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A man pays his respect outside the Le Carillon restaurant the morning after a series of deadly attacks in Paris , November 14, 2015.      REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

The terrorist attacks in Paris have reshaped the race for the White House, diminishing the prospects of several leading candidates. Hillary Clinton suffered the most serious damage because the global reach of ISIS demonstrates the failure of administration policies she helped put in place. Just hours before the explosion of terror in France, the president boasted that ISIS had been “contained.”

Secretary Clinton can’t disassociate herself too strongly from his embarrassing performance without alienating the die-hard Obama loyalists she will need to win primaries. Ben Carson and Donald Trump also look less credible as commanders-in-chief: Carson because of his shocking lack of national security perspective, revealed in several interviews, and Trump because the ISIS challenge requires a response more sophisticated than “I’ll bomb the BLEEP out of them and take their oil.”

At this time of crisis, the public has the right to demand a candidate who speaks coherently, knowledgeably and passionately about the challenges we face.

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  1. Jim Bird  •  Nov 19, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    Where does one person get the authority to dictate to 330 million Americans (make that 300 million of us, sorry) importing terrorists to our fair land? Ryan, wringing his hands on Fox, wants to “pause” the process. Hmmm, sounds like Boehner, doesn’t it? One person defeats the GOP 100% of the time, for seven years now, and now Ryan is sounding like Boehner? Some of these GOP’ers make good acceptance speeches…..hmmm? So, I guess Republicans should elect one Supreme Leader too? Is that the GOP’s secret weapon – hide in the weeds until the election is over and then you’ll see what we’ll do – just vote for us one more time – we will have a plan, a “new strategy” for those U.S.-ISIS (hey, that’s cute – USISIS!!) strongholds by then.

    • Nani  •  Nov 20, 2015 at 12:29 pm

      Jim Bird, how awful, now we have to turn our attention toward Isis instead of getting rid of Mexicans! Now we have to actually pick a person capable of being Commander of the world’s greatest military. Time to grow up and be serious, sorry.

      • Jim Bird  •  Nov 20, 2015 at 11:47 pm

        Nani,
        How about a woman. My problem is with Michael constantly bagging on Trump, Dr. Carson and Carly not being worthy enough to be President. We have to turn our attention to avoiding financial collapse and the end of the Republic. The Oval Office golfer is destroying the country and the world economy by himself. The cherry on the cake for him
        Is thermo nuclear war by giving the bomb to Iran. I don’t care who comes into the country as long as they do it legally, you know, instead of waving everyone into America while the President gives us the finger with his other hand. I’m sick of the killing, sick of the destruction, sick of the current administration spewing its filth on a daily basis and sick of listening to Republicans lieing to me every election cycle. Today Michael said on his show, “I truly believe Obama is trying to do his very best for what he thinks is good for America and he loves this country.” When Michael Medved gives up, gives in to the status quo of the crony capitalist GOP cowards, siding with Obama who truly is serious about about his psychopathic goals, then I wash my hands of the insanity. Go ahead vote for Jeb or some other Karl Rove appointee, business as usual liar. Does this sound like a comedian?

      • Nani  •  Nov 21, 2015 at 2:18 pm

        Jim Bird, I like Carly and I agree with you about King Obama. But the Commander of the world’s greatest military cannot be someone with no political experience. I am sorry but after 7 years, Republicans finally get a chance to run the “super jet” and you want a pilot with no experience? I’d love for Carly to spend 4 years as VP, then I’m all in. I love her business experience and unlike those who knock her HP stint, I was in business so I get it. Take overs is never fun for those who lose their jobs, but the bottom line is business is not a charity and take overs is when the fat gets trimmed. She was the only one to stare down the blow hard Trump and make him grovel with insincere compliments. I’d love to see her against Hillary. Her professional relationships with world leaders is just what is needed.

        Saying all that, we still need someone who understands and has traveled thru the shark infested waters known as politics. As the saying goes, you have to know when to hold and when to walk away.

        As for promises. Exactly WHO made those promises to you Jim? I bet it was the conservative media and talk show hosts who told their minions that all they had to do was listen to them and everything would turn out conservative. That’s not how the world works and these so called educated people know that. If you’re really fed up, then stop listening to them and start asking yourself if refusing to vote for the only party capable of stopping Liberal policies is cutting off your nose to spite your face. Really, you can’t win if you don’t get in the game and you can’t get in the game if you don’t make the team. It’s really as simple as that.

      • Nani  •  Nov 21, 2015 at 2:25 pm

        As for what Michael said about Obama, I disagree. For years I ignored my “Obama is a Muslim and hates America” family and friends. But after his side stepping the constitution time and time again, his disregard for Christians being slaughtered and his divisive push for Black anger, I am starting to question not just Obama’s faith but his regard for this nation.

