Political Fix (19 November, 2015)

Have You Seen the Picture of Ben Carson and Jesus Yet?

For anyone who hasn’t had the time to keep a tally on Presidential Candidate Dr. Ben Carson’s enlightening statements, no worries, I have them listed here. Consider it prep for Thanksgiving dinner when your crazy uncle, who listens to conservative talk show radio, starts his rants.

Some of Dr. Carson’s comments teach us a little about ancient history.”My own personal theory is that Joseph built the pyramids to store grain. Now all the archaeologists think that they were made for the pharaohs’ graves. But, you know, it would have to be something awfully big if you stop and think about it. And I don’t think it’d just disappear over the course of time to store that much grain.”

Being a doctor he has had a lot to say about Obamacare. “Obamacare is really I think the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery.” On a separate occasion, Dr. Carson suggested that Obamacare was worse than 9/11.

On social issues Dr. Carson is very sensitive. “How about we have a transgender bathroom. It’s not fair for them to make everybody else uncomfortable.” He also said that being gay is a choice, citing the example of people who go to prison straight and come out gay. “A lot of people who go into prison straight and when they come out, they’re gay, so did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question.”

Concerning gun control he said, “I never saw a body with bullet holes that was more devastating than taking the right to arm ourselves away. Serious people seek serious solutions.”

He has proven to be a scholar when it comes to foreign relations. Dr. Carson said on three different news shows, “the relationships go way, way, way, way back, you know? In the class of 1968 at Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow, Mahmoud Abbas was one of the members of that class, and so was Ali Khamenei. And that’s where they first established relationships with the young Vladimir Putin.”

How open minded of the 29-year -old Khamenei, the head of a theocracy, to go study in what was considered a Godless state – and to socialize with Mr. Putin ,who was only 16.

Dr. Carson was also asked about his lack of foreign policy experience and responded by saying his rivals had very little of their own. “When you look at the field of people — I don’t know of anybody who has a great deal of foreign policy experience who’s running for president right now,” he said. In light of the recent ISIS attacks in Paris and the possible attacks that might happen here, what a cozy thought.

And thank God for Fox News. Dr. Carson said that Fox News is the only thing keeping the United States from becoming Cuba.

To wrap up Dr. Carson’s nuggets of wisdom he said American “people are not as stupid as [the media] think they are. Many of them are stupid, OK. But I’m talking about overall,”

This comment coming from a man who can separate conjoined twins but doesn’t seem to be able to separate fact from fiction.

Is Dr. Ben Carson the Future President of the United States?

No, that’s probably going to be Mr. Trump.

And last week we saw what a Trump presidency might feel like – “an unfocused rant which felt like it might never end.”

Mr. Trump has had a few things to say about Dr. Carson since being edged out of first place. It’s ironic that during Mr. Trump’s 95-minute meltdown in Iowa on November 12, he accuses Dr. Carson of being pathological. Dr. Carson did describe himself as pathological, but that was while he was an adolescent boy, and we all know that’s a reasonable assessment.

His pathological behavior was also before Dr. Carson’s religious awakening. After a religious experience in his bathroom, Dr. Carson says he was forever changed. But Mr. Trump said, “It doesn’t happen that way.”

Most people would have to beg to differ with Mr. Trump on that. I personally have not found God in the bathroom, but I did find my pearl earring. Still, how many self-help shows have we seen where the guest found themselves on their knees in the bathroom and found God? Now we may have a president who did also.

How is it that these two are at the top of the Republican ticket? According to the LA Times, “Former Republican state Chairman George “Duf” Sundheim says he gets it. He gets why GOP voters across America are turning against establishment presidential candidates and siding with outsiders.”

He says there is anger with the professional political class in both parties. “The politicians haven’t delivered on their promises and the people are fed up,” said Mr. Sundheim.

Though it’s been a pretty fun ride, everyone can just calm down. Dr. Carson’s chances to win the Republican nomination will evaporate with the Iowa primary. It isn’t even a real primary and last year it took months for the Iowa State Republican Party to even figure out who won the “caucus.” How many people actually vote in these caucuses anyway, a thousand? And why do we put so much weight on them? Most of the polls have been taken in Iowa and give an illusion of Mr. Trump’s and Dr. Carson’s popularity

But a thousand or so people’s vote does not a president make. Especially a 1,000 people who think there is grain in the Great Pyramids.

Who is Duf Sundheim?

Did anyone realize that three Republicans are running for Barbara Boxer’s Senate Seat in 2016? One of them is Former Republican state Chairman George “Duf” Sundheim. California hasn’t elected a Republican Senator since 1988, and that may be why no one has heard of the three Republicans running. Pete Wilson was the last California Republican elected to the US Senate in 1988, and the last Republican to represent California for a full term in the US Senate from 1983 to 1989.

The current California Attorney General, Kamala Harris from Northern California, is considered the front runner. Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez from the Southland is predicted to come in second. The two other Republicans running, besides Mr. Sundheim, are Assemblyman Rocky Chavez of Oceanside and conservative Tom Del Beccaro, another former state party chairman.

Mr. Sundheim has never held political office which means he can call himself an “outsider.” Voters in both camps seem to like that term more than ever. Mr. Sundheim said that is why Mr. Trump, Dr. Carson and Ms. Fiorina are doing so well on the Republican side and whyVermont Senator Bernie Sanders is doing so well on the Democratic side.

What’s Duf’s strategy? To get the other two Republicans to drop out of the race and support him. He says that is the only way a Republican has a chance at coming in second during the June primary. It sounds like the only way for a Republican to come in second, but what is his strategy to win the general election?

He’s counting on Californians, Republicans, Democrats, and Independents that want to rebel against “professional politicians,” to vote for him.

The Los Angeles Times says, “Sundheim could credibly carry the party banner in California — while losing.”

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