Pass The Popcorn

Popcorn

The first in the nation Primaries and Caucuses are set for February 2016 so things are going to get steadily noisier over the next 90 days during which Vice President Joe Biden may or may not enter the race. In the mean time here is your popcorn time viewing schedule.

Oct. 22, 2015
Hillary Clinton testifies before the House Select Committee on Benghazi

OCT. 28, 2015
Republican debate – CNBC
Time – Main segment: 8 p.m. ET. Secondary: 6 p.m.
Location – University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado
Moderators – Carl Quintanilla, Becky Quick, John Harwood

Who’s in – Main segment: All candidates averaging at least 2.5 percent in CNBC-recognized national polls between September 17 and October 21. Secondary: Remaining candidates averaging at least 1 percent.

November 9, 2015 — Rock Hill, South Carolina
Rachel Maddow has been selected to moderate the First in the South Candidates Forum with Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Martin O’Malley, to be held in South Carolina on November 6th, co-sponsored by the Democratic Parties of 13 southern states.[20]

November 14, 2015 – Des Moines, Iowa
The second debate is scheduled for November 14, 2015, at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. It will air on CBS News and will also be broadcast by KCCI and The Des Moines Register.
The moderators are Cynthia Fodor of KCCI, with participation by Alyx Sacks of KCCI.

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103 Responses to Pass The Popcorn

  1. Jamie says:

    Tony posted interesting article on previous thread. Another Bad Day for Benghazi Committee http://www.newsweek.com/another-bad-day-benghazi-panel-384592

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  2. whskyjack says:

    Looks like full court press by team HRC in regard to Beghazi is finally having some success.
    Even the NY times columnist, Dowd admits that the committee went too far, but it is still HRC’s fault.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/18/opinion/sunday/will-hillary-clinton-be-pilloried-by-the-benghazi-committee.html?rref=collection%2Fcolumn%2Fmaureen-dowd&action=click&contentCollection=opinion&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=collection&_r=0

    Ya know something I’ve noticed is that team HRC have been successful in lampooning Dowd.
    20 years ago when she was young and perky.
    The snark sounded fresh, now she just sounds bitter and out of date.
    Nobody cares about her 1990’s obsessions with the Clintons

    Jack

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  3. patd says:

    rep. gowdy better add this to his committee’s investigation agenda on thursday
    http://www.wsj.com/articles/cia-directors-private-email-account-was-hacked-news-report-says-1445273851

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  4. Tony says:

    The Democratic Primary Doesn’t Need Joe Biden
    The vice president thinks Hillary Clinton needs better opposition. That’s condescending to the man who’s made this a race.
    By Joan Walsh
    http://www.thenation.com/article/the-democratic-primary-doesnt-need-joe-biden/
    I think Joe should run if he wants.. I just don’t see a rationale for his run.. What does he bring to the table that Hillary doesn’t? The other two times he ran i didn’t think he was a good candidate..

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  5. Tony says:

    GOP Congressman Already Floating Impeachment For Hillary Clinton
    She hasn’t even secured the Democratic nomination.
    Amanda Terkel
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mo-brooks-hillary-clinton_5625053de4b0bce3470156eb

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  6. Tony says:

    Benghazi Dems: ‘No evidence’ to support GOP attacks on Clinton
    Julian Hattem
    http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/257294-dems-no-evidence-to-support-gop-benghazi-attacks

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  7. Tony says:

    Hillary Clinton: Smart leadership for the 21st Century | Hillary Clinton

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  8. Tony says:

    The women in the van
    Hillary Clinton attracts a rarity on the campaign trail — an overwhelmingly female press corps.
    By Hadas Gold

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/10/hillary-clinton-women-press-214891#ixzz3p3KdPRP2

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  9. Tony says:

    Jim Webb to consider running as an independent
    By Gabriel Debenedetti

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/10/jim-webb-democrats-independent-214929#ixzz3p3L0hzec
    Oh Craig?????

