For Those Who Didn't Have It Great in the Year 2008 . . .
. . . “We’ll all be fine in 2009.” Happy New Year, people.
'As the thirty-ninth attorney general of the sixth-largest state in America, that's the Lord's work.'
I have no gripes with the statement below by Roland Burris, but I wonder if those who believe that Bush invaded Iraq because God told him to do so, and that the GOP seeks to impose a theocracy, have a ...
Roland Burris on 'Unscrupulous Con Artists'
From Wills, Trusts and Estates Examples & Explanations, 4th edition, Aspen Publishers, published in 2007:
Several states are also attempting to stop the sale of trust services by non-lawyers. Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris states, “Living trusts in the hands of unscrupulous ...
From one wag: “I have to check my records, but I think we didn’t have enough to outbid Burris to fill Obama’s Senate seat.”
So What's the Excuse for No Special Election This Time?
If a special election is required to fill Rahm Emanuel’s House seat in Illinois, why not have one for Obama’s Senate seat?
The inane objection offered by Democratic talking heads like Donna Brazile was that holding a special ...
How About 'Three Strikes and You're Out' for Anti-Prayer Lawsuits?
Yes, this is a valuable use of the courts’ time and energy:
Madison’s Freedom from Religion Foundation wants prayers left out of Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration.The foundation, its two co-presidents and several members were among 29 plaintiffs filing ...
This Economy Is Calling Out, Desperately, for a Polar Bear Exhibit
Joe Biden, December 24: “There will be no earmarks in this economic recovery plan . . . I know it’s the Christmas season, but President-elect Obama and I are absolutely determined that this economic recovery package will not become a Christmas tree.”
'Our party leaders should stand up against the media's double standards and refuse to pander to their desire for scandal.'
The response to the song controversy from Chip Saltsman’s camp is the following statement, and Saltsman’s spokesman indicated they’re not interested in offering further comment. With a war exploding in the Middle East and an economic recession ...
Thanks for Taking That Bold Stand That 'It's a Serious Situation.'
David Axelrod is a campaign and message strategist, not a foreign-policy guru or diplomat. Having said that, on Meet the Press yesterday, there was a strange and ominous evasiveness in his inability to say what Obama thought of Israeli warplanes ...
You Can Explain a Joke, but You Can't Save It
Over the Christmas break, the race for Republican National Committee chair experienced its second racially tinged controversy, when news broke that Chip Saltsman sent RNC members a CD of parody artist Paul Shanklin that included the song “Barack the Magic ...
Time to Explain the Santa-Hannukah Harry Tag Team to My Little Guy . . .
Wherever you are today and tomorrow and beyond, Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Boxing Day, Happy Winter Solstice, Happy New Year, and looking down the road a bit, Happy Epiphany . . .
Or as Sunday is called in my family, ...
Like Columbo, I Have Just One More Question
Certain members of the press proclaim that the Obama team’s self-examination is sufficient to declare that there is nothing to see here, move along. Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times, on MSNBC a moment ago said, “it works for ...
So He's Not a Fan of Duncan
There’s a brouhaha brewing on whether the founder of the list of Top Conservatives on Twitter (I’m among the 1500 or so on that rapidly expanding list) overstepped his bounds by declaring Mike Duncan’s reelection as chairman of ...
Quinnipiac: 40 Percent of New Yorkers Think Caroline Kennedy Is Qualified to Be Senator
Quinnipiac declares New Yorkers “semi-sweet” on Caroline:
New York State voters split 40 – 41 percent on whether Caroline Kennedy is qualified to be a U.S. Senator, but they expect by a 48 – 25 percent margin that Gov. David Paterson will name her to ...
Anybody Really Think Obama Will Tell the Automakers 'No' in the Spring?
Mickey Kaus thinks there’s no way that the Big Three get a second bailout in a few months — “I still don’t see the Democrats coming across with a second huge tranche of cash.”
I’m not so sure. ...
Government of, by, and for Our Genetically Selected Ruling Class
Some recent comments about Caroline Kennedy, a potential replacement for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton:
“The job does involve a certain amount of preparation, of knowledge of how to legislate, and stuff like that. She is going to have to learn ...
Everybody's Ideological Except Me!
Anthony Dick’s piece on the home page, about a new wave of pragmatists who “do not recognize, or else they refuse to acknowledge, their own ideological underpinnings,” is worth a read. Dick’s piece focuses on those who see ...
