Healthcare revisited……Internal dissent……..and Organizing…again….

I have highlighted the fact that I believe President Obama wants a healthcare bill …….period……..I am even more convinced after I have started reading Richard Wolfe\’s book about Obama , Renegade.…..in the early part of the book Wolfe describes how Obama embraced the  Judge Robert’s appointment to the Supreme Court ( he actually wrote to DailyKos supporting it) …a fact few people know….. it just illustrates to me that Obama …like Bill Clinton…is a politician…and is always willing to compromise, knowing how to get what he wants in the end……..by fighting for a Robert’s pick, Obama, at the time, hopped to establish his independency, which would desensitize and disarm republicans to the fact that he was a black senator from Chicago…a condition that helped him get elected president …..

So aanyway…..I have come upon a piece in mydd.com by desmoninesdem that touches on the internal democratic problem……Obama wants a healthcare bill…with  Ted Kennedy gone he’s below 60 votes in the senate……while the progressives and liberals in his party want a ‘public option’….it may be impossible to do so…….my belief is Obama will take a bill with out it. desmoniesdem points out that this litmus test is straining the internal cohesion displayed with the democratic party that backed Obama’s march to the presidency, and that the Clinton/Obama questions will get thrown into the mix as a loyalty test. Obama got the left wing of his party starting in the primaries in Iowa…and has had them wanting ever since……

He further reveals that these groups are beginning to organize (a’ la election style) grass route organizations in several states, to exert pressure from the bottom ……This may be all good….But the simple thing is Obama has the votes for a bill without the ‘option’ ….Will he fight the battle for a bill with the option?………Only he will know the answer…..

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Open Thread……..

Comments anyone?….on anything………

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Beepers, Cellphones and texting…….

I’m getting a little old these days…I don’t use my phone to do texting…….I don’t know how…and don’t want to know how, to tell you the truth.

First it was carrying a beeper……that was cool…everybody knew you where important enough to have one for work……Then people carried TWO beepers!…….One for work, and one for home…….Then came Cellphones…….Same thing……for work……and almost all the early users were males…like the beeper carriers.   Then someone woke up and realized that EVERYBODY could have a phone and it was on!

Now everyone has a phone, even grandma’s and little kids……..So what came next?……Texting!…….What I don’t understand is how my son and everyone else can text ……AND DRIVE?…..I mean, how can they watch the road, and text?…….Can someone please explain?

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The Big Banks get bigger…………

A sobering piece in the Washington Post points something very disturbing coming out of the countries financial downturn. That is that….the nations big banks have  gotten even bigger and are more likely to have a permeant spot in the ‘too big to fail spot’……..as  result of the White House policy of  not letting anyone of them fail…the middle guys have no such protection….and have been swallowed up….leaving bigger top players…….while the government is watching the big guys…….those banks are now making big profits and are trying to pay big salaries to keep their employees causing headaches for watch dogs and the White House……..the public maybe the ones who get mad…watching these unfold in front of their eyes while they get shut out of opportunities  to work and get  credit……….

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Dispatches for today………Richardson, Corzine, AIG and Dukakis……

1)   The case against Gov. Richardson of  New Mexico has been dropped………..

2)  Two polls put Corzine within the MOE in New Jersey…….

3)  AIG shares reached $50.00 on Thursday………..and the CEO has decided to slow down selling off the companies foreign units….

4) Dukakis for caretaker in Mass.?

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Sen. Edward ( Ted ) Kennedy……1932 – 2009……..

PoliticalDog101 joins the rest of America, and the world, in expressing its sorrow in seeing one of America best politicians passing……Ted Kennedy, the last of the brothers from Massachusetts, was an icon in American politics……..born into the most famous american political dynasty, and the last keeper of the flame….his last year was a rough one……..physically and politically……he leaves the nations first black (mixed actually)  president, a party that came back, a niece that tried to come back for him, and a family that loved him………he will be missed……….

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Rendition and the new interrogation unit…….

I see that the White house has announced that the Bush policy of rendition, will continue…….with the add-on that the State Department will check to make sure no one turned over to a third country gets tortured……Of, course that is just face dressing since the United States can’t stop another sovereign nation from handling someone any way they want once the CIA handlers drop them off (not that the CIA won’t call back later for a transcript of what the guy said)……

On the interrogation unit thing…..this is my read……The Head of the unit….. will be an FBI agent, who will report to the National Security Council Chair……..which should make the unit principally concerned only about prosecuting that individual……..FBI agents are law enforcement officers……they build criminal cases…….and since they will be working on only the top named bad guys…..the rest will go through the system, with no change, right?

In addition, I suppose…..the first people to get their hands on the hot list people that the military doesn’t kill, will get a Q & A from the local military intel people, who will then hand the bad guy over to the CIA for a quick Q & A session before the  ‘WH specials’ arrive from DC………if , I’m even remotely correct here…..the CIA can live with this, and nothing really changes……….

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Holder and the CIA…When something isn't what it seems……..

First let me say up front…this is my take…….

Ok…… I’ve sat on this story for about 20 hours, to let it season…and I believe the story is cover fire…..Attorney General Holder has named John Durham to be Justice’s special investigator on 12 cases….given to Justice by the CIA …with prisoner abuse problems…..That got everyone’s attention, right?…….but there are few caveats that go along with the story…….

First of all …these cases were initially given to the BUSH DOJ and dropped…Second……Bill Burton the WH press guy filling in for Gibbs’s mentioned yesterday this quote……..” He (Obama )  agrees with the attorney general that anyone who conducted actions that had been sanctioned should not be prosecuted”……third……Obama clearly has put distance between the story by saying that this is ALL Holder and the CIC doesn’t want to intervene…….