  2. Bruce Sallan  •  Nov 20, 2015 at 11:35 am

    So, is it Cruz that will emerge Michael? So far, Trump’s bluntness seems to work. I like Rubio though some won’t forgive his former immigration stance and believe he won’t be tough on immigration. I think Rubio is smart enough to revisit and revise his policy while our POTUS can’t see beyond his own naive and foolish beliefs no matter what the evidence or damage it has created and will continue to fester and create – death, refugees, diminution of our status in the world, economic problems – heck what hasn’t he hurt? Oh yeah, our campuses are now a wonderful bastion of healthy dialogue!

  3. Mal Tomlin  •  Nov 20, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    Moses and Jesus agree – the Royal law includes thou shalt not murder or lie. But practicing Muslims kill unbelievers and lie to infidels. None dare call it idolatry. Peaceful Muslims dodge the war Suras and misogynist bent of the Quran grounded by their common sense and conscience. Maybe Hillery and ilk should let the indigenous people decide the immigration issue – Constitution or Sharia?

  4. Jim Bird  •  Nov 22, 2015 at 11:30 am

    Nani,
    My main problem with this Republican conundrum is will Republicans vote for Trump if he gets the nomination? A huge percentage of Republicans won’t vote if Jeb gets it since it’s business-as-usual. Many in that group say you might as well start the fight now with the Progressives and let Hillary install her regime instead of dieing a slow death of surrender by the GOP. America is in huge trouble and will not survive Hillary’s “welfare empire” and it’s inevitable with the old guard GOP too. Trump, Carson and Fiorina will listen to their generals, staff and advisers (they do this daily now! – Obama does not read 75% of his morning briefings by his own admission!!!!) who are experts in their fields and NOT phony political hacks who live in the phony world of politicians and pimps, most of whom have never produced a good or service to meet the needs of Americans and those in real need around the world. Hillary gets $250,000 plus expenses from the Al Jazerra crowd for a 40-minute speech – who do you think pays for the speeches she makes to the public sector unions in this country.
    Anyway, it’s a bloody mess and the middle class will soon be out of business too unless some Republican stands up against tyranny like those three (Rubio and Cruz too who are the Tea Party guys) and SPELLS IT OUT TO MILLENIALS ON A DAILY BASIS WHAT THE HELL IS HAPPENING INSTEAD OF COWERING IN THE CORNER PRETENDING THE EMPEROR IS FULLY CLOTHED.

    • Nani  •  Nov 22, 2015 at 2:14 pm

      Jim, ok, you’ve got two choices. Really.

      1- Hillary
      2- GOP

      If you pick Trump, Hillary will win. Trump has alienated too many people to win the General.

      Carson is losing traction because frankly, he has shown he really has no idea what he is talking about.

      Carly is fine, but again I worry about her lack of experience.

      I like Jeb’s experience but I don’t want to spend the next 4 to 8 years hearing him defend his brother; the lack of loyalty among conservative media just irritates me.

      Cruz is a Trump lite and again will not get pass the general

      Christie may squeak by but again, I think it’s a real risk.

      That leaves Rubio. I agree with Jeb that his absenteeism matters. I wouldn’t hire someone that wasn’t doing the job he has now. BUT he has experience and enough communication skills to win the general.

      And I am sorry but after 7 years of Obama, winning in 2016 IS the only thing that matters. America, no the world, cannot afford another 8 years of liberalism.

  5. Jim Bird  •  Nov 22, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    Rubio is the last best hope for the world. His absenteeism is 100% due to campaigning instead of voting on stuff where his vote won’t tip the outcome. His message is far more important on the campaign trail than voting on a meaningless piece of legislation that will or will not pass with his vote. That was Jeb telling a white lie that any fact-checker can find in ten seconds. The outsiders literally produce jobs and surround themselves with expert people whereas politicians do the same stuff they always do with advisers that choose their words for them except Rubio and Cruz. It doesn’t look good for the good people, Hillary the felon is the winner, I’m afraid.

    • Nani  •  Nov 23, 2015 at 1:40 am

      So you’d hire someone that wasn’t doing his job because he was out interviewing for another one? Remember Floridians have a perfect right to expect a representative to represent them even if it doesn’t work out the way they want. And Jeb IS a Floridian. Rubio never denied Jeb’s accusation; he just said that Jeb didn’t seem to mind when others did it and that Jeb was just doing it because he was told that Rubio was a threat.

      Rubio’s supporters need to own this because to deny it would be to sideline the real issue. Ask yourself what is a good reason for a person not to do the job they were hired for? How about if the job he was interviewing for was CRITICAL to your company and was being messed up and that person had the skills to do the job and do it better?

