Costly Cuts

OZY-Fest cancelled in Central Park. It’d be bad to have a baked crowd on the Great Lawn. Costly for promoters A-Rod & Co. Park wasn’t happy anyway about the profit-making show. So.

An hour-long CNN event last night. To pick 20 names out of a hat. Seriously. Dems split debate July 30 & 31. Bernie and Lizzie with a light-weight first night. Second stage stronger with Harris v. Biden again.

Over at the British Open. Not many marquee players made the cut. Leaders going in beards & bellies. JB & Shane. And Woods. No not Tiger. Fleetwood & Westwood. Sad about Rory. It’d be great to see Lee do it. Joey3Sticks picks all still in the hunt.

Last Ballot

70% of Americans said this was one of the most important elections ever. Jack Cafferty asked why? He read what I said, “The country has passed its tipping point. Both parties need to grapple with how to balance an aging and diverse population’s needs without going completely broke. If civility doesn’t replace sniping, the Mayans may have been onto something.”

Kudos to Axelrod, Messina, Plouffe. Brilliant tactical campaign. Let’s hope Obama picks just as strong a White House advisory team and Cabinet to lead us through the tough challenges of the next four years. Exhale. Bon Weekend.

Prez Pre-Bate

New York Times Magazine article on “The Mitt Romney Who Might Have Been”. If Mitt the Massachusetts moderate had a backbone and didn’t chronically capitulate to the Republican right, he may be a more appealing candidate.

Frank Bruni’s column “Trembling Before Mitt”, wonders which Mitt will show up at tonight’s debate. Success in primary contests was accomplished by his opponents’ lack of gravitas. Perry, Bachmann, Cain et al.

Jack Cafferty asked what Romney needs to do to win the first debate. He read on-air what I said:

Cafferty Double Play

Jack read my comments on both hours of the CNN Situation Room tonight

Why won’t Romney debate Gingrich one-on-one? “Mitt is counting on Newt to implode on his own, then he’ll become the nominee by default.”

Not since FDR has a president been re-elected when unemployment figure is higher than 7.2%. Is Obama doomed? “Republicans seem determined to see that Obama gets re-elected. Herman the Pokeman, Newt the Grinch, Mitt & Jon the Mormon-bots, Michele the Ditz, Perry the Joker. Obama may not be doomed no matter what the unemployment number.”

Jack Treks

What would I do without Jack Cafferty? He makes dinner prep fun. As I’m chopping and stirring, he gets me laughing and thinking. His jaundiced slant on events of the day are typically aligned with mine. It seems reciprocal. He reads my pithy points on the air often. There’s a whole page on my blog to prove it. Soon CNN’s Situation Room will be moving from 5-7 to 4-6pm. I hope Jack’s Cafferty File will still be there. I’d follow him anywhere.

“What’s your greatest fear if the U.S. fails to raise the debt ceiling? He asked last night and read what I said: “As a former international banker, I’m not scared at all. It’s a global economy. We all need each other. Rating agencies have become meaningless. Life will go on. What scares me is how dug in the ‘tea party’ is in wanting to eliminate government. But, don’t take away their Medicare.”


Mormon wars? Huntsman v. Romney? Jon Huntsman, Sr. and I go back to 1986 in the banking bizness. Jon, Jr. dipped in and out of  Huntsman Chemical, and was on hand when his Dad gave me a salute at the family’s Park City ski lodge in 1994. Not surprised that Jon Jr. would run for Prez, but shocked that he’d do it this year against another Mormon. That doesn’t happen in LDS-land. Huntsmans and Romneys have deep ties to each other and the Church. Huntsman’s campaign advisors come from the McCain camp. There’s gotta be more to this story… 

Carol in Northampton, Ma., made her 24th appearance on the Cafferty File, 6/22. “Could a Mormon Ever be Elected President of the U.S.?”

May Trix

May playing plenty of tricks on the mind. Matrix=something from within or from which something else originates, develops or takes form. May reflects that definition in many mirrors I see. Birth marks. Anniversary shells. Milestones. Academic closure. Decades turning. Careers gestating. Memories. Anticipation. Guess that Buddha book got to me. Ohmmmmm.

Jack Cafferty asked if Trump’s run for Prez is over. Check out what I said, on air. Remember when names were nouns? Moroccan?