Choices,Choices *Open Thread*

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Well, the cat is out of the bag about what possible Independent candidate may be available to jump into the race as Bill Kristol intimated. That would be David French, an attorney, a veteran, and a true Conservative.

As Mollie Hemingway notes in her post at The Federalist, French has not announced a run yet. Still, as she highlights, that hasn’t stopped some really stupid remarks being made about French and who he is. From The Federalist:

1) ‘But He’s Happily Married!’ […]
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Except this is the stupidest critique imaginable. It’s about how French and his wife Nancy came up with boundaries for their marriage while David was deployed. They would avoid temptation found on social media. What Puritans!

As for the media coverage of the twice-divorced, thrice-married Donald Trump, it’s mostly been cowering in fear that he might be mean to them if they bring up character issues or that he might force them to cover the Clintons’ exploits, to their shame.

So it is in this milieu that attacking the Frenches for having a good marriage comes off particularly disgusting.

I’ll say it’s disgusting. Trump has been allowed to get away with being a serial philanderer, adulterer, and his numerous marriages have been treated as no big thing, yet a person who has a good, strong marriage is treated like there is something wrong with them. WOW.
Next up is equally as stupid:

2) ‘I’m Not Well Read Enough To Know Him’

First place in this category goes to Dylan Matthews of Vox, who made the publication’s ignorance of French the literal headline. I’m not joking:

http://thefederalist.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Screen-Shot-2016-06-01-at-12.11.37-AM.png

We get it. You’re 12. You think history began around 2002 or so. You work for a publication that once claimed there was a bridge between Gaza and the West Bank in an article titled, “Everything You Need To Know About Israel-Palestine.” Even worse, the Wikipedia that you rely on to source 100 percent of your stories wasn’t helping you on French. It’s hard! We get it! But still.

And about that Wikipedia thing. Matthews might do well to see what Sharyl Attkisson uncovered about Wikipedia. Of course, he may not have heard of her, either, so I’ll help him out some. She is an actual investigative reporter, and what she uncovers about Wikipedia and how it is “researched” and “edited” to reflect a viewpoint pushed by lobbyists, is stunning. See for yourselves here. Bottom line is, Matthews should know better than to make that his primary source.
There is one more to go in Mollie Hemingway’s good piece on stupid reactions to a possible French candidacy:

[…]

3) ‘He’s Written Stuff I’m Not Smart Enough to Consider!’

Matthews of course parroted Robillard’s big scoop on how marriages work. But that’s not all. He also surfed the internet long enough to declare that French’s views do not pass muster with the geniuses over at Vox. A thoughtful piece on women in the military that deviated from the groupthink in the media elite was described as French being “very afraid” of putting women in combat (sigh).

Should French actually run, his nuanced arguments will sail over the heads of a good chunk of our media that are ready at any moment to revert to a “what about your gaffes?” posture with any and all conservative candidates.

 […]
French hasn’t committed federal crimes. He’s not facing litigation over fraudulent businesses. He’s not thrice married or in a dysfunctional relationship. He has a coherent political philosophy and is an outsider in every sense. Perhaps most importantly for our purposes, he has not declared a candidacy. Of course the insecure and juvenile Twitter and journalism mobs (but I repeat myself) can’t handle thoughtful engagement with such a man. Far easier for many of them to mock in an effort to feel better about themselves and their failing moral and intellectual frameworks. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
Hemingway’s piece is excellent on a number of levels, and I encourage you to read it in its entirety. Her pulling back the curtain on the media, especially on their level of superficiality  and “GOTCHA!” questions is spot on. She makes clear that these people do not do their jobs very well, and aren’t as smart as they think they are.
Again, French hasn’t declared that he is GOING to run. Yet that isn’t stopping the “cool kids” for attacking him for things that in the past would have been considered bonuses: faithful in marriage, smart as hell, and erudite. Wow, how things have changed…
There is another name still being bandied about as a possible Independent, another man who is smart, has a good marriage, and is a decent man (so you know that automatically makes him a laughingstock – ahem). That name is Mitt Romney. Cynthia M. Allen of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram penned this Opinion piece in the Miami Herald (h/t Facebook friend). Allen discusses the current (terrible) choices facing Americans and writes this about Romney:

[…]  Criticized for his stiffness and capacity for making politically tone-deaf comments, Romney did not garner enough enthusiasm in his own party to defeat a strong incumbent.But he quickly proved that charisma is not the equivalent of leadership or wisdom.

