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Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Books elect presidents not a slick pamphlet laid out like a magazine.  The Obama campaign’s release of this last minute brochure makes him look a candidate running for almost any office on a shoe string budget.

Obama’s brochure has 20 pages covering manufacturing, energy, small business, education, the tax code, improving health care and retirement securing.  These appear to be a rehash of his ideas of the last four years – sort like his speeches.

When Bill Clinton ran for President in 1992 he published 231 page book “Putting People First”.  When the Republicans won the House of Representatives in 1994 they published a 197 page book entitled “Contract with America”.

Candidate Clinton’s book covered 32 topics from Agriculture to women.  He had a serious vision for America.  Contract with America was the result of serious work and was signed by the 367 Republican candidates.

According to POLITICO Obama’s Chicago-based brain trust had intended to highlight four years of “solid, steady progress” in the final days of the race.  On Tuesday a bullet-point plan was released for a second term – which his team long resisted despite appeals from likes of Bill Clinton, Nancy Pelosi and James Carville.

Well I doubt the Obama magazine will become internationally recognized as Newsweek which will cease publishing print edition after nearly 80 years.


A glossy pamphlet isn’t a plan

By Senator Orrin Hatch

A Second First Term

The Wall Street Journal



Today’s Politics

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

It’s a cloudy morning in Elkins so I took a glance at various political newsletters and clipped some of the most interesting.  My thanks to POLITICO, Daily Callers, Fox News, Huff Post & NY Times.


BIDEN in Danville, Va.: “Look at what they’re proposing. [Romney] said in the first 100 days, he’s going to let the big banks write their own rules – unchain Wall Street. They’re going to put y’all back in chains.”

OBAMA in Oskaloosa, Iowa, referred to Seamus the dog while talking about Romney’s quip that windmills cannot be put on top of cars: ‘I don’t know if he’s actually tried that. I know he’s had other things on his car.’

ROMNEY in Chillicothe, Ohio: “Mr. President, take your campaign of division and anger and hate back to Chicago and let us get about rebuilding and reuniting America.” Story from Reid Epstein wrapping up the day: Here’s the full text of the governor’s speech:

GIULIANI SAYS BIDEN LACKS “MENTAL CAPACITY” TO BE VICE PRESIDENT: “I’ve never seen a vice president that has made as many mistakes, said as many stupid things,” former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said on CNBC’s Kudlow Report last night. “I mean, there’s a real fear if, God forbid, he ever had to be entrusted with the presidency, whether he really has the mental capacity to handle it. I mean, this guy just isn’t bright. He’s never been bright. He isn’t bright. And people think, ‘Well, he just talks a little too much.’ Actually, he’s just not very smart.” Watch:


MARK HALPERIN, on “Morning Joe”: “Don’t want to overstate it but last night was a big, historical moment, I think, in this campaign. You had the vice president saying something he said in artfully. And now both campaigns are expressing not faux outrage – which is mostly what we see – but genuine outrage. I think the … former governor of Massachusetts was genuinely outraged by what Joe Biden said and about what he perceives as the president’s tactics.

“And I think, based on what happened last night, the president’s team is stunned that the president would be accused of engaging in a campaign of hate. Mitt Romney used the word ‘hate.’ I think he meant it. I think the president’s team was very stunned by it. And I think we’re either – today and the rest of this week – gonna escalate into nuclear war. Or I’d like to see some détente. This is not the kind of campaign I think either of these candidates wants. But it’s really escalated.”

WILLIE GEIST: “It has to be said that if Paul Ryan, the Republican candidate, said that to an African-American audience, there would be calls this morning for him to get out of the race, for Mitt Romney to withdraw from the race. There’s a double standard.”



For some time I have thought the replacement of Biden with Hillary would have a huge impact on the WV political results in November.  Let’s hope the Obama campaign is not taking advice from Sarah Palin.

