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White House has ‘checked in with leadership,’ confident of Bernanke vote

January 25, 2010

So I think we can safely assume that the Fed will have a new chairman sometime in the next couple months.

The White House appeared confident that the embattled Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke will in fact receive a majority of support in the Senate to continue serving in that post for a second term.

Despite the recent spate of senators who announced their intention to oppose Bernanke’s confirmation for an additional term atop the Federal Reserve Board, senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett told NBC’s David Gregory on “Meet The Press” that the president has received assurances from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) that Bernanke would have the votes to be reconfirmed.

(source via memeorandum)

Neither one of these guys has shown much in the way of being able to deliver on anything. In fact just the opposite so I am not overly impressed when they say they have the votes.


56% of Americans oppose the stimulus package, 75% think most of the money was wasted. In addition 63% think that projects were included for purely political reasons.

It only took a year. The lesson from our great depression and Japan’s lost decade was that a stimulus was needed. Fine I can live with that. The problem I have is that the projects in the stimulus don’t address things that would actually help America recover. They are also coming on line much to slow. What happened to shovel ready. What could have been an opportunity to cut this recession short has become (well always was) a power grab by the government.

More regarding the Scott Brown win

Members of “the educated class” may have heard of Edmund Burke, but they take the very un-Burkean view that those with elite educations can readily rearrange society to comport with their pet abstract theories. These often secular Americans have a quasi-religious faith in government’s ability to, in Barack Obama’s words to Joe the Plumber, “spread the wealth around” and to recalibrate the energy sector to protect against climate dangers they are absolutely sure are impending.

Ordinary Americans, even in Massachusetts, may not have heard of Edmund Burke, but they share his skepticism that self-appointed experts can reengineer institutions in accordance with abstract theories.

Two generations ago they voted for the likes of Jimmy Burke to make occasional adjustments. Last week, they voted against the Democratic policies that would have appalled Edmund Burke. Barack Obama, of Morningside Heights, Cambridge and Hyde Park, still has the support of “the educated class” — but not anybody else.

amazing how well that fits in with the open letter from Jill Dorson

Before John McCain unwittingly picked a tabloid-magazine cover girl for his running mate, I was leaning toward going Republican this time around. I did the second time Bush was on the ballot and I very nearly did the first time, too. But as soon as Palin climbed out of her igloo and onto the national scene, well, there was no turning back for me.

You see, I felt my choice was to risk McCain dropping dead and letting the world’s most well-known hockey mom run this country, or to believe that Obama would surround himself with educated people and that he was smart enough to take their advice.

Barack was “educated”, not a hick like Palin. Well who’s looking like an idiot now Ms. Dorson?


Here’s another question for Ms. Dorson – How can you be fiscally conservative and socially liberal? Somewhere someone has to pay for all those programs social liberals demand.

More on the apparent astroturfing in support of President Obama. Obviously the White House has the right to get their message out, but this smacks of unseemliness. If Obama’s army of followers wants to write letters on a suggested topic that would be something else altogether. Maybe the GOP should take a lead from this and start having their followers do the same thing, but perhaps use a Chinese menu approach. Pick a paragraph from column A, another from B and a conclusion from C. That way the astroturfing would be a little harder to detect.

Michelle Malkin has more

So does The Other McCain

Cynthia Yockey has a musical preview of the State of the Union address.

This video has been making the rounds. Chris Matthews going after Alan “Republican’s want to kill us all” Grayson over using reconciliation to pass the health care bill. Given Matthews stand as a staunch Obamunist I have to wonder if this is a signal from the White House that they are willing to return to the table with Republicans?

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