Political Nerd Season!

So I woke up early this morning to do something very, very exciting. Now, what would be so thrilling to make me wake up early on a Saturday morning in August?

I went to watch a person declare that he is running for Mayor of Toledo.

If you follow this blog, you know that I’m a lover of politics. And right now, due to the untimely passing of Mayor Collins, we are in what amounts to a bonus round for political nerds like myself. Add to this the wild Presidential Primary Season, and I’m in my glory!

Carty Finkbeiner was mayor of Toledo throughout the 90’s. Then he was term-limited in 2001. So then he ran again, and won, in 2005.  He declined to run for reelection in 2009, citing a family decision. Now, because of this unfortunate turn of events, Carty is back. He’s been making the rounds of summer festivals, gaining signatures to put him on the ballot, very clearly intending to run for office— but not making it official. I ran into Carty at the Polish Festival back in July:


While I am currently torn between Carty and one other candidate in the race, here is why I like and respect Mayor Finkbeiner: no one person is responsible for civic pride in the community. No one person is able to click their fingers and make a community better. No one person has a magic wand to brainwash the citizens into believing in a better tomorrow. Yet, one person is responsible for igniting passion. One person is responsible for being a City’s biggest cheerleader. One person is responsible for holding government— and the people— accountable. And that person is the Mayor.

I’ve never seen a political leader fulfill those duties the way Carty Finkbeiner has. When he occupied the 22nd floor of One Government Center, this City seemed to be full of civic pride. It was because our Mayor projected that. Just look at that photo above— Toledo through-and-through. Yes, Carty has had a few (or a lot) of gaffes in his time in the public spotlight. Citizen’s arrest. Deaf people at the airport. War with the Insane Clown Posse. Those are just a few that come to mind….

But, as it should be, the positives outweigh the negatives. Carty’s attitude is what this City needs. If another candidate can match the fearless pride that Carty Finkbeiner has in Toledo, Ohio, then they should step up to the plate and have a serious discussion on plans and policies. But the energy is what comes first… and so far, Carty has the advantage.

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Hillary is Running…

I think it’s now a safe bet: Hillary Clinton is running for President in 2016.

You can go ahead and write it down now: the campaign for President in 2016 started (and ended?) on March 18th, 2013.

Yesterday, HRC released a video of HRC. In non-politico talk, Human Rights Campaign released a video of Hillary Rodham Clinton speaking out in support of gay marriage.

Here is the clip:

Now, why does this mean Hillary is running?

1. If she isn’t running, there was no reason for her to make this announcement. Other than the fact that she’s a public figure and may want to influence the upcoming Supreme Court arguments… but I thought she was loving retirement and resting and reading books, etc. etc. etc.

2. When she does run, this issue will now be long behind her.

3. If the Supremes deal a sweeping ruling that legalizes gay marriage nationwide, Hillary can say that she was leading on the issue. If they don’t, she can claim that she was fighting for what was right!

4. Joe Biden was a year ahead of her on this issue. If he runs against her in the primary, the liberal Democrats that show up to vote in primary elections will absolutely care about this issue. If Hillary had not spoken out, Biden would have used this as a wedge against her. Remember, they’re both going to have to run to the left in order to win… and Hillary can’t afford to lose Iowa again.

5. Look at how refreshed and poised she looks in this video. Kinda reminds you of the first videos she released upon announcing her candidacy back in ’07. Even that atrocious long hair didn’t even look so bad. If a steady stream of these videos continue to emerge, look out.

What do you think? Is this an indication that Hillary Clinton will throw her hat in the ring?


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What does Sarah Palin want?

What does Sarah Palin want?

That was the headline Saturday morning on NBCNews.com, the former MSNBC.com.

“What does Sarah Palin want?”

When will I get to see a headline that reads, “What does Jessie Jackson want?”

Or one that says, “What does Michael Moore want?”

Or, “What does Al Sharpton want?”

Get it? Sarah Palin is the Republican equivalent of these guys— she throws red meat, fires up the base and tries to crawl under the skin of the media. All of this adds up to book sales, speaking engagements and other appearances— all of which equals a pretty handsome income.

Sarah Palin is not running for political office. Not now. Not in 2016. Not ever. Mark my words.

She will continue to do what she does best: irritate the media, hurl insults at those she disagrees with and make a huge paycheck in the process. Whether or not she will affect the political process is anybody’s guess. The way she is attempting to do this is recruit candidates in her vein to run for office at all levels. But in 2012, her PAC really didn’t do all that much fundraising or contributing. So why does the loony left still get all hairy every time she rears her head?

