Biden’s Bad Week

I have not been shy in telling the world that I’m currently not a fan of the “daily Coronavirus briefing” that Donald Trump does. It’s glad-handing, it’s grandstanding, and it’s boring as hell. It’s almost like he’s a) talking down to the world telling us what a great job he and his government are doing, and b) he repeats himself constantly. There’s no need to do that, Donald! I heard you the first time.

Well, as much as I’m NOT a fan of Trump’s daily briefings, I have to say that he’s about ten million times better than the presumptive Democrat candidate that he will be facing in a few months. Joe Biden, after watching Trump get national coverage on a daily basis during a time when really Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden are nowhere to be seen, has decided to do his own Coronavirus briefing. Now, I don’t have a problem with that, but he is doing it from his basement, and he’s making a greater fool of himself than he already had. Need examples?

In one interview on CNN, he coughs into his hand. The host interviewing him says, “You know, you’re supposed to cough into your elbow. I learned that actually covering YOUR White House a few years back”. Joe’s response? “Actually, that’s true, but fortunately, I’m the only one in my home, so that’s ok”.

In another interview on ABC’s “The View”, Biden said, “We have to take care of the cure. That will make the problem worse no matter what!”

On MSNBC, Biden asks the question, “Why doesn’t he just act like a president?” Then adds, “That’s a stupid way to say it. I really wish he’d… Sorry.” When prompted to go ahead, he says, “No…no…probably best I don’t!” Later on in the same interview he says, “I don’t know, I just can’t figure the guy. It’s like watching a yo-yo. Uh, I shouldn’t have said it that way.” And he rolled his eyes.

In another interview on MSNBC, Biden says, “Our Secretary of State insisted, and this broke the meeting up basically, in terms of influence, that this be called the Luhan Virus.” (It’s the Wuhan virus!).

What’s actually keeping Biden afloat in his “daily briefings” is the fact that he has averaged about 2,800 views per day! Donald Trump has been in the tens of millions of views. Any idea how idiotic that makes Biden look?

It’s becoming painfully obvious to a lot of my liberal friends that Joe Biden will eventually this summer be named the Democrat presidential nominee. He may very well go down in history as the worst candidate of all time…rivaling that of four years ago, as I have mentioned when we had the two worst candidates squaring off in Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. But I think Joe Biden may have just dethroned Clinton!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

The Anti-Bern

You may have missed this little item because of all of the attention we’ve been paying to the Coronavirus situation over the past few weeks. But it appears that the Democrat primary is already over. Yeah…I know…there are still more than half of the delegates still out there, and yes, it’s still possible (though not plausible) that Bernie Sanders can somehow steal the nomination away from Joe Biden.

But it ain’t going to happen.

That’s because the fix against Sanders is in. For the second time in just four years, Bernie is feeling what it’s like to be an outsider. Last time around, Hillary Clinton enlisted the help of Little Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, and Donna Brazile to cheat her way to the nomination that Bernie probably should have won. This time around, the whole country, well, the whole country other than the Bernie Bros have decided that enough is enough.

The latest indication of that is that Joe Biden has said, “No more debates. I’m done debating!” Now, Sleepy Joe isn’t done with doing YouTube videos, which he was doing every day for a while, giving HIS Coronavirus update. This consisted of hand waving to his camera crew when the teleprompter didn’t work right, gaffes, calling himself a professor after leaving the US Senate, and many other self-inflicted mistakes.

But is it really over? That’s the real question. Sanders maintains he’s trying to help guide the country through this COVID-19 mess. And while Biden is content to be at home in Delaware and make his own videos (which are quite humorous if you haven’t seen them yet), the world seems to have moved on from the Democrat’s primary.

Well, almost. Another player at this late date is emerging, and I’ve blogged about it early this past week. New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo is actually getting traction as a last-minute contender as people start to rally around him to try to bring him to the race. So far, he’s declined to discuss getting in the race, but the convention is still a few months off. And, based on the rules I’ve been reading, if Biden doesn’t get to 1,991 delegates, even if it’s because the primaries were canceled, it’s anybody’s ballgame.

It’s just a matter of time before we find out if Cuomo, who has done a very credible job in leading his state through the largest Coronavirus outbreak in the nation, is actually interested in running for President. If he is, he could actually give Donald Trump a run for his money. He’s well-spoken, comes across credible on camera, and doesn’t make many mistakes and gaffes. Whether he would fall prey to Trump’s attacks or not would have to wait to be seen.

But in the aftermath of Coronavirus, it would appear, to this observer anyway, that Bernie Sanders’ chances to do anything but scream and point at a podium from this point on, are pretty much over…whether he likes it or not!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Coronavirus Coverage: Media Sucks

Gallup has come out with a brand new poll they’ve taken regarding the Coronavirus and who’s got high approval numbers and who doesn’t. According to the poll, US Hospitals got the highest approval during the Coronavirus affair and their handling of it with 88% approval. Only 10% disapproved.

