IT WAS ONLY EARLY THIS WEEK THAT THE KOOL AID DRINKERS AMONGST THE PRESS WERE SLOBBERING OVER CELEBRITY IN CHIEF BARRY O AND CLAIMING THAT HE HAD POWER AND WAS IN CONTROL AND BLAH BLAH BLAH.
THE SAME BARRY O WHO DECLARED MARCH 8TH:
I am confident that Bob’s talent and expertise will make him a tremendous asset in our ongoing efforts to bolster security and screening measures at our airports. I can think of no one more qualified than Bob to take on this important job, and I look forward to working with him in the months and years ahead.
BOB IS BOB HARDING AND NOT ONLY DID BOB HARDING NOT GET CONFIRMED THIS WEEK, NOT ONLY DID HE WITHDRAW HIS NAME, BUT HE ALSO HAD PROBLEMS WITH GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS (OVERBILLING 100S OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS). IN FACT, HE WAS ALSO A 'DISABLED VET' -- HARDING GOT HIMSELF DECLARED AS SUCH AS A RESULT OF HIS (WAIT FOR IT) SLEEP APNEA.
NON-KOOL AID DRINKER JEFF STEIN REPORTS:
The retired major general, who would have been the first African American to helm the TSA, withdrew his nomination late Friday night, saying he didn’t want to cause “distractions caused by my work as a defense contractor,” according to The Post's Spencer S. Hsu and Ed O'Keefe.
Washington’s chattering classes will spend days chewing on the administration’s latest TSA vetting miscue, surely noting that it follows on the national-security near-disaster of the Nigerian underwear bomber, not to mention reversals of fortune over closing Guantanamo and the planned Manhattan trial of self-avowed Sept. 11 hijacker Khalid Sheik Mohammed.
What a way to spoil the president’s victory party on health care.
FROM THE TCI WIRE:
Diane Rehm: Paul Richter.
We urge all political entities to pursue any complaints or appeals through established legal mechanisms and processes. Following IHEC's release of the results, political entities may file appeals that will be heard by the Electoral Judicial Panel. When these have been resolved, Iraq's Federal Supreme Court will certify the results. Iraq will then move to seating a new Council of Representatives, choosing a President, and forming a new government.
These important steps likely will take months. We call upon all candidates and all parties to accept the results, respect the will of the Iraqi people, and work together cooperatively to form a new government in a timely manner. In this connection, it will be important for all sides to refrain from inflammatory rhetoric and intimidation. It also is important that the Iraqi government continue to provide security and other essential services for its citizens during this period leading to the formation of a government.
The United States will continue to work closely with all Iraqi leaders to build a long-term, multi-dimensional relationship between our two nations.
Brian Williams: Dancing in the street with those cement blast walls in the background, kind of a reminder that it's still a dangerous state.
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