A Cuomo vs. De Blasio 2020 Democratic presidential primary battle could tear party apart

August 11, 2017

As the 2020 Democratic presidential primaries grow interesting by the day, two New York Democratic politicians may put their hats in the ring for the 2020 presidency and a potential primary fight between the two could destroy the Democratic Party more than Clinton vs. Sanders in 2016 and Obama vs. Clinton in 2008.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is heavily favored to win reelection this November against presumptive Republican mayoral nominee Assemblyman Nicole Malliotakis and right wing populist Bo Dietl, a former NYPD police officer. New York City is overwhelmingly a Democratic city, despite the conservative bastions of Queens and Staten Island and although De Blasio has legal and political issues, he is a lock for reelection. He won the 2013 mayoral election with one of the lowest turnouts in over fifty years, at 24%. The 2013 mayoral primaries was worse, at 20%.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has always harbored higher political ambitions. After being elected as state attorney general in 2006, he saw the Albany dysfunction that he railed against in his 2010 gubernatorial victory, as liberal scions Eliot Spitzer and David Paterson had rocky governorships. Cuomo defeated right wing populist Carl Paladino in 2010 and won reelection in an uninspiring way against establishment Republican Rob Astorino after facing a left-wing progressive challenger in Zephyr Teachout, a former Fordham University law professor.

Cuomo and De Blasio represent the warring wings of the Democratic Party. Cuomo is from the centrist New Democrat wing from his mentors, Bill and Hillary Clinton. De Blasio, also mentored by Bill and Hillary Clinton, comes from the left-wing insurgent group of Bernie Sanders, Keith Ellison and Barbara Lee.

The two men could run for president in 2020, and if they face off in the Democratic primary, their personal feud could enter nationally and the Democratic Party could face a bitter division worse than Clinton vs. Sanders—and it could hand Trump or Pence the White House in 2020.

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/bn5ppq/did-new-yorkers-just-set-off-a-democratic-party-insurgency-zephyr-teachout-912

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/10/new-york-governor-andrew-cuomo-wins-democratic-primary

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/j55q8y/why-bill-de-blasio-and-andrew-cuomo-hate-each-others-guts

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/new-yorkers-head-polls-pick-new-mayor-article-1.1507436

http://nypost.com/2013/11/06/election-day-turnout-lowest-in-over-50-years/

 

 

Is Trump’s presidency already over?

May 15, 2017

With the May 9 firing of F.B.I. Director James B. Comey by President Donald Trump, some Americans and analysts believe that his already contentious presidency is over. With the fact that he lost the popular vote to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton despite winning 306 Electoral Votes of the U.S. Electoral College, his presidency has started with chaos since he was inaugurated on Jan. 20, 2017.

Ever since the post-election report that Russia had interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election to “undermine faith in the U.S. election and to help their preferred candidate, Trump, 70, who has had ties to pro-Kremlin leaders and groups, Trump has faced headwinds and a call of “illegitimacy” after these reports had been released to the public.

With Trump’s approval ratings a all-time low for a first-term president in his first few months in office and with the Democratic and liberal base strongly against anything that he does, the only group that he has strong support is his core base of white working class voters in upper Midwestern states and Southern conservatives, and Northern and Western white ethnics. Some core Trump voters include some white voters who have not cast a ballot for any political office in years due to the disillusionment of the American political system and American society.

Russian President Vladimir V. Putin has long despised former Secretary of State Clinton, blaming her interference in his political career in the early 2010s. It has been seen that Clinton and Putin has had a very frosty relationship and had Hillary Clinton won the presidency in 2016, that relationship would have worsen.

With the firing of Comey, some say that he is trying to erase any evidence that Russia had colluded with the Trump-Pence campaign to win the presidency. With his failures on some of his core campaign promises such as the terrorist ban, his Obamacare repeal confusion and failures, and a lack of a economic agenda, Trump’s chaotic presidency may be over already. Or is it?

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/intelligence-chiefs-expected-in-new-york-to-brief-trump-on-russian-hacking/2017/01/06/5f591416-d41a-11e6-9cb0-54ab630851e8_story.html?utm_term=.28ef0157a193

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/u-s-officials-putin-personally-involved-u-s-election-hack-n696146

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/donald-trump-james-comey-firing-russia-investigation-refuse-end-fbi-insiders-director-hillary-a7729691.html

Could this new October surprise destroy Clinton in the Nov. 8 polls?

October 28, 2016

The newest revelation that came out Friday afternoon from the Hillary Clinton email scandal was that FBI Director James Comey, a registered Republican, sent a letter Friday morning to lawmakers saying that the FBI will reopen the case that had previously recommended that Clinton not face criminal action due to her mishandling of emails with her private server.

It has been revealed that they were new emails that were viewed to be “pertinent” to the case. However, these new email developments trace to a new person in this story: Former New York Congressman Anthony D. Weiner (D-Queens), who ran for New York City mayor in 2005, 2009, and 2013. The emails came from the same device that Weiner and his estranged wife, Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s closest confidante and aide used.

The emails were found on the same laptop that Abedin used to use. This could be a new bombshell for the destroyed career of Weiner, who was once a rising star in New York politics and national politics and have been finished since he was caught sexting online and on his cellphone with women and underage girls.

