Into The Fray

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Craig Crawford

Below is the announcement. I’ve crossed over. Why? Because I know and respect Jim Webb as someone who will wake up every morning trying to find a better life for working people and small business owners who’ve been hammered by economic elites — and forgotten by both parties.  I also trust his belief in avoiding the dangers of ill-conceived foreign intervention that has cost us so much in blood and treasure.

What this means for our little corner of the “internets” I cannot know. I’d like nothing to change. Our free and open discussions go on, even if you post an unkind word about my man Jim.

In the end, Jim might decide not to run. So far this is just an exploratory committee to see if the support and resources are out there for his message of dependable and positive change for Americans left behind.

I’ll be posting thoughts, images and video from the campaign trail if this goes forward. It could be fun. We’re just trying to save America.

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For Immediate Release
January 2, 2015

Webb Exploratory Committee Announces Hiring of Craig Crawford as Communications Director

The Jim Webb Exploratory Committee today announced the hiring of Craig Crawford as Communications Director. Media inquiries about the committee, including requests for interviews, should be directed to Craig at info@jameswebb.com.

Craig Crawford is a veteran Washington journalist. He has covered the nation’s capital since 1989 for a variety of publications and broadcasters. During his career Craig has worked for CBS News, MSNBC, Congressional Quarterly, National Journal, and The Hotline. His first job in Washington was as Bureau Chief for The Orlando Sentinel, his hometown newspaper.

Craig has worked on both sides of the media and politics world. Before journalism he worked in three Democratic presidential campaigns: Jimmy Carter, John Glenn, and Walter Mondale.

Craig has lived in Washington, DC, since 1989 with his partner, David Blank, Deputy Communications Director, Alliance for Retired Americans. They were married in April, 2013.

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Be at War with your Vices,

at Peace with your Neighours, and let every New-Year find you a better Man. — Benjamin Franklin’s 1755 Poor Richards Almanac.

Blue Bronc

This year struggles to a wonderful end; an end unexpected when the new calendar showed January 1.  But before December 31 is crossed off this old calendar I do need to call a friend to make it complete — renewing friendship is good for the mind and body.

Is January 2015 the first month of 2016?  I think so.  Whatever happened to a few months of campaigning and the election?  It was gone the moment a television camera scanned the first politician to ever stand in front of it.  Once the cable television networks (CNN, most prominently) showed twenty-four hour news, the political world changed again.

dig15Today I sit here wondering why I have not burned out completely.  I am partially done, but then I enjoy the fight which lets me keeps me in it.  Building the resolve necessary to get into 2016 is going to take some doing.  But the box labeled Resolve must be filled as the thought of the United States becoming a failed nation, just as Kansas is now the example of a failed state, is too much to bear.

That box of Resolve needs to be checked more than ever, as at least one Supreme Justice will leave that Republican organization.  That seat and any others will be filled and it must be filled with Progressive judges, women and men, who look to a United States of America and not the Citizen Corporation.

For friends locally and around the world, thank you for another year of sadness, happiness, hilarity, piety, joy and delight.  Next year will be the best year yet.

– Blue Bronc is a Trail Mix Contributor

What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

PatD

Question of the day (with a steal from Frank Loesser) to Hillary, Rand, Jeb and others dangling visions of sugar plums before the paparazzi:


Maybe its much too early in the game
Ah, but I thought I’d ask you just the same
What are you doing New Year’s…?

Give or take a month or two what have your analysts concluded about a too-soon announcement and the short attention span of the American electorate. Not to mention the even shorter nano attention span of the media? Jumping in too early risks ho-hum factor among the voters, as well as opening one up to a longer dirty tricks campaign. But the early pol bird gets the early pac worm, which brings me to …

Wonder whose arms will hold you good and tight
When its exactly

…the time that it is right? Which lady will Emily list, or will a gentleman turn her head again? And who gets the invite to the Tea Party that night

Maybe I’m crazy to suppose

… restricted funding will ever be chose(n) and donors with strings exposed.

Ah, but in case I stand one little chance
Here comes the jackpot question in advance
What are you doing New Year’s …

Trail Mixers?

