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Hillary vs Mitt 2.0?

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I know what you’re thinking: “Yes, Hillary will be nominated, but Mitt Romney? Again?”

The problem with all the other potential GOP presidential candidates is that either they are indicted (Perry), about to be indicted (Walker, Christie), the Tea Party hates them (Rubio, Paul), or they are just too crazy, even for the GOP (Cruz, Palin, Bachmann).

Then there’s Bush III (Jeb).  When you see him on TV, doesn’t he seem to be half-asleep?  Even his own mother thought he wouldn’t be a good candidate.

Paul Ryan?  He just doesn’t LOOK “Presidential.”  He looks like Hoody Doody, baby boomers’ favorite 1950s kid show puppet.  Check out this video and see if you agree…

Which leaves the GOP with Mitt, or rather “Mitt 2.0”.

He’s arrogant, he’s rich, and he’s still totally clueless, but if the “establishment” Republicans throw their support (and their money) behind him, he could wipe out all the other GOP contenders, one by one, as they emerge from the clown car.  He did it before, and he can do it again.

I think “Hillary vs Mitt” would be really fun to watch in debates.

What do you think?

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HRC on Refusing to Attack Palin

Rarely have we gotten word directly from Hillary Clinton about her behind-the-scenes relations with Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign. But Clinton is forthcoming about at least one episode after her loss to him for the Democratic nomination, as she launches a tour for her new book, “Hard Choices.”

When Sarah Palin was picked as the GOP vice presidential nominee, Clinton says she rebuffed the Obama camp’s plan to immediately go on the attack against Palin, advice that his team ended up heeding.

clintonhardchoices“The Obama campaign did contact me and asked me if I would attack her,” Clinton told NBC. “I said, ‘Attack her for what, for being a woman? Attack her for being on a ticket that’s … trying to draw attention?'”

Clinton said she told the campaign, “There’ll be plenty of time to do what I think you should do in politics, which is draw distinctions.” She said the Obama campaign suspected Palin’s nomination “was a blatant attempt to scuttle their hope of welcoming the women who had vigorously supported me.”

“They immediately issued a dismissive statement and reached out to me in hopes I would follow suit,” Clinton wrote in her new book. “But I wouldn’t. I was not going to attack Palin just for being a woman appealing for support from other women. I didn’t think that made political sense and it didn’t feel right. So I said no, telling them there’d be plenty of time for criticism.”

A few hours later the Obama campaign reversed itself and congratulated Governor Palin.

Can anyone beat Hillary?

The 2016 Democratic Primaries.   No one wants primary challengers more than the Clintons.  Not real ones, of course.  The Clintons need a few paper tigers to knock down.   

Nash 2.5
Nash 2.5
They don’t like the “inevitable” label, even though EVERYONE of voting age knows Hillary is, in fact, the inevitable Democratic nominee.  Every time I hear someone say “She might not run,” I laugh. (It’s a cynical laugh.)

hrcglassesThe General Election.  Prepare yourself for the comic re-entry of the Republican “clown car.”  The GOP base has gotten even more conservative (if that’s possible) and the control of right wing billionaires over the nominating process has become even more oppressive.  Rand Paul (the best candidate the GOP has at this point) may not be CRAZY enough to get the nomination.  That’s right: to get nominated a candidate will have to say some truly bizarre things.

The “clown car” is a standard circus act.  Here is one:

Hillary could be beaten by a rational GOP alternative, but… it just ain’t gonna happen.

Some might say, “Isn’t too early to talk about 2016?  Shouldn’t we focus on the 2014 elections?”

No one cares about 2014.  It’s like minor league baseball.

Minor League Baseball clip: “Bull Durham.”

No one can beat Hillary.

– Nash 2.5 is a Trail Mix Contributor

Why Not The Best?

I couldn’t be more thrilled that Jim Webb acknowledged in a radio interview that he might, maybe, possibly consider a bid for the presidency.

webbIn my lifetime he’s the only real deal I’ve come across in politics since Jimmy Carter. Okay, for some that’s a bad comparison, but here’s hoping Carter’s post presidency has proved he was better than we thought at the time. Webb would be a better president than Carter because he’s been to the Washington rodeo and would know the score once in office. By “real deal” I mean someone who isn’t a player, a poser, an actor — but someone who would risk everything to protect and save those who need it most, just as he did in Vietnam with phenomenal acts of bravery that earned him medals (Navy Cross, Silver Star and Purple Heart) and that reportedly served as the model for “Rambo.” Webb strikes me as what we need most, a fearless defender of the middle class who would take on the vultures. A straight shooter, a brilliant thinker and author, this dude is the only viable contender on the horizon who can get it done. I hope he does run because I can say with total conviction he’ll prove me right. The only thing I could get more excited about is if we could amend the Constitution and make him Emperor.

