Friday brings more political fallouts

May 06, 2016

"Florida Man to waste vote,"quips Eddy Elfenbein, sharing the latest Facebook post from Jeb Bush that he congratulates Donald Trump on securing his place as the Republican Party's presumptive nominee, but won't be voting for him (or Hillary) this election. "Donald Trump has not demonstrated that temperament or strength of character [to be president]. He has not displayed a respect for the Constitution. And, he is not a consistent conservative. These are all reasons why I cannot support his candidacy," Bush writes. "Newest thing: political leaders saying ‘just leave that whole president vote slot blank’," observes Politico's Hadas Gold. "On @KentuckyDerby eve @JebBush completes family anti @realDonaldTrump trifecta," notices Major Garrett at CBS News. Not everyone called the move futile. "This is a solid Jeb statement. I can’t help but noting the contrast between this and Rick Perry," applauds Brett LoGiurato at Business Insider‚Äč. "Bravo, Jeb! ... and he was right -- Rubio choked when the chips were down, Jeb-Santorum-Gaham-Ryan did not," reflects Washington Post's Jennifer Rubin. Keith Olbermann pleads, "Jeb! Please run on a 3rd! Party! Ticket!"

On the other hand, Dick Cheney says he's Team Trump. "It is your destiny. Join me, and together, we can rule the galaxy as father and son," tweets Mic's Tom McKay. Get it, cuz Cheney is Darth Vader? Okay, great. We can move on!

But Trump has an idea on how to cut our national debt! It's called getting creditors to accept less. "Holy Toledo. The guy could start a world recession or worse," reacts Eleanor Randolph at the New York Times. "Donald Trump's false analogy: There is a difference between casino debt and the federal debt," explains NYT's Binyamin Appelbaum, who also concedes, "I know taco bowls are more entertaining, but spare a moment for Donald Trump's thoughts on the national debt." Plenty of other outlets are flabbergasted about Trump's debt plan. "I know I keep tweeting it, but Trump pledging to default on debt is among most radical things he's ever said," insists MSNBC's Benjy Sarlin. Meanwhile, Trump's Russia adviser's ties continue to raise lots of security concerns. " With Trump on the verge of having access to classified information, worries about an aide's ties to [the Kremlin]," elaborates BuzzFeed's Ben Smith. "Who needs spies when Trump's nomination could put high-level US intelligence directly into Putin's orbit?" asks Politico's Edward-Isaac Dovere. Which is enough to prompt Gawker's Alex Pareene to caution the Clinton campaign "Don't blow this." And that note, please allow us to introduce you to the secretive duo guiding the delegate count on a web site you may already know as The Green Papers. "The site buzzes with the tension of the old web, each link charged with a small dose of mystery and danger — as I learned when I clicked one of the site’s booby traps reserved for spambots and ended up blocking the entire New York Times building from using the site, prompting a brief panic in nerdier corners of the newsroom," writes NYT's Quoctrung Bui.

There's non-election politics happening, too, in case anyone forgot! In the best pairing ever, Barack Obama and Bryan Cranston both reflect on their respective roles of a lifetime, in which Cranston says to Obama, "Nice place! When are you putting it on the market?" And in other political profiles, here's one of Ben Rhodes, the "asshole who is the president’s foreign policy guru." No, we did not paraphrase that headline. And in an NY1 exclusive, a newly freed, former congressman Michael Grimm talks post-prison life and apparently hasn't ruled out a return to politics, because that's the world we live in now. "Michael Grimm joins the legion of formerly incarcerated ex-politicians suddenly interested in prison reform," remarks Politico's Matt Berman.

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