Barack Obama's transition team recently held a large organizational meeting as part of an accelerated effort to plan for a possible new administration, Democratic officials said Friday, as the nominee embarked on a late-campaign tour of traditional Republican states with a fresh attack on John McCain.Podesta, of course, was in the Clinton administration and now runs the Center for American Progress, a leftwing group bought and paid for by America-hating scum George Soros.
Under the direction of John Podesta, a former White House chief of staff under Bill Clinton, the transition effort includes a dozen separate groups divided into different areas of responsibility, these officials said. One added that Cassandra Butts, a longtime associate of Obama, is in charge of the group dedicated to personnel for a new administration.
The effort is largely separate from the campaign structure that helped plan and execute Obama's remarkable rise to the position of front-runner in a race in which he is bidding to become the first black president.
The Center for American Progress was begun in 2003 by philanthropists Herb and Marion Sandler . It is a Washington, DC-based liberal think tank created and led by John D. Podesta.You might also recall the names Herbert and Marion Sandler from a recent SNL sketch.
"Podesta laid out his plan for what he likes to call a think tank on steroids. Emulating those conservative institutions, he said, a message-oriented war room will send out a daily briefing to refute the positions and arguments of the right. An aggressive media department will book liberal thinkers on cable TV. There will be an edgy Web site (thinkprogress.org) and a policy shop to formulate strong positions on foreign and domestic issues. In addition, Podesta explained how he would recruit hundreds of fellows and scholars -- some in residence and others spread around the country -- to research and promote new progressive policy ideas. American Progress is slated to operate with a $10 million budget next year, raised from big donors like the financier George Soros.
They assembled a vast array of subprime loan packages in their Golden West Financial and sold it to Wachovia Bank for $24 billion before the financial bottom fell out.You might also find it noteworthy the Center for American Progress founded the slander outfit Media Matters, whose specialty is the politics of personal destruction.
On May 3, 2004, CAP helped to launch David Brock's Media Matters for America - which claims to serve as a "watchdog" organization monitoring "rightwing" media for ethics and accuracy. According to The New York Times, Brock conferred with Hillary Clinton, Senator Tom Daschle, and former Vice President Al Gore about Media Matters before embarking on the project. "Mr. Brock's project was developed with help from the newly formed Center for American Progress," notes the Times, and John Podesta "introduced [Brock] to potential donors."As for Cassandra Butts, she's also been long affiliated with this far left Soros outfit.
These are just the first two names listed with an Obama transition, a pair of Soros-funded hacks.
That ought to help heal the nation and help bring us all together.
Now much to my shock, I find out there's another name in the news that finds itself working hand-in-glove with the Center for American Progress.
Guess who that might be?
On May 13, ACORN National President Maude Hurd and Philadelphia ACORN member Olivia Dorsey will introduce former Sen. John Edwards in announcing his position as chairman of “Half in Ten,” a new campaign to cut poverty in the United States in half in 10 years.The campaign is a partnership of ACORN, the Center for American Progress Action Fund (CAPAF), the Coalition on Human Needs (CHN), and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR).As an aside, if you need to know how deep Obama's ACORN and radical left associations are, go back and review this American Thinker item from last month.
As I have written elsewhere, the Radical Left's offensive to promote illegal immigration is "Cloward-Piven on steroids." ACORN is at the forefront of this movement as well, and was a leading organization among a broad coalition of radical groups, including Soros' Open Society Institute, the Service Employees International Union (ACORN founder Wade Rathke also runs a SEIU chapter), and others, that became the Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform. CCIR fortunately failed to gain passage for the 2007 illegal immigrant amnesty bill, but its goals have not changed.Rememebr that name Wade Rathke.
In 1970, one of George Wiley's protégés, Wade Rathke -- like Bill Ayers, a member of the radical Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) -- was sent to found the Arkansas Community Organizations for Reform Now. While NWRO had made a good start, it alone couldn't accomplish the Cloward-Piven goals. Rathke's group broadened the offensive to include a wide array of low income "rights." Shortly thereafter they changed "Arkansas" to "Association of" and ACORN went nationwide.More on ACORN's bad seed.
How much more intertwined these radical outfits will become isn't even open to debate anymore. They're all working in concert, a smooth running engine, with the vehicle named Obama.
Update: LGF links. Thanks!
Also note this transition team has been in place for months, and mind you there's nothing wrong with advance planning. My concern is with who's running it, and considering it's that hatchet man Podesta, be very wary of what's in store.