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    “As I understand it, the message sent was clear: what happened before is yesterday’s news, we are willing to write it off as an honest difference of opinion on an issue important to Brian’s client.

    But starting today, the rules are different: it is now a matter of whether people are seen as having the President’s best interests at heart, or not.”

    By Paul Goldman

    Once again, the power of the blogs, through their ability to convey information to the Mainstream media in this particular case, has been proven. My sources, generally reliable but to be fair, not big fans of Congressman Jim Moran, tell me that the Obama White House, admittedly through intermediaries at the capo level, has made the following clear as “crystal” to quote Tom Cruise in his great courtroom scene with Jack Nicholson:  if Brian Moran gets to be Virginia Democratic Party Chair and he dares continue to lobby against the President or be associated with those lobbying against the President, then as Clemenza said in Godfather 1, “it’s time to go to the mattresses.”

    The bottom line: Brian has been given a get-out-of-jail free card. But the longer he waits to make the obvious move, the greater his risk of seeing this story on MSNBC, and then someone on his side of the debate is going to have to walk the plank.

    And guess who that is going to be?

    Simply put, to have a Democratic Chair so openly thumb his nose at a Democratic President, and work against Obama on this particular issue – trying to stopping the President from doing what he thinks has to be done to protect minorities, veterans, and single moms among others from having their life ruined according to the United Negro College Fund – goes way over the line. Truman, Kennedy, Johnson, Carter, Clinton never permitted it. As an Obama friend said to me: Why do they think the rules are different for this President?  

    Obama’s folks have a solid point: Just because you may have the legal right to do something doesn’t make it right for a Chairman of the Democratic Party to do.

    My response was this: “To be fair, I doubt if Brian saw his lobbying as anti-Obama, rather just a policy difference which happens all the time.”

    Whatever, the most ironic thing is that Brian is now hurting his client. The Washington Post will be forced, if he refuses to budge, to give this situation front-page coverage in order to avoid Fox News and others from putting them in the hot seat for reasons that are well-known to Brian and others.

    Fact: The Washington Post company has largely surviving off the profits it makes from it’s own for-profit college, one of the biggest receivers of federal tax dollars from defaulted student loans in the nation. Fox News says this makes the Post totally conflicted on this issue and prone to covering things up. It is one right ugly mess, with Bill O’Reilly just waiting to pounce along with Limbaugh.

    Does Brian really think he, Senator Webb or Warner, or the VA DEM party, can gain if this thing goes viral? It would be lose-lose all around.

    Right now, the equation is: All risk, no reward. The sooner Brian acknowledges that a Democratic Party chair can’t lobby against the President’s policy on for-profit colleges, the better chance he has of avoiding a news story that could win up crushing his hopes for future political office, except maybe in Utah.  

    • because of his own choice to take the big $$$ to work for an organization that sells out everything Democrats believe in. And Brian defends himself, pathetically, by claiming he’s really doing god’s work, not ripping off the government and scamming poor people and minorities as everyone who’s looked at this industry – Tom Harkin, Dick Durbin, the United Negro College Fund, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, the National Council of La Raza, FRONTLINE, ABC News, etc., etc.

      Dear Central Committee Members and Members of the General Assembly, the Obama administration – has concluded. Apparently, they’re all wrong, and Brian Moran/Harris Miller are right. Got that?

      Over the past few days, Brian Moran has been attacked by various people because of his job. I thought it was important that you see, in his own words, the man defend himself. What I have seen thus far has been deplorable. I would hope that, as Democrats, we do not allow ourselves to participate in the politics of personal destruction.

      Thank you,

      Sean Holihan

      President, Virginia Young Democrats

      Democratic State Steering Committee Member

      ——

      I joined the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities exactly one year ago after my law practice became defunct since I spent time away campaigning. During this past year we have:  

      developed, and our 1400 members adopted, a Code of Conduct to end any abuses;  

      submitted  a plan to the Department of Education to address high student debt; and,  

      worked with the Department to develop more disclosure for students of graduation rates, job placement rates and tuition costs.  

      Both President Obama and Secretary Duncan have stated that proprietary colleges and universities are a key component of reaching his goal of being number one again in the world in college degrees, a goal I wholeheartedly personally and professionally support. We now comprise 3.2 million students, equal to 12% of higher education. Our schools are very diverse and 57% of our student body is eligible for low income Pell grants. We are viewed by most of our adult learners as the last resort. We are inclusive not exclusive.

      I am very proud of the reforms we have enacted and fully intend to keep working on behalf of these students and ultimately reach the President’s goal. Rather than being anti-Obama, I am very much pro-Obama. I believe that’s exactly why the Board hired me so I would be a credible voice.

      Most of my time is spent in policy development and management.  However, as the executive VP of government relations, I do occasionally interact with federal elected officials, so I am a registered lobbyist. Last quarter my Lobbying Disclosure Act report showed only 8% of my time was spent in lobbying activities. The federal law states if less than 20% of your time is spent in lobbying activities you do not have to register. So if last quarter’s trend continues, I will de-register.

    • because of his own choice to take the big $$$ to work for an organization that sells out everything Democrats believe in. And Brian defends himself, pathetically, by claiming he’s really doing god’s work, not ripping off the government and scamming poor people and minorities as everyone who’s looked at this industry – Tom Harkin, Dick Durbin, the United Negro College Fund, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, the National Council of La Raza, FRONTLINE, ABC News, etc., etc. – has concluded. Apparently, they’re all wrong, and Brian Moran/Harris Miller are right. Got that?

      Dear Central Committee Members and Members of the General Assembly,

      Over the past few days, Brian Moran has been attacked by various people because of his job. I thought it was important that you see, in his own words, the man defend himself. What I have seen thus far has been deplorable. I would hope that, as Democrats, we do not allow ourselves to participate in the politics of personal destruction.

      Thank you,

      Sean Holihan

      President, Virginia Young Democrats

      Democratic State Steering Committee Member

      ——

      I joined the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities exactly one year ago after my law practice became defunct since I spent time away campaigning. During this past year we have:  

      developed, and our 1400 members adopted, a Code of Conduct to end any abuses;  

      submitted  a plan to the Department of Education to address high student debt; and,  

      worked with the Department to develop more disclosure for students of graduation rates, job placement rates and tuition costs.  

      Both President Obama and Secretary Duncan have stated that proprietary colleges and universities are a key component of reaching his goal of being number one again in the world in college degrees, a goal I wholeheartedly personally and professionally support. We now comprise 3.2 million students, equal to 12% of higher education. Our schools are very diverse and 57% of our student body is eligible for low income Pell grants. We are viewed by most of our adult learners as the last resort. We are inclusive not exclusive.

      I am very proud of the reforms we have enacted and fully intend to keep working on behalf of these students and ultimately reach the President’s goal. Rather than being anti-Obama, I am very much pro-Obama. I believe that’s exactly why the Board hired me so I would be a credible voice.

      Most of my time is spent in policy development and management.  However, as the executive VP of government relations, I do occasionally interact with federal elected officials, so I am a registered lobbyist. Last quarter my Lobbying Disclosure Act report showed only 8% of my time was spent in lobbying activities. The federal law states if less than 20% of your time is spent in lobbying activities you do not have to register. So if last quarter’s trend continues, I will de-register.

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      Barack Obama will hardly be in a position to remove him.  

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