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The Banana Republican Address…

Posted on: July 21, 2016

Courtesy of The New Yorker.

Courtesy of The New Yorker.

Through our extensive connections here at The Widdershins, we have secured an advanced copy of the Boogey Yam’s acceptance speech.  It sounds familiar.  See what you think?  Now imagine the clamoring Yam in all his glorious orangeness as he says…

 

 

Three score and ten years ago my father brought forth on this continent a new son, conceived through sperm, so good, such beautiful sperm, dedicated to the proposition that his new son was created without equal.

Now we are engaged in a yuge political war, testing whether our nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure my narcissism. We are met on a great conclave of that political war along a fault line that cleaves the country into two vastly unequal parts and we come, quite ironically, to a city called Cleveland. You have come to dedicate yourself to me, as a final burial ground of your dignity, your integrity, and any semblance of caring about this country.  You have given your self-respect so that my self-aggrandizement might flourish. It is altogether fitting and proper that you should do this.

But, in a larger sense, you cannot supplicate enough, you cannot grovel enough, you cannot prostrate yourself sufficiently to my cavernous gaping maw of egotistical need. There have been steroidal men and a cavalcade of unctuous women, living and dead, who struggled to bow low enough that I might walk on their backs in order to ever add to and never detract from my self-certified greatness.

The world will always note, and long remember what folly is committed here; it can never forget what was done to a once great political party in this place.  It is for you the living, to be dedicated henceforth to the unfinished work of my adulation, supplication, and bootlicking sycophancy which you have agreed and thus far have so nobly advanced.

It is for you to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before you—that from these honored halls you take increased devotion to me and which I ask your last full measure of adoration—that you here highly resolve that my efforts at self-ennoblement and glorification shall not be in vain, although my vanity is yuge—that this nation shall have a new birth of greatness and whiteness—and that government through my coronation shall not perish from the earth as long as me, and my sons, Uday Don and Qusay Eric, continue to rule from Trump Tower, roam about on Air Trump, drink Trump Water, eat Trump Steaks, play with Trump Cards, imbibe Trump wine, wear Trump ties, scam money through Trump University, and lie about contributing to charities all in the name of Trump. So help me Trump.

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Lincoln Trump

My apologies to Abe Lincoln and condolences to all those who have been tricked, bamboozled, and cheated by Donald Trump.  I can’t include the Republican Party because the RNC began laying the groundwork for Trump with Nixon’s southern strategy fifty years ago, focused it with a bitterly unfair Reagan economic policy, and ran the country and a good part of the world aground with Bush lying us into an interventionist war without basis.

Trump is a Republican project that has been gestating for fifty years. Congratulations — it’s a boy! The Party deserves the rot that is Donald Trump.

What’s on your mind today?

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124 Responses to "The Banana Republican Address…"

Abe would not mind in the least! 😆

Poor Laura Ingraham almost forgot where she was.

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Credit to WaPo and Ann Telnaes:

Make Republicans first again

By nominating Donald Trump, the Republican leadership has confirmed that winning the presidency is more important to them than the good of the country

Day 4 (and the last!) of the Repub Convention.
LIST OF SPEAKERS

• Tom Barrack, CEO of Colony Capital

• Marsha Blackburn, U.S Representative from Tennessee

• Mary Fallin, Governor of Oklahoma

• Jerry Falwell, Jr., Liberty University president and evangelist

• Brock Mealer, motivational speaker

• Reince Priebus, RNC Chairman

• Dr. Lisa Shin, member of National Diversity Coalition for Trump and principal at the Los Alamos Family Eyecare in New Mexico

• Peter Thiel, billionaire venture capitalist and hedge fund manager

• Ivanka Trump, daughter of Donald Trump and executive vice president at the Trump Organization

• Donald J. Trump, nominee for President

Then N.B.A. has pulled the All-Star game from Charlotte because of the “bathroom bill”.

Prolix, am screaming with laughter! In a perfect world, that is what Trump would say, because that is the truth!

@2, Hahaha! Her true self emerges.

@3, love it!

@4, Dear god…what a dismal line up.

@5, Oh, well. Too bad for them! They should have in Los Angeles!

Ooooh… that’s good. However, I can not imagine those words coming from Donald because so many of them have more than two syllables. I’d love to see him try to read it off the teleprompter.

