If you take all the white guys who are running for president as Republicans out of the mix, the quality of the field improves markedly.
When the immediate past Secretary of State first announced her candidacy for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, only a handful of my Facebook friends indicated their support for Mrs. Clinton, almost all of them gay.
But, what precisely has the former First Lady done for gays? In her eight years in the Senate, did she work to repeal the relics of her husband’s administration, the Defense of Marriage Act or Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell? (And by working, I mean, not just indicating her opposition to these laws, but actually taking action, lobbying her fellow legislators, pressing her party’s leadership to push repeal.)
And then in her four years as Secretary of State when she–and her supporters–boasted that she was the most-traveled Secretary of State, breaking travel records, among the many countries she visited, she surely visited some countries which oppressed gays. When meeting with the leaders of those lands, did she ever discuss their treatment of our fellows and press them to change their policies?
And did the leaders of the various American gay organizations press her to act on behalf of our oppressed fellows?
Am I the only one asking these questions?
UPDATE: As per the comments below, seems that Mrs. Clinton did raise the issue of anti-gay policies in Uganda with that nation’s leader President Yoweri Museveni in her summer 2012 swing through Africa.
“I’m running for president to defeat the Washington machine. And to do that, we have to drive a stake through the heart of the IRS and our terrible tax code. We need to tear it up and start over, with a plan that’s simple, fair, and cuts taxes for every single American. Let’s start with the workers tax cut. For most Americans, the biggest tax they pay is the FICA tax on their paycheck. And all anyone ever tries to do is raise that tax or pretend you’re not paying it. In my tax plan, the first thing we’ll do is eliminate the workers tax. That’s right. It’s gone. Zero. Nothing. That means that every single working American would keep thousands of dollars more in their paycheck We’re not stopping there. We will end corporate welfare and eliminate the army of lobbyists and tax lawyers gaming the system. But also, no more mom-and-pop businesses paying 40 percent. Everyone pays the same, and it will grow our economy. In fact, the Tax Foundation studies show my plan will create nearly 2 million jobs. Finally, every American taxpayer, everyone will be able to file a very simple return on one page at a low and fair rate of 14.5 percent — for every single American. And the guy with the most lawyers and accountants doesn’t win; you do. My plan will cut taxes for everyone. It will end corporate welfare and special tax breaks. It will create jobs, and it will get the IRS out of your life.”
As noted by Ace, Donald Trump is what a hobo imagines a rich man to be.
The GOP field is up to at least 12, now. Personally, I’d like to divide them into two teams and put them on “Hell’s Kitchen,” because that would tell us more about them than a bunch of “debates,” which are really nothing more than interviews with scripted questions and scanned answers. (Also, having Gordon Ramsay call Jeb! a donkey would be worth it.) There are four distinct groups of GOP, only one of which should be taken Seriously.
Flawed, but worth voting for: Cruz, Jindal, Paul, Perry, Walker
Establishment hacks: Jeb!, Kasich, Rubio,
Hell no: Graham, Pataki, Christie, Huckabee
Sideshows: Fiorina, Carson, Trump
You could make a case for Rubio in the first group (I don’t trust him) and Perry for the second. And Fiorina may not have a chance, but she’s useful in that she can bring it to Hillary.
It’s hard to get too worked up because I don’t think any Republican could possibly repair the damage Barack Obama has inflicted and continues to inflict on the country.
Senator Lindsey Graham, a Democrat-In-All-But-Label-Only (DIABLO) from South Carolina is running for president. He is running as a Republican, but only because he didn’t feel like there were enough GOP candidates that supported Amnesty, domestic spying, and endless foreign wars.
59-year-old lifelong bachelor.
Also, another wealthy, older white person has joined the Democrat Race to Make It Look Like Hillary Wasn’t Just Annointed. Former Mayor of Baltimore and Governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley is running so that he can nationalize his agenda of rain taxes and severe gun control.
As they say in Maryland, “If you can dream it, we can tax it.”
