Tom Brokaw for President?

The veteran journalist could mount a serious third party challenge.

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It may be that Americans don’t want to settle for turning back the clock to just one bathroom but would rather prefer growth and increased standards of living, or at least politicians who promise them. Mr. Brokaw will be 72 in 2012, the same age as John McCain was in 2008 and a year younger than Ronald Reagan was when he was re-elected in 1984.

But if the political-media establishment or the electorate are hungering for a candidate in 2012 who isn’t Barack Obama, Rick Perry, Herman Cain, or Mitt Romney, and if Michael Bloomberg isn’t going to run—well, let’s just say the debates could be livelier next year if Mr. Brokaw participates not as a moderator but as a candidate. As Mr. Brokaw’s book puts it: “It’s now accepted that independent voters make up about thirty per cent of the American electorate, and with every new election they’re proving to be a powerful swing vote.”

Ira Stoll is editor of FutureOfCapitalism.com and of the just-launched NewsTransparency.com.

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  • John Tagliaferro||

    criticizes President Barack Obama for his decision “to concentrate instead on a massive and complex health care reform law troubled even his most ardent supporters.”

    The only ardent supporters it troubled are the ones to the left of Castro.

  • Romney Care||

    Which hand is that?

  • WI honors legitimate property||

    WI embraces the libertarian justification for property rights, i.e., the stuff a person needs to have to survive.

    Rights are conditions of existence required by man’s nature for his proper survival. ~Ayn Rand

    ...he must use and transform material natural objects in order to survive, then he has the right to own the product that he has made. ~Murray Rothbard

    Sounds legit.

    Humans have honored such property one needs to survive for hundreds of thousands of years.

    Yet one may ponder:

    • How in hell does 1% need 40% of the stuff to survive?

    • How the fuck does 10% need 85% of the stuff to survive?

    Are they that goddam needy?

  • ||

    That's not true, Suki.

  • Bingo||

    +lol

  • el capitano||

    Very untrue. Obama ran on the fact that his health care plan did not include a mandate. His complete reversal on this was the big thing that turned me away from him, and eventually from progressivism altogether. It sort of awakened this libertarian impulse in me that had a very serious problem with compelling citizens to purchase some specific product. This slowly developed into including many other government services and *poof* I had become a libertarian.

  • wareagle||

    His complete reversal on this was the big thing that turned me away from him
    --------------------------
    but you were okay with:
    --his pledge to close Gitmo, followed by his decision to keep it open
    --his opposition to military tribunals, followed by his support for them
    --his declaration about NOT raising taxes during a recession, followed by his intent to do just that
    --his opposition to gay marriage that has morphed into something very ambiguous

    Point is, the man is nothing more than a reversal; he makes Romney look committed by comparison.

  • Jim Hlavac||

    Gay marriage, gay people, gayness, etc, etc -- has nothing to do with anything other than the fear that you heteros might turn gay -- we are simply irrelevant, as gay folks, to anything that goes on in this country -- we are unto Autism kids -- simply unrelated -- don't lump gay folks in with this. Thanks. But get over your fears of gay folks; it's not our fault.

  • Hank||

    Huh?

  • ||

    What is "gayness"? Please give an example of "gayness" and "hetroness" and "ungayness" and "unhetroness".
    Are lesbians really "gay" or is it just natural women, okay, hot women want to go to bed with other hot women.

    Did the gay people force Obama to keep Gitmo open? I mean a lot "gayness" probably happens there, hell, the name "gitmo" sounds gay.

  • Juice||

    To be fair, Congress passed a law forcing Obama to keep Gitmo open.

  • ||

    Lets not forget
    -- His opposition to FISA courts and wiretapping Americans, which quite quickly morphed into him extending the FISA authorization.
    -- His pledge to cut the deficit in half within two years, that has morphed into three consecutive years of record-shattering deficits, all of them roughly 3x higher than GWB's biggest deficit (which is saying a lot, becuase GWB's deficits were horrific).

