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Romney All In For Another Run To Purchase White House

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Six months ago, I posted on The Political Carnival that Mitt Romney was leading in the New Hampshire polls for a 2016 run. And in those six months, nothing has changed. He still leads.

Last week's Suffolk University/Boston Herald poll of New Hampshire Republicans finds Romney to be the overwhelming favorite to be their 2016 GOP presidential nominee, with 24 percent going for Mitt and a mere 9 percent for the second-place finisher, Christie.

On the surface, Mitt is saying no, but in reality, he's pulling out all the stops behind the scenes to make a third go of it, having failed in 2008 to McCain and having bested the GOP crowd in 2012. Romney is actively looking to blunt the fundraising of the other Republicans in consideration, Rand Paul, Rafael Cruz, Marco Rubio, Chris Christie and even Jeb Bush.

It takes huge money to run for POTUS. Romney not only has a lot of it himself, but according to this report from THE HILL:

Here is the dirty little secret of the GOP donor class, i.e. the rich establishment bundlers who funded the recent presidential campaigns of the Bushes, Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) and former Gov. Mitt Romney (Mass.): They are actively trying to recruit Romney to run again in 2016 — and Mitt is indeed interested.

With the Chris Christie Bridge scandals and the lack of support for Jeb Bush, there's nowhere for the Republican party to turn if they want to beat Hillary Clinton. And for once, this is a smart choice for the Republicans. Romney has a ground organization. He's got name recognition. And he's got the bankroll.

How certain can we be that Romney's really going to go full bore?

At least that was the word sweeping through emails and conference calls heading into mid-June's exclusive Romney-sponsored GOP ideas summit out in Utah.

The truth is that the entire Utah event was actually aimed at beginning the process of having Romney again be the candidate of this Establishment Money Machine — only with some severe, but reachable, caveats.

Romney spoke to this summit — and on Sunday morning TV shows — on "how to beat Hillary," without actually saying what many were thinking: "Mitt Romney is the only Republican who could beat her."

 

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Hell Freezes Over

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No, I'm not talking about The Eagles. But seriously, hell must have frozen over yesterday! Glenn Beck, the hate talker who was too extreme for Faux News, yesterday admitted that not only was he wrong about the US invasion of Iraq but, "Liberals, you were right!"

Seriously! If you need to hear it right from the horses mouth, I  don't blame you. Just hit play:

There was more. Of course, Beck was wrong about more than he got right in this clip... But there was more to enjoy:

From the beginning, most people on the left were against going into Iraq. I wasn’t. At the time I believed that the United States was under threat from Saddam Hussein. I really truly believed that Saddam Hussein was funding terrorists. We knew that. He was funding the terrorists in Hamas. We knew that he was giving money. We could track that. We knew he hated us. We knew that without a shadow of a doubt. It wasn’t much or a stretch to believe that he would fund a terror strike against us, especially since he would say that. So I took him at his word.

[...] Now, in spite of the things I felt at the time when we went into war, liberals said: We shouldn’t get involved. We shouldn’t nation-build. And there was no indication the people of Iraq had the will to be free. I thought that was insulting at the time. Everybody wants to be free. They said we couldn’t force freedom on people. Let me lead with my mistakes. You are right. Liberals, you were right. We shouldn’t have.

[...] Not one more life. Not one more life. Not one more dollar, not one more airplane, not one more bullet, not one more Marine, not one more arm or leg or eye. Not one more," he said. "This must end now. Now can't we come together on that?

Of course, the right's reaction to the capture and arrest of the alleged mastermind of the Benghazi attack was both predictable and nothing I could have ever imagined, at the same time!

“You have the former Secretary of State who is in the middle of a really high-profile book tour,”Independents host Kennedy said. “I think this is convenient for her to shift the talking points from some of the things she’s been discussing.”

Concerned Vets CEO and Fox contributor Pete Hegseth noted that Clinton was set to give an interview with Fox, that will almost certainly focus on her role in Benghazi, in just a few hours.

