This came in to me a little late, but it’s well worth your time. PD has shared writings from this talented Air Force vet before, but this one truly stands out. (In the interest of full-disclosure, this gifted wordsmith is a cousin of mine.)

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I exited my garage this morning to hang Old Glory in its proper place, an act which has become symbolic of my low-key approach to Memorial Day. As a veteran myself, but still obviously among the living, I am sometimes uncomfortable being thanked for my service, regarded as some sort of greater-than-normal servant, some sort of hero when in reality I feel like I have just done what I was meant to do. I love the associations of genuinely good people who serve in the military, the high level of integrity which is paramount to a functioning fighting force, and the brotherhood that exists between those who serve.

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If you live in New York City, you already deal with federal, state, and city income tax. You experience mass congestion and random road closures for parades and public events. It is unlikely that you own a car because parking is so scarce that a high-end spot is now available for a cool million dollars. Now regulators in the city that never sleeps are attacking “gender-based price discrimination“, specifically going after salons. Apparently the regulators have decided a man’s hair cut that often takes 30 minutes or less should cost the same as a woman’s hair cut, which often takes much longer (and in my personal experience of waiting, much, much, much longer). Additionally, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has also decided that sugary drinks are the cause of all obesity problems so he plans to ban any sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces.

Finally, in what might be the most uncomfortable social call of the year, President Barack Obama will host former President George W. Bush at the White House today for the unveiling of his official portrait.

Now that Mitt Romney has secured the requisite 1144 delegates for the formal Republican presidential nomination, the attention of the political chattering classes will turn to the vice-presidential choice he makes to round out his ticket. Bumper sticker manufacturers from coast to coast are waiting with baited breath.

But in the end, does it actually matter? Do voters make their choice based on the VP pick? Has that swayed elections in the past, plus or minus?
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Tuesday open thread

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Is tonight the night it becomes official? Texas should put Romney over the top in the delegate march. Will Paul supporters accept this or maintain that he’s still not the presumptive nominee?

Team Obama continues to bash Romney over Trump. Does Trump serving as a surrogate bother you?

How many Obamas are there? Victor Davis Hanson poses this question in an entertaining NRO piece that’s worth your time.

What else is on your mind with the long Memorial Day weekend in the rear view mirror and the work week slowly getting up to speed?

According to the savvy political observers, President Obama will dump Joe Biden in favor of Hillary Clinton. On the surface it seems a plausible strategy. Biden has all the flair of the Ford Pinto: pointless, ignorable, and prone to explode at inopportune times. He’s a gaffe-a-minute sideshow who provides the Obama administration with all the style of a leisure suit. Hillary is the name brand; the erstwhile queen in waiting who could breathe life into a lackluster campaign. Read more

Last Friday we learned what a Romney presidency would look like on day one. The campaign is continuing that message today – part 2:

Mitt Romney backs school vouchers, goes after teachers’ unions, and intends on using different federally-driven programs in his education proposals.

Only 40% of voters in 12 key swing states think favorably of Vice President Joe Biden. Could President Obama even consider replacing him at this stage of the campaign? If the President did make such a bold move, who would be the best candidates? (Additionally, don’t forget to vote for the Republican VP selection today, where Paul Ryan has recently pulled ahead of Marco Rubio.)

Eurozone leaders are trying to figure out what to do with Greece. The small country’s economy is dragging on the EU, but is it actually reasonable for Greece to exit the currency? There is nothing that would back a new national currency, only piles of debt. If Greece does exit the Euro by their doing or the other members of the EU, do not be surprised by hyperinflation following within one year.

Governor Scott Walker appears set to prevail in his recall election, and has saved Wisconsin more than $1 billion, leading Politico to wonder if he is now a ‘GOP hero’. If Walker does indeed win and becomes the face of fighting back against public service unions and Wisconsin also goes for Romney, does it put Scott Walker in future presidential conversations?

Finally, Roger Simon writes: ‘Businessman make lousy presidents’ based on a small amount of qualitative data, including a baseline of “our best modern presidents” defined as: Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry Truman.

President Obama won the Kentucky and Arkansas primaries yesterday, but as in West Virginia, he took a bit of a black eye in doing so. Kentucky Dems gave “undecided” 42% of the vote and in Arkansas, an unknown named Joe Wolfe won 41% of the vote.

The Republic takes a look at Romney super-aide Bob White, who is been with Mitt since his Bain days.

The latest Quinnipiac poll has Romney ahead in Florida by six points. Is this bad news for potential running-mate Marco Rubuo?