  • wareagle||

    His complete reversal on this was the big thing that turned me away from him
    --------------------------
    but you were okay with:
    --his pledge to close Gitmo, followed by his decision to keep it open
    --his opposition to military tribunals, followed by his support for them
    --his declaration about NOT raising taxes during a recession, followed by his intent to do just that
    --his opposition to gay marriage that has morphed into something very ambiguous

    Point is, the man is nothing more than a reversal; he makes Romney look committed by comparison.

  • Apatheist||

    Fuck you wareagle, he said it inspired him to examine the other aspects of progressive thought. If only you would do so with your own conservative statism.

  • ||

    That's funny, el cap.

    I became a libertarian because of HillaryCare, and specifically the big chart of the bureaucracies it would create that the Repubs rolled out to defeat it.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    I think the campaign is a fantastic third party candidacy idea. But I never heard of this Tom Brokaw. And frankly, it sounds made up.

  • John Tagliaferro||

    If Jim Miklaszewski were a meteorologist, the Brokaw clip of him trying to say all that would be an internet legend.

  • Tom Brokaw||

    Eek, a cigarette!

  • PantsFan||

    But he can't even explain Canada properly
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bV_041oYDjg

  • John Tagliaferro||

    I thought he actually was Canadian. Turns out, he is from the South Side Canadian suburbs of the Dakotas.

  • ||

    That's Peter Jennings.

  • rsi||

    was

  • rsi||

    was

  • ||

    Did he convert? Even if he did, he's ineligible for the presidency.

  • rsi||

    dead

  • Xenocles||

    He's dead.

  • Xenocles||

    [frowny face]

  • ||

    Oh, that's right--I forgot.

  • PantsFan||

    What about Brian Williams?

  • rsi||

    He looks just like Jennings/Brokaw.

  • PantsFan||

    Brian Williams meets Brian Williams
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzTtKbXQSUs

  • Apple||

    John Roberts (the news man, not the Supreme Court Justice) is Canadian too, and hilariously turns up in old youtube clips from the '80s with long hair and acid washed denim jackets, interviewing Rush, Iron Maiden, etc.

  • Copernicus||

    ask him to say "about"

  • rts||

    What's his position on licking lemon lollipops in Lillehammer?

  • ||

    Brokaw is no fan of lounging languidly by a lagoon with little lizards lapping lemonade.

    Really it's impossible to imagine having a president who cannot pronounce "L".

  • wareagle||

    Really it's impossible to imagine having a president who cannot pronounce "L".
    ------------------------

    and don't think Elmer Fudd isn't mightily pissed off about that.

  • Colin||

    Unless he has a billion dollars tucked away somewhere he hasn't a chance. Though I wish he'd return to Meet the Press. David Gregory is unwatchable.

  • John Tagliaferro||

    Same problem here. I laugh too hard at Gregory to hear how his guests answer.

  • flye||

    So true. He and Amanpour have ruined Sunday morning.

  • A||

    Them and Jesus.

  • Tom Brokaw||

    American politics died today at the senseless age of 235.

  • PantsFan||

    Was it eaten by wolves?

  • Tom Brokaw||

    Yes, just like Taft.

  • ||

    This is ProL. My spoofer sniffer just beeped at me.

  • ||

    No. I'm not much for spoofing. Besides, I'd hardly talk about Taft without making some sort of Shaft joke.

  • PantsFan||

  • Apatheist||

  • ||

    I doubt he would be a Republican - he can't say it.

  • Franklin Harris||

    I still haven't forgiven Brokaw for giving the "Greatest Generation" the same sort of generational self-awareness that turned the Lost Generation and the Baby Boomers into such dicks. (Thankfully for us, Generation Xers ran screaming away from generational self-awareness when we saw Reality Bites, our only truly generationally self-aware movie.)

  • ||

    God damn did that movie suck. So unbelievably angsty and whiny.

  • Hugh Akston||

    Thankfully my generation will always be defined by Can't Hardly Wait.

  • ||

    Breakfast Club FTW

    or I suppose you could choose just about any John Hughes movie.

  • Hugh Akston||

    Curly Sue?

  • ||

    Look, man, he was almost dead. If we can forgive Sam Peckinpah for The Osterman Weekend, we can forgive Hughes for Curly Sue.

  • Xenocles||

    Baby's Day Out?

  • ||

    He didn't direct that, X.

    You better work harder next time you try and punk me, bitch!

  • Xenocles||

    I thought we were talking about writing, in which case I was ready with the entire Beethoven series and this Plinkett review.

  • ||

    What, do you think I'm crazy? Directing only.

    Besides, making Weird Science should make up for a multitude of writing sins.

  • Xenocles||

    +1

  • ||

    At least your generation won't be defined by Highschool Musical

  • ||

    Or Glee.

  • ||

    Seriously. I don't get Glee at all. And what's with the gym teacher? Who tolerates assholes like that?

  • ||

    Seriously. I don't get Glee at all. And what's with the gym teacher? Who tolerates assholes like that?

  • Paul||

    I thought our generation was defined by St. Elmo's Fire, a movie I've never seen.

  • ||

    Don't bother with it. It's terrible, and on top of that, it was directed by Joel Schumacher.

  • Paul||

    I'm finding the movies aimed at young people now are better than the movies that were aimed at young people when I was young. I mean, on average. This doesn't mean I actually believe the Twilight series is worth a damn.

  • ||

    Any time period will have hits and misses. Like I said above, the 80s had John Hughes, and that's just all win right there. The 2000s had Harry Potter, which isn't bad as these things go.

  • Paul||

    Not to get too off-topic, but to get way off-topic, I thought the latest Potter film... what was it... Deathly Hallows was one of the best.

  • ||

    I haven't seen it yet. The longer the series went on, the better the movies seemed to get. I don't know if that's because the books got better or they got better directors, or both. But it wasn't hard to get a better director than Chris Columbus after the first one.

  • ||

    The books got darker as the series went along, I think that has a lot to do with it. Plus they became a bit less about the novelty of this magical universe and a bit more about story and character.

  • Paul||

    I think that has a lot to do with it. Plus they became a bit less about the novelty of this magical universe and a bit more about story and character.

    ^^this is how I see it. When the series started it was a fun, light-hearted magic-kid series of whimisical witches and wizards doing cool tricks. Now it's evolved into a well fleshed out universe with the characters really coming into their own.

  • ||

    I like the part II cause hermione showed some cleavage

  • rather||

    No point checking her cleavage, you can't give it away

  • Hugh Akston||

    Teen Wolf, Back to the Future, Better Off Dead, Ferris Bueller, Robocop, Spaceballs, etc.

    1980s FTW.

  • ||

    It truly was a glorious time for movies. Spielberg was still awesome, John Hughes was alive, and Savage Steve Holland was making stuff.

  • Hugh Akston||

    That was also before Tim Burton fell in love with Johnny Depp.

    Also, fucking Empire Strikes Back.

  • Almanian||

    Three words: "The Road Warrior."

    Three more words: Best. Movie. EVAR.

    And a couple numbers: 1981

  • PantsFan||

    The 80s also gave us "Howard the Duck", "Mannequin" and "Mannequin II"

  • Supreme Generalissimo Fluffy||

    True.

    But on the other side of the scales is the whole "No internet porn, and oh yeah no rest of the internet either" thing.

    Picture going back to the 80's and not being able to Google shit. I tell ya, I might not go back to the 80's FOR THAT ALONE.

  • ||

    The wonder of technology is that I can go get a copy of any of those great 80's movies, probably over the internet, through streaming or buying the DVD, and watch it in HD on my 50" plasma, because it's a remastered release.

    I definitely do not want to give up my internet. Ever.

  • Hugh Akston||

    Who needs internet pr0n when you have Saved by the Bell? No one, that's who.

  • Franklin Harris||

    Or Showgirls, which has both.

  • ||

    Also Terminator, Aliens, Red Dawn.

  • Franklin Harris||

    The '80s also had Heathers, which was just effing brilliant.

  • Bill McNeal||

    Oh yeah? Where were you last night at 3 A.M. when I was watching Steel Magnolias and crying my eyes out?

  • Franklin Harris||

    Unless you also consumed at least a pint of Häagen-Dazs, it doesn't count.

  • nicole||

    I'm disappointed it took this long to get in a mention of Heathers.

  • Brian Combs||

    All these 80's movies and no one mentions Real Genius?

  • Fatty Bolger||

    Or Fast Times at Ridgemont High?

  • PantsFan||

    Joel Schumacher > Gus Van Sant

  • Franklin Harris||

    Well, that's because you know what Schumacher didn't do? He didn't try to remake Psycho.

  • Hugh Akston||

    Falling Down was the only thing Schumacher ever did right.

  • CE||

    Mr. Brokaw praises Mayor Bloomberg...

    That alone should be enough to disqualify him.

  • rather||

    Tom Brokaw had a life's teleprompter: script producers for the news, and a ghost writer for his books.

  • DJF||

    Sounds like the perfect modern American President.

  • ||

    He's got my vote!!

  • Appalachian Australian||

    He would be the perfect candidate to run against Obama, then.

  • rather||

    I'd vote for a teleprompter for President. We all take turns programming the dialogue for an hour.

    Mine would read: if you have held a government position for more than 4years, show your ass to the door

  • JB||

    So this means you are not voting for community organizer turned Retard-in-Chief in 2012?

  • rather||

    I never voted for Obama; I never vote period

  • ||

    Can we please elect someone that is smarter then a teleprompter?

  • ||

    A teleprompter repairman?

  • ||

    Smile if you read this entire article in the voice of Tom Brokaw.

  • Is he Pwesidential Enough?||

  • Impressive Clergyman||

  • Paul||

    If Brokaw ran, would anyone understand that slurred mess he refers to as "speech".

  • WWNGD||

    People seem to understand the current and the last Presidents.

  • ||

    I'm a proud emuplican.

  • Supreme Generalissimo Fluffy||

    http://dealbook.nytimes.com/20.....mf-global/

    Apparently it looks like maybe Corzine stole his customers' money to try to keep his company afloat long enough to sell it.

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE LET THIS BE TRUE.

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE send Corzine to be Madoff's roommate.

  • Almanian||

    That'd be pretty cool.

  • ||

    Oh man, that would be so fucking sweet. Not Spitzer sweet, but definitely up there.

  • Supreme Generalissimo Fluffy||

    Spitzer never went to the pokey.

    Picture Spitzer in the pokey. Perp walkin'.

    This wouldn't be THAT sweet. It would be maybe "Rahm Emanuel perp walk" sweet though.

  • ||

    That's sweet enough for me.

  • $6M RoboTorso||

    How can you waste time discussing crap like this when there's much more important news!!!

    New York's Serial Starbucks Masturbator Has Gone Into Internet Hiding

  • Almanian||

    Oh. My. God.

    Thank heavens Johnny Longt The Artist Formerly Known as Johnny Longtorso is on the job!

    Thank you, Citizen Formerly!

  • Almanian||

    Also, this is another reason I don't drink coffee. Yech...

  • .||

    did he died?!?

  • Almanian||

    "Matt RRRWWWWWWaur.....Matt RRRWWWWWWWWaur....Matt...R...rRRrrrRRRRWWWaur..."

    That's all I can hear when I see Tom Brokaw.

    Plus, he's a fucking retarded retard tardball fucktard cocksmoker. Other than that, he'd be a great President.

  • ||

    Anybody who proclaims an entire generation who fought a big, ugly war "The Greatest Generation" just because of that war, while ignoring its racist, homophobic and misogynistic elements would never get my vote.
    As a comedian said, "I expected a lifetime's worth of wisdom from my grandfather. All I got was, 'Those Japs are a bunch of sneaky bastards.' "

  • ||

    And I interviewed Tom Brokaw last spring when he gave the University of Montana's commencement address.

  • Almanian||

    "Jamie, I'd RRRRRRWWWWWWWWike to thank the...Hughniversity of Montana for RRRRRRWwWWwwwWWwWWetting me speak here today."

  • Almanian||

    Matt RrrrrRRRRRrrrRRRWWWWauerrrr...Matt....RRRRRWWWWWwwaur....

  • Almanian||

    Where did Tony LaRussa get the Pete Rose™ Model hair? Fuck! Looks like it's straight off Charlie Hustle's® gambling-addict head.

    Sorry for the tj - LaRussa was just on the TEEVEE.

  • Whitey Herzog||

    I think he uses that stuff Keith Hernandez was selling on TeeVee. So he can pick up chicks in bars.

  • Newman||

    June 14, 1987.... Mets Phillies. We're enjoying a beautiful afternoon in the right field stands when a crucial Hernandez error to a five run Phillies ninth. Cost the Mets the game.

  • Almanian||

    Also, how about Tim Tebow for President? He's gotta be 35, as long as he stayed in college. If not, my FUCKING LIONS aged his punk bitch ass 10 years yesterday. And he ain't gonna last in the No Fun League for long, so he'll need a job.

    And he seems like a nice young man uncorrupted by corporeal things...

    Just askin' questions...

  • Warty||

    Do you suppose he's still a virgin? Or, at least, was until yesterday?

  • Brett L||

    Anal counts in Protestant denominations? Thank God I was raised Catholic.

  • A Serious Man||

    I'm sure he'd rather return to the Phillippines and circumcise babies.

  • Hugh Akston||

    Denver wants another Elway. A man who can lead the team for a couple decades on his youthful charm and occasional parting of the Red Sea is more valuable to us than some dude with a buncha gawdy Superbowl rings.

  • Supreme Generalissimo Fluffy||

    My own permanent Brokaw image is when he loaded his ego into a big ole wheelbarrow the morning of 9/11 and pushed his way onto the Today Show set, interrupting NBC's pretty decent Couric / Lauer coverage with his own inane ramblings.

  • Almanian||

    "I'm joining HHHHHHHHHHHKatie CourHHHHHHHHic and Matt RRRRRRWWWWWWWwwwWWWWWWaur...."

  • Dekedin||

    http://www.cnn.com/2011/10/31/.....?hpt=hp_t1

    I don't know if this has been posted yet, but...
    U.S. cuts UNESCO funding after Palestinian membership vote

    Haha, guess this shows other countries aren't afraid of us anymore. We spend the most money on military in the world and now officially have zero influence in the Israel-Palestine conflict. I guess it's just desserts, but still.

  • PantsFan||

    Maybe he can go as Kanye West for Halloween

  • ||

    Is he a gay fish?

  • Almanian||

    Also, "Tom Brokaw for President" is a stupid fucking idea. Other than that, it's a great idea.

  • PantsFan||

    Happy 95 Theses Day.
    Suck it, Papists.
    http://www.spurgeon.org/~phil/history/95theses.htm

  • Xenocles||

    Also, Lutherans.

  • Xenocles||

    I was being literal, I married one.

  • Lutheran = Catholic Lite||

    tastes great, less filling

  • A Serious Man||

    Aren't those Episcopilians/Anglicans?

  • Xenocles||

    It definitely seems to hold true for Lutherans, and it's my understanding that the same is true of CoE. Except for the pope and the ordination of females, and maybe a little of the Eucharist mythos.

  • Newman||

    You haven't had a good night until you've had a Mennonite.

  • ||

    As a lapsed Episcopalian, I can confirm that the Episcopal Church is, indeed, a suburb of Rome.

  • Warty||

    Fuck all cults, and fuck all you cultists. Especially Crossfit.

  • ||

    Would you say that Crossfit 'tards are even human?

  • Warty||

    It has a tendency to produce (or more likely, just attract) nice asses, at least.

  • ||

    I don't even know what Crossfit is, but if it makes that nice of an ass, it can't be all bad.

  • ||

    I'm a oling coach at a local xfit. Ass observation is correct

  • ||

    I'm a oling coach at a local xfit. Ass observation is correct

  • ||

    I'm a oling coach at a local xfit. Ass observation is correct

  • ||

    Nothing my generation has produced is more homoerotic than Crossfit. Nothing.

