Snap Judgments from the 2nd GOP Debate (a.k.a. “Fear the Walking and Talking Dead”).

Now with 100% more Carly!

Now with 100% more Carly!

WINNERS WINNERS CHICKEN DINNER!

Marco Rubio:  (energetic and laid down some pretty good smackdowns on The Donald. Now what will he do with the spotlight?)
Carly Fiorina: (even better smackdowns of The Donald, but she’s running for a Cabinet position or another Senate bid)
Rand Paul: (probably too late to help much, but he joined in on The Donald Dogpile with enthusiasm.  Lindsay Graham and Piyush Jindal give you two thumbs up!)

I’M A LOSER, BABY SO WHY DON’T YOU KILL ME?

Ben Carson: (Hey! Doc! You’re right next to the front runner and you’re in second place in Iowa.   Kick his ass!  You think if she were in your place Carly wouldn’t? )
Jeb Bush: (Because he stayed awake better than the first debate, but he couldn’t have been much worse).

MEH.

John Kasich: (if you want to move up in the podium positioning Johnny-Boy, you gotta say something worth remembering besides you wouldn’t defund Planned Parenthood)
Donald Trump: (Ever see a team get a big lead on an over-matched opponent and keep running up the score?  That was Trump.  Punching on Paul’s poll numbers and looks is dumb).

WHY TRY HARDER?  OR TRY AT ALL?

Chris Christie: (STOP LYING ABOUT MY RECORD!    Aw shit.  That was me lying about my record!)
Scott Walker:  (Like cheese?  Like beer?  Visit Wisconsin.  We’ve got lots of both.  Why am I here again?  Oh yeah. To stop Kasich from taking my spot here)

DEAD RAT STUCK IN A PIPE.

Ted Cruz:  (So you were happy when George Bush selected John Roberts for the Supreme Court but now you’re mad he did?  First rule of politics, Ted: Never apologize and never explain Look how well that’s been working for The Donald, the shark to your pilot fish).
Mike Huckabee: (Is there a church somewhere with a need to hire a Bible-thumping, fire n’ brimstone preacher because this guy knows nothing about the U.S. Constitution).

WON SIMPLY BY NOT BEING THERE

Ronald Reagan:  Because he’s dead and didn’t have to watch these losers stumbling around on stage claiming to be St. Ronnie’s secret love child.

Say, why are we on our second Repubs debate before the Dems even have their first?  Isn’t it about time Hillary and Bernie and Marty all got together to spread the boredom around?  Since they both come from states without pro football teams, Lincoln Chafee and Jim Webb have nothing better to do this weekend.  Uncle Joe might even show up.  He’s always fun!

“My reason for not watching the GOP debate? Well, I’m dead, so there’s that…”

 

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Hillary, Bernie and Jeb Don’t Get Why ‘Black Lives Matter.’ Sandra Bland Did and Now She’s Dead

Don’t Drive While Black.

It’s not possible to be angry enough over what happened to Sandra Bland when she was pulled over by Is it possible Sandra Bland killed herself?   It’s not only possible, it’s probable, but that isn’t the point.  What is the point is Bland should never have been put in the position  where dying was preferable to living.

The only thing more inept than the bungling by the Texas cops investigating themselves and is how the Democratic presidential candidates can’t seem to wrap their thick skulls around the notion that once you say  “All Lives Matter” you’ve missed the entire reason why it became necessary to  emphasize “Black Lives Matter” in the first place.

Hillary Clinton botched her moment at a Black church and then she  backtracked by calling Bland’s death, “heartbreaking,” adding, “And that’s why I think it is essential that we all stand up and say loudly and clearly, ‘Yes, black lives matter.’ And we all have a responsibility to face these hard truths of race and justice honestly and directly.”

Clinton’s rivals haven’t fared any better with Sen. Bernie Sanders, the darling of the progressive Left, totally fumbling his response to a protest by Black Lives Matters advocates at the NetRoots Nation conference where he grumped “Black lives, of course, matter. I spent 50 years of my life fighting for civil rights and for dignity,” he said. “But if you don’t want me to be here, that’s OK. I don’t want to outscream people.”

