Trunkline 2012: Wednesday’s Summary of News from the Campaign Trail – 10/24/12

Today’s Trunkline 2012 brings to you news of a Democrat boss caught promoting voter fraud, a breakdown of Obama’s Benghazi lies, Romney receiving Jewish Weekly endorsement as another actor endorses him too,  why stocks continue to stumble, why Obama thinks he will win, Letterman’s disappointment with the President, and more interesting tales from the trail.

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Trunkline 2012: Trunkline 2012: Tuesday’s Tidbits from the Campaign Trail – 10/23/12

Tuesday’s Trunkline 2012 is packed with an array of tidbits regarding last night’s debate including several on polls that will make the left cry, as  well as some analyses of the debate from Charles Krauthammer and David Gergen.  But today’s news summary also includes reports of Republicans being more educated than liberals, the future of the Supreme Court in the next four years, the truth about Obama and Iran, 5 reasons for independents to vote for Romney, a very poignant letter that the New York Times refused to publish, and more;

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Trunkline 2012: Friday’s Wrap-Up of News from the Campaign Trail

Today’s Trunkline 2012 presents to you tales of trouble for our President regarding Benghazi and his reelection chances as well as other tid-bits such as the potential names in Romney’s future Administration, what Vice President Biden finds funny about breast cancer, na ew ad from the families of the victims of the Ft. Hood terrorist attack  makes a plea to the President ,  a look at the dignity and grace of the Romneys, video of the hysterical speeches offered by Obama and Romney at the Al Smith dinner, and as always, much more

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Trunkline 2012: Thursday’s Dust Ups from the Campaign Trail

Today’s campaign trail news summary features Bill Clinton claiming Romney is right, Eva Longoria’s twitter inspired need to resign from Team Obama, the liberal return to playing the race card, Romney’s rising tide in Ohio, the nation and early balloting, the gaffe that will haunt the President in  the third and final debate, a clue that al Qaeda is still very much on the run, Hillary Clinton’s apparent lack of interest in running for President in 2016, and much more

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Trunkline 2012: Tuesday’s Top Tips and Tidbits from the Presidential Campaign Trail

Bookmark and Share  Tuesday’s election news summary takes a look at tonight’s presidential debater drinking game, the need for Candy Crowley to keep her trap shut in tonight’s debate, Condoleezza Rice’s entry in to the campaign trail just as foreign policy becomes a bigger issue,  the increasing importance of Wisconsin in the Electoral College, the tightening race in Pennsylvania, Ross Perot’s endorsement, the president’s dislike for people, and much more from the campaign trail;

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Trunkline 2012: Thursday’s News and Views From the Campaign Trail


Thursday’s Trunkline 2012 election news wrap-up offers you the latest word on what Paul Ryan needs to do tonight, Joe Biden’s debate burden, the Obama campaign’s attempt to blame Romney for Libya being an issue, how the President is treating women like animals, jobless numbers being worse than thought, Jon Stewart’s ridiculing of the President over Big Bird, the Administration’s weak record on illegal immigration, and much more……

Deputy Obama 2012 Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter

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Trunkline 2012: Wednesday’s Word On the Campaign Trail

Bookmark and Share  Today’s Trunkline 2012 election news wrap-up includes headlines about Paul Ryan’s call to actress Stacey dash, Romney’s benchmark lead over Obama, Fred Thompson’s assessment of Mitt Romney’s foreign policy speech, President Obama’s promise to be nasty, voters trusting Romney on the economy more than the President, an Obama staffer helping Obama voters to vote twice in the election, and much more….

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Trunkline 2012: Tuesday’s Tidbits from the Campaign Trail – 10/9/12

Bookmark and Share   Today’s tidbits from the trail include news about Romney’s rise in the polls,  Obama’s supporters threaten to riot, the DNC ‘s cash shortage, the President’s obsession with Big Bird, Obama’s initial belief that he won the first presidential debate, his lies about Romney and his own record, the president’s declining support among African-Americans, 10 dates from Obama’s first term to remember, the continued fallout from the Libyan terrorist attack and more:

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Trunkline 2012: Monday’s Mentionables from the Presidential Race – 10/8/12

Bookmark and Share  The events shaping this day on the campaign trail in Trunkline 2012 includes stories about President Obama’s unfolding credit card fundraising scandal, new positive polling for Mitt Romney, Mitt Romney’s incredible foreign policy speech at the Virginia Military Institute, the cable from Libya that detailed the threats to our consulate, an explosion of death threats against Romney on Twitter, the dispelling of liberal myths, continued fallout from Obama’s horrible debate performance and more interesting political snippets and tidbits.

