Saturday, January 30, 2010

The POTUS addressing the House GOP retreat

As promised in a tweet, here is the President's remarks and subsequent Q&A.

It became clear during the campaign that Obama was a very effective speaker with the uncanny ability to turn anything around with a good speech. Watching this exchange you realize that Obama really is a bright guy with an exceptionally good policy mind. For reasons that I will never understand Republicans greatly underestimate him (an example being their decision, which they now regret, to broadcast this appearance). Then President Bush appeared at the 2007 Democratic House Retreat with no broadcast and absolutely no Q&A.

Here are the President's remarks,

Here is the full Q&A that followed,

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Text of Obama's State of the Union Address

Can be found here.

Filibustering Everything

The President in his first State of the Union, "if the Republican leadership is going to insist that 60 votes in the Senate are required to do any business at all in this town -- a supermajority -- then the responsibility to govern is now yours as well."

John Kyl (R-AZ) was rankled by this comment on NPR this morning expressly denying that Republican were doing any such thing, but in fact, they are guilty as charged.

The folks at TPM gathered the data and put together this handy chart.

Democrats cannot give the GOP a pass on this. The POTUS and the leaders in Congress have to call them out at every opportunity.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Lossing Teddy's seat

No matter how anyone wants to spin it, this is a great symbolic win for the GOP and a great symbolic loss for the Democrats.

I was going to write a post about my take on this failure of Democratic leadership -- and make no mistake -- that is exactly what happened -- but Josh Marshall already summed it up well,
The central problem the president is laboring under is the fact that the economy remains in a shambles. And unemployment remains at a toxic 10%. Beyond that though the Democrats are suffering because they have shown voters an image of fecklessness and inability to deliver results at a moment of great public anxiety and suffering. Big changes provoke great anxiety, especially in such a divided society. But Democrats are not just having dealing with the ideological divisions in the country -- which is what the Tea Party movement is about. They're also losing a big swathe of the population that is losing faith that the Democrats can govern, that they can even deliver on the reforms and policies they say are necessary for the national good. As I wrote earlier, this is about meta-politics. If the Democrats, either from the left or the right, walk away from reform, they will get slaughtered in November. They'll get it from the people who want reform, from the people who never wanted reform and from sensible people all over who just think they can't get anything done.
Given the debacle of health care reform, can any of us look someone in the eye and assure them that Democrats in Washington can govern?

And the President deserves as much blame as the buffoons in Congress. As Howard Fineman said last night on MSNBC, Obama took all his winning in the Presidential election and gave them to Max Baucus.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

The 'terrorist attacks' Giuliani forgot,

Yesterday morning on GMA, Rudy Giuliani told George Stephanopoulos "we had no domestic attacks under Bush -- we've had on under Obama". Stephanopoulos you might expect would take exception to this outragious lie -- He did not. Here's the video.

Of course, on September 11, 2001, the cities of New York and Washington DC suffered from significant and memorable terrorist attacks. Rudy "America's Mayor" Giuliani was mayor of New York at the time and has spoken of it often until yesterday.

But there where other attacks as well which I will list with the help of Jake Tapper's Political Punch,

• British national Richard Reid on December 22, 2001 attempted to blow up American Airlines flight 63 from Paris to Miami with a shoe bomb.

• Egyptian national Hesham Mohamed Hadayet shot and killed two Israelis and wounded four others at the El Al ticket counter at LAX on July 22, 2002.

• The 2001 anthrax attacks, which killed five people, and has yet to be solved.

• John Allen Muhammed aka "the DC Snipper" killed at least 10 people in 2002 and was convicted by a Virginia court of terrorism, among other charges.

Stephanopoulos has since said that critics who have suggested he might have pressed Rudy on this nonsense are correct. Really?