‘William L. Dawson, Democratic Vice Presidential candidate, the first Black Vice Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, and the first Black Congressman to chair a standing Congressional Committee, was born in Albany, GA, on this date April 26, 1886.’
(painting: William L. Dawson by Robert Bruce Williams)
Before and After the First Clinton Announcement in July 2016
“He doesn’t care about politics; he only cares about getting the job done.” -President Barack Obama, 2013
“There was an extensive, as you know, Brett, investigation by the FBI, under the direction of a wonderful, and tough, career public servant, Jim Comey [into Hillary Clinton]. …
The wonderful and tough career public servant Jim Comey. Jim was in the
U.S. Attorney’s office in the eastern district of Virginia when I was
the mayor of Richmond and he’s somebody with the highest standards of
-Former Vice Presidential Candidate and current Senator Tim Kaine
“This is a great man. We are very privileged in our country to have him be the director of the FBI.” -House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi
“No one can question the integrity, the competence [of James Comey].” -Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid
“I don’t know whether your family’s watching this, but I hope that they
are as proud of you as I am, because you are the epitome of what a
public servant is all about… Sacrificing over and over and over
again, trying to do the right thing, sometimes coming under ridicule,
but again still doing the right thing.” -Representative Elijah Cummings of Maryland
“If you indict Comey’s integrity, then you are making a big mistake.” -Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean
After Reopening the Clinton Investigation in October 2016 and After the Election in November 2016
“He was a partisan in all of this. It’s obvious.” -Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid
“I have lost confidence in FBI Director James Comey.“ -Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer
“The FBI Director has no credibility.” -Representative Maxine Waters of California
“It’s really unfortunate because I do think he is a good person, maybe he’s not in the right job.”
-House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi
“I’m just saying Director Comey testified this week and he made it very plain that he broke the FBI rules with respect to the Clinton campaign, and he chose not to break the rules with respect to the Trump campaign, and that was a factor. There are many factors, but I think it will go down as probably the lowest moment in the history of the FBI, probably next to the decision of J. Edgar Hoover to wiretap Martin Luther King.“ -Former Vice Presidential Candidate and current Senator Tim Kaine
After Comey’s Firing in May 2017
“And now the President fired the one independent person who was doing the most to investigate President Trump and his campaign over allegations of coordination with Russia.”
-Representative Elijah Cummings of Maryland
“I told the president, ‘Mr. President, with all due respect, you are making a big mistake. The first question the administration has to answer is, why now?”
-Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer
“No, I do not necessarily support the president’s decision.“
-Representative Maxine Waters of California
“I’ve been critical of Jim Comey, but I haven’t called for him to be fired. He’s got to be insulated from politics to do the job. The White House sacked Jim Comey for one reason, which is they are deeply concerned about the investigation that he is conducting into the ties with Russia.“
-Former Vice Presidential Candidate and current Senator Tim Kaine
Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, the Federalist's vice-presidential candidate in 1800, was seventy-two in 1818 when he was “accidentally” arrested. As Massachusetts Federalist Harrison Gray Otis told the story to his wife, Pinckney, a widower, was in the wrong place at the wrong time. A local storeowner had been robbed, and in the course of the ensuing manhunt, the police spotted Pinckney sneaking out of an abandoned house where he was arranged to meet a prostitute. Everything was cleared up when the statesman was recognized…
Fallen Founder: Aaron Burr, page 135
Vituous old Pinckney probably had to explain to the police that he was busy getting his nut and couldn’t rob a store.
Things I learned from watching the news in the 80s:
Union Carbide leaked gas from a plant in India in mid-80s and killed over 3,000 people
Geraldine Ferraro was the first female vice presidential candidate for a major political party (ticketed with Walter Mondale) and one of the major things that brought her down was a tax scandal
In 1985/6 NYC opened up trash collecting jobs for women, who really wanted it because they paid really well!
Heart transplant receivers were suffering from so many strokes that last I saw they were considering stopping transplants altogether; don’t know what happened there
Ronald Reagan once visited a cemetery in Bitburg, West Germany and caused major controversy because 49 Nazis happened to be buried there
Obviously bad things happening in South Africa, Lebanon, the Soviet Union, etc and with AIDS
Earthquake in Mexico City killed 5,000 people in 1985
10 year old Samantha Smith became an unofficial peace ambassador to the Soviet Union and later died in a plane crash at the age of 13
In 1984, Bernhard Goetz, “subway vigilante,” shoots four black teens after allegedly attempting to rob him, causing major debates about self-defense, race + crime and became a symbol for New Yorker’s frustration with high crime rates
I had to watch Ronald Reagan talk about popping a pimple
S T A R W A R S (Ronald Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative)
1985: NYC opens a “Homosexual High School” (Harvey Milk High, still open today)
Reagan had the Queen over for tacos and enchiladas in 1983
The latest film in Disney’s recent trend of remaking their animated classics as live action will be “Moana,” the original of which has yet to be released.