Your kids’ daycare or school came in second with 83%, followed by your state government and your employer at 82% each. The CDC got 80% for it’s actions, while Vice President, Mike Pence scored a pretty partisan 61%. Donald Trump got a 60% approval rating. Congress came next at 59%, and dead last with a 44% approval rating…the only entry listed below 50% was the media.

So, basically, America is pretty much happy with the way everyone is working through this crisis, with the exception of the coverage of it. And if you break it down a little further, and take a look at the partisanship involved, you see a stark difference between Republicans and Democrats.

Approval range

What’s interesting in that is that as soon as you get to anything to do with the government, Democrats’ ratings plunge, while Republicans stay pretty consistent throughout the rating cycle until it comes to Congress, which has stonewalled aid several times. And when it comes to news media, Democrats are the only ones that think they are doing a decent job…by a LARGE percentage.

There is obviously a huge disconnect in this country right now, on pretty much everything. It seems the left can’t even bring themselves to accept reality when things are going well for someone of the other party. They’ve devolved into this brooding mass of two year olds that whine and complain every time they don’t get their cookie. In the end, it’s going to be the downfall of their party, as the real adults in the room do what should have been done years ago…send them to a permanent time out.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Coronaidiots

As we wend our way through the Coronavirus, it has become apparent there is a segment of our society that falls under the title “Coronaidiots”. That’s a new word that’s been coined to describe people, usually younger Millennials. It’s certainly necessary.

To hear what these youngsters are doing in light of the Coronavirus is stunning. They’ve videotaped themselves going into Walmart, and licking items on the store shelves. They’ve gone into convenience stores, and opened ice cream containers and licked the inside of them. Yes, they complained about Florida shutting down Spring Break this year, making them upset “because now we have nothing to do!” And the worst part of all is the Coronaidiot that wanted to show the world that he was not afraid of getting COVID-19. So, he shot a video of himself licking a toilet. I kid you not. The kid actually licked a public toilet. And it appears that the joke was on him because he was then diagnosed and hospitalized with Coronavirus.

Look, I understand that every generation wants to make it’s own mark and blaze their own path in the world. I was the same way, and I bet you were too. But I don’t think I ever licked public toilets, or complained that a worldwide pandemic was whack and that we were going to do what we wanted to do regardless if we got sick or not. It makes me cringe because this is our future. When you see the type of idiocy that these folks are demonstrating, you get a very clear view of why they are thinking Bernie Sanders’ socialism is worth trying.

Now, it’s not just young people. I’ve mentioned before that I sit on the board of directors of a recreation and entertainment corporation that has shut down all of our seven recreation centers, cancelled a large number of concerts, and basically shuttered everything besides golf (and that’s only allowed with “distancing restrictions”). And would you believe that in the Letters To The Editor section of the newspaper, about 50% of the people are in favor of our actions, and 50% are against it. Obviously, Coronaidiots are not limited to the Millennials.

And you’ve got Democrats in Washington screaming that Donald Trump wants to put “money ahead of health” because he wants to try and get back to normal, or at least start getting back to normal by Easter. First of all, he wants no such thing, and second, if they aren’t ready to lift the restrictions on us, they aren’t going to lift them. People on the left that are screaming into whatever camera they can find, and yet, they are guilty of playing politics all the while they accuse Republicans of doing that. They got caught…and it’s hurting them. Trump’s administration’s handling of the job they are doing is going up every single day. His approval rating is now over 50%, and Joe Biden is looking more and more like a stumbling, bumbling clown.

In the end, we need some common sense. I’m not sensing the left is providing it, and I’m not sensing that the Millenials are either. Neither are the retired oldsters that are screaming about rec centers being shuttered out here in the desert. Time to grow up, people!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

But Do You Set A Date?

It seems that, like pretty much every other blog in the world these days, the Coronavirus has pretty much taken over the topics. I can understand that because it’s pretty much taken over our lives. Everything we usually would be doing in mid to late March has ground to a halt. We’ve hunkered down at home, haven’t gone out nearly as much as we’d like; a lot of folks have had to either work from home, or not work at all; and others are just happy not to be out in a group setting.

But I was a little surprised and dismayed that President Donald Trump came out and said he was setting a goal of getting back “to normal” by Easter, which is basically two weeks from this coming Sunday. I thought that was a little on the rash side, and a tad optomistic.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I certainly hope we get through this thing by then, and get everyone back to work and get the stock market moving in the right direction by then. It would be wonderful if that happened. However, I’m a realist at heart. I have to tell you, it’s a little disingenuous to think that we could go from being sheltered in place and two weeks later be open for business as if nothing ever happened. Hell, two and a half weeks is a long time! Do you realize this thing has only been going on for a little more than a week and a half?

Since there has been this huge push to get us back “to normal”, what happens, as happens a lot with something like pneumonia, if we come back too strong, too fast? Could there be a relapse? And are we all coming back at the same time? I mean, California and New York are two of the hardest hit states in the country. They are also probably two of the larger economies in the country. So, are we going to let them get settled down a little bit longer before “reopening”? Or, are we going to go ahead and open everything at once, hoping that everything goes smoothly?

