Politics

Lindsey Graham to Donald Trump: Stop Being a Jackass; UPDATED: Trump Releases Graham’s Cell Number

By on 7.21.15 | 11:29AM

UPDATE: So that happened:

Needless to say, please don't call it.

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Perhaps the best part of the "Donald Flub" from over the weekend, is that it's drawn out a number of pots who should not be calling the kettle a "jackass." 

The latest Republican Presidential candidate to wade into the debate over Trump's commentary on John McCain's military service is Lindsey Graham, who cautioned the current Republican frontrunner that he's starting to sound like like the rear end of a donkey. He would know, I suppose, since Lindsey Graham is, well, the king of...you know.

After Trump undermined the military service of Graham's longtime colleague Sen. John McCain, Graham had a clear message for his GOP rival.

"I don't care if he drops out. Stay in the race, just stop being a jackass," Graham said Tuesday on "CBS This Morning."

After Chattanooga Shooting, Obama Hits Links, NYC

By on 7.20.15 | 1:17PM

Last Thursday, four Marines and a US Navy Petty Officer were murdered in a shocking attack of domestic terrorism, when a gunman opened fire first on a military recruitment center and then at a military base, where he was shot dead in a firefight with police. Authorities have released the name of the shooter, Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez, but have yet to formally determine a motive. They are focusing on Abdulazeez's diary, a text message he sent to a friend before he began his shooting spree, and a trip that Abdulazeez took to Jordan last year, as well as Abdulazeez's history with depression and alleged physical abuse

Are You Ready for Chillary Clinton?

By on 7.20.15 | 12:03PM

While the left was eating its own at Netroots Nation in a three-way war for attention, Hillary Clinton was sitting out the annual gathering of progressive agitators in favor of a relaxing weekend, recording videos about beer koozies. 

America, are you Ready for Chillary? Because she's ready for you.

The "Chillary" beer koozie is for sale on the Clinton campaign website, for a mere $10 for a set of two. 

You can apparently be the "coolest" (har!) person at the party with your Chillary canteen. Because nothing says "I'm really with it!" like your overt support for a septugenarian retread candidate from the mid-1990s. 

 

Donald Trump Hits at John McCain’s Service Record, Presumptively Implodes

By on 7.20.15 | 11:23AM

Even though his sudden uptick in the polls had me a little queasy, there was something inherently valuable about a Donald Trump candidacy: he made all of the other fourteen (fifteen?) candidates look sane and normal by comparison. I can't say with any honesty, like Jeffery Lord, that Trump was "speaking truth to power" with his bizarre, rambling speeches, but I can say that, for a campaign that has now started almost two years out, he's a brief, if challenging bit of entertainment.

This weekend, though, he went off the proverbial "deep end," wasting any legitimacy his campaign had on a quip about, of all people, John McCain. 

Donald J. Trump has made his name in politics with provocative statements, but it was not until Saturday, after the flamboyant businessman turned presidential candidate belittled Senator John McCain’s war record, that many Republicans concluded that silence or equivocation about Mr. Trump’s incendiary rhetoric was inadequate.

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The Donald Battles the Establishment

By 7.20.15

John McCain is a war hero. Period.

Unless, of course, he’s a threat to Democrats and Barack Obama — as he was in September of 2008 as the Republican nominee for president. Then the man whose honor is suddenly being defended by outraged Establishment figures from both parties and the media was no longer a war hero. No, back there in the fall of 2008 McCain was being savaged as a mean SOB with an uncontrollable temper — a man who threatened to physically strike a wheelchair-bound, oxygen-dependent mother of a missing Vietnam serviceman. When he wasn’t busy causing another woman to be slammed into a wall. And that’s all well aside from using a Senate hearing to torment a third woman — a witness for the families of missing servicemen — with such open prosecutorial-style contempt that the woman was reduced to tears.

Planned Parenthood is Sorry About Their ‘Tone’ In Creepy Video

By on 7.17.15 | 11:21AM

I covered this on Twitter already, but it felt necessary to bring it back here: Planned Parenthood is now on its third or fourth day of damage control, following the release of a video depicting their top doc talking casually about crushing up aborted fetuses to preserve their organs for "donation" over what looks like a nice Chianti. Yesterday the chain of women's clinics trotted out their president, Cecile Richards, for an actual apology (sort of) and some damage control.

(Spoiler alert: if you typically expect Richards to peel away her mask and reveal a reptilian visage, as I do, it doesn't happen in this video, sorry.) 

Bestseller List Battle with NYT Lands Ted Cruz on the Bestseller List

By on 7.16.15 | 1:41PM

Last weekend, the New York Times handed Ted Cruz the kind of gift Presidential candidates rarely get from a pre-disposed media entity: a chance to watch them faceplant spectacularly, and then use their now-prone-on-the-sidewalk body as a bridge over the gutter.

For days, the Cruz campaign has been arguing with the NYT over the NYT omitting Ted Cruz's book from their bestseller list, despite evidence that Cruz's book sold more than enough copies to put it at number three on the list. The NYT claimed that Cruz purchased copies of the book in bulk to pad sales numbers, though both Cruz's publisher and several other booksellers disagreed. Thanks, in no small part, to that back-and-forth, it seems Cruz sold more than enough books to land himself on the NYT bestseller list this week, regardless of the NYT's "evidence" of bulk books sales. 

Wisconsin Supreme Court Slams Vicious, Partisan “John Doe” Probe

By on 7.16.15 | 12:37PM

For months, conservative donors, activists and groups in Wisconsin were terrorized by partisan DAs using loosely-interpreted election law to comb through their fianances, enter their homes and question their friends and families - all in an effort to "prove" that Scott Walker had illegally coordinated with grassroots efforts to win his recall election and subsequent re-election campaign.

The bizarre series of events, which would make an excellent Lifetime movie, honestly, culminated in a ruling this morning from the Wisconsin Supreme Court who were, shall we say, not very kind to the law enforcement and local government officials who concocted the elaborate intimidation scheme. 

Major Garrett: ‘It Struck a Nerve.”

By on 7.16.15 | 11:50AM

Somehow, the American contingent negotiating with the Iranians missed a very important aspect of America's interest in recreating Iran as a friend: getting four Americans, held by the Iranians on trumped-up charges, including one WaPo reporter, the hell out of the country before they're "convicted." Yesterday, when Major Garrett dared to ask the President why he'd managed to eek out a terrible deal with the Iranians while ignoring his own countrymen, President Obama threw a small, public tantrum, like a two year old who has just been told he can't have an entire box of Swedish Fish for dinner, claiming that he couldn't negotiate for prisoners while also negotiating over nukes. 

Not really true, but okay.

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Jeb Bush Pushes the Poison of Identity Politics

By 7.16.15

“This Nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.… [R]ace has no place in American life or law.”
John F. Kennedy, 1963

“America represents something universal in the human spirit. I received a letter not long ago from a man who said, ‘You can go to Japan to live, but you cannot become Japanese. You can go to France to live and not become a Frenchman. You can go to live in Germany or Turkey, and you won’t become a German or a Turk.’ But then he added, ‘Anybody from any corner of the world can come to America to live and become an American.’”
Ronald Reagan, 1988

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