Donna Brazile and CNN Part Ways

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Politics can be very dirty. Donna Brazile recently severed ties with CNN after the network asked her to do so. It was matter of jumping before being pushed. Brazile was forced into the role of interim chair of the Democratic National Committee after Debbie Wasserman Schultz was pressured to resign. Prior to stepping into the breach Brazile was a regular contributor on CNN representing the Democratic side of issues.

What surprises me is that Brazile, who has always struck me as being very intelligent, would have committed the inside information to a written missive.

So why the severing of ties? She has not been on CNN as a panelist since taking on her current role as chair. But the problem was before she took over the reins of the DNC when she, on two occasions, passed along questions to the Hillary Clinton team that would be asked during CNN hosted debates during the primaries thereby giving Clinton a bit of a leg up.

The way this has come to light is via a stolen email. Evidently the Wikileaks folks made public emails hacked – stolen – from Clinton in which Brazile informs of the upcoming questions. It seems odd to me that stealing emails is illegal, but using the information garnered from stolen emails is fine.

What surprises me is that Brazile, who has always struck me as being very intelligent, would have committed the inside information to a written missive. Surely she must have known it was wrong to leak the questions, I’m certain she, as a good Catholic, confessed her misdeed, so why put it in writing? Emails to public figures appear to be stolen on a regular basis these days, so why risk it?

I hope she can eventually return as I enjoy her take on things.

DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DCMontreal on Twitter and on Facebook, and add him on Google+

Presidential Appearance: Trump Lowers the Bar

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Last week Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump met with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. After the meeting the two men addressed the assembled media. The immediate reaction on both sides of the border was that Peña Nieto had missed an opportunity to publicly challenge Trump on his promise to build a wall along the border at Mexico’s expense. Some mention was made to Trump’s demeanor and lack of his usual firebrand approach. Some even claimed he looked presidential.

Trump then returned to Phoenix and delivered a fiery address outlining his stance on immigration. Many feel that any gains he made in Mexico were almost immediately erased in Phoenix.

Trumo_MimicBut what many people continued to remark upon was Trump’s presidential appearance in Mexico. You often hear people stating that a candidate does or does not look presidential. Can you imagine so-and-so as president? How would they do in meetings with foreign leaders? Do they instill confidence? What about in a crisis?

In my opinion looking presidential requires, among other traits, the appearance of strength with understanding. The ability to smile with genuine warmth, but only at the appropriate time. A deep sense of self-confidence, but not cockiness.

JFKAbraham Lincoln was presidential, or perhaps we have come to believe that from his stately pose in his roost in his memorial in Washington. Jack Kennedy, in fact many of the Kennedys, were presidential in stature. Charismatic, toothy smiles, poise and that great hair. JFK was very presidential when he calmly debated Richard Nixon on television. Nixon was not. In fact Nixon was never presidential, even when he was the president. Ronald Reagan could look presidential, but then he was an actor so I suspect he was just putting it on.

NixonGiven some of the over the top things Trump has said during the electoral process thus far he tends to come off as anything but presidential in appearance. It would seem as though the bar that determines what is presidential in 2016 has been drastically lowered. Evidently as long as a candidate does not drop the F-bomb, mimic a disabled person, or threaten to punch someone in the face, he or she is said to have come across as presidential. Not great standards.

By dragging the campaigning process to perhaps never before seen lows, when Trump does not do or say something ludicrous he, in contrast, is deemed to be presidential. A very sorry state of affairs.

DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DCMontreal on Twitter and on Facebook, and add him on Google+

Tweets From History

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DCS_Grad_2 DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DCMontreal on Twitter and on Facebook, and add him on Google+