1. Donald Trump’s spokesperson scares the bejeezus out of us.
Donald Trump has not only graced the world with his presence during this presidential election, he has also introduced us to some of the outstanding people he surrounds himself with. This week we got to meet his marvelous personal physician Harold Bornstein, who writes notes that open, “To Whom My Concern,” and include medical-sounding terms like “astonishingly excellent” when talking about Trump’s blood pressure, which sounds very medical indeed. He concludes: "If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency," which absolutely sounds like a doctor would have written it without any interference. So, it is not as if the Donald’s gastroenterologist/proctologist is kissing Trump’s ass or anything.
Then there is the lovely Trump spokesmodel, Katrina Pierson. A few weeks ago, Pierson went on television to defend Trump’s plan to ban all Muslims from the country. She showed she is just as unencumbered by deep thoughts or conscience as Trump himself, when she pointed out, “So what. They’re Muslim.”
This week, Pierson, a wealthy, nutty-as-a-fruitcake Texas Tea Partier who formerly backed Ted Cruz, was just as reassuring on another topic. As viewers of the Republican debate might recall, Trump responded to a question about our “nuclear triad” with an embarrassing word salad in which the only coherent sentence was something like, “nuclear is very important.”
Pierson was in no mood to discuss whether her boss knew what he was talking about when discussing options for waging nuclear war. She had a larger point to make in her appearance on "The O’Reilly Factor." “What good does it do to have a good nuclear triad if you’re afraid to use it?” she said, leaving the conservative general guest agog.
We are seriously afraid now.
2. Carly Fiorina is terrible. Some of her detractors are even worse.
Carly Fiorina is a horrible human being. She’s vicious. She lies brazenly and then she doubles down on the lie when she is caught lying, and she attacks the people who question her lies.
Still, being totally awful does not mean other awful people won’t attack you, and Fiorina was attacked during the debate this week, with a tweet from uber-right-wing Iowa radio host Steve Deace, who tweeted, “Fiorina goes full vagina” in her opening remarks. Whatever that means.
Megyn Kelly is nothing if not sensitive to other conservative women being attacked just for having lady parts. When she chatted with Fiorina about the distasteful tweet, Kelly— we thought very helpfully—pointed out to Fiorina that a vagina is something Hillary Clinton also has. Thank you for clearing that up, Megyn. She followed that incisive comment up by saying reproductive anatomy is probably the only thing Fiorina and Clinton have in common, but she even undercut that point later on when she mentioned that they both love dogs. Go figure.
Whew, no wonder we have such an informed electorate!
3. Bill O’Reilly is not about to listen to some guest on his show who disagrees with him.
Bill O’Reilly simply cannot be rational about the group Black Lives Matter. He invites the group’s advocates on his show so he can yell at them and threaten them and imagines that maybe his hectoring will make them go away. But it keeps not working.
"You would think if you have an organized group in America saying we want dead cops that all decent people would reject that group. You would think, correct?" O'Reilly said, completely falsely and without basis on Thursday."But the Democratic Party is actively embracing Black Lives Matter."
Seriously Papa Bill. You need to calm down. He was referring to the fact that the DNC had the audacity to invite members of the movement to organize and host a presidential town hall forum on racial justice.
Racial justice! Where do those Democrats get off?
Keith Boykin, who was an aide to President Bill Clinton, had been invited on to comment, but when he disagreed with O’Reilly, O’Reilly threatened to cut his microphone. Strange way to treat a guest on a talk show, but never mind.
O’Reilly frothed some more. "All right. So you believe that the Democratic Party is correct in embracing a radical group, a group that calls for police officers to be killed. I'm talking about—look, would you be comfortable with the Republican Party bringing in the storm front, the Nazi people and saying we would like our candidates to talk to you guys?"
It was a rhetorical question, because Boykin’s microphone really had been cut. It’s that hospitality thing.
"They are an extreme group, the Nazi Party. The Black Lives Matter is also an extreme group, as you have heard," O'Reilly added.
Boykin was granted the power of sound for a brief moment, just long enough to say he was outraged by the comparison, which of course, fell on deaf ears.
4. Fox Newsian Tantaros has a no-lose campaign strategy.
Something that basically guarantees apoplexy at Fox News is the suggestion that it might be time to close down Guantanamo Bay or release any of the people who have been held in indefinite detention without a trial in blatant violation of the Constitution.
So, when President Obama announced he would pursue his plan to close Guantanamo Bay and release 17 more prisoners this week as part of the administration’s counterterrorism effort, the results were predictable.
Andrea Tantaros said she was afraid that she was really going to blow a gasket on national television if she discussed the topic. Imagine our relief when she managed to compose herself and make this perfectly rational assessment of the situation:
“This is why people ask what side is [Obama] on. Whose side is he on? Everything he is doing is the antithesis of being pro-American. Everything.”
See, calm and measured.
"You can't imagine the body count,” she continued, not the least bit hysterical. “It's complete insanity. And all he cares about is his political legacy. These families that have lost loved ones that searched to capture those Gitmo detainees that he is releasing. And you know what he cares about? Hurt feelings. He cares about the hurt feelings of people in this country that are trying to kill us. It is unbelievably anti-American at its core. And it infuriates the American people and it's the only thing Republicans should talk about from now until election day."
GOP candidates, you have received your new talking point from this fount of political wisdom.
5. Fox Newsian Kimberly Guilfoyle has an even better idea.
Kimbery Guilfoyle and Donald Trump have something in common. They both heart Vladimir Putin. Big time. On the topic of Guantanamo Bay, Guilfoyle had a very Putin-esque suggestion. Why not just kill the prisoners? Problem solved.
"Just kill them all and close Gitmo, that’s fine,” Guilfoyle yelled, pleased as punch with herself. Anyway, she (like Tanataros) knows exactly what is in the heart of President Obama. He just wants to close Gitmo, “because he doesn’t like the idea of it. It doesn’t sit comfortably. Not because it’s a violation of habeas corpus or because they’re entitled to provisions of the Constitution of the United States of America. They are enemy combatants. They are not entitled. … Kill 'em!”
We're getting scared again.