2016

Thanks, Obama! Hillary Clinton may face more conservative MIllennials because of Obama’s failed policies

Obama speaks to Millennials

“The Upshot,” a New York Times blog focused on politics and policy, suggests Hillary Clinton may have a difficult time convincing Millennial voters to join her campaign. And she has President Obama to thank for that.

In a post titled “Why Teenagers Today May Grow Up Conservative,” David Leonhardt writes:

In the simplest terms, the Democrats control the White House (and, for now, the Senate) at a time when the country is struggling. Economic growth has been disappointing for almost 15 years now. Most Americans think this country is on the wrong track. Our foreign policy often seems messy and complex, at best.

To Americans in their 20s and early 30s — the so-called millennials — many of these problems have their roots in George W. Bush’s presidency. But think about people who were born in 1998, the youngest eligible voters in the next presidential election. They are too young to remember much about the Bush years or the excitement surrounding the first Obama presidential campaign. They instead are coming of age with a Democratic president who often seems unable to fix the world’s problems.

Hillary ‘Damage Control’ Clinton stumbles out of the gate in the race to 2016

Hillary Clinton

The Clintons are in “damage control mode” after a number of comments by Hillary Clinton about the family’s personal wealth as she tours the country promoting a book few people seem to be reading.

CNN’s Dan Merica sets up the gaffes:

Hillary Clinton had to know she was going to have to talk about her wealth.

The tightly orchestrated book tour for her new memoir has closely resembled a campaign — with war rooms and surrogate coordination. So one would expect that Clinton was prepared to answer questions on any topic.

But when the wealth question came, Clinton, the political heavy hitter, whiffed.

Twice.

In the first instance, Hillary said she and President Bill Clinton were “dead broke’ as they left the White House in 2001, despite the fact the couple earned $12 million that year, according to then-Senator Clinton’s own financial disclosure forms. The New York Times reported in 2008 that the Clintons made $109 million in the eight years after they left the White House.

RNC May Have Stacked the Deck for Rand Paul in 2016

Rand Paul RNC Meeting

Since the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, the Republican Party — under the leadership of Chairman Reince Priebus — has been changing the rules, effectively shortening the length of the primary process, among other things. Their reasoning is that a shortened primary would produce a stronger nominee unscathed by primary in-fighting.

Picking a nominee sooner would also give that candidate access to general election funds sooner, a problem Mitt Romney struggled with as President Obama spent primary election funds preparing for the general election.

David Freedlander at The Daily Beast seems to think this truncated primary process would benefit Kentucky Senator Rand Paul:

That’s because the Republican National Committee codified a presidential primary schedule this month that requires Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada to hold their votes first. And Republicans from both inside and outside the establishment wing of the party say that calendar will provide a huge advantage to Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and his legion of Tea Party acolytes.

Rand Paul, if a Frontrunner, Must Have a Foreign Policy

The Atlantic today has declared, in the wake of Chris Christie’s Bridgegate, that Rand Paul, the firebrand Senator from Kentucky, is the new conservative frontrunner for the 2016 Presidential Race. While it’s not totally clear from the piece who on Earth has been calling Rand Paul supporters “Paulistinians,” writer Peter Beinert makes a decent case for Paul:

With his “Stand with Rand” fundraising campaign last May, launched to capitalize on his anti-drone filibuster, Rand Paul has already shown himself able to generate the media frenzy necessary to rake in bucks online. And he may even prove able to make inroads among the GOP big-money elite. In January, Jack Oliver, who oversaw fundraising for George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004, attended a Paul fundraiser in Atlanta. Oliver told the Lexington Herald-Leader that he’s particularly intrigued by Paul’s support among younger donors, a demographic the party badly needs given its aging fundraising base.

Paul will never be the darling of the GOP establishment. But Oliver’s attendance highlights the difficulty Republican elites may have in forging a unified front against him. In 2012, Ron Paul gained exactly one senatorial endorsement: his son’s. Rand Paul, by contrast, enters the 2016 campaign as a close ally of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who recently made a former Ron Paul and Rand Paul staffer his campaign manager.

