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  • Alter Compares Obama's Executive Actions on Gun Control to the Emancipation Proclamation

    01/05/2016 7:47:10 AM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies ^ | January 5, 2016 | Curtis Houck
    On the Monday night edition of MSNBC's All In, longtime liberal columnist Jonathan Alter reacted to President Obama's executive actions on gun control by comparing it to President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 and remarking how heartbreaking it was for Obama to have met with the families of Sandy Hook victims and "see those six-year-olds stacked up like cord wood." Host Chris Hayes began the segment with a number of soundbites from the President and Republican presidential candidates opposed to the move before remarking: "While the substantive reason to be concerned about guns seems clear, in a country where...
  • MSNBC's Alter Suggests Bush to Blame for Not Preventing 9/11 Attacks

    10/18/2015 3:49:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 112 replies ^ | October 18, 2015 | Brad Wilmouth
    Appearing as a panel member on Sunday's Up show on MSNBC, Bloomberg View columnist and MSNBC political analyst Jonathan Alter hinted that President Bush deserved blame for not stopping the 9/11 attacks as he recounted a vague warning from August 2001 that Osama bin Laden wanted to attack the U.S. He further accused the "Bush people" of "Orwellian, deceptive, historically amnesiatic (sic) thinking." Host Richard Wolffe picked up on recent comments by Donald Trump similarly seeming to blame President Bush. After playing a clip from a Trump interview with Bloomberg's Stephanie Ruhle, and then recounting GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush's...
  • Press Gives Obama Raspberries For Remarks

    11/06/2014 5:14:44 PM PST · by jazusamo · 17 replies ^ | November 6, 2014 | John Merlin
    If the reaction to President Obama's post-election press conference is any indication, he's in Dutch not only with voters but with the mainstream press as well, after several gave Obama two thumbs down for his performance. The Daily Beast's Jonathan Alter, for one, was not impressed. "His post-election press conference was too long, too provocative and too stingy in his phoned-in praise for the winners. Obama managed the extraordinary feat of making (Senate Minority Leader Mitch) McConnell look gracious by comparison." Politico's White House reporter, Josh Gerstein, poked holes in Obama's defense of his record. "President Barack Obama and his...
  • Bozell Column: Obama, The Media's Favorite Autocrat

    01/29/2014 5:40:05 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | January 29, 2014 | Brent Bozell
    Everyone proposes drinking games for the State of the Union speech. But it’s not just the president that can drive you to drink. It’s the opportunistic media elites deciding which branches of government have too much power, depending on which branches the Democrats presently control. After a lot of stalemate in 2013, the partisan media think it’s high time for the executive branch to go completely around the legislative branch. They think that now that Congress has proven itself unwilling to provide Barack Obama with the historical greatness he deserves, they should and must be driven around like roadkill. They’ll...
  • Jonathan Alter: People Will Die If Romneys Elected

    08/10/2012 10:47:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    ABC News ^ | 08/10/2012 | Meghan Kiesel
    Forget seeking to tie Mitt Romneys past with one womans death from cancer a charge that lacks much evidence. A political pundit and journalist took a great leap further when he said Thursday that a Romney presidency would cost people with preexisting conditions and those out of work their lives. On MSNBC Thursday night, Jonathan Alter spoke out against the repeal of Obamacare. People will die in the United States if Obamacare is repealed, Alter said on air last night. That is not an exaggeration. That is not crying fire. Its a simple fact. Alter then went on to...
  • MSNBC left-leaning pundits turn on Obama after economic speech (Video)

    06/14/2012 2:09:34 PM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 13 replies
    TheDC ^ | June 14, 2012 | Jeff Poor
    At the very end of MSNBCs NewsNation hosted by Tamron Hall, immediately after President Barack Obama had wrapped up his much-ballyhooed economic speech from Cleveland on Thursday, MSNBCs liberal-leaning pundits appeared to be less-than impressed. According to Bloomberg columnist Jonathan Alter, formerly of Newsweek, the speech was too long-winded to be effective. I thought this honestly was one of the least successful speeches Ive seen Barack Obama give in several years, Alter said. It was long-winded. He had a good argument to make. And at the beginning of the speech he seemed to be making it in a fairly compelling...
  • Jonathan Alter: Obama has miraculously remained free of scandal

