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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Christie: A genuine Republican and someone you would trust, or just another fraud, bully puppet with a selfish, narcissistic agenda The Chris Christie Circus!

The inevitable speculation regarding Chris Christie has begun.  Isn’t it amazing how the puppeteer elites, including their puppet-politicians and media appendages, choreographed the entire Chris Christie circus?  Most everyone is chomping on the bait offered by the media and both ‘major’ political parties, regarding the ‘resounding’ Christie victory at the polls, but let’s step back to see the entire forest, not just the trees.

Should people be buying into a misdirection maneuver that approximates General Schwarzkopf’s grand scheme during Desert Storm?  Is there not a ‘fundamental transformation’ being scripted for Christie to switch political parties, enabling him to be the puppeteer elites’ ‘Plan A’ Democrat Presidential candidate in 2016? 

Didn’t Christie run against a mannequin-like Democrat in the race to be re-elected as Governor?  Wasn’t she just a window display for the Democrat Party throughout the election?  Didn’t Obama pass on campaigning for her?  Didn’t this weaken an already weak candidate?  Doesn’t this bolster the belief that, at least in the penthouse of American politics, there is no separation of political parties and ideologies?

A quick review of Christie reveals that he assisted Obama twice when the Obama magic was on the wane.  Christie has appointed a Muslim to the judiciary of New Jersey.  He pulled a John Kerry on same-sex marriage; he was against it before he endorsed it.  There have been months when his political campaign coffers were enriched, more fromDemocrat donors than Republican donors.  Aren’t parents suing Christie, because he enacted a ban on gay conversion therapy earlier this year?  Hasn’t Christie attacked conservatives within his current political party, who were attempting to save us from the devastation embedded within ObamaCare, and didn’t he refuse to assist Ken Cuccinelli, who was facing a stacked deck in his bid to win the Governor’s office in Virginia?  Christie offered Obama advice on how to attempt to escape the wrath of millions of people who believed his incessant series of lies regarding ObamaCare.  When you listen to the faux and offensive ‘apology’ uttered by Obama, it appears Obama took Christie’s advice.

Following the election and congratulations from beach buddy Obama

Following the election and congratulations from beach buddy Obama, Christie attempted to backstab fellow Republican and NJ Senate Minority Leader, Tom Kean, Jr., by pushing for his ouster, in favorof Kevin O’Toole (R).  The reason for this skullduggery was to grease the skids of collaboration with NJ Senate President, Stephen Sweeney (D).  To whom do his loyalties lie?  Christie isn’t a Republican; he’s an opportunist!   

The puppeteer-controlled media are packaging Christie as the ‘new’ model of Republican candidate, implying that the Republican party must cave to amnesty, and the Democrat slate of issues to enjoy landslide victories in future elections.  He is in New Jersey, not the Midwest.  His brand of ‘conservatism’ is derided as ‘RINOism’ outside the Communist Republic of New England.  Yes, he did capture a slim majority of the Hispanic vote, but he benefitted from having virtually no competition from 

The Democrat Party, and his endorsement of amnesty and ‘In-State Tuition’ for illegals didn’t harm him.
Christie is a gifted politician, making him very dangerous.  He is a deceptively bellicose bully who invites and relishes confrontation to cut his opposition off at the knees, as he draws attention to himself.  Everything is scripted, comparable to the scripting to which we have been subjected over the past five (5) years by the bully puppet, Obama, and his puppeteers.

The elites, domestic and foreign, have become very adept at covering their bets on U. S. Presidential elections

The elites, domestic and foreign, have become very adept at covering their bets on U. S. Presidential elections.  Knowing the ‘end game’ of destroying our society, our culture, our economy and our republic is the key to understanding everything that is going on.  The elites need one of their own, or someone as malleable ad play dough, to advance their agenda. 

It appears one of the elites’ own is eager to inhabit the White House.  This eager beaver elitist would be Jeb Bush.  Being the leading Republican pedigree, should Jeb follow through on his desire to run for the Presidency, this would make for crowdedcompetition of comparable positions on the issues within the GOP?  Enter the king-making elites.  With their control of the media, the elites will be able package Mr. Christie as the crossover candidate, and, shock of shocks, Christie is a Democrat! 

Some pollsters have been comparing Christie’s strength with Hispanics against Hillary Clinton.  The polls have assumed that, were Clinton and Christie to compete against each other, this contest would be in the General Election.  How much would the dynamics of this polling change, if Clinton and Christie were to be competing for the candidacy within the Democrat Party?

