Saturday, September 29, 2012

What I'd like to see in a president.

A list of attributes for a President: ( Pick a few from the list not all are mandatory.)
These are in addition to the Constitutional prerequisites.
  1. An understanding of US and World History.
  2. The ability to speak effectively to a large audience.
  3. A professional appearance.
  4. The practical age range of 40-50 years.
  5. Strong ability to write effectively.
  6. Great listening skills.
  7. Ability to learn quickly, retain the detail, and correlate the learning into a plan of action to be written out or explained.
  8. Empathy for all others.
  9. Love of the US, it's Constitution and it's Rule of Law.
  10. Previous committed service, in some form, to the country.
  11. A world view that is synonymous with the majority of the American people.
  12. Steadiness in time of great disturbance.
  13. Steadfastness when he or she believes in their own correctness.
  14. More personal focus on what is good for America than what is good for his or her career.
  15. A tendency to say the truth, as she or he sees it, to take actions that are fair to the American people, and a temperament of control when faced with opposition.
  16. If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue. Or walk with kings –- nor lose the common touch.” Rudyard Kipling

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Why Romney is not winning.

With about forty days to go people are asking why is Romney not doing better. The economy has rebounded but not for people with out jobs. Companies are making profits and wall street is happiest of all because they made money going down and coming back. There have been no prosecutions for improper credit swaps and I am guessing now that's because no laws were broken. The main reason for going to Afghanistan was to get Bin Laden. Mission accomplished, but we are still there. That should be enough to get Obama out of office right?
No. Romney is gaffe prone because he is making bad political decisions. Pandering to the tea party is a failed idea. They will return to trickle down in the absence of any other plan. The fundamentalists have a huge role for Romney to pander to so they attack abortion, women's health, and and ultimately a woman's right to choose. The destruction of any kind of safety net including medicaid, medicare and social security. Letting that video get out was the single biggest mistake ever in politics, but letting his ideas be known to the money people was bigger. If Romney had not talked so condescendingly about the 47% he might have recovered.
Bottom line. This campaign includes ineptitude, bad old weak ideas that have failed, and no solutions to any of our countries problems. It's counting on lies, deceits, voter suppression, and political trade craft to trick people into voting republican. But vote me in and I'll explain the details then.
You have energized women in this country who are smart, vocal, intrepid, and  running for office in greater numbers than ever before. Jesse Jackson used to talk about a Rainbow Coalition, well they are energized against you. Even five or six old white guys (wasps for Obama) will vote and work and support Obama. Seniors do not know your name. They do know you will end all forms of social health network for all Americans and they don't like it. Union people just naturally dislike you. All we have are voters, and all you have is money. How do you like them Apples!!
ps The right bought out media in this country and had a free run of it till about four years ago. Cable TV, the internet, blogs, Twitter, Facebook have allowed different versions of the truth to be displayed. Adds on-line resonate with younger people, for that matter all people. I hope it has marginalized your money advantage.  

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Stench (Hoax and Mistake)

Some questions about the references to "Stench":
1. Isn't this stench gate unprofessional? Has there ever been a campaign where the VP candidate  attacked the Presidential Candidate, so early?
2. Haha! Rachel Maddow you can't claim you had a hand in this one.
3. I see the cute smile of Stef Cutter somewhere in the background.
4. Twitter Search "stench" and read for a while.
5. Ann Coulter, we like your style, your prescience, you look like many Rinos, Switch over to the liberal cause! Signify by switching to MSNBC.
6. Well I am off to try "stench" search on google+.
7. Will Ryan ever get another opportunity to run for major office again?
8. Thanks Alex Wagner, John Heilemann and others for discussing this a bit on Alex' Show at noon.
8. Ezra McDuffee described it as a "nuclear meltdown" to me on the phone. Those are expensive to clean up!
9. These comments above, may be about a satirical piece written in Politico two days ago. Please See
Talking Points Memo explanation. I will continue to clarify. If this is an error it is a big one for me and for a a lot of other people.
10. The hard lesson is I have been a Lemming! Here is the correction. Mia Culpa I was totally wrong! The explanation can be reached by pressing the previous line. I will write on the great black board of the Internet three hundred times, check your source! Maybe there is some way I can retroactively adjust my mistake!
12. Good catch to all those who made comments!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Tax Filing is arbitrary?

