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The New York Observer justifiably wonders:

Why would Barack Obama invite Hillary Clinton into a serious discussion of her potential appointment as secretary of state without reaching his own conclusions about the risks and benefits of that possibility? That seems frivolous and foolish, neither of which describe the manner in which the president-elect is conducting the transition. Unless he has made his first big mistake, the likelihood is that he and his team were prepared to make the offer before they contacted her.

A mistake? The ONE? cease your blasphemy, Observer. Still the arguments are good

Certainly Mr. Obama has had plenty of time to mull over the issues surrounding that appointment, including the role of the former president who happens to be married to Senator Clinton. On several occasions over the past two years, the Obama campaign called attention to Bill Clinton’s global foundation work, his worldwide speech-making, and the financing of those activities. Then again, he and his surrogates also cast doubt on Senator Clinton’s foreign policy credentials during the campaign.

So, here’s my theory. It’s based on the premise that we now have Jr.jr – and he’ll take many pages from W.

remember 2000? W was ..ahem…elected, slithered through the back door of the White House (literally) where we were waiting for him with protests signs. Clinton’s approval rate – unreported as that fact was – 68% when he left. W – barely elected.

So, just as efficiently as Palin’s slander was operated by the Obama campaign, the Clinton slander began. The ‘gates” flooded open: there was a Pardongate, an AF1 gate, an Office supplies-gate, a Presents-gate, a how much taxpayers have to shell out for his secret service gate and so on. Comparative polls were then taken every day.

And no, don’t expect such stories and comparisons between Obama and W. The enemy remains Clinton.

As Bill Scheider once said: “Hillary is the anti-Bush, Obama is the a-Bush”

So, the entire pretext for the media to rev attacks on the Clintons on this SOS story? What better distraction from the “no New deal” no justice against torturers and who knows what else to come? Look at the shiny moving object – Bill Clinton’s donors’ list (woudn’t that be a nice prize?)

It’s a nice time to be a Clinton hater – they come out of the woodworks.

here’s darling Linda Tripp gushing over Obama’s “purity of soul”

I suppose, like Bill Ayres, she too feels vindicated now.

Since everyone is doing it this morning

My blog is worth $50,244.06.
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and the even more entertaining (considering the blog’s title) is written by a man (58%), however it’s quite gender neutral.

And my type is, like the Confluence The Mechanic

The independent and problem-solving type. They are especially attuned to the demands of the moment are masters of responding to challenges that arise spontaneously. They generelly prefer to think things out for themselves and often avoid inter-personal conflicts.

The Mechanics enjoy working together with other independent and highly skilled people and often like seek fun and action both in their work and personal life. They enjoy adventure and risk such as in driving race cars or working as policemen and firefighters.

Just look how cute and anime I am:

Let’s see if all the so called feminists that hurled  insults at Palin will demand Obama takes a position on that. let’s see if he does. 6 million fundies who stayed home on election day bet he’ll let this stay. After all, Roe has been his “9.11” over women

International Herald tribune reports

A last-minute Bush administration plan to grant sweeping new protections to health care providers who oppose abortion and other procedures on religious or moral grounds has provoked a torrent of objections, including a strenuous protest from the government agency that enforces job-discrimination laws.

It would also prevent hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices and drugstores from requiring employees with religious or moral objections to “assist in the performance of any part of a health service program or research activity” financed by the Department of Health and Human Services.

But three officials from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, including its legal counsel, whom President George W. Bush appointed, said the proposal would overturn 40 years of civil rights law prohibiting job discrimination based on religion.

The article actually mentions a reaction from Obama and a potential remedy that for some reason would take up to 6 months:

Obama has said the proposal will raise new hurdles to women seeking reproductive health services, like abortion and some contraceptives. Michael Leavitt, the health and human services secretary, said that was not the purpose.

Officials at the Health and Human Services Department said they intended to issue a final version of the rule within days. Aides and advisers to Obama said he would try to rescind it, a process that could take three to six months.

OK, this is where I am confused. We know Obama proposes to use executive orders to cancel some Bush measures. We know Bush’s first EO was to issue a gag order on international orhanizations re: contraception and abortion in order to get US funds. So, how about we see this rule rescinded upon Obama’s installation, rather than in 3 to 6 months?

Here’s another tinfoil hat question: why did W go out of his way to spring this AFTER the election?

To avoid the usual rush of last-minute rules, the White House said in May that new regulations should be proposed by June 1 and issued by Nov. 1. The “provider conscience” rule missed both deadlines.

I wonder, would those 6 million fundies stayed home in the middle of a spirited debate on htis one?

Not Your Sweetie

November 2008