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Is Terry McAuliffe the man?
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http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/13...age-239459

Can a Clinton friend be a true progressive? Can he shake off the connection, and does he have the stuff and background to win?

Well, as you may know, he scores at least 11-2 on my horoscope system, and maybe even better if he was born in the morning. The only possible candidate who scores higher is "America's new mayor" Mitch Landrieu at 15-2, whose style also echoes Bill Clinton's (who scored 21-3 with Jupiter rising).

McAuliffe looks past the Clintons, toward 2020
The Virginia governor is revving up his fundraising machine to boost Democrats — and his own prospects.
By EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE 
06/13/2017 05:16 AM EDT

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As for Hillary Clinton, Terry McAuliffe said she never asked him to join her PAC. He said he didn’t even know what it was called. | Bridget Mulcahy/POLITICO



Terry McAuliffe thinks Hillary Clinton has said enough — which is where he comes in.
He loves her. He feels for her. He believes her 2016 campaign was sunk in part by Russians actively “destabilizing our democracy,” aided by “treasonous” Americans advising them.

He also thinks she needs to stop talking about it.

“We, as a party, need to understand what happened,” the Virginia governor said in the latest episode of POLITICO’s Off Message podcast. “My advice would be to Hillary, ‘There’s enough people that will do that and get that information out.’”

McAuliffe still talks to Bill Clinton every day, sometimes several times a day. They’ve talked in passing about a White House run. The former president has said he’s supportive of whatever his friend does but keeps urging him to focus on finishing strong in Virginia.

As for Hillary Clinton, McAuliffe said she never asked him to join her PAC. He said he didn’t even know what it was called.
“What is the name of it?” he asked.
“Onward Together,” he’s told.
“Terrific,” he said.
“Like ‘Stronger Together,’” he’s reminded.
“Got it,” he said. “Very clever.”

McAuliffe has his own PAC, and his own plans: throwing himself behind the winner of Tuesday’s Democratic primary for the job he can’t run for again (which would be an important way of protecting a record he’d want to run on), spending all of next year campaigning for Democratic gubernatorial candidates around the country (which just might give him important beachheads ahead of 2020), urging his party away from the purity-test purge that’s all the rage these days (which would help protect him from the inevitable attacks that he’s not a true progressive, in touch with the presidential base).

“I’m trying to run a progressive state, putting progressive values out there. At the same time, making sure everybody has an opportunity for a job,” McAuliffe said in the interview. 

“I call it more values and a moral structure than labeling anything. The values of open and welcoming: pro-women’s rights, pro-gay rights, pro-environment, anti-gun. Those are a value system. You know, that’s who I am.”

No one should be talking about 2020, he said. He has said he’s making the case for Democrats in 2018 that just happens to be the case for doing what he did. Clinton pitched herself as a progressive who gets things done; McAuliffe is going with a progressive who gets people jobs.

“What I’m proud of is that people who would never listen to me on these topics before are now open to listening to me because the metrics, the job creation, they’ve had to say, ‘Well, I guess he’s right,’” he said.

But mention to top Democrats the White House run McAuliffe is cooking — by his account, still very much in we’ll-see territory; according to another insider, almost down to the question of whether to announce in December ’18 or January ’19 — and the word “Really?” gets thrown around a lot. Bill Clinton’s best friend? The guy who went into business with Hillary’s brother and ended up under FBI investigation? Who’s a one-name D.C. character, who already had a ridiculous nickname he was using himself 30 years ago: “Mary,” he “coos” in a 1987 Maureen Dowd column about the manic fundraising that had already made him Jimmy Carter’s national finance director at 23, “it’s your main man, the Macker. Got any wild dates this weekend?”

Separate him from the happy huckster insider caricature, and it makes more sense: a popular swing-state governor with a record to run on, a business background, and more connections to donors than any first-time presidential candidate ever. And no one outside the circles in which he’s famous for being the man working over donors or starring in Clinton conspiracy-theory fan fiction knows who he is (though it is true he had a chicken named “Hillary” who died right before the election, replaced by “Hillary Jr.”).

“Anyone who first knew him 30 years ago, you would have said great fundraiser, great guy. No one would have thought of him as a plausible president,” said Bob Shrum, the Democratic consultant who knew him then, when they were working on Dick Gephardt’s 1988 campaign. “The governorship of Virginia has changed him.”

And then there’s the other thought running through Democrats about 2020: “Maybe we need our own Trump.”

