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Alternatives to Hillary

Posted by V the K at 10:30 pm - September 7, 2014.
Filed under: 2016 Presidential Election

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.]
  • 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.

Hypothesis: Voters Are Stupid

Posted by V the K at 10:23 am - July 28, 2014.
Filed under: 2016 Presidential Election

By a 53% to 44% margin, voters wish they could have a do-over and elect Mitt Romney instead of King Putt.

So, it’s finally dawned on the slow-learners that free contraceptives and snarky comments about the eighties wanting their foreign policy back do not warrant voting for a socialist street-agitator over a competent, accomplished businessman. Right?

No, not so much, because according to the same poll, those same voters would overwhelmingly support Hillary Rodham Clinton over Romney — even though her policies are virtually indistinguishable from Obama’s.

Stupid. Stupid. Stupid.

 

It’s 2007 All Over Again

Posted by V the K at 12:37 pm - July 18, 2014.
Filed under: 2016 Presidential Election

The Progressive Left is going nuts for a hard-left, half-term senator from Harvard with a sketchy personal background and zero experience in the private sector.

After all, it worked out so well the last time we elected one of those.

And they no longer are even trying to hide their Fascism.

Related: Liz Warren’s 11 Commandments of Progressivism. Basically 11 Variations on the same theme: “We believe in using Government to take other people’s stuff.”

Chris Christie, Republicans, and Big Government

Posted by V the K at 12:15 pm - July 18, 2014.
Filed under: 2016 Presidential Election

Moderate Establishment GOP Governor and 2016 Presidential Aspirant Chris Christie was asked his opinion on reducing the size of Government (something he has notably not done as Governor of New Jersey). His reply:

“What I think is we need less government being intrusive in our lives in every way that it is.”

But.

“Now, there are absolute fundamental roles for government, which is protecting the health, safety, and welfare of its citizens.  And so I believe in a strong and vigorous national defense.  I believe that government has an appropriate role in regulating different activities that go on in the country. “

So, Government shouldn’t be intrusive, but it has a “fundamental role” in protecting “health, safety, and welfare.” Well, that would seem to justify everything from NSA spying to Obamacare to Michael Bloomberg’s soda, salt, and gun bans.

“But I think what’s happened is that there’s a divide between the two parties where, who can do most of that best?  It’s not that Republicans don’t believe government has a role.”

So, what he is saying is the Big Government is okay, but Republicans should be running it.

The essence of an Establishment GOP politician.

 

 

 

Indisputably Accurate Bumper Sticker Provokes Leftist Outrage

Our counterparts on the left — who literally laugh off the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi — are in paroxyms of outrage over this bumper sticker.

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Not to quibble, but apart from being Monica Lewinsky’s Ex-boyfriend’s wife, does Hillary have any other accomplishments to speak of? Has she achieved anything in her life that was not a direct consequence of being Monica Lewinsky’s Ex-boyfriend’s wife?

Hat Tip: Legal Insurrection

 

Oh, Hell Yes…

It will never happen in this debased Idiocracy of a country, but a man can always dream of a better world. [HT: Director Blue]

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Jeb Bush Admires LBJ; Baffled by Opposition to Cheap Foreign Labor Replacing American Workers

Posted by V the K at 10:19 am - May 16, 2014.
Filed under: 2016 Presidential Election,Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush might just turn out to be the best Democrat candidate for 2016. Speaking to an audience in Florida, Bush expressed admiration for the architect of the Great Society and the Vietnam War.

He vowed to approach the presidency as “master of the Senate,” as biographer Robert Caro described Johnson.

“He went and he cajoled, he begged, he threatened, he loved, he hugged, he did what leaders do, which is they personally get engaged to make something happen,’’ Bush said of Johnson. Bush cited Caro’s latest book about Johnson, The Passage of Power, which covers the first part of Johnson’s presidency.

The wheeling and dealing Johnson loved and relished is what will be needed to pass bills such as immigration regulations. That process is also how government gets expanded and cronyism thrives, as Peter Schweizer’s nonpartisan Government Accountability Institute and directer Stephen K. Bannon documented in “Boomtown.”

Bush also admitted that he’s absolutely clueless as to why Americans don’t want to import millions of units of cheap foreign labor when there are tens of millions of Americans out of work and middle-class wages have been declining.

