Bernie’s Q&A: Trump, Couric, Ginsburg, and more! (10/15) — Premium Interactive ($4 members)
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I’ve looked on the internet but I can’t find the complete emails that caused the fall of Gruden. I guess he said the NFL Players Ex. Dir. “Dumboriss Smith has lips the size of Michelins”. That’s pretty offensive, but is that racist? He apparently said Roger Goodell was a ‘faggot’ for some action Goodell had taken (maybe Jon was thinking of the 16th century definition = a bundle of twigs for starting fires). And he questioned whether women should be NFL refs. Those are all offensive, to some level or another, but to be labeled racist, homophobic, misogynistic without the full context is a bit much, it’s like this is another Salem witch trial, and the barbecue has already occurred. I’m curious how the woke go back in time on some, like Gruden, and get them cancelled, but others are immune, like Biden voicing his opposition to busing saying he didn’t want his kids growing up in a “racial jungle.” Strange days. — DonEstif
Re Gruden’s use of the word “faggot” — You say: “Maybe John was thinking of the 16th century definition = a bundle of twigs for starting fires.” I hope that was a joke, because I know you’re better than that. If you want to make the “double standard” case, all good. No problem. But please let’s not pretend that what Gruden wrote wasn’t nasty stuff. Should he have resigned? We can discuss that. But let’s not downplay what he said simply because “the other side” thinks it’s significant. That’s a problem with both sides: If liberals think something is important, conservatives don’t — and the other way around. Not good.
Bernie, Trump did a good job and that is all the more apparent based on what a lousy job Biden is doing. I’m from CA (now living in OR) and everyone I know there loathed Newsom and yet big win for the guy. Knowing the Democrats as we know them to be, it amazes me that you dismiss the possibility of shenanigans. I do not, and in fact believe that they have been “cooking the books” for years. Beating a dead horse with you I realize, but for me, voter ID as a prerequisite to vote is more important than anything we discuss. Newsom’s results a great reminder / head scratcher. — Thomas C.
I’m for voter IDs. That said, Newsom didn’t win because Democrats cheated. He won because there are more Democrats in California than Republicans — a lot more. Why his victory is a head scratcher is beyond me. As for whether Biden won fair and square: I never said there were no shenanigans. I said that happens to some extent in all elections — but there’s no evidence that they were so widespread that they affected the election. One more thing: Pauline Kael, the New Yorker film critic, famously said (something like): “I don’t understand how Nixon could have won. I don’t know anybody who voted for him.” That showed her narrowness. With kindness, I say your comment about how everyone you know loathed Newsom fits into that category.
Bernie – as you suggest, Donald Trump remains radioactive, but given the Biden Administration’s ability to create crisis’ out of seemingly thin air, I would not fully discount the ability of Joe Biden to significantly rehabilitate Trump’s policies by the time we get to the midterms. That may take Trump off the board as the bogeyman option. Which could leave the Dems, given Biden’s current record of success, with almost nothing to run on… — Hendrick G.
I don’t think Trump’s policies were, or are, the issue. The issue is Trump himself. His approval rating never reached 50%. He’s unlikable to millions upon millions of Americans — including independents, the ones who decide elections. The Dems can’t run on Biden’s record; I’m with you on that. But they can and will run on Trump. That won’t be enough for them to win, I think — unless Donald keeps blabbing about how the 2020 election was stolen from him … and GOP candidates are forced to take a position on that nonsense. If they agree with Trump, they’ll likely lose moderate, independents. If they say they disagree with Trump, they’ll likely lose Trump’s most loyal base. Which brings me to my conclusion that Donald Trump should play golf in Mar-A-Lago and stay out of 2022 politics. I know, I’m dreaming.
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Thanks. I’ll get it.
Bernie, I know you do not like to speculate but I was hoping you might express your opinion as to whether President Obama (via Susan Rice or others who were key members of his administration) is actively influencing the policy decisions and actions of President Biden. On another note, I think I speak for the vast majority of your readers (cannot be sure about that John D guy ) that when we say or chant “Let’s Go Bernie” we mean exactly what we say and there is no hidden message. — Michael F.
I think Biden is further to the left than Obama — at least further than Obama WAS when he was president. So I don’t know if Obama is sending smoke signals to Susan Rice — or if the lefties in the Administration are putting ideas into Joe’s head. All I know for sure is that Joe is not running the show. The wizards behind the curtain are. Whether Obama is the ultimate wizard, I don’t know. As for “Let’s Go Bernie” — I hope what you mean is something good. Ha.
