From 2008 election coverage
Sharyl Attkisson, CBS Correspondent: Like McCain, Obama's corporate donor list reads like a who's who of the Wall Street collapse, only some are giving more to Obama. LOTS MORE.
Sheila Krumholz, Center for Responsive Politics: The Obama campaign has just vacuumed up the money in this cycle. SPECIFICALLY FROM GOLDMAN SACHS, OBAMA HAS RECEIVED OVER $740,000 AS COMPARED TO MCCAIN'S $220,000.
Attkisson: Not to mention that the former head of Goldman Sachs, Robert Rubin, is Obama's chief economic adviser, and two current executives are bundling for him. Bundlers are mega-fundraisers who critics say get special access.
The cognitive dissidence of being against Wall Street but for President Obama doesn’t seem to have hit the OWS protesters and with the Unions joining the fray isn’t likely to.
What Harry Reid has wrought
… Parliamentary procedure is often complex and doesn't lend itself to uplifting commentary, but REID'S ACTIONS ON THURSDAY WERE NO MORE COMPLICATED THAN A SINGLE BULLET TO THE BACK OF THE HEAD. Here's what happened: President Obama has been stumping the media demanding a vote in Congress on his new, $447 billion proposal to stimulate the economy and create jobs. But the Republicans knew that Democrats facing re-election didn't want to vote on the bill because it calls for increased taxes on higher incomes. So they tried to force a vote by attaching it to a measure dealing with China's currency manipulations.
Minority Leader Mitch McConnell asked for a suspension of the rules so that the Senate could debate the jobs bill. Reid demanded a ruling from the Senate parliamentarian on whether this was permissible. When the parliamentarian ruled that it was, REID RESPONDED WITH A MOTION, APPROVED ON A PARTY-LINE VOTE OF 51-48, THAT STRIPPED REPUBLICANS OF THEIR POWER TO OFFER AMENDMENTS. That vote effectively changed Senate rules, which had always required 67 votes.
During the Bush administration, some Senate Republicans wanted to do what Reid did as a way to stop Democratic filibusters against conservative judicial nominees. BUT THEY DECLINED TO INVOKE THE SO-CALLED NUCLEAR OPTION, RECOGNIZING THAT IT WOULD INFLICT PERMANENT DAMAGE TO THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS BY NULLIFYING THE RIGHT OF MINORITIES TO BE HEARD ON THE SENATE FLOOR. But Reid apparently cares little for minority rights, at least when Republicans are in the minority.
The day will soon come when Democrats will bitterly regret what Reid has done. As McConnell said after the vote, "WE ARE FUNDAMENTALLY TURNING THE SENATE INTO THE HOUSE. NO AMENDMENTS BEFORE CLOTURE. NO MOTIONS TO SUSPEND AFTER CLOTURE. THE MINORITY IS OUT OF BUSINESS. ... This is a free-wheeling body, and everybody is better off when we operate that way. Everybody is. Whether you're in the majority or the minority, because today's minority may be tomorrow's majority." Voters will have an opportunity to bring this truth home to Reid and his Democratic colleagues in November 2012….
One thing I’ve seen over and over again. The Democrats do something and then when the Republicans are in power and do the same thing, the Democrats accuse them of changing the rules. This one will be a lot harder to blame on the Republicans but I foresee they will use the excuse, Reid only did it in this case, not the ones the Republicans are doing it in. Stand by because in just 14 months Reid will no longer be in the majority.
Obama: Becoming isolated?
The reports are not good, disturbing even. I have heard basically the same story four times in the last 10 days, and the people doing the talking are in New York and Washington and are spread across the political spectrum.
The gist is this: PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS BECOME A LONE WOLF, A STRANGER TO HIS OWN GOVERNMENT. HE TALKS MOSTLY, AND SOMETIMES ONLY, TO FRIEND AND ADVISER VALERIE JARRETT AND TO DAVID AXELROD, HIS POLITICAL STRATEGIST.
Everybody else, including members of his Cabinet, have little face time with him except for brief meetings that serve as photo ops. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner both have complained, according to people who have talked to them, that they are shut out of important decisions.
