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  1. #1321

    Re: The Run to the WH

    You are about to enter another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land of imagination. Next stop, the Twilight Zone!
    I just quoted George Will.
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.




  2. #1322

    Re: The Run to the WH

    Gina Raimondo sounds like a great choice for VP also. But name recognition is not high on a national level. Also, being from Rhode Island, picking her probably doesn't help him win.

    There really are no bad choices on that list. Whomever he picks, let's just hope we all get to see what kind of VP she will be. GH

  3. #1323

    Re: The Run to the WH

    Quote Originally Posted by GlennHarman View Post
    Whomever he picks, let's just hope we all get to see what kind of VP she will be. GH
    But do we really see that? VP mostly do nothing as prescribed by US constitution.
    Roger forever

  4. #1324

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    Quote Originally Posted by suliso View Post
    But do we really see that? VP mostly do nothing as prescribed by US constitution.
    Since Biden has indicated he wants to groom his VP as his successor, I wouldn't think she'd do nothing. Yes, the VP doesn't have to do many things, but that doesn't mean she wouldn't.
    Go Pack Go!

  5. #1325

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ti-Amie View Post
    This is the vice president who would restore adult supervision in Washington
    By
    George F. Will
    Columnist
    May 22, 2020 at 7:00 a.m. EDT
    The smallest state has the smallest governor. Rhode Island’s Gina Raimondo is almost 5 feet 3 inches, about an inch shorter than James Madison. What was said of him is true of her: There is a high ratio of mind to mass. Unfortunately, a perversity of today’s political culture is that those with the most time and inclination for full-time self-promotion, such as U.S. senators, eclipse those, such as governors, who are preoccupied with serious responsibilities.

    After Harvard (where she played rugby), Oxford (she was a Rhodes Scholar) and Yale Law School, she was an early recruit to a venture capital company whose premise was, she says, that “you could find talent all over the country,” not just in hotbeds such as Austin and Silicon Valley. Then she founded an affiliated fund specializing in health care. “My mother actually started crying” when, in 2010, Raimondo ran to be treasurer of the state with the nation’s highest per capita unfunded pension debt.

    Pensions, which soon would have swallowed 20 percent of state revenue, were threatening to starve social services. Including the Providence Public Library, where Raimondo’s grandfather, who, arriving from Italy at 14 with little education and less English, studied to improve his chances. As state treasurer, she told “crowded, angry union halls” that cities and towns might go bankrupt and that promised pensions would disappear. Her reforms — pausing cost-of-living increases, raising the retirement age and the ratio of defined contribution to defined benefit plans — passed Rhode Island’s House 57-15 and the Senate 35-2.

    When she ran for governor, Rhode Island had the nation’s highest unemployment rate. The state had been the nation’s — arguably, the world’s — jewelry workshop, until much of the manufacturing decamped to China. The exodus included the Bulova watch company, which had employed 1,000, including her father, who became unemployed at 56. She wears a Bulova on her wrist but says that the main reason she ran for governor was that previous administrations had not repositioned Rhode Island for a changed world. She has done this by entrepreneurial federalism — making the state attractive to business, including the nation’s first offshore wind farm.

    Raimondo has cut taxes every year and removed 8,000 pages of regulations — 30 percent of the state’s regulations. Economic dynamism has enabled her to raise the state minimum wage to $11.50, create a sick leave entitlement and finance the largest infrastructure program in the state’s history. Thanks to the G.I. Bill, her father, the son of a meat cutter, became the first in the family to go to college, and his daughter has delivered tuition-free community college.

    Partnering with CVS, the nation’s largest pharmacy chain, headquartered in Woonsocket, her state has achieved one of the nation’s highest per capita levels of testing for covid-19. Her approval rating has soared during the pandemic. An anxious nation longing for competence in the national government might turn its lonely eyes to her, if it knew of her.

    There often is, however, a disproportion in the allocation of media attention to political figures: an inverse relationship between a political person’s substantive achievements and the froth of publicity surrounding her or him. The Senate, the incubator of presidential aspirations, is an arena for the gesture politics of virtue signaling. It encourages the misapprehension that striking poses solves problems, and it develops no skills germane to the executive tasks of managing vast organizations and applying aspirational statutes to recalcitrant reality.

    Joe Biden’s choice of a running mate will matter to the electorate’s large moderate majority more than such choices usually do, for two reasons. Biden will be 78 on Jan. 20, 2021. And his choice will indicate whether the trajectory of the world’s oldest party will be determined by its left-wing minority that strenuously opposed his nomination, or by the party’s temperate majority, which produced the Democrats’ 2018 success.

    The Democratic left, with its addiction to indignation and its aversion to practical politics, might recoil from Raimondo because she understands the enormous financial sector of a nation now chin-deep in red ink. And because she had the impertinence to persuade crucial Democratic constituencies — public employees unions, including those of teachers — to support difficult choices. After defeating a left-wing primary challenger by 24 points, she was resoundingly reelected in one of the nation’s bluest states, and then became chair of the Democratic Governors Association.


    A Biden-Raimondo ticket would achieve the left’s primary goal, the removal of Donald Trump. And the resulting administration would restore adult supervision in Washington.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opini...35f_story.html
    A nice story about a governor that I know virtually nothing about and had heard nothing about until now. This, the size of the state, the area of the country (NE) and the fact that she is from a state that will vote D for President all argue against why she would be chosen.
    "And for my next fearless prediction..."

  6. #1326

    Re: The Run to the WH

    John K Stahl
    @JohnKStahlUSA
    · 18h
    After Joe’s racist comments yesterday, do you think that helps or hurts Shamu’s chances of getting the VP slot? They have to shore up the base and I don’t think Pocahontas can do it. Is Willie’s Ho back in contention? #maga #tcot #kag
    Jemele Hill
    @jemelehill·3m
    Reminder: This is the same Republican Party that has spent the last three days telling black folks that we’re stupid and brainwashed for supporting Joe Biden, and the Democratic Party. They believe this is a better alternative.
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.




  7. #1327

    Re: The Run to the WH

    I am sorry I have to ask, because it will be offensive.
    I know who Pocahontas is. Who are Shamu and Willie's Ho? Stacey Abrahams and Kamala?
    Face it. It's the apocalypse.

  8. #1328

    Re: The Run to the WH

    Quote Originally Posted by ponchi101 View Post
    I am sorry I have to ask, because it will be offensive.
    I know who Pocahontas is. Who are Shamu and Willie's Ho? Stacey Abrahams and Kamala?


    You win!
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.




  9. #1329

    Re: The Run to the WH

    I am completely aware that Biden should not have said what he did. But I can't help but being reminded of something I said MANY times starting in the mid-1980's. Of course, I was a gay man talking to other gay men. The wording was different, but the meaning was not really all that far from what he said, something like: How can you be gay and even consider voting for the Republican candidate?

    Of course, I was in the process of losing a partner to AIDS who may not have died with faster government intervention. So I was bitter for very personal reasons. But if you recall all of the horrible things the Republicans were saying about people with AIDS, the absolute lack of concern in terms of more spending on research, etc., not to mention how demonized we were over the subject of same-sex marriage, then you can see why I felt that way.

    So Biden was absolutely the wrong person to say what he did. But I hope that ethnic minorities can put this behind them and realized the difference between the parties.

    By the way, I still know gay people who vote Republican, so some people didn't learn, even over 40 years.

    GH

  10. #1330

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    I can understand white, middle age men voting for Tiny.
    Anybody else I can't.
    Face it. It's the apocalypse.

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