I watched every minute of last night's Democratic Debate. Both Bernie and Hillary put on quite a show –– full of Sound and Fury –– energetic beyond belief, but the atmosphere was notably strained, because of the bhumorlessness of both candidates and Bernie's persistent bellowing and H. Rodham Clinton's monotonous rasping stridency. [I strongly suspect H. Rodham Clinton to be incapable of carrying a tune in a proverbial bucket]The moderators, Chuck Todd and Rachel Maddow were extremely polite. They simply asked a few questions every now and then, then let Bernie and Hillary "have at it" with no interference or attempt to "shape" the direction of the conversation. [I liked that much better than CNBC and FOX's obnoxious, tendentious, incredibly aggressive, agenda-driven "moderators" who I swear sought to hog the spotlight for THEMSELVES in a ham-handed attempt to make the debate ABOUT the MODERATORS instead of the candidates.]Of the two "contestants" Bernie has the more appealing personality and stage presence by far. H. Rodham Clinton, as always, came across with all the charm of an irate mother-in-law on the warpath. What a BATTLE AXE!I have to admire H. Rodham Clinton for one thing, however, –– and it's a very BIG thing:HRC deserves Four Gold Stars and a Blue Ribbon for sheer grit and determination. No matter what gets tossed her way, she keeps her head up high, grins mockingly even derisively at her tormentors and STICKS to HER STORIES. In short she is one TOUGH COOKIE. Unlikable, but adamant and unswerving in her pursuit of The Prize and hard as nails.Both of these people act as though everything they would like to do "for the American People" is virtuous, high-minded, excellent beyond compare. They act as though they truly believe that THEIR Agenda could and would save us all from a hideous fate, if only they didn't have to contend with opposition from the Republicans whose sole interest –– according to Democrats –– is to preserve, protect and enhance the undeserved privileges of the ruthless, selfish, monumentally insensitive, uncaring Rich B-stards who fund –– and therefore OWN –– these corrupt louts and loutesses in congress. According to the Democrats Republicans have no empathy for "The American People," and would gleefully return to the days of Jim Crow, Segregation, public harassment, humiliation and outright PERSECUTION of all minority groups, if it weren't for the noble, high-minded, vigilance and zeal of these sainted Progressives.According to the Democrats, the Republicans are vicious pathological liars without any semblance of a social conscience who scheme constantly to suppress minority votes, steal elections, and reduce the poor to outright beggary, and routinely engage in libel and slander against the only true Champions of the Best Interests of "The American People."According to HillaBernie Republicans hate women, hate homosexuals, hate Muslims, hate Jews, hate atheists, hate the working class, and would like see large numbers of the poor and lower-class DIE in the STREETS of UNTREATED DISEASES.In short both their campaigns are predicated on a typically FALSE NARRATIVE and smack of the worst kind of demagoguery.Now, they didn't exactly spell this out, as I have here, but the INFERENCE that Conservatives and Libertarians are EVIL hung so heavily in the air from their turgid, tendentious rhetoric you could practically cut it with a knife.If only the leading candidates in the Stupid Party, egged on by FOX NEWS for God knows what purpose, could stop tossing grenades at each like petulant second-graders at a food fight, one of them MIGHT have a proverbial Chinaman's Chance of BEATING the Democrats this November.PRAY for SANITY is the only advice I have to offer.
FT,Thank you for your review of last night's debate.I did not watch the debate because I decided that getting much needed sleep was more important for me to do.I'm an early-to-bed-early-to-rise person.
I think 'stupid' has a new meaning,By the way, If being rich is so bad, what do they call Oprah and 3/4 of the Hollywood Liberals? Are you Progressive Hypocrites labeling them as stupid and traitors? Liberals/Democrats do the dumbest things:Would you IDIOTS like to comment? There is absolutely no shame in the democrat party.
Nice to see someone has taken my creation to the next level.cheers!
One quibble. Janko is a Slav, stereotypical Chicago or Wisconsin 1950's.The picture you are using is too Italian.
To me, her "grit" smells more of omerta. (The mafia’s code of silence.)
A political system based upon resentment and dislike of the wealth creating half of the American system will NEVER solve America's problems. It obviously doesn't understand what the REAL problems are.
AMEN, Bruthah! AMEN!++++ Suleiman bin Daoud ++++
The Debate Between the Communist and Criminal, or It Must Suck Being A Liberal Theses Days!
Batta Laxenema saidThree words sum up last night's debate:KIKE v. DIKE
Batta Laxenema! Kike and Dike?It's a good bet you're a Jesus loving Christian conservative. Who else would slander two people with hateful terms as filthy as the ones you chose?
Roberta, Please provide any proof that any Jesus loving Christian conservative would ever say anything like that.As a matter of juxtaposition; check out what happened at Huff Post when Tony SNow died and the site crashed from the liberal reveling, or what libs say every time Cheney's got serious heart problems.In contrast, I hope you check out, in the future, how conservative blogs memorialize people they disagreed with; "we didn't agree, but we wish his family well."I could go on and on, but when someone says something like you did, it shows you're just not listening...and so hateful. I'm so sorry.The message of Jesus is not one of hate. If you feel that truth, you might refrain from this kind of comment.I wish you the best.
"I could go on and on, but when someone says something like you did, it shows you're just not listening...and so hateful."I see. So calling Bernie Sanders (whose heritage is Jewish) a kike, and calling Hillary a Dyke is loving? (Calling her a dyke is obviously meant to slander her.) Even if some of the best people in this world are lesbians. You get upset at my implying the slanderer is Christian but say nothing about Batta's hate? Selective outrage is unbecoming.
