I’m off to watch my guilty pleasure show Dancing With The Stars . Still catching up on the 24 shows I’ve yet to see. Hope to be caught up by the end of the week.
Via WC Varones:
To anyone who remains unconvinced that Obama is indeed a “Socialist”, just listen to one of the most prominent members of the Democrat Party, Al Sharpton. Today he told us flat-out…
“The American public overwhelmingly voted for socialism when they elected President Obama.” -Al Sharpton 3/22/10
“I think that this began the transforming of the country the way the President had promised. This is what he ran on.” -Al Sharpton 3/22/10
Thankfully he’s admitting the truth. But what does it suggest for the near future, now that they’re not even hiding it anymore?
I should also note that Sharpton, a notorious and unapologetic race-baiter/hustler (more here), is now an ambassador of sorts for President Obama in an effort to “quiet” the concerns from some in the black community that Obama may not be “black enough”:
WASHINGTON—With his wavy bouffant and medallion necklaces, the Rev. Al Sharpton famously confronted government officials on behalf of black Americans. Now he has found a new role: telling black leaders to quiet their criticisms and give the government a chance.
President Barack Obama has turned to Mr. Sharpton in recent weeks to answer increasingly public criticism in the black community over his economic policy. Some black leaders are charging that the nation’s first African-American president has failed to help black communities hit hard by the downturn, leaving party strategists worried that black Democrats will become dispirited and skip November’s congressional elections.
Mr. Sharpton has emerged as an important part of the White House response. On his national radio program, he is directly rebutting the president’s critics, arguing that Mr. Obama is right to craft policies aimed at lifting all Americans rather than specifically targeting blacks. One recent on-air fight with Tavis Smiley, a prominent talk show host and Obama critic, grew so heated that it has created a small sensation among black leaders.
“The president does not need to get out there and do what we should be doing,” Mr. Sharpton told Mr. Smiley during the testy exchange. He argued that expecting Mr. Obama to become a “black exponent of black views” was “just stupid,” because it would create fodder for conservatives looking to defeat legislation that could ultimately help blacks.
In an interview, Mr. Sharpton added that it was a “double standard” for Mr. Smiley and other critics to expect more from a black president than they would demand of a white Democratic president.
Sharpton was singing a different tune back in 2007:
Activist Al Sharpton lit into presidential candidate Barack Obama on Monday, suggesting Obama shouldn’t take blacks’ support for granted.
“Why shouldn’t the black community ask questions? Are we now being told, ‘You all just shut up?'” Sharpton told a TV reporter from a New York CBS station.
“I’m not going to be cajoled or intimidated by any candidate,” said Sharpton, a New Yorker who ran for president in 2004.
The New York Post wrote that Sharpton, who has vied with Jesse Jackson to lead black Americans, is “terrified of being overshadowed by someone of Obama’s class and character.”
“It’s driving Al crazy that Obama is as impressive and popular as he is, and he’s not happy about it,” a black Democratic activist was quoted as saying.
A source reportedly close to Sharpton also said the New Yorker had wanted to run for president again in 2008, and Obama’s White House bid foiled him, according to the Post.
CNN reported at the time:
Sharpton said Obama called him to talk about the [NY Post] article Monday night, but he wasn’t available. He said he plans to call the Illinois Democrat back.
“I want to say to him he’s a very impressive candidate, he has a lot to offer, but he must answer substantive questions in his own African-American community as he does in other communities,” Sharpton said.
More from that NY Post piece, via Newsmax:
The Rev. Al Sharpton is working behind the scenes to sabotage the presidential hopes of Sen. Barack Obama.
“He’s saying that Obama never did anything for the community, never worked with anybody from the community, that nobody knows the people around him, that he’s a candidate driven by white leadership,” a prominent black activist told the New York Post.
At a major fund-raising event in New York on Friday night, “every prominent name in the black community, with the exception of elected officials and Al Sharpton, was part of it,” one Democratic official told the Post.
My, what a difference an election makes. Wonder what Sharpton is getting in return for biting his tongue?
