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Obama Needs to Run to the Center, the Transparent Ethical Center

February 3, 2009

“If this fails, I’ll be a one term deal,” President Obama said yesterday, referring to passage of the stimulus.
“Never let a good crisis go to waste,” said White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

But there are ways to correct the damage done in the last two weeks — the first two weeks of the Obama presidency.

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Daschle Out; Major Obama Setback

I mean, Scarlet didn’t lose Tara and the Civil War over night.

Here’s an idea for Rahm Emanuel: deal like the devil with Senate Republicans on the stimulus.  Get it done and make everyone happy.  But get it done now.

Or next time Rhett will vote for someone else.

Hey Obama: You going to let Mitch McConnell beat you?

Even the French are making fun of the “Obama Style” stimulus.

So for Obama and Emanuel: deal on the stimulus.  Then throw Daschle under the bus.

Or plan a home in Aruba for four years from now.

Daschle gives new meaning to the term “Limo Liberal.”

Former Senator Tom Daschle testifies before the Senate Health, ...

Daschle has also added to his bank account by giving talks to the very health corporations he’ll have to deal with at HHS.  He’s a time bomb.

Daschle adds nothing to the presidency any more and HHS isn’t as important as one might think.  Get some other vanilla white guy there that everyone will forget and move your agenda ahead.

Take credit for ethics.

Run to the center, man, and run to the ethical center.

Polls show the average American sees Barack today way more to the left than the Barack they voted for after he moved to the center to win last year.

Get Campbell Brown at CNN off your back on transparency — she’ll undo all the good Carville and Begela do.

And leave Rush Limbaugh alone. Attacking him worked as well as making friends with Iran so far.  They want an apology and only 11% of Americans can understand that.

Get your gang on the phone and make two words the mantra for a week or so: “ethics” and “jobs.”

Tell Beckel at Fox.  He’s a one man “conservatives nightmare.”

Then go back to “normal.”

Rush Limbaugh as “moral and intellectual leader and most influential person in the Republican Party;” REALLY?
 White House, ABC News, Media Talking Heads In Daily Conference Call?
 Barack Obama: Credibility Lost?

Michelle Malkin:

 Stimulus: Republicans Helping “Remake” the Bill, Obama Plans To “Remake America” Using Stimulus Excuse


President, CNN Take the Rush Limbaugh Bait (Pork Chop)

January 31, 2009

Congratulations to Campbell Brown for her criticism of Rush Lumbaugh for his “histrionics and name calling.”

On the other hand, it should come has no surprise, histrionics and name calling is what Rush Limbaugh does.

So a big-time TV talking head taking issue with a radio entertainer’s manners reminds me of my sixth grade teacher.

Rush Limbaugh has a right, a paycheck and an audience to do exactly what he is doing.

Limbaugh even said, “I hope the president fails.”  Democrats responded with an on line petition against Limbaugh and the president himself urged Republican lawmakers not to listen to Limbaugh.

Many of us would never have noticed but then the president called our attention to Rush Limbaugh.

I listen to the president but not usually to Rush.
When the President of the United States stoops to the level of engaging a radio personality, he demeans his own office and raises the radio guy into a loftier position.  And he draws attention to the very guy he apparently doesn’t want to hear.

And the POTUS, in this case, was really showing us what?  He fears Limbaugh?  Limbaugh’s message?  His listeners? The president  does’t like criticism?  He is against free speech? 

So now, from the Oval Office, we can expect the president to attack mega-church preachers he doesn’t like?  What then?

Chalk this up as a lesson learned in the early going of a new administration.  President Obama made a mistake by even speaking about Rush Limbaugh who is best left ignored.

And Dear Campbell; you fell into the same trap.  Or sty.

Isn’t there a saying about, “If you get into the mud with pigs, only the pigs end up happy?”

“Rush Limbaugh does what he does and sometimes it helps and sometimes it doesn’t,”  said David Drucker, of Roll Call.

CNN On Rush:

Rush on the economy:
 More Ideas on Stimulus, Bipartisanship from Rush Limbaugh in the Wall Street Journal

 White House, Limbaugh Show Blurring Media and Government

Obama finds room for lobbyists with “exceptions” to his own ethics rules

January 29, 2009

Campbell Brown at CNN is asking why President Obama keeps asking for “exceptions” to his own well publicized ethics rules.

Both the left and the right, Republicans and Democrats can agree on ethics and good, clean government.

Why is Obama lying to us on this subject?

“Unfortunately, we are again asking the president to explain why exactly he announced, with great fanfare, new ethics rules if he had no intention of abiding by them,” says Campbell Brown.



President Obama promised during his campaign that lobbyists “won’t find a job in my White House.”

So far, though, at least a dozen former lobbyists have found top jobs in his administration, according to an analysis done by Republican sources and corroborated by Politico.

By Kenneth P. Vogel, Mike Allen

Geithner, An Exception to a Rule, To Issue New Lobbying Rules; President Already Wants Exception To That?

On Transparency, Lobbyists, So Far President Obama Is “All Talk”

Obama aides did not challenge the the list of lobbyists appointed to administration jobs, but they stressed that former lobbyists comprise a fraction of the more than 8,000 employees who will be hired by the new administration. And they pointed out that before Obama made his campaign-trail promise, he issued a more complete – and more nuanced – policy on former lobbyists.

Formalized in a recent presidential executive order, it forbids executive branch employees from working in an agency, or on a program, for which they have lobbied in the last two years.

Yet in the past few days, a number of exceptions have been granted, with the administration conceding at least two waivers and that a handful of other appointees will recuse themselves from dealing with matters on which they lobbied within the two-year window.

“It would be more honest if they admitted they made a mistake and came up with a narrower rule,” said Melanie Sloan, executive director of the government watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. “Obviously, they can’t live with the rule, which is why they keep waving the magic wand and making exceptions. They’re saying one thing and doing another. It’s why the public is skeptical about politicians.”

But another watchdog, Meredith McGehee of the Campaign Legal Center, praised Obama’s rules as “a good starting place” and urged patience in judging their efficacy.

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