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POLITICO: Chamber Of Commerce Says Chamber Of Commerce Winning Everything

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Today’s big story from local acid rain compound Politico: the U.S. Chamber of Commerce declares itself immune to attacks from the liberal Apple Company and its “White House.” And just when we were expecting CoC President Tom Donohue to declare “We are not worthy” and close his shop down permanently!

Tom Donohue also thinks that Obama is Richard Nixon, the reporting outlet Politico reports in its report:

POLITICO reported last week the White House wants to neuter the Chamber after clashes over health care, energy and financial regulation. Obama aides have been dealing directly with corporations and their CEOs rather than going through the Chamber, which has the slogan “Fighting for Your Business.”

Senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett has made clear to reporters that the West Wing is displeased with the Chamber. But pressed on Jarrett’s comments, Donohue said: “Look, I am not getting in a fight with those guys.” He did, however, go out of his way to highlight a speech on the Senate floor by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), who warned Obama against brandishing a Nixon-style “enemies list.”

“I thought it was a good piece of advice,” Donohue added.


Key Politico follow-up sentence of great importance, also, and also: “The White House is also trying to marginalize others, including Fox News, in addition to the Chamber.”

It is clearly time to form another Church Committee.

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  • V572625694

    The US Chamber of Commerce is the lobbyist for a bunch of barber shops and dry cleaners and auto repair shops that don’t want to clean up their hazardous waste or give their employees health insurance. It’s not at all clear why their view should be given as much deference of, say, defense contractors, who bought their congresscritters fair and square.

  • Advocatus_Diaboli

    Marginalize political opponents?

    At long last have they left no sense of decency?

  • norbizness

    This reminds me of an Onion/Our Dumb Century headline, something like “Decade-Long Depression Causes Brief Decline in Popularity of Bloated Plutocrats.”

  • SmutBoffin

    You now who else was compared to Hitler? Nixon. Whom Obama is like. Therefore, by the transitive property. . .wait, WTF does all this even mean anymore?

  • proudgrampa

    So Donahue gets his advice from Lamar Alexander. That’s all I need to know.

    He can bite me.

  • Holy Cow!!

    Where does Politico get all of these whores to write this crap?

    I can’t imagine a journalist who actually passed Journalism 101 working for this right-wing web rag.

  • EdFlinstone

    Politico–the faux news of the intertubes.

  • whenPUMAsattack

    The chamber of commerce casts magic missile into the darkness, evidently.

  • Fox News Light

    I really think Mike Allen and JMART confuse marginalize with margarine.

  • memzilla

    US Chamber of Commerce head Tom Donohue is actually the bastard son of Dorian Gray and Cruella Da Ville.

    He would lobby against the ASPCA and the EPA, fearmongering that we will outsource our puppy coat making to China.

  • Noodle Salad

    Ah, the Chamber of Commerce, bastion of industry and all things AMERICAN. Remember, when all else fails, turn to the “I am Rubber/You are Glue” defense that has made America the primary agent of freedom since the Soviets circled “no” on the “do you like me yes/no/maybe” note FDR passed to Stalin at Yalta.

  • SayItWithWookies

    Still, it’s highly likely things will get ugly again. Donohue says the Chamber is open to compromise on financial regulations and health care — even using tax increases to cover everyone without insurance, including illegal immigrants. But it’s doubtful the association would support legislation that makes it through Congress and gets signed into law.

    How wonderfully conciliatory — he’s willing to compromise on any bill, just as long as it doesn’t pass.

  • germansteel

    POLITICO cannot wait to be able to proclaim itself as being so powerful that they have made the “enemies list” of the Obama WH.

    They are powerful stenographers for teh wingnuts, that is.

  • mookworthjwilson

    [re=443387]Holy Cow!![/re]: I went to college with Mike Calderone…you don’t even want to know what kind of freaky “shit” that kid was into…

  • ChernobylSoup v2

    The Chamber will not rest until all non-business owners are forced, by decree, to cover their roofs with straw thatch so that their overlords can feel like, well, lords. Ala Gatsby.

  • Holding Out for a Hero

    Yes, President Obama should take advice from Lamar Alexander who couldn’t get more people to vote for him than Pat Buchanan in 1996 and dropped out of the 2000 race before a single vote was cast.


  • dum librul

    [re=443383]norbizness[/re]: It reminded me more of “Supreme Court Rules Supreme Court Rules.”

  • Humpback

    The Chamber ought to realize that even backfires can totally destroy you.

  • Zadig

    [re=443396]Noodle Salad[/re]: I mean, honestly. Molotov could have at LEAST circled “Maybe”.

