Saturday Politics Thread: Base Favorites (Gowdy, Carson, Sessions, Lee) [Y-not]

This week: "Base Favorites"
Trey Gowdy, Jeff Sessions, Ben Carson, and Mike Lee

In last week's poll, we had 673 morons request coverage of Trey Gowdy, 536 request coverage of Ben Carson, and 370 request coverage of Jeff Sessions. Mike Lee was the top vote-getter from the write-ins, so let's cover him this week as well.

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Before we begin, let's have a sense of where these four men rank in popularity as potential 2016 Presidential candidates:


In the interest of space, I'm going to try to keep these summaries short, but provide you with some links touting their potential candidacies and any red flags, as I know them. As usual, it would be great to hear from you in the comments section if you have additional insights about them, positive or negative.


REP. TREY GOWDY (SOUTH CAROLINA)

Trey Gowdy (b. August 22, 1964, in Greenville, SC) is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of South Carolina. Gowdy was first elected to represent South Carolina's 4th Congressional District in 2010. He is running for re-election in 2014. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Gowdy is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.

Prior to his election to the U.S. House, Gowdy served as a clerk in the United States District Court and as a solicitor to the 7th circuit court.

Below is an abbreviated outline of Gowdy's academic, professional and political career:
1986: Graduated from Baylor University, Waco, Texas
1989: Graduated from University of South Carolina School of Law, Columbia
1994-2000: Clerk, United States District Court; Assistant U.S. Attorney
2001-2010: Solicitor, 7th Circuit
2011-Present: U.S. Representative from South Carolina

Per Ballotpedia, here's a link to how Gowdy voted on key bills in the 113th Congress. And here's a summary of his positions on various issues:

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To be honest, as popular as Gowdy is in conservative circles, I had not realized he was being considered as a prospective candidate, but I guess some are hoping he runs. Here's an article singing his praises and, from earlier this year, here's a list of Badass Things Trey Gowdy has said.

Could Trey Gowdy be a serious contender?


DR. BEN CARSON (MARYLAND)

Benjamin Solomon "Ben" Carson Sr. (born September 18, 1951) is an American author and retired neurosurgeon. He is credited with being the first surgeon to successfully separate conjoined twins joined at the head. In 2008 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush. After delivering a widely publicized speech at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast, he became a popular conservative figure in political media for his views on social and political issues, spurring talk of his becoming a Republican candidate for the 2016 presidential election.

That was from Wiki. And here's what Ballotpedia has to say about Carson:

When asked the likelihood of his presidential candidacy on September 23, 2014, neurosurgeon Ben Carson stated, "Unless the American people indicate in November that they like big government intervention in every part of their lives, I think the likelihood is strong." Carson won the Conservative Summit, Polk County Republicans and New Hampshire Young Republicans straw polls in 2014. An independent group was also formed, the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee, to gather donations and expand his support base should he decide to run. Only three previous presidents had no prior political experience, but all three, Zachary Taylor, Ulysses S. Grant and Dwight Eisenhower, served as high-ranking military officials.

Dr. Carson received his B.S. from Yale University and his M.D. from the University of Michigan. He pursued his residency in neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins.

Carson has never held elected office or worked in government, so he does not have a record of votes. But he has spoken enough to permit us to come up with an educated guess as to his positions:

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Dr. Carson launched a PAC this summer, so I guess he really is seriously considering running.

To be honest, I don't think I could support him at this time. He's simply too much of an unknown for my taste. And I wonder if people are satisfied with his explanation about his gun control positions.

What would it take for you to be convinced that Ben Carson was the right man for the job?


SEN. JEFF SESSIONS (ALABAMA)

Jeff Sessions (b. December 24, 1946, in Selma, AL) is a Republican member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Alabama. Sessions was first elected to the Senate in 1996.

Sessions most recently won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2008. He defeated Vivian Davis Figures (D) in the general election.

Prior to his election to the Senate, Sessions served as Alabama Attorney General from 1994 to 1996.

Sessions is seeking re-election unopposed in 2014.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Sessions is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.

Below is an abbreviated outline of Sessions' academic, professional and political career:
1969: Graduated from Huntingdon College, Montgomery
1973: Graduated from University of Alabama School of Law, Tuscaloosa
1973-1975: Practiced law in Russellville
1973-1977: U.S. Army reserves, attained the rank of captain
1977-1981: Practiced law in Mobile
1981-1993: United States Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama
1994-1996: Alabama Attorney General
1997-Present: U.S Senator from Alabama

Per Ballotpedia, here's how Sessions voted on key bills in the 113th Congress. And here's where he stands on the issues:

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Earlier this year, Laura Ingraham wrote an editorial touting Jeff Sessions as a Presidential prospect. Senator Sessions' reply? "I know Iím not qualified to be president of the United States." I think a lot of us who are adamantly opposed to amnesty wish that Jeff Sessions would reconsider. It'd at least be nice to have someone who takes that issues seriously be a part of the primary process. That said, his age (he'll be 70 in 2016) might preclude a serious run.


SEN. MIKE LEE (UTAH)

Michael Shumway "Mike" Lee (b. June 4, 1971, in Mesa, AZ) is a Republican member of the U.S. Senate from Utah. Lee was first elected to the Senate in 2010. Prior to his election to the U.S. Senate, Lee served as counsel to Utah Governor John Huntsman.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Lee is one of the most reliable Republican votes, meaning he can be considered a safe vote for the Republican Party in Congress.

Lee earned his bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University and his J.D. from Brigham Young University School of Law. After earning his J.D., Lee was a law clerk to 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals Justice Samuel Alito. He the became an assistant U.S. attorney and a law clerk to Alito again as Supreme Court Justice.

Below is an abbreviated outline of Lee's professional and political career:
2011-present: Member of the United States Senate
2005-2006: Counsel to Utah Governor John Huntsman

According to Ballotpedia, here's how Mike Lee voted on key bills in the 113th Congress. And here's his stand on key issues:

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To be honest, I have not heard Mike Lee's name mentioned as a potential 2016 prospect and I seriously doubt that he will be running for POTUS any time soon. He is under a lot of pressure from the Utah GOP, many of whom seem to resent his presence in office after Senator Bennett was ousted by the Tea Party. From time to time there are criticisms leveled at Lee, most notably during the Shut Down.

In my opinion, it's in response to that pressure that Lee decided to put forward some proposals on taxes and education. To me, they are pretty blatantly pandering to Utah voters who tend to have large families, especially given that one of the proposals actually seems to involve expanding the Federal government's role in funding higher education (by extending it to the highly controversial for-profit universities). Lee's proposals, which were unveiled earlier this year, did not receive much attention.

He recently joined with Marco Rubio in proposing changes to the tax code. You can read about it here. Personally, I think Lee is concerned about getting re-elected and has hitched his wagon to someone he perceives as being a young politician who is acceptable to the GOPe. He's my senator, so I'm a little disappointed to see this, but I really do think he's doing it for political survival. Utah is a one-party state and that often makes for dirty primary politics. He'll be up for re-election in 2016, but the knives are getting sharpened already. (Here's one example of an absolutely odious Op-Ed written by Dan Liljenquist, who had run against Hatch in 2012 but who since has sold his soul out of political opportunism. Liljenquist compares Mike Lee to the man who lit himself on fire at the National Mall last year.)


In summary, these are the "ideology maps" for the four politicians discussed this week:

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Choose your top SIX Republican prospects for 2016:


This week's poll includes the four candidates discussed today and the top vote-getters from last week (Walker, Perry, Cruz, Jindal, Haley, Paul, Martinez, and Rubio).


Finally, let's start to get a sense for which issues are driving your preferences in Presidential candidates:


Links to the prior threads:
Walker, Perry, Jindal thread
Kasich, Haley, Martinez thread
Rubio, Paul, Cruz thread
Bush, Christie, Huntsman thread

Next week (October 11th) we'll be covering "Familiar Faces:" Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, Mike Huckabee, and Sarah Palin. Bring your Tums!


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1 I hate having to think, this early in the morning.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at October 04, 2014 09:48 AM (G2dqF)

2 >>I hate having to think, this early in the morning.

RINO!

Posted by: Y-not calls everyone a RINO! at October 04, 2014 09:49 AM (zDsvJ)

3 My take: Sessions is probably too old, Mike Lee is not going to run, Carson is too much of an unknown (and not at all ready)... Gowdy is intriguing, but I doubt he'll run.

