Sunshine filtered through a shifting overcast this afternoon on California’s north coast, thin-stringy clouds obviously propelled by a chilled northern wind — draft of which to an old guy feels more frosty every few minutes.
I just might have to soon shut down my apartment’s ventilation system, and close the windows early today.
Way-not unpleasant right now, though.
In the context of shit in the afternoon, politics on every level has become rather repugnant, but some assholes are so incompetently arrogant a description defies definition.
This morning, one of those assholes received stern directions for a nitwit’s exit — Jeb Bush got verbally fastidious, or maybe orally punctilious with a young lady at a political event, who then displayed more apparent sense and moxie than the entire US press corp.
(Illustration found here).
George W’s little brother, Jeb, is a complete buffoon, and I really, really can’t believe the ass-idiot has gotten any kind of serious consideration for next year’s presidential race — but wait, the dumb-ass is a Republican, which explains a lot — and the clown’s actual existence completely displays how whimsical the GOP view of an American voter’s amnesia level.
Jeb’s a bit of a petulant bitch, too.
And showed the snobbery — from the New York Times this afternoon:
“Your brother created ISIS,” the young woman told Jeb Bush.
And with that, Ivy Ziedrich, a 19-year-old college student, created the kind of confrontational moment here on Wednesday morning that presidential candidates dread.
Mr. Bush, the former governor of Florida, had just concluded a town-hall-style meeting when Ms. Ziedrich demanded to be heard. “Governor Bush,” she shouted as audience members asked him for his autograph.
“Would you take a student question?”
Mr. Bush whirled around and looked at Ms. Ziedrich, who identified herself as a political science major and a college Democrat at the University of Nevada.
She had heard Mr. Bush argue, a few moments before, that America’s retreat from the Middle East under President Obama had contributed to the growing power of the Islamic State.
She told the former governor that he was wrong, and made the case that blame lay with the decision by the administration of his brother George W. Bush to disband the Iraqi Army.
“It was when 30,000 individuals who were part of the Iraqi military were forced out — they had no employment, they had no income, and they were left with access to all of the same arms and weapons,” Ms. Ziedrich said.
She added: “Your brother created ISIS.”
Mr. Bush interjected. “All right. Is that a question?”
Ms. Ziedrich was not finished. “You don’t need to be pedantic to me, sir.”
“Wow,” Mr. Bush replied.
Then Ms. Ziedrich asked: “Why are you saying that ISIS was created by us not having a presence in the Middle East when it’s pointless wars where we send young American men to die for the idea of American exceptionalism?
“Why are you spouting nationalist rhetoric to get us involved in more wars?”
Instead of answering the question, Jeb then postulated the over-wrought bullshit that’s elevated him to an idiot’s status just this week.
He concluded: “Look, you can rewrite history all you want. But the simple fact is that we are in a much more unstable place because American pulled back.”
Mr. Bush turned away.
The conversation was over.
Class act, but he’s his brother’s brother. And why in shit can’t the media transfer some real questions to these clowns, use Ms. Ziedrich as an example and cut to the turd chase. She was factual and direct on all counts.
Jeb most-likely will never make it far — this afternoon from Talking Points Memo:
In a slip of the tongue Wednesday, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush revealed what most Americans already assumed.
“I’m running for president in 2016,” Bush said, in a video posted by NBC News, before segueing into what would be his campaign’s focus.
He quickly corrected himself by saying, “If I run.”
Bush formed an exploratory in December to weigh the possibility of running for president, but has yet to announce an official presidential campaign.
The slip comes on a week Bush was already attracting scrutiny for comments he made to Fox News that, knowing what is known now, he would have authorized the war in Iraq.
Yet there’s an entire city full of ’em — five months into a GOP-controlled US Congress, Americans still think Congresscritters are full of shit.
Congressional job approval, currently at 19 percent, remains stuck near historical lows, despite a number of recent high-profile legislative achievements.
Several months into this new Congress, the accomplishments that have been realized could give one the impression that the gridlock is softening, particularly over the past month.
But these achievements have had virtually no impact on Congress’s job approval compared with early April (15 percent).
It might be they’re just too ostentatious…