“We at Disney feel that Moana is our best animated film yet and we won’t wait to adapt it as a live action feature,” said Disney representative Mike Pence (Not to be confused with Republican Vice Presidential candidate Mike Pence). “With successes like “Maleficent,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Cinderella,” “The Jungle Book,” and the upcoming “Mulan,” and “Beauty and the Beast” films, we feel the time is right to adapt Moana for a 2019 release.”
Disney is not without its critics however. According to film critic Tim Kaine (Not to be confused with Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Tim Kaine), “Disney is all about money now, they’ll remake anything they’ve got for a quick buck.” There’s no denying the trend, but with high box office results and good reviews, many feel the remake fad is delivering some of the studio’s best works. Moana has received very good reviews from preview screenings, and the live action version will surely be worth seeing.
Moana comes out on November 23rd, 2016, and again in live action on December 15th, 2019. Scarlett Johansson has been confirmed for the lead role.
Responding to comments made by then-VP-candidate Sarah “you betcha” Palin
Ellen: “I don’t know if you saw this, but Vice Presidential Candidate, Governor Sarah Palin says she’s that in favor of a federal ban on gay marriage. Basically she wants to change the constitution.
So if you’re wondering, I’m sure you are, how I feel about this…I don’t like it, I don’t like it. I don’t agree. Maybe it’s because I’m gay that I think we should all be equal. But I feel that we’re all equal.
I don’t know what people are scared of. Maybe they think that their children will be influenced. And I gotta say I was raised by two heterosexuals. I was surrounded by heterosexuals just everywhere I looked heterosexuals. And they did not influence…. I mean I dabbled in high school, who didn’t? Everyone dabbled, ya know?
People are gonna be who they’re gonna be. And we need to learn to love them for who they are and let them love who they want to love.”
ok but what really scares me about this election is that, in the event he does win, trump is facing criminal lawsuits in the very near future (including one for the sexual abuse of a child). so, if trump does win, is prosecuted and found guilty, his vice presidential candidate becomes the elected president by default. meaning mike pence, governor of indiana, a man who has an actual record of passing terrifying legislation (including mandating people who receive abortions to pay for the cremation or funeral for the aborted fetuses), becomes the president. and he scares me a hell of a lot more than donald does.
Despite the somewhat early hour on a now curfew free Friday night, Madeleine doesn’t feel much like going out, so she and Westley curl up together and flip on the television. After channel surfing for a while, West eventually settles on a long-running late night talk program, The Evening Show with Ray Simo.
“Ugh, his face annoys me,” Maddie groans and collapses back on to the bed beside Westley. “Maybe it’s his ginormous chin or those smug, beady eyes, but every time I look at him I get the heebie jeebies. Like he knows the punch line to the world’s funniest joke, but I have to take off my top before he’ll tell it to me.”
West smiles, interlacing his fingers with hers. “Yeah, I’m sure he’s an asshole. Wealth seems to have that effect on people. The more money you have the more distance it puts between you and the rest of the population. Like this guy,” he says as he motions to the handsome, well dressed man who just walked onto the stage. “Everything about him screams money, from that expensive suit to his pretentious smirk and condescending little strut. And how much do you want to wager he’s some well-to-do politician or high level businessman?”
“Not taking that bet,” she laughs without glancing up at the TV.
“Oh, he’s from Bridgeport,” Westley frowns, scanning the caption at the bottom of the screen. “Theodore Davenport, newly elected governor and son of Thaddeus Davenport, the longest serving governor in Simington state’s history and the national vice presidential candidate in the elections of ‘28 and ‘36… I wonder if he’s related to Arabella from the museum?” he muses out loud.
“Gianna’s never mentioned it before, but she wouldn’t-” Maddie freezes midsentence as the man’s laughter spills from the television speakers and into the hotel room. “W-what did you say his name w-was again?”
A new ad from a political action committee is focused on the possibility of Hillary Clinton making history as the first woman president of the United States.
The ad — titled Man Smart (Woman Smarter) and featuring the song of the same name — opens with a shot of Michelle Obama and her quote: “So much history yet to be made.” It then rolls through a “who’s who” of pioneers in women’s political history including the first woman Supreme Court Justice, Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman vice presidential candidate, Geraldine Ferraro, the first woman Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, and the first African-American woman secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice.
The ad then pauses on a still of an open presidential lectern in the White House with the words “It’s time” suspended above. Next, we see a black-and-white still of a smiling Clinton. “Vote Hillary. #FirstWoman,” the ad concludes.
Remember that time the U.S. shot down an Iranian civilian airliner over Iranian airspace, killing all 290 on board, including 66 children, and then refused to apologize for doing it?
