By Jeff Koopersmith, for American Politics Journal WASHINGTON DC – 20 January 2015 – It is terrifying how many times Charles Krauthammer turns up like a bad penny on Fox News. One never knows when that mean-spirited grump will show his face, care of Roger Ailes et al and his usual team of bleachedContinue reading “ON KRAUTHAMMER: More idiocy from the Pundit Psychiatrist”
From Brave New Films comes this two video about reactionary, protofascist billionaires Charles and David Koch. (hat tip: Down with Tyranny )
Columnist Don Williams spells out some important distinctions that seem to have escaped the media.
Andy Kroll at Mother Jones has the scoop:
The senator's maid even signed a recall petition! Full, juicy details on the man likely to be the first Republican Wisconsin State Senator out the door at the MAL Contends Blog. Hat tip: Folkbum and The New Bushwhacker Brigade.
I met Esther Coopersmith about a decade ago thanks to Jeff Koopersmith (no relation). She's a savvy retired diplomat, and one of the best hostesses in DC. She has invited Beltway-bound diplomats to join her family to enjoy America's Thanksgiving tradition for over two decades. Politics Daily has the story of the kind of statesmanshipContinue reading “Something to Make You Feel Good for Thanksgiving”
Dave "Doctor" Gonzo on what the President needs to do next.
Late night results, 9:45AM EST: MSNBC projects Republicans will take the House, Dems hold Senate. Undecided: CO-Sen: Bennet holds narrow lead WA-Sen: Murray holds narrow lead AK-Sen: Write-in projected to win, but every vote must be examined FL-Gov: Scott holds narrow lead IL-Gov: Too close to call Full summary of key races below the fold,
Here. Via First Draft. Now get out and vote.
Rep. Anthony Wiener (D-Bringin' It) will not be shouted down when he shames Republicans. This is how congressional Democrats should be conducting themselves in the House. For that matter, Senate Democrat could learn a few things from Weiner. [Hat tip: Oliver Willis ]
Let's hope President Obama and his team find a way to gracefully push Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner over the side — and put Elizabeth Warren in charge of some serious change.
There is no more aptly descriptive term for what Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee did to the late Thurgood Marshall today.
[UPDATED 6/21/10] Ha'aretz, via the Telegraph, is reporting that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel will leave at the end of President Obama's second year in office. Unconfirmed but definitely of interest — especially the detail about Emanuel finding Obama too "idealist" — although Raw Story's Stephen Webster has questions about the story's sourcingContinue reading “Rahm Emanuel on the way out?”
Alan Bisbort and Parke Puterbaugh have the real story behind the forthcoming George W. Bush memoir.
Good for him. Tampabay.com's Buzz Blog has the details.
Ernest Partridge remembers a prominent force in American politics.
Progressive activist Harmony Wu meets with her congressional representative — and comes away with a mind-boggling look at the politics of health care reform.
Story breaking from WJAC, nytimes.com and MSNBC . The congressman, an outspoken and unrelenting critic of George Bush Jr.'s Iraq war, had been readmitted to Virginia Hospital Center's intensive care unit following complications from gallbladder surgery.
Edward Luce's trenchant analysis of Obama's top advisers from Thursday's Financial Times (it ran online late Wednesday) has been setting the Beltway and media circles abuzz for the last few days. I had a look at it Saturday morning, and, while I remain skeptical about a number of details, feel it sums up a majorContinue reading “Obama needs to shake things up inside the West Wing”
We're hearing the same thing a number of news outlets and bloggers are hearing: The New York Times is dropping a bombshell article in the next few days that puts New York Governor David Paterson center stage in a sex scandal, and Paterson is, according to our source in Albany, "likely to resign" once theContinue reading “Source to APJ: NY Governor Paterson likely to resign”
It looks like SeriousFun and I are not alone:
Here is the full text of President Obama's weekly address:
The big races: NJ-Gov: MSNBC projected Chris Christie (R) at 10:15pm EST over Jon Corzine (D) and Chris Daggett (I) — too close to call VA-Gov: MSNBC projected Bob McDonnell (R) winner over Creigh Deeds (D) at 7:55pm EST — McDonnell had been expected to win NY-23: Bill Owens (D) v. Doug Hoffman (Teabagger andContinue reading “Game Day 2009”
The institutional right's designated whiners have their panties in a bunch over comments made by President Jimmy Carter during an interview with NBC News' Brian Williams: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22425001/vp/32867107#32867107 Visit msnbc.com for MSNBC Breaking News President Carter is right. Take, for example, the so-called "Tea Party Express." One of their leaders, Mark Williams, dug a hole forContinue reading “President Carter Is Right”
… per Politico.com. MSNBC's Dylan Ratigan: no reason given; resignation could happen and take effect as early as today. More as details come in.
