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1  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: The Confession on: August 15, 2016, 09:14:05 pm
CNN: Night One of the Democratic National Convention
Wolf Blitzer: And now we will be going live to the DNC in Denver, Colorado where Illinois Senator and 2008 Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama will be taking the stage at his second DNC.

"If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.

It's the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled. Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been just a collection of individuals or a collection of red states and blue states.

We are, and always will be, the United States of America.

It's the answer that led those who've been told for so long by so many to be cynical and fearful and doubtful about what we can achieve to put their hands on the arc of history and bend it once more toward the hope of a better day.

It's been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did in this primary at this defining time in our history, change will come to America".
2  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: The Confession on: August 14, 2016, 08:35:46 pm
This is AWESOME! Please include more McGreevey and Golan late night stories please Tongue

Hahahaha, don't worry I will! Tongue
3  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: The Confession on: August 14, 2016, 08:34:32 pm
Drumthwacket, 3 Days Until the DNC in Denver, CO

Golan Cipel: Jim, we need more mornings like this...

McGreevey rolls over in bed to face Golan.

McGreevey: You know I want that more than anything.

Cipel:You know if we win, were going to have to be more creative about spending time together. Have you thought about what we talked about in terms of my position in the campaign and later administration...

McGreevey:Golan, I told you I ran this by Anita and Bob and they think it would bring undue scrutiny to your position here in the Governor's mansion AND on the campaign...

Cipel: Jim, just remember before I came on you were in third place behind Hillary and Obama and if it hadn't been for his scandal you would've been behind Edwards... So ask your self who is the better advisor... me or Anita and Bob?

McGreevey: How dare...

*** Phone Rings

McGreevey: Hello Antia, what's up?

Anita Dunn: Bob and I are pulling into the driveway at Drumthwacket now... we need to talk.

*** Dial Tone

McGreevey: I have to go Golan... we will talk about this later.

Anita Dunn: Jim, we're going to be honest with you... things aren't good now. We're down at least 8, and in most of the swing state polls. We need the DNC to bring us back or this is it.

Bob Schrum: Please Jim, there can't be any screw ups... our team will take care of everything, but Jim you have to be careful.

McGreevey: Anita, Bob... is this an intervention? I'm confused.

Anita Dunn: Well, Jim you have been reckless at times...

McGreevey: Antia you're over stepping and I don't appreciate this.

Bob Schrum: Jim, Anita and I are just trying to help. We think it would be best if Golan didn't come to Denver...

McGreevey: How dare the two you come into my house and insult me . Let me remind you that we were a losing campaign before Golan came on... so before you say that you have my best interests in mind, I will remind you that Golan has been of far more value than either of you to this campaign...

*** Golan enters the Drumthwacket living room

Anita Dunn: Oh, Jim... you can't honestly be doing this as a presidential candidate.

McGreevey: I've heard enough from the two of you. As of now, Golan will be this campaign's general manager. Now get out of my house... If you still want to be a part of this campaign I will see you in Denver.

4  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: The Confession on: August 14, 2016, 04:03:01 pm
CNN: Post RNC Polling Shows Big Bump for Giuliani/Frist

CNN Poll
Giuliain/Frist: 50%
McGreevey/ Gephardt: 42%
5  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: The Confession on: August 14, 2016, 03:57:40 pm
2008 Republican Presidential Nominee: Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R-NY)

"Thank you… thank you! God bless all of you! I am honored to accept the Republican nomination for President of the United States.

In the decade, there have been major Islamic extremist terrorists’ attacks on us and our allies. We must not be afraid to define our enemy.

It is Islamic extremist terrorism. I did not say all of Islam. I said Islamic extremist terrorism.
Failing to identify them properly maligns decent Muslims around the world. It also sets up a fear of being politically incorrect that can have serious consequences. And it has. This is why our enemies see us as weak and vulnerable.

To defeat Islamic extremist terrorism we must put them on defense. If they are at war against us—which they have declared—we must commit ourselves to unconditional victory against them.

I will make sure that any agreement with Iran meets the original goals of the U.N and our allies: a non-nuclear Iran. I am a leader and I will reassert America’s position as the nation with the best values to lead the world.