      Rubio has the skills, the knowledge, the experience and will be able to serve Floridians even better as President.

  6. Sela  •  Nov 22, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    There are plenty in office with political experience and where has it gotten us?

    • Nani  •  Nov 23, 2015 at 12:48 pm

      Where do you want it to get you? Conservatives act like EVERYONE in America thinks, believes, and wants what they want. Remember that even with Obamacare and our credit being down graded, America gave Obama a second term. Don’t you ever ask WHY conservatives keep losing our chance to run that “super jet” known as the presidency? Conservatives’ answer is to offer a non experienced pilot???

      Most people would LOVE to have all the bells and whistles of a luxury jet but would settle for a pilot to get us to the other side. Yeah I said “settle”. Grown ups understand that there is a time and place for dreams and we should always work toward making them come true, but life is full of settling and you can miss a lot of life if you refuse to “settle” in the meantime.

  7. Tom Smith  •  Nov 23, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    You just knew Medved was going to use Paris as an argument against Trump.
    He knocks Hillary first to divert you from what he’s really getting at.
    Want to hear a knee-slapper?
    Trump’s polls shot up BECAUSE of Paris.
    Sorry, Mike.
    Grab a shovel to bury the casualties of Paris
    -Jeb!, Marco, and Kasich.

    • Nani  •  Nov 24, 2015 at 2:43 pm

      You know I was getting ready to tell you that conservatives are neither stupid nor racist enough to put in a guy who wants to be pals with Putin just as long as he rounds up Mexicans and put them into concentration camps, but they allowed Obama a second term and don’t appear to have learned their lesson.

      So I guess they could nominate a person that once again will assure another Liberal term.

  8. Jim Bird  •  Dec 1, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    Nani,
    Too much talk, number-crunching the details and getting bogged down in “why isn’t everyone normal like conservatives” talk. The reason Obama got reelected was the massive increase in poverty, especially the millennial generation. They love their cradle-to-grave welfare checks just like the Euros do, who eliminated their middle class many decades ago. They also depend on America for their national defense and always fighting and winning their wars for them for the last hundred years, killing our younger generations in the process. Obama will never help them again and neither will Hillary. They will arm every terrorist nation to the teeth though with nukes and hundreds of billions of dollars yearly.
    These are the ACTIONS, not just talk, of liberals/Marxists. Their “talk” are lies blaming normal people for killing your babies and the environment and putting you in poverty and on welfare. Most libs are psychopathic liars who create Utopian scenarios for the great brainwashed younger generations, especially on college campuses.
    The crony capitalists on both sides of the aisle are in it for the money, mostly kickbacks and bribes from lobbyists. This is why the old guard GOP ALWAYS sides with Obama. The five wealthiest counties in the country surround D.C. These are politicians/govt. workers/lawyers who vote daily on different ways to take working folks money in taxes (doing the “people’s business”) and keeping huge amounts for themselves because they determine how much they pay themselves. Most have never worked a day in their lives providing a service or good that actually helped someone meet THEIR needs.
    So, in the last three elections, a ton of normal folk get elected (call them Tea Partiers) on the Republican side of the aisle. Republicans castigate them because “they must wait for decades in order to make their millions like we did,” say the old guys. THESE ARE THE EXPERIENCED LEADERS YOU WANT, NANI.
    I’ve known a lot of federal and state politicians, mostly Republicans. Roughly 100% of democrats and a large number of old Republicans (Reagan was not one of them!) that don’t give a damn about “doing the people’s business” but instead, tread water until the next election cycle.
    The Democrat Party is Big Brother government spewing lies and filth and the Republican Party is the party of cowards and empty suits spewing lies and gibberish.
    The Tea Party people and the “outsiders” are the ONLY chance we have left to cut govt. spending, cut taxes and to stop the tyranny on our sovereignty.

  9. Jim Bird  •  Dec 1, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    Oh, one last thing. The reason Trump has a solid 25% in the polls no matter what he says is because that 20% number of registered Republicans that won’t vote in the 2016 election has increased to 25% if an “outsider” or Cruz or Rubio don’t get the nomination. The thinking is, start the Civil War now with Hillary, instead of the Republic dieing at a slower rate of death, with the old slug liars in the Party.
    Michael said it best the day after Obama won the 2008 election, his first words with a very sheepish voice, “Well, America has spoken, we are a Nationalist Socialist society now.”
    Scratching my proverbial head, I said out loud to my car radio, “Geez Michael, we have laws and a constitution, right?” After 7 years now, Mike was right. Rule of law is obsolete now and the constitution is totally meaningless. Freaking Pesident Holland, an outspoken socialist, is far far to the right of the Marxist in the White House.

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