    10/30/2011 7:23:55 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies · 1+ views
    Hotair ^ | 10/29/2011 | Tina Korbe
    In a fawning opinion piece for Bloomberg, author and columnist Jonathan Alter writes glowingly of “The Obama Miracle” — the supposed lack of scandal in the White House under Obama’s purportedly upstanding leadership. Alter’s analysis approaches the absurd, but at least mercifully stops short of the worshipful psalms that could pass for parody of some Esquire opinion writers.Alter writes, apparently without irony: For starters, the tone is always set at the top. Obama puts a premium on personal integrity, and with a few exceptions (Tim Geithner’s tax problems in 2009) his administration tends to fire first and ask questions later....
  • Obama A Bad Economic President? Consider It "Proved" (A response to Jonathan Alter's challenge)

    09/01/2011 3:11:30 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Forbes ^ | 09/01/2011 | Louis Woodhill
    In a Bloomberg opinion piece published Aug. 25, Jonathan Alter asked for proof that Barack Obama has been a bad president, specifically with regard to his handling of the economy. OK, Jonathan, heres your proof. Executives are judged by results. In terms of the economic results produced during the first 2.5 years of his first term, Obama is the worst president of the past 60 years. Given that Alter himself would likely agree that there have been some bad presidents during the past 60 years, this makes Obama a bad president. Ten presidents have been elected since 1952: Eisenhower, Kennedy,...
  • Has Obama Been A Bad President?

    08/31/2011 5:56:20 PM PDT · by Neoavatara · 32 replies · 1+ views
    Neoavatara ^ | August 31, 2011 | Neoavatara
    Jonathan Alter has a well publicized piece on Bloomberg asking people opposing Barack Obama why he has been a bad president. I know, I had to chuckle too. Varied commentators have taken their stabs at answering the question. Classic non-conservative David Frum even took a swing at it. Mickey Kaus at The Daily Caller probably had the best answer. But I thought I would take a swing at it too...especially in direct response to Alter's claims regarding the economy. Obama's failure economically can be divided into two distinct parts: the stimulus, and everything after the stimulus. 1. The Stimulus Was...
  • Answering Jonathan Alter

    08/28/2011 9:41:51 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 28, 2011 | Carl Paulus
    On Friday, Jonathan Alter wrote a column challenging his readers to "prove" why Obama "has been a bad president." He ended his piece, which he based off of the old Mission Impossible television show, by saying, "Your mission, Jim, should you decide to accept it, is to be specific and rational, not vague and visceral." I wish to take up that task, but before I do so, readers must understand something about Jonathan Alter and his views. The former editor of Newsweek, Alter has written books and articles defending liberalism for decades. His latest book, The Promise: President Obama, Year...
  • Obama is a Bad President: An Answer to Jonathan Alter

    08/27/2011 4:10:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 37 replies ^ | August 27, 2011 | John Ransom
    Progressive Jonathan Alter is outraged that everyone is ready to fire Obama. I want to know, wrote a snippy Alter on, on a substantive basis, why you think he deserves to be in a dead heat with Mitt Romney and Rick Perry and only a few points ahead of Ron Paul and Michele Bachmann in a new Gallup Poll. Is it just that any president -- regardless of circumstances and party -- who presides over 9 percent unemployment deserves to lose?I was tempted to treat Alter with the What? You got to be kidding, routine. Any Republican should be...
  • Answering Jonathan Alters Challenge ("why Barack Obama has been such a bad president?")

    08/26/2011 6:35:31 PM PDT · by neverdem · 44 replies
    Commentary ^ | 08.26.2011 | Peter Wehner
    “Tell me again why Barack Obama has been such a bad president?” Jonathan Alter writes in his column.Alter tells us he’s not talking here about Obama as a tactician and communicator, and he’s not interested in hearing ad hominem attacks or about people’s generalized “disappointment.” (Neither am I.) He wants to know on a substantive basis why Obama should be judged to have failed so far.In Alter’s words, “Your mission, Jim [or anyone else for that matter], should you decide to accept it, is to be specific and rational, not vague and visceral.”Consider the mission accepted.In one sense, the answer...
  • Answering Jonathan Alters Challenge

