Drinking! Dancing! Diplomacy! That’s how Hillary rolls and change I CAN believe in!
The evidence is :25 seconds in. Enjoy…
Drinking! Dancing! Diplomacy! That’s how Hillary rolls and change I CAN believe in!
The evidence is :25 seconds in. Enjoy…
Caroline Kennedy, who was part of Obama’s veep search committee, is off and running for Hillary Clinton’s soon to be vanquished Senate seat. What qualifications does Ms. Kennedy have beyond being on Obama’s VP committee?
Let’s see. There’s her name and the poetic image of her taking over a seat once held by her late great uncle Robert Kennedy. I’ve always been a Kennedy fan. I thought JFK was a good president who might have achieved true greatness had he had the chance.
I think RFK was a man of contradictions, who by the end of his life had figured out who he was and the nation was better for it. RFK was going to be a greater president than his brother in my humble (but always correct) opinion. But, of course he never got that chance.
Instead the nation got Nixon another man of contradictions but whose personal demons rather than an assassin’s bullet brought him down. Luckily, the country didn’t come down with him.
Back to the Kennedys…. Then, there’s Teddy. Yet another man with contradictions. A man whose inaction and selfish acts may have contributed to the death of a young lady. Ted Kennedy will never remove that stain from his record. However, when you talk about Ted Kennedy, you must look at his complete record. In many ways, Jack & Bobby’s youngest brother has surpassed them in real accomplishment. Senator Kennedy has done an awful lot of good during his time in the Senate.
Taking the example of JFK, RFK and Teddy, other Kennedy clan members have jumped into public life. Caroline has done her best to stay out of the public eye and yet now she is pursuing the family business at last.
Is she another person with contradictions? Come 2009, we may all find out.
For Governor David Patterson, the choice on who to name will all come down to two things: who can help him win re-election and who can win the special election in 2010 to finish out Clinton’s term in the U.S. Senate.
Caroline Kennedy, given her name, her history and her money, can help David Patterson on both counts. No doubt she’ll be on the Governor’s short list if she isn’t already.
Switching gears… So Caroline knows what she wants and Barack Obama isn’t sure what he did in relation to the search for his senate seat replacement.
For the record, I don’t think President-Elect Obama did anything inappropriate regarding his senate seat. I used to think his staff didn’t do anything inappropriate either. I guess I still do.
But, I don’t think the Obama team is helping itself by how they’ve handled the Blagojevich mess. Early on Obama and a member of his team contradicted themselves on whether anyone from their camp had any contact at all with Governor/Prisoner Blagojevich about the matter. So, it didn’t get handled well from the beginning.
Since then, the Obama team has been quieter than you’d expect on this. And then they took the interesting step of having their own lawyer investigate them. Today, it was announced their lawyer cleared the Obama camp of any wrongdoing.
To be clear, I think their lawyer is probably right. That said, it never looks good to have someone on the inside investigate you. The “cynical girl” (Marshall Crenshaw reference!) inside of me always rolls my eyes at those kinds of investigations. It looks even worse when your inside man or woman clears you of all wrong doing.
Anyway, we’ll see where it all leads. I’m betting on ultimately nowhere, but hopefully this will remind Obama and his folks that it’s rarely the initial act but rather the mishandling of owning up to it that burns you in the end.
I wouldn’t be surprised if the Obama people did speak to the Governor/Prisoner about potential replacements. After all, it was the man’s Senate seat and he going to be President. Obama should have had some interest even if only out of curiousity.
Nothing wrong about that. And even less wrong about just coming out and saying so…
Like the true political junkie I am, I spent the entire night watching the results come in by channel surfing the broadcast & cable news outlets and checking my Blackberry for online updates during commercial breaks.
Maybe I just drank the Kool-aid, but what a great night for America. I am proud of both candidates tonight. I am proud of my fellow Americans tonight. Turnout levels were high and old myths have been shattered. I’m glad the guy I voted for won, but I’m more glad that I live in a nation like America where we can peacefully chose our leaders. And i’m glad the outcome was decisive and pray it will help us move on together as a nation.
