The DNC just sent out this pic of Obama in Madison yesterday, with the subject line, “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words.” They’re right, but not for the reason they think
WASHINGTON — The feds are probing former labor leader Andy Stern — one of the most frequent visitors to the Obama White House last year — in a corruption investigation of the Service Employees International Union, according to sources who have been interviewed and media reports.
The FBI and Labor Department investigators are examining $150,000 in fees that an ex-California union boss got as part of an alleged no-work job, and are looking into the details of a $175,000 advance that Stern got in a deal for his book, “A Country That Works.”
Stern, who unexpectedly quit his union post last summer, was the top visitor to the White House in 2009, going there 24 times that year alone.
The White House had no response.
Natch. Let the stonewalling begin.
Fredo is on a roll. First he calls the Tea Party and Republicans “extremists” in his lame Delawow! fund raising email, then he turns around and implores the very same people he insulted to support the doomed Disclose Act. Now he’s blaming the uninformed rubes of the electorate for his party’s epic failures. Not exactly a winning strategy, but nobody ever called Fredo the sharpest knife in the drawer.
A testy U.S. Sen. John F. Kerry yesterday blamed clueless voters with short attention spans for the uphill battle beleaguered Democrats are facing against Republicans across the nation.
“We have an electorate that doesn’t always pay that much attention to what’s going on so people are influenced by a simple slogan rather than the facts or the truth or what’s happening,” Kerry told reporters after touring the Boston Medical Center yesterday.
Conservative political blogger William Jacobson, who writes Legal Insurrection, immediately pounced on Kerry’s comments, saying that attitude is why voters are looking to shake up Capitol Hill by electing upstart candidates such as U.S. Sen. Scott Brown.
“It just continues the Democrats’ theme that the reason people are upset is because they don’t understand. They’re not smart enough. That sort of rhetoric just gets people even more upset,” said Jacobson.
Kerry made the remarks on voters following questions about U.S. Rep Barney Frank’s re-election campaign and queries about securing federal funding for the Hub hospital.
“I think a lot of the anger today – while it’s appropriate because Washington is broken – is not directed at the right people,” said Kerry. “Barney is prepared, as others are, to explain what we’re doing. I think when people hear the facts and they see what we’re doing, it frankly makes sense.”
In the interview, Kerry added that voters should be mad at stonewalling Republicans and “big money” in politics instead, referring to a bill blocked by Republicans Thursday that would reveal corporate and union leaders who fund big-bucks political ads.
He went on to blame the legislative logjam in Washington, D.C., for fewer federal dollars sent to the state.
Keep talking, Fredo. Pretty please!
Barney says he’s too good, er, too busy to debate.
(FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) – We invited incumbent Barney Frank (D) to debate Sean Bielat (R). Sean Bielat was live in our Dedham studio. Barney Frank, who has held the seat since 1981, was unable to join us.
Frank’s office told us, The congressman is busy in Washington being a congressman. He welcomes debates, but due to scheduling conflicts he couldn’t make it tonight.
Next thing you know, he’ll be scoffing at the idea of shaking hands with the masses outside of Fenway Park and calling Curt Schilling a Yankees fan.
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Yesterday, Scott Brown announced he would vote against the Democrats’ thinly veiled attempt to influence the midterm elections in the name of the Disclose Act. John Kerry, the Fredo Corleone of the Massachusetts Senate delegation, begged the Tea Party and GOP to go along with the scam.
“In the year of the Tea Party, when the Tea Party is asking for accountability and the Tea Party is asking for sunshine and they want reform, I’d like to hear the Tea Party stand up today and say, ‘Republicans ought to vote overwhelmingly to have sunshine shine in on the funding process of our campaigns,’” Kerry said in a speech on the Senate floor. “I would think that the Tea Party ought to be excoriated over the notion that a corporation has been given the same rights as the Constitution gives to an individual.”
Senator Scott Brown criticized the bill, and Democrats for trying to move forward with it.
“Americans, especially those looking for work, want this Congress and this administration focused on job creation and getting the economy back on track,” the Massachusetts Republican said in a statement. “Putting people back to work should be our number one priority, not pushing through a wildly unpopular campaign bill that gives a tactical advantage to the majority party in future elections.”
Poor Fredo. Michael has spoken. Now go entertain some of your senator friends in Cuba.
Update: Disclose Is Dead…for now. Even the Maine Twins saw this bill for what it is.
Last night Obama’s Auntie Z. sat down for an interview with the local CBS affiliate here in Boston. Her arrogance and disdain for the people from whom she has been accepting handouts for the last decade was breathtaking. Sound familiar?
I guess we know what side of the family the arrogance gene comes from.