Roberta,We step over uncouth comments here as someone would step over a dog turd on the sidewalk. If we answered every vulgar missive from every slobbering left winger, we'd have no time left for anything else! But we have paused to consider your verbal excrement, so rejoice!You made an unfounded and frankly quite stupid comment, and the good lady called you on it. Isn't there a rock somewhere calling you back underneath it?
The corporate right is terrified by Sanders. The GOP has done NOTHING but hurt the middle class for the past 20 years. If right wing types would look objectively, they’d see that Sanders is the only authentic candidate, taking NO corporate money and has middle class in mind more than any of them. Don’t believe the media hype and brush him off as a 'socialist' when he wants to stop the tax breaks, subsidies, loopholes and off shore tax havens of the of the mega corporations and have them pay their fair share. 1% of the wealthiest Americans own more then the rest of us COMBINED! The is no FREE stuff, but we’re being taxed to make up the difference while our roads and schools are crumbling. Exxon made record profits last year. Not only did they not pay a dime in taxes, they got $3 BILLION is subsidies from the government-led by the GOP. Stop the hundreds of billions of dollars going to off shore tax havens. You pay less than $100 in your annual taxes for social programs. You pay a few thousand to the feds for the money they have to make up because of corporate loopholes, subsidies and money sent to off shore tax havens. Stop that and things like free College is very possible.
Bernie isn't anti-corporation. He's FOR a single corporation. The U.S. (and eventually World) Government.It's called "socialism. It's in the dictionary. Look it up.
Bernie for merging all the world's corporations into One World Government! It's what Social Democrats do.
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@This One,Should Comrade Sanders fail to make-it have you considered relocating to the paradise known as North Korea? It's rumored to be un-tainted by the evils of "corporations" un-like its impoverished southern neighbor or, needless to say, the Satanic United States!
@ This One,"The is no FREE stuff,..................things like free College is very possible."It sounds like YOU are a bit conflicted@AOW,GREAT CARTOON! I have passed it on to many.
Jon,On this rare occasion, I am letting This One's drive-by comment stand. It's just too funny -- as you pointed out.Glad that you like the cartoon.
President Obama this week, one order will edit the Pledge of Allegiance to remove the phrase ‘Under God’.
Karl,Um, no. The rumor is a hoax.
Batta Laxenema saidYou are both wrong. Ovama is ordering Under God to be replaced with Under Allah.
So the choice is a communist/socialist vs. a soon to be indicted former first lady who's shady deals have been grist for the mill for 20 years... Really??? What has happened to America?
Old NFO,What has happened to America?The education system and the media.
On the other hand, the Republican party was offering up a self-discrediting Wrestlemania guest. But, I think that's over with save for the Twitter meltdowns.
Part of Hillary's "legacy" as Secretary of State...IS presence soars in Libya:...there are growing fears about the fate of Libya, which has been in chaos since the NATO-backed ouster of longtime dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011.... Just in time for the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday.
Two geriatrics fighting over the last tater tot in the nursing home cafeteria.
Sure beats Ted Cruz and his daddy's Purifying Fire International Ministry. Sounds like Raphael Cruz is planning an auto-da-fé. A big one with nuclear weapons.I don't get the appeal but he seems like the perfect sociopath for the fringe right.
Ducky,Who you talkin' to? I'm no fan of the unctuous weasel either. His Elmer Gantry act worn thin for me on day one. His final appeal in Iowa was a low point in religious political pandering. All that was missing was the snakes...His tent revival act was so disgusting, I'm blogging about it Monday. Time for Christians to take back their religion from slimy politicians.
What if the Pope called for global socialism and no one showed up?
Il Papa ain't running for president."Render unto caesar... Render unto God..."
Well, you already know I don't confuse Catholicism with Christianity.I'll wait for your attempt to rehab Kathleen Parker LOL
Who's Kathleen Parker? Related to Bonnie?
She's basically a wannabe Maureen Dowd that probably already wrote your anti-Cruz blog post.
OK. I'm not a Dowd fan either. I guess we just travel in different circles...
SF,Index of Kathleen Parker's WaPo essays
Well, you know.... Sometimes I put down my dog-eared Max Stirner essays and check out what's going on in the prolefeed. Seems KP had a little fun misquoting Ted Cruz's "body of Christ" statements and making an extremely ridiculous strawman out of them.And no one laughed but her.
Beamish,Is Kathleen Parker a neocon?Her columns are lightweight stuff, IMO.
OK, I remember her. She was a rightwing darling then strayed from the reservation and people got mad at her...There is nothing laughable about religious exploitation for political purposes.
AOW - she's some kind of con.SF - I'm not sure how calling upon people of shared values and beliefs to vote is "exploitative."
Anyway, why would the Pope run for President of the USA? Wouldn't that be a demotion from his current gig as Substitute God Incarnate, er, "Vicar of Christ" and crowner of kings?
I have to admit Hillary's got strength and resolve; she is running on one HECK of a schedule! At least ol' Bernie admits he's gaining weight eating at diners and carnivals!And, this morning, it looks like Bernie would been any cons. candidate better than Hillary would...except a Bernie/Rubio race is tied today.AOW's correct above; the schools and the media have taught a lot of people that voting for the promises of those who cannot tell them how they're going to pay for what they promise is a REAL good idea!
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