Obama launches press campaign to push Paterson out of NY governor race

posted at 11:00 am on September 20, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

What do party leaders do when an incumbent insists on running for re-election even when he’s polling just above ACORN a year before the election?  Usually, they quietly signal a lack of support or find another job for them to take as an incentive to withdrawing and allowing a better candidate to sail through a primary without taking intra-party damage that could give the opposing party an advantage in the general election.  And when that party leader is the current President of the United States, quietly usually becomes sub-audible.

Not for this President, however, as New York Governor David Paterson discovered when he opened his New York Times this morning:

President Obama has sent a request to Gov. David A. Paterson that he withdraw from the New York governor’s race, fearing that Mr. Paterson cannot recover from his dismal political standing, according to two senior administration officials and a New York Democratic operative with direct knowledge of the situation.

The decision to ask Mr. Paterson to step aside was proposed by political advisers to Mr. Obama, but approved by the president himself, one of the administration officials said.

“Is there concern about the situation in New York? Absolutely,” the second administration official said Saturday evening. “Has that concern been conveyed to the governor? Yes.”

The administration officials and the Democratic operative spoke on condition of anonymity because the discussions with the governor were intended to be confidential.

Confidential!  That must be why it wound up on the front page of the Paper of Record, right?  The White House idea of “confidential” must be “leaking to everyone who has a pen and a piece of paper,” because several of “knowledgeable Democrats” also ran to Jake Tapper at ABC News with the same story.  By the time you read this, several “knowledgeable Democrats” will have contacted the Podunk News Recycler and the West Sticks Free Times to let them know about this “confidential” missive to Paterson, too.

Other than the insulting manner in which this was handled, it’s really not much of a surprise, as Jazz Shaw points out:

The Paper of Record refers to this as “an extraordinary intervention into a state political race by the president,” and it certainly caught me by surprise, but I’m not sure it’s entirely out of line. After all, the moment a person takes a seat in the Oval Office, they become, in effect, the titular head of their party, and the Democrats may have plenty to worry about in New York next year. Absent a major sea change, a Giuliani – Paterson matchup would be a bloodbath with the GOP taking back the governor’s mansion.

Clearly, the Democratic leadership would rather see Cuomo in the election against Giuliani than Paterson, and for very good reason.  Paterson has no support in New York and would lose a general election against anyone but Donald Trump — and I wouldn’t count The Donald out entirely.  Paterson would likely lose handily in a primary against Cuomo, but it would force Cuomo to spend money early and split the party when it is already in enough trouble.

Under those circumstances, it’s not unusual for a President to ask a governor of his own party to step aside.  Usually, a President would find an appointment for the governor as a face-saving inducement, rather than send his minions to the press in a campaign of humiliation to make his point.  Either Paterson didn’t respond to earlier nudges from the Oval Office, or the White House just decided to make themselves look incompetent and completely self-absorbed.  In fact, those two options are not mutually exclusive.


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alliebobbitt on September 20, 2009 at 4:28 PM

We’ve been arguing about the immigration system, which for the good guys, it is broken…but I agree with you, Giuliani would make a fine governor of NY. He did well in the city, cleaning it up….he just has a long way to go to become a conservative. But, to see obama out, I’d vote for Satan at this point. Well, I don’t know.
And agreed, I got stoked when Sarah joined the party.

HornetSting on September 20, 2009 at 4:31 PM

Enforcement of our laws would take care of the problem. That is all that is needed.

HornetSting on September 20, 2009 at 4:26 PM

Fining people and sending them to the back of the line is enforcing the law. Do we give people the death penalty for shoplifting? Some people say Saudi Arabia is right to cut people’s hands off for stealing. What do you think?

alliebobbitt on September 20, 2009 at 4:31 PM

If conservatives are willing to forego their most cherished prinicples to obtain allies, they deserve defeat.

unclesmrgol on September 20, 2009 at 4:29 PM

How are we foregoing cherished principles when we do the following.

1. Change how we talk about our principles?
2. Make alliances with people we agree with more often than we do disagree with for our own gain?
3. Take the long view of Revolution?
4. Change our tactics.

You cannot win if you consider everyone your enemy.

Holger on September 20, 2009 at 4:35 PM

alliebobbitt on September 20, 2009 at 4:31 PM

They still get to live and work here. Do the good guys that are waiting in line and doing their paperwork get to come to the USA and THEN do the right thing?
They need to go home and do it right, like the rest of the world. Proximity should not give special favors.

HornetSting on September 20, 2009 at 4:35 PM

We’ve been arguing about the immigration system, which for the good guys, it is broken…but I agree with you, Giuliani would make a fine governor of NY. He did well in the city, cleaning it up….he just has a long way to go to become a conservative. But, to see obama out, I’d vote for Satan at this point. Well, I don’t know.
And agreed, I got stoked when Sarah joined the party.