PALIN SUGGESTS OBAMA REPLACE BIDEN WITH HILLARY: Reacting to Biden’s chains comment on Greta Van Susteren’s Fox show last night, Sarah Palin said: “There weren’t enough groans and boos when he said such a disgusting comment, really, especially to a demographic there that is — includes about 48 percent of the community being black Americans. Greta, if that’s not the nail in the coffin; really, the strategists there in the Obama campaign have got to look at a diplomatic way of replacing Joe Biden on the ticket with Hillary. And I don’t want to throw out that suggestion and have them actually accept the suggestion because then an Obama-Hillary Clinton ticket would have a darn good chance of winning. But really, Joe Biden really drags down that ticket.” Watch:


BIDEN DRIVES THE DAY – AP’s Matthew Daly in Danville, Va.: “Vice President Biden sparked a [told] an audience in southern Virginia that included hundreds of black voters that … the Republican ticket wanted to ‘unchain Wall Street’ by getting rid of regulations Obama signed into law two years ago. He added: ‘They’re going to put y’all back in chains.’… Obama’s campaign stood by Biden, saying the comments were a variation on remarks he makes often about the need to ‘unshackle’ the middle class. ..

“In a less-noticed gaffe Tuesday, Biden told the crowd he was confident their support would help the Obama-Biden ticket carry North Carolina. He was speaking in Virginia at the time. Still, Obama’s campaign sees Biden as one of its most valuable assets. The Scranton, Pa., native has a more natural appeal to working-class voters in battleground states like Ohio and Pennsylvania. He also has willingly embraced the traditional vice presidential attack-dog role, often launching the campaign’s most vigorous criticisms of Romney, and now Romney’s running mate, Paul Ryan.”

–At a rally last night in Wytheville, Biden said he meant “unshackled” instead of “unchained,” per Maggie Haberman: “I’m told that when I made that comment earlier today in Danville, Virginia, the Romney campaign put out a tweet. You know tweets these days? Put out a tweet, went on the airwaves saying, ‘Biden, he’s outrageous in saying that,’ I think I said instead of ‘unshackled,’ ‘unchained.’ ‘Outrageous to say that.’ That’s what we had. I’m using their own words. I got a message for them. If you want to know what’s outrageous, it’s their policies and the effects of their policies on middle class America. That’s what’s outrageous.’

TOP 10 Joe Biden’s Dumbest Quotes [Slide Show]. Click here to enjoy.


DNC CHAIR ADMITS RYAN PLAN DOESN’T AFFECT THOSE OVER 54: It took Wolf Blitzer four minutes, but Debbie Wasserman Schultz acknowledged yesterday morning a central tenet of the Ryan plan. Video:

IN 2008, OBAMA ATTACKED MCCAIN FOR CUTTING MEDICARE: ‘How would your golden years turn out under John McCain? His health care plan would cut Medicare by $800 billion — that means a 22 percent cut in benefits. Higher premiums and co-pays … after a lifetime of work, senior’s health care shouldn’t be a gamble. John McCain’s plan, it’s not the change we need.’

IN 2005, OBAMA ATTACKED BUSH FOR NOT TAKING ON MEDICARE. BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski unearths this 40-second clip of saying that George W. Bush should focus on Medicare instead of Social Security because it’s breaking down rapidly:


Why Moderates Should Like Paul Ryan

By Ross Douthat (NYT OP-ED Contributor)

The vice-presidential candidate is single-handedly responsible for saving the Republican Party from some of its own worst impulses.  Read it here.



Morning After

Friday, June 29th, 2012

The real fallout from the SOTUS ruling yesterday will be political…at least for now.  Many readers are politically active or more than causal observers of the game.  To provide a feel for the current political fallout I have clipped some pieces from POLITICOS morning newsletter.

SNEAK PEEK – RNC DAY 2 MESSAGING PLAN: The Republican National Committee is holding a 9 a.m. call with Governors Bobby Jindal and Bob McDonnell and then a Spanish speaking call at 10 a.m. with Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart and Quico Canseco. They are also releasing a web video highlighting Obama’s promises that Obamacare wasn’t a tax while SCOTUS upheld it as a tax: And they are moving this research piece to highlight the continuing unpopularity of Obamarecare: The RNC will also continue the #FullRepeal hashtag.

DOWN-BALLOT DEMOCRATS IN RED AND PURPLE STATES COULD GET SCREWED: “With Thursday’s defeat, Republicans were handed a powerful tool for motivating their base and a fresh ammo clip for use in House and Senate races across the map,” Charlie Mahtesian reports. “It removed one arrow from the Democratic quiver – the prospect of an outraged and highly motivated base – and provided a new one to the GOP by defining the mandate as a tax…The cautious and measured statements from Democratic House and Senate candidates Thursday reflected the unease about renewing a debate that ended badly for the party in November 2010. The general rule, which seemed to apply to candidates in both parties, was the more competitive the race, the more tempered the response. That meant no touchdown dance for many Democratic Senate candidates – even for former Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine in Virginia.”

