Is Hillary Clinton laying the groundwork for a 2016 presidential run? It’s also interesting to note there’s some buzz about DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano having presidential ambitions.
UPDATED: South Laurel County High School teacher Kendra Baker is in the hot seat after she posted a politically charged statement on a class whiteboard: ’You can’t be a democrat and go to heaven’ during a classroom discussion about politics on November 13, one week after the presidential elections. South Laurel County High School is in Kentucky. It should be noted that a student made the statement and Kendra Baker agreed to put it on the board for everyone to see.
The class had been debating around Election Day, and Superintendent Doug Bennett says the psychology teacher, who has been identified as Kendra Baker, wrote a student’s comment on the board. ”The teacher regrets the incident, and has no intention of doing this again,” said Bennett.
Mary Gilbert says her daughter, Chelsea was ridiculed when she tried to stick up for other students in the class. She says Chelsea is choosing to be home schooled rather than go back. Source
I’m not sure if this rises to the level of pulling your child out of a school, but I believe the teacher shouldn’t have let her political views cloud her judgment.
***RETRACTION: We posted the wrong photograph in reference to this incident. The photo we posted was of Kendra Hoskins-Baker who teaches at a different school in Kentucky. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. We have pulled the photograph from our site and would urge anyone else who has this Facebook photo to do the same. Apologies to Mrs. Kendra Hoskins-Baker.***
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Oh, no, not another Bush mulling a White House run. It seems that Jeb Bush, former Florida governor and brother of former U.S. president George W. Bush, is said to be mulling a run for the White House in 2016. Okay, so he’s a far better politician than his brother, but do we really need another Bush in the White House so quickly? Nah.
New York Times: “Mr. Bush is said by friends to be weighing financial and family considerations — between so many years in office and the recession his wealth took a dip, they said, and he has been working hard to restore it — as well as the complicated place within the Republican Party of the Bush brand.”
“After Mitt Romney’s defeat by a Democratic coalition built around overwhelming support from Hispanics and other fast-growing demographic groups, many Republicans are looking for a candidate who can help make the party more inclusive without ceding conservative principles — and no one is the subject of more speculation at this point than Mr. Bush.”
“To his supporters, Mr. Bush is the man for the moment. His wife, Columba, was born and raised in Mexico. He speaks Spanish and favors overhauling the immigration system in a way that would provide a route to citizenship for people already in the country illegally but otherwise law-abiding.”
Jeb Bush left the governorship with a high approval rating and I have no doubt he would be a far better president than his brother, but the stench of George W. Bush’s presidency is still permeating all over the place.
Mr. Viagra, Rush Limbaugh, on his radio show the day after President Obama wins reelection: ”Does getting the Hispanic vote mean opening borders & letting the illegals in?
Protests Erupted at University of Mississippi After President Obama Won Reelection, Campaign Photograph Burned
The Deep South will always be stuck in the dark days in America’s history when blacks were denigrated and treated as less than a human. Well, the University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones has expressed disappointment in the “immature and uncivil approach” taken by some students after President Obama won reelection in last night’s presidential election. I guess after all these years, Ole Miss still gives people a reason to view the school and state negatively.
A statement released by the university Wednesday says some students notified university police that people were gathering near the student union to protest President Barack Obama’s reelection.
Officers arrived to find about 30-40 students in front of the union, which quickly grew to more 400 students within 20 minutes. Source
Funny Ole Miss should be in the news for racial intolerance but they are no stranger to this despicable behavior. Remember James Meredith, who had to be escorted to school because racists didn’t want him there. These are the lunatics Mitt Romney appealed to.
President Obama’s Historic Win Speaks to the Power of Diversity, Which Republicans Shun at Their Peril
The finger-pointing in the Republican Party has started and it’s about to hit a fever pitch with President Obama’s shellacking of Mitt Romney at the polls. Let me reiterate, President Obama won 303 Electoral College votes to Mitt Romney’s 206. The president also edged out Romney in the popular vote — 50% to 48%. The message the Republican Party should take from this is that it’s time to kick the lunatics out of the party and stop allowing people like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter (who, by the way, accurately predicted Mitt Romney would lose), Donald Trump, John Sununu, Joe Arpaio, Bryan Fischer and other right wing extremists, to set the tone for their discourse. Mitt Romney allowed himself to be mired in the Republican race-baiting and extremism. In a word, positive is the new black. The beginning of a new era. Mr. Obama’s success speaks to the need for cooperation in Washington D.C. Trump tweeted that the “world is laughing at us.” Um, not really. It’s laughing at people like him for his idiocy. To put it succinctly, the Republican Party is too old, too white, too male and too extremist. Mitt Romney’s 1950s persona was a joke to the younger and more diverse American voters. The Republican Party is in dire straits.
Blacks and Latinos, with 95% and 73% margins, showed that what the Republican leaders in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania, meant for bad, in terms of voter suppression, failed miserably. Nobody who wants to commit voter fraud stands in line for five or seven hours. So, the Republicans’ trick backfired and I hope the lesson that will be learned is glaring. Mitt Romney, who built his career on data, didn’t rely on that in this election, but on fomenting racial tensions, while Obama, who won on raw emotions in 2008, won with strong data in 2012. Latinos had some issues with President Obama, but they were terrified of Mitt Romney and his immigration stance (self-deportation) and embracing the controversial illegal immigration legislation passed in Arizona by Gov. Jan Brewer, for example. He also embraced Kris Kobach, who helped draft the controversial immigration legislation. The Republicans blocked every effort President Obama made to pass immigration reform, ultimately issuing an executive order to halt the deportation of young adults brought to this country by their parents when they were young. Call George W. Bush what ever you want, he recognized the importance of diversity. He won 44 percent of the Hispanic vote in 2004. Four years later, John McCain took 31 percent of Hispanics. This year, Mitt Romney took only 27 percent.
Social issues can no longer be ignored by the Republican Party in exchange for self-righteousness. Paul Ryan promised the end of the Western world, in terms of Judeo-Christian values if President Obama won. Um, really? This was a desperate and disgraceful attack on the president and an insult to all Americans. More in keeping with the birther theme that he’s a foreigner. The Mitt Romney who stood alone on the stage and delivered his concession speech was wonderful and if that was the Mitt Romney who ran for the presidency, the result could have been different. He took the high road and the Republican Party should learn from this and change its ways.
Republicans like Karl Rove, Dick Morris, Charles Krauthammer and websites like The Drudge Report and Breitbart dismissed the polls as false and denigrated Nate Silver, who was dead-on in his prediction that President Obama would win by big numbers. Intrade also bet that the president had a 70 percent chance of winning the election. Matt Drudge and Michelle Malkin led the charge on the Internet painting President Obama as a foreigner, who was hellbent on destroying this country. Really? Wrong. The Republican Party destroyed this country and its brand by coddling wingnuts like them.
Mitt Romney isn’t without blame in the mess. He was nothing more than an out-of-touch plutocrat, who cared nothing about the least among us. How else can you explain his comment that 47 percent of Americans are deadbeats? He owned the decision to pick Paul Ryan as his running mate, saying that was one of the best decisions he made, next to marrying his wife. Um, Paul Ryan was a card-carrying member of a highly unpopular Congress. He was a part of the problem in the Washington gridlock. Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comment was repudiated, but Richard Mourdouck’s “pregnancy from rape is from God” comment was embraced. Let’s not forget Ron Paul’s honest rape comment. These three lunatics should never have had a place in the party, much less to run for higher office. Let’s not forget some of Mitt Romney’s lines: “some of my best friends own NASCAR teams,”"corporations are people” and that $10,000 wager he tried to make with Texas Gov. Rick Perry during a Republican presidential debate.
The problem is Mitt Romney’s campaign was about nothing that made a calculated risk to pander to the lunatics and extremists in the Republican Party. The outcome was decisive and the shellacking was deserved. All the dark money and Super PAC money that was meant to trick voters into distancing themselves from Obama for no other reason but hate, backfired. Sheldon Adelson and Karl Rove were the big funders of the negative ads and the millions they spent could have been better spent helping the poor in this country. But, they would rather foment hate and coddle nuts like Donald Trump with his birtherism nonsense. Problem-solving and bipartisanship should be embraced, not shunned. It’s a new day for America and the electorate has spoken. Good morning Mr. President.
This was the most popular tweet of all time:
Four more years. twitter.com/BarackObama/st…
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) November 7, 2012
Donald Trump’s tweets:
Lets fight like hell and stop this great and disgusting injustice! The world is laughing at us.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2012
We can’t let this happen. We should march on Washington and stop this travesty. Our nation is totally divided!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2012
Our country is now in serious and unprecedentedtrouble…like never before.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2012
Mitt Romney has had another bad polling day and the writing may be on the way in some respects. But more importantly, Mitt Romney finally came full circle with the racist code by implying that President Obama is about to get us with the “revenge” word. He knew perfectly well that the president was only referring to the best revenge against the bad policies Romney is spouting is to get out to vote. It’s just that simple, but the racist dog whistle is the preferable alternative. It plays right into Romney’s scare tactics. He is also reportedly quietly courting Glenn Beck. Ann Romney has repeatedly said the president wasn’t a grown up and his surrogates have called President Obama every name in the book, short of the n-word.
Well, the best revenge the Obama campaign has are the recent polling results that show the president has closed a four point gap from early October when his lackluster performance during the first presidential debate in Denver, CO, shocked many. President Obama’s Midwest firewall is holding and he continues to lead in most battleground states with a narrow margin. The Pew Research’s poll shows the president with a narrow lead. Mitt Romney is worried and that’s why he is now in pursuit of “fool’s gold.” Um, Mr. Romney, drive-by campaigning doesn’t work. It didn’t work for Bob Dole and John McCain and it won’t work for you.
