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    • October 30, 2015 in Columnists

    The GOP plays the victim card

    BOULDER, CO - OCTOBER 28: Presidential candidates Ohio Governor John Kasich (L-R), Mike Huckabee, Jeb Bush, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Ted Cruz (R-TX), New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) take the stage at the CNBC Republican Presidential Debate at University of Colorados Coors Events Center October 28, 2015 in Boulder, Colorado. Fourteen Republican presidential candidates are participating in the third set of Republican presidential debates. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    BOULDER, CO – OCTOBER 28: Presidential candidates Ohio Governor John Kasich (L-R), Mike Huckabee, Jeb Bush, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Ted Cruz (R-TX), New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) take the stage at the CNBC Republican Presidential Debate at University of Colorados Coors Events Center October 28, 2015 in Boulder, Colorado. Fourteen Republican presidential candidates are participating in the third set of Republican presidential debates. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    Whomever didn’t watch the CNBC Republican Presidential debate missed a much rehearsed and rehashed version of Republican Wrestlemania — you knew who was going to win, you knew who was going to lose, and you knew the performances by the candidates were as phony as Caitlin Jenner’s chesticles .

    Buckle up, buckaroo! This was a phony performance of the ages!

    CNBC is a business media channel and their job is to cover the economic picture of America and the world economy. This was the ultimate situation to talk about tax reform with reporters and media commentators who understand issues and topics like capital flight, an IPO, monetary policy, and basic math.

    Let’s say that you owe $10,000 of debt and your solution is to take a pay cut instead of asking for an increase. I submit to my dear reader that this is the proposed plan of anyone who offers a tax decrease or even worse, and was usually the case, a flat tax. The moderators demanded an explanation on how the deficit would decrease with a decrease in tax revenue. And instead, Senator Ted Cruz did this….

    U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) October 19, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Mitchell (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS HEADSHOT) - RTX14H7R

    U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) October 19, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Mitchell (UNITED STATES – Tags: POLITICS HEADSHOT) – RTX14H7R

    Instead of answering a very straightforward question about raising the debt ceiling, Cruz performed rhetorical Aikido and changed the subject into the media asking “gotcha questions” or as I like to call them questions that makes a politician look bad because he or she has an awful answer. Say what you want about Ted Cruz (yes, maybe he looks like a guy who has a 9-year-old boy dissolving in a vat of acid in his basement but he is a very good and Harvard trained lawyer), he is a long-time political operative and didn’t just fall off the apple cart. He knows how to play the establishment because he is the establishment for the Grand Ole Party.

    Much of the night, Republicans were playing the victim card of the mainstream media. The reason why they use that tactic is simple: it works for the Right Wing. Governor Chris Christie made his living attacking the media and being verbally gruff with his constituents. He scored huge last night. Senator Marco Rubio not only complained about the media but also attacked his opponent Governor Jeb (I meant JEB!) Bush.

    If you ever wanted to run for office as a Republican and you want to skirt a tough question as to why tax cuts never seem to stimulate the economy or balance a budget — attack the mainstream media.

    Speaking of the mainstream media, I turned on FOX News right after the debate was over and my personal hero and savior, Sean Hannity, was on, consoling GOP candidates who were asked tough questions by the CNBC moderators. Some people seem to forget that there is a Right-Wing media and it’s quite the stream. More like a stream of urine. It was amazing to watch all the open-mouth French kissing between Sean Hannity and any GOP presidential candidate who would take a post-debate interview with the FOX News commentator who is, as they say — fair, balanced, and unafraid.

    I have never seen such a bunch of scaredy-cats before. Never have I seen a bunch of people cower over simple questions. Isn’t the GOP the party full of macho bluster? You might as well hand over the keys to the White House to Hillary Clinton because none of these chumps are going to be able to beat her.

    Between a flat-tax, having Mexico build a wall for us, and getting rid of the Department of Education, it seems like the new boss is the same as the old boss. Except this boss has a 70-year-old woman’s muff on the top of his head. Actually, he does have a different idea — he wants to round up 11 million illegals in the United States, and some voters actually love that idea of rounding up ethnics. Donald Trump is going to made America great again if he has to round up every last Mexican. Mitt Romney’s problem was he was too polite and simply asked undocumented people to self-deport. Trump wrote a book called “The Art of the Deal” and his deal on immigration is a great idea.

    Courtesey of hollywoodreporter.com

    Courtesey of hollywoodreporter.com

     

    This guy liked that idea too.

    UNSPECIFIED - 1932: Adolf Hitler (1889-1945), German statesman. Colourized photo. (Photo by Roger Viollet Collection/Getty Images)

    UNSPECIFIED – 1932: Adolf Hitler (1889-1945), German statesman. Colourized photo. (Photo by Roger Viollet Collection/Getty Images)



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