Monday, July 25, 2016

Trumpzilla Invades Cleveland For A Week - Megalomania Gone Wild - Or The Scum Also Rises

July 25th, 2016

My Dear America:

What if the Republican Party had a National Convention and Nobody came?

Well, that wasn't quite what happened in Cleveland last week but it was close.

Former Republican Presidential Standard bearers, John Mccain and Mitt Romney felt that they had been insulted enough by Donald Trump and passed on the Convention.  Many, if not most of Trump's rivals in the incredibly inappropriate bloodbath that passed as a Republican Primary Campaign skipped the Convention also.  None of the Bushes were there.  

There were a couple of Republican Presidential Primary Also Rans who made the trek to Cleveland, Namely "Blind" Ben Carson, "Little Marco" Rubio and "Lyin Ted" Cruz, who got booed off the stage for not endorsing Trump.  Some other long gone Candidates were there also including Scott Walker and Chris Christie, who after thankfully failing to gain the VP Spot, tried out for Attorney General by trying Hillary Clinton on the Bully Pulpit for crimes against Republicans. Christie encouraged repeated choruses of "Lock Her Up" yelled by Trump's crowd of bullies. 

Truth be told, I didn't watch much of the Convention on Television.  I watched a good deal of the first night, some reruns of the second and Trumps speech on the last night.  I couldn't stand to put myself through much of the dark hell on earth that Trump put his convention goers through.  

Clearly this convention was something that had never been seen before and hopefully will never be seen again.  It was truly Trumps Convention from start to finish.  Trump's ego was everywhere every night.  His wife gave what appeared to be a good speech until it was figured out that some of it had been taken word for word from Michelle Obama's 2008 speech at the Democratic Convention in Denver.  Actually from the bits and pieces of the convention I saw, Trump's children performed well and were probably his greatest asset at this convention.

Trumps Vice Presidential Pick, Mike Pence did OK staying far away from most of the extreme right wing views that has made him such a darling of the Tea Party for so long.  Pence was probably the best pick of Trump's final three which included Chris Christie and Newt Gingrich.  Many other Republicans who Trump might have wanted to Pick let him know early that they weren't interested in being considered for Trump's VP.  Therefore, in the end Trump picked Pence who was clearly the lesser of three evils.

Some of the darker moments of the Trumpzilla Convention were the "Duck Dynasty" guy with his flag bandanna praising Trump, former Judge and present Senator Jeff Sessions kissing Trump's rump and Rudy Giuliani's hate filled verbal indictment of Hillary Clinton.  Benghazi was once again dragged out and blamed on Hillary Clinton as if the 9 incredibly expensive congressional committees had found her guilty of something.

One positive note was that Donald Trump proved during his acceptance speech that he can actually stay on message for a long long long period of time.  His messages were as awful and dark as they have been throughout the primary campaign.  There was plenty to blame Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton for and Donald did so.

Overall, the Trumpublican Convention was Dark and Disgusting.  It is incredibly frightening to me that this Unqualified Sociopathic Egomainiac has done as well as he has during this election season.  But to tell the truth as bad as Donald Trump is there were no other better Republican Candidates in the mix when Trump joined the Candidate Army last year.  It has been a sad time for America up to now as we have seen what used to be a Republican Party made up of at least some moderates degenerate into a party full of hate filled people like Trumpzilla.

God Bless us.  This hate filled monster named Donald Trump is one person away from becoming President of the United States.  

I will be looking forward this week to a far different kind of Convention in Philadelphia, the city where liberty began a long time ago. 

Those of us who are concerned about the continuation and protection of that liberty need to get off our cans and get involved in our local Democratic Partys to help get out the vote for Hillary Clinton before it's too late.

If Donald Trump is elected our country is going to be as dark and disgusting as Trumpzilla's Convention was.  Lets do what we can to keep that from happening.

Sincerely Yours

Jerry Gallagher   

Friday, July 15, 2016

Thank You Mister President

Friday, July 15th, 2016

My Dear America:

Although I know that I don't speak for all Americans, or even all reasonable Americans, I know that I do speak for many reasonable Americans when I say "Thank You President Obama for all of the positive things you have done and have tried to do during your presidency for America and the rest of the world."

