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Obama millionaires

With the fakestream media and even gullible blog commenters outraged that Michael Cohen cashed in from his Trump connections, let me remind you of this 2013 article from the New Republic about the many ex-Obama staffers who used their connections to Obama to become millionaires. Not much outrage in the fakestream media about that.

Not that I approve of this cashing in, but it’s incredibly biased of the fakestream media to only get outraged when Trump associates do it.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

May 14, 2018 at EDT am

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  1. I’d like to know the cut Perkins Coie (Seattle based law firm) got arranging the fusion memo.

    Curle

    May 14, 2018 at EDT pm

  2. The message is clear to big biz: hire democrats for sinecures and the press will leave you be (or write glowing puff pieces about your new employees), but grant a sinecure to a trumpian and we will hound you to the gates of hell.

    Some_Guy

    May 14, 2018 at EDT pm

    • The establishment in the media and government is clearly trying to tar anyone that works with Trump but it’s also true that the people working for Trump are genuine idiots with a disregard for accepted practices. What Cohen did is not the same as what these Obama officials did (and what bush officials did without comment). You could easily argue it’s not as bad but it’s not the same.

      Magnavox

      May 14, 2018 at EDT pm

      • with a disregard for accepted practices.”

        You mean laundering money to the brother of the FBI director through a global ‘foundation’? Near million dollar speaking fees? Maintaining a money laundering operation as a foundation? Pardoning rich felons? Employing the Podestas?

        Curle

        May 15, 2018 at EDT am

  3. A month ago everyone said that it was ridiculously implausible that Cohen would front the money to Stormy out of his own pocket, without a sign-off from Trump. Now that we know more about Cohen, the story is quite believable, and it makes good business sense for Cohen to have done that.

    Roger

    May 14, 2018 at EDT pm

  4. Trump approval up to 42.4: https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/trump-approval-ratings/

    currently has higher approval than Ford or Carter had at the same time into their own Presidencies.

    Republican generic ballot deficit down to 5.8: https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/congress-generic-ballot-polls/

    we don’t know if these positive trends will hold up, but I’m optimistic. Republicans will get increasingly motivated as we get closer to midterms and the Dems are going to kill themselves with their impeachment/Pelosi/gun-control/raise-taxes/white-genocide platform. I say the Dems win the House popular vote by 5 and pick up 20 seats, not enough to flip the chamber. Pelosi and most of the Dem House leadership will resign. I think we net 5 to 7 seats in the Senate. If we only lose fewer than 10 net seats in the House I think it is even possible that we pass some legislation that tightens the screws on the immigrant community.

    Otis the Sweaty

    May 14, 2018 at EDT pm

    • Senate seat in MT.

      Curle

      May 14, 2018 at EDT pm

      • MT?

        Curle

        May 14, 2018 at EDT pm

      • hold AZ and NV

        gain MT, ND, FL, WV, IN, OH, MO

        best case scenario, but possibly also most likely scenario. I believe we’ll gain all the ones listed but I’m not sure about AZ and NV. Might be able to pull off AZ with sheer immigrant hatred and hold NV on the back of incumbency.

        Otis the Sweaty

        May 14, 2018 at EDT pm

      • How are the women candidates gonna do? The Dems I know are all salivating over that. They don’t care about anything else.

        gothamette

        May 14, 2018 at EDT pm

      • the women candidates will mostly fall flat because they will be running on an agenda of impeachment/Pelosi/gun-control/immigration/tax-hikes

        Otis the Sweaty

        May 14, 2018 at EDT pm

    • “If we only lose fewer than 10 net seats in the House I think it is even possible that we pass some legislation that tightens the screws on the immigrant community.”

      Wrong. Congress does not support the Trump agenda. Congress is on strike until Trump leaves office. Why do you think they passed a budget that explicitly denied border wall funding? Why do you think they haven’t passed one significant bill except for tax cuts (which the Repubs wanted to do anyway)?

      Pete

      May 14, 2018 at EDT pm

      • Politics is a dirty social game played by sociopaths of both parties. Two year’s in, Trump’s loyalist’s are finally uncovering the dirty personal secrets he needs to nudge close votes his way. An example is Trump’s recent comment on Montana Senator Tester,

        “I know things about Tester that I could say, too,” Trump told the crowd. “And if I said them, he’d never be elected again.”

        cesqy

        May 14, 2018 at EDT pm

      • “Congress is on strike until Trump leaves office. ”

        As is the media, the Deep State, u name it.

        I almost think the military would lose a war if one broke out under Trump.

        “Politics is a dirty social game played by sociopaths of both parties.”

        Never a truer word was spoken!

        “I know things about Tester that I could say, too,” Trump told the crowd. “And if I said them, he’d never be elected again.”