Posted by: Y-not calls everyone a RINO! at October 04, 2014 09:51 AM (zDsvJ)

4 I read the entire post, answered each of the polls, and am still confused on Carson's gun position.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at October 04, 2014 09:52 AM (G2dqF)

5 i don't think carson is a good idea....it's a gut feeling.......against a dem i'd vote for him but i don't think he's the guy

Posted by: phoenixgirl @phxazgrl, I Heart the SF Giants at October 04, 2014 09:52 AM (u8GsB)

6 I don't think Carson favors the "absolute right to gun ownership". He's moderated his position somewhat, but my sense is that he's doing it for political purposes.

Posted by: Weirddave at October 04, 2014 09:55 AM (9422s)

7 >>I read the entire post, answered each of the polls, and am still confused on Carson's gun position.

I think he has a Northeastern position on guns, which is to say that he is actually ok with some gun control (although maybe not at the Federal level). I think when he said that thing about regulations being dependent on where you live, that was his real feeling. He learned that the base wouldn't go for that, so he's changed his views.

That's why he's not ready and also why it'd be risky to vote for him for POTUS imho. He's brilliant and well-intentioned, but not seasoned.

Posted by: Y-not calls everyone a RINO! at October 04, 2014 09:55 AM (zDsvJ)

8 PG,
I agree.

There seems to be just a little bit of "The Perfect Candidate. Clean, articulate,and proof that Republicans aren't racists" going on in the conservative side of the nation.
He really is a success story,and no-one can take that from him.
But I can't help but ask myself "If he were white, would we even be looking at him?" because of his political inexperience.
I thought that a better fit would have been having him in charge of the VA for a few years.
Then...maybe.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at October 04, 2014 09:56 AM (G2dqF)

9 What WeirdDave said.

Those ideology diagrams are a little wonky. You can follow the links to see how they got them.

Posted by: Y-not calls everyone a RINO! at October 04, 2014 09:57 AM (zDsvJ)

10 >>I thought that a better fit would have been having him in charge of the VA for a few years.

That's a good idea.

I wonder if he has the management acumen to tackle something like that?

Posted by: Y-not calls everyone a RINO! at October 04, 2014 09:58 AM (zDsvJ)

11 Well, going by the on the issues quiz, Lee.
Carson wants yo expand o-care? Stay home Ben.
Don't trust ya on firearms either.

I still want Palin/West.

Posted by: teej at October 04, 2014 09:59 AM (lXyih)

12 "I wonder if he has the management acumen to tackle something like that?"

Yes.
I have friends at Hopkins who operate at the same level of management that he did.

While the VA would have been larger, the complexity and managerial skills needed would have been the same.

I genuinely feel that the VA assignment would have been an excellent fit for him, and we as a nation lost an opportunity to provide for our Vets.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at October 04, 2014 10:01 AM (G2dqF)

13 5 i don't think carson is a good idea....it's a gut feeling.......against a dem i'd vote for him but i don't think he's the guy
Posted by: phoenixgirl @phxazgrl, I Heart the SF Giants at October 04, 2014 09:52 AM (u8GsB)



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Agree.

Posted by: Soona at October 04, 2014 10:04 AM (3gIdk)

14 Can you imagine a Presidential candidate running on the platform of naming his Cabinet and appointments?

Gowdy for AG
Carson for Head of VA


Who else, where?

A Dream Team if you wish.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at October 04, 2014 10:04 AM (G2dqF)

15 If this is the best the Republicans can do, we're skroot.

A guy who talks the talk (but no action) (Gowdy), a Local Guy who doesn't seem to be all there (Walker), lots of inexperience (Cruz), a bunch of nobodies and Our Very Own Token Black Man and Minority Wimminz (Carson, Martinez, Hailey).

YMMV, of course. And I know it will, as some of these semi-entities have strong backers around here.

Feh. I'll stick with Perry, at least 'til he steps on his unit.

I take the fact that Choom Boy was a firggin' unknown before he was deified by the Democrats as a hopeful sign that someone -- perhaps channeling Goldwater and/or Reagan, if we're lucky -- can rise from the much and start us on the path to cleaning up the post-'08 disaster.

Posted by: MrScribbler at October 04, 2014 10:04 AM (A17aa)

16 All of these men would have my vote. So would half the phone book of any red state

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian, Jay Cutler is my MVP at October 04, 2014 10:05 AM (K4xGQ)

17 Dr. Carson = gun grabber. Don't care about his revisionist "that's not what I meant" statements. Just made it worse.

Sessions is a staunch conservative legislator. We need him where he is.

I think that considering the number of criminals in this administration , we may need a prosecutor for the next 8 years and Gowdy fits the bill.

Posted by: the Overton Window - traveling leftward at 3.0 x 108 meters per second at October 04, 2014 10:05 AM (NUCTk)

18 i don't think carson ever really thought about the 2nd amendment or what it meant....

i like that he says after researching it more his position has changed but i hate the fact that his initial reaction was "depending on where you live"

i hate the commercials they run on the radio for him here....."run, ben run..." well intentioned by annoying as all get out......

Posted by: phoenixgirl @phxazgrl, I Heart the SF Giants at October 04, 2014 10:06 AM (u8GsB)

19 >>Yes.
>>I have friends at Hopkins who operate at the same level of management
>>that he did.

Thanks for that info, VIA.

Being a RINOy RINO who was raised in the Communist State of Maryland, I don't find his gun control positions disqualifying.

But I need a longer public record before I'd vote for him (in the primary, anyway).

He seems like a very moral person, which counts for a lot in my book, so I would probably be able to vote for him against whatever Devil the Dems ran, but that's it.

Posted by: Y-not calls everyone a RINO! at October 04, 2014 10:06 AM (zDsvJ)

20 Tangential - Powerline has an interesting acronym. For Greg Orman in Kansas.

DIEEN - Democrat in Everything Except Name.

Of course like I it when pronounced as Die In or Dying.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at October 04, 2014 10:07 AM (qtcbX)

21 Posted by: Y-not calls everyone a RINO! at October

Me, a rino? I'll bury you in one of my flower beds


JK

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian, Jay Cutler is my MVP at October 04, 2014 10:07 AM (K4xGQ)

22 y-not and via

definitely a good fit for the VA

Posted by: phoenixgirl @phxazgrl, I Heart the SF Giants at October 04, 2014 10:07 AM (u8GsB)

23 But Perry is still my guy until he face-plants . Walker is a close second.

Posted by: the Overton Window - traveling leftward at 3.0 x 108 meters per second at October 04, 2014 10:10 AM (NUCTk)

24 I had no problem finding 6 candidates to support out of that big list: Perry, Haley, Cruz, Jindal, Walker, and Martinez.

I am starting to think Cruz won't make a serious run b/c the long knives are out and I doubt Martinez will. But I really hope Haley runs because I like what I've seen so far. Perry is still my top guy, unit-stepping notwithstanding.

Posted by: Y-not calls everyone a RINO! at October 04, 2014 10:10 AM (zDsvJ)

25 "...I don't find his gun control positions disqualifying."

That's a troubling thought.

Posted by: teej at October 04, 2014 10:10 AM (lXyih)

26 Y-not.
Yes,I would vote for Carson before the Democrat as well.
Mostly because,like you,I give big points for morality.

But....
That was why I suggested deviating for the purpose of discussion.

Let's put together a hypothetical cabinet.
From POTUS Down.
Who would we support in what position?



The Horde could do it.
And it's so out of the box that it could be illuminating.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at October 04, 2014 10:10 AM (G2dqF)

27 Choosing just five issues was difficult. And there are some that I would modify a bit... like the environment one. I'm all for responsible conservation and preventing pollution, but it has to be done sensibly, weighted with true cost/benefit.

And who wouldn't want to prevent hunger? Giving people a hand when they are truly in extremis is one thing, not this gross, intergenerational dependent class we have now.



Posted by: Gem at October 04, 2014 10:13 AM (zw+pb)

28 I wonder if he has the management acumen to tackle something like that?

He's been head of a department, so it's not like he's inexperienced. Just multiply that by a bazillion, throw in a few thousand lazy-assed bureaucrats who need to be shoved off the teat and he should be fine.

Or Surgeon General in the Perry administration.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit at October 04, 2014 10:13 AM (0HooB)

29 There is this story going round that Alan Henning was tried and aquitted by an ISIS court but executed anyway. What BS! These people have been kidnapped to be slaughtered. And there is no threatening either. They are going to do what they say they are going to do. Why we are not killing more of them beats me.

Posted by: The Progs at October 04, 2014 10:14 AM (iQIUe)

30 BTW, one of the 2 "other" votes on the problem list was me: I wrote in "All of the above."

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit at October 04, 2014 10:15 AM (0HooB)

31 "Or Surgeon General in the Perry administration."
I had not thought of that one.
But, yes....why not.

