Can Elizabeth Warren and Martin O’Malley Challenge Hillary Clinton for Democratic Nomination?

Can Elizabeth Warren and Martin O'Malley Challenge Hillary Clinton for Democratic Nomination?

Can Elizabeth Warren and Martin O’Malley Challenge Hillary Clinton for Democratic Nomination? (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Can Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination? Personally, I believe Warren is too liberal while O’Malley is a relative unknown. Still, Barack Obama was a relative unknown when he started the 2008 presidential campaign and ran a stellar campaign against the Clinton establishment the first time around. That’s why I am giving Martin O’Malley a second look. He certainly has less baggage than Clinton.

Martin O’Malley was well-received in Iowa during a recent appearance in Davenport. He blasted the GOP presidential contenders on their stance on income inequality.

“How ironic since their choices led to it,” he told The Des Moines Register in an interview Saturday. “This is their theory, and we tried it for the better part of these last 30 years: Concentrate wealth at the top, take regulation out of the equation and keep wages low. So for them now to say that they’re somehow very appalled and concerned about inequality is ironic, to put it most kindly.”

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During O’Malley’s appearance at the Scott County Democrats’ “Red, White and Blue Dinner,” he offered a prescription for “making the dream true again” that includes raising the minimum wage, expanding Social Security benefits, making pre-kindergarten universally available and ensuring equal pay for women. “Sing it with me people,” O’Malley said. “When women succeed, America succeeds.”

The speech, which drew multiple standing ovations, both underscored O’Malley’s opportunities and the challenges in the nation’s first presidential nominating state, where early polls show Clinton with a commanding lead and O’Malley barely registering. In interviews afterward, many Democratic activists said they were only starting to learn about O’Malley. Source: Des Moines Register

The Boston Globe is making the case for Elizabeth Warren. I like her a lot because she’s for the middle class, but I find some of her positions too liberal. She would have to move a little to the center for me.

Unlike Clinton, or any of the prospective Republican candidates, Warren has made closing the economic gaps in America her main political priority, in a career that has included standing up for homeowners facing illegal foreclosures and calling for more bankruptcy protections. If she runs, it’ll ensure that those issues take their rightful place at the center of the national political debate.

Some of Warren’s admirers feel she’d be better off fighting for those causes in the Senate — but her opportunities to enact reforms there are shrinking, which should make a presidential run more attractive. As a member of the minority party in the Senate, her effectiveness is now much more limited than when she first won election, since Republicans control the legislative agenda. Democrats face an uphill challenge to reclaim the Senate in 2016 and face even slimmer prospects in the House. For the foreseeable future, the best pathway Warren and other Democrats have for implementing their agenda runs through the White House.

A presidential campaign would test Warren as never before. Her views on foreign policy are not fully formed. And on many other important issues — climate change, gun control, civil rights — Warren could struggle to articulate clear differences between herself and Clinton. That’s a risk she should be willing to take.

It will be interesting to see who will step up and challenge Hillary Clinton. The path to the White House shouldn’t just be handed to another Clinton or another Bush, for that matter.

SMH: Dr. Ben Carson Claims ISIS Dates Back to Jacob and Esau

SMH:  Dr. Ben Carson Claims ISIS Dates Back to Esau in Genesis

SMH: Dr. Ben Carson Claims ISIS Dates Back to Esau in Genesis (Photo Credit: Hugh Hewitt Show Video Screengrab)

Dr. Ben Carson continues to show why he isn’t ready for the national political stage. In a recent interview with Hugh Hewitt, he said the Baltics States should get into NATO. Um, they are already a part of NATO. Buffoonery, pure and simple.

Dr. Carson thinks Baltic States aren’t in NATO:

HH: The Baltic states are very nervous, and we have troops in the Baltic states. Ought NATO to be willing to go to war if Putin attempts in the Baltic states anything like he’s attempted in Ukraine?

BC: I think they would be willing to go to war if they knew that they were backed up by us. I think part of the problem throughout the world right now is that our allies cannot be 100% certain that we’re behind them.

HH: And so should we have that sort of commitment, that if Putin makes a move on the Baltic states, we’d go to war?

BC: Well, if we have them involved in NATO. We need to convince them to get involved in NATO and strengthen NATO.

HH: Well, the Baltics, they are in NATO. […]

Ben Carson may know his way around an operating room but he has no clue on U.S. foreign policy, or any other policy for that matter.

Carson claims ISIS dates back to Jacob and Esau:

HH: What do you consider to be their tap root? What is the origin of their rage, in your view?

BC: Well, first of all, you have to recognize they go back thousands and thousands of years, really back to the battle between Jacob and Esau. But it has been a land issue for a very long period of time. Possession is very important to them. And one of the things that we’re doing, I think, incorrectly right now is not recognizing that they are expanding their territory. Not only the land that they’ve taken in Iraq, but what they’ve taken in Syria, they’re creating an Islamic state. And we can bomb it all we want. But unless we actually can take the land back, we’re really not doing them any damage.

HH: Dr. Carson, but you know, Muhammad lives in 632AD, so it’s a 1,300, 1,400 year old religion. How do you go back to Jacob and Esau, which are BC?