        HE SAID THAT?

        gothamette

        May 15, 2018 at EDT am

  5. There’s going to be a certain amount of influence peddling. I’m not thrilled with it, But there has to be some reward for loyalty if you want good people. So you either have to allow a little bit of this, pay people so much they don’t want to risk it or ruthlessly prosecute people. The last will just be abused by Dems the way they are now. Therefore, I can overlook some of it as long a it doesn’t get out of hand or spill over into full fledged graft and corruption.

    destructure

    May 14, 2018 at EDT pm

    • “But there has to be some reward for loyalty if you want good people.”

      It would be nice if they were loyal to this country. Washington is full of influence peddlers from foreign states (and yes, I include Israel in that number). This is a known fact. Read Stockman, Fingleton, etc. Washington is the Imperial Capital and it’s all for sale.

      It’s one thing to do dirty deals for farm subsidies and infrastructure contracts… not saying I like it, but that’s the way it has always been. Theoretically we have a President who is supposed to knock Americans in line and limit the influence peddling.

      It’s another thing for foreign countries to control us via paid lobbyists.

      gothamette

      May 15, 2018 at EDT am

      • “I include Israel in that number”

        Why should Israel be the only country that abstains?

      • Leon — She wasn’t suggesting that Israel should be the only country who abstains. She was saying that NO country’s lobbyists should be allowed to exert undue influence on American policy including Israel.

        I respect that position and share it myself. My family all hold dual citizenship. Not that we’ve ever been in a situation that’s mattered. But we do reflect it in our views and opinions. We’re completely loyal and would never compromise one for another. If they ever came into conflict then we’d abstain. Most immigrants have no scruples about screwing over America because they’re only in it for what they can get. My own in-laws have that attitude and it infuriates me.

        destructure

        May 15, 2018 at EDT am

      • “She wasn’t suggesting that Israel should be the only country who abstains. She was saying that NO country’s lobbyists should be allowed to exert undue influence on American policy including Israel.”

        Yeah, that’s what I was saying. Further: I don’t blame them for trying. I’d try too. We should just tell all of them to go to hell.

        Lion – I had a nice Jewish Republican Rush-loving friend once. Her father was fired from the State Department in the late 40s for taking part in covert arms deals to the pre-state Jewish forces in Palestine. Now, I think the guy was on the right side. But he violated explicit State Department policy and he rightly got canned. She could never understand this. She was sincerely baffled and angry. There are some Jews who just don’t see any daylight between the US and Israel. Don’t be one of them.

        gothamette

        May 15, 2018 at EDT pm

  6. Margot Kidder died. I wouldn’t mention it but she was a big star in the 80s, which is a theme here.

    gothamette

    May 14, 2018 at EDT pm

    • Margot Kidder went off the rails years ago. Occasionally there would be a write-up about her in the press, always had a mocking comment about her adopted country. That she is gone, few care.

      Daniel

      May 14, 2018 at EDT pm

    • let us know when mccain finally kicks it. i swear, waiting for him to croak is like watching the new years eve ball come down. you know it’s going to happen but it’s just so slow. i can hardly wait to celebrate.

      destructure

      May 14, 2018 at EDT pm

      • “let us know when mccain finally kicks it. ”

        I have to tell you? The death watch is everywhere! (Lion: that was “ubiquitous” on the SATs. Did you miss that one?)

        Srsly, one of the things you need to learn as you age is how to avoid the media.

        What I want to know is, what’s underneath that zipper he has on his forehead?

        gothamette

        May 15, 2018 at EDT am

      • A good reminder to purchase an appropriate high end adult beverage to host with friends come the event.

        Curle

        May 15, 2018 at EDT am

      • Juan McAmnesty is a traitor to his race and kin, and I’ll celebrate his death with an expensive dinner and, next time I’m passing thru Arizona, pay tribute to his burial place by washing down two or three cans of spicy chili with a tallboy of extra-strength Rockstar and letting nature take its course.

        Unless it’s under 24/7 surveillance, McAmnesty’s grave will be the most defiled monument in America.

        hard9bf

        May 15, 2018 at EDT pm

  7. It’s understandable that Trump & Co can’t get away with the double standards practiced by the Democrats.

    When you come across as reactionary, racist and patriarchal, you don’t deserve to get away with bad behavior.

    JS

    May 14, 2018 at EDT pm

  8. I love this term fakestream media. It’s perfect. Is it a Lion original?

    Two in the Bush

    May 14, 2018 at EDT pm

    • I got really mad at the extreme bias in the fakestream media, so it seemed the appropriate term to start using. I’m sure I didn’t invent it myself.

      It’s a portmanteau of “fake news” and “mainstream media”.

      • I’m not sure portmanteaus can be made from phrases. Technically ‘fakestream’ is a compound word.