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  10. Tony says:

    Poll: Obama approval highest in more than 2 years
    By Nick Gass

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/10/poll-obama-approval-ratings-214922#ixzz3p3LLjtc7

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  11. Tony says:

    ‘That’s Such a Lie!’ Geraldo Goes Off on Jesse Watters for Benghazi ‘Slander’
    by Josh Feldman
    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/thats-such-a-lie-geraldo-goes-off-on-jesse-watters-for-benghazi-slander/

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  12. Tony says:

    Bill O’Reilly on The View: Bernie Sanders Has ‘No Chance At All’
    by Alex Griswold
    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/bill-oreillly-on-the-view-bernie-sanders-has-no-chance-at-all/

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  13. Tony says:

    Peggy Noonan outdoes herself, sneers that Obama’s presidency means “Anyone can run for president now”
    Noonan’s gross, racially insensitive logic: Obama somehow dirtied up the White House, invited in the Trumps
    AMANDA MARCOTTE
    http://www.salon.com/2015/10/19/peggy_noonan_outdoes_herself_sneers_that_obamas_presidency_means_anyone_can_run_for_president_now/

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  14. Tony says:

    Biden 2016: A Bad Idea Gets Worse
    Everyone seems to think he’s running. No one has any idea why he would.
    Michael Tomasky
    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/10/19/biden-2016-a-bad-idea-gets-worse.html

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  15. patd says:

    from http://www.wsj.com/articles/hillary-clinton-widens-lead-in-primary-race-wsj-poll-shows-1445335201

    Hillary Clinton has widened her lead in the Democratic primary race after a strong performance in the party’s first televised debate, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds.

    The poll offered little encouragement for Vice President Joe Biden as he wrestles with whether to enter the contest. For all the respect the vice president enjoys within his party, just 30% of Democratic primary voters said they would like to see him run for the presidential nomination, with 38% saying he shouldn’t run.

    The survey, conducted Oct. 15-18, found Mrs. Clinton leading the primary field with 49% support, compared with 29% for Sen. Bernie Sanders, and 15% for Mr. Biden.

    Without the vice president on the ballot, Mrs. Clinton’s lead over Mr. Sanders opened to 58% to 33%—a margin 10 percentage points wider than in a Journal/NBC News poll taken in late September, before the Oct. 13 Democratic debate.

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  16. patd says:

    nice to know there are still some sane gopers out there
    this from http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/10/kevin-mccarthy-john-boehner-a-speaker-of-the-house-213267 by Mickey Edwards

    The United States desperately needs a speaker of the House of Representatives, an important constitutional office that has largely gone unfilled for more than a quarter of a century.
    [….]
    It’s time to restore some semblance of democracy to what was supposed to be the most democratic institution of American government. One increasingly discussed way to do that would be to take advantage of the absence of any requirement that the speaker be a member of Congress. Members could select for the speakership a neutral party who would ensure procedural fairness and an opportunity for the House to act as a single entity in taking up the nation’s business. Or House rules could be revised to provide that any bill or amendment that receives a significant number of sponsors, perhaps a fourth of all members, would automatically be scheduled for full consideration on the House floor. Or House rules could be amended to prohibit any member from being elected speaker who had not received a minimum of, say, 20 percent of his or her votes from members of the opposition party, which would inevitably require promises of equal treatment and fair consideration. In Great Britain, speakers of the House of Commons are expected to be neutral and resign from their parties when elected; a similar procedure here could go a long way toward ensuring that the House of Representatives is an American institution, not a party institution.

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    • whskyjack says:

      I don’t believe the writer of this article understands the traditional role of the Speaker of the House. The holder of the office has always been a dictator as was the traditional role for committee chairs. But Chairs powers have been reduced by both caucuses in the last 25 years.

      Jack

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  17. patd says:

    http://www.kspr.com/news/politics/boehner-urged-to-stay-speaker-for-months-if-ryan-passes/21051736_35931116
    A Ryan spokesman said the Wisconsin Republican “looks forward to listening to and speaking with his colleagues this week.”
    He’ll have a chance to do that Tuesday. The GOP Conference scheduled an unusual meeting Tuesday evening where dinner will be served and staff will be excluded. That meeting comes on top of two all-member meetings set for Wednesday, as the party scrambles to figure out the way forward.

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  18. whskyjack says:

    “This Daily Show clip shows how Joe Biden built his jokey “Uncle Joe” persona”

    http://www.vox.com/2015/10/20/9570927/joe-biden-daily-show

    The problem for Biden getting in the race is he is a year too late. This isn’t the era of party bosses where you can get a few of them and carry the state. It takes a gotv operation in every state and that takes time and money.
    Sure Biden is an old war horse and he smells the smoke but it is too late.

    Jack

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  19. whskyjack says:

    As to Webb running as an independent……….
    He is polling at one percent, has no hard core following and not enough money to build a following. Add to it that he is a bad campaigner………………
    Give it up Jim you had some ideas that need to be out there but you aren’t the man to carry them forward. It happens.

