Patterico's Pontifications

10/19/2015

Trudeau Wins in Canada

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:50 pm

NYT:

In an upset, Justin Trudeau, the leader of Canada’s Liberal Party, has unseated the Conservative prime minister, Stephen Harper, according to a projection by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. on Monday night.

There you have it.

Two Democrats Announcing

Filed under: General — Dana @ 6:24 pm

[guest post by Dana]

Two Democrats are in the news today. One is on the verge of announcing his run for the presidency and the other announced he may run as an Independent.

Joe Biden is apparently going to announce within 48 hours. Maybe. Which is weird because after the Democratic debate last week, we were emphatically told by the MSM that Hillary had this in the bag. No question about it. But maybe Slow Joe missed that.

Anyway, according to chief White House correspondent Ed Henry:

Three sources close to @VP telling me he’s expected to announce he is running but the sources are all urging caution on 48-hr timeline.

Well, it’s not like Biden hasn’t been trying to win over women for a long time already…

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Also in the news, Virginia Sen. Jim Webb’s campaign announced today that the Democrat is considering running as an Independent. This comes on the heels of the Democratic debate which he complained was manipulated to give Hillary Clinton the advantage as she had twice as much speaking time as he did.

The highly-decorated Marine veteran also came under shameful attack after the debate for announcing the enemy he was most proudest of to have made was not Wall Street, the Republicans, or the NRA, but was something entirely different:

“I’d have to say the enemy soldier that threw their grenade that wounded me,” Webb said. “But he’s not around right now to talk to.”

Who wouldn’t get flack for that, right? Because Eew!

And to make matters worse, Democrats were rudely reminded of this:

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to First Lieutenant James H. Webb, Jr. (MCSN: 0-106180), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving as a Platoon Commander with Company D, First Battalion, Fifth Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Force, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 10 July 1969, while participating in a company-sized search and destroy operation deep in hostile territory, First Lieutenant Webb’s platoon discovered a well-camouflaged bunker complex which appeared to be unoccupied. Deploying his men into defensive positions, First Lieutenant Webb was advancing to the first bunker when three enemy soldiers armed with hand grenades jumped out. Reacting instantly, he grabbed the closest man and, brandishing his .45 caliber pistol at the others, apprehended all three of the soldiers. Accompanied by one of his men, he then approached the second bunker and called for the enemy to surrender. When the hostile soldiers failed to answer him and threw a grenade which detonated dangerously close to him, First Lieutenant Webb detonated a claymore mine in the bunker aperture, accounting for two enemy casualties and disclosing the entrance to a tunnel. Despite the smoke and debris from the explosion and the possibility of enemy soldiers hiding in the tunnel, he then conducted a thorough search which yielded several items of equipment and numerous documents containing valuable intelligence data. Continuing the assault, he approached a third bunker and was preparing to fire into it when the enemy threw another grenade. Observing the grenade land dangerously close to his companion, First Lieutenant Webb simultaneously fired his weapon at the enemy, pushed the Marine away from the grenade, and shielded him from the explosion with his own body. Although sustaining painful fragmentation wounds from the explosion, he managed to throw a grenade into the aperture and completely destroy the remaining bunker. By his courage, aggressive leadership, and selfless devotion to duty, First Lieutenant Webb upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.

Democrats are still wringing their hands.

If Biden jumps into the race and Webb goes Independent, how is Hillary impacted? (If she is at all, that is.) Some pundits are concerned that if Webb goes Independent, it will pose more of a threat to the Republican candidates than to the other Democrats in the race. What say you?

Note: Jim Webb’s son forcefully defended his father after the debate criticism. You can read it here.

–Dana


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