In which we take a look back at the departing federal lawmakers we'll miss most in 2013.
Name: Sen. Joe Lieberman ("I"-CT)
Leaving Congress Because: Retiring
Best Known For: Getting jowl-deep into Iraq, whether America wanted it or not.
Memorable Quote: "We are in a three-way split decision for third place." One of the great- nay, the greatest political quote of all time. Step down, Dan Quayle. Stick a pipe in it, JFK. This is the best there ever will be.
Greatest Accomplishment: He failed to win the support of seniors in Florida in the 2000 presidential election. He's Jewish. It's Florida. The mind boggles.
Why We'll Miss Him: Getting lost in those jowls for hours. It's like a being in a Snuggie, warmed by the glow of moderate waffling.
What He's Doing Next: Letting the door hit him on the way out, since nobody went to his goodbye party.
What the Future Holds for Him: Tinkering with ways to harness the energy potential of Joementum. Discovering that a potato can power a lightbulb. Hanging up his jowls and calling it a day.
Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images
Tags: Connecticut, Independent, Joe Lieberman, Senate
Four years ago, a young good-looking charismatic junior senator from Illinois popped up on the national radar, and it was pretty tough to avoid getting pulled in by his tractor beam of coolness. Consequently, lots of voters ended up identifying with Barack Obama and his Democratic Party establishment. He was a rock star. He was an outsider. He was a rebel. Or so it seemed.
Now, four years later, he's looking a lot more dad-like. He's getting pretty gray. His hipster-nerd jokes seem less hip and more nerdy. He plays with a lightsaber. He wears mom jeans. Mom jeans!
I think that might go a long way toward explaining why so many voters in swing states are looking to reestablish their indy cred…
The collective total of independents grew by about 443,000 in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire and North Carolina since the 2008 election, according to data compiled by Bloomberg from state election officials.
During the same time, Democrats saw a net decline of about 480,000 in those six states, while Republicans — boosted in part by a competitive primary earlier this year — added roughly 38,000 voters in them, the analysis shows.
If I were David Plouffe or David Axelrod — any David on the Obama campaign staff, really — I'd be looking to get Obama cast in a Tarantino movie or something.
Or he might want to consider going full-frontal in an upcoming press conference. That could also work.
Tags: Barack Obama, Colorado, Democrats, Florida, Independent, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina
Just when you thought the Republican primary couldn't get any more exciting, Buddy Roemer has decided to run for president as an independent. So many questions come to mind. Like, who on earth is Buddy Roemer?
He's the former one-term Louisiana governor whose quixotic bid to get invited to the GOP debates made him a political punch line. Well he's fed up being ignored as a Republican and is now determined to be ignored as an independent.
Roemer made his big announcement in a statement released today…
As the GOP and the networks host debate number twenty-something this evening, they have once again turned their backs on the democratic process by choosing to exclude a former Governor and Congressman. I have decided to take my campaign directly to the American people by declaring my candidacy for Americans Elect.
Also, after many discussions with The Reform Party, I am excited to announce my intentions of seeking their nomination. It is time to heal our nation and build a coalition of Americans who are fed up with the status quo and the partisan gridlock that infects Washington. Together, we will take on the special-interests that control our leaders and end the corruptive influence of money in politics so we can focus on America’s top priority — jobs.
Unlike the other candidates, Buddy Roemer just wants to focus on jobs. Specifically, how he can get one. Because he really, really needs a job, or a hobby. Or just anything to distract him from this hopeless presidential bid.
With his Republican credentials and support for the Occupy Wall Street movement, it's hard to predict whether Roemer will draw more votes from the right or left. But he's definitely got the support of that one annoying college friend who fills your Facebook feed with incoherent political rants and Bukowski quotes.
Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images News/Getty Images
Tags: Americans Elect, Buddy Roemer, Independent, Louisiana, Primaries, Republicans
Good news! Donald Trump has apparently discovered a new way to make people hopefully point more television cameras at him and make-believe he has important stuff to say about stuff and other things…
In a phone interview from New York Monday afternoon with CNN, Donald Trump said he "would seriously consider" [running for President.] While discussing the recent downgrade by Standard and Poor's, Trump said the creeping economic downturn was the impetus behind him re-visiting the question of a run.
"If the economy continues to go the way it's going, and if the Republicans pick the wrong candidate, I would certainly consider it," Trump said… "I would seriously consider [running] as an independent," Trump said. "I think it's maybe time for that."
With all due respect to Mr. Trump, I don't think it's quite time for that just yet. I mean, Celebrity Apprentice probably won't start running till March of next year, so I'm thinking he should hold off any announcements until January at the earliest.
That'd be the real sweet spot from a marketing perspective.
Photo by David Becker/Getty Images News/Getty Images
Tags: Debt, Donald Trump, Economy, Independent, Primaries, Republicans, Standard & Poor's, Third Party
Will the inevitable Bachmann/Barbour GOP ticket be getting some competition if an independent Paul/Ventura ticket next November?
Probably not, but reasonable probability should never get in the way of a good speculation…
Jesse Ventura's publicist confirms he'd consider running on the same ticket with Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, if he ran as an independent, but Paul’s camp has yet to respond to the suggestion.
"He said he would consider running with him," Says Jen Hobbs, who's organizing Ventura’s current book tour. "If Paul ran as a Republican, Jesse would run as independent on same ticket. Or if Paul switched to Independent, he would seriously consider it."
I am certain that Rep. Paul will be extremely excited to hear this once somebody explains to him who Jesse Ventura is.
I'm kidding… I'm kidding…
He won't be excited.
Tags: Independent, Jesse Ventura, Primaries, Republicans, Ron Paul