Immoral Minority blog reports that Sarah and Todd Palin are Splitsville! — and in their latest update reporting that the Palins "will not be making their break up official for some time." AlaskaReport.com fills in more details. Palin's abrupt, clumsily handled resignation as governor of Alaska is beginning to make a lot more sense.
Updated June 21 If Nevada's Democratic party players are smart, they'll make a point of mailing this letter to every registered voter in the state (hat tip to dKos's Jed Lewison , who not only posted the entire letter but highlighted it as seen below):
Details here . Earlier today, we reported that The Nation Pakistan ran a story stating that Hersh had told an interviewer otherwise. The fundamentals of the story seemed strongly credible, although the analysis seemed farfetched.
January 29, 2009 – Davos (apj.us) – I had to laugh when the vote on President Obama's financial rescue package was tallied. Not a single doufus Republican voted for it… [more]
Jeff Koopersmith on Dick Cheneystein, Igor W. Bush, and the army of Madoffs they have created.
Yes, says Jeff Koopersmith, Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D-IL) may be as bad as they say, but this is supposed to be the United States of America.
December 4, 2008 – New York (apj.us) – Here is a small bit of news that nearly slipped under the radar: the Office of Special Counsel has determined that ex-US Attorney Rachel Paulose not only engaged in a vendetta against prosecutor John Marti but ran a sloppy operation in Minneapolis. [UPDATED with links.]
From crisispapers.org: Three times they met, face to face. The 72 year-old military and political veteran, and the 46 year-old “rookie.” And after the final debate, there was little doubt in the minds of most of the sixty million Americans who watched which of the two contenders was the grown-up. Throughout the years, Ernest PartridgeContinue reading “A Man for the Season”
Jeff Koopersmith tips us off to this brilliant report from Onion News Network: http://www.theonion.com/content/themes/common/assets/videoplayer/flvplayer.swfCindy McCain Claims She's ‘Just Like Any Other Female Human’
Borders, shmorders! Jeff Koopersmith's preview of the twilight days of the Cheney Regime: expect last-minute military escapades as the most damaging bust-out artists in American history take one last shot at trashing the place before they leave.
Don'tBeFooledAgain at YouTube posts one of the best guerilla Obama ads we've yet seen:
October 22, 2008 – Geneva (apj.us) – Here's a good one. John McCain and Sarah Palin, his cocktail bowling-shoe renting presidential candidate, are slamming Barack Obama because Joe Biden said…
Click image for super-sized version! Jeff Koopersmith provides an answer – and insight into just what it is that the McCain Scam-paign is up to. October 22, 2008 – Geneva (apj.us) – I love my country and would fight to the death for any threatened American, but I have to wonder just where these redContinue reading “Just How Stupid is Joe the Dimwit Plumber?”
Click on image to super-size it! Jeff Koopersmith wonders why the mainstream media still hasn't figured out that Sarah Palin is a one-woman freak show.