I always believed all candidates were vetted. It seems reasonable that the vetting includes a look at the tax filings of the candidate. When someone new gets a Top Secret clearance a back ground investigation is performed by OSI. The vetting and the BI seem like an automatic call to me.
So my question is simple, in the case of the President of the US, who vets, who does the BI, who specifies that a candidate has no police record. Who protects the American people.
This year has been excellent at defining who pays for elections. Who pays for legislation. Who drives voters toward the polls and who drives them away. I would really like to know we are not relying on some political party for these administrative functions.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Romney the Truth Hurts Doesn't It!

I retired after being laid off at age 60. It shames me to think it but I am one of those 47% people that you are speaking of Mr. Romney. To be clear, I've dropped the use of  your title as you don't deserve the courtesy. Your observations, your disdain for average Americans stressed by job loss and potential home loss is a potent reminder of what it takes to run a company like Bain. Good to know you stand by your words and are clear about who is responsible for them.
So is this correct? While at school you bullied other classmates, when you reached draft age you used deferments to run away to France instead of serving in the military, while at Bain you destroyed businesses to make money, as Governor of Mass you crept away leaving the state worse than when you arrived and lately you have been running your presidential campaign into the ground?
I am glad the hard line base of the Republican Party think you are a clown. Fox News would rather a stronger candidate and will barely support you, and many republicans here in the state of New Hampshire are worried you would really screw up as president. Please don't bother trying to act like a NH citizen either, we don't want you here. Good news though, some days, not all, Rush Limbaugh is on your side.
You can't be President of the US, you are a coward, bully, child who has never changed and never will. We need someone other than you. I hope the videos have really hurt your campaign. Oh yes! The truth does hurt doesn't it? Thank you for making it so clear.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Hardball Criticism for Chris Matthews

Brian Lamb will always be for me the best interviewer I have seen on television. On the grand scale between length of question and length of answer Lamb asked little and therefore got a lot from the person he interviewed. Ask little, listen big! He came to interviews prepared and when required read passages from papers or books written by the person he was exploring. He wanted to know what they thought.
Hardball brings experts on to answer questions. I assume they have some idea of what will be asked of them. Chris please I beg you, just ask little questions once. Try it. You might learn something. Give the person speaking some courtesy and not (for once) interrupt them.
We agree politically and I applaud your enthusiasm for your topic. It's not really Hardball, it's really just you forcing your presence on your panels and on your viewers. I can't watch you anymore. We have a choice now and can switch to Current for an hour. I am sorry man, but your game is Hardball and you need to let someone else pitch. Your ego is writing checks your reputation can't cash!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

How many watermelons in a hot air balloon?

David Wessell author of "Red Ink" at Politics and Prose Bookstore, WDC NE
delivered by Booktv

David Wessell's home site

More questions than I have seen for any author lately delivered by a largely senior crowd. Mr. Wessell neutralized his answers to questions that were partisan left or right. He talked plainly and understandably about the budget and how it works. We need more of this from the written media. We also need to know who is delivering what message (agenda). Use some listening and reading time to consider this review and read the book!

Who said?
Millions = golf balls, billions = watermelons, trillions = hot air balloons?

I note;
1000 golf balls = 1 watermelon
Mitts net worth projected at 250 watermelons.
Some say he may be worth one hot air balloon.
That's 1000 golf balls times 1000 watermelons and mostly off shore!
This sounds like MaddowMath or EKMath.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Too big to control companies.

Google is easily my favorite company. Who could argue with their tremendous success. I use their product, support their business model, and cheer the good effects they have all over. Google may be Americas best company. America has quite a few great companies. See this article in the Washington Post It talks  about Google's decision to manage blocking access of Muslim countries to the Youtube Video that has irritated Muslim's across the globe.
We should not be mixing private companies and the companies rights to free speech, with the free speech rights that each American receives from God or government. People are not companies. Companies are not human beings. Companies have business plans that often interfere with the agenda of the US. If you feel you are an American, if through many means you qualify as an American, then you must understand your responsibility to our government. Our government first, our companies second. Free speech is a right we get from our government.
Here's the problem. The Internet does not belong to America. People of all ages (congress, US SCOTUS) need to understand this. I am quite sure folks at Google do truly get this point. But folks at Google do not speak for the US. Google is subject to US law. Now I am only stating the problem. This problem shows up in multinational companies in many different ways. We could change focus and talk about British Petroleum. They are subject to US Laws when they operate here I suppose. They have a huge stake in the US. They are not a human being. They are were not legally formed or started in the US.
The US Government needs to make decisions and control content that potentially can hurt US Government interests. Even if it conflicts with Google. Google should cooperate with the US Government wishes. Not evaluate if their rights of free speech have been violated. We have too big to fail banks. We do not need too big to control companies.

