Slate Wiping Time

By PatD

“I believe that one of our next generation of Republican leaders — one who may not be as well-known as I am today, one who has not yet taken their message across the country, one who is just getting started — may well emerge as being better able to defeat the Democrat nominee. In fact, I expect and hope that to be the case.” — Mitt Romney

Has the time come to pass the torch? Not just juice up the grand old party with geritol tweets and flash mobs of tech-savvy geezers but revamp and revitalize it with fresh untired, untried blood? Same goes for others in the game.

But who are these next generation Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians and Indies? From under what rock, upon what mountain top do we find them or are they already among us yet to be anointed and taken seriously as leaders?

Should Mitt’s admonition be ignored by our experienced pols and as Pete Seeger sings:

As sleep dims my vision, I say to myself
Is there anything else I should lay on the shelf?
But nations are warring and business is vexed
So I’ll stick around to see what happens next


– PatD is a Trail Mix Contributor

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.

Webb2016.com

Be at War with your Vices,

at Peace with your Neighours, and let every New-Year find you a better Man. — Benjamin Franklin’s 1755 Poor Richards Almanac.

Blue Bronc

This year struggles to a wonderful end; an end unexpected when the new calendar showed January 1.  But before December 31 is crossed off this old calendar I do need to call a friend to make it complete — renewing friendship is good for the mind and body.

Is January 2015 the first month of 2016?  I think so.  Whatever happened to a few months of campaigning and the election?  It was gone the moment a television camera scanned the first politician to ever stand in front of it.  Once the cable television networks (CNN, most prominently) showed twenty-four hour news, the political world changed again.

dig15Today I sit here wondering why I have not burned out completely.  I am partially done, but then I enjoy the fight which lets me keeps me in it.  Building the resolve necessary to get into 2016 is going to take some doing.  But the box labeled Resolve must be filled as the thought of the United States becoming a failed nation, just as Kansas is now the example of a failed state, is too much to bear.

That box of Resolve needs to be checked more than ever, as at least one Supreme Justice will leave that Republican organization.  That seat and any others will be filled and it must be filled with Progressive judges, women and men, who look to a United States of America and not the Citizen Corporation.

For friends locally and around the world, thank you for another year of sadness, happiness, hilarity, piety, joy and delight.  Next year will be the best year yet.

– Blue Bronc is a Trail Mix Contributor

What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

PatD

Question of the day (with a steal from Frank Loesser) to Hillary, Rand, Jeb and others dangling visions of sugar plums before the paparazzi:


Maybe its much too early in the game
Ah, but I thought I’d ask you just the same
What are you doing New Year’s…?

Give or take a month or two what have your analysts concluded about a too-soon announcement and the short attention span of the American electorate. Not to mention the even shorter nano attention span of the media? Jumping in too early risks ho-hum factor among the voters, as well as opening one up to a longer dirty tricks campaign. But the early pol bird gets the early pac worm, which brings me to …

Wonder whose arms will hold you good and tight
When its exactly

…the time that it is right? Which lady will Emily list, or will a gentleman turn her head again? And who gets the invite to the Tea Party that night

Maybe I’m crazy to suppose

… restricted funding will ever be chose(n) and donors with strings exposed.

Ah, but in case I stand one little chance
Here comes the jackpot question in advance
What are you doing New Year’s …

Trail Mixers?

– PatD is a Trail Mix Contributor

The ‘Real Threat’ to Hillary Clinton: Jim Webb

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Craig Crawford

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

Recommended Reading: “Fields of Fire” by James Webb

Nash 2.5

Widely considered to be the BEST novel to come out of the Vietnam War…

“Fields of Fire” by James Webb

Publisher’s Description:
They each had their reasons for being a soldier.

fieldscoverThey each had their illusions. Goodrich came from Harvard. Snake got the tattoo — Death Before Dishonor — before he got the uniform. And Hodges was haunted by the ghosts of family heroes.

They were three young men from different worlds plunged into a white-hot, murderous realm of jungle warfare as it was fought by one Marine platoon in the An Hoa Basin, 1969. They had no way of knowing what awaited them. Nothing could have prepared them for the madness to come. And in the heat and horror of battle they took on new identities, took on each other, and were each reborn in fields of fire….

Fields of Fire is James Webb’s classic, searing novel of the Vietnam War, a novel of poetic power, razor-sharp observation, and agonizing human truths seen through the prism of nonstop combat. Weaving together a cast of vivid characters, Fields of Fire captures the journey of unformed men through a man-made hell — until each man finds his fate.

*****

fieldscover2Most highly rated Reader Comment on Amazon:

A lot has been said about style, etc. that I agree with & won’t repeat. Suffice to say James Webb was a platoon commander in Delta Co./1st Battalion/5th Marines: I was a grunt (said with pride) in C/1/5. When I first opened this book back in late ’70s and saw the map of the An Hoa basin – the “Arizona territory”, Go Noi (No-go) Island, Liberty Bridge, the Phu Locs – the hairs on my neck stiffened, and then I let out an “Alllright!!” (scared a few bookstore patrons, nbd).

When you’re reading this you are walking down the same trails, setting up ambushes in the same spots, taking fire from the same tree-lines that Lt. Webb and this young (then)PFC walked & fought from. Hell, it was like goin’ home for a visit!

I had the chance to meet James Webb during the dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and thank him for writing this personally. He still had the look in the eyes: quiet, deadly calm, with steel-trap analytical processes going on upstairs. At his swearing-in ceremony for Secretary of the Navy (he remembered this grunt from two chance meetings & sent me an invitation!), as soon as he was “official”, he stopped the show, called up some of the men who had served with him back in An Hoa, and gave them the medals and commendations he had recommended so many years before but had never been given to them. Outstanding!

Jim has the courage of his convictions that he later resigned rather than acquiesce to a polically-motivated evisceration of the Naval service he was entrusted with. He exemplifies the Marine officer – I know of only one other, a Lieutenant in C co, that I had as much respect for, and sadly he didn’t make it out alive. He’s the real deal: this old grunt would assault the fire-and-brimstone-beaches of hell if James Webb was commanding!

*****

You can read more and/or order this book by clicking on the Amazon link on the top right of the Trailmix website or click Fields of Fire (Bluejacket Books)
for the book page.  If you order the book this way, Trailmix will get a small fee, which will help cover some of the costs of operating and updating the website.

(Craig doesn’t like to ask people for support, but posting this contribution and making this marketing appeal was entirely my idea.)

– Nash 2.5 is a Trail Mix Contributor

Roanoke (VA) — Our view, The unvarnished Jim Webb: “Webb is often categorized as a centrist. That’s not true. Webb simply does not fit neatly into the conventional, two-dimensional left-to-right universe. To understand where Webb is coming from, you have to think in three dimensions — which will be his problem with party activists (and some journalists, as well).”