Author Archives: Trish Ponder

What Does Surprise Winner in Bloomberg News Poll Portend for 2020?

The winner of the latest Bloomberg News poll
The winner of the latest Bloomberg News poll

The results of a new Bloomberg News poll in Florida show the winner is…Michelle Obama!

The First Lady’s net favorability score — 57 — was higher than the other ten people in the poll, all of whom are, were, or want to be, elected officials.

Here are the actual numbers, from lowest net favorables to highest:

Patrick Murphy, candidate for the Florida U.S. Senate seat currently held by Marco Rubio — 38
Tim Kaine, Democratic VP nomineeand Virginia senator — 39
Hillary Clinton — 44
Donald Trump — 46
Rick Scott, Florida governor — 47
Bill Clinton, former president — 47
Marco Rubio, Florida senator — 50
Mike Pence, Republican VP nominee and Indiana governor — 51
Barack Obama, president — 51
Joe Biden, vice president — 54

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The Trump Cocaine Tweet, Captured Live


By now you’ve probably heard the theory that Donald Trump was using cocaine during the first debate with Hillary Clinton. That’s because of the odd sniffing noises Trump kept making. Former Democratic National Committee chair and presidential candidate Gov. Howard Dean tweeted what everyone was thinking, and an alert viewer captured a screen shot of the live tweet and posted it in the comments section of the website Jezebel.

New Will & Grace Video on Clinton & Trump

The Will & Grace cast has aged better than Trump or Clinton. If you were a fan of the show, you’ll enjoy this.

Hillary? On “Between Two Ferns,” Just Call Her “Hillary-ous!”

Both of these people are truly funny.

Rubio Says Women Don’t Need the ERA

Good news, ladies! You might not have noticed it, but your rights in America are totally equal. Your protections are the same as men. Discrimination based on gender is over. Feels good, huh?

Apparently that’s what Sen. Marco Rubio thinks. When he was asked at a rally before he quit his race for president earlier this year if he would support the Equal Rights Amendment, Rubio guffawed. “That old thing?” he seemed to say in a newly released video. “That’s so 1979!”

In fact, efforts continue to this day to enshrine equal protection of rights for women in the United States Constitution.

Now Rubio is back in Florida, running for the U.S. Senate seat he virtually abandoned because he was so convinced America would elect him their president in November. Yet even as he campaigns, he won’t commit to serving the full term, lest he again decide America wants him more than Florida does. How Rubio has any support in his state, and any votes among those of us paying pink taxes is a mystery.

When It Comes to Trump, Little Marco Might Be Sore But He’s Also a Whore

“Little Marco,” as Trump christened him during the debates, stands by his assessment of Trump as “a con man,” but he says we should put him in the White House anyway. That astonishing position reveals more about Rubio’s fitness for office than it does about Trump’s.

— Columnist and author Carl Hiaasen, explaining the awkwardness of the Republican custom of disavowing Donald Trump while continuing to endorse him.

But Mostly Taxidermy

It’s a very complicated subject…It’s some mysterious triumph of lacquering and weaving and taxidermy that really cannot be understood.

— Comic strip artist Garry Trudeau, describing Donald Trump’s hair, and his depiction thereof in his cartoon, “Doonesbury.”

Drive-By Truckers: You Don’t See Too Many White Kids Lying Bleeding on the Street

Republicans Need a New Drunk Guy

“You can keep moving people in and out of the car, but so long as the drunk guy is driving it while blindfolded, the ride probably isn’t going to get any smoother.”

— Anonymous Virginia Republican member of the Politico Caucus, “a panel of activists, strategists and operatives in 11 key battleground states,” commenting on Donald Trump’s latest campaign staff overhaul.

Rubio’s $80 Million Senate Seat

$80 million

The amount the campaigns expect to spend in the race for U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-Fla.) seat. Both frontrunners, Rubio and U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Fla.) have stopped advertising in Aug. 30 primary races, saving their money for the big one. The spend will likely be evenly divided, with both Rubio and Murphy coughing up $40 million.