Including the Perry Administration part.
Still my number one pick, but could benefit by a good running mate.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at October 04, 2014 10:16 AM (G2dqF)

32 Dr. Ben Carson.

Wonderful and gifted surgeon. Brilliant man, really. Could be an asset to the next President, hopefully a Republican. A rock of integrity and decency as a man.

He could certainly fix the VA, and could probably run HHS pretty well too. He's led a large surgical team at Johns Hopkins for years. Knows how to get things done.

Not a seasoned politician, and not a good choice as a Presidential candidate. We need someone terribly shrewd, terrible determined to fix the mess we're in. I'm afraid that Dr. Carson would spend too long trying to reason out each situation, rather than knowing his own mind on policy.

Posted by: Bossy Conservative riding the comfy chair at October 04, 2014 10:17 AM (+1T7c)

33 One small nit to pick: I dislike the "Solve the illegal immigration problem" formulation. We've heard far to much of this sort of obfuscation. A Dem will solve it by amnesty, i.e. eliminating the border and deeming everyone with an Hispanic surname to be a citizen. That is a completely different proposition than my solution of walling the border and expelling illegals.

For this issue, it is necessary for the wording to be precise.

Posted by: pep at October 04, 2014 10:17 AM (4nR9/)

34 >>That's a troubling thought.

Yeah, well I'm being honest. I'm a RINO on guns. I realize it is a Bad Thought, and also that the current regime really wants to grab guns, but I am ok with having some restrictions on personal weapons or their usage.

Case in point, here in Utah each summer we have wildfires set off by morons shooting off rounds in dry brush. The state tried to put in some regulation - or give some agency the power to regulate when/where those could be shot off - and there was tremendous vocal push-back from 2nd Amendment absolutists.

That's nuts, imho.

Posted by: Y-not calls everyone a RINO! at October 04, 2014 10:17 AM (zDsvJ)

35 I would just like to see someone with an iota of decency and honor in the White House again.

God, that's sad.

Posted by: Gem at October 04, 2014 10:18 AM (zw+pb)

36 Let's put together a hypothetical cabinet.
From POTUS Down.
Who would we support in what position?


Here's where I'd start...

http://tinyurl.com/oqayum9

By posting this link, I'm pretty sure I've completed the Great Circle of Intarwebs Life, since I saw it here recently.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit at October 04, 2014 10:18 AM (0HooB)

37 Morning, Glories!

Gowdy and I share a birthday! (That's what this moron got from the post.)

Trey Gowdy is twice as younger than me than my younger sister. How many were going to St Ives? Show your work. (Commie Core math problem)

Usually, I don't respond to polls, but today I did, because the choice was clear. Couldn't say all were acceptable because of Dr Smartguns.

Posted by: mindful webworker - leonine at October 04, 2014 10:18 AM (l0ZRY)

38 I don't see the reason to be enamored with Perry. He seems to be too friendly with Muslims and we are heading into dark times when we will have to say there is something inherently evil about Islam. http://www.salon.com/2011/08/10/rick_perry_muslims/


And why isn't he taking over the Ebola crisis in HIS state!

He could use state assets to quarantine, take over cleaning and lock down of the apartment Duncan stayed at. When I see photos of men cleaning Ebola vomit with pressure washers, I can't blame Obama only. This is in TEXAS!
Perry is CEO of Texas.


Posted by: bossy barbara at October 04, 2014 10:19 AM (79RKq)

39 Yeah, I'm sorry about the issues thing. I was tryign to keep the list shortish and trying to phrase them in a way that was not too biased by my own views. If you want, think of it more as being about the topic and less about the specific standpoint.

I'm thinking we could do some in-depth threads on the top candidates and the key issues at some point.

Posted by: Y-not calls everyone a RINO! at October 04, 2014 10:19 AM (zDsvJ)

40 I would just like to see someone with an iota of decency and honor in the White House again.

God, that's sad.


#WASTF

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit at October 04, 2014 10:20 AM (0HooB)

41 Celebration for the unemployment rate today: Since the GOP took over the House the unemployment rate has fallen from 10% to 5.9% thus reversing the trend that Pelosi's spending bunch was in where here group took it from 5% to 10% in just 2 years.

Posted by: dougq at October 04, 2014 10:21 AM (uJ8q7)

42 "By posting this link, I'm pretty sure I've completed the Great Circle of Intarwebs Life, since I saw it here recently."

Damn,I missed that.

I must have been having a life that day.
It doesn't happen often.
But sometimes it does.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at October 04, 2014 10:21 AM (G2dqF)

43 Trey Gowdy is twice as younger than me than my younger sister. How many were going to St Ives? Show your work. (Commie Core math problem)


That's an easy one: 42

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit at October 04, 2014 10:22 AM (0HooB)

44 DIEEN if slurred a bit could mean in Viet Namese: "Dressed up" or "rabid"

Suits me.

Posted by: Kindltot at October 04, 2014 10:23 AM (t//F+)

45 Just in case people missed it when I posted on the ONT and the Ebola threads.

Okay game over man... Guy impersonating a US Rep. got back stage with the President.

http://tinyurl.com/mgnlf2n

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at October 04, 2014 10:24 AM (qtcbX)

46 "That's an easy one: 42"

I must have did something wrong.

I came up with 86 MPH.





And a Duck.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at October 04, 2014 10:25 AM (G2dqF)

47 Yeah, I'm sorry about the issues thing. I was tryign to keep the list
shortish and trying to phrase them in a way that was not too biased by
my own views.


Assuming you were replying to me, here's an alternative.

"Solve the illegal immigration problem by adopting pep's position without any questions asked, or take the dirty, stinking RINO road". See, easy-peasy.

Also, does anyone else think that picture of Gowdy looks like it came from his HS yearbook?

Posted by: pep at October 04, 2014 10:25 AM (4nR9/)

48 For this issue, it is necessary for the wording to be precise.


Posted by: pep at October 04, 2014 10:17 AM


Damn tootin'.

Even Boner wants to "solve" the immigration isswue, and if that's what we let him do, we'll get some form of amnesty. Ditto a metric fuckton of "Republicans" in Congress. Others would solve it by not giving amnesty, but tossing a nod and a wink to all the illegals who are streaming in.

Close borders. Expel illegals, from Choom Boy's drunk uncle to the last "dreamer" sucking up resources paid for by -- and intended for -- citizens. Anyone who wants to become a citizens does so the old-fashioned way: becomes proficient in English, makes proper application, obeys all laws.

Anyone who supports that, loudly and without equivocation, has a good chance of getting my vote.

Posted by: MrScribbler at October 04, 2014 10:25 AM (A17aa)

49 I like all 4 of them to various degrees but I don't want any of them as President.

Aside from any evil intent one thing the Obama administration has demonstrated is that basic executive competence matters and it matters a lot. I don't see any of the 4 having the kind of executive experience needed.

I still lean more heavily toward governors.

Posted by: JackStraw at October 04, 2014 10:26 AM (g1DWB)

50 "Okay game over man... Guy impersonating a US Rep. got back stage with the President."


That's nothing.
Some guy impersonating a President has been living in the White House for five years.

And there are rumors that a guy impersonating a woman has been as well.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at October 04, 2014 10:27 AM (G2dqF)

51 Kindltot only Vietnamese I know I learned from a comic book - Dinky dao.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at October 04, 2014 10:28 AM (qtcbX)

52 Anybody got any ideas for SecDef and SecState? Those two departments are badly in need of rebranding.

Posted by: Adam at October 04, 2014 10:29 AM (HstNY)

53
Odd. Noonan has another good piece over at the WSJ.

http://online.wsj.com/articles/the-new-bureaucratic-brazenness-1412288561

ending paragraphs

The only people who seem to tell the truth now are the people inside the agencies who become whistleblowers. They call a news organization, get on the phone with a congressman's staff. That's basically how the Veterans Affairs and Secret Service scandals broke: Desperate people who couldn't take the corruption dropped a dime. What does it say about a great nation when its most reliable truth tellers are desperate people?

Sometimes it looks as if everyone in public life is in showbiz, only showbiz with impermeable employee protections. Lois Lerner of IRS fame planted the question, told the lie, took the Fifth, lost the emails and stonewalled. Her punishment for all this was a $100,00-a-year pension for the rest of her life. Imagine how frightened she was. I wonder what the Secret Service head's pension will be?

A nation can't continue to be vibrant and healthy when the government controls more and more, and yet no one trusts a thing the government says. It's hard to keep going that way.