At the same time the MSM provided President Obama and other pro-socialized medicine Democrats with free slanted coverage of their various healthcare “reform” bills, many of them were treating the opposition the same way far left liberals were: as birther fanatics, mobsters, “un-American,” Astroturfers, fascists, terrorists, brownshirts, racists, assassins, and Neanderthals.
Roll your mouse over the graphic and you’ll see that 60% of media mentions about the President were positive over the past week while 40% were negative.
Hey – what did you expect? The mainstream media by and large is doing what it does best when it comes to Barack Obama and most in the Democrat party. It paid off big for them in 2008. Will it work again in 2010? Their spin to the deeply skeptical public didn’t help get ObamaCare passed; that was greasy, sleazy backroom deals. But will their spin (which has already started) work in the days in months ahead as principled conservatives like Senator Jim DeMint put forth their best efforts at convincing the public that a repeal of ObamaCare is needed?
Stay tuned …
PS: While I’m thinking about it, if you have some change, how about donating a little to the Media Research Center, which funds Newsbusters? The gang there burns the midnight oil all day every day to bring you all the latest on the mainstream media bias front and without them, a lot of what we know about liberal media bias would simply fall through the cracks. Thanks for all you do, MRC!
Give an inch, they take miles:
A leader of the House liberals’ caucus said Monday she’ll introduce new legislation to revive the public option.
Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.), the co-chairwoman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said she plans to unveil legislation to add the government-run option to the national healthcare exchange established by legislation President Barack Obama is to sign tomorrow.
“We will introduce a robust public option bill on the very day the president signs the reconciliation bill into law,” Woolsey said Monday during an interview on MSNBC.
The public insurance option had been a part of the healthcare legislation first approved by the House in November, but Senate Democratic leaders were forced to abandon the provision after it became clear that they wouldn’t be able to get all 60 Democrats (at the time) to sign onto legislation containing that provision.
Woolsey and her co-chairman of the caucus, Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), had pushed for the public option throughout the different stages of the health debate, but still ended up voting in favor of the legislation in the end, despite some threats to do otherwise earlier in the process.
Not that this is exactly surprising. Earlier this month Woolsey, a shameless apologist for an admitted rapist and who also late last year suggested the IRS should “scruitinze” Catholic bishops for … their strong support of the “Stupak amendment”, wrote an opinion piece for Roll Call in which she said she’d introduce the politically poisonous public option the day after ObamaCare passed. Because the monstrosity that is ObamaCare just is not, you know, complete without a “public option.”
The President, too, would be on board with it if he could get assurances that it had enough votes to pass – one way or another. From an early March Mother Jones piece:
With some 36 Senators (and counting) now signed on to support the public option, Rep. Lynn Woolsey, co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, expressed cautious optimism about the proposal passing through reconciliation. “I’m not sure that the public option is dead at this point,” Woolsey told Mother Jones on Thursday, adding that support for government-run health care plan in the Senate keeps “growing and growing.”
Woolsey, along with other members of key House committees, met with Obama on Thursday and pressed the issue with the president. “The president doesn’t believe there are 51 votes in the Senate, but if there [are], he’ll support it,” she said. The Progressive Caucus has been actively lobbying the upper chamber to include the provision in the package of reconciliation changes to the comprehensive bill, which has already passed the Senate and is pending a vote in the House.
Whether or not the public option makes it into the final legislation, Woolsey emphasized that House progressives would generally support the bill. “We’re pretty together as a caucus,” Woolsey said. “The President laid out the broad outlines of the plan—I know that’s probably all that he could have gotten from the Senate.”
But even if the public plan doesn’t make it into the current bill, Woolsey suggested that she’d be interested in passing the proposal separately—an idea that Senator Sherrod Brown recently floated. “Somewhere along the way, it’s going to be absolutely necessary to have competition” that the public option would provide, Woolsey said. “Health care reform, as big as it is, is not a final product.”
Gird your loins and shine up your armor. We have another battle coming.
Related reading: Rich Lowry – Five Reasons Not to Despair
The Wall Street Journal’s Kimberley Strassel writes:
President Obama flew to Pennsylvania (home to five wavering House Democrats), Missouri (three wavering), Ohio (eight), and Virginia (four) to hold rallies with small, supportive crowds. In four days, Mr. Obama held 64 meetings or calls with congressmen. The goal was to let undecideds know that the president had them in his crosshairs, that he still had pull with the base, and he’d use it against them. By Saturday the tactic had yielded yes votes from at least half the previously undecided members of those states.
