Mitt Did Us a Favor

From “Paul Ryan’s disappearing act,” Jonathan Martin, Politico:

“Last year’s It Boy of the graying Republican Party has been bigfooted by the GOP’s new twin heartthrobs, Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Rand Paul of Kentucky.

“Ryan is actually hurt by having been on the ticket last year.  Many Republican activists had heard of the smart young Wisconsin conservative but not actually seen him up close.  And when they did, well, it didn’t send their pulses racing.

“‘He fell flat out here,” said Sam Clovis, a conservative talk radio show host in northwest Iowa.  ‘He just didn’t measure up to the hype.'”

Just as McCain showed us that Sarah Palin is empty-headed, Mitt showed us that Paul Ryan is empty-hearted.  Ryan had his moment, and he won’t be president.

As for Rubio, he’s very slick, but not very bright.  All he really has going for him is that he is Cuban-American, but the GOP will figure out that Cuba-Americans don’t identify with other Hispanics and, more importantly, vice versa.

Rand Paul may be less weird than his father, but he’s still way too weird to be president.

Jeb Bush has that fatal last name, Scott Walker is arrogant and dumb, John Kasich is arrogant and obnoxious, Bobby Jindal is simply goofy…  I’d go with Christie.  Sure he’s over-the-top Jersey to GOP Southerners, but what are they going to do, vote for Hillary?   Hed keep red states, swing purple states, and put blue states in play.

Hillary Can’t Say No Now

It’s a little over a week since the Inauguration, and I’m already sick of the Hillary speculation.

Even if she knows what she wants to do, she can’t make a definitive statement.  If she’s going to run, she can’t step on the President’s toes so early in his term.

If she’s not going to run, she’ll want to delay saying so as long as possible.  Bill has to keep the speculation going because he needs the attention and money for his Clinton Global Initiative that a possible Billary return to the White House generates.  If the Clinton era is truly over, Bill loses buzz.  And Bill the Big Baby desperately needs buzz like the rest of us need oxygen.

My gut feeling is that she won’t run.

So to Andrew Cuomo and Martin O’Malley, I say, “Please proceed, Governor.”

Now Graham Threatens Brennan Delay

Besides  spewing vitriol about Chuck Hagel, Sen. Lindsey “Butters” Graham (R-SC) now wants to hold up the nomination of John Brennan to head the CIA until he gets more information from the Administration about the Benghazi attack last September.

Hillary Clinton is scheduled to testify about Benghazi on January 22.

If Graham is so concerned about national security, doesn’t he want a permanent head of the CIA in place ASAP?

The Knives Are Out

Sen. Lindsey “Butters” Graham (R-SC) said today that Chuck Hagel “would be the most antagonistic secretary of defense towards the state of Israel in our nation’s history.”

This is the same Hagel that Graham’s dear, dear friend John McCain seriously considered for his running mate before deciding it was better to go with the moron because, you know, all those disappointed Hillary supporters would just love Palin.

But from the GOP’s perspective anything, or anyone, that Obama touches immediately turns to shit and they have to oppose it.

Prez Picks His Battles

U. N. Ambassador Susan Rice has withdrawn her name from consideration to replace Hillary as Secretary of State.  Grumpy old man John McCain effectively told Rice to get off his lawn.

So that means John Kerry.  So that means Scott Brown, the empty Barn Jacket, back in the Senate from MA.

Quote of the Day 2

“I’ve said I really don’t believe that that’s something I will do again.”

Hillary Clinton to Baba Wawa, when asked about running for Prez in 2016.

Back when I was a freshman at Wellesley, and Hillary was a junior, students there were already talking about her as the first woman president.  I was 16, and what did I know, but I had never met someone who was just such pure ambition, who seemed to want power for the sake of power, rather than for trying to accomplish something policy-wise.  Many years have passed, but I don’t believe that such consuming ambition just burns itself out without trying again and again for the goal. 