“For the life of me I have a hard time understanding why people are fearful of our own heritage, our own history,” Bush reportedly said. “The rules are you come to this country, you pursue your dreams, you create value for yourself and your families and others and great things happens to you and to our country. Why would we ignore that at time when we need to restart and rejuvenate our economy? It makes no sense to me.”

Bush seems to believe that American workers don’t want to take care of their families, don’t want to pursue their dreams, and don’t want to participate in the economy.

Karl Rove Outfoxes the Clintons

The media may tell you otherwise, but Karl Rove just scored one of the few unequivocal victories over the Clinton machine.  Some will say his question about Mrs. Clinton’s health will backfire (search), but on whom?  Mr. Rove isn’t running for office.

It was Mr. Clinton himself who awarded the laurels to the Republican strategies when the Democrat vouched for “his wife Hillary’s health“.

As Stephen Kruiser put it in a quoting the article linked above:

I’m sure that this is just an attention getting evil genius ploy on the part of Karl Rove, but I am enjoying it because he’s giving them a taste of their own medicine. Pulling something out of thin air to get the character assassination rumor mill fired up is classic Clinton. The mere fact that Bubba even had to answer a question about it is a minor victory for Rove.

My only quibble with Kruiser relates to the magnitude of the victory.  It’s not minor.  It’s significant.   The media are now talking about Hillary’s health (if only to denounce Rove).  But, still Americans are thinking about her health.  And asking questions.

There will be calls for the former Secretary of State to release her medical records.  And questions about her health will persist if when she fails to do so. (more…)

Gov. Rick Perry (R) Challenges Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) to a Debate on Economic Policy

The Governor of the state with some of the lowest income taxes, pro-business regulatory environment, best economy in the country, and … oh yeah… a $2.6 Billion budget surplus… has challenged the Governor of a sclerotic blue state, with a moribund economy, the highest tax burden in the country… and a $1.7 Billion budget deficit… to a debate on economic policy.

Surprising no one, Governor Cuomo is uninterested in debating Governor Perry.

Political Consultant Thinks Jeb Bush Would Be a Great Republican Candidate

Posted by V the K at 6:17 pm - April 21, 2014.
Filed under: 2016 Presidential Election,Jeb Bush

The Political Consultant is, of course, a.) a rabid Democrat b.) who is supporting Hillary and c.) has a long list of failed campaigns including working for Al Gore in 2000 and John Kerry in 2004.

But aside from that, everyone should take Bob Shrum at his word that Bush 3.0 is just the ticket for Republicans in 2016.

Update:  Another Bob… Bob Dole … talks smack about Ted Cruz.

“A number of the younger members, first-termers like Rand Paul, Rubio and that extreme-right-wing guy, Ted Cruz — all running for president now. I don’t think they’ve got enough experience yet,” Dole said.

Dole said Cruz is “way out there” on the extremes of the party and defended his own record.

His own “record” being that of losing to a Democrat in the worst electoral blow-out of a Republican in the last 40 years.

Definitive Proof: America Has Become an Idiocracy

There are apparently people who think this is a good idea. Stick a fork in the Republic. It’s done.

Screen-shot-2014-04-02-at-9.46.32-AMSomebody in Texas, save me a spot on the couch when you secede.

 

We Like #BanBossy!

Yes, it’s a bumper sticker!

Hat tip, Powerline. Also this nifty graphic, hat tip Granite Grok:

You can find a larger, clearer version here.

Hillary Supporters Behind #BanBossy

The Facebook COO and the cabal behind the campaign to make the term “bossy” politically incorrect and socially unacceptable are party of the ‘Ready for Hillary’ coven.

Sandberg is an ally of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016. [...]

But why focus the campaign on the word “bossy”?

The answer to that may have something to do with Clinton being called “bossy” during the 2008 campaign by Australian feminist Germaine Greer. Bossy is also more tame than some of the other words Clinton has been called.

Two years ago, Democrats launched a campaign to brand Republicans as engaging in a ”war on women,” a campaign with a lasting impact that will no doubt stretch into the 2016 elections if Clinton runs.

Now the Ban Bossy campaign gives Democrats another weapon to use against those who disagree with Clinton’s policy ideas.