    Jack

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    • Flatus says:

      Spot-on, Jack. Maybe Fearless Leader can explain those truths to him in as much as Craig is an Indy, is from that part of our country, and is undoubtedly supportive of Jim, despite his warts.

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  20. Flatus says:

    35-deg and a light frost this morning–brrrrrh.

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    • Jamie says:

      Even more worthy of investigation: Why have all drug prices covered under Medicare policies skyrocketed for next year? My copays are tripled for 2016

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  21. patd says:

    from http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/10/20/webb-to-drop-out-democratic-2016-race/

    Webb is said to be disillusioned with the Democratic Party — as well as the Republican Party — and how the political parties are being pulled to allegedly extreme positions by the huge amounts of loosely regulated money fueling the campaigns.

    Webb has a press conference scheduled for 1 p.m. ET.

    While Webb is thought to be weighing a possible independent bid, he is not expected to launch an independent campaign for president Tuesday. Rather, he’s expected to take some time after his announcement to talk with people from across the political spectrum before making a decision.

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    • Jamie says:

      Feel bad for Craig, but this candidacy was doomed from the beginning. Webb may be a truly decent man, but his core stances are just too far out of step with the Democratic party, particularly in a race where Hillary Clinton is the moderate in the line up.

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  22. rebelliousrenee says:

    My prediction is that Webb will decide he’s not running for president… but then again… I’m pretty sure he never was…

    I feel for Craig… it’s obvious that he very much respects Webb and believes in him. Methinks Webb is a very decent human being… but he hates politics. And being able to play politics is essential in government…. whether we’re talking about the WH or a local selectmen’s office.

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  23. If Webb has a single issue he would focus on – he could run a credible indy campaign kind of what Lawrence Lessig is doing with campaign finance reform
    I do think it was pretty clear he was not in sync with the current Democratic Party (but not a gooper either)

    I still think the goopers will wake up and say oh noooooooooooo what have we done.
    Trump is still a feckless blowhard but #2 Ben Carson is straight out of crazy town — at least he has rid us of The Huckster.

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  24. It’s official Webb has dropped out saying he still wants to be a voice.in the process. It seems to me he got off to a good start in the early days in Iowa but without some support to organize the
    interest he got lost in the Hillary Bernie Shuffle

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  25. patd says:

    well hell, webb’s right about a rig job. at least from the media. tried to watch his press conference at cnn, msnbc and fox… none carried the whole speech. they broke off after he said the magic withdrawal words. their talking heads wanted to tell us what to think about what he was saying more than just letting us hear what he was saying as he was saying it. aaaarrrrgghhh! to quote charlie brown. aaarrrrggghh!!
    couldn’t even see a rerun on the press club page. reminds me of that old song about being an invisible man.

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  26. patd says:

    he’s baaaack
    from http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/charlie-crist-announces-florida-house-bid/ar-AAfFkcj?ocid=ansmsnnews11
    Former Gov. Charlie Crist announced on Tuesday he’s running for Florida’s open 13th District — giving Democrats a top-tier recruit in a prime pickup opportunity next fall.
    Crist, the Republican-turned-independent-turned-Democrat, lives in the part of St. Petersburg which is now in Florida’s 14th District. But a new congressional map, awaiting approval by the Florida Supreme Court, would move Crist into what would be a Democratic-leaning 13th District.
    Anticipating a redrawn district that would make it a challenge for any Republican to hold, current Rep. David Jolly announced he is running for Senate in the Sunshine State, rather than re-election in his House seat.

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  27. patd says:

    from http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/op-ed/article39620145.html
    Carl Hiaasen: from God’s lips to Gaetz’s ears
    State representative says gun rights granted by God

    He’s pushing legislation to allow concealed weapons on state college campuses, and to let permit-holders openly carry their handguns in stores and restaurants. He said these are rights “granted not by government but by God.”

    Gaetz’s pronouncement left theologians scratching their heads, because guns aren’t mentioned anywhere in scriptures. Firearms didn’t exist when the Bible was written, and there’s no reference in either testament to “popping a cap in thine heathen ass.”