    08/26/2011 11:57:22 AM PDT · by cruise_missile · 21 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 8/26/2011 | Peter Wehner
    Tell me again why Barack Obama has been such a bad president? Jonathan Alter writes in his column. Alter tells us hes not talking here about Obama as a tactician and communicator, and hes not interested in hearing ad hominem attacks or about peoples generalized disappointment. (Neither am I.) He wants to know on a substantive basis why Obama should be judged to have failed so far. In Alters words, Your mission, Jim [or anyone else for that matter], should you decide to accept it, is to be specific and rational, not vague and visceral. Consider the mission accepted. In...
  • Jonathan Alter: You Think Obama's Been a Bad President? Prove It

    08/26/2011 10:38:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 68 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 08/26/2011 | Jonathan Alter
    Tell me again why Barack Obama has been such a bad president? I'm not talking here about him as a tactician and communicator. We can agree that he has played some bad poker with Congress. And lets stipulate that at the moment hes falling short in the intangibles of leadership. Im thinking instead of that opening sequence in the show Mission Impossible, the one where Jim Phelps, played by Peter Graves, gets his instructions.
  • President Obama: GOP Opposition to Stimulus 'Helped to Create the Teabaggers'

    05/04/2010 8:26:16 AM PDT · by kristinn · 103 replies · 2,372+ views
    ABC News ^ | Tuesday, May 4, 2010 | Jake Tapper
    Three days after he decried the lack of civility in American politics, President Obama is quoted in a new book about his presidency referring to the Tea Party movement using a derogatory term with sexual connotations. In Jonathan Alters The Promise: President Obama, Year One, President Obama is quoted in an interview saying that the unanimous vote of House Republicans vote against the stimulus bills set the tenor for the whole year ... That helped to create the tea-baggers and empowered that whole wing of the Republican Party to where it now controls the agenda for the Republicans. Tea Party...
  • Why Did Kerry Fold? Ohio Recount Stirs Distressing Nuttiness (Democrat Whine Alert)

    11/20/2004 7:54:40 AM PST · by kennedy · 35 replies · 3,237+ views
    New York Observer ^ | November 20, 2004 | Ron Rosenbaum
    Here is the speech John Kerry should have delivered at 10 oclock on the morning after Election Day. The speech that might have prevented, or at least transformed, the fever of "stolen election" paranoia that is sweeping through cyberspace now. Or, if not prevented it, given people some reason to hope that their candidate cared about their votes, even if he lostcared enough to make sure, as hed pledged, to get them counted. The speech that might have spared us the post-election dialogue on the phony "values" issue. Heres the "alternate history" Kerry speech. Its 10 a.m., when only two...
  • New Obama book by Newsweek senior editor Jonathan Alter airs private flares of temper

    05/08/2010 5:51:21 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 68 replies · 2,868+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | May 5, 2010 | David Saltonstall
    President Obama may cultivate an image as the unflappable Mr. Cool, but he can get hot under the collar too, according to a new book. In "The Promise: President Obama, Year One," by Newsweek senior editor Jonathan Alter, the author recounts a series of private blow-ups - including a particularly fiery one involving the nation's top military brass. "A presidential dressing down unlike any in the United States in more than half a century," is how Alter describes the October 2009 eruption. [Snip] But it's often the flashes of anger, not amour, that shine through Alter's tome, including: Asked...
  • Gibbs Can't Say, Wont Check, If Obama Used Sexual Slur Against Tea Party Activists

    05/07/2010 3:20:40 AM PDT · by Man50D · 26 replies · 1,336+ views ^ | May 06, 2010 | Fred Lucas
    Rest of Title: in Interview With Newsweek Editor White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said he did not know and could not imagine asking President Barack Obama whether he used the vulgar sexual term tea baggers to describe Americans active in the Tea Party movement. I cant imagine I would ask the president that, Gibbs said at Thursdays White House press briefing. According to Newsweek senior editor and columnist Jonathan Alter in his new book, The Promise: President Obama, Year One, the president used the slur to describe the largely conservative activists of the Tea Party movement, which has been...
  • The President and the Politics of Civility

