Thursday, February 04, 2016

Trio con Brio

Goldman Sachs Chief Threatened by 'Dangerous' Criticism from Sanders

All I have to say to Goldman Sachs' Chief is:
"Diddums naughty man freaten big banker....awww!"

I see Chris Matthews is still being...well... Chris Matthews:

This Is Not the Way the Democratic Campaign Should Be Conducted
Chris Matthews had a strange interview with Hillary Clinton today. It was ahistorical and out of bounds.

Any lurking Hillary fans - don't look!

Postscript: From a list of "celebrities" endorsing or supporting presidential candidates on both sides of the political divide, I've culled names of the Bernie supporters, and sadly note that they are all male. WTF!? Sarah Silverman is a possible, though, the list isn't absolutely clear: it says that she "introduced Sanders" at an event.

Yes, I know it'd be nice to have a female president, but not just any female president especially when there's a better, non-corporate, option who happens to be male! Still, celebrities are part of the bourgeoisie - what would I expect? It's good to know that a few of 'em have their heads screwed on the right way.

The following support or have endorsed Bernie: Danny DeVito, Will Ferrell, Dave Matthews, Jeremy Piven, Lil B, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, John C. Reilly, Mark Ruffalo, George Wendt, Neil Young.


mike said...

A number of female actors (I'm always confused on the use of actor vs actress!) endorse Bernie:

Ummm...Chris Matthews...what can I say?! He's never been in my atmosphere. This election season has presented havoc to many pundits' reputations and their careers. Previously respected political appraisers have not been able to assert their many years of experience into anything meaningful in this presidential campaign, which renders them impudent, struggling for vitality.

Goldman Sachs' Blankfein can say what he wants about Bernie's threats to his industry. Elizabeth Warren is not allowing these issues to rest. Her official report:
Oddly, Goldman Sachs isn't allocated space in her report. I assume that you've read Warren's defense of Bernie:

I think Bernie and Elizabeth would make a very good match. Hope she's on his VP list.

Twilight said...

mike ~ Good! Another list. There are several different ones around the net. Glad to see Susan Sarandon on there, and Bonnie Raitt. Females are still very much in the minority, even on that list though.

I used to watch MSNBC regularly during the 2008 election season, when Keith Olbermann was still around. Chris Matthews irritated me back then, he insisted on speaking over his guest, so that it became impossible to hear what either was saying. Back then he was all for Obama, I remember his well-known remark about getting a"tingle down the leg" when he listened to Obama's speeches - that is still mentioned by comedians. Now he appears to be all for Hillary Clinton and against Bernie, from what I've read. I don't watch MSNBC any longer, but do see the odd video clip from the show. Rachel Maddow appears to have a soft spot for Bernie - which is good to know. I'm pretty sure Keith Olbermann would have been cheering him on too.

Yes, several writers are saying that this election season is different from any they've experienced, so pundits have no pattern to follow. This go around should sort out those with better judgement! It's good to see Robert Reich supporting Bernie quite strongly. I'm enjoying Charles Pierce's articles at Esquire - hadn't come across them until recently. In fact, I had thought Esquire was something like Playboy magazine! Apparently not. :-)

No, I hadn't read Elizabeth Warren's defense of Bernie - thanks for the link. I'm glad she's speaking out on his behalf. Only yesterday I commented elsewhere that I'll rapidly lose respect for her if she doesn't endorse Bernie soon. Her endorsement would help him greatly as he progresses through New Hampshire and on to what is likely to be territory where he's not yet as well known.

Sanders/Warren would be good, great in fact, but perhaps her skills would be wasted as VP; it seems to be a position much in the shadows (unless the president were to be ill or worse). Bernie would do well to have a female VP, one with some name recognition; but Martin McNally, too, would be good, and has made a small mark already during debates when his positions generally matched Bernie's more than Hillary's.

Twilight said...

LOL! I've just seen this at Alternet - series of Tweets between Hillary and Bernie - or at between least their camps (possibly with help from the 2 candidates themselves):

mike (again) said...

Yes, I saw the brush-up on Nightline last night, but without the follow-up Tweets. I like Sanders' last (update). Hillary, by her own doing, can't afford this discussion.

mike (again) said...

At The Guardian

Bernie Sanders has yet to win a primary election but his war with Wall Street is picking up. His campaign just released a statement responding to Lloyd Blankfein, CEO of Goldman Sachs, who said yesterday that 2016 represents a “dangerous moment” in history.

Sanders doesn’t care much for his tone: “His arrogance has no end.”

I have to say, I find it a little beyond comprehension that Lloyd Blankfein would lecture our campaign about “dangerous moments” after Wall Street received huge bailouts from the working families of this country, when their greed and recklessness caused millions of Americans to lose their jobs, livelihoods, and homes just a few years ago. His arrogance has no end.

A more complete version of Blankfein’s comments, made to CNBC late Wednesday:

It has the potential to personalize it, it has the potential to be a dangerous moment. Not just for Wall Street not just for the people who are particularly targeted but for anybody who is a little bit out of line …

It’s a liability to say I’m going to compromise I’m going to get one millimeter off the extreme position I have and if you do you have to back track and swear to people that you’ll never compromise. It’s just incredible. It’s a moment in history.”

Sanders has made political hay out of his rival’s history with Wall Street, in particular her speaking fees from banks such as Goldman, received after she left the Obama administration in 2012. In the town hall Wednesday night Clinton struggled to defend the payments, saying she didn’t know why she took $675,000 from the massive bank.

“I don’t know,” she said. “That’s what they offered.”

Twilight said...

mike (again) ~ I'm rapidly going off The Guardian (or the Grauniad as we used to call it due to numerous typos to be found in its columns daily - they must now have spellchecker cranked up).

"has yet to win a primary election..."? Dang! There has been ONE, and it was a virtual tie, even though finagled, one way or another, to be a hair's breadth of a win for Hillary Clinton.

James Higham said...

A most interesting situation at the moment.

Twilight said...

James Higham ~ Hi there! Isn't it though!?

Bob said...

My charts for Hillary and Bernie in Iowa and New Hampshire.

Twilight said...

Bob ~ Hi! Thank you for these charts. Looking good for Bernie, so far! :-)