  • Obama campaign’s foreign fundraising scandal reveals the illegality of tens of millions of small dollar donations to the Obama reelection effort
  • Romney’s proves to be more presidential than ever as he outlines an inspirational foreign policy vision for the nation in a speech at the Virginia Military institute
  • New White House 2012 Projection Has Romney Winning By 24 Electoral Votes
  • Dems less enthusiastic about Obama as poll shows that among those who are extremely likely to vote, Romney actually leads Obama 52 percent to 46 percent
  • Pew Poll Shows Romney Up By 4 Points
  • Libya Cable Detailed Threats
  • Debunking the liberal myth that Republicans want to return to the same practices that got us into this mess
  • Why Obama Will Lose All Three Debates
  • Twitter exploded with assassination threats against Mitt Romney
  • Continued fallout from President Obama’s disastrous debate performance
  • Just How Stupid Does The Obama Team Think We Are?

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Trunkline 2012: Tuesday Tidbits From The Presidential Race – 5/29/12

Bookmark and Share  Today we take a look at some powerful pitches made by Mitt and some heavy hits taken by President Obama, as well as a look at the interesting background of lil’ liberal puke Chris Hayes of “They’re not heroes” fame, the not so amsrt gay marriage battle by Democrtas, a new Romney ad, and much more from aroun the web and out of the campaign trail.

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Trunlkine 2012: Thursday’s Summary of News and Views from the Campaign Trail– 5/24/12

Bookmark and Share  Today’s election news summary takes us on tour of a new Romney ad, tough questioning for Romney, vice presidential auditions, the liberal war on money, Biden’s “us vs. them” problem, non-issues used to the Left’s advantage, how big labor is making Scott Walker a star, and the view that socialism id the answer, as well as much more.

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Trunkline 2012: Sunday Election News Review – 11//06/11

Bookmark and Share  Sunday political news summary offers a look at the Sunday morning political programs, how Florida Republicans view the chances of the GOP presidential nominee winning their state in 2012, Rick santorums social and cultural agenda, Herman Cain’s fundraising, attacks upon Romney and Cain, the way Obama can win in 2012, and much more.

Trunkline 2012: Saturday Political News in Review and Cinema Politico Movie of the Week for 10/8/11


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Brought to you by White house 2012 & Hulu.com, The Good Pope is a poignant retelling of the story of Pope John XXIII.  He was Pope for only 4 years, seven months and six days when he died of stomach cancer on the 3rd June 1963.  His lived during a period of profound change, and a time which produced some of the most significant events of the 20th Century and once he became Pope, he also  produced some of the most significant events in the contemporary history of the Catholic Church.

Bob Hoskins stars as The Good Pope.

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Trunkline 2012: Friday’s Campaign Trail News – 10/07/11

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Mitt Romney : Which is More Important? His Midas Touch or His Flawed Candidacy?

Bookmark and Share   Having already left the starting gate, the Republican race for the White House continues to run down a long and bumpy track that is riddled with twists, turns, high hills, steep declines, and blind spots. The biggest blind spot of all exists among the voters.  With them it seems as though the perfect candidate in 2012 is always someone else.   Once it was Mike Pence, then it was John Thune. For the longest time it was Mike Huckabee and then for For awhile it was Haley Barbour, Mitch Daniels and Paul Ryan.  For some it’s Sarah Palin, for others it’s Chris Christie.  The only problem is that none of these people have expressed a willingness to make the committment necessary to become President.

Then Texas Governor Rick Perry did make that committment.  He immediately vaulted to frontrunner status as the next near perfect and everyone finally had  the perfect candidate.  But after one month in the race, he fell out of favor and people quickly started to again ask Chris Christie to become the perfect candidate.  Now they are again turning to Mike Huckabee.

In Iowa Michele Bachmann was the perfect candidate for a while.  She even won their Straw Poll.  Now after her first place showing there, Mitt Romney is leading in Iowa and Herman Cain came in first in Florida.

So now, Herman Cain goes from bottom tier candidate to top tier candidate and some claim that he is now the perfect candidate.  But for how long will that be?

Through it all though, there has been one candidate who ever since he entered the race, has held steady among Republican voters.  He has never been seen as perfect.  But he has also never been viewed as a certain loser like Ron Paul and he has never been seen as a candidate who had no chance of beating President Obama if he were the Republican nominee.

