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Heckuva Anonymous Quote Rahm

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 9th, 2010 4:49 am by HL

Heckuva Anonymous Quote Rahm
King Pyrrhus is on line one for Rahm Emanuel to congratulate him on Blanche Lincoln’s Primary victory.

Nothing like insulting your base (photo via aflcio at Flickr)

In the wake of Blanche Lincoln surviving Bill Halter’s primary challenge a “Senior White House Official” said:

“Organized labor just flushed $10 million of their members’ money down the toilet on a pointless exercise”

Now that quote to Ben Smith is anonymous and missing the curses, but there’s certainly more evidence to support that it came from Rahm Emanuel than we had to invade Iraq. The Teabaggers are doing their best to give the GOP the least appealing candidates, so naturally the Democratic Party establishment is doing their best to make sure the Democrats get the same.

I wonder how much is going to be wasted by the DNC on making sure that Arkansas Senate seat turns Republican? Or how much cash did Rahm cost his boss in donations? 11th Dimensional Chess!

But still, when we have Arkansas Republican Senator Boozman it will somehow still be Labor’s fault.

Lincoln Defeats Halter: Post-Mortem
Yeah it sucks, and I’m in no mood to write one of those “we fought the good fight” pieces any more than you’re in the mood to read one. So a few quick points: 1) There is absolutely no doubt in anyone’s mind that Blanche Lincoln’s derivatives amendment would never be in the financial regulation […]

Yeah it sucks, and I’m in no mood to write one of those “we fought the good fight” pieces any more than you’re in the mood to read one. So a few quick points:

1) There is absolutely no doubt in anyone’s mind that Blanche Lincoln’s derivatives amendment would never be in the financial regulation bill unless Halter was in the race. None. It’s not a guess. Many people who have been working on the legislation have said so, repeatedly. She only became interested in it to show she was doing something with the banks besides soaking up their PAC money. If she had lost today, it would’ve been out of the bill tomorrow. Tonight somewhere Goldman Sachs is weeping, because if they take it out now, she’ll look like a corporate lackey who was only doing it for the optics and Boozman will have a field day.

2. It’s no small thing that Blanche’s $2.9 million in PAC donations from Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, AIG and Exxon Mobil were offset by $3.6 million in small donor donations for Halter. That could not have happened 10 years ago, because we would have been at the mercy of the media to get the message out to tens of thousands of people. When we started trying to calculate how much the online organizations could raise together, we really didn’t know (I guessed $3 million). Now we do. $3.6 million for the not-extraordinarily-progressive Bill Halter means it can be done again, which will will be a strong incentive for quality challengers to take on incumbents who might not otherwise want to risk it.

3. We should’ve pushed back earlier on the “labor is running the campaign” narrative. Most of the money for Halter’s campaign came from small dollar donors — the labor money was outside expenditure, over which Halter himself had no control. Over the past two days I literally winced as I heard one liberal pundit after another internalize that right wing message. It had to be toxic in Arkansas.

4. That said: suck on it, “anonymous Senior White House officials” and other assorted DC Democrats (extra hard for you, Bill Clinton). Labor is not your bitch, and their money isn’t yours to direct. They’re supposed to take what, another six years of black eyes from Blanche Lincoln just because you say so? If their $8 million buys derivatives legislation and limits the damage that the Masters of the Universe can do to the world economy in the future, it’s not only a bargain, it also means that a bunch of nurses and janitors have done more to rein in the banks than you and your entire pack of servile, visionless Wall Street lackeys has done since you took office.

Update: Greg Sargent says much the same thing only better, without all the Blogging 2004 language.

Late Late Night FDL: Not Gonna Cry
Mary J BligeNot Gonna Cry, from Eric Clapton & Friends: A Benefit for the Crossroads Centre at Antigua, live at Madison Square Garden, 1999.

Mary J BligeNot Gonna Cry, from Eric Clapton & Friends: A Benefit for the Crossroads Centre at Antigua, live at Madison Square Garden, 1999.