Bernie, Excellent stuff this week, but it just highlights what those of us who haven’t had our heads in the sand for the last 50 years know about Joe and just about any other politician. They change with the times. Specifically, Joe was against busing back in the 70s because he didn’t want his kids in the jungle, to us his racist words. He went with his daddies who got him into Congress, Strom Thurmond and Robert Byrd, and the prevailing thought of the day, at least according to these bigots. And over the years, he’s changed opinions and thoughts, and I use that term very loosely as I don’t believe he has EVER had an original thought, about as often as a chameleon changes colors. Go with the Flow Joe. And so I ask, why are people who did, or supposedly did, vote for him surprised he is leaning so far to the left? He is just following his natural tendency to follow what in his limited capacity is the right path. Will the idiots who are holding his leash realize that these polls are going crush their party next November, or are they just arrogant enough to think they can effect enough change to silence the majority voice? — Rod A.
First Rod, I agree with your analysis. Spot on. As to your question — why are those who voted for him surprised that he’s moved to the left: I think they voted for him not because they thought he was a centrist, a moderate, a traditional liberal Democrat. They voted for him simply because he wasn’t Donald Trump. I’m not even sure they’re actually surprised by the “new” Joe — I don’t think they care all that much. They’re glad they defeated Trump and that’ll do for now. If Joe brings down the party in November 2022, then they might think about the man they voted for, who, as you correctly say, really is Go with the Flow Joe.
Who are the doctors who are performing these sex-change procedures? Whatever happened to “Do no harm”? Are they doing it out of some desire to perform “cutting-edge” surgery? Or to “advance the science”? Maybe they use it as a way to wind down after a hard day doing something boring, like real organ transplants. I am really fed up watching the damage being done to people who are too young or too stupid to realize what they are asking for. I’m 80 years old, and it breaks my heart to see what “Average America” tolerates these days (yes, I can remember the celebrated case of Christine Jorgensen in 1952, but considered it a one off side-show stunt). Can you make me understand? Thanks for any clarification you can provide. — Al L.
Hey Al, I’ll do my best. Sex change operations are serious business (obviously) and I don’t fault doctors for performing them — ON ADULTS who have been counseled on what they’re about to go through. Kids — teenagers — are a different story altogether. I’m with you on that. As for Christine Jorgensen in 1952: It wasn’t a one off … and it wasn’t a side-show stunt. She knew what she was doing and had every right to do it.
[Regarding this week’s “Off the Cuff”], you’re not wrong, but I think the real disappointment with Biden is that he was expected to get COVID tamed through some kind of coherent government strategy. Vaccines were the kryptonite we were going to slay this beast with. Who knew large sections of the population would resist vaccination? I didn’t. More to the point, Joe Biden didn’t either and he didn’t engage with that section of the population in a friendly way to get them vaxxed. Mandates? Who’s ever in favor of that? COVID took out Donald Trump and it’s poised to take out Democrats in the midterms too. — John R.
I think you’re right, John. Covid was a major factor in Donald Trump’s defeat. And I’m with you when you say, “it’s poised to take out Democrats in the midterms too.” He couldn’t figure out a way to get more people vaccinated. And I’m not sure anyone could do that. People who don’t want to get the shot, I suspect, don’t listen to anybody who disagrees with them.
What empowered Biden’s rise to the presidency, where he is so obviously out over his skis? He is not Donald Trump. Trump has so poisoned our national political waters that even incompetent boobery is preferable to him. Trouble is that there wasn’t really any good choice in 2020 and why I cast a protest vote instead of choosing one of these two clownfish figures.
My question: given Trump’s hold on the GOP, demanding slavish devotion to him (his number one agenda item), what alternatives do thinking people who love this country and hate what they are seeing do about it? I consider myself a charter member of the remnant (thank you Jonah Goldberg for the appropriate labeling ) with a conundrum I never saw coming ten years ago. I cannot go with the Kristolites and become a Democrat indulging the fantasy that it can be pulled rightward into moderation. I cannot abide the absolute jackassery of much of the GOP and it’s chosen standard bearer. It may be true that no man is an island. Politically however, I sure do feel like one. — Jesse B.