Hillary is running against Putin.

I am not suggesting that Donald Trump is employed by Putin—though his campaign manager, Paul Manafort, was for many years on the payroll of the Putin-backed former president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych. I am arguing that Trump’s understanding of America’s role in the world aligns with Russia’s geostrategic interests; that his critique of American democracy is in accord with the Kremlin’s critique of American democracy; and that he shares numerous ideological and dispositional proclivities with Putin—for one thing, an obsession with the sort of “strength” often associated with dictators.

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2016/07/clinton-trump-putin-nato/492332/

@7: Actually annie, nola is in the running for it if the NBA officially pulls the game. The game got rave revues the last time it was held there in 2014. There might be a bit of conflict with carnival but the city can work around that. Supposedly Tom Benson, the Pelicans owner has met with Silver.

@10, yeah, I saw that in your link. And NOLA is totally deserving and I will be happy for them if they get it, but I just had to throw in a shout out to my home city. Besides, we are big basketball fans in my household and my dudes would be thrilled to get to go to one of the events.

Brilliant, Prolix.

What a total and complete shitshow this convention has been.— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) July 21, 2016

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This sums it up nicely:

I see that Silicon Valley billionaire, Peter Theil, is speechifying for Der Drumpf, tonight. I hope that Theil has a hint of a German accent left, that would be so fitting for the occasion.
Theil is on record as opposing Medicare and Social Security.
‘Gotta love the billionaires (who’ve made their money by contributing nothing of lasting value to society (Pay Pal), cheerleading for the poor and elderly to be thrown to the wolves.

Here are two ironies caught all at once by trained electrons. The first is obvious — bunch of white people trying to dance. The second is the song they are rocking out to is about an underage girl being lured into a sexual liaison. Given that the clamoring Yam thinks his daughter is “hot” perhaps “My Sharona” is on his personal playlist.

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@6, 8, and 12, thank you ladies. I truly appreciate your comments. Makes my incoherent rambling worth it.

@9, GAgal, that change within the Repub platform needs to get real coverage. Here’s a bet — Corey Lewandowski will be feeding the beast on this one in the hopes of Manafort being canned. The knives will be out on this one.

@15, Sue, on Peter Theil, this is from “Inc.” magazine — direct quote:

With all that in mind, it’s hard to believe Thiel is going all in on Trump only–or at least mainly–because he thinks Trump will make a good president. What might his real reason be?

I have a guess. It sounds crazy, but bear in mind we’re talking about someone who thinks there’s a real possibility he will never die; who pays college kids to drop out; who wants to establish a colony at sea free from the laws of any nation; who thinks capitalism and competition can’t coexist. If it doesn’t sound crazy to someone, it’s probably too quotidian to have issued from the mind of Peter Thiel.

I think Peter Thiel supports Donald Trump because he believes it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to weaken America’s attachment to democratic government.

I’m not accusing Thiel of any ambitions he hasn’t more or less copped to. In an often-quoted 2009 essay, Thiel declared, “I no longer believe that freedom and democracy are compatible.”

I wonder if anyone, on any channel, will have the gumption to actually quote him on “freedom and democracy being incompatible.”

http://www.inc.com/jeff-bercovici/peter-thiel-donald-trump-crazy.html

@10, Fredster, do you think the Repubs will mention this NBA move tonight?

Good find, Prolix, and isn’t it rich for a Libertarian billionaire to plead for LGBT rights from a Party that would deny an abortion to a rape victim whose life was on the line?
If that doesn’t scream “Log Cabin,” I don’t know what does.

@11: Oh I understand completely about hometowns and cheering for them. I think the thing with nola is that it has a compact downtown center and almost all the large hotels are in walking distance to the Superdome and Smoothie King Arena.

@21, Sue, I’m not sure how “comfortable” Thiel is in his skin. The Gawker lawsuit was over “outing” him, but it wasn’t much of an “out” since everyone, at least in this world, already knew. It will be interesting tonight to see how he is treated by the Repubs. He’s a billionaire so they probably will be nice to him and offer him a tax break or three. Being against democracy, free press and free speech are new to the Repubs, but I’m sure they will roll with it.

@19, that is a scary dude.

@22, yep, those are all desirable things.

