Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Tearful Tuesday: Sanders' Shot Makes Clinton Cry


"Clinton making gender an issue in presidential bid; Sanders denies his gun control remark was sexist" by Anne Gearan Washington Post  November 10, 2015

WASHINGTON — As the Democratic presidential candidates prepare for their second debate Saturday, a disputed moment of alleged sexism from the first exchange has come to symbolize a sharper and more personal confrontation between Hillary Clinton and her chief rival, Senator Bernie Sanders.

I didn't watch the first one; why would I care about a second? 

You like the political show fooley yet?

The topic was gun control, the issue her campaign considers the keenest policy difference between them and perhaps the only instance in which he is positioned to her right.

But it was Clinton’s suggestion after the fact that Sanders, an independent from Vermont, had spoken to her in a patronizing and dismissive way by accusing her of shouting that has added an edge to an almost painfully polite contest.

The episode provides one of the clearest examples of how the Democratic front-runner — who largely avoided such issues in her last presidential run — plans to make gender and her experiences in the male-dominated realm of national politics a centerpiece of her 2016 bid.

Already playing the gender card? I'll have to vote for ABH.

But the focus on the Sanders remark, which can easily be taken as harmless or ham-fisted at worst, raises the risk Clinton may come off as thin-skinned or too politically correct.

Sanders has denied that he had any sexist intent with the comment, and Clinton has not directly accused him of such. Even so, her references since the exchange to the ways that people hear and react to women is clearly a subtle cue to female voters....

What does Bernie's wife have to say?


And look who is back from the dead (narrative already written before debate):

"Bush plans debate on his own terms; Sees chance to say what he thinks; acknowledges he needs to ‘get better’" by Thomas Beaumont Associated Press  November 10, 2015

DES MOINES — Jeb Bush has a plan for the Republican presidential debate in Wisconsin on Tuesday night: Don’t treat it like a debate.

While he acknowledges he’s got to ‘‘get better’’ on the debate stage, he says he’s spending less time rehearsing and sees the prime-time forum as more of a moderated conversation than a real debate.

The once-presumed front-runner, now struggling in the race, remains conflicted about the purpose of the debate series but says he’s taking advice while trying to stay true to his serious self.

‘‘Whatever you call it, it’s not a debate,’’ Bush told reporters in New Hampshire recently. ‘‘It’s a chance to be able to say what you think. And I’m going to take advantage of that.’’

Bush is looking to recover during the debate in Milwaukee from what he, supporters, and donors agree was a poor performance in Boulder, Colo., on Oct. 28, when he hoped to break out with a show of aggressiveness but ended up looking awkward in a tangle with a nimbler rival, Marco Rubio.

What is he going to do, change his name?

After Bush made sharp campaign spending cuts, his allies had been closely watching the Colorado debate for signs that the former Florida governor was ready to make his mark after having little to show in the early voting states after four months of campaigning.

Instead, they saw Bush take an early and obviously rehearsed swipe at the well-prepared Rubio about his Senate voting record, then fade from view for much of the remaining debate.

Bush and aides quickly huddled by phone with donors and supporters afterward to try to ease nerves. Three days later, Bush stood in a crowd of Iowa supporters and told nearby reporters, ‘‘I have enough humility to know I’ve got to get better.’’

The son and brother of presidents says he’s trying to unlearn his decades-old understanding of what debates should be, ‘‘where you’re supposed to answer the question,’’ and instead bend to the unwritten rule: ‘‘Be myself by saying what’s on my mind.’’

While Bush sounds liberated by that way of thinking, it also seems to frustrate him.

He’s a policy-driven, self-described introvert who rejects that idea that debates need to be a form of political reality TV, even with the actual reality-TV star, Donald Trump, and other outsized personalities on the stage.

‘‘I don’t accept that premise,’’ he said sternly. ‘‘We’re electing a president of the United States.’’

Still, he is now making the most of the advice he gets ‘‘from an army of people,’’ he said, holding up his smartphone.

Bush says the endless stream of suggestions takes getting used to.

‘‘Someone didn’t like the tie I wore last time, said it looked like I was going to a funeral,’’ he said flatly.

Bush, at 6-feet, 4-inches, is taller than almost everyone in his campaign audiences, and has a tendency to hunch when gesturing with his arms.

‘‘But I now have taken this on as a personal challenge — I turn something into a positive,’’ he said. ‘‘The positive is: People are giving me advice. They must care about me. They must want me to win. Hey, I like that. That’s nice. Keep it coming.’’

Have you seen the polls, Jeb?! We don't.


You want to scroll through political skiteBe my guest.

UPDATE: Jeb Bush says he would kill baby Hitler

The New York Times has no clothes! It's a mouthpiece for Israel, period. 

Too bad no one felt that way about his brother George, and about Back to the Future, Jeb.

Now I want to cry.