“The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations.”
― Thomas Jefferson

Friday, September 14, 2012

Not 999, but Train, Train, Train (wicked wink)

People are discouraged and need work. They are dropping out of the job hunt because they know they've been out of work too long. There is a recent example of how to fix the problem.
1994, 5, 6 were interesting years. We were coming out of a recession. New electronic networks needed to be installed, serviced, designed. Federal money channeled through the states helped local entrepreneurs start certified training centers. The businesses got employees with subsidized salaries. These certified training centers educated and certified employees for a new business segment. Novel and Microsoft invoked training programs and benefited greatly. The economy improved people got work, we sent our son to college and things became normal again. These are empirical facts. They can be checked and were repeated many times. I taught for a local business and for a major college. Demand was very great for instructors and students.
A new platform is released by Apple as I write this. Google will counter soon I am sure. An industry of app development is happening all around us. Why don't we train, train, train people. It doesn't matter where the programs are established, but that we understand that training is a way out. Vocational schools, federal money, state involvement with job programs, and major private companies are all needed for the solution. Good God! It worked before!
Any references to HK are because he's likable, not because he could run a country. (wink)

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Israel and US relations

Benjamin Netanyahu is a brilliant politician and a powerful Prime Minister for Israel. He has years of experience serving as different ministerial posts and as member of the Israeli Army.      He has a relationship with Gov. Romney and they both wanted to take advantage of it. Gov. Romney is so eager to become president that he sought his friends endorsement. Mr. Netanyahu saw some advantage in it and cooperated. But can you be friends and run countries with separate agendas? Probably, like Churchill and Roosevelt were friends as they struggled to deal with Joe Stalin. Churchill was either upset about being ignored at Yalta or feigned being upset. So Roosevelt talked to Joe sans Churchill. There was a flap I think. 
Let's try to see it from Netanyahu's point of view. Who would he rather deal with a liberal or a conservative. His "needy so called friend" or Obama. Well, you'd never be able to push Romney around he's tough, look how he handles the Tea Party. Obama is a somewhat enigmatic academic that thinks America first. Clearly Mr. Netanyahu is correct, Gov. Romney, his friend, is the better choice for Israel.
In this election Mr. Netanyahu has no vote, no endorsement, and hopefully will have no impact on US Israeli relations other than that of Prime Minister of a great ally. His personal relationship with President Obama will come around when it needs to. Maybe he can hit three pointers, I wouldn't be surprised.        

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Embassy Duty

A long time ago I was assigned to embassy duty in the middle east. It was a Muslim country and the US had a large presence there. Things have changed a lot since 1969, I'll allow. I remember asking myself on a few occasions what possessed me to get into this spot. You feel remote and you are in a different culture. You meet great friends and you meet hostile opponents. Some days get violent and you need rely on the local police and military to defend you. Your confidence develops doubts. I was in the USAF and extremely thankful for the Marines!
A Sgt. in the USAF does not meet the Ambassador nor understand nor think about our foreign service policy with that country. I did know and respect many of the leaders in our embassy and the folks that made it work.
Foreign Service Officers are committed to running and protecting the part of the US that is local to the country in which they are located. They spend their lives translating our US culture into one that makes sense to the local country. They are to a person, dedicated to the US and her image abroad. They never get enough credit till something happens like yesterday in Libya. Our heart goes out to the families that lost people in the attack.
This is not a time for political machinations. I hope everyone understands that!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Photo at 7:30 am Hollis, NH outside polls

                                                  Primary Day @ 7:30 AM Hollis, NH

Voting Interferance

1. Women couldn't vote here in America in the past. After many folks fought over the subject women gained the right to vote. They had already earned the right a long time ago. See Abigail Adams.
2. We had poll taxes and they fell into disfavor and were removed. 
3. We had laws stopping black folks from voting and we corrected that. See the 1965 Civil Rights Act. No one should alter this law, hear me SCOTUS.
4. Now we have a political party with the will and forethought to deliberately implement a strategy to increase the length of voting lines, to interfere with the voting access for senior citizens, to target voting constituencies who don't vote right. No one should interfere with the rights of people to vote.  
6. If a party needs to build a winning strategy on voter suppression and deception then it must have no governing plans worth considering.
7. Isn't this why some founding fathers favored no parties. Parties like corporations are not people.

