Into The Fray

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Craig Crawford

Below is the announcement. I’ve crossed over. Why? Because I know and respect Jim Webb as someone who will wake up every morning trying to find a better life for working people and small business owners who’ve been hammered by economic elites — and forgotten by both parties.  I also trust his belief in avoiding the dangers of ill-conceived foreign intervention that has cost us so much in blood and treasure.

What this means for our little corner of the “internets” I cannot know. I’d like nothing to change. Our free and open discussions go on, even if you post an unkind word about my man Jim.

In the end, Jim might decide not to run. So far this is just an exploratory committee to see if the support and resources are out there for his message of dependable and positive change for Americans left behind.

I’ll be posting thoughts, images and video from the campaign trail if this goes forward. It could be fun. We’re just trying to save America.

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For Immediate Release
January 2, 2015

Webb Exploratory Committee Announces Hiring of Craig Crawford as Communications Director

The Jim Webb Exploratory Committee today announced the hiring of Craig Crawford as Communications Director. Media inquiries about the committee, including requests for interviews, should be directed to Craig at info@jameswebb.com.

Craig Crawford is a veteran Washington journalist. He has covered the nation’s capital since 1989 for a variety of publications and broadcasters. During his career Craig has worked for CBS News, MSNBC, Congressional Quarterly, National Journal, and The Hotline. His first job in Washington was as Bureau Chief for The Orlando Sentinel, his hometown newspaper.

Craig has worked on both sides of the media and politics world. Before journalism he worked in three Democratic presidential campaigns: Jimmy Carter, John Glenn, and Walter Mondale.

Craig has lived in Washington, DC, since 1989 with his partner, David Blank, Deputy Communications Director, Alliance for Retired Americans. They were married in April, 2013.

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The ‘Real Threat’ to Hillary Clinton: Jim Webb

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Jacob Heilbrunn (New York Times) is making sense:

Mr. Webb’s attacks on free trade and economic elites, coupled with a call for America to come home again, might well prove a potent combination in the early primaries, attracting antiwar progressives as well as conservative-minded Southern white men whom he believes the party can win back. His credo is as simple as it is persuasive: Rather than squander its power and resources abroad, America should rebuild.

Leslie H. Gelb president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations: “[Hillary] would find him much more complex than dealing with liberals. He’s not a liberal, but a lot of what he says might appeal to liberals.”

MSNBC: Jim Webb, a real challenge to Hillary Clinton

Taibbi: It’s Not All About Warren

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Matt Taibbi (Rolling Stone) is making sense:

“Making the budget fight a news story not about bailouts, but about the ambitions of Elizabeth Warren, is part of the game. And the Beltway hacks have succeeded there. Media on all sides have described last week’s episode as Warren’s political coming-out party. …

oligarchy-400x248All the Dodd-Frank rule says is that if you’re a federally-insured depository institution – if you’re an FDIC-guaranteed bank, where real people have real bank accounts that are guaranteed by the federal government – you can’t also be gambling with swaps and other dangerous derivative instruments. …

There’s no logical argument against the provision. The banks only want it because they want to use your bank accounts as a human shield to protect their dangerous gambling activities….

[Democrats] are not a real party. They’re a marketing phenomenon, a big chunk of oligarchical Blob cleverly sold to voters as the more reasonable and less nakedly corrupt wing of a two-headed political establishment.” (Rolling Stone)

Webb: Dems Are “Lost”

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The Washington Post: “Former senator and potential presidential candidate Jim Webb told an audience in Richmond on Tuesday that the Democratic Party has lost white working-class voters by becoming ‘a party of interest groups.'”

“The Democratic Party has lost the message that made it such a great party for so many years, and that message was — take care of working people, take care of the people who have no voice in the corridors of power, no matter their race, ethnicity or any other reason,” Webb (D) said. “The Democratic Party has basically turned into a party of interest groups.”

Richmond Times-Dispatch: “Webb said today that he will decide ‘over the next few months’ whether he has the political and financial backing to mount a campaign for the Democratic nomination.”

Washington Post’s Ed Rogers: “The Insiders: Hillary Clinton has to be careful with Jim Webb — When commentators cite the Democratic problems with white voters, many in the Democratic Party want to label them as racists. Democrats won’t even acknowledge their problem.”

Wall Street Journal: “Party Has Failed to Focus on Helping The Poor and Middle Class, Webb Says”

Save The Giraffe

Seriously. Just when you think the world can’t get any nuttier, it turns out we could lose the Giraffe. It says a lot about the imbalance of our times that killer coyotes are roaming the suburbs eating dogs while the gentle, leaf-munching Giraffe — our planet’s tallest animal — fades away.

The Times: “Giraffe numbers have plummeted by 40 per cent in the past 15 years and some species could become extinct in a ‘forgotten’ natural tragedy, the world’s leading experts have warned.”

“People love giraffes but they’re taken for granted.” — Dr Julian Fennessy, director of the Giraffe Conservation Foundation

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Secret Service or Cell Service?

You read it here first. A new Homeland Security report on September’s White House intruder found exactly what a Trail Mix contributor wrote about here just after the incident.

According to The New York Times the federal report “said that Omar Gonzalez, the man charged in the incident, could have been stopped by a Secret Service officer who was stationed on the North Lawn with an attack dog. But the officer did not realize that an intruder had made it over the fence because he was sitting in his van talking on his personal cellphone.”

On the day after the intrusion we published a letter sent months earlier by Trail Mix friend and former DEA agent Michael Grimes to the head of the White House Security Detail:

At any given time, and within my view from any location around the White House, I see at least one, if not more, uniform officers with their heads down playing with an electronic device. I have seen as many as three officers, standing together, and every one of them had their heads down and not paying a bit of attention. I have walked to within just a few feet of these officers and not one will look up. This is not only disgraceful, it is downright dangerous.

Michael E. Grimes is a retired DEA agent, the owner of Criminal Investigation Techniques, which provides training, risk assessment and consulting services to law enforcement agencies.