March 6, 2012
What happened to “spread the wealth around”? What’s going on Nancy?
President Barack Obama has a bleak message for House and Senate Democrats this year when it comes to campaign cash: You’re on your own.
Democratic congressional leaders, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, have privately sought as much as $30 million combined from Obama for America and the Democratic National Committee — a replay of the financial help they received from Obama in 2008 and 2010.
But that’s not going to happen, top Obama aides Jim Messina and David Plouffe told Reid and Pelosi in back-to-back meetings on Capitol Hill on Thursday, according to sources familiar with the high-level talks. It was a stark admission from a presidential campaign once expected to rake in as much as $1 billion of just how closely it is watching its own bottom line.
Messina and Plouffe told the two Hill leaders that there would be no cash transfers to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee from OFA or the DNC, at least not before Election Day, the sources said.
According to Politico, Obama will have similar campaign moratoriums on his participation in fundraisers for, and appearances with, congressional Democrats. That may not be entirely unwelcome news for some.
In other fundraising news, Team Obama has called in some reinforcements:
Former President Bill Clinton has agreed to make joint appearances with President Barack Obama at a series of fundraisers, according to three people familiar with the matter.
The 42nd and the 44th presidents will appear together at events in the coming months in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York, according to one of the people. The New York fundraiser is aimed at donors in the financial services industry [a nice way of saying "Wall Street bankers" without saying it - DP], said the person, who like the others spoke on the condition of anonymity because they hadn’t been authorized to talk about the events.
December 6, 2011
He was young, good looking, and photogenic. He swept to power against heavy odds on the back of a heart-warming, hopey-changey message, completing a rags-to-riches journey that might have come straight out of a blockbuster movie. It isn’t hard to see why Barack Obama’s election in 2008 was the toast of Hollywood.
Five-figure cheques poured into his coffers bearing such blue-chip names as Hanks, Clooney, and Spielberg. By this stage in the last election cycle, the entertainment industry’s hearts, minds and wallets were already won.
Four years later? Not so much. When they enter the polling booths, the stars and the power brokers who run this town will still put their crosses against his name. But the sense of warm, fuzzy optimism that characterised his last election has more or less vanished.
Nowhere was the disillusionment more keenly felt than at the Beverly Wilshire hotel last night, as liberal Hollywood gathered for an exercise in champagne socialism. People for the American Way (PFAW) – perhaps the mostinfluential advocacy organisation in the US – planned to celebrate its 30th birthday in style, with the cost of a table at between £3,200 and £64,000.
The host was Alec Baldwin and the list of patrons, organisers and supporters on the invitation included everyone from J J Abrams, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jon Hamm and Martin Sheen to Barbra Streisand, Kathleen Turner, Larry Flynt and Jamie Lee Curtis.
December 6, 2011
Newt Gingrich is cruising into front-runner position in several new polls — opening up a double-digit lead over Mitt Romney in the key early voting states of Iowa and South Carolina.
Tha January 3rd Iowa Caucuses provide the first opportunity for Republicans to vote for their nominee to face President Barack Obama next year, and right now Gingrich is up 33 percent to Romney’s 18 percent in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll. Ron Paul is tied with Romney — further driving home the point that Romney is having difficulty appealing to conservatives.
In South Carolina, the winner of the Palmetto State primary has gone on to win the nomination every cycle since 1980. Gingrich leads the state in a new Winthrop University poll 38 percent to 22 percent.
Bachmann bouncing back?
New Iowa polls today from the Washington Post/ABC series, PPP, and a South Carolina poll by Winthrop University show what has been pretty much accepted now in the Republican presidential primary — that Newt Gingrich has picked up considerable momentum for his nomination bid. Gingrich now has substantial leads in both states, the first and [...]
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November 13, 2011
MF Global, the securities fun led by Jon Corzine, recently declared the eighth largest bankruptcy in US history and is now said to be the subject of an FBI investigation. Hundreds of millions of dollars remain unaccounted for. The bankruptcy was preceded by high risk-taking, a credit downgrade to junk status, heavy debt and the company allegedly used money from client accounts. As a result, last week, over a thousand people lost their jobs without severance and 150,000 accounts are frozen.
Rewind the tape a couple of years: In 2009, Joe Biden said that the first thing the Obama administration did about the banking crisis when they took office was to… call Jon Corzine for advice.
This clip could be coming soon to a Republican presidential candidate’s ad near you:
Thank you, Mr. Vice President — that helps clear things up.
November 11, 2011
Obama Keystone Decision Halts Creation of 20,000 Jobs
Obama Sides with Environmental Left Over Jobs, Economy, Energy Security
Washington, D.C. – Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, today commented on the Obama Administration’s announcement that it will delay the Keystone pipeline decision until after the 2012 elections.