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at October 04, 2014 10:29 AM (IXrOn)

54 And before anyone says it, yeah those aren't the only two. But they do tend to get more publicity.

Posted by: Adam at October 04, 2014 10:30 AM (HstNY)

55 @34 Y-not
Forget the regulation part. That's statist thinking.
Prosecute the offenders for some type of negligence, give em some jail time and fine em for the costs to the other citizens.
Won't step on others freedoms and will/might cause the next idiot to think twice.
As far as "some restrictions" on personal weapons goes, the 2nd Amend guarantees the right of the people to keep and bear arms. It wasn't put in there for hunting and target shooting. It was for personal protection and securing our freedoms. Chains upon the 800 lb gorilla the founders knew they were creating.

Posted by: teej at October 04, 2014 10:30 AM (lXyih)

56 I'm thinking we could do some in-depth threads on the top candidates and the key issues at some point.

That's not a bad idea. Maybe tackle one or two at a time.

IMO, every problem on your list could be solved by applying the Constitution as it's written and an across-the-board 30% reduction in the size of Fedzilla, preferably immediately. Then, institute a zero-based budget and keep on cutting.

One phrase that I remember well from Perry was that he wanted to make the federal gubmint as insignificant in everyday life as possible. *sigh* I'm old enough to remember when we could buy any light bulb we wanted...

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit at October 04, 2014 10:30 AM (0HooB)

57 >>Anybody got any ideas for SecDef and SecState? Those two departments are badly in need of rebranding.

State? John Bolton.

Posted by: JackStraw at October 04, 2014 10:31 AM (g1DWB)

58 Anybody got any ideas for SecDef and SecState? Those two departments are badly in need of rebranding.
Posted by: Adam at October 04, 2014 10:29 AM (HstNY)


Bolton

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at October 04, 2014 10:31 AM (IXrOn)

59

*jinx Jack

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at October 04, 2014 10:32 AM (IXrOn)

60 I like the fact that some of the priority choices were sound bitey spew spin that the voters have to deal with. There is a whole lotta BS pork in the Ensuring American competitiveness through GUBERMINT...

Posted by: Fewenuff at October 04, 2014 10:32 AM (zPNX5)

61 Jeff Sessions is a major supporter of SLS. That stands for Space Launch System, but is often derisively referred to as the Senate Launch System, because Congress is requiring NASA to build it.

SLS is the mother of all pork-barrel projects. It is all about protecting jobs in key districts and states. It is an enormous rocket larger than the Saturn V, and it is currently projected to fly about once every two years.

It will be so expensive to develop that it will suck all of the money out of NASA's budget, forcing them to cancel practically every other project they're working on.

But wait, there's more! Currently, there is no money budgeted for a payload or a mission. But, by golly, we'll have a Big Fucking Rocket! It will sure look pretty sitting there on the pad gathering dust. Take that, Russkies!

I am not a single issue voter, but I do care very much about spaceflight. This ain't it. I can't in good conscience vote for anybody who supports this ridiculous misbegotten fantasy.

Posted by: rickl at October 04, 2014 10:32 AM (sdi6R)

62 Secure the border. No benefits for illegals. Cut taxes. Don't even think about touching my firearms. Unless you can promise me all that - AND your voting records reflects your commitment - don't bother asking me for a nickel or an endorsement.

Posted by: PabloD at October 04, 2014 10:33 AM (+8/dk)

63 Let's see. Trey Gowdy: Congressman since 2011. Mike Lee: Senator since 2011, Ben Carson: 0.

To paraphrase a certain politician: "It's the friggin' JV."

Posted by: RioBravo at October 04, 2014 10:33 AM (SaMXZ)

64 SecDef?

Cage match between Gates and Panetta.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at October 04, 2014 10:34 AM (qtcbX)

65 "What would it take for you to be convinced that Ben Carson was the right man for the job?"

If "successfully separate conjoined twins joined at the head" could be made metaphor for separating the committee's from the constitutionalists… oh, wait, both twins lived. Never mind.

From what's posted about him above, I wouldn't have him as Surgeon General. Is the big attraction that he's not white? He's doesn't really seem to me to be a principled conservative. I admire his bootstraps background. Glad he was a great surgeon. I did like his stand-up at the prayer breakfast, but let this one-hit wonder go.

Posted by: mindful webworker - picky, picky, picky at October 04, 2014 10:34 AM (l0ZRY)

66 SecDef? Allen West.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit at October 04, 2014 10:35 AM (0HooB)

67 Speaking of quarantine, I see the Dr. Snyderman NBC news crew is "self quarantining" for 21 days. That seems wise.

Posted by: Lincolntf at October 04, 2014 10:35 AM (2cS/G)

68 Cabinet choices as a part of vote for me plank? That would be interesting, open, informative and a full court press. Keeping everyone on point would be fun but if they stayed on topic it would kick the Dahli Lama's ass.

Posted by: Fewenuff at October 04, 2014 10:36 AM (zPNX5)

69 Given that Carson initially attracted attention for heavily criticizing Obamacare, why is he listed as being in favor of expanding it?

That seems off...

Posted by: junior at October 04, 2014 10:36 AM (bMevx)

70 Actually I am about ready to vote for the first Republican who says. "I pledge that I will just fulfill my duties for the office of the President, make informed judgements based on the information given to me instead of last week's polls, support our allies and discourage our enemies, and publicly bury my golf clubs in the D.C. dump."

Posted by: exdem13 at October 04, 2014 10:36 AM (lJaja)

71 >>*jinx Jack

Yea, thats an easy call for me.

Posted by: JackStraw at October 04, 2014 10:37 AM (g1DWB)

72 The Horde could do it.
And it's so out of the box that it could be illuminating.
Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at October 04, 2014 10:10 AM (G2dqF)
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This would be a good thread, methinks.

And yes, Gowdy for AG.

Posted by: All Hail Eris at October 04, 2014 10:37 AM (QBm1P)

73 To paraphrase a certain politician: "It's the friggin' JV."

Posted by: RioBravo at October 04, 2014 10:33 AM


One lesson we can and should take away from having Choom Boy in power is this: Putting someone with NO real-world experience in management, decision-making or choosing subordinates should never be considered.

Yeah, patriotism, honor, decency and a willingness to abide by the laws counts, too.

And we should learn that choosing a candidate for reasons of Good Optics is a sure path to disaster as well.

Posted by: MrScribbler at October 04, 2014 10:38 AM (A17aa)

74 I'm putting up the Gardening thread and will try to get WeirdDave's OT thread up before I leave for the day... if I can squeeze it in btwn other posts like Dave in Texas' football post.

Posted by: Y-not calls everyone a RINO! at October 04, 2014 10:40 AM (zDsvJ)

75 Palin for Dept of Energy.

Posted by: All Hail Eris at October 04, 2014 10:41 AM (QBm1P)

76 I am not a single issue voter, but I do care very much about spaceflight. This ain't it. I can't in good conscience vote for anybody who supports this ridiculous misbegotten fantasy.

Having grown up in the shadow of the space program and worked at MSFC, I care a lot about it too.

IIRC, there was a dust-up several decades ago about standard flights to deliver payloads into orbit: some company wanted a new engine and someone else wanted what they called a "big, dumb" engine that favored reliability above everything else. I'd like to see that approach, since I believe the costs would be reduced and the safety factor would be better.

We could use it immediately to regain our own access to our own space station.

President Boy would make NASA the world's premier flight lab, attracting the very best and brightest young engineers who would then have the freedom to start their own companies. This would also have military and security implications as well, because China is becoming increasingly arrogant about controlling low Earth orbit.

Oh, and no more muzzie outreach. They already have flying carpets.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit at October 04, 2014 10:42 AM (0HooB)

77 I don't much care for Carson as a candidate, although I respect him as a man. Although I like Lee, he's doesn't inspire passion. Gowdy most certainly inspires passion, but is desperately needed elsewhere. I came to adore Sessions during the shutdown. He was consistently, doggedly fighting the fight and taking it to the Dems but, if Wiki is to be believed, might have some good old boys issues in his closet.

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at October 04, 2014 10:42 AM (DmNpO)

78

one month away

~ 4 weeks

I wish I could sleep with happy dreams until then.

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at October 04, 2014 10:42 AM (IXrOn)

79 #WASTF

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit at October 04, 2014 10:20 AM (0HooB)

What does that mean BB? I see you post it a lot but missed its introduction.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at October 04, 2014 10:43 AM (GDulk)

80 65
From what's posted about him above, I wouldn't have him as Surgeon General. Is the big attraction that he's not white? He's doesn't really seem to me to be a principled conservative. I admire his bootstraps background. Glad he was a great surgeon. I did like his stand-up at the prayer breakfast, but let this one-hit wonder go.

Posted by: mindful webworker - picky, picky, picky at October 04, 2014 10:34 AM (l0ZRY)



Ding Ding Ding. We have a winner.

It appears that conservatives are also inclined to fall for a Cult of Personality.

