Butti Judged

Mayor Pete Buttigieg was tested as he faced an angry and pain-filled room on Sunday. South Bend Town Hall to address a black man shot by a white cop. The force has gone from 10% – 5% African-American under his mayorship with a white police chief. Not good in a community rife with deep racial strife. How did Mayor Pete handle this test?

C – at best. His EQ as a calm and reasoned man worked against him. He seemed flat as he responded to the emotional questions. It’ll be interesting to see how it affects him in debates.

And. He should lose the Mormon boy white shirt and tie. Not good.

Oprah v. Trump

Yes. She is the only person who would be a shoe-in for President in 2020. Beats Trump in a heartbeat. People would trample each other like a sale at Filene’s Basement to get to the voting booth. Always said so. Now on last night’s Real Time even Bill Maher agrees.

Oprah Winfrey in a landslide. No contest.

Woman. Check.
Black. Check.
Center moderate. Check.
Capitalist. Check.
Celebrity. Check.
Pragmatist. Check.
Successful business leader. Check.
Popular with the working class. Check.
Great speaker. Check.

Any questions?

 

Bas-Relief

Major sigh as Trump squints at McCain-esque Hawks Graham, Bolton, Pompeo and Pence. Bomb. Bomb Bomb. Bomb. Bomb. Iran. He said no! Because people may die? Don’t remember hearing that before. So. Okay. Yes. Many faces of the President. But for now. We’ll take it.

Crying Wolfowitz and the Cheneys twisting on the wall.

Mis-Guiding Again

Here they go again. Media pushing polls extolling the wide lead held by Biden. It’s another Hillary-effect in the making. Pump up the weak front-runner so that unenthusiastic voters will just stay home. Again. If Biden does get the nomination. Can the pundits resist these false predictions? Obviously not. History repeats.

Meanwhile. Real people. Waiting for over 40 hours to get into the Trump rally in Orlando. Danger. Danger. Chuck Todd. Jeff Zucker.

Pebbles in Time

U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. As it was in 1982. Tom Watson. This year. Who? Rosie had a great start. More off-course drama. Tiger’s ex having another cub. Jordan dressed down his caddie on national tv. Koepka whines about not being in promos on Fox. We’ll see.

It’s the middle of June and ice hockey is mercifully done. As is the NBA. In more ways than one.

Congrats to Ogilvy New York. Global Instagram branding. On to Cannes.

Debate or Scrum

Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado; former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.; Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey; Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind.; former housing secretary Julián Castro; Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York; former Representative John Delaney of Maryland; Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii; Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York; Senator Kamala Harris of California; former Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado; Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington; Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota; former Representative Beto O’Rourke of Texas; Representative Tim Ryan of Ohio; Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont; Representative Eric Swalwell of California; Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts; the self-help author Marianne Williamson; and the former tech executive Andrew Yang.

Second night June 27 looks best.

Un Rapt

Jerry Nadler needs a new cast. John Dean? How lame. Nobody who cares was even born during Watergate. Next up. Monica Lewinsky.

Joe v. Donnie in Iowa. Let’s see what happens. Crowd size matters.

Wouldn’t pay a dime for KD. Don’t do it Knicks. Barkley is right, he’d never make it in NYC anyway. He didn’t even stay to watch his team play. But. Hey. Game 6. Go Raptors!

Holiday Inn ad was gorgeous! Well done, mAdBen.