Morning Reads for Tuesday, July 19

Angela LGood morning! Well, last night at the RNC was… something.

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Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

– Watched the Manchurian Candidate at a “screen on the green” event in DC this weekend. Still great. – Speaking of Trump and ghostwriters, turns out Melania lifted part of her speech from Michelle Obama’s 2008 convention speech. I say Melania did it because she told Matt Lauer she wrote the whole thing. – The Chris Christie saga has to be some “Count of Monte Cristo” revenge plot by Trump’s son-in-law, right? – In DC this week, I was happy to see a ton of tourists stopping to photograph the Treasury Department. The happiness subsided when they all kept mistaking… Read more »

John Konop
John Konop

The passage in question is below, the real issue is do you disagree with what Melania Trump said? Should not this be about substance, not gotcha politic?

…………“you work hard for what you want in life,” that “that your word is your bond and you do what you say and keep your promise; that you treat people with respect.”

“We need to pass those lessons on to many generations to follow because we want our children in this nation to know that the only limit to your achievements is the strength of your dreams and your willingness to work for them,”………..

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I agree with what Michelle Obama said 8 years ago, yes. Despite what you say, the “real issue,” isn’t the substance. There was no substance, it was an all-fluff rah-rah speech meant to soften the edges of Donald Trump’s caustic personality. The “real issue” is that the Trump campaign continues to prove that it is incapable of exhibiting basic competence. This guy wants to run the country and yet he can’t hire one person to vet a 20 minute speech to make sure it doesn’t blatantly crib from a speech given by the current First Lady? He can’t hire a… Read more »

John Konop
John Konop

………There was no substance, it was an all-fluff rah-rah speech………

It was his wife speaking? You have 2 standards! Would say the same about Michelle Obama? I guess not!

……..I agree with what Michelle Obama………..

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

There you go again, putting words in my mouth. I never said anything about Michelle Obama’s speech in 2008. You know what, it too was a fluff piece designed to reassure people that Barack Obama was a regular American with regular American values.

Get a grip, John.

John Konop
John Konop

Why are you attacking Melania Trump over “a fluff piece designed to reassure people….”? HUH?

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

To quote Aaron Burr (sir): “Sweet Jesus.”

I’m “attacking” (your word, not mine) Melania because she said she wrote the speech with “as little help as possible.”

In all actuality, I feel bad. She didn’t choose to get into this campaign or to expose herself to public critique. Someone, or a group of someones, on that campaign staff did her a complete disservice last night by either 1) sending her out there with a plagiarized speech or 2) not pulling out the plagiarized bits of a speech she wrote.

John Konop
John Konop

It was less than 3 percent of the speech! LOL…… Hillary supporters call people misogynist for merely questioning her policies, yet your above comments reeks of you treating Melania with NO RESPECT! She is from a different country and wrote a speach in our language, and used similar phrasing for less than 3 percent of the speech. REALLY?

Do you hold Obama to the same standard? The difference between us is I think it is all BS……

Bush speechwriter: Obama plagiarized Bush

http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2014/01/bush-speechwriter-obama-plagiarized-bush-182184

Lea Thrace
Lea Thrace

Dude. What the hell is your problem?! You are ruining this comments section. Get it together!

John Konop
John Konop

Rather ironic when I pointed out that Hillary supported the 94 crime bill ie war on drugs on steroids, that especially hurt poor white people, minorities and single mothers…..you said the below. ………..Lea Thrace June 21, 2016 at 2:02 pm Reply It’s like you are purposefully and actively trying NOT to listen to what minorities are telling you. You have such a hate/dislike for Hillary that you cant focus otherwise. It’s downright comical at this point……….. Now I defend a woman you say the below. …….What the hell is your problem?! You are ruining this comments section. Get it together!…….… Read more »

Lea Thrace
Lea Thrace

You are not even reading actual comments anymore. My comment to you this morning had nothing to do with your comments on Hillary and everything to do with how abrasive you are in your comments and responses. There are plenty of people who do not agree here in the GaPol community that are able to have civilised discussions. But you have devolved into something else. You put words in peoples mouths and you attack where no attack is needed. I used to actually look for your comments (particularly back in the PP days) because they tended to be insightful and… Read more »

John Konop
John Konop

I can show you numerous comments like this, yet some how they are ok, yet mine are worse? Do I really need to show you more? I do not always agree with Rick Day, but comments like this attacking him have nothing to do with the topic, yet nothing is said,

…….The Eiger July 18, 2016 at 4:59 pm Reply
I think I’ll pass on the parenting advice from the resident pot head. Thanks though………

BTW even on this thread any objective person would see way more aggressive language from Andrew.

Lea Thrace
Lea Thrace

nevermind. goodbye Mr. Konop. I shall continue to scroll past. have a great day.