I know it hasn't been easy to be the First Black President.  Your Election was something that set right wing America, including the KKK, The TEA Party and the Republican Party into attack mode from your first day in the White House. How you have managed to keep your cool under the constant fire of Republican insults and obstruction is beyond me.  But you did keep your cool, at least in public and for that I thank you.  

Thank you also for your efforts to follow through on George W. Bush's promise to bring our troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan.  You did the best you could to get us out of Iraq but when circumstances beyond your control dictated a need for the return of special forces to Iraq you acted responsibly despite the constant criticism of the Republicans regarding the Iraq policy, as well as every other policy of yours.

Thank you also for your courageous decision regarding taking out Osama bin laden.  You got little or no credit for that either.

Thank you also for improving the economy, saving Wall Street and the Auto Industry.  You also improved the employment situation which was a disaster when you took office.

Thank you also for your advocacy in looking out for the health of all Americans and turning Obamacare into a reality.  The Public Option would have been better but you succeeded where many others had failed.

I watched the ABC Town Hall last night on Television and was once again impressed with your caring and consideration of those who have been affected by gun violence over the course of your Presidency.  You have traveled to many cities in America where gun violence has killed many and left survivors with their lives turned upside down.  I applaud your caring and consideration for the victims and the survivors of gun violence.

There are many other issues you have dealt with during your Presidency which I could and do applaud but I think that one of the main things that I am proud of is that you have improved the reputation of America in the eyes of most of the countries of the world.  

I thank you for your wise and courageous behavior during this past Presidential Primary and for your honest support for Hillary Clinton, who seriously needs your help and support as she fights for the continuation of sanity in the White House.  I encourage you to continue to help Hillary and other Democrats in their quest to retrieve real Democracy during the coming years.

I hope that you have a great retirement and enjoy your time with your family and your friends.  You have many friends in this country and elsewhere in the world although it might be nice for Hillary, if she is elected, to recommend you for an appointment to the Supreme Court.  I think that this would be great for the country if we can get enough Democrats elected in the House and Senate to get you approved by Congress.

Whatever you do and whoever is elected this November, please realize that you will be missed by many, if not most of the Americans who have elected you twice and would elect you again if we had the chance to do so.

Sincerely Yours 

Jerry Gallagher

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Whatever Happened to the Hillary Clinton Who Nearly Every Republican Admired

July 5th, 2016

My Dear America:

Today is a great day for Hillary Clinton. 

She and her followers (Including me) can finally breathe a little easier after FBI Director, James Comey today issued the pronouncement that Hillary was Careless but Not Criminal with regard to her E Mails while serving as Secretary of State.  

Anyone with half a brain could have predicted that this day would come and Thank God it has come prior to the Democratic Party Convention in Philadelphia. Today's Announcement by FBI Director Comey has certainly not put the issue of Secretary Clinton's E Mails to rest because his announcement of "No Charges" was not without harsh criticism of how Mrs. Clinton conducted her E Mail affairs at the State Department.

Of Course, Donald Trump immediately started Tweeting about the "Rigged System" that has kept Hillary from being indicted.  Trump, whose own offenses are many and diverse, must be beside himself today as Hillary Clinton boards Air Force One along with President Obama to go to North Carolina where the Dynamic Duo are having Dueling Campaign Rallys with Donald Trump.

Certainly Trump will not accept today's decision by Director Comey and will try to continue his character assassination techniques against Secretary Clinton.  

I, for one, am tired of hearing Donald Trump continue to refer to Hillary Clinton as "Crooked Hillary."  I would love it if Hillary would respond to Trump by calling him "Dumbass Donald" although if she did that she would probably be accused of being Shrill and Unladylike, among other Rude Republican Epithets that would be thrown her way.   I would suggest that it might be semi acceptable for her to call Trump "Dumb Donald."

I have been thinking lately of a time not so long ago when Hillary Clinton was not only accepted by most Republicans but I would go so far as to say that she was actually admired by many, if not most Republicans.  