He’s not the guy you can see as president of the United States, goes the thinking, and that’s exactly why he needs to run. As for the Clinton connections, he may not want to run Hillary Clinton’s third presidential campaign, but he can run only so far. They couldn’t be closer. He guaranteed the mortgage on their house in Washington.

“Another candidate might not be able to get away with that, but Terry is such a big personality and so engaging, optimistic and happy, I see how he could pull that off,” said a veteran of the Clinton orbit. “He doesn’t have the ideal bio from which to run, but he’s a good athlete.”

McAuliffe can be both kooky and confrontational, like when he sparked a mini-blowup by offering up in an interview during last year’s Democratic convention that Clinton would of course reverse herself and back the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal once she won, or the story he tells about confronting Trump at the National Governors Association dinner at the White House in February: “I looked him face to face, four inches from his eyeballs, and said, ‘Everything you have done has hurt my economy.’”

Back in his Democratic National Committee chairman days, it was a reliable laugh line that he’d call every congressman “the greatest congressman in the country,” and he said he enjoys still being that guy. He takes credit for getting House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi involved in the fundraising roadshow they’ve been doing together with Eric Holder on behalf of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, saying he called her with the idea the day after Clinton lost, though both had already been part of a preliminary redistricting pitch to donors in Philadelphia the afternoon before Clinton’s convention acceptance speech.


He exaggerates. He shoots his mouth off. He throws wild pitches.

He’s fine with people calling him a sort of Bizarro Trump, though he doesn’t get the reference.

“I have, luckily, boundless energy. I think everything is great. But yeah, I have fun,” McAuliffe said. “Listen, too many people are lemon suckers in politics today. I mean, at the end of the day, I have been successful by motivating people. People want to be with winners, not whiners.”

In 2013, McAuliffe got more votes than any Democrat ever running for Virginia governor, but nonetheless squeaked out a 2.5-percentage-point win, despite outspending Ken Cuccinelli by $30 million and running right after the government shutdown that dented many Virginians’ bank accounts.

Republicans’ first opposition research presentation on him, from 2013, is as accurate now as it would be in 2020, from the “28 lies, 21 half-truths, 2 overstatements, 2 mostly-false statements” identified in his 2008 memoir “What a Party!” to the section “Special emphasis — McAuliffe the Businessman” and the statement “McAuliffe insists he’s not running for governor simply because he had time on his hands once Hillary Clinton’s campaign derailed.”

Then there’s the presentation’s “What Manner of Man?” section that captures how, despite McAuliffe driving them crazy, Republicans can’t help but like him at least a little. The bullet points:
• Restless, obsessive — routinely stays up all night with Bill Clinton
• Sleeps no more than four hours most days
• Seven or eight cups of coffee each day
• Obsessive about golf
• Claims to have run a three-hour marathon (1980)
• Starts with a beer, before moving to something stronger

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Under “Limitations,” the document reads, “Be alert to McAuliffe pals in GOP ranks,” identifying those as “golfing buddies, ex-party chairs, anyone whose support can be bought.”

“Terry McAuliffe is Bill Clinton without the women,” said Chris LaCivita, who was the general strategist for Cuccinelli’s campaign. LaCivita meant that as sort of a compliment, sort of not.

“They don’t know what to make of me,” McAuliffe has often gushed.

McAuliffe likes bragging about the record number of vetoes he’s sent back to the GOP-dominated state Legislature and said he’s proudest of restoring voting rights to felons who have served their sentences. He’s eagerly joining national fights, joining the state Climate Alliance formed after Trump announced the withdrawal from the Paris climate accord and pardoning a woman who faced deportation after she was pulled over at a traffic stop because, he said, he wanted to make a statement even if he couldn’t stop the federal government from kicking her out.

The Virginia Republican Party is leaning in, accusing him of pardoning the woman as a ploy for George Soros’ affections ahead of 2020 to try to rustle up some more dollars. So, “If the thought of President Terry McAuliffe makes you sick to your stomach give $5, $10, $25, or $50 to stop him now.”

Just wait until they dig into his record as governor, LaCivita said. Just wait until they smack him with those Clinton ties to voters, while he’s working over his image with Beltway reporters. He won’t seem so enticing then.

“Politics doesn’t happen in a vacuum,” LaCivita said. “If you were to ask a blind question on a poll, what do you think of this, does it sound good? Of course it sounds good. But so does ice cream every day for a week, until you’ve eaten it for seven days. It certainly sounds good, but then you’re stuck with the end result.”