“President Obama has been going around the country saying ‘we can’t wait’ for new jobs, yet his State Department announced today that it will delay the Keystone pipeline decision, putting off, and perhaps ultimately preventing, the creation of over 20,000 jobs immediately and 465,000 by 2035, including 14,400 jobs in Oklahoma,” Senator Inhofe said.
“This decision is a clear indication that President Obama’s job-killing global warming agenda is alive and well. Of course, the strongest opposition to the pipeline comes from outspoken global warming alarmists such as James Hansen, who was arrested this summer while protesting the pipeline at the White House. As another alarmist, Bill McKibben, said, ‘There have been few even partial victories about global warming in recent years so [the Keystone decision] makes this an important day’ and the delay ‘will effectively kill the project.’
October 30, 2011
Urgent: Winter Donation Needs
life in the occupied snow
Saturday’s snow storm made life in Zuccotti Park miserable for Occupy Wall Street protesters.
Demonstrators were left drenched with rain and then snow as the storm moved through the region. Central Park set a record for both the date and the month of October with 2.9 inches of snow.
Those camping out in the park have been stockpiling donated blankets, scarves, coats and have been trying to get more tents, cots and tarps.
According to an “urgent” alert on their website, OWS is looking for a number of other donations, including waterproof boots, gloves, hats, hand and foot warmers and disposable foot covers among other things. The site says the protesters “are in need of emergency supplies crucial for cold weather survival (and occupation).”
The site says they also need cots to get protesters off the ground, adding that they don’t have any and “could really use these.”
Reportedly, some have been even getting winter weather survival tips from the homeless.
October 30, 2011
Republicans Nationwide Are Similar in Composition to 2008
Remain more likely to be conservative, married, and religious
The Republican Party in 2011 looks similar, demographically and ideologically, to the Republican Party that nominated John McCain in 2008. As a group, Republicans continue to be more likely than average to be male, white, married, and religious, and to describe their political views as “conservative.”
These results are based on a special Gallup analysis of the demographic and ideological composition of the U.S. population today (based on Gallup Daily tracking from June through August 2011) versus at the start of 2008 (from January through March, when the GOP presidential nomination was being decided).
For this analysis, the Republican population is defined as those who either identify as Republicans, or who identify as independents but say they lean toward the Republican Party. Thirty-seven percent of Americans identified as or leaned Republican from January-March 2008, and 40% identified as Republicans from June-August 2011.
Detailed below are the major differences between Republicans and the larger U.S. adult population, and changes since 2008.
October 26, 2011
The latest wisdom from Carville …
Carville “Worried”: “Nobody’s Gotten Elected With These Numbers”
Democratic strategist James Carville tells radio talk show host Scott Hennen that he is nervous about 2012. Carville says Herman Cain has no chance to be President, called Perry embarrassing and predicted that Romney will get the GOP nod.
“If I were, and I’m not, but if I were a proud principal conservative, I would be humiliated by this field. I really would,” Carville said on the “Scott Hennen Show.” Relevant portion transcribed below:
HENNEN: But that should worry you in a general election, shouldn’t it?
CARVILLE: Let me repeat. Everything worries me in this environment. Nobody’s gotten elected with these kinds of numbers. So, I’m worried in the general election. I profoundly admit that. Again, Romney’s just making a technocratic kind of confidence argument, and he’s really kind of a windsock of a guy. If you don’t like his position on something, give it a day he’ll change it.
October 24, 2011
The Fisker Karma electric car, developed mainly with your tax money so that a bunch of rich VC’s wouldn’t have to risk any real money, has rolled out with an nominal EPA MPGe of 52 in all electric mode (we will ignore the gasoline engine for this analysis).
Not bad? Unfortunately, it’s a sham. This figure is calculated using the grossly flawed EPA process that substantially underestimates the amount of fossil fuels required to power the electric car. In short, the EPA methodology leaves out, among other things, the conversion efficiency in generating the electricity from fossil fuels in the first place, by assuming perfect conversion of the potential energy in the fuel to electricity, the EPA is actually breaking the 2nd law of thermodynamics. And we all know, only Obama can do that.
So what do we get in the bargain? As with most liberal schemes the truth is far more violent.
In the Clinton administration, the Department of Energy (DOE) created a far superior “well to wheels” MPGe metric that honestly compares the typical fossil fuel use of an electric vs. gasoline car, using real-world power plant efficiencies and fuel mixes to figure out how much fuel is used to produce the electricity that goes into the electric car.
One needs to multiply the EPA MPGe by .365 to get a number that truly compares fossil fuel use of an electric car with a traditional gasoline engine car on an apples to apples basis. In the case of the Fisker ‘Karma’, we get a true MPGe of 19. This makes it worse than even the city rating of a current Ford Explorer.
As Obama says, it’s just math … Or there isn’t a free lunch, on stupid sellers of same.