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Richardson Withdrawal Mars Seamless Transition



President-elect Barack Obama announced New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson as Commerce Secretary during a press conference at the Hilton Hotel in Chicago, Illinois, Dec. 03, 2008. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The decision by New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson to withdraw his name from consideration as secretary of Commerce today marks the first visible crack in what had been one of the smoothest presidential transitions in modern history.

Richardson's decision to step aside, which was first reported by NBC's Andrea Mitchell, was confirmed by President-elect Barack Obama in a statement this afternoon.

The root cause for the resignation appeared to be an ongoing investigation into Richardson's relationship with a financial firm that had won state contracts after donating to the governor's political action committee.

Richardson's sudden -- and surprising -- departure is in keeping with the recent history of filling cabinet posts, where at least one of the president-elect's choices winds up not making the gate.

For President George W. Bush that was Linda Chavez (Secretary of Labor); it was Zoe Baird (Attorney General) for President Bill Clinton and John Tower (Secretary of Defense) for President George H.W. Bush.

Despite the setback posed by the Richardson news, polling suggests Obama has built up plenty of good will during his transition process and is not likely to be knocked off track by today's news.

A CNN/Opinion Research Company poll conducted just before Christmas showed more than eight in ten voters approved of the way Obama had handled the transition; a USA Today/Gallup survey done in mid-December showed 75 percent of the sample believed Obama had handled the transition period well.

The job of the Commerce Secretary is somewhat indeterminate and is considered a secondary Cabinet post -- less important than the top jobs like State, Defense, Treasury and Attorney General. While Richardson's business friendly record likely would have helped the Obama Administration in its outreach to that crucial community in the negotiations over how to heal the economy, it's hard to see it as badly derailing those efforts.

Make no mistake: Obama and his team would have preferred that this Richardson withdrawal had never happened -- particularly on the eve of the president-elect's trip to Capitol Hill tomorrow to make the case for his economic stimulus plan.

But, this is far from a death blow for Obama's momentum heading into the inauguration.

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 4, 2009; 2:22 PM ET
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Harry Reid could easily come across as a racist...he looks like one; and the candidate is extremely well qualified to serve out Obama's term.

Obama's unabashed support of Isreal's slaughter of HAMAS and rubblizing of Gaza is raising hackles throughout the Mid-East.

Obama is doing exactly what people feared McCain would do and parroting the BUSH line!

Left wing supporters are dismayed and very disappointed in Obama today!

Posted by: poppadata | January 5, 2009 6:25 PM | Report abuse

SMOOTH TRANSITION?

Where has this commentator been???

When E. Barak uses Obama's words for justifying the invasion of GAZA; while other nations are roundly condemning Israel of extensive killing and maiming of civilians and children; all the while continuing a draconic & humiliating blockade, while pounding the snot out of HAMAs to get them to sign some kind of 'peace' treaty with terms dictated by Israel?

Shouldn't we all live in such harmony with our neighbors?

What's worse? waterboarding suspecting terrorists or multilating children with weapons furnished by the U.S? ...and what does that make Obama...an enabler?

Then there is Blagogate and the tons of corruption it has exposed...and Blago hasn't told his side of the story yet!....won't that be fun to watch! Talk about conflicted..how is the congressional Black Caucus going to deal with a Black replacement endorsed by a former Black Panther and dozens of Black ministers?

Posted by: poppadata | January 5, 2009 6:08 PM | Report abuse


Malis. I agree with what you say. No party in the USA history has been without some corruption I believe that Obama's team will deal with it in an admirable way, not like the repubs who rule dirty, live dirty and do their politics dirty. I get so sick of the way people talk--especially when they have no facts to stand on--only what bad emails send out and etc. If you are going to comment--please research what you are commenting on. If you don't, you only come across as of having a low-intellect and when you swear or use sexual innuendo, one can tell where you feet stand --in the sewer.

Posted by: goldenwren | January 5, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Please, Richardson was a dubious choice for Commerce. His bowing out now may sound like scandal, but I think it sounds more like someone coming to the realization (perhaps from past experience) that it isn't really his forte.

