Monday, December 14, 2015

On maniacs: Takes one to know one

The week's wash:

We knew that if we hung around long enough the Republican  presidential candidates would give us all a stronger sense of reality.  That occurred when Donald Trump referred to Ted Cruz as a "little bit of a maniac".  That makes two of them.

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In spite of the dire reports about the panicky free-for-all in the Republican Party (see above),   Rob Portman is  much more upbeat about his party  these days as he campaigns for reelection. The Cincinnati senator described the party as "strong"  and is getting stronger  as voters turn to the GOP to destroy ISIS.  On Bloomberg TV he said that "probably based on the polling I've seen, what I heard, it [ISIS] probably helps the Republican Party."   The downside for the senator:  "Does the meaning of IRAQ change if your party spelled it backwards?"

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Gov. Katich  says he can explain why he is running so far behind in the polls in the presidential  race.    It's the news media, that's why.  He told USA Today:  "Well, look, when the media just constantly drools over [Trump] and when he's - if I were on television as much as he was, I'd probably have 50 percent  of the vote. "

Well, look, as the guv often prefaces his remarks,   viewer preferences for some old TV reruns over yours  may have a lot to do with it.

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 As the faith-based anti-science climate deniers check in on the historic Paris accords I'll turn to a statement in National Geographic by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson:

"I don't know if science can save us.   What I do know is that  the absence of science will kill us."

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