Monthly Archives: February 2010

Barack Obama as the 2nd Bill Clinton…

E.J. Dionne, Jr.

E.J. Dionne is one of my favorite editorial writers and I like hearing him on NPR.  In the WashPo he wrote an editorial about how much Obama could learn from Bill, commented on their similarities, and the challenges they have respectively faced.

On the shared challenges, Dionne says:  “And they share a major weakness: Both believe so devoutly in their capacity to convert adversaries and to get lions and lambs to lie down together that they spend more energy trying to win over their enemies than rallying their friends. This leaves them helpless when the lions continue to devour the lambs.”

I can’t recall where I read it, but my understanding is that the Obama group has been loathe to accept Bill into their camp because they don’t trust him and fear he will have an undue influence.  Hillary they trust implicitly and she is one of theirs.

If what I’ve read is true, it is unrealistic to think  that Obama will accept, or get, any tutoring from Bill Clinton.



Filed under Democratic Party

Monday, 2/15/10, Public Square


Filed under The Public Square

Sunday, 2/14/10, Public Square

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.


Filed under The Public Square

Summer is almost here!

Summer is almost here

we can now see the deer moving around.
Yep, won’t be long.


Filed under Climate Change, Just Plain Fun

Force the GOP to take a stand

Can a new campaign strategy save Democrats from a disappointing November? The party is settling on a new tack, says The Washington Post: inviting Republicans to vote for a series of modest and popular bills or forcing them to explain to their constituents why they oppose such measures. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s pared-down jobs bill is the first example. On its heels, in the coming weeks, Republicans can expect to vote on lifting the antitrust exemption for insurance companies, small-business assistance, an extension of unemployment benefits, and a proposal to slap new fees on Wall Street banks. “If they support the measures, great,” said one senior White House official. “But if not, the votes will show their hypocrisy and obstruction, which will demonstrate something in itself.”


Filed under Elections, Jobs, Playing Politics, Republicans

Saturday, 2/13/10, Public Square


Filed under The Public Square

Congress attempts to minimize SCOTUS decision

Looking to minimize the consequences of the Supreme Court’s recent decision allowing corporations to spend significantly larger amounts influencing elections, Congress is taking up legislation to counter some of the ruling’s implications. “It’s one of the most wrongheaded decisions in court history,” Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) told the Los Angeles Times. A bill revealed Friday by Democrats would ban foreign corporations from spending money on U.S. races, with Schumer naming Venezuela-owned Citgo as an example. And in a seeming attempt to embarrass companies who put up negative or controversial ads, the legislation would require CEOs of corporations to appear at the end of advertisements approving their content, much as presidential ads operate now.

Read more here.


Filed under Political Reform, U. S. Supreme Court

Friday, 2/12/10, Public Square


Filed under The Public Square

Thursday, 2/11/10, Public Square


Filed under The Public Square

Majority want comprehensive health care reform

Read it here.



Filed under Healthcare

Sarah Barracuda

Matthews: Palin is ‘Frightening’

A Gallup poll found that more Republicans wanted Palin to run for president than any other potential candidate. If she’s serious about seeking the presidency, here’s what Palin needs to do now according to Matt Latimer, a former Bush aide.

GOP leaders may turn up their noses at Sarah Barracuda, but Palin could easily be the Republican nominee in 2012.



Filed under Sarah Palin

Wednesday, 2/10/10, Public Square


Filed under The Public Square

Stimulus Foes Seek Their Share

So much for a principled opposition: More than a dozen Republican lawmakers sent private letters to federal government agencies seeking stimulus money for pork projects even as they publicly criticized the stimulus. Missouri Senator Kip Bond, for example, sought more than $50 million for two projects in his state. “I strongly opposed the stimulus, but the only thing that could make it worse would be if none of it returned to the taxpayers of Missouri,” Bond said. Other guilty members include Rep. Joe “You Lie” Wilson, Senator Robert Bennett of Utah, and Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander.

Read it here.



Filed under Republicans, The Economy, Wingnuts!

Who paid for this?

If you drive along I-35 in Wyoming, Minnesota, you might see a billboard with a picture of George W. Bush and the words, “Miss Me Yet?”

No one seems to know who paid to put up the billboard, but guesses range from some person or group who isn’t thrilled by President Barack Obama’s performance so far, to it being a more ironic message from those who didn’t think too much of Bush and want to remind voters about him.



Filed under Playing Politics, Weird news

Justice Clinton?

Last week, ABC News reported: “Lawyers for President Obama have been working behind the scenes to prepare for the possibility of one, and maybe two Supreme Court vacancies this spring. Court watchers believe two of the more liberal members of the court, Justices John Paul Stevens and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, could decide to step aside for reasons of age and health. That would give the president his second and third chance to shape his legacy on the Supreme Court.”

Read more here.

If this became a reality, I would accept that President Obama had been a successful president even if he didn’t get heath care reformed!  Of course, with his other nomination I would prefer seeing someone younger.



Filed under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, U. S. Supreme Court