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Showing posts with label Carson. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Carson. Show all posts

Friday, February 26, 2016

GOP Debate 10: A National Embarassment

And, the GOP Campaign 2016 circus continues with the main attraction barker soaking up the preponderance of debate airtime. A circus it was!

Ben Carson continues to amaze with the level of utter nuttiness with which he thinks and communicates. Carson is a top level example of how a person can achieve celebrity in one field via professional brilliance while existing as a total aardvark outside of their chosen specialty.  

I have yet to hear one statement from Ben Carson that even approached speech after cogent thought.
Rubio a mere week before the campaign killing Super Tuesday votes enacted a strategy he should have deployed months ago.  

Watch as Rubio turns the "...he repeats himself" table on Trump.

A bridged version at the 4:29 minute mark

Full seven-minute embed

For those who didn't view either version of the Rubio mocking Trump via The Hill:
Trump repeatedly said during the CNN event in Houston that the centerpiece of his plan to replace ObamaCare was allowing insurers to cross state lines. 
"Now he's the one repeating himself," Rubio said, interrupting the business mogul.

The billionaire businessman struck back, noting Rubio's past debate flub. 
"I watched him repeat himself five times four weeks ago," he said. 
"I saw you repeat yourself five times five minutes ago," the Florida senator quickly shot back. 
"He says five things: Everyone is dumb, he's going to make America great again, win, win, win, he's rising at the polls, lines around the state," he said to another round of applause and laughter. 
Rubio was roundly mocked for repeating a prepared answer during an early February debate even after Chris Christie, who has since dropped out of the race, called him out for it. 
Rubio later blamed that performance for his poor showing in New Hampshire.
Read more linked above

Tax Returns?

Well before Trump declared himself a GOP presidential candidate, he was asked about the commonly accepted release of tax returns. The very issue that helped to place a big question mark on the head of Mitt Romney in the 2012 election cycle. Trump responded to conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt as such:

During last night;s GOP Debate (10), Trumps tax returns finally surfaced as a  credibility issue.

Mid-afternoon today, The Hill also reported the IRS states there is no issues with Trump releasing his tax return.
“Nothing prevents individuals from sharing their own tax information,” the IRS said in a statement.
“The IRS stresses that audits of tax returns are based on the information contained on the taxpayer’s return and the underlying tax law — nothing else,” the agency said. “Politics and religion do not factor into this. The audit process is handled by career, non-partisan civil servants, and we have processes in place to safeguard the exam process.”
Policy, procedure and practice aside, some tax attorneys speak openly about caution regarding the release of tax information.
“It might not be smart” for Trump to release his returns while under audit, said Robert Kovacev, a tax lawyer at Steptoe & Johnson and a former counsel in the Justice Department’s tax division.
Joseph Thorndike, Director of the Tax History Project at Tax Analysts, also commented about the business of tax information release.
“I’m sure a careful tax attorney would advise him not to disclose it in the middle of an audit,” Thorndike said of Trump. “But an attorney would say not to disclose it anytime.”
Tax returns for uber wealthy Republicans is as important as protecting Citizens United. While I can think of many issues of more critical importance, it is fun to see the Manhattan bloviator pushed back on his heels.  Why should the IRS perform 12 years of audits on any American? Trump has an answer in his case; an answer typical of the Manhatten bloviator.

"I am a Christian"

Any surprise?

Politico's 11 most explosive moments in Debate 10.


Preview of our next Trump piece.


Monday, February 8, 2016

GOP Debate 8... Where Are Policy Issues?

Most apropos
We have long posited regarding Ben Carson's unusual behavior and oratory. Debate 8 proved to highlight our point. Why did it take a virtual  bull drawn wagon to get Carson out of the pre-stage staging area? Some have commented he didn't hear his named called due to crowd noise. Well, consider he should have possessed the wherewithal to understand the introduction process enough to without thought have taken him to his place on the stage before Rubio. Moreover, why didn't he respond when clearly told to head on out via the staging guy behind the curtain? Take a look via the links below.
What happened in that awkward intro at the GP debate?We were all confused. More on the debate's winners and losers:
Posted by Washington Post on Saturday, February 6, 2016
How about a bit on polling regarding the debate?

Politico Polling on Debate 8 winner and losers. Red heading font added to compensate for dark font via Politico embed.  The Politico piece linked here.

Who Won Tonight's Debate 
Among Republicans

Who Lost Tonight's Debate 
Among Republicans

Regardless of Politicos (neat) graphics, it seems the nation was the big loser from Debate Eight.

Of course, if you watched the debate (I didn't) you probably recall this clear evidence of Marco Rubio's scripting gone bad.  If you have any experience with old wax LP albums, you know Rubio's quagmire. After repeated use, the wax (oratory) wears thin and the LP (Rubio) starts to skip.  

