Mary Katharine‘s got it!
“I just answered like eight questions!”
Jefferson has pleaded not guilty to 16 criminal counts of racketeering, bribery, money laundering and obstruction of justice. He denies any wrongdoing.
In 2005, Jefferson’s private homes in Washington and New Orleans were raided, and FBI agents say they found $90,000 in cash stashed in one of his freezers.
Republican Ahn Joseph Cao won,
Republican challenger Anh “Joseph” Cao, an attorney and community organizer, defeated Jefferson in the 2nd Congressional district race. He will become the first Vietnamese-American elected to Congress.
You’d think Democrats would like him; after all he’s a Community Organizer, but noooo…The NYTimes plays the world’s smallest violin for Jefferson, since the Times sees it as a white-against-black thing,
The upset victory by the lawyer, Anh Cao, was thought by analysts to be the result of a strong turnout by white voters angered over federal corruption charges against Mr. Jefferson, a black Democrat who was counting on a loyal base to return him to Congress for a 10th term.
Never mind that Jefferson and his siblings, “several of whom have also been indicted,” were in the midst of a huge scandal, and Cao, who is not a crook, was born in Vietnam and came here as one of the boat people,
offered voters a break from the scandals.
Patrick Ruffini examines the winning strategy.
Would that work in NJ?
Not only did the ballots turned up out of the blue, they yield a total that exceeds the number of people who showed up and voted in the precinct by 31.
Franken wins by making every vote count…twice.
Franken trails Coleman by 216 votes, so the Dems are doing what they always do: send Soros to the rescue.
And Al Gore, too.
Left-wing billionaire financier George Soros is using his financial muscle at a Manhattan fund-raiser tonight to help Al Franken win a recount in Minnesota’s Senate election.
Soros – the hedge-fund honcho and sugar daddy of the Democratic Party – will host a soirée for Franken at his Carnegie Hill digs to help cover the candidate’s costs to monitor the statewide recount.
The special guest: Al Gore, who knows a thing or two about recounts.
At last count, Franken trails GOP incumbent Norm Coleman by just 216 votes out of 2.9 million cast. Minnesota yesterday initiated a hand recount that is not expected to be completed until mid-December.
Gonna be a long few weeks. Don’t expect much real news until the recount is finished.
Well, I do expect a lot of Soros’s money coming to the rescue.
More from Power Line.
Hillary Clinton: Former First Lady in the 42d administration, may be getting a job in the 44th administration, at least according to Andrea Mitchell:
Hillary for State?
Two Obama advisers have told NBC News that Hillary Clinton is under consideration to be secretary of state. Would she be interested? Those who know Clinton say possibly.
The Moderate Voice‘s Joe Gandleman has a roundup of reports, including the Obama campaign non-denial.
I for one can’t wait for Hillary to be pulling her weight in White House meetings, Bill back in Washington Oh-shucking his way around, and, if all works well for all of us political bloggers, Eliot Spitzer taking Hillary’s vacant Senate seat.
I wonder if Obama will also bring in former Clinton buddy Henry Cisneros, too. He’d probably love a job straightening out Fannie Mae.
We’ll never run out of blogging material.
Change we can believe in.
The controversy about what McCain said, and didn’t say, on Leno last night about Sarah Palin points to a much bigger issue:
Here’s what he said,
“These things happen in campaigns, and I’m just very proud to have had Sarah Palin and her family.”
That’s a nice, namby-pamby sentiment.
It’s not the answer of a leader.
McCain should have instead insisted, as Michelle Malkin said,
I’m going to get to the bottom of this and make sure those blabbermouths never work in a major campaign again.”
Dan (via Larwyn) is even tougher on McCain. I wouldn’t agree with most of Dan’s post but for the fact that McCain’s approach to politics is that of a go-between between two sides, not one of a leader.
Presidential politics is all about leadership. It’s about a vision for the nation. It’s about having a message and sticking to it. It’s about conveying that message to every voter in the country and having them understand that you are the person to bring that vision about.
That, my friends, is why McCain lost the election.
But John McCain is a Republican who does not fit the old template, who does subscribe to some of this ‘change’ agenda on a number of issues. As a result, he was incapable of attacking Obama on the most important grounds of all: that he stood for values inimical to America’s founding principles. When he did venture into this territory, it was half-cocked and far too late, appearing merely like the desperate throw of a loser. The reason he couldn’t do it earlier was that he had no coherent platform of his own. So why vote for a muddled and erratic quasi-‘progressive’ when the real thing is a rock star? It cannot be said too emphatically — the Republicans lost this election. Obama ran a superbly disciplined campaign and he was an impressive candidate, particularly in his calm and stately demeanour throughout. The Republicans screwed up in government, they selected a hopelessly frail and erratic candidate, he ran a shambolic campaign. They deserved to lose.
But before they even take office, they couldn’t even keep themselves from leaking details of Obama’s confidential conversation with President Bush.
I was talking to Friend I Haven’t Met Yet (FIHMY) Obi’s Sister, who’s suitably angry over the leak, which had to come from Obama himself, as there were no aides present during the conversation.
Scrappleface pokes some humor at the meeting, At White House, Obama Links Laura to George W. Bush
Friend I’ve Met Neo-neocon says By Obama’s appointments shall ye know him
Then again, there’s Jamie Gorelick. Another rumor has been circulating that she might be Obama’s choice for Attorney General. It’s hard to think of a worse one, although with effort it could be done.
Gorelick has a Zelig-esque history of association with disastrous epidsodes. From the erection of the firewall between the CIA and the FBI in the 90s (see this post for my in-depth study of the lengthy history leading up to that decision), to the debacle at Fannie Mae, to defending Duke against the lacrosse players it had so maligned, Gorelick has been on the wrong side of so many issues it would hardly seem humanly possible that she could still be on a list for consideration for a Cabinet post. And yet there she presumably is.
If Obama appoints Gorelick to the AG post, or John Kerry as Secretary of State (well, why not—after all, the institution is known as “foggy bottom”), that would tell us something about Obama, and it would not be good.
Add to that Jon Corzine, and you really got a real mess.
Roger Kimball looks at Utopia Limited
Obamania may be a harmless enthusiasm that will spend itself naturally in the coming weeks. Then again, its “spread-the-wealth-around,” egalitarian tendencies may presage something far graver. It’s just possible that Obama actually believes what he says about redistributing wealth and sitting down for cozy chats with dictators, etc. In that case, the country is in for a very rude awakening. I think that is what worries Hitchens. It worries me, too.
James Pethokoukis, who’s been in Larry Kudlow’s CNBC show this week, explains why he believes Why Obama Looks Like a One Termer. With appointees like Gorelick, Kerry and Corzine, Obama will be!
Then there’s the very high expectations, too. Jeremayakovka has a post on Black Democrat Warns Against Unrealistic Expectations
In other subject, King Banaian looks at the Minnesota senate vote count and asks, Maybe that’s three typos #mnrecount
Right-wing media feeds its post-election anger, says the LA Times, which to this date won’t even release a transcript of the Khalidi dinner, takes a swipe at talk radio shows while patting itself on the back:
A healthy skepticism is not only the media’s right but its obligation. Indeed, commentators at many mainstream outlets — including the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal — have already argued that Obama’s best bet to succeed will be if he hews to a centrist path.
But many on the losing end of last week’s election want to hold on to their anger. And there are those in the media — led by the likes of Limbaugh and Hannity — only too ready to feed that animus, along with their own ratings.
Because, of course, the LA Times doesn’t have to worry about its circulation…
NewsBusters has a list of instances when it was the LA Time’s turn to be bitter and angry in the past. Takes one to know one.