On MSNBC's Morning Joe program this morning, Democratic presidential hopeful Martin O'Malley told Mika Brzezinski he'd like to see the number of Democratic debates tripled before votes are cast in the early primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire.
Certainly, there must be a happy medium between the 20 debates we had last time and the one that the DNC would like to restrict Iowa to, the one they would like to restrict New Hampshire to. So, I would think three debates in both of those early states would be a lot preferable to limiting it to just one debate. What have we come to as a party, Mika, where we can only afford one debate in New Hampshire before this decision? It's ridiculous....
O'Malley later said in the interview that he thought the DNC is "doing a bad job" by limiting debates:
I think that the democratic party is doing a bad job by trying to foreclose debates, postpone debates, limit debates to just one before Iowa and one before New Hampshire. You have to ask the questions you have to ask, and Secretary Clinton and her lawyers can answer those questions about the e-mail. What I intend to do as a candidate for president is to go to as many forums as I can.
Cleveland As the clock ticks down to tonight's set of debates in Cleveland, the Democrats have set up their spin shop to try and sway the press. The venue they chose, the Radisson Hotel Cleveland-Gateway, may sound like an ordinary hotel, but beneath the surface lies an awkward controversy for the ostensibly pro-Israel DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
Democrats have not had to answer for the actions of Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (who offered to change a policy position in exchange for not being criticized, and threatened to paint President Obama as anti-Semitic and anti-women). Or for the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation (which accepts foreign donations). Or for Joe Biden (who said last week he knows Somalis because "there’s an awful lot driving cabs").
Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz was spotted in the background of the Red Carpet show leading up to tonight's Grammys. She was joined by Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas.
They were no doubt fighting for President Obama's so-called middle class economics plan.
The politicians were first spotted by Jacqueline Alemany of CBS.
The late William F. Buckley famously observed that he “would sooner be governed by the first two thousand names in the Boston telephone directory than by the two thousand members of the faculty of Harvard.” Not only does this remain a sage observation, The Scrapbook would suggest extending Buckley’s cordon sanitaire further down the Charles River basin to encompass the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where economist and Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber teaches.
President Obama spoke to the Democrat National Committee's winter meeting in Washington, D.C. on Friday and addressed the minimum wage increase that he recently proposed, comparing it to the minimum wage in Ronald Reagan's time.
First Lady Michelle Obama tells rich donors to keep the checks coming. "You can write a check. Or another one. Write a big fat check. Write the biggest check you could possibly write," the first lady said at a high-dollar Democratic fundraiser last night in San Francisco.
"Some of you might be tired being always asked for money,'' Obama added. "I know that writing those checks is the single most impactful thing you can do right now."