Cooper's Eye on the Left: Pick your poison

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Pick your poison

April 29th, 2019 by Clint Cooper in Opinion Free Press

Former Democratic Texas Congressman Beto O'Rourke is not the 2020 presidential candidate who attended an X-rated movie with his mother, but he is the one who received a DUI citation, pranked his wife with baby poop and wrote sbout running over children as a teenager.

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Behold, your Democrats

College students, who vote widely for Democratic Party candidates in presidential elections, lack a little knowledge about the variety of men and women running for that party's nomination in 2020, according to a recent video report by The Daily Caller.

Students at American University in Washington, D.C., were recently asked about the peccadilloes some of the candidates had been involved in, but their lack of knowledge was telling.

One student guessed it might have been former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke of Texas who attended an X-rated movie with his mother — it actually was former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper — but they didn't know O'Rourke was the candidate who had a DUI, pranked his wife into believing their child's poop was avocado and wrote about running over children as a teenager.

Former Vice President Joe Biden was guessed for the DUI (because he's been driving for 60 years), and one woman allowed as only a "horrible person" would write about running over children.

None of the students guessed Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar was the candidate who had thrown binders at her staff and eaten salad with a comb and had an aide wash it off. In fact, one of the women didn't even know who Klobuchar is.

Neither could they guess which candidates — New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and California Sen. Kamala Harris — had sexual harassment scandals hit their offices.

"All of them?" one woman guessed. "I wouldn't be surprised if it was all of them."

And, of course, asked about which candidate wrote about women having rape fantasies, one said, "It sounds like a Trump thing." Told it was Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, another women said, "My man, Bern? I don't like this quiz."


Biden betting on Sanders

Former Vice President Joe Biden, as expected, threw his hat in the presidential ring last week, and later announced former Bernie Sanders spokeswoman Symone Sanders would be his senior adviser.

We don't know whether the candidate's other advisers failed to do the background check on her or if he didn't care, but his new senior adviser said shortly after Donald Trump's election as president, "We don't need white men leading the Democratic Party."

Sanders also admitted, when asked, to donating to the presidential candidacy of South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg last month, but said, hey, she'd also previously given to the campaigns of former San Antonio, Texas Mayor Julian Castro and New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

Unlike Buttigieg, Castro and Gillibrand, though, Biden was hiring.


Dirty ol' Re ... Democrat

The Republican Party's favorite congressional Democrat, U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, was up to her gaffe-prone best last week when she spotted prominent House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth, D-Kentucky, posing next to a cardboard cutout of her.

Not realizing who he was, she took to Twitter: "GOP: Let's pose our older male members next to cardboard cutouts of young female legislators." The obvious implication was: those dirty, old Republicans.

When Twitter users pointed out Ocasio-Cortez's mistake, she deleted her tweet.

The Yarmuth boo-boo followed her last month's Twitter confusion of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

We don't know how often Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has to hold her tongue about the 29-year-old former bartender, but she did allow recently that a "glass of water" with a "D next to its name" could have won the House seat in Ocasio-Cortez's district.


Mean ol' men

A vegan cafe in Melbourne, Australia, that charges men an 18% "man tax" is closing after just two years of business.

Alexandra O'Brien opened Handsome Her in 2017, explaining her business decision to charge males more to dine "reflect[s] the gender pay gap."

In a social media post, she wrote that "we expected that perhaps we might make a stir through our brazen public discussions of structural inequality and oppression." However, she said the way the policy blew up the internet "showed us how fragile masculinity is and solidified the necessity for us to confront and dismantle patriarchy."

So how did that work out for her?

"Suddenly," she moaned, "we became the punching bag of Melbourne and the internet."

The rest of her post was pure sour grapes, claiming men didn't know the wage gap even existed and, likely with a humph, said, "Meanwhile gentlemen's social clubs live on and strong around Melbourne and the world over ... "

Wonder if she ever thought it might be the food she served — or didn't serve?

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