Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Republicans Out and About

For John, BLUFI favor looking amongst the Governors for a candidate.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Ms Amy Davidson, of The New Yorker, serves up some 2016 Presidential Politics with "The G.O.P. Bubble vs. Democratic Stagflation".  My late Mother would have been thrilled by the idea that political activity had come to Rancho Mirage.  Even if it was Republican activity, sponsored by the Koch Brothers, my Mother being a Democrat.

Besides giving us a look at a couple of Republican cotillions she also talked about the Democrats, but without the same level of detail and breadth of field.  On the other hand, I don't believe many Democrats think that the nomination could go to E Warren by the Convention.

Yes, I am still interested in Governor Scott Walker, Governor Bobby Jindal and, as my dark horse, Governor Nikki Haley.

I disfavor dynasties.  And,the Instapundit thinks that Governor Mitt Romney is thinking of a Senate run, in Utah.

Regards  —  Cliff

  Amy Davidson is a New Yorker staff writer.  She is a regular Comment contributor for the magazine and writes a Web column for The New Yorker, "in which she covers war, sports, and everything in between."  What do you think is in between?
  In a different forum I believe I said the Democrat Convention would be before the Republican, but it is a week after, on the 25th of July 2016, venue TBD.  The Republican convention, to be held in Cleveland (upper right corner, on Lake Eire, in Cuyahoga County) will be from 18 July through 21 July.  The informal rule, "since 1956 the incumbent party has held its convention second."  I should have remembered that.  Wikipedia did.

Helping the Commuters

For John, BLUFI was impressed to see new techniques being tried out by Mass DOT.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Heading South on Route 3 around Noon yesterday I saw something I hadn't seen before in this area—a tank truck spreading a liquid on the road, as a prep for snow.  I have seen it in Pennsylvania, but not here.

I expect that while it did not make a difference in the long run, it may well have made for a better commute for those heading home before the big storm got serious.

Regards  —  Cliff

Monday, January 26, 2015

First Minority VP?

For John, BLUFStrange, isn't it, that in a a time the Klan was still active we could see an American Indian as Vice President.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

This item by Blogger Don Surber (self described as The Scorekeeper) is not news to me but might be to many.  He writes of "[US Vice President] Charles Curtis, the Indian who became vice president"

But, it was a different time.  A time of assimilation.

Hat tip to the Instapundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Who Creates Jobs?

For John, BLUFBob Dylan may think E Warren (and President Obama) is wrong.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

"Bob Dylan to AARP (!):  'The government's not going to create jobs.  It doesn't have to.'"

Hat tip to the Instapundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Walker Gearing Up

For John, BLUFEverything is pointing toward 2016.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Professor Ann Althouse points us toward The Des Moines Register and an article on Texan David Polyansky and the fact that he has signed on to the Scott Walker campaign.  Ms Althouse quotes the paper as follows:

Iowa has been a home-away-from-home for Polyansky for years.  He was deputy campaign manager for Minnesota U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann when she climbed to a surprise victory in the 2011 Iowa Straw Poll.  And he was senior consultant to [Joni] Ernst, who won a five-way GOP primary in June then defeated Democratic U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley by 8.3 points in November to claim the U.S. Senate seat held for 30 years by a staunch liberal, Tom Harkin.
She then goes on to quote from an article in The New York Times on an event in Iowa today, hosted by Iowa Representative Steve King, a Republican.  The article mentions "favorite son" Governor Chris Christie and then goes on.
The forum on Saturday has the potential to become a gladiatorial matchup between Mr. Huckabee, who won the Iowa caucuses in 2008 on the strength of conservative Christian voters, and Mr. Santorum, who won it four years ago with the same voters.  In 2012, nearly 60 percent of Republican caucusgoers in Iowa were born-again or evangelical Christians.
But, also on the bill are Wisconsin Governor Walker, former Texas Governor Rick Perry, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, and Conservative favorite Doctor Ben Carson.

Hat tip to Ann Althouse.

Regards  —  Cliff

  From The Deseret News (out of Salt Lake City) we have a report on "Religion's role in the Iowa caucus results".

Friday, January 23, 2015

Big Greek Vote This Weekend

For John, BLUFGetting one's economy in order is sometimes hard.  Will Greece duck?  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Quartz has this blurb, with a link to the Reuters Article:
Over the weekend: Greece takes to the polls.  Alexis Tsipras, leader of the leftist Syriza party, is hoping for an overwhelming national election victory on Jan. 25, to give his party a mandate to reverse years of harsh austerity measures.  “On Monday, national humiliation will be over,” Tsipras told crowds.  “We will finish with orders from abroad.”
Hat tip to Quartz.

Regards  —  Cliff

The President's Update on Foreign Policy

For John, BLUFWe are number one and will probably muddle through.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Over at Hot Air Blogger Ed Morrissey uses MSNBC Reporters Chris Matthews and Andrea Mitchell to make the point that the State of the Union presentation was disconnected from the reality of our foreign policy outcome.

Regards  —  Cliff