What a difference nineteen plus months can make. Back in his rock star days, Obama had them fainting and crying like Beatles fans at town halls. These days, he’s facing tough questions from his supporters who are suffering under his disastrous presidency.
In question after question during a one-hour session, which took place on Monday at the Newseum here and was televised on CNBC, Mr. Obama was confronted by people who sounded frustrated and anxious — even as some said they supported his agenda and proclaimed themselves honored to be in his presence.
People from Main Street wanted to know if the American dream still lived for them. People on Wall Street complained that he was treating them like a piñata, “whacking us with a stick,” in the words of Anthony Scaramucci, a former law school classmate of Mr. Obama’s who now runs a hedge fund and was one of the president’s questioners.
“I’m exhausted of defending you, defending your administration, defending the mantle of change that I voted for,” said the first questioner, an African-American woman who identified herself as a chief financial officer, a mother and a military veteran. “I’ve been told that I voted for a man who was going to change things in a meaningful way for the middle class and I’m waiting sir, I’m waiting. I still don’t feel it yet.”
A 30-year-old law school graduate told Mr. Obama that he had hoped to pursue a career in public service — like the president — but complained that he could barely pay the interest on his student loans, let alone think of getting married or starting a family.
“I was really inspired by you and your campaign and the message you brought, and that inspiration is dying away,” he said, adding, “And I really want to know, is the American dream dead for me?”
Yesterday, John Kerry took some time off from cruising on his $7 million dollar yacht to send out a fund-raising email bashing the Tea Party and Sarah Palin.
U.S. Sen. John Kerry yesterday mocked Republicans as “Sarah Palin’s party” even as the New Hampshire Senate candidate she backed claimed victory in Tuesday’s primary and a Tea Party favorite emerged as the GOP’s best hope to break the Democratic stranglehold on the Bay State delegation.
“I think the Tea Party couldn’t ask for any better publicity than to be denounced by a millionaire who dodges paying taxes on his yacht,” said conservative gadfly Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit.
Kerry seized on a Republican rift following Tea Party victories across the country – among them, Palin’s “chosen radical rightwing candidate” GOP U.S. Senate nominee Christine O’Donnell, who triumphed in Delaware over establishment Republican Mike Castle.
“The news from Delaware is crystal clear: It’s Sarah Palin’s party now,” Kerry wrote in a fund-raising e-mail titled “Delawow!” distributed yesterday. “We have to fight back. Click here to contribute right now to make sure we defeat the Tea Party extremists.”
But conservative Washington observers said Republicans will get the last laugh come November.
“Kerry is the guy whose political instincts are always wrong. This guy’s presidential campaign was a punch line,” Reynolds said. “To call the Tea Party extremists is a joke.”
GOP analysts reveled in big conservative wins Tuesday, including Kelly Ayotte – graced by Palin with one of her coveted “mama grizzly” endorsements – who snatched a primary victory over Tea Party favorite Ovide Lamontagne.
Among GOP challengers to the Bay State’s all-Democrat congressional delegation, Republican state Rep. Jeff Perry – beloved by local Tea Partiers – is given more than a fighting chance of winning the seat being vacated by Democratic U.S. Rep. William Delahunt.
How inspiring. If the Democrats are relying on Captain Botched Joke to rally the troops, then they are in even worse shape than we thought. Keep it up, Dems. Pretty please.
Welcome to Bizarro World. Or, more appropriately, welcome to a failing Democratic president and party heading into the midterms. According to the New York Times, the Bush tax cuts are now Obama’s tax cuts. More proof the rump swabs at that paper will stop at nothing to portray Obama in a positive light. This is the same paper that railed against ALL OF the eeeeevil Boooosh tax cuts for the last eight years and now it’s all good?
So, according to their logic, letting the Bush tax cuts for those making over $250,000 expire must be the Obama Tax Increase, right?
Nine years ago today, in the span of two hours, our nation was irrevocably changed. Families were shattered; children rendered fatherless or motherless in a split second. Friends were lost. Police and firefighters ran into buildings as others ran out. A group of modern day warriors in the sky fought back and saved countless lives on the ground. Our great country was badly wounded, but we were not broken. The best of America was on display in the days, weeks and months following that day.
Nine years later, we are in the midst of political and idealogical battles one would not have thought imaginable in those days of unity. Imagine if someone had told you that the next administration would try the 9/11 mastermind, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, in a civilian court in lower Manhattan? How about a mosque at Ground Zero supported by same said administration? You would have been indignant. Welcome to 9/11/1o. Welcome to our new reality where, for so many, this year feels more raw; as though a scab has been ripped off and the unhealed wound has been left exposed anew.
I, for one, will not be lectured by my government or members of the media about tolerance. My resolve is only strengtehned by their preaching. My commitment to never forget is renewed.