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Susie Tompkins Buell, Democratic Fundraiser Extraordinaire, Protests Obama’s SF Fundraiser

5:39 pm in Uncategorized by Teddy Partridge

Train Wreck? Duuuuhhhhh. (Photo: dok1, flickr)

Train Wreck? Duuuuhhhhh. (Photo: dok1, flickr)

Has Barack Obama lost Susie Tompkins Buell — founder of the Esprit clothing line and a major big-deal national Democratic fundraiser, bundler, and tastemaker? Then he’s lost a critically important component of his re-election treasury.

“I don’t even know what he stands for,” said Susie Tompkins Buell, a co-founder of the Esprit clothing company and one of the most generous Democratic Party donors in the nation – instrumental in backing such powerhouse progressive organizations as the Democracy Alliance and Media Matters.

This is going to give lots of wealthy liberal Democrats all over the country real pause: if Susie’s willing to say this in public, to the SFChronicle, while protesting in the street outside President Obama’s W Hotel big-roller fundraiser, won’t it be okay for me to delay my donations to the re-election campaign? If Susie’s signalling her unhappiness in public, doesn’t that give me permission to wait-and-see about my 2012 donations?

Susie Buell Tompkins is a San Francisco powerhouse: she drives non-profit fundraising, Democratic fundraising, women’s issues fundraising. She’s a Democratic pillar of the money machine. And she knows everyone with money in the Democratic party. She was #4 among John Kerry’s 2004 fundraisers. Making this public statement is a very bad sign for Obama’s re-election fundraising prospects:

“I think this is a huge issue about our future, about the planet, not just America,” she said. “And he needs to be a leader … to have the awareness of it. To fight for it.”

What issue has Susie so concerned she’s not only skipping a fundraising dinner she could easily afford, but also protesting outside the event and talking to the local paper about it, for attribution?

The Keystone XL pipeline, a proposed 1,700-mile underground conduit linking the tar-sand fields in Alberta, Canada, to Texas refineries.

It’s not only Nebraska ranchers and hippie bloggers and the Obama campaign’s 2008 fundraising email author and 80-year-old Barbara who are disappointed and worried about Barack Obama’s performance on environmental issues: it’s also Hillary Rodham Clinton’s bestest West Coast friend, the one who led the Hillary Holdouts in from the wilderness with her HuffPost article after the historic Denver convention.

If Susie Tompkins Buell is in the streets protesting Barack Obama, he needs to seriously re-think his strategy. Something is seriously amiss.

Happy Pride, Secretary Clinton, STFU.

11:40 am in Uncategorized by Teddy Partridge

(photo: azipaybarah)

Hillary Clinton thinks sexual orientation and the flamboyance of one’s partner have some bearing on the revelation of her precious secret cables that were ill-protected by the Defense Department. Joining her boss in weighing in on Bradley Manning’s guilt, she seems to blame his being gay and having a drag-queen boyfriend on his *allegedly* (important word, Madame Secretary, you and your boss should learn to use it) leaking secret cables to Wikileaks.

Hillary told staff that she could not fathom how an army private, Bradley Manning, with psychological problems and a drag-queen boyfriend could single-handedly cause the United States unprecedented embarrassment just by labeling massive downloads as Lady Gaga songs.

Clearly we need to go back to the days when gays were labeled security risks and drag queens ran the FBI. There may be lots of reasons why Manning should have been kept far from classified materials and the easy theft thereof, but his sexual orientation and the flamboyance of his partner have nothing to do with it. Clinton should direct her annoyance where it belongs: at a Defense Department that failed to safeguard her department’s communications. I mean, if gay drag-queen-loving Bradley Manning could steal your cables, Madame Secretary, think who else had read them long before Wikileaks released them. That’s your problem, not one caused by Bradley Manning’s sexual orientation. Oh, and Happy Pride, Hillary. I guess we’ll have to start judging people by their partners’ indiscretions again. How’d that work out for YOU, by the way?

Stay, Anthony Weiner!

