compare a paystub from yesterday to 5 yrs ago and write down your health care deductions in cells A and B. Then, compare your policy coverage from 5 yrs ago to yesterday. Yes, bingo. We are ALL paying more for less coverage and it's getting worse. Our current health care system is going to bankrupt us. You independents like being on the Titanic, I get it. Why fix something today that's broke when we can put it off for our kids to fix, you say? Yes, that is what we usually do. Don't you think it is completely absurd to listen to the repubs say they represent middle class citizens, when behind camera they they are getting their puppet strings pulled by their corporate cartel buddies in order to protect their cash cows? Don't you find it completely and utterly ironic that repubs are giving lip service to and appear to be defending Medicare money, which is a GOVERNMENT RUN and SUBSIDIZED one-pay program? A program that runs contrary to their own tea-party platform and ethics. Hmmm. No, we Americans are not easily manipulated. We're so smart. The dems have it absolutely right on passing health care reform, but they too have egg all over their faces. They have taken a necessary and beneficial and truly good idea and made it look like a congressional cash free for all. Can you say Ben Nelson? Please don't punish the rest of us Americans because of the greed of a few low-life demo senators. We need health care reform. Now. And if you think the repubs have a better way to insure everyone, stop denying people with existing conditions, and hold costs down by shoving a cork in the mouths of the insurance companies, then let's see it.

Posted by: citizen4truth1 | January 23, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

This latest hiring makes the Obama white house the most expensive in history. Between all the Czars, special this and that and the first lady's unprecedented entourage, we probably could have fed thousands of needy, worthwhile folks. Instead we proudly have the most ineffective and poorest performing presidential first year in history.

Posted by: GordonShumway | January 23, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Although "Bank Bashing" plays well to the uneducated and ill informed, those are the folks that rarely vote in off-year elections. What the President's populist rhetoric and pronouncements, none of which has a prayer of being enacted, will do is drive down the markets and with it the 401k’s, retirement funds and savings of people that do vote.

The best way to doom the Democratic Party in the November elections is to wreck the economy, drive the Dow back into the 6000’s, and stifle small businesses; all of which will get unemployment up over 12%. Mr. President, ever hear the old saying: "when you’re in a hole, stop digging." I would advise you to throw down the shovel you’re beating the economy with and become a little more “business friendly” if you want to retain control of Congress. Just a thought.

Posted by: A-COL | January 23, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

In 2008, Americans were disoriented and voted to prove they weren't racists.

In 2010, Americans will wise up and vote to prove they aren't socialists!

Posted by: SuzyCcup | January 23, 2010 5:00 PM
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Cup, I think there are still tickets remaining for the inaugural game of the new All American Basketball Alliance. Don't count on seeing many dunks, though.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 23, 2010 5:09 PM


Hey broadwayjoe, good to hear from you again! Remember, it's OK to drink the Obama Kool-Aid. But don't forget to wipe your mouth before you post on this board. You're dripping all over.

Posted by: SuzyCcup | January 23, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Oh, this is a really great message to send to the American people: "I've decided to focus solely on getting Democrats elected this coming November, so we're going to put everything else on the back burner." Well, EARTH TO OBAMA: It's not going to work. The American people have seen through you and your socialist agenda and they don't want any more of what you have to offer. Don't you understand that 90% of the people who voted for you in the presidential election now wish they hadn't? They're not going to change their minds by November.

Posted by: georges2 | January 23, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

In 2008, Americans were disoriented and voted to prove they weren't racists.

In 2010, Americans will wise up and vote to prove they aren't socialists!

Posted by: SuzyCcup | January 23, 2010 5:00 PM
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Cup, I think there are still tickets remaining for the inaugural game of the new All American Basketball Alliance. Don't count on seeing many dunks, though.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 23, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Wah, Obama is going to pay Plouffe, Wah, Dubya is going to pay Rove. Get over it, the president can have whomever he wants as an advisor.

Posted by: jameschirico | January 23, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

In 2008, Americans were disoriented and voted to prove they weren't racists.

In 2010, Americans will wise up and vote to prove they aren't socialists!

Posted by: SuzyCcup | January 23, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

I welcome the return of Mr. Plouffe to more active role...

Posted by: Michelle_Foster_CO | January 23, 2010 4:49 PM


So do I. By November, with Plouffe's help, any warm body will beat a democrat.