  • ||

    My local xfit is about 2/3 women, generally smoking hot, lots of cops and firefighters (these sets intersect moreso the former) a smattering of dr's, nurses, lawyers, and yes... Several SWAT MEMBERS, including a team commander. What's not to like?

  • ||

    All the cops?

    I keed!

  • A Serious Man||

    Henry the VIII was the real reason the Reformation survived.

  • White Indian...||

    ...is observing from the distant ridge. Party on.

  • PantsFan||

    I think we may see Philip Rivers cry tonight.

  • ||

    I know several Canadians that would puke blood and scream bloody murder if you showed them that video. What's with all the hate, bros? :( Gotta get the world TOGETHER!

  • Butts Wagner||

    Off topic, but this is kind of heart-warming.

  • Brett L||

    Troopers are the like the smartest kids in special ed. I've never been harassed or mickey moused by staties.

  • ||

    These boys get that syrup in 'em, they get all antsy in their pantsy.

  • ||

    Silly. Why Brokaw? Because he "looks" presidential? As we have all learned recently, there's more to it than reading teleprompters.

  • ||

  • LMFAO Indian||

    Everyday I'm Gambolin

  • ||

    I was born in '82, so my memory of the 80s consists of Fraggle Rock, Heathcliff, hideously big hair and shoulder pads, my asshole brothers not letting me play with their He-Man dolls, and some 14 year old girls letting me watch Dirty Dancing but covering my eyes during the "dirty" parts.

  • ||

    Ouch. You must have been one of the poor children deprived of Cabbage Patch Kids.

  • ||

    *bottom lip quivers, runs out of room*

  • PantsFan||

    Remember Garbage Pail Kids?

  • ||

    Ugh, yes.

  • ||

    "And now you find yourself in '82..."

    DUHN..DA DUH SMACK

    "The disco hunt holds no job for you..."

    DUHN...DA DUH SMACK

    "You find yourself searching for bigger things..."

    DUHN...DA DUH SMACK

    "You catch a bullet and ride the dragons's wings...."

    It was the Banjos of the moment. Telling us what her heart meant.

  • Bingo||

    Can we get an open discussion thread for Kim Kardashian's divorce?

  • GP and the Fergs||

    I hate you

  • ||

    You can right after I start giving a fuck.

  • ||

    Which is given somewhere b'twixt never have and never will.

  • ||

  • Apatheist||

    http://www.washingtontimes.com.....qus_thread

    Apparently RP and GJ have proposed returning us to 1950's level spending, and the superduper committee is trying to cut $1.2 trillion. How the fuck did this get past an editor?

  • ||

    Journalists can't do math. Or think.

  • ||

    Lessee, let's be charitable and assume those cuts aren't all backloaded fictional,

    That comes to $120 billion a year. About, call it 8%, of our current deficit.

    We. Are. Doomed.

  • Sanjuro Tsubaki||

    Lamest Reason article of all time.

  • Precocious eight year old||

    Why?

  • yogi||

    Brokaw:

    “Republicans and Democrats alike treated public treasuries as bottomless ATMs, scattering cash across pet projects and buying off public employees unions and special interest groups with sweetheart deals, especially when it came to pensions."

    He's right about that. And fairly clear. The public sector pensions are a time-bomb. AFIK, public sector pensions and the special treatment public employees get is the nexus of the Euro-PIIG's failure.

  • ||

    Brokaw:

    “Repubwicans and Democrats awike treated pubwic treasuries as bottomwess ATMs, scattering cash across pet projects and buying off pubwic empwoyees unions and special interest groups with sweetheart deals, especiawy when it came to pensions."

    FIXED

  • yogi||

    You missed some 'r's, Heller. Bwokaw, pwojects, sweethearwt, and intwest.

  • ||

    Baba Wawa and Tom Bwoka are the really the same person?

    WOW!

  • levis pull||

    love you

  • Fatty Bolger||

    Brokaw has a tough decision to make. Run for President - or compete on Dancing with the Stars?

  • ||

    Why not both? At once?

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