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Steven Benen says the GOP Candidates this weekend offered a lesson on how not to respond to terrorism. You don’t respond with fear, panic, sectarian rage, and bigotry.
To be sure, there are too many reactionary, overly simplistic attitudes on the right, which seem to give Republicans some emotional satisfaction without much regard for responsible policymaking. But there’s also the unnerving track record of many Republican officials – including would-be presidents – who seem to fall to pieces every time there’s a crisis. The benefit of a lengthy national campaign is that it gives voters a chance to see who’s made of sterner stuff, and who isn’t.
I don’t mean to be callous here, but the Paris Attacks are not 9/11. They are not the end of the world. It is a tragedy to be sure. Horrific. But it was a terrorist attack. And terror attacks are going to happen in this world. What we have to do now is investigate, track down those responsible, kill or capture them, but most importantly, respond smartly.
Regarding the attacks in Paris last night that killed around 127 people (which I am sure may go up as 99 people were critically wounded out of 200 injured), we must resolve to stop terrorists whenever and wherever we find them. What does that mean though?
We already went into two Muslim countries to fight terrorism, spent 15 years there and tens of trillions of dollars, and accomplished nothing. Nothing at all. In fact, us being there made the problem worse. You cannot fight an ideology, or terrorism, like you would another country’s army. One is a philosophy, the other is a tactic. The terrorists would like nothing more than for the West to drop another 200,000 man army in the Middle East. It will be their greatest recruiting tool ever. And then they would blend into the civilian population, forcing us to kill and harass and terrorize civilians, thereby creating more terrorists who hate us for being their occupier.
So when I say we must fight terrorism, I do not mean fight it like a war.
No, the only way to fight them is containment, drone strikes and special ops that takes them out one by one. I know that is less satisfying to the red blooded vengeance we crave, but it’s the smart way to do it. And it is what we are doing. We have to, along with our allies, and Russia, redouble our efforts, and better coordinate strategy.
The dumb way is what the neocons in the Republican Party would have us do: putting an invading army of hundreds of thousands on the ground in Syria and Iraq.
In this week’s address, President Obama honored our nation’s veterans, who have served and sacrificed in defense of our country.
In his weekly message, Governor Markell discusses efforts in Delaware to support veterans, including increasing access to employment and providing housing assistance, as the nation recognizes Veterans Day
It’s starting to get nasty! Trump also went after Carson yesterday for being a pathological liar, which is correct. Fiorina, also a pathological liar, defending her fellow pathological liar by saying on Facebook:
“Donald, sorry, I’ve got to interrupt again. You would know something about pathological. How was that meeting with Putin? Or Wharton? Or your self funded campaign? Anyone can turn a multi-million dollar inheritance into more money, but all the money in the world won’t make you as smart as Ben Carson.”
And she is also right. Donald does lie as well, creating meetings with world leaders out of whole cloth, lying about self funding his campaign. He was born with a silver spoon. The only thing Carly gets wrong is this: Ben Carson is not smart.
Here at Delaware Liberal, we will always have a soft spot in our hearts for Christine O’Donnell. Her primary victory over Mike Castle not only delivered a Senate seat to the blue team when it was going to go red, but it also gave DL our highest traffic numbers ever for a few months. So we continue to keep tabs on Ms. O’Donnell. And as you know, she is currently being sued by the FEC for using her campaign donations to pay her personal rent at her Greenville townhouse during the campaign.
She hired a lawyer to defend her, but then stop paying that lawyer. Lawyers like to get paid for the work they do, and when they don’t get paid, we stop doing work. Of course, as a Republican, Christine looked upon her lawyer as a servant/employee that was indentured to her, no matter if she paid him or not. So she was surprised when said lawyer moved to withdraw from representing her, and further surprised when the motion was granted.
But somehow, she received an email between her former counsel and opposing counsel for the FEC, and now she thinks there is some huge conspiracy against her.
Brian Beutler says the Republicans have no answer to a key 2016 question:
[T]he most revealing question of the first half of the debate, addressed to Carly Fiorina, posited that Democrats will point out, accurately, that the labor market has performed better in modern times under Democratic presidents than under Republican ones, and that it performed particularly poorly under the previous Republican president.
“The Democrats will inevitably ask you and voters to compare the recent presidents’ jobs performance,” said moderator Gerard Baker. “In seven years under President Obama, the U.S. has added an average of 107,000 jobs per month. Under Clinton, the economy added about 240,000 per month, under George W. Bush, it was only 13,000 a month. If you win the nomination, you will probably be facing a Democrat named Clinton. How are you going to respond to the claim that Democratic presidents are better at creating jobs than Republicans?”
Fiorina, quite tellingly, had no answer. [...]