Sweet Baby Jim

Greg Mitchell 

Primary Day in NH!

It's 6:30 am and we need to go to the High School to vote for the NH Primaries. This is for the down ticket stuff. You know, who will be on the ticket as Governor. Who will manage state and local details of government. The polls open in our town at 7 am and stay open till 7 pm. My wife and I need to go early because we are sharing her car today. My son has gotten back to work and is borrowing mine. I wonder what the turn out will be like for NH today? Will that have impact in November? I doubt it will serve as any kind of bellwether, but I'm not that sure of these things. Will let you know what the polls were like in a bit.

Monday, September 10, 2012

NH is a battleground state 4 electoral votes

There are nine clear Battleground states: NH 4, VA 13, NC 15, FL 29, MI 10, IA 6, OH 18, CO 9, NV 6 that pollsters have identified as a toss up. I live in NH and can expand a little on this state. Have lived in Colorado and Virginia in the past and know much less about them.  
NH was a red state. Left leaning people lived in Manchester, Nashua, Concord. Small towns tended to be Yankee republicans. The Manchester Union Leader Newspaper was ultra right wing led by the Loeb family. My grandfather and father read Mr. Loeb's paper daily and grumbled since they were New Deal Democrats. I married into one of those small town families from farther north and they were republicans. When we first married I got great jobs with companies like Intel and AMD, life was good and we had early commercial success. Today we are just beginning the retirement stage. We want to vote for the person who wants to govern and that we agree with the most. We have listened to the stories from the right leaning media. We have endured Fox News and we tried hard to listen to Rush L but found him too incredible. If you are a right leaning person but a little on the ropes please give a fair listen to MSNBC. Decide which candidate will better support the ninety nine percent. Did you ever have a family member benefit from a Pell grant or federal loan guarantee? Who better to guarantee medicare payments, the US Government or a random insurance company. What would have happened to your medicare during the last financial crisis if it had been sold out as a voucher system? Consider watching Rachel Maddows' Show keep an open mind only if you have doubts! God Bless New Hampshire and the US.  

Ms. Romney we don't dislike your husband.

Dear Ms. Romney, 
We don't dislike nor demonize your husband. We have listened to the speeches at both conventions, we have listened to FOX and MSNBC talking heads. We have perused the varied opinions on Twitter and Facebook. We have even read Chris Cillizza and other oped folks.  
We find it hard to disagree with his policy positions because he is not detailed enough. We mistrust him when he says he wants to save Medicare as it appears to us a voucher system is a step toward removal. We have noticed his penchant for taking positions that are most opportune for his current campaign need.  
We would really like to see those tax filings so that we can believe he is truthful. He's not a demon but he's not doing things we like either. Respectfully Submitted. (except the crack about Cillizza)  The Fix 

Good Citizenship !

A long time ago, when I was in junior high we had Civics class. I am sure I gave perfunctory attention to the definition of "good citizenship". A Google search for GS got me to Wikipedia and an article with a reference to a group called "Good Citizen". From the Good Citizen Website I got the list below.
3. Vote.
Above is a list all Americans can do locally. But others might be added. I shall attempt to add a few more in no priority.
Join the local volunteer fire department or ambulance service.
Attend as much school as you can.
At the proper age enlist in a US military service of choice. (USAF is clearly best)
Help folks when they need it.
Read Kipling's poem "If" (consider his references to male gender to include women) Then analyse each verse.
Work for a town, state, or federal government in any capacity.
Become a nurse, doctor, police officer or spiritual leader.
Become a teacher, or even a principle, and I suppose superintendent too.
Show up for jury duty without an excuse.
It's unfair to note that none of these things mention becoming wealthy at all cost. None mention reading "The Virtue of Selfishness". All require teamwork and cooperation. 