Posted by: lindaj4 | January 5, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Another, really - really bad day for the DEMOCRUDS

Posted by: hclark1 | January 5, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Yes37thandORulesForever | January 5, 2009 8:29 AM | Report abuse

re. Bill Richardson's legal problems of possible corruption that he steered government contracts to a company after they donated to his campaign.
Cris Cillizza's blog is so typical of how he, the Washington Post, and the rest of the Democratic Party--controlled MSM reports the news, when that news is about political corruption done by Democrats or Republicans. While Alaska's Republican Senator Stephens's party-affilliation was mentioned in Cris's and the MSM's news every time his name came up in his corruption trial, New Mexico's Democratic Governor Bill Richardson's party-affilliation was never mentioned by Cris in his entire blog. Cris, like the rest of the Democratic Party--controlled MSM, is protecting the Democratic Party from any political fallout, but highlighting any political corruption news done by any Republicans so as to give the impression that only Republicans are corrupt. It must be nice to have guys like Cris and the MSM in the hip-pocket acting as news-gatekeepers, as the Democratic Party has.

Posted by: armpeg | January 5, 2009 8:17 AM | Report abuse

Wow-you only have to scroll down 4-5 before you hit the Hillary hating- really???...She has nothing to do with this- there is no evidence of corruption for her- she has been a good senator

Meanwhile all of Barak's important endorsements seem to have trade-offs for positions that their baggage won't allow them to have. They managed to keep the Edwards scandal under wraps until mid summer- Kennedy apparently wanted a senate seat for his unqualified niece and Richardson has these questionable dealings as, of course does the governor of Barak's state. I was a field organizer for Barak in 2 states because he was the far better choice for the presidency between him and McCain- but for all of those who are holier than thou about the Clintons and continue to patronize her supporters with nasty comments about her--I suggest you think about what people in glass houses ought not do...

Posted by: nycLeon | January 4, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

A Study on Motivation and Societal Impact of the Extremist-Obsessive Blog Poster
Subject: “37th”
Record: “Richardson Withdrawal.”

Additional Observations.

After earlier displaying substantial agitation at being selected as an involuntary (although anonymous) subject to this study, subject has calmed considerably and is starting to show signs of behavior modification.

In particular, subject has started posting a small number of ‘on-topic’ entries in the two current threads (after posting none in first thread studied). Also, subject shows substantial decline in Category 2, Paranoiac Accusations (1 entry), and 5) (previously 4), Projection (no entries).

Although encouraging, sample size is still too small to confirm whether this is really a change in behavior or just a statistical anomaly. Will update as data becomes available.

Posted by: malis | January 4, 2009 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Malis - In the words of the Guinness guys, BRILLIANT!

BTW - don't forget the Dorcester and Congress handle 37th was using. My bet is on a Georgetown student with way too much time and bandwidth on his/her hands.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | January 4, 2009 9:45 PM | Report abuse

New Record: A Study on Motivation and Societal Impact of the Extremist-Obsessive Blog Poster

Subject: “37th” (shortname for subject using approximately 20 different variations of a userID containing the root phrase “37thandO”)

Previous and concurrent records: Subject’s postings to the thread “Best House Campaigns of 2008” were previously collected and classified in four defined categories, and posted to this thread Jan 4, 3:54pET. Subject is also posting to the thread “NY-Senate,” data currently under analysis.

This entry starts a new record for this thread: “Richardson Withdrawal.”

As of Jan 4 9:00pET, 37th owned 7 of 51 total entries, or 13%.

Number and percentage of on-topic postings: 2; 29%

The 7 postings contain the following specific statements, broken out by our four previously defined categories and one new category (“Manufactured Hyperbole”):

1) Simplistic insult of individuals and groups:
… “The democratic party is CORRUPT” (2)
The democrats are extremly corrupt”
The democrats are one FRAUD AFTER ANOTHER FRAUD” (2)
If you do not believe the democratic party is CORRUPT then you are living under a deception and you do not see the reality.”

