Bob McDonnell, Just Go to Jail

August 12, 2015

By Adele

Virginia’s former Republican governor Bob McDonnell reminds me of a cat who hates going to the vet (that is, all cats), flailing his arms and legs to keep the justice system from cramming him into his carrier.

In January, McDonnell was sentenced to serve two years in prison on 11 felony corruption convictions for accepting six-figure largesse from a sleazy businessman who fostered a questionable relationship with McDonnell’s wife. Bob has remained free on bond pending appeal.

So far, Bob’s attempts to overturn the convictions, get a new trial, yada, yada, yada, have been rejected.

If Bob had simply accepted his punishment, he’d be about one-third through his sentence by now — and richer by months of wasted attorneys’ fees.

Bob’s latest pitch for a rehearing was unanimously rejected by Virginia’s 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals this week. Now he vows to take it to the Supreme Court.

What sticks in my craw is McDonnell’s inability to complete a thought, a habit he shares with many Republicans on many issues, but that’s for another post.

To give just one example, he responded to his latest appeal rejection by saying…

“In my 38 years of public service to my country and the commonwealth, I have never misused my office nor ever promised anyone anything in exchange for money.”

Failing to finish with…

“No, instead I took cash, trips, and merchandise valued at $167,000 from a virtual stranger and gave him nothing in return. This behavior has been well-documented; it’s usually called stealing and punished with jail time. I’m pursuing these appeals to avoid paying for my crimes.”

McDonnell’s lawyers summed up the bigger issue with this gem…

“The facts of this case and the court ruling have serious negative consequences for nearly every public official in America. We will not cease our legal fight until Gov. McDonnell is fully vindicated.”

The “serious negative consequences” are that politicians will have to stop being crooks, seeking office only for personal enrichment.

Instead of fighting to keep corruption in government, if Bob McDonnell really had a shred of integrity, he’d stop kvetching and do his jail time — and thank God every day he only got two years.


Someone, Please, Explain “Debate” to Fox

August 7, 2015

By Adele

UVA’s political wonk Larry Sabato theorized to Rachel Maddow, and I paraphrase, that the Republican National Committee wants fewer than 17 candidates, but doesn’t have the cojones to dissuade anybody, so it’s letting Fox’s asinine debates do the job.

To get the “right” top 10 candidates, a number Fox pulled out of its ass, Fox probably cherry-picked the polls it used to get Chris Christie and John Kasich included.

I watched the 7 rejects in the 5 p.m. session (including Ricks Perry and Santorum), and no way was it a “debate.” The moderators simply lobbed cues to each candidate to regurgitate stump speech chunks. They didn’t face off at all.

Carly Fiorina gave the only noteworthy performance. Or, as mod Megyn Kelly later said, Carly “unleashed a can.”

You can’t not compare Carly to Sarah Palin’s witless garblings, and Carly was a veritable Demosthenes. Had she not run Hewlett Packard so deeply into a ditch that they gave her $40 million to get permanently lost, you might think she had a shot.

Lindsey Graham provided comic relief with his Donald Trump imitation, trying to evoke terror by claiming ISIS is invading the U.S. any minute now.

You had to feel sorry for them all.

The main event began at 8:50, as if Fox has never scheduled TV programming before. The moderators explained, “Since viewers think it starts at 9, we’ll wait,” and then wasted 10 minutes on inane banter.

Speaking of moderators, they were that nonentity Chris Wallace, over-processed Megyn Kelly, and Eddie Munster.

They marched the candidates on stage into a lineup and then ordered them to applaud the audience. In confusion, a few half-heartedly did.

Once behind the podiums, it was “Face the Mods” again. Gratuitous attempts at actual debate consisted of throwing one candidate’s cracks about another candidate back in the wisecracking candidate’s face and asking if he still believed them to be true.

Rand Paul proved feisty, bless his curls, and got into one good little tangle with Chris Christie that almost got ugly.

Donald Trump was dickish as always, but basically well-behaved. I don’t think he called anybody weak or stupid to their face. However, Megyn, as sternly as a vacuous but bitchy blonde can, reminded him that he’s called women “fat pigs” and “dogs” before.

Like Palin, I guess Megyn prefers her men to show their misogyny through legislation, not name-calling.

They tried to get Trump on the ropes for being friends with the Clintons and formerly having some liberal positions. He blew them off, claiming his ideas have “evolved, just like Reagan’s.”

And we saw lots of the usual mean Fox-baiting to elicit hatred of immigrants, gays, and the Fox-generated delusion that U.S. Christians are being persecuted.

But the candidates largely stuck to the high road. Jeb Bush was so reasonable, he came off as the only Bush who probably ever should have run for office.

John Kasich shined as a kind and moderate voice of reason.

Ben Carson got in some zingers and complained about not being given enough time, to which Megyn purred that she fully intended to personally give him more time, so much more time.

And then didn’t.

I learned Ted Cruz is Canadian. So, Republicans are good with Cruz for president even though he was born in another country to a U.S. citizen. But Obama, who was born in a U.S. state (Hawaii) also to a U.S. citizen, is NOT an American.

How do they keep all that crazy straight? Oh, right. They don’t even try.

Will this Fox farce be enough to sink some candidates? Only time will tell.


Donald Trump, the GOP’s Face – and Hairball

August 4, 2015

By Cole

Last week, the Quinnipiac poll showed Donald Trump ahead of the GOP pack by 7 points. He polled at 20%, with his next closest rival, Scott Walker, at 13%.

This week, CBS’ poll put Trump in the lead with 24%, followed by Jeb Bush at 13%.

When Trump calls Mexican criminals and rapists, conservatives are eating it up, now that their bigotry toward blacks became un-PC since the Charleston massacre and weekly unjustifiable shootings by white police officers.

And then the Supreme Court took away another target of their hatred by legalizing same-sex marriage across the board. What to do, what to do?

Thank God for Trump. He came along and told them who it’s OK to hate now.

Trump, who has never held office, insults and belittles his fellow contenders, many duly elected senators and governors. Trump calls them weak and stupid, and the Republicans who love it ELECTED these politicians Trump now disses.

There’s no such thing as hypocrisy in the GOP playbook.

In the CBS poll, 79% of Republican voters think Trump isn’t afraid to speak his mind, the highest by far of any candidate.

True, Donald Trump will fill anyone’s ears with the mental diarrhea that continually dribbles from his pie hole. He and Rush Limp Paw have that in common.

If there’s one good thing to say about Trump, it’s that he can self-finance his campaign, if he does it. He won’t owe hand jobs to any fat cats, as his fan-boy Ted Cruz would after his PAC raked in $15 million from just two brothers in Texas, Farris and Dan Wilks.

Most of the others, on both sides, are just as bad. Campaigning has become so outrageously expensive, it’s next to impossible NOT to sell your soul.

The most unfortunate thing about Donald Trump is not his arrogance and egotism. It’s that his obnoxious persona probably masks a very little man. He bullies and retaliates against anyone who dares to criticize him to divert attention from what a pathetic, empty shell he really is.

He claims he’d make Mexico pay to construct our wall along the border. He’ll have Mexicans loving him for creating jobs. He knows how to wipe ISIS out of existence. He can bring China, Putin, and the rest of the world to heel.

All these big promises from a man who can’t face hair loss, even though he’s got plenty of company with men his age and there’s absolutely no shame in it.

Trump would rather have comedians ritually savage him every day of his life than let the world see the real him.

Bernie Sanders doesn’t give a rat’s ass about age or baldness, and he draws crowds that could eat Trump’s audiences for breakfast.

Denial is the real tragedy of Donald Trump. If he presented himself with authentic honesty, balding, straight-talking, and financially self-sustaining, he wouldn’t need to play the bully and might have a shot at being the next president.

But as long as he keeps that matted hairball glued to the top of his head, he’s a buffoon whose poll numbers must only reflect his pure entertainment value because, surely, even Republicans can’t be that dumb.


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