Posted by: rickl at October 04, 2014 10:43 AM (sdi6R)

81 Gowdy - DoJ

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at October 04, 2014 10:45 AM (l1zOH)

82 What does that mean BB? I see you post it a lot but missed its introduction.

I wake up on the wrong side of the floor an awful lot lately. I was fussing the other morning and ended my first comment with, "We are so terribly fucked."

It was Viv Savage who turned it into a hashtag, IIRC.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit at October 04, 2014 10:48 AM (0HooB)

83 ...because Congress is requiring NASA to build it.
Posted by: rickl at October 04, 2014 10:32 AM (sdi6R)
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The nerve of some people. Who the hell do they think they are?

Posted by: RioBravo at October 04, 2014 10:49 AM (SaMXZ)

84 Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit at October 04, 2014 10:48 AM (0HooB)

Ah! Thanks for the explanation. Wish I thought you were wrong.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at October 04, 2014 10:50 AM (GDulk)

85 The Gardening Thread is up, can elbows be far away?

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit at October 04, 2014 10:50 AM (0HooB)

86 Damn Gardening Threads always make my allergies act up.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at October 04, 2014 10:52 AM (G2dqF)

87 If you love you some Bolton, do some digging on the CFR and what that group is really all about.
Goldwater mentioned it.
And yes, Bolton is a member. Had to share their views to serve under "Mr New World Order" George HW.

UNless you love you some global statism then, never mind.

Posted by: teej at October 04, 2014 10:54 AM (lXyih)

88 Gardening thread about bulbs. Ill do a haiku. Don't miss it u guys.

Posted by: Viv Savage at October 04, 2014 10:54 AM (QdqbP)

89 How the media will spin these four:

Trey Gowdy: Too young, also Southern, therefore by definition a racist. Probably will get the Dan Quayle treatment.

Ben Carson: Too inexperienced. Needs several decades of service in the Senate before he could run. (Mostly they'll just try to ignore his existence, I suspect.)

Jeff Sessions: Too old, also Southern, therefore by definition a racist. Probably will get the Jesse Helms treatment.

Mike Lee: Too young, also from Utah, therefore by definition a racist polygamist. Will be held personally responsible for everything done by any Mormon anywhere, ever, except the good things.

Posted by: Trimegistus at October 04, 2014 10:55 AM (ZzQga)

90 I didn't see term limits for congress or banning federal labor unions on the list of issues. I think either, or both would go a long way towards mitigating some of the stupidity that is endemic to the gummint.

Posted by: CrotchetyOldJarhead at October 04, 2014 10:56 AM (nrtdC)

91 And I gotta git.
You can tell how looney I, and Goldwater, are later.

Love each other fellow babies

Posted by: teej at October 04, 2014 10:57 AM (lXyih)

92 g'mornin' again, 'rons

Posted by: AltonJackson at October 04, 2014 11:00 AM (0eUIs)

93 bossy barbara> And why isn't he taking over the Ebola crisis in HIS state!

Between wondering about that myself!

Posted by: mindful webworker - where's Perry at October 04, 2014 11:00 AM (l0ZRY)

94 Considering voting was open to any degenerate that wandered past, the results of the poll are bull squeeze.

Posted by: Thin veneer of civility at October 04, 2014 11:00 AM (XzRw1)

95 East bound and down.
See you at the beach tonight..., Lord willing.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at October 04, 2014 11:01 AM (l1zOH)

96 East bound and down.
See you at the beach tonight..., Lord willing.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at October 04, 2014 11:01 AM (l1zOH)

97 bossy barbara> And why isn't he taking over the Ebola crisis in HIS state!

Between wondering about that myself!

Posted by: mindful webworker - where's Perry at October 04, 2014 11:00 AM (l0ZRY)

suspect that it's the reverse of Bush and Katrina where the LA governor refused to sign the papers asking for federal assistance. This time the situation is considered a federal matter automatically (CDC involved) and the feds won't allow locals to do anything.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at October 04, 2014 11:05 AM (GDulk)

98 Gardening thread deserted. I may have misunderstood but thought I heard crocuses spread Ebola.

Posted by: Viv Savage at October 04, 2014 11:09 AM (QdqbP)

99 76
President Boy would make NASA the world's premier flight lab, attracting the very best and brightest young engineers who would then have the freedom to start their own companies. This would also have military and security implications as well, because China is becoming increasingly arrogant about controlling low Earth orbit.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit at October 04, 2014 10:42 AM (0HooB)



As I'm sure you're aware, NASA was formed from a prior agency called NACA, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics.

NACA was created in 1915, when it was noticed that while the airplane was invented in the United States, only a scant decade later the Europeans had taken the lead in aviation technology.

NACA was a small, unobtrusive federal agency. As its name indicated, its mission was to do research and development, and make their data available to the private aviation industry to help them develop better airplanes. NACA did not build its own airplanes or operate its own airline.

There are some people who believe that NASA should return to its roots, and concentrate on cutting edge R&D to help private industry develop better rockets and spacecraft.

This is already happening, in a way. SpaceX designs and builds their own rockets, engines, and spacecraft, but they freely admit that they rely on data and lessons learned from NASA's prior experience. Sierra Nevada Corporation's Dream Chaser shuttle is heavily based on a NASA lifting body test vehicle from the 1960s.

Posted by: rickl at October 04, 2014 11:10 AM (sdi6R)

100 rickl> Currently, there is no money budgeted for a payload or a mission. But, by golly, we'll have a Big Fucking Rocket! It will sure look pretty sitting there on the pad gathering dust. Take that, Russkies!

Mission drift! What has this got to do with Mohammedan outreach? Well, maybe the rocket can be converted into a mosque tower emanating the pResident's sweetest sound.

Posted by: mindful webworker - to Jupiter, and beyond! at October 04, 2014 11:10 AM (l0ZRY)

101 I want Trey Gowdy as our next Attorney General & I want him to prosecute the living shit out of the Obola administration.

Obama
Holder
Koskinen
Lerner
Sebelius
& the rest of the un-indicted co-conspirators

Fast & Furious
IRS targeting
Quantitative Easing
Obamacare

I'm sure I've missed at least two dozen other people & scandals that need investigation

Posted by: AltonJackson at October 04, 2014 11:12 AM (0eUIs)

102 BENGHAZI

Posted by: phoenixgirl @phxazgrl, I Heart the SF Giants at October 04, 2014 11:13 AM (u8GsB)

103 Huh. My senator is more centrist than I thought. Gun stance is odd...

Posted by: Brother Cavil, Corrective Phrenologist at October 04, 2014 11:13 AM (rt3TY)

104 Take the "positions" things with a grain of salt. If you follow the links, you can usually find what votes and/or statements the congresscritters made that led to the "score." I also put in a link to their 113th Congress votes just for side-by-side comparison.

Posted by: Y-not calls everyone a RINO! at October 04, 2014 11:15 AM (zDsvJ)

105 yes, phoenixgirl

Exactly. Benghazi.

need moar kauphy

Posted by: AltonJackson at October 04, 2014 11:15 AM (0eUIs)

106 Yea, I don't think conservatives are going to ever roll the dice again with a Mormon candidate as President. Mike Lee is out forever.

Ben Carson is a joke, why on Earth are conservatives even giving him the time of day? Because he's a black doctor?

I admire Senator Jeff Sessions for his work against Amnesty, but honestly none of these guys would have a prayer in a General Election.

Posted by: Uniden at October 04, 2014 11:17 AM (13G+x)

107 way back @65: separating the committee's communists from the constitutionalists

Sheesh.

Posted by: mindful webworker - Curse you, Autoincorrect! at October 04, 2014 11:18 AM (l0ZRY)

108 I dream of the day when Hillary! gets frog-marched out of Chappaqua in an orange pants-suit for her failings / neglect over Benghazi

Posted by: AltonJackson at October 04, 2014 11:19 AM (0eUIs)

109 Well, one thing about Gowdy. If he's elected, it would lay to rest forever the old JFK saw that we elect Presidents by their hairstyle.

Posted by: Stringer Davis at October 04, 2014 11:21 AM (xq1UY)

110 "I dream of the day when Hillary! gets frog-marched out of Chappaqua in
an orange pants-suit for her failings / neglect over Benghazi"


Yes,that's the optics we need.
A Grandmother in her bathrobe getting frogmarched out on her Hoveround by evil Rethuglicans.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at October 04, 2014 11:22 AM (G2dqF)

111 I'm super shocked the Ebola administration hasn't tried to leverage the coming plague into a funding issue. (Yet.) they could totes capitalize on this and create a big fat D slush fund.

Posted by: Brave Sir Robin at October 04, 2014 11:23 AM (5buP8)

112 >>UNless you love you some global statism then, never mind.