Sanders has declined to offer specific comment or remedies to the many cases of Blacks being assaulted by law enforcement (Dajerria Becton, Martez Johnson) or killed (Walter Scott, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, Rekia Boyd, Michael Brown, Akai Gurley, John Crawford II, Eric Garner…ad infinitum).

The 73 year-old socialist from Vermont still doesn’t seem to get it as he continues to cite his resume instead of directly addressing how a Sanders presidency would be proactive in getting a handle on police brutality.

“I’m not dismissive,” he said. “I’ve been involved in the civil rights movement all of my life, and I believe that we have to deal with this issue of institutional racism.”

Too young to die.  Too Black to live.

Too young to die. Too Black to live.

Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley got slapped around when he responded, “Black lives matter. White lives matter. All lives matter.” O’Malley, whose testy relationship with the residents of Baltimore has come under scrutiny later apologized, “That was a mistake on my part and I meant no disrespect. I did not mean to be insensitive in any way or communicate that I did not understand the tremendous passion, commitment and feeling and depth of feeling that all of us should be attaching to this issue.”

Jeb Bush, continuing to prove he isn’t the “Smart Bush” essentially called O’Malley a punk for apologizing.   “We’re so uptight and so politically correct now that we apologize for saying ‘lives matter?” an incredulous Bush wondered aloud at a gathering in overwhelmingly White New Hampshire.   “Life is precious. It’s a gift from God. I frankly think that it’s one of the most important values that we have. I know in the political context it’s a slogan, I guess. Should he have apologized? No. If he believes that white lives matter, which I hope he does, then he shouldn’t have apologized to a group that seemed to disagree with it.”

There’s nothing as useless as good White liberals who think they get it but they’re either too busy bragging about themselves or fumbling to say what they think will keep the natives from getting restless.   As for the Republican conservatives, they have to wait to see what Donald Trump will say first before knowing whether they should say anything at all.

What Hillary, Bernie and Jeb  do not get is they can say “all lives matter”and will be mostly right, but at they will be still be all wrong because they never had to give their children The Talk I’ve had to give my daughter and son on what to say, what to do and what not to do and say and how to conduct themselves so they don’t get killed during a routine traffic stop. There is no routine traffic stop when you are Black and a cop pulls you over.

Bernie is a Socialist,  Hillary is a moderate, and Jeb is a conservative but none of them understands why Black Lives Matter.  Sandra Bland could have told them but now its too late.   This is not about them.   There will be plenty of time for me to think about who the next president will be.    I don’t care about that now.   What I care  about is yet another Black body humiliated, stripped of its pride and humanity,  smashed to pieces and left to die in police custody and I VERY MUCH CARE ABOUT THAT.

The cell where Bland died. She allegedly hung herself with a trash bag tied to the toilet partition.

“how did switching lanes with no signal turn into all of this?”
~ Sandra Bland

Sandra Bland should not be dead. She may have killed herself but the State of Texas is complicit for her death.   The U.S. Justice Department MUST step in to answer the question “What Happened to Sandra Bland?”

There must be an independent investigation and an independent autopsy performed on Sandra Bland. The officials in Texas have proven themselves to be untrustworthy by any but the gullible and law enforcement groupies. There are too damn many unanswered questions with the first one being the one Sandra asked herself, “How did switching lanes with no signal turn into all of this?”

American citizens should not walk into jails and be carried out dead. We can not and should not trust the local cops will do a fair, open and complete investigation.   All lives do matter but not all lives matter equally.   Those lives seemingly don’t matter at all. There is a specific need to say “Black Lives Matter” as there have been too many times when it has been violently proven they don’t.

Sandra Bland was tired of seeing Black bodies laid to rest long before their time.   I’m tired of trying to explain this to ignorant pandering politicians.

Sandra_Bland_Instagram

Was Bland’s Instagram pic was an eerie harbinger of her own death?

The Liberation of Loretta Lynch

Loretta Lynch and some guy hanging out.

