Sunday, December 9, 2012

Last Call

As expected, Newark Mayor and high-profile Democrat Cory Booker is definitely testing the waters for higher office.

“I’m really thinking about both offices right now and which one I can better serve on the issues I’m passionate about and the things I feel driven to contribute to,” Booker said.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is up for reelection in 2013 and is enjoying a rise in popularity, according to the polls, after his aggressive response to Hurricane Sandy. If Booker decided to run next year, it could set up a marquee race that would grab national attention with two of the parties’ stars facing off against each other.

“Yeah, I’m absolutely considering running for governor as well as giving other options some consideration,” Booker said. “I will be focused on that for the next week to ten days or so and really come up with a decision that answers my basic questions … hopefully, the voters later might agree with me, but where do I believe I can make the best difference for the city I love, the state I love and the nation that I have pledged my life to.”

Booker said to expect a decision soon from him at least on the governor’s race.

“It’s going to be within in the next two weeks, especially in New Jersey, because there’s a lot of very good candidates for governor in New Jersey on the Democratic side and I have got to give my party and be part of my party’s push forward, whether it’s with me as candidate or with supporting other candidates for that office,” Booker said.

Asked if he was considering a run for Senate too, Booker said that is on his radar as well.

I've had my problems with Booker before, mainly on his heavy pro-Wall Street stance.  It's not like the last Dem in the Governor's mansion in Trenton was any good, either.  If he can drop the Wall Street crap and keep the rest, he'd be one of the best voices in the party.

Booker would be far more effective as a Senator, I would think.  However, he could really derail Chris Christie's White House chances by winning next November.  We'll see.

Buckwild, Not-So-Wonderful, West Virginia

Seems Sen. Joe Manchin is furious with MTV over its newest reality show, "Buckwild", detailing the adventures of nine twenty-somethings in Sissonville, WV.  Manchin wants the show yanked off the air immediately before it's even schedule to air next month.

Manchin said that even just the previews angered him enough to write a letter to MTV President Stephen Friedman. “As a U.S. Senator, I am repulsed at this business venture, where some Americans are making money off of the poor decisions of our youth,” he wrote. “I cannot imagine that anyone who loves this country would feel proud about profiting off of ‘Buckwild.’”

“Instead of showcasing the beauty of our people and our state, you preyed on young people, coaxed them into displaying shameful behavior – and now you are profiting from it.  That is just wrong,” Manchin said.

The Washington Post reports that Manchin repeatedly referred to the show as “just awful.”

“I have no problem with people in this country trying to earn a profit, but I would ask them: Would they do this to their own children, in their own neighborhood, in their own home state?” Manchin told the Post.

John Stevens, the executive producer of Buckwild, defended the show to Entertainment Weekly, saying that the show celebrates its castmembers. “It’s not like looking at a train wreck,” he said. “That’s not what it is. That’s the part I’m really excited about. There is a certain coolness to it. It’s different than a lot of the stuff that has been produced. I think it’s going to get people talking and it might change people’s perspectives. These kids are totally wild and carefree. It will be very refreshing to the MTV audience.”

Got news for Joe here, MTV thinks rednecks are the new guidos.  Northern KY isn't much different. No use getting upset over it, Joe.

Loser Spreads Like A Disease

Mitt Romney was at Pacquiao-Marquez IV last night in Vegas.

Joined by his wife, Ann, Romney took in a different kind of public beating on Saturday night, as he watched Juan Manuel Marquez defeat Manny Pacquiao from ringside seats at the MGM Grand.

According to CBS News, the former Republican presidential candidate visited Pacquiao in his dressing room before the fight, telling the world champion boxer, "Hello Manny, I ran for president. I lost."

The fight ended in the sixth round, with a right jab from Marquez that knocked Pacquiao out cold

Pac-Man was out for two minutes after getting obliterated by that shot.  He'll never be the same.  He was literally looking the other way and never saw it coming.

Remember that an hour or two before, Pacquiao was talking with Mitt Romney, just before the most definitive loss of his boxing career happened.

If you see Mitt anywhere near your favorite sports team/hero, RUN. WARN THEM.
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