11:01 AM, May 18, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick refused to endorse Hillary Clinton this morning on CNN, and called the notion that she's inevitable "off putting to the average voter."
The CNN host asked, "When you look at 2016, is this Hillary all the way, do you think?"
"Well, I don't know," said Governor Patrick. "I guess I worry a little bit. She's an enormously capable candidate and leader, but I do worry about the inevitability thing, because I think it's off putting to the average voter. And I think that was an element of her campaign the last time. ... As an enthusiastic democrat, I just hope that the people around her pay attention to that this time around."
The CNN host followed-up, "Do you consider yourself a Hillary Clinton Democrat?"
"Is there such a thing?"
"Or a Joe Biden Democrat?"
"You mean, am I supporting somebody?" said Patrick. "I haven't endorsed. I probably won't. I certainly haven't been asked."
Patrick, a Democrat, has been considered a possible future Democratic presidential contender.
Daniel Halper is author of the forthcoming book Clinton, Inc.: The Audacious Rebuilding of a Political Machine.
How Obama’s Labor nominee made a Supreme Court case disappearMay 27, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 35 • By TERRY EASTLAND
On November 7, 2011, the Supreme Court decided to hear Magner v. Gallagher, a case about racial discrimination in housing. Oral argument was scheduled for February 29, 2012. But shortly before that, on February 10, the case was dismissed.
Mar 11, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 25 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
During a speech at the Woodrow Wilson Center on April 30, 2012, John Brennan, President Obama’s nominee to head the CIA, discussed “The Ethics and Efficacy of the U.S. President’s Counterterrorism Strategy.” Brennan explained that President Obama has “pledged to share as much information with the American people ‘so that they can make informed judgments and hold us accountable.’ ” Obama, he continued, “has consistently encouraged those of us on his national security team to be as open and candid as possible.” After all, “our democracy depends” upon “transparency.”
Hosted by Michael Graham.4:10 PM, Feb 19, 2013 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with Bill Kristol, hosted by Michael Graham:
Hosted by Michael Graham.
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THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with Steve Hayes hosted by Michael Graham:
10:02 AM, Dec 28, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
This CNN panel said that the Chuck Hagel nomination as secretary of defense "could be DOA":
8:55 AM, Dec 24, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Kirsten Powers revealed on Fox News that Chuck Hagel is "not popular with Democrats":
4:45 PM, Dec 14, 2012 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
THE WEEKLY STANDARD has obtained a fact sheet circulating widely on Capitol Hill. It details the record on a number of issues of former GOP senator Chuck Hagel, a leading candidate to be nominated by President Obama as the next secretary of defense:
Introduction to the Reading of Hagel
9:11 PM, May 29, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is projected to win today's primary in Texas, giving the former Massachusetts governor enough delegates to secure his party's nomination. The presumptive Republican nominee will of course face Democratic President Barack Obama in November's general election.
1:02 PM, Mar 23, 2012 • By ELLIOTT ABRAMS
Today’s nomination of Dartmouth president Jim Yong Kim to be president of the World Bank was a narrow escape. There was a chance that President Obama might select a really qualified person: Lawrence Summers, who was often viewed as the lead candidate. But he was obviously unfit: He is a former secretary of the Treasury Department and an award-winning economist. Thus he was of course disqualified.
If Democrats block nominees on ideological grounds and Republicans rely on traditional credentials, we will wind up with a court of well-credentialed liberals.12:00 AM, May 16, 2010 • By JIM PREVOR
Miguel Estrada is a highly esteemed conservative lawyer whose nomination to serve as a judge on the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia by President George W. Bush was stymied by the Democrats. In no small part, Democrats made this effort because they feared that allowing an intelligent, conservative Hispanic to get experience on the Court of Appeals would make him an appealing candidate for a future Supreme Court opening.
Estrada has written a letter urging the quick confirmation of Elena Kagan, President Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court, to fill the seat currently held by Justice John Paul Stevens.
Watch out for Patricia Smith. 6:01 PM, Jan 29, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
On Monday, senators will vote on Barack Obama's nomination for the solicitor of labor in the Department of Labor, Patricia Smith. Like the president, Smith is a community organizer, primarily responsible for the "Wage and Hour Watch" in the state of New York. But Smith has a problem, causing several senators to ask the president to withdraw her nomination: She's dishonest. Smith has lied about her involvement with the Wage and Hour Watch program -- five times telling senators that she had no intention to expand the program to the entire state (leaving it localized in New York City), but later emails and other documents revealed that she did indeed plan to expand the program throughout the entire state of New York.
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