Maybe She Won’t?

Of all the current and former Clinton aides who yak about Hillary’s 2016 plans, former White House press secretary Mike McCurry’s opinions are worth noting. No grandstander is he. And with no plans of his own to get back into high-profile politics, McCurry has no incentive to insert himself into the fray. But in video interview for Real Clear Politics he casts doubt on the chances she will run.

I’d like to say I’m the only person left – the last person in Washington who’d be willing to take some bet that she might not run.”

mccurryMcCurry said he wasn’t sure Hillary would want to go through the hassle of running again at this stage in her life, especially when “she’s doing terrific work” and “finding other ways to make a contribution.”

We all know what running for president is like. It’s kind of hanging around in Manchester, New Hampshire… at the local Denny’s shaking hands with a lot of sometimes less-than-interesting local political people. She’s going to do that for the next two and a half years at age 65 when she could be doing all this great stuff on a global stage? I don’t know. I think that’s why she hasn’t said, ‘I’m doing it.'”

Wall Street for Hillary?

Politico’s Ben White and Maggie Haberman interview two dozen Republican Wall Streeters and discover a surprising consensus — they’ll accept Hillary if they have to. That is, if Jeb Bush doesn’t run, Chris Christie doesn’t recover politically and no other establishment candidate gets traction.

from Politico

If it turns out to be Jeb versus Hillary we would love that and either outcome would be fine. We could live with either one. Jeb versus Joe Biden would also be fine. It’s Rand Paul or Ted Cruz versus someone like Elizabeth Warren that would be everybody’s worst nightmare.” — a top Republican-leaning Wall Street lawyer (Politico)

HRC at NASDAQ
HRC at NASDAQ

Most people in the industry find her approachable and have a track record with her. They wouldn’t align with her on every policy, but they won’t view her as hostile to the sector. If it turns out to be Hillary walking away with it, there would not be any panic.” — a Republican financial services executive (Politico)

Jeb Doubles Down on Immigration

How about that? Jeb Bush not only doesn’t back away from his call for immigration reform but goes on to provoke the anti-reform crowd by showing just what he means in saying immigrants deserve compassion.

Yes, they broke the law, but it’s not a felony. It’s an act of love, it’s an act of commitment to your family.” – Jeb Bush

That’s a long way from Mitt Romney’s “self-deportation” plan for those here illegally, whatever that meant. And for his trouble Romney won just 27 percent of the Hispanic vote, the lowest portion for a Republican in 16 years.

GOP right-wingers are having none of this love and compassion silliness.

“Pandering,” said Rep. Raul Labrador of Idaho. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas chided Bush for opposing enforcement of the “rule of law.” Conservative pundit Michelle Malkin went for the heavy artillery, creating a new Twitter hashtag: #CancelJebBush. Just the mention of his name provoked boos from the crowd at a gathering of New Hampshire conservatives.

Bush responded by sticking to his guns: “The simple fact is, there is no conflict between enforcing our laws, believing in the rule of law and having some sensitivity to the immigrant experience, which is part of who we are as a country.”

It is tough to imagine how such reasonable words can get Bush past the alien haters in the early Republican primaries. Give him some credit for trying.

Perry Framed

McConnellrifleWhile the CPAC photo-op of the week must so far go to Mitch McConnell’s rifle shot (take that Tea Party challenger), a close second would be Rick Perry’s new Swifty Lazar glasses.

swiftylazarLazar, the iconic Hollywood agent, made his thick black eyeglass frames a lasting signature. (By the way it was Humphrey Bogart who came up with the “Swifty” nickname for getting him three movie deals in a single day).

Perry is not known for being swift at anything other than his brief 2012 presidential campaign, which lasted about as long as it takes to chew a stick of gum. It turned out the much-heralded lion from Texas couldn’t help gnawing off his own limbs with dumb remarks, or in the case of a memorably embarrassing debate performance, forgetting top lines from his own stump speech, followed by his famous “Oops.”

perryglassesIt is a scientific fact that stupid people think glasses make you look smart. And if nothing else Perry does know his constituency.