As for those who needed more persuasion: California Rep. Jim Costa bragged publicly that during his meeting in the Oval Office, he’d demanded the administration increase water to his Central Valley district. On Tuesday, Interior pushed up its announcement, giving the Central Valley farmers 25% of water supplies, rather than the expected 5% allocation. Mr. Costa, who denies there was a quid pro quo, on Saturday said he’d flip to a yes.
Florida Rep. Suzanne Kosmas (whose district is home to the Kennedy Space Center) admitted that in her own Thursday meeting with the president, she’d brought up the need for more NASA funding. On Friday she flipped to a yes. So watch the NASA budget.
Democrats inserted a new provision providing $100 million in extra Medicaid money for Tennessee. Retiring Tennessee Rep. Bart Gordon flipped to a yes vote on Thursday.
Outside heavies were enlisted to warn potential no votes that unions and other Democrats would run them out of Congress. Al Lawson, a Tallahassee liberal challenging Blue Dog Florida Rep. Allen Boyd in a primary, made Mr. Boyd’s previous no vote the centerpiece of his criticism. The SEIU threatened to yank financial support for New York’s Michael McMahon. The liberal Working Families Party said it would deny him a ballot line. Obama deputy campaign manager Steve Hildebrand vowed to challenge South Dakota Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin if she voted no. New York’s Scott Murphy was targeted as a part of a $1.3 million union-financed ad campaign to pressure him to flip. Moveon.Org spent another $36,000 on ads in his district and promised a primary. Messrs. Boyd and Murphy caved on Friday.
Into Saturday night, Michigan’s Bart Stupak and Mrs. Pelosi wrangled over options. The stalemate? Any change that gave Mr. Stupak what he wanted in law would lose votes from pro-choice members. The solution? Remove it from Congress altogether, having the president instead sign a meaningless executive order affirming that no public money should go to pay for abortions.
The order won’t change the Senate legal language—as pro-choice Democrats publicly crowed within minutes of the Stupak deal. Executive orders can be changed or eliminated on a whim. Pro-life groups condemned the order as the vote-getting ruse it was. Nevertheless, Mr. Stupak and several of his colleagues voted yes, paving the way to Mrs. Pelosi’s final vote tally of 219.
Read it all, and weep, scream, throw something, whatever. I would understand completely. It’s just disgusting. All of it. This is the “change” promised by ObamaCo prior to the 2008 elections?
All of this is to give the President a “major accomplishment” for his first year and a half in office, to, in effect, give our government control over a sixth of the US economy. Funny they call this “health care” because this isn’t about your “health” nor do they “care” if you even have “care.” It’s a power thing. They say they don’t want to get in the middle of you and your doctor when making healthcare decisions, but we know that’s not true. It’s another in a long list of outright lies spewed by this administration and its cohorts in the House and Senate and, of course, the MSM.
Think Stupak was still tortured after all was said and done on his decision to vote yes thanks to that meaningless “anti-abortion” EO issued by BarryO? Think again:
What better way to celebrate passing history-making legislation than kicking back at a dive bar famous for its cheap beer and taxidermy-heavy décor? A large group of House Democrats defied cigar-and-champagne stereotypes by partying down until the wee hours after the health care vote at the decidedly downscale Tune Inn on Pennsylvania Avenue.
HOH spies say the gaggle of jubilant Democrats included Rep. John Larson (Conn.), who got a roar of welcome when he entered the bar; Rep. Joe Crowley (N.Y.), who was briefly spotted standing behind the bar, handing out drinks; and Reps. John Boccieri (Ohio), Melissa Bean (Ill.), Tom Perriello (Va.) and Jerry Costello (Ill.).
Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), who had been the center of attention all weekend after resisting the abortion-related language in the bill but ultimately voting for the package, was among Tune Inn’s revelers. An HOH spy says Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) planted a giant kiss on Stupak’s cheek.
In the meantime, the unborn cry.
Nevertheless, the fight must continue on.