Daily Archives: September 9, 2009

Senator Ted Kennedy’s Letter to President Obama

Posted by Audiegrl

President Obama and his friend Senator Ted Kennedy

President Obama and his friend Senator Ted Kennedy

In what many are saying was President Obama’s most powerful speech yet, the President ended his speech on Health Care Reform by telling viewers about a letter he received from Senator Ted Kennedy. The letter was to be delivered to the President after the Senators death. Many viewers were touched by the sentiments in the letter, and members of both Congress and the Senate were seen wiping their eyes. Below is the text of the letter referenced by President Obama in last night’s address to a Joint Session of Congress.

May 12, 2009

Dear Mr. President,

I wanted to write a few final words to you to express my gratitude for your repeated personal kindnesses to me – and one last time, to salute your leadership in giving our country back its future and its truth.

On a personal level, you and Michelle reached out to Vicki, to our family and me in so many different ways. You helped to make these difficult months a happy time in my life.

You also made it a time of hope for me and for our country.

When I thought of all the years, all the battles, and all the memories of my long public life, I felt confident in these closing days that while I will not be there when it happens, you will be the President who at long last signs into law the health care reform that is the great unfinished business of our society. For me, this cause stretched across decades; it has been disappointed, but never finally defeated. It was the cause of my life. And in the past year, the prospect of victory sustained me-and the work of achieving it summoned my energy and determination.

There will be struggles – there always have been – and they are already underway again. But as we moved forward in these months, I learned that you will not yield to calls to retreat – that you will stay with the cause until it is won. I saw your conviction that the time is now and witnessed your unwavering commitment and understanding that health care is a decisive issue for our future prosperity. But you have also reminded all of us that it concerns more than material things; that what we face is above all a moral issue; that at stake are not just the details of policy, but fundamental principles of social justice and the character of our country.

And so because of your vision and resolve, I came to believe that soon, very soon, affordable health coverage will be available to all, in an America where the state of a family’s health will never again depend on the amount of a family’s wealth. And while I will not see the victory, I was able to look forward and know that we will – yes, we will – fulfill the promise of health care in America as a right and not a privilege.

In closing, let me say again how proud I was to be part of your campaign- and proud as well to play a part in the early months of a new era of high purpose and achievement. I entered public life with a young President who inspired a generation and the world. It gives me great hope that as I leave, another young President inspires another generation and once more on America’s behalf inspires the entire world.

So, I wrote this to thank you one last time as a friend- and to stand with you one last time for change and the America we can become.

At the Denver Convention where you were nominated, I said the dream lives on.

And I finished this letter with unshakable faith that the dream will be fulfilled for this generation, and preserved and enlarged for generations to come.

With deep respect and abiding affection,



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“It will provide more security and stability to those who have health insurance. It will provide insurance to those who don’t. And it will lower the cost of health care for our families, our businesses, and our government.”
– President Barack Obama

PLEASE NOTE: ***Offers a public health insurance option to provide the uninsured and those who can’t find affordable coverage with a real choice. The President believes this option will promote competition, hold insurance companies accountable and assure affordable choices. It is completely voluntary. The President believes the public option must operate like any private insurance company – it must be self-sufficient and rely on the premiums it collects.***

The Plan @ Whitehouse.gov

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Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC)— drop him a line

**UPDATE** (click here):
Rob Miller is Joe Wilson’s opponent, lets help him replace Joe Wilson in 2010

All contact info for Joe Wilson:

Phone and U.S. Mail:
The Midlands’ Office
1700 Sunset Blvd (US 378), Suite 1
West Columbia , SC 29169
Phone: (803) 939-0041
Phone: (888) 381-1442 (*only accessible when calling from area codes 803, 843, and 864)
Fax: (803) 939-0078
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Lowcountry Office
903 Port Republic Street, Beaufort, SC 29902
Mail to: Post Office Box 1538, Beaufort, SC 29901
Phone: (843) 521-2530
Fax: (843) 521-2535
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Washington Office
212 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2452
Fax: (202) 225-2455
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m


