E-mails suggest Rahm, and maybe Obama, pushed early to spotlight Solyndra amid financial warnings; Update: Obama appointee pushed Solyndra loan — despite conflict of interest with wife’s law firm

posted at 5:26 pm on October 7, 2011 by Allahpundit

We already knew that people in the White House were rushing OMB in August 2009 to approve Solyndra’s half-billion-dollar loan so that The One could get his all-important green jobs/stimulus photo op at the plant. Some OMB analysts complained at the time, in fact, that the time pressure might affect the diligence with which the loan was being reviewed. Oh well. What we didn’t know was who in the White House was pressuring them. Over to you, WaPo:

White House staff discussed in emails that either President Obama or his former chief of staff Rahm Emanuel were eager to help spotlight a solar company in early 2009, despite numerous internal warnings that the company could be financially unstable, according to new e-mails…

“Ron said this morning that the POTUS definitely wants to do this (orRahm definitely wants the POTUS to do this ?),” one White House staffer told an Obama scheduler on Aug. 17, 2009…

The emails also show that the Department of Energy was told by the Treasury Deparment its refinancing arrangement for the Solyndra loan in early 2011 might be improper and should be cleared with the Department of Justice…

“In February, we requested in writing that DOE seek the Department of Justice’s approval of any proposed restructuring,” Mary Miller, assistant secretary wrote in a August 17, 2011 memo to OMB deputy chief Jeffrey Zients. “To our knowledge that never happened.”

Remember, according to a Congressional Research Service report, it was already apparent by the time the loan was approved in September 2009 that changes in the polysilicon market meant that Solyndra had lost its key competitive advantage over foreign firms. That was ignored; OMB’s misgivings about being rushed were ignored; and later, according to the blockquote above, the question of whether the ill-fated loan restructuring to keep the company afloat might be illegal was also ignored. How much negligence do we need here before we can call it gross recklessness?

Update: But wait, it gets worse.

An elite Obama fundraiser hired to help oversee the administration’s energy loan program pushed and prodded career Department of Energy officials to move faster in approving a loan guarantee for Solyndra, even as his wife’s law firm was representing the California solar company, according to internal emails made public late Friday.

“How hard is this? What is he waiting for?” wrote Steven J. Spinner, a high-tech consultant and energy investor who raised at least $500,000 for the candidate before being appointed to a key job helping oversee the energy loan guarantee program. “I have OVP [the Office of the Vice President] and WH [the White House] breathing down my neck on this.”

The emails occurred less than two weeks after Spinner received a three-page ethics agreement in which he pledges he will “not participate in any discussion regarding any application involving [his wife's law firm] Wilson [Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati].”

Funny thing: ABC published a report about Spinner last week to which Jay Carney replied that, to the best of the White House’s knowledge, Spinner had no input on the green loans program. According to today’s e-mails, though, not only was Spinner evidently in contact with the White House — including Biden’s office! — about Solyndra, he corresponded directly with Solyndra’s VP of marketing. I can’t wait for the inevitable next round of e-mails in which we find out precisely what the people in Biden’s office were telling him.

Exit question: Spinner’s going to make a nifty fall guy, isn’t he?

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who cares… doncha know there is protesting on Wall Street!!!

gatorboy on October 7, 2011 at 5:29 PM

High crimes and misdemeanors?

clnurnberg on October 7, 2011 at 5:29 PM

Unraveling.

Soon the truth will be bare for all to see.

portlandon on October 7, 2011 at 5:30 PM

But, but, but… BUSH!!!11!!

Hollowpoint on October 7, 2011 at 5:30 PM

Follow the money

Vashta.Nerada on October 7, 2011 at 5:31 PM

Isn’t this the definition of a Friday Afternoon News Dump???

Abby Adams on October 7, 2011 at 5:31 PM

the oath Obama took included the words…from enemies foreign and domestic.

