[UPDATED] The Underwritten Story of the Campaign.

On C-Span 2’s post election Presidential Election Analysis Panel by the Smithsonian Associates. That's how Howard Dean put it. See below.

Some key quotes from the video:
“Washington doesn’t get it. They always get it last. This is the most underwritten story of this campaign… by the press… by the media.”

“Women my age, in my generation felt this really acutely. Because they were the ones that suffered all of the indignities that you suffer when you fight to win the battle for equality. As they did.”

“Nobody understood the agony that women, particularly of my generation, were undergoing about this…issue…and to this day, it has been swept under the rug and been forgotten because she didn’t win.”

"We thought we were past all this stuff and we weren’t. We weren’t surprised about the degree of racism or lack of it or whatever, that was endlessly examined. We did not examine the fact that we didn’t get, we haven’t gotten nearly as far ahead as we thought we were about equality between the sexes. And that ought to be revisited as a result of what happened.”

"and it happened to Sarah Palin too. All the stuff that happened to Sarah Palin, and I know God knows I don’t have a lot of sympathy for her political points of view, but a lot of the stuff that happened to her, as she pointed out, would not have happened had she been a man.”

Do you think an honest discussion of this topic is possible yet?

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The Wingnut Strikes Back.

(cross posted at kickin it with cg and motley moose)

Back in July, it was more than confirmed what a wacko Michael Savage really is when he decided to direct his angry rants at autistic children.  Well in case you were hoping that he went back under the big dark rock from where he came, sorry to disappoint - he's at it again.

During the November 18 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, Michael Savage said:

"You haven't seen any of what's coming in this country. You are going to see the wholesale replacement of competent white men, and I'm targeting exactly the group that's gonna be thrown out of jobs in the government. And I'll say it, and I'll be the first to say it, and I may be not the only -- the last to say it. I am telling you that there's gonna be a wholesale firing of competent white men in the United States government up and down the line, in police departments, in fire departments. Everywhere in America, you're going to see an exchange that you've never seen in history, and it's not gonna be necessarily for the betterment of this country."

Here's a listen if you feel like barfing a little.

Earlier in the segment, Savage said of President-elect Barack Obama:

"[W]hen you're socially promoted, you wind up as president of the United States. If you're socially promoted your whole life and nobody challenges you because you're of the proper constitution and composition and you look exactly right and no one's -- everyone's afraid to say a word to you, why, you then go to Harvard, you then go to the law review, you then get elected, you then get elected to the next level. This is what happens in a country that's intimidated by its own policies and its own fears."

During the presidential campaign, Savage repeatedly described Obama as an "affirmative action" candidate. And on his October 27 broadcast, Savage said that Obama "benefited from affirmative action, stepping over more qualified white men, I actually lost as a result of affirmative action, many times in my life. ... [W]e have America's first affirmative action candidate about to become president." and in February, Savage claimed that the Democratic presidential primary contest "is, or can be seen as, the first affirmative action election in American history." He added, "We have a woman and a multi-ethnic man running for office on the Democrat side. Is this not akin to an affirmative action election? Isn't that why the libs are hysterical, tripping over themselves to say amen and yes to this affirmative election vote?"

Media Matters also noted that Savage called"civil rights" a "con" and claimed that affirmative action stole his "birthright," and his "manhood."

There's only one way to describe this man's soul: UGLY

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The SoS position

Hey, I am back. Don't you think Richardson would make a better SoS anyway?  He's been very results-oriented in his past ventures overseas on behalf of the US. I also think that John Kerry would be a great SoS. Clinton doesn't strike me as someone that's been as focused on international affairs as have those two. And regardless, it looks like it won't happen:
An adviser to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton said the former first lady is flattered by Obama's offer to make her secretary of State, but has reservations about leaving her Senate post (New York Times).

Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., has asked Clinton to shepherd health care reform through Congress (Los Angeles Times) and she is reportedly considering turning down Obama's offer in favor of taking on this role (Politico).

That said, Obama's 'team of rivals' mode is big thinking, and indicative of his intention (which he mentioned election night) of being a two term President. He knows its a two-fer with Bill Clinton aiding Hillary too, in the SoS position (does he want it more than she-- what drama); three birds with one stone might be too far a stretch.

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NOW Attacks Obama

Crossposted at The Motley Moose

I suppose it had to happen eventually. All the interest groups that think they had a hand in Obama's win, no matter how significant, are lining up to get the post-election handouts- and aren't going to be subtle about going after 'em. I mean, I expect it from people like Karl Rove, who today credited himself with Obama's win. But NOW- the National Organization for Women? Really?

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Obama: The Clinton Fix is In!

Cross-posted at the Francis L. Holland Blog.

If you look at all of the Clinton appointees who are now assisting President-elect Obama (including Rep. Rahm Emmanuel as chief of staff) it's pretty obvious that President-elect Obama doesn't want to reinvent the wheel of national governance.  He wants experienced hands from when the economy was good and the US was at peace with the world, i.e. from the Clinton Administration.

When you look at it this way, appointing Sen. Hillary Clinton as secretary of state makes perfect sense:  The world was at peace when her husband was president, and it will probably soon be at peace again with Hillary as secretary of state, to the extent that it's at all possible.

Yes, she voted for IWR, because she is a political pragmatist and thought tacking to the right would help her at the polls, and maybe even with the Jewish vote.  She might also be more pro-Isreal as secretary of state than some others whom Obama might appoint, like Gov. Bill Richardson.  Or her positioning during the primaries might have been part of a misguided belief that hawkishness would be more successful in the American context, a belief for which she cannot be blamed after George W. Bush twice found his way to the Oval Office.

To understand what's going on right now in the transition and the formation of the Obama Administration, we all have to realize that Obama's "change" message was both:

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