In truth, Hillary Clinton deserves to be admired by most Americans.  She has done much in her lifetime to deserve that admiration.  In her early career following her graduation from Yale University Law School she fought for Children's Issues and was even a staffer on the famous Senate Watergate Committee that investigated and in truth was responsible for exposing Richard Nixon as a shameless paranoid criminal.

Later on she was a respected Lawyer, Law School Professor and First Lady in Arkansas.  Following that she was a highly admired and respected First Lady in Washington.  After the Clintons left the White House Hillary ran for the Senate in her new home state of New York and won the Senate Seat in which she served with distinction and was admired by her Congressional Colleagues for her bipartisanship back when bipartisanship was still a good thing.

Then Hillary ran for President in 2008 and although at first the Democratic Nomination seemed to be hers for the taking, a young upstart former Community Organizer and newly minted Illinois Senator named Barack Obama fought Hillary for the Democratic Party Nomination and after a hard fought Campaign, Obama eventually won the Party Nomination.  Both Hillary and Bill Clinton to their credit fully endorsed and worked hard for Barack Obama's Election and were certainly at least partially responsible for Obama's eventual successful Presidential Democratic Election to the highest office in the land.

Following in the tradition of Doris Kearns Goodwin's book about Abraham Lincoln,"Team of Rivals," President Obama after his Election in 2008 reached out to Hillary Clinton and to her surprise, as well as the country's, Obama asked her to become Secretary of State in the Obama Administration.  

Hillary's book, "Hard Choices," details her frenetic but successful time in office as she served as Secretary of State.  

During the time she served as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was highly praised and admired by Republicans, as well as Democrats everywhere. Although Republicans had almost nothing positive to say about President Obama, almost everything said about Mrs. Clinton was very positive.  But that all changed when Hillary Clinton announced her Candidacy for President.

Following her announcement that she was going to run for President suddenly Hillary Clinton has been turned into a Republican Boogeywoman of epic proportions.  

Republicans who have claimed to be fiscally responsible have inexplicably squandered millions of dollars in at least 8 congressionally authorized investigations of Benghazi in an incredibly brazen and boldly partisan attempt to tarnish Hillary Clinton's reputation.

Even Donald Trump had words of praise for Hillary Clinton when she was Secretary of State.  Today Trump calls her "Crooked Hillary" and Republican partisans call her far worse than that.  

It will be interesting to see what Republicans call her when she is the President of the United States.  It will not be surprising, however, to see Hillary once again proving to be a Competent and Praiseworthy Leader once again.


Jerry Gallagher

Friday, April 29, 2016

Reflections on the April 26th, 2016 Primary Election Results

April 29, 2016

My Dear America:

It is just a couple of days following the Blowout Primary Elections in several different States. 

It was, to say the least, an important election day for both the Republican and Democratic Front Runners.  Donald Trump crushed his Republican Rivals, Ted Cruz and John Kasich in all five of the Primary States including Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut, Delaware and Rhode Island. 

Although John Kasich came in second in Connecticut, Maryland and Rhode Island, Trump's margin of victory over both Kasich and Cruz was at least a 30 point margin in all five states.

Bernie Sanders fared better in the April 26th Primaries.  He at least won the Rhode Island primary by about a 12 point margin.  Hillary Clinton's victories in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut and Delaware Were not by as large a margin of victory in all states as Trump but in Maryland she did beat Bernie Sanders by a 30 Point margin of victory.  In Delaware Hillary beat Bernie by 20 percentage points and in Pennsylvania by 12 points and Connecticut by 5 percentage points.

What do these results mean for the Republican and Democratic Parties?

It certainly seems to me as though the important Primary Elections may now have ended for both the Republicans and Democrats.  

Certainly The Republican Party is not a happy, joyous political party at the present time.  Clearly Republican party leaders do not appear to be pleased at the prospect of Donald Trump being at the head of the 2016 Republican Party Ticket. But the mean spirited, Anti Obama and Anti Obamacare Party, the party who met in January of 2009 and decided that they would do everything they could to keep President Obama from winning a second term, including shutting down the Government, clearly have reaped what they have sown.  Republicans have consistently encouraged their flock to hate Obama, to hate Democrats, to hate News Organizations other than Fox News, To hate Liberals and to tolerate stalled and ineffective government, especially with regard to Congress.

