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It’s Murdcoh vs Murdoch as we are told the two tales of Rahm today.

One comes from Murdochs UK paper

Rahm Emanuel expected to quit White House

and has the funniest subtitle

Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff, is expected to leave his job later this year after growing tired of the “idealism” of Barack Obama’s inner circle.

Thank goodness for the quotation marks or my head would have exploded.

But then Murdoch’s Faux dismisses the first story

White House Dismisses Emanuel Quitting Report as ‘Ludicrous’

and abundently quotes the original piece that it discredits.

Me, I am stuck with the “idealism” thinghy and the sound of 1000 b0bot heads exploding. (If Rahm left, who would be the bad guy holding poor little Obama prisoner and restraining his “idealism”?

Hmmm…what is idealism? How can I picture it? My brain is clogged by the sheer enormity of it

And suddenly, Steve Martin helps me flush my brain with his

Holiday Wish

to explain such idealism to me. For those of you too young or too forgetful, a dreamy misty eyed Steve Martin sitting by the Christmas tree started his  evolving wish list  like this:

If I had one wish that I could wish this holiday season, it would be that all the children to join hands and sing together in the spirit of harmony and peace.

Very likely because of Rahm Emmanuel, he continued like this

If I had two wishes I could make this holiday season, the first would be for all the children of the world to join hands and sing in the spirit of harmony and peace. And the second would be for 30 million dollars a month to be given to me, tax-free in a Swiss bank account.

By the time he gets to the end Rahm Emmanuel makes him come with this revised list

No, no, the kids, the kids singing would be great, that would be nice. But wait a minute, who am I kidding? They’re not going to be able to get all those kids together. I mean, the logistics of the thing is impossible, more trouble than it’s worth! So — we reorganize! Here we go. First, the sex thing. We go with that. Second, the money. No, we got with the power second, then the money. And then the kids. Oh wait, oh jeez, I forgot about revenge against my enemies! Okay, I need revenge against all my enemies, they should die like pigs in hell! That would be my fourth wish. And, of course, my fifth wish would be for all the children of the world to join hands and sing together in the spirit of harmony and peace. Thank you everybody and Merry Christmas.

And that would sum up the idealism of the inner circle of the Obama administration.

Now, off to the whaling summit, those whales won’t kill themselves and BP needs a little help making room for its oil.

WaPo has the latest round in the embarrassing White House-SCOTUS kindergarten scuffle and what sounds like a good thing in Congress about earmarks.

Somehow I believe Washington Times headline on it more

Also in Washington Tomes – the House rejecting DK’s resolution to withdraw from Afghanistan, an interesting article on Obama/Democrats in Missouri and check that headline on Conyers wife – wasn’t she the one writing voters in Michigan to vote “uncommitted”? That’s cause for schadenfreude

The Examiner has the obligatory Rahm story which shockingly contains this paragraph

But if Obama is tempted to blame his current quagmire on his lieutenant — as many of his fellow Democrats are already doing — the president should remember that he bears the blame for picking the wrong person for the job.

Emanuel was Obama’s first hire. His elevation to chief of staff was heralded from the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal to the corridors of lefty think tanks as proof that Obama was going to get tough and be serious about governing.

“Obambi” would have backup from “Rahmbo.”

In NY, Obama Times is Paterson free today, but has a scary article on “uniform standards on education” –

The Daily News has a snarky retraction on Paterson (in lieu  of  “we lied about his tampering with witnesses” – you know, the one that started it all)

Long article ending in

“There is no evidence Paterson has done either of those things.”

How many covers did Daily News have on this? Ny Post? Obama Times? ….Bueller? Anyone?

AM NY is wondering about Elliott Spitzer’s political ambitions – and check the Bloomberg headline – no wonder he wanted to be Mayor – it agrees with him

while NY Post is on State Senate Politics

But it’s Metro that stays relevant, disclosing the banks greedy new overdraft regulations


Moore always knew what sells to his readers: in this case, Rahmflu.

He writes a letter to Obama offering himself as a replacement to Rahm.

Michael does see the writing on the wall as many of us do

More and more people are looking at the wreckage of their middle class lives and they’re not buying the propaganda you’re catapulting anymore.  They’re starting to trust their lying eyes.  All you need is one good movement to catch fire.

But Moore has a readership/viewership to protect and he thinks that attacking Obama might cause him to lose some paying customers.

So he twists himself like a pretzel to “hate the sin,  absolve the sinner” So he comes up with laughable sentences such as

I will come to D.C. and clean up the mess that’s been created around you.

Barack – the little boy who can’t clean his room and needs MM to push the toys and empty bottles away. Or change his diaper. Or wipe his nose.

Or maybe shoo the flies that are sitting on his face.

Because in MM’s world (the one he’s selling today), Obama is just a sweet naive guy who got fooled by the mean Republicans

You’re such a good guy, Mr. President. You came to Washington with your hand extended to the Republicans and they just chopped it off.

Yeah, Michael. it was Republicans who danced a jig over the firing of a whole school of teachers. It was Republicans that overfed the evil, destructive Goldman Sachs. It was Republicans that made secret deals with pharma and hospitals and said they never campaigned on the public option. It was Republicans who just tried to dip in the Social Security and Medicare. It was Republicans who extended the Patriot Act and let Bush’s torturers off the hook. Or was it?

I guess that’s all part of “the mess created around Obama”. By whom?