These folks are the leaders of society. Politicians just get them organized.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Disappointments and confusions for the simple minded:

1. I retroactively hate the repeal of Glass Steagall thus removing many controls on our banking institutions. It was the wrong decision and I offer the financial meltdown as proof! Mergers of banks in general should be very controlled or disallowed as well.
2. Any entity that is too big to fail should be broken up. (We can get past it, we survived the breakup of Ma Bell.)
3. The Supreme Court reversed, striking down those provisions of BCRA that prohibited corporations (including nonprofit corporations) and unions from spending on "electioneering communications" This action is the Bain of my existence. Money to finance campaigns should be fixed and controlled. One person, one vote, one donation of fixed amount or your breaking the law.
4. Regardless of tradition, term limits should be imposed on members of both houses of Congress.
5. All perks, monies, gifts, payments of any kind to Congresspeople should be regarded as bribes because that's what they are!
6. Some incentives should be provided for Congresspeople to move legislation through the respective wings of Congress.
7. No oaths should exceed those taken to serve the American People. Military people take oaths, Congresspeople should be able to honor theirs. ( This one is a crime already in my view!)
8. Gerrymandering should be eliminated and districts should be a uniform recognizable geometric shape. No ability to favor one party over the other should exist.
9. Official voter ID's should be made available for all citizens. They should be called draft cards and be available throughout ones lifetime so that all citizens understand they have common responsibilities.
10. Any party adopting s strategy to constrict or limit voting should not be allowed to register candidates for office.
11. A commission of technologists lead by Google, Electronic Security Engineers and supported by voter registration, voter management people, from States across the country should look into a national wide area network voting system.   


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Where's Mom?

Where were the talking heads?

During the RNC we saw a lot of filler by Rachel and Chris and friends. They were constantly explaining, embellishing, making interesting Maddow quips. Last night or First night there was little of that. It was not needed as filler because one speaker led to the next. Timing must be important in a convention?

Rapt attention Convention

The TV shots delivered to us by MSNBC were of people focused on the speechifying. Depending on the speaker we saw a range of emotion. I saw people who believed what was being said. A campaign convention stressing the record, accepting fact checking, and presenting credible truth is powerful.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Are you better off???

1. Financially we were diving down the DOW Jones.
2. People were anticipating layoffs.
3. Personally, I was 60 years old, too old to employ too young to retire (with out wealth).
4. My wife and I thought we would loose the home we were reducing the footprint by attempting to sell the house we built in 1982 and get an apartment.
 5. Bank America was ignoring our calls and emails. We wanted to stretch out the remainder.
 What happened:
1. We lost a lot on the DOW down swing because we fixed our investments.
2. I was laid off and at the same time found to have a heart defect. My wife's insurance covered us.
3. The unemployment insurance kept us going as we depleted our savings to keep paying Bank America.
Between UNEMPLOYMENT Extensions and reaching 62 we qualified for a reverse mortgage. The two helped us save the house.
4. We have moved all accounts away from Bank America. They were upset we arranged a reverse mortgage with another supplier.
5. Somewhere in here we started watching MSNBC but had always read the Washington Post.
1. We are both retired but my wife still works to keep health insurance.
2. We are hopeful about the stability of the reverse mortgage.
3. We face the switch over to medicare.
4. We are glad for social security (the program), hopeful for medicare, appreciate the regulations on banking that control reverse mortgages, thankful for the unemployment insurance, pleased with the NH Jobs Programs.
5. Our house is no longer for sale though we'd love to sell it for it's appraised tax value.
We would be on the street or dead without these programs. You can label them socialism or any other label you like but they worked for us. Romney and Ryan do not look attractive to us. We see through their rhetoric to their plans for destroying these elements of our social welfare. Please save yourselves and vote Obama and Biden in Nov. Remove the Tea Party from state governments and rid Congress of their disruption.

Monday, September 3, 2012

You Didn't Build it Without Help!