Wilson apologizes:
“This evening I let my emotions get the best of me when listening to the President’s remarks regarding the coverage of illegal immigrants in the health care bill. While I disagree with the President’s statement, my comments were inappropriate and regrettable. I extend sincere apologies to the President for this lack of civility.”

to late buddy

Paul Begala:

As good as Obama was, the Republicans may have helped him more than he helped himself. Just as Bill Clinton was blessed by cartoon-character enemies like Ken Starr and Henry Hyde, the face of GOP opposition to Obamacare tonight was not the heroic and patriotic John McCain, but rather some Congressclown named Joe Wilson from South Carolina. Between Mr. Wilson calling our President a liar and the rest of the GOP looking like a cast picture of “Grumpy Old Men,” the Republicans were a portait of bitter anger that would be unrecognizable to the sunny and optimistic Ronald Reagan.


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Media Challenge: Will They Take the Palin Bait

posted by BetsMeier

I couldn’t help myself people. Palin has every right to write an op-ed, and WSJ has every right to print it. But I don’t think she gets it, once a lie, always a lie.

from Marc Ambinder, Atlantic Monthly

But Palin’s existence in this debate does not (a) lend her voice any credibility and, beyond that, even if you believe that her experience as a state governor does give her at least a modicum of credibility, it does not follow that, because her voice is credible, it ought to be influential. Newt Gingrich is influential by rights; he’s done the work, come up with original ideas, and been in the trenches. (Replacing Medicare with vouchers…not new or remotely plausible, even if GOPers do well in the next two elections. Quoting Ronald Reagan talking about that type of proposal…not new. Etc.)

The media — by which I mean the cable news networks, primarily — will determine whether Palin’s view on health care becomes influential. There are many Republican, conservative health care spokespeople who have earned the right to speak for their party’s principals, and, truth be told, can recite the talking points (complete with Ronald Reagan quote) better than Palin and her writer can. They’re the ones who should be offended if Palin’s op-ed becomes the voice of the opposition tomorrow, because Palin isn’t seen by most Americans as a particularly trenchent analyst of policy. Indeed, the reason why Palin’s team wants to get her pieces in publications like the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal is that, in this next phase of her political career, Mrs. Palin has to burnish her policy skills. And the Journal is all too willing to lend some space to this project, because plenty of people will see the piece.

read the article here

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“The Afrikaner Party Draws First Blood: Van Jones, Barack Obama and the Audacity of Capitulation

posted by BetsMeier

Tim Wises’ article: “The Afrikaner Party Draws First Blood: Van Jones, Barack Obama and the Audacity of Capitulation” I read this today and really felt like I could identify with what the author Tim Wise said about the Republican Party. I’m sure you have all heard the saying “I’m a recovering alcoholic”, well, I’m a recovering Republican. And Tim is absolutely spot on about the Republican Party.
They do not believe in truth, they believe in winning at all costs. They don’t care that they might ruin someones life. As I’m sure many of you have heard me say in the past, “they believe that if you throw enough sh*t on the wall some will stick.” And that’s been their MO for years. I just wish that the Democrats would understand that and get tough. The last couple of days I HAVE seen the Obama team come out swinging. I’m going to go out and buy Tim Wise’s latest book folks.

con’t: Tim Wise @ redroom.com

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Sex, Lies, and a Hot ‘Mike’

CA State Rep. Michael Duvall

CA State Rep. Michael Duvall

Posted by Audiegrl

Who knew that Republican’s were so freaky? I thought we Democrats had all the fun. This summer we had the sex scandals with some of the members of the Prayboy Mansion (that’s what I call the C Street House). We were told of extra-marital affairs of Sen John Ensign and Gov. Mark Sanford, ending their 2012 Presidency ambitions.

But Michael Duvall, a conservative Republican state representative from Orange County, California, has risen to the top of the list of hypocritical-family values Republican office holders. Mike Duvall has put the real ‘hot’ and the real ‘Mike” in hot mic stories.

