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There’s tons of buzz surrounding Hilary Clinton’s possible candidacy for president in 2016 — but she just might find herself running, once again, to a popular black candidate. His name is Deval Patrick, the governor of Massachusetts, and he just might run for the White House, Politico reports.
Fortunately perhaps for Clinton, Patrick noted that he’s more likely to run after 2016. Previously against the idea of being President, Patrick is now considering it, responding “maybe, maybe” when asked if he was interested in presidency. “Let’s just see what time tells,” he added.
The second-term Democrat was previously hesitant because campaigning is a “unpleasant, intrusive, grueling business,” he said, according to WCVB.
He’d also have to get approval from his other half, Diane Patrick, first. “That’s a decision I have to make along with my wife of 30 years, and she’s a tough one to convince.” Mrs. Patrick has been treated for depression due to a great deal of stress under her husband’s governorship. “She was not sure how to handle her new role as governor’s wife,” Boston reveals.
After his second-term terminates, Patrick has no plans to run for re-election. He’s “looking forward to a break,” according to The Daily News.
Other political pundits aren’t shocked that Patrick has finally opened the door to a White House bid:
“Deval Patrick finally said what everyone has been thinking all along that he’s not finished with politics when he’s finished being governor of Massachusetts and that’s not a surprise,” said political analyst Mary Anne Marsh.
“It’s entirely up to Gov. Patrick what he decides to do in the future, but I have to say he is a man of great vision and great integrity and that’s what we should be looking for in a president,” said Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
Patrick is Mitt Romney’s successor as Massachusetts’ chief executive and he’s the second African-American man to be elected as the governor of a US state.
What good was it being the gatekeeper if you couldn’t lock the gate when you wanted? And so Valerie set about turning Michelle against Oprah. Oprah was too close to the president . . . Oprah was acting like she was the first lady . . . Oprah didn’t know her place . . . Oprah was a bad influence . . . Valerie advised Michelle to “distance herself” from Oprah and cut her out of the White House inner circle. IT didn’t take much to convince Michelle. As Michelle knew only too well, her husband had a compelling need to win the approval of strong women like Oprah. He seemed to be in awe of the talk-show host, sometimes giving her advice priority over Michelle’s. For instance, Oprah thought that Obama was overexposing himself on television and told him to pull back. Though Michelle disagreed, Obama listened to Oprah and restricted his TV appearances. As far as Michelle was concerned, Oprah’s billions and her elite lifestyle disqualified her as an adviser to Barack, who had no truck with wealthy people, except as a source of campaign contributions, and was a redistributionist at heart.While that tale could very well be true, I’m inclined to believe what I feel is a more probable explanation, also outlined in Klein’s book: Oprah’s support for Obama was hurting her. Klein wrote:
As it turned out, a sizable chunk of [Oprah's] audience took offense and stopped watching her show. No sooner had Oprah hit the campaign trail, appearing beside Obama at one primary rally after another, than her personal favorability ratings began to slide, falling from 74 to 66 percent. Her unfavorable ratings suffered an even worse fate; they jumped from 17 to 26 percent.Oprah somewhat confirmed those concerns earlier this year when she told Charlie Rose on CBS “This Morning,” “I’m 100 percent behind our president.” But “I will not be out there because I’m trying to fix a network.” Being the superwoman that she is, Oprah could no doubt figure out a way to juggle OWN and hop on an Obama PSA or two. What she’s not saying is she can’t afford to isolate the Republican supporters who watch her show by pushing her political agenda. And I don’t blame her for that. The gray skies are just starting to clear up for the Oprah Winfrey Network thanks to her celebrity interviews. Pushing a pro-Obama agenda could send the channel right back into the red, and I’m sure her investors wouldn’t be too happy about that, given the millions of dollars they’ve already lost. Though it might be more entertaining to make up wild stories of black-on-black woman beef to explain Oprah’s absence this campaign season, I’m more inclined to believe the reason she’s been behind the scenes is much more business than personal, and I’m OK with that. Why do you think Oprah has been more lowkey with her support of Obama during this election season? Brande Victorian is the news and operations editor for madamenoire.com. Follow her on twitter @Be_Vic.
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A group of about 100 people gathered at the 40/40 Club last night where Jay Z and Beyonce hosted a $40,000 per head fundraiser for President Obama, raising a total of about $4 million. On the menu: champagne and sliders. You can see a couple of Instagram shots of Bey dressed for the event here.
The Washington Post has got a pretty good wrap-up, based on what the reporters were allowed to see. Journalists are shown the door after some prepared remarks and before the donors in the room are given the mic to ask questions. Unlike Romney’s now infamous statements about the “47 percent,” Obama stuck with positive remarks, thanking Beyonce for being a good role model and talking about the “bond” between he and Hova because their wives are more popular than they are.
The money raised at this fundraiser and another earlier event at the Waldorf-Astoria, which cost $12,500 per family and was attended by 200 donors, will go to a number of Democratic causes including the DNC and the Obama Victory Fund. There will be one more “Dinner with Barack” event, open to donors giving as little as $5.
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Here are just a few things I love about Herman Cain… and by love I mean that I find them fascinating and worthy of study.
(1) Cain’s campaign is a reminder that black political ideas are complex and multi-layered. I became fascinated with the political history and contemporary manifestations of black conservatism while writing my first book, Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought. In it I argue that it is ahistiorical to dismiss black conservatives as race traitors laboring under self-serving, false ideology. Conservatism has deep roots among African-Americans. It appeals to self-help, views the state as overly intrusive, and believes free markets are non-discriminatory. Black conservatism stresses that political strategies are inferior to efforts for economic empowerment for addressing racial inequality. These tenets echo Tea Party rhetoric, but among black Americans this form of conservatism is typically, especially racial.
(AP) – Herman Cain has run a pizza chain, hosted a talk radio show and sparred with Bill Clinton over health care. He’s never held elected office. Now the Tea Party favorite wants to be president. “In case you accidentally listen to a skeptic or doubting Thomas out there, just be to clear … I’m running for president of the United States and I’m not running for second,” he told a crowd at Centennial Olympic Park on Saturday. Chants of “Herman” erupted. The announcement by the businessman, author and talk radio show host that he was joining the expanding Republican field came after months of traveling around the country to introduce himself to voters.
(New York Times) — A clump of reporters and photographers on Thursday got a glimpse of the new Chicago headquarters for President Obama’s re-election effort. An entire floor at 1 Prudential Plaza, which looks out on the city’s prized Millennium Park downtown, will be the campaign’s home — only a few blocks from the 2008 headquarters. Dozens of staff members began moving in on Tuesday, but many empty seats are left to be filled in the coming months and the place is still a work in progress.
(New York Times) — President Obama will close the office of political affairs at the White House in preparation for the establishment of his re-election headquarters, which will open its doors in Chicago by late March to concentrate on building a national fund-raising and grass-roots operation to rival his first campaign, aides said. The president has signed off on the plan to set up his campaign headquarters away from Washington, a first for a modern-day presidential re-election campaign. To avoid turf battles, chaotic communications and duplicated efforts, aides said, a significant realignment is under way in the West Wing, with the duties of the political office being taken up by the Democratic National Committee.
Everyone’s whispering about the artist, Wyclef Jean’s aspirations for the Haitian presidential seat.