Tag: 2016 Presidential Election

A Better Reset


Remember Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s infamous “Reset Button” photo-op with her Russian counterpart? It’s probably the most laughably inept and self-aggrandizing event in recent American foreign policy. It’s less laughable now — unless you’re Sergey Lavrov, who’s still in office and has outlasted three of his American counterparts — but it was pretty good back then and may yet save us from a second Clinton Administration.

America’s reputation was in bad shape when President Obama assumed office. He and Clinton did everything in their power to exaggerate and contribute to that perception and present themselves as the harbingers of a new day. And the world basically seemed to hold itself together for the first five years of his presidency. Sure, there was that bit of unpleasantness in Iran; true, the Arab Spring veered off in ugly directions; conceded, the “red line” in Syria was a mistake; and yes, our an ambassador was murdered, but that was just background noise to the general level of wonderfulness, right? After all, Osama bin Laden was dead and General Motors was alive.

Do Democrats Secretly Believe Hillary Clinton Will Implode?


Is Hillary Clinton’s candidacy viable? I am not asking about her position on big issues and the like. I am looking at small things. Do the questions below, from my recent post elsewhere, say to you what they say me: that the odds are against Clinton candidacy making it even through the primaries. That the answer is “no” and that her likely opponents know it?

We have been hearing for months that former senator and secretary of State Hillary Clinton is a shoo-in for the 2016 Democratic Party presidential nomination. She has the resume. She has the money. And solidly behind her, she has the second biggest draw in the Democratic Party, her husband Bill.

‘Run Liz Run’: Stuck in the Age of Folk


Democrats know how to reach voters. I’m not talking about using better data or GOTV techniques – I mean how to reach people emotionally. That’s exactly the point of the new video – “Run Liz Run” – promoting Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Set to a catchy folk-song it’s a portrait of enthusiastic supporters carrying signs and cheering for the Senator as she gives a passionate speech at the progressive Netroots Nation conference. It makes you feel hopeful, excited about the prospects of seeing a woman in the White House, and paints politics as accessible.

Despite the video’s positive vibe, however, it’s clear supporters of Liz Warren view life in America as inherently unfair. “Run Liz Run” calls for a “leader who won’t stand for all the Wall Street bull—-;” stresses that “people think the system is rigged because it is,” and reminds us that “nobody got rich on their own, not nobody.” The video skillfully pits Americans against one another – a technique Warren has already perfected, by using the word “fighting” with great frequency – without ever making the viewer feel angry.



Hillary Clinton Reads From Her New Memoir In New York CityWith Eric Cantor’s political implosion and the news that our long investment of blood and treasure in Iraq is about to be entirely squandered by Barack Obama’s indifference, Hillary Clinton almost escaped disaster last week. Almost, but not quite.

Hillary’ presidential campaign-kickoff-disguised-as-a-book tour was a wreck from the beginning, even with her natural constituency in the news media. Like everything in the Clinton political world, it was a week planned, prepped, and war-gamed to a fault. It was meant to demonstrate not only her accomplishments, her ideas, and her Presidential campaign-in-waiting’s skills, but to continue to build dread of the Clinton Juggernaut. However, the overly regimented, four-seconds-per-prole limit during her book-signing events and the heavy-handed media handling drew a picture quite different from the one Team Clinton intended.

Speaking of Hillary’s book, Hard Choices is dull, shallow, and was rightly and roundly panned by reviewers, despite the best PR rollout and softball media interviews money could buy. While this genre is never particularly revelatory, Hard Choices is even less enlightening than the usual fare. Don’t bother reading it. There’s simply nothing there.

Not a Good Week for Hillary Clinton


HillFirst, there was this. Then, there was the fact that Diane Sawyer of all people laid into Clinton over Benghazi (which, lest you forget, is not a scandal, so don’t worry your pretty little heads about it, darlings). And then, there is the fact that her book . . . well . . . isn’t so good:

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton’s new memoir “Hard Choices” officially launches Tuesday morning, but it’s already being savaged by critics for being overly cautious and, as a result, uninteresting.

“TRUTH BOMB 1: ‘Hard Choices’ is a newsless snore,” Politico’s Mike Allen wrote in his Monday-morning newsletter. He went on to describe the book “written so carefully not to offend that it will fuel the notion that politics infuses every part of her life.”

The “47%” Comment of 2014



Hillary Rodham Clinton says her family was “dead broke” after her husband Bill’s presidency.

In an interview with ABC News airing Monday, the former secretary of state and possible presidential contender said the couple emerged from the White House saddled with legal fees and debt. Clinton said they struggled to finance “mortgages, for houses” and daughter Chelsea’s education.

