Tuesday, July 05, 2011

The LuLac Edition #1667, July 5th, 2011



AOL reports today that Vice President Joe Biden is on the 2012 re-election ticket, President Obama's aides said Tuesday after a report suggested that the campaign may be willing to replace him with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The New York Post reported that Cuomo, who was elected governor in November 2010, is having a great year. Some in the state GOP even say he'd be an asset to the president. "I don't think there's any doubt Obama is going to pick him as his running mate. The president is in trouble and Biden doesn't bring anything to his ticket," said William Powers, a former New York Republican Party chairman, according to The Post.
But the claims that Cuomo will be called up to serve may just be a "trial balloon" out by Albany rather than Washington, said K.T. McFarland, a Fox News national security analyst who ran as a Republican in 2006 for the New York Senate seat.
Rumors of mid-campaign replacements are usually just that. Cuomo, however, has not denied an interest in higher office, and was noticeably quiet after predictions were made last week that he could run for president in 2016.
Biden may not be out on his nose if a replacement were made. He could take Hillary Clinton's position as secretary of state as she has previously indicated she's nearly ready to retire from the fast-moving position as the nation's top diplomat.
For as long as Presidents have had challenges for second terms, there has been speculation about the future of the sitting Vice President. In 1956 Dwight Eisenhower’s people tried to get Richard Nixon off the ticket by offering him the job of Secretary of Commerce. When JFK was taking his ill fated trip to Dallas in 1963 there was rampant speculation that Lyndon Johnson would be dumped from the ticket. In 1972 Richard Nixon, secretly wanting to put his Treasury Secretary John Connolly on the ticket nonetheless made a pre emptive announcement in the early summer indicating Spiro Agnew would be serving again. George H.W. Bush stood by Dan Quayle despite some gaffs as did his son George W. who stood by Dick Cheney despite the latter’s previous health problems. Most of this type of speculation happens the summer before an election year when there is no other news but speculative theories. The Biden-Cuomo story is intriguing but has its holes.
1. First off taking Andrew Cuomo as a Veep from New York is not going to improve President Obama’s electoral standing. New York is still going to vote Democrat.
2. Biden has proven to be an incomparable member of the administration getting into the down and dirty logistical work of dealing with hot button issues like stimulus spending and the debt ceiling negotiations. Biden might even have more hands on knowledge than anyone in the administration.
3. As for taking over Hillary Clinton’s job at State, the guy you are going to see take that will be Senator John Kerry who was passed over in 2008 when Obama pursued Clinton.
This is a nice summertime story and rumor but something I saw in the summers of ’71, ’92 and ’03.


I never watched the trial, never followed it and used the rule that if "I didn’t know the people personally, then I didn’t care about the outcome." But over the weekend as I watched the closing summations I was taken aback that the lead Prosecution attorney was shaking his head and laughing at the arguments made by the Defense Attorney. I thought this was bad form and if I were a juror, it would give me pause. Another observation I have is the fact that the jury will not meet the media and talk about the case. I get that. I mean look at the fanatics who have no connection to this case showing up and giving their opinion, leaving balloons and stuffed animals at the site where the body is found. You want some of those people to know where you live? Just my half cent.


At 3:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

just goes to show, defendants stay off the stand....

At 6:12 AM, Anonymous Professor Milburn Cleaver, OPA said...

Students, I think that for once we can all say that we agree on something: the Casey Anthony verdict was as tragic and senseless as little Caylee's murder.
The TV talking heads however are missing the point of this fiasco.
Today's average American is a moron {present company more than likely included} and this ignorance is reflected in many ways but particularly with recent jury behavior/verdicts.
Not once during deliberations on this very important case did the jury request to see any evidence; ask to review certain judicial instructions, etc. etc.
We as a people have not evolved, but devolved.
Students, it would make complete sense for us to review the manner in which we try cases. One cannot be a practicing attorney if one does not have a degree in law. A judge is more than likely to be a respected member of the legal community and possess a great legal mind (not in all cases of course); so class, would it not make sense to install professional jurors????
If you have an electrical problem at home you hire a professional electrician.
If you have a health problem you see a licensed doctor.
Why not, then, install professional legal minds to judge defendants??
It makes complete sense and if this were the case in Florida yesterday Ms. Anthony would not be planning Thursday night's "clubbing" schedule, instead she would be pondering her stomach's ability to digest bread and water.
Have I made my point, youngsters???
Class Dismissed!!!

