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Edwards / Paterson 2012

Posted in History, NY Times, Politics, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on March 4, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

Edwards/Paterson 2012

Our political system has grinded to a bi-partisan stand still. Our leaders of government need some real introspection as to what they are doing in Washington,  but more  importantly why they became public servants in the first place. Most would state that they entered government because they to wanted to make a difference and improve the quality of life in our nation.

Well the only thing our leaders are doing right in this day and age is SCANDAL. Our leaders have SCANDAL down pat and guess where they do scandal best? Where else but NYC baby! In New York City scandal is a team sport and like the Yankees our politicians play it well. All the while the history of New York and national politics is unfolding daily right before our eyes.

David Paterson is a goner, I have him out of the Governors mansion in Albany by the weekend, but David Paterson will have a lasting effect on national politics for years to come.

What are the chances two men are forced to resign from the same post in one single term due to scandal or personal misconduct. This has got to be a first …of course it is. How hard is it TO NOT get bounced when you basically are only serving half the term? How dumb do you have to be? I love these guys.

And oh how the web of politics works..who would have thought that David Paterson who if nothing else will leave office as a joke and interesting footnote in NY politics would have such a profound effect on the political aspirations of Harold Ford Jr. , and I will go a step further and say that perhaps Hilary Clinton and The President are intimately involved.

Try and follow me here , When Odrama tapped Hilary to be the Secretary of State, she was forced to vacate her NY senate seat, thus allowing the Governor to select a replacement to finish out the term. Keep in mind Paterson had just slid into the job cuz Spitzer was Spitzin in DC with some high-priced lady friends. Suddenly this legally blind guy is Governor and he is appointing Senators. I am not sure this guy should have even been appointing the kid to run the Batman ride at six flags… and what does Paterson do..He picks Christine Gillibrand ,  who at the time was an unpopular choice and it looked briefly like Caroline Kennedy might seek the seat her Uncle Bobby held in the 1960’s (now I am just showing off)

But Paterson picks Gillibrand, Scott Brown (a republican) wins Teddy Kennedy’s seat  in Massachusetts and the Democrats are reeling. Suddenly The Democratic party can’t stand to have the boat rocked any more than it is….so Gillibrand is in and Harold Ford is a non starter.

Listen, no one is worse than John Edwards. But I gotta give my boy David Paterson some props, sicking the state police on an innocent female victim of domestic abuse (by your closest staffer) is right up there.

But honestly Washington is so screwed up at this point nothing would ever surprise me, not even an Edwards/Paterson 2012 ticket!

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David Paterson Can See..Its a Miracle!!

Posted in New York City, Politics with tags , , , on February 26, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

is that you New York?

Sometimes you can’t see the forest through the trees, and NY Governor David Paterson , being legally blind.. can’t see shit!!

I mean when the White House publicly asks an incumbent member of their own party not to seek re-election, the writing is on the wall…but again with Paterson ,  unless that writing is in braille Paterson is just is not getting the message.

But finally he came to his FOUR working senses and announced that he would not seek another term in Albany.

Lets put in plain, The position of New York Governor has seen better days.  Elliot Spitzer enjoyed the company of very high-priced female companionship and got busted. His replacement David Paterson enjoyed cocaine, cheating on his wife, and covering for his closest personal aide in a domestic abuse case. Going so far as to call the poor victim and having the State Police intervene on behalf of his staff member.

The fact the Paterson even employed David Johnson as his closest aide is ludicrous, by all accounts Johnson was nothing more than a thug who somehow was able to rise through the ranks of Paterson’s team. But all that is irrelevant now, Patterson is a goner and with any luck Attorney General Andrew Cuomo can even put him in some legal hot water.

By the way have you seen that great new series .. “How To Make it in America” starring John Edwards, Elliot Spitzer, Rod Blagojevich,  Mark Sanford and of course David Paterson!