“What a great thing to announce tonight at Fox News that the perpetrators have been brought to justice,” he continued. “It’s all too neat and it’s too cute. I always want to give the benefit of the doubt to our authorities, but in this case it feels too neat on the timeline.”

These people really have nothing better to do?

Perhaps I shouldn't ask, as they spend the rest of their time trying to make a fortune on the backs of our nation's schoolchildren and health care.

Speaking of the deadbeats who are making huge profits by trying to kill off public education, this morning I spoke with someone who is working hard on behalf of our public education system. Sabrina Joy Stevens is a former teacher, now working at executive director of Integrity in Education.

Today, she told us about two issues. First, the fact that former FL Governor, Bush family member, and  possible 2016 presidential contender Jeb Bush today keynoted a convention of  predatory for-profit college industry leaders.  #Jebucation.

Secondly, she gave us the facts about the attack on teachers tenure in California in the wrongly-decided case of Vergara vs California. Sabrina wrote about it - and the big money behind the suit for the American Prospect magazine, "Billionaires Behind the Attack on Public Education in California Tenure Suit."

Finally, during the show today, a ruling was handed down by the US Patent Office cancelling the trademark for the Washington (offensive name) football team! I learned about it from a tweet from Dave Zirin of The Nation, who is in Brazil for the World Cup. He'll join me on the show tomorrow to talk about both stories! Plus The No More Bullshit Minute with Stephen Goldstein, and She's History's Amy Simon too.

See you then, radio or not!

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GOP's early 2016 fundraising vacuum: Donors are laying low

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money golden rule fundraising The fundraising efforts by Republicans for the 2016 elections are not going well. At least not yet. As the Los Angeles Times puts it, GOP donors say "they are surprised that their phones haven't been ringing." But the party claims its focus is on winning the Senate, so no worries. They're good. All is well. Never mind their lousy candidates and abysmal platform. Wait, they have a platform? Coulda fooled me. No wonder their fundraising is hitting a snag.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is holding off on a decision whether to run, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is pinned down by investigations into his administration, delaying any moves to lock down donors. Sen. Rand Paul is among the most organized of the would-be candidates but lacks natural ties to establishment donors. The rest of the candidates are still viewed as the second string, making their future organizing efforts more important but more difficult as well. That stands in stark contrast to the last two cycles, when Romney's campaign was already locking down state and regional finance organizations and lining up early donations. [...]

In 2016, Republican candidates' need to create a financial juggernaut may be even more important because of the potential fundraising machine that would be in the hands of Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton, were she to decide to run.

According to the ex-Romney finance chairman, 2016 candidates are concentrating more on midterm election nominees, helping them raise money for their races. But then, he goes on to say that he doesn't see "their own organizations developing."

What a cryin' shame.

Here's the part that managed to get my sleepy eyes to fully open as I read my morning paper: "But donors here said in interviews that there was no stampede in [Jeb Bush's] direction." Oh those wacky zany Bushes and their genetic repellant disorders.

Meanwhile, Gov. Chris "Who Moi?" Christie is reassuring everyone who nervously asks that no new information would come out in his little Bridgegate scandal. Fugetaboutit. He's good. All is well. No worries, laughed he. "You'll get over" your jitters. "It will be fine." It will? Because it sure isn't fine now, Gov. "Heartbroken." nice try no cigar

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GW Bush "will go down in history as the last Republican president in American history." (VIDEO)

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The B Word has come up a lot lately, specifically Jeb Bush and GW Bush. For example, writing these two posts alone was enough to make my stomach turn: "George W Bush ruined the family name." No worries, W, Jeb's up to the task, too and "Jeb Bush": If it weren't for Karl Rove, SCOTUS, we wouldn't have HAD a torturer-in-chief!

Now GW Bush's name has been uttered for an entirely different reason by Congressman Luis Gutierrez in the video above:

May 20, 2014 - Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez warned Republicans that President George W. Bush may be the last Republican elected President if they do not act on immigration reform. The Congressman reminded his colleagues that 65,000 Latino citizens turn 18 every month. There are only 18 working days left before July 4th for the House Republicans to pass immigration.