2) Paranoiac accusations:
They have been making up stuff for months now”

3) Rote repetition of fantasy scenarios:
… “Illinois”
… “Rezko”
… “OBAMA WILL BE EXPOSED SOON ENOUGH.” (2)
… “Rezko THE LIBERAL MEDIA GAVE OBAMA A PASS ON THE CONVICTION OF … “OBAMA'S PAL REZKO - THIS IS CRAZY”
… “These scandals are all over in the democratic party - that is how they do business.”

4) Manufactured Hyperbole
… “Hillary's developers giving money”
… “If you don't see how bad the democratic party is, you have been deceived and you are living under a fantasy.”
… “Rezko THE LIBERAL MEDIA GAVE OBAMA A PASS ON THE CONVICTION OF OBAMA'S PAL REZKO - THIS IS CRAZY”
… “Illinois Blago - this is how the democratic party operates on a daily basis - you have only seen a bit.”
… “A high level New Jersey Democratic Assemblyman was arrested for CHILD PORN on his state computer - YOU DO NOT SEE THE DEMOCRATIC HYPOCRITES TALKING ABOUT THIS SCANDAL”
… “As if Blago did not mar this transition - come on be serious folks. Valerie Jarrett Valerie Jarrett Valerie Jarrett”
… “What happened to all the Post-racial pledges during the campaign? OUT THE WINDOW”
… “NOW the Latinos say they want a hispanic to fill this spot. Isn't that RACIST?”

5) Projection (accusing others of behavior exhibited by the subject):
[none to date]

Additional Observations to follow.

Posted by: malis | January 4, 2009 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Based on comments in this thread, I'm happy to note: Republicans must be really desperate for something into which to sink their claws. I don't think they'll find red meat here, though.

I'm reminded of an old poster showing two buzzards in a desert. One says to the other, "Drought, Hell! I'm gonna kill something."

Posted by: officermancuso | January 4, 2009 9:16 PM | Report abuse

From Politico


National Latino leaders vowed Sunday to press President-elect Barack Obama to nominate another Hispanic to the Cabinet post vacated by New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, a leading light in the Latino community who caused “great disappointment” with his decision to withdraw from consideration.

Within hours of Richardson pulling his name for secretary of commerce, the head of the League of United Latin American Citizens had compiled a list of 10 Latino elected officials and corporate CEOs that would be offered to the Obama transition team.

Posted by: Yes37thandORulesForever | January 4, 2009 9:00 PM | Report abuse

NOW the Latinos say they want a hispanic to fill this spot.


Isn't that RACIST?


What happened to all the Post-racial pledges during the campaign? OUT THE WINDOW >>>>>>

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Posted by: Yes37thandORulesForever | January 4, 2009 7:39 PM | Report abuse

What is Obama going to do now? Give the job to John Edwards.

Is Hillary in her own pay-for-play scandal now too?


These scandals are all over in the democratic party - that is how they do business.


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Posted by: Yes37thandORulesForever | January 4, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

The first major screw-up for PEBO during the transition. Doesn't top "clinging" and "bitter," but it's a huge embarrassment - especially in the midst of Blago-gate.

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

Posted by: parkerfl1 | January 4, 2009 7:05 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad Obama sees Gov. Richardson's Pay/Play investigation as a problem. I'm glad he has let him walk. Maybe this was missed during vetting, but someone was still looking, and Obama administration did the right thing. I am uplifted by the integrity of the Obama administration. But I am still looking.

I see more dirt on Richardson to come as his investigation plays out. And it will give the media a reason to talk "Obama" -again and again. Like putting a big name in a crappy movie. Instead, we should be asking the Democratic Senate if they will be telling Richardson to hand over his Gubernatorial duties, as the Senate has done with Gov. Blagojevich. And why not? The circumstances sound very similar to me. Will Richardson's criminal investigation get a pass because he is a more jolly and likeable guy than Ego-jevich? Will we tell ourselves that Richardson's doo-doo isn't as deep as Blagojevich's and so it is okay for the NM Gov. to continue to burden the public trust? That's what I have on my radar at the moment.

Posted by: ksteinke | January 4, 2009 7:04 PM | Report abuse

malis


They have been making up stuff for months now, when did you catch on?


