Rumors of Michael Bloomberg considering a run for the presidency has been reported by the New York Times on January 23. We are pleased to announce here at the NIP that Hugh Hefner is throwing his hat into the ring. We reached out to his campaign spokesman, girlfriend Holly Madison and asked what persuaded Hef to jump in:
When Hef heard that Mike [Bloomberg, ed.] was considering running, Hef decided it was Hef’s patriotic duty to run as a third party candidate. After all, Hef set the stage for the Lewinsky scandal with his influential Playboy Philosophy he published back in the 60’s. His pollsters indicate he has now better brand recognition than Trump. It also will give him something new to write about since Playboy has abandoned nudity.
We wish Hef well and hope that our NIP readers will help spread the word.
Today the Whitehouse announced awarding a national voting machine contract to Volkswagen. Citing recent news articles, Obama is quoted as saying, “We are excited to award this contract to VW engineers who have proven their superior programming skills.”
Analysts wonder at the timing of this announcement. Today’s upset in Kentucky may be telling. Today’s election in Kentucky resulted in Matt Bevin becoming the first republican to become governor in Kentucky in 40 years. Analysts wonder if that stinging loss and others this election day had anything to do with the Obama administration reaching out to VW.
When spokesman Josh Earnest was asked if today’s election losses had anything to do with awarding the contract to VW he replied, “VW has proven their superior programming skills which we feel will help our country bring about social justice at the polling booth.”
Conservatives have gleefully made Obama eat his words about small business owners not building their own businesses. Now Obama is playing damage control by attempting to walk back his statement. He might as well try to walk back his quote to Joe the Plummer, about “spreading the wealth around.” The prevarication here lies in Obama’s attempt to characterize his opponent’s exposé as taking his words “out of context”. Our analysts at the NIP have been working overtime to bring you the facts. First the original clip:
Now here is Obama’s attempt to walk this back:
In this video Obama asserts that his comments were taken out of context. I would not be too sure about that. Indeed his original sentiments echo a commonly held liberal position recently espoused by Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren:
Political demagoguery seems to be the ruling order of the day. In contrast, Charles Krauthammer refutes the liberal philosophy that underlies the supposition behind Obama’s original statement and Elizabeth Warren’s position. It is worth a read: Did the State Make You Great?
Published on YouTube just today: