artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson
Sat Aug 08 2015, 12:41pm | 11 comments
Trump/Fiorina. Let it all burn.
You’re not here. Easy for you to say.
At the risk of sounding completely coarse and vulgar…Carly Fiorina was asked to comment on Donald Trump’s statements about women. Here’s the quote as it appeared in the print edition of the New York Times. See if you can spot the unfortunate typo:
“It’s not helpful to call people names, it’s not helpful to paint with a broad bush, it’s not helpful to engage in personal insult.”
With the way the British right wing is doing its damnedest to emulate the U.S.’s right wing, a Trump win would have a big impact in the U.K, too.
Right now Trump is playing the same anti-illegal-immigration card that worked so well for former U.S. presidential candidate Pete Wilson.
If he makes it through the primaries, he will be very, very lucky.
Then again, if U.S. politics was as predictable and permanently skewed to the right as a lot of otherwise smart people like to believe, Rudy Giuliani would be president right now…
Look, I often adore Jon Stewart, I enjoy his show. I was pleased at how his mockery resonated far and wide and often publicised things that were staying beneath the radar. I loved many of his “correspondents”; but, come ON people, he’s not someone to ‘hope’ for!
No one is. We need someone who’ll do the job…unfortunately, what everyone seems to want is someone who “gives them hope”. WTF is hope? We need action. Obviously, during a campaign, all we got is hope because all we have is promises and lies disguised as promises.
I am not, even in jest, going to back someone who is an entertainer. A gadfly, yes, a really good gadfly even, but he’s not a public servant, not someone who ever held elected office — not even in a union. (And, there’s a lot of mixed signals that he sent during the writers’ strike in 2007/8.)
I go for track records. I like my elected officials to have them. I want them to have started out getting involved at a community level and worked their way up. I don’t like it when they appear at the top backed by who-knows-who without years of work, real work, wonky work with back-and-forth and compromise and constituents, under their belts.
It doesn’t mean that I’m going to vote for anyone with a track record, but a track record makes me feel less nervous, makes me feel like I know more of what that pig-in-a-poke is going to do when the shit hits the fan.
And, yeah, cute cartoon, but the last 40 50 years in US politics at the Federal level have been supremely depressing. Local politics isn’t much better and I’m still mourning Paul Wellstone.
Given the US footprint on the world, anyone who gets elected to the presidency is going to have a big impact everywhere.
I’m hoping Jon Stewart will do a remake of Man of the Year that’s actually funny.
Agreed. I don’t actually think Jon Stewart should run for president.
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