Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The Pol that Wouldn't Die?

From the NY Times: Palin has finished her book & the publisher is
running 1.5 million copies for the first print. More than a year after
the Mistake of 2008 first popped onto the scene, Mrs. Palin has shown
she's learning at least one skill; keeping the media's attention. For
someone who looked so...well, stupid - she's so far managed to avoid
the fate of other political also-ran's. Now for the $64 question; can
she hold the media's interest when she's NOT saying something stupid?
Most liberals are betting no. I say it remains to be seen.

- Frog


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The post-partisan president? Guess not.

Obama's lastest attempt to influence state level politics - this time
in NY - is part of a wider pattern according to the NY Times. What
does this behavior say about Mr. Obama? If nothing else it says post-
partisan he is not. Until recently he's handled these interventions
fairly well. However his handling of Gov. Paterson was less - shall we
say, subtle. Now don't get me wrong. The last thing I wanted out of
Obama was another centrist Clintonian, pandering to the right while
offering the left a high hard finger. Yet it remains to be seen if
such heavy handed tactics won't come back to bite the party in its
donkey bits. After all, if Clinton taught us anything it's that it
doesn't take much to scare the Dems away from their base. And we all
know how well that worked in '94.

- Frog

From The New York Times:

White House Is Taking a More Aggressive Role in State Races

The White House's intervention in the race for New York governor
shows how the Obama administration is taking a more direct role in
contests across the country.


Friday, September 18, 2009

Gov. names campaign manager | Albany Watch

Well, someone hasn't been keeping pace with reality. Despite the fact
that Paterson has some the lowest approval ratings of anyone anywhere
- anyone didn't start a war at any rate - Zatoichi has gone gotten
himself a campaign manager. This is, of course the surest indicator
yet that he's going for broke. And judging by the way he handled the
media when he thad to replace Hill in the Senate, this ought to be all
sorts of entertaining.


Thursday, September 17, 2009

Pelosi Says House Health Care Bill Will Include Public Option

As much as I hate to support anything Nancy Pelosi does - she always
irritated me when she was my congress-woman - if she can pull off a
public option there will be major props in her future. Kudos to the
Botox Queen!!!

- Frog


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

UN says Israel should face war-crimes trial over Gaza - Middle East, World - The Independent

What's this?!? Israel facing international condemnation for war-
crimes?? Threats of prosecution from the ICC??! The UN accused of anti-
semitism??! What will happen next??!! Find out later; same shabat
time, same shabat channel!!


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Skelos letter: no state bucks for ACORN

I got nothin' clever. This is just stupid. 

- S. Frog

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Skelos letter: no state bucks for ACORN

Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos is asking Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and Comptroller Tom DiNapoli to stop any state money — or federal money earmarked for the state — from going to ACORN or its sibling organization, the New York Agency for Community Affairs.
Skelos writes:
Not another dime of state tax money should be approved for [...]

Lazio announces his intent to announce 2010 gov run - Capitol Confidential - New York Politics - timesunion.com - Albany NY

And the first hat is thrown into the ring. Lazio's announcement of his
announcement sets next year's governor's race off to an interesting
start. That's because the GOP stalwart - who last ran against Hillary
Clinton for the Senate - stepped to the plate before hometown GOP
favorite Rudy Guiliani has decided whether or not to do the same. If
he does that means that Lazio will have to square off with Anerica's
Mayor for the nomination - certainly not a prospect he relishes. And
that's to say nothing about how he would fare against Dem favorite
Andrew Cuomo, expected by many to snatch the nomination from the
seemingly hapless governor Paterson. Which begs the question of
whether this is shrewd political timing or the desperate act of a
doomed man?!? Only time will tell.


Monday, September 7, 2009

And you ask the World Hates us...

From The New York Times:

Despite Slump, U.S. Role as Top Arms Supplier Grows

More than two-thirds of all foreign armament deals last year were made
with U.S. suppliers, a study found.