Ms. Clinton appears to be the new ‘Ted Kennedy’ within the Democrat Party

Ms. Clinton appears to be the new ‘Ted Kennedy’ within the Democrat Party.  Elites will use her, but they don’t trust her.  How can anyone trust her, Leon Panetta, Obama and Valerie Jarrett, after all of them abandoned Ambassador Stevens, Information Management Officer Sean Smith, and former Navy SEALs, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty on 9/11/12?

A lot can happen, en route to the 2016 Election, and the speculation above assumes we will have not been relegated to Martial Law.  While the belief that Christie will switch parties, to be the elites’ bully puppet inside of the White House, may appear to be speculative, it is the ‘Tessio’ thing to do.  After all, according to an email I received within the past two weeks, the current breakdown of voters is 35% Democrat, 30% Independent, 28% Republican and 7% clueless.  With Priebus, Rove, Boehner and McConnell doing everything they can to sabotage the Gelding Opposition Party, at the order of the big money elite, Don Vito Corleone would applaud a Christie move to theDemocrat Party.

Expect the Chris Christie circus to continue.  Watch what he does as much as what he says.  See if you can convince yourself that Christie is a genuine Republican and someone you would trust within the White House, or if you see him as just another fraud, a bully puppet with a selfish, narcissistic agenda.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Hillary avoids 2016 campaign talk at DC film screening.

WASHINGTON — The left is already coalescing behind her for a 2016 presidential run, but Hillary Clinton avoided talking national politics during a film screening about Nelson Mandela in Washington on Wednesday evening.
Speaking from a podium at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater, the former Secretary of State gave brief remarks before a screening of the soon-to-be released “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.” Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain and former Secretary of State Colin Powell also spoke before the film.
Clinton’s speech focused exclusively on Mandela, the former president of South Africa. “There’s so much to admire and learn from Mandela’s life, but it’s important not to place him in a pantheon above and beyond all the rest of us human beings because he is so human,” she said.

Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood producer of the film and ardent Democrat supporter, praised Clinton. “I just love everything she’s done,” he said.
The film about the life of Mandela opens in theaters on Nov. 29.
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'Pleading' Distress Calls Made From US Consulate On Night Of Benghazi Attack.

State Department employees at the Benghazi compound knew they were in a death trap and made a series of radio distress calls to the CIA annex during the terror assault last year, according to congressional sources familiar with recent testimony on the attack from five CIA personnel. 
Sources told Fox News that the radio calls, which were described in closed testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, were characterized as almost frantic, with State Department employees who knew they could not defend themselves "pleading" for their lives. 
When the CIA team arrived from the annex about a mile away, they found the State Department employees without guns that could adequately protect them; one of the agents was found hiding in the consulate, apparently in a closet. The testimony lends more weight to repeated claims, in the wake of the attack, that the consulate was not adequately protected despite being located in a volatile and violent area prone to attack. 
When the CIA personnel were asked for their reaction to the administration's initial explanation that an anti-Islam video and a demonstration gone awry were to blame for the attack, Fox News is told they were seething with anger because everything on the ground -- from their perspective -- showed it was a premeditated attack. 
At least three of the five -- who were all in Benghazi -- responded to the scene that night. The witnesses testified that five mortars rained down on the annex in less than a minute. They pointed to those details as more evidence of a professionally trained team, describing the attack on the annex as akin to a professional hit on the operation in order to drive it out of Benghazi. 
Congressional sources say the testimony seems to further conflict with and undercut the briefing three days after the attack by then-CIA Director David Petraeus, who likened the attack to a flash mob. When pressed on the number and precision of the mortars, Petraeus offered that Benghazi was flooded with mortars, and played down their accuracy by suggesting they could have been fired from the back of a pick-up truck. 
When Petraeus appeared on the Hill in November, following his resignation from the CIA over his admitted affair, he tried to claim that he knew it was a terrorist attack all along and insisted that he did not put the emphasis on the anti-Islam film. 
Catherine Herridge is an award-winning Chief Intelligence correspondent for FOX News Channel (FNC) based in Washington, D.C. She covers intelligence, the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security. Herridge joined FNC in 1996 as a London-based correspondent.
A lead correspondent for the network's coverage of the 9/11 Benghazi terrorist attack, Catherine was first to report on September 12th, based on an interview with the chairman of House Intelligence Committee, Congressman Mike Rogers that"It was a coordinated, military-style, commando-type raid."  On September 17th, one day after Ambassador's Rice's controversial claims on the Sunday talk shows, Catherine was first to report there was no demonstration at the consulate when the attack unfolded. 
Herridge has also reported from Afghanistan, Iraq, Qatar, Israel and Guantíçnamo Bay. She has covered stories including the ethnic conflicts in the former Yugoslavia, the Northern Ireland peace agreement, the investigation into Princess Diana's death and 9/11 in New York City. She is one of the few reporters to sit in the same military courtroom as the self-described architect of the 9/11 attack, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and his four alleged co-conspirators. Herridge and the network's team of investigative journalists traveled across the United States and to Yemen to complete an eighteen-month investigation into al-Awlaki, who was linked to three of the 9/11 hijackers, the Fort Hood attack, the attempted bombing on Christmas Day 2009, the failed attack on Times Square in May 2010, and the cargo printer bomb plot in October 2010."The Washington Post" described the resulting documentary as"an explosive hour."
Among her exclusives: a classified State Department cable sent in August 2012 by Ambassador Chris Stevens warning Secretary Clinton's office that the consulate could not withstand a coordinated assault. Secretary Clinton, Secretary Panetta, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Martin Dempsey were all pressed during House and Senate hearings on Benghazi about the cable's warning, and whether they acted upon it. The classified cable foreshadowed how Ambassador Chris and three other Americans would die on 9/11.
Additionally, Herridge covered Hillary Rodham Clinton's Senate campaign in 2000. She was also a New York-based correspondent for the Fox Broadcasting Network newsmagazine"Fox Files" where she led investigations into Medicare fraud, prescription drug abuse and child prostitution. Her work on Fox Files was recognized with the Bronze World Medal from the New York Festivals, honoring excellence in communications media.