That candidate is Mitt Romney.

While Romney has been denied be seen as a strong frontrunner, since the 2008 presidential election, he has consistently been a frontrunner nonetheless.   And for good reason.

While the creation of Romneycare will always make Mitt a flawed candidate, the success of Romney’s record in and out of politics, makes him without a doubt, one of the most impressive and promising candidates running.  The problem is, that he is not perfect and will not ever be seen as perfect.

The greatest knocks against Romney are that he has flip-flopped on several issues including abortion, and his creation of Romneycare.  But on these issues, Romney has indeed redeemed himself in many different senses.

Mitt has has remained true to his conversion from being a pro-choice Republican, to being a Right-to-Life Republican and as Governor he did the following;

  • Vetoed legislation that would have provided for the “Morning After Pill” without a prescription.
  • Fought to promote abstinence education in the classroom.
  • Vetoed legislation that would have redefined in Massachusetts the longstanding definition of the beginning of human life from fertilization to implantation.
  • Supports parental notification laws and opposed efforts to weaken parental involvement.
  • Supports adult stem cell research but has opposed efforts to advance embryo-destructive research in Massachusetts and he has not supported public funding for embryo-destructive research.

On the healthcare issue, while Romney admits that his healthcare plan had some things in it that he would change, he also turns it into a powerful example of state’s rights that can be used with great strength against President Obama.  But in addition to understanding that state’s should have the rights to legislate based on their own needs and desires and not a federal mandate force them in to  a one size fits all federal bureaucracy, it is important to realize the biggest difference between RomneyCare and ObamaCare.

Romney proposed universal insurance, not universal health care.

The difference is critical to not only the basic thrust behind the two healtchare approaches, it is essential to ideological purity.  What revolutionized the traditiona lstate health care sys­tem was that Romney’s plan attempted to empower individuals to buy and own their health insurance policies and keep these poli­cies with them regardless of job or job status.  ObamaCare goes beyond that, denying choices and creating a new humoungous federal bureaucracy that essentially allows bueraucrats to make healthcare decisions by determining what treatment Obamacare will allow one to get or deny them the opportunity to get it.  According to the leading conservative policy think tank, The Heritage Foundation, Romney’s plan “made significant strides in reforming their health insurance market, and other states can learn from the Massachusetts experience.”  Still it is clear that the plan leaves much to be desired.

Yet, many see the implementation of Romneycare in Massachusetts as a sign of Romney having a lack of limited government credentials and too much of a government-centric mindset.  This is where those within the TEA movement have the most difficulty with Mitt.

However, not only has Romney vowed to repeal Obamacare, he has promised to provide waivers that would allow all fifty states to be exempt from Obamacare.  This is a clear sign that Romney gets it.  Furthermore, given the strong doubts about Romney’s limited government credentials, one should easily be able to see that Romney will have to go out of his way to lead in a way that compensates for those doubts.  In other words, Romney’s hands are tied.  He will have little chance for political survival if he were to employ big government policies.

So it is safe to say that Romney not only gets it, he has no choice other than practicing limited government policies.

But beyond that, Romney’s overall record as a Governor, does support his being considered a worthy conservative.

Upon taking over Beacon Hill, Romney  issued an Executive Order reestablishing a Judicial Nominating Commission that reviewed resumes of applicants for state judicial positions and did so without any knowledge of the applicants  race, sex, or  political leanings.  The process, resulted in the selection of the judges based solely upon their qualifications as responsible interpretations of the law.  Furthermore; Romney appointed a chairman to the Judicial Nominating Commission that used the position to prevent the appointment of liberal activist judges who would legislate from the bench. That Romney appointee was Christopher Moore, a member of the Federalist Society, which fights against judicial activism. This helped move the courts of what is arguably one of the most liberal states in the nation, to the right.

Beyond his strict constitutionalist views, Romney has been a productive conservative on everything from illegal immigration, to economics.  He has fought for lower taxes,  practiced fiscal responsibility, been a longtime defender of Second Amendment rights, taken a hardline on border security, executing the War on Terror, and as Governor, he reformed government in ways that made it more efficient and effective as he cut wasteful programs, merged duplicate departments, and turned the state’s $3 billion deficit into a $700 million surplus without raising taxes.

But the most impressive example of Romney’s abilities still remain his turnaround of the 2002 Olympics in 2002.

