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Gov Bill Richardson announces presidential run
Posted by: McQ on Monday, January 22, 2007

Richardson is probably the most qualified, and if given a chance, the most formidable of the announced Democratic candidates for the '08 presidency. Ad Ed Morrisey said on our podcast yesterday, he has the most experience in a number of areas to include foreign policy and executive experience.

His biggest problems? He's not as well known as some of the other leading candidates and he's a Clinton Democrat (and we already have one of those in the race).

His announcement was nothing particularly special:
"I am taking this step because we have to repair the damage that's been done to our country over the last six years," Richardson said in a statement posted on his presidential exploratory website. "Our reputation in the world is diminished, our economy has languished, and civility and common decency in government has perished."
But his qualifications are. Administrative:
As Secretary of Energy to President Bill Clinton, Bill Richardson implemented tough efficiency standards to save energy. And as Governor, he has made New Mexico the Clean Energy State by requiring utility companies to produce energy through renewable resources and reduce carbon emissions.
Executive and legislative:
Before becoming Governor, Bill Richardson served in Congress for 15 years and helped President Clinton pass the economic plan that created millions of jobs and led America to its first balanced budget in 30 years.
Diplomatic/foreign policy:
Appointed by President Clinton as the Ambassador to the UN, Bill Richardson worked with world leaders to build alliances and help prevent the development of nuclear weapons in North Korea. Bill Richardson has been nominated four times for the Nobel Peace Prize for negotiating the release of hostages, American servicemen and political prisoners in North Korea, Iraq, and Cuba. Governor Richardson recently negotiated a 60-day cease fire in war-torn Darfur following direct talks with rebel leaders and the President of Sudan.
Is this an endorsement of Richardson? No. It's simply a post to point out that Democrats have other, much more qualified candidates than the present gaggle of Senators - especially those announcing without even finishing a first term in the Senate (or having ever completed one). Again paraphrasing Capt. Ed, Richardson is probably the best candidate the Democrats could field in '08 and the one who could and would do them the most good, which is exactly why he probably doesn't have a snowball's chance in hell in the primaries. Much too centerist and way to many connections to the Clinton wing of the Democratic party. The Democrats could do much worse than Bill Richardson, and, most likely, will.
 
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Appointed by President Clinton as the Ambassador to the UN, Bill Richardson worked with world leaders to build alliances and help prevent the development of nuclear weapons in North Korea.
Don’t know that I’d cite as an accomplishment the suppression of the NK nuke program if I were Richardson...
 
Written By: CNH
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The pattern is clear. Wife is gone, guy starts blog.
 
Written By: Lance
URL: http://asecondhandconjecture.com
It’s my understanding that Richardson has a "woman problem." Whether that’s actually a big enough problem to block his bid is anybody’s guess. Depends on whether he can manage the Clintonesque disarming charm, I guess.

 
Written By: Mithras
URL: http://mithrastheprophet.blogspot.com
It’s my understanding that Richardson has a "woman problem."
Well, he is a "Clinton Democrat" after all.
 
Written By: Mark A. Flacy
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It’s my understanding that Richardson has a "woman problem." Whether that’s actually a big enough problem to block his bid is anybody’s guess. Depends on whether he can manage the Clintonesque disarming charm, I guess.
Well I can promise you that the Clinton in the race will have no problem disclosing that "woman problem" if Richardson becomes a problem.
 
Written By: McQ
URL: http://www.qando.net/blog
Don’t know that I’d cite as an accomplishment the suppression of the NK nuke program if I were Richardson...
Heh ... you have a point, CNH.
 
Written By: McQ
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Richardson would likely be the best executive of the bunch and his best chance of success may be the mutual destruction between the Senators.

I don’t think Hillary’s negatives can be overcome, and call me pessimistic about the intellect of the American electorate, but I think something as silly as his middle name will sink Obama. Joe Biden is my favorite Senator, but I am doubtful he can win the primaries, though I think he could do well in the general election.

I would be happy with the frontrunners being Richardson and Biden when the primaries hit full steam.

Cap
 
Written By: Captin Sarcastic
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Joe Biden is my favorite Senator,

Neil Kinnock’s, too.....
but I am doubtful he can win the primaries, though I think he could do well in the general election.

If by well you mean he takes Del., NY, Massachsusetts, MN, and CA. Heck he might even win if there is a market for pompous-cut’n run plagiarizers.

But he gives great speech and if he’d just give us the Cliff notes of his speeches we could all follow along in Bartlett’s or in Speeches that Shaped the 20th C.
 
Written By: Joe
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pompous-cut’n run plagiarizers
Tell me your favorite candidate, and I’ll show you a candidate who’s speeches are written by SOMEONE ELSE. Biden credited Kinnock for the speech he gave on numerous occasions, and on one occasion failed to do so... the plagiarism thing is pure gutter politics... suits you.

I’ll bet you refer to Obama as "Hussein" too.