Posted by: SuzyCcup | January 23, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

PLOUFFE'S FOLLY

Obama ATTACKS the private sector 24/7,

Obama DESPISES the very concept of capitalism

Obama DUMPS regulatory and tax burdens on struggling small businesses to finish them off

Obama THREATENS even more tax burdens with cap and trade, obama care

then Obama is STUNNED
there are 15 million unemployed americans

unemployment has jumped from 7.9% to over 10% since he took office

and 6 americans are looking for a job for every 1 job opening

and they do NOT care what great speeches Plouffe writes for Obama

PLouffe' folly:

"We need to show that we not just are focused on jobs but also create them. Even without a difficult fiscal situation, the government can have only so much direct impact on job creation, on top of the millions of jobs created by the president's early efforts to restart the economy. There are some terrific ideas that we can implement, from tax credits for small businesses to more incentives for green jobs, but full recovery will happen only when the private sector begins hiring in earnest."

psssstt.......Plouffe

read those sentences--SLOWLY--to Obama

obama--he just doesn't get it

Posted by: ProCounsel | January 23, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

I welcome the return of Mr. Plouffe to more active role. We will not see true change in this nation until WE THE PEOPLE decide to stop demonizing people with whom we disagree. President Obama was elected, because he told us we are ONE NATION. All parties need to collaborate to effect programs and laws that work for all Americans. The utter hatred spewed from both sides is what is destroying our nation. His mesaage is a hard one. People in his own party have trouble reaching out to other side to see if they have good ideas. The other side are so eager to defeat him, they refuse to contribute good ideas. It's up to us people. Let's tell BOTH SIDES we expect them to pay attention to WE THE PEOPLE and do what's right for the majority of Americans. Let's find what we agree on and focus on that. I'm guessing it will at least be a good start toward the change we want to see.

Posted by: Michelle_Foster_CO | January 23, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

someone famous said

"when they are really in trouble they bring in the sobs"

we will see.

Posted by: ProCounsel | January 23, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Are the Obamians so clueless that they are continuing to drive the car off the cliff? The party has had twelve months to make their case and the public has figured it out. Too many side deals, no chance to cut costs and they proved their boast that they would put the development of HCR on C-Span was another Big Lie. Maybe if they had kept that promise, there would have been no deal-killing horse-trading and the public would have never heard about death panels and other nonsense. Its hard to believe that anyone could make the previous administration look like geniuses but they have managed to do just that.

Posted by: stvcar | January 23, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

the ONLY way Plouffe can SAVE obama

is if Plouffe reduces unemployment south of 8%

realize there are over 15 million unemplyed americans

and 6 americans looking for a job for every 1 job opening

and they do NOT care what kind of meaningless speech obama gives........

obama--he just doesn't get it

Posted by: ProCounsel | January 23, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Yes, this is just what Obama needs, more cowbell, er I mean more campaigning.

Posted by: bandmom22 | January 23, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

He's just another B.S. artist, but it's too late.

We already know how incompetent and inexperiencd Odumbo is.

All these phony slugs from Odumbo to Axelrod, Gibbs and Emanuel need to be run out of Washington.
Disgusting leftist weenies are all they are.

Posted by: LarryG62 | January 23, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Oh great. We're headed back into campaign mode so the Prez can make more promises he won't keep. As Pelosi recently said about campaign promises, " we say lots of things during the campaign"! This was said with her plastic Botox smerk. The aggrogance is incredable.

With Axelgrease running the show the end is near. BTW where's Rahm? He must be hiding under a rock.

Posted by: Jimbo77 | January 23, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

++++++++Plouffe returning fits the following previously posted Obama Predictive profile
since Obama's decline MUST be the fault of extant White House Staff incompetence-as Obama is inerrant+++++++++++++

Obama’s Failed Presidency
Predictive Profile AFTER the Massachusetts Rebellion


Obama's Presidency is in free fall FAILURE.

When a Republican even had a CHANCE in Massachusetts-- the verdict is in on the Obama Administration.

Team Obama was voted off the island by angry Americans fed up with the stimulus waste, cap and trade, obama's incessant asinine attacks on capitalism as he kills jobs, obamacare and most importantly 10% unemployment.

A failed embittered Presidency can be extremely dangerous--
so a profile of Obama's like FUTURE actions is critical.

In his monumental work "Hitler and Stalin" Alan Bullock notes both Hitler and Stalin were narcissists. ProCounsel is NOT stating Obama is either Hitler or Stalin. But his analysis, written long before Obama's ascendancy, is a useful model.

Bullock explains narcissism on page 11:

"In such a state only the person himself, his needs,feelings and thoughts, everything and and everybody as they relate to him are experienced as fully real, while everybody and everything otherwise lacks reality or interest."

Bullock describes the effects of narcissism and provides a predictive model useful for Obama on page 343:

"Narcissistic personalities are convinced of their special qualities and their superiority over others, and any threat to this self image--such as being criticized, shown up, or defeated--produces a violent outrage and often a desire for revenge."

Bullock cites 3 psychological reactions Stalin used to guard his narcissistic self image. Bullock credits Robert Tucker for these insights on page 356. The 3 reactions to expect for the Obama profile would be:

a. Repression–simply blankly deny the truth, no matter how obvious or even if caught on video

b. Rationalization-Admit but use the fault as proof of his zeal

c. Projection-Obama will attribute to others the motives and attitudes he refuses to admit in himself

Don't believe the profile??

Just go back and review Obama's response to the Detroit airplane bombing. Obama went through all 3 stages above and that analysis is especially instructive as Obama was naked--without senior staff. Or use the profile on Obama’s disjointed town hall speech in Ohio this week or the Stephanopolous interview this week, its all there.