“I will never apologize for the United States. I don’t care what the facts are. I’m not an apologize-for-America kind of guy.” – Vice President (and then-presidential candidate) George H.W. Bush, commenting on the downed airliner, 8/2/1988
Some of Vice President Marshall’s greatest hits:
•"I don’t want to work [after leaving office], but I wouldn’t mind being Vice President again.“
•”[Have you ever heard the story of the man who had two sons?] One went away to sea and drowned, the other was elected Vice President. The poor father died of a broken heart – he never heard from either one afterward.“
•”[Indiana] is the mother of Vice Presidents, home to more second-class men than any other state.“ – Explaining why it made sense that he was from Indiana after his original nomination for Vice President in 1912.
•"The Vice President’s Chamber is adjacent to the Senate Chamber, and so small that to survive it is necessary to keep the door open to obtain the necessary cubic feet of air. When the Vice President is in the room [Capitol tour guides] go by with their guests, stop and point him out, as though he were a curiosity. I stood this for about as long as I could, and then went to the door and said: ‘If you look on me as a wild animal, be kind enough to throw peanuts at me; but if you are really desirous of seeing me, come in and shake hands.’ In that way I think I restored myself to the position I have always desired to occupy; that of an American, who looks up to nobody, looks down on nobody, but tries to keep a conscience clean enough that he can look everybody in the face.” – Anecdote from his autobiography, Thomas R. Marshall: A Hoosier Salad
•"From your only Vice, Thomas R. Marshall" – Inscription that Marshall made in a book about Indiana that he gave to President Wilson.
•"To acknowledge the insignificant influence of the office; to take it in a good-natured way; to be friendly and well disposed to political friend and foe alike, to be loyal to my chief and at the same time not to be offensive to my associates.“ – Marshall’s philosophy about his role as Vice President
•"In the city of Denver, while I was Vice President, a big husky policeman kept following me around until I asked him what he was doing. He said he was guarding my person. I said: 'Your labor is in vain. Nobody was ever crazy enough to shoot as a Vice President. If you will go away and find somebody to shoot at me, I’ll go down in history as the first Vice President who ever attracted enough attention even to have a crank shoot at him.” – Anecdote related by Marshall in his autobiography, Recollections of Thomas R. Marshall: A Hoosier Salad
Bernie Sanders on Tuesday reached for a familiar name when discussing which women would be qualified to be his vice president: Elizabeth Warren.
“I’m not going to commit — you have to look at the best candidates you can,” Sanders told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “The women of this country, the people of this country understand it would be a great idea to have a woman as vice president and something I would give very, very serious thought to.”
Asked whether there are any women qualified for the job, Sanders responded, “Are there are any women? Yes, there are many women qualified for that job.”
As far as whether he could name a few, Sanders said it is “a little too early to be speculating on that.”
“But I think, as you know, there are people in life today, Elizabeth Warren, I think, has been a real champion in standing up for working families, taking on Wall Street,” he said, referring to the liberal Democratic senator from Massachusetts. “There are other fantastic women who have been active in all kinds of fights who I think would make great vice presidential candidates.”
And then there was South Carolina. The Federalists had high hopes for South Carolina’s eight votes [in 1800]; their vice presidential candidate was that state’s immensely popular general Charles Cotesworth Pinckney. Many southern Federalists even planned to promote Pinckney by awarding him all eight votes while withholding a few from Adams. Had they succeeded in this effort, the nation would have witnessed the inauguration of President Pinckney in March 1801. That this inaugural did not occur seems largely the result of the actions of Charles Pinckney, a second cousin of Charles Cotesworth Pinckney and a Republican. This Pinckney worked furiously in the legislature to prevent the election of his cousin, promising patronage to those who wavered, and successfully seeing that Jefferson and Burr received all eight votes. Though each of these electors won by a very small margin, their eight votes were exactly the Republican margin of victory. What if the Republican Pinckney had put family values first and worked as hard for his cousin’s victory? What if his patronage bribes had been exposed and the assembly had responded in disgust by turning to Adams and Pinckney. Obviously it did not happen, but it easily could have.
Michael Bellesiles, “The Soil Will be Soaked with Blood”: Taking the Revolution of 1800 Seriously
Former Republican vice presidential candidate and all-around political sideshow Sarah Palin declared on Friday that she’s “seriously interested” in running for president in 2016. The very next day, however, she snuffed out any allure of a presidential run — by opening her mouth.
If they were ever going to relaunch The West Wing, Dule Hill is now over 35 (which means he can run for President) and President Santos’ second term would be over in January of 2015 (he took office in January 2007 in the series’ continuity). If Charlie Young was the President in a retooled series, his wife would be Zoe Bartlet, thus giving a major reason for Martin Sheen’s former President Bartlet to be involved in the show and Presidency. Josh Lyman would be the Vice President (following in the late Leo McGarry’s career trajectory of Chief of Staff to Vice Presidential Candidate). With the “trinity” of Young, Lyman and Bartlet you’d have the core cast right there, and a reason to bring every other series regular back.
Sorkin and NBC, call me! 😉
And c'mon son, you know James Roday has to be his Chief of Staff.