Of course, Michael does know. He hinted it last September in his interview with Amy Goodman

But as I point out in the film, President Obama received an enormous amount of money from financial institutions, employees of those institutions. And the employees of Goldman Sachs were his number one private contributor, donating almost a million dollars to his campaign.

So, Michael, if you will replace Rahm, who will replace Goldman Sachs?

And why should I trust you any more than Rahm when you are so deceptive in your job application?

In B0botland this is their favorite topic. Pretty much wall to wall swooning with a few exceptions taken by Deaniacs

18. I love MM, but I have to correct him on one thing. It was Howard Dean
NOT Rahm Emmanuel who won a majority for the Dems in 2006. Other than that, as always, he makes good points and does it simply and with humor.
65. That Was ONE Comment That Stuck Out To Me!!! RAA-UUUMMM Took CREDIT
for it, and many in D.C., because they couldn’t stand Dean, just went right along and GAVE him the credit!

But IT WAS DEAN and his 50-state strategy that was so effective! Given RAA-UUUMMM’s ego, he just strutted right up and said… Yeah, I WAS THE ONE, I DID this, so “see me, hear me, LOVE ME!” While I was never one to like him much, when he pulled this one and dissed Dean, my ire increased immensely!

I have very little respect for him, and have several choice names to define him, but I’ll leave it at that!

I think I’ll give them that one. With all the glory that goes with it – cramming the party with anti-choicers leading to the crappy HCR today

Howard Dean is justifying fielding pro-life candidates in 2006 – his famous 50 states strategy did this to us.

“Those candidates are so much better on all the other issues”

(in other words, who cares about women’s rights – we get our numbers)

Only one seems to get it

It is time for the left and center-left people in this board to stop trying to project things on a center-right fellow like Obama. I understand that the Obama electoral machine was fairly hand wavy regardless their actual ideological leanings, probably to maximize their electoral base by allowing people to project their expectations on Mr. Obama. But honestly, he walks, talks, and quacks like a moderate conservative, so I think it is time to stop giving the benefit of the doubt… and stop enabling this whole charade.
Want liberal agendas and policies to be enabled or at least represented? Simple, elect actual liberals to office.

but the rest ignore that flicker of sanity. Moore made them feel good again – they can cheer and applaud again!

I still believe in a great President Barack Obama… I can only hope he makes it so!


Anther con-artist blew in town and made it all better. At least for his followers. The rest…


Remember when everything that went wrong with HCR was being blamed on Rahm Emmanuel?

Today, B0bots hope he’ll be gone. Why? because of  a suck-up piece Millbank wrote about him in Wapo yesterday

Let us now praise Rahm Emanuel.

No, seriously.

Today’s Cenk Ungur response to that calls the piece

Rahm’s Parting Shot at Obama Insiders

While I fully agree that

Dana Milbank transcribed an article written by Rahm Emanuel today in The Washington Post. Never has an article been more clearly written to support a political benefactor.

I sorta doubt the first sentence:

It looks Rahm Emanuel is done.

Seems to me a bit of wishful thinking

My second thought was, “Wow, what a hatchet job on Jarrett, Gibbs and Axelrod!” Since Rahm is obviously feeding this to Milbank, that is very revealing. You don’t throw these kinds of bombs unless you’ve already lost.

Which is reinforced by the second most popular discussion in B0botland

Cenk Uygar: “It looks Rahm Emanuel is done”

Every time those poor people celebrates, I know there’s no reason for them to do so. Especially when they start Dean dreaming

2. that would be simply lovely! Now if only Dr Dean were offered a serious spot in the admin

Maybe THEN we would get Change We Could Believe In…..

What shocked me in this story, is that I found way lower levels of stupidity elsewhere than B0botland. Firedoglake has had moments of lucidity, but this is just reaching cosmic proportions

They second Ungur’s speculation by adding way sillier reasons

What’s Michelle Obama’s take on Rahm Emanuel?

This does not even raise to the Enqirer level of “friends say”. It’s speculation based on slogan propaganda:

So which way will Michelle Obama vote? Rahm start packing your bags. The First Lady believes balance in one’s own life is important. Emanuel does not have that balance.

Ah, the balance argument! I am convinced. But wait, there’s more:

There’s also that Jewish hegemony

And although Emanuel got as much mileage as he could over the whole Jewish thing.

But other people have their own Jews too! (not unlike B0bots got their own retard)

With Michelle Obama’s cousin being Jewish and Barack Obama’s strong ties to the Jewish community. The Jewish community should understand that Emanuel is a couple Kabbalah courses short of a full deck. This guy is no Henry Kissinger, know what I mean?

Me? I am an outsider in this one. I see no difference between Rahm and Obama so , one of the two leaving offers me no vindication

But my personal feeling is that nobody is leaving. Precisely because that first sentence in this entry. I was reminded how – during the Enron controversy, W told White, his Secretary of the Army and former Enron CEO: “I’ll never let you go! You are my lighting rod”


I now found out the reason for the Milbank WaPo article. It was not departure, but a response to a salvo in The Daily Beast a few days before

Replace Rahm

That pretty much makes all the speculations of Rahm’s motives in commissioning Millbank to write pure BS. Just as the author of that article acknowledges in her follow-up

When you write that the president of the United States should replace his chief of staff, someone will fire back. So it was that Rahm Emanuel apparently struck back at my piece last week on The Daily Beast through a column in Sunday’s Washington Post.

As I said, when B0bots cheer, disappointment is sure to follow. …

Not Your Sweetie

July 2020