HornetSting on September 20, 2009 at 4:31 PM

Well, then. We’re allies. I’d like to see Obama out in 2012 and soundly whooped in 2010. NY and/or NJ trending red would be an encouraging sign.

alliebobbitt on September 20, 2009 at 4:37 PM

I am Prolife but my means to achieve the same goal is different than most of yours.

I want to keep it legal until there is no debate about keeping it legal or illegal. I want Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers closed not because they violate the law but because there are no customers, there is no one who donates money to them and they get zero government funding. And abortion is outlawed through constitutional amendment.

Whether it happens tomorrow or 60 years from now does it matter?

Am I Pro-Choice or Pro-Life?

Holger on September 20, 2009 at 4:44 PM

Fox “News” is not a “news” outlet. They are a media arm of the RNC. Murdock pushes the RNC agenda because it is a niche. If Murdock could make money being Liberal, he would to the left of Code Pink.

Decider on September 20, 2009 at 11:51 AM

Capitalism is a beautiful thing, unless you are the NYT’s or MSNBC or Air America or a Lib trying to make the NYT’s best sellers list…

Is it any wonder libs hate capitalism?

jhffmn on September 20, 2009 at 4:59 PM

Isn’t this racist?

Track-A-'Crat on September 20, 2009 at 5:05 PM

Am I wrong or is Paterson blind. Build a fake office for him to show up every day.

Jeff from WI on September 20, 2009 at 5:07 PM

Fox “News” is not a “news” outlet. They are a media arm of the RNC. Murdock pushes the RNC agenda because it is a niche. If Murdock could make money being Liberal, he would to the left of Code Pink.

Decider on September 20, 2009 at 11:51 AM

Please answer this one question – do you thing MSNBC is a legitimate, independent news channel?

tatersalad on September 20, 2009 at 5:14 PM

Obama launches press campaign to push Paterson out of NY governor race

…right after Paterson suspends ACORN contracts. Coincidence? (Must be, Obama hasn’t heard of ACORN–and never trained them–yeah, that’s right, that’s the ticket!).

second digit on September 20, 2009 at 5:15 PM

This case illustrates how even the Democrats realize that affirmative action elevates the unworthy.

Spitzer chose an inept boob because of his affirmative action points, not his skill, talent or smarts. When Spitzer was forced out IN DISGRACE for committing criminal acts while in public office that boob got the big chair he was never intended to occupy.

Despite multiple Hollywood movies about the bumbling elevated to power the simpleton did not have the right stuff to lead. Not even in the politically corrupt and unfree tyranny of New York state. Even his fellow tyrants realize that Patterson’s real handicap is being an idiot.

It’s so bad that the President from Affirmative Action can’t support Patterson. He doesn’t want St. Mario to have to actually point out that Patterson never deserved his job in the first place as it will cause problems with two large Dem constituencies. The people being given handouts won’t want to vote for St. Mario of Cuomo after he points out that of all the people the Democratic party could have chosen to elevate they gave the nod to a guy unfit to be a greeter at WalMart.

I’d say this qualifies for nomination in the Obamateurism of the Week.

Hyunchback on September 20, 2009 at 5:16 PM

Fox “News” is not a “news” outlet. They are a media arm of the RNC. Murdock pushes the RNC agenda because it is a niche. If Murdock could make money being Liberal, he would to the left of Code Pink.

Decider on September 20, 2009 at 11:51 AM

If you really believe this and believe that the majority of Americans lean left now. Why does a right leaning(according to you) news outlet get such great ratings?
Does that not make you question even one of your premises?
The premise that Americans lean left is a must for you. If the majority of Americans lean right, it would be immoral to have a Government force Liberal policy on them.
Opps….that is happening right now.
We the majority WILL NOT ACCEPT IT.

I hope Murdock makes tons of money, he deserves it. I like his products. Capitalism got to love it!

IowaWoman on September 20, 2009 at 5:26 PM

Nobody cares about ACORN except Fox News for ratings and the RNC to try to get to Obama.

If no one cares about it, then how does Fox get ratings for reporting it?

I feel sorry for you guys; it must be hard to see your dream of “hope” and “change” evaporate in front of your eyes at such an accelerated pace.

Ann NY on September 20, 2009 at 5:27 PM

HornetSting on September 20, 2009 at 4:31 PM
Well, then. We’re allies. I’d like to see Obama out in 2012 and soundly whooped in 2010. NY and/or NJ trending red would be an encouraging sign.

alliebobbitt on September 20, 2009 at 4:37 PM

Agreed, allie.