OBAMA LOOKS LIKE A WINNER: “The decision also will give the president a fresh opportunity to try to win the political argument over the law, or at least do a better job of trying to sway a skeptical electorate than he and his team have done since the measure was enacted,” Dan Balz writes in the Washington Post. “For Obama, the elation that he and his advisers may have felt Thursday could quickly dissipate if more bad economic news occurs. It is a long time until November, and the economy, domestically and internationally, remains extremely fragile.”

WHAT IT MEANS FOR NOVEMBER WON’T BE CLEAR FOR WEEKS: “Over the next six weeks or so, health care will be an unpredictable race within a race,” Glenn Thrush and Maggie Haberman write. “For Mitt Romney, who had every reason to expect the conservative high court to strike down at least a big part of the law, the decision requires a bit of recalibration. He had hoped to portray a full or partial repeal as evidence Obama squandered the trust of the American electorate by wasting two years…[That] will take a back seat to a more generic GOP assault on the law highlighting the court’s insistence that the individual mandate be legally defined as a tax – an approach more likely to appeal to the conservative base than independent voters…Views about the Affordable Care Act are baked into the political cake already, and most independents undecided about their choice this November are bored, confused, exhausted or all of the above about a law that keeps cropping up like athlete’s foot.” More: . My story with Robin Bravender on the tax messaging:


Morning Reading

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012


Ann Romney detailed her own health struggles and opens a window onto her life as a mom…there more to this than politics or a campaign speech.  Read the full story here.

A Smart Strategy for Romney

William Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard offers a smart strategy making Mitt Romney President Romney. Read the strategy here. 

Republican Disenfranchisement Ends

Many Republicans felt disenfranchised by their party in 2008.  Delegates to the Republican National Convention were selected at a state convention.  Less than six-tenths of 1 percent of registered Republicans took part in the delegate selection process.  Not this time.

State Executive Committee members who govern the Republican Party listen to the complaints from 2008 and fixed the problem.  Their action will assure national convention delegates are selected by the voters during the May 8th primary as has been done historically.  Read more below.

Super Committee Flunks

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

Senator Harry Reid, the Democratic Leader in the U. S. Senate suggested the ideas of the super committee that will be making big news this week.  Reid was quoted in the Las Vegas Sun last week said “I have no regrets whatsoever about the suggestion that I made for a supper committee.”

DO NOT MISS READING the piece I clipped from POLITCO’S Playbook this morning.  It provides a BEHIND THE SCENCES LOOK at the mess.   You will see how Congress works or should I say does not work…..  CLICK HERE.

From a news perspective I am including a front page story from The Washington Post with the headline “Hopes Fades for Debt Panel”Read the full story here.

The New York Times takes a look with a piece “Deficit Panel Faces Rift Over Who Ought to Pay”.  Read the full story here.

Trust me you will enjoy and not believe the POLITICO clip.

Debt & Political Update

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

After an early morning reading of the debt news…or shall I say political news I have pulled together various pieces you may not have seen.  This should give readers of phillipsbillboard a quick update.  As all know there is much at stake here.

Debt talks blow up

By David Rogers (POLITICO)

Twenty days left and counting, the August debt ceiling showdown broke along two fronts Wednesday: the political forces of 2010 vs. 2012 and the shape and pace of tax reform in this Congress or the next.  Read the full story here.

Top Republicans clash over debt limit plan 

By Paul Kane and Lori Montgomery (The Washington Post) 

Two top Republican leaders clashed Wednesday over a plan that could allow the government to avoid a potentially catastrophic default but would not ensure the deep cuts in federal spending that party members seek.  Read the full story here. 

McConnell’s gambit splits both parties 

By Alexander Bolton (The Hill) 

A curveball from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has split Republicans and Democrats over what do to on the nation’s debt limit. 

Congressional Republicans argued over the plan while Democrats both praised and criticized it.  Read the full story here. 