What happens when the domestic enemy is sitting in the Oval Office?

kingsjester on October 7, 2011 at 5:31 PM

Obama: “These emails were from the previous administration.”

portlandon on October 7, 2011 at 5:33 PM

Isn’t this the definition of a Friday Afternoon News Dump???

Abby Adams on October 7, 2011 at 5:31 PM

First thing that came to my mind – 3 day weekend too.

piglet on October 7, 2011 at 5:34 PM

Won’t mean a damn thing. Forget it. These things are only scandals when Republicans are involved.

ddrintn on October 7, 2011 at 5:34 PM

Change.

visions on October 7, 2011 at 5:34 PM

^ The out will always be “they had the best intentions”. End of story.

ddrintn on October 7, 2011 at 5:35 PM

Mist be…. FRIDAY!!!!!!

karl9000 on October 7, 2011 at 5:36 PM

Oops…must

karl9000 on October 7, 2011 at 5:36 PM

Any reporters ask Obama about this, they are immediately banned.

WashJeff on October 7, 2011 at 5:36 PM

Barry Schmucketeli 2012.

/You better vote for him.

Key West Reader on October 7, 2011 at 5:36 PM

This is all fine and dandy…

… but have you heard about that rock in the middle of Texas?

/

Seven Percent Solution on October 7, 2011 at 5:36 PM

Gee, I was kind of hoping that the FnF was going to be the most transparently corrupt administration evah’s down fall.

Now this upstart zooms in to perhaps capture that prize.

Oh well, as long as we can wave bye bye to El Presidente Downgrade that’s all that matters in the end I guess.

Chip on October 7, 2011 at 5:36 PM

Isn’t this the definition of a Friday Afternoon News Dump???

Abby Adams on October 7, 2011 at 5:31 PM

That’s what Bret Baier on Fox just called it.

Knucklehead on October 7, 2011 at 5:38 PM

Oops…must

karl9000 on October 7, 2011 at 5:36 PM

Karl, I found your “Underdog” song quote to be quite telling.

The Oministration always tells us what they mean, in underhanded terms. You should re-post.

Key West Reader on October 7, 2011 at 5:38 PM

Must be…. FRIDAY!!!!!!

karl9000 on October 7, 2011 at 5:36 PM

Me thinks this is going to a regular event.

Chip on October 7, 2011 at 5:38 PM

Isn’t this the definition of a Friday Afternoon News Dump???

Abby Adams on October 7, 2011 at 5:31 PM
That’s what Bret Baier on Fox just called it.

Knucklehead on October 7, 2011 at 5:38 PM

It could be worse.

Michelle. Tamales.

Key West Reader on October 7, 2011 at 5:38 PM

Update: But wait, it gets worse better than we could have ever hoped for.

Give ‘em enough rope…

cynccook on October 7, 2011 at 5:39 PM

just another day in the corrupt Chicago presidency……

SDarchitect on October 7, 2011 at 5:39 PM

And even worse

I see a pattern here.

In connecting green technology startups with government money, Silicon Valley venture capitalist Steve Westly boasts of a special touch.

“We believe that with the Obama administration, and other governments … committing hundreds of billions of dollars to clean tech, there has never been a better time to launch clean tech companies,” says his company website. “The Westly Group is uniquely positioned to take advantage of this surge of interest and growth.”

Uniquely positioned, indeed.

One of President Barack Obama’s most prolific fundraisers, Westly was among guests at January’s state dinner for the president of China. A month later, he dined with Obama again at an exclusive San Francisco Bay area gathering for prominent high tech CEOs, including the leaders of Facebook, Google and Apple….

fred5678 on October 7, 2011 at 5:39 PM

Hey, when you’re part of an administration that is pi$$ing away trillions of tax dollars to fill the coffers of their union cronies and to pay off voter fraud organizations like ACORN, a half-billion dollars must seem like chump change (and a bargain price for a nice photo-op). Who would even miss it? Besides, Eric Holder goes and testifies in front of Congress and blatantly lies, and the MSM doesn’t even blink. It’s not like there are any adverse consequences for blatant corruption in this administration.

