Friday, April 29, 2016

Reflections on the April 26th, 2016 Primary Election Results

April 29, 2016


My Dear America:

It is just a couple of days following the Blowout Primary Elections in several different States. 

It was, to say the least, an important election day for both the Republican and Democratic Front Runners.  Donald Trump crushed his Republican Rivals, Ted Cruz and John Kasich in all five of the Primary States including Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut, Delaware and Rhode Island. 

Although John Kasich came in second in Connecticut, Maryland and Rhode Island, Trump's margin of victory over both Kasich and Cruz was at least a 30 point margin in all five states.

Bernie Sanders fared better in the April 26th Primaries.  He at least won the Rhode Island primary by about a 12 point margin.  Hillary Clinton's victories in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut and Delaware Were not by as large a margin of victory in all states as Trump but in Maryland she did beat Bernie Sanders by a 30 Point margin of victory.  In Delaware Hillary beat Bernie by 20 percentage points and in Pennsylvania by 12 points and Connecticut by 5 percentage points.

What do these results mean for the Republican and Democratic Parties?

It certainly seems to me as though the important Primary Elections may now have ended for both the Republicans and Democrats.  

Certainly The Republican Party is not a happy, joyous political party at the present time.  Clearly Republican party leaders do not appear to be pleased at the prospect of Donald Trump being at the head of the 2016 Republican Party Ticket. But the mean spirited, Anti Obama and Anti Obamacare Party, the party who met in January of 2009 and decided that they would do everything they could to keep President Obama from winning a second term, including shutting down the Government, clearly have reaped what they have sown.  Republicans have consistently encouraged their flock to hate Obama, to hate Democrats, to hate News Organizations other than Fox News, To hate Liberals and to tolerate stalled and ineffective government, especially with regard to Congress.

After the incredibly hateful and harmful agenda that the Republican Party has espoused for so long, the chickens have come home to roost.  Those chickens have brought with them their lead Rooster.  His name is Donald Trump.  

Trump may not be unstoppable at this point but if the Republican Party has a brokered convention which does not follow the lead of the Republican voters they are going to finish their convention as a fractured party with little hope of success in the November 2016 Election.  The truth is that no matter what happens at the Republican Party Convention, the Republican Party is going to be damaged, possibly beyond repair, at least for the upcoming election.

The Democratic Party is also a party that is headed for trouble.  I am already seeing on my Facebook page quite a number of disturbing posts by Bernie Sanders supporters indicating that they are angry and are unwilling to vote for Hillary Clinton.

It is my view that Bernie Sanders has been an exciting, honest and forthright Candidate for the Presidency of the United States.  Bernie entered the race and has continued the race with some very serious core concerns, which he has had the chance to voice over the course of the Democratic Primaries.  His concerns are the concerns of many Americans and he has articulated his concerns in numerous debates and Town Halls throughout the course of the Democratic Presidential Primary Campaign.  In my view and in the view of many people who know him, including former Speaker of the House, John Boehner, Bernie Sanders is one of the most honest politicians ever to go to Washington.  

When Bernie Sanders began his quest for the Presidency few people gave him a snowballs chance in hell to be as successful as he has been.  Bernie Sanders being in the race has clearly influenced Hillary Clinton to tilt to the left on many for the issues that Bernie has embraced over the many years he has been in Congress and over the year or so that he has been running for President.

Bernie Sanders turned the Democratic Primary Race for President into a referendum on whether or not the time had come for Americans to become involved in a New American Revolution to return to old respected values.  Bernie has not been a man who has based his politics on the preservation of the wealthy.  Just the opposite. He has based his politics on the preservation of the young, of the individual freedoms and of the political system that does not reward greed but instead rewards those individuals who are not rich enough to donate millions of dollars on their own to sponsor a candidate but are willing to make a small contribution to a political candidate that they can and do believe in.

