Gov. Scott Walker Becomes First 2016 Presidential Hopeful to Open Iowa Office

Gov. Scott Walker Becomes First 2016 Presidential Hopeful to Open Iowa Office

Gov. Scott Walker Becomes First 2016 Presidential Hopeful to Open Iowa Office (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker became the first 2016 presidential hopeful to open an Iowa office, the Des Moines Register reports.

A political organization created by Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, has leased the space at 2775 86th St. in Urbandale – an office with a storied Republican political history.

The strip-mall storefront, located behind a Panera Bread cafe, has been occupied over the years by campaigns for Terry Branstad for governor, Tom Latham for Congress, Bill Northey for agriculture secretary and other Iowa races as part of GOP Victory efforts. In 2012, it headquartered Michele Bachmann’s team for the Iowa caucuses and Mitt Romney’s general election campaign. It was John McCain and Sarah Palin’s Midwest regional campaign headquarters in 2008. Source: Des Moines Register

While I am not a big Scott Walker supporter, I would urge the Democrats not to just sit back and think the White House is Hillary Clinton’s to lose. He’s far more credible than Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee.

Rand Paul: Parents “Own” the Children, Most Vaccinations Should Be Voluntary

Rand Paul: Parents "Own" the Children, Most Vaccinations Should Be Voluntary

Rand Paul: Parents “Own” the Children, Most Vaccinations Should Be Voluntary (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

GOP presidential hopeful Sen. Rand Paul says parents own children and not the state, therefore vaccinations should be voluntary. How incredibility reckless for a doctor to make such a comment.

As crazy as Sen. Rand Paul is, he seems to have outdone himself this time:

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) doubled down on his position that most vaccines should be voluntary, suggesting Monday that mandated immunization is an example of government overreach.

“The state doesn’t own your children,” Paul said in an interview with CNBC’s “Closing Bell.” “Parents own the children, and it is an issue of freedom and public health.”

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In a heated interview with CNBC host Kelly Evans, Paul expressed support for vaccination but bristled at the idea that it should be mandatory.

“I guess being for freedom would be really unusual,” he said sarcastically at the start of the exchange.

Paul also acknowledged hearing about cases in which healthy kids were left with “profound mental disorders” after being vaccinated.

I guess the bigger question for me is, did Sen. Paul allow his kids to be vaccinated? Kinda sounds a lot like Rick Santorum saying President Obama was being “elitist” for suggesting every child in America should get a college education. That’s while Santorum had more than one degree.

Ex-HP CEO Carly Fiorina: “Unlike Hillary Clinton, I Have Actually Accomplished Something”

Ex-HP CEO Carly Fiorina: "Unlike Hillary Clinton, I Have Actually Accomplished Something"

Ex-HP CEO Carly Fiorina: “Unlike Hillary Clinton, I Have Actually Accomplished Something” (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

LOL:  Carly Fiorina, former Hewlett Packard CEO and wannabe GOP presidential candidate, went in on Hillary Clinton, saying she has “actually accomplished something” unlike the former secretary of state. I can’t believe she said that with a straight face.

Um, I beg to differ….Carly Fiorina (@CarlyFiorina) destroyed Hewlett Packard, saw thousands of jobs outsourced overseas and then high-tailed it out of the company with a multi-million dollar golden parachute. In short, Carly Fiorina accomplished a lot for herself and not for her company or her country. I guess she’s the female version of Mitt Romney, only without a gubernatorial job. Hey, Carly, how did that Compaq deal work out for HP?

Fiorina made the comments at the Iowa Freedom Summit on Saturday. That’s the same gathering where Sarah Palin made a fool of herself after the teleprompter froze. Yeah, she previously mocked President Obama for using a teleprompter. She couldn’t even ad lib.

“Like Hillary Clinton, I too have travelled hundreds of thousands of miles around the globe,” she said.  ”But unlike her, I have actually accomplished something. Mrs. Clinton, flying is an activity, not an accomplishment.”

She also criticized Clinton’s attempts at a diplomatic “reset” with Russia: ”I have met Vladimir Putin and know that it will take more to halt his ambitions than a gimmicky red reset button.”

She also touted her international business record, saying it gives her more foreign policy experience than Clinton.

In addition, Fiorina invoked the Benghazi scandal: “Unlike Hillary Clinton, I know what difference it makes that our ambassador to Libya and three other brave Americans were killed in a deliberate terrorist attack on the anniversary of 9/11 and that the response of our nation must be more forceful than the arrest of a single individual a year later.” Source:  Mediaite

Yeah, Carly Fiorina, whatever. You will never be a secretary of state nor a president of the United States. For anyone who forgot about Ms. Fiorina being kicked out of Hewlett Packard, here’s an snippet of what went down:

Feb. 1o, 2005 — Shares of HP jumped 6.9 percent in heavy trading on the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday on the news. But at one point, the stock was up as much as 10.5 percent.

