Trump and Palin: Send in the clowns

Donald Trump and Sarah Palins: Clowns of the latest political circus.
Donald Trump and Sarah Palins: Clowns of the latest political circus.

It’s hard to write rationally about the clownish acts of Sarah Palin.

Hard, hell:  Impossible.

Her endorsement Tuesday of another political clown, flamboyant billionaire and former TV reality star host, is typical buffoonish effort by a laughable political has-been to get publicity.

Some of those who watch and write about the failed American political system claim her nod to Trump is noteworthy.  They claim her endorsement will mean something to conservatives.

If so, then those right wingers are as brain dead as Palin and Trump.

Trump goes into the Iowa primary caucuses in less than two weeks as the presumptive front runner for the GOP nomination for President.  The sad fact that he is even on the ballot is a indictment of Republicans as a whole.

Others who write about politics say the incredibly stupid mistake of naming Sarah Palin as John McCain’s running mate in 2008 created the “Twilight Zone” atmosphere that opened the door for Trump in the 2016 campaign.

GOP consultant Steve Schmidt hangs his head in shame for his lamebrain idea that bringing Palin onto the McCain ticket would, somehow, bring the “star power” to match Barack Obama to a race where celebrity meant more than substance or leadership.

All it did was confirm national awareness that Palin was a nimwit who could not name critical foreign leaders or even a news source she watched or read on a regular basis.

Palin was a political fluke in Alaska, a state where flukes are common and flakiness is considered an asset.  Photos appeared of her as a college coed wearing t-shirts making fun of her tiny breasts and stories emerged that, as a TV sport reporter, she had a fondness of bedding star athletes in one-night stands.

Other stories told of cocaine parties at her home.  She bragged about her “family values” home life and then her daughter turned up pregnant by a boyfriend.

It was both odd that right-wing, Bible-thumping Republican zealots flocked to Palin because she, in reality, is the epitome of everything they claim to despise.  Stores of her adultery emerged.  She lied on the campaign trail.  She was caught in scandals as Alaska governor.

Then again, the love-in by those who now support Trump is even more hypocritical.

He leads the polls for a Presidential nomination in a party where religious conviction is a litmus test, yet Trump is evasive about his religion, if he even has any faith except towards his perceived “greatness” and the pursuit of money.

He claims to be “sort of” a Presbyterian and often admits that he goes to church “sometimes” around Christmas or New Year.  He claims he has read the Bible but can’t provide a single Biblical quote as a favorite.

“Oh, they are all good and important,” he says.

Trumps morals are somewhere south of the border — that place where he claims all Mexicans are “drug dealers” and “murderers.”

Affairs led to divorce.  He brags about coveting his daughter, who he says he would like to bed.  He owned gambling houses (casinos) and went bankrupt trying to turn Atlantic City into a gambling paradise.

Then he claimed he didn’t go bankrupt. It was his wholly-owned casino empire that filed some of his several bankruptcies that left investors and creditors holding empty moneybags.

“I did all right,” he claimed.  He lost a yacht, homes and other things because of his massive debts.

Trump lies just about every time he opens his mouth. His claims of greatness are never backed with any citations of face or substance.  He started rich with money from his real-estate mogul father and it has been daddy who has bailed him out time and again,

This is Presidential material?  According to his zealous followers, yep he is the person they think should be President.

And he is now endorsed by Sarah Palin, another Republican monument to ignorance and stupidity.  Has anyone else of substance endorsed Trump?

They deserve each other and the rest of us deserve a chance to wake up from the nightmare of Campaign 2016.

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CPAC: More focus on liberties than social issues

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. at CPAC. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. at CPAC. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The nation’s largest annual gathering of conservative activists comes to a finish Saturday but not before a final group of Republican all-stars takes the stage.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin headline the third and final day of the Conservative Political Action Conference, which brings thousands of activists, opinion leaders and

Republican officials to suburban Washington. Other participants Saturday include Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, former South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint and a host of up-and-coming conservatives from across the country.

Saturday also features the results of the conference’s annual symbolic presidential preference straw poll. The gathering is an early audition of sorts for most of the GOP’s prospective 2016 presidential field.

Some of the GOP’s most prominent conservatives insisted Friday that Republicans should emphasize hot-button social issues like abortion and gay marriage in this year’s midterm elections, exposing an ideological divide within a party trying to capture the Senate this year and then the White House in two years.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Southern Baptist pastor, set the tone early in the second day of the conference.

“If this nation forgets our God, then God will have every right to forget us,” Huckabee said to cheers. “It’s time for government to scale back, not for people of faith to scale back.”

The day also featured Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who, like Huckabee, have run presidential campaigns fueled in part by support from religious voters.

But Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, one of the final speakers of the day, represents a new generation of libertarian-minded Republicans less likely to oppose gay marriage or embrace laws allowing the government to affect people’s private lives.

“There’s a great battle going on. It’s for the heart and soul of America,” Paul told a swelling crowd, focusing on civil liberties instead of social issues.
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Time to rid the nation of an embarrassment named Cruz?

Sen. Ted Cruz: The mouth that bored.
Sen. Ted Cruz: The mouth that bored.

Maybe it’s time to do something to put the misery called Ted Cruz out of America’s life and memory.

Depending on the voters of Texas to step in and do something about the national embarrassment called Cruz is useless.  Texas, after all, is the state that gave cretins like George W. Bush elected office more than once, so expecting anything remotely approaching rationality is a pipe dream when it comes to the Lone Star state.