Condi Rice, Dick Cheney, Howard Baker (Reagan's Chief of Staff), Newt Gingrich (whom DrewM assures me is totes conservative), Henry Kissinger and many, many others.

If you think Bolton is an international statist I don't think you have done quite enough digging yourself. I think you'd be hard pressed to find a more knowledgable guy on foreign affairs or a more strident voice for American exceptionalism and her place as the leader of the free world than John Bolton.

BTW, Bolton also worked on the Goldwater campaign.

Posted by: JackStraw at October 04, 2014 11:25 AM (g1DWB)

113 A Grandmother in her bathrobe getting frogmarched out on her Hoveround by evil Rethuglicans.
Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at October 04, 2014 11:22 AM


Attorney General Gowdy will be tough, but merciful. He'd let her use her walker.

Posted by: AltonJackson at October 04, 2014 11:25 AM (0eUIs)

114 & for me, there's not anyway Dr.Carson can walk back his anti 2A position.

Ever.

Posted by: AltonJackson at October 04, 2014 11:28 AM (0eUIs)

115 funny how some threads end

Posted by: mindful webworker at October 04, 2014 11:36 AM (l0ZRY)

116 & for me, there's not anyway Dr.Carson can walk back his anti 2A position.

Ever.

***

How about his statement that there might not be an election in 2016 due to anarchy?

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at October 04, 2014 11:36 AM (DmNpO)

117 funny how some threads end

it is odd, MW

Posted by: AltonJackson at October 04, 2014 11:37 AM (0eUIs)

118 To play with the VIA, I want Allen West as Sec Def.; Thomas Sowell as Commerce Sec.; John Bolton Sec of State; Trey Gowdy, Atty Gen; HHS: closed; HUD: closed; DOT: merged with Commerce; merge Ag and Interior and put Bryce Martin in charge of it (he's a local farmer/oil company owner who's a hard working, smart SoB)

And just to start things off on the right track, I'd rename Defense and start calling it War Department and Allen West my Secretary of War. I figure that would kill off about half of the people who still support Obola, which would help in myriad ways.

Posted by: Miss Scarlett at October 04, 2014 11:38 AM (4MZD9)

119 82 What does that mean BB? I see you post it a lot but missed its introduction.

I wake up on the wrong side of the floor an awful lot lately. I was fussing the other morning and ended my first comment with, "We are so terribly fucked."

It was Viv Savage who turned it into a hashtag, IIRC.

Sorry, but this Viv Savage is an imposter. Everybody knows that Viv was killed by a natural gas explosion while visiting the Hampstead grave of drummer Mick Shrimpton.

Posted by: Ian Faith at October 04, 2014 11:40 AM (5Wjwt)

120 How about his statement that there might not be an election in 2016 due to anarchy?

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at October 04, 2014 11:36 AM


I've long thought that the 2016 may not happen, due to federal martial law. After the mid-terms, I can imagine a "Reichstag" incident & the shit hitting the fan.

Posted by: AltonJackson at October 04, 2014 11:44 AM (0eUIs)

121 97
bossy barbara> And why isn't he taking over the Ebola crisis in HIS state!


Between wondering about that myself!


Posted by: mindful webworker - where's Perry at October 04, 2014 11:00 AM (l0ZRY)


suspect that it's the reverse of Bush and Katrina where the LA
governor refused to sign the papers asking for federal assistance. This
time the situation is considered a federal matter automatically (CDC
involved) and the feds won't allow locals to do anything.

If you want to be president-show leadership. Get on the TV and tell everyone the CDC is a F*** up and if no one is going to protect Texans-He will!
Show leadership!!!

Posted by: bossy barbara at October 04, 2014 11:45 AM (79RKq)

122 Posted by: bossy barbara at October 04, 2014 11:45 AM (79RKq)

Fair enough.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at October 04, 2014 11:47 AM (GDulk)

123 I've long thought that the 2016 may not happen, due to federal martial law. After the mid-terms, I can imagine a "Reichstag" incident & the shit hitting the fan.

****

Seriously?

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at October 04, 2014 11:47 AM (DmNpO)

124 I do like the idea of speculating about Cabinet appointees. I think presidential candidates should make public their first choices before the election. That way, we would have a better idea of where they are coming from ideologically.

Posted by: rickl at October 04, 2014 11:47 AM (sdi6R)

125 Seriously?
Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at October 04, 2014 11:47 AM


Seriously. I would not put the possibility past this administration.

Posted by: AltonJackson at October 04, 2014 11:49 AM (0eUIs)

126 NACA did not build its own airplanes or operate its own airline.
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Indeed. However, both the Army Air Corps and the Navy operated their own airlines. Both roles were later assigned to the Air Force which still operates its own airline. The Navy designed and built planes for many years. Comparable functions related to exoatmospheric flight were assigned to NASA at its creation.

NASA is tasked by law with "The development and operation of vehicles capable of carrying instruments, equipment, supplies, and living organisms through space."

It's that damned Congress again.

Posted by: RioBravo at October 04, 2014 11:50 AM (SaMXZ)

127 I do like the idea of speculating about Cabinet appointees. I think presidential candidates should make public their first choices before the election. That way, we would have a better idea of where they are coming from ideologically.

Yup. That's why I thought that link was intriguing.

I sure hope someone from the Cruz Camp wades in here occasionally. They'd have to be hosed off with Lysol afterwards, but I hear that's becoming a thing these days.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit at October 04, 2014 11:51 AM (0HooB)

128 126
Indeed. However, both the Army Air Corps and the Navy operated their own airlines. Both roles were later assigned to the Air Force which still operates its own airline. The Navy designed and built planes for many years. Comparable functions related to exoatmospheric flight were assigned to NASA at its creation.

Posted by: RioBravo at October 04, 2014 11:50 AM (SaMXZ)



I didn't say so, but of course I favor the military operating their own space program to suit their needs. They don't necessarily need to design and build their own vehicles, for the most part. They could buy off-the-shelf rockets and spacecraft built by private industry, except in certain situations where what they need is not available.

Posted by: rickl at October 04, 2014 11:57 AM (sdi6R)

129 127 Ted Cruz is in my top 3 picks.

Posted by: @Votermom at October 04, 2014 11:59 AM (cbfNE)

130 i'm totes for cruz perry is still #1

Posted by: phoenixgirl @phxazgrl, I Heart the SF Giants at October 04, 2014 12:02 PM (u8GsB)

131
Trey Gowdy, Attorney General.

Posted by: YIKES! at October 04, 2014 12:02 PM (mETGQ)

132 The world's first moon rocket was launched by the U.S. Air Force on August 17, 1958. It failed, unfortunately, as many rockets did at the time. Subsequent attempts were carried out under the auspices of NASA when that agency came online shortly thereafter.

Posted by: rickl at October 04, 2014 12:02 PM (sdi6R)

133 John Bolton, Secretary of State

Posted by: AltonJackson at October 04, 2014 12:06 PM (0eUIs)

134 Herman Cain, Postmaster General

Posted by: AltonJackson at October 04, 2014 12:06 PM (0eUIs)

135 Ben Carson, Surgeon General

Posted by: AltonJackson at October 04, 2014 12:07 PM (0eUIs)

136 133 John Bolton, Secretary of State
Posted by: AltonJackson at October 04, 2014 12:06 PM (0eUIs)


Yeah, that's a no-brainer. It would be refreshing to have a Secretary of State who puts American interests first.

Posted by: rickl at October 04, 2014 12:08 PM (sdi6R)

137 Herman Cain, Postmaster General
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Priority Mail flat rate = $9.00

Posted by: RioBravo at October 04, 2014 12:09 PM (SaMXZ)

138 135 Ben Carson, Surgeon General
Posted by: AltonJackson at October 04, 2014 12:07 PM (0eUIs)


Somebody earlier suggested him for director of the VA. I don't know what his administrative experience is, though.

Surgeon General sounds like a mostly ceremonial position to me. I'm not sure what the point of a Surgeon General is.

Posted by: rickl at October 04, 2014 12:10 PM (sdi6R)

139 Sessions is listed as opposing gun rights. Is that correct? Seems odd.

Posted by: Jinx the Cat at October 04, 2014 12:11 PM (lVAtV)

140 Priority Mail flat rate = $9.00
Posted by: RioBravo at October 04, 2014 12:09 PM


Within six months, the USPS would be back to delivering twice a day, six days a week

Also, the "9" reference was well played. Golf Clap.

Posted by: AltonJackson at October 04, 2014 12:11 PM (0eUIs)

141 I remember my military school in Mobile gathering everyone in the gym in front of a console TV to watch the first manned flight.

The state of Alabama was rightly proud to have a role in the burgeoning space program. It was a great uniting factor and an exciting time to be a kid.

