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Landrieu Makes Obama Cry ‘Uncle’ on Drilling Moratorium

She is One Scary Senator

Politico reports that the Obama Administration ended the offshore drilling ban “a month early”.

Although this is good news for Gulf State economies, don’t be fooled into thinking their suffering prompted President Obama to proper action.

No, good old-fashioned backroom politics got it done. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) placed a “hold” on the nomination of Jack Lew as director of the White House Office of Management and Budget. The action effectively held the nomination hostage until Landrieu relented.

In other words, she threw a senatorial hissy. And, more importantly, Obama caved.

Is it any wonder Ahmadinejad and Kim aren’t persuaded by Obama’s tough talk? If you can’t move Mary Landrieu off a dime, well… where are you really?

But, back to the drilling ban. As Ed Morrissey writes at Hot Air:

A month early? Try at least two months too late. A study conducted by Barack Obama’s own hand-picked commission showed that not only was the blanket moratorium no longer needed, it was never necessary in the first place.  (emphasis added)

This presidential decision had nothing to do protecting the environment. While the drilling moratorium was in place, the Obama Administration approved a $1 billion loan to Mexico for expanded operations in the Gulf. 

If the administration was so concerned with potential ecological damage, why was it permissible for Mexico to expand drilling operations in the same body of water? Does Mexican crude oil not stick to water fowl, kill fish or pollute beaches? Of course, it does. 

The offshore drilling ban was pure leftist politics on a number of levels. First, the ban was an obvious sop to environmentalist groups who questioned Obama’s commitment to the cause. Second, the moratorium was a “dead fish” message sent to the oil companies. And third, the action was based on the wealth redistribution dogma central to Obama’s political ideology.

All of that was certainly much more important to Obama than the jobs of 10,000 Americans. Aren’t those the same American workers Democrats always claim to protect? Oh well, the ends justify the means, right?

What delicious irony that the whole plan was brought down by bare-knuckled politics as practiced by a liberal Democrat who benefits from oil industry campaign donations.

That President Obama sure has them all shaking in their boots.

© 2010 by kens*ten. All rights reserved.

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Rahm Runs, Chicago Yawns

"Hold Me Closer, Tiny Dancer" or "Don't Stand So Close to Me"?

Former chief-of-staff (and 5′-4″ ballerina wannabe) Rahm Emanuel enjoyed a hugs-and-tears sendoff from the Obama White House.  He then immediately launched his Windy City mayoral campaign.  Well actually, Emanuel recorded a campaign video before leaving the capital. 

Despite the ensuing media frenzy, Emanuel is not a big hit with his potential constituents

Maybe, these Chicagoans know about Rahm’s “dead fish” message and “liberals are f**king retarded” comment.  Or, maybe they’re just as upset with Obamanomics as the rest of the nation. 

There are also concerns that “Rahmbo” is not a legal resident of the “City That Works”. I have no doubt that such pesky technicalities will be easily swept aside. 

An intriguing question is: Will President Barack Obama appear in ads or actively campaign for Rahm?  Given Obama’s reduced standing in his home state, maybe Emmanuel will avoid asking for the president’s help. 

African-Americans and Hispanics in Chicago see the end of the Daley Era as the perfect time for their ascension at City Hall.  Several such candidates have already began campaigns.  Chances are they won’t take kindly to Rahm’s carpetbagging.  Politics in Chicago is very local and very personal.   Absent unusual circumstances, Obama’s positive sendoff was likely the extent of his involvement in the mayoral race.  He’ll avoid the entanglement of hometown politics as much as possible. 

What are Emanuel’s chances of election?  With a gazillion candidates on the ballot, all Emmanuel needs is to keep any one of his opponents from gaining an outright majority (say through a slew of attack ads), finish second and force a runoff.  He may have a chance then.  

An as yet unannounced candidate, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, may be Rahmbo’s biggest obstacle to election.  Dart has support among Chicago “lakefront liberals” and the African-American community.  A Dart-Emanuel race would be fun to watch. 

© 2010 by kens*ten. All rights reserved.

YouTube / Elton John –” Tiny Dancer” (Nice toupee, Sir Elton!) 

YouTube / The Police — “Don’t Stand So Close to Me”

Obama: Yes We Can Absorb Another 9/11 Attack

Not Ready for Prime Time

President Barack Obama sat down with author Bob Woodward to provide insight for Woodward’s upcoming book, Obama’s Wars.  In excerpts published by the Washington Post, Obama said: 

“We can absorb a terrorist attack. We’ll do everything we can to prevent it, but even a 9/11, even the biggest attack ever… we absorbed it and we are even stronger.” 