HornetSting on September 20, 2009 at 5:40 PM

Because is is a small story made big by Fox News for it’s political agenda. The Fox News audience is a single, simpleminded, ideological group of people whose entire goal is to take down Obama. The hint that this story may hurt Obama is of interest only to that group.

Decider on September 20, 2009 at 11:49 AM

After the last 8 years of the hounding your side did to Bush, you have lost any credibility to complain or even speak of partisan backbiting. There certainly was “a single, simpleminded, ideological group of people whose entire goal is was to take down” Bush. I don’t even really like Bush, but your side was so shrill I felt the need to defend him too many times for my liking. Obviously you have a short memory, so here is a gallery of signs carried at various protests: http://www.zombietime.com/zomblog/?p=621
Every time your hackles get raised about Joe Wilson screaming “you lie”, don’t forget that many Democrat congressmen BOOed Bush when he gave a SOTU speech one year.
I am so sick of you people getting the vapors about how nasty political discourse has gotten, when your side has made dirty politics an art form and a blood sport.
The hypocrisy of the left is astounding but the positive thing is that people are waking up to it and they don’t like what they see. If you don’t believe me wait till November 2010….

Ann NY on September 20, 2009 at 5:52 PM

This case illustrates how even the Democrats realize that affirmative action elevates the unworthy

Hyunchback on September 20, 2009 at 5:16 PM

Excellent comment! Unfortunately, the Dems will not even know to attribute it to affirmative action…and they sure as heck will not acknowledge it…and we all know that anyone who opposes affirmative action is racist…

lovingmyUSA on September 20, 2009 at 5:59 PM

Dang ! ! The cover pic of “O” looks like the Joker
pic in real face.

Texyank on September 20, 2009 at 6:03 PM

Here’s a scary thought…to deter his racist detractors, Obama goes after one of his “own,” who is expendable but useful.

Halli Casser-Jayne
http://www.thecjpoliticalreport.com

The CJ Political Report on September 20, 2009 at 6:49 PM

Am I wrong or is Paterson blind. Build a fake office for him to show up every day.

Jeff from WI on September 20, 2009 at 5:07 PM

Rofl..Thank you for the giggles. I so needed that.

ekuspa40 on September 20, 2009 at 7:36 PM

How about Paterson ask Obama to resign?

A few more months and Obama is going to WISH he were as popular as Paterson.

Poncelet.

NoDonkey on September 20, 2009 at 8:38 PM

It would be fun to play a cruel joke on Paterson and tell him that all these years people have been lying to him: “Dude, did you know you’re actually white?”

kurtzz3 on September 20, 2009 at 8:46 PM

Smart, but it seems just a little tacky to me.

This case illustrates how even the Democrats realize that affirmative action elevates the unworthy

Hyunchback on September 20, 2009 at 5:16 PM
Excellent comment! Unfortunately, the Dems will not even know to attribute it to affirmative action…and they sure as heck will not acknowledge it…and we all know that anyone who opposes affirmative action is racist…

lovingmyUSA on September 20, 2009 at 5:59 PM

How did this become an Affirmative Action issue again? Oh, because he’s black…I get it. Anyone can have terrible poll numbers. I don’t think his skin color has anything to do with it.

StoneKrab on September 20, 2009 at 8:46 PM

How did this become an Affirmative Action issue again?

Because if Paterson were white, he’d be an assistant clerk at the Poughkeepsie Department of Motor Vehicles.

Completely out of his element. Just like our president.

NoDonkey on September 20, 2009 at 8:51 PM

Because if Paterson were white, he’d be an assistant clerk at the Poughkeepsie Department of Motor Vehicles.

Completely out of his element. Just like our president.

NoDonkey on September 20, 2009 at 8:51 PM

Really? Is this a factual statement, or just an epiphany you had 5 minutes ago? Enlighten me.

StoneKrab on September 20, 2009 at 8:58 PM

NoDonkey on September 20, 2009 at 8:38 PM

Exactly. Paterson should wait a few months for Obama’s ratings to match his, and return the favor. You know, as one liberal statist presiding over a fiscal disaster to another.

2ipa on September 20, 2009 at 8:58 PM

NY and/or NJ trending red would be an encouraging sign.

alliebobbitt on September 20, 2009 at 4:37 PM

I will do my part to add VA to that list. :)

Mangy Scot on September 20, 2009 at 9:00 PM

StoneKrab on September 20, 2009 at 8:58 PM

Why yes, because I remember when he was white and that’s as high as he rose back then . . .

Then he had a melanin enhancement and shot up through the ranks.

Seriously, this guy is a first class jackass who obviously has no idea what it is he’s doing.