Avowed Socialist Bernie Sanders is entering the 2016 presidential race as a Democrat. His agenda includes such items as nationalizing the banks and Wall Street, a national $15 per hour minimum wage, mandatory union membership even for workers who don’t want to join unions, “free” college, nationalized health care, and the confiscation and redistribution of wealth to achieve income equality.
Yet no one in the media will ever call him an extremist or a whackjob. Unlike Ted Cruz, who only wants to cut spending to sustainable levels and reduce the amount of Government intrusion into people’s private lives.
The MFM have decided what their narratives for each of the candidates is going to be, and now will tailor their coverage to these narratives:
Rand Paul: Rude to the womenfolk.
Scott Walker: Uneducated bumpkin and union buster. They have suddenly decided that it is very important to look into the college backgrounds of presidential candidates.
Ted Cruz: Extremist with no chance of winning, and did we mention he’s an extremist? Oh, and he’s not really a Hispanic either.
Marco Rubio: An inexperienced first-term senator with the audacity to think he can be president? Oh, the very nerve.
Jeb Bush: The “sober” Republican whom the MFM will support right up through the end of the primaries just to spite the conservatives.
Hillary Clinton: OMG! She’s amazing! How did America get so lucky to get such a woman of peerless accomplishment to deign to run for president? And she’s so darn spontaneous and relatable to regular people. (Also, isn’t it amazing how well we, the press, shield her from scandals?)
Sorry this post is such a lay-up, but Operation GTFO Maryland has borne fruit and I am heavily involved in packing and closing up the homestead right now.
As Rubio left Miami’s Freedom Tower earlier in the day after rehearsing his speech, O’Donnell could be heard shouting: “Senator, you’re the youngest candidate. Are you prepared to be president, sir?”
Scott Walker is awesome and would make an awesome President.
Ted Cruz is awesome and would make an awesome President.
Rand Paul is awesome and would make an awesome President.
So, you know how this movie ends, right?
The Awesome vote is split three ways, and we get stuck with Jeb.
Take it, Morbo.
I really like Scott Walker, the courageous Republican Governor of Wisconsin, who has won three elections despite the Democrat left throwing everything in their arsenal against him … massive amounts of union money, a viciously hostile media, protests by parasitic rabble with nothing better to do, lawfare, politically motivated witch hunts and harassment of his supporters, and death threats against his children… and still prevailed.
And the mere fact that I like him proves to me that his potential 2016 candidacy is doomed from the get-go, because in 2012 I liked Tim Pawlenty, and in 2008 I liked Anybody But McCain. The fix is is in. The Establishment wants Jeb, and he will shoved down our throats, and we will be told to shut up and vote for him because if we don’t, Hillary will win. And it is very important to the Establishment that Republicans be in charge of implementing the Democrat agenda of amnesty, Obamacare, and the massive expansion of the progressive welfare state.
Anyway, here’s Scott Walker at that thing that happened in Iowa last weekend. I like the way he talks like someone who actually understands the middle class in America; and doesn’t just see them as people he can wave to from his limousine while chuckling with his cronies at the US Chamber of Commerce that US workers are too lazy and expensive and need to be replaced with cheap foreigners.
And here is a campaign poster that makes me think, “Oh, if only…”
Jeb Bush and Mittens Romney are meeting in Utah this week. These are two incredibly wealthy men, born into wealthy, powerful political dynasties, who have never once had to worry about how to pay a bill in their life. Between the two of them, they represent support for allowing illegal immigrants to take jobs from working Americans, federal control of local school curricula through Common Core, and massive Government regulation to stop ‘Global Warming.’
So, naturally, the party establishment has decided they are ideal to represent the concerns and priorities of the Republican base. Despite what the deranged left claims, every Republican presidential candidate since 1988 has been a Milquetoast Progressive-Moderate chosen by the Party Establishment. And they have lost the popular vote in 5 of those 6 elections. But, hey, they’ve got all the money and power, so there’s not a damn thing we can do about it.