AZCoyote on October 7, 2011 at 5:41 PM

Biden will be thrown under the Obama Chump Bus.

/Where is Blago these days?

Key West Reader on October 7, 2011 at 5:42 PM

Quote of the YEAR!

“We liked the taste of it,” he (Spinner) said of the solar firm, telling the Boston
group the company would create thousands of jobs.

fred5678 on October 7, 2011 at 5:42 PM

Speaking of which – some are starting to get testy:

http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2011/10/07/some-%E2%80%98occupy-sacramento%E2%80%99-protesters-lash-out-at-questions/
Some ‘Occupy Sacramento’ Protesters Lash Out At Questions

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Hundreds of protesters gathered in Cesar Chavez Park on Thursday to stand in solidarity with the growing nationwide demonstrations aimed at corporate greed, but some members of the peaceful event showed hostility to media members over basic questions about the goals of the protest.

I don’t think this is going to end well.

Colbyjack on October 7, 2011 at 5:43 PM

Ya know, Bush mumblegeezer Solyndra somthingorother in 2006 insertramblingleftisttripespinbullsqueezehere…

Midas on October 7, 2011 at 5:44 PM

Karl, I found your “Underdog” song quote to be quite telling.

The Oministration always tells us what they mean, in underhanded terms. You should re-post.

Key West Reader on October 7, 2011 at 5:38 PM

Always happy to do requests;;;

There’s no need to fear! Underdog is here!

when criminals in this world appear
and break the laws that they should fear
and frighten all who see or hear
the cry goes up both far and near
for Underdog! Underdog! Underdog! Underdog!

speed of lightning, roar of thunder
fighting all who rob or plunder
Underdog. Underdog!

when in this world the headlines read
of those whose hearts are filled with greed
who rob and steal from those who need
to right this wrong with blinding speed
goes Underdog! Underdog! Underdog! Underdog!

speed of lightning, roar of thunder
fighting all who rob or plunder
Underdog. Underdog!

But it’s better with music

Kinda looks like Biden no? But the ears are a bit Obamaish…

karl9000 on October 7, 2011 at 5:44 PM

“But wait, it gets worse.”

Isn’t it kewl that Obowma can leak damaging e-mails of Solyndra…

… to keep ‘Fast and Furious’ off of the front pages?

/

Seven Percent Solution on October 7, 2011 at 5:45 PM

Obama promised to reunite the nation and he’s doing it. They’re already huddled together in the West Wing, united in how they’re going to spin this and avoid prison. He’s immpeccable in keeping his promises. A lesser man would be far less humble than he – a classic role model for all who seek to be dictat….er..president.

Don L on October 7, 2011 at 5:45 PM

Can somebody tell me if I heard correctly that Solyndra was in line to get yet another loan or am I just confusing news stories?

Cindy Munford on October 7, 2011 at 5:45 PM

fred5678 on October 7, 2011 at 5:39 PM

The web is so huge you can no longer follow it.

Westly Group.

Key West Reader on October 7, 2011 at 5:46 PM

“We liked the taste of it,” he (Spinner) said of the solar firm, telling the Boston
group the company would create thousands of jobs.

Atleast it is creating jobs for dozens of investigators.

portlandon on October 7, 2011 at 5:46 PM

Obama won’t feel a bump when he rolls over Steven Chu and Steven J. Spinner in his new armored Canadian Bus One.

Do not ask for whom the bus rolls.
It rolls for thee.

SlaveDog on October 7, 2011 at 5:46 PM

the oath Obama took included the words…from enemies foreign and domestic.

kingsjester on October 7, 2011 at 5:31 PM

… and from his perspective, *we* are the enemies he’s ‘protecting’ the country from.

Midas on October 7, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Ethics? We don’t need no stinkin’ Ethics!

kingsjester on October 7, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Do not ask for whom the bus rolls.
It rolls for thee.

SlaveDog on October 7, 2011 at 5:46 PM

LOL

Awesomeness.

