My brother and I were discussing Barack Obama’s team. We were also discussing Obama’s propensity to throw unhelpful people, and ideas for that matter, under the bus. Where George Bush didn’t seem to know when to cut his losses, Barack Obama will cut even those closest to him, if their presence is a problem. Even grandma.
I’m not so sure I’d want a place in an Obama cabinet. To me, they will form a human shield he’ll employ whenever a policy turns out stupid. He hired “the best” and if the best screwed up, it won’t be his fault, it will be theirs’.
A note about Hillary Clinton. She is a junior Senator from New York, a worker bee, and by all accounts diligent. Will she end up taking up State? My brother is convinced she has to, that it’s her best chance at power. My thoughts immediately turned to Colin Powell. Everyone is expendable. Would Barack Obama dump Hillary Clinton? Why wouldn’t he? If he thought her presence harmed him, he would. Does she want her political career to be at the leisure of this president?
There is more drama surrounding the Clinton-Obama dance than King Lear. If I don’t miss my mark, Michelle Obama hates Hillary, and Bill hates Barack. I do not use the word “hate” lightly. When the Obama camp accused Bill Clinton of being racist, that did it. Interestingly, both Barack and Hillary seem to share a common trait: the willingness to subsume personal feelings for power. Hillary has spent a lifetime building that muscle and Barack had to learn quickly to survive Chicago.
So, will there be trust between staffs? Will Clinton adhere to Obama’s policy positions? I actually think Obama makes a good guess about Hillary. She has put up with an outrageous political partner her whole adult life–enabling, covering for. This is old territory for her. It is also comfortable. She will spend the remainder of her career second fiddle (who is Joe Biden, again?) to a powerful, charismatic man.
UPDATED: A fly in the ointment already?
This guy. Have the Republicans ever had such a bunch of weak candidates? Every singe one of them had glaring deficiencies and yet, because they ran for president they think the country is lost without them.
Now, Huck is professing his Palin-envy. Well, get on board sonny because every politician besides Barack Obama envies her. She’s a star.
That reminds me. I wrote a post in April about the candidates. Here’s what I said about Huckabee:
Mike Huckabee: He’s a loon with a TV evangelist grin, but boy can he smile. His post-loss speech in New Hampshire was euphoric hope–like Obama but pasty, white, and Boomerish.
I still feel the same about him. There is something sinister and smarmy about this former minister and I just wish he would stay in entertainment.
As an aside, here’s what I said about McCain:
John McCain: He marches to his own little drummer who doesn’t know the conservative rhythm. Of course there’s McCain-Feingold that nifty little piece of legislation who’s chief beneficiary was George Soros, but there’s this other little thing: his only consistent conservative feature is his military stance, which I admit I admire. It’s not enough.
What is best for the country is a Senate where Republicans hold on to the filibuster. (That becomes less likely as Ted Stevens goes down for the count.) It will moderate choices, give the government some form of restraint. Maybe. The Senate is packed full of chummy buds and plenty of Republicans who will do their master’s bidding. Oh! You think I mean the voters? Au contraire. mon ami. I’m talking about Democrat Senators.
But here’s the thing about the Republicans having the filibuster. As long as they have it, every “bad” thing ever done or not done or thwarted will be blamed on Republicans. It won’t matter that there’s a Democrat in the White House. It won’t matter that Democrats control the House like they have for two years. It won’t matter that the Democrats control the Senate in a huge way. No, the way every piece of hung up legislation will be handled will be be to blame the Republicans even though they have next to zero power to stop anything any Democrat wants.
There is a reason the Democrats are bringing the Auto execs to capital hill now. They have political cover–they can still blame the Republicans for a failed bailout.
In a couple months, Democrats have to balance the budgets (yeah, right), figure out how to not look like weak losers when it comes to our military engagements, keep psychotic leftists hell-bent on destroying America’s social fabric happy and they have to do all this without excuse. They own it.
They own it all without reservation if Republicans don’t have the filibuster in the Senate.
Americans watch with keen interest how the hope and change crowd are hopefully going to change things. That is to say, Americans, the fickle pickles that they are, want some change but not too much change. The Democrats overreach and they will be punished. After eight years of non-stop bitching, moaning and complaining, they have it all. Americans gave it to them. The mood is generally: Shut up and get to work.