Cruz, sadly, is a blatant example of just how incredibly stupid the tea party can be. To rally behind such a idiot shows how devoid the party and its followers are when it comes to having an IQ of even the average plant — as in vegetable.

After all, this is the party that thinks Sarah Palin or Michelle Bachmann should be considered serious Presidential material.

Let’s see.  Sarah Palin, the ditzy Alaska governor whose lust for money drove her to quit in her first term and the one who brought national embarrassment to the Presidential campaign of John McCain when he, in a moment of of madness, picked her as his running mate.  Or Bachmann, whose lack of knowledge about simple American geographically was driven home when she bragged about homeschooling her children.  We wonder if, in her so-called “education” of her children, she put Lexington and Concord in Massachusetts where they belong and not in New Hampshire as she claimed in a campaign speech in 2011 in one of her long history of gaffes that fell way short on accuracy.

The current tea party poster children are troglodytes like Ted Cruz, the rabid-right Republican Senator who tried to bring the government to its knees last fall with his bitter, often false, campaign against Obamacare and his cavalcade of idiocy in a 24-hour-long talkathon that was widely considered a “faux filibuster.”

Cruz, born in Canada as the child an American mother and a Cuban father known for his rapid right wing positions who says “let’s talk about the black population.  All the civil rights that African Americans have obtained have come from Republicans.”

Cruz’s father also calls blacks “uninformed” and “deceived.”

So it is no surprise that the son probably seizes on the current President’s race as justification for his unrelenting campaign against anything that has Obama’s name on it.

This week, he used his personal hatred of the President to bring further embarrassment to his party and the nation, trying — and failing — to filibuster passage of a “clean bill” to raise the national debt ceiling and keep the government from defaulting on its loans.

Most Republicans, tired of the fight that forced a partial shutdown of the government last fall, wanted the bill to pass with a simple majority so they could go home and beat a massive snow storm that was bearing down on Washington.

But Cruz’s antics forced a vote to shut him up and his efforts created political difficulty for a number of Republicans, including Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell, locked in a bitter primary in Kentucky against — you guessed it — a darling of the tea party.

But McConnell and Texas Republican John Cornyn came forward and voted to shut Cruz up.   Like McConnell, Cornyn faces a primary against a right-wing fanatic.

Cruz’s strategy even came under fire from the conservative Wall Street Journal editorial page, which said:

“We’re all for holding politicians accountable with votes on substantive issues, but Mr. Cruz knew he couldn’t stop a debt increase the House had already passed. He also had no alternative strategy if the bill had failed, other than to shut down the government again, take public attention away from ObamaCare, and make Republicans even more unpopular.”

In it’s editorial, the Journal called Cruz “The Minority Maker.”  On the liberal side, Washington Post blogger Chris Cillizza notes that Cruz “did something you almost never see in the Senate: He purposefully made political life harder for his Republican colleagues.”

Cillizza also notes that both McConnell and Cronyn are expected to win and they will remember what Cruz did, noting “Cruz won’t be climbing the leadership ladder.  Ever.”

On second thought, maybe we shouldn’t do anything about Ted Cruz.  Let him do what he does best:  Bring the rabid right, racist Republican Party to its knees and expose the tea party for what it is: a terrorist organization bent on destroying America.

 

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Sarah Palin’s latest venture: An outdoor show

Sarah Palin: Another way to make money (AP/Julio Cortez)
Sarah Palin: Another way to make money (AP/Julio Cortez)

The Sportsman Channel said Monday it has hired Sarah Palin to be host of a weekly outdoors-oriented program that will celebrate the “red, wild and blue” lifestyle.

The program, “Amazing America,” will debut next April. The Sportsman Channel is in some 32 million homes, less than one-third of American households with television, with programming geared to people interested in hunting, fishing and shooting. Palin’s show will include a series of stories about personalities and activities in that vein.

“It’s very important to have somebody of her stature as a personality on Sportsman because it validates the whole category for everybody,” said Gavin Harvey, network CEO.

The Sportsman Channel has ordered 12 episodes of the series to start. It’s the first of a three-series deal between the network and the busy nonfiction production company Pilgrim Studios.

“The network showcases a lifestyle that I love and celebrate every day and it’s great to be a part of their team,” Palin said in a statement provided by the network.

Since her failed bid for the vice presidency in 2008, the former Alaska governor has worked as a commentator on Fox News Channel and was host of a short-lived series about her home state, “Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” that ran on the TLC network.

Owners of The Sportsman Channel tried and failed this year to buy its chief competitor, the Outdoors Channel, which airs in slightly more households. The effort attracted some controversy because Leo Hindery Jr., a media executive whose company owns The Sportsman Channel, is a Democratic fundraiser and regarded warily by politically conservative outdoor enthusiasts who worried about what he might do to Outdoors.

Some of the content on The Sportsman Channel suggests they shouldn’t be too concerned.

Besides the upcoming Palin series, Sportsman airs a series with conservative activist and rock musician Ted Nugent. Sportsman also airs a TV version of the National Rifle Association-sponsored radio show, “NRA News, Cam & Co.,” each weekday and “NRA Guns & Gold,” a show about guns styled after “Antiques Roadshow.”

Harvey said The Sportsman Channel has no interest in being politically polarizing.

“It’s not our intention at Sportsman to take any political position,” he said. “This lifestyle, coast to coast, crosses every type of political spectrum.”

Another high profile show on Sportsman that ran this summer, “Aporkalypse: 2013,” was about the growth in the feral pig population.

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http://www.thesportsmanchannel.com/
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