Obama's Senior Adviser David Axelrod's defense of patronage

Little surprise that President-elect Obama named David Axelrod to be his Senior Adviser in the White House. Axelrod has been a fixture around Chicago politics for over two decades, spending much of that time serving as chief political consultant to Mayor Bill Daley.Mr. Axelrod has expressed support for political patronage as a means of running government. In a Chicago Tribune op-ed, Axelrod drew lessons from corruption convictions of Daley staffers who awarded city jobs based on political … [Read more...]

Berg vs Obama: Response to Supreme Court due December 1

Many bloggers have been aware of the challenge to Barack Obama's citizenship from Philip Berg, Hillary Clinton supporter and attorney from Philadelphia. I have not followed the situation much because to me, it seems improbable that any merit can be established for the claims. And recently, some blogs are reporting that Obama has until December 1 to produce his "real" birth certificate. What is accurate is that the Supreme Court via Justice David Souter has given President-elect Obama, the DNC … [Read more...]

Bill Ayers speaks about the 2008 campaign

Late last week, Bill Ayers published an article with his reflections on the 2008 election in the far left In These Times.The article raises more questions than it answers but hints that his relationship with Obama was minimal. He attacks McCain-Palin but doesn't really address the issues they raised. He repeats the now questionable charge that someone at a Palin rally shouted "Kill him" about Obama.He begins:Whew! What was all that mess? I’m still in a daze, sorting it all out, d … [Read more...]

NARTH conference opens today in Denver, CO

Amidst the inevitable protests, the annual conference of the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality opens today in Denver, CO with the theme, "Sound Scientific Research: In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." For NARTH, this would be a worthy objective.Given the theme, one would expect a program with research presentations which support their reparative theory positions. Not so. A review of the program reveals no such sessions. … [Read more...]

Obama's new chief of staff Rahm Emanuel on Freddie Mac board during scandal

Well, (some of) the media remembered how to investigate. RE: Rahm Emanuel's time on the Freddie Mac board, ABC reports:President-elect Barack Obama's newly appointed chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, served on the board of directors of the federal mortgage firm Freddie Mac at a time when scandal was brewing at the troubled agency and the board failed to spot "red flags," according to government reports reviewed by ABCNews.com.President-elect Barack Obama's newly appointed chief of staff, … [Read more...]

In other words, the old politics is the new politics

"Obama the brand" says we need change in Washington; "Obama the man" picks Rahm(bo) Emanuel, a Chicago-trained, Washington insider as his first pick.Details...Rahm Emanuel was a board member with Freddie Mac. Via News Alert, the Chicago Sun-Times reported:Political resume: 1980s, starts with Illinois Public Action Council: runs House Democratic field operations. Fund-raiser for Sen. Paul Simon, Mayor Daley campaigns. Launches alliance with media strategist David Axelrod, his key … [Read more...]

Is there (pro)life after the Obama victory?

In a Christianity Today article yesterday, Sarah Pulliam wrote about how an Obama administration might impact abortion and pro-life objectives.In 2007, Obama promised Planned Parenthood that he would sign an act removing all restrictions on abortion at the state and federal level. He has also said he would appoint justices that would uphold Roe v. Wade.Obama appealed to evangelicals by emphasizing his desire to reduce unintended pregnancies by providing more resources for women to carry … [Read more...]

Is there life beyond the election?

For some, perhaps not...Obama Win Causes Obsessive Supporters To Realize How Empty Their Lives Are(h/t Charles Martin)I am currently being overwhelmed with calls regarding what I think I have to label as Post-Election Stress Trauma (PEST).Developing... … [Read more...]