Coneheads 1993

I’ve taken plenty of heat from plenty of people for suggesting the GOP has to handle Donald Trump very carefully because the last thing they need is to piss off a guy with Billion bucks and a chip on his shoulder trying to destroy you.

I’ve also taken heat for saying Trump won the debate, I believe it is an objective fact and you aren’t going to convince me otherwise.

Finally I’ve also taken heat for suggesting that Trump has treated Megyn Kelly no differently than any other person who has attacked him and that equality is different from the double standard women who cross him expect to get.  I stand behind that too (That’s actually a big pet peeve of mine).

But I’m sorry there are some thing you just don’t say and this is one of them.

I’m really at a loss for words, I understand Trump is afflicted with Biden mouth, I further understand that when he’s pissed he instinctively lashes out, but no decent person says such a thing, particularly not in pubic and certainly not on a national cable network.

I suspect due to the expectations game and the idea that this is just how he is there is an excellent chance that this will not likely to cost him much politically, in fact attacks from the MSM usually just make him stronger, but what kind of person finds this acceptable? Granted it’s not chopping up kids like Planned Parenthood but just because it doesn’t rise to the level of incredible evil doesn’t mean we should accept it.

Trump owes Ms. Kelly an apology, he needs to acknowledge that he crossed a line, I understand that said apology is likely going to be used as a club against him, but common decency demands this and at once.

If it doesn’t come pretty fast then I think Mr. Kelly’s fist has an appointment with The Donald’s nose, lawsuits be damned.

As for how other candidates should react?  I think it I’d say this:  “While Mr. Trump is to be commended for raising some critical issues, common decency demands Mr. Trump apologize to Ms. Kelly immediately.”

FYI:  When the Democrats try to pin this on the party as a whole.  the correct answer is from GOP members is.  “This has no place in the GOP, we’ll leave the mistreatment of women to Mrs. Clinton’s Husband.”


Update:  Erick Erickson proves himself a Christian Gentlemen:

I called Mr. Trump’s campaign manager and apologized and told him I felt bad for Mr. Trump because he has gotten so much sh*t from so many people and the party itself wasn’t treating the guy at the front of the pack as legitimate.

I think that is true. And I’ve been very sympathetic to Donald Trump because so many of the people who have led the party astray refuse to even treat him as a legitimate candidate.

But I also think that while Mr. Trump resonates with a lot of people with his bluntness, including me to a degree, there are just real lines of decency a person running for President should not cross.

His comment was inappropriate. It is unfortunate to have to disinvite him. But I just don’t want someone on stage who gets a hostile question from a lady and his first inclination is to imply it was hormonal. It just was wrong.

I have invited Megyn Kelly to attend in Donald Trump’s place tomorrow night.

Via Ed Driscoll at Instapundit:

Daniel Foster of NRO quips, “Trump will get a two-point bump for his ‘blood’ remarks, because my theory is true: his base is the ‘Men’s Rights’ crowd.”

that frankly is an insult to the men’s rights crowd.

Carly Fiorina is given a gift and she takes it.

In politics this is what you call a “gimmie

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I carefully avoided watching the first 1.5 hours of last night’s televised candidate forum, mostly because (a) I intensely dislike The Donald – as ex-wife #1 refers to him – and expected him to turn it into The Donald Show, with him being on center stage thanks to Fox News lectern placement, and (b) life is short and nobody was paying me to watch.

Yes. You can pay me to watch. Contact me here if you’re interested.

Apparently I missed the best line of the evening,

Moderator: “Will you support Kate’s Law, establishing mandatory five year prison sentences for repeat illegal aliens?”

Ted Cruz: “Yes. I WROTE Kate’s Law.”

I did watch the last half hour or so to listen to the closing statements,  starting at about the point when Kasich was asked about theoretical gay children. That’s what I think of as an “instant eye-roll question.” The question was old when Dick Cheney was asked if he supported his daughter (who actually is gay) back in, was it 2009? 2008? Whenever.

The impressions I had from the last half hour were:

  1. First and foremost: The moderators kept paying more attention to Trump than to anyone else, making themselves enablers of The Donald Show; while especially ignoring Ted Cruz, who got their attention almost incidentally.
  2. I found Ben Carson charming, refreshing, and engaging, a little nervous, but the anti-Trump personality-wise. I like that in a guy.
  3. Why were Santorum & Huckabee there, and not Fiorina?
  4. Go.Away.Jeb! His record as governor should get him to the WH, but he hasn’t held public office since two governors ago? And, again, enough of the dynasties, please.
  5. Rubio looked good. What was it with Christie’s hair?
  6. I loved Cruz’s reply to the God question, but really, God? What did they expect, the Blues Brothers?