Ironically, per the Profile Dems in the House and Senate will be in much more danger from a wounded irrelevant White House than the Republicans, as Obama will deem the Dems unworthy of him--THEY failed NOT him.

Posted by: ProCounsel | January 23, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

does this mean Rahm is OUT?????

is this why Rahm has been more scarce than Cheney in his "undisclosed locations"???

Posted by: ProCounsel | January 23, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Democrats are diving off the cliffs. They are hapless and hopeless. They make Republicans look like wise, old sages and genius level thinkers.

The ObamaNation must be aborted and soon.

B.O. will follow his hero, Jimmy Carter into the hall of one-termers.

Four years is much too long.

America suffers by the day.

Posted by: battleground51 | January 23, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Plouffe's insistence that a health care bill must be passed is not very promising. Plouffe is laying a trap for himself and his candidate. It is not necessary to pass the bill now; it is necessary now to educate the public on what's in it and why they want it. As a matter of fact, if it is properly presented in the 2010 campaign, it may be worth more politically unpassed than passed. People might vote Democratic to get it passed, if they believe it's good for them.

I wonder if Plouffe will turn out to be another Carville, another one-hit wonder. Plouffe's strength in 2008 was thinking out of the box. Right now it sounds like he's deep in the box.

Posted by: TweetPetite | January 23, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

The Democrat Party = welfare for all (becuase work is really hard), legalization of all drugs(the didn't seem to hurt BHO), surrender to the terrorists (because is really our fault and they just need a hug), soft of criminals (because it is just the police being unfair to criminals just trying to make a living) BHO - JUST LIKE THE KENNEDYS CAN AFFORD TO BE LIBERAL.

Mr Presdent do you think you can take some time to get away from your focus on staying in office no matter the cost to visit the Marines and Soldiers you have sent in harms way - must have overlooked you trip during the holidays - where were you?

Posted by: mchugh66 | January 23, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe they would actually bring him and set him up in an office just to make sure the dems do well next Nov. Who pays this guy? The American public? I would like that question answered. I don't think Obama can use our money for that even though he uses it to fly his chef to CA to get a pizza recipe.

Look...the people of this wonderful country fell in love with a suit that is a good speaker..period. Everyone believed everything he said and fell in love. Now they are starting to realize you can't marry someone after only a few months because you don't really know them. Divorce is inevitable. Instead of leaving his socks laying all over Obama leaves our money everywhere never to be found again. Instead of fooling around with another woman in secret he and his cronies do everything behind closed locked doors to screw the American people. The shady deals, the bribes to one another. Is there no end to garbage? He promised that and what did he do? Made more secret deals and turned out to be a hugh disappointment. Time for a divorce!

Posted by: debarr | January 23, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

BHO calls out the conservative majority of the Supreme Court for their recent decision permitting unlimited campaign spending by corporations!

"WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Saturday sharply criticized a Supreme Court decision easing limits on campaign spending by corporations and labor unions, saying he couldn't "think of anything more devastating to the public interest." He also suggested the ruling could jeopardize his domestic agenda.

In its 5-4 decision this week, the high court overturned two decisions and threw out parts of a 63-year-old law that said companies and unions can be prohibited from using their own money to produce and run campaign ads that urge the election or defeat of particular candidates by name."

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 23, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

The only people who can get Democrats elected in the fall are the donors and volunteers who will campaign enthusiastically and organize beginning NOW. No centrist Democrats or leftist Republicans will help so listening to them is futile. Undecided voters don't campaign or donate.
In the Republican Party, enthusiasm comes from the right and they have responded to defeat in 2008 by embracing their extreme right wing not running from them. Now the Democrats experienced rejection in several elections culminating in a shocking defeat in Massachusetts. Will they act wisely, like Republicans, and embrace their angry base or foolishly move to the center and lose their base? I expect them to act stupidly and lose all three branches of Government by 2012, you?

Posted by: yoursotruly | January 23, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

One would have to assume, the media, who steered our STUPID electorate to Obama, would defend Obama's re-election in 2012.

Recently though, I am beginning to think Obama is truly a one term President, we'll see...?

Posted by: ama2002 | January 23, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, but no one can fix the White House with the very special occupant inside it. And his wife. And his mother-in-law.

Posted by: tjhall1 | January 23, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

37, word is the AA Basketball Alliance will leave two courtside tickets for you at the willcall window. All the best.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 23, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse


Obama's campaign strategy: "The public is catching on to my shell game. So, we need to be lie, cheat, and steal better."

Posted by: Jerzy | January 23, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Just in the nick of time...

Let's hope David Plouffe will give his boss the same sage advice Chief of Staff Leo McGarry once gave President Josiah Bartlet:

Leo: "Listen up. Our ground game isn't working; we're gonna put the ball in the air. If we're gonna walk into walls, I want us running into them full-speed."

Josh: "What are you saying?"

