Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick Mulling 2016 Presidential Run

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Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick Mulling 2016 Presidential Run (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick says “maybe” to a 2016 presidential run. During an interview on WCVB-TV’s political show “On The Record,” Patrick said, “There are a lot of people who have asked me to think about it.””I’m under no illusions. It’s a huge decision, not just for me but for my family,” he added.

Patrick acknowledged criticism of his eight years in office from the three Democratic candidates hoping to succeed him during a live debate aired on WCVB on Wednesday.

But as if he’s preparing for a possible presidential run, Patrick was quick to list what he considers to be his political legacy.

“Look there are always challenges,” said Patrick. “I will say that after having managed the commonwealth through the worst economic downturn in living history and through a terrorist attack, being first in the nation in education, health care coverage and veterans’ services and clean tech and so forth, that’s a pretty good management record.”

Patrick also explained why he made an exception in his usual policy of not endorsing candidates in a Democratic primary when he endorsed Warren Tolman over Maura Healey for attorney general Thursday. Source: WCVB-TV

The last time someone from Massachusetts ran for the White House (Ahem–Mr. 47%), hey came up short. I am not sure how I feel about Deval Patrick going up against Hillary Clinton. But hey, Barack Obama did it and he won.

 

GA Democratic Senate Candidate Michelle Nunn Gets Boost from Carole King

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GA Democratic Senate Candidate Michelle Nunn Gets Boost from Carole King (Photo credit: MichelleNunn.com)

Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn’s campaign is getting a boost from singer Carole King. The singer/songwriter is in Atlanta to host a fundraiser and do some charity work on Nunn’s behalf.

Of course, the Republicans couldn’t wait to pounce, noting her background as an environmental activist. Yep, they are trying to make her out as a climate change nutjob. SMH.

This comes as the Democrats are aiming to ratchet up their pressure on Gov. Nathan Deal over his ethics problems and the issue of his executive orders being taken offline. To be fair, some have reappeared after his office got such negative publicity over the matter. Makes one wonder what else is Gov. Deal hiding.

 

Democrats Boost Fundraising On House GOP Bid to Impeach President Obama

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Democrats Boost Fundraising On House GOP Bid to Impeach President Obama (Photo credit: Donkey Hotey)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committe collected a record $2.1 million in online donations over the weekend in the best 4-day receipt of the current election cycle, the Washington Post reports. They fundraised off members of the Republican Party who are pushing to impeach President Obama. The impeachment charge is being led by half-term Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

More from the Washington Post:

Democrats have consistently used impeachment — a prospect that has been floated by several prominent conservatives but has not been embraced by most of the Republican establishment — to fill their campaign coffers, and their polling has shown that fear of an impeachment attempt as well as the House GOP’s efforts to sue Obama have the potential to drive midterm voter turnout on the left.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has brought in more than 114,000 donations since Thursday, when the House Rules Committee voted to go forward with a lawsuit contesting Obama’s use of executive action. Some Democrats have suggested that the lawsuit is a temporary stand-in for impeachment proceedings, and the online haul was spurred in part by nine e-mail fundraising pitches that directly mentioned the prospect of a GOP attempt to pursue impeachment.

“Grassroots Democrats across the country see Republican leaders in the House refusing to rule out impeaching the President even as they vote to use taxpayer funds to sue him,” DCCC Chairman Steve Israel told The Washington Post in a written statement Monday. “It’s no surprise that there’s outrage at this dramatic partisan overreach by an historically unpopular Republican Congress.”

So, while people like Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh are sqawking for impeaching and suing President Obama, Americans are saying no to such moves.

Poll: Majority of Democrats Support a Hillary Clinton Presidential Run

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Poll: Majority of Democrats Support a Hillary Clinton Presidential Run

A newly released CNN/ORC International polll finds that most Democrats would support Hillary Clinton if she wins the party’s nomination, but the survey indicates only a small number of respondents are excited about her candidacy.

Here are the key points from the survey CNN: 

 According to the survey, 63% of Democrats and independents who lean toward the party said they’d most likely support Clinton as the nominee.

