Trump a Comedian, Labour a Joke

Is it true that there are 16 Republican presidential candidates, and only one Democratic candidate: Hillary Clinton? Camille Paglia in Salon:

“…when we look at the abundance of candidates who have put themselves forward on the GOP side, compared to the complete paralysis of the Democratic party by the Clinton machine, I think you have to be worried about the future of the Democratic party…

Hillary has accomplished nothing substantial in her life. She’s been pushed along, coasting on her husband’s coattails, and every job she’s been given fizzled out into time-serving or overt disaster.  Hillary constantly strikes attitudes and claims she’s “passionate” about this or that, but there’s never any sustained follow-through.  She’s just a classic, corporate exec or bureaucrat type who would prefer to be at her desk behind closed doors, imposing her power schemes on the proletariat.  She has no discernible political skills of any kind, which is why she needs a big, shifting army of consultants, advisors, and toadies to whisper in her ear and write her policy statements.  There’s this ridiculous new theme in the media about people needing to learn who the “real” Hillary Clinton is.  What? Everything they’re saying about what a wonderful person Hillary is in private tells us that she’s not competent or credible as a public figure! A politician, particularly a president, must have a distinct skill or expertise in communicating with the masses.  It’s the absolutely basic requirement for any career in politics.

If you don’t have an effective public persona, if you’re not a good speaker, if you don’t like to press the flesh, if you’re not nimble enough to deal with anything that comes along, then you are not a natural politician!  And you sure aren’t going to learn it in your late 60s!  Get off the stage, and let someone else truly electable on!…

I don’t see Hillary as even getting as far as the debates!  If things continue to trend downward for her, in terms of her favorability and the increasing scandals, then the Democratic establishment will have to take action to avoid a sure GOP win.  Hillary has way too much baggage for a general election–that should have been obvious from the start.  If Vice-President Biden jumps in, that would change everything.  I don’t think Hillary wants to be defeated, so what I’ve been predicting all along is that there will be a “health crisis,” and she will withdraw.  Right now, her campaign is trying to change the headlines by releasing some new policy statement every day, but it’s not going to change the looming investigations into her conduct as Secretary of State.  And of course the GOP is holding back its real anti-Hillary ammunition until she’s the nominee.  Then we’ll all be plunged backward into the endless nightmare of the Clinton years–it will be pure hell!”

And Trump is a comedian:

“So far this year, I’m happy with what Trump has done, because he’s totally blown up the media! All of a sudden, “BOOM!” That lack of caution and shooting from the hip. He’s not a president, of course. He’s not remotely a president. He has no political skills of any kind. He’s simply an American citizen who is creating his own bully pulpit. He speaks in the great populist way, in the slangy vernacular. He takes hits like a comedian–and to me he’s more of a comedian than Jon Stewart is! Like claiming John McCain isn’t a war hero, because his kind of war hero doesn’t get captured–that’s hilarious! That’s like something crass that Lenny Bruce might have said! It’s so startling and entertaining…

So what I’m saying is that the authentic 1960s were about street theater–chaos, spontaneity, caustic humor. And Trump actually has it!  He does better comedy than most professional comedians right now, because we’re in this terrible period where the comedians do their tours with canned jokes. They go from place to place, saying the same list of jokes in the same way.  But the old vaudevillians had 5,000 jokes stored in their heads. They went out there and responded to that particular audience on that particular night.  They had to read the crowd and try out what worked or didn’t work.

Our politicians, like our comedians, have been boring us with their canned formulas for way too long.  So that’s why Donald Trump has suddenly leapt in the polls.  He’s a great stand-up comedian. He’s anti-PC–he’s not afraid to say things that are rude and mean.  I think he’s doing a great service for comedy as well as for politics!”

Meanwhile, back in the UK, Dan Hodges:

The Labour party is a joke. We should stop taking it seriously

Blairites for Corbyn are having a big week. Yesterday it was announced that Unison, one of the more moderate unions, was backing the great white bearded hope. Then the bookmaker Paddy Power officially installed him as favourite to win the contest.