    Lamar Alexander loves to confuse me. He is my senator (Tennessee… um, pride?), so I’m probably supposed to support him or whatever. But nearly every single political stance he takes is reprehensible to me, so fuck him. But then, every once in a while, he throws me a curveball: when Dick Cheney snarled something or other about dithering, during his weekly brunch with Ba’al-Berith, Lamar Alexander told him that he sucked, and I was briefly proud.

    And now I can safely hate him again? Stop it, Lamar Alexander. Let me settle on firm, unwavering hatred of your ancient ass.

  • hockeymom

    [re=443383]norbizness[/re]: I’m surprised they don’t quote “Area Man”.

  • V572625694

    [re=443397]SayItWithWookies[/re]: And so long as all his lawncare constituents can keep hiring illegals. Those leaf-blowers don’t run themselves!

  • SayItWithWookies

    [re=443400]mookworthjwilson[/re]: Oh, hell yes we do — c’mon, spill.

  • AggieDemocrat

    “The White House is also trying to marginalize others, including Fox News, in addition to the Chamber.”

    C.J. Cregg: [quoting a radio show host] “This is another sign that Abbey Bartlet is a liberal elitist feminist.”

    Bruno Gianelli: Elitist feminist? You can’t do that to the English language.

  • lukewarm

    I’d like to see a timeline of the progression of Politico descriptors. This one made me happy.

  • SayItWithWookies

    [re=443411]V572625694[/re]: Well they’re just trying to minimize costs — and what’s more American than that? It makes it more difficult to whip the masses into a frenzy when you’re being a hypocrite about it, but their anti-healthcare campaign (“We want bipartisan healthcare — especially if it’s a fruitless effort at compromise that increases our profits”) is showing them the way.

    And hell, I didn’t even get to the “enemies list” thing — of course, saying out loud that you disagree with people is Nixonian — tantamount to siccing the IRS on them, bugging their headquarters, invading their psychiatrist’s office and having J. Edgar Hoover surveil them 24/7 looking for dirt. Why, it’s like indoctrinating our children into socialism by telling them to study hard.

  • Zadig

    [re=443403]dum librul[/re]: Don’t forget “Supreme Court Rules Death Penalty ‘Totally Badass'”

  • WadISay

    Seriously, these guys need Dick Cheney to be the face of their campaign to repeal child labor laws and fight that sense of entitlement we’ve got to having our weekends as “free time”.

  • problemwithcaring

    Donohue refused to say if he believes the science behind global warming. “Is the science right? Is science not right? I don’t know,” he said.

    I need his newsletter and such.

  • Ducksworthy

    Politico-Faux News for the semi-literate.

  • Great Old Ones Party

    [re=443396]Noodle Salad[/re]: water out nose!

  • donner_froh

    One of the things I miss is the old time social democratic/labor wing of the the Dems who never let up on their attacks on the Chamber of Commerce. It was a lot more effective, of course, when people remembered that the CoC lead the union-busting charge.

    Or even when people could remeber unions.

  • Extemporanus

    “Chamber Of Commerce Says Chamber Of Commerce Winning Everything”

    It’s high time the Obama administration marginalized the Echo Chamber.

  • Mr Blifil

    It’s situations like this for which the Gatling Gun was invented.

  • lawrenceofthedesert

    Could we compromise by changing their name to Little Shop of Commerce?

  • house of the blue lights

    [re=443389]whenPUMAsattack[/re]: That causes blindness.

  • lawchic

    Wait, so just so I’m clear on the tenor of the article, by going directly to business leaders instead of through the business lobby, that’s Nixonesque?

  • LowerdPeninsula

    [re=443396]Noodle Salad[/re]: Bwahahaha! Historical reference-atcha!

    [re=443400]mookworthjwilson[/re]: Oh, but we do; we really want to know. Really. Also.

  • mookworthjwilson

    [re=443413]SayItWithWookies[/re]: [re=444012]LowerdPeninsula[/re]: Take whatever you think it is and double it…hahahha….

  • LowerdPeninsula

    [re=444102]mookworthjwilson[/re]: Then I call “bullshit” on your, good sir. Unless you produce the aforementioned goods on Sr Calderone, I challenge you too a duel, rhetorical pistols at twilight and 20 s(paces).

  • mookworthjwilson

    [re=444109]LowerdPeninsula[/re]: Specifics get you in trouble…too easy to trace back or at least narrow down to a couple of people. Needless to say, he was a skinny jean wearing jagoff back then, and that’s all he’ll ever be…