Leo: "Well, you can start by telling the Hill the President's named his nominees to the FEC. And we're gonna lose some of these battles. And we might even lose the White House. But we're not going to be threatened by issues: we're going to put 'em front and center. We're gonna raise raise the level of public debate in this country, and let that be our legacy. That sound alright to you Josh?"

Josh: "I serve at the pleasure of the President of the United States.

Leo: "Yeah?"

CJ: "I serve at the pleasure of the President."

Sam: "I serve at the pleasure of President Bartlet."

Leo: "Toby?"

Toby: "I serve at the pleasure of the President."

34, 35, 36, __, 38, 39...

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 23, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

If Rahm is out of the effing picture, that will help the Dems immensely. The defeat of 'Choakley', despite all these astro-turfing PR guys comments doesn't mean we should go Right. That's why we lost Mass. It's because Obama hasn't delivered on the progressive agenda he was supposed to implement.
- Take on Wall St. Re-regulate the bastards and take away their 100 million dollar bonuses that ultimately was paid by the middle class.
- Raise taxes on the Uber_Rich and pay for a Medicare for all plan. Not the corporate giveaway. Dump that ridiculous bill we have now.
- Close Gitmo
- Pass a law amend the constitution if need be to say that a Corporation is not a person.

Then the Dems will begin to win elections. Voting for Obama has been like buying a Porsche just to find it has a chevy engine....

Posted by: UNLISTED | January 23, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Plouffe is being brought in to save Obama's hide by showing him how to give America the impression he's moving back to the middle. Just more theatrics. Same old socialist.

Posted by: SuzyCcup | January 23, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse


The country's in crisis.

So good to know the campaign manager will be more involved running it.

Obama doesn't listen well.

Posted by: DagnyT | January 23, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

The arrogance of the the '06 election which was the earth quake lead to the '08 tsunami, it is '10 and time for the clean up. The Progressive Activism has caused great damage.

Posted by: RayOne | January 23, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Axelrahm: FAIL. bu-bye.

Posted by: horace1 | January 23, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Arethese guys really as stupid and arrogant as they seem? Check out this quote from David Axelrod about their new approach.

“We are turning the corner to a much more political season,” said David Axelrod, a senior adviser to the president, who confirmed Mr. Plouffe’s role. “We are going to evaluate what we need to do to get timely intelligence and early warnings so we don’t face situations like we did in Massachusetts"

Hey David - here's a clue: start listening to what the people are telling you which is "stop cramming an agenda we don't want down our throats!"

A 5th grader could have seen Massachusetts coming. The town halls last summer and the VA and NJ elections were about as clear a message as you can get.

No matter how many slick campaign advisors you bring in if you don'tget this message you are going down in 2010 and 2012 - and deserve to

Posted by: Moderate6 | January 23, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Obama is responding to the Mass. debacle as if it is a "political" issue.

It isn't.

This isn't a message problem it is a performance problem.

Posted by: donbl | January 23, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

The democrats need to get some nice sturdy signs saying, "we need bipartisan support from republicans", and hit em with it. Forget the republicans, 58-42 senate and 60+ house. I am sick of everyone allowing the republican and Lieberman jerks to stall, stall, stall.

Posted by: MikeQ2 | January 23, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

fabricmaven1


In Virginia, your two Senators and Congressmen, as Blue Dogs, are about as far left as you can hope to go. If you don't get them, the electorate is going to turn to Republicans, either moderates or Conservatives.

I really don't believe you are being realistic - Viginia is simply not going to elect far-left wing democrats.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 23, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Now we know that all the Wall Street talk will remain talk. Ho hum. The "change" narrative , we now know, means no change.

So let's have more of the high school pep rally "change" talk.

But could they do it this time as a Glee episode?

Posted by: Citizen0 | January 23, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

This email from a Congressional staffer details how the Democrats do NOT want to pass Obama's health reform plan ...

Posted by: Citizen0 | January 23, 2010 2:33 PM


Of course they don't. The dems want health care off the front page. Congress would love to drop it but they can't figure out how to do it and save face. Obama - he doesn't have a clue.

After the VA, NJ, and Mass humiliating defeats, Obama is trying to put on a new face. He'll count on Plouffe to advise him how. Plouffe, of course, will just recommend a mask.

Posted by: SuzyCcup | January 23, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

If the op-ed that is expected reflects the tone of the support President Obama, is to receive, then he is not interested in governance, but in being elected. He should recognize that he has already been elected and it is too early to plan for 2012.

The health care reform should be fitted to the needs and desires of the majority of Americans, and should not be approached as a democrat vs. republican battle of titanic proportions. The only hope lies with transparency and committed contributions from all Congresspeople. Perhaps Senator-elect Brown should be approached to become the catalyst for bi-partisan detrermination of a suitable health reform plan that benefits all Americans equally, rather than one formed by attempting to cater to the needs of different groups. President Obama appears to continue to believe the hype of the mainstream media in an approach that was exposed in Florida, when he took time to address a request from a single woman, whom he advised to contact his staff; and the attention given a young man who was apparently employed at a fast food outlet.

