The National Scene-The Sunday Political Talk Show Report on 7/19/95

It’s Trump versus McCain and Neither of Them Are Running! The Donald has them all atwitter with his attack on MCCain and he makes some good points. Join in for my wise take.

FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Secretary of State John F’n Kerry; Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz; Sens. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., and Ben Cardin, D-Md.
MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Kerry; British Prime Minister David Cameron; Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry; Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark.; Reps. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, and Raul Labrador, R-Idaho.
FACE THE NATION (CBS): Kerry, Moniz; Netanyahu; Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.
THIS WEEK (ABC): Kerry; Moniz; Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas.
STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Kerry, Moniz; Republican presidential candidates Marco Rubio and Scott Walker.

The FreeRepublic Sunday Talk Show Thread

I generally like to parse apart the various political Sunday Talk Shows show by show but this week, yon ladies and gems, I am overwhelmed by the Donald Trump/John McCain hysteria that was on all the shows that I lost track on who was who.

For it was mostly the round table pundit talk that held my rapture and I forget who is on what show.

And somewhere in the middle of all the Trump hysteria John Kerry and the guy who looks like he should be on a cigar box were talking about this nuke deal with Iran and on one show Jim Webb popped up as a contender for the Democratic presidential nominee and to me this is big news.

This Week

So we’ll begin with “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos because Donald Trump himself was guest and interviewed by hostess Martha Raddatz. This was the BEST, the absolute BEST, interview of a Republican that I have ever seen.

First of all, hats off to Donald Trump! For he did what every Republican should do during an interview. He didn’t get defensive, he didn’t apologize for saying what he meant, he continually veered the conversation back to him.

As for Ms. Raddatz, goodness don’t all these media types think they are hall monitors for the actions and words of the politicos? Raddatz’ whole line of questioning was going after The Donald for being nasty to John McCain, essentially chastising Donald publicly for daring to say anything not nice about another Republican, even to the point of making fun of their physical appearance.

Trump’s response had me rolling in the aisles “Well they all make fun of my hair. I mean, darn, it’s my hair but they don’t hesitate to comment on it.”

Now who would make fun of Donald Trump’s hair?

Raddatz read statements from the head of this Veteran’s organization and that Veteran’s organization, quotes from fellow Republicans…..all bashing, bashing, bashing….Donald trump for bad-mouthing John McCain.

State of the Union

It was on CNN’s “State of the Union” that Marco Rubio appeared and so I note.

I like Rubio though he did kind of step in it with his early endorsement of a massive immigration law that nobody liked. Now Rubio speaks softly of immigration and always adds a caveat that before any amnesty is granted to a single soul, the borders must be sealed and secured.

You mean they’re NOT?!?!?!

My Take

On my list of guest, Jim Webb is not listed so I don’t know where I saw the guy. Webb is a Democrat and I speculated once that he appeared to be aiming for Hillary’s VP slot.

Today Webb spoke at length about Iran and goodness he came off as being very much in charge in international affairs like Hillary will never be. At one point he was asked why he wanted to run for president and my ears opened wide.

Hey, somebody’s got to replace Hillary, who is doing awful. Though I am rather fond of her.

As for this nuke deal with Iran….I’ve got some thoughts on that. First, why bother?

I mean we’ve had efforts to stop Pakistan from getting a bomb but then India got one and we had to back down. That nut in North Korea is trying to make a nuke but so far they’re not doing very well. Whatever the case, they’re not doing so well in containing Kim-Jung-whoever.

America and the international community tries to control rogue states from getting a nuclear bomb and this is a good thing. But once the Democrats get in office they give away the store.

I’m jus’ sayin’.

Finally, Donald Trump and John McCain. It would seem that The Donald said something about McCain being captured, said in such a way that it looked like he was questioning McCain’s heroism.

I say softly that John McCain did NOT save any fellow soldiers. He did NOT stop an enemy attack. He did NOT kill any of the enemy. What he did was got himself shot down and captured by the enemy.

I also say, softly, that it’s been bandied about for just about forever that John McCain was a questionable soldier. He came in dead last in his graduating class. He was known for, ahem, not being able to properly pilot a plane and, indeed, crashed a couple. I’m vague on that but I’ve read it enough to believe there is something to it.