This statement speaks volumes about the incompetence of the current commander-in-chief.  It is obvious from the statement that the president does not see terrorism as a serious threat.  Not because terrorists cannot deliver a major blow, but because whatever they may accomplish will not be a big deal – even if 3,000 Americans are murdered. 

This really begs the more important question: What will Obama do about another terrorist attack? 

Judging by his statement, the president’s response to such an attack will seemingly be: “So what?” 

That is a rather cavalier mindset for the man whose primary responsibility is national defense.  The vast majority of Americans would passionately reject such a response. 

This is more than merely disappointing.  It is indicative of Obama’s lack of understanding of today’s realpolitik.  Obama sees the world as he wishes it to be.  People like Putin, Kim and Ahmadinejiad see the world  as it is.  They operate in the real world, not the utopian fantasy that is ObamaWorld.  Their weapons are real and can’t be lectured away by Professor Hope and Change.  

Can there be any doubt as to why China, Russia, North Korea and Iran are undeterred by Obama’s many verbal warnings? 

Can we expect al-Qaeda, Hamas or Hezbollah to fear the United States while Obama is president? 

All of the excerpts from the Woodward book indicate Obama is very uncomfortable with military matters.  His education in far-left political theory places him squarely in knee-jerk anti-military mode.  There are numerous examples of Obama ignoring Pentagon advice in lieu of those warning of domestic political consequences.  That is his prerogative as commander-in-chief.  However, Obama is playing a very dangerous game.  With each passing day, he proves he is ill equipped for real world challenges. 

Book excerpts are selected for their controversy quotient.  Drumming up sales of non-fiction hardcover tomes is difficult without a powerful hook.  The fact that this quote was included indicates that even Bob Woodward and the Washington Post found Obama’s statement unsettling. 

It is one thing to think of 3,000 murdered Americans as an acceptable loss… or even to believe it.  It is amazingly naive and irresponsible to state it to the world. 

© 2010 by kens*ten. All rights reserved.

Written by kensten

09/23/2010 at 8:22 pm

Clueless in Obamaland

Anybody Got a Flashlight?

It doesn’t require a Ph. D. in economics to figure out the economy is just plain awful.

Given recent comments by Obamanomics architect Christina Romer, an advanced degree may not aid economic understanding.

Romer, now-former Chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, spoke at the National Press Club. As the Washington Post reported, Romer made some interesting comments:

She had no idea how bad the economic collapse would be. She still doesn’t understand exactly why it was so bad. The response to the collapse was inadequate. And she doesn’t have much of an idea about how to fix things.

Even now, Romer said, mystery persists. “To this day, economists don’t fully understand why firms cut production as much as they did or why they cut labor so much more than they normally would”

Her defense was that “almost all analysts were surprised by the violent reaction.”

C’mon even the Post has to wonder: This is the primary expert President Obama trusted for economic advice?

Romer will take her economic know-how and hands-on experience back to Cal-Berkeley… so she can improperly train future Democrat leaders on economics. Maybe even a future president.

However, Romer’s most important role will be official Obama Administration scapegoat for the dismal economy. But, truth be told she did her job: providing economic advice. Romer may have provided bad advice — and, no doubt, exactly what the Keynesian-trained Obama wanted to hear. But, the president made the decisions.

Isn’t that why Barack Obama wanted to be President?

© 2010 by kens*ten. All rights reserved.

Obama in the Media Shark Circle

Blood in the Water

 How can you tell when things in politics are really bad?  

If you are a Democrat, it isn’t a public scandal, indictment or even bad poll results.  No, things are really bad when the liberal media turns on you.  

Case in point: Howard Fineman of Newsweek filed a pre-mortem piece titled “What Went Wrong?”. Yes, sixty days before the midterm elections, and Fineman is explaining why the Dems will lose. And, he ain’t blaming it on Republicans.  

That’s pretty gutsy for a magazine that sold for a measly dollar. Not per copy… for the whole operation!  

Fineman isn’t alone. After all, one shark does not a circle make.  

Time‘s Jay Newton-Small wonders where Obama’s “army of activists” has gone.  She found no enthusiasm among administration types for calling their liberal brothers and sisters to arms. So, they let Organizing for America crumble.  

What an ironic result for the world’s most famous community organizer.  

In an earlier article, Time colleague Mark Halperin detailed how the Obama Administration and the Democrat congressional leadership blew it and helped create the upcoming GOP tsunami.  

Halperin didn’t report some of the more pertinent information he learned on the campaign trail covering then-candidate Barack Obama. Instead, he released it in his book, “Game Change”, AFTER the election.  

