Leonard: Lesley, this is Penny, she lives across the hall from Sheldon and me.  Lesley and I do research together at the University.

Penny: Oh, wow, a girl scientist.

Lesley: Yep, come for the breasts, stay for the brains.

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Mika Brzezinski is seven years older that Ms. Erin. As handsome a woman as she is there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that as she continues to age there will be pressure to augment or replace her with a younger woman to attract more eyeballs to the show.

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As you might have heard Megyn Kelly has signed a big money contract with NBC and will be heading there shortly.

There has been some debate on the net about this (why I don’t really know) but to me this is no different than say Pablo Sandoval cashing out big with the Red Sox after winning a world series because the reality with a female anchor/reporter is not much different, there is a limited window to cash in and once that window closes you find yourself in Tina Fey land:

I submit and suggest Tina Fey’s show was an affirmative action hire that survived on an ultra liberal network as payback to the lady who the hollywood left considered the hero of the 2008 election.   NBC carried 30 Rock not as a business decision, but as a statement.

But NBC isn’t making that statement any longer and as for the Palin business 2008  is long gone and Gov Palin isn’t running for anything anytime soon.  So where does that leave Tina Fey until the SNL 50th anniversary reunion?

It leaves her as an attractive woman who will be turning 45 on my birthday in an industry unkind to women as they age or put on weight who needs to be noticed.

Now there are legit reasons for NBC to pay Kelly big money, she had success at Fox and she’s clashed with the POTUS Elect so they can beard both of their foes and maybe she will bring ratings, but I agree with Stacy McCain that there is a danger:

NBC is anti-Christian and pro-Islam, anti-family and pro-abortion, anti-cop and pro-“Black Lives Matter.” The partisan and ideological biases at NBC News are so blatantly obvious that it is impossible to imagine that you, Ms. Kelly, could be permitted to broadcast anything there that would deviate from the network’s Democrat/“progressive” agenda. NBC is anti-Christian and pro-Islam, anti-family and pro-abortion, anti-cop and pro-“Black Lives Matter.” The partisan and ideological biases at NBC News are so blatantly obvious that it is impossible to imagine that you, Ms. Kelly, could be permitted to broadcast anything there that would deviate from the network’s Democrat/“progressive” agenda. 

I agree with Stacy that  if she decides to go the full leftist then she will fade and become just another aging woman waiting for a younger hotter one to replace her, but if she wants to do more than cash in the person she needs to emulate is already working for NBC.

Mika Brzezinski

One of the reasons why Mika works is she does the following:

  1. She doesn’t hide her biases, Ms Kelly should do the same, if she is actually conservative, pro-life and pro-family she should be so at NBC, she should wear her bias on her sleeve for all to see and it will bring an audience.
  2. She isn’t afraid to question or critique her own side.  Assuming MS Kelly is a conservative that’s not an issue, but if she is in fact a liberal who went conservative for Fox, she needs to be willing to question liberal dogma.
  3. Bring on guest you disagree with.  This is something you did on Fox and something Mika does.  By allowing all viewpoints you increase both your audience and the respect of people who are actual worth having the respect of.
  4. Remember the people who got you there:  I’ve watched Mika make live appearances with Joe and stay late until every single fan is greeted.  They are your customers, follow that example and they’ll stay with you.
  5. Mika isn’t afraid to break the media template, for example, when she put on 15 pounds she celebrated it rather than ran from it.  Keep that in mind.
  6. Have fun.  Mika has fun doing what she does and is not afraid to do so.  Do the same.

Now of course if all you want to do is cash out that’s fine too, but if you do, I don’t want to hear a fuss if you end up shedding a rip away dress and striking a “mount me” pose in Stephen Colbert goodbye episode to get noticed someday.

I’d say that’s a fate worth avoiding.

 

by baldilocksRestraining_Order

One wonders how long Megyn Kelly will have to put up with Donald Trump’s…ahem…pathological obsession with her. Twenty years, maybe? That’s how long British newsreader Selina Scott says she had to put up with the same, along with the attendant long-distance verbal abuse.

