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It's Like SURVIVOR Sometimes, Only Cringier.

I know everyone has been siting by their computers waiting to hear from me. Hey, I had to do some chores today.

This is my take on the debates.

  • Trump was his usual inarticulate self. No damage done. Reality TV fans will continue to swoon.
  • The four from the early debate plus Kasich and Huckabee are the walking dead.
  • Bush may be mortally wounded by his own hand. I don’t see a comeback here. He will lose $$. He’ll drop to 6th or 7th in most polls.
  • Rand Paul needs to learn how to get into news cycles or he is toast.
  • The winners, Christie, Fiorina, Cruz and Rubio will remain the same in relation to each other, but move up over Bush. They’ll split points from Bush, Kasich and Huck.
  • The exception to that may be Rubio. He did very well and is creating buzz. A solid third in all polls, possibly even nipping at Carson is not out of the question.
  • Carson did well.

I remain very disappointed with Jindal. He is a fine statesman. But he is clearly a weak national politician. That probably means he is a decent human being. But that’s not enough to become president.

Bush is similar. He was a good governor. He left office almost as popular as when he was elected. His problems are obvious. The most glaring are his physical ticks and I can’t believe his handlers didn’t beat them out of him. I’ve written about how his shoulders go up when he speaks. He’s not sure he is getting through, or he is stressed. But he does two other things that kill his message. He shakes his head “no” while he is talking. That is suicide when you are trying to make an affirmative point. If you move your head at all when making your case, you move it up and down – “yes”! Worse, when asked a question, he leans his head to one side and leans forward a bit as if to be saying, “This isn’t as bad as you think. Please believe me.”  And worst of all, his tone matches that posture. This happens with friendly and unfriendly interviewers alike. If he can’t clean up his act, he will be lucky to be at the next debate.

Trump remains the press favorite. He will be so until he drops out or is nominated, at which time they will turn on him like rabid pit bulls. He was no closer to ready for a real debate with anyone on the left last night than he was last time. He doesn’t prepare for debates – or speeches for that matter. Some say that means he is honest. Bullshit! You can be prepared and articulate and honest all at the same time. The lack of prep makes him look stupid. It tells the listener he is taking your vote for granted. “You’ll vote for me because I am the Donald.”

Fiorina still looks better than any of them in jeans and a flannel shirt.

Matt Jordan is a travel writer, political commentator and author of 16 20 24. Get your SIGNED copy here! A book on his travels in Mexico and Belize will be released in the Fall of 2015.

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Just When You Thought You'd Seen It All…Stupid is Redefined!

TV’s Most Dangerous Night EVER!

That’s the tag line for the stupidest thing TV producers have created since Jersey Shore…and it’s aimed at the same audience.

I have always tried to avoid being too abrupt discussing religion. I have no attachment to the spirit world, but I know some folks get a little touchy when you criticize too sharply.

That said, if Exorcism Live! gets even the audience an MSNBC panel discussion gets, I won’t be able to edit my reaction. Talk about circus-freak stupid! There is no dignified way to address how far entertainment has fallen in this country. We are supposed to be a post-enlightenment society. We used to, as a society, have a kind of dignity that would make putting on such a ridiculous program a laughable non-starter.

Oh, and get this: (cue deep spookey voice) They even take you to the house that inspired movie! In my heart, I am screaming in terror.

And OMG (pun intended), did you see the goons on the show poster? They look like carny barker meets Duck Dynasty meets MMA.

Some of us remember the movie Network. It was released in ’76. It featured Howard Beale, the Mad Prophet of the Airways, a fortune teller and a social militant. It was an entertaining movie, but the consensus everywhere was that this was Hollywood. No TV audience was dim witted enough to think any of that garbage would be interesting.

By the 80s, TV preachers who used to con people at county fairs were making millions on the boob tube and we had late-night fortune tellers on the air.  By the 90s, news programs looked like gossip shows. The following decade brought “Reality” TV.* We started watching other people living their lives in lieu of living our own. I use the word “we” advisedly. I was put off by this crap.

Here’s the reason I am so agitated. The people who create this garbage have marketing experts who evaluate their ideas, test them. They have a pretty good idea how many truly stupid people there are out there. And you need a lot of them to have a hit show – or even a profitable one. They are betting on you being that stupid. PLEASE disappoint them!

Was Idiocracy really was a goddamn documentary disguised as a comedy?

* For the irretrievably slow, Reality TV is like Pro Wrestling. It’s fake. It’s a set-up. When the characters act really ignorant and you think it’s really cool, they’re just pretending. Now go see if you can’t lose that extra chromosome.

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Greg Gutfeld (The Five co-host) Endorses My Argument!

I’d like to thank Greg Gutfeld for his unintentional endorsement of the central message of 16 20 24. He appeared mystified, along with some of his co-hosts, about the refreshing tone of this year’s campaign. He said how we’re seeing the veneer stripped away from the candidates and they are being so refreshingly honest. That would be the Trump effect.  Now, if we could only get Trump to talk like an articulate adult, we’d really be on to something. Remember, loud is good. Being yourself is good. But that doesn’t mean you don’t have to explain yourself. And “Believe me” is not an argument.

Matt Jordan is a travel writer, political commentator and author of 16 20 24. Get your SIGNED copy here! A book on his travels in Mexico and Belize will be released in the Fall of 2015.

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