Gov. Tim Pawlenty told a lot of jokes last night at the RNC, but he forgot the funniest one. The one where Mitt Romney became governor for one term, and as governor his state was 47th out of 50 in job creation, including a negative gain in private sector jobs, 1st in the nation in per capita debt, raised taxes and “fees” by $750 million a year, outsourced jobs to India, and passed a healthcare program that Obamacare was based on. That one is hilarious!
You must have seen this picture of President Obama and a surprised college bar patron in Colorado. For some reason it has gone viral. But what I found most interesting about the story wasn’t the cool picture this woman has, or the fact that a sitting president just popped into a college bar. What I found most interesting was that her comment to the president was “you smell good.”
This winter, one of my son’s friends from hockey got to meet Michelle Obama. His parents are in the Air Force and were part of a group that got to meet with Michelle Obama when she came to town. His comment about meeting her is that she smelled really good, “like cinnamon.”
I’m surprised that Republicans have not started using the fact that the president and the first lady small good against them. Republicans can make a person who wants a cleaner earth a bad thing. They can make wanting cleaner food a bad thing. I’m wondering how long it will be before they make a cleaner person a bad thing.
John Kline (and I am guessing many other Republicans) called the latest recess appointment by President Obama an example of Obama’s “imperial presidency.”
This is just another example of Cong. Kline fanning the flames of partisanship! The GOP has held up hundreds (HUNDREDS!) of appointments, and Obama makes a couple of appointments, and I will add, far fewer recess appointments than any recent president, and he is all of the sudden some sort of reprobate. That is an example of exactly what is wrong in Washington. It isn’t a President or a Congressman alone, the problem is the utter lack of respect that politicians have for each other, the name calling, and the over the top party fanaticism!!!
And I am sorry to break all of the Republican’s hearts, but Obama is not a party fanatic. Oh, and the Government isn’t bad. The government is US. You and me, and everybody else in America — we are the government! It is not the all inclusive monstrous government, the problem lies in people like John Kline and people on both sides who act and talk like him.
And to make it worse, he is upset at the appointment of a person to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. A bureau that is supposed to protect the 99% of us from all the stupid stuff that John Kline supports and that led us to this horrible economy that President Obama is slowly bringing us out of. Can there be any stronger example of what percent of people in this county John Kline supports?
The truth is that John Kline and other Republicans are trying to skirt the Constitution and change agencies like the CFPB or the NLRB that they either don’t have the votes or the power to “reform” the way they would like to, or they don’t have the gumption to attempt to change them in an honest upfront way. Our President is simply appointing people so that these agencies can operate as our nation’s laws dictate. Isn’t that exactly what so many Republicans want, for the law to simply be followed (obviously with an exclusion for corporations.)
“The will of the people.” Sen. John McCain said it yesterday talking about responding to the will of the people and their concerns about jobs, the economy and spending, based on the outcome of the 2010 election. Of course immediately following that remark he was willing to ignore “the will of the people” and our concerns about two costly wars that were never paid for because “a continued presence in Afghanistan is necessary.”
It is perfectly clear to me that the oft used phrase “the will of the people” is simply Republican code for the will of my supporters and funders. They are talking about their own people, their own like minded followers. They have no more concern for the true will of the American people than I have concern for what happens to the contestants on, well, really any reality show on TV.
If the will of the American people was such a concern, why were Republicans so combative with President Barack Obama from 2008 to 2010? Wasn’t it by the “will of the people” that he was elected? A majority of Americans think we should stop spending 100-200 billion dollars a year to fight two unwise wars. Where is the importance of “the will of the people” there? A majority of the people think the tax should pay a little more in taxes. Hello, “will of the people?”
This current crop of Republicans leaders doesn’t care about the will of the people. I’m not even sure they care about the people. They care about donors, pledges and interest groups. On the other hand, when Democrats talk about working for the American people they are talking about everybody, including the unemployed factory worker who usually votes Republicans, that homeless guy on the corner who doesn’t vote, the small business owner struggling to get by and the older woman in the Senior high rise who is reminded weekly right now about why she became a Democrat in the 1930s. It doesn’t matter who “the people” are, because generally Democrats have empathy, compassion and a desire to make life better and easier for all of us, not just some of us.
Paul Wellstone often said “we all do better when we all do better.” I want a Republican who thinks that “we all do better when the rich pay less in taxes” to look me in the eye, and honestly tell me that I will do better if the Walton family or the Koch family has another million dollars in their investment portfolio, and can explain to me how that helps me or any one of my neighbors.
Last week, the FOX network continued its push to replace President Obama with its first official piece of business, the first FOX Republican Presidential candidate debate. While many of the top contenders decided not to attend, five middle and lower tier candidates showed up and excited national Republican political junkies.
Despite the low candidate turnout, and the absence of the most controversial candidates, this particular debate was a bit controversial. Not just controversial in that 4 of the 5 candidates in attendance said they would support torture as a President… (pause for shake of head)… but it was controversial in that the Associated Press and Reuters chose not to attend because of restrictions placed by the FOX Network on other news gathering organizations. I guess it just proves that Sirius/XM was correct in their recent reclassification moving FOX “News” from the News station category to the Political station category.