Kinda like our unqualified, unprepared, no-experience, no-load president. The left pilloried Dan Quayle for his lack of experience and if you compare his resume to Obama’s, Quayle was Babe Ruth compared to the bench warmer we have fouling the Oval Office.

NoDonkey on September 20, 2009 at 9:13 PM

If conservatives are willing to forego their most cherished prinicples to obtain allies, they deserve defeat.

unclesmrgol on September 20, 2009 at 4:29 PM

Not all of us agree with Jerry Falwell’s interpretation of conservatism.

jhffmn on September 20, 2009 at 9:15 PM

If conservatives are willing to forego their most cherished prinicples to obtain allies, they deserve defeat.

unclesmrgol on September 20, 2009 at 4:29 PM

Tell that to Churchill during WWII.

atheling on September 20, 2009 at 9:16 PM

Enlighten me.

StoneKrab on September 20, 2009 at 8:58 PM

Herculean task.

atheling on September 20, 2009 at 9:17 PM

Why yes, because I remember when he was white and that’s as high as he rose back then . . .

Then he had a melanin enhancement and shot up through the ranks.

Seriously, this guy is a first class jackass who obviously has no idea what it is he’s doing.

Kinda like our unqualified, unprepared, no-experience, no-load president. The left pilloried Dan Quayle for his lack of experience and if you compare his resume to Obama’s, Quayle was Babe Ruth compared to the bench warmer we have fouling the Oval Office.

NoDonkey on September 20, 2009 at 9:13 PM

Thanks.

Enlighten me.

StoneKrab on September 20, 2009 at 8:58 PM
Herculean task.

atheling on September 20, 2009 at 9:17 PM

Playground insults: No facts required.

StoneKrab on September 20, 2009 at 9:23 PM

How did this become an Affirmative Action issue again? Oh, because he’s black…I get it. Anyone can have terrible poll numbers. I don’t think his skin color has anything to do with it.

StoneKrab on September 20, 2009 at 8:46 PM

Liberalism personified. Create racist program and name it something innocuous: Affirmative Action. Then cry racism when people attack your stupid racist program.

Vote democrat
Rinse
Repeat

daesleeper on September 20, 2009 at 9:32 PM

Playground insults: No facts required.

StoneKrab on September 20, 2009 at 9:23 PM

Tell that to your libtard friends, stonedcrap.

atheling on September 20, 2009 at 9:34 PM

Liberalism personified. Create racist program and name it something innocuous: Affirmative Action. Then cry racism when people attack your stupid racist program.

Vote democrat
Rinse
Repeat

daesleeper on September 20, 2009 at 9:32 PM

Huh? What does that have to with me? I’m asking, because you linked to my post.

StoneKrab on September 20, 2009 at 9:40 PM

Playground insults: No facts required.

StoneKrab on September 20, 2009 at 9:23 PM

What “facts” did you supply?

Here’s a homework assignment for you sport, dig up what passes for Paterson’s resume and compare it to the last five or six New York Governors.

Then compare Barry’s “resume” to Vice President Quayle’s.

That should keep you busy.

NoDonkey on September 20, 2009 at 9:42 PM

Tell that to your libtard friends, stonedcrap.

atheling on September 20, 2009 at 9:34 PM

Who are these “libtard” friends you speak of? It’s just me (singular). I personally haven’t insulted you once, and don’t plan on it. That’s not my STEEZ ya dig? lol. Oh, my name is StoneKrab…surely you spelled it wrong on accident.(snort)

StoneKrab on September 20, 2009 at 9:43 PM

Breaking on WSJ Chyron Lazio to enter NY Gov race
now I doubly hope Hill runs lol
whoever gets it is stepping into a hexx of a mess

ginaswo on September 20, 2009 at 9:44 PM

Who are these “libtard” friends you speak of? It’s just me (singular).

Sorry if you don’t have any friends.

I personally haven’t insulted you once, and don’t plan on it. That’s not my STEEZ ya dig?

Your coming here to dissemble is an insult. I notice you never call the other libtard trolls out for their crap, stonedcrap.

Oh, my name is StoneKrab…surely you spelled it wrong on accident.

No I didn’t.

(snort)

StoneKrab on September 20, 2009 at 9:43 PM

Coke?

atheling on September 20, 2009 at 9:47 PM

What “facts” did you supply?

Here’s a homework assignment for you sport, dig up what passes for Paterson’s resume and compare it to the last five or six New York Governors.

Then compare Barry’s “resume” to Vice President Quayle’s.

That should keep you busy.