Speaking of Rubio, don’t forget to cast your vote in the Veep Madness Final Four, where he is in a virtual dead heat with Paul Ryan for a spot in the championship.

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Tuesday open thread

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What’s up in the Political Derby today?

Scott Conroy of RCP writes about the timing considerations of Romney’s VP announcement.

Politico says democrats efforts to oust Scott Walker in Wisconsin are fizzling out as they limp toward the line.

The Fix reminds us that Obama could face primary embarrassment again tonight, this time in Arkansas. Could it get any worse than WV, where Obama lost 41% of the vote to a convict in Texas?

A series of blowouts in the Elite Eight has left us with a fantastic Final Four (bracket here).

Bob McDonnell (1), who could be expected to deliver Virginia for Mitt Romney faces off against former candidate and pastor Mike Huckabee (3). The other contest pits popular conservative Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan (1) against relative national new-comer Marco Rubio, who would be anticipated to drive the Florida and Latino votes. These candidates leave open the debate as to who the people want versus who the ever methodical Mitt Romney will select.

Voting is now open after the jump. As usual, you may vote once per day and polls will close at 11:59 pm EST on Tuesday, May 29.

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During a commencement speech at UNC-Chapel Hill, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg took a shot at North Carolina voters for having passed Amendment One, which amended the state’s constitution to recognize marriage as a male-female relationship. Bloomberg believes North Carolina singlehandedly proved how many a mile the civil rights march has yet to trudge. But it was Bloomberg who displayed a level of ignorance exceeded only by his colossal hypocrisy. Read more

Romney’s out with his first ad of the general election. What’s your take?

Governor Christie and Mayor Booker team up in a web video that has tongues wagging.

Obama’s deputy campaign manager, Stephanie Cutter, has a new video calling out Karl Rove and Crossroads for spending “$25 million from secret donors to tear down the president.” (“Secret donors,” sounds scary.)

What else is on your political brain this weekend?

Thursday open thread

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Today, Michael Barone wonders if it’s panic time for the Obama campaign. Isn’t it much too early to call it panic?

Politico has an interesting piece on Romney’s Bill Clinton Strategy. Smart politics or risky shift?

Finally, Salon writes that for Ron, it’s now all about Rand. The piece, obviously, takes a liberal flight plan, but it also raises a few legitimate concerns before closing with this nugget: “I wonder if the Paul family’s plan is to promote “liberty” or to promote the Paul family.”

Rasmussen has the numbers in North Carolina:

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the Tar Heel State shows the putative Republican nominee earning 51% of the vote to Obama’s 43%. Two percent (2%) like some other candidate, and four percent (4%) are undecided.

Wowzer! Is this all hype? Or the formation of a trend? Is this blowback aimed at America’s first gay president? And this is the state the National Democratic party picked for their convention – at least for now.

Tuesday open thread

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Another primary Tuesday that matters little in the biggest race of them all. Idaho, Nebraska and Oregon all get their chance to award votes and delegates to the presumptive nominee.

Also today, Politico asks is Romney is ready for the Bain battle. Team Obama is out with their first big hit and Romney has responded with an ad of their own.

Politico also reports on Ron Paul’s tacit message to the GOP that he won’t cause trouble in Tampa. (Paul might want to send that message to his troops. In Idaho, they’re threatening to go “scorched earth.”)

Like to dive into data? Go beyond the headlines in the new NYT/CBS poll.

Most important political nugget trending? Probably rap mogul J-Jay reaffirming that he’s got Obama’s back. Whew! How could Obama have won reelection with the support of the man who wrote and performed this eloquent hit?

Ron Paul out

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Yet another ABR who pledged to fight all the way to Tampa has called it quits. Ron Paul has said he’d done campaigning.

Barack Obama: the first black gay president? At least according to Newsweek he is. Politically speaking, is this a good thing? According to a USA TODAY/Gallup poll 51% say they agree with the president’s decision. 60% say it will have no bearing on how they vote. Did Obama thread the needle?

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” What about corporations? Apparently, some corporations are more equal than others, or perhaps some are “people” whereas others aren’t. It depends on how an individual corporation’s political twig is bent. Read more

Weekend open thread

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Mitt Romney speaks at Liberty and gets high marks from Evangelicals.

Rand Paul speaks at Iowa’s Faith and Freedom Coalition and makes a dumb joke that will certainly follow him all the way to his own campaign for president.

Americans have spoken to Gallup and the verdict is “a whopping 40 percent of Americans say President Obama’s newly public support of gay marriage will affect their votes.”

What else is on your mind this weekend?