Well boys and gals … seems to be a lot to discuss lately. What a week for the Supreme Court. Sanders is starting to catch up to Hillary Clinton in the polls here in New Hampshire … now that’s kinda interesting. So…. chat away.
CEDAR RAPIDS | Fourteen Iowa labor leaders are among more than 1,000 nationwide calling on unions to support Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
“I’m not often impressed with a candidate but Sanders seems very genuine” said Steve Abbott, president of CWA Local 7108 in Waterloo and head of the CWA’s Iowa state council.
“From my perspective, and I always listen to all of the candidates and have been close to many candidates over the years, what Bernie says is the truth,” said Abbott, who has been working on campaigns since 1980.
While sitting watching the dreary Beltway weather forecast something popped into my head. What are the political implications of a Vanity Fair cover? Specifically that of a Republican woman? A woman who had previously changed her name, and not because she married?
Oh my have I heard crickets from the very people who would have been all over the airways if Big Dog had done anything like that. The explosion in Congress never occurred. Or at least is delayed. The RNC has gone missing.
The main political blast or rather, question, is from the Washington Post, “Is Jenner Still A Republican?” That is a very good question. One I think will be answered once the Republicans show up with hat in hand trying to fund their campaigns for president.
Jenner, under the Bruce nom de plume (I understand what it means to live a under a name not of your preference), was a solid supporter of the party whose members consider her “confused” if not crazy or “sick and delusional” (no links, I viewed them so you do not have to). His millions, and gold Olympic medals, were well known.
Now? The self-declared Big Tent party will have a chance to show what they really are. Craven, “give me the money (but do not touch me)” or stick with the red meat crowd, “I will not accept anything from the freak.” Will a few photo ops with Caitlyn help the Republican candidates?
I do think there will be Republican candidates sneaking in the door of the mansion to ask for money. Maybe a sit down across the coffee table pics. Perhaps a handshake shot. All of which to show how moderate, if not sort of accepting, he is.
Will Jenner see the error of her ways and become a Democrat? I do not know. I do know Log Cabin Republicans and their false hopes of changing a party that still wants to return to 1840 — and Caitlyn will not fit in with them.
The acceptance of Caitlyn will be Republican generational. The cohort which is fine with gay marriage will be fine with her. The rest of them are holding their tongues, quite unusual to say the least.
I do hope she tells the RNC to go find another money fountain.
On C-SPAN’s Washington Journal (Feb. 15) Jim Webb talked about his 2016 presidential exploratory committee and the issues he would run on if a candidate: economic fairness, social justice and the dangers of foreign intervention. [Trail Mix Publisher Craig Crawford is Webb’s Communications Director.]
“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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
at Peace with your Neighours, and let every New-Year find you a better Man. — Benjamin Franklin’s 1755 Poor Richards Almanac.
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.
Today 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.