This way, anyone who criticizes Mrs. Clinton for her notoriously imperious, overbearing, domineering, difficult personality can be automatically attacked as “Anti-Woman;” much as all criticism of President Obama is attributed to “racism.” [But rest assured, calling Sarah Palin any crude, insulting name you want will still mark you as one of the Tolerant Enlightened.]

BTW, my good friend Stoaty Weasel has created a very… compelling… poster for Mrs. Clinton’s 2016 campaign. It’s a bit… uncivil… to reproduce it here; but here’s a link if you are feeling uncivil toward Mrs. Clinton.

No One Admires the Iron Dingbat

Hillary may be the top choice for President among the low-information “Brawndo’s Got Electrolytes” voters in the USA, but worldwide, she ranks pretty much last.

Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state who leads all 2016 presidential polls, ranks dead last on a new top 10 poll of who Americans admire most, and at the bottom of who the world admires most, behind celebs like Angelina Jolie and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Challenge: Name one real Hillary Clinton accomplishment. Don’t tell me she graduated from Yale. Don’t tell me she rode Bill’s coat-tails was elected Senator from New York and Secretary of State. What has she actually accomplished in terms of successful public policy that improved the lives of vast numbers of people?

Not that accomplishment matters to the same Idiocrat voters who, last time around, picked a half-term senator and former part-time community organizer.

Chris Christie Is a Jerk? Who Knew?

Chris Christie’s administration decided to punish the Governor’s opponents by creating massive traffic jams in a town that didn’t vote for him.

Earlier today, NorthJersey.com broke a story that several top aides to Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) conspired to create massive traffic jams in order to punish a town whose mayor failed to endorse Christie’s re-election bid.

According to e-mails obtained by the publication, several of Christie’s top aides — including his deputy chief of staff and a senior executive with the state’s Port Authority — ordered lane closures on the already overburdened George Washington Bridge to get revenge against Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich.

This kind of thing is obviously not a scandal when a Democrat does it. The SCOAMF vindictively closed national parks and monuments to punish voters during the Government shutdown, and the MFM had his hack. It remains to be seen if the MFM will protect their designated Republican loser favorite Republican the same way.

Update: Taking a cue from the man he helped re-elect in 2012, Christie claims he was completely ignorant of what his administration was doing and only found out about it when he read it in the papers.

Chris Christie, The New Michael Dukakis?

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 11:35 am - September 16, 2013.
Filed under: 2016 Presidential Election

Guest Post from GP Community Member V The K.

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2016 is shaping up like a rerun of 1988, an election coming on the heels of a two-term presidency by a strongly ideological president. And in 2016, as in 1988, the party in power is poised to hand the baton to a defeated rival from the prior primary campaign who served the administration loyally afterward; George H.W. Bush in 1988, Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2016.

The Republican Party is in a comparable position to the Democrats 0f 1988; the party has been rejected in two successive national elections, its base is dispirited, and its governing philosophy repudiated by the electorate. Thus, Chris Christie of New Jersey, should he be the Republican nominee, is cast in the role of Bush 41’s hapless opponent Michael Dukakis; a man whose example he is likely to follow into humiliating defeat.

Here are 10 Reasons for that:

1. Christie and Dukakis are both blue-state governors with mediocre records. Christie and Dukakis have both been governors of liberal northeastern states. Both campaigned for governor as reformers, but achieved little in the way of actual reforms while in office. (For all Christie’s screaming at schoolteachers, all he’s really accomplished is increasing the number of years to get tenure from 3 to 4. Yeah, that’ll break the back of the teacher’s union.) Both are supporters of gun control, Amnesty for illegal immigrants, and massive Federal spending in their own states. (BTW: New Jersey’s economic performance under Christie: No so great.

2. Both gained notoriety by dealing with natural disasters. Both Christie and Dukakis burnished their “leadership” credentials during natural disasters. Dukakis went on TV during the Blizzard of ‘78 to deliver weather bulletins. Christie famously hugged Obama in the aftermath of “Superstorm Sandy” and yelled at Republicans to pass a massive “Relief” Bill that contained more pork-barrel spending than actual hurricane relief.

3. Both had rivals who were taken out by bad judgment. Before the 1988 primaries, the Democrat frontrunner was a good-looking senator who was the darling of his party; Gary Hart of Colorado. Hart took himself out of the race after being caught en flagrante with Jessica Hahn. Going into 2016, the Republican Party also had an attractive, much adored senator who was the clear frontrunner… until Marco Rubio got caught in bed with Chuck Schumer and Dick Durbin.