– PatD is a Trail Mix Contributor

The ‘Real Threat’ to Hillary Clinton: Jim Webb

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Craig Crawford

Jacob Heilbrunn (New York Times) is making sense:

Mr. Webb’s attacks on free trade and economic elites, coupled with a call for America to come home again, might well prove a potent combination in the early primaries, attracting antiwar progressives as well as conservative-minded Southern white men whom he believes the party can win back. His credo is as simple as it is persuasive: Rather than squander its power and resources abroad, America should rebuild.

Leslie H. Gelb president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations: “[Hillary] would find him much more complex than dealing with liberals. He’s not a liberal, but a lot of what he says might appeal to liberals.”

MSNBC: Jim Webb, a real challenge to Hillary Clinton

Destination Cuba

Blue Bronc

Dr. Zira: What will he find out there, doctor?
Dr. Zaius: His destiny.
— Planet of the Apes

There are days when the world wants to collapse around itself and yet, it holds in place or rises a little to allow at fast glimpse of a better world.  Obama, and others in unison, forced a little rise of the heavy and often dark world the other day.

The expected response from the usual loud mouths failed to appear.  What has happened is that this is turning in to a significant event, without the screaming and rending of cloth I was awaiting.  One day of sputtering and spittle and now nothing.

Of course, once the blowhards return to the floor there will be speeches of dread and  doom, but that is all.  Will they refuse the ambassador vote?  Most likely, but eventually it will happen, as will the funds to rebuild the embassy.

cubancarThere is one huge cone of silence over the announced and almost announced presidential candidates.  They have nothing to jump on the soap box about.  Cuba has not been a threat to anyone in this hemisphere since the end of the Cuban Missile Crises of 1962.   That was a long time ago, most of those involved are dying off or already compost.  There is little to say that would do anything to rile the extremists.

I expect the rest of the presumptive candidates will find their voice once the polls are complete and interpreted to their desires.  The best known statement is the December 16, 2014, statement by Jeb-Boy Bush, that he wants the embargo strengthened.

Sometime next month there will be a bill in the hopper providing monies for those who abandoned property in Cuba when they fled to the U.S.  That will buy off the Rubios of Little Cuba and they will be quiet.

The final result will be an increase in Cuban marijuana, Maria to many, showing up in the stores of Colorado and all others with legal mj.  That will help the agriculture industry of the island.

– Blue Bronc is a Trail Mix Contributor

Jeb Bush: “The Empire Strikes Back”

Nash 2/5

Jeb Bush is now the establishment Republican Presidential candidate for 2016.

If you are a Wall Street banker, a corporate CEO, or any other member of the 1%, you know that the Bush family dynasty represents your interests, exclusively, like a country club or a gated community.

Did someone say Tea Party? Forget about those revolting peasants … they don’t have any MONEY. Jeb may not be able to buy the Presidency, but he can probably buy the primaries.

Quite frankly, the establishment GOP is more than a little tired of the Tea Party crowd. Yes, they need their votes but they don’t need their goofy candidates.

The establishment “empire” is finally striking back, to regain control of the Republican Party.

Speaking of country clubs, here’s Darth Vader playing golf.


— Nash 2.5 is a Trail Mix Contributor

Taibbi: It’s Not All About Warren

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Craig Crawford

Matt Taibbi (Rolling Stone) is making sense:

“Making the budget fight a news story not about bailouts, but about the ambitions of Elizabeth Warren, is part of the game. And the Beltway hacks have succeeded there. Media on all sides have described last week’s episode as Warren’s political coming-out party. …

oligarchy-400x248All the Dodd-Frank rule says is that if you’re a federally-insured depository institution – if you’re an FDIC-guaranteed bank, where real people have real bank accounts that are guaranteed by the federal government – you can’t also be gambling with swaps and other dangerous derivative instruments. …

There’s no logical argument against the provision. The banks only want it because they want to use your bank accounts as a human shield to protect their dangerous gambling activities….

[Democrats] are not a real party. They’re a marketing phenomenon, a big chunk of oligarchical Blob cleverly sold to voters as the more reasonable and less nakedly corrupt wing of a two-headed political establishment.” (Rolling Stone)