    05/06/2010 9:09:15 AM PDT · by PhxRising · 5 replies · 459+ views ^ | 5/6/2010 | Karl Rove
    Last Saturday, Americans were again instructed on their political manners by their Moralizer in Chief. While delivering a commencement address to the University of Michigan's graduating students, President Barack Obama's comments were really meant for the nation's political class. His speech dealt with the importance of "a basic level of civility in our public debate." "We cannot expect to solve our problems if all we do is tear each other down," Mr. Obama said. He spoke against "demonizing" political opponents or "questioning their motives or their patriotism." It is "not the hurt feelings or the bruised egos" such rhetoric causes...
  • Strong brew

    05/05/2010 6:06:17 AM PDT · by lakeprincess · 5 replies · 353+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | May 5, 2010 | Jennifer Harper
    The term "tea-bagger" is like uttering the "n" word, some say. Though he aspires to promote civility, evidence has surfaced that President Obama has added "tea-bagger" to his public lexicon, though it's considered a cheap and tawdry insult by "tea party" activists. Watchdogs at Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) barked when they saw the proof, tucked in a sneak peak of Newsweek columnist Jonathan Alter's new book, "The Promise: President Obama, Year One," to be released May 18. Indeed, it appears the president joined certain partisan critics and the liberal media, and took the tea-bag plunge.
  • Obama During 2008 Financial Meltdown: Maybe I Shouldnt Be President

    05/05/2010 4:52:31 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 7 replies · 692+ views
    Weasel Zippers ^ | MAY 4, 2010 | FreeThinkerNY
    Unbelievable! Obama tells the truth! From Aaron Wiener at The Washington Independent Im just starting to dig through an advance copy of The Promise, Jonathan Alters new book on President Obamas first year in office, set for publication on May 18. But there are some great nuggets right at the start. Alter describes the chaotic scene at a Sept. 25, 2008, meeting on the impending Wall Street bailout at the White House with Obama, John McCain, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, President Bush and congressional leaders from both parties a meeting at which Obama decisively took the upper hand in...
  • Good news: Obama using the word "teab*****" now

    Doubtless the defense here will be that The One wasnt aware of the sexual connotation and therefore had no idea that the term offends tea partiers. Funny thing, though: Offhand, I cant recall a single instance of him saying teabaggers publicly. Not in speeches, not in interviews, not at town halls, not even at that fundraiser a few weeks ago when he goofed on protesters by saying they should be thanking him for cutting their taxes, i.e. for running up gigantic deficits. If he doesnt know the terms impolitic, how come he hasnt innocently used it on camera yet? He...
  • Inside the Beltway : STRONG BREW

    05/05/2010 12:48:10 AM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies · 1,042+ views
    Washington Times ^ | May 5, 2010 | Jennifer Harper
    The term "tea-bagger" is like uttering the "n" word, some say. Though he aspires to promote civility, evidence has surfaced that President Obama has added "tea-bagger" to his public lexicon, though it's considered a cheap and tawdry insult by "tea party" activists. Watchdogs at Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) barked when they saw the proof, tucked in a sneak peak of Newsweek columnist Jonathan Alter's new book, "The Promise: President Obama, Year One," to be released May 18. "This remark is the equivalent of using the 'n' word. It shows contempt for middle America, expressed knowingly, contemptuously, on purpose, and...
  • President Obama: GOP Opposition to Stimulus 'Helped to Create the Tea-Baggers'

    05/04/2010 2:10:47 PM PDT · by pissant · 44 replies · 1,013+ views
    ABC ^ | 5/4/10 | Jake Tapper
    Three days after he decried the lack of civility in American politics, President Obama is quoted in a new book about his presidency referring to the Tea Party movement using a derogatory term with sexual connotations. In Jonathan Alters The Promise: President Obama, Year One, President Obama is quoted in an November 30, 2009, interview saying that the unanimous vote of House Republicans vote against the stimulus bills set the tenor for the whole year ... That helped to create the tea-baggers and empowered that whole wing of the Republican Party to where it now controls the agenda for the...
  • Obama Uses the Term Tea-bagger

