Saturday, December 26, 2015

A Flock of Wacko Birds

"Democracy is only a dream: it should be put in the same category as Arcadia, Santa Claus, and Heaven." H. L. Mencken

For a few days, it looked like Santa was going to give the country an early Christmas gift . . . 

and it was just what I wanted!!

"According to a new poll, most Americans think Santa Claus is a Democrat – which is really odd because when I think of a fat, old white man who hires unskilled labor, I think Republican." Conan O'Brien

Ted Cruz (presidential candidate of transparently-ridiculous-behavior-in-an-attemp-to-appear-as-a-bad-ass-to-American-conservatives) criticized Donald Trump (presidential candidate of I'm-more-rogue-than-Palin-ever-thought-of-being-but-ultimately-I'll-end-up-name-calling-like-a-tempermental-8-eght-year-old) during a recorded political conference. 

Cruz questioned Trump's judgement, understanding of global issues and experience in being a national political leader. He also explained his intention to benefit from Trumps inevitable political exit by commandeering supporters unable to vote for the I-know-you-are-but-what-am-I candidate. 

Trump responded (as if not responding would have been an option) by referring to Cruz as a maniac who does not have the right temperament to be president. 

"You can’t walk into the Senate and scream and call people liars and not be able to cajole and get along with people. He’ll never get anything done. That’s the problem with Ted." 

Trump then assured the public that he is the only candidate with excellent judgement, temperament and the ability to get along with everybody.

At this point, you have to wonder how much irony Trump is aware of versus his level of delusional thought content. 

Watching these two socially-inept narcissists go at each other would not only be a bright spot in an otherwise depressing election lineup . . . 

it may put to bed thoughts of a Trump / Cruz ticket. 

I know!! Thank you Santa!

According to one poll, asking the opinion of "GOP Causegoers" (Yeah, I don't have any idea about their identification process or sample size) 34% believe Cruz has the best presidential temperament while 11% identify Trump as the temperamental winner.

Apparently the voting demographic who think Mike Tyson has the best presidential temperament were not consulted. 

From an interview with Sabo, tattoo artist who put together an unauthorized campaign poster: 

"[Ted’s] kind of a badass... I kind of like this guy. And it’s not like me to like a politician."

"I trip when people call me a conservative. I worked in the porn industry for four years," he said, adding, "I mean the tasteful porn industry."

Sabo has his own name tattooed on his knuckles, and a friend once told him that he'd never get invited to a state dinner with the body art. He met Cruz at CPAC, and says there's just one thing he wishes he'd asked: "I wish I would have told him, 'dude, if you get elected will you make sure that I get into a state dinner, man?'" he said.

Trump demonstrated his Presidential skills and went for the "I'm rubber, you're glue . . ." ending with a "just saying / in all fairness / I'm sorry but that is just how I feel" caveat.  

"We’re doing really well with the evangelicals and, by the way, I do like Ted Cruz, but not a lot of evangelicals come out of Cuba, in all fairness."

"He’s been so nice to me. I mean, I can say anything, and [he’ll say] 'I agree, I agree.’ But I think the time will come to an end pretty soon."

And with that megalomaniacal comment he again demonstrated his global leadership skills: 
Trump, apparently lacking any internal filter, verbalizes his thought and you agree or you aren't a "nice person."  

I'm not sure Trump's affiliation for Stalinist demagoguery is the best choice for a democracy . . . just saying, in all fairness, sorry but that is how I feel.

Sadly, Santa must have determined that the country had been extraordinarily naughty.

No heated exchange between the two hubristic candidates. No disparaging comments about family of origin. No physical altercation with hair pulling! 

It was so disappointing! 

"Ted Cruz is a man who's fought his way into second place in the GOP primary, despite the fact that pretty much all of his fellow Republicans hate him. If there's one thing he's learned from getting called a "wacko bird" by his colleagues and infuriating federal workers by instigating pointless government shutdowns, it's how to turn the other cheek." Margaret Hartmann, NY Mag

Bits from the presidential candidates debate: 

Moderator: “Mr. Trump, just this weekend, you said Senator Cruz is not qualified to be president because he doesn’t have the right temperament and acted like a maniac when he arrived in the Senate. But last month, you said you were open to naming Cruz as your running mate.”

Trump: “I did. Let me just say, I’ve gotten to know him over the last three or four days and he has a wonderful temperament."

You got to know him a month after you announced wanting to name his as a running mate? That isn't an endorsement for you planning skills.  

Moderator: “Ok. Senator Cruz, Senator Cruz, you have not been willing to attack Mr. Trump in public, but you did question his judgment --”

Trump: “You better not attack."

Which evidently in Trump-speak is any response other than 100% agreements. 

Cruz: “What I’m saying is that is a judgment for every voter to make. . . .”

Damn it Santa! Why would you deny the citizenship a ring-side seat at the Battle Royale of political destruction!?!

Wait a minute! 

"You go to stores now, you don’t see the word Christmas. It says, ‘Happy holidays’ all over. I say, ‘Where’s Christmas?’ I tell my wife, ‘Don’t go to those stores.’" 

"I’ve even had people [say], 'Oh don’t mention the word Christmas.' I say, 'Like hell I’m not gonna mention it.'" 

"If I become president, we’re all going to be saying ‘Merry Christmas again.’ That I can tell you."

"We want to see which reporters have been naughty and which have been nice."


You've become a politically pandering, sell out!?!  

I guess that explains the political lineup. 

Although Santa might want to consider Trump's potential plans for exploitative, low cost labor once he builds a big ass wall along our southern border.  

"A good many things go around in the dark besides Santa Claus." Herbert Hoover

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