“The stock is up a bit on the fact that nobody liked Carly’s leadership all that much,” said Robert Cihra, an analyst with Fulcrum Global Partners. “The Street had lost all faith in her and the market’s hope is that anyone will be better.”

Fiorina, the only female CEO at a company in the Dow Jones industrial average, had been with HP since 1999. But the company’s controversial deal to buy Compaq in the spring of 2002 — after a bruising proxy fight led by one of the Hewlett family heirs — has not produced the shareholder returns or profits she had promised. Source: CNN Money

Carly Fiorina has a lot of nerve trying to white-wash her rocky history at Hewlett Packard to imply that she actually accomplished a lot. Wall Street cheered her forced resignation. That says a lot. So, in the final analysis, I would say Hillary Clinton has accomplished a heck of a lot more than Ms. Fiorina, with regards to public service.

LOL: Donald Trump Said He Would Have Beaten Obama in 2012 Election

LOL: Donald Trump Said He Would Have Beaten Obama in 2012 Election

LOL: Donald Trump Said He Would Have Beaten Obama in 2012 Election (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

I must admit, Donald Trump saying he would have beaten President Obama in the 2012 presidential campaign is a funny as Sen. Joni Ernst’s bread-bag story. He said he was leading in every poll. Um, really? Which poll? Oh wait, he’s talking about his brief lead in a GOP poll in early 2011. He conveniently forgets that his polling numbers imploded from 26 percent in April to eight percent in May. He’s deluded into thinking he could have beaten President Obama, who won by a landslide. Mitt Romney got 47% of the vote, the same number of Americans he called deadbeats.

In a sit-down interview with The Des Moines Register, he said the two presumed GOP frontrunners, Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush, are doomed to lose — and he expressed regret that he hadn’t run himself in 2012.

Trump said he should be in the White House right now.

“I was leading in every poll. … I regret that I didn’t stay in,” he said in an interview before a private dinner at the Stine Barn in West Des Moines. “I would’ve won the race against (President Barack) Obama. He would’ve been easy. Hillary (Clinton) is tougher to beat than Obama, but Hillary is very beatable.”

Trump said he heard Bush is trying to raise $15 million before he makes up his mind about running.

“If I do it, I’ll be self-funding so that solves that problem. Which is nice,” he said. Source: Des Moines Register

Every presidential election cycle we hear the usual drum beats from the likes of Donald Trump and Sarah Palin. No-one in their right minds would vote for either. They both have zero credibility and will never be POTUS. Donald Trump’s delusional comments comes days after a poll found most Republicans prefer Mitt Romney over Jeb Bush in the presidential elections.

Mitt Romney Playing Pin-Tail-On-Donkey to Find Message That Resonates with Voters

Mitt Romney Playing Pin-Tail-On-Donkey to Find Message for 2016 Presidential Elections

Mitt Romney Playing Pin-Tail-On-Donkey to Find Message for 2016 Presidential Elections (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Twice failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney is gearing up for a third run for the White House. His new platform is to eradicate poverty in the U.S. Um, one problem. The stench of his 47 percent insult, his offshore accounts and Bain Capital’s outsourcing activities are still very pungent. I might also add, the binders full of women PR blunder, plus picking on Big Bird, are still very fresh in the minds of many. Romney for president…that’s a joke!

“Under President Obama, the rich have gotten richer, income inequality has gotten worse and there are more people in poverty than ever before,” Romney said. “Under this president, his policies have not worked. Their liberal policies are good every four years for a campaign, but they don’t get the job done.”

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“It’s a tragedy — a human tragedy – that the middle class in this country by and large doesn’t believe the future won’t be better than the past or their kids will have a brighter future of their own,” Romney said. He added, “People want to see rising wages and they deserve them.” Source: Washington Post

Mitt Romney is playing pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey. He’s trying to find a message that will stick. So, this time around it’s poverty. I wonder how he proposes to eradicate poverty when the Republicans in the House and Senate want to kick the social services in place to help the poor out from under them. Like I said, Mitt Romney for president…that’s a joke!

Rupert Murdoch on 2016 Elections: Mitt Romney is a “Terrible Candidate”

Rupert Murdoch on 2016 Elections: Mitt Romney is a "Terrible Candidate"

Rupert Murdoch on 2016 Elections: Mitt Romney is a “Terrible Candidate” (Photo Credit: Wikipedia Commons)

Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch weighed in on the 2016 presidential hopefuls, calling Mitt Romney a “terrible candidate,” but said he liked “Jeb Bush very much.” I think most people would agree with him on Mitt Romney, who has been running a presidential campaign for the last eight years and losing both.

Here’s his take on the GOP presidential hopefuls:

Rand Paul: “”I personally like Rand Paul very much and I am very impressed by his brain,” he said. Though he was skeptical about Paul’s foreign policy platform, “which is frankly a major issue,” he commended the Kentucky Senator for “campaigning on the theory that Washington is too big.”

“I think he will do well enough to move the debate,” Murdoch said. He added, “I don’t think he will win… I would be very surprised if he won the nomination.”

