Tag Archives: Hillary Clinton

BREAKING (but not surprising): Hillary Accepts SoS

Heard this just now on Hannity, checked Fox News and jumped over to the NYT.

WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton has decided to give up her Senate seat and accept the position of secretary of state, making her the public face around the world for the administration of the man who beat her for the Democratic presidential nomination, two confidants said Friday.

Hmmmm…

More later.

Caption Contest Winners

Hillary ClintonHillary has left the race, pretty much. Last week’s contest is over and here are the winning captions:

5th Place – Wyatt Earp: Hillary: “I’m going to hold me breath until I win the nomination.”
(Moments later, she was led out on a stretcher.)

4th Place – Eric Sparks: From across the room Hillary spots a Super Delegate.

3rd Place – Deathlok: Mmmm Mmmm Mmmmmmm! The Clinton’s LOVE the taste of crow.

2nd Place – Cowboy Blob: A split second later, her tongue snatched a fly out of the air.

1st Place – Snigs: Hilary finds new appreciation for a circus midget supporter as he tried to “nose” his way to her attention.

Good job, everyone. Don’t rest on your laurels, the new contest has started.

Monday Caption Contest

Hillary Clinton Here is the next edition of the world famous bRight & Early one week caption contest. The original caption reads: U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) walks among her supporters after her speech at her Presidential Primary night rally in San Juan June 1, 2008.
REUTERS/Ana Martinez (PUERTO RICO) US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION 2008 (USA)

I’m guessing there’s a much better caption out there. Let’s hear yours.

Judging John McCain

Regular readers will know that Senator John McCain was not my first choice in the race for the presidential nomination. I disagree with some of his policy stances, but understand that the president’s role on policy is constrained to the bully pulpit, and his use (or pocketing) of the veto pen.

Aside from his role as commander in chief, one I am satisfied Sen. McCain will fulfill with the highest regard for the best interests of our nation, the presidential power of appointments, particularly judicial appointments, can not be over emphasized.

The speech given by Sen. McCain at Wake Forest University on Tuesday expressed a clear understanding of the role of the judiciary and the importance of having a president who will nominate men and women that understand that role.

For decades now, some federal judges have taken it upon themselves to pronounce and rule on matters that were never intended to be heard in courts or decided by judges. With a presumption that would have amazed the framers of our Constitution, and legal reasoning that would have mystified them, federal judges today issue rulings and opinions on policy questions that should be decided democratically. Assured of lifetime tenures, these judges show little regard for the authority of the president, the Congress, and the states. They display even less interest in the will of the people. And the only remedy available to any of us is to find, nominate, and confirm better judges.

Quite rightly, the proper role of the judiciary has become one of the defining issues of this presidential election. It will fall to the next president to nominate hundreds of qualified men and women to the federal courts, and the choices we make will reach far into the future.

I believe that potential nominations from Sen. McCain would be quite different than those put forth by either of his opponents.

For both Senator Obama and Senator Clinton, it turned out that not even John Roberts was quite good enough for them. Senator Obama in particular likes to talk up his background as a lecturer on law, and also as someone who can work across the aisle to get things done. But when Judge Roberts was nominated, it seemed to bring out more the lecturer in Senator Obama than it did the guy who can get things done. He went right along with the partisan crowd, and was among the 22 senators to vote against this highly qualified nominee. And just where did John Roberts fall short, by the Senator’s measure? Well, a justice of the court, as Senator Obama explained it — and I quote — should share “one’s deepest values, one’s core concerns, one’s broader perspectives on how the world works, and the depth and breadth of one’s empathy.”

These vague words attempt to justify judicial activism — come to think of it, they sound like an activist judge wrote them. And whatever they mean exactly, somehow Senator Obama’s standards proved too lofty a standard for a nominee who was brilliant, fair-minded, and learned in the law, a nominee of clear rectitude who had proved more than the equal of any lawyer on the Judiciary Committee, and who today is respected by all as the Chief Justice of the United States. Somehow, by Senator Obama’s standard, even Judge Roberts didn’t measure up. And neither did Justice Samuel Alito. Apparently, nobody quite fits the bill except for an elite group of activist judges, lawyers, and law professors who think they know wisdom when they see it — and they see it only in each other.

It is this presidential power that concerns me most about Clinton and Obama, and encourages my support of Sen. McCain. It is a power that can not be over looked, or over emphasized.

It’s Not What You Think

I have a somewhat unusual sense of humor. I read things and hear things differently (some would say bizarrely different) than most other people. Fortunately I’m not alone. So, instead of avoiding that trait I’ve decided to celebrate it with a new irregular feature for those who see things like I do — It’s Not What You Think.

Man arrested in Texas for trying to cash $360 billion check — Surprisingly, this is not a story about Obama’s tax plans.

Bush has not raised Georgia worries with Putin: White House What I was expecting: “Hey Vlad, what do you think I should do about that damn Georgia peanut farmer that can’t keep his mouth shut?” It’s actually about a different Georgia. Who knew?

Obama fights perception he is elitist… by cleaning his arugula with Perrier instead of Bling H2O.