“The Politician” by Andrew Young (Recap)

Posted in Books, Politics, Print Media, Uncategorized with tags , , on February 25, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

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Where do I even start, I don’t recall ever reading a non fiction book and shaking my head in utter disbelief with every turn of the page. The scandal surrounding one time Presidential hopeful John Edwards is nothing short of COMPLETELY UNBELIEVABLE. Before I even get into my deeper thoughts on the subject all I can say is that it’s a MUST read. The media has simply not done the story justice , but really how could they? Nothing short of reading this story can describe to the public , as the New York Times’ Janet Maslin states “the sheer freakiness of Mr. Edward’s hubris, ambition and dishonesty”

Let me begin by saying this, there are no heroes in this book, I dont feel bad for any of the players (with exception of the innocent child) who has a nut job for a mother and perhaps the KING of all dirt bags as a father. I pretty much think that they all have gotten what they deserve, if you read “The Politician” I believe you will agree.

The person I really want to start with though is the author. Andrew Young, thank god you cashed out with a “tell all”, because after reading your book Andrew, I think you are a huge DOUCHER and simply not that bright. Oh and your wife is no genius either, she should have left you from jump street. Blind loyalty is not an admirable quality, particularly when you are dealing with and covering for a man who was trying to win our lands highest office. Not to get high and mighty but you both should be ashamed.

But the story in a nutshell is just difficult to wrap your head around, in the book Mr. Young “Describes how he , hi wife Cheri; his children ; and Mr. Edwards pregnant girlfriend , Rielle Hunter , all moved in together, while Andrew Young allowed himself to be falsely named as the Baby’s father-to-be.” This adventure is as strange as science fiction.

What kind of person would admit to having an affair and fathering a child, all in hopes of landing a job in the white house, assuming this candidate could even weather the scandal.  “Young joked that he would deliver the Edward’s groceries in hopes they would some day spend 16 years in the White House-during a vice presidency and a presidency”

Andrew Young redefines the term FALL GUY.

But if for no other reason read this book so you can see the “astonishing degree of either cynicism or delusional thinking on the part of John Edwards”

America we dodged a bullet.

Presidents Day…a little history!

Posted in History, Politics with tags , , on February 15, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

I like today!

Being a real proud American  and a student of American History, Presidents day is just great. The office of the President of The United States has such a rich history and today we remember and appreciate THE Founding Father.

I have read quite a bit about the technical definition of Presidents Day and the perceived notion of what the holiday actually is commemorating.

By definition the birthday of George Washington is a United States federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February. It is also commonly known as PRESIDENTS DAY. Many Americans, myself included were actually under the impression it was  actually called PRESIDENTS’ Day and also acknowledged Lincolns birthday.

The holiday was always celebrated on Washington’s actual birthday (Feb 22) until the federal holiday was shifted to the third Monday in february following the passage of the UNIFORM MONDAY HOLIDAY ACT of 1971. In 1968 a draft of the Uniform Holiday Bill attempted to rename the holiday Presidents’ Day (honoring both Washington and Lincoln) the bill ultimately failed in committee.

But George Washington was the man plain and simple, when he finished his second term in office the country at large practically begged him to stay on for a third. With the young country only a decade removed from a monarchy, one might think GW would have jumped at the chance to stay in power. But Washington set the tone for the office and did not run for a third term, a legacy that continued until FDR. A smooth , easy and most importantly non violent transfer of power had taken place and we as a country have never looked back.

So even though technically we are only celebrating the birthday of George Washington, I like to think its a great time to investigate the history of the 43 men who have held our lands highest office. If you want some serious presidential history check out my girl Doris Kearns Goodwin, she might be the most astute living presidential historian out there.

Shouts to George Washington University.

“The Politician” by Andrew Young

Posted in Books, Politics, Print Media with tags , , on February 5, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

“The POLITICIAN”  by Andrew Young

There is nothing quite like getting a nice package from Barnes & Noble. Normally my packages consist of the latest James Patterson and most likely a book about the American Revolution (yes I am a an American History Nerd) , but yesterday I was so pleased to find my latest purchase;  “The Politician” by Andrew Young.