That’s virtually unchanged from CNN’s May poll, but down from the seven in 10 Democrats who in February said that they’d back the former secretary of state, senator and first lady.

Forty-one percent of Democrats questioned said they’d be enthusiastic if Clinton wins the nomination, with 42% saying they’d be satisfied. One in 10 said they’d be dissatisfied, and 5% said they’d be upset.

“There are big differences between liberal and moderate Democrats that indicate that a primary challenger who runs to the right of Clinton may get more traction than a progressive challenger would,” adds Holland.

“Fifty percent of liberal Democrats say they would be enthusiastic about Clinton winning the nomination, but only 36% of moderate Democrats feel the same way.

“Nearly three-quarters of liberals pick Clinton over her hypothetical opponents. Among moderate Democrats, that figure dropped to 58%,” he added.

Gallup Poll: More Young Voters Lean Towards Democratic Party

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Gallup Poll: More Young Voters Lean Towards Democratic Party

A new Gallup poll finds that “young adults, those between the ages of 18 and 29, have typically aligned themselves with the Democratic Party, but they have become substantially more likely to do so since 2006.”

 

“From 1993 to 2003, 47% of 18- to 29-year-olds, on average, identified as Democrats or said they were independents but leaned to the Democratic Party, while 42% were Republicans or Republican leaners. That time span included two years in which young adults tilted Republican, 1994 and 1995, when Republicans won control of Congress. Since 2006, the average gap in favor of the Democratic Party among young adults has been 18 percentage points, 54% to 36%.”

 

 Gallup Poll: More Young Voters Lean Towards Democratic Party

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley Preparing for Presidential Bid

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Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley Preparing for Presidential Bid (Credit: Getty Images)

Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton may have competition. Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is reportedly preparing for a 2016 presidential bid.

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In some of his most extensive comments to date on his aspirations, O’Malley (D) said he has been meeting with foreign- and domestic-policy experts privately to flesh out his thinking about “a better way forward for our country.” And he said that he would make a good president “for these times especially.”

“I have a great deal of respect for Hillary Clinton,” O’Malley said. “But for my own part, I have a responsibility to prepare and to address the things that I feel a responsibility to address. . . . To squander this important period of preparation because of horse-race concerns and handicapping concerns is just not a very productive use of energy. . . . Right now, I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing — the thought work and the preparation work.” Source: Washington Post

Democrats Jumping Ship Over President Obama’s “Mission Accomplished” Obamacare Debacle

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Democrats Jumping Ship Over President Obama’s “Mission Accomplished” Obamacare Debacle

So much for hope and change. The love-affair we came to have with President Obama is dissipating quickly, thanks to the Obamacare website fiasco. Many are calling this President Obama’s Katrina. From a historical perspective, second terms are never great for presidents. Just look at his predecessor, George W. Bush and the public relations trainwreck called “Mission Accomplished,” only all hell broke loose after that publicity stunt. The Obamacare rollout undermines President Obama’s credibility, on so many levels. I want him to succeed because this country will succeed, but I can’t understand how he could run two stellar presidential campaigns, using technology to his advantage, and only to be dogged by a faulty website and people losing coverage. I guess this is his “Mission Accomplished” nightmare.

It’s a sad commentary that top Democrats like Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and throwing their support behind Hillary Clinton, three years before the presidential election. Sounds a lot like George W. Bush and his toxicity during his second term. I will admit, nowadays when I hear President Obama talking about Obamacare and the website, I tend to tune him out. Damage already done in my mind, but I still support the Democrats because the Republican Party is a hotbed of racial insensitivity, anti-middle class, anti-poor, anti-immigration reform, anti-women, anti-gay. It’s time for President Obama to wake up and get to work. The Democrats are jumping ship and that is playing into the Republican Party narrative, as the reverse was true leading up to the 2008 elections. Over 30 Democrats sided with the Republicans on the “Keep Your Health Plan” Act. That’s bad.

Clearly Obamacare isn’t comparable to the Iraqi war, pushed by George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, on a lie. No weapons of mass destruction were ever found in Iraq. President Obama’s intent for universal healthcare for all Americans is a noble intent, but unfortunately, it has become President Obama’s Iraq war. This threatens his presidency and his legacy.

