February 13, 2013

Chuck Schumer tells Cory Booker: "Frank deserves the time and respect to make his own decisions."

Let the 89-year-old Senator Frank R. Lautenberg decide when it's time to yield to the younger generation, the Dems are saying to the 43-year-old Newark mayor. They're saying that publicly anyway. I'm sure nobody wants to get caught showing any disrespect for the the old man, despite the absurdity of his intransigency. Privately, they must be dying for him to go.

58 comments:

David said...

Dying to? Ha, ha.

edutcher said...

Whatever happened to the will of the people?

DADvocate said...

Gotta keep those old white men in office. Democrats - the party of OLD, REAllY OLD white men.

edutcher said...

Whatever happened to the will of the people?

CEO-MMP said...

Meh.

Maybe they're afraid of Booker. He's shown he can be bullied back into party line, but he's also shown that sometimes his first instinct isn't the party line.



Mitchell the Bat said...

Hyman Roth thought he'd live forever, too.

MadisonMan said...

Thankfully, the old white Senators in Wisconsin (Hi Herb!) know enough to retire.

Common sense is lacking on the East Coast.

Bob Boyd said...

"What's the matter with you? I think your brain is going soft.
Never tell anyone outside the Family what you are thinking again." - Don Corleone

garage mahal said...

Thankfully, the old white Senators in Wisconsin (Hi Herb!) know enough to retire.

Hopefully Ron Johnson is next.

lemondog said...

Thankfully, the old white Senators in Wisconsin (Hi Herb!) know enough to retire.

And after a mere 24 years.....

Nonapod said...

Then came Cory A. Booker, the 43-year-old mayor of Newark, whose 1.3 million followers on Twitter and robust presence on television had given him a reputation as a rising star in the Democratic Part

No doubt 8% of those 1.3 million Twitter followers are actually real.

Jay said...

So an old white guy is keeping a younger black man down?

Forward!

Calypso Facto said...

One of the inherent advantages (to Dems) of national healthcare: they can cut off medical treatment for these old farts that stand in the way of their progress.

mccullough said...

Menendez will go first.

X said...

it's really none of Chuck's business and quite racist of him.

F4GIB said...

New Jersey is a machine politics states, just like Chicago. The BOSSES will meet and decide what the "people" should be allowed to do.

David-2 said...

Chuck's planning ahead, laying the groundwork. He for sure isn't going to let himself get pushed out before he gets carried out.

Bill Mullins said...

"his signature accomplishment is the law that banned smoking on airplanes"

Five terms and that's it? Go home.

Bill Mullins said...

"his signature accomplishment is the law that banned smoking on airplanes"

Five terms and that's it? Go home.

Shootist said...

Going forward perhaps there is only one solution to the problem of political leadership in 21st century America.

Re-elect no one, ever.

William said...

Torticelli, Corzine, Menendez, and Lautenberg and Christie's weight is the big issue.

Mwalimu Daudi said...

Torticelli, Corzine, Menendez, and Lautenberg and Christie's weight is the big issue.

Yes - a big issue like the last one rests heavily on my mind.

furious_a said...

Frank deserves the time and respect to make his own decisions.”

Ain't it like the Man to keep a young brother down.

Aridog said...
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Sam L. said...

Party discipline musssssst be enforsssssssed!

Cedarford said...

Senator For Life Schumer sticks up for fellow Senator for Life Lautenberg against goyim Corey Booker.

"Get with the program, you schvartze meshugganah! Wait your turn!"

Cedarford said...

X said...
it's really none of Chuck's business and quite racist of him.

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Tribal solidarity perhaps, but not racist.
But also a New Yorker from that cesspool of politics sticking his big nose into the New Jersey cesspool of politics. Not-Schumer's-turf.

Aridog said...

Meh.

It's New Jersey, right?

Toricelli, Corzine, Menendez, and Lautenberg, Christie, et al...pick one that isn't a crook or a pandering bull-shit artist?

Oh, wait...

phx said...

Gotta keep those old white men in office. Democrats - the party of OLD, REAllY OLD white men.

One word: Strom. Thurmond.

Aridog said...

Schumer sez ...

"Frank deserves the time and respect to make his own decisions."

Translation:

You need to know your place, boy.

EDH said...

Racial justice requires that Booker give Lautenberg only six hours to decide.

Aridog said...

phx ...since you like ole Strom, how
about a few more guys who were both Democrats and Republicans, too. Let's see...we can start with Robert Byrd and David Duke ... ":-))

Pssst: I never saw a group any more "white" than Obama's 2012 campaign team. Did that photog get lost and wind up at a Tea Party shindig or sumpin'?

As you were, carry on... :)

phx said...

Aridog, just sayin it's not all old white Dems.

For the record the makeup of Obama's team is fair game from where I stand.

Calypso Facto said...

One word: Strom. Thurmond.

No wonder numbers like $16.5 billion in debt don't worry you ... you can't even make it to 2. A prime candidate for foot soldier in the Dem War on Math! ;)

phx said...

Here's your barrel. And here's your fish.

gregq said...

Democracy? Let the voters decide? Hell no, we're Democrats. Decisions like this are properly the purview of old white men. So go to the back of the bus, where you belong, boy.

Thanks for clearing that up, Dems.

DADvocate said...

One word: Strom. Thurmond.

I see Calypso caught you. Hook, line and sinker. Thurmond died 10 years ago. We're beyond that now, but, as usual, the Democrats are stuck in the past.

Jay said...

phx said...

One word: Strom. Thurmond.


It says a lot about your intelligence that you think this is responsive.

Also note: Strom was at one point a Democrat.

Jay said...

phx said...
Aridog, just sayin it's not all old white Dems.


