Good morning, here’s some items of interest for me (and hopefully you) for the weekend.
An AP article appearing in the Cedar Rapids Gazette called this event, “And potential candidate Sarah Palin again lent a circus atmosphere to the entire GOP family — this time indirectly — when Alaska released thousands of pages of emails from her days as governor.” Let’s make it clear who created the circus atmosphere. It was the media who demanded the emails and received them from the State of Alaska. It wasn’t as if she asked for (or wanted) all of her emails to be released.
I think the entire thing is insane, and the actual story here is not what the media finds in the emails, it is the media conduct in the whole thing. The Washington Post and The New York Times are hiring people to help sift through the emails. You can see their priorities here because I find it strange that they didn’t do this with the Obamacare bill. Had they done so perhaps Nancy Pelosi would have known what was in it. But hey, why waste resources on a bill that impacts 1/6 of our economy?
2. Texas Governor Rick Perry will he run or won’t he? Last month there was talk that he was rethinking a2012 run. This has intensified. Now “sources” say he’s running… well at least it’s 90% that he’s running. Other “sources” say he’s talking to the money people. Christian Heinze said the video below demonstrates why a Perry vs. Obama match-up could be a good one.
He could practically reuse that as a campaign commercial. Compare that to Obama’s record especially with the focus on the economy and jobs – good night! Governor Perry has seen success, Obama not so much. He’s also a proven social conservative, as well as a fiscal conservative. I also like his focus on the 10th Amendment. He has consistently challenged federal mandates. He has a lot going for him. My chief complaint was his decision to make Gardasil (the HPV vaccine) mandatory. Other objections – he sounds too much like Bush, he didn’t reject succession talk, etc. Pretty weak. Anyway, if he jumps in, look for some candidates to jump out because he will be a player. Top tier for certain.
4. Weiner-gate. I’ve tried to avoid blogging about the disgraced Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY). But when it rains it pours for the guy. Now he has a police investigation into his Twitter activity with a 17-year-old girl in Delaware, but hey, it’s ok because Nancy Pelosi said he can stay. Christie Vilsack however decided to dump him from a fundraiser for her exploratory committee. He was going to be the co-host. Probably the only good decision thus far, but I can’t give her much credit as she did initially invite him which again demonstrates how completely out of touch she is with the folks in what will make up Iowa’s new 4th Congressional district. I am thankful that Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA), an active Tweeter, doesn’t use Twitter in the same manner as the New York Congressman (shudder).