Not only were the Olympic games a great example of his superior executive skills, as seen in the video below, it offered a great look at the character, determination, skills, positive attitude, and due diligence that is Mitt Romney. And in many ways, the Olympics of 2002 are incredibly analogous to the condition of the U.S. economy, the issue most critical to the election of a President in 2012.

In 1999 Romney took over what was a scandal-ridden Olympic organization committee that was in crisis, in debt, and in complete disarray, and turned it around by making it the most successful, well organized, and profitable Olympic games in history.

This was no easy accomplishment.  Romney’s massive operation, included the oversight, management and coordination of everything from the image of the Olympics, to the construction of the Olympic Village and top notch venues for Olympians to compete in, and even what was the most secure Olympics history.  After the events of 9/1/01, the Winter Olympics which took place only a few shorts month after that horror, suddenly became the place most vulnerable for terrorism in  the world.   With its worldwide audience, the high profile of the Salt Lake City Olympics made insuring it against acts of terror, the largest security operation of its kind .  And Mitt Romney coordinated it  all.

While Mitt points out that he did not do it alone, he is the person who hired the competent, committed people, that made it possible to turn the Games around and make them the most successful ever.  In the end, from both a sporting and business standpoint, the 2002 Salt Lake City set  broadcasting and marketing records with more than 2 billion viewers and 13 billion viewer hours.  Financially, Romney’s Olympic’s turnaround raised more money with fewer sponsors than any prior Olympic Games, and left Salt Lake Olympic Committee with a surplus of $40 million at the conclusion of the games.

Given Romney’s record, while he may be flawed, there is little to suggest that he is anything but conservative.  And beyond that, Mitt Romney is a by nature, a forward thinking, problem solver who does not seek quick, short term fixes.  He seeks to solve problems now and avoid them in the future.  He has done so be it in business or government.  Such leadership is lacking in the White House today, and not easily recognizable in the existing field of Republican presidential candidates.

This is why even though Mitt Romney has essentially been running for the presidential nomination since 2008, he is not trying to come on like gangbusters.  Romney’s campaign is one that is carefully pacing itself.  That is why while other candidates are bouncing back and forth in the polls, Romney has remained consistently towards or at the top.   All of this could ultimately mean success for Romney in  the Republican presidential race.  Romney’s steady position helps add to an impression of consistency, something which people like and trust.

Another thing to remember is this.  With a large field of Republican candidates that consists of a number of candidates who are splitting the hardcore religious right of the G.O.P., Romney can play safe and not move so far to the right, that he turns off Independent voters in the general election.  Instead he can remain, consistent and noncontroversial and benefit from a diluted concentration of a social conservative voting bloc that is divided among three or four candidates.   However, this does not mean that Romney will be a moderate Republican if elected President.

Case in point.  Back in 2009, I did not have a great deal of appreciation for Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie of New Jersey.  I was one of those New Jersey voters who has been fed up by moderate Republicans who try to be like Democrats for the sake of political expediency in a very blue state.  I had in fact favored an ardent conservative who challenged Chris Christie in a primary for Republican gubernatorial nomination.   During his campaign, Christie did little to prove to me that he would be a reliable conservative and that is what I wanted in a Governor. But not long after Chris Christie was elected Governor, I began to understand that if Chris Christie’s campaign sounded as conservative as his Administration actually proved to be, there would be no Christie Administration.

So it is reasonable to say that Romney is playing politics here.  Whether that is good or bad, elections are political and if you’re not willing to play politics, don’t  run for election.  That combined with the fact that Mitt Romney is no liberal and has a an incredible ability to lead, solve problems, and turn things around, allows me to keep the door open to him.   Be it Perry, Paul, Palin, or Ryan, Daniels, or Christie,  none of them are perfect and to keep waiting around for such a candidate will only get us a second term of a President who is as far from perfect as the sun is from the Earth.  And I for one am not going to wait light years to bring about the change we need.

This is not an endorsement of Mitt Romney, at least not yet.  But this is a reminder that Romney has given us no reason to believe that he won’t do as he says …………..

” I will press for full repeal of Obamacare, which will save hundreds  of billions of dollars. I will reduce the size of the federal workforce  and align the wages and benefits of federal workers with the private  sector. And I will set about the hard work of fundamentally  restructuring the federal government.”

