Thursday, May 15, 2014
The article at Politico: ”Drudge, National Review spur Sasse win”, suggests that the Senatorial Candidate for the GOP win was brought about solely by the “Conservative” site Drudge Report, as well as the National Review Magazine. That in part is true, given the exposure that both publications brought to bear. That national exposure most likely fueled funds to Sasse, giving him an edge financially. They also partly mention Senator Ted Cruz, and the Tea Party, among other more “liberty” minded folk.
The Drudge Report is noted here as “Conservative” in quotes taken from the Politico article, which said moniker based on Drudge personal reporting is a positive, but overall headlines on the Drudge appear more often than not to be – mainstream. Headlines cover every aspect of the world’s news, including amusing articles that are so sadly lacking elsewhere.
The National Reviewhowever is a definitive conservative viewpoint magazine/site, that has been consistently right of center.
The fact that Cruz and company were on the ground in Nebraska, one might suggest, played a larger part in getting out the vote for Sasse – without the ground troops and the Headliners, one might make do with cash, however, perhaps not.
How important is Sasse? Slate Magazine Asks if he might not be the next Ted Cruz? – Perhaps given the gist of the article, it appears so, and would the U.S. not be better off with one more Constitutionally minded Senator in the recently not so august body? Definitely.
As the 2014 midterm “season” continues, one might find more “Ted Cruz’s” in the mix going into the final stretch. As the nation’s voters go to the poll, with more angst than normal, and according to a recent Gallup poll, less enthusiasm than usual, those candidates are sitting pretty. The GOP may indeed, win the Senate as well as the house, but one senses that there will be a continued shakeup in the ranks, as the more “liberty minded” join the herd.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
A Politico article, (here)entitled: “The Boko Haram-Benghazi Link”suggests the premise of the article is a rebuttal to Allen West, the Tea Party Republican who is more than likely to hammer Obama for a host of issues, including the Benghazi Scandal. However, this piece was written to excuse Obama and the administrations culpability in both instances (standing down while letting embassy personnel die and refusing to acknowledge the Boko Haram as terrorist) by laying it squarely on the lap of the Clinton State Department. Sprinkled in amongst the rubbish, was a bit of the bad Republicans continuing to investigate a problem with Benghazi that simply did not exist, because it was part of the Obama administrations abhorrence of getting involved in too many conflicts (feint), and besides it all leads back to the State Department.
Of course, when one is possibly going to make a run at a higher office, say Hillary Clinton, there is nothing more assuring than a little help from one’s friends in the media. Therefore, one would think by dropping seeds that can be used by the opposition and planted at a later date, the Politico team is setting the stage for the anti-Hillary. The question remains – “which woman will the Democrats run instead?” – Look to Massachusetts for the answer. If the Democrats thought, however, that Hillary Clinton maybe a bit of a burden to bear, they may be having second thoughts after 2016. Will Hillary run? It appears less likely by the day. Watch for continued glowing coverage of the Harvard Professor turned Senator, Elizabeth Warren.
Monday, May 12, 2014
Rand Paul, the Senator from Kentucky, wrote a piece in the New York Times entitled “Show Us the Drone Memo’s – in response to the nomination of David J. Barron, to the 1st Circuit. It was Paul’s usual pointed style, and the 100 comments with an op-ed piece are rather interesting, as it appears that Senator Paul is able to draw approval for his viewpoints from both sides – of course, depending on the issue. That said, petty partisanship aside, there are no other candidates from either major Party that can do the same. Paul’s receiving hits from within his own Party – specifically the Rick Santorum side – Santorum, who ran a second in the 2012, anyone but Mitt Romney, Republican primary, thinks a second and successful run at the gold ring is possible – yet, he is mistaken. Should he actually succeed in getting to Iowa and NH, where a close finish is necessary – he will face stiff opposition from the GOP – where he might find say, Jeb Bush, (i.e. the next Mitt Romney) in the pack of players.
Those supporters, it should be said, of any GOP candidate, specifically one who is tied to social issues, tend not to support any candidacy of anyone but the individual who they prefer.
Which, Jeb Bush would have a hard time, on several fronts, should the GOP foist yet another anointed one on the party itself and those who tend to vote Republican.
Consider that Paul is leading the so called pack, in a best of show against Hillary Clinton in the latest state of the state battleground polling (People’s Punditry). The entire poll results are here at Rockefeller.dartmouth.edu in PDF. Mike Huckabee, former Governor of Arkansas separates in 2nd by a hair, yet, Bush and the balance are in the back of the pack. There are far too many unsures, yet, this early trend in Paul’s approach to winning polls (both straw and pollster) are surely interesting and point to someone who can run and, at this point, best the current Democrat leader – or the sole Democrat leader. One would think that if they pushed a few other names, Biden for example, and Warren, that Senator Paul, as well as the balance of the GOP field, would fare better.