After the incredibly hateful and harmful agenda that the Republican Party has espoused for so long, the chickens have come home to roost.  Those chickens have brought with them their lead Rooster.  His name is Donald Trump.  

Trump may not be unstoppable at this point but if the Republican Party has a brokered convention which does not follow the lead of the Republican voters they are going to finish their convention as a fractured party with little hope of success in the November 2016 Election.  The truth is that no matter what happens at the Republican Party Convention, the Republican Party is going to be damaged, possibly beyond repair, at least for the upcoming election.

The Democratic Party is also a party that is headed for trouble.  I am already seeing on my Facebook page quite a number of disturbing posts by Bernie Sanders supporters indicating that they are angry and are unwilling to vote for Hillary Clinton.

It is my view that Bernie Sanders has been an exciting, honest and forthright Candidate for the Presidency of the United States.  Bernie entered the race and has continued the race with some very serious core concerns, which he has had the chance to voice over the course of the Democratic Primaries.  His concerns are the concerns of many Americans and he has articulated his concerns in numerous debates and Town Halls throughout the course of the Democratic Presidential Primary Campaign.  In my view and in the view of many people who know him, including former Speaker of the House, John Boehner, Bernie Sanders is one of the most honest politicians ever to go to Washington.  

When Bernie Sanders began his quest for the Presidency few people gave him a snowballs chance in hell to be as successful as he has been.  Bernie Sanders being in the race has clearly influenced Hillary Clinton to tilt to the left on many for the issues that Bernie has embraced over the many years he has been in Congress and over the year or so that he has been running for President.

Bernie Sanders turned the Democratic Primary Race for President into a referendum on whether or not the time had come for Americans to become involved in a New American Revolution to return to old respected values.  Bernie has not been a man who has based his politics on the preservation of the wealthy.  Just the opposite. He has based his politics on the preservation of the young, of the individual freedoms and of the political system that does not reward greed but instead rewards those individuals who are not rich enough to donate millions of dollars on their own to sponsor a candidate but are willing to make a small contribution to a political candidate that they can and do believe in.

The Bernie Sanders Presidential Campaign is not over by a long shot.  It is not dead after the April 26th Presidential Primaries.  Sanders performance in these five recent Primary States has been disappointing to those of us who have believed that Bernie Sanders could do the impossible and beat Hillary Clinton in the conventional Primary System.  Clearly Bernie has done better over the course of the Democratic Party Primary Elections than anyone, including Bernie, thought he could or would do.  Bernie Sanders caught on with young people as well as with many other Democrats through his message of changing the political system from within.  He did his best but although his candidacy is far from dead it appears to be on life support at the present time.

Certainly many Bernie Sanders workers and voters are disappointed at the results of the April 26th, 2016 Primary races.  I am disappointed also.  But I would ask those Bernie Sanders supporters who are ready to take out their frustrations on the Democratic Party to think about the foolishness of taking that path.  Although Bernie Sanders has not said it yet, I am sure that when all is said and done, and if he is not the final Candidate for President on the Democratic Ticket, that Bernie Sanders will do the right thing.  Although he also will be disappointed that he wasn't able to reach the finish line successfully he will recognize that in the end he will need to swallow his pride and recommend to his fellow revolutionaries that either not voting for Hillary Clinton or, worse yet, voting for Donald Trump or any other Republican candidate that manages to steal the election from him, will result in an America that will look and seem more like Hitler's Germany or Putin's Russia than the America we have long loved and respected.  

Like Hitler's Germany's Death Camps for Jews, Donald Trump has already chosen the people he will blame for his almost certain failures.  Mexicans, Muslims, Latinos and Blacks may not end up in death camps but they may end up like the virtual slaves that Trump industries has created in Dubai by taking individual worker's passports from them and keeping them in debt so that they can't realistically return to their home countries.  And in Dubai if the Trump slaves try to escape they may be gunned down.This is the kind of man who is poised to run for President of the United States on the Republican Ticket. God Help Us.

