Taking It Easy *Open Thread*


That is what Anderson Cooper intends to do as the moderator of the CNN Democrats Debate Tuesday night. Yep, Anderson doesn’t want to make anyone uncomfortable or anything by pressing them too much or asking them, presumably, any real questions.

At least that is what he is clearly telegraphing to the five contenders who will be present, if you ask me. But hey, don’t take my word for it. From BizPacReview:

[…] Moderator and CNN host Anderson Cooper said in a Sunday interview, “Going into the Republican debates, you pretty much knew there were a number of candidates who were willing to [attack each other].” He added, “That’s not the case, so far as we’ve seen, on the Democratic side.”

“I’m always uncomfortable with that notion of setting people up in order to kind of promote some sort of a face off,” Cooper continued, contradicting the entire format of the Republican debate CNN hosted.

CNN’s Jake Tapper seemed very comfortable getting the GOP candidates to face off against each other.

“Look, these are all serious people,” explained Cooper. “This is a serious debate. They want to talk about the issues and I want to give them an opportunity to do that.”

Ah, I see. The DEMOCRATS are “all serious people,” as opposed to those clowns the Republicans, I gather. That Bernie Sanders who, I am sorry, is a whackadoodle, and it speaks VOLUMES about Democrats that so many are turning up to see him, is considered “serious” when for instance, Governors Bush, Jindal, Christie, or Senators Cruz and Rubio, are NOT “serious” highlights the tremendous bias of CNN. If I were Republicans, I would never allow CNN to air another debate. Ever.

Twitter followers were not buying what Cooper was saying, either, as the BPR article noted:

[…] Brian Lathe
My prediction on the DEMOCRAT debate… Anderson Cooper will mostly lob softball questions at Sec. Hillary… http://fb.me/3V5nEA1HE

@CNN @HillaryClinton @BernieSanders @SherylCrow @andersoncooper Will still have lousy ratings in attempt to distract from issues vs debate
1:35 AM – 13 Oct 2015

BBC News (World) ✔ @BBCWorld
No more naked women in @Playboy magazine http://bbc.in/1K5uKCR pic.twitter.com/DsGbwkNl2y
Ferrell Reed
@BBCWorld @Playboy it will be more interesting the CNN debate tomorrow. Hillary what is your favorite food? Ask Anderson Cooper. Riveting

[…] (Click here to read more responses.)

Must be nice to be “serious” Democrats who are not plagued by real questions or asked about actual differences.

That said, there is one serious candidate on that stage based on experience, and that would be Sen. Jim Webb. How it is that someone who is a highly decorated war hero, a man who served as the Secretary of the Navy, as well as other positions and a US Senator, is in the back of the pack. Meanwhile, the hordes are clamoring for gaffe-prone Joe Biden to enter the race. Wow. Talk about having to take a backseat to someone less “serious,” and I would add, capable. But that’s just me.

Someone else told to take a “backseat,” or rather, NO seat, was Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI). Gabbard, also a decorated veteran. Oh, and she is a DNC vice chair. She claims she was dis-invited to attend the big (cough, cough) debate because she asked for more debates. Oh, the NERVE, huh? But Gabbard didn’t stop there. From The Hill:

[…] “When I first came to Washington, one of the things that I was disappointed about was there’s a lot of immaturity and petty gamesmanship that goes on, and it kind of reminds me of how high school teenagers act,” Gabbard told The New York Times.

“It’s very dangerous when we have people in positions of leadership who use their power to try to quiet those who disagree with them,” Gabbard said. “When I signed up to be vice chair of the D.N.C., no one told me I would be relinquishing my freedom of speech and checking it at the door.” […] (Click here to read the rest.)

In full disclosure, the DNC claims they didn’t uninvite her, but Gabbard is sticking to her story. My bias is clear in this case: I believe Gabbard over the Debbie Wasserman-Schultz led DNC. But that’s just me.

If you intend to watch the debate, bless your heart. Um, I mean, there are five things to look for, according to The Hill. Here are a couple:

[…] Does Clinton go for the Bern?

