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It’s a Widderlicious Friday…

Posted on: April 29, 2016

Happy Friday Widdershins.  It’s the weekend of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner – the D.C. Prom.  Larry Wilmore is the marquee name this year.  It will be President Obama’s last rodeo and just sayin’, bet there are more than a few Trumpenstein references.  A variety of outlets need Saturday evening fodder for fill:Larry Wilmore 1

C-Span (Motto:  Your crazy uncle is already watching, why not you?) will begin coverage at 6:30 EDT Saturday evening.

CNN (Motto: Where breaking news is interrupted for breaking news of breaking news.) coverage will begin at 7:00 EDT most likely on Saturday, but you never know.

MSNBC (Motto:  All Jane Sanders, all the time.) coverage will begin at 9:00 EDT.  Most likely they will interrupt their weekend coverage, “Jane Sanders caught on camera doing TurboTax,” to cover the dinner.

Here are a few other things catching my attention.

Cruz Campaign vehicle...

Cruz Campaign vehicle…

There are fantasies and then there are fantasies.  Given the ego and self-promotional bent of Ted Cruz, it isn’t difficult to believe he likes playing make-believe.  What is really crazy is talking someone into joining his fantasy. Have you noticed Cruz’s campaign play on words — TrusTed?  I’ve been working on a few.  How about:  WasTed, DisgusTed, DetesTed, NauseaTed, or my personal favorite AddicTed.

Of course, you have to wonder why Cruz selected Fiorina?  She placed seventh in the first primary and then soared in the second primary to, wait for it, seventh place again.  She then quit.  There is one thing consistent about Fiorina – she always fails up.  Her jobs before HP, failures, that led to being HP CEO.  She failed there too, but left with a golden parachute in excess of $20 Million.  She ran for Senate, failed, then ran for President.  She failed, quit, and is now pretending to be Vice President.  The woman sure can fail.

 

Speaking of failures.  John McCain had to fire one of his fundraisers.  It seems like there was an unfortunate incident with an accidental meth-lab and marijuana growing operation in her home.  McCain should have called Angie’s List.

 

Boehner looking for a kegger at Stanford...

Boehner looking for a kegger at Stanford…

Boehner’s Most Excellent Adventure at Stanford. There was an embarrassing amount of attention on Boehner calling Cruz “Lucifer” and a miserable S.O.B.  Yadda, yadda, yadda.  Like those are new insults for Cruz. My suggestion:  Boehner should carry one of those pocket Breathalyzers.  He also said:

  • Boehner said he has played golf with Trump for years and that they are “texting buddies.” (Talk about pressure beta-testing spell correct.)
  • “Early in the talk, the speaker impersonated Clinton, saying ‘Oh I’m a woman, vote for me,’ to a negative crowd reaction.” (One of the reasons his drag career never took off.)
  • “Throughout the talk, Boehner frequently referenced the Freedom Caucus as the ‘knuckleheads’ and ‘goofballs’ in Congress.” (But they were his “knuckleheads and goofballs.”

 

Instability.  How many times, how many thousands of times, did we hear a Republican shuffle out to the microphones during the A.C.A. debate and say, “American business just wants certainty and assurances?”  Oh, what a difference a few years make!Trump Inauguration

Now, Drumpf, the presumptive nominee (self-proclaimed), has declared the keystone of his foreign policy is unpredictability.  Other words for unpredictable are:  erratic, fickle, uncertain, dangerous – you get the idea.  Drumpf is about to make instability our number one export.  Dubya is probably praying each night that Drumpf will take the pressure off him as the worst President evah.

 

Eating worms.  The Republican Party is now the most unpopular it has been since 1992.  Sixty-two percent of those surveyed said they had an unfavorable view of the GOP.  Remarkably, Pew Research reported that the decline in favorability “has largely come among Republicans themselves:  Sixty-eight percent of Republicans now view their party positively, down from 79% last fall.”

Just goes to show you, even racism and sexism are embarrassing if others notice.

 

What’s on your mind today?

 

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65 Responses to "It’s a Widderlicious Friday…"

From the article on McCain’s staffer:

The Sheriff’s Office identified one of two people arrested in the drug bust as 34-year-old Emily Pitha, a former member of the staff of retired U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., who most recently worked on GOP campaign fundraising.

Well, I think we have an idea of how she was raising those campaign funds. 😉

Concerning Cruz, how about ArresTed?

Did you happen to see this from the Standford article on Boehner?