4. The Republican Primary Field of 2016 is a Bizarro-World version of the 1988 Democrat Primary Field. Christie, like Dukakis, may face in the primaries: an ideological stalwart beloved by the activist base (Jesse Jackson/Ted Cruz), a congressman with deep ties to the party establishment but little appeal outside of it (Dick Gephardt/Paul Ryan); and a senator representing a political dynasty (Al Gore/Rand Paul). Should he prevail, Christie is likely to emerge as a candidate with an unenthusiastic party behind him, just like Dukakis in 1988.

5. Christie has his own Willie Hortons in the form of Abel Hernandez, Andy Maguino, and Jose Luis Galindo-Sanchez… illegal immigrants benefiting from New Jersey’s “sanctuary cities” who killed Americans. Maguino, notably, was sentenced to probation and community service after running down an old lady in his car and fleeing the scene. [Link]

6. Like Dukakis, Christie will also have his “tank” moment. For Dukakis, his desperation to prove he was not a weak-on-defense northeastern liberal led to a photo op riding around in a tank and looking like… a weak-on-defense northeastern liberal riding around in a tank. Christie has to do something to disavow his post -Sandy bromance with Obama. At some point, he is going to have to denounce his BFF, and in doing so, he is likely to end up looking very foolish because the gesture will be so transparently fake… like Dukakis in the tank.

7. Christie Will Need a Running Mate to Pick Up Voters His Party Is Losing. Dukakis picked Lloyd Bentsen as his running mate to reach out to “Reagan Democrats.” Christie will also have to choose a running mate more appealing than he is to a key voting bloc, in his case, women. He may choose someone like New Hampshire senator Kelly Ayotte; a northeastern moderate who shares his support for Amnesty and Gun Control.

8. Christie, Like Dukakis, will try and turn a negative personality trait into a positive. Dukakis tried to pass off dull detachment as “competence.” Christie tries to pass off being a jerk as “leadership.” The problem is that leadership and competence are just empty slogans. Bush 41 beat Dukakis by promising to continue Reagan’s policies; a promise he almost immediately broke by imposing massive tax increases, but “Read My Lips” got him into office, because he presented voters with something tangible – a continuation of Reagan Era prosperity. Dukakis lost, and Christie will lose, because neither man presents a compelling alternative to the person he did/will run against.

9. Both face opponents who are mediocre politicians riding the coat-tails of better politicians. If Christie is the Mike Dukakis of 2016, Hillary Clinton is the George H.W. Bush. Like Bush 41, she is the heir-apparent to a two-term president who wrought major changes to the country. Like Bush 41, she is an awkward campaigner with a grating speaking style.

10. Like Dukakis, Christie will lose massively. A lot of people are claiming Chris Christie is “the only man who can beat Hillary.” Most of those people want Hillary to win. Hillary will win by promising a return to the era of her husband’s presidency; and a large number of voters are incapable of critical thinking beyond “the last time a Clinton was in office, I was doing all right.”

Cheer up, for the worst is yet to come

The title is Jonah Goldberg’s. Apologies for forgetting who/what tipped me off to his recent speech. It wanders, but covers much interesting ground.

  • On the 2012 election: Romney is a good man, but was a poor candidate from a poor field. His consultants’ disdain for ideas and making conservative arguments led to Romney often sounding like nothing more than a right-wing greeting card. This let Obama paint him (however wrongly) as a rich, greedy prude and to win voters on the basis of “who cares more about people like me”.
  • On the 2016 election: It’s rare for a party to win a third term, and we can be sure the Democrats won’t do it with Vice President Biden. Meanwhile, the Republicans will have a stronger field.
  • On the GOP’s long-term prospects: The GOP has the right ideas, the ideas that work, but a huge ‘persuasion problem’. Democrats are better at deploying the language of community – such as “government is the one thing we all belong to”, or Clinton’s remark on the politics of “you’re on your own” vs. the politics of “we’re all in it together”. This is a pity, because in real life, conservatives tend to be better involved in their families, communities and causes larger than themselves.
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Jeb Bush gets what Mitt Romney missed
(about conservatism and “economic mobility”)

Readers of this blog know that I have long been a fan of Jeb Bush, having favored the accomplished former Florida Governor as my candidate for 2012 at least since November 2010.

