Isaiah Webster

Bitter bitches need to back off on Hillary’s hot sauce

HIllary ClintonOver the weekend, Hillary Clinton mentioned that she carries hot sauce in her purse, and the Twitter trolls pounced, claiming that she simply said such to pander to Black voters in New York. The accusation is that since Beyoncé popularized carrying hot sauce with her hit single, “Formation,” that Clinton must be co-opting it just to score political points.

But here’s the gag…Hillary’s been saying this since the 1990s. Since before Beyoncé’s career began!

Hillary has talked at length about how she loves red peppers and hot sauce, and usually carries both — as she believes they help keep her healthy. Here’s a New York Times article on the subject in 2008. Here’s another article on the subject from Traveler in 2012. Here’s a Slate article on the subject in 2015.

It takes about two minutes on Google to determine that Hillary’s recent comments aren’t pandering, but rather a continuation of something she has discussed publicly for many years. Unfortunately, when it comes to smearing Hillary Clinton, even basic facts are tossed aside in favor of snide comments and insults.

Every bitter bitch bashing Hillary Clinton over this should SHUT THE FUCK UP.

Paul Ryan, Speaker & Evil Genius

PAUL RYANLast week, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan went to the headquarters of the Republican National Committee to definitively announce that he would not — under any circumstances — accept his party’s 2016 presidential nomination.

At face value, this declaration seems laughable, since Ryan said the exact same thing about the speakership prior to becoming House speaker. But in this case, Ryan is telling the truth. He knows that who won’t be his party’s nominee in 2016 because that wouldn’t be politically smart. And more than anything else, Ryan is politically savvy.

Though Ryan’s intellect is obvious and well-documented, it’s also under-appreciated. He might be among the smartest politicians of his generation.  At the relatively young age of 46, he has already reached what would be the pinnacle of any average political career — Speaker of the House of Representatives. At 42, he nearly became vice president of the United States. He’s also previously served has chairman of two powerful House committees — Ways and Means; and Budget.

Speaker Ryan is young enough to play the long game — even he is waits 20 years, he could still run for president and be younger than Hillary Clinton is now.

But his youth is a mere advantage; it’s not the reason he is waiting. Ryan is smart. And he can see that his political party is going through rapid transformation. The rise of Donald Trump within the Republican Party is the final phase of a realignment that began with the defeat of President George H.W. Bush in 1992. Since that critical election, the party has been searching for its next Reagan. The presidency of George W. Bush was almost a period of happenstance during an era that was dominated by Democrats at the presidential level.

Trump’s pending nomination and guaranteed defeat in the general election will destroy the Republican Party as we know it, and usher in a new version of the GOP.

Speaker Ryan can see this coming a mile away. He is smart enough to know that the 2016 presidential election is already lost. The Senate might be lost, too. The speaker’s primary goal now is to salvage his House majority and remain the undisputed future leader of the party itself. Ryan knows party stalwarts like Mitch McConnell, 74, are nearing their political sunsets; all he must do is wait patiently for his moment to arrive.

The Trump implosion might be severe enough to wipe out McConnell and a slew of Republican governors. The House of Representatives is so gerrymandered that it’s probably safely Republican until at least 2020.  Speaker Ryan is likely to survive this election year, and begin immediately rebuilding the party in his own image. All of his would-be rivals for the Republican nomination — Christie, Kasich, Rubio, Walker — ran and lost in the 2016 primary. Their collective failure make them lesser threats now and in the future.

So no, Paul Ryan isn’t running for President this year. That would be foolish. The smart move would be to watch the entire party go down in flames in 2016, and emerge as its next great savior. Such a devilish plan would be befitting the evil genius of Paul Ryan.

The amazing hotness of Rob Delaney

I hardly watch any scripted TV shows. And I’ve been (rightly) accused of being ignorant of pop culture outside of NFL football, tennis, and the intersection of politics and mainstream news. Having said that, it’s quite possible that comedian Rob Delaney is an international sex symbol and I just missed it. But, I recently discovered his hotness, and wow, it is everything.

First things first. The comedian Rob Delaney is not to be confused with the baseball player by the same name. Secondly, Delaney has been massively promoting a TV show called “Catastrophe,” which is entering its second season. The promos for this show is how I noticed him — in Entertainment Weekly and on Slate.

