All posts tagged: presidential election

GOP Debate in Houston

Apparently I like to torture myself because I watched the entire GOP debate tonight. And these tweets basically recap it: Wait, is Ted Cruz currently arguing FOR people “dying in the streets” in an attempt to make Trump look bad? WTF, bro. #GOPDebate — Sarah Blackstock (@sarahblackstock) February 26, 2016 Rubio is legit about to wink at the audience. Reaaaaaally enjoying those cheers at his “snappy comebacks” #GOPDebate — Sarah Blackstock (@sarahblackstock) February 26, 2016 “Can somebody attack me, please?” Ben Carson wants to talk. #GOPDebate — Sarah Blackstock (@sarahblackstock) February 26, 2016 Trump to Cruz & Rubio: “Keep trying. Swing for the fences.” 😂 — Sarah Blackstock (@sarahblackstock) February 26, 2016 The lack of a Kasich tweet would make me feel bad, but: 1) he did nothing that inspired one, and 2) he defunded Planned Parenthood in Ohio the other day, so nevermind. What I’ve really learned in the Republican Primary so far is that it’s possible to make me feel bad for and miss Jeb Bush, the guy I instantly wanted to lose when …

This election is weird, y’all.

One state choosing Trump and Sanders on the same night is interesting, to say the least. Bernie Sanders just easily won the New Hampshire primary. New Hampshire primary results: Donald Trump wins. This is going to be a really interesting election season. The pundits have been wrong so often already that there’s no way to think we can count on them to get it right… The usual rules have been tossed out and who knows who will be our next president. Wow.  

GOP Debate Night

I can’t help myself and watch every primary debate, and unfortunately, there have basically been a zillion for the Republicans so far this time and yikes. Here, torture yourself with the tweets I shared/read while I watched: I almost gave up at this point, but just as I reached for the remote, Wolf said they were moving to closing statements. So, here’s my tweet-recap of each of those: If you haven’t had quite enough yet, my favorite post-debate ritual is checking PolitiFact for their updates on where the claims made in the debate fall on their truth-o-meter.

Party Systems & the GOP in 2015

I’ve been thinking about American political parties some today after hearing about a report from the Washington Post that saying the RNC/GOP may be making plans for how to nominate someone other than Trump if he’s in the lead going into the convention. And? Okay. I understand that, because: Trump. But, on the other hand, if he’s who Republicans across the States vote to nominate, he should be the nominee, because if not? What’s the point? (But don’t even get me started on what so many Americans apparently support because YIKES.) For once I guess I don’t have to feel too awkward about agreeing with Ben Carson about something: “I am prepared to lose fair and square, as I am sure is Donald,” Carson said. “But I will not sit by and watch a theft. I intend on being the nominee. If I am not, the winner will have my support. If the winner isn’t our nominee, then we have a massive problem.” Read more on Politico. Also watch the video above if you’re a big …

To Read: Dr. Ben Carson is Not Smart

I appreciate this neurologist’s take on Carson on Daily Kos (because WHYYYYYYY is he still in the race!). First, he defines what it is to be smart: “‘Smart’ is a multifaceted cognitive feature composed of excellent analytical skills, possession of an extensive knowledge base that is easily and frequently augmented, possession of a good memory, and being readily curious about the world and willing, even eager, to reject previously accepted notions in the face of new data. Being smart includes having the ability to analyze new data for validity and, thinking creatively, draw new insights from existing common knowledge.” And then he says: “I can assure you, Dr. Ben Carson does not meet the above criteria.” The doctor/writer suggests journalists stop starting their pieces on Carson mentioning how he’s smart (obviously, since he’s a neurosurgeon) and skip straight to what they really want to say, which is that he’s not. (Hello, grain silo pyramids.) He explains that to get through the training to be a neurosurgeon a person must be “disciplined, have immense ego strength, a reasonably good …

Trump, African President

I was (and remain, at least a little) skeptical of Trevor Noah taking over as host for The Daily Show. But he’s doing well so far & this piece was a little bit of brilliance that we likely wouldn’t have gotten without this exact host making this particular personal connection: Donald Trump: America’s African President.