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Your Handy Primary Guide

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 9th, 2010 4:48 am by HL

Your Handy Primary Guide
The fate of Senate Majority Leader—and favorite punching bag of tea party types—Harry Reid may hang in the balance during this year’s election cycle, and on Tuesday his home state of Nevada will be one of 11 states holding primaries. Thankfully, The New York Times has cobbled together a useful guide to key primaries around the nation.  —KA The New York Times: It’s a coast-to-coast series of primaries, with voters from South Carolina to California choosing which candidates will be on the general election ballot in November in campaigns for governor, House and Senate. Here is a state-by-state guidebook for some of the important races to watch. NEVADA: Mr. Reid faces no serious Democratic opposition on Tuesday, but he will find out who his Republican challenger will be. As the leader of the Senate, Mr. Reid is inextricably linked to Washington and is ultimately responsible for passing the policies that have helped fuel the discontent in the electorate. Read more  

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The fate of Senate Majority Leader—and favorite punching bag of tea party types—Harry Reid may hang in the balance during this year’s election cycle, and on Tuesday his home state of Nevada will be one of 11 states holding primaries. Thankfully, The New York Times has cobbled together a useful guide to key primaries around the nation.? —KA

The New York Times:

It’s a coast-to-coast series of primaries, with voters from South Carolina to California choosing which candidates will be on the general election ballot in November in campaigns for governor, House and Senate. Here is a state-by-state guidebook for some of the important races to watch.

NEVADA: Mr. Reid faces no serious Democratic opposition on Tuesday, but he will find out who his Republican challenger will be. As the leader of the Senate, Mr. Reid is inextricably linked to Washington and is ultimately responsible for passing the policies that have helped fuel the discontent in the electorate.

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Richard (RJ) Eskow: Why This Ex-AIG Exec Is Protesting Treasury’s Backdoor “AIG Bailout”

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 9th, 2010 4:47 am by HL

Richard (RJ) Eskow: Why This Ex-AIG Exec Is Protesting Treasury’s Backdoor “AIG Bailout”
Life can only be understood backward, said Kierkegaard, but it has to be lived forward. That’s the only explanation I can offer for the strange…

Blanche Lincoln Win Sparks Furious Sniping Between White House, Labor
The loss of Lt. Gov. Bill Halter in the Arkansas Senate Democratic primary runoff election resulted in a rare outburst of intense, sometimes nasty, griping…

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Will Fox allow Bill O’Reilly to help Newsmax sell its financial products?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 9th, 2010 4:46 am by HL

Will Fox allow Bill O’Reilly to help Newsmax sell its financial products?

The right-wing website Newsmax has enlisted Fox News host Bill O’Reilly to headline its upcoming “Economic Crisis Summit.” Previous Newsmax “summits” have not been “summits” at all, but rather thinly disguised infomercials in which Newsmax stoked viewers’ fears of economic collapse to drive sales of its financial-services products.

O’Reilly to headline Newsmax’s “Economic Crisis Summit” 

Newsmax highlights Fox News affiliation of “Premier Guest” O’Reilly. A June 3 web page (PDF) carrying Hyman’s byline, which stated that “Christopher Ruddy is so confident in the rewards to be had from this legal caper, that he put $1.5 million of his company’s money ‘on the line’ to make this opportunity available to you.” Newsmax is charging $1,495 for the “Money Matrix Insider” package — described as a $1,000 discount off the regular “membership price” — apparently operated by Hyman, which includes instructional DVDs, tips and alerts, and access to a “vast, password-protected Web site [where] you will be delivered members-only articles, weekly videos and audio commentary, the track record, and the ability to ask [Hyman] questions or suggest topics to be discussed in weekly commentaries.” The web page touted the importance of being “one of the first 1,000 to order today” at the discounted price. The page touted a “Potential Reward” of “$137,000 (or more) Legally in Your Pocket in the Next Year Alone!” 

“Emergency Dollar Summit” also apparently tied to “Money Matrix Insider” scheme. An October 2009 email by Ruddy sent after the webcast references the prospect of a $137,000 “payout” in the next year.   Ruddy’s email urges readers to click on a link “now” in order to view the webcast; the link now goes to promotional materials for the “Money Matrix Insider.” 

