So what do you get after taking a shoe-in candidate and leading her to ruin? If you’re Hillary Clinton’s pollster, Mark Penn, you get $6 million in bailout bucks.
In all fairness, though, I believe Obama can score this as one ass created or saved.
Is Harry Reid going home to stay after the next election? At least one Republican thinks it’s possible:
Leave it to Dick Wadhams, the pugnacious strategist now serving as Colorado GOP chairman, to boldly say what most Republicans have been thinking about Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid .
Republicans have been excited for months by the knowledge that the Nevada Democrat is vulnerable in his quest for a fifth term. But in a fundraising appeal last week, Wadhams boiled down their sentiments into a single, potent message: We can get another scalp here.
Although he’s working here in Colorado, I don’t know anything about Wadhams. But I sure like his attitude.
I would like someone from the University of East Anglia to come here for Christmas, bearing 15 more degrees. But even then, it would still be -2 outside.
Just received an email from Bank of America, offering to pay the shipping from certain Christmas purchases if I use their card. Haven’t carried a balance on that card in years. Haven’t used it in almost as long.
So I wonder if we still have a credit crisis, or if now we’re suffering from a borrowing crisis.
I’ve come up with a great idea on how CNN could improve its ratings. All they have to do is tweak their format a little. For example, 360 could just have Anderson Cooper watching the Glenn Beck show.
The headline is no lie. Of the four Sunday morning chat shows I cover for PJTV, Hillary Clinton and Robert Gates were on three of them. Together, they made Vogon poetry look like Oscar Wilde read by Angelina Jolie. Anyway, on “Hair of the Dog” this week:
SecDef Robert Gates has the worst tell in political history.
General Petraeus looks embarrassed just to be there.
David Gregory is Sunday morning’s new Tough Guy.
Plus, the return of Nathan Thurm!*
You’ve probably seen the headline on Drudge and pretty much everywhere else…
…but I’d just like to add that this is how politicians behave before they’ve snagged trillions more in taxes.
Obama told reporters that the meeting was a “pep talk,” not a negotiation.
Obama didn’t take questions from the senators or mention the two issues now dividing Senate Democrats and preventing passage of the bill: a government-run insurance plan and restrictions on federal funds for abortion. But Democrats said that Obama’s remarks gave them a boost as they try to strike compromises to get the 60 votes needed to pass the bill.
“He reminded us why we’re here, he reminded us why we run for office and he reminded us how many people are counting on us to come through,” said Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.).
A real leader has a pep talk and a game plan.
Prepping for PJTV’s “Hair of the Dog” each Sunday, I’ve come to appreciate Fox’s Mara Liasson as “the smartest liberal on TV.” She’s sharp, perceptive, and doesn’t often fall for the bait left by Bill Kristol. But, man, did she just miss one — which I’ll post here, because it won’t fit into tomorrow’s show.
Here she is (hastily transcribed by hand) on the President’s upcoming trip to Copenhagen:
I think that he is really putting a lot of political weight behind the outcome now. He was hedging his bets before, going at the early part. Now, he’s throwing his lot in and he’s showing how important this is to him. And, no, nothing big is going to come out of this.
Once again, Obama is going overseas, putting American prestige on the line, to obtain… what? Even Liasson admits that Obama isn’t going to get anything much, if anything at all. Just like the Apology Speech in Cairo. Or the Olympic Committee beg in Denmark a while back. Or his disastrous East Asia tour.
Let’s face it: We’ve been wrong for years. Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result isn’t the definition of insanity. It’s the definition of stupidity.
With President Bush, the world hated us — but we managed to kill a whole lot of bad guys. And now I’m afraid the world disdains us. And that’ll end up killing a whole lot of Americans.
I just did a little email interview with the BBC’s Siobhan Courtney, and there was some leftover material she couldn’t use in the story — but wanted to link to.
So, Siobhan, here’s the recipe for drunkblogging.
1. 30 minutes before the event, mix yourself a dry martini — gin or vodka, your choice — of no less than 3.5 liquid ounces. You’re own your own for the metric conversion, your own fault for signing on with the EU.
2. At the start of the event, it’s time for your second martini.
3. Throughout the event, drink as needed. It’s medicinal.
4. You’ll notice your blogging might make less sense as the night wears on, but it is however meaner and funnier.
5. As the whiff of desperation kicks in towards the end, pick up the pace — of drinking and blogging.
6. Whatever you do, don’t go back and re-read your material the next day.
And that’s about it.
I’ll link to the Beeb story once it goes up.
The FTC is from the government and it’s here to help:
Media executives taking part are looking for a new business model for an industry that is watching traditional advertising revenue dry up, without online revenue growing quickly enough to replace it. Government officials want to protect a critical pillar of democracy—a free press.
Here’s a tip, for you bigshot media executives: If you suck on the federal teat, you’re not free. By definition, you’ll have become dependents. You might be favored dependents, granted some privileges, but that’s it.
This thought is left over from tonight’s drunkblogging. I’d have thought of it sooner, but, Jeebus, did it take a lot of very cheap vodka to make it through one not-very-long speech.
If President Obama’s Awfully Lame Little Speech gives him an almost-unprecedented 14-point bump in the polls for his handling of Afghanistan, then 51% of the American people will still think he’s screwed it up.
And that’s according to Gallup, not Fox or Rasmussen.
I’m pretty sure “quadfecta” isn’t a word (fourfecta?), but that what we did today. Scott Ott took a second turn in the host’s chair, for a searing look at Climtegate.
Can you talk Climategate and use gratuitous references to Aliens, Animal House, Serenity and zombies?
Well, I don’t know if you can, but for the Trifecta crew, it’s all in a (third of of a) day’s work.