A graduate of Harvard College and the Columbia School of Journalism, Herridge began her career as a London-based correspondent for ABC News.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Obama, Clintons honor President Kennedy 50 years after assassination

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama joined with Bill and Hillary Clinton on Wednesday to recognize the legacy of John F. Kennedy, the president who inspired a generation until he was felled by an assassin's bullets 50 years ago this week.
Obama, former President Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton laid a wreath and bowed their heads before Kennedy's grave at Arlington National Cemetery. As a bugler played "Taps," an eternal flame at the gravesite fluttered in a chilly autumn breeze and Kennedy family members stood nearby.
It was a remarkable meeting of Democratic heavyweights to mark the anniversary of Kennedy's death on November 22, 1963, an event that has spawned countless books and conspiracy theories on whether assassin Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone.
The day was steeped in powerful political imagery as Obama awarded the highest U.S. civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, to Bill Clinton and 15 other Americans who have made significant contributions to U.S. culture, politics, sports and science.
The White House event was intended as a testament to the memory of Kennedy, who signed an executive order shortly before his death creating the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Kennedy also established the Peace Corps and set the country on a path to landing humans on the moon.
Kennedy was shot to death as he and his wife, Jacqueline, rode in a motorcade in Dallas. America has been awash in televised remembrances of the death of the handsome, vigorous 46-year-old president and subsequent killing of Oswald by nightclub owner Jack Ruby.
White House officials decided to mark the occasion with the Medal of Freedom ceremony to remember Kennedy's life rather than the macabre circumstances of his death.
Those who had the Medal of Freedom medal draped around their necks by Obama included a wide range of American success stories, from TV talk show host Oprah Winfrey to former Chicago Cubs baseball star Ernie Banks, country singer Loretta Lynn and former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee.
The event allowed Obama and Clinton to warm a relationship that has seen its share of strains and came as speculation mounts that Hillary Clinton might seek to succeed Obama as president in 2016.
Just last week Bill Clinton jumped into the political fight over Obama's healthcare law by telling a TV interviewer that Obama should "honor the commitment" he made that if people like their insurance plan, they can keep it.
Millions are seeing their insurance plans canceled despite Obama's pledge, and the resulting loss of trust in his leadership has contributed to a downward spiral in his job approval ratings, down to 37 percent in a new CBS News poll.
A new book, "Double Down," by journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, said Obama in the past has found Clinton to be exhausting, and quoted him as telling an aide, "I like him ... in doses."
Perhaps mindful of that anecdote, Obama went out of his way to honor Clinton, who was president from 1993-2001 and heads the Clinton Global Initiative, a global charity organization.
Clinton's lifelong interest in public service dates back in part to a 1963 visit to the White House where he shook Kennedy's hand four months before the assassination.
Obama said he was grateful for the patience Clinton had shown during the endless travels of Hillary Clinton as the top U.S. diplomat.
"I'm grateful, Bill, as well for the advice and counsel you have offered me on and off the golf course, and most importantly for your life-saving work around the world, which represents what's very best in America," Obama said.