The Bernie Sanders Presidential Campaign is not over by a long shot.  It is not dead after the April 26th Presidential Primaries.  Sanders performance in these five recent Primary States has been disappointing to those of us who have believed that Bernie Sanders could do the impossible and beat Hillary Clinton in the conventional Primary System.  Clearly Bernie has done better over the course of the Democratic Party Primary Elections than anyone, including Bernie, thought he could or would do.  Bernie Sanders caught on with young people as well as with many other Democrats through his message of changing the political system from within.  He did his best but although his candidacy is far from dead it appears to be on life support at the present time.

Certainly many Bernie Sanders workers and voters are disappointed at the results of the April 26th, 2016 Primary races.  I am disappointed also.  But I would ask those Bernie Sanders supporters who are ready to take out their frustrations on the Democratic Party to think about the foolishness of taking that path.  Although Bernie Sanders has not said it yet, I am sure that when all is said and done, and if he is not the final Candidate for President on the Democratic Ticket, that Bernie Sanders will do the right thing.  Although he also will be disappointed that he wasn't able to reach the finish line successfully he will recognize that in the end he will need to swallow his pride and recommend to his fellow revolutionaries that either not voting for Hillary Clinton or, worse yet, voting for Donald Trump or any other Republican candidate that manages to steal the election from him, will result in an America that will look and seem more like Hitler's Germany or Putin's Russia than the America we have long loved and respected.  

Like Hitler's Germany's Death Camps for Jews, Donald Trump has already chosen the people he will blame for his almost certain failures.  Mexicans, Muslims, Latinos and Blacks may not end up in death camps but they may end up like the virtual slaves that Trump industries has created in Dubai by taking individual worker's passports from them and keeping them in debt so that they can't realistically return to their home countries.  And in Dubai if the Trump slaves try to escape they may be gunned down.This is the kind of man who is poised to run for President of the United States on the Republican Ticket. God Help Us.

The Truth for me is that I was a Hillary Supporter before I was a Bernie Supporter.  I was very impressed by Hillary's book, "Hard Choices"which was given to me by two of my daughters.  I was impressed by the hard work Hillary had put in as Secretary of State and New York Senator.  I voted for her in the 2008 Pennsylvania Primary Race and before Bernie announced his Candidacy I was prepared to vote for Hillary again this Primary Season.  As I watched the parade of reckless candidates gather together on the Republican side of the Presidential Primary Race I was extremely relieved when Hillary finally threw her hat into the ring on the Democratic side of the Race for the Presidency.   

In the end though I voted for Bernie Sanders this time around in the Pennsylvania Primary.

The truth is that I do not blame Hillary for winning the Democratic Presidential Primary. She was and is the most qualified candidate among those running for President on either the Republican or Democratic side.  Other people can do what they want but I will not waste my vote by sitting out the Presidential Election because I am unhappy if Bernie doesn't get the Nomination.  I will be proudly voting for Hillary Clinton in November of 2016.

As the political talk gradually becomes about Vice Presidents I would like to make a suggestion to Hillary and Bernie, regardless of who wins the Nomination for President on the Democratic side.  If Hillary wins I think she would be wise to follow the Obama playbook and the "Team of Rivals" concept and pick Bernie Sanders as her Vice President.  Yes, the battle has been bloody and battering at times during the Primaries on both sides.  Hillary and Bernie have fought hard for the nomination of their party.  But regardless of how much they have fought and disagreed with  each other they still have many views and concerns in common.  

One other suggestion for Hillary is the possibility of her appointing Bill Clinton to be her Vice President.  I don't know if a former President can legally serve as a Vice President following his 8 years as President, but Hillary and Bill could be an interesting and winning combination, as could Hillary and Bernie.  

If Hillary is the Nominee or if Bernie is the Nominee, an excellent choice for either one of them for Vice President would be Elizabeth Warren.

But the battle for the White House still continues, and as interesting and frightening as it has been I believe that  the candidates have many more surprises in store for the American Voters.


Sincerely Yours

Jerry Gallagher

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Its February 10th, 2016, The Day After The New Hampshire Primary And The Revolution Has Finally Begun

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016



My Dear America:

Its the day after the New Hampshire Primary and after numerous debates by both the Republican and Democratic Candidates for President, After much hard work by many Campaign Workers and after much soul searching on the part of Political Pundits and Voters in the "Granite State" we finally have some idea of who the First Front Runners are in the first actual State Primary Election in the Race to find the Democratic and Republican Candidates for President who will run against each other for the Biggest American Political Prize in the fall of 2016.