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  28. patd says:

    from http://dailycaller.com/2015/10/20/trump-doubles-down-on-jeb-bush-barbs-george-w-didnt-keep-us-safe-video/

    Trump then told host Alisyn Camerota:
    George Tenet, the CIA Director knew in advance that there would be an attack. And he said so to the president and he said so to everybody else that would listen. And that came out. The other thing is, the FBI, the NSC, and the CIA were not talking to each other. These are the three main agencies. They weren’t talking to each other and they weren’t talking because they didn’t like each other and they had a lot of problems getting along. And that’s leadership. You have to, you know, you have to get your three main agencies to talk to each other. They had a lot of information that if it could have been correlated, it would have been very, very helpful.

    “You know, as President Truman said, ‘The buck stops here.’ Whether you like it or not, Truman… would have said the buck stops here,” Trump claimed.

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  29. Tony says:

    Joe Biden Is Either Running For President Or Having A Hell Of A Time Playing Us
    C’mon, man.
    Igor Bobic
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/joe-biden-president-2016_562647f2e4b0bce3470226c8
    “For the second time this week, Biden implicitly knocked Clinton for saying at the first Democratic debate that she considered Republicans her “enemy.”

    “I don’t think my chief enemy is the Republican Party. This is a matter of making things work,” Biden said Tuesday. He touted his ability to work with congressional Republicans, saying, “Whenever there’s a problem, I get sent to the Hill, which, by the way, is a useful use of my time.”
    This piece makes me think Joe is similar to Obama regarding Republicans in his first term.. Uncle Joe is a bit delusional. Like him but he actually likes Cheney, oh please Joe!

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  30. Jamie says:

    Joe Biden’s diss of Hillary just gave me a 2008 flashback. I literally growled at the computer. If he enters and should he by misfortune get the nomination, someone will have to drag me to the polls while chanting “Remember SCOTUS Remember SCOTUS”

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    • Tony says:

      Exactly, SCOTUS would be the only reason.. I like him personally but not for President..

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      • Tony says:

        Lol, Jamie, this comment is from my friend Seth (Bernie supporter) regarding Joe’s diss, spot on i’d say.
        “Yes, talking shit about Hillary was drawing the line in the sand. He isnt ready and isnt going to be… ever. Its over… Not a bad career in politics…
        Hillary gets no credit for being so strong. 99.999% of the population, man or woman, would not be able to take the attacks she has taken and still charge forward.”

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  31. Tony says:

    Joe Biden’s Account of Stance on Bin Laden Raid Conflicts With Others
    http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2015/10/20/joe-bidens-account-of-stance-on-bin-laden-raid-conflicts-with-others/
    “Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. has now given differing accounts of the advice he gave President Obama in 2011 as the administration debated whether to raid a compound in Pakistan where Osama bin Laden was believed to be hiding.

    On Tuesday, Mr. Biden suggested that he had not opposed the raid, saying he told the president in a one-on-one conversation “that I thought he should go but to follow his own instincts.” That seemed to conflict with the public memories of others who were involved in the decision and who suggested that Mr. Biden was against the raid.”

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  32. The first time I ever heard the song” My Funny Valentine” it was on a record by Bill Dana as José Jimenez about him being an astronaut.

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  33. jacew2003 says:

    With the large number of sub par candidates out there who believe themselves to be presidential timber, it seems a little sad that Mr. Webb could not break through.
    Granted, he was not much of a campaigner, or a genius on the stump, but I would trust him when the chips were down.
    Me thinks that the beltway press and the MSM simply are not interested in serious candidates.
    Why should they be? The public isn’t either.

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  34. blueINdallas says:

    Joe said there are no ideological differences between himself and Ovama. Umm, Joe, that’s not gonna help you if you’re running.

    Ben Carson…I just don’t get him. I laughed at his Jedi mind trick during the alleged incident at a fast food restaurant (of which there seems to be no supporting evidence). You don’t want me; you want the man behind the counter. Ha! How did this fool even decide to run. It’s like an episode of “Pranked.”

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  35. patd says:

    from http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/la-na-paul-ryan-speaker-20151020-story.html
    At that meeting, Ryan said he would be “willing to serve” if the three main GOP caucuses united around him. He also had other conditions, including that he not be required to travel as much as Boehner had so Ryan could spend time with his family.
    “We have white smoke,” said Rep. Steve Womack (R-Ark.) as he left the closed meeting.

    yep, “smoke” and a whole bunch of mirrors

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  36. patd says:

    to joe, paul and all the critters in critterville

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  37. patd says:

    ahhh, it begins. the accusations about authenticity, truthiness and untrustworthiness

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/biden-was-against-bin-laden-raid-before-he-was-for-it/ar-BBmgksi?ocid=ansmsnnews11
    Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Tuesday offered an account of his advice to President Barack Obama before the raid that killed Osama bin Laden that differed from his previous remarks.
    Biden’s recollection spilled over to the White House’s daily briefing, and offered a clear example of how Biden’s off-the-cuff style could stir up the 2016 race — and potentially undercut his potential candidacy.
    “We walked out of the [Situation] Room and walked upstairs,” Biden said at a forum at George Washington University. “I told him my opinion: I thought he should go, but to follow his own instincts.”