Rob Delaney, 39, is tall, dark-haired, and screams sex. He isn’t clean-shaven or buttoned-up or overly polished like so many “sexy guys.” Rather, he looks like the random hot guy you might pass walking down the street. The one your thoughts can’t quite give up — even hours later. His perfectly-lustful hairy chest deserves its own Twitter account. And judging by what I’ve read about him, he seems like a funny, unassuming guy.

I find it completely random how pop culture deems some guys “sex symbols.” Delaney hasn’t appeared on the cover People’s Sexist Man Alive magazine (yet) — but he’s way hotter than many of the cover boys. Here’s to my fervent hope that Delaney is the next big thing.

Bernie only has one problem: Mathematics

2f9ca116e0dbf5c5c4701a72f1bafeb30f5cdc3fIn the 2016 race for the Democratic nomination for president, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders really only has one problem: Mathematics.

As the dust settles on Super Tuesday, two mathematical points that will eventually doom Sanders have become crystal clear. First, the insurgent presidential candidate has almost no support among Black voters, and very limited support among Latinos. Secondly, because of the proportional allocation of delegates in the Democratic primary, Hillary Clinton has already built an insurmountable lead.

As it pertains to people of color, Sanders doesn’t need to win Black and Latino voters, he just needs to keep the margins respectable. As it turns out, that’s easier said than done. On Super Tuesday, Clinton received more than 70% of the Black vote in every state. Every state. In Arkansas and Alabama, she received more than 90% of the Black vote. These aren’t wins; these are epic blowouts. In Texas, Clinton beat Sanders among Latino voters by 40 points! When you consider how many Latino voters there are in Texas, any double-digit win among them usually signals an electoral rout. (Clinton won Texas, 65% – 33%.)

No matter how much Sanders claims to be leading a “political revolution,” no one can win the Democratic nomination while performing so poorly among people of color. Moreover, Sanders’s inability to keep the margins closer truly calls into question his entire candidacy.

By contrast, Clinton either wins the White vote (as she did in Massachusetts) or she keeps the margins respectable (as she’s done in all the Southern states).

Demographics alone would eventually sink any chance Sanders has to win the nomination. However, he also has a very unforgiving delegate math problem.

In terms of pledged delegates, Clinton now leads 596-399. A candidate needs 2,383 delegates to win the nomination, but since delegates are awarded proportionally, even a modest deficit is hard to overcome. In fact, if Clinton narrowly lost every state from here on out — she would still win enough delegates to clinch the nomination. Because of the proportional allocation process, Sanders would need to defeat Clinton by huge margins — similar to how she has beaten him in the South.

But here’s the real problem: there are a ton of states remaining on the calendar that favor Clinton. Louisiana, Mississippi, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Florida, Illinois, New York and Pennsylvania have yet to vote. Almost all of these states have high concentrations of Black and/or Latino voters. If Clinton just breaks even among these states, she easily wins the nomination. And if her performance up to now is any guide, many of these states will be blowout wins for her.

No matter how you look at it, Team Sanders has a serious math problem that will eventually end its bid for the presidency. You could argue that these math problems have already ended Sanders’s bid for the presidency. No matter what Bernie Sanders says in the days ahead — nothing he can do from this point forward will add up to a win.

Why does Bernie Sanders keep disrespecting President Obama?

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As his “political revolution” rolls along, Sen. Bernie Sanders continues to disrespect President Obama. Unfortunately, this is not a new theme for the democratic socialist. Keep in mind, in 2011, Sanders revealed that he thought Obama should face a primary challenger prior to his re-election.

Just today, Politico ran an alarming story, “Bernie Sanders questions Obama’s leadership.” And on CNN, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed pointed out how “dismissive” Sanders has been of the president’s record.

 

Time and time again, Sanders rails against the “Democratic establishment,” but it’s important to remember that the Democratic establishment currently controls the White House. And every time Sanders paints with his broad brush, he dismisses the accomplishments of the 44th president — a Democratic president.

The president’s accomplishments are too many to list: the Affordable Care Act, the rescuing of the automobile industry, the killing of Osama bin Laden, the immigration executive action, etc. And when you consider the level of Republican obstruction and racism that Obama has faced, the president’s successes are even more stunning.

Bernie Sanders never bothered to join the Democratic Party. He has never raised money for the Democratic Party. He has rarely even lifted a finger to help elect Democrats. And now, he dismisses President Obama’s achievements. Why would Democrats want such a person as its standard-bearer in 2016?