And The Winners Are:

Republicans

The New Hampshire Republicans have chosen Donald Trump who ended up with over 35 percent of the votes cast in the NH Republican Race for President. Trump's victory was no surprise to anyone following the New Hampshire Race. What did prove surprising was the fact that Ohio Governor John Kasich came in Second.  Kasich was a distant second at nearly 16 percent of the vote but he was strong enough to outdistance his seemingly better known Republican Rivals including Ted Cruz at 11.7 percent, Jeb Bush at 11 percent, Marco Rubio at 10.6 percent. Chris Christie, had gambled that his brash debate bullying of Marco Rubio, who had come in 3rd in Iowa, would help him catch fire in New Hampshire.  Despite his high hopes for success in New Hampshire he spent a great deal of time there trying to build his campaign Christie came in at 7.4 percent.  

Once again Marco Rubio, although clearly damaged by his Saturday Night Debate Massacre by Christie still outdistanced The New Jersey "Bridgegate" Bully by over 3 percentage points, enough to give Rubio, along with Cruz and Bush, 3 delegates apiece to the Republican Nominating Convention later this year.  Christie went back to New Jersey after the New Hampshire Primary and ABC Television Reports today are predicting that Christie will be announcing soon that will be suspending his Presidential Campaign.

Carly Fiorina, who was not even included in last Saturday's debate did even more poorly than Christie.  She got only 4.1 percent of the vote.  Ben Carson, who apparently had not heard his name called at the last debate and stood around like a fool while other candidates flew by him like he was a wounded bird.  Only Trump waited with Carson in the wings when the ABC Hosts finally pleaded for him to come out.  The hosts also almost forgot to announce Kascich but JK made less of a fool of himself than Carson did.

So for Democrats, Liberals and Reasonable Voters everywhere in the United States Of America, as William Conrad used to announce at the beginning of a Quinn Martin produced Television show called "The Invaders" back in the day:

                         "The Nightmare Has already Begun."



Democrats

For Democrats The news out of New Hampshire is quite a bit simpler to understand, although for many establishment Democrats it may still not be very easy to accept.

The Democrats didn't have 17 candidates starting out on the Campaign trail. For a good while it seemed to Democratic Politicians as though there might only be one Candidate and that Candidate was Hillary Clinton.  Hillary announced online after prepping the media as to when to look for it.  Quite frankly, I was thrilled when Hillary announced.  I thought that with as screwed up as the world had become and the fact was that she had become a Grandmother that she might just say to herself and her family "Who Needs this, Not Me."  Of course it was a big deal when Hillary announced and it appeared to many Democrats, including me, that Hillary had it in the bag and that was, at the time, just fine with many Democrats, Including me.  

There was for awhile some rumbling about other challengers for the Democratic Nomination for President.  Martin O'Malley and Elizabeth Warren were two of the names bandied about.  Eventually O'Malley, the former Baltimore Mayor and Maryland Governor did announce that he was running for the Democratic Presidential Nomination and participated in several Democratic Candidate Debates.  Two other Candidates, Jim Webb of Virginia and Lincoln Chaffee of Rhode Island also participated in the first Democratic Debate but poll results after that debate showed that neither Webb nor Chaffee seemed to be showing any strength so, mercifully for everyone, especially themselves, they dropped out of the race.

Although Hillary Clinton and Martin O'Malley still remained in the race for the Democratic Nomination and on the debate stage for several more Democratic Debates, they had been joined on the debate stage by a little known Senator From Vermont named Bernie Sanders.  Bernie had been one of the few politicians who had been elected first to the House of Representatives and later on to the Senate not tied to the label of either party.  He was elected to Congress as an Independent.  While Bernie caucused in the congress with Democrats and held important committee positions Bernie Sanders advertised himself as a Democratic Socialist in Congress and still advertises himself as a Democratic Socialist.