“STORMIN’ CORBYN NOW FAVOURITE FOR NEXT LABOUR LEADER”, exclaimed the press release.

Though not everyone was as excited as me. My announcement that I had rejoined Labour enraged some of my new comrades on the Left. Apparently, you can only join up and vote for Jeremy Corbyn if your really, really are Left wing. You have to be pure of mind and spirit to vote for their man. Sorry, our man. Which to me seems a touch factional. But then factionalism is what the Left does. So I forgive you, brothers and sisters.

Some people on the Right were a bit enraged as well. “This isn’t a game,” I was informed haughtily.

No. That’s precisely the point. It is a game….

Labour is preparing to elect Jeremy Corbyn as its leader. And in the entire history of the Labour party, no one has ever played a bigger, or more stupid, or more self-destructive game than that.

As both Labour and Lib Dems implode, David Cameron is, not unreasonably, predicting many more Conservative governments to come. If so, isn’t that a golden opportunity for the party to return to its conservative principles, and dispense with environmentalism and nanny statism and all the other trendy causes to which it has felt necessary to pay lip service over the past decade and more? Or have I asked that question before?

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21 Responses to Trump a Comedian, Labour a Joke

  1. harleyrider1978 says:

    Offender chucked out of rehabilitation project for smoking in his room

    A troubled teenager has been ordered to do community service work after he was thrown out of…

    http://www.exeterexpressandecho.co.uk/Offender-chucked-rehabilitation-project-smoking/story-27515577-detail/story.html

  2. jaxthefirst says:

    Totally OT, but there’s a poll here which people might like to add their voice to – about Bournemouth considering following Brighton’s lead and making part of their beach non-smoking. Currently running at 60/40 for the motion, so could do with some support. Here we go with a link – might not work, but copying and pasting into the search bar should:

    http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/13508210.Should_there_be_a_non_smoking_area_on_Bournemouth_beach_/

    If that doesn’t work, it’s featured on the Bournemouth Echo’s site.

    • waltc says:

      Done. 2AM new York time still 60/40 in favor

      On topic: There are now 17 (count em) R’s running. As of today, an obscure ex governor of Virginia threw his hat in a ring that has more hats than a hat store. Everything Paglia says about Hillary is true– and more. Polls show that more than half the people, including Democrats, find her dishonest. Which is like their finding water wet and leaves one to wonder about the perceptiveness of the other less than half. Unfortunately, however, American Democrats are so phobic about the media-drummed image of Republicans, if she’s the candidate, they’ll vote for her anyway. As it now stands, she has no viable opponents. If it’s on the net, you might want to watch the first 10-man R debate next Thurs, Aug 6, 9PM EST.

      I begin to think all politics everywhere, at least in the West, is a joke. Or a vaudeville routine but one that ends with the theater exploding. Debt, unemployment, inflation, ISIS, home-grown terror, Chinese cyber attacks, Iranian nukes, decaying cities, incompetent and vastly overpriced health care and our governments worry about death by Pepsi and seconhand smoke and whether or not transexuals can use the girls’ bathroom.

    • Rose says:

      That’s a tricky one, Jax. It would be interesting to see who really leaves all the litter, but the problem is the non-smokers would naturally come onto the smoking part of the beach to avoid all the irritating notices, so it wouldn’t be a fair experiment.
      Of course, if the anti-smokers get one patch of beach for their own use, we just know they are going to demand the rest shortly afterwards. So really, the vote is misleading.

      Funny how it works isn’t it? If 80% don’t smoke, no matter what their personal views are, then majority rules, but in prison where 80% do smoke, the minority gets their way.

      As for beaches, like most people, we find a spot as far away from everyone else as possible and when we leave, the only signs that we were ever there are footprints, quickly washed away by the next incoming tide.

      • prog says:

        Apart from dog ends and the odd discarded fag packet, the vast majority of litter is not directly smoker related. E.G. I live approximately 15 mins drive from a MacDonalds – just enough time for passengers to eat and chuck their crap out the window. And don’t get me started on disposable nappies…

        Might be wrong but I get the feeling that people with squeaky clean houses and cars are more likely to ‘shit’ on the rest of us. Logically, if one’s car’s a dumping ground you’re less likely to throw stuff out the window (unless you save it all up and do it in one go). I also believe that the squeaky clean are less likely to be smokers.