NoDonkey on September 20, 2009 at 9:42 PM

So…if it was affirmative action that got these men their jobs, prove it. If it’s as simple as you make it seem, prove it. Surely you have evidence or documentation other than speculation right? My proof is that they got the job based on their accomplishments (they met basic requirements to fill their positions), which we presume when speaking about anyone else involved in public service, other than those of color. Was Michael Steele an affirmative action case? Sounds to me like you guys are trying to play that ‘dreaded race card’ that is so despised by the right.

StoneKrab on September 20, 2009 at 9:51 PM

StoneKrab on September 20, 2009 at 9:51 PM

It is called illustrating absurdity by being absurd. An effective tool in exposing the left’s good intentions and their inevitable unforseen consequences.

Was affirmative action the reason Patterson became elected governor? I don’t know, but why does a stupid racist program exist in the first place that even makes that conjecture possible?

daesleeper on September 20, 2009 at 9:54 PM

It is called illustrating absurdity by being absurd. An effective tool in exposing the left’s good intentions and their inevitable unforseen consequences.

Was affirmative action the reason Patterson became elected governor? I don’t know, but why does a stupid racist program exist in the first place that even makes that conjecture possible?

daesleeper on September 20, 2009 at 9:54 PM

Discriminatory hiring practices…ring any bells? Affirmative action is completely off-topic anyway. No one on this thread can prove that it has anything to do with Gov. Patterson, ultimately making this a dead issue.

StoneKrab on September 20, 2009 at 9:59 PM

StoneKrab on September 20, 2009 at 9:51 PM

That’s the beauty of “affirmative action”.

Sure, they met “basic” requirement. So what?

The only requirement for president is an age and residency requirement. 100 million people meet that.

No man has ever become president after accomplishing so little politically and or professionally, as Barack Obama.

NoDonkey on September 20, 2009 at 10:02 PM

O to Patterson

OK Gov. How many fingers am I holding up.

OK thats it, You failed the test.

bluegrass on September 20, 2009 at 10:06 PM

Discriminatory hiring practices…ring any bells?

StoneKrab on September 20, 2009 at 9:59 PM

Uh, so you replace discriminatory hiring practices with more discriminatory hiring practices?

atheling on September 20, 2009 at 10:08 PM

Uh, so you replace discriminatory hiring practices with more discriminatory hiring practices?

atheling on September 20, 2009 at 10:08 PM

I baited the hook. His lip is sore. And I am sure he doesn’t even realize the irony or humor in that.

daesleeper on September 20, 2009 at 10:11 PM

StoneKrab on September 20, 2009 at 9:51 PM

That’s the beauty of “affirmative action”.

Sure, they met “basic” requirement. So what?

The only requirement for president is an age and residency requirement. 100 million people meet that.

No man has ever become president after accomplishing so little politically and or professionally, as Barack Obama.

NoDonkey on September 20, 2009 at 10:02 PM

I don’t follow you…people voted for this man. So he was hired by the American people. I’m pretty sure you and atheling are the only people on Earth that see Affirmative Action in this election. Everything you are saying is purely speculative. I’m still waiting for those documents and evidence supporting your theory. Don’t worry I’ll have a Snickers.

StoneKrab on September 20, 2009 at 9:59 PM
Uh, so you replace discriminatory hiring practices with more discriminatory hiring practices?

atheling on September 20, 2009 at 10:08 PM

No. I simply stated the reason Affirmative Action was deemed necessary. I didn’t state how I personally feel about Affirmative Action, because I don’t feel it’s relevant to this conversation.

StoneKrab on September 20, 2009 at 10:16 PM

Paterson hasn’t been a total disaster, but I wouldn’t vote for him. I’m hoping Giuliani runs for governor.

But this is just beyond the pale. Who is Obama to tell anyone whether to run or not? If Paterson can get the support and money, it’s his right to run. And fail to be elected.

Mommynator on September 20, 2009 at 10:21 PM

Patterson persists in his plans to run in 2010!

sonnyspats1 on September 20, 2009 at 10:24 PM

Blindsided.

Guess that makes Zero a blind-ist.

viking01 on September 20, 2009 at 10:35 PM

people voted for this man. So he was hired by the American people.

Perhaps they did.

Because they looked at the color of his skin.

Not because they looked at his accomplishments, his experience, his fitness for the job in comparison to others.

That’s affirmative action. He was elevated above others, solely due to the color of his skin.

If Obama were white he would be a complete unknown.

NoDonkey on September 20, 2009 at 10:35 PM

Paterson hasn’t been a total disaster

What higher praise can a Democrat politician earn?

I can think of few that can even meet this low bar.

NoDonkey on September 20, 2009 at 10:36 PM

Paterson must have screwed up and accidentally paid his taxes.

viking01 on September 20, 2009 at 10:38 PM

Perhaps they did.