After being held hostage by a ruthless Republican majority for an absurd 164 days,  Loretta Lynch,  President Obama’s choice to replace Eric Holder at the Justice Department was easily confirmed by the Senate by a margin of 56-43 with ten Republicans voting for the first African-American woman to serve as Attorney General of the United States.

And it’s about damn time.  Lynch’s wait was longer than the last seven Attorney Generals combined.   Normally, I despise The Huffington Post, but give the devil his due; they were right on point with how ridiculously excessive the delay was for Lynch.

Look at Lynch’s predecessors. John Ashcroft waited 42 days to get confirmed as President George W. Bush’s attorney general. Janet Reno waited just 29 days to be confirmed as President Bill Clinton’s attorney general. If you add up the number of days the previous seven U.S. attorneys general waited to be confirmed, and combine them, that’s still less than 163 days.

“Gazillions of mosquitoes were born, lived to be old in mosquito years and died in less time than Lynch has been waiting. Kim Kardashian, Britney Spears and Dennis Rodman all got married and filed for divorce in less time — combined! For the love of God, Earth was created in less time.

There was NO justification for the Senate holding Loretta Lynch’s nomination to be Attorney General hostage. Absolutely none. Lynch waited 10 times longer than the average attorney general nominee and had waited longer than the first 54 a.g. nominees combined from the presidencies of George Washington to Woodrow Wilson.

Both sides of the Senate share the blame for the historical delay. Harry Reid could have pushed for Lynch’s hearings and floor vote to be conducted while Democrats still controlled the Senate, but he punted to Mitch McConnell, who proceeded to put the nomination in the deep freeze while Republicans squabbled with Democrats over the unrelated sex-trafficking bill.

Lynch’s nomination was supported by wild-eyed liberals like Jeb Bush, Rudy Giuliani, former FBI director Louie Freeh and former Bush Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. This was a moderate and mainstream career prosecutor President Obama selected, but from the shabby way the McConnell Senate treated her you would have thought she was the second coming of William Kunstler.

Finally on the job.

Obama did not choose Lynch to provoke the Republicans.  Anyone he nominated would do that.   It doesn’t take much to set off nuts like Ted Cruz.   Never one to pass on an opportunity to throw bloody chunks of red meat to his brain-dead devotees, he denounced Lynch as “lawless” and then was the only senator to skip the vote.   What an asshole.

It was not about partisanship, but pragmatism that led Obama to tap Lynch to be Holder’s successor.   She is not a committed Leftist, progressive or liberal. She’s a career prosecutor with impeccable legal credentials. Not being an ideological purist made her confirmable and even then she faced an unprecedented degree of stonewalling and footdragging from the obstructionist Republican-led Senate and all this for a job she won’t even have in two years.

Lynch will likely be a less controversial A.G. than Holder who never backed away from a fight with Republicans on the Hill whom  are probably toasting his departure.   Will Lynch handle the harassment from Congressional Republicans as well?   She’ll likely get her as the GOP have plenty of investigations planned for the last two years of the Obama Administration.

I’m past the point where putting a person of color or woman in a place formerly occupied exclusively by straight, Christian White males is a reason to raise my glass.   Under Holder and Obama, the Justice Department has declined to indict anyone for violating the civil rights of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and Michael Brown.   Will Lynch be any different in the cases of Tamir Rice or Walter Scott?  I’m keeping an open mind, but my expectations are low.

I take pride in Loretta Lynch becoming the nation’s first female African American Attorney General, but when I disagree with her decisions, it will be no different than when I disagree with the first African American President.

If You’re Ready for Hillary She’s Ready for You.

Give a big hand for the little lady.

 

Having lived in the public spotlight for so many years and being accused of being everything from a closeted lesbian to a murderer, taking swings at the Hillary Punching Bag has a fun activity for her opponents since the early Nineties. That is not to say there isn’t more to know about Clinton including more stuff she doesn’t want us to know, but there isn’t a candidate living who hasn’t had her past scrutinized as closely as Hillary Rodham Clinton and the opposition research folders runneth over already.

