Chelsea Clinton doesn’t rule out the possibility of running for political office

Posted by: ST on April 15, 2014 at 11:33 am
The Clintons

The Clintons.
(Image via The Lonely Conservative blog)

The Hill’s Gossip Blog reports that Chelsea Clinton is no longer ruling out a potential run for political office:

Chelsea Clinton says when people ask her these days whether she wants to go into politics, her answer isn’t an automatic “no.”

The 34-year-old former first daughter told Fast Company in an interview published Monday, “for so long the answer was just a visceral no. Not because I had made any conscientious, deliberate decision, but since people had been asking for as long as literally I could remember, it was no.”

Now, the only child of former President Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton explains, “I live in a city and a state and a country where I support my elected representatives. If at some point that weren’t the case, and I didn’t support my mayor or my city councilwoman or my congresswoman or either of my senators — and I’m lucky to live in a state where I have lots of women representing me, you know — maybe then I’d have to ask and answer the question for myself, and come to a different answer.”

I have nothing against Chelsea Clinton personally, and from what I’ve seen she’s conducted herself over the last several years with class, dignity and grace, but if her politics are anything like her parents’, and I strongly suspect they are, then she’ll just be another Clinton for conservatives to oppose on down the road.  Question is – will the American people experience Clinton fatigue in the future much as they seem to have Bush fatigue?  As they say, stay tuned.

 

The #EqualPay hypocrisy of the Obama White House

Posted by: ST on April 15, 2014 at 9:41 am
Facts

Facts matter.

Glenn Reynolds aka Instapundit takes on the Obama White House’s glaring double standard when it comes to the issue of “equal pay” for women (via):

The “War On Women” theme was a key component of Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign. And since politicians tend to repeat what works, the Democrats are pushing the same theme again for 2014 — and, no doubt, as preparation for a Hillary Clinton campaign in 2016 where all opposition will be treated as evidence of sexism. But have they taken it too far? Just maybe.

One clue is that even the Washington Post’s Ruth Marcus, generally a reliable Democratic ally, isn’t buying the Democrats’ “revolting equal-pay demagoguery.” Marcus writes:

“The level of hyperbole — actually, of demagoguery — that Democrats have engaged in here is revolting. It’s entirely understandable, of course: The Senate is up for grabs. Women account for a majority of voters. They tend to favor Democrats. To the extent that women — and in particular, single women — can be motivated to turn out in a midterm election, waving the bloody shirt of unequal pay is smart politics. Fairness is another matter. Since President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act in 1963, it has been illegal for employers to pay women less than men for the same work.”

The problem is that comparing what all men and all women earn is deceptive. Men tend to choose more jobs that require long hours, or that are dangerous — hence the much higher rate of vocational death among men than women — but that also pay more. Women tend to prefer jobs that offer flexible or shorter hours, and clean indoor conditions.

[...]

Then it turned out that the Obama White House itself pays women workers less than men. White House Press Secretary Carney didn’t mention his wife’s choices, but did argue that the number was misleading because women held different jobs. Well, yes. Federal law says you have to pay people the same for the same work; it doesn’t say you have to pay secretaries the same as press secretaries. This is true both in the White House, and in the private businesses that the White House was attacking.

Make sure to read the whole thing, especially if you want to learn more about other Democrats who don’t practice what they preach when it comes to their standard and definition of “equal pay” … including NC’s own Senator Kay Hagan.

Reviving the “war on women” meme is just another desperate election year tactic (like playing the race card) for Democrats who want to maintain control of the Senate and win more seats in the US House, as Reynolds notes above.  But at least in the case of the phony equal pay argument,  even many of the left’s reliable media outlets aren’t on board with it, so it looks like – at least in this case – the Democrats have engaged in a spectacular fail.

What.a.shame. /sarc

 

Democrats’ “Look it’s Elvis!” strategy not playing on Main Street?