5:08 pm in Uncategorized by Teddy Partridge

I’m sick and tired of Democrats calling on Anthony Weiner to resign.

Et tu, Nancy? Debbie? Tim? Steve?

What exactly did he do that’s any of their business, or even his constituents’ business, or Congress’s business? An Ethics Committee investigation? You’ve got to be kidding me!

And now Anthony Weiner is worried about his wife, traveling with Hillary Clinton in Africa, and what she might be hearing from her boss, who’s had some experience, says the NYDailyNews, with “misbehaving husbands” according to “friends.”

First of all, Anthony Weiner, tell your friends to stop talking to the NYDailyNews or any press at all. If you’re in treatment and your wife’s in Africa, any actual friends of yours should STFU.

Second, this: If your wife, Huma Abedin, is listening to Hillary, that can only be good for your chances of staying in Congress. Don’t be afraid of what Hillary Clinton has to say! I don’t think she was ever an advocate for Bill resigning, and what Bill Clinton did was — say it with me — A WHOLE LOT WORSE.

And, while I’m on this rant, here are some comparisons I am also sick and tired of, because:

What David Vitter did was A WHOLE LOT WORSE.

What Don Sherwood did was WHOLE LOT WORSE.

What John Ensign did was A WHOLE LOT WORSE.

What Larry Craig did was A WHOLE LOT WORSE.

These four involved violations of law. None resigned. Well, Ensign did when he faced certain expulsion, which probably has pension and employment ramifications. The GOP funded Sherwood’s re-election to the tune of $1.5 million after he choked his mistress! GOP lobbyists are raising money for David Vitter, and GOP officeholders are taking his money — still, today, this week!

I do not understand this Democratic Party drumbeat for Anthony Weiner to resign. The man is in treatment for this illness, or compulsion, or whatever it is. Can’t his fellow Democrats at least respect that?

Would it even be possible for any of these Democrats to return public discussion to, oh — I don’t know, this Midwestern inundation, or the illegal war in Libya or the deteriorating Iraq war, or our occupation in Afghanistan, or Arizona on fire, or the slow-walk implementation of DADT repeal?

America deserves a better media, and a better Democratic party.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton: “It Will Get Better For You!”

2:21 pm in Uncategorized by Teddy Partridge

Hillary Clinton lends her voice to teens troubled by bullying for being or being perceived as ‘gay.’ This is a great American lending her powerful voice to the "It Gets Better" project.

SecState Clinton to Foreign Leaders: “Dial Down” Criticism of Israel

11:37 am in Uncategorized by Teddy Partridge

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is reportedly asking foreign leaders to ‘dial down’ their criticism of Israel for its horrendous high-seas attack on civilian vessels carrying humanitarian aid to the Gazan ghetto.

Per Greg Sargent at The Plum Line (WaPo):

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been privately asking foreign leaders to "dial down" criticism of Israel until all the facts of the flotilla attack are known, according to a source who personally discussed the matter with her.

"She says she’s been working the phones for last 24 hours trying to get people to cool off a little bit, to see what the facts are," the source tells me, adding that she said she was trying to "dial down some of the rhetoric of the inernational [sic] community."

"It’s difficult," the source adds. "She says people are furious."

Yeah, people are.

And Americans are unhappy with our own government allying itself with war criminals.

UPDATE, 2:22 p.m.: State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley confirms that Secretary Clinton did meet this morning with the foreign minister of Turkey to discuss yesterday’s incident.

"We certainly support an impartial investiation [sic] of what happened," Crowley tells me. "The Secretary and others within the government are encouraging everyone to ascertain more facts first and then determine the appropriate course of action."

Yes, clearly it’s the facts that are incomplete. Until we see more Israeli propaganda on this ‘incident’ we need to reserve judgment.

Lieberman “Clarifies” TEA

7:00 am in Uncategorized by Teddy Partridge

Don’t you wonder who named the TEA citizenship-stripping bill, Joe Lieberman or his co-sponsor Scott Brown?

