Wednesday, September 28, 2016
What did we cats like best about the Presidential debate? Are we allowed to say "everything"? Well, that post would take too long to write. But here are a few of our favorite things.
Donald Trump's huffy reference to those awful, unfair, terrible ads that Hillary's been running. Nearly all of which feature him, um, saying things that he's actually said.
Hillary's greeting during the opening handshake. "How are you, Donald?" Perfect. A breezy, familiar yet commanding tone. It wasn't long after that that Trump condescendingly inquired how he should address her. "Secretary Clinton — is that OK? Good. I want you to be very happy. It’s very important to me."
Trump's description of the police officers in Dallas having been "killed very violently." We're trying to picture how someone could be gently shot to death. And how did you like that Amy Carter moment Trump had? What does his 10-year-old son's facility with computers have to do with cybersecurity?
Hillary springing the story of Alicia Machado on an unsuspecting Trump. "Where did you find this? Where did you find this?" he sputtered, manterrupting like crazy as he had all night. Trump's treatment of Machado is cruel and unforgivable, but we find his "Miss Housekeeping" moniker for a Latina Miss Universe the most offensive of all.
And, of course, the post-debate spin — which Trump, in addition to the debate itself, has decidedly lost. This is despite his penchant for citing unrepresentative online polls (including one that wasn't even taken). We cats HISS at the ridiculous GOP nominee, and PURR at our masterful own — of whom we're very proud.
(IMAGE: The Trump family flees the stage after the debate. This photo says it all.)
We cats saw Howard Dean's "cocaine user?" tweet right after Monday night's debate and thought it needed a little editing. (We offer our services. In fact, we'd love to manage his entire Twitter account if he'd let us.) But overall, we considered the tweet harmless.
Fast forward to this morning: News anchors are agog and the Donald Drumpf campaign, which makes a regular habit of insulting people, is wildly offended. The sky is falling!
Donald Trump was sniffing during the debate. We noticed it at the time. Then we checked the Twitterverse and saw that lots of other people were noticing, too. Governor Dean's tweet was just one more comment in the cacophony. (We were tickled, though, that in a subsequent TV interview Dean went on to say that Trump "also has grandiosity, which is something that accompanies [a cocaine] problem. He has delusions...when he told everybody he was very smart not to pay taxes, he denied he'd said it in front of 100 million people." PURR!)
But Trump's faux outrage about the Dean tweet is just that — faux — since it's impossible to be credible about allegations of drug use when you've spent weeks and months implying that Hillary Clinton was close to death because she had a cough. It's also impossible to be credible about drug use when Trump constantly argues that his status as the highest of high-powered New York corporate titans earns him the right to be President. We find it very hard to believe that someone who swaggered through the business and fashion worlds of the 1980s and '90s didn't do coke.
Of course, Trump could put this to rest by releasing all of his medical records. And since he so famously demanded that President Obama release his birth certificate, perhaps we, in turn, can demand that he submit to random drug tests. Our choice of time and place, Donald.
So, yes, allow us to rise to the defense of Howard Dean. He should not back down or remove the tweet — only cowards do that. Sure, we admit to suffering from an incurable case of Dean adoration. But since Trump has tried to claim that he didn't sniff during the debate (it was the mic!), we know this: Whatever Trump's malady — a cold, a coke habit, an overdose of Viagra — there is something deeply wrong with that man, and he must never be President. We cats HISS.
(IMAGE: Gee, Trump drank an awful lot of water on Monday, too. Another symptom? A lot of people are saying so!)
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
was right: It was, indeed, a humbling at Hofstra.
Monday, September 26, 2016
Sunday, September 25, 2016
Those of us who love the play Cat On a Hot Tin Roof trace part of our adoration to Tennessee Williams's liberal use of the marvelous and mellifluous word "mendacity."
So imagine our delight that The New York Times not only endorsed Hillary Clinton the other day, but also just published a scathing "Part 2," explaining in no uncertain terms why Donald Trump must not be President. His mendacity (yep, they used the term) was a big reason.
In short, his lies. Constant, unrelenting, unremitting lies.
We cats can't remember a major newspaper that ran two separate pieces as the Times has. We've certainly noticed how many have endorsed Clinton early — a brutal comment on the GOP's historically bad nominee. Endorsements of Hillary by Republican papers like The Dallas Morning News, The Houston Chronicle and The Cincinnati Enquirer have also sent a signal: Expect other traditionally right-leaning editorial boards to take a pass on Trump.
It's just more evidence of how far off the rails the Republicans have gone this year. Papers declining to back a GOP nominee for the first time in decades if not a century. Former officials from the Reagan, Bush I and Bush II administrations throwing their support behind Clinton. Establishment types — like Lindsey Graham, John Kasich, Jeb! Bush — refusing to follow Rafael Cruz, Jr. in his cowardly steps and endorse Trump. All living previous GOP Presidential nominees except Bob Dole skipping the Republican National Convention.
The media simply have to stop acting as if there's some kind of equivalency between Trump and Clinton, and that their respective negatives should be given equal weight. To continue pushing that canard would be mendacious indeed. We cats HISS.
In our brief dip into the Sunday morning political gabfests (brief because we cats are about to head out to register voters), we heard a talking head say that the spin after tomorrow night's Presidential debate is going to be crucial.
So here are some rough n' tumble, take-no-prisoners, in-your-face folks we'd love to see spinning away for Hillary — and the kind of things we'd like them to say:
"What kind of a man roots for the economic crash that cost millions of people their jobs? Their homes? Their life savings? What kind of a man cheats students, cheats investors, cheats workers? I’ll tell you what kind of man. A man who must NEVER be President of the United States." —Senator Elizabeth Warren
"Mike Pence once said that when both parents work, children end up facing 'stunted emotional growth.' I'm a doctor. Let me tell you what actually stunts children's growth. Not having access to healthcare." —Governor Howard Dean
"You know, I happen to believe the crazy notion that people who weren't born with the same opportunities as you and me should be given the same opportunities as you and me. And all it takes to accomplish this is everyone. All of us. Or as a pretty kick-ass woman once said, it takes a village." —Sarah Silverman
"There beside me [on September 12, 2001] was Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton, the New York Senator. Hillary Clinton, my friend. She understood the pain my family, our city, our nation were under. She fought to help our city rebuild. And she delivered." —Congressman Joe Crowley
"It’s hard for many Americans to reconcile their romanticized fantasy of Main Street USA with today’s reality. But Mayberry isn’t coming back." —Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
And of course this man:
Would Mr. Khan do it? Probably not. But it sure would make us PURR.
Saturday, September 24, 2016
—The New York Times, September 24, 2016