Prolix@16: I saw a graph last night and can’t find it now but there was a total of eighteen black, or African-American delegates to this Repub Nat’l Convention. Supposedly it’s the lowest number in years.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/07/19/there-are-likely-fewer-black-delegates-to-the-republican-convention-than-at-any-point-in-at-least-a-century/

Prolix@20: Who knows? It would fit into someone’s anti-politically correct message, I’m sure. They’ve got Mashburn, Fallin and Jr. Falwell so I’m sure it would fit in with one of them. I think little Falwell could try to make some hay with that.

@21 and 23: Here’s an article on Thiel from Towelroad.

And look: Here’s the mighty, straight Republican Convention and male sex workers are raking in the dollahs.

“Business has been way better. I’ve seen 10 clients so far,” one male escort said.

“Most of them were first-timers. You could tell they were nervous, but once they became more comfortable, they seemed to be having a good time.”

Another escort said he had already earned $1,600 since Monday — over six times the amount he usually makes.

“I normally only make $200 to $300, but I’ve been seeing lots of guys in hotels downtown,” he said, noting the boom in business near the Quicken Loans Arena.

The clientele has included mostly married white men between the ages of 40 and 50, said another escort who’s seen eight johns so far.

Tee-hee (from same article)

And while male escorts and MSM are experiencing a windfall thanks to the RNC, female prostitutes aren’t so lucky, as The Post points out:

When contacted by The Post, females for hire said they’re making much less money than normal.

“Has business been better for me? Honestly, no,” one woman said before abruptly hanging up the phone.

Boehner’s reaction after Cruz’ speech: “Lucifer is back”. Remember this?

Boehner earlier this year called Cruz “Lucifer in the flesh” at a speaking event at Stanford University.

“I have Democrat friends, and I have Republican friends. But I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch my entire life,” he added at the time.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/288676-boehner-on-cruz-lucifer-is-back

@31: But, but, I thought Dr. Ben said Hillary was Lucifer or something like that.

Jr. Falwell talking about the Johnson amendment.

@30 I’m shocked…SHOCKED I tell ‘ya!

@34: Those closets in hotel rooms in Cleveland must be Yuuugge!

Al Franken is on MSNBC now.

Donald’s speech tonight. Near the beginning:

So if you want to hear the corporate spin, the carefully-crafted lies, and the media myths the Democrats are holding their convention next week.

But here, at our convention, there will be no lies. We will honor the American people with the truth, and nothing else.

Bwhaahaa!!

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/full-transcript-donald-trump-nomination-acceptance-speech-at-rnc-225974

@37: I’m going to read that in just a minute. I’m just so glad that MSNBC is not showing Marsha Blackburn’s speech.

@37: Thanks for the link. Now I don’t have to bother listening to him. LOL

@29, do you think Aaron Schock, former Rep. of Downton Abbey office, ethical violation, and washboard ab fame, has come to Cleveland to moonlight. He would be a good escort since he could talk about legislative “riders”.

@26, think about that — out of 30 million people of color, the Republican Party attracted/allowed 18 delegates. This should be the standard reply to every Repub who says they are the party of Lincoln.

Apparently, my definition of new ideas has been remiss for years now, because Rancid Peni* just said that the Republican Party was the party of new ideas. I guess that is right when you consider that nothing associated with science is valid making gravity a new concept.

One time when I was having a suit altered, the tailor, when measuring my inseam, gave my junk a little sustained jiggle. I think it was Rancid Peni* before he got this RNC chairman gig.

@40: Well Aaron does have to pay off those legal bills.

@43: Nah, the tailor was just trying to figure out if you dressed to the left or to the right. LOL!

@41: But Prolix what they miss in numbers they made up for with the enthusiasm of that preacher. He was fired up!

Just a note: I’m watching The Taking of Pelham One Two Three.

I’m skipping tonight’s events. I prefer what could have been if the Marx Brothers had run the convention. That Zeppo could really sing and Groucho had some great dance moves.

@43: No worries, Prolix.
Joey Tribbiani says they all do that.

I’m watching the clamoring Yam, his orange is down tonight, looks like he dialed his oranger down to 9. His hair is all fluffy — sorta like the Meerkat hair piece has been to the groomer for a blow out.

It’s hard for me to believe these people don’t know the history of “America First”.

Here’s the deal with his speech — everything is going to be done “fast” with “little effort” because Obama and Hillary just “don’t have the will or know how.” I wonder what Trump’s second week in office will be like?