If that is  not good enough for many Republicans, than they can throw their vote away on Lyndon LaRouche or Ron Paul.  As for myself, I believe there comes a time when one  has to start differentiate the rhetoric from the facts.  In doing so, I can see that Mitt Romney has a record that allows me to believe he will do what he says.  While he has not yet moved me enough to endorse him, I can tell you that I have closed no door on any Republican presidential candidate.  My door is open for all them to come right through and prove to me that they deserve my vote.  I just hope that many Republicans will leave the door open for Mitt Romney.  Not only is he the likely nominee, he is also the person who is most likely to be able to get this country back on track when 2013 rolls around.

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“Accordingly, I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my Party for another term as your President.”

Bookmark and Share    Last week White House 2012 asked readers if they believed  that there was a Democrat who could challenge President Obama and snatch the his party’s nomination away from him. In that poll, 49.15% of respondents indicated that they believed Hillary Clinton could do that while 25.42% feel that no one can take the nomination away from him at this point. That was followed by other names that readers felt could beat the President which included 8.47% for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, 5.08% for former Indiana Senator Evan Bayh, 1.69% for Howard Dean, and 10.17% who believe that other Democrats could take the Democratic nomination away from President Obama.

At the moment, the President is so vulnerable that even the most optimistic of liberals must be having doubts about President Obama’s reelection chances. In many ways it does seem that his prospects for reelection are dimming each day. With increasing bad economic indicators, high unemployment numbers, low consumer confidence, and nothing to show for his effort except for a national debt that he brought up to crisis levels, no one is willing to suggest that Barack Obama is the person best suited to lead America in the right direction for the next four years. This is reflected by numerous national polls which demonstrate that President Obama is now at the lowest approval ratings that he has ever seen. On Monday Rasmussen reported that the President is approved by only 22% of those voters who are currently not yet committed to him or any particular Republican candidate who is running for President.

With the writing on the wall, President Obama has even realized that he must really work some magic to turn both the economy and his approval around. Yet his latest attempt failed to pull any rabbits out of the hat and was nothing more than a regurgitated version of his previous stimulus packages which only achieved the first ever downgrading of our national credit rating. After his big roll out of this plan before a special, nationally televised, speech to a joint session of Congress, most people simply yawned and asked themselves……. “didn’t we hear him say this before?” And now that President Obama has fired his big guns with his new jobs bill, it would seem that he has nothing left in his arsenal.

Oh sure the President can continue to position himself through an attempt to wage class warfare. And he can try to position himself in a way that will allow Republicans can be blamed for the economy because of their lack of support for his jobs plan. But such maneuvering still won’t help him. At some point people see through the posturing and at some point they will not deny where the buck stops and why it is not making its way in to their pockets.

That is why there are some who are beginning to wish that President Obama would decline the nomination to a second term.

This suggestion recently appeared in of all of places, The Chicago Tribune, one of President Obama’s hometown newspapers. In 2008, Barack Obama was the first Democrat that the paper endorsed in its 161-year history. Yet in the particular article, columnist Steve Chapman wrote;

“Obama might do his party a big favor. In hard times, voters have a powerful urge to punish incumbents. He could slake this thirst by stepping aside and taking the blame. Then someone less reviled could replace him at the top of the ticket.”

Chapman who supported Obama also noted the following;

“Former White House spokesman Bill Burton said that unless Obama can rally the Democratic base, which is disillusioned with him, “it’s going to be impossible for the president to win.” Democratic consultant James Carville had one word of advice for Obama: “Panic.”

Then there was a Monday morning article that appeared in the Washington Times which had the headline Liberals Vow to Challenge Obama in Democratic Primaries. According to that piece, so-called progressive leaders and more than 45 liberal leaders (both terms mean Democrats) want to recruit six candidates to challenge President Obama for the nomination in order to give a greater voice to liberal positions on everything from the military to poverty.

So it would seem that no one is really pleased with Barack Obama. His base feels he has not gone far enough, his opponents believe he has gone to far and those who are in the middle just don’t approve him of anything that he’s done. Such a situation does make it look as if Democrats would be better off running someone other Barack Obama in 2012. With him at the top of the ticket, not only do Democrats improve their chances of losing the White House, they will find themselves likely to lose control of the Senate and unlikely to gain any ground towards retaking control of the House. This would be a trifecta for Republicans that would set liberals back for a decade or more and spark the type of talk about the Democrat Party that Democrats themselves brought up regarding Republicans in 2008. After taking control of all three federal legislative branches, many on the left claimed that the G.O.P. was going the way of the Whigs.