Stop R,I.N.O John McCain Getting Really Serious About Running Again, Sets Fundraiser

Well folks, it looks like Arizona Senator John McCain will "be one of these old guys that should’ve shoved off.” According to the Arizona Republic, McCain is set to attend a glitzy fundraising for his 2016 campaign in New York City.
 Sen. John McCain has scheduled a December fundraiser in New York City, the surest sign yet that the veteran Arizona Republican is serious about possibly pursuing a sixth term in 2016.

According to a copy of the invitation obtained Tuesday by The Arizona Republic, McCain is asking supporters to join him 6 p.m. Dec. 16 at the midtown St. Regis Hotel “as I consider running for re-election to the US Senate.”

“I am grateful for the support you have given to me and my efforts through the years,” McCain says in the invite. “I work to do what I think is right for not only the people of Arizona but the people of our great nation. There is no doubt that we live in very challenging times and every day we see that elections really do have consequences. I vow to continue to do the right thing, not just for my political party and not just against the other political party, but for our country.”

The suggested donations for the event are: $5,200 per person for hosts; $2,600 per person for co-hosts; and $1,000 per person for tickets.

So, what will McCain's campaign promise (to be broken once safely re-elected) be this time? He's already used "Complete the Dang Fence," (McCain was a leader in the sham Gang of Eight amnesty legislation) and "I will fight against Obamacare," etc.

New photos of Benghazi attack, aftermath show widespread destruction, graffiti

Never-before published photos of the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on the U.S. diplomatic mission and CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya, show ransacked offices, cars and buildings on fire and Arabic graffiti — all wreaked by well-armed terrorists who killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in an hours-long assault.
The pictures, which have been verified by the State Department, offer mute testimony to the events of that night and lend urgency to questions still swirling about the U.S. mission and the Obama administration’s response to the attacks and their aftermath.

Dylan Davies, a British security contractor assigned to the U.S. mission, took photographs of the crime scenes the day after the attacks, and has provided those photos to The Washington Times.
His photos, which have been submitted to U.S. authorities investigating the attacks, have never before been published in their entirety. Other news outlets have published only a few of the snapshots.
Soon after the Benghazi attacks, Mr. Davies was debriefed by the State Department and FBI, and subsequently gave them all of the photos.
The State Department in June released seven of the photographs, under a Freedom of Information Act request by the government watchdog group Judicial Watch, and did not identify Mr. Davies as the photographer. He has provided The Times an interview about the evidence he delivered to U.S. authorities.