    05/04/2010 8:30:44 AM PDT · by Superstu321 · 38 replies · 1,034+ views
    Three Fingers of Politics ^ | May 4, 2010 | Stupac
    As if allowing Jay-Z into the Situation Room wasnt enough, now our esteemed, class act, President is dropping the term tea-bagger to describe members of the Tea Party, via Jake Tapper: Three days after he decried the lack of civility in American politics, President Obama is quoted in a new book about his presidency referring to the Tea Party movement using a derogatory term with sexual connotations. In Jonathan Alters The Promise: President Obama, Year One, President Obama is quoted in an interview saying that the unanimous vote of House Republicans vote against the stimulus bills set the tenor for...
  • Book: Obama dressed down Pentagon brass

    05/03/2010 5:01:31 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 24 replies · 1,345+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 3, 2010
    NEW YORK (AP) -- President Barack Obama reprimanded top Pentagon officials last year for pressing publicly for a troop increase in Afghanistan. That's according to "The Promise," a book on Obama's first year in office by Newsweek writer Jonathan Alter.
  • Rahm Emanuel "Begged" Obama Not To Push Healthcare

    08/06/2011 12:27:06 PM PDT · by NorthStarStateConservative · 57 replies · 1+ views
    SeeBS News ^ | 8/6/2011 | SeeBS
    In his new book on President Obama's first year in office, "The Promise," Jonathan Alter includes a quote from the president's chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, illustrating just how opposed Emanuel was to the president's push for comprehensive health care reform. "I begged him not to do this," Emanuel told Alter, as detailed by the Washington Post's Greg Sargent, writing off advanced excerpts put out ahead of the book's release Tuesday. (Hotsheet just got its copy of the book and is planning to dig into it this weekend.) The president overruled Emanuel, telling him, according to the book, that he...

    05/10/2011 4:25:24 AM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 9 replies
    The Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | May 10, 2011 | Tim Blair
    In 2009, leftoids Keith Olbermann and Jonathan Alter were shocked by Seymour Hershs claims that Dick Cheney ran assassination squads using military personnel to take out enemy targets you know, just like the current President... Theres a lot more that happened in that Bush administration, directly out of the vice-presidents office, that we dont know about yet, warned Alter, adding that once the full details become known, they will curl our hair. That last line would carry greater power if Alter werent bald. And also a screaming hypocrite. Now that Barack Obama is running an assassination squad directly...
  • Alter: Republicans Voted 'To Throw Granny Into The Snow'

    04/15/2011 5:50:31 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 21 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Q. How does a liberal describe giving seniors choice over their health care coverage? A. Murder. On Cenk Uygur's MSNBC show this evening, Jonathan Alter claimed that in proposing to issue Medicare vouchers, Republicans want "to throw granny into the snow." For good measure, Cenk came out in favor of the "Robin Hood" approach to taxation--robbing from the rich and giving to the poor. View video here.
  • Alter: 'Obama A Reluctant Warrior, Not Cowboy Like Bush'

    03/21/2011 8:17:04 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 82 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Of all the Obama sycophants in the press, could the president possibly have a more abject apologist than Jonathan Alter? The MNSBC analyst gave a groveling demonstration of his devotion in an interview with Willie Geist on The Daily Rundown this morning. Beyond the predictable swipes at W, notable was the essential incoherence of Alter's defense of PBO's foreign policy. At one point, as you'll see, Alter contradicts himself in the very same breath. View video here.
  • Newsweek's Idea of an Assassin

    01/24/2011 7:05:20 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 7 replies · 1+ views
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 1-24-11 | Jared H. McAndersen
    Get it? America's assassins drape themselves in the American flag and are motivated by some misguided sense of patriotism. Maybe that's not how they actually view it. Maybe I should read the articles...but right now I'm judging this book by its cover, and I'm not sure how else this illustration is supposed to be interpreted. The message this cover conveys is, of course, in total contradistinction to the REAL patriots in America. They don't wave the flag, much less wear it like a super-villian costume. They don't want to carry the burden of arrogance to ask for God's blessing...
  • Jonathan Alter: What me worry? (Obama & the ascendant GOP may actually get something done)

    11/08/2010 7:08:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 11/08/2010 | Jonathan Alter
    Its often darkest just before its pitch black. But other times a dim ray of something resembling light can break through. With the voters sending a strong message that they want action on jobs, our new post-shellacking period could be a bit shinier than expected. Call it Pollyannaish, but Barack Obama, John Boehner, and Mitch McConnell might actually get some things done together on the economypro-growth Eisenhower Republican initiatives acceptable to both parties and pleasing to voters hungry for signs of cooperation. Whether or not these put many Americans to work, theyre worth a try. There could be a...
  • Why the Midterms Matter: The GOPs agenda has to be stopped.