Just a Little Defensive Over at State

From an email exchange* between Michael Hastings at BuzzFeed and Hillary’s personal spokesman, Philippe Reines.  This is Hastings to Reines:

“From my perspective, the scandal here is that the State Department had such inadequate security procedures in place that four Americans were killed. And then the Ambassador’s diary–and who knows what else–was left behind for anyone to pick up. Thankfully, it was CNN–and not Al Qaeda or some other militia–that found it and was able to return it to the family. That CNN used portions of the material in the diary they found at the scene–material that appears to contradict the official version of events that State/WH has been putting out–is completely in line with practices of good journalism.

“I don’t know how involved Arwa Damon has been in this. But for what it’s worth, Arwa is one of the best war correspondents working today. She’s consistently risked her life to get these stories, and to find out what actually happens in these conflict zones.I do agree that the media has lots of responsibilities, and CNN fulfilled its responsibility by returning the diary while still managing to inform the American public of newsworthy information. So it’s unfortunate that you are trying to make a scapegoat out of CNN. That State was forced to flee Benghazi–again, because of such inadequate security, leaving behind all sorts of sensitive information–tells us more about DoS than CNN.

“The misinformation here seems largely to be coming from State and the administration. The defense that the administration has offered that there was no intelligence warning of an attack is weak. If there was no intel, then clearly the CIA and other intel agents stationed in Benghazi weren’t doing their jobs well. If there was intel, then we have some kind of cover-up–whether out of incompetence or ass covering before the election or just the trauma of losing four good men, it’s hard for me to say at this point.
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Reines really loses it with Hastings, calling him an “unmitigated asshole,” telling him to “Fuck Off,” and finally advising him that “Inside of 5 minutes when I can log into my desktop, you’ll be designated as Junk Mail.  Have a good life Michael.”

* “Hillary Clinton Aide Tells Reporter to ‘Fuck Off’ And ‘Have A Good Life,'” BuzzFeed

 

On Eve of Convention, Clinton-Obama ’08 Primary Wounds Reopened

As Bill Clinton prepares to make a major speech on President Obama’s behalf at the Democratic Convention in Charlotte this week, Ryan Lizza* offers this gem from the 2008 campaign:

“Tim Russert told me that, according to his sources, Bill Clinton, in an effort to secure an endorsement for Hillary from Ted Kennedy, said to Kennedy, ‘A few years ago, this guy would have been carrying our bags.'”

* “Let’s Be Friends,” The New Yorker

UPDATE — This sounded vaguely familiar, and I went back and found that in Game Change, this incident was reported as Clinton telling Teddy, “A few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee.”

 

Mitt, Stop and Turn Around

A Romney adviser told Buzzfeed and NBC that the campaign is going to go after President Obama’s “biography.”  The unnamed source said, “I mean, this is a guy who admitted to cocaine use, had a sweetheart deal with his house in Chicago, and was associated and worked with Rod Blagojevich to get Valerie Jarrett appointed to the Senate.”  Really?  This is how you’re going to unseat an incumbent president?  It is to laugh.

We’ve already seen John Sununu make references to Obama’s marijuana use in high school.  Even though Mitt spent his high school years assaulting gay students.

But the point is, you don’t kick a president out of office by talking about drug use in his youth or tossing around the names “Tony Reczko” or “Rod Blagojevich.”

The biography arguments were relevant when he ran against Hillary and McCain.  But once he won, none of that stuff mattered.

So Mitt you need to stop heading down this dead-end path, and turn around right now.

The only biography that matters now, Mittens, is yours because you’re the challenger.  And a really incompetent challenger at that.

Mittens, you empty suit, you’re not going to defeat the guy who scored a hit on bin Laden by whining about how he scored some weed as a teenager.   You sound like Eddie Haskell — and nobody liked Eddie Haskell.

For someone who’s wanted to be president as long as you have, you certainly haven’t come up with many winning arguments about why you deserve the job or what you’d do if you had it.  You seem to really like the idea of being president.

And if you didn’t pay any federal incomes taxes for a year or years, you need to withdraw.  How can you have $12 million to spend on an oceanfront house you’re going to tear down and spend many more millions rebuilding, and offer nothing, not a dime, for the defense of this country you claim to love so much?