What will Nancy Pelosi have without the foil of George Bush to blame every one of her embarrassing failures on? How will Harry Reid appease the Kos Kids out for blood, literally? How will Barack Obama entreat the bitter Leftists while keeping the idealistic electorate convinced of his centrality?
A filibuster gives these opportunists cover. They don’t deserve it. But America will pay a steep price along the way for the lack of it.
Cross-posted at RightWingNews.com and The Houston Chronicle
Six Government Agencies Investigated Joe The Plumber
To aid the Obama campaign. I mean the press.
Anyone with more brain cells than a ripe tomato knew that Barack Obama and Bill Ayers are buddies and far more than passing acquaintances in the snobby Chicago neighborhood where they, without irony, reside. Now, the press has decided to pretend at interest.
The truth is not a smear. What we established to prove was that he was the sort of guy comfortable being friends with a radical bomb-building terrorist. Which he was.
There is no disagreement on the facts here: Ayers and Obama were and are “friends.” Ayers and Obama merely dissembled on the facts until The One could be elected.
The only dispute is over the interpretation of those facts — the unrepentant terrorist and Marxist Bill Ayers thinks he’s a pretty awesome guy on balance, of course, so there’s nothing wrong with palling around with him.
But do note they avoided an argument over the interpretation of the facts by lying about the facts until now.
The coconspirator media, of course, aiding and abetting them every step of the way.
Ayers was the purported “terrorist” Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin was referring to when she claimed that Obama was “palling around with terrorists.”
Oh, right, it’s the Chicago Sun-Times.
You know, I’m not surprised that Obama tried to obfuscate his friendships with scumbags. I’m not surprised the press did anything and everything to get their ray of perfect sunshine on a rainbow elected. Now. America. Is. A. Good. Place. We. Are. Good. People.
What am I surprised about? Not surprised. Bothered. I’m bothered that people want to believe obvious untruths because they want to believe there are easy answers. Or they want to believe that one man can be the magic salve.
And so, everyone tries to create this Age of Aquarius. John Mayer of Your Body Is A Wonderland fame, will be doing a variety show that I’ve heard described as a throwback to the 60s. Oh, blech.
Could the hypocritical hippies be any more self-indulgent? Fat on the capitalist ham, they now try to make America into a daisy patch. On the one hand, they foment envy and discontent. On the other, they luxuriate in hope and changiness language as if their moonbeam wishes will make it so.
And Americans bought it. As deceptive, manipulative, and disingenuous as the press and the Obama’s campaign managed to be (somehow I doubt we’ll ever know boy genius’s academic or health history since it won’t serve the narrative), the claims were so patently absurd that people had to realize they were being played.
So, and I’m thinking out loud here, people had to know they were played. So, did people really believe Obama’s 95% tax-cut promise (also retardedly obviously impossible)? Or, was McCain’s message so vague, that people just thought “what the hell!” and voted for Barack Obama? We need change and we have the side benefit of feeling good about our goodness.
Okay, I’ll stop now. I just know I’m sick of the self-congratulation around electing Barack Obama. It’s only a surprise if you believe that Americans are racist hate-mongers. Which I’ve never believed. So enough of the self-love already.
Remember all the actors who were moving to Canada and France? I remember the hate-filled bilge. So does The Anchoress:
It has been wonderful – really beyond wonderful – to consider how differently most of the right has reacted to their defeat than the left did in 2000 and 2004. In the two previous elections, the left responded by calling the other half of the country “stupid,” “morons,” and “Nazis” – Jane Smiley called them “unteachably ignorant” – they indulged in high drama, sniffling “apologies” to the globe, and denunciations of their fellow countrymen as “lying between repugnant and reptile in the dictionary.”
And oh, yeah (eyeroll) George W. Bush was not “their” president.
While you’ll see a few disgruntled extremists on the right say foolish, even ignorant things – and many throwing daggers at the sickening double-standards of the press – they’re not indulging in that sort of dehumanizing (and very adolescent) hate of their fellow countrymen or the president-elect. The reports they’re filing read very differently than those following the Bush wins. They read as grown-up, tolerant, open-minded discourses, not tantrums. There is a willingness to be hopeful, even in defeat.
And there is a determined respectfulness being offered to the winners – people who could not manage maturity and respectfulness in their defeat and who, sadly, are not always managing it in their victory, either.
And, if Obama had lost, can you imagine the temper-tantrum? Yeah. Yes you can!
Liberals rediscover the flag. I just threw up in my mouth a little.