In the ensuing years, Romney has become a respected party elder, in part because, as writer David French explains, he’s been vindicated by events.

While he was roundly mocked for his declaration that Russia posed the greatest geopolitical threat to the United States, Romney correctly predicted the failure of Obama’s “reset” strategy with Russia and the subsequent rise of Vladimir Putin.

Perhaps more important, Romney possesses integrity, a virtue lacking in both front-runner rivals. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Ain’t THAT the damn truth – Romney has INTEGRITY, something neither Clinton nor Trump possess. And that is putting it mildly.
It’s a good piece by Allen, and she lays out the argument about why someone of Romney’s stature is needed to get in the race. The country needs a better choice than Clinton or Trump, though Gov. Johnson is arguably better than either of the two frontrunners. He is not as well known, to be sure but he has the advantage of already being on the ballot. That is no small thing.
All I know is I would GLADLY support a Romney candidacy (again), and would certainly give French a look should he decide to run. One other thing I am certain of: neither Trump nor Clinton will get my vote.
That’s what I think. How about you? This is an Open Thread.
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34 Responses to “Choices,Choices *Open Thread*”

  1. kenoshamarge Says:

    I have run into several nitwits who whine that they know nothing about French. My response is to try a search engine. Or Google is your friend.

    Still, although millions of people know all about the massively flawed candidates we are stuck with thus far – they don’t care. Suddenly a man who has yet to announce, although Jonah Goldberg thinks he will, must be immediately smeared. Sad world we live in isn’t it?

  2. helenk3 Says:

    one of the best cartoons of the year

  3. helenk3 Says:

    do realize how hard it is to be a “journalist” when you only have the talent of a steno? Think of the suffering and how hard it is when people really expect you to know what you publish. Look up someone, that is not my job. They are supposed to come to me begging for an article.
    I mean ” Get Real Here.”
    Oh Well the unwashed public does not have a clue on what I have to go through just to brain wash them every day.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      That does seem to be the mindset of “journalists” these days. They will go with the first rumor or innuendo and not bother to do ANY factchecking whatsoever.

      Hey, amarissa – maybe you could volunteer to do fact-checking for JOURNALISTS?? They don’t seem willing to do it themselves, and could use the hand! 😀

      • amarissa Says:

        Well, I sort of do it in the comments section sometimes because it really makes me mad when they omit facts or simply lie. I also shout at the tv when they do the same things. I know they cannot hear me but it makes me feel better! lol

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      When the media decided to opening become propagandists instead of journalists they stopped being an asset to the country and became a liability.

      Unfortunately they get away with it because so many people swallow whatever swill is shoveled their way.

      One of the funniest things about this whole crazy election year is the media built up Trump all the while planning to take him down once he was the nominee. They would trash him and the public would then turn on him.

      What they didn’t count on was a cult of Trump to rival the cult of Obama.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        You are so right – they did not count on that at ALL. Hell, who among us could have seen people we thought were, um, normal, all of a sudden losing their minds for someone like TRUMP???

        But yeah – their gleeful reaction to Republicans going for someone like him did indeed create this monster…

  4. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    This is abt the size of it:

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      This is exactly what the GOP is facing. They are all climbing on board the Trump crazy train and every day he makes them, and himself, look worse.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Yes they are, Marge – I have lost a lot of respect for a lot of people this time around, even more than when Obama came on the scene…

      • amarissa Says:

        And now Ryan jumped in and said he would vote for Trump! What an idiot! I went to his twitter account and called him out. They all go for Party first instead of country. They are shameful. Don’t they know how dangerous this Orange Buffoon is???

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          I was disgusted by that (there’s a link from The Hill abt it in comments below). Why in the hell did he feel like he had to say ANYTHING?!? Just disgusted.

          And you said it, amarissa – it is all abt Party, Country be damned! GRRRR.

  5. mcnorman Says:

    I don’t like incestuous connections.

    http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/2016/06/01/david-frenchs-wife-ghostwrote-ann-romneys-memoirs-paid-job-mitts-presidential-campaign/

    • mcnorman Says:

      More incest with the msm.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Isn’t it incredible all of the connections between the MSM and the Obama White House? I have little doubt it was because of David Rhodes that Ben even got a foot in the door. I mean, really – he was a failed novelist, and he ends up being the Deputy National Security Adviser to the President?? Yeah…

        • mcnorman Says:

          It’s gross. I am now quite desensitized to the msm lunacy. I don’t care how or even why they are trying to spike what is supposed to be objective journalism. 😦

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I totally hear you, mcnorman. It is beyond maddening…

  6. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    And another one bites the dust: http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/282032-paul-ryan-im-voting-for-trump

    Don’t know why in the hell he felt compelled to state that, but he did.