Midas on October 7, 2011 at 5:48 PM

Kinda looks like Biden no? But the ears are a bit Obamaish…

karl9000 on October 7, 2011 at 5:44 PM

Polly Purebred… Jarrett? LOL!

Key West Reader on October 7, 2011 at 5:49 PM

Fall weather report: a hailstorm of more CYA letters such as this one.

In one pointed memo, shortly before the company declared bankruptcy, a top Treasury official wrote to the White House to make clear that the decision to restructure the deal did not have Treasury or Justice Department approval — despite early suggestions that approval from both agencies may be required.

“To our knowledge, that has never happened,” wrote Mary J. Miller, Treasury’s assistant secretary for financial markets. “While I expect that DOE has a view about why loan subordination can occur without DOJ approval or Treasury consultation, I wanted to correct any impression that we have acquiesced in the steps to date.”

I’m ordering my extra large popcorn maker today. And another super duper wide screen HD TV set so I can watch Fast and Furious and Solyndra perp walks simultaneously.

fred5678 on October 7, 2011 at 5:49 PM

Richard Cheney you magnificent bastard (With all due respect)………..

He had to have orchestrated it all…………

buwahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We all know if this had been Boooooooooooshhhhhh the cries and calls for IMPEACHMENT would be deafening beyond all imagination.

This guy, not so much eh.

How far our country has gone; Ronald Reagan must be doing barrel rolls in the grave.

IMPEACHMENT, long overdue, and this thread is just Solyndra….add Fast and Furious to the mix……..

Next step instead of IMPEACHMENT, gotta be a vacation……….

RealMc on October 7, 2011 at 5:50 PM

Exit question: Spinner’s going to make a nifty fall guy, isn’t he?

Can he even be fit under the bus with all the bodies already there?

TQM38a on October 7, 2011 at 5:50 PM

“But wait, it gets worse.”

This administration is like a Popeil advertisement.

“For the down payment of just one vote, you can get this Fast And Furious, this Solyndra, this ObamaCare, and this Stimulus Bill!

Act now and you’ll also get some free machine pistols from the ATF, just like the ones we’re sending over the border to the Sinaloa Cartel!”

teke184 on October 7, 2011 at 5:50 PM

It’s Friday, Friday
Gotta get down on Friday
Everybody’s lookin’ forward to the weekend, weekend
Friday, Friday

I denounce myself.

SlaveDog on October 7, 2011 at 5:51 PM

Westly is part of the 2012 Re-Elect Barry Schmuckatelli Campaign

I am shocked.

Key West Reader on October 7, 2011 at 5:51 PM

Is it Friday? Already? Look, over there it’s an insensitive rock!!!

kringeesmom on October 7, 2011 at 5:52 PM

“But wait, it gets worse.”

Isn’t it kewl that Obowma can leak damaging e-mails of Solyndra…

… to keep ‘Fast and Furious’ off of the front pages?

/

Seven Percent Solution on October 7, 2011 at 5:45 PM

Solyndra didn’t result in deaths, the violation of foreign territory and the subversion of the constitution – it just vestiges of plain old corruption.

For the Downgrade Administration, that’s the better thing for folks to focus on.

Chip on October 7, 2011 at 5:53 PM

Act now and you’ll also get some free machine pistols from the ATF, just like the ones we’re sending over the border to the Sinaloa Cartel!”

teke184 on October 7, 2011 at 5:50 PM

You forgot the ginsu’ knives. To wage trade war with China.

/America to Barry Schmuckatelli: Why you doing sex to me?

Key West Reader on October 7, 2011 at 5:54 PM

Seven Percent Solution on October 7, 2011 at 5:45 PM

I don’t think it needs to be either or, this calls for multitasking.

Cindy Munford on October 7, 2011 at 5:54 PM

The White House press corps is going to ROAST Carney on a spit! :) Or he’ll suddenly ‘take ill’ for a week or so.

GarandFan on October 7, 2011 at 5:55 PM

I don’t think this is going to end well.