How, Democratic Voters asked, could an avowed Socialist Democrat be successful in 2016 running on the prospect of promoting a voters revolution in America.  

Clearly, the powers that be in the Democratic and Republican Parties have underestimated this energetic Old Guy who has shown himself to be not only a strong candidate with a resounding message but a candidate who has turned the Democratic Party upside down in Iowa first where he tied with Hillary Clinton but especially in New Hampshire, where Bernie Sanders leaves the Granite State with not only a win under his belt but a decisive win of 60.4 percent compared to Hillary Clinton's showing of 38 percent.  O'Malley, although he had already bowed out of the campaign and the debates got a few votes in New Hampshire but not enough to make a difference.  

Clearly anyone looking at the results of the New Hampshire Primary needs to realize that it has not always been won by candidates who marched on to victory at their party conventions  or victory in the fall elections.  

But Political observers need to look at the New Hampshire results and realize that in the case of both the Republican and Democratic Vctories in New Hampshire the Outsiders, The Rebels, The Candidates not endorsed by many Party Leaders Won resounding victories.  Clearly Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are two completely different outsider candidates.

In my opinion Trump is a reckless fool who has shown himself to be a dangerous candidate who plays on American fears.  Mexicans, Muslims are bad people to Donald Trump.  Why are people voting for him?  I don't know.

Bernie Sanders, on the other hand I can understand and support.  He is promoting ideas that liberals and reasonable people can believe in.  As he has often pointed out he started out as a candidate who registed at less than 3 percent in the polls and now he has tied Hillary in Iowa and has beaten Hillary by a wide margin in New Hampshire.

Clearly a Revolution in the United States of America has begun and clearly it is going to be a long, sometimes dangerous and often interesting journey along the Presidential Campaign Trail this year.  

Batten down the hatches people.  The Broncos are just beginning to buck and its going to be a long ride to the finish line this year.


Sincerely Yours

Jerry Gallagher

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Goodbye Iowa - Hello New Hampshire - Democratic Version

Saturday, February 6th, 2016


My Dear America:

It's Saturday Night Live and after a few days of trashing one another on the Campaign Trail the Republican candidates this evening are really brutally trashing one another on another Presidential debate being broadcast on The ABC Television Network.

Earlier this week it was the Democratic candidates who were debating on television. After Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders left Iowa following a Virtual Tie result in the Iowa caucuses. the third Democratic candidate for President in the Iowa contest, Martin O'Malley, dropped out of the race for President after a poor showing in the Iowa caucuses.  O'Malley was an accomplished Democrat and should have done better in the Iowa contest but after registering a mere 3 percent of Iowa Caucus voters O'Malley did the right thing and left the race to Bernie and Hillary to fight it out. 

And fight it out they did and are continuing to do.  Although Bernie's lead continues to be substantial according to New Hampshire Polls those polls seem to be also showing a slow but steady improvement in Hillary's New Hampshire voter support.  It is hard to see the prospect of Bernie's more than 10 percent poll edge disappearing but stranger things have happened in New Hampshire Presidential Primary Elections before.

Although Hillary and Bernie have not sunk to anywhere near the level of savagery that the Republicans have shown toward each other in tonight's debate, the Democrats have certainly, in the waning days of the New Hampshire Primary Campaign, taken off the kid gloves in Town Halling and Debating one another. This is nothing new in New Hampshire Democratic Presidential Primary Contests but it is certainly a new level of verbal violence in this particular race between these two particular candidates.   

Both Bernie and Hillary are criss crossing New Hampshire at breakneck paces and Bill Clinton and Jane Sanders are also showing up in the state to do what they can do to help their spouses.  Hillary is scheduled to go to Flint Michigan on Sunday to try to do what she can to increase the attention given to the water crisis there.  

The Sanders campaign has announced that Bernie will be in New York City this evening to appear on Saturday Night Live with Larry David, who has played Bernie Sanders in several skits during the past SNL Season.  Sanders has made it clear that he is not miffed about the Larry David impressions of him but is in fact a fan of Larry David.  

