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The Obama Morning News || October 22, 2014

Obama missteps boost GOP chances . . . The GOP could hardly contain its glee at what it viewed as Obama’s latest mistake: his comments that voters should support red-state Democrats who “vote with me” and “have supported my agenda in Congress.” While the remarks on the Rev. Al Sharpton’s radio show were intended to move black voters to the polls, they bolstered GOP attacks that a vote for Michelle Nunn in Georgia or Sen. Mark Pryor in Arkansas is essentially a vote for Obama. “Democrats running in the midterms have continually tried to distance themselves from Obama to no avail,” noted Republican National Committee spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski.

The Sharpton comments were just the latest in a series of fumbles by Obama that has fueled Democratic worries the party will lose control of the Senate in the midterms. The Hill

Klain advised Michelle Nunn’s campaign . . . Ron Klain starts work today as Obama’s Ebola “czar,” or point person to coordinate various agencies involved in containing the outbreak. That means the longtime Democratic hand no longer has time to help out Michelle Nunn’s U.S. Senate bid. Klain, a former chief of staff to vice presidents Al Gore and Joe Biden and frequent debate prepper, was to lead Nunn’s preparation for her debates against Republican David Perdue, according to the infamous internal campaign memo. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Of course, Klain’s stewardship of the Ebola fight will be completely apolitical.

Companies try to escape Obamacare penalties . . .  With companies set to face fines next year for not complying with the new mandate to offer health insurance, some are pursuing strategies like enrolling employees in Medicaid and offering skinny plans to avoid penalties and hold down costs. Wall Street Journal

Coburn “Wastebook” skewers federal spending . . . The retiring Oklahoma senator laces into the National Institutes of Health for complaining about lack of Ebola research money while NIH investigates the effect of Swedish massages on rabbits. This particular study on rodent rubdowns cost $387,000 — a tiny fraction of the NIH’s more than $4 billion budget. But he cites many “unnecessary” spending programs that continue while NIH officials argue that important disease research has slowed. Politico

Actually, Kobani is a big deal . . . In public, the Obama administration argued for weeks that Kobani wasn’t strategically vital to the air campaign against Islamic State extremists. Behind the scenes, however, top officials concluded the Syrian city had become too symbolically important to lose and they raced to save it. Wall Street Journal

ISIS manna from Obama . . . ISIS fighters intercepted a cache of weapons dropped by a U.S.-led coalition against the terrorist group. A roughly two-minute video shows a masked man armed with a rifle going through boxes of hand grenades, rocket-propelled grenade launchers and ammunition. The accidental drop of the weapons cache prompted thank yous from ISIS supporters on Twitter. Buzzfeed

Kasich appears not to have backed Obamacare . . . Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols said there was never any argument about the veracity of the quote; it’s just the news service saying Kasich was referring to Obamacare when he was only talking about Medicaid expansion. Colombus Dispatch

It just goes to show. Never talk to reporters.

Jeb has a tax problem . . . The former Florida governor has said he could accept tax increases in a hypothetical deficit-cutting deal. Never mind that he added that would come only in exchange for major federal spending cuts, or that he repeatedly cut taxes as governor. Tax hikes are still apostasy in Republican circles, and the stance could be a big problem for Bush if he decides to seek the party’s presidential nomination in 2016. Politico

Christie: Enough about the minimum wage . . . “I gotta tell you the truth, I’m tired of hearing about the minimum wage. I really am,” the Republican governor said, according to a video of the remarks posted by the left-leaning super PAC, American Bridge 21st Century. Christie continued, “I don’t think there’s a mother or father who’s sitting around a kitchen table in America tonight saying ‘You know honey, if our son or daughter could just make a higher minimum wage.’” Politico

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45 Responses to The Obama Morning News || October 22, 2014

  1. I remember when the twins over at States and practically every spokesperson and Obama “general” was down playing Kobani as just some small potential loss — bumps in the road is how I believe himself refers to these matters — on the way to bigger objectives.

    Pretty much if something looks like it has potential for political backlash on the boy king that’s where the action is. Sometimes this is good — more often than not it is bad. Good — assistance to Kurds in Kobani — back Ron Klain as Obama’s protection against Ebola.

    Heck of a way to fight the enemy — human or disease — on the whim of a narcissist.

    • Someone posted last night and WZ has the story today that two rockets made it into the Green Zone in Baghdad and struck 500 meters away from the US Embassy. Ollie North has sources who told him that ISIS is about to make a big move on Baghdad. Wonder if Obama and his merry band know about this.

  2. Christie’s comment was spot on. Parents should be teaching their children to push themselves into something more than what the parents had accomplished.

  3. Oh yeah, about the new Ebola Czar — he has been helping out with the Nunn campaign in Georgia. He was prepping her for debates — because…. well, because he is a political operative who is now going to safeguard this nation against Ebola! One would not be out of line to ask if Klain will only oversee Ebola ops as it pertains to Democrats. Independents and Republicans — get your own protection.