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Quotes of the day,Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker,a potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is no fan of  Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. He didn’t accept an expansion of Medicaid or set up a federal healthcare exchange. But he has a message for other Republicans who may be looking to exploit the White House’s political misfortunes: “Don’t spike the ball.”
“In the end, it gives me no comfort that there are people in my state who will fall through the cracks because of the failure of the federal government kind of puts them in no-mans land,” Walker said, “I think as Republicans, people across America are going to expect us to be as disappointed as they are.”
“I think Republicans need to be careful so that in no way do we look like we’re piling on,” he continued. “Because if you do, my guess is the next move on the left will be to try and seize on it if that were to happen, look, somehow we sabotaged this, that we’re the ones to blame. It’s a ridiculous intellectual argument, but from an emotional standpoint, you can see how it could happen.”
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) says he supports a pathway to citizenship for immigrantsliving in the country illegally as part of an overhaul of the nation’s immigration system.
“If people want to come here and work hard and benefit, I don’t care whether they come from Mexico or Ireland or Germany or Canada or South Africa or anywhere else,” Walker said Tuesday during an interview with the Daily Herald Media Editorial Board of Wisconsin. “I want them here.”
Walker was then asked about the estimated 11 million immigrants living in the country illegally. The editorial board asked if he could “envision a world where with the right penalties and waiting periods and meet the requirements where those people could get citizenship?”
“Sure,” Walker responded. “I mean I think it makes sense.”
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is an eagle scout and a potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate. One thing he isn’t is a college graduate, and that may soon change.
Walker left Marquette University in his senior year before finishing his degree. In a meeting with reporters last week hosted by National Review, Walker explained the surprising gap in his resume. In his second and third years at school, Walker worked part-time for IBM in Milwaukee. Shortly before senior year, the local IBM office was relocated to Illinois, but Walker’s client, the American Red Cross, offered him a job, which turned out to be full time.
“The reason I went to college, in large part, was not just to get an education for an education’s sake, but to get a job,” Walker said of his decision to drop out of school. At first he tried to be a part time student, but quickly the births of his children took that option off the table.
The missing bachelors may seem odd, but it’s one reason Walker’s appeal in the GOP is only rising.
“I was asked by Jon Karl [of ABC News] who my ideal candidate would be,” Walker said at the gathering known as the New York Meeting. “I didn’t rule people out. I said to me, I think it should be a governor. … If we’re going to beat somebody like Hillary Clinton, we’ve got to have somebody from outside of Washington who’s got a proven record of reform, and frankly to me that could be any one of the 30 Republican governors.”
Walker also took a shot at the last Republican nominee, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, when a panelist asked how Republicans could win if an economic message like Romney’s wasn’t enough in 2012. Walker said that Romney “would have been a spectacular president” but that his message failed to break through.
“If Mitt Romney ran on an economic message, he could have fooled me, because I didn’t hear it in Wisconsin,” Walker said to scattered applause.
If you are a Republican and you like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, then you probably already have your candidate for the 2016 presidential campaign. If you do not like Christie,then your candidate for 2016 is Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker
“[N]o one checks as many boxes as Walker does,” as an Iowa GOP strategist puts it. Walker has near hero status in the grassroots for taking on Wisconsin’s public sector unions. Cruz talks about taking stands on principle, but he lost his fight. Walker took a stand, was targeted by the full force of the Democratic machine, and stayed alive. He won a recall election with a larger margin than his original victory. He raised $30 million for that race, so he knows how to tap wealthy donors. Social conservatives also consider him one of their own for his pro-life views and his pedigree: His father was a Baptist minister.
Jindal and Perry have supporters in conservative circles, but Jindal can’t match Walker’s union-slaying story and Perry’s accomplishments won’t help him overcome the memories of his disastrous 2012 run. If the incentive is to pick a Christie alternative who can survive, it also helps if the candidate comes from a battleground state—even better if they come from a swing state in the Midwest. Walker also brings helpful connections to Iowa, that early caucus state. Besides governing in nearby Wisconsin, Walker grew up in Iowa. Right now GOP operatives describe the competition in the Hawkeye State as one between Rand Paul (whose forces control the state party) and Sen. Ted Cruz (who excites the base).
Beyond that, he’ll have to decide if he wants to go up against Ryan, should his longtime friend and ally decide to run. This seems even more improbable than a Jeb Bush vs. Sen. Marco Rubio face-off. If Walker decides to go forward, he’ll need to figure out if he can compete for fundraising dollars with such figures as Christie, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), all of whom have much higher visibility and established national fundraising networks. He’s unlikely to be able to match these contenders up front, so like many candidates (e.g. Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum) he will have to do well in Iowa (certainly possible since he is right next door and a household name) to propel him into New Hampshire and beyond. That means a lot of time in a neighboring state. Beyond that (quite a bit, I grant you), he needs to put in place a presidential campaign-level team and get up to speed on foreign policy.
But the question he and every other candidate will have to answer is: Why him? “Everyone’s second choice” was not a winning formula for former governor Tim Pawlenty. And chances are there will be more than one governor in the race, so executive achievement may be necessary but not sufficient to put Walker into the top tier. It’s hard to slice up the electorate so finely as to separate himself from other contenders. The more-conservative-than-Christie-but-less-than-Perry governor? I’ve yet to find many (any?) party activists who don’t like Walker, but goodwill will wear off quickly if he doesn’t have a robust campaign and message.
Christie doesn’t have the implicit trust of the GOP’s conservative base, so his hopes rest on reassuring them and arguing he’s the most plausible candidate because of his successes in a blue state.
But that argument will be a lot more difficult to make if Walker enters the race…
Not only can Walker cite executive experience under tremendous odds, he is still revered by a broad swath of conservatives for his bruising battle with the Wisconsin teachers’ unions over his education reforms in a way that Christie is not.
On a gut level, most conservatives would say of Walker that he is “one of us” — that he thinks and governs like a conservative rather than being a candidate who merely spouts conservative talking points when it suits his political ambitions…
It’s too far in advance to be anointing frontrunners in the 2016 presidential race. But if Walker runs, he could prove to be Christie’s worst nightmare.


