A few months ago, there were rumors that the Obamas were going to move back to Chicago after they finished their tenure in the White House so that they could prepare Michelle to pick up the dynasty's reins with a run for Senate against Mark Kirk in 2016. As promising as that sounds to all of us in the Windy City (because who can't get enough of people who barely served our population before we sent them to Washington?), it soon became clear that no one with the Obama name would be inflicting themselves on any rust-belt states anytime soon. Plus, when Presidents consider retirement homes, they don't usually select them in places they can only golf three months out of the year.
There they go again indeed, right on schedule. From MSNBC to the Georgia Senate election to a memo from an ex-Obama pollster, the age-old race card has reared its ugly head again.
The difference this time? An increasing number of Americans, some of them prominent, are calling out the perpetrators.
Let’s start with MSNBC. Take a look at this from Bill O’Reilly who opened his Fox show the other night with a clip from — where else? — Chris Matthews’s Hardball. As Matthews sits on-camera quietly sipping something from a cup during a discussion on Ebola and ISIS, MSNBC regular Howard Fineman, once upon a time of the late Newsweek and now of the Huffington Post, calmly plays the race card. “Can I mention race here?” Fineman asks Matthews, who of course answers in the affirmative: “You may.” And off they go:
Common sense - even in politics where it isn't so common - would dictate that once you get into a hole, you stop digging. But Wendy Davis has never been accused of having common sense in her political strategy, unless, of course, as I suspect, her candidacy is an elaborate prank pulled on the people of Texas, and she is actually a middle-aged actress from southern California hired by Funny or Die.
October 27, 1964. Fifty years ago. It was a Tuesday night, one week from election day. As the Johnson-Goldwater campaign wound to its end, with Lyndon Johnson and the Great Society liberalism he was championing poised to win in a landslide over GOP nominee Senator Barry Goldwater, Americans turned on their television sets to see one last political commercial. They quickly discovered a very familiar face in a very unfamiliar setting.
Actor Ronald Reagan, longtime movie and TV star, newly the host and occasional star of Death Valley Days, a weekly TV series based on the old West, was introduced by an off-screen voice for a “thoughtful address” sponsored by the Goldwater campaign. Suddenly, there was actor Reagan (here) standing behind a bunting-draped podium in front of a live audience. Within seconds, Reagan was on his way to changing American history. He began as follows:
In case you were wondering whether noted Constitutional Law professor Barack Obama had designs on joining the Supreme Court once he's out of office - and who wasn't? - the Commander-in-Chief reassured the New Yorker's Jeffrey Toobin that he would prefer a role that afforded him more free time.
As Marine One thundered overhead, about to land on the White House lawn and take Obama to a series of political fund-raisers, I asked him if, like William Howard Taft, he entertained thoughts of serving as a judge later in his career. “When I got out of law school, I chose not to clerk,” he said. “Partly because I was an older student, but partly because I don’t think I have the temperament to sit in a chamber and write opinions.” But he sounded tempted by the idea.
Well, thank heavens. The White House has appointed a lawyer, political consultant and investment firm general counsel as our new Ebola Czar, the person in charge of managing and coordinating America's response to Ebola nationwide.
President Barack Obama will appoint Ron Klain his "Ebola czar," knowledgeable sources tell CNN...
The president on Thursday signaled his openness to the idea to have one individual coordinating the entire federal response to any threat of an outbreak in the United States.
A former chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden and also to then-Vice President Al Gore, Klain is currently President of Case Holdings and General Counsel of Revolution, an investment group. He has clerked for the U.S. Supreme Court and headed up Gore's effort during the 2000 Florida recount and was portrayed in the HBO movie Recount by Kevin Spacey. He could not be reached for comment on Friday.
I'll admit, when I first heard about the Houston mayor's subpoenas for sermons given by religious leaders on basically any topic related, in any way, to transgendered bathroom, I thought it was a joke. There's no way an American bureaucrat could be so shortsighted as to order mulitple violations of the First Amendment pursuant to tenuous legal language.
John Warner. Susan Collins. Chris Christie. The first a longtime GOP Senator from Virginia, now retired. The second the senior GOP Senator from Maine. The third the GOP Governor of New Jersey who doubles as chairman of the Republican Governors Association. And all three symbols of exactly what troubles the Republican Party, even as liberalism and its policies have led the nation and the globe into chaos.
First, the Virginia Senate race: the Republican nominee is Ed Gillespie, a Washington lobbyist, ex-White House aide, and one-time chairman of the Republican National Committee. Gillespie is hardly a fire-breathing far right-winger. Todd Akin he is not. If anything, in the establishment versus Tea Party divide that so preoccupies the media, Gillespie is the Establishment to a T.
So one would assume that former Virginia Republican Senator John Warner, whose old seat is up for election this year, would be out there rallying to Gillespie’s side in the battle against Democrat Mark Warner (no relation).
Hillary Clinton headlined a lavish fundraiser for the University of Nevada Las Vegas last night, at the posh Bellagio Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas strip. She graced the crowd with her presence for a full 90 minutes and made a short speech, for which she earned a hefty $225,000 payout.
In her keynote speech, Hillary Clinton assailed higher education's high cost and slammed the concept of saddling college students with insurmountable student debt, telling the crowd that higher education shouldn't be a luxury reserved to the few and the privileged, all as guests chowed down on $200-per-plate meals.
Alison Lundergan Grimes is having a terrible week and it's only Tuesday.
Starting with her appearance before the Louisville Courier-Journal, poor Alison has been asked repeatedly whether she voted for Barack Obama. Instead of answering yes, like everyone who has ever come into contact with Alisan Lundergan Grimes in the media or elsewhere expected, Alison - literally - twiddled her thumbs (so much it'll make anyone watching the footage nervous) and mentioned that one of our great freedoms in this country is the privelege of the secret ballot. And Alison repeated her performance last night in Kentucky's Senatorial debate.