NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Tuesday, December 15, 2015, 10:45 PM
As wacky and seemingly dangerous as Donald Trump has become — spewing bigotry and conspiracy theories as truth serum — he’s not nearly as frighteningly dangerous to the office of the President as the only man beating him in the Des Moines Register’s Iowa poll, Ted Cruz.
Donald is bombastic and boorish, but Cruz? Now you’re talking a bully without respect for the very government he claims to love for all his slimy, sweet words.
Remember 2013, when like a spoiled brat he screamed and stomped his feet until he got his way and helped shut the government down for 16 days to protest Obamacare?
That cost to the U.S. economy? Nearly $ 23 billion.
Even firebrand New York Republican Peter King told me at the time, “These people (Tea Party Republicans) are nothing but government terrorists!
“Look, I’m against Obamacare, but putting 800,000 people out of work? These are Republicans who a month ago said they’d never shut down the government, but the Ted Cruz acolytes threatened that they’d bring down the house and they did! These guys are convinced they’re winning. They’re listening to their own echo chambers.”
Cruz has pointed to the shutdown several times as a great achievement, when in fact it was a great disgrace. And he was the biggest disgrace of all in that great debacle.
When Cruz took to the almost empty Senate floor to filibuster for 21 hours, in reality he wasn’t filibustering, he was just blustering.
In fact, he was making fools of us all and wasting everyone’s time because the Senate had already scheduled a vote for Wednesday. He filiblustered about “Green Eggs and Ham,” did a Darth Vader impression, talked about “The Little Engine That Could” and other nonsense. Meantime, we still have Obamacare, but Cruz got the huge amount of publicity that has propelled him to a presidential candidacy.
Since that time, he’s gone so far as to compare elected officials who didn’t vote to defund the Affordable Care Act to Nazi appeasement. Nazis! Nazis killed approximately 11 million people, as opposed to elected officials who, correctly or incorrectly, tried to do the right thing by ensuring that everyone had some kind of health insurance. Let’s see: genocide or government health insurance? It’s exactly the same thing.
Cruz threatened a repeat performance recently by threatening a second shutdown over the funding of Planned Parenthood, despite the fact he knows that by law federal funding cannot go to fund abortions — just health care. Abortion funding must come from individual state budgets.
That’s not to say that Trump’s talk, too, isn’t inciting misplaced anger in his followers, which will almost inevitably end up one of these days in some kind of violence.
Both men are using the politics of fear and hate to soar to the top of the polls, but that’s not what we’re about. That’s not what America is about. We’re better than that. And these guys should be, too.
Bill Cosby is suing seven of his accusers because he says they ruined his reputation.
SO, LAST 7 KILLED COS’ REP
If this doesn’t take the Jell-O. Bill Cosby is suing seven of his accusers because he claims his “reputation has been irretrievably damaged, and his planned reemergence to network television destroyed as they intended.”
So does that mean that the 43 others who’ve accused him of sexual abuse were telling the truth, or is it that they didn’t cause his reputation to be irretrievably damaged, nor his planned reemergence to network television destroyed as they intended?
If so, he clearly is saying that his beloved Boston University is wrong in taking away his honorary degree because his treatment of women “brought significant and lasting discredit upon himself.”
America’s Dad is a predator and should be in jail, not home free spending his riches in retirement and revenge.
Michelle Dockery, who plays Lady Mary in “Downton Abbey, was struck with tragedy when her husband died.
PRAYERS IN ORDER FOR LADY
Michelle Dockery, who plays Lady Mary on “Downton Abbey,” which returns Jan. 3 for its final season, has had her share of heartache on the show — including the death of her young husband. Now, tragedy has struck Dockery in a horrible twist of fate with the death of her 34-year-old fiancé, John Dineen. Real life co-opting reel life.
The similarities between real and reel for Dockery don’t end there. (Minispoiler alert ahead.) In real life, Allen Leech, who plays Tom Branson, introduced Dockery to her future Irish fiancé. In the show, Irishman Branson urges sister-in-law Lady Mary to consider a man he believes is perfect for her.
In reel life, Lady Mary who is mean and manipulative, always comes out a winner. In real life, Dockery who is said to be among the sweetest people in the business, has lost what she held most dear. Let’s send up a prayer of healing for the real lady.
GIVE ’EM A BREAK
Did the LAPD overreact by closing all the schools after a bomb threat was called or did the NYPD overreact by saying the LAPD overreacted?
Even though Commish Bill Bratton called L.A.’s response a “significant overreaction (NYC received the same threat)” because grammatical errors made the threat look amateurish, he could have cut them some slack.
Criticizing another’s judgment is bad judgment. Cali is still reeling from the San Bernardino attack, so relying on things like grammar to assess a potential terror threat could have had dire consequences. On the other hand, crime spiked in L.A. 12.7% this year, while in New York City it was down 3.1%, so shut my mouth.
EH, WHAT’S UP DOC? WE’RE A BIT CONFUSED
Donald Trump is so powerful that he can raise the dead. Proof: On Monday, Donald released his medical records by his doctor, “the highly respected Dr. Jacob Bornstein of Lenox Hill Hospital” who is, unfortunately, dead. The doc — it was actually Jacob’s living son, Dr. Harold Bornstein — wrote, “If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.”
Then, he bizarrely added that Trump had “only positive results.” Positive medical results are good?
“Great news, Mr. Trump! You’ve tested positive for foot-in-mouth disease!”
More than 200 women in 40 states are suing the makers of the hair care line WEN, whose spokesmodels include Brooke Shields and Alyssa Milano. They say the stuff makes them go bald. Wait! WEN’s website states its products will “give your hair more shine, body and bounce.” When WEN? Does it bounce when it hits the floor? … ISIS is quickly becoming the Nazis of the 21st century. The savages now call for the extermination of disabled children just as the Nazis did. The difference is that even the Nazis knew to keep the horror of what they were doing a secret. The filth that is ISIS is proud of killing. Never again … until it happens again.