Thursday, September 3, 2015

Sarah, Rick & The Donald

Fun stuff at that conservative confab holds promise for a fun GOP year.

Sarah, Rick & The Donald


(A brief discussion twixt Baer & Baer's editor, a.k.a. BE)

JB: Whoa, baby, the GOP presidential sweepstakes is looking like it could be a ton of fun.

BE: Because of the number of candidates? What is it now, 12? 13?

JB: Because of the players and the potential.

BE: How so?

JB: Well, I told you yesterday Sarah's a no-show at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, where Santorum was a Day 1 speaker.

BE: Right.

JB: Right is right. It's all right. It's righter than right. But it also previews potential for a fun right fight. Rick had noted Sarah's absence with comments about her being busy with "other business opportunities," a clear slap at her making money while stiffing the conference.

BE: And?

JB: Momma Grizzly (GRRRR!) slapped back with a reference to Santorum being "a knuckle-dragging Neanderthal."

BE: She's just anti-Pittsburgh.

JB: Sadly, they seem to have reconciled through an intermediary, according to a Pittsburgh P-G piece today. But I think the promise of future run-ins remains intact.

BE: One can hope.

JB: Yeah, just like I hope The Donald gets in. He was a surprise speaker at the conference and announced he's now pro-life. Then he said that last year's CPAC straw poll winner, Ron Paul, has zero chance of getting elected. Check out the story on Politics Daily.

BE: Wow, a straight-talking, socially conservative business guy with the flair and financial resources of The Donald could shake things up.

JB: All they need is for Snooki to get in as his running mate.

BE: Trump/Snooki. The perfect American pop culture ticket.

JB: I can also see The Donald as referee at a Palin/Santorum, Mama Grizzly meets Neanderthal throw-down.

BE: You're fired.

JB: Right, that's what he'd say to both.

BE: No, I mean you. YOU'RE fired if you keep this nonsense up.

JB: Grrrrr.




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