“A Call to Arms” webcast touted “Million Dollar Secret Code” scheme. On May 7, 2009, Newsmax hosted “A Call to Arms,” a “national internet webcast” in which Ruddy invited viewers to pay $1,295 for a package including a year’s worth of stock tips from Ruddy’s “chief financial adviser.” Ruddy wrote (PDF) that the “Million Dollar Secret Code” he promoted in the “Call to Arms” webcast is based on the stock-picking of analyst David Frazier, whom Ruddy called his “private financial weapon.” Ruddy stated that he was investing $1 million of Newsmax’s money in the promotion, adding, “David believes he can bring a 50% to 70%-plus return over the next 12 months to this $1 million.” The promotion would provide “About 36 Massive Profit/Minimum Risk Plays,” in which “[y]ou will be given guidance about exactly what to buy, at what price, and how much. David Frazier will provide you with all of the research and analysis behind each recommendation. And you will get a 48-hour head start on me, before I can buy the exact same stock recommendations.”

O’Reilly previously downplayed his economic credentials 

O’Reilly on May 25: “I’m not an economist.” On the May 25 edition of his Fox News show (accessed from the Nexis database), O’Reilly stated: “I have a sheet here that says here are the good things about the economy and there are some. And here are the bad things about the economy. I’m not an economist, but I think it could go either way right now.”  

O’Reilly on November 5, 2008: “I’m not an economist.” On the November 5, 2008, edition of his show (accessed from the Nexis database), in response to Dick Morris’ suggestion that the market dropped 500 points that day because Obama — who had proposed increasing capital gains taxes — won the presidential election the previous day, O’Reilly stated: “But nobody has cap gains. All the wise guys, everybody in the market has lost a tremendous amount, which you can balance any future gains against. But you may be right. I’m not an economist.”

O’Reilly on July 6, 2001: “I’m not an economist.” On the July 2, 2001, edition of his show (accessed from the Nexis database), in response to Fox correspondent Brenda Buttner’s assertion that Alan Greenspan should cut interest rates more agressively, O’Reilly stated: Well, he’s not going to cut them again until August. Well, I guess he could in-between, but it smacks of desperation. See people are scared. This is what’s happening in my opinion. Now I’m not an economist, but I tell you, on Neil Cavuto, I kicked his butt last fall. He said this was a blip. He was absolutely wrong. We called it. We said that Greenspan was strangling the economy with high interest rates. That people were going to stop capital spending and they did.”

O’Reilly on March 22, 2001: “I’m not an economist.” On the March 22, 2001, edition of his show (accessed from the Nexis database), O’Reilly told Neil Cavuto: “I’m not an economist. I’m not going to tell you here is how you get out of [the recession]. What I am going to tell you is we don’t get any information from the Fed chief. He won’t talk to us. He won’t talk to you. He won’t explain what he does.”

Media experts have criticized Newsmax’s schemes 

Harvard media expert Jones: Newsmax is “quasi-journalism mixed with promotion.” Media Matters‘ Joe Strupp reported that Alex Jones, director of the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University, said when asked about Newsmax’s schemes, “This kind of site is calculated to look like news. But it is in fact, pushing products. … It is quasi-journalism mixed with promotion.”  

Journalism professor Steffens: Newsmax using “age-old story of doomsday prophecy and urging the masses to protect themselves.” Strupp reported:  

Marty Steffens, a business and financial journalism chair at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, stated: “Hyperinflation is just the latest scare tactic, evoking images of people having to load up cash in wheel barrels to buy groceries. It’s highly unlikely hyperinflation will ever happen, but by playing on fears, it can drive sales of books or pamphlets with advice. It’s an age-old story of doomsday prophecy and urging the masses to protect themselves.”