She wouldn’t bother running if she wasn’t ready for all the guns that will be trained on her, but that’s nothing new.  Even if there’s no one like Barack Obama in 2008 waiting in the wings to deny her the party nomination (and there isn’t), Clinton is the most formidable candidate in either party running.  She’s setting the pace and everyone is trying to keep up with it.

There’s a chance Jim Webb, Joe Biden, Marty O’Malley, Bernie Sanders or Lincoln Chafee steps up to the mic and throws down with Hillary in an epic rap battle. Not much of a chance, mind you.   As for Jeb Bush, Rand Paul, Macro Rubio and all the rest of the crew in the Republican Clown Car, they have to fight it out among themselves first before they can step up to take down Clinton.

In some ways it works  to the benefit of the Republicans all the buzz is on their side with the scrum they’re about to engage in. After all, they are the ones whom have been out of the White House for eight years.   They need to convince the American people to step on the lot and test drive all the shiny new models on display in the showroom and their best sales pitch is do you really want the 2016 Hillary that hasn’t changed a thing besides swapping out the CD player for an iPod?

The front-runner is 19 months away from the finish line.

 

Already Clinton is being beaten up because she’s not the warmest woman in the world.  Likability is an overrated trait in politics.  It’s more important to have a president who can handle the forest fires big and small that come across their desk every day instead of whether  they’re a good guy to tip back a beer with.   If Clinton comes off as stiff and unapproachable, that’s not a deal-breaker for me.   An aloof Hillary is better than a friendly Ted Cruz.

As far as not being tested if she doesn’t receive a credible primary challenger, the only bad aspect for Hillary is it allows the Republicans to  attack relentlessly.   While they are all taking free shots at Clinton, she has to choose between reacting and responding or try to ignore it until the GOP finds their hitman to send after her.   It’s the Republicans who will get to set the parameters of the debate in the general election if Clinton sits back and plays defense.

In the 19 months between now and November 2016, the men and women running for president will be asked many questions. Some smart ones, some silly ones, some stupid ones.   Here is one anybody who wants the job should have to answer.

We have Osama bin Laden’s home address. We know he’s going to be there, but we can’t send in the Navy Seals, Delta Force or The Expendables. It’s too dangerous. We need to take him out with a drone, but there are women and children in the house with bin Laden and if we take him out we’re going to take them out too.

We’ve waited for years for this opportunity. We miss him now and we might have to wait years more before we get this opportunity again.

Mr. (or Mrs.) President, what are your orders?

Anyone who wants the job of being the President of the United States who isn’t ready to say, “Take him out,” is instantly disqualified and should be kept as far away from the Oval Office as possible.

Peek-a-boo! Hillary sees you!

Every man who’s ever been president has had to choose those whom get to live and those who have to die then deal with the consequences of their actions.   It’s cool if want your president to be someone could borrow your lawn mower and you wouldn’t have to bang on their door to get it back, but be sure you choose one who can also be the biggest, coldest bastard in the world if the situation calls for it.

There is little doubt Hillary Clinton could give the order.  She and Bill might have looked like peace and love hippies in the day, but on the global stage, she’s no latte-slurping Lefty.

It’s not that’s she is too old, or overly aggressive/ambitious, or entitled or too scandal-plagued, or electing her would effectively be Obama’s third term.  The best argument to be made against another Clinton as president is “What’s so different about Hillary in 2016 than 2008?”

If Hillary can’t win that argument she loses.

Sarah Palin’s Smarter Brother

Dumb Ass and Even Dumber Ass

The greatest thing about America is how it allows absolutely terrible people to run for president.  With Terrible Ted Cruz announcing he wants to be the Most Powerful Man in the Free World, the GOP Clown Car finally has a driver with more morons soon to follow.

Ted Cruz is a natural for the presidency.  A natural asshole.  Being the most unliked dick in Washington is not a positive character trait.

Where’s this “deep bench” of candidates the Republicans keep bragging about? Looks more like a bunch of bench-warmers. A lot of guys want to run for president, but who’s the one who can actually beat Hillary Clinton? What difference does the choice of a lot of boring-ass White guys (and a Black guy who thinks like a boring-ass White guy) matter if the choices are all bad ones?