    10/23/2010 7:14:37 AM PDT · by paudio · 59 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 10/23/10 | Jonathan Alter
    The depressed Democratic base needs to ask itself some questions: Do women want more representatives who oppose abortion? Do Hispanics want to see immigration reform postponed? Do young voters want college loans slashed? If they dont, theyll set aside whatever valid grievances they may have with Obama and mobilize. If Democrats lose control anyway, maybe nothing too bad will happen. Obama will veto GOP bills, and politics will be paralyzed for two years as the parties jostle for 2012. But a right-wing Republican takeover of Congress and state capitals isnt something to accept with indifference. Midterms matter, and voters tempted...
  • Joanathan Alter says that Christine O'donnell not going to Yale is cheap political trick

    10/08/2010 3:25:19 PM PDT · by DallasBiff · 34 replies
    Ed Schultz Show | 0/08/10
    Jonathan Alter says that not going to Yale is a dirty political trick. The libs are losing it.
  • Newsweeks Alter: Obama Prevented Another Great Depression, Sweeping Up Bushs S****

    06/08/2010 7:14:27 AM PDT · by Justaham · 60 replies · 153+ views ^ | 6-8-10 | Brad Wilmouth
    Appearing on Mondays The Colbert Report on Comedy Central to promote his book, "The Promise," MSNBC political analyst Jonathan Alter also of Newsweek asserted that President Barack Obama had "prevented another Great Depression," and declared that Obama had it more difficult than Franklin Delano Roosevelt because he had to "sweep up" like a "shovel brigade" after President Bush, as he used a word that had to be bleeped out for airing. Alter: "He proceeded to make history almost right away, not only because he was the first African-American elected President ... we were all living history. This man...
  • Glenn Beck and the Fox Puppets Want to Repeal the 20th Century

    02/22/2010 12:15:34 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 71 replies · 1,624+ views
    Newsweek ^ | February 22, 2010 | Jonathan Alter
    Glenn Beck has now supplanted Rush Limbaugh as the most influential broadcaster in America. He's the one the tea-party movement looks to. Beck wowed the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) crowd Feb 20 with his attack on progressivism, which he said must be "eradicated." "Progressivism is the cancer in America and it's eating our Constitution," Beck told the crowd. Now that Beck has given his marching orders, expect to hear all the Fox Puppets echoing him. The goal is to discredit "progressivism" as they did "liberalism." Beck fancies himself a historian; his patter is full of historical references that seem...
  • The PDQ Presidency: The oath of office notwithstanding, the Obama Presidency began Nov. 4

    10/29/2009 9:30:25 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 19 replies · 918+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Oct 24, 2009 | Jonathan Alter
    Election night 2008 went late in Chicago. Many campaign staffers who had spent two years helping Barack Obama get elected celebrated in Grant Park until the wee hours. But if senior aides were under the impression they might get the following day off, they were mistaken. Obama's transition director, John Podesta, scheduled a senior staff meeting for the next morning, Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 10:30 a.m. Podesta, Bill Clinton's former chief of staff, figured it would take a half hour, 45 minutes tops, to bat around some scheduling options and maybe even tell a few war stories from the campaign....
  • Post-Bush Stress Disorder ("Conservatives are noisy but irrelevant")

    10/27/2009 7:28:21 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 12 replies · 765+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Oct 26, 2009 | Jonathan Alter
    In "The Godfather," Sonny talks about going "to the mattresses," meaning war with rival Mafia families. Now President Obama and the Democrats are holing up together on their Posturepedics as they work out battle plans on health care, banking reform, and Afghanistan. The question is whether they'll be daring soldiers of the future or content to fight the last war. That war, when Republicans controlled at least one branch of government, created a mindset where many moderate Democrats now constantly fear giving the other side ammunition. There's some logic in this. Overreaching is always a danger in politics, and House...
  • Matthews: Media Shouldn't Cover RNC Criticism of Hillary

