Friday, October 9, 2015

Friday's Thoughts: Speakers and Wendy Davis Sitcoms (Really!)

By Kit

Sorry of the late post but it's been busy recently with school. So, here goes. Not much today, with the news obsessed with WHO WILL BE THE NEXT SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE.

Oh, and USA Today is using emojis now for their front page. I don't talk about it below, just something I thought I would bring up. Western civilization is dead.

Anyway, about Speaker of the House…

The Reluctant Speaker

Kevin McCarthy dropped out of the Speaker race and over the past couple of days one man has come up who is probably the only Republican House member who could easily win the Speakership, due to having just enough credibility with both the Tea Party and the Republican Party moderates. Even other candidates for the Speakership, Chaffetz, are saying they would vote for him. This man? Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and former Vice Presidential candidate Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

But there’s one problem: By all accounts he has absolutely no desire whatsoever to be Speaker.

In fact, he seems pretty happy at the House Ways and Means Committee.

So, we’ll see how this goes.

Hollywood Helps Democrat Politicians and Media Hacks

Wendy Davis is getting a sitcom! Really:
“Written by Jennifer Cecil, the untitled project centers on a female Democratic senator who, after losing the Texas governor’s race, gets her world turned upside down. In the vein ofThe Good Wife, while she pieces her pride back together, she goes to work in the law firm of her best friend — a black male Republican — and discovers that with no political future to protect, she can unshackle her inner badass.”

“Unshackle her inner badass”? Kill me.

And if that was not enough, we also have a movie about Dan Rather, Mary Mapes, and those memos that got both of them canned titled Truth, and it appears to be anything but. Starring Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett as Rather and Mapes, respectively (can you imagine if it was the other way around!) it is based on Mary Mapes’ book, Truth and Duty: The Press, the President and the Privilege of Power which details how she and Dan Rather took on the man and the man won, revealing to her how far entrenched powers will protect their interests and those of the Oxford Comma.

Seriously, USE IT! For example, Ms. Mapes, would “The memos, Dan Rather and Mary Mapes” make any sense? No, it doesn’t. Because it should be “The memos, Dan Rather, and Mary Mapes.” Got it? Good.

So, anyway, it’s got (shocker) good ratings among critics at 79% (actually, I’m shocked it’s that low). As Sonny Bunch said, “It’ll probably win 5 Oscars.”

So, anyway, have a nice weekend. Here are some links:
—Jonah Goldberg excellent USA Today column on Saturday Night Live's recent plug for Hillary and the Citizens United decision: LINK


AndrewPrice said...

The Wendy Davis thing needs to be a lie. I simply can't believe it's true... not on any level.

AndrewPrice said...

I don't see Ryan wanting the job. He's got real power where he's at. Being speaker is just about being a target and herding cats.

So who will get the job? No clue.

AndrewPrice said...

One more thing, USA Today has led the nation in dumbing everything down. The emoji thing doesn't surprise me as they will eventually be the first (and only paper) to go to just pictures. It's not a paper for anyone with even a marginal brain.

Kit said...

"It's not a paper for anyone with even a marginal brain."

I read it. Usually because it's available for free at my college. The only other free papers they have available are the New York Times and the local college paper. So, USA Today wins.

Kit said...

Honestly, I'd read Washington Post if I could.

Kit said...


re Speakership: My bet is Chaffetz. Or Boehner.

Really, I could see him staying on. After all, he did say he would remain Speaker until a new one was picked…

Kit said...

"The Wendy Davis thing needs to be a lie. I simply can't believe it's true... not on any level."

It's real and it's in development: LINK

AndrewPrice said...

Kit, I still find it shocking that they will put Davis on television.

Every time I've seen USA Today, the articles have told me less than I knew going in.

Kit said...

Well, it'll probably be an actress playing the Davis part. I hope.

"Every time I've seen USA Today, the articles have told me less than I knew going in."

AndrewPrice said...

What's really funny is when you said Wendy Davis, my first thought was that stupid clerk from Kensucky. That made for a major bit of confusion!

Kit said...

No, different Davis.

Honestly, I think that show would be more enjoyable.

AndrewPrice said...

OT: The Russians continue to impress with their military "prowess." After three of their cruise missiles missed Syria and hit Iran, now they've had a jet fighter shot down by the Turkish air force. So much for those "better than anything the west has" jets the Russians are using.

All they need now is for a ship to sink for the trifecta.

Koshcat said...

You know, perhaps Boehner may have planned it. It is always easier to sit in the back of the room and bitch about how poorly someone else is doing the job than to actually do anything.

AndrewPrice said...

OT: Check out this photo of Ben Carson from the 1970's. LINK (Second down the page.)

He looks like Venus Flytrap from WKRP! LOL! LINK


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