Having more bad choices than the Democrats have is nothing for Republicans to brag about. If Jeb Bush can’t outrun zombies like Cruz, Carson, and Huckabee to the party nomination, he’s got no business getting anywhere near Hillary. She’ll eviscerate him.

I don’t think much of RNC Chairman Reince Preibus, but I don’t think he’s stupid just because his name is.  Preibus knows he has to allow the illusion the nomination process is fair and open to all, but he’s not about to let the party sink like a stone with Captain Cruz guiding the GOP ship into an iceberg. The party bosses want the White House back and they know it takes a Bush or a Scott Walker or somebody else who isn’t frothing at the mouth to get it for them.

Hey, Canada is closer than Hawaii, right?

Cruz will not be the next President of the United States.  His path to winning is rally all the far-right (and White) conservatives to his side and the rest of the Republicans will fall in line to beat down Hillary.   ALL the conservatives will never side with ANY Republican candidate. Not even and especially not St. Ronald the Reagan who would be denounced by cretins like Cruz as a squishy RINO due to his willingness to work with Democrats.

Ted Cruz is unelectable.

Appealing exclusively to your base is not a broad-based strategy to win the presidency. Cruz is a seeker of confrontation, not compromise and while that plays well with the faithful, it’s a huge turn-off to everyone else.

Cruz’s values and priorities are too narrow (and scary!) to appeal to all but the most ideologically pure. Even other Republicans can’t stand the guy.

Running to the far Right of American political thought is not a strategy destined to succeed.  It’s only red meat to the fringes and is not a path to 270 electoral votes and without a winning strategy Cruz is simply another vanity candidate running for the ego stroke and the cheap publicity.

Let’s look forward to his appearance at the Republican debates where the other candidates will stand there rolling their eyes and clenching their fists as Cruz sneeringly dismisses the lot of them as fake-ass conservatives.   It’ll be fun to watch a Rick Perry or Mike Huckabee playing rock-paper-scissors for the right to kick Cruz’s ass.

A polarizing prima donna like Cruz whose only ideology is “If Obama’s for it, I’m against it” lacks a coherent strategy to bring together all the multiple factions of the GOP together. There are other more electable and less egotistical alternatives to Cruz, the Miley Cyrus of politics.

Cruz says the U.S. Senate needs 100 members just like the racist, sexist, homophobic, bigoted asshole Jesse Helms, and that’s not hyperbole, that’s an easily established fact.

The last thing American politics needs are any more Jesse Helms and the same goes for the American presidency.  Especially, not the Canadian-born idiot son of a Cuban immigrant.

Disqualified,

Chris Christie and the Irresistible Appeal of “Shiny Toys.”

“Mean? I’m not mean. I’m HUNGRY!”

If you play fantasy football, you have to be cautious of what I call “The Shiny Toy Theory.” Show a baby a shiny toy and they become hypnotized by the sight of it.  In fantasy football, there are players that get hot for a week or two and put up impressive numbers.  Everyone wants to pick them up because they are pretty and shiny.

Most of these players aren’t built to last. They are teasers, not pleasers. Showers, not growers.

Enter Chris Christie.   This week’s Designated Savior of the Republican Party and one of the media’s favorite shiny toy.

The Republican bench of potential candidates for 2016 is long, eager and many are rabid red-meat right-wingers whom refuse to compromise, negotiate or acknowledge political realities.   This plays well with the base of the party.   It scares the hell out of the general electorate in a presidential election.

Christie is one of those guys who went from obscurity to popularity and never stopped at humility.   He should enjoy his time riding high in the news cycle.   It won’t last because it never does.   Another shinier and prettier toy will come along and the media and the public will trot along behind it like puppies.

In politics destiny is occasionally confused with inevitably.   New Jersey has been the nexus of this phenomenon of late when two separate, but important events occurred.   Cory Booker went from the ambitious and nationally popular mayor of Newark to the first African-American to win a Senate seat in a state election since another ambitious African-American named Barack Obama did the same in 2006.  We all know where his ambitions took him and have no doubt Booker will eventually try to follow Obama’s career arc.