This could hurt Clinton again, who was peaking and had some momentum after having 3 good general election debates and poll numbers after rival billionaire Donald Trump’s sexual harassment allegations and divisions with the Republican Party establishment had opened the way for Clinton to have red-state appeal.

Stay tuned….

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/fbi-re-open-investigation-clinton-email-server-n674631

Trump’s Gettysburg speech draws criticism, praise

October 22, 2016

Gettysburg, Pa.-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Saturday afternoon gave an important speech about what he would do in his first 100 days in office after he is inaugurated on Jan. 20 of 2017 if he wins the Nov. 8 presidential election, which right now, looks unlikely against Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Trump promised to cut corruption in the government, calling his rival Hillary Clinton corrupt for mishandling emails while she was Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013, and accepting gifts to favor the Clinton Foundation. He also spoke sternly about term limits for every member of Congress, regardless of the their political party. He spoke about ending federal funding through Congress to sanctuary cities. Sanctuary cities are cities where prosecution of undocumented immigrants is not allowed. 

Trump’s speech was attended by former New York City mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, who is one of Trump’s biggest allies and surrogates. With 17 days left to the election, we’ll see if this speech can change the polling numbers in Pa., Ohio, Fla, N.C., Ariz., etc.

A Cubs-Red Sox World Series in 2016?

Originally written August 23, 2016

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A Chicago Cubs vs. Boston Red Sox World Series matchup in 2016 would draw huge ratings on TV and social media interest. These are two storied franchises who have have history of “curses”. They last met in the 1918 World Series. 

It would be a true treat to see the Chicago Cubs and the Boston Red Sox, two of the best teams in baseball in 2016 to face each other in the World Series if they win their respective league championships.

The Cubs, who won the National League Central title for the first time since 2008, is likely to win 100+ games by the end of the season. They have a solid lineup in Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, a solid pitching staff in Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta, Kyle Hendricks. They have a good defense. They have the baseball world actually believing that they can win a World Series championship for the first time sin 1908-yes, 1908. 108 years ago. They have the best manager in baseball, Joe Maddon, who is charismatic and very smart when it comes to baseball lineups. He turned around the Tampa Bay Rays and took them to their first American League pennant, until they lost to the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2008 World Series.

The Boston Red Sox, is likely to win the American League East division for the first time since 2013, when they last won the World Series. They have a high-powered offense in retiring star slugger David Ortiz, Hanley Ramirez, Dustin Pedroia. They have a decent pitching staff, not spectacular, leading with David Price. The Red Sox had an up and down season, with some in the beginning of the season wanted Red Sox manager John Farrell to be fired. However, with the Red Sox marching to the playoffs, that does not seem to be happening. Farrell is likely to be considered to be awarded Manager of the Year, regardless of whether the Red Sox go far into the 2016 postseason.

It would be good to see retiring “Big Papi” ride off into the sunset with a fourth World Series championship under his era. (He won championships in 2004, 2007, and 2013.)

A Cubs-Red Sox World Series would be one of the most watched championship games in all of sports, maybe even tying the Super Bowl or the Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals rematch of 2016. Two big market cities=Chicago and Boston. It would be a sweet October treat.

Two “cursed” franchises, the Red Sox breaking their Curse of the Bambino in 2004 by winning the World Series over the 105-win National League Champions St. Louis Cardinals. The Cubs have to break their curse of the Billy Goat. Will these two teams come together and make 2016 a historic year? It’s possible.

 

My 2016 Super Bowl 51 predictions: Seahawks over Steelers

I had promised to give my Super Bowl predictions this week, so I will do so:

Seahawks over Steelers: 31-24

Pittsburgh is on a mission. They have a solid offense in Ben Roethlisberger, the quarterback, Antonio Brown, the wide receiver, and Le’Veon Bell, the running back. Their defense is pretty good too–the Steelers have won Super Bowls with their tough defenses.

However, the Seahawks are the one of the best teams in the National Football League, and they still have a solid defense. With Russell Wilson and Richard Sherman back in style, but without Marshawn Lynch, one of the best running backs in NFL, they could struggle a bit, but at the end of the day, the Seahawks will be back hoisting the Lombardi trophy, in Houston.

2016 NFL predictions

My 2016 NFL predictions are here!! Tonight, the defending Super Bowl champions Denver Broncos will be playing the defending NFC champions Carolina Panthers, in a Super Bowl 50 rematch from last February in Denver, Colorado on NBC. After weeks of thinking of who will come on top in their divisions, I think I have made some right predictions. Here we go:

AFC Seeding

  1. Steelers (AFC North Champs) (AFC home-field advantage throughout playoffs and first round bye)
  2. Patriots (AFC East Champs) (First-round bye)
  3. Texans (AFC South Champs)
  4. Chiefs (AFC West Champs)
  5. Broncos (AFC Wildcard)
  6. Jets (AFC Wildcard)

NFC Seeding

  1. Cardinals (NFC West Champs) (NFC home-field advantage throughout playoffs and first round bye)
  2. Panthers (NFC South Champs) (First-round bye)
  3. Packers (NFC North Champs)
  4. Giants (NFC East Champs)
  5. Seahawks (NFC Wildcard)
  6. Falcons (NFC Wildcard)

My Super Bowl picks..tomorrow!