@49 everything is going to be done “fast” with “little effort”

From Fredster’s comment earlier about the escorts in Cleveland — tell me why this was the song right after the Yam spoke for an hour and fourteen minutes:

There she stood in the street
smilin’ from her head to her feet;

I said, “Hey, what is this?
Now baby, maybe,
maybe she’s in need of a kiss.”

I said, “Hey, what’s your name?
Maybe we can see things the same.”

“Now don’t you wait, or hesitate
Let’s move before they raise the parking rate.”

Ohh
All right now, baby, it’s a-all right now.
All right now, baby, it’s a-all right now.

I took her home to my place,
Watchin’ every move on her face;

She said, “Look, what’s your game, baby?
Are you tryna’ put me to shame?”

I said “Slow, don’t go so fast, don’t you think that love can last?”

She said, “Love, Lord above,
now you’re tryna’ trick me in love.”

All right now, baby, it’s a-all right now.
All right now, baby, it’s a-all right now.

These people know full well what “America First” was and will be for the next four months. It was shameful. This was a speech to double down on the poorly educated white males — they are betting they can win with 55 million votes by suppressing Hillary’s vote.

It won’t work.

What it will do is divide this country to its core. The man knows no shame.

I’m going to have to watch for Samantha’s adventures in Cleveland.

We can’t take anything for granted but, thank God, that was the worst speech from a Presidential nominee (including Wallace) that I’ve ever heard
And it was so loooong.
CNN’s Jeffery Lord, on the other hand, was reminded of FDR.

@54, Gingrich on Hannity just said it was Reagan in his hey day. Delusional people on bath salts would have better sense.

Paul Manafort — the Kremlin guy who is running the Yam’s campaign is wearing a pink triangle on his lapel.

The pink triangle was one of the Nazi concentration camp badges, used to identify male prisoners who were sent there because of their homosexuality.

Can any group of people really be that clueless?

Oh my. It’s 2:00 AM here and right now memorandum has so much linky goodness I don’t even know where to start. I’ll grab a few before they disappear. (my internet is slug again)

Prolix, with the “America First” slogan, were you referring to these particular things here and then here?

Seeking to brand itself as a mainstream organization, America First struggled with the problem of the anti-Semitism of some of its leaders and many of its members. It had to remove from its executive committee not only the notoriously anti-Semitic Henry Ford but also Avery Brundage, the former chairman of the U.S. Olympic Committee who had prevented two Jewish runners from the American track team in Berlin in 1936 from running in the finals of the 4×100 relay

“The British and the Jewish races,” he [Charles Lindberg] declared, “for reasons which are not American, wish to involve us in the war.” The nation’s enemy was an internal one, a Jewish one. “Their greatest danger to this country lies in their large ownership and influence in our motion pictures, our press, our radio, and our government,” he contended. Booing began to drown out the cheers, forcing him again and again to stop, wait out the catcalls, and start his sentences over.

@58, yep, that would be the beginning of “America First” — it has morphed over the years, but it’s inherent bigotry remains constant.

I hope Bernie and his bitter Bros are proud of the shout out Trump gave them.

@59: I honestly had to stop and think about it. I vaguely recalled reading about it years ago but good grief what an odious thing to want to associate yourself with.

After all the fact checking sites go through Trump’s speech, they need to scroll back up and include this:

But here, at our convention, there will be no lies. We will honor the American people with the truth, and nothing else.

Lie No. 1.

@60: I hope it means nothing to them as it should.

@62, that is Lie No. 1 both in order and in size.

@56, that pink triangle thing really freaked me out. How could they not know that? I think the Trump campaign has an overall Nazi fetish.

They say Hillary will announce her VP this afternoon.

Hillary’s rally in Tampa live stream:

The VP announcement appears to be delayed because of the terror attack in Munich. Reports are that the Clinton campaign is waiting given that the situation in Munich is still ongoing.

Munich police say at least 6 people are dead and the shooters ( possibly 3 ) are still at large.

@67, Yes, its terrible. People are still waiting at the rally.

Hillary speaking, its on msnbc.

Hello Widdershins, just checking in. It’s sort of a “meh” day. We’re under heat advisories so I sort of feel trapped inside. No way I want to get out when the heat indices are over 100

annie, check email when you have a chance.

