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And a really funny quote to start the day…

… this is the kind of thing that makes me realize why Obama is so far ahead of his critics. On the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Obama joked about Donald Trump’s latest challenge:

“This all dates back to when we were growing up together in Kenya. We had constant run-ins on the soccer field. He wasn’t very good and resented it. When we finally moved to America I thought it would be over.”

— President Obama

Looks like a lie can be exploded by a funnier lie.

 

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If you wonder why Romney flip-flops tonight…

 

Who does Romney get his debate advice from? Here’s the top 8 of his advisors:

 

Be Aggressive –  “He’s got to smack the president like [conservative radio host] Laura Ingraham would smack him.” – Bill O’Reilly 

Don’t Be Aggressive – “Relax and be prepared…You can be on offense without being offensive.” – Newt Gingrich

Focus On The Economy – “This really is about our economy. When he lays out a plan to fix our tax code to stop the overreach of regulations coming out of Washington, to get our debt problem under control, and to have a national energy policy, let me tell you what, the American people will respond.” – John Boehner 

Don’t Focus On The Economy – “In debate, @MittRomney should ask Obama why autobiography states, ‘born in Kenya, raised in Indonesia.'” – Donald Trump

Go Big – “It makes you think how far ahead Romney would be if he were actually running a campaign. His unwillingness to go big, to go for the larger argument, is simply astonishing … Make the case. Go large.” – Charles Krauthammer

Don’t Go Big – “The challenge for Gov. Romney is to relate to people personally and provide some inspiration that their quality of life will improve,” – Linda DiVall, Top GOP Pollster 

Keep It Simple – “I think he just has to lay out his plan and his vision … In the end this is going to be about Governor Romney over the next four or five weeks laying that vision out for folks.” – Chris Christie

Totally Change Up His Game – Romney should say, “I’m a nonideological guy running in an ideological age, and I’ve been pretending to be more of an ideologue than I really am. I’m a sophisticated guy running in a populist moment.” – David Brooks

Oh well… maybe he should have his own views on everything. I think Obama does.

 

Cartoon(s) of the Week – Donald and Mitt

Mike Luckovich in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Who do you attach yourself to if you want to win?

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Rob Rogers in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Does it matter where the supporter stands?

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Joe Heller in the Green Bay Press Gazette:

Avoiding the issues and keeping up the crap.

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Jeff Danziger in  the L. A. Times:

But it keeps us entertained.

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Tom Toles in The Washington Post:

After all…politics is just a card game.

 

Birthers should be evaluating Mexican Mitt…

This was clipped from AmericaBlog:

“The second Birther claim is by far the most hilarious: namely, that the Constitution states that both parents must be natural-born citizens of the United States in order to be president. The Philadelphia Convention must have written that clause in invisible ink, because nowhere in Article II, Section 1, Clause 5 of the Constitution does it state that. The Constitution states that the candidate must only be born here (check), must be at least 35-years-old (check), and be a US resident for at least 14 years (check).

“What makes the second thinking so hilarious is that under Birthers‘ very own logic, the GOP‘s 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney is also ineligible to be president – his papi was born in Mexico.”

 

You don’t hear Birthers going after Mitt on this, oh, because he’s the white guy? What about the fact that his grandfather living in Mexico was there so he could have multiple wives?

This election is getting insane…

Starting the day with a quote about Trump…

The Donald is becoming the leading entertainer of the Republican campaign… Romney‘s comic sidekick. But how do you define him?

Frank Rich has the answer:

“There is no more naked celebrity in America than Donald Trump. He doesn’t do subtlety. He doesn’t do ‘thought.’ To say he has a political calculus is a wild overstatement. His strategy amounts to no more than junior high school algebra. The equation is: Trump + infantile public statement x infinite repetitions on TV and Twitter = maximum publicity for flailing Trump products and insatiable Trump ego.”

Rich also has a warning for Romney concerning the Trump fundraiser:

If you will fly to Vegas for a one-night-stand with a bleach-bottle bimbo, you look as if you will do anything for money.

And that is apparently true.

David Swerdlick sums their pairing up in the  New York Daily News:

…there’s a reason why they can’t ditch each other — and why Romney won’t create his own “Sister Souljah moment,” dumping Trump to win over the swing voters who’ve lost faith in President Obama but don’t buy into Trump’s ongoing birther crusade.

It’s simple, actually. Romney’s earnest demeanor might not mesh with Trump’s headline-grabbing persona, but they’re more alike than you might think — and in different ways, they need each other’s help to take on Obama.

For one thing, they both got their start the old-fashioned way: from their dads. Trump’s left him a growing real estate empire, and Romney’s father-governor of Michigan and secretary of housing and urban development was the CEO of American Motors. They both spend a lot of time bragging about their business chops, but neither one gives Obama credit for making millions on his own.

They’re also both brand-new “conservatives.” These days, they rail against the perils of Obamacare, but Romney is the godfather of the individual mandate, and in his 12-year-old manifesto, “The America We Deserve,” Trump argued for universal health care — positions that both hope the public will forget.

Maybe The Donald SHOULD be considered as Romney’s VP choice… it’s as least as good a move as John McCain’s selection of Sarah Palin.