He must remember that he is no longer a community organizer, he is now an Organizer in Chief on behalf of all Americans. His job now carries a weighty responsibility that must be directed to the majority of all Americans, although every individual and group cannot be directly satisfied. The needs of the majority cannot be sacrificed for the needs of the minority, or special interest group, in something as important as the health of the nation.

Posted by: CalP | January 23, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Oh Boy!

With David Axelrod, Valerie Jarrett, Robert Gibbs, and now David Plouffe all huddled in the West Wing, neither the President nor the country has a prayer. Each of these moonbats is a member of the never-yield-an-inch school. So all the rest of us can just stop the move-towards-the-center advice. They have heard the people, and they say the hell with 'em.

And I haven't even mentioned the TRULY terrifying Elizabeth Warren on loan from the Harvard law school.

Raise the drawbridge!

Posted by: miglefitz | January 23, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

The advice the Chicago gang headed by Rahm and Axelrod has been giving our "commander-in-chief" on granting terrorists the right to lawyers immediately after they are apprehended is terrible advice and dangerous to this country. Closing Guantanamo on the premise that Al-Qaeda gets propaganda value out of it is simple nonsense. I was given to believe that Obama was an intelligent man. And, oh, yes, his handling of the economy is incompetent. $787 billion dollars spent on the stimulus was supposed to keep unemployment at 8%- it didn't. Now those liberal dunces want another stimulus and to raise taxes in the bargain. This is not only incompetency; it is left wing incompetency. The elections in Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts reveal that the incompetency is no secret. And liberals can no longer call the public racists, or angry white men, insults being their first line of defense. Those angry voters voted for Obama.

Posted by: mhr614 | January 23, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Obama has learned NOTHING from the tea-bagging he took at the polls in Massachusetts (and Virginia, and New Jersey). He thinks he needs Plouffe? The last thing he needs is more permanent-campaign partisan nonsense.

The message from the voters was simple: his policies are a mess. He's wasting too much money on far-left policies rather than focusing on the one thing Americans care about: jobs. J-O-B-S.

Plouffe won't help.

Posted by: diesel_skins_ | January 23, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

I don't think President Obama has failed as an individual so much as The Democratic Party has failed to see how strong progressive and independent anger is in this country. I am sick to death of my two Blue Dog Virginia senators and one congressman down here in south eastern Virgina. They are part of the Nope Republican Lite Party that cares more about business friendly corporations that bring low wage jobs than fighting for decent and affordable healthcare.

Posted by: fabricmaven1 | January 23, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

This email from a Congressional staffer details how the Democrats do NOT want to pass Obama's health reform plan ... http://bit.ly/5rZwun

Posted by: Citizen0 | January 23, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Obama said the he absolutely will not “walk away from health care reform.” So he's bringing Plouffe in to roll him away in a wheelchair instead.

Posted by: SuzyCcup | January 23, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Originally I thought that Haiti had made a deal with the devil and that the Democrats were unlucky. Now I believe that Haiti was unlucky and that the Democrats made the deal with the devil.

Posted by: blasmaic

Originally I thought that Haiti had made a deal with the devil and that the Democrats were unlucky. Now I believe that Haiti was unlucky and that the Democrats made the deal with the devil.

Posted by: blasmaic

EXCELLENT ANALYSIS.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 23, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

When things are going badly there is a tendency to remember the good ol' days. Saw this guy do some interviews, sitting across from his McCain counterpart, during the campaign. He made the McCain guy look bad and the Obama team has been lost without him.

I have little respect for Obama but Plouffe is a pro at making him look like he's reasonably moderate, instead of the raving leftist knuckle dragger that we've come to know.

Posted by: magellan1 | January 23, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

One can only hope that Plouffe will insist to Obama that the road back to sanity begins with firing Geithner and Summers.

And with an insistence that "Judas Joe" Lieberman is finally and irrevocably cut loose.

If it's going to be a fight, let's make sure that the front-line troops are not infiltrated with incompetents and fifth-columnists.

Posted by: WhatHeSaid | January 23, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

trippin


Several people have voiced the idea that "the Massachusetts election happened because Obama is not far enough over to the left."

This is delusional thinking.


Clearly, it is a far far stretch to actually believe that someone has registered their leftist desires by voting for Brown, a Republican.


I understand that this is really the death of the far left - the very public realization that if Obama can not deliver on a far left wing agenda with majorities in both houses of Congress, no one can.

It is true - the country simply does not want a far left agenda.

In fact, if the media had portrayed Obama as having a far left wing agenda - or if Obama had been a white man with a far left wing agenda - the country would have never elected him.

I think the country really has to start separate in their heads - did they vote for Obama because he was black - that they wanted to make some statement about racial harmony.


Or did they vote for a far left wing agenda?


It may be hard to do, because Obama was saying stuff like bipartisanship - which hid in a deceptive way his far-left wing agenda.


I believe the country voted for transparency and bipartisanship, NOT Obama's left-wing agenda.


