WaterCooler 4/02/2016 Open Thread Busted Play; Fantasy Football; Juke


In honor of Senator Marco Rubio’s bold, albeit shhhh, move this week to solidify delegate loyalty, aka skin in the game, at the Republican Convention, the following is the 2016 presidential election roster through the telephoto lens of the senator’s favorite past time. Football.
2016 Republican Campaign
 busted play (wikipedia) : A play (2016 Republican Election Campaign) which, due to unforeseen circumstances (Donald Trump),  deteriorates to the point that it no longer conforms with the coach’s (Republican National Commitee) playbook (ethics, morals, common decency) and leads to confusion or chaos on the field (campaigns, debates, media).
Donald Trump
blitz (wikipedia): when additional players are sent to “rush the quarterback” – that is, try to tackle the quarterback or disrupt his pass attempt.
 Additional players:
          Town Hall, Chris Matthews, MSNBC: Mind you, Matthews must not be allowed within 10 inches of a Town Hall, however…

MATTHEWS: “Do you believe in punishment for abortion, yes or no, as a principle?”
TRUMP: “The answer is that there has to be some form of punishment.
MATTHEWS: “For the woman.”
TRUMP: “Yeah, there has to be some form.”
MATTHEWS: “Ten cents? Ten years? What?”
TRUMP: “I don’t know. That I don’t know. That I don’t know.”


  •  Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s Campaign Manager, was charged this week with “simple battery.” ‘Nuf said.
  •  Women are not so much lovin’ The Donald these days. In truth, his unfavorable rating with the ladies is reaching a tipping point where a general election presto change-o “New Trump” is not going to bring the female vote running to his lovin’ arms.
     The Polls.
They’re all topsy turvy this week. Not too much, “I’m up in the polls,” from the business man turned presidential candidate. Although, Trump has been busy inventing, reinventing and re-reinventing himself.
     Trump Heard ‘Round the World.
          Donald Trump’s scaring Japan and South Korea with talk of pulling US troops out and telling these countries to nuke up.
Hillary Clinton
juke (wikipedia): used to evade a tackler by deception, thus without need of a stiff arm.
Hard to know where to start. Aside from Mrs. Clinton’s alleged sleight of hands, Benghazi and “your damned emails, here’s Hillary’s “Playmakers.”
  • “Sham Charity:” Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R – TN has circulated a letter in which she is requesting the FTC investigate public corruption charges  against Clinton based on her dual duties working with the Clinton Foundation, a not-for-profit charity and as acting Secretary of State.
  • Fossil Fuel Industry donations hidden by SuperPacs and bundlers. Sanders supporter causes shrieks from Hillary as she demands “the lies  from Sander’s camp stop.”
 Ted Cruz
The Wrong Way Run (wikipedia): On October 25, 1964, in a game against the San Francisco 49ers, Jim Marshall recovered a fumble and ran 66 yards with it the wrong way into his own end zone thinking he had scored a touchdown for the Vikings. Marshall later received a letter from Roy Riegels, infamous for a wrong-way run in the 1929 Rose Bowl, stating, “Welcome to the club”. 
It’s not completely fair to attribute “the wrong way run” specifically to Senator Cruz. But since he is essentially the last man standing with any viable chance to beat Trump to Ohio, I’m going to have to pick on him a little bit.
John Kasich
mercy rule (wikipedia): brings a sports event to an early end when one team has a very large and presumably insurmountable lead over the other team. It is called the mercy rule because it spares the losing team the humiliation of suffering a more formal loss.
Governor Kasich is a great governor, by most accounts, but this doesn’t seem to be his year. It’s time to drop back, give up the ghost, throw in the towel, roll over and play dead (this sweet-talker I got from thesaurus.com).
Bernie Sanders
 fantasy football (wikipedia): is a reality-based recreational activity in which the participants of a fantasy football league serve as the general managers of virtual (a computer technology that replicates an environment, real or imagined, and simulates a user’s physical presence and environment in a way that allows the user to interact with it) professional football teams.
 Consensus says, Bernie really does want to “give away free stuff.” He believes, for the most part, he can make it happen.  But virtual reality is not reality. The reality is socialism doesn’t work, democratic or otherwise. Super article from The Federalist, “Why So Many Millennials are Socialists.” Another one from Mises Institute, “Greece Illustrates 150 years of Socialist Failure in Europe.”
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