I will secure our borders. My opponent has had a chance to make himself clear on this and he has failed. Jim McGreevy is for open borders.

Washington needs a complete turnaround and I am is the agent of change and he will be the leader of the change we need.

A vote for me is a vote for a safer America and for an America headed for greatness! God Bless the United States of America".
6  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: The Confession on: August 14, 2016, 03:45:13 pm
Former Senate Majority Leader and VP Nominee, Bill Frist

"Fourteen years ago, on my first day as a senator, my dad, a family doctor in Tennessee for 50 years, paid me a visit.

As we sat in my new office, he said: "Son, the nameplate on your door reads William Frist. Always remember you're a doctor. You're committed to healing and helping people. It really should read, William Frist, M.D."

Well, today the nameplate on the door of my Capitol office reads just that: William Frist, M.D. It's a constant reminder of my dad's advice: to work each day to better the life of every individual American.And that, my friends, is what Rudy Giuliani has done -- particularly when when you need it.

This victory for our party, is part of a larger battle we're fighting on behalf of every American. How we do so is crucial. Our opponents have a way of confusing compassion with dependency. We believe true compassion encourages and empowers Americans to be responsible and take control of their own lives. That's what republicans  have done time and time again.

So here's the choice: Do we grow the bureaucracy and gouge you with higher taxes, as Mr. McGreevy will do, or do we let the American people grow their own success and their own prosperity as the Republicans want to do?
We've made our choice.

But I'll tell you what Governor McGreevy’s prescription will be: Take a handful of tax increases and don't call me in the morning.

My friends, I'm so proud of our Mayor Giuliani’s record. He's making the United States safer and more prosperous. He's uniting ownership and opportunity for millions. And he is looking to the future.

He has a vision to harness America's awesome potential, through the power of our technologies, the strength of our sciences, the efficiency of our enterprises, and the highest aspirations of our people.
But only one candidate will lead us there: Rudy Giuliani.

Fellow citizens, on November 2nd, there is only one choice for a stronger, for a healthier and freer America – Rudy Giuliani".
7  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: The Confession on: August 14, 2016, 03:33:20 pm
Welcome To Minneapolis: The 2008 Republican National Convention
Key Note Speaker: Alaska Governor Sarah Palin

"It was just a year ago when all the experts in Washington counted out our nominee because he refused to hedge his commitment to the security of the country he loves.

With their usual certitude, they told us that all was lost, there was no hope for this candidate, who said that he would rather lose an election than see his country lose a war. But the pollsters... The pollsters and the pundits, they overlooked just one thing when they wrote him off. They overlooked the caliber of the man himself, the determination, and resolve, and the sheer guts of May Rudy Giuliani.

The voters knew better, and maybe that's because they realized there's a time for politics and a time for leadership, a time to campaign and a time to put our country first...".

2008 Presidential Candidate and Kansas Senator Sam Brownback

2008 Presidential Candidate and Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney

8  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: The Confession on: April 23, 2016, 05:13:04 pm
Pre-Convention Polling (August, 2008)

National: Giuliani/Frist 48%- McGreevey/Gephardt 44%

Swing States:
New Hampshire: Giuliani 48%- McGreevey 45%
Pennsylvania: McGreevey 49%- Giuliani 47%
Ohio: McGreevey 46%- Giuliani 45%
Virginia: McGreevey 48%-Giuliani 48%
Florida: Giuliani 49%- McGreevey 46%
Wisconsin: McGreevey 50%- Giuliani 47%
Iowa: McGreevey 49%- Giuliani 48%
Missouri: McGreevey 49%- Giuliani 46%
Coloarado: Giuliani 50%- McGreevey 46%
9  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: The Confession on: April 23, 2016, 03:37:02 pm
CNN Breaking News: McGreevey Picks Former House Majority Leader Dick Gephardt (D-MO) As Running Mate
Anderson Cooper: In a surprise move, Governor and presumptive Democratic Presidential Nominee Mcreevey has selected Former House Majority Leader and 1988 and 2004 Democratic Presidential Candidate Dick Gephardt to be his running mate on the Democratic Ticket. Unofficial reports have rumored that the final pick came down to Senator Barack Obama and Mr. Gephardt. The ultimate consideration that with McGreevey being a young candidate his campaign wanted to have someone with decades of experience, and a good relationship with the Democratic establishment, on the ticket. We now go live to St. Louis where Governor McGreevey and Former House Majority Leader Dick Gephardt will be speaking momentarily.

