Another Friday, another Obama adviser gone.12:02 PM, Oct 8, 2010 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
The New York Times reports that national security adviser Jim Jones’s departure, long expected to take place at the end of the year, was accelerated because of “statements that he apparently made to Bob Woodward” that were reproduced in Woodward’s Obama’s Wars.
2:31 PM, Oct 4, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
Ben Smith reports:
Rahm Emanuel kicked off his campaign for Mayor of Chicago with a homecoming video, filmed in front of a bookshelf with a vase and a family photograph.
"I was born here and my wife Amy and I raised our three children here," he says. "I'm glad to be home."
Lessons to be learned from Rahm Emanuel's departure. Oct 11, 2010, Vol. 16, No. 04 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
On October 1, Rahm Emanuel announced his departure as White House chief of staff, ending the shortest and most hapless tenure in that position since Bill Clinton replaced his childhood friend, Mack McLarty, in 1994. McLarty is a nice guy who wasn’t tough enough to bring order to Clinton’s White House. Emanuel is a tough guy who wasn’t mature enough to bring good judgment to Obama’s.
Are these folks disingenuous or dreaming?3:43 PM, Mar 23, 2010 • By FRED BARNES
When White House chief of staff Rahm Emanual lobbied Democratic Representative Jason Altmire of Pennsylvania last week to vote for the health care bill, he argued it would cut the deficit. “You ran because you care about the deficit,” he told Altmire, according to the Washington Post. “This is north of $1 trillion in deficit reduction.” Shortly after the bill passed, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi offered the exact number, claiming the bill would save “the taxpayers $1.3 trillion.”
A ParodyMar 22, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 26 • By
Emanuel and Lincoln
3:39 PM, Mar 11, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
This is big, big news (if true):
The Senate Parliamentarian has ruled that President Barack Obama must sign Congress’ original health care reform bill before the Senate can act on a companion reconciliation package, senior GOP sources said Thursday.
Sources say the investigation into Massa will be damning.11:17 AM, Mar 9, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Reliable sources on Capitol Hill say the House ethics report on Eric Massa will be damning. Obamacare opponents, like Glenn Beck, might want to think twice before indulging Massa and letting this Democratic creep become the posterboy of Obamacare opposition.
Obama's top advisers have led him into a ditch.11:40 AM, Feb 9, 2010 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
Andrew Malcolm writes:
Many political observers are coming to see that the ex-state senator from the South Side is running his federal administration in Washington much the way they run things back home: with a small....
...claque of clout-laden people from the same school who learned their political trade back in the nation's No. 3 city, named for an Indian word for a smelly wild onion.
That style is tough, focused, immune to any distractions but cosmetic niceties. And did we mention tough. A portly, veteran Chicago alderman once confided only about 40% jokingly, that he had taken up jogging to lose weight but quickly gave it up as boring because "you can't knock anyone down." That's politics the Chicago way.
Obama and his top advisers Rahm Emanuel, Valerie Jarrett, and David Axelrod all hail from the Chicago school. Press secretary Robert Gibbs is an Alabaman who worked for North Carolinian Democrats, but he's adapted to the Chicago method with ease. Together, this band of operatives has not deviated from the themes and goals of Obama's 2008 campaign. They do not admit errors of substance. Faced with a troublesome midterm election, Obama did not search out new figures and guides for his party. He reached back to his 2008 campaign manager David Plouffe.
And criticism of the president's budget mounts.5:26 PM, Feb 2, 2010 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
How serious a document is the president's budget proposal? The establishment media do not seem to like it. The budget's long-term projections are enough to drive you to drink. No political faction is satisfied with the administration's proposals. Liberals do not like the freeze on their favorite part of the budget; conservatives do not like the budget's tax hikes and massive deficits. Even the White House has reason to be disappointed. According to its own budget, unemployment will be at 7.9 percent when Obama stands for reelection in 2012. Only a huge, unanticipated economic boom will produce enough tax revenues to delay the fiscal reckoning and improve Obama's political standing.
After delaying the surge, White House officials are upset because troops aren't deploying fast enough to Afghanistan.1:25 PM, Jan 11, 2010 • By JAMIE FLY
In 2009, President Obama made several courageous national security decisions, including extending his campaign timeline for withdrawal from Iraq and sending tens of thousands of additional troops to Afghanistan. Both contravened many in his party who wanted U.S. troops out of Iraq as soon as possible and who are worried that Afghanistan will become Obama's Vietnam.