It's now January, Obama People, and I'm way over this thing. Why, why, why for the love of God are you still sending me emails asking me to give you money? You raised how many millions?
Working with Craig Newmark of craigslist changed my life. In terms of his approach to "doing well by doing good" and creating social responsibility ties -- I was inspired.
Why was Rod Blagojevich so convinced his deals were being shot down by the Obama folks, when the Obama folks claim they didn't even know deals were being suggested?
It's been amusing watching the media try to turn a scandal affecting the governor of Illinois into a scandal affecting the president-elect. Every detail was milked for maximum ominousness: a recent handshake between Obama and Blagojevich, a list of favored replacement candidates delivered by Rahm Emanuel, Rahm's "beet-red" face, David Axelrod's work for Blago in the 90s. All inflated to fill a sparse news cycle. But wouldn't it have been weird if Obama hadn't shaken Blago's hand, and weirder still if he'd shown no interest in who his successor would be? Trying to turn any of this into a suspicion of pay-to-play carries about as much weight as the Obama citizenship case. Sorry, guys, but Blagojevich said it all: the Obama people were "not willing to give me anything except appreciation."
Since the tail end of the 1970s, the Mustached American has faced grave roadblocks in his or her efforts to gain equal treatment within American society.
Hillary? Think about it. It's the ultimate Big Gesture and the world will love it. They won't be able to resist. It will be like having Princess Diana stories all the time.
Taking the A out of AKP&D will help David Axelrod focus on Obama and avoid conflicts. But what about ASK? Never heard of it? ASK Public Strategies is Axelrod's other business.
Beyond the very clear -- and admirable -- mandate Obama created for himself in terms of raising taxes on the rich, history suggests such a policy is not at odds with righting an economy.
Axelrod started out as a spectator in the boonies. Next thing you know, he's masterminding, and winning, one of the most exciting presidential campaigns in American history.
With the election of Barack Obama, the urban orbits have shifted. After Washington, D.C., Chicago has won Second City status once again, based on politics rather than population.
Known in DC as a pro-Israel hardliner, he joins Pelosi in bringing to the Middle East peace process a record of support for Tel Aviv's targeted assassinations of Palestinian political leaders.
Obama's heart is one of fairness, justice and understanding. That he must surround himself with high profile and controversial pro-Israel champions is not a real concern.
Winners: The Davids - Axelrod and Plouffe: they spearheaded a near flawless campaign. Katie Couric: her multi-part interview with Sarah Palin was the turning point in how the country saw Palin -- and by extension John McCain. And she did it in a way that left no room for accusations of being unfair or playing "Gotcha!" Michelle Obama: smarts, grace, style, charm, and a serious "good mommy" vibe -- she's got the whole package. Losers: Joe Lieberman: failed to deliver Democrats, independents, or Jews. And on the way to losing his committee chairmanships. Liddy Dole: her "Godless" ad will be taught in What Not To Do poli sci classes for a century. Joe the Plumber: the clock just hit 15 minutes, and the wakeup call will not be pleasant.
I imagine how my ex-boss, an ailing Ted Kennedy must feel tonight, knowing that many, many months ago he exclaimed to the nation that he could feel change in the air.
While McCain campaign manager Rick Davis affected not the slightest care in the world, Obama chief strategist David Axelrod refused to play the prophecy game.