Examining the Meager Results of the Last Government Effort to Mitigate Hard Times
So today the president said (metaphorically), “I don’t care that Congress couldn’t find the votes to pass a bill to help the auto industry, I’m not having them go out of business on my watch, here’s $17 ...
Guess Who Called Obama's Blago Statement 'Obfuscation at Best and Prevarication at Worst'?
Noted Obama-basher Joe Conason:
This political problem arose in part because Obama was so eager to appear purer than any politician can actually be. In his initial statements, he sounded as if he was trying to say that he knew ...
Satisfy the Ghosts that Haunt Newspaper Columnists! Appoint Caroline Kennedy!
Is it possible to write a column defending the appointment of Caroline Kennedy as the next senator from the state of New York without references to her father, ghosts, spirits of the past, etc.? Can anybody write an 800-word column ...
Richardson's Staff: We Didn't Hear the Question about the Grand-Jury Investigation, Honest
A television station aired footage of Bill Richardson concluding a press conference by quickly getting up and ignoring reporters’ questions about a grand-jury investigation into a campaign donor; refusing to even make eye contact. (Richardson is apparently usually eager to ...
Rick Warren Was All It Took to Turn Gay Liberals Against Obama?
So Barack Obama selected Rick Warren to give the invocation at his inauguration, and around the righty blogosphere, there is a lot of chuckling over the reaction of gays and liberals* — a furious, incredulous sputtering and livid response.
I find ...
No, Really, How Can Senators Vote for Holder?
Jen Rubin, looking over the Marc Rich scandal, asks whether senators can vote to confirm a potential attorney general who lied to Congress — considering the outrage Alberto Gonzales generated.
But it’s not just from back then. Holder just submitted ...
Well, Bill Richardson Certainly Acts Like He's Done Nothing Wrong
Steve Terrell, writing in the Santa Fe New Mexican:
Most politicians, when they know they’re going to get peppered with questions about something controversial — say, a grand jury investigation — have a well-rehearsed statement to the tune of, “You guys ...
Actually, We Prefer to Think that Obama Could, with Effort, Be the Democrats' Jindal
I don’t think there’s a higher compliment in the world of Newsweek. The headline on their profile of Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal is “Their Own Obama.”
Just Don't Ask Him About Ferrets
Boy, seems like everybody’s doing radio talk shows these days. The latest figure who might be hitting your airwaves? Rudy Giuliani.
The questions raised in the Page Six item seem pretty legitimate — one, most Republicans and New Yorkers would ...
Dana Milbank knows how to twist the knife when critiquing Obama:
But Obama’s response to Blagojevich questions has been decidedly junior varsity. Begging off because of an ongoing investigation? Hiding behind Patrick Fitzgerald’s skirt? Warning a reporter not ...
Psst! Washington Post Editors! Wake Up!
Ruth Marcus, writing in the Washington Post, and defending her earlier column about Caroline Kennedy that dreamed of having “the little princess grow up to be a senator,” forgets some very recent history.
In other words, the original rationale for ...
We're Turning Hugh's Show into NRO Radio Tonight . . .
As mentioned earlier, tonight I debut as guest host of The Hugh Hewitt Show, which is recorded from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern, and runs later in some markets. (After all those years of being told I have a ...
The Sin of Lobbying Washes Away After Two Years
So it seemed the Obama administration was going to have clear rules on lobbyists working in the administration:
On Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” Obama’s chief campaign strategist, David Axelrod, explained the role of lobbyists in an Obama ...
Illinois, Delaware, New York . . . and Now, Colorado
The Obama administration continues to tear through the Senate Democratic caucus. Having created open seats requiring appointments in Illinois, Delaware and New York, the President-elect creates another open seat in Colorado by selecting Ken Salazar to run the Interior Department.
Over at The Economist, they see six vulnerable Senate Democrats in 2010, not counting a special election in Illinois.
An easily overlooked detail from Illinois attorney general Lisa Madigan’s appearance on Meet the Press yesterday, discussing the options for dealing with Rod Blagojevich. (Madigan, a Democrat, said she was not thinking about running for Obama’s seat if ...
If Obama 'Dispatches' Emanuel to Give Blagojevich His List of Preferred Nominees, How Is That Not 'Contact'?
A few days ago, a reader wrote in to object to this post.
Your snarky post that Obama said he had “no contact” with Blago is incomplete.