Such setbacks could leave an incredibly negative legacy that will truly damage the  progressive, liberal Democrat agenda.  For that reason, the question of stepping down has to be at least considered. When President Lyndon B. Johnson saw his base divided and his popularity pummetting, not only considered not seeking reelection in 1968, he took advantage of not running.

While history still questions exactly al the reasons why Johnson decided not to run for reelection, it is clear that he was not entering the ‘68 campaign in a position that would have allowed him to win any popularity contests. He was even receiving a significant challenge from liberal Eugene McCarthy. Although Johnson did not actively campaign against McCarthy in the New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary, McCarthy still embarrassed Johnson by coming within 7 percentage points of defeating the incumbent President. But by that point in 1968, it was too late for Democrats to turn their electoral fate around, regardless of who they ran at the top of their ticket.  By November, not only did Democrats lose the White House, they lost seats in the Senate and the House. From the look of things now, President Obama will be costing Democrats far more seats  in 2012 than they lost in ‘68. And to make matters worse, the losses will be so severe that the G.O.P. will be able to repeal the President’s single self described, greatest accomplishment….. socialized healthcare.

No matter how you look at it, President Obama is doing no one any good. He is not helping his own Party and more importantly, he is not helping America. Which is why WorldNetDaily columnist Joseph Farah offered his own unique strategy. Farah suggests that Sarah Palin challenge Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination. He writes that “the idea would be for Palin to win the Democratic nomination with mostly Republican and independent votes.”

By getting Republicans and Independents to change their Party affiliations so that they can vote in Democratic primaries and caucuses, Farah believes Palin could beat Obama or at the very least, cause him to spend some of his ample war chest before the general election. According to Farah,

“Personally, I believe most Americans would lose interest in the Republican contest and focus their political money, time and energy on the Palin-Obama race.” He adds, “I think it’s a sure-fire recipe for saving America by making sure Obama is not even a viable option in the general election. He might be forced to run as a third-party candidate, a write-in or not at all! “

While Joseph Farah’s Rush Limbaugh-like 2008 launch of Operation Chaos which compelled Republicans to vote for Clinton over Obama in the Democratic primaries, such a scheme for Palin is unlikely to work. But Democrats should be able to turn to someone other than Sarah Palin to save them. Right now President Obama is a rudderless ship steering the United States into the thick ice. Republicans are more than willing to change the course before the hull of our ship of state is pierced and the water starts filling in. And right now most voters agree with the need to change course. The only people who do not believe so are the diehard Democrats. Unless one of them is willing to admit that the ice is straight ahead and the wayward Captain must be removed from the helm, the American voter will be forced to do so in an electoral mutiny that will throw many Democrats overboard come Election Day 2012.

Of course there is always the chance that Republicans can simply blow their chance to prove themselves. They could get off topic and begin to make Barack Obama look like the rational candidate running. But the G.O.P. will have to really screw things up to do that. Still I do not past it past the ability of the Republican political establishment to shoot it self in the foot, However; is hoping that the other guy screws up more than you really a good strategy? It’s time for us to stop the hoping that President Obama wants us to keep doing and it’s time that someone start the doing that we need. Since 2008, Americans have moved far beyond hoping for change and are now demanding big changes. Whoever can prove that they will provide real change in 2012, will win. For Democrats, the best way to show that they are the the agents of change is to change the top of their ticket.  But we all know that  four more years of the same we’ve seen is not the kind of change that anyone is hoping for.

Until and unless a Democrat is willing to come forward and say “I must save the Party and the nation from Barack Obama”, only President Obama can spare us from any more of his failures. And while many may view the chances of President Obama declining a run for a second term as thin to none, they should remember that few anticipated Lyndon Johnson’s announcement that he would refuse the Party’s nomination for President in 1968.

Back then President Johnson, was delivering a speech regarding the war that was raging on in Vietnam. But at the very end, he shocked the nation with the following words;

“Believing this as I do, I have concluded that I should not permit the Presidency to become involved in the partisan divisions that are developing in this political year.

With America’s sons in the fields far away, with America’s future under challenge right here at home, with our hopes and the world’s hopes for peace in the balance every day, I do not believe that I should devote an hour or a day of my time to any personal partisan causes or to any duties other than the awesome duties of this office–the Presidency of your country.”

 Accordingly, I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my Party for another term as your President.”

Given the seriousness of our national debt and budget problems, problems which our own Secretary of Defense defined as a national security issue, is it that hard to see President Obama do the same as Johnson? Can any one not see President Obama say the following after delivering another speech about the economy?;

“I have concluded that I should not permit the Presidency to become involved in the partisan divisions that preventing us from making the hard decisions that are required to reduce our debt and get our economy back on track.