Boehner also speculated about surprises that could come closer to the Democratic National Convention if Hillary Clinton’s emails became a larger scandal.

“Don’t be shocked … if two weeks before the convention, here comes Joe Biden parachuting in and Barack Obama fanning the flames to make it all happen,” Boehner said.

I so don’t think so.

@2, I like ArresTed.

@3, Boehner has to pay his bar bill in these speeches. He’s got to say something about the Democrats. I do like the fact that when he made fun of Hillary as a woman he got a bad reaction from the audience.

I really think Trump and the Repubs are engaging in a classic form of desensitization. Beginning this early to hammer away at Hillary about anything and everything, by September, people are going to be so used to it, so tired of it, they will ignore Drumpf. Then, what’s he got? Historically, that was why people watched conventions to hear the “born with a silver foot in his mouth” moments. To top what Drumpf’s already doing he will have to use cursing and pictures.

people are going to be so used to it, so tired of it, they will ignore Drumpf

I hope so, but he is, after all, a salesman.

Finally, the realists are having their say. This is a good article about what a fraud Bernie is and that he has, indeed, hurt the progressive movement.

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2016/04/heres-why-i-never-warmed-bernie-sanders

Prolix, we could try to pickle Cruz…FermenTed.

@6: That is a good article and this is very true:

Most likely Bernie will have no lasting effect, and his followers will scatter in the usual way, with some doubling down on practical politics and others leaving for different callings.

On to the next shiny object that captures their attention.

@5, here are some characteristics we can expect to see from Drumpf this fall.

Yes, he is a salesman and for all intents and purposes a very good one. Because of that we can expect him to seek approval. He gets every ounce of his self-worth from the way other people see him. Flash, gold, Trump on everything, a shiny plane that is 20+ years old and came from Mexico. He won’t want to campaign any place he is not loved.

If challenged by reporters he will become short and emotional. Typically, high performing executive sales people are emotionally fragile. The first time he is challenged on live teevee by someone looking to bring him down will not be a pretty sight especially if they are a tenacious terrier.

Drumpf will likely implode. His world, for him to flourish, must be under his control. Politics doesn’t allow that. As painful as this fall is going to be to the ears, it will be a spectacle for the eyes.

@7, I like FermenTed.

LOL

It is always delightful to see unmitigatedly harsh, difficult moments in politics. This morning’s Mike Pence endorsement was one (I admit, I’m paraphrasing, but not much):

I would love to perform fellatio on Donald Trump, like for days on end, because I think he’s so dreamy and powerful and caring about us translucently white people, but my overlords, the money czars of the far, far, far right have decided I must vote for that chicken lipped Ted Cruz, but notice I’m blinking a message to Donald, I really heart you Donald.

How about OusTed ?

LOL @ FermenTed and ArresTed! For some reason it came into my head that Trump might pick Rubio for veep. I don’t know why. Hope everyone has a nice weekend!

@11: I saw something about the endorsement but missed the video of it. Perhaps they’ll have it on the network news.

@11 & 12, LMAO! You guys are in fine form today!

Larry Sabato was just on with Chuckles Todd. He has already done an Electoral Map for the election. He says you can do one this far out because everyone knows Hillary and Drumpf. It has Hillary with 347 to 191 or so for Drumpf. Essentially landslide territory.

He thinks it is even possible for Hillary to take Utah. The day after the election will not be a happy day around the Drumpf household.

Here it is, Map 2. http://www.centerforpolitics.org/crystalball/articles/the-only-thing-that-matters/

@13: Now that would be interesting annie, little Marco as veep.

@16: OMG! I would so love that. There would be Republicans committing harikiri across the country. Except for the ones who just drop dead of a stroke or cardiac arrest.

#3 – I think Boner’s spray tan must have been laced with LSD. He’s having visions!

Prolix, I totally agree with you…Drumpf WILL implode. He has that exact personality you describe so well. Just WAIT till he suffers some of the slings and arrows the media will throw at him, and he realizes that someone, somewhere, doesn’t adore him. The horror!

I think this will happen as soon as Hillary clinches the nomination. I wonder if he’ll quit before or after the Republican convention?

Fredster, that Mother Jones article is excellent. Remember how I was saying that Bernie Sanders was claiming we should have a New Deal, but the conditions to implement it don’t exist today?

Kevin Drum said it much better.

…The [New Deal] happened only after an utter collapse of the economy, with banks closing, businesses failing, wages plummeting, and unemployment at 25 percent. That’s what it takes to bring about a revolution, or even something close to it.