Connect with Rep. Gutiérrez:

http://www.facebook.com/RepGutierrez
http://www.twitter.com/RepGutierrez

I kind of like the sound of that. Let's hear it again:

"I give you George W. Bush: The man who will go down in history as the last Republican president in American history."

And again: Per Rep. Gutierrez, voters would never elect another Republican president if the GOP blocks immigration reform. I could put that on an audio loop and happily play it over and over.

However, I'd rather that Congress pass meaningful immigration reform, that families were reunited or were able to stay together, that DREAMers could get a good education, good jobs, contribute to society, and participate in our democracy, that discrimination, bigotry, and racism fade away, and that the melting pot that is the USA remain intact.

But that little "permanent rejection" bonus that would come on the heels of the GOP continuing to hypocritically push their "outreach" messaging as they obstruct progress? That would be nice, too.

H/t: The Hill

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"Jeb Bush": If it weren't for Karl Rove, SCOTUS, we wouldn't have HAD a torturer-in-chief!

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The other day I posted, "George W Bush ruined the family name." No worries, W, Jeb's up to the task, too. Now Garry Trudeau has jumped right in with a perfect coda. He skewered all three Bushes in last Sunday's comic strip. Trudeau managed to rip into George H.W., George W., and Jeb in one fell swoop. Plus he threw in the Supreme Court and Karl Rove without breaking a sweat. In this edition of Doonesbury, Jeb is being interviewed on a radio show.

Jeb claims to "understand Bush fatigue." If that were true, he would never even consider a run for president in real life. But in Doonesbury World, he believes he's the answer to all those pesky family problems that precede his future candidacy. Also in Doonesbury World, he freely acknowledges-- and goes so far as to list-- the many epic fails of his brother and father.

Take it away, Mr. Trudeau:

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"George W Bush ruined the family name." No worries, W, Jeb's up to the task, too.

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I can barely type the name George W Bush without throwing up in my mouth a little. Okay, a lot. Someone please pass the Tums, Pepto Bismol, and Maalox, because as you see, I just typed George W Bush.

Damn! I just typed it again! Now we're into inebriation territory. Someone hand me a glass. Make that a bottle. With a straw.

And don't even get me started on Brother Jeb and his own abysmal, corporate, conservative Bushy record.

Apparently, a Los Angeles Times letter to the editor agrees with me, so here it is, because our voices matter:

I agree with Jonah Goldberg that Jeb Bush will probably not be president, but for different reasons. ("Why Jeb Bush's turn may not come," Opinion, May 12)

The simple fact is this: George W Bush ruined the family name. No Bush will inhabit the White House again in the foreseeable future. It's not because Jeb Bush is not conservative enough or hasn't fired up the base. On the contrary, it's because his brother has tarnished the name by leading this country into two wars that weren't paid for and ruining the U.S. economy.

Americans have long memories. We will never forget the legacy of George W. Bush.

Scott W. Hughes

Westlake Village

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Premature speculation: Jon Stewart skewers 2016 election coverage

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Last time I looked, the 2016 elections come AFTER the 2014 elections, which seems obvious to those of us who can count. And who own calendars. And who aren't news dee jays. And who don't have zillions of dollars available to influence elections, dollars that they slather all over their favorite candidates and causes. So who better to mock the premature 2016 election speculation glut than-- ta daa!-- Jon Stewart on The Daily Show.

Presenting "Democalypse 2014: 2016 Foreplay Edition," the "prespeculation hypotheticals":

Jon Stewart:

Why speculate about the near future-- when you can speculate about the far future? Coming up: Your ten day forecast!-- For next February...

Clinton v. Bush! Thank god we fought a bloody war against England so that political power would no longer be consolidated in but one family, because in my mind, two just makes sense...

Does this mean [Hillary's] hungry for 2016? ... We don't know. Because we can't know. But still. What?...

I wonder if old Wyatt Oops [Rick Perry] is gonna get back in the saddle?... I know what he's doing!... He's going from the handsome bimbo to the bookworm!

He said that in reference to Perry's "glasses of ensmartenment."

And he didn't forget to skewer the Bushes. NosirreeGeorge.

H/t: The Week

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