Today Cory Booker was sworn in as the newest U.S. senator. He's only the fourth Black elected senator in US history. And he promises to be a great asset to the floundering political scene in Washington.
Booker, 44, was sworn in at noon by Vice President Biden. With his arrival, the Senate Democratic caucus now includes 55 senators — 53 Democrats and two independents — and Republicans have 45 seats. Take a look at history:
Talk of the 2016 Presidential candidates is open and clear, despite the fact that Rachel Maddow has banned it from discussion on her show until after the mid-term election in 2014. It really can be silly talking about it so soon after we've just completed our last general election.
But I'm with a lot of pundits and am impatient. I like listening to all of the chatter and blathering. Already some names have exploded on the scene and some have already started to fizzle. Burnout and sharper observation have begun to winnow the list. It started with these kinds of names:
Democrat: Clinton. Biden.
Republican: Cruz, Rubio, Bush, Lee, Paul, Christie, Cantor and Ryan. Even a resurgence by Michele Bachmann, Louie Gohmert, possibly McConnell just bring me to tears.
It's obvious the Republicans have a void in finding people American can get behind.
So I did a little unscientific survey to see who would people like to have leading us. Who is that man or woman who can inspire us to be the best that we can be? There must be someone.
And there is. Look at a partial his list of accomplishments:
He has won the lifetime achievement award, twice.
His business card simply says “I’ll call you.”
Cuba imports cigars from him.
Mosquitos refuse to bite him purely out of respect.
Once while sailing around the world, he discovered a short cut.
When he drives a new car off the lot, it increases in value.
He is fluent in all languages, including three that only he speaks.
His beard alone has experienced more than a lesser man’s entire body.
On every continent in the world, there is a sandwich named after him.
He lives vicariously through himself.
If he were to punch you in the face, you would have to fight off the urge to thank him.
He once had an awkward moment, just to see how it feels.
When it is raining, it is because he is thinking of something sad.
You know the guy. He's the Most Interesting Man in The World. See for yourself:
There is no doubt he would win hands down, taking a majority of both parties. There's only one problem; he's too smart to be a Republican.
Don't let the accent fool you. He's more American that Rafael Ted Cruz. This man was born in the US, but he's a citizen of the world.
If Hillary decides to run, it'll be because he told her to. And if she asked him to be in his cabinet, he'd be named, Secretary of Everything. What else would call the Most Interesting Man In The World?!
This weasel isn't good enough to scrape dog poop off Joe's shoe. Via TPM.
Sometimes it's easy to forget that the GOP is really, REALLY nuts and that people notice.
Hillary Clinton continues to be the Democrats' overwhelming top choice to run for president in 2016, according to a new survey. Republicans, meanwhile, have yet to coalesce around a favorite, with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.), Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.) and Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) all in the mix.
About 65 percent of Democrats and independents who lean Democratic say they would most likely back Clinton for the presidential primary nomination, according to a CNN poll released Monday. Vice President Joe Biden, who recently traveled to Iowa, one of the early nominating states, only received 10 percent support for a presidential run. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Mass., received 7 percent support, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo received 6 percent and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley had just 2 percent.
Christie leads the pack for the GOP, with 17 percent support among Republican and independents who lean Republican, followed by Ryan, the former vice presidential nominee, at 16 percent, Paul at 13 percent, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 10 percent and Rubio at 9 percent.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who had been making headlines for trips to Iowa and New Hampshire, received 7 percent support for the 2016 nomination. Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, the runner-up to eventual 2012 nominee Mitt Romney, received just 5 percent support.
I watched about two minutes of the above Meet the Press segment before literally screaming "STFU!" at the Tee Vee Machine and turning the channel. This 3+-year-long election coverage and endless, pointless speculation turns my stomach when I think about all the actual news and events of the day that go unreported.
With that, today’s guest post by the one, the only, Will Durst:
LET THE PANTS SUIT DANCE
It’s time to address the burning question singeing the lips of every American this summer: What will happen to Bryan Cranston’s pork pie hat after Breaking Bad ends its run? Okay, maybe that’s number 2. The big one is who’s going to be the Democratic Presidential candidate in November of 2016? 38 months and counting.