President Obama is  wearing his quote that if people were happy with their current plans they could keep them like a top hat. The same way former president George H. W. Bush wears the same hat for telling the country “read my lips, no new taxes.” I can remember watching Barack Obama making his acceptance speech in 2008 after becoming the first black President of the United States. I beamed with joy as the tears rolled down my face. I thought for sure we had truly overcome some of the stubborn barriers that still dogged us as a country. But with three years left in his second terms, Barack Obama’s presidency seem to be working as well as the Obamacare website.

He has become a punching bag and a punch line over the Obamacare fiasco. While I scoff at the comparisons between the levees breaking and the calamity that ensued in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and Obamacare, I will concede one point — George W. Bush bungled his handling of the disaster as much as President Obama bungled Obamacare. If you add the National Security Agency’s surveillance scandal to this latest debacle, I can’t understand why President Obama has fired anyone yet? He’s not leading as he did when we got 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden. He’s leading from behind. He can’t rebuild his image with the same people at the Health and Human Services Department in tow. Unless the Obamacare website gets fixed by the end of the month, some Democrats may actually start calling for a repeal of the law, National Journal reports.

I won’t count President Obama out yet, but it’s troubling to me that what began as a honorable vision for affordable health care for all Americans has suddenly become an enormous joke, threatening the very things he promised — hope and change you can believe in. No. Mission not accomplished yet.

Democratic Political Fortunes Shifting Fast Over Continued Obamacare Woes

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Democratic Political Fortunes Shifting Fast Over Continued Obamacare Woes (Photo credit: Donkey Hotey)

How quickly did the tides turn for the Democrats, caught in the middle of a maelstrom over the disastrous Obamacare rollout and subsequent problems. This could have an impact on the 2014 midterm elections. It has emboldened wannabe presidential candidates such as Rep. Paul Ryan to test the waters for a 2016 run.

New York Times: “For Democrats across the country, the reversal of political fortunes over the past month has been head-spinning. In mid-October, as Republicans were contending with voter fury over a 16-day government shutdown, Democrats had the momentum. In polls, a growing number of voters said they wanted the party to control Congress after next year’s election. Emboldened, a wave of strong recruits entered House contests. Democrats’ control of the Senate seemed secure. Money was flowing.”

“Then the problems with the Internet-based health exchanges came into focus, followed by millions of letters from insurance companies canceling individual policies that did not meet the health law’s minimum coverage requirements. Republicans found their voice. Democrats lost theirs. The polling gap closed, and Republican wallets opened. The National Republican Senatorial Committee raised $3.8 million in October, its best monthly showing of the year.”

Washington Post: “In some minds, the health-care law’s flubs have merged with the government shutdown to render an unfavorable verdict on all of Washington.”

Hillary Clinton Will Consider 2016 Presidential Bid Next Year

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Hillary Clinton to Consider 2016 Presidential Bid Next Year

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she would consider a 2016 presidential run sometime next year, the Newsday reports.

Hillary Clinton said: “I want to think seriously about it. I probably won’t start thinking about it until sometime next year.”

She admitted that a presidential run is “something on a lot of people’s minds, and it’s on my mind as well.” I would prefer to see Hillary Clinton run than Joe Biden, who I don’t think would win.

 Hillary Clinton Will Consider 2016 Presidential Bid Next Year

Left Wing Freak-Out: Obama ‘Rude and Dismissive’ in Exchange with Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney

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Left Wing Freak-Out: Obama ‘Rude and Dismissive’ in Exchange with Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney

President Obama raised eyebrows when he got testy with one of his own during a Q&A session with Democrats on Capitol Hill. He offered what Democratic sources are characterizing as a “rude and dismissive” response to a question about a federal loan guarantee program by freshman Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY).

CNN reports Maloney began his question “by recognizing it was an issue that may be better discussed on the staff level, rather than with the president.”

President Obama responded: “You’re right. You should have talked to staff about this.” He “then said in a testy way to Maloney that at least now he can go back and tell his constituents he stood up to the president for them.”

Will this ‘rude and dismissive’ response from President Obama lead to a beer summit?