And those two things have been cast aside by Obama.

Again - was Obama voted in because he was black or on account of his far-left agenda?

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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 23, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

It is about time that a competent advisor is added to the president's team.

Posted by: truth1 | January 23, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

"And here I thought it was David Axelrod's stupidity to continue to blame the Bush Administration for all the ills in our lives (along with the Banks and Wall Street)."

OK! Pop quiz!! Books under your seat, pencils ready.

1. On whose watch did 9/11 occur?

2. Who spent the following eight years spending billions of dollars on homeland security, just talking up how great Republicans are at protecting us, and after all that effort and time have a system in place that allows terrorists on airplanes?

3. Who twisted that attack into a justification for a pre-emptive war against a sovereign nation that was no threat to our national security, and while so distracted allowed the perpetrator of 9/11 to run free?

4. Whose Treasury Secretary asked for $787 billion dollars to bail out the banks, under the conditions that no strings were attached, i.e., he would distribute the money, no questions could be asked of him, and his authority was absolute and irrevocable?

5. Who told the then-head of FEMA that he was doing a heck of a job while people in New Orleans were dying of thirst, bodies lying in the streets? Hint: his mother, upon visiting the Astrodome, commented how these people must be doing very well for themselves, implying they are used to living in squalor? She also donated $30,000 to the Katrina recovery efforts, under the stipluation it buy educational software being peddled by her other son.

6. Who proactively encouraged the real estate bubble as a way of putting off the inevitable economic decline his party's economic policies had wrought, hoping in vain the crash would happen after he was out of office?

Bzzzzt! Time's up!

If you answered anything but "Bush" to any of the questions, you are living in a fantasy world, not reality.

Posted by: trippin | January 23, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

The country is ready for a CHANGE already.


People simply do not like the idea that there has to be a massive government program created or Obama is a failure.

The entire agenda is simply NOT what the American people signed onto last year.

I don't know what you want to call it - broken promises - Obama going off in his own direction or whatever.

The democrats FAIL to even consider that the rejection of Bush, and the war - was just that - a rejection of those two things - it WAS NOT a go-ahead on a masssive government program and massive new taxes.


AND the economy is bad now.

The ENTIRE NATION IS SHAKING ITS HEAD AT OBAMA - they are saying why isn't he concentrating on jobs - everybody in the country seems TO KNOW that this is not the time to start creating massive new programs - except for Obama.

On this issue, Obama has been CLUELESS.

Obama knew this was an issue over the summer - but he still chose to go forward with his health care plan - even alluding to this decision in the beginning of his speech to Congress in September.

It is bad judgement on the part of Obama.


It is arrogance - it is inexperience - and it has been costly for the country.

I don't see people going back to Obama after he has lost him - that is why these issues are so important - I don't see Obama recovering.

The softness on terrorism is just another one - few people agree with Obama - and yet there is a stubborn insistence to proceed with a policy which CLEARLY RISKS AMERICAN LIVES.


Instead of buying weapons, Obama pays for lawyers for the terrorists.

Is he kidding?

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | January 23, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

For those that knock voting for Obama, can you honestly critic him on how he handled the military and foreign policy getting Pakistan and Yemen to go after terrorists, while hating America? Eric Holder has been an awful AG, not going after illegal oil price manipulation, not going after medicare/medicaid fraud, not indicting Cheney and friends for the Plame conspiracy, and the absolute worse mistake, not consulting Napolitano and Adm. Blair concerning Abdullatab. Blair said "Duh, I would not have made that decision.

Posted by: jameschirico | January 23, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

David Plouffe is just more fluff (something of no consequence) like most in the Obama Administration. He was Obama's former campaign manager and authored "The Audacity to Win." In this book, he described the very favorable press that Obama received during the campaign and thus journalists, as having an attitude akin ‘to jackals.’

Why the WaPo is willing to give this man a forum is a mystery to me. After all, the media, editors and reporters are folks who perform menial or degrading tasks for him, the President and all elitists politicians (Dems & Repubs).

Posted by: Conservator | January 23, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and I forgot to say, the table was unanimous in fondly remembering how tough, fearsome, and effective, LBJ was in getting things done in Congress (with the exception of his swamp experience with Viet Nam.)
Is there another lion like LBJ in today's party? Please step forward.
Oh, yes, so nice to see you stepping forward, Gov. Dean. Howard Dean is the one national Democratic figure with the gonads and clarity to lead the Democrats and independents to dominate again. But the DLC types - can you scream Rahm Emmanuel? - have banished and humiliated him time and again. But he keeps popping us like a Whack-a-Mole doll!

Posted by: enough3 | January 23, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

"I live in Massachusetts and the sting of Coakley's defeat is still very fresh..."

You mean "the stink..." the stink is still very fresh...

And as this media chorus incessantly tries to spin this into a fairy tale about a nationwide rejection of Obama governing too far to the left, the stink is ratcheting up to new levels. A hundred thousand people shouldn't determine nationwide policy any more than Ben Nelson should determine what's in the health bill.