Now if anyone doesn’t think Emmanuel and his staff haven’t gamed this out they’re crazy…….the first thing any political junkie or press person would think is that is political problems for Obama…..but stop and think……Obama has limited this really to do the people who gave the okay to the grunts……any grunt that did something not covering their behind is expendable….and I’ll bet the spot light is gonna end up very bright on one person…..John Yo…..the guy who said the whole thing was Okay in the first place……….

So in the end this isn’t a broad fishing expedition at all……in the end Obama has separated himself from the investigation…and dropped it back in Bush’s lap……and will not bother the guys who did their job under the approval of the nation’s senior law organization.

Update:……While I stand by my analysis of this situation from Obama’s point of view…the inquiry is not sitting well with intelligence community…..seven former CIA chiefs have written to Obama asking that the Justice Department cease and desist in the Holder action on post 9/11 interrogations……..Obama and Justice have reinforced the fact they are not going after the grunts…….but the ex-chiefs are fearful that ‘sources and methods’ maybe compromised in the inquiry. and that the inquiry will have ‘chilling’ effect on the agencies staff…………I expect that in the end it will be Wu, or the whole thing will go away……

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Sen. Gillibrands House members problem…….

Over at The Albany Project, robert harding points out that Senator Gilibrand has a few NY City House members behind her……. just a few (only half of the state’s 28 House members, in total, have come out for her)…..and not one memeber of the House from Long Island…….hummmm?

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The Progressive dilemma……….

Nate Silver, over at FivethirtyEight sums up the dilemma for the Progressive wing of the Democratic party…do they REALY stick to the ‘public option’ and risk the ENTIRE healthcare bill ? ( they pushed back this week )…..or do they bluff their way down to the wire, and join Obama in taking a bill w/o the option (add co-ops, maybe), and call it a victory……as I have posted here…I think Obama ( who can’t come out of this empty handed, NO MATTER WHAT ) is gonna be the one to decide in the end…..but Silver does give a good snap shot of the thinking with-in the Progressives camp…………..

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Updates on posts from July………

1) Is Corzine Falling behind?…..(7/29/09) …….

Yep…..but he’s coming back…….( he’s doing a whole better than Deeds)

2) Are the Democrats invincible?……..(7/29/09)……

Nope………as Deeds, Corzine or Patrick

3) The Healthcare vote exposes Democratic fault lines…….(7/30/09)……

Yep……ask the Democratic Liberals and  Progressives

4) New York State still has a Lt. Governor……(7/31/09)…..

Nope…..not no more…an Appellate court ruled against Governor Paterson’s action….

5) The Cash for Clunkers program will probably be back….with more cash…….(7/31.09)

And will be close down again in the morning, a victim of it’s success……with 400,000 + vehicles, exchanged

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More Troops for Afghanistan………

Glenn Thrush, highlights in a piece in the WashPost, something is clearly evident and will happen….against NSC Chair Gen. Jones admonishment not to do so….Gen. McChystal is gonna ask for more troops for Afghanistan when he briefs Congress in September…….it’s gonna happen……and since he’s the new Patreaus, and HIS predisesor was fired  for not going at things the right way…the President is gonna have to take this request seriously….I have posted the Sen Feingold and group of his fellow senators are in opposition to an escalation of troops in the AFPAK region, but they are swimming against the tide………..

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Update………HHS Secretary is Okay!

President  Obama pulled Sebelius up, from under the bus, and dusted her off safely…………by declaring on a radio program today that she didn’t misspeak on the ‘public option’ a few days ago…….Whew!

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A little bit on Obama's drop in the polls and his usage of his popularity to effect change…….

We all know that Healthcare is driving the President’s poll numbers down ( he’s doing all right with the economy, but no one’s looking right now ) …… but I for one, believe that people still believe in Obama personally. Tom Schaller, asks in FiveThirtyEight , how has Obama used his political capital ( or popularity)?…..

Schaller gives four ways that Obama has worked it……..1) Obama has spend his political capital freely…not holding back…..2) Obama has worked it, thinking of the future…..3) Did Obama misjudge the push back on healthcare….thinking it ( the capital/popularity) would negate the opposition…… 4)In spite of  it,  he got mugged……Schaller’s piece is good… and he provides a graphic up front in the piece also……

As for me……For the past nine months I  believe that Obama has been true to his campaign speeches for the Presidency…. Using his capital and popularity to effect change in the basic  sense……he has challenged the status quo in that the congress, political parties and executive branches don’t want to deal with this HUGE issue…

This is what he promised  America to get elected…..and he is in it for the ‘Longhaul’,  and as I posted on August 16th……..also….as I posted on August 13…… this is Politics…and it will be up to Obama to ‘ decide if he goes for the jugular, with the Bluedogs, and Republicans, or dances around the ‘Public Option’  (which Liberals, and Progressives have made a beachhead ) issue’….

Update: A look back at August shows that things wasn’t so bad for Obama, who has swung back up in the polls…………

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Progress…….here at Political Dog 101…….

We have passed 210 looks here at PoliticalDog 101……that in less that a month……..Thank You for your support people, and keep it coming….ruff, ruff….that’s my Dog!

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The Lockerbie Pan Am Flt 103 Bombers' release………

I wasn’t going to comment on this…his release was due to his imminent death (cancer) did not garner any emotion from me……..But this afternoon, while  waiting for my wife in a doctors office, I saw a FOX feed about Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi’s arrival in Libya……and I got pissed……the guy was a Libya Intel agent who help bring down Pan Am Flight 103 in Scotland in 1988……..there was 259 souls on board when the Boeing 747 went down in that field, and 11 more were killed on the ground……That his countrymen, and women could be joyful, and proud of him upon his arrival from being jailed in Scotland, is incomprehensible to me………

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