Fredster, will do. We’re having a heat wave here also. Hillary gave a great speech, I thought.

Heat advisory here too. It feels like a swamp. With the heat index, it’s over 100 degrees. No end in sight.

The teevee people think Hillary will announce her VP tonight. I’m too worn out from the heat to get excited unless it’s James Norton from the “Grantchester” mystery series. Since he’s British, the odds he’s the VP pick are not good. Still, he’s a hunk.

I hope you all have a good weekend. Try to stay cool.

It’s official, it’s Tim Kaine.

The BernieBots have already started. Hillary won’t do anything for progressives, blah, blah, blah. Go ahead, go talk to Trump or team up with Jeb Bush and endorse Gary Johnson. Or join the 1% and vote for Jill Stein.

But STFU and give Hillary at least 5 minutes before you start whining about no one loving you enough.

Well, I think she figures Kaine will help with a lot of middle-of-the-road types like moderate repubs, indies, etc, and that most Bernie voters will vote for her. Also, she probably just really likes him and thinks she can work well with him. Boring choice for a lot of us, but oh well. Anyone is better than Adolf Trump and Heinrich Pence.

@74: Beata I run a dehumidifier too and I’m emptying the bucket on it at least twice a day.

I’m perfectly happy with Kaine. I like a person who, when they smile, their eyes smile too. If you know what I mean. Sure, Franken would have been fun and Booker almost bounces off the walls with energy, but Kaine is a smart choice. Clinton/Kaine 2016 sounds good to me!

@75: Amen brother! And the talking heads are already chattering about his support of TPP.

@78: I like him too.

I saw a short clip somewhere where Booker had flown in to Cleveland a couple of days ago unexpectedly. I swear it was like – he heard all this violent rhetoric about Hillary and he came swooping in to protect her even though she wasn’t there. He was really POed and I thought it was sweet of him.

Folks, here’s an anti-Trump commercial that Hillary won’t be running, but I laughed my @ss off at it.

I really like Booker. I think he’d make a great prez someday.

@83, Booker will be president someday.

@82 Oh. My. Gawd. o_O

Okay, this is just me — this is the way I process things — I like to look at who the person was before there was skin in the game. Who the person was before people started looking because ethics are what you do when no one else is looking.

Kaine went to Honduras as a missionary and helped run a Catholic school for kids.

No one was looking. That was all him. That makes me extremely comfortable. It’s like Hillary going to work for children before anyone was looking. That tells you about someone’s soul.

Compare what Hillary and Tim Kaine were doing in their 20s to what Trump was doing in his 20s. Pence was a democrat in his 20s.

GAgal, I simply couldn’t help it. I get Funny or Die’s weekly email and was just about falling out of the chair with that one.

@86: Excellent way to look at things Prolix. Also, Tim Kaine never went corporate after he graduated law school.

I still want Chris Hayes to end up selling Ginsu knives in infomercials.

@90: Great link GAgal.

Welp, O’Donnell has Nina Turner on to talk about the veep selection. He introduced her as “a political analyst for MSNBC” so guess Nina found a way to fill her rice bowl.

@92, I just saw that — we should start a hashtag — fire Nina Turner. She is still on her, “Hillary is evil,” kick. Eff Nina Turner.

I was pretty blah about Tim Kaine, but after finding out more about him, that Planned Parenthood and NARAL like him and the NRA doesn’t, and that he worked as a civil rights lawyer, I’m really warming to him.

@94, I’m with you Luna.

Lots of folks are saying, Sherrod Brown was their choice. I agree, as a Veep he has quite a bit to offer, but I take him at his word — he likes being in the Senate. I actually believe that. As someone who worked in the Senate, it’s a sweet gig. And, if he had taken the Veep nomination, his wife, Connie Schultz would have had to step down from her job. I think he figured that into the equation and said, “I’m quite happy to stay in the Senate. Go with someone else.”

Hillary needs a workable Senate. Sherrod, Booker, and Warren help with that. Terry McAuliffe will make sure Hillary gets another VA democrat who can be elected on their own merits.

