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Out In The West Texas Town Of El Paso…

Tuesday, 02.12.08 Posted By: Millie

Good afternoon all, thanks for stopping by.

Today I am excited because part of the the national campaign spotlight is on my hometown of El Paso! Whoo-hoo!! Hillary Clinton is there today and she will speaking at a rally this evening in the Don Haskins Center at the UTEP campus.

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My alma matter! Go Miners!

She will then be hosting a private fundraiser after her speech tonight in “The Don”. The cool thing is that her stay in West Texas will be more than just a little blurb on CNN, due to the fact that she will be in El Paso tonight as results come in from the “Potomac Primaries”. That means, CNN will likely be broadcasting her post-primary speech live from El Paso!

Here are some of the pre-speech festivities…

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It is about time that El Paso got some attention on this campaign. Believe it or not, El Paso itself is one of the larger cities in the country (pop 750,000) but because it is geographically isolated from other large cities and because it does not have much urban sprawl, it’s significance (culturally and socially) is often overlooked when compared to other cities with similar size and demographics.

El Paso makes up one of the largest international populations in the world (2 million combined) with sister city Juarez just across the river… In fact you can see parts of Juarez as you are driving right along I-10.

Due to many important election issues such as immigration and trade, as well as the cultural ties with Mexico and the Latino vote, I think it is brilliant for Hillary to start her Texas campaigning in El Paso. She will be stumping in other parts of The Lone Star State later on in the week because the Texas Primaries are coming up soon and a good share of delegates are at stake.

I’m just tickled pink that CNN is broadcasting from my old stomping grounds! Susanne Malveaux already reported earlier this afternoon live from outside the Don Haskins Center. The beautiful West Texas Franklin Mountains could be seen in the backdrop.

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Thanks to Cyn for the screencap! But I wonder what is up with that school bus?  Couldn’t CNN have at least picked a better angle for this shot??

Watching Suzanne Malveaux this afternoon actually made me homesick, as it has been five and a half years since I moved from El Paso to the gulf coast area…

But I digress…

Tonight, John will be in the election center of course, but he will be tossing it over throughout the evening to his colleagues covering Hillary’s campaign. I will definitely be checking out the results on CNN.

And, since you probably came here today not to hear me gush about El Paso and how much I miss my hometown, I will leave you instead with some miscellaneous JohnJoy…

Enjoy and see you soon!

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A “Rebel Endorsement”

Tuesday, 12.18.07

Doesn’t today’s post title conjure up this image?

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Actually, the post title is from a phrase CNN used to describe a recent political endorsement, a story reported on while John guest hosted The Situation Room yesterday:

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An unusual endorsement, one that CNN called a “rebel endorsement”, is that of 2000 VP candidate Joe Lieberman officially supporting John McCain. Lieberman, the former Democrat (now turned independent) made this decision citing the fact that both he and McCain want to appeal across party lines. They also have the same stance on major issues, such as supporting the surge in Iraq.

Amazingly, Lieberman even took the time to make some swipes at the Democrats about their position about the war! (Umm, I wonder… how is that exactly appealing across party lines?)

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Yesterday John also opened up discussion about a new foreign policy spat between Huckabee and Romney. Huckabee stated in an article for Foreign Affairs magazine that President Bush has an “arrogant bunker mentality” Huckabee clarified that he didn’t say Bush was arrogant, but that the policy was arrogant. Romney, however, used this latest twist to add fuel to the fire that is a war of the words on the campaign trail.

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John led a round-table discussion of this “arrogant” issue with Candy Crowley, Gloria Borger and JackCafferty:

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On the Obama-Clinton side of the campaign, the issue of the day was: who has more experience? Well, actually that issue has been around for quite some time, but it, too, has a new twist: Now Bill Clinton himself is going on the record speaking about this topic. He is making some television rounds, saying Obama is compelling and attractive, but he is only a “symbol” of change, whereas Hillary is the “agent” of real change.

