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WaPo Reporter Complains GOP ‘All Over The Map’ on Foreign Policy

By on 11.11.15 | 5:13PM

WaPo "reporter" Sean Sullivan thinks Republicans have a problem where it concerns foreign policy. In an article titled, "On foreign policy, GOP candidates are 'all over the map'", Sullivan writes:

Donald Trump is “100 percent” in favor of Vladi­mir Putin demolishing the Islamic State terror group. Jeb Bush thinks he’s “absolutely wrong.” Marco Rubio has written off Rand Paul as a “committed isolationist,” while Ted Cruz positions himself in the ideal “middle ground” between them.

Sen. Claire McCaskill Wants Men to Shut The Hell Up About Everything

By on 11.11.15 | 3:23PM

Sen. Claire McCaskill tried, unsuccessfully, to film a spoof public service announcement for Stephen Colbert a few days ago, ostensibly as a way to address "mansplaining," while letting us in on McCaskill's quirky side. Unfortunately, Claire McCaskill doesn't actually appear to have a quirky side, and the resulting video is less "poignant and hilarious cultural criticism" and more "prickly and outdated feminist overture from the embattled Senator of a Midwestern state." 

But that's beside the point: the product was a foregone conclusion as soon as they selected its star. What you should know, men of the Spectator, is that you are no longer allowed to speak on a seemingly random variety of topics because Claire McCaskill says so. 

Obviously, men can't also have an opinion on this video, as it play directly into Claire McCaskill's argument. So I'll break it down for you. According to Claire, gentlemen, you are no longer able to opine on the following topics:

Thank You, Bob

By on 11.11.15 | 3:17PM

It’s probably too late to save his hapless campaign. But I’m sure Jeb! was happy anyway to receive the endorsement Wednesday of former President Bob “Bob” Dole.

Oops. Sorry. As I now I remember, Dole is one of several establishment Republicans who failed to defeat a weak Democratic incumbent. In Dole’s case, Bill Clinton in 1996 — didn’t even make it close. Almost certainly Dole’s choice, the establishment Jeb!, if nominated, would join the growing list of “electable” Republicans who never made it to 1600.

Andy White, R.I.P.

By on 11.11.15 | 2:29PM

Drummer Andy White has passed away of a stroke on Monday at the age of 85.

White's claim to fame was to have played drums on The Beatles' first single "Love Me Do" as well as its B-side "P.S. I Love You". Ringo Starr played tambourine and maracas on these songs, respectively. White was only paid £5 for his work, but he can legitimately called one of The Fifth Beatles.

White also worked as a session drummer with the likes of Lulu, Tom Jones and Herman's Hermits and also toured with Marlene Dietrich. When The Smithereens recorded their Beatles tribute album in 2007, they recruited White to play drums on "P.S. I Love You".

Andy White might not have been a star (or for that matter a Starr), but he knew how to keep a beat.

Thoughts for Veterans Day/Remembrance Day 2015

By on 11.11.15 | 1:06PM

I would be remiss if I didn't share a few thoughts on this Veterans Day/Remembrance Day. Although I have now lived in this country for more than 15 years, I am still accustomed to calling November 11th Remembrance Day which is the term used to signify this day in Canada and throughout the British Commonwealth.

If you should ever find yourself in Canada in early November you will see people wearing poppies. The poppies refer to the poppies Dr. John McRae described in his poem "In Flanders Fields". Although I did see someone wear a poppy the other day, it is a tradition that has never caught on down here. But poppies or no poppies, Americans honor our military because we implicitly understand that our military is the most important organization on earth. Without it, there would be no liberty here or abroad.

Fox Business Channel GOP Main Debate Post-Mortem

By on 11.10.15 | 11:56PM

The GOP main debate which aired on the Fox Business Channel has finally concluded in Milwaukee and here is my post-mortem of said debate.

Before I evaluate each of the candidates, let me note the moderators on the Fox Business Channel did a much better job than the CNBC moderators late last month, notwithstanding Maria Bartiromo's question to Marco Rubio about Hillary's "excellent résumé."

Rand Paul - He did land a punch against Donald Trump when he pointed out that TPP did not include China and also made a good case as to why Congress shouldn't cede power to the President where it concerns fast track negotiation of trade deals. But he fared far worse against Marco Rubio when he challenged his child tax credit plan and against Carly Fiorina on Russian involvement in Syria and Ted Cruz on military spending. His penny pinching ways on military spending will simply not resonate with Republican audiences.

Fox Business Channel GOP Undercard Debate Post-Mortem

By on 11.10.15 | 8:40PM

I have just finished live tweeting the GOP undercard debate which aired on FOX Business Channel and here is my post-mortem.

Rick Santorum - When the former Pennsylvania GOP Senator wasn't partying like it was 1995, he was shouting in the microphone likely causing permanent hearing damage to some poor tech guy. 

Mike Huckabee - The former Arkansas governor was his usual affable self and had a very good line about Congress reforming the VA if Congress were to have VA health care. He also drew laughter when he said that he heard Fed Chairman Janet Yellen's name he thought of his wife Janet because she does a lot of yellin'. Huckabee called for Yellen, not his wife, to be replaced as Fed Chairman. Despite this I suspect Huckabee might be permanently consigned to the second-tier.

Follow Us at #GOPDebate for Tonight’s Debate on Fox Business Channel

By on 11.10.15 | 4:29PM

If you are planning to watch tonight's GOP Debate on Fox Business Channel you can follow me, Emily and perhaps a few other AmSpec folks on Twitter at #GOPDebate.

The undercard debate featuring Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal, Chris Christie and Mike Huckabee (with the latter two having been recently demoted) commences at 7 p.m. EST while the main debate featuring Dr. Ben Carson, Donald Trump, Carly Fiorina, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, John Kasich and Rand Paul commences at 9 p.m. EST.

After each debate, I will write up a post-mortem summarizing my observations for the evening.

I predict that the Fox Business Channel will do a much better job than CNBC. It should be easy given how low CNBC set the bar.

Clinton Laughs Hysterically at Thought of Carly Fiorina Being Strangled

By on 11.10.15 | 2:48PM

What would you do if a man in the audience of your Democractic Presidential forum stood up and threatened violence against another female candidate, albeit an opponent? 

If you're Crusader for All Women Hillary Clinton, the answer is, apparently, laugh hysterically and crack a joke about wanting to "avoid" the questioner. Because violence against women Republicans is downright hiiiiilarious...right?

That's classy. That is most definitely classy.

What Ex-Mizzou President Tim Wolfe Should Have Done Instead of Resigning

By on 11.10.15 | 12:13PM

Both William Murchison and Debra Saunders have covered considerable ground today concerning the debacle at the University of Missouri which forced its President Tim Wolfe to resign yesterday after its football team refused to take the field as long as Wolfe remained at the helm amid what they viewed as his insufficient response to several racial incidents on campus.

I would only add that instead of resigning, Wolfe should have said to the football team, "You refuse to play. Fine. All students who are on the team by way of athletic scholarship are suspended effective immediately. In exchange for playing for football, we pay your tuition. Therefore all football players who refuse to take the field are in breach of their contract. The suspension will be lifted if you return to the team by the end of the week. Failure to comply will result in the revocation of your scholarship."