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    • patd says:

      tony, thanks for the link. astounded by their comedy of errors so far such as this one described in the article:

      “Gowdy this month made the sensational allegation that one of the emails on Clinton’s private server contained the name of a CIA source, “some of the most protected information in our intelligence community.” But the CIA said the name to which Gowdy referred was not classified. The State Department asked that the name be redacted – not for security reasons but for the individual’s privacy. Gowdy, completing the comedy of errors, then released the email publicly on Sunday with the person’s name – apparently unaware that the State Department had failed to redact it.”

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      • Tony says:

        Yes, Pat, where the Clinton’s are concerned they overreach every time and look like the fools they are..

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  38. patd says:

    George W. Bush unleashes on Ted Cruz
    ‘I just don’t like that guy,’ the former president tells donors.
    http://www.politico.com/story/2015/10/jeb-bush-george-bush-donors-ted-cruz-214933

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  39. Flatus says:

    I have it, not really, on good authority that Joe’s primary responsibility during all his hours spent with the president is guarding the ‘football’. ~~~

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  40. Tony says:

    Joe Biden’s disastrous GOP strategy: Why making a campaign about “bipartisanship” can only end in failure
    Biden has had a first-row seat for Republican intransigence. So why’s he talking about “reaching across the aisle”?
    HEATHER DIGBY PARTON
    http://www.salon.com/2015/10/21/joe_bidens_disastrous_gop_strategy_why_making_a_campaign_about_bipartisanship_can_only_end_in_failure/

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  41. patd says:

    ryan: “we need to move from being an opposition party to a proposition party”

    hmmmmm, imagine what the late night comics and cartoonists will make of that.

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  42. rebelliousrenee says:

    patd….
    that wonkette article… all I can say is…. WOW…. and the comments are even worse. Just goes to show you that some on the far left are just as mean spirited as those on the far right…. shameful.

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  43. whskyjack says:

    I know that Joe got caught reading a British pol.s speech as if it were his own, but didn’t he also get caught embellishing his resume? or was that one of the other dwarves in the 88 or 92 elections.?

    Jack

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  44. Ellen Roberts says:

    He plagiarized papers in college and pobably has overstated things

    I think this baloney is encouraged by Obamarama and this brings up all the dishonest crap they pulled in the 2008 campaign. Biden is loser and his campaign if he gets in will take the same trajectory as Fred Thompson Valerie Jarrett should get used to not being in the white house

    If I were Hillary I would arrive at the hearing with all the previous reports and the report authors
    and lets just see if there is anything new the jerkwads can turn up

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  45. Jamie says:

    Thank you Joe. My angst level has just been reduced.

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  46. Flatus says:

    Okay, Joe, where will the Keystone be with Trudeau as PM? And what will the Prez do with Trudeau pulling his fighters out of the battle against ISIS? Surely the candidates have a duty to say where they would head on such matters.

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  47. patd says:

    In his first news conference following the sweeping majority Liberal victory in Canada’s federal election, the visibly fatigued leader said he had spoken with US president Barack Obama in a phone call during which he discussed his intention to pull Canada’s fighter jets out of the anti-Isis campaign.
    “I committed that we would continue to engage in a responsible way that understands how important Canada’s role is to play in the fight against Isil, but he understands the commitments I’ve made about ending the combat mission,” Trudeau said.
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/oct/21/canada-end-airstrikes-syria-iraq-new-prime-minister-trudeau

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  48. Tony says:

    After listening to Joe Biden’s speech today in the Rose Garden of all places i’m glad he didn’t run.. I think it would have been a disaster for him.. A more outdated candidacy i can’t imagine.. .. The lecture on Republicans not being are enemy, just are opposition, wtf??? Where has Joe been the last 7 years? The way they have treated Obama and now Hillary with their partisan Benghazi government funded witch hunt.. Oh and how Democrats shouldn’t run away from Obama, what, Hillary has said she wants to build on and go farther than Obama..VP Joe says he won’t be silent, oh god.. Enough Joe..