Christie: End the drug war

Don’t count Chris Christie out just yet, folks. The embattled governor of New Jersey is doing his best to keep recent scandals out of the headlines by offering new ones of his own. Today in his inaugural address, Christie explicitly called for an end to the 40+ year old federal war on drugs.

“We will end the failed war on drugs that believes that incarceration is the cure of every ill caused by drug abuse. We will make drug treatment available to as many of our non-violent offenders as we can and we will partner with our citizens to create a society that understands this simple truth: every life has value and no life is disposable.”

Strong words from an executive who might find new difficulty getting his policies through his legislature given recent news and softening public support. More generally, a strong statement in an inaugural speech doesn’t mean a successful change in policy in any case, as has also been excessively clear since President Obama’s second. But with less favorable news in New Jersey making all the headlines lately, you can be sure Christie will do what he can to make more positive news over the next two years as the 2016 primary elections approach.

Conservative group to produce Hillary Clinton documentary

Hillary Clinton

Despite CNN and NBC canceling planned projects on Hillary Clinton, a conservative organization announced this week that they were moving forward with a project of its own about the former First Lady and Secretary of State.

Citizens United Productions, which bills itself as the “country’s leading conservative filmmaker,” has produced a number of exposés over the last few years. The organization made waves in 2008 with Hillary: The Movie, which shed light on Clinton’s public life as she ran for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination.

That exposé was also the issue in Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission (2008), a landmark Supreme Court decision that overturned the parts of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (McCain-Feingold) and restored free speech rights that were regulated by the law.

“Unlike CNN and NBC Citizens United Productions will not be deterred in uncovering the truth behind the ongoing Clinton charade,” said David Bossie, President of Citizens United Productions, in a statement from the organization. “As we have seen in our successes with ‘Hillary The Movie’ and most recently ‘Fast Terry’, Clinton world has unlimited storylines, nefarious characters, and an overall record American’s should be concerned about.”

Citizens United had sought equal time from CNN and NBC to run its exposé on Clinton in concert with the networks’ now-terminated projects.

Joe Biden is apparently running for president in 2016

The 2012 presidential campaign isn’t even over yet, but that hasn’t stopped Vice President Joe Biden from putting together a campaign message for 2016. During a campaign stop yesterday in Florida, Biden talked Republican sibling of a supporter over the phone and made his pitch:

While he has previously hinted at a potential run, Biden smiled as he mentioned–perhaps jokingly–a White House run on the phone with a voter during a campaign stop at a Sarasota, Florida restaurant.
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As he mingled with fans and supporters, one woman handed the vice president a cell phone at the event, urging Biden to speak with her brother, a Republican.

Biden took the phone, immediately saying: “I’ll tell ya what, you may be a Republican but I love ya.”

Wearing his trademark aviator sunglasses inside the restaurant, the former 36-year senator quickly got into a serious discussion with the relative about the health care law. A man standing nearby said, “I think he met his match,” referring to the detailed conversation.

After nearly two minutes on the call, Biden moved to end the conversation. “Look, I’m not trying to talk you into voting for me, I just wanted to say hi to you.”

“And after it’s all over, when your insurance rates go down,” he continued, “then you’ll vote for me in 2016. I’ll talk to you later.”

Why Joe Biden Won’t Be Replaced with Hillary Clinton

Joe Biden

For the last couple of years, I’ve heard rumors about Obama dropping Joe Biden off the 2012 ticket and replacing him with the Democrat that Republicans fear the most: Hillary Clinton. Then earlier today a friend shared this article, which goes into detail about how August 24 is the likely time that Obama will announce that Biden is being replaced with Hillary Clinton.

The logic on that timeline would be just fine, except that’s not going to happen. Here are a few reasons why:

Biden makes Obama look good.

Joe Biden is quite literally a sideshow. He’s Larry, Moe, and Curly all rolled up into one ridiculously gaffe-tastic goof ball. The things he does and the things he says just go to make Obama look sane and in control. Obama may be like a Clark Griswold (a well-intentioned man with issues of his own), but Biden is his Cousin Eddie.

When Biden opens his mouth and says something stupid, Obama is there to explain what should have been said, show he’s got a handle on the campaign, and demonstrate that he can keep the crazy cousin at bay.

A change this close to their convention would show disorder and desperation.


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