Quote of the Day

“The darkest secret in the big money world of the Republican coastal elite is that the most palatable alternative to a nominee such as Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas or Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky would be [Hillary] Clinton, a familiar face on Wall Street following her tenure as a New York senator with relatively moderate views on taxation and financial regulation.”

If Hillary in the WH is good for the Hamptons oceanfront crowd, why would those of us in the Holiday Inn crowd want her?  Bill Clinton’s deregulation policies bear as much blame for the financial meltdown as do Bush 43’s.

Fox News Dumps Whoremonger

Fox News has not renewed its contract with Dick “Toesucker” Morris, who predicted a Romney landslide.  Morris is the former Clinton adviser who had to resign when he was caught with prostitutes at the Hay Adams Hotel across from the White House.

But I’m sure he will continue to solicit $ for his PAC and then  keep a huge chunk of that money by spending the donations on renting his own email list through Newsmax.com and having Newsmax funnel the money right back to him.

The man is sleaze personified.

For GOP and Hillary, 2016 Is Now

I don’t think Hillary Clinton’s Benghazi testimony really told us anything new.

I see it as the GOP taking her deposition.  Just as in litigation, you hope to use something from a deposition transcript to embarrass or discredit a witness at trial, the GOP hoped, as Hillary exits the public stage for now, to get some sound bites they can use against her in 2016.

So much will happen between now and then in our War on Terror that Benghazi won’t matter at all in terms of who gets the Democratic nomination and who wins the next presidential election.  But nice try, GOP.

Lew to Treasury

President Obama has appointed his current White House Chief of Staff, Jack Lew, to replace Tim Geithner as Secretary of the Treasury.

Lew has been Director of the Office of Management and Budget twice, under Clinton and Obama, so he knows his numbers.

A solid, uncontroversial pick.

Poor Hannity won’t be able to sneer about “tax cheat Tim Geithner” anymore, although I’m sure he’ll find disparaging things to say about Lew.  Right now he’s very busy smearing Chuck Hagel.  So many hated Obama appointees, so little time.

Quote of the Day

“I recognize I’m not going to get 100 percent.  But what I’m not going to do is to agree to a plan in which we have some revenue that is vague and potentially comes out of the pockets of middle-class families in exchange for some very specific and tough entitlement cuts that would affect seniors or other folks who are vulnerable. That’s not the kind of balanced plan that I think would be good for growth, good for the economy, or good for the American people.”

President Obama

I think we’re heading towards raising rates on the top 2 percent, but not up to the Clinton-era level of 39.6 percent.

Troubling, Very Troubling

Watching the Obama campaign send Bill Clinton to Minnesota and Joe Biden to Pennsylvania.

At this late date, you campaign in swing states and don’t waste time in solid states.  So you have to wonder how solid Minnesota and Pennsylvania are.

The Romney campaign claims they’re expanding the map not to get to 270, but to get to 300.  Since they lie about everything else, I sure hope they’re lying about this.

If Obama Wins, the Calendar Breaks the Deadlock

If Obama wins, it will be a whole new ballgame with the GOP and their obstructionism, not because they will see the light, but because they will see the calendar.  Those who wonder what will light a fire under the House GOP if he’s re-elected need to recognize the greatly-increased power and bargaining position he will have.

From “November 7th, Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine:

“Obama does have a plan to break the legislative impasse and settle the long-term struggle over the scope of government.

[O]n January 1, 2013, we will all awake to a different, substantially more liberal country.  The Bush tax cuts will have disappeared, restoring Clinton-era tax rates and flooding government coffers with revenue to fund its current operations for years to come.  The military will be facing dire budget cuts that shake the military-industrial complex to its core.

“At that point [Obama] will reside in a political world he finds at most mildly uncomfortable and the Republicans consider a hellish dystopia.  Then he’ll be ready to make a deal.

“Administration officials no longer say that they can cajole Republicans into agreeing to raise tax revenue through negotiation.  Instead, they understand something important…. They no longer have to.

“What really lured Republicans into a trap was the timing of the arrangement.  The beginning of 2013, when the automatic spending cuts take effect, coincides with the expiration of every penny of the Bush tax cuts.  And so, by postponing the fiscal reckoning, Republicans inadvertently scheduled it for the very moment when Obama (should he win reelection) will hold his maximum leverage.  Last summer, Obama was pleading with Boehner to give him $800 billion in additional revenue.  Come January, he’ll have $5 trillion in higher revenue without doing anything.”  Emphasis added.

Happy New Year, GOP!



We Need More Facts

The Obama administration is being criticized for not better protecting Ambassador Chris Stevens and the three Americans killed along with him.  Critics are saying that he shouldn’t been at the consulate in Benghazi, which was not as well protected as the embassy in Tripoli, on 9/11.  But I don’t believe we know all the facts.  What if he was told/advised/warned not to go, and he went anyway?  He believed, with some justification, that he was popular in Libya and especially well-liked in Benghazi because of his efforts supporting the rebels before Qaddafi was overthrown.  He also knew that the country is filled with terrorists, especially the eastern part where Benghazi is.

But if the Ambassador was not following instructions or advice, is the President or Hillary Clinton going to stand there at Andrews Air Force Base in front of his casket and say, “We told him to stay in Tripoli and hunker down?”  Of course not.

In general, we’re hearing stuff from all sides that doesn’t make sense.  At the White House, Jay Carney is arguing that the Benghazi murders were because of the inflammatory video “Innocence of Muslims.”  He is saying that while others in the administration and in Congress, who have access to classified materials, are saying that the Benghazi attack was separate from and unrelated to the video-related violence.   They believe that it was revenge for the killing of Al Qaeda’s #2 in Pakistan in June, who was a Libyan.  The fact that it occurred on 9/11 seems to bolster that theory.  Someone Stevens trusted, but who was really working for the terrorists, may have lured him to Benghazi so he’d be there on 9/11.

On the other end of our political spectrum, The Weekly Standard has an article up on their web site, “The Video Didn’t Do It,” by Lee Smith.  Smith argues that none of the violence we’ve been seeing in 20 different countries is because of the video, which I believe is equally wrong.  He says the attacks are about “American principles and power and policy.”  Well, yes, but anti-American sentiment is a big wood pile always sitting there waiting for a match.  The video was that match.

It seems as if two different things happened simultaneously.  As best I can tell right now, the Benghazi murders were Al Qaeda or Al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorists seeking revenge for a murder in June and seeking to show they can still hit us on a 9/11 anniversary.  People protesting a video don’t show up with rocket propelled grenades and mortars.  It was a sophisticated attack at two locations, the consulate itself and then the safe house.  The other attacks seem to be sparked by the video.