Friday, October 9, 2015
From the Washington Post:
As soon as Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) shocked his fellow Republicans by withdrawing from the race for House speaker, Paul Ryan knew what was coming.I feel sorry for Ryan.
“I will not be a candidate,” the Wisconsin Republican said in a release issued less than 20 minutes after McCarthy’s stunning Thursday announcement, in an immediate bid to cut off any pressure for him to do a job he has repeatedly said he does not want.
But this time, it didn’t take. By mid-afternoon, outgoing speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) had spoken to Ryan at least twice, trying to convince the reluctant congressman that he was the only man who could save House Republicans from their self-created chaos.
...Boehner and several other prominent Republicans are turning to their party’s 2012 vice-presidential nominee out of desperation, believing that he is the only member of the House with the stature to be speaker. Two other members, Reps. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.) and Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), have announced their candidacies, but they are widely seen as too inexperienced or underwhelming to handle the job.
Although Ryan has the standing and experience — at 45, he has already been in office 17 years — it is not clear that he is suited to the role, either. He has never held an elected leadership position, never had to spend hours listening to every complaint possible from rank-and-file lawmakers. A self-styled policy wonk, Ryan prefers to spend time in a committee room cobbling together legislation than working the fundraising circuit in New York and Florida — a modern-day requirement of any House speaker.
Even if Ryan does win the job, some supporters question whether the most respected member of the House Republican Conference would be able to tame the divisions to push a unified agenda: The same 30 to 40 conservatives who have helped usher Boehner toward the door, and who appeared ready to deny McCarthy the job, plan to be just as hard on whoever the next speaker is when it comes to showdowns with President Obama and Democrats.
I believe he really doesn't want the job.
Being speaker is a headache he doesn't need.
In a perfect world, Ryan would be concluding his first term as vice president of the United States and preparing to run for a second. He would be four years away from running for president.
Yeah, but that didn't work out. Alleged conservatives decided to hand a second term to Obama.
Assuming Ryan really, REALLY doesn't want to be speaker, he shouldn't buckle to pressure.
Unfortunately, buckling seems to be what Republicans do best.
Thursday, October 8, 2015
Rest in peace.
JIMMY FALLON: A new study of the candidates' Facebook fans found that Donald Trump's fans have the worst grammar, which isn't surprising since Trump's whole campaign has been one big run-on sentence. 'We need to build a wall fix the economy get back at China Rosie O'Donnell I'm very rich.'
This is no joke. There actually was a study claiming that Republicans' supporters use bad grammar.
I saw this on MarketWatch, a Leftist outlet:
Supporters of Donald Trump and other Republicans get worst grammar grades
Donald Trump may be leading his rival Republican presidential aspirants in the polls, but, when it comes to his supporters’ facility with grammar, he’s running dead last.The Republicans are stupid. All these wealthy, privileged, well-educated Republicans make more grammatical errors than the Democrat supporters, the downtrodden only capable of getting by thanks to government assistance championed by Democrats? Go figure.
And, according to the Presidential Debate Grammar Power Rankings survey — conducted by the Grammarly blog — Republican supporters, overall, trail Democratic candidates’ backers in grammar skills.
The survey methodology involved scanning the Facebook pages of the 2016 presidential candidates in search of grammatical and related writing errors, such as subject-verb disagreement.
...The Democrats’ supporters came out on top, with 4.2 mistakes per 100 words, versus 8.7 mistakes per 100 words among the Republican candidates’ backers.
As for Trump, his supporters ranked last among supporters of all candidates from both parties when it came to grammar, with an average of 12.6 errors per 100 words. Rick Santorum’s followers logged 11.5 errors per 100 words to claim the penultimate rank.
The top five spots, as far as fewest linguistic miscues logged, were dominated by Democrats, led by 3.1 errors per 100 words for supporters of Republican-cum-Democrat Lincoln Chafee. Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton’s supporters were tied for fifth, with 6.3 errors per 100 words, with those of GOP candidate Carly Fiorina.
The assumption that Grammarly's study reveals that Republican supporters are dunces while Democrat supporters are intellectually superior is ridiculous. Naturally, Trump's supporters are ridiculed by the self-appointed grammar police.
Postings on candidates' Facebook pages do not provide reliable information about supporters.
I bet MarketWatch never highlighted Obama's many errors.
I don't know what Obama's Facebook postings would be like in terms of grammar, but I know he has serious problems speaking.
One of my favorite Obama errors is his creation of new words, like "epantsipation."
OBAMA: Information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of e-pants-ipation.
Remember the "Corpseman" gaffe?
I wonder how many Trump supporters think there are 57 states.
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
During his monologue Tuesday night, Jimmy Fallon needed a sub. Jay Leno tagged in.
JAY LENO: The election's getting nasty. Ralph Nader called Hillary Clinton a corporatist and a militarist. Isn't that unbelievable? Ralph Nader is still alive?
Hillary Clinton's not the only Democrat running. Martin O'Malley, ex-governor of Maryland, do you know him? He's running for president. He's 2% in the polls, 2%. He's been in the race for eight months and he's only tied with low-fat milk. That's not good.
How about this? After that last debate, Marco Rubio is being called the best communicator in the Republican Party, which is kind of like being the smartest Kardashian. And he is not the only Hispanic running. No, no. Senor Jeb Bush also running for president.
You know, a lot of people think when the Republican field begins to clear it'll be down to Jeb Bush and Donald Trump, kind of like the race between the tortoise and the bad hair.
But as Jimmy mentioned, Bernie Sanders is getting a lot of traction. In fact, if Bernie Sanders wins, he'll be the first socialist elected president since 2008.
Here's video of Leno's contribution to Fallon's monologue:
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
MARK LEVIN: You consider yourself a conservative. What does that mean to you?
DONALD TRUMP: It means to me to be in terms of, you know, you have different types of conservatives for different types of worlds, OK?
In this world, it means socially conservative, pro-life. It means strong military. It means fiscally conservative. We want to guard our money. We want to guard our wealth. We have to have tremendous security. We have to do things right. And we have to live in a very conservative way. We have to get our debt back down. You know, we're ready to explode. As a country, we are fiscally ready to explode.