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All in all, just another day in the life of the 2008 campaign, wouldn’t you say? Have a great one and see you soon!

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Another Nor’easter, Another Debate…

Friday, 12.14.07

John reported yesterday night live from the set of AC360 in New York. As if the rough Iowa weather wasn’t enough for him! The storm that pounded the midwest has now traveled east…

I watched the news this morning and apparently there are concerns about another Nor’easter forming up and down the east coast… I am watching all of this from the comfort of my Houston home where it is dry as a bone and I am wearing a t-shirt, short pants and flip flops… ah, you gotta love this southern weather.

*Attempts best Scarlett O’Hara accent*

I simply don’t know how I could ever survive up north.

But -ahem- I digress…

Yesterday, the Democratic candidates debated in Iowa. Like the Republican debate earlier this week, it was the last chance for the candidates to present themselves to voters before the ever-important caucus coming up in just a few short weeks.

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On AC360, Anderson Cooper described the debate as not a “slugfest” but a “lovefest”. Candy Crowley (who’s looking pretty good lately, I might add) said, “You have never seen six such agreeable people”.

Maybe the Democratic candidates – along with the Republicans – have figured out that the backlash from the negative debates in the past has caught up with them and now they want to do something about it! Whatever the reason, thankfully yesterday’s debate was a civilized affair.

John appeared on AC360 last night with his analysis of the debate.

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He was back in the New York studio and sitting alongside Joe Klein. David Gergen joined them via video to complete the roundtable.

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John said Hillary Clinton used to have advantages over her rivals when it came to the bigger issues, but now as the campaign is going on (and on…), voters are seeing that the differences are really not that big after all.

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He says that philosophically, all the Democratic candidates are generally coming from the same mold. However, he says what voters really are looking for is someone new and different. While Hillary may not be new or different, candidates such as Obama and Huckabee are. They are the ones to watch because voters are “tired” and want change.

Personally, I’m not exactly tired yet of the campaign season. (Ask me oh, in half a year or so, and I might answer differently! lol!) Kidding aside, though, now is when things are going to get interesting, when we will be seeing how the candidate field on both sides will be narrowing down in the next few weeks and months…

Isn’t it around then when you can safely say, “They are dropping like flies”?

Ah, it’s Friday and I’m doin’ the TGIF dance! Have a great start to your weekend, everyone!!

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Q&A With All Things Anderson And A Pre-Debate Roundtable

Thursday, 11.15.07

John recently agreed to do a Q & A session for All Things Anderson! I’m really looking forward to reading what the questions are and what his responses will be. Click here to read ATA’s announcement of this upcoming feature at their blog. There, Phebe posted a really swell slideshow of JK pictures! Nice!

Also, don’t forget to tune in tonight to the Presidential Debate in Las Vegas!

John was there last night and he appeared on AC360 along with Wolf Blitzer and Gloria Borger.

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During their roundtable, he discussed the perception that Hillary Clinton “makes choices by polls and not by principles.”

Anderson asked, “John, Hillary Clinton’s camp has said that now she doesn’t support driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants. How vulnerable in Iowa and New Hampshire is she to the criticism that she makes choices by polls and not by principles?”

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He responded, “Well, Anderson, among Democrats, the criticism — and we will have it here tomorrow night — and I suspect Wolf will say that he’s going to bring this issue up — among Democrats, the issue is more that she’s changing her position, in the view of her rivals, and now has evolved from saying she generally supported Governor Spitzer giving those licenses to illegal immigrants, now saying that, as president, she would not allow that to happen.

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So, among the Democrats, it will be, why are you changing your position? Are you too cautious? Are you a poll-tested candidate? Among Republicans, they see a huge opening here, because they think this issue hurts Democrats with independent voters, especially older men, and especially in some of the key battleground states in the fall.

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So, it’s a different discussion if we’re talking about how it plays in the Democratic Party than how it would play in a general election if Hillary Clinton, or any Democrat actually — the Republicans plan to use immigration against them in the general election, trust me.”