    01/13/2009 10:36:51 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 35 replies · 1,647+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Now that Barack Obama is assuming the presidency, partisan criticism is suddenly pass. Really, it's all just so churlish, so "yesterday." Just ask Chris Matthews. In the course of cheerleading the MSNBC coverage of Hillary Clinton's confirmation hearing today, Matthews suggested that the media shouldn't cover the Republican National Committee's criticism of Clinton. The comments came during the Hardball host's chat with Newsweek's Jonathan Alter. A few minutes earlier, Matthews had assured us that those who had the privilege of knowing Hillary personally were aware of what a "wonderful" person she is. Then it was time to attack Republicans for...
  • Why McCain Won

    11/02/2008 6:30:36 PM PST · by BIOCHEMKY · 73 replies · 3,248+ views
    NEWSWEEK ^ | Oct 25, 2008 | Jonathan Alter
    The conventional wisdom, which I share, is that Barack Obama will win this election, perhaps by a healthy margin. But Democrats are nervous wrecks; they're having nightmares that defeat will be snatched from the jaws of victory. To add to their misery (and guard against complacency), here's how that horror film could play out: In the end, the problem was the LIVs. That's short for "low-information voters," the three fifths of the electorate that show up once every four years to vote for president but mostly hate politics. These are the 75 million folks who didn't vote in the primaries....
  • Newsweek's Alter Insists: Only Racism Could Prevent President Obama

    10/27/2008 6:54:40 AM PDT · by St. Louis Conservative · 31 replies · 691+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | October 27, 2008 | Tim Graham
    Americas either racist, or it will elect Obama. So writes Newsweek columnist Jonathan Alter, who focuses in his weekly column on imagining the "horror" scenario, titled "Why McCain Won: Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory: how that scenario could (but likely won't) play out." Alters theory in a nutshell: If McCain wins, racism is the answer. "Millions of people in the rest of the world assume that Barack Obama cannot be elected because he is black," but Alter hopes "the common sense and decency of the American people will prove the skeptics wrong." It sounds a little like Bryant...
  • When Ross Perot Calls.....

    01/17/2008 7:33:22 AM PST · by rface · 47 replies · 500+ views
    NewsWeek ^ | 01.17.08 | Jonathan Alter
    The phone rang and it was Ross Perot, who hasn't given an interview in years. Perot, who won 19 percent of the vote in the 1992 presidential election, making him one of the strongest third-party candidates in American history, got straight to the point. "Remember what you wrote about John McCain in the March 13, 2000, NEWSWEEK?" "Sure," I lied. "When McCain called Perot 'nuttier than a fruitcake'?" The Texas billionaire, now 77, still has some scores to settle from the Vietnam era, and his timing is exquisite. Just days before the South Carolina GOP primary, he wants me to...
  • Big Tent Theory: Alter Defends Obama Outreach to Controversial Black Activist Barron

    06/27/2007 2:20:26 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 7 replies · 397+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Understanding fellow, that Jonathan Alter. On this afternoon's "Tucker Carlson" on MSNBC, the eponymous host mentioned that Barack Obama had travelled to NYC to seek the support of Charles Barron of Brooklyn. Carlson knows Barron well, the NYC Councilman being a frequent guest on Tucker's show. Carlson described Barron as a "pretty straightforward racist, pretty straightforward black nationalist, anti-white character, exactly the kind of person you would not expect Obama to be courting." He then asked guest Jonathan Alter: "What is Obama doing?SENIOR NEWSWEEK EDITOR JONATHAN ALTER: "Well, I think Obama wants the support of everybody, and I think the...
  • A Powerful Response

    01/24/2007 2:42:58 PM PST · by steve-b · 36 replies · 1,190+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 1/23/07 | Jonathan Alter
    Something unprecedented happened tonight, beyond the doorkeeper announcing, "Madame Speaker." For the first time ever, the response to the State of the Union Message overshadowed the president's big speech. Virginia Sen. James Webb, in office only three weeks, managed to convey a muscular liberalismwith personal touchesthat left President Bush's ordinary address in the dust. In the past, the Democratic response has been anemicremember Washington Gov. Gary Locke? This time it pointed the way to a revival for national Democrats....
  • Carlson Raps O'Reilly for Condemning Keith: Except He Didn't [Video]