I posted this at Uppity’s.
I was watching MSNBC tonight and Joy Reid (whom I usually like) and Sam Stein were whining that “the Clintons” made a safe, boring and calculated choice, and I saw red.
The dude bros and their comradettes do not grasp that the Democratic Party nominating the first woman Presidential Candidate is every bit as important, momentous and revolutionary as nominating the first African-American for our country’s highest office.
Instead they’re all-yawn-“been there, done that.”
Well, you know what, snowflakes, we’ve never been there and we’ve never done that.
I don’t remember the so called progressives insisting that Barak Obama pick another black man, an Hispanic, or-ahem-a woman to complete his ticket.
I don’t remember them criticizing him for the Biden pick.
It’s almost like they understood that we should shatter one glass ceiling at a time.
Kaine is similar to Biden: they’re both Catholics, they’re both pro life in their private lives and pro choice as public officials because they respect the Constitution.
They’re both perceived as moderates, although I think Kaine is more liberal than Biden; and here’s a point-HRC-picked someone who’s ten years younger than she as her VP; Obama picked someone who’s nineteen years older which meant he wasn’t teeing up anybody to be his successor and the future of the party.
But, then, Hillary has always been more caring about the Party and she’s always put Country first.
I was foursquare for Sherrod Brown because I thought he’d be a great help in the so called Rust Belt.
I was not for Booker or Warren because a two minority ticket against Trump was a gamble I was not willing to take.
If Hillary picks Kaine, I’m with Kaine because I trust her.
As far as excitement goes, I’ll be nearly ready for a rubber room excited when we inaugurate our first woman President, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

@96, Sue, I wish we rated comments over here like at Uppity’s because I would rate what you said as a five star comment — excellent. Agree with each and every word.

Thank you, Prolix.
That means a lot to me.

Interesting article.

This female empowerment narrative — of the daughter, not the wife — is one Americans are more ready to accept. A man who says he’s never changed a diaper and is on his third marriage to a former model may appeal to a resentful male minority, but will look unfamiliar and unappealing in much of the country. A successful child, though — that’s relatable and desirable. When men have daughters, their attitudes shift and they begin to adhere less stringently to traditional gender roles; no similar effect happens to mothers of girls. Fathers of daughters are also more likely to support reproductive rights than men who don’t have girls.

Men have often given their female offspring more opportunities than their female partners, perhaps seeing their children as extensions of themselves. Even today, many men find themselves newly appalled at sexism after having a girl, a reaction apparently not stoked by being born of a woman, married to a woman or simply seeing women as human. In our reluctantly feminist America, one question this election poses is whether we’ve evolved enough to value women as individuals instead of assessing them relationally, as an attractive wife supporting her husband or as a high-achieving daughter reflecting a flattering light back on her parents.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/21/opinion/campaign-stops/why-men-want-to-marry-melanias-and-raise-ivankas.html?_r=2

@98, what do these BernieBots want? They lost. Hillary won. Hillary gave them parts of the platform. Hillary has been magnanimous. The Kremlin through Julian Assange and Wikileaks is stirring for Trump and these BefuffledBots are playing right into it.

Here are the numbers as I figure them. 85% of Bernie voters are voting for Hillary right now leaving 15% to worry about. That is about 1.9 million voters, let’s call it 2.0 million.

Where are those voters? Small, rural, isolated (Republican) states because if they are in urban/majority states, Hillary is already going to carry them and reap their electoral votes.

So the calculation is simply this: Why kowtow to a de minimus minority of voters in high risk/low reward states with a BernieBot choice or go with someone who can help with white men and is infinitely qualified to govern.

The BefuddledBots are like the kid who put an outdated toy on his Christmas list and got exactly what he wanted only it isn’t the newest version. If I could give them a hashtag it would be #neversatisfiedbutalwayswhiny.

@99, GAgal, thanks for posting that. Really interesting. I love stuff like that.

@96 Sweet Sue, I’m with you all the way! I’m so excited about Hillary, why would I have to be excited about her VP?! Eff the groaners and moaners and everybody else in this country who talks sh*t about voting for the lesser of the evils or those who are ANGRY about something they just can’t quite put their finger on. I will skip into my polling station, hum ROAR loudly the whole time I’m there, and dance my way out the door, across the parking lot and sing at the top of my lungs – pumping my fist in the air – all the way home!! 😀 Hate it for the haters and naysayers, but I’m happy as a damn clam!

Confession: I don’t like George Will, but I do sometimes read his essays because all told, he is sane and on the conservative side, you don’t see that too often.