And Democrats are still processing the idea of this themselves. The guy who’s chased them down at parties and on the phone, running for president?

“What person,” said Jay Jacobs, the megadonor and former New York State Democratic Party chair, “who runs for president doesn’t call me for money?”
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McAuliffe at the Democratic Convention



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(07-28-2017, 10:35 AM)X_4AD_84 Wrote: The word "progressive" only resonates with intellectuals and wanna be intellectuals. Look, intellectuals either voted for Clinton or some protest vote, in 2016. Very few of the Trump crossovers were intellectuals. Fuck "progressive." That word is not going to win over the angry under employed or unemployed non or anti intellectual working person. In fact it may send them running in the opposite direction. The working person doesn't give a damn about LGBTQ. They don't give a damn about the worst case AGW scenarios. What they care about is money ... the money into their household. A new vocabulary will be needed in order to the Dems to win back people are are not already won over unlike the current Dem supporters in the bubble lands. The Dems need to win over hard hats, small business people and the like.

I can appreciate that, and have tilted at similar windmills. Learn to speak their lingo. Learn to at least respect if not embrace their values. Being smug and superior is no way to get them to buy you a beer.
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(07-28-2017, 10:35 AM)X_4AD_84 Wrote: The word "progressive" only resonates with intellectuals and wanna be intellectuals. Look, intellectuals either voted for Clinton or some protest vote, in 2016. Very few of the Trump crossovers were intellectuals. Fuck "progressive." That word is not going to win over the angry under employed or unemployed non or anti intellectual working person. In fact it may send them running in the opposite direction. The working person doesn't give a damn about LGBTQ. They don't give a damn about the worst case AGW scenarios. What they care about is money ... the money into their household. A new vocabulary will be needed in order to the Dems to win back people are are not already won over unlike the current Dem supporters in the bubble lands. The Dems need to win over hard hats, small business people and the like.

Last year I was talking to some small business people who live in far, far Left Marin. But I could tell they were going to vote for Trump. Now that was a type of protest vote, given their precinct. But it was good data, regarding the Dems' problem.

I think the word progressive is fine, and it resonates pretty well. No-one can expect every word or slogan to resonate and find agreement with everybody. Progressive just means people are interested in progress. Progress just means we deal with what we need to deal with, and can move and get things done and improve things. That is exactly what has not been happening much in America for 40 years (counting now back from the year 2020, as we have recently decided-- in November 2016-- to move further backward until that date, at least; there's just no accounting for American ignorance). Our nation is falling behind others as a result. So, don't "fuck" progressive. Respect it. We need progress on the things that the under-employed/unemployed are concerned about. That's the main thing we need progress on, along with AGW, and everyone knows it.

But, new vocabulary is fine if you have better ideas. However, I doubt your version of violent nationalism is the right language for lots of folks either. But, we speak in the ways that make sense to us, so, we listen, and translate into words that make sense for us; no worries.
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(07-29-2017, 12:52 PM)Eric the Green Wrote:
(07-28-2017, 10:35 AM)X_4AD_84 Wrote: The word "progressive" only resonates with intellectuals and wanna be intellectuals. Look, intellectuals either voted for Clinton or some protest vote, in 2016. Very few of the Trump crossovers were intellectuals. Fuck "progressive." That word is not going to win over the angry under employed or unemployed non or anti intellectual working person. In fact it may send them running in the opposite direction. The working person doesn't give a damn about LGBTQ. They don't give a damn about the worst case AGW scenarios. What they care about is money ... the money into their household. A new vocabulary will be needed in order to the Dems to win back people are are not already won over unlike the current Dem supporters in the bubble lands. The Dems need to win over hard hats, small business people and the like.

Last year I was talking to some small business people who live in far, far Left Marin. But I could tell they were going to vote for Trump. Now that was a type of protest vote, given their precinct. But it was good data, regarding the Dems' problem.

I think the word progressive is fine, and it resonates pretty well. No-one can expect every word or slogan to resonate and find agreement with everybody. Progressive just means people are interested in progress. Progress just means we deal with what we need to deal with, and can move and get things done and improve things. That is exactly what has not been happening much in America for 40 years (counting now back from the year 2020, as we have recently decided-- in November 2016-- to move further backward until that date, at least; there's just no accounting for American ignorance). Our nation is falling behind others as a result. So, don't "fuck" progressive. Respect it. We need progress on the things that the under-employed/unemployed are concerned about. That's the main thing we need progress on, along with AGW, and everyone knows it.