In case you have been living under a rock or simply refuse to hop on the information super highway,  you know all about the John Edwards scandal. The more the story comes out the more incredible it becomes, and let me tell you this one has it all…Sex, Deception, Children out of wedlock, A cancer stricken wife, and of course at the center of it all, a run for the white house by perhaps the biggest dirtbag ever.

Andrew Young, a long time Edwards aide has written a tell all that I can not wait to sink my teeth into, apparently he tells the entire story (or at least his side) and reviews have said its nothing short of unbelievable! John Edwards is a truly one of the most salacious characters of all time.  Even the greatest of fiction writers would have trouble  making this stuff up.  I bet James Patterson wished he had come up with this tale , or wait scratch that…… Danielle Steel!!

State Of The Union

Posted in Politics with tags , on January 28, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

State Of The Union

The thing about President Obama is that I want to root for him. His oratory skills are truly second to none and in his first State Of The Union Address, President Obama used his wit and charm to hit at the heart of the matter , The bipartisan nature of Washington Politics.

“To Democrats, I would remind you that we still have the largest majority in decades, and the people expect us to solve some problems, not run for the hills,” Mr. Obama said in his nationally televised speech. “And if the Republican leadership is going to insist that 60 votes in the Senate are required to do any business at all in this town — a supermajority — then the responsibility to govern is now yours as well. Just saying no to everything may be good short-term politics, but it’s not leadership.”

The President managed to use sarcasm in what was certainly one of my favorite lines of the evening…

“And if there’s one thing that has unified Democrats and Republicans, and everybody in between, it’s that we all hated the bank bailout. I hated it. I hated it. You hated it. It was about as popular as a root canal.”

I also thought Obama really struck a cord with his line about America’s place in the global economy:

“You see, Washington has been telling us to wait for decades, even as the problems have grown worse. Meanwhile, China is not waiting to revamp its economy. Germany is not waiting. India is not waiting. These nations — they’re not standing still. These nations aren’t playing for second place. They’re putting more emphasis on math and science. They’re rebuilding their infrastructure. They’re making serious investments in clean energy because they want those jobs. Well, I do not accept second place for the United States of America.”

All in all with the focus on Job creation and making sure our economy is tightened up, I gave the President high marks for what I thought was a brilliantly delivered speech. Hopefully the members of Congress were listening too.

State Of The Union Address

Posted in Politics with tags , on January 27, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

President Obama will deliver his first State Of The Union Address this evening, and with the Democratic party still reeling from the loss of Teddy Kennedy’s long-held Mass Senate Seat, The President will attempt to put the fears of all Americans at ease and set the tone for the year to come.

Historically , State of The Union speeches have run the gamut from long-winded and tedious to very brief. Some Presidents us the speech to speak on the progress the country is making, others use it a starting point for a change in direction. I am guessing President Obama will do a bit of both..

Now for some history…Most Presidents initially did not give the speech in person, but rather delivered a written statement to Congress.

George Washington and John Adams delivered their messages to Congress in person. Washington kept his first speech quite expedient at just 833 words, probably taking about five minutes to deliver. (Imagine all the time left over for post-speech commentary had there only been cable television!) But Thomas Jefferson thought the practice reeked of British monarchy and sent his in writing.

That was the custom for the next century until Woodrow Wilson revived the practice of appearing in person, and even then it was not until Franklin D. Roosevelt that presidents made that the default practice. Calvin Coolidge was the first to have his broadcast on radio in 1923 and Harry Truman the first to have his shown on television in 1947.

But the modern practice most Americans are familiar with began in 1965 when Lyndon B. Johnson moved the address to the evening, at which point it became watched by a broader audience that, in that era at least, had few other options.