Thanks for nothing, Mark. Perhaps, he is trying to make amends by being ahead of the curve now.  

Other examples…  

Ed Hornick of CNN reports that some liberal political insiders believe Obama’s message is becoming incoherent. Becoming?  

Uber-liberal New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd wrote:  

President Obama is testing how elastic he can be, how much realism he can have before he betrays his idealism. For better and worse, he is an elitist and a situationist.  

Two-plus years ago, the liberal media was absolutely smitten with Barack Obama. Now, not so much. 

Welcome to America: Land of Buyer’s Remorse.

© 2010 by kens*ten. All rights reserved.

Rangel Goes Under the Obama Bus

Delivering a Message the Chicago Way

 

Should we feel sorry for Representative Charles Rangel (D-NY)? 

Rangel is the subject of a two-year ethics probe related to his use of four rent-controlled apartments in New York City, the misuse of his office for fundraising, and the  failure to pay taxes on property in the Dominican Republic. The ethics panel previously admonished Rangel for taking a junket in violation of  House rules. 

Given Rangel’s history, some believe he deserves some slack. Rangel is a decorated Korean War veteran. His constituents in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City have elected him to Congress eighteen times. Over 36 years of congressional service, Rangel rose to chair the most powerful committee — Ways and Means — in the House of Representatives. He was a leader in the civil rights movement and a founder of the Congressional Black Caucus. 

The Associated Press reports that Democrats tried to send Rangel messages “between the lines” that he should haven taken to heart. For example: 

[The ethics hearing] will be hard on Rangel and his family. [Rangel] will get no breaks for seniority, friendship or good intentions. A trial would be very, very public. 

What Democratic leaders probably would say to Rangel if they could: For himself, for his family, for the Democratic majority already poised to lose seats in the November election, he should strike a deal with House investigators before they start a trial Thursday and air the tax and disclosure charges against him. 

The 80-year old Rangel already announced his intention to seek re-election. However, the ethics probe gave courage to several challengers in the September Democrat primary. They feel Rangel is vulnerable. 

Since Rangel didn’t seem to get the point, the White House had to get involved — Chicago style. 

In a CBS News interview, President Barack Obama said of Rangel’s troubles: 

He’s somebody who’s at the end of his career. I’m sure that what he wants is to be able to end his career with dignity. And my hope is that it happens. 

One has to wonder if Charlie felt the tires crushing him as the bus rolled over him. 

But, don’t count Rangel out just yet. Fellow Congressional Black Caucus member, Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) has also decided to roll the dice on her ethics probe. And the CBC has delivered their own message Chicago-style: Leave Us Alone. 

Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., said members of both parties should not presume Rangel’s guilt. The strong statement makes it unlikely that the House Democratic leadership would act against Rangel and risk losing support of the 42-member Black Caucus for legislative initiatives. 

In other words, if your opponent brings a knife to the fight, then you better have a gun. That’s the Chicago Way. 

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The Chicago Way / “The Untouchables “ 

Written by kensten

08/03/2010 at 12:34 am

Dems Got That Sinking Feeling… and a Monty Python Video

The New York Times has proof that presidential political adviser David Axelrod can read polling data afterall.

President Obama told nine nervous Democrat congressional candidates at a White House meeting that he would stay out of their districts if they think that will help their election efforts. At this point, it couldn’t hurt.

Democrats are losing public support faster than the Black Knight lost limbs to King Arthur. Polls by Quinnipiac, CNN, Reuters and Fox News all show the GOP leading in the “generic ballot” race from +2 to +11% among registered voters. A recent Rasmussen Reports poll has the GOP +10% among likely voters.

The president’s approval rating is also plummeting. A July 2009 CBS News/New York Times poll found 58% approval versus 30% disapproval for Obama. Oh what a difference a year can make. A July 2010 Rasmussen Reports poll turned those results upside down — 44% approval versus 55% disapproval. 

But what’s really getting the goat of Democrat candidates is the president’s refusal to shake the money tree for them. As the Times reports:

But several Democratic candidates and party leaders said in interviews that they were not sure Mr. Obama’s political operation was focused on the 2010 fight, and they questioned whether the president sees himself as the head of the party.

A huge database of people who supported Mr. Obama’s presidential bid remains off-limits to other Democrats, unless special exceptions are made.

Now they get it? Team Obama is focused on 2012. Axelrod and company’s jobs depend on getting Barack Obama reelected — not congressman from flyover country. No wonder they are abandoning ship.

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Monty Python & The Holy Grail: Black Knight (graphic violence)