Because she’s damn good at what she does.

Did you see the CPAC speech? If not, it’s worth 25 minutes of your time. Even if you don’t agree with a word of what she’s saying, this is an artist at work.

Like this gem from the speech, about gun control: “And background checks, yeah, I guess to learn more about the person’s thinking and associations and intentions. More background checks? Dandy idea Mr. President – should have started with yours.”

Ouch. The crowd went wild. And why wouldn’t they? I can’t believe the amount of documentation and information I had to provide for a recent job application and subsequent interview: 10-year work history, birth certificate, social security card, passport, school records. And a man running for President doesn’t need to provide the same. Regardless of candidate or party, these things should be minimal.

This was another good one from the speech: “…the Democrat-controlled Senate refuses to pass a budget. That was how many years ago that they did? How many Trillions-in-debt-ago? All in violation of Article I Section 9, Clause 7 of our U.S. Constitution. No budget for 4 years. No budget for 4 years is not just bureaucratic bungling. Refusing to pass a budget is refusing to declare what it intends to do with the people’s money.

Barack Obama promised the most transparent administration ever. Barack Obama, you lied.

There is a direct correlation between the Senate stubbornly refusing to pass a budget, and the Senate selfishly agreeing to go ahead and spend our children and our children’s children’s money. No budget is no leadership. It is time for America to get more outraged about this. Never before have our challenges been so big and our leaders so small.”

Powerful stuff, there. Nobody can argue the fact that Congress has not passed a budget in four years, as is required by the U.S. Constitution.

Calling the President a liar? Maybe harsh. But people have done it before, time and again, with Presidents from both parties. Why say it? To get attention. And it worked.

But the best line of the speech came with a visual: “Oh Bloomberg’s not around. Our Big Gulp’s okay.”

Palin big gulp

I loved this. As you know, I’m an independent voter that used to be a Democrat. I used to be a Democrat because of moves like this one, from Mayor Bloomberg. There was a time that Democrats believed in our personal freedoms— like choosing if we would like to drink a large soda. But now that the Rachel Maddow-types have taken over the party, they actually support nanny-state policies like this. Good for Sarah… she put into a perfect visual comedy routine exactly why I’m no longer a Democrat.

But perhaps the main reason that the media quivers whenever Palin speaks are lines like this one: “Washington politicians, too many in both parties, have a bad habit of focusing on the process of politics instead of the purpose of politics, which is to lead and to serve. Even our guys in the GOP too often have a habit of reading their stage directions, especially these days. They are being too scripted, too calculated. They talk about rebuilding the party. How about rebuilding the Middle Class?”

It’s clear that Sarah Palin is still there. Remember that Governor that was chosen to run for Vice President because she had approval ratings consistently above 90%? How about those checks that Alaskans received for state profits from oil? Recall the woman that stood up to the “good ole’ boys network” in her home state, that wasn’t afraid to call things as she saw them? Yeah, Sarah Palin is still there. And it’s folks like her, willing to speak her mind to the powers that be in her own party, that are the last salvation of two-party politics in this country. Because, unless current GOP leadership buck it up, they’ll get run over again and again. If Sarah Palin is the one to prompt them to do it, so be it.

To close this masterful speech, Sarah Palin said: “there is more wisdom, more character, more grit and common sense in the soldiers and the Moms and the teachers and the laborers and the firemen and the fishermen and the students and the cowboys – and other extraordinary Americans that I’ve met along the way, than will ever be found in the cocktail parties of power across the river… if We the People have one message to send to Washington, I’m sure it would be this: Get Over Yourself. It’s not about you.”

What does Sarah Palin want? Sarah Palin wants America to succeed, just like you and I. You might not agree with the way she says it. But I challenge you to stand in front of me and argue that the politicians in Washington, in either party, are doing their jobs.

We need real leaders— a new generation of real leaders, in fact. But if the mainstream media continue their game of seek-and-destroy with any new blood that is willing to stand up and challenge the status quo, like Sarah Palin has done, then those new leaders won’t ever come.

Give people a fair shake, one that Sarah Palin has never received.

“What does Jessie Jackson want?”

“What does Michael Moore want?”

“What does Al Sharpton want?”

Again, headlines you’ll never see— even though these three have said and done things just as attention-grabbing as Sarah Palin. There’s a very, very clear double standard.


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