BC: I’m just saying that the conflict has been ongoing for thousands of years. This is not anything new, is what I’m saying.

HH: So it’s not specific to the Islamic faith or the Salafist offshoot to the Islamic faith?

BC: Well, the Islamic faith emanated from Esau.

HH: Okay, I would date it to 632, but you’ve got a Biblical connection here that some people may share with you, but I think scholars might dispute.

Wow, so now he’s a Biblical scholar? I didn’t think I would ever say this, but he’s worse than Mr. 9-9-9 Herman Cain. Dear God, please let Ben Carson get the GOP presidential nomination. Any Democratic candidate would beat him by a landslide.

Will Jeb Bush Address Connection to Fugitive Miguel Recarey Jr?

Will Jeb Bush Address Connection to Fugitive Miguel Recarey Jr?

Will Jeb Bush Address Connection to Fugitive Miguel Recarey Jr? (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

GOP presidential hopeful Jeb Bush’s connection with a fugitive, Miguel Recarey Jr., is in the news. This is contrary to the squeaky clean image he’s trying to fool us with.

Washington Post:  The [Miguel] Recarey case illustrates aspects of [Jeb] Bush’s business record that are likely to resurface as he moves closer to a campaign for president. Time and again, he benefited from his family name and connections to land a consulting deal or board membership, sometimes doing business with people and companies who would later run afoul of the law.

In the case of Recarey, Bush has said over the years that he “made one call” to a mid-level official to seek a fair deal for a Florida businessman.

But new interviews and a review of congressional testimony show that Bush engaged in multiple calls on Recarey’s behalf to senior administration officials — and that his advocacy made a difference.

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One recipient of Bush’s outreach on behalf of Recarey, C. McClain Haddow, then the chief of staff to the secretary of health and human services, Margaret Heckler, told The Washington Post that hearing from the vice president’s son “certainly altered the trajectory of the decision.”

Donald Trump Drops “The Apprentice” to Launch Presidential Campaign

Donald Trump Drops "The Apprentice" to Launch Presidential Campaign

Donald Trump Drops “The Apprentice” to Launch Presidential Campaign (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Carnival barker Donald Trump reportedly drops his “The Apprentice” show to launch a presidential campaign, WMUR-TV reports. Would love to hear his message to the black community since he insulted then-candidate Barack Obama on so many occasions, even demanding that he release his college transcripts and long-form birth certificate. Yeah, would love to see how he will campaign to “the blacks.”

WMUR-TV reports that Trump will announce his intentions Wednesday. He will reportedly head to New Hampshire on Thursday to attend an event for Rep. Steve Stepanek (R-Amherst). The Union Leader reports he has a team of New York-based political advisors and has hired staff in New Hampshire, Iowa and South Carolina. He also hired senior political adviser Corey Lewandowski.

This will be very hilarious to watch since he will believes in his mind that he can become our next POTUS. He will also have to release his tax returns, so it will be interesting to see how much he gives to charity and what his tax rate is. Donald Trump’s presidential campaign will crash and burn just like Rudy Giuliani’s.

 

Poll: Jeb Bush and Gov. Scott Walker in Tight Race Among GOP Presidential Candidates

Poll: Jeb Bush and Gov. Scott Walker in Tight Race Among GOP Presidential Candidates

Poll: Jeb Bush and Gov. Scott Walker in Tight Race Among GOP Presidential Candidates (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

A new Quinnipiac University poll finds Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in a tight race for 2016 presidential nominees for the Republican Party. Walker leads with 18 percent to Bush’s 16 percent.

New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee are at 8 percent each, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll finds. Physician Ben Carson has 7 percent, with 6 percent each for U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and 5 percent for U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida. No other Republican contender tops 2 percent. Another 17 percent are undecided.

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the 2016 presidential choice of 56 percent of Democratic or Democratic leaning voters nationwide, with 14 percent for U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, 10 percent for Vice President Joseph Biden and 4 percent for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Another 14 percent are undecided. Source: Quinnipiac University

Let’s see what Hillary Clinton’s numbers will be the next time Quinnipiac releases a new poll, given the controversy over her use of personal emails during her tenure as secretary of state.

Hillary Clinton: “I Want the Public to See My Email”

Hillary Clinton: "I Want the Public to See My Email"

Hillary Clinton: “I Want the Public to See My Email” (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

State Hillary Clinton broke her two-day silence since news of her use of a personal email address during her tenure as secretary of state surfaced, tweeting, that she has asked the State Department to release the emails.

Clinton tweeted, “I want the public to see my email.” “I asked State to release them. They said they will review them for release as soon as possible.”

No matter what happens, Benghazi truthers and her critics (mainly Republicans) will say she engaged in a cover-up of sorts. In other words, she is only releasing those emails she wants the public to see. Personally, I believe this wasn’t the smartest thing she did and it may come back to hurt her if she chooses to run.

More from Politico:  “The State Department will review for public release the emails provided by Secretary Clinton to the Department, using a normal process that guides such releases,” State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf emailed reporters shortly after Clinton’s tweet. “We will undertake this review as quickly as possible; given the sheer volume of the document set, this review will take some time to complete.”

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.