Because they looked at the color of his skin.

Speculative…

Not because they looked at his accomplishments, his experience, his fitness for the job in comparison to others.

Your opinion…

That’s affirmative action. He was elevated above others, solely due to the color of his skin.

more speculation…

If Obama were white he would be a complete unknown.

ahhh…there it is…good ol’ fashioned race-baiting.

nice try, still waiting on facts…you know ‘raw data’, not your opinion.

StoneKrab on September 20, 2009 at 10:41 PM

StoneKrab on September 20, 2009 at 10:16 PM

Well, how about disclosing what you think of AA? Put your cards on the table, troll.

atheling on September 20, 2009 at 10:45 PM

nice try, still waiting on facts…you know ‘raw data’, not your opinion.

StoneKrab on September 20, 2009 at 10:41 PM

So this forum’s participants should accept your opinion that yours is superior?

Speaking of “nice try.”

viking01 on September 20, 2009 at 10:45 PM

That’s affirmative action. He was elevated above others, solely due to the color of his skin.

If Obama were white he would be a complete unknown.

NoDonkey on September 20, 2009 at 10:35 PM

+100

atheling on September 20, 2009 at 10:45 PM

ahhh…there it is…good ol’ fashioned race-baiting.

nice try, still waiting on facts…you know ‘raw data’, not your opinion.

StoneKrab on September 20, 2009 at 10:41 PM

YOu know what? F*** you, ass wipe.

Don’t you bloody call it “racism” when it’s the truth. You’re a vile piece of s*** to spew lies like that.

You cretin, AFFIRMATIVE ACTION IS RACISM!

atheling on September 20, 2009 at 10:47 PM

StoneKrab on September 20, 2009 at 10:16 PM
Well, how about disclosing what you think of AA? Put your cards on the table, troll.

I’ll bite. I’m against affirmative action. I think if you have the qualifications and character you should get the job. Unfortunately, a few Americans didn’t get the memo, hence the birth of AA. I still don’t think this has anything to do with this thread.

YOu know what? F*** you, ass wipe.

Don’t you bloody call it “racism” when it’s the truth. You’re a vile piece of s*** to spew lies like that.

You cretin, AFFIRMATIVE ACTION IS RACISM!

atheling on September 20, 2009 at 10:47 PM

I believe I said, “race-baiting”, but that’s besides the point. Chill, your head’s spoldin’…

So this forum’s participants should accept your opinion that yours is superior?

Speaking of “nice try.”

viking01 on September 20, 2009 at 10:45 PM

I never said they should. I could care less how the forum’s participants perceive my opinion. I don’t pretend that it’s fact and I don’t make extreme statements. In my first post on this forum I stated:

Smart, but it seems just a little tacky to me.

Nothing extreme there. But, suggesting that any African-American who excels in public service is somehow an AA poliitican is disingenious and extreme opinion or not…of course this is just MY opinion.

StoneKrab on September 20, 2009 at 11:01 PM

StoneKrab on September 20, 2009 at 10:41 PM

Are you looking for the courthouse, counselor?

Because you seemed to have mistaken the comments section of this blog for a court of law.

Gee, I posted an opinion.

And my opinion is that a guy with no executive experience whatsoever, who spent the sum total of 140 days in the Senate (while accomplishing nothing of note) before deciding to run for president, is the least qualified president in American history.

A point of which a great many reasonable Americans would agree.

The fact is, he played the race card continually to persuade people to vote for him and now that he’s in office and failing miserably, he has his staff and the press playing it continually to obscure the fact that he’s completely out of his element.

Just my opinion. You’re right, this guy is president and he was probably elected by the majority of the American people, so what?

It was a bad choice, in my opinion and I can’t think of any other reason why people voted for this guy, other than they wanted to elect the first black president.

So they did. And that’s all they got. The first black president. That’s the sum total of his skill set, his skin color. Congratulations.

NoDonkey on September 20, 2009 at 11:06 PM

OPERATION CHAOS II needs to be started to make sure Paterson and Cuomo bloody each other in the primary.

Lou Budvis on September 20, 2009 at 11:13 PM

It was a bad choice, in my opinion and I can’t think of any other reason why people voted for this guy, other than they wanted to elect the first black president.

So they did. And that’s all they got. The first black president. That’s the sum total of his skill set, his skin color. Congratulations.

NoDonkey on September 20, 2009 at 11:06 PM

Now that I know where you stand, there’s nothing more to debate. You’ve made your beliefs perfectly clear, you don’t like him. I get it.

StoneKrab on September 20, 2009 at 11:15 PM

Now that I know where you stand, there’s nothing more to debate. You’ve made your beliefs perfectly clear, you don’t like him. I get it.

