Breaking Ranks When The Heat Is On: What Happens When Amateurs Go To War (With Each Other)
I have long maintained that while this administration is great at running campaigns, it is a miserable failure at actually running an administration. It has become rudderless with too many people competing to steer the ship. One minute Rahm Emanuel calls the shots. The next it is Valerie Jarrett or David Axelrod or Robert Gibbs. Then back to Rahm and over to Patrick Gaspard, etc. | Read More »
Rahm Emanuel Is Dead. He Just Hasn’t Been Told Yet.
Streiff noted earlier David Broder beating down Dana Milbank over Milbank’s Rahm Emanuel stories. Broder believes that Emanuel is not the source for Milbank, but it is abundantly clear Rahm Emanuel either directly or indirectly is trying to cover his bottom as the Obama administration crumbles. It started mid-February with a hagiographic tale of woe in the Obama administration and how Rahm Emanuel is the | Read More »
“Opportunity in Crisis” is Failing
If you remember, Rahm Emanuel noted after the 2008 election that the Obama administration should not fail to seize crises as opportunities. The administration did it with the stimulus, they’ve tried with cap and trade, and now they are trying with healthcare. My friend Greg Mueller suggests the strategy is failing. Obama’s “opportunity in crisis” agenda initially lost him the Republican vote he won during | Read More »
Vote Not Yet Held. Get Back On Phones. Stop the European Bank Bailout
Note: I was asked why I’m posting the full list if we’re less than 12 votes away from beating Obama on this. The reason is because over the weekend I expect the Democrats to pull some tricks and make some promises to wavering Blue Dogs. We need to keep the pressure up today so they don’t go wobbly over the weekend. Get on the phone | Read More »
Stop the IMF Bailout
It is bad enough that we’re bailing out domestic banks. Barack Obama now wants to bail out European banks via funding for the International Monetary Fund (“IMF”). Humorously, there is a unique coalition forming on this because part of the legislation is also tied to war funding and the Graham-Lieberman amendment to stop the release of photos showing alleged torture. The whole thing has gotten | Read More »
Is Rahm Emanuel Trying to Force Out Larry Summers?
Articles on personality conflicts do not end up getting great exposure in the New York Times by coincidence. Someone has to push the story. Someone has to give the story credibility. And someone has to get sources to talk. That is why Larry Summers should be starting his own death watch this morning. Jackie Calmes paints a picture of a sell out hindering the economic | Read More »
Did Rahm and Valerie realize the President was blowing the presser?
Rahm Emanuel and Valerie Jarrett appeared to get a “he’s blowing it” email from someone during tonight’s press conference.
A Race Around the Country
McCain is raising money for his 2010 run. He’s been damn good on the stimulus issue. On Tuesday, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee sent out a fundraising solicitation to subscribers to johnmccain.com asking for donations to his 2010 Senate re-election campaign. Jim Gerlach (R-PA) may run for Governor in 2010: Rep. Jim Gerlach’s (R-Pa.) possible departure from the House to run for governor in 2010 | Read More »
, Jack Kin
, John McCain
, Peter King
, Rahm Emanuel
, Roy Blunt
, Steve King
He must have found a buyer
Rahm Emanuel will leave his seat on Friday, according to Roll Call. If you’ll remember, it seems Emanuel’s conversations with Blago involved finding a suitable seat warmer for Rahm. He wanted to have his cake and eat it too — go to the White House a couple of years, help Obama, then return to Congress. “It has been a tremendous privilege to serve the people | Read More »
Obama’s Shifting Blagojevich Tale
Jennifer Rubin notes the language change in Obama’s explanations about his involvement in the Blagojevich scandal. He has gone from “I” to “We”, or at least he is trying to shift it, unless it is a royal “we”. Here’s the transition team’s statement: the President-elect’s staff was not involved in inappropriate discussions with the governor or his staff Here is Obama’s December 9th statement: we | Read More »
BREAKING: Pelosi calls for investigation into Tim Mahoney
ABC News has the story. “I just learned today about the serious allegations concerning Congressman Tim Mahoney,” Pelosi said in a statement. “These charges must be immediately and thoroughly investigated by the House Ethics Committee.” The announcement came just as the advertising company used by Mahoney’s campaign said that it had “permanently” ended its relationship with the West Palm Beach congressmen based on the report | Read More »