Hillary’s Big Economic Speech Forgets About Obamanomics


052114hillary-600x298There was a weird moment during Hillary Clinton’s big-think economic speech the other day. The former Obama Secretary of State and current middle-class warrior had just finished ticking off a bunch of worrisome stats on income growth, income inequality, and social mobility. She really focused on how Canada’s middle-class is now supposedly richer than America’s in an economy with both more equality and a stronger safety net. Then Clinton continued:

That’s not how it’s supposed to be. We often think that we invented the middle-class. So what can we do about it? Of course, a lot depends on our leadership here in Washington and across our country. The 1990s taught us that even in the face of difficult, long-term economic trends, it’s possible through smart policies and sound investment to enjoy broad-based growth and shared prosperity. My husband gave a lecture at Georgetown recently …

Stop the tape. Wasn’t that the moment she was supposed to start trumpeting the achievements of the Obama administration and how Obamanomics has begun to turn around those bad trends? Shouldn’t that have been the “stay the course with Hillary” moment (assuming a 2016 White House run)? Instead, she skipped right back to Bill Clinton’s presidency.

How Much Are We Entitled to Know About a Presidential Candidate’s Health?


Karl Rove is coming under fire — more than usual — for remarks that he made at a public forum in Los Angeles last week calling into question the nature of Hillary Clinton’s injury when she suffered a concussion in late 2012. As reported in the New York Post:

The official diagnosis was a blood clot. Rove told the conference near LA Thursday, “Thirty days in the hospital? And when she reappears, she’s wearing glasses that are only for people who have traumatic brain injury? We need to know what’s up with that.”

That Old Clintonian Dysfunction


As Hillary Clinton is gearing up for another possible run at the presidency, Politico has written an in-depth story regarding Clinton’s love-hate relationship with the media. And it is mostly hate, as one of Clinton’s advisers is more than happy to admit: “Look, she hates you. Period. That’s never going to change.” I am more than willing to believe those words, and they point to why Hillary Clinton should never be president of the United States.

We are still being governed by an administration that claims to have been the most transparent in history, even though the record is clear that it is anything but. And this is an administration with relatively good relations with the media, featuring a president who has basically been a media darling ever since he burst on the national and international stage. If an administration with this many advantages when it comes to being able to charm the media still sees fit to make a mockery of transparency, what makes anyone think that in a future (Hillary) Clinton administration, there will be anything resembling more transparency, especially when one considers Clinton’s often-difficult history with the press?

Rick Perry Receives the Kiss of Death—Troy Senik


How do you know your dreams of reaching higher office are doomed? When Dick Morris says you have a chance. From the latest musings of the man who guaranteed a Hillary Clinton-Condoleeza Rice presidential race in 2008 (the book laying out that scenario is now available at prices starting at $0.01 from Amazon):

Of the defeated candidates left over from 2012, Santorum is probably too focused on social issues to win. Cain and Bachmann can be dismissed as flashes in the pan, and the problems that knocked them out of contention have not gone away. Romney probably won’t get a third chance. Even Nixon only got two. Newt inflicted too many wounds on others and on himself.

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President Reagan had a strong vision of what he wanted America to be and he had the political smarts to know how to make that vision a reality.  People like Bob Dole and George H. W. Bush had the political smarts but not the vision.  Ted Cruz and Rand Paul are strong on vision but haven’t been around […]

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Can A College Dropout Win The Presidency? — DocJay


Scott Walker has rock star status in the GOP.  He turned around a bad fiscal scene in Wisconsin and is an effective manager (like most Republican governors).  He defeated a recall effort led by unions, which makes him an original and tough guy.  He’s got enough looks and charm to make a run at it too.

Does being a college dropout make a difference?  He left Marquette with a semester plus to go (with a 2.59 GPA — hey, wait, what’s a transcript on a candidate doing out there?)  and headed in to politics.  He left after a few issues at school regarding political life.  One guy who he accused of misappropriating student body funds for a limo ride still despises him, but, most importantly, it’s been alleged (without any conclusive proof) that Walker removed copies of the campus newspaper when it decided not to endorse him in a campaign against some anti-apartheid granola activist fellow (who ended up winning).  

What Happens When Obamacare Becomes Popular?


We now have a poll showing support for Obamacare.

Not a majority, just a plurality (though a solid 49%).  While you can quibble quite a bit with the methodology, the undeniable fact is that the numbers have shifted in this particular poll with this particular question, so it means something.

What Will Campaign Ads Look Like in 2016?


Everyone knows that in 2012 the Obama campaign trounced the Romney campaign in use of technology to get out the word and get out the vote. Both with social media and in-house tools (Obama’s geek squad v. Romney’s ill-fated ORCA) the GOP’s efforts were laughable.

But there was also traditional TV advertising. 2012 brought record output in this medium, with almost $2 billion spent and 3 million ads aired, according to NPR. However, not everyone was subjected to the same levels of exposure. Niche markets/demographic and key regions were the major recipients. For instance, Obama outspent Romney 12-1 in Spanish language ads, and residents of places like Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida saw nothing but candidates during ad-time for 6 months.