Monday, June 20, 2011

Boehner: “Two Republicans, a Democrat and a black guy walk into a golf club…”

Huntsman, Former China Envoy, to Run Against Obama

Tim Pawlenty 2012 Campaign Taking ‘Field Of Dreams’ Approach

Republican candidates: GOP lacks a strong contender from the South

Texan Perry Sizes Up Roadblocks to GOP Bid

The Herman Cain Show, and let’s be brutally honest about this – that’s all it is and ever will be – rolls on In heated presser, Cain discusses the Fed, abortion and gun rights.

MATT BAI on Jon Huntsman, in next Sunday’s New York Times Magazine, “‘Is It Always Like This?'”: “I first met [John] Weaver, a longtime professional and personal rival of Karl Rove, aboard John McCain’s Straight Talk Express in 2000. Weaver was one of McCain’s small coterie of adoptive little brothers, furtive and a bit mysterious but also creative and, over drinks at one or another hotel bar, surprisingly idealistic. … Political strategists are forever in search of the next big thing, some undiscovered talent who might someday be enshrined in marble – or at least make them household names the way Bush did for Rove or the way Obama did for David Axelrod. It was during his second go-around with McCain that Weaver met Governor Huntsman, who campaigned for McCain as one of his national chairmen. (The other was Tim Pawlenty, the former Minnesota governor who is also running for president.) In Huntsman, Weaver saw another less doctrinaire candidate who could embody the same kind of bigness that had so captivated him in McCain. …

“A lot of political handicappers – particularly those on the left, who tend to view the Republican base as monolithic and somewhat medieval – doubt that Huntsman can even win enough delegates to earn himself a decent speaking slot at the convention. … Some of the more sober-minded Republican insiders in Washington and New Hampshire, though, persuaded me that by distancing himself from some of the party’s more populist influences, Huntsman was giving Republican and independent voters an option that could not be so easily dismissed. This judgment has little to do with data and more to do with what Huntsman calls the vacuum in the Republican field.

“Huntsman’s bet is that some critical mass of moderate Republicans and independents – and there are still plenty of both in New Hampshire – can be persuaded to rally around a less ideological candidate who isn’t going to get personal or shape-shift, even if they don’t love all of his positions. If he can instigate a McCainian uprising in New Hampshire, where the lack of a competitive Democratic race this year should make for a heavier turnout among independent voters on the Republican side than in either 2004 or 2008, the fuse might then burn right through South Carolina and Florida, where Mary Kaye grew up and where Huntsman has based his campaign. … Is he just trying to get a little experience in the arena, in advance of 2016? Is he hoping for a bank shot to the vice presidency? Does he just want to be heard? Huntsman laughs off such questions. ‘That would suppose we actually had some master plan,’ he says. ‘Who knows where you’re going to be in 2016? Who knows what your family’s going to look like, what your health’s going to be like, what the world’s going to look like? Those things are impossible to forecast or to plan around.'” http://nyti.ms/mLYEP6

POLITICO’S “MORNING SCORE” – 6/20/11 – 5 QUESTIONS ON 2012 – We’re getting one more announced presidential candidate, while even more line up in the wings. Here are a few of our top questions for the week ahead:

(1) How many times will Jon Huntsman mention Barack Obama in his announcement speech? (Tim Pawlenty said his name 11 times. Mitt Romney said it eight times.)
(2) Who is the most prominent non-Texan officeholder who will push for a Rick Perry presidential run?
(3) Will Tim Pawlenty attack Mitt Romney in any public appearances, without being prompted by an interviewer?
(4) When will her fellow congressional Republicans start sharing what they really think about Michele Bachmann?
(5) How will the White House respond if gay marriage becomes legal this week in New York?   

GOP magic trick: Making George W. Bush vanish

L-R Donald Rumsfield, George W. Bush and Dick Cheney

Rumsfield: “How the ‘f’ did I end up working for an idiot and Satan?” 

NEWS

THIS IS “MUST-SEE TV!”

Jon Stewart LIVE On Fox News, Tells Host ‘You’re Insane’ (VIDEO)

If Chris Wallace’s marching orders Sunday were to go out and defend the FOX News “brand” against Jon Stewart, he failed miserably. (My apology to the word “miserably”, but that’s the best I come up with to describe Wallace’s pitiful performance on his own show).

