Is Jim Gilmore Running for President?

Yesterday at the Conservative Soiree at Bull Run Park former Virginia governor Jim Gilmore announced that he may run for president saying, “I’m seriously considering entering the race for president of the United States.” He then went on to describe himself as “a real conservative,” and as “a real Virginian” and indicated that he would run with national security as his top priority.

Gilmore has traveled to New Hampshire seven times and says he will be back soon. Who makes that many trips to New Hampshire and then doesn’t run for president? I hear the maple syrup up there is good, but it can’t be that good. It certainly looks like he’ll run.

Black Velvet Bruce Li has the video of Gilmore’s speech here.


Vargas on Maddow

Last night Republican strategist and candidate for Delegate Danny Vargas appeared on The Rachel Maddow Show. He was on to discuss limiting the first Republican debate to the top ten based on national polling. Vargas and Maddow were in agreement that a limit of ten is a bad rule.

In the short time he was on, Vargas was able to fit in a compliment to Republicans for having such a deep bench of qualified candidates. He then took a shot at the Democrats for their lack of any bench and the lack of enthusiasm behind the annotated Hillary Clinton. His comments were appropriate and accurate.

Maddow interrupted a little with laughter before completely dismissing the idea that a complete lack of choice is a rather undemocratic way of selecting a nominee. Her reaction to Vargas was inappropriate. Maddow is known as a hyper-partisan, but she doesn’t have to be rude about it.

Great job to Danny Vargas for holding his own with a hostile and unprofessional host.


Jimmy Carter Worked All Day

A frequent stop on my runs through the internet is The History Channel’s This Day in History page. Typically the page offers around 20 brief descriptions of noteworthy historical events from a variety of categories. My interest in politics often has me looking at the Presidential category, which had a particularly interesting headline today: “President Carter puts in a long day at the office.” Seriously, that’s the story.

This is truly remarkable. Imagine a chief executive staying busy at work and still making it to bed before midnight. Well President Carter did that on this day in 1977, and The History Channel is telling the story. Usually reserved for significant events, such as May 12th‘s entry which is dedicated to Teddy Roosevelt being the first president filmed doing official duties, the Presidential category has to really reach to include Jimmy Carter in it. The site must have a quota for the presidents and Carter makes it tough on historians. Working all day, playing tennis, having dinner and going to a show with his wife, is considered a noteworthy set of accomplishments when you’re talking about Carter.

It is fair to assume that when you have a presidency as pitiful as Carter’s you should appreciate any positive press you can get. But I couldn’t help but take the story that he worked all day as an illustration of how bad a job he did.


There’s Already Enough Cannon Fodder

I went to Chipotle last week and I didn’t tip. Recently I have been to McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Taco Bell and Subway and I didn’t tip there either. I never tip at Chipotle and neither does Hillary Clinton and that just ain’t news.

In this case, the recently announced presidential candidate in question is not exactly like Steve Buscemi’s character in Reservoir Dogs. The candidate is, instead, a former US Senator and Secretary of State who has no accomplishments to run on. She is riddled with scandals of secrecy and has been described by those close to her as “inauthentic.” She is going to run a campaign that is only about her being a woman and if you don’t support her then you must hate women and never want them to succeed. The plan will be to guilt you all the way to the ballot box. And we hit her with failing to tip at a place where tipping is not commonplace. Really?

Petty little nitpicking only makes us look like mindless haters and takes away credibility which harms us when we point out something legit like covering up her incompetence after the Benghazi tragedy does make a big difference or how her illegal personal email server may have been a national security nightmare that put us in danger.

Let’s get ready for Hillary by lining up all the crap she has been waist deep in over the years and roll it all out layer by layer. She really has already given us enough cannon fodder.