Having gone almost a year without the least meager of Presidential Race morsels to munch on, journos are doing whatever it takes to jump- start a tasty plate of appetizers. Also, it’s August, which means politically, there’s less going on in Washington than a vacuum in a crater at the southern most base of Neptune’s thirteenth moon.
If you suspect this might all be a bit premature. YES. INDEED. YOU BET. Your instincts are correct sir. This sort of speculation normally doesn’t kick into gear until a year and a half out; two years, tops, but the accelerated pace is today’s norm. Rapid is the new sauntering. Welcome to Extreme Campaigning. 24/7.
Of course, they do have a point. President Barack Obama’s second term has already entered its 7th month. It is more than an eighth over. The guy is history. Spent. Taking up space. Got the “How Can We Miss You If You Won’t Go Away” Blues. Way beyond lame duck, he’s a differently-abled turducken. A quadriplegic platypus. His goose is undergoing severe cookage.
Barack could nip the suspense in the bud by stepping down and giving Joe Biden a leg up. Because the job will not be Biden’s for the taking. He’s going to need a crowbar the size of Idaho to pry the nomination from a certain someone who’s already spent 8 years in the White House. Albeit, in the East Wing. And not baking cookies thank you very much.
Even the GOP considers that former tenant their major threat since they’ve launched a couple preemptive strikes against the Clinton of Hillary. And isn’t it refreshing to see them get past their internal squabbles to concentrate on what’s really important to the Party?
They’ve threatened to boycott NBC and CNN if the networks run planned specials on the Former First Lady and have taken to calling her… too old. That’s right. Republicans. The party of Reagan. Same guys that ran Bob Dole whose campaign slogan was “hey you punks, get off my lawn.” Can’t wait for them to charge her with being too white as well. And too rich.
Last time Hillary was the front-runner, it didn’t turn out too well and other names being bandied about are: Andrew Cuomo, Rahm Emanuel and Cory Booker, who just locked up the Democratic slot for the New Jersey Senate special election to fill the seat vacated by the late Frank Lautenberg.
Booker may be the biggest wild card. Imagine Ms. Hill is sweating like a squad of Sumos in a sauna just thinking about a young charismatic fast-track black guy serving less than one full term in the Senate hijacking her coronation ceremony. Again.
His staff encouraged Bill Clinton to be Bill Clinton, with, “Let the Big Dawg Eat.” This time, it’s more of a “Let the Pants Suit Dance.” And everyone better start paying attention or the handicapping of the 2020 race will begin as well. My money’s on Chelsea.
5 time Emmy nominee, Will Durst’s new one- man show “BoomeRaging: From LSD to OMG” every Tuesday, at the Marsh, San Francisco. Go to… themarsh.org for more info. Or willdurst.com. Also info on other gigs like the Humor Times benefit @ the Sierra II Theater in Sacramento on August 23.
As much as they're upfront in their parties, I can't really imagine either one of them as being "hot", and not in a sexy way. Leaders, frontrunners etc, but not blazing any paths.
Quinnipiac University is out with a new type of poll Monday, surveying the “hottest politicians” in the country.
In the poll of voter attitudes toward the country’s major political figures, the “hottest” are New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The third place spot on Quinnipiac’s ”Thermometer of Voter Attitudes” is Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, although the poll notes 51 percent of voters said they didn’t know enough about her to rate her.
Christie, at 53.1 degrees on the “Thermometer,” Clinton, 52.1 degrees and Warren, at 49.2 degrees, are “hotter” than President Obama, at 47.6 degrees. New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand matches the president, at 47.6 degrees, although 75 percent of voters said they didn’t know enough about her to rate her.
Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas scores 46.8 degrees, with 60 percent saying they didn’t know enough about him to rate his temperature. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida rates 46.5 degrees and Vice President Joe Biden comes in at 46.2 degrees.
Although Christie is the “hottest” leader in the eyes of all American voters, he comes in eighth among Republican voters, at 59.8 degrees. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the GOP’s 2012 vice presidential candidate, “generates the most heat,” according to the survey, among Republican voters, with 68.7 degrees.
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