Friday, August 26, 2016

The Anti-Role-Model

By Sniffles

You know what makes us cats happiest? The fact that the words "racist" and "bigot" are labels that people today want to avoid.

How far we've come from the days that we, with our nine lives, unfortunately remember: When Lester Maddox wielded an ax handle, when George Wallace stood in the schoolhouse door, when Richard Nixon appealed to Southern Democrats' opposition to civil rights and welcomed them (with Roger Ailes's help) into the Republican Party.

We cats say, today is so much better — because collectively, we recognize how wrong those positions were. And how right Hillary Clinton was to call out the GOP on their coddling of racists and anti-Semites.

In fact, how amazing it is that anti-Semitism has become a topic in the Presidential campaign at all.

Those of us who love persons of the Jewish faith — and who have been fortunate enough for them to become soul mates and intimate players in our lives — can especially appreciate the fact that Secretary Clinton went after the white supremacists supporting Trump yesterday. Never before has anti-Semitism risen to this level of discussion.

Now, because of Trump, it's a thing. We cats are glad about this. Not just because Hillary has a Jewish son-in-law (so does Trump), but because calling horsehockey on them is the right thing to do.

Refusing to discuss the alt-right's ties to Trump would be the worst political failure. We cats applaud Secretary Clinton for doing it. And we PURR.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

And At Some Point We Have To Figure Out Why Trump Was In Mississippi

By Miss Kubelik

How do we think Donald Drumpf and his legion of super-haters would react if Angela Merkel came to the US and campaigned for Hillary Clinton?

Merkel is one of the bugbears of the alt-right Breitbart mob for many reasons, but a lot of it has to do with her steadfast support of liberal immigration policies. (Surely they pine for a German chancellor of an earlier era.)

But we're all supposed to be okay with Nigel Farage, the anti-immigrant Brexit jackass from the UK, coming to Mississippi (Mississippi?) and appearing with Drumpf. As we were reminded when Hillary gave her terrific speech in Reno today, Farage is a race-baiting, sexist moron.

Who's next? Marine Le Pen? Geert Wilders? We cats HISS.

P.S. Re that Reno speech: Contrary to what Donald Drumpf says, we don't think that the candidate who's beating him by 10 points in the latest Quinnipiac poll is "desperate."

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Good Deed Doers

By Zamboni

In Trump World, there must be no such thing as a good NGO.

So we cats are not surprised that a greedy, hateful despiser of losers like Donald Trump would demand that The Clinton Foundation be shut down. How terrible, terrible that the foundation has distributed AIDS drugs to poor people in 70 countries, planted five million trees in Haiti, and helped reduce US greenhouse gas emissions more than 33,000 tons every year! It absolutely must be stopped.

In fact, while he's at it, why doesn't Trump demand that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation — or, for that matter, The Carter Center — close up shop? They're all loser and suckers, right? They could be using their money to buy his real estate and join his golf clubs instead? Right? Right?

Somehow, some way, we cats have faith that people who do good will outlast people who have no idea what doing good is. And we PURR.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Weighing The Options In Missouri

By Baxter

Missouri is one of those states that, contrary to many others around the nation, has gotten redder over the years. So we cats were pleasantly surprised to see a new Monmouth poll that had Donald Drumpf only leading Hillary Clinton by a percentage point. It also had GOP Senator Roy Blunt ahead of Jason Kander by just five. And goodness gracious, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris Koster is ahead of Republican Eric Greitens by 11! (Plus, Monmouth isn't a particularly "D-friendly" pollster. Hmmm!)

But let's not get carried away. We tend to stay sane by keeping our expectations as realistic as possible — low, even. And as everyone keeps saying, things could change in 77 days.

In the meantime, though, remember that politics is a zero-sum game. Faced with these polls, the Republicans will have to start planning to spend their limited assets on the Show Me State — not just for the Presidential race, but for the other two as well. And the super PACs that aren't playing in the Presidential (like Rove's) will have to take money away from characters like Kelly Ayotte, Baby Marco Rubio and Pat Toomey to help shore up Blunt. Or they'll have to cut off what little they're still sending to Ron Johnson. Pity.

It's all a question of the allocation of scarce resources, don'tcha know. So whether or not these polls are good for Democrats (and we think they're pretty okay), they're for sure not good for the GOP. We cats PURR.

Monday, August 22, 2016

You've Got Mail (And From The Trumpsters, Racist Social Media Posts)

By Sniffles

In case you need more proof that we Democrats are nicer than Republicans — and definitely nicer than Trump fans —  check out the social media posts of the Donald Trump campaign's paid state staffers, which the AP has uncovered and which are, shall we say, impolitic.

Hatred of Mexicans, African Americans, Muslims — and John Kerry, whom they'd like to kill — it's all there. Oh, and toss in sharia law, inflated claims of black-on-white crime, and a coming new American civil war, and you have quite a stew.

Strikingly, the AP reviewed social media commentary by Hillary Clinton's paid staff, as well as the stolen emails from the DNC. And found nothing racist or bigoted. Of course.

We cats think this is a pretty ironic story, coming on a day when Pundit World is agog about 15,000 new State Department emails that have surfaced. So, yes: Secretary Clinton has already offered up thousands and thousands and thousands of messages — and yes, it appears that there are thousands more. (When you're Secretary of State, you communicate a lot.) Have any of them turned out to be the "smoking gun" of Judicial Watch's dreams? No. Will any of them? No. But these Trump social media posts — goodness gracious.

We would so rather have our team use a private server (which was probably more secure than government systems would be any day) — and get caught up in a manufactured right-wing "scandal" because of it — than to have cretins working for us who post hate-filled bile on the interwebs. Birds of a feather, and all that. And that, friends, is the difference between Us and Them. We cats HISS.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Note To France: You're Being Ridiculous

By Miss Kubelik

It's amazing how applicable Sarah Silverman's convention smackdown of the Bernie Bros is to larger issues in the world. Latest case in point: France's assault on conservative Muslim dress for women (as in, the "burkini").

What is France's problem? In a liberal, tolerant, pluralistic society, people should be able to be comfortable in their own skin. And if this means they want to cover up that skin, BFD.

Dear France: We're sorry, but this is exactly the wrong tack to take. Let them wear whatever they want. It's when you start banning things like burkinis that you sow resentment and anger. It's so simple and so logical, that we can't believe you don't get it. We cats HISS.