1. The New Hampshire debate is Monday, June 13. The roster includes Tim Pawlenty, Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney. Gary Johnson, former New Mexico Governor, a declared candidate for the Presidency has been refused entry into the debate because he doesn’t meet the criteria set by the Union Leader, CNN and WMUR. His supporters are pushing his case with a full page political ads in the New Hampshire Union Leader and Concord Monitor.
2. The campaign of Newt Gingrich is undergoing a change with the resignation of his campaign manager and other major advisers, including campaign heads in Iowa and New Hampshire. Rumor has it his wife was calling the shots, which is very bad policy. The candidate that has to turn to his or her spouse and ask “What do you think, honey?” shouldn’t be allowed within 10 feet of an elected office. Especially when it entails trillions of dollars, national security and all the other minutia of being President of the United States. You think? Give it up, Newt.
3. Mitt Romney has decided to forgo all the straw polls in Michigan, Florida and the all- important Iowa. Since he lost the last one, I can understand his reluctance, but it is a tradition in the race for the President. His campaign says it wants to put all resources toward the primaries. Some may think it’s a beauty pageant, but it increases the face time with the voters and any contact is important. Too bad Mitt Romney doesn’t think it’s important enough.
Quick Hits: Politics
1. Obama will be heading down to Puerto Rico to garner support from the US Hispanic population for the 2012 election. Even though the 4 million Puerto Ricans aren’t eligible to vote, he thinks the goodwill gesture will help his campaign.
One visit to Puerto Rico and the whole Hispanic population will fall into his column on election day? How ridiculous is this? A note to the Dems: Puerto Ricans are not Cubans, are not Mexicans, are not Venezulans and so on and so forth. Talk about generalizations and stereotyping. Sure, they may welcome him with open arms; Presidents usually don’t visit Puerto Rico, but come on. He’s never visited there before; this is so transparent it’s ridiculous.
2. The 24,000 Sarah Palin emails. The media frenzy over this is a circus in itself. Buy me a ticket because I love seeing the MSM fall all over themselves to get these in their grubby hands in hopes of finding the smoking gun. The Washington Post has actually put a call out to their readers to assist in going through them.
A New Hampshire paper, The Keene Sentinel had an article from McClatchey News Service reporting that the emails indicated Palin had “ambition”. HORRORS!!!! Ambition: that trait that so many inventors, entrepreneurs, and by and large politicians encompass. Is that the best they can do? Journalism is dead, to quote Sean Hannity.
3. Anthony Weiner. While there are so many jokes going around regarding his predicament, it is very evident he has some serious problems. He has decided to go for professional treatment, but has refused to resign from his Congressional seat. Many Dems, including new Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and Nancy Pelosi have called for him to resign.
The new pictures that have come out of TMZ are far out of the realm of good taste. If he had sent them to his wife, that is his prerogative and his business. But, he has reached an all-time low in ethics and decency with the tweets, especially to the 17 year old girl in Delaware. In addition, his denials and attempts to cover up the first picture that was released have become a security issue. He left himself open to blackmail which might have compromised our national security. With his position on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, who knows what damage might have been caused if this whole fiasco had not been leaked to the press.
In the middle of this is Andrew Breitbart’s site Big Government who was excoriated by many liberals and Weiner himself for leaking this story. But in the long run, he did the country and Anthony Weiner a favor.
Representative Weiner should resign. He can no longer concentrate on his duties in the House while trying to get the treatment he so badly needs. Hopefully, the Democrat leadership will succeed in doing the right thing for once.
Looking forward to the debate on Monday night.
“By perseverance, study, and eternal desire, any man can become great.”
General George S. Patton, Jr.