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The Obama Morning News || February 1, 2013

by Keith Koffler on February 1, 2013, 8:00 am

Secret Donors back new Obamacare push . . . Politico
Hillary shuts door on critics on the way out . . . Associated Press
Citizenship question rankles both Parties
. . . Washington Post
Hagel performs poorly, but it won’t matter . . . Washington Post
Obama jobs council shutting down . . . Fox News
Romney campaign donated $90K for Sandy relief . . . Politico
EPA defies court, commands biofuel production . . . Fox News
Surge of Americans delaying retirement . . . Wall Street Journal


RickW February 1, 2013 at 8:20 am

One would think that more than a simple majority of the Senate would be required for ratifying new Cabinet officers. Chuckie came across as an idiot but he’ll be rubber stamped in. God Help America.

Girly1 February 1, 2013 at 8:36 am

Rick, if this guy is confirmed, Western civilization is at stake. I’ve seen punch-drunk, ex-prize fighters who were more articulate.

Senators shocked at how ill-prepared Hagel is:

srdem65 February 1, 2013 at 9:15 am

MrHagel’s appearance and demeanor at the hearings are incongruous with everything the Dept of Defense demands of all those it governs; he looked disheveled with his sloppy haircut, and his reluctance to own up to his mistakes made him appear to be either stupid or a political hack who doesn’t know what he’s talking about.
It seems that he will be confirmed by the loyal Dems who will overlook all his faults and make excuses for his errors. They’ll blame his poor performance on the mean Repubs who weren’t even polite to a former colleague.

Star February 1, 2013 at 10:42 am

He does have bad hair…but I don’t think he’s stupid. At that hearing, he looked a little stunned.

Shofar February 1, 2013 at 9:12 am

The EPA story is another frightening example of this administration’s total lack of regard for the separation of powers and the rule of Constitutional law. The EPA was slapped down by the DC Appeals court when it came to mandating biofuel production levels, and then turned around and raised the levels the next week.

I hope this case goes to the SCOTUS, and this WH gets the beat down it deserves. Perhaps the Constitutional scholars in the WH need to review Marbury v Madison and the right of judicial review. For the EPA to flagrantly ignore the DC Appeals court’s decision flies in the face of over 200+ years of judicial precedent. Hopefully a Supreme Court ruling will put the administration on notice that it is not imperial, but rather simply an elected guardian of the Republic.

cincycinco February 1, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Yep, SCOTUS will save us from Obama’s extraconstitutional forays. Let’s see, there’s Kagin, GInsberg, Sotomayor, Breyer, Roberts…


AND, he gets to pick more later! Maybe THIS GUY!

“As someone who has taught constitutional law for almost 40 years, I am ashamed it took me so long to see how bizarre all this is. Imagine that after careful study a government official — say, the president or one of the party leaders in Congress — reaches a considered judgment that a particular course of action is best for the country. Suddenly, someone bursts into the room with new information: a group of white propertied men who have been dead for two centuries, knew nothing of our present situation, acted illegally under existing law and thought it was fine to own slaves might have disagreed with this course of action. Is it even remotely rational that the official should change his or her mind because of this divination?” -Louis Michael Seidman

Not only sounds like a good fit FOR Obama, but considering he’s a Constitutional “scholar” that doesn’t like the Constitution, he sounds like he IS Obama!

Hope I didn’t give Prezzy any ideas…

I also recommend that Justices Thomas, Alito, and Scalia have food tasters with them if they dine at Obama’s table! Kennedy, not so much, I’m sure they know they’ll own HIM in time….

Julie Brueckheimer February 1, 2013 at 9:50 am

So Hagel, like Obamacare, will pass with Democratic votes only.

Otis Driftwood February 1, 2013 at 10:37 am

Sure looks like it. According to them he did a great job at the hearing. It’s sad when even the media said he did a poor job.

Julie Brueckheimer February 1, 2013 at 12:15 pm

The left-wing media (NYT, WaPo) are taking Hillary’s stance: yes, he did a terrible job during the confirmation hearing, but what does it matter?

Otis Driftwood February 1, 2013 at 2:36 pm

The magic word now for this cabinet – “But what does it matter?”

cincycinco February 1, 2013 at 2:53 pm

Maybe it’s an inferiority complex? After all, Hope and Hilz both grew up (if I can use that term loosely) in a time frame that may have been influnced by this scene from “Meatballs”…

“Tripper: And even if we win, if we win, HAH! Even if we win! Even if we play so far above our heads that our noses bleed for a week to ten days; even if God in Heaven above comes down and points his hand at our side of the field; even if every man woman and child held hands together and prayed for us to win, it just wouldn’t matter because all the really good looking girls would still go out with the guys from Mohawk because they’ve got all the money! It just doesn’t matter if we win or we lose. IT JUST DOESN’T MATTER!


Bear in mind that they were the bookish, thick-ankled feminist and the skinny foreign kid back in the day. This probably left scars they carry to this day – and Prezzy d o e s like his REVENGE!


I’d say that they’re “Mission Accomplished” THERE, nicht wahr?