During the two weeks I spent with Trump there were to be helicopter rides over Manhattan, and private jet flights to his lavish ocean-side Florida estate, a trophy property once owned by Marjorie Merriweather Post, one of the richest women in America.

He invited me to his poolside party, boasted about his great skills as a billionaire businessman, and, most tellingly, introduced me to the two most important women in his life – his then wife Marla and his mother Mary.

I believe it’s not too fanciful to suggest that the key to understanding Trump is in his attitude to women.

As Megyn Kelly, the Fox News host, discovered when she asked him about his attitude to women (he has called those he dislikes ‘fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals’), the oily smile is replaced with a deep well of hate if he feels he has not emotionally seduced you.

I know. I’ve been there. My 60-minute documentary exposed how through bluff, bombast and braggadocio, he had convinced the American business community he was far richer than he was, and that while the rest of his rivals were ‘losers’, he knew how to make the US great.

This ability to blag people into believing he was a commercial genius was most vividly illustrated in a helicopter ride we took over New York. Pointing to the Empire State Building, he told me he owned it.

‘What all of it?’ I asked.

‘Yes, 100 per cent,’ he replied.

Later, forgetting he had told me he wholly owned the building, he said he only owned 50 per cent of it which he then considerably reduced. It was the same story with the Trump Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City.

‘It’s wholly owned by me,’ he said. ‘Are you sure?’ I asked. ‘Well maybe 80 per cent,’ he demurred. ‘Are you quite sure?’ I pressed. He replied: ‘Well it’s actually 50 per cent…’

I showed both assertions in my film with many other inconsistencies with the telling soundtrack It Ain’t Necessarily So.

Trump went ballistic. Over many years he sent me a series of intimidating letters branding me ‘sleazy, unattractive, obnoxious and boring.’ He said I was ‘totally uptight’, and that I had begged him for a date. In his dreams!

This vicious tirade was often accompanied by fanzine newspaper cuttings which purported to show how much money he was making.

He scrawled across the top: ‘Selina you are a major loser.’ Another letter declared: ‘Dear Selina, I hear your career is going terribly.

(…)

This harassment only stopped when I threatened to take legal action against him for effectively stalking me.

He said, she said? Sure. But a pattern comes into view. Pretty, accomplished woman who can’t be charmed or intimidated. Same words. Same types of distortions. Same unreasonable anger. Same inability to let things go.

Funny thing though. I think that Trump is also trying to seduce America. I wonder how he’ll react if those advances are spurned.

Actually, I don’t wonder.

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Ok let me preface this post that this is pure speculation.

I’ve been thinking about last night’s debate and while I still think Trump’s move to skip it was strategic I was asking myself why play prevent?

Trump last debate was good and much like Ty Cobb who WAS Capable of hitting for the long ball but choose not to (There is a famous story of him, after the live ball era spending a week hitting for power like Ruth just to prove he could before going back to his short ball ways) The Donald CAN do substance and between the idiocy of banning MLK quotes, the new revelations out of Cologne and the continued crime from people here illegally & news concerning people staying over their visas he had all the material to knock any debate out of the park and when that YouTube question on Islam came he could have cited the hate crimes vs Christians and Jews and showed that question for the BS it was.

Put simply there is no reason why Trump COULDN’T have won that debate, so why didn’t he show up and do it instead of being reduced to citing online polls.

So why did he do it?

I think it’s was the video based questions.

During the debate both Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio where hit with questions backed up by video from Megyn “the terror” Kelly and pressed on positions they had. They handled those questions well, (I think Cruz better than Rubio but I might be biased here) but they handled it.

A lot of Trump’s supporters are people who haven’t showed up before, people who normally don’t get involved who only get their info from what they’ve seen on in pop culture.

What happens to that evangelical support if Kelly plays the NY Vales clip with Tim Russet?

What happens to his conservative support if Kelly plays the video of him praising Hillary Clinton, or Barack Obama etc etc etc.

If Trump is there, his supporters are watching an seeing that stuff for the first time, more importantly they do so in a setting where they are exposed to alternatives that said people can choose.