Fox has previously been forced to rein in personalities’ unethical behavior

With Beck’s Goldline ties under fire, Fox stresses network prohibition on “endorsing products.” After Media Matters reported that Fox host Glenn Beck was listed as a “Paid Spokesman” for Goldline International and had repeatedly used his television show to plug gold as a way for his audience to “protect” themselves from the possible economic collapse of the U.S. dollar and economy, The New York Times reported on December 13, 2009:

Joel Cheatwood, the senior vice president of development for Fox News, said the network’s legal department had recently sent a letter to Mr. Beck’s representatives “seeking clarification” about his work for Goldline.

“They sent back word that he is not a paid spokesman,” Mr. Cheatwood said, adding that it would be “problematic without question” if Mr. Beck did have a position as a paid spokesman for a product.

Fox News released a statement outlining its official policy about such issues: “Fox News prohibits any on-air talent from endorsing products or serving as a product spokesperson.”

Fox News stressed that it was not aware that Mr. Beck was listed on the Internet as a paid spokesman. But he definitely was, until very recently. On cached editions of the Goldline Web site over the last week to 10 days, a photograph of Mr. Beck was accompanied by an asterisk which led to a line at the bottom of the site that read: “paid spokesman.”

[…]

Matthew Hiltzik, a spokesman for Mr. Beck, said the host should never have been listed as a “paid spokesman” because he did not receive separate fees beyond the sponsorship for that or any other work he did for the company.

Before he moved onto Fox News, however, Mr. Beck appeared in a video on the Goldline Web site extolling the virtues of gold. And Mr. Beck routinely reads Goldline ads on the radio, a practice Fox said was acceptable under its guidelines.

“[F]urious” Fox executives respond to criticism by pulling Hannity from a paid Cincy tea party event. On April 13, Media Matters highlighted Fox host Sean Hannity’s plan to tape his April 15 show at a Cincinnati Tea Party event which charged admission and had “all proceeds” benefiting the organization. Hannity’s planned appearance, which was promoted on 18 different editions of his Fox News program, elicited criticism from news and broadcast veterans who questioned the ethics of raising money for a political organization during a production of a Fox News show. On April 15, hours before the program was to tape, reportedly “furious” Fox News executives yanked Hannity, requiring him to do his show from his New York studio.


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NJ Men Facing Terrorism Charge Not Linked To Any Terrorist Groups

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 9th, 2010 4:45 am by HL

NJ Men Facing Terrorism Charge Not Linked To Any Terrorist Groups
The two New Jersey men arrested at JFK airport in New York yesterday, who were allegedly bound for Somalia to attempt to join a terrorist group, had allegedly talked about killing Americans, but were not connected to any terrorist groups.


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Marchant Polygraph Test ‘Inconclusive’ On Haley Affair Claim
In the latest in a continuing string of last-minute stunts in the South Carolina gubernatorial race, lobbyist Larry Marchant has taken a lie detector test about his claim of a one-night stand with front-runner Nikki Haley back in 2008. The…



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It’s Tony Hayward – AKA The Beepeeman!

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 9th, 2010 4:40 am by HL

It’s Tony Hayward – AKA The Beepeeman!


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Ladies Night

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 9th, 2010 4:39 am by HL

Ladies Night
Mark McKinnon: “Voters in 12 states expressed their anger with Washington and special interests Tuesday night by defeating a $10 million union campaign to unseat a senator who had the courage to stand up against their special interest legislation, promoting women outsiders who have run public companies but never held office, and supporting candidates aligned with Tea Party values. And as clear evidence of voter desire to the shake up the good old boy network in politics, women ruled the night.”

Jonathan Alter: “We already know that this is the year of outsiders, but it may be that the most successful outsiders aren’t Tea Party Foxulists but women of all stripes. With only six women governors, 16 women senators, and 74 women in the House, female candidates are fresher for voters looking for change. The problem for Republicans is that the wacky ones might hamstring the serious ones.”

Crist Holds Small Lead in Florida
A new Quinnipiac poll in Florida shows Gov. Charlie Crist (I) edging Marco Rubio (R) in the U.S. Senate race, 37% to 33%, with Rep. Kendrick Meek (D) in third at 17%.

If Jeff Greene (D) gets the Democratic nomination, Crist beats Rubio, 40% to 33%, with Greene at 14%.

