Rumors are beginning to circle around U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and her presidential aspirations for 2016. And New Yorkers want to know, is she running for a full six-year term in the Senate this campaign season, or is she planning to abandon her district to pursue a presidential run in 2016?
Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long is demanding that Gillibrand tell New Yorkers which office she is actually running for.
Long said, “Kirsten Gillibrand needs to come clean with New Yorkers – is she running for U.S. Senate or President? Judging by her non-answer, answers and well documented history of flip flops it is impossible to tell where she stands or if she is committed to serving a full term in office,” said Long.
Long is responding to a number of reports that she may well be a worthy replacement in 2016 should Hillary Clinton decide not to run.
(In) an August 9th interview with NY1 Inside City Hall, Washington Post political reporter and “The Fix” blogger Chris Cillizza commented on the idea of a 2016 Gillibrand run, saying “you have Gillibrand in there if Hillary Clinton decides not to run.”
A chapter in Cillizza’s new book, The Gospel According to the Fix: An Insider’s Guide to a Less than Holy World of Politics, speculates on potential 2016 candidates including Gillibrand.
Long then proceeds to take a shot at Gillibrand, referring to her hopes of a 2016 presidential run as a “Tracy Flick” type of ambition.
Continued Long, “Gillibrand’s Off the Sidelines campaign and efforts to promote extreme liberal women candidates around the country are part of her broader agenda to create a national network of supporters to promote a 2016 bid. Unfortunately, as a result of her ‘Tracy Flick’ like unbridled ambition she regularly puts the needs of her national political agenda ahead of the needs of hardworking New Yorkers. New Yorkers deserve the truth – not another flip-flop.”
The reference has been made before, when a Politico report in 2009 indicated that the New York congressional delegation had given her the nickname – “a not-so-flattering reference to the over-eager, blonde, bubbly and viciously competitive Reese Witherspoon character from “Election.” For those unfamiliar with the role, we offer the following video clip…
Indeed, the question now remains, is Kirsten Gillibrand upsetting New Yorkers? Putting her blind ambition ahead of the needs of her own constituency? Is she running for her Senate seat in 2012, or is she already looking ahead to a national platform in 2016?
Brace yourselves Obamabots… This could be the one picture that brings down the entire Presidency!
And it’s within walking distance of the White House.
Via the Weekly Standard:
Most schools don’t have nearly $1 million dollar soccer fields, but terrorists captured on the battlefield now have that luxury.
Via Fox News:
At a time of record deficits, a new soccer field for detainees at Camp 6 in Guantanamo Bay is just getting the finishing touches — at a cost of $750,000 to taxpayers.
The project was the highlight of a tour Tuesday of the detention camp for reporters at the facility covering the arraignment in a military court of Majid Khan, a former Baltimore resident and the the only legal U.S. resident on trial at Guantanamo.
The project began in April 2011 and is due to finish this spring. The detainees will now have three recreation facilities at Camp 6, which is home to “highly compliant” detainees who live in a communal setting.
The same report indicates that Obama is granting sweetheart deals to detainees, in an anxious effort to close the camp.
Could this be another election play? It wouldn’t be too far fetched for the President to brag about Gitmo’s closure, even though he ordered it closed one year after his first day in office.
The report reads:
Even some of President Obama’s most ardent supporters suggest the administration seems eager to close the camps and reduce the detainee population, and plea agreements with minimal jail time are a sweetheart deal for all involved.
Detainees like Usama bin Laden’s personal cook and his driver are spending less time in prison than American citizens prosecuted in federal courts on lesser charges.
Cutting deals with detainees, and providing them a plush soccer resort to play on in between their video games and cable TV.
This is appalling to say the least.
The plot thickens…
Via Rasmussen Reports:
Follow the bouncing ball. Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum has now bounced to a 12-point lead over Mitt Romney in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Republican Primary Voters finds Santorum with 39% support to the former Massachusetts governor’s 27%. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich follows from a distance with 15% of the vote, and Texas Congressman Ron Paul runs last with 10%. Three percent (3%) like some other candidate in the race, and six percent (6%) are undecided.
Just over a week ago, it was Romney leading the pack with 34% after his win in the Florida Primary, followed by Gingrich 27%, Santorum 18% and Paul 11%. But then last week Santorum swept GOP caucuses in Colorado and Minnesota and a non-binding primary in Missouri as Gingrich continues to stumble in the race to be the conservative alternative to Romney.
I’m still trying to figure out how Romney won the CPAC straw poll this weekend. He is ‘severely’ behind Gingrich in conservative values, who in turn ranks behind Santorum.
You know what this proves right?
Readers of the Mental Recession clearly do not understand the depth of their own racism.
We asked –
Should voters be required to show a photo ID at the polls?
Yes – 91%
No – 6%
Not sure – 2%
That’s racist! – 0%