Duvall owes his notoriety to a conversation at a council meeting that was caught on a hot mic. You might say, so what… people get caught on ‘hot mics” all the time. I remember when MSNBC’s Chuck Todd, Republican strategist Mike Murphy, and Conservative Columnist Peggy Noonan were captured on a hot mic during last summers Republican National Convention. They were talking amongst themselves and saying how the really felt about the Palin pick, which was curiously the opposite of what they had just said to viewers on air. Sometimes ‘hot mic’ events are a good thing, because it tells you what the Media or our Elected Officials really candidly think. Don’t get me wrong, I am all for honesty and keeping it real, but Mike Duvall took it a bit too far. All I can say to Mike is TMI. Too Much Information

Keep in mind, Mike is not talking about having sex with just anybody. He is talking about having sex with two different women that are lobbyists for utility companies! Coincidentally, Duvall is vice chairman of the Utilities and Commerce Committee….

Some of ‘hot Mike’s’ excerpts:

“She wears little eye-patch underwear. So, the other day she came here with her underwear, Thursday. And
 so, we had made love Wednesday–a lot! And so she’ll, she’s all, ‘I am going 
up and down the stairs, and you’re dripping out of me!’ So messy!”

“So, I am getting into spanking her,” says the Orange County Republican. “I like spanking her. She goes, ‘I know you like spanking me.’ I said, ‘Yeah! Because you’re such a bad girl!'”

Like I said, TMI.

Local CBS affiliate KCAL9 had the scoop. Here’s a video of their segment, showing the reporter desperately trying to interview the Rep. Duvall.

Hi-jinx ensue…

Talking Points Memo has much more on the story.

***Update III–Recorded sex comments cost Calif. lawmaker his job

Mike Duvall stepped down Wednesday after a videotape surfaced….

Duvall said Thursday that his “decision to resign is in no way an admission that I had an affair or affairs.”

“My offense was engaging in inappropriate storytelling and I regret my language and choice of words. The resulting media coverage was proving to be an unneeded distraction to my colleagues and I resigned in the hope that my decision would allow them to return to the business of the state”

***Update II: Duvall, who is married with two adult children, received a 100 percent rating from a conservative advocacy group for his votes on legislation considered pro-family. He represents parts of Yorba Linda, Fullerton, Anaheim, Placentia and Orange in Orange County.

Assembly Speaker Karen Bass, a Democrat, removed Duvall from two committees, and the Assembly Ethics Committee was investigating.

On Wednesday, Assemblyman Mike Duvall of Yorba Linda released the following statement in response:

“I made a mistake and I sincerely apologize. I deeply regret the comments I made in what I believed to be a private conversation. This is a private matter and I ask that everyone respect the privacy of all involved.”


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RJ Eskow: How Progressive Groupthink Hindered Health Reform

I concur Posted by Geo T

There’s no point just blaming Max Baucus, Rahm Emanuel, or Barack Obama for the current unpleasant state of health reform – although they’ve each earned their share of criticism. The Left bears some responsibility, too, for failing to set the stage for meaningful change. By granting too much authority to “experts” and ceding their judgment to the resulting groupthink, many progressives laid the groundwork for the poor state of health reform today.

full article at

The Huffington Post

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NY Times: Despite Fears, Health Care Overhaul Is Moving Ahead

“I will someday be vindicated for encouraging patience” GeoT

Published: September 8, 2009
WASHINGTON — The conventional wisdom, here and around the country, is that the centerpiece of President Obama’s domestic agenda — remaking the health care system to cut costs and cover the uninsured — is on life support and that only a political miracle could revive it.

