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Ted Cruz: We’re in a 90 Day Sprint

Posted on: December 31st, 2015 by Mike Sax 3 Comments

I will say this for him: Ted Cruz is talking like a confident guy. What does he know that we don't? "Ted Cruz took a victory lap Thursday following a strong fundraising report, repeatedly telling supporters on a phone call that he expects the race to be over by March -- but only after getting through an increasingly nasty run-up to the Iowa caucuses." The political attacks, he warned, will get “uglier and uglier and uglier.” “We’re winning right now, and as a result, I want to tell everyone to get ready,” he said on the call.  “Strap on the full armor of God. Get ready for the attacks that are coming. We’ve already seen hundreds and hundreds of thousands of dollars in attacks directed at us. Well I went to tell you that come the month of January, we ain’t seen nothing yet.” "Still, Cruz observed at several points during the call that he expects that the race will finish well before the end of the primary season in June, saying “there’s a very good...

The NSA and Israel: the Latest GOP Much to do About Nothing

Posted on: December 31st, 2015 by Mike Sax No Comments

No doubt the GOP will try to make a mountain out of the latest molehill-that we spied on Israel when Netanyahu was coming in for his big speech to the GOP Congress. The real scandal is that he was trying to interfere in US affairs and that Boehner and friends were so eager to allow him to do just that. But really, spying on Israel is shocking? All nations spy and not just on their enemies. "Top Democrats in Congress are brushing off a report that U.S. intelligence intercepted communications between Israeli government officials and lawmakers on Capitol Hill." "Rep. Eliot Engel (N.Y.), the ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said it is no secret that the U.S. and Israel spy on each other, even though they are allies." “I’m not surprised,” he told The Hill. “I kind of think the report is much to do about nothing.” "Engel, a staunch supporter of Israel, said he met twice behind closed doors with Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer during the heated debate...

Two Things We Seem to Know About Marco Rubio

Posted on: December 31st, 2015 by Mike Sax No Comments

First, is he's just a very lazy guy. He doesn't do his Senate job anymore because he's supposedly campaigning, but then he doesn't' campaign because-? Supposedly campaigning is obsolete and all that matters is appearing on Fox News and the Internet. Rubio going back to his earliest posts in Florida politics, has always seemed to treat each new job as a stepping stone to the next one. Ok, so maybe if he got the POTUS job he could climb no higher-would he then take that one seriously? Or maybe he'd be another Reagan in the pejorative sense that Reagan was totally uniformed and disengaged. Not only is he lazy but there is nothing that indicates he's much more than an empty suit with a winning smile and a compelling personal biography-made all the more compelling by his embellishments and exaggerations. Rubio should resign as a Senator as he's ripping the people of Florida off. You know who...

Tom Meserau on Bill Cosby

Posted on: December 31st, 2015 by Mike Sax No Comments

A lot of Americans feel that justice was done yesterday-and maybe it was. "Justice comes for Cosby: Already guilty in the court of public opinion, America’s Predatory Step Uncle now gets his day in court." I think that's the sense a lot of folks have and one that I tend to have myself. But remember, public opinion is one thing, court is another, or certainly should be.  Meserau-Michael Jackson's successful attorney- was on cable tv yesterday and from what he says, it's clear this will also be a very grueling process for the accuser.  "Tom Mesereau, the former attorney for pop singer Michael Jackson, told CNN today that the prosecution in the case of Bill Cosby will have a difficult time proving guilt. Mesereau, who was hired by Jackson about nine months before his own criminal trial in 2005, spoke to CNN’s John Berman of how prosecutors will have a difficult time proving “beyond a reasonable...

Some Thoughts on Bill Cosby

Posted on: December 31st, 2015 by Mike Sax No Comments

Melissa Harris-Perry was subbing for Rachel Maddow last night-come back Rachel! Ok, Harris-Perry is never my favorite host in light of her attitude towards Hillary. Just because she's white doesn't mean she hasn't struggled as a woman, Ms. Harris-Perry! And she wasn't born privileged in the sense that Jeb Bush and the other Bushes were born privileged. If you want to call the Clinton's a 'dynasty' I'd argue its a meritocratic middle class dynasty. Ok, I digress. Harris-Perry has done a pretty decent job covering for Rachel. Last night of course H-P discussed Bill Cosby. She said it's always tough to see a black man in America doing a perp walk. She then compared it to the white officer in Cleveland who shot Tamir Rice who was let off. Ok, but not everything is apples to apples. You can argue that the reason the Cleveland cop is off and Cosby was taken is was race. But then you have the fact that in the Freddie Gray death, the first cop charged in Baltimore just walked and he was...

