Hillary trying to help herself - ‘what difference does it make?’

Hillary Clinton

Much was made of the Obama “apology tour,” and it could be argued that we’re reaping what was sown now, at least in the Middle East. And as the current administration is scrambling to figure out what to do next when it comes to the unrest in Iraq, Hillary Clinton is hot on the book tour trying to tell the people what she really thought when she was serving as Secretary of State.

Of course, the media is still willing to help her amplify her new messages about foreign policy. The latest spate involves Benghazi and Iraq.

On Benghazi, the new narrative is that Hillary didn’t actually buy into blaming the attack on a video. She was apparently jumping from one theory to the next, presumably in her own mind. Exactly how useful that is to anyone remains to be shown, but at least she got out there and said she wasn’t necessarily on-board with the “blame the video” meme that dominated the airwaves immediately following the attack.

As for Iraq, Hillary is now claiming that she was fighting with Obama in the background about pulling out in 2011. Also, she wasn’t a big fan of Nouri al-Maliki, and apparently considered him a thug.

Surprise! Only 7% of journalists are Republicans

Journalist Party Affiliation

In an Indiana University School of Journalism online survey of 1,080 journalists shocking probably no one, just 7.1% consider themselves Republican, compared to 28.1% who consider themselves Democrats. Another 50.2% of respondents claimed the “Independent” mantle.

“The American Journalist in the Digital Age” survey has been conducted five times since the 1970s — 1971, 1982, 1992, 2002, and 2013. In 1971, 35.5% of journalists surveyed considered themselves Democrats, while 25.7% considered themselves Republican. Democrat affiliation spiked in 1992 with 44.1% of journalists rallying behind team Clinton.

The Fix’s Chris Cillizza concluded:

Over the last several decades, three things have happened: 1) The number of Democratic-identifying reporters increased steadily prior to a significant drop in the latest survey 2) The number of Republicans has steadily shrunk with that number dipping into single digits for the first time ever in the new survey c) more and more reporters are identifying as independents.  What seems to be happening — at least in the last decade - -is that journalists are leaving both parties, finding themselves more comfortable as unaffiliateds.

Cillizza also suggests that the move toward the “Independent” moniker for journalists mimics a similar move by voters over the same period (according to Gallup), which — in this author’s humble opinion — is probably baloney.

Help Wanted: Seeking the Washingtons and Jeffersons of Today

“Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have a right, from the frame of their nature, to knowledge, as their great Creator, who does nothing in vain, has given them understandings, and a desire to know; but besides this, they have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge; I mean, of the characters and conduct of their rulers.” - John Adams, Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law, 1756

This week I had a discussion with a new friend about politics and the state of our nation. I was commenting on the corruption so rampant in government and he replied that we can no longer expect politicians to have integrity, and must be content to pick between the least corrupt of the candidates, or the ones that will direct the fruits of that corruption towards us.

Such cynicism is certainly understandable; just look at the politicians of our day. Bill Clinton’s legacy will forever be linked to a stained blue dress and what the definition of “is” is. Al Gore is a billionaire, becoming the false-prophet of fear mongering with the junk science of global warming (or “climate change” as it is now called). Charlie Rangel, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, the most powerful committee chair in government which controls tax policy, is under investigation for tax fraud. Our Treasury Secretary is an admitted tax cheat, and many in Obama’s cabinet and senior staff have also had tax troubles. Ted Kennedy was a notorious drunk and a womanizer.

Bayh’s Retirement Not Hurting Democrats As Much As Most Think It Will

After absorbing the news from every outlet on earth yesterday, even our own editor’s take, on the “surprise” retirement of Indiana Democrat Evan Bayh, I have to say that analysts are not considering all the “good” that can come from his retirement from the U.S. Senate.  It seems that everyone predicts a Republican to pick up his seat in November.  Lately, I have been among the few to see some things that ebb against the accepted flow in analyzing races and situations.  This is another such ebb.

I think the reason that Bayh waited until Presidents’ Day to announce his retirement was to prevent someone relatively unknown, like Tamyra d’Ippolito, from garnering the nomination without a primary election AND without their seal of approval by collecting the requisite signatures necessary to get on the primary ballot.  The Democrats have an opportunity to select a candidate, since it seems that d’Ippolito did not achieve the 4500 signatures necessary to get on the ballot.  If she had, that is the WORST CASE SCENARIO for Democrats.  By waiting, Bayh almost assured that the state Democrat Party could spend time vetting, choosing and fundraising for someone “moderate” enough to win the state, but “progressive” enough to fully support the agenda of the party for the next six years.  While d’Ippolito likely fills out the latter, there is no chance she can accommodate the former.

Dr. Paul Speaks about the Stimulus Package

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Dr. Paul correctly terms the stimilus package a “spending bill” and voices encouragement that other Republicans are standing against it.

Midterm bloodbath reveals cracks in Democrats’ racial, gender divisions

Senate Democratic Leadership

The midterm elections were an epic butt-kicking for Democrats in more ways than one. Not only was it the second disastrous midterm election in a row for Democrats, it also revealed some serious cracks in the party’s carefully crafted electoral model whereby Democrats divide voters along racial, gender, and socio-economic lines, and then cobble together a majority by stoking grievances against those not in the protected classes.

First, let’s analyze of just how disastrous this election was for Democrats. On election day, Republicans needed a net gain of six seats to take control of the upper chamber, and by midnight Republicans had picked up seven seats, lost none, and are poised to pick up two more seats after the final vote counts in Alaska (where the Republican challenger is up 49%-45% on Democrat incumbent Mark Begich), and a run-off in Louisiana, giving them a net gain of nine seats in this election cycle. And they almost lost a seat in Virginia that no one even had on the radar.

In the U.S. House, Republicans started the day with a 233-199 majority, and by the time the polls closed on November 4, Republicans had swelled their majority to 243 seats (won 15 seats, lost 3), with the chance of that total being 249 seats once a half dozen close races report their final tallies. This represents the largest Republican majority as of now since the administration of Harry Truman, and if the other seats break their way, it will be the largest majority since the administration of Woodrow Wilson.

It’s Election Day. Polls are open. You can make a difference.

Election Day 2014

The polls are open on the East Coast and will soon be open across the nation, as voters likely decide to send even more Republicans to the House and give Mitch McConnell the Republican majority he needs to pass the jobs bills that have languished on Harry Reid’s desk since Republicans took the House in 2011.

Real Clear Politics gives Republicans a baseline 226 seats in the House to the Democrats’ 179 seat baseline with 30 “toss up” races. Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball predicts Republicans win 243 seats in the House, a net gain of nine seats.

In the Senate, Sabato believes Republicans will net eight seats, taking a 53-47 majority. Sabato predicts Louisiana and Georgia’s run-off will result in Republican victories in December and January, respectively, and that Republican Pat Roberts will hold on against Independent Greg Orman in Kansas.

But if you think Washington will maintain its track record of gridlock (and it probably with with Obama still in the White House), then you should turn your focus to gubernatorial and state legislative races.

Pay to Play: Cronyism is what happens when corporations love big government too much

American Legislative Exchange Council

Radical environmental activists made news last week for complaining that the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) opposes taxes and regulations those activists view as necessary to combat global warming. ALEC CEO Lisa B. Nelson appeared on NPR’s “The Diane Rehm Show” on Thursday to address those accusations, opposite Common Cause CEO Miles Rapoport and Washington Post reporter Tom Hamburger.

The program was replete with absurd, perfidious accusations that ALEC supported “corporate” interests. Ironic, considering it is progressive organizations like Common Cause – not ALEC – that support a powerful government capable of doling out favors to entrenched interests.

Hamburger even pointed out at the beginning of the program that “dysfunction” in Washington has been responsible for preventing elected officials from doling out favors to their friends in the business world. “Corporate lobbying has increasingly moved to the states, in part because of the dysfunction, which is – in Washington,” Hamburger said.

“Dysfunctional,” as NPR has explained in the past, is a term applied to Republicans when they oppose measures increasing the size of government.

Running from Obama: Democrat Michelle Nunn dodges Obamacare questions

Michelle Nunn Obamacare

Incumbent Democrats like Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu and Arkansas Senator Mark Pryor, who both face tough re-election campaigns this year, aren’t the only ones tucking their tail and running away when reporters and voters ask about support for President Obama and his signature healthcare law.

Georgia Democrat Michelle Nunn, who hopes to succeed outgoing Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss, dodged questions from reporter Kasie Hunt on MSNBC’s Morning Joe:

Disgusting: Democrat campaign against Scott Walker planned to distribute KKK masks

Confederate Brett Hulsey

Wisconsin Democrat state representative and candidate for Governor Brett Hulsey planned to distribute homemade Ku Klux Klan masks at the Wisconsin Republican Party Convention last Friday.

Representative Hulsey (D-Madison), who has a history of outlandish behavior according to the Minnesota Star Tribune, backed off the plan but received considerable media attention.

Hulsey made a white hood using his daughter’s sewing machine and a bit of cloth. ”It’s a Wisconsin Republican Party hat,” Hulsey said last Thursday in the press room at the state capitol in Madison. “And people can interpret it any way they want.”

In the same week, Hulsey issued a request for Confederate Civil War reenactors through his Blogger-hosted gubernatorial campaign site in an effort to raise awareness to the Wisconsin GOP’s resolution to affirm the state’s right to secede, which failed overwhelmingly.

Milkwaukee Journal Sentinel Captiol reporter Jason Stein tweeted a picture of Hulsey dressed in mock Confederate garb Friday (pictured above).

This isn’t the first time Hulsey has garnered media attention for his outrageous beavior. Reports the Star Tribune:

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