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Is Civil Rights Enforcement back?……..Good, but lets face it…..it’s gonna cost him…….

The New York Times reports that the Obama Justice Department, under the Eric Holder is ‘recharging’ the Civil rights division announcement. They are adding $22 million to the group and hiring more staff. While the second half of the piece seeks to water down the basic announcement the fact is clear. With the election of a black (actually mixed) president Civil Rights is back.  Me, I’m glad…….With the Bush administration the Civil Right division was probably last in line, after the dogs…..

Of course, this is a political blog……..so here’s the other shoe……While this will make the Liberal, progressive and minorities happy…….this is gonna cost anguish for the ‘Blue Dogs’……..Listen Obama had decent coattails in his win last November……the Blue Dogs (and Republicans, of course)  are already gonna leave him because of the ‘public option’….now, bringing the Civil Rights issue into the light is going to bring back the old order of things, and cost several new House members their seats…….they will be unable to hold the line against Republicans fighting ‘change’, public financing of healthcare, the economy spending, and lastly, the old boogie man Civil Rights……..

But I give Obama his props for forging on….but, some of the troops are gonna take a hit in 2010……. no doubt………

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September 1, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Is Civil Rights Enforcement back?……..Good, but lets face it…..it's gonna cost him…….

The New York Times reports that the Obama Justice Department, under the Eric Holder is ‘recharging’ the Civil rights division announcement. They are adding $22 million to the group and hiring more staff. While the second half of the piece seeks to water down the basic announcement the fact is clear. With the election of a black (actually mixed) president Civil Rights is back.  Me, I’m glad…….With the Bush administration the Civil Right division was probably last in line, after the dogs…..

Of course, this is a political blog……..so here’s the other shoe……While this will make the Liberal, progressive and minorities happy…….this is gonna cost anguish for the ‘Blue Dogs’……..Listen Obama had decent coattails in his win last November……the Blue Dogs (and Republicans, of course)  are already gonna leave him because of the ‘public option’….now, bringing the Civil Rights issue into the light is going to bring back the old order of things, and cost several new House members their seats…….they will be unable to hold the line against Republicans fighting ‘change’, public financing of healthcare, the economy spending, and lastly, the old boogie man Civil Rights……..

But I give Obama his props for forging on….but, some of the troops are gonna take a hit in 2010……. no doubt………

September 1, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Healthcare revisited……Internal dissent……..and Organizing…again….

I have highlighted the fact that I believe President Obama wants a healthcare bill …….period……..I am even more convinced after I have started reading Richard Wolfe\’s book about Obama , Renegade.…..in the early part of the book Wolfe describes how Obama embraced the  Judge Robert’s appointment to the Supreme Court ( he actually wrote to DailyKos supporting it) …a fact few people know….. it just illustrates to me that Obama …like Bill Clinton…is a politician…and is always willing to compromise, knowing how to get what he wants in the end……..by fighting for a Robert’s pick, Obama, at the time, hopped to establish his independency, which would desensitize and disarm republicans to the fact that he was a black senator from Chicago…a condition that helped him get elected president …..

So aanyway…..I have come upon a piece in mydd.com by desmoninesdem that touches on the internal democratic problem……Obama wants a healthcare bill…with  Ted Kennedy gone he’s below 60 votes in the senate……while the progressives and liberals in his party want a ‘public option’….it may be impossible to do so…….my belief is Obama will take a bill with out it. desmoniesdem points out that this litmus test is straining the internal cohesion displayed with the democratic party that backed Obama’s march to the presidency, and that the Clinton/Obama questions will get thrown into the mix as a loyalty test. Obama got the left wing of his party starting in the primaries in Iowa…and has had them wanting ever since……

He further reveals that these groups are beginning to organize (a’ la election style) grass route organizations in several states, to exert pressure from the bottom ……This may be all good….But the simple thing is Obama has the votes for a bill without the ‘option’ ….Will he fight the battle for a bill with the option?………Only he will know the answer…..

August 30, 2009 Posted by | Healthcare, Politics, The Economy | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Question for the President…….how bad do you want this bill?

Politico does a piece this morning that addresses the cumulative results from last weeks healthcare noise in the hustings……..It quotes Bill Clinton (who has dusted himself off, and is back) at the Netroots convention giving this advice……Get ready to bargain for a healthcare bill…….for Clinton, who never was a liberal, its natural to be the guy to wake up the left wing of the party to the fact that even with democrat leads in congress……… this bill, as written now, will never get passed. So now, the President  ( who knows what I just said) will have two or three weeks to decide if he wants a bipartisan bill that will pass, or fight for a democratic bill that will not pass.

Politics 101…the American political process is about compromise, and the drama last week, got everyone’s attention.  The republicans are not dead folks….and they are not stupid………

August 15, 2009 Posted by | Politics | , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments