August and Everything After…

My first post in August.  Should be much quieter then last August when the Tea Party Emerged at Congressional Town Halls across the nation….

The NYS legislature will be back in Albany on Tuesday and the last piece of the budget may be passed… ah optimism…

I will be on Fox’s Strategy Room this Wednesday 10 am log on to to watch it live and get in on the discussion by emailing your questions….

More Mid Term fun. Today’s Strategy Room

On today’s strategy room we talked about the mid terms and the Wiki Leaks.  Again I pressed the argument that House seats are local affairs and candidates matter in statewide elections.  Although the prevailing wind is pushing the GOP forward, they’re facing major headwinds due to poor candidate selection and in part due to the Tea Parties influence.

Some candidates around the nation are downright bizarre.  We discussed Nevada’s Sharron Angle who is clearly not ready for prime time.  Here in NY, the likely GOP nominee for the 1st Congressional District is a guy who made his millions outsourcing jobs to India.  That should play well in this economy.   
In Colorado, former GOP congressman Tom Tancredo is promising to run on a third party line.  This comes as today the Democratic candidate has inched ahead of his likely GOP opponent for the first time all year.  If Tancredo joins the race and pulls the right wing of the party away from the GOP candidate, the Democrat can’t lose.  GOP Senate hopes are fading in Colorado as there leading candidate, Ken Buck, who claims to be a Tea Party member offended some when in a movement of honesty he referred to “Tea Party Birthers” as “dumb asses.”  He could have chose his words more carefully, but he’s right.  Of course, that remark could cost him the primary as it’s now against the law of the Tea Party to ever agree with Obama even when it comes to where he was born.  Colorado looks like it will join Nevada as a state where the GOP will fail to pick up a seats due to candidate selection.  
We also talked about the Wiki Leaks story now dominating the news.  In reality there is little that we have learned from this that the American public hasn’t expected for some time.  The war in Afghanistan is not going well and the Pakistanis at best aren’t much help at worst are actively working against us.  This complicates the decisions the President must make in the coming months.  July 2011 is coming up fast.  
I would love your thoughts.

New York City Triathlon

Today I competed in the New York City Triathlon. The event was great. I thought friends had exaggerated how quick the Hudson River current was but it was shockingly fast and it really helped me out. The race was amazingly well organized. The City of New York and the Tri’s organizers did a great job putting on an amazing event. The logistics that go into things like this are mind blowing. Add to that doing the event in the largest, busiest city in the world and disasters can easily occur. I was amazed at how easy it was to register, pick up my race package, and even get my chip on race morning. By all accounts the race went off without a hitch. Even finishing my run in 90 degree heat in the hills of Central Park (yes, there are many hills in Central Park… many) couldn’t put a damper on the experience… I hope to do it again sometime… my final time was 2:41:13 a personal best for me in an Olympic Distance Tri by over 30 minutes.

Back to politics tomorrow should be a good week… Doing Fox News Strategy Room on Tuesday 3pm with Conservative Host Monica Crowley… Log on, tune in and get in on the conversation online. Send some comments live on that site while you watch….