At the height of a presidential campaign, a respected retired general turned retired diplomat does not get booked on Meet the Press to talk about Upper Ossetia or Waziristan. The only suspense…
Via Lisa Derrick at the reliably ahead-of-the-curve Campaign Silo (whose missile-implying name always seems to bring to mind Onion News Network's War for the White House reports… and if you've never seen the opening FOX-News-eat-yer-heart-out title sequence… but I digress…), we read that the terrific advice columnist Margot Howard, daughter of the iconic Ann Landers,Continue reading “When You’ve Lost Ann Landers’s Daughter?”
Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY15) is one of our favorite pols. He's a skilled advocate in the halls of Congress and one of the most affable, down-to-earth pols when he speaks to crowds or one-on-one with constituents. This afternoon, he was stumping for the Obama campaign today in New York, and recalled with humor an earlyContinue reading “Rep. Charles Rangel on change then? and now”
Click image for enlarged version. Jeff Koopersmith on the vice presidential debate – and the surprisingly obvious comment by Sarah Palin that the clueless pundits missed.
Click here for enlarged cover. Jeff Koopersmith looks at the McCain scam-paign's laughable attempt to make Sarah Palin look like a credible candidate.
Click image for large version If you missed Sunday's New York Times feature article on John McCain's gambling problem, go read it now.
Courtesy Chris at AmericaBlog: McCain utters expletive at 0:19. Chris also points out that "In 2000, the pundits went crazy when Al Gore sighed. We should [see] as much furor over McCain's mutterings." Hello? Mainstream media? Anyone home?
This should make Jeff Koopersmith smile: courtesy of Oliver Willis, check out this "tribute" to right-wing black Republican and academic "reform" troublemaker Ward Connerly.
September 24, 2008 – New York (apj.us) – Either John McCain has let his impulsive side get the best of him yet again, or he thinks you're stupid, or both. [more]
Via AmericaBlog comes this superbly produced political ad:
An inflammatory video compiling footage of respected POW war hero John Sidney McCain in… well, less than a flattering light.
… is right here. http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=1679097&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=&fullscreen=1Sarah Palin’s Churches and The Third Wave from Bruce Wilson on Vimeo.
September 8, 2008 – New York (apj.us) – Newsrooms in Washington and New York are on alert this evening as a smattering of revelations from Gary S. Chafetz's forthcoming book, "The Perfect Villain: John McCain and the Demonization of Lobbyist Jack Abramoff". have been leaked to political news and progressive Web sites.
In 2006, Alaska Democrats did what John McCain's campaign didn't bother doing – they vetted Sarah Palin. Download the dossier here. (Hat tip: Mudflats blog.)
Sept. 4, 2008 (democraticunderground.com) – Forget shrill and all the words that will get PUMA's panties in a twist. There are plenty of better words to describe what we witnessed tonight.
Melinda Pillsbury-Foster updates the initiative to require federal legislators to wear mandatory EMD "shock bracelets."
Jeff Koopersmith on Sarah Palin – and John McCain, who has proved to the world that he's off his rocker while CNN pretends Palin was a "sly move." (Click on the cover for an enlargement.)UPDATED: APJ publisher Gene Gaudette weighs in on an explosive development that further suggests Palin was never vetted by McCain.
American Politics Journal has obtained exclusive footage of Cindy McCain's first meeting with her husband's running mate, Sarah Palin. The full footage is below the fold.
Jeff Koopersmith reveals details of the fistfight in the Cheney Bunker.
Steve Young asks: is Obama playing fair?
Jeff Koopersmith on McCain, Bush, Iraq, Afghanistan and the big, beautiful lie.
From OpEdNews.com: Rob Kall on McCain's nightmare surrogate.
We're not going to wait for righties to smear Michelle Obama… (Hat tip: The Talent Show via This Modern World.)
More fun at Grampy McSame's expense here (WARNING: avoid drinking while browsing link, as it may result in oral spraying of liquid upon your monitor).
May 23, 2008 (huffpo / APJ) – How can it be said that Senator Clinton is expanding the boundaries of what is possible for all women when she keeps defining her continued legitimacy by claiming working class, particularly older, white women voters will never expand theirs – i.e. will not, no never, vote for BarackContinue reading “Even More Confused about Women and Hillary”
Here's a story the loyal Bushies tried to slip under the radar at the tail end of the weekly news cycle: Hans von Spakovsky, the notorious anti-minority, anti-elderly disenfranchisement specialist "voter fraud" guru, has withdrawn his name from consideration for a seat on the FEC.
