Posted: 23 Nov 2008 10:09 AM CST
I so wanted John McCain to win the election, no doubt about it, but the bright side of his losing and Barack Obama winning, yes folks, I always can find a silver lining, is watching the far left have a cow over Obama's decisions, even before he has taken office.
I am learning that there is something to be said for a good old fashioned soap opera.
I am naming this one, "Obama's White House- As The Stomach Churns," and it is going to be a four year series.
The other day I pointed out how some members of the left were already expressing that are prepared to "go to war" with Obama before he takes office, because of his choices.
The cast is Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, people Obama is choosing for his cabinet and top positions, and of course the far far left of the Democratic party. We will throw in Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and the far left political players of the Democratic party as well, because there is no doubt that they will be extras in this soap opera.
The Independent gives us a list of who has been confirmed picks for Obama as of now:
Secretary of Health and Human Services: Tom Daschle, 60, former Senate Democratic leader
Then it goes on to those that have been confirmed by sources but have not been formally announced as of yet, or still need to be vetted.
Secretary of State: Hillary Clinton, 61
Stage is set, actors are cast and reactions from the far left are coming in about the names available already.
Part one of As The Stomach Churns will deal with Hillary Clinton, because Clinton and Obama will definitely be the lead players in As The Stomach Churns, we see that there were a few conditions set by Clinton before she would agree to accept the position of Secretary of State.
The first sign of friction in the Obama camp as Mrs Clinton demands - and gets - a purge of her critics before accepting Secretary of State role.
From the Telegraph we see the choice of Clinton is not going over very well with the far far left of the party and some unnamed Obama aides and courtesy of the Washington Post, the Clinton choice has some in the Arab world "worried."
The aides on Hillary Clinton:
But when they met on Wednesday they agreed on one thing: "He's making a mistake." As one of the participants told a friend later that night: "She'll do a good job but she'll do it for herself, not for Barack. I can't bear the drama again."The far left on Hillary Clinton:
From the other Telegraph article (linked above) we see some reactions about Hillary Clinton being chosen as Secretary of State
Chris Bowers of the influential OpenLeft.com blog complained: "That is, over all, a centre-right foreign policy team. I feel incredibly frustrated. Progressives are being entirely left out of Obama's major appointments so far."
Other reactions to the Clinton pick found on liberal blogs:
Huffington Post, writer Mark Joseph:
Why would Obama want to tarnish his brand new administration with the Clinton soap opera of Monica, Whitewater, Vince Foster, Marc Rich and company when he could start fresh with an entirely new team? And why would he want a mortal enemy like Hillary who is probably at this very moment plotting her comeback strategy for 2012, inside his administration, leaking to the press and undermining him? I thought he put the Clintons away for good. He seems too smart to do something like this.
Also via Huffington Post we see Christopher Hitchens appeared on "Hardball" calling the choice of Clinton a "Ludicrous Embarrassment." (Video at the link)
The Washington Independent questions whether Clinton will fill those positions under her, as Secretary of State with loyalists.
Let is be said here that the more moderate liberals, which I always separate from the far far left liberals, do not seem to be having the same problem with the Obama choice of Clinton for the Secretary of State job and are not reacting as strongly as the media and far left pundits are.
The reactions across the blogosphere and in the media to the remaining names on the list given above of the Obama picks which are confirmed and/or not formally announced yet, will be shown in part two of "Obama's White House- As The Stomach Churns."
For now I will leave you with a quote from EmptyWheel:
When it comes to the netroots, Barack Obama has the long arm-short arm syndrome. He has taken much from us in terms of support, voice, momentum, money, footwork and energy. Obama has given little, if anything, in return to the netroots. Unless you count disdain and scorn. And pokes in the eye with a blunt stick.
Posted: 22 Nov 2008 02:46 PM CST
Cross-posted by Maggie at Maggie's Notebook
"I wouldn't want to create the impression that I wouldn't like the government of the United States to be Islamic sometime in the future...But I'm not going to do anything violent to promote that. I'm going to do it through education."
Ibrahim Hooper CAIR Spokesman.
This should be reported as plainly as possible. Follows some details of the United Nation's attempt to silence non-Muslims, and bear in mind, the U.N. is now run by the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC). Barring free speech is the first step to the institution of Islam world-wide.
The following is excerpted from Islamist Watch and features only snippets of their comments. I encourage you to read the article and follow the links therein.
"As if the endless tales of corruption, ineptitude, and financial waste were not enough to sully one's view of the United Nations, here is another reason to look askance at Turtle Bay: the organization is pushing a global blasphemy law designed to thwart criticism of the Islamic faith:"
"...a global law to punish blasphemy — a campaign championed by the 56-member Organization of Islamic Conference that puts the rights of religions ahead of individual liberties."Consider one key draft resolution at the event.
Introduced jointly by the Philippines and Pakistan, it openly seeks to limit press freedoms. Translation: Don't even think of publishing those Danish cartoons or anything even close to them. And forget about questioning authorities in places like, say, Riyadh.The Islamist agenda: "Politically correct appeals and soft intimidation."
Culture of peace? This is the culture of censorship and the West should have none of it.
End Islamist Watch.
If you think the actions and protests shown in these pictures will fade away under new anti-defamation laws, think again. The Koran allows and encourages the subjugation of all peoples to Islam. Islam will not be silenced.
"Those who stay in America should be open to society without melting, keeping Mosques open so anyone can come and learn about Islam. If you choose to live here, you have a responsibility to deliver the message of Islam ... Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faiths, but to become dominant. The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth."
Co-founder of the Council on American-Islamic Relations
Photos courtesy of FaithFreedom.org
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