Posted by: Phineas on April 14, 2014 at 2:33 pm

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"Don't get distracted"

“Don’t get distracted”

The Democrats would really rather you talk about anything other than Obamacare, which has become a huge millstone around the neck of their political fortunes (1). To distract you from this anti-constitutional monstrosity and rally their base voters, they’re desperately deploying the weapons that have served them so well in the past, such as the Race Card.

Another weapon is the “War on Women,” the accusation that, in short, Republicans and conservatives want women barefoot, pregnant, and underpaid, shouting that women only earn 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. (2) There’s no denying that the “Sexism Card” was effective in the 2012 election, but how is it working for them, now?

If a Pittsburgh waitress is any indicator, not so good:

She gave a dramatic eye-roll in reaction to all of the fuss that Democrats and the president attempted to create over equal pay for women last week.

A Democrat herself, she said she has carved out a decent, comfortable life for her family over the years as a waitress at a local restaurant.

“I am in many ways my own boss,” she explained. “It is up to me to get the order right, treat people well, and use my personal skills to increase my wages.”

And she is “sick and tired of my party treating me like a victim. This is not 1970, and it’s insulting.”

Her last remark is telling. Progressives have long dreamed of instituting nationalized health care in the US, but the ACA’s passage was controversial (to say the least), the bill has never been popular, and it’s rollout to date has been a train wreck. Now faced with an electoral shellacking potentially worse than 2010′s, they’ve gone back to their happy place in the 1960s and whipped out the magic fetishes that have always saved them before: cries of racism, sexism, and class warfare.

Only, as the astute waitress observed, what worked 40-50 years ago doesn’t necessarily work now. American society has made enormous progress on issues of unfair treatment based on gender or race, and only an ideologue or a charlatan –or a desperate pol (or, in this case, all three)– would claim otherwise.

Remember what Lincoln said?

“You may fool all the people some of the time, you can even fool some of the people all of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all the time.”

The Democrats have been able to fool enough of the people, but, at some point, people get tired of being taken for fools. They notice how dog-eared those cards in the Democrats’ deck have become from being played so often and they’re not impressed anymore. In fact, as our waitress noted, they’re insulted. And insulted people take their business (and votes) elsewhere.

More from the article:

Barack Obama has divided this country since the beginning of his presidency. He has not been transformative; instead, he has indulged one special-interest group after another — women in this case, but also blacks, young people, the lesbian-gay-transgender community and Hispanics in earlier instances.

He has governed by sliced-and-diced division, fear, secrecy and resentment, all accented with toothless executive orders used as political weapons.

This is definitely not the transparent and compassionate administration that he promised.

Maybe this is what happens when you over-promise, or maybe this is who Barack Obama is.

Or the answer is “C,” both. Obama and the Democrats clearly over-promised to win over a public tired by war and frightened by an economic crisis, but it is also who Obama is: a political “slice-and-dicer.” Remember that Obama got his start and his education in retail politics as a community organizer, a profession invented by Saul Alinsky. The whole point of community organizing is not to unite or build bridges, but to divide communities into “us and them” and then organize your faction to achieve your goal by setting them against the other guys. Thus no one should be surprised that Obama has operated this way over the course of his presidency.

It’s who he is and all he knows.

PS: The article’s author, Salena Zito, is a great reporter who looks at politics from a “Main St.” perspective, the point of view of the people the Beltway often forgets exist. You should add her to your reading list.

RELATED: John Fund on the race card as a losing game.

Footnotes:
(1) And deservedly so.
(2) And even though even the White House admitted that was wrong.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

 

Now she admits it: @Sebelius admits #Obamacare rollout timeline “flat out wrong”

Posted by: ST on April 14, 2014 at 11:41 am
Kathleen Sebelius

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius submitted her resignation last week.

It’s amazing what people will admit once they’re off the hook politically:

Outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says the timeline for the ObamaCare rollout was “flat-out wrong” and that the federal exchange could have used “more time and testing” before going online.

Sebelius, who led the agency through the problem-plagued rollout, made her comments in an interview that aired Sunday on “NBC’s “Meet the Press,” the first interview since she announced her resignation Thursday.

