Unka Karl Rove, among the sleaziest, most dishonest and manipulative political advisers the last century is really scared that President Obama is keeping score, The President Is ‘Keeping Score’ – Chicago politics has moved into the White House.
“Don’t think we’re not keeping score, brother.” That’s what President Barack Obama said to Rep. Peter DeFazio in a closed-door meeting of the House Democratic Caucus last week, according to the Associated Press.
A few weeks ago, Mr. DeFazio voted against the administration’s stimulus bill. The comment from Mr. Obama was a presidential rebuke and part of a new, hard-nosed push by the White House to pressure Congress to adopt the president’s budget. He has mobilized outside groups and enlisted forces still in place from the Obama campaign.
He’s kidding right? Cue the thunder and erie lighting, its Ok for Republicans to have group like the heritage Foundation, the American Enterprise Institute and the Freedom Foundation is spread smears and talikng points for Republicans, but its not OK for Obama’s support to, uh, support the canidate they elected. There is no record of Obama ever being involved in any dirty Chicago politics – I’m pretty sure the Right would have dug up something during the campaign if there were. The best the Right could come up with was the birth certificate circus and trying to associate Obama with formr Weatherman Bill Ayers. Rove was up to his neck in using, not just some outside group to help with the Bush agenda, but using the U.S. Department of Justice as a political arm of the Republican Party – that is straight out of the kind of dirty politics Rove is trying to taint Obama with. Karl also used his political cronies to put former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman in jail on trumped up evidence ( Siegelman is rightly asking why Ted Stevens corruption case was tossed, but not his). But, oh no , Obama is trying to get his supporters to partipate in Democratic process. The Bush-Rove administration reached new levels of gutter politics. When America heard the recordingds of Bush and his hucktacular response to Katrina, Rove went into full spin mode to shift all blame to anyone that was not a dyed in the wool Bushie. When it came to corrupt and reprehensible politics, when it came down to twisting arms and destroying reputations during the Bush presidency, Karl was always in the mix. Obama is not the liberal that many progressives hoped he would be, though it is still early, but only Rove and the Right could see Obama as flirting with the kind of malicious and arrogant style of politics that epitomized the Dubya years, Constitutional Hardball in the Bush Administration
The first acts of constitutional hardball were by supporters of Bush to help get him into the White House. Some of those tactics– purging voters from the rolls– were actually illegal under the federal Voting Rights Act. Other acts of constitutional hardball, like the Supreme Court’s decision in Bush v. Gore, were based on implausible arguments that maintained the outward forms of law. Five members of the U.S. Supreme Court, who did not know what the outcome of the Florida recounts would be, stopped those recounts and twisted the law to ensure a Bush victory. Bush won this first round of constitutional hardball. Al Gore conceded, and Bush took office.
Once in office, Bush engaged in a second round of constitutional hardball. He pushed the legal envelope repeatedly following 9/11 in an effort to expand executive power and limit Congressional and judicial oversight and executive accountability. The list of examples is seemingly endless. The most obvious examples are, in no particular order, (1) the Administration’s fetish with secrecy, (2) its use of Presidential signing statements to signal to executive branch officials to disregard certain features of law outside of public view, (3) its claim that the President has the power to round up people (including American citizens) and detain them indefinitely without any of the protections of habeas corpus or the Bill of Rights, (4) its domestic spying operations, (5) its detention and interrogation practices, including its system of secret CIA prisons, (6) its theory that the President does not have to obey Congressional statutes when he acts as Commander-in-Chief, and (7) its alternative theory that the September 18th, 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force gives the President a blank check to do whatever he wants.
These acts of constitutional hardball were designed to transform the constitutional order to a new regime that Bush and his supporters hoped to spearhead.
An AIG update, Dems Investigating Bush Administration Role In AIG Collapse
A House oversight panel is investigating the role Bush administration officials and regulators played in the collapse of American International Group. The first step of the investigation begins Thursday, House Oversight and Government Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Towns (D-N.Y.) tells the Huffington Post, when the committee hears testimony from former AIG CEO Hank Greenberg.
In November 2004, the Bush Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission agreed not to prosecute AIG for allegedly helping companies fudge their books. In exchange, AIG agreed to host a government-appointed auditor in company meetings. At the time, Greenberg said it brought “finality to the claims raised by the SEC and the Department of Justice.”
Towns said that Greenberg should be able to identify Bush administration officials involved in the decision-making around the settlement. Towns added the committee wants to know what Bush administration regulators knew about AIG’s credit default swaps and other highly risky positions that brought the company down.
Asked if he would be directly pursuing Bush administration officials, Towns said: “No doubt about it. That’s the reason I want to talk to Greenberg first. He might even point some folks out. That’s of great interest to us.”
[ ]…The Bush administration’s preferred way of dealing with corporate scandal was to defer prosecution. The Wall Street Journal reported last week that Bush prosecutors made 103 deferred and nonprosecution agreements with U.S. companies between 2002 and 2009. While Clinton was president, meanwhile, only 11 such pacts were entered into.
It seems bizarre, considering the facts of when and how the housing and financial crisis strated, but the Right is doing its best to pretend that everything wrong with the economy is the fault of the guy that was just sworn into office a couple months ago – Fox Business’ Smith falsely claimed banks returning TARP money obtained funds under Obama. Denial and never taking responsibility has always been a big part of the Right’s modus operandi, a deeply ingrained part of the Conservative mindset.