McConnell’s escape hatch:  The best Washington can do? 

Editorial Board Opinion:  The Washington Post 

REGARDING SENATE Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s backup plan to deal with the debt ceiling, we have a three-part reaction.  Read the full editorial here.

Washington…Political Tidbits

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

No plans to do Political Tidbits today…but there are so many Tidbits in a POLITICO newsletter…I clipped a few for you…I just could not help myself.  Read and enjoy.

–DONALD TRUMP, to George Stephanopoulos, on financial disclosure if he runs for president (promises a decision “sometime prior to June”): “Maybe I’m going to do the tax returns when Obama does his birth certificate. … I’d love to give my tax returns. I may tie my tax returns into Obama’s birth certificate.”

BOB WOODWARD and BEN BRADLEE AT THE NIXON LIBRARY – James Hohmann, in Yorba Linda: “[A] crowd of almost 1,000 welcomed Woodward and Bradlee with a standing ovation [last evening] … They spoke in a room designed as a replica of the White House East Room. Bradlee, leaning on a cane, … marveled at how many people still care about a decades-old conflict … Woodward is 68, seven years older than Nixon at the time of his resignation. … Woodward gave the crowd his theory that he sees the term ‘Watergate’ as shorthand for five different wars waged by Nixon. The first was the administration’s campaign against the anti-Vietnam war movement. The second was the war against the press and White House aides suspected of being disloyal. The third was efforts against those seen as abetting the anti-war movement and opposing the president’s reelection. … The fourth war was the cover-up. The fifth was a ‘war against history.'”

TOP STORY – WashPost A1, at the fold, “Economy is battering Obama in the polls: Despite dip in approval ratings, he still edges 2012 GOP contenders”: In the new Washington Post-ABC News poll, “47 percent approve of the job Obama is doing, down seven points since January. Half of all Americans disapprove of his job performance, with 37 percent saying they ‘strongly disapprove’ … Driving the downward movement in Obama’s standing are renewed concerns about the economy and fresh worry about rising prices, particularly for gasoline. Despite signs of economic growth, 44 percent of Americans see the economy as getting worse, the highest percentage to say so in more than two years.

“The toll on Obama is direct: 57 percent disapprove of the job the president is doing dealing with the economy … When Republicans and GOP-leaners were asked who they would vote for in a primary or caucus, only former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney registered in double digits, with 16 percent. … Businessman Donald Trump (8 percent), former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee (6 percent) and former Alaska governor Sarah Palin (5 percent) were the only other names volunteered by more than 2 percent of respondents.” Story Results going back years

— PALIN — “Mama Grizzly Sarah Palin back on the prowl,” by Jonathan Martin: “After a period in which most of the coverage about her related to either her tangles with the media or falling poll numbers, expect to see more such public appearances where she can take the offensive. Palin and her team recognize that, with Republicans like Michele Bachmann and Donald Trump crowding into their space, that’s the way to remain in the mix. They also know that they must do more to keep their supporters engaged, which explains the revamped website.”

–ROMNEY: On Sean Hannity’s radio show, responding to a question about Donald Trump attacking him, Mitt changed the topic: “Today was a big day. The Obama presidency was downgraded today. And people recognize that he’s playing chicken with the U.S. economy.”

Obama Unscripted

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Last evening in Chicago President Obama was having a private chat with campaign donors.   What he did not realize that when the reporters traveling with him had left the room — the audio feed of his conversation was still being relayed to a distant press room.  POLITICO reported this morning CBS Radio News White House correspondent Mark Knoller was the only reporter who remained after the planned opening remarks concluded.   Hear it here.

Political News From Palin Land:

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Palin would base campaign in Scottsdale

By Ben Smith (POLITICO)

The prospect of Sarah Palin running for president is, increasingly, dismissed by a political class that sees her facing weak poll numbers — especially in key early states – and doing nothing to correct them or build the infrastructure for a run.  Real the full story here.

Political News From Congress:

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Manchin:  Obama has ‘failed to lead’

By Jennifer Epstein and Scott Wong (POLITICO) 

West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin ripped President Barack Obama on his budget proposals in a Senate floor speech Tuesday, a rare rebuke from a freshman Democrat who clearly is worried about the politics of deficit spending as he faces a tough reelection in 2012.  Read the full story here.