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Blog Entries by Chip Collis

Life advice for Steele, CNBC and George Bush from Dear Chipster

Posted March 17, 2009 | 12:35 PM (EST)


With the ever-rising body count of print newspapers, venues for Dear Abby-type advice columns are quickly disappearing. Where or where will the weak-minded turn for fortune-cookie wisdom in a wicked world? Why, to me at the Huffington Post, of course.

Dear Chipster,

I recently took a job with a Real...

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Obama Government Rising From Her Bath

Posted January 21, 2009 | 06:38 PM (EST)


Barack Obama signed a series of executive orders Wednesday that took the first important steps toward making government more accountable and transparent. His plan to do so includes tightened ethics rules for the Executive Branch, especially regarding lobbyists, and a wide-open policy toward FOIA requests.

You could almost hear...

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We Want Change... But From What?

Posted January 20, 2009 | 01:50 PM (EST)


It is amazingly simple to characterize the change yearned for by millions in America, the change anticipated by billions across the world, the change embodied by Barack Obama, as a repudiation of George W. Bush and the last eight years of fumbling futility. Amazingly simple, and amazingly simplistic.

Yes, Bush's...

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Obama Will Run Foreign Policy, Not Hillary

Posted November 17, 2008 | 12:55 PM (EST)


In a stunning repudiation of all received wisdom, Barack Obama has, apparently, offered the State Department to his erstwhile primary opponent, Hillary Rodham Clinton. As the senior cabinet post, the Secretary of State is the director and coordinator of America's vast foreign service, the number two face, behind the President,...

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Where in the World Is Chip Collis?

Posted August 15, 2008 | 06:09 PM (EST)



As many of you know, OTB blogger Chip Collis was last sighted heading off to the wilds of Ohio as part of the Obama Organizing Fellow program in June. He promised to blog about his 6-week stint there, but we've heard nothing since. It turned out that Obama...

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McCain's Nuclear Veep Option

Posted June 6, 2008 | 09:44 PM (EST)


There is a bold move that John McCain can make that will kick the campaign up to a completely different level, and steal a march on Barack Obama in the "transformational" category, blowing away all the current electoral math while simultaneously risking the complete destruction of the Republican Party.

Sound...

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Welcome To The Ground War

Posted June 5, 2008 | 11:40 AM (EST)


It was the first Saturday in May. Spring was trying to creep in but Winter had his back to the door and both feet planted, refusing to budge. And I got an e-mail from Caroline Kennedy, which warmed me up.

Chip --

My father called on Americans to ask...

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Will Obama And Clinton Meet Wed in NYC?

Posted June 2, 2008 | 01:45 PM (EST)


Earlier today, reports surfaced that Hillary Clinton was calling her staff back to New York City. In a booze-related incident, Clinton campaign chair Terry McAuliffe confirmed on MSNBC's Morning Joe that Clinton would be holding a "victory celebration" in New York on Tuesday night, the last primary election...

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Chelsea's T-Shirt Project: Too Little, Too Lame

Posted May 30, 2008 | 07:15 PM (EST)


Several weeks ago, an e-mail blast from "Chelsea Clinton" went out touting "Project T-Shirt, a contest to design the next great T-shirt for my mom's campaign." Of course, we at Off The Bus (OTB) somehow missed the last great T-shirt for Chelsea's mom's campaign, but, in our own defense, HuffPost...

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An Open Letter to Hillary Supporters

Posted May 28, 2008 | 03:29 PM (EST)


No matter what happens this weekend in a D.C. conference room and in the Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico, by this time next week the Democratic primary race will be over. I'm not writing to crow about that, but rather to bring a message of reconciliation and a plea...

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Hillary Assassinates Herself In The Foot!

Posted May 23, 2008 | 06:59 PM (EST)


Is Hillary Clinton a racist assassination-monger?

Of course not, but she's making it easier and easier for people to accuse her of that and more besides. And she's making it harder and harder for people to consider her eternal candidacy in a positive light.

Today in an editorial board...

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The Billary Hillbillies

Posted May 23, 2008 | 01:50 PM (EST)


As peripatetic postman Cliff Clavin of Cheers fame could have told us, it's a little known fact that the term "hillbilly" originally referred to Northern Ireland Protestants in the 17th century, supporters of King William of Orange (hence "billy.") Only later did the term gain its modern usage descriptive of...

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Bush Misunderestimates History, Anoints Obama

Posted May 16, 2008 | 01:58 PM (EST)


One of the least charming aspects of the Bush Residency is its stubborn resistance to the entire basic high school curriculum. Math, science, econ, Spanish, civics, English, history: Bush manages to mangle them all on a regular basis. And he did so again Thursday, incorrectly confusing talking to enemies with...

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Two Key Obama Endorsements Come Under The Radar

Posted May 15, 2008 | 04:17 PM (EST)


Lost amid the chatter of the Edwards endorsement and the brouhaha over yet another idiotic President Bush remark were two very important superdelegate declarations of support for Barack Obama. Rep. Howard Berman (CA-28) and Rep. Henry Waxman (CA-30) both declared for him, adding their voices to the significant shift that...

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How Obama WON Tuesday

Posted May 14, 2008 | 10:15 AM (EST)


Hillary Clinton ended Tuesday night with a big victory in West Virginia, showing once again that old, white, poor, uneducated people really don't like young, witty, urbane, well-educated black men. Quelle surprise.

Hillary argues that West Virginia and its massively huge five electoral votes is a key swing state for...

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Five Reasons To Reject The Clinton MI Plan

Posted May 12, 2008 | 11:59 AM (EST)


The Clinton campaign is desperate to find some way, ANY way, no matter how skuzzy, sleazy, below-board or outright Republican, to convince the world and the superdelegates that she is actually winning the Democratic nomination. The cornerstone of her recent attempts to alchemize the dross of her tattered campaign into...

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Clinton Campaign Sees Dead People

Posted May 11, 2008 | 01:28 PM (EST)


Clinton Campaign Chair Terry McAuliffe made a horrendous mistake on Meet the Press Sunday morning. In trying to show that all fair-minded people would want to see the primary schedule played out, McAuliffe painted a wistful picture of his father sharing a scotch in heaven with "Big Russ," MTP host...

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MI Dems, Clinton SuperD Beg to Differ on Delegates

Posted May 8, 2008 | 05:36 PM (EST)


Both a Hillary Clinton superdelegate on the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee (R&BC) and a spokesperson for the Michigan Democratic Party seem to contradict the Clinton campaign stance on the seating of the Michigan delegation, in interviews given earlier this week.

Liz Kerr, the Communications Director for the Michigan...

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Titanic Deck Chair Fund, Give Today!

Posted May 8, 2008 | 02:24 PM (EST)


As of today, May 8, you can instantly ascertain the status, mindset and weakness of the Clinton campaign by typing HillaryClinton.com into your browser, after finishing this column, of course.

Is it news about her HUGE 1.1% margin Indiana win?

No.

Is it an announcement of the dozens of superdelegates...

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We Don't Need No Steenking Exit Strategy

Posted May 7, 2008 | 04:38 PM (EST)


Once upon a time, an up and coming Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff named Colin Powell enunciated a list of criteria for using US armed forces anywhere in the world. It was successfully used during the '90's, but was jettisoned in the 21st century by George W. Bush,...

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