“Enough already! These slips are worsening the anti-Obama backlash, which began with the administration’s bungled handling of the grotesquely swollen stimulus package. Conservatives seem deliriously drunk with their cartoon picture of Obama, to whom is glibly attributed every pathology in the book. Yes, there were ambiguities about Obama’s birth certificate that have never been satisfactorily resolved. And the embargo on Obama’s educational records remains troubling. But I am still waiting for hard evidence about the host of other charges that are continually being hammered against him — from his alleged fidelity to the crypto-tactics of Chicago leftist Saul Alinsky to the questions raised by right-wingers about the production of Obama’s two memoirs. Out of respect for the presidency, conservatives need to put up or shut up about these issues.” [emphasis mine]
Democracy: In a little-noted agency hearing, the CIA admitted that Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez rigged his recall referendum in 2004. So why does he still merit global recognition as a democratically elected leader?
“If Obama doesn’t fill these positions and hold the necessary and legally required meetings, a more hostile Congress could start making the case for dereliction of duty. Fortunately for Obama, he doesn’t have a hostile Congress, but if Democrats don’t start pushing him into action, he may face one in 2011.”
“The one clear message that comes from this report is that the Obama administrationstill has no plan. It has a few concepts, some of them contradictory, but no clear commitment to any details at all. Which again begs the question: just what has Tim Geithner been doing with his time at Treasury?”
Not surprisingly, the vote over Obama’s $3.6 trillion budget (H. Con. Res. 85) tonight was a deeply partisan affair. Not a single Republican voted in favor. Republicans have been very good this session of Congress with holding their party together in opposition to the Presidents’ most significant measures. The Democrats, on the other hand, always tend to lose some votes to the other side. On Obama’s budget, a full 20 Democrats votes with the Republicans against Obama’s budget
Republicans today also had a chance to vote on their own, alternative budget plan. While they may be good at staying unified in their opposition, they are not so good as sticking together in support of their own proposals. Thirty-eight Republicans voted “no” on their own budget plan. In a surprising reversal of the usual trend (to me at least) not a single Democrats voted in favor of the Republican budget.
“The February 2002 initiative calls for a full Israeli withdrawal from all territories taken in the Six Day War, including east Jerusalem, and a “just settlement” to the Palestinian refugee crisis in exchange for normalizing ties with the Arab world.”