Said pollster Peter Brown: “Obviously there is a long time until November, but the Governor is doing very well among independent voters, almost as well among Democrats as Meek, and better among Democrats than Greene. With Rubio getting two-thirds of the Republican vote, the fate of Gov. Crist, who switched from a Republican to independent six weeks ago, depends heavily on his ability to appeal to Democratic voters.”

Good News, Bad News for Republicans
Peter Beinhart: “For the Republican Party, Tuesday’s primaries contain good news and bad news. The good news: Republicans are angry — angry at Barack Obama, angry at the national debt, even angry at some of the leaders of their own party. Anger is a good motivator, and in midterm elections, where turnout is small, a little motivation goes a long way. The bad news: Republicans are not hungry. They’re not willing to submerge their anger for the sake of winning elections. They either don’t think they need to compromise their ideological purity to beat Democrats this fall or they don’t care. In either case, they may be blowing their shot at a midterm landslide.”

Whitman, Fiorina Secure Easy Victories
California Republicans “reached for history in Tuesday’s primary elections, as Meg Whitman (R) claimed the party’s nomination for governor and Carly Fiorina (R) won the GOP race for the U.S. Senate, results that gave women the Republican nominations for the two most powerful statewide political offices for the first time,” the Los Angeles Times reports.

“The two wealthy businesswomen, who powered their first electoral bids with millions of dollars of their own money, swept into election day as the front-runners and rode the momentum of an angry electorate that spurned the appeals of veteran politicians competing against them on the ballot.”


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This Week’s Book Club

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 9th, 2010 4:38 am by HL

This Week’s Book Club
This week at Cafe, Daily Beast and Time contributor Peter Beinart joins us for a discussion of his new book, The Icarus Syndrome: A History of American Hubris. Please welcome Peter and his fellow participants — Matt Yglesias, who…



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What’s Left
A plague of collective amnesia is spreading across the land. Barack Obama is erasing the intellectual legacy of progressive liberalism. There is a growing inability to distinguish between what is left or ‘progressive’ and what is centrist. The objective for…


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Uncle Sucker in Afghanistan
I’ve been writing for a while about our misplaced priorities in Afghanistan, but Dexter Filkin’s latest reporting from the “graveyard of empires” really hits new heights in Catch-22 absurdity. We are spending millions per month of your taxpayer dollars to…


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Schakowsky: Debt Commission Success ?Unlikely? Because Conservatives Are ?Closing The Door? On Taxes

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 9th, 2010 4:37 am by HL

Schakowsky: Debt Commission Success ?Unlikely? Because Conservatives Are ?Closing The Door? On Taxes
Back in February, President Obama created a debt commission by executive order, which is tasked with crafting a proposal to reduce long-term deficits through a combination of revenue increases and spending cuts. Theoretically, the package crafted by the commission will then be voted on by Congress, but in order for it to ever see a […]

Back in February, President Obama created a debt commission by executive order, which is tasked with crafting a proposal to reduce long-term deficits through a combination of revenue increases and spending cuts. Theoretically, the package crafted by the commission will then be voted on by Congress, but in order for it to ever see a vote, 14 of the 18 commission members need to approve it.

One of the concerns about the commission is that it will inequitably favor spending cuts (particularly to entitlements like Social Security) and eschew common sense tax increases. This is particularly worrisome because the commission includes some members — like Reps. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) and Paul Ryan (R-WI) — who fearmonger about any kind of tax increase.

Today, at the America’s Future Now conference, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) — who is also a commission member — said that success for the commission is “unlikely” because conservatives members are refusing to consider tax increases. In an interview with ThinkProgress, she said that she’s worried conservatives are giving “some lip service” to increasing revenue, but “are closing that door and taking it off the table” when it comes to specifics:

[Conservatives] give some lip service to ‘everything should be on the table,’ then, when it actually comes to what kind of revenue can we raise, are closing that door and taking it off the table, and saying that they’re not really willing to consider those things. The problem, in their view, is all about spending, and of course, that’s not the case. Actually, discretionary spending has been pretty darn flat over the years. We’ve seen a growth of wealth among the wealthy already and flat income for ordinary people…It may mean that the commission really deadlocks.