        My kids call lemonade made with splenda splendanade.

        toomanymice

        May 14, 2018 at EDT pm

      • Yeah, fakestream is indeed a good one. The post itself is a bit depressing, sounds like flogging a dead horse – the tide is impossible to stem.

        Stickler

        May 14, 2018 at EDT pm

      • “Yeah, fakestream is indeed a good one. The post itself is a bit depressing, sounds like flogging a dead horse – the tide is impossible to stem.”

        Really. I’ve given up. I live in the past – and the future.

        For example, in the LoTB tradition of movie reviews, I recommend a chick flick to all the chick here (and a few guys who would never admit to it): Summertime, with Katharine Hepburn and Rossano Brazzi.

        Miss Hepburn is an on-again-off-again taste for me, but in this movie she shines. She portrays a middle-aged American spinster virgin, a good old gal, who goes to Venice for her dream vacation, and has a fling with an Italian stud played by Rossano Brazzi. It’s really well done. Gothamette-approved! What makes it so great, apart from the stupendous photography, is that Hepburn is never anything less than droolingly elegant, even when she’s playing an old maid.

        HBD/alt-right aspects: lots of scenes of average Italians in the crowd scenes. No minorities, fatsos, tattooed freaks and creeps. Everyone dressed well. The starchy middle American maid smokes and drinks. The scene where the Italian stud checks her out in the Piazza San Marco is a classic, and very politically incorrect. Such a film could not be made today.

        gothamette

        May 14, 2018 at EDT pm

    • “I love this term fakestream media. It’s perfect. Is it a Lion original?”

      No. I coined it soon after Trump’s victory. I guess you don’t read my comments (or maybe I’m shadow-banned).

      hard9bf

      May 15, 2018 at EDT pm

      • You’re not shadowbanned that I know of, but don’t post forbidden-content comments.

        I’ve seen “fakestream media” used on the internet since 2016. It’s kind of an obvious portmanteau. But still cool that you came up with it yourself!

  9. Previous topic:

    Why do various TV shows now feature one random black child (Lost in Space, Roseanne)?

    Because that’s all the blackness that a show about a white family can afford in term of story and budget.

    Having a black family next door is expensive. You have to pay three to five actors, and you have to repeatedly contrive plots that include both families.

    Having one black child is the solution. The kid satisfies the TV show’s imaginary diversity quota. Kid actors are cheap. Kid characters are usually at school or in their room, so they can skip a lot of scenes without people wondering where they are. Roseanne’s black grandchild only shows up once very few episodes.

    So American TV has moved from no blacks unless that’s the point of the show or episode, to the one obligatory black friend, to every tenured professor or chief of cardiac surgery is black, to everyone has one black child.

    JA

    May 14, 2018 at EDT pm

    • Don’t forget judges. About 20 years ago there was apparently an unwritten rule passed in Hollywood that all judges must be black.

      Hermes

      May 14, 2018 at EDT pm

      • That started 28 years ago, in 1990, when in the movie Bonfire of the Vanities they turned the Jewish judge into a black judge.

      • “Why do various TV shows now feature one random black child (Lost in Space, Roseanne)?”

        Window dressing. I like that phrase, random black child. It should be turned into a TV Trope: RBC.

        “movie Bonfire of the Vanities they turned the Jewish judge into a black judge.”

        Blackwashing?

        gothamette

        May 15, 2018 at EDT am

      • I never watched the movie. Even in 1990, I knew I didn’t want to see a great book ruined by a lousy movie.

      • Random black child is also known as a Token. The token black guy’s there to fulfill a perceived quota.

        There is now a strong female lead in most series hitting TV. We should coin a phrase for the strong-female-lead quota. How about The Amazonian? Suggestions are warmly welcome.

        I’m watching a great series right now called The Wire, which portrays the plight of Inner City Baltimore. I love the characters, I love the insight on why the ghetto is the ghetto, the reasons why corruption in city hall and the police can never been stamped out, etc.

        Most of the characters are black. Most of the characters are male. All of the characters are presented in an accurate light with shades of black and white, not with rose-colored glasses. Thus, I conclude that this series would have never seen the light of day post the launch of social media and Obama since it would have triggered all sort of crazies to condemn the show for being racist, misogynist, etc.

        Trump is hugely flawed. Trump will fail to build the wall and kick out the illegals, the two reasons why I voted for him. Thus, he doesn’t deserve my vote in 2020.

        But he’s the only candidate who doesn’t kowtow to SJW freaks. He has single handily proven that playing identity politics is a fool’s errand. That reason alone is probably why I will vote for him again in 2020.

        I loathe identity politics, on both sides of the aisle. I loathe pandering to crazy bible thumpers and abortionists, but I loathe even more the freakoid LQBTWTFs and BLM scum. Thus, Trump is a breath of fresh air in our crazy SJW society governed by FaceBook and Twitter.

