Utah, the beehive hairdo state! …
History made: Ms Clinton is the nominee, Mr Sanders departs the stage gracefully.
Cecile Richards’ appearance at the convention is a giant middle finger to Carly Fiorina and Fox News, and the Colorado Springs mass murderer who was inspired by both.
Lena Dunham and America Ferrara deal themselves in.
As this goes on, Berniebros are holding a cry-in at the media tents.
A Queens congressperson accuses Mr Trump of being a real life Bobby Axelrod (of Billions).
Howard Dean reenacts “The Scream” and appears tame compared to Mr Trump.
Bill Clinton spins an effective yarn, at odds with the meta-narrative of Mr Trump and Berniebros.
Glass ceiling smashed.
No one compelled Mr Sanders to run for the Democratic Party nomination. Since he’s never been a member of the Party until he announced he was running for President, he might just as well have run as an independent candidate, thereby avoiding the Democratic Party nomination procedures. The rules were in place before Sanders announced he would run as a Democrat. He knew the super-delegate situation and he likely knew Ms Clinton would have an edge. However, because he freely submitted to those procedures, he now has to deal the consequences of never having been a Democrat. It is no surprise that Ms Clinton, who was elected to the Senate as a Democrat, and ran for the Party’s Presidential nomination in 2008 as a Democrat, and served in the cabinet of a Democratic President, has the support of other Democratic politicians and grandees.
Adieu Fiorina: Mr Trump basically set her résumé on fire during one of the early debates. Unable to run on her business record, she was left with fronting the defund Planned Parenthood cabal, which was based on the dubious video. When that cause exploded (i.e., the head of Planned Parenthood unmanned the Republican members of the Congressional witch trial and the video-makers were arrested for making fake driver’s licenses), she didn’t have anything to stand on or for.
It’s all over for the Bundy bandits in Oregon. It must have come as a huge disappointment that reinforcements never arrived.
Being anti-Beyoncé is like being anti-puppies. Don Giuliani of the Five Families should know better.
America’s promiscuous gun laws have claimed nine new victims (three dead, six wounded) in Colorado.
These promiscuous gun laws cause Americans to live in fear of terror at the shopping mall, the movie theatre, the elementary school, and the women’s health care clinic.
Promiscuous gun laws + anti-abortion extremism = domestic terrorism.
Symbolic violence is a gateway to physical violence. Hot anti-abortion rhetoric from public officials and Republican candidates (e.g., Carly Fiorina et al.) provides justification for morally unhinged, right-wing individuals and/or groups to act out violently.
Running comments on Republican debate #4
Fox’s promotional film on Wisconsin didn’t mention Republican Senator Joe McCarthy.
Poor Scott Walker, this was supposed to be his big night.
On the minimum wage:
Trump says wages are too high. We’re losing. Suck it up workers.
Carson thinks $15 per hour wage is a high wage. Loud applause.
Rubio says America is great because it has poor people.
Rubio: “we need more welders and less philosophers.”
You can’t make this stuff up.
Canadian Senator Cruz says: Bold Tax Plan, Booming Growth, Remove Locusts, and Sound Money.
Jeb! is looking for a job too. Lower taxes. Repeal all environmental regulations. More pollution means high growth!
Fiorina: take our government back!
Krugerrand: move to a state with a Republican governor or a city with a Republican mayor.
Said with a straight face.
So far: Hillary bad, Obama bad, Democrats bad, taxes bad, government bad, clean water bad. Poor people good.
Trump: we need borders, we will have a wall, and it will be successful. They’ll have to go out, hopefully, they’ll get back. We’re going to be a country.
Kasich: deportation is not an adult argument.
He’s trying to lose!
Trump: Move them out! We have no choice!
Trump: I’ve made billions! Shut up Kasich, you punk!
Rubio: destroy government, kill the philosophers, and this new century will be a new American century.
This debate is no more informative than the other debates. They say the same things, sometimes louder, sometimes less coherently.
Time for an adult beverage and a reading of Plato’s Republic.
Winners: Everyone who watched the World Series of Poker Final Table.
Losers: Brain cells.
Running thoughts on Republican Debate #3
Skipped the kid’s table debate in favor of an elective root canal.
The circus music has started up.
Everyone is running for a government position. Everyone hates the government. Contradiction?
Chris Christie promises to create another traffic jam to prevent Ms Clinton from reaching her inauguration.
Rand Paul promises to make more irrelevant speeches in the Senate.
Kasich has had a lot of coffee. He’s en fuego, targeting Trump.