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Posted by: Yes37thandORulesForever | January 4, 2009 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Fake 37th, your artificial weirdness is making it hard to classify 37th's actual weirdness. Besides, he's so far out there already, his own self-parody makes it hard to do real parody without making it seem more mean than clever.

37th has already used around 20 variations of the screen name rooted in "37thandO" so your added close variations would introduce enough confusion that I'll have to halt the study, and that would be a shame.

Though if you really want to mess things up, start faking *reasonable* comments under close variants of ‘37th’—now that would be satire!

Posted by: malis | January 4, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Chris, Chris, Chris - once again much ado about nothing.

Posted by: rlj1 | January 4, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

As if Blago did not mar this transition - come on be serious folks.


Valerie Jarrett


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Posted by: Yes37thandORulesForever | January 4, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Have there been any names mentioned as Richardson's replacement? How about Mike Bloomberg? Yes, I know he's running for NYC mayor again - but there's apparently some unrest among the natives about that, so in one fell swoop Obama could make quiet that down and gain a top notch economic talent for Commerce...? (That is my impression, but I'm not an economist -?) I wonder if Bloomberg would take it if offered...

Posted by: bokonon13 | January 4, 2009 6:27 PM | Report abuse

The author should have added Kimba Wood, who followed Zoe Baird, as a flame-out Clinton nominee for AG. Unfortunately for us all, she was followed by Janet Reno.

Posted by: GRILLADES | January 4, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

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OBAMA WILL BE EXPOSED SOONER OR LATER. I'M EXPOSING MYSELF RIGHT NOW!!!!! AND I HAVE A WEB CAM WITH ME!!!!!

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Posted by: Yes37thAndORules_Forever | January 4, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Yes37thAndORules_Forever | January 4, 2009 6:11 PM | Report abuse

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The democratic party is CORRUPT - it keeps on coming up time and time again - If you do not believe the democratic party is CORRUPT then you are living under a deception and you do not see the reality.


New York Governor - This guy Spitzer was a total FRAUD and a HYPOCRITE


Hillary's developers giving money - Check out this scandal and why isn't it derailing her nomination?


A high level New Jersey Democratic Assemblyman was arrested for CHILD PORN on his state computer - YOU DO NOT SEE THE DEMOCRATIC HYPOCRITES TALKING ABOUT THIS SCANDAL LIKE THEY DID AGAINST MARK FOLEY, ATTEMPTING TO LINK FOLEY TO EVERYONE THEY COULD.


Illinois Blago - this is how the democratic party operates on a daily basis - you have only seen a bit.


Rezko THE LIBERAL MEDIA GAVE OBAMA A PASS ON THE CONVICTION OF OBAMA'S PAL REZKO - THIS IS CRAZY - EVERYONE IN THE COUNTRY SHOULD HAVE KNOWN ABOUT REZKO.


It just keeps going on and on and on


The democrats are extremly corrupt - they never end up helping the poor neighborhoods like they have been promising for decades.


The democrats are one FRAUD AFTER ANOTHER FRAUD


OBAMA WILL BE EXPOSED SOON ENOUGH. If you don't see how bad the democratic party is, you have been deceived and you are living under a fantasy.


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Posted by: Yes37thandORulesForever | January 4, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

twin_pin,

Obama may have more trouble getting his ridiculous stimulus package passed. Republicans do not want it, but fiscally conservative Democrats are already balking about such massive spending. Obama's presidency is fizzling before it even begins.

What will be the next scandal to rock Obama's "hope and change" junk? I cannot wait to find out.

Looking forward to Republican gains in both of Houses of Congress in 2010.

Posted by: Maryann261 | January 4, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Bill Richardson is a non-issue at this point. 2008 was such a bad year for so many people that this doesn't matter.

Posted by: spam6 | January 4, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Much ado about nothing. I suspect Richardson had second thoughts about the job as not up to the standards he thinks he deserves.

Posted by: Carlpaguy | January 4, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

The story here is the slide of Bill Richardson's political fortunes. The effect on Obama is nil -- it's January 4th. So he'll pick another Commerce Secretary. Next item.