Clinton and Sanders have dominated the Democratic contest so far and will be the main protagonists in Las Vegas.

Sanders has shocked much of the political world by emerging as a real rival to Clinton, but Tuesday’s debate will be the first time the two former Senate colleagues will meet on stage.

Don’t expect a ton of fireworks, observers say.


How much will Clinton’s emails come up?

Clinton’s campaign has struggled for much of the year as it has dealt with the controversy surrounding the candidate’s use of a private email server as secretary of State.

Republicans have hammered Clinton over the issue, but her Democratic rivals could face some risks in bringing it up — particularly in front of a partisan crowd.

Sanders appears unlikely to raise the topic given his pledges to abjure personal attacks. But former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, who is looking for ways to stand out, could take a different tack. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Well, there WON’T be any fireworks, if Anderson has anything to say about it.

No wonder they need Sheryl Crow to perform first. Wow.

Personally, I think Peter Johnson, Jr. has it down with his Roulette wheel (Click here to watch the video).

Personally, I intend to watch my usual Tuesday night lineup, but for those of you brave sould who decide to watch the Debate, feel free to share your observations here.

This is an Open Thread.


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39 Responses to “Taking It Easy *Open Thread*”

  1. helenk3 Says:

    will crazy uncle joe show up?

  2. helenk3 Says:

    could the democrats show their contempt for this country any plainer?

    they favor
    a grumpy old lady, a grumpy old man, and a communist over a serious decorated soldier and Senator.

    nothing more needs to be said

  3. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Jennifer Rubin has twenty great questions for Hillary Clinton, no doubt ones meek Anderson won’t ask: http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/latest-columns/20151013-jennifer-rubin-lets-play-20-debate-questions-with-hillary-clinton.ece

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      CNN promising no fireworks for their debate may not be the smartest move around. That won’t help ratings.

  4. kenoshamarge Says:

  5. kenoshamarge Says:

    Helping CNN for Tuesday’s Democratic Candidate Debate

    By Roger L Simon

    It’s no surprise that CNN does not have a conservative, or even someone from the center-right, on the moderating panel for Tuesday night’s initial Democratic Party presidential debate. Despite pretenses, CNN has never been particularly unbiased or objective.

    The network did allow Hugh Hewitt onto the panel for its Republican debate, but moderator Jake Tapper hardly let Hugh get a word in edgewise. La plus ça change, plus c’est la même…

    Tuesday’s debate will be moderated by Anderson Cooper with his colleague Dana Bash and CNN Español’s Juan Carlos Lopez chiming in. Don Lemon will handle questions from Facebook, allegedly selected to represent a clued-in online public (sort of the liberal-left equivalent of a Drudge poll, I suppose).

    What does this add up to? How do you spell “softball?”


    If Dana Bash is around you can sniff the liberal bias right through the screen. She might as well work for the DNC.

  6. lyn Says:

    “If I were Republicans, I would never allow CNN to air another debate. Ever.”
    Treat all Democrat and Republican debates equally or leave the stage.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Exactly, lyn. I do not understand why Reps continue to set themselves up for such disparity in the debates. Presumably, it is to show how fair they can be, yet these outlets are FAR from fair to them. Why continue to put yourself into a hostile environment? Make CNN and the others PROVE they can be balanced in their treatment…

  7. foxyladi14 Says:

    Bet a Buck, They don’t get the ratings the R’s did. 😀

  8. helenk3 Says:


    things you can make out of stuff bought in an airport terminal.

    very interesting and maybe the TSA should take a good look

  9. kenoshamarge Says:

  10. helenk3 Says:


    does this bother anyone else like it bothers me?
    I was a little girl during WW2. I remember having a woman’s army corp uniform and thinking i was the greatest thing ever. Patriotism was a way of life. Honoring the military was done without second thought.
    My husband was in the Korean war and there was never any thought about not honoring the military by kids.

    Now in the Bomber Billy Ayres educational system things have changed and it makes me sick

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      It most DEFINITELY bothers me, and thanks for mentioning it here, Helen. It is truly disturbing that schools are not allowing patriotic clothes, or American Pride Day, of American flags flown from cars/trucks lest they OFFEND someone. Well, the schools are offending ME by their capitulation to the Anti-American crowd.

