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5/16/2014 6:51 PM
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5/25/2014 5:38 PM
Jim Webb (Former SEN-VA, among other titles) threw a sort of "maybe" out there. He actually did something in his time in the Senate getting the improved GI Bill signed into law. He's a former Republican who served (briefly) under Reagan as Secretary of the Navy. Was a fairly moderate voter in his time in the Senate. He's a straight shooter, and a big money military guy, which isn't much different in that aspect than Hillary.
6/7/2014 5:35 PM
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6/7/2014 9:27 PM
Ben Carson already has a high platform. Running for President could hurt his status. He might be this year's Presidential election's Sarah Palin, where he goes around America (maybe a bus tour!) and says he's really really considering running ... and then doesn't.

Sarah Palin might be this election's Sarah Palin. Donald Trump routinely does this as well.

If you're asking "But couldn't Ben Carson win!" No, not a chance. Only three men have been President without holding any elected office,  and all 3 were war heroes. A highly successful surgeon isn't going to get it done, especially with an increasing list of poor comments.

I was trying to think of someone that hasn't held office before that would have a sliver of chance of winning. Billionaires like Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg (when he's old enough) would be intriguing, but what billionaire would want to waste their time on the Presidency? Ross Perot did have a chance by running as an independent. However, any analysis from him might be null by now with people becoming more partisan than ever.

Colin Powell had a chance, but never ran. David Petreus as well, but he declined.

All roads lead back to Oprah. Widely respected, very low chance of any unknowns coming out that would effect her. Democrats would dump Hillary in a hot second. Great communicator. Personable. 

Thoughts?
6/8/2014 12:40 PM
I saw Ben Carson on CNN a few days ago.  The interviewer threw everything he had at him.  Every response was measured, calm, calculated and understandable.  He broke conservatism down to it's basic elements.  It sent shivers down my spine, not up my leg.  He's running.  There isn't one politician in America as articulate as this man.  
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6/8/2014 3:23 PM
And here's what is interesting about this weeks interview on CNN.  

The host was black.

Carson is black.

After the Carson interview, Morgan Freeman was interviewed.

Freeman was asked if blacks were disenfranchised. He said NO!  He had to.  He said "Look at us" to the interviewer.  Ben Carson had made such a strong argument for conservatism Freeman was converted in the green room.  I'm sure the interviewer was poised for an attack by Freeman on any little mistake made by Carson.  Didn't happen.

Then for the next two days they replayed the Freeman interview.  Ben Carson was never to be seen again.  NO replays of that interview.

Let's see how often he's allowed to return to CNN.  

The lame stream is a propaganda machine.  
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6/14/2014 1:13 PM
Hi Crusty!
6/16/2014 5:07 PM (edited)




The Left has started their attacks. Apparently they are concerned about Scott Walker.  How many times have they tried to take him out?  

This time it's racial politics. I'm not aware he's even running but marxist-socialists aren't taking any chances. Big government is coming down on Scott.

The accusation?  He's too white.
6/16/2014 6:37 PM
Eh, I read the article. It's doesn't insinuate that  Walker is racist. The people in his staff who sent racial emails around were fired/forced resigned. It talks about the growth of division between Dems/Repubs, but that's happened everywhere especially in big city vs rural areas.

I don't understand the headline though, if Tom Barrett would he had won because of "racial politics"? All in all the article is a biography of his life and the media in Wisconsin. The New Republic's job is to get some pageclicks and people to buy magazines and they succeeded. I'd imagine the Scott Walker people like this as well as it can help get his celebrity up, and have people that didn't read the article defend him, about how the left is calling him racist.

Scott Walker owes his success to himself. The man's been in electoral politics since college, and even started on a state level at age 22.
6/16/2014 7:10 PM
Thanks for the input.  I had not read the article. Just the header. 
6/24/2014 11:30 PM
I'm intrigued by Ted Cruz. He spews red meat for the conservatives. Should be able to raise boatloads of cash. Highly educated and has won awards for his debate skills. During a Republican debate, if he gets center stage where opponents will have to criticize him, where will they attack? He was the ringleader in shutting down the government, but great majority in a Republican primary may agree with his stance there. Any other criticism would be from a moderate stance, which also won't work.

Democrats will do backflips if Ted Cruz is the Republican nominee. Doesn't appear he has much, or any moderate appeal.
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