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November 5, 2012

An open letter to Don Imus and Bernard McGuirk

Filed under: People,Politics — Mike Kueber @ 2:52 pm
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Guys, you normally have a good sense of perspective, but today you were dead wrong in defending Chris Christie against the charge of untoward conduct in his support of Barack Obama’s candidacy.  And Saturday Night Live captured the conduct dead on:

  • Also I would like to give a sincere thanks to President Obama for how he handled the situation. On Election Day, I’m votin’ for Mitt Romney.  But if I had to pick one guy to have my back in a crisis, it would be Barack Obama. He’s been amazing! You know, some guy, such a leader, a true inspiration. Again, I’ll be a good soldier, I’ll vote for Romney, but I’m gonna haaate it! Do you hear me, I will HATE it!

Christie is currently trying to back away from his embarrassing conduct by saying that he merely said the president had done a good job.  Not exactly.  As show in this Daily Beast clip, Christie gushed that Obama “deserves great credit,” “has been all over this,” “deserves nothing but praise,” and “has done a great job for New Jersey.”  In fact, the effusive praise was so over the top that Christie needed to confirm to the media yesterday whether he was still planning to vote for Romney.  When before has a keynoter had to do that three days before an election? 

You guys claim that Hurricane Sandy and the bipartisan conduct of Christie and Obama were more important than mere politics.  How incredibly naïve!  Did you notice the following reporting from the Washington Post:

  • The two embraced and had words of praise for each other’s efforts to relieve the misery the superstorm brought to New Jersey residents — a rare display of bipartisanship during a bitter election campaign that has left the country deeply polarized.

I don’t know about you, but I never saw any media clips of Obama praising Christie (who actually has a much more important role than Obama in dealing with New Jersey’s Sandy-related problems).  No, the rare display of bipartisanship was used by the mainstream media to prop-up Obama’s floundering campaign and blunt Romney’s surging campaign. 

As savvy Haley Barbour said to CNN on Sunday, “The hurricane is what broke Romney’s momentum. I don’t think there’s any question about it.  Any day that the news media is not talking about jobs and the economy, taxes and spending, deficit and debt, Obamacare and energy, is a good day for Barack Obama.”   

You guys self-righteously declare that Christie’s kowtowing to Obama is more important than this year’s presidential election.  Forgive us for thinking otherwise.

April 11, 2012

Handicapping the Republican VP contest

Filed under: People,Politics — Mike Kueber @ 12:26 pm
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Now that Mitt Romney has prevailed in the competition for the Republican presidential nomination, many pundits have shifted their attention to the vice-presidential nomination.  One of those pundits is Washington Post liberal columnist Eugene Robinson.   

Among Robinson’s comments, I was most struck by his suggestion that Florida Senator Marco Rubio “offers the biggest potential reward – for the biggest risk.”  That sounds scarily like the description of Sarah Palin in the movie/book Game Change.  If I were Marco Rubio, I would not like being compared to Sarah Palin.

Robinson’s column also contained evaluations of Paul Ryan (less charisma than Romney), Chris Christie (spectacular game-changer), Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal (dull technocrat), Virginia governor Bob McDonnell (anti-woman), Ohio senator Rob Portman (safe/boring, but from key swing state), Indiana governor Mitch Daniels (safe/boring), South Dakota senator John Thune (safe, boring), former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty (safe/boring), and South Carolina governor Nikki Haley (a gift of writing material to columnists everywhere).

Washington Post conservative columnist George Will took a different tack in describing who Mitt Romney should select as his running mate.  Instead of listing pros and cons of the leading contenders, Will described the qualities that America needs in its Vice President:

  • For the next decade, American politics will turn on this truth: Slowing the growth of the entitlement state is absolutely necessary and intensely unpopular. In this situation, which is ripe for a demagogue such as the Huey Long from Chicago’s Hyde Park, Romney’s choice of running mate should promise something Washington now lacks — adult supervision.

With that quality in mind, Will believes two politicians stand – Paul Ryan and Bobby Jindal.  Unfortunately both are charisma-challenged, and that is the second theme of his column – i.e., historically vice-presidential candidates are not important to presidential race and therefore Romney should select a running mate who will help him govern, not necessarily help him win the election.  That makes sense, and President Obama’s selection of Joe Biden vs. McCain’s selection of Sarah Palin helps support that point.

Who do the oddsmakers think will be Romney’s running mate?

  • Marco Rubio – 25%
  • Chris Christie – 10%
  • Rob Portman – 11.1%
  • Bob McDonnell – 8.1%
  • Paul Ryan – 7.2%
  • Mitch Daniels – 3.7%
  • Susana Martinez – 3.6%
  • John Thune – 3.0%
  • Rick Santorum – 2.9%
  • Bobby Jindal – 2.6%
  • Rand Paul – 2.4%
  • Nikki Haley – 1.7%

Rubio used to be above 30%, so his stocked has dropped some.  Who the hell is Susana Martinez?  She is the governor of New Mexico, the first female Hispanic governor ever.  A career prosecutor, she was elected governor in 2010 and thus seems spectacularly unqualified to be Vice President.

I’m pulling for Mitch Daniels, but would be OK with Chris Christie or John Thune.

September 25, 2011

Updated odds for the Republican presidential candidates

Filed under: People,Politics — Mike Kueber @ 2:06 am
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The groundswell for Mitt Romney is growing.  Intrade.com currently lists him as the 45% favorite to earn the Republican nomination, while Rick Perry has dropped to 23%. Almost as dramatic a change, Chris Christie has supplanted Sarah Palin for third place. He is listed at 9% and she is at 8%. Huntsman is at 4%, Paul at 3%, and Bachmann at 2%. Surprisingly, Herman Cain remains at 1% despite a winning debate on Thursday and a victorious straw poll on Saturday, both in Florida. Newt Gingrich is also at 1%, and everyone else has less than a 1% chance of winning the nomination.

Perhaps the media will stop callling Perry the frontrunner.