I speculate that Trump decided that risk was too great and needed an excuse not to go, thus the initial poll, I think the Fox snark concerning it was a Godsend to Trump as it provided an excuse to stay away and play the victim card. If he could have dictated that note himself he would have.

Again this is pure speculation, I could be totally wrong, but the more I think about it, the more I think this is what went down.

Twas video that scared the beast.

Update: I can’t believe CNN actually just said the same thing. MSNBC’s Morning Joe is going all in with the Donald wins meme.

Update 2: I’m getting a lot of pushback on twitter over my Donald Trump stuff I think I hit a nerve

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Yesterday as I was channel surfing I stumbled on Brooke Baldwin CNN show as she was about to do a segment on why women should not stay with cheating husbands based on Josh Duggan.

The irony of the segment of course was that Hillary Clinton name did not come up once, and while that was the source of some humor on twitter

the segment that followed was even funnier.

It consisted of Ms. Baldwin and a panel talking about the latest Donald Trump vs Megyn Kelly vs Roger Ailes feud.

Now that the subject was the topic of the segment wasn’t a huge shock particularly considering that the Politico story on the subject was on top of Memeorandum at the time.

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However the entire segment consisted of the people at the table holding the following consensus beliefs:

1. Donald Trump is bad man who is hurting the GOP

2. Roger Ailes hitting trump is dangerous for Fox because he is the GOP front runner

3. Fox, Trump Megyn Kelly & the GOP will be damaged by this “feud”.

Now it wouldn’t be odd to me for eggs on twitter to have an opinion like this but these guys on CNN are supposed to be pros

The “feud” which has gone from Trump, to ailes, to trump to other fox guys back to trump does everything that both Trump and Fox would like to see.

First for Trump, he is the leader in all the polls, the only way for someone to catch up with him in the short term  is to get big press because it’s all a perception game when it comes to contributions.

The louder Trump is the more the press covers his, the more they cover him the less likely anybody else is going to get any kind of press from the cable or network news, and the less coverage they get the less likely they will advance.

(What you thought Jeb Bush was Unhappy Trump is constantly attacking him?).

But as much as Trump loves this Fox loves it more.

Granted the CNN + MSNBC audiences are dwarfed by Fox but how must Roger Ailes love that both networks are basically running an ad for Fox every hour at no charge?

How much must he love them having to defend Megyn Kelly (who is a big girl and can take care of herself.)

If that’s not enough while NBC, CBS & ABC may have no interest in stuff like the Planned Parenthood protests they can’t get enough of the Fox vs Trump stuff and unlike the cable networks their audiences are MUCH larger than their own.

And that’s just the short-term advantage, what happens when these people who have been told for years that Fox is the focus of evil propaganda in the world watch it and actually see that it does, well news?

Fox in general and Megyn Kelly in particular can’t help but come out ahead.

I know I talked about this a few weeks ago but it’s really amazing to watch the MSM “professionals” fall for it again and again and again.

What a bunch of Maroons.

An aside, in fairness to Brooke Baldwin I should give her two disclaimers:

1.  Every single other newscast that followed did the same thing as her team

2.  She did point out that there was no indication that any of this stuff had done a thing to hurt Trump

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IMG_0306By John Ruberry

“What in hell do the experts know?” is something that Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley often said to his friends according to legendary Chicago newspaper columnist Mike Royko. The experts often lampooned the last machine boss, but despite his flaws–which included prickly relations with the city’s rapidly expanding black population–he knew how to run a big city. Too bad his son–who also served as mayor–did not. When Old Man Daley died in 1976, Chicago enjoyed the highest credit rating from the nation’s top financial firms–which were based in New York. In the mid-1970s, NYC barely escaped bankruptcy.

Contemporary experts have been dismissing the presidential campaign of Donald Trump since he declared his run in June. After he remarked that John McCain is not a war hero–the experts in the media predicted The Donald would crawl off the political stage and die. He was supposed to do the same thing after he criticized the questioning from Fox News’ Megyn Kelly at the first GOP candidate debate earlier this month, adding that she had “blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.”