Well yesterday, Mr. Will wrote about Texas, yes, that Texas, becoming just another brick in the big Blue Democratic Wall. He was, of course, sounding the alarm about the 5th Circuit case upholding the invalidation of the discriminatory voter ID case out of TX.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/will-texas-become-another-brick-in-the-democrats-blue-wall/2016/07/20/08b55f5e-4de0-11e6-a422-83ab49ed5e6a_story.html

See, that’s what gets me.
Why aren’t all liberals over the moon excited about our first woman Presidential Nominee?
It’s a BFD.

If Hillary takes TX… it’s done.

Joe Klein is having a sad too. (I tried to paste an excerpt but couldn’t)

http://time.com/4416684/unhinged-republican-convention/

@104, that’s what is amazing — Hillary has never been credited with anything as an accomplishment. People have begrudged her every victory. Think about this in our system of government — what First Lady could have been elected as 1 out of 100 Senators and what’s more, from the second most populous state? No one gave her credit. Especially not when she excelled at being a Senator. The same thing goes for Secretary of State and now the nominee of the party.

It’s what able competent women in the work force have to deal with each and every day. If they ever want a job, they have to fight for it. If a woman does an excellent job at the position, she has to start all over again if she wants a promotion. It is the same thing every time. A woman has to fight to be promoted like she has never done a day’s worth of work where a man’s advancement is expected. A man is considered dysfunctional if he doesn’t want to naturally advance.

Women talk in terms of a glass ceiling — I’ve used this in meetings before when discussing this in business — it isn’t a glass ceiling. It is always a removable ladder. Women climb it, excel at it, and then the ladder disappears long before they get near the ceiling. Happens every time.

Sweet Sue@96: That was just an awesome comment, and so true.

@105, Joe Klein gives me a massive sad and that’s on a good day.

@105: I would read the link, but Joe Klein, who wrote Primary Colors? I’ll pass.

@106 The reason Hillary is never credited for any accomplishment is because there are so many people, including so called Democrats, who believe she is only where she is today because she married Bill Clinton. Any of her accomplishments are his by proxy. A brainwashed mind is a terrible thing to waste, but there it is.

@109 Fredster, that’s why I tried to just paste an excerpt for anyone who didn’t want to read him. But my ‘puter would not cooperate for some reason.

There was an article today in the WaPo about the Fox “talent” who had “key man clauses” in their contracts and might leave. The article focused on Bill O’Reilly and whether he could find a job given his tenuous relationship with the truth. I left a comment:

O’Reilly needn’t worry, I hear there are openings for bath and shower-worthiness testing of luffa sponges. O’Reilly can always go the celebrity endorsement route with his own brand of sponges ala Trump steaks or Trump playing cards. He could go with: O’Luffas or synonymous with his usage of them: Oh Baby Oh Baby Oh Luffas.

@95 & 96, good points!

That would be insanely wonderful if Hillary took Texas! I would be leaping for joy!

@112, LOL!

I keep hearing jokes about O’Reilly with loofa and falafel stuff but I don’t know what it means. I guess I missed it. I’m not sure I want to google either.

GAgal, that’s okay and no biggie.

I’m betting he’ll find one reason or another to tear Hillary apart.

@115: LOL! You probably don’t want to google that one. 😉

@115, GAgal, it comes from the sexual harassment allegation against him where he called a woman and had a suggestive fantasy about a loofa in the shower.

Prolix, thanks. That’s why I was afraid to look. I imagine O’Reilly’s brain resembles a loofa.

Fredster @107: Thanks, darlin’.

@106, removable ladder. Yup.

Just finished watching a livestream of Hillary with Tim Kaine. Day-um, that man actually means it when he talks. He hit all the right notes, shows humor, strength, loyalty, and you can tell he’s going to toast Pence at the VP debate. Poor Pence won’t have time to react before he’s trussed up and tossed out the back door. Kaine is rarin’ to get to work!

Toughness and compassion in both our (soon to be official) nominees!

@122: Yep. Despite the “progressives” giving him a pass, I think he’s an excellent choice. Sorry I missed that but I’ll try to see if I can find it online someplace.

Tim Kaine was great. Very personable and a thousand watt smile. I had to turn off MSNBC because of Ben Jealous flapping his yap still fighting the primaries. Wolf”s panel on CNN are very impressed with Kaine. Let’s see how long that lasts.

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