Thursday, September 8, 2016
Tidbits And Cat Treats: Obama LOLZ Edition
Gosh, there is so much to comment on in the political world today that we cats are suffering from a serious case of sensory overload. But President Obama's infectious-laugh reaction to Donald Drumpf's latest attacks is a good place to start. And here are some other stories that have caught our attention between naps.
Nine. No, we're not talking about the Broadway musical revival with Antonio Banderas (whom we love) — it's the number of outrageous comments that Drumpf made in 24 minutes with the execrable Matt Lauer last night. What's encouraging is that, despite Lauer's obvious failures to call Drumpf out, the mainstream media are not hesitating to do so today. We can only assume (and hope) that the Lauer fiasco will further embolden at least three of the four moderators in the 2016 Presidential debates.
Pundit World is abuzz about Gary Johnson's "Aleppo" gaffe. We find Johnson's error inexplicable since, thanks to this photo, the Syrian city has been on everyone's lips for weeks. But it just goes to show you that these days, Republicans are simply amateurs at this stuff. (Johnson was the GOP Governor of New Mexico before he became a "Libertarian.")
Meanwhile, after Johnson's screw-up on Syria, and Drumpf's lusting after Vladimir Putin last night, we're rapidly reaching the point where the dominant question in the Republican Presidential race for 2020 will be: "Who'dya vote for in 2016?" — knowing, of course, that there's no good answer that won't alienate at least a third of the Republican primary electorate. (PS: Assuming he holds his Senate seat this year, we predict that Baby Marco Rubio will not hit a home run on that question the first time he's asked about it in a December 2018 Presidential debate.)
At the same time, we think that the media don't fully appreciate the impact that Drumpf's adoration of Putin will have on the Jewish vote and the Russian-emigre vote, let alone the vote by the national-security geeks. Honestly, every time Drumpf opens his mouth, he pisses off another group of 10,000 or so voters.
The Drumpf campaign has reported $90 million for their August fundraising totals. As we cats have pointed out, they have a long way to go to catch up to Hillary Clinton in the money race. But at the very least, $90 million means it'll be a good September for the various Trump properties that host events and/or lease campaign office space. Way to churn those bucks back into your coffers, Donald!
Finally, because we cats are fair and balanced, we congratulate Congresswoman Martha McSally (R-AZ) for successfully leading the charge to allow Women Airforce Service Pilots to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
We were privileged to know one of the thousand-plus women who performed the crucial non-combat roles of ferrying aircraft during World War II. If she were with us today, Kaddy surely would have had some choice words about the fact that it took more than 30 years for the WASPs to receive military benefits (thank you, Jimmy Carter), and 40 more after that to confer burials at Arlington — but she'd probably be smiling at today's news, too. We cats PURR.