He was referring to contact about the Senate seat:
“Asked what contact he’...
An Obama Effect on Parenting?
I expect I’ll be spending a large portion of the next four years critiquing, ridiculing, arguing and rabble-rousing against President Obama.
But if the anecdotes of this story in Saturday’s Washington Post are accurate, and parents of at-risk ...
Plans for Tomorrow Night . . .
Campaign Spot readers in Alexandria, Virginia, ought to know that tomorrow night there’s a meeting to select the nominee for a special election for delegate. My delegate, Democrat Brian Moran, resigned his seat to run for governor of Virginia ...
Six Myths About the RNC Race
Conservative blogging circles are abuzz with speculation about who will become the next Republican National Committee chair. The position represents one of the three highest-profile positions in the GOP, alongside the party leaders in the House and Senate. Those latter ...
Should First Ladies Get a Salary? Let Me Help You with That Question: No.
During Meet the Press, there was a commercial for the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, promoting a report that will ask the question: “Should First Ladies Be Paid?”
Indeed, the First Lady collects no salary. But it’...
Watch the Opposition Argue Motives, Not Outcomes
The argument of the lefty bloggers – no measuring stick for reasoned debate, I know – is that the GOP opposes the bailout because they “want the economy to fail.”
Why is it that they only can see sinister motives for this? ...
Polls Skeptical of Bailout Strangely Downplayed In Recent Coverage
All I hear on the radio coverage of last night’s bailout vote is how much this is a political risk for Republicans, and how they will be taking the blame if the Big Three go bankrupt.
On XM’s ...
The Auto Bailout Vote Was Payback for the 2008 Election?
On XM’s POTUS08, I’m hearing outraged statements from Sens. Chris Dodd, Dick Durbin, and Barbara Boxer about Republicans voting against the auto bailout. (Do they extend their ire to Democrats voting no, like Blanche Lincoln and Jon Tester?) ...
How Bad Could Corker's Proposal Have Been to Prefer Bankrupcy?
The UAW on the Corker compromise plan:
In an effort to work out a compromise, the UAW was prepared to agree that any restructuring plan should ensure that the wages and benefits of workers at the domestic automakers should be ...
Who Originated the 'Nuclear Umbrella for Israel' Proposal?
Presume, for a moment, that this report in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz is accurate:
U.S. President-elect Barack Obama’s administration will offer Israel a “nuclear umbrella” against the threat of a nuclear attack by Iran, a well-placed American source ...
Chip-ping Away at an Online Deficit
RNC Chair candidate Chip Saltsman lays out his plan to reinvigorate Republicans’ online operations.
Mike Turk, who was part of the brain trust of the online operations of Bush-Cheney ‘04, critiques it at The Next Right, and Saltsman responds.
Why Is the FBI Asking About Obama's Home Purchase?
Mickey Kaus puts together two interesting items.
Item One, in today’s Washington Post:
A footnote to the 76-page criminal complaint and affidavit charging Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) with soliciting bribes confirms what has long been rumored — that a ...
Obama's Senate Seat Unoccupied Until April?
There may be one more reason Harry Reid probably won’t pull out all the stops on behalf of Al Franken’s sinking hopes in Minnesota.
Unless Reid gets his way and Illinois’s lieutenant governor appoints a replacement for ...
Obama: Hey, You Know What? Blagojevich Should Resign
Finally, after just about everyone else in the state has called on Blagojevich to resign, Barack Obama joins the chorus.
I Hate to Say 'We Told You So', but...
In light of allegations that the governor of Illinois was ready to auction off Barack Obama’s Senate seat to the highest bidder, does any major media organization feel like they examined the political culture that Obama came from sufficiently? ...
Duncan on Blagojevich and the Transition Team
Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Robert M. “Mike” Duncan released the following statement today.
President-elect Barack Obama’s carefully parsed and vague statements regarding his own contact and that of his team with Governor Rod Blagojevich are unacceptable. Considering the ...
Obama on Card-Check, NAFTA, Speech to Muslims, Border Fence: Wait and See
The Los Angeles Times tries desperately to get Obama to reveal anything about his priorities, and gets the usual, “we’re working on that, we’ll let you know.”
Q: On card-check protection [which would make it easier for unions ...
