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Republicans are not going to give Obama a grace period (update)

Eight years ago, when George Bush took office, liberals and progressives decided to give Bush a chance. Senator Ted Kennedy worked with the Bush administration on good faith. The Bush administration returned the favor by using Kennedy to gather Democratic votes and then pulled the rug out from under progressives by partially funding the program (No Child Left Behind). Many Democrats even went along with Bush’s initial tax cuts, hoping the Bush administration was trying to help all Americans and not just the rich.

Well, this is 2009 and it is a brand-new day. The Democrats hold both houses in Congress and have just taken control of the White House. Republicans are livid. If you don’t believe me, listen to Rush Limbaugh as he states that he hopes that Barack Obama will fail. Limbaugh does not wish that Barack Obama “sees the light.” Instead, he hopes for failure.

Republicans and right-leaning journalists have restarted their campaign of misinformation. CNN host Lou Dobbs (one of the most partisan of national anchors) and syndicated columnist L. Brent Bozell have begun comparing Barack Obama’s inaugural celebration to George W. Bush’s. They are throwing out a figure of $43 million for Bush in 2004 and over $170 million for Barack Obama. First of all, this is a non-issue. The money does not come out of the treasury. It is all donated. Unless Barack Obama starts giving Cabinet seats or ambassadorships to those people who donated money to his inauguration, this is not an issue. But, if you’re going to play this game, you should play it fairly. If you’re truly to make the comparison, then you need to mention that the $43 million does not include security, transportation or other incidental costs. Barack Obama’s inauguration is probably better estimated at $150 million.

Finally, there’s Glenn Beck (he is now over at Fox News) who took issue with Reverend Joseph Lowery. As I recall, towards the end of his prayer he asks the question if “the White will embrace what’s right?” Was that too racially motivated? I don’t know… maybe? What I do know is that Reverend Joseph Lowery is a great civil rights leader who has never been afraid to speak his mind. If you were somehow expecting him to cower from confrontation because he was giving the inaugural benediction, you don’t know this man. Was it a cheap shot? Possibly. Yet, I’m willing to let the Reverend Joseph Lowery get away with a couple of cheap shots because of who he is and what he’s done.  I’m not willing to listen to Glenn Beck whine about it.

So, in these early days of the Barack Obama administration, look for the Republicans to try to obstruct things any which way they can. They will nitpick and badmouth without coming up with any new solutions. Just the same old answers, too, no matter what question you ask. The right answer is always tax cuts.

Update: Jon Stewart puts the cherry on this cake. He rounds up many of the right-wing knuckleheads and they are just going nuts. They are losing their minds.

Watch the video:


By |2009-01-23T23:55:33-04:00January 23rd, 2009|Obama administration, Party Politics|Comments Off on Republicans are not going to give Obama a grace period (update)

Message From Ted Kennedy

One of the things that I really love about the Daily Kos is every now and then you get a message from some one like Senator Ted Kennedy.

Here’s from the Daily Kos:

One of the few positive results of the Vietnam War is the irresistible momentum it gave Congress to pass legislation lowering the voting age to 18. I was proud to be a part of that movement in Congress more than 30 years ago, and today millions of young people across the country can express their support for Barack Obama in the voting booth.

In a little more than a month, the American people will choose which direction to take our nation over the next four years. This choice will have far-reaching consequences for our economy, our health care, our standing in the world, and our children’s future.

But in order to have a say in this crucial decision, you must be registered to vote. In many states, voter registration deadlines are approaching very quickly. It’s essential that you and everyone you know are registered in time to cast your vote for change.

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to participate in this historic election. Get registered right now at — and be sure to pass the link on to everyone you know who may not be registered. (more…)

By |2008-10-03T20:49:25-04:00October 3rd, 2008|Election 2008, State and Local Politics|Comments Off on Message From Ted Kennedy

Obama Speaks in Iowa

Senator Barack Obama opened his speech with a few strong words of support for Senator Ted Kennedy. It was very classy. Then, he drew out a long lead-up to stating that he has secured the majority of pledged delegates. You can read the official text but for the sake of brevity, here’s the lowdown:

  • He thanked Senator Hillary Clinton and correctly stated that she has changed the political landscape for his kids and women everywhere.
  • Obama said that the Republican primary was a contest to see who could out-Bush the other and that’s a contest that John McCain won.
  • Obama began a long list of what change is. In the middle of that list, he took a swipe at President Bush:“Change is an energy policy that doesn’t rely on buddying up to the Saudi Royal family and then begging them for oil. An energy policy. Change is an energy policy that puts a price on pollution and makes the oil companies invest their record profits on clean, renewable sources energy that will create millions of new jobs and leave our children a saver planet.”
  • For reasons that are unclear, MSNBC kept showing the one black face in the crowd, like there are a bunch of black folks in Iowa.
  • Change is coming to America.

This was Obama’s best speech in a very long time.

By |2008-05-20T22:39:24-04:00May 20th, 2008|Election 2008|3 Comments
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