Sunday, September 20, 2009

Obama tells Paterson to give up

From the NY Times:

President Obama has sent a request to Gov. David A. Paterson that he withdraw from the New York governor’s race, fearing that Mr. Paterson cannot recover from his dismal political standing, according to two senior administration officials and a New York Democratic operative with direct knowledge of the situation.

The decision to ask Mr. Paterson to step aside was proposed by political advisers to Mr. Obama, but approved by the president himself, one of the administration officials said.

The president’s request was conveyed to the Mr. Paterson by Representative Gregory W. Meeks, a Queens Democrat, who has developed a strong relationship with the Obama administration, they said.

The move against a sitting Democratic governor represents an extraordinary intervention into a state political race by the president, and is a delicate one, given that Mr. Paterson is one of only two African-American governors in the nation.

But Mr. Obama’s political team and other party leaders have grown increasingly worried that the governor’s unpopularity could drag down Democratic members of Congress in New York, as well as the Democratic-controlled Legislature, in next fall’s election.


Despite this, Paterson says he's still running.

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

You know you're in trouble when an African American President tells you it's not a race thang.

ew-3 said...

Heussien doesn't seem to grasp the traditional limits of American President's intervention. He makes Nixon's imperial presidency look like amateur hour.

Anonymous said...

And I suppose FDR's "imperial" presidency would not have been to your liking either..."ew-3".

But the fact remains that if "communist" Franklin didn't stick his nose into the affairs of our nation by establishing the social programs we all benefit from today...the USA would have gone down the toilet...flushed during the "great depression".

Additionally:

If Thomas Jefferson HAD NOT OVERSTEPPED HIS BOUNDS AND BOUGHT LOUISIANA ("The Louisiana Purchase")
FOR THE FLEDGLING AMERICAN STATES WITHOUT THE FULL CONSENT OF CONGRESS...WE'D BE ABOUT 1/2 OUR SIZE TODAY.

Jeff knew a good bargain AND THE RIGHT MOVE AT THE RIGHT TIME when he saw one.

Perhaps you should run for office if you think that you're qualified to do a better job than Obama or Patterson.

However, I have other issues with both the gov and prez to be brought up later.

georgetheatheist said...

Hit the road, Jack.
And doncha come back,
No mo', no mo', no mo', no mo'.

Hit the road, Jack.
And doncha come back no mo'.

What I say?

Anonymous said...

Typical/

A second stringer from the machine is misfiring and the machine runs to ensure the public cannot get rid of him.

Why are they scared of us?

When you are in politics you should be prepared to stand on your record and accept if the public throws you out.

italian girl said...

George:

You got no money, and you just ain't no good....

italian girl said...

ew-3:

The country is in serious need of intervention. You're content with the current health care system which leaves so many without insurnance and literally DYING. Come on, ew-3, have a heart! You're happy with the way Wall Street ran its operations making sure they lined their pockets while millions of stupid, uninformed people lost their homes. Why is everyone so threatened by bigger government? Do you honestly think the government is out to get you?

ew-3 said...

IG - Simply said 80% to 90% of all Americans are happy with their insurance and health care situation. Reform tort law first and remove the illegal immigrants in the country then we can discuss the read cost of health insurance. Till then it's a waste of time.

And anon - yes I do not like the FDR administration. Nor the Wilson administration, he was even worse. And LBJ is not high on my list.

Anonymous said...

Will they call Obama a racist for not supporting a black man for governor? Just Asking.

ew-3 said...

IG - forgot to add, mandatory health insurance, with penalty enforcement by the IRS, is just plain un-Americn.

Anonymous said...

One of the many hats that a president wears is Head of Party. Obama's strongarming of Paterson is an internal Democratic Party matter, not an issue of the federal government's stepping on states' rights. If he was actively plotting Jodi Rell's (Republican CT governor) demise, then there would be a problem.

Anonymous said...

I agree that if you remove the illegal aliens from the health care scenario, you will then see the true cost of health care. They are a major factor in the rising cost of health care. Since they are not citizens, they are not entitled to anything. Cut them off and they will go home. How many people are getting social security disability and Medicaid, yet have never paid into the system? If Obama starts from scratch and ascertains the true cost of health care, he would have more support from the American people. The average taxpayer has had enough and is tired of supporting all these people that legally don't belong here.

Anonymous said...

Everyone see Paterson as a buffon - not even third-string with at least som grey cells that work.

As for Health care run by Govtn - imagine your health care run like the Post - office - very long lines, incompetetcis galore,lost mail, employees from hell, an organization which loses money hand over fist.

Now imagine your health care run like the Post office - gee your letter carrier is giving you your colonoscopy? Oh don't slip or lose the report!

Sarah said...

Do I understand this correctly? President Obama and the Democrats are afraid of the NY Republican Party. The same party that endorsed and gave the party line to one of the most liberal politicians in NY history Michael Bloomberg just to win? These Republicans are finished. Seriously folks this just doesn’t sound (for my Jewish friends) kosher. Wake up! Something else is going on here.

Anonymous said...

I think they want Andrew Cuomo to run on the Dem side. If Patterson runs for re-election, I think Giuliani will run on the Republican side and would probably win. Fingers crossed.

Anonymous said...

I like the post office.

Anonymous said...

just heard the babbling blindman is gonna run inspite of Obama's suggestion. How sad for the blinman, can't he see what is going on? Has anyone really told him how low his numbers are in the polls? Or is he just totally blind to everything?

Anonymous said...

Too much big government.....I don't like this, don't like it at all!

Anonymous said...

Why doesn't Obama ask Charlie Rangel to step aside ?

PizzaBagel said...

You can bet that Paterson is digging in his heels at the suggestion from Obama that he not run for governor, and will consent to doing so only if the President makes it worth his while -- and for a dignified exit. Can anyone say "Disabilities Czar?"

Anonymous said...

so,who's it gonna be ? hilary or andrew cuOMO ? .-

Anonymous said...

I'm sure if the President makes it worthwhile, Patterson will eventually step down. This is Politics folks, there's always a price. It's all about the money. The President has to sweeten the pot a little and the Governor will cave. Cuomo will step in and will run for governor.

Vernon Malcolm said...

John Hanson (1715-1783) was the first president (1780-1783) of the United States under the Confederation before the Oligarchs took power with the Constitution which allowed Bush to be president and the ownership of guns. Hanson was an Oldenburg Moor, a black nobleman, and like Elijah-Moses-Enoch-Baptist-Mahdi-Elvis, went to space on a fiery alien ship and never died. Hanson has returned as Obama to end the evil Oligarchy! This is why they could never find Obama's birth certificate! Danny Lazare is right to want to change this NRA chad Oligarch Constitution which allows the angry white talk radio males to object to Obama's berth certificate! We must impeach Scalia to disable the southern oligarchs of Calhoun, Corker, & Shelby and their demented Constitution. They have this evil bill of rights with rights for hate speech, guns, lobbyist blogging, campaign bribery, states, property, bonuses, and other oligarchic thievery that needs to end! Such euphemism, like when they call you boy as if they ever intend to call you man when you "grow"! This is why we must oppose oligarch-serving superstition by supporting one-state solutions in India-Packistain, Palestain-Isreal, Turkey-Grease, Creatia-Servia, Armeania-Asbyjean and Zahir-Condo. Then we can abolish greed and superstition across the globe with free psychiatric healthcare. We need to do domestically like we did in Servia, to teach these oligarchs they have no rights to be superstitious racists.