Pew Research: Barack Obama has edged ahead of Mitt Romney in the final days of the presidential campaign. In the Pew Research Center’s election weekend survey, Obama holds a 48% to 45% lead over Romney among likely voters.
The survey finds that Obama maintains his modest lead when the probable decisions of undecided voters are taken into account. Our final estimate of the national popular vote is Obama 50% and Romney 47%, when the undecided vote is allocated between the two candidates based on several indicators and opinions.
Back to the racist dog whistle getting louder and louder as we sprint to the election on Tuesday– Inquirer columnist Michael Smerconish ruffled some feathers this morning with his column, “The Pulse: The Smearing of a President: From Start, Unrelenting and Unfair.”
Just before Hurricane Sandy hit, Ann Coulter called our sitting president a “retard,” Sarah Palin mocked his “shuck and jive shtick,” and John Sununu openly questioned Gen. Colin Powell’s weighty endorsement as being motivated by race. At least earlier in the campaign there was some effort at camouflage. Such as when Mitt Romney aired an anti-Obama welfare commercial that falsely suggested Obama supported handouts (“They just send you your welfare check”) when, in fact, Obama was accommodating requests of several governors, two of them conservative Republicans, to try new ways to put people back to work. A similar sentiment was expressed by Romney when he maligned the 47 percent who don’t pay federal income taxes, overlooking that 83 percent of that group are either working and paying payroll taxes or they’re elderly.
And, almost daily, there have been dire warnings about Obama, often with sirens, from the Drudge Report. Example: the Sept. 18 edition featuring a hideous picture of Obama (eyes closed) emblazoned with the all-capped quote: “I ACTUALLY BELIEVE IN REDISTRIBUTION,” a 14-year-old excerpt that conveniently excised the future president’s explicit embrace of “competition” and “marketplace.” No wonder I routinely field calls from radio listeners who, with no hint of embarrassment in their voices, say things such as “I call him ‘comrade’ ” or “he’s not my president.”
All the myths about President Obama have been debunked, including the claim that he was born in Kenya, but there are many who want to keep whites scared by keeping that fire going. It’s a sad commentary that in the 1900s America was a horrible place for blacks to live and we are still confounded by racist images and stereotypes in 2012. How can we engage another country and tell them how to treat their citizens, when our sitting president is called all manner of names by the Republicans.
Mitt Romney makes the case for President Obama’s reelection:
USA Today/Gallup Poll released its last poll ahead of the presidential election of swing states and found voters “have become as enthusiastic and engaged in the 2012 presidential election as they were in the historic contest four years ago.”
The poll found that President Obama and Mitt Romney are tied in some battleground states, 48% to 48% but the results indicate a surge from the president who has now closed a four point gap from early October — the first debate where he delivered an abysmal performance. The poll was taken in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.
Here’s a round-up of the polls from Political Wire:
Colorado: Obama 48%, Romney 47% (YouGov)
Colorado: Obama 48%, Romney 48% (Reuters/Ipsos)
Florida: Romney 49%, Obama 47% (Zogby)
Florida: Romney 48%, Obama 47% (YouGov)
Florida: Obama 46%, Romney 46% (Reuters/Ipsos)
Iowa: Obama 48%, Romney 47% (YouGov)
Iowa: Obama 50%, Romney 48% (Public Policy Polling)
Michigan: Romney 47%, Obama 46% (Foster McCollum)
Michigan: Obama 51%, Romney 44% (YouGov)
Nevada: Obama 49%, Romney 45% (YouGov)
New Hampshire: Obama 47%, Romney 43% (YouGov)
New Hampshire: Obama 50%, Romney 48% (Public Policy Polling)
New Hampshire: Obama 50%, Romney 45% (New England College)
North Carolina: Romney 49%, Obama 47% (YouGov)
Ohio: Obama 50%, Romney 48% (Columbus Dispatch)
Ohio: Obama 50%, Romney 42% (Zogby)
Ohio: Obama 49%, Romney 46% (YouGov)
Ohio: Obama 48%, Romney 44% (Reuters/Ipsos)
Ohio: Obama 52%, Romney 47% (Public Policy Polling)
Pennsylvania: Obama 47%, Romney 47% (Susquehanna)
Pennsylvania: Obama 49%, Romney 46% (Morning Call)
Pennsylvania: Obama 52%, Romney 44% (YouGov)
Virginia: Obama 50%, Romney 44% (Zogby)
Virginia: Obama 48%, Romney 46% (YouGov)
Virginia: Obama 47%, Romney 46% (Reuters/Ipsos)
Virginia: Obama 51%, Romney 47% (Public Policy Polling)
Wisconsin: Obama 50%, Romney 46% (YouGov)