As for pompous... Biden appears to be the LEAST pompous of all the candidates. Confident, sure, arrogant, maybe, but pompous???
Controversy broke Biden’s candidacy for the U.S. presidency in the 1988 Presidential campaign. He was found to have plagiarized a speech from British Labour Party leader Neil Kinnock. The speech included adaptation of some details of Kinnock’s life which were not true in Biden’s case. For example, Biden’s speech recast Kinnock’s words to say, “Why is it that Joe Biden is the first in his family ever to go to a university? My ancestors, who worked in the coal mines in northeast Pennsylvania and who would come up after twelve hours and play football for four hours? It’s not because they weren’t as smart. It’s not because they didn’t work as hard. It was because there was no platform on which they could stand.” After Biden withdrew from the race, it was learned that he had correctly credited Kinnock on other occasions but failed to do so in an Iowa speech that was recorded and distributed to reporters by aides to Michael Dukakis, the eventual nominee. Dukakis fired the senior aide responsible, but the damage had already been done to Biden. [7] [8]

It had also been alleged that Biden had plagiarized while in law school 20 years earlier in a first-year legal-writing class. Unaware of appropriate standards for legal briefs at the beginning of his legal training, Biden used a single footnote rather than multiple citations required to cite five pages from a legal article. Both Syracuse University Law School and the Delaware State Bar Association cleared Biden of plagiarism charges.
 
Written By: Captin Sarcastic
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I recommend this short movie mocking Kim Jong Il and his secret agent buying Hennessy XO wine from Chinese black market :=)

http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=EE52D9ED01495685
 
Written By: booted cat
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By "Clinton Democrat" you mean a Democrat whose every leftist impulse will be thwarted by a conservative congress, hence saving him from himself? In today’s political environment there is no such thing. Even Bill Clinton, if he were constitutionally able to be re-elected, wouldn’t be a Clinton Democrat anymore.
 
Written By: DS
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By "Clinton Democrat" you mean a Democrat whose every leftist impulse will be thwarted by a conservative congress, hence saving him from himself? In today’s political environment there is no such thing. Even Bill Clinton, if he were constitutionally able to be re-elected, wouldn’t be a Clinton Democrat anymore.


What are you saying, that divided government makes everyone look good?

Okay, I’m with you.

Cap
 
Written By: Captin Sarcastic
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Is this the same Bill Richardson that couldn’t figure out whether or not he had been drafted by the Kansas City Athletics?
Yeah, I want HIM for President!
 
Written By: Greybeard
URL: http://pitchpull.blogspot.com
Richardson’s record as Sec. of Energy wasn’t all that inspiring, either. For example;

"His tenure at Energy was marred by the Wen Ho Lee nuclear espionage scandal. In July 2005 it was alleged by a Federal judge that Richardson had leaked Lee’s name to reporters months before the scientist was charged with any crime.[4] Richardson was also sharply criticized by the Senate for his handling of the espionage enquiry. During Senate questioning, Senator Robert Byrd (Democrat-West Virginia) scolded Richardson, stating: "You’ve ...shown a contempt of Congress that borders on a supreme arrogance... You will never again receive the support of the Senate of the United States for any office to which you might be appointed.""

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Richardson_(politician)



"Biden credited Kinnock for the speech he gave on numerous occasions, and on one occasion failed to do so... the plagiarism thing is pure gutter politics... suits you."

So there, Joe! I guess that is will teach you what happens when you rely on the mainstream media like the Washington Post...those gutter rats.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/special/clinton/frenzy/biden.htm


"Joseph Biden’s Plagiarism; Michael Dukakis’s ’Attack Video’ – 1988
Democratic presidential candidate Joseph R. Biden Jr., a U.S. senator from Delaware, was driven from the nomination battle after delivering, without attribution, passages from a speech by British Labor party leader Neil Kinnock. A barrage of subsidiary revelations by the press also contributed to Biden’s withdrawal: a serious plagiarism incident involving Biden during his law school years; the senator’s boastful exaggerations of his academic record at a New Hampshire campaign event; and the discovery of other quotations in Biden’s speeches pilfered from past Democratic politicians."

And of course the gutter politicians of the Dukakis campaign;

http://www.famousplagiarists.com/politics.htm#biden

"In closing his speech, Biden took Kinnock’s ideas and language as if they were his very own inspired thoughts, prefacing Kinnock’s ideas with the phrase “I started thinking as I was coming over here . . . “. Little did Biden suspect that video footage of this speech would be spliced together with footage of Kinnock’s speech in an “attack video” which would be distributed by members of the Dukakis campaign."

Of course the line "I started thinking as I was coming over here..." kind of makes it seem a little more than innocently forgetting to credit the words to someone else; the whole effect would be ruined, don’t you think? More;

"Biden initially denied any wrongdoing, claiming that this was just an inadvertent lack of acknowledgement. Yet there were other instances of rhetorical borrowing from speeches made by Robert F. Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey. And the fact that Biden had given other speeches using the Kinnock passages without acknowledgment suggested that the lifting was more than just an inadvertent oversight."

Wasn’t this also the year guttersnipe Gore introduced the world to Willy Horton?

Compare Kinnock to Biden;
http://nutsandbolts.washcoll.edu/plagiarism.html




 
Written By: timactual
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"Joseph Biden’s Plagiarism; Michael Dukakis’s ’Attack Video’ – 1988
I am not sure what your point is here, that Democrats can be vicious in attacking rivals?

Are you suggesting that Biden IS a plagiarist, because that story has been thoroughly debunked, by all both the attackers, the attackee, and the newspaper that wrote the story.

But again, someone that runs with unsubstantiated like you do, I understand tactic, if it makes someone you don’t like look bad, who cares if it’s true.

Cap
 
Written By: Captin Sarcastic
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"I am not sure what your point is here,"

"the plagiarism thing is pure gutter politics... suits you."

It also evidentlysuits the Wash. Post, etc.


"But again, someone that runs with unsubstantiated like you do,"

Examples? Unsubstantiated what?
 
Written By: timactual
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Never underestimate the governor of the field.
 
Written By: Adam Herman
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