    UGH.

  7. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Hate to say it, but I agree with her: http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/282031-clinton-trump-temperamentally-unfit-for-white-house

  8. helenk3 Says:

    truth in a picture

  9. amarissa Says:

    What a day, today! Trump is really demented in his twitter account and his comments regarding Hillary who, in my opinion, gave a good speech and looked so presidential compared to this clown!

    Regarding French, I do not agree with what he told his wife. I mean, what age are we living? Telling her what she could and could not do was very sexist and disrespectful IMHO. I can understand telling her not to talk politics or war secrets, but not talking to men??? No drinking??? It makes me think he does not trust his wife…

    Now, the best part, at least for me, was the article telling Romney to jump in quick! I posted it in my blog (hope you don’t mind) because that would be my dream come true.

    What a summer we are facing! It’s going to be a very, very rough trip!

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Apparently I wasn’t clear in the parts of Hemingway’s article. She was pointing out that French didn’t TELL his wife anything, as Hemingway noted. That was the take of the Politico “journalist.” This was a decision that French and his wife made together to set boundaries while he was deployed. A lot can happen over the course of a deployment anyway, especially with the advent of the internet and chat rooms, especially when alcohol is involved.

      Bottom line, he didn’t tell her anything. They made the decision together, according to Hemingway’s post (again, sorry I wasn’t clear!).

      You could have stopped at, “Trump is demented…” AHAHAHAHA. Ahem. Seriously, though – I think he is.

      I would be delighted to cat (another) vote for Romney. Something has got to give, and I don’t want it to be US! 🙂

      • amarissa Says:

        re French: Thanks, that makes me feel better!

        I knew the Hillary part would not be welcomed, lol! But… after seeing Trump speaking at a rally she really sounded much, much better. Seriously, I know she is not a saint (we have plenty of proof) but I would feel less scared with her than with Trump by far. I could live with my eyes and ears covered another four years but having Trump in the WH would be my worst nightmare! I can even say that I dislike him even more than I do Obama. Trump is so bad that I have even been able to watch Obama once in a while. Anything is better than Trump, really, he is the most despicable human being I have ever seen. There is nothing good about this man.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          Oh, good! And to be clear, it isn’t like I have any feelings abt French one way or the other except that if it gets under the skin of Donald and the RNC, I am ALL for it! Personally, while he may have a lot of good qualities, he just doesn’t have the name recognition of someone like, say, Romney.

          Along those lines of third party and Independent people, I don’t remember a time when there was this much angst over the candidates on both sides of the aisle. You would think that would say something, wouldn’t you?

          I have to agree with you, amarissa. I think Trump will be disastrous for this country. No doubt abt it. And a much as I can barely stand the thought of Hillary being Madame President, the alternative truly is worse.

          I dislike him more than Obama, too. Another thing I never thought was possible…

  10. amarissa Says:

    I don’t blame them!
    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-trump-intelligence-idUSKCN0YO24T

  11. amarissa Says:

    Good to know, will start saving $$$ to apply!
    http://www.politico.com/story/2016/06/trump-reopen-trump-university-223829

  12. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Terrible news today involving both Fort Hood Soldiers and a Blue Angel: http://therightscoop.com/breaking-3-ft-hood-soldiers-dead-6-missing-from-overturned-vehicle-in-floodwaters/

  13. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Since we discussed the whole Brad Thor/Glenn Beck thing before, this Federalist article deals very well with the topic. And I am sure it won’t surprise you to learn that a bunch of Trumpanzees are the reason why Beck was suspended. Shocking. Not.

    Anyway, this is an excellent article abt why what Brad Thor said was not what these Trumpanzees depicted it as being, and its roots in our history: http://thefederalist.com/2016/06/02/brad-thor-is-right-death-to-tyrants-is-as-american-as-apple-pie/

  14. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    And Trump Flip Flops again: http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/282074-trump-reverses-himself-seeks-nm-govs-endorsement

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