I know that Jeff likes to present particularly good articles in individual Assigned Reading posts, but I’ve got a roundup of news articles from today from various sources that I want to summarize all at once.
Hillary Clinton Ready for a Campaign
From New York Daily News this article outlines the readiness of Clinton’s political machine. She’s got millions in the bank and a cadre of full-time staffers on hand. Remember that you heard it here first, Hillary Clinton is going to make a play for the Democratic nomination in 2012. And she is going to pull it off.
Chickens Coming Home to Roost
Rahm Emanuel was the architect of the Democratic resurgence in the House in 2006 and 2008. His primary strategy – undercutting those who believe America has veered left – was to run conservative Democrats against conservative Republicans. It worked, and that’s the problem.
As The Hill reports, Maxine Waters (of the far-left Congressional Progressive Caucus) is placing the blame for Democratic failures (cap-and-trade on life-support, and health care heading off a cliff). This is truly a disaster in the making for the Democratic party. If Emanuel’s plan had not been enacted the Democrats would probably not have a majority in the House and Senate. If they did, it would certainly be substantially less than what it is today. So health care reform and energy reform would not pass, but the blame would be placed on the GOP.
As it stands, however, health care reform and energy reform will most likely not pass – not in any significant form – and the Democrats will have nowhere to put the blame but on themselves. The fact that you see Democrats starting to turn on each other the way Maxine Waters calls out Rahm Emanuel in the clip from MSNBC (see the previous link to The Hill) goes to show just how deep the fractures in the Democratic Party run.
Proof of Obama’s Desperation: He’s Bashing Bush Again
This one comes from the Washington Times. Speaking in Michigan Obama said: “I love these folks who helped get us in this mess. And then suddenly say, ‘Oh, this is Obama’s economy.’” That worked in ’08. It’s a big part of the reason Obama got elected. It’s not going to work so well in ’09, and it may even backfire. By the time votes in ’10 and ’12 roll around it’s just going to turn into a bad joke – on Obama.
I’ve got pieces from Dr. Harvey as well as from Randy Willis submitted and almost ready to go. I’ll have them both up tomorrow, once I’ve had time to sleep. One day of painting left to go!