    01/08/2007 3:15:41 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 57 replies · 1,616+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    As we noted here, when Andrea Mitchell appeared on The Factor last week, Bill O'Reilly confronted her over NBC's leftward tilt. Andrea not only denied any NBC bias, she also vouched for CBS' and ABC's fairness. For good measure, Mitchell claimed that Chris Matthews is no liberal. Tucker Carlson fired back on his MSNBC show this afternoon. The gist of his argument: that in attacking Keith Olbermann, O'Reilly was actually promoting the Countdown's lefty host. There was only one problem with Carlson's theory: O'Reilly never mentioned Olbermann. Not once. I watched the Factor segment live, wrote about it, posted a...
  • Alter: Obama Won't Have To Do 'Joe Schmo's Living Room'

    12/11/2006 1:20:50 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 38 replies · 1,588+ views
    MSNBC/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    MSM types and their soulmates in the Dem party like to profess their deep and abiding respect for average Americans. But in an unguarded moment this afternoon, MSMer-in-good-standing Jonathan Alter pulled back the curtain on his disdain for everyday Americans. Discussing the wildly enthusiastic reception that Barack Obama received in New Hampshire yesterday, Alter -a Newsweek writer and NBC consultant - told host Joe Scarborough:"If you had been there you wouldn't have been under any illusions about the extent of interest in him. this was a huge crowd. It would have been a huge crowd by any standards even right...
  • Jonathan Alter Prepares Democrats For Disappointment

    10/25/2006 6:50:45 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 41 replies · 1,827+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | October 25, 2006 | P.J. Gladnick
    What a difference a few weeks make. Three weeks after Newsweek writers, Howard Fineman and Eleanor Clift, gloatingly declared the End of GOP Dominanceand just a week after that same magazine announced that the Republicans were losingits evangelical base, a sharp note of electoral caution has popped up in that periodical. Jonathan Alter is now cautioning Newsweek readers that the Democrats might not do so well in the upcoming congressional elections after all as indicated in the very title of his October 30 article, There Might Not Be a Tidal Wave: ...for all the talk of increased intensity this year,...
  • Weekend Show *Preview* for 6/10 - 6/11/06 (not the live thread)

    06/09/2006 7:48:33 PM PDT · by Phsstpok · 25 replies · 736+ views
    Network and Cable News Networks | 6/09/06 | Network and Cable News
    Weekend Talk Show *Preview* for Saturday, June 10th and Sunday, June 11th, 2006 (not the live thread)The main message is the Sunday Shows on 6/11/006. Message 1 will be the Saturday Shows and message 2 will be the show guest links post. Then I'll post the ping list.ABC This Week (George Stephanopoulos) Meme: Yeah, yeah, a minor annoyance was murdered by the ruthless US military and Bushitler. So what?Did you get a look at the hunk, Al Gore, with Steponallofus last week? Talk about Presidential! Topics: Amb. L. Paul Bremer on al-Zarqawi's death and the fight for IraqRep. Reynolds vs....
  • Ken Bode, Jonathan Alter: Hillary Clinton a Loser

    02/11/2006 10:48:05 AM PST · by wagglebee · 175 replies · 3,461+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 2/11/06 | NewsMax
    Media liberals are starting to jump ship on Hillary Clinton, with one CNN veteran calling her a "certain loser" and a Newsweek scribe warning she'll take Democrats on a "kamikaze" mission in 2008. "If the Democrats nominate her, she is a certain loser," predicts former CNNer Ken Bode, whose resume includes a long stint as both panelist and host of PBS's "Washington Week in Review." "You hear this even from those who like Hillary, or want to," he insists. Writing in the Indianapolis Star on Friday, Bode argues that in 2008, the Midwest - not the South - will be...
  • Bushs Snoopgate

    12/19/2005 4:52:33 PM PST · by Xanadu2112 · 104 replies · 2,408+ views
    Newsweek ^ | 12/19/06 | Jonathan Alter
    Dec. 19, 2005 - Finally we have a Washington scandal that goes beyond sex, corruption and political intrigue to big issues like security versus liberty and the reasonable bounds of presidential power. President Bush came out swinging on Snoopgatehe made it seem as if those who didnt agree with him wanted to leave us vulnerable to Al Qaedabut it will not work. Were seeing clearly now that Bush thought 9/11 gave him license to act like a dictator, or in his own mind, no doubt, like Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War.