Random Thoughts

Well, you’ve all heard, said, and read about a million words by now, but some random observations: The speech was good, not great…the flubbing of the Oath of Office was no big deal, though you’d think it was…I like Obama’s kids more and more, they should be a lot of fun…get rid of the inaugural [...]

Hail To The Chief, Part Deux

What can I say, on this day, about our new president? Shall I admit again that I thought he should have waited until 2012?  Well, I did think that, and I said so. Was I harshly critical of him in the campaign, finding him less than believable as he jettisoned campaign finance reform, then called [...]

Hail To The Chief

I know it’s not at all fashionable to praise George W. Bush, but as I watched his farewell address to the nation tonight, I saw vintage Bush…the faults (the halting delivery, the mangled words), yes, but also the worldview that endears him to me even as it infuriates so many (including some of you).  For [...]

One Of Those Days…

Lots of news today, but nothing that excites me to comment much. Hillary Clinton to engage Iran and Syria? Fine, but as we’ve seen from North Korea, nations with bad intentions can play nations with good intentions like a fiddle.  I’m going to be watching this with great skepticism. Citigroup to break up?  Okay by [...]

One-Term Obama?

The Politico features a recent discussion by two writers for the New York Times: White House reporters for The New York Times predict that the market collapse will force President-elect Barack Obama to abandon for now many of his campaign promises. If his stimulus plan “doesn’t work out, he may very well be a one-term [...]

Obama’s Early Days Pleasing…To Republicans

What a delicious irony it would be if Barack Obama, the Democratic answer to eight years of the hated Bush, ended up having a higher approval rating among Republicans than Democrats!  Now, I don’t really believe that’s the case – actually, rank and file Democrats are quite confident that Obama will be a good president [...]

Here’s Hoping He Means It

One nice thing about Barack Obama’s early days is his propensity to at least say hopeful things.  Like this, for example: President-elect Barack Obama warned that he will inherit a $1 trillion budget deficit upon taking office, and pledged to ban all earmarks as an attempt to address both the “deficit of dollars and the [...]

Out With The Bad, In With The…Worse?

Well, good riddance to Bill Richardson, who has always had hints and allegations of scandal, though usually of a more Bill Clintonesque nature, surrounding him.  Richardson was far too much of a ‘fair trader’ for my tastes, anyway (tough break for New Mexico, though, looks like they’re still stuck with him for now). But how [...]

The One Absolutely Undeniable Thing About The New President…

…is not that he’s smart (though I’m sure that he is – but how would I know?).  It’s not that he’s honest (I’m sure he is – well, as honest as the next guy, anyway – but how would you know?).  It’s not that he’ll make a great president (I don’t own a crystal ball, [...]

Okay, Enough Automaker Talk For Now…

…there ARE other things going on in the world, after all. I don’t for one minute think that Barack Obama is in any kind of legal jeopardy regarding discussions with disgraced Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, but there is the definite stink of a whitewash regarding contact between the governor and Obama’s Chief of Staff.  The [...]

The Return of the Culture of Corruption!

Wow, how about this guy?  Is he ethically challenged or what?  I’m talking about Charlie Rangel, of course, who did you THINK I was talking about?  Or am I talking about William Jefferson? Actually, you know who I’m really, really talking about:  Rod Blagojevich, the new poster boy for political corruption. This guy is BAAAD [...]


It’s official: Obama still smokes. “There are times where I’ve fallen off the wagon,” the president-elect said when asked in a broadcast interview whether he has kicked the habit. “I’ve done a terrific job, under the circumstances, of making myself much healthier,” he said. “And I think that you will not see any violations of [...]

Honeymoon’s Almost Over

I’ve been quite content with most of Obama’s early decisions in the transition period.  I criticized his choice of Hillary, admittedly not on her own merits, but because of her association with her increasingly buffoonish husband.  The first real danger sign I saw was Obama’s choice of Bill Richardson for Secretary of Commerce (confirmed today).  [...]

I’m Back…

…and so are the big three automakers.  This time, the market is expecting a different outcome re: the bailout.  Also today, we can expect the big Hillary announcement (I continue to see this is Obama’s first big blunder, but there you go). Everyone have a good Thanksgiving? I know I did…of course, Texas fans did [...]

Can You Ignore The Constitution If It’s Inconvenient?

This from Matthew Berger, posting at Marc Ambinder’s place: Pete Williams of NBC raised the question on MSNBC this afternoon: Is Hillary Clinton barred by the Constitution from accepting the post of secretary of state? Article One, Section Six of the U.S. Constitution says: No Senator or Representative shall, during the Time for which he [...]

In A Hurry, For No Good Reason

It’s understandable that the whiff of panic is in the air, and people have lost faith in the current team and are grasping at any lifeline…no, I’m not talking about Texas Tech fans (what a difference a day makes – 24 hours ago, we were #2, with a National Title nearly in our grasp – [...]

More Appointments

So, New York Fed President Timothy Geithner at Treasury (seems to be well-received), and Richardson at Commerce…hmmph.  Not a good choice there.  I oppose Hillary as SoS not because of her, but because of her boorish husband, but Richardson is not a good ambassador for trade.  Here are some past quotes: “What I believe we [...]

Clinton To Be Named SoS After Thanksgiving…

…or so reports The Politico.  I think it’s a big, big mistake – not because Hillary isn’t capable, or anything like that – but because Bill Clinton is a walking soap opera.  Mark my words, a scandal is coming…count it as the first bad major decision Obama has made post-election…

Betrayed, Part Two!

One of the challenges that will face Barack Obama, sooner rather than later, is that moment when the rest of the world realizes that he will operate, by and large, in the framework of his predecessors.  America will not change its strategic goals overnight, if at all: for example, in an Obama administration, much to [...]


Oh, how delicious, the howls of outrage emanating from Nutroots® land (by the way, I officially get credit for coining Nutroots® at Wikipedia now!) over the decision to let Lieberman keep his committee chair!  Let us get a small sample, for sheer entertainment value. The detestable Jane Hamsher (who coined her own phrase, “Rape Gurney [...]