Here’s why the conventional wisdom might be wrong: (click here):

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As The Bubble Turns

Editorial by Buellboy

My daughter has a saying; “put it in a bubble and let it float away”  which has dual meaning. Keep some comments to yourself and use your “inside voice” is one. The other is to let critcism roll off of you.  I thought her saying was fitting given the extreme climate of the things presently…town hall meetings specifically. Can anyone find a more reviled person than our current president in recent history next to possibly President Clinton?  He is taking constant bombardment from the left, right and now the middle.  What I mean is as I ask in my most curious Carrie Bradshaw narration voice…is the honeymoon really over between Obama and the voting public who once adored him?

Let us harken back before things got so ugly to answer that question. To November when we all felt something so palpable and yet indescribable. There was dancing in the streets and electricity in the air. It was the precipice of a new era or so we thought.  Fast forward 8 mos. we have a 24 point drop in job approval rating and now it has all the signs of a marriage gone bad.  With the loudest voices of disent whom I do believe would end this current public/presidential holy union with a quickie Dominican Republic divorce if they could. But I digress.

obama-bubbleThe part of all this that is so troubling is the disrespect.  The President’s detractors are being as subtle with their disdain as the tectonic plates moving during the time of Pangea. There’s a line from one of my favorite movies Murder at 1600 when Wesley Snipes’s character wants to question the president in a murder case. Alan Alda who plays the Secretary of State balks at the request “the president isn’t just a person… it’s an institution!”  Above all else we are to have regard for the office whether we agree with him or not. Because he is the IS the President!

President Clinton felt some of the same ire from all sides his first year in comparison. During the campaign season his appearance on the then hip Arsenio Hall Show energized his run. for office. Just a few months later misstepping with the infamous Don’t Ask Don’t Tell military policy created such a sh*t storm that it is still enforced and an issue today. And much to his same chagrin as now,  with every scandal or incident ,  John Q. Public,  slowly turned on Clinton.  Sound familiar?  When the going gets rough blame the messenger.

If the bloom is off the rose with President Obama’s term for not capitulating to every demand  then fortunately there is still a bright spot when compared to the Clinton era.  It’s end. No not that end –the end of the term I mean. Clinton left office after 2 terms with 559 billion dollar surplus and 66% approval rating after a rocky start.  If past is often prologue let’s hope that even presidential history has  a sense of irony and repeats itself.

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Someone Writes an Editorial For Sarah Palin

posted by GeoT

“Palin WSJ Editorial” (see AP story below)
The growing consensus is : THERE IS NO WAY IN HELL SARAH PALIN WROTE THIS EDITORIAL HERSELF (or anything comprehensible on her Facebook page for that matter)
So…. who is pulling the strings on this “Hot Republican Commodity” ??

good comment from over @ Huffpost:
Just read the piece in WSJ and not for a minute do I believe Sarah Palin wrote it. Why, just last fall, she wasn’t even reading newspapers and now she’s writing op-eds? C’mon.

and Marc Ambinder chimes in:

But Palin’s existence in this debate does not (a) lend her voice any credibility and, beyond that, even if you believe that her experience as a state governor does give her at least a modicum of credibility, it does not follow that, because her voice is credible, it ought to be influential … There are many Republican, conservative health care spokespeople who have earned the right to speak for their party’s principals, and, truth be told, can recite the talking points (complete with Ronald Reagan quote) better than Palin and her writer can.
click for article:

**44 UPDATE**

Geoffrey Dunn joins the fray:

It’s already been pointed out by several others that Sarah Palin has a new ghostwriter on staff and that she is clearly not the auteur of her most recent scribbles on Facebook and most certainly not the primary author of her op-ed yesterday in the Wall Street Journal.

con’t at: The Huffington Post

Story from APnews
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is again blasting the Democrats health care proposal, this time in an editorial for the Wall Street Journal.
Palin’s opinion piece was posted Tuesday on the newspaper’s Web site, a day ahead of President Barack Obama’s address to Congress on health care.
The former Republican vice presidential candidate says “common sense tells us that a top-down, one-size-fits-all plan will not improve the workings of a nationwide health care system that accounts for one-sixth of our economy.”
She also reiterated her claim that so-called death panels would make end-of-life decisions, a notion that has been widely discredited.
click here for more :


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