“Clearly, the estimate that it was ready to go Oct. 1 was just flat-out wrong,” she said Sunday.

Sebelius also said the roughly first eight weeks of the glitch-filled rollout was the low point of her five years as secretary.

[...]

“I think there’s no question — and I’ve said this many times — that the launch of the website was terribly flawed and terribly difficult,” Sebelius said.

She also said the president setting a Dec. 1 deadline to have the website repaired was a nerve-racking experience.

“Having failed once at the front of October, the first of December became a critical juncture,” Sebelius said. “That was a pretty scary date.”

Much more than just that December date was scary. The Obamacare law itself is scary, the President’s penchant for making unilateral executive decisions on delays and extensions without going through Congress is extremely disturbing, as is the left’s tendency to just go along with whatever he says without question, etc…

Maybe in time she’ll admit all of that, too, right? Nah.

 

DCCC Chair: GOP base motivated by racism “to a significant extent”

Posted by: ST on April 14, 2014 at 9:34 am
Surprise

Anyone shocked Democrats are pivoting to this tactic now?

Well, it’s a crucial election year and the last one of Obama’s final term in office where he and his party still feel they have a significant amount ‘left to accomplish.’ So what better way (for them) to try to play on the emotions of voters than to do what the left does best? Trot out the tired, stale race card:

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) Chairman Steve Israel (N.Y.) said on Sunday that “to a significant extent” there are parts of the Republican base that are motivated by racism.

In response to a question on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Israel declared that “not all” Republican lawmakers are racist.

“To a significant extent the Republican base does have elements that are animated by racism, and that’s unfortunate,” he added.

Israel’s charge followed comments from Attorney General Eric Holder last week that he believes he wasn’t treated respectfully by lawmakers at a House Judiciary Committee hearing, in part, because of racism.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) last week also said she believes “race has something to do” with Republicans’ reluctance to address immigration reform.

Other Democrats will seize on the “elements” part of Israel’s remarks to try and note that he didn’t mean “everyone” in the Republican party here, but don’t fall for it.   This is a classic modern-day Democrat tactic when they’re boxed into a corner (metaphorically speaking) and desperate to win:  Throw the race card on the table, make it look like they’re not smearing an entire party, but leave it up in the air to revisit the issue by declaring at a later time the hidden “racist intent” behind any and all opposition to whatever proposal the President (and/or his party) puts on the table.  And in effect pretty much leaving them in the driver’s seat to determine who and what qualifies as a “racist” under their “race-meter.”   This from a party that believes there are only a few reasons why anyone would dare oppose them: racism/sexism/bigotry/classism.

It’s sad, sick, pathetic – shutuppery at its worst.  Let’s hope voters see right through it in November.

 

Ted Cruz explains #Obamacare’s success in one graphic

Posted by: Phineas on April 13, 2014 at 1:01 pm

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"Your MEA shop steward"

“Obamacare salesman on the job”

With the recent announcement of more than seven million sign-ups for Obamacare, the administration and its supporters have been running around shouting “Success! SUCCESS!!”, as if an enrollment figure means that the implementation of the law itself, with its myriad problems (for example) (1), will be just a matter of working “the bugs” out.

Nevertheless, seven million was the administration’s goal, and they met it. So, how does one explain this victory? How did they do it?

Senator Ted Cruz is ready with the answer:

obamacare broken window bastiat ted cruz

(Full-size version)

Apparently the good Senator is a student of Frederic Bastiat’s “Parable of the broken window.” Would that the rest of Congress were.

Footnote:
(1) For lots more, check out my Obamacare archives.

via Dan Mitchell

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

 

Weekend Open Thread/Tip Jar Request

Posted by: ST on April 12, 2014 at 1:05 pm

Tip Jar

Hey y’all.