Murdoch also hit Romney for winning the nomination “by destroying every other Republican with his own money” and for failing to deflect criticism that he was “super rich.”

On Chris Christie: “I wouldn’t write off Chris Christie at all…. We will just see how he handles himself.”

On Scott Walker: “He will be an interesting candidate” (though he questioned his charisma.)

On Paul Ryan, who has said he will not run: “He’s only 44… [he has] plenty of time.”

And finally, Ted Cruz: “I’ve met [him], quite an experience,” Murdoch said to laughter. “He’s smart… [but there’s] a record of very questionable political judgment, so we will see.” Source: Politico

Um, as for Ted Cruz, I would love to see how the birther crowd will view his presidential campaign, since he was born in Canada to an American mother and a Cuban father. Er, doesn’t that mean he isn’t a natural born American? Of course, there are two standards…one for blacks and one for whites.

Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic Makes History as Croatia’s First Woman President

Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic Makes History as Croatia's First Woman President

Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic Makes History as Croatia’s First Woman President (Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Conservative populist Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic makes history as the first woman president of Croatia. The electoral commission declared her a winner of presidential runoff against President Ivo Josipovic.

Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic beat Josipovic more than 50% of the vote to the incumbent’s 49%.

Poll: Jeb Bush Surges Ahead of Chris Christie as GOP 2016 Frontrunner

Poll:  Jeb Bush Surges Ahead of Chris Christie as GOP 2016 Frontrunner

Poll: Jeb Bush Surges Ahead of Chris Christie as GOP 2016 Frontrunner (Photo Credit: Facebook)

Jeb Bush, the brother of former president George W. Bush, is surging ahead of potential GOP presidential candidates in a new CNN/ORC poll. He is now the clear frontrunner — at least for now.

Jeb Bush leads the pack by 23% of the Republicans surveyed in the new poll. That puts him 10 points ahead of his closest competitor, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who trailed with 13%.

Ben Carson comes in third with 7%, while Sen. Rand Paul and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee tied for fourth place with 6%. Um, I don’t see Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz in the mix.

Jeb Bush versus Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton would be a very interesting battle to the finish. Clinton leads 54% to 41% in a head-to-head match-up. Bush fares better than his rivals.

Hillary Clinton: Biggest Issue With Israel is Continued Building of Settlements

Hillary Clinton: Biggest Issue She Has With Israel is Continued Building of Settlement

Hillary Clinton: Biggest Issue With Israel is Continued Building of Settlement (Credit: Wikipedia)

During an appearance on Fareed Zakaria’sGlobal Public Square,” Hillary Clinton said the biggest issue she has with Israel is their continued building of settlements. She also admonished them saying “don’t make life so miserable for the Palestinians.” No-one wants to live that way. There is a great deal of mistrust among both sides. The truth is, Hillary Clinton is absolutely right. You can’t want to effect change by building settlements on contested land, while blockading just about everything to make the quality of life for the Palestinians decent. It seems as though Benjamin Netanyahu is presiding over the modern-day apartheid system of the Palestinians.

Hillary Clinton’s statement comes as Secretary of State John Kerry is under fire for negotiating with Qatar and Turkey, rather than Egypt and Israel. Likud’s Communications Minister Gilad Erdan ranted Saturday night that Kerry chose to hold talks without a representative of Israel, the Palestinian Authority of Egypt. He said, “we’re a long way from a political solution.”

 

Did Michelle Obama Diss VP Joe Biden by Calling for a Woman President?

VP Joe Biden Cleans Up Foreign Policy Mess as Michelle Obama Calls for Woman President

VP Joe Biden Cleans Up Foreign Policy Mess as Michelle Obama Calls for Woman President (Credit: Donkey Hotey)

(OPINION) — Is the White House through First Lady Michelle Obama slighting Vice President Joe Biden by saying she would like to see a woman president quickly? And that we have a few options for one? You know she’s talking about Hillary Clinton and possibly Elizabeth Warren. Why are they dumping on Biden?

Michelle Obama was interviewed by ABC’s Robin Roberts at a Washinton D.C. summit focused on work-family policies on Monday. She said, “I think the country is ready” for a woman president. Mrs. Obama said, “The person who should do the job is the person who’s most qualified. And we have some options, don’t we?”

The White House has called on Joe Biden to get involved in the all foreign policy nightmares unfolding before our eyes and he has done it. It seems that he is being dissed by the White House. We know President Obama owes the Clintons a huge favor for all their help, particularly Bill Clinton’s help during the 2012 presidential campaign, but Biden also saved the ticket some face during his knock-out vice presidential debate against Rep. Paul Ryan. This was after Obama’s horrible debate performance against Mitt Romney.

The fact is, I doubt Joe Biden is a viable alternative for the Democratic Party, but for the White House to openly diss him is just wrong. That’s my opinion. Hillary Clinton is being framed in much the same way as Mitt Romney — out of touch with the majority of Americans due to being fabulously wealthy.