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Monday, March 27, 2017

#EndorseThis: Jimmy Kimmel Kills On Trumpcare And Time Interview

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As a political analyst, Jimmy Kimmel is thriving in the Trump era, tossing off quips and riffs almost under his breath. He opens by describing the health care bill fiasco as “one of the most dramatic episodes of The Celebrity A President yet.” Then he cuts to a fundamental problem with this intellectually vacuous character: “Unless the bill was hot-glued to the back of a Victoria’s Secret catalogue, there’s no way Trump read that thing.”

Of course the president isn’t just vacuous, he’s full-goose loony and surrounds himself with other loonies. Kimmel imagines an all-too-plausible reaction to the Congressional Budget Office warning that 24 million Americans could lose their health insurance under his health bill: “Trump said those numbers were cooked by the microwave that’s been spying on him in Trump Tower.”

And so on, including a riff on Trump’s notoriously prevaricating and wacked-out Time interview this week, which he closed by observing sagely, “I’m president and you’re not.” Kimmel kills, so just click.



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March Mania: Bracket Your Favorite Deranged Trump Tweets

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As a new arrival in America, Trevor Noah may not be bracket-ready for this year’s March Madness, but the Daily Show has an alternative: Third-Month Mania, a competitive ranking of Trump Tweets. Hosted by Roy Wood Jr. and Hasan Minhaj, this slightly loony sketch features several of the maddest messages emanating from the powder room atop Trump Tower, where the short-fingered vulgarian reportedly taps out his complaints before dawn.

A personal favorite, from @realDonaldTrump back in 2014: “Are you allowed to impeach a president for gross incompetence?”

Someday soon we may find out.

 



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#EndorseThis: The Other Colbert Returns To Defend Trump Budget

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How cruel and twisted is that Trump budget proposal? So cruel and twisted that Stephen Colbert — not the current Late Show host, but his retired right-wing alter ego — has returned to endorse it on television. The old Colbert elbowed the new one off the stage, sweeping in gloriously with a sword and Captain America shield.

Yes, that Colbert understands why Steve Bannon might want to eliminate funding to clear the Great Lakes of sea lampreys, those blood-sucking, ocean-going horrors that have clearly served as an inspiration to him. And that Colbert can explain why cutting Meals on Wheels funding for services to elderly, shut-in seniors is actually “the most compassionate thing we can do,” as Trump budget director Mick Mulvaney insisted.



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