Monthly Archives: October 2009

GOP Rooting for Failure

Bless the Democrats who are responding in kind to years of abuse from the GOP who would accuse Democrats of hating America when they opposed the Iraq war or other security issues.  Politico has a story about the Dems return of serve.  Buried at the end:

Within the first 45 minutes after the Labor Department announced a worse-than-expected 263,000 jobs lost in September, POLITICO received no fewer than eight GOP press releases blasting away at Obama for failing to stem the tide of unemployment.

The office of Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) literally hit the send button at 8:30 a.m. — the moment of the announcement.

A Fiasco of Olympic Proportions

Just wondering…Did Obama believe his own PR?  Did he really think his presence in Denmark would make the IOC swoon?  So much for the advance office.

The slap to Chicago was such that some IOC members were left squirming. The city’s plans for Olympic competition along its stunning Lake Michigan waterfront had long made it a front-runner and earned support from the highest possible level — Obama himself. His wife, Michelle, flew in two days before the vote to butter up IOC members, an essential part of the selection process. And Obama himself flew in Friday morning.

IOC members had seemed wowed, posing for photos with Mrs. Obama and taking souvenir shots of the president with their mobile phones. But, in the vote, Chicago was shunned.

"Either it was tactical voting, or a lot of people decided not to vote for Chicago whatever happened," IOC member Gerhard Heiberg said. "Nobody knows, but everybody is in a state of shock. Nobody believes it. I’m very sorry about it."

Brooks vs. Limbaugh

David Brooks has a column this morning arguing that rancid radio and caustic cable shows really don’t have much power and that the GOP leadership should ignore them.  Of course, Rush Limbaugh shot back, arguing that more people listen to him than read Brook’s column.  That may be true.  But Brook’s article has one line in his column, referring to GOP politicians, that I think is brilliant.

They mistake media for reality.

Now you might argue that reality has nothing to do with legislation or elections for that matter.  I’ll leave it to you to argue with Brooks.

Politico Buys Into Mischaracterization of Carter’s Remarks

UPDATE:  It seems odd to me that while most stories linger for a day or two on Politico’s home page, the one I allude to below, published at 5:07 p.m. yesterday is already off it, as of noon today, 10/2/09.  My bet is that Jim VandeHei & Co. knew that this was a weak story all around:  It not only furthered a false story, there was nothing in it that suggested “walked back” from anything.

I mentioned about a week ago that President Jimmy Carter’s remarks about racism were going to be translated by the media to be more condemning than they were.  David Gregory asked President Obama about Carter’s comments this way:

Your election, to a lot of people, was supposed to mark America somehow moving beyond race.  And yet, this week you had former President Jimmy Carter saying most, not just a little, but most of this Republican opposition against you is motivated by racism.  Do you agree with that?

Of course, that’s not what Carter said, which was

An overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man, that he’s African-American.

I live in the South, and I have seen the South come a long way. And I have seen the rest of the country that shared the South’s attitude toward minority groups at that time, particularly African- Americans. That racism in connection still exists.

And I think it’s bubbled up to the surface because of a belief among many white people, not just in the South, but around the country, that African-Americans are not qualified to lead this great country. It’s an abominable circumstance and grieves me and concerns me very deeply.

I put more of the applicable quote up there to give it context.  There is no way any credible, responsible journalist would equate “an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man, that he’s African-American” with “most of this Republican opposition against you is motivated by racism.”  But Gregory did and he helped advance the story that Carter thought GOP opposition to Obama’s policies is motivated by race.

Today, we have Politico buying into Gregory’s interpretation and saying that Carter’s more recent comments are a “walking back” from his earlier comment.  The title of the short article is “Jimmy Carter walks back racism charge.”  But nothing in the article indicates he “walked back” or in any way retreated from what he said.  In fact, Carter said what I said:  he was misinterpreted.

“By the way, that’s not what I said,” Carter interjected as he was being asked about the comment. “If you read the remarks carefully, you’ll see that’s not what I said.”

“I said those that had a personal attack on President Obama as a person, that was tinged with racism,” Carter explained. “But I recognize that people who disagree with him on health care or the environment, that the vast majority of those are not tinged by racism.”

“I meant exactly what I said,” he continued. “What I actually said, if you look at the transcript, is what I just repeated to you.”

Obviously Andy Barr didn’t bother to read the original comments.

Democrats We Need

Democratic Congressman Alan Grayson of Florida has been criticized for saying the GOP’s plan for health care is to have sick people “die quickly.”    The Republicans, the same ones who cry out, “You lie” or tell their constituents that there will be death panels that will pull the plug on granny, want him to apologize.  He did.

That’s the kind of Democrat we need.  This is the kind we get:

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Phillies Fans

My hometown Philadelphia Phillies are told all too often they have the worst fans in major league sport.  They are too quick to boo players, the story line goes.

Well, the fans should their class a good part of this season, being patient with the implosion of their closer, Brad Lidge.  He’s not only been bad, he’s been the worst in the league, blowing 11 saves this year.  Recently, he lost the closer spot.  This after last year’s amazing performance when he didn’t blow a single save all season and played a pivotal role in getting Philly only its second World Series Title.

Last night, the Phils clinched their third consecutive NL East pennant.  In the ninth, manager Charlie Manuel sent Scott Eyre to pitch, protecting a good sized lead, so it wasn’t a save situation where he might call on Lidge.

After two outs, Manuel went to the mound to pull Eyre.  He would never had done it in a normal situation.  He had a big lead with nobody on base.  But this wasn’t a normal situation; it was the night Phils would clinch it.

The crowd roared with anticipation after the second out. The Phillies actually had clinched the division a few minutes earlier when the Marlins beat the Braves in Atlanta, making the Phillies’ magic number zero. But that hardly mattered at the [Citizens Bank Park] because as soon as Eyre got the second out, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel emerged from the dugout.

He wanted Brad Lidge.

"Awesome," Eyre said. "I looked at Charlie and said, ‘I’m good with this.’ Normally I would have been like, ‘Come on!’ But he should be on the mound for the last out."

It seemed like the perfect ending. Lidge’s struggles have been well documented this season, but Manuel wanted Lidge on the mound, just like he was when the Phillies clinched the World Series last year.

The crowd recognized the moment. It knew what was happening and why it was happening.

It roared with approval.

"That’s what I wanted to do," Manuel said. "I wanted him to pitch in front of the crowd. I thought it would be good for him and the crowd and the crowd responded good. It was the ideal situation for me to run him out there. I want to get his confidence back because I know how talented he is. I wanted him pitching in that situation."

Now get off the back of Phillies fans.  We’re not overly negative.  But we know the game.  We don’t suffer fools gladly.  But we have no problem dancing with the one who brung us.