Sunday, November 17, 2013

Scott Walker: GOP's 2016 Candidate Should Be Washington 'Outsider' — Like a Governor.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Sunday signaled he would consider a presidential run in 2016 despite his current campaign for reelection to the seat he battled to maintain in a bruising recall effort for reforming union collective bargaining rights.

"I don’t rule anything out," Walked told ABC's "This Week" program.

Walker also balked at the suggestion that he should make a commitment to the voters of Wisconsin that he would serve out his full second term if reelected.

"In my case, I have never made that commitment because to me it's not about the time you serve in office," Walker said. "I feel right now my calling is to be the governor of the state of Wisconsin, that's where I'm called to."

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Walker said his ideal Republican presidential nominee would be someone who is a Washington outsider, and either a current or former governor. 

"I think it’s got to be an outsider," Walker continued. "I think both the presidential and the vice presidential nominee should either be a former or current governor -- people who have done successful things in their states, who have taken on big reforms, who are ready to move America forward."

He was asked specifically if he would therefore rule out Republican Sens. Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Rand Paul. They are often listed in the front pack of those likely to seek the Republican nomination in 2016.

"All good guys, but... it’s got to be somebody who’s viewed as being exceptionally removed from Washington," he responded.

"People who have done successful things in their state who have taken on big reforms, who are ready to move America forward," Walker said. "I think it's got to be somebody who is viewed as being exceptionally removed from Washington."

Walker gained national attention three years ago during the state legislature's battle to strip some bargaining rights from unions, prompting tens of thousands of protesters to converge on the Capitol in protest for several weeks. 

Walker said the reforms were necessary, because the system was broken. 

As for the current political climate in the nation's Capitol, Walker criticized Republicans for their role in the recent government shutdown and said that it has led to the lowest congressional approval ratings in the nation's history. 

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Elizabeth Warren Could Threaten Hillary from Left in 2016.

It isn't Republicans such as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie or Texas Sen. Ted Cruz that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should fear if she chooses to run for president in 2016, writes Noam Scheiber of The New Republic. 

Instead, she should keep a wary eye on fellow Democrat Elizabeth Warren.

Warren, currently serving as U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, represents the more socialist wing of the party, which is growing in popularity among Democrats under 30, Scheiber writes, citing a recent Pew poll. 

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Clinton represents the "Democratic elites" associated with her husband's presidency, who moved left in support of the economic stimulus and larger unemployment benefits of President Barack Obama, though they still think the economy needs a "large, powerful, highly complex financial sector."

But socialists have held the upper hand recently, Scheiber says. He cites New York City Public Advocate and former Sandinista activist Bill de Blasio's capturing of the New York City mayor's race, Larry Summers' forced withdrawal from consideration as chairman of the Fed, and former Obama chief of staff and JP Morgan executive Bill Daley's dropping out of the Illinois governor's race over bad polls.

These are bad omens for Clinton, Scheiber argues.

He describes Clinton's likely Democratic challenger as someone from the socialist wing of the party who likely would be a woman, since Democrats would want to follow up the historic election of the nation's first black president with another historic first. She would also need to be able to raise vast sums of money.

"As it happens, there is precisely such a person," Scheiber says. "Her name is Elizabeth Warren."

But Warren also strikes fear into the hearts of her fellow Democrats, he says. Clinton is a team player, and is therefore predictable. For that matter, Cruz, on the Republican side is also predictable as he bucks his party's leadership. With Warren, they never know what they'll get.

She entered the Senate seeming to defer to party leaders, but at her very first hearing as a member of the Senate Banking Committee, she pounced on bank regulators, saying, “Tell me a little bit about the last few times you’ve taken the biggest financial institutions on Wall Street all the way to a trial."

"The question, though eminently reasonable, violated an unstated rule of committee protocol, in which members of Congress are allowed to rant and rave at length but generally abstain from humiliating appointees, especially from their own party," Scheiber writes.

Schieber notes that most presidential race watchers don't expect Warren to run, as it would most likely be a suicide mission. But her past has shown that, like Cruz, she cares less about her own political ambition than she does about her mission. In her case, she wants to advance her economic agenda for what she believes will ease the burden on the middle class. 

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Hillary Clinton Is Leading Favorite – And Unfavorite – in Democratic Presidential Pack

Hillary Clinton is the Democrat voters most want to see win her party’s presidential nomination in 2016 – and least want to see win that nomination, too. Among Democrats, she’s the overwhelming favorite.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 63% of Likely Democratic Voters would choose Clinton if the 2016 Democratic presidential primary were held in their state today. Vice President Joe Biden is a distant second with 12% support. Several other prominent Democrats muster five percent (5%) or less support from voters in their own party. (To see survey question wording, click here.) 

