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Self-appointed Kitchen Cabinet

It is no secret  what “objective” journalist Chris Matthews thinks of President Obama. I almost hate to mention the “tingles” episode that occurred during the 2008 campaign, although I have seen the word used quite well as  a nickname for Matthews. Not so long after Obama took office, Matthews proudly admitted that it was his job to make sure that Obama succeeded.( Remember for a moment that Rush was roundly criticized for hoping that Obama failed.) I cannot  recall any approbation at what  Matthews said.

But  at least  Matthews is consistent. He remains firmly on the Obama/Democrat bandwagon. In a  recent interview with Democrat senatorial candidate Joe Sestak ( from  Matthews’ native state of  Pennsylvania) who is running against Republican Pat Toomey, Matthews openly longed for Sestak and the Democrats to do well in November by saying this.” I hope your party gets organized and wins this thing.”

But, there is even more. Matthews seems to be moving beyond the cheerleading/publicizing phase into the advising stage. I actually watched the video clip with Matthews providing this advice, so I am not making this up. His first piece of advice was to replace Def Secretary Robert Gates with, guess who? You will never get this one, so I’ll just tell you.  It is  Hilary Clinton. Wait, there is more. He has two options for New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg; either Treasury Secretary of Chief-of-Staff. No mention of who would succeed Mrs Clinton ( Bill maybe) or what would happen to the current hatchet man,Rahm Emanuel.

This advice brought to mind something used by a number of former presidents, the “kitchen cabinet.”  I believe Truman actually coined the phrase for his group of informal advisers, although it was quite popular with Jefferson and Jackson among others. Guess the only difference is that Matthews is self-appointed. But just think of the benefits. The Democratic National Committee could pay Matthews annual salary  of  $5 million and he could continue his tv show just like it is and work for the White House on the side. Better than Obama accepting Michael Moore’s offer to replace Emanuel, huh?

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September 4, 2010 Posted by | History, Media, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Snowing in Copenhagen

This is just great, even better than having a white Christmas here at home. As most of us probably know, the great and wonderful climate change/global warming confab is ongoing in Denmark. Gives new meaning to the term “rotten in Denmark ” does it not. Algore is there, Hilary is there and Obama is on the way. Also present is that notable environmentalist Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, a big oil producing country, by the way.

There have been a couple of things that have drawn my attention. One is, of course, the weather. Yesterday, there were 4 inches of snow and counting with  a chance Copenhagen could have its first white Christmas in 14 years. Bloomberg News had a great headline, “Blizzard Dumps Snow on Copenhagen as leaders  Battle Warming.” Gotta love that. Hope algore brought his mittens.

The second item is  more disturbing but really not surprising. Hugo Chavez made  an unscheduled speech yesterday, chock full of ranting and raving and attacks on capitalism as the world’s great evil.( Sounds like Michael – Boycott Connecticut-Moore)  The assembled gathering erupted into applause as Chavez spoke, firmly identifying themselves with Chavez’ praise of socialism and communism. Does this make environmentalists to all be left-leaning? Sounds like it to me. Oh, one more comment from Chavez. I find this to be hilarious although it was not meant to be. He called the world a “dictatorship” and said it should be broken up. Again, loud applause. Funny comment, coming from a dictator, don’t you think?

December 18, 2009 Posted by | Politics, Weather | , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Whither Goeth GM ?

Well, the other shoe has fallen, so speak. General or Government Motors , which it ostensibly is now, has filed for bankruptcy. It wasn’t the biggest corporate filing ever but is probably the most iconic. Time will tell us how far the rippling effects will spread. How many dealers will disappear, how many plants, how many parts suppliers, how many jobs, how many people will be be impacted.

There are many ironies and probably, significant blame to go around. A brief  perusal of Michael Moore’s website almost seemed to say, they(whoever they are) got what they deserved. A picture on Drudge showed a high flying American flag above GM’S Detroit  headquarters building, rich symbolism that. The President made the official announcement from Washington, which seemed a bit odd. He reportedly said that the government would not be involved in the day -to-day operations of the company. But , long term or major decisions were another matter entirely.

Many years ago, GM boss, Charlie Wilson,  was famously quoted before the Senate as saying what was good for GM was good fort the country. He actually said something a bit different- “…for years I thought what was good for our country was good was good for General Motors and vice versa.” That quote is officially undone.

As one whose first first car, a 1962 Chevy on up to today’s 2005 GMC Canyon( and most in between) were GM vehicles, I will confess to a bit of sadness. My dad thought Chevrolet embodied good and Ford evil. So when i bought my first non GM vehicle in 1975, I was a   bit chagrined. Later when I acquired a  Ford product, I was almost glad he wasn’t around to see it.

It is now a new era, who knows what sort of  GM will emerge or if it will last since the man the President put in charge  is  a 31 year old, almost Yale Law grad named Brian Deese. Good luck sir, you shall need it.

June 1, 2009 Posted by | economy, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

An Asinine Comment

I was all prepared to talk about college football since my beloved Tar  Heels begin their season tonight . But events have dictated otherwise . Many of you have doubtless heard of filmmaker  and all around  whatever Michael Moore. Needless to say , Mr Moore and I have very little , if any, common ground  on any issue . I only mention him for this reason . As you know hurricane Gustav is bearing down on the New Orleans area and those folks very much need our prayers . However , Mr Moore is joining a growing chorus of his ilk in almost hoping that New Orleans is hit during the Republican Convention . He has chosen to take his antipathy for all things Republican to new depths . Gustav hitting New Orleans now is  “Proof that there is a God in heaven ” . I really dont care if he is  kidding and I care not a whit about the context of his remarks . He is wrong on more levels  than I can count and it really frosts me that he would make such a comment . I await the time when his statement is  condemned by his fellow Democrats but I seriously doubt it will happen . How about it Jim Wallis ?

August 30, 2008 Posted by | Politics | , , , , , , | Leave a comment