It was almost a shoe-in. Another Rice in the Secretary of State seat. That was the news last week at least. Almost as soon as she was announced, however, the GOP jumped on her. Senator John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina were very critical of her, even meeting with her in an effort to show that they were giving Rice a chance when she probably never had a chance gaining their support. Brendan Spaar believes that Rice withdrew her name under pressure from the White House. In order to gain GOP support around the fiscil cliff debate, which is the democrats so desperately need, Rice had to go. This "favor" granted by the Obama administration will probably lead to a few compromises by the Republican leadership and will hopefully get us out of the mess that we could potentially be in next year. It's a shame that Rice was the sacrificial lamb but such is politics...
Just when you thought the election was over along with all the polls that went with it, there's a new poll out asking American's who they feel was naughty this year and who was nice between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. Brendan Spaar thinks these pollsters are bored in the off season and grasping at ideas to remain relevent. According to the poll, 63% of Americans feel that Romney was the nice one and would get presents from Santa. The poll wasn't totally political though. One question asked if you would press charges against Santa Clause if he ran over your Grandma with a Reindeer. 61% of Americans value Santa over their own Grandma. I guess all of the knitted socks the voters got for Christmas from their Grandmother factored into the results.
Here at Brendan Spaar Politics it is always election season. As soon as the 2008 election was held it was time to start thinking about the 2012 race. Now, merely a month after the election, we are well into the hunt for 2016. It is almost certainly going to be Bush and Rubio vs. Hillary and Biden. Both candidates are powerhouses for their respective party and will take some key strategy to defeat. The Republicans got their asses handed to them in this last election so they need to wake up if they want to beat Hillary. Newt Gingrich said on Meet the Press yesterday that if Hillary runs, she will be impossible to beat. This could be a tactic to rally the base and get conservatives motivated. Either way, the Republican party neesd to do some deep searching within itself before it even thinks about the 2016 election.
It's no big secret that Michigan has a large union presence. This state is, afterall, the home of the auto industry. Well after several setbacks to that industry, some people want to break the union's grip on the state and have lobbied state legislators to introduce Right To Work legislation. Currently, employees must pay union dues as a condition of employment at locations that are under collective bargaining agreements. This issue has become a Republican vs. Democrat issue as many issues often do. The Republicans want to break the union and the Democrats want to keep the union in place. The Dems are dragging their feet hoping that the legislation doesn't get on a bill in the limited number of days remaining in this year's session. They have also recruited the unions to march on the capital and even the offices of Mitt Romney which just so happen to be in Michigan. Brendan Spaar thinks the people of Michigan should be careful what they wish for. If the state goes Right-To-Work then an employer will be able to fire any employee for any reason at any time. Lets say you get into an argument with your boss and he fires you on the spot. You will not be protected in a right-to-work state and would have find a new job in this economy. That's not to say that unions are the answer but Right To Work certainly isn't as good as it seems.
How would you feel if you spent good portion of your time and money on winning an election, only to lose it? Pretty bad eh? Well what if you lost the election to someone who was dead? That's as low as it gets. People in Florida and Alabama would rather a corpse govern them than the opposition. In Orlando Florida, Democrat Earl K. Wood, who died in October, was running for Orange County Tax Collector against a very much alive opponent. Alabama Republican Charles Beasley also died in October but won the race for a seat on the Bibb County Commission. Brendan Spaar learned how this will all play out. In Alabama, the governor gets to appoint a new commissioner while in Florida, a state legislator has been selected by his party to receive the votes of the dead candidate. This is just crazy to think people would vote for a dead person but then again, maybe they just didn't want the opponent in office so it was more of a vote against the opponent than a vote for the dead guy.
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