Colbyjack on October 7, 2011 at 5:43 PM

All by plan…

… It’s how Fascist roll.

Seven Percent Solution on October 7, 2011 at 5:55 PM

Do not ask for whom the bus rolls.
It rolls for over thee.

SlaveDog on October 7, 2011 at 5:46 PM

Better?

karl9000 on October 7, 2011 at 5:56 PM

Can somebody tell me if I heard correctly that Solyndra was in line to get yet another loan or am I just confusing news stories?

Cindy Munford on October 7, 2011 at 5:45 PM

Yes solyndra was trying to get a second loan for 467 Million dollars and was very close to getting it.

William Amos on October 7, 2011 at 5:57 PM

Can somebody tell me if I heard correctly that Solyndra was in line to get yet another loan or am I just confusing news stories?

Cindy Munford on October 7, 2011 at 5:45 PM
Yes solyndra was trying to get a second loan for 467 Million dollars and was very close to getting it.

William Amos on October 7, 2011 at 5:57 PM

And Barry’s newest slush fund stim bill is for about the same amount. Go figure.

Key West Reader on October 7, 2011 at 5:59 PM

Don’t take the eye off the big ball. Thousands of dead Mexicans at the hands of the Obama Admin.

Key West Reader on October 7, 2011 at 6:01 PM

the oath Obama took included the words…from enemies foreign and domestic.

What happens when the domestic enemy is sitting in the Oval Office?

kingsjester on October 7, 2011 at 5:31 PM

chilling

herm2416 on October 7, 2011 at 6:01 PM

Rahm has already gone on record with Amnesia. He said he doesnt recall Solyndra

http://news.yahoo.com/rahm-emanuel-solyndra-don-t-remember-201402430.html

William Amos on October 7, 2011 at 6:02 PM

Has anyone figured out yet why Solyndra listed the DNC as a “creditor” on its bankruptcy petition?

cynccook on October 7, 2011 at 6:02 PM

Don’t take the eye off the big ball. Thousands of dead Mexicans at the hands of the Obama Admin.

Key West Reader on October 7, 2011 at 6:01 PM

Fast and Furious is getting hotter as well.

Allah should have a post up on it shortly so wont share what is coming up.

William Amos on October 7, 2011 at 6:03 PM

Is this why Rahm got the hell out of Dodge? Because he’s just as guilty, or was it because he discovered this, and knew he’d be thrown under the bus eventually ?

capejasmine on October 7, 2011 at 6:03 PM

Rahm has already gone on record with Amnesia. He said he doesnt recall Solyndra

http://news.yahoo.com/rahm-emanuel-solyndra-don-t-remember-201402430.html

William Amos on October 7, 2011 at 6:02 PM

Who can blame him? With so many dirty back-room deals being brokered, how could you keep them all straight?

cynccook on October 7, 2011 at 6:04 PM

Has anyone figured out yet why Solyndra listed the DNC as a “creditor” on its bankruptcy petition?

cynccook on October 7, 2011 at 6:02 PM

Was the california Dem party. In fact that upset Waxman when it came up.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/26/henry-waxman-darrell-issa-solyndra_n_981482.html

Henry Waxman Tells Darrell Issa He Had ‘No Involvement’ In Solyndra Loan Selection

William Amos on October 7, 2011 at 6:04 PM

Kind of O/T:

“Ten Arizona sheriffs demand probe of `Fast and Furious’”

Look for more Solyndra e-mails to come out, stat…!

… Or at least another rock in Texas.

Seven Percent Solution on October 7, 2011 at 6:05 PM

Was the california Dem party. In fact that upset Waxman when it came up.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/26/henry-waxman-darrell-issa-solyndra_n_981482.html

Henry Waxman Tells Darrell Issa He Had ‘No Involvement’ In Solyndra Loan Selection
William Amos on October 7, 2011 at 6:04 PM

Right. But nothing comes up after the initial reports back around Sept. 25/26…

cynccook on October 7, 2011 at 6:05 PM

Fast and Furious can hurt Holder but not likely to directly hurt Obama. Obama can easily say he knew nothing.

