Is this the end of the possible Clinton spoiler run in 2012? Or anything beyond that?
In light of the Hillary thumbprint on the spookification of the Foreign Service, one has to wonder if she’ll hold down the current job of SoS – or even apply for the Bigger Office later.
Interesting piece on Obama and NJ Governor Chris Christie from Newsweek:
You wouldn’t know it from looking at them, or hearing them talk, or hearing people talk about them, but Barack Obama and Chris Christie, the Republican governor of New Jersey, have a lot in common. Both were elected in the midst of the Great Recession. Both inherited a post-apocalyptic mess from a predecessor of the opposing party. Both sold themselves to voters as truth-telling change agents. And both plan to spend 2011 tackling the same thorny issues: education reform, public-pension stabilization, and long-term debt reduction. During the 2009 campaign, one Christie commercial even showed his supporters cheering and waving signs as a stirring Obama speech played on the soundtrack.
I confess: I am a political junkie. I got my first taste in 1980 when Ronald Reagan won the White House. I was too young to know what he believed, but that didn’t stop me from staying up late to watch the results. I was probably the only third grader the next morning talking about exit polls at the cafeteria lunch table.
I suspect many of my friends did not vote for President Obama in 2008 and would not have voted for Nancy Pelosi if they lived in her district. Frankly, most of them are more likely to vote for Katy Perry in 2012 than to give the president a second term.
But my defense of the nation’s most powerful democrats isn’t about policy or ideology; it’s about passion and principles.
Read the entire article here at the WSJ: The Special Assistant for Reality
Or read the highlight here. Enjoy this sample conversation between Obama and his Special Assistant for Reality on the topic of the TSA-groping debacle:
President: This thing is all ginned up, isn’t it? Right-wing websites fanned it. Then the mainstream media jumped in to display their phony populist street cred. Right?
Special Assistant for Reality: No, Mr. President, it was more spontaneous. Websites can’t fan fires that aren’t there. This is like the town hall uprisings of summer 2009. In the past month, citizens took videos at airports the same way town hall protesters made videos there, and put them on YouTube. The more pictures of pat-downs people saw, the more they opposed them.
Once more that wonderful time of the year has rolled around. No, it’s not Christmas Day yet. It’s time for the Annual PoliticalDerby Big Turkey Award.
This year we are pleased to hand out our big turkey award to a true big turkey. For giving a new name to turkey dressing, for enticing others to go without the dressing, and for finally uniting America we salute Big Sis herself, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
From all of us at PoliticalDerby.com, we wish everyone a warm and thankful Thanksgiving Day!
I am reading a biography on Sam Adams (the patriot, not the beer), and I must say, the man’s stature is increasing immensely in my eyes. There is much to admire and be inspired by the lesser known of the two Adams cousins who helped found the country.
Just after receiving the news of the victory at Saratoga in November 1778, Congress, meeting in York, PA, adopted a proclamation written by Sam Adams that declared that Thursday December 18 was to be a day of “solemn thanksgiving to God” for His blessings upon us—not just for the victory, but for the many ample blessings of God upon the whole of society.
Today Thomas Sowell shares some thoughts on airport “security”. My favorite part came from the middle of the essay:
As for the excuse of “security,” this is one of the least security-minded administrations we have had. When hundreds of illegal immigrants from terrorist-sponsoring countries were captured crossing the border from Mexico– and then released on their own recognizance within the United States, that tells you all you need to know about this administration’s concern for security.
When captured terrorists who are not covered by either the Geneva Convention or the Constitution of the United States are nevertheless put on trial in American civilian courts by the Obama Justice Department, that too tells you all you need to know about how concerned they are about national security.
He’s got that right! You can read the whole article here.
Could it be a rematch of Webb v. Allen in 2012?
Virginia GOP looks ahead to 2012
By: CNN Associate Producer Rebecca Stewart
(CNN) – Former U.S. Senator George Allen has received some good news should he choose to challenge Democratic Sen. Jim Webb for his old seat in 2012.
Virginia’s GOP leaders elected to select their Republican candidate in 2012 by primary instead of by convention potentially helping Allen who may fare better before primary voters than party delegates.
The GOP leaders in Virginia were gathered Sunday at the party’s 27th annual conference. The Advance, a gathering where members hold workshops and plan for the future, was held at a Washington-area hotel. Members of the State Central Committee, the governing body of the Republican Party of Virginia, voted 48-26 in favor of a primary instead of a convention, choosing to allow the public to select a candidate instead of giving the party power to nominate a candidate during a state convention.
Filed Under Race for White House 2012 on Nov 22
Republicans’ 2012 dark horse still has no name
By Chris Cillizza
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, November 21, 2010; 8:21 PM
Everyone loves a dark horse. And that goes double when it comes to presidential politics.
Although being crowned the front-runner in a fight for the presidential nod conveys some benefits (money and media attention, mostly), there is something the electorate loves about getting behind an unknown candidate and riding him (or her) from worst to first – or close to it.
If there were a Spin Doctorate program at Political University the requisite course would be Obfuscation 101. No one survives in contemporary American politics without a thorough mastery of the subject. Obfuscation 101 instructs the neophyte politician on how to tell voters what they want to hear while having no intention of fulfilling the obligation when elected. The politician becomes adept at issuing promises and making pledges that are as foreign to their character as Sharia Law is to the Southern Baptist Convention.
That’s how the world turns in American politics and there seems to be little anyone can do about it. Aren’t there times when you long for a politician who has nothing to hide? Rest easy, I have found just the candidate for you.