Anyway, it was the first event of the 2012 presidential race. We will have a better picture of what to expect as we approach the summer and fall. There should be candidates beating down the door to take on President Obama the way Republicans talk about how bad a President he is. I think the reality is that potential candidates realize it would have been really hard to beat Barack Obama even before the recent political events.
Here is my uneducated take on the field of Obama’s potential challengers.
The Serious Presidential Challengers:
Former Governor of Massachusetts, dogged within the party for RomneyCare and past “liberal” stances. Most recent polls have him closely behind poll leader Mike Huckabee, second, just like he was to John McCain. Romney lost to Ted Kennedy in a Senate race not long ago. In that race Senator Kennedy joked that Romeny flipped and flopped so much that if the election lasted long enough, Mitt would vote for Kennedy instead of himself. Ted Kennedy also joked saying “I am pro choice, Mitt is multiple choice.” I think that flip-flop aspect of his history will keep him in second, regardless of who wins the nomination. But, if he gets the nomination, he might have a better chance of winning than a lot of these candidates.
I included Jeb Bush in the serious challenger list, but not Mike Huckabee, go figure. Huckabee is obviously a serious contender, I’m just unsure he will run. I think Jeb will run. He is obviously hurt by Bush 43 as well as Bush 41, by 43’s policies and result, and 41 along with 43 by the monarchal aspect of a third Bush as a President. Those are the only reasons he wouldn’t run, but if he jumps in, especially at the last minute into a crowd of dull, lifeless contenders, he immediately becomes a star. I don’t think he can win the presidency because of 41 and 43, but he could easily get the nomination.
The Dark Horses:
Like Bush, he isn’t necessarily an expected candidate, but neither was Barack Obama. He is a Midwesterner liked by Tea Party and Republicans, and he has already established a fiscal campaign against Obama. He is technically a dark horse because he isn’t a candidate yet. If he jumped in, I think he would move to the serious challenger level and be labeled by some the second coming of Ronald Reagan (which would be completely inaccurate, don’t get me started.)
He seemed to be the winner in the recent FOX Network debate according to other’s accounts. He could win by default because he is non-controversial nationally, yes, he did raise his hand in support of torture. Of course, how he left the State of Minnesota could really hurt him in a national debate. But if Mike Huckabee stays out of the race, and he wins Iowa. He could run away with the nomination a la Bill Clinton.
Ditto on Tim Pawlenty, but he actually did the things Pawlenty didn’t, like solving a state budget deficit. He also is seen as a little more independent that would appeal to moderates with his decision to avoid controversial social wedge issues, which is a negative to hard core Republicans. Maybe a good national pick, but might have a hard time getting the Republican nomination.
I know she got a zero in a recent Iowa poll, but ths is a very shrewd and hard working politician. I consider her a dark horse, not because I think she can win, but because she can get some serious attention and raise a lot of money. The problem is she has a really good thing going where she is right now, so I question whether she would want to leave the House, especially if her district borders remain unchanged as they appear to be in the first redistricting attempt. On the other hand, if she does enter the race and doesn’t win the nomination, she is poised to fully concentrate on taking on Sen. Al Franken in 2014. That makes me think she might not mind getting in.
The Not So Likely:
He announced he is in today. He is a fundraising powerhouse and he WAS a political powerhouse. I think the “was” aspect is weighing on his ego. He can make a run, and if he loses, but does well, he gets the extra attention to sell books and continues to get calls from the FOX network to be an analyst. If he happens to win, even better for Newt.
Herman Cain was the fan favorite at the FOX Network debate, and to his credit, he was the only candidate who said he would not support torture. He doesn’t have much of a chance.
Fierce loyalty among fans, but doesn’t seem to the have the skills or desire to seriously compete for the GOP nomination, let alone the Presidency. Plus, a bad loss would seriously diminish her ability to be taken seriously on the FOX network…
Might have a better chance to win the presidency than some of these guys, but he can’t win the GOP nomination. Plus, there is his son…
He was a registered Democrat, vied to run as the Reform Party candidate for president, toyed with running for New York Governor, and now is threatening to toss his hair in the ring this year for President. It is all a publicity stunt to increase his wealth. After all, is the country really going to elect a man who started life with $400 million that his father left him and has been bankrupt 3 times since, divorced twice, had an affair, and thinks he has the right to judge other’s moral and financial decisions? Recent polls have put him in his place, close to last.
Just Google Rick Santorum quotes. No change. Nothing more to say.
Could be included here too.
The could haves, but have better things to do:
He has a good gig going. If he gets in he is a “challenger” but I’ve read that he isn’t necessarily interested. He leads in the current polls, and he might be the only current potential candidate (not including Bush or Ryan) at the top of the list who could unite the Republican base and challenge Obama.
Already out. He is old and wants to spend the rest of his life enjoying it. The funny thing is that I read he might be Mike Huckabee’s running mate if he runs. His exit from the race adds to my feeling that Huckabee is out too.
Overall, at this point in the race it seems like a pretty weak pack. If I were betting, and Huckabee stays out, I would put my money on Pawlenty. But if Bush or Ryan get in, Pawlenty is toast. They are probably all toast if Huckabee gets in.