Months and months ago, I wrote on this blog that America was ready for a woman or an African American to be president. I heard many women and African Americans say that was not the case. My point was that it had to be the right woman or African American. I went on record saying that Hillary Clinton was not the right woman. I left the door open to Barack Obama’s becoming the first African American President. Tonight, I’m so happy to say to America “I TOLD YOU SO…”
Now a few observations from all my TV watching & Blackberry checking:
America IS safer tonight. Sarah Palin is not a heartbeat away. Yes, technically, Barack Obama doesn’t have her executive experience in government, although he did spend the last two years running the most complex and successful political campaign in history. But, whether that counts or not, I think what is obvious to most fair minded individuals is that Sarah Palin is not up to leading this country. A few weeks of cram session simply didn’t get her sufficiently prepped. And to be fair to her, a few weeks of prep was never going to be enough. Barack Obama has intensively prepared for this moment. He may or may not become an effective president, but I completely believe we are better off with him leading us than having a 72 year old John McCain lead us with Sarah Palin as his emergency replacement. Imagine THAT 3AM call? I don’t want to. And now America doesn’t have to.
More on Sarah Palin. In his concession speech, Senator McCain hailed his running mate’s future in American politics and as a leader in his party. Here’s the truth. She has crested. This is as far as she will ever rise and now she’s done. It was nice of McCain to say, but the truth is that Palin dragged him only down. While she initially energized the base, it quickly became obvious that she was oblivious and turned off Clinton supporters, independents and other non-committed voters in drove. But that’s not the only reason I say she is done. Palin has cold hard history against her. Almost no person in her expensive shoes (a losing VP candidate on a non-incumbent campaign ticket) has ever come back to capture the White House or for that matter the top spot on their party’s ticket. Want proof? Take a look at people like John Edwards, Sargeant Shriver, Lloyd Benson, etc. If you’re asking “who’s that” then you get my point. Bye bye Sarah…
On CNN, commentator Bill Bennett made the point that he doesn’t think this election means that America has shifted from center-right to center-left. He’s still clinging to the idea that America is center-right. Give Bennett this much, he’s right it’s not this election. It’s actually the last two elections that have shown us that America is shifting politically. In these last two elections, the GOP has lost a ton of seats in both house of Congress and now the presidency. What more proof does Bennett need??
That all said, let’s talk about the center. My firm hope is that President-Elect Obama keeps the emphasis on the center. Yes, he’ll have the power to rule from the center-left. I hope he will have the wisdom not to. The best thing Obama can do is keep his campaign pledge of trying to unite this country together. As Obama has said, I truly believe that we have much more in common than the things that divide us. It’s too important a time in our history not to focus on working together and getting things done. Let’s hope Obama backs up his words. From his stirring speech tonight, I for one am feeling hopeful.
So happy to write this. GOODBYE Joe the plumber. Your 15 minutes is officially at 15:01.
I like John McCain again tonight. His concession speech was class all the way. This is the John McCain so many of us admire. Sadly, he seemed to lose his way a bit during the campaign and attacked his opponent in personal ways not to be admired while often stretching the truth beyond its breaking point. Yet, McCain may have saved his soul and the soul of the GOP in the bargain. McCain resisted the temptation to play the race card in a major way. His decision to not bring Reverend Wright back into the campaign debate will be questioned by pundits for a long time. But, it seems to me that McCain simply was uncomfortable going there because in addition to being old news, it risked a major backfire. McCain put country first by not inflaming racial tensions needlessly and setting back the GOP in the process. Clearly the demographics of our nation have changed and along with it racial attitudes. If the Republican Party is to continue to compete, it will have to widen its base beyond the wealthy and the Joe The Plumber (semi-angry white guy) types. McCain saw that clearly.
Speaking of race. What an important night. Perhaps now African Americans and other minorities believe the American Dream is truly possible for everyone. Perhaps it’s chrystal clear now that not all or perhaps even most whites are racists. What a chance for our country to heal and come together. I have never been the hugest Jesse Jackson fan, but I have to admit seeing him on TV in the Obama crowd with a tear rolling down his cheek was moving sight.