Its down to the wire in this incredible contest and despite the fact that Bernie continues to top the polls no one is counting their chickens in this state until they are hatched on Tuesday.

Stay Tuned;

Live from New Hampshire It'll be Tuesday Night Live and it should be very interesting.  


Sincerely Yours

Jerry Gallagher

Friday, February 5, 2016

Goodbye Iowa - Hello New Hampshire - Republican Version

February 5th, 2016



My Dear America:

Well, Its on Now.  

After nearly a years worth of Bullshit, Bluster and Barnstorming on the part of a whole new Crop of American Presidential Candidates we have finally had something happen that really means something.  We have had something akin to an election.  It wasn't really an election.  It was the Iowa Caucus or Caucuses.  It was the first time since 2012 that Americans (Iowans Only) had to get up off their asses, walk out of their dwellings and go somewhere to make it known to other Iowans, and other Americans, as well, who was the person in their party that they preferred to run for President.

Although the Iowa Caucus is not really an election, It does mean something Special in American Politics and it has taught not only Iowans but also other Americans elsewhere in the country some valuable lessons over the years.  Some of those lessons have been taught before and, indeed, learned before but like many other life lessons forgotten over the course of several years, sometimes we all need reminders to refresh our political memories.

The past year has been filled with strange political lessons even before the actual voting of the Iowa Caucus.

We learned, for instance, that even a disingenuous disgraceful First Term Senator from Texas, who seemed to take Great Pleasure in shutting down the United States Government in an effort to defund programs he didn't like, could not only participate in the Presidential Primary Process but could actually win his party's nomination process in the great state of Iowa.

"How Stupid are the people of Iowa," Donald Trump ranted at one of his well attended rallys.  Well, apparently they weren't quite stupid enough to vote Trump for First Place in the Iowa Caucus.  Yet, they did vote The Big Mouth that Roared into Second Place on the Iowa Caucus tally sheet.  Good God, that's bad enough.  

And Ted Cruz, the Winner in Iowa, was apparently successful in covering over his Political Warts.  Ted Cruz, the man who single handedly shut down the Federal Government so that he could read Green Eggs and Ham into the Congressional record won the votes of Iowa Republicans despite the fact that he is probably the single most despised man in the entire Republican Party.

Ted was, however, the first Dark Horse out of the gate in 2015 making his announcement at Liberty University early in the year.  His announcement was, of course, filled with derisive comments about "Obamacare" and days after his announcement at Liberty U. when Ted's wife left her Wall Street Job and her health care benefits behind, Ted signed the family up for the hated "Obamacare" program.  It was to be only one of many indications of what a fraud Ted Cruz was.  

Ted and Marco Rubio, two Americans born of Cuban immigrants, First Term United States Senators running for President in 2015 and 2016 tried to outdo each other on presenting themselves as Anti Immigration Republicans. Despite the fact that neither Rubio or Cruz would be Americans if it wasn't for their parents immigrating to America these two phonys came in First (Cruz) and Third (Rubio) in the Republican Iowa Caucus Results.  

Rubio, a young Senator with a debt soaked checkered past in Florida and little inclination for showing up to work as a First Term Senator, did, however, manage to keep his campaign afloat as other lighter funded candidates fell by the wayside during 2015.

As Republicans voted in the Iowa Caucus the Campaign Trail had already been littered with the carcases of many former All Star Republican Candidates who had not lasted on the Campaign Trail and underfunded and unappreciated they began to fall like failed track stars that couldn't make it to the finish line.  In fact, they couldn't even make it to the starting gate of the Iowa Caucuses.

Like Bruce Springsteen's "Broken Heroes on a Last Chance Power Try" They had come alive on the Republican Campaign Trail and those who were allowed to participate in the Debates by the Media Power Brokers did so with a relish.
Former Governor of Virginia, Jim Gilmore got no traction at all and was shut out of most debates,  Former Governor of Texas, Rick Perry, who had dropped out in 2012 ended up dropping out again, Former New York Governor, George Patacki despite good showings on what Rachel Maddow first and others later on called "The Kids Table Debates," just never caught fire and dropped out, Same with South Carolina Senator and John McCain Buddy, Lindsey Graham and Louisiana Governor, Bobby Jindal.  Wisconsin Governor, Scott Walker's Republican Star seemed to burn very brightly for awhile but in the end the light and the big money disappeared and so did Scott Walker from the Campaign Trail.