I wrote a few weeks ago about Raul Labrador, Republican from Idaho, running against Walt Minnick. Raul did beat Minnick with 52% of the vote. Here he is speaking about what the freshman class and congress in general should be doing. Raul is a Tea Party backed candidate, and I think it is interesting to see that the Tea Party message is moving forward. (Also interesting is that this was a semi loss for Palin, as she backed Raul’s opponent, Vaughn Ward, in the Primary race wayyyyy back in May. )
At the end of the piece, I got a chuckle as Bill Hemmer struggled to remember if Mr. Labrador was from Iowa or Idaho. I think he invented a new state Iow-daho.
In the interests of full disclosure, I state for the record that I do not watch the ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. I am simply too busy with other things, and that show has no car chases, explosions, or high speed collisions. That said, the Ravishing Mrs. Cordeiro is a dance aficionada and she never misses an episode. I understand that Stiletto Sarah’s daughter Bristol has done well on this show – much to the consternation of the left leaning media establishment which seems to think (collectively and individually) that no conservative can ever enter the creative realm and succeed.
I also understand there is a large percentage of the aforementioned demographic which views Stiletto Sarah – and tangentially Bristol – with nothing less than visceral rage.
Well, one 67-year-old man in Dane County, Wisconsin succumbed to this visceral rage and took matters into his own hands after witnessing Bristol not get kicked off DWTS. I’d summarize the event, but you’d think I was making it up. Go. Read. Laugh.
Crazy and stupid are a very dangerous combination.
Or maybe the better question would be: What should happen to Charlie Rangel?
Earlier today Rangel was found guilty on 11 violations of House rules. (Only 11?) Some of those include–but are not limited to–the following: used House stationary and staff to solicit money for a school of public policy in his name at the City College of New York, solicited donors for the center with interests before the Ways and Means Committee, using an apartment in Harlem zoned for residential use as his campaign office, failing to report more than $600,000 on his financial disclosure report, and failing to pay taxes on rental income from a villa he owns in the Dominican Republic.
My answer to the original question? Nothing. Oh well, maybe a slap on the wrist. He should be given the boot. If he had any integrity at all he would resign. However, I’m not holding my breath.
Filed Under Races 2010 on Nov 16
Just in case your preferred news site buried this event under a mountain of useless drivel, you might want to take a moment to note that today marks a rare event in the annuls of the United States Armed Forces.
The Congressional Medal of Honor is the highest military honor this great nation can bestow upon one who wears the uniform of a soldier, sailor, airman or marine. It is awarded, in the opinion of this humble citizen, far too infrequently. Sadly, it is usually given as a posthumous award to family members of the fallen.
Filed Under Outside the Track on Nov 16
From an old college chum of mine. Can you help?
I’m hoping you and/or friends from PD may be able to help me. My colleagues and I are in the process of putting together a new revision of a book we published several years ago, called Foundations of Freedom. The book is a collection of great speeches, historical documents and other writings that are the essence of America and a tribute to this great nation. We are simply looking for suggestions of other documents or speeches to include in this next revision, so that it may fit the page count required by a few major retailers who wish to carry the book. Would you be willing to ask your readers and contributors on PD to post suggestions as to a speech that inspired them or a historical document they love? Perhaps something they would sit with their family at home one evening and teach their children about. Thanks in advance!
There has been talk of which horse here in the Derby will be the top horse in 2012. But what about Gary Johnson? He was recently interviewed for The New Republic.
First who is he? Gary Johnson was the 29th governor of New Mexico, but before that he was just a regular citizen and small business owner. I also want to mention here as well, he financed his own campaign, with his own money too. He’s said he did that so that he wouldn’t be beholden to anyone. Nice. He also did some good things during his 8 years in office, some of which included: Read more
As our country slips from the Republic (if we can keep it) we were given by our God-inspired founders into a Democracy, the government itself ignites this change by continuing to ignore the rule of law. If President Obama’s healthcare law is truly as great as it was sold to be(although it does not insure everyone, as its stated goal sought), then why are there so many exceptions*? Exceptions mean there is no rule of law but rather a select few who are favored or receive special advantages. This is the opposite of a free market, as all business are not operating on equal footing because this administration has no respect for the rule of law–its own law! Rather, the Obama administration is interested in being king-makers (or duke-makers, depending on your position). This, of course, is the same problem with “regulations”, which I’ll leave for another day.
*The Department of Health and Human Services under the Obama administration as of November 1, 2010 has provided 111 exceptions to the healthcare law. Clearly, companies see this as a problem, or they would not seek an exception.
Has there been a more polarizing figure in American politics in the last few generations than Sarah Palin? In the last 30 or 40 years, there has certainly been no shortage:
Barry Goldwater, who wanted to lead us into nuclear war;
Lyndon Johnson, who single-handedly expanded Government entitlements to the point of bloated no-return;
Richard Nixon, who disgraced the Presidency;
Jimmy Carter, who raised incompetency to a fine art form;
Ronald Reagan, an amiable dunce who lucked into all his successes;
Bill Clinton, who personified lying and personal untrustworthiness;
Newt Gingrich, the shifty, stick-it-to-the-little-guy conservative fat cat;
George W. Bush, whose inability to speak intelligibly should have disqualified him from the County Commissioner’s office, much less the Presidency;
Al Gore, the pompous, self-aggrandizing, insincere opportunist;
Hillary Clinton, the ruthless, conniving, duplicitous shrew;
Barack Obama, the Socialist, Muslim-in-disguise, taxer-in-Chief
While most of the current major national figures of both parties elicit more than their fair share of vitriol and wildly histrionic criticism, none seems capable of challenging Mrs. Palin for the top spot.