The Truth for me is that I was a Hillary Supporter before I was a Bernie Supporter.  I was very impressed by Hillary's book, "Hard Choices"which was given to me by two of my daughters.  I was impressed by the hard work Hillary had put in as Secretary of State and New York Senator.  I voted for her in the 2008 Pennsylvania Primary Race and before Bernie announced his Candidacy I was prepared to vote for Hillary again this Primary Season.  As I watched the parade of reckless candidates gather together on the Republican side of the Presidential Primary Race I was extremely relieved when Hillary finally threw her hat into the ring on the Democratic side of the Race for the Presidency.   

In the end though I voted for Bernie Sanders this time around in the Pennsylvania Primary.

The truth is that I do not blame Hillary for winning the Democratic Presidential Primary. She was and is the most qualified candidate among those running for President on either the Republican or Democratic side.  Other people can do what they want but I will not waste my vote by sitting out the Presidential Election because I am unhappy if Bernie doesn't get the Nomination.  I will be proudly voting for Hillary Clinton in November of 2016.

As the political talk gradually becomes about Vice Presidents I would like to make a suggestion to Hillary and Bernie, regardless of who wins the Nomination for President on the Democratic side.  If Hillary wins I think she would be wise to follow the Obama playbook and the "Team of Rivals" concept and pick Bernie Sanders as her Vice President.  Yes, the battle has been bloody and battering at times during the Primaries on both sides.  Hillary and Bernie have fought hard for the nomination of their party.  But regardless of how much they have fought and disagreed with  each other they still have many views and concerns in common.  

One other suggestion for Hillary is the possibility of her appointing Bill Clinton to be her Vice President.  I don't know if a former President can legally serve as a Vice President following his 8 years as President, but Hillary and Bill could be an interesting and winning combination, as could Hillary and Bernie.  

If Hillary is the Nominee or if Bernie is the Nominee, an excellent choice for either one of them for Vice President would be Elizabeth Warren.

But the battle for the White House still continues, and as interesting and frightening as it has been I believe that  the candidates have many more surprises in store for the American Voters.

Sincerely Yours

Jerry Gallagher

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Its February 10th, 2016, The Day After The New Hampshire Primary And The Revolution Has Finally Begun

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

My Dear America:

Its the day after the New Hampshire Primary and after numerous debates by both the Republican and Democratic Candidates for President, After much hard work by many Campaign Workers and after much soul searching on the part of Political Pundits and Voters in the "Granite State" we finally have some idea of who the First Front Runners are in the first actual State Primary Election in the Race to find the Democratic and Republican Candidates for President who will run against each other for the Biggest American Political Prize in the fall of 2016.

And The Winners Are:


The New Hampshire Republicans have chosen Donald Trump who ended up with over 35 percent of the votes cast in the NH Republican Race for President. Trump's victory was no surprise to anyone following the New Hampshire Race. What did prove surprising was the fact that Ohio Governor John Kasich came in Second.  Kasich was a distant second at nearly 16 percent of the vote but he was strong enough to outdistance his seemingly better known Republican Rivals including Ted Cruz at 11.7 percent, Jeb Bush at 11 percent, Marco Rubio at 10.6 percent. Chris Christie, had gambled that his brash debate bullying of Marco Rubio, who had come in 3rd in Iowa, would help him catch fire in New Hampshire.  Despite his high hopes for success in New Hampshire he spent a great deal of time there trying to build his campaign Christie came in at 7.4 percent.  

Once again Marco Rubio, although clearly damaged by his Saturday Night Debate Massacre by Christie still outdistanced The New Jersey "Bridgegate" Bully by over 3 percentage points, enough to give Rubio, along with Cruz and Bush, 3 delegates apiece to the Republican Nominating Convention later this year.  Christie went back to New Jersey after the New Hampshire Primary and ABC Television Reports today are predicting that Christie will be announcing soon that will be suspending his Presidential Campaign.