        DdR

        May 15, 2018 at EDT am

      • “There is now a strong female lead in most series hitting TV. We should coin a phrase for the strong-female-lead quota.”

        Sailer calls them butt-kicking babes.

        The alpha chick? Alpha beyotch? Alpha mom?

        hard9bf

        May 15, 2018 at EDT pm

    • “So American TV has moved from no blacks unless that’s the point of the show or episode, to the one obligatory black friend, to every tenured professor or chief of cardiac surgery is black, to everyone has one black child.”

      Andy Warhol, were he alive today, might say that in the future, everyone gets a black child.

      Mike Street Station

      May 15, 2018 at EDT am

      • He would have been an early adopter…. oh wait, what was Basquiat?

        gothamette

        May 15, 2018 at EDT am

    • Another issue is that people — even liberals — are racist. Most people prefer to see media which mainly features whites. At the same time, most people like to pretend that they are not racist. Especially liberals.

      fortaleza84

      May 15, 2018 at EDT am

  10. President Xi of China, and I, are working together to give massive Chinese phone company, ZTE, a way to get back into business, fast. Too many jobs in China lost. Commerce Department has been instructed to get it done!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 13, 2018

    https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

    This tweet is totally bonkers, lion. He’s got to be the most gullible man alive. Xi must have him totally wrapped around his finger with this North Korea nonsense.

    Magnavox

    May 15, 2018 at EDT am

    • It’s unlike Trump, but I guess if Xi asked him, he’s trying to demonstrate that he can be diplomatic.

    • “The U.S. and China are closing in on a deal that would give China’s ZTE a reprieve from potentially crippling U.S. sanctions in exchange for Beijing removing tariffs on billions of dollars of U.S. agricultural products.”

      Cry harder fagnavox.

      snorlaxwp

      May 15, 2018 at EDT am

      • Trump is a cold blooded hard bargainer.

        That’s a good thing.

        gothamette

        May 15, 2018 at EDT am

      • I really didn’t think anyone was stupid enough to still believe that this far into his presidency. I feel like the biggest idiot in the world for buying into that bullshit during the campaign.

        Magnavox

        May 15, 2018 at EDT pm

      • Funny to see the historical revisionism from one of the biggest NeverTrumper morons pretending they were ever actually for Trump.

        Panther of the Blogocube

        May 15, 2018 at EDT pm

      • I was always for Trump. I thought he was gonna lose but I was always for him. I was for Trumpism back when it was still called Buchananism.

        Magnavox

        May 15, 2018 at EDT pm

      • This seems pretty obvious to me. China is key to whatever happens to North Korea, so we’re working with China.

        But I guess Magnavox is gonna Magnavox.

        Mike Street Station

        May 16, 2018 at EDT am

  11. Did Lion read the article:

    “Within Obamaworld, there are a few unwritten rules about how to parlay one’s experience into a handsome payday. There is, for example, a loose taboo against joining a K Street lobbying shop and explicitly trading on administration connections. And while joining a consulting firm is acceptable, those who do are reluctant to work for clients reviled by liberals: gun makers, tobacco companies, Big Oil, union busters. Above all, there is a simple prohibition against excessive tackiness. “It’s like: Don’t embarrass yourself. You were part of something special,” says a longtime Obama adviser. ”

    This stuff Obama people should not do and remain in Obama’s good graces is exactly what Cohen did.

    GrassMudHorse

    May 15, 2018 at EDT am

    • Awwww….how noble. These Obamaites are quite gifted at decorum. Of course, it also helps if no one actually investigates what they do.

      map

      May 15, 2018 at EDT pm

  12. Michael Savage has railed against this practice for years. I think he calls it interlocking corporate directorships, where former employees of Uncle Samantha are rewarded with richly compensated cushy do-nothing seats on various corporate boards of directors after giving those corporations favorable legislative treatment.

    These are barely-concealed bribes, similar to HR Clinton’s alleged 20-minute speeches for which we have no rogue smartphone recordings or transcripts. Pro tip: there were no speeches; these were outright bribes. And HR Clinton had all those corporate bribesters by the short-and-curlies because they were criminal co-conspirators.

    And the fakestream media doesn’t care, has zero interest in why anyone would pay $250,000 to hear HR Clinton cackle for 20 minutes.

    hard9bf

    May 15, 2018 at EDT pm

    • Employment in industry is a reward after the fact for favorable regulation but it’s also an incentive to institute regulation that is so complex and capriciously interpreted that inside knowledge and connections become incredibly valuable. Remember when Trump said he was going to push for legislation banning this behavior?

      Magnavox

      May 15, 2018 at EDT pm


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