I admit right up front that I did not watch the CNN Townhall Tuesday night. Suzy and I were busy catching up on shows we dvr’ed while away on our cruise. But that isn’t the only reason. I just could not stomach watching Trump for that long. I mean, really – it was an HOURS long event. I can’t stand to watch Trump for more than a few seconds – just like Obama. Ahem. And I can’t watch Kasich that long, either. He just rubs me the wrong way. He irritates me.
Honestly, Ted Cruz is the only one I could have watched for that long, but I was just too tired. The cruise was fantastic, and I am exceedingly grateful for the opportunity and experience (more on that below). But by that time of night, I am done in. So I missed it last night, but thankfully, the part with Cruz is on Youtube (Part 1 and Part 2, for those of you who wish to see it).
All that said, I was delighted to see that Anderson Cooper of CNN really held Trump to account at least in this exchange:
Oh, boy. He really is such a petulant, temper tantrum throwing child, isn’t he? Good grief. And yes, that IS the argument of a toddler. Cooper had that exactly right.
But that wasn’t the only bombshell from the Townhall last night. Trump has rescinded his pledge to support the GOP nominee:
I know, I know – shocking. Trump lied. Again. All these months he has confirmed that he will, indeed, support the GOP nominee, no doubt to get votes. But it was all crap. I have no doubt that was the case from the get-go, but amazingly, some people believed him. Wow.
Again, I am not one bit surprised by this newsflash from Trump. I didn’t believe him in the first place. He just did that to quell the concerns of the RNC and mainstream Republicans that he wouldn’t go rogue. It proves once again, though, that Trump cannot be taken at his word. If you can actually nail him down on what his word is, of course. Good luck on that.
That is why leaders abroad are freaking out about a possible Trump nomination and Presidency. The Hill has the story:
Lobbyists in Washington say they are being flooded with questions and concerns from foreign governments about the rise of Donald Trump.
Officials around the globe are closely following the U.S. presidential race, to the point where some have asked their American lobbyists to explain, in great detail, what a contested GOP convention would look like.
The questions about Trump are “almost all-consuming,” said Richard Mintz, the managing director of Washington-based firm The Harbour Group, whose client list includes the governments of Georgia and the United Arab Emirates.
After a recent trip to London, Abu Dhabi and Beijing, “it’s fair to say that all anyone wants to talk about is the U.S. presidential election,” Mintz added. “People are confused and perplexed.”
The Hill conducted interviews with more than a half-dozen lobbyists, many of whom said they are grappling with how to explain Trump and his unusual foreign policy views to clients who have a lot riding on their relationship with the United States.
“We’re in uncharted territory here,” said one lobbyist with foreign government clients who asked not to be identified.
“The questions coming from the international community are not different than the things, categorically, we’re asking ourselves,” said Nathan Daschle, the president and chief operating officer of the Daschle Group, a firm run by his father, former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.).
“There’s an added level of bafflement because this is not the United States that they’ve been living with for so long,” Daschle said. “This is not the image the United States has been projecting.”
The questions about Trump often concern his foreign policy positions. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
Well, of COURSE the questions are around Trump’s “foreign policy positions.” How could there not be? And I have no doubt that leaders abroad are beside themselves at the thought of a Trump Presidency. Hell, I am beside myself at the thought of a Trump Presidency, so I can scarcely blame them. I have zero doubt that Trump would be a disaster not just in the Foreign Policy Realm but in National Policy as well. No doubt.
And it is no wonder, then, that during the CNN Townhall, Trump received no applause, and Cruz plenty, as Dick Morris highlighted in this Tweet (h/t Facebook friend):
No applause for Trump tonight. Cruz was Reaganesque. Warm funny caring brilliant
Uh, yeah. Since I am listening to Cruz from the Townhall last night, I can concur with the assessment of Morris. There is only one Republican still running who I think would be good for the nation, and could beat Clinton. That is Ted Cruz. And I hope to hell Marco Rubio asks his delegates to vote for Cruz once the Convention comes around…
And now for a bit of a respite. That would be some photos from my recent trip. The initial video of the Magellanic Penguins was from Magdalena Island in Chile. Now I want to share some photos of those same kinds of penguins only in Argentina. This is a large colony – close to a million penguins, and the area is quite warm, the exact opposite of the Magdalena Penguins.
I should add, though,t hat a number of the Magdalena penguins had already begun their migration north, so we were able to see them in the water in Ushuaia, the most Southern city in the Southern Hemisphere, the closest to Antarctica. That was pretty cool. Oh, and Ushuaia was pretty cool, too. But I digress. Here, then, are the Magellanic penguins in Punta Tombo, Argentina:
Aren’t they something? But they were not the only creatures there. In addition to the penguins are the guanacas, the animals from which we get llamas and alpacas:
Aren’t they beautiful? They were there in abundance as well, though nowhere near the numbers of the penguins. The two live in harmony together.
That’s it for me. What’s on your minds today? This is an Open Thread.