With America’s working force sidelined, with America’s future being challenged right here at home and abroad, with our hopes and the children’s hopes for propsperity in the balance every day, I do not believe that I should devote an hour or a day of my time to any personal partisan causes or to any duties other than the awesome duties of this office–the Presidency of your country.

 Accordingly, I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my Party for another term as your President.”

President Obama does not need to actually mean those words. He does not need to believe those words, but by saying them, he will give his Party a fighting chance in 2012 and as a lame duck President, he will create the opportunity for liberal leadership to come out of Congress,fill the void that he has created, and allow for a new voice to offer a viable liberal vision for his Party.

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Donald Trump is the Last Person Republicans Need In Order to Win in 2012

Bookmark and Share    According to Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s Executive Vice President and lead Yes-Man, Donald Trump is “a playmaker” and the “Godfather of politics”. In an interview with ABC’s Top Line, Cohen states “Donald Trump will, of course, basically…. become the president or, unfortunately, have President Obama become reelected.”

I’m not sure how to break it to Mr. Cohen or his boss, but Donald Trump ain’t all that!

In truth, he is a moronic ass-clown. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a financially wealthy one, but an ass-clown none-the-less. And if Michael Cohen really believes that his boss will determine the fate of this nation in 2012, he‘s an even bigger fool than Trump is. Of course Cohen could just be making his hefty salary by following the orders of his boss, but he is not doing Trump any favors by feeding his HUMONGOUS ego. Someone should remind Mr. Trump that when it comes to his only perceived claim to fame……..success as a businessman, there exists a truly disastrous trail of bankruptcies, and failed ventures that left countless other people in financial ruin

In fact, over the last 17 years Trump has had a minimum of 19 major business failures, or on the average, one every 11 months.

They include the following:

  • Trump Plaza Hotel bankruptcy – Trump was forced to file for bankruptcy after being unable to make Trump Plaza’s debt payments. Under the plan, Trump agreed to give up a 49% stake in this luxury hotel to Citibank and five other lenders.
  • Trump Shuttle closure – The Trump Shuttle became defunct and was merged with Shuttle Inc,. as USAir Shuttle.
  • Donald Trump personal bankruptcy – In 1994, Trump unloaded $900 million of personal debt and eliminated $3.5 billion in business debt at the cost of those who did business with him.
  • Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts’ bankruptcy – In 2004 Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts filed for bankruptcy.
  • Donald Trump personal bankruptcy (again) – In 2004 Trump again filed for personal bankruptcy protection and restructured his debt in .
  • Taj Mahal bankruptcy – In 2006 Trump’s Atlantic City Taj Mahal casino empire filed for bankruptcy protection to restructure what had become another crushing debt.
  • GoTrump.com – In 2006, just a year after he started this internet service venture, it folded.
    Trump 29 Casino – In 2006, Trump had to end his ownership and management of Trump 29 Casino.
  • Donald Trump Ocean Resort Baja – Investor’s were left holding the bag for up to $500,000.00 in deposits that Trump never returned to them after this intended Mexican resort failed to ever be built. Trump claimed that it was the developers fault, not his.
  • Trump Towers Tampa – Another never built venture after buyers lost $45,000 individual deposits that were never returned despite the fact that the 52-story condo was never built.
  • Trump International Hotel and Tower Chicago – Trump defaulted on a $40 million loan used to build the second tallest building in Chicago.
  • Trump Magazine – Thanks to a lack of interest and ad sales, Trump’s magazine which was aimed tat affluent readers, folded and became the third magazine with his name on it to fail.
  • Trump International Hotel & Tower New Orleans – Intended to be the tallest building in all of Louisiana, this 70 story New Orleans entertainment structure was indefinitely put on hold in 2009.
  • Trump Entertainment Resort Holdings bankruptcy – In 2009, Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc., the casino operating wing of Trump’s organization, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection with a debt ratio of $50 million in assets to his $500 million in debt.
  • Donald Trump SoHo Hotel Condominium – Donald Trump was sued for fraud over his New York SoHo condo offering in 2010. The building is being overseen and marketed by Donald Trump and his children The multiple litigants in the lawsuit charge that Trump advertised that the building’s units were “as much as 60 percent or more sold” when in fact only 16% were sold.
  • Trump International Hotel & Tower Fort Lauderdale – After defaulted on another loan, this time a $139 million loan, Trump announced in 2010 that he was no longer a part of the project.
  • Trump International Hotel & Tower Las Vegas – This 1,282-unit condominium hotel closed on 302 . The 23.6% vacancy rate forced Trump to rent out the building as apartments.
  • Trump International Hotel & Tower in Dubai – Announced in 2005, the $2.9 billion project never got off the ground and has been replaced with a shopping mall.