Jeff Koopersmith dissects pundit professor Larry Sabato's latest intellectual atrocity.
The mainstream media hasn't exactly been going out of their way to report on one particularly explosive revelation in Cliff Schecter's new book, The Real McCain:
Wannabes and Clinton gals succeed in water cooler coupRest of Glover Park Group and Howard Wolfson to followMaybe even Bill Clinton will get the boot!
Bill Richardson llama por teléfono Hillary Clinton: Soy el hijo estropeado y privilegiado de un banquero mexicano con un apellido inglés. Soy también un traidor! Hehehehe! Viva Obama!
Hillary Clinton has essentially two options: hang on to her determination to win the Democratic presidential nomination by any and all means necessary, which will almost certainly result in the election of John McCain, or let go of her personal ambition and join a united effort to elect a Democratic President in November. Winning bothContinue reading “The Monkey Trap, and Hillary Clinton’s Blind Rush to Defeat”
Jeff Koopersmith goes south on Obama, finds his speech stirring but the backing arguments wanting.
Koop on Spitzer: "Boys will be boys…"
Just to change the subject…
Our own Jeff Koopersmith applies for a TAF loan from the Federal Reserve Bank.
The Democrat's optimism is built upon a foundation of demonstrably false assumptions, of which Democratic party officials and Democratic voters might be readily disabused, if they bothered to soberly reflect upon the most recent presidential elections and upon evidence that is plainly before them.
Hillary Clinton remains the best choice for Americans – perhaps for reasons you have not considered…
It has arrived – in the form of the notorious Don Siegelman case.
Jan. 3, 2008 –Geneva (apj.us) – Oh, no!
What the heck is tobacco lobbyist George Mitchell doing investigating anyone?
Jeff Koopersmith reviews Mark Penn's new book, "Microtrends."
FOX News creates “Cleopatra’s Son” for your redneck amusement
Cindy Sheehan has announced that if Speaker Nancy Pelosi does not put impeachment “on the table,” Sheehan will run against Pelosi in 2008 as an independent.
June 13, 2007 (crisispapers.org) – The Administration of George Bush has, in effect, suspended the Constitution of the United States. At Guantánamo in Cuba, in military prisons in the United States, and in secret detention facilities abroad, American citizens and non-citizens are being held without charge, without counsel, without prospect of a jury trial, inContinue reading “The Delinquent Congress”
So much for Condi, Dick and George W. Bush
Another Chapter in the Criminal History of the Bush Administration
What next? Dennis Kucinich supporting a nuclear attack on Iran?
Jeff Koopersmith thinks there is a more urgent priority than removing the hapless Alberto Gonzales.
Where is our President when we need him? And what about the children?
Sept. 2, 2003 — Washington (apj.us) — One would think that Sen. Joseph Lieberman has a lot to celebrate with the Gallup Poll numbers we've seen strewn all over CNN (see the appendix below). But wait…
Charlie Crist, the Republican governor of Florida, announced yesterday that he desires that his state trash its very expensive touch-screen voting machines so that the election process will yield a paper trail of votes by the time the 2008 presidential election rolls around.
Saddam Hussein is gone — but then, so was any genuine semblance of justice
Dec. 13, 2006 (crisispapers.org) — Libertarians often tell us that personal voluntary restraint and charitable contributions are morally preferable solutions to social problems than government coercion and taxation. Ronald Reagan probably had this in mind when he said in his first inaugural address that "government is not the solution – government is the problem."
… in disgrace — for lying and using the CIA, The British, and the FBI as her scapegoats
… in disgrace — for lying and using the CIA, The British, and the FBI as her scapegoats
Is there more than meets the eye here? Dave "Doctor" Gonzo goes looking for answers.