Anderson then went on ask if Republican voters have already decided which candidate is most electable.

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“It’s interesting. When you talk to Democrats, they say Republicans are now acting like Democrats used to act. Bill Clinton became the Democratic nominee in ’92 even though he ran against his own party, if you will, on the primary on many issues, like welfare reform. Now Republicans are asking the same questions. Who is the most electable?

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That is why you have a candidate who is pro-choice on abortion rights, who is viewed as pro-gay-rights, more pro-gay-rights than his rivals, leading in Ronald Reagan’s Republican Party, because they think Rudy Giuliani is most electable against Hillary Clinton. And they know, Republicans know they’re in trouble.

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After an eight-year presidency, the White House tends to shift parties anyway. Plus, the war is unpopular. So, ideology, it’s usually about taxes and social issues in a Republican primary, and it is about taxes and social issues and immigration to a degree, but electability is much more of an issue in a Republican primary than we have seen in recent history, without a doubt.”

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I hope everyone gets an opportunity to catch the debate tonight!! See you tomorrow with a post-debate wrap up.

Have a great Thursday!

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Another Top Ten… And A Bogeywoman?

Tuesday, 9.25.07 

Today I am going to post  a different kind of “top ten” list than my two previous such entries. I’d like to share some impromptu banter and funny quips from John that I’ve dug up from old CNN transcripts I’m sure you will enjoy.

But first!

Ah yes, I like to tease… (This hasn’t been the first time I have done so at the blog and probably won’t be the last!!! hehehe)

John took literally not much of a break after his London trip and got right back into the swing of things. He was reporting yesterday about how Senator Clinton is perceived as a “GOP Bogeywoman” in the campaign.

Bogeywoman!?! 

I truly thought that was a strange use of word play, but apparently the phrase nevertheless found itself entering into the minds of some editors at CNN who decided to roll it across the screen during John’s piece.  Not the most flattering description, but obviously someone over there at CNN must have given the green light on that one. Go figure!

Below are some screencaps from John’s appearance in The Situation Room during yesterday’s broadcast and subsequent discussion of “The GOP Bogeywoman”:

Kitten summed up John’s report thusly: “[Yesterday John] was interviewing Republicans who were discussing Bush’s statement that it looks more and more like Hillary’s going to be the Dems choice and how tough it’ll be to beat her… that should be the “oomph” Republicans need to get out there and vote because they HATE Senator Clinton and hate the thought of Madame President even more.”

Well, on with the countdown!  I present to you:

A Top Ten List of John’s Impromptu Banter and Funny Quips!

Note: I’ve had to edit some dialogue with (…) for brevity’s sake and all text is taken from CNN transcripts unless otherwise noted.

Onward we go!

# 10.  February 13, 2006:

“MILES O’BRIEN: Let’s talk about the blizzard of ’06. Geez. You know, in New England, they always talk about the big storm in ’78. John King was — let’s see, he was about 16 years old. Living in Dorchester at the time when that happened, I think. And now he’s out on the Cape at the very tip end of the elbow of the Cape… And John King, how is it looking up there? Because, you know, I know there’s a huge problem with beach erosion there. And I know every time there’s a big storm that comes through, they’re worried they lose a little more of the beach.

JOHN KING, CNN ANCHOR: That is a big worry, Miles. And you mentioned Dorchester and the blizzard of ’78. I remember making igloos about this high. We had walls this high and no school for a couple of weeks back in those days. So the kids back to school today or will be tomorrow — most schools in Massachusetts are closed — will be quite jealous of us, I guess, for those days way back then. ”

#9. May 24, 2006

“KING: Time now for ‘The Shot of the Day’. Check out this little boy. This is amazing. He got away from his mom at Kansas City’s Union Station and did a little dance on top of sand art, destroying it.

HILL: Oh, my gosh…

KING: … And the best part, I think, was the mom just grabbing him arm and getting him out of there… Scoot him out. Scoot him out.”