Hannibal Buress-the Man Who Took Down Bill Cosby

Posted on: December 30th, 2015 by Mike Sax No Comments

After all, the Cosby rape and sexual battery stories had been around for years prior to his joke but only after it did this give a real impetus to the social media drive that finally ended with Cosby being charged today. "The charging of Bill Cosby with alleged aggravated indecent assault against a former Temple University employee – months after dozens of women came out with accusations, more than a decade after dark rumors began to circulate – has been strange in a number of ways." "The story of Cosby’s alleged crime has been in the news so much – and things move so quickly in the age of social media and 24-hour coverage – that it seems a very long time coming. The case is also emotionally complicated for a lot of people: Cosby was not just another pampered, reckless celebrity, but someone who entered public consciousness as a racial pioneer. His grumpiness and patronizing bootstrap rhetoric over the years did not entirely destroy the residual warm feelings a lot of...

Chris Cillizza tries to Hide His Own Terrible Year

Posted on: December 30th, 2015 by Mike Sax 2 Comments

This is the only way to explain his absurd claim that Hillary along with Jeb Bush had the worst year's in politics. Sure, Hillary is at 55 percent and Jeb is at 3 percent. You see the similarities? "I write a weekly column awarding someone — usually a political figure — the "Worst Week in Washington." It's just what it sounds like. At the end of the year, I write one big piece about who had the "Worst Year in Washington." President Obama won it in 2013 and 2014. This year, I named co-winners:Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton."Outrage!", not so much outrage, as just hilarity and laughter at how silly a choice this is. "How could I compare Jeb(!) with Hillary, people screamed. One is barely relevant in the presidential race; the other is a clear front-runner for her party's nomination. Naming Clinton as a co-winner was either evidence of my "both sides do it"...

GOP Can’t Take out Trump for Same Reason There’s No anti ISIS Coalition Yet

Posted on: December 30th, 2015 by Mike Sax 1 Comment

In time maybe the ISIS coalition will be easier. But it's the same basic scenario. Some have argued that the best interests of the Establishment is for the Establishment lane to be winnowed before NH. Yes, as Rubio, Jeb, Kasich, and Christie all have about 10 percent give or take each, if a couple got out of the race there's be a better chance to take out Trump there. But here is why this won't happen. Yes, each of these candidates-particularly Jeb and Kasich who have some sense of party loyalty and concern for the party would much rather have someone other than Trump or Cruz win. But more than having an Establishment candidate win, they each want to be that Establishment candidate. And each believe they have a real shot-and based on the polls why shouldn't they? In this sense the Trump threat for the GOP is sort of like the ISIS threat in the Middle East. No, the Arab countries in the Middle East don't like ISIS but they see Assad as their biggest enemy. Russia and Iran on the...

Trump Manages Expectations in Iowa

Posted on: December 30th, 2015 by Mike Sax No Comments

I said yesterday, I think he gets this a lot better than the media wants to admit. There is talk whether he will really do the new ads he's talking about but then those who doubt this doubted he'd ever get in and if he did that he'd last. As for ground game were here some contradictory stories, but I'll say this-I was impressed that I myself received a Christmas card from him just for buying a couple of shirts and hats from him-for a joke-a couple of months ago. If he literally sent everybody who has bought a piece of merchandise off his website, a Christmas card, that's pretty impressive. It also shows he is keeping track of potential supporters. He's been speaking at his rallies to his supporters of the importance of voting-he's noted that the media has been saying 'Yeah, he's got a lot of supporters, but will they vote?' The last bastion of refuge the pundits have hung their hats on is...

Great Minds Think Allike

Posted on: December 30th, 2015 by Mike Sax No Comments

The minds in question here are those of Dean Obeidallah-and me. "Trump's various tweets alleging sexism versus Bill bring to mind the famous line from the movie "Princess Bride." In that classic comedy, Mandy Patinkin's character challenged another's incorrect use of a word with the statement: "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means." Thank you, I've argued the same. Back to Obeidallah: "Now there's no disputing that Bill had extramarital relations. But that's not in and of itself sexism. The dictionary definition of sexism is generally two fold, either discrimination based on gender or "behavior, conditions, or attitudes that foster stereotypes of social roles based on sex." "A dictionary...

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