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CWAA: Can We All Agree – 7/23/16 edition

July 23, 2016

Can we all agree Hillary Clinton’s decision to pick Senator Timothy Kaine as her running mate was probably the safe choice, but he could make a difference with more moderate republicans?

Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine (Getty Images)

Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine (Getty Images)

Can we all agree, that if the GOP was trying to expand their base, their convention this week was a disaster?

Can we all agree that if most Americans bought into Mr. Trump’s doom and gloom picture of the United States we would all have moved to New Zealand?

Can we all agree the major connection between Mr. Trump’s theme of “I alone can...” and “I am your voice,” is the letter “I?”

Can we all agree the convention did little to convince anyone that the Republicans are just one big happy family?

Can we all agree that if your main themes are to either kill or jail your opponent you don’t really have a platform? Especially if the FBI rightfully starts an investigation – of you.

Can we all agree that Ted Cruz might have thought he was starting his 2020 campaign, but he was really ending it?

Can we all agree that as long as Mr. Trump maintains a thin skin and an outsized ego, Democrats will have no problem embarrassing him for the next three months?

Can we all agree that when one major speaker is booed off the stage and another is shown to have plagiarized parts of her speech, it’s tough to call the week a success?

Can we all agree we are not surprised at the GOP convention  TV ratings – it was quite the show?

Can we all agree that without the GOP convention and it’s jaw dropping moments, there was still plenty of unsettling news?

Can we all agree we’ve run out of words to describe the senseless violence striking Western Countries but we know Donald Trump will not make us feel safer?

Can we all agree that two years of searching for the missing Malaysian airliner is  more than enough?

Can we all agree that regardless of what you think of Roger Ailes, he had a major impact on TV news and US politics?

Can we all agree that we would not have Donald Trump as a candidate, were it not for Ailes and Fox TV?

Radio host Laura Ingraham salutes the GOP nominee.

Radio host Laura Ingraham salutes the GOP nominee.

Can we all agree the NBA’s decision to move their all-star game from Charlotte, is an important chapter in sport’s history? If no changes are made will Michael Jordan move his team?

Can we all agree the real losers on the decision to ban the Russian track and field team from the Rio Olympics, are the few athletes who did not take drugs because it would not have helped their performance?

Can we all agree, news that the Nice truck driver had apparently been planning his attack for a year, and may have had accomplices puts a new spin on his horrible act?

Can we all agree that when Turkish Prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, declared a three-month state of emergency after purging 40,000 people from their positions, he was simply solidifying his hold on power and making good on his claim that the attempted coup was a ‘gift from god.’

Can we all agree, the real victim will be his own country? Erdogan may have already sown the seeds of his own fate, and that of cleric Fethullah Gülen?

Can we all agree that soon, the only term that will describe Erdogan is, dictator?

Can we all agree that GOP attempts to limit voting are having a tough time standing up to the constitution?

Can we all agree that advocates of gun control may not need many more stories like this, out of Massachusetts, to make their point?

Can we all agree that Rep.Loretta Sanchez is showing some signs of desperation now that President Obama and others have endorsed Kamala Harris in the race for the California senate seat?

and finally:

Can we all agree if you’re a baseball fan and want to know why The Boston Globe’s Dan Shaughnessy is headed to the Hall of Fame this weekend, you should read this?

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CWAA Can We All Agree – 2/13/16 Politics Edition

February 13, 2016

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So much news this week, I needed two posts – one on politics and another on the real news of the week. I had to get this out early so I wouldn’t have even more items from tonight’s GOP debate.

Can we all agree that he longer the GOP primary season goes on the stranger it gets?

Just a few examples this week:

Can we all agree that Ted Cruz’s campaign ad with a porn star takes this week’s prize?

Can we all agree that Mr. Cruz’s attempts at humor are, shall we say, sophomoric? Other words come to mind, but you can judge for yourself.

Can we all agree that Mr. Cruz should be more concerned that the leading newspaper in his home state endorsed the candidate from Ohio?

Can we all agree that it seems everyone is ganging up on Jeb Bush? Is he suddenly the front runner?

Can we all agree that fighting back using your brother would be a risky strategy in most of the country, but not down South?

Pope Francis meets with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, in Havana yesterday. (Photo: Gabriel Bouys, AFP/Getty Images)

Pope Francis meets with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, in Havana yesterday.
(Photo: Gabriel Bouys, AFP/Getty Images)

Can we all agree with Donald Trump that the Pope is getting political? But is that bad, when he exposes Trumps xenophobic hysteria?

Can we all agree that a newspaper article explaining to parents how they can talk about Trump to their children assumes you think he is a problem?

Can we all agree that with Mr. Gilmore, Mr. Christie and Ms Fiorina out of the race it will be nice to have just a single GOP debate? Is Mr. Carson next?

Can we all agree that, to paraphrase Lyndon Johnson, “If you’ve lost David Brooks, you’ve lost the GOP?”

Can we all agree, speaking of the media, that the folks at Fox must be a bit upset that they have no control over the leading GOP candidate?

Can we all agree that while we saw the polls, we were a bit amazed that Bernie Sanders crushed Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire?

Can we all agree that the best headlines of the week belong to the Huffington Post which declined to put the name of the winning candidates in headlines saying ,” “Racist Sexist Homophobe” and “Democratic Socialist” won the New Hampshire primaries?

Can we all agree that the phrase “The campaign’s not dead,” or “We’re still alive.” doesn’t exactly sound like the battle cry of a winner?

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Can We All Agree – Debate Edition

September 19, 2015

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The GOP lineup

The GOP lineup– with Jeb Bush on his toes

Can we all agree that three hours was just too long for a debate – whether you’re wearing wing tips or high heels?

Can we all agree that CNN strategy to encourage ‘debate’ between the candidates was a disaster?

Can we all agree that it pains many Americans (including me)  to admit that Fox did a better job as a debate host?

Can we all agree that it’s tough to take any of the GOP candidates seriously until they really focus on addressing major issues such as immigration, climate change, income inequality or a host of others?

Can we all agree that if there was a ‘winner’ it was probably Carley Fiorina?

Can we all agree that the other 10 candidates were determined not to let Mr. Trump control the debate? They failed, but at least they were ready.

Can we all agree that Ms Fiorina will now face new scrutiny over her tenure at Hewlett Packard?

Can we all agree that this debate may signal the high point for the Trump campaign as he begins a long slow decline in the polls?

Can we all agree that at least three of the folks in the two debates will be gone before the October 28th debate in Colorado? Or is that just wishful thinking?

Can we all agree that with five more debates planned, the GOP is in serious danger of creating election fatigue?

Can we all agree, that real facts were is short supply? The fact checkers have had a field day with almost every candidate?

Can we all agree that Jimmy Fallon’s interview with Hillary would have been much better if it wasn’t quite so self serving?

Can we all agree that for Twitter fans, the highlight of the evening might have been Bernie Sanders snarky debate commentary?

 

 

 

 

 

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