Finally, one last note and it’s a Bush bash. Watching Barack Obama speak it was so refreshing to hear the future leader of our nation demonstrate his understanding of what America truly stands for. Both here and across the world, America’s greatest gift to this planet has been her ideals. During his eight years, the current president has often failed to demonstrate a deep understanding of America’s ideals and focused more on rigid political agendas. Finally, we will again have a president who gets the big picture.
Ok, I lied, here’s the final point. Not sure if it was this campaign or the Wall Street mess, but I’m thrilled that Americans are coming around to the idea that government is not always the problem. Reagan sold on us that false idea. Yes, the government can mess things up. YOu only need to take a look at the current administration to see that. And no, I don’t want higher taxes. What I do want is a government that gives a damn about all its people. What I do want is a government that plays a role where needed rather than starting needless wars. Here’s hoping that’s what we got tonight.
May God Bless America and all of us. And please allow Senators Obama & McCain some much needed rest. They’ve both earned it.
Alright, so I’m back. Break out the champagne or your beverage of choice. Summer is over and here are some quick thoughts on the news that I would have blogged about if I’d been able to blog during the past week or so.
Wow! Did the Yankees mess up on him this year. And for the record, I’ve been right about him all this year. I warned against moving him to the starting rotation. Despite my dire warnings, that’s just what they did. The result? A few nice starts followed by a stint on the DL and now a return as a reliever.
I’m not against Joba as a starter. By why they were dead set against delaying it until he could have a full training camp as a starter I’ll never know. Even more incredulous, I heard Brian Cashman said today that Joba might begin next year as a reliever again before being converted to starting in season.
Just plain stupid. I’m so divided on whether Brian Cashman is really good or really bad at his job. But, that’s a topic for another day.
The AL East Race
Full disclosure. I’m a Red Sox fan and hater of the Yankees. Remember them? They used to be the Evil Empire. But, this year they may finally miss the playoffs. Given their long history of comebacks, I’m not about to write them off although it’s getting tougher for them everyday.
As an example, tonight the Yankees have a 6-2 lead at Tampa Bay over the surprising division leaders as I write this. However, up at Fenway, the Red Sox have a 13-1 lead over the Orioles. So a win tonight does them no good and helps their arch rivals.
The Rays were a cute and inspiring story. Now, they’re a serious thorn in the side for my hopes of the Red Sox defending their title. I was kind of rooting for the Rays to get into the playoffs with the wild card. Now, I’m trying to stay confident that Sox will make the playoffs as the wild card.
Best case for me is for the Sox to win the Division, the Rays to get the wild card and the Yankees to go home. Even after two recent championships, the long suffering Sox fan inside me just can’t give up on the idea of seeing the Yankees’ playoff streak finally come to an end. That might be a little pathetic, but if the tables were turned, I’m sure the Bronx fans would feel the same way about the BoSox. And that’s what makes it such a great rivalry.
That aside, Biden helps on foreign policy of course, experience and it doesn’t hurt that he’s got Pennsylvania roots. Also, he seems prepared as possible to be a heartbeat away…
My gut tells me, though, that somewhere along the way Biden’s mouth is going to get him in trouble.
If you’re Obama, you’re just hoping that the damage won’t outweigh the good that he brings in terms of all I mentioned above and his willingness to go on the attack for the ticket.
Sarah Palin or Tina Fay – You Decide!
BEFORE YOU GO ANY FURTHER…. READ THIS CORRECTION – PLEASE NOTE THAT REPUTABLE NEWS SOURCES ARE NOW SAYING THAT IT WAS PALIN’S HUSBAND NOT SARAH PALIN HERSELF WHO WAS A MEMBER OF THE ALASKAN POLITICAL PARTY THAT ADVOCATES ALASKA BOLTING FROM THE US. I GOT MY INFO YESTERDAY FROM ANOTHER REPUTABLE NEWS OUTLET THAT WAS APPARENTLY WRONG. SORRY FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE & HOPE IT DOESN’T INTERFERE WITH YOUR ENJOYMENT OF MY WITTY YET INSIGHTFUL COMMENTARY. CAUSE THAT WOULD JUST BE SAD…
Well, she’s definitely not some recycled boring old white guy (Joe Lieberman, Mitt Romney you out there?).
When I heard the pick, I was completely shocked. I’d heard some brief mention of her, but it always seems like a very minor possibility.