Got a lot on my plate this weekend but wanted to send a quick note to let you know there will likely be some changes soon which may allow me more time to blog than I’ve had in the last couple of years.  I’ve really struggled over that time to balance personal responsibilities with my number one passions – political/pop culture writing both here and on social media, and  found that with my schedule the way it is that social media sites like Twitter and Facebook allowed for more “real time” information sharing than the blog.

In the coming weeks and months I am going to make a concerted effort to push more content on the blog, because as much as I love social media, oftentimes 140 characters to use to write with just isn’t enough space. ;)

Because eventually I’d like to turn writing into my livelihood, I need the funds to write, to keep the blog going, to pay for hosting, design and re-design efforts, and everyday expenses.  Plus, I’d like to also start paying my awesome co-blogger! I’ve had a PayPal account for years that I’ve rarely made appeals to contribute to, but now I am.

In addition to the PayPal account, I’ve also generated a “Go Fund Me” account (both links are now posted in the upper right side column on this page), and have set a goal there of $5,000.  This will be an ongoing effort, but my goal is to have this money raised in a month’s time.  If you support this blog and know others who do, please contribute via the PayPal or Go Fund Me links and make sure to share them on your Twitter and Facebook pages. I really appreciate the support already given but more is always encouraged and very much appreciated. Thank you!

 

Time for race hustler & Alabama state Rep. Holmes to pay up on $100k offer

Posted by: ST on April 11, 2014 at 5:54 pm
Alabama state Rep. Alvin Holmes

Alabama state Rep. Alvin Holmes (D)

I absolutely love it:

A Democratic Alabama state representative is under fire for a racially charged challenge he made last month that has backfired big time. TheBlaze reported that during a legislative session discussion on abortion rights, Rep. Alvin Holmes speculated his Republican counterparts would be in favor of abortion if black men impregnated their daughters. Rep. [Holmes] then offered to pay $100,000 cash to anyone who could show him a “bunch of whites” who have adopted black children in Alabama.

Well, the representative is now being asked to put his money where his mouth is after a Facebook group entitled Faces of Families in Alabama began posting photos of multi-racial families in the state. The Facebook page has already garnered more than 7,000 ‘likes,’ and on Wednesday, the group gathered on the steps of the State House to demonstrate just how many multi-racial, adoptive families reside in Alabama.

The Daily Mail has pictures of some of the beautiful families that were in attendance at the Wednesday rally. Time to put up or shut up on your offer, Rep. Holmes.  But he won’t, and here’s his “official” reason why. In shorter terms, he’s a shameless race-baiting welcher.

Holmes, you may recall, also sneered on the floor of the Alabama state House a couple of months ago that he didn’t like Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas because Thomas is “married to a white woman.”  Guy sounds like a real winner, eh? Now just imagine for five seconds Holmes was a Republican …

 

North Korea: the nightmare of living under a god

Posted by: Phineas on April 11, 2014 at 3:11 pm

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North Korea Yeonmi Park

There’s an interesting and frightening interview posted to Business Insider today with Yeonmi Park, a woman who escaped from North Korea with her family as a teenager, but needed years to get over the brainwashing she endured there. An indoctrination so intense, she believed the late Kim Jong Il could read her mind:

Yeonmi Park grew up in North Korea, under the watchful eye of then-leader Kim Jong-il.

Though she escaped with her family when she was 15, it took her years to get over the intense brainwashing she experienced. In a recent interview with Australian public broadcasting channel SBS, Park went into unbelievable detail about growing up in the totalitarian state.

Growing up in North Korea, according to Park, was like “living in hell.” She describes constant power outages, no transportation, and watching classmates and friends disappear without a trace. While that may be unsurprising, the most interesting part of Park’s experience is her admission that she believed Kim Jong-il to be “a god” who could literally read her mind.

“I had to be careful of my thoughts because I believed Kim Jong-il could read my mind. Every couple of days someone would disappear,” Park said.

Ms. Park’s story is part of a larger program on mind-control shown by SBS, the Australian public broadcaster.  The whole show is worth watching.

