I was sitting at the table reading today’s newspaper when, from the next room where Carol was watching television, I heard a shout: “Bernie, I love you!”
What? I dropped the paper and ran into the room and did a bit of shouting myself. “Bist du mishiga? Are you crazy? Have you lost your mind? How can you love that guy? He’s an old-time socialist. He wants to take your money and give it away. What goes with you loving him?”
“Oh, don’t get so nervous,” she replied. “It’s not Bernie Sanders I love. It’s Bernie Goldberg. He’s handsome. He’s intelligent. And he just had a terrific, smart comeback to Bill O’Reilly. I just love him.”
Whew. That’s a relief. I thought she was expressing her affection for the presidential candidate who, by the way, is doing better and better in the polls. Do you think that is so because more and more people love him? Besides the college crowd who actually believe that they will have their tuition abolished, who else really thinks he will make a great president? Oh, sure, there are always the something-for-nothing crowds who pull the lever with their right hand and hold out that left hand for the Socialist freebees, but it isn’t because more and more people love him. It is because more and more Americans are learning to dislike that other candidate, and Sanders is the only alternative for a large portion of the life-long Democrats. Many will only vote for a left-winger. They actually believe that if they voted for a candidate on the right — any candidate on the right — a bolt of lightning will flash from above, strike them, and inflict that voting hand with a painful, permanent case of rheumatoid arthritis. Hence the results will equal better numbers for Bernie — plus a lot of panic in Hillary’s entourage.
The headline of a story on the internet shouts, “Cocky and evil Hillary is 100-percent sure her e-mail scandal won’t hurt her!”
Really? It already has. Look at the polls. Bernie was 50 points behind her, and they were tied in Iowa. Tied? He may even have won in the Hawkeye State. The leading newspaper there, the liberal Des Moines Register (whose editorial board endorsed Hillary) now says that something in the count smells. Many voters are saying, “It sure does. Hold your nose” • • •
I just received a copy of the food prices at the recent Super Bowl — $8 for a hot dog, $13 for a regular beer, $8 for fries, $15 for a bucket of popcorn, $10 for a slice of pizza, and here’s the one that really stings — $7 for a bottle of water. Seven bucks for a bottle of H2O? For $7 I get two cases. After some very interesting calculations, I figured out that the guests in my living room consumed snacks worth $1,000 dollars. Next year I’m charging.
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These Republican candidates are pretty foolish attacking each other. Trump attacks Jeb. Christie rudely goes after Rubio — he destroyed the senator but it did nothing for him. They all beat up on Obama, who isn’t even running. There’s still an excellent chance that Hillary will be the nomination. I am StanG
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