So, the Republican presidential bench for 2016 looks like Mitt Romney Again, Bush 3, Chris Christie and… oh my stars, Lindsey Graham is thinking of rerunning Landslide McCain’s amazing 2008 performance. (McCain was stupid enough to believe all the liberals who said “John McCain is a Republican I could vote for” really meant it, and weren’t just saying it as a way to express hatred toward Bush 43.)
Alternately, we have Hillary Clinton – the “dead broke” former First Lady who somehow misplaced $16 Billion at the State Department and wants us to think that even though she’s the smartest woman alive she totally had no idea Bill was cheating on her. We have alleged Cherokee Indian Liz Warren whose economic philosophy makes Eugene Debs look like Milton Friedman. Also, Martin O’Malley, for some reason. And Joe Biden, I guess.
Our political class definitely has an “inbred European aristocracy” feel to it, doesn’t it?
Exactly none of the people listed is worth voting for. Bring on the Sweet Meteor of Death (SMOD).
Whoever does win in 2016 is going to take on Obama’s legacy of $20 Trillion of National Debt, an economy strangled in regulation, a country with so many people dependent on welfare that reform is impossible, a gutted military, a foreign policy and international reputation in shambles, and an out-of-control civil bureaucracy packed with party hacks.
Are any of the people I named capable of fixing the mess that Emperor Obama is going to leave behind?
Perhaps the people who chose to not vote for Mitt Romney because they doubted his commitment to conservatism are owed a measure of apology.
Unlike the Reagan wins of the 1980s, or the GOP’s 1994 “Contract with America” win, the 2014 GOP (as a national whole) neither provided nor sold to the voters a pro-freedom, government-cutting vision. The GOP skillfully profited from voter dissatisfaction with President Obama; and little more.
Racial guilt aside, the voters originally bought into Obama because he promised the Impossible Dream: a government which would be Big, but still somehow friendly and American (never mind that oppression is inherent to all Big Governments), and which would look out for them (never mind that socialism serves the elites, undermines the economy for ordinary people, and mathematically cannot provide benefits of much value to most people).
In this election six years later, the voters have repudiated Obama because he failed to deliver on the dream. He promised smooth, cool delivery of the dream. Instead, he gave a string of incompetent, messy disasters that even a corrupt media could not hide: such as the Gulf oil spill (BP’s actions had been approved by Obama regulators), Obamacare (with its expensive and oppressive mandates), Libya war, Benghazi, Syria war, ISIS, Ebola, and a moribund economy where the jobs are part-time, the taxes are higher, the U.S. national debt is doubled and only things that go up are the financial markets and the cost of living. The voters feel “lied to” and for that, they have now punished Obama.
In other words, the voters have not yet learned that the dream itself is impossible. The voters still want Friendly Fascism: a Big Government that somehow (1) works (or, in the famous saying, “makes the trains run on time”); while it (2) maintains a veneer of traditional American freedoms. It is impossible. But voters are hoping now that the GOP can help to correct Obama’s excesses and make the dream work.
The GOP, in this election in 2014, has done little to educate the voters on the dream’s utter impossibility – and thus, little to move America forward.
Ironic, or maybe tragic, that a party that calls themselves “The Democrats” have such contempt for actual Democratic governance, and such a preference for a permanent, hereditary ruling class. (Clintons, Kennedies, Udalls, Landrieus, Pryors, Cuomos…)
And even though she has no experience living in the state, and her signature policy achievement is horrible school lunch program that everybody hates… she would probably win.
Because their voters are that… [pick an adjective].
VP Joe Biden sure has it rough. He has come to realize that to most of the country he is a joke, and his own party has no intention of appointing him as Obama’s heir apparent. The Democrat Party has a specific plan in mind — Black Radical Leftist, Then Woman Radical Leftist, Then Hispanic Radical Leftist– and there’s no room for a bumbling old white guy in their plans. This has reportedly left him feeling somewhat bitter and left out.