In an article at SBS, she tells more of her own story:

I lived in North Korea for the first 15 years of my life, believing Kim Jong-il was a God. I never doubted it because I didn’t know anything else. I could not even imagine life outside of the regime.

It was like living in hell. There were constant power outages, so everything was dark. There was no transportation – everyone had to walk everywhere. It was very dirty and no one could eat anything.

It was not the right conditions for human life, but you couldn’t think about it, let alone complain about it. Even though you were suffering, you had to worship the regime every day.

I had to be careful of my thoughts because I believed Kim Jong-il could read my mind. Every couple of days someone would disappear. A classmate’s mother was punished in a public execution that I was made to attend. I had no choice – there were spies in the neighbourhood.

George Orwell’s 1984 depicts the UK after an atomic war and a Socialist revolution. Big Brother is a de facto god to the people: his every word the undeniable truth, no matter how it contradicted what he might have said just the day before. Your innermost thoughts known to him, and he held the power to make you willing to accept your own death and the deaths of those close to you as just. His Animal Farm is a parable of a just revolution hijacked by an anti-democratic cadre, who maintain power by turning the other animals against each other and all into slaves. Both are taught as works of fiction, but Yeonmi Park’s story reminds us that they were more like docu-dramas and that the story hasn’t come to an end.

It reminds me of a saying of John Adams:

“It is weakness rather than wickedness which renders men unfit to be trusted with unlimited power”

Our second president was right, but left something out: it’s not just that Mankind is too morally weak for any one person to hold absolute power, but there is also the weakness that makes us willing to surrender our responsibilities as citizens and entrust a small group of people or a single person with unlimited power. It is dangerous because, eventually and inevitably, that power will fall into the hands of evil men.

And then what is to stop them from proclaiming themselves gods?

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

 

Scott Brown begins #NHSEN campaign w/ ad in his iconic GMC truck

Posted by: ST on April 11, 2014 at 10:51 am
Scott Brown truck

Can he do it again?

The Hill reports this morning that former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown has officially declared he’s running in the New Hampshire Senate race to try and defeat incumbent Democrat Senator Jeanne Shaheen, and that he will crank up his campaign up by stirring up memories of his miracle winning campaign in Massachusetts from 2010:

New Hampshire Senate candidate Scott Brown is launching his first ad in the race on Monday, a positive spot that touts his listening tour across the state in his iconic truck.

“Scott Brown has almost 300,000 miles on this truck,” a narrator says in the ad, over a shot of Brown driving his truck on a snowy road.

Over clips of Brown interacting with New Hampshirites during his listening tour, the narrator continues: “People want an America that leads again. A health care system that works for New Hampshire. And more good jobs. Isn’t it time someone took their side?”

“Go get em, Scott,” an unknown man adds, to close the spot. It will start running Monday on WMUR, according to the Boston Globe, which first reported news of the ad.

On Thursday, the former Massachusetts senator officially launched his bid in New Hampshire against incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D).

Though he’s facing three other Republicans in the primary, he’s heavily favored to win the nomination. Republicans see him as their best shot to take down Shaheen, whom they believe to be vulnerable because of ObamaCare’s unpopularity in the state.

Beyond the “listening tour”, I admit I haven’t been paying much attention to what Scott Brown has been up to in the months leading up to him announcing his candidacy , so I’m curious to find out what people in both MA and NH in particular think about what Brown is doing. Will the “carpetbagger” accusations stick? Polls show he’s got some ground to make up in New Hampshire amongst its residents, assuming he makes it beyond the primary.  He has a few months to do so, as the primary there is September 9th.

It should be noted – again – for the record, that Brown is not a rock-ribbed conservative and never campaigned as such, not during the Massachusetts primary campaign and not now.  So in the event that he wins, people shouldn’t mistakenly expect to get the type of Republican they would in, say, South Carolina or Texas.  All the same, I’d still prefer to see him in the US Senate than Shaheen – who is still completely unapologetic over her vote for Obamacare.

For now, put this race on your political radar … and stay tuned.