It sounds like Lieberman thinks the Department of State will know which Americans overseas are training in terror camps to attack us and can therefore be stripped of their citizenship and their right-to-return. I was unaware of Hillary Clinton’s clairvoyance in this regard, but I suppose I should have paid closer attention during the 2008 primary wars.

Stripping an apprehended suspect of citizenship rights will give "us" a choice, Lieberman says: try him in a federal Article III court (where the United States obtains one conviction after another) or try him in a military tribunal (where two of the three fellows tried are now free).

So, yay, citizenship-stripping! More work for American military commissions, which yield freed terrorists 2/3 of the time, as opposed to actual trials that put convicted terrorists underground in SuperMax federal prisons for life.

Whose side is Lieberman on, again?

WaPo Uses Vitter to Stoke False “Clintons Conflict” Narrative

1:18 am in Uncategorized by Teddy Partridge

Reading the beginning of Mary Beth Sheridan’s article in the Washington Post Thanksgiving morning, one might think serious critics of Bill and Hillary Clinton have voiced serious questions about possible conflicts inherent in their roles as former President and Global Initiative Head versus Obama’s Secretary of State.

One would be wrong.

After discussing how Bill and Hillary have gone to great lengths to avoid any conflicts between their spheres, here’s how Mary Beth Sheridan ominously introduces the idea that such avoidance may not have been successful:

Yet the real story is more complicated because, 10 months into her tenure, it is clear that their worlds and their interests cannot avoid intersecting. Hillary Clinton has put problems such as Northern Ireland, Haiti and Third World development near the top of the agenda at the State Department, and they are also part of the former president’s charitable mission. Bill Clinton secretly helped push the administration’s — and his wife’s — agenda with North Korea on a trip officially called a humanitarian mission.

For a select group of issues, the combined energies of the Clintons can be potent. Just days after Hillary Clinton appointed Declan Kelly the economic envoy to Northern Ireland, for instance, he turned to her husband for help.

Bill Clinton agreed to include a session on Northern Ireland at his annual philanthropic mega-event, which coincides with the U.N. General Assembly in September. Hundreds of business executives packed a ballroom to hear Clinton and Kelly make their investment pitch. The gathering was, Kelly told the crowd, "a massive assistance to me in my role." After the session, dozens of executives lined up to talk to Kelly, according to one official in attendance.

Read the next paragraph to find out who the author’s first source is about these complicating intersections:

The Clintons declined requests for interviews, but their aides emphasize that Secretary Clinton is carrying out the Obama administration’s foreign policy and say that their shared priorities are a coincidence. Some lawmakers, however, are wary of potential conflicts. Bill Clinton’s charitable foundation has received large contributions in recent years from governments such as Saudi Arabia’s, as well as Indian tycoons and prominent supporters of Israel — presenting what Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) called a "multimillion-dollar minefield of conflicts of interest." In response, the former president agreed to release the foundation’s donor list and allow ethics officials to review some foreign pledges; the first annual disclosure of contributions since Hillary Clinton was confirmed is weeks away.


Ms Sheridan, if you want your article to be taken seriously anywhere in America, if you want to pitch the idea that serious people think that Bill and Hillary Clinton have unresolved conflicts-of-interest between their two world-striding roles, you need to find someone other than diaper-wearing prostitute-frequenter and DC-Madame-phonebook-listee David Vitter.

No one’s gonna take your journamilism seriously, even if you do manage to squeeze in a hopeful quote from a spokesman for Senator Richard Lugar (who sounds like he thinks things between the couple are being handled just fine).

David Vitter doesn’t get to comment on ANYTHING without uproarious laughter. Mockery, pointing and laughing, even shunning.

Prostitutes, diapers, a madame’s little black book: If you’re trying to build a narrative about a serious story, look elsewhere for your hook.

Hillary Clinton: “It’s gonna be up to all of us!”

3:41 pm in Uncategorized by Teddy Partridge

Speaking at the Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy Committee luncheon in New York City, Hillary Clinton reminds us: "It’s gonna be up to all of us!"

What do you want to wake up to the morning of November Fifth — that sinking feeling that we all fell short?