We’re light years away from that right now. Unemployment? Yes, 2 or 3 percent of the working-age population has dropped out of the labor force, but the headline unemployment rate is 5 percent. Wages? They’ve been stagnant since the turn of the century, but the average family still makes close to $70,000, more than nearly any other country in the world. Health care? Our system is a mess, but 90 percent of the country has insurance coverage. Dissatisfaction with the system? According to Gallup, even among those with incomes under $30,000, only 27 percent are dissatisfied with their personal lives.

Like it or not, you don’t build a revolution on top of an economy like this. Period. If you want to get anything done, you’re going to have to do it the old-fashioned way: through the slow boring of hard wood.

Also like the MJ article which I read last night. The comments were good also. I’m noticing much less Bernbro comments now that Bernie is scaling back. Proof of what we already knew–a lot of those comments were made by paid trolls.

FermenTed Cruzifer…

I just watched a few minutes of news this morning, but both CNN and MSNBC had a discussion about Monica Lewinsky. “Do you think Trump will use this against her?” Gee, I don’t know guys, but you sure are right now in front of me. MSNBC even had a nifty background pic the whole time of Bill hugging Monica.

Someone outside her campaign needs to deal with this swift and sharp. Even though Trump wasn’t president, his lengthy, public affair with Marla while still married to Ivanka, shows he’s just as big a cad. He’s calling Hillary an enabler. I’d bet if someone asked Trump if Ivanka was his enabler he would say – absolutely, it’s all her fault I had an affair.

Actually Obama was funny as hell at last years correspondence dinner. Remember his anger translator?

@16, I am so looking forward to Drumpf’s exploding head in November!

Someone needs to alert Sheldon and crew at TBBT about this:

It is unclear whether the animals are trying to stop humanity from unlocking the secrets of the universe.

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/04/29/476154494/weasel-shuts-down-world-s-most-powerful-particle-collider

Odd comment at the end of the last thread.

GAgal, I went and looked at it. That is weird.

Is anyone reading about the Sanders campaign dropping the lawsuit against the DNC today? It’s spread here and there and I’m trying to read more before I link something.

It’s crazy Bernie is out there still screaming about the D party with this going on. I better see some major media at least notice this. I don’t think Hill’s camp should, but it happened, they blamed EVERYONE but themselves and then they raised a few million dollars off their lies. Wasn’t this right before IW and NH. It raised horrible negatives for Hillary and they were in the wrong. They know it’s futile for Hill’s camp to use it now. They just let it drag on. Does Bernie actually think anyone cares about his opinion on the platform now? FU Bernie. And take Weasel and Deviant with you.

http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2016/4/29/1521572/-Bernie-2016-voluntarily-dismisses-its-datagate-suit-against-the-DNC

Oh, I had a typo there. I meant FO, not FU. 🙂

Comment’ s gone now.

@34: Ive got to order mine also.

SM, Mine too! I think they’re gonna have to print a “few” more than they planned!

I disappeared for awhile because we had a nasty line of storms pass through with tons of cloud-to-ground lightening and hail. So I shut everything down including the teevee. I think I heard the wx guy say there’s a chance for it again tomorrow.

Not surprised you caught the brunt of that storm. It was 88 here in NE Georgia fairly early today, and it was snowing in Denver…

@22, LOL fermenTed. Love it.

Sorry I’ve been AWOL tonight, but I cooked dinner and watched The Big Short with some friends. I had read the Lewis book, but hadn’t watched the movie. Funny, understandable, scary. All bound up together in one movie. And to bring it all around, it was 2008 right in the middle of all of this only eight years ago. Freaky.

Oh, if you haven’t seen it, rent it. It gets all my stars, but I like that kind of thing so mark off a couple of hundred stars.

@26, Luna, his head will explode and he will become more and more agitated as the process proceeds because the voters won’t see his “obvious brilliance” and it will be because the voters are just stupid, and then he will become more outrageous, and the voters will just get stupider, and his head will make a large and stain-resistant mess on everyone within the blast zone.

@32, it is the oldest feint in the political playbook. Bernie’s people know they did something wrong, so what do they do? Spend a couple of hundred bucks, file a lawsuit, and have something new to talk about as the aggrieved party. That is the extent of Weavel’s creativity.

SM & GAgal, I’m looking forward to mine too!

GAgal@39: Yeah a *cold* front that had moved down came back up as a warm front and with temps getting into the 80s that’s all it needed to start firing those suckers off.