And while it is still too early to start planning for 2016, when you google that good man’s name, look at what comes up:

Our reader Kyle alerted me to an article that shows that Jeb understands an aspect of modern American conservatism that Mitt Romney failed to articulate.  “Jeb Bush,” writes Mark Silva . . .

. . . the former Florida governor who based a political career on school reform, today called for a “restoration” of lost American values and economic mobility based on educational accountability.

With the gap between the impoverished and privileged in the U.S. widening, the solution lies in a regime of school and teacher evaluation, national standards and more “school choice” in alternatives such as charter schools, he said.

“We have these huge gaps in income,” Bush said at the start of a two-day Washington conference sponsored by his Foundation for Excellence in Education, “with people born into poverty who will stay in poverty.” He said: “This ideal of who we are as a nation — it’s going away, it’s leaving us,” adding: “There is one path that can change this course.”

Emphasis added.  Economic mobility, his belief that people born in poverty, reared in dependency, don’t have to stay in that condition and can rise about their circumstances.

It frustrated many Reagan-Kemp conservatives when, right after the Florida primary, Mitt Romney said because of the “safety net,” he wasn’t concerned about the very poor.

Reagan conservatives, however, have long been concerned about the poor because that safety net sometimes traps them in a cycle of dependency.   And we want to create the opportunities that will help them find the means to move up into a better economic situation. (more…)

The president’s resistance to real — & necessary — reform

The president,” wrote Jennifer Rubin yesterday, “who ran with no agenda and is now a lame duck, has not distinguished himself by tackling tough problems.” His reelection campaign made his, as his campaign manager put it, the party of “the micro stuff“.

(Perhaps Mitt Romney would have won last week had he been better at articulating the bigger picture.)

WIth such a small ball focus, Obama doesn’t seem willing to address the big challenges facing our country, notably the coming insolvency of entitlements, out-of-control federal spending and the increasing burdens of the regulatory state.

Last Thursday, Glenn linked a piece suggesting he has no interest in tackling these problems:

The sound and fury will be over big fights on taxes and spending. They will look like replays of the last four years and not end up accomplishing much. The big changes to our economy will be the metastatic expansion of regulation, let by ACA, Dodd-Frank, and EPA. There will be no change on our long run problems: entitlements, deficits or fundamental reform of our chaotic tax system. 4 more years, $4 trillion more debt.

Why? I think this follows inevitably from the situation: normal (AFU). Nothing has changed. The President is a Democrat, now lame duck. The congress is Republican. The Senate is asleep. Congressional Republicans think the President is a socialist. The President thinks Congressional Republicans are neanderthals. The President cannot compromise on the centerpieces of his campaign.

Result: we certainly are not going to see big legislation. Anything new will happen by executive order or by regulation.

Read the whole thing. And this is what is truly sad.  We need real reform right now, big changes to address fiscal problems looming beyond the cliff.  We have a debt problem.  And a regulatory problem.  And yet now we have an administration committed to moving us in the opposite direction, writing ever more regulations and increasing the costs of compliance to job creators. (more…)

No dearth of conservative leaders in 2012

Four years ago, appearing on PJTV the night of the election, I said that Rush Limbaugh had then become the interim leader of the conservative movement. Roger Simon, as I recall, disagreed.

In retrospective, I may have had a point. Rush did give a great speech at the following CPAC (2009) challenging the new president and articulating the conservative vision. But, that talker is more a cheerleader and a motivator, than an actual leader. To be sure, he helps us deliver our message and encourages us.

Perhaps Rush came to mind at the time because, in the first eight years of this century, the conservative movement had become increasingly moribund. The Tea Party was not yet born. Few outside Florida had ever heard of Marco Rubio. Bobby Jindal hadn’t even completed his first year as Governor of Louisiana.

Two years later, a whole host of articulate conservatives would rise to the fore, with Bob McDonnell elected Governor of Virginia the following year, then several thoughtful Republicans including Rubio elected to the U.S. Senate, including Ron Johnson from Wisconsin, Rob Portman from Ohio and Pat Toomey from Pennsylvania.

Paul Ryan would soon take over the chairmanship of the House Budget Committee. The Tea Party would become even stronger. (more…)