      Honestly, this all got worse when teachers got unionized, it seems to me. It is far past time to disband the unions, and get Common Core out of the classrooms.

  11. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Cecile Richards, kicking and screaming still blaming the messengers and ignoring the message, has decided to make a change at Planned Parenthood. Yep, PP will no longer sell the organs of the unborn: http://hotair.com/archives/2015/10/13/planned-parenthood-we-wont-collect-reimbursements-for-organ-harvesting-any-more/

  12. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    A very happy 240th birthday to the US Navy:

    Nice to see the faces of those who are serving in our Navy.

    My dad was in the Navy, and my sister-in-law was an officer in the Navy, so all I can say is, “GO, NAVY!”

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      During WW2 My dad was all ready a Sergeant in the Army.

      My Aunt Margie, guess who was named after her, joined the Navy as did her husband my beloved Uncle Harry. He was a cook on a ship and my cousin Vicki always used the Cary Grant line from Arsenic and Old Lace and claimed she was the son of a sea cook. Which she was.

      My mother’s two older brothers joined the army and her youngest brother who was too young during the war joined the navy as soon as he was old enough. Cousins by the score have also served. I wish I would have done so to but it was not to be.

      So there was/is a tradition of service and respect in our family. I am very proud of all of them.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        As well you should be, Marge! And I love that you were named after your aunt who joined the Navy. That is so cool!

        Several of my uncles were in the military – two in the Marines, one in the Army and Merchant Marines, to go along with my dad.

        Like you, I would like to have served, but it wasn’t in the cards for me, either…

        Sent from AOL Mobile Mail

  13. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    From what I am hearing, Cooper is doing a good job. And the others are predictable in their responses though Webb is demonstrating who the adult is in the room. His responses are measured as opposed to looney tunes Sanders and blame the Republicans Clinton.

    But I had to give credit where it is due – good for Cooper for doing his job.

  14. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    And BIG Congratulations to your Cubbies, Marge!! Woohoo!

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Drunkblogging CNN’s Democratic Presidential Debate

      By Steven Green

      The debate was everything we expected — and less.

      Nobody was willing to take on Clinton’s biggest weaknesses, and so Hillary didn’t have to get down in the dirt with the plebes — where she would have lost.

      Anderson Cooper had his thumb on the scale for Clinton like Candy Crowley with her entire self on the scale for Obama in 2012.

      The pundits can claim “X had a good night because of Y,” but none of that matters because nobody drew blood on Clinton. She’ll take a hit in Iowa, get creamed in New Hampshire — then come back swinging in South Carolina. Nothing we saw tonight changes that electoral math. She’ll be the Democrats’ Comeback Kid of 2016, a mere quarter century after her husband earned that title — for real — in his race for the nomination.


      The best line from Green, IMO, was, ” This is a great country,” says Bernie Sanders who wants to change every single thing about it.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Thanks so much for this. Yes, it seems clear from what the pundits are saying that the other four on the stage are simply auditioning for being in her cabinet.

        Honest to pete, Marge – I cannot BELIEVE Sanders is doing so well. WOW. That speaks to where this country is so much, and it is REALLY not good…

        Then again, I guess that’s what happens when you claim you are going to spend everyone else’s money to give them “FREE” stuff…

  15. kenoshamarge Says:

    Comment above was supposed to go down here not above in the reply about the Cubs. Not having expected much from either the Cubs or the debate at least the Cubs rose to the occasion.

  16. kenoshamarge Says:

    Sadly true:

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I just heard a Tweet Laura Ingraham wrote last night abt tuning in and saying, “I thought they were all supposed to be against torture,” or words to that effect. Ahahahaha…

  17. kenoshamarge Says:

    And then there’s this:

  18. helenk3 Says:


    has anyone seen this little gem?
    when ever the fools start talking about SS cuts, remind them of just what is happening here and ask what do they plan to do about it?

    telling the people who worked and contributed to SS that they have to take a cut and will get over it seems kind of wrong to me when they do nothing about this

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