And, this is Talladega weekend so if the weather turns rainy or actually stormy those NASCAR fans will not be happy campers and I literally mean campers because they will pitch tents and put campers in the infield. Definitely not my idea of a fun time.

@SM, GAgal and Luna: I just ordered my card. They said to expect it in 6-8 weeks! Yikes, they must be going fast!

Good read — it kicks the “Nutroots” right in their nutroots.

http://www.thepeoplesview.net/main/2016/4/27/the-trouble-with-bernie-style-politics

In part:

The people now threatening to abandon the Democratic nominee-apparent or even vote for Trump are not trying to build a movement. They are not trying to make change happen. They are not trying to elect downballot Democrats. They are trying to make a statement. Bernie or bust is that statement.

For all their blackmail, however, they are not nearly a potent enough force to be able to deny Hillary Clinton a win in November. They are, however, a well-greased engine that control a lot of page-views, something essential to the relevancy of the “netroots.”

If you want an article that details how a hypocrite acts, look no farther.

By the end of March, the self-described democratic socialist senator from Vermont had spent nearly $166 million on his campaign — more than any other 2016 presidential contender, including rival Hillary Clinton. More than $91 million went to a small group of admakers and media buyers who produced a swarm of commercials and placed them on television, radio and online, according to a Washington Post analysis of Federal Election Commission reports.

The article details the millions and millions of dollars Devine has pocketed from all the different sources of funneling $27 contributions. Of course, those are just the above the line estimates, the real numbers are probably much, much larger.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/sanders-is-biggest-spender-of-2016-so-far–generating-millions-for-consultants/2016/04/28/600170ce-0cf2-11e6-a6b6-2e6de3695b0e_story.html?postshare=3301461930589966&tid=ss_tw

@48: But, but Prolix! The revolution costs money!!

From the WaPo article:

In an interview, Devine acknowledged that he has made more money than expected from the campaign, but he noted that he is working for a much lower rate than usual. While he usually gets a double-digit percentage of a campaign’s ad spending, the veteran admaker is instead splitting a single-digit-percentage commission with the media buyers at Old Towne Media.

Because of his commitment to Sanders, Devine said he had to turn down doing campaigns this year for two previous foreign clients, the kind of consulting that had taken up most of his time in recent years

But Tad you are getting that smaller piece of a much bigger pie aren’t you?

@50, I, for a minute, don’t believe he has ever gotten a double-digit percentage of a campaign. I have never, ever seen it even with the marquee names in political media.

The largest I have ever seen is 7%.

@49, yes and the revolutionaries need a new pair of Bentleys.

@51: You know…reading that article I never knew there was soooo much gravy for the gravy train. A small printing company in VT gets over $400k and calls themselves a small part of things. Bernie and Co. would make Huey Long blush.

@52: Looks like another email blast for those small contributions is needed.

@53, who knew socialism was so lucrative? And if we all could land a job for $80K/month for lying about filling out tax forms and never seeming to get around to it, life would indeed be good.

I saw Jane Sanders on her hourly MSNBC interview at 6:00 and she said she had “just finished the 2015 taxes today” — what are the odds?

She then got all huffy and said, “I want to ask you a question.” She was on the Heilemann and Halperin hootenanny hour. Her new attack on Hillary is this since Hillary has said she would release her transcripts when everyone else did. Her question was, “Have you asked the Republicans about their speeches behind closed Wall Street doors?”

Her approach is: If Bernie hasn’t done any speeches and Republicans haven’t done any speeches, then Hillary must release the transcripts. Convenient timing it is since their taxes and his disclosure aren’t being released.

she said she had “just finished the 2015 taxes today” — what are the odds?

Really! I guess she had no problem getting an extension from the I.R.S.

@54: Nice deflection. NOT!!

@56, there’s an automatic extension of six months if you file Form 4868 or some such number.

@57, I had never seen her get this aggressive, but the interesting thing was that H&H was having none of it. They kept coming right back at her. I guess she and Bernie have fallen out of the good graces.

@58: Didn’t know – haven’t ever used it.

I guess she and Bernie have fallen out of the good graces.

Bet she’ll always have a welcoming spot with Hayes and Maddow.

@61, undoubtedly. Birds of a feather socialize together.

@ Fredster, I ordered mine a couple of days ago and heard 6-8 weeks then. Trump’s really driving the demand up!

@64: Maybe they are just using that timeframe to cover their bases and so people won’t do a ton of inquiries to them.

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