“Cory, just because I made you ride in the back of my helicopter is no reason to get mad.”

But that’s further in the future.  Here and now the other notable event was the Garden State’s incumbent governor, Chris Christie, easily won reelection in a race he was supposed to win in a Democratic state that admires his rough-around-the-edges Republicanism.  What made the victory notable to the self-styled seers and wise men sifting the tea leaves for the 2016 presidential race is how the governor cobbled together enough votes from traditionally Democratic supporters for a fawning national media to dub Christie the man  to rescue a party that seems to have forgotten how to win national elections.

It’s too early to tell, but he appears to have the makings of such a politician. It isn’t just that his four-year record of incumbency netted him a reelection margin of 60.4 percent compared to just 38.1 percent for his Democratic opponent, although that suggests that he is capable of generating considerable political force. More significant is his performance among particular voter categories. Women gave him a 15 percentage-point advantage over his female rival. People who identified themselves as moderates gave him a 21-point advantage. Independent voters turned to him by a 31-point margin. Even 30 percent of self-described liberals backed him. Meanwhile, he took half of the Hispanic vote and more than 20 percent of the African-American vote.

If  Christie could be elected by the slobbering mainstream media, he’d be the next POTUS.  Unfortunately for him, he’s gonna have to go stand in some Iowa cornfield in about two years and try to explain to some skeptical farmer chewing tobacco and spitting it out why he should support him over a true believer like Ted Cruz or Rand Paul.

Without a doubt it was a big win for the big man, but Chrstie’s triumph looks even more impressive in comparison to Tea Party poster boy and right-wing radical Ken Cuccinelli’s humbling defeat in Virginia to Terry McAuliffe, a Bill Clinton insider.

Christie’s appeal lies in when compared to the right-wing extremism of Rand Paul and Ted Cruz and the “oh no, not another one” stink all over Jeb Bush, he benefits by being the least terrible choice.  For the GOP insiders, while they may grumble over Christie literally embracing President Obama, they can’t deny his popularity and the possibility his gruff, take-no-stuff persona may play well nationally.

What won’t play well is Christie’s imperious and often rude attacks on teachers, labor unions, journalists and other Republicans who cross him.  The GOP base won’t care about dissing those first three groups, but if Christie hopes to win the nomination he can’t treat the rest of the Republican field like bleeping idiots even if they are bleeping idiots.

I’m trying to imagine Christie in a debate with Paul, Cruz, Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan and whomever shows up all slicing and dicing into him and getting redder and madder as he struggles to hold his volcanic anger in check.   I don’t think he can for an entire campaign without at least one major eruption of Mt. Chris Christie.

Americans like tough guys, but they don’t like mean guys and Christie can be very mean.   That’s a liability and he’ll have to learn how to temper his noted temper.

Christie is not a secret liberal fantasy.   He’s a solidly mainstream Republican who has some moderate positions because he’s a governor in a pretty blue/Democratic state.   That will serve Christie well in a general election, but can he even get out of the Republican primaries when everyone from Cruz to Paul to Marco Rubio and the rest are going to be aiming for that target on his double-wide butt?

It’s not a lock Christie even gets the nomination despite the fact many of the traditional Republicans will hold their nose and support him despite not being ideologically “pure.”

Christie would be a moderate but only more moderate in comparison than Cruz, Paul or Rubio (but not that much more).    Christie’s lap-band surgery isn’t about slimming down but to take off the table the lingering question of whether Americans wants an obese president, but  until the pounds melt away, Christie will still offer plenty of room for his admirers and critics to ride his butt all the way to 2016.

Nice podium, Barack. Mind if I keep it?

Hillary: Redeemed, Resurrected and Ready for 2016

Cocked, locked and ready to rock for another presidential run?

Sometimes the best way to make a comeback is to never go away.  Hillary Clinton’s bounce back from wandering in the wilderness to my best bet to win the  Democratic nomination in 2016 is a resurrection of Biblical proportions.