Carly Fiorina, who was not even included in last Saturday's debate did even more poorly than Christie.  She got only 4.1 percent of the vote.  Ben Carson, who apparently had not heard his name called at the last debate and stood around like a fool while other candidates flew by him like he was a wounded bird.  Only Trump waited with Carson in the wings when the ABC Hosts finally pleaded for him to come out.  The hosts also almost forgot to announce Kascich but JK made less of a fool of himself than Carson did.

So for Democrats, Liberals and Reasonable Voters everywhere in the United States Of America, as William Conrad used to announce at the beginning of a Quinn Martin produced Television show called "The Invaders" back in the day:

                         "The Nightmare Has already Begun."


For Democrats The news out of New Hampshire is quite a bit simpler to understand, although for many establishment Democrats it may still not be very easy to accept.

The Democrats didn't have 17 candidates starting out on the Campaign trail. For a good while it seemed to Democratic Politicians as though there might only be one Candidate and that Candidate was Hillary Clinton.  Hillary announced online after prepping the media as to when to look for it.  Quite frankly, I was thrilled when Hillary announced.  I thought that with as screwed up as the world had become and the fact was that she had become a Grandmother that she might just say to herself and her family "Who Needs this, Not Me."  Of course it was a big deal when Hillary announced and it appeared to many Democrats, including me, that Hillary had it in the bag and that was, at the time, just fine with many Democrats, Including me.  

There was for awhile some rumbling about other challengers for the Democratic Nomination for President.  Martin O'Malley and Elizabeth Warren were two of the names bandied about.  Eventually O'Malley, the former Baltimore Mayor and Maryland Governor did announce that he was running for the Democratic Presidential Nomination and participated in several Democratic Candidate Debates.  Two other Candidates, Jim Webb of Virginia and Lincoln Chaffee of Rhode Island also participated in the first Democratic Debate but poll results after that debate showed that neither Webb nor Chaffee seemed to be showing any strength so, mercifully for everyone, especially themselves, they dropped out of the race.

Although Hillary Clinton and Martin O'Malley still remained in the race for the Democratic Nomination and on the debate stage for several more Democratic Debates, they had been joined on the debate stage by a little known Senator From Vermont named Bernie Sanders.  Bernie had been one of the few politicians who had been elected first to the House of Representatives and later on to the Senate not tied to the label of either party.  He was elected to Congress as an Independent.  While Bernie caucused in the congress with Democrats and held important committee positions Bernie Sanders advertised himself as a Democratic Socialist in Congress and still advertises himself as a Democratic Socialist.

How, Democratic Voters asked, could an avowed Socialist Democrat be successful in 2016 running on the prospect of promoting a voters revolution in America.  

Clearly, the powers that be in the Democratic and Republican Parties have underestimated this energetic Old Guy who has shown himself to be not only a strong candidate with a resounding message but a candidate who has turned the Democratic Party upside down in Iowa first where he tied with Hillary Clinton but especially in New Hampshire, where Bernie Sanders leaves the Granite State with not only a win under his belt but a decisive win of 60.4 percent compared to Hillary Clinton's showing of 38 percent.  O'Malley, although he had already bowed out of the campaign and the debates got a few votes in New Hampshire but not enough to make a difference.  

Clearly anyone looking at the results of the New Hampshire Primary needs to realize that it has not always been won by candidates who marched on to victory at their party conventions  or victory in the fall elections.  

But Political observers need to look at the New Hampshire results and realize that in the case of both the Republican and Democratic Vctories in New Hampshire the Outsiders, The Rebels, The Candidates not endorsed by many Party Leaders Won resounding victories.  Clearly Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are two completely different outsider candidates.

In my opinion Trump is a reckless fool who has shown himself to be a dangerous candidate who plays on American fears.  Mexicans, Muslims are bad people to Donald Trump.  Why are people voting for him?  I don't know.

Bernie Sanders, on the other hand I can understand and support.  He is promoting ideas that liberals and reasonable people can believe in.  As he has often pointed out he started out as a candidate who registed at less than 3 percent in the polls and now he has tied Hillary in Iowa and has beaten Hillary by a wide margin in New Hampshire.