Please Don't Tell Me Obama 'Hopes that This Crisis Is Over Before He Takes Office'
Over at Deutsche-Welle’s Across the Pond, a contributor concludes I’m (surprise!) “off the mark” for noting that Obama is “doing exactly what President George W. Bush has been doing and got hammered by the press – taking lengthy vacations.”
"I just didn't get around to doing it."
Another interesting and easily overlooked detail in the career of potential Illinois senator Roland Burris, from the pages of Politically Correct Guns, by Alan Gottlieb, Merril Press, 1996:
Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris was a major promoter of the 1993 Gun Turn-In ...
'This is a trainwreck. Illinois should be embarrassed by this spectacle.'
Gov. Rod Blagojevich has just completed his press conference, announcing that he is naming Roland Burris to take Barack Obama’s Senate seat.
Commentary from the various politically astute folks in my Twitter feed:
Hands down the very worst press ...
Blagojevich to Name Roland Burris to Obama's Senate Seat
Amazing: MSNBC reports Rod Blagojevich is going to appoint former Illinois attorney general Roland Burris to fill Obama’s Senate seat in a 3 p.m. news conference.
First thought: Is Blago testing Harry Reid’s pledge that he would never ...
Paul Shanklin defends his song, “Barack the Magic Negro.”
The Politico floats a theory that this will benefit Saltsman’s bid.I’m left in disagreement with several readers on this. The use of the term “negro” in the song ...
Apparently He's Consulting His Caddy on Gaza
I don’t begrudge Obama a golf game or two during his twelve days in Hawaii. But I just note that Bush’s lengthy vacations in Crawford, Texas, were considered ipso facto evidence of his laziness and irresponsibility, even though ...
Tom Daschle's Health-Care Demagoguery Begins
I really wanted to give Tom Daschle the benefit of the doubt. But his first public event in Indiana as Health and Human Services Secretary-in-waiting is off to a bad start, for those of us who want health-care reformers to ...
Steele: Why Are We Meeting Twice in January?
Michael Steele, candidate for RNC chair, offers his own idea for some fiscal restraint — hold one meeting in January instead of two:
December 29th, 2008Dear Chairman Duncan,It was good speaking to you last night about the RNC Special Meeting....
One Daily News Columnist Named Michael Giveth; Another Taketh Away
Could be some interesting editorial meetings at the New York Daily News in the coming days:
Columnist Michael Daly, December 15: “Among the books on her shelves are those she wrote and edited; worthy, serious efforts. ‘Profiles in Courage for Our ...
Plus, Neil Diamond Never Wrote a Song Called 'Sweet Jeb'
I remain a bit of a skeptic — it’s easy to picture a guy who used to running the show getting bored quickly as one of 100 voices in the Senate — but the buzz around Jeb Bush and the 2010 Florida Senate ...
Getting Those RNC Endorsements in Right Before Christmas
Friends of Ken Blackwell send word of more endorsements . . .
Today I am pleased to announce that three additional RNC Members are publicly endorsing our campaign.Senator Holland Redfield, the National Committeeman for the US Virgin Islands, Bill Crocker, the National ...
'Politics in this state was like a knife fight in a phone booth.'
Allen Weh, the chairman of the New Mexico Republican Party, says that after two difficult cycles in which he learned that “politics in this state was like a knife fight in a phone booth,” he is endorsing Katon Dawson for ...
He Also Said the Detroit Lions Were a Lock for the Super Bowl
Heh. My old boss, Dan Gainor, looks into how the networks covered gas prices and recalls that Ben Tracy of “CBS Evening News” declared on a March 10 broadcast, “Economists say the economic slowdown and the rude awakening that high gas ...
Forty-Eight Percent Think Obama Aides Did Something Illegal or Unethical, but...
These poll numbers don’t mean quite as much as they may seem:
Twelve percent of those questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey released Monday say Obama aides did something illegal, with another 36 percent feeling Obama aides didn’...
He's Hoping RNC Members Will Respond, 'Yes We Ken'
A letter from Ken Blackwell, former Ohio secretary of state and candidate for chairman of the Republican National Committee, to members of the RNC:
December 22, 2008
Dear RNC Member:After Christmas, you will make an extraordinarily important decision that will affect ...
Doughnuts for Rick Warren?
Maybe we’re reaching a point of new civility in protests. This group, which opposes having Rick Warren give the invocation at Obama’s inauguration, wants protesters to send Dunkin’ Donuts cards to him, to mirror his response to those ...