Posted by: davidscott1 | January 4, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

to the poster who wrote "The stench of corruption hangs low over the Obama transition as Richardson and Clinton and Emmanuel are pulled into the vortex. Soon trillions of federal dollars will be splooged into the nimble old hands of these appointed kleptocrats."
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Now, now, Dick. Show a little class.

Posted by: davidscott1 | January 4, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

There's an easy solution to this sort of mess: stop allowing companies that do business with government to donate sums LESS than their total gross government contract receipts. That way a company would not be allowed to contribute a hundred thousand dollars to secure a million dollar contract, but would also not be barred from political activity simply because they sold a government agency a couple hundred dollars worth of items. The way to stop an activity is to take the profit out of it, pure and simple.

Posted by: dj333 | January 4, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Richardson did the right thing by dropping out as soon as it became a story. That way no calling for congressional hearing etc. It is a second tier cabinet post, though probably still an important one in an administration that sees it's top priority as the econiomic crisis.
This will become yesterday's story fast.

Posted by: AlaninMissoula | January 4, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Ever since Watergate, we in the USA have been going overboard on "politics by scandal". However, if the alternative is the sort of routinely, crassly corrupt government found in too many other places, bring on the special prosecutors.

Posted by: officermancuso | January 4, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Malis, your research is priceless.

I do think that BR remains a fine choice for Commerce and that if/when he is cleared he will be asked to serve the BHO Admin.

Ron Kirk could be "moved" from his prospective appointment to Commerce and someone else could be appointed Trade Rep.

The level of discourse here is better than at "44" today. I have seldom seen as much repeated vitriol as the BR story has produced at the other WaPo blog.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | January 4, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Don't be fooled by spin; Richardson is under investigation by the FBI; Obama should have known Richardson is involved in a NATIONAL FEDERAL case of pay for play.


Nice vetting.

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Better than allowing a blasted ex-horse trainer to become a FEMA director. Heckava job "Brownie" did, eh?

Posted by: SGall23241 | January 4, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

To lweaton1:

So you honestly think it's "fun" to look for illegalities when it comes to Dem politicians, eh? Well, then, I guess we all had a grand time when the Repubs had plenty of wrong they were doing, eh? Of course, they WERE IN OFFICE when they breaking laws, as opposed to Richardson, who wasn't a Commerce Sec. Yeah, yeah, you'll scream, "But he's a governor! He's in an office!" Ah, but it hasn't been PROVEN that he's broken any laws, unlike the slew of guilty verdicts we've seen from the Repubs.

Posted by: SGall23241 | January 4, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Don't be fooled by spin; Richardson is under investigation by the FBI; Obama should have known Richardson is involved in a NATIONAL FEDERAL case of pay for play.


Nice vetting.

Posted by: lweaton1 | January 4, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

And Rahm Emanuel was Blagojevich's campaign advisor? Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. I'm sure this new stimulus package will get the same type of vetting.

Posted by: twin_pin | January 4, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

To lynettema:


Um, you do realize, don't you, that the ONLY people doing any investigating are the people who CONTROL the Senate and House -- that would be the Democrats, in case you're don't quite understand how the government works.


Any writer who claims Obama's transition has been the smoothest in years needs to get off his knees and do some research.


CHICAGO?
Hillary and Bill's $100,000?
Richardson??
Eric Holder?

And the fun is just starting!

Posted by: lweaton1 | January 4, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

I live in NM. The contract investigation is a Republican attempt to discredit Governor Richardson. In these days of "purity in politics," an oxymoron if I ever heard one, it is wise for Governor Richardson to withdraw. A Republican Confirmation Circus is best avoided.


Posted by: pbarnett52 | January 4, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Actually, Richardson is not the only one feeling some investigative pressure. Hillary is also under suspicion over the 2004 donation to her husband's foundation which resulted in her sponsoring a law which benefited the giver......

All politicians ride the edge of the knife. It is how our system is set up.

Posted by: donbl | January 4, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Great opportunity!!! Appoint Olympia Snowe as Commerce Secretary. Baldacci appoints a Democrat. King takes Knight!!! Checkmate the filibuster and barrel through the national agenda for change.

