Got a Two-Fer here with a wrap-up and analysis of the Republican debate last night with all the follow up on the Sunday Political Talk Shows Today. Lots of snark and gossip so come on in.
FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Republican presidential candidates Gov. John Kasich, R-OH, Gov Chris Christie, R-NJ; ex-Gov Jeb Bush, R-FL.
MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump; Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton; Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
FACE THE NATION (CBS): Sanders, Clinton; DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association.
THIS WEEK (ABC): Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-FL; Trump; Clinton.
STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Sanders, Clinton, Trump; Christie; Kasich.
The Republican Debate on ABC 2/7/16
Let us first summarize the Republican Debate hosted by ABC on 2/6/16.
It was, yon ladies and gems, a very good debate on everybody’s part. Even the moderators did a good job. And goodness knows the pundits reigned supreme , picture below.
If I had to name a “winner”, I’d say all things being equal, Ted Cruz came in top again. If I had to name a “loser”, I’d choose John Kasich, who I simply do not like.
There were some interesting tidbits from last night’s debate and let us discuss.
I was impressed by all of the candidates’ knowledge of ISIS and the challenges upon. In fact I learned a thing or two along the way.
Seems the Saudis make horrible soldiers-no wonder, all they do is blow things and themselves up. The Shias hate the Saudis. The Kurds beat up everybody on the block.
It’s difficult to get any kind of Muslim army to fight ISIS because…well they’d kill EACH OTHER first.
And Ben Carson was top with this information, showing he did his homework.
There were a couple of flaps during the debate and rather than being discontent, I rather enjoyed it. NJ’s Governor Chris Christie and Florida Senator Marco Rubio got into a rather nasty exchange that had Rubio declaring that Christie abandoned his state during last week’s major storm for the campaign trail while Christie caught Rubio in what is probably the greatest “gotcha” in this year’s campaign history.
Of course Rubio was right when he declared that President Obama knows full well the things he’s doing. With this as the main point, Rubio repeated this mantra over and over and Governor Christie, at the perfect moment, caught him SAYING IT AGAIN!
This kind of flirts with a concept forming out here in la-la land that Senator Rubio is….eh, a bit of a used-car salesman, if you will. He memorizes his speaking points and spouts them over and over, or so goes a growing sentiment.
Ted Cruz and Ben Carson had a bit of a flap over the recent alleged dirty tricks done by Cruz’ campaign. The Cruz people, responding to a news item by CNN, went around telling all of Carson’s voters that he was dropping out. Carson said that no matter what CNN said, the Cruz people should have been smart enough to know that no candidate would just up and leave all their dedicated volunteers on the night of the caucus.
Cruz said he apologized once and, indeed, he apologized again during the debate. The heated exchange did cause me to ascertain that it was the Cruz campaign up to dirty tricks.
Donald Trump had one interesting comment he made and he made it several times. It was during the discussion of Obamacare when each candidate offered his own solution to health care in America.
Trump described the usual, health care savings accounts, more competition, yada, yada. He then went on to say that no one will be allowed to die on the street.
Well I just don’t know what that was all about but I suppose it was some kind of assurance that no one will be denied necessary health care coverage but the phrasing of dying alone on the street seemed a tad gruesome.
Ted Cruz on the other hand, too described his plan for national health care which would involve repealing and “replacing” Obamacare.
Do you notice that all of these guys are quick to insert that Obamacare will be “replaced”? Well how did we all get along before Obamacare, or this replacement?
Because Cruz than inserted that he will also eliminate this concept of health insurance by employer and THERE IT IS!
That’s how the world turned once upon a time. You got a job and as a benefit the employer paid for health insurance, which was once upon a time fairly cheap.
But since we are now in the business of redistributing wealth it became that medicos cost too much, prescriptions are out of reach, hospitals are bankrupting. Thus health care insurance became entirely too high for employers to provide along with a decent salary.
Ah….so we will NEVER go back to the old system and you learned it from none other than he who will probably win the Republican nomination for President-Ted Cruz.
Finally, about the ABC Republican debate on 2/7/16…THEY SHOULD HAVE HAD CARLY FIORINA!
I’m jus’ sayin’.
Fox News Sunday
We had a couple of good interviews on this show, including Chris Christie who was a bit full of himself over how he trapped Rubio like a deer in the headlights.
John Kasich was a good interview, he too with a big smug smile. Kasich did get in some good air time
Chris Christie gave a good interview, John Kasich showed up and was himself.
It was guest Jeb Bush who said something of great surprise to Chris Wallace, host of this show.
For Jeb once upon a time liked Marco Rubio and after Jeb explained that he still admires Marco but thinks he (Jeb) is a better choice, Jeb also declared that he will support the Republican nominee, even if it’s Donald Trump.
We shall see.
CBS’ Face the Nation
The only thing possibly noteworthy about Face the Nation was a visit by the executive director of the NFL players association.
Lots of talk about concussions because any more routes to redistribute wealth must be taken.
Political Cartoon of the Week
ABC’s This Week
Marco Rubio did a pretty good job of handling his embarrassing moment at the debates when Christie caught him repeating a mantra for the third or fourth time.
“I’d say it again,” Rubio asserted, wanting to impress that his repetition was very intentional and not a memorized script that Christie would have us believe.
But Trump too had an interesting moment on this show, all about waterboarding. Seems that The Donald said he would damn right make waterboarding legal again, but he’d allow worse.
When pushed, Trump didn’t back down, stating that those Muslim radicals like to chop off heads, that waterboarding is milk in comparison, that if victory is to be achieved we need to fight back as back as they fight.
Looks like the press is trying to make a big deal about Trump promoting torture or some such but it’s an attempt that appears to be fizzling.
Trump’s not backing down and good for him.
CNN’s State of the Union
The most interesting thing about this show, and yon reader should remember that you read it here first, was when Jake Tapper interviewed Bernie Sanders.
Tapper asked Sanders if he thought Hillary should release the text of her speeches given by her to Goldman Sachs.
There’s a bit of a flap over Hillary and her many thousand dollar speeches to the banking giants she claims to despise. Sanders also campaigns on this platform to a young generational crowd most of whom have not one dime in the bank.
Of course Hillary gets big bucks from Goldman Sachs and other big Wall Street banks, everybody knows it.
But what did Sanders say to Tapper’s query that Hillary should release the text of those speeches that her voters might see the lavish praise she gives Wall Street when getting paid big bucks?
He said, timidly, that such a release was up to her!
Aw come on people. This man is Hillary’s only opponent and for one of the huge things that could bring her down Sanders just shrugs and quietly says never mind?
It’s all in the bag, people. Hillary’s got the power and no Bernie Sanders will bring her down.
Below a pic of Sanders on Saturday Night Live. He was hilarious.
It was a good week for political junkees. People with real lives watched the football game.
I enjoyed the Republican debates and it was refreshing to have follow up only one morning later.
I still think this is Ted Cruz’ race. Cruz against Hillary….that’s my call.
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