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Removing Symbols Needs Action To Follow

Category: GOP Presidential Candidates
Posted: 07/10/15 15:38

by Dave Mindeman

I'm happy that the Battle Flag was taken down at the South Carolina Capitol. That is a great symbolic victory. But removing symbols, while helpful, is not going to solve the problem.

Because the flag is gone, do you think racism in South Carolina is better?

If the Ku Klux Klan didn't use hoods, would they be better people?

If a burning cross on the lawn is put out and removed, do you feel any less threatened?

Fixing symbols is a start, a very good start, but until there is follow up with productive actions, it won't mean very much.

After the Flag ceremony today, a SC Democratic legislator said that it was time to move forward on actions that were important the fallen State Senator Pinckney - like getting expanded Medicaid implemented in South Carolina. A program that disproportionately affects the African American community.

When that happens, then we can judge how different South Carolina has really become.
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The Donald

Category: GOP Presidential Candidates
Posted: 07/06/15 16:01

by Dave Mindeman

Donald Trump for President.

It seems like a punch line. I start to smile every time his name comes up. John Stewart and Larry Wilmore thank their lucky stars that he decided to run for President.

(Just as an aside, it bugs me that whenever Trump talks his mouth forms this perfect circle on a lot of his spoken words. WHAT IS THAT?)

Yet, even with all the crazy lines and policy thoughts that come from this man, he still is "popular" in the Republican polls. What does that say about your average GOP primary voter?

How crazy can it be that they can go from "self-deportation" to "Mexicans coming across the border are all rapists" and be OK with that? What kind of mindset assimilates that without blinking an eye?

Now it is possible that the 11 or 12% that Trump gets in these polls is just his reality ceiling and as the field consolidates, he will stay there while the rest of the field moves up. That's possible.

But what if it's not? What if the summer moves into the fall and Trump is still getting a viable number of supporters? An outside observer of American politics would have to be scratching his or her head.

The newest "Donaldism" comes from a quickly deleted tweet going viral:

#JebBush has to like the Mexican illegals because of his wife.


Can you imagine a President saying something like that?

You have to hope that all of this is a anecdotal blip on the radar and it will soon go away.

I still believe that the Trump campaign will die a quiet death when it comes time for full financial disclosure. Trump does not want the world to know how he makes his money.

But until then, maybe it will be like watching a NASCAR race for the crashes.
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Summing It Up For 2016 GOP Field

Category: GOP Presidential Candidates
Posted: 04/21/15 17:25, Edited: 04/21/15 17:25

by Dave Mindeman

Most often used phrases or one line summations of each GOP candidate:

1. Chris Christie:
"Seriously, are you going to be an idiot and really go there?"

2. Ted Cruz:
"I may have misspoke."

3. Rand Paul:
"C'mon now, I never said that."

4. Jeb Bush:
"I'm my own man...and I love my brother. Ask any of his people that I hired."

5. Scott Walker:
"No matter what it is, it's a problem caused by unions - and I'm the guy to fix it."

6. Marco Rubio:
"I'm the young Latino guy."

7. Ben Carson:
"I'm the black reverse Obama."

8. Mike Huckabee:
"Forget foreign policy, we have a gay problem."

9. Carly Fiorina:
"Remember, I'm the woman in the race and a classic climate change denier. Winning combo."

10. Rick Perry:
"I'm your basic indicted Presidential hopeful - oops!"

11. Bobby Jindal:
"Whatever the right wingers say at the moment, that's my platform!"

12. Lindsay Graham:
"I have the foreign policy expertise - Benghazi!"

13. Rick Santorum:
"I can run because I did it before and with the same losing policies, but I can still do it."

14. John Kasich:
"After watching these other characters for awhile, you'll be begging me to run."

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