Following the Iowa Caucuses Former Pennsylvania Senator, Rick Santorum, Tennessee U.S. Senator, Rand Paul and Former Arkansas Governor and Fox News Host, Mike Huckabee also gave up the ghost and dropped out of the Republican Presidential Race.

Even after poor showings in Iowa, however, Dr. Ben Carson, Former Florida Governor, Jeb Bush, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Failed CEO of Hewlett Packard and failed California Senate Candidate, Carly Fiorina, Ohio Governor, John Kasich and Multi Millionaire Businssman, Donald Trump all remained in the race for President after Iowa.

If there is one candidate who should have learned a valuable lesson in Iowa it is Donald Trump.  Although Trump came in Second in the Iowa Race he had predicted that he would win and win big in Iowa.  It must have been galling to lose to Ted Cruz, who Trump had unleashed a scorched earth policy on during the waning days of the Iowa campaign.  It must also have galled Trump that he had only beaten Marco Rubio by one percentage point.  Trump seemed to be almost conciliatory to his rivals and to Iowa residents on Caucuses night.
I wouldn't bet that that attitude lasts long, especially if Trump tops the Field of Dreamers in New Hampshire.

We shall soon see what happens in New Hampshire in the First Actual State Primary Election this year.


Sincerely Yours

Jerry Gallagher


Thursday, December 24, 2015

Its Christmas Eve 2015 in America and all is Not Calm

Thursday, December 23rd, 1015



My Dear America:

Well it is Christmas Eve 2015 and many Americans are either ready or getting ready for the big day tomorrow.  2015 has been an uneasy and frightening year in many respects.  We have seen the unbelievably swift and brutal rise of ISIS, a terrorist group of epic and bloodthirsty proportions who seem to wish to kill anyone who is unlucky enough to get in their path.  

Clearly they have shown in the bloodbath that they have taken credit for in Paris, France on an extremely unlucky Friday the 13th, that they don't seem to care who they kill as long as the body count is high and the media coverage is extensive.  

Then, we also need to contemplate on this foggy Christmas Eve the worst Christmas Party of all time out in San Bernadino, California where the seemingly likeable Muslim Health Inspector apparently got angry and stormed out of the party.  He returned to the party with his gun toting wife and between them killed several of his co-workers.  Prior to the couple dying in a hail of police bullets, the Health Inspector's Muslim wife pledged allegiance to ISIS.  Although this Deadly Health Inspector was Muslim we must be careful not to blame all Muslims for the dirty deeds done by some in the name of ISIS.  Most Muslims are peace loving and decent people who reject violence and we must keep that in mind.

And as we contemplate the upcoming year, 2016, on this Christmas Eve we also must look back at 2015 and realize that 2015 was not simply a nightmare year because of terrorism.  It was also a nightmare year in politics primarily due to the startling emergence in the Republican Party of Donald "Trumpzilla" Trump in the race for the Presidency.

Trumpzilla, we can recall was the person who ran the issue of Barack Obama's Birth Certificate into the ground during the last Presidential Election.  At that time we can also recall that Trump threatened to run for President then but chose instead to keep Celebrity Apprentice going for a couple of more years.  

This past year Trump did not threaten to run.  He made it official on June 16th of this year that he was running for President.  On June 16th Trump made his first statements about the BIG WALL he was going to build to keep those Mexican rapists and criminals from coming to America.  Since then Trump has made one outrageous statement after another.  Although each of his outrageous statements seemed to be the one that would seal his doom, Trump has miraculously continued to rise in the polls and on Christmas Eve 2015 he is still ahead of all his Republican Rivals in the latest polls.  

