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Monday, November 30, 2020

What will Monday mean?

After revealing that Obama and Hillary Clinton have met to discuss the Secretary of State position, the change team let out this release today:

“On Monday, President-elect Barack Obama and Senator John McCain will meet in Chicago at transition headquarters. It’s well known that they share an important belief that Americans want and deserve a more effective and efficient government, and will discuss ways to work together to make that a reality. They will be joined in the meeting by Senator Lindsey Graham and Congressman Rahm Emanuel.”

Is there a cabinet position in play here? Is there some other kind of involvement that Obama will offer McCain in the Administration?

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The Republican’s wet dream: De-funding the Left

After listening to all the whining now emanating from Outer Wingnuttia as to why the Republicans lost the election, it is becoming ever clearer to me that the most cherished wet dream of Republicans is that liberalism can somehow be defeated, finally and irreversibly, much like armies are beaten and unwanted rodents are exterminated.

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Enough Already! Impeach The Little Bastard!

As the Bush administration crawls to it’s close, they seem to be trumpeting their final insults to the rule of law, and to the country. Though it seems a crawl to those of us who cannot wait for the regime to depart, there doesn’t seem to be enough time to put the final touches on their agenda to destroy America and get away Scott free with their crimes and the loot.

Now there seems to be a blatant announcement out there that Bush plans a “blanket” pardon, for anyone involved with his torture program, illegal spying, politicizing the Justice Department, creating an unaccountable army, lying to the Congress to go to war, and god knows what else we don’t even know about (lots of convenient “suicides” occurred).

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Hillary as Secretary of State?

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is among the candidates that President-elect Barack Obama is considering for secretary of state, according to two Democratic officials in close contact with the Obama transition team.

Clinton, the former first lady who pushed Obama hard for the Democratic presidential nomination, was rumored to be a contender for the job last week, but the talk died down as party activists questioned whether she was best-suited to be the nation’s top diplomat in an Obama administration.

The talk resumed in Washington and elsewhere Thursday, a day after Obama named several former aides to President Bill Clinton to help run his transition effort.

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Faking the news

Michael Eisenstadt is a nonexistent senior fellow at the Harding Institute for Freedom and Democracy, a nonexistent think tank, but he has a blog and the “Institute” has a Web site and for parts of the blogosphere that’s credibility enough.

Eisenstadt is actually Eitan Gorlin, half of a team of aspiring film makers who over the course of the campaign generated loopy Web postings that, while something of a stretch had a hint of plausibility: plans to build a casino in Baghdad’s Green Zone, the assertion that Joe the Plumber was related to McCain nemesis Charles Keating, angry calls to the McCain campaign from Paris Hilton’s family.

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Once again, we need to follow the money

When Congress established the $700 billion bailout fund, it promised strict and thorough oversight. Over a month later, with $290 billion already committed, we have our answer: There isn’t any.

The legislation called for a special inspector general within the Treasury to audit and investigate the bailout, reporting on what assets the government is acquiring, its reasons for doing so and their value. The special inspector has yet to be named, although the Bush administration is said to have a candidate lined up, but there’s a question whether the Senate can confirm him in a timely fashion.

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GOP guvs have good and bad news

The nation’s 21 Republican governors are in defense mode. They know they’re the best and the brightest but fear the rest of the world doesn’t understand that.

Meeting in Miami after the election, now solidly the minority party, the governors embraced Haley Barbour’s statement: “When I became chairman of the Republican National Committee after Bill Clinton’s election, I quickly found out that our governors were the most popular, influential people in the party. When the other party has the White House and both houses of Congress, as it did then and will now, the only place people can actually see Republican ideas being implemented is in the states.”

Barbour, of course, is now governor of Mississippi.

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So, is Detroit worth saving?

It wasn’t too long ago that most Americans accepted the adage that what is good for General Motors is good for the nation. That symbolic concept of U.S. industrial might certainly has slipped dramatically over the last four decades, but at this moment it just may be truer than it ever was.

For those of us of a certain age, the possible demise of the nation’s auto building giant and its remaining competitors in Detroit, Ford and Chrysler, is inconceivable. The loss of national pride alone is almost as devastating as the impact on jobs, GDP, taxes and personal income and those figures are enormous. American entrepreneurship and ingenuity so long admired around the globe would lose what credibility it has left. No longer would we be the geniuses of industrial development as evidenced by our remaining brands still represented on the world’s highways.

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So, what’s in store for Obama?

The last two presidents have been notable for the fury they aroused in their opponents. Bill Clinton’s critics were so angry about his marital infidelities — and about his Vietnam-era draft dodging and pot smoking, among other issues — that they hounded him throughout his two terms, culminating in his impeachment. And George W. Bush’s opponents have been so fired up during his eight years that columnist Charles Krauthammer invented the term “Bush Derangement Syndrome” to describe the condition.

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