Politics

The Morning Spectacle: Best Buddies

By on 8.28.15 | 10:16AM

The weekend is so close you can taste it.

In Our Sights

House Majority leader John Boehner would do well to remember that people carry cell phones with them to donor dinners now. And the ones who don't don't necessarily have similar feelings about Ted Cruz

Speaking of, while Democrats are busily whipping votes to get the Iran deal past a Republican blockade in the Senate, Ted Cruz is taking matters into his own hands. The circus comes to town on September 9th, tentatively.

Flashback

Trump’s No Chump (From February 2000)

By 8.28.15

(This review is taken from The American Spectator’s February 2000 issue.)

The America We Deserve
Donald J. Trump with Dave Shiflett
Renaissance Books / 286 pages / $24.95

Reviewed by Dave Shiflett

Editors’ note: No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you: This review is indeed written by the writer who co-wrote the book under review. The age of New Politics demands new approaches. So enjoy this New Review.

President Trump—now there’s a bold concept for this new millennium.

It’s not for everyone. Donald J. Trump, the nation’s most flamboyant billionaire, has deeply alarmed the political class by threatening to wade into its most sacred process and buy its most exalted office-without its permission! Politics Inc. is outraged. Murdoch’s Beltway Standard goes so far as to call Trump a chump—on its front page! Other Toadtown analysts, including the Washington Post’s fashion writer, insist the man has no substance.

Hillary Clinton: Republicans Are Totally Like ISIS Terrorists

By on 8.27.15 | 5:40PM

A couple of weeks ago, Republican legislators took on the task of "defunding Planned Parenthood," a measure that was generally doomed to failure, but designed to make a statement that doing things like chopping up aborted babies and shipping them off for science experiements, were part of a looser definition of "womens health" than most people are typically comfortable with. A few states ultimately succeeded in revoking state-based funding for Planned Parenthood, and several attorneys general are investigating claims that Planned Parenthood is collecting more than just reimbursements for supplying lots of baby livers and brains.

But, according to Hillary Clinton, who, by virtue of being a woman who happens to be running for President and is, therefore, the only candidate with any concern for women's needs, anyone who would question Planned Parenthood's decision to cut into a baby's face while its heart is beating is basically the same as ISIS "rebels" who round up women for sex slavery, behead thousands of "apostates" in the Middle East, and finance their operation with black market organs they take from their prisoners. 

Most People Associate The Word “Liar” With “Hillary Clinton”

By on 8.27.15 | 12:05PM

Quinnipiac is probably in the bag for Bernie Sanders (and who wouldn't be after that dramatic spoken word performance we posted in the Spectacle yesterday?), so take the results with a grain of salt, but according to a poll they released this morning, the top word people associate with Hillary Clinton is, "Liar."

This is basically Hillary Clinton's worst week ever, you guys. Somebody send the poor lady some shoes. Or a box of wine.

Those are a lot of negative adjectives. For every "experience," there's about a hundred "dishonest"s. And while a few people managed to call her "brilliant," a couple people are still convinced she's been hiding bodies, not just email servers. 

The Morning Spectacle: On The Upswing

By on 8.27.15 | 8:58AM

In Our Sights

Jeb Bush has an education reform plan that's definitely different from Barack Obama's. But only if you consider that Jeb Bush's plan not only pays for two years of community college, it also pays back everyone who doesn't eventually graduate. Because if there was one flaw with Obama's plan, it was that it wasn't expensive enough.

In a meeting with Republican leaders, Donald Trump promised not to run as an independent if he doesn't get the Republican nomination. Probably. Okay, no he definitely won't run as an independent. Maybe. As far as he knows. Now.

Media Matters

Jorge Ramos Gets Trumped

By 8.27.15

Jorge Ramos played the race card in an Iowa press conference.

Donald Trump would have none of it. Bravo.

So as the scene unfolded on CNN, there is Donald Trump in Iowa, holding a press conference.

And from off screen comes this insistent voice — barely heard as there was no microphone for the unidentified speaker. But even barely heard it was clear whoever it was had a cause to promote — an agenda. Trump, the anti-Hillary who repeatedly talks to reporters of all stripes, all networks, all publications, was clearly in the process of calling on another reporter. The speaker was having none of this. He demanded attention from Trump — right NOW! 

As it came clear that Trump — no Bernie Sanders he — was not going to be bullied by whomever and would actually run his own press conference — the cameras pulled back to reveal the rude guy.

Morning Report: It’s Already Wednesday

By on 8.26.15 | 4:00AM

You're one day closer to the weekend.

In Our Sights:

Monday, Rick Perry was riding high on the news that he'd finally be able to pay his staff in South Carolina, now that his campaign is tapping his SuperPAC for resources. And then, his top aide in Iowa defected to Team Trump

The White House-Joe Biden love fest lasted a full thirty-six hours before someone realized that Hillary Clinton may not take too kindly to this latest snub. Fortunately, they've determined that the best way to solve the problem is to let them fight it out themselves. Possibly in Pay-Per-View.

The White House Wants You To Know That Joe Biden Is Really Fantastic

By on 8.25.15 | 2:02PM

A pall has passed over Facebook. Hillary's most dedicated supporters are so depressed, giant tears dripping down their embroidered sweatshirts, collecing into pools on the floorboards of their minivans, coloring their endless Facebook wall posts about their precious soccer-playing children with the kind of "blue" tinge they normally reserve for disappointing Grey's Anatomy episodes. The White House has endorsed Joe Biden. 

As Hillary Clinton flails around, desperate to overcome her email scandal, the White House has all but abandoned her in the water. Yesterday, they claimed that choosing Joe Biden over Hillary for Obama's Vice President was a fantastic political decision - perhaps one of Obama's best. Today, they're papering social media with full-throated praise for America's least influential Vice President (unless you consider his impact on Journey's resurgence). According to the Obama Administration, Joe Biden has everything you need to be a President: attitude, aptitude and good looks to boot.

Political Hay

Jeb Bush Silent on Mark Levin’s Challenge

By 8.25.15

“Why does baloney reject the meat grinder?” So answered William F. Buckley, Jr. when he was asked why the most popular Democrat of 1967 — New York Senator Robert F. Kennedy — refused to come on Buckley’s television show Firing Line to discuss the issues of the day.

The Buckley remark comes to mind as former Florida Governor Jeb Bush — the GOP Establishment favorite in the presidential race — is silent as a church mouse in response to an on-air challenge from Mark Levin to appear on Mark’s radio show for a discussion of birthright citizenship. 

Bush has been out there defending “birthright citizenship.” As reported in Politico

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush split from many of his fellow GOP presidential contenders on Tuesday and staunchly defended birthright citizenship for children born in the U.S. to undocumented immigrants — saying it is a constitutional right that should be protected.

The Morning Spectacle: Happy Monday!

By on 8.24.15 | 5:30AM

Welcome to the inaugural edition of The Morning Spectacle, providing everything you need to face your week with a renewed cynicism.

In Our Sights:

Rand Paul has found a solution to his "Kentucky Problem," and can now run for Senate and for President at the same time — and he did it without even stepping foot in Kentucky. He's been in Haiti for the last few weeks doing free eye surgeries.

New York's Mayor Bill de Blasio has solved all of New York City's other problems, so he's now taking on Time Square's topless panhandlers. His solution: bulldozing Times Square, naturally.

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