Saturday, December 20, 2014

Three good reasons for political rants

The news today brings three reasons for pol-watchers to get riled up.

Three good reasons for political rants

Not that those who follow politics need new reasons to rant, but the news these days just keeps feeding the fires of discontent.

Here are three new reasons to get riled up:

1) Former PA senator, presidential candidate, would-be movie mogul and new book author Rick Santorum tells the Harrisburg Patriot-News he's "definetly considering" another run at the White House in 2016.

At a book-signing event outside Harrisburg Tuesday evening, Santorum said he'll decide for certain sometime next year, adding that right now he's not doing anything "inconsistent with running for president."

His new book is "Blue Collar Conservatives," so get those orders in before it sells out.

2) Former GOP presidential primary front-runner (oh, yes she was!) Michele Bachmann, the Minnesota congresswoman who lit up the 2012 GOP primary for, well, a few days, says "there's a chance I could run" again in 2016.

She'll have time. She's leaving Congress after this year. And she teased the possibilty of another run this week, saying (in the sort of phraseology she's famous for), "The only thing that the media has speculated on is that it's going to be various men that are running. They haven't speculated, for instance, that I'm going to run. What if I decide to run? And there's a chance I could run."

Maybe a Bachmann/Santorum ticket?

3) President Obama, in case you missed it, is on the West Coast attending a series of Democratic fundraisers because, I assume, there isn't enough turmoil in the world or unfinished domestic business to occupy his time.

The campaign-dollars-collector-in-chief was in Seattle for one fundraiser, then headed to San Francisco for two more before going on to LA for another.

Ukraine? Syria? Iraq? Israel? Hamas? ISIS? Russia? Gaza? U.S. border crisis?

Hey, raising money for Democratic candidates is important, too. Plus he's only a dedicated-line call away.




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