Shawn Steel, Republican national committeeman from California, rips into current GOP chairman Mike Duncan:
The Republican Party needs a fresh start. We can find the qualities of a successful chairman in someone unconnected with either the Bush administration or the ...
James Lileks brings bad news to my Twitter feed: Al Franken is now up by 42 votes in the recount.
UPDATE: Franken up 63.
ANOTHER UPDATE: John McCormack says this was more or less expected, and we can expect legal challenges to ...
A Few Minutes with Katon Dawson, RNC Chair Candidate
Only two states in the country had more people vote for John McCain for president in 2008 than voted for George W. Bush in 2004: Louisiana and South Carolina.*
A certain amount of credit for that increased Republican turnout in the Palmetto ...
And What Does the World's Most Famous Illinois Citizen Think?
For the second time since the Blagojevich scandal broke, the editors of the Washington Post call for a special election.
I would note that a few words like “I think a special election is a good idea” from the president-elect ...
Some Need a Little Christmas Right This Very Minute; Others Need Obama
Philip Gutis, over at the Huffington Post:
I heard last night from an influential environmentalist and NRDC trustee. She wondered if NRDC is truly pleased with the environment and energy officials chosen by President-elect Barack Obama and said: “I just ...
A Clintonian Error Message
One of the lingering controversies hanging over Secretary of State-designate Hillary Clinton was about her husband’s foundation and who donated to it. Would she be making decisions that affected those who had donated piles of cash to her husband?
The Public's Questions on the Blagojevich Scandal Need to Be Answered
Commerce Secretary-designate Bill Richardson’s unwillingness to answer any questions from reporters after word broke of a grand-jury investigation about pay-for-play allegations — even whether or not he discussed the investigation with Obama administration vetters — illustrates, I think, the most legitimate ...
Apply the Fairness Doctrine to Cable and Satellite Programming?!?
Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-California, is talking about not only bringing back the Fairness Doctrine, but somehow, in some constitutionally dubious way, applying it to forms of communication that do not include public airwaves — i.e., cable and satellite programming.
Who Else in the Press Is Hoping to Be Hired by the Obama Administration?
The news that Jay Carney, editor at Time magazine, is leaving the publication to become Vice President-elect Joe Biden’s director of communications doesn’t leave me screaming bloody murder in outrage. But I have the same questions as when ...
Which iClod Wants To Tax Your iPod?
Former New Jersey governor Jim Florio became one of that state’s most hated figures when he raised taxes left and right, but most notably on toilet paper. Toilet-paper rolls were thrown over the fence at the governor’s mansion ...
If You're Not Willing to Ask a Potential Attorney General Tough Questions, Why Are You in the Senate?
Last night, word was spreading among conservative bloggers that two Republican senators on the Judiciary Committee may be going wobbly on the review of attorney-general nominee Eric Holder at his confirmation hearing. Sens. George Voinovich and Dick Lugar conspicuously chose ...
I think my debut as guest host of the Hugh Hewitt show went pretty darn well; the listeners seemed pretty happy. The appearance confirmed something I had long suspected, having watched Hugh, as well as Cam and Michael Graham and ...
If the Chicago Sun-Times's Michael Sneed Is Right . . .
“President-elect Barack Obama’s chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, is reportedly on 21 different taped conversations by the feds — dealing with his boss’ vacant Senate seat.”
African-Americans Played at the 'Whites Only' Columbia Country Club
I’ve dug up a bit of new information on the low-level controversy over South Carolina GOP chairman Katon Dawson, a candidate for chair of the Republican National Committee, and his past membership in the Forest Lake Country Club in ...
Which Poll Result Is More Surprising and Newsworthy?
Not only did the Washington Post decide to put the poll results indicating widespread public opposition to an auto-industry bailout on page D8, but their front-page story, indicating that Americans want the troops home from Iraq and have warm fuzzy-wuzzy ...
Truth Is Available Immediately, But Lies Take Time To Coordinate
Obama, December 11: “I’ve asked my team to gather the facts of any contacts with the governor’s office about this vacancy so that we can share them with you over the next few days.”
It is now four days ...
Dawson Adds an Ada to His RNC Bid
Ada Fisher, a Republican National Committee member from North Carolina (and an African-American), endorses the bid of South Carolina party chair Katon Dawson.
Letter below the fold . . .
Dear Mr. Dawson:
I asked each candidate I met to call me ...