Solyndra has Obama directly involved so he cant distance himself as easily on this issue.

F&F can hurt Obama. Solyndra has the potential to be more serious for him because of his direct involvement.

William Amos on October 7, 2011 at 6:07 PM

Wait a sec, let me make sure I have this right:
we have American deaths, Mexican deaths, 1000s of guns vanished (deliberately), gross conflicts of interest, and lying under oath.

…..and the LSM is in a tizzy about:
Scott Brown not playing by Marquess of Queensberry rules?

I need more Yukon Jack.
Now.

JustTurnRight on October 7, 2011 at 6:09 PM

the oath Obama took included the words…from enemies foreign and domestic.What happens when the domestic enemy is sitting in the Oval Office? kingsjester on October 7, 2011 at 5:31 PM

Obama never took an oath to be smarter than a bag of hammers.

Basilsbest on October 7, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Is this why Rahm got the hell out of Dodge?

Rahm? Dodge?

There HAS to be a Chrysler joke in there some where…

karl9000 on October 7, 2011 at 6:09 PM

I don’t think this is going to end well.

Colbyjack on October 7, 2011 at 5:43 PM

Since there is nothing for them to “win” through these protests, they’re going to eventually have to walk away as losers. Violence and property destruction are inevitable. It’s like a child being told a firm “no,” recognizing it’s a firm “no,” and slamming his bedroom door as he goes in. If that kid could, he’d trash the house like a drunken rock star. These kids down on Wall Street can. And they will.

Rational Thought on October 7, 2011 at 6:10 PM

Exit question: Spinner’s going to make a nifty fall guy, isn’t he?

Sure, because he’s teflon, because the media let him.

Suffocate in his azz, all of you media derelicts.

Schadenfreude on October 7, 2011 at 6:10 PM

Polly Purebred… Jarrett? LOL!

Key West Reader on October 7, 2011 at 5:49 PM

And Daley as McBragg?

I must be in the manic stage of my manic-depressive cycle…

karl9000 on October 7, 2011 at 6:14 PM

Paid for by the Republican National Committee.
************************************************

The Solyndra File:(PDF)
***********************

Corruption At the Heart Of The Failed Obama Economic Strategy
***************************************************************

http://www.gop.com/images/research/091211SOL.pdf

canopfor on October 7, 2011 at 6:16 PM

There are a lot of angles not yet covered in this bruhaha.

Tax breaks were given in California and Oklahoma as well as federal tax breaks to solyndra.

Organizations got Fed Stimulus money to buy Solyndra products.

Kaiser used a non profit to fund his solyndra involvement.

I just recall those three believe I seen more angles to this story that have barely been covered.

William Amos on October 7, 2011 at 6:17 PM

William Amos on October 7, 2011 at 5:57 PM

Doesn’t this seem like it could be used as reasonable argument by Republicans not to pass Porkulous II?

Cindy Munford on October 7, 2011 at 6:19 PM

And freakin Palin ain’t running???? This is her issue! Ok, I’m calm now….Still hard to accept the inexplicable!

milemarker2020 on October 7, 2011 at 6:21 PM

I don’t think it needs to be either or, this calls for multitasking.

Cindy Munford on October 7, 2011 at 5:54 PM

Exactly. And not to make light of 200+ dead Mexicans and several Americans, but this is really getting ridiculous. I would love to be a fly on the wall in the White House this weekend, as Obama appoints new scandal czars to handle all the eruptions and unreasonable reporters.

Still waiting for someone in MSM other than Sharyl Attkisson/CBS to get on F+F (and go to Mexico City for THEIR reaction!) and Ronnie Greene and Matthew Mosk/ABC to pound on Solyndra.

Both of these stories and many more should have nightly headline leads.

’m ordering my extra large popcorn maker today. And another (THREE) super duper wide screen HD TV set so I can watch Fast and Furious and Solyndra, et al perp walks simultaneously.

fred5678 on October 7, 2011 at 5:49 PM

fred5678 on October 7, 2011 at 6:21 PM

the oath Obama took included the words…from enemies foreign and domestic.