Quote of the Day – Donald Trump remains a Birther

“That’s the way life works… He didn’t know he was running for president, so he told the truth. The literary agent wrote down what he said… He said he was born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia… Now they’re saying it was a mistake. Just like his Kenyan grandmother said he was born in Kenya, and she pointed down the road to the hospital, and after people started screaming at her she said, ‘Oh, I mean Hawaii.’ Give me a break.”

– Trump in an interview

Another name for Birther is Asshole.

Quote of the Day – The Value of Donald Trump’s Endorsement

After Santorum won all three primaries/caucuses yesterday and Mitt came in really far behind, Donald Trump, who had claimed credit for Mitt’s Nevada win, told CNN he was puzzled:

Rick Santorum was a sitting senator who in re-election lost by 19 points, to my knowledge the most in the history of this country for a sitting senator to lose by 19 points. It’s unheard of. Then he goes out and says oh ‘okay’ I just lost by the biggest margin in history and now I’m going to run for president. Tell me, how does that work? … That’s like me saying I just failed a test. Now I’m going to apply for admission to the Wharton School of Finance. Okay? He just failed a test…. And now he’s going to run for president. So, I don’t get Rick Santorum. I don’t get that whole thing.”

Looks like The Donald’s political expertise is somewhat questionable. Do you think Mitt won Nevada for some other reason than Trump’s endorsement?

Trump pulls out of his debate …

Is it because only Gingrich and Santorum said they would be in it? Is it because he’s planning on running after all? Is it because he has to promote his career as an asshole?

Here’s Trump on the subject (have a good time watching):

Cartoon(s) of the Week – Trump Towers (above the candidates in the news)

Chan Lowe in the South Florida Sun Sentinel:

A wish is a dream your heart makes…

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Stuart Carlson in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:

This is going to be fun(ny)…

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John Deering in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette:

First he has to review the candidates’ qualifications…

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Gary Varvel in the Indianapolis Star:

…but no matter who is left in the debate, it’s really about Trump.

I expect Donald Trump will announce his leaving the Republican nomination race very soon…

NBC announced today that it is renewing “Celebrity Apprentice” for the next season.

According to Variety :

The network is hoping that Trump “will be back for another season, which would mean he wouldn’t be running for president. That said, NBC is prepared to continue the franchise without him should he declare his candidacy.”

Now, the network also said they could deliver the show without The Donald, but it is not certain who they could get who could say “You’re fired” with the same obnoxious vigor.

Let’s keep eyes and ears open for a coming announcement.

In Case you missed the White House Correspondent’s Dinner last night…

Here’s the fun that Obama and Seth Meyers had with Donald Trump…

I don’t think The Donald has much of a sense of humor… he certainly couldn’t take the kind of attacks that he hands out… there’s Obama’s strength,

And did you know Michelle Bachman was born in Canada? 🙂

A Quote for the Morning from Chris Hedges:

“The systems of information, owned or dominated by corporations, keep the public entranced with celebrity meltdowns, gossip, trivia and entertainment. There are no national news or intellectual forums for genuine political discussion and debate. The talking heads on Fox or MSNBC or CNN spin and riff on the same inane statements by Sarah Palin or Donald Trump. They give us lavish updates on the foibles of a Mel Gibson or Charlie Sheen. And they provide venues for the powerful to speak directly to the masses. It is burlesque.”

Read the rest of the article, The Corporate State Wins Again, on Truthdig.

What is going on with the Republican presidential choices?

Republicans Don’t Like Their Candidates

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds just 43% of Republicans are satisfied with their choices in the 2012 presidential field, far below the 65% who said the same at this time in the 2008 race.

The Fix: “Put Simply: The opportunity is ripe for someone with the fiscally conservative focus of an Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels or, less likely, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, to get into the race and immediately begin winning over Republicans dissatisfied with their current options.”

And what is even more interesting, the leading candidate, with around 26% of the Republican’s approval, is Donald Trump. Trump is entertaining the Press with statements pertaining to the “Birther” movement, demanding Obama’s birth certificate and spreading misinformation about his birth location, citizenship, education, etc. At the same time he is attacking  both Democrats AND Republicans, tearing down Mitt Romney last week by insulting his professional business record, his gross income, and, of course, his Massachusetts health plan which has a great similarity to our Affordable Health Care plan passed last year. I won’t even get into the statements he made this week about foreign policy.
Donald Trump enters the Oscar De LA Renta Fash...

The Donald

How someone like Trump can have such a lead in the polls is either because they are polling Democrats who are masquerading as Republicans and would dearly love to have Trump running against Obama (perhaps with Michelle Bachman as the VP candidate), or Republicans are using this as a front to lure out someone like Mitch Daniels that they would really like to have running. It is hard to believe that Republicans are that unconcerned with the stability of this country to really want someone like the Donald as our National Leader.
You would think that the Press would ignore all this and focus on the real news in the world – there’s plenty of it that we should talk about and understand how to respond as a people. You’d think so, but between this garbage about Trump and the Royal Wedding, a whole lot of our broadcast news not worth turning on.
Thank goodness for the internet.