  4. So Ebola Zarrrrr Klain begins his coverup-for-Obama work today. Wonder how that will turn out. Oh, wait! Four people with Ebola symptoms at Dulles have been disappeared in the Washington DC area. No one knows where they are. So that’s how Klain is going to handle it. Should have seen that one coming.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/us-influx-of-travelers-from-ebola-stricken-nations-slows/2014/10/20/a96b484c-5890-11e4-8264-deed989ae9a2_story.html

    • At the corner of Ebola and Islam:

      Again, washing the bodies of the dead in this way is considered a collective duty for Muslims, especially in Muslim nations. Failure to do so is believed to leave the deceased “impure” and jeopardizes the faithful’s ascension into Paradise (unless he died in jihad; then no Ghusl is required).

      SNIP

      Last month, Red Cross workers in Guinea were attacked by family members while trying to bury Ebola dead safely. In Sierra Leone, moreover, a family took Ebola-ridden bodies secured in body bags from the Red Cross, opened them up and exposed all members of the family to Ebola. They all contracted the disease.

      SNIP

    • There is also a passenger in NJ being monitored for fever on flight.
      What I do not understand is how are they keeping up with these people, once they were released?

        • That crossed my mind as well. I made a comment last week regarding the ambulance workers, and the dispatch operators were using a code name for ebola. I noted on WHD, when I read the article. In one sense I could see they do not want to start any panic. However if there is a code for that, what is the code for people who do have ebola?

  5. Thin skinned Preezy can’t handle the fact he’s not getting the adulation anymore. History will not be kind to him. As Moore stated “Obama will only be remembered as the first black President.” And that is only half true.

    • I would like to add…’first and LAST black president! It doesn’t matter whether a candidate is a black conservative or liberal, the stigma of Obama’s radical racism will leave America with scars for decades to come. He has ruined any chances for another black POTUS for the rest of time.
      Dr. Ben Carson, for instance, is a wonderful man but if he is holding any thoughts of running, he is wasting his time. After such a distinguished career, he would be wise to stay away from govt. corruption all together.

  6. The accidental ? drop of weapons and supplies to ISIS should have immediately been destroyed.
    That sounds to me like an easy way to draw them out in the open.

  7. The mandate issue of ocare has taken a back seat, because of all the other things going on. I still think that o and his advisors said if there is so much *&*& hitting the fan, everyone will no be able to keep up, and or put aside certain things. I am still upset about Congress being off while o and his crew started a war, that is not a war, that is than named a stupid name.
    After going over what I just typed. I thought it would be a good time to bring up the mim. wage again. How can people think about mim wages being raised, when companies are struggling to stay afloat with the ocare. I know for a fact people were layed off, because of o care.

  8. In light of all Obama’s ‘mis-steps’, I can’t believe the R’s are not cleaning clocks in CO, NH, NC, and KY. Thirteen days to go, and Obama is still standing. In fact, the tide is turning slightly in his favor with ISIS in Kobani and Ebola in the US. I remain pessimistic about Nov. 4. Hope I’m dead wrong!

    • I can’t ignore the media in this. Two weeks to go and they’ve got to have something to write about so their polls make it look tighter than what it is. I don’t mind if it keeps Rs from being complacent and not going to vote.

    • What puzzles and irks me is that in my small, ignored state, Oregon, RealClearPolitics has not shown any new poll figures since October 1, three weeks ago. In that time, the governor has been involved in scandals through his “First Lady” and the big Democratic newspaper in Portland has decided not to endorse the Democratic candidate for Senator. There HAS to be some movement going on.

  9. Republicans still need more though. Romney made a great case that Obama was a bozo and needed to be replaced. Problem was he never finished the job by explaining why he was a strong alternative instead of just an alternative and that cost him the elections. The GOP needs to have a strong platform that is easy for voters to grasp and have a clear message that discusses issues people care about IE stay clear of social issues! Certainly Obama doing the greatest Wyle E. Coyote intimidation I ever seen is a great help…but it still isn’t enough.

    • The establishment GOP does have a strong message.
      They have made it clear that they want the Tea Party destroyed.
      The establishment GOP have actively campaigned AGAINST the Tea Party candidate.
      All of them are sniveling, lying, rich bastards.
      Look at what they did to get Cochran past the primaries.

  10. Christie would be a great president, anyone, though, would be better than scary Obama who put killed the American coal industry for his selfish environmental plans, while he rides on Air Force ! day in and day out, hypocrite that he is, and for putting all Americans at risk for Ebola, he couldn’t do the normal basic thing by stopping these Ebola poisoners from coming here, unbelievable, and for letting the Ambassador and three other men die in Benghazi, how about killing 200 Mexicans with guns shipped to them from Obama and Holder. the list goes on and on. Christie is right about the minimum raise only imbeciles stay on minimum wage jobs forever!