I still want to be an astronaut. At my advanced age, I'd almost consider a one-way trip to Mars. I'd want to have communications, naturally, because it would be a great story. A live video feed would be way kewl, and if technology were able, a live virtual reality feed. Imagine a rover with stereo cameras running around with a fully immersive view of the surroundings.

Some enterprising group of individuals could make some money doing something like that.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit at October 04, 2014 12:12 PM (0HooB)

142 BackwardsBoy, I think most of Teh Horde would make the Mars trip.

I know I would.

Posted by: AltonJackson at October 04, 2014 12:14 PM (0eUIs)

143 "Somebody earlier suggested him for director of the VA. I don't know what his administrative experience is, though."

That was me.
I think the VA would be perfect for him

Surgeon General develops training plans for school children having safe sex.
Think Condoms and cucumbers in fourth grade.


Department of Education?

Abolish and return it to the state level

Create the Department of Firearm Ownership and require Gun Clubs in all High Schools.
*Too much?*

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at October 04, 2014 12:15 PM (G2dqF)

144 The DoE is right out. It's time to end Jimmah Carter's bastard child.

Posted by: AltonJackson at October 04, 2014 12:16 PM (0eUIs)

145 The DoE is right out. It's time to end Jimmah Carter's bastard child.

***

Or put Jindal in there.

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at October 04, 2014 12:17 PM (DmNpO)

146 Posted by: AltonJackson at October 04, 2014 12:14 PM (0eUIs)

I would, only problem is that if no fiber animals also make the trip a lot of my skills are useless. Then again, angora rabbits wouldn't take up much space and could be used for meat. Long haired dogs would be another possibility (assuming there's a use for dogs as more than companions in a place with no free roaming animals.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at October 04, 2014 12:18 PM (GDulk)

147 "I would, only problem is that if no fiber animals also make the trip a lot of my skills are useless."

Never overlook Belly Button Lint.
Great source of clothing fibers.

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Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at October 04, 2014 12:21 PM (G2dqF)

148 Though,she may not be cool on the BB lint thing.

Gnurr FTW!

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit at October 04, 2014 12:22 PM (0HooB)

149 & the only kind of legislation I want to see out of the next congress would be along the lines of "The Second Amendment Enforcement Act of 2015" (requiring everyone to be armed); "The ACA Repeal Act of 2015"; "The Pointy Elbows Display Act of 2015"; & the abolishment of the IRS

Posted by: AltonJackson at October 04, 2014 12:23 PM (0eUIs)

150 And speaking of gnurr, where's Dave in Texas.

What do we want?

Elbows!

When do we want them?

Now!

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit at October 04, 2014 12:24 PM (0HooB)

151 oh, Polliwog, we'd absolutely have to take dogs with us

Posted by: AltonJackson at October 04, 2014 12:25 PM (0eUIs)

152 What do we want?

Elbows!

When do we want them?

Now!

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Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at October 04, 2014 12:25 PM (DmNpO)

153 Um.

http://dailym.ai/1vFiu94

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at October 04, 2014 12:26 PM (DmNpO)

154 Surgeon General develops training plans for school children having safe sex.
Think Condoms and cucumbers in fourth grade.
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That about sums it up. Supposed to head up the Public Health Service, originally the Marine Health Service (hence the naval uniforms) founded in 1798.

Among the early assigned tasks:

"Control of infectious disease" and "responsibility for the medical inspection of arriving immigrants to prevent disease from entering the country." [quotes from wikiP]

Huh.

Posted by: RioBravo at October 04, 2014 12:27 PM (SaMXZ)

155 "oh, Polliwog, we'd absolutely have to take dogs with us"

Yes, we must.

Posted by: B" I Like Mine Rare" Obama at October 04, 2014 12:27 PM (G2dqF)

156 141
I still want to be an astronaut. At my advanced age, I'd almost consider a one-way trip to Mars.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit at October 04, 2014 12:12 PM (0HooB)



Same here. Although they probably wouldn't let me smoke aboard the spacecraft, and going outside to have a smoke would be problematic.

I'd want to have communications, naturally, because it would be a great story. A live video feed would be way kewl, and if technology were able, a live virtual reality feed. Imagine a rover with stereo cameras running around with a fully immersive view of the surroundings.



The LADEE moon orbiter carried an experimental laser communications device. It was successful, and future versions will be capable of transmitting vastly more data than conventional radio transmitters. Imagine a JupiterCam showing live HD video of Jupiter from an orbiting spacecraft that you can watch in real time on your computer.

LADEE was launched from Wallops Island, and I was able to watch the ascent from my front yard. That was pretty damn thrilling. We don't get to see many space launches with our own eyes here in Pennsylvania.

Posted by: rickl at October 04, 2014 12:27 PM (sdi6R)

157 Is that a "selfie", NDH?

Posted by: AltonJackson at October 04, 2014 12:28 PM (0eUIs)

158 "Um.



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No elbows.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at October 04, 2014 12:29 PM (G2dqF)

159 Is that a "selfie", NDH?

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Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at October 04, 2014 12:29 PM (DmNpO)

160 WTH happened to that link?

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Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at October 04, 2014 12:31 PM (DmNpO)

161 Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at October 04, 2014 12:21 PM (G2dqF)

Yeah, same skill set just not as good as Gingy (no published patterns).

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at October 04, 2014 12:31 PM (GDulk)

162 Posted by: AltonJackson at October 04, 2014 12:25 PM (0eUIs)

But is there any need for them to be long-haired in a climate controlled environment? I need critters with long, soft hair to spin (trust me, you wouldn't like the results from short or coarse varieties).

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at October 04, 2014 12:33 PM (GDulk)

163 Bless you, NDH.

Nothing like some local color. They're my home team down here, right after my Beloved Crimson Tide.

And they won against Houston the other night.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit at October 04, 2014 12:34 PM (0HooB)

164 "Yeah, same skill set just not as good as Gingy (no published patterns)."

We take BOTH of you.

Win,win.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at October 04, 2014 12:36 PM (G2dqF)

165 Imagine a JupiterCam showing live HD video of Jupiter from an orbiting spacecraft that you can watch in real time on your computer.


That would be way kewl, but I was thinking more along the lines of a virtual reality headset, where everywhere you turned your head, you'd see something.

And walking out the front door of Casa Backwardio and watching a launch, Guinness in hand, is one of the great pleasures of living down here.

President Boy would also develop the next generation of Shuttle, along with the commercial development of LEO.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit at October 04, 2014 12:39 PM (0HooB)

166 No football thread?

Posted by: Buzzion at October 04, 2014 12:46 PM (zt+N6)

167
I would be willing to leave retirement and return to Washington for the position of Sturgeon General because my time is spent mostly gardening and listening to my favorite rock star, Eric Clapner.

Posted by: Joycelyn Elders, MD at October 04, 2014 12:46 PM (3/wAJ)

168 Katy Perry on College Gameday was an impressive bit of pop culture.

Posted by: Costanza Defense at October 04, 2014 12:47 PM (ZPrif)

169 Don't know if you're still around JackStraw but I appreciate the reply.
You'll have to do a lot better than that list of names. All globalists. Hell, papa HW was Reagan's VP.
And Kissinger? Are you freaking me? Have you seen his statement, it's out there on video, on what an opportunity obozo provides to help bring in their global order?

And I'm not sure, but I doubt if Bolton was CFR yet when he worked on Goldwater's campaign.
You can't just pay attention to the rhetoric. It's Kabuki theater.
Bolton's words mean nothing. Unless you can show me where he spoke out against papa's new world order.
And yes, that nwo is a global govt run by our betters.

Posted by: teej at October 04, 2014 12:57 PM (lXyih)

170 No football thread?

Looks, or rather, doesn't looks that way.

Maybe the penguins got him.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit at October 04, 2014 01:05 PM (0HooB)

171 Football thread up.

Posted by: Vendette at October 04, 2014 01:05 PM (D78Ry)

172 I can see I'm outvoted on Bolton after trying to catch up on the comments so I'll leave it alone.

And yes,,, bring on the elbows thread!!

Posted by: teej at October 04, 2014 01:06 PM (lXyih)

173 I don't agree with Carson on everything, but I think it'd be just swell for the country to have a black president who's not an idiot.

Posted by: Doug at October 04, 2014 01:14 PM (7jIUB)

174 Great post, Y-not! Really helpful and informative (yes, I read the whole thing). Thank you!

Posted by: Peaches at October 04, 2014 01:18 PM (ncAtG)

175
With regard to the candidates, it's important to remember that we're electing a chief executive, so it's necessary that a candidate have executive experience. So while I'd practically any Republican over practically any Democrat, I'd also take any Republican governor, even a moderate like Martinez, over any senator, even one who talks as good a game as Cruz does.

