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Tag: 2016

Cory Booker- Beyond the Senate Race

Cory Booker has a healthy lead and it seems pretty likely that he will be the new senator for the state of New Jersey.

The Newark Mayor has an intense social media presence on twitter and a huge following nation wide given his very hands on nature. During hurricane Sandy he was actively putting people in touch with resources and even had citizens at his house using his electricity. He also has been known to run into burning buildings to help people. And rescue dogs left outside in hostile weather conditions. (not an exaggeration- actual events!)

In fact, given his character and media presence, I can’t help but ask myself – Will Booker be in the senate long?

Not that I think that he will not be able to withstand a re-election cycle. Rather I think that Booker is a plausible vice presidential pick for a 2016 Democratic ticket. While I don’t think he can pull out a presidential nomination, he seems like a strong person to place down ticket. He would be great on a national campaign circuit with his astounding energy levels. And he has strong chops on executive experience as the mayor the largest city in New Jersey- particularly given his executive leadership during the aftermath of Sandy. This could help round out the ticket for a candidate who had spent their time in the legislative branch and was lacking in executive experience.

Plus the old desire to balance a ticket with a Southern is quickly fading for the DNC as they realize that they can easily win elections without carrying the south at all. (Though that hasn’t stopped them from planning to work to bring Texas into contention)

So Cory Booker for Vice President in 2016? Seems like it could happen.


Open Letter to Gov. Cuomo

Governor Cuomo,

You want to run for president in 2016. Don’t act coy. We all know you are going to run. And if neither Clinton or Biden runs, things don’t look bad for you in current polling. So let me give you a piece of advice on strategy.

Don’t pick a fight with Anthony Weiner. When I read your “shame on us” remark... all I could think was “oh dear god, that was stupid.” You can call it a joke, but the damage is done already- you can’t unsay it.

And Anthony Weiner isn’t know for his calm-level headed behavior. Right now, he isn’t very powerful. A disgraced former congressman. He still has some power thanks to his considerable influence with in parts of the democratic party, but that is nothing compared to the potential.

If he wins the mayor race, Weiner will become a very, very powerful man. In fact, he will be a considerable more powerful man than he was prior to his resignation from congress. And if he decides to hold a grudge, possibly a powerful enough man to derail your presidential primary efforts. He could make your life hard as governor and damage your chances that way or he could use the huge influence of being a mayor of a city with more people than many states to derail you. Either way, you could get hurt badly, and that is before his wife gets involved.

Huma Abedin is a power player in her own right. With her close relationship with the Clintons, she could potentially hold sway in the primary. Or in the case of a Hillary nomination, she could nudge your name lower down the VP list. I am assuming here that she wants her husband to become mayor, but I am guessing that is a pretty safe assumption.

So what can you do now that you have likely pissed off someone who could potentially become very powerful in very short order? Well, I think it is time to make nice. Apologize to Weiner for the remark personally. Plus, make some sort of public statement about the remark being a joke in poor judgement and that of course you support the democratic candidate for mayor as chosen by the primary- including if that candidate is Weiner.

Or not. I mean it is up to you. But you have a presidential primary campaign to think about and not having a powerful, renowned hot head in your party pissed off at you, well that is probably the safer choice.

Up to you though.

A Political Strategy Nerd

P.S. No jokes about his name either- that won’t help you salvage the relationship any.


Warren 2016?

Elizabeth Warren’s victory speech cemented my cry of “Warren 2016.” I have been hoping for months that she would win the senate race because I look at her and I see a potential president. I see a brilliant woman and brilliance is so often lacking in our politics.

The video is worth watching but if you want to read the transcript it’s available. 

She owns the made up you didn’t build that scandal that came from Obama paraphrasing her you didn’t get rich on your own sentiments. She says “An amazing campaign. And let me be clear: I didn’t build that. You built that!” She embraces in it a way that disarms it. She says with that essentially -yeah I said they didn’t get rich by themselves, because we all do things with the support of others.

And she thanked a lot of people while committing to work hard for the people who worked hard for her.

“And to our Congressional delegation, to all of our mayors and legislators, council members and sheriffs, to the nurses, to the firefighters, to the teachers, to the janitors, to the carpenters, to laborers, to the men and women of the building trade, and to all of our brothers and sisters in the labor movement, to the LGBT community, to the women’s groups, to the environmental groups, to the ministers – I’m so grateful, to the credit unions, to the more than 700 small businesses supporting us, to the student organizers, to the Democratic committee, all of you – all of you – have had my back, and I promise you I’ll have your back.”

Brothers and sisters in the labor movement. Women’s groups. LGBT. Environmentalists  She has acknowledged and committed to fight for the groups that fight for democratic presidential nominees. Assuming she keeps her promise to fight for them, I think they will be ready to fight hard for her in 2016. I think they will be ready to knock on doors and call people and give time and energy to a campaign for her. And crucial to beating the GOP’s superior cash from the billionaires she wants to pay their fair share? That energy. That people power that she has the potential to turn out.

She closed by committing to serve in the image of Ted Kennedy. She said  “50 years ago, he said that he would dedicate all his strength and will to serve you in the United States Senate. For 47 years, he lived up to that promise. Tonight, I pledge to do the same.”

Maybe she will serve a lifetime in the senate like Teddie. Or maybe she will be our first female president.