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In a new edition of “Mark My words“, W does his homework above and beyond the call of duty

The White House has prepared more than a dozen contingency plans to help guide President-elect Barack Obama if an international crisis erupts in the opening days of his administration, part of an elaborate operation devised to smooth the first transition of power since Sept. 11, 2001.

And Biden’s unheeded warning is even mentioned

Beyond terrorism, Mr. Obama could face an early unexpected international test on any number of fronts, as his running mate, Joseph R. Biden Jr., predicted on the campaign trail.

But to me the most remarkable statement is

Mr. Bush said Tuesday that a top priority in his final days in office is to help Mr. Obama get ready to govern. “We care about him,” he said in an interview with CNN. “We want him to be successful, and we want the transition to work.”

Which is what I have been saying all along, but didn’t expect both W and Cheney to be so brazenly open about it.

And of course, the Heritage foundation guy knows exactly what Jr and Jr.jr have in common: being figureheads

James Jay Carafano, a national security expert at the Heritage Foundation, said much of the apparatus of government would know what to do in the event of a crisis. The real test for Mr. Obama will be projecting leadership.

“For a president thinking about crisis management,” Mr. Carafano said, “the most important thing is not decision making, it’s public relations.”

Or as W, the Decider used to put it : “body language”

Some signs of the pitiful state of the media

TPM commentary is bitter about reading that

For example, the Obama team, with all its tech savvy, new media skills, generally shunned political websites that dictated election coverage. “Staff members were encouraged to ignore new Web sites like The Page, written by Time’s Mark Halperin, and Politico,”

Oh, really? they say. They call THAT shunning? Just take a look at us, after we tried so hard:

my personal experience of the Obama campaign is a bit at odds with this. Politico was treated like royalty by the Obama camp, which lavished a steady stream of leaks on the upstart website. Politico got more love from the Obama camp than the liberal blogs did, for instance — even though the liberal blogs were going after John McCain way more aggressively than Politico was.

And spaking of love, there is a “love only policy” at WaPo

“All adds must be congratulatory in nature”

says the fine print on the ad placing rules. And no, these are not the articles in the paper, these are the ads people pay for.


WaPo is also thumbbing its nose at us by penning a fawning profile of Favreau, with but a passing nod to the “unpleasantness”

Now, he has transformed into what one friend called a “Washington political force” — a minor celebrity with a down payment on a Dupont Circle condo, whose silly Facebook photos with a Hillary Rodham Clinton cutout created what passes for controversy in Obama’s so far drama-free transition.

Drama free? maybe Rahm Emmanuel, JJJ and the rest of the Chicago crew would have some qualms with that. But I got the message –

“only congratulatory content”

Still, here’s a headline today

Blago drama for Obama


And after the WaPo thinghie B0bots confess (or not) to being jealous of Favreau)

Don’t worry, Jon, everyone is just hopelessly — profoundly — jealous. It’s got to drive everyone crazy that you are 27.

Remember the little deal on Prop 8? Obama would stay nice and ambivalent on it and fundies would use his words without his objections. In exchange, they wouldn’t call about 6 million Bush voters to the polls.

It was a deal worked out since early in the campaign with the promise to expand faith based programs.

But when the Prop 8 rolled along, some gay leaders went along with the media and blamed exclusively…the Mormons.

So, now, they are in shock! In shock I tells ya!

They just found out about a major supporter of prop 8:

“Your invitation to Reverend Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at your inauguration is a genuine blow to LGBT Americans,” the president of Human Rights Campaign, Joe Solomonese, wrote Obama Wednesday. “[W]e feel a deep level of disrespect when one of architects and promoters of an anti-gay agenda is given the prominence and the pulpit of your historic nomination.”

They finally got it that it wasn’t just the Mormons and they were in fact the morons

Obama opposes same-sex marriage, but also opposed the California constitutional amendment Warren backed. In selecting Warren, he is choosing to reach out to conservatives on a hot-button social issue, at the cost of antagonizing gay voters who overwhelmingly supported him.

and this

The editor of the Washington Blade, Kevin Naff, called the choice “Obama’s first big mistake.”

“His presence on the inauguration stand is a slap in the faces of the millions of GLBT voters who so enthusiastically supported him,” Naff wrote, referring to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people. “This tone-deafness to our concerns must not be tolerated. We have just endured eight years of endless assaults on our dignity and equality from a president beholden to bigoted conservative Christians. The election was supposed to have ended that era. It appears otherwise.”

To which I can only comment: “THE FIRST?” are ya sure? have you looked around you under the bus you find yourself under? Saw any women being disrespected lately? I mean, Warren is pro-life too. But of course, Roe vs Wade took so many blows lately, who’s counting?

As for Warren, he tried the Hitler defense:

“I have many gay friends, I’ve eaten dinner in gay homes. No church has probably done more for people with AIDS than Saddleback Church,” he said in a recent interview with BeliefNet.

I suppose no gay hairdresser since

In the same interview, he compared the “redefiniton of a marrige” to include gay marriage to legitimizing incest, child abuse, and polygamy.

But, hey, don’t forget about some of his friends, OK?

Now, when I mention gay leaders waking up, I am also fully aware of a lot of the gay community being onto the pretender from day one – being some fiercest PUMAs. Some numbers in this article bear this out

Obama’s move may deepen some apparent distance between him among gays and lesbians, one of the very few core Democratic groups among whom his performance was worse than John Kerry’s in 2004. Exit polls suggested that John McCain won 27% of the gay vote in November, up four points from Bush’s 2004 tally – even as almost all other voters slid toward Obama.

But as for the ones who closed their eyes to all the clear signs, they are offended NOW

“It’s a huge mistake,” said California gay rights activist Rick Jacobs, who chairs the state’s Courage Campaign. “He’s really the wrong person to lead the president into office.

“Can you imagine if he had a man of God doing the invocation who had deliberately said that Jews are not going to be saved and therefore should be excluded from what’s going on in America? People would be up in arms,” he said.

I dunno about Jews. Try MEN.


In an interesting twist, pro-lifers are also upset by Warren‘s choice

Liberals and gay activists aren’t happy with Barack Obama for choosing pro-life and prop 8 supporting pastor Rick Warren to give the invocation at Obama’s inaugural. But pro-life readers seem to be equally upset at Rick warren for agreeing to it.

Looks that, like Jr, Jr.Jr managed to be a uniter.

Not Your Sweetie

December 2008