Marc Platt's Politics: I'm a Lefty

Jun. 25, 2014

When Virgina D-Senator Tim Kaine took to the floor of the Senate on June 25, 2014 to ponder why the U.S. is clinging to documents that were written BEFORE we went into Iraq. Kaine argued that those conflicts are not the same as we are involved in now: "...we drift from crisis to crisis— Syria, Iraq, POW exchanges — without grappling with the underlying document that initiated our entrance into war 13 years ago. We cannot afford further delays.”

Tim Kaine is a close ally of President Obama. Mr. Obama is a constitutional scholar.

I am suggesting that Kaine and his counterparts in the House, who overwhelmingly passed a law reiforcing that Congress must declare war, just like the U.S. Constitution says.

All these talking head politicians like Graham, Rubio, McCain and Ayotte have complained non-stop of the President's foreign policy moves. These same politicians are the ones RUNNING away from Congress taking responsibility for the declaration of war.

Obama is calling their bluff by having Kaine, John Garremendi (D-CA) and others reinforce the notion that Congress's job is to declare and authorize a war.

Our country is war weary and these chickens (Graham, Rubio, McCain and Ayotte)are afraid to attach their names to a new war. They pound the drums for war in front of the cameras. They go on the floor and spout about Obama's weakness, yet they do little or NOTHING to write articles of war themselves. 

These neocons are weak legislatures who can get nothing done, so they complain about the administration. They are experts at doing nothing and restricting this President from doing his job.

Barack Obama has very FEW executive actions compared to George W. Bush, yet John Boehner is considering suing Obama, not impeaching him for his use of executive actions:

"This is not about impeachment," Boehner said. "This is about faithfully executing the laws of our country."

What a joke.

Boehner is upset that Obama would bypass a crippled Congress with executive actions to aid the people of the country. Boehner is so pissed that he can't stop Obama from executing his oath of office WITH Congress, that he wants to take him to court to ensure Obama will be an ineffective lame duck.

Mr. Boehner, Mr. McConnell and the rest of you idiots...The President is smarter than you are. You are on the wrong side of history and will go down as the WORST Congress in our nation's history.

Good luck with that.

Jun. 22, 2014

By Marc Platt
June 22, 2014

Meet The Press is one of the longest TV Political institutions in the country. It's moderator David Gregory has had many well-documented problems, including bad ratings and bad reviews.

Gregory once was a well-respected NBC White House correspondent, who rankled both right and left politicians.

NBC has had to bring in a shrink to examine Gregory and resorted to interviewing his wife and friends to try and solve whatever issues Mr. Gregory has for his poor performance notices.

On the other hand, millenial Luke Russert has been excelling at a young age as Capitol Hill correspondent and fill-in host on several MSNBC shows like "The Cycle."

This past week I saw Luke Russert mercilessly interrogate Whitey Bulger's defense attorney to the utter shock and amazement of his fellow Cycle co-hosts. Russert was well-armed with facts. He did his homework and refused to toss softballs at the attorney. It was afternoon "Must See TV."

On Meet The Press a few days later, David Gregory interviewed R-Kentucky Senator Rand Paul and when the topic of Benghazi came up and Paul declared that then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton refused Benghazi embassy support BEFORE the tragedy, Gregory glossed over it and moved on to his next question.

I guarantee that Luke Russert would have been prepared and knowledgeable on the subject. Gregory either was not prepared or too chicken to call Rand Paul on this untruth. The truth of the matter is Clinton and the State Department DID request extra security and Congress REFUSED that extra security.

Later in the same Meet The Press, Gregory whiffed on the long-debunked "IRS Scandal." His either lack of knowledge, or lazy preparation during a panel discussion was just painful to watch. The great E.J. Dionne bailed Gregory out by pointing out that the "IRS Scandal" was really IRS incompetence by allowing all political groups to abuse the 1959 IRS Guidelines that changed the word "Exclusively" to "Primarily" when it comes to 501 (C) 4 "Social Welfare" status for tax exemptions. PANELIST Dionne correctly pointed out that BOTH Dems and GOP groups have been abusing this forever. Not Gregory. Tim and/or Luke Russert would have been all over this.

Tim Russert was infamous for his hours of study EVERY day on every subject and interview he did in his long tenure at Meet The Press.

It is obvious that NBC is grooming Luke Russert for bigger and better. Luke Russert has adapted his late father's good habits of over-preparation and readiness for wehatever comes up.

Meet The Press is bigger and better and this kid can handle this, just like his old man.

Luke Russert was born to do this job. His father would roll over in his grave if he saw the shabby job David Gregory has done. He tosses softballs all over the place.

Even Fox News Megyn Kelly has shown some moxie lately. SHE makes Gregory look weak and that is saying something, because she says some pretty dopey things over there. She, at least is willing to take on Dick and Liz Cheney.

NBC..It is obvious you are grooming young Luke for this, or something bigger.

Please re-assign David Gregory and give Meet The Press to its rightful heir, Luke Russert.

Jun. 14, 2014

By Marc Platt
June 14, 2014 

“Today’s Congress, though, is full of folks who stubbornly and automatically reject the scientific evidence about climate change,...They’ll tell you it’s a hoax, or a fad.”
(President Obama, June 14, 2014 UC Irvine Commencement)

I just got back from seeing President Obama give a comimencement address for the 2014 class of graduating seniors at UC Irvine.

Mr. Obama was hopeful yet stinging in his criticism of the "Climate Change Naysayers" in congress and throughout the country. 

This was more than a commencement. This was a condemnation of those who do not use the facts to make arguments:

“Let me translate...What that means is, ‘I accept that manmade climate change is real, but if I admit it, I’ll be run out of town by a radical fringe that thinks climate science is a liberal plot.'"

Think about those words. The fact that a sitting president of the United States has to argue science with those who say "Climate Change" is a hoax, because it serves THEIR political base is absurd.

Mr. Obama argued: "I'm not a scientist either, but we've got some good ones at NASA."

While some people may not want to hear these sort of things at a commencement, I would say you are not paying attention to WHO the audience is. These are students, faculaty and parents of a significant teaching university. This is EXACTLY the right and appropriate audience.

Mr. Obama concluded his remarks in a rousing way of "Hope." He wants to leave America and the world in better condition and these students going out in the world may be "Underrated" right now, but not for long.

It was more than a commencement address, it was a blueprint for all the students in our country to try and do better than the current generation of leaders and movers & shakers.

Obama even manged to sneak in an anouncement of a $1 billion fund for disaster victims in towns in cities.

It certainly was not a run-of-the-mill afternoon at all.

Jun. 11, 2014

Okay Republicans.

It is time to move on from the Eric Cantor Years. Mr. Cantor sealed his own fate years ago when he gerrymandered his own district and then proceeded to not take care of the constituints in THAT district.

The funny thing about Cantor's plight is the relative close proximity Virginia is to Washington D.C. compared to most of the other Congress members who have to take long flights to get home to their districts.

Cantor was all about money and had the backing of his party and the Wall Street players. He outspent his primary opponent 6-to-1 ($5 million+ - to - $122,00+). It seems absurd that Cantor lost his race by 12 points.

If John Boehner though he could just coast through until the end of the year and then retire from Congress by handing his Speakership off to the heir apparent Eric Cantor??? You know the answer to that question now.

That is why I believe that Golden Boy Paul Ryan WILL be the next Speaker of the House. The gerrymandered House seats appear safe and the GOP will retain the House. 

Politically, Paul Ryan is both the Tea Party AND establishment guy. He appears to be the ONLY member of the entire Congress who could grab enough support. 

Cantor is "Dead Man Walking" in his lame duck seat. Watch these guys turn their political backs on him. He has no power cards to play. Look for him to get a cozy Wall Street job sooner than later.

Ryan may or may not have White House aspirations, but I believe he is smart enough to know that Hillary Clinton looks unbeatable in this next cycle.

If Boehner were to align the cards properly and then step down next January, you will see a huge groundswell of support for Mr. Ryan.

Ryan has submitted dopey GOP budgets for years that he KNEW would never be enacted. This last time he teamed up with democrat Ms. Murray in a show of bi-partisan agreement, signalling his ability to work with the democrats and NOT step on the toes of the Tea Party folks.

Paul Ryan will be the next Speaker of the House, if he doesn't do something stupid like run for President in 2016.

Jun. 5, 2014

"We don't leave our soldiers behind"
President Obama

What has happened to America?

Long gone are the days of ticker tape parades for returning soldiers. With this recent Bowe Bergdahl fiasco, the Republicans are managing to politicize something that should be a non-partisan issue.

I find it reprehensible that Sgt. Bergdahl is being vilified when he is in a hospital being debriefed after five years in captivity. These swaps have happened throughout the history of our country. Many Gitmo prisoners (more than 500) during the Bush administration were released without political fanfare. It has been estimated in news reports that 30% of those released prisoners returned to the battlefield.

The Obama administration has released an underwhelming 60-or-so prisoners during the five years in office.

Why are the Republicans making political hay out of this one?

Here is what I think:

They lost the White House. They are losing Benghazi. They have lost the IRS. The NSA is too confusing for most Americans. Fast n Furious was a no go.

Shame on John McCain for saying on Anderson Cooper's AC360 in February that the swap of THESE 5 Taliban prisoners for Bergdahl was “I would be inclined to support such a thing, depending on a lot of details,” and NOW AFTER that very deal was struck: “It is disturbing that these individuals would have the ability to re-enter the fight, and they are big, high-level people, possibly responsibly for the deaths of thousands,”

This kid was a disillusioned deserter, but we don't leave personnel either on the battlefield or in captivity. The 5 Taliban bad guys were not going to be prosecuted in our courts, thus were going to be released at the end of the year anyway. Our WAR ends at the end of the year and these guys were going to be returned.

Look. President Obama has not always communicated very well with Congress or the Press, but we really need to let the Commander in Chief do his damn job. We gave Bush and Cheney cart blanch getting us into Iraq and Afghanistan.

I really hope the general public sees through the bullshit McCain, Ayotte, Graham, McConnell, Rubio and the rest of these GOP hacks are spewing and the press gladly reprints, etc. The press has turned a blind eye to the facts of these prisoner exchanges, BECAUSE they need to sell ad space and fill up their papers with stories of what the politicians do and say.

I really believe WE THE PEOPLE need to see through this and understand that these Taliban guys were going to be released after December 31, 2014 when OUR war in Afghanistan ends. Obama used the common "Signing Statement" that Bush and Clinton used many times to justify the procedure.

The mistake Obama made was not including Feinstein, McCain, Graham, Chambliss and the gang in the operation. If they had been informed, they would have been part of it and we wouldn't be in this "Berdalghazi" Scandal.

One last thing. The Taliban is NOT Al Qeda. The Taliban is alive and a big part of the equation in Afghanistan. We are likely negotiating much bigger deals with them right now. That is why Obama has been very quiet, right?