Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s Chief of Staff Says to Tune out ‘The Left’

Rahm Emanuel: Don’t Worry About the Left

By Jonathan Weisman


Turn off MSNBC. Tune out Howard Dean and Keith Olbermann. The White House has its liberal wing in hand on health care, says White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

“There are no liberals left to get” in the Senate, Emanuel said in an interview, shrugging off some noise from the likes of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) that a few liberals might bolt over the compromises made with conservative Democrats.

As the White House leans on conservative Democrat Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska for the 60th health care vote, Emanuel has made the case that this generation of liberal political figures will not make the mistake of their predecessors. The late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s greatest regret was not cutting a deal with Richard Nixon on universal health care. Former PresidentBill Clinton has forever rued the day he did not take moderate Republican Sen. John Chafeeup on a compromise that could have secured a health care bill early in his presidency.

Liberal senators nearly scuttled the creation of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program -– S-CHIP –- because Clinton compromised with Republicans and agreed to take the program out of Medicaid and involve private insurers.

“Every time they’ve gotten close to the deal, they’ve passed up the opportunity and chosen to walk away from a particular where they’ve lost the forest for the trees,” Emanuel said.

The comments may not endear the powerful White House chief of staff to liberal activists, furious that Senate Democratic leaders, at Emanuel’s urging, cut a deal with Sen. Joe Lieberman to drop a federally run insurance policy option, then eliminate a Medicare buy-in proposal.

“I don’t think the White House recognizes how much trouble they’re in,” said one former Democratic official this morning. “I think they’re miscalaculating what’s happening with progressives and the left. They feel like they’re being taken for granted.”

But Emanuel pointed to a New York Times column by economist Paul Krugman and another coming from National Journal writer Ronald Brownstein pressing for passage of the Senate health bill. “What you’re seeing is the progressive backlash against the progressive backlash,” he said.

Howard Dean Speech Set to Hip Hop Beats

Howard Dean, Hip-Hop Star
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By Joal Ryan

howard-deanHoward Dean (news – web sites)’s gaffe was Jonathan Barlow’s muse.

When Dean, the Democratic presidential hopeful, rolled up his shirt sleeves, rattled off the names of the 50 states and unleashed a throaty howl after going down to defeat Monday night in the Iowa caucuses, Barlow, the St. Louis graduate student, said he just knew: “I had to do something.”

And so Barlow put Dean’s much-mocked tirade to a hip-hop beat with horns and upright bass, and an Internet star was born.

Since he posted the 15-second clip on his blog at BarlowFarms.com on Tuesday afternoon, Barlow’s tripped-out Dean rant, dubbed the “I have a scream” speech, has been snapped up by media outlets from MSNBC to VH1, and likely blared from a computer speaker near you.

It’s not the only Dean rap out there–Right magazine’s online offering, “Dean Goes Nuts Remix,” proved so popular, the publication took it down because of traffic concerns.

“I think everyone of my generation…who saw the speech, whether they’re a Dean supporter or not, thought it was hilarious,” the 29-year-old Barlow said Friday.

Barlow said his remix was inspired by the work of comedian Robert Smigel, whose “TV Funhouse” contributions to Saturday Night Live have long used actual audio clips with which to hang the mighty and oft-quoted.

It also follows in the fine political-slash-Internet tradition of, say, editing together Ronald Reagan speeches until it sounds as if the former president and the “Just Say No” first lady Nancy Reagan are bemoaning a national marijuana shortage, and copping to heroin addiction.

“Anybody can do this in your basement,” Barlow said.

The religious history scholar’s own efforts were assisted by the Drudge Report, which posted the raw audio of Dean’s raw growl, headlined “YAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!’,” on Tuesday morning. It’s that clip that Barlow funkified.

“I wanted it to be fast and funny and energetic,” Barlow said. “…I thought my small group of friends would think it’s funny.”

Barlow’s small group of friends proved so vast, and overall criticism of Dean’s lack-of-concession speech so great, that by Thursday night, the former Vermont governor was on CBS’ Late Show with David Letterman in damage-control mode, offering up a Top 10 list on “Ways I, Howard Dean, Can Turn Things Around.” (Number one: “Oh, I don’t know–maybe fewer crazy, red-faced rants?”)

Barlow, for one, said he wasn’t out to get Dean, the onetime Democratic frontrunner. Then again, he wasn’t looking to vote for him either.

Said Barlow: “I’m a supporter of George W. Bush.”

No doubt there’s a song somewhere in there, too.


Howard Dean Gearing Up to Hold Hip Hop Townhall Meeting

Editors Note: Looks like Marketing to the Hip Hop crowd is a priority for some, but for the record Dennis Kucinich and Al Sharpton have been dealing with the Hip Hop audiences long before Dean, but its nice they are reaching out..

-Davey D-

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Wil Bannister aka Wil b, and Lu Chi Fu Music’s, Erick Bennett, have been asked, by Howard Dean campaign advisor and organizer, Jasper Hendricks, to organized and head up a “council” of notable Hiphop artists and influential members that will sit with Gov. Howard Dean, the current Democratic front-runner, LIVE and IN PERSON, IN OUR COMMUNITY, moderated by Lu Chi Fu Music’s flagship artist, and author of the controversial Hiphop song, “DEAR MR. BUSH”, WIL b.

Being called “A Hiphop Town Hall Meeting with Howard Dean”, the event is expected to be attended by various members of the Legendary hierarchy of the Hiphop community, TBA on a later date, LIVE in Los Angeles at a Church, also, to be disclosed on a later date; All due to the necessary security precautions for the event.

