The Spectacle Blog

Hillary Clinton Compliments Megyn Kelly, Hits Marco Rubio (Who Hits Back)

By on 8.11.15 | 12:50PM

Hillary Clinton is very disappointed in her old friend Donald Trump. 

Apparently, Hillary found Donald Trump's commentary about Megyn Kelly's "blood" utterly dehumanizing and patently offensive. According to Hillary, Megyn Kelly is smart and impressive and any criticism of Kelly is undeserved, outrageous and "pick your adjective." Although, she says, every other Republican Presidential candidate — lumping Carly Fiorina in with the men, apparently — is just as bad, because they all hate women and want to oppress them. Or something.

“I said it was outrageous, I stand by that,” Clinton said of Trump’s words. “I think more people should say the same.”

Is Rick Perry Already Finished?

By on 8.11.15 | 11:09AM

So, obviously, closing the door on a single state doesn't a total collapse make. But pulling staff out of a key first primary state, this far out of the first round - it means something is, at least, seriously wrong. 

Rick Perry did not fare particularly well in last week's debates, though he had been working on lowering expectations earlier in the week. And now, as other Texans have emerged as front runners - specifically Ted Cruz, who also seems to be the heir apparent to The Donald's grassroots fortune, once Trump tires of this game - much of Perry's funding has dried up, and as a result, he's having to focus what few resources he has on states other than South Carolina

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry's campaign team in South Carolina is no longer being paid by his presidential campaign, National Journal has learned.

"Pay is only one reason people do this," Katon Dawson, Perry's South Carolina state director, said in an interview. "We'll be able to live off the land for a while."

Michael Moore’s Michigan Mansion Up for Sale for $5.2 Million

By on 8.10.15 | 4:04PM

America's foremost crusader for the "middle class," Michael Moore, lost his multi-million dollar Michigan mansion in his last divorce, and now the house is on the market for a cool $5.2 million

The house, which Moore bought with his producer and then-wife Kathleen Glynn, purchased the property just a few short years ago for $290,000, but put in extensive repairs and remodels (some of which, according to Mike's divorce papers, went way beyond what he was expecting). Now, if you'd like to see what the life of a liberal power player is really like, in the lap of luxury in one of Michigan's most exclusive lake front areas, you - yes you - can own a piece of Moore-morabilia.

Hillary Wants Debt-Free College (Just Like Bernie!)

By on 8.10.15 | 1:42PM

Bernie Sanders is racking up rallies on the West Coast this week, kicking off his Pacific jaunt with a rally for 20,000 Bernie-maniacs in Portland. Even though Bernie's speech was ultimately to a very friendly audience of Portland artisan craftspeople and alternative bookstore owners, it had to be enough to put Hillary Clinton on notice that she's again being challenged by an upstart young whippersnapper with great grassroots potential. 

I kid, obviously. About the whippersnapper part. Bernie tried to nationalize fire when his cave-mate discovered it. 

At any rate, today Hillary Clinton is offering everyone a free college education, because desperate times call for desperate measures. She might be able to afford to lose Portland, but she can't possibly be expected to lose all the youth she's energizing with her pantsuits and her snapchats and her hip language. 

Fox News Might Be Looking for a Trump Peace Treaty

By on 8.10.15 | 1:15PM

Donald Trump is much quieter today, after having seemingly cycled through every personal insult he could muster over the weekend.

Either he's finally run out of ideas, or the wheels are in motion behind the scenes to ensure that Trump's criticism of Fox News is limited to what he can pull together in 140 characters. For Fox News, at least, the latter is preferable. And rumor has it that Fox is looking to rectify (or at least calm) Trump's troubles by airing a one-on-one live interview in prime time this evening, where Trump can answer all those tough questions he couldn't handle in a debate format. 

Donald Trump and the Fox News Channel are in talks about Trump possibly appearing on Fox on Monday night, according to a source with knowledge of the talks.

Trump has been lambasting Fox for days, ever since he was challenged in last week's GOP debate. He has complained that the Fox moderators were unfair to him during the debate.

Fareed Zakaria’s Loaded Question to Obama About Netanyahu

By on 8.9.15 | 6:11PM

Take a look at this question Fareed Zakaria posed to President Obama in an interview which will air tonight on CNN:

ZAKARIA: Prime Minister Netanyahu has injected himself forcefully into this debate on American foreign policy...

OBAMA: Right.

ZAKARIA: - in Washington.

OBAMA: Right.

ZAKARIA: Can you recall a time when a foreign head of government has done that? Is it appropriate for a foreign head of government to inject himself into an American debate?

OBAMA: You know, I'll let you ask Prime Minister Netanyahu that question if he gives you an interview. I don't recall a similar example.

Look at Zakaria's question. He begins by asserting that Netanyahu "has injected himself forcefully into this debate on American foreign policy" before asking if it appropriate for Netanyahu "to inject himself into an American debate."

Frank Gifford, R.I.P.

By on 8.9.15 | 5:11PM

Legendary NFL player and broadcaster Frank Gifford died suddenly today of natural causes. He was a week shy of his 85th birthday.

Gifford was a college football standout at USC (following a stint at Bakersfield Junior College) where he was named an All-American. In 1952, Gifford made his debut with the New York Giants and would play his entire 12-year career there playing on both offense and defense. He would make the Pro Bowl on eight occasions at three different positions - running back, defensive back and wide receiver. Gifford was named the NFL's MVP in 1956 which was the year the Giants beat the Chicago Bears for the NFL championship. His career was nearly ended when he sustained a severe head injury after being tackled by Chuck Bedarnik in a 1960 game against the Philadelphia Eagles. But Gifford came back after missing a year of action and played three more seasons before retiring in 1965. Gifford was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977.

Kerry: If Congress Rejects Iran Deal Then We’re Screwing The Ayatollah

By on 8.9.15 | 3:20PM

Get a load of what John Kerry told Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic the other day about how he sees a Congressional rejection of the Iran nuclear deal:

“The ayatollah constantly believed that we are untrustworthy, that you can’t negotiate with us, that we will screw them,” Kerry said. “This”—a congressional rejection—“will be the ultimate screwing.” He went on to argue that “the United States Congress will prove the ayatollah’s suspicion, and there’s no way he’s ever coming back. He will not come back to negotiate. Out of dignity, out of a suspicion that you can’t trust America. America is not going to negotiate in good faith. It didn’t negotiate in good faith now, would be his point.”

Kerry also said that his chief Iranian interlocutor, the foreign minister, Javad Zarif, and Zarif’s boss, the (relatively) reformist president, Hassan Rouhani, would be in “serious trouble” at home if the deal falls through.

The Philadelphia Phillies Are No Longer The Worst Team in MLB

By on 8.9.15 | 1:44AM

How about those Philadelphia Phillies?

Scarcely a month ago I would have never entertained posing such a question.

All the All-Star Break, the Phillies were 29-62 with the worst record in MLB.

Since the All-Star Break, the Phillies have the best record in MLB at 15-5. With tonight's 4-2 victory over the San Diego Padres, the Phillies have done the seemingly impossible - they have climbed out of last place in the NL East. Now it's the Miami Marlins who possess this ignominious distinction having lost 9 of their 10 games and 5-18 since the All-Star Break.

OK, the Phillies aren't going to play baseball in October. But they can finish the season a whole lot better than they started it.

Thoughts on Bernie Sanders Being Forced Off Stage by Black Lives Matter Agitators - UPDATE

By on 8.8.15 | 9:52PM

Bernie Sanders was forced to exit the stage of his own rally in Seattle by Black Lives Matter agitators.

They would also disrupted Sanders and Martin O'Malley during their appearance at the Netroots Convention in Phoenix last month and cut considerably into their speaking time.

What I find interesting is how The Left is gloating over the Republican Party row over Donald Trump. In his usual smug form, Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone claims that Republicans, Fox News, talk radio and the conservative blogosphere have created a monster that's now turning on them. Could Taibbi please tell me exactly how many Republican presidential candidates have been forced off the stage of their own rallies?