At 7:50 AM, Anonymous Pope George Ringo said...

A sitting veep hasn't been dropped from a ticket since Gerry Ford dropped Nelson Rockefeller back in 1976, and I would doubt it will happen this time.
Biden is getting up in years and shoots his mouth off a lot (still, that's more refreshing than shooting ones hunting partner, as the previous holder of the office did} but it would possibly be seen as a desperation move for Obama to dump him.
This is all moot discussion anyway. At this point, a mere year away from the conventions the economy has stalled and the GOP is hell bent on not bending so far as any negotiations with the President.
There is NO practical way that Obama will be reelected now. Some of it was his lack of "fire" in persuing his policies and confronting his enemies on the right and some of it was the sheer force of the opposition.
Whatever the President does now, even if he morphs into a combination of Teddy Roosevelt and Harry Truman, it is too late.
And I'm speaking as a Democrat.
The real question is how a President Romney will confront our problems without raising taxes.
One final point: How much would my conservative friends like to bet that no matter what Obamacare will not be repealed. There's no way the GOP is going to take away all those customers the big insurance companies will be getting from the program. Watch, it just ain't gonna happen. They fooled ya, it was all a ruse.

At 8:07 AM, Anonymous Bluto said...

Isn't it time you realized that "Democrat" isn't an adjective? It makes you sound just like a Republican. Do it for the children!

At 8:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to wonder if the little girl was black or hispanic; fat and ugly and so was the mother, if the media would have given this an ounce of coverage. Probably not. Cute child, hot slutty looking mom makes good press and sells.

At 12:14 PM, Anonymous Junction said...

We all have our opinions of the decision handed down in this case. It looks to me that the DA had the most on Lady Justices scale, but I guess the jury found no weight to it for them to believe that she was guilty. As it it said"Justice is Blind".

At 8:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Professor, If you studied the philosophical and historical background of our judical system you would surely know that the average person,a peer of the accused,is a necessary component of the trial by jury concept we have in this great country. To change this would certainly destroy the basic principles of equality that this nation was founded on. With all due respect, a real student.

At 8:09 AM, Anonymous Bluto said...

The respect due pretend-Prof. Cleaver is minimal.

At 10:24 AM, Anonymous Professor Milburn Cleaver, OPA said...

IN a world where mush head juries continually let the truly guilty go free, students, why would a smart, urbane and worldly man like your humble professor ever expect something such as 'respect'?
Honestly, you can dress up a monkey, put a pen and paper (or in your case, an i pad) in his hand; even a pair of spectacles for good measure, but alas, in the end he is still a monkey.
What would honestly shock me is if any of you ingrates (save for the very few of you who are members of the Young Republicans) showed me any deference.
Our culture is decaying, we have lost the ability to maintain order in the classroom, government is in every secter of our private lives, and you blame ME for it????
Have I made my point, youngsters??

At 3:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You prochoicers are funny. If Casey Anthony had a doctor shove an ice pick into the kids brain 2 years before she died, it would have been okay... I think she should have used a post-term abortion as a defense.

At 1:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Esteemed Professor "doth protests too much, methinks".You post we have lost the ability to maintain order in the classroom. I have been in classrooms in many different settings as a student. It was only in a classroom where the teacher(professor)did not have the ability to teach did I find any loss of order. A good teacher has the ability to maintain order in the classroom regardless of the kind of students he or she is teaching. Keep this in mind as you comtinue to criticize others with a different opinion "a fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool". With all due respect, a student.


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