We anticipate this historic gathering to be a deciding factor for the Dean campaign in the urban communities. Details of the event will be released, on January 15th, once all are confirmed, however, organizers Wil b and Erick Bennett, say this event will not only be historic for Hiphop, but it will also serve to bridge that gap that is often found between the Hiphop community and our political officials. Because of a lack of understanding of the needs of the people in the urban communities.

Check out http://www.LuChiFuMusic.com or http://www.DeanForAmerica.com for details and updates, daily.

Available for FREE download on our http://www.LuChiFuMusic.com website, “Dear Mr. Bush”, the controversial new single from, Wil b, was almost sidelined recently after Secret Service Agents investigation of the lyrics of rapper Eminem led them to the lyrics of Wil b’s “Dear Mr. Bush”.

With lyrics, such as,

“how did you manipulate a war from our post-dramatic trauma…”,

when referring to questions of the Presidents knowledge of a possibility of a September 11th prior to the actual tragedy,


“Dear Mr. Bush, man, it’s all so clear, why we travelin’ for war, when you got it right here. I see terror everyday, man, we live it over here…”

It is no surprise, but we are happy to announce, that, no investigation has been planned that we know of. We will definitely keep you posted.


Also, our, http://www.DearMrBush.com will be up and running towards the end of January just in time for our planned First Annual Hiphop Town Hall Meeting with Howard Dean.

The website is a free site for all users that will allow people of all ages, races, and etc, to write letters, anonymously if desired, to the President of the United States, George W. Bush.

Websites users will be able to voice their real concerns about their world, and, post their comments and opinions.

Not to worry Bush supporters, we, welcome you to, please, send us your comments and facts supporting your president. The result is to inspire creative and fair dialogue amongst us all.

To make it as simple as possible for the President to access and read the letters posted on the DearMrBush.com website, rapper and website developer, Wil b, promises to post all new letters, in order received, on the main page of the DearMrBush.com site, as well as, a confidential reply option for the President to reply to the letters.

“He should get himself a nice cup of Pepto Bismal, his laptop, and read the real opinions of the people in America that these “so-called” accurate polls seem to always miss. We make up more than half of our population, if you combine the various ethnics in the urban communities. DearMrBush.com is the voice of these people. All you need to do is have a concern, a solution, a question, a comment, or whatever for Mr. Bush.

It is not a let’s bash George party at all.

It’s a way for kids, who can’t vote, prison inmates who may have lost their rights to vote in the prison system, but not their voices, especially because most of these inmates have loved ones that are still in the these streets surviving. It is for everybody. If you LOVE George, then, love ’em. If you hate ’em, then, here at DearMrBush.com, you can say that too, anonymously if you so desire. We need more dialogue and less rhetoric. The Hiphop community and the urban communities of America are in need of a leadership council that will deal with these issues instead of putting together these weak efforts to self-serve. This forum will deal with those issues and whole lot more affecting our kids in our communities, as well as, the globe. We need better schools, more and better jobs, less drugs and more programs, less prisons and more schools, fair and equal housing, positive reinforcements for our struggling programs that, out-of-pocket, provide services to their communities in hopes to better them.

We need opportunities in our community. Whether you believe it needs to be affirmative or not, in the ghettos of America, We NEED ECONOMIC ACTION, NOW!!!

WIL b Comments on his recent activity with the HOWARD DEAN Campaign

I am honored that my message got to ‘em that way (Howard Dean). Their giving us an opportunity to lie out, an agenda that we feel will positively affect the people who come from and live in the ghettos of America. America will get to really see the issues and conditions affecting our people and our community.

Howard Dean’s people came to me and said he wants to learn about what really is important to OUR community. George W. Bush hasn’t as of yet made that request to me or anyone else that I know of, and I don’t suspect he’ll be coming down to the “hood” to talk shop, but Howard Dean’s decision to honestly seek the knowledge by breaking bread with the us in L.A., on our terms, may not assure my vote, but it does my respect. The road to the presidency SHOULD go through the ghetto.

If you, as a candidate, are not dedicated to changing the lack of schools, high crime, and zero opportunity situations that are plaguing our communities, then, you are not representing all of the people. Because there are a whole lot of us, who have yet to have been heard, until now.

Besides, this is my chance to give Hiphop’s REAL legends their Nuff Respect, see it!”
– Wil b

In closing, Wil b has been recording a few new songs, for his debut “KIDS KILL KIDS” album, including a song titled “Hush” that he’ll be debuting during a performance tomorrow night (Jan. 6th) at small intimate “unplugged style” event, in North Hollywood, California honoring the organizers and participants in the Anti-War movement, hosted by and starring Michelle Shocked, others (undetermined at press time), and, of course, Wil b.

Check our website http://www.LuChiFuMusic.com for, Wil b, updates and appearances.

Also, check out this link: la.indymedia.org/news/2003/12/99007.php, to see a live performance by Wil b during a rally “takeover” on the corner of Hollywood and Highland in Hollywood. “We shut it down, baby!” – Wil b

More to share but not enough time to write it all. Give us a call, or just visit our website daily. We really want you to be a part of this movement and all of this success that will be associated with it. It is ALL about to happen. We are not only taking Hiphop back, we are realizing the beginning of the manifestation of Tupac and Dr. King’s dreams combined. Hiphop has and will continue to save lives and the negative associations will not outshine the brilliant accomplishments of this remarkable culture.

How Can WE ALL be down? Drop us a line by checking out our website and emailing the appropriate contact for your needs.


Megan Garcia, Staff Publicist, Lu Chi Fu Music
c/o Wil Bannister aka Wil b