Thursday, September 10, 2015

It doesn't delight me, but we have to talk about you-know-who again

You already know about the remark quoted in Rolling Stone about Carly Fiorina's face.  It's not a huge deal. Fiorina comes out of a very rough and tumble world: high-tech business. Sure, it's characteristically vulgar, but saying so isn't going to dampen enthusiasm among those driving his poll numbers.

I think it's more important to focus on Bobby Jindal's remarks about him, and the subsequent way takes on that fall.

I am gratified to see  Nicholas Ballasy at PJ Media emphasizing the key points of Jindal's speech:

“I like the idea of somebody willing to say the things you’re not supposed to say. I like the idea of somebody going after the D.C. political class. The reality is they are full of foolishness and nonsense. Donald Trump’s diagnosis is exactly right – the political class is the problem – the problem is Donald Trump’s prescription is exactly wrong,” Jindal said at the National Press Club in Washington today.
“His prescription is that he is the solution. Donald Trump is not the solution. The problem is that Donald Trump himself is full of foolishness and nonsense as well,” he added.
Jindal said Trump is afraid of being exposed.
“Donald Trump is a narcissist and an egomaniac – that may sound like a serious charge to make but it is something that everybody knows to be true, and he knows it too. He celebrates it,” he said. “He says Kanye West is great, why is Kanye West great? Because Kanye West loves Trump so therefore Kanye West is great. He is an entertaining narcissist, but he is still a narcissist.”

Thank you, Mr. Ballasy, for emphasizing Governor Jindal's spot-on take.

Paul Mirengoff at Power Line examines the current dust-up between Trump and Ben Carson over the matter of faith:
 Donald Trump has tried to explain away this comment he made about Carly Fiorina: “Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president.” Trump claims he wasn’t talking about Fiorina’s face, but rather her persona.
When Trump denied that his comment about blood pouring from Megyn Kelly was a reference to menstruation, there was an outside chance he was telling the truth. This time there is no chance. Face, the word Trump used twice, can’t mean persona. Trump’s explanation doesn’t pass the straight persona test.
Meanwhile, Ben Carson tried to explain away his comment that what differentiates him from Trump is that “I realize where my successes comes from, and I don’t in any way deny my faith in God.”  Carson said he feels bad that Trump thought he was attacking him, and that the episode is a misunderstanding.
Dr. Carson added:
I would like to say to him that the intention was not to talk to him but about what motivates me. If he took that as a personal attack on him, I apologize, it was certainly not the intent.
It’s difficult to view Carson’s statements — he also opined that he doesn’t sense that humility and fear of the Lord is part of what Trump is — as other than a personal attack.
I suspect that Carson is playing Trump (though I don’t have a good enough feel for Carson to say this with great confidence). He probably wants to plant the seed that Trump isn’t a good Christian without jeopardizing his own image as a good guy.
Trump is less subtle. His only mode is attack.
Accordingly, he launched his typical scatter-gun attack on Carson. Trump called him “perhaps an okay doctor.” That’s better than being a third-rate radio announcer, but nonetheless sells short the first doctor successfully to separate twins attached at the head. 
MIrengoff goes on to also refer to the Jindal remarks.

Compare these takes, motivated as they are by a fealty to three-pillared conservatism, to a yearning to see character, maturity, wisdom and seasoned policy experience exhibit themselves as this election cycle gets underway, with the what Laura Ingraham chose to emphasize on her radio show today. She posed the question to Jindal of whether he thinks his remarks helped Trump or Jeb Bush more.

My God, what a calculating, Beltway view of the juncture at which we find ourselves. She basically said, face it, Governor, since you're not going to be the nominee, and given the latest poll numbers for Trump, do you really think that, after this winter's winnowing-out has occurred, you will have wound up helping the cause of strapped and behind-the-eight-ball hardworking American families, or the handful of weathly families that comprise the Republican donor class?

How about just taking Governor Jindal at face value and respecting what he's actually saying?

Quite frankly, the current moment is horrifying. Post-America is surrendering to the most fearsome enemy it has ever encountered, the pro-tyranny-and-decline regime gripping post-america's throat is lying to the populace about the magnitude of the second most severe threat, hat regime is engaged in imposing madness on the populace in forms ranging from the environment to human sexuality, economic freedom is being demonized everywhere, and we have ostensible conservatives getting giddy about an utter charlatan.

And then there's the actual opposition: a criminal former Secretary of State who quite casually endangered our nation, and a socialist (who is beating her in the polls) who seriously wants to raise the national minimum wage to $15 per hour and make the nation rely on solar power.

We are so hosed.

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