In point of fact, polling indicated that of those who voted for Obama but not Coakley, many did so because they felt the change that was promised wasn't delivered. In other words, Obama's leadership vacuum caused health reform to be rendered not merely ineffective but a counterproductive handing over of the keys to the Treasury to the health insurance industry. So it was a rejection of that failure, yes, but not in the way the right wingers would have you believe it.

Yes indeed: much of this reaction, going pretty much unreported, was a sentiment that Obama compromises too much, gets nothing in return for it, and so has failed to deliver the change he promised as a candidate. They're watching Obama being kicked around by a small minority of Bible Belt yayhoos in Congress, and they're fed up. So am I!

Should the Rahm Emanuel corporate controlled wing of the party prevail by convincing Obama to buy into this ridiculous meme that's he's a socialist and so must move right -- should once again campaign donations trump all concerns of public welfare (a particularly likely scenario given the stacked Supreme Court has delivered on the primary objective of their five conservative corporate-controlled members since their confirmation) -- then the Dems will just continue on their precipitous decline to share the bottom of the sewer with Republicans.

Given what happened to the health care bill, we already know the government operates beyond the control of non-corporate entities like the human beings who suffer at its malfeasance. So I suppose we shouldn't be too surprised should that occur.

But perhaps Plouffe is a signal to the contrary...we'll just have to wait and see. For all we know, his corporate cred might outshine Emanuel's.

Posted by: trippin | January 23, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

oh brother. More campaign B.S. isn't what we need.
It's accomplishments you dolts.
Get the incompetent Odumbo to do something besides apologizing and lying to the people.
What disgusting failures Odumbo and his cabal of incompetents are.
They all need to be run out of town.

Posted by: LarryG62 | January 23, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

And here I thought it was David Axelrod's stupidity to continue to blame the Bush Administration for all the ills in our lives (along with the Banks and Wall Street). I also find it the height of hypocrisy when Plouffe complains about the Republicans attacking the health care bill, passed or not, when the Dems act as if George Bush is still running the country. From an independent citizen, my counsel is to get off the blame your predecessor game and creating a bogieman (out of banks and Wall street), and start to show some appreciation for maintaining some of the values that once made this country competitive and a leader among nations. Many of us want President Obama to succeed but the incompetence in the Haiti relief effort, Janet Napolitano's sheer stupidity and the general misguided efforts of the last few days are shaking the faith of most americans, not just the few that call or write. Nixon had one thing right when he talked about the silent majority. The silent majority was alive and well in MA.

Posted by: cynical1 | January 23, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Obama should have had him as an advisor from the start. He would have vetoed the stimulus bill sending it back with a request to end the porkfest. The party of no would have polled at less than 10% at that point being forced to work with the Dems. The Senate would have improved the house bill, not write a new one with special interests involved. Right or wrong a tax on tanning salons was seen as racist. Bernanke and Geithner would have been gone having worked primarily in Goldman Sachs' interests. Welcome back Mr. Kotter, you have some electorate teaching to do.

Posted by: jameschirico | January 23, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

At dinner last night with a married couple from NYC who personify Manhattan liberal Democrats (vegetarian labor attorney, national union executive director, Jewish, avid book readers, libraian, gardener, etc.) we were discussing Obama and the current situation, including the disastrous SCOTUS campaign finance decision this week. Everyone at the table was bitter and very disappointed about Obama and Harry Reid, and how they have squandered the historic Democratic electoral win in Novemebr 2008.

The belief is gone, as are the hope and enthusiasm. Obama and Reid have no fight, no courage, no anger. Obama and the Democrats are widely considered by former supporters as wusses, wimps, who just won't fight the GOP?tea baggers/FOXX talking heads who will never cooperate or play nice, but just continue their dirty fighting, lies, and opposition.

So Obama is not leading and Dems and independents like me are just completely demoralized, and not sending any more money until we see some signs of life and fight in Democrats. And we don't have much hope...

Posted by: enough3 | January 23, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

This is exactly the kind of move that these career politicians do - bring in a spin meister, and claim it is for something else...
We elected him for change...
The change we got was back room, closed door, under the table dealing, that would have made any 1800's railroad robber baron, envious...

We elcted someone on hope, and got a Chicago lawyer - which means if his lips are moving, he's lying...

dr. o

Posted by: ad4hk2004 | January 23, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse


The President seems to think that if he is good at politics voters will not focus much on policy and the Democrats will be able to push through bills most of the nation opposes. He is wrong. Bringing Plouffe in to run a permanent campaign will not make voter think the party of Obama, Pelosi and Reid is taking the country in the right direction.

Posted by: VirginiaIndependent | January 23, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

I agree. The populace hasn't heard nearly enough Obama in the last 12 months. Please let the political guys in charge. Maybe well see the President on the cover of People magazine. Also, an appearance on Oprah and the Cooking Channel could be in order.