US Candidates Appeal to Voters’ Wallets Ahead of Next Primary — Wallets say “no thanks.”

Lawmakers seek more foreign drug plant checks — Junket requests at an all time “high”?

A NC voter sizes up Obama, Clinton, and finally decides Discovers Hillary has the bigger set.

Senators ready dueling energy plans — Pistols at thirty paces can generate .000001 kW/H

Goat surprises owner by giving birth to quintuplets — Told him she was on the pill.

The Mighty Mouth Murtha Caption Contest Winners

Hillary Clinton and John MurhtaI know you are all anxiously awaiting the results of last Monday’s “Might Mouth Murtha” Caption Contest. Well, here they are:

5th — Rodney Dill — “And you thought Opus’s anxiety closet was bad.”

4th — Maggie Mama — Hillary loves sharing the stage with someone who is known to have a bigger mouth than hers.

3rd — Wyatt Earp — “Yeah, I banged him. So what?”

2nd — Old NFO — (plastic smile) I’m gonna kill the sumbitch that set this up… (plastic smile)

And the winner is:
elliot — Where will you be when diarrhea strikes?

Thanks to everyone for their entries.

President Bush at the White House Correspondents Association dinnerGet your entry in for this weeks contest now.

It Shouldn’t Be This Hard

Hillary Clinton is extremely polarizing with amazingly high negatives for a presidential candidate. She carries more baggage than a sky cap with a caffeine buzz. Every time she gives another example of her “experience” her nose grows a little. Even some of her husband’s supporters are less than enthusiastic about returning the Clintons to the White House. In fact it doesn’t always seem like the former president wants to return to Pennsylvania Avenue as “First Laddie”.

Then there is Barack Obama, the chimera candidate. He is a blank slate that can “appear to” be all things to all people. His resume consists of some well received speeches, very questionable associations, empty rhetoric, and little/nothing else.

On policy they are fraternal twins; they’re not identical, but you still have to look really close to tell them apart. With every position they’ve announced it’s not a question of policy difference but rather how much of your money they’re willing to throw at it. National security and judicial appointments are two other areas where they are more alike than different; and not in a good way.

Either one of these candidates would be a disaster for the country. A disaster with long lasting impact.

With such an impressive list of negatives, why will this race be so hard? Conservatives should be able to beat either candidate easier than rock beats scissors.

The problem, of course, is that our conservative candidate — isn’t. Not really.

The right has attempted to rally round John McCain. The support covers the spectrum from all out support to serious nose-holding reluctance. He just doesn’t make it easy. The candidate who plays up his ability to reach across the aisle seems to be adverse, at times, to champion issues important to large portions of his “side”.

The frustrating part, to me at least, is that just about the time I begin to move from grudging support to indifferent support (I’ve yet to reach “enthusiastic”) John McCain does something to make me grab my nose once again.

Getting beyond the historical items like BCRAp, “It’s not amnesty” Amnesty, and the gang of 14 only brings us to more recent events; imploring the NCRNC not to run the Rev. Wright ad being just the latest.

It shouldn’t be this hard.

Today’s Big Contest

I’ll be watching this contest closely, as will many others inside the beltway and in the Keystone State. Of course I’m talking about game 7 between the Flyers and the Capitols.

I understand there’s another contest in Pa. as well. I may keep a bit of an eye on that one as well, but it won’t be nearly as interesting.

UPDATE I: Tied 1-1 at the end of the first period. Tied 2-2 and the end of the second. In the under-card Clinton leads Obama with very few precincts reporting. Fox News is reporting Hillary as the winner based on exit polls. That’s not the story of course. The real news will be the final margin.

UPDATE II: No one scored in the third. This game seven is going to overtime. (54%-46% Clinton over Barry O. with 33% reporting).

FLYERS WIN IN OVERTIME!!! Lupul sends Philly to face the Canadians.

The Envelope Please

I know. I was supposed to post this yesterday. I didn’t. Get over it.

Here are the winners of last weeks “Compassionate Caption Contest
Hillary and Obama at the Compassion Forum

5th — Shoebox: Welcome, welcome to my humble institute of HOPE and CHANGE (note that the screen says “Messiah College)

4th — RT: Hillary: “Quick! Let’s act out my favorite scene in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar“.

3rd — Steveegg: TIIIIIIMBER!!!!

2nd — Maggie Mama: The Democrat primary has definitely gone on toooooo long. Obama is now striking poses like Lady Liberty and Hillary thinks she’s our first President, George Washington crossing the Delaware. Quick, duck and take cover, the crap is really flying.

And the winner is:
Wyatt Earp: Obama: “It would take me this many beers to find my opponent attractive.

Now get over to this weeks contest and give Hillary and Jack Murtha your best shot.

Monday Caption Contest

Hillary Clinton and John MurhtaThe original caption: Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., left, listens as Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., introduces her during a campaign stop at Greater Johnstown High School in Johnstown, Pa., Sunday, April 20, 2008.
(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

That’s not what I see. How about you?

Winners of the Compassionate Caption Contest will be announced later today are here.