More Allegations of 'Pay for Play' Surrounding Obama Cabinet Official
Could President-elect Obama soon have to look for a new commerce secretary?
Notice this story from Bloomberg:
A federal grand jury is investigating how a company that advised Jefferson County, Alabama, on bond deals that threaten to cause the biggest ...
Sarah Palin vs. Caroline Kennedy and Ted Kaufman
So for two months we were told, incessantly, that the governor of Alaska was unqualified to be the next vice president of the United States. You know, not enough experience, not enough time in office, not enough serious accomplishments in ...
Barney Frank: 'The federal government is there to try to make the federal role unnecessary within a few years.'
Barney Frank’s interview with Business Week is a must-read for connoisseurs of hubris. The bad news for Republicans is that they will need to build a compelling, comprehensive, and detailed vision to solve the nation’s problems; the good ...
Scratch One Michigander from the RNC Race
Chuck Yob departs the RNC race and endorses former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell.
The Joys of Intransigence
The UAW and its allied senators would rather see the automakers’ $15 billion loan disappear than agree to bring wages in line with foreign competitors in 2009.
A reader writes in:
My company enters into agreements with medical providers. In return for ...
Blago, Still Hard at Work on the People's Business
Meanwhile, Governor Blagojevich’s office has announced that he has signed a bill into law helping children with autism.
(I wonder if the various groups advocating for children with autism are thinking, “Governor, please don’t; we just don’t ...
While We're on the Topic of 'Arbitrary Deadlines'...
A reader notices an irony in the UAW’s statement:
the UAW was prepared to agree that any restructuring plan should ensure that the wages and benefits of workers at the domestic automakers should be competitive with those paid by ...
Who's Criticizing Obama's Response to the Blagojevich Scandal?
A few readers who are enthusiastic backers of Obama claim I’ve been unfair to the president-elect in my writings about his reaction to the Blagojevich scandal.
I wonder if they feel the same way about Eugene Robinson . . .
In handling ...
Sure, Now I Endorse Mitt Romney
I have no idea if he would be interested in what would probably be Mission: Impossible for the domestic auto industry, but there can’t be too many folks who would be better qualified to be “Car Czar” than Mitt ...
Have Anyone in Particular in Mind, Mr. Rove?
Some are speculating that this line in Karl Rove’s Wall Street Journal piece . . .
Second, while it’s the responsibility of all, someone must take the lead on training candidates and party leaders and nurturing their focus on ideas. Under ...
Rahm Emanuel 'Occasionally' Spoke to Blagojevich
I’m a smidgen more cautious about this line in the New York Times than Jen Rubin is. But it is intriguing:
Mr. Emanuel was among the few people in Mr. Obama’s circle who occasionally spoke to Mr. Blagojevich. ...
Turns Out Obama Did Have 'Contact' with Blagojevich
Wow. Ace of Spades highlights a photo that suggests when Obama said, “I had no contact with the governor or his office,” what he really meant was “I met him and shook his hand in front of photographers at the ...
He Could Carry the Bill Swerski Superfan Demographic
There is a Twitter feed entitled “Draft Mike Ditka.” I presume they mean for Obama’s Senate seat, not to replace Lovie Smith.
Tempting as the concept is, it’s easy to imagine a variation of the “Celebrity” ad being ...
Who Runs for Obama's Seat in a Runoff?
The Illinois Republican Party has been in rough, rough shape for a while. But this speculation passed on from a reader is pretty intriguing:
Here’s a bit of speculation from a Chicago ex-pat – I think it is now a ...
Anybody Expect a Lot of Cars Getting Sold Early Next Year?
In the legislation authorizing $14 billion in loans to the auto industry:
(a) DURATION.—The duration of any loan made under this Act shall be 7 years, or such longer period as the President’s designee may determine with respect to such ...
Evidence Suggests Somebody on Team Obama Knew What Blago Was Doing...
Obama defenders will no doubt argue that Obama has no connection to the Blagojevich scandal, citing the FBI and U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald’s emphasis in yesterday’s press conference that the President-Elect is not implicated in this scandal.
Obama Won't Answer Questions on Whether Staff Talked to Blagojevich
Judging from Obama’s answer — or more specifically, refusal to answer – below in his interview with the Los Angeles Times, there is obviously at least the possibility that someone on Team Obama was talking to Blagojevich about who should be ...