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  49. Tony says:

    Biden Exit Opens Door For Powerful Clinton Coalition
    By bowing out, Biden increases odds Clinton can consolidate voters of color and working-class whites. That will pressure Sanders to expand his base.
    http://www.nationaljournal.com/next-america/newsdesk/biden-run-clinton-sanders

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  50. I be durned……..a politician makes a wise decision……….

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  51. Tony says:

    Senate Democrats: GOP Should Pay Back ‘Every Penny’ Spent on Benghazi Committee
    by Elizabeth Preza
    http://www.mediaite.com/online/senate-democrats-gop-should-pay-back-every-penny-spent-on-benghazi-committee/

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  52. I don’t think they should shut down the Benghazi hearings….they oughta make em play it out till the bitter end and expose them for the asinine hacks they are…….
    And that Howdy Gowdy character looks like his head got caught in a steam press……..

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  53. whskyjack says:

    The difference between HRC and your average Congress critter is She comes prepared, they let their staff feed them questions, most times they don’t understand the issues well enough to ask intelligent follow ups.

    Jack

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  54. Tony says:

    Jim Webb’s Campaign Ends, Leaving More Questions Than Answers
    For example: What was the Jim Webb campaign, anyway?
    Jason Linkins
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/jim-webb-campaign_5627eed2e4b08589ef4a9386
    “2. Who was Craig Crawford?

    Just wondering, because a lot of reporters had the impression that Crawford was the guy we were supposed to call when we needed answers about the campaign. But I’m on what’s apparently a long list of people who never heard back from him.

    Just yesterday one of my colleagues was wondering how to get in touch with Craig Crawford, and I thought to myself, “Well, I have an email for him, but what’s the point?” To this day, I don’t know what Craig Crawford is. An imaginary friend? A blow-up doll? One of those balls from “The Last Man On Earth?” It’s a mystery — one that you, Jim Webb, might have unwound for everyone at the outset by just insisting that he get back to reporters.

    You should know that at the time I tried to contact him, I was really, really hoping to talk to anyone with anything positive to say about “Webb 2016.” Maybe this is why there weren’t a lot of positive things written about your campaign? Just something to think about.”
    Ooch!

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    • patd says:

      tony, that huffpo piece was pretty brutal. have a feeling fearless leader’s fearless leader is a micro-manager down to the last nano and that craig had little leeway to play the role of spokesman…. if the one for whom you speak doesn’t say speak and doesn’t want anything spoken or is not clear as to the direction….

      from http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/10/jim-webb-drops-out-of-democratic-race
      “If we ran an independent race that worked and got traction, I honestly could see us beating both of them,” he said. Craig Crawford, Webb’s spokesman, told CNN that he expects Webb to make a decision on whether he’ll make an independent bid for the presidency “by the holidays.”

      ….see what I mean?

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  55. whskyjack says:

    It may be the el nino effect but we are 3 weeks into October and have yet to see a day below 40.
    Average killer freeze for these parts is October 15

    Jack

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  56. patd says:

    from http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2015/10/22/can-hillary-clinton-underperform-barack-obama-with-white-voters-and-win/
    As WSJ’s Peter Nicholas wrote on Tuesday, this week’s Journal/NBC News poll found that 64% of white men hold an unfavorable view of Mrs. Clinton, compared with just 26% who see her in a positive light. That’s a gap of 38 points.
    It’s about as poor a rating as Mr. Obama received at one of the lowest points of his presidency: In December 2013, amid the troubled rollout of healthcare.gov and after the government shutdown that year, Mr. Obama was viewed unfavorably by 67% of white men and favorably by 29%—a 38-point difference that matches Mrs. Clinton’s gap today.
    If Mrs. Clinton’s favorability numbers translate into voting behavior, she would be in a pretty deep hole: Her 26% favorable rating among white men is lower than the 35% share that Mr. Obama won in the 2012 election.
    While white Americans are shrinking as a share of the voting pool, they will be a majority in the electorate for many years: White men account for about a third of all voters, and whites overall will account for 69% or 70% of the 2016 electorate.

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  57. Flatus says:

    If Victor Hugo were still around, he could write about Harold ‘Javert’ Gowdy.

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  58. Jamie says:

    Let me put up a live column …

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