Donald Trump says Kasich was on the board of Lehman Brothers when it tanked. Lehman Brothers is the third rail of Republican economics.
The Canadian Senator (Ted Cruz) says he has hard numbers.
Carly Fiorina says she got a lot done at HP. So much that she was fired.
Hearing Marco Rubio dodge the question about his absentee rate in the Senate makes me thirsty.
Jeb! just destroyed Rubio. OMG he called him French!
Ted Cruz is choked up. He’s talking about Mensheviks and Bolsheviks.
Cruz cut off! The moderators are living dangerously.
In response to Christie’s comments about “entitlement programs,” Huckabee just called Christie a 400 pound man eating Krispy Kreme doughnuts.
Republican Huckabee mentions Republican Bernie Madoff. Odd.
Pistols might spice up the debate.
Jeb! just said he would kiss a man. Did Jeb! just come out?
Rubio says liar liar Hillary’s pant suit is on fire!
Mr Trump says “Down with Super Pacs, up with Tupac!”
Mr Cruz would downsize the IRS by putting tax forms on postcards. Sounds like a Canadian idea.
Jeb! says he wants radical change. He wants radical change in his poll numbers.
Trump just got fact checked, from his own website. This might be a first.
Trump says Guns Guns Guns! More Guns! Stop the sickos!
Jeb! hates the federal government. He’s running to be the Executive of the Federal Government.
Christie from New Jersey is fine with dodgy gambling. Hello Sopranos vote!
The moderators could save time if a graphic “Hates Federal Government” were flashed over each candidate. Most of their answers circle back to this sentiment.
The big finish:
Rand Paul promises to talk for hours and hours on CSPAN tomorrow.
Chris Christie is fed up (obviously).
Canadian Cruz wants to destroy government.
Fired CEO Fiorina fantasizes about beating Clinton.
Surgeon Carson wants America to be great again.
Trump wants to win. He won a shorter debate. He’ll be a great President.
Rubio has a thirst for the American dream.
Jeb! has a proven record of success, except in this campaign.
Huckabee turns to apocalyptic imagery. As President, he’ll delay The Rapture.
Kasich wants stronger families, better neighbors. What this has to do with being President is unclear.
Winner: BMW. That was a nice looking Beamer in one of the commercials.
Losers: Everyone else.
My mother told me to never trust an anarchist.
Never mix books with framed photos.
“Rush to Kill” is the state motto of Georgia.
To channel Sarah Palin: the Republican Party was in the Pope’s spiritual crosshairs.
The bit on cocaine, meth, and Whitney Houston shows there is hope for Mr Noah’s Daily Show.
Carly Fiorina endorses water-boarding. Of course she does.
The respectable media and FiveThirtyEight are calling Carly Fiorina the winner of the debate. I suppose this is based on the fact that she stood her ground against Donald Trump. Aside from this single moment of facing down the spectre of misogyny, Ms Fiorina did not distinguish herself from the pack. Her evening turned sour when Mr Trump rehashed her failed CEO tenures at Lucent and HP. The camera showed her face falling a few inches as he noted HP has never recovered from her disastrous leadership. When she said she wouldn’t talk to Mr Putin, and that such a refusal was a sign of strength, a rival to Amy Schumer was born.
Trump didn’t shine but he didn’t shrink either. He slimed several of his competitors (Rand Paul, Jeb!, and Marco Rubio in particular) with bon mots. Rubio fell into a stupor when Trump noted his abysmal attendance record in the Senate. Trump will have satisfied his base adherents despite a generally flat performance. The elimination games will take place among those polling in single digits whose supply of cash will dry up quicker than Kim Davis’ unholy tears.
From the standpoint of signs of rationality (always in short supply during Republican debates), Mr Paul, Mr Carson, and Mr Kasich appeared the least likely to lead the US into another stupid war. + points for all three.
On the paleolithic side of things, Mr Cruz, Mr Huckabee, Mr Rubio, and Mr Walker demonstrated once again they are cave painters in a digital world.
Mr Christie has no reason to continue. All roads to the nomination are blocked by an orange traffic cone.
The only thing one needs to know about the dire state of American conservatism is the fact that vaccinations are a political talking point.
I assume the misplaced praise of Ms Fiorina is an effort to find someone who can lead the Republican Party out of the Trump fiasco it created for itself. Unfortunately for the GOP, Mr Trump is the best antidote to a Fiorina nomination. Mr Trump is the logical next step after Ms Palin. He captures the cartoonish nature of the contemporary Republican Party better than any other candidate.