This morning on CBS’ Face the Nation a panel of liberal columnists–experts to be sure–predicted the eventual demise of Trump’s campaign.

And it’s not just the libs who are skeptical of Trump–author and columnist George Will has been a harsh critic of the political novice and even National Review is condemning Trump. Red State’s Erick Erickson dis-invited Trump from his group’s gathering in Atlanta after the verbal attack on Kelly. These experts don’t see the tycoon as a viable Republican standard bearer.

But Trump’s poll numbers continue to rise. While he didn’t fill it up, the businessman held a rally in a Alabama football stadium two nights ago. Name another GOP presidential candidate who has the chutzpah to rent out an outdoor stadium for a rally.

In 2008 and 2012 the experts on the right said that conservatives needed to line up behind moderate candidates to win the White House. They were wroing

My thoughts return to Boss Daley: “What in hell do the experts know?”

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

General Smith: Frankly, George, you’re on probation. Take my advice and behave yourself. Remember your worst enemy is your own big mouth.

Patton 1970

It’s a very rare thing that I disagree with one of my own Magnificent Seven Writers in print on the blog, particularly one that I’ve known as long as the excellent Steve Eggleston (who you should read every chance you get). But I have to say that his piece: the Trump Boom goes…well boom is incorrect in its conclusion.

Mind you most of his arguments are good ones. He is correct about the GOP and the single “Washington” party and that some candidates specifically sent to fight the “Washington” Party joined it.

Furthermore he is correct that there are several candidates who are specifically running against this Washington Cartel (Ted Cruz comes instantly to mind) pledged to fight it.

Nor is his basic description of Donald Trump’s flip-flops or “Big Mouth” inaccurate. Of the two I think the flip-flops deserves the most scrutiny by GOP primary voters.

However as to his final conclusion implied by the title “The Trump Boomlet goes Boom.” I can’t subscribe to that for several reasons:

#1. Trump’s audience is not solely the basic political geek, (folks like me and you, the readers of this blog) Trump has a wider audience well beyond it as evidenced by the rating numbers on the first debate.

#2 Yesterday I guest hosted Conservatively Speaking on WCRN AM 8:30 from 7 AM till 10 AM. We got a flock of callers and they were willing to let it go. They saw it as no more than a minor gaffe.

#3 Finally while I and others (Most notably Erick Erickson) have said Trump owes Megyn Kelly an apology for the “blood from wherever” remark”, most of Trumps supporters are letting it go because:

a) The believe Kelly was going after him unfairly (actually the whole gang targeted him)

b) The see a double standard in how GOP candidates are treated vs Dems on remarks (there is, see Biden Joe)

c) They see a double standard that women in political demand equality but also demand the old chivalrous standards (that’s true)

But most important is this one

d) They have seen Trump over the years and figure this is just the way he is, (again see Democrats/ media & the VP Joe being Joe) To them this is just Trump being Trump.

I strongly suspect the people most objecting to Trump words do not have him included in their top five picks out of the GOP field (full disclosure neither do I my top five in alphabetical order are Cruz, Fiorina, Jindal, Santorum and Walker with Carson knocking at the door VERY loudly)

There are solid reasons to oppose Trump in the primary:

It’s a very valid argument that if nominated Donald Trumps big mouth could cause trouble, but frankly his remarks give the GOP great chances for counterpunches to Hillary Clinton and the Dems like this:

It’s further true that GOP primary voter should take a close look at Trump filp flop before considering him. As a senator once said to another party switcher Wendell Willkie who became the GOP nominee:

“Well Wendell you know back home in Indiana it’s all right if the town whore joins the church but they don’t ask her to lead the choir on the first night.”

or as Reagan put it: “Trust but verify”.

And of course there are excellent alternatives (Cruz, Fiorina, Jindal, Santorum, Walker and Carson for example).

But based on who Trumps base is, their expectations of him, and the reactions I’ve seen, I see absolutely no reason why this latest gaffe will cost him the lead in the GOP field at least not at this time. In fact the combined attacks on him has an excellent chance to increase his lead further.