After reading your commentary, Jesse, I wondered if I wrote it. I agree with everything you said. The best thing that could happen to the GOP in 2022 and beyond is for Donald J. Trump to stay out of politics. If he’s out there whining about how the Dems stole the election, he’ll put every Republican candidate in a very bad spot. In fact, I think that’s the biggest obstacle for a GOP big victory next year. And I also believe that Mr. Trump couldn’t care less about the Republican Party. He cares only about himself.
Speaking of buyers remorse, this is the election that keeps producing lemons. If for some reason Biden can’t complete his term and Harris slips into office, who do you think she would appoint as VP? I don’t see any lemonade in our future for at least another three years unfortunately. — ScottyG
I think Joe will last the entire term. But if Kamala should wind up in the Oval Office in the next few years, she’d be smart to pick an old school moderate. But there aren’t too many of them left in the Democratic Party and progressives loathe the few who might be called moderates. But as I say, I think this is moot.
I can’t think of a more blatant example of liberal media bias than Katie Couric editing out Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s criticism of Colin Kaepernick (and other anthem-kneelers) from her interview with the Supreme Court Justice. It was bad enough that she did it, but the idea that she did it to “protect” Ginsburg from “backlash” feels like nonsense. I think she did it to protect the Kaepernick’s liberal narrative from someone who could knock it right down. Your thoughts? — Ben G.
What she did was just plain wrong. She should have used the controversial quote and when Ginsburg’s PR person said Ginsburg didn’t mean it the way it came out, she should have included the statement in the report — and viewers could make up their own mind. Someone I know who heard about what Couric did wasn’t surprised. She simply said: She was never a journalist. Let me add to that, that I’m confident that if she interviewed a conservative who put his foot in his mouth, she’d have no qualms about including that part of the interview. Forgive me for stating the obvious.
Sir Bernie, the Loudoun County School District has a policy of allowing transgender students to use any rest room they choose. As it turns out, a boy (who identifies as a “girl”) allegedly sexually assaulted two different girls at the school, one of whom he allegedly assaulted because he had access to the girls rest room. That’s bad enough, but her father was informed about the assault and when he arrived at the school, he discovered that it was actually a sexual assault on his freshman daughter. Apparently he became unruly and got arrested when he discovered that the school had tried to cover up the fact that boys that identify as girls may freely use the girls rest room. Of course there was a big backlash from concerned parents against the school board who felt that politically correct narratives were more important than protecting girls from sexual assault (don’t know what happened to “believe all women” but I digress). Next came an enemies list to identify parents opposed to left wing policies as bigoted transphobic types—-the usual drill.
Didn’t sensible liberals ever see nonsense like this coming? Remember back when some people thought that the Equal Rights Amendment would lead to combined male/female rest rooms (and how liberals denied that could ever happen)? Okay— so what the hell happened and why is the narrative more important than students’ safety? Your thoughts? –“Transphobic” Regards from The Emperor
First, Your Holiness, I’m glad you threw in a few “allegedly” qualifiers. Not because I doubt the story, but it sounds so strange that I’m just not sure. But that said, if the person who allegedly assaulted the girl was actually transgender — meaning was taking hormones and was transitioning to become a female — then I’m okay with her using the girl’s restroom. But if the person was a boy who simply said, “I identify as a girl” then the school board should be sued out of existence. I’d like to know more before I get too angry about this.
Back in May, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy stated, “I don’t think anybody is questioning the legitimacy of the presidential election,” and he argued that, “Each day we spend relitigating the past is one day less we have to seize the future.”
Earlier this week, Former President Trump released a statement encouraging Republican voters NOT to vote in 2022 and 2024 unless the “Presidential Election Fraud of 2020” is solved.
Isn’t it time for the GOP to have a come-to-Jesus moment, and finally purge from its ranks the one individual who keeps making it as difficult as possible for the party to hold and win seats? I’m of course talking about Liz Cheney. The nerve of that woman!!! — John D.
No, it is not time for that Come to Jesus Moment. IT’S WAY WAY WAY PAST TIME!!! But we all know what the problem is: If a Republican challenges Trump, his fans — the ones who adore him no matter what he’s done, does, or will do — will punish the person with the courage to stand up to Donald. They’ll either primary the profile in courage or simply sit home on Election Day. If on the other hand, a GOP candidates agrees with Trump, he or she likely would lose moderate voters, including moderate Republicans. I’d vote for Liz Cheney in the proverbial heartbeat — but ONLY if she takes you on as her VP. I can talk to her about that, but first I need to know if they’ll let you out of the “home” long enough to campaign. I would think as long as you take your meds it should work out. Regards to Nurse Ratched.
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