10  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: The Confession on: April 23, 2016, 01:44:17 pm
Fox News: Giuliani Picks Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) For VP
Shepard Smith: We now have some breaking news regarding the Presidential Race! Rudy Giuliani has selected former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee to be his running mate. We now will go live to Manchester New Hampshire where Senator Frist has just taken the stage!

Bill Frist VP Announcement Speech, Manchester, New Hampshire

"I am honored to have been chosen by mayor Giuliani to be the Republican nominee for Vice President of the United States of America. I accept the duty to help lead our nation out of a jobs crisis and back to prosperity – and I know we can do this. I accept the calling of my generation to give our children the America that was given to us, with opportunity for the young and security for the old – and I know that we are ready.

Our nominee is sure ready. His whole life has prepared him for this moment – to meet serious challenges in a serious way, without excuses and idle words. From combatting crime in New York City to leading the relief efforts after September, 11th Mayor Giuliani has shown the courage and dedicated leadership that this great country of ours deserves.

When Mayor Giuliani asked me to join the ticket, I said, "Let's get this done" – and that is exactly, what we're going to do…"
11  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: The Confession on: April 21, 2016, 05:54:04 pm
July 7th, 2008: The General Election Campaign Begins

CNN Election Center: Hillary and Bill Clinton Join Governor McGreevey in Duluth, Minnesota

Wolf Blitzer: In an effort to unite the party as we approach the DNC in Denver in just over a month, Hillary and Bill Clinton have come together to endorse Governor McGreevey for president of the United States. We go live now to a McGreevey Rally in Duluth, Minnesota where he is joined by Hillary and Bill Clinton for the first time since securing the Democratic Nomination.

"During these past six months I have had the extreme privilege to travel across this great country of ours and lay out my plan for America. During this time I have also had the incredible opportunity to hear Senator Clinton's vision for America... and I can say without a doubt that it is truly an incredible vision. I am thankful everyday for the debate that Hillary and I had over the past six months. I am thankful because it has made us a stronger, better party... and even more so a stronger, better country where, as Hillary puts it, everyone will have the opportunity to live up to his or her God Given potential. I would like to invite my friends Senator Hillary Clinton and President Bill Clinton to the stage!" Governor James McGreevey 
12  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: The Confession on: April 21, 2016, 02:52:06 pm
Hey y'all so I know this hasn't been posted on in a long time (I got busy with with grad school), but I was reading this the other day and thought I'd pick up where I left off! I hope you all enjoy!

Turning To The General Election
Update: With their respective nominations in hand, attention at both the McGreevey and Guiliani camps turned toward the general election. The first matter of business was selecting their respective running mates.

The Short Lists for VP

The Democrats: McGreevey/___________

Senator Barack Obama of Illinois
Former House Majority Leader Dick Gephardt of Missouri
Senator Russ Feingold of Wisconsin
Governor Tim Kaine of Virginia
Governor Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas
Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico
Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island
Senator Chris Dodd of Connecticut

The Republicans: Giuliani/___________

Former Governor Mitt Romney of Massachusetts
Governor Mark Sanford of South Carolina
Governor Charlie Crist of Florida
Former Senator Bill Frist of Tennessee
Governor Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota
Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana
Representative Eric Cantor of Virginia

On both the Republican and Democratic sides, the candiades initial top choices for Vice President (Hillary Clinton for the Democrats and Condoleezza Rice for the Republicans) had publicly denied interest and declined to be vetted for the position.
13  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The Minnesota gay marriage showdown on: May 13, 2013, 06:44:01 pm
Unfortunately the Daily Currant is satirical, like the Onion.

I kind of figured, one can still hope...
14  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The Minnesota gay marriage showdown on: May 13, 2013, 06:16:28 pm
Speaking of Bachmann, apparently she is considering leaving Minnesota over gay marriage.