I've got a fever, and the only cure is MORE COWBELL!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: ADNova | January 23, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

If this means Third Way corporate Clintonista Rahm "Indistry's Pal" Emanuel will be off to seek fame and fortune in some plush lobbying position he's earned in recompense for schooling the lump of clay that was Obama in the ways of Washington corporate-controlled politics, then I say we'll all be the better for it.

Posted by: trippin | January 23, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

If Obama uses our tax money to pay this guy, that will be the ultimate in government corruption for political purposes...also known as business as usual in the Obama mis-administration.

Posted by: JCM-51 | January 23, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

I called the Mass. race WEEKS ago! As a lifelong Bostonian (Progressive), I saw the writing on the wall. From family, friends, acquaintances, etc. It was anti-immigration linkage to healthcare reform. Add that to a stunningly horrible Coakley effort, and that was all she wrote! Even given that, I must say the breathless slurping and over-analysis by the likes of Tweety et al is, to me, a bit over the top. Look, the nude centerfold model (Mr. Sarah Palin) got 1.1 million votes to Coakley's 1 million -- And they're making it sound like Nixon in 72'!! My early prediction? Brown loses the seat in 2012.

Posted by: NoMcVeighNoStory | January 23, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

I live in Massachusetts and the sting of Coakley's defeat is still very fresh. That said, I believe President Obama is doing the right thing by stalling movement on Health Care Reform until Senator-Elect Brown is seated in the Senate.

This election, and Coakley's stellar failure is indeed a strong message to the Democratic Party to get its house in order. Coakley was virtually invisible preceding the special election; the complete opposite of Brown's action.

As a state's Attorney General, Martha Coakley is by no means a politician and that fact alone should have meant that people in the know were working around the clock to embolden her with voters; apparently that didn't happen.

It was foolhardy of the Massachusetts delegation to sit back on its laurels assuming that Coakley would swoop in to a victory particularly once the polls started to predict otherwise. Yes, we are perhaps the bluest of blue states, but not anymore, apparently.

One has just got to wonder where all of the political advisers were when Coakley was doing so very little to connect with the very voters she needed so badly. So shame on Coakley, and shame on Democratic political advisers for not coming together when you should have. A last minute, Obama visit on Sunday wasn't enough and may have just shown voters our (Democrats) Achilles heel.

I think Brown has some good ideas, I just wish that he wasn't so anti-gay or anti-marriage equality. I've supported Republicans before when they've supported the causes that affect my life. Bill Weld was one such Republican.

Posted by: ro1224 | January 23, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

So Obama's solution is to go back to campaign mode with this guy? When does Obama man up to his own failures, admit his campaign promises were a pack of lies and quit blaming President George W. Bush for everything? Maybe after the mid-term elections confirm the messages from New Jersey, Virginia and Massachusetts.

Posted by: JCM-51 | January 23, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

This is no time for the faint of heart. David is just the opposite and he's dead right, Democrats MUST pass health care reform that expands coverage and controls costs. The bills on the table are dead, get what we can get, force Republicans to vote against POPULAR legislation the reins in the health insurance industry and expands coverage.

Posted by: milfordone | January 23, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Plouffe's thinking, as presented in this article, is part of the problem. Expanding his role is going deeper in the wrong direction.

I regret that I voted for Obama. He's a glib clueless endless campaigner.

Posted by: ephemerella | January 23, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

I think the Whitehouse is missing the point. Their problems are not on the politics but on the policy. I an Obama supporter, but I do not feel that the policies he has attempted to enact are those on which he ran. Why should I support them? The recent elections reflect a lack of support from the base as much as anything else. Unless the Dems get that, they will not do well in November (or Feb 2).

Prediction: Dems lose in Illinois

Posted by: malmberg | January 23, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Are the taxpayers footing the bill for this acting teacher?

Posted by: inmanorj | January 23, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

I hope he comes in and convinces Obama to try to jam thru the health care bill. That will only add gas to the fire and seal the Dems fate in November. How can anyone with a brain so misread the Massachusetts results?

Posted by: delusional1 | January 23, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

oh, great! just what we need. this president has been in campaign mode for over a year. he's all scripted, all managed, and all packaged. i was hoping he would actually start trying to give us good government. how silly of me.


WOW... with this announcement, we know he's not even going to try to pretend to serve the people.

we need good government, not the start of campaign 2012.

maybe he'll be 'ready' on day 1001?

Posted by: yesnomaybe213 | January 23, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

More proof that Obama is just a plain old, garden variety politician. Bring in another political hack to save your sorry ass. Yeah, you're working for us, Barack. BHO is a joke.

Posted by: Voted4Hill | January 23, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Democrats made a deal with devil.

Posted by: blasmaic | January 23, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Great, let's further politicize Barry the incompetent boob Obama's litany of screwups by bring in his stooge PR man "Marcel" Plouffe.

Posted by: screwjob2 | January 23, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Originally I thought that Haiti had made a deal with the devil and that the Democrats were unlucky. Now I believe that Haiti was unlucky and that the Democrats made the deal with the devil.

Posted by: blasmaic | January 23, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

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