Well, that didn't take long. I already see in the Emmanuel - Chief of Staff diary that some people are complaining that Obama has reportedly chosen a DLC centrist-type to be his COS. Undoubtedly in the days and weeks to come he will choose others for his administration that some of us don't like for one reason or another. And to that I say: get over it.
So, the genuises over at the AP no longer want dirty little hippie bloggers quoting their stories word for word. Instead, our new corporate overlords would prefer that we link to the article and then summarize what it is saying in our own words. However, like many of us on the intertubes I am a lazy SOB, so the way I see it there is only one solution to this intractable problem: Babelfish.
Many of you, no doubt, have been enjoying Poblano's work this primary season as much as I have. Both in his diaries here and on his excellent website, www.fivethirtyeight.com, he has given us the kind of detailed, number-crunching, reality-based election analysis that is unmatched anywhere in the traditional/mainstream media. Well today, Poblano has decided to pull back the curtain:
So you can make faster progress on that hole you're so intent on digging:
"I do think this was a mistake on part of the Obama campaign," she said. "They didn't have to do this, and they did it to hurt Hillary. I just think that's bad. I think it's bad business, and I think it's bad politics.
"I was accused of being divisive. I think those tactics are divisive," she added. "And the amazing thing is it's not something I started, its something they did in reaction to this."
Ferraro also implored Obama's campaign to turn "the spigot off the hate mail I am getting."
"I find it very, very upsetting," she said. " I've been called all kinds of names, and the attacks are ageist, they're sexist, they're racist. It's been very, very uncomfortable.
So I see this little item from everyone's favorite little snake oil salesman, Mitt Romney:
Count Republican Mitt Romney among those who aren't happy with Time Magazine's choice of Russian President Vladimir Putin for Person of the Year.
In an interview with CNN's Glen Beck, the presidential candidate called the choice "disgusting."
"You know, he imprisoned his political opponents. There have been a number of highly suspicious murders," Romney said on Beck's radio show. "He has squelched public dissent and free press. And to suggest that someone like that is the Man of the Year is really disgusting. I'm just appalled."
Stop me if you've heard this one before:
A U.S. military commander Friday reported the death of a senior al Qaeda in Iraq leader, a Tunisian who was considered the "emir of foreign terrorists in Iraq."
Anderson called the death "a significant blow" to al Qaeda in Iraq -- a Sunni-dominated militant group that takes its inspiration from Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda.
Great, that means we can leave now, right? I mean, surely with all of the #2's, top lieutenants, and right-hand men that Al Qaeda in Iraq has lost they are no longer a threat, right?
Ok, it's obvious that all of us are mighty pissed about what's gone down the last couple of days, and with good reason. However, I humbly submit that we should have seen this coming. With the razor-thin majority that we have in the Senate, we were never going to be able to peel off enough pretend-to-be-concerned-about-the-war Republicans and Blue Dog Democrats to override a filibuster, much less a veto. Add in the Dems that think ending the war would be a good thing, but aren't willing to risk their seat to do so, and it becomes obvious that the Boy King was eventually going to get his money.
The Central Intelligence Agency did not target Al Qaeda chief Osama bin laden once as he had the royal family of the United Arab Emirates with him in Afghanistan, the agency's director, George Tenet, told the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks on the United States on Thursday.
Had the CIA targeted bin Laden, half the royal family would have been wiped out as well, he said.
This, ladies and gentleman, is the kind of simple, undeniable connection that we can really bash Bush over the head with. The average joe may go a bit glassy-eyed when you start talking about how terrorist funding flowed through UAE banks and such, but this they can understand. I'm sure there are better framers out there than me, but my first shot at it is: "If the UAE are our allies as George Bush says they are, then why the hell are they meeting with Bin Laden? Are they with us, or are they with the terrorists?"
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