If I were a Minnesotan, I don't know which I'd be happier about as a gay person, gay marriage or the prospect of Bachmann leaving Wink.
15  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: MA Special Election Watch Thread on: December 20, 2012, 09:55:16 pm
WBUR poll shows Brown with 58% approval and leading Dem Congressmen by 17 points.


If we have to go through this again, Begich and Landrieu had better win their states.

Just keep in mind that Warren started out at a similar disadvantage IIRC.
16  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: Niagara County, NY: The most polarized and inelastic county in the nation? on: November 11, 2012, 04:42:01 pm
The thing with Niagara County is you have the city of Niagara Falls which is heavily black and votes like any other minority-majority city, then you have some democratic leaning suburbs of Buffalo (ie. North Tonawanda and Lockport), some cute wine country towns like Lewiston, which if I had to guess are also Democratic learning, the incredibly wealthy Escarpment area which again, I assume is slightly Democratic leaning, and then the rest of the county is farm country which is heavily Republican.  All of this makes for a very polarized county which doesn't budge from election to election.
17  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: Mitt didn't win a County in Massachusetts. on: November 07, 2012, 03:41:53 pm
The Republican senate candidates also lost in both Mitt and Ryan's home states.
18  Election Archive / 2012 Gubernatorial Election Polls / Re: NH: Rasmussen: After trailing for most of the fall in Rasmussen, Hassan finally pulls ahead on: November 05, 2012, 05:20:33 pm
The Democrats really need her to win.  It would look really bad if we didn't have any female governors.
19  Election Archive / 2012 U.S. Presidential General Election Polls / VA- PPP: Obama 51-47 on: November 04, 2012, 08:40:37 pm
Via Twitter- https://twitter.com/ppppolls

Virginia President
Obama- 51%
Romney- 47%
20  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Your top 3 senate races you most care about on election night? on: November 04, 2012, 02:17:21 pm
1. Wisconsin- A Tammy Baldwin win would be a historic win on so many levels.  In addition, it would help put a hold on the narrative that Scott Walker has made Wisconsin a safe GOP state.  Her voice is needed in the Senate. And Tommy Thompson is one person whose career I would love to see end because he was just too lazy to run a good campaign in a race that should have been his.  

2. New Mexico- Martin Heinrich seems like he's someone that could have a bright future in the Democratic party.  I would certainly like to see where he goes.  

3.  Missouri- I moved from New York to Missouri to go to medical school and have lived in the state for a couple of years now.  I never particularly liked Claire... she always came across as to populist and as an old school kind of Democrat for me.  However, I saw her speak when she came to my University and she really changed my opinion of her.  In addition, the idea of having a Senator Akin just makes me slightly nauseous.

Runner ups: Massachusetts & Ohio.
21  Election Archive / 2012 Senatorial Election Polls / PPP- ME: King At 50% on: November 02, 2012, 06:18:51 pm
PPP via Twitter

King- 50%
Summers- 36%
Dill- 12%

Twitter Link: https://twitter.com/ppppolls
22  Election Archive / 2012 U.S. Presidential General Election Polls / PPP- Maine: Obama Leads by 13, by 5 in 2nd CD on: November 02, 2012, 06:16:55 pm
Sorry, No link yet.

State Wide
Obama- 55%
Romney- 42%

CD 2
Obama- 51%
Romney- 46%

Twitter Link: https://twitter.com/ppppolls

23  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: Gallup predicts unemployment to fall to 7.0% on: November 01, 2012, 10:13:22 pm
I'm calling BS. I hope I'm wrong, but this is a load of malarkey.
24  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: SEX SCANDAL TO HIT CAMPAIGN... DEVELOPING... on: October 31, 2012, 07:00:36 pm
There is now a photo of Obama underneath the sex scandal headline...

I noticed that too, but if you look at the other story with at photo corresponding to it (of DiF), the photo corresponds with the link below the picture.
25  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: SEX SCANDAL TO HIT CAMPAIGN... DEVELOPING... on: October 31, 2012, 06:55:34 pm
Obama - Christie?

There are somethings that I cannot unimagine... and that is one of them. Thank you.
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