Hm: Add Rep. Marsha Blackburn to your 2016 pools, people

posted at 9:41 pm on April 10, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham

An aide for Rep. Marsha Blackburn today suggested she’ll “test the waters” for a possible 2016 run for president. The tough, diminutive Tennessee mom of two is serving her fifth term in the House. She’s admirably unafraid to walk into the lion’s den at MSNBC, and often comes out swinging with success. She also takes an active interest in tech policy, reaching out to conferences and communities not used to a lot of visits from Republicans.

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Tennessee Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn will consider running for president in 2016 — if she sees an opportunity to do so, an aide to the 7th District Republican told RealClearPolitics.

Blackburn is scheduled to be one of the speakers at a New Hampshire Republican rally this weekend but was not previously known to be mulling a White House bid.

“If there’s a door to kick down, she’s willing to kick it down,” the aide, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said. “These are the kinds of events you go to — test the waters, and see what the reaction is.”

Blackburn is a staunch social and fiscal conservative who was first elected to Congress in 2002, and a presidential run by her would be a long shot by any measure.

But with no women known to be plotting a 2016 bid on the Republican side, she has the potential to stir up the pot in a wide-open race for the nomination.

“There is kind of a void to fill there,” the Blackburn aide said of the likely GOP presidential field. “Whenever there’s been a need for leadership or someone to get out there and fight the fight, she’s always been the first in line and she’s not afraid of it. She’s not afraid to go toe to toe with anybody.”

She’s sharp with a great Southern-woman demeanor and accent for bringing the hammer down on someone without looking like a jerk. Should be fun to watch her.


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Stinkfish is beyond delusional.

Murphy9 on April 11, 2014 at 6:19 PM

The various arguments about whether the secessions were about slavery or economics usually forget that nearly all of the Confederate soldiers were volunteers who did not own slaves.

They were not economically set upon by threats to slavery, it would mean rising prices for agricultural commodities. So why did they fight? For the interests of the rich? Of course not.

It was FEAR. Northern abolitionists had no plans either to compensate the slave owners or to care for or relocate the slaves they would free by decree. The poor white Southern farmers were faced with the prospect of millions of slaves being freed by law, with no homes or way to eat or jobs to apply for. Wandering the countryside for survival. Think about that for a bit.

Adjoran on April 12, 2014 at 12:22 AM

Think about that for a bit.

Adjoran on April 12, 2014 at 12:22 AM

The Federal Government could have bought the freedom of every last one of those slaves and saved a ton of money and bloodshed.

John the Libertarian on April 12, 2014 at 12:44 AM

Nope.
Governors ONLY.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 10, 2014 at 9:44 PM

This is the only sentiment I want to see.

roy_batty on April 12, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Can we please have someone with some executive experience this time? At least someone who has won a statewide election in some way?

crosspatch on April 12, 2014 at 9:02 PM

Can we please have someone with some executive experience this time? At least someone who has won a statewide election in some way?

crosspatch on April 12, 2014 at 9:02 PM

You had that last time — a lot of good it did you.

Stoic Patriot on April 13, 2014 at 8:10 AM

Paul-Rubio … the moderate woman’s dream ticket. Keep our kids out of unnecessary wars and honor the privacy of our citizens.

Can anyone explain the fish guy’s obsession with amnesty? No candidate is running that is not looking at some variation of immigration reform.

B.A. Moderate on April 13, 2014 at 8:28 AM

Can anyone explain the fish guy’s obsession with amnesty? No candidate is running that is not looking at some variation of immigration reform.

B.A. Moderate on April 13, 2014 at 8:28 AM

Legal first generation immigrants vote 81% democrat and 12% Republican.
By the time their children are at third Generation they vote 76% Democrat and 16% Republican.
This means for every million who become citizens, the Democrats gain a net new 690,000 voters. These million are allowed to chain migrate their family here and if you figure they ONLY bring two family members on average (a very low estimate) now you are talking about for every million you allow to become citizens 2,000,000 net new Democrat votes. Lets see how that works out over the years though… They will have larger families, like Bush said… In 25 years you will be looking at the 2,000,000 turning into between 4 and 6 million net new Democrat Voters. In 50 years 7 to 10 million net new democrat voters and this goes on for a very long time. As if 50 years of being a minority party will not effectively destroy the conservative cause anyways.
Any kind of legal status at all for these illegal aliens will lead to them becoming citizens. It is a ratcheting effect where they get one smaller concession after another until they not only got their primary goal but three or four other add on goals along the way.
Any politician who is pro amnesty will not gain my vote for anything beyond state office.

astonerii on April 13, 2014 at 10:16 AM

Legal first generation immigrants vote 81% democrat and 12% Republican.
By the time their children are at third Generation they vote 76% Democrat and 16% Republican.
This means for every million who become citizens, the Democrats gain a net new 690,000 voters. These million are allowed to chain migrate their family here and if you figure they ONLY bring two family members on average (a very low estimate) now you are talking about for every million you allow to become citizens 2,000,000 net new Democrat votes. Lets see how that works out over the years though… They will have larger families, like Bush said… In 25 years you will be looking at the 2,000,000 turning into between 4 and 6 million net new Democrat Voters. In 50 years 7 to 10 million net new democrat voters and this goes on for a very long time. As if 50 years of being a minority party will not effectively destroy the conservative cause anyways.
Any kind of legal status at all for these illegal aliens will lead to them becoming citizens. It is a ratcheting effect where they get one smaller concession after another until they not only got their primary goal but three or four other add on goals along the way.
Any politician who is pro amnesty will not gain my vote for anything beyond state office.

astonerii on April 13, 2014 at 10:16 AM

Sadly, the amnesty part of the debate is only about the new immigrants. The anchor babies, thanks to the 14th Amendment will become citizens anyway, and as you point out will mostly vote Democrat. It’s an uphill battle, but the sooner the illegals get returned to their native country, the better.

Another option would be to expand the work visa program for low skill workers, combined with an elimination of the anchor baby provision. It was done to eliminate questions on the citizenship of slaves-no longer an issue. The concept should be eliminated. I would settle for eliminating the anchor baby provision to a pathway for citizenship for current illegals (longer than the legal pathway, and an expansion of work visas.

talkingpoints on April 13, 2014 at 6:08 PM

I’ve paid some attention to Representative Blackburn and she would be a great President if she were to be elected.

randy on April 14, 2014 at 11:41 AM

I would vote for her. America deserves a HOT President.

xmanvietnam on April 14, 2014 at 11:50 PM

Marsha Blackburn is my fav fav fav and I like the crystal flute over the solo plastic cup, she has my vote for the NEW LEADERSHIP we need in the House and Senate.

Fleuries on June 16, 2014 at 5:23 PM

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