Clinton has emerged as one of the most formidable and accomplished politicians in American politics.   After the bitterly fought election of 2008, her stature had been diminished and the Clinton brand name had lost a bit of its luster, tarnished somewhat from the campaign and the fatigue with Bill Clinton.

America needed a break from the Clintons.  By settling into his post-presidential life, Bill has largely put the taint of his sexual indiscretions and impeachment behind him.  The committed Clinton haters will never give up that hate, but their numbers are dwindling.

A 2011 Gallup/USA Today poll of America’s Most Admired People placed Hillary Clinton at Number One (in a tie with President Obama.  George W. Bush is at second place and Bill Clinton at third).  I don’t think that’s an accident.  Hillary is no longer thought of as simply another former First Lady.  She’s grown far beyond that.

Clinton was a respected U.S. Senator.  She’s worked hard as Secretary of State and from all outward appearances, been loyal to President Obama.  Whether or not she thought her reputation needed rehabilitation, Hillary has thrived when she accepted Obama’s offer to join his administration.

While she has said she will not return as Secretary of State if the president wins reelection, nobody should believe she’s going to retire from politics.   If Obama wins, there’s nobody in the Democratic Party better positioned to succeed him in 2016 than Hillary Clinton (sorry, Joe Biden).  If Romney wins, she becomes the Democratic front-runner in 2016 (sorry, Joe Biden and Andrew Cuomo).

If Romney loses, there’s going to be a pushback from the moderate wing of the Republican Party.  The far-Right of the GOP has pushed Romney to take positions that makes him less palatable to independents.    I can see someone emerging to pull the Republicans back to the center and away from the challenges posed by a Tea Party favorite such as Senator Rand Paul and that person could well be Jeb Bush.

George Bush’s reign of error made the Bush brand toxic in 2012 (can anyone recall any Republican presidential candidate praising Bush 43?) and the party is desperately trying to avoid any mention of the Bush years.  Voters needed a break from the Bush family and by 2016, another time will have passed to forgive, if not necessarily forget, the bad old days of Dubya and Evil Dick Cheney.

I’m predicting a Clinton vs. Bush: Round Two in 2016.  It would be a contest of epic proportions.  But it sure wouldn’t represent any sort of drastic, dramatic change in American politics.   If you loved Bill and George Sr. and Jr., you’ll love Hillary and Jeb.

Clinton will be 68 in 2016 and younger than Romney will be then.  She’s redeemed her slightly tarnished image.  She can raise money.  She’s a formidable campaigner.  She’s married to a guy who knows how to win.  Why shouldn’t she take a couple of years off and in four years, the Democrats will be begging her to run to replace Obama or take on Romney.

Bill wants this to happen.  George Sr. and Karl Rove want this to happen.  Even if Romney wins and runs for a second term,  I expect Jeb Bush to challenge him for the nomination.

The Dynamic Duo of the Democratic Party are poised for 2016.

It would be the ultimate triumph of status quo, business as usual, politics, and the final throwdown between two political dynasties and I am absolutely convinced that is exactly what is coming America’s way in 2016.  Hillary can write her own ticket and if she wants to, she’s a lock to make history in four years by adding “President of the United States” to her resume of accomplishments.

Love her, like her or loathe her, but you can’t stop her.

W.W.H.H.D. (What Would Hillary Have Done?)

"Miss me yet?"

Put-off progressives and dismayed Democrats are saying “I told you so” about Hillary vs. Barack as POTUS, but they are simply projecting their own fantasies and discouragement on someone who would have likely charted a similar course as Obama has.

In 2006, I was covering a meeting of the now defunct Democratic Leadership Council.   Some of the potential presidential candidates were in attendance, Indiana Senator Evan Bayh, Governors Mark Warner of Virginia and Tom Vilsack of Iowa and the hands-down, prohibitive favorite, New York Senator Hillary Clinton.

You could tell Clinton was the rock star in the room.  She was the only one the mayor showed up to see and as the former First Lady, the only one with Secret Service protection.

It’s worth remembering that the DLC was a centrist, corporatist, non-progressive group of Democrats.  Barack Obama shared a lot of their beliefs, but he wasn’t a member of the DLC, Hillary Clinton was.

Speculating whether Clinton would have fared better as president than Obama is a parlor game that keeps thumb-sucking liberals suffering from buyer’s remorse and hardcore Clintonistas sleeping soundly at night.  “If only,” they wonder wistfully, secure and comforted if John Boehner and the Fox News crew were pulling this sort of crap on Hillary, she’d man up like Obama won’t and kick ’em where it counts.

That’s the beautiful thing about a fantasy. Things always play out exactly the way you want and there’s always a happy ending.

Truth be told, nobody knows if Clinton would have been able to finagle a better debt ceiling deal than the one Obama settled for.   Regardless of which genitalia the 44th President possessed their best-laid plans for post-Bush America would have immediately been sidetracked by the economic mess their predecessor left for them to clean up.   Obama’s presidency was largely sabotaged from the jump by Bush’s incompetence..   The “What If Hillary Had Won” crowd tends to overlook details like that.

A President Hillary Clinton would still be hated, just for different reasons.

Something the revisionists forget is just how deep hatred for the Clintons runs.  The far right learned to loathe Obama.  They already knew how much they despised Hillary.  If Hillary had won it’s unlikely she wouldn’t have been targeted for the same sort of pummeling Obama has received from Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Fox News and the Republicans.  Obama reaped the scorn that had been sown against the Clintons.  The difference would be the anger, disrespect and vitriol directed at a President Clinton would be driven by sexism, not racism.

What’s a tougher nut to crack?  Bigotry based upon race or gender?   Whatever advantages Hillary being White might afford her, they are mitigated by being a woman.  Obama catches hell based upon his skin color, but it’s difficult to claim that is a lower hurdle to clear than the misogyny women in positions of power meet.

Clinton would have been spared the pointless distraction of the Birthers nonsense, but all the drama leftover from Bill Clinton’s time in Washington would have been directed at her.

I still don’t believe a job swap between Clinton and Joe Biden is beyond the realm of possibility.   In a tight race where it looks disappointed Democrats aren’t motivated to turn out, an Obama/Clinton ticket would be jet fuel to the president’s reelection hopes.

Hillary denies any interest in serving as Obama’s vice-president.  She says even if he wins in 2012, she’s done as Secretary of State.  Obama says he loves Biden and he’s not dropping him from the ticket.   Blah, blah, blah.  Yeah, and that’s raindrops falling’ on my head, right?

Whenever an ambitious politician says, “No,” they really mean, “Maybe”  and when they say “there’s no chance” that only means nobody’s made an offer they can’t refuse.  If Obama comes to Clinton and shows her a path to the Oval Office, do you really think she will tell him to get lost?

Methinks the lady doth protest too much, Hillary Clinton still wants to be president.  Compared to morons like Michelle Bachmann, there’s no questioning her qualifications for the job.  Looking down the road at 2016 and whom the Democrats have on their bench and the first name starts with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and drops off sharply after that.  If she’s willing and able, Hillary would be a stone-cold lock to lead the party against the Republicans.

Hillary’s biggest problem last time was people were just plain tired of the Clintons.  The prospect of going in consecutive presidencies from Bush to Clinton to Bush back to Clinton again was not an appealing one for Democrats looking for someone new and fresh to come along.  Someone like Barack Obama.

Well, now that we’ve tried new and fresh and hope and change, could it be time to go back something seasoned and familiar?   It’s been speculated Karl Rove is down on Rick Perry because he’s willing to let Obama have his second term if it means Jeb Bush has a clear run at the White House in 2016.

Why not set up a Clinton vs. Bush grudge match where the favored son takes on the wife of the guy who made his daddy a one-term president?

It isn’t likely Clinton and Obama form a Dream Ticket (and a Republican nightmare), but it isn’t like it couldn’t happen either.  Differences can be smoothed over when a good deal presents itself.   Marriages for the sake of political convenience and expediency are always possible, even if implausible.

The Dream Team?