The president’s workdays are said to end early, often at 4 p.m. He usually has dinner in the family residence with his wife and daughters, then retreats to a private office. One person said he takes a stack of briefing books. Others aren’t sure what he does.
If the reports are accurate, and I believe they are, THEY PAINT A PICTURE OF AN ISOLATED MAN TRAPPED IN A COLLAPSING PRESIDENCY. While there is no indication Obama is walking the halls of the White House late at night, talking to the portraits of former presidents, as Richard Nixon did during Watergate, the reports help explain his odd public remarks.
Obama conceded in one television interview recently that Americans are not “better off than they were four years ago” and said in another that the nation had “gotten a little soft.” Both smacked of a man who feels discouraged and alienated and sparked comparisons to Jimmy Carter, never a good sign.
BLAMING THE COUNTRY IS POLITICAL HERESY, OF COURSE, YET OBAMA IS RUNNING OUT OF SCAPEGOATS. His allies rarely make affirmative arguments on his behalf anymore, limiting themselves to making excuses for his failure. He and they attack Republicans, George W. Bush, European leaders and Chinese currency manipulation -- and that was just last week.
THE BLAME GAME ISN’T MUCH OF A DEFENSE FOR SOLYNDRA AND “FAST AND FURIOUS,” THE EMERGING TWIN SCANDALS THAT PAINT A PICTURE OF INCOMPETENCE AT BEST.
Obama himself is spending his public time pushing a $450 billion “jobs” bill -- really another stimulus in disguise -- that even Senate Democrats won’t support. HE GRIMLY FLOGGED IT REPEATEDLY AT HIS THURSDAY PRESS CONFERENCE, EVEN THOUGH SNOWBALLS IN HELL HAVE A BETTER CHANCE OF SURVIVAL.
If he cracked a single smile at the hour-plus event, I missed it. He seems happy only on the campaign trail, where the adoration of the crowd lifts his spirits….
When I first started working for a large packaging company, I was in one of the plastics plants. We had a new Administrative Manager come into the plant. There was one employee who worked unbelievably hard in his group, but simply wasn’t up to the job. The previous managers had overlooked his failures for all the effort he put into it. This manager was different. He fired the man. And do you know what the fired employee’s reaction was? Relief. He knew he wasn’t doing the job and spent every day trying to do what he couldn’t. When he was finally let go, he wasn’t angry because the manager had done him a favor. In 2012, the people of the USA will do Barack H. Obama a favor and fire him.
Liberal Protesters take us all back to Kindergarten
I visit the Sistine Chapel a number of years ago. A large crowd was there and the talking grew louder and louder. All of a sudden, a nun clapped her hands to get everyone to quiet down. I felt suddenly like I was 8 years old again back in Catholic grade school.
If you watch this, you will be transported back to kindergarten when someone would speak and all the kids would repeat it to show they had heard and understood. This video is pretty pathetic.
Iran actress sentenced to one year in jail
ACTRESS MARZIEH VAFAMEHR HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO A YEAR IN JAIL AND 90 LASHES FOR HER ROLE IN A FILM ABOUT THE LIMITS IMPOSED ON ARTISTS IN THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC, an Iranian opposition website reported Sunday.
"A verdict has been issued for Marzieh Vafamehr, sentencing her to a year in jail and 90 lashes," Kalameh.com reported.
"Her lawyer has appealed the sentence, which was handed down yesterday (Saturday)," the report added, without giving further details.
Vafamehr was arrested in July after appearing in "My Tehran for Sale," which came under harsh criticism in conservative circles.
THE FILM, PRODUCED IN COLLABORATION WITH AUSTRALIA, TELLS THE STORY OF A YOUNG ACTRESS IN TEHRAN WHOSE THEATRE WORK IS BANNED BY THE AUTHORITIES. SHE IS THEN FORCED TO LEAD A SECRET LIFE IN ORDER TO EXPRESS HERSELF ARTISTICALLY.
I guess the Iranian government has no concept of the meaning of irony.