But, new vocabulary is fine if you have better ideas. However, I doubt your version of violent nationalism is the right language for lots of folks either. But, we speak in the ways that make sense to us, so, we listen, and translate into words that make sense for us; no worries.

X_4AD_84 does have a point.  The more a that people who smell like Democrats / Liberals / Progressives alienate anyone who might get convinced, the more they shoot themselves in the foot.
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(07-29-2017, 08:04 PM)Bob Butler 54 Wrote:
(07-29-2017, 12:52 PM)Eric the Green Wrote:
(07-28-2017, 10:35 AM)X_4AD_84 Wrote: The word "progressive" only resonates with intellectuals and wanna be intellectuals. Look, intellectuals either voted for Clinton or some protest vote, in 2016. Very few of the Trump crossovers were intellectuals. Fuck "progressive." That word is not going to win over the angry under employed or unemployed non or anti intellectual working person. In fact it may send them running in the opposite direction. The working person doesn't give a damn about LGBTQ. They don't give a damn about the worst case AGW scenarios. What they care about is money ... the money into their household. A new vocabulary will be needed in order to the Dems to win back people are are not already won over unlike the current Dem supporters in the bubble lands. The Dems need to win over hard hats, small business people and the like.

Last year I was talking to some small business people who live in far, far Left Marin. But I could tell they were going to vote for Trump. Now that was a type of protest vote, given their precinct. But it was good data, regarding the Dems' problem.

I think the word progressive is fine, and it resonates pretty well. No-one can expect every word or slogan to resonate and find agreement with everybody. Progressive just means people are interested in progress. Progress just means we deal with what we need to deal with, and can move and get things done and improve things. That is exactly what has not been happening much in America for 40 years (counting now back from the year 2020, as we have recently decided-- in November 2016-- to move further backward until that date, at least; there's just no accounting for American ignorance). Our nation is falling behind others as a result. So, don't "fuck" progressive. Respect it. We need progress on the things that the under-employed/unemployed are concerned about. That's the main thing we need progress on, along with AGW, and everyone knows it.

But, new vocabulary is fine if you have better ideas. However, I doubt your version of violent nationalism is the right language for lots of folks either. But, we speak in the ways that make sense to us, so, we listen, and translate into words that make sense for us; no worries.

X_4AD_84 does have a point.  The more a that people who smell like Democrats / Liberals / Progressives alienate anyone who might get convinced, the more they shoot themselves in the foot.

Although very likely, if they DON'T alienate them, it won't make any difference.

If we don't say "progressive," for example, the "reds" will just hate whichever other word we use instead. Just like when liberals started calling themselves progressive just for that reason.
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#7
  A *disruption in the making?


*Hmm....   Is generation X gonna disrupt politics , just like the economy?   Cool 

Horoscope stuff for Eric, Seth Wilbur Moulton (born October 24, 1978)Salem, Massachusetts, U.S. Big Grin
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(07-31-2017, 11:13 AM)X_4AD_84 Wrote:
(07-29-2017, 10:37 PM)Ragnarök_62 Wrote:   A *disruption in the making?


*Hmm....   Is generation X gonna disrupt politics , just like the economy?   Cool 

Horoscope stuff for Eric, Seth Wilbur Moulton (born October 24, 1978)Salem, Massachusetts, U.S. Big Grin

Excerpt:

================================

“You should run for president in 2020,” Scott Ferson told the 38-year-old, second-term congressman from the North Shore of Massachusetts—one of the least liberal areas of the famously liberal state.

“That’s ridiculous,” Moulton said.

Ridiculous? “Donald Trump was just elected president,” Ferson said.

“Fair point,” Moulton said.

I guess Salem is one of the least liberal areas of Massachusetts. They burn witches there, don't they?

Seth Meyers will make it long before Seth Moulton ever does. Moulton looks like an interesting character. But, his score is the same as Hillary's, 9-11. Some similarities in their charts too; both early Scorpios, with Mercury conjunct Venus there too (example, Hillary's evasiveness).

She lost. Fair point?

It's strange how little the wikipedia page about Salem has on the witch trials.
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Nice speech; but I imagine he'll have to do something about those white sideburns!



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