Nov 08 2015

Sunday Round-Up

The beltway punditry on the tubes today were out with all the usual suspects sounding off with the same old memes that we will continue to hear for the next year. We start with the parade of presidential candidates, mostly the Republicans since there are more of them.

We’ll start with retired neurosurgeon and religious wing nut Ben Carson who whined this morning that the media is picking on him because he got caught fabricating his life story:

Asked on ABC if he believed he needed to be more precise in documenting his past, Carson said: “Show me somebody … who is 100% accurate in everything that they say happened 40 or 50 years ago. Please show me that person, because I will sit at their knees and I will learn from them.”

The appearance followed revelations published by the Wall Street Journal on Saturday and relating to Carson’s time at Yale University, where he has claimed to have been recognised by a psychology professor as “the most honest student in class”.

Carson believes that “secular progressives” are attacking him because they “fear” him. No, Ben, it’s because you’re misogynist, racist, science and fact denying liar, who has the strange notion that you’re somehow qualified to be president.

Then there’s The Donald doing a nearly “Full Ginsburg” after his protest evoking appearance on “Saturday Night Live,” proclaiming the US should just “take the oil ” to defeat ISIS and questioning Carson’s “very strange stories” and “troubling statements.”

Failed HP CEO Carly Fiorina hasn’t had a good week. Her Friday appearance on “The View didn’t go well and our man Chuck Todd didn’t cut her any breaks on “Meet the Press” either.

Meanwhile, our independent, socialist senator from Vermont and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders gave Hillary Clinton praise saying that on her worst day she would be an “infinitely better” president than any Republican on his/her best day. He also went after the press for going after Carson’s childhood when they should focus on his extreme policies. The perfectly coiffed host, George Stephanopolis, questioned Sanders about his suggesting President Obama should have been primaried in 2012:

In March 2011, Sanders said that a primary challenge to the president would “enliven” the debate on the Democratic side, and four months later he even said, “One of the reasons the president has been able to move so far to the right is that there is no primary opposition to him… I think it would be a good idea if President Obama faced some primary opposition.”

When Stephanopoulos pressed him earlier on “trying to gin up opposition,” but Sanders dismissed this as “media stuff.” He insisted that the implication he opposed Obama’s reelection is “categorically false.”

The rest is just the same old, some old, as the doctor would say.