“I’ve been told Biden is depressed, despondent, and very resentful of how he has been treated by key figures within the administration. The party is telling him he won’t have their support if he runs for president. He was promised this support years ago by the Obama team. The problem is, the Obama brand has become poison to Democrats and people like Valerie Jarrett have made it clear how little they regard the Vice President. He’s out there trying to help raise money for the 2014 midterms, hoping that will lead to some donations for his own 2016 campaign, but that isn’t going to happen. Biden is being used, laughed at, and then pushed aside, and he’s finally starting to realize that, and it’s got him very upset. For some reason, it seems he really thought he would some day be president. I can’t help but feel sorry for the guy.”
And unlike Hillary, Joe Biden can’t resign and pretend he had nothing to do with the massive failure that — despite Paul Krugman’s protests to the contrary — is the Obama Administration.
The Obama White House, apparently, also treats Biden like an old fool and has gone out of their way to marginalize him.
Following the 2012 Election though, Biden’s role within the Obama White House has been increasingly marginalized to the point members of the president’s staff are now openly dismissive of the Vice President, often referring to him as “the old guy”a designation that is said to have originated from Barack Obama himself on the 2008 campaign trail.
Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett simply calls Joe Biden, “that clown.”
“We will take money from other people and buy you stuff with it” is what the Democrat Party is all about; so naturally, there is no end of Free [Stuff] from the Government for Democrats to offer the parasites who vote for them. Maryland Governor and Democrat Presidential aspirant Martin O’Malley (who has raised taxes 40 times in the eight years he has been in office) has declared that something that didn’t exist a generation ago is now a basic human right.
Younger people are choosing to live in cities. They realize that connections to each other are making us better. That WiFi is a human right. That proximity is important to entrepreneurship, access to capital and talent and diversity. There is an opportunity there for us as a nation to embrace that new perspective.
Do you know what *isn’t* a human right in MOM’s People’s Republic of Maryland? The right to defend yourself from those who wish to do violence against you.
For Bill Clinton, history will remember that he “always kept fighting back” to get things done…“Whether it was Democrats or Republicans, you know, he found a way to be able to do some things, to be able to accomplish some things that were important.”
He makes a similar observation about Hillary Clinton, saying she would be a “great” president. “One thing about the Clintons is, they want to get it done,” he says, in words that draw an implicit contrast with Obama…
And Barack Obama’s legacy?
“We are at a point where I think the jury is still out,” Panetta says. “For the first four years, and the time I spent there, I thought he was a strong leader on security issues. … But these last two years I think he kind of lost his way.
“These last two years” – translation, since the indispensable, brilliant Hillary left – so no, nothing happening now is her fault.
But let’s get down to specifics, Mr. Panetta. How has Obama lost his way? From Politico:
Panetta’s criticisms of the Obama administration are similar to the criticisms former Defense Secretary Robert Gates laid out in his own memoir: that those inside the White House sometimes put politics first on matters of war and peace.
Panetta describes efforts to reach a deal with Iraq to allow U.S. troops to remain in the country in the runup to the December 2011 expiration of the status-of-forces agreement — a deal Obama has said he couldn’t achieve because Iraqi leaders wanted U.S. troops gone. “Privately, the various leadership factions in Iraq all confided that they wanted some U.S. forces to remain as a bulwark against sectarian violence,” Panetta writes…
“I privately and publicly advocated for a residual force that could provide training and security for Iraq’s military…But the president’s team at the White House pushed back…”
2011…isn’t that more like three years ago?
So, let’s see. Panetta, Gates, and the Joint Chiefs all pushed in 2011 for a residual U.S. force in Iraq, that would have prevented today’s crisis with ISIS. (Sorry for the rhyme.) They even did so publicly. Did Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton? Perhaps a little, but not very much. From Jennifer Rubin in June 2014:
Clinton’s failure to impress upon the president the importance of a significant force and to negotiate a deal with Iraq under whatever circumstances existed represents a key failure – one that has directly contributed to the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the collapse of the Iraqi military.
So for “PBS NewsHour” Clinton tried out a new tale: “Certainly when President Obama had to make the decision about what to do, he was deciding based on what the Bush administration had already determined, because they were the ones who said troops have to be out by the end of 2011.”