It’s Still the Economy, Stupid

Bill Clinton, the 42nd president has more than a dozen ideas on how to attack the jobs crisis.

Interesting Column Entry from Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback (6/20/11) on si.com:

 Vancouver must be addressed.

We all saw the ridiculous display in Vancouver on Wednesday night after the hometown Canucks lost Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. A scarier view into the future I haven’t seen in some time. The callousness of hundreds of people (it wasn’t 10 or 20 or 60; we’re talking hundreds of people taking the law into their hands and ransacking portions of a city) cannot be dismissed by saying, “Oh, it’s just a bunch of drunks who got carried away after a game.”

What possesses people to BURN police cars? To slash fire hoses so fires can’t be put out? To pose, smiling and laughing, in front of burning cars and smashed plate-glass windows? That’s what I found the most stunning Wednesday night. Video of the so-called normal people, 25ish fans, men/women, running to pose in front of a burning BMW, putting up thumbs-up signs, or victory signs, and smiling. Normal people think it’s cool. Average people, maybe out on a date night or whatever they were doing out on the street, probably with normal jobs and lives, running to pose in front of a burning car … What were they thinking? “Let me have a cool memory of the riots of 2011!”

It’s encouraging that scores of volunteers showed up all day Thursday to clean up the mess. That’s a hopeful sign. But those Wednesday night scenes left me as scared about our future as anything I’ve seen in a long time. Why do I get the feeling that the thing that disturbed Mr. King the most was seeing a bunch of white people rioting for no apparent reason? Change the venue to say, Miami and the crowd to predominantly African-American after the NBA Finals and I doubt very seriously that he’d write the same words.

Tweet of the Weekend

“Holy heaven. Maui is so pretty I want to take it out for drinks and get it pregnant.” – Actress Olivia Wilde who was attending the Maui Film Festival, where she received the Shining Star award.

RANDOM THOUGHTS

When you say something like John McCain: Illegal Immigrants Caused Arizona Wildfires without presenting a shred of supporting evidence – On Sunday, Tom Berglund, a U.S. Forest Service spokesman, told ABC News that there is no evidence that illegal immigrants had caused the Wallow fire. “Absolutely not, at this level,” Berglund said. “There’s no evidence that I’m aware, no evidence that’s been public, indicating such a thing.” – one has to wonder what the hell happened to John McCain in the last three years.

Some may call me naïve, but I get the feeling that if he didn’t have to give the Tea Party even cursory attention, House Speaker John Boehner would be more than willing to sit down with President Obama and other Democrats and craft an “adult” solution to raising the debt ceiling along with responsible spending cuts.

Poor Chris Wallace. I almost felt sorry for him Sunday. Almost being the key word. For me, the best and most telling part of the interview with Jon Stewart was when on more than one occasion, Stewart pointed out in poll after poll, FOX’s viewers are consistently deemed the most misinforme­d, and Wallace had no response other than a grimace.

When Herman “Godfather of Soul Pizza” says stuff like – “I’m driving my staff crazy, but I be the candidate, OK?” – as he did during a Saturday press conference in Minneapolis, I cringe as a black man and rejoice as a Democrat and wish I could  contribute enough money to keep his “show” on the road for as long as possible. He makes MC Michael Steele look downright presidential by comparison. “I be the candidate, OK?” That’s pure comedy gold, I tell you. Gold!

So, say you’re a former John Edwards or Anthony Weiner staffer. How do you handle that on your resume now?

I’m no comic-book geek nor was I one growing up, but even I know that Green Lantern ranks fairly low on the “Super-Hero” totem pole, so the fact that there’s a movie about him absolutely mystifies me. I mean, who really cares. Now, make a movie with Batgirl, Catwoman and Supergirl and I’m there in a flash. Get it? “In a flash.” Never mind.

Something tells me that we haven’t heard/read the last of the recently retired Shaquille O’Neal’s possible involvement in a bizarre  kidnapping and beating Man testifies gang beat him over Shaquille O’Neal sex tape case in Los Angeles.

Get ready for the media to try and turn US Open winner Rory McEllroy into the “next Tiger Woods.” 

CONGRATULATIONS!

KISHA COLLIER, 2011 FIDM GRADUATE

 

 

 

              

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