January 2010

Morning Dose Of Reality: Backroom Deals With Special Interests

Change you can believe in? The most transparent, open government ever?


President Barack Obama, Democrat House and Senate leaders and Big Labor officials huddled together behind closed doors over the past two days to broker a sweetheart deal for unions in order to get their support to pass government-run health care.

So what concessions did Big Labor get?

Senate Bill Passed On Christmas Eve 2009:

“Under The Bill Passed Last Month By The Senate, The Federal Government Would Have Imposed A 40 Percent Tax On The Value Of Employer-Sponsored Health Coverage Exceeding $8,500 A Year For An Individual And $23,000 For A Family.”  (Robert Pear and Steven Greenhouse, “Accord Reached On Insurance Tax For Costly Plans,” The New York Times, 1/14/10)

Morning Dose Of Reality: Harry’s Bad Numbers Get Worse

Senator Harry Reid’s (D-NV) unfavorable continue to sink.

A New Rasmussen Poll Shows Reid’s Support “Plunger 7 Points Since Last Month. “New Rasmussen Reports numbers out today show the Democrat's support has plunged 7 points since last month, a time frame involving his demeaning remarks on his president's skin color and manner of speaking.”  (Andrew Malcom, “More Desert Poll Tr Nevada’s Harry Reid,” Los Angeles Times’ Top Of The Ticket, 1/14/10)

“That Puts Reid Right At 36% Approval Now, Less Than 10 Months Before Nov. 2 Midterm Elections.”  (Andrew Malcom, “More Desert Poll Tr Nevada’s Harry Reid,” Los Angeles Times’ Top Of The Ticket, 1/14/10)

Looks like carrying the liberal’s water as Majority Leader and saying lots and lots of really stupid things is finally catching up to him… and at just the right time.

Morning Dose Of Reality: US Be Better Off Had McCain Won?

Amid a slew of polls showing President Obama’s approval ratings slipping, more and more Americans opposing ObamaCare, and growing pessimism over the handling of the economy, comes this humdinger:

American’s Divided Over Whether Country Would Have Been Better Off If Senator John McCain Had Won The Presidential Election. “In the Quinnipiac poll, there was a narrow margin among respondents, 35-37 percent on whether the United States would have been better off had Obama's Republican opponent John McCain won last year's election.”  (“Americans Split On Obama’s First Year: Polls,” AFP, 1/13/10)

This has to be one of the worst polls Obama’s camp has seen. After all, Obama blasted McCain in the election, winning in a landslide.

The Reids

Meant to get to this earlier, but the day melted away. Anyway, Ann Gerhart over at The Washington Post wrote a piece about Senator Harry Reid and his son Rory Reid and the effect they will have on each other in the 2010 elections. Harry is running for a sixth term to the Senate and Rory is gunning for the state’s Governor’s Mansion.

The article is an interesting enough read, and if you have the time when you are done here, you should go check it out. But the article is fluffy. It doesn’t really get to what the father-son tandem are all about in Nevada politics and why they may sink or swim together. The Reids are about enriching themselves and a few year ago had their own little cottage industry where Harry’s sons would lobby daddy, daddy would deliver benefits to his sons’ clients and Harry would have his campaign coffers stuffed with cash.

Morning Dose Of Reality: Stimulus Had No effect On Local Unemployment

The Associated Press is reporting that President Obama’s signature initiative to “stimulate” the economy has had no effect “on local unemployment rates.”

Unemployment Unchanged Regardless Of How Much Money Was Spent. “An Associated Press analysis of stimulus spending found that it didn't matter if a lot of money was spent on highways or none at all: Local unemployment rates rose and fell regardless. And the stimulus spending only barely helped the beleaguered construction industry, the analysis showed.”  (Matt Apuzzo and Brett J. Blackledge, “Stimulus Cash Doesn’t Create Local Jobs,” The Associated Press, 1/12/10)

Obama and the Democrats want a second stimulus package. Doesn’t sound like a good idea to print money we don’t have if it doesn't work does it?

How Does This Guy Play Such A Key Role In DEM Politics?

Over the weekend, New York Magazine published an excerpt from John Heliemann and Mark Halperin’s new book, Game Change. The excerpt, “Saint Elizabeth and the Ego Monster,” centered on the downfall of John Edwards’ presidential campaign.

When the “Ego Monster’s” campaign unraveled after losing the Iowa caucuses, Edwards moved to broker a deal with Barack Obama where Edwards would agree to be Vice President in an effort to finally crush Hillary Clinton. He would later try to finagle the Attorney General spot from Obama on the eve of the South Carolina primary. The rest is, of course, history. Edwards ended up with nothing and his political career is beyond ruins.

Morning Dose Of Reality: ND Seat To GOP Column

The first domino is set to fall in the wake of Senator Byron Dorgan’s (D-ND) announcement to not seek reelection in 2010. Aaron Blake over at The Hill’s Blog Briefing Room is reporting Governor John Hoeven (R-ND) will make “his Senate bid official this evening.”

While expected, it was no sure bet Hoeven would run. With Dorgan out and at-large Congressman Earl Pomeroy (D-ND) deciding against running for the seat, Hoeven’s decision became a no-brainer for the popular Governor. Democrats will be hard-pressed to salvage this seat.

Nasty Reid Is Back

The Drudge Report has an interesting story about Senator Harry Reid (D-NV). As reported by The Associated Press, Reid “described then-Sen. Barack Obama as ‘light skinned’ and ‘with no Negro dialect.’ Obama is the nation's first African-American president.”

Reid of course, “regrets” what he said and sends his apologies to anyone who may be offended by his remarks.

Thing is, Reid has a history of using incendiary language and over-the-top rhetoric.

What’s This “Fancy Ford” Stuff Anyway?

Okay, I got a few questions about this “Fancy Ford” business. Thought I’d clear it up right away for anyone that doesn’t know much about Harold Ford, Jr. Bottom line is the guy is keen on dressing fancy, living lavishly, and being well-groomed.


Ford Attended A Private “Blue-Chip” Prep School In Washington, D.C., Before Attending Ivy League University Of Pennsylvania And University of Michigan Law School. “He led the charmed life of a congressman’s son in Washington, attending the blue-chip St. Albans prep school (where Al Gore Jr. also went). He had an Ivy League education, majoring in American history at the University of Pennsylvania, and went on to the University of Michigan School of Law with his father’s congressional seat waiting for him upon graduation. By any measure, life has dealt Harold Ford Jr. a very sweet hand.” (Roger Abramson, “Prince Harold,” Nashville Scene, 3/18/04)

Will Fancy Ford Return? (Part 2)

Will he or won’t he? Is Fancy Ford going to run against Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-TN)? If so, here’s one more nugget. . .

In October 2006, Then-Rep. Harold Ford (D-TN) Misrepresented Himself As A “Lawyer” During A Chattanooga Times Free Press Editorial Board Interview. “Mr. Corker make the point that he believes that it’s time for a businessman and not a lawyer.  I was flying back with Sen. Alexander and I told Sen. Alexander, I won’t hold it against you, if I’m elected - to have 2 lawyers in the delegation who try their hardest to work through the issues. I said I know the guy who you are chairing the campaign for, he meant nothing against you, it was really directed at me - specifically.” (Congressman Ford, Chattanooga Times Free Press Editorial Board, 10/3/06)

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