Perry aides insist they are prescription glasses, not a fashion statement. We’ll have to wait for the medical records to be sure.

Here Come the Conservatives

This is a town full of rituals, such as introducing presidents at State of the Union addresses so many times that Harry Truman once started speaking before being told his presence had to be announced again. And you’ve got the media dinner rituals, the most famous being the White House Correspondents fest where big name journalists drool all over the pricey shoes of Hollywood celebrities.

There’s the egg roll on the South Lawn, the Supreme Court’s first Monday in October and whatever those Masons are always doing in secret (their main temple actually holds the personal effects of J. Edgar Hoover, so who knows what’s going on with that).

cpacIn recent years a new ritual has taken hold – the annual gathering of hundreds of conservative fire breathers at what we insiders simply call CPAC, or the Conservative Political Action Conference sponsored the American Conservative Union. You get it, liberals not allowed. This bunch is so anti-liberal they’re still seething that Ted Kennedy got away with Chappaquiddick. And some believe (not making this up, have their email blasts to prove it) that Chelsea Clinton got a facelift to conceal that Web Hubbell is her real father.

Spread across this weekend the conference concludes with a much-covered straw vote where they boost the prospects of a potential presidential candidate and dash the hopes for others pining to become the favorite conservative martyr. Of course this all comes after the obligatory vote to re-elect Ronald Reagan to a seventh term.

In recent years either Ron Paul or son Rand have won the day, except on those occasions when Mitt Romney swooped in with barrels full of cash to persuade these predominantly Christian conservatives that Mormons are OK so long as your kid doesn’t marry one. But of course they’re taking no chances with Atheists, who were officially banned this year (for real) after somehow sneaking a booth into their exhibition hall last year.

This year brings subplots below the radar of presidential campaigning. One the media will be closely watching (while quietly snickering at these proceedings): Who’s more unpopular, John Boehner or Mitch McConnell? The tea partiers and other faithful here are really mad at both congressional leaders because they got in the way of shutting down the government, allowing their archenemy Barack Obama to continue running the country he took away from them.

Anti-tax high priest Grover Norquist will likely rise to condemn any Republican who dares not take his pledge to abolish poor people and anyone elderly who isn’t rich enough to fund a SuperPac.

With Russia’s hijacking of Crimea in the news, this year’s CPAC will be fertile ground for hawks to sprout wing. Surely one among the cavalcade of speakers from the ranks of right-wing radio hosts will propose grinding Moscow to glass with a nuclear cocktail. And of course, NRA bossman Wayne LaPierre will surmise that if more underage Americans had assault rifles Putin wouldn’t even think of invading a neighboring country.

On the presidential front, our ever-so-inventive political media will be looking for bits of string to keep on weaving their thread of choice these days: Is Chris Christie DOOMED! Will he ever rise above bridge gate to breathe oxygen and engage in normal human activity? Or will these conservatives embrace him because one thing they hate more than a moderate Republican like him is MSNBC, which is leading the press posse to pound him down in case he might emerge as a threat to Hillary. Still, this group, which didn’t invite Christie last year, remains angry at him for traitorously working with Obama to rebuild New Jersey after superstorm Sandy.

A lesser event will be monitoring the so-called comeback of Rick Perry (he’s even tried wearing glasses in photo ops to look smarter). Another will be whether Marco Rubio can get out of the immigration dog house after galling this bunch by proposing eternal life for illegals.

Ted Cruz can do no wrong with this crowd. Even a rendition of “Green Eggs and Ham” will get a standing ovation. Don’t count out Rick Santorum, who always delivers a head-wrenching sound bite for the media in front of believers, usually something involving his strange obsession with gay sex acts.

In a disturbing sign that this group might not be the powerhouse it thinks it is, the one potential contender who could probably be the instant frontrunner if he goes for it, Jeb Bush, is ducking CPAC, citing through aides unspecified “previous commitments.” In other words, he has to wash his hair and do his laundry that day.

As rituals go this one is actually one of my favs, sort of like watching an auto race where everyone crashes. And the best part is C-SPAN carries it all, so I can safely hide in my bunker and avoid direct exposure to Rush Limbaugh.