I’m still wrapping my head all around it. Like many others have said, it could prove to be genius or his dumbest mistake. Right now, I’m leaning toward NOT genius.
On the plus side, it was a surprising pick and it absolutely made news, which seems to have been a big requirement as they were calculating who to chose. Her gender helps offer out the possibility of something extraordinary happening on the Republican side this year and may offset some of the excitement about the first African American potentially elected Commander In Chief. Further, her gender may lure some of Hillary Clinton’s former supporters. Palin’s got very solid conservative credits, which oddly enough seem to have only been enhanced by the revelation that her teenage daughter is pregnant (because like in the Madonna song “she’s keeping my baby”. And really I think this is where she’ll help McCain the most – sureing up the base. Evangelicals are saying she’s walking the walk when it comes to being commited to her anti-abortion rights views.
On the negative side, despite being “fully vetted”, she’s under investigation in Alaska for trying to get her ex-brother-in-law fired from his job as a State Trooper, her daughter is pregnant at 17 , her husband had a drunk driving conviction decades ago, it seems she was a member of a political party advocating Alaska bolting from the United States and of course there’s the experience thing. Plus, realisically, is a woman against abortion rights REALLY gonna steal many of Clinton’s supporters away??
Live by the sword and die by the sword they say. McCain’s most effective weapon against Barack Obama was pressing the experience question. Now, with the choice of Sarah Palin, it seems out the window to me. McCain is 72 and has survived multiple cancers. He was a POW for a very long time and brutally tortured. I sincerly wish Senator McCain many more years, but how are we not to factor all of this in when we realize that his VP is basically the mayor of a town smaller than a lot of us grew up in?
Whether Sarah Palin was fully vetted or not, we’ll never really know. But, the reality is that I don’t think many presidential candidates would’ve signed her on if they’d known all the baggage she’d bring along. Worse yet, the press and bloggers aren’t going to stop speculating about how fully she was vetted. It brings into question Senator McCain’s judgement.
McCain, claims he’s a different kind of politician. He’s a maverick. With his VP pick, he proved that for sure. Now, his greatest appeal, his very maverick-ness, may come back to bite him in the @ss.
As for me, I’m officially staying undecided, but I have to admit I’m swaying in Barack Obama’s direction…
So big news broke yesterday that Barack Obama has made up his mind on his VP choice. The rumors are that he’s going to campaign with the lucky guy or gal on Saturday. And… he’s supposed to announce his big pick via text message to those who bothered to sign up for it some time before then. For the record, I’m not on his text message send list.
When Obama was asked the follow up question about who he actually picked, he refused to answer keeping the collective nation on the proverbial edge of our seat.
The big question is why? Why taunt us, Senator Obama? Why let it get out you’ve made your pick if you’re not ready to spill it? Why not just go ahead and tell us? We’ve been waiting a while to hear after all.
And really is it going to be such a big surprise? Are you really going to pull a Hillary Clinton out of your hat? Or even more shocking someone like an Al Gore?
Not bloody likely from what I hear. The common wisdom is that it will likely be Joe Biden and if not him then Tim Kaine or Evan Bayh or maybe the female governor of Kansas whose name I’m too lazy to google this early in the AM.
So, we know who all the most likely players are. Can’t we just get this over with? I think by being coy and making us wait it out that Barack Obama risks coming off as self-important and in love with his own celebrity. That’s not exactly a good image for him at the moment his opponent is busy accusing him of just exactly that.
If Obama is going to make us wait, then by all means it better be worth waiting for. To make it really worth the wait, he ought to go with a real big surprise like a Clinton, Gore or a GOP type like Chuck Hagel. Failing that, I think we’re all going to be wondering why the big wait to announce someone like Joe Biden.
If he does go the expected route with his pick, there’s still a way he can make the wait worth it. A stunt with a big reveal! After all, Democrats are often accused of being in bed with Hollywood. I say exploit that connection!
Let’s say the pick is Joe Biden. The Obama Campaign should arrange for him to sky dive into Saturday’s campaign event to join Barack Obama on the stump. The parachute could read Obama/Biden ’08 or perhaps “McCain Sucks” if they want to get really aggressive. Better yet, the parachute could be on fire!!