In total, Trump’s climb to fame and fortune has actually left a trail of financial schemes, scandals, shenanigans, and failures that amount to a sum total large enough to finance a collection of small nations. Yet we are suppose to look up to Donald Trump for his business expertise and look to him for leadership on a national scale? Ronald Reagan himself could not have even been elected Governor of California, no less than President of the United States with a closet filled with as many skeletons as Trump’s closet has in it. But according to Trump’s consigliore, if The Donald does not become President, he will appoint the next President. According to Cohen, while Trump will not endorse anyone until he has personally spoken to all of them……….. “If he does get behind whoever the candidate may be, what’s going to happen is that individual will basically lock up the Republican nomination.”

Really?

Do these people really believe that the 2012 election is going to be another episode of The Apprentice that reaches its climax by Trump telling us who he fires?

Does Cohen not realize that his words sound more like something out of a script for a bad remake of The Godfather, or a new cable mini-series comedy about a Mafia family moving into to the White House? When speaking of his boss’s intentions, Cohen sounds more like Paulie Gualtieri, one of  Tony Soprano’s  Underbosses who is better known as Paulie Walnuts, than he does a legitimate spokesman?.

He speaks with a thug-like air of arrogance that comes off as a threat and having such a character represent Trump is no help for the aspiring kingmaker or king that Trump wants to be. In fact by having Cohen in the political role that Trump has him in, is significant reason to doubt Trump’s own political judgment and credibility, especially in Republican presidential politics.

Not only is Cohen’s own political knowledge or more accurately, lack of knowledge, going to hurt Donald Trump, it did not help Cohen himself either, for even though Cohen is a political neophyte, he’s not a political virgin, he‘s more like horny teenager still trying to get to third base. Recent political failures of his own prove that.

In 2003 Cohen changed his Party affiliation from Democrat to Republican in order to run for a New York City Council seat. He lost that election to little known Democrat Eva Moskovitz in a landslide. Then in In 2009, Cohen tried to run for a New York State Senate seat, but ended up quickly abandoning that sorry idea. Now a registered Democrat again, Cohen admits to having voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and was once a volunteer for Michael Dukakis in his failed 1988 bid for President.

So it would seem that not only does Michael Cohen have a miserable track record, and not only is he ideologically challenged, he is also little more than a political opportunist who views Party affiliation as way to gain ballot access, not as a representation of beliefs. But such is what Trump has as his chief political advisor. And now Trump wants to give Republicans his own advice. He wants to tell Republicans who their nominee will be and if they do not take that advice, he threatens to become President himself and proclaim himself to be the Godfather of politics.

Give me a break.

While it would seem that many of the Republican presidential candidates are kissing Trump’s ring as they schedule to briefly meet with him, they do so only as an unfortunate political necessity based on money. As an individual, Trump is worth nothing. Even his own money is not worth much politically. But the financial benefirt that can come to a candidate through access to the wealth of those who are tied to Donald Trump, is worth a great deal. For that reason, candidates like Rick Perry and Mitt Romney will surely take time out of their schedule to meet with Trump and stroke his ego.

But Donald Trump should not take this as a sign of being a kingmaker. He should realize that when all is said and done, a candidate’s or nominee’s political ties to him will be more detrimental than beneficial to that candidate or nominee. Donald Trump’s financial, personal, moral, and legal history is something that can not stand up to political scrutiny on a national level. His background is filled with the type of scandalous intrigue that novelists base bestselling books on. All someone like Barack Obama needs to win reelection is the opportunity to run against Donald Trump. And if he can’t run against Trump, tying whoever the Republican nominee will be the next best thing. Add Michael Cohen’s mouth to that and what you have is a great reason to ask Donald Trump to stick to doing what he knows best…………going in to personal bankruptcy. Lord knows we don’t need anymore politicians to help bankrupt the nation.

The last thing the G.O.P. needs right now is an arrogant, obnoxious rich Republican with a foul mouth and a spokesman like Michael Cohen who speaks in terms that are more reminiscent of a mad scientist’s plot to take over the world than of political dialogue that can be taken seriously.

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