Clearly a Revolution in the United States of America has begun and clearly it is going to be a long, sometimes dangerous and often interesting journey along the Presidential Campaign Trail this year.  

Batten down the hatches people.  The Broncos are just beginning to buck and its going to be a long ride to the finish line this year.

Sincerely Yours

Jerry Gallagher

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Goodbye Iowa - Hello New Hampshire - Democratic Version

Saturday, February 6th, 2016

My Dear America:

It's Saturday Night Live and after a few days of trashing one another on the Campaign Trail the Republican candidates this evening are really brutally trashing one another on another Presidential debate being broadcast on The ABC Television Network.

Earlier this week it was the Democratic candidates who were debating on television. After Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders left Iowa following a Virtual Tie result in the Iowa caucuses. the third Democratic candidate for President in the Iowa contest, Martin O'Malley, dropped out of the race for President after a poor showing in the Iowa caucuses.  O'Malley was an accomplished Democrat and should have done better in the Iowa contest but after registering a mere 3 percent of Iowa Caucus voters O'Malley did the right thing and left the race to Bernie and Hillary to fight it out. 

And fight it out they did and are continuing to do.  Although Bernie's lead continues to be substantial according to New Hampshire Polls those polls seem to be also showing a slow but steady improvement in Hillary's New Hampshire voter support.  It is hard to see the prospect of Bernie's more than 10 percent poll edge disappearing but stranger things have happened in New Hampshire Presidential Primary Elections before.

Although Hillary and Bernie have not sunk to anywhere near the level of savagery that the Republicans have shown toward each other in tonight's debate, the Democrats have certainly, in the waning days of the New Hampshire Primary Campaign, taken off the kid gloves in Town Halling and Debating one another. This is nothing new in New Hampshire Democratic Presidential Primary Contests but it is certainly a new level of verbal violence in this particular race between these two particular candidates.   

Both Bernie and Hillary are criss crossing New Hampshire at breakneck paces and Bill Clinton and Jane Sanders are also showing up in the state to do what they can do to help their spouses.  Hillary is scheduled to go to Flint Michigan on Sunday to try to do what she can to increase the attention given to the water crisis there.  

The Sanders campaign has announced that Bernie will be in New York City this evening to appear on Saturday Night Live with Larry David, who has played Bernie Sanders in several skits during the past SNL Season.  Sanders has made it clear that he is not miffed about the Larry David impressions of him but is in fact a fan of Larry David.  

Its down to the wire in this incredible contest and despite the fact that Bernie continues to top the polls no one is counting their chickens in this state until they are hatched on Tuesday.

Stay Tuned;

Live from New Hampshire It'll be Tuesday Night Live and it should be very interesting.  

Sincerely Yours

Jerry Gallagher

Friday, February 5, 2016

Goodbye Iowa - Hello New Hampshire - Republican Version

February 5th, 2016

My Dear America:

Well, Its on Now.  

After nearly a years worth of Bullshit, Bluster and Barnstorming on the part of a whole new Crop of American Presidential Candidates we have finally had something happen that really means something.  We have had something akin to an election.  It wasn't really an election.  It was the Iowa Caucus or Caucuses.  It was the first time since 2012 that Americans (Iowans Only) had to get up off their asses, walk out of their dwellings and go somewhere to make it known to other Iowans, and other Americans, as well, who was the person in their party that they preferred to run for President.

Although the Iowa Caucus is not really an election, It does mean something Special in American Politics and it has taught not only Iowans but also other Americans elsewhere in the country some valuable lessons over the years.  Some of those lessons have been taught before and, indeed, learned before but like many other life lessons forgotten over the course of several years, sometimes we all need reminders to refresh our political memories.

The past year has been filled with strange political lessons even before the actual voting of the Iowa Caucus.

We learned, for instance, that even a disingenuous disgraceful First Term Senator from Texas, who seemed to take Great Pleasure in shutting down the United States Government in an effort to defund programs he didn't like, could not only participate in the Presidential Primary Process but could actually win his party's nomination process in the great state of Iowa.

