The Pardu

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Monday, September 21, 2015

GOP 2016: The Fire On The Right

GOP 2016 is infested with troublesome candidates. Sadly, my firm belief regarding Fox News applies to the the GOP. The party is giving its viewers exactly what they want.

Let's start our quick video gallery with the media's current revenue cash-cow: Donald Trump.

The Bigot's Brew

George Stephanopoulos

The White House responds...and appropriately calls-out the bigotry for what it is: Power to the corps for Trump and endemic to the GOP.

White House Dot Gov partial transcript

Q    By now you’ve probably seen clips on television of Donald Trump in New Hampshire, and the question he got from someone who said the President is a Muslim and is not an American.  Are you surprised that that issue is still out there and still coming up after the President tried to put it to rest a few years ago by releasing his birth certificate? 
MR. EARNEST:  It’s funny the way that you’ve phrased your question.  I had the opportunity to think through what my answer might be to this kind of question.  (Laughter.)  But I think my first observation is, is anybody really surprised that this happened at a Donald Trump rally?  I don’t think that anybody who’s been paying attention to Republican politics is at all surprised.
The reason for that is that the people who hold these offensive views are part of Mr. Trump’s base.  And Mr. Trump himself would be the first to tell you that he’s got the biggest base of any Republican politician these days.  Now, it is too bad that he wasn’t able to summon the same kind of patriotism that we saw from Senator McCain who responded much more effectively and directly when one of his supporters at one of his campaign events about seven years ago raised the same kind of false claims.   
Now, what’s also unfortunate is that Mr. Trump isn’t the first Republican politician to countenance these kinds of views in order to win votes.  In fact, that’s precisely what every Republican presidential candidate is doing when they declined to denounce Mr. Trump’s cynical strategy, because they’re looking for those same votes.  Now, other Republicans have successfully used this strategy as well.  You’ll recall that one Republican congressman told a reporter that he was “David Duke without the baggage.”  That congressman was elected by a majority of his colleagues in the House of Representatives to the third highest-ranking position in the House.   
Those same members of Congress blocked immigration reform.  Those same members of Congress oppose reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act.  Those same members of Congress couldn’t support a simple funding bill because they’re eager to defend the confederate flag.  So those are the priorities of today’s Republican Party, and they’ll continue to be until someone in the Republican Party decides to summon the courage to stand up and change it.
Q    Should Donald Trump apologize to the President
MR. EARNEST:  I’m not really -- I haven't seen any evidence to indicate that he’s interested in my advice about what he should do.

Now, let's take of gallery tour to the number three GOP candidate according to current polling. Ben Carson declares no Muslim should occupy the White House. 

Carson joins the Bigot Parade

"Let me read to you Article VI of the Constitution." Watch a CNN host dismantle the right-wing defense of Ben Carson's declaration that a Muslim shouldn't be president:Posted by Media Matters for America on Monday, September 21, 2015


And, the newly polled number two candidate in the GOP race to the top.

Fiorina Lives in another world

Fiorina grilled on fake video ("But, I have seen the video)

Yes, and I at one time in my life religiously watched the Three Stooges.  I didn't succumb to believing the fantasy. 

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