Currently, there haven’t been nearly the number of cases or the number of deaths with COVID-19 that we’ve seen with the common flu. A lot of that has to do with the precautions that we’ve taken, but a lot of that seems to be that this virus isn’t as virulent as what was once thought. Having said that, are we to assume that by Easter, everything is going to be just fine, we’re going to be out of the woods, and we’re back to normal? Or are we going to take baby steps to make sure that we get there safely with no chance of back-sliding?

As I’ve said before, Donald Trump has been, in my opinion a little Pollyannaish throughout this whole thing. While we want a leader to be positive, and I just saw that 60% of Americans think he’s done a really good job handling the whole situation, we don’t need to be doing a happy dance just yet.

We will get through this thing. We just don’t need to hurry through it.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

President Cuomo?

Well, in the midst of the Democrat presidential primary, where it seems as if Democrats are being forced to choose between a stumbling, bumbling guy that can’t put two sentences together without trying to get into a fight or challenge someone to a pushup contest, and an avowed socialist, there is someone else starting to emerge.

New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo.

Who would have thunk it? Here we had two idiots from New York in New York City Mayor, Bill di Blasio, and billionaire former mayor, Michael Bloomberg making fools of themselves before dropping out of the race, and we were looking in the wrong city! We should have been looking at Albany, not NYC! At least, that’s what’s starting to emerge!!!

Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, publicly anyway, aren’t worried…but privately, they have to be wondering. And it’s all because of COVID-19. See, Cuomo has been doing daily updates on the virus in the state of New York, and it’s been picked up nationally by pretty much every cable news network. And the fact that it’s the hardest hit state in the union, Cuomo has been leading the states’ fight to get more aid from the federal government…and he’s been coming up with the best ideas, so far.

Well, that and while people like Washington Governor, Jay Inslee have been bashing the administration’s federal efforts, and California Governor, Gavin Newsome has only recently decided that you get more flies with honey than vinegar, Cuomo has been working with the feds all along… proving that he can work across the aisle. When it appeared that he didn’t have hospital room for everyone that’s going to be infected, he asked the feds to send up the Corps of Engineers to build more makeshift hospitals. And they are doing that. He’s coming up with actually, pretty good ideas.

So, this begs the question, is he interested in running for the presidency? I mean, his father never ran for president, but Mario looked at the VP nomination closely. He opted to stay put in New York and earned the nickname “Hamlet on the Hudson”. Is Andrew the same way?

If he isn’t, there are a LOT of Democrats that would probably back him, and flee both Biden and Sanders. In fact, the daily briefings have gotten so good for Cuomo, Mike Pence and his team, and President Trump, that Joe Biden announced last week that he was going to start having daily briefings. Frankly, I don’t know what Biden can say that can’t be said by “official” Washington and Albany, but hey…have at it Joe! We miss not having your gaffes out there on a daily basis! Maybe Joe should challenge Coronavirus to a push up contest, or call it a “Lying, dog-faced pony soldier”. That’ll do it!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Businesses Booming Because Of COVID-19

Don’t be filled with doom and gloom over COVID-19, better known to you and me as the Coronavirus. Actually, there are businesses that are doing very well because of this, despite what you’re seeing on the nightly news on Wall Street. Yes, the stock market may be in tatters, but there are plenty of businesses doing just fine.

Walmart: They are adding staff quicker than they can find them. They’ll hire anybody right about now. If you’re looking for work (or maybe when the next shipment of toilet paper comes in), go and apply!

Costco: Like Walmart, they can’t keep enough people staffed. Lines that take 20-30 minutes to get into the building are common, and once there, you see a lot of empty shelves and rationed goods. But they’re hiring!

UPS: The delivery company can’t keep up! With all of the people ordering stuff to be delivered to their homes right now, all delivery companies are going crazy. Normally drivers make about 130 stops a day on their route. That’s gone WAY up since Coronavirus started infecting us.

Scott Paper Company: They are the world’s largest manufacturer of toilet paper. Need I say more?

Internet Service Providers: What else is there to do but jump online? Netflix is doing a world of business!

Drive Ins: You thought this died out in the 1970’s, didn’t you? Nope. Drive ins are having a resurgence. You get to stay in your car while watching a movie. Talk about social distancing!

The Canabis Companies: There are a ton of pot companies out there. And what else is there to do when you a) can’t go anywhere and b) don’t want to necessarily deal in reality? You got it! If you’re in a state where marijuana is legal, you’re probably having a grand old time about now!

Clorox: Need I say more? Anything that destroys germs is going fast, including hand sanitizer.

Campbell’s Soup: Who wants to cook? And with most of the restaurants either shutting down or offering delivery only, a lot of folks are reaching for a can of soup. Chunky please!

There are a ton more companies out there doing well, but of course, there are also a ton that are hurting right now. Either way, we WILL someday return to a semblance of normal!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!