      • harleyrider1978 says:

        Funny how it works isn’t it? If 80% don’t smoke, no matter what their personal views are, then majority rules, but in prison where 80% do smoke, the minority gets their way.

        Rights guarantee no majority nor minority can outlaw your rights or liberties.

        Ninth Amendment to the United States Constitution

        The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

        This amendment is used to protect the citizenry from any expansion of governmental power because of the limited nature of the Bill of Rights. Because every right of the people of the United States could not possibly be mentioned in the Constitution, the Ninth Amendment was added to supplement those already mentioned. The amendment protects many rights implied in a universal civil code, and those that are linked to other rights already declared. It protects these personal liberties from state and federal infringement.

        On property rights: “It is not the right OF property which is protected, but the right TO property. Property per se has no rights; but the individual—the man—has three great rights, equally sacred from arbitrary interference: the right to his life, the right to his liberty, the right to his property . . . . The three rights are so bound to together as to be essentially one right. To give a man his life but deny him his liberty, is to take from him all that makes his life worth living. To give him his liberty but take from him the property which is the fruit and badge of his liberty, is to still leave him a slave” – U.S. Supreme Court Justice George Sutherland.

        • garyk30 says:

          “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”

          Folks forget that The Constitution gives and limits the ‘Rights’ of the govt, not the people.

          Most of it begins with: “Congress shall pass no law……”.

          This includes the President and Judicial Branch.

        • harleyrider1978 says:

          Or any local city council or housing authority or home owners group or anyone or anything

  3. roobeedoo2 says:

    Call me suspicious but I will be keeping an eye out for more details relating to this young person’s death:

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/man-aged-20-dies-after-6169041

  4. Joe L. says:

    The Democrats also have Bernie Sanders in the running, a left-leaning independent who is a far more moderate option than Hillary. Unfortunately he is completely overshadowed by the Clinton name and has no chance of getting nominated.

  5. Bandit 1 says:

    BBC piece on smoking bans in mental health units… headline in the form of a question but no discussion thread. Caution: contains health zealot newspeak from soulless c*nts.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-ouch-33440478

  6. garyk30 says:

    “Polls show that more than half the people, including Democrats, find her dishonest.”

    That is way more than needed to get elected, she only needs 24% approval.

    In the USA:
    100 adults
    90% eligible to vote = 90% of the total

    only 75% of that 90% will register to vote = 68% of total

    about 70% of registered voters will actually vote = 47% of total adults

    51% of votes wins = 24% of total adults.

    She will then proclaim that she has a mandate for her policies; because, the people have chosen her.

  7. Bandit 1 says:

    Re the Labour Party being a joke, it’s a pretty sick joke. The cultural and economic harm done by that organisation and the organisations affiliated to and spawned by it is, to my mind at least, incalculable. How millions can still vote for it is likewise beyond me.

    So the Health Act 2006 doesn’t cover outdoor spaces, so any smoking bans at parks, beaches, etc. cannot really be ‘bans’ in legal terms? Doesn’t matter: the mindset of The All Powerful And Intrusive State, the mindset that The Word Ban Is Sufficient In Itself, the mindset that This Is Not A Free Country And Your Private Life Is Not Private, are firmly in place, thanks to Labour and fellow vandals.

    1984 came true. I just hope there is a way out of it.

    • Zippgun says:

      Oh yes they can make it compulsory, by using the loathsome Theresa May’s Public spaces protection orders( PSPOs) councils can “ban” just about anything they want to in a “public place”- and criminal sanctions are available for any who disobey. A few pointed out at the time this legislation was being waved through the house of common criminals that this was yet another piece of state totalitarianism being put in place. The police state Tories of the May /Cameron variety building on the vile legacy of Anthony Blair’s Marxist crew, who started all this in creating the ASBO.

  8. harleyrider1978 says:

  9. Lyla Chason says:

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