The truth is that as awful and divisive a Candidate as Trump is he is probably not the worst Presidential Candidate in the Republican Party.  The Republicans started out with at least 17 announced candidates.  Although Scott Walker, Rick Perry, Bobby Jindal and Lindsay Graham have read the writing on the wall and left the race for the Republican Presidential Candidate Coronation, there are plenty of nightmare Republican Candidates left.

Fortunately, we have three good Candidates on the Democratic side.

We can only hope that one of those Democrats comes out ahead in November of 2016 and saves us from the Scourge of Candidates Republicans have to choose from.

Like the Charles Dickens character of Tiny Tim in "A Christmas Carol" all I have to say on this Christmas Eve is:

                                     GOD BLESS US, EVERY ONE  



Sincerely Yours

Jerry Gallagher






Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The Democratic Socialist Revolution Has Begun - Maybe

October 14th, 2015


My Dear America:

Last night was the First Televised Debate featuring the Five declared Candidates hoping to be selected as the Nominee of the Democratic Party for President in 2016.  Although it was far from a Love Fest, It was a far cry from the two previously broadcast Human Demolition Derbys featuring Trumpzilla and the Seventeen Republican Dwarf Candidates.  The brutal Republican slugfests were in stark contrast to last night's rather sedate and respectful presentation of Democratic Candidates.  most of what could be said  about last night's debate has been said, all day yesterday and most of last night following the debate on CNN.  

What last night's debate showed was the fact that Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are great debaters and great candidates for the presidential nod by the Democrats.  Both explained themselves and their positions very well. When the issue of Hillary's E Mails came up Bernie took the unusual political step of stating that the American people have heard "Enough about the Damn E Mails" and in so doing turned the attention back to the important issues that needed to be dealt with in America and around the world.  Hillary and Bernie made me proud to be a Democrat last night.

Although Anderson Cooper and the CNN team did a good job of coordinating the debate and asking relevant questions, clearly Hillary and Bernie, whether they tried to or not, hogged the spotlight.  

Although that was the case, the three other Democrats in the debate did get their chances to introduce themselves to America.  Although Martin O'Malley had appeared on television from time to time in recent months both Lincoln Chaffee and Jim Webb had been given very little attention by the American media. Although Martin O'Malley did manage to get a word in edgewise now and then in last night's debate, both Chaffee and Webb seemed to have little time to have their say. Webb complained about it but was chastised by Anderson Cooper.  I have to admit that Webb did have a right to complain and so did Chaffee.  

The truth is that Webb and Chaffee did get some time to explain who they were and why they were in the race and what they stood for but I would be surprised if either Webb or Chaffee improved their poll numbers by much. O'Malley, who had been mentioned in previous Presidential Elections as a possible Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate seemed to show in last nights debate that he could still be a very accomplished Vice President.  It is doubtful, however, that O'Malley can really break out as a serious candidate to challenge Sanders or Clinton for the official Democratic Presidential Nod.

Many of the talking heads last night stated that Joe Biden might have been the "Big Loser" in last nights debate.  That may be true but if Joe B. wants to run I think there will be plenty of room on the stage in future debates once Chaffee, Webb and O'Malley realize that Their dreams of Presidential Glory are unlikely to come true, at least this time around.

Hillary and Bernie, however, seem to be here to stay on the debate stage in the near future.  They belong there and Bernie's ongoing reference to a "Revolution" in the making seems to have made his candidacy one that needs to be taken seriously  and one which has already shaken up the Process in the Democratic Party.  Bernie's Populist Message regarding the virtual disappearance of the Middle Class in America and the need to restore it certainly resonates with Democrats and most likely will resonate with many Americans in Both Parties.

Bernie Sanders is a leader and has proved his worth so far in early polling. When he states that The Revolution has begun, he knows what he is talking about because he is leading this Exciting New American Revolution. 


Sincerely Yours

Jerry Gallagher

Monday, October 12, 2015

Why Joe Biden Shouldn't Run - Yet

October 12th, 2015


My Dear America:

I Know.  I Know.

You haven't heard from me for a long time.  Sorry about that, but I have had a bunch of things going and it has gotten a bit harder to find time to Blog, although I confess that I miss it.

