Cup of Joe
Former Vice President Joe Biden may be as self-unaware as his Democratic presidential opponents say he is given his answer to a question after a walk-through for last week's candidate debate.
Asked what he would do if his debate opponents went on the offensive against him, he said, "Hug 'em." Now, Biden, a natural hugger and a close talker, might have simply given his first reaction to the question. But if he didn't, and he was providing a sarcastic answer given his reputation, well that might just be a little bit creepy.
Earlier this year, as the career politician was determining whether he would make a presidential run, several women stepped forward to say their previous experiences with him left them feeling uncomfortable. Among them, Lucy Flores, a Democratic Nevada assemblywoman, accused him of sniffing her hair and kissing the back of her head without her consent while campaigning for her in 2014.
Biden, realizing he needed to do something to stop the talk, released a two-minute video apologizing in a roundabout way for his failure to understand "social norms are changing" in early April.
Despite all of the talk, though, the former Delaware senator was leading the Democratic field by more than 10 points going into the debate.
Telling it like it is
Frequent MSNBC guest Donny Deutsch didn't follow the company line after the first night of last week's Democratic debate in speaking with "Last Word" host Lawrence O'Donnell.
Deutsch suggested U.S. Elizabeth Warren, the highest polling candidate on the stage that night, would lose in a landslide to President Donald Trump, and added that no one other candidate on the same stage could overcome the president, either.
Stating "an idealized version" of "the Joe Biden we want," paired with the right vice presidential candidate, might do the trick, he said, "I still in my heart of hearts don't see anybody on that stage tonight that would beat Trump."
Stunned that anyone would state on the far-left network something other than every candidate on the stage could beat the president, O'Donnell huffed that Deutsch's analysis should be called "for what it is: pure guesswork a year and a half away" that has "zero value as would mine, as would any statement made by me."
He and his guest then engaged in a "no it isn't," "yes it is" tug of war, with Deutsch saying the opinion wasn't just something off the top of his head — that "it's understanding human behavior" and that he bet "90 percent of our audience agrees with me."
Duetsch, no fan of the president, went on to say, "I am understanding Donald Trump, the way he connects with this country and the strength he exudes. We need to exude a stronger strength. It's not a policy discussion."
Literally a bad scene
Had a Republican used the word, albeit incorrectly, he or she would have been pilloried in the media for using a term related to slavery that he or she knew nothing about, and it would have been suggested that he resign.
For U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minnesota, the mainstream media didn't even take notice of her incorrect use of the word "shackled."
On a recent Facebook live video with U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, and U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal, in which they were introducing a bill that would cancel federal student debt at taxpayer expense, she talked of being one of the millions "literally shackled" by college debt.
"We have 45 million people who are part of a generation that is burdened by student debt, literally shackled by it," Omar said, "and we are going to make sure that we are freeing them from that shackle. So that they can have the kind of prosperity that should be guaranteed by the educations that they've received. I myself am one of these 45 million."
Nevertheless, no shackles were evident on the congresswoman, who meant she'd been figuratively shackled by debt.
Google biased? Nooooo!
A Google whistle-blower recently told Project Veritas that the tech company is devoted to preventing anything like the 2016 presidential election of Donald Trump from ever happening again. Another Google executive, responsible innovation head Jen Gennai, also was recorded saying Google shouldn't be broken up by those believing it's too big and too powerful because smaller companies couldn't prevent "another Trump situation."
The first individual also noted there is covert suppression on non-progressive voices on YouTube, which is owned by Google, because stopping Trump and similar politicians has become a priority for the company.
The individual said the company did a "complete 180 in what they thought was important," abandoning earlier ideals of self-expression and "giving everyone a voice" in favor of crackdowns on what it deemed to be "hate."
The Project Veritas report also discussed how Google is throttling the views of current conservative content creators.
Seekers of conservative content on Google have seen this for years, though, and are not surprised.