The Huffington Post’s Jason Linkin does his best to become a Matt Drudge. Referring to this exchange from Sunday’s MTP when Obama was asked about New York's open Senate Seat:
MR. BROKAW: You still have some appointments to make coming up, and there's also a good deal of consideration here in Illinois about who will replace you in the Senate. But in New York this weekend the big buzz is Caroline Kennedy in the United States Senate, perhaps as the appointment to fill the seat that Hillary Clinton is expected to vacate if she gets confirmed as secretary of state.
PRES.-ELECT OBAMA: And?
MR. BROKAW: Is that a good idea?
PRES.-ELECT OBAMA: Well, let me tell you this. Caroline Kennedy has become one of my dearest friends and is just a, a wonderful American, a wonderful person. But the last thing I want to do is get involved in New York politics. I've got enough trouble in terms of Illinois politics.
Linkins alludes to this:
Now, if, say, the Obama camp was aware of the Fitzmas probe on Blago at the time of the interview, that forgotten moment takes on an added bit of frisson, doesn't it?
Talk about a long shot at trying to make a story. Go there and read the comments – Linkin’s is getting his ass handed to him.
A post-election e-mail to executives at the drug company GlaxoSmithKline details just how tough. "We now have fewer allies in the Senate," says the internal memo, obtained by The Washington Post. "Thus, there is greater risk over the next two years that bad amendments will be offered to pending legislation." The company's primary concerns are bills that would allow more imported drugs and would force price competition for drugs bought under Medicare.
The defeat of Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) "creates a big hole we will need to fill," the e-mail says. Sen.-elect Jon Tester (D-Mont.) "is expected to be a problem," it says, and the elevation to the Senate of Rep. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) "will strengthen his ability to challenge us."
That is buried in an article in yesterday's Washington Post. Should they be afraid? Hell yeah they should! The 109th Republican controlled Congress has been a gift horse to mega corporations in this country and it has been the American people that have paid the price. The Democrats need to restore the power to the people and take it away from these corporate greed mongers. They also need to start pushing legislation through that makes such things as price gouging a serious crime with mandatory prison time for anyone involved. We pay the highest prices in the world for medicines and there is no excuse for that.