DENVER, Colorado, January 24, 2014 In the early stages of the 2016 presidential contest, Democrats are doing their best to destroy the chances of Republican governors. In the best tradition of oriental potentates, they aim to “strangle the baby in the crib;” that is, eliminate the opposition before the opposition can gain momentum. We saw the same thing in the 2012 campaign when David Axelrod went after Herman Cain.
This time the target is Republican governors. Many of the best presidents have been governors. Carter, Reagan and Clinton were all governors—although all were not equally successful as presidents. With 29 Republican governors presently, there is quite a field in play.
So it is that the Democrat machine is attempting to proactively squash the chances of any Republican governor from getting the 2016 presidential nomination. They needn’t be so paranoid: Governor Romney didn’t do all that well in 2012.
The most obvious hit job is against Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey. Attacks against him didn’t start with the George Washington Bridge. As early as 2011, left-wing pundits were asking whether America was ready for a fat president. Some actually seem to have known about Taft, but there were several portly late-19th century presidents as well. If you can elect a pothead POTUS, why not a fat man? Today, using the word “fat” is definitely not PC, so it is a good thing the bridge came along.
As with Herman Cain, ones sees the strongest and most organized attacks against the most likely (in Democrats’ eyes) contenders. Closing down two lanes of a bridge becomes “Bridgegate.” Is it a witch hunt? Of course. The mainstream left-wing press is salivating over the possibilities while the federal Justice Department seeks to pile on.
What about the murders of four Americans, including an ambassador, in Benghazi? The term “Benghazi-gate” has never passed the lips of the left.
Then there is Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin. Milwaukee Democratic prosecutors have been launching probes into Walker’s relationship with conservative Wisconsin groups. The best part: Wisconsin law allows for “John Doe probes.” John Doe probes give prosecutors the power to compel people to testify and bar them from speaking about their involvement in the investigations. His defeat of the unions and even more, his turning around of state finances, has earned him the undying enmity of the left.
It does not end when a Republican leaves the governorship. The Justice Department is going after former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell related to allegations that he received money, gifts and favors from the owner of a company that makes health supplements—a personal friend. Current Governor Terry McAuliffe—big-time Clinton fundraiser—will doubtless get a pass on whatever he does or has done.
The most bizarre piece of reasoning coming from the left recently is the call by Iowa Democrats for Governor Terry Branstad to return $1 million in campaign cash he’s received from the Republican Governors Association. The logic thread runs something like this: since Christie and McDonnell are being investigated by the Justice Department, Branstad should give back the RGA money.
Bill and Hillary are going to give back every dime they ever got from Saudi and Chinese donors, too.
The most abhorrent attacks are being leveled against Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, now running for governor of Texas. Abbott was mocked by staffers from Battleground Texas, an organization with a goal of turning Texas blue, for being in a wheelchair. Caught on tape by James O’Keefe, Abbot’s opponent Wendy “Abortion Barbie” Davis was in the room. So much for the tolerant and caring left.
And it is only January. It’s going to be a long road to November.