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Politics and Media Headlines 11/26/08

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In Thanksgiving Tradition, Bush Pardons Scooter Libby In Giant Turkey Costume (The Onion)
The pardon assures that Libby will not face any more repercussions for his role in the Valerie Plame scandal or be eaten on Thanksgiving.
A little Thanksgiving Fool humor.—Caro

Wednesday: Whoa! I didn’t see *that* coming. (by riverdaughter at The Confluence)
William Greider opens his column in The Nation entitled Past and Future with this realization: “A year ago, when Barack Obama said it was time to turn the page, his campaign declaration seemed to promise a fresh start for Washington. I, for one, failed to foresee Obama would turn the page backward. The president-elect’s lineup for key governing positions has opted for continuity, not change… Those of us who expected more were duped, not so much by Obama but by our own wishful thinking.”… Mr. Greider should remember how the Bush era began. It was by outright thievery. The election was stolen from Al Gore by the brotherly love of the Governor of Florida, Brooks Brothers Riot and the media Haka that prepared the public for Gore’s eventual defeat at the hands of a politicized Supreme Court. It should come as no surprise that the Bush era is ending with thievery on a scale that Atilla the Hun would envy…

Expect Obama’s style of governing to be remarkably similar. When the recession finally hits and tough choices have to be made, do not expect that you will be spared, Mr. Greider. Obama knows what’s best for you, even if you have to suffer. It will build your character. It has been decided for you. Your vote and opinion will not be needed now, just like it wasn’t needed in the primary. And it is all entirely predictable. Nothing good ever comes of a bad seed.

Obama in Bedlam (by John Ross at Counterpunch)
I don't buy Barack Obama as the Messiah. I didn't vote for him (I voted for another Afro-American) and I haven't filed an application to join his regime. He ran a duplicitous, multi-million dollar campaign that masqueraded as a social movement and because it was a gimmick and a shuck, will thwart and demoralize the re-creation of real social movement for years to come… False Messiahs are made to be unmasked. Anyone who aspires to be the maximum capo of the world's most homicidal on-going criminal conspiracy is just that, a criminal. Barack Obama is a war criminal-in-waiting masquerading as a peace candidate on the pretext that he will move the Yanqui troops two wars to the east to massacre civilians who did not vote for him. I am not fooled.

The Two “Realities” of Obamanation (by myiq2xu at The Confluence)
With a few rare exceptions, the only people claiming during the primaries that Obama wasn’t a progressive were Hillary Clinton supporters (GOPers claimed he was a socialist but nobody believed them.) Hillary was vilified by Obamanation for being a DLC centrist and was even accused of being a Republican by no less than the head Cheeto himself. [Markos Moulitsas] We also heard how she planned to be John McCain’s running mate and how her supporters were just Republican ratfuckers. So when these same people that viciously attacked Hillary as a centrist and/or praised Obama as a progressive now claim they knew all along that he was a center-right politician it begs the question: Were they lying then or are they lying now?

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Submitted by amberglow on

making a stop there (after i visit dailyhowler--the addresses are so close)--

i've been wanting to see how they spin all the horrible appointments, etc.

the post itself is smart and says what many here have said-- "...My point is that if the so-called "progressive netroots" is to be anything, it must critically analyze both its opponents in the Republican Party and its favorites in the Democratic Party. Criticizing an Obama decision, with civility and on the merits, is the highest form of support for Obama. Do you think he really expects or wants abject, unthinking support and deference? I don't. He seems committed to empirical testing and criticism of assumptions. I agree with Obama sometimes and disagree with him other times. That's to be expected.

To fall into line with any decision by Obama is to betray ourselves, to betray Barack Obama, and to make a mockery of everything the so-called "reality-based community" in the netroots stands for.

Hell, we might as well just get our emails from the Obama campaign telling us what to do. Why think? Just follow. ..."

the comments are all over the place-- and many are rationalizations about why Gates is OK for now--and not about the larger point at all.

the post, tho, was something i haven't seen--esp bec the front page itself has kos saying "Yeah, Obama's agenda is quite progressive. Whether he delivers on that agenda remains to be seen, of course, but I can't be all that worked up over his cabinet appointments if those appointee's jobs are to deliver on the agenda."

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"... Obama’s team of treasury secretary and four top economic advisers, introduced as the hands that will steer America’s economy, had no particular ties to the labor movement. And Obama’s secretary of labor was not introduced as part of that team — a suggestion that that post will retain its second-tier status and quiet voice in matters central to economic policy.

“I wish that [the secretary of labor] would have been among them,” former Michigan congressman David Bonior, a labor stalwart and member of Obama’s transition team, said of the group at the Chicago press conference. “I hope they take that job seriously.”

Labor’s low profile in Obama’s transition is striking because of unions’ vital role in the general election campaign. While Wall Street split its contributions between Obama and John McCain, labor, after dividing its efforts in the Democratic primary, united behind the Democrat and emerged as by far the strongest outside force in the general election. Unions reportedly spent well over $100 million communicating with their members and other voters. The Service Employees International Union alone spent more than $30 million on an independent campaign for Obama,

Submitted by jawbone on

and better pay and benefits, but aren't community organizers? Those are special interests, right?

Ah, that snark burp felt good.

I was just talking with a friend about the lack of labor representatives in this Democratic transition. I've heard Democratic economic pundits talk about the benefits of the auto manufacturers going into Chapter 11--which wouldl allow them to get "out from under the burden" of expensive labor contracts. And bring thier labor costs in line with the rest of the world. Well, behind Europe, but in line with those emerging economies....

If a Dem in good standing had said something like on the air even a couple decades ago, that person would have been persona non grata. Now, it's just in the air--the Repubs have made labor a goat to be kicked at and derided.


Kevin Philips noted th lack of labor representatives Obama's first press conference on the bailout. Only one who even speaks for labor who was there was Robert Reich, but Philips pointed out he is "not of labor."

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Submitted by a little night ... on

I belong to a union which manages to be remarkably un-union at times.

I am an intellectual, to an extent that pegs my blog as male.'

and yet, and yet....

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Submitted by amberglow on

from the Obama in Bedlam link (which is excellent)

"The Collateral Repair Project is a grassroots movement, created to address the
catastrophic displacement of the five million Iraqis who had to leave behind their homes
and communities because of the violence and instability that is the result of the invasion
and occupation of their country.

We bring together the small, overlooked, incidental persons on both sides of the conflict
who grieve and ask: What can we do?"