Sunday, January 24, 2016

Most Ridiculous Moment – January 24, 2016


It was a big day on the Sunday talk shows. 
A huge snowfall hit New York and Washington, the candidates are all sniping 
at each other, and the first votes are 
mere days away.

ABC's This Week breathlessly warned 
“big cities like New York, Philly, Baltimore and D.C., brought to their knees with
this crippling snowstorm.”

Bernie Sanders was on ABC, where Martha Raddatz confronted him with the statement “Blackstone CEO quote Blackstone CEO Steve Schwarzman who said the markets are unsettled because of you, a slowdown in China and geopolitical risks. You're laughing, but I want to know why is it a good thing that the markets are in turmoil? People have their pension funds in the market? Lots of middle class people have their 401(k)s invested in stocks. It's not just Wall Street. Everybody 
is affected by this.”

Sanders explained he was laughing because “the idea that Bernie Sanders' candidacy, because it has growing support all over 
this country, is unsettling world markets 
is absolutely absurd.”

Jeb Bush appeared on This Week, where he said of Governor Snyder quote “I think he's been a great Governor for Michigan,” and of the Flint water crisis, created by the manager Snyder appointed, said “It is horrific and it is related to the fact that we've created this complex, no-responsibility regulatory system, where the federal government, the state government, a regional government, local 
and county governments are all pointing fingers at one another.” 

Bush blamed the state but also the EPA, and the local government, and added “This is a tragedy that we ought to focus; instead of blaming people, what he's doing is creating 
a strategy to fix it.”

Hillary Clinton was on Meet The Press, where Chuck Todd asked her, “You and I both know, you basically have one big shot at one big issue. What is it that you're willing to use 
all your political capital to do it with?”

She rejected his premise. Todd also asked, “Why do you think one of these big banks paid you over $200,000 for a speech?” 
She explained, “there was a lot of interest 
in the bin Laden raid.”

Bob Gates popped up NBC to describe the foreign policies of Ted Cruz and Donald Trump as quote “completely unrealistic,” and said they “wouldn't accomplish the job.” 

He also said “I can't figure out whether those who are arguing that really believe they can do that, or whether they're just be cynical 
or opportunistic.”

David Brooks observed “For five years, 
I've been saying that Bob Gates 
should be President.”

The panelists discussed the interesting phenomenon currently occurring, where the two front-runners for the Republican nomination are widely loathed, despised and feared by almost all elected Republicans and influential conservatives.

Conservative Matt Lewis observed “it's because we have this weird situation where, 
if you say something dumb or crazy, you 
go up in the polls.”

Alex Castellanos blamed The National Review for not attacking Donald Trump earlier, while editor Rich Lowry said just because “you couldn't muster these Republican donors to go with you, because they were too gutless and feckless to stand up,” doesn't mean all hope is lost.

Martha Raddatz summed up their spat 
by saying “next, the chaos on 
the Democratic side.”

On NBC, Chis Cillizza explained to the Establishment that if they take down Ted Cruz, they are only going to make Trump more powerful, while David Brooks despaired “We have such a dumb establishment,” and quote “That's where Abraham Lincoln stood. That's where F.D.R. stood. That's where Ronald Reagan stood. Donald Trump is going to stand there? I just do not believe that.”

Brooks, sounding more hopeful than realistic, insisted, “It's going to be Rubio. I'm telling you, it's going to be Rubio,” and added, wishfully, “the later states, I think the emotions are a little lower, and they're 
a little more pragmatic. Second, something's going to happen in the Middle East, events will happen.”

But the most absurd moments came in appearances by the GOP front-runner, 
Donald Trump.

He was asked “What is your definition of conservative?”

Trump responded “I think it's a person that doesn't want to take overly risks. I think that's a good thing. I think it's a person that wants to -- in terms of government I'm talking about, a person that wants to conserve, a person that wants to, in a financial sense, balance budgets, a person that feels strongly about the military. And I feel very strongly 
about the military.”

And you have some of these people, they don't even want to focus on the military. Our military is falling apart. I feel very, very 
 – I have always felt very, very strongly 
about the military.”

By the way, if you look at vision, when you look at the word vision, I was the one that said take the oil. I have been saying that for years. And I said take the oil, let's take the oil. And nobody would listen. Then, all of a sudden, after Paris, they started saying, maybe that's right, we will take the oil.”
I'm a very militaristic person. I'm very much into the military, and will build our military bigger, better, stronger than ever before.”

He said of The National Review, “they're a failing magazine,” and “they don't know how to win. And I'm not sure they even want to win. They just want to stay relevant. 
And they're very irrelevant.” 

Trump said about Ted Cruz, “he's a nasty 
guy and nobody likes him.”

On eminent domain, he said “You wouldn't have roads, you wouldn't have schools, hospitals. I mean, I don't love eminent domain, but you need eminent domain 
or you don't have a country.”

On taxes, he said “I try to pay as little tax as possible, because I hate what they do with my tax money. I hate the way they spend our money, the way they give it to Iraq, the way they give it to Iran, the way they give it 
to everything.”

He also said quote “I would love to see Michael Bloomberg run.” and “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose any voters, 
OK, like incredible.”

So, it's Bernie Sanders' fault stock prices are lower, Bob Gates should be President, and Governor Snyder is doing a great job.

People who know Ted Cruz well and share his ideas dislike him so much, they would rather back a racist game-show host with fascist tendencies. But not to worry, 'something will happen in the middle east,' which will propel Marco Rubio to the nomination. We know Rubio is the sane person in the race because he spent Christmas Eve buying a gun to protect his family from ISIS.

But the current GOP front-runner Donald Trump, is a self-described militaristic risk-averse fiscal conservative who wants invade the middle east and seize ownership of the oilfields and who won't pay taxes because they give his money to Iraq and Iran.

And that's the most ridiculous thing 
that happened this Sunday.

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