The Trump supporters are echoing the opinion of Abe Lincoln who was warned by his staff that John Pope who he was thinking of making head of the Army of the Potomac was a liar and braggart. He answered.

In fact I knew his family back in Illinois. All the Popes were liars and braggarts. I see no particular reason why a liar and a braggart shouldn’t make a good general.

It wasn’t until Pope was decisively beaten by Robert E Lee that Lincoln replaced him.

It’s the same with Trump. If the Trump supporters are to change their allegiance I suspect it will only be when another candidate beats him, not before.

(I still think he should apologize for the “blood from wherever” remark, it’s the right thing to do and one should do the right thing even if one’s foes take joy in it.)
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Yesterday on Twitter when I went through my rankings on the debate I was asked a question on how I came up with my rankings:

All candidates have different short-range goals designed to enable their long-term goal of winning the nomination, which contrary to what some on twitter think, was not decided last night.

But There were other people on that stage.

Chris Wallace, Brett Baier and Megyn Kelly were all on stage and their goal was two fold  to raise their own profile and Fox’s.  Based on the print media coverage they got high marks the Washington Post:

Megyn Kelly/Bret Baier/Chris Wallace: Moderating a 10-person debate that includes Donald Trump is no easy task. The Fox trio managed the back and forth very well and, more importantly, asked good, challenging questions without venturing into “gotcha” territory. With the exception of the weirdness that happened between 8:50 pm and the start of the debate (more on that below), they were outstanding.

The NYT

They took each of the 10 Republicans onstage to task. They held each of them to account. They made each address the most prominent blemishes on his record, the most profound apprehensions that voters feel about him, the greatest vulnerability that he has.

It was riveting. It was admirable. It compels me to write a cluster of words I never imagined writing: hooray for Fox News.

Additionally every single. cable show since 11 PM struck has been talking Megyn Kelly vs Donald Trump. That is the primary topic everywhere and furthermore every single MSM and cable outlet from CNN to MSNBC have been talking it up and complementing Megyn Kelly.

And that’s the whole point.

For a long time the MSM has been painting Fox news as the mirror image of themselves,  just an arm of one side of the argument whose goal is to advance a philosophy.  That’s just not the case.

Roger Ailes has only had one goal, the best ratings possible and the #1 position in cable news.  That’s why he didn’t care about Jon Stewart, because  Ailes put it

He’s feeling unrewarded because Fox News beats him on the amount of money we make, on ratings and on popularity. I’m sure it’s very depressing when he sits home at night and worries about it. We never did,” Ailes said.

In that same spirit the Goal of the Fox team at the debate was not to protect the GOP, was not to look professional, it was to generate ratings in the short run and the long run

The short run goal was met spectacularly.

16% of United States homes with TV sets tuned in.
Fox News usually has 1% or 2% of the household audience.
For the sake of comparison, the highest-rated Republican primary debates in 2011 and 2012 were watched by approximately 5% of households.
The Democratic primary debates in 2008 were bigger, but none of those ever topped 10%.

And with every single person on TV talking Megyn Kelly what do you think her ratings are going to be tonight? (I’m writing this Friday afternoon).  I predict they’ll be through the roof.

Furthermore all of this is diametrically opposed to the MSM meme that Fox can not be trusted, that it is not “Fair and Balanced and how many of those people who will tune into fox for the first time over the next few days might decide to stay and frankly it’s not like the conservatives who are upset have anywhere else to go.

Roger Ailes must be dancing in the streets.

Does anyone seriously believe there any chance at all that any of the other networks will be as hard on the Democrats as Fox was on the GOP

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Beldar: MEBS!  MEBS! UNACCEPTABLE!

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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

Henry Drummond: Madam, you may vote but at a price. You lose the right to retreat behind the powder puff or your petticoat.

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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…

BAM!

[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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And on Way too early not only are they mentioning Sarah Palin’s response but the Megan Kelly & Kristen Powers fight caused him to mention the Black Panther case in passing.

The moral of the story? Want to get a conservative issue mentioned on MSNBC? Have two hot blonds on Fox argue about it Loudly!