Take another look....

It seems Carsons early flub was exponentially surpassed by Rubio's broken record oratory. while Carson could hardly defend his SNAFU, Rubio, as expected and probably as scripted, has come forth with a double and triple down. Would someone please tell Rubio, his remarks may strike a note while vying for the GOP nomination, but he will be forced to enact a major "Etch-A-Sketch" if he wins the nomination. Barack Obama is not running for the Oval Office in 2016.

Talking Points Memo has published a piece with Rubio's fundraising based on the debate comments to entice donors. Another twist to Rubio's double-down regarding his remarks, he has deployed that all too common and tired GOP strategy of deflecting from personal ineptitude and incompetence via pointing at others. In Rubio's case, he strikes out after the media for reporting on his major debate SNAFU.

""We can't afford to let the media get away with this."
"We can't afford to let the media get away with this."
"We can't afford to let the media get away with this."
"We can't afford to let the media get away with this."

Rubio's memorized scripts will not work as he clings to the middle of the road standing among GOP hopefuls.

The Legal Insurrection offers a brief review of debate interactions.

We think it shameful not one GOP debate has generated any viable or discernible comments regarding policy.


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

RNC Chair Lauds Fox News Business Debate. Guess Why?

Rience Priebus spoke after the GOP debate last night about how the debate was the model for the perfect debate format and moderation.  Allow a quick showing of why the RNC Chair went there with his lauding the forum.

Watch from the 21:00 mark through the 23:10 mark. Fiorina was asked about the fact that the US performs much better from a jobs perspective under Democrats than Republican administrations. watch Fiorina's response She flat-out avoided the question, and the moderator simply moved on without calling her out.

 Of course, you know why she avoided the question?

A little something for our moneyed readers.

If the RNC is seeking to shape the messages from its lying and evasive candidates, it should seek all debates on Fox News Business.   The moderators were clearly on a mission to offer the perfect platform for GOPism and the moderators did so without serious probing of any points. 

Watch as a well-known anti-Administration/anti-Obama host Maria Bartiromo stretches and burst the limit of credibility with her 40% employment question. 

Fox Business' Maria Bartiromo Pushes Myth That "Almost 40 Percent Of Americans Are Without A Job" 
Exaggerated Unemployment Figure Includes Children, Retirees, College Students, And Stay-At-Home Parents 

From the November 10 edition of Fox Business' Republican Presidential Candidates Debate:


MARIA BARTIROMO (MODERATOR): Governor Bush, almost 40 percent of Americans are without a job and are not looking. Many have given up. That's what the participation rate tells us. You've said your policies will drive the economy back to four percent growth, which we haven't seen since the year 2000. What specific regulations would you change, and how will that lead to jobs and growth?
Bartiromo knows the details of her 40% leading question.  In fact, the question wasn't so much a debate query it was misleading information for the viewing public. Thus, a direct example of why Priebus and his candidates want a forum that facilitates misinformation. I suspect only Donald Trump and Ben Carson were unaware the Bartiromo's query was a conservative message to LIVs (low information voters). 
Posted by Americans United Against T-Bagging John Birch Society Shit Talkers on Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Politifact offers a fact check on Carson's continued lying. We, actually Carson is simply doing the "Fake It To Make It" thing. He really has no idea of which he speaks.  
At tonight's debate, Ben Carson said raising the minimum wage will increase joblessness. That's False.

Who does he think he is fooling with this? 
Rand Paul's commented Income Inequality is worse in Blue states Vs. Red states. 
Paul outed Trump's rhetoric as nothing more than rhetoric.
Ouch, It took Rand Paul speaking up to clarify that China is not in fact part of the TPP. Posted by Ezra Klein on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 

Marco Rubio received heavy applause first he predominate white and upper-aged audience when we made the completely false statement about difference income between welders and philosophers. It should be noted President Obama has been a major proponent of vocational education since the first days of his Presidency.  

During the GOP debate Marco Rubio made the claim that "welders make more money than philosophers." That's not exactly true.
Must read
Fact check!

Rubio said "We need more welders" because they earn more than "philosophers."Turns out that's not the case. 
Cruz cut five Federal agencies and only names four.


Trumpisms...I am not so sure it was a Trump crowd at all. 
Instead of raising wages, Trump says people "have to go out, they have to work really hard."

The very, very rich Donald Trump thinks you're too rich.

Trump said that trade imbalance between U.S. and China tops $500 billion. Mostly False.

Oh yeah, because that makes soooooo much sense.
Posted by If You Only News on Tuesday, November 10, 2015
He's wrong! Go figure.
Posted by If You Only News on Tuesday, November 10, 2015
So, this is the forum conservatives and the RNC seek?