Watch it:

Currently, taxes are the lowest that they’ve been in 50 years, and the U.S. has the fifth lowest taxes as a share of GDP among economically developed nations. Even if we tried to balance the budget entirely on tax increases (which no one is suggesting), the United States would still be in the bottom ten. Balancing the budget entirely on the back of spending cuts, meanwhile, would require draconian reductions that will have the greatest negative impact on the most vulnerable populations.

For her part, Schakowsky said that its unconscionable that Congress is considering spending billions of dollars to cut the estate tax, at the same time that the debt commission is putting Social Security cuts on the table. She also pushed back against the notion that deficit reduction should take precedence over job creation in the short-term. “Leaving our children debt free — does that mean leaving them sick, uneducated, and unemployed?” she asked.

Cross-posted on The Wonk Room.

‘Jew Counter’ Fred Malek Now Counting Republican Minority Candidates
Early last month, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) named longtime Republican power broker Fred Malek to chair his Commission on Government Reform and Restructuring. As ThinkProgress noted at the time, Malek brings a controversial past with him to the position as President Nixon once tasked him with creating a list of “important Jewish officials” within […]

Fred Malek sits at a deskEarly last month, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) named longtime Republican power broker Fred Malek to chair his Commission on Government Reform and Restructuring. As ThinkProgress noted at the time, Malek brings a controversial past with him to the position as President Nixon once tasked him with creating a list of “important Jewish officials” within the Bureau of Labor Statistics, several of whom were later demoted or transferred.

Malek’s infamous past gained renewed attention last week when the Washington Post reported that “Democrats are calling attention to the recent disclosure of more memos that detail his part in carrying out President Richard M. Nixon’s program to enforce ideological and religious purity.” As Slate’s Timothy Noah (who has written extensively on Malek’s past conduct) notes, documents released in January 2010 “show beyond any doubt that Malek was actively involved in the process of reassigning the offending BLS Semites, his strenuous denials to the contrary.” Noah also notes evidence that demonstrates how Malek’s use of the term “ethnics” in memos was meant to mean “Jews”:

The Nixon Library documents also include a July 30 memo to Haldeman from Kingsley (”through” Malek, who signed it) explaining that although the earlier (July 27) Jew-counting memo said the BLS housed 13 Jews, they were now revising their estimate to 19. The identities of the additional six suspected Jews are not revealed. In this memo Kingsley rather ham-handedly lists the 19 under the heading “NUMBER OF ETHNICS,” then further gives the game away in a scribbled cover note to Malek: “Obviously, the interpretation of ‘ethnic’ should be narrow in this case!” Well, duh. (Malek’s own earlier memo to Haldeman more delicately referred to the Jews as fitting “the other demographic criterion that was discussed.” Malek confirmed to Woodward and Pincus that he meant Jews.)

On Saturday, Malek — somewhat evasivelyapologized for his past once again. In a moment of unintended irony, however, Malek returned to his old-minority counting ways today in an interview on Bill Bennett’s radio show, albeit with a much more benign intent:

BENNETT: Alright, we talked to Bill Kristol about, you know, California stuff and, you know, Florida and all. But what about some of these governors races that are not getting so much attention that you find interesting?

MALEK: Well, I think the governor’s races are the, are the great untold story in American politics today. I mean, not to, a few people have noticed them, but we’ve got some huge races and some major themes are emerging for the, for the Republican Party. Think of this. I believe that we’re going to have a Hispanic candidate emerging today. Brian Sandoval, I believe will win the primary in Nevada. We would have two Hispanic candidates for governors in this, in this country. Susana Martinez in New Mexico and Brian Sandoval in Nevada. We’ll have three minorities over all because I think Nikki Haley is going to get into a run off today and probably emerge as the candidate in South Carolina and she is an Indian born Indian, full-blooded, and a very attractive candidate. So, all in all, you have three minorities running as governor on a Republican ticket. And you know, it’s not just that they’re women and minorities, they are all really well-qualified. They’re center-right candidates. They’ve got the right beliefs. And joining with altogether, we have five women who are going to be running for governor. So it’s really going to put a new face on our party.

