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Buyers remorse?

If a rematch of the 2012 presidential election were held today, Mitt Romney would win the popular vote over President Barack Obama, a new CNN/ORC International poll finds.

Romney, who lost the popular vote by 3.9 percentage points in the 2012 election, would beat Obama 53 percent to 44 percent, the poll conducted July 18-20 and released Sunday found. A similar survey of registered voters conducted by ABC News and the Washington Post in November found the Republican nominee would have beaten Obama 49 percent to 45 percent, had the 2012 election been held in 2013.

But for those thinking the flip in favor of Romney is cause for GOP celebration, consider that the same CNN/ORC survey found Romney would lose by 13 points (55 percent to 42 percent) against Hillary Clinton, a possible 2016 presidential candidate, in that hypothetical 2016 matchup.

Bloomberg image.

Hillary 2016

Just sayin’.

Barack Who?

Hillary Clinton continues to distance herself from Barack Obama and his presidency. She has been asked in recent interviews about the United States’ relationship with Valdimir Putin.

In the interview, she made clear that she communicated her later reservations about Putin to Obama.
“I, you know, certainly made my views known in, you know, in meetings, as well as in memos to the president,” she said. Regarding the long-term viability of the “reset,” she said that “I think that what may have happened, is that both the United States and Europe were really hoping for the best from Putin as a returned president. And I think we’ve been quickly, unfortunately, disabused of those hopes.”
She reiterated the references to the memos in an interview with Fusion’s Jorge Ramos, part of which was posted online Friday evening. A full interview is slated to air next Tuesday.
“I warned everybody,” she said regarding Putin, who returned to the presidency — after a period out of the office — while she served at the State Department. “I sent a memo to the president, I sent another memo on my way out, that I believed Putin was coming back in a much more aggressive way.”

I can’t wait for the full interviews. The CNN interview with Fareed Zakaria will air Sunday night.

FLOTUS Weighs In on 2016

Michelle Obama attended a fundraiser July 10th at the home of Evercore Partners financier, Charles Myers. Shocking isn’t it? The Obamas….hangin’ with rich Wall Street folks??!?

No word on what was served at this round table lunch, but there were unconfirmed reports that there was a bit of a “creme feud” over dessert….

Mrs. Obama also had something to say about who might replace her husband at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue….

The first lady reportedly told people who attended a Manhattan fundraiser earlier in the month that she isn’t at war with either Hillary Clinton or her husband, the former president; however, people who were present say she took a swipe at Hillary Clinton’s presidential aspirations.


When she was asked if she had any aspirations to run for office, Obama said “no” because her children need some time being out of the spotlight. Without mentioning Hillary Clinton’s name, she then added: “I don’t believe one family should be in the White House or running for office constantly,” according to the recollection of one person at the event

Now I know, in fairness to Michelle, she didn’t say she wouldn’t support a Hillary Clinton candidacy in 2016……however, can we ever forget this from 2008?

The Mourning Begins

BBC image

CNN) — A lone bugler sounding the traditional military farewell “Last Post” marked the arrival Wednesday in the Netherlands of the first dead from the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.
The grieving nation then held a moment of silence to honor those killed in the crash of the jetliner, downed last week by a suspected surface-to-air missile over war-torn eastern Ukraine.
In a ceremony rich with martial symbolism — from saluting soldiers to the haunting tune used to send war dead to their rest — 40 bodies borne in simple wooden caskets were solemnly unloaded from two military planes. Soldiers then walked them to waiting hearses and lowered them inside before rendering a final salute.
The only sounds: the hushed orders of soldiers and a whipping wind.

A civilized society responds to a barbaric act.

This photo is from a memorial service in Australia honoring the victims from that country. Photo credit: The Guardian

Will She Run?

Charlie Rose interviewed Hillary Clinton last night. The complete interview is not available yet*…at least that I can find. [*See Update.] The following clip is a detailed response to Charlie’s question on her potential candidacy. He phrased the question in a unique way. He asked her what goes into such a hard choice as deciding to run? She gave a very thoughtful response. What do you think?

**UPDATE** Many thanks to Hugo for posting the full interview in the comments. I’ve been unsuccessful trying to embed it in this post, but I will keep trying!

Thanks again Hugo!

Talk Softly and Carry a Big Guitar

When Hillary Clinton began her tenure as Secretary of State, she introduced what she called, “Smart Power” diplomacy:

“We must use what has been called ‘smart power,’ the full range of tools at our disposal — diplomatic, economic, military, political, legal, and cultural — picking the right tool, or combination of tools, for each situation,” Clinton said in her opening remarks. “With smart power, diplomacy will be the vanguard of foreign policy.”

Our current SOS, John Kerry apparently has added a new diplomatic tool……Guitar Power?

Was he trying some kind of new torture technique???

Perhaps it’s not not that unusual, and maybe I’m being too hard on ol’ John Kerry….George Bush tried it…..

As well as Daddy Bush…..

photo credit: NY

This actually isn’t the first time Sec. Kerry tried Guitar Power. Here he is in Vietnam…..

I wish him luck with this new approach, I really do.
In related John Kerry news…..President Barack Obama shakes Sec. Kerry’s hand in a rope line…..

photo credit: Daily Mail

(He-he….sorry…I couldn’t resist!)

I’m just having a little fun here at Kerry’s expense. Hey, my motto these past six years fourteen years has been: “If I don’t laugh, I’ll cry.”

Just when you thought it was safe…

As a kid growing up in Southern California, I always loved going to the beach and swimming in the ocean. That was until….the summer of 1975….when the movie Jaws came out!


Photo credit: mommyhotspot

Just the music from that movie makes my skin crawl!

So naturally, when this story broke, I paid close attention.

Steve Robles suffered several puncture wounds Saturday morning. The shark was fighting to free itself from a fisherman’s line near the popular Manhattan Beach in Los Angeles, said fire rescue officials.

“It was a burning pain that was going down the side of my chest,” Robles told ABC station KABC.

Robles was out for a two-mile swim with a group of friends when the shark suddenly appeared.

“It came from the bottom of the water. It came up to the surface, it looked at me and attacked me right on the side of my chest,” Robles said. “That all happened within two seconds. I saw the eyes of the shark as I was seeing it swim towards me. It lunged at my chest, and it locked into my chest.”

Robles said he grabbed the shark by the nose and pried its mouth open. The shark then disappeared, eventually breaking free from the line. Lifeguards were unable to find it.

I can’t imagine grabbing a shark’s mouth. But then again, if it has it’s big sharp shark teeth sunk into your chest, you got nothing to lose!!

Since I usually try to bring my posts full circle to make some kind of point, often political in nature… about this?

Hillary Clinton began her book tour this summer and jumped back into the shark tank….

Photo credit:

RNC “Squirrel”

I think Hillary is pretty skilled at prying open the mouths of sharks. She’s certainly had a lot of experience with them.

Supporting Hillary is not a hard choice. But I see the eyes of the sharks.
Time to find a really big boat!