And remember, the press bias was for your own good.
And Obama will be good for the economy.
Well, I received a good deal of derision both personally and professionally for keeping the McCain-Palin faith until the end. It was philosophical, really. Giving up when it’s not yet over is anathema to me. Still, we lost.
What went wrong?
McCain himself. Ace says it best.
Obama pulled new youth voters.
The troubled economy favors Dems.
An unpopular president makes the challenger more desirable.
Rushing to DC for the bailout and then doing nothing of note, besides voting for HUGE government slaughtered McCain.
Obama himself. He ran a great campaign.
One thing that didn’t go wrong:
It wasn’t Palin. Ace also says it best. For all the scumbags inside the McCain camp selling out Palin. You’re now a leper. You are, in biblical terms, marked, or if you’re evangelical “disfellowshipped”, Amish “shunned”, you get the idea. Just a note: it occurs to me that McCain, himself, is partly responsible for this. Run a tighter ship, man. Independent thinking is highly valued. Cut-throats must be dealt with. Harshly. You hang with a pit of vipers, you’ll get bit. And McCain ultimately looks like a disorganized, bad judge of character by employing these jerks.
And just a word on Gay Marriage since the moderates believe that this was one of Palin’s failin’s. A friend of mine (fiscal conservative, social liberal), said that their best friends (also acquaintances of mine), a gay couple, said that “if Sarah Palin hates me, I’m not voting for her.” Why’d you vote for Obama then? He’s the guy who said that he’s against gay marriage and that marriage is between one man and one woman. Is Obama a homophobe? Hmmmm? It is possible to love gay people and be against gay marriage. It is possible to hold to traditional definitions that are culturally proven and be open to new institutions to address a new reality. Nuance. Additionally, in California, a relatively liberal state, Prop 8 passed handily. Are the citizens of CA bigoted, bible-beating right-wing nut jobs? Be careful demonizing the whole country, Dems. Your joy might be short-lived.
Cross-posted at RightWingNews.com
Most Accurate Polls
It seemed difficult to get good data.
Hey folks, I’ll be doing the normal liveblogging. There are a couple people I’ll be interested in following.
Patrick Ruffini will be following the returns by county and this is what he says:
I rely solely and purely on county returns. I’ll be analyzing the swing from 2004 in key counties and combining 2008 votes with 2004 turnout models, start to build increasingly accurate models of final results, usually well before the media will call a state. (The only place they’ll have the edge is in blowout states they’ll call based on exits.)
How accurate is this model? In 2004, I knew something was seriously wrong with the exit polls by 7:30. I knew Florida was in the bag by 9 p.m. And I knew Ohio was very likely ours by 10:30 p.m. Contemporaneous news accounts suggested that The Architect came to these conclusions at about the same time. Just sayin’.
I’ll also be following my co-blogger at RightWingNews, John Hawkins. He hasn’t got the ball rolling yet, but there’s nothing to report yet.
Right now, I’m listening to John McCain’s guy Chris Cox put a positive spin on the election. These guys are good at projecting confidence.
Just for a setting: I’m sitting here with my back facing Time’s Square. I’m out and proud wearing red. Besides Chris Cox, I’m quite sure I’m the only one pulling for McCain.
Hmmm….less new voters than in 2004?
Jeff Goldstein reports that it’s all over….Orlando Bloom urges you to vote: “And by “you,” presumably he means either geeky twenty-somethings who like to dress in pirate garb, or gay boys.” Hey! I love Orlando Bloom, as long as he’s wearing a leotard and a blond wig.
Rachel Lucas reports that Sarah Palin’s father said this:
“Years ago I taught Sarah how to field dress a moose. But tomorrow I want you to see her field dress a donkey.”
Indiana is going Obama in a landslide. Ugh.
Why it’s important to ignore exit polls.
Shocker: 62% of voters chose the economy as the #1 issue.
67% say Biden is qualified
38% say Palin is qualified
50% say Obama has the experience to be President.
Late deciders break Obama’s way in Ohio and Indiana. McCain’s way in Virginia.
Does Pennsylvania called for Obama mean that it’s over?
Hold your horses, Glynn. I don’t owe you a bottle of wine yet, but you’re welcome to start picking a brand.
A miracle needed in Florida.
Ohio for Obama. With Florida, it’s over.
Well, it’s over. President Obama.
McCain is giving a very good concession speech.
Barack Obama, “Change has come to America.”