Posted by: ScienceNerd | January 4, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Oh, get real, 37th and you other GOP sour graper crybabies. This does absolutely NOTHING to deter Obama's policies. Richardson apparently figured the investigation would be a distraction, so he withdrew. Blasted trolls...

Posted by: SGall23241 | January 4, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Looks like a "frivolous law suit" to me.

Posted by: lynettema | January 4, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Get used to Democrats being investigated now that ivestigation and more negativity is all Democratic critics have. The Clintons were "investigated" for a failed real estate deal called Whitewater for 8 years unsuccessfully. The RW gave it up as soon as Clinton left office. There was never anything there and Republicans knew it. Republicans will continue to use their power and the government to investigate any Democrat they can. Wait until this so called investigation is over before you crucify Richardson. I think we will all find out that he is the upstanding person we all expected him to be.

Posted by: lynettema | January 4, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Washington Post Dictionary;

Corruption.
When a Republican provides favors in exchange for money.

Pay to play.
When a Democrat provides favors in exchange for money.

Cronyism.
When a Republican is given a position of influence he could not earn on his own merit.

Camelot.
When a Democrat is given a position of influence she could not earn on her own merit.

Posted by: econfox | January 4, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Samson and Broadway. Since that thread is about roll off the list, here's a final update (already posted to the thread).

Final update to A Study on Motivation and Societal Impact of the Extremist-Obsessive Blog Poster, for the thread: “Best House Campaigns of 2008.”

Through subject’s final posting of Jan 4 3:26aET, 37th owned 16 of 70 total entries. Subject’s entries comprised 23% of the total postings to the thread.

Number and percentage of on-topic postings: 0 and 0%

The 16 postings contained the following specific statements (broken out by our four previously defined categories):

1) Simplistic insult of individuals and groups: 23
2) Paranoiac accusations: 7
3) Rote repetition of fantasy scenarios: 19
4) Projection (accusing others of behavior exhibited by the subject): 11

Subject has initiated posting to additional threads (including this one). Data is currently being collected and analyzed. Initial observations of the separate ‘Caroline Kennedy’ thread show, as of Jan 4 3:35aET, 37th owned 5 of 28 total postings (18%), with 1 of 5 postings on-topic (20%).

That single on-topic entry was, by the way, the first on-topic posting to any thread since data collection began…let’s hope for more. Distribution among the four defined categories aligns closely to prior history. When sufficient data has been collected results will be posted to those threads.

Posted by: malis | January 4, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Smart move -- by Richardson. He won't have to cool his heels too long before HRC finds herself way over her head in chaos matters, and withdrawals her name as well.

Posted by: lockmallup | January 4, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

More corruption from Obamaland. The Blago scandal that Obama knows nothing about. Certainly he knew nothing about Chicago politics, all the while being nothing but a Chichago hack. Now Richarson is gone. More scandal. Obama has not even taken office yet. I knew Obama was as phony as a #3.00 bill. Hope and change sucked in the saps, but it is politics as uusual.

At least he is keeping the Bush tax cuts in place until they expire. That is the only good news so far.

Posted by: Maryann261 | January 4, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Broadway Joe: You may have too much time on your hands, but I like your style!

Posted by: nicekid | January 4, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Two years ago, Bill Richardson was my early choice for President, based on background, political talent, and resume'. Unfortunately, one of his first firm statements as a candidate was to pledge to withdraw all combat troops from Iraq within six months of taking office. I generally view all such absolute pledges with disfavor (as making such a statement seems to imply the ability to foresee the future), so switched my early support to Joe Biden (and really liked Barack Obama as VP).

I still admire Richardson for his accomplishments but agree with his withdrawal whatever the actual facts. If the Blago situation hadn’t come up and put ‘Governor pay-to-play’ the spotlight, probably wouldn’t have happened. If exonerated in the investigation, I’d welcome Richardson back into the Obama administration (essentially, what Obama’s statement said).

Posted by: malis | January 4, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

"Richardson Withdrawal Mars Seamless Transition"

Oh, PUH-LEEZ, Mr. Cillizza. Anything for drama, eh?