David C
David C

Beyond the plagiarism, what I took away was that it wasn’t a particularly GOOD fluff piece about “my husband, the candidate.” It had a lot of banal, generic praise, but where were the anecdotes? Where were the memories? Where were the moments about the real, private Donald Trump? The kind of things only a spouse knows? Like, go back and watch Ann Romney, Michelle Obama, or Laura Bush speak at these conventions. Their speeches are warm, funny, loving, and above all, personal: Nobody but them could have given those speeches. Even before the plagiarism came to light, praise for it… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

The GOP establishment completed its pivot ahead of the convention, even if their candidate has yet to do so, replacing “Trump has finally said something that’ll knock him out of contention” with “Maybe this time he’ll say something a serious candidate would say.” Rock on Donald.

Davo65
Davo65

That was something last night in Cleveland. Between grieving mothers and Chachi there was pretty much nothing else but a wall of pure anger. Then the entrance by the man himself; what an awesome display of ego that was. Found this and it pretty much sums up for me: ” I didn’t hear any specific policy proposals to tackle clearly stated public problems. It is almost as if governing, for the Republican right, is fundamentally about an attitude, rather than about experience or practicality or reasoning. The degeneracy of conservatism – its descent into literally mindless appeals to tribalism and… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I enjoyed Chachi’s assertion that Trump was running for President because of a humble desire to serve others and Clinton was running solely to stroke her own ego.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Nobody has more humility or is more humble. Trump will tell you so himself.

Noway2016
Noway2016

And it continues. Maybe he has relatives of a similar radical nature who might like to settle right here in NW Georgia? Clinton and Barry need to get right on that!
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/20/world/europe/germany-train-ax-attack.html?_r=0

augusta52
augusta52

Yawn…speech after speech after speech (at the convention last night). Doubtless it will be the same the first night of the Democratic convention…with schedules like those, no need for a 4-day convention and no wonder TV ratings aren’t what they used to be…how about some action? Instead of party platforms being rubber-stamped, lets have the first night of each party’s convention open for debate on perhaps two or three contentious issues—perhaps abortion, immigration, trade, entitlements—give perhaps an hour and a half for subject A, hearing pros and cons, and then have the convention vote on ABC. Then we can see… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

Three words: …Sheriff…David…Clarke…”Blue Lives Matter!” Thank you, Sheriff…
Two other words: Marcus…Luttrell… Thank you, Marcus! We need more like you! To my fellow posters here, please take six minutes and hear him.
http://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2016/07/19/rnc-convention-marcus-luttrell-navy-seal-veteran-entire-speech.cnn

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

Canton homes were peppered with KKK recruitment flyers this weekend.
As Bill O’Reilly opined the difference between the KKK and BLM is the race they vilify.

zedsmith
zedsmith

I thought it was that one had been engaged in a dirty war since reconstruction to preserve white supremacy, while the other was a recent spontaneous outcry in the face of officer involved shootings that occurred under ambiguous circumstances.

Benevolus
Benevolus

I wonder if it is significant that MARTA has a 100 person bus and uses it to go to the Clayton County Justice Center.

Ellynn
Lea Thrace
Lea Thrace

wow. things just got really interesting over at Fox. Didnt think it could get worse after G. Carlson suit. It just did…

Noway2016
Noway2016

Are you seeing this on TV or in print articles?

Ellynn
Ellynn

Print and online so far. Originated with New York Magazine (double sourced) and has been carried by CNBC, Bloomberg, USA Today, NYT, NYP, etc…

Noway2016
Noway2016

Thanks! That’s one hell of a scalp to get. The non-conservative media will be on this for days! Not saying he doesn’t deserve to get canned, it’s just a huge political story.

Ellynn
Ellynn

Something is up. The 3 network and 3 cable news outlets are each silent. There is an unwritten rule that when something news worthy of a major player in that network happens, they are the ones who get to break the story and the other new networks follow. Example, Brain Williams fate was reported by NBC first, the others followed. The death of an anchor/major reporter is reported by their network first. Are the majors holding back for a reason?

The Eiger
The Eiger

So there is an outbreak of Norovirus at the convention. I promise you I’m not laughing. When it rains it pours.

https://www.statnews.com/2016/07/19/norovirus-republican-convention-cleveland/

Davo65
Davo65

Was Melania Trump’s Speech Rick-Rolled As Well As Plagiarized?
http://www.redstate.com/streiff/2016/07/19/melania-trumps-speech-rick-rolled-well-plagiarized/

Totes epic, brah!

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

But why leave out the line about how Trump will never run around and desert you?

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

The entertainment is outside too !
Cleveland, WOIO reports:

“Activists from Black Lives Matter, Westboro Baptist Church and the KKK were in the square and, at one time, were said to be throwing urine at each other.”