#8. June 2006 Interview With Dick Cheney, taken from White House website

“JOHN KING: …critics say, Dick Cheney has become this dark, nefarious force (emphasis Millie’s) in the administration…True?

THE VICE PRESIDENT: …I suppose people sometimes look at my demeanor and say, well, he’s the Darth Vader of the administration.”

#7. June 19, 2007

“RICHARD QUEST, CNN CORRESPONDENT: John, as you will know, it’s the oldest political trick in the book. When you want to burnish up your international credentials, you get on a plane, cross the pond, and visit the other side of the Atlantic… It’s safe, safe, safe… Fred Thompson is visiting the former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher. Now, that’s a new one, wrapping yourself in Margaret Thatcher’s skirt. John, back to you.

KING: A day without Richard Quest is a day without sunshine.”

#6. June 22, 2006

“ABBI TATTON, CNN INTERNET REPORTER: John, today’s study is the most comprehensive study to date of the global warming research. It was requested by the chairman of the House Committee on Science after questions were raised about the accuracy of previous studies on global warming. Specifically, this one, it is known as the hockey stick graph, for it’s shape here, indicating a sharp rise in the Earth’s temperature in recent years. Today’s study looked at that research and a number of other studies and concluded that yes, indeed, temperatures of the Earth, in recent decades have been on the rise. And responsible for much of this warming, human activity. John, we’ve linked to the whole thing at cnn.com/situationreport.

KING: Interesting stuff. And you know, Wolf Blitzer is from Buffalo, he would know what a hockey stick is.”

#5. November 6, 2006

“BLITZER : Let’s bring in our chief national correspondent, John King, one of the best reporters, arguably the best political reporter here in Washington. You’ve got some news that you’ve been working on. You are an excellent reporter…. Thanks very much.

KING: Sure.

BLITZER: As I said, one of the best — arguably the best political reporter in town.

KING: Dial that back a bit (ph).

BLITZER: John, thanks very much.

KING: OK.

BLITZER: Jack Cafferty is part of the best political team on television, as well. Don’t you think John King is a terrific reporter?

JACK CAFFERTY, CNN CORRESPONDENT: You know, you’re not going to get me to start sucking up to John King. I mean I like John King a lot but…

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CAFFERTY: … you know, it’s — you should be in P.R. Wolf, you know that? I mean if you would like not ever do this, you could do public relations, because you like everybody, you get along with everybody. I should take lessons from you.

BLITZER: OK.

CAFFERTY: That ain’t going to happen.”

#4. June 19, 2007

“COSTELLO … Driving can lead to needless death and sin, so pray and remember, the drivers’ Ten Commandments… if you find yourself in a state of road rage, the Vatican says, make the sign of the cross over and over and it will calm you. And of course you’ll have to keep that other hand on the wheel, John.

KING: That’s not the sign we often see from people in the middle of road rage, is it?

COSTELLO: No, no, that’s in the commandments. You’re not allowed to do that one.

KING: I suspect I may have sinned in the past but never again.”

#3. June 19, 2007

“JACK CAFFERTY, CNN CORRESPONDENT: John, some of New York City’s poorest residents will soon get cash rewards for good behavior… Possible rewards include $25 for attending a parent-teacher conference, $25 a month for elementary and middle school kids with 95 percent attendance records, $50 for getting a library card, $100 for each family member who sees a dentist every six months, $150 a month for adults who work full-time, $200 for visiting a doctor every year and $400 if you graduate high school…

KING: I’m just grateful that Noah and Hannah King are away on a camping trip and nowhere near a television so they don’t get the idea. ”

# 2. September 22, 2006

“CAFFERTY: Thank you, John. A new British poll out shows that 40 percent of the people there would be willing to give up sex if it meant they would live to be 100 years old. The question is, would you? John King is already on record as saying absolutely not… If you didn’t see your e-mail here, go to CNN.com/caffertyfile. You can read some more of these online — John.

KING: You say more of them, Jack. I bet you can’t put all of them online.