As for Carson, I admire the man tremendously, but if he's serious about being president, let him get some executive QT as a mayor or governor, then I'll consider him.

As for issues, there's only two:

1. At home, restoring limited, constitutional government.

2. Abroad, restoring the power and prestige of the United States.

Underpinning both: fighting the totalitarian ambitions of the Left.

People may differ on this or that specific issue (such as how best to dismantle Obamacare), but I hope we agree on these principles.

Posted by: Brown Line at October 04, 2014 01:20 PM (a5bF3)

176 Posted by: Peaches at October 04, 2014 01:18 PM

Ditto

Posted by: SpongeBobSaget at October 04, 2014 01:41 PM (jtgkZ)

177 On Carson, there's the obvious problems that he has little or no experience as either an executive or with government, but here's where he REALLY lost me.


FoxNews interviewed both him and Jesse Jackson simultaneously regarding the Ferguson riots, just after Jackson had declared it a "state execution". Instead of calling Jackson out for being an irresponsible hate-monger, and generally despicable person, he politely disagreed with him on Ferguson and then THANKED him for his work during the Civil Rights era.


Further, he told how he knew first hand about the anger of young black men, and had something of a close call as far as trying to kill somebody, himself. He described how it was only the urging of his mother to make something of himself that turned him around. So he could have said: "Listen to my mother - pick up a book and LEARN something useful. I did it and you can too. You're ruining your lives, and you don't have to." Instead, he was saying "I hear you, I've been there, and I understand."


So he has turned out to be the quintessential "could-have-stepped-up-as-a-role-model-and-father-figure" guy that young black men apparently REALLY need, and he COMPLETELY dropped the ball. I sounded like maybe he didn't have a father in his life, and so maybe that's why he doesn't know how it works.

Posted by: Optimizer at October 04, 2014 01:44 PM (/q6+P)

178 Carson says i have no need for semi-automatic firearms...

i've had enough Presentdent's already who can't read & understand basic english, and i'm not voting for another one, unless he publicly abjures Secret Service, or any other, armed protection for himself & his family.

live by your own beliefs or fuck right the hell off, asshole.

Posted by: redc1c4 at October 04, 2014 01:46 PM (q+fqH)

179 >>And I'm not sure, but I doubt if Bolton was CFR yet when he worked on Goldwater's campaign.
You can't just pay attention to the rhetoric. It's Kabuki theater.
Bolton's words mean nothing. Unless you can show me where he spoke out against papa's new world order.
And yes, that nwo is a global govt run by our betters.

You don't have to look far to see what Bolton thinks of the "New World Order". In fact, the main reason Bush had so much trouble getting him confirmed for the UN ambassador is because he would constantly say that the UN is useless and that it should be abolished and reconstituted with exactly one member on the Security Council, the United States. If anything, Bolton is way to far to the right for even many Republicans, some of whom also fought Bolton's appointment.

Almost every single diplomat who has worked for the US in recent years has been a member of the CFR at one time or another. Its more a right of passage than anything else. Bolton is not a member of the CFR now. But you know who is? Caspar Weinberger, Ronald Reagan's Sec of Defense for 7 years when a certain wall came tumbling down.

Look at their record and what they have said and done, I absolutely agree with you. I've been a Bolton fan for a long time. Sorry, I'm not seeing any evidence, as in zero, that Bolton is part of some world wide conspiracy to diminish the US.

Posted by: JackStraw at October 04, 2014 02:15 PM (g1DWB)

180 How can 15% be for reining in Federal spending and only 5% for entitlement reform?

Posted by: lowandslow at October 04, 2014 02:35 PM (BXkFh)

181 Not one of them passes the Buckley test i.e. they are all unelectable.

Posted by: whatmeworry? at October 04, 2014 02:50 PM (dZGNV)

182 126 NACA did not build its own airplanes or operate its own airline.
-----
Indeed. However, both the Army Air Corps and the Navy operated their own airlines. Both roles were later assigned to the Air Force which still operates its own airline. The Navy designed and built planes for many years. Comparable functions related to exoatmospheric flight were assigned to NASA at its creation.

NASA is tasked by law with "The development and operation of vehicles capable of carrying instruments, equipment, supplies, and living organisms through space."

It's that damned Congress again.
Posted by: RioBravo at October 04, 2014 11:50 AM (SaMXZ)

Ummm the Navy did what?

Posted by: whatmeworry? at October 04, 2014 02:58 PM (dZGNV)

183 What would it take to convince me Ben Carson is a viable candidate? Getting elected to something other than being Dr. Carson would be a start.

Posted by: Mallamutt, RINO President of the Sheena Easton Fan Club at October 04, 2014 03:07 PM (OWjjx)

184 On public disclosure of cabinet appointees, I'm for putting candidates to that question early, and defining them as much as possible before they get my vote.

Practically speaking, it's hard to name them early on since it's unclear who would accept the offer, what their prior commitments will be by that time, etc... The question would probably be better framed as "what prior Secs of State would reflect your views" or "whose thinking on foreign policy reflects your views" then the candidate could say Bolton, or whoever else.

I understand there's some value in "going vague" as Ace has argued here before. Specific policies make you more vulnerable to attack, but who you pick for important cabinet spots or who reflects your views still leaves you some wiggle room but lets me know your priorities and general thinking..

This is related to Carson's problem on gun control as well. Candidates who genuinely don't have positions on any of the issues in that poll aren't ready, IMO, by definition. I'd wager that almost every commenter here has a fairly well thought-out position on each of those issues and none of us are running for President. Having a well-defined position that you can support at some length is a minimum entry qualification for a candidate.Rather than being vague on an issue, I'd rather see candidates express their preferences by priority. I do this in arguing politics all the time. As an example, legalizing drugs. I support it, but it's not high-priority for me. I'd take a candidate who was strong on fi-con issues and national defense that opposed legalization. I'd take someone who'd

It really comes down to the candidate having a well-defined ideological framework and if they haven't developed that yet, they aren't ready. If they've done that homework, they won't be left stammering and sputtering when the tough questions are posed.

Posted by: SocietyIs2Blame at October 04, 2014 03:11 PM (QKIQb)

185 "Ummm the Navy did what?"

They built planes. The N3N.

Posted by: lowandslow at October 04, 2014 03:40 PM (BXkFh)

186 >>How can 15% be for reining in Federal spending and only 5% for entitlement reform?

I see the latter as a subset of the former.

Posted by: Miss Scarlett at October 04, 2014 03:58 PM (4MZD9)

187 Carson favors expanding Obamacare? Why then did he compare it to slavery and 9/11? I'll assume it's a typo unless you can come up with a source.

Posted by: LittletonDoug at October 04, 2014 04:57 PM (jZY6k)

188 The On the Issues link for Carson quotes him from 2012 suggesting that the government take over responsibility for catastrophic care coverage b/c he says the insurance companies can't afford it.
http://www.ontheissues.org/2016/Ben_Carson_Health_Care.htm

Posted by: Y-not calls everyone a RINO! at October 04, 2014 08:57 PM (zDsvJ)

189 Thanks to everyone for participating. I was out most of the day, but it looks like there aren't any dead bodies lying around, so I gather you behaved yourselves!

See you next week.

Posted by: Y-not calls everyone a RINO! at October 04, 2014 08:57 PM (zDsvJ)

190 How depressing to see the level of blind, naive stupidity that still reigns in the United States.

You STILL think that mainstream conservatives will do ANYTHING to shift the Overton Window back even an inch?

REALLY?

Here's a tip. They won't. All Republicans in the USA, or the "Conservatives" in the UK, or their opposite numbers in Australia and Canada do is act as a fake opposition. Don't believe me? Look at a little history. Show me where they have managed, ONCE to turn the tide on the liberals/cultural Marxists.

Here's another hint: They haven't. NOT ONCE.

Their role is simple; to keep you, the great unwashed red-staters who won't just get on board with the progress train from doing what you should have done decades ago: mount an armed insurrection.

You don't have a two party system. You have one party, with two wings, designed to keep all the ideologically-interested people OCCUPIED. Keep you THINKING you're represented.

As for the Gowdys and the Carsons, come on, are you really that fucking gullible? Everyone knows that in politics, you play your part in the way the party wants you to, or you go nowhere. Gowdy and Carson are playing PARTS. Their job (like that of all the "Tea-Party" Republicans) is to keep you, those people starting to wake up and notice that 'hey... these fuckers really are USELESS' from totally abandoning the party.

They aren't mavericks. They aren't "going rogue". They're actors, reading lines which have been prepared for them in Boehner's office. if you think any differently, you're a fool.

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