It is official now, the first Democratic Party candidate for presidency is in the race, and the race is on. Hillary Clinton announced her run with a great two minute video that is worth a watch.
With Hillary in the race officially, and Martin O’Malley and Jim Webb, just a slick social media video announcement away from being in the race, the 2016 presidential season has started. Yes, I am discounting Ted Cruz and Rand Paul from beginning the season, because neither of them has a chance, and let’s be serious, they are both assholes. The real, most analyzed, covered, and whined about race will be whether Hillary wins a quick victory for the Democratic nomination in a landslide, or if she has to fight for the nomination.
There is little doubt that the American public will be clobbered by anti-Hillary memes, but is there a tougher more resilient politician out there? I’m not sure there is. Am I excited about a potential Hillary and Jeb race? No, but that doesn’t mean Hillary wouldn’t make a great president. Part of me is rooting against her, just so I don’t have to watch the assault on her, but part of me wants her to make history, and be the first positively impactful president I have been alive for. I was hoping for that from Obama, now I expect that if Hillary becomes the first woman to sit in the Oval Office. That might be entirely fair to expect of Hillary, but if she wins it will be a big deal.
Note: I recently stated Hillary is currently “my third choice, behind the dull Martin O’Malley and the slightly less dull Jim Webb,” but if Hillary comes out kicking butt, I will jump on the band wagon quicker than the Twins getting eliminated from the playoffs.
One of these things is not like the others,
One of these things just doesn’t belong,
Can you tell which thing is not like the others
By the time I finish my song?
Gallup Poll released its list of the 10 most admired women. First on the list is Hillary Clinton with 17%, next is Sarah Palin 12% and third is Oprah Winfrey with 11%.
1. Hillary Clinton
2. Sarah Palin
3. Oprah Winfrey
4. Michelle Obama
5. Condoleezzza Rice
6. Queen Elizabeth
7. Angelina Jolie
8. Margaret Thatcher
9. (Tie) Aung Sun Suu Kyi
(Tie) Laura Bush
(Tie )Barbara Bush
I get Oprah, and I was surprised to find out she has never topped the list, but the fact that Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin are so close floors me. Hillary Clinton is a strong woman and hard worker, who raised an exceptional daughter. She doesn’t complain or blame. She is a leader in the truest sense of the word.
Sarah Palin is a glorified weather girl who was thrust into the national limelight, was unprepared and ultimately I believe caused John McCain to lose the Presidency. She couldn’t finish her term as governor which was clouded by ethics issues.
As far as I am concerned it is sad that Sarah Palin is even mentioned in the same breath as Hillary Clinton, Margaret Thatcher, Aung San Suu Kyi and Condoleezza Rice, let alone is more highly regarded than most of them.
I guess in an era where the next presidential election might be brought to you by Exxon or Chevron, maybe my opinion doesn’t matter anyway.
Did you guess which thing was not like the others?
Did you guess which thing just doesn’t belong?
If you guessed this one is not like the others,
Then you’re absolutely…right!
From The National Review Online:
The Corner – Saturday, May 31, 2008
The Coming Feminist Backlash? [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
MINNEAPOLIS — The founder of the DFL Feminist Caucus in Minnesota is saying
“no” to Barack Obama.
Koryne Horbal says she and other feminists are promising action that could hurt Obama’s candidacy if the disputed Florida and Michigan delegations are not fully seated at the Democratic National Convention.
If Obama becomes the nominee under those circumstances, Horbal says she and others will write-in Hillary Rodham Clinton’s name on the ballot in November instead of voting for Obama.
What is wrong with these people? I heard a radio program say that Horbal would rather elect McCain and have Hillary run in four years. I am not sure if that statement is true, but she, and the “others” needs to hearken back to NARAL’s buttons that said “It’s the Supreme Court Stupid.”
John Paul Stevens is 88 years old.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 75 years old.
Stephen Bryer will be 70 this year.
Add to that Souter who is in his later 60s and Scalia and Kennedy who are in their 70s, and there could be five or six nomination for the next president!
If Koryne Horbal is concerned with feminist issues, the first priority should be the Supreme Court. Hilary should be a little farther down the list.
I heard, and by heard I mean I overheard, really I was eavesdropping at a café near work, on a guy complaining about gas prices. He was talking about how we need to do this gas tax holiday idea that McCain and Clinton are all hot on.
I drive a 2005 Buick that gets 24.2 MPG according to the readout on the dashboard that calculates my mileage. If we take a three month gas tax “holiday,” and remove the 18.4 cent federal gas tax during that time, I will save a whopping $30.41 over three months. That assumes I maintain my current driving level of about 4000 miles over three months.
I currently have a quarter tank of gas, by Friday morning when I fill up, my low gas warning light will probably be on. At $3.49 (this morning’s price) it will cost me about $59 to fill up my tank. A three month gas tax “holiday” will barely give me a half tank of gas! Is a half tank of gas a solution to our problem?!!!
Maybe it is time John McCain, Hillary Clinton and the rest of the Republicans to start joining those of us who want a long term solution to oil dependence, rather than spewing rhetoric in hopes of getting elected. My hope is for change, and the only logical candidates are the ones saying “what exactly is a half tank of gas going to get people in the long run?”
By the way, that same 4000 miles will cost me a whopping $3.30 in “DFL gas tax” money this summer. $1.10 per month seems like a very small price to pay over the summer for a better roads, safer bridges and hopefully less traffic over the next several years. Isn’t it just disgusting how those Democrats think about and plan for the future? Any good Republican will tell you that debt is the way to make America great.
Howard Dean wants this nomination process done by June. June?
Here is the script for the MNDem.com drama player. Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and Howard Dean acting out the Soup Nazi episode of Seinfeld:
HILLARY CLINTON: Medium turkey chili.
BARACK OBAMA: Medium crab bisque.
HILLARY CLINTON: (Whispering to Barack) I didn’t get Florida and Michigan.
BARACK OBAMA: Just forget it. Let it go.
HILLARY CLINTON: Um, excuse me, I – I think you forgot Florida and Michigan.
HOWARD DEAN: Florida and Michigan break rules.
HILLARY CLINTON: Break Rules? But I won there.
HOWARD DEAN: You want nomination?
HILLARY CLINTON: Yes, please.
HOWARD DEAN: No break rules! No lie!
HILLARY CLINTON: What?
HOWARD DEAN: No presidency for you! [snaps fingers]