The text message would be released just as Biden’s feet touch the ground and he pulls off his goggles to show his face. It would be awesome and unconventional to say the least. A little over the top? Yes, but watercooler? Absolutely. It’d have everyone talking and spread across the Internet virally so fast it would make John McCain’s head spin.
Then and only then would the waiting make sense and be truly worth it.
As Tom Petty often sings “the waiting is the hardest part”. Make it worth it, Senator Obama!
American politicians have taught us so many things over the years. This week, they reminded us that when it comes to cheating, for cheaters it’s CLEARLY a lot about opportunity.
Example: She’s kinda cute (sort of – not my taste). But, you’d think if you’re a potential VP or potential future President and looking to cheat, you might be able to do a little better. And when I say a little better I really mean A LOT BETTER. Ask yourself this, is she she worth giving up that kind of future for?
And then there’s this couple… Beyond a shadow of a doubt a sitting President of the United States coulda, shoulda and woulda done better than this… But, again it’s all about the opportunity. With the eyes of the media upon him 24/7, it’s not like Bill Clinton was free to cruise bars. Guess an intern playing around in the oval office seemed like the safest bet at the time. Still, would you risk facing your wife’s wrath over Monica Lewinsky? Now ask yourself the same question, but this time imagine that your wife is Hillary Clinton… Bill Clinton liked to live on the edge, no doubt!
Way back in JFK’s day, the press was in on the party so that allowed Jack Kennedy to score many of the hottest ladies of his day and of course the legendary Marilyn Monroe. Take a look at this picture, this was back when it was still good to be the king. There’s a reason the man looks so happy.
And to me, if you’re going to cheat, risk causing your family pain and potentially torpedo your political career than you should at least hook up with someone on the level of a Marilyn Monroe. If you’re kinkier, I’m thinking a lost weekend at Camp David with the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders would be a good way to go…
Is that too much to ask of our leaders?
America, we can be great again!
I’ll admit it. I’m a John Edwards fan. I thought his message during the Democratic primary season was the one that offered up the most hope for the largest group of Americans – those of us stuck somewhere in the middle. Edwards’ message, which to me always echoed Bill Clinton’s campaign themes, was that he actually cared about average Americans who played by the rules and worked for a living.
These days, government is funded by and in the pocket of major corporations and the mega-rich, so they of course get taken care of. (Edwards himself took every opportunity to hammer this home and I admired him for it) The poor get some, but probably not enough attention and in between the rest of us struggle to tread water economically. This was Edwards message. I think I’m not exagerrating when I say this was clearly his passion.
Although he ended up not winning the nomination, I do think his campaign could rightly claim that he’d greatly influenced the messages coming out of the Clinton and Obama campaign juggernauts.
Unfortunately, today we found out that John Edwards has some other similarities with Bill Clinton and it involves a whole ‘nother kind of passion. Personally, I’ve always taken more of a European view on politicians and their sex life. My feeling is I’m not voting for them for their marital skills. I’ll take a cheating spouse who’s an effective leader over a faithful spouse who can’t get things done on behalf of the people he or she represents. Basically, I feel cheating is between a politician and his wife unless either me or my wife is somehow involved personally (which so far we’ve happily managed to avoid).
That ALL said, cheating on your wife while she battles cancer is pretty tacky. Bill Clinton was and remains a once in a lifetime American politician. Clinton, through his charisma, determination and it saddens me to say a certain lack of shame, was able to survive admitting to multiple affairs. For all their similarities, John Edwards is NO Bill Clinton. The cancer factor, the fact that he’s a lawyer and most people are skeptical of them to begin with and his non-Clintonesqe lack of charisma add up to John Edwards being done.
John Edwards will not be a VP candidate this year. John Edwards will never be president.
Based on his message and passion, Edwards cheated not only his wife, but America out of the good he could have done. Remember, just because the guy turns out to be a creep doesn’t mean his message is automatically wrong.
Everyone deserves a second chance and here’s hoping that John Edwards is smart enought to make the most of his. He can start by sparing his wife and us the spectacle of further admitions with his shell shocked wife at his side…
Here’s a link to a post I wrote about Edwards during the primaries for those interested: