Marc Platt's Politics: I'm a Lefty

Mar. 20, 2014

I have been writing practically from the day President Obama was re-elected that I hoped Hillary Clinton would NOT run in 2016. I don't believe history is on her side, BUT Barack Obama blew history out of the water in 2008 by becoming our nation's first African American President.

Hillary will be 68 years old when she runs, but I have to admit that this woman is tough as nails and has many more than nine lives politically.

Look at all the things she has accomplished, despite being shamed (Health Care & Lewinsky Scandal) as a First Lady. She knows her way around the congress and the state department AND the Oval Office.

She has raised a daughter and managed to stay married to a man who continually played the field throughout their marriage.

She has had her official time off and now readies herself for a big Presidential campaign with Obama ON her side this time.

To me it makes sense to consider Elizabeth Warren as her running mate, even though both women currenty reside in the northeast.

Here are my reasons:

  • They are both women
  • Warren is a progressive and threatens Clinton's Progressive Credibility
  • Warren is a fan of Clinton and will serve her faithfully
  • Warren could take on Wall Street FROM the White House and use the Clinton's Wall Street ties to mend some of the current friction.
  • The Clintons could keep her in their sights at all times

How it could work politically:

  • Progressives will support the ticket 
  • Clinton has strong ties in Florida (possible new Governor Charlie Christ)
  • Clinton OWNs California voters and California loves Warren
  • Warren would be the FACE of progressivism from within the White House, enabling Hillary to move her moderate agenda.
  • Clinton could rely on Warren for domestic agenda items and concentrate on a troubling foreign agenda.

This would set the Democrats up for several years in the White House. The rest of the party will have to figure out how to keep House and Senate seats workable.

It is still early (March, 2014), but I could see this working for the Democrats in 2016.

The Clintons are very smart people. They will call in some big favors (Obama) and I really see Hillary Clinton needing a strong faithful smart ally in her corner. Elizabeth Warren makes sense.

Mar. 19, 2014

"I brought myself down. I impeached myself by resigning.
(Richard M. Nixon)

There is a  funny thing about our elected representatives in the U.S. Congress who were not there in 1998 when President Bill Clinton was brought before the U.S. Congress. The new breed of representatives do NOT know what impeachment means:

"Impeachment in the United States is an expressed power of the legislature that allows for formal charges against a civil officer of government for crimes committed in office. The actual trial on those charges, and subsequent removal of an official on CONVICTION n those charges, is separate from the act of IMPEACHMENT itself."

But if you were to listen to Texas Represantive Blake Farenthold or Michigan Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, you would think they could just haul Barack Obama down to the Capitol and just kick his ass back to Kenya, no problem.

These guys are all talk. They say this crap to raise money from their overeager constituents back home. They really don't have grounds for impeachment, say like the Iraq War or selling arms to Iran for hostages.

They will bring up the NON-IRS Scandal, which to this day baffles me that they have not even READ the law and IRS regulation they accuse the Obama administration of breaking. The LAW was broken by the Republican Eisdenhower administration in 1959 when they changed the words "Exclusively" to "Primarily" in the IRS Guidelines for 501 C-4 application status.

They would bring up the botched CIA Libya (Benghazi) Operation that cost America it's ambassador and three other Americans there lives. Obama is blamed by those on the right for the "cover-up." There was no cover-up.

There are many things conservatives don't like about Mr. Obama, but the number one thing they don't like is his skin color. I hate to say it, but there is still a segment of our beloved country that has not accepted the results of the Civil War OR the Civil Rights laws that have long been in effect in America.

They hate this president so much, they even praise Putin in Russia. This is something we have never seen. The climate of our political landscape is disgraceful. We have regressed to a point I never thought was possible.

The advent of the Tea Party occurred BECAUSE we elected an African American as President. It was the FIRST year of his administration that these groups started popping up with their "Obama as Hitler" banners.

Tea Party groups have even demostrated in front of the White House with confederate flags. That embarrasses me as an American. 

I guess we never really progressed since LBJ passed through all that legislation in 1965.

The states have been cutting into those laws and the Supreme Court has not helped matters much, gutting section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, opening the door for the states to suppress African American, Asian and Latino voters. States like Ohio and Florida have regressed shutting EARLY VOTING down to allow LESS voters the ability to get to the polls.

This is disgraceful.

Anytime President Obama tries to do anything to better the people's survival and chance to thrive, the far right goes crazy riling up their fundraising to try and push back.

Things have really changed and there is little respect for the office of president, as long as a black man resides there with his family.

I hope and pray the Democrats keep the Senate in November.

This President and administration is not perfect, but they have tried to help mainstreet and they HAVE helped Wall Street in so many ways, but have been derided at every turn.

Someday when history is written, these men and women will be disgraced. I truly believe it. They didn't try to help fix the problems, they made MORE problems.

Too bad. This really could have been a special time in our country's history. It is not. It is a shameful period. We have regressed.

Feb. 23, 2014

It's time Congress got its priorities straight.
(Senator Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky)

Mitch McConnell always has interesting things to say on every issue. He is an expert at lowdown dirty politics. He also knows how to cover his ass and do what's best for the country when his back is to the wall.

My main question is....Is that good enough in the 2014 political climate of Washington?

Are the people of Kentucky fed up with his antics after 30 years?

Just how many lives does this guy have?

In 2010 McConnell backed Rand Paul's opponent in HIS senate race. This year Paul is HELPING McConnell with his own handpicked campaign peeps. Mr. Paul needs McConnell to win this race for several reasons.

Let's discuss.

McConnell is a Washington insider who actually gets stuff done when possible. Rand Paul depends on McConnell to back him when he goes off the reservation with his Libertarian Tea Party rants. McConnell has backed Paul since day one. They have a coalition of sorts.

Remember during the shutdown when they were both caught on camera and a hot mic discussing their chances to "Actually win this thing?" They didn't win anything. They hurt the country and the people in Kentucky are making McConnell pay for it right now.

Bill Clinton has been aggressively campaigning for his close family friend Alison Lundren Grimes in her battle for McConnell's senate seat. Clinton has approval ratings well over 60% in 2014. This is one time his help in Kentucky is appreciated by progressives and moderates.

McConnell should easily defeat his Tea Party crackpot challenger Matt Bevan, who has associated McConnell with the Debt Ceiling passage, declaring that he would "NEVER" pass a debt ceiling. Even the reddest of red staters in Kentucky know that defaulting on the U.S. debts would be catastrophic.

The real battle comes down to Democratic moderate Grimes v. Old School Mitch McConnell, who has VERY LOW approval ratings in Kentucky. The Affordable Care Act is a success in Kentucky with over 250,000 previously uninsured folks now signed up through "Kentucky Connect." McConnell will have to pull a rabbit out of his hat to walk back all the terrible things he has said about the ACA for several years.

I believe Grimes will pull this out with the help of the Clintons and the success of Obamacare in the state of Kentucky.

2016 is a very interesting year in Kentucky also. Rand Paul will likely run for the GOP nomination and (because of Kentucky law) cannot run again for his seat in the senate. 

WHAT IF Mitch McConnell decides to take run for Rand Paul's vacated Senate seat while Paul is utilizing most of his resources towards a presidential run? It is an interesting scenario. Rand Paul has been very controversial since entering the senate. McConnell is a polarizing figure as well. After 2016, we may see a Senate WITHOUT Rand Paul and McConnell once again trying to get back in the "Old Boys Club."

If Grimes wins that senate race, there is a very good possibility we will start seeing that state drift more towards the middle. 

Bill Clinton is campaigning in the state for more than one reason. He is there to shore up a coalition for his wife when she runs in 2016. Grimes' father is a close political ally of the Clintons.

Democratic Governor Steve Bashear has successfully implemented the ACA in the state and once conservative right wingnuts are being covered just like liberals. The climate is changing in Kentucky.

Kentucky matters greatly, as do other southern states that may be in play in the 2016 presidential race.

Feb. 4, 2014

Dear Republicans:

Barack Obama and Bill Clinton are pissed at you. You will soon feel their wrath as they trudge across the country vigorously campaigning against most of you in your re-election campaigns.

You think Mr. Obama signing a few executive orders is "Reckless?" He has signed FEWER than any other President in history. YOU, as Congress have passed even LESS legislation. You may want to get it togther people.

Hey Rand Paul..You are about to find out what it feels like to get spanked when Bill Clinton comes to Kentucky to rid your state of your cover Mitch McConnell. Ol' Mitch will lose to Alison Lundergan Grimes (after he squeeks by his Primary) and you will be sorry you brought up the Monica Lewinsky thing. When you run for the GOP Presidential nomination, you will have so many enemies on the left, it will be difficult to navigate. At this point I would think the Clintons would love nothing better that to face YOU in a general election. Keep it up buddy.

Hey Paul Ryan, you are probably safe in your congressional seat, BUT you do reside in a blue-ish state. President Obama can damage you if he chooses. He likely will let your recent comments about him being "increasingly lawless" pass without retribution. He probably even likes you a little. The "KING" may let you live.

John Boehner...Dude you are screwed...You will have to retire this fall...I can't see you going back to congress without your Speakership in tact. You have too much ego and really could care less about the American people outside the Beltway. It is time for you to join Jay Leno in retirement.

Eric Cantor..I hope to God both Obama and Bill campaign against you vigorously this fall. You are a piece of crap. You are lazy and scared of your own shadow. You have no game.

John Cornyn..Good luck...I'm thrilled that Steve Stockman will at least cause you some sleepless nights in your re-election. What will you do if Ted Cruz supports that moron against you...LOL.

This is a dangerous time to be anywhere but to the far right in the House of Representatives. That means that the Democrats can pick up some of those marginal seats, especially since it looks like the Affordable Care Act is gaining traction and will likely be close to the intended sign-up goals.

The poor initial rollout will be a distant memory as the primary season starts. The two BEST campaigners of this century are Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. Obama has NO MORE ELECTIONS to win for himself, except to get the House back and hold the Senate.

I would be VERY worried right now if I were Reince Preibus at the RNC. 

Here is another thing the GOP has to fear...Georgia. 

That Red State in the deep south?

Yes. It is in play THIS year and in 2016, which could throw the entire Southern Strategy off for the GOP. There are 600,000 unregistered black, asian and Latino possible voters. Former NAACP Head Ben Jealous says "Around $8 million" in funds to register those voters could turn the state blue. It may be a longshot, but if the results are close, it will be trouble. This past election Georgia Dems DID pick up 4-out-of-7 House seats that were up. That is significant.

If Georgia is in play, the entire south could be turned upside down.

It is not helping matters that the GOP-led legislatures have killed themselves lately with voter suppression and anti-abortion legislation AND Congress is balking at extending Unemployment benefits and balking at Minimum Wage hikes that are favored by 72% of the national electorate. This is bad stuff guys.

GOP. You really must get your shit together or you will have an Imperial Presidency. The final two years could be a Turkey Shoot for the Democrats with YOU in their sites.


A Concerned Citizen

Jan. 5, 2014

"Get it straight buster - I'm not here to say please, I'm here to tell you what to do and if self-preservation is an instinct you possess you'd better fucking do it and do it quick. I'm here to help - if my help's not appreciated then lotsa luck, gentlemen."
(The Wolf: Pulp Fiction)

The GOP may have a bigger problem than the ineptitude of the GOP House-led shutdown and general gridlock because of the Tea Party wacko birds running that part of our government.

The evidence is mounting against New Jersey Governor Chris Christie each and every day that his office engineered "Bridgegate." This is the political payback scandal involving of last September's George Washington Bridge gridlock, due to the shutdown of several toll booths.

So far a few New Jersey Port Authority Christie appointees have resigned and NOW emails and tweets directly from Christies office implicate them in the dasterdly deed. 

It's not bad enough that they probably engineered this mess because of the culture of political retribution his office brings down on his political foes in the state like MAYBE the democratic mayor from Fort Lee refused to endorse Christie for re-election, or that Christie's spokesman sent an email to the effect of "Time for traffic problems to begin in Fort Lee" just days after this refusal. OR some development project didn't go the governor's way...It is rarely the act that gets people in trouble, it's the cover-up.

When you see more people inside the Christie administration resign, or get fired, look for Christie's stock to plummet as far as the 2016 GOP Presidential run is concerned. Christie was supposed to be the future of the GOP. He is looking more like Boss Pendergrast from another era. 

The facts are not all in, but it looks very bad for Christie. This is NOT the Democrats engineering a scandal. Christy and his minions did this to themselves. This smacks of "Nixon-like" politics The petty politics that almost detroyed the country in the early 1970's.

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer has her own bag of nuts to deal with alleging innpropriety from the governor's cabinet members about a development deal in her city. She is basically saying Christie is shaking her down to get a Rockefeller Group project off the ground by using "Hurricane Sandy Relief funds" as the bait.

Do you really think general election voters would even touch this guy?  I highly doubt it. The Republican bubble is shrinking.

This is the perfect time for John Huntsman to gear up a campaign for 2016 He seems to be the ONLY qualified Republican in the field. The GOP put the wrong Morman in the 2012 race. Huntsman is the ONLY viable GOP candidate in a crazy mixed up group in the next cycle should he decide to run.

Christie? No chance now.