Among all Likely Voters, Clinton leads the pack of possible Democratic contenders with 39% of the vote. But the former secretary of State also is number one when voters are asked which candidate they would least like to see win the Democratic nomination in 2016: 27% feel that way about her, but Biden’s a much closer second at 24%.

Clinton was also the favorite in August 2005, three years before the 2008 Democratic National Convention, but subsequently lost in the primaries to Illinois Senator Barack Obama.

As for the rest of the Democratic field in this survey, seven percent (7%) of voters would choose Biden or New York Governor Andrew Cuomo if the 2016 Democratic presidential primary were held in their state today. Three percent (3%) would choose Newark Mayor Cory Booker who is now running for the U.S. Senate in New Jersey. Two percent (2%) each like Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Twenty percent (20%) would choose some other candidate, and another 20% are undecided.

Clinton 43%, Christie 41%.

It’s a dead heat.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that if the 2016 presidential election were held today, 43% of Likely U.S. Voters would choose Democrat and former secretary of State Hillary Clinton, while 41% would opt for Chris Christie, New Jersey’s Republican governor, instead. Nine percent (9%) like some other choice, and eight percent (8%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Clinton has the support of 77% of Democrats, while 73% of Republicans back Christie. Among voters not affiliated with either major party, it’s Christie 42%, Clinton 33%.

Of course, the election is three years away.Clinton was also the favorite for the Democratic presidential nomination in August 2005, three years before her party’s national convention chose Barack Obama instead. Christie is also coming off a 22-point reelection win a week ago.

In August, 63% of Likely Democratic Voters said they would choose Clinton if the party’s presidential primary were held at that time. Christie narrowly led the pack of potential GOP presidential contenders at that time with 21% support from Likely Republican Voters, but he was also the least favorite candidate.

Clinton Still Far Ahead Among Democrats; Christie, Paul in Near Tie

Looking ahead to the 2016 presidential race, Hillary Clinton has extended her lead among Democrats, but fron trunner Chris Christie now runs nearly even with Senator Rand Paul among Republicans.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that Clinton earns 70% support from Likely Democratic Voters when they are asked whom they would vote for if the 2016 Democratic presidential primary were held in their state today. That’s up from 63% support in early August.

Civil war: MSNBC attacks Bill Clinton over Obama Lied about Care comments

It’s ugly behind the scenes, and it’s ugly on the air.  Krystal Ball:
“If there was a way under the law that you could make this work so that people could keep the thing that they wanted to keep, he would do it,” she continued. “The problem is this whole law was designed to have as little disruption as possible. This was the minimum amount of disruption possible…Bill Clinton is basically engaging in magical thinking here,” Ball declared. “That you can just snap your fingers and say, ‘Go ahead guys. Keep what you got.’ It doesn’t work that way.
Ah, but that’s what people were repeatedly promised — and Senate Democrats unanimously refused to address this inevitable problem in 2010.  Lots and lots of “magical thinking” going on these days, it would seem.  Ed Schultz got in on the Bubba-bashing action, too.  Delicious:
Clinton’s ‘permission slip’ interview led to the dam bursting.  Screaming about it may be cathartic for Big Ed, but it changes nothing.  Rant away, bro.

Hillary Clinton in 2007: 'If You Have a Plan You Like, You Keep It'

When former President Clinton this week critiqued President Obama's broken promise that Americans would be able to keep their health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act, Clinton was also knocking a similar plan once proposed by another politician: his wife.

"I personally believe, even if it takes a change in the law, the president should honor the commitment that the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they got," Clinton said in an interview with OZY.

The remark came across as a stern rebuke of current White House policy — but it could also prove tricky for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is moving toward a bid for president in 2016.
When she was last a candidate for president in 2007, Hillary Clinton unveiled her own health care proposal, which, like Obamacare, included beefed-up benefits and a catchy pitch: "If you have a plan you like, you keep it." Obama went on to defeat Clinton, but he adopted her tag line to help win support for his own health care plan -- making the same promise, for which he recently apologized.

"You can keep the doctors you know and trust. You keep the insurance you have," Clinton said on Sept. 17, 2007, at the Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa. "If you have private insurance you like, nothing changes — you can keep that insurance."