StoneKrab on September 20, 2009 at 11:15 PM

No sir, I do not like him. You have that correct.

How’s he do for you, BTW?

NoDonkey on September 20, 2009 at 11:19 PM

Obama is trying to ease out Paterson since Cuomo has promised to send Obama directly 25% of the vig he gets shaking down New Yorkers – trash hauling, concrete, numbers…everything – for as long as he’s governor.

eeyore on September 20, 2009 at 11:34 PM

President Obama has sent a request to Gov. David A. Paterson that he withdraw from the New York governor’s race

Will there be a sit down meeting involving Luca Brasi?

I’m not too late with this joke, am I? Has it already been made?

rihar on September 20, 2009 at 11:36 PM

The evidence for an opinion supporting the notion that Obama is an AA president is way more credible than the opinion that Obama was elected because of his extensive experiences that prepared him for the job.

Those of us that voted against that Marxist have been proven prophetic while his supporters are sitting around with their fingers in their ears saying:

“La la la la la…..I can’t hear you!”

csdeven on September 21, 2009 at 1:40 AM

AND it wont be too long before many of his supporters will deny ever voting for him.

csdeven on September 21, 2009 at 1:41 AM

Another one under the bus…and another one gone, another one gone, another one under the bus! Hey, he’s gonna get you too! Another one under the bus!

Man, Obama get a lift kit for that thing yet?

SuperCool on September 21, 2009 at 5:21 AM

BHO is not only racist, but anti-legally blind.
Pay no attention to Patterson’s failed policies, all the corruption surrounding him or the practical chances of him being elected – after all, only race, although probably his status as handicapped as well, are the only factors that may be considered as qualifications to run, and must be considered as being attacked when he’s being challenged. That’s what I learn from the adjectives I’m being called for opposing the socialism being imposed on us by The One, or by pointing out the corruption that runs rampant at every level of the current administration, or for just exercising my God given and Constitutionally protected rights. After all, having Standards is good, having Double Standards must be double-good.

mile66 on September 21, 2009 at 7:51 AM

Could this all be a ploy to generate sympathy for Paterson?

Or is Bozo the stupidest President of all time?

dogsoldier on September 21, 2009 at 8:04 AM

Either Paterson didn’t respond to earlier nudges from the Oval Office, or the White House just decided to make themselves look incompetent and completely self-absorbed. In fact, those two options are not mutually exclusive.

Obama so needs to feel omnipotent, suffering ominous political defeat on Capitol Hill, suffering the pressures reaching a decisive response to McChrystal’s report that goes beyond “present” having gnawed away “strategy” no longer within his grasp, suffering devastating defeat out in America’s public opinion, now mangled by the MSM/DNC “opposition=racism” propaganda even prior to ACORN getting shucked.

The grey lady needs a blood transfusion, and Obama owes, more so in down payment for coming events. Paterson was already a dead duck in politics, not just lame, before brashly trumping race stupidly. Obama owns the monopoly on that card now. And it shows everyone out there on Obama’s take that no one makes trouble for The O without getting Blagojeviched.

maverick muse on September 21, 2009 at 8:08 AM

After all, having Standards is good, having Double Standards must be double-good.

mile66 on September 21, 2009 at 7:51 AM

Bwahahaha…heh

maverick muse on September 21, 2009 at 8:11 AM

I don’t think his skin color has anything to do with it.

StoneKrab on September 20, 2009 at 8:46 PM

Prove that it did not.

Johan Klaus on September 21, 2009 at 8:11 AM

Barack Obama hates disabled people.

NickelAndDime on September 21, 2009 at 8:31 AM

And my opinion is that a guy with no executive experience whatsoever, who spent the sum total of 140 days in the Senate (while accomplishing nothing of note) before deciding to run for president, is the least qualified president in American history.–NoDonkey on September 20, 2009 at 11:06 PM

Now that I know where you stand, there’s nothing more to debate. You’ve made your beliefs perfectly clear, you don’t like him. I get it.–StoneKrab on September 20, 2009 at 11:15 PM

What we don’t like is having a scurrilous potus and congress in power, voted in by Americans who combine incredible gullibility with corruption.

What we do like is our Constitutional Government operating as designated, the supreme law of the land, rather than the hog wild Machtgier trampling pearls of great price amok, rending our Rightful Liberty asunder.

maverick muse on September 21, 2009 at 8:32 AM

What do party leaders do when an incumbent insists on running for re-election even when he’s polling just above ACORN a year before the election?

Well first off this incompetent Governer Paterson was never elected in the first place – he became Governor because Governor Elliot Spitzer got caught with hookers and had to resign – this clown Paterson was his lieutanant Governor. New york was MUCH better off with Spitzer and his hookers then they are with this buffoon.