Certainly, although a lot has gone on in the Presidential Campaigns in recent months, it is, of course, really still at the beginning of the Presidential Race.

Today we are one day away from the First Televised Debate featuring the announced Democratic Party Presidential Contenders.  

Those Contenders so far include Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O'Malley, Jim Webb and Lincoln Chaffee.

Presently at the head of the pack Hillary Clinton still seems to be the likely Democratic Party choice, although Bernie Sanders certainly at this stage of the game seems to be giving Hillary more than a run for her money.  In poll after poll recently his numbers have been increasing to the point where he is beating Hillary in polls in Iowa and New Hampshire, as well as elsewhere.

Right now in Las Vegas as CNN, the sponsor and broadcaster of tomorrow's Democratic Debate, has set up 5 podiums and has announced the setting of tomorrows debate participants.  Although the five mentioned debaters have confirmed their agreement to participate in tomorrows debate , CNN has also confirmed that they have agreed that even if he decides to participate in the debate at the last minute, that Vice President Joe Biden would be included in the debate.  An extra podium is just offstage in the event that Joe B. decides to participate in tomorrows debate.

Speculation about Joe Biden running for President has been raging for months. He has talked to friends and his family members about it and, in fact, his son,Beau, on his dying bed advised Joe to run.  Other Democrats have urged him to run also.

In my opinion Joe should not participate in tomorrow's debate although his last minute participation would certainly make the debate more interesting.

I feel, however, that if Joe runs for President that there will be no advantage to him to announce now and debate now.  Certainly Biden is an excellent debater, as he has proved many times over the years and he would add much to tomorrow's debate.  If he does run for President, however, I think he has more to gain by taking his time getting into the race.

Although the chaos in the Republican Party thus far and the BS about Hillary Clinton's E Mails makes it feel as though the Presidential Campaign is almost over, the truth is that it has really just begun and has a long way to go.  Joe B. jumping into the race right now will only give Republicans a longer to time to go after him and try to tear him apart.

Although certainly Joe B.'s tendency to say what he thinks has gotten him in trouble in the past, in the Era of Donald Trump, Joe's honesty might be considered more of an asset than a liability by the voters.  Certainly, Barack Obama has shown his appreciation for Joe's political capabilities over the course of the Obama Administration.  Whether Obama would outright support Joe for the Democratic Nomination for President remains to be seen. 

Joe Biden was, after all the person who early on in the debate about Iraq suggested that Iraq be partitioned into Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish portions.  If we had followed Joe's advice perhaps we would all be better off now. Certainly Iraq would be better off.

During the insanity that led to the government Shutting down it was, in the end, Joe Biden and his friendly relationships with Republican leaders that led to reasonable people in the Congress coming to their senses and ending the stupidity of shutting down the United States Government.

Joe Biden is a decent man and a truly talented politician.  He would make a Great President, just as he has made a Great Vice President.

In my opinion Joe should run, but not this early.  Let the Republicans finish each other off in the coming months and Let things play out in Democratic Politics , as well.  

Certainly Joe Biden takes a chance if he waits to get in the race.  He is, however, in double digits in the polls even without being officially in the race. Joe is already a Contender in the race.  In my opinion, Joe should continue to do his job as well as he can and avoid being tarnished by the Republicans as a Politician first and a Vice President Second.

In my opinion Joe Biden should save his money, do his job and watch how things play out in both the Republican and Democratic Parties.  Joe will be welcome to join the election process whenever he chooses to do it and will be able to raise money and meet the competition with all the vigor he has.  I am sure that his dying son's request that he should run is with him every day and in time will cause him to make the right choice.  

I personally hope Joe Joins the race.  I am not sure at this point whether I will vote for him but I certainly think that his long and distinguished career in politics and especially his performance as Vice President will guarantee him a podium on a debate stage at some point in the future.

Whether or not he runs or doesn't run and whether or not I will vote for him, I, as a proud Democrat will always love that other proud Coal Cracker from my Home Town of Scranton, Pennsylvania, Joe Biden.


Sincerely Yours

Jerry Gallagher