Even loonier than the main event, was coverage of how the Republican candidates spent their day before their debate.
Rand Paul went to a shooting range earlier in the day. His target? Copies of our tax code. I’d also like to change the tax code too, but shooting at it is a sad “Hey NRA, throw some campaign cash my way” message. I think we can change the tax code without guns.
Jeb Bush spoke somewhere and displayed a little machismo as me made a punching motion to try and debunk Trump’s barbs that he’s a low energy wimp. He also went hiking and took a photo op with his half-hispanic son. I wonder what message that was meant to send–I’m less racist towards immigrants than the rest of these clowns I’ll share a stage with later tonight? I fucked a hispanic, so let that hopefully trick undocumented hispanics and those who support them into thinking that I’m more partial to their rights so that I can get their votes and THEN fuck them?
Ben Carson had perhaps the most bizarre day of all by simply being black. Yes, hardly any blacks vote Republican and not many Republicans would seem eager to vote for any person of color. Yet African-American candidate Carson is somehow polling second to Trump. Has the GOP completely lost they minds? I’d be thrilled if either of them won as their party’s nominee. Since neither have any political experience, any nominee the Democrats run would have more of a chance. Even a progressive one like Bernie Sanders who some claim cannot win. Against Trump or Carson he sure could.
That was only the opening act. Here are some insane snippets of the actual debate I’m catching now.
Rubio listed “a gangster in Moscow” and several other world leaders who he perceives as threats. How he thinks of this as a winning strategy when most Americans are supposed to be weary of war, I’ll never know. Do we want to invent threats from all over the world or focus on how poorly US citizens are doing financially and take care of business like crumbling infrastructure and overpriced higher education and healthcare here at home?
Rand Paul surprised me by taking a less hawkish stance and said that the US doesn’t need military bases all over the world to keep us safe. A surprisingly enlightened take on foreign policy than anyone else on that stage. However, Paul wants fewer military operations because he wants the government to be smaller in every way, including ending social services from Social Security to veteran’s benefits. Not exactly a tea partier, but he’s one of those who essentially ran for office to shrink the government’s scope.
Jeb Bush told a flat out lie in saying that his brother George kept us safe. Perhaps there were no major attacks after 9/11, but 9/11 happened during Bush’s presidency. He and Condo-loser Rice ignored multiple warnings that terrorists would use planes to attack us months before 9/11.
Carly Fiorino spoke passionately against abortion, referring to that recent video of an infant with it’s heart still beating while Planned Parenthood employees discussed how they had to keep this fully formed aborted child’s heart beating so they could use the remnants of it’s dying body to save others. I realize that abortion is a polarizing issue. But today I renewed my NY State ID and was asked to check a box saying I’d be an organ donor as I lay dying. Is this immoral? It’s widely accepted. What’s so wrong with wanting to use expiring bodies to help others live or for research so that perhaps many others can live? The mom didn’t want the kid and that’s her right. It isn’t like Planned Parenthood is ambushing pregnant women and stealing their babies.
Carly scored points by saying that she’d buried her child lost to drug addiction. And went on to denounce marijuana. Except for one thing: you don’t die from marijuana addictions any more than you do cigarette addictions. Aren’t cigarettes legal? And unless I’m mistaken, it was disproved years ago that marijuana is a “gateway drug” to harder substances which can kill you.
One of CNN’s questions was if Obama should cancel a state dinner with China. I don’t see the connection between canceling state dinners and what concerns most Americans–getting back on track economically. I realize that our president is in charge of foreign policy and there may be differences in GOP’s approach to China and Obama’s approach, just as there are differences between the most Republicans and Obama on his diplomatic approach to Iran. But if canceling dinners seems like a point worth discussing to CNN, thanks for the great question. John Kasich, at least, seemed to speak out on behalf of diplomacy. A signal that Kasich is perhaps less of a hawk. But less of a hawk towards Iran than the average GOP candidate isn’t anything to get excited over–it’s Hillary Clinton.
Mike Huckleberry was asked in the Spin Room is he planned to make Kentucky clerk Kim Davis a key part of his platform. He spouted something about the “separation of powers” in attempt to court dumb evangelicals who would rather go unemployed and broke from healthcare costs than permit gays to marry. Excuse me, dunce. I think separation of church and state is as much of a core principle of our founding fathers.
Republicans hate to discuss climate change. With California burning up during a years-long drought, that might be an important domestic issue to bring up. It wasn’t. So the GOP are deny science in order to keep from acknowledging man-made climate change. If they acknowledged it, they’d have to try and find solutions. And that would mean slapping restrictions on industries which emit greenhouse gases and make less campaign dollars.
Scott Walker actually had the nerve to suggest that he would be the candidate to fight special interests. He’s the candidate that the Koch brothers bankrolled, fer chrissakes! Here’s a phone call by a prankster posing as a Koch brothers where Walker’s ass-kissing to even a comedian posing as a Koch is proven. What a Koch-sucker!
And Trump is still resonating with his claims that he won’t take donations which will make him beholden to corporate donors who represent the 1%. Um, that’s because he is the 1% and his own corporate donor. So is he going to represent the 99% of working Americans? No way, never!