In short, as Andrea Dillon tweeted,

Exit questions: Apparently Trump is the only one who did not rule out running as third party. As I understand it, the Federal Election Commission allows parties to exclude candidates who refuse to rule out running against that party’s final nominee. Am I correct? Would it be counterproductive to cut off Trump now, rather than later?

And another gripe: Why call this a debate? I think of a debate as “a formal contest in which the affirmative and negative sides of a proposition are advocated by opposing speakers.” With that many candidates, it’s a forum, not an actual debate. Had it been a debate, Ted and Carly would have eaten The Donald’s lunch, and left a tip, too.

The Democrats, whose candidates you could probably find at the Denny’s early bird special, will have their first forum on October 13 on CNN. I wonder if they’ll bring back Candy Crowley for the occasion.

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Inherit the Wind 1960

There was one dynamic & theme of yesterday’s debate and the follow-up coverage that struck a nerve with me.

Anyone who knows me knows that I tend to be polite. I was brought up by people born in the 1920’s. I hold a door for a woman and I tip my fedora to them. I don’t believe in talking about women in the crass way that our culture does today. It’s not what I do, it’s not what I’ve taught my sons an I don’t approve of it.

That being said, I was extremely offended by the questions concerning tweets to Rosie O’Donnell by Megyn Kelly,

The question itself was one of several that had no place on that stage (Showing that the real difference between Fox & the rest of the MSM is not that they are easier on the GOP but are just as hard on Democrats)

Here is the full exchange:

Kelly:  Mr. Trump, one of the things people love about you is you speak your mind and you don’t use a politician’s filter. However, that is not without its downsides, in particular, when it comes to women. You’ve called women you don’t like “fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals.” Your Twitter account…

Trump: Only Rosie O’Donnell.

Kelly: No, it wasn’t. Your Twitter account…

Trump: Thank you.

Kelly: For the record, it was well beyond Rosie O’Donnell.

Trump: Yes, I’m sure it was.

Kelly: Your Twitter account has several disparaging comments about women’s looks. You once told a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice it would be a pretty picture to see her on her knees. Does that sound to you like the temperament of a man we should elect as president, and how will you answer the charge from Hillary Clinton, who was likely to be the Democratic nominee, that you are part of the war on women?

Trump: I think the big problem this country has is being politically correct. I’ve been challenged by so many people, and I don’t frankly have time for total political correctness. And to be honest with you, this country doesn’t have time either. This country is in big trouble. We don’t win anymore. We lose to China. We lose to Mexico both in trade and at the border. We lose to everybody. And frankly, what I say, and oftentimes it’s fun, it’s kidding. We have a good time. What I say is what I say. And honestly Megyn, if you don’t like it, I’m sorry. I’ve been very nice to you, although I could probably maybe not be, based on the way you have treated me. But I wouldn’t do that. But you know what, we — we need strength, we need energy, we need quickness and we need brain in this country to turn it around. That, I can tell you right now.

As soon as the debate was over every single network was hitting Donald Trump for these remarks and it didn’t stop when the morning came. It was all about how Donald Trump was acting like a misogynist, who women were going to be offended etc etc etc.

That has been the these on every network since last night and the light of day hasn’t made a single change in the argument.

The problem with this argument is three-fold:

1.  Trump’s statement concerning Rosie O’Donnell was not decorous, but it was highly accurate.

2.  The Primary qualification for almost every women on these panels is physical attractiveness

3.  When Megyn Kelly went after Trump this way he reacted the same way he does when anyone attacks him, he punches back.

It reminds me of a sequence from an old Justice League comic.  During the big fight A Superhero from the future named Booster Gold finds himself face to face with a female super villain and they have the following exchange:

Female Villain: [Making suggestive pose]  You wouldn’t hit a girl would you?

Booster Gold:  [scratching his head]  Well, you see…


[Looking at the super villain lying on the floor]  …in my time equality of the sexes is a given so we can hit anybody.

Female Villain:  [Dizzy from the floor] Ohh thanks for explaining that to me.

That’s exactly how Donald Trump treated Megan Kelly

You can’t have it both ways, you can’t insist that women are equal and can compete in what is called a “man’s world” and then run for cover and profess shock when you are not treated under the rules of chivalry that you have rejected.

Donald Trump is not very complicated.  He functions in a tough world full of strong men and women who he employes and competes with and in his world when someone hits him he hits back.  He treated Megyn Kelly the same way he would treat anyone else who challenged or attacked him.

There’s a word for that, it’s called Equality.

You might think it’s boorish, you might think it’s impolite but you can’t say it’s not equal.

If the MSM thinks that women & men are equals then they should adjust their expectations accordingly, but if they believe that woman are fragile flowers who can’t take the punches that Donald Trump then they are proving that they, not Trump don’t belong on the big stage

Update:  Megyn not Megan

Update 2:  There is throwing a Punch and there is being an ass, or in the immortal words of Beldar Conehead:  Mebs Mebs UNACCEPTABLE!


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