LODGE4 on September 21, 2009 at 8:33 AM

Am I wrong or is Paterson blind. Build a fake office for him to show up every day.

Jeff from WI on September 20, 2009 at 5:07 PM

Hi Jeff – I have a much better idea – Yes he’s blind so all you have to do is type up a letter of resignation, put it front of him and say – “This authorizes more new taxes – sign here.”

LODGE4 on September 21, 2009 at 8:36 AM

I don’t think his skin color has anything to do with it.

StoneKrab on September 20, 2009 at 8:46 PM

It would be correct to state that skin color has nothing to do with disliking Obama’s agenda.

However, casting votes in order to elect the first black man POTUS was a huge issue.

Candidate Obama himself, his entire campaign, the DNC, the body of Democrats including ACORN, and the WORLDWIDE associated press differ with you in that his being “of international upbringing” made him special, particularly sensitive to facilitating matters of international diplomacy. (See how well that’s playing out in Europe, Poland specifically.) Pick up an article from the campaign era (that unending campaign) and enlighten your take on 2008. Either you lie, or selective memory fails you, leaving you looking in the mirror at the face of senility.

maverick muse on September 21, 2009 at 8:46 AM

I baited the hook. His lip is sore. And I am sure he doesn’t even realize the irony or humor in that.

daesleeper on September 20, 2009 at 10:11 PM

Now rip off his little claws and throw him back. Get a steamer and some mustard sauce. Only part of a stonekrab worth keeping.

katy the mean old lady on September 21, 2009 at 9:01 AM

Paterson is just serving as another distraction.

Radical Leftists ALWAYS pave their way with race cards, and in America have the gall to burn our Constitution Government for supposedly promoting white supremacy. Obama himself is historically tied to the SDS via Ayers et.al.

Clarion Call: The Politics of Intimidation Come to Chapel Hill, Radicals are openly conducting a campaign of harassment against a campus organization that defends Western culture.

By Jay Schalin, September 20, 2009

That is just one of the important questions raised by the most recent incident involving the UNC-Chapel Hill student organization Youth for Western Civilization (YWC) and a coalition of radical leftist groups. Some of the radicals are connected to the school, such as the UNC chapter of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), while others are community-based and have no affiliation with UNC.

According to a Raleigh News & Observer report last week, anonymous flyers appeared on the Chapel Hill campus that provided the name, photograph, phone number, and home address of the YWC’s faculty advisor, emeritus professor Elliot Cramer. The flyers asked, “Why is your professor supporting white supremacy?”

Nikhil Patel, the current YWC president, perceived an implied threat in the flyer. It was not the first time that the radicals used this approach to intimidate the YWC. At a YWC event in April that was violently disrupted by radicals, they directed the following chant at YWC members and in particular, last year’s YWC president, Riley Matheson: “Against racists, we will fight. We know where you sleep at night.”

maverick muse on September 21, 2009 at 9:11 AM

You know, put a towel on Paterson’s head and I think he could do a pretty good Arafat impression.

Daggett on September 21, 2009 at 9:53 AM

Whether or not Patterson decides to step down, the damage to the Democratic party has been done.

If Patterson does step aside, it give the appearance of Obama interfering in what should be a local matter.
If he doesn’t, it gives the appearance that the local pol does not have the confidence of more powerful politicians.

Obama should learn when to STFU. On the other hand narcisists, never do.

MarkTheGreat on September 21, 2009 at 9:58 AM

Sneaky

Obama knows Patterson can’t “read” the times.

seven on September 21, 2009 at 10:24 AM

Obama’s attack on Patterson has to be racist. Since Patterson is black, what else could it be?

volsense on September 21, 2009 at 10:32 AM

There is about 2 hours of commenting missing from this thread. Are we in the business of memory hole filling at HA now?

Guess I will be taking screen shots from now on…

daesleeper on September 21, 2009 at 10:47 AM

Whether it happens tomorrow or 60 years from now does it matter?

Holger on September 20, 2009 at 4:44 PM

It matters to a lot of unborn babies.

Johan Klaus on September 21, 2009 at 10:49 AM

daesleeper on September 21, 2009 at 10:47 AM

Nevermind, paranoia struck, I was wading thru the wrong thread :x

daesleeper on September 21, 2009 at 10:50 AM

If Patterson’s polls now go up, we’ll know that this definitely was a risky move. :)

I’m wondering.

AnninCA on September 21, 2009 at 2:34 PM

The least Bambi could do is buy Paterson a seeing eye dog.

Percy_Peabody on September 22, 2009 at 9:04 AM

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