Bennett joined Malek in delight over the countable number of minorities potentially representing the GOP in 2010. “Nikki Haley, if elected, would join Bobby Jindal and we would have two Republican, Republicans from the Indian sub-continent,” said Bennett. “That’s right,” replied Malek. “And you know, we’re always characterized as the kind of the old white conservative guys and so forth,” but “who’s going to have the most female governors? Whose had the most Hispanic candidates for governor? Who has the most, the most Indian-American governors?” asked Malek. Listen here:

Transcript:

BENNETT: Alright, we talked to Bill Kristol about, you know, California stuff and, you know, Florida and all. But what about some of these governors races that are not getting so much attention that you find interesting?

MALEK: Well, I think the governor’s races are the, are the great untold story in American politics today. I mean, not to, a few people have noticed them, but we’ve got some huge races and some major themes are emerging for the, for the Republican Party. Think of this. I believe that we’re going to have a Hispanic candidate emerging today. Brian Sandoval, I believe will win the primary in Nevada. We would have two Hispanic candidates for governors in this, in this country. Susanna Martinez in New Mexico and Brian Sandoval in Nevada. We’ll have three minorites over all because I think Nikki Haley is going to get into a run off today and probably emerge as the candidate in South Carolina and she is an Indian born Indian, full-blooded, and a very attractive candidate. So, all in all, you have three minorities running as governor on a Republican ticket. And you know, it’s not just that they’re women and minorities, they are all really well-qualified. They’re center-right candidates. They’ve got the right beliefs. And joining with altogether, we have five women who are going to be running for governor. So it’s really going to put a new face on our party.

BENNETT: Nikki Haley, if elected, would join Bobby Jindal and we would have two Republican, Republicans from the Indian sub-continent. Is that right?

MALEK: That’s right. And you know, we’re always characterized as the kind of the old white conservative guys and so forth.

BENNETT: Yeah.

MALEK: Well, how about that? I mean, who has, who’s going to have the most female governors? Whose had the most Hispanic candidates for governor? Who has the most, the most Indian-American governors?

BENNET: Right.

MALEK: I mean, we do.

BENNETT: Now, if if, if you had, just I mean, a comment on the obvious, but if you had Sandoval, Martinez, Haley, Jindal’s already in, but then you had these women in California and elsewhere, if this were coming in the Democrat Party, it would the cover of every major national magazine. “Oh, the new woman, the new blah blah” right in America. But we’re not getting that.

MALEK: Right. It’s right. It would be. And this is the year of the women for the Republican Party because in addition you’ve got Meg Whitman, who I believe will triumph in California today. You’ve got Mary Fallin in Oklahoma. You got Jan Brewer.

BENNETT: Yeah.

MALEK: Who I believe will be re-elected in Arizona. Plus, Susana Martinez and Nikki Haley.


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Obama’s Most Ironic Commencement Speech Yet

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 9th, 2010 4:31 am by HL

Obama’s Most Ironic Commencement Speech Yet
Andrew Malcolm, LAT
It was a big deal for the excited about-to-be graduates of Kalamazoo's Central High School. They had won a White House competition against 1,000 other schools, not for payoff jobs in the Obama administration.But to see and hear the Real Great Talker himself. President Barack Obama went all the way to Michigan Monday to congratulate the teenagers and their proud families: 

Where Are the Jobs?
Rich Lowry, New York Post
Who needs a debt commission when White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is on the case?He wants to allow federal agencies to redirect half of any unnecessary, unspent money in their budgets to other initiatives and half to deficit reduction. Currently, agencies must return all money they don't spend, giving them an incentive to spend it all.Let's say Congress goes along: The move would affect all of about $25 billion a year, according to The Wall Street Journal. In May alone, the deficit was $142 billion. In the first eight months of the fiscal year, it was $941 billion….

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