Well, except for the fact that your example isn't actually serving in the Senate or even alive.

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phx said...

For the record the makeup of Obama's team is fair game from where I stand.

To be fair, even though almost wholly non-black, his campaign team is relatively diverse. It's an expression of what and who Obama is...first, he is for Obama and only Obama, beyond Obama color is immaterial....and second, no one is more mendacious. No one.

He feigns, now, that he was disturbed to find out people in his White House were ignoring his **purported** position on guns for Syrian rebels...vis a vis Benghazi, inconveniently.

Obama is lying of course, because the person doing all that was/is John Brennan and Obama want shim to head up the CIA next. Ole John was operating with JSOC assets, by-passing the Pentagon and CIA. Pretty hard to believe Brennan didn't have an Obama buy in to utilize his CIC authority...especially given the out-of-channels method....in short, given such orders, someone at JSOC would have back checked with the White House. Brennan is a regular modern day Robert Komer of MACV-SOG-CORDS fame.

That should bother us. The danger is that it doesn't bother those in power very much. They talk a peace-game, but carry out the blood letting clandestinely, outside the normal chains of command, with zero transparency ... it is just easier to manage the publicity & **plausible deniability** that way. Allen Dulles would be proud. Mistakes and collateral deaths by drone and other operators is unreported, but a drone strike allegedly killing al-Alwaki is trumpeted.

I never thought I'd see it all happening again in my lifetime.

Aridog said...

Dang...I seem to need to post and retract thrice just to edit correctly...sometimes. :-(

phx said...

Aridog I don't know if you got the goods on Obama or not. I'd like to hear from the defense before voting guilty.

Your idea though that Obama is the most mendacious person doesn't square with my very subjective impression of the man. I'm not saying he's guileless, and I know he's a politician who has some hard ball skillz, but I just don't see him as mendacious.

Aridog said...

phx said ...

... but I just don't see him as mendacious.

How about his position, through at least 9-16-2012, that a protest ran amok in Benghazi, and that it was not a planned attack by insurgents? Is it possible that he really didn't know, that no one in his whole administration told him...maybe at least about the mortar shells that killed the last two Americans?

And that's just one example...don't give me a headache and make me find more instances of his deceptions....like "you can keep the insurance you have", etc. et al ad nauseum.

EMD said...

As for Obama's campaign team, I think I saw an Asian chick in there!

Baron Zemo said...

One word: Strom. Thurmond.

I know math is not a liberal strong point but I think that might be two words.

Baron Zemo said...

Booker should run. His move is to be the anti-obama. He can run as a "real" black man.

Plus he would be our second gay President.

Two for one!

Baron Zemo said...

That is when he ran for Presdent. Which he would do. And win. I mean being a Senator for a couple of weeks is all you need right?

Joe Schmoe said...

"his signature accomplishment is the law that banned smoking on airplanes"

Well, John Kerry parlayed fewer accomplishments than that into a cushy Cabinet position.

Aridog said...

phx ...I missed a point that you didn't remark about:

Do you think it is remotely possible that a deputy National Security advisor could run black ops through JSOC, by passing CIA and Pentagon, without his knowledge?

Is it likely that if said deputy did all this without permission he'd be subsequently nominated and promoted as the next D-CIA?

It is plausible deniability only as much as the knowledge of the Phoenix Program was under Robert Komer and CORDS, for both LBJ and Nixon. Does anyone believe LBJ and Nixon didn't know? Would Col. (later Maj Gen ...sacked by Carter) Singlaub not have told somebody beside Komer about the program?

And I am asking this as a guy who thought Phoenix was okay, given the circumstances...but that the Strategic Hamlet program was idiotic, ignorant, and misguided enough that it contributed to the eventual loss in Vietnam.

In hindsight, I see a horrible parallel between CORDS and a potentially rogue JSOC today...and my opinions are changing.

Joe Schmoe said...

Baron! You were saying Booker was going to beat Christie for guv next time, and now he's fighting just get into the Dem senate primary.

Wah-wah. Go Giants.

garage mahal said...

But, what about Benghazi?

Methadras said...

Lautenburg is the typical cartoon cutout of the politician who will not leave because the perks are really great. Cause he's not doing it for the money. Plus, they need the D to be in there so a shake-up in the senate doesn't happen if Cristy decides to put an R in his place because you know that's what they are thinking.

Baron Zemo said...

He is not fighting to get in. The plantation owners are just trying to hold a brother down.

Don't worry. He has enough dead voters in Newark to win a primary.

This is Barack Obama's America yo!

tesseractive said...

> phx ...since you like ole Strom, how about a few more guys who were both Democrats and Republicans, too. Let's see...we can start with Robert Byrd and David Duke ... ":-))

As a registered Democrat, I have no hesitation in saying that there have been some horrible human beings who were Democratic politicians. David Duke's status as a monster of a person hopefully doesn't even require discussion.

And I'm relieved Byrd is finally out of the Senate. The poor form of speaking ill of the dead notwithstanding, my only two regrets are that (1) he didn't live long enough to be forced to resign in disgrace, and (2) that the good people of West Virginia didn't have the grace to throw him out of office decades before.

Trying to get votes to pass legislation is not worth the price of having a Robert Byrd in the Senate.

EMD said...

But, what about Benghazi?

Garage had nothing better to do at 1:54 PM.

Unknown said...

Lautenberg retired once and he is only in the Senate due to the NJ Supreme Court invalidating part of their Constitution. If my memory serves me right, Torecilli was going to lose and he removed himself from the ballot less than 90 days before the the general election. The NJSC allowed Lautenberg name to placed on the ballot.

Democratic voters have no morals.