"How Stupid are the people of Iowa," Donald Trump ranted at one of his well attended rallys.  Well, apparently they weren't quite stupid enough to vote Trump for First Place in the Iowa Caucus.  Yet, they did vote The Big Mouth that Roared into Second Place on the Iowa Caucus tally sheet.  Good God, that's bad enough.  

And Ted Cruz, the Winner in Iowa, was apparently successful in covering over his Political Warts.  Ted Cruz, the man who single handedly shut down the Federal Government so that he could read Green Eggs and Ham into the Congressional record won the votes of Iowa Republicans despite the fact that he is probably the single most despised man in the entire Republican Party.

Ted was, however, the first Dark Horse out of the gate in 2015 making his announcement at Liberty University early in the year.  His announcement was, of course, filled with derisive comments about "Obamacare" and days after his announcement at Liberty U. when Ted's wife left her Wall Street Job and her health care benefits behind, Ted signed the family up for the hated "Obamacare" program.  It was to be only one of many indications of what a fraud Ted Cruz was.  

Ted and Marco Rubio, two Americans born of Cuban immigrants, First Term United States Senators running for President in 2015 and 2016 tried to outdo each other on presenting themselves as Anti Immigration Republicans. Despite the fact that neither Rubio or Cruz would be Americans if it wasn't for their parents immigrating to America these two phonys came in First (Cruz) and Third (Rubio) in the Republican Iowa Caucus Results.  

Rubio, a young Senator with a debt soaked checkered past in Florida and little inclination for showing up to work as a First Term Senator, did, however, manage to keep his campaign afloat as other lighter funded candidates fell by the wayside during 2015.

As Republicans voted in the Iowa Caucus the Campaign Trail had already been littered with the carcases of many former All Star Republican Candidates who had not lasted on the Campaign Trail and underfunded and unappreciated they began to fall like failed track stars that couldn't make it to the finish line.  In fact, they couldn't even make it to the starting gate of the Iowa Caucuses.

Like Bruce Springsteen's "Broken Heroes on a Last Chance Power Try" They had come alive on the Republican Campaign Trail and those who were allowed to participate in the Debates by the Media Power Brokers did so with a relish.
Former Governor of Virginia, Jim Gilmore got no traction at all and was shut out of most debates,  Former Governor of Texas, Rick Perry, who had dropped out in 2012 ended up dropping out again, Former New York Governor, George Patacki despite good showings on what Rachel Maddow first and others later on called "The Kids Table Debates," just never caught fire and dropped out, Same with South Carolina Senator and John McCain Buddy, Lindsey Graham and Louisiana Governor, Bobby Jindal.  Wisconsin Governor, Scott Walker's Republican Star seemed to burn very brightly for awhile but in the end the light and the big money disappeared and so did Scott Walker from the Campaign Trail.

Following the Iowa Caucuses Former Pennsylvania Senator, Rick Santorum, Tennessee U.S. Senator, Rand Paul and Former Arkansas Governor and Fox News Host, Mike Huckabee also gave up the ghost and dropped out of the Republican Presidential Race.

Even after poor showings in Iowa, however, Dr. Ben Carson, Former Florida Governor, Jeb Bush, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Failed CEO of Hewlett Packard and failed California Senate Candidate, Carly Fiorina, Ohio Governor, John Kasich and Multi Millionaire Businssman, Donald Trump all remained in the race for President after Iowa.

If there is one candidate who should have learned a valuable lesson in Iowa it is Donald Trump.  Although Trump came in Second in the Iowa Race he had predicted that he would win and win big in Iowa.  It must have been galling to lose to Ted Cruz, who Trump had unleashed a scorched earth policy on during the waning days of the Iowa campaign.  It must also have galled Trump that he had only beaten Marco Rubio by one percentage point.  Trump seemed to be almost conciliatory to his rivals and to Iowa residents on Caucuses night.
I wouldn't bet that that attitude lasts long, especially if Trump tops the Field of Dreamers in New Hampshire.

We shall soon see what happens in New Hampshire in the First Actual State Primary Election this year.

Sincerely Yours

Jerry Gallagher