If Richardson hadn't withdrawn, THAT would have marred the transition. His prompt departure does nothing of the kind. It's a hiccup. Secretary of Transportation is not a job that only Richardson can do.

Posted by: nicekid | January 4, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

That analysis of the various '37th' trolls and flames is just terrific. I harbor this secret theory that four individuals with bad OCD account for 89% of the pro-neocon postings on the Internet...

Richardson comes from a state with a long and undistinguished history of ethically-challenged politics -- think last year's flap over US Attorney David Iglesias getting pressure from Domenici and Heather Wilson to speed up prosecutions that might help them in their future campaigns. Journalist Greg Palast said last year that of the 26 states he'd lived in, New Mexico was the most corrupt. He then reconsidered in favor of Louisiana...

My guess is this grand jury will turn out to be a big nothing, and the real reason behind the withdrawal is Bill Richardson not wanting any cabinet job except State.

There are plenty of good folks of all persuasions out there who can do an admirable job, even with a massively important Census coming up.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 4, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

I doubt Mr. Obama's 83% approval rating will be affected by this.

As a true follower of Mr. Obama, I have always felt great

"unease" about Mr. Richardson, ever since he claimed, (falsely)

that he played minor league baseball for the California Angels.

Quite frankly, Mr. Richardson is too much a "back slapper" for my taste.

There is always one "bad egg" in every cabinet.


Posted by: bobnsri | January 4, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse


Too bad Richardson is withdrawing! The Clinton machine did it to him.

Posted by: wrock76taolcom | January 4, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Not a big deal. But of course, we all wish Gov. Richardson well. He helped make all this happen. Ten cuidado, mano.

Now for the Encore re-posting of malis's analysis of 37:

"Update: A Study on Motivation and Societal Impact of the Extremist-Obsessive Blog Poster
Subject: “37th” (shortname for subject using approximately 20 different variations of a userID containing the root phrase “37thandO”)

Subject’s postings (through Jan 2, 4:56pET) to the string “Best House Campaigns of 2008” were previously collected and classified in four defined categories. This entry appends subject’s additional posting.

As of Jan 3 10:17aET, 37th owned 14 (+3) of 64 (+6) total entries, raising the subject’s percentage of total postings to this string from 19% to 22%.

Number and percentage of on-topic postings: 0 and 0%

1) Simplistic insult of individuals and groups: 22 (+2)
2) Paranoiac accusations: 6 (+1)
3) Rote repetition of fantasy scenarios 19 (+4)
4) Projection (accusing others of behavior exhibited by the subject) 9 (+2)

Subject has initiated posting to two additional strings. Data currently being collected and analyzed. When sufficient data has been collected results will be posted to those strings.

Posted by: malis | January 3, 2009 2:30 PM"

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 4, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

The stench of corruption hangs low over the Obama transition as Richardson and Clinton and Emmanuel are pulled into the vortex. Soon trillions of federal dollars will be splooged into the nimble old hands of these appointed kleptocrats.

Posted by: georgejones5 | January 4, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Given all the support Obama got from the Jewish community, it might be nice to see one Jew on the Cabinet as Secretary of Something.

Posted by: WillNewYork | January 4, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Well now Sec Commerce position will either go to a strong liberal or African American.

Posted by: mattadamsdietmanager1014 | January 4, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Reality will continue to set in for those who imagined the arrival of Obama as a new coming. So far we have Blagojevich, Rick Warren, the Israel Hamas conflict, and Richardson's problems. As should have been expected, Obama will not be able to leave the problems and conflicts of the real world behind him. But the transition still appears to promise the possibility of Obama doing a significantly better job of coping with those problems than we have seen in the past.

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The democratic party is CORRUPT - it keeps on coming up time and time again - New York Governor -


Hillary's developers giving money -


A high level New Jersey Democratic Assemblyman was arrested for child porn on his state computer


Illinois


Rezko


It just keeps going on and on and on

The democrats are extremly corrupt - they never end up helping the poor neighborhoods like they have been promising for decades.


The democrats are one FRAUD AFTER ANOTHER FRAUD

OBAMA WILL BE EXPOSED SOON ENOUGH.


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Posted by: Yes37thandORulesForever | January 4, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

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