“When Hillary Clinton runs, she’s going to say, ‘The Republicans gave us a crappy economy twice, and we fixed it twice. Why would you ever trust them again?’” Kevin Hassett, a Republican economist at the American Enterprise Institute, said earlier this year. “The objective for the people in the Republican Party who want to defeat her is to come up with a story about what’s not great.”
What’s not great is income inequality, but Republican policies of tax cuts, union busting and deregulation have created income inequality, not lessened it. So the GOP cannot campaign on that either.
Washington Post: “As Trump has become the defining character of this Republican presidential primary contest, the race itself has seemed to take on elements of his personality — in particular, his aggressive, seemingly shameless rejection of the idea that he has ever been wrong.”
“The influence is especially strong in Fiorina and Carson, the two other political outsiders, who have risen in Trump’s slipstream. All three will be onstage Tuesday evening in Milwaukee for the fourth televised GOP debate.”
“As with Trump, some of these outsiders’ most memorable debate moments have come when they uttered statements that turned out to be exaggerated or untrue. And, like Trump, they have played to a distrustful electorate by criticizing the fact-checkers and refusing to acknowledge that any facts were wrong.”
Reality has a liberal bias. Not the media.
Ben Carson is crying about media scrutiny, saying it is unfair and that is because secular progressives fear him. LOL. Dr. Carson, as a secular progressive, let me tell you that I do not fear you. I pity you. You are a pathological liar with a clear psychological problem and a mental illness. I find you laughable as well. If you were to be your party’s nominee, Hillary Clinton would win nearly 50 states and all Republicans everywhere would be swept out of office. So I am actually rooting for you.
Philip Bump on Ben Carson’s rough 72 hours.
[The] scrutiny phase is in full swing. There was the pyramids thing and questions about his allegedly violent youth. But on Friday morning, a big one from Politico: Carson admits he made up a part of his biography about having been selected to attend West Point — something Carson defended as recently as August.
So of course, the mind of the pundit (such as it is) moves one step further down the line. If Carson’s poll numbers enter the “decline” phase, where does that support go?
We actually have data to answer that question from this week. Fox News, in its most recent national poll, asked Republican voters about their first and second choices to win the nomination. For Carson voters, most of their support moved to Donald Trump, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz.
The President discussed the importance of reducing the number of people without health insurance during the Open Enrollment period for Obamacare, and the Governor highlighted four new milestones reached in conjunction with the Delaware Bayshore, including the preservation of a key wetland and opening of a new walking trail and ADA-accessible viewing platform on the property. We also have the behind the scenes West Wing Week.
Jonathan Chait: “A new paper by political scientist Corwin Smidt… documents the decline of swing voters, or (as many political scientists call them) ‘floating voters,’ which means voters who pull the lever for a different party than the one they supported in the previous election. From the 1950s through the 1980s, 10 to 15 percent of voters floated between the two parties in presidential elections. Recently that rate has fallen to about 5 percent.”
“The sorting of American politics into semipermanent, warring camps unfolded over decades… But every effort to break the stalemate in the age of polarization has failed. Red-state Democrats and blue-state Republicans have tried to create separate, localized identities for their candidates that can allow them to compete in hostile terrain. It doesn’t work because elections at every level have increasingly grown nationalized. The divide between red and blue America is comprehensive.”
The true swing voter is like a white elephant: rare. I only have one in my life. What the media considers “swing voters” are really just annoying Independents that do in fact have ideological preferences one way or the other, but can only be motivated to vote on rare occasions. Obama brought a lot of these voters out in 2008. Bernie Sanders is attempting to do the same thing now. George W. Bush brought a lot of these voters out on the right in 2004, and the selection of Sarah Palin brought a lot of these voters out to vote for McCain.
Last night during the special meeting of the Town Council, “Elsmere town officials are asking the Attorney General’s Office for help in deciding whether a crime was committed by the mayor,” WDEL reports.
What I find fascinating is that what started out as a plan to explain away the firing of former New Castle County Chief Administrative Officer David Grimaldi has blown back and caused collateral damage on Tom Gordon and his allies, all because Grimaldi recorded his conversation with Berg. Gordon has to wonder what other conversations have been recorded.
The latest from Celia Cohen on Colin Bonini is as predictable as it is insane:
Colin Bonini, the Republican state senator, was committed to running against Beau Biden as the Democrats’ candidate for governor, but against John Carney? Eh, not as much. It is probably too strong of a characterization to say Bonini has gotten cold feet, but definitely cool feet, maybe even chilled feet. [...]
“I was planning on running against Beau Biden. It’s not Beau, for the worst possible reason. John’s a very popular guy, and by the way, a great guy,” Bonini said.
Huh? Not more popular than Beau Biden or the Biden Family? Did Colin Bonini really think it was going to be easier to run against Beau Biden than John Carney? Really? With the Vice President as a surrogate for Beau? Really?