This is patently untrue. The Bush team had always intended that there be a follow-up to the SOFA [Status of Forces Agreement]…The game plan for the Bush team and the Obama team was to conclude a deal [to leave a residual force]; Clinton and her boss failed to do so.
For Hillary to claim that the Bushies planned on having all troops out by 2011 is itself a potshot at Obama. If true, it would mean that Obama hardly did anything to “end the war” – he only followed a Bush plan.
But what does all of this add up to? Well, Clinton Central has evidently decided that the way to get elected in 2016 is:
- Keep playing the “Blame Bush” card when possible. And if it isn’t possible,
- Blame Obama.
As always, we should expect the Clintons to tell a mixture of truth and falsehoods to get what they want, which is: Power.
Unless all life on Earth is mercifully exterminated by a collision with a neutron star, Hillary Clinton is the inevitable Democrat nominee in 2016 and eventual president of the United States in 2017. Because regardless of the fact that she has accomplished nothing and is as crooked as a dog’s hind leg, she will have the fervent support of the Democrat media apparatus and the support of idiot low-information voters who make up the majority of the American electorate and re-elected Obama because they thought Mitt Romney was going to outlaw tampons. (And if Obama and Establishment Republicans are successful, millions of uneducated third-world illegal immigrants will also be able to cast their votes for her as well.) Meanwhile, the Republicans will most likely, as they have done in every election year since 1988, nominate a milquetoast establishment moderate who will lose the popular vote as establishment Republican moderates have in five of the last six elections.
But there are alternatives to Hillary on the Democrat side, and any of them is ready to step into her very comfortable low-heeled shoes provided anything should happen to her on the Road to Inevitable Catastrophe. So, just putting five of them out there for your consideration.
- Joe Biden – Democrat Vice President of the United States. Yeah, Democrats won’t nominate an old white guy unless there is no other candidate. Moving on.
- Martin O’Malley – Democrat Governor of Maryland. Raised taxes more than 40 times in eight years, including a tax on (not making this up) rainwater. Gerrymandered the congressional districts so where Maryland once sent 4 Republicans and 4 Democrats to Congress, it now sends 7 Democrats and only one Republican. Completely botched the Obamacare implementation to the tune of $125 Million. And found time to enact some of the most Draconian anti-gun laws in the country. An impressive record for a Democrat, unfortunately, but he would still need to overcome his white maleness.
- Elizabeth Warren – Democrat Senator from Massachusetts. A radical left-wing senator who supports a $22-an-hour minimum wage and a massive tax increase to pay for college students to get free Womyn’s Studies, Urban Studies and other completely worthless degrees. She is an absolute favorite among the Democrat’s FSA (Free [Stuff] Army] base because she embraces the Democrat proposition of “We’ll take money from people you don’t like and spend it on you” to its absolute extreme. Also, she’s a woman, so she gets the “Historic First” mantle that’s so much more important than competence and sanity to the low-information electorate. [She also previously claimed to be a Native American belonging to an obscure plains tribe specializing in seafood recipes.]
- Andrew Cuomo – Democrat Governor of New York. Cuomo inherited all of his wealth and political power, and Democrats really like that for some reason. (See also, Senator Mary Landrieu, Senator Mark Udall, Senator Tom Udall, Senator Bob Casey, and… oh, yeah, Hillary Clinton.) He also enacted gun laws even more Draconian than Maryland’s (take that, MO’M), famously told pro-lifers and 2nd Amendment supporters they were unwelcome in his state, and shut down a corruption investigation when it threatened to implicate members of his party and their political cronies. But, despite these laudable Democrat achievements, he would have difficulty overcoming the handicap of his skin color and gender.
- Cory Booker – Black Democrat Senator from New Jersey. A Black half-term senator with no previous accomplishments on his record and an imaginary friend named T-Bone. Definitely the man to beat.
Pretty scary when you realize Joe Biden is the smart and reasonable one.