Michelle: ObamaCare is the tipping point in the Dems’ culture of corruption

posted at 1:05 pm on December 24, 2009 by Allahpundit

Two clips on the theme du jour, one from last night’s Steyn-tastic “Hannity” and the other from this a.m.’s “Fox & Friends.” When you’ve got state governors refusing federal money, House Democrats warning conservatives about buyoffs, 10 Republican attorneys general scrambling to investigate the deal-making, and even bribe-takin’ Ben Nelson suddenly seeing the light about good government, I’d say that Jay Cost’s prediction of a coming Jacksonian moment looks pretty safe. A bill nearly everyone hates + roiling anti-incumbent populist sentiment + loads of sleaze used to grease the wheels for passage = crazy delicious.

Update: Fox’s version of the Steyn interview wasn’t working so I replaced it with one from the Right Scoop.

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Sweet_Thang on December 25, 2009 at 8:45 AM

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Sweet_Thang on December 25, 2009 at 8:45 AM

Now thats a sticker I would buy and put on my auto…

bluegrass on December 25, 2009 at 12:10 PM

An Odd Couple Takes Aim at Rahm Emanuel
Ideological opposites Jane Hamsher and Grover Norquist have found common ground in a common enemy: Rahm Emanuel, the influential White House chief of staff.

In one of the strangest odd-couplings since James Carville and Mary Matalin married, Ms. Hamsher, a prominent liberal blogger, and Mr. Norquist, a longtime conservative activist, jointly wrote to the Justice Department on Wednesday demanding an investigation of Mr. Emanuel’s past dealings with Freddie Mac, the failed housing finance giant, and calling for his immediate resignation.

The action is less surprising for Mr. Norquist, a familiar provocateur in a Republican Party that would like nothing better than to weaken Mr. Emanuel, widely considered the Democrats’ savviest strategist since, as a Chicago congressman, he engineered his party’s takeover of majority control in the House in 2006.

Ms. Hamsher’s role, however, reflects her emergence as a leading cyber-voice for a Democratic left wing increasingly disaffected by what it sees as the sell-out centrist policies of the Obama administration. For that it blames Mr. Emanuel, viewing himi as a sort of presidential puppet-master.

Recently Ms. Hamsher, publisher of firedoglake.com, has blogged for the defeat of the Democrats’ top-priority legislation to overhaul health care.

Motivations aside, the issues they raise concern Mr. Emanuel’s lucrative stint on the Freddie Mac board in 2000 and 2001, after he left the Clinton White House as a top adviser and before he ran for Congress. They allege that Mr. Emanuel was complicit in the board’s failure to prevent Freddie Mac executives from defrauding investors and that he subsequently has been “stonewalling” from the White House to block an investigation before a 10-year statute of limitations runs out.

Matt Miller, a spokesman for Eric H. Holder Jr., the attorney general, said late on Wednesday that he was not aware that the Justice Department had received the letter, but that there would be no comment. Mr. Emanuel was unavailable; he is traveling out of the country with his family.

Writing that they want “to connect the dots” implicating Mr. Emanuel, Ms. Hamsher and Mr. Norquist in their letter combine several previously reported story lines.

Among them: The lack of an independent inspector general at Freddie Mac — which, along with its sister company Fannie Mae collapsed and was taken over by the government in September 2008 — due in part to legislation that Mr. Emanuel co-sponsored in the House. They cite a 2003 report that Freddie Mac executives misstated earnings to ensure their bonuses during the time Mr. Emanuel was on the board. And they note that the White House refused the Chicago Tribune’s request, under the Freedom of Information Act, for minutes of the board’s meetings.

“We make common cause today,” they wrote, “out of grave concern for the future of our country in the wake of corruption-riddled bailouts.”
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This story from Drudge does not need to go away…….

bluegrass on December 25, 2009 at 12:15 PM

I mis-spoke, the story is from RCP and not Drudge

bluegrass on December 25, 2009 at 12:16 PM

Obama: Corruption is his real middle name.


profitsbeard on December 25, 2009 at 1:12 PM

Democrats are rather stuck, I think, in a time warp. They have participated in the systemic corruption.

Where I diverge from Michelle?

So have GOP.

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Sweet_Thang on December 25, 2009 at 8:45 AM


Jaibones on December 25, 2009 at 3:55 PM

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Sweet_Thang on December 25, 2009 at 8:45 AM

Good one. I also like “Satin is a Liberal Democrat”

vulcannomad on December 25, 2009 at 8:48 PM

Thank you Michelle, give em hell. I can tell you one thing there is not enough government money to buy my vote for their Health Care-lessness.

OH, how ignorant of me, my vote does not count. The only vote that counts is the one cast by my representative in D.C., who does not actually represent me now or in the future.

Change is in the wind and the silent majority will overcome the loudmouthed majority.

Again, great work Michelle, Mark and all of those who truly represent U.S. and provide U.S. with volume.

MSGTAS on December 26, 2009 at 10:02 AM

Again thanks Michelle for the second segment.

I have been fuming since the Senate took HR 3590, designed to give G.I.s breaks in Home Ownership, stripped all of the language of HR 3590 and kept the title. So those opposed to the Senate newest version of Health Care (Demagoguery) would have a hard time trying to find it, that they would hopefully give up.

MSGTAS on December 26, 2009 at 10:12 AM