Clinton's campaign website echoed that claim. "If you have a plan you like, you keep it," it read.
Hillary Clinton is an old hand at health care reform. In 1993, when her husband was president, she led a health care reform effort that ultimately crashed and burned.

Douglas E. Schoen, How Obama lied About Care will hurt Democrats in 2014 and 2016

“I personally believe, even if it takes a change in the law, that the president should honor the commitment the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they’ve got,” President Clinton said recently.
With those words, Clinton undermined the president more than any Republican has managed to in the last three years since the Affordable Care Act was passed.
Within hours the White House sprung into action. Spokesman Jay Carney said that the president agreed with Clinton, despite his apology earlier this month for having spent years lying to the American public about this very issue. 
It’s official: ObamaCare is a failure.
What’s even more disturbing is not the president’s about face, but that he has spent the last few weeks arguing that he is unwilling to work with Republicans who have been advocating exactly the same approach. So much for bipartisanship. 
It’s official: ObamaCare is a failure.
Data released by the administration shows that only 100,000 Americans have signed up while the administration has been touting a 500,000-person enrollment goal for October. 
Reuters is reporting that ObamaCare has only reached three percent of its enrollment target for 2014 in 12 states.
“Hold me accountable for the debacle. I am responsible,” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told a House committee. And while I appreciate Secretary Sebelius’s willingness to take responsibility, we’re past the point where blame and pointing fingers will do us any good.
We need a fresh start with health care. Going back to square one is the only way we’re going to make any progress. We still have an opportunity, albeit a waning one, to make this right.
The way I see it, the White House needs to do four things.
First, they have to delay the individual mandate for a year as ten Democrat senators, led by Jeanne Shaheen, have requested. With the way the rollout has gone thus far, I don’t see how the White House has any choice.
Second, it’s imperative that they delay the penalty for Americans who have not signed up in 2014.
Democratic Senator Joe Manchin and Republican Mark Kirk have introduced new legislation that would push back the $95 penalty for the individual mandate to 2015, which must be considered and passed.
Third, the White House needs to take down the website. No more of these on-the-go fixes that don’t work. Just take the thing down and fix it. As frustration continues to mount with glitches and technical problems, the situation only gets worse.
Fourth, the White House and Democrats needs to work with the Republicans on some free market fixes. They should look at allowing across market insurance purchases, tort reform, and some utilization for people to buy private insurance as part of the options offered.
And of course, the president should find a way to keep his word that those Americans who like their plans can keep their plans. It doesn’t matter to me how or why he finally decided that he has to make good on this promise at this point. All that counts is that he does it.
In light of last week’s elections, the speculation about what ObamaCare means for 2014 and 2016 has already begun. Top Democrats like Mary Landrieu in Louisiana have been eschewing the opportunity to appear with the president – a clear comment on the popularity of Obama and his hallmark bill.
Poll numbers show that Terry McAuliffe lost three to four percentage points from the final poll averages to his ultimate vote share because of his support of the president’s health care bill. And solid majorities in both Virginia and New Jersey are against ObamaCare. According to the recent Rasmussen numbers, 55 percent of Americans favor the repeal of ObamaCare.
Politicians on both sides of the aisle know that ObamaCare is going to be the watershed issue in the upcoming elections. 
President Obama met with 16 anxious Democratic senators last week to assuage their fears over the ObamaCare site, but also the role the troubled health care law will play in upcoming elections. 
Only five Democratic senators who are up for reelection did not attend the meeting. And with eight or nine vulnerable seats, the future of the Democratic party is very much tied to the president’s health care bill.
Beyond individual races, the president’s troubled bill will most certainly affect Hillary Clinton, her decision to run and her chances. If a Democratic majority in the Senate is wiped out, ObamaCare will be a millstone hung around her neck. It will revive concerns about HillaryCare, a burden she may very well not want to take on.
It follows that the problems with the ObamaCare rollout are not confined to what is going on today, tomorrow or the next day. It will have drastic implications for the future of the Democratic party if this botched program is not reformed immediately.
A fresh start is the only way forward.
Douglas E. Schoen has served as a pollster for President Bill Clinton and is currently working with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. He has more than 30 years experience as a pollster and political consultant. He is also a Fox News contributor and co-host of "Fox News Insiders" Sundays on Fox News Channel and Mondays at 10:30 am ET on Live. He is the author of ten books including,“Hopelessly Divided: The New Crisis in American Politics and What it Means for 2012 and Beyond”(Rowman and Littlefield 2012). Follow Doug on Twitter@DouglasESchoen.