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The New Odd Couple

Uploaded: Jul 19, 2016
There's a new Odd Couple on TV. No, I don't mean the new sitcom with Mathew Perry as Oscar and Thomas Lennon as Felix. I mean the Political sitcom with Donald Trump as Oscar and Mike Pence as Felix.

They say opposites attract, but what do they attract? Incompatibility, artificial situations, bad jokes, all of the above. This paring couldn't be funnier if Neil Simon wrote it himself, but not when it’s not a sitcom but a reality show. While this is fine for a TV situation comedy, it isn't the right mix for a Presidential campaign. We really should take these seriously.

Mike Pence was in Congress for many years and even though he's very conservative, he was well-liked and respected by his colleagues on either side of the isle. Pence is now the conservative Governor of Indiana, which had been hit hard by unemployment. Gov. Pence brought back jobs and believes that Donald Trump will fix the economy and the Country, but Trump's promises are not based on realistic plans.

Donald Trump is a megalomaniac with delusions of grandeur. Like the good con-man he is, he is very convincing when he talks about "Making America Great Again," but he doesn't explain how to do this in any detail. There's no there, there in Trump Land.

I studied acting many years ago. A good actor takes on the characteristics and personality of the character he is playing. Trump is a showman, and as one he is playing a role. That role is always Trump, 50, 100, and 200 shades of Trump.

I caught the end of a joint interview with the running mates on 60 Minutes. Pence believes everything Trump is saying. I believe that because Pence is such a sincere person he cannot comprehend how disingenuous Donald Trump is. Pence said of Donald Trump, "This good man would be a great President of the United States." Heaven help us, Noooooo!
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Posted by DKHSK, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on Jul 19, 2016 at 6:31 pm

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So vote for the lying, incompetent Clinton and be done with it.

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Posted by rosalindr, a resident of San Ramon,
on Jul 19, 2016 at 7:48 pm

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I'm voting for Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate. If every voter said "I can't vote for my Party's candidate, so I'll pick someone else." Republicans vote for Johnson and Democrats vote for Jill Stein, we'd all be better off and have someone who would be a better President than either Hillary or Trump.

By the way, Hillary may be crooked but at least she's not crazy like Trump. He's dangerous, really dangerous.


Posted by American, a resident of Danville,
on Jul 20, 2016 at 7:42 am

Roz: Gary Johnson admitted he has been smoking pot for years for non-medicinal reasons and only stopped recently when he decided to run for President. Do you honestly want someone like that to be President? What message does that send to our kids? I don't know if you have grandchildren, but if so, what kind of message does that send to them?

I understand your concerns about Trump. I supported Kasich and Rubio. But watch the Republican convention and listen to the speakers and the content of their speeches. Don't listen to the liberal media " tell us" what was said, listen to the actual speeches. The lady from California who runs small businesses and is an avocado farmer gave a wonderful speech yestetday that I am sure you would agree with the content. She talked about how Obama's regulations and policies are killing the small farmers and small business people. There was also a lady from Arkansas who is Attorney General who discussed how Hillary is corrupt, does not believe laws apply to her, and can do whatever she wants. That is a very dangerous trait for a President.

Please also watch the Democratic convention next week and listen to the actual speeches, not the media's summaries.

I am confident that after watching both conventions and listening to both parties speeches, you will realize that the Republican's plan for the future, and their policies and goals, are more inclined with your goals and values than the Democrats. A vote for Trump is a vote for the Republican's plans and policies, not a vote for Trump himself.

Posted by rosalindr, a resident of San Ramon,
on Jul 22, 2016 at 12:20 pm

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Here's an excellent interview with Gary Johnson. He is so much better than Trump.
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Don't vote for a party line. Vote for the person who can run this country best. Johnson is moving up in the polls and may be polling high enough soon to be included in the debates. Johnson should have been the Republican nominee, but he could still be the Libertarian President.

Posted by rosalindr, a resident of San Ramon,
on Jul 22, 2016 at 12:37 pm

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As a Libertarian Johnson believes in small government that doesn't impose restrictions on individual freedoms. All prohibition does, as proven in the 1920's when alcohol was prohibited, is increase crime. By making pot legal, which it is in several states now, law enforcement can focus its resources on more dangerous criminals.


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Posted by Hotslide, a resident of Oak Tree Acres,
on Jul 25, 2016 at 2:30 pm

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If you studied acting and still remember anything relative, you understand that Hillary Clinton is one of the best actors around these days. She has developed the art of looking straight into a camera and lying like hell ! Right? Now you have tipped your hand on many occasions, and we know you are a socialist. Could you give us a little glimpse of why? Are you on the dole, we know that since the GDP did not grow in the near past that Social Security checks remained the same in 2016 and will go up next year by .2%. Thanks to socialist obama, although he continues to lie about our robust growth and all the government jobs he created. And don't you think that crooked Hillary's pick for VP is a surprise. And next, wiki boy says he will put out some emails that confirm the democratic party is solidly behind Hillary. Journalism socialist style! Disgusting.

Posted by DKHSK, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on Jul 26, 2016 at 11:29 am

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A vote for Johnson or Stein is a wasted vote...worse than a protest vote, really.

I've never understood the "Trump is dangerous" meme when compared to the Obama administration or, horrifyingly, a potential Clinton administration?

For instance, are not hacks into the OPM and State Department dangerous? Is not setting the Middle East on fire not dangerous? Is not lying to the American public about unauthorized servers that were open to hacking not dangerous?

I can go on and on, but you get my point.

Trump is using rhetoric and is getting a positive response from a -now majority- of the public, if the polls are correct. The pubic is tired of politicians who won't talk straight: "Islamic Terrorists", "All Lives Matter"...etc.

Its time for straight talk and if you consider that "dangerous" talk, so be it.

Posted by Roz Rogoff, a resident of San Ramon,
on Jul 26, 2016 at 10:37 pm

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I'm not voting for Hillary or Trump. I will vote for Johnson with a clear conscience regardless of whoever wins. California voters will mostly vote for Hillary, and all 55 electoral votes will go to her. Only Maine splits their big 4 electoral votes into 1 and 3! If you want Trump to win, he must win in California. That's the big prize. So start walking precincts. If Trump can't win here, he can't win.


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