More scenes from our political moment
I thought " STUPID" was confined to the contestents in this EPIC BATTLE---guess not! now it's for ALL of us to solve , and that's not easy. do we give up on democracy ? or do we SUBMIT to d. j "trump. THE HUMP! I know where my money would go ---and it's NOT d. j. "trump" the HUMP! . THEY BOTH HAVE THEIR PROBLEMS , but at least President J.Biden knows what State and City he's in, as well as who he is and knows what he wants to say------can't say that for the OTHER GUY CAN WE? (he can't even get the names right) as this a choice we must make I say we--- MUST START OVER and I mean BOTH PARTIES-------enough said ???
One unifying theme for all of the people seeking the Republican nomination is that they're climate crisis minimizers who oppose acting now in favor of future nuclear and carbon capture somewhere down the road. Except for Vivek, who wouldn't even go that far. Which essentially means they would do nothing. That and other damage to the environment - loss of topsoil, acidification of the oceans, exhaustion of aquifers, etc. - is existential for the human race. But for Republicans it's a non-issue and critiques of the people on stage don't even mention it.
No one goes there, but here's a question: does Ramaswamy think his Brahmin caste permits abuse of an Indian female?
I can't understand why you guys can't plainly see that Nikki Haley won by a long shot. I believe she could beat Trump and Biden.
"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy, that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."
For anyone who hasn't figured it out yet. There is no conservative party. Trump has detached the Republican Party from anything resembling ideological conservatism.
Today, being a "conservative" simply means being against whatever the other tribe (the libs) wants. There are no fixed principles involved.
Trump has redefined conservatism to mean whatever he wants is what conservatism is.
Why did I inherently know that Scott's girlfriend was a blonde white woman before I even clicked on that link?
Charlie - time for another round of Deplorables of the Week. My nominations include Rosanne Barr, Ramaswamy and MAGA Mike.
So, y'all aren't going to believe me, but I swear what I'm about to share is 100% true.
My husband overheard this exchange in the gym today:
"Did you watch that debate last night?"
"No, I missed it."
"I don't know who that Haley thinks she is. She was the worst Secretary of State in history, and she's going to tell everyone how to handle Israel? After that debacle in Benghazi? Forget about it!"
"Oh, I know, that was such a mess. She was terrible!"
Was he in a gym in the middle of nowhere? No. He was maybe ten miles outside of NYC.
So. I think we might be overestimating the average voter.
I think Haley showed a lot of ladylike restraint by only calling that creepy little scoundrel scum. He comes across as a younger, more articulate, healthier looking epigone of Trump – the same bluster, the same rudeness, the same sort of populist pronouncements that he may or may not really believe, and the same appeal to ticked off ignorance. He is not dangerous like Trump since his candidacy is going nowhere, but the fact that he polls well enough to make yesterday’s debate is disturbing. Pence, Hutchinson, Burgum, and Scott come across as nice guys with solid experience and conservative opinions that should sell in a conservative party. Yet three of them are gone, and the one left is on his way out, while Ramaswamy hangs in there. You have to hope it’s some sort of misunderstanding and not indicative of what the voters really want, but you might not want to take that hope to the bank.
I had not seen this - Rep. Jamie Raskin opposing the Tlaib censure: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wumnk14GRTo Is he an "anti-Semite"? This is what standing up against cancel culture is, something that maybe anti-Trump former conservatives who still pick and choose their cancellations don't get.
Except for a few moments from Haley & Christie, these candidates all seem to think that they are running against Biden. Why can't they understand that they have NOTHING to lose, and go after their actual opponent, Trump, for his dozens of transgressions, many of which were illegal and/or unpatriotic. Are they all just waiting & hoping that Trump goes to the pen, or that his extraordinary ignorance transmutes into a clinically provable dementia? Their fear is palpable.
A Vivek win would be great for Canada. They’d get a big shiny wall to keep the MAGA out.
Thanks to Linda Chavez for the clear-eyed review of the Biden Administration's new policy on refugees from Venezuela.
I'm the opposite of an Open Borders advocate. I'd be totally supportive of a crackdown on economic migrants and citizens of failed and failing states trying to cut the legal immigration line by jumping the border or overstaying a visa, including speedy adjudication and deportations of those making specious asylum claims. However, Venezuelans, Cubans, and Nicaraguans meet the black-letter law definition of refugees in the Refugee Convention -- a person who, by reason of a "well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his former habitual residence is unable or, owing to such fear, unwilling to return to it." These people are entitled by US and international law to an asylum hearing. They should not be sent back to the control of the dictator from whom they fled, no matter how much oil he currently controls, or how many promises he makes to improve his behavior in the future. We know exactly what Nicolás Maduro's promises are worth.
Charlie, I like your 1 for the majority of the debaters. Jury
is still out on Christie & Haley,
only due for their defense of
Love Charlie and the team, and all the guests on Bulwark podcasts. Keep up the good work. Your are helping convince me I'm not the crazy one!