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.
I feel somewhat bad for Jeb! He dropped his last name to avoid association with his dumberer brother. He raised millions of dollars from hardworking, big Republican funders. He renounced his only serious policy idea (the Common Core) so that he would be more appealing to the anti-intellectual Republican base. All this should have secured an easy victory over pipsqueaks like Jindal, Huckabee, Paul, Cruz, and Rubio.
Instead, he’s been ambushed by a real estate clown and a retired surgeon who hocks quacksterish supplements.
It’s sad to see one of the last remaining hippie habitats (Haight Ashbury) under threat from market-driven environmental encroachment.
Puritanism is why we can’t have nice things.
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 running thoughts on the second grown up table Republican debate:
Re the kid’s table: Mr Jindal should run again once he reaches puberty.
Mr Trump’s hair is groomed to look like the wing of a fighter jet.
Very diverse audience in the Reagan Temple tonight.
Like Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, CNN’s Jake Tapper is eager to take Mr Trump down.
Rand Paul is Trump’s first punching bag of the evening.
Scott Walker decimated. Trump is a buffoon but he’s playing with fools.
Hopefully, there will be a question about Ms Fiorina and HP.
Jeb! has wandered into Trump’s cesspool.
Fiorina says not talking to Putin shows strength. Funny stuff.
Fortunately, Mr Cruz won’t be elected president.
Mr Huckabee makes the Iran deal a matter of the Apocalypse.
Mr Huckabee advocates lawlessness re the topic of Kim Davis.
Christie pandering. Well played, sir.
Re birthright citizenship, Mr Trump says “we have to take care of the baby for 85 years.” I guess those babies don’t grow up.
Finally, Fiorina has to explain away the HP disaster. Tangling with Trump: poor Fiorina.
The problem in that exchange for Fiorina is that she has a track record of failure. Trump has a track record of more success than failure. But it’s a nonsensical discussion on job creation because as Republicans have said to Obama over and over again: Presidents don’t create jobs.
Unlike Ms Fiorina, Mr Trump will talk to Mr Putin. Putin and Trump are both billionaires. They can talk about investment strategies and Swiss banks.
So Marco Rubio is a shirker (i.e., high absentee rate) in the Senate. Trump keeps bringing it.
Rubio floundering. He’s toast.
Jeb! says Peace Through Strength. It’s 1950 again.
Scott Walker says “I won’t back down.” Maybe Tom Petty should be President.
Mr Cruz thinks Chief Justice John Roberts is a liberal. I think Mr Cruz is a loon.
Mr Rubio says “radical terror cannot be solved by intellect.” To be fair, he has no experience with intellect.
Winners: Trump, Jeb!, Paul
Losers: Carson, Christie
Biggest Losers: Fiorina, Walker, Huckabee, Rubio, Kasich, Cruz
I’m all in for the next president Clinton, but FDR? Even if he gave a fine speech, no one remembers him, not even boomers.
Jeb! Bush announced his candidacy, saying “I will run to win.” What an unusual sentiment.
Intellectuals and writers can’t compete with TV, film, and sporting celebrities. Even politicians rank higher than the intelligentsia (a true disaster for humanity) because they have also taken on the trappings of celebrity. The slow culture of the life of the mind is no match for the fast culture of the digital era.
The sacking of Nobel Laureate Tim Hunt is being blamed on feminists. It is true that without feminism, Mr Hunt would have been unable to give a talk on “Women in science.”
Ms Clinton transcends normal US politics. She transcends Bill Clinton. She’s a global figure. One either likes or hates her. Because more like her than hate her, she’ll be POTUS 45.
The George Herbert Walker Bush was from the northeastern patrician class. GW Bush made a decisive move towards the downwardly mobile when he took an actual job at which he failed (running oil businesses) and when he took up with evangelical Christianity. Despite his Ivy League education (a standard bearer of the “gentleman’s C”), his propensity to malapropism (“Is our children learning?”) only further endeared him to people whose reading competence peaked at the eighth grade level. Jeb Bush retains some of the patrician qualities of his father. His worse political sin, compared to his brother, is that he appears to be rational, not driven by visions of Rapture and other religious fairy tales. The Republican base wants political red meat; Jeb is offering ugani.
Rand Paul is another case of a libertarian nut not falling far from the tree. The best that can be said of the younger Mr Paul is that, unlike his father, he isn’t a Gold Bug and doesn’t appear to consort with John Birchers.
As news meanders across the political media universe that Jeb Bush’s email dump revealed sensitive personal information about 12,000 people, raising the spectre of another incompetent Bush in the White House, one wonders how he would be able to navigate a successful primary run for the Republican nomination. The Republican Party is not a single entity but rather an unappetizing ragout of functionally incompatible factions:
1. A tiny rump of reasonably rational Republicans, the so-called Establishment which caters to Wall Street and maintains a respectable 10 handicap.
2. A Tea Party faction that is the driving force in Republican political psychology. The Tea Party has several wings:
(a) a wacky libertarian wing (e.g., Rand Paul) comprised of Isolationists, Anti-Vaxxers, the Gun Lobby, and Gold Bugs.
(b) a social conservative, religious wing (Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin) that is
obsessed about addicted to talking about gay sex.
(c) a bandit wing (e.g., Cliven Bundy, paranoid militias and survivalists living in fortified bunkers, White Supremacists in Idaho) that is ready to engage in the violent overthrow of the US government.
(d) a classic poujadist wing comprised of people who want free services from government but don’t want to pay taxes.
3. A “Bomb Iran” caucus (e.g., John McCain and Lindsay Graham), which sometimes overlaps with the “Bomb Moscow, But Make Putin Our Presidential Nominee First” caucus (e.g., John McCain, Lindsay Graham, Franklin Graham, Steven Seagal, etc.), and the “Bomb Everyone We Dislike to Show We’re Manly Men” caucus (e.g., John McCain and Lindsay Graham).
2016 may not be the year for another RINO, which is the tag of death for a moderate Republican like Mr Bush.