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He’ll never be held accountable thanks to the deals made to get Jr. jr, but at least a headline like this is some measure of comfort. I wished Jr.jr to be laughed out of the office – at the time he stole his first election.

Politico has the headline and an interesting chart of disapproval and presidents.

I don’t know how relevant the comparison is as the numbers are not all measured at the same time in their term – say – the end of it.

Still, it’s fascinating to me, that with all the teflon/madia hatred, Bill Clinton’s disapproval in whatever momment they chose to sample was smaller than St Reagan’s.

I can only conclude that the media wasn’t quite as powerful then than it is now.

What do I wish for the guy who stole the primaries and defrauded much of the GE vote? Suffice to say it won’t involve laughter. Just a lot of embarrassment.

Here comes the test

Code Pink which has been keeping remarkably quiet so far through flips and flops is making itself heard

Arms control advocates and anti-war activists are ratcheting up pressure on President-elect Barack Obama to dump Defense Secretary Robert Gates and replace him with a more strident anti-war voice.

Nominating Gates to stay, “would be a violation of the mandate for change that Obama says he represents,” said Medea Benjamin, cofounder of the anti-war group CodePink.

Strangely enough they push for Chuck Hagel. Not a good idea in my book.

As for Gates,

Gates exacerbated the opposition to his retention with a recent speech at the Carnegie Foundation in which he staked out a position that made it hard for arms control advocates to back the notion of keeping him around.

st year pulled funding from studies to create a Reliable Replacement Warhead program, which would reduce and replace aging nuclear warheads in the nation’s arsenal. During the speech, Gates said the cut was misguided.

“The reason, I believe, lies in a deep-seated and quite justifiable aversion to nuclear weapons, in doing anything that might be perceived as lowering the threshold for using them or as creating new nuclear capabilities,” Gates said. “Let me be clear: The program we propose is not about new capabilities – suitcase bombs or bunker busters or tactical nukes. It is about safety, security and reliability.”

I don’t remember Obama opposing nuclear weapons during his campaign. I’ll be watching this one with interest.
Not sure who made this remark quoted in the truth, but it’s certainly someone who takes narrative for fact

“The only reason Barack Obama is president today, the main reason Obama is president-elect, is because of his opposition to the war in Iraq,”

No, silly. That was the primary narrative. Then Florida and Michigan were punished, ACORN,caucus fraud, the media and 600 million…But yeah, the anti-war mantle brought many in the kool-aid room. I gave him serious consideration myself until I got the facts.

of course, code Pink should take some cues from the Lieberman Affair

bama Wants Lieberman To Remain In Democratic Caucus

President-elect Barack Obama has informed party officials that he wants Joe Lieberman to continue caucusing with the Democrats in the 111th Congress, Senate aides tell the Huffington Post.

Obama’s decision could tie the hands of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who has been negotiating to remove Lieberman as chair of the Homeland Security and Government Reform committee while keeping him within the caucus. Lieberman has insisted that he will split from the Democrats if his homeland security position is stripped.

For those forgetting, the anti-war voters were defeated by a DNC/RNC coalition which worked together to keep Lieberman in the senate in 2006. With a base like this, Lieberman’s support for McCain is less of a sin than say, John Lewis support for Hillary Clinton. So, while John Lewis had to face an opponent in his primary hor his belated loyalty, Joe Lieberman will skate after campaigning for McCain. Uncle Dick would want that.

Confirming the class war the Democratic party waged this election, Politico’s Mark Penn notes that it was the affluent voters – the professionals that put Obama on top

Barack Obama promised he would lower taxes for 95 percent of Americans and presumably raise them for the 5 percent who benefited most under President Bush’s tax policies. But, remarkably, the most affluent 5 percent supported Obama and that was perhaps the key to his victory last week.

And while those numbers have risen

The poorest segment of the electorate, those making under $15,000, has shrunk from 11 percent to 6 percent over the past dozen years. And those making $15,000 to $30,000 annually — the working poor — also shrunk from 23 percent to 12 percent of the electorate.

But once again, that youth vote – not much besides minority youth

And for all the talk about the surging youth vote, those under 29 went from 17 percent in 1996 and 17 percent in 2004 to a mere to 18 percent of the electorate today — and that youth surge was heavily fueled by the fact that the minority communities are much younger than their white counterparts. Of the 18 percent under age 29 who voted this year, 11 percent were white and 7 percent were minority.

After returning to those rich people who like calling themselves middle class but mostly professionals, penn notes

Unlike the small-businessman who is typically anti-government, these professionals come out of the era of the growth of global corporations believing more than ever before in government intervention, teamwork and collective action. They are the voters who favored the bailout, while the left and the right saw it as a betrayal of their fundamental principles.

That may explain why in the beginning Obama wouldn’t even say if he favors or not the idea, but after some days he eventually decided to push for the bailout.

Penn concludes

the upper-classing of America took a front seat – the central question is whether they will remain there.

I am not sure if he questions their abiding loyalty or their maintaining their affluent status – as he established that they’ll be the ones to be taxed. If they do end up being taxed – it would make just another group voting against their interest – along with the gays and the women.

Personally, beyond contemplating the sight, I couldn’t care less what they’ll get for their efforts. I am more interested in the fact that the party that ironically still calls itself democratic, took a dump on the voters AND on the working class.

“A Plumber is who he is fighting for”

Not Your Sweetie

November 2008