Saturday, April 30, 2016

Looking Presidential

There seems to be a significant amount of criticism of women that is streaming out of the Republican Party; and criticism, in general, about candidates of both gender who do not look presidential. Is looking the part something we’ll need to worry about?
by Charlie Leck

Imagine this if you will: Ted Cruz as Lucifer! He’d be very pale and white skinned, with white hair, red eyes and very yellowed teeth. Two of those upper teeth, one of each side of his mouth, protrude out from his mouth and go nearly halfway down his chin. Blood seeps from his gums. I would say this is not a very presidential look.

Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner, forced my imagination to create this image of Senator Cruz this morning. I read what he said Thursday about Mr. Cruz…

        “Lucifer in the flesh! I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along
        with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch!”

Not the kind of picture one would want to draw in his mind about the primary resident in the White House, is it?

Donald Trump has had a bad habit of painting nasty images in our minds – images of people he doesn’t much care for. Months ago he talked about how very ugly Carly Fiorina was (is)! Now the lady is a candidate to become Vice President if Ted Cruz would happen to win the nomination. The devil she is!

“Look at that face,” Trump said in talking about Fiorina. “Look at that face!”

Trump has also had some unkind things to say about Hillary Clinton. “If Hillary were a man,” he said, “I don’t think she’d get 5 percent of the vote.” Trump then complained that Hillary was playing the “woman card!” Er! What!

“If fighting for women’s health care and paid family leave and equal pay is playing the ‘woman card,’” Hillary responded, “then deal me in!”

Talking about appearances, a Gallup poll that was conducted nationwide shows that 70 percent of women have a very negative view of Donald Trump.

Mr. Trump should talk about ugly, ey? My goodness! With that hair? That artificial sun-bake on his face! Those squinting eyes! That mysterious grin!

Yet, it’s true that Trump talks positively about his own look and appearance, telling a Pennsylvania crowd how handsome and presidential he looks. Donald, the mirror is lying to you!

Oh, my goodness, I’m beginning to play the game myself. Shut my mouth!

What Trump was really saying is that presidents look like men! Well, to this point in history he is correct, but it might be time to change that image. Women have done quite well – thank you very much – leading major nations such as England and Germany.

I find the idea of a female in the White House quite exciting.

Trump, to state the case honestly, is only a hair’s breadth away from winning the nomination. The infamous Ted Cruz – the John Kasich alliance was declared dead yesterday. At least that’s what “Lyin’ Ted Cruz” said. “There is no alliance,” Ted told the media. “What?” That’s how John Kasich’s chief strategist responded when he heard about what Ted said. “I can’t stand liars,” John Weaver said about Cruz.

What we have here, folks, is a failure to communicate! That’s not uncommon with Mr. Trump. Fact checkers have been performing hours and hours of investigations of statements Mr. Trump has made in the last week. He’s made an intense number of misstatements that I am politely not calling lies. This list in this morning’s paper was quite long. Included in the lies (misstatements) is his assertion that his campaign is “totally self-funded.” Indeed, it is not! He’s received more than 12 million dollars in donations.

In climax today, just in case you didn’t see it or read it, here’s what the remarkable David Brooks said in his NY Times column yesterday morning (If Not Trump, What?).

        “Donald Trump now looks set to be the Republican nominee. So for those of us
        appalled by this prospect – what are we supposed to do?

        “Well, not what the leaders of the Republican Party are doing. They’re going down
        meekly and hoping for a quiet convention. They seem blithely unaware that his is a
        Joe McCarthy moment. People will be judged by where they stood at this time.
        Those who walked with Trump will be tainted forever after for the degradation of
        standards and the general election slaughter.”

Not a pretty picture either! Oh, my! Not even Shakespeare could have devised this tragic plot! And we shall have to live it in reality.

Nevertheless, I put my faith is the basic goodness and common sense of the American people! Am I wrong?

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