You Didn't Build It, was and is a theme of the RNC. It's based on a redacted snippet from some context of the President that went on to say much more. But let's double down for a bit.
Small businesses generate more of the "New and better" jobs in the country. You can get a chart to show the number of new job starts and the vast number of new companies forming each year in the US. Older effective, established, large, companies provide stability. That is, as long as there is "demand for the goods and services" offered. Remove the demand and the business environment deflates. The housing market becomes shaky. Peoples lives suffer. Build the demand and the economy re-inflates.
Many entrepreneurs and current business owners realize our current cost of labor imbalance with less prosperous nations creates profit opportunities. Build it somewhere else, avoid the US taxes by finishing it here in the US and you have a clever business plan. CEO 101 training today!
But to paraphrase Elizabeth Warren your company relies on external resources provided by the American people to incubate. Regulated high speed Internet with managed pricing, roads and infrastructure right of ways to your business. Some states like mine have imbalanced right to work laws that Protect companies
The business employs well educated people that have used "Pell" grants, family money and personal  loans. The biz takes advantage of the employees till they are no longer needed and the right to work laws sweep them away. Some states lure businesses from other areas to inflate the local economy and hopefully the tax base.
No man is an island! No business starts in a vacuum. Interdependence is the reality. To reject that idea is a mistake or a manipulation. A win at all cost strategy based on lies and falsehoods will break all systems. Why do the RNC members hate the crazy fact verifying websites? There is only one rational way to vote here. Obama is thoughtful, capable, dedicated, and has had positive results for the most people. Some would have liked him to do more. I have a suggestion; vote him back in with a democratic house and senate. That should give Limbaugh plenty to bluster about and no Republican will be responsible. Republicans have no real answer so  let him run with ball and you can blame him when he fails. lol Oh Yah! he doesn't fail!
Fighting forest fires when I was a kid we had to help pull the hose toward the hot spots. An older guy offered "McDuffee, we don't mind if you ride on the hose, just please don't drag your feet!"

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Blood Pressure UP!

Panel: Van Jones, Robert Wolf, Neera Tanden, and John Nichols.
Paraphrase of the topics. Why do "Big Banks" not like Obama so much this year?
Status: I stood UP during the entire show.
My shallow takeaways: Last elections banks gave big money to Obama. He used a term "Fat cat Bankers" and now their gone. But, Obama has not chased bank regulation too hard (or hard enough). Massive amounts of money were provided to the too big to fail banks and now their healed first and profitable. To top it off DNC goes to North Carolina where public unions are diminished, and rents the Bank of America Convention Center.
I was a Bank of America Customer and almost lost my home (with high equity) when I lost my job due to the financial collapse. Bank America did not respond to emails or offer a hint of interest to our issues. They do not deserve customers for banks or civic centers.
Chris, thanks for bursting my bubble. Thanks for supporting the public unions I believe our country needs. These are hard issues. The Obama Administration is still the best solution for Americans even though they are scared about financial support. Average Americans can't compete in the campaign donation department. GOP trickle down theory can't govern effectively. Admitting these warts right now may have harmed Dems more than all the GOP attacks last week! Going to sit down now.  

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Rachel Maddow is a troublemaker! Lawrence O'Donnell is out of control.

Rachel Maddow is a troublemaker. Ed Schultz is too emotionally involved in his own beliefs. Ezra Klein has a numbers and facts fetish. They are all more under control than Lawrence O'Donnell. Chris Hayes, Alex Wagner, Melissa Harris-Perry, Steve Kornacki, and Krystal Ball. If you know all these names you may be watching too much liberal (progressive) cable TV. Karen Finney and Richard Wolffe used to be left leaning talking heads, but Richard is now part of the network! It's a British conspiracy if you ask me. Mika in the morning has more patience than Job! She clearly is not effected by caffeine. Barnicle and I share a love of the Red Sox and Boston so I shan't slight him here.
I assume there is another person, my double, that watches Fox and knows the names of the evil demons that try to defend the GOP strategy, their talking heads, and their candidates. I do like Steve Schmidt, John Heilemann, and Mark Halperin regardless of any trouble they may have caused. Not sure at all what to say about Chuck Todd. I have great respect for Andrea Mitchell.
One thing is certain, the names I've mentioned here and the many others that go with them, their staffs, their crews, their connected informants, all conspire to enthusiastically, and I am convinced factually, deliver a great and entertaining product that enhances our view of politics in America. Keep upsetting the evil demons!   Rachel is a troublemaker!
ps Special thanks to Rush Limbaugh for shouldering the responsibility of making these people look good!