Chris Christie: Mr. GOP Establishment, 2016?

President_Barack_Obama and Chris Christie

David Corn, the prescient pundit at Mother Jones has dubbed New Jersey Governor Chris Christie as the “GOP Establishment Candidate for 2016.” We love Mr. Corn and have no reason to doubt his instincts. And, yes. If the Republican Party has any hope of winning the White House in a battle against Hillary Clinton in three years, Gov.… [Read more]

McCain Gets His iPhone Wish

John 'Grumpy' McCain

As a political columnist who has been guzzling the Cupertino Kool Aid in the late Steve Jobs’ “Reality Distortion Field” from the days of the original mid-80s 128k Mac, I just had to wonder.

Arizona Sen. John McCain (R-Geritol) groused to Apple CEO Tim Cook at a multinational corporate tax hearing last month as to why Sen.… [Read more]

Susan Rice as National Security Adviser

The Phoenix Rises...Susan Rice at the NSA

National Security Adviser director Tom Donilon is resigning. That may not be big news to some; the bigger news is that Pres. Obama is set to appoint Susan Rice to the position.

Last year Ms. Rice was expected to be nominated to become the next Secretary of State to replace outgoing Secretary Hillary Clinton, but Republicans vehemently blocked her prospective nomination after criticising her for presenting talking points – after the attack in Benghazi that resulted in the death of four Americans including a U.S.… [Read more]

Benghazi Buffoonery

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The continuing Benghazi debacle on Capitol Hill has all the marks of a Cecil B. DeMille Hollywood blockbuster. Starring the Marx Brothers.

“Impeachment,” hinted Sen. James “Lousy Okie Pilot” Inhofe (R-Okla.) as he made another pass at Runway ‘X’ and as construction workers scurried to safety. Inhofe is still mad at the Federal Aviation Administration for questioning his airmanship skills.… [Read more]

Hillary is STILL way out of your league.

Hillary Clinton:  still out of their league

In one of her last official acts as America’s most-travelled Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton appeared Wednesday to testify about the tragedy in Benghazi which killed our Ambassador and three others.

Republicans were waiting to get their last licks in on Secretary Clinton (and pray she doesn’t run for President in 2016.) Complaints from the freshman cheap seats and from the past their  ‘Sell By Date” fossil obstructionists didn’t stick, except perhaps in the muddled mouthpieces of Fox News.… [Read more]

Let’s wait before we slam the POTUS’ picks for lack of diversity

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden pose with the full Cabinet for an official group photo in the East Room of the White House, Sept. 10, 2009. - Creative Commons

Criticism is often offered before people know exactly what they are criticising; that goes for politics, interpersonal relationships and it’s certainly evident in social media interactions. Case in point: recent criticism over President Obama’s picks to fill his cabinet have reminded me very much of those people who see an article posted on Facebook and then make comments based on solely on the title without ever having read the article to which it’s attached.… [Read more]

Al Qaeda in Libya?

While many jihadi organizations adopt the symbols and rhetoric of Al Qaeda, such as the flag above--a variation of the original Al Qaeda flag now used by Al Qaeda in Iraq--this does not make these organizations the same entity as the original Al Qaeda central.

While Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s impassioned back-and-forth with Senators Ron Johnson and John McCain were the highlights of her testimony during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s hearing on the 2012 Benghazi attack for most media outlets, my attention was drawn to another portion of the hearing.

During his questioning of Clinton, Ranking Committee Member Sen.… [Read more]

A Cabinet that ‘Looks Like America.’

Chuck Hagel

President Obama promised in the 2008 campaign to appoint more women to cabinet positions in his administration. His Cabinet and below, did increase opportunities for women in government, and “look more like America.” In his second term, did he leave that promise behind?  Not so fast, ye buckos.

Embattled longtime Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.), might have been short of a dose of Geritol or two when he lambasted the President with a Bronx cheer on the lack of cabinet-level diversity.… [Read more]

Hippie New Year 2013

Hippie New Year, 2013!

Happy New Year from your local Hippies!  If 2012 was good to you, we wish you even better in 2013.  If 2012 was a disappointment, with any luck at all, 2013 will be the year you shine!

Barbara and Jeff were born right after the war in the late 1940s and are charter members in good standing of The Baby Boomers. … [Read more]

Get Well Hillary!

Get Well Hillary!

I suppose I could have sent a card to Presbyterian Hospital sending my good wishes for a speedy recovery, but I figured it would get buried in a mountain of similar greetings, so I’ve put it up here on Borderless News and Views to make sure you will see it!

We need you now, and we’re going to need you even more in 2016 — So please do your very best to get well, with good wishes from all your friends and supporters at Borderless News and Views and Barbara Broido (humble cartoonist).… [Read more]

I get my way! says Emperor Michael Bloomberg: Hillary should get my job!

Hillary Clinton and Michael Bloomberg

New York City’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg is used to getting his way.

New York had a term limit law that stated mayors could serve two consecutive terms until Mr. Bloomberg had the law changed because he believed he was the only person capable of running a city the size of New York — with its myriad of issues and constituents — during a national financial crisis.… [Read more]

Because It’s Never Too Early – Will Hillary Run in 2016?

Hillary Clinton

Several days before the presidential election, I became overwhelmed by the negativity, from both sides, associated with the campaign and openly wished for it to simply be over.  Now, a week after the election, it appears that I am going through some type of withdrawal. Thus, in order to satiate my need for a presidential campaign fix, I feel compelled to engage in what seems to be every Democrat’s favorite post-election past-time:  speculating on whether Hillary Clinton will run for president in 2016.… [Read more]

Tough Birds

UglyAnnRomnney

Ann Romney still hasn’t figured out that a national political campaign isn’t her childhood country club ladies tea. It certainly isn’t the megatither Mormon bishop missus’ expected deferential gentility schtick, either. Was Ann the “Stay-at-home-Mom (*maids & nannies)” expecting ring-kissing?  I do realize we usually battle the candidate and not the spouse, but when the candidate’s wifey is out doing the swinging and being a principal surrogate, she becomes a “player.”

This is national politics.… [Read more]

Women and Children First

Women and Children first

Now that Ann Romney has been trotted out to infuse the appearance of “personality” into her bionic,  “private sector” venture capital hubby, Mitt Romney, a number of the Right-wing carnival barkers are crying foul when the press has the temerity to question her motives when in her “attack mode.”

I remember references to the late Pat Nixon’s “pasted on smile” forty-odd years ago.… [Read more]

Iraq? The Name Does Sound Familiar

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki, pictured here with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is often criticized for centralizing his power, warming too close to Iran, and fanning the flames of sectarian tension. But hope still remains for Iraq.

Hey remember Iraq? The mainstream media does on occasion.

It’s funny how a country which once dominated the mainstream media airways only a few years ago is barely mentioned nowadays. One story that did get substantial play this week was the fact that Monday was Iraq’s deadliest day of this year, with mainly Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia (AQM) orchestrated attacks reverberating around the country leaving 116 dead.… [Read more]