What happens when the domestic enemy is sitting in the Oval Office?

kingsjester on October 7, 2011 at 5:31 PM
chilling
herm2416 on October 7, 2011 at 6:01 PM

If we recall correctly, when it took the Oath of Office it had to do it… twice.

Not a mistake IMHO at this late date.

Key West Reader on October 7, 2011 at 6:23 PM

Crosseyed and Clueless WaPo comments

Well there’s two alternative explanations here, neither of which are good. One possibility is that the administration was giving a political favor. The other possibility is that the administration was just really incompetent.

There is no evidence presented in the article that either Obama or Emanuel said any of the things they are accused of in the article. Every verb has a qualifier. Certainly there should have been better oversight of Solyndra, but otherwise the article is a pastiche of unsubstantiated rumors about things the President “might have said”. Hatchet job.

The problem is that Obama did not surround himself with enough technology nerds as he should have. While he appears to claim that he is somewhat tech savvy (gee, he has a Blackberry), that is not enough. Technology nowadays is as big as it is wide. No one person can be up on all of the technological innovations and current activities out there. Obama is a lawyer, first an foremost, he has little or no understanding of the machinations in the tech world–and this goes for his staff.

making a loan is not a crime….

this is not watergate…it’s far from it…

I wish you guys had covered the lead-up of the Iraq war like you’re covering this. Somehow the US government investing in a US company making solar panels is a bigger scandal than a war based on faulty intelligence? A war that cost more for one day than Solyndra cost for two years? Not to mention Solyndra never caused a servicemember to die or be injured. I’m sorry if I’m a little cynical about this coverage.

there’s no crime that’s been commited, the Defense Dept has been handing out govmt contracts like this for over 50 years…

Del Dolemonte on October 7, 2011 at 6:24 PM

Oops,they did have High Hopes tho!(sarc)
===========================================

“Buoyed By Government Confidence, Solyndra Planned An Initial Public Stock Offering Expected To Raise $300 Million.”
*******************************************************

(Carol D. Leoning, Joe Stephens, and Alice Crites, “Obama’s Focus On Visiting Clean-Tech Compaines Raises Questions,” The Washington Post, 6/25/11)

http://www.gop.com/images/research/091211SOL.pdf

canopfor on October 7, 2011 at 6:25 PM

My, my, my. As this thing unravels and it becomes more and more apparent that officials appointed by this administration are involved, and the connections to campaign contributions and access to the WH are revealed, along with the fact that more and more taxpayer dollars are found to have been squandered away, will the media then stand up and start covering the story instead of covering for the administration? They’re starting to. Thanks for keeping us informed, HA.

scalleywag on October 7, 2011 at 6:28 PM

Liberals: “They all do it”.

Independents: “But he swore he’d be different, and my 401K couldn’t buy me a weekend trip to Panama City.

ardenenoch on October 7, 2011 at 6:28 PM

Doesn’t this seem like it could be used as reasonable argument by Republicans not to pass Porkulous II?

Cindy Munford on October 7, 2011 at 6:19 PM

Cindy Munford:At this stage of Obmama’s Taxist/Spendist Need More
Loot to spend..NO…NO…NO..NO…absolutely NOT

His patternization/track record is to p*ss it away
to companies,like Solyndra!:)

canopfor on October 7, 2011 at 6:32 PM

“ANYBODY WHO QUESTIONS ANY SNEAKY THING I DO IS A RACIST” Barack (Barry Soetero) Obama

MaiDee on October 7, 2011 at 6:34 PM

The $445B “Jobs Bill” is his last gasp.

Key West Reader on October 7, 2011 at 6:36 PM

The way this is unraveling confirms perfectly the SOP of the thuggish, crony socialist regime as we perceived it for Øbama.

petefrt on October 7, 2011 at 6:38 PM

Oops, hit enter too soon.

