Thursday Open Thread

“Give him credit. He has somehow lowered the bar for himself below the floor.”

– Kevin Sheridan
(GOP consultant on Donald Trump’s performance at “Commander in Chief” forum).


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  1. BlueCat says:

    If they'd invited Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and if Matt Lauer had thought of any intelligent questions to ask him about Syria (Big "if". It was pretty much all e-mails for HRC and no challenge on Trump's pants on fire claim that he was never for the Iraq invasion before he was against it) Trump might have actually looked well prepared to be Commander in Chief by comparison.

    Gary doesn't know what an "Aleppo" is. Seriously. He whines that of course he can't name every city in Syria. Neither can I but… come on, Mr. I want to be your next Commander in Chief…

    Maybe he's better off not being allowed in the debates?


    • Voyageur says:

      It's like saying you can't name every city in Japan when somebody asks you whether you want "another Hiroshima."   What a maroon.

    • Colorado Pols says:

      Maybe Johnson thought Aleppo was a new Pokemon character

      • Voyageur says:

        I, in turn, have never been completely clear about what a pokemon is, though I know it is some sort of game character.

        • BlueCat says:

          No idea what it is or how you capture one and proud of it.

          Have heard of Hiroshima and don't know how you can be any kind of moderately serious consumer of news, much less a former governor with presidential aspirations, and have no idea what the heck somebody is talking about when they ask you about Aleppo.

          So we have one presidential candidate who deserves to be taken at all seriously by any objective standard of qualification and three hopeless, completely unqualified flakes. Johnson and Stein should both be eternally grateful that they aren't polling high enough to be allowed to embarrass themselves in presidential debates.

          The Dallas Star made the only ethical choice in endorsing their first Dem candidate for President since they endorsed FDR.

          • Conserv. Head Banger says:

            Wasn't that the Dallas Morning News?

            • Canines says:

              Either way, here's how the New York Times reported on Johnson's flub:

              “For those who believe this is a disqualifier, so be it,” he said.

              Correction: September 8, 2016

              An earlier version of this article misidentified the de facto capital of the Islamic State. It is Raqqa, in northern Syria, not Aleppo.

              Correction: September 8, 2016

              An earlier version of the above correction misidentified the Syrian capital as Aleppo. It is Damascus.

              • BlueCat says:

                An aspiring president doesn't have to be a geography wiz to have heard about Aleppo and the humanitarian crisis that's been going on there for years to recognize the word the way he  wouldn't have to know the  all the geography of Afghanistan to not draw a total blank on WTF "Kabul" means.

                Aleppo has been in headlines for years now as a multi- faction battleground, a human tragedy and epicenter of the refugee crisis.

                Yes… this is absolutely a disqualifier.

                It's not about place name recall. It's not about a mistake on a world capitol quiz. It's about somebody running for president not bothering to consume enough news going back years now to know something so basic about WTF is going on in the world.

                He is no more qualified than Trump which is to say…. not at all.

            • notaskinnycook says:


              C.H.B. And you, too, B.C.

            • BlueCat says:

              oops. In my defense, it’s been a long couple of days, too much to do, too little sleep! But, on the plus side, through it all…. I knew what an”Aleppo” is.

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