CAFFERTY: Well, no, but I mean, it’s a family show. We got hundreds of these, and most of them are cute and in the vein that we kind of expected. You know, it was just a fun question.

KING: I answered your question. Now you answer your question.

CAFFERTY: Absolutely not.

KING: Amen. We stand together, Brother Cafferty and I.”

#1 July 19, 2007

“JACK CAFFERTY, CNN ANCHOR: …Obama’s campaign told ABC News the senator does not support teaching explicit sex-ed to kindergarteners, but for example if a child asks a teacher, he should be able to tell them that babies don’t come from storks. Of course, the next question is likely to be then where do they come from?…

KING: Babies don’t come from storks?

CAFFERTY: John, we don’t have time for this.

KING: Jack Cafferty, you are right about that. Thank you.”

(If anyone has any ideas or suggestions for a future top ten topic, please e-mail me at milliepip@yahoo.com.)

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Remember Reason #1 1/2 Why We Like To Tune In To John?

Monday, 9.24.07 

Ok, John hasn’t been around lately since being in London, so for today I have to flip back a few days (Septmeber 17th to be exact) to discuss a report John recently filed about Hillary Clinton’s failed 1993 health care plan.

Here John and Wolf are seen discussing her now-infamous flop on the issue of health care reform:

Check out that graphic on the right-hand side of this picture. (That is Bob Dole’s hand covering the diagram at the bottom):

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A while ago, I posted the Top Ten Twelve Reasons why we like to tune into John. Reason number 1 1/2 is his ability to make mind-numbing information, well, not-so-numb. In this case, I don’t think that ability had a chance!!

Wolf said it was “1,000 pages” and had “a weird chart”. John called it “the arrow that pierced the plan.”

So much for de-numbing!

Hopefully Hillary Clinton’s new plan (which I admittedly do not know much about yet) will be smoother now that she has learned from her past mistakes. But you have to give her credit for still being passionate about this issue and having the gumption to tackle the monsterous and complex issue head on, one more time!

Coming up tomorrow: Another Top Ten!

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Switching Gears, Star Wars Style

Saturday, 9.22.07 

Well, since my last several posts were all about London, and since I don’t know when or where John will surface back in the good ol’ US of A, think I will switch gears today.

There has been some recent talk lately about Dick Cheney being compared to Darth Vader. But as I will mention in a bit, it really isn’t all that recent.

First this though: Even Hillary Clinton, just a few days ago, made a now-widely-circulated quip about “Darth Vader Cheney”:

And you just gotta love the creativity of the guy who made this short video:

Actually did you know that Cheney himself first started talking about the Vader comparison to none other than John? Take a look at this picture:

That was the day John interviewed Cheney back in June of 2006. The interview and picture can be found at  the official White House website. So all this Darth Cheney stuff really isn’t that recent after all.

If you click on the White House link above and scroll down a bit, you can read the part of the interview where John asks about Cheney’s public image and demeanor:

“Q: I want to close by asking you a few question about yourself and your image, and one of them flows from that. As you know, some of your old friends say, where is the Dick Cheney, the sarcastic Dick Cheney, the practical joker Dick Cheney. And your critics say, Dick Cheney has become this dark, nefarious force in the administration that believes in secrecy at all price, that believes congressional oversight is a nuisance. True?

THE VICE PRESIDENT: Well, I don’t think I’ve changed any. I think I have been very consistent over time. I think, partly, it’s important to remember how significant 9/11 was. And we are now engaged in a constant effort, obviously, to protect the nation against further attack.

That means we need good intelligence. It means there have to be national security secrets. It means we need to be able to go after and capture or kill those people who are trying to kill Americans. That’s not a pleasant business. It’s a very serious business. And I suppose people sometimes look at my demeanor and say, well, he’s the Darth Vader of the administration.”

Let me say, I LOVE Star Wars, especially Revenge of the Sith – love, love, love it – so all this comical stuff circulating around the web is really making for some amusing internet finds lately.

Who says politics has to be dull?

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