The failure of the Solyndra investment at over $500B is reason enough not to trust the judgment of this clown. Anyone who would give him another $445B is out of their mind.

Which is why even the Dems won’t do it.

Barry Schmuckatelli… Trust him, OR you’re racist.

Color me Racist.

Key West Reader on October 7, 2011 at 6:38 PM

Hopenchange: How does it feel watching not only yours, but your childrens future come to a screeching end?

southsideironworks on October 7, 2011 at 6:45 PM

canopfor on October 7, 2011 at 6:32 PM

They will have to dig to make it illegal to make a bad loan but it certainly puts his stewardship of taxpayer money in question. When he asks his Bill to be passed people should look at him like he just jumped out a fruitcake.

Cindy Munford on October 7, 2011 at 6:45 PM

canopfor on October 7, 2011 at 6:32 PM

people should look at him like he just jumped out a fruitcake.

Cindy Munford on October 7, 2011 at 6:45 PM

Cindy Munford:Lol,Friutcake,yes,exactly!!:)

canopfor on October 7, 2011 at 6:50 PM

And some more hilarious BDS from the WaPo “Readers”…

I wonder did anyone make a fuss or ask questions when during thr war Bush started, Bush would blow something and then construction companies controlled by Cheney would get the governments contracts to rebuild – Bush blows up – Cheney rebuilds – great hustle.

Look into Rick Perrys Texas enterprise fund lol

And here’s a resident of Moonbat Central

Whenever Republicans sniff a little “Democrat” liking in the air, (Obama polled as the most honest, smartest candidate) they find a way to “uncover” something about the Democrats (Clinton, Obama) that is unsavory. Or suddenly that powerful Democrat (Wellstone? Kennedy?) just disappears off the face of the earth! Am I the only one that notices that Democrats really aren’t very good at uncovering unsavory acts by Republicans…. they just don’t dig hard enough, I’m sure. And that Republicans “work and work” til they get what they want, no matter the cost or lives lost. How about that?

Do you think we can get $3 trillion (projected cost by the time everything is accounted for) out of Bush and Cheney’s stupid hides? Are they ashamed? How many people did Solyndra kill or maim?

Bush and Cheney were eager to spotlight the war in Iraq and Afghanistan which cost thousands of times more than Solyndra and killed over 5,000 soldiers. Which is worse?

To which a Voice of Sanity responds

Bush/Cheney are no longer in office! it was in all the papers.

Del Dolemonte on October 7, 2011 at 6:57 PM

it’s that darn cover up thingy that gets them everytime…

the tv pundits? *crickets chirping*

cmsinaz on October 7, 2011 at 6:58 PM

Update: Obama appointee pushed Solyndra loan — despite because of conflict of interest with wife’s law firm

Fixed.

itsnotaboutme on October 7, 2011 at 7:06 PM

They’re just as crooked as any Chicago pol–and twice as stupid.

They are so arrogant they put this stuff in writing!!

PattyJ on October 7, 2011 at 7:26 PM

Obama is not even embarrased about it, when questioned he simply says not all companies are going to succeed – “Too bad jerks, it’s not my money.” He really does hate the average Americans. Half a billion, half a billion (that we know about) and 7 billion out the door on friday, where did that go and how much of that will be blowing in the wind…

Bambi on October 7, 2011 at 7:26 PM

I think the actual intent was to buy Solyndra and sell it to Mexican drug lords.

applebutter on October 7, 2011 at 8:05 PM

In the end, all this (Solyndra, F&F, any other scandal that comes to light) won’t make a hill of beans. The Obama administration will blow these things off, the media is in bed with Obama and won’t report on it, and the DoJ won’t prosecute anyone because they have the power to ensure no one ever get’s charged while Obama is in power. The Constitution only means something if the government and the people intend to live by it. The Constitutional scholar Obama has learned and is demonstrating the Constitution is meaningless. Hopefully he’s out of the job in 2013.

TulsAmerican on October 7, 2011 at 8:11 PM

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