Nonetheless, McCain was held in Vietnam captivity for many years and he did refuse to be released until those captured before him were released. The sinister might suggest that like John Kerry before him, McCain might have seen a bright political future in front of him and it would not due for him to accept release before those imprisoned before him.

Again, I’m jus’ sayin’.

Still and so, John McCain has TWO major things on his record before he deserves any sort of apology. First, he called all those out to greet the candidate of their choice, in this case, Donald Trump, “CRAZIES”. Second, he has done absolutely NOTHING to help the veterans of this country and the veterans are sick of John McCain.

Well hey man, he reached across that aisle and sold out the veterans for campaign finance reform and I sleep better every night know John McCain fought and spit for campaign finance reform, forget the pesky veterans.

Donald Trump should apologize to John McCain when he apologizes for calling enthusiastic voters indulging in their right to free assembly as crazies. Then McCain ought to get his butt behind a bill to better that horrific VA and get it working right.

Until McCaini gets a drubbing for the awful things he says, Trump should not buckle to the media hysteria.

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13 Comments on "The National Scene-The Sunday Political Talk Show Report on 7/19/95"

  1. Gan says:

    Pat, thank you for the roundup. The Trump cartoon is clever.

    To what end was Trump’s comment about McCain? Did the comment broaden his political base or endear him to anyone? Straight talk is good but only that which has purpose. If “any publicity is good publicity” is his schtick, Trump won’t need to spend much money on his campaign. The media will give him plenty of exposure for free.

  2. fightingbluehen says:

    I almost wanted to take Trump seriously until what he said about McCain came out of his pie hole. He’s finished in my opinion.

  3. Jaws says:

    “That nut in North Korea is trying to make a nuke but so far they’re not doing very well.”

    North Korea has conducted three nuclear tests, starting in 2006 when Commander Numbnuts was president, but that nut in Sussex County apparently never heard about it.

  4. Biting Blue Hen says:

    “It’s Trump versus McCain and Neither of Them Are Running!”

    Um… Trump is running.

    Incidentally, Pat, do you think the North Vietnamese would agree that John McCain “got himself shot down” or do you suppose they had something to do with that?

  5. fightingbluehen says:

    Trump could have said that he was trying to make a point, and misspoke. He could have made it right with McCain straight away, and he wouldn’t be dealing with this controversy right now.
    He didn’t do that. He doubled down on it. This makes me hesitant about the quality of his character, and his ability to make rational decisions. Basically, I don’t want someone like that making decisions that involve me or my family. It’s pretty much as simple as that.

  6. mouse says:

    I wonder if anyone in the Republican party will ever talk about issues that actually impact average people. Where are the jobs? How do we keep SS and medicare solvent when the federal budget is endlessly raided by unpaid for wars and tax cuts for the 1%..

  7. Biting Blue Hen says:

    “Where are the jobs?”

    They are being taken by an endless stream of foreigners.

    The first thing we need to do is stem the flow of immigration. For example, so far, two foreigners have immigrated to this country by marrying Donald Trump, and one by marrying Jeb Bush. However, in each of these cases, it might fairly be said that foreigners really are doing the jobs that nobody else wants.

  8. delacrat says:


    If the Republican party actually did what you suggest, it wouldn’t be a Republican party.

  9. mouse says:

    It would be easier and more effective to prosecute the “job creators” who hire the illegals. But I guess in republican world its only possible to hate the immigrants because we admire the job creators who hire them lol

  10. mouse says:


  11. fightingbluehen says:

    “It would be easier and more effective to prosecute the “job creators” who hire the illegals. But I guess in republican world its only possible to hate the immigrants because we admire the job creators who hire them lol”

    You say that like there hasn’t been a Democrat in charge of the Justice Department for the last seven years… guys slay me…lol. I would still vote for Trump over any Democrat.

  12. mouse says:

    My point was more about the people who obsess on illegals. They never complain or spew their venom on the people who hire illegals. And along the same lines, bills that have been put forth to take tax advantages for outsourcing have been filibustered by republicans. I don’t like either party, but when choosing between the parties one would have Americans work longer to keep tax cuts for the 1% and have unfunded endless wars and the other would raise taxes on the 1%, it’s easy to make that choice

  13. mouse says:

    It’s always sexual issues or resentments with you people. Your party of nasty religious politics is shrinking for a reason. Mostly angry white men

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