In which Trump reaffirms his “temporary shut-down of Muslims entering the United States” and vows to “cut the head off ISIS and take their oil”. Understated as ever.
This morning Alex Salmond described Donald Trump as a “three time loser” and blasted his attempt to stop an offshore wind turbine from being built off his golf course in Aberdeen. Trump has hit back in spectacular fashion:
“Does anyone care what this man thinks? He’s a has-been and totally irrelevant. The fact that he doesn’t even know what’s going on in his own constituency says it all. We have a permanent clubhouse and the business is flourishing. He should go back to doing what he does best – unveiling pompous portraits of himself that pander to his already over-inflated ego.”
The Donald has put decades of rumours to rest by inviting a woman to tug on his infamous head covering. We shall overcomb…
Multiple sources say top Obama pollster Joel Benenson, now working on the Hillary Clinton campaign, is lined up to work for the Labour Party – in particular on the London mayoral campaign. Benenson, who runs a consulting firm which advises Democrat politicians, was a senior adviser to the Obama campaigns in 2008 and 2012 and is now the chief strategist for Hillary’s presidential run. He also worked for Gordon Brown in 2009. There is one obstacle…
The Hillary campaign guru won’t work for the Labour Party if Jeremy Corbyn is leader. Sources point to Corbyn’s extreme views on Israel-Palestine and Hamas as a major stumbling block to him coming on board. Benenson is described by GQ as the “go-to guy for any politico wanting to take the public’s temperature“. That he won’t work for Corbyn is a small indicator of Corbyn’s trans-Atlantic toxicity…
A tough night for Rand Paul at the Fox News Republican presidential debate, though he was punchy in this fiery exchange with Chris Christie on mass surveillance and the NSA:
“I believe marriage is not just a bond but a sacred bond between a man and a woman …the fundamental bedrock principle that [marriage] exists between a man and a woman, going back into the midst of history as one of the founding, foundational institutions of history and humanity and civilization, and that its primary, principal role during those millennia has been the raising and socializing of children for the society into which they are to become adults.”
Hillary Clinton 2015:
How did her intern fondling husband feel about that “sacred bond”…
JS: The SNP won 56 out of 59 seats… it was unprecedented.
NS: I’ve ordered an inquiry into how come we didn’t win those other three. It reports directly to me.
JS: Those other three? You think you’re Saddam Hussein? You want 99%. 56 out of 59 is pretty good!
NS: Well you know, I always think you should aim for more.
According to Bloomberg, this really is Rick Perry’s campaign song. And it is darn good…
“Rick Perry supporter, let’s protect our border,” the song starts. “To hell with anyone who don’t believe in the USA / Rick Perry all the way.”
The second verse boasts the rhyme,
“Give me my right to vote / My right to tote / The weapon of my choice / Don’t censor my voice.”
“Right to tote”?
“The thing I’d say to you though about this, these people are less powerful than they used to be,” Ed Miliband told Russell Brand during their enlightening discussion about his critics in the newspapers. Someone should tell the man Labour are paying £300,000 to consult on messaging.
In an interview with Politico today, David Axelrod is asked whether he thinks Britain’s right-wing press is more powerful than Fox News, beamed into 87,058,000 American households. He replies:
“Yeah, I do.”
He goes on to admit he only visited the UK six times while working for Ed. That’s £50,000 a trip…
David Axelrod flew into London for a couple of days, had a look around, shook a few hands, sent a couple of tweets then got on a flight back to Chicago. Axelrod managed to find time to pen a plea on behalf of Labour’s election campaign coordinator, wee Dougie Alexander, who is being run very hard by the SNP in his own Paisley seat. Well worth his £300,000 fee? At least on this visit he managed to spell “Miliband” correctly…
Maybe he should replace Jon Stewart?
Coverage of Cameron’s calorie consuming, pie-tastic tour of Britain last week has gone global. John Oliver’s Daily Show spin-off Last Week Tonight is fascinated by the PM trolling Miliband over how to eat in public:
Sun readers will know the real secret behind Dave’s stump eating habits:
Normally conscious of his diet, Cameron has an unflattering cartoon of himself on his fridge at home to stop him snacking. But it’s not as easy on the road. Aware that he soon slips into a bad mood when his tummy